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 05 April 2020

Southchurch, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Mediterranean Gull (h), 1 Common Toad [Max Hellicar]

Rochford, 15:00 to 17:00
2 Mallard (pair), 1 Buzzard, 1 Sand Martin (flew south), 1 House Martin (flew east) [Steve Arlow]

Belton Hills, 13:00 to 13:45, West
1 Red Kite (Flying east), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Calling from scrub on far side of railway ), 1 Large White, 10 Peacock Butterfly, 3 Comma [Andrew Woodhouse]

Leigh on Sea, 12:50 to 12:50
1 Buzzard (over east to west) [Graham Mee]

Gunners Park, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Cetti's Warbler (heard singing), 2 Chiffchaff (heard singing), 2 Greenfinch (h), 1 Red Fox, 2 Peacock Butterfly [Max Hellicar]

Belfairs Woods, 11:30 to 12:00
1 Nuthatch (100m NE of woodsman), 5 Brimstone, 3 Peacock Butterfly [Andrew Woodhouse]

Westcliff, 11:00 to 15:05, St.George's Drive (from garden)
1 Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 1 Peacock Butterfly [Jeff Kinnerman]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:30 to 11:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Small White [John Wright]

Hadleigh Marshes, 10:00 to 10:30
6 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Marsh Frog [John Wright]

Two Tree Island, 10:00 to 12:00
50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Wigeon, 100 Black-tailed Godwit (C), 1 Greenshank, 5 Turnstone, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 4 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (Singing and showing well in bushes at NE corner of lagoon) [Mike Clarke]

Leigh Seafront, 09:45 to 09:55
97 Dark-bellied Brent Goose [John Wright]

Leigh on Sea, 08:20 to 08:20
1 Sparrowhawk (Female) [Dudley Shayler]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 07:00 to 14:30
2 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker (h), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Griggs]

Doggetts Pits, 06:30 to 08:20
2 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret (flew east), 2 Mute Swan (pair), 1 Greylag Goose, 5 Canada Goose, 6 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck (pair), 2 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Skylark, 1 Swallow (north of the farm), 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Jay, 4 Chaffinch [Steve Arlow]

Saturday 04 April 2020

Rochford, 17:35 to 17:40
2 Kestrel (pair flying around Rochford Chimney) [Steve Arlow]

Two Tree Island, 17:00 to 18:30
1 Pochard (Female in lake on SE side), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 2 Chiffchaff [Mike Clarke]

South Fambridge, 15:30 to 16:00
20 Barnacle Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier (both females still present over SE reedbed on BHF), 4 Buzzard (+), 1 Song Thrush (singing), 1 Brimstone (male), 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Comma [Paul Baker]

Southchurch, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Little Egret, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 1 Peacock Butterfly [Max Hellicar]

Westcliff, 14:20 to 14:25, St.George's Drive (from garden)
1 Peacock Butterfly [Jeff Kinnerman]

Gunners Park, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Mediterranean Gull (h), 1 Wheatear (male), 1 Chiffchaff (h), 1 Red Fox, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Max Hellicar]

Rochford, 13:25 to 13:35, Garden watch
1 Canada Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard (Displaying), 1 Small White, 3 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Comma [Steve Arlow]

Wakering Common, 11:30 to 12:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Cetti's Warbler (One heard other bird showed well. ), 2 Blackcap (Both singing males. ), 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Peacock Butterfly, 3 Comma [Lee Ebbs]

Belton Hills, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 6 Peacock Butterfly, 2 Comma [John Wright]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 11:00 to 17:00, Garden & environs
Sparrowhawk (Neil Chambers) (71935 bytes) 4 Sparrowhawk (male around most of the day, male & 2 females over SW), 1 Buzzard (circling N), 2 Goldcrest (singing), 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock Butterfly [Neil Chambers]

Wakering, 10:45 to 10:45
1 Siskin (High over back garden, calling. ), 1 Small White [Lee Ebbs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 07:30 to 15:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Brimstone, 1 Small White, 3 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Griggs]

