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.

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:05 to 16:05
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:00 to 16:45, Sunny, cold clear, lovely sunset. From by main gate
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (distant ringtail), 1 Little Owl (flew from sign between Grapnells and the cottages as I left), 3 Short-eared Owl (2 over grassland gave much better views tonight plus 1 over field to north hunting ditchline) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:45 to 16:05
1 Hen Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl [Andrew Armstrong]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 16:20, from the white gate
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Short-eared Owl, 50 Corn Bunting (circa) [Steve Sanford]

Lower Raypits, 11:00 to 11:45, Sunny, light SSW
2 Mute Swan (and that was all there was on the lagoon!), 25 Canada Goose (on fields), 12 Skylark, 14 Fieldfare, 2 Linnet, 8 Corn Bunting [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 14:15
60 Canada Goose (a strange hybrid in with the flock.), 3 Pintail, 1 Goldeneye (female still on main lagoon.), 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Kestrel (female), 28 Dunlin, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Stonechat, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit, 4 Corn Bunting, 12 Ruddy Darter [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:45 to 14:20
1 Little Egret, 2 Gadwall (pair), 1 Pintail (drake), 31 Shoveler, 9 Pochard, 1 Goldeneye (female,main lagoon ), 1 Marsh Harrier (fem/juv mobbed by Carrion Crow ), 2 Sparrowhawk (Male flyby,the other mobbed by a Carrion Crow,distant.), 2 Kestrel, 250 Lapwing (circa,saline), 25 Dunlin (saline), 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 14 Skylark, 4 Stonechat (two pairs ), 1 Fieldfare, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard only ), 1 Bearded Tit (heard only ), 1000 Starling (circa,over tip), 4 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 15:30
2 Water Rail, 1 Clouded Yellow [Andrew Armstrong]

Sunday 11 November 2018

Hullbridge, 14:30 to 14:30
1 Common Frog [Paul Baker]

Benfleet, 10:20 to 11:40
1 Sparrowhawk [Dudley Shayler]

Benfleet, 08:15 to 11:40, Back Garden
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Tim Bourne]

Saturday 10 November 2018

Southend Airport, 12:15 to 12:15
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:50 to 13:15, Sunny spells, light S wind
1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 4 Common Darter (2 pairs in tandem), 1 Clouded Yellow [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:30 to 10:30
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Stambridge, 10:30 to 10:30, at the back of the garden
17 Redwing [Steve Sanford]

Friday 09 November 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:45 to 16:45, From White Gate
5 Marsh Harrier (+), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 1 Buzzard [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:10 to 14:00, WeBS count, E. Allfleets and Jubilee Marsh. Mostly overcast, breezy Southerly, cold.
7 Cormorant, 9 Little Egret, 44 Canada Goose, 48 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 300 Shelduck, 700 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 490 Teal, 47 Mallard, 28 Pintail, 3 Goosander, 1 Marsh Harrier (Juv), 1 Merlin (Female), 100 Oystercatcher, 145 Avocet, 100 Ringed Plover, 830 Grey Plover, 312 Lapwing, 2000 Dunlin, 670 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 46 Curlew, 217 Redshank, 1 Turnstone [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:00, Flooding the new S.E. lagoons event
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 5 Kestrel, 1000 Golden Plover, 20 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:20 to 13:20
80 Wigeon (circa,saline lagoon ), 24 Teal, 9 Pochard, 1 Goldeneye (female,main lagoon ), 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail (main lagoon ), 190 Lapwing (circa,main lagoon ), 17 Dunlin (saline lagoon ), 1 Ruff (main lagoon ), 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Curlew (saline lagoon), 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Stonechat (pair,male), 4 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 1 Goldcrest (Church Road), 1 Bearded Tit, 7 Greenfinch, 1 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:15
43 Greylag Goose, 38 Canada Goose, 100 Wigeon (+), 5 Pintail (3 drakes), 46 Shoveler, 9 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye (female on main lagoon), 1 Marsh Harrier, 26 Dunlin (on saline lagoon), 1 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 2 Curlew, 4 Spotted Redshank (on saline lagoon), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Stonechat, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:15 to 03:15
3 Red Fox, 2 Badger, 1 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Thursday 08 November 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:45 to 17:00, Cold, clear. From White gate
8 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (Ringtails), 1 Buzzard, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl [Jeff Delve]

