Southend Ornithological Group Bird News

Records submitted in the last 14 days, most recent first. Amber indicates scarce, red indicates rare (Essex requires notes or a description), magenta indicates non-native.

Sunday 05 December 2021

Hampton Barns, 12:50 to 15:25, And Paglesham lagoon
5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Pintail, 4 Goldeneye (1male, 3 redheads), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 7 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 17 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Yellowhammer (By paglag ), 12 Reed Bunting [Sally Brierley]

Stambridge Mills, 11:00 to 11:05
2 Egyptian Goose (on Fishing Lake Ponds by the old Mill) [Steve Arlow]

Gunners Park, 10:30 to 11:30
3 Red-throated Diver, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Guillemot [Lee Ebbs]

Gunners Park, 10:30 to 11:30
3 Red-throated Diver, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Guillemot [Lee Ebbs]

Canvey Point, 09:30 to 14:45, NW 4-3 Cloudy with drizzle H.T 12:50 6.1 m
With traces of throat patch (Jeff Delve) (51157 bytes) 12 Red-throated Diver (including one in partial summer plumage.), 20 Great Crested Grebe (c), 1 Gannet (adult behind tanker), 2 Mute Swan, 14 Shelduck, 2 Eider (same imm. drakes still present), 25 Common Scoter (at least 19 females), Lovely confiding bird (Jeff Delve) (49842 bytes) At times too close to focus (Jeff Delve) (27457 bytes) 1 Sanderling (on footpath 3ft away), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Kittiwake (6 adults 4 1st winter.), 20 auk sp. (unidentifiable large auks.), 15 Guillemot, 10 Razorbill [Terry Blackwell, Jeff Delve]

Saturday 04 December 2021

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 16:20, Walk west to Brandy Hole & back
2 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 800 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (In the distance to the east at Raypits, could be worth a check shortly ), 100 Golden Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 100 Dunlin, 1 Green Woodpecker (flew north over Crouch), 2 Stonechat (pair along seawall ), 2 Raven (Flew low SW perhaps to roost nr Hockley ridge) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 16:30
1 Spoonbill, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Woodcock [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 11:00 to 13:00, W 4 Sunny H.T 12:00 6.0 m
4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 1 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill [Terry Blackwell]

Gunners Park, 10:30 to 11:30
1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Siskin [Lee Ebbs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:50 to 12:50, Guided walk. Reasonably bright but increasing w wind kept cold
1 Marsh Harrier (Male hunting over Pool marsh, interacting with HH), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting over Pool Msrsh), 3 Kestrel (+), 500 Golden Plover (+, Over Darwin ), 1 Grey Plover (Good numbers mixed in with other flocks across the site), 1 Lapwing (Good numbers across the site), 1000 Knot (Very approx, large flocks distantly over Jubilee south ), 1 Dunlin (Good numbers in multiple flocks across the site), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (+, Jubilee), 500 Bar-tailed Godwit (+, Over Jubilee north section), 1 Short-eared Owl (Disturbed from an island on Jubilee, flew high then beat back low over main channel. Super views), 50 Linnet (approx flock over Jubilee grassy areas ), 2 Corn Bunting (On sluice fence nr carpark, singing) [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 09:40 to 09:50
2 Great Northern Diver [Marc Outten]

Friday 03 December 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:30 to 16:15, Wind dropped this evening and warmer than of late. Stayed late to soak up the dusk soundscape, marvellous
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail over Pool, apparently another seen earlier), 1 Buzzard, 1 Merlin (Male on post by Stokes then chasing a small passerine over south lagoons), 1200 Golden Plover (Large flock in to roost on Darwin lagoon, many more flying over later), 2 Short-eared Owl (One distantly south of Marsh Flats and another around Pool Marsh and screens) [Jeff Delve]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 11:15 to 11:25
1 Coal Tit (around garden and on feeders) [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 10:40 to 13:00, SW 3 Cloudy with drizzle very calm H.T 11:15 5.8 m
4 Red-throated Diver, 20 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Mute Swan, 4 Shelduck, 2 Eider, 8 Ringed Plover, 14 Sanderling, 4 Kittiwake (adults), 10 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit [Terry Blackwell]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 10:30 to 10:30
1 Grey Wagtail [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:00
2 Great Northern Diver [Andrew Armstrong]

