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January

Friday 20th January 2017Latest Wildlife News on Twitter    

Southchurch Park East 08:40
1 Water Rail walking on ice around reedbed NW corner, picking up some brown bread and caching it in the reeds then walking towards the Bloomfield bench direction to feed on ice. Robert Dobinson.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 09:15 to 11:00
2 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 14 Turnstone, 11 Mallard, 39 Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Little Grebe, 10 Lapwing, 5 Redshank, 10 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock, 20+ Collared Dove, 30+ Woodpigeon, 2 Magpie, 2 Jay, 2 Crow. 3 Grey Squirrel. Steve RJ.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:16 to 14:06
3 House Sparrow (2 males, 1 female), c.200 Jackdaw, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 250+ Lapwing, c.1000 Starling (aerial flock), 1 Golden Plover (with Lapwings), 250+ Wigeon, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Little Grebe, 7 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Skylark, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Snipe (together), 1 Bearded Tit (heard), 1 Kestrel (female), 1 Shelduck, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat (pair), 4 Redshank, 1 Avocet, 1 Glaucous Gull (1st winter), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 5 Teal, 1 Black-headed Gull (with full breeding plumage), 2 Reed Bunting (females), 1 Common Buzzard (in tree with 3 Carrion Crow), c.55 Stock Dove (together), 16 Linnet (together). 1 Red Fox. Jeff Kinnerman.

Hanningfield Reservoir 10:00 to 13:30
Magpie, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 8 Blackbird, 9 Robin, 38 Fieldfare, 20 Blue Tit, 25 Great Tit, 120 Mallard, Treecreeper, 15 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Coal Tit, 9 Chaffinch, 30 Tufted Duck, 150 Black-headed Gull, 6 Moorhen, 3 Dunnock, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 40 Cormorant, Stock Dove, 4 Wren, 175 Wigeon, 78 Teal, 50 Pochard, 7 Herring Gull, 40 Lapwing, 250 Canada Goose, Grey Heron, 3 Goldeneye, 30 Coot, Redwing, 15 Greylag Goose, Jackdaw, Starling, Little Egret, House Sparrow. 3 Muntjac Deer, 2 Red Fox, Lots of Grey Squirrel. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

RSPB Vange Marsh 12:00 to 13:00
2 Marsh Harrier (male and female), 2 Snipe, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 1 Redwing, 100+ Wigeon, Shoveler. Mick Roe.

Hullbridge 14:45
1 Red Admiral. Colin Knight.

Two Tree Island 15:20 to 16:15
Ramp only: 24 Brent Goose, 18 Shelduck, 4 Little Egret, Peregrine, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin. Graham Mee & Kris Mee.

Thursday 19th January 2017north easterly, clear, max6°c

Southchurch Park East 08:30 to 08:40
1 Water Rail emerging from reeds to feed on ice, popping in and out of cover for 10 minutes opposite Bloomfield bench. Robert Dobinson.

Hockley Woods 08:49 to 11:57
Blue Tit (abundant), Great Tit, Chaffinch, 4 Jay (together), 4+ Redwing (feeding in ground cover), 11 Goldcrest (singles and pairs viewed throughout woods), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (together), 7 Stock Dove, 5+ Long-tailed Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Lapwing, 1 Jackdaw (both species viewed flying over fields adjacent to woods), 2 Goldfinch, 7 Black-headed Gull. Grey Squirrel. Jeff Kinnerman.

Two Tree Island 11:15 to 14:00
Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Water Rail (on lagoon), Redshank, Wren, 4 Fieldfare, Robin, Meadow Pipit, male Reed Bunting. Graham & Kris Mee.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:45 to 14:55
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl, 200+ Woodpigeon, 150+ Lapwing, 1 Robin, 2 Magpie, 9 Carrion Crow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 9 Reed Bunting, 30+ Corn Bunting, 4 Stonechat, 20+ Common Pheasant, 40+ Redshank, 200+ Brent Geese, 14 Shelduck, 1 Greenshank, 2 Blackbird. Rob Harris.

Wednesday 18th January 2017variable, clear, max5°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:48 to 12:25
1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel present, 180+ Wigeon, 200+ Teal, 300+ Lapwing, a few Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker at Coryton, 4 Song Thrush. Richard Fahey.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 09:30 to 10:30
5 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 6 Turnstone, 1 Curlew, 20 Wigeon, 12 Mallard, 34 Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Little Grebe, 20 Lapwing, 20+ Redshank, 6 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 3 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Sparrowhawk (flew over), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard), 3 Goldfinch, 12 House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock, 20+ Collared Dove, 30+ Woodpigeon, 1 Magpie, 2 Jay, 1 Wren, 4 Crow. 5 Grey Squirrel. Steve RJ.

