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 18 September 2020

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 11:50 to 11:50
1 Slow-worm [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 11:45 to 14:00
2 Wall Brown (+ a single seen in the garden then a pair mating for over an hour.) [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 08:30 to 10:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:00 to 11:00, Sunny 15-19C breezy ENE. Pretty quiet - most birds on Pool Marsh
21 Wigeon (Pool marsh), 170 Teal (Pool marsh), 5 Pintail (Pool marsh), 4 Marsh Harrier (3 juvs and nice 2nd cal yr Male, ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Imm over south lagoons), 24 Avocet (Pool marsh), 4 Ringed Plover, 20 Golden Plover (+, Small flock dropped into fields near Grapnells), 22 Grey Plover (Pool marsh inc some nice summer plumage birds), 6 Dunlin (4 Pool Marsh, 2 Stokes), 37 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher (Flew from Pool Marsh sluice), 20 Common Blue (+, Especially track to screens), 20 Small Heath (+, Common all around tracks ) [Jeff Delve]

Thursday 17 September 2020

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:30 to 18:45
3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (female chasing prob skylark over Grass Farm ) [Jeff Delve]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:45 to 16:45
1 Buzzard [Paul Griggs]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 14:40 to 16:00
2 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Lapwing, 12 Snipe, 170 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Bearded Tit (heard only west side) [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 13:30 to 15:00
4 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 1 Guillemot, 1 Redstart ((Female type bird seen along path between car park and Bunker Wood ), 1 Chiffchaff, 20 Siskin [Lee Ebbs]

Gunners Park, 12:40 to 14:40
3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern, 1 Guillemot (flew east, then south), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 20 Siskin (+, single flock flew NE), 1 Wall Brown [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:45 to 12:00, Quick look from roadside hide
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:45 to 15:30, 6.5 mile walk, right round, NE wind, sunny and warm
30 Little Egret (c.), 1 Marsh Harrier (m), 3 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 9 Skylark, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 40 Linnet (c.), 3 Reed Bunting, 20 Common Blue (+) [Paul Griggs]

Southend Airport, 10:20 to 10:20
1 Kestrel, Where the Little Owls used to be (Paul Griggs) (74734 bytes) 0 Little Owl (trees cut) [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Seafront, 09:30 to 14:05, Bright & sunny, high tide c.1pm, brisk NE wind. Others will have different totals
1 Manx Shearwater (upriver at 11:37, seen again at 14:02 still upriver), 2 Gannet, 16 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Pintail, 1 Osprey (flew south at 11:00), 1 Kestrel (battled across from Kent), 8 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua (JW only - before I arrived), 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Guillemot (upriver then out again a few hours later), 1 Short-eared Owl (high over caravan park at 11:30 then drifted west), 30 Swallow (north), 1 Rock Pipit [Paul Baker, John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:40 to 14:30
2 Marsh Harrier (m&f), 1 Sparrowhawk (male with prey), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 90 Avocet, 78 Lapwing, 3 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 125 Black-tailed Godwit (circa), 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Skylark, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 6 Stonechat (together with Whinchat), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Bearded Tit, 2 Wall Brown [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canvey Point, 06:30 to 08:30
1 Gannet, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Tern (+) [Mike Clarke]

Canvey Point, 06:20 to 11:30, Brisk NE-ENE wind, low tide c07:20, bright with occasional cloudy spells
1 Osprey (flew south at 11.00), 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Guillemot [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 06:15 to 14:05, Brisk NE backing E, cloudy start clearing. Hi tide 1pm
1 Manx Shearwater, 3 Gannet, 15 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 50 Wigeon (+, several small flocks around), 2 Pintail, 1 Osprey, 1 Kestrel (slowly across river from Kent), 150 Knot (+), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (+, several large flocks over N), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 10 Sandwich Tern (+), 20 Common Tern (+), 1 Guillemot, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Grey Wagtail (juv ) [Jeff Delve]