Hadleigh Downs, 14:00 to 15:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel [John Wright]

Wednesday 07 November 2018

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:35 to 10:35
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Tuesday 06 November 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:15 to 17:00, 14C but windchill made it feel colder, bright clear high cloud
1 Goosander (Redhead flew south across reserve and seemed to drop to lagoons), 8 Marsh Harrier (5 fem/imm, 3 males in to roost), 1 Buzzard, 1 Rough-legged Buzzard (came in very low, head on, to back of wbc ~ 4:50 so nearly dark. Only confirmed when turned to drop in to roost when underwing seen well), 4 Kestrel (+), 1 Peregrine Falcon (distantly on south fields from above car parkl), 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl (very late along south sea wall) [Jeff Delve]

Canvey Wick, 10:30 to 12:30
1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 2 Lapwing, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Redwing, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Migrant Hawker, 12 Common Darter, 1 Clouded Yellow [Andrew Woodhouse]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:25 to 17:10
6 Little Egret, 400 Wigeon (circa), 10 Pintail (together,over), 4 Marsh Harrier (one male,three fem/juv), 2 Hen Harrier (ringtails,together hunting ), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 46 Ringed Plover, 500 Golden Plover (circa), 46 Grey Plover, 150 Dunlin (circa), 1 Snipe, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 50 Stock Dove (circa), 1 Barn Owl (viewed whilst exiting reserve ), 50 Corn Bunting (circa,together ), 1 Clouded Yellow [Jeff Kinnerman]

Gunners Park, 07:00 to 17:00
12 Little Egret, 250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Circa. Many more feeding the other side of the boom), 30 Wigeon (High east towards Foulness), 60 Ringed Plover, 300 Sanderling (Barge pier), 280 Black-tailed Godwit (Several large groups heading west ), 1 Rock Pipit [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 05 November 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:45 to 17:00, 12C, milder than of late with little wind - light mist. From White Gate
7 Marsh Harrier (+, 6 in the air together several times, 4 clean looking juvs and two males both with grey wings but thick black trailing edges (3cy?). Another ad male seen earlier.), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail prob female over wbc late on. Ad male reported earlier in day), Another past dusk shot but a bit closer (Jeff Delve) (44499 bytes)  - and again - black carpal vs white underwing, blackish belly, pale head (Jeff Delve) (72299 bytes) 1 Rough-legged Buzzard (juvenile again hunting sea wall south of wild bird cover and one closer flyby late on.Prominent pale leading edge to inner wing.), 2 Green Sandpiper (one flew from ditch by woodyard, one heardfrom white gate), 1 Barn Owl (very pale male hunting sea wall south of wbc) [Jeff Delve]

Sunday 04 November 2018

Wat Tyler Country Park, 16:20 to 16:50, Scrape hide
2 Water Rail (calling), 3 Cetti's Warbler (+, singing), 300 Jackdaw (+) [Neil Chambers]

Canewdon, 10:00 to 11:00, Butts Hill Pond
1 Fieldfare (flew out west), 2 Siskin (at least heard with Goldfinches in alders ) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:40 to 11:15, Manorway track to Gt Pound only
1 Marsh Harrier (Juv), 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Stonechat (m), 5 Fieldfare, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin (Over heading east) [Tim Bourne]

