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.

Monday 21 May 2018

Wakering Stairs, 20:20 to 21:05
2 Little Egret, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Nightingale (+ singing), 1 Red Fox [Paul Baker]

Canvey Point, 18:50 to 19:35, Cloud 5/8; wind SE F2; 16ºC; high tide 18:00 (5.2m @ Southend). Checking for Black Terns (plentiful all over England today).
1 Great Crested Grebe, 27 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on the Point), 9 Shelduck (flying around in a group), 4 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 14 Common Tern (+ 2 'commic'), 0 Black Tern (none seen) [Richard Howard]

Canvey Wick, 14:45 to 16:15, Sunny, warm, light easterly
2 Cuckoo (both seen), 1 Nightingale (singing north of crossroads), 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Whitethroat (+), 2 Broad-bodied Chaser (nr Green Hairstreaks), 1 Orange-tip, Smart butterfly once it stopped (Jeff Delve) (67281 bytes) 4 Green Hairstreak (usual place), Rare to have these stop at all (Jeff Delve) (46255 bytes) 6 Holly Blue, Posing nicely whilst listening to the Nightingale (Jeff Delve) (78087 bytes) 1 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood [Jeff Delve]

Canewdon, 13:15 to 14:15
1 Turtle Dove (single under feeders for 5 mins), 4 Slow-worm (small juvs BHP), 1 Azure Damselfly (on garden pond) [Jeff Delve]

Lower Raypits, 11:40 to 13:00, Sunny, light easterly
8 Shelduck (on lagoon), 2 Tufted Duck (pair on lagoon), 2 Oystercatcher (pair on lagoon), Flying overhead calling (Jeff Delve) (10603 bytes) Same bird overhead (Jeff Delve) (11043 bytes) 4 Wood Sandpiper (two from ditches in fields and a separate 'pair' later, including display flight and song), 1 Cuckoo (heard - Crouch Sea wall), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Swift (over), 4 Swallow (nr Raymond's Farm), 2 Yellow Wagtail (lagoon and west fields) [Jeff Delve]

Stambridge, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Cuckoo (male calling for much of the time west of the garden.) [Steve Sanford]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:45 to 11:25, Light easterly, sunny, 14C. Just Grass Farm Lagoons and salt pan
7 Cormorant (salt pan islands), 1 Gadwall (near south sea wall), 1 Pochard (drake flew west over pools), 3 Marsh Harrier (Ad male hunting grazing marsh, female over south fields and another male with tail in moult heading high over south), 4 Kestrel, 3 Lapwing, 4 Redshank (around saltpan, others displaying west on grazing marsh), 1 Common Sandpiper (along ditch east of screens), 40 Mediterranean Gull (+, estimated 20 breeding pairs on islands), 20 Common Tern (sitting birds with 18 on main pool and another two nesting on salt pan), 8 Yellow Wagtail (+), 1 Reed Warbler (singing in borrowdyke near entry to marsh flats trail), 1 Northern Water Vole (near car park in borrowdyke), Good day for butterflies (Jeff Delve) (56070 bytes) 4 Small Copper, 6 Small Heath (+) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:40 to 12:45
8 Pochard (together in flight with one female ), 2 Greenshank (together,East Haven Creek ), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults together,over calling), 2 Common Tern (together ), 3 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo (calling,distant ), 2 Swift (together ), 8 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 42 Reed Warbler (twenty three viewed), 3 Blackcap (one male viewed ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat (three viewed ), 1 Bearded Tit (male), 5 Greenfinch (together ), 1 Yellowhammer (male flew to hedge adjacent to sunflower strip near reserve entrance ), 2 Corn Bunting (one viewed singing), 1 Wall (bridle path ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 07:10 to 08:20
3 Little Egret, 3 Mute Swan, 1 Garganey (the 'brighter' drake), 1 Common Tern, 9 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap (h), 6 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 3 Wall, 1 Small Heath [Max Hellicar]

