South East Essex RSPB Latest Wildlife Reports

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April 2014

Wednesday 16th April 2014Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Canewdon, Hyde Wood Lane 07:20 to 07:35
2 Yellowhammer - singing males seen and heard. David Selley.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:00 to 11:57
1 female Marsh Harrier, 1 Whimbrel and Avocet on creek, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Cuckoo included a pair on other side of creek, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff heard at Coryton, 1 Whitethroat seen and heard at the Manorway, 1 female Pochard and a pair of Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 2 Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler heard over area, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Foulness Island 15:30 to 17:00
6 House Martin, 4 Redpoll. c.10 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood. Steve Giles.

A127, Near Dick Turpin Pub 16:05
Hobby Flying North. Jeff Elliott.

Tuesday 15th April 2014easterly, clear, max12°c

migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Common Tern

Wakering, Mill Barn Fishery 09:00 to 13:00
Mallard Duck with 18 ducklings! Seventeen of them were normally coloured but one was bright yellow! Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, pair of Tufted Duck, Common Tern, Sparrowhawk, Chaffinch, Wren, Robin, pair of Pheasant, pair of Red-legged Partridge on approach road. Bank Vole swimming up and down in front of me for most of the morning, but the highlight was a live Freshwater Mussel that I caught! Phil Lusher.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 09:30
1 Grasshopper Warbler singing just outside the visitor centre and showing well at times, 6 Yellow Wagtail. Andrew Gouldstone.

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 09:30 to 10:00
4 Tufted Duck - 2 drake and 2 female. John Pitts.

EWT Fingringhoe Wick NR 09:30 to 16:45
2 Nightingale perched and singing, more seen flitting across paths and scrub, 1 pair Blackcap, many Chiffchaff, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, c.300 Black-tailed Godwit, c.100 Bar-tailed Godwit, c.100 Grey Plover, c.20 Dunlin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swallow, 1 Common Tern, 1 Brent Goose. 1 Fox, few Peacock Butterfly, 2 Orange Tip Butterfly, 2 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly. David & Brenda Hale.

Hanningfield Reservoir 11:00 to 11:30
1 Swallow, 3 Mute Swan, 30+ Tufted Duck, 40+ Mallard, 3 Pochard, 3 Magpie, 30+ Canada Geese, 30+ Greylag Geese, 9 Cormorant, 20+ Coot, 12 Woodpigeon, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 40+ Herring Gull, 3 Blackbird, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Domestic Geese. Rob Harris.

Woodham Ferrers, Edwin's Hall Road 12:20 to 12:35
4 Pheasant, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Goldfinch, 4 Common Crow, 2 Magpie, 2 Blackbird, 40+ Woodpigeon, 4 House Sparrow. Rob Harris.

Southend, Kensington Road 17:50
Dozens of Bee-Flies in back garden. Robert Dobinson.

Beach Avenue, Leigh on Sea 19:15
1 Sparrowhawk chasing a House Sparrow and diving into a bush to successfully catch it. Rachael and Dave Simpson.

Monday 14th April 2014noth westerly, clear, max15°c

Southchurch Park East 10:30
3 Mute Swan on the lake plus one in amongst the long grass on the bank adjacent to the sluice gates (north west side). Mick.

Rochford, Brays Lane 11:35
1 Buzzard low over road. David Selley.

Wat Tyler Country Park 13:15 to 15:15
2 pair Bearded Tit, 2 Snipe, 1 Wren, 6 Swallow, 1 pair Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 4 Stock Dove, c.100 Wood Pigeon, 3 pair Gadwall, few pair Pochard, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, 1 pair Greylag Geese with 5 gosling. David & Brenda Hale.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 13:30
60 Avocet. Judy.

Sunday 13th April 2014westerly, scattered clouds, max16°c

Southchurch Park East 08:30
3 young Mute Swan flew south west off estuary over Southchurch Park East, two circled, one followed (likely our S.East cygnet), now joined up with regular flypast pair. Then over Southchurch Park south west to estuary. Revisited again twice 10:00 and 10:30 mid morning by Vivien. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:30 to 11:55
3 Wheatear near horse paddock, 3 Whimbrel including 2 on lagoon, 1 Cuckoo heard behind Manorway Fleet, Sedge Warbler heard in reeds/shrub near refinery, 1 Swallow, 1 Marsh Harrier later came close at Manorway Fleet, 1 Snipe, 1 drake Pochard flying near lagoon and a female later on Manorway Fleet, pair of Gadwall on Manorway Fleet, 1 Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler and Blackcap heard at Coryton. Richard Fahey.

