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.

Friday 14 May 2021

Friars Park, 13:30 to 14:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Turtle Dove (Both birds showed well in same area as last year), 3 Lesser Whitethroat [Lee Ebbs]

Two Tree Island (East), 10:35 to 11:30
4 Little Egret, 460 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Cetti's Warbler [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:10 to 13:35
1 Little Egret, 14 Pochard (11m,3f), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (m,heard), 19 Swift, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Cetti's Warbler (all heard), 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (heard), 5 Bearded Tit (incl three juveniles), 3 Greenfinch, 2 Red Fox [Jeff Kinnerman]

Thursday 13 May 2021

Canvey Wick, 09:05 to 11:05, Rain the whole time
2 Cuckoo, 8 Nightingale, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Slow-worm, 1 Red Fox [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 12:15, 74 bird species recorded
2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great White Egret, 4 Gadwall, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Common Tern, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 12 May 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:30 to 18:10
8 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Swallow, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Weasel [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:30 to 15:35
2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Wakering Rubbish Tip, 15:15 to 16:15
1 Marsh Harrier (Male), 1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Swift, 3 Orange-tip, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Wall Brown [Lee Ebbs]

Fossetts Park, 11:10 to 11:40
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Red Admiral [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 11:00 to 17:00
1 Osprey (Headed west over sssi), 1 Painted Lady [Andrew Armstrong]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 11:40
2 Buzzard, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Marsh Frog (10+ many calling on the reserve and on Bowers marsh north of Manorway footpath), 1 Common Lizard, 1 Red Fox [John Wright]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 09:25 to 09:25
1 Sand Martin (flew low south over the garden) [Mike Clarke]

Benfleet, 09:20 to 09:20
1 Weasel (ran across the London Road just west of Pound Lane, only just avoiding getting run over, Bowers Gifford) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:15 to 12:30
2 Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Goose (grazing together ), 1 Sparrowhawk (m), 2 Buzzard, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (m,heard), 9 Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear (f), 1 Song Thrush, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 45 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 22 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff (heard), 3 Bearded Tit [Jeff Kinnerman]

Tuesday 11 May 2021

Wat Tyler Country Park, 17:50 to 18:55
2 Cuckoo (singing - 1 from old tip, 1 to the east), 15 Swift, 1 Swallow, 1 Nightingale (singing from south end of old tip), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff [Neil Chambers]

Teletubby Park, Rochford, 17:10 to 20:15
Woodchat Shrike, Rochford 11-05-2021 (Steve Arlow) (48705 bytes) 1 Woodchat Shrike (male showing well at the eastern end of park on the river side of the hedge) [Steve Arlow]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Orange-tip [John Wright]

Belton Hills, 15:15 to 15:15
1 Kestrel [Paul Griggs]

Southend, 14:00 to 15:10, Garons golf course
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Nightingale (Singing near 2nd green on south course), 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat [Bob Young]

Canewdon, 13:10 to 13:30
1 Cuckoo (pair calling and chasing nr BHP), 2 Swift (over), 12 Smooth Newt (+), 1 Grass Snake (in garden pond), 1 Brimstone, 2 Orange-tip, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Painted Lady [Jeff Delve]

Leigh on Sea, 12:35 to 12:35
6 Buzzard (circling over south end of Thames Drive before drifting SW) [John Wright]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:45 to 12:20
12 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 1 Kingfisher, 40 Marsh Frog (40+), 1 Grass Snake, 1 Painted Lady [John Wright]

Canewdon, 10:00 to 10:00
1 Little Owl (Again on Scotts Hall Road) [Jeff Delve]

Pound Wood, 08:50 to 10:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Chinese Muntjac [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:30 to 11:30
1 Cormorant, 3 Buzzard, 7 Swift, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Lower Raypits, 08:00 to 19:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Lapwing, 3 Cuckoo [Andrew Armstrong]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 13:00, 76 bird species recorded
2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail (heard), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (from southern perimeter fence.), 6 Bearded Tit, 1 Lesser Redpoll (reserve tick.), 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Painted Lady [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

River Roach, 06:40 to 14:50, Coombes Farm to Paglesham Lagoon(via Bartonhall Creek)and return
1 Wigeon (m,on river), 1 Sparrowhawk (m), 5 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 72 Common Gull (together in field), 7 Common Tern (PL), 1 Cuckoo (m), 1 Little Owl (paddock,Waldens), 6 Swift, 4 House Martin (BC), 7 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 5 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 33 Whitethroat, 1 Woodchat Shrike (area of scrub and shrubs W of paddock around solitary telegraph pole(14.15-14.40)), 3 Greenfinch (heard), 1 Stoat (PL), 1 Red Admiral [Jeff Kinnerman]

