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 09 July 2020

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 19:00
2 Cattle Egret (on Blue House Farm), 1 Common Lizard [Paul Baker]

Two Tree Island, 17:30 to 18:00, Receding tide, overcast
34 Little Egret, 13 Lapwing, 94 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Greenshank, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Common Tern, 8 Swallow, 1 Greenfinch [Max Hellicar]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 13:35 to 13:45
2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Ringlet [Jeff Kinnerman]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 11:30 to 11:35
5 Slow-worm [John Wright]

Rochford, 08:15 to 08:30
1 Peregrine Falcon (adult sat on top of Rochford Hospital Chimney for 15mins before heading west at speed) [Steve Arlow]

Wednesday 08 July 2020

South Fambridge, 21:15 to 21:30
3 Barn Owl (BHF) [Paul Baker]

Two Tree Island, 15:00 to 17:00, High tide, overcast
49 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Teal, 13 Lapwing, 132 Black-tailed Godwit (all Icelandic, including a Swale-ringed bird), 324 Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 21 Common Tern (feeding flock offshore), 1 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Linnet, 1 Brown Rat [Max Hellicar]

Belfairs Golf Course, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Green Woodpecker (h) [Max Hellicar]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:00 to 15:00
4 Mallard (over), 5 Mediterranean Gull (group of adults), 1 Blackcap (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Tuesday 07 July 2020

South Fambridge, 18:15 to 18:30
2 Cattle Egret (on Blue House Farm), 1 Buzzard (BHF), 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Barn Owl (making repeated visits to dilapidated barn on BHF ) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 17:30 to 17:30, light rain... :-(
1 Common Lizard (large male) [Paul Baker]

Two Tree Island, 15:00 to 16:30, High tide
13 Little Egret, 2 Teal, 9 Lapwing, 101 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 10 Swallow, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet [Max Hellicar]

Hadleigh Downs, 12:40 to 15:10, Overcast, warm, cool SW wind
7 Chiffchaff, 130 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 3 Common Blue Damselfly, 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 2 Southern Hawker, 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Ruddy Darter, 15 skippers, 3 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 2 Large White, 2 Small White, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 3 Peacock Butterfly, 2 Comma, 15 Marbled White, 2 Gatekeeper, 25 Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet [Neil Chambers]

Rochford Golf Course, 11:40 to 11:40
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (at entrance to Golf Course along Hall Road) [Paul Baker]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 11:15 to 11:30
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap (female), 2 Banded Demoiselle (females), 1 Small Copper (my first of the year) [Paul Baker]

Canewdon, 11:00 to 12:00, Breezy but reasonably warm 20C
25 Swift (+, flock moving through low over ), 1 Reed Warbler (brief snatch of song - early migrant?), 2 Common Lizard, 1 Slow-worm, 1 Emerald Damselfly, 6 Azure Damselfly (some still mating), 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (male patrolling Butts Hill Pond ), 2 Emperor Dragonfly (patrolling Buttd Hill Pond), 3 Essex Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock Butterfly, 3 Marbled White, 2 Gatekeeper, 20 Meadow Brown (+), 2 Ringlet [Jeff Delve]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:30 to 12:30
1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 20 Marsh Frog, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 50 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 2 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:00 to 12:00
1 Little Egret, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Common Tern (plus), 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Corn Bunting, Small Red-eyed Damselfly (Graham Oakes) (37388 bytes) 6 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 4 Common Blue Damselfly, Southern Migrant Hawker (Graham Oakes) (56769 bytes) 3 Southern Migrant Hawker, 100 Marbled White (plus), 6 Gatekeeper [Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 02:00
3 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Monday 06 July 2020

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 21:50 to 21:55
1 Common Pipistrelle [John Wright]

Wakering Stairs, 20:55 to 22:35
1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Grey Partridge (+ female again seen & heard), 1 Whimbrel (PB ), 1 Green Sandpiper (NC), 2 Barn Owl [Paul Baker, Neil Chambers]

Shopland Hall, 20:45 to 20:45
1 Buzzard (on telegraph pole), 1 Corn Bunting (on wires) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 18:00 to 18:00
1 Slow-worm, 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly (imm male) [Paul Baker]