Canvey Way, 05:40 to 07:10
9 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Yellow Wagtail (flyover), 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Nightingale (heard singing 06:20-06:30), 4 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (h), 4 Whitethroat (h) [Max Hellicar]

Hadleigh Marshes, 05:05 to 05:35
1 Cuckoo (heard singing), 1 Song Thrush (h), 7 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 6 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff (h) [Max Hellicar]

Sunday 20 May 2018

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:40 to 16:40
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 15:00 to 15:05
1 Speckled Wood [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:50 to 16:30
1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 2 Swallow [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Gunners Park, 14:45 to 16:00, Sunny, cloudy spells, cold SE wind
2 Great Crested Grebe (offshore), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 2 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Green-veined White, 3 Small Copper [Neil Chambers]

Belfairs Woods, 14:00 to 16:00
13 Swift, 1 Blackcap (h), 1 Orange-tip [Max Hellicar]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:40 to 13:40
1 Buzzard (north) [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 12:40 to 14:15
1 Wigeon (drake), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Adder [Steve Arlow]

Wakering Stairs, 10:45 to 11:45
3 Buzzard, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Turtle Dove (heard only), 1 Cuckoo (heard only), 3 Wall [Dudley Shayler]

Saturday 19 May 2018

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 21:00 to 21:05
1 Common Pipistrelle [John Wright]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 17:15 to 18:30
4 Little Egret, 3 Garganey flying together (Richard Howard) (33386 bytes) 3 Garganey flying together (Richard Howard) (19817 bytes) male Garganey (Richard Howard) (101941 bytes) 3 Garganey (seemingly a pair and a brighter male trying to ‘muscle in’. All seen together in prolonged flight around the reserve.), 4 Avocet, 1 Adder (vtk ), Wall Brown (Richard Howard) (82437 bytes) 4 Wall [Vince Kinsler, Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 16:25 to 17:40, Sunny, warm, cool SE wind
2 Buzzard (1 over Church Road, 1 over Benfleet), 1 Kestrel, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Swift, 1 Four-spotted Chaser [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 16:15 to 18:00
5 Little Egret, 1 Garganey (drake), 4 Avocet, 2 Wall [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 13:00 to 13:15
4 Small Copper [John Wright]

Benfleet Downs, 12:45 to 16:45, St. Marys Road west to below Hadleigh Castle and back. Cloud 1/8; wind E-NE F1-2; 18ºC.
3 Little Egret (+), 2 Sparrowhawk (pair soaring), 1 Buzzard (soaring Shipwrights Close area), 1 Cuckoo (male), 3 Swift, 15 Swallow (+), 1 Blackcap (male singing), 3 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff (+), 10 Large Red Damselfly (+), 30 Azure Damselfly (+), 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 2 Hairy Dragonfly, 6 Broad-bodied Chaser, 2 Large White, 2 Small White, 3 Orange-tip (males), 16 Holly Blue (+), 4 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Comma, 4 Speckled Wood, 3 Wall, 12 Small Heath (+) [Richard Howard]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:30 to 15:00
1 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:20 to 13:00
1 Skylark, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting [Matt Bruty]

Benfleet Downs, 10:40 to 12:40
1 Cuckoo (heard only), 1 Nightingale (heard only), 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 20 Marsh Frog (+ what a wonderful noise), 5 Large Red Damselfly, 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 4 Broad-bodied Chaser [Dudley Shayler]

