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Thursday 18th September 2014Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Southchurch Park and Estuary 09:15, 11:00 and 12:30
1 Little Grebe (1st one of the Autumn), 3 Cygnet from Southchurch Park feeding/swimming along waters edge near Thorpe Bay Yacht Club, 3 Cygnets back in S. Park with other 4 Cygnets. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 12:55 to 16:10
1 Marsh Harrier flying north, 1 Reed Warbler behind thicket along footpath at Coryton, c.7 Swallow included 1 over seawall and the rest east at Coryton, 1 drake Wigeon on Manorway Fleet, c.10 Teal included 6 on Manorway Fleet, 2 Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 10+ Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Lapwing on creek, Cetti's Warbler heard over area and other side of creek, a few Little Egret on creek, 1 Sparrowhawk. 1 Grey Squirrel on post by track. Richard Fahey.

Wednesday 17th September 2014north north east, haze, max21°c

Canvey Point 08:45 to 09:45
1 juvenile Gannet, 80+ Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 20+ Dunlin, 30+ Redshank, 10 Curlew, 8 Little Egret, 2 Turnstone, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 50+ Oystercatcher, 11 Cormorant, 9 Teal, 25 Wigeon, 1 Kestrel, 90+ Swallow, 12 Linnet. Terry Blackwell.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:57 to 11:58
2 single Wheatear west of track and at seawall, 1 Swallow east, 110+ Meadow Pipit over area, 1 Peregrine on pylon north of manorway reed bed, 30+ Teal on creek and shrub mound and 4 on Manorway Fleet, 1 Shoveler and 3 Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 10+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Lapwing off shrub mound pool, 1 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe included 1 on creek (assume migrant), and 2 on Manorway Fleet, some Cetti's Warbler heard at Manorway Fleet, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Southchurch Park 11:10
1 Grey Wagtail drinking/perching around flowing water in SE sluice gate. Disturbed, then flew and landed three of four times around pond. Then took off and went over to Southchurch Park East. Robert Dobinson.

Leigh on Sea 12:10 to 12:15
Buzzard sp. followed by a Sparrowhawk over garden heading flying east. Web Author.

Hanningfield Reservoir 15:00 to 15:45
2 Kestrel, i Common Buzzard, 2 Robin, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Cormorant, 200+ Coot, 12 Mute Swan, 200+ Mallard, 3 Magpie, 150+ Pochard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 6 Carrion Crow, 5 Moorhen, 50 Starling, 2 Greater Black-backed Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 30+ Woodpigeon, 7 Collared Dove, 2 Blackbird, 9 Domestic White Geese. Rob Harris.

Tuesday 16th September 2014easterly, partly cloudy, max22°c

Benfleet, Asquith Gardens 11:00 to 12:00
1 Sparrowhawk landed on fence in garden, scattering all the small birds feeding. Then flew off after about 30 seconds. Steve Simmons.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:15 to 15:40
2 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Magpie, 6 Common Crow, 17 Linnet, 60+ Herring Gull, 60+ Woodpigeon, 30+ Stock Dove. Rob Harris.

Paglesham, East Hall Road 15:15 to 15:40
700+ mixed Gull flock following tractor on fields, 60+ Woodpigeon, 30+ Stock Dove. Rob Harris.

RSPB Vange Marsh 15:30 to 18:30
1 Glossy Ibis, 2 Ruff (one young bird), 20 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 25 Snipe, 20 Avocet, 200+Lapwing, 6 Curlew, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egret, 1 family of Mute Swan (2 adult 8 young). David Shepherd.

Canvey Point 15:40 to 16:20
70 Grey Plover, 50+ Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 2 Curlew, 4 Redshank, 10 Knot, 4 Turnstone, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Little Egret, 9 Wigeon, 10 Brent Geese, 300+ Oystercatcher, 1 Cormorant, 8 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern. Terry Blackwell.

Wat Tyler Country Park 18:30 to 19:30
50+ little Egret, 1 Glossy Ibis which flew in at 19:18 straight into the roost south of the scrape, 30+ Canada Geese which flew out shortly after 18:30. David Lee.

Monday 15th September 2014easterly, partly cloudy, max20°c

Hanningfield Reservoir 09:15 to 10:30
1 Little Stint, 4 Knot, 1 Ruff, 30 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 13 Grey Heron, 400 Cormorant, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Egret. John Wilson.