Saturday 03 November 2018

Ballards Gore, Stambridge, 17:15 to 17:15
1 Barn Owl (hunting roadside field just south of Loftman's Corner and before the Shepherd & Dog.), 1 Common Pipistrelle (bat sp.!) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:50 to 17:05
9 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hen Harrier (ringtails), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl (southern seawall), 1 Short-eared Owl (+, one mobbing a Hen Harrier at 4pm then it or another hunting southern seawall & vole area at 5pm), 20 Corn Bunting [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:20 to 17:00, Cold, bright, lovely sunset. From white gate
8 Marsh Harrier (+, 4 juvs, 3 males, 1-2 females), 1 Hen Harrier (distant ringtail (prob female)), 1 Sparrowhawk (large imm bird), 1 Buzzard (pale breasted bird), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl (+, over Marsh Flats and sea wall mobbng MH and later hunting along sea wall) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 18:00
1 Grey Heron, 4 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hen Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 4 Grey Partridge, 1 Barn Owl [Angela Baldock]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:15 to 16:50
8 Marsh Harrier, 3 Hen Harrier (ringtails), 2 Buzzard (possibly 3), 0 Rough-legged Buzzard (no sign), 6 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl [Steve Arlow]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:20 to 11:20
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Rayleigh, 10:40 to 10:40
1 Grey Wagtail (over High Street) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:00 to 11:00
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 2 Buzzard (The infamous owl assassin present!), 5 Kestrel (Circa), 2 Stonechat (Car park) [Andrew Armstrong]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 06:30 to 08:30
5 Marsh Harrier (+), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 1 Buteo sp. (Almost certainly the RLB flew off low SE at about 6:45), 1 Buzzard (Or 2), 1 Merlin, 1 Barn Owl, Little Owls Wallasea, phone scoped in the dark (Tim Bourne) (60056 bytes) 2 Little Owl, 2 Stonechat [Tim Bourne]

Friday 02 November 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:00 to 17:00
6 Marsh Harrier (+), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Rough-legged Buzzard (always on the ground so only seen bits of it as it was flapping around with a Common Buzzard. One wing showed well at 16:40!), 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Barn Owl (southern seawall), 2 Short-eared Owl (mobbing harriers) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:50 to 16:50, Bright, light SW wind - viewing from entrance track just past gate
4 Marsh Harrier (+), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard (tussling with the Rough-leg on a couple of occasions), 1 Rough-legged Buzzard (3 flight views, but otherwise sat on the ground throughout towards SE end of reptile area where it was visible on + off), 4 Kestrel, 2 Short-eared Owl (in high from SE mobbing a Marsh Harrier, then one showing well late on) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:50 to 16:50
2 Little Egret, 6 Marsh Harrier (c.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Rough-legged Buzzard (juv), 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 10 Skylark (+), 20 Corn Bunting (+) [Paul Griggs]

Butler's Farm, 15:30 to 15:30
3 Buzzard [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:30 to 17:00, Sunny, bright, cold. From White Gate
4 Marsh Harrier (+, minimum 3 juvs and 3cy male (thick black trailing edge and some black in the hand) but birds into and out of roost so difficult to keep track ), 2 Buzzard (inc the pale breasted bird), 1 Rough-legged Buzzard (juv distantly beyond fenced water vole area mostly on the ground and only visible when brief flapping flight. Not great views ), 1 Barn Owl (along sea wall south of wbc), 2 Short-eared Owl (southern end of Marsh Flats and over south sea wall) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 17:10, From White Gate only
7 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Rough-legged Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 25 Linnet, 50 Corn Bunting (50+) [John Wright]

Friars Park, 14:30 to 14:45
1 Shoveler (fem) [Neil Chambers]

Shoebury East Beach, 13:55 to 14:25
0 Snow Bunting (no sign of bird seen on 31/10) [Neil Chambers]

Hadleigh Downs, 13:00 to 13:45, MTB Venue
1 Buzzard, 4 Clouded Yellow, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Wall [Andrew Woodhouse]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 12:30 to 13:00
40 Canada Goose (+), 3 Buzzard [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:30 to 09:45, Bright sunny but cold
2 Marsh Harrier (distant hunting S wall, juv and ad male), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail, female?, over Pool Marsh), 1 Buteo sp. (sat on rail over big sluice behind Pool Marsh not identifiable against the light, massive vs Kestrel harassing it.), 400 Golden Plover (+), 500 Lapwing (+), 300 Skylark (+, absolutely everywhere across grasslands) [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 14:00
200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Brambling, 5 Red Fox (Three in SSSI and 2 on Old Gunners) [Andrew Armstrong]

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