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 17 July 2018

Priory Park, 11:30 to 11:45
1 Common Tern (flying over lake a number of times and successfully catching a fish) [Jeff Kinnerman]

River Roach, 11:30 to 16:30
54 Canada Goose, 14 Shelduck, 1 Common Sandpiper, 62 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:00, Clear initially but slowly clouded over
3 Kestrel (Sssi), 12 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Common Tern [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 16 July 2018

Canvey Way, 14:15 to 16:00
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 Skylark, 2 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (m & f), 3 Southern Migrant Hawker (m), 100 Ruddy Darter (++), 2 Small White, 10 Common Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood, 15 Marbled White, 100 Gatekeeper (+), 20 Meadow Brown, 4 Ringlet [Paul Griggs, Richard Howard]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Kestrel [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 15:00, Warm and clear
3 Kestrel (Juveniles over the SSSI), 2 Sandwich Tern [Andrew Armstrong]

Coombe Wood, 06:50 to 06:55
1 Coal Tit (regular visitor to my garden for the last week or so, with the roving tit flock on the east side of the wood) [Jeff Saward]

Sunday 15 July 2018

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 22:45 to 22:45
2 Tawny Owl (Sounded like an adult calling to a juv to the N of my house.) [Mike Clarke]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 16:45 to 17:45, Cloud 1/8; wind SE F1-2; 26ºC. Roadside hide only.
5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Lapwing, 3 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 300 Black-headed Gull (c), 2 Common Tern, 8 Sand Martin (passed through, going SE), 1 Whitethroat [Richard Howard]

Westcliff, 16:20 to 16:25, St.George's Drive
1 Painted Lady (feeding on Buddleia ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 14:00 to 14:40
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 3 Mediterranean Gull (2 ad, 1 1s), 50 Swift (+) [Paul Griggs, Mike Clarke]

Two Tree Island (West), 13:50 to 15:15, Cloud 1/8; wind SE F1-2; 26ºC; H.T. 15:09 (6.0m @ Southend). All sightings from hide overlooking lagoon.
6 Little Egret (1 on lagoon; 5 in a flock flying E), 22 Oystercatcher, 15 Lapwing, 66 Black-tailed Godwit, 350 Redshank (c), 1 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 400 Black-headed Gull (c), 3 Sandwich Tern (adults feeding juv.), 1 Common Tern, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Large White, 6 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock Butterfly, 3 Gatekeeper [Richard Howard]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:20 to 13:30
8 Mediterranean Gull (adults in anting gull flock) [Paul Griggs]

Benfleet Downs, 12:40 to 14:40
1 Red Kite, 3 Southern Migrant Hawker [Gordon Appleton]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 11:00 to 14:00
1 Sparrowhawk (Female flew through garden chased by a Magpie and rested in the oak briefly), 1 Buzzard (flew low over garden), 5 Mediterranean Gull (adults in a large kettle over the garden) [Mike Clarke]

Saturday 14 July 2018

Belfairs Golf Course, 17:00 to 17:30, by visitor centre and woodland play area for PH’s
10 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Common Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 5 Marbled White [Vince Kinsler]

Belfairs N.R., 15:00 to 16:30
6 Large Skipper, 1 Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral, 5 Peacock Butterfly, 2 Comma, 2 Silver-washed Fritillary (males fighting, the victor showed well at the second crossroads north of the entrance opposite Dodds Grove), 5 Speckled Wood, 40 Gatekeeper, 30 Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet [Vince Kinsler]

Benfleet Downs, 14:20 to 15:45, Sunny, very warm, SE breeze picking up
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (incl 2 juv's), 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Whitethroat, 80 Marsh Frog (+), 2 Emerald damselflies, 1 Emerald Damselfly, 100 Small Red-eyed Damselfly (+), 20 Common Blue Damselfly (+), 10 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 21 Southern Migrant Hawker (+) (1 pair in tandem, and 19+ males), 3 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 15 Ruddy Darter, 20 skippers (+), 1 Large Skipper, 10 Small White, 10 Green-veined White, 1 Common Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock Butterfly, 2 Comma, 2 Speckled Wood, 10 Marbled White (+), 20 Gatekeeper (+), 5 Meadow Brown, 10 Ringlet, 2 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Shoebury, 13:30 to 14:00
10 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 2 Southern Migrant Hawker (Two males were seen on the pond at Bishopsteignton), 4 Ruddy Darter, 1 Comma [Lee Ebbs]

