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.

Thursday 22 July 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:50 to 18:30
24 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier (adult male, immature male and a female), 2 Peregrine Falcon (on Darwin Lagoon), 1 Whimbrel, 12 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull (including a juvenile on one of the isands still begging from an adult), 2 Painted Lady [Steve Arlow]

Doggetts Pits, 12:50 to 13:35
15 Red-eyed Damselfly, 30 Azure Damselfly (at least), 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 5 Brown Hawker (minimum 4, probably 5), 3 Southern Migrant Hawker, 100 Black-tailed Skimmer (lots ), 10 Ruddy Darter, 10 Ruddy Darter [Steve Arlow]

Rochford, 10:00 to 10:40
1 Buzzard (over garden), 1 Brown Hawker (garden tick) [Steve Arlow]

Wednesday 21 July 2021

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 22:00 to 22:45
1 Common Sandpiper (flew over calling) [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 18:00 to 18:00
1 Whimbrel, 1 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Baker]

Battlesbridge Sewage Works, 17:00 to 17:00
1 Sparrowhawk (Along Watery Lane being mobbed by 2 finches) [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 11:30
3 Great Crested Grebe (2 juvs.), 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (a very large female.), 4 Ruff (1 reeve.), 5 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (fly over. reserve tick.), Bearded Tit (Graham Oakes) (44069 bytes) Bearded Tit (Graham Oakes) (40795 bytes) 14 Bearded Tit, Southern Migrant Hawker (Graham Oakes) (30966 bytes) 3 Southern Migrant Hawker, 2 Painted Lady [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Tuesday 20 July 2021

Lion Creek, 19:15 to 20:15
2 Marsh Harrier (ad female & an adult male in v heavy moult), 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Yellowhammer (singing), 3 Corn Bunting (singing ), 1 Marbled White, 1 Meadow Brown [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 17:30 to 17:30
1 Chinese Muntjac (beside the road at entrance to village), 1 Grey Squirrel (scarce around here) [Paul Baker]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 13:00 to 13:05
1 Meadow Brown [John Wright]

Doggetts Pits, 12:50 to 13:30
4 Brown Hawker, 20 Black-tailed Skimmer, 6 Ruddy Darter [Steve Arlow]

Belfairs N.R., 11:00 to 11:30
1 White Admiral, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary [John Wright]

Benfleet Downs, 09:00 to 10:30
22 Little Egret (on the 'roost'), 1 Sparrowhawk, 15 Marsh Frog, 1 Brown Hawker, 10 Southern Migrant Hawker, 4 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary [John Wright]

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 07:50 to 08:00
5 Swift [Angela Baldock]

Monday 19 July 2021

Brandy Hole, 20:00 to 21:30, Paddling the creeks on my kayak
2 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern, 3 Meadow Pipit, 40 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Corn Bunting [Paul Baker]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 15:10 to 16:10, Sunny, hot, light SE breeze
3 Little Egret, 3 Greenshank, 2 Bearded Tit, 2 Emerald Damselfly, 3 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 15 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 2 Common Blue Damselfly, 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 2 Southern Migrant Hawker (males), 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Common Darter, 10 Ruddy Darter, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 10 Marbled White [Neil Chambers]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 15:00 to 15:10
1 Small Copper (fresh individual - first for the garden) [John Wright]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 14:15 to 15:00, Sunny, hot
1 Barn Owl (Green Centre), 4 Chiffchaff (1 singing), 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 10 Ruddy Darter, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Comma, 10 Marbled White, 2 Gatekeeper, 10 Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet [Neil Chambers]

Belfairs N.R., 10:50 to 12:10
2 White Admiral, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary [John Wright]

Rochford, 09:45 to 09:55
2 Peregrine Falcon (adult (male) and juvenile on top of Rochford Hospital Chimney - near daily visits now in past week) [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 12:00
1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Ruff (1 reeve), 26 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 30 Common Tern, 3 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 100 Small Red-eyed Damselfly (+), 8 Common Blue Damselfly, 5 Southern Migrant Hawker, 100 Common Darter (+), 40 Essex Skipper (+), 1 White-letter Hairstreak (reserve tick.), 50 Marbled White (+) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Sunday 18 July 2021

