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 13 April 2021

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:50 to 09:00
11 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Swallow, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff [Mike Clarke]

Doggetts Pits, 06:40 to 08:00, walk around pits and north to farm and back
3 Cormorant, 9 Greylag Goose (good count for here), 6 Shelduck, 6 Tufted Duck (3 pairs), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Swallow (by the stables), 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Sedge Warbler (singing in reedbed), 8 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Corn Bunting (second site record) [Steve Arlow]

Monday 12 April 2021

South Fambridge, 19:45 to 20:15
5 Cattle Egret (flew across Blue House Farm from the east to roost at 20:13), 1 Barn Owl (visiting nestbox on BHF) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 18:40 to 20:20, Very still but cool clear skies, brief highlights
1 Spoonbill (On Darwin just S of hide), 8 Pintail (4 pairs still Stokes), 14 Black-tailed Godwit (Stokes), 8 Mediterranean Gull (4 pairs over calling all heading SE) [Jeff Delve]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 15:00 to 15:30
1 Sparrowhawk (drifting high SE mobbed by gulls), 1 Blackcap (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Downs, 12:00 to 12:30, viewing Pitsea marsh
1 Cattle Egret, 6 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Canvey Wick, 10:15 to 12:00
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit (over), 1 Yellow Wagtail (over), 2 Nightingale, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 18 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 12 Lesser Redpoll (Probably more as several 1’s/2’s seen flying around also) [Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:50 to 14:25
1 Cattle Egret (W of Manorway ), 3 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (W of Manorway), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Snipe, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 28 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Skylark, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 9 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Bearded Tit (males,others present), 1 Raven (mobbed by four Carrion Crows) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 13:30, 71 species on reserve today
10 Little Grebe (plus), 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Skylark, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Song Thrush, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Bearded Tit, 1 Raven [Graham Oakes, Graham Ryland]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00, Very changeable weather.
550 Sanderling (Circa), 150 Dunlin (Circa), 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Rook (A Gunners life tick for me) [Andrew Armstrong]

Canvey Wick, 07:45 to 09:00
1 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nightingale (very half hearted subsong on the cold morning by the crossroads), 6 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 20 Blackcap (+ loads), 4 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler (just before, at and just after the crossroads), 20 Lesser Redpoll (c flock in bushes by car park, but difficult to count) [Mike Clarke]

Sunday 11 April 2021

Wakering Stairs, 17:00 to 17:45
1 Hobby (Over heading NE), 8 Skylark, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff [Marc Outten]

Canvey Wick, 13:00 to 13:45
2 Buzzard (drifting west), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 4 Blackcap (singing), 2 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Willow Warbler (singing SW of crossroads), 11 Lesser Redpoll (flew over crossroads) [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 12:55 to 14:30, Warming when sun out but still cool breeze
1 Little Egret, 2 Wigeon (pair), 5 Teal, 2 Shoveler (drakes), 2 Pochard (pair), 1 Buzzard, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Spotted Redshank (saline lagoon), 3 Greenshank (saline lagoon), 2 Green Sandpiper (saline lagoon), 1 Sand Martin, 18 Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Bearded Tit [Jeff Delve]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 11:40 to 13:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Small Tortoiseshell [Steve Arlow, Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Downs, 11:30 to 12:30, fields around Hadleigh castle only
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Skylark (singing), 2 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Bowers Downs, 10:35 to 11:30
1 Cattle Egret (on Pitsea Marsh), 5 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 10 Mediterranean Gull (at least), 9 Swallow [Steve Arlow, Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 10:00 to 11:00
6 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Sandwich Tern, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 4 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff [Mike Clarke]

