South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports
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Please note that we would like you to send us ALL of your wildlife sightings - not just the birds!
Monday 10th March 2014Latest Wildlife News on Twitter
Horndon on the Hill, Lower Dunton Road 10:15
Very vocal Buzzard soaring over garden. and then over Langdon hills golf/country club. Gavin Davis.
Shipwrights Wood 09:30 to 10:30
2 Stock Dove (1 singing), 2+ Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (both drumming), 5 Long-tailed Tit (3+1 pair at half completed nest), 2 Treecreeper (both singing). Richard Gray.
Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 11:25 to 11:35
Buzzard over high heading north east, 2 Sparrowhawk displaying over garden. Web Author.
1 Buzzard. Mike Sullivan.
Wat Tyler Country Park 12:30 to 13:00
50+ Teal, 30+ Mallard, 15 Avocet, 50+ Redshank, 2 Curlew, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 200+ Herring, 100+ Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 5 Collared Dove, 60+ Woodpigeon, 10 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 9 House Sparrow, 1 Grey Heron. Rob Harris.
Sunday 09th March 2014southerly, clear, max19°c
Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:55 to 11:55
2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Green Sandpiper, 30+ Wigeon mostly over by pool to south, 1 Pochard and 5 Gadwall at Manorway Fleet, a few Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler heard widespread. Richard Fahey.
Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 10:00
1 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Green Woodpecker. 2+ Brimstone, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoishell. Robin Peppiatt.
Rettendon, Hyde Hall Garden 10:15 to 13:30
9 Tufted Duck on garden reservoir, 2 Skylark singing, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Dunnock, 5 Greenfinch, many Chaffinch, 1 Yellowhammer - singing male. Several Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, and 1 Peacock butterflies. David Selley.
Ingrave, A127 12:00
2 Buzzard Ingrave, A127 12.35, 3 Buzzard Brook Street roundabout on the south weald side, 2 more Buzzard at Fishers Green along with 1 Brimstone, many Peacock and Small Tortoishell. Mike Sullivan.
Wickford (Nevendon Road) 14:00 to 14:15
3 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock. 10 Starling 4 Gatekeeper. Rob Harris.
Two Tree Island 15:00 to 17:00
4 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 200+ Dunlin, 100+ Knot, 2 Stonechat, 100+ Curlew, 100+ Black-tailed Godwit. Peter Norgate.
RSPB Wallasea Island 16:15 to 17:50
5 Oystercatcher, 20+ Mallard, 8 Pheasant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Short-eared Owl, 30+ Redshank, 20+ Dunlin, 3 Linnet, 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Stonechat, 5 Mute Swan, 60+ Herring Gull, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Greater Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Blackbird, 7 Magpie, 20+ Carrion Crow, 20+ Stock Dove, 50+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.
Foulness Island 16:45
1 ringtail Hen Harrier. Steve & Fran Giles.
Canewdon, Scott Hall Road 18:00 to 18:10
1 Little Owl. Rob Harris.
Saturday 08th March 2014southerly, clear, max15°c
EWT Shut Heath Wood, Great Totham 09:40 to 13:20
1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (good on and off views for 30 minutes), 2 Buzzard, many Great and Blue Tit, 2 Green Woodpecker heard. David & Brenda Hale.
Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 10:50
1 Red Kite going south-west and mobbed by noisy gulls, 1 Chiffchaff singing, 1 Comma butterfly. David Selley.
EWT Abberton Reservoir 13:40 to 16:55
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Grey Heron, (4 on nests), many nesting Cormorant, few Goldeneye, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 3 Stock Dove, c.2 Fieldfare, 1 Firecrest, 1 Wren, 2 Long-tailed Tit, Great and Blue Tit, few Jackdaw, few Blackbird, many Starling. 1 Smooth Newt in visitor centre entrance pond. David & Brenda Hale.
Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 13:45 to 17:10
1,500+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20+ Knot on Holehaven Creek, 60+ Wigeon, Water Rail heard below Holehaven Creek seawall, a few Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler heard across area, 2 Green Woodpecker flew over Manorway, 3 Gadwall at Coryton, 1 Oystercatcher displaying near coffer dam. Richard Fahey.
RSPB Bowers Marsh 14:30 to 17:00
1 Corn Bunting, 6 Reed Bunting, 12 Skylark, 16 Little Egret, 7 Bearded Tit, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, many Teal, Wigeon, Shelduck, Little Grebe, Greylag Geese, Canada Geese. Richard Mander.
RSPB Wallasea Island 17:00 to 17:50
5 Oystercatcher, 15 Mallard, 6 Pheasant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Shelduck, 30+ Redshank, 2 Curlew, 24 Dunlin, 1 Linnet, 2 Corn Bunting, 5 Mute Swan, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Blackbird, 5 Magpie, 20+ Carrion Crow. Rob Harris.
Canewdon, Scott Hall Road 18:00 to 18:10
1 Little Owl. Rob Harris.
Friday 07th March 2014south westerly, partly cloudy, max16°c
Wat Tyler Country Park 13:30 to 15:45
Hide only: 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard thermalling towards Bowers, 2 Snipe, 2 Water Rail briefly, Cetti's Warbler seen at left-hand side of hide, lots of Little Grebe, 2 Bearded Tit, Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye. Jim Bailey.
Wakering Stairs 16:30 to 17:40
4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Mallard, 2 Gadwall - pair in borrowdyke, 1 Little Egret, 108 Oystercatcher - small flock on the wader roost and several territorial pairs, 12 Redshank, 1285 Bar-tailed Godwit, 460 Knot, 200 Dunlin, 160 Curlew, 7 Grey Plover, 7 Turnstone, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush singing, 100+ Woodpigeon, 3 Magpie, 1 Corn Bunting - singing male. 20 Rabbit, 1 Water Vole. David Selley.
Thursday 06th March 2014south westerly, partly cloudy, max14°c
Hanningfield 09:00 to 12:40
Tufted Duck, Pochard, Mallard , Coot, Moorhen, 2 pair Gadwall, 1 pair Goldeneye, Great Crested Grebe displaying , 100's Wigeon, 1 pair Teal, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, Dunnock, Blackbird, Chaffinch, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Robin, 2 Wren, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, Greylag and Canada Geese plus 1 Domestic Goose, 1 Oystercatcher, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, 1 Black-backed Gull. Chris Henry.
Wakering, Mill Barn Fishery, 11:00
2 female Hen Harrier on fields at side of track leading to reservoir. A VERY vocal Buzzard circled the lake at regular intervals. 2 Green Woodpecker. Phil Lusher.
Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 11:15 to 11:25
2 Sparrowhawk - pair circling together until male was chased off by crows. David Selley.
Tattersall Gardens, Leigh-on-Sea 11:34
1 male Sparrowhawk flying high from west and turned north till out of sight, 1 Skylark singing high over field to west. Martin Johnson.
Southend, Jones Memorial Park 14:00
Green Woodpecker. Little Owl on fence post at Boots and Laces. 2 Peacock butterflies. Phil Lusher.
RSPB Wallasea Island 14:30 to 15:00
1 Shelduck, 5 Mallard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 9 Dunlin, 12 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, 50+ Herring Gull, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 14 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 12 Linnet, 4 Blackbird, 40+ Starling, 7 House Sparrow, 4 Skylark, 5 Corn Bunting, 20+ Stock Dove, 50+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.
Wednesday 05th March 2014south westerly, partly cloudy, max13°c
Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 12:50 to 16:05
3 Green Sandpiper, Water Rail heard behind fence below Holehaven Creek seawall, 33 Avocet on lagoon (probably included 7 earlier on Holehaven Creek), 2000+ Black-tailed Godwit and 10+ Knot on Holehaven Creek, 100+ Wigeon, 7 Pochard and c.10 Gadwall at Coryton, a few Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler heard across area, pair of Oystercatcher on wall by coffer dam. Richard Fahey.
