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 22 August 2017

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 19:15 to 19:45
2 Garganey, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Dunlin, 12 Ruff, 10 Snipe (+), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (+, most flew off SW when flushed by MH), 6 Green Sandpiper (+), 1 Cetti's Warbler [Tim Bourne]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:10 to 16:30
2 Sparrowhawk (together), 1 Peregrine Falcon (male, south at 16:10), 17 Swift, 1 Goldcrest (heard), 1 Comma [Paul Griggs, Richard Howard]

Canvey Point, 10:30 to 11:45, Light ESE wind, hazy overcast, rising tide
20 Little Egret (incl. 15 roosting on Kent side), 3 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 40 Sandwich Tern (+), 60 Common Tern (+), 8 Arctic Tern (+), 1 Grey Seal, 4 Harbour Porpoise [Neil Chambers]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 15:30, Clear, warm, high tide at 13h52
7 Gannet (Thames), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female over the seawall. Gunners Park year tick!), 1 Sparrowhawk (Female through the SSSI), 1 Hobby (Trying to take a Starling over the SSSI. Unsuccessful), 7 Ringed Plover (Seawall at high tide), 25 Turnstone (Seawall at high tide), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Lake), 6 Common Tern (Thames), 3 Willow Warbler (Scrub by 9.2inch gun pit) [Andrew Armstrong]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 00:10 to 00:10, cloudy, warm, still
1 Avocet (over, calling whilst I attended to a moth trap. Garden tick.) [Paul Griggs]

Monday 21 August 2017

Canvey Point, 14:20 to 15:35
2 Sandwich Tern, 8 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Harbour Porpoise [Dudley Shayler]

Lower Raypits, 14:00 to 15:00
8 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Yellow Wagtail [Marc Outten]

Canvey Point, 12:10 to 14:10, High tide 13:08; moderate S.E. wind
1 Shag, 2 Pomarine Skua (ad light phase still with decent tail, although spoons abraded off, with dark juv landed on sea south of the point for 5 mins before taking off and heading east out of estuary.), 4 Great Skua (together flew high east), 65 Common Tern, 11 Arctic Tern, 1 Common Seal, 1 Harbour Porpoise [John Wright]

River Roach, 11:00 to 13:00
4 Common Tern, 2 Wheatear (on roof of shelter on Wallasea), 49 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 11:40
25 Little Grebe (all on lagoon), 6 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Snipe, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew (East Haven Creek ), 2 Green Sandpiper (together ), 2 Common Sandpiper (together,East Haven Creek ), 5 Sand Martin, 75 Swallow (+ over lagoon), 1 House Martin, 6 Yellow Wagtail (together,over), 3 Blackcap (male with two females ), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff (including adult with juvenile ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:40 to 00:45
1 Badger [John Wright]

Sunday 20 August 2017

Gunners Park, 18:00 to 19:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Swallow (+), 20 House Martin (+), 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler (+) [Paul Griggs, Mike Clarke]

Hockley Woods, 16:30 to 17:20, Private garden
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Tit (came to feeders briefly but showed very well), 1 Coal Tit [Paul Griggs, Tim Bourne, Mike Clarke]

Rochford Golf Course, 15:00 to 17:15
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff (+), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Small White [Neil Chambers]

Wakering, 13:30 to 14:00
1 Honey Buzzard (Adult bird flew overhead in a south east direction, while i was searching for Whinchat along the footpath between Wakering and Shoebury. ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 5 Sand Martin, 50 Swallow [Lee Ebbs]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 13:00 to 13:05
2 Slow-worm (adult and imm.) [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Leigh on Sea, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Buzzard (west over garden) [Graham Mee]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 08:20 to 09:00, From roadside hide
1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler [Tim Bourne]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 01:05
1 Badger [John Wright]

Saturday 19 August 2017

Hockley Woods, 16:30 to 17:00, Sunny,
Whilst you are waiting (Jeff Delve) (81461 bytes) 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, What a brilliant find!, Note paler covert edges (Jeff Delve) (119537 bytes) Little cracker (Jeff Delve) (114254 bytes) 1 Marsh Tit (Apparent first year in private garden nr woods. Coming to feeders as previously.) [Jeff Delve, Sally Brierley, Jeff Kinnerman, Dudley Shayler]

