Latest Sightings for May 2024


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Saturday 25th May 2024

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:02 to 10:58
1 Nightingale [singing, Coryton], 2 Avocet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 5 Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Pochard [flying over Oozedam Fm.], 1 Little Grebe [Manorway Fleet], 4 Cuckoo [including pair], 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Blackcap [male seen], 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, 4 Stock Dove. 1 Orange Tip. Richard Fahey.

Wakering Stairs 08:30 to 11:30
(0 Turtle Dove), 2 Little Egret, Shelduck, Mallard, 3 Buzzard, Pheasant, Oystercatcher, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Green Woodpecker, Skylark, 8 Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, 1 Nightingale (h), Blackbird, Song Thrush, 3 Cetti’s Warbler (h), 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 20+ Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet. 2 Muntjac Deer (1 young), 1 young Red Fox. 3 Wall Brown butterfly. Jan Beever, Jacomine Mole, Sue Duggings.

Two Tree Island 13:00 to 13:20
2 Cuckoo (h), Oystercatcher, Avocet, Little Egret, Black-headed Gull, Whitethroat, Linnet, Goldfinch, 2 Skylark (h), Wren. Water Vole. David Z..

Garden North Ave 15:10 to 15:18
4 Swift. 10 White-tailed Bumble Bee. S. Jackson.

Friday 24th May 2024 | variable, partly cloudy, max19c

Hockley Woods 05:25 to 06:00
2 Cuckoo (h), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 4 Song Thrush, Wren, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Stock Dove, Jay, Carrion Crow Robin. 1 Muntjac, Grey Squirrel. David Z.

Newton Hall Gardens, Ashingdon 10:17 to 11:10
2 Swift, 2 Linnet over, 1 Sparrowhawk (m) circling around for 5 minutes. Jan Beever.

Maldon, Beeleigh Falls 10:35 to 10:45
1 Cuckoo, 1 Red Kite. Tim Davis.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 11:20 to 12:15
3 Swift, 7 Great Tit – pair with at least 5 fledged young, 3 Blackbird – independent juveniles. David Selley.

Ashingdon 12:35
Osprey high over house heading west, 2 Swift, 2 Linnet over, 1 Sparrowhawk (m) circling around for 5 minutes. Jan Beever.

Thursday 23rd May 2024 | west south west, partly cloudy, max19c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 09:30 to 14:00
Avocet, Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, Black-tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cetti’s Warbler (h), Chiffchaff (h), Common Tern, Coot, Cormorant, 3 Cuckoo (h), Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Black-backed Gull, Great-crested Grebe, 100+ Greylag Goose, Hobby, House Martin, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Mediterranean Gull, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pochard, Red-crested Pochard (m), Redshank, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler (h), Sedge Warbler, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove, Swallow, Swift (continuous movement all day difficult to count), Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Wood Pigeon. Norman Oliver, Russ Payne. 

Leigh on Sea , Gordon Road 16:45 to 17:00
1 Swift (the first). Heather Green.

Wednesday 22nd May 2024 | west south west, mostly cloudy, max17c

Corringham 07:00 to 07:15
1 Mediterranean Gull flying south near Gardner Avenue. Richard Fahey.

Southend, North Avenue 09:30 to 10:05
24 juvenile Starling, 36 House Sparrow, 7 Swift [much fewer than the last few years]. S. Jackson.

Tuesday 21st May 2024 | north north west, rain, max16c

No reports received this day.

Monday 20th May 2024 | northerly to easterly, clear, max18c

Kensington Road, Southchurch Park & Southchurch Park East 04:50 to 09:15
1 – 8 Swift over middle of Kensington Road/Victoria Rd/Arnold Ave/lower Brunswick Rd, Southchurch Pk. & Southchurch East Pk. from 4.50 pm on the 20/5/2024 to 9.15am today 21/5/2024. But some concern of the lack of Swallow numbers if any at all ? Robert Dobinson.

Hockley Woods 05:30 to 06:00
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff (h), Wren, Great Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap, Blackbird, Robin. Blue Tit, Stock Dove, Treecreeper (h). Grey Squirrel. David Z.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:39 to 11:25
2 Swift, 1 Nightingale [singing, Coryton], 1 Avocet, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 7 Little Egret, 4 Pochard, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Reed Bunting, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Redshank, 1 Lapwing, 1 Pied Wagtail. Richard Fahey.