Monday 10 May 2021

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 21:00 to 21:05
1 Common Pipistrelle [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 20:35 to 21:00, Short dusk visit - walked in from farm
1 Marsh Harrier (adult female), 1 Short-eared Owl (across reptile area towards south wall. Getting late in spring for wintering bird) [Jeff Delve]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 11:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Orange-tip [John Wright]

Sunday 09 May 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 19:00 to 20:00, Heavy clouds over, light SSW
2 Shoveler (pair on Lytag), 1 Marsh Harrier (sub adult male), 8 Dunlin (sum plum birds on Grass Farm), 1 Whimbrel (Allfleets), 12 Mediterranean Gull (+, At least 6 pairs in BhG colony on Grass Farm), 30 Common Tern (+, Saltpan), 2 Painted Lady (first for year!) [Jeff Delve]

Rochford Golf Course, 17:00 to 18:40
2 Canada Goose, 15 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Rochford, 16:30 to 17:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Swift (finally they are back over the garden), 2 Swallow, 9 House Martin [Steve Arlow]

Wakering Stairs, 13:15 to 14:50
3 Red-legged Partridge, 16 Grey Plover (Mostly summer plumage), 20 Sanderling (Plus mainly summer plumage), 50 Dunlin (Plus mostly summer plumage), 10 Whimbrel, 4 Turnstone, 12 Common Tern, 3 Turtle Dove (1 West of road (thanks Tim) and a pair together at Havengore point ), 6 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 30 Swallow (Is ones and twos heading through west), 1 Nightingale (Heard), 1 Sedge Warbler (Heard), 2 Blackcap (Heard), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard), 20 Whitethroat (Plus... many!) [Mike Clarke]

Teletubby Park, Rochford, 12:50 to 13:30
1 Woodchat Shrike (male again along the southern edge of the park-catching plenty of insects and showing well) [Steve Arlow]

Wakering Stairs, 12:25 to 13:30, Stairs road and sea wall by carpark only
1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo (+), 1 Nightingale [Tim Bourne]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:30 to 12:00
15 Swift (south) [Paul Griggs]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 11:30 to 11:30
4 Swift (over) [Graham Mee]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 11:00 to 14:00
2 Stock Dove, 4 Swift, 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Green-veined White [Neil Chambers]

Fleet Head, 10:40 to 11:30, out to main fleet and back
18 Whimbrel (on field north of central track), 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 1 Cuckoo, 5 Yellow Wagtail (minimum), 1 Wheatear (female), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Steve Arlow]

Gunners Park, 09:30 to 12:00
1 Red-legged Partridge, 200 Sanderling, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Greenfinch [Angela Baldock]

Wakering Stairs, 07:55 to 10:30
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Hobby, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich Tern (offshore), 20 Common Tern (at least), 1 Turtle Dove (flew from the western end and then seen and heard purring east of the road), 3 Cuckoo, 1 Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nightingale (1 along the road and 2 at the western end), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler (at the western end) [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 12:30
1 Buzzard, 2 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Wheatear (females), 1 Grasshopper Warbler [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 06:00 to 08:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (2cy), 3 Cuckoo, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 15 Sedge Warbler (+) [Tim Bourne]

Saturday 08 May 2021

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 23:20 to 23:30
1 Badger [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 14:10 to 15:35, Overcast, strong SW wind - to benches and back only
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on fields south of barn), 18 Ringed Plover, 27 Dunlin (in mixed flock from benches - another mixed flock (probably same birds) behind barn on way back), 45 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 30 Swift (+), 2 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow (+), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler (singing), 2 Reed Warbler (singing), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Greenfinch [Neil Chambers]

Pound Wood, 13:40 to 14:50
1 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Point, 11:20 to 14:00, Strong westerly backing SW
4 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Gannet (7 full adults and a 3/4 year headed up river ), 1 Hobby (low over houses as leaving point), 20 Common Tern (+), 4 Swift, 30 Swallow (+, steady passage north across river), 2 House Martin [Jeff Delve]

South Fambridge, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Cuckoo (singing in the rain) [Paul Baker]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 03:00
2 Red Fox, 3 Badger, 2 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Friday 07 May 2021

