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 23 March 2019

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:50 to 15:50
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Coombe Wood, 13:40 to 13:45
2 Buzzard (circling over the wood), 3 Brambling (2 females, 1 male - different bird to yesterday's two males, so 5 in total so far) [Jeff Saward]

Hadleigh Downs, 08:30 to 09:00
4 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Friday 22 March 2019

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 22:50 to 23:50
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger, 1 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Coombe Wood, 15:50 to 16:00
3 Brambling (2 males, 1 female, all in summer plumage!), 4 Greenfinch [Jeff Saward]

Gunners Park, 15:00 to 17:00
1 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shelduck, 2 Ringed Plover, 500 Sanderling, 5 Turnstone, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch [Angela Baldock]

West Wood, 10:30 to 11:20, and Valerie Wells wood
1 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (seen singing) [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 11:15
4 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Pochard, 38 Tufted Duck, 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine Falcon (pair), 1 Ruff, 40 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

River Roach, 08:00 to 14:45, (North),Coombes Farm to Paglesham Lagoon(PL) via Bartonhall Creek & return
1 Pintail (male,PL), 13 Pochard (PL), 1 Marsh Harrier (male,PL), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (male,PL), 28 Avocet, 125 Grey Plover (+), 98 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 75 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 85 Curlew (circa), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 26 Common Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Corn Bunting (singles) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Thursday 21 March 2019

Ferndale Road, Rayleigh, 16:00 to 17:00
1 Pheasant, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (singing), 3 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Chaffinch [Paul Baker]

Starvelarks Wood, 12:15 to 13:00, EWT Little Havens
1 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove (pair), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Peacock Butterfly [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 02:00 to 05:00
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 22:50 to 23:15
1 Badger [John Wright]

Thundersley, 15:35 to 16:00, EWT Little Havens
1 Woodcock (Flew across the pylon corridor in same area as LW. ), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard in song three times at the east end of the pylon corridor. Almost a month early to the average SOG record ) [Marc Outten]

Thundersley, 15:05 to 15:05
2 Woodcock (In Valerie Wells Wood (to the west of the entrance to Little Havens, on the other side of Daws Heath Rd) ) [Marc Outten]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:05 to 16:15, from white gate
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtails), 2 Short-eared Owl, 30 Corn Bunting [Bob Young]

Canvey Point, 13:30 to 14:00
10 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Canvey Wick, 10:50 to 12:15
2 Mediterranean Gull (ads), 4 Song Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:00
2 Great White Egret (on Potton Island - viewed from south seawall), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Kestrel, 30 Stock Dove, 1 Yellowhammer (flew over and kept going towards Foulness), 10 Corn Bunting, 18 Common Seal [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:30 to 13:00, WEBS count Allfleets and Jubilee and walk back. High tide 11:57
2 White-fronted Goose (adults nr 'Spoonbill Island' on Jubilee), 37 Gadwall (Grass Farm lagoons - a big flock for Wallasea), 7 Pintail (Pool Marsh), 200 Shoveler (+, Pool Marsh - impressive flock), 1 Spotted Redshank (Pool Marsh), 33 Mediterranean Gull (on Grass Farm breeding colony), 3 Common Seal (In Jubilee Marsh creeks at high tide) [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 09:00 to 17:00
30 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Gannet, 2 Red Fox [Andrew Armstrong]

Rayleigh, 08:50 to 08:50
1 Buzzard (in field between old A130 & new A130) [Paul Baker]

Rochford, 08:40 to 08:40
2 Mediterranean Gull (a pair displaying on the rooftops) [Paul Baker]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:20 to 10:30
1 Little Egret, 4 Pintail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail (h), 1 Jack Snipe, 5 Snipe, 40 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 2 Water Pipit (+), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (h), 3 Bearded Tit (h) [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Gunners Park, 07:45 to 08:50
2 Green Woodpecker (heard), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff (heard) [Mike Clarke]

Tuesday 19 March 2019

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 22:05 to 22:35
1 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park, 13:40 to 13:50
1 Little Egret (at the pond), 1 Brown Rat, 1 Peacock Butterfly [John Wright]

Canewdon, 09:00 to 09:00, Sunny periods, light winds, perfect spring day
1 Chiffchaff (singing at Butts Hill Pond) [Jeff Delve]