Doggetts Pits, 06:30 to 07:50
1 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan (pair), 2 Greylag Goose (pair), 4 Canada Goose (2 pairs), 7 Shelduck, 2 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Blackcap (2 males and a female in same bush and a seperate singing male on east side of pits), 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Jay, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Greenfinch (pair and 2 singles), 1 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Chinese Muntjac (ran across field north of farm) [Steve Arlow]

Southchurch, 00:00 to 05:30, sound recording from 20:40 on 03 April
1 Curlew (h), 3 Redwing (sound recorded) [Max Hellicar]

Friday 03 April 2020

Shoebury, 22:15 to 23:55, Clear from home garden, counted until 00.30
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+ obviously presumed DB race over at 23.08), 1 Wigeon (+ group over at 22.51), 1 Teal (+ over at 23.29), 1 Oystercatcher (Heard calling from East Beach), 1 Song Thrush (Over), 1 Redwing (Over) [Marc Outten]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 22:00 to 22:45
1 Moorhen (flew NE over garden calling), 1 Redwing (heard) [Neil Chambers]

Belton Hills, 16:45 to 16:45
2 Sparrowhawk [John Wright]

Leigh on Sea, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Peregrine Falcon (female) [Max Hellicar]

Hadleigh Downs, 15:30 to 16:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard (pair), 2 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 17:00, several short watches from the window
20 Barnacle Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult female seen a few times), 1 Buzzard, 200 Golden Plover, 1 Barn Owl (over east fields on BHF), 1 Song Thrush (feeding on the lawn), 1 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Baker]

Southchurch, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Buzzard (flew NE), 1 Blackcap (female) [Max Hellicar]

Prittle Brook (Southend), 10:55 to 11:00, Between Victoria Avenue and Prittlewell Chase
1 Grey Wagtail [Jeff Kinnerman]

Priory Park, 07:45 to 10:55
2 Cormorant (flyovers), 2 Little Egret (incl flyover), 2 Common Gull (adults), 1 Great Black-backed Gull (adult), 6 Stock Dove (pairs), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtail (pair), 1 Blackcap (male singing,elusive,fishing lake), 1 Chiffchaff (fishing lake), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit (heard only,mature conifers,NW of park), 1 Jay [Jeff Kinnerman]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 06:50 to 12:00
1 Anser sp. (south), 1 Greylag Goose (east), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker (h), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (m) [Paul Griggs]

Doggetts Pits, 06:15 to 07:20
1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret (flew east: site first), 1 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Goose (2 pairs and a single), 10 Shelduck, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove (at the farm), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Fieldfare (flew east north of the farm), 2 Song Thrush, 41 Redwing (groups of 8 and 33 (the 8 had probably roosted at the pits and the 33 flew in from the east north of the farm)), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting [Steve Arlow]

Southchurch, 00:00 to 05:30, sound recording from 21:45 on 02 April
2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (++; flyover flock heard pre-midnight), 8 Common Scoter (++, will have been many more birds involved depending on flock sizes; four flocks sound recorded overnight (23:41 and 23:51 on 02 April, 00:18 and 00:52 on 03 April), three of which I heard in person), 2 Moorhen (flight calls), 13 Redwing (sound recorded overnight), 1 Red Fox (h) [Max Hellicar]

Thursday 02 April 2020

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 22:05 to 23:00
2 Common Scoter (2 flocks over north), 1 Red Fox [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 19:30 to 19:30
1 Noctule Bat (possibly this species. A large bat feeding over Hall Woods) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 17:15 to 17:30
3 Barnacle Goose, 4 Buzzard, 1 Barn Owl (BHF) [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 17:00 to 17:00
15 Wigeon (east), 1 Green Woodpecker (h), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (h), 1 Pied Wagtail [Max Hellicar]

Shoebury East Beach, 17:00 to 17:00
9 Dark-bellied Brent Goose [Max Hellicar]

Chalkwell Station, 15:10 to 15:15
35 Dark-bellied Brent Goose [John Wright]

