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October 2021

Monday 18th October 2021Latest news on Facebook    

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton and Holehaven Creek 09:08 to 12:48
2 Cattle Egret [with cattle near seawall, south of barrier], 42 Avocet [Holehaven Creek], 1 Green Sandpiper ["shrub mound pond"], 2 Stonechat, 7 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 15 Meadow Pipit, 10 Chaffinch, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Dunlin [Holehaven Creek], 5 Grey Plover [Hole Haven Creek], 3 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. 1 Water Vole [Manorway Fleet], 1 Fox. Richard Fahey.

Canvey Point 10:00 to 11:45
4 Gannet, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1000+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1500+ Wigeon. Terry Blackwell.

Sunday 17th October 2021southerly, mostly cloudy, max17°c

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 07:00 to 08:00
7 Swallow - 4 on overhead wires first thing then 3 more over south. David Selley.

Canvey Point 08:15 to 11:15
11 Gannet, 1 Red-throated Diver (still in summer plumage), 1 Arctic Skua, 1000+ Wigeon, 800+ Dark bellied Brent Goose, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Mute Swan, 1 Shelduck, 5 Great Crested Grebe. Terry Blackwell.

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 08:45 to 10:00
2 Great Created Grebe (Estuary), c.200 Brent Goose (various skeins mostly fly overs), Blackbird, Starling, House Sparrow, Carrion Crow, 1 Greenfinch, Robin, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Wren, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Cetti's Warbler (heard by small pond near car park), Green Woodpecker, Magpie, 2 Goldfinch, Mute Swan, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, Mallard, 4 Little Grebe, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, Coot, Teal. Noel Barnes.

RSPB Bowers Marsh 12:30 to 13:30
1 Red Kite seen flying low near east path on return from Old Saltings Lagoon, 2 Stonechat (pair), 10 Goldfinch, many Lapwing and Shoveler, Wigeon. Anita Pickles.

North Fambridge 16:00 to 16:20
3 Little Egret, 5 Mallard, 6 Wigeon, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 18 Herring Gull, 28 Black-headed Gull, 25 Redshank, 1 Lapwing, 14 Starling, 2 Collared Dove, 17 Woodpigeon, 5 Pied Wagtail, 100+ Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin's Hall Road /Crows Lane 17:20 to 17:50
1 Jay, 2 Kestrel, 70+ Red-legged Partridge, 9 Common Pheasant, 1 Ringed-necked Pheasant, 200+ Starling, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 200+ Carrion Crow, 30+ Jackdaw, 40+ Rook, 1 Moorhen, 2 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

Saturday 16th October 2021southerly, partly cloudy, max14°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 07:50 to 10:00
1 Cattle Egret [with cattle by barns], 7 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Stonechat, 10 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Little Grebe [creek], 6 Curlew, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Stock Dove, 1 Pheasant. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Wallasea Island 14:00 to 17:30
Short-eared Owl over far Crouch side of Allfleets Marsh. Noel Barnes.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 16:20 to 16:35
250+ Cormorant, 100+ Herring Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 15 Pied Wagtail, 6 Carrion Crow, 350+ Coot, 21 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 120+ Lapwing, 60+ Tufted Duck, 23 Pochard, 31 Mallard, 40+ Starling, 18 Woodpigeon, 50+ Canada Geese, 35 Greylag Geese. Robert Harris.

Friday 15th October 2021westerly to northerly, mostly cloudy, max15°c

Canvey Point 07:45 to 11:00
145 Gannet, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Pomarine Skua, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Great Crested Grebe. Terry Blackwell.

