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 11 December 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 13:00
2 Little Egret, 530 Wigeon (+), 17 Pintail, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Water Rail (one seen), 13 Dunlin, 77 Snipe, 3 Curlew, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat, 70 Fieldfare (+), 11 Redwing, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Bearded Tit, 11 Long-tailed Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Coombe Wood, 08:00 to 08:30
1 Blackcap (female, eating ivy berries in the same bush as the Firecrest), 1 Firecrest (male, in the holly and ivy by my back window ) [Jeff Saward]

Hockley Woods, 08:00 to 11:00, Heavy overcast early on, brightening later
1 Firecrest (Male in small yew along east side before black and white house), 1 Nuthatch (On right just past stream, same area as in spring), 2 Treecreeper, 1 Redpoll sp. (Flew over calling) [Jeff Delve]

Monday 10 December 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:40 to 16:15
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Juvenile . ), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl [Dudley Shayler]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:20 to 10:50
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 12:30
1 Shelduck, 7 Pintail, 12 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 Dunlin, 12 Snipe, 6 Curlew, 50 Fieldfare (plus), 10 Redwing, 1 Bearded Tit, 1 Yellowhammer (male) [Graham Oakes]

Sunday 09 December 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:30 to 15:30
2 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (+), 1 Buzzard, 4 Short-eared Owl (showing superbly well), 40 Corn Bunting [Paul Baker]

Eastwood, 13:50 to 13:55
1 Little Owl [Neil Chambers]

Hockley Woods, 13:15 to 14:15
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (along east side gardens in tit flock), 2 Firecrest (males) [Paul Baker]

Southend Airport, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Little Owl [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 10:15 to 13:15
1 Buzzard (Calling), 8 Redwing (+), 10 Goldcrest (+), Firecrests, 1of 3 Hockley Woods (Tim Bourne) (36719 bytes) 3 Firecrest (2m, 1f. In Holly/Ivy from east side track from car park between playground and mock Tudor house), 1 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch (Presumed pair), 6 Treecreeper [Tim Bourne]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:45 to 16:20, Overcast with light showers early clearing later and sunny periods, breezy westerly turning northerly. Leading Chelmsford RSPB Local Group
10 Cormorant (+), 10 Little Egret (+), 3 Grey Heron, 20 Mute Swan (+), 60 Greylag Goose (+), 400 Canada Goose (+, Grass Farm, Jubilee, east fields), 1 Barnacle Goose, 200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 500 Shelduck (+), 1000 Wigeon (+, epecially Jubilee), 10 Gadwall (+, Jubilee), 1000 Teal (+), 1 Mallard, 10 Pintail (+, Jubilee), 6 Shoveler (Pool Marsh), 6 Marsh Harrier (min - in to roost late on and ad male earlier), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail over Pool Marsh probably ad female), 1 Buzzard (assassin bird on post nr south wall), 8 Kestrel (+), 1 Pheasant (numerous), 70 Oystercatcher (+), 6 Ringed Plover (with Dunlin on Pool Marsh), 2000 Golden Plover (+, absolute minimum, maybe double that), 500 Grey Plover (+), 2000 Lapwing (+, absolute minimum, maybe double that), 1500 Dunlin (+), 3 Snipe (fly overs), 50 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 50 Curlew (+), 100 Redshank (+), 20 Black-headed Gull (+), 1 Common Gull, 60 Herring Gull (+), 3 Stock Dove (Jubilee), 20 Wood Pigeon (+, north fields), 1 Barn Owl (female in from west hunting wild bird cover c.4pm), What are you looking at? (Jeff Delve) (47752 bytes) 4 Short-eared Owl (+, probably 5 or even more, one hunting short grass area near White Gate late afternoon), 100 Skylark (+, encountered everywhere in small groups), 10 Meadow Pipit (+), 2 Rock Pipit (south wall), 1 Pied Wagtail (car park), 10 Carrion Crow (+), 500 Starling (+, at least one significant flock), 10 House Sparrow (+, bushes near white gate), 60 Linnet (+, several small flocks ), 12 Reed Bunting (+), 40 Corn Bunting (+, in mixed flock over wild bird cover) [Jeff Delve]

Saturday 08 December 2018

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 09:45 to 13:45
1 Marsh Harrier (fem), 2 Peregrine Falcon (High over together, calling), 2 Jack Snipe (At pools by 3rd hide), 8 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 50 Fieldfare (+), 30 Redwing (+) [Tim Bourne]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 11:30
1 Shelduck, 9 Pintail, 8 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Ruff, 3 Curlew, Ttonechat (Graham Oakes) (29958 bytes) 1 Stonechat, 15 Fieldfare, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Corn Bunting [Graham Oakes]

Thursday 06 December 2018

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:20 to 11:20
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Point, 08:25 to 09:35, with NC most of the time
1 Shag, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 2 Guillemot (including one flying around the Point & creek at very close range), 1 Rock Pipit [Paul Baker, Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:40 to 08:00
2 Jack Snipe (Along east side - thanks JD & NC for directions.), 10 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing) [Paul Baker]