South Fambridge Brandy Hole 11:15 to 12:40
Many House Sparrow, Blue Tit, Starling, 1 Chaffinch in village, Lapwing, Redshank, c.30 Wigeon, 2 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, c.200 Brent Geese flying downstream, 2 Stonechat, Black-headed Gull, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Dunnock, Robin, 1 Gadwall, 1 Grey Plover, Sanderling, 2 Blackbird (pair), 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Magpie, Wood Pigeon, 4 Cormorant, Moorhen. Paul Adams.

Southchurch Park 11:20
1 Redwing feeding on short grass of football pitch near Ken Rd/Northumberland Crescent corner NW then flying down to SE corner. Robert Dobinson.

Pitsea 12:30
20+ Waxwing in trees at Rokescroft/Pitsea Road. Gill.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 13:30 to 15:30
Several thousand mixed Gull, 23 Coot, 12 Curlew, 4 little Egret, 3 Moorhen, 60 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 20 Shoveller, 2 Common Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 8 Reed Bunting, 1 Stonechat, 4 Robin, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Wren, 1 Common Buzzard, c.200 Carrion Crow, 8 Blackbird. Denis Warren.

Chelmsford, River Chelmer (Essex Records Office) 16:05
7 Goosander (6 drake, 1 female), 3 Little Grebe. Tim Davis.

Tuesday 17th January 2017east south east, clear, max4°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 08:48 to 10:11
1 Short-eared Owl (perched on tree for a few moments before taking flight), 1 Green Woodpecker, c.200 Lapwing, 12 Fieldfare (together), 1 Marsh Harrier (male hunting), 1 Water Rail (heard), 3 Mute Swan, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, Teal, Pochard, Wigeon, 7 Reed Bunting (5 females, 2 males together), c.12 Snipe (together), 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 2 Bearded Tit (male showed well). Jeff Kinnerman.

Wat Tyler Country Park 10:27 to 13:26
5+ Pied Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Grey Heron, Shoveler, Gadwall, 5 Little Grebe, 11 Curlew, 4+ House Sparrow, 5+ Black-tailed Godwit, c.150 Lapwing, 4 Jackdaw, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Reed Bunting (male), 1 Fieldfare, 1 Common Buzzard (mobbed by c.10 Magpie), 2 Water Rail (one showed well in clearing front of first hide, second bird partially hidden before disappearing into reeds). Jeff Kinnerman.

Billericay, Lake Meadows 10:30
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming - beautiful plumage in sunshine, 6 Redwing on ground. Marion Burch.

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:10 to 13:40
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Marsh Harrier (possibly 2), 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Kestrel, 2 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant. 2 Brown Hare, 1 Red Fox seen while walking the Marsh Flat trail. Tim Davis.

Canvey Heights 12:30
150+ Brent Geese on playing field. Hilary Knight.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 16:00
3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (both ringtails), 4 Short-eared Owl, 60 Lapwing, 10 Meadow Pipit, 3 Reed Bunting, 200+ Brent Geese flew from the river Crouch. 2 Brown Hare. David Shepherd.

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 14:00 to 15:00
100+ Black-headed Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 34 Mute Swan, 40+ Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher (flying down river as yesterday), 2 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 6 Lapwing, 12 Mallard, flock of 20 Dunlin flew down river, 8 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 4 Crow, 20+ Woodpigeon, 15 Collared Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker chasing each other, 10+ Blackbird, 5 Robin, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 1 Magpie, 2 Jay, 1 Song Thrush. 5 Grey Squirrel. Steve RJ.

Wat Tyler Country Park 15:00 to 15:40
1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe both on the ice in front of hide, 1 Buzzard, Shoveler, Tufted Duck. Mick Roe.