North Fambridge 17:00 to 17:25
34 Wigeon, 40+ Starling, 23 Redshank, 7 Herring Gull, 12 Black-headed Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Cormorant, 2 Collared Dove, 12 Woodpigeon, 19 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Thursday 14th October 2021west south west, partly cloudy, max17°c

Roach Valley 11:00 to 17:30
1 Sparrowhawk (f) (Southend Hospital 09:30), 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), c.10 Mallard, 2 Peregrine (female joined by male) over Clements Marsh, 3 Meadow Pipit, 50+ Redshank, c.20 Shelduck, 1 Skylark (heard), c.50 Wigeon, several Herring Gull, 1 Reed Bunting, many Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, several Goldfinch, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, c.10 Black-headed Gull, 40-50 Pochard, 4 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Swallow, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Stonechat (separate females), 4 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier (f), 4 Great Crested Grebe, flock of Avocet, large flock of Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), c.6 Oystercatcher on River Roach plus one on Paglesham Lagoon, 1 Kingfisher on PL, 2 pairs of Pintail, c.40 Shoveler, 3 Mute Swan, 4 Teal (in eclipse), c.12 Little Grebe, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2-3 Coot, c.10 Cormorant on PL plus several elsewhere, 6 Gadwall, convoy of Canada Goose on PL and others elsewhere, 2 Common Scoter on PL, 1 unidentified white goose on PL, c.6 Grey Heron, 8 Kestrel, c.25 Pheasant in group plus others to Rochford. David Sullivan.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:20 to 15:45
130+ Cormorant, 12 Mute Swan, 300+ Coot, 100+ Tufted Duck, 35 Pochard, 18 Mallard, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 100+ Lapwing, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5 Common Gull, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 60+ Herring Gull, 27 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 13th October 2021wetserly, partly cloudy, max16°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:55 to 11:10
1 Cattle Egret [among cattle, just north of barns], 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Chiffchaff, 13 Wigeon, 196 Teal, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Curlew, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 16 Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Hockley 12:50
Grey Wagtail feeding at the side of the pond. first time one has been seen in our garden. George Kempen.

Tuesday 12th October 2021westerly to northerly, showers, max16°c

Canvey Point 07:00 to 08:10
1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 3 Common Scoter, 30 Ringed Plover, 10 Little Egret. Terry Blackwell.

Earls Hall Avenue 11:30 and 16:30
Common Buzzard heading east, approx. 600 Redwing heading west, raining redwings! Pat Dandridge.

Rayleigh, Ferndale Road 12:00 to 19:30
50+ Redwing over heading west in one flock, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3-4 Tawny Owl calling 07:30. Robin Peppiatt.

Rayleigh, Fairland Close 14:30
2 Buzzard circling low over house. John Attfield.

Foulness Island 16:25 to 16:35
c.125 Redwing, many in my garden trees. Steve Giles.

Monday 11th October 2021north westerly, clear, max15°c

RSPB Vange Marsh 13:00 to 15:00
19 Curlew, 120+ Lapwing, 45+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Kestrel, 3 Common Buzzard active and calling over old tip, also a few Wigeon. David Shepherd.

Canvey Point 14:40 to 16:10
5 Razorbill, 1 Gannet, 2000+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2000+ Wigeon, 25 Ringed Plover, 11 Grey Plover, 350+ Oystercatcher, 4 Little Egret, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Swallow. Terry Blackwell.

Sunday 10th October 2021varaible, partly cloudy, max17°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 12:26 to 14:42
2 Cattle Egret [with cattle near lagoon and seawall, later in field, near barns], 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Kingfisher [Manorway Fleet], 5 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 4 Little Egret, 1 Yellowhammer, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 16 Stock Dove, 1 Pheasant. Richard Fahey.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 17:00 to 17:35
300+ Coot, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 40+ Mallard, 16 Pochard, 52 Tufted Duck, 150+ Cormorant, 4 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 70 Lapwing, 47 Herring Gull, 23 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Carrion Crow, 6 Pied Wagtail, 27 Starling, 28 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Saturday 09th October 2021variable, mist then clear, max18°c

East Tilbury, Coalhouse Fort 08:00 to 11:45
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Reed Bunting, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet. Richard Fahey.

