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.

Tuesday 15 October 2019

Gunners Park, 13:00 to 14:55
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 7 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chiffchaff, 0 Fringillidae sp. (small groups of finches over, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Linnet...), 1 Small White, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady [Paul Griggs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:45 to 17:30, Mild, light winds, sunny patches. WeBS count and stroll around south side of island
1 Great White Egret (with cattle on Marsh Flats), 300 Shelduck (just Jubilee - far more on south lagoons), 55 Pintail (Darwin and Fitzroy lagoons), 32 Shoveler (Darwin lagoon), 2 Goosander (Fishing Jubilee north main channel, both in juvenile plumage (no contrast between head and neck and small white patches at bill base).), 5 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin (sat on shingle bank Jubilee Marsh), 102 Avocet (Jubilee), 500 Grey Plover (Jubilee roost), 400 Black-tailed Godwit (approx), 3 Whimbrel, 6 Spotted Redshank (western most of south lagoons now called Stokes lagoon ), 7 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper (Acresfleet and Grass Farm salt pan), 1 Grey Wagtail (borrowdyke near old material handling area, a long overdue Wallasea tick for me ), 1 Song Thrush (on Jubilee Trail - looking very out of place!), 11 Common Seal (on Roach from south sea wall), 3 Field Vole (running across path at various points - seem to be an abundance of them, roll on our winter raptors), 1 Clouded Yellow, 5 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady (fresh individual nr Halfmoon lookout) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:30 to 15:30, Webs count day. Other sightings
1 Great White Egret, 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (poss 2), 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Stonechat (two pairs), 200 Linnet (approx single flock), 2 Clouded Yellow, 6 Red Admiral [John Wright]

Monday 14 October 2019

Canvey Point, 17:10 to 18:10, Heavy overcast, brisk ESE wind easing to SE, some light rain, falling tide
4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gannet (flew east) [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:00, cold & wet
1 Buzzard, 1 Swallow (south), 1 Meadow Pipit [Paul Baker]

Canewdon, 11:00 to 13:00, Mild, Overcast, breezy . Around Butts Hill Pond
1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 16 Goldfinch (Feeding in alders), 1 Siskin (Heard only) [Jeff Delve]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:30 to 10:30
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Point, 10:00 to 12:30, Increasing E wind, overcast and showers, quite miserable in all senses of the word!
3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Scoter (female), 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern [Jeff Saward]

Sunday 13 October 2019

Canewdon, 10:00 to 17:00, Clearing reednmace from BHP.
2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 25 Goldfinch (feeding in alders), 3 Siskin (+, small flock calling from alders) [Jeff Delve]

Wakering Stairs, 09:45 to 10:30
10 Skylark, 1 Ring Ouzel (Female in bushes along main road. ), 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Corn Bunting [Lee Ebbs]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 09:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 25 Swallow, 1 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Bearded Tit (In reeds along the edge of main lake. ) [Lee Ebbs]

Saturday 12 October 2019

Gunners Park, 12:15 to 13:30, Overcast, light rain, light SW wind
1 Kingfisher (flew from old barge pier to stream), 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin (flew over calling) [Neil Chambers]

Gunners Park, 12:15 to 13:30
1 Eider (Female), 4 Common Scoter, 2 Arctic Skua, 10 Swallow, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest [Lee Ebbs]

South Fambridge, 09:00 to 09:00
1 Buzzard (hunting the garden at headheight ) [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 09:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Swallow, 12 Meadow Pipit, 1 Ring Ouzel (1w very elusive, seen briefly 4 times in an hour in bushes in SSSI), 4 Song Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard by car park), 8 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 10 Chaffinch [Mike Clarke]

Rochford Golf Course, 07:30 to 11:40, Light overcast, light SW breeze
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Meadow Pipit (+, flew over), 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest [Neil Chambers]

Friday 11 October 2019

Two Tree Island (East), 15:00 to 16:00
22 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher (Filter beds), 3 Red Admiral [Andrew Woodhouse]

Rochford Golf Course, 13:45 to 18:10, Overcast, brisk SW wind
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Thursday 10 October 2019

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:20 to 16:20
2 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 13:00, Incredible movement of passerines through the park today. Circa 70 per minute
1 Merlin, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Brambling, 100 Goldfinch (+), 100 Reed Bunting (+) [Andrew Armstrong]

Gunners Park, 07:05 to 09:05, Sunny, increasing SW wind - everything moving SW. Also, many more finches moving too high or too far to the north to ID
1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Merlin (imm male over reserve and out over barge pier), 3 Stock Dove, 150 Wood Pigeon, 1 Kingfisher (heard a few times by barge pier), 4 Skylark, 40 Meadow Pipit (+), 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 White / Pied Wagtail (probably Pieds), 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Ring Ouzel (all 1'w. 2 came in from NE and circled reserve a few times before continuing SW, another previously unseen flew up and joined them before dropping back into reserve and not seen again), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing briefly), 3 Chiffchaff, 3 House Sparrow (1 + 2 with Goldfinches), 120 Chaffinch (+), 6 Brambling (+, 3 singles, 1 with Goldfinches, and 2+ with a flock of c40 Chaffinches), 1800 Goldfinch (+, conservative estimate!), 180 Linnet (+), 45 Reed Bunting (+) [Neil Chambers]

