South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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Friday 09th October 2015Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 01:00
2-3 Redwing calling. Robin Peppiatt.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 06:40
2 Redwing alarm calling from neighbour's garden then flew off west. David Selley.

Wat Tyler Country Park 10:00 to 10:40
1 Common Crane on scrape, great views! Mick Roe.

Barling Magna. Millennium Wildlife Park 11:00 to 12:45
Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Magpie, Black-headed Gull, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Robin, Dunnock, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Starling, Jay, Long-tailed Tit, Blackbird, Green Woodpecker, Herring Gull. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Great Wakering, All Saints Church to the Sea Wall 12:55 to 13:45
Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Coot, Moorhen, 50+ Starling, Common Buzzard, Magpie, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, House Sparrow, 10 Little Grebe, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Water Rail, 8 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, Common Gull, Mallard, Robin, Collared Dove. S. Jackson & M. Hill.

Billericay 15:40
Hummingbird Hawk Moth on Verbena bonariensis. I had a marvelous close -up view of this beautiful moth. Marion Burch.

Wat Tyler Country Park 17:30 to 18:30
1 Water Rail, 2 male and 2 female Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, Bearded Tit. Mick Roe.

Thursday 08th October 2015west north west, partly cloudy, max17°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 13:40 to 16:00
1 Wheatear on track, 1 Green Sandpiper Coryton, 20+ Teal, 1 Shoveler and 2 Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 2 Little Egret, a few Cetti's Warbler heard, 2 Little Grebe on creek, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker Coryton. Richard Fahey.

Basildon, Burnt Mills 10:30
1 Yellow Wagtail on neighbour's roof. Pete and Dawn.

Galleywood Common 14:00 to 16:30
Treecreeper, Magpie, Blackbird, Mallard, Moorhen, Wren, Woodpigeon, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Robin, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Carrion Crow. Kevin Taylor.

Abberton Reservoir 15:30 to 16:40
1 Great White Egret, 12 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 40+ Teal, 200+ Mallard, 100+ Coot, 200+ Tufted Duck, 200+ Pochard, 70+ Shoveler, 60+ Lapwing, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 120+ Herring Gull, 150+ Cormorant, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Moorhen, 20+ Mute Swan, 1 Swan Goose, 200+ Canada Geese, 200+ Greylag Geese, 9 Magpie, 13 Jackdaw, 30+ Starling, 100+ Carrion Crow, 60+ Woodpigeon, 6 Common Pheasant. Rob Harris.

Woodham, Crow Lane/Edwin's Hall Road 18:10 to 18:30
3 Magpie, 20+ Starling, 70+ Carrion Crow, 60+ Woodpigeon, 9 Common Pheasant, 60+ Red-legged Partridge, 20+ Moorhen. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 07th October 2015westerly, mostly cloudy, max16°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 07:50 and 09:45
4 Jay over the garden, 1 female Sparrowhawk - had a close encounter as she flew at below head height along our driveway. David Selley.

Southchurch Park 17:00
1 drake Tufted Duck sitting on pond perimeter in the evening sun with a female Mallard and 6 ducklings (ready to fledge at 55 days). Robert Dobinson.

Tuesday 06th October 2015southerly, mostly cloudy, max17°c

Westcliff, St George's Drive 08:00
1 Grey Wagtail flew over garden. Jeff Kinnerman.

Two Tree Island East 13:00 to 14:30
34 Little Egret, 6000+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 8 Curlew, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest. Web Author.

Shoebury 15:00
1 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff in garden. Steve Day.

Monday 05th October 2015southerly, mostly cloudy, max19°c

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:30 to 16:30
5 Common Pheasant, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 70+ Starling, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 70+ Herring Gull, 14 Redshank, 40+ Canada Geese, 12 Mallard, 7 Magpie, 30+ Carrion Crow, 30+ Corn Bunting, 50+ Linnet, 4 Kestrel. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 16:30 to 17:00
350+ Coot, 100+ Mallard, 100+ Pochard, 100+ Tufted Duck, 3 Moorhen, 17 Great Crested Grebe, 160+ Cormorant, 3 Magpie, 23 Carrion Crow, 7 Pied Wagtail, 6 Collared Dove, 5 Mute Swan, 20+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Sunday 04th October 2015variable, partly cloudy, max16°c

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 08:00 to 17:00
A day gardening produced the following: 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 20+ Siskin (in small flocks of 3-4), 2 Bullfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Redpoll, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 4-5 Goldcrest, 10+ Meadow Pipit (over as singles), 3 Swallow, 2 Jay, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Pied Wagtail. 1 Small Copper on Ivy (first record for garden). 1 Hornet. Robin Peppiatt.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:20 to 11:30
1 Lesser Whitethroat very close in shrub behind seawall, a very few Chiffchaff and Swallow, 3 Snipe off "shrub mound pond", 1 Common Sandpiper on creek, 1 male Peregrine Falcon, 6 Bearded Tit Manorway Fleet (1 earlier and 6 later in the air), 2 Water Rail Manorway Fleet, a few Cetti's Warbler heard, 50+ Teal mostly on creek, 4 Shoveler on "shrub mound pond", c.5 Lapwing on creek, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 single Sparrowhawk, 1 Siskin was seen by Peter Worland earlier over Manorway Fleet, whom I met later. Richard Fahey.