Canvey Wick, 09:50 to 12:20, Cold NW breeze but sunny, getting warmer. Walked long loop
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Mediterranean Gull (pair high over calling), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Nightingale (singing sporadically around crossroads), 12 Cetti's Warbler, 20 Blackcap (+, singing everywhere), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (between car park and crossroads), 1 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff (singing), 5 Willow Warbler (singing birds by crossroads and further west), 3 Greenfinch (one giving good display flight), 20 Lesser Redpoll (+, flock just past crossroads flew across track) [Jeff Delve]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 09:00 to 11:00
1 Goldcrest (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Wick, 06:35 to 10:15
1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Nightingale (singing by the crossroads), 1 Song Thrush, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 16 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (singing just west of the crossroads), 27 Lesser Redpoll (at least flew over the crossroads) [Steve Arlow, Paul Griggs]

Saturday 10 April 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:30 to 17:00, Bloomin' freezing cold NE wind.
2 Tufted Duck (pair on triangle), 1 Blue-headed Wagtail ('Channel' wagtail with pale lavender blue head and pale ear coverts - very different from this morning's Blue head), 18 Yellow Wagtail (along bund edge Fitzroy), 1 Wheatear [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 13:45 to 16:15, Overcast, brisk NE wind, light rain. High tide
1 Red-throated Diver (flew west), 15 Great Crested Grebe (+), 1 Gannet (adult west and back east), 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff (1 singing) [Neil Chambers]

Gunners Park, 13:00 to 13:30
5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff [Lee Ebbs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:15 to 12:15
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Downs, 10:30 to 11:00, viewing marshes to the south
2 Great White Egret, 9 Swallow, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:30 to 12:00
1 Spoonbill (On Pool Marsh before flying off and seeming to land on Stokes but could not be refound ), 1 Kestrel, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Corn Bunting (Singing) [Lee Ebbs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:00 to 10:00
1 Spoonbill, 6 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Yellow Wagtail (heard only) [Mike Clarke]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:00 to 10:00, Very chilly NE wind, heavy overcast
1 Spoonbill (eventually refound feeding on Pool Marsh then flew to Lytag ), 14 Pintail (8 Lytag, 6 Stokes), 100 Shoveler (+, Lytag), 8 Pochard (4 pairs triangle), 1 Marsh Harrier (sub adult male over south sea wall), 3 Snipe, 4 Mediterranean Gull (at least 2 pairs flying over), 1 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit (one in full parachute display flight east of Acresfleet), Smart male, just a hint of white on chin (Jeff Delve) (95328 bytes) With group of Yellow Wags (Jeff Delve) (115610 bytes) Got to love that face pattern (Jeff Delve) (117675 bytes) 1 Blue-headed Wagtail (superb male in with a group of 8-10 yellow wags, Dark cheeks indicate 'pure' Blue-headed but some white on chin implies "channel" hybrid with Yellow Wag) [Jeff Delve]

Friday 09 April 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:30 to 19:20
1 Spoonbill (Feeding actively on Stokes lagoon before flying to roost on Darwin), 6 Pintail, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:45 to 17:10, Viewing from seawall above car park
3 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill (feeding in SE corner of Stokes Lagoon) [Neil Chambers]

Canewdon, 16:40 to 16:50
1 Buzzard (on fence line north of double bend on Scotts Hall Road), 1 Little Owl (on trees south of double bend, Scotts Hall Road) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:30 to 18:15
1 Spoonbill, 12 Pintail, 18 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:50 to 18:15
1 Spoonbill (adult on Stokes Marsh), 9 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier (male and female), 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Short-eared Owl (flew east over Stokes Marsh), 18 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Downs, 15:45 to 16:45
1 Cattle Egret, 6 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 92 Mediterranean Gull (some fields they were commonest gull!), 2 Swallow, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff [Vince Kinsler]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 14:45 to 15:30
1 Buzzard, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull (2nd summers), 4 Swallow (flew high north), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Blackcap (singing), 2 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Peacock Butterfly [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:30 to 15:20
Bit of a stretch (Jeff Delve) (48926 bytes) Chilling out (Jeff Delve) (43268 bytes) Spoonbill yoga? (Jeff Delve) (46530 bytes) 1 Spoonbill (adult on Stokes Lagoon), 2 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Downs, 13:55 to 14:40, Viewing marshes to the south
1 Cattle Egret (on fields NW of Manorway), 1 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Kestrel, 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Small White [Neil Chambers, Martin Cracknell]