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 22:45 to 23:00
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 18:00 to 19:15
1 Sooty Shearwater (From W at 18.15 then sat on water off the point for c. 20 mins before continuing E out of estuary ), 2 Manx Shearwater (18.35 and 19.10 Both birds from W flying E out of the river. First bird almost in same field of view as the Sooty), 32 Arctic Skua (Incl flocks of 25, 5), 1 Great Skua [Martin Cracknell, Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 16:55 to 18:00, Bright, NE wind, low tide c19:05 - before Martin arrived
1 Manx Shearwater (upriver at 17:15), 13 Arctic Skua (1 upriver, flock of 12 east), 10 Sandwich Tern (+), 20 Common Tern (+) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:30 to 14:00
4 Pintail, 4 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Ruff, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff [Graham Oakes]

Canewdon, 11:00 to 15:00
1 Chiffchaff (garden - being chased by a wren), 2 Siskin (at least heard over garden), 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly (garden), 1 Migrant Hawker (Garden), 1 Southern Hawker (Garden), 1 Ruddy Darter (Garden) [Jeff Delve]

Canvey Point, 10:00 to 13:30, light and increasing NE, cloudy at first
34 Gannet, 81 Arctic Skua (inc. flocks of 27 & 21!), 1 Great Skua, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern, 40 Common Tern, 2 Harbour Porpoise (adult and youngster together) [Jeff Saward, John Wright]

Tuesday 15 September 2020

South Fambridge, 18:50 to 18:50
1 Buzzard (flew low west) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 18:00 to 19:00
1 Marsh Harrier (Male), 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Flushed from marsh flats with prey), 1 Short-eared Owl (Briefly seen on South seawall.) [Andrew Armstrong]

Gunners Park, 11:00 to 12:00
24 Turnstone, 1 Wall Brown [Graham Mee]

Gunners Park, 09:00 to 17:00, Warm hazy sun
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Wheatear, 1 Common Lizard, 3 Wall Brown [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 14 September 2020

Bournes Green, 18:00 to 18:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Paul Baker]

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

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 13:00 to 14:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 25 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Clouded Yellow [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 07:30 to 08:30, Very calm, but slight E breeze...terrible sunlight!
1 Shoveler (bizarrely bobbing around mid channel), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 30 Sterna sp. (in the channel but light too poor to id), 5 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Seal [Mike Clarke]

Sunday 13 September 2020

Two Tree Island, 17:35 to 19:10
60 Little Egret (+, flying over west to roost - 100+ on roost on Benfleet Downs), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 15 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly (east side near feeders) [Neil Chambers]

Two Tree Island (East), 16:50 to 16:50
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Over calling heading NE) [Marc Outten]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:30 to 11:40, Viewing from marina
5 Little Egret (on saltmarsh ), 2 Greenshank (in creek) [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:50 to 10:50
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 10:50 to 11:20
2 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Small Copper, 3 Brown Argus, 7 Common Blue [Paul Baker]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 10:00 to 12:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 20 Siskin (flock flew through garden) [Neil Chambers]

Two Tree Island (West), 09:50 to 11:20
5 Little Egret, 20 Teal, 2 Moorhen, 33 Oystercatcher, 31 Avocet, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, 800 Black-tailed Godwit, 250 Redshank, 28 Greenshank, 27 Black-headed Gull (one with yellow ring on left leg no. 2TXP) [Angela Baldock]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 09:30 to 11:00
6 Cattle Egret (On salt marsh from marina viewpoint), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 3 Siskin (Over calling), 1 Clouded Yellow [Tim Bourne]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 08:55 to 08:55
12 Siskin (SW calling) [Graham Mee]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 09:30
2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 75 Black-tailed Godwit (+) [Mike Clarke]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 13:15, 66 bird species recorded
6 Shelduck, 6 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Hobby, 5 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 9 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 50 House Martin (+), 2 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, 2 Marsh Frog, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 1 Clouded Yellow [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Saturday 12 September 2020

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 18:00 to 19:00, Calm, sunny, scattered cloud
2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff (2 males 2 female ), 2 Snipe, 92 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper [Jeff Delve]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 17:15 to 18:15
1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Chiffchaff [Neil Chambers]

