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.

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Hole Haven Creek, 16:40 to 17:10
30 Avocet, 100 Larus sp. (only c100 large gulls present) [Neil Chambers]

Priory Park, 11:45 to 15:35, A wander thru the park on the way to and from the Saxon King pub
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (In trees S of fishing lake calling before flying S ), 1 Coal Tit (h,opp museum ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Hockley Woods, 10:30 to 12:50
2 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 4 Lesser Redpoll [Bob Young]

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 08:00 to 08:00
1 Common Frog (+ spawn) [Angela Baldock]

Monday 19 February 2024

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:20 to 12:40
9 White-fronted Goose (At least north of middle hide) [Marc Outten]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 12:00 to 12:00
2 Long-tailed Tit, 20 Smooth Newt (c20), 2 Common Frog, 3 Red Fox (in the evening), 1 Wood Mouse (in the shed) [John Wright]

Shoeburyness Park, 12:00 to 12:45
8 Egyptian Goose (pair with currently six newly hatched goslings), 1 Red-crested Pochard (the regular female now handily at the same lake as the gyppos!), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff (singing briefly), 1 Chaffinch [Vince Kinsler]

Canvey Way, 10:20 to 10:25
1 Red Kite (Drifting over), 1 Buzzard [Terry Blackwell]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 08:30 to 11:30
1 Grey Wagtail (in garden all morning) [Graham Mee]

Sunday 18 February 2024

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 17:30 to 18:00, using Echo Meter Touch 2 bat detector
3 Common Pipistrelle (recorded and seen), 2 Soprano Pipistrelle (recorded and seen), 2 Noctule Bat (recorded but not seen) [John Wright]

Fleet Head, 13:45 to 14:45
1 Great White Egret, 1 Red-breasted Goose (1'w with c100 Brents before flying off towards south end of Potton / Rushley at c13.20 - thanks Lee), 1 Marsh Harrier [Neil Chambers]

Fleet Head, 12:00 to 13:45
2 Great White Egret (Two together in flooded field), 300 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Red-breasted Goose (With large Brent flock), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female), 2 Buzzard [Lee Ebbs]

Gunners Park, 07:45 to 08:45
3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Shag, 2 Pintail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 25 Goldfinch [Lee Ebbs]

Saturday 17 February 2024

Southend Pier, 14:00 to 15:15, SW wind, high tide c6.15pm
4 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Mediterranean Gull (+), 1 Guillemot [Neil Chambers]

Hockley Woods, 11:00 to 13:30, Just exploring eastern edge around Woodlands Road entrances
1 Firecrest (Brief views of male), 0 Coal Tit (No sign around gardens despite extensive search), 1 Nuthatch (heard calling distantly ), 1 Treecreeper [Jeff Delve]

Hockley Woods, 10:30 to 14:00, Very quiet
7 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest (In Holly near the Bullwood Hall fence), 2 Nuthatch [Steve Arlow]

Edwards Hall Park, 10:00 to 11:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Redpoll sp. (Overhead calling) [Lee Ebbs]

Hockley Woods, 09:55 to 10:10
1 Coal Tit (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Benfleet, 09:20 to 09:20
1 Blackcap (Male singing in back garden) [Tim Bourne]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 08:45 to 12:30, Very grey and calm
3 Little Egret, 3 Great White Egret (seen together in flight and on the ground from the seawall over Bowers), 8 Grey Heron, 21 White-fronted Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 8 Shelduck, 12 Gadwall, 10 Pintail, 10 Pochard, 2 Marsh Harrier (male and female), 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (female down near the pantile screen), 22 Avocet, 6 Snipe, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Stock Dove (+), 1 Green Woodpecker, 12 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 30 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 7 Corn Bunting [Terry Blackwell]

Hockley Woods, 08:00 to 09:30
1 Buzzard, 5 Redwing, 1 Coal Tit (Heard singing), 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper [Lee Ebbs]

Southchurch Seafront, 08:00 to 08:30, 10 mins from Thorpe Bay followed by 10 mins at Westcliff Casino
7 Great Crested Grebe [Neil Chambers]