Westcliff Seafront, 15:00 to 15:05
6 Common Seal [John Wright]

Rochford, 13:50 to 14:00
1 Sparrowhawk (with the Buzzards), 3 Buzzard (circling over garden) [Steve Arlow]

Rochford, 11:30 to 11:35
1 Red Kite (drifted east over Rochford south of the Rochford Hospital Chimney; seen from the garden) [Steve Arlow]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:45 to 16:25
1 Cormorant, 2 Mallard (pr), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Priory Park, 07:55 to 10:20
1 Grey Heron (circling,distant), 15 Black-headed Gull (fishing lake), 1 Great Black-backed Gull (adult), 5 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female), 2 Song Thrush (pair), 1 Blackcap (male singing,NE of fishing lake), 2 Jay [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canewdon, 07:15 to 09:00, Sunny, light westerly winds - from house
1 Sparrowhawk (adult male soaring and drifting east - presumed migrant ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 3 Fieldfare (over with last flock of Redwing), 1 Song Thrush (singing early on - first for a while here), 75 Redwing (Flocks of 40,10,20,15 all heading west, some stopping to feed on ivy berries), 1 Blackcap (male), 1 Chiffchaff (feeding in oak - not singing) [Jeff Delve]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 06:50 to 06:55
1 Fieldfare (with Redwings), 20 Redwing (several small flocks heading NE) [Neil Chambers]

Doggetts Pits, 06:15 to 07:30
2 Cormorant (flew west), 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan (pair), 2 Greylag Goose (pair), 4 Canada Goose (2 pairs), 2 Shelduck (over east fields), 2 Tufted Duck (pair), 2 Buzzard (one on its usual morning perch (single poplar to the east) and the other north of farm), 3 Stock Dove (at the farm), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush (the usual songster), 123 Redwing (moving north; some clearly roosted at the pits and other east of fields north of farm as small groups of 43, 10, 25, 15 and 30 seen moving north), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap (pair not seen for a few days now along the entrance track), 5 Chiffchaff (3 around the ponds and 2 north of the farm), 3 Jay, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Chinese Muntjac (site tick: walked north along hedgeline of field to the north of the pits) [Steve Arlow]

Southchurch, 00:00 to 05:30, sound recording from 21:30 on 01 April
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (sound recorded, probably a flock), 39 Redwing (flight calls sound recorded (6 pre-midnight), actual number of birds is likely to have differed), 1 Red Fox (sound recorded) [Max Hellicar]

Wednesday 01 April 2020

South Fambridge, 18:30 to 18:45
20 Barnacle Goose (looking 100% pure-bred - BHF), 1 Marsh Harrier (ad female on BHF), 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 3 Buzzard (BHF), 200 Golden Plover (BHF), 3 Song Thrush (together on lawn were nice to see), 1 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 17:00 to 17:00
48 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 5 Shelduck, 22 Wigeon (east), 2 Brown Rat [Max Hellicar]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:45 to 12:45
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Belfairs N.R., 11:00 to 11:45
1 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Treecreeper [Andrew Woodhouse]

Westcliff, 11:00 to 11:05, St.George's Drive (from garden)
1 Sparrowhawk [Jeff Kinnerman]

Two Tree Island (East), 10:35 to 11:10
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Two Tree Island (West), 10:00 to 10:30
8 Wigeon, 34 Teal, 6 Oystercatcher (3 pairs), 1 Greenshank, 2 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Leigh on Sea, 09:50 to 09:55
2 Sparrowhawk (pair circling), 2 Jackdaw (over) [Graham Mee]

Doggetts Pits, 06:15 to 07:10
6 Cormorant (few east as a single flock), 2 Greylag Goose (pair), 5 Canada Goose (pair and 3 ), 1 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove (at the farm), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Song Thrush (usual singing bird at the pits and 2 north of the farm), 9 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff (2 at the pits, 2 north of the farm), 1 Jay, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting [Steve Arlow]

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 17:55 to 17:55
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

