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 24 February 2020

Lion Creek, 12:00 to 16:00, Overcast, rainy and cold
6 Redshank, 1 Barn Owl [Andrew Armstrong]

Lower Raypits, 10:00 to 11:35, Overcast and cold
290 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Oystercatcher, 24 Curlew, 1 Barn Owl [Andrew Armstrong]

Sunday 23 February 2020

Rayleigh, 23:20 to 23:25
1 Tawny Owl (fem calling again from a couple of gardens away) [Neil Chambers]

Canewdon, 17:45 to 17:55, Creeksea Ferry road ditch
1 Barn Owl (Hunting ditch) [Andrew Armstrong]

Eastwood, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Grey Wagtail (in brook by Toolstation) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 17:30, Cold, windy and overcast
1 Merlin (Cattle enclosure ), 2 Barn Owl [Andrew Armstrong]

Saturday 22 February 2020

Ashingdon, 16:50 to 16:50
1 Buzzard (going to roost at bottom of Ashingdon hill, see a couple of evenings now) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 16:00, a blustery walk across the field looking for Yellowhammers
1 Buzzard (seemingly a resident bird), 35 Avocet (on the river noted from the window earlier.), 3 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 40 Fieldfare, 0 Yellowhammer [Paul Baker]

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 11:20 to 11:20
1 Little Egret, 2 Goldfinch [Angela Baldock]

Paglesham Lagoon, 10:00 to 11:30, very low numbers of duck on lagoon - Strong westerly wind
6 Goldeneye, 2 Marsh Harrier (male and female flew west over lagoon), 1 Peregrine Falcon (female in field west of lagoon), 30 Avocet (along river), 1 Mediterranean Gull (moulting adult west of lagoon), 60 Chaffinch (at the Stambridge Sewage Works bushes) [Steve Arlow]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 09:20 to 09:20
1 Peregrine Falcon (south east over garden. The last garden sighting was 21/03/15) [John Wright]

Westcliff, 09:00 to 15:00, Springfield Drive Allotment
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Wagtail [Andrew Armstrong]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:30 to 10:20
8 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Stonechat, 1 Song Thrush [Paul Griggs, Mike Clarke]

Friday 21 February 2020

South Fambridge, 16:15 to 16:20
2 Barnacle Goose (among the dodgy hybrid flock), 1 Marsh Harrier (female on BHF), 1 Barn Owl (on north side hunting deer enclosure) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:30 to 16:30, Dry but very windy SW.. Quite hard work mostly around screens and in lee of south sea wall
2 Great Crested Grebe (on Roach at Paglesham creek mouth), 76 Mute Swan (73 on Grass Farm area, 3 on south lagoons), 1000 Wigeon (+), 4 Marsh Harrier (Ad male, ad female and 2 1st W), 1 Hen Harrier (1st W ringtail over Pool Marsh), 1 Buzzard (distantly over western sea wall), 1 Peregrine Falcon (ad female on fence east of lagoons), 1500 Golden Plover (+, back of Grass Farm saltpan), 3 Raven (playing in the wind over the sea wall and around the big concrete 'sluice' towards Jubilee), 1 Stoat (white ermine individual along bank west of Grass Farm saltpan) [Jeff Delve]

Thursday 20 February 2020

South Fambridge, 15:45 to 16:45
2 Barnacle Goose (BHF), Birthday Barn Owl  (Paul Baker) (41139 bytes) 2 Barn Owl (at bottom of the garden) [Paul Baker]

Wednesday 19 February 2020

Canewdon, 18:00 to 20:30, Filming at Butts Hill pond
1 Great Crested Newt (Garden pond), 5 Smooth Newt (Garden Pond), 4 Common Frog (Croaking throughout, fresh spawn laid, pretty early!! ), 4 Badger (Inc leucistic individual), 2 Wood Mouse [Jeff Delve]

Belfairs Woods, 11:15 to 12:40
5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch (golf course, by Woodlands Park entrance) [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:15 to 13:05
2 Pintail (males), 19 Pochard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 7 Avocet, 350 Lapwing (circa), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Curlew, 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, 6 Cetti's Warbler (all heard only), 4 Greenfinch [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:10 to 12:15, Western section only
1 Great White Egret, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (male, south sea wall and wild bird cover), 2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad sum plum), 20 Stock Dove, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Stonechat [John Wright]

Chalkwell, 08:25 to 08:25
1 Sparrowhawk [John Wright]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 08:20 to 09:10, Gates not officially open until 9am is a bit frustrating!!!
4 Spotted Redshank, 0 Bullfinch (no sign grr), 0 Yellowhammer (no sign grrrr) [Mike Clarke]