Wakering Stairs, 16:45 to 18:10
1 Gannet (imm), 4 Little Egret, 12 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sanderling, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sand Martin, 3 Wall Brown [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Oxenham Farm, 15:00 to 16:40
2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Greenshank, 1 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Wakering Common, 14:10 to 15:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Cetti's Warbler (h), 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Wall Brown [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 13:35 to 15:30
3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Butterflies and Moths (poss. male Long-tailed Blue seen very briefly on track near middle hide), 7 Clouded Yellow (+), 1 Small Copper, 6 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 12:20 to 13:20
1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Red Admiral [Neil Chambers]

Rawreth, 12:15 to 15:00
1 Grey Heron (over), 1 Sparrowhawk (returning with prey to copse. Lots of loud calling), 4 Buzzard (south of Old Forge), 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin (4 south) [Graham Mee]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Greenshank, 2 Chiffchaff (vocal in garden with 1 singing for a while ) [Paul Baker]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 12:00 to 13:00
2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Small Copper, 3 Common Blue [Lee Ebbs]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 11:30 to 13:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint (juveniles), 3 Curlew Sandpiper (juveniles), 5 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 70 Black-tailed Godwit (at least), 3 Green Sandpiper [Steve Arlow]

Canvey Wick, 11:15 to 13:00
2 Kestrel, 6 Siskin [John Wright]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 11:05 to 12:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Little Stint (juv), 3 Curlew Sandpiper (juvs), 2 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 3 Migrant Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker, 2 Small Copper, 3 Common Blue [Neil Chambers]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:45 to 11:00, quick look from Marina only
1 Peregrine Falcon [John Wright]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 10:30
2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Kestrel, 2 Little Ringed Plover (juvs), 2 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper (juvs), 6 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Green Sandpiper, 1 Bearded Tit [John Wright]

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

Friday 11 September 2020

South Fambridge, 18:30 to 18:30
1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit (low south), 3 Chiffchaff (vocal flock moved through garden), 1 Grey Squirrel (200m south of village, first I've seen here.) [Paul Baker]

Wakering Stairs, 18:15 to 19:00
1 Oystercatcher (Most interesting bird seen on a very quick visit was a 90% albino Oystercatcher.), 10 Mediterranean Gull [Mike Clarke]

Wakering Stairs, 17:00 to 18:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Siskin (heard), 1 Wall Brown [John Wright]

Wakering Stairs, 16:30 to 18:30
1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 100 Oystercatcher (+, (Including a part leucistic individual ), 60 Golden Plover (+), 20 Grey Plover, 20 Knot, 10 Dunlin, 40 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 1 Siskin (Heard), 1 Wall Brown [Lee Ebbs]

Gunners Park, 15:50 to 16:00, literally a 10 minute stop whilst Nicky was in a shop
1 Kingfisher (in culvert), 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:00 to 12:30
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Belfairs Great Wood, 10:05 to 10:10, Poors Lane North
1 Chinese Muntjac [John Wright]

River Roach, 07:35 to 16:55, Coombes Farm-Paglesham Lagoon and return (73 bird species)
40 Little Grebe (PL), 14 Little Egret, 2 Pintail (PL), 1 Marsh Harrier (PL), 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Ringed Plover, 175 Golden Plover (circa), 1 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 83 Curlew, 12 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 15 Common Gull, 2 Common Tern (adult with juv), 2 Kingfisher (together upriver,one at PL), 8 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap (PL), 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Corn Bunting, 1 Brown Argus [Jeff Kinnerman]

Thursday 10 September 2020

Shopland Hall, 19:40 to 19:40
1 Buzzard [Paul Baker]

Westcliff, 18:15 to 18:15, St.George's Drive (from garden)
1 Peregrine Falcon (flew through overhead ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 18:00 to 19:45, Very still, great sunset. Grass farm and Stokes Lagoon
24 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 15 Ringed Plover, 5 Greenshank [Jeff Delve]

Paglesham Eastend, 17:50 to 19:40
1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Short-eared Owl (on Potton Island viewed from the Pillbox) [Steve Arlow]