Prittle Brook (Southend), 10:40 to 10:45, Between Victoria Ave and Prittlewell Chase
2 Grey Wagtail (adult and juvenile ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:10 to 11:20, Warm & sunny
1 Cuckoo (singing), 1 Nightingale (singing from south end of old tip), 2 Reed Warbler (singing), 3 Blackcap (singing), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Azure Damselfly, 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 2 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Hadleigh Downs, 09:00 to 09:00
2 Mediterranean Gull [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:00
4 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Mute Swan (inc.8 chicks), 1 Wigeon (drake still present), 8 Oystercatcher (inc.3 chicks), 12 Lapwing (inc.2 chicks), 1 Common Tern, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Bearded Tit, 80 Azure Damselfly (+), Hairy Dragonfly (Graham Oakes) (21871 bytes) 4 Hairy Dragonfly, 7 Broad-bodied Chaser, 3 Wall, 3 Small Heath [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wakering Stairs, 08:00 to 10:00
1 Marsh Harrier (Female ), 3 Whimbrel, 1 Turtle Dove (Heard), 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Nightingale (Heard), 1 Peacock Butterfly, 12 Wall [Lee Ebbs]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 03:00
2 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Friday 18 May 2018

Southchurch, 17:50 to 18:00
1 Sparrowhawk [Max Hellicar]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 16:45 to 18:45, Cloud 1-2/8 hazy; wind NE F1-2; 16-13ºC., Cloud 1-2/8 hazy; wind NE F1-2; 16-13ºC. Walk to seawall and back, stopping at all 3 viewpoints
2 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Shelduck, 1 Anas sp. (Male. Blue Winged Teal x Shoveler hybrid), 3 Shoveler (males), 2 Pochard (males), 8 Tufted Duck (5 males; 3 females), 2 Avocet, Little Ringed Plover (Richard Howard) (84402 bytes) 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing, 2 Whimbrel (over, flying NE), 9 Swift, 5 Skylark (inc. family group of 4), 8 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting (males, singing), Little Ringed Plover (Richard Howard) (84402 bytes) Wall (Richard Howard) (97893 bytes) 1 Wall [Richard Howard]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:00 to 13:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Stock Dove (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Canewdon, 08:40 to 09:40
5 Mallard (3 ducklings at BHP), 2 Stock Dove, 1 Turtle Dove (in private garden - thanks very much Jeff!!), 2 Swift, 1 Reed Warbler (heard singing at Butts Hill Pond), 5 Slow-worm, 1 Grass Snake (BHP), 1 Brown Rat [Max Hellicar, Jeff Delve, John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 05:20 to 08:30, Breeding bird survey
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Dunlin, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Common Tern, 3 Yellow Wagtail [Max Hellicar, John Wright]

Thursday 17 May 2018

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:15 to 13:30
1 Kestrel, 2 Hobby (Bowers Marsh), 1 Cuckoo, 2 Slow-worm, 2 Wall, 6 Small Heath [John Wright]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 15:30
4 Little Egret, 1 Hobby (over Bowers), 1 Cuckoo (heard), 5 Swift, 2 Swallow, 6 Reed Warbler (singing males), 1 Common Lizard (seawall), 1 Slow-worm (male), 5 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 2 Wall, 12 Small Heath [Max Hellicar]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 09:15 to 10:15
1 Goldcrest (heard singing) [Max Hellicar]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 07:40 to 11:00
1 Grey Wagtail (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Two Tree Island, 07:10 to 13:20
1 Little Egret, 125 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa east side,three on west), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults together,over calling ), 6 Common Tern (lagoon), 1 Cuckoo (calling,distant ), 3 Swift (together ), 2 Swallow, 2 Reed Warbler (both heard only), 6 Blackcap (two males viewed ), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (heard), 22 Whitethroat (fourteen viewed), 1 Chiffchaff (heard), 3 Orange-tip (males), 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wednesday 16 May 2018

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 14:45 to 15:45, cold & windy
2 Great Crested Grebe (in courtship display), 3 Shoveler (inc the funky one still), 1 Kestrel (female), 4 Avocet, 12 Swift, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing from nr playarea) [Paul Baker]