South Fambridge, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Sparrowhawk (male crashed into the bushes in pursuit of a sparrow - not sure of the outcome, both flew off into neighbours garden in panic) [Paul Baker]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 08:15
6 Pintail, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 500 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Spotted Redshank (Saline lagoon), 1 Kingfisher, 4 Cetti's Warbler (heard) [Mike Clarke]

South Fambridge, 00:05 to 00:05
1 Barn Owl (sitting in roadside tree by Harry Harpics towards southern end of Fambridge Road at Ashingdon end) [Paul Baker]

Tuesday 18 February 2020

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:30 to 17:20, Breezy SW , cold! Mainly from White Gate
1 Great White Egret (by Grass Farm lagoons), 4 Marsh Harrier (all 1st W birds possibly looking to roost nr south sea wall), 1 Merlin (male very distantly on post ), 3 Barn Owl (2 watched along road from Baltic Wharf past marina - one over fields to south, other flew on to white gate where performed brilliantly to 10m - another towards Grass Farm lagoons), 2 Short-eared Owl (hunting over reptile area, again one performed brilliantly hunting to 10m - great views), 1 Stonechat (on bramble by white gate), 1 Corn Bunting (on bramble by white gate) [Jeff Delve]

Lower Raypits, 15:00 to 16:30, Showers
410 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Grazing on the marsh fields - ditches now filling well but not flooding to field level as yet), 25 Shelduck (only birds on the well flooded lagoon) [Jeff Delve]

Hadleigh Downs, 12:30 to 12:30
1 Red Admiral [John Wright]

Lion Creek, 10:00 to 15:30, Mostly breezy SW and sunshine but heavy shower later. Reserve management
1 Green Sandpiper (flew out calling from saltings), 1 Barn Owl (in usual roost tree), 1 Common Lizard [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00
1 Sparrowhawk (Ness Road pond ), 1 Rock Pipit (Gogs berth), 2 Cetti's Warbler [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 17 February 2020

South Fambridge, 17:15 to 17:30
1 Barn Owl (at bottom of the garden then flew north across Crouch to hunt on BHF) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:00 to 17:30, From White Gate
1 Barn Owl (Hunting towards south sea wall), 3 Short-eared Owl (Two clinging on to posts in reptile area, one hunting field edge near caravan site entrance), 1 Stonechat (Female by white gate) [Jeff Delve]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:50 to 16:50
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Southend, 16:30 to 16:30
1 Chiffchaff (along Prittle Brook west of Gainsborough Drive) [Steve Arlow]

Canewdon, 16:00 to 16:30, In gatden
1 Blackcap (Male on feeders a first winter record ) [Jeff Delve]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 15:45 to 16:50
1 Marsh Harrier (imm over north), 1 Bullfinch (1+ heard only) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 13:15 to 14:35, showers and a stunning rainbow
2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk (put up all the lapwings), 250 Lapwing (approx), 3 Skylark (singing (one in flight in the rain)), 5 Reed Bunting [Sally Brierley]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 13:15 to 14:50
4 Pintail (2 pairs), 4 Pochard, 2 Buzzard (Over old tip), 1 Snipe, 2 Stonechat [Jeff Delve]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:20 to 13:00
3 Cetti's Warbler (around the green centre hide), 1 Bullfinch (heard only), 4 Yellowhammer (2 pairs) [Sally Brierley]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:00 to 13:00, Mostly sunny, breezy westerly
6 Teal (On scrape), 4 Shoveler (2 pairs on scrape from hide), 1 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail (One squealing from small pond in copse where bullfinch calling), 25 Black-tailed Godwit (Timberman Creek mouth), 1 Song Thrush (Singing early on), 3 Cetti's Warbler (Singing from hide), 2 Bullfinch (Heard many times in same area but never showed), 4 Yellowhammer (2pairs flew from Timberman Creek path to edge of tip nearest marina) [Jeff Delve]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:00 to 12:00
1 Spotted Redshank (creek by marina), 1 Bullfinch (male seen, at least 2 calling - elusive!) [John Wright]

