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.

Sunday 28 February 2021

South Fambridge, 17:10 to 17:10
1 Barn Owl (giving point blank flight views from concrete road in the evening sun), 25 Fieldfare (east along seawall ) [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 16:30 to 17:30, Sunny, but chilly
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (singing), 1 Nuthatch (on southern boundary edge) [Neil Chambers]

Rayleigh, 10:50 to 12:30, Hambro Hill
1 Bullfinch (1+ heard bottom of hill by Railway line and then stunning male for a few seconds at top of hill) [Steve Arlow]

Ferndale Road, Rayleigh, 09:00 to 10:15, Misty, still, 4C.
2 Redwing (flew out east), 4 Chaffinch (2 pairs ), 2 Greenfinch (pair displaying), 2 Bullfinch (pair along path south of railway line up hill in hawthorn ) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 12:00
4 Great Crested Grebe, 40 White-fronted Goose (West of Manor Way), 3 Barnacle Goose (West of Manor Way), 6 Gadwall, 1 Pintail, 2 Buzzard, 1 Merlin (male perched south east field.), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 9 Snipe, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Corn Bunting [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Saturday 27 February 2021

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:00 to 17:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 11:40 to 12:00
1 Buzzard (mobbed by gulls), 2 Jackdaw (east) [Graham Mee]

Hockley Woods, 09:00 to 10:30
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper [Steve Arlow]

Friday 26 February 2021

Canewdon, 17:00 to 17:10
1 Barn Owl (hunting roadside verge near junction Hydewood Lane and Lark Hill Road) [Jeff Delve]

South Fambridge, 15:45 to 18:00
1 Barn Owl (at back of garden throughout before flying north across Crouch) [Paul Baker]

Ferndale Road, Rayleigh, 14:00 to 16:00, Sunny, quite warm, NW breeze - walk from home to golf course & back via Hockley Road
1 Sparrowhawk (female), 3 Buzzard (2 high east and one presumed resident bird), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Bullfinch (pair south of railway between Ferndale Road and mast / car yard) [Neil Chambers]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 13:00 to 13:30
2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard [Mike Clarke]

Gunners Park, 11:15 to 12:00, Just bimbling
2 Tufted Duck (pair on lake), 2 Red-breasted Merganser (a pair distantly on the sea continually bathing & preening), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Red Fox [Paul Baker]

Southend, 10:30 to 10:35, Lundy Close
1 Chiffchaff (footpath) [Jeff Kinnerman]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 12:00
1 Great White Egret, 9 Barnacle Goose, 2 Pintail (pair), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 10:05 to 10:05
3 Buzzard (together, south to north) [Graham Mee]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 12:30, 67 bird species recorded.
10 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 9 White-fronted Goose (West of Manor Way), 3 Barnacle Goose, 6 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Water Rail (heard), 5 Dunlin, 21 Snipe, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 8 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Corn Bunting [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 05:00 to 05:15
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Thursday 25 February 2021

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 23:50 to 23:55
1 Badger [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 17:30 to 18:15
85 White-fronted Goose (+, circled over and headed WSW), 3 Snipe, 2 Barn Owl, 10 Fieldfare (+), 1 Cetti's Warbler [Tim Bourne]

Two Tree Island (East), 12:15 to 13:15
6 Little Grebe, 2 Canada Goose, 400 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Teal, 300 Dunlin, 3 Curlew, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch [Angela Baldock]

Two Tree Island (West), 11:15 to 12:15
1 Little Egret, 4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 45 Teal, 19 Avocet, 2 Lapwing, 17 Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 1 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 8 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet [Angela Baldock]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:10 to 10:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 40 Black-tailed Godwit (+, probables, a bit distant, headed NE), 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs, John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 12:15
1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Barnacle Goose (in one flock west of Manor Way.), 1 Buzzard, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Bearded Tit, 2 Corn Bunting [Graham Ryland]

Wednesday 24 February 2021

Park View Drive, Leigh, 11:45 to 11:45
1 Buzzard (south to north) [Graham Mee]

Lower Raypits, 08:00 to 16:00, Clear and pleasant. Habitat management to open up sight lines for waders on wet grassland
1 Little Egret, 25 Canada Goose, 500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (350 on wet grassland and 150 on lagoon), 60 Shelduck, 1 Buzzard (Over Raymond's farm), 20 Skylark (+ lots about) [Andrew Armstrong]

Tuesday 23 February 2021

South Fambridge, 16:30 to 18:00
1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Song Thrush (singing ), 4 Corn Bunting [Paul Baker]

Canewdon, 12:00 to 14:00, Sunny, light SSW
8 House Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 6 Smooth Newt (+, very active in garden pond), 2 Common Frog (with spawn in BHP annex pool), 1 Peacock Butterfly (first of year) [Jeff Delve]

Rochford, 10:30 to 11:00
1 Peacock Butterfly (early) [Steve Arlow]

South Benfleet, 08:45 to 08:45
1 Blackcap (Female still present) [Martin Cracknell]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 12:30, 58 bird species recorded
4 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Mute Swan, 57 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 16 Pintail, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 10 Oystercatcher, 66 Avocet, 2 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 8 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 18 Skylark, 8 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 7 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:15 to 08:15
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 08:00, Mild and clear. Breezy
1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Firecrest (Ness Road pond) [Andrew Armstrong]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:35 to 01:40
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Monday 22 February 2021

