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 14 July 2024

Wat Tyler Country Park, 17:30 to 18:45
3 Sparrowhawk (Adult fem. and 2 juvs) [Tim Bourne]

Paglesham East Hall Road, 15:30 to 16:40
4 Kestrel, 2 Reed Warbler (singing), 9 Corn Bunting (singing birds at various points between Pag Lag sewage works and the seawall), 3 Emerald Damselfly, 3 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 6 Ruddy Darter, 5 Marbled White, 10 Gatekeeper, 5 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 14:05 to 14:05
1 Buzzard (over east) [Graham Mee]

Canewdon, 12:25 to 13:00, Warm, 20C, patchy sun, light SW. Butterfly count on BHP meadow
1 Buzzard (calling), 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (in garden), 1 Emperor Dragonfly (patrolling pond), 1 Ruddy Darter, 1 Essex Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Large White, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock Butterfly, 2 Comma (in garden), 2 Marbled White, 2 Gatekeeper, 5 Meadow Brown [Jeff Delve]

Hadleigh Marshes, 10:00 to 12:00
1 Red Kite (drifted north ), 1 Kestrel, 10 Marsh Frog, 2 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 8 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 30 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 3 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 4 Common Darter, 20 Ruddy Darter, 25 skippers, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Brimstone [John Wright]

Benfleet, 09:35 to 09:35
5 Crossbill (Tight flock of 5 over garden calling, heading SW, incl. an obvious red male) [Tim Bourne]

Southend, 08:50 to 08:50, Lundy Close
2 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 11:00
1 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel (family party.), 1 Dunlin, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Bearded Tit, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Southern Migrant Hawker [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Saturday 13 July 2024

Rochford Golf Course, 18:30 to 20:15
2 Egyptian Goose (pair), 1 Kestrel, 3 Green Woodpecker (pair + juv), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 House Martin, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Way, 15:25 to 16:00
Scarce Emerald male (Paul Baker) (80210 bytes) Scarce Emerald female (Paul Baker) (67486 bytes) 35 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, Southern Emerald (Paul Baker) (70402 bytes) Southern Emerald male (Paul Baker) (61557 bytes) 7 Southern Emerald Damselfly, 1 Small Red-eyed Damselfly (female), 2 Four-spotted Chaser, 30 Ruddy Darter, 1 Essex Skipper (+), Marbled White underside (Paul Baker) (99347 bytes) Marbled White topside (Paul Baker) (96171 bytes) 30 Marbled White [Paul Baker]

Bowers Downs, 15:00 to 15:10
7 Kestrel (inc what appeared to be a fledged juvenile noisily chasing after female parent) [Paul Baker]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 14:30 to 14:50, Marina
1 Buzzard, 1 Spotted Redshank (moulting adult in creek) [Paul Baker]

Westcliff, 07:20 to 07:25, St Georges Drive
25 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Friday 12 July 2024

South Fambridge, 20:20 to 20:30
1 Buzzard (seemingly roosting on telegraph pole in field) [Paul Baker]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 17:55 to 18:40
10 Little Egret, 1 Egyptian Goose, 10 Pochard, 85 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 30 Ruddy Darter, 2 Marbled White [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Common Shrew (ran across road) [Paul Baker]

Sutton Road Cemetery, 14:05 to 14:05
1 Green Woodpecker (my first of the year locally!!) [Paul Baker]

Belfairs N.R., 11:50 to 13:20, Cool & overcast
2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (+), 2 Swallow, 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Small White, 2 Purple Hairstreak, White Admiral 1 (Paul Baker) (86888 bytes) White Admiral 2 (Paul Baker) (115893 bytes) 1 White Admiral, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Speckled Wood, 5 Meadow Brown, 8 Ringlet [Paul Baker, Paul Griggs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 12:30, NW 4 Overcast
3 Little Grebe, 1 Wigeon, 1 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Stock Dove, 15 Swallow, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Reed Warbler, 5 Reed Bunting [Terry Blackwell]

Belfairs Woods, 09:30 to 10:30
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 05:35 to 08:20, NNE-N 4 Very grey and murky H.T 5:20 5.1 m
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (super bird in full summer plumage), 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Gull (adults moving up river), 1 Sandwich Tern, 30 Common Tern (+), 5 Arctic Tern (Probable Arctic Terns .Tight group flew in before spiralling up and out of sight), 2 Swift [Terry Blackwell]

Thursday 11 July 2024

Canvey Point, 21:25 to 21:35
2 Common Pipistrelle (Back garden) [Terry Blackwell]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 18:00 to 19:00, west side only
9 Gadwall (some recently fledged (presumably on site?)), 14 Shoveler (some recently fledged (presumably on site?)), 1 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck (one chick), 1 Spotted Redshank (2CY+), 4 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Corn Bunting [Max Hellicar]

South Fambridge, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Tern, 2 Small Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Marbled White, 2 Gatekeeper, 2 Meadow Brown [Paul Baker]

Edwards Hall Park, 15:45 to 17:00
5 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 27 White-legged Damselfly (incl. 1 in field east of car park, and several females), 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 10 skippers, 1 Essex Skipper, 3 Marbled White, 50 Gatekeeper, 20 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Belfairs N.R., 13:15 to 15:15, Warm, sunny spells
3 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 drumming), 3 Blackcap (singing), 1 Nuthatch, 5 Southern Migrant Hawker, 3 Common Darter, 10 skippers, 5 Brimstone, 2 Large White, 2 Holly Blue, 7 White Admiral (+), 4 Peacock Butterfly, 4 Comma, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary (along main butterfly ride), 1 Marbled White, 10 Meadow Brown, 70 Ringlet [Neil Chambers]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 10:30 to 11:00
1 Southern Migrant Hawker [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 11:30, Manorway footpath & track by old tip fence line only.
2 Buzzard, 1 Northern Water Vole [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 12:00
8 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1000 Coot (+), 90 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Raven, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 3 Southern Migrant Hawker, 200 Ruddy Darter (+), 100 Marbled White (+), 100 Gatekeeper (+) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Westcliff, 06:35 to 06:40, St Georges Drive
5 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Benfleet Station, 05:45 to 05:50
1 Hobby [Martin Cracknell]