South Fambridge, 17:30 to 18:30, Walk along seawall to Brandy Hole
4 Buzzard (two to the north & regular pair over fields around the village), 2 Avocet, 4 Golden Plover (in field by village ), 1 Linnet (singing male), 1 Reed Bunting (male) [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 17:00 to 17:00
2 Mute Swan, 4 Shelduck, 4 Sandwich Tern [Max Hellicar]

Rayleigh, 15:30 to 15:30
1 Buzzard (circling SW) [Neil Chambers]

Rochford, 14:55 to 15:00
2 Buzzard (soaring over garden) [Steve Arlow]

Belfairs N.R., 14:30 to 15:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff [Andrew Woodhouse]

South Benfleet, 13:30 to 13:30
1 Buzzard (Both soaring over Bowers viewed from my house) [Martin Cracknell]

Belton Hills, 11:30 to 11:40
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Hadleigh Downs, 11:00 to 11:15
1 Cetti's Warbler (S.E. of castle) [John Wright]

River Crouch, 11:00 to 12:30, Sunny, breezy, cold NE. Walk Canewdon Lion Creek and along Crouch
3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Egret, 30 Wigeon (+), 6 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Yellowhammer (singing along coast path north of Lion Creek), 1 Common Seal [Jeff Delve]

Benfleet Creek, 10:00 to 10:30
20 Black-tailed Godwit (sum plum), 3 Cetti's Warbler [John Wright]

Priory Park, 08:35 to 12:10
1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Common Gull (adult), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult), 3 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female), 1 Blackcap (male singing,east of fishing lake), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit (singing,pos two.Mature conifers NW of park) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Doggetts Pits, 06:15 to 07:10
2 Mute Swan (pair), 4 Canada Goose (2 pairs), 4 Shelduck (still over east fields), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting (still around) [Steve Arlow]

Southchurch, 00:00 to 05:00
5 Redwing (sound recorded overnight (30th/31st)) [Max Hellicar]

Monday 30 March 2020

South Fambridge, 18:45 to 19:00
10 Barnacle Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier (both females together in SE reedbed on BHF), 2 Buzzard (+), 200 Golden Plover, 1 Barn Owl (way off to the east) [Paul Baker]

Two Tree Island, 18:30 to 19:45, Family walk around the island
40 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard) [Mike Clarke]

Thorpe Bay Seafront, 16:40 to 16:40
1 Common Gull (3cy ringed in Oslo in 2018) [Max Hellicar]

Westcliff, 14:45 to 15:10, Kenilworth Gardens/Prittlewell Chase
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest (singing,Chase High School) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Sparrowhawk [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:00 to 15:40
2 Cormorant (north), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Stock Dove [Paul Griggs]

Doggetts Pits, 07:10 to 07:50
2 Mute Swan (pair), 4 Canada Goose (2 pairs), 2 Tufted Duck (pair), 1 Buzzard, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff [Steve Arlow]

Southchurch, 00:00 to 05:00
1 Canada Goose (sound recorded, probably a flock), 1 Moorhen (sound recorded), 1 Blackbird (sound recorded singing from 02:48-03:00), 21 Redwing (flight calls sound recorded, actual number of birds likely to have differed) [Max Hellicar]

Sunday 29 March 2020

South Fambridge, 19:15 to 19:30, Looking across to BHF
8 Little Egret (inc a flock of 6), 10 Barnacle Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier (usual female around SE reedbed), 2 Buzzard, 15 Avocet, 2 Barn Owl (usual bird on BHF and one up the hill towards Cold Norton) [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 17:50 to 18:20, Chill NE wind, On my cycle ride from home
3 Black-necked Grebe [Martin Cracknell]

Thorpe Bay Seafront, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Common Gull (3cy ringed in Oslo in 2018), 1 Stock Dove [Max Hellicar]