Lower Raypits, 13:45 to 14:45, Watchng from hide with Tim Davies / Nick Green
40 Teal (+), 1 Sparrowhawk (female through over lagoon was dive bombed by Blackwits!), 1 Ruff (juv), 3 Snipe, 30 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 2 Green Sandpiper (+), 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Turtle Dove (flew low past heading SE), 10 Swallow (+), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear (along farm track) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:30 to 13:00, Patchy cloud, sunny, breezy SW. Wallasea guided walk
1 Little Grebe (Adult feeding young in last ditch before car park, good breeding record), 1 Great Crested Grebe (on Pool Marsh), 8 Cormorant, 25 Little Egret (+, flcok of 17 on Pool Marsh plus 3 on roost on Allfleets and others around Grass Farm), 3 Grey Heron, 30 Greylag Goose (+, Jubilee), 150 Canada Goose (+, Jubilee), 16 Shelduck, 4 Marsh Harrier (2 different ad males, ad female and a juvenile), 3 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 30 Ringed Plover (+, flock on jubilee + 1 on stilling basin), 2 Dunlin (Jubilee Marsh), 20 Black-tailed Godwit (c. ), 4 Curlew, 40 Redshank (+), 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 20 Common Tern (+, adults carrying fish to juveniles still around nesting islands on Grass Farm Lagoon), 20 Swallow (+), 25 Yellow Wagtail (+, several migratory groups / family parties), 8 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wheatear (both juvs, one on rocks by sluice, another south fields), 20 Linnet (+), 14 Corn Bunting [Jeff Delve]

Belfairs N.R., 09:00 to 12:00
1 Common Toad, 1 Hazel Dormouse [John Wright]

Canvey Wick, 08:50 to 11:15
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Nightingale (Calling from cover on south side), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 10 Whitethroat (+), 3 Chiffchaff (+), 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (In copse opposite end of track from carpark) [Tim Bourne]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:35 to 08:20, Quick look from north & west sides
3 Dunlin, 6 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 450 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 20 Redshank (+), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Bearded Tit (+, heard only) [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 07:35 to 10:25, Cloud 2-4/8; wind SW F3; 17º.
16 Little Grebe, 7 Teal, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 12 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Swift (over SW), 20 Sand Martin (+, over SW), 15 Swallow (+, over SW), 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler (by roadside hide), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler (by roadside hide) [Richard Howard]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 06:10 to 07:25
15 Little Grebe (+), 1 Little Ringed Plover (juv), 1 Snipe, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 50 Swallow (+), 30 Yellow Wagtail (+, maybe roosted as most had moved off by just after 7am), 10 White / Pied Wagtail (+), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Chiffchaff [Neil Chambers]

Friday 18 August 2017

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 20:20 to 20:40, Sunset 20:15 - starting to get dark!
2 Temminck's Stint (adults - thanks Tim) [Richard Howard]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 19:35 to 20:40
Phone scoped record shot of Temminck's Stint, WCM (Tim Bourne) (52251 bytes) 2 Temminck's Stint (In front of 2nd hide. Not previously identified and/or reported), 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper (+), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler [Tim Bourne]

Lower Raypits, 16:40 to 19:00, Breezy, SW sunny, light cloud post thundery shower
1 Little Grebe, 3 Shelduck (Juvs), 25 Teal (+), 5 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier (Ad male tatty right wing), 2 Kestrel, 8 Golden Plover (Fly over), 2 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel (Heard fly over), 17 Curlew (On fields), 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Wood Sandpiper (On lagoon from hide), 2 Common Sandpiper (Juvs ), 30 Stock Dove (+), 2 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow (+), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear (Juv), 150 Starling (+) [Jeff Delve]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:25 to 11:35
2 Temminck's Stint (together,distant views) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canvey Point, 10:45 to 11:40, Sunny, brisk W wind, falling tide
1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard (Kent), 35 Ringed Plover (+, in front of yacht club), 1 Dunlin, 120 Sterna sp. (+, tight feeding flock of 'Commics' out in the estuary throughout), 30 Common Tern (+), 40 Arctic Tern (+, all adults), 1 Black Tern (moulting ad upriver) [Neil Chambers]

Two Tree Island (West), 09:35 to 10:20, High tide, lagoon hide only
15 Little Egret (+, roosting on saltmarsh), 9 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Dunlin, 200 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 4 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Tern (adults west up Benfleet Creek), 2 Swift, 1 Large White, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 08:10 to 11:35
4 Little Egret (East Haven Creek ), 1 Curlew, 2 Green Sandpiper (together ), 2 Common Sandpiper (together ), 2 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 18 Swallow, 3 Yellow Wagtail (juveniles ), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler [Jeff Kinnerman]