Canvey Wick, 12:00 to 13:00, No cloud; wind SE F1 - 2; 25ºC.
50 Ruddy Darter (+), 3 Small Skipper, 1 Clouded Yellow, 4 Peacock Butterfly, 6 Marbled White [Richard Howard, Paul Baker]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:20 to 13:30, Sunny & v warm, light SW wind
1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 3 Blackcap (2 singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 3 Large Red Damselfly, 5 Common Blue Damselfly, 5 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Southern Hawker, 7 Southern Migrant Hawker (in various places - 1 pair in tandem by toilet block, the rest single males), 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 10 Ruddy Darter, 10 skippers (+), 1 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Brimstone, 15 Small White (+), 5 Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Comma, 5 Marbled White, 25 Gatekeeper (+), 5 Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet [Neil Chambers]

Barling Magna Millennium Wildlife Park, 10:30 to 11:00
1 Buzzard, 15 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 2 Common Blue Damselfly, 1 Southern Hawker, 5 Ruddy Darter [Lee Ebbs]

Canvey Way, 10:15 to 11:55, Cloud 1/8; wind SE F1; 22 - 25ºC.
1 Buzzard (distant, over Benfleet), 30 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (c. All males), male Southern Emerald (Richard Howard) (45479 bytes) 1 Southern Emerald Damselfly (male), male SMH munching on a pair of Scarce Emeralds! (Richard Howard) (69347 bytes) 20 Southern Migrant Hawker (c. All males), 6 Small Skipper (/ Essex Skipper), 5 Common Blue, 10 Marbled White (+), 20 Gatekeeper (+) [Richard Howard, Paul Baker]

River Roach, 10:00 to 18:00
215 Canada Goose (with large creche), 12 Oystercatcher, 4 Avocet (pair with chicks), 27 Curlew, 8 Common Tern, 53 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

Friday 13 July 2018

South Benfleet, 18:00 to 18:15, Hillside Road garden
2 Migrant Hawker (flying around garden) [Richard Howard]

Hockley Woods, 17:00 to 18:00, Sunny, warm
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (singing), 3 Blackcap (1 singing), 2 Southern Hawker, 2 Southern Migrant Hawker (males), 1 Common Darter, 1 Small Skipper, 8 Large Skipper, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Comma, 10 Gatekeeper (+), 4 Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet [Neil Chambers]

Belfairs N.R., 13:00 to 13:20, Visitor Centre
3 Marbled White [Paul Baker]

Belfairs Great Wood, 11:00 to 12:00, sightings with Pete Jackson
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Brimstone, 4 Purple Hairstreak, 2 White Admiral, 1 Comma, 3 Silver-washed Fritillary, 1 Gatekeeper [Paul Baker]

Thursday 12 July 2018

Belfairs N.R., 15:00 to 16:15
5 Purple Hairstreak, 1 White Admiral, 3 Peacock Butterfly, 4 Comma, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary, 20 Meadow Brown, 30 Ringlet [Paul Griggs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:40 to 10:55
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby [Paul Griggs]

Westcliff, 08:20 to 08:20, St.George's Drive
14 Swift (over garden) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Benfleet Downs, 14:00 to 17:40
7 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff [Paul Griggs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 13:25 to 15:45, Cloud 7-8/8; wind NW F1; 16ºC. 2 hides & screens & back.
5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Tern (feeding over the pantile), 2 Stock Dove (pair), 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Southern Migrant Hawker, 2 Black-tailed Skimmer (males, on the path), 1 Ruddy Darter (female with very yellow wings), 3 Peacock Butterfly, 50 Marbled White (+), 50 Gatekeeper (+), 30 Meadow Brown (+) [Richard Howard]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:15 to 14:00
3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, Southern Hawker (Graham Oakes) (65661 bytes) Southern Hawker (Graham Oakes) (115421 bytes) 1 Southern Hawker, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 3 Black-tailed Skimmer, 50 Marbled White (plus) [Graham Oakes, Graham Ryland]