Shoebury, Gunners Park 09:30 to 10:00
10 Little Grebe, 2 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron plus usual 8 Mute Swan. John Pitts.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 12:00 to 12:20
21 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Cormorant, 100+ Coot, 9 Mute Swan, 100+ Mallard, 3 Magpie, 100+ Pochard, 100+ Tufted, 2 Carrion Crow, 5 Moorhen, 1 Greater Black-backed Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 30+ Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 1 Common Tern. Rob Harris.

Sunday 14th September 2014north nort easterly, scattered clouds, max20°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:13 to 11:15
2 Whinchat distant on Hawthorne north of thicket (I think they were sheltering from the northeast wind!), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Sandpiper up from short, shallow fleet behind seawall, 2 Common Sandpiper at creek, 1 Greenshank heard on creek, 1 Swallow passed through, c.9 Meadow Pipit (all but 1 passed east over pillbox), 1 Kingfisher at sluice by north reed bed, 60+ Teal included 3 on Manorway Fleet, 1 Shoveler and 3 Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, a few Black-tailed Godwit, Cetti's Warbler heard over area, a few Little Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Leigh on Sea 18:00 to 18:05
Sparrowhawk Photo available - click here chasing Pigeon over garden. Kris Mee, Web Author.

Saturday 13th September 2014north easterly, scattered clouds, max21°c

migrant report  Our Brent are back! The first sighting dates for the last few years are: 13/09/13, 16/09/12, 16/09/11, 12/09/10, 15/09/09.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 12:32 to 15:43
1 Marsh Harrier landed out on salt marsh behind seawall, 1 Green Sandpiper up earlier at shrub mound pool, maybe 1 of same 2 later about at Coryton, 1 Whitethroat along track, c.4 Swallow arrived over Holehaven Creek seawall, 3 Wigeon up from shrub mound pool, probably same 2 drakes later on Manorway Fleet, 100+ Teal all on creek except for 3 on Manorway Fleet, 2 drake Shoveler and 3 Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 500+ Black-tailed Godwit along creek up to Holehaven Creek, Cetti's Warbler heard over area, a few Little Egret along creek. Peter Worland, the other "Fobbinite" here, told me yesterday that he saw a Woodlark at the shrub mound overlooking the pool on the evening of the 11th. Richard Fahey.

Leigh on Sea 16:18
Honey Buzzard high over garden heading east. Kris Mee, Web Author.

Friday 12th September 2014northerly, partly cloudy, max12°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:32 to 11:30
5 Whinchat between track and thicket, 6 Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Blackcap at either shrub by track or shrub mound, 1 female and 1 dark juvenile Marsh Harrier, 1 Reed Warbler at thicket, 2 Chiffchaff heard, a few Whitethroat, 1 Greenshank and 1 Ringed Plover heard at creek, 100+ Teal on creek, 1 drake Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, 20+ Black-tailed Godwit, Cetti's Warbler heard in several spots over area, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, heard a few Yellow Wagtail overhead. Richard Fahey.

Canvey Point 17:00 to 18:00
5 Black Tern, 1 Great Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 2 Common Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern, 50+ Ringed Plover, 5 Redshank, 50+ Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew. Terry Blackwell.

Thursday 11th September 2014northery, mostly cloudy, max19°c

Southend, Nestuda Way 15:15
1 Chiffchaff singing from bushes by RBS. David Selley.

Wat Tyler Country Park 19:00 to 19:45
1 Glossy Ibis flew in and landed on scrape amongst a group of Little Egret at 19:30, 2 Marsh Harrier. Mick Roe.

Wednesday 10th September 2014calm, partly cloudy, max19°c

Southchurch Park East 08:30 to 09:00
5 of the 7 Southchurch Park cygnets have been flying to and from the estuary in the last two days. Six weeks earlier than last year. 1 cygnet nursing a small chest injuring/landing accident on bridge, should be flying again soon. 2 Mute Swan now regularly flying after summer moult with female landing and getting into trouble a couple of times in Southchurch Park. Rescued and taken back to Southchurch East, 1 Green Woodpecker feeding and flying across the south grass bank to another Green Woodpecker calling in south east copse. Robert Dobinson.

EWT Thurrock Thameside 09:30 to 12:35
200+ Avocet, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Wood Sandpiper, c.50 Shelduck, few Mallard, Teal, 3 Little Egret, c.30 Linnet, 1 Wheatear, c.30 Goldfinch, huge Starling flock 1000+ on Kent side, 2 Buzzard. David & Brenda Hale.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 10:20 to 10:30
6 Buzzard drifting south-east and constantly calling - strange to hear from just outside my back door. David Selley.