Canvey Point, 12:15 to 14:30, Cloud 8/8; wind N veering NE later, F3; 13ºC; high tide 14:02 (5.9m @ Southend).
1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater (RH only, flew out of river @ 12:18), 3 Mediterranean Gull (adults, mid-river following ships), 12 Common Tern (came into CP, plus 50+ Commic Terns mid-river) [Richard Howard, Paul Baker, Graham Oakes, Graham Ryland]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 13:55
1 Wigeon (drake), 7 Pochard (three drakes,two females and pair), 1 Kestrel (male), 3 Common Tern, 31 Stock Dove (together in field ), 1 Cuckoo (viewed twice,calling), 13 Swift (together ), 8 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 33 Reed Warbler (four viewed), 3 Blackcap (all heard only), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (one viewed ), 4 Whitethroat (two viewed ), 3 Bearded Tit (two males,one with juvenile ), 1 Corn Bunting (singing), 1 Wall (bridleway ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:00 to 16:00
1 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Two Tree Island (East), 04:30 to 09:30
1 Cuckoo (heard), 1 Red Admiral [Max Hellicar]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:15 to 03:00
2 Red Fox, 3 Badger [John Wright]

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Stambridge, 21:15 to 21:15
1 Cuckoo (singing male) [Steve Sanford]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 16:00 to 16:00
1 House Martin (seem very scarce this year) [Paul Baker]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 15:00 to 19:00, Cloud 1/8; wind NW F1; 19 - 15ºC.
2 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall (pair), 20 Mallard (+. Plus 12 ducklings), male Garganey (Richard Howard) (92351 bytes) male Garganey mid head throw-back (Richard Howard) (66495 bytes) 1 Garganey (Adult male from 12 Acre Viewpoint, taking short rapid flights and making grunting calls, and head-jerking, presumably part of a mating ritual. Apparently there had been 3 birds earlier, this, another duller male and a female), 4 Shoveler (pair and 2 spare males), 6 Pochard (3 pairs), 12 Tufted Duck (6 pairs, 2 in main fleet, 4 at far end), 2 Oystercatcher (pair), 10 Lapwing (+), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (in b.p.), 6 Redshank (+), 2 Reed Warbler, male Blackcap singing (Richard Howard) (80817 bytes) 1 Blackcap (male, singing), 2 Whitethroat, 3 Reed Bunting, Broad-bodied Chaser (Richard Howard) (52470 bytes) 1 Broad-bodied Chaser [Richard Howard]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 15:00 to 17:00, From screen pools.
3 Garganey (2 males and 1 female flew from screen pools towards 2nd hide. One male very dull markings), 2 Pochard [Graham Oakes]

Canvey Wick, 11:00 to 12:30
1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo (heard only), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Large White, 3 Orange-tip, 3 Green Hairstreak, 2 Small Copper, 3 Speckled Wood [Dudley Shayler]

Thundersley Glen, 10:40 to 10:50
1 Blackcap (heard), 2 Holly Blue [Max Hellicar]

Canvey Wick, 09:40 to 10:10
1 Cuckoo (heard), 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 3 Green Hairstreak, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Wall [Max Hellicar]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:00 to 13:00
1 Stock Dove (singing), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail (singing) [Paul Griggs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 07:50 to 09:30
2 Swift, 1 Swallow, 2 Reed Warbler [Max Hellicar]

Benfleet Downs, 07:30 to 07:40
1 Cuckoo (heard) [Max Hellicar]

River Roach, 07:25 to 10:55, Coombes Farm to Hampton Barns via Bartonhall Creek
1 Kestrel (female ), 19 Grey Plover (together with Dunlin,four in summer plumage ), 4 Dunlin (one in summer plumage ), 2 Common Tern, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo (heard,distant from Bartonhall Creek ), 3 Swift, 7 Swallow, 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler (heard only), 2 Reed Warbler (one viewed ), 2 Blackcap (both heard only ), 4 Whitethroat (one heard only ), 1 Chiffchaff (heard only ), 1 Jay, 5 Corn Bunting (singles,singing), 3 Orange-tip (two males,one female ), 1 Red Admiral [Jeff Kinnerman]

