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.

Monday 03 August 2020

Canvey Point, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Peregrine Falcon, 100 Common Tern, 1 Common Seal [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 08:40 to 10:00
2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler [John Wright]

Sunday 02 August 2020

South Fambridge, 17:00 to 17:00
1 Green Woodpecker [Paul Baker]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 15:00 to 16:10
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby (high over west), 2 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 12:00
1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Wigeon, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Bearded Tit, 4 Greenfinch [Graham Oakes, Graham Ryland]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 07:25 to 07:25
19 Canada Goose [John Wright]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 00:20 to 00:20
1 Badger [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 01 August 2020

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Wall Brown [Paul Griggs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 16:40, Sunny, clear skies, warm brisk SW walked sea wall from car park to jubilee trail along east side of triangle and back.
3 Kestrel, 2 Green Sandpiper (Triangle), 1 Cuckoo (Ad Male along borrowdyke between workshop and car park), 5 Sand Martin (Heading S over sea wall), 10 Yellow Wagtail (+), 1 Reed Warbler (Started Singing when cuckoo flew past), 4 Corn Bunting [Jeff Delve]

Wakering Stairs, 13:45 to 14:30
1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 4 Whimbrel [Steve Arlow, Paul Griggs]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 13:00 to 13:10
1 Ruddy Darter [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 13:00 to 14:00
2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 9 Sand Martin (flock flew SW), 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Common Lizard (immature), 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Ruddy Darter [Paul Baker]

Fleet Head, 11:40 to 13:30
1 Marsh Harrier (immature male), 1 Sparrowhawk, 39 Golden Plover (breeding plumaged flock), 1 Dunlin (with the Golden Plover flock), 49 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 3 Sand Martin, 15 Yellow Wagtail (at least), 2 Raven (still present in the northern fields) [Steve Arlow, Paul Griggs]

Barling, 11:00 to 12:00
2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 5 Migrant Hawker, 1 Brown Hawker, 3 Ruddy Darter, 4 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Small Copper, 2 Wall Brown [Lee Ebbs]

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

Friday 31 July 2020

Canvey Point, 19:00 to 20:25
2 Goldeneye (Flew upriver together), 5 Mediterranean Gull (+), 2 Black Tern (Individuals flew upriver) [Tim Bourne]

Southend, 17:30 to 17:35, Lundy Close
29 Swift (south) [Jeff Kinnerman]

South Fambridge, 13:00 to 14:00
1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Common Lizard (immature), 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Common Darter, 1 Brown Argus [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 12:00
1 Wigeon (eclipse drake), 2 Kestrel, 130 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat (1 in field north side of south track by 1st bridge and 1 along fence line N.E. of Don's Marsh), 4 Stonechat (2 males, 2 juvs), 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Marsh Frog (in ditch by 2nd (western) bridge. ), 1 Common Lizard, 1 Pygmy Shrew (dead), 8 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Marbled White [John Wright]

Thursday 30 July 2020

Coombe Wood, 17:50 to 18:00, Hot and sunny
100 Mediterranean Gull (Approx. - part of a huge flock of 250+ gulls circling over the wood, most of the remainder were Black-headed with a few Common Gulls. Most of the Med's were adults in heavy wing moult, with a few juvs. and 2nd year birds.) [Jeff Saward]

Southend, 17:05 to 17:10, Lundy Close
4 Mediterranean Gull (mixed with 100+ Black-headed and Herring Gulls overhead) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Gunners Park, 16:00 to 17:00, Warm and clear
2 Common Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear [Andrew Armstrong]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:15 to 17:15, flocks of gulls anting
3 Mediterranean Gull (+), 2 Common Gull [Paul Griggs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:10 to 12:10, Sutherland Blvd junction
1 Red Kite (gliding over, SW) [Paul Griggs]