Teletubby Park, Rochford, 18:15 to 19:30, Cool but sunny evening, moderate westerly
1 Egyptian Goose (on Roach), 1 Song Thrush (singing - glorious sound), 2 Reed Warbler (singing in small reedbed by Roach), 1 Woodchat Shrike (male showing well again) [Jeff Delve]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 17:00, various bits in the garden
1 Sparrowhawk (took a sparrow), 2 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Sedge Warbler (singing), 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 1 Slow-worm [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:55 to 13:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 3 Swift [Paul Griggs]

Barling Pits, 10:00 to 11:00
2 Little Grebe (pair), 1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 14 Swift, 10 House Martin, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Common Lizard, 1 Northern Water Vole [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 13:00, 73 bird species recorded
12 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Water Rail (1 seen), 3 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 18 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 10 Sedge Warbler, 30 Reed Warbler (+), 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 24 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:15 to 13:20
2 Little Egret, 6 Pochard, 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (m), 2 Water Rail, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (m), 18 Swift, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 9 Cetti's Warbler (all heard only), 10 Sedge Warbler, 37 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap (heard), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Whitethroat, 4 Greenfinch [Jeff Kinnerman]

Pitsea, 06:50 to 07:15, Church Road (leading to RSPB Bowers Marsh)
1 Chiffchaff (St.Margaret's Churchyard ), 1 Willow Warbler (showing well) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Doggetts Pits, 06:10 to 07:20
1 Little Grebe (only the second site record), 6 Greylag Goose, 1 Shelduck, 3 Pochard (2 drakes and a female remarkably still present ), 5 Tufted Duck (2 pairs on the main lake and the lingering drake at the farm duckpond), 3 Swallow, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting [Steve Arlow]

Thursday 06 May 2021

Belfairs Woods, 20:30 to 21:05
2 Common Pipistrelle, 1 Red Fox [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:15 to 16:15
1 Grey Heron, 1 Swift [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:50 to 11:50, to double benches only
1 Buzzard, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern, 2 Bearded Tit [John Wright]

Bowers Downs, 10:20 to 10:35
1 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale, 1 Willow Warbler [John Wright]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:00 to 13:00
2 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard (displaying), 1 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Cuckoo (pair), 2 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 10 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 16 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Marsh Frog (+), 1 Slow-worm (dead) [Paul Griggs]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:55 to 09:55
1 Buzzard, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 15 Swift, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat [John Wright]

Rayleigh, 08:40 to 08:40
1 Hobby (north over A127 west of Rayleigh Weir) [John Wright]

River Roach, 07:50 to 13:35, Mill Lane to Hampton Barns via Bartonhall Creek and return
4 Buzzard, 35 Grey Plover (c.), 10 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank (BC), 1 Cuckoo (m), 1 Little Owl (paddock,Waldens), 4 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 11 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff (heard) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canewdon, 07:30 to 08:00
1 Willow Warbler (singing BHP) [Jeff Delve]

Rochford, 07:30 to 07:40
1 Woodchat Shrike (still present,showing well) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wednesday 05 May 2021

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 21:20 to 21:20
1 Badger [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 17:50 to 19:10, To benches and back - sunny after 20 mins of heavy rain
2 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull (1st summer), 3 Common Tern, 15 Swift, 5 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat (male on fence line east of barn behind car park), 1 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler (singing), 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 1 Whitethroat, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:15 to 15:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby [Paul Griggs]

Shoebury, 10:50 to 12:10, Shoebury ranges MOD - survey
3 Cuckoo (calling males - all seen), 6 Nightingale (singing males), 10 Lesser Whitethroat (+), 20 Whitethroat (+) [Jeff Delve]

Paglesham Lagoon, 10:30 to 13:40, Walked from Stambridge
3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 6 Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat [Bob Young]

River Roach, 10:25 to 14:55, Mill Lane to Hampton Barns via Bartonhall Creek and return
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 7 Grey Plover, 9 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank (BC), 1 Cuckoo (m,BC), 4 Swift, 6 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Sedge Warbler (heard,BC), 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (BC), 9 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff (heard ), 3 Greenfinch [Jeff Kinnerman]

Rochford, 09:40 to 10:05
1 Woodchat Shrike (stunning male showing well ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Stambridge Mills, 09:10 to 09:50
3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Woodchat Shrike [Vince Kinsler]

