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.

Thursday 04 March 2021

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Redwing (circling around the garden looking lost) [Paul Baker]

Paglesham Lagoon, 14:10 to 16:50, Walked from Stambridge along river roach
2 Little Egret, 4 Red-crested Pochard (3 drakes, 1 female), 3 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Chaffinch, 50 Goldfinch (+), 2 Corn Bunting [Bob Young]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 12:15, 62 bird species recorded
4 Great Crested Grebe, 14 White-fronted Goose (west of manor way.), 3 Barnacle Goose (west of manor way.), 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (east of manor way.), 14 Pintail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Golden Plover, 80 Snipe (+), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Mediterranean Gull [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 03 March 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:45 to 14:30, Chilly, foggy, wet
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 1 Common Lizard [John Wright]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Song Thrush (singing), 1 Coal Tit [Neil Chambers]

Southend, 11:15 to 11:50, Three Rivers trail (near B+Q)
1 Green Woodpecker, 16 Lesser Redpoll [Bob Young]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:15 to 01:30
1 Badger [John Wright]

Tuesday 02 March 2021

South Fambridge, 17:30 to 17:30
1 Barn Owl (still loitering ) [Paul Baker]

Thorpe Bay, 16:35 to 17:15, Thorpe Hall G.C.
13 Stock Dove (incl 2 pairs squabbling over a nest hole), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest [Neil Chambers]

Gunners Park, 15:15 to 16:25, High tide, light E wind
35 Great Crested Grebe (offshore), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Greenfinch [Neil Chambers]

Rochford, 14:20 to 14:25
3 Buzzard (thermalling over garden) [Steve Arlow]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:55 to 11:40, Cold 7C, light NE breze
In typical stony habitat (Jeff Delve) (80392 bytes) Compound fence line (Jeff Delve) (27992 bytes) In front garden of farmhouse (Jeff Delve) (33711 bytes) 1 Black Redstart (around Grapnells by yellow gate and then front garden of farmhouse (Thanks Bob Young)!)) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:20 to 12:15
42 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Black Redstart (on fence by reserve entrance) [Bob Young]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 12:00, 70 bird species recordrd
8 Little Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Barnacle Goose, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 10 Gadwall, 6 Pintail, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 37 Snipe, 8 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Gull, 80 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 40 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, 1 Corn Bunting [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Monday 01 March 2021

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 22:55 to 23:00
1 Tawny Owl (distantly hooting) [Paul Griggs]

Westcliff, 10:35 to 10:35
2 Grey Wagtail (calling over Gainsborough Park) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Thorpe Bay, 09:55 to 10:20, Thorpe Hall golf course
2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush [Bob Young]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:30 to 01:40
1 Badger [John Wright]

Sunday 28 February 2021

South Fambridge, 17:10 to 17:10
1 Barn Owl (giving point blank flight views from concrete road in the evening sun), 25 Fieldfare (east along seawall ) [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 16:30 to 17:30, Sunny, but chilly
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (singing), 1 Nuthatch (on southern boundary edge) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:30 to 17:30, From white gate only
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Lovely male quartered the wbc in front of the white gate before heading over the sea wall towards Paglesham), 1 Barn Owl [Mike Clarke]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 15:30 to 17:30
2 Pintail (+), 3 Marsh Harrier (Ad male, imm male, fem), 1 Jack Snipe (In field opposite Redhill), 2 Snipe, 1 Water Pipit (East end of reservoir), 1 Common Shrew, 1 Bank Vole [Tim Bourne]

Airport Business Park, 15:15 to 16:15
2 Buzzard, 2 Jack Snipe, 10 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 12 Pied Wagtail, 30 Goldfinch, 50 Linnet, 0 Yellowhammer (Still not seen them here - can't believe its easier to see Jack Snipe!), 3 Reed Bunting, 20 Corn Bunting [Mike Clarke]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 13:00 to 13:45
3 Barnacle Goose ((Seen from Manor Way footpath), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cetti's Warbler ((Heard ), 3 Reed Bunting [Lee Ebbs]

Rayleigh, 10:50 to 12:30, Hambro Hill
1 Bullfinch (1+ heard bottom of hill by Railway line and then stunning male for a few seconds at top of hill) [Steve Arlow]