Friday 16 February 2024

Paglesham Lagoon, 14:45 to 16:30, Walked in from sewage works
3 Goldeneye (2 drakes), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 30 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 40 Goldfinch, 40 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting [Neil Chambers]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 13:00 to 13:05
1 Slow-worm (one of last year's youngsters) [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 11:30 to 13:50
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 1 Chinese Muntjac [Bob Young]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 11:30
2 Great White Egret (on Bowers), 18 White-fronted Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 55 Black-tailed Godwit (including 1 in sum plum), 1 Barn Owl, 9 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Wakering, 06:30 to 06:30
1 Barn Owl (Flew across Barrow Hall Road) [Lee Ebbs]

Thursday 15 February 2024

Southend Pier, 14:45 to 16:15
6 Red-throated Diver, 60 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Shag, 1 Eider (female ), 2 Dunlin, 270 Turnstone, 17 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Guillemot (one in summer plumage ), 1 Razorbill [Vince Kinsler]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:00 to 14:15, Sunny intervals and calm
4 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret (seen from seawall over Bowers, Solar panel field area, both seen together on the ground and inflight), 14 White-fronted Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 500 Wigeon (+), 200 Teal (+), 30 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 500 Lapwing (+), 8 Snipe, 30 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Skylark, 7 Stonechat (2 seen from the seawall over Bowers), 4 Cetti's Warbler, 12 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 2 Chaffinch, 10 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 12 Corn Bunting [Terry Blackwell]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:15 to 13:45
1 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret (fields SE of main lagoon,distant), 7 Pochard (5m,2f), 3 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail (h,Manorway ), 12 Avocet, 600 Lapwing (+), 30 Mediterranean Gull (+), 11 Skylark, 13 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat (2f ), 1 Song Thrush (h), 9 Cetti's Warbler (h), 2 Bearded Tit [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 11:30
4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5 Snipe, 6 Curlew, 43 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Wren, 2 Stonechat [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 14 February 2024

Canvey Point, 14:45 to 15:45, SW 4 Overcast H.T 15.55. 5.8 m
6 Red-throated Diver, 20 Great Crested Grebe (+), 9 Pintail, 1000 Knot (+), 3000 Dunlin (+), 1 Guillemot, 3 Rock Pipit [Terry Blackwell]

Southend Pier, 14:00 to 16:45, Hi tide 15:51. Brisk SSW decreasing later, overcast
7 Red-throated Diver (Just east of pierhead then drifting east), 1 Black-throated Diver (Distantly east of pier), 1 Great Northern Diver (In lifeboat bay), 75 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Eider (Female east of pier), 8 Mediterranean Gull (2 ringed birds), 5 Guillemot (4 in full summer plumage), 1 Razorbill (Winter plumage) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:00 to 13:30, Grey overcast, brisk SSW, mild 13C low tide .
5 Little Grebe (On Roach from Beagle), 3 Great Crested Grebe (2 summer linages birds on Roach from Beagle and winter plumage bird on Fitzroy ), 3 Spoonbill (South Stokes then Darwin before flying across to Fitzroy. 2 first winter birds and an older immature based on bill colouration), 2 Hen Harrier (Ringtails together on Lytag), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult with BhGulls on breeding islands), 60 Black-headed Gull (+, On breeding islands on Grass Farm lagoon), 1 Short-eared Owl (By car park ) [Jeff Delve]

Monday 12 February 2024

Southchurch Park West, 14:30 to 14:30
1 Red-crested Pochard [Max Hellicar]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:50 to 15:20, Sunny, light SW wind
1 Red-breasted Goose (1'w on Marsh Flats with c100 Brents throughout), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl (one on SW seawall, one showing well by entrance gate), 3 Stonechat (along entrance track), 2 Reed Bunting [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:45 to 14:40
100 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (c), 1 Red-breasted Goose (with brent), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Stonechat [Bob Young, Vince Kinsler]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:00 to 17:00, WeBS count, north Jubilee. Very high spring tide HT 14:30. Big wader flocks but fewer wildfowl than of late.
1 Red-breasted Goose (Juv present on Marsh Flats from 11:30 to 16:30 when flew west.Thanks Ian Cotgrove for putting news out! ), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 500 Grey Plover (Circa), 5000 Knot (Circa), 2500 Dunlin (Circa), 300 Bar-tailed Godwit (Circa), 3 Short-eared Owl, 3 Stonechat (Pair and make on track to Schoolhouse) [Jeff Delve]