Tewke's Creek, 12:10 to 12:20
1 Red Kite (flying over Hadliegh and Salvation Army farm, the same one that Griggsy could see from his house!) [Jeff Saward]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:05 to 13:15, Sunny, light SE breeze, hot!
1 Sparrowhawk (over Benfleet), 3 Buzzard (over Benfleet Downs), 1 Red-tailed Hawk (apparent RTH tracking west along Benfleet ridge and SW across north end of WCM), 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Southern Migrant Hawker (+, including 2 pairs in tandem), 10 Ruddy Darter (+), 1 Marbled White, 10 Gatekeeper, 10 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:00, Hot!
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Slow-worm, 1 Brown Hawker, 15 Southern Migrant Hawker (13 males), 1 Brown Argus, 3 Marbled White (still hanging on) [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 07:45 to 09:45, Went looking for porpoises in the calm conditions.
3 Turnstone, 25 Common Tern, 1 Common Seal, 1 Grey Seal, 3 Harbour Porpoise (adult with calf joined by a single adult. Watched feeding for 20 mins on rising tide. ) [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:00 to 09:00, Glorious warm, calm morning. Car park to Jubilee junction and back.
5 Dunlin (Grass Farm lagoon), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Pool Marsh), 40 Redshank (+, Flocks of 17 and 22 on Grass Farm and Pool Marsh and other on Allfleets), 6 Greenshank (2 on Grass Farm, 4 Pool Marsh), 30 Common Tern (+, very active and noisy - adults still bringing fish in to chicks Grass Farm colony), 30 Yellow Wagtail (+, including party of 12 on rocks by main sluice inlet), 5 Pied Wagtail, 20 Linnet (+, several small flocks along sea wall), 10 Corn Bunting (in a very recently fledged juv) [Jeff Delve]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:15 to 03:45
2 Red Fox, 3 Badger [John Wright]

Wednesday 29 July 2020

South Fambridge, 14:30 to 14:30
1 Common Lizard (immature), 1 Emperor Dragonfly [Paul Baker]

Hole Haven Creek, 13:45 to 14:30, Seawall and SE corner of Canvey Wick
1 Little Egret, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cetti's Warbler (juvs showing well), 3 Ruddy Darter, 2 Large White, 3 Common Blue, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 4 Wall Brown, 4 Gatekeeper, 5 Meadow Brown, 4 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Eastwood, 13:15 to 13:15, Western Approaches
4 Buzzard (circling over) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 12:15 to 13:15
1 Slow-worm, 1 Painted Lady, 4 Gatekeeper [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:50 to 11:50
1 Kestrel (male), 2 Blackcap (immatures) [Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Marshes, 10:40 to 11:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 5 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Painted Lady [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 13:15, Sunny, 25C. Walked Manor Way along south of reserve and back
2 Wigeon (pair main lagoon), 8 Tufted Duck (pair ad 6 small ducklings), 2 Lapwing (tip pool), 1 Snipe (tip pool), 6 Black-tailed Godwit (main lagoon), 1 Greenshank (tip pool), 4 Green Sandpiper (tip pool), 1 Common Sandpiper (tip pool), 3 Stonechat (adult male and 2 juvs one very dark), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Small Red-eyed Damselfly (Tip pond), 9 Southern Migrant Hawker (7 along Manor's way, 2 on south side of reserve), 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 2 Common Darter, 20 Ruddy Darter (+, common), 1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Marbled White [Jeff Delve]

Benfleet Creek, 10:00 to 10:40
1 Little Grebe (sitting tight on nest), 1 Wall Brown [John Wright]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 09:00 to 10:15, Sunny
30 Swift (+), 4 Swallow, 6 Banded Demoiselle (2 males), 1 Small Copper, 1 Marbled White [Jeff Delve]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 09:00 to 15:45, At various points during the day
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Migrant Hawker, 1 Large White, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Prittlewell Brook, 08:30 to 08:40
4 Grey Wagtail (1 in Priory park, 3 along brook other side of the road) [Jeff Delve]

Westcliff, 07:30 to 07:30, St.George's Drive (from garden)
11 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Tuesday 28 July 2020

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Sand Martin (flew low west along river), 1 Swallow (flew low west with Sand Martins) [Paul Baker]