Doggetts Pits, 07:10 to 08:35
2 Mute Swan (pair), 10 Canada Goose (9 at the pits and 1 at the fishing lake north of farm), 6 Shelduck (increase on yesterday, over the same fields), 1 Shoveler (drake: new for site), 3 Tufted Duck (on the fishing lake north of farm), 1 Buzzard (north of farm), 3 Stock Dove (at the farm), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff (2 at the pits and 1 north of the farm), 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting (only the second for the site) [Steve Arlow]

Saturday 28 March 2020

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 17:45 to 18:15, On my bike ride from home
1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting [Martin Cracknell]

South Fambridge, 17:15 to 18:00, short walk across the field to south of village
1 Sparrowhawk (male took down a passerine, possibly the singing Yellowhammer :-( ), 1 Buzzard (resident bird), 2 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 20 Rook (active rookery with c12 nests at least 4 of which are active), 2 Yellowhammer (males, one singing), 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Sanderling (individual ringed on Orkney in 2015), 1 Chiffchaff (feeding on foreshore) [Max Hellicar]

Thorpe Bay Seafront, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Stock Dove [Max Hellicar]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:20 to 15:40
1 Stock Dove [Paul Griggs]

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:15, viewing BHF from upstairs
2 Barnacle Goose, 2 Buzzard, 150 Golden Plover [Paul Baker]

Two Tree Island (West), 15:00 to 16:00, Walked from home... island not too busy but streets on way involved close encounters
2 Great Crested Grebe, 200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 10 Grey Plover, 50 Knot, 6 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank [Mike Clarke]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 11:00 to 13:00, Garden
1 Stock Dove (singing), 1 Blackcap (singing), 2 Goldcrest (1 singing), 1 Coal Tit (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:50 to 11:15, Walk from home
3 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Pintail, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Chiffchaff (Singing) [Tim Bourne]

Doggetts Pits, 06:15 to 07:15
2 Mute Swan (pair), 2 Greylag Goose (pair), 4 Canada Goose (2 pairs), 4 Shelduck (flying around over fields; first for the site), 1 Tufted Duck (drake still on main lake), 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Green Woodpecker (by farm), 2 Skylark, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing (by farm), 2 Mistle Thrush (pair by farm), 1 Blackcap (singing), 2 Chiffchaff (the usual two ), 1 Jay, 3 Chaffinch [Steve Arlow]

Friday 27 March 2020

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:30
10 Barnacle Goose (on BHF), 1 Marsh Harrier (female again on BHF), 4 Buzzard, 3 Snipe (new arrivals in dyke at bottom of garden) [Paul Baker]

Leigh on Sea, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Buzzard (over Belfairs Woods) [Graham Mee]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:30 to 14:00
1 Stock Dove, 1 Rook [Paul Griggs]

Fossetts Park, 10:15 to 10:15
1 Weasel (ran across the road) [Paul Baker]

Southend, 09:40 to 09:45, Birding from the Sainsburys queue
1 Red Kite (over High St,drifted South) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canewdon, 09:00 to 10:00
1 Blackcap (singing by BHP) [Jeff Delve]

Doggetts Pits, 06:15 to 07:15
2 Mute Swan (pair), 4 Canada Goose, 1 Tufted Duck (drake; perhaps last years bird returning), 1 Marsh Harrier (female flew east just north of farm; first site record), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch [Steve Arlow]

Thursday 26 March 2020

Lower Raypits, 15:15 to 15:15, Sunny, cold NE. walk from home round sea wall to Lion Creek
2 Shoveler (pair on lagoon), 1 Rock Pipit (sea wall) [Jeff Delve]

Leigh on Sea, 12:50 to 12:50
1 Buzzard (over SE to NW) [Graham Mee]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:15 to 13:50
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Downs, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1 Blackcap (singing/showing), 7 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 11:00 to 13:00, Garden
2 Goldcrest (singing), 1 Coal Tit (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Doggetts Pits, 06:10 to 07:15
2 Mute Swan (pair), 2 Greylag Goose (in fields, not seen any here in past two weeks), 15 Canada Goose (increase: pair on main lake and 13 in fields), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (singing over the fields), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing (by farm), 2 Blackcap (pair still in same place), 2 Chiffchaff (usual birds), 1 Jay [Steve Arlow]