Wednesday 10 July 2024

Leigh on Sea, 15:50 to 15:50
1 Cockatiel [Max Hellicar]

Southchurch Park West, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Red-crested Pochard [Max Hellicar]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:45 to 14:00
7 Spoonbill, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 100 Black-tailed Godwit (c100), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Stoat [John Wright]

Westcliff, 06:50 to 06:50, St Georges Drive
9 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 06:40 to 09:15, SW 4 Overcast
4 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 16 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, 6 Yellow Wagtail (2 adults and 4 juv. ), 6 Reed Warbler, 15 Whitethroat, 8 Reed Bunting [Terry Blackwell]

Tuesday 09 July 2024

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 19:45 to 19:55
1 Tawny Owl (back in its usual spot for the first time since last Tues) [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 12:25 to 12:25, Damp
1 Marsh Harrier (female actually hunting over & through the garden) [Paul Baker]

Westcliff, 07:20 to 07:25, St Georges Drive
2 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Monday 08 July 2024

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 10:30, Sunny intervals
1 Little Grebe (1 adult 2 chicks), 2 Buzzard, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow (+), 6 House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 12 Reed Warbler, 25 Whitethroat (+), 5 Greenfinch, 7 Reed Bunting, 3 Corn Bunting, 3 Marsh Frog [Terry Blackwell]

Sunday 07 July 2024

Bowers Downs, 19:10 to 19:30
3 Spoonbill (On Bowers, north of main lagoon), 1 Buzzard, 2 Green Sandpiper [Tim Bourne]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 10:20 to 10:25
2 Slow-worm, 1 Marbled White (garden tick) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 10:30
2 Egyptian Goose (flew west.), 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Mediterranean Gull (inc. 5 juvs.), 50 Swift (+), 4 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Saturday 06 July 2024

Belfairs N.R., 16:00 to 16:45
1 Buzzard, 2 Southern Migrant Hawker, 2 Ruddy Darter, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 2 White Admiral, 10 Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Way, 14:50 to 15:45
6 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 8 Southern Emerald Damselfly (3 males) (along hedge line), 70 Ruddy Darter (+), 20 skippers, 10 Marbled White, 10 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet, 1 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:40 to 14:45
7 Little Egret, 3 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 150 Swift (steady westward passage), 1 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Ruddy Darter, 20 skippers, 1 Red Admiral, 15 Marbled White, 15 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Southend, 10:15 to 10:20, Queens Road
3 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Thursday 04 July 2024

Rayleigh Mount, 12:10 to 12:20
1 Southern Hawker [Neil Chambers]

Hockley Woods, 10:30 to 11:30
2 Stock Dove (pair), 4 Chiffchaff (2 singing), 2 Nuthatch, 1 Chinese Muntjac, 80 Southern Migrant Hawker (+), 1 Common Darter, 2 Ruddy Darter, 1 Large White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 White Admiral, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 30 Meadow Brown, 50 Ringlet [Neil Chambers]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 09:30 to 10:00
1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Comma [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 07:35 to 10:40, W 4-5 Sunny
1 Little Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 10 Shoveler, 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Hobby (feeding over the fleet), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (on Pantile scrape), 1 Stock Dove, 8 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow (+), 8 House Martin, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 10 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting [Terry Blackwell]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 11:00
2 Buzzard, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Turtle Dove (flew west over parking area.), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Grass Snake, 1 White-letter Hairstreak, 1 Gatekeeper [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Westcliff, 05:30 to 05:30, St Georges Drive
6 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wednesday 03 July 2024

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 19:30 to 19:35
1 Goldcrest [Neil Chambers]

Tuesday 02 July 2024

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 20:15 to 20:45
Roosting Tawny Owl (Paul Baker) (102694 bytes) 1 Tawny Owl (roosting in Neil's garden! Thanks so much for the phone call :-)) [Paul Baker, Neil Chambers]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 20:00 to 22:00
1 Tawny Owl (roosting in usual tree between 8-9pm at least - wasn't present this morning, nor the previous two evenings), 1 Badger (briefly at 10pm) [Neil Chambers]

Monday 01 July 2024

Bowers Downs, 18:50 to 19:00
2 Raven (on ground between railway & Manorway) [Neil Chambers]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 18:30 to 18:45, Marina only
1 Buzzard, 1 Spotted Redshank [Neil Chambers]

Southchurch Park West, 17:00 to 17:00
1 Red-crested Pochard [Max Hellicar]

Chalkwell Park, 16:00 to 16:00
2 Stock Dove [Max Hellicar]

Shoeburyness Park, 15:05 to 15:15
1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Blackcap (a pair) [Paul Baker]

Southchurch Park West, 14:45 to 15:00
2 Little Grebe (a pair on nest), 1 Red-crested Pochard (female at far West end) [Paul Baker]

Canvey Way, 09:45 to 09:45, Mainly Sunny
1 Red Kite [Terry Blackwell]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 06:30 to 09:30, Sunny interval
3 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Kestrel, 2 Greenshank (saline lagoon), 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 40 Swift (+), 7 Swallow, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Chaffinch, 7 Greenfinch, 30 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer [Terry Blackwell]

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