Thursday 17 August 2017

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

Gunners Park, 09:30 to 13:15, Cloud 8-3/8 (overnight rain); wind SW F1-3; 22º; High tide 08:33 (4.95m @ Southend).
2 Little Egret (pond), 35 Turnstone (on the jetty), 1 Green Woodpecker, 18 Swallow (SW), 40 House Martin (c., over the housing estate), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff (Richard Howard) (50881 bytes) 3 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler (Richard Howard) (94077 bytes) 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly (stream east of SSSI), 1 Brown Hawker (stream east of SSSI), male Common Darter (Richard Howard) (151063 bytes) 2 Common Darter (stream east of SSSI), 6 Large White, 15 Small White, 8 Common Blue, 4 Holly Blue, 2 Speckled Wood, 8 Gatekeeper, 4 Meadow Brown, 3 Small Heath [Richard Howard]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:05 to 00:30
3 Badger [John Wright]

Wednesday 16 August 2017

Gunners Park, 13:40 to 17:00, Cloud 3/8; wind SSW F1; 22º; tide out at start.
1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron (SSSI), 12 Swallow, 15 House Martin (c), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Migrant Hawker (male), 1 Common Darter, 2 Ruddy Darter, 1 Clouded Yellow (flew east from Serin pond area), 8 Large White, 15 Small White, 1 Small Copper (betwen ditch & SSSI), 16 Common Blue (+), 1 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Comma, 4 Speckled Wood, 8 Meadow Brown, 8 Small Heath [Richard Howard]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 13:00, Clear, warm,
7 Little Egret (5 by gogs berth. 2 on lake), 1 Grey Heron (Usual spot in SSSI), 1 Garden Warbler (Usual spot in reserve), 5 Lesser Whitethroat (Back of SSSI), 4 Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (By the 9.2inch gun pit) [Andrew Armstrong]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:55 to 12:30
7 Little Egret (East Haven Creek ), 1 Marsh Harrier (female ), 2 Kestrel (females), 5 Black-tailed Godwit (together ), 1 Greenshank (East Haven Creek), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow, 9 Yellow Wagtail (together,including juveniles ), 3 Whinchat (1 male with 2 females west of single turbine near bridge.), 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Bearded Tit (juvenile female,2 heard only), 3 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Gunners Park, 07:05 to 08:35, Sunny, light SW wind
1 Shag (feeding offshore), 7 Little Egret (on lake), 13 Canada Goose (flew north), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 3 Common Tern (ad + 2 juvs on old barge pier), 2 Tree Pipit (flew in from NE, circled the concrete pad / reserve area a few times, then continued SW, calling the whole time), 3 Yellow Wagtail (flew SW), 1 White / Pied Wagtail, 1 Whinchat (juv at east end of lake), 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler (1 singing), 1 Small White [Neil Chambers]

Tuesday 15 August 2017

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 12:20 to 14:00
2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Greenshank, 3 Whinchat (2 ads, 1 juv), 4 Stonechat (pair of adults with 2 juvs), 2 Bearded Tit [John Wright]

Monday 14 August 2017

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 20:45 to 21:15
5 Common Pipistrelle, 3 Noctule Bat [John Wright, Vince Kinsler]

Benfleet Creek, 19:50 to 20:35
1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 5 Whitethroat [Martin Cracknell]

Hadleigh Downs, 16:45 to 18:30
1 Hobby, 2 Green Woodpecker (+), 1 Red Admiral (also Wasp spider) [Paul Griggs]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult) [Paul Baker]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:20 to 14:45
16 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Kestrel, 6 Lapwing, 2 Snipe (together ), 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank (East Haven Creek ), 2 Common Sandpiper (together ), 10 Yellow Wagtail (together including juveniles ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Green Woodpecker (juv) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:30 to 11:30
18 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier (M, F & imm), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon (Imms together), 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 15 Common Tern, 30 Yellow Wagtail, 23 Corn Bunting, 1 Clouded Yellow, 10 Common Blue, 1 Painted Lady [John Wright]

Canvey Wick, 08:20 to 12:20
2 Sparrowhawk (together ), 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Common Tern, 30 Swallow (circa,together ), 3 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler [Jeff Kinnerman]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:45 to 02:00
1 Badger [John Wright]

Sunday 13 August 2017

Leigh on Sea, 19:40 to 19:45
1 Sparrowhawk (Female caught a sparrow in my garden) [Sally Brierley]

Canvey Point, 16:30 to 18:00
11 Whimbrel (single flock), 4 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Common Tern, 1 Harbour Porpoise [John Wright, Richard Howard]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 15:30 to 16:15
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Slow-worm, 1 Emerald Damselfly [John Wright]

