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 20 June 2024

Canvey Way, 16:00 to 16:50
16 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (all males), 1 Southern Emerald Damselfly, 1 Azure Damselfly, 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly [Max Hellicar]

Benfleet Downs, 15:00 to 16:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 9 Mediterranean Gull, 12 White-letter Hairstreak (+) [Max Hellicar]

Hadleigh Marshes, 13:20 to 15:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (male), 1 Large Red Damselfly, 25 Azure Damselfly, 18 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 2 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Ruddy Darter, 1 Essex Skipper [Max Hellicar]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 11:30
1 Spoonbill, 1 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Mediterranean Gull (inc. 1 juv.), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 5 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 6 Marbled White [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 19 June 2024

Benfleet, 07:50 to 08:05
1 Red Kite (Low over Sadlers Farm), 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Bread and Cheese Hill) [Marc Outten]

Canvey Wick, 05:45 to 07:30, Overcast with cool NNE Breeze
12 Greylag Goose (flew over), 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Kestrel, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 1 Nightingale, 8 Song Thrush, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 20 Whitethroat (+), 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet [Terry Blackwell]

Tuesday 18 June 2024

South Fambridge, 18:30 to 18:30
1 Cuckoo (female) [Paul Baker]

Ashingdon, 07:35 to 07:35
1 Hobby (Over princess gardens) [Bob Young]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 11:15
1 Red-crested Pochard (possible hybrid not the usual bird.), 1 Buzzard, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black-headed Gull (300+ juvs.), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 1 Essex Skipper [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Monday 17 June 2024

Rochford, 10:50 to 11:00
1 Red Kite (Over garden drifted NE before returning SW 5minutes later ) [Steve Arlow]

Westcliff, 09:25 to 09:40, St Georges Drive
1 Buzzard, 7 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canvey Wick, 06:30 to 08:30, Sunny
2 Cuckoo (showing well), 2 Swift, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nightingale, 5 Song Thrush, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 30 Whitethroat (+), 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Jay, 8 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch, 1 Weasel (Deceased) [Terry Blackwell]

Sunday 16 June 2024

Canvey Way, 15:20 to 16:05
1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whitethroat (singing), 10 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, Teneral female SMH at Canvey Way (Neil Chambers) (105712 bytes) 4 Southern Migrant Hawker, 10 Ruddy Darter, 6 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Belton Hills, 14:30 to 15:05, Castle Drive
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Whitethroat (singing), 3 Chiffchaff (1 singing), 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 3 White-letter Hairstreak (+), 3 Holly Blue, 1 Comma [Neil Chambers]

Rochford, 14:00 to 16:00
1 Banded Demoiselle (male in garden), 2 Butterflies and Moths (Large Red Belted Clearwing in garden) [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 11:00
1 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Buzzard, 44 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Swift, 2 House Martin, 1 Yellowhammer [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Saturday 15 June 2024

South Fambridge, 23:00 to 23:55
1 Western Hedgehog (on trailcam. Several visits from 23:00 - 03:15), 1 Red Fox [Paul Baker]

Westcliff, 10:10 to 10:15, St.Georges Drive
1 Hobby [Jeff Kinnerman]

Friday 14 June 2024

South Fambridge, 02:25 to 03:15
1 Western Hedgehog (Captured on trailcam), 1 Red Fox [Paul Baker]

Thursday 13 June 2024

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:30 to 12:20
7 Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 2 Common Tern, 6 Corn Bunting [Bob Young]

Westcliff, 06:10 to 06:15, St.George's Drive
6 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wednesday 12 June 2024

South Fambridge, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Marsh Harrier (female on BHF), 1 Buzzard, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo [Paul Baker]

Canvey Wick, 05:50 to 08:00, Overcast and a cool start 8c
3 Cuckoo, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Nightingale, 6 Song Thrush, 5 Reed Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 20 Whitethroat (+), 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, 8 Greenfinch, 12 Goldfinch [Terry Blackwell]

Tuesday 11 June 2024

Rochford, 14:30 to 14:30
1 Hobby (Flew over Purdeys Industrial Estate) [Lee Ebbs]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00, No sign of Hedgehog last night by midnight
2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cuckoo [Paul Baker]

Paglesham Lagoon, 09:25 to 13:15, from Stambridge along r roach to pag lag
1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard (Hampton barns), 2 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Little Owl (hb), 40 Swift (circa), 2 House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Corn Bunting (hb) [Bob Young]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 11:15
1 Spoonbill, 3 Wigeon (2 drakes.), 2 Buzzard, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 400 Black-headed Gull (circa inc. 200 juvs.), 3 Cuckoo, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Northern Water Vole, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Marbled White [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Monday 10 June 2024

South Fambridge, 19:30 to 19:30
1 Marsh Harrier (female on BHF), 1 Common Tern (BHF), 1 Barn Owl (BHF), 1 Corn Bunting (singing ), 1 Wall Brown, 2 Small Heath [Paul Baker]

Canvey Point, 10:30 to 14:30, N 6-4 Sunny intervals H.T 16:00 5.3 m
2 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Gannet, 15 Turnstone, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Tern (+), 4 Swift, 1 Swallow [Terry Blackwell]

Sunday 09 June 2024

South Fambridge, 22:50 to 22:55
1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Western Hedgehog (after a no show yesterday, a brief visit yet again tonight.) [Paul Baker]

Edwards Hall Park, 16:00 to 17:20
2 House Martin, White-legged Damselfly (Neil Chambers) (83183 bytes) 20 White-legged Damselfly (18 males, along west side of usual field), 2 Azure Damselfly, 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 14:20 to 16:20
1 Little Egret, 1 Mediterranean Gull (h), 50 Swift (+), 3 Skylark, 1 Yellowhammer (male, singing) [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow, Bob Young]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 13:00 to 14:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Cetti's Warbler (h) [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow, Bob Young]

Hockley Woods, 11:15 to 11:30
1 Nuthatch, 1 Holly Blue [Paul Baker]

West Wood, 10:15 to 12:45
3 Buzzard, 7 Butterflies and Moths (6+ Yellow-legged Clearwing, 1 Orange-tailed Clearwing) [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow, Bob Young]

Hockley Woods, 09:00 to 09:50, Sunny, cool breeze
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 08 June 2024

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 18:00
4 Buzzard (North side of Crouch), 2 Kestrel, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Tern (BHF), 2 Cuckoo (male & female ), 1 Cetti's Warbler (PB), 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Slow-worm, 2 Butterflies and Moths (CREAM-SPOT TIGERS ), 2 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Heath [Paul Baker, Paul Griggs]

Edwards Hall Park, 12:30 to 13:45
12 White-legged Damselfly, 1 Ruddy Darter, 1 Common Blue, 3 Meadow Brown [Lee Ebbs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:50 to 11:50
4 Cattle Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Bob Young]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:15 to 11:50
4 Cattle Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 2 Black-tailed Skimmer [Lee Ebbs]

Pound Wood, 08:00 to 09:15
1 Buzzard, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Large Skipper [Lee Ebbs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:40 to 11:00
4 Cattle Egret (with cattle in solar panel field.), 1 Spoonbill (SW of benches.), 1 Wigeon (Drake still.), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 2 Ruddy Darter [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 06:45 to 11:00, Sunny start , cloudy later
4 Cattle Egret, 1 Spoonbill, 52 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Common Tern, 3 Cuckoo, 30 Swift (+), 10 Swallow, 5 Yellow Wagtail (2 male 3 female), 2 Yellowhammer [Terry Blackwell]

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