East Mersea, Cudmore Grove 10:00 to 15:00
Little Grebe, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Kingfisher, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Rook, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting. Red Admiral. Kevin Taylor.

Westcliff, St George's Drive 13:32
1 Common Buzzard flying north, viewed from garden. Jeff Kinnerman.

Chelmsford, Springfield Lock 16:40
2 Grey Wagtail. Tim Davis.

Saturday 03rd October 2015variable, scattered clouds, max16°c

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 08:45 to 11:45
1 immature male Marsh Harrier, c.200 Avocet, 5 Stonechat, 12 Brent Geese, c.15 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 11 Little Grebe, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Little Egret, 3 Swallow. Andrew Gouldstone.

Westcliff, St George's Drive 10:15
Dotted Rustic Moth Photo available - click here in garden. Jeff Kinnerman.

Shoeburyness, gunners Park 10:35 to 12:55
Black-headed Gull, 80 Starling, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Herring Gull, Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Collared Dove, Firecrest, Blue Tit, Feral Pigeon, Moorhen, Mallard, large flock of Swallow and House Martin, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Oystercatcher, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Little Egret, Redshank, Chiffchaff, Turnstone, Kestrel, Great Black-backed Gull, Mute Swan with 3 cygnets, Black Swan, 8 Little Grebe, Goldcrest. S. Jackson & M. Hill.

Southchurch Park East 12:45
2 Grey Heron flying high from estuary due NE over pond, 1 Cormorant flying to estuary due SW over pond 5 minutes later, 2 female Teal feeding along NW reedbed edge, 1 Green Woodpecker calling out across park. 12.45am. Robert Dobinson.

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 13:48 to 14:50
Immature female Marsh Harrier, 1 Chiffchaff, 20+ Swallow, 11 Little Grebe on moat, 200+ Avocet, 2 Grey Plover, 40+ Curlew, 100+ Dunlin, 100+ Teal, 3 Gadwall, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker. 4 Seal. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:30 to 17:30
100+ Black-headed Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 100+ Herring Gull, 9 Common Pheasant, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Stonechat, 40+ Corn Bunting, 60+ Linnet, 7 Starling, 4 Magpie, 30+ Carrion Crow, 60+ Canada Geese, 5 Mute Swan, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel. Rob Harris.

Friday 02nd October 2015east north east, clear, max17°c

Southend, High Street 07:16 to 07:30
2 Grey Wagtail calling/flying over buildings. Jeff Kinnerman.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 09:15
Goldcrest in garden. Web Author.

Abberton Reservoir 09:45 to 15:00
Great White Egret, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Pintail, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, Swan Goose. Small Copper, Red Admiral. Kevin Taylor.

Corringham Area c.12:15
1 Buzzard soaring low over and near small woodland at the bottom of Lampits Hill. Richard Fahey.

River Roach Seal Trip, 13:30 to 16:15
18 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 22 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 8 Shelduck, 6 Wigeon, 2 Buzzard (over Wallasea Marina), 1 Kestrel, 18 Avocet Photo available - click here, 24 Great Black-backed Gull Photo available - click here, 40 Lapwing, 8 Curlew. 14 Common Seal Photo available - click here. Web Author.

River Crouch, Towards Battlesbridge 14:30 to 16:30
3 Curlew, 12 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 female Marsh Harrier. David Chivers.

Leigh Old Town 15:15 to 18:10
1,000+ Brent Goose rafting on high tide. Martin Johnson.

Westcliff, St Georges Drive 16:20
1 Painted Lady Photo available - click here in garden. Jeff Kinnerman.

Hullbridge, River Crouch 16:30
1 Kingfisher. Russ Payne.

RSPB Wallasea Island 18:50 to 19:10
3 Common Pheasant. 3 Brown Hare. Rob Harris.

Thursday 01st October 2015east north east, scattered clouds, max16°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:15 to 10:25
2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, a few Swallow Coryton, 1 Buzzard in water on fleet before flying off (the two Green Sandpipers that came off here, weren't bothered by it before I came along!), 2 sightings of Kingfisher Manorway Fleet, c.4 Cetti's Warbler heard, 1 Little Egret, 50+ Teal on creek, 1 Shoveler on Manorway Fleet, c.6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Grebe on Manorway Fleet. Richard Fahey.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 16:20
Male and female Sparrowhawk Photo available - click here over garden. 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.

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