Hadleigh Downs, 07:20 to 07:30
1 Cuckoo (heard) [Max Hellicar]

Monday 14 May 2018

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 18:15 to 19:30
1 Anas sp. (look like Shoveler x Blue-winged Teal hybrid but always staying close to a drake Shoveler), 3 Shoveler (inc the 'odd' one), 10 Lapwing (inc 2 young chicks), 7 Swift, 2 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 7 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Corn Bunting (singing), 1 Wall (on seawall) [Paul Baker]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 16:50 to 18:00
8 Shoveler, 6 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 7 Swift [Marc Outten]

Pitsea, 14:45 to 14:45
1 Red Kite (Drifting along between south of the A13 and Pitsea Marshes) [Marc Outten]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:30 to 12:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Holly Blue [Paul Griggs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:05 to 13:35
1 Little Egret, 1 Gadwall (drake), 1 Kestrel (male,Hole Haven Creek ), 1 Stock Dove, 5 Swift, 5 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail (pair), 1 Blackcap (heard), 4 Whitethroat (one viewed ), 4 Greenfinch, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood [Jeff Kinnerman]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 08:55 to 10:30, Cloud 4/8; wind NW F2-4; 11ºC. Third viewing area only.
male Garganey in flight (Richard Howard) (56351 bytes) male Garganey (Richard Howard) (78938 bytes) 1 Garganey (male, eventually chased off by male Shoveler & flew off presumably to Bowers), 3 Shoveler (aggressive males), 6 Swift (inc. pair mating on the wing), 4 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard from back of carpark), 1 Peacock Butterfly [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:55 to 09:55, Short walk to main lagoon (double benches)
1 Little Egret, 1 Wigeon (drake ), 2 Gadwall (pair), 3 Pochard (drakes), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Tern, 2 Stock Dove, 17 Swift, 4 Swallow, 12 Reed Warbler (three viewed ), 2 Blackcap (one viewed), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (heard), 3 Whitethroat (one viewed ), 1 Greenfinch, 1 Corn Bunting (singing ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:05 to 03:30
3 Badger [John Wright]

Sunday 13 May 2018

Wakering Stairs, 17:00 to 18:30
2 Buzzard (on Foulness), 1 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Cuckoo, 10 Rabbit, 1 Painted Lady [John Wright]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 16:15 to 19:50, Cloud 6-1/8; Wind NW F1-2; 13ºC.
1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret (flew over west), 8 Shelduck (+), Anas sp. hybrid (Richard Howard) (101368 bytes) Anas sp. with pair of Shovelers (Richard Howard) (79068 bytes) 1 Anas sp. (Male. Blue Winged Teal x Shoveler hybrid? Appears to have attached itself to one of the male Shovelers.), 3 Shoveler (2 males; 1 female), 1 Pochard (male), 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 10 Lapwing (+. Plus a single chick seen), 4 Redshank, 15 Swift (+), 6 Swallow, 4 Reed Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting (males), 1 Northern Water Vole, 1 Red Admiral [Richard Howard]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 15:00 to 18:45
1 Anas sp. (Shoveler x Teal sp. Prob same bird as on Vange Marsh last year), 1 Garganey (Drake, seen briefly from sea wall, but not subsequently relocated), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Hobby, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Adder, 1 Wall [Tim Bourne]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:30 to 16:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker [Paul Griggs]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:10 to 12:55, Scrape hide & walk round Timbermans loop and back. Cloud 7/8; No wind; 14ºC. , Scrape hide & walk round Timbermans loop and back. Cloud 7/8; No wind; 14ºC.
4 Pochard (3 males; 1 female), 3 Tufted Duck (2 males; 1 female), 2 Cuckoo (Scrape), 8 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, male Bearded Tit (Richard Howard) (65038 bytes) male Bearded Tit (Richard Howard) (67297 bytes) 2 Bearded Tit (males, very close to hide), 3 Green-veined White [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:05 to 12:00, Full circuit
2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 2 Anas sp. (hybird White-cheeked Pintails), 1 Wigeon (drake), 10 Lapwing (+, incl several chicks), 1 Common Tern, 30 Swift (+), 2 Swallow, 10 Reed Warbler (+, singing), 3 Blackcap (singing), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 4 Whitethroat (singing), 3 Reed Bunting (1 singing), 2 Corn Bunting (singing), 1 Green-veined White [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 11:00, Cloud 8/8; wind SW F0-1; 10 - 13ºC. Full walk.
6 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret (flew over), 2 Grey Heron, 1 Gadwall (male, saline lagoon), 2 Shoveler (pair), 12 Pochard, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Water Rail (heard), 12 Lapwing (+), 1 Dunlin (adult in b.p.), 8 Redshank, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (adults), 2 Common Tern, 30 Swift (+), 1 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow (+), 1 House Martin, 25 Reed Warbler (+), 4 Blackcap (singing), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 10 Whitethroat (+), 3 Reed Bunting (males, singing), 2 Corn Bunting [Richard Howard]

