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.

Saturday 21 October 2017

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:40 to 15:40
1 Mistle Thrush [Paul Griggs]

Shoebury Coastguards, 08:00 to 08:00
22 Ringed Plover, Sanderling (Graham Mee) (74202 bytes) Sanderling (Graham Mee) (69476 bytes) 750 Sanderling, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 42 Dunlin [Graham Mee]

Friday 20 October 2017

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 18:00, cold and overcast initially but cleared to reveal a stunning sunset
2 Cormorant (on the cormorant perch in the lake), 15 Little Egret, purple sandpiper (Andrew Armstrong) (61414 bytes) purple sandpiper (Andrew Armstrong) (60795 bytes) purple sandpiper (Andrew Armstrong) (69081 bytes) 1 Purple Sandpiper (on the seawall between barge pier and the mound in the SSSI at high tide. remained for about 20 minutes), 1 Rock Pipit (gogs berth), 2 Redwing (sssi), 14 Linnet (circa), 1 Red Fox (sssi) [Andrew Armstrong]

Thursday 19 October 2017

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 20:30 to 20:30
1 Redwing (h) [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Point, 10:40 to 13:40, R.H. from 11.00 G.O. from 11.30
4 Great Crested Grebe, Gannets (Richard Howard) (32019 bytes) Gannets (Richard Howard) (39505 bytes) 134 Gannet (+), 350 Wigeon, 17 Common Scoter, 1 Kestrel (female flew across river.), 1 Lapwing, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Guillemot (G.R. only), 1 Short-eared Owl (flew across river.), 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Harbour Porpoise [Graham Ryland, Richard Howard, Graham Oakes]

Westcliff, 07:15 to 07:15
26 Redwing (St.George's Drive,together calling overhead,west) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Canvey Seafront, 12:00 to 14:00, Overcast with showers, very misty at times. No wind, 14ºC. High tide 12:32, 5.71m @ Southend.
65 Gannet (majority in flocks west, some east later on), 4 Mediterranean Gull (3 adults, 1 2cy.) [Richard Howard]

Southend, 11:30 to 12:30
1 Peregrine Falcon [Max Hellicar]

Canvey Seafront, 10:00 to 14:00, very misty at times.
4 Great Crested Grebe, 117 Gannet (various numbers throughout.), 236 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 12 Curlew, 118 Turnstone, 1 Great Skua (or Pomarine in the mist.), 3 Mediterranean Gull (2 adult), 1 Guillemot (flew down river), 1 Puffin (flew down river at 10.45), 1 Grey Wagtail [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Hullbridge, 08:05 to 08:05, IThe Dome Caravan Park
2 Spoonbill (Over the caravan park from Lower Road heading north east) [Marc Outten]

Gunners Park, 07:20 to 10:20, Overcast, some light rain
21 Little Grebe (lake), 3 Great Crested Grebe (on sea), 15 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 160 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (c.), 4 Egyptian Goose (by Barge Pier briefly), 2 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 34 Ringed Plover, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 39 Wood Pigeon, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow (south), 24 Meadow Pipit (over, mostly east), 2 White / Pied Wagtail (over, NE), 2 Stonechat, 9 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing (over, NE), 2 Mistle Thrush (over, east), 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Chiffchaff (heard), 3 Goldcrest, 16 Chaffinch (mostly over), 17 Greenfinch (mostly over), 660 Goldfinch (over in groups throughout the morning, 68% heading west and 32% heading east), 2 Reed Bunting (east) [Max Hellicar]

Southend Seafront, 07:05 to 07:05, Cliff gardens
1 Goldcrest (heard), 2 Red Fox [Max Hellicar]

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:10 to 16:40
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 15:40 to 17:35, Bright, light SW wind
1 Water Rail (calling from lake), 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail (flew SW), 2 Stonechat (pair at east end of lake), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing briefly), 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 10 Chaffinch (+, flew SW), 250 Goldfinch (+, incl 5 flocks of up to 70 SW), 1 Linnet, 25 Lesser Redpoll (groups of 16, 3, 1 & 5 SW) [Neil Chambers]

Southend Seafront, 13:50 to 13:50, Kursaal
3 Mediterranean Gull (2ad + 1st-w) [Paul Griggs, Richard Howard]

Gunners Park, 12:10 to 13:45
6 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 2 Mediterranean Gull (ads), 3 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Blackcap (male), 2 Goldcrest (+) [Paul Griggs, Richard Howard]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 09:40 to 09:40
1 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:25
2 Dunlin, 4 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Meadow Pipit, 4 Stonechat, 3 Goldcrest, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Migrant Hawker, 1 Common Darter [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 15:00
1 Sparrowhawk, Rock pipit (Andrew Armstrong) (62451 bytes) Rock pipit (Andrew Armstrong) (55688 bytes) 1 Rock Pipit (Ringed bird. On the seawall at high tide. Ringed in Norway this year) [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 16 October 2017

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:15 to 17:00, Overcast and windy.
2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female. ), 5 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon [Andrew Armstrong]

Hadleigh Downs, 09:30 to 10:30, out running
1 Redwing, 1 Clouded Yellow [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:20 to 15:10
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 15:00, Breezy
1 Water Rail (Calling from eastern reedbed in lake), 1 Redwing (Sssi), 1 Clouded Yellow [Andrew Armstrong]

Southend, 07:25 to 07:40
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail (over near High Street), 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Red Fox [Max Hellicar]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 04:00 to 04:10
2 Badger [John Wright]

Sunday 15 October 2017

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:20 to 14:40
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest (+) [Paul Griggs]

Two Tree Island (East), 12:00 to 12:30
5 Little Egret, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler [John Wright]

