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 18 January 2022

Roper's farm, 10:30 to 11:30
18 Little Grebe, 1 Merlin (male bombing across field opposite Barling Magna hunting skylark), 26 Avocet, 3 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher (Seen on arrival and leaving, where footpath hits seawall. Firstly on salt marsh on incoming tide which eventually pushed it onto the borrow dyke.), 2 Skylark, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 1 Snow Bunting (Still present on seaward side of wall and on salt marsh ) [Vince Kinsler]

Canvey Point, 09:50 to 13:30, SW 1-2 Very misty with Fog patches H.T 12:55 5.5 m
61 Red-throated Diver (including groups of 23,9,7,6), 125 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shelduck, 12 Grey Plover, 1000 Dunlin (+), 10 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 1 Little Gull (1st winter), 7 Guillemot (drifted in on the tide) [Terry Blackwell]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:40 to 11:15, Frosty start then fog descending - just out to hide and back
4 Barnacle Goose (with Canada Geese and 2 Brent on field east of road from offices), 1 Peregrine Falcon (ad female on northern sluice of Fitz), 3 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 22 Linnet, 3 Corn Bunting (calling / singing birds) [Jeff Delve, Sally Brierley]

South Fambridge, 08:40 to 08:40, Dense fog & ice
1 Sparrowhawk (along Fambridge Road), 20 Goldfinch (on feeder) [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 11:30, Bright to start . Fog came in at 10.00am
5 White-fronted Goose, 25 Pintail, 1 Goldeneye (female), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 4 Stonechat (2 pair), 8 Greenfinch [Graham Oakes]

Monday 17 January 2022

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:40 to 17:00, Beautiful cold crisp clear evening
1 Spoonbill (just one feeding S end of Fitzroy - apparently three earlier), 3 Marsh Harrier (2 males and a young bird south lagoons), 1 Merlin (in extended aerial pursuit of Skylark over south sea wall with a Marsh Harrier tracking them both to and fro!), 1 Green Sandpiper (ditch near offices), 2 Twite (feeding unobtrusively along edge of pool ) [Jeff Delve]

Doggetts Pits, 13:35 to 13:45
1 Mistle Thrush (still in field north of the pits) [Steve Arlow]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:25 to 17:00
3 Spoonbill, 30 Pintail, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Twite (at last, thanks jeff) [Bob Young]

Fleet Head, 11:50 to 13:10
1200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 15 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Rock Pipit [Max Hellicar, John Wright]

Roper's farm, 11:20 to 12:30
2 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 6 Redwing, 1 Snow Bunting [Bob Young]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:00 to 13:15, Car park to Fitzroy Lagoon and return
4 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (Fitzroy Lagoon ), 2 Marsh Harrier (m,f), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail,awesome close views from hide,Fitzroy Lagoon ), 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 6 Ringed Plover, 2000 Golden Plover (+), 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Stonechat (pair) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Roper's farm, 09:50 to 11:30
2 Red-legged Partridge, 150 Avocet, 14 Grey Plover, 1200 Lapwing, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat (female), 1 Snow Bunting (still feeding along seawall) [Max Hellicar, John Wright]

Pound Wood, 09:35 to 11:05
2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 6 Chaffinch [Paul Griggs]

Hampton Barns, 08:50 to 10:40, Stambridge Rd footpath to Hampton Barns and return
2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 125 Stock Dove (c,HB), 1 Little Owl (HB), 2 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Brambling (f,HB), 4 Corn Bunting (HB) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Sunday 16 January 2022

Hadleigh Downs, 16:00 to 17:10
1 Buzzard, 1 Tawny Owl (male called a couple of times ), 2 Red Fox, 1 Chinese Muntjac [John Wright]

Canvey Wick, 15:45 to 16:30
1 Woodcock, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Redwing [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 16:30, Glorious cold still bright evening
3 Spoonbill (still S side of Fitzroy viewed from the hide), 16 Gadwall (decent flock for here), 3 Marsh Harrier (Ad male, ad female and 1st W bird dropped onto saltmarsh by hide before moving off west), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail over Fitzroy), 1 Green Sandpiper (in ditch linking south lagoons to Pool Marsh) [Jeff Delve]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 15:00 to 15:40
3 White-fronted Goose [Neil Chambers]