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 20:35 to 20:50
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (zoomed past the house twice screeching away - garden tick.) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 19:00 to 21:00
1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult male on pylon), 1 Ruff (Male), 27 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 15 Mediterranean Gull (+), 4 Bearded Tit (+) [Tim Bourne]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 18:00 to 20:00, very warm but cooling nicely
11 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (on southern end of Fitzroy Lagoon, scoped distantly from seawall at the west of Stokes Lagoon), 2 Marsh Harrier (adult male and tatty female), 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 2 Painted Lady, 5 Marbled White (at least), 100 Gatekeeper (lots on Brambles along track west of Stokes Lagoon) [Steve Arlow]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 15:30 to 15:35
1 Little Egret (NE over garden) [John Wright]

Rochford, 14:50 to 15:15
2000 Larus sp. (Large Anting Gull flock over garden, mostly Black-headed Gulls), 70 Mediterranean Gull (At least in the Anting Gull flock. ) [Steve Arlow]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 14:00 to 17:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Southern Hawker, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:55 to 10:55
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Saturday 17 July 2021

Lion Creek, 19:20 to 21:00
1 Great White Egret (Flew east), 2 Marsh Harrier (Male, female in heavy moult), 1 Sparrowhawk (Fem), 1 Barn Owl, 6 Yellowhammer (+) [Tim Bourne]

Paglesham, 18:35 to 19:35, From Wallasea causeway to Churchend and back
1 Turtle Dove (purring from SE side of fishing lakes), 6 Corn Bunting (+, 5 singing), 10 Small White, 1 Marbled White, 1 Gatekeeper, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 18:00 to 18:10
7 Mediterranean Gull (in anting flock with gulls & Swifts) [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 17:50 to 18:00
9 Mediterranean Gull (+, in anting flock of gulls & Swifts) [Paul Griggs]

Rochford, 17:35 to 17:50
1 Peregrine Falcon (on top of Hospital Chimney) [Steve Arlow]

Hadleigh Downs, 16:00 to 17:00, Hadleigh Castle area only
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby [John Wright]

Hockley Woods, 14:00 to 16:00
10 Southern Migrant Hawker (at least in the new clearing), 2 Purple Hairstreak, 3 White Admiral, 3 Silver-washed Fritillary, 1 Marbled White (in the new clearing) [Steve Arlow]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 21:00
20 Black-tailed Godwit (on Crouch), 1 Barn Owl (on BHF from 20:20), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Common Pipistrelle, 2 Common Darter (pr around garden & pond), 4 skippers, 2 Marbled White, 1 Small Heath [Paul Baker]

Coombe Wood, 11:35 to 11:40
1 Red Kite (heading west, mobbed by gulls) [Jeff Saward]

Paglesham Churchend, 11:15 to 12:15
2 Corn Bunting, 2 Brown Hawker, 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Gatekeeper [John Wright]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 10:45 to 11:30
1 Southern Migrant Hawker [Neil Chambers]

Paglesham Eastend, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 20 Sand Martin (first returning birds), 6 Corn Bunting, 3 Gatekeeper [John Wright]

Pound Wood, 10:00 to 12:00
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Treecreeper (Heard), 3 Southern Migrant Hawker, 10 Large White, 4 Purple Hairstreak, 3 White Admiral, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary [Lee Ebbs]

Bowers Downs, 09:40 to 10:25
1 Little Egret, 4 Great White Egret, 3 Marbled White [Steve Arlow]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 09:30
12 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 3 Bearded Tit (juveniles), 20 Marbled White [Steve Arlow]

Friday 16 July 2021

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 23:00 to 23:20
1 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:00 to 18:00
2 Mediterranean Gull (adults anting on their own ) [Paul Griggs]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 14:00 to 14:05
3 Slow-worm [John Wright]

Doggetts Pits, 12:40 to 13:25
1 Brown Hawker (after seeing a probable briefly two days ago what was probably the same was seen again along the road near the wooden swing gate) [Steve Arlow]

Belfairs N.R., 12:00 to 14:00
10 Common Darter (plus), 1 Silver-washed Fritillary, 4 Gatekeeper, 30 Ringlet (plus) [Graham Oakes]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Black-tailed Skimmer (male around the pond), 2 Marbled White [Paul Baker]

