This morning there were 70+ waxwings near the Tesco garage in Pitsea, this is an increase from the 42 thjat were there yesterday. Our visitor centre is open every day this week at Wat Tyler Country Park, do pop in and update us on the waxwings.
Yesterday there were still 13 waxwings near our reserve on West Canvey, between dutch cottage and the garden centre. I make no appologies for including another one of Dave Blackwell's images of these birds below.
Yesterday on Vange Marsh 1 jack snipe was flushed from the east reedbed, 4 snipe (3 in east reedbed, 1 in the abstraction ditch), 1 water rail (east reedbed), 14 redwing.
Boxing Day on West Canvey Marsh, 2 sparrowhawk, 1 kestrel, flock of 50+ fieldfare with even greater number of redwing in field at Pantiles Farm.
20 - 30 waxwings were seen on Canvey Island near Dutch Cottage, close to RSPB West Canvey Marsh on Christmas Eve during the afternoon. The two images below were taken by Dave Blackwell.
Vange Marsh on the 24th Grey Heron, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, Snipe, Redshank, Dunlin, Grey Plover, Kingfisher, Redwing, Long-tailed Tit, Reed Bunting
There have been some large flocks of white-fronted geese seen over the last few days in Essex. Yesterday morning, approx 60 flew over Wat Tyler Country Park from Vange Wick heading towards Bowers Marsh.Also seen were, 2 grey plover, 2 avocet and 4 dunlin in the creek while an adult winter Mediterranean gull was on the scrape.
Of local interest forty waxwings were seen recently in Pitsea, they were seen briefly near the Tesco garage, but not since. Definately worth keeping your eyes peeled.
May we wish you a wonderful Christmas and a bird-filled New Year from all the staff at RSPB South Essex Marshes.
Next event is a guided walk tomorrow Boxing Day, starting at 10.30 and lasting around two hours, there is no need to book, just come along.