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!


Click here to vote for Bob
A vote for Bob is a vote for nature

Friday 19th December 2014Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 10:20 to 10:50
60+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Canada Geese, 35 Mallard, 12 Tufted Duck, 15 Pochard, 50+ Cormorant, 21 Starling, 1 Blackbird, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 12 Magpie, 6 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Thurrock, Thameside Nature Park 10:35 to 10:55
1 adult male Black Redstart around wooden "Xmas tree" near centre, 20 Wigeon, 1 Little Egret. Richard Fahey.

RSPB West Canvey Marshes 11:45 to 14:30
Little Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Stonechat, Blackbird, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling. Kevin Taylor.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 14:30
1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 150+ Lapwing, 40+ Linnet, 60+ Corn Bunting, 1 Kestrel, 300+ Brent Geese, 5 Mallard, 100+ Starling, 1 Blackbird, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 7 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Thursday 18th December 2014south westerly, mostly cloudy, drizzle, max14°c

RSPB Rainham Marshes 10:00 to 15:20
2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, c.20 Redwing, c.10 Blackbird, few Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Long-tailed Tit, 1 Wren, c.10 Goldfinch, many Great and Blue Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Peregrine Falcon (roosting on ground, rear of Purfleet scrape), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 100s Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Pintail (4 drakes, 1 female), 100s Wigeon, 8 Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard. 2 Brown Rat. David & Brenda Hale.

Wednesday 17th December 2014westerly, partly cloudy, rain, max13°c

Foulness Island 14:30 to 15:10
3 Kestrel, 14 Little Egret, c.350 Fieldfare in two large groups flew in from NE direction, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush. Steve Giles.

Tuesday 16th December 2014westerly, partly cloudy, max8°c

EWT Abberton Reservoir 10:30 to 16:00
1 pair Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Fieldfare, 1 male Stonechat, 3 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, many Meadow Pipit, 6 Snipe, 2 Redshank Photo available - click here, many Pied Wagtail, several male Blackbird, 100s Lapwing, 100s Pochard, 1 drake 2 female Goosander, 1 female Red Crested Pochard, several pair Goldeneye, many Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Teal, Mallard, Wigeon, Gadwall, c.30 Common Gull, 24 Great Black-backed Gull. 6 Grey Heron Photo available - click here. 2 Fox. David & Brenda Hale.

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:45 to 12:15
1 Rough-legged Buzzard Photo available - click here, 2 Kestrel, 3 Little Egret Photo available - click here, 50+ Corn Bunting Photo available - click here, 3 Magpie, 7 Carrion Crow, 60+ Lapwing, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Mute Swan, 80+ Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 27 Herring Gull, 6 Redshank, 200+ Brent Geese, 300+ Stock Dove, 200+ Woodpigeon, 12 Mallard, 2 Moorhen. Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 14:00
1 Rough-legged Buzzard hovering repeatedly, 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Kestrel, many Lapwing and Brent Geese. Hilary and Colin Knight.

Chelmsford, Regiment Way 13:30
1 Red Kite. John Wilson.

Foulness Island 14:45 to 15:30
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Barn Owl, 5 Kestrel, 8 Little Egret, c.250 Brent Geese, c.75 Chaffinch, c.50 Redwing. Steve Giles.

Little Wakering, Barrow Hall Road 15:10
One Buzzard flying very slowly and lazily South from resting in field by leylandii hedge mobbed half heartily by solitary Crow. John Meredith.

Monday 15th December 2014south westerly, clear, max9°c

No reports received for this day.

Sunday 14th December 2014south south westerly, clear, max9°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:50 to 11:30
2 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 1 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail heard in Manorway Fleet reed bed behind thicket by track, 450+ Teal mostly on creek, 4 Shoveler on creek, 150+ Lapwing at fleet/creek, 2 Little Grebe on creek, 1 Sparrowhawk. Richard Fahey.

South Fambridge 10:10 to 11:40
2 Mute Swan, 9 Teal, 247 Wigeon on north bank of Crouch, 23 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 80 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Redshank, 37 Golden Plover, 15 Lapwing, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, c.100 Blackbird, 9 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 6 Blue Tit, c.50 House Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch. David Selley.

RSPB Wallasea 11:15 to 12:15
1 Rough-legged Buzzard hovering close by, great views, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Kestrel, 2 Corn Bunting, many lapwing and Brent Geese. Mick Roe.