Wakering Stairs, 17:15 to 19:20, A surprisingly good visit! - High Tide, Calm & Settled
1 Leach's Petrel (south at 18:55 !), 4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 500 Oystercatcher, 20 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 100 Grey Plover (lots of smart looking birds), 50 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (+ poss 3), 15 Dunlin, 50 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 10 Turnstone, 50 Mediterranean Gull (c), 4 Short-eared Owl (appeared to have just arrived in-off, then headed north), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Redstart (both imm/fem types on opposite side of track at same time), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chinese Muntjac (barking at dusk) [Paul Baker]

Hadleigh Marshes, 14:55 to 15:30, eastern end only
1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 1 Clouded Yellow [John Wright]

Hadleigh Downs, 14:10 to 14:45, scrubby slope south of the castle
1 Buzzard, 12 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Siskin (alighted briefly in a tree before flying west) [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Slow-worm [Paul Baker]

Rochford Golf Course, 11:35 to 16:45, Mostly sunny, light NW wind
2 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit (singles over SW), 8 Mistle Thrush (single flock - where did they all come from?!), 2 Chiffchaff, 25 Siskin (+, several small groups heading SW), 5 Migrant Hawker, 1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 14:45, 71 bird species observed
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 3 Hobby, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, Wheatear (Graham Oakes) (70035 bytes) Wheatear (Graham Oakes) (75168 bytes) Wheatear (Graham Oakes) (67414 bytes) 1 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 3 Wall Brown [Graham Ryland, Jeff Kinnerman, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:35, Warm
Shag (Andrew Armstrong) (80984 bytes) 1 Shag (Gogs berth), Kingfisher  (Andrew Armstrong) (68645 bytes) 2 Kingfisher, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher  (Andrew Armstrong) (97675 bytes) 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Banded Demoiselle (First I've seen on site), 8 Willow Emerald Damselfly [Andrew Armstrong]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 09:00, SSSI only
20 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Siskin (In SSSI, plus heard others calling overhead) [Mike Clarke]

Wednesday 09 September 2020

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 18:00 to 19:30, no waders whatsoever on Grass Farm Lagoon
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Ringed Plover (Stokes), 6 Dunlin (Stokes), 4 Greenshank (3 on Stokes, 1 along southern seawall from white gate), 7 Skylark, 20 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Northern Water Vole [Paul Baker]

Wakering Stairs, 17:15 to 19:15, Bright, light NW wind, high tide - viewing from SW end of seawall
50 Ringed Plover, 150 Knot, 100 Sanderling, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (juv.), 300 Dunlin, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Arctic Skua (chasing Common Tern offshore), 4 Common Tern, 5 Little Tern (2 ad + 3 juv roosting with waders), Record shot of bird on footpath towards Cupids Chase (Jeff Delve) (61819 bytes) 1 Redstart, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff [Neil Chambers, Jeff Delve, Marc Outten]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:00 to 19:30, White gate
3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Whinchat, 9 Reed Bunting, 20 Corn Bunting [Andrew Armstrong]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 14:00 to 14:10
3 Slow-worm, 1 Painted Lady [John Wright]

Shoebury, 10:30 to 10:35
2 Raven (Circling high over the High Street near Blackgate Road. Headed East. ) [Marc Outten]

Fleet Head, 10:00 to 11:00, Just initial section near fishing ponds to first gate
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 22 Red-legged Partridge (covey along hedgeline west of gate), 4 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow (+), 12 House Martin (+), 12 Meadow Pipit, 50 Yellow Wagtail (c large flock constantly moving with cattle), 2 Wall Brown (by roadside between boatyard carpark and fishing pits) [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 09:00 to 13:00
2 Kingfisher (Ditch), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 15 Siskin, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 1 Clouded Yellow [Andrew Armstrong]

Westcliff, 08:45 to 13:05, St.George's Drive (from garden)
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 5 Swallow, 17 House Martin, 12 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wakering Stairs, 08:30 to 09:45, Viewing from gate at Vistoria Drive and along adjacent footpath outside MOD area - very busy hedgerow
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Cetti's Warbler (calling with sylvia flock), 20 Blackcap (+, big group flycatchcing and working bushes across road from footpath entrance gate), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, Nice fresh individual (Jeff Delve) (69151 bytes) 1 Wall Brown (fresh individual) [Jeff Delve]