Barling, 14:35 to 14:35
10 Red-legged Partridge (Shopland Road junction) [Jeff Delve]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 14:30 to 15:40
3 White-fronted Goose, 1 Kestrel [John Wright]

Roper's farm, 13:50 to 14:30, Bright calm sunny day but cold,
50 Avocet (+), Back view (Jeff Delve) (58745 bytes) Very confiding bird quietly feeding along sea wall (Jeff Delve) (67942 bytes) 1 Snow Bunting (along sea wall (thanks Lee!!)) [Jeff Delve]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 13:40 to 14:50
2 White-fronted Goose (distant from middle hide), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (1st winter) [Steve Arlow]

Roper's farm, 13:30 to 14:30
1 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 3 Rock Pipit (+), 1 Snow Bunting (female feeding on sea wall, thanks Lee) [Paul Griggs]

Roper's farm, 13:15 to 14:25, Sunny, no wind, chilly
9 Little Grebe, 4 Buzzard (drifting north), 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat (fem), 1 Snow Bunting (fem along seawall c250m east of footpath - thanks Lee!) [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 13:00 to 13:30
2 Pintail, 10 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Water Pipit (in NE corner) [Steve Arlow]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:00 to 16:00
4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail ), 5 Kestrel [Andrew Armstrong]

Roper's farm, 12:15 to 13:30
1 Kestrel, 25 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Snow Bunting (Female on sea-wall) [Lee Ebbs]

Southend Pier, 11:05 to 15:15
9 Red-throated Diver, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 200 Turnstone (c), 24 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Kittiwake (pier head), 3 Grey Seal (pier head ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Southchurch Park East, 09:50 to 10:30
2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Red-crested Pochard (f,SE fringe of reed beds), 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 11 Common Gull [Jeff Kinnerman]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 08:45 to 10:15
3 White-fronted Goose, 2 Pintail, 5 Pochard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Snipe, 1 Red Fox [Lee Ebbs]

Canvey Point, 08:30 to 12:15, S.W 1-2 Cloudy and very misty H.T 11:35 5.2 m
60 Red-throated Diver (including groups of 12,9,5,5,4,4 flying up river), 63 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Greylag Goose, 400 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 10 Common Scoter (flying up river), 40 Curlew, 8 Guillemot, 4 Linnet [Terry Blackwell]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 11:30
13 Mute Swan, 14 Pintail, 1 Goldeneye (female still in residence.), 2 Marsh Harrier (females), 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (male), 1 Greenshank, 520 Black-headed Gull, 2 Stonechat (pair), 4 Redwing [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 09:00
2 Water Rail (seen), 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Cetti's Warbler (seen), 2 Bearded Tit [Vince Kinsler]

Saturday 15 January 2022

Southchurch Park West, 15:35 to 15:45
3 Little Grebe, 1 Red-crested Pochard (Female with Mallard glovk) [Jeff Delve]

Fleet Head, 15:30 to 16:30
2 Shoveler, 1 Kestrel, 28 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Pheasant, 1 Corn Bunting [Vince Kinsler]

Shoeburyness Park, 15:20 to 15:25
2 Egyptian Goose [Jeff Delve]

Thorpe Bay, 15:00 to 15:15, Golf course footpath
1 Kestrel, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet [Jeff Delve]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 13:00 to 13:20
1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Long-tailed Tit [Graham Mee]

Hampton Barns, 12:45 to 14:20
1 Kestrel, 27 Blackbird (+), 2 Fieldfare, 30 Chaffinch (+), 1 Greenfinch, 4 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Corn Bunting [Paul Griggs, Mike Clarke]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:30 to 15:30, Fog clearing to a Murk
1 Great White Egret (briefly on Fitzroy Lagoon when the fog cleared), 400 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (by Grapnalls Farm), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (with brent flock), 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Green Sandpiper [Steve Arlow]

Thorpe Bay, 12:00 to 12:25, Golf course
2 Little Egret, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Paul Griggs, Mike Clarke]

