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 14 December 2017

Benfleet Downs, 12:30 to 13:15
1 Sparrowhawk, 12 Redwing, 2 Bullfinch [Andrew Woodhouse]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:30 to 14:50
1 Cormorant, 9 Redwing [Paul Griggs]

Sutton Road Cemetery, 10:00 to 10:20, Clear and bright
40 Fieldfare (Circa. Feeding on the rowan), 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest [Andrew Armstrong]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 11:45
1 Great White Egret (flew east low overhead at 09.00), 30 Mallard, 13 Pintail, Scaup? (Graham Oakes) (144581 bytes) 2 Aythya sp. (Scaup/Tufted Duck.), 1 Pochard, 1 Kestrel, 20 Avocet, 1 Ruff, 7 Snipe, 7 Curlew, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat, 8 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Westcliff Seafront, 08:00 to 08:20, High tide
1 Great Crested Grebe, 40 Sanderling, 32 Turnstone [Sally Brierley]

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Southend, 14:45 to 14:55
2 Peregrine Falcon (buzzing around Victoria Ave and Alexander Hse.) [John Wright]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:00 to 13:00
100 Wigeon (plus), 1 Pochard, 3 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Redwing, 4 Reed Bunting [Graham Oakes]

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:30 to 16:00, Clear and bright
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard (Paglesham creek side), 1 Kestrel (Several about, with one male robbing the SEO of caught prey!), 1 Merlin (One, possibly two by white gate), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Chasing after the Starlings), 1 Golden Plover (Great views of several in the field by the white gate), Short Eared Owl (Andrew Armstrong) (39508 bytes) 1 Short-eared Owl [Andrew Armstrong]

Rayleigh, 13:10 to 13:10
1 Buzzard (perched in a tree along A127 just east of Rayleigh Weir) [John Wright]

Daws Heath, 10:15 to 10:20
1 Buzzard (EWT Little Havens reserve) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:05, lagoon 95% ice
4 Mute Swan (including one poor individual enclosed by ice, thus dead.), 1 Kestrel (female), 1 Golden Plover, 3 Dunlin, 9 Snipe, 6 Green Sandpiper, 100 Stock Dove (+), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 71 Skylark, 5 Stonechat, 9 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, Bearded Tit (Graham Oakes) (75616 bytes) Bearded Tit (Graham Oakes) (81281 bytes) Bearded Tit (Graham Oakes) (87386 bytes) 19 Bearded Tit, 1 Brambling (still present.), 8 Reed Bunting, 1 Red Fox [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 15:00, Clear and bright
2 Grey Heron (Sssi), 1 Water Rail (Eastern edge of lake) [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 11 December 2017

Canvey Seafront, 09:35 to 12:10, NE Wind, rain, sleet, and snow, falling tide - cold!
4 Red-throated Diver, 10 Gannet (all adults), 2 Shag, 4 Avocet (flock flew NE across from Kent), 9 Great Skua, 5 Mediterranean Gull (all adults), 3 Little Gull (2 x ad, 1 x 1st-w), 40 Kittiwake (inc several very close imms), 1 Kingfisher (tried to land on railings immediately in front of us) [Paul Baker, Vince Kinsler, Jeff Saward]

Sunday 10 December 2017

Rayleigh, 15:30 to 16:10, Snow, cold
1 Goldcrest (in churchyard) [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 09 December 2017

South Fambridge, 15:10 to 16:00, West to nearly Brandy Hole and back; rising tide, light WSW wind
5 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 55 Avocet (approx.), 50 Fieldfare (+), 4 Reed Bunting [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:50 to 14:50
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:00 to 11:00, out running
14 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing [John Wright]

Friday 08 December 2017

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:40 to 09:40
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Thursday 07 December 2017

Lower Raypits, 11:45 to 14:00, Heavy rain and strong wind. All species seen over lagoon from hide
2 Little Egret, 9 Shelduck, 1 Kestrel, 4 Grey Plover, 32 Lapwing, 9 Black-tailed Godwit (Including one ringed bird), 3 Curlew, Green Sandpiper (Andrew Armstrong) (42775 bytes) Green Sandpiper (Andrew Armstrong) (57461 bytes) 2 Green Sandpiper [Andrew Armstrong]

Canvey Seafront, 11:30 to 12:45, Strong SW wind, heavy overcast, rain at first, rising tide
2 Red-throated Diver, 20 Great Crested Grebe (+), 3 Gannet (adults), 5 Common Scoter (flew west), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 10 Kittiwake (+) [Neil Chambers]