Chelmsford, Great Baddow, 09:45
1 Garden Warbler singing in my back garden, 10 House Sparrow, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Collared Dove. Paul Forsdick.

Hockley 10:45
4 Buzzard circling high over Hockley Woods. David Z.

Southchurch, Castleton Road 11:15
1 Jackdaw (a garden first). Richard Mander.

A12, junction with A130 13:15
Buzzard soaring. Peter and Margaret Norgate.

Abberton Reservoir 15:00 to 16:00
1 Little Gull, 4 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Willow Warbler, Cetti's Warbler heard, Chiffchaff heard. Peter Norgate.

Weald Country Park 15:30 to 18:45
2 Goldcrest, 4 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Jay, 1 Ringed-necked Parakeet. Janice Bright.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:20 to 17:30
4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 male Marsh Harrier, 1 Swallow, 1 Linnet, 1 male Reed Bunting, 4 Skylark, 3 Corn Bunting Photo available - click here. Kris Mee, Web Author.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:00 to 17:50
7 Little Egret, 4 Corn Bunting, 3 Linnet, 2 Blackbird, 2 Pheasant, 1 Marsh Harrier, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 5 Magpie, 12 Carrion Crow, 1 Starling, 100+ Woodpigeon, 20+ Stock Dove. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir 19:00 to 19:25
3 Mute Swan, 30+ Tufted Duck, 20+ Mallard, 20+ Pochard, 2 Magpie, 30+ Canada Geese, 50+ Greylag Geese, 14 Cormorant, 40+ Coot, 12 Woodpigeon, 11 Carrion Crow, 1 Common Gull, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Blackbird, 3 Domestic Geese. Rob Harris.

Saturday 12th April 2014southerly to westerly, partly cloudy, max15°c

migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Cuckoo

Southchurch Park East 08:40
The recently arrived pair of Mute Swans were seen mating again opposite last years nest site. The resident female Mute Swan could just be seen tucked in to the reed bed trying to keep out of sight. Alec Beanse.

EWT Blue House Farm 09:10 to 16:00
2 female Marsh Harrier, 2 Wren, 4 Swallow, 1 pair Dunnock, many Blackbird, few Chaffinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Robin, 2 Pied Wagtail, few Skylark, few Meadow Pipit, 4 Avocet, c.25 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Snipe, 6 Little Grebe, many Redshank, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 female Mallard with 12 duckling, 4 adult Mediterranean Gull, 4 male Reed Bunting, 1 Green Woodpecker, few Wigeon, Shelduck, Shoveler, Teal. 2 Brown Hare, 1 Small Tortoiseshell. David & Brenda Hale.

Thurrock, Thameside Nature Park 09:45 to 10:35
2 Oystercatcher, 4 Teal. Richard Fahey.

Foulness Island 10:30 to 11:30
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Swallow, many Corn Bunting and Skylark. Orange Tip butterfly. Steve and Fran Giles.

Wakering Stairs 11:00 to 12:10
1 Cuckoo calling - mobile to the west of Stairs Road, 10 Mallard - adult female with 9 small young, 1 Little Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush singing, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap singing, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Meadow Pipit, c.20 Linnet in off the sea. David Selley.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:00 to 15:30
5 Little Egret,7 Corn Bunting, 5 Linnet, 1 Blackbird, 5 Pheasant, 1 Kestrel, 38 Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 5 Magpie, 12 Carrion Crow, 100+ Woodpigeon, 50+ Stock Dove, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Starling. Rob Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir 16:00 to 16:35
4 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 5 Mute Swan, 130+ Tufted Duck, 120+ Mallard, 20+ Pochard, 2 Red Crested Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Magpie, 30+ Canada Geese, 50+ Greylag Geese, 3 Cormorant, 40+ Coot, 12 Woodpigeon, 11 Carrion Crow, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Blackbird, 3 Domestic Geese. Rob Harris.

Friday 11th April 2014variable, partly cloudy, max11°c

Benfleet Station 07:25
1 male Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler heard briefly. Andrew Bridge.