Benfleet Downs, 14:30 to 17:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Tern, 6 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 5 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 4 White-letter Hairstreak, 2 Small Copper, 4 Red Admiral, 6 Peacock Butterfly, 10 Comma, 2 Silver-washed Fritillary, 1 Gatekeeper [Andrew Woodhouse]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:15 to 11:30
1 Buzzard, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Marsh Frog (+, calling from Great Pound - don't know how many but certainly more than 2. ), 1 Common Lizard, 2 Willow Emerald Damselfly (Manorway footpath) [John Wright]

Sunday 05 July 2020

South Fambridge, 18:00 to 18:00
1 Blue-tailed Damselfly (ad male inside the house!) [Paul Baker]

Canvey Way, 17:30 to 18:25, Quick look along hedgerow bordering Canvey Way
SED Canvey Way hedgerow (Tim Bourne) (48352 bytes) 1 Southern Emerald Damselfly, WED, Canvey Way hedgerow (Tim Bourne) (54211 bytes) 2 Willow Emerald Damselfly [Tim Bourne]

Belfairs N.R., 14:15 to 15:45
1 Southern Hawker, 5 Southern Migrant Hawker, 2 Brimstone, 8 Purple Hairstreak, 9 White Admiral, 4 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 18 Comma, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary (Male west of crossroads), 1 Marbled White [Andrew Woodhouse]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 13:00 to 16:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult flew over), 1 Southern Hawker, 2 Southern Migrant Hawker (male + fem), 1 Large White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Leigh on Sea, 12:00 to 13:00, garden
1 Song Thrush, 5 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Comma [Andrew Woodhouse]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Red Kite (fairly low in from the north, then moved off west), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Swift, 1 Blackcap (male) [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 04 July 2020

Lower Raypits, 14:00 to 16:00, Walk from Canewdon to LRP and back
1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail (ad and 4 young), 4 Linnet, 6 Corn Bunting (singing along sea wall), 10 skippers (+, Small/Essex along sea wall), 20 Marbled White (+, along sea wall) [Jeff Delve]

Leigh on Sea, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Goldcrest (heard singing) [Max Hellicar]

Leigh Seafront, 11:30 to 12:10
20 Little Egret (Two Tree Is high tide roost), 9 Mediterranean Gull (adults) [John Wright]

Rochford Golf Course, 08:20 to 13:00, Overcast, strong SW wind
20 Swift (a few small groups heading south), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Blackcap (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 30 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Friday 03 July 2020

Belfairs N.R., 12:00 to 13:30
2 Blackcap (h), 6 Chiffchaff (h), 1 Brimstone (m), 3 Small White, 5 Comma, 60 Meadow Brown (+) [Paul Griggs]

Rayleigh Mount, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Marbled White (in my Mum's garden!) [Paul Baker]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 11:40 to 11:45
1 Common Darter, 4 Holly Blue, 1 Ringlet (first for the garden) [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Common Lizard, 1 Ringlet [Paul Baker]

Pound Wood, 10:30 to 12:00
4 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (First mature male of the year), 2 White Admiral [Andrew Woodhouse]

Thursday 02 July 2020

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 23:00 to 23:55
3 Red Fox, 1 Badger, 2 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Wakering Stairs, 21:00 to 22:10
2 Barn Owl [John Wright]

Belfairs N.R., 12:00 to 12:30
2 White Admiral, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary (at the cross roads) [John Wright]

Canewdon, 10:20 to 11:20, Overcast, warm 20C, light winds. Butts Hill Pond - new meadow
1 Common Frog, 2 Essex Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 15 Large White, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Marbled White (First record for site!), 1 Gatekeeper (first of year on meadow), 26 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet [Jeff Delve]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 09:00 to 09:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Gull (1st summer low SW with a small group of Black-headed Gulls. Unknown call alerted me to its presence), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Goldcrest (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:00 to 10:30
1 Buzzard, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Swift, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Black-tailed Skimmer, 100 Marbled White (Plus) [Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 01 July 2020

Leigh on Sea, 22:40 to 22:40
1 Red Fox [Max Hellicar]

Belfairs N.R., 21:30 to 22:30
3 Common Pipistrelle, 1 Red Fox [Max Hellicar, John Wright]

South Fambridge, 19:30 to 19:30
1 Cattle Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (a smart adult male, different to the recent male with pale on the rump), 1 Buzzard (sat in cut field) [Paul Baker]

