South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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April

Wednesday 26th April 2017Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Leigh on Sea 07:45
2 Buzzard circling over Belfairs Woods. Graham & Kris Mee.

Thorpe Bay, Parkanaur Avenue 15:30
1 Red-legged Partridge in our garden foraging for half an hour. Ian Smith.

Tuesday 25th April 2017north westerly, scattered clouds, max11°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Sandwich Tern  

Gunners Park 10:30
1 Sandwich Tern (fishing west of Barge Pier), 6 Barn Swallow, 1 House Martin. Richard Mander.

Monday 24th April 2017west north west, partly cloudy, max15°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Hobby 

Fobbing Marsh 10:00 to 12:00
Song Thrush, 3 Blackbird, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Blackcap singing, 2 Sedge Warbler singing, 3 Cetti's Warbler singing, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Wheatear Photo available - click here, 15 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet, Green Woodpecker, 4 Collared Dove, flock Wood Pigeon, 50 mixed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 16 Greylag Geese, 4 Canada Geese, 6 Shelduck, 8 Mallard, Sparrowhawk, 5 Whitethroat. Fox, Hare. Small Tortoiseshell. Denis Warren.

Two Tree Island 11:00 to 14:00
Two Tree Island East: c.50 Dark-Bellied Brent Goose, 1 Nightingale, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Kestrel. Two Tree Island West: 1 Cuckoo, numerous Whitethroat, 1 Avocet, 9 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, 1 Little Egret. Orange Tip butterfly. Steve Wall.

Westcliff Seafront 12:15
11 Brent Geese. Graham Mee.

Wat Tyler Country Park 13:00
1 Common Tern, 1 Bearded Tit, Reed Warbler, Avocet, Pochard. Mick Roe.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:30 to 16:30
2 Oystercatcher, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank (summer plumage), 3 Avocet, 2 Greenshank (in flight), 10 Shelduck, 14 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 4 Lapwing (doing display flight and calling) also Swallow, House Martin. David Shepherd.

Wat Tyler Country Park 15:30 to 16:30
1 Hobby (being mobbed by Crow), 2 male Cuckoo (fighting and calling), 2 Dunnock, 1 male Chaffinch. Steve RJ.

Sunday 23rd April 2017variable, partly cloudy, max14°c

Fobbing Marsh and Holehaven Creek/Coryton 08:15 to 12:28
1 immature male Ring Ouzel along fence running down from seawall and nearby shrub, 2 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail east, 1 Nightingale present Manorway Fleet, 1 Little Owl looking from pillbox "window", 1 Greenshank, c.15 Whimbrel over area, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Black-tailed Godwit Holehaven Creek, 2 Great Crested Grebe Holehaven Creek, 1 Water Rail present Manorway Fleet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 10 Teal (pair around Coryton area), 2 Cuckoo, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, c.6 Common Whitethroat, c.5 Blackcap singing, 2 Chiffchaff singing Coryton, Oystercatcher pair on jetty Holehaven Creek, 3 Lapwing Coryton, 4 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 2 pairs of Little Grebe Coryton, 3 Little Egret, c.6 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Jay, pair of Kestrel. 1 Orange-tip. Richard Fahey.

Two Tree Island 08:30 to 09:00
Nightingale heard eats end, 1 Cuckoo. Julia Tetley.

South Fambridge 11:00 to 12:20
2 Shelduck, 1 Kestrel, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Skylark, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer (singing male), 2 Reed Bunting (pair mating), 1 Corn Bunting (singing male). David Selley.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 11:00 to 14:30
2 Lesser Whitethroat, Nightingale singing (N.W. corner, near field gate and low barrier vicinity), Cuckoo calling distantly from Wat Tyler C.P, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, Water Rail (heard only), 1 Swallow. Peter Bowden.

Wakering Stairs to Cupid's Corner 17:30 to 19:00
1 Nightingale (heard), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (heard), 2 Cuckoo (one heard at Cupid's Corner end of footpath from sea wall and the other more distant towards sea wall - both were heard, and then one flew right over our heads near Cupid's, and was seen again five minutes later flying back the other way), 1 Grey Heron in dyke, 2 Little Egret in same Dyke, 1 Green Woodpecker flying over, several Greenfinch, 1 Stonechat, 2 Redshank, 2 Partridge, then at 7pm just before Wakering Stairs car park a male Ring Ouzel flew in fast from Kent direction over sea wall and took cover in a hawthorn bush in the scrub land. Jackie and Mike Bliss.