RSPB Rainham Marshes 09:00
1 Grasshopper Warbler singing well and seen briefly just below the visitor centre by the Purfleet scrape (this bird was present on 10/4 too), 1 Willow Warbler singing in the car park, 1 Greenshank. Andrew Gouldstone.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:04 to 12:00
2 Wheatear at Coryton, 1 Willow Warbler singing by track, Lesser Whitethroat singles heard behind seawall and behind Manorway Fleet, 1 Swallow passed through Coryton, 1 Marsh Harrier, Blackcap heard at Coryton, 1 Chiffchaff singing by the Manorway, pair of Gadwall, 15+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Oystercatcher in display flight, a few Cetti's Warbler heard over area, a few Little Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Wat Tyler Country Park 10:00
1 Large Red Damselfly, first of the year. Neil Phillips.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 15:00
2 Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Ruff, Corn Bunting. Video of stilts here: Neil Phillips.

Wakering Stairs 16:00 to 17:40
2 Shelduck (pair), 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Swallow, 4 Skylark, 1 Nightingale seen and heard singing by level crossing, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Corn Bunting singing. 1 Speckled Wood butterfly, several Marsh Frogs croaking, 20+ Rabbit. David Selley.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 16:00 to 16:30
2 Black-winged Stilt, 3 Ruff, Yellow Wagtail, 13 Linnet. Terry Jeffreys.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 18:45 to 19:00
2 Black-Winged Stilt, 3 Ruff. Peter and Margaret Norgate.

Thursday 10th April 2014variable, scattered clouds, max16°c

migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Redstart
migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Whitethroat
migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Willow Warbler
migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Turtle Dove

Two Tree Island 09:00 to 13:00
No sign of yesterdays Nightingale but a pristine male Redstart in the same area (my first in nine years of birding on the island) calling constantly on the north side of the central path toward the eastern end of the 'corridor' of vegetation. Was flycatching and perching in a Common Ash tree about thirty yards north of the path, also today a single Whitethroat along the northern edge of the model plane field, 2 Willow Warbler in same area, 2 Swallow and excellent views of Cetti's Warbler along central path on east side of the island. A good day. Peter Studholme.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 11:00
1 Willow Warbler seen first thing, singing on and off all morning. David Selley.

Hawkwell, Magnolia N.R, 11:00 to 13:00
Carrion Crow, Collared Dove, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Feral Pigeon, Black-headed Gull, Starling, Blackbird, 4+ Blackcap, Blue Tit, 5+ Robin, 10+ Long-tailed Tit, Sparrowhawk, Greenfinch, Mallard, Green Woodpecker, 20+ Jay, Moorhen, Coot, Great Tit, Dunnock, House Sparrow. M. Hill.

Wat Tyler Country Park 11:30 to 12:00
Common whitethroat. David Lee.

Wat Tyler Country Park 13:00 to 13:20
Turtle Dove. Terry Jeffreys.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:30 to 15:00
5+ Corn Bunting, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Pheasant (pair), Magpie, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, 8+ Little Egret, 9 Mute Swan, Mallard, Shoveler, Great Black-backed Gull, Shelduck, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-back Gull, Skylark, Feral Pigeon, Blackbird, House Sparrow. M. Hill.

Grays 14:00
Ring-necked Parakeets. Sara.

South Fambridge 16:50 to 18:00
27 Black-tailed Godwit - three small flocks flying east, 6 Oystercatcher, 6 Moorhen, 1 Nightingale singing from hawthorns about halfway along footpath to seawall - don't think there are any recent records from here, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Skylark, many Dunnock, 4 Wren, Blue Tit, Great Tit, many Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch. David Selley.

Southchurch Park East
1 and last Mute Swan cygnet chased off by the new Mute Swan pair between 5.45-7.45pm on the 9th April. New Mute Swan pair seen mating at 8.45am. Resident Mute Swan female is being dominated/bullied by new male. All very sad to see her having to defend her pond, with her disinterested mate do nothing. 1 Lesser and 1 Greater Black-backed Gull causing havoc amongst Gulls on pond. 2 Pairs of Coots nesting around pond, 3 Pairs of Moorhens nesting on pond. Robert Dobinson.

Wednesday 09th April 2014westerly, partly cloudy, max17°c

migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Nightingale

Canvey Lake 10:00 to 11:00
1 drake Ringed Teal Presumed escaped bird near bridge. Karen Males.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 12:30 to 17:00
56 Avocet, 3 Redshank, 16 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Tufted Duck, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Corn Bunting, 6 Linnet, 8 Mute Swan, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Cetti's Warbler heard around the marsh. David Shepherd.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 13:15 to 16:15
2 Wheatear at Coryton, 1 Ruff and Whimbrel on creek, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Blackcap at Coryton, 1 Chiffchaff singing by Manorway, 1 female Wigeon on Manorway Fleet, 5 Pochard included a pair on shrub pool, a few Gadwall, a few Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler heard over area. Richard Fahey.