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:00 to 16:00
1 Rough-legged Buzzard present the entire time, 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 male and 2 female Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Kestrel, 2 Short-eared Owl, Skylark, c.10 Corn Bunting, 2 Fieldfare. Andrew Gouldstone.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 14:00 to 14:20
200+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 150+ Herring Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 150+ Lapwing, 3 Magpie, 14 Carrion Crow, 300+ Canada Geese, 150+ Greylag Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Gadwall, 200+ Wigeon, 80+ Pochard, 100+ Mallard, 30+ Tufted, 100+ Cormorant, 1 Blackbird. Rob Harris

RSPB Wallasea island 15:15 to 15:55
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 4 Short-eared Owl, 2 Kestrel, Merlin.

Saturday 13th December 2014westerly, clear, max6°c

Eastwood, Progress Road 09:00
Whilst stuck at the lights, I looked up to see a Raven circling low for about 30 seconds, before drifting off towards Eastwood. Good views of the triangular tail (and the huge size!). Phil Lusher.

Hanningfield Reservoir 09:30 to 13:00
Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Ruff, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow. Kevin Taylor.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:30 to 13:30
2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 5 juvenile Mute Swan, 1 Pied Wagtail, 60+ Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, 60+ Canada Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Stonechat, Reed Bunting, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Shelduck, 3 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 30+ Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 10+ Wigeon. Chris Cole.

Southchurch Park East 12:53
1 Water Rail showing brilliantly in the usual place in the low afternoon sun. 2 Mute Swan to pond after being away since Wednesday mid morning, 1 drake Teal feeding along edge of north edge of pond/reedbed. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:30 to 15:30
2 Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5+ Short-eared Owl (5 up together - probably more present), 1 Merlin, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Barn Owl, 50+ Corn Bunting, 1 Stonechat, 300+ Brent Goose, 200+ Lapwing. Robin Peppiatt.

Wakering Stairs 15:40
4 Common Seal (possibly 5). Tony & Linda Pilkington.

Friday 12th December 2014west south west, partly cloudy, rain, max10°c

RSPB Wallasea island 11:30 to 12:15
Rough-legged Buzzard, ringtail Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier. Laurie Greenwood.

Canvey Point 12:15 to 13:15
24 Sanderling, 400+ Dunlin, 10 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 350+ Oystercatcher, 30+ Grey Plover, 2 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 50+ Brent Geese, 9 Shelduck, 20 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Little Egret, 17 Cormorant. T. Blackwell.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:30 to 15:45
2 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 female Marsh Harrier, 2 Short-Eared Owl, I Barn Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel. Mike Sagrott.

Thursday 11th December 2014south westerly, partly cloudy, rain, max9°c

No reports received for this day.

Wednesday 10th December 2014west south west, partly cloudy, max12°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:15 to 15:00
1 Rough-legged Buzzard Photo available - click here, 2 Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 1 Stonechat, 50+ Starling, 1 Little Egret Photo available - click here, 1 Grey Heron, 60+ Corn Bunting, 3 Magpie, 20+ Carrion Crow, 200+ Lapwing, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Common Pheasant, 5 Mute Swan, 60+ Linnet, 1 Little Grebe. Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island
1 hovering Rough-legged Buzzard, 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl. John Atfield.

Tuesday 09th December 2014south westerly, clear, max10°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 06:55
1 Blackbird in full song at first light. After about five minutes he obviously thought better of it and went quiet. David Selley.

Monday 08th December 2014west north west, partly cloudy, max6°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 10:00 to 12:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Jackdaw, Great Tit, Blue Tit, 5+ Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, 24 House Sparrow counted on feeders. David Selley.

Stanford-Le-Hope c.12:35
Peregrine Falcon flew south near road to port. Richard Fahey.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 12:40 to 15:15
1 immature female Marsh Harrier, 1 Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare, 1 male Blackcap at Coryton, 40+ Teal mostly at creek/saltmarsh, c.8 Gadwall at Coryton, 4 immature Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, 400+ Lapwing creek/saltmarsh, 2 Little Egret, 10+ Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Dunlin flew north along creek, 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 small male Sparrowhawk flew close behind Manorway Fleet. Richard Fahey.

Leigh on Sea, Tattersall Gardens, 13:13
1 Sparrowhawk perched on roof of neighbour's conservatory then missed in swoop at House Sparrows flocking in hebe bush. Martin Johnson.

Canvey Point 14:15 to 15:15
500+ Dunlin, 27 Ringed Plover, 5 Grey Plover, 30+ Turnstone, 10 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 7 Cormorant, 54 Great Crested Grebe, 120+ Brent Geese, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Merlin. Terry Blackwell.