Southend Pier
History of Mediterranean Gulls observed with white rings 3E72 and 3KRY

White 3E72 26/06/2005 Rung Grembergen, Oost-Vlaanderen, BELGIUM
30/07/2005 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Arlow, Steve
07/08/2005 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Mee, Graham
29/12/2005 Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, GB 51,34N 0,44E Arlow, Steve
14/04/2006 Westdorpe, Autrichepolder, Zeeland, NL 51,15N 3,5E De Smet, Walter
16/04/2006 Westdorpe, Autrichepolder, Zeeland, NL 51,15N 3,5E De Smet, Walter
29/07/2006 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Arlow, Steve
07/01/2007 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Arlow, Steve
29/01/2007 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Johnson, M.S.
11/03/2007 Zandvlietsluis, Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,2N 4,17E De Smet, Walter
14/03/2007 Zandvlietsluis, Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,2N 4,17E Flamant, Renaud
15/03/2007 Zandvlietsluis, Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,2N 4,17E Flamant, Renaud
20/03/2007 Zandvlietsluis, Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,2N 4,17E BLB 7T21303 Goris, Guido
23/03/2007 Zandvlietsluis, Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,2N 4,17E Flamant, Renaud
24/03/2007 Zandvlietsluis, Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,2N 4,17E +GDS+GG BLB911397 Pauwels, André
06/11/2007 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Lee, David
11/11/2007 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Arlow, Steve
11/11/2007 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Griggs, Paul
14/11/2007 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Lee, David
21/11/2007 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Lee, David
27/01/2008 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Lee, David
17/02/2008 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Darrell-Lambert, David
24/02/2008 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Bruty, Paul
28/09/2009 L'Houmeau, Port du Plomb, Charente-Maritime, FRANCE 46,12N 1,12W Le Gall, Pierre
02/10/2009 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E read as 3F72 Davison, Dan
17/01/2010 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Cracknell, Martin
30/01/2010 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Baker, Paul
31/01/2010 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Lee, David
01/02/2010 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Dee, Chris
18/06/2011 Pitsea landfill, Essex, GB 51,33N 0,32E Arlow, Steve
13/11/2011 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Southcott, Michael
19/12/2011 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Arlow, Steve
27/12/2011 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Hawkins, Paul
08/01/2012 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Mee, Graham
14/01/2012 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Southcott, Michael
14/02/2012 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Illman, Chris
10/11/2012 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Southcott, Michael
13/01/2013 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Mee, Graham
21/01/2013 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Griggs, Paul
20/10/2013 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Blad, Artur
12/11/2013 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Darrell-Lambert, David
04/12/2013 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Sherriff, Russel
14/12/2013 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Enright, Shane
16/01/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Ekins, Graham
25/01/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Sammels, Craig
02/02/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Bonser, Richard
02/02/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Delve, Jeff
06/04/2014 Total, Antwerpen, province of Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,15N 4,19E Rooselaer, Edwin
06/04/2014 Total, Antwerpen, province of Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,15N 4,19E Rooselaer, Landelijn
08/04/2014 Total, Antwerpen, province of Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,15N 4,19E male acc bill paired with adult with metal on left tarsus Jacobs, Jos
14/04/2014 Total, Antwerpen, province of Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,15N 4,19E Jacobs, Jos
14/05/2014 Total, Antwerpen, province of Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,15N 4,19E Jacobs, Jos
28/09/2014 Southend on Sea Pier, Essex, GB 51,32N 0,42E Wyn-Jones, Henry
28/09/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Mitchell, Dominic
22/11/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Griggs, Paul
07/12/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Southcott, Michael
19/12/2014 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Johnson, Andy
04/01/2015 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Mee, Graham
15/02/2015 Southend on Sea Pier, Essex, GB 51,32N 0,42E Considine, Dominique
18/02/2015 Southend on Sea Pier, Essex, GB 51,32N 0,42E Chapman, Lee
06/04/2015 Total, Antwerpen, province of Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,15N 4,19E Jacobs, Jos
06/04/2015 Total, Antwerpen, province of Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,15N 4,19E Mannaert, Albert
08/04/2015 Total, Antwerpen, province of Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,15N 4,19E Jacobs, Jos
03/06/2015 Total, Antwerpen, province of Antwerpen, BELGIUM 51,15N 4,19E Jacobs, Jos
09/08/2015 Southend on Sea Pier, Essex, GB 51,32N 0,42E Huig, Naomi
09/08/2015 Southend on Sea Pier, Essex, GB 51,32N 0,42E Huig, Ronald
29/11/2015 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Harris, Stephen
27/12/2015 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Howard, Richard
10/01/2016 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Mee, Graham
18/03/2016 Southend on Sea Pier, Essex, GB 51,32N 0,42E Darrell-Lambert, David
06/10/2016 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Pollard, Mike
15/01/2017 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Mee, Graham
Total number of sightings - nombre total d'observations: 71