Wat Tyler Country Park 13:15 to 17:00
1 pair Bearded Tit, 5 Snipe, 2 Swallow, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 pair Shoveler, 1 Stock Dove, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, few Canada and Greylag Geese Photo available - click here, few Mallard, Tufted Duck, Gadwall and Pochard. 1 Brimstone Butterfly, many Common Carp Photo available - click here. David & Brenda Hale.

Southend, Kensington Road, 15:15 and 17:45
8+ Bee fly feeding on as many flowers scattered around garden, maybe due to 350+ holes drilled last Autumn in 1 year old 80ft x 6ft brick wall to make an insect hotel. Robert Dobinson.

Two Tree Island 16:30 to 18:30
Nightingale in usual area east of feeding station along central path. Singing well and very active for about 5 minutes (3 brief views) but then nothing for next half hour. single Swallow at eastern end of island yesterday. Peter Stuholme.

Tuesday 08th April 2014westerly, scattered clouds, max13°c

Southchurch Park East and Kensington Road 07:40 and 08:40
1 Mute Swan female starting to build nest in usual area without Mute Swan male help as yet. 1 Grey Squirrel feeding of peanuts on ground, under the bird feeder Kensington Rd. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB West Canvey 10:30
1 Swallow, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret. Jason Burton.

Hanningfield Reservoir 11:00 to 13:00
Common Tern, many Swallow, a few Sand Martin, Pochard, Great Crested Grebe displaying all from the Rawl Hide. David Hope.

Colchester, Westlands Country Park 15:30
1 House Martin. Terry Thorneycroft.

Monday 07th April 2014southerly, rain, max15°c

South Fambridge 09:30 to 10:00
12 Goldfinch, 8 Shelduck, 1 Swallow, very friendly Wheatear which walked along the seawall with me keeping about 12ft in front, stopping as I stopped. A handsome unexpected companion on a short rainy walk with my dogs. Barry Bridge.

EWT Hanningfield Reservoir 10:10 to 16:15
All sightings from Rawl hide: c.50 Swallow over west bank woods, c.50 House Martin feeding over reservoir, 1 pair Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Wren, 2 pair Red Crested Pochard, few Pochard, Teal, Gadwall, Shelduck and Tufted Duck, 1 pair Shoveler, 1 drake Goldeneye, 2 pair Mallard with 11 tiny ducklings between them, 4 Egyptian Geese, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, few Great Crested Grebe (1 pair in courtship display), 6 Common Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, few Black-headed Gull. David & Brenda Hale.

Sunday 06th April 2014south westerly, mostly cloudy, drizzle, max16°c

migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Swallow

migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Sedge Warbler

RSPB Vange Marsh 06:30 to 09:30
Song Thrush, Pheasant, 8+ Cetti's Warbler (one seen in eastern reed bed), 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap (male and female), 2 Dunnock, 3 Greenfinch, Robin, Long-tailed Tit, Common Sandpiper, 2 Cormorant, 2 Reed Bunting (males), 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Mute Swan, 13 Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, Grey Heron, 4 Gadwall, 5 Tufted Duck (including two pairs), 7 Wigeon, Chiffchaff (heard from western reed bed). Terry Jefffreys.

Little Wakering 07:50
Solitary Swallow flying over garden to livery stable paddocks. John Meredith.

Cold Norton 12:00
First Swallow seen this year over garden heading to neighbours stables. Steve Lambeth.

Foulness Island 16:30 to 17:30
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Owl, 4 Avocet,6 Little Egret, double figures of both Skylark and Corn Bunting singing. Steve and Fran Giles.

Langdon Hills, Coombe Wood 19:15
1 Tawny Owl, grey fluffy juvenile sitting on branch in open. B. Goss.

Saturday 05th April 2014south south westerly, scattered clouds, max17°c

Leigh Sea Wall West 08:00 to 09:00
4 Redshank displaying pairs on saltings, 6 Skylark (singing), 3 Meadow Pipit (flying over), 1 Yellow Wagtail (splendid male), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing - one from top of bush giving excellent views), 4 Linnet (2 pairs), 5 Reed Bunting (3 singing). Richard Gray.