Canvey Point, 11:40 to 12:40, Foggy flat calm H.T 10:50 5.0 m
4 Red-throated Diver, 30 Great Crested Grebe (+), 40 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 10 Grey Plover, 150 Sanderling, 100 Dunlin (+), 12 Redshank, 40 Turnstone [Terry Blackwell]

Shoeburyness Park, 11:35 to 11:50
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Redwing [Paul Griggs, Mike Clarke]

Friars Park, 11:05 to 11:30
1 Fieldfare [Paul Griggs, Mike Clarke]

Shoebury East Beach, 10:50 to 11:00
1 Kestrel, 40 Ringed Plover (c.), 100 Sanderling (c.), 30 Turnstone (c.) [Paul Griggs, Mike Clarke]

Southchurch Park East, 10:15 to 10:40
1 Red-crested Pochard (f), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Brown Rat [Paul Griggs, Mike Clarke]

Southchurch Park West, 10:00 to 10:15
3 Little Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) [Paul Griggs, Mike Clarke]

Canvey Point, 09:30 to 10:15, Thick Fog visibility 200yds.
1 Little Egret, 1 Snipe (briefly landed on the last groyne, clearly lost in the fog.), 1 Mediterranean Gull (close in) [Terry Blackwell]

Canvey Wick, 08:30 to 09:30
2 Woodcock, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Redwing [Lee Ebbs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:05 to 09:10, Foggy
5 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 5 Greenfinch [Neil Chambers]

Friday 14 January 2022

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:10 to 16:50
350 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (c.), 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Corn Bunting [Paul Griggs]

Hampton Barns, 14:45 to 16:00, Walked in from Stambridge fishery
1 Little Owl (By barn), 70 Chaffinch (+, Possibly many more as viewed from distance), 1 Brambling (Female in with large finch flock on game cover), 1 Lesser Redpoll (Briefly on hedge top by cover crop), 5 Reed Bunting (+), 47 Corn Bunting (+, 37 pre roost gathering in bushes nr paddocks, 10+ with finch flocks by cover crop) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:45 to 16:55, screens only
4 Marsh Harrier, 4 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl [John Wright]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 14:20 to 16:55
1 Great White Egret (Flew into scrape roost shortly after 16:50), 11 Anser sp. (11 grey geese, prob WFG, over distantly, heading SE, circled and landed on Bowers), 3 Marsh Harrier (At least), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 10 Water Rail (+, many calling from reedbed around scrape late afternoon ), 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 3 Cetti's Warbler (+) [Tim Bourne]

Stambridge, 14:00 to 14:30, Hampton Barns
1 Little Owl, 1 Brambling, 4 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 14:00 to 14:35
1 Coal Tit [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 13:20 to 14:15
2 Little Grebe, 3 White-fronted Goose (from middle hide. Thanks Terry.), 3 Pintail (2 drakes) [Graham Ryland]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:30 to 15:00, Sunny very calm
2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Mute Swan, 3 White-fronted Goose (spotted from the middle hide), 40 Greylag Goose (+), 30 Canada Goose (+), 100 Wigeon (+), 50 Teal (+), 10 Mallard, 4 Pintail (3 male 1 female), 12 Shoveler, 15 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Pheasant (male), 100 Lapwing (+), 30 Curlew (+), 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Blue Tit [Terry Blackwell]

Southchurch Park East, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Red-crested Pochard (female) [Max Hellicar]

Southend Pier, 10:40 to 15:00
3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Little Egret, 12 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Knot, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 19 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Grey Seal (pier head) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Southend Seafront, 08:45 to 10:05
4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret (in breeding plumage ), 4 Mute Swan, 51 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 65 Sanderling, 1 Redshank (also two dead on water), 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Thursday 13 January 2022

Stambridge, 17:05 to 17:05
1 Little Owl (audible from care home layby) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:05 to 16:55, Sunny, light SW breeze
12 Little Egret, 3 Spoonbill (on Fitzroy Lagoon), 1 Marsh Harrier (ad male), 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (male), 1 Water Rail (calling from reedy borrow dyke by offices), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat (pair), 2 Linnet [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 16:30, Checking Brent flock which had relocated to field just east of village
700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Black Brant (always a delight to see) [Paul Baker]

