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Old Wednesday 19th February 2014, 15:52   #3226
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A quick trek around my local NR in Gt Leighs

2 buzzard
1 sparrowhawk
2 wren
A kingfisher, zomerset, you know this area as well as andy
jays
Dunnocks starting to nest
A female reed bunting, unusual for where I was to be honest
GTs, BTs and LTTs
Goldcrest


Most importantly for me, redwing, always wanted to see one, ended up seeing about .... well to say there was more than a hundred would be honestly fair, they were so noisy too! So another life tick for me.
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Old Wednesday 19th February 2014, 16:12   #3227
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Nice one Steve.

Good work on the Redwings!
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Old Wednesday 19th February 2014, 16:32   #3228
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I have done my DIY jobs all in one manageable morning so I get the rest of the half term off

Thursday and Friday free if anyone is about
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Old Wednesday 19th February 2014, 17:02   #3229
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I have done my DIY jobs all in one manageable morning so I get the rest of the half term off

Thursday and Friday free if anyone is about
Steve - I've sent you a second message now with some ideas.
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Old Wednesday 19th February 2014, 18:40   #3230
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2 buzzard
1 sparrowhawk
2 wren
A kingfisher, zomerset, you know this area as well as andy
jays
Dunnocks starting to nest
A female reed bunting, unusual for where I was to be honest
GTs, BTs and LTTs
Goldcrest

Thanks BB!!
I will have to visit again when Spring is here.
It would be interesting to know if it stays local over spring.
Of all the amazing and strange things about birds, I found a local pair almost on my doorstep, well less than a mile away and then by accident I found the nest!!
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Old Thursday 20th February 2014, 20:37   #3231
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A rather soggy and windswept morning, searching for and watching birds on sea defence rocks on the coast of north Essex:

Firstly, a 1st winter or female Black Redstart at St Osyth. It was in and amongst rocks, west of the car park, and was the most elusive Black Redstart that I’ve ever come across. Rather than perching openly, in usual chat-fashion, it kept disappearing deep in the rocks only to emerge for short flights.

Secondly, three Purple Sandpipers – which weren’t in their usual location at Holland Haven, but much further north toward Frinton. Of course, once found, these birds were (gladly) far from elusive!

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Old Friday 21st February 2014, 07:32   #3232
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Whats this, another dry and sunny weather weekend, now where to go birding
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Typical,we get a decent weekend and I am working!!!!
May get a few hours from 1pm tomorrow,probably head to Rainham as I won't be leaving Wapping until about 12.30 pm
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Old Saturday 22nd February 2014, 18:13   #3234
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Ended up at Wallasea this afternoon,decent few hours but pretty quiet.
2 Marsh Harriers,1 Ringtail,1 Merlin
No SEO (I left at 5 but light still decent so who knows)
12 Corn Buntings
16 linnets
3 kestrel
4 reed bunting
Little egret
Distant buzzard
200 plus golden plover
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Old Sunday 23rd February 2014, 08:32   #3235
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The Spoonbill was still at Vange Marsh this morning.

It was in the creek south of the viewing screen in the SE corner, but viewed from Pitsea Mount.

From the A13 take the road towards Pitsea station / Wat Tyler, turn first left then walk up the grassy slope to view.

P.S. There's maintenance work being carried out on the level crossing today, so no access to Wat Tyler.
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Old Monday 24th February 2014, 20:46   #3236
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Today at Cely woods,Upminster

1 Lesser spotted woodpecker
3 buzzards
reed bunting
4 great spotted
3 green woodpeckers
goldcrest
jay
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Old Tuesday 25th February 2014, 13:49   #3237
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Today at Cely woods,Upminster

1 Lesser spotted woodpecker
3 buzzards
reed bunting
4 great spotted
3 green woodpeckers
goldcrest
jay
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Old Tuesday 25th February 2014, 19:30   #3238
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At work in Braintree I often hear the calls of Buzzards and see the odd 1 or 2 but yesterday in the lovely mid-day sunshine I saw 7 circling above me including one that looked very odd, almost red, [not a Kite though].
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Old Tuesday 25th February 2014, 19:57   #3239
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Freeport Braintree this evening at 6pm there was a large roost of pied wagtails in 2 trees in the B&Q car park , very noisy at that time, by 8.30 when we came out of the cinema they were all fast asleep, did a quick rough count and there were about 150 there! very strange with all the evening passers by.

also at about 4.30 pm in a friend's garden in Queenborough Lane Rayne, about 12 siskins high in a tree top. I've not sbeen many around this winter so thought it worth a mention.
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Old Tuesday 25th February 2014, 20:30   #3240
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Had a day out with Steve Grimwade today checking out a couple of new places. Starting out at Seaview on west Mersea we saw GND, R-t Diver, Sanderling, Dunlin, GCG, Med Gull before we retired to the Seaview Cafe for breakfast.