Two Tree Island, 14:00 to 16:30, WEBS count
76 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 152 Oystercatcher, 2 Dunlin, 202 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 395 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 116 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Whitethroat, 1 reptile sp. (Terrapin), 1 Migrant Hawker, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker [Graham Ryland]

Hadleigh Marshes, 13:00 to 17:30
1 Spotted Flycatcher (Along footpath to Hadleigh castle) [Sally Brierley]

South Fambridge, 12:50 to 13:40
2 Buzzard (N side of river), 1 Kestrel (female), 1 Hobby [Martin Cracknell]

Canvey Wick, 12:45 to 15:00, Cloud 2/8; wind SW F1; 22º.
1 Green Woodpecker (heard only), 3 Sand Martin (with Swallows on overhead cables by Lobster smack), 26 Swallow (10 in flight NE over reserve, 16 on overhead cables by Lobster smack), 1 Nightingale (heard briefly, by radio mast), 1 Blackcap (male), 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, Spotted Flyctcher (Richard Howard) (84831 bytes) 1 Spotted Flycatcher (poss. 2. North of radio mast), 1 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (male, in lefthand ditch alonside radiomast crossroad path going south), 5 Migrant Hawker, 10 Ruddy Darter (+), 2 Clouded Yellow (up & down main reserve path), 6 Large White, 9 Small White, 1 Brown Argus, 12 Common Blue (sea wall), 2 Red Admiral, 1 Wall (sea wall), 8 Gatekeeper, 3 Meadow Brown [Richard Howard, Stuart Bailey]

Hadleigh Downs, 12:00 to 14:45, Warm & sunny
1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Chiffchaff, 15 Marsh Frog (+), 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 10 Migrant Hawker (+), 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 5 Common Darter, 6 Small White, 3 Gatekeeper, 4 Meadow Brown, 10 Small Heath (+) [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Wick, 11:20 to 13:20
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby (over car park), 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (only caught up with one, about 150metres south of the CrossRoads towards the metal gate: seen when Martin saw his four so assume different and bird 5), 3 Clouded Yellow [Steve Arlow]

Canvey Wick, 11:05 to 11:55
2 Sparrowhawk (Pair), 1 Kestrel (Male), 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Spotted Flycatcher (Seen together around the crossroads, several other sightings in the same area probably the same birds) [Martin Cracknell]

Gunners Park, 11:00 to 12:00
3 Little Egret, 20 Swallow, 40 House Martin, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Linnet, 1 Migrant Hawker [Angela Baldock]

Canvey Wick, 09:35 to 12:15
4 Sparrowhawk, 1 Nightingale (At end of west track from crossroads), 1 Wheatear (At Cemetery), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (+), Spot Fly, C Wick (Tim Bourne) (73744 bytes) Sp Fly, phone-scoped, C Wick (Tim Bourne) (65392 bytes) 3 Spotted Flycatcher (+, around crossroads area) [Tim Bourne]

Hadleigh Downs, 08:30 to 09:15, on me bike
1 Bullfinch, 1 Clouded Yellow (along track south of the castle) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 12:30, sunny
1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, Yellow Wagtail (juvenile) (Graham Oakes) (40906 bytes) 1 Yellow Wagtail (juvenile), 2 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 4 Corn Bunting, Migrant Hawker (Graham Oakes) (23753 bytes) 5 Migrant Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly [Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 06:10 to 08:40, Sunny, light NW wind
15 Yellow Wagtail (+, flew SW), 6 White / Pied Wagtail, 1 Stonechat (juv), 1 Wheatear (juv), 2 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (in trees along fence by butterfly transect), 2 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Common Blue, 2 Gatekeeper, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 02:50 to 02:55
1 Badger [John Wright]

Saturday 12 August 2017

Rayleigh, 17:00 to 17:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (over A127) [Paul Baker]

South Benfleet, 11:00 to 11:00, Hillside Road garden
1 Peregrine Falcon (flew over SE - NW towards Gof Course) [Richard Howard]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:40 to 11:45, Short walk out to conveyor and back, breezy but warm, sunny but dark clouds to south. Water level very low on Grass Farm lagoons pending sluice works. Very quiet!
18 Little Egret (mix of adult and young birds on most pools), 2 Marsh Harrier (juvs hunting south fields), 7 Black-tailed Godwit (Pool Marsh - almost the only birds on the pools), 1 Whimbrel (Allfleets), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Moulting adult), 20 Common Tern (+, Still mostly around breeding islands on Grass Farm), 20 Sand Martin (+, Small group flew SE ), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 100 Starling (+, Two flocks of 50 ish birds, 95% juvs!) [Jeff Delve]