Tuesday 10 July 2018

Canvey Way, 14:05 to 17:00, Cloud 7-4/8; wind NW F1; 17ºC. Leisurely stroll along seawall looking for damselflies.
80 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (+, but only 4 females seen), 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 13 Southern Migrant Hawker (all males), 100 Ruddy Darter (+), 30 Small Skipper (+), 2 Common Blue, 50 Marbled White (+), 150 Gatekeeper (+), 50 Meadow Brown (+), 10 Ringlet (+) [Richard Howard]

Prittlewell Brook, 11:55 to 12:00, Between Victoria Ave and Prittlewell Chase
1 Grey Wagtail (feeding), 1 Comma [Jeff Kinnerman]

Belfairs N.R., 11:45 to 13:25, Cloud 6/8; wind NW F1; 18ºC. Principally hunting butterflies.
1 Tawny Owl (heard only, calling 'e-wick' several times), 4 Small Skipper, 3 Large Skipper, 1 Brimstone (male), 2 Large White, 12 Small White, 5 Green-veined White, 5 Purple Hairstreak, 2 White Admiral, 6 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary (dropped in for about 3 minutes, then flew off east over trees), 5 Speckled Wood, 1 Gatekeeper, 12 Meadow Brown (+), 40 Ringlet (+) [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:20
2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Wigeon, 12 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 33 Tufted Duck (inc. 30 chicks), 9 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Corn Bunting, Migrant Hawker (Graham Oakes) (112622 bytes) 1 Migrant Hawker, 8 Southern Migrant Hawker [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00, Overcast initially but cleared
Kestrel (Andrew Armstrong) (73156 bytes) 4 Kestrel (Adult still bringing prey to the juveniles at ness rd pond. One juvenile absent), 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1 White Wagtail (SSSI fence), Small copper (Andrew Armstrong) (50332 bytes) 1 Small Copper (Fresh one in the transect), 1 Common Blue (Male. Transect), Painted Lady (Andrew Armstrong) (51363 bytes) 1 Painted Lady (Transect) [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 09 July 2018

South Benfleet, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Hobby (Over St Mary´s Churchyard drifting S) [Martin Cracknell]

Stambridge, 09:30 to 10:25, in and around the garden
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard (circling overhead), 1 Kestrel (male hunting), 1 Stock Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male, female and juvenile) [Steve Sanford]

South Benfleet, 05:55 to 05:55
12 Swift (Presumably the local breeding birds plus young, very vocal low around rooftops. Seems like 3 pairs bred in Vicarage Hill area, stable on last couple of years.), 6 House Martin (Local colony much reduced this year. Judging by the numbers of adult birds seen over the last month I believe as few as 3 maybe 5 pairs. Usual nest sites not occupied, haven’t had time to search where the birds have nested.) [Martin Cracknell]

Sunday 08 July 2018

Thundersley Glen, 18:30 to 20:00, Cloud 0-1/8; no wind; 24ºC. Shipwrights Drive through Shipwrights Wood to Glen and back.
1 Peregrine Falcon (over the clearing), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 30 Purple Hairstreak (+ Most in Oaks on SE corner of Glen clearing, plus some in Oaks in NW corner of Shipwrights meadow), 3 Peacock Butterfly, 2 Comma, 20 Marbled White (+), 10 Meadow Brown (+), 5 Ringlet [Richard Howard]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:00 to 18:00, Afternoon family stroll
2 Marsh Harrier (pair in a tumbling display), 10 Mediterranean Gull (+), 30 Common Tern (+), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Corn Bunting (+), 1 Common Seal [Mike Clarke]