Fleet Head, 17:30 to 18:30, Heavy cloud cover, impending showers, just to Barlinghall Creek.
30 Lapwing (+), 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 100 Starling (+, feeding amongst seaweed) [Jeff Delve]

South Fambridge, 15:15 to 15:15
5 Cattle Egret (yeah, thanks Jeff), 1 Red Kite (still present), 2 Buzzard [Paul Baker]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 15:00 to 15:30
3 Slow-worm, 2 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Canewdon, 14:15 to 15:30, Viewing north across Crouch from back of Butts Hill Pond
5 Cattle Egret (flying around cattle at east end of Blue House Farm), 1 Red Kite (low over ridge due north - estimated 3 miles away ;0)Great directions from PB), 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel [Jeff Delve]

Eastwood, 14:00 to 14:00
4 House Martin [Max Hellicar]

Southend Airport, 13:40 to 13:40
2 Greenfinch [Max Hellicar]

Rochford, 13:35 to 13:50
1 Banded Demoiselle (one around the garden was a garden tick) [Steve Arlow]

South Fambridge, 13:30 to 14:00
4 Cattle Egret (all FOUR now present on Blue House Farm), 1 Red Kite (at long last! Hunting BHF for the last 30 mins), 2 Buzzard [Paul Baker]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 12:40 to 13:30, Overcast
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 1 Whitethroat (h), 1 Chiffchaff (h), 1 Greenfinch (h), 1 Siskin (h), 1 Red-eyed Damselfly (male on lake lilies), 1 Emperor Dragonfly (male), 1 Comma [Max Hellicar]

Pound Wood, 11:10 to 12:00
1 Buzzard, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff [Paul Griggs]

Coombe Wood, 08:30 to 10:30
1 Peregrine Falcon (high over the wood), 2 Coal Tit (on the garden feeders), 1 Silver-washed Fritillary (flying around the buddleia) [Jeff Saward]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 02:00
3 Red Fox, 3 Badger [John Wright]

Tuesday 30 June 2020

Wakering Stairs, 21:15 to 22:30
2 Kestrel, 2 Grey Partridge (looked like both were females), 1 Curlew, 30 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Pipistrelle, 1 insects (awesome glow-worm) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 20:30 to 20:45
1 Marsh Harrier (the infamous male with a pale rump was stirring up the BHGulls on BHF), 1 Chinese Muntjac (fawn feeding on the roadside along Fambridge Road) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 15:30 to 16:45
2 Cattle Egret (present throughout on Blue House Farm.) [Paul Baker]

Southend, 09:30 to 09:35, High Street
1 Peregrine Falcon [Jeff Kinnerman]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 13:00, Rainy
30 Mediterranean Gull, 15 Common Tern [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 29 June 2020

Canewdon, 21:50 to 22:00, Moderate SSW, patchy cloud
300 Swift (+, feeding flock very high over house looked like a midge swarm - wouldn't have seen but heard the screaming. Headed off SW after a few minutes) [Jeff Delve]

Two Tree Island (East), 21:30 to 22:30
1 Grey Heron, 4 Common Pipistrelle (bat-detected), 1 Red Fox [Max Hellicar, Paul Baker, John Wright]

South Fambridge, 18:40 to 19:15
1 Buzzard (on BHF), 109 Mediterranean Gull (moving west upriver then veering south over house inc 5x imms & 4x 2nd-w), 1 Barn Owl (on BHF) [Paul Baker]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 14:00 to 14:00
2 Stock Dove (pair), 1 Banded Demoiselle [Max Hellicar]

Belton Hills, 12:00 to 12:05
1 Hobby [John Wright]

Hadleigh Downs, 11:35 to 13:45
1 Common Tern, 1 Stock Dove, 7 Skylark, 10 Blackcap (singing), 6 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Weasel, 2 Red Admiral, 4 Marbled White, 10 Meadow Brown [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Way, 10:00 to 11:30
2 Southern Emerald Damselfly (males), 20 Ruddy Darter, 25 Marbled White, 12 Ringlet [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 09:30 to 10:40, Breezy SSW, patchy sun
100 Mediterranean Gull (+, feeding along tide line towards east beach, continuous new arrivals from NE), 1 Sandwich Tern, 25 Common Tern (including a first summer 'portlandica' type), 10 Swift (+) [Jeff Delve]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 03:00
3 Red Fox (adult and 2 cubs), 2 Badger (adult and cub) [John Wright]