Friday 11 August 2017

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:00 to 20:30, Clear
2 Marsh Harrier (1 x male and 1 x female), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Heading towards Grapnells farm, closely escorted by a Common Tern), 1 Barn Owl (Briefly seen by entrance gate), 3 Corn Bunting [Andrew Armstrong]

Hockley/Hawkwell, 14:00 to 14:05
2 Grey Wagtail (pair on grass outside Riverside Garden Centre) [Graham Mee]

Gunners Park, 13:20 to 15:35, Cloud 4-5/8; wind SW F1-2; 18º. Reserve area only.
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult, west along seafront), 5 Common Tern (over, east), 10 Sand Martin (c), 5 Swallow, 15 House Martin (c), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap (female/juv.), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Brown Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly [Richard Howard, Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 10:00 to 11:00
25 House Martin, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:15
9 Little Egret, 6 Tufted Duck (inc.5 chicks.), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern, 3 Whinchat (1,male, 2 female.), 2 Stonechat, 8 Corn Bunting, 4 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Brimstone, 1 Small Copper, 2 Brown Argus, 2 Wall ((Wasp Spider)) [Graham Ryland, Jeff Kinnerman, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:00, Clear
3 Ringed Plover (On the seawall at high tide), 1 Sanderling (On the seawall at high tide), 2 Common Sandpiper (Northern edge of lake in erosion pocket), 40 Turnstone (On the seawall at high tide), 1 Sand Martin (High number zipping around), 1 Blackcap, 7 Lesser Whitethroat (Circa. Several in reserve), 7 Whitethroat (Circa, several flitting about), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Brown Hawker, 1 Clouded Yellow (Serin pond) [Andrew Armstrong]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:20 to 01:25
2 Badger (together) [John Wright]

Thursday 10 August 2017

Gunners Park, 18:00 to 19:00
10 House Martin, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler (In brambles by concrete turning circle but elusive. ), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff [Lee Ebbs]

Canvey Point, 14:30 to 17:00, Cloud 8-6/8; wind NE F1; 22º; high tide 15:14 (5.80m @ Southend).
1 Little Egret, 12 Ringed Plover (on Point), 2 Knot (over from Kent with BTG's), 6 Dunlin (on Point), 150 Black-tailed Godwit (c. in various flocks from Kent), 42 Curlew (flocks of 19 & 23 from Kent), 1 Mediterranean Gull (1 cy), 50 Sterna sp. (c. Commic), 1 Black Tern (adult in bp, distantly with flock of Commic Terns) [Richard Howard, Graham Oakes, Graham Ryland]

Canvey Point, 12:30 to 17:00
8 Common Scoter, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 20 Whimbrel, 1 Great Skua, 14 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Sandwich Tern, 150 Common Tern, 1 Black Tern (ad sum plum), 1 Harbour Porpoise [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 10:45 to 14:45, still overcast and wind more towards NNE
3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 9 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 10 Common Scoter (a flock of 8, pus two sleepy females), 1 Peregrine Falcon (a juv. sitting all alone on the shell banks), 1 Purple Sandpiper (on the rocks below the seawall), 20 Whimbrel (a notable and vocal flock), 1 Long-tailed Skua (darker 2nd summer type, first seen distantly at 11.15, then dropped on the water and drifted up with the tide. Then showed well in flight, much closer, chasing terns, at 1130. Then flew back E, showing again twice up to 1210), 1 Great Skua, 150 Common Tern (at least), 5 Arctic Tern (maybe a few more, in a large flock of Commons following a ship), 1 Black Tern (cracking summer plumage bird close inshore), 1 Harbour Porpoise (at least, seen repeatedly) [Jeff Saward]

River Roach, 10:15 to 13:00
12 Greylag Goose, 12 Shelduck (incl. 8 ducklings), 14 Curlew, 13 Redshank, 1 Herring Gull (Orange rung D0ZT), 4 Common Tern, 27 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 09:00 to 09:10
34 House Sparrow (around feeders) [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00
15 Common Scoter (Circa. Out on the Thames mid channel), 1 Hobby (Over the HQFB chasing hirundines), 3 Ringed Plover, 12 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin (Probable. Markings looked good in flight), 1 Garden Warbler (Scrub NE of SSSI. ) [Andrew Armstrong]

Canvey Point, 05:30 to 07:30, brisk N overnight and still overcast first thing
1 Great Crested Grebe, 19 Gannet, 1 Common Scoter (female), 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 7 Sandwich Tern, 75 Common Tern, 5 Black Tern, 3 Harbour Porpoise [Jeff Saward]

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