Saturday 22nd April 2017variable, partly cloudy, drizzle, max14°c

Southchurch Park East 08:25
2 Mallard ducklings following mother but seem to be not hers! 2 Swallow feeding across surface of pond, 1 Green Woodpecker calling from cracked willow south of pond. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 12:50 to 15:28
1 male Whinchat, 3 male Wheatear, 1 Little Owl looking out of pillbox "window", 1 Nightingale singing and seen Manorway Fleet, 13 Whimbrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, c.5 Teal, 1 Water Rail present Manorway Fleet, 1 Cuckoo present Manorway Fleet, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singles, c.5 Common Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap present Manorway Fleet, a few Sedge Warbler and 2 Reed Warbler present Manorway Fleet, 2 Chiffchaff singing Coryton, 3 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 1 Little Egret, c.4 Cetti's Warbler present, Little Grebe singles seen and heard Manorway Fleet. 2 Orange-tip. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:00 to 14:30
2 Black-winged Stilt, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 5 Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 male Blackcap, 1 Peregrine jobbing pair of Buzzards, 1 Snipe, 1 Cetti's Warbler. Aston Phillips.

Wakering Stairs 15:00 to 17:00
Footpath from Cupid's Corner to seawall: 4 Moorhen, 2 Jay, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Nightingale (possibly 5) singing from the thickets either side of the "new" footbridge, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Linnet. Small White, Orange Tip, Peacock, and many Speckled Wood butterflies. David Selley.

Southchurch Park East 17:45
10+ Swallow feeding high over the pond area, 10+ House Martin feeding over the pond surface. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 18:00 to 19:15
1 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 3 Magpie, 15 Carrion Crow, 30+ Herring Gull, 14 Black-headed Gull, 12 House Sparrow, 3 Corn Bunting, 12 Mallard, 1 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 60+ Woodpigeon, 17 Common Pheasant, 4 Skylark, 5 Linnet, 9 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Brown Hare. Rob Harris.

Friday 21st April 2017westerly, mostly cloudy, max15°c

Hullbridge, River Crouch 06:55
1 Whimbrel. David Chivers.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 08:19 to 10:34
7 House Sparrow, 4 Reed Warbler (1 viewed, 3 heard only), 1 Little Egret, 22 Teal, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Swallow, 3 Reed Bunting (2 males, 1 female), 5 Skylark, 7 Common Whitethroat, 5 Linnet, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Blackcap (male singing), 1 Song Thrush, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Greenshank (East Haven Creek).

Canvey Wick 10:55 to 14:25
15 Common Whitethroat, 4 Swallow, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Blackcap (2 males, 1 pair), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults together), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Jay, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Cuckoo (including one flying over Northwick Road towards WCM), c.300 Black-tailed Godwit (flew up together from river), 7 Linnet, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat (4 viewed singing, 1 heard only). Hole Haven Creek: 7 Oystercatcher, 15 Shelduck, 5 Whimbrel (together). 1 Red Fox. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Vange Marsh 16:00 to 17:00
2 Black-winged Stilt, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Avocet, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 6 She!duck, 10 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 52 Greylag Geese, 2 Snipe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, large numbers of Swallow and House Martin. David Shepherd.

Wakering Stairs 16:00 to 17:25
2 Canada Goose, 5 Little Egret, 8 Oystercatcher (4 pairs), 4 Redshank (2 pairs on territories), 6 Stock Dove (3 pairs), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Wheatear (male and female at Haven Point), 1 Nightingale singing, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler. David Selley.

East Tilbury 16:30
5 Whimbrel on mudflats between Ferry and Fort. Clive Dobson.

Great Wakering 17:35
3 House Martin. David Selley.

Thursday 20th April 2017south westerly, partly cloudy, max16°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Swift

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:55 to 13:54
2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Grey Partridge (field north of barn), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Little Egret, 6 Reed Warbler (1 viewed, 5 heard only), 5 Lapwing, 3 Skylark, 1 Corn Bunting, 7 Wigeon, 5 Redshank, 23 Stock Dove (together), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Swift (over lagoon), 2 Reed Bunting (males), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 White Wagtail (island on Old Saltings), 2 Black-winged Stilt (pair flew onto Old Saltings then feeding together, female observed later feeding alone), 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Teal, 1 Bearded Tit (female), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults together in mixed aerial Gull flock calling), 136 Avocet, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Jay. Jeff Kinnerman.