Southchurch Park West, 14:30 to 14:30
1 Red-crested Pochard (female), 1 Mediterranean Gull [Max Hellicar]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 13:20 to 14:20
1 Marsh Harrier (male over Vange Wick), 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Linnet [Neil Chambers]

Doggetts Pits, 13:00 to 13:30
4 Tufted Duck (2 pairs), 2 Mistle Thrush (pair still in field north of the pits) [Steve Arlow]

South Fambridge, 12:20 to 13:15, Checking the Brent flock on Blue House Farm from my house
40 Barnacle Goose, 1000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Red-breasted Goose (Bloomin marvelous especially given that I was away last weekend for the Wallasea visit. Present throughout.) [Paul Baker]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:30 to 12:15
1 Bullfinch (male) [John Wright]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 10:20 to 11:20
4 Pintail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Pipit (1 poss 2) [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:00 to 15:00, 6 hour tide cycle count on Jubilee
1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting over Tillets early on), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Adult on shingle ridge on Jubilee), 550 Black-tailed Godwit (Main roost on Roach south of Half Moon point), 4 Turnstone (Unusual on Jubilee), 17 Common Seal [Jeff Delve]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:05 to 10:20
1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare (north) [Paul Griggs]

Pound Wood, 08:00 to 09:30, A most disappointing visit!
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Grey Squirrel [Paul Baker]

Wednesday 12 January 2022

Southchurch Park East, 14:50 to 14:50
1 Red-crested Pochard (female), 1 Water Rail (heard) [Max Hellicar]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:45 to 17:00
15 Little Egret (c.), 1 Spoonbill, 250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (c.), 5 Marsh Harrier (+), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Barn Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 2 Twite [Paul Griggs, John Wright]

Southend Seafront, 13:30 to 14:00
2 Mediterranean Gull [Vince Kinsler]

Hampton Barns, 12:10 to 13:40
1 Kestrel, 1 Little Owl, 1 Goldcrest (h), 4 Rook, 50 Chaffinch (c.), 1 Brambling (m), 2 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting [Paul Griggs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:45 to 15:45, Glorious sunny and calm day.
3 Marsh Harrier (over southern lagoons), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult beating up waders on Pool Marsh then heading north), 1 Barn Owl, 6 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 500 Starling (+), One of the two feeding on edge of pool (Jeff Delve) (107620 bytes) 2 Twite (on pools alongside main N/S path for most of the afternoon - very unobtrusive feeding on small saltmarsh plants seeds) [Jeff Delve]

Stambridge Mills, 11:30 to 12:05
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel [Paul Griggs]

Thorpe Bay, 11:30 to 12:00, Golf course
2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest [John Wright]

Shoeburyness Park, 10:45 to 10:55
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Brown Rat [John Wright]

Airport Business Park, 10:30 to 11:15
1 Kestrel, 34 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 1 Song Thrush [Paul Griggs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:35 to 09:35
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Roper's farm, 09:30 to 09:30
10 Little Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kestrel, 180 Avocet [John Wright]

Lion Creek, 08:15 to 11:00, Clear, calm cold start. Walk Lion Creek to Canewdon
5 Great Crested Grebe (group on the river included a strange plumaged bird with a russet neck moulting from 1st W to spring plumage), 1 Marsh Harrier (ad male over Lower Raypits), 46 Avocet (6 at mouth of Lion Creek, 40 west of Upper Raypits), 700 Golden Plover (+, west of Upper Raypits), 20 Grey Plover (west of Upper Raypits), 200 Dunlin (+, west of Upper Raypits), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 1 Song Thrush (on set aside), 1 Mistle Thrush (singing from by Creeksea Ferry Road), 2 Yellowhammer (flew up into tree from set aside patch towards Raypits), 1 Corn Bunting (singing along sea wall) [Jeff Delve]

South Fambridge, 08:15 to 08:45
400 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (distantly on Crouch, mist and harsh light made it impossible to discern any details), 10 Avocet, 25 Golden Plover, 14 Fieldfare, 1 Yellowhammer (flew east calling), 3 Red Fox [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 11:00
3 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Pintail, 1 Goldeneye (female still.), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 7 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Tile Wood, 07:50 to 08:30
1 Hawfinch (Sat atop a tree c50 yards up the track to the right as you enter tile wood from the entrance opposite pound wood car park) [Mike Clarke]