Hadleigh Downs, 08:35 to 09:35, Running
5 Tufted Duck, 1 Buzzard, 2 Cuckoo, 6 House Martin, 3 Lesser Whitethroat [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 08:00 to 08:05
3 Swift [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:00
1 Cuckoo, 1 Swift (1st of the year for me) [Andrew Armstrong]

Rochford, 06:30 to 07:40
1 Peregrine Falcon (over), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Swallow, Woodchat Shrike, Rochford 05-05-2021 (Steve Arlow) (49109 bytes) 1 Woodchat Shrike (male one south side of river Roach first thing but later moved to usual Horse field side where showed well but generally mobile and elusive, presumably as still chilly) [Steve Arlow]

Potton Island, 06:00 to 10:30, Breeding survey
1 Marsh Harrier (female near farm), 2 Grey Partridge (pair near bridge), 8 Lapwing, 22 Whimbrel (feeding on short turf fields), 3 Greenshank, 2 Swift (heading east over), 10 Swallow (+), 8 Meadow Pipit (+, singing males), 6 Yellow Wagtail (3 pairs) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 05:30 to 12:00, 75 bird species recorded
10 Little Grebe, 1 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 12 Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck, 1 Water Rail (heard), 4 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Common Tern, 20 Swift (+), 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 3 Wheatear, 10 Sedge Warbler, 20 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 30 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Jay [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Tuesday 04 May 2021

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 19:00 to 19:05
1 Swift (first over the garden this year - always arrive during the first week of May, so on cue.) [John Wright]

Rochford, 13:10 to 13:15
1 Woodchat Shrike (male still present but elusive in strong winds. sat in tree on south side of the river Roach along the footpath near the recycle centre where sheltered from the strong westerly) [Steve Arlow]

River Roach, 10:00 to 14:15, Coombes Farm to Hampton Barns via Bartonhall Creek and return to Mill Lane
3 Pochard (2m,1f BC), 1 Buzzard (BC), 2 Kestrel, 4 Grey Plover, 8 Whimbrel, 5 Greenshank (BC), 7 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Greenfinch [Jeff Kinnerman]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 08:30, Cold, windy and very little about!!
4 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 2 Sedge Warbler (heard) [Mike Clarke]

Monday 03 May 2021

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:55 to 16:55
1 Hobby (south) [Paul Griggs]

Two Tree Island (West), 12:45 to 13:30, windy
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flew from lagoon), 1 Sparrowhawk (female ), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 0 Little Gull (no sign on lagoon), 2 Common Tern, 2 Swallow, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat [Paul Baker]

Pound Wood, 11:30 to 12:45
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (Again in paddock between Pound Wood and Belfairs) [Mike Clarke]

Canvey Wick, 09:30 to 11:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Whimbrel (Over calling), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cuckoo, 11 Nightingale, 14 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler (Singing) [Tim Bourne]

Two Tree Island (East), 09:00 to 10:30
500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (c500), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Swallow, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [John Wright]

Bowers Downs, 08:30 to 09:00
1 Little Egret, 1 Nightingale (singing), 1 Willow Warbler (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Stambridge Mills, 08:30 to 09:30
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Woodchat Shrike [Angela Baldock]

Gunners Park, 07:50 to 09:45
1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Tern (Plus), 6 Arctic Tern (Flock of six flew out the river at 8.40), 10 Swallow, 20 House Martin (Plus), 3 Wheatear (Male and female in SSSI and a female at E end of lake) [Mike Clarke]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:40 to 08:25
1 Buzzard, 1 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Sedge Warbler (singing), 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:15 to 11:15
1 Buzzard, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler (Graham Oakes) (81007 bytes) Grasshopper Warbler (Graham Oakes) (83683 bytes) 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 20 Sedge Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 22 Whitethroat, 4 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Stambridge Mills, 07:00 to 09:30
1 Whimbrel (on river east of bridge), 2 Mistle Thrush (on cricket pitch), 1 Woodchat Shrike (male showing well again on bramble by horse paddock) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Downs, 06:45 to 07:20, Windy
1 Glossy Ibis (distant), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale (heard), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler [Sally Brierley]

Rochford, 06:25 to 11:00
2 Egyptian Goose (flew down river past the shrike site), Woodchat Shrike, Rochford 03-05-2021 (Steve Arlow) (35335 bytes) Woodchat Shrike, Rochford 03-05-2021 (Steve Arlow) (18319 bytes) 1 Woodchat Shrike (male again but moved from the favoured Bramble patch in the Horse Paddock to the north side of the hedge line where it was more distant) [Steve Arlow]

