Date Details Sitename
Wednesday 23 Oct

Gunners Park, Shoebury 09:00 to 12:30,
2 Sandwich Tern 1 Black Redstart (Female/immature in SE corner) 6 Fieldfare 1 Mistle Thrush 3 Chiffchaff 2 Redwing 2 Cetti's Warbler 5 Song Thrush 2 Stonechat 1 Gannet (Juvenile) 1 Sparrowhawk (Male) 7 Little Grebe 1 Sanderling 300 Starling 6 Swallow [Steve Grimwade]

Gunners Park, Shoebury
Thursday 10 Oct

Gunners Park, Shoebury 10:55 to 12:55, High Tide. Strong Westerly. Bright and Sunny.
10 Little Grebe (On Mere) 1 Sparrowhawk (West) 80 Ringed Plover (Barge Pier) 350 Sanderling (Barge Pier) 100 Turnstone (Barge Pier) 300 Redshank (Mere island) 29 Swallow (West) 10 Meadow Pipit 10 Pied Wagtail 1 Wheatear 3 Stonechat (MFF) 3 Ring Ouzel (M,F,1stW) 2 Blackcap 1 Cetti's Warbler (M) 2 Chiffchaff 200 Starling 25 House Sparrow 10 Linnet 20 Goldfinch 1 Greenfinch (M) 4 Reed Bunting [Mike Harris]

Gunners Park, Shoebury
Saturday 01 Dec

Gunners Park, Shoebury 13:30 to 14:30, Cold and grey
1 Black-throated Diver (adult on lake) 12 Little Grebe 19 Fieldfare 43 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (On mudflats) [Sean Nixon]

Gunners Park, Shoebury 12:00 to 13:00, Overcast but rain ceased - fairly mild
1 Black-throated Diver (An apparent moribund partial breeding-plumaged adult showing to a few yards. In distress and possibly lightly oiled - requires veterinary attention to survive. Spent long periods just shutting its eyes and had attempted to climb on to the bank) 12 Little Grebe 2 Mute Swan 1 Song Thrush (Singing male) 35 Starling [Lee G R Evans]

Gunners Park, Shoebury
Friday 30 Nov

Gunners Park, Shoebury 10:45 to 13:00, SUNNYWITH LIGHT SOUTH WESTERLY WIND
1 Black-throated Diver (On main lake) 5 Little Grebe [Peter Triston]

Gunners Park, Shoebury 13:00 to 13:45, Sunny, mild for time of year
1 Black-throated Diver 11 Little Grebe [Peter Heath]

Gunners Park, Shoebury 11:00 to 12:30, sunny with light breeze
1 Black-throated Diver [Paul Chamberlain]

Gunners Park, Shoebury
Thursday 22 Nov

Gunners Park, Shoebury 11:20 to 15:10, Dry, calm, overcast, high water 11 33, 5.7 m. Cold 6c. Sightings with Brenda.
1 Eider ( Feeding around pier for duration. Sex, possible immature male) 6 Great Crested Grebe 22 Little Grebe (On lake.) 200 Dunlin (Circa. High tide roost on pier.) 50 Ringed Plover (Circa. With Dunlin.) 2 Lapwing (On pier.) 20 Sanderling (Circa, with Dunlin.) 10 Little Egret 5 Curlew 100 Oystercatcher (Plus.) 30 Turnstone (Circa.) 50 Redshank (Plus. Waders spread across tidal mud in their hundreds. Report is of birds closest to sea wall.) 500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Plus. ) 1 Green Woodpecker 8 Greenfinch (Flock near car park.) 5 Common Gull 6 Blackbird (Males, near car park.) [David Hale]

Gunners Park, Shoebury
Monday 06 Nov

Gunners Park, Shoebury , 14:45 to 16:30, Bright, still ,chilly
1 Goosander (Red- head, unexpected visitor on the lake snorkelling around fishing & rollling over a lot, very tame came to the edges in company of 2 Mute Swans & several Mallard, at times fending off commoners with an open gap saw bill. Spellbounding behaviour drew me away from the Sanderling Observations, when I popped my head back over the wall to look for them the tide had gone with Sanderling too. Goosander Flew off after about an hour looked rather ungainly as it rounded against the garrison houses I thought it was come back & then flew NW inland surprisgly. Some record shots on my Twitter feed & short but distant video clip ), 1 Gannet (On Kent side going out of Estuary, vicinity of Richard Montgomery wreck), 411 Sanderling (3 Coloured rings identified 1 Dutch- Griend & two Ornkey ringed birds regulars in the flock - 3 metal rings), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher (Female), 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat (Pair ,fenced off compound), 1 Wheatear [David Low]

Gunners Park, Shoebury
Thursday 02 Nov

Gunners Park, Shoebury , 09:30 to 14:45, Dry, overcast, light W breeze, 16c.
100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa.), 24 Little Grebe (On lake.), 4 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Gannet (adults.), 8 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 75 Ringed Plover (High tide roost on pier.), 2 Lapwing (On pier.), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (car park.), 1 Swallow, 10 Blackbird (at least.), 12 Magpie, 200 Starling (circa, feeding flocks on berries. Brenda &) [David Hale]

Gunners Park, Shoebury
Thursday 12 Oct

Gunners Park, Shoebury , 16:15 to 18:30, Windy gusts at times overcast with sunny spells
94 Ringed Plover, 783 Sanderling (8 Coloured rings examined 3 Icelandic regulars for past 5 years one has a dropped white ring but by time of location turn up can only be the previous ringed bird. 4 rings retained out of the original five on this individual 2 other Icelandic ringed birds are doppelgängers their combination rings are exactly the same but on reverse legs. Left leg green flag over blue over green Right leg metal white over white. - other bird doppelgänger left leg metal white over white right leg green flag over blue over green,: can be tricky at times when you see either one of two. Especially when running which Sanderling do a lot of. 3 Orkney-, Sanday, Rings two have been in the flock the last three years and another new bird has appeared today.- all these birds carry a lime green flag which is an ID character unique to Orkney Birds Dutch Ringed bird has a yellow flag as part of combination is spending its second winter in the Roost interesting it disperses in spring to its place of ringing Griend-Dutch Wadden Sea Island- its estimated there are 22,000 Sanderling that Roost on this island in a recent study census. 1 bird Black Point, Hayling Island Hampshire this bird is back for second winter has a dark blue flag made up in its combination at least five other Hayling island birds pass through this flock either in spring or autumn. Picture of the Dutch ring & the new Orkney ring are on my Twitter feed. Andrew Armstrong the EWT Park Ranger is most helpful and Knowledgeable of Plants,mammals,birds and insects and is good company for reading the Sanderling Rings & also noted a Heliogoland coloured ringed Ringed Plover recently with the Sanderling Roost), 27 Dunlin [David Low]

Gunners Park, Shoebury
Wednesday 06 May

Gunners Park, Shoebury 13:30 to 16:45, Windy 20-30mph gusts~ 14oC mild
342 Sanderling (2 coloured rings read @ least 3 metal ringed birds present just west of the Coast Guards) 22 Turnstone 17 Dunlin 9 Ringed Plover 2 Mediterranean Gull [David Low]

Gunners Park, Shoebury
Friday 01 May

Gunners Park, Shoebury 12:30 to 13:30, stopped off for lunchtime walk & then read twitter feed about red-rumped swallow but not seen due to very strong & chilly easterly breeze
4 Swallow (hawking between houses & battery tower) 2 Lesser Whitethroat [Tony Kennelly]

Gunners Park, Shoebury