Rayleigh, 13:30 to 13:30
1 Hobby (Over the A130 just north of railway by Fairglen interchange) [Paul Baker]

Leigh on Sea, 13:15 to 13:15
1 Blackcap (heard singing from trees beside A127 Progress Rd/The Fairway) [Paul Baker]

Doggetts Pits, 12:50 to 13:30
3 Tufted Duck (pair and the single drake at the farm duck pond), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Swallow, 7 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat (singing by the southern reedbed), 5 Chiffchaff [Steve Arlow]

Shoebury, 10:40 to 18:00
1 Black Redstart (In song from the rooftops - Friars Street), 2 Siskin (+ over ) [Marc Outten]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 10:00 to 13:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Coal Tit (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 10:30, Just watching from gate near barns
1 Spoonbill (adult feding well in pools on wet grassland - thanks Graham), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Swallow, 4 Yellow Wagtail [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 10:00
3 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Swallow, 5 Yellow Wagtail [Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 13:15, 71 species seen on the reserve
6 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail (heard), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Mediterranean Gull (plus), 3 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler (heard), 10 Blackcap (plus), 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Bearded Tit [Graham Oakes, Jeff Kinnerman, Graham Ryland]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 02:00 to 04:00
2 Badger [John Wright]

Thursday 08 April 2021

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 23:55 to 23:55
1 Badger [Neil Chambers]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 21:55 to 22:20
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 18:30 to 19:00
2 Garganey (pair still on Triangle ), 2 Mediterranean Gull (+), 1 Barn Owl (by car park) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:00 to 19:00, Cool westerly but bright and all of 13C ex wind chill - highlights only
Drake (Jeff Delve) (45092 bytes)  and more subtle duck - love the face pattern (Jeff Delve) (52361 bytes) 2 Garganey (pair still triangle, displaying), 3 Marsh Harrier (ad male, sub ad male and imm), 6 Snipe, 1 Barn Owl (near north wall sluice then turned back east), 1 Swallow (heading west over car park ), One of the twelve bathing (Jeff Delve) (84092 bytes) Just stunning colour saturation (Jeff Delve) (103817 bytes) 12 Yellow Wagtail (flock all males feeding together in ditch nr Darwin lagoon) [Jeff Delve]

Hadleigh Downs, 11:45 to 13:20
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adult pair over, calling), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Blackcap, 16 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Island, 11:15 to 11:15
1 Swallow [Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Downs, 11:00 to 12:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard (one with nest building material - a stick ), 7 Mediterranean Gull (adults flew S.E.), 8 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (heard), 1 Weasel [John Wright]

Canvey Wick, 09:30 to 10:30, cold
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Buzzard, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 08:15 to 17:30, various spells staring across to an empty reedbed on Blue House hoping for PurpleHeron. A total of five, fruitless, forlorn hours with not much to show.
8 Barnacle Goose (the hybrid flock including at least two which looked pure bred), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard (flew very purposely south over my house), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 10 Golden Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Swallow (all west), 1 Meadow Pipit (singing and displaying ) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 06:55 to 08:10, Bright, cold, light SW wind. Viewing BHF from pillbox east of village
4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Barnacle Goose (2 pure looking birds and 2 hybrids), 2 Buzzard, 1 Meadow Pipit (displaying along SF seawall) [Neil Chambers]

Wednesday 07 April 2021

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 17:50 to 19:20
Osprey, North over pursued by gulls (Tim Bourne) (22077 bytes) 1 Osprey (Over North at 19:05), 1 Water Rail (Calling), 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 4 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow, 2 Water Pipit (At least), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Bearded Tit (+, calling) [Tim Bourne]