Westcliff, 12:00 to 12:05, St.George's Drive
19 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Downs, 11:20 to 11:45
2 Great White Egret (still on Bowers marsh viewed from Bowers Downs) [John Wright]

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 09:00 to 09:00
1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White [Angela Baldock]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:55 to 08:55
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Thursday 15 July 2021

Rochford Golf Course, 16:00 to 19:45, Overcast, warm, S wind
4 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Mistle Thrush (+, single flock), 1 Emperor Dragonfly [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 10:00 to 10:00
1 Common Lizard, 1 Gatekeeper [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:00
8 Little Grebe (inc 4 chicks.), 3 Great White Egret (west of manor way), 2 Ruff, 65 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Common Tern, 2 Gatekeeper, 1 Ringlet [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 14 July 2021

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 08:30 to 09:00
5 Swift (over Bonchurch Park) [Angela Baldock]

Tuesday 13 July 2021

Canvey Way, 12:00 to 14:00
100 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (plus), Southern Emerald (Graham Oakes) (49653 bytes) 1 Southern Emerald Damselfly, Southern Migrant Hawker (Graham Oakes) (79302 bytes) 1 Southern Migrant Hawker [Graham Oakes]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 12:00
10 Teal, 46 Tufted Duck (30 chicks), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Common Tern (+), 14 Bearded Tit, 1 Corn Bunting, 30 Essex Skipper (+), 50 Marbled White (+) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Monday 12 July 2021

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 17:15 to 17:15
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Sunday 11 July 2021

South Fambridge, 17:00 to 18:00, in me garden
1 Buzzard, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff (juv), 2 Slow-worm, 5 Azure Damselfly, SMH female (Paul Baker) (123987 bytes) 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly (egg laying again), 2 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 3 Large White, 4 Small White, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 Marbled White, 2 Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet, 1 Small Heath [Paul Baker]

Wakering Stairs, 14:50 to 15:20
5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose [Neil Chambers]

Belfairs Woods, 11:20 to 12:15
1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 White Admiral [Neil Chambers]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:40 to 11:00
2 Barn Owl (Green Centre), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Belfairs N.R., 10:30 to 12:10, Main butterfly track is now pretty overgrown
1 Buzzard (heard), 1 Nuthatch (in Dodds Grove - vocal and appeared to move into main Nature Reserve area), 1 Jay (doing a near perfect Tawny Owl call), 4 White Admiral (2 in Dodds Grove and 2 along main butterfly tract) [Steve Arlow, Paul Griggs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:15 to 10:30, Quick look from roadside hide
1 Common Gull (adult), 1 Large Skipper, 3 Large White, 15 Marbled White [Neil Chambers]

Belton Hills, 10:00 to 10:40, Castle Drive
7 White-letter Hairstreak [John Wright]

Benfleet Downs, 10:00 to 11:30
10 Little Egret, 3 Chiffchaff, 20 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (+), 4 Red-eyed Damselfly, 10 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 3 Southern Migrant Hawker, 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 7 Black-tailed Skimmer, 4 White-letter Hairstreak, 2 Silver-washed Fritillary, 10 Marbled White, 3 Ringlet [Lee Ebbs]

Canvey Way, 08:40 to 09:55
1 Meadow Pipit (singing), 50 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (+), 5 Southern Emerald Damselfly (4 males), 4 Southern Migrant Hawker, 50 Ruddy Darter (+), 2 Red Admiral, 20 Marbled White (+), 10 Meadow Brown, 10 Ringlet [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 08:30, To benches and back
2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Common Tern, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 3 Bearded Tit (+), 5 Marbled White [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 06:25 to 07:20
4 Great White Egret, 1 Spoonbill, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 8 Bearded Tit (+), 1 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (male), 1 Common Blue Damselfly, 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 20 skippers (Small + Essex both identified), 10 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 10 July 2021

Hadleigh Marshes, 17:00 to 18:00
4 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Marsh Frog [John Wright]

Shoebury East Beach, 14:00 to 14:25
1 Southern Emerald Damselfly (One by the boat storage hardstanding near the Blackgate Road end. Thanks Neil for the ID! ) [Marc Outten]

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