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Old Monday 3rd March 2014, 13:36   #3276
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Thanks for pointing the owl out to us Stewart - have signed up to birdforums so you can see the photo!

Good luck with the Lesser Spotted.

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Very nice pic Weatherloach - welcome!
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Old Monday 3rd March 2014, 15:50   #3277
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Thanks for pointing the owl out to us Stewart - have signed up to birdforums so you can see the photo!

Good luck with the Lesser Spotted.

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Thank you so much for posting the picture Andy. Such a good one too. I've copied it into my personal bird record. Trust that's OK! As I said in my post, we got lucky - for once the Jays got on to the Owl it was 'outa here'.

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Old Monday 3rd March 2014, 19:17   #3278
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I see a Sand Martin was reported at Dagenham chase lnr a good reliable sight for them,is this the first of the spring migrants arriving ???
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Old Tuesday 4th March 2014, 18:47   #3279
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Just had a look and it shows up just black for me too.
Probably underwater! :)
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Old Tuesday 4th March 2014, 21:00   #3280
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Good photo and welcome Andy.

Nice shot Steve - embittered as I spent an hour looking for it on Sunday with no luck. Any pointers on it's location down the old road, or is it mobile?

Well done Steve (Arlow) - cracking gull.

East Tilbury was notably quiet on Saturday morning. There have been a pair of water pipits seen around the derelict WWII concrete buildings along the grass bank between moat and radar tower for anyone needing to tick them.
Thought conditions may offer a diver sp, which we don't seem to get this far up river often; but even grasping at a hint of an easterly wind, 3 GC Grebe on the river just off Mucking Flats was as close as it got. Perhaps the shipping traffic and narrowing of the river upstream of Lower Hope deters other diver sp.
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Old Friday 7th March 2014, 19:30   #3281
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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome and glad you liked the owl photo.

Returned to Shut Heath Wood yesterday and got lucky with views of a male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Only had brief glimpses so no chance of a photo unfortunately. The Treecreepers were a bit more accommodating though!

Stewart - hope you managed to find one too!

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Old Saturday 8th March 2014, 16:42   #3282
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The firecrest

To be honest he his mobile but you need never go through the "do not pass" gate. Saw him today. First day birding without a coat, it was lovely.

If you go at about 2 or 3 you will find about 5 people gawping at it. Today it was on the right half way down, then it popped to the left and then back.

A cracking bird.

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Old Sunday 9th March 2014, 09:10   #3283
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The firecrest

To be honest he his mobile but you need never go through the "do not pass" gate. Saw him today. First day birding without a coat, it was lovely.

If you go at about 2 or 3 you will find about 5 people gawping at it. Today it was on the right half way down, then it popped to the left and then back.

A cracking bird.

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Thanks Steve. Managed to catch up with it. Was a chiffchaff in there too. Managed a few record shots but you caught it well.
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Old Sunday 9th March 2014, 09:14   #3284
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Another quiet morning at East Tilbury yesterday. Highlights : 9 kittiwakes flew up river, and 2 drake goosander over heading north.

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Old Sunday 9th March 2014, 18:08   #3285
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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome and glad you liked the owl photo.

Returned to Shut Heath Wood yesterday and got lucky with views of a male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Only had brief glimpses so no chance of a photo unfortunately. The Treecreepers were a bit more accommodating though!

Stewart - hope you managed to find one too!

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Oh don't go there!! I shouldn't have mentioned my change of luck - I think I offended the God of Ornithology. Those Lesser Spotteds have been giving me the run around. I think that I now know every God-dammed tree in Shut Heath Wood. (Oh dear - offended that God again.) Not giving up - back there this week.

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Old Sunday 9th March 2014, 19:36   #3286
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2 buzzards today at Bonnets wood and a Grey wagtail in parklands fishery opposite in Upminster
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Old Sunday 9th March 2014, 21:38   #3287
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It was a raptor day today with no less than 7 Buzzards over Hadleigh / Benfleet Downs early afternoon which made up for not seeing Bullfinch. Also 2 Peregrines and 2 Sparrowhawks along with a large accipiter which may have been a Goshawk. I also had a Peregrine over the garden which was the first for the year.

We had the Spoonbill at Bowers Marsh this afternoon on the Saline lagoon
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Managed a digiscoped record shot of the Spoonbill (juv) at Bowers Marsh this afternoon.

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It was a raptor day today with no less than 7 Buzzards over Hadleigh / Benfleet Downs early afternoon which made up for not seeing Bullfinch. Also 2 Peregrines and 2 Sparrowhawks along with a large accipiter which may have been a Goshawk. I also had a Peregrine over the garden which was the first for the year.

We had the Spoonbill at Bowers Marsh this afternoon on the Saline lagoon
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Old Monday 10th March 2014, 09:46   #3290
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I've got to mobiles, an iphone and standard pay as you go number. The number you have is not the iphone one so all messages are texts, dont know how to send an I-message from Iphone as Ive only ever texted from that phone also.
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Old Monday 10th March 2014, 10:19   #3291
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Oh don't go there!! I shouldn't have mentioned my change of luck - I think I offended the God of Ornithology. Those Lesser Spotteds have been giving me the run around. I think that I now know every God-dammed tree in Shut Heath Wood. (Oh dear - offended that God again.) Not giving up - back there this week.

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Walked up the path Saturday am and one flew in to a tree in front of me...it moved on,so did we,got to the seat and there he was again in some coppiced trunks...then found a female high up past the holly circle. No probs. Sent some friends to have a look, again no problems, great photos (which I couldn't get as they were all behind twigs so couldn't get a shot away).

Now as to that bloody Tawny Owl was hooting away like mad yesterday but could we find it......No chance
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Hopefully in North Essex early Sunday morning!
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Old Friday 14th March 2014, 16:52   #3295
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I want to be, no ideas of where though. Haven't seen anything or taken any decent photos for ages it seems.
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I was out for my daily dog walk today at Belhus Woods, between Upminster and Aveley, and found an injured heron. I contacted the ranger at the visitor centre there and, as I was able to handle the bird, he advised me to take it into the centre from where they could arrange to deal with it. Sadly, at the end of a ~15 minute walk to the centre the bird died in my arms just as I arrived. It's a great shame as, whilst unable to stand or fly it appeared in good health. I imagine it died of shock, but had I left it alone it would have fallen prey to dogs or died from starvation. The ranger did check it over and thought there was a problem with a knee joint hence unable to stand and unable to feed.

I didn't have a "proper" camera with me, but as I was able to get so close I used my phone camera to take a picture while it was still alive.
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Shut Heath Tawny

Now...have I done this right? If so here's the Tawny from this morning. very high up in the holly circle. Didn't see the LSW today although one has been reported today on the other side of the road. Great views of them last week but very mobile and always between twigs so no photos :-(
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Now...have I done this right? If so here's the Tawny from this morning. very high up in the holly circle. Didn't see the LSW today although one has been reported today on the other side of the road. Great views of them last week but very mobile and always between twigs so no photos :-(
Heard lsw calling then possibly another drumming but that was it. Might have been you who showed me the tawny? Also had couple of siskin, lesserpoll and bullfinch amongst the usual stuff.

Another pair bullfinches at Kelvedon and five buzzards and a red kite over the garden by 11am.
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I think I will pop to LSW area next weekend.

Been in Whitby this weekend, it was lovely.
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