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.

Sunday 14 August 2022

Westcliff, 08:05 to 08:15, St.George's Drive
3 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:15 to 08:50, Sunny, warm, light NE breeze
3 Ruff, 15 Green Sandpiper (incl 9 together on Great Pound), 2 Wood Sandpiper (on Great Pound - 1 flew off with Green Sands, then came back on its own and both then flew off to the tip run off pools), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Stonechat (ad + juv along southern fenceline), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Bearded Tit (+, heard only), 10 Migrant Hawker (+), 2 Ruddy Darter, 1 Small Tortoiseshell [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:00 to 10:00
4 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 2 Ruff, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper (Great Pound), 10 Migrant Hawker (plus), 1 Common Darter, 10 Ruddy Darter (plus) [Graham Oakes]

Coombe Wood, 04:45 to 09:00
2 Tawny Owl (calling just before dawn), 1 Coal Tit (frequent visitor to feeders), 2 Nuthatch (regularly visiting feeders in my garden) [Jeff Saward]

Saturday 13 August 2022

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 20:00, Walked west to Brandy Hole & back
1 Golden Plover (summer plumage bird around the fields.), 2 Common Sandpiper (at Brandy Hole), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Reed Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 8 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Southern Migrant Hawker (at dried out 'pond' at Brandy Hole. ) [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 18:00 to 19:00
1 Buzzard, 7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper (Both on Great Pound), 20 Migrant Hawker (+) [Lee Ebbs]

Two Tree Island (West), 13:50 to 15:00, Sunny & hot, high tide c2.40pm
1 Curlew Sandpiper (adult), 15 Dunlin, 30 Greenshank (+), 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Neil Chambers]

Two Tree Island (West), 13:00 to 16:00
43 Little Egret (includes 39 in Benfleet Creek roosting on the saltings), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Curlew Sandpiper (breeding plumaged adult on far west island before relocating closer with the wader flock), 15 Dunlin, 400 Black-tailed Godwit (could only find 4 juveniles), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 31 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper (flew over calling), 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Migrant Hawker [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:05 to 12:20
1 Cattle Egret (juvenile flew over from the south east and landed somewhere on Pitsea Marsh), 2 Spoonbill (adult including a colour ringed bird), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 3 Ruff, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Green Sandpiper (all on Great Pound), 1 Wood Sandpiper (on Great Pound with the Green Sandpipers), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (1st summer), 2 Stonechat (along the southern path fence), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Willow Emerald Damselfly (along the Manorway track north of the Great Pound spur), 16 Migrant Hawker, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 2 Small Copper, 1 Painted Lady [Steve Arlow]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:40 to 08:50
2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 143 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 17 Migrant Hawker, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker [Steve Arlow]

Westcliff, 07:30 to 07:30, St.George's Drive
5 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 05:40 to 08:40, Sunny and Hot
1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Buzzard (seen from seawall), 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (male seen from seawall hunting south end of the tip), 1 Hobby (juv), 7 Avocet, 1 Ruff (juv), 2 Snipe, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank (flew over), 3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper (3 on fleet 3 in the creek), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (showing well in bush near end hide), 1 Swallow, 20 Whitethroat, 1 Brown Argus [Terry Blackwell]

Friday 12 August 2022

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Green Woodpecker (around the garden all day), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Greenfinch, 20 Linnet [Paul Baker]

Two Tree Island (West), 13:30 to 14:30, hot & sunny, quick visit to the lagoon
2 Little Egret, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (S.P. adult), 3 Dunlin, 1000 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Greenshank [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Doggetts Pits, 12:50 to 13:20
2 Buzzard (Juveniles), 6 Willow Emerald Damselfly (Minimum from across the site), 1 Brown Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:45 to 14:30, Hot
2 Spoonbill, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female), 1 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 2 Ruff, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat (On fence nr gropper site), 1 Bearded Tit (Juvenile) [Sally Brierley]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:45 to 10:45
2 Spoonbill (adults), 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby (juv), 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat (ad & imm), 1 Northern Water Vole [John Wright]