South Fambridge, 17:45 to 20:10, Viewing Blue House Farm
1 Buzzard (frequently dropping down into reedbed), 1 Green Sandpiper (BHF), 1 Barn Owl (BHF - visited nestbox at 20:07), 1 Short-eared Owl (BHF), 2 Swallow (BHF) [Paul Baker]

Lower Raypits, 16:00 to 17:00, Lagoon water levels much reduced, extensive mud margins to islands
12 Shelduck, 14 Teal (6 on lagoon, 8 on grassland), 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Wheatear (distantly on grassland) [Jeff Delve]

Canewdon, 14:00 to 14:00, Cold with strong WNW wind
1 Siskin (female again in garden on feeders) [Jeff Delve]

Rochford Golf Course, 13:10 to 17:15, Bright, very cold NW wind
2 Canada Goose (pair), 2 Egyptian Goose (pair), 1 Chiffchaff (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:25 to 11:25
2 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

River Roach, 09:15 to 15:40, Coombes Farm to Paglesham Lagoon(via Bartonhall Creek) and return
8 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 13 Avocet, 8 Grey Plover, 350 Dunlin (c.), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 54 Curlew, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Skylark, 35 Swallow (c. (PL)), 8 Yellow Wagtail ((PL)), 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 11:30
12 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 2 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 06:50 to 06:55
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (On garden feeder) [Angela Baldock]

Leigh on Sea, 05:05 to 05:05
1 Red Fox, 1 Badger (The Fairway) [John Wright]

Tuesday 06 April 2021

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 12:30
8 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Swallow, 2 Bearded Tit [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:05 to 10:05
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Canewdon, 10:00 to 16:00, Another very cold day with strong northerly
Pottering around under feeders - glorious in patch of sunlight (Jeff Delve) (74339 bytes) 4 Stock Dove (daily visitors at moment), 1st winter male but very smart (Jeff Delve) (60485 bytes) 1 Brambling (on feeders again multiple times in day), Quite shy and doesn't stay long (Jeff Delve) (58460 bytes) 1 Siskin (female again on feeders briefly twice during day) [Jeff Delve]

Monday 05 April 2021

South Fambridge, 18:45 to 19:00
1 Barn Owl (hunting railway line over on BHF) [Paul Baker]

Canewdon, 17:10 to 18:10
2 Blackcap (singing around BHP), 1 Brambling (bright 2nd year male in gardens - thanks Jeff!) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 15:50 to 17:45
3 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine Falcon (pair), 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Mediterranean Gull (at least), 1 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Arlow]

Canewdon, 15:00 to 16:30, Very cold NNE wind, sleet earlier in day
3 Blackcap (singing birds around BHP and in garden), 1 Brambling (1st W male on feeders), 6 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin (female on feeders) [Jeff Delve]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 14:30 to 16:30
2 Buzzard (thermalling high SE), 1 Blackcap (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:45 to 12:45
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Sunday 04 April 2021

East Haven Creek, 18:00 to 18:15
1 Great White Egret (Usual bird on pools S of saline lagoon on Bowers viewed from canvey seawall), 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Swallow, 2 Reed Bunting [Martin Cracknell]

Hole Haven Creek, 17:45 to 17:45, Horse paddocks at end of haven road
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Martin Cracknell]

Rayleigh, 17:40 to 17:40
2 Swallow (flew over Fairview playing fields) [Neil Chambers]

Hockley Woods, 16:30 to 17:30, West side of woods and footpath to Bull Lane
2 Chiffchaff (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Ferndale Road, Rayleigh, 15:00 to 16:30, Sunny, warm, cool & increasing NW wind - home via Hambro Hill and back to Hockley Road
1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard (incl one displaying over Blounts Wood and two moving high east), 2 Kestrel, 1 Swallow, 3 Blackcap (singing), 3 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Greenfinch, 3 Peacock Butterfly, 4 Comma [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 12:00 to 12:45
2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 20 Swallow (+ high over moving N), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler (By saline lagoon), 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Bearded Tit (+) [Martin Cracknell]