Southchurch East Park and Southchurch Park 08:50 and 09:05
Pair of Canada Geese Photo available - click here flew in noisily from the east and landed on pond, light harassment from all resident Mute Swans/cygnets. Robert Dobinson.

EWT Shut Heath Wood 10:15 to 12:15
6 Buzzard, 1 Jay, 1 Green Woodpecker, few Jackdaw, Chiffchaff heard. David & Brenda Hale.

Rettendon A130 11:50 to 11:55
1 Common Buzzard. Rob Harris.

EWT Abberton Reservoir 12:55 to 15:30
1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Swallow, c.10 Skylark, 1 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch, several Chiffchaff, 2 Common Tern, 2 Black Tern, 1 drake Goldeneye, 1 Egyptian Goose, few Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel. 2 Brown Hare, 3 Smooth Newt. David & Brenda Hale.

A12 Junction, A130 13:00 to 13:05
2 Common Buzzard. Rob Harris.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 13:25 to 16:40
15 adult Mediterranean Gull in field with flocks of Black-headed Gulls on west side of Coryton Track, 1 Snipe, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 1 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 female Wigeon still on Manorway Fleet, 2 pairs of Gadwall and 3 drake and 3 female Pochard on Manorway Fleet (another "Pochard" on the creek was grey above and below contrasting with the reddish-brown head, while a female Pochard I later saw at Coryton had a brownish head and similar colour body. This was probably an immature male but was a funny place to see one and think it must be a migrant), a few Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler heard over most of area, Blackcap and Chiffchaff heard singing at Coryton, pair of displaying Oystercatcher. Richard Fahey.

A120 Stansted 13:30 to 13:35
1 Common Buzzard. Rob Harris.

RSPB Wallasea Island 16:15 to 17:10
1 possible Montagu's Harrier hunting low along island's west seawall (a ring-tail harrier with long narrow wings looking too slim and slight for a Hen Harrier), 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Skylark, c.15 Corn Bunting. David Selley.

Friday 04th April 2014westerly, mostly cloudy, max15°c

migrant report First Local Summer Migrant Report - Yellow Wagtail

RSPB Wallasea Island 09:15
Yellow Wagtail flew west low overhead calling. Jeff Delve.

Colchester, Bell House Tip 13:30
1 Swallow. Terry Thorneycroft.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 14:30
2 Oystercatcher, 1 Shelduck, 5 Little Egret, 3 Corn Bunting, 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet, 1 Blackbird, 5 Pheasant, 3 Kestrel, 2 Skylark, 43 Black-headed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 5 Magpie, 12 Carrion Crow, 1 Mute Swan, 2 Moorhen. Rob Harris.

Thursday 03rd April 2014variable, haze, max18°c

Southchurch Park East 08:45
1 Little Egret fishing around perimeter of low reed bed. 2 resident Mute Swans looking vulnerable in regard to the new visiting Mute Swan pair. Resident male seems not interested in defending his mate or pond. Resident female is having to defend her pond on her own. Not looking good for our original female from 2005, now 16+years old. Robert Dobinson.

Paglesham Church End 10:00
Glossy Ibis flying north west over fields and trees and calling. John Carson.

Galleywood 19:00 to 20:00
1 Kestrel, 2 Pheasant (male and female), 1 Swallow swooping low and fast over the top of the rapeseed field. Dan Foulston.

Wednesday 02nd April 2014east north east, haze, max16°c

Canewdon, Hyde Wood Lane 07:30 to 07:45
2 Jay, 1 Mistle Thrush singing, 2 Yellowhammer singing. David Selley.

Southchurch Park East 08:45
The recently arrived pair of Mute Swans were seen mating. Alec Beanse.

Canvey Lake 10:00 to 18:00
A very smart male Ringed Teal Presumed escaped bird near bridge crossing, seemed happy but occasionally chased off by the Mallards. Eddie and Clare Smith.

EWT Hanningfield Reservoir 10:15 to 16:15
1 Swallow flying east and feeding from surface water as it went, 1 female Blackcap, 1 Coal Tit, many Chiffchaff, 3 Wren, 1 Dunnock, many Robin, 2 Long-tailed Tit, many Great and Blue Tit, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 2 Egyptian Geese, 5 Red Crested Pochard, (4 drake, 1 female), 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Goldeneye, (1 drake, 2 female), c.50 Wigeon, few Pochard, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck, 4 Shelduck. Many Peacock butterflies. 3 Bank Vole. David & Brenda Hale.