Two Tree Island, 05:35 to 07:20
9 Grey Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel (+), 8 Greenshank, 1 Wheatear (on airfield), 3 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat [Neil Chambers]

Sunday 02 May 2021

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 18:20 to 18:20
6 Swift (flew SE ahead of rain) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 17:00 to 18:15
4 Wigeon, 6 Dunlin (Summer plumage on reservoir), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Bearded Tit [Mike Clarke]

Stambridge Mills, 16:45 to 18:00, Cooler and less hazy after rain but duller - had to go back for seconds
1 Common Sandpiper (heard only along river), 4 Swallow, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (h),  - and didn't come as close but less haze (Jeff Delve) (29749 bytes) Far less mobile this afternoon (Jeff Delve) (36708 bytes) 1 Woodchat Shrike [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Downs, 16:30 to 18:45, 2 visits either end of the time
1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Willow Warbler (Singing throughout ) [Mike Clarke]

Rochford, 16:00 to 18:00
1 Woodchat Shrike (male still present in the riverside Horse Paddock), 1 Raven (calling from some where within Purdey's Industrial Park) [Steve Arlow]

Canewdon, 15:30 to 15:35
4 Stock Dove (garden), 2 Blackcap (garden), 1 Common Shrew (hiding beneath a reptile mat), 1 Speckled Wood (first of year) [Jeff Delve]

Stambridge Mills, 15:30 to 16:00
2 Swallow, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Woodchat Shrike (Showing well in paddock) [Lee Ebbs]

South Fambridge, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Paul Baker]

Wakering Stairs, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Kestrel, 1 Turtle Dove (heard, but seen by another birdwatcher), 2 Cuckoo (heard), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, 2 Nightingale (heard ), 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff [Angela Baldock]

Stambridge Mills, 10:50 to 12:30
1 Buzzard, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Owl, 6 Swallow, 3 Song Thrush (+), 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Woodchat Shrike, 1 Small White, 1 Comma [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Rochford, 10:30 to 11:20
1 Woodchat Shrike [Sally Brierley]

Stambridge Mills, 10:20 to 11:45, + along seawall to Stambridge
1 Red Kite (Distant and high, circling to NE), 1 Woodchat Shrike [Tim Bourne]

Stambridge Mills, 10:00 to 10:45
1 Swallow, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Stambridge Mills Woodchat1 (Paul Baker) (41966 bytes) Stambridge Mills Woodchat2 (Paul Baker) (63499 bytes) Woodchat looking up (Paul Baker) (61795 bytes) Woodchat Flight shot  (Paul Baker) (34228 bytes) 1 Woodchat Shrike, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Orange-tip (male), 1 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Baker]

Rochford, 09:45 to 10:45
2 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 1 Whitethroat, Woodchat at Rochford  (Neil Chambers) (52534 bytes) 1 Woodchat Shrike (between Rochford and Stambridge Mills in paddock on north side of the Roach), 1 Green-veined White, 1 Orange-tip [Neil Chambers]

Stambridge Mills, 09:30 to 10:00
1 Woodchat Shrike [Mike Clarke]

Stambridge Mills, 09:25 to 10:25
4 House Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Woodchat Shrike [Marc Outten]

Stambridge Mills, 09:25 to 10:30
1 Woodchat Shrike (performing superbly in the sunshine. Nice find Joe Dickens. ) [John Wright]

Stambridge Mills, 09:20 to 11:30, Light winds, mostly sunny
Handsome (Jeff Delve) (60348 bytes) Show off (Jeff Delve) (30747 bytes) Total stunner ;0) (Jeff Delve) (55704 bytes) 1 Woodchat Shrike (superb bird found by Joe Dickens last evening - thanks Joe!) [Jeff Delve]

Stambridge Mills, 09:15 to 10:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Woodchat Shrike [Vince Kinsler]

Rochford, 08:45 to 09:00
1 Woodchat Shrike (Male east of Rochford along river Roach in horse paddock) [Steve Arlow]

Two Tree Island, 08:05 to 08:50, Cool, overcast
0 Hoopoe (no sign of bird reported earlier over ringing station), 1 Wheatear (on model aircraft airfield ), 10 Whitethroat (+, singing all over western end) [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 07:45 to 10:30
1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Red Fox [Angela Baldock]

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