Tuesday 11 January 2022

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 15:10 to 15:15
1 Sparrowhawk (ad male) [John Wright]

Doggetts Pits, 12:45 to 13:15
2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (male sat on pylon) [Steve Arlow]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 12:30 to 13:30
3 Gadwall (2m/1f), 3 Pintail (2m/1f), 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (adult), 1 Water Pipit, 3 Redwing, 2 Bearded Tit (showy pair) [Vince Kinsler]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:05 to 12:05
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 11:50 to 11:55
1 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:50 to 12:40
3 Spoonbill, 12 Pintail, 4 Marsh Harrier, 5 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1000 Golden Plover, 800 Lapwing, 1 Stonechat, 20 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting [Bob Young]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00
1 Kingfisher (Gogs berth) [Andrew Armstrong]

South Fambridge, 08:00 to 09:20
525 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (flew over garden), 1 Black Brant, 1 Marsh Harrier (female on BHF), 10 Avocet, 25 Golden Plover, 1 Rock Pipit [Paul Baker]

Monday 10 January 2022

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 22:05 to 22:10
1 Red Fox [John Wright]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 15:25 to 17:00
7 Avocet, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Chaffinch [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Pound Wood, 13:20 to 15:15
1 Kestrel, 25 Stock Dove (+), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Redwing, 4 Jay, 1 Hawfinch (Poplars c.100 E of feeders,calling) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Doggetts Pits, 13:15 to 13:40
32 Fieldfare (in field immediately north of Pits but flushed by crow and flew towards the farm), 2 Mistle Thrush (still present, with the Fieldfare flock but flew towards pits and sat in trees when flock flushed) [Steve Arlow]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 12:55 to 15:15
4 Egyptian Goose, 3 Gadwall, 3 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Avocet, 1 Jack Snipe, 5 Snipe, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (adult), 3 Water Pipit, 3 Bearded Tit [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:30 to 14:50, S 1-2 Heavy cloud
2 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 5 Mute Swan, 250 Greylag Goose (+), 150 Canada Goose (+), 400 Wigeon (+), 100 Teal (+), 20 Mallard, 5 Pintail ( 3 drakes 2 females), 12 Shoveler, 20 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier (over bowers), 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Pheasant, 25 Coot, 150 Lapwing (+), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 25 Wood Pigeon, 2 Stonechat (red hill area), 9 Redwing, 300 Starling (+) [Terry Blackwell]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:20 to 11:20
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Pound Wood, 09:00 to 10:00
2 Redwing, 2 Nuthatch (together at feeders) [Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:35 to 12:55
1 Black Swan, 12 Gadwall, 12 Pintail (8m,4f), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Red-legged Partridge (field E of Church Road ), 2 Avocet, 1 Grey Plover (saline), 1 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 1 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 6 Stonechat (three pairs ), 3 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 10 Redwing (+), 1 Bearded Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Red Fox [Jeff Kinnerman]

Pound Wood, 07:55 to 08:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Hawfinch [John Wright]

Sunday 09 January 2022

Wakering Common, 17:30 to 17:30
1 Little Owl (Heard calling from Common Road layby) [Lee Ebbs]

Stambridge, 16:55 to 16:55
1 Little Owl (calling and showing from the layby next to the Stambidge Meadows Care Home) [Steve Arlow]

Hampton Barns, 15:45 to 16:20
1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl (at the pink barn) [Steve Arlow]

Paglesham Lagoon, 15:10 to 15:35
4 Goldeneye (2 each of drakes and females), 1 Kingfisher (along borrowdyke between lagoon and Barton Hall Creek), 1 Stonechat (male along seawall) [Steve Arlow]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 17:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail ), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl [Andrew Armstrong]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 15:00 to 16:55
6 Avocet, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 26 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 800 Jackdaw (c800 going to roost), 2 Red Fox [John Wright]

Hampton Barns, 14:35 to 14:40
40 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling (with Chaffinch flock) [Steve Arlow]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 13:35 to 15:00
10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Southend Seafront, 13:00 to 13:20
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad) [Paul Griggs]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 13:00 to 14:45
60 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 80 Teal, 4 Pintail (2 pairs), 15 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 10 Avocet, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper [John Wright]