Belfairs N.R., 15:00 to 16:25, Sunny, hot
1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Ruddy Darter, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Brimstone, 4 Green-veined White, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 2 White Admiral, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Peacock Butterfly, 5 Comma, 4 Silver-washed Fritillary (3+ along main ride, another holding territory c300m SW of there), 1 Gatekeeper, 15 Meadow Brown (+, saline lagoon), 25 Ringlet (+) [Neil Chambers]

Eastwood, 12:40 to 12:45, Lundy Close
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Swift, 13 House Martin [Jeff Kinnerman]

Belfairs N.R., 11:25 to 12:25
1 Buzzard, 1 Coal Tit (singing & calling from Oak Tree Farm), 1 Brimstone, 1 Purple Hairstreak (in Dodd's ), 1 White Admiral, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Comma, 4 Silver-washed Fritillary [Paul Baker]

Belfairs N.R., 10:00 to 13:45, Warm and clear
1 Buzzard, 2 Blackcap, 3 Small Skipper, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 1 White Admiral, 8 Peacock Butterfly, Silver Washed Fritillary (Andrew Armstrong) (82406 bytes) Silver Washed Fritillary (Andrew Armstrong) (56687 bytes) Silver Washed Fritillary (Andrew Armstrong) (36420 bytes) Silver Washed Fritillary (Andrew Armstrong) (49708 bytes) 4 Silver-washed Fritillary, 10 Meadow Brown (At least) [Andrew Armstrong]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 10:00 to 10:05
1 Sparrowhawk (female with prey flew through garden) [Mike Clarke]

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 09:00 to 10:00
2 Large White, 6 Small White, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 2 Comma, 1 Marbled White, 1 Gatekeeper, 2 Meadow Brown [Vince Kinsler]

Belfairs N.R., 08:30 to 10:30
Brimstone (Graham Oakes) (95726 bytes) 4 Brimstone, Purple Hairstreak (Graham Oakes) (143994 bytes) 3 Purple Hairstreak, White Admiral (Graham Oakes) (108168 bytes) 1 White Admiral, Silver Washed Fritillery (Graham Oakes) (81731 bytes) 4 Silver-washed Fritillary [Graham Oakes]

Saturday 07 July 2018

Belfairs N.R., 20:30 to 23:55
3 Tawny Owl (Calling constantly till 3am during the Mothing session with one seen well. ) [Steve Arlow]

Eastwood, 17:30 to 17:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 6 House Martin (still looks to be 3 pairs nesting in the area around Morrisons) [Paul Baker]

Belfairs N.R., 17:15 to 17:50
3 Silver-washed Fritillary (two flitting about together by the bench and one about 50 metres west of bench ) [John Wright]

Belfairs N.R., 13:50 to 15:00, Cloud 2/8; no wind; 31ºC.
1 Brimstone (male), 4 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Holly Blue (very tatty), White Admiral (Richard Howard) (51784 bytes) 2 White Admiral (one with part of wing missing), 2 Peacock Butterfly (fresh), 2 Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary (Richard Howard) (57187 bytes) Silver-washed Fritillary (Richard Howard) (36898 bytes) 2 Silver-washed Fritillary (males), 20 Meadow Brown (+), 30 Ringlet (+) [Richard Howard]

Belfairs Great Wood, 13:45 to 15:40
1 Brimstone, 4 White Admiral, 4 Peacock Butterfly, 5 Comma, Silver-washed Fritter, Belfairs Woods, 07-07-2018 (Steve Arlow) (33346 bytes) Silver-washed Fritter, Belfairs Woods, 07-07-2018 (Steve Arlow) (31785 bytes) Silver-washed Fritter, Belfairs Woods, 07-07-2018 (Steve Arlow) (33978 bytes) 3 Silver-washed Fritillary (definately two; two chasing round by the crossroad of the Poors Lane Track / Dodds Grove Entrance and then one holding territory at the bend by the bench with an occasional second individual appearing.), 1 Gatekeeper (my first of the year) [Steve Arlow]

Belfairs N.R., 13:40 to 14:15
2 Large Skipper, 1 White Admiral, 3 Comma, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary [Vince Kinsler]

