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.
Please note that we would like you to send us ALL of your wildlife sightings - not just the birds!
Sunday 08th December 2013Latest Wildlife News on Twitter
Hawkwell, Magnolia Park NR 10:00 to 11:00
1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 14 Snipe flushed from bulrushes on the old Kirby's site, 20 Mallard, 6 Moorhen, 3 Green Woodpecker, 10+ Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, many Blackbird, 6 Jackdaw. David Selley.
Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:30 to 12:25
1 juvenile/1st year Spoonbill on creek, 1 Whimbrel on creek, 1 female Stonechat, 1 immature Marsh Harrier, Water Rail heard at Manorway Fleet, 1,500 to 2,000 Lapwing over towards Canvey Island, 1 Little Egret, c.4 Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 2 single Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Grebe on creek. Richard Fahey.
Wat Tyler Country Park 11:15 to 11:55
Hide only: 3 female Marsh Harrier (1 in front of hide hunting for the duration), 1 male Marsh Harrier, 2 Water Rail heard, Cetti's Warbler heard under hide, 1 possible male Hen Harrier flew in over left hand reed bed being mobbed by crows. Jim Bailey.
Southend, Cromwell Road 13:00
Cracking female Sparrowhawk on a fence at the bottom of the garden. Two robins and a Dunnock. Phil Lusher.
Bulphan, Thurrock 14:00
A large flock of Fieldfare seen from the road (40+) driving from North Ockendon to Bulphan and a another smaller flock of about 20 in the village. Neil Phillips.
Wat Tyler Country Park 14:00 to 14:30
2 Marsh Harrier one mobbing and chasing off 1 Common Buzzard. Mick Roe.
Saturday 07th December 2013west south west, scattered clouds, max9°c
Southend, Wyatts Drive 11:35
Small Tortoiseshell in back garden. Alec Beanse.
Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 12:55 to 15:40
c.10 Avocet at creek, 3 Marsh Harrier included female on bush towards northwest edge of marshes, 4 Knot, 15 Dunlin, 1 Grey Plover and a large but smaller flock of the some 600+ Lapwing here, on lagoon c.10 Wigeon, c.6 Gadwall, 2 drake Shoveler and 1 Pochard on Manorway Fleet, 1 Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler heard at Coryton, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 small Sparrowhawk. Richard Fahey.
RSPB West Canvey Marsh 13:00 to 15:30
1 immature Marsh Harrier along creek at Pantile Farm, 24 Fieldfare, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker. Andrew Gouldstone.
Friday 06th December 2013west north west, mostly cloudy, max7°c
Gloucester Park 08:40
Egyptian Goose seen in the fishing lake. Jason Burton.
EWT Warley Place 09:50 to 14:00
2 Buzzard, c.15 Jackdaw, 1 Jay, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 pair Blackbird, 3 Moorhen, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, many Great and Blue Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren, many Chaffinch, c.50 Woodpigeon, Magpie. 5 Grey Squirrel. David & Brenda Hale.
Canvey Point 10:00 to 11:30
1 Merlin, 100+ Brent Geese, 11 Ringed Plover, 25+ Grey Plover, 500+ Dunlin and Knot, 150+ Oystercatcher, 15 Redshank, 3 Lapwing, 4 Sanderling, 25+ Turnstone, 3 Curlew, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Cormorant, 1 Rock Pipit. Terry Blackwell.
Abberton Reservoir 15:00 to 15:15
20+ Canada Geese, 33 Coot, 12 Greylag Geese, 2 Moorhen, 100+ Mallard, 100+ Pochard, 2 Magpie, 50+ Cormorant, 17 Mute Swan, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Carrion Crow, 1 Aylesbury Duck, 5 hybrid Geese, 1 Swan Goose. Rob Harris.
Thursday 05th December 2013westerly, scattered clouds, max11°c
Purleigh (The Street) 14:30 to 14:40
1 Kestrel, 50+ Fieldfare, 70+ Starling, 2 Blackbird, 1 Pheasant. Rob Harris.
Hanningfield Reservoir 14:55 to 15:20
250+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Pochard, 300+ Mallard, 30+ Gadwall, 350+ Coot, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Canada Geese, 150+ Greylag Geese, 1 Egyptian Goose, 12 Carrion Crow, 250+ Herring Gull, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 40+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Greater Black-backed Gull, 100+ Cormorant, 60+ Mute Swan, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Robin, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Pheasant, 50+ Starling, 1 Magpie, 100+ Wigeon,4 Domestic Geese. Rob Harris.
Wednesday 04th December 2013westerly, scattered clouds, max9°c
Leigh on Sea, Stonehill Road 09:30 to 12:30
Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Chaffinch, 4+ Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Blackbird, Dunnock, male Blackcap, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Goldfinch flying over. Laurie.
Southend, Jones Memorial Park 11:00
Nice mixed flock of about a dozen Blue and Long-tailed Tit in trees along the fencing with 'Boots and Laces'. 1 brave little Robin following me round while I walked the dogs, 1 very brightly plumaged Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 5 Magpie, 2 Mistle Thrush which shot into the crematorium bushes as I approached. Phil Lusher.