Thursday 02 December 2021

Rochford, 16:20 to 16:20
1 Long-eared Owl (totally unexpected garden tick: bird seen from desk at dusk as it flew past next conifers at bottom of next doors garden and across my garden and rounded the bottom tree then disappeared. ) [Steve Arlow]

Canvey Point, 08:45 to 10:30
5 Red-throated Diver, 20 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Marsh Harrier (male & female.), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill [Graham Ryland]

Canvey Point, 08:00 to 11:15, NW 4 Sunny H.T 10:25 5.5 m
5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Pintail, 6 Eider (same 2 imm. drakes still present, plus 4 imm. birds landed near West leigh middle buoy.), 2 Common Scoter (females), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon (harassing a flock of Oystercatcher.), 4 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill, 2 Grey Seal [Terry Blackwell]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 07:55 to 15:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Paul Griggs]

Wednesday 01 December 2021

Stambridge, 17:35 to 17:35
1 Barn Owl (Flew across the road the bend before the Royal Oak pub) [Sally Brierley]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:30 to 16:00, Breezy westerly and cool. Viewing from above car park
7 Mute Swan (pair and three juvs flew out west, another pair on Fitzroy. No other swans), 2 Marsh Harrier (males - Pool Marsh and Marsh Flats), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail hunting back of Pool Marsh), 2 Merlin (One in prolonged aerial chase after a Skylark from near screens out to Jubilee trail was joined by a second before lost behind the sea wall ), 1 Barn Owl (seen briefly hunting south sea wall) [Jeff Delve]

Benfleet Downs, 11:30 to 12:15
2 Siskin, 2 Grey Squirrel [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 09:30 to 09:35
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

River Roach, 08:20 to 13:20, Coombes Farm to Hampton Barns via Bartonhall Creek and return
4 Little Egret, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (females), 1 Sparrowhawk (f), 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 12 Grey Plover, 110 Lapwing (c), 200 Dunlin (+), 26 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad winter ), 7 Skylark, 13 Meadow Pipit, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Greenfinch, 6 Corn Bunting (HB) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Tuesday 30 November 2021

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:20 to 11:50
1 Little Egret, 41 Gadwall, 1 Pintail (f), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail (heard,main lagoon), 1 Avocet, 250 Lapwing (c), 1 Curlew, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat (m), 4 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 4 Bearded Tit, 2 Raven (N), 4 Greenfinch [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canvey Point, 07:40 to 10:40, W 4 Cloudy H.T8:20 4.9 m
13 Red-throated Diver (including a group of 6 that landed ), 25 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gannet (4 Adults following ship into the river), 5 Teal, 1 Scaup (drake ), 2 Eider, 1 Common Scoter (female), 2 Guillemot, 7 Razorbill [Terry Blackwell]

Monday 29 November 2021

Rochford, 14:35 to 14:40
2 Little Egret (west over garden) [Steve Arlow]

Ballards Gore, Stambridge, 12:30 to 12:30
1 Buzzard [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:15 to 12:15
2 Marsh Harrier (M & F), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 12 Snipe, 8 Corn Bunting, 1 Field Vole [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:30 to 10:10, Very cold, light NW
1 Spoonbill (On south side Fitzroy), 0 Whooper Swan (No sign of birds reported yesterday- no swans at all), 200 Pintail (+, Big flocks on Darwin and Fitzroy), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard [Jeff Delve]

Canvey Point, 07:40 to 09:10, WNW 2 Sunny H.T 7:05 4.7m
1 Red-throated Diver, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet (first year), 1 Little Egret, 2 Eider (imm drakes still present), 2 Red-breasted Merganser (male and female), 42 Ringed Plover, 16 Grey Plover, 8 Sanderling, 500 Dunlin (c), 12 Redshank, 10 Turnstone, 5 auk sp. (large Auks unidentifiable), 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill [Terry Blackwell]

Sunday 28 November 2021

Rochford Golf Course, 11:20 to 15:30, Sunny, cold NW wind
2 Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Goose (pair), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult flew over), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Siskin [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:10 to 09:10
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Saturday 27 November 2021