Belfairs N.R., 12:45 to 13:30
1 Stock Dove (singing), 1 Goldcrest (singing), 1 Brimstone, 2 Green-veined White, 1 White Admiral, 1 Red Admiral, 4 Peacock Butterfly, 2 Silver-washed Fritillary, 15 Meadow Brown, 30 Ringlet [Paul Griggs]

Barling, 12:00 to 12:45
1 Buzzard, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Red-eyed Damselfly, 12 Common Blue Damselfly, 1 Southern Hawker, 2 Brown Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 9 Black-tailed Skimmer, 5 Ruddy Darter, 2 Purple Hairstreak [Lee Ebbs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:15 to 12:00
6 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Slow-worm, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 40 Marbled White [John Wright]

Friday 06 July 2018

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 17:00 to 19:15, Cloud 1-2/8; wind NE F1-2; 27 - 22ºC; H.T. 18:41 (5.0m @ Southend). 3 hides & screens, plus seawall & back.
4 Little Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Teal (males in eclipse), 12 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 35 Black-headed Gull, Skylark (Richard Howard) (122134 bytes) 2 Skylark, 4 Reed Warbler (singing), 2 Whitethroat, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Southern Hawker, 3 Southern Migrant Hawker, 2 Black-tailed Skimmer, 100 Ruddy Darter (+), 5 Large Skipper, 1 Large White, 10 Small White, 6 Peacock Butterfly (all very fresh), 4 Comma, 40 Marbled White (+), 10 Gatekeeper (+), 100 Meadow Brown (+) [Richard Howard]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:20 to 15:20
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Daws Heath, 12:30 to 13:30, Little Havens ENT reserve
1 Kestrel, 6 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 12 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Painted Lady [John Wright]

Westcliff, 12:15 to 12:15, St.George's Drive
50 Swift (circa,screaming overhead before dispersing) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:15, A tad warm :) 15 butterfly species & 10 Dragonfly/Damselfly species.
1 Wigeon, 21 Tufted Duck (inc. 16 chicks), 2 Bearded Tit (juvs.), 3 Corn Bunting, 1 Migrant Hawker, Southern Migrant Hawker (Graham Oakes) (52514 bytes) 12 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, Common Darter (Graham Oakes) (78376 bytes) 1 Common Darter, 1 Brimstone, 80 Gatekeeper (+, out in force.) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:45 to 01:50
1 Red Fox, 3 Badger [John Wright]

Thursday 05 July 2018

Southchurch, 20:00 to 20:15
30 Swift (circa Ilfracombe ave) [Dudley Shayler]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 13:25 to 13:30
2 Hobby, 50 Swift (plus) [Mike Clarke]

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 12:10 to 12:10
1 Buzzard (drifting NNW) [Vince Kinsler]

Canewdon, 08:00 to 19:00, Warm, humid, light shower in middle of day, windless. Butts Hill Pond and Gardeners Lane lop and associated sites
3 Turtle Dove (male and pair around field east of finches. Both males purring), 1 Blackcap (singing), 2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 3 Whitethroat (singing), On yellow flag by ond (Jeff Delve) (36914 bytes) 10 Emerald Damselfly (+, BHP), 10 Blue-tailed Damselfly (+, BHP), 2 Emperor Dragonfly (BHP), 1 Four-spotted Chaser (female egg laying BHP), 1 Broad-bodied Chaser (BHP), 1 Large Skipper (BHP), 20 Large White (+), 1 Red Admiral (BHP), 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock Butterfly (nr Paddock Copse), Posing in the sun (Jeff Delve) (60399 bytes) 5 Comma (BHP), 2 Gatekeeper (first for the year here) [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:00, Warm and clear
1 Little Egret (Lake), 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cuckoo (Flew out over middle marsh towards bunker wood), 1 Blackcap (Reserve), 2 Emperor Dragonfly (Ditch), 1 Small Copper, 1 Common Blue, 1 Marbled White [Andrew Armstrong]

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