Southend, 11:30 to 11:30
1 Peacock Butterfly (around Hospital, a small uplifting moment during difficult times.) [Paul Baker]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 11:00 to 11:00
2 Rook (flew over east) [Neil Chambers]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:30 to 11:00, Marina only
2 Oystercatcher, 15 Snipe, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank [Vince Kinsler]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 13:30, W 1-3 Sunny
1 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (seen from seawall over Bowers), 9 Grey Heron, 1 Barnacle Goose (in with Canada goose flock), 500 Wigeon (+), 12 Gadwall, 300 Teal (+), 40 Pintail (on Pantile scrape), 60 Shoveler (+), 2 Marsh Harrier (male and female), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (female), 50 Dunlin (+ flew over), 8 Snipe, 40 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper (in creek), 10 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 25 Corn Bunting [Terry Blackwell]

Hockley Woods, 10:00 to 11:25, Lovely crisp clear morning
1 Green Woodpecker (Calling), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Much noisy chasing through the tree tops), 3 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper (Singing!) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:45 to 16:00, WeBs count other stuff
3 Spoonbill (south end of Darwin lagoon), 1 Red-breasted Goose (on Marsh Flats with c100 Brents, from 11:30 - 16:30. Thanks for the message Ian Cotgrove.), 2 Hen Harrier (ringtails), 4 Kestrel, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Stonechat [John Wright]

River Roach, 08:35 to 15:45, Coombes Farm to Paglesham Lagoon via Bartonhall Creek and return
21 Little Grebe (PL), 3 Little Egret, 600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 30 Gadwall (PL), 1 Pintail (m,on the river), 1 Marsh Harrier (f,BC), 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 60 Avocet (c), 550 Golden Plover (c), 7 Grey Plover, 100 Lapwing (+), 250 Knot (c), 750 Dunlin (+), 7 Snipe (BC), 345 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 82 Curlew, 3 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher (opp.Gt.Stambridge Hall), 15 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat (pair,BC), 1 Cetti's Warbler (h), 7 Greenfinch, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Jeff Kinnerman]

Belfairs, 08:00 to 09:00
4 Song Thrush (at least singing), 2 Mistle Thrush (1 seen another heard), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Chaffinch [Mike Clarke]

Canewdon, 02:15 to 02:15
1 Barn Owl (Calling loudly by house, sadly not visible though) [Jeff Delve]

Sunday 11 February 2024

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 19:05 to 19:10
1 Great Crested Newt (a nice surprise to find a male in my garden pond.), 20 Smooth Newt, 1 Common Frog [John Wright]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 14:15 to 16:20
25 Greenfinch (on garden feeders) [Graham Mee]

Westcliff Casino, 13:20 to 13:50
2 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Shag [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:50 to 13:30, Roadside hide only
9 Snipe (Well hidden in sedges) [Jeff Delve]

Southend Pier, 12:30 to 15:00
1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver (2 together east of pier, 1 a long way west of pier), 280 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe (showed quite well east of pier), 3 Shag (2 east of pier, 1 west of pier), 1 Eider (female, east of pier), 12 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Razorbill, 4 Grey Seal [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 12:10 to 13:05
3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 110 Great Crested Grebe (between barge pier and East Beach), 1 Razorbill (flew east), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 5 Grey Seal [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 11:45 to 11:45, Sunny
1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Common Lizard (basking on fencepost) [Paul Baker]

Thorpe Bay Seafront, 11:40 to 12:05, Calm, high tide c1.30pm, sunny & feeling quite warm
2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver (near pierhead), 330 Great Crested Grebe (between the pier and Gunners), 1 Long-tailed Duck (flew from near Adventure Island down the whole length of the pier and out of view) [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 11:15 to 12:40, Chapman jetty area, hi tide 13:50
5 Red-throated Diver (Drifted west on tide), 1 Great Northern Diver (Nice views of Juv close in ), 200 Sanderling (Circa, usual point blank flock around the feet), 150 Turnstone (Circa, again around our feet) [Jeff Delve]

Canvey Point, 10:30 to 14:10, Sunny intervals and calm H.T 13:40 6.1 m All sightings from IYC
26 Red-throated Diver (+ ), 1 Black-throated Diver (out near WLM buoy), 1 Great Northern Diver (flew up river), 100 Wigeon (+), 50 Teal (+), 12 Pintail, 1 Common Scoter (flew up river), 6 Red-breasted Merganser (circled over the Point and then headed up Benfleet creek), 1 Peregrine Falcon (on the sand at the end of the Point), 3 Ringed Plover, 500 Grey Plover (+ all put up by the High tide), 1500 Knot (+ all put up by the High tide A fantastic Murmuration of the mixed wader flock), 40 Sanderling (+), 3000 Dunlin (+ all put up by the High tide), 2 Guillemot (drifting in on the tide), 1 Razorbill (drifting in on the tide), 4 Rock Pipit [Terry Blackwell]