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 15:00 to 15:00
Migrant Hawker (Angela Baldock) (36884 bytes) 1 Migrant Hawker (flew into house) [Angela Baldock]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:15 to 15:00, accompanied by Richard Stanley
1 Little Egret, 1 Wigeon, 2 Kestrel, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat (3 juv's), 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 4 Common Blue Damselfly, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly [Graham Oakes, Graham Ryland]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:15 to 11:15
2 Kestrel, 86 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whinchat (imm), 2 Stonechat (males), 4 Bearded Tit, 1 Common Lizard (new born), 1 Weasel, 2 Northern Water Vole, 4 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Wall Brown [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 07:20 to 07:30
6 Blackcap (family party) [Paul Griggs]

Monday 27 July 2020

South Fambridge, 18:00 to 18:15
1 Marsh Harrier (the smart adult male on BHF), 1 Buzzard (to the north), 2 Hobby (to the north), 1 Emperor Dragonfly (in the garden) [Paul Baker]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 09:45 to 10:45
1 Buzzard, 1 Spotted Redshank (sum plum in creek by marina), 4 Bearded Tit (juvs ) [John Wright]

Sunday 26 July 2020

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:05 to 15:05
1 Common Tern (north, first one over the garden since Aug 1986) [Paul Griggs]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 13:30 to 15:30, Breezy southerly, warm, overcast
11 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck (female and brood main fleet), 20 Lapwing (+, scrape), 1 Spotted Redshank (sum plum bird from marina), In front of hide (Jeff Delve) (51832 bytes) juv female (Jeff Delve) (55588 bytes) 2 Bearded Tit (male and female juvs in front of hide) [Jeff Delve]

Golden Cross Road, Ashingdon, 13:00 to 14:00
1 Brown Hawker [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00, Garden
1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Lizard, 1 Slow-worm, 2 Southern Hawker, 1 Painted Lady [Paul Baker]

Barling Magna Millennium Wildlife Park, 11:15 to 12:45
1 Long-eared Owl (Accidentally flushed from the conifer to the right as you walk into the meadow. It went deep into the nearby scrub. ), 4 Linnet, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (Male on the meadow pond (which has now dried up). ), 1 Marbled White [Marc Outten]

Saturday 25 July 2020

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:40 to 14:40
1 Hobby [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 12:15 to 14:00, Overcast, light SW, warm
1 Large Red Damselfly (Pond nr scented garden) [Jeff Delve]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:30 to 13:00
1 Spotted Redshank (Spl, in creek by marina) [Tim Bourne]

Wakering Stairs, 09:00 to 09:30
1 Marsh Harrier (female), 6 Red-legged Partridge [John Wright]

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

Friday 24 July 2020

Southend, 21:20 to 21:20, Lundy Close
1 Common Pipistrelle [Jeff Kinnerman]

South Fambridge, 19:45 to 20:30
1 Spoonbill (on Blue House Farm - flew in from east at 19:50 then flew off west at 20:30), 1 Marsh Harrier (smart male on BHF), 1 Buzzard (BHF), 1 Hobby (BHF), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (in garden all week) [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:50 to 12:50
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Daws Heath, 11:30 to 11:30
1 Western Hedgehog (RTA Daws Heath Road) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 05:35 to 11:30
White Stork (Graham Oakes) (89787 bytes) White Stork (Graham Oakes) (43190 bytes) White Stork (Graham Oakes) (43899 bytes) White Stork (Graham Oakes) (41815 bytes) 1 White Stork, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Water Rail (1 juv), 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Sedge Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Bearded Tit, 6 Greenfinch, 2 Southern Migrant Hawker [Graham Oakes, Graham Ryland]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 04:30 to 07:10, viewing from Jotman's Lane
White Stork on pylon at Bowers (Paul Baker) (37643 bytes) 1 White Stork (on pylon until 06:56 when flew down onto Bowers - fully winged & unringed), 100 House Sparrow (two flocks of 50 feeding on road when I left) [Paul Baker, Mike Clarke, Paul Griggs, Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 04:25 to 09:45
1 White Stork (on pylon from before first light till 06:54 when it flew down to nearby field. Disturbed by horse riders at 07:25 and flew west to fields north of the Manorway footpath. Note: no rings or wing tags on bird), 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Stonechat (male with 2 juvs and a single male), 6 Bearded Tit (including 3 juvs on barbed wire fence near small pond. ), 8 Crossbill (flew low past the feeders - thanks Mark), 3 Northern Water Vole (juvs) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 04:15 to 08:20
1 White Stork (Roosting on the pylon then down onto the field to the east of the pylon. ), 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Crossbill (Went through low calling heading north of elm tree line feeders) [Marc Outten]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 03:55 to 04:05
1 Badger [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 03:35 to 03:45
1 White Stork (roosting on pylon, viewable from Canvey Way) [Neil Chambers]