Ferndale Road, Rayleigh, 09:00 to 10:15, Misty, still, 4C.
2 Redwing (flew out east), 4 Chaffinch (2 pairs ), 2 Greenfinch (pair displaying), 2 Bullfinch (pair along path south of railway line up hill in hawthorn ) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 12:00
4 Great Crested Grebe, 40 White-fronted Goose (West of Manor Way), 3 Barnacle Goose (West of Manor Way), 6 Gadwall, 1 Pintail, 2 Buzzard, 1 Merlin (male perched south east field.), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 9 Snipe, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Corn Bunting [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Saturday 27 February 2021

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:00 to 17:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 11:40 to 12:00
1 Buzzard (mobbed by gulls), 2 Jackdaw (east) [Graham Mee]

Hockley Woods, 09:00 to 10:30
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper [Steve Arlow]

Friday 26 February 2021

Canewdon, 17:00 to 17:10
1 Barn Owl (hunting roadside verge near junction Hydewood Lane and Lark Hill Road) [Jeff Delve]

South Fambridge, 15:45 to 18:00
1 Barn Owl (at back of garden throughout before flying north across Crouch) [Paul Baker]

Ferndale Road, Rayleigh, 14:00 to 16:00, Sunny, quite warm, NW breeze - walk from home to golf course & back via Hockley Road
1 Sparrowhawk (female), 3 Buzzard (2 high east and one presumed resident bird), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Bullfinch (pair south of railway between Ferndale Road and mast / car yard) [Neil Chambers]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 13:00 to 13:30
2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard [Mike Clarke]

Gunners Park, 11:15 to 12:00, Just bimbling
2 Tufted Duck (pair on lake), 2 Red-breasted Merganser (a pair distantly on the sea continually bathing & preening), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Red Fox [Paul Baker]

Southend, 10:30 to 10:35, Lundy Close
1 Chiffchaff (footpath) [Jeff Kinnerman]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 12:00
1 Great White Egret, 9 Barnacle Goose, 2 Pintail (pair), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 10:05 to 10:05
3 Buzzard (together, south to north) [Graham Mee]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 12:30, 67 bird species recorded.
10 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 9 White-fronted Goose (West of Manor Way), 3 Barnacle Goose, 6 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Water Rail (heard), 5 Dunlin, 21 Snipe, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 8 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Corn Bunting [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

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

Thursday 25 February 2021

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 23:50 to 23:55
1 Badger [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 17:30 to 18:15
85 White-fronted Goose (+, circled over and headed WSW), 3 Snipe, 2 Barn Owl, 10 Fieldfare (+), 1 Cetti's Warbler [Tim Bourne]

Two Tree Island (East), 12:15 to 13:15
6 Little Grebe, 2 Canada Goose, 400 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Teal, 300 Dunlin, 3 Curlew, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch [Angela Baldock]

Two Tree Island (West), 11:15 to 12:15
1 Little Egret, 4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 45 Teal, 19 Avocet, 2 Lapwing, 17 Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 1 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 8 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet [Angela Baldock]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:10 to 10:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 40 Black-tailed Godwit (+, probables, a bit distant, headed NE), 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs, John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 12:15
1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Barnacle Goose (in one flock west of Manor Way.), 1 Buzzard, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Bearded Tit, 2 Corn Bunting [Graham Ryland]

Wednesday 24 February 2021

Park View Drive, Leigh, 11:45 to 11:45
1 Buzzard (south to north) [Graham Mee]

Lower Raypits, 08:00 to 16:00, Clear and pleasant. Habitat management to open up sight lines for waders on wet grassland
1 Little Egret, 25 Canada Goose, 500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (350 on wet grassland and 150 on lagoon), 60 Shelduck, 1 Buzzard (Over Raymond's farm), 20 Skylark (+ lots about) [Andrew Armstrong]

Tuesday 23 February 2021

South Fambridge, 16:30 to 18:00
1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Song Thrush (singing ), 4 Corn Bunting [Paul Baker]

Canewdon, 12:00 to 14:00, Sunny, light SSW
8 House Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 6 Smooth Newt (+, very active in garden pond), 2 Common Frog (with spawn in BHP annex pool), 1 Peacock Butterfly (first of year) [Jeff Delve]