Southchurch Park East 08:40 to08:50
2 Tufted Duck and drake on water south of pond, 1 female Chaffinch female feeding around and on trees/bushes west of pond, 10-12 Goldfinch in same vicinity, two scrapping in the high flight/dropping down with females watching, 1 Little Grebe nest east end of main reedbed, more Reed Warbler arrived now. Robert Dobinson.

Wat Tyler Country Park 10:00 to 13:22
Magpie, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Herring Gull, Canada Goose, Mallard, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Starling, Whitethroat, Goldfinch, Collared Dove, Common Gull, Blackbird, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, Avocet, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Cormorant, Reed Warbler, Little Grebe, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Robin, Great Tit, Sedge Warbler, Teal, Kestrel, Pheasant, Chaffinch, Green Woodpecker, Moorhen, Jackdaw, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Dunnock, Swallow, Little Egret. Orange Tip, Small White. M.Hill & S.Jackson.

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:30 to 11:30
1 Little Gull (possibly 2), 2 Bearded Tit, 1 House Martin, 10+ Cetti's Warbler (1 seen rest heard), 2 Little Egret, 1 Snipe, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Martin & Marie Singleton.

Southchurch Park 12:40
3-4 Coot chicks hatched and being fed by adults, north ramp of island. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 16:05
8 Shelduck, 12 Carrion Crow, 3 Corn Bunting, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 6 House Sparrow, 60+ Woodpigeon, 1 Blackbird, 7 Starling, 4 Skylark, 1 Whimbrel, 32 Herring Gull, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 7 Mallard, 1 Coot, 12 Common Pheasant, 3 Magpie. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 19th April 2017easterly, scattered clouds, max12°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Common Tern 

EWT Two Tree Island, 07:39 to 12:39
4 Oystercatcher, 9 Greenfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk (juvenile), 15 Common Whitethroat, 2 Whimbrel (together), 4 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff (including one ringed), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (showed well reeling west side near lagoon), 1 Greenshank, 1 Cuckoo (heard only), 5 Avocet, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 6 Teal, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults together), 1 Common Tern, 33 Brent Goose (together), 5 Blackcap (4 males,1 female), 3 Common Buzzard (together), 1 Reed Bunting (male), 18 Linnet (together). Jeff Kinnerman.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:17 to 11:25
6 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Swallow on passage, 2 Great Crested Grebe on creek, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Cuckoo present, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler at Coryton, 1 Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing at Coryton, c.20 Teal, 1 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 2 Little Egret, 5 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Corn Bunting present, 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet. 1 Orange-tip. Richard Fahey.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 08:20
1 Blackbird - the first fledged youngster of the year. David Selley.

Canvey Wick 10:00 to 11:40
1 Cuckoo heard, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, Greenfinch, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler. Mick Roe, Terry Gleave.

Gusted Hall and Cherry Orchard Jubilee Park 11:30 to 13:00
3 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff (heard), 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 2 Moorhen, 6 Coot, 6 Mallard, 2 Swallow. 1 Green veined White. Steve RJ.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:30 to 15:30
3 Blackbird, 12 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 15 Goldfinch, 1 Cetti's Warbler + 3 heard, 6 Pied Wagtail, 6 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 3 Mute Swan, 10 Canada Geese, 16 Greylag Geese, 8 Mallard, 5 Pochard, 8 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 4 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 6 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 16 Swallow, 6 Collared Dove, 4 Chiffchaff, 12 Black-headed Gull, 4 Black-winged Stilt. Denis Warren.

River Roach Seal Trip 14:00 to 15:30
3 Shelduck, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 14 Avocet, 22 Common Seal mostly in water hunting Bass. Graham Mee.

Langdon Hills 14:30 to 16:30
2 Buzzard (one carrying stick), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Blackbird, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Chaffinch (heard), 2 Nuthatch (heard calling to each other). 2 Peacock, 1 Comma, 2 Small Copper, Steve RJ.

RSPB Vange Marsh 16:30
Blue-winged Teal and Shoveler cross. Mark & Tricia.

Tuesday 18th April 2017north north easterly, scattered clouds, max12°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 07:43 to 10:08
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap (male), 4 Sand Martin, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Reed Bunting (males), 2 Black-winged Stilt (pair feeding), 14 Swallow, 2 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 2 Bearded Tit, 4 House Martin, 1 Little Egret, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Sedge Warbler (displaying), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Jeff Kinnerman.