Coombe Wood, 08:20 to 10:40, a spot of backyard birding this morning
2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby (following hirundines), 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Swallow (heading south), 3 House Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Coal Tit (on the feeders), 11 Siskin (a flock dropped into the wood) [Jeff Saward]

Tuesday 08 September 2020

Hadleigh, 20:00 to 21:00
1 Tawny Owl (calling from trees to the North of the castle), 300 Swallow (probably more. High numbers circling the castle before heading south) [Andrew Armstrong]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 19:45 to 19:45
1 Common Pipistrelle, 1 Red Fox [John Wright]

Canewdon, 17:30 to 18:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, Ovipositing observed ointo the twig (Jeff Delve) (39852 bytes) Hanging on dead twigs near seat (Jeff Delve) (26879 bytes) 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly (at Butts Hill Pond) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 17:15 to 19:45, Just watching from Manorway from SW corner
1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Kestrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Yellow Wagtail (+), 4 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat (male), 4 Cetti's Warbler (inc one showing well), 2 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap (+ mostly males), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 15 Migrant Hawker [Paul Baker, Neil Chambers]

Wakering Stairs, 17:10 to 18:30, Victoria Drive footpath
130 Curlew, 8 Robin, 1 Redstart (100m from the seawall), 5 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler (100m from Victoria Drive entrance ), 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (100m from the Victoria Drive entrance) [Marc Outten]

Two Tree Island (East), 17:05 to 18:00
94 Little Egret, 395 Wigeon (on the sea until flushed by a jetski), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler [John Wright]

Two Tree Island (West), 16:00 to 17:00
30 Avocet, 1 Dunlin, 300 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 35 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 15 Siskin (flew south towards Canvey Is.) [John Wright]

Hadleigh Downs, 13:10 to 15:30
4 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard (one with white-based tail feathers), 1 Kestrel, 23 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 1 Whinchat (Benfleet Creek), 1 Cetti's Warbler (h), 5 Chiffchaff (h), 4 Migrant Hawker, 3 Common Blue [Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:45 to 11:30, Bike ride
1 Weasel [John Wright]

Starvelarks Wood, 09:00 to 09:40
1 Siskin (flying around calling), 1 Wood Mouse, 1 Yellow-necked Mouse [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 14:00, 69 bird species recorded
200 Wigeon (+), 6 Pintail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Hobby (+), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher (adult female) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:40 to 15:20
1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 50 Avocet (circa), 3 Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat (male), 1 Wheatear, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Bearded Tit [Jeff Kinnerman]

Gunners Park, 07:30 to 09:00
1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 20 Blackcap (+, SSSI buffer zone was alive with them), 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 5 Siskin (Flew over commandants house calling) [Mike Clarke]

Monday 07 September 2020

Wat Tyler Country Park, 18:15 to 18:40
7 Cattle Egret (6 juvs on salt marsh from marina, adult on scrape (again)), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher (Along fleet from hide) [Tim Bourne]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 17:05 to 17:05
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Wakering Stairs, 17:05 to 18:10, SW wind, high tide c4.15pm
70 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 60 Grey Plover, 50 Knot, 100 Sanderling, 30 Dunlin, 50 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Turnstone, 20 Mediterranean Gull (+), 3 Little Tern (ad + 2 juvs roosting with waders south of end of road), 1 Whitethroat [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:00 to 18:30, Overcast, light SSW
2 Marsh Harrier, 30 Avocet, 40 Ringed Plover (+, initially roosting north bank of Grass Farm lagoon, many out of sight then flew onto Stokes), 4 Curlew Sandpiper (feeding together with Dunlin and Ringed Plover Stokes Lagoon), 20 Dunlin (+), 1 Kingfisher (on sluice on north wall), 2 Meadow Pipit (over), 35 Yellow Wagtail (+, with cattle south edge of Grass Farm), 1 Wheatear (along edge Grass Farm) [Jeff Delve]

South Fambridge, 13:55 to 14:15, from the house
12 Wigeon, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Raven (on BHF), 2 Corn Bunting [Paul Baker]

Westcliff Seafront, 12:00 to 12:05
7 Common Seal (loafing on the mudflats) [John Wright]