White 3KRY Rung 27/06/2014 De Kreupel Island, Ijsselmeer, Noord-Holland, NL 52,48N 5,14E Majoor, Frank
26/10/2015 Southend on Sea Pier, Essex, GB 51,32N 0,42E Blad, Artur
08/01/2016 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Considine, Dominique
13/01/2016 Southend on Sea Pier, Essex, GB 51,32N 0,42E Lee, David
31/03/2016 Icklesham, Sussex, England, GB 50,51N 0,4E Rye Bay Ringing Group
31/03/2016 Rye Harbour NR, Rye, Sussex, GB 50,56N 0,45E Yates, Dr Barry
15/01/2017 Southend Pier, Essex, GB 51,31N 0,43E Mee, Graham
Total number of sightings: 6

Monday 16th January 2017variable, mostly cloudy, max6°c

Hullbridge, Kendal Park and River Crouch 09:00 to 10:00
1 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher (flew from jetty's to beyond Anchor pub on South Woodham side), 22 Mute Swan, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Turnstone, 4 Redshank, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 5 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Robin, 1 Magpie, 1 Jay, 3 Woodpigeon, 6 Collared Dove, 2 Crow. 3 Grey Squirrel. Steve RJ.

Two Tree Island 10:08 to 15:25
East side: 1 Song Thrush, 1 Jay, 2 Sparrowhawk (females together soaring), 1 Meadow Pipit, c.50 Teal, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Curlew, 89 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Rock Pipit (together), 3 Greenfinch, 1 Peregrine Falcon. West side: 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, c.40 Linnet, 9 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing. Lagoon hide: c.40 Avocet, c.72 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat (pair), 3 Snipe, 11 Grey Plover, c.400 Brent Goose, 65+ Ringed Plover, 750+ Knot, 750+ Dunlin, c.50 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 1 Black-tailed Godwit. Jeff Kinnerman.

Daws Heath 14:00 to 14:30
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming for about five minutes, 1 Green Woodpecker on lawn, 1 Mistle Thrush in Rowan tree outside the house. 1 Common Buzzard in Pound Wood. 5 Red Fox. Mike Sagrott.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:45 to 15:55
1 Little Egret, 3 Kestrel, 1 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 3 Stonechat, 3 Magpie, 200+ Lapwing, 14 Black-headed Gull, 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Hen Harrier, 2 (possible 3) Short Eared Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Mute Swan, 100+ Starling, 8 Carrion Crow, 23 Common Pheasant, 100+ Woodpigeon. Rob Harris.

Sunday 15th January 2017westerly to northerly, rain, max7°c

Southchurch Park 11:00
Two adult Mute Swan chasing the remaining three Cygnets in a aggressive style. Jill and John Parsons.

Southend, Westbury Road 12:45
7 Goldfinch on the feeders. Mick Holland.

Wat Tyler Country Park 13:45 to 14:45
2 Water Rail foraging in front of Green Centre hide, a third was seen briefly before quickly being seen off by one of the pair. Ross Gardner.

Pitsea 13:30 and 15:00
c.25 Waxwing, next to Go Outdoors and Pitsea Junior School field (Rokecroft). Ross Gardner.

EWT Lion Creek, River Crouch 14:45 to 15:45
Lots of cock Pheasant in the fields, Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, lots of Mallard, c.20 Shelduck only on the main river, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Wren, 1 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 4 Mute Swan in lagoon, lots of Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Teal in the creek and lots more on marsh next to river, 2 Little Egret, 5 Curlew, 3 Brent Geese flying downstream, flock of (c.20) possibly Linnet too far distant for definite I.D, 3 Starling. Paul Adams.

Saturday 14th January 2017west north west, scattered clouds, max5°c

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East 08:15 and 12:45
2 Mute Swan cygnets taken to estuary/Camper Road after getting chased out of the pond by parents, 3 left now, 2 drake Teal in water opposite Bloomfield bench. Robert Dobinson.