Wat Tyler Country Park 10:25 to 12:50
10 Swallow, 6 Avocet, 1 Reed Warbler, 16 Teal, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 3 Blackcap (males, singing), 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Kestrel (female). Jeff Kinnerman.

Canvey Wick 09:00 to 10:30
2 Cuckoo, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Common Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Pheasant, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 1 Shelduck (fly over). Tim Hurdley.

Monday 17th April 2017northerly to easterly, scattered clouds, max11°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - House Martin

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 07:40
1 Grey Heron forced down into garden by a stroppy Black-headed Gull. David Selley.

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 09:00 to 12:00
2 Bullfinch, 2 Willow warbler (singing), 1 Goldcrest (singing), 2 Song Thrush, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Jay. Robin Peppiatt.

Billericay 10:15
1 Buzzard being mobbed by crow over Perry Street. Marion Burch.

Foulness Island 11:00 to 12:00
Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 11 Little Egret, 8 Avocet, c.25 Shelduck, pair Yellow Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, c.30 Linnet, c.25 Goldfinch, Corn Bunting. 5 Brown Hare, 3 Orange Tip Butterfly. Steve and Fran Giles.

Hadleigh, West Wood 12:45
2 Buzzard overhead and later at 14:30 seen over Rayleigh. A. Pickles.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:00 to 16:30
3 Black-winged Stilt, 1 Little Gull, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Avocet, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Spotted Redshank (summer plumage), 6 Shelduck, 10 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 20 Swallow, 5 House Martin, Nightingale singing on old tip. David Shepherd.

Sunday 16th April 2017westerly, mostly cloudy, light rain, max14°c

Hadleigh Castle 07:35 to 07:40
Cuckoo heard calling from Leigh direction. Ellen Hume.

Southchurch Park East 08:40
1 Reed Warbler flying out of reed stems/sitting on reed head and calling to second Reed Warbler in same vicinity. Slightly earlier arrival than last year. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:48 to 12:25
2 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Swallow west, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler singing Manorway Fleet, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff singing Coryton, 1 Whitethroat present, 6 Teal, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 4 Common Buzzard, 5 Oystercatcher (including 2 pairs), 10 Pochard, 1 Little Egret, 5 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet. Richard Fahey.

Paglesham East End 10:00 to 11:25
2 Shelduck, 6 Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier (over Potton), 2 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 5 Pheasant, 2 Swallow, 3 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 6 Wren, 1 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler (in small reed bed by the pillbox), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 9 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting. David Selley.

River Roach Seal Trip 11:30 to 16:00
11 Shelduck, 6 Teal, 2 Marsh Harrier (pair on Foulness), 1 Buzzard (on Foulness), 1 Kestrel (on Potton), 8 Avocet, 15 Curlew, 6 Swallow. 22 Common Seal. Graham Mee.

East Mersea, Cudmore Grove 12:00
2 male Ring Ouzel, 5 Linnet all on the fields of the farmland area. Pauline Blake.

Wakering Stairs 17.30 to 18.30
3 Ring Ouzel (all male) - we didn't report the sighting as we thought others would (some very kind birders showed us where to find the Ring Ouzels after we had been looking for them in the wrong place). Jackie and Mike Bliss.

Southchurch Park East 17:45
2 or more pairs of Reed Warbler arrived through the day in the main south reed bed moving across top of reed stems, so at least 3 pairs now, 1 pair in east reedbed area. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 18:00 to 18:45
1 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, 5 Mallard, 8 House Sparrow, 15 Starling, 5 Blackbird, 1 Ring Ouzel Photo available - click here by the entrance to the marina on the cut grass and fence by the marina sign by the turn off, 5 Linnet, 3 Corn Bunting, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 8 Common Pheasant, 3 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Moorhen, 17 Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 40+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Saturday 15th April 2017west north west, scattered clouds, max14°c

Hanningfield Reservoir 09:45 to 13:00
Carrion Crow, Magpie, Starling, Woodpigeon, Rook, Blackbird, Robin, Corrmorant, Canada Goose, Coot, Greylag Goose, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Mallard, Stock Dove, Black-headed Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Blackcap, Herring Gull, Goldfinch, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Shoveler Duck, Swallow, 5 Red-crested Pochard (3 Drake, 2 Female), House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Collared Dove. M.Hill & S.Jackson.

