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 25 September 2018

River Roach, 12:00 to 15:00
12 Little Egret, 4 Shelduck, 1 Marsh Harrier (juvenile over Foulness), 1 Kestrel, 22 Avocet, 35 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 22 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

Lower Raypits, 11:00 to 11:45
6 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Seal, 2 Clouded Yellow, 2 Small Copper, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Small Heath [John Wright]

Monday 24 September 2018

Lower Raypits, 16:40 to 17:30, Warm with minimal clouds
16 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, Pectoral Sandpiper (Andrew Armstrong) (22477 bytes) Pectoral Sandpiper (Andrew Armstrong) (22708 bytes) Pectoral Sandpiper (Andrew Armstrong) (30672 bytes) 1 Pectoral Sandpiper (In NE corner but got flushed and flew high west ), 4 Snipe, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Green Sandpiper, 40 Goldfinch [Andrew Armstrong]

Stambridge, 09:45 to 10:00, in the garden
1 Kestrel (over), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wall [Steve Sanford]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 15:35, Slightly overcast but warm
15 Gannet (Circa), 7 Common Scoter, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Sandwich Tern [Andrew Armstrong]

Sunday 23 September 2018

Lower Raypits, 17:55 to 19:15
Pectoral Sandpiper Lower Raypits (Martin Cracknell) (50331 bytes) In setting sun (Jeff Delve) (89348 bytes) Great view of pectoral band (Jeff Delve) (77513 bytes) Massive crop again - but still here (Jeff Delve) (58122 bytes) 1 Pectoral Sandpiper (Thanks Jeff), 5 Snipe (+), 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Green Sandpiper (+ ) [Martin Cracknell, Mike Clarke, Jeff Delve, Paul Griggs]

Shoebury East Beach, 16:50 to 17:00
1 Hobby (High heading south), 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Very active in tree by the beach huts, west end. ) [Marc Outten]

Canvey Seafront, 16:00 to 17:05
10 Gannet, 7 Little Egret, 3 Arctic Skua, 13 Great Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Sterna sp. (+ commic terns), 6 Sandwich Tern (+), 5 Common Tern (+), 2 Arctic Tern (imm), 1 Little Tern (imm), 2 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 1 Meadow Pipit [Paul Griggs, Mike Clarke, Martin Cracknell]

Gunners Park, 12:15 to 13:15
30 Gannet (c.), 15 Common Scoter, 7 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Guillemot [Marc Outten]

Canvey Seafront, 09:00 to 15:35, Heavy rain all morning eventually clearing early afternoon, moderate northerly getting stronger mid - late morning.Hi Tide 12:30
1 Manx Shearwater (picked up flying upriver from Kent side @ 2:35 turned and came back close - headed on out ), 76 Gannet (got difficult later to sort out new birds after a flock of 30 went upstream), 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flew out west), 1 Pochard (female landed near point for a while), 7 Common Scoter, 1 Marsh Harrier (Kent side), 1 Hobby (imm chasing hirundines), 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Stercorarius sp. (at great distance in poor conditions but possibly Poms), 35 Arctic Skua (including a distant flock of 16), 55 Great Skua (steady passage up river in small groups from 11:15 through to nearly 3. A few hanging around near Chapman bouy), 3 Mediterranean Gull (2 adult and 2nd winter), 15 Sandwich Tern (+), 30 Common Tern (+), 2 Black Tern, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 150 House Martin (+, steady passage with many feeding in lee of sea wall), 1 Grey Wagtail [Jeff Delve, Jeff Saward]

Gunners Park, 09:00 to 16:00, Overcast and rainy
1 Manx Shearwater (Breifly seen near mulberry harbour. Thanks Jeff!), 40 Gannet (Circa. Conservative estimate as birds were intermingling), 25 Cormorant (Surface boom and mulberry harbour ), 2 Egyptian Goose (Gogs berth), 15 Common Scoter, 7 Arctic Skua, 6 Great Skua, 8 Sandwich Tern, 1 Guillemot, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Red Fox (Sssi) [Andrew Armstrong, Lee Ebbs, Marc Outten]

Saturday 22 September 2018

Westcliff, 17:35 to 17:40, Overcast and rainy
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Coal Tit (Flushed from near the bird feeder in my garden. Garden tick for me!), 1 Red Fox [Andrew Armstrong]

Lower Raypits, 16:45 to 19:00, Heavy persistent rain, light south westerly. Very poor light
45 Teal, With Snipe and Green Sandpiper (Jeff Delve) (49015 bytes) Showing breastband - massive crop and high ISO (Jeff Delve) (130393 bytes) Dreadful light, high ISO and heavily cropped (Jeff Delve) (53470 bytes) 1 Pectoral Sandpiper (juv on lagoon feeding and preening throughout), 16 Snipe, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Green Sandpiper, 14 Swallow [Jeff Delve]

Hadleigh Downs, 14:55 to 16:00, rain
4 Little Egret (including one amongst the herd of Redpoll cattle.), 1 Peregrine Falcon (over, south, calling), 1 Blackcap [Paul Griggs]

Leigh Seafront, 13:15 to 13:40
3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Meadow Pipit [Max Hellicar]