Tile Wood, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Firecrest (Very busy and vocal but not offering good views) [Jeff Delve]

Saturday 10 February 2024

Southend, 15:30 to 16:30, Viewing from SeaLife centre & then unsuccessfully from Adventure Island.
1 Great Northern Diver (around Pier), 1 White-billed Diver (mid river off SeaLife centre when I arrived, drifting slowly towards Pierhead.) [Paul Baker]

Southend Pier, 11:30 to 16:15, Near flat calm, mostly heavy overcast with some light drizzly periods. Hi tide c13:00
12 Red-throated Diver (+, On lead up to high tide so distinct from Westcliff birds), 1 Black-throated Diver (Very distantly out to west), 2 Great Northern Diver (Min), 1 White-billed Diver (Visible distantly to east from near high tide onwards but only venturing near around 15:00), 190 Great Crested Grebe (+, To east of pier distinct from Chalkwell birds), 2 Shag, 1 Eider (Female), 1 Long-tailed Duck (Towards Thorpe Bay seafront), 2 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 1 Common Seal, 4 Grey Seal (+), 1 Harbour Porpoise [Jeff Delve]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:30 to 13:30
1 Great White Egret, 6 Snipe (+), 3 Spotted Redshank (At least 3 with Redshank in Timberman's Creek), 1 Water Pipit, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Raven (Calling from Vange Wick, the flew NW) [Tim Bourne]

Southend Pier, 11:15 to 14:15
12 Red-throated Diver (+), 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 White-billed Diver, 1 Shag, 1 Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill [Graham Ryland]

Southend Pier, 10:30 to 16:45
25 Red-throated Diver (At least with most to west of pier head and mid channel ), 1 Black-throated Diver (West of pier head), 3 Great Northern Diver (Probably 4), 1 White-billed Diver (No sign prior to 1pmish when picked up extremely distantly to the east when identification was not easy. By 3pm it had moved closer the pier head and was only a few hundred metres out ), 250 Great Crested Grebe (Estimate), 1 Shag, 1 Eider (Female type), 1 Long-tailed Duck (Distant along seafront ), 15 Mediterranean Gull (No specific count ), 4 Guillemot, 7 Razorbill [Steve Arlow, Bob Young]

Westcliff Seafront, 10:00 to 11:15, Crowstone end of Westcliff beach
23 Red-throated Diver (All on sea drifting west with incoming tide including groups of 7 and 6), 1 Great Northern Diver, 89 Great Crested Grebe (Strung out flock drifting west) [Jeff Delve]

Leigh on Sea, 08:45 to 08:45, Uplands Road in back garden
1 Blackcap (male) [Matt Bruty]

Friday 09 February 2024

Westcliff Casino, 16:35 to 16:50
1 Great Northern Diver [Neil Chambers]

Doggetts Pits, 16:00 to 17:00
2 Great Crested Grebe (pair now returned), 1 Tufted Duck (drake still), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Arlow]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:15 to 17:00, Brisk WSW with drizzle later.
3 Spoonbill (on Fitzroy bund), 3 Barnacle Goose (Tillets), 50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Tillets), 5 Marsh Harrier (inc 3 soaring high and drifting north), 1 Hen Harrier (ad female), 1 Buzzard, 2000 Golden Plover (c. very rough estimate), 400 Black-tailed Godwit (+, in flight over Darwin), 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 1 Barn Owl (near White Gate on leaving), 1 Rock Pipit [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 15:10 to 16:20
20 Great Crested Grebe (offshore), 2 Waxwing (adults along New Barge Pier Road / north side of reserve) [Neil Chambers]

Thorpe Bay, 13:30 to 14:45, Thorpe Bay golf club
2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Bob Young, Lee Ebbs]

Southchurch Park West, 13:00 to 13:15
1 Red-crested Pochard (Female), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult) [Lee Ebbs]

Shoeburyness Park, 11:45 to 12:05
1 Egyptian Goose [Bob Young]

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