Wakering Stairs 15:50 to 17:35
3 Canada Goose, 7 Little Egret, 3 Ring Ouzel still at Haven Point and showing well, 1 Nightingale singing by level crossing, 1 Grasshopper Warbler in bushes towards Haven Point, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Linnet. David Selley.

Wakering Stairs 16:00 to 16:45
2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Little Egret, 4 Canada Geese, 20+ Black-headed Gull. Rob Harris.

Friday 14th April 2017westerly, mostly cloudy, max17°c

No reports received for this day.

Thursday 13th April 2017west north west, scattered clouds, max13°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Ring Ouzel

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 07:45 to 09:34
1 Greenfinch, 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Skylark, 3 Green Sandpiper, 19 Teal, 1 Swallow (south), 2 Grey Heron, 4 Reed Bunting (2 males, 1 pair), 1 Stock Dove, 13 Linnet (together), 1 Little Grebe, 2 Lapwing, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults together). Jeff Kinnerman.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:39 to 11:22
1 Sand Martin west Manorway Fleet, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Willow Warbler singing Manorway Fleet, c.3 Sedge Warbler present Manorway Fleet, 2 Whitethroat present, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff present Coryton, 8 Teal, 8 Pochard Manorway Fleet, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 4 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet. 2 Orange-Tip. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Canvey Wick 09:50 to 12:10
3 Common Whitethroat, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 11+ Linnet, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker (male), 1 Blackcap (male singing), 2 Jay, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults together), 1 Swallow, 2 Little Egret (together). Hole Haven Creek: Oystercatcher, Redshank, Shelduck, Curlew. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:50
1 Little Gull. Mick Roe.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 13:50
4 Oystercatcher, 7 Skylark, 5 Corn Bunting, 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet, 2 Blackbird, 9 Starling, 5 House Sparrow, 2 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Common Pheasant, 30+ Herring Gull, 60+ Woodpigeon, 4 Mallard, 2 Mute Swan. Rob Harris.

Shoeburyness, Church Road 14:00 to 18:00
1 male Blackcap in garden on our Mountain Ash Tree and in the shrubs over the past 4 hours, wonderful way to spend an afternoon watching him. Jill and John Parsons.

Wakering Stairs 16:30 to 17:40
4 Little Egret, 4 Whimbrel, 60 Curlew, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Ring Ouzel (both males seen together on the short grass in front of Q-Battery), 3 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 15 Linnet. David Selley.

Wednesday 12th April 2017west south west, scattered clouds, max16°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Cuckoo and Nightingale

Two Tree Island East 07:45 to 10:15
1 Nightingale west of path to sewage pools in Hawthorns, in full song for approximately 5 minutes. Two brief views. Peter Studholme.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 07:51 to 13:51
7 Linnet, 5 Stock Dove, 4 Lapwing, 8 Skylark, 4 Cetti's Warbler (all heard only), 2 Reed Warbler (heard only), 16 Swallow (together over Old Saltings), c.220 Woodpigeon (together), 2 Grey Heron, 3 Reed Bunting (all males), 11 Redshank, c.150 Avocet (throughout reserve), 23 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Meadow Pipit, 7 Black-tailed Godwit (in summer plumage), 2 Curlew, 1 Grey Plover (East Haven viewpoint), 2 Bearded Tit (males), 1 Wheatear (male), 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull (adults), 1 Kestrel (female pursued by female Peregrine Falcon), 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Green Sandpiper, 10 Corn Bunting (together), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (winter plumage, Old Saltings), 2 Little Ringed Plover (together), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Blackcap (male singing), 1 Chiffchaff. Jeff Kinnerman.

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East 08:30 and 08:45
Swallow feeding over water in both parks. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 09:10 to 10:30
1 Cuckoo heard over Canvey Wick then flew on to reserve, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 4 pairs Reed Bunting, lots of Swallows over fleet from 12 acre hide. Tim Hurdley.

Hanningfield Reservoir 10:00 to 12:00
6 Black-necked Grebe in a group, 1 Marsh Harrier, Blackcap and Chiffchaff everywhere, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush. 1 Muntjac. Mick Roe, Terry Gleave.

Woodham 13:00 to 13:05
2 Common Buzzard. Rob Harris.