Wakering Stairs, 13:00 to 13:10
1 Kestrel, 6 Red-legged Partridge [Lee Ebbs]

Shoeburyness Park, 12:40 to 12:55
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Green Woodpecker [Paul Griggs]

Southchurch Park East, 12:30 to 12:40
1 Red-crested Pochard (Female along edge of reed bed) [Lee Ebbs]

Thorpe Bay, 12:00 to 12:30, Golf course
1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 12:00 to 13:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Water Pipit [Vince Kinsler]

Southchurch Park East, 11:45 to 11:55
1 Red-crested Pochard (f) [Paul Griggs]

Pound Wood, 11:00 to 11:30
1 Nuthatch [Vince Kinsler]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 09:30 to 12:00
1 Stock Dove (singing), 1 Coal Tit (singing occasionally) [Neil Chambers]

Pound Wood, 09:15 to 12:30
4 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Redwing, Nuthatch Pound Wood 09-01-2022 (Steve Arlow) (48310 bytes) 2 Nuthatch (at the bird table on and off) [Steve Arlow]

Airport Business Park, 08:35 to 10:40, incl Westcliff Rugby Club
1 Grey Heron, 35 Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk (m), 2 Buzzard (incl one over Cherry Orchard CP), 1 Kestrel (f), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 19 Skylark (rugby pitch), 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting (m) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:00 to 10:30
3 Spoonbill (Fitzroy marsh), 3 Marsh Harrier (Male and two females), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Green Sandpiper (Heard), 2 Rock Pipit [Lee Ebbs]

Tile Wood, 07:50 to 08:40
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Hawfinch (One bird calling in tree top in pound wood, flew down to join two others on the edge of tile wood.) [Bob Young]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:30 to 10:00
250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Stonechat, 2 Corn Bunting [Vince Kinsler]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:15 to 16:00, Clear, cold, calm. Guided walk in afternoon
3 Spoonbill (On Fitzroy from hide), 450 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+, Grapnells flock came in about 8:30 but fewer than yesterday and no RbG), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Marsh Harrier (Ad and subadult males and a female), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail past screens late on), 1 Green Sandpiper (On Pool Marsh), 1 Barn Owl (East of offices late afternoon), 1 Short-eared Owl (East of offices late afternoon), 1 Stonechat [Jeff Delve]

Hockley/Hawkwell, 06:30 to 07:00
2 Tawny Owl (One seen flying over the car park at Gusted Hall and another calling from the woods) [Lee Ebbs]

Two Tree Island (East), 06:30 to 12:00
1 Kestrel, 1 Spotted Redshank (flew over twice, calling), 1 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Max Hellicar]

Saturday 08 January 2022

Hockley/Hawkwell, 15:20 to 15:25
3 Fieldfare (Hall Road Cemy) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 15:50
1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Red-breasted Goose (Great find Jeff D. Thanks! ) [Marc Outten]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:15 to 15:00
1 Red-breasted Goose (ad with Brents along entrance track - nice one JD!), 1 Kestrel [Neil Chambers]

Southchurch Park West, 14:00 to 14:30
Red-crested Pochard, Southchurch Park West 08-01-2022 (Steve Arlow) (50571 bytes) 1 Red-crested Pochard (female still present), 3 Mediterranean Gull (adults) [Steve Arlow]

Airport Business Park, 13:50 to 14:35
1 Kestrel, 48 Skylark (c. in flooded field S of rugby club), 2 Meadow Pipit, 14 Linnet [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Point, 13:00 to 15:00, S.W 5-3 Heavy cloud and rain showers H.T 16:48 5.4 m
4 Red-throated Diver, 30 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Shelduck, 15 Wigeon, 1 Common Scoter (male flying up river), 1 Peregrine Falcon (sitting on nearest sand bar), 1000 Oystercatcher (+), 39 Sanderling, 12 Curlew, 1 Guillemot [Terry Blackwell]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:55 to 13:30
600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (approx), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (with the Brent flock), 1 Red-breasted Goose (with the Brent flock. Nice find JD.) [John Wright, Max Hellicar]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:45 to 14:00
1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Red-breasted Goose (Thanks Jeff), 1 Merlin [Tim Bourne]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:30 to 13:00
1 Red-breasted Goose (Adult with Brent flock, great find Jeff), 1 Kestrel (2) [Lee Ebbs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:30 to 13:30
620 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (c.), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Red-breasted Goose (thanks Jeff D) [Paul Griggs]