Westcliff, 08:00 to 08:00, St.George's Drive
11 Swift (passed through,S ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:15 to 11:00
2 Spoonbill, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Northern Water Vole [Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 02:45 to 03:45
3 Red Fox, 1 Badger, 1 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Thursday 11 August 2022

Two Tree Island (West), 13:50 to 14:45, Lagoon only
1 Curlew Sandpiper (adult, nice find Joe D), 15 Dunlin, 600 Black-tailed Godwit (c600), 25 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper [John Wright]

Westcliff, 10:15 to 10:30, St.George's Drive
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 1 Swift, 2 Small White [Jeff Kinnerman]

Gunners Park, 07:10 to 08:00, SSSI area only
9 Egyptian Goose, 1 Red Fox, 8 Rabbit [John Wright]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 05:30 to 08:30, Misty then Sunny and hot
34 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 3 Pheasant, 9 Avocet, 1 Golden Plover (Stunning full summer plumage bird feeding on the fleet), 1 Snipe, 42 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Sedge Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 8 Whitethroat, 3 Chaffinch, 18 Goldfinch, Pygmy Shrew (Terry Blackwell) (141289 bytes) 1 Pygmy Shrew (deceased) [Terry Blackwell]

Wednesday 10 August 2022

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 19:45 to 21:20
2 Spoonbill (On reservoir, then flew to Pitsea Marsh), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 2 Ruff, 7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl (+, hunting over landfill), 5 Yellow Wagtail [Tim Bourne]

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Greenfinch [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:50 to 11:00
2 Spoonbill (adults), 1 Red Kite, 3 Marsh Harrier (female & 2 juvs), 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 2 Snipe, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Marsh Frog, 1 Northern Water Vole, 2 Southern Migrant Hawker, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Painted Lady [John Wright]

Westcliff, 07:35 to 08:35, St.George's Drive
18 Swift, 31 House Sparrow [Jeff Kinnerman]

Tuesday 09 August 2022

Doggetts Pits, 20:45 to 21:30
2 Common Pipistrelle, 3 Noctule Bat, 1 Red Fox [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Green Sandpiper (borrowdyke at bottom of garden), 3 Reed Warbler (ditto), 1 Butterflies and Moths (HUMMINGBIRD HAWKMOTH at the front of the house ) [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 18:45 to 19:30
1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler [Lee Ebbs]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 13:55 to 14:40, Sunny, warm
1 Kestrel, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Migrant Hawker, 2 Southern Migrant Hawker, 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Ruddy Darter [Neil Chambers]

Westcliff, 10:05 to 13:20, St.George's Drive
1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Swift, 1 Red Admiral [Jeff Kinnerman]

Gunners Park, 09:15 to 10:55
1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler [Bob Young]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:00
4 Little Egret, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 6 Migrant Hawker, 1 Painted Lady [Graham Oakes]

Monday 08 August 2022

South Fambridge, 20:00 to 20:00
1 Whimbrel, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Butterflies and Moths (HUMMINGBIRD HAWKMOTH feeding on flowers on the patio) [Paul Baker]

Westcliff, 18:30 to 18:30, St.George's Drive
1 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Rayleigh Mount, 16:50 to 16:50
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (flew through calling) [Paul Baker]

Hockley/Hawkwell, 11:45 to 11:45
1 Sparrowhawk (female low across Hockley High Rd) [Paul Baker]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 10:45 to 10:55
15 Mediterranean Gull (in anting flock with c60 B-h Gulls) [John Wright]