Foulness Island 14:30 to 15:45
2 Buzzard, 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Kestrel, c.300 Lapwing, c.75 Redwing, c.75 Chaffinch, c.50 Blackbird, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 9 Little Egret, 7 Fieldfare, pair Stonechat . Steve Giles.

Sunday 07th December 2014westerly, mostly cloudy, max11°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 10:45 to 12:15
1 Water Rail, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Shelduck, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, large numbers of Lapwing, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull. David Lee.

Wakering Stairs 09:50 to 12:50
105 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 2 Stonechat seen during WeBS count. David Selley.

Two Tree Island West 12:30 to 13:30
60+ Avocet, 20+ Snipe, 3 Greenshank, 20+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 200+ Knot, 2 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, Shelduck, Wigeon, Shoveler, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, 100+ Dunlin, 5 Curlew, Teal, Redshank, 25+ Brent Geese, Sparrowhawk. Richard Shepherd.

Shopland 13:05
1 Buzzard flew low over the road by the equestrian centre. David Selley.

Saturday 06th December 2014south westerly, partly c;oudy, max11°

Abberton Reservoir 09:00 to 12:00
Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Kestrel, Coot, Lapwing, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, Swan Goose. Kevin Taylor.

Thurrock, Thameside Nature Park 10:05 to 11:15
2 Stonechat, 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret. Richard Fahey.

Foulness Island 11:00 to 12:00
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 8 Little Grebe, 17 Little Egret, c.50 Redwing, c.50 Blackbird, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff. Steve Giles.

Hockley Glencrofts 14:30
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 male 2 female Chaffinch, 1 Dunnock, 1 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch, Blue and Great Tit, Blackbird, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Magpie, 1 Starling, 1 House Sparrow. Irwin Lewis.

North Shoebury 14:30
1 juvenile female Sparrowhawk on front lawn, with prey. Jackie and Mike Bliss.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:15 to 16:00
1 Rough-legged Buzzard, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Short-eared Owl, 2 Kestrel, 1 Stonechat, 50+ Starling, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 20+ Corn Bunting, 5 Magpie, 20+ Carrion Crow, 12 Mallard, 30+ Black-headed Gull. Rob Harris.

Friday 05th December 2014westerly, mostly cloudy, max7°c

No reports received for this day.

Thursday 04th December 2014variable, light drizzle, max6°c

No reports received for this day.

Wednesday 03rd December 2014northerly, mostly cloudy, max9°c

No reports received for this day.

Tuesday 02nd December 2014northerly, drizzle, max9°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 11:00 to 12:00
Flocks of Brent Geese, Shelduck, Dunlin, Wood Pigeon, Starling, Mallard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Little Egret, a few Curlew and Grey Plover. R. Shepherd.

Wat Tyler Country Park 11:00 to 14:00
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Dunnock, 2 Redwing, 1 pair Blackbird, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 26 Gadwall, 65 Pochard, few Tufted Duck, Teal, Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 100+ Lapwing up over RSPB West Canvey Marsh, many Starling and Woodpigeon Photo available - click here. David & Brenda Hale.

Monday 01st December 2014north north east, drizzle, max8°c

Thurrock EWT Thameside Nature Park 10:45
1 Dartford Warbler near centre showing well (2 reported on Friday). Paul Frampton.

Rochford, Close to Toomeys 18:55
1 Barn Owl over road. Steve Sanford.

RSS feed    Click to subscribe to the South East Essex RSPB Latest Sightings RSS Feed

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.

No part of this website is to be reproduced without the express permission of the South East Essex RSPB Local Group.


Photo available - click here = Photograph Available (click icon).

Dark red Text = Confirmed local rarity or red list bird.

more information = More information is available. This will open a new window to the RSPB main site.

 Previous Bird Reports by Month

Most Recently Updated Pages:

Report Your Bird Sightings


E-mail address:


Date of sighting(s):

Time(s) of sighting(s):

Birds seen:

* To help us update our website it would be greatly appreciated if you could enter your sightings in the format of number(s) seen then the species with a capital letter. For example: 3 Little Egret, 6 Avocet, etc.


Please also feel free to use this form if you have any comments about this web site or if there are any other pages/subjects you would like to see on this site.

Data Protection Act
We are registered under the above act. We are only collecting your email address to enable us to reply to any comments you might make. Your email address will not be passed on to third parties and will only be used within the South East Essex RSPB Local Group. Please read our privacy and visitor policy