Saturday 12 May 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:00 to 17:50
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Yellow Wagtail [Andrew Armstrong]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 12:00 to 12:05
1 Slow-worm [John Wright]

Rayleigh Mount, 11:50 to 12:05
1 Blackcap (singing), 2 Goldcrest (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 11:00 to 11:00
2 Common Tern (high south) [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 11:45, Cloud 5-8/8 with drizzle later; wind SE F0-1; 16ºC. Manor Way only.
2 Cuckoo (males calling at the same time), 6 Swift (+), 5 Reed Warbler (+), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, Large red Damselfly (Graham Oakes) (47819 bytes) 2 Large Red Damselfly, 20 Azure Damselfly (+), 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly, Hairy Dragonfly (Richard Howard) (86205 bytes) 1 Hairy Dragonfly (male) [Richard Howard, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00
3 Sandwich Tern [Andrew Armstrong]

Wakering Stairs, 08:00 to 13:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Swallow, 1 Nightingale, 2 Whitethroat [Angela Baldock]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:05 to 04:15
1 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Friday 11 May 2018

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 23:15 to 23:55
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Rochford, 17:15 to 17:15
1 Swift [Paul Baker]

Rayleigh Mount, 15:45 to 15:45
3 Swift [Paul Baker]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Blackcap (singing at end of the road) [Paul Baker]

Rochford Golf Course, 14:30 to 18:30
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush (singing), 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Westcliff, 12:20 to 12:40, St.George's Drive
1 Sparrowhawk (juvenile viewed dismantling House Sparrow on the back lawn) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Belton Hills, 12:00 to 12:15
1 Slow-worm [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:30 to 12:30
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap (singing) [Paul Griggs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:45 to 13:30
1 Cuckoo, 5 Reed Warbler (+), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Slow-worm, 4 Adder, 3 Orange-tip, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Wall (males) [Dudley Shayler]

Benfleet Downs, 10:00 to 12:15
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Large Red Damselfly, 10 Azure Damselfly, 5 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 3 Hairy Dragonfly, 5 Broad-bodied Chaser, 4 Large White, 6 Green-veined White, 5 Orange-tip, 10 Holly Blue, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Heath [Andrew Woodhouse]

Canvey Wick, 10:00 to 11:15
2 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Nightingale, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Green Hairstreak [Vince Kinsler]

Canvey Wick, 10:00 to 11:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Grass Snake, 6 Green Hairstreak (at least), 10 Speckled Wood [John Wright]