Two Tree Island 12:00
1 ringtail Hen Harrier at eastern end of island. Seen several times in 30 minutes. Mike Howe.
Hanningfield Reservoir 12:00 to 12:30
150+ Tufted Duck, 80+ Pochard, 200+ Mallard, 20+ Gadwall, 350+ Coot, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 22 Canada Geese, 16 Greylag Geese, 50+ Herring Gull, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 20+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Greater Black-backed Gull, 5 Carrion Crow, 100+ Cormorant, 12 Mute Swan, 1 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Robin, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Domestic Geese. Rob Harris.
Canvey Point 13:30 to 15:00
1 Merlin, 30+ Brent Geese, 9 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 150+ Dunlin, 10+ Knot, 100+ Oystercatcher, 2 Teal, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 25+ Turnstone, 4 Redshank, 3 Curlew, 1 Lapwing, 5 Cormorant. Terry Blackwell.
RSPB Wallasea Island 14:45 to 15:30
4 Kestrel, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Little Egret, 200+ Lapwing, 100+ Dunlin, 70 + Redshank, 3 Curlew, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Shelduck, 1 Skylark, 7 Moorhen, 1 Magpie, 40+ Carrion Crow, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 20+ Woodpigeon, 7 Mute Swan, 200+ Brent Geese. Rob Harris.
Tuesday 03rd December 2013north westerly, overcast, max7°c
Hockley, Beckney Wood, 08:00 to 09:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 15-20 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, 12 Long-Tailed Tit, 5 Redwing and a couple of Fieldfare passing over, 1 Chiffchaff. David Glover.
EWT Two Tree Island 10:30 to 15:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, c.10 female Reed Bunting, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Wren, 5 pair Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Chaffinch, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Turnstone, few Oystercatcher, c.20 Curlew, c.100 Lapwing, Knot and Dunlin in their 1000's. 100's of Grey Plover, 100's of Brent Geese all very mobile, c.12 Shelduck, 1 pair Shoveler, few Teal, 8 Wigeon, few Common Gull, many Great Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull. David & Brenda Hale.
Monday 02nd December 2013north easterly, overcast, max9°c
Southchurch Park East 08:45
1 large flock of Long-tailed Tit browsing/feeding on berries/shrubs within 10ft of me. Robert Dobinson.
RSPB West Canvey Marshes 09:30 to 12:15
250+ Wigeon, 30 Shoveler, 25+ Teal, 4 Pochard, 25 Canada Geese, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 2 Lapwing, 8 Curlew, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Fieldfare, Corn Bunting, Goldfinch, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier (seen from sea wall looking towards Pitsea). Terry Blackwell.
RSPB Wallasea Island 10:30 to 14:30
3 Grey Heron, 3500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (approx 2000 on wetlands flew in from Dengie side, 1500 on winter wheat fields south of works), 6 Marsh Harrier (On Wallasea adult male, adult female with striking white head and shoulders, another female with pale head and all dark 1st winter, two more dark birds on Foulness), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Sparrowhawk (female in low and fast across river from Foulness), 180 Ringed Plover (roosting by new pools), 400+ Golden Plover, 50+ Grey Plover, 1650 Lapwing (850 by pools, another 800+ at east end), 1500 Dunlin (definite increase in numbers - many by new pools and island roost), 280 Black-tailed Godwit (large flock at east end - at last!), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 47 Curlew, 1 Greenshank (roosting on island west of conveyor), 2 Turnstone, 3 Stonechat (pair by reptile area, single by car park), 18 Snow Bunting (flock working concrete apron of sea wall on Foulness side of Roach). the 2 Brown Hare on newly cut area behind car parkand 1 Common Seal in Roach. Jeff Delve.
Sunday 01st December 2013north westerly, overcast, max9°c
RSPB Wallasea Island 09:15 to 14:00
1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 male Peregrine Falcon, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1000+ Brent Geese, flock of 100+ Stock Dove, 15+ Corn Bunting. Mike Butler.
Wakering Stairs 10:20 to 11:35
4 Little Egret, 405 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail over Havengore Island), 1 Kestrel, 4000+ Knot, c.2200 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2000+ Oystercatcher, 175 Grey Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew, 10 Turnstone, 6 Sanderling, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 11 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 12 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 1 Common Seal. David Selley.
Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 10:22 to 12:50
1 Kingfisher flew along fleet and landed on sluice by creek before flying to opposite bank, 1 male Stonechat, 1 Snipe, 1 immature female Marsh Harrier earlier on thicket with Magpies, Water Rail heard at Manorway Fleet, c.20 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 1 drake Shoveler and Pochard on Manorway Fleet, Fieldfare heard, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler heard over area, 400+ Lapwing, 30+ Greenfinch at Coryton, 1 Little Grebe on creek. Richard Fahey.
Hadleigh, Near Westwood 10:30
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Stonechat, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Robin, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird. Jenny & Gordon Knight.
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.