Chelmsford, Tile Kiln 10:30 to 12:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mistle Thrush, 50+ Song Thrush, 200+ Redwing, 200+ Fieldfare, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 20+ Blue Tit, 1 Robin, 1 Pheasant. E. Gilbert.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 13:15 to 15:50
14 Brent Goose, 1000+ Black-tailed Godwit, 500+ Dunlin, 100+ Redshank (all 3 waders included many at high tide roost on lagoon), 1 Grey Plover on lagoon with wader roost, 200+ Lapwing, 10+ Curlew, 1 Snipe, 20+ Wigeon, 20+ Teal, 2 Shoveler (singles on creek and Manorway Fleet), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Grebe (singles on creek and Manorway Fleet), 1 Cetti's Warbler present at Manorway Fleet, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50+ Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 14:00 to 14:15
Male and female Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, female Sparrowhawk Photo available - click here, Buzzard Photo available - click here over west. Graham and Kris Mee.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:30 to 16:00
200+ Wigeon, 33 Lapwing, 30 Teal, 17 Greylag Geese, 2 Snipe, 4 Little Egret, 2 Black-Tailed Godwit, 1 Avocet, 1 Bearded Tit. David Shepherd.

Pitsea Go Outdoors Store 15:10
43 Waxwing. Lynne Kaye.

Friday 13th January 2017westerly, partly cloudy, max5°c

Prittlewell 14:50
1 Peregrine Falcon above st Mary's Church. Noel Barnes.

Pitsea, Opposite Go Outdoors Store 15:30
17 Waxwing. Joe Shaffery.

Thursday 12th January 2017south westerly, clear then snow, max7°c

No reports received for this day.

Wednesday 11th January 2017westerly, scattered clouds, max12°c

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 08:30
Male Blackcap on bird feeder. John Attfield.

Basildon, Gloucester Park 13:00
1 Ring-necked Parakeet. Peter Hardy.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:45 to 14:30
2 Blackbird 2 Kestrel, 4 Magpie, 14 Carrion Crow, 200+ Lapwing, 30+ Golden Plover, 100+ Woodpigeon, 7 Mallard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Robin, 2 Skylark, 30+ Corn Bunting, 2 Hen Harrier, 17 Common Pheasant, 20+ Linnet, 100+ Brent Geese, 1 Mute Swan, 14 Black-headed Gull, 15 Herring Gull. Rob Harris.

Pitsea Tesco Petrol Station/Go Outdoors 14:45 to 14:55
7 Waxwing. Rob Harris.

Tuesday 10th January 2017westerly, mostly cloudy, max9°c

Southend Cliffs 08:30
2 Green Woodpecker. David.

Rayleigh Weir, 09:00
6 Waxwing and 1 Fieldfare by MacDonald's. John Attfield.

Pitsea 09:33 to 11:07
c.65 Waxwing feeding on Rowan berries corner of old A13 and Go Outdoors store. Jeff Kinnerman.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 11:32 to 13:16
1 Little Egret, c.14 Skylark, Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler, 12 Pintail (11 drakes,1 female), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Grebe, 9 Barnacle Goose, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Avocet, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Kestrel (female coming close with prey, possibly vole), 1 Common Buzzard (drifting north being pursued by single Carrion Crow), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Peregrine Falcon (on small shrub before taking flight), c.1000 Starling (aerial flock), 1 Linnet. 1 Red Fox. Church Road: 6 Fieldfare (over), c.60 Stock Dove (in field). Jeff Kinnerman.

South Woodham Ferrers, Clements Creek 10:00
Ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Corn Bunting, Buzzard, 4 Grey Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Shelduck, 6 Turnstone, 1000+ Dunlin plus the usual Wigeon and Teal flocks. Dawn James.

Hadleigh Castle 13:00
Grey heron in conifer tree in back garden with four crows mobbing him, 4 Curlew under Castle. Roger Shinn.

Pitsea 13:45
c.75 Waxwing near Go Outdoors. Alison.

Wat Tyler Country Park 14:40 to 15:40
1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier mobbing each other, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Teal, Barn Owl in nest box. Mick Roe.

Monday 09th January 2017south westerly, rain, max10°c

Southend, Westbury Road 12:00
2 female and 1 male Chaffinch, 2 Great Tit, 2 Goldfinch. Mick Holland.

Sunday 08th January 2017variable, mostly cloudy, max11°c

Southend, Westbury Road 08:45
5 Goldfinch on the feeders, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Dunnock. Mick Holland.

Pitsea 08:50
33 Waxwing near KFC. David Lee.