Gunners Park, 08:15 to 11:30
12 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, 6 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Greenfinch, 15 Goldfinch [Angela Baldock]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 15:00, Overcast and rainy
1 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Car park scrub. Heard only), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler [Andrew Armstrong]

Friday 21 September 2018

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:40 to 16:15
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Thursday 20 September 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 17:30 to 18:15
1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Glossy Ibis (on Great Pound), 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper (Great Pound), 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Migrant Hawker [Max Hellicar]

Lower Raypits, 17:30 to 19:00, Overcast, 8/8, strong SW force 4-5
1 Little Egret, 2 Mute Swan (Pair flew in), 50 Teal, 12 Mallard, 7 Snipe, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper [Jeff Delve]

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:25 to 18:00, Slightly overcast
2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female ) [Andrew Armstrong]

Lower Raypits, 15:40 to 17:00, Intermittent cloud cover
8 Teal (Circa), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Made several bombing runs through the wood pigeons feeding in the ploughed fields. Wonderful spectacle), 7 Snipe, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper [Andrew Armstrong]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 13:05 to 13:40
1 Glossy Ibis (showing well on Great Pound), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel [Neil Chambers, Paul Baker, Martin Cracknell]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 14:10
3 Little Egret, 1 Glossy Ibis (showing well feeding on pool at the Great Pound), 275 Wigeon (circa), 35 Teal, 3 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier (distant ), 2 Kestrel (single male and female ), 2 Hobby, 12 Avocet, 15 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Gull, 18 Swallow, 8 House Martin (+), 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Bearded Tit, 2 Corn Bunting (together ), 1 Wall [Jeff Kinnerman]

Southend, 07:40 to 07:50
1 Peregrine Falcon [Max Hellicar]

Monday 17 September 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 10:40
120 Wigeon (+), 9 Pintail, 1 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (adult), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark (1st for a while.), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff [Graham Ryland]

Two Tree Island (East), 05:05 to 12:25
1 Little Egret, 40 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail (reedbed), 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 19 Blackcap (ringed), 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (juv.), 3 Greenfinch, 2 Common Pipistrelle (Common or Soprano, hawking pre-dawn), 4 Migrant Hawker, 2 Speckled Wood [Max Hellicar]

Leigh on Sea, 05:00 to 05:00
1 Red Fox (using a zebra crossing!) [Max Hellicar]

Sunday 16 September 2018

Wat Tyler Country Park, 14:15 to 15:15, Warm & sunny, brisk S wind
1 Chiffchaff, 30 Migrant Hawker (+), 3 Clouded Yellow [Neil Chambers]

Gunners Park, 10:00 to 11:30
11 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat [Angela Baldock]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 10:00
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, 8 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler [Mike Clarke]

Rochford Golf Course, 07:15 to 11:00, Mostly sunny, SSW wind
1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Swallow, 4 Meadow Pipit (singles flew SW), 3 Chiffchaff [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 15 September 2018

Canvey Point, 18:05 to 18:55, Light SW, 1 hour after high tide
110 Wigeon (Single flock sat on the water ), 1 Osprey (Drifted E past pier and lost to view), 6 Sandwich Tern (+), 40 Common Tern (+) [Martin Cracknell]

Lower Raypits, 15:40 to 17:10
stone Curlew, Lower Raypits 15-09-2018 (Steve Arlow) (81141 bytes) stone Curlew, Lower Raypits 15-09-2018 (Steve Arlow) (53650 bytes) stone Curlew, Lower Raypits 15-09-2018 (Steve Arlow) (95081 bytes) 1 Stone Curlew (Still on lagoon from hide), 10 Snipe (at least), 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Mediterranean Gull [Steve Arlow]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:00 to 15:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard (over Belfairs) [Paul Griggs]

Benfleet Downs, 09:30 to 11:30
15 Little Egret (around roost), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 2 Willow Emerald Damselfly (same pond as August 19 report), 6 Small Copper, 11 Brown Argus, 9 Common Blue, 5 Speckled Wood, 2 Wall, 7 Meadow Brown, 3 Small Heath [Andrew Woodhouse]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:45
9 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Whinchat, 7 Cetti's Warbler (A resurgance.), 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Jay, 1 Common Lizard, 1 Weasel, Willow Emerald (Graham Oakes) (84874 bytes) 3 Willow Emerald Damselfly (+) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 07:30 to 09:30
25 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Migrant Hawker, 1 Common Darter [Lee Ebbs]

Gunners Park, 07:15 to 09:30
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat [Bob Young]

Friday 14 September 2018

Oxenham Farm, 15:00 to 16:20
9 Little Egret, 1 Sand Martin, 25 Swallow (+), 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 1 Chiffchaff [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 13:25 to 14:45
1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 7 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (by tennis courts, thanks Andrew) [Paul Griggs]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 06:30 to 07:20
2 Ringed Plover, 15 Ruff, 0 Marsh Sandpiper (no sign of the bird reported yesterday), 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Cetti's Warbler (singing - making a comeback!), 3 Bearded Tit (+) [Neil Chambers]