Fleet Head, 11:05 to 13:45
6 Little Egret, 14 Greylag Goose, 7 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier (m), 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 8 Red-legged Partridge, 16 Mediterranean Gull (+), 20 Skylark (+), 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Blackcap (h), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Griggs]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 11:00 to 14:00
1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Goldcrest (singing), 1 Coal Tit (singing), 1 Peacock Butterfly [Neil Chambers]

Fleet Head, 10:50 to 12:55
2 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (adult male and immature male), 2 Buzzard, 3 Grey Partridge (pair and a single female), 1 Avocet, 10 Mediterranean Gull (at least), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff [Steve Arlow]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:00 to 11:30
1 Garganey (Pair on triangle), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 3 Kestrel, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Lee Ebbs]

Wakering Stairs, 09:45 to 10:40
4 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 13:00
8 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk (small male.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Snipe, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 142 Mediterranean Gull (incredible count.), 6 Blackcap, 1 Raven, 1 Small Tortoiseshell [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 09:30
100 Sanderling, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 1 Yellow Wagtail (west), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Brown Rat [Vince Kinsler, John Pilgrim]

Westcliff, 08:00 to 16:00, Springfield drive allotments
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart (Singing near my plot. First time I've heard Black Redstart sing!) [Andrew Armstrong]

Gunners Park, 07:45 to 09:20, Cool, no wind.
74 Great Crested Grebe (well offshore), Shelduck pair - looking very settled (Jeff Delve) (57459 bytes) 4 Shelduck (in SSSI), 2 Tufted Duck (pr on pond), 100 Sanderling (circa - along sea wall), 2 Sandwich Tern (resting on buoys off Coastguards), Showiest Cetti's for a while  (Jeff Delve) (80228 bytes) 2 Cetti's Warbler (inc one very showy bird by small pool nr skateboard area), 3 Blackcap (singing birds), Breakfast is served (Jeff Delve) (30762 bytes) 2 Chiffchaff (singing birds), 6 Greenfinch (inc 2 males in display flights), 1 Red Fox (in SSSI) [Jeff Delve]

Saturday 03 April 2021

Canvey Island, 18:05 to 18:20, S seawall by raised footbridge over pipelines at Oikos terminal
2 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Reed Bunting [Martin Cracknell]

Rochford, 17:40 to 17:50
1 Shelduck (flew east over garden), 1 Swallow (first for the garden this year) [Steve Arlow]

Canvey Point, 17:30 to 17:50, High tide
1 Sandwich Tern (Fishing successfully close in throughout ) [Martin Cracknell]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:00 to 18:30, Just out to triangle and back
Distant record shot of pair (Jeff Delve) (65894 bytes) 2 Garganey (pair still south end of triangle) [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 15:50 to 17:30, Bright, brisk NE wind, high tide c5.30pm
6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver (flew west), 50 Great Crested Grebe (+), 1 Common Scoter (drake), 5 Sandwich Tern (3 + 2 feeding offshore throughout), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:25 to 15:15
2 Garganey (pair on Triangle), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail (flew north) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 13:30 to 13:50, Quick look from behind barn
1 Little Egret, 20 Mediterranean Gull (+) [Neil Chambers]

Rochford, 13:20 to 13:20
2 Raven (flew north east, over the garden, towards Doggetts Pits) [Steve Arlow]

Westcliff, 13:00 to 13:30, Springfield Drive allotments
1 Black Redstart (thanks Andrew) [Paul Griggs, Andrew Armstrong]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 12:35 to 13:20
18 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull (pair), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Bearded Tit, 4 Greenfinch (1 singing), 1 Reed Bunting [Neil Chambers]

Gunners Park, 11:30 to 12:30
1 Tufted Duck, 1 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 1 Whitethroat (Singing), 6 Greenfinch [Lee Ebbs]

Pound Wood, 11:30 to 12:30
2 Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 10:40 to 12:30
50 Great Crested Grebe (+, Distantly offshore), 100 Sanderling (+, Along tideline), 1 Swallow (Over west ), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing nr Serin pool), 1 Whitethroat (Singing from bramble opposite basketball court (thanks Lee)), 63 Carrion Crow (Unusually large congregation coming down to drink at pool) [Jeff Delve]