Wednesday 09 October 2019

Gunners Park, 17:00 to 17:45
1 Kestrel, 1 Stonechat, 1 Ring Ouzel (Smart male in bushes by concrete turning circle. ), 2 Chiffchaff [Lee Ebbs]

Hadleigh Downs, 14:10 to 15:40
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Red Admiral [Paul Griggs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:00 to 13:00
1 Cormorant, 1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Small White [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:15 to 14:50
1 Kestrel, 85 Avocet (circa), 125 Lapwing (circa), 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 11 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 40 Meadow Pipit (circa), 1 Stonechat (male), 4 Ring Ouzel (together,including male and female ), 2 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood [Jeff Kinnerman]

Tuesday 08 October 2019

Rayleigh Mount, 19:00 to 19:05
1 Tawny Owl (female calling, audible from Mill car park) [Neil Chambers]

Shoeburyness Park, 13:50 to 13:50, ASDA
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs, Vince Kinsler]

Gunners Park, 12:00 to 13:20, Brisk SW
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, Male (Jeff Delve) (64078 bytes) Female (Jeff Delve) (79485 bytes) Two males in flight (Jeff Delve) (20291 bytes) 7 Ring Ouzel (3 males, feeding in reserve and then flew east towards houses and returned, very flighty), 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (Bunker Wood) [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 10:00 to 12:00
7 Ring Ouzel (thanks VK/PG) [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 09:55 to 13:35, SW wind, overcast
5 Gannet, 22 Little Egret, 9 Common Scoter, 600 Sanderling (Barge Pier), 5 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Kingfisher (VTK), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Swallow, 15 Meadow Pipit, 7 Ring Ouzel (in the SSSI at first, at least 3 males, acting as a loose flock), 7 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler (h), 2 Blackcap (m), 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 160 Linnet (c. moving S) [Paul Griggs, Vince Kinsler]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00, Cloudy
1 Shag, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Ring Ouzel (Initially 7 but eventually 10 gathered in the SSSI before heading towards Coastguard Station ) [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 07 October 2019

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:05 to 13:20
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00, Overcast
5 Gannet, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Skylark [Andrew Armstrong]

Sunday 06 October 2019

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:10 to 16:25
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 House Martin [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Point, 13:00 to 16:30, brisk NW, overcast at times
1 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Scoter, 22 Avocet, 5 Sandwich Tern, 8 Swallow [Jeff Saward]

Coombe Wood, 09:15 to 09:15
6 Redwing (flying over, calling) [Jeff Saward]

Canvey Seafront, 06:50 to 08:40, Se at first then swing SW, heavy rain
5 Common Scoter, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull (adult), 1 Black Tern, 17 Swallow [Jeff Saward]

Saturday 05 October 2019

Eastwood, 18:55 to 19:00, Lundy Close
1 Common Pipistrelle [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canvey Point, 15:15 to 17:45
6 Common Scoter (flock of 5 and a single), 1 Great Skua, 1 Little Gull (adult), 1 Sandwich Tern, 12 Swallow, 1 Grey Seal, 1 Harbour Porpoise (three brief views) [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 14:10 to 17:15, Light north easterly, patchy cloud, incoming tide. Highlights
1 Manx Shearwater, 6 Common Scoter (female in close and flock of 4 females and a male further out), 1 Sparrowhawk (heading south across river), 1 Great Skua, 5 Mediterranean Gull (2 ad, 2 1st W 1 2ndW), 1 Little Gull (adult), 1 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 1 Harbour Porpoise [Jeff Delve]

Wakering Stairs, 12:10 to 12:35
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Corn Bunting [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Point, 12:00 to 17:30, ESE overcast at times
1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver (still in summer plumage), 1 Manx Shearwater (west at 1320, back east at 14.55), 6 Common Scoter, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Little Gull (adult), 1 Sandwich Tern, 15 Common Tern [Jeff Saward]

Two Tree Island (East), 11:15 to 12:15
1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 10:10 to 11:50
200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (c.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 11 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat (pair), 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff [Paul Griggs]

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

Friday 04 October 2019

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:20 to 15:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Small White [Paul Griggs]

Thursday 03 October 2019

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:55 to 14:55
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:40
1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (imm female), 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 20 Swallow, 1 Whinchat (along track to double benches), 2 Stonechat (one along field fence past barn and one by Don's marsh), 3 Chiffchaff, 10 Bearded Tit (minimum) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:45 to 15:25
3 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk (circling with Buzzards ), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (over main lagoon), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 110 Avocet (circa), 4 Ruff, 3 Snipe (saline lagoon), 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl (hunting,NE of reserve), 9 Swallow, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat (with Whinchat), 2 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 10 Bearded Tit [Jeff Kinnerman]

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