Trip Reports 2024

RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk – Field Trip, 09th May 2024

Warm, sunny

Species list: Avocet, Barnacle Goose, Bar-tailed Godwit, Bearded Tit, Bittern, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-headed Gull, Black-tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cetti’s Warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Common Buzzard, Common Gull, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern, Coot, Cormorant, Cuckoo, Dunnock, Gadwall, Garden Warbler, Goldfinch, Great-crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Greenshank, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Hobby, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Kittiwake, Knot, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Linnet, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Little Tern, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Mediterranean Gull, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Nightingale, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Red Kite, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Ringed Plover, Robin, Sand Martin, Sandwich Tern, Shelduck, Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove, Swallow, Swift, Tufted Duck, Turnstone, Whitethroat, Wigeon, Wood Pigeon, Wren.

Species count: 76

Bittern, RSPB Minsmere
Bittern, RSPB Minsmere

EWT Fingringhoe Wick, Sand Martin Colony and Abberton Reservoir – Field Trip, Sunday 05th May 2024

Fingringhoe Wick and Sand Martin Colony: Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker (h), Pheasant, Moorhen, Coot, Little Grebe, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Whimbrel, Redshank, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, Peregrine, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Sand Martin, Swallow, Wren, Garden Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat (h), Whitethroat, Starling, Blackbird, Jay, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Robin, Nightingale, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail.

Also seen: Grass Snake in lake, Small White, Orange Tip, Brimstone, Peacock Butterfly, Marsh Frog (at Sand Martin nesting site).

Species count: 64

Abberton Reservoir: Spoonbill, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Shelduck, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Egyptian Goose, Greylag Goose, Common Tern, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Kestrel, Pied Wagtail.

Nightingale, EWT Fingringhoe Wick
Nightingale, EWT Fingringhoe Wick
Grass Snake, Lake, EWT Fingringhoe Wick
Grass Snake, Lake, EWT Fingringhoe Wick

RSPB West Canvey Marsh – Field Trip, Tuesday 30th April 2024

Partly cloudy, warm

Species seen: Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Swift, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Cuckoo, Coot, Water Rail (h), Great Crested Grebe, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Skylark, Swallow, Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler (h), Reed Warbler (h), Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Starling, Blackbird, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Wren, Goldfinch.

Also seen: Peacock and Orange Tip butterflies and Carpet Moth.

Species count: 48

Canada Geese, RSPB West Canvey Marsh.
Canada Geese, RSPB West Canvey Marsh.

EWT Blue House Farm – Field Trip, Sunday 21st April 2024

Partly cloudy, very windy

Species seen: Avocet, Barnacle Goose, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-headed Gull, Black Swan, Black-tailed Godwit, Blue Tit, Common Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Coot, Cormorant, Dunlin, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Black-backed Gull, Greenfinch (H), Green Woodpecker (H), Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, House Martin, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lesser Whitethroat (H), Linnet, Little Egret, Magpie, Mallard, Kestrel, Marsh Harrier, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Pochard, Red Kite, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Ringed Plover, Robin, Rook, Sedge Warbler (H), Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Snipe, Starling, Stock Dove, Swallow, Teal, Tufted Duck, Wheatear, Wigeon, Wood Pigeon, Yellow Wagtail.

Species count: 58

Red Kite, EWT Blue House Farm
Red Kite, EWT Blue House Farm
EWT Blue House Farm
EWT Blue House Farm
EWT Blue House Farm
EWT Blue House Farm
New born sheep. EWT Blue House Farm
New born sheep. EWT Blue House Farm


Wakering Stairs – Field Trip, Sunday 24th March 2024

Partly cloudy, very windy

Species seen: Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Teal, Mallard, Buzzard, Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, Oystercatcher, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch.

Also seen: 2 Red Kite over Cecil Jones School.

Species count: 34

Oystercatcher and Brent, Wakering Stairs.
Oystercatcher and Brent, Wakering Stairs.

EWT Warley Place – Field Trip Thursday 14th March 2024

Partly cloudy then sunny

Species seen: Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Nuthatch, Ring-necked Parakeet, Robin, Siskin, Stock Dove, Treecreeper, Woodpigeon, Wren.

Also seen: Peacock butterfly.

Species count: 26

Robin, EWT Warley Place.
Robin, EWT Warley Place.

Hanningfield Reservoir – Field Trip Wednesday 21st February 2024

Rain all day

Species seen: Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Goosander, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Coot, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cormorant, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Wren, Treecreeper, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail.

Species count: 40

Coal Tit and Blue Tits, Hanningfield Reservoir
Coal Tit and Blue Tits, Hanningfield Reservoir

RSPB Bowers Marsh – Field Trip Sunday 11th February 2024

Partly cloudy, warm

Species seen: Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Wigeon, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Marsh Harrier, Coot, Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Lapwing, Dunlin, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Cetti’s Warbler, Stonechat, Robin, Wren, Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, Starling, Magpie and Carrion Crow.

Species count: 39


RSPB Wallasea Island – Field Trip Wednesday 24th January 2024

Sunny, very windy

Species seen: Brent Goose, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Pintail, Teal, Woodpigeon, Moorhen, Coot, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Oystercatcher, Avocet, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Marsh Harrier (x3), Kestrel, Peregrine, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Skylark, Starling, Fieldfare, Robin, Stonechat, Pied Wagtail (100+ by entrance), Meadow Pipit, Goldfinch, Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting.

Species count: 50

RSPB Wallasea Island
Mixed duck, RSPB Wallasea Island

Southend Pier – Field Trip Sunday 14th January 2024

Cloudy, cold

Species seen: Shelduck, Woodpigeon, Eider, Red-necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull (x37 Incl: Green R6TU, White 3KP8, Yellow AKNP, yellow 2H79), Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Guillemot, Razorbill, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Gannet, Cormorant, Shag, Knot, Black-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, Dunlin.

Also seen: Common and Grey Seals

Species count: 21

Great Northern Diver, From Southend Pier

Great Northern Diver.