Hadleigh Downs, 09:20 to 10:15, Bike ride
2 Sparrowhawk (juvs), 1 Buzzard, 1 Grass Snake, 2 Southern Migrant Hawker [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 07:00 to 14:30, A good day. Passage starting to show
20 Little Grebe, 4 Sparrowhawk, 20 Dunlin (Gogs berth. Resplendent in their summer plumage ), 25 Turnstone, 1 Whinchat (Sssi), 2 Wheatear (Sssi), 1 Migrant Hawker (Ditch), 3 Southern Migrant Hawker (Males. Serin pond), 1 Emperor Dragonfly [Andrew Armstrong]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 05:30 to 08:00, Sunny and very calm
1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Pheasant, 4 Avocet, 2 Snipe, 26 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 12 Goldfinch [Terry Blackwell]

Sunday 07 August 2022

Westcliff, 21:15 to 21:20, St.George's Drive
1 Common Pipistrelle (over the garden ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canvey Point, 16:40 to 17:40, SE 2-3 Sunny H.T 20:25 5.1 m
1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, 200 Oystercatcher (+), 4 Whimbrel, 40 Common Tern [Terry Blackwell]

Westcliff, 15:55 to 16:00, St.George's Drive
2 Buzzard [Jeff Kinnerman]

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Buzzard, 70 Swallow (above the house), 1 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Baker]

Doggetts Pits, 09:35 to 12:30
3 Buzzard, 4 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 4 Migrant Hawker, 4 Brown Hawker, 6 Southern Migrant Hawker, 5 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Brimstone [Steve Arlow]

Southend High School for Boys, 09:15 to 09:20
14 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:00
1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Yellow Wagtail, Grasshopper Warbler (Graham Oakes) (59003 bytes) Grasshopper Warbler (Graham Oakes) (58591 bytes) Grasshopper Warbler (Graham Oakes) (59546 bytes) Grasshopper Warbler (Graham Oakes) (65676 bytes) 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Bearded Tit, 1 Northern Water Vole, 4 Migrant Hawker [Graham Oakes]

Saturday 06 August 2022

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 19:30 to 21:30
1 Great White Egret (Visible in WTCP roost from Great Pound ), 2 Spoonbill (Flew east over lagoon, then SE and lost to view over Canvey ), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Ruff, 1 Greenshank (Calling from saline lagoon ), 11 Green Sandpiper (+), 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Tim Bourne]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Willow Emerald Damselfly [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Rochford Golf Course, 13:15 to 17:00, Sunny, hot, light NE-SE wind
1 Sparrowhawk (juv), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 House Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Weasel, 3 Banded Demoiselle, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Ruddy Darter [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wall Brown [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:20 to 15:20, hot and sunny
3 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 3 Hobby, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (imm), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 9 Southern Migrant Hawker, Lesser Emperor, Bowers Marsh 06-08-2022 (Steve Arlow) (12627 bytes) 1 Lesser Emperor (male) [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Westcliff, 09:30 to 09:35, St.George's Drive
6 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Gunners Park, 06:00 to 08:00
1 Wheatear (First of the autumn here for me) [Andrew Armstrong]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 03:00
3 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Friday 05 August 2022

South Fambridge, 19:20 to 20:10, Bright, light NW wind - viewing from pillbox
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 15 Kestrel (+, hunting recently harvested fields to the east), 1 Peregrine Falcon (juv male flew over to BHF), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Southern Hawker [Neil Chambers]

Doggetts Pits, 13:00 to 14:15
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 House Martin, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 10 Red-eyed Damselfly, 5 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 15 Common Blue Damselfly (+), 1 Brown Hawker, 4 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Common Darter, 7 Ruddy Darter [Paul Griggs]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 12:50 to 14:00, Car park to lake & back - sunny & warm, cool NW wind
3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Coenagrion sp., 6 Black-tailed Skimmer [Neil Chambers]

Westcliff, 08:45 to 08:50, St.George's Drive
3 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Benfleet Creek, 07:00 to 07:00
1 Wheatear (along seawall between Benfleet and Leigh) [Simon Watson]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 05:45 to 08:10, NW 4 Breezy and cool overcast
40 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 2 Merlin (male and female seen from seawall Hunting over Bowers near the tip at 6:30.), 2 Avocet, 1 Snipe, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper [Terry Blackwell]