Sunday 28 June 2020

Eastwood, 21:50 to 21:55, Lundy Close
1 Common Pipistrelle [Jeff Kinnerman]

South Fambridge, 19:15 to 19:15
3 Cattle Egret (on Blue House Farm), 1 Buzzard (BHF) [Paul Baker]

Canvey Way, 17:25 to 18:30, Brisk SW but still warm 20C and sunny patches between clouds
30 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (+),  - and another (Jeff Delve) (41266 bytes) First seen (Jeff Delve) (38048 bytes) Occasionally stopping on grass stems despite the wind (Jeff Delve) (34155 bytes) 3 Southern Emerald Damselfly (in lee of hedgeline, detailed examination of photos shows all to be females), 2 Common Blue Damselfly, 5 Small Skipper, 40 Marbled White (+, including several groups of 5 or so in the sedges), 2 Ringlet [Jeff Delve]

Leigh Creek, 16:50 to 16:50
14 Little Egret, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Swallow [Max Hellicar]

Belton Hills, 16:40 to 16:40
1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Chiffchaff (h), 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Marbled White [Max Hellicar]

Benfleet Downs, 15:40 to 16:20
1 Little Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff (h), 3 Siskin (flyovers together), 19 Marsh Frog, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 4 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 1 Common Blue Damselfly, 14 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Ruddy Darter, 1 Red Admiral, 19 Marbled White [Max Hellicar]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:10 to 14:10
1 Hobby [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Way, 13:30 to 15:30, Windy, generally very pleasant apart from a rain shower
1 Mediterranean Gull (3cy), 1 Common Tern, 25 Starling, 89 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (83 males and 6 females; all along the length of the ditch except 1 in the hedge), 6 Southern Emerald Damselfly (3 males and 3 females; 5 along the length of the hedge directly north and parallel to Canvey Way, 1 by the ditch), 1 Common Blue Damselfly, 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 2 Southern Migrant Hawker (tenerals), 81 Ruddy Darter, 32 Marbled White, 3 Ringlet [Max Hellicar]

Hadleigh Downs, 13:10 to 13:10
1 Corn Bunting (h) [Max Hellicar]

Canvey Way, 12:25 to 13:55
20 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (+), 3 Southern Emerald Damselfly (male & 2 females), 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Four-spotted Chaser, 50 Ruddy Darter (+), 10 skippers (+), 2 Small Skipper, 3 Holly Blue, 30 Marbled White (+), 15 Meadow Brown (+), 2 Ringlet, 2 Small Heath [Neil Chambers, Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
4 Cattle Egret (on Blue House Farm) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 09:40 to 09:40
1 Cattle Egret (on Blue House Farm still in heat haze), 1 Mediterranean Gull [Paul Baker]

Canvey Way, 09:30 to 10:30
Southern Emerald Damselfly, female (Graham Oakes) (38959 bytes) Southern Emerald Damselfly, male (Graham Oakes) (40184 bytes) 3 Southern Emerald Damselfly (1 male 2 female), 1 Brown Hawker [Graham Oakes]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 09:00 to 11:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Neil Chambers]

Coombe Wood, 07:00 to 12:00
3 Coal Tit (at least 3 different birds on the feeders, inc. 2 juvs.) [Jeff Saward]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 05:45 to 09:00, Windy
1 Little Egret, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Swift, 2 Stonechat, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenfinch [Graham Oakes]

Saturday 27 June 2020

South Fambridge, 20:40 to 20:40
3 Cattle Egret (poss 4, still on Blue House Farm this evening ) [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:00 to 16:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Rochford Golf Course, 14:45 to 18:15, Sunny spells, strong SW wind
1 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 5 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Large White, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Eastwood, 12:25 to 13:05, Aviation Way
1 Kestrel, 1 Stock Dove, 3 Swift, 1 Kingfisher (brook), 1 Greenfinch (male), 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 2 Meadow Brown [Jeff Kinnerman]

South Fambridge, 11:00 to 11:00
2 Cattle Egret (poss 3 on Blue House Farm), 1 Mediterranean Gull [Paul Baker]

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