Thursday 23 July 2020

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 21:40 to 21:40, Viewed from home
1 White Stork (Roosting on pylon - thanks Martin!) [Tim Bourne]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:00 to 17:30, Out to Half Moon lookout, back along Southern trail to saltpan
4 Pochard (duck with three well grown ducklings on northern borrowdyke ), 1 Ringed Plover (Saltpan), 2 Whimbrel (Allfleets), 1 Greenshank (Jubilee), 1 Mediterranean Gull (juvenile on saltpan), 20 Common Tern (+, lots of juvs still on breeding islands), 22 Common Seal, 6 Brown Argus, 10 Common Blue (+), 100 Gatekeeper (+), 6 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Heath [Jeff Delve]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Southern Migrant Hawker [Neil Chambers]

Hadleigh Marshes, 14:00 to 15:00, Eastern end
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Brown Hawker, 4 Southern Migrant Hawker [John Wright]

Eastwood, 12:55 to 12:55, Aviation Way
1 Little Egret (brook), 1 Sparrowhawk [Jeff Kinnerman]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 11:45 to 12:15
7 Little Egret, 1 Southern Hawker, 4 Southern Migrant Hawker (males), 3 Ruddy Darter, 1 Marbled White [Neil Chambers]

Hadleigh Downs, 11:20 to 13:00, calm, warm and muggy
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Comma, 1 Marbled White, 15 Gatekeeper (+) [Paul Griggs]

Benfleet Downs, 10:00 to 12:30, Warm 26C and patchy cloud, breezy S
20 Little Egret (+), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 20 Marsh Frog (+), 14 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 24 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 2 Common Blue Damselfly, 2 Brown Hawker, Male in flight (Jeff Delve) (28065 bytes) Male in flight (Jeff Delve) (35930 bytes) 8 Southern Migrant Hawker (all males), 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 8 Common Darter, 4 Ruddy Darter, 1 White-letter Hairstreak, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary (nr pipeline path), 4 Marbled White [Jeff Delve]

Wednesday 22 July 2020

Southend, 19:40 to 19:55, Lundy Close
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Swift, 7 House Martin [Jeff Kinnerman]

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 20:00
2 Kestrel, 2 Common Sandpiper (on Crouch), 10 Mediterranean Gull (roosting on the mud on the Crouch with the BHGulls), 1 House Martin, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Emperor Dragonfly (along hedges and ditches by seawall), 1 Marbled White [Paul Baker]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 11:00 to 17:00
2 Sparrowhawk (ad + juv), 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (male), 1 Large White, 1 Comma, 1 Gatekeeper, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:00 to 11:00
1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (male), 4 Small Copper [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 12:45, back after my stranding in OZ
1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 30 Common Tern, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler, 12 Reed Warbler, 10 Whitethroat, 10 Bearded Tit, 1 Corn Bunting, 11 Southern Migrant Hawker [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Tuesday 21 July 2020

South Fambridge, 21:45 to 21:45
2 Common Pipistrelle (presumed this species around the garden) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 21:00 to 21:00
2 Buzzard (BHF), 2 Barn Owl (BHF) [Paul Baker]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 12:10 to 12:10
1 Buzzard (north to south east) [Graham Mee]

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