Southend Seafront 09:00 to 12:00
230+ Brent Goose, 200+ Sanderling, 40+ Turnstone, Dunnock, House Sparrow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Great Crested Grebe, Starling, 3 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, c.350 Oystercatcher, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, 2 Mute Swan (on the water), Great Black-backed Gull, Carrion Crow, Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Herring Gull, 2 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 6 Bar-tailed Godwit (together, feeding), 2 Grey Plover. 1 Common Seal. Jeff Kinnerman.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:10 to 12:15
1 Brent Goose with flock of Canada Geese, 1 Whimbrel on creek, 3 Green Sandpiper (including 1 later up at Coryton), 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 350+ Wigeon, 180+ Teal, 9 Shoveler on creek, 600+ Lapwing, 1 Grey Plover, 100+ Dunlin, a few Black-tailed Godwit, c.20 Curlew, 3 Little Grebe on creek, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler present at Manorway Fleet, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Corn Bunting, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Sparrowhawk, 60+ Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Hockley 10:00 to 10:05
1 female Sparrowhawk perched in garden. Tim Davis.

Pitsea 12:00 to 13:00
20+ Waxwing. Hilary & Colin Knight.

Pitsea 13:00 to 15:00
25+ Waxwing on Rowan tree at the back of Lidl, very mobile have been seen around other area's of Pitsea. Kevin Taylor.

EWT Blue House Farm 13:00 to 16:00
1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Heron, c.50 Curlew, c.250 Brent Goose, c.50 Redshank, c.50 Dunlin, c.250 Lapwing, c.100 Shelduck, 6 Oystercatcher, 12 Grey Plover, c.250 Golden Plover, 1 Great Northern Diver (off sea wall from log bench), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Snipe. Martin & Marie Singleton.

EWT Blue House Farm 13:30
1 Great Northern Diver off sea wall at 2nd breach. Martin & Marie Singleton.

South Fambridge 13:45 to 14:00
1 Shag, 2 Little Egret, 2 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Meadow Pipit. Steve Sanford.

Pitsea, Tesco Petrol Station/Go Outdoors 14:00 to 14:55
30+ Waxwing. Rob Harris.

Saturday 07th January 2017west north west, mostly cloudy, max10°c

Abberton reservoir 10:00 to 14:00
Rook, Magpie, 200+ Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, Collared Dove, 8 Blackbird, Herring Gull, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Robin, Mallard, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Cormorant, 75 Great Black-backed Gull, 10 Mute Swan, Gadwall, Coot, 6 Pied Wagtail, Lapwing, 3 Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Goldeneye, 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Shelduck, Wren, Shoveler, Grey Heron, Teal, Dunnock, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Pheasant, Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Moorhen, Smew, House Sparrow, Grey Partridge, Little Egret. M. Hill & S. Jackson.

Hullbridge 11:43 to 11:50
Male Sparrowhawk in tall tree in neighbour's garden. Steve RJ.

Pitsea 15:15
20 Waxwing on central reservation by Lidl. Mick Roe.

Friday 06th January 2017southerly, rain, max67deg;c

Southchurch Park East and Kensington Road 08:35 thru 14:15
2 Water Rail (larger bird probably male), 2 drake Teal, 1 Blue Tit on feeder in back garden. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 08:52 to 15:40
23+ Reed Bunting, 70+ Stock Dove, 3 Kestrel, 8+ Corn Bunting, 4 Twite (together, viewed on 3 occasions on fence 100m east of car park), 1 Mealy Redpoll (viewed on one occasion with Twite), 30+ Skylark, 2 Hen Harrier (male and ringtail both often hunting), 6 Curlew, 200+Lapwing (aerial flock), c.250 Shelduck, 9 Avocet (both species on River Crouch), 3 Little Egret, 9+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Oystercatcher, c.50 Linnet (together), 2 Grey Heron, Wigeon, Teal, 2 Stonechat (pair), 7 Cormorant, 2 Marsh Harrier (females), c.80 Brent Goose, 3 Dunlin, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Short-eared Owl (viewed from near car park at 15.33 onwards). 2 Brown Hare. Brays Lane (Rochford): 1 Common Buzzard (viewed from car). Jeff Kinnerman & Scott Ambrose.

Southend, Marine Close 11:00
2 Fieldfare in crab apple tree. John Goodman.

Hanningfield Reservoir 13:45 to 15:30
Very large numbers of Wigeon, 100's of Greylag and Canada Geese Photo available - click here, 50+ Teal and Tufted Duck, 6 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 immature Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Buzzard made all the Geese and ducks leave the pasture for the safety of the Reservoir, 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Rook, 29 Lapwing, 3 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 3 Dunnock, 1 Goldcrest. Chris Henry.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 15:30
15 Greylag Geese, 250+ Wigeon, 30 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 2 Pintail (both female), 5 Snipe, 2 Black-Tailed Godwit, 3 Little Egret, 2 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit. David Shepherd.