Southchurch Park West, 12:25 to 12:40
0 Red-crested Pochard (no sign on East or west!!) [Mike Clarke]

Thorpe Bay, 12:00 to 12:15, Golf Club
0 Ring-necked Parakeet (No sign but pouring rain!), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Mike Clarke]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:45 to 16:00, Rain and breezy SW. initially by Grapnells then out to Svhool House viewpoint
2 Great Crested Grebe (On Crouch on rising tide), 700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Very approx on fields eadt of Grapnells), 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Red-breasted Goose (Picked up in Brent flock as came back onto island- superb bird - one of the 2 from Dengie), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail hunting over Jubilee N wall), 250 Grey Plover (+), 500 Knot (+), 500 Dunlin (+), 600 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Common Seal (On Roach off breach) [Jeff Delve]

Shoeburyness Park, 11:35 to 11:45
0 Egyptian Goose (no sign) [Mike Clarke]

Fleet Head, 11:10 to 11:30
10 Red-legged Partridge (Quick look on fields before lakes - but very few partridge no sign of any Greys) [Mike Clarke]

Hampton Barns, 10:25 to 10:40
100 Stock Dove (plus), 100 Chaffinch (approximately ), 1 Brambling (nice male, thanks MC) [Vince Kinsler]

Hampton Barns, 10:00 to 10:45
1 Buzzard, 100 Stock Dove (+), 6 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 100 Chaffinch (+), 1 Brambling (Smart male), 8 Corn Bunting [Mike Clarke]

Thorpe Bay, 10:00 to 10:30
1 Little Egret, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Two vocal birds seen from main footpath through golf course), 25 Goldfinch [Lee Ebbs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:50 to 13:30
0 Spoonbill (no sign), 500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (approx), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Red-breasted Goose Wallasea Island 08-01-2022 (Steve Arlow) (45560 bytes) 1 Red-breasted Goose (superb adult with the brent flock near Grapnalls Farm), 30 Pintail (at least), 6 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) [Steve Arlow]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:30 to 10:30, Drizzle and strong SW.
700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Approx on field by Grapnells as leaving, not present on arrival ), 2 Marsh Harrier (Ad male and female), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 1 Fieldfare (By car park) [Jeff Delve]

Shoeburyness Park, 09:00 to 09:30
1 Little Grebe, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Green Woodpecker [Lee Ebbs]

South Fambridge, 08:30 to 09:00
0 Shag (no sign), 1 Black Brant (swimming in river with brent), 3 Rook [Mike Clarke]

Canewdon, 08:00 to 09:00, Garden - few finches on feeders
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:45 to 10:15
1 Spoonbill (SW corner of Fitzroy ), 140 Pintail, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail…thanks JD), 3 Kestrel, 1 Fieldfare, 0 Twite (3 finches flew from saltings over head and landing on fringe of Pool marsh, lost to view. Called quietly once and sounded ‘twite-like’. 80-90% sure they were Twite!), 12 Reed Bunting, 4 Corn Bunting [Vince Kinsler]

Friday 07 January 2022

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 16:25 to 17:20, Short stroll after work
1 Woodcock, 2 Barn Owl [Tim Bourne]

Gunners Park, 15:00 to 16:00, Overcast, brisk WSW wind, high tide c4pm
25 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 auk sp., 6 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill [Neil Chambers]

Southchurch Park West, 14:45 to 14:50
3 Little Grebe, 1 Red-crested Pochard (fem) [Neil Chambers]

Southchurch Park West, 13:45 to 13:55
4 Little Grebe, 1 Red-crested Pochard (female) [John Wright]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 13:45 to 13:50
2 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail [Mike Clarke]

Airport Business Park, 13:30 to 14:20
3 Red-legged Partridge (in SW section), 3 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat (pair), 10 Linnet [Neil Chambers]