Two Tree Island 10:45 to 14:00
1 Curlew Sandpiper, 30 Avocet, c.2000 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 40 Redshank, 40 Greenshank, 4 Lapwing, 3 Little Egret, 6 Grey Plover, 3 Golden Plover, 25 Oystercatcher, 4 Teal, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Curlew. John Wilson.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 13:10 to 15:45
Sightings from Purfleet hide: 4 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, c.30 Goldfinch, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, c.20 Redshank, 7 Snipe Photo available - click here, 1 Ruff Photo available - click here, 5 Lapwing, 4 Swallow, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, few Mallard, Teal. David & Brenda Hale.

Farmland Off Lower Road Hockley 15:10 to 15:20
Common Buzzard calling and circling high. Norman Oliver.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 18:50 to 19:10
4 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Cormorant, 200+ Coot, 7 Mute Swan, 200+ Mallard, 3 Magpie, 200+ Pochard, 200+ Tufted, 2 Shoveler, 7 Greater Black-backed Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 80+ Herring Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 30+ Woodpigeon, 2 Carrion Crow. 2 Red Fox hunting of beach in front of visitors centre. Rob Harris.

Tuesday 09th September 2014easterly, partly cloudy, max19°c

Hanningfield Reservoir 11:40 to 17:00
2 Ruff, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 8 Egyptian Geese, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 12 Common Tern, 1 Jay, 2 Hobby, 1 Buzzard, 1 Wigeon, few Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, many Great Crested Grebe, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, many Lesser Black-backed and Black-headed Gull, several Lapwing, many Pied Wagtail. David & Brenda Hale.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 11:45 to 14:55
1 Redstart flew out of blackthorn bush into a different one along track near horse paddock, 3 Whinchat in hawthorns along track, pair of Barn Owl flew out of barn by horse paddock (amazed to see these, first this year), 1 Common Buzzard, later hovering west of barns, was earlier soaring over creek with a very dark Marsh Harrier which was probably the female earlier hovering low over water, close to creek (very odd behaviour!) and a male over Canvey Wick seen from Holehaven Creek, 1 Hobby catching dragonflies over thicket then flying south east, 2 Green Sandpiper east at Coryton, 1 Whimbrel calling as it flew north along Holehaven Creek, 2 Swallow east, a few Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff calling at Coryton, 1 Water Rail calling west side of Manorway Fleet, Cetti's Warbler heard widespread, 10+ Little Egret, 1 Wigeon on Manorway Fleet, 15 Teal on saltmarsh, 1 Pied Woodpecker at Manorway Fleet, 1 Sparrowhawk. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:10 to 15:00
2 Little Egret, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 12 Stock Dove, 60+ Woodpigeon, 23 Redshank, 100+ Canada Geese. Rob Harris.

Monday 08th September 2014calm, partly cloudy, max20°c

Two Tree Island 10:00 to 14:00
Sightings from scrape hide: 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, c.500 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 50+ Redshank, 40+ Greenshank, 13 Avocet, few Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, few Oystercatcher, Curlew, Lapwing, 24 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, c.30+ Swallow. David & Brenda Hale.

Gunners Park 12:30 to 12:50
5 Little Grebe, 7 Mute Swan, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Kestrel, 60+ Starling, 100+ Black-headed Gull. Rob Harris.

Wat Tyler Country Park 12:35 to 16:00
Sightings from scrape hide: 1 female Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Swallow, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Wigeon, 1 Pochard, few Tufted Duck, Mallard, Shoveler. 4 Little Egret, 10 Mute Swan, 20 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Stock Dove. David & Brenda Hale.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:10 to 14:15
1 Mute Swan, 1 Little Egret, 7 Carrion Crow, 6 Magpie, 9 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting, 8 Goldfinch, 5 Corn Bunting, 70+ Starling, 50+ Woodpigeon, 700+ Mixed flocks of Gulls. Rob Harris.

Paglesham East Hall Road 15:00 to 15:30
30+ Woodpigeon, 9 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 200+ Starling Photo available - click here, 1 Wheatear Photo available - click here, 1000+ mixed flocks of Gulls Photo available - click here. Rob Harris.

Foulness Island 17:15 to 17:45
2 Common Buzzard, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel. Steve Giles.