Hanningfield Reservoir 14:00 to 15:00
100+ Tufted Duck, 50+ Pochard, 100+ Mallard, 100+ Coot, 3 Magpie, 20+ Carrion Crow, 2 Dunnock, 17 Canada Geese, 2 Gadwall, 200+ Wigeon, 11 Greylag Geese, 40+ Cormorant, 40+ Woodpigeon, 200+ Herring Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Robin, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Domestic Geese. Rob Harris.
Wat Tyler Country Park 16:00 to 16:30
2 Marsh Harrier (male flew in front of hide), 3 Snipe in front of hide, 1 Kestrel fly by, Bearded Tit in reeds under hide, Cetti's Warbler seen and heard, Pochard, Teal, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, loads of gulls on scrape, lots of geese over left of road. Jim bailey.
Two Tree Island 16:30
1 ringtail Hen Harrier. Michael Sullivan.
Pair of Osprey high over ASDA car park. John Atfield.
Southchurch Park East
A new pair of Mute Swan flew in this morning before 08:30. Resident pair and remaining cygnet have been involved in minor territorials, but it all seems rather civilised - very strange behaviour indeed. Could be one on the new pair is related to resident female. Interesting observing the interaction developing. Robert Dobinson.
Tuesday 04th March 2014westerly, mostly cloudy, max10°c
Cudmore Grove Country Park 09:30 to 15:30
Blue Tit, Great Tit, many Chaffinch, few Robin, 3 pair Dunnock, 1 Wren, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Mistle Thrush, (calling from treetop), 2 Song Thrush, 6 Stock Dove, 4 Jay, 1 Water Rail, 2 Pied Wagtail, few Oystercatcher, c.10 Turnstone, c.30 Black-tailed Godwit, (one showing coloured rings, white on left leg, orange ring, above a blue ring, on right leg), 20 Dunlin, c.100 Redshank, few Lapwing, c.30 Moorhen, c.100 Curlew, 1 Great Crested Grebe, few Little Grebe, 6 Little Egret, large distant flock of 1000+ Knot, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl, many Shelduck, Teal, Wigeon, Mallard, few Pochard, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, 100's Brent Geese. David & Brenda Hale.
Gunners Park 13:30 to 14:30
15 Great Tit, 9 Blue Tit, 3 Robin, House Sparrow, 110 Black-headed Gull, 30 Starling, 15 Common Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Feral Pigeon, 5 Blackbird, 17 Greenfinch, 7 Moorhen, 9 Carrion Crow, 11 Magpie, 2 Mute Swan, 16 Mallard, Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher, 30 Turnstone, 13 Sanderling, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, 1 Great Crested Grebe at sea. S. Jackson.
Hanningfield Reservoir 14:00 to 16:30
Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch. Kevin Taylor.
Monday 03rd March 2014variable, partly cloudy, max9°c
Hockley, 09:00 to 09:30
A good variety of birds coming into tune around the garden: Dunnock, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Blackcap among them. However, this chorus was soon plunged into silence by a beautiful female Sparrowhawk which proceeded to hang around for a good 10 minutes offering outstanding views. David Glover.
Wat Tyler Country Park 11:45 to 15:15
Sightings from scrape hide: 1 pair Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Sparrowhawk. 3 Snipe, 1 Cetti's Warbler (more heard), 4 Little Grebe, (1 pair nest building), 2 Oystercatcher, c.100 Lapwing, many 1000s Gulls over West Canvey Marsh, c.50 Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 pair Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, many Shoveler, Pochard , Wigeon, few Tufted Duck, Mallard, 2 male Reed Bunting, 1 Skylark, 1 Song Thrush in full song, 1 Blackbird, few Great and Blue Tit, 2 Little Egret. David & Brenda Hale.