Tuesday 11th April 2017westerly, scattered clouds, max16°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 07:30 to 10:01
2 Greenfinch, 2 Reed Bunting (males), 6 Sand Martin, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Avocet, 1 Little Egret (ringed), 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Swallow, 1 Kestrel (female), 1 House Sparrow (male), 1 Little Gull (first summer), 1 Sedge Warbler (displaying), 6 Teal, 3 Black-tailed Godwit (in summer plumage). Jeff Kinnerman.

Canvey Wick 09:00 to 11:00
4 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 10 Blackcap, 15+ Chiffchaff, 8 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Greenfinch, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Mediterranean Gull flew over calling, 4 pheasants (males). Tim Hurdley.

Wat Tyler Country Park 10:16 to 12:00
3 Swallow, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Black-tailed Godwit (in summer plumage), 2 Avocet, 1 Redshank, 1 Blackcap (male singing), 2 Common Buzzard (together), 1 Kestrel (female), 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Teal, 1 Chiffchaff. 1 Red Fox. Jeff Kinnerman.

Hockley Woods 12:00 to 13:00
1 male Blackcap singing then seen again in same spot an hour later, 5 Jay, 2 Green Woodpecker heard, 9 Blue Tit, 8 Great Tit, 1 Pheasant heard, 2 Dunnock, 3 Wren, 6 Blackbird, 4 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw. 20+ Grey Squirrel. David Z.

Monday 10th April 2017north north west, scattered clouds, max14°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Yellow Wagtail

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:00 to 14:30
2 Black-winged Stilt, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Avocet, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Little Egret, 20+ Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Little Gull, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Grey Heron. Robin Peppiatt.

Foulness Island 16:15 to 16:45
3 Swallow, Yellow Wagtail. 6 Brown Hare. Steve Giles.

Eastwood, Belgrave Road Brook 11:20
2 Grey Wagtail (garage side of road] A pair are now regular here. One bird has most of its tail feathers missing. Les Costin.

Sunday 09th April 2017south westerly, clear, max24°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Lesser Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 08:00 to 12:00
2 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6+ Blackcap, 3+ Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Goldfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Cormorant, 6 Mallard, 1 Skylark (singing over golf course). Robin Peppiatt.

Fobbing Marsh and Holehaven Creek/Coryton 08:27 to 12:25
3 Green Sandpiper, 90+ Black-tailed Godwit (mostly Holehaven Creek), 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Blackcap singing, 2 Chiffchaff singing, c.20 Teal, 5 Pochard (included pair flying to other side of creek and 3 Manorway Fleet), c.7 Curlew, 2 pairs of Lapwing displaying Coryton, c.4 Oystercatcher, c.6 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Little Grebe (singles at Manorway Fleet and "shrub mound pond"). Richard Fahey.

Wakering Stairs 09:35 to 12:35
5 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Skylark all singing, seen and heard during WeBS count. David Selley.

Chelmsford, Paper Mill Lock 11:30 to 13:00
1 Swallow (possibly with nest under bridge), 2 Mute Swan, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 6 Common Buzzard. 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Comma, 2 Orange Tip. E. Gilbert.

Maldon Promenade 12:00
Bar tailed-Godwit in summer plumage. There was a continuous passage of Godwit in small groups of around 30 birds every few minutes and large numbers feeding. Michael Sullivan.

Hyde Hall 12:00 to 13:00
1 Buzzard, 4 Pied Wagtail, 3 Skylark, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Long-tailed Tit. 1 Grass Snake. David Z.

Shoebury, Friars Park 18:00 to 20:00
Great Spotted Woodpecker (male), Chiffchaff (heard), Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Herring Gull, Magpie, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Mallard, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Dunnock, Carrion Crow. Jackie and Mike Bliss.

Saturday 08th April 2017southerly, clear, max18°c

Ashingdon, Rectory Avenue 00:05
First sighting this year of a hedgehog in my garden. Debbie Haynes.

Barking, River Roding, Near Tesco Roundabout 09:15
Sand Martins - regular summer visitors. Steve Wall.

Hockley 12:30
1 Pied Wagtail having a bath in our nature pond. 1 Speckled Wood Butterfly seen over the flower beds. George.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 12:42 to 15:20
1 Peregrine Falcon above Manorway Fleet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Water Rail present at Manorway Fleet, 2 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff singing at Coryton, 20+ Teal, 4 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, pair of Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:30 to 15:30
4 Black-winged Stilt, 5 Snipe, 2 Avocet, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Willow Warbler (singing), 3 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (male) attack a Buzzard. David Shepherd.