Newton Hall Gardens Ashingdon 11:18
2 Swift over Jan Beever.

Woodham, Edwin’s Hall Road /Crows Lane 21:00 to 21:50
1 Common Buzzard, 3 Blackbird, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Common Pheasant, 4 House Sparrow, 30+ Woodpigeon, 15 Carrion Crow. Robert Harris.

Sunday 19th May 2024 | east north east, clear, max22c

The Paddocks, Rayleigh 08:30
2 Swift over garden. Three days later than last year. Norman Oliver.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 08:30
4 Swift over garden. Graham & Kris Mee.

Shoeburyness 12:00 to 13:00
3 Swift over house. 4 Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Small White. Steve Day.

RSPB Wallasea Island 17:30 to 17:45
Road alone: 1 female Marsh Harrier, 2 Linnet, 1 male Reed Bunting, 5 Corn Bunting. Graham & Kris Mee.

Southend, Kensington Road & Moseley Street 18:00 to 20:00
3 Swift over back garden circling over Kensington Road/Victoria Road/Arnold Ave every night for the last two weeks. Also regular report from resident in Moseley Street of Swift nesting in a house. Robert Dobinson.

N.B. Please let us have all of your Swift sightings and their numbers. If nesting, please reply by email.

Saturday 18th May 2024 | north north west, partly cloudy, max21c

Stambridge Meadows, Lay-by to Hampton Barns 09:00 to 09:50
Shelduck, Mallard, 2 Buzzard, Pheasant, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, 1 Common Tern, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 2 Cuckoo, Skylark, 4 Swallow, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 3 Mistle Thrush, Cetti’s Warbler (h), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch. Jan Beever.

Corringham 09:55 to 10:10
2 Mediterranean Gull [about town centre]. Richard Fahey.

Stow Maries 10:00 to 13:00
6 Buzzard soaring in a group, 2 Red Kite. Russ Payne.

North Weald Airfield 13:00 to 13:10
Red Kite flying low over the market before being mobbed by a Spitfire! No contest and it went. Steve Thomas.

Friday 17th May 2024 | variable, clear, max20c

Ashingdon, Newton Hall Gardens 08:26 to 08:28
1 Hobby (high and fast over garden heading SW), 20+ Starling with young, 4 Goldfinch. Jan Beever.

Hanningfield Reservoir & Crowsheath Wood 10:07 to 13:15
Jackdaw, Collared Dove, House Sparrow, Woodpigeon, Robin, Rook, Starling, Magpie, Blackcap, Wren, Black-headed Gull, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Common Tern, Herring Gull, Greylag Goose, Cuckoo, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Chaffinch, Long-tailed Tit, Red-crested Pochard. Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Cormorant, Canada Goose, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Carrion Crow, Common Gull. M. Hill & S.Jackson.

Ashingdon, Newton Hall Gardens 12:30 to 12:40
2 Buzzard calling and circling above house, 3 Holly Blue. Jan Beever.

Wellington Road Rayleigh 12:45 to 13:00
2 Swift over. Russ Payne.

Thursday 16th May 2024 | variable, mostly cloudy, rain, max17c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:25 to 10:58
1 Whimbrel, 3 Avocet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Gadwall, 6 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 3 Cuckoo, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Jay, 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Little Egret. Richard Fahey.

Hockley, Glencrofts 09:00 to 09:09
1 male Great Spotted Woodpecker (twice), 2 Dunnock, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Magpie, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Great Tit, Blue Tit,. 2 House Sparrow 1 Grey Squirrel. Irwin Lewis.

EWT Abberton Reservoir 09:30 to 15:00 (rained Until 13.00)
Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Collared Dove, Common Tern, Coot, Cormorant, Cuckoo (h), Dunnock, Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great-crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Reed Bunting, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, 3 Spoonbill, Starling, Stock Dove, Swallow, Swift, Tufted Duck, Wood Pigeon. John Attfield & Norman Oliver.