South Benfleet, 11:30 to 11:30, Clear, sunny, warm.
4 Grey Wagtail (group flew over St. Mary's Church heading SSW.) [Richard Howard]

Canvey Wick, 09:50 to 11:30
6 Skylark, 1 Ring Ouzel, 5 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 25 Goldfinch, 1 Red Fox, 1 Clouded Yellow [John Wright]

Saturday 14 October 2017

Benfleet, 17:30 to 17:35
1 Cetti's Warbler (heard calling in Brook by St. Marys church from my back garden.) [Simon Watson]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:30 to 18:15
2 Marsh Harrier (male and juv), 1 Osprey (circled over me on south seawall before flying off along Paglesham creek towards Potton Island.), 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (female sitting in ploughed field S.E. section.), 40 Golden Plover, 70 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 14:15 to 15:30, Sunny, warm, SW wind
8 Little Grebe, 1 Blackcap, 2 Clouded Yellow, 3 Small White, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell [Neil Chambers]

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 12:00 to 12:05
1 Coal Tit (on garden feeder ) [Angela Baldock]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:15 to 12:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest [Paul Griggs]

Prittlewell Brook, 10:40 to 10:40
1 Grey Wagtail (between Victoria Ave and Prittlewell Chase) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Coombe Wood, 10:00 to 11:30
1 Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Buzzard (pair circling high over the wood), 1 Coal Tit, 25 Chaffinch (at least, small flocks dropping in regularly during the morning) [Jeff Saward]

Two Tree Island (East), 08:45 to 10:15, Sunny, warm westerly breeze, tide running out.
65 Little Egret (c, on saltings), 2000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 50 Wigeon (+), 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Water Rail (heard only, old sewage settlement tanks), 100 Curlew (+, on saltings), 12 Skylark (+, coming in from east), 1 Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warbler (+, males singing), 1 Blackcap (female), 10 Goldcrest (+), 4 Red Admiral (nectaring on same ivy bush), 1 Small Tortoiseshell (nectaring on ivy bush with Red Admirals) [Richard Howard, Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 10:45
3 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap (male), 3 Bearded Tit [Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 04:25 to 04:40
1 Badger [John Wright]

Friday 13 October 2017

Southend, 22:30 to 22:45
2 Redwing (heard) [Max Hellicar]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:00 to 16:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Two Tree Island (East), 14:30 to 15:00
1 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard) [Max Hellicar]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:35 to 14:00, Merveille du Jour twitch
1 Meadow Pipit (S over Sutherland Boulevard), 3 Jackdaw [Max Hellicar]

Thursday 12 October 2017

Southend, 17:35 to 17:40
1 Peregrine Falcon [Max Hellicar]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Meadow Pipit (flew over calling) [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:30 to 15:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:00
1 Buzzard, 2 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 3 House Martin, 4 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap, 5 Bearded Tit, 2 Common Lizard, 1 Migrant Hawker [Graham Oakes]

Southend, 07:15 to 07:25
2 Grey Wagtail (over High Street) [Max Hellicar]

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:30 to 17:15, Overcast and windy.
6 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Weasel (Running across the road (Creeksea ferry rd)) [Andrew Armstrong]

Southend, 10:10 to 10:20
1 Ring-necked Parakeet ('lutino' bird) [Max Hellicar]

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Westcliff, 17:00 to 17:05
1 Sparrowhawk (over Cossington Road) [Max Hellicar]

Rayleigh, 16:55 to 16:55
1 Buzzard (very low over A127 west of Weir) [Paul Baker]

Two Tree Island (East), 06:00 to 13:40
47 Little Egret (east at dawn), 1 Grey Heron, 30 Teal (c.), 1 Kestrel, 3 Pheasant, 1 California Quail (near main path c.50 metres east of feeders, quite vocal at times sounding like an odd Green Woodpecker!), 89 Wood Pigeon (over in groups), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (north), 31 Meadow Pipit (over), 3 Redwing, 4 Cetti's Warbler (1 seen), 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Jay [Max Hellicar]

Sunday 08 October 2017

Westcliff Seafront, 15:05 to 16:15
2 Mediterranean Gull, 190 Black-headed Gull, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest [Max Hellicar]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:15 to 17:30, Calm, clear. Very high tide 15:00. WeBS count highlights
2 Barnacle Goose (with approx 600 Canada Geese and 60+ Greylags), 60 Wigeon (+, flocks new in to Jubilee), 14 Pintail (Jubilee ), 30 Shoveler (+, Pool Marsh), 2 Marsh Harrier (1st yr and ad male), 1 Buzzard (sat on south fields), 1 Merlin (prolonged pursuit of sky lark out over Roach from School House lookout, Skylark won after about 5 minutes!!), 3 Golden Plover (with about 60 Lapwing on Grass Farm Lagoon), 190 Grey Plover (+, large flock on Jubilee commonest wader!), 1 Greenshank (in borrow dyke by sluice), 1 Short-eared Owl (briefly east of car park along base of sea wall), 1 Kingfisher (on Allfleets side main dluice and flew along creek), 3 Stonechat (where footpath meets south sea wall) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:00 to 15:30, overcast
2 Marsh Harrier (male and female), 3 Buzzard, osprey (Andrew Armstrong) (12290 bytes) osprey  (Andrew Armstrong) (11396 bytes) osprey (Andrew Armstrong) (10655 bytes) 1 Osprey (high over the screens, then drifted over to paglesham creek), 1 Merlin (perched on the finger post near the entrance), 1 Peregrine Falcon (over paglesham creek) [Andrew Armstrong]

Gunners Park, 10:00 to 12:00
1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Chaffinch [Mike Clarke]

River Roach, 10:00 to 12:00
21 Little Egret, 127 Canada Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose (with Canadas), 1 Buzzard (on Foulness), 1 Avocet, 44 Lapwing, 14 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

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