Canvey Point, 12:30 to 15:50, NW 5-6 Cloudy with drizzle H.T 17:30 4.9 m
4 Red-throated Diver, 50 Great Crested Grebe (c), 2 Gannet (adult and 2nd year), 2 Scaup, 2 Eider (imm drakes), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 15 Kittiwake, 3 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill [Terry Blackwell]

Benfleet Creek, 11:00 to 11:20
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 07:35 to 09:05, Overcast, falling tide (low tide c11.10am), wind N4-5
1 Red-throated Diver, 25 Great Crested Grebe (+), 1 Scaup (drake, initially with GCGs, then with Eiders and on its own), 2 Eider, 1 Peregrine Falcon (male flew north over river), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 Razorbill (drifted east close in), 1 Rock Pipit [Neil Chambers, Terry Blackwell]

Friday 26 November 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:30 to 16:15, Breezy W, overcast
3 Spoonbill (Feeding on Fitzroy from Caroline’s hide), 30 Pintail (+, Darwin and Fitzroy), 40 Shoveler (+, Darwin), 4 Marsh Harrier (+, Inc very close ad Male by car park ), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting Pool Marsh and then out over Tillets ), 500 Golden Plover (+, Darwin), 100 Grey Plover (+, Jubilee), 1000 Knot (+, Large flocks over Jubilee), 200 Dunlin (+, Many small flocks), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (+, Some), 100 Bar-tailed Godwit (+, Jubilee) [Jeff Delve]

Canvey Point, 12:30 to 15:00, W-NW 4-5
3 Red-throated Diver, 50 Great Crested Grebe (c), 3 Gannet (Adults), 2 Scaup (Drake and a female), 6 Ringed Plover, 45 Grey Plover, 38 Knot, 13 Sanderling, 1500 Dunlin (c), 12 Redshank, 5 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill [Terry Blackwell]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00
1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 491 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Water Rail (Circa. All in the Reed bed perimeter around the Eastern side of the lake), 1636 Oystercatcher, 9 Ringed Plover, 4000 Knot (Circa. Lots the other side of the boom), 362 Sanderling, 36 Dunlin, 176 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Curlew, 64 Redshank, 60 Turnstone, 1 Guillemot, 2 Pied Wagtail [Andrew Armstrong]

Thursday 25 November 2021

Canvey Point, 12:20 to 14:40, NW 4 Sunny H.T 15:50 5.1 m
4 Red-throated Diver, 50 Great Crested Grebe (c), 2 Scaup (Thanks to P.G and B.Y), 2 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill [Terry Blackwell]

Canvey Point, 12:00 to 15:45
3 diver sp., 4 Red-throated Diver, 62 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Scaup (pair throughout, mostly near the Pier and too distant to ID but at 15:15 flew closer), 2 auk sp., 2 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 1 Common Seal [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:10 to 08:40
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 7 Ringed Plover, 8 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 2 Pied Wagtail [Andrew Armstrong]

Wednesday 24 November 2021

Canvey Point, 11:15 to 13:15, NW 1 Flat calm . Very cloudy and misty H.T 15:10 5.3m
7 Red-throated Diver, 50 Great Crested Grebe (c), 2 Eider (still feeding near the chapman buoy), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Guillemot, 1 Puffin (drifting past on the tide close in from 11:30 to 12:00.) [Terry Blackwell]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:00 to 11:30
1 Buzzard, 10 Redwing, 1 Bullfinch (male) [John Wright]

Tuesday 23 November 2021

Doggetts Pits, 13:10 to 13:35
4 Tufted Duck (2 resident pairs), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Cetti's Warbler (still present), 1 Red Admiral (will this be my last of the year?) [Steve Arlow]

Canvey Point, 10:30 to 12:30, NW 1-2 Sunny H.T 14:35 5.5m
6 Red-throated Diver, 65 Great Crested Grebe, 400 Wigeon (c), 2 Eider, 1 Goldeneye (stunning winter plumaged Drake on the water ), 3 Red-breasted Merganser (flew up river with a flock of geese), 1000 Dunlin (c), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill [Terry Blackwell]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:30 to 10:40
1 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:15
3 Barnacle Goose, 6 Pintail (4 drakes.), 2 Goldeneye (females still.), 2 Marsh Harrier (male & female.), 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 50 Skylark (+), 4 Stonechat (2 pairs.), 8 Fieldfare [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 07:35 to 07:35
1 Coal Tit [Neil Chambers]

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