Wat Tyler Country Park 19:30
1 Great White Egret, 1 Glossy Ibis roosted with Little Egret. Pete Jackson & Mick Grover

Sunday 07th September 2014variable. partly cloudy, misty, max21°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:00 to 12:05
1 Redstart in Hawthorns along track but shy, 1 Marsh Harrier at Holehaven Creek maybe same later flying towards Canvey barrier, 1 Common Sandpiper flew out of corner of wall near barrier over creek, a small passage of Swallow and 1 House Martin with them, 1 Kingfisher watched well for a while on creek sluice, 1 Water Rail heard closely on west side of Manorway Fleet, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Lapwing off shrub mound pool, 2 Green Woodpecker at Coryton, 1 Sparrowhawk over Manorway Fleet, 15+ Teal along creek and saltmarsh, a few Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler heard over area. Richard Fahey.

Canvey Point 09:45
2 Wheatear. Terry Blackwell.

Two Tree Island 10:00 to 11:00
6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Stonechat, 220 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Greenshank, 4 Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 55 Ringed Plover. Chris Seaton.

Tollesbury 14:30
Osprey flying down the Blackwater towards Maldon. Looking at the mullet in the shallows and gaining high on a thermal over Goldhanger to fly on down the river. Wife and children saw it too together with a Seal and a Common Lizard. Nigel Norton.

Abberton Reservoir 18:20 to 18:50
5 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Lapwing, 200+ Tufted Duck, 250+ Pochard, 300+ Mallard, 100+ Greylag Geese, 1 Swan Goose, 100+ Canada Geese, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 2 Common Tern, 350+ Coot, 140+ Cormorant, 70+ Mute Swan, 60+ Woodpigeon, 30+ Carrion Crow, 12 Pied Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 30+ Starling, 1 Great White Egret, 20 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron. Rob Harris.

Saturday 06th September 2014variable, partly cloudy, hazy, max20°c

Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 09:40 to 11:05
c.8 Yellow Wagtail passed through, 50+ Sand Martin arrived in a "whoosh" over the moat, with a few more later and probably some of same on wires, a very strong passage of House Martin and Swallow, 2 Whitethroat, Peregrine Falcon soaring (looked like smallish juvenile male), 2 Little Egret, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker flying. Richard Fahey.

Wakering Stairs 10:00 to 12:10
4 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 33 Oystercatcher, 368 Grey Plover - most in summer plumage, 180 Ringed Plover, 51 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 28 Dunlin (all waders on high tide roost), 1 Stock Dove, c.600 Swallow in constant south-west movement, 18 House Martin, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Stonechat, c.10 Long-tailed Tit in mixed tit flock, 6 Meadow Pipit, 30 Linnet. David Selley.

Foulness Island 18:45 to 19:30
4 Marsh Harrier, 7 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl. Also report of Short-eared Owl yesterday. Steve Giles.

Friday 05th September 2014variable, partly cloudy, max20°c

Two Tree Island 06:30 to 07:30
c.100 Little Egret in the lagoon. David Davies.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:00 to 12:05
1 Green Sandpiper flying west of track near old bungalow (maybe up from fleet), 2 Sand Martin arrived over Holehaven Creek seawall, 1 Chiffchaff in shrub along Holehaven Creek seawall (bright yellow bird but not so much as lemon yellow juvenile Willow Warbler and call distinct), 1 Sedge Warbler at Manorway Fleet, 1 female/juvenile Blackcap by Coryton gate, 1 Whitethroat, a few House Martin, c.7 Swallow passed east, 2 Water Rail calling on either side of footpath at Manorway Fleet (one in response to the other it seemed), 1 drake Wigeon on Manorway Fleet, 8 Gadwall included 7 on Manorway Fleet 1 flying from shrub mound towards here, 4 Teal on Holehaven Creek, c.10 Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler heard between near old bungalow and Manorway Fleet, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ringed Plover with a large flock of Redshank close to Canvey barrier, 2 Green Woodpecker, Little Grebe singles at shrub mound pool (immature not a usual spot but probably local) and Manorway Fleet. Richard Fahey.

Thursday 04th September 2014easterly, scattered clouds, max22°c

Abberton Reservoir 10:15 to 16:30
1 Great White Egret, many Little Egret, 12 Ruff, 2 Redshank, 7 Green Sandpiper, c.30 Lapwing, 60+ Mute Swan, 1 Swallow, c.15 Goldfinch, 6 Pied Wagtail, 1 pair Blackcap, c.12 Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff feeding together on berries, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, several Great and Blue Tit, few Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Pochard, Mallard, Teal, 1 pair Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 4 Buzzard, 100s Cormorant, 100s Canada Geese, many Greylag Geese, c.20 Common Tern, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 100 + Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Jay, 2 Stock Dove. 1 Clouded Yellow Butterfly, many Small and Large White Butterfly, many Dragonflies including, 1 female Ruddy Darter Photo available - click here, 1 Weasel. David & Brenda Hale.

Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 10:45 to 14:00
c.90 Avocet, c.50 Grey Plover (many in breeding plumage), 2 Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 3 Sandwich Tern heading east, 2 Hobby, 3 Kestrel, several parties of Swallow heading south, 12 Yellow Wagtail on lawns between the fort and main 'Lake' with Pied Wagtail. 2 Clouded Yellow And c.6 Wall Brown. Andrew Gouldstone.

Southend Pier 11:00 to 13:15
8 Little Egret on foreshore, 3 Redshank over, 27 Oystercatcher over, 49 Turnstone, 3 Kittiwake, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 22 Common Tern. David Selley.

Great Wakering 14:00
Wryneck caught in my greenhouse, it flapped around for a while then flew into a plum, tree looked at me for a while and left. David Dedman.

Foulness Island 19:35
c.75 Little Egret spooked on roost by Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel. Steve Giles.

Wednesday 03rd September 2014easterly, partly cloudy, max21°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:08 to 11:03
5 Common Sandpiper at creek, c.6 Yellow Wagtail passed through, 1 Sedge Warbler at reed bed behind north bank, 2 Reed Warbler included 1 at Manorway Fleet, 15+ Whitethroat, 1 drake Wigeon on Manorway Fleet, 1 Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, 20+ Teal on creek, 1 adult and immature Little Grebe on creek with at least 1 on Manorway Fleet (migrants again I assume), 1 Cetti's Warbler showed itself by "lagoon", c.10 Little Egret, c.8 Black-tailed Godwit on creek. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 09:00 to 11:00
1 female/immature Redstart, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher all in woodland, 1 Marsh Harrier and 1 Hobby both over Aveley Marsh. Andrew Gouldstone.

EWT Hanningfield Reservoir 09:30 to 17:00
2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 50+ Great Crested Grebe, 20 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret Photo available - click here, 12 Little Grebe, c.25 Common Tern, 1 Ruff, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper Photo available - click here, c.30 Lapwing, 5 Black-tailed Godwit Photo available - click here, 100s Canada Geese, many Greylag Geese, 1 Garganey, 8 Wigeon, few Gadwall, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, 3 Red Crested Pochard, 1 Shelduck, 1 Wren, 1 Pied Wagtail, Great and Blue Tit in large woodland flock. David & Brenda Hale.

Wickford, Nevendon Road 16:30 to 16:35
1 Kestrel. Rob Harris.

Canewdon 17:25
1 Hobby over Gardiner's Lane allotments. David Selley.

Ballards Gore 17:45 to 17:50
26 Pheasant, 7 Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.

Paglesham 18:20 to 18:30
12 Red-leggedPartridge Photo available - click here, 1000+ mixed Gulls on fields looking towards Paglesham Lagoon. Rob Harris.

Tuesday 02nd September 2014east north east, mostly cloudy, max19°c

Canewdon, St. Nicholas Church 07:50 to 08:05
1 Buzzard low over Raypits, 16 Swallow - all seemed to be adult males, 1 House Martin, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay. David Selley.

Wat Tyler Country Park 14:35 to 16:30
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 6 Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, 1 Stock Dove, 116 Canada Geese, 1 Snow Goose (presumed escapee), few Greylag Geese, several Mallard, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, many Little Grebe, 12 Mute Swan, Starlings in small flocks, 1 Blue Tit, 100s of gulls over West Canvey Marshes. David & Brenda Hale.

Hanningfield Reservoir 15:00
2 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Common Tern. Richard Shepherd.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:30 to 17:35
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 17 Starling, 3 Corn Bunting, 1 Magpie, 3 Pheasant, 2 Whimbrel, 50+ Redshank, 5 Ringed Plover, 8 Shelduck, 18 Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egret, 200+ Canada Geese, 70+ Woodpigeon, 1 Blackbird, 9 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 400+ Mixed Gulls over Island, 7 Swallow, 14 Dunlin. Rob Harris.

Monday 01st September 2014westerly, mostly cloudy, max20°c

EWT Hanningfield Reservoir 11:30 to 11:40
1 Kingfisher perched and fishing in lagoon south side of causeway. A regular sighting of late, it's preferred perches are the long over hanging dead branches at the far end along right-hand side of lagoon. David & Brenda Hale.

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