Belton Hills, 08:10 to 08:10
2 Chiffchaff (heard) [Mike Clarke]

Leigh on Sea, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Jay (all in garden) [Graham Mee]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 07:50 to 07:50
1 Chiffchaff (In oak tree at back of garden) [Mike Clarke]

Gunners Park, 06:00 to 17:25
2 Tufted Duck (Pair on the lake), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 500 Sanderling, 70 Dunlin, 20 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff (First for the year. ), 1 Brambling, 2 Red Fox [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 18 March 2019

Rayleigh Mount, 19:10 to 19:20
1 Tawny Owl (female calling, audible from car park) [Neil Chambers]

Leigh on Sea, 12:45 to 12:45
1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Buzzard (both over garden) [Graham Mee]

Sunday 17 March 2019

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 17:15 to 18:25, Cool, dusk
4 Pintail (2 pairs), 1 Jack Snipe (Usual patch), 8 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Water Pipit (All together on east side), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting [Martin Cracknell]

Hadleigh Downs, 11:30 to 14:30, a fruitless search for Bullfinch :-(
1 Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove, 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Chiffchaff (2 singing), 1 Goldcrest (conifers at end of Shipwrights Close), 1 Coal Tit (singing from conifers to the west of the end of Shipwrights Close) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:00 to 11:30
1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 150 Golden Plover, 85 Linnet, 20 Corn Bunting, 1 Adder [John Wright]

Two Tree Island (West), 09:30 to 12:00
10 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 1 Grey Plover, 10 Knot, 12 Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 70 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 6 Turnstone [Angela Baldock]

Rayleigh, 09:00 to 09:00
1 Grey Wagtail (flew over High Street) [Neil Chambers]

Westcliff, 07:50 to 07:55, St George's Drive
1 Redwing (singing from tree) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Saturday 16 March 2019

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:20 to 13:25
1 Stock Dove (in garden) [Paul Griggs]

Graysons Close, Rayleigh, 10:45 to 10:50
1 Grey Wagtail (flew over calling) [Neil Chambers]

Friday 15 March 2019

Hadleigh Downs, 12:05 to 13:35
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff (1 singing) [Neil Chambers]

Hadleigh Downs, 12:00 to 12:05
1 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:35 to 11:50
1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck [Neil Chambers]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:30 to 11:20
1 Kestrel, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:40 to 10:10, Bright, strong SW wind - with Richard Hall
20 Greylag Goose (+), 2 Jack Snipe, 7 Water Pipit (all around the eastern side. Groups of 3 & 2, and 2 singles, including one near the saline screen), 3 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Bearded Tit, 1 Reed Bunting [Neil Chambers]

Thursday 14 March 2019

Rayleigh Mount, 19:30 to 19:40
1 Tawny Owl (female calling, audible from car park) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:00 to 18:00, Cold and overcast. All from white gate
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 15 Corn Bunting (Circa) [Andrew Armstrong]

Wednesday 13 March 2019

Southend Airport, 17:20 to 17:25
2 Stock Dove (together), 1 Little Owl [Jeff Kinnerman]

Southend, 13:10 to 13:15, Prittle Brook between Victoria Avenue and Prittlewell Chase
1 Grey Wagtail [Jeff Kinnerman]

Tuesday 12 March 2019

Sutton Road Cemetery, 16:45 to 16:45
1 Coal Tit (one at the northern end around the compound and pines) [Steve Arlow]

Monday 11 March 2019

Southend Airport, 16:15 to 16:30
2 Stock Dove, 2 Little Owl (one in tree and one heard calling nearby) [Paul Baker]

Lion Creek, 15:15 to 15:45
1 Little Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Greenfinch, 12 Yellowhammer (together in 'hedge' NW of hide), 8 Corn Bunting (in next bush along same hedgeline) [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:20 to 12:20, A quick walk to the conveyor and return
2 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (male and female singles), 2 Kestrel, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults,together ), 2 Stock Dove (together) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Sunday 10 March 2019

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

Hockley Woods, 11:00 to 12:45
15 Redwing, 1 Blackcap (Singing male along path from Woodside Road entrance. ), 1 Nuthatch (Single bird heard and seen along central path into the woods. ), 3 Treecreeper [Lee Ebbs]

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