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:30 to 18:45
1 Great White Egret (In flight towards Paglesham. ), 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female. ), 1 Barn Owl (Hunting around field by white gate. ), 1 Short-eared Owl (Hunting along southern sea wall. ) [Lee Ebbs]

Paglesham Eastend, 17:00 to 18:00, short walk with teenager son
1 Great White Egret (seen 3x in flight in SW corner of Potton), 1 Marsh Harrier (immature on Potton), 1 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail (squealing from reedbed in dyke), 3 Short-eared Owl (two on Potton & one showing very well in SE corner of Wallasea), 1 Corn Bunting (siinging), 1 Red Fox (way out on the mud in the Roach) [Paul Baker]

Doggetts Farm, 16:45 to 16:45
1 Buzzard (on top of roadside telegraph post along Brays Lane) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 15:30 to 16:30
1 Marsh Harrier (adult female over BHF), 1 Sparrowhawk (thermalling to the north), 6 Buzzard (always at least 2 in the air to the north) [Paul Baker]

Coombe Wood, 14:00 to 16:00
2 Coal Tit (calling and prospecting tree holes) [Jeff Saward]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 12:30 to 12:35
1 Sparrowhawk [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:10 to 13:50
2 Buzzard (displaying), 1 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:30 to 11:30
2 Buzzard (pair), 1 Blackcap (singing), 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Brimstone, 4 Comma [John Wright]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 10:00 to 15:00, Garden & environs
1 Stock Dove (singing), 1 Goldcrest (singing), 1 Coal Tit (singing - same bird as from nearby cemetery), 2 Peacock Butterfly [Neil Chambers]

Canewdon, 08:00 to 18:00, Beautiful spring day, from a cold start to warm afternoon. Garden and BHP
2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard (Pair soaring over hill), 4 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 13 Chaffinch, 12 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Comma [Jeff Delve]

South Benfleet, 07:15 to 07:15, My garden
1 Stock Dove, 1 Song Thrush (Smashing snails on a stone), 1 Blackcap (Female ) [Martin Cracknell]

Doggetts Pits, 06:30 to 07:15
3 Stock Dove, 4 Redwing (yesterday evenings birds still present), 1 Cetti's Warbler (still singing intermitently ), 2 Blackcap (pair), 2 Chiffchaff (singles at the pits and north of the farm) [Steve Arlow]

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Two Tree Island (East), 17:45 to 18:45
2 Water Rail (Heard), 1 Woodcock, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Red Fox [Lee Ebbs]

Doggetts Pits, 17:20 to 18:10
2 Mute Swan (pair), 6 Canada Goose (3 pairs), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler (first for the site), 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch [Steve Arlow]

South Fambridge, 16:00 to 18:35
3 Little Egret (flock flew across to roost. The egret roost seems to be a few miles inland nr Cold Norton now but is only used by a handful), 10 Barnacle Goose (apparent pure bred birds in with 20 hybrids), 1 Buzzard (to the north), 3 Barn Owl (all on BHF), 3 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Baker]

Southend, 11:10 to 11:15, Prittlewell Chase
1 Grey Wagtail (over,calling) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:05 to 12:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Griggs]

Belton Hills, 11:00 to 11:10
3 Chiffchaff, 2 Slow-worm, 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 2 Comma [John Wright]

Southend Airport, 10:45 to 10:45
1 Buzzard (low and being mobbed by a Crow & a Herring Gull) [Paul Baker]

Belton Hills, 10:30 to 11:15, West
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Brimstone, 1 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 6 Peacock Butterfly, 3 Comma [Andrew Woodhouse]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 10:00
1 Black-necked Grebe (sum plum), 6 Barnacle Goose, 6 Pintail (3 pairs), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bearded Tit [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 06:00 to 07:00
1 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Pintail, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 6 Linnet [Vince Kinsler]

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