Friday 07th April 2017variable, clear, max16°c

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 08:14 to 13:29
3 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 4 Lapwing, 2 Little Grebe, 42 Teal, 3 Green Sandpiper (together), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (in summer plumage), 1 Red-legged Partridge (distant, feeding), 2 Stock Dove, 4 Reed Bunting, 6 Linnet (together), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Redshank, 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Curlew, 2 Blackcap (1 male viewed singing, 1 heard only), 8 Skylark, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Greenfinch (male), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults together), 4 Oystercatcher (on Creek), 1 Little Egret, 2 Swallow (individuals west and north). 2 Speckled Wood, 5+ Peacock, 1 Orange Tip (male), 2 Small Tortoiseshell. 1 Bee-Fly, 1 Weasel, 2 Adder (male and female). Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 14:20
3 Avocet, 5 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting, 4 Goldfinch, 7 Skylark. 50+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 50+ Woodpigeon, 16 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 2 Shelduck, 2 Mute Swan, 5 Little Egret, 1 Blackbird, 5 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 9 Common Pheasant. Rob Harris.

Shoebury, Poynters Lane 14:00 to 16:00
Common Buzzard. Steve Day.

Thursday 06th April 2017northerly to southerly, clear, max16°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Whitethroat

RSPB Bowers Marsh 08:00 to 13:32
6 Cetti's Warbler (all singing, one briefly viewed), c.100 Carrion Crow, c.35 Jackdaw, 7 Skylark, 13 Reed Bunting (including 9 males), 2 Little Egret, 6 Lapwing, c.10 Teal, 2 Reed Warbler (both viewed singing), 2 Meadow Pipit, 9 Linnet, 35+ Wigeon, 5 Little Grebe, 4 Redshank, c.130 Avocet, 4 Oystercatcher, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Bearded Tit (1 male, 2 females together calling), 1 Stonechat (male), 1 Greenfinch, 3 Corn Bunting, 2 Blackcap (males singing together), 1 Ruff, 2 Common Buzzard (soaring high together viewed from Church Road). Peacock(abundant), 2 Orange Tip (males), 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 Brimstone, 1 Bee-fly. Jeff Kinnerman.

Two Tree Island 09:00
1 Common Whitethroat, male and female Blackcap, Sparrowhawk (see photos on our Facebook page). Marie Tarrant.

Priory Park 10:00
Great Spotted Woodpecker (good views at top of tall tree, heard before seen), many Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit. Phil Lusher.

Thorpe Bay Broadway 12:00
Buzzard over south west. Graham Mee.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 13:30
Buzzard over south west. Graham Mee.

A130 Rettendon Turnpike 14:30 to 14:35
3 Common Buzzard. Rob Harris.

Billericay 15:30
2 Buzzard flying high over garden. Marion Burch.

Wednesday 05th April 2017north westerly, partly cloudy, max14°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:48 to 11:15
1 Black Kite flying in direction of Canvey Island (it came towards me at a medium height at north track not long after a Common Buzzard flew high towards Fobbing Village and, at first, I thought it was the same bird returning but a tail fork was noticeable and I assumed it would be a Red Kite. As I watched it coming overhead and then away from me, I couldn't see any colours a Red Kite should have but still thought it would be a Red Kite. The "tip" of tail had a shallow but noticeable "v" shape and plumage was a plain dark brown with pale areas under wings. Tail twisting was noticeable when briefly stopped in mid-air, the bird drifted in flight on flat wings with very little flapping. Looked more like dark Marsh Harrier than Common Buzzard. Only when it was nearly out of sight as it flew over shrub mound towards seawall did it dawn on me what it could be), 1 Wheatear at Coryton, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel on creek (still the wintering bird), 1 Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing Coryton, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 10+ Teal, 1 drake Tufted Duck and 8 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, c.10 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Lapwing (included pair over and around seawall), pair of Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Jay, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 09:40 to 13:45
Jackdaw, Jay, Mute Swan, Chaffinch, Magpie, House Sparrow, Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, lots of Shelduck, Canada Geese, Shoveler, Robin, Pheasant, Starling, 9 Dunnock, Teal, Coot, Moorhen, Lapwing, Woodpigeon, Cetti's Warbler, lots of Chiffchaff and Blackcap, Greenfinch, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Green Woodpecker, Mallard, Kestrel, Greylag Goose, Tufted Duck, Wren, Little Grebe, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, Black-headed Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Grasshopper Warbler, Great Tit, Redshank, Wigeon, Cormorant, Gadwall, Reed Bunting, Herring Gull. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:30
Pair Bearded Tit, pair Marsh Harrier, Wigeon. 2 Small White, 2 Peacock. Mick Roe, Terry Gleave.