Hockley Woods 19:20 to 20:00
Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff (h), Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Stock Dove (h), Wren, Blackbird, Robin, Carrion Crow, 2 Treecreeper (h), Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Jay. Grey Squirrel. David Z.

Wednesday 15th May 2024 | easterly, partly cloudy, max18c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:10 to 10:28
1 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Avocet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 5 Gadwall [over area], 2 Cuckoo, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 6 Linnet, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 3 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron. Richard Fahey.

Tuesday 14th May 2024 | southerly, partly cloudy, max16c

Southchurch Park 05:45
1 Little Egret preening itself on the north ramp of the island. Robert Dobinson.

Monday 13th May 2024 | southerly, mostly cloudy, max20c

Hockley Woods 05:30 to 06:00
1 Cuckoo (h), 2 Treecreeper, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Song Thrush, Blackcap, Blackbird, Wren, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jay, Robin, 1 Muntjac barking. David Z.

Southchurch Park 08:15 to 08:45
1 Little Egret roosting on the south ramp of the island, first one seen at this location for many years. Robert Dobinson.

Sunday 12th May 2024 | east north east, clear, max22c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:10 to 11:00
1 Avocet, 1 Nightingale [seen and heard singing near Manorway Fleet causeway], 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 8 Shelduck, 3 Cuckoo, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 1 Lapwing, 1 Little Grebe [Oozedam Fm.], 3 Little Egret, 2 Linnet. 3 Orange Tip, 1 Peacock. 1 Weasel. Richard Fahey.

Great Stambridge to Hampton Barns 12:30 to 13:30
1 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo (heard), 1 Little Owl (usual place), 2 Skylark, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff. Weasel. Steve Sanford.

Wat Tyler Country Park 14:50 to 17:00
2 Nightingale, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Hobby, Bearded Tit, Common Tern, 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Lesser Whitethroat. Joe Dickens.

Hockley Woods 20:00 to 20:30
Cuckoo (h), Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, 3 Song Thrush, Blackcap (h), Greater Spotted Woodpecker (h), Wren, Carrion Crow, Robin, Blackbird, Magpie. Grey Squirrel. David Z.

Saturday 11th May 2024 | east north east, haze, max17c

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:33 to 11:15
2 Swallow, 1 Teal [female north of barrier], 1 Avocet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Tufted Duck [Manorway Fleet], 1 Gadwall, 1 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 6 Shelduck, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 1 Little Grebe [Oozedam Fm.], 3 Little Egret, 9 Stock Dove, 2 Pheasant. 2 Orange Tip, 1 Peacock. Richard Fahey.

River Roding, Barking, Near Tesco Roundabout 09:00 to 09:15
Sand Martins, annual nesting spot. Looks like dredging in the river finished just in time, otherwise they might have been scared off. Steve Wall.

Prittlewell 09:15 to 12:30
3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 House Sparrow on feeders. Dunnock, Wren, Blackbird, 2 Wood Pigeon, 3 Magpie, 3 Swift high. Speckled Brown, Holly Blue. David Griffiths.

Hanningfield Reservoir 11:00 to 14:00
3 Black Tern, 1 Oystercatcher, 4+ Red-crested Pochard. Andrew Allen.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 11:00 to 14:55
2 Cuckoo – male calling this morning then two flying together, presumed “pair”, this afternoon. Small White, Wall Brown and several Holly Blue butterflies. David Selley.

Leigh on Sea, Park View Drive 14:40
Pair Buzzard over west. Holly Blue. Graham & Kris Mee.

Friday 10th May 2024 | easterly, clear, max19c

Hockley, Glencrofts 06:01 to 06:03
1 Male Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeder. Irwin Lewis.

Rayleigh, Wellington Road 15:00 to 15:30
2 Swift. Russ Payne.

Rettendon, Buckhatch Lane 20:25 to 20:40
3 Carrion Crow, 5 Magpie, 6 Woodpigeon, 2 Blackbird. 1 Muntjac Deer. Robert Harris.

Woodham, Edwin’s Hall Road /Crows Lane 20:55 to 21:10
2 Common Pheasant, 4 Blackbird, 6 Mallard. 2 Fallow Deer. Robert Harris.