Wednesday 06 December 2017

Southend, 16:00 to 16:05
2 Peregrine Falcon [Max Hellicar]

Hullbridge, 14:15 to 14:45, 100% cloud
1 Goosander [Dudley Shayler]

Hadleigh Downs, 13:00 to 13:30
2 Stonechat (Just south of reservoir ) [Andrew Woodhouse]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:30 to 09:30
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Monday 04 December 2017

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Sparrowhawk (female took a small bird from garden ) [Paul Baker]

Canvey Wick, 12:05 to 13:50, Cloud 2-7/8; W W F1; 6ºC
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (pair), 7 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Cetti's Warbler (heard only) [Richard Howard]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:00 to 12:00
2 Egyptian Goose (on the scrape islands), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 8 Snipe, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 200 Stock Dove, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 4 Bearded Tit [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:30 to 14:50
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00, Cold and overcast
2 Black-throated Diver (Mid channel), 1 Water Rail (Ditch), 30 Ringed Plover (Pier), 15 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin [Andrew Armstrong]

Sunday 03 December 2017

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 16:00 to 16:10, Quick look from road
1 Pintail (drake), 9 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck [Neil Chambers]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 15:00 to 16:00
2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Water Rail (At least 2 calling), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Tim Bourne]

Canvey Point, 14:00 to 15:45, Cloud 8-7/8; no wind; 9 - 6ºC; high tide 11:46 (6.0m @ Southend).
1 Red-throated Diver (midriver), 60 Great Crested Grebe (c), 15 Common Scoter (groups of 3, 5 & 7 on the water), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 2 Grey Seal [Richard Howard, Neil Chambers]

Canvey Wick, 14:00 to 14:45, Quick look for Woodcock
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Woodcock (Flushed from bracken under birches SW of crossroads), 9 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Goldcrest [Tim Bourne]

Canvey Wick, 11:45 to 13:30, Cloud 8/8; wind NW F1-2; 9ºC; High tide 11:46 (6.0m @ Southend). Walk through Wick and west along sea wall.
180 Shelduck (c), 1 Kestrel, 90 Avocet (c), 70 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 30 Curlew (+), female Stonechat (Richard Howard) (64152 bytes) 1 Stonechat (female), 8 Reed Bunting [Richard Howard]

Hullbridge, 10:45 to 13:00
Shag, Hullbridge 03-12-2017 (Steve Arlow) (39488 bytes) 1 Shag (lingering mid channel out from the slipway), Goosander, Hullbridge, 03-12-2017 (Steve Arlow) (41869 bytes) 1 Goosander (Redhead still showing exceptionally well out from the slipway) [Steve Arlow]

Prittlewell Brook, 10:35 to 10:35
1 Grey Wagtail (both species viewed between Victoria Ave and Prittlewell Chase), 1 Song Thrush [Jeff Kinnerman]

Southend Pier, 10:00 to 12:00, Family walk to the end!
1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 10 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Guillemot [Mike Clarke]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:00 to 12:00
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 09:50
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on island from benches), 140 Wigeon, 3 Pintail (drakes), 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Ruff, 1 Woodcock (flew over the horse paddocks.), 1 Fieldfare, 1 Brambling (still present.), 1 Brown Rat [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Saturday 02 December 2017

Westcliff, 15:45 to 15:45
1 Red Fox [Max Hellicar]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 15:40 to 16:30, Calm, chilly - main hide only
2 Water Rail (+, heard only), 1 Kingfisher (flew down fleet), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 400 Jackdaw (+) [Neil Chambers]

Westcliff Seafront, 14:35 to 15:35
1 Little Egret (blue darvic-ringed bird which flew off before I'd read the ring), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Pied Wagtail [Max Hellicar]

Hadleigh Downs, 14:00 to 14:30
2 Stonechat (Bank south of reservoir) [Andrew Woodhouse]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:50 to 11:50, Cloud 6/8; no wind; 7ºC. Scrape hide only.
1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Buzzard, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard only) [Richard Howard]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 10:40, Cloud 7/8; no wind; 6ºC.
1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Avocet, 250 Lapwing (c), 42 Dunlin, 1 Ruff (male), 22 Snipe, 50 Black-tailed Godwit (c) [Richard Howard]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:10 to 10:20
1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Redwing [Paul Griggs]

South Benfleet, 08:00 to 08:00, My garden
23 Goldfinch (Together on the feeders) [Martin Cracknell]

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