Stambridge Mills, 12:40 to 13:10
2 Egyptian Goose (pair still at the fishing lakes), Red Admiral Stambridge Mills 07-01-2022 (Steve Arlow) (93086 bytes) 1 Red Admiral (sunning itself on path near seawall) [Steve Arlow]

Airport Business Park, 12:20 to 13:15
1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel (pair), 30 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Stonechat [John Wright]

Hampton Barns, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Buzzard, 5 Fieldfare, 1 Brambling, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, 8 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Pound Wood, 09:45 to 11:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 5 Stock Dove, 5 Redwing, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Hawfinch (flew over paddock at 10:00) [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:55 to 13:05
14 Gadwall, 8 Pintail, 3 Marsh Harrier (incl ad male), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 250 Lapwing (c), 2 Dunlin, 7 Curlew, 3 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat (m), 3 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 7 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 7 Greenfinch [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 11:45, 58 bird species recorded.
1 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Goldeneye (female), 2 Marsh Harrier (male & female), 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Avocet, 7 Curlew, 2 Stonechat, 14 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 1 Weasel [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Thursday 06 January 2022

South Fambridge, 14:30 to 15:45
1 Mute Swan, 49 Barnacle Goose (the dodgy flock on BHF), 1200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Shoveler, 30 Fieldfare [Paul Baker]

Southend Pier, 13:10 to 15:50, very cold SW wind HT 15:07
3 diver sp., 3 Red-throated Diver, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Dunlin, 800 Turnstone (+ roosting on slipway), Ring details AKNP (Paul Griggs) (134971 bytes) Ring details ALTA (Paul Griggs) (137096 bytes) 25 Mediterranean Gull (+ , two colour rings - AKNP & ALTA - see attachments), 29 auk sp. (+), 4 Guillemot, 4 Grey Seal (+) [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Doggetts Pits, 13:00 to 13:30
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Mistle Thrush (presumed pair - first here for some time), 1 Jay [Steve Arlow]

Thorpe Bay, 12:10 to 12:25
4 Ring-necked Parakeet (at the golf course) [Paul Baker]

Southchurch Park West, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Red-crested Pochard (female still present ) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:00 to 14:00
15 Little Egret, 76 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier (pair), 3 Kestrel, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Corn Bunting [Vince Kinsler]

Canvey Point, 11:50 to 15:00, S.W 3-4 Sunny / cloudy later H.T 15:10 5.9 m
16 Red-throated Diver, 40 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Velvet Scoter (adult male flew up river at 14:43), 1 Peregrine Falcon (sitting on the far sand bar eating its lunch.), 500 Oystercatcher (+), 12 Ringed Plover, 50 Grey Plover, 800 Knot (+), 59 Sanderling, 400 Dunlin (+), 5 Curlew, 6 Turnstone, 10 Great Black-backed Gull (drifting past on the tide), 15 Guillemot (mainly drifting in on the tide, including a group of 5 close together.), 1 Razorbill, 2 Rock Pipit, 8 Common Seal, 2 Grey Seal [Terry Blackwell]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:45 to 12:20
1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Spotted Redshank (from marina), 2 Greenshank (from marina) [Graham Ryland]

Fleet Head, 11:10 to 12:20
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 25 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Greenfinch [Bob Young]

Airport Business Park, 10:30 to 11:30
2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Yellowhammer (bright male) [Vince Kinsler]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 10:30 to 10:30
1 Fieldfare [John Wright]

Southchurch Park West, 10:15 to 10:30
4 Little Grebe, 1 Red-crested Pochard [Bob Young]

Airport Business Park, 10:10 to 11:55, (incl. perimeter walk around Westcliff Rugby Club playing fields)
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel (pair), 18 Common Gull, 28 Skylark, 9 Meadow Pipit, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Yellowhammer (male,ABP) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 09:00 to 10:00, Sunny, very cold (-1C)
2 Snipe, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Redwing [Neil Chambers]

Priory Park, 08:45 to 09:10
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail [Bob Young]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 08:45 to 08:50
2 Buzzard [Mike Clarke]

Pound Wood, 08:30 to 09:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest [John Wright]

Sutton Road Cemetery, 08:20 to 08:30, behind crematorium
1 Mistle Thrush [Bob Young]

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