Tuesday 04 December 2018

Hockley Woods, 18:00 to 19:00
3 Tawny Owl (at least 3 calling birds eventually in NW section of wood) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:30 to 13:00, just from benches - lots of large gulls to work through
12 Pintail (with usual mix of shoveller, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard and Gadwall), 12 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Snipe, 50 Skylark (+, on wet field near entrance by the game crop), 50 Meadow Pipit (+), 30 Pied Wagtail (+), 10 Reed Bunting (+) [Jeff Delve]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:30 to 11:15, from scrape hide and down to marina, overall very quiet
50 Fieldfare (+, marina end of fleet), 4 Song Thrush, 9 Redwing [Jeff Delve]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 10:00, Frosty start but bright and calm. Just the eastern side to viewing point and back
40 Wigeon (+), 18 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier (ad female), 1 Buzzard (on post next to Vange Creek), 400 Lapwing (+), 2 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 30 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 10 Fieldfare, 100 Redwing (+, early on - dispersed later), 4 Cetti's Warbler (singing birds at different locations) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 13:30
2 Little Egret, 100 Greylag Goose (plus), 17 Pintail, 8 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Water Rail, 15 Grey Plover, 125 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 1 Green Woodpecker, 100 Fieldfare (plus), 6 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Bearded Tit, 30 Reed Bunting (plus), 4 Corn Bunting [Graham Oakes]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 07:50 to 08:05
20 Fieldfare (+, west) [Paul Griggs]

Monday 03 December 2018

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:20 to 13:40
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Sunday 02 December 2018

Canewdon, 13:45 to 14:25, Sunny becoming increasingly overcast. Viewing Crouch and Bridgemarsh from back of Butts Hill Pond.
1 Great Northern Diver (imm approx 200m east of Upper Raypits Farm (Thanks Steve)) [Jeff Delve]

River Crouch, 12:10 to 15:05, walk from South Fambridge to Old Fleet (Opposit Bridgemarsh Island)
1 Great Northern Diver (juvenile at around the Old Fleet area where river bends to the north), 8 Little Grebe, 2000 Wigeon, 3000 Teal (at least, big flocks along north shore), 194 Pintail, 50 Shoveler (at least with the Wigeon and Teal flocks), 1 Peregrine Falcon (huge juvenile female chasing waders over Bridgemarsh Island) [Steve Arlow]

Hadleigh Downs, 12:00 to 12:20
1 Weasel [Andrew Woodhouse]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 11:30
14 Greylag Goose, 90 Canada Goose, 400 Wigeon (+), 80 Teal (+), 10 Pintail (7 drakes), 24 Pochard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female), 2 Stonechat, 36 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer (male), 5 Corn Bunting, 1 Red Fox, 1 Northern Water Vole [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Saturday 01 December 2018

Gunners Park, 13:05 to 13:20
1 Black-throated Diver (still present) [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 07:40 to 09:25, Heavy rain
1 Black-throated Diver (winter adult still on lake but also making failed attempts to reach the sea), 30 Fieldfare (at least) [Steve Arlow]

Friday 30 November 2018

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 15:35 to 15:35
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (flew south calling) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:00 to 16:30, Pleasant sunny day with moderate SW getting calmer later.
2 White-fronted Goose (adults with Greylag flock on south lagoons), 12 Pintail (5 drakes with Wigeon on south lagoons), 10 Marsh Harrier (ad male and 3 juvs hunting east end, later 6 juvs, 2 ad females and 2nd W male in to roost), 2 Hen Harrier (ad female and juv hunting east end of island and juv later in to roost by wbc ), 2 Buzzard (pale fronted 'assassin' and an intermediate both south fields), 6 Kestrel (+), 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult on south lagoons), 2000 Golden Plover (+, several flocks so difficult to estimate), 2000 Lapwing (+), 2 Barn Owl (hunting wbc after 4pm, one close in and another towards water vole area), 3 Short-eared Owl (probably 4 but 3 seen in air together from mid afternoon onward. One hunting meadow north of white gate late on came very close) [Jeff Delve]

Thundersley, 10:10 to 12:10, Little Havens
2 Buzzard, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Crossbill (Over calling) [Marc Outten]

Gunners Park, 09:15 to 10:15, Sunny
Nice bird, thanks Andrew (Jeff Delve) (122015 bytes) Proper size (Jeff Delve) (66287 bytes)  and they're off (Jeff Delve) (49548 bytes) 1 Black-throated Diver (moulting adult on lake provided fantastic views), 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (flew west) [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 08:45 to 10:15
1 Black-throated Diver, 15 Little Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 150 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Kestrel, 50 Fieldfare [Angela Baldock]

Gunners Park, 08:45 to 10:00
Black-throated Diver (Graham Oakes) (84639 bytes) Black-throated Diver (Graham Oakes) (83642 bytes) 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet [Graham Ryland, Jeff Kinnerman, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 07:55 to 08:00
1 Black-throated Diver (Still on the lake) [Marc Outten]

Thursday 29 November 2018

Gunners Park, 12:00 to 16:00, Overcast
Black Throated Diver (Andrew Armstrong) (46593 bytes) Black Throated Diver (Andrew Armstrong) (51637 bytes) 1 Black-throated Diver (Lake), Shag (Andrew Armstrong) (36264 bytes) 1 Shag [Andrew Armstrong]

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:45 to 16:15, Heavy overrcast, strong SSW, dreadful light - brief stop at White Gate only
2 Marsh Harrier (2 1st W birds into roost), 2 Buzzard (one on telegraph post Creeksea Ferry Rd by Lion Creek, one by south sea wall ), 51,200 ISO and under exposed at that  (Jeff Delve) (118937 bytes) Checking out an aircraft going over! (Jeff Delve) (96893 bytes) Barn Owl by White Gate - cowereing in ditch out of the wind (Jeff Delve) (123000 bytes) 1 Barn Owl (perched close by the gate and along ditchline by gat before dropping in further into wbc) [Jeff Delve]

Hullbridge, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 50 Fieldfare (loose flock flew east), 2 Redwing [Paul Baker]

Coombe Wood, 11:20 to 11:25
1 Blackcap (male, with the Goldfinch flock), 30 Goldfinch [Jeff Saward]

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