Thursday 05th January 2017north westerly, partly cloudy, max7°c

Southend, Westbury Road 08:15
1 Sparrowhawk. Mick Holland.

Southchurch Park East and Southchurch Park 08:25 and 08:40
5 Mute Swan cygnets flying east to west full length of both ponds and clearing bridge, 1 Grey Squirrel running around Willow tree near bridge, 1 Water Rail emerging from left-hand reed bed to feed on ice, responding to call from another Water Rail then flying off to land along north reed bed. Robert Dobinson.

River Roach (N) - Paglesham Lagoon (via Bartonhall Creek) and Return 08:33 to 15:02
12+ Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 22 Stock Dove, 3 Fieldfare (singles), 100+ Redshank, 6 Curlew, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male), 7 Cormorant, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch, 5 Reed Bunting, 250+ Wigeon, 1 Snipe, c.250 Lapwing (aerial flock), 6 Grey Plover, 180+ Teal, 1 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 44 Knot, 1 Grey Heron, 150+ Dunlin, c.300 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Turnstone, 1000+ Brent Goose, 36 Avocet, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Green Woodpecker (males), 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 11 Song Thrush (in field together), 1 Mistle Thrush, c.150 Golden Plover (with Lapwing in field), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Stonechat (male), 2 Jay, 1 Kingfisher (Broomhills Fishery, Mill Lane). Paglesham Lagoon: Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Mallard, 50+ Gadwall, Pochard, 8 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Pintail (12 drakes, 4 females), 1 Wigeon (drake), 4 Shelduck, c.290 Brent Goose (flew in from estuary, later joined by c.50 others). Jeff Kinnerman.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:40 to 12:12
1st winter Glaucous Gull on frozen lagoon with flock of mostly small gulls, 1 Whimbrel on creek, 2 Green Sandpiper, 30+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, c.20 Shoveler (including c.15 south past barrier), 120+ Lapwing, 2 Grey Plover, c.28 Black-tailed Godwit, a few Curlew, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Stonechat Coryton, 2 Little Grebe on creek, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush. Richard Fahey.

Rayleigh Weir, MacDonald's 13:00 to 15:00
5 Waxwing today but berries running low also 2 Fieldfare in the same area. Kevin Taylor.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 16:25
1 Grey Heron dropped down into neighbour's garden, apparently to roost. David Selley.

Wednesday 04th January 2017westerly, mostly cloudy, max7°c

Rayleigh Weir 10:00
5 Waxwing (initially 5 birds- 2 flew off leaving 3 in tall tree by MacDonald's, tree situated directly behind Homebase service yard birds static for 15 minutes). Noel Barnes.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 10:10 to 10:15
Chiffchaff Photo available - click here in garden. Graham and Kris Mee.

Rayleigh, Glasseys Lane 11:15
Male Blackcap in back garden. Peter Bowden.

Barling Millennium Wildlife Park 14:30 to 15:15
2 Little Egret, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, many Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 5 Stock Dove, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, House Sparrow. 71 Mute Swan seen on field north of the Roach, just east of Bartonhall. Creek. David Selley.

Tuesday 03rd January 2017west south west, mostly cloudy max6°c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 08:29 to 13:53
Shoveler, c.50 Stock Dove, 1 House Sparrow (male), c.150 Canada Goose, 17 White-fronted Goose (together grazing), 30+ Skylark (together), 1 Marsh Harrier (female hunting), 34 Fieldfare (together), 8 Redwing (together), 3 Song Thrush, 2 Little Egret, 250+ Lapwing, 3 Bewick's Swan (all adults, flew on to main pool), 1 Smew (drake), Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, 2 Snipe, 1 Brent Goose, 10 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Greenfinch, 12 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 2 Stonechat (male and female singles), 5 Bearded Tit (together), 1 Grey Heron, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Jay. 2 Red Fox (together). Jeff Kinnerman.

Foulness Island, Court End 12:00
20+ Waxwing, 15 Fieldfare, 30 Blackbird, 6 Tree Sparrow, 30+ Starling in garden. Trevor Waterhouse.

Great Wakering, Conway Avenue 13:30
4 Pied Wagtail, noted because more than one not seen before as a group. Brian Coveney.