Shoeburyness, Gunners Park 13:20 to 16:30
1 Shag (immature, Gog's Berth), 6 Gannet (all flying East, one quite close, another single and 4 together), 9 Sandwich Tern, 3 Diver sp, 1 Guillemot (on sea close inshore), Red-Breasted Merganser, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard, 12 Red Admiral (at least, some coming in off sea), Migrant Hawker. Also 2 large raptors flew in from the north at 13:25 showing slightly bowed wings and "flappy" flight recalling an accipiter. Seemed they were about to fly over my head but they turned and headed North again. Markings were hard to make out but were buzzard-like, but flight very unlike typical Common Buzzard. Perhaps Honey Buzzards that got away! Joe Dickens.

Canvey Point 14:00 to 15:00
5 Gannet, 2500+ Wigeon, 4 Sandwich Tern, 8 Common Tern. Terry Blackwell.

Witham, Braxted Park 17:00 to 17:30
200+ Red-legged Partridge, 180+ Common Pheasant, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Blackbird, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Magpie, 40+ Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Abberton Reservoir 17:45 to 18:30
20 Red-legged Partridge, 12 Common Pheasant, 2 Blackbird, 100+ Carrion Crow, 12 Great White Egret, 31 little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 12 Pied Wagtail, 300+ Cormorant, 2 Egyptian Geese. Robert Harris.

Friday 08th October 2021variable, mostly cloudy, max18°c

Daws Heath, Garden 01:30
Tawny Owl calling. Mike Sagrott.

Canvey Point 10:00 to 14:00
34 Gannet, 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Red-breasted Merganser (female), 4 Arctic Skua, 4 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1500+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1500+ Wigeon, 94 Shelduck, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 22 Ringed Plover, 20 Curlew, 800+ Oystercatcher, 20 Turnstone. 2 Porpoise, 2 Common Seal, 2 Grey Seal. Terry Blackwell.

RSPB Wallasea Island 13:00 to 14:40
Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Little Egret, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Goldfinch, Starling, c.500 Canada Goose, Graylag Goose, c.20 Brent Goose (all fly overs) 2 Grey Heron, Ringed Plover, Little Grebe, Pied Wagtail, 2 Mute Swan, Shoveler, Shelduck, 4 Kestrel (2 distinct pairs), Redshank, Dunlin, Cormorant, Black-tailed Godwit, Robin, 2 Teal, Mallard, Magpie, Pheasant, Coot. Noel Barnes.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 13:30 to 14:00
250+ Coot, 2 Gadwall, 3 Red Crested Pochard, 100+ Pochard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 46 Mallard, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Jay, 5 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 12 Woodpigeon, 150+ Cormorant, 150+ Greylag Geese, 200+ Canada Geese, 17 Lapwing, 4 Mute Swan, 6 Great Crested Grebe. Robert Harris.

Thursday 07th October 2021southerly, mostly cloudy, max18°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:30 to 10:55
1 Stonechat, 113 Teal, 1 Avocet, 5 Jay [south over Manorway Fleet], 1 Kingfisher, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler [singles], 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 30 Goldfinch, 16 Stock Dove, 1 Pheasant. Richard Fahey.

Canvey Point 11:45 to 14:00
4 Gannet, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (females), 1000+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 400+ Wigeon, 7 Grey Heron, 9 Avocet, 800+ Oystercatcher, 19 Ringed Plover, 10 Turnstone, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Mute Swan, 12 Swallow. Terry Blackwell.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:20 to 15:45
1 Grey Heron, 76 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 21 Lapwing, 5 Pied Wagtail, 4 Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, 150+ Starling, 300+ Canada Geese, 180+ Greylag Geese, 250+ Coot, 70+ Tufted Duck, 37 Pochard, 36 Mallard, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 40+ Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Wednesday 06th October 2021westerly, showers, max15°c

North Fambridge 16:20 to 16:50
2 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 11 Redshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 70+ Carrion Crow, 4 Collared Dove, 26 Woodpigeon, 2 Blackbird, 17 Herring Gull, 29 Black-headed Gull, 9 Starling. Robert Harris.