Thursday 09th May 2024 | south easterly, fair, max20c

Southchurch Park East & Southchurch Park 08:30 to 20:15
First Yellow Flag Iris out on both sides of the brook, 5 Swift flying low over the field and feeding at height over the lake, Soutchurch East Pk, 8.30am, 2 Swift swooping around the lake and the last two Mute Swan cygnets joining the other six on the nest next to mum, 1 Egyptian Goose standing on one leg, asleep under the footbridge, Southchurch Pk, 8.15pm. Robert Dobinson.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 10:45 to 11:20
2 Swift, 25 Starling – sounds like young are about to emerge, 1 female Sparrowhawk in front garden causing Starling mass hysteria, 2 Jackdaw. David Selley.

Hadleigh Downs 10:15 to 17:45
2 Jackdaw; 1 Green Woodpecker (h); 1 Blackcap (m); 2 Chaffinch (m, h); c.12 Little Egret; 1 Chiffchaff; 4 Cuckoo (2 in flight together, either both m or 1m + 1 grey morph f, c. 11:15, hill north of railway; 1m in tree c. 12:15, south of railway; 1m (h) calling from Two Tree Island (West) c.17:00); 5 Buzzard (1 + 1 and 3 circling together); c.10 Skylark; 5 Cetti’s Warbler (h); 15+ Whitethroat; 1 Reed Warbler (12+ heard); 3 Sedge Warbler (h); 2 Swallow: 1 Swift: 7 Linnet (2m, 1 pair and 3f); 1 Reed Bunting (m); c.10 Goldfinch; 1 Pheasant (m); 3 Little Grebe; 4 Shelduck (2 x 2 in flight); 2 Pochard; 4 Oystercatcher; 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull; c. 6 Avocet; 4 Canada Goose; 2 Greylag Goose in flight: 2 Whimbrel in flight; 4 Pied Wagtail (inc. 1 juv.); 30+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose. David Sullivan.

Wednesday 08th May 2024 | east south east, partly cloudy, max15c

Hockley Woods 05:30 to 06:00
Buzzard, 3 Song Thrush, Wren, Blackbird, Blackcap, Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chiffchaff (h), Blue Tit, Magpie. Fox, Grey Squirrel, 2 Muntjac barking. David Z.

Two Tree Island 07:45 to 09:15
2 Cuckoo (m & f), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 21 Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 14 Avocet, 2 Redshank, 16 Oystercatcher, 7 Shelduck, 14 Canada Goose, 8 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Barn Swallow, 2 Swift, 50+ Carrion Crow, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 15+ Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Chaffinch. Richard Beesly.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:04 to 10:42
1 Tree Pipit [on bush near lagoon], 3 Swallow, 1 Avocet, 1 Barn Owl [Coryton], 1 Nightingale [singing, Coryton], 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Tufted Duck [Manorway Fleet], 7 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 8 Shelduck, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 5 Cetti’s Warbler [one seen], 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 1 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Pheasant. 1 Orange Tip, 1 Peacock. 1 Fox. Richard Fahey.

RSPB Bowers Marshes 10:00 to 12:30
1 Nightingale (heard only), 3 Cuckoo, 1 Spotted Redshank, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Hobby, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Barn Swallow, 2 Swift, 45+ Avocet, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Common Buzzard, 25+ Tufted Duck, 20+ Pochard, 25+ Shelduck, 5 Common Whitethroat, 3 Skylark, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Reed Bunting, 25+ Oystercatcher, 50+ Redshank, 50+ Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 100+ Canada Goose, 100+ Greylag Goose, 20+ Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Pied Wagtail, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Grey Heron. Richard Beesly.

Two Tree Island 11:30 to 13:00
2 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale + (on lagoon) 12 Avocet, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret. Steve Wall.

River Crouch, Hullbridge to Battlesbridge 14:20 to 16:00
6 Common Tern, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Whimbrel, Shelduck, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler, Stock Dove, Swallow, Little Egret, Oystercatcher. David Chivers.

Paglesham by Plough and Sail pub 14:45 to 15:00
1 Red Kite. Noel Barnes.