Monday 02nd January 2017westerly, clear, max5°c

Rayleigh Weir, McDonald's Car Park 07:50 to 08:50
4 Waxwing periodically feeding on rowan trees. Neil and Judy.

Rayleigh, Glasseys Lane 09:30
Male Blackcap in back garden, 2 Redwing on berries in neighbouring gardens Peter Bowden.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:42 to 12:10
1 Whimbrel on creek, 1 Green Sandpiper, 10+ Fieldfare, 60+ Wigeon, 150+ Teal, 4 Shoveler on creek, 10+ Shelduck, 100+ Lapwing, c.9 Curlew, a few Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Song Thrush. Richard Fahey.

Rayleigh, Whitehouse Chase 10:00 to 12:00
2 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 5 Goldfinch around feeders, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, Song Thrush, 3 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, Wren, Dunnock. Denis Warren.

Rayleigh Weir 10:15 to 10:30
4 Waxwing. Peter Bowden.

Wakering Stairs 11:00
7 Fieldfare, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, Dunnock, 25 Brent Goose, 1 Buzzard, Redshank, Little Egret, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Rock Pipit, Goldfinch, Black-headed Gull, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Moorhen, Coot, Robin, Starling, Lapwing, Dunlin, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Pied Wagtail, Robin, House Sparrow, Reed Bunting, Carrion Crow, Grey Heron, Wren. Noel Barnes.

RSPB Vange Marsh 11:00 to 13:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Avocet, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, Wigeon, Teal, Fieldfare, Redwing. Mick Roe.

Abberton Reservoir 11:45 to 14:45
Little Egret, Mallard, Mute Swan, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Black-headed Gull, Wigeon, Dunnock, Shelduck, Pintail, Long-tailed Duck, Grey Heron, Smew, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Pied Wagtail, Goldeneye, Coot, Pochard, Teal, Peregrine Falcon, Bewick's Swan, Carrion Crow, Gadwall, Redwing, Great Crested Grebe, Rook. Kevin Taylor.

Rayleigh Weir 11:30 to 12:00
4 Waxwing Photo available - click here. Graham and Kris Mee.

North Weald 12:45
1 Red Kite near M11/A414 roundabout. Steve Day.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:30 to 16:00
5 Mute Swan, 300+ Brent Geese Photo available - click here, Pheasant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Hen Harrier (1male, 1 ringtail), 2 Kestrel, 200+ Lapwing, Woodpigeon, 2 Short-eared Owl, Carrion Crow, Skylark, 4 Song Thrush, Stonechat, 8 Corn Bunting. Graham and Kris Mee.

Rayleigh Weir 14:00
5 Waxwing in Macdonald's car park, very mobile. 1 very aggressive Mistle Thrush on berry-laden Rowan tree outside my house in Daws Heath. Mike Sagrott.

RSPB Vange Marsh 14:00 to 16:00
3 Snipe, 4 Avocet, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 120+ Wigeon, 200 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Pintail, 7 Gadwall, 4 Mute Swan, 43 Greylag Geese, 1 Kingfisher flying along dyke. David Shepherd.

Rayleigh, MacDonald's 15:10 to 15:30
5 Waxwing showed well in two locations but mobile. They all flew off around 15.30, and weren't seen to return. Les Costin.

Sunday 01st January 2017northerly, light rain, max9°c

Southchurch Park and Southchurch Park East 08:30 and 12:50
2 Mute Swan and 5 cygnets all flew east/west the length of pond with 5 cygnets clearing bridge and landing on west pond, all looking good to move on, Water Rail on water in around reed beds directly below the Bloomfield bench. Robert Dobinson.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 10:00 to 12:00
Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 male, 1 female), Magpie (nest building!), Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch. Graham and Kris Mee.

Hockley 12:25
22 Carrion Crow all together calling out in top of tree seen from our garden. George Kempen.

Southchurch, 12:30
Sparrowhawk with dead Woodpigeon. Rebekah.

Maldon, Beeleigh Weir 13:30
1 Kingfisher darting from tree. 1 small Pike seen from footbridge. Steve Lambeth.

Hockley 14:40 to 14:50
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, female then male on garden feeder. Tim Davis.

Southend, North Avenue 14:45 to 14:58
2 Robin, 24 Starling, 38 House Sparrow, 6 Collared Dove, 8 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Woodpigeon. S.Jackson.



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