Hockley 12:15 to 12:30
1 Orange Tip butterfly seen flying and sun bathing in our garden. George Kempen.

Foulness Island 19:30
Moorhen perched in tree eating from fat feeder! Steve and Fran Giles.

Foulness, Courtend
1 Swallow. Trevor Waterhouse.

Tuesday 04th April 2017variable, mostly cloudy, max15°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Willow Warbler

Vange 08:00
1 male Blackcap in garden. Mick Roe.

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 09:00 to 11:00
Seen from my garden: 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler (singing for over an hour), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 4 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Song Thrush, 8 Long-tailed Tit. Robin Peppiatt.

Tiptree Village 10:15
Red Kite circling around heading south east. Amazing sight. Gerald and Christine Prior.

Daws Heath 09:00
Willow Warbler singing in Oak tree in my garden. Neil Latham.

Monday 03rd April 2017southerly, partly cloudy, max17°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:30 to 16:30
1 Water Rail (saline lagoon), 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Great Crested Grebe (displaying pair) 25 Wigeon, 7 Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, 3 Shelduck, 3 Little Egret, 12 Shoveler, 2 Marsh Harrier (female adult, male adult). David Shepherd.

Hockley Woods 15:00 to 17:00
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker (heard), 1 male Blackcap (singing), 2 Chiffchaff (singing), 2 Crow, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Blackbird, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 18 Blue Tit (seemed to be everywhere today), 7 Great Tit, 3 Jay, 3 Magpie, 2 Robin, 8 Peacock, 3 Comma, 1 Bee-fly. 7 Grey Squirrel. Steve RJ.

Wakering, Cupids Corner 16:15
3 Common Buzzard circling. Steve Giles.

Two Tree Island 17:45
1 Swallow. Margaret Hayday.

Hadleigh, Chapel Lane 18:30
6 Swallow around reservoir. Peter Bowden.

Sunday 02nd April 2017variable, scattered clouds, max16°c

First migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Wheatear

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:30 to 11:45
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Blackcap singing Coryton, 2 Chiffchaff singing, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, c.25 Teal, 1 drake Tufted Duck and 4 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 50+ Black-tailed Godwit, c.8 Curlew, 2 Lapwing (included calling bird on territory), 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 2 Linnet. Richard Fahey.

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 16:00 to 17:30
2 Short-eared Owl hunting for about 15 minutes up and down grass beds along shoreline, 30+ Avocet. Shankara Angadi.

Foulness Island 17:00 to 18:00
Pair Common Buzzard, pair Stonechat, male Wheatear, c20 Linnet. 7 Brown Hare. Steve and Fran Giles.

Saturday 01st April 2017southerly, mostly cloudy, max16°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 07:00 to 09:30
Black-headed Gull, Avocet, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Rook, Crow, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, 4 Corn Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Starling, House Sparrow, Linnet, Little Egret, 50 Shelduck, Teal, Mallard, Wigeon, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Robin, Dunnock, Pheasant, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Cormorant, Dunlin. 3 Hare. Noel Barnes.

Daws Heath 10:00 to 14:30
Male Sparrowhawk through the garden in the morning, and again in the afternoon, chasing Wood Pigeon and Collared Dove, without success. 1 Green Woodpecker. Mike Sagrott.

Hadleigh 13:00
1 Swallow. Jason Barnes.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 13:00 to 15:35
1 Green Sandpiper at Coryton, 3 Avocet, 1 Chiffchaff singing Coryton, 60+ Teal, 3 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 1 Lapwing up from lagoon flew north, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, pair of Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler present, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Hockley 13:30
Red Kite flying low in a southeast direction, being watched by a Buzzard hanging on the wind a couple of hundred feet above it, 2 Kestrel swooping on Queen Bumble bees in a rough pasture. Neil Latham.

Barleylands 15:00
Saker Falcon Escaped bird attacking woodpigeon then flying west. Aston Phillips.



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