Langdon Hills 15:15 to 17:45
2 Cuckoo (first seen c.15:20 calling for 10+ minutes from oak top north of path to Johnson’s meadows; second seen briefly c.17:30 in flight, between calls, in woods north of Dry Street); 1 Buzzard seen repeatedly, including in circling with Sparrowhawk for several minutes; 3 Swallow (2+1); 1 Pheasant in flight (others heard); 1 Song Thrush heard in usual spring location at end of Lee Chapel Lane. David Sullivan.

Tuesday 07th May 2024 | east north east, partly cloudy, max19c

Southend, North Avenue 08:00 to 08:15
30 Starling, 25 House Sparrow, Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Dove. Spencer Jackson.

St Anns Road Southend On Sea 11:05 to 11:20
Swifts have arrived. Trevor Masters.

RSPB Wallasea Island 12:15 to 16:30
Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Mallard, Pheasant, Cuckoo, Collared Dove, Coot, Lapwing, Whimbrel, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Little Egret, Marsh Harrier (pair), Short-eared Owl, Kestrel, Carrion Crow, Skylark, Swallow, Whitethroat, Blackbird, Yellow Wagtail, Linnet, Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting. Graham & Kris Mee.

Monday 06th May 2024 | north easterly, rain, max17c

Hockley Woods 06:00 to 06:45
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Wren, Robin, Stock Dove (h), Blackbird, Magpie, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Buzzard calling. Grey Squirrel, Fox. David Z.

Southchurch Park & Southchurch Park East 08:30 to 09:00
7-9 Swift feeding at height from the east of Southchurch East Park across to Southchurch Park west side before moving NW. Robert Dobinson.

Two Tree Island 10:50 to 13:30
1 Cuckoo (East side – another calling from just North of the island), 1 Nightingale, 12 Whimbrel (most seen at once, probably many more), Greenshank, Black-Tailed Godwit, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 8+ Reed Warbler, 3 Swallow, 6 Swift. Northern Water Vole. Joe Dickens.

Abberton Reservoir 15:00 to 15:30
2 Egyptian Geese (with 3 Goslings), 12 Grey Heron, 14 Little Egret, 6 Cattle Egret (4 in breeding plumage), 1 Swift, 2 Chiffchaff, 7 Common Tern, 40+ Mute Swan. Robert Harris.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 15:10 to 15:30
6 Swift fast and high NW. David Selley.

North Fambridge 17:00 to 17:25
2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 9 Black-headed Gull, 6 Rook, 4 Mallard, 3 Blackbird, 1 House Sparrow, 7 Starling, 8 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Sunday 05th May 2024 | variable, partly cloudy, max17c

Southchurch Park East 08:10 to 08:30
1 female Mallard with 11 duckling including 6 ‘chocchy’ hybrids. Robert Dobinson.

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 09:13 to 11:45
13 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Avocet, 1 Nightingale [singing, Coryton], 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 3 Pochard, 4 Shelduck, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 3 Little Egret, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Stock Dove. Richard Fahey.

Billericay 11:15
1 Red Kite circling low over Southend Road, Billericay. Marvellous view with sun on plumage. Marion Burch.

Southend, Castleton Road 11:30 to 11:45
1 Swift, 2 Buzzard (drifting east over the back garden, mobbed by) 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Jackdaw. Richard Mander.

Rettendon, Buckhatch Lane 19:35 to 19:50
1 Common Buzzard, 4 Blackbird, 4 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 8 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Woodham, Edwin’s Hall Road /Crows Lane 20:05 to 20:20
1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Mallard, 3 Blackbird, 2 Swallow, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Magpie, 1 Common Pheasant, 9 Woodpigeon. Robert Harris.

Saturday 04th May 2024 | east south east, clear, max16c

First summer migrant report – Hobby

Foulness Island 07:30 to 10:30
2 Turtle Dove still present in and around garden since Wednesday, frequently seen and heard. Steve and Fran Giles.

Southchurch Park 08:00 to 08:45
8 Mute Swan cygnets in nest catching the sun and looking healthy, they should all be in the water this morning. Robert Dobinson.

Southend, The Shrubbery 11:20
1 Whitethroat (singing). Tim Davis.