Benfleet Station, 06:00 to 06:00
1 Hobby (Flew S over station in near darkness) [Martin Cracknell]

Thursday 13 September 2018

Ashingdon, 18:00 to 18:30
2 Cattle Egret (Blue House House Farmscoped very distantly from Ashingdon Church (birds with Cattle)) [Steve Arlow]

Two Tree Island, 18:00 to 19:15
2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Avocet, 2 Dunlin, 500 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 16 Greenshank, 1 Green Woodpecker, 50 Swallow (+ heading south), 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler [Mike Clarke]

Ashingdon, 17:20 to 18:15, Viewing from back of church
2 Cattle Egret (the 2 on BHF distantly) [Neil Chambers, Steve Arlow, Paul Baker]

Canewdon, 15:50 to 16:20, Butts Hill Pond, yet again failing to scope Cattle Egrets on BHF
13 Little Egret (on Bridgemarsh), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Slow-worm [Max Hellicar, Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:10 to 15:10
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 15:00 to 15:15
1 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Swallow [Mike Clarke]

Lower Raypits, 14:30 to 15:10
1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Stone Curlew (great views on lagoon), 10 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper (heard), 2 Stock Dove, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Clouded Yellow, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 5 Small Heath [Max Hellicar, Paul Baker]

Lion Creek, 14:10 to 15:40
5 Little Egret, 6 Golden Plover, 1 Turtle Dove (PB), 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail (h), 1 Clouded Yellow, 2 Small Heath [Max Hellicar, Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 12:20 to 13:20, Again failing to scope Cattle Egrets on BHF
3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Buzzard (at least), 5 Kestrel, 2 Hobby (over BHF), 1 Green Sandpiper, 22 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Heath [Max Hellicar, Paul Baker]

Ashingdon, 11:50 to 12:10, Trying and failing to scope Cattle Egrets on BHF from the church, also visited 13:30-13:50
2 Marsh Harrier (male and female over BHF (male later over South Fambridge)), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 House Martin, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Holly Blue [Max Hellicar, Paul Baker]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 11:35 to 11:40
1 Meadow Pipit (h), 1 Yellow Wagtail (flyover heard) [Max Hellicar]

River Roach, 10:45 to 13:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (over Wallasea), Seal in moult (Graham Mee) (82294 bytes) 24 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:35, Slightly overcast but warm.
1 Grey Heron, Spoonbills (Andrew Armstrong) (14528 bytes) 8 Spoonbill (Flyover high heading south), Sparrowhawk (Andrew Armstrong) (27927 bytes) 2 Sparrowhawk (Pair hunting mostly the SSSI), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 65 Ringed Plover (Pier), 120 Sanderling (Pier), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail (Flyover), Wheatear (Andrew Armstrong) (34513 bytes) 1 Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler (Scrub north of SSSI fence in reserve), 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Reserve), 1 Red Fox (SSSI), 7 Clouded Yellow [Andrew Armstrong]

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Two Tree Island (East), 15:50 to 16:30
4 Grey Heron, 15 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 10 Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Moorhen, 493 Curlew (high tide roost), 1 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Swallow, 1 Migrant Hawker [Max Hellicar]

Lower Raypits, 14:20 to 14:50, All sightings on the lagoon
20 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Stone Curlew (Active along the north bank of the lagoon), 9 Ringed Plover, 11 Snipe, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper [Marc Outten]

Two Tree Island (West), 14:00 to 15:50, High tide at Southend at 15:12 (6.18 metres)
4 Little Egret, 19 Teal, 1 Moorhen, 3 Oystercatcher, 90 Ringed Plover, 30 Golden Plover, 93 Grey Plover, 6 Lapwing, 1 Knot, 34 Dunlin, 1 Ruff (juvenile on lagoon), 160 Black-tailed Godwit (c., +, one colour-ring combination read), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 600 Redshank (c.), 43 Greenshank, 28 Swallow, 39 Meadow Pipit (SW in groups), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whitethroat [Max Hellicar]

Leigh Creek, 13:20 to 14:00, Between train station and TTI East
3 Little Grebe (golf range lake), 68 Little Egret, 12 Teal, 6 Moorhen, 3 Coot, 150 Redshank (c., +), 1500 Starling (c., one partly leucistic) [Max Hellicar]

Canvey Point, 10:50 to 13:20, Light N breeze, overcast, high tide c3.15pm
1 Buzzard (Kent), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 15 Sandwich Tern, 80 Common Tern (+), 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Black Tern, 10 Meadow Pipit (+, singles over SW) [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 09:35 to 14:30, Light N breeze, overcast and occasional drizzle
3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 11 Arctic Skua (Two initially, joined by another five, then four more before they all flew off high SW), 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 9 Black Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail [Jeff Saward]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 14:35, SE Essex RSPB Fieldtrip
7 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail (SE of main lagoon), 1 Avocet (saline lagoon ), 150 Lapwing (circa), 3 Ruff, 4 Snipe (together ), 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 35 Stock Dove (circa,together ), 1 Swift, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 1 Blackcap (male), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:45
8 Pintail, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail (heard), 3 Ruff, 10 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Bearded Tit (heard) [Graham Oakes, Graham Ryland]

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