Rochford, 10:30 to 11:00
1 Peacock Butterfly (early) [Steve Arlow]

South Benfleet, 08:45 to 08:45
1 Blackcap (Female still present) [Martin Cracknell]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 12:30, 58 bird species recorded
4 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Mute Swan, 57 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 16 Pintail, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 10 Oystercatcher, 66 Avocet, 2 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 8 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 18 Skylark, 8 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 7 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:15 to 08:15
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 08:00, Mild and clear. Breezy
1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Firecrest (Ness Road pond) [Andrew Armstrong]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:35 to 01:40
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Monday 22 February 2021

South Fambridge, 17:15 to 17:30, a stakeout from the bedroom window for GWE
1 Great White Egret (flew WSW at 17:25 over garden & then rooftops), 1 Barn Owl (perched on post at end of garden), 1 Song Thrush (singing & showing) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 16:30 to 16:30, Out running...
5 Mute Swan (flew east along Crouch), 600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flock still present but moved further inland), 1 Barn Owl (hunting borrowdyke west of village) [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:25 to 16:20
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker [Paul Griggs]

Hockley Woods, 09:30 to 11:00
20 Redwing, 1 Coal Tit ((Individual singing halfway down footpath from Woodside Road), 2 Nuthatch ((One very vocal bird in trees around woodyard, another in clearing south of woodyard ), 2 Treecreeper [Lee Ebbs]

Southend, 07:50 to 07:55, Lundy Close (footpath)
1 Red Fox, 1 Chinese Muntjac [Jeff Kinnerman]

Sunday 21 February 2021

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 23:50 to 23:55
2 Tawny Owl (pair calling / hooting) [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 16:45 to 17:35
1 Great White Egret (flew low west along seawall at 17:25 presumably to roost), 2 Barnacle Goose (in DbBrent flock), 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (in DbBrent flock), 2 Black Brant (in DbBrent flock), 1 Marsh Harrier (high south across Ashingdon/Hockley ridge), 2 Avocet, 2 Barn Owl [Paul Baker]

Rochford Golf Course, 12:30 to 13:30, Sunny & quite warm, light S wind
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 1 Mistle Thrush (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 12:10 to 14:30
21 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard (kettling ove the tip then drifted north), 20 Avocet, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult summer), 4 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit, 1 Raven [Steve Arlow]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 12:00 to 13:00
2 Sparrowhawk, 7 Buzzard (5 in one kettle and 2 others a bit further over), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Mike Clarke]

Belfairs, 11:30 to 11:40
2 Coal Tit (singing at Thatch Farm along Bramble Crescent with presumably one of these a short while later along Bramble Road) [Steve Arlow]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:30 to 11:30
2 Buzzard, 1 Rabbit [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:20 to 13:10
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 7 Lapwing (south), 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Canewdon, 10:00 to 16:00, Sunny, warm - working at BHP
1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Brimstone (first of year) [Jeff Delve]

Saturday 20 February 2021

South Fambridge, 17:50 to 18:00
800 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flew to roost at 17:50), 1 Common Pipistrelle (flying back & forth along concrete track) [Paul Baker]

Daws Heath, 16:00 to 16:00, Little Havens
1 Common Toad (dead on footpath) [John Wright]

Fleet Head, 13:30 to 15:00
1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier ((Male ), 2 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 20 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Rock Pipit [Lee Ebbs]

Belfairs Woods, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Coal Tit (Singing by Poors Lane entrance ) [Marc Outten]

Barling, 11:30 to 12:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Woodcock, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest [Lee Ebbs]

Pound Wood, 11:30 to 12:40
1 Coal Tit (Singing south-east entrance off Bramble Road) [Marc Outten]

Canewdon, 10:00 to 15:00, Working around BHP. Lovely warm calm day
1 Buzzard, 40 Fieldfare (approx, flock over heading east) [Jeff Delve]

Airport Business Park, 09:00 to 10:30
1 Jack Snipe, 10 Skylark, 20 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer ((In hedge behind rugby pitch) [Lee Ebbs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:40 to 10:00
1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Lion Creek, 08:30 to 09:30
1 Cattle Egret [Mike Clarke]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 03:00 to 03:30
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

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