EWT Abberton Reservoir 15:00 to 15:35
100+ Pochard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 80+ Mallard, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylag Geese, 7 Mute Swan, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 250+ Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 50+ Starling, 250+ Carrion Crow, 2 Pheasant, 150+ Cormorant, 1 Stonechat, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Swan Goose, 1 Aylesbury Duck, 5 Hybrid Geese. Rob Harris.
Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 16:30 to 16:55
2 Mute Swan, 50+ Tufted Duck, 20+ Pochard, 100+ Wigeon, 70+ Mallard, 80+ Canada Geese, 30+ Greylag Geese, 3 Magpie, 17 Cormorant, 25 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 250+ Herring Gull, 21 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Carrion Crow, 50+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.
Southend sea front (by Sealife Centre) 16:45
32 Sanderling, 2 Redshank, 25 Turnstone, 18 Oystercatcher, 6 Curlew, 6 Ringed Plover, 7 Common Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull. Joe Harris.
Sunday 02nd March 2014southerly, mostly cloudy, max11°c
Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:20 to 12:10
1 Chiffchaff in shrub by lagoon, seen briefly and identified by call, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Avocet on lagoon, 1 Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler heard across area, pair of Gadwall on Manorway Fleet. Richard Fahey.
South Fambridge to the Brandy Hole 10:00 to 12:05
4 Great-crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 8 Wigeon, 375 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (including 105 in the deer paddock at Nth Fambridge and c.200 towards Hullbridge), 1 Buzzard over the Althorne ridge, 1 Kestrel, 6 Oystercatcher, 50 Curlew at the Brandy Hole, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Skylark, 5 Pied Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Linnet, c.40 House Sparrow in hedge in village. David Selley.
RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 15:20
1 Greenshank, 6 Grey Plover, 1 Knot, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew, c.500 Brent Geese, 2 Little Egret, 3 Stock Dove, 22 Shelduck. Joe Harris.
Saturday 01st March 2014north westerly, partly cloudy, max8°c
EWT Stanford Warren Nature Reserve 07:30 to 08:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Marsh Harrier, lots of Cetti's Warbler, 1 Buzzard, Water Rail heard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming, Green Woodpecker. Jim Bailey.
2 Long-tailed Tit feeding in tree in our garden. Ben M.
RSPB Rainham Marshes 09:50 to 16:50
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, 2 female Marsh Harrier, many Reed Bunting , 1 male Stonechat, few Goldfinch, Chaffinch , Great and Blue Tit , 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Wren, few House Sparrow, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 3 Greenfinch, 6 Redwing, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler heard, 3 Jackdaw, 100's Starling , 4 Stock Dove, many Shoveler, Shelduck, Gadwall, Pochard, Teal, 100's Wigeon, c.20 Pintail, (mostly drakes), 100's Lapwing, c.100 Redshank, 6 Snipe, 6 Curlew, c.50 Golden Plover, c.50 Dunlin, many Little Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, many Black-headed Gull, few Lesser Black-backed Gull, few Herring Gull. 2 Rabbits. ( 54 species seen). David & Brenda Hale.
RSPB Bowers Marsh 10:15 to 10:20
1 Water Pipit by sluice gate to saline lagoon - showing first signs of summer plumage. Richard Gray.
Hockley, Glencrofts 11:00
1 female Blackcap. Irwin Lewis.
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park 13:15 to 14:20
30+ Avocet, 30+ Wigeon, 400+ Teal, 5 Oystercatcher included 3 displaying. Richard Fahey.
Wat Tyler Country Park 14:15 to 15:25
1 Bittern took 4 short flights in 10 minutes, 2 Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit seen working reed roots (males and females), 3 Snipe in front of causeway feeding, Little Grebe, Shoveler, Grey Heron, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese. Jim and Lin Bailey.
1 Buzzard just south of North Weald Aerodrome. Kris Mee, Web Author.
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.