Coombe Wood, 08:30 to 09:30
1 Spotted Flycatcher (in the ash trees at the end of my garden) [Jeff Saward]

Gunners Park, 07:00 to 17:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 15 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, 40 Turnstone, 2 Kingfisher (ness road pond and barge Pier), 50 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Blackcap, 10 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher [Andrew Armstrong]

Gunners Park, 07:00 to 10:15
1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Swift, 1 Kingfisher (around lake), 30 Sand Martin (+ moving SW), 150 Swallow (+ small parties moving SW), 50 House Martin (+ moving SW), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 20 Blackcap, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (north side of lake), 21 Siskin (2, 3, 12, 4) [John Wright]

Sunday 06 September 2020

Paglesham Lagoon, 16:50 to 18:45
57 Little Grebe, 7 Little Egret, 565 Canada Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier (immature male), 1 Buzzard, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 20 Yellow Wagtail (at least), 1 Whinchat (by the Stambridge Sewage Works), 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard only) [Steve Arlow]

Rayleigh, 16:30 to 16:30, A127/A130 junction
1 Hobby [Vince Kinsler]

River Crouch, 15:00 to 18:00, Kayaking from Hullbridge to Battlesbridge & back to South Fambridge
1 Black Swan (Hullbridge), 1 Whimbrel (Brandy Hole), 2 Common Sandpiper (nr Battlesbridge), 3 Willow Warbler (nr Battlesbridge) [Paul Baker]

Rochford Golf Course, 13:45 to 17:45, Sunny spells, light WSW wind
4 Buzzard (singles flew SE/SW), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff, 20 Siskin (approx. 3 heard only groups flew SW), 2 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Wakering Common, 13:30 to 14:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler ((Feeding on blackberries, showed well), 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher ((Together in trees by pond. ), 6 Migrant Hawker [Lee Ebbs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:00 to 12:00
2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby (juv), 3 Migrant Hawker, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Griggs]

South Fambridge, 10:20 to 11:00
2 Buzzard, 2 Meadow Pipit (west), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Siskin (+ calling, headed south), 1 Emperor Dragonfly [Paul Baker]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 10:00 to 12:30, Light SW wind, broken cloud
1 Honey Buzzard (11:15 - 11:25 - initially fairly low in from the north before circling and gaining height drifting off eastwards), 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Swallow (+, flew SW), 50 House Martin (+, flew SW), 8 Siskin (group headed SE) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:30, 71 bird species
160 Wigeon (increase in numbers), 5 Pintail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 3 Bearded Tit, 1 Marsh Frog [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 07:30 to 10:30
16 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Sand Martin, 140 Swallow, 50 House Martin, 65 Meadow Pipit (mostly west along the north shore), 5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 8 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 48 Siskin (2/3/1/1/5/2/4/2/22/5/1 all flying S or SW. Only seen birds counted so likely many more.) [Vince Kinsler]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 07:20 to 07:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Siskin (over SW) [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 02:00 to 04:00
2 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Saturday 05 September 2020

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 18:30 to 20:00
1 Buzzard, 3 Water Rail (Several calling), 5 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl (Over landfill), 6 Bearded Tit (+), 3 Common Pipistrelle, 3 Noctule Bat, 1 Badger [Tim Bourne]

Gunners Park, 17:30 to 18:45
1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff [Mike Clarke]

Canvey Wick, 17:15 to 18:50
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Greenshank (flew over calling), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Migrant Hawker [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:55 to 17:00
1 Swift, 1 Swallow [Paul Griggs]

Westcliff, 16:40 to 16:45, Westborough Road (from garden)
1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canewdon, 16:00 to 17:00, Around Butts Hill Pond
1 Sedge Warbler (juv), 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Emerald Damselfly (new for site), 5 Migrant Hawker, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood [Jeff Delve]

Rochford, 12:45 to 13:30
4 Crossbill (2 flew SW over garden at 12:45 followed by 2 more in same direction at 13:27) [Steve Arlow]

Canvey Wick, 11:15 to 12:30
1 Redstart (imm/female SW corner), 4 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Grass Snake [John Wright]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 11:00
3 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Greenshank, 7 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Clouded Yellow [John Wright]

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