Thursday 04 August 2022

Ashingdon, 19:35 to 20:45, Bright, light NW wind - viewing north from back of church
4 Marsh Harrier (male, tatty fem & 2 juvs), 2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel (all hunting recently harvested fields south of Crouch), 0 Raven (probable on BHF, but just a bit too far..) [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 17:00 to 18:00, SW 2-3 Sunny intervals H.T 17:35 5.4 m
1 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, 60 Common Tern (+), 38 Arctic Tern (moved in from the east circled and then continued west up river at 17:40 two groups 12 and 26 that joined together) [Terry Blackwell]

Doggetts Pits, 13:00 to 13:45
5 Brown Hawker, 3 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Lesser Emperor (male along the southern side of the main lake briefly, eluded the camera) [Steve Arlow]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Field Vole [Paul Baker]

Westcliff, 09:30 to 15:15, St.George's Drive
1 Swift, 1 Large White, 2 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Gatekeeper [Jeff Kinnerman]

Hadleigh Marshes, 09:00 to 12:00
4 Sparrowhawk (ads + juvs), 3 Buzzard (2 ads, 1 juv), 70 Marsh Frog, 4 Grass Snake, 4 Southern Migrant Hawker [John Wright]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 07:50 to 07:50
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Neil Chambers]

Wednesday 03 August 2022

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 17:00 to 17:00
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 11:00
1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Brown Argus [John Wright]

Westcliff, 09:30 to 11:30, St.George's Drive
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Swift, 2 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Gatekeeper [Jeff Kinnerman]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 05:30 to 08:00, SW 3-4 Overcast and breezy
86 Little Egret (counted on the fleet and end scrape), 7 Grey Heron, 7 Teal, 2 Pheasant, 3 Avocet, 1 Snipe, 12 Greenshank (2 on the fleet and 10 in the creek), 2 Green Sandpiper, 9 Common Sandpiper (4 on the fleet and 5 in the creek), 4 Common Tern, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Terry Blackwell]

Tuesday 02 August 2022

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 19:00
2 Buzzard, 21 Swallow (together flew SE through garden), 1 Yellow Wagtail (around the house & driveway) [Paul Baker]

Canvey Point, 13:30 to 14:30, SW 4-5 Sunny H.T 16:25 5.5 m
2 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine Falcon (sitting on the rocks at the end of the Point), 200 Oystercatcher (+), 30 Common Tern [Terry Blackwell]

Gunners Park, 12:00 to 13:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Swift, 25 Sand Martin, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Purple Hairstreak (Tatty individual in Bunker Wood), 2 Brown Argus, 5 Common Blue, 10 Holly Blue, 4 Small Heath [Lee Ebbs]

Coombe Wood, 08:00 to 09:00, visiting garden feeders
1 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch [Jeff Saward]

Monday 01 August 2022

South Fambridge, 18:00 to 18:00
1 Greenshank, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Reed Bunting (male at my pond), 3 Corn Bunting (flew east), 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Wall Brown (usual territorial male on my rocky slope) [Paul Baker]

Canvey Point, 13:30 to 13:30, Sunny and calm
3 Swift (over front garden) [Terry Blackwell]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:15 to 11:15
1 Buzzard [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Downs, 10:45 to 11:00
4 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel [John Wright]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 11:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Brown Argus, 5 Common Blue, 1 Wall Brown [Lee Ebbs]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 10:30
53 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 2 Bearded Tit [John Wright]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 05:30 to 08:30, Sunny intervals and very still
80 Little Egret (on the fleet), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Merlin ((female) a nice surprise in a bush on Bowers side by the seawall), 6 Avocet, 1 Snipe (showing well), 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew (on the fleet), 5 Redshank, 1 Greenshank (in the creek), 4 Green Sandpiper, 9 Common Sandpiper (5 on fleet and 4 in the creek), 1 Green Woodpecker (showing well), 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 6 Blue Tit, 22 Rook, 8 Greenfinch, 12 Goldfinch [Terry Blackwell]

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