Wakering, 09:50 to 10:30, Cupid’s corner walk to sea wall
1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 10:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Mediterranean Gull (+), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 1 Bearded Tit (Heard) [Lee Ebbs]

Wakering Stairs, 08:20 to 09:45, Cold NNE wind, overcast. To Haven Pt and back
4 Chiffchaff (Singing birds) [Jeff Delve]

Westcliff, 08:00 to 16:00, Cold and overcast. Springfield drive allotments
Black Redstart  (Andrew Armstrong) (38112 bytes) Black Redstart  (Andrew Armstrong) (38981 bytes) 3 Black Redstart (Allotment tick for me) [Andrew Armstrong]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:45 to 09:50
4 Little Egret, 2 Pintail, 2 Garganey (Pair at the triangle in wet vegetation by the haystack), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail [Steve Arlow]

Friday 02 April 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 18:00 to 20:00, Very cold NNE wind, cloudy
80 Teal (on Jubilee junction pools), 2 Pintail (pair ), 2 Garganey (pair on south edge of Triangle from Jubilee path), 3 Lapwing (one definitely incubating) [Jeff Delve]

Canvey Point, 16:40 to 17:15, High tide overcast NE wind
3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Grey Heron (Struggled N slowly across river) [Martin Cracknell]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 16:00 to 16:20, Scanning from Bowers Downs
4 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret [Martin Cracknell]

Two Tree Island (West), 15:40 to 16:15
5 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank, 3 Turnstone, 1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd sm), 1 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Ashingdon, 14:45 to 14:45
1 Swallow (flew over Lower Road not far past Ashingdon schools) [Jeff Delve]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 11:45 to 13:10
2 Snipe, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Bearded Tit (male) [Steve Arlow]

Hole Haven Creek, 10:30 to 10:30
2 Egyptian Goose, 790 Black-tailed Godwit (Good sized flock with lots of breeding plumage) [Martin Cracknell]

Gunners Park, 08:20 to 09:35
1 Great White Egret (Flew in off sea and continued north), 1 Red-legged Partridge (in reserve), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff [Bob Young]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 11:30
3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail (heard), 3 Ruff, 13 Black-tailed Godwit (on Don's Marsh), 1 Green Sandpiper, 70 Mediterranean Gull (at least with many on the main island and scattered across the various fields), 6 Swallow, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 13 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler (singing from reedbed along the southern boundary path), 1 Blackcap (singing from old tip), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Bearded Tit (heard several time) [Steve Arlow, Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:30
1 Cattle Egret (west of manor way with horses.), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 40 Mediterranean Gull (+), 20 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Thursday 01 April 2021

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 19:15 to 19:15, Riding round the seawall on my bike
2 Mediterranean Gull [Martin Cracknell]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 18:20 to 19:45, Very chilly ENE. Short walk along sea wall.
3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier (male distantly across south lagoons), 1 Sparrowhawk (ad male low over sluice), 8 Lapwing (displaying joyously over the jubilee junction pools), 1 Snipe, 1 Barn Owl (again past Wheal family seat heading east along sea wall) [Jeff Delve]

Doggetts Pits, 12:40 to 13:15
2 Mute Swan (pair), 2 Tufted Duck (pair), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 250 Wood Pigeon (at least over eastern fields), 2 Pied Wagtail (pair at horse paddocks), 5 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Speckled Wood (first of the year) [Steve Arlow]