Sunday 16 February 2020

South Fambridge, 17:00 to 17:45
1 Barn Owl (at the back of the garden) [Paul Baker]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 15:10 to 16:45, Second visit of the day. Heavy rain at first, brightening later
2 Bullfinch (Pair, mobile and elusive in same general area in behind the model railway at rear of green centre), 2 Yellowhammer (+ Usual spot looking wet and miserable sheltering from the deluge ) [Martin Cracknell]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 17:30, Heavy rain easing to late sunshine and lighter winds though still breezy. Main wader flocks on Jubilee numbers approximate in c 7500 birds. Golden Plover and Lapwing over south lagoons.
1 Great White Egret (happily wandering around grassland patch south of Grass Farm lagoons), 1 Hen Harrier, 120 Avocet, 2500 Golden Plover (Over S lagoons), 1400 Grey Plover (In mixed flock on Jubilee), 1500 Lapwing (Most over S lagoons), 3000 Knot (In mixed flock on Jubilee), 2000 Dunlin (In mixed flock on Jubilee), 1400 Bar-tailed Godwit (In mixed flock on Jubilee), 500 Redshank (Mostly Jubilee), 1 Short-eared Owl (One hover hunting over wbc late on), 1 Stonechat, 1 Stoat (In ermine. Swam across a ditch and hunting near Track to cattle corral) [Jeff Delve]

South Benfleet, 11:00 to 12:00, My garden
1 Stock Dove, 1 Blackcap (Female still present), 4 Greenfinch (Not often I get more than the odd one or two these days) [Martin Cracknell]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 09:05 to 10:50
1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Bullfinch (Briefly in trees opposite dog waste bin ot first corner of perimeter path from Green Centre entrance), 4 Yellowhammer (On opposite side of Timberman's Creek from perimeter path about 300m from marina car park) [Tim Bourne]

Saturday 15 February 2020

Belfairs Woods, 08:00 to 09:30, gusty
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Nuthatch (between woodman and the fairway) [Sally Brierley]

Friday 14 February 2020

Two Tree Island (East), 16:20 to 17:15
20 Little Egret (on the roost), 2 Shelduck (on the old sewage tanks), 2 Sparrowhawk (M & F), 4 Water Rail (2 showed well and 2 heard only), 1 Snipe, 1 Short-eared Owl (flew over road to east side and hunted grassland for 5 mins before flying back to west side), 1 Rock Pipit (just west of slipway), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing) [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:15 to 12:15
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Two Tree Island, 12:00 to 16:40, Incoming tide
6 Little Egret, 46 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 34 Ringed Plover, 15 Grey Plover, 3000 Knot (Approx), 750 Dunlin (Approx), 9 Curlew, 1 Skylark, 2 Rock Pipit (East of slipway) [Sally Brierley]

Belfairs Golf Course, 10:00 to 11:20
1 Green Woodpecker (Heard only), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch [Dudley Shayler]

Battlesbridge Sewage Works, 09:15 to 09:15
1 Buzzard (along Watery Lane) [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:30
4 Little Grebe, 2 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 32 Avocet, 1 Water Pipit (from double benches.), 3 Stonechat, 1 Redwing, 7 Bearded Tit, 2 Red Fox [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

South Fambridge, 08:15 to 08:30
1 Barn Owl (on fencepost at bottom of the garden) [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 08:00 to 09:00
6 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Treecreeper, 40 Chaffinch (in a loose flock feeding on forest floor - sadly no brambling among them!) [Mike Clarke]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:30 to 09:30, Beautiful calm sunny morning, positively spring like!
100 Pintail (+), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail South of grass farm lagoon), 2 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine Falcon (Pair perched on sluice east of Fitzroy lagoon), 1 Barn Owl (By white gate on arrival), 1 Short-eared Owl (south west sea wall), 1 Kingfisher (By screens), 20 Skylark (+, Singing birds all around reserve), 2 Rock Pipit, 10 Corn Bunting (+, Many singing from all available songposts) [Jeff Delve, Neil Chambers]

Thursday 13 February 2020

Southend Airport, 15:30 to 15:35, Aviation way
1 Little Owl [Bob Young]

Belfairs Woods, 11:30 to 12:15
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush (pair), 1 Nuthatch (Between the woodman carving and the golf course - same area as a year or two ago.), 25 Chaffinch [John Wright]

Wednesday 12 February 2020

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:00 to 12:00, Timberman's creek area only
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Yellowhammer (viewed from first screen from marina) [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 08:00 to 08:05
1 Sparrowhawk [John Wright]

Leigh on Sea, 04:55 to 04:55, Eastwood Road
1 Badger [Paul Griggs]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 04:00
2 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Tuesday 11 February 2020

South Fambridge, 17:35 to 17:40
1 Barn Owl (flying along Fambridge Road just east of Gibbon Farms) [Paul Baker]

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