Tuesday 05th October 2021westerly, showers, max17°c

Leigh on Sea, Blenheim Park 09:45
Chiffchaff singing in Oak tree at the back of the fire station. S. Whitaker.

Hanningfield Reservoir Causeway 15:20 to 15:45
60+ Greylag Geese, 100+ Canada Geese, 85 Lapwing, 250+ Tufted Duck, 45 Pochard, 37 Mallard, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 32 Herring Gull, 70+ Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 9 Mute Swan, 7 Woodpigeon, 6 Carrion Crow, 6 Magpie. Robert Harris.

Monday 04th October 2021south south west, showers, max17°c

Two Tree Island (East), 11:40
73 Little Egret on roost, 2000+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose. Graham & Kris Mee.

Sunday 03rd October 2021south westerly, partly cloudy, max17°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:36 to 11:00
1 Great White Egret [north saltmarsh], 14 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff [another Phyllous', maybe same], 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Teal, 2 Curlew, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Stock Dove, 5 Cormorant, 1 Pheasant, 6 Long-tailed Tit. Grey Squirrel. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:00 to 14:00
Little Egret, Black-headed Gull, Carrion Crow, Common Pheasant, Blackbird, Coot, Starling (large flock c.500 birds on wires), Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Brent Goose, Dunlin, Shoveler, Mallard, Coot, Cormorant, Kestrel, 2 Marsh Harrier (competing with crows over kill) Grey Heron, Skylark, Reed Bunting, 1 Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Redshank, 2 Corn Bunting, Whinchat (Showing nicely on post by overflow car park), Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, 4 Linnet. Noel Barnes.

North Fambridge 17:50 to 18:15
3 Curlew, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 7 Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 16 Herring Gull, 70+ Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 2 Collared Dove, 31 Woodpigeon, 2 Blackbird. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin's Hall Road /Crows Lane 18:30 to 18:50
14 Red-legged Partridge, 24 Common Pheasant, 43 Carrion Crow, 4 Magpie, 45 Woodpigeon, 2 Moorhen. Robert Harris.

Saturday 02nd October 2021south south east, rain, max17°c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:22 to 10:48
1 Great White Egret [north saltmarsh], 1 Wheatear, 5 Chiffchaff [including one seen earlier by Peter Worland], 50 House Martin, 55 Swallow, 1 Green Sandpiper [Coryton], 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 400 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Meadow Pipit, 40 Teal, 7 Curlew, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Mute Swan. Richard Fahey.

Canvey Point 12:00 to 15:00
6+ Gannet (probably more but numbers hard to work out as small groups of juveniles kept passing on both directions), 5 Sandwich Tern, Rock Pipit (over south), Kittiwake (adult). Joe Dickens.

North Fambridge 14:30 to 14:55
19 Wigeon, 3 Curlew, 18 Woodpigeon, 2 Blackbird, 1 Little Egret, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 26 Herring Gull, 9 Black-headed Gull, 60+ Golden Plover, 23 Redshank, 32 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Hanningfield Reservoir (Riverside Cafe) 15:20 to 15:35
1 Black Swan, 17 Great Crested Grebe, 40 Mute Swan, 140+ Coot, 150+ Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 50+ Canada Geese, 28 Greylag Geese, 60+ Tufted Duck, 32 Mallard. Robert Harris.

RSPB West Canvey Marsh 15:30 to 15:50
Green Sandpiper. Joe Dickens.

Friday 01st October 2021west south west, showers, max18°c

North Fambridge 15:20 to 15:45
1 Little Egret, 50+ Golden Plover, 200+ Carrion Crow, 3 Wigeon, 2 Mallard, 1 Blackbird, 2 House Sparrow, 23 Black-headed Gull, 15 Herring Gull, 27 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Woodham Edwin's Hall Road /Crows Lane 16:00 to 16:30
260+ Carrion Crow, 3 Jay, 2 Blackbird, 34 Common Pheasant, 70+ Red-legged Partridge, 1 Kestrel, 60+ Woodpigeon, 3 Moorhen, 16 Herring Gull. Robert Harris.



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