Westcliff, 10:00 to 10:05, Sweyne Avenue
1 Goldcrest (singing from conifer about two metres from where I was standing) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:45 to 12:00, Manor way only
Yellowhammer (Graham Oakes) (67515 bytes) 2 Yellowhammer (male and female), 1 Grass Snake, Hairy Dragonfly (Graham Oakes) (96179 bytes) 2 Hairy Dragonfly, 4 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Wall [Graham Oakes]

Eastwood Sewage Works, 08:30 to 08:30
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Grove Wood), 1 Swallow [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:00 to 09:45
1 Grey Heron (Don's Marsh: munching on a Great Crested Newt!), 1 Wigeon (drake), 2 Ruff (one being a sum plum male with a black ruff), 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Tern, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Wall [John Wright]

Thursday 10 May 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 20:00 to 21:00
Hybrid plastic ducks, Bowers (Tim Bourne) (60567 bytes) 2 Anas sp. (Pair of hybrid escapes resembling White Cheeked Pintail on flooded field by carpark), 1 Garganey (Drake), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Yellow Wagtail (Over calling), Yellowhammer, Bowers (Tim Bourne) (53659 bytes) 1 Yellowhammer (Male in hedgerow by sunflower field) [Tim Bourne]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:40 to 15:40
1 Hobby (north) [Paul Griggs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:15 to 12:30
4 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 11 Lapwing (including 3 chicks), 1 Common Tern, 4 Swift, 3 Swallow, 2 Slow-worm [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 11:30
6 Swift, 2 Corn Bunting (singing), 1 Small White, 1 Orange-tip [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 13:00
1 Garganey, 1 Ringed Plover, Common Tern (Richard Howard) (26916 bytes) 2 Common Tern, 29 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Corn Bunting, Azure Damselfly (Richard Howard) (41475 bytes) Azure Blue ( female, blue form) (Graham Oakes) (47940 bytes) 30 Azure Damselfly (+), 6 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 4 Broad-bodied Chaser [Graham Ryland, Richard Howard, Graham Oakes]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 14:20
2 Little Egret, 1 Wigeon (drake ), 1 Garganey (drake,main lagoon ), 5 Pochard (including four drakes ), 2 Kestrel, 1 Ringed Plover (East Haven Creek ), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (East Haven Creek ), 3 Common Tern, 12 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 18 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 30 Reed Warbler (including three viewed ), 4 Blackcap (all heard only), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (including three viewed singing ), 12 Whitethroat (three heard only), 2 Bearded Tit (including one male), 1 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:00 to 08:10
6 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 4 Common Tern, 10 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow, 2 House Martin [Mike Clarke]

Wednesday 09 May 2018

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 18:50 to 19:15
15 Swift, 2 Reed Warbler (singing), 1 Bearded Tit (heard only) [Neil Chambers]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 17:00 to 17:00
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:05 to 13:05
1 Sparrowhawk (displaying male) [Paul Griggs]

Leigh on Sea, 12:00 to 18:00
10 Swift, 1 Grey Wagtail [Max Hellicar]

Wakering Common, 08:35 to 11:20, Circular walk via Potton Creek with local Rspb group
1 Little Egret, 5 Pochard (four drakes,one female together over), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel (including a male hunting ), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 6 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 3 Yellow Wagtail (two males,one female together ), 3 Sedge Warbler (two viewed,one heard only), 2 Blackcap (pair), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 6 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 13:00, massive erruption of Damsels/Dragons.
1 Garganey, 2 Dunlin, 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 7 Bearded Tit, 100 Azure Damselfly (+), 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 6 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, Broad-bodied Chaser (Graham Oakes) (70104 bytes) 6 Broad-bodied Chaser [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00, Clear and hot
1 Buzzard (Low through Middle Marsh ), 2 Red-legged Partridge (SSSI), 1 Cuckoo (Reserve), 1 Slow-worm (Refugia in SSSI) [Andrew Armstrong]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo [Andrew Armstrong]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:05 to 04:00
2 Badger [John Wright]

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