After breakfast baps and hot drinks, we moved up to Kingsland Road, hoping to spot Black-throated Diver but were out of luck. We went over to Abberton LBC where we saw Marsh Harrier, Goosander, Common Gull, nesting Grey Heron but no Bittern. Moving on to the Visitor Centre we were lucky to spot the Firecrest fairly quickly but it disappeared after a few mins.

On our way to Copford SW, we couldn't locate Little Owl but amazingly saw a Red Kite which we chased around the lanes until we had great views near Mulberry Green. At Copford SW, we saw Grey Wagtail and Wren but couldn't locate the calling Goldcrest.

Then it was off to Shut Heath Wood, where Treecreepers were spotted as we got out of the car. The sky seemed to be full of Buzzards, seeing at least five, then it was off through the mud into the wood. We heard what we thought was a drumming LSW but after an age hunting for it, the noise was a creaking tree! We saw GSW and heard GW and then saw a smart Nuthatch and a couple of Coal Tit. Our luck was certainly in as we spotted a male LSW high in the canopy until we lost it! As time was moving on we walked back through the wood to hear a male Tawny Owl calling but we just couldn't locate it.

Back at Abberton LBC, our luck was still out with the Bittern but we added Scaup and R-b Merganser to the list for the day.

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Old Wednesday 26th February 2014, 07:34   #3241
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We heard what we thought was a drumming LSW but after an age hunting for it, the noise was a creaking tree!
I had the same experience Sunday afternoon but decided it was a tree and didn't go looking for it. Will be back there again soon though as it's usually a good spot for LSW and nice and close to me!
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At work in Braintree I often hear the calls of Buzzards and see the odd 1 or 2 but yesterday in the lovely mid-day sunshine I saw 7 circling above me including one that looked very odd, almost red, [not a Kite though].
Steve.

Where in Braintree are you? I'm on the Springwood Industrial Estate and we do get the occasional Buzzard over here....
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Hi,
Could anyone tell me please the easiest way to get to Paglesham lagoon: where would you park, and best route to walk? Thanks, Debbie.
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Nice shot Rob, good capture.
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Could anyone tell me please the easiest way to get to Paglesham lagoon: where would you park, and best route to walk? Thanks, Debbie.
Steve Arlow or other SOGNET members may be able to advise you better, but on the only occasion I visited, I drove down to Pagglesham Eastend, and parked near a boatyard towards the end of the road. It's quite a walk along the river to the lagoon.
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Old Wednesday 26th February 2014, 15:03   #3246
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Could anyone tell me please the easiest way to get to Paglesham lagoon: where would you park, and best route to walk? Thanks, Debbie.
My route is this, leave Rochford on the Stambridge Road, keep going until you come to a t-junction, turn right and the right again at the Shepherd & Dog into Paglesham Road. Follow the road until you reach Jubilee Cottages on your left where you can park up. Walk back past the little church and there's a footpath on your left.

Go through the hedge and here's where the slog starts. It will be muddy as you cross ploughed fields walking south and after following the footpath or the line of the streams you will eventually get to a very large expanse of water, voila!

What birds are you looking for?

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Thanks to both of you - not looking for anything specific but have read over the last couple of years that it seems to be one of the best local spots for ducks etc. Although as I'm not too fit, and usually go out alone, I might have a bit more of a think about going there - seems like a bit of a hard trek.
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Old Wednesday 26th February 2014, 17:25   #3248
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Probably the best place to park is by the old people's home in Stambridge and follow the public footpath from there. It's probably about 2 miles to the lagoon but is road / hard path the whole way.

Where Terry mentioned is definitely the shortest route, but with the rain we've had it will be really muddy!

Are you looking for any ducks in particular? It's the best site locally for Goldeneye and good views of Pintail, but the commoner species can be found just as easily elsewhere (and without the long walk).
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That sounds a bit better - don't mind so much the length of the walk, it's the difficulty of the terrain that's a problem, so a hard track is better. As to the birds, I've only seen one Goldeneye (last week at Hanningfield - photo below) and the only Pintail I've seen had their heads tucked away! But I would love to try to self-find something a bit less common (instead of just going to look at other people's birds!), and as it is out of the way, and there seem to have been some good birds there over the years, I would really like to have a look there. Think I might try this route, thank you. Any idea what the Stambridge home is called?
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Oh - here's the photo (not pin sharp, I know) but it made me smile..
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