Havering-Atte-Bower 12:00
Buzzard over Bower House, viewed from Bedfords Park. Ian Phillips.

Battlesbridge 12:00
1 Common Buzzard. Ken Borley.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 13:00 to 16:00
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff heard singing at Coryton, 3 Avocet on lagoon, 7 Wigeon included one on Manorway Fleet, pair of Pochard on Manorway Fleet, a few Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler heard at Coryton and other side of creek, c.13 Black-tailed Godwit on lagoon, 50 Curlew, pair of Oystercatcher in territory flight, 1 Green Woodpecker. Richard Fahey.

Abberton Reservoir 14:30 to 15:00
1 Kestrel, 1 Red Crested Pochard, 1 Goldeneye, 100+ Tufted, 3 Teal, 150+ Mallard, 30+ Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 60+ Mute Swan, 150+ Cormorant, 1 Robin, 2 Little Egret, 2 Moorhen, 100+ Coot, 60+ Common Crow, 5 Magpie, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Pheasant, 50+ Greylag Geese, 50+ Canada Geese, 1 Aylesbury Duck, 7 Hybrid Geese. Rob Harris.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 15:00
5 Robin in the garden. Three young fledged in the last couple of days, still being fed by the parents who are simultaneously gathering nest material for their next brood. David Selley.

Hanningfield Reservoir 15:40 to 16:15
3 Mute Swan, 100+ Tufted Duck, 120+ Mallard, 20+ Pochard, 3 Teal, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Magpie, 60+ Canada Geese, 50+ Greylag Geese, 27 Cormorant, 70+ Coot, 12 Woodpigeon, 11 Carrion Crow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Blackbird. Rob Harris.

Tuesday 01st April 2014Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

South Fambridge 07:50 to 08:30
1 Red Kite drifting west towards Hullbridge, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Shelduck (3 pairs), 4 Oystercatcher (2 pairs), 1 Skylark singing, 3 Wren, 6 Jackdaw, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 10+ Chaffinch. David Selley.

EWT Chigborough Lakes 10:30 to 14:30
1 Sparrowhawk, many Chiffchaff, c.20 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, few Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, (one caught a Perch, then a Tench, soon after), 3 Long-tailed Tit, few Great Tit, few Blue Tit. Few Mallard pairs, few Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Little Grebe. 1 pair Shelduck, 1 drake Pochard, many Black-headed Gull feeding above the reserve. Many Peacock Butterflies, 1 Brimstone Butterfly, few Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies. David & Brenda Hale.

Hanningfield Reservoir 11:00 to 12:00
7 Mute Swan Photo available - click here, 150+ Tufted Duck Photo available - click here, 100+ Mallard, 20+ Pochard, 4 Red Crested Pochard, 7 Teal, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Gadwall, 2 Shelduck, 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 80+ Canada Geese, 50+ Greylag Geese, 7 Magpie, 26 Cormorant, 80+ Coot, 50+ Woodpigeon, 14 Carrion Crow, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull Photo available - click here, 100+ Herring Gull, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 5 Chaffinch, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 2 Pheasant. Rob Harris.

Southchurch Park East 12:45
Silver Eels have arrived, seen topping out all over the pond. Much earlier than last year and larger too. Water Reeds pushing through fast, hoping they will recover in certain areas, now its fresh water feed only. 1 pair of Mallard Ducks nesting and in clear view. Robert Dobinson.

Vange 13:00
1 Sparrowhawk mobbed by 2 Crows, 3 Goldfinch on my feeder. Mick Roe.

Gunners Park 13:40 to 15:20
Black-headed Gull, House Sparrow, Common Gull, Starling, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, Feral Pigeon, Collared Dove, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Greenfinch, Pied Wagtail, Herring Gull, Mute Swan, Moorhen, Chiffchaff, Mallard, Dunnock, Wren. Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell. S. Jackson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 15:40 to 16:50
3 Shelduck, 6 Mallard, 3 Magpie, 6 Carrion Crow, 1 Starling, 6 Linnet, 1 Blackbird, 2 Skylark, 6 Corn Bunting Photo available - click here, 2 Curlew, 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Reed Bunting, 7 Oystercatcher, 12 Redshank, 3 Teal, 1 Mute Swan, 7 Little Egret, 4 Black-headed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 20+ Stock Dove, 30+ Woodpigeon, 6 Pheasant. Rob Harris.

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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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