Benfleet Creek, 12:00 to 12:10
1 Swallow (Along sea wall between Benfleet and Leigh ), 1 Wheatear [Simon Watson]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 11:30 to 12:10
1 Red Kite (east over garden at 11:30 and again at 12:05), 1 Sparrowhawk (imm male), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 Grey Squirrel [John Wright]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 09:10 to 12:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Skylark, 1 Swallow (Blatches Farm(first for the year)), 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap (pair), 11 Chiffchaff (six heard only), 5 Greenfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll (Silver Birches,SE of Park) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:00 to 09:00
2 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:00 to 16:00, Freezing brisk NNE wind
2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel (Seen from Beagle viewpoint), 6 Grey Plover (Jubilee pools), 7 Dunlin (Jubilee pools), 1 Snipe, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 100 Skylark (Everywhere), 2 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow (2 and 2 flying west), 1 Yellow Wagtail (In first enclosure after car park.), 4 Linnet, 6 Reed Bunting, 4 Corn Bunting (Singing) [Sally Brierley]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:15 to 09:55, Brisk NNE wind 9C so bloomin' chilly!
138 Teal (Jubilee junction pools), 4 Pintail (pr Jubilee junction pools, pair Stokes lagoon), 6 Shoveler (3 prs Jubilee junction pools), 14 Snipe (Jubilee junction pools), 4 Yellow Wagtail (2 over Pool M and 2 more over entrance road - all moving north at pace!) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 09:00
1 Great White Egret, 30 Snipe (large flock flushed from marsh), 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Heard) [Mike Clarke]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 04:00
2 Badger [John Wright]

Wednesday 31 March 2021

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 18:40 to 19:45
1 Great White Egret, 17 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Bearded Tit (+), 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Bat sp. (A number of pipistrelle sp. plus one much larger bat sp. flying high over the lagoon at dusk, presumably Noctule) [Martin Cracknell]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 18:30 to 20:00, Lovely still evening - quiet walk along sea wall only
3 Great Crested Grebe (pair and a single on Pool Marsh), 50 Teal (+, pools west of Jubilee track junction), 26 Mediterranean Gull (counted on Grass Farm lagoon from sea wall), 1 Barn Owl (hunting sea wall east of car park) [Jeff Delve]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 13:15 to 13:45
1 Brimstone, 1 Small White [Neil Chambers]

Lower Raypits, 13:00 to 14:30
1 Gadwall (drake lagoon), 4 Teal (2 pairs), 1 Marsh Harrier (juv in field south of lagoon), 12 Oystercatcher (6 pairs lagoon and grassland), 1 Green Sandpiper (ditch south of lagoon), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing in ditchline west of Lion Creek - first record here), 2 Yellowhammer (male and then separately female immediately west of Lion Creek) [Jeff Delve]

Fleet Head, 11:20 to 12:45
6 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (on Potton Is.), 1 Marsh Harrier (female on Potton Is.), 2 Buzzard (one on Potton Is.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (female), 20 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 1 Yellow Wagtail (male), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Blackcap (singing), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Corn Bunting (singing), 1 Rabbit, 1 Brimstone, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock Butterfly [John Wright]

Southend Airport, 10:50 to 11:00, Aviation Way
2 Stock Dove (pair), 1 Blackcap (singing) [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:45 to 12:50, short walk
1 Kestrel, 60 Dunlin (C), 15 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 4 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 3 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Daws Heath, 09:40 to 10:30, Little Havens
1 Blackcap (male singing), 2 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 09:15, Sunny, warm, light SW breeze
1 Jack Snipe, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Water Pipit, 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Blackcap (singing), 2 Chiffchaff (singing), 3 Bearded Tit, 1 Greenfinch (singing), 3 Reed Bunting [Neil Chambers]

Lower Raypits, 08:10 to 10:40
1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Linnet, 2 Corn Bunting [Bob Young]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:30, 67 bird species recorded
1 Great White Egret (south east corner field.), 2 Pintail, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Snipe, 10 Curlew, 23 Mediterranean Gull (record count.), 5 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 20 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Bearded Tit, 1 Corn Bunting [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Canewdon, 08:00 to 09:00, Hot sunny day, little wind
2 Blackcap (singing males), 1 Small White (through garden) [Jeff Delve]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:00 to 13:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Brimstone, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Griggs]

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