Ashingdon, Newton Hall Gardens 11:35 to 11:40
3 Buzzard, 1 Hobby over garden. Jan Beever.

Hockley Woods 13:45 to 14:00
1 Cuckoo (heard). Tim Davis.

Leigh, Park View Drive 15:15 to 15:30
1 Buzzard and 1 Swift over. Holly Blue in garden on Columbines. Graham & Kris Mee.

Hockley Woods 18:30 to 19:15
Cuckoo (h), Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Grey Squirrel. David Z.

Two Tree Island 19:30 to 20:30
2 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Reed Warbler, 10 Swift, 2 Swallow, 11 Whimbrel.
Joe Dickens.

Friday 03rd May 2024 | west south west, rain, max13c

RSPB Bowers Marsh 08:54 to 15:40
Black-winged Stilt seen on side of lagoon nearest to the barn, Pink-footed Goose – been here for a few days now on field adjacent to barn, Wood Sandpiper – also been here for a few days, 12 Shelduck, 7 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 3 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cuckoo, 2 Swift, 42 Avocet, 5 Oystercatcher, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 31 Lapwing, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 4 Skylark, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 20 Swallow, 2 House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Linnet, Reed Bunting. Shaan Purohit.

Southchurch Park 15:15 to 17:00
7 Mute Swan cygnets hatched and looking good inside the nest crown. Robert Dobinson.

Thursday 02nd May 2024 | westerly, mostly cloudy, max16c

Tilbury, Marshfoot Road 07:45 to 08:15
2 Cetti’s Warbler (h), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, flock of lively and loud Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Kestrel, Wren, Pied Wagtail, Robin. David Z.

Southchurch Park & Southchurch Park East 08:10 to 08:45
Mute Swan cygnets hatching as from late last night, should by showing as soon as sun pops out, estimate 7-8 eggs, 5 Mallard ducklings with mum around footbridge area, Southchurch Pk, 8.10am. 2 Long-tailed Tit moving and calling across tree tops SE corner of lake area, Southchurch Park East, 8.45am. Robert Dobinson.

RSPB Wallasea Island 09:30 to 14:30
Avocet, Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Collared Dove, 5+ Common Tern, Coot, Cormorant, Corn Bunting, Curlew, Dunlin, Great Crested Grebe, Greenshank, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Kestrel (pr), Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Linnet, Little Egret, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Mediterranean Gull, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pintail (f), Redshank, Reed Bunting, Shelduck, Short-eared Owl, Shoveler, Skylark, 2 Spoonbill, Starling, Stock Dove, Whitethroat, Wigeon, Wood Pigeon, Yellow Wagtail. John Attfield & Norman Oliver.

Maldon 11:50 to 12:00
1 Nightingale (singing) along footpath near Beeleigh Abbey. Tim Davis.

Wednesday 01st May 2024 | variable, clear (thunderstorms overnight), max17c

First summer migrant report – Turtle Dove

Foulness Island 07:15 to 19:15
1, possibly 2 Turtle Dove calling in garden, 2 Cuckoo calling in and around garden. Steve and Fran Giles

Fobbing Marsh/Coryton 08:35 to 10:45
1 Greenshank, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Barn Owl [Coryton], 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Pochard [Manorway Fleet], 2 Cuckoo [pair], 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff [singing], 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 1 Lapwing, 5 Little Egret, 1 Gadwall [Oozedam Fm.]. 2 Orange Tip. Richard Fahey.

Shoebury, Gunners Park 08:40 to 11:00
Mute Swan, Mallard (1 with 11 ducklings), 5 Pochard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (raptors all up high together at 11am from c/p), Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Common Tern (heading east over sea), Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 3 Swallow, c.10 House Martin (flying around and collecting mud), Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 8+ Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler (only 1 seen), 8+ Lesser Whitethroat, c.20 Whitethroat, c.10 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet. Jan Beever & Judith Burrell.

Ashingdon, Princess Gardens 11:00 to 11:10
2 House Martin – very unusual here in recent years and usually seen only on autumn migration. David Selley.

Ashingdon, Newton Hall Gardens 13:05 to 13:10
2 Buzzard circling high over garden, calling then drifted off eastward. Jan Beever.

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