South Fambridge, 17:15 to 17:30, a stakeout from the bedroom window for GWE
1 Great White Egret (flew WSW at 17:25 over garden & then rooftops), 1 Barn Owl (perched on post at end of garden), 1 Song Thrush (singing & showing) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 16:30 to 16:30, Out running...
5 Mute Swan (flew east along Crouch), 600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flock still present but moved further inland), 1 Barn Owl (hunting borrowdyke west of village) [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:25 to 16:20
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker [Paul Griggs]

Hockley Woods, 09:30 to 11:00
20 Redwing, 1 Coal Tit ((Individual singing halfway down footpath from Woodside Road), 2 Nuthatch ((One very vocal bird in trees around woodyard, another in clearing south of woodyard ), 2 Treecreeper [Lee Ebbs]

Southend, 07:50 to 07:55, Lundy Close (footpath)
1 Red Fox, 1 Chinese Muntjac [Jeff Kinnerman]

Sunday 21 February 2021

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 23:50 to 23:55
2 Tawny Owl (pair calling / hooting) [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 16:45 to 17:35
1 Great White Egret (flew low west along seawall at 17:25 presumably to roost), 2 Barnacle Goose (in DbBrent flock), 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (in DbBrent flock), 2 Black Brant (in DbBrent flock), 1 Marsh Harrier (high south across Ashingdon/Hockley ridge), 2 Avocet, 2 Barn Owl [Paul Baker]

Rochford Golf Course, 12:30 to 13:30, Sunny & quite warm, light S wind
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 1 Mistle Thrush (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 12:10 to 14:30
21 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard (kettling ove the tip then drifted north), 20 Avocet, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult summer), 4 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit, 1 Raven [Steve Arlow]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 12:00 to 13:00
2 Sparrowhawk, 7 Buzzard (5 in one kettle and 2 others a bit further over), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Mike Clarke]

Belfairs, 11:30 to 11:40
2 Coal Tit (singing at Thatch Farm along Bramble Crescent with presumably one of these a short while later along Bramble Road) [Steve Arlow]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:30 to 11:30
2 Buzzard, 1 Rabbit [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:20 to 13:10
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 7 Lapwing (south), 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Canewdon, 10:00 to 16:00, Sunny, warm - working at BHP
1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Brimstone (first of year) [Jeff Delve]

Saturday 20 February 2021

South Fambridge, 17:50 to 18:00
800 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flew to roost at 17:50), 1 Common Pipistrelle (flying back & forth along concrete track) [Paul Baker]

Daws Heath, 16:00 to 16:00, Little Havens
1 Common Toad (dead on footpath) [John Wright]

Fleet Head, 13:30 to 15:00
1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier ((Male ), 2 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 20 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Rock Pipit [Lee Ebbs]

Belfairs Woods, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Coal Tit (Singing by Poors Lane entrance ) [Marc Outten]

Barling, 11:30 to 12:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Woodcock, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest [Lee Ebbs]

Pound Wood, 11:30 to 12:40
1 Coal Tit (Singing south-east entrance off Bramble Road) [Marc Outten]

Canewdon, 10:00 to 15:00, Working around BHP. Lovely warm calm day
1 Buzzard, 40 Fieldfare (approx, flock over heading east) [Jeff Delve]

Airport Business Park, 09:00 to 10:30
1 Jack Snipe, 10 Skylark, 20 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer ((In hedge behind rugby pitch) [Lee Ebbs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:40 to 10:00
1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Lion Creek, 08:30 to 09:30
1 Cattle Egret [Mike Clarke]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 03:00 to 03:30
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Friday 19 February 2021

Lion Creek, 17:10 to 17:10
1 Cattle Egret (On lawn of Lion House again at dusk) [Steve Arlow]

South Fambridge, 16:15 to 17:05
16 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper (mobile around saltmarsh east of village), 1 Skylark (on saltmarsh) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:15 to 17:00
500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Black Brant (Super gander), 2 Buzzard, 1 Short-eared Owl (South seawall and wild bird cover east of white gate) [Steve Arlow]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:40 to 16:00
1 Black Brant (just east of farm from approach road with 600 Brents) [Neil Chambers]

Lion Creek, 15:30 to 15:40
1 Cattle Egret (feeding in Lion Creek meadow west of the road), 1 Buzzard [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:55 to 17:30, Walk out to Jubilee and back. Mild but breezy SSW
240 White-fronted Goose (On Tillets Marsh), 1 Marsh Harrier (Super very grey adult male over Foulness), 2000 Golden Plover (Approx roosting on Fitzroy Marsh), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (+, Pool Marsh), 1500 Bar-tailed Godwit (Approx Jubilee south) [Jeff Delve]

Lion Creek, 14:45 to 14:50
1 Cattle Egret (Still feeding on meadow in front of Lion House) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:45 to 15:15
1 Cattle Egret ((On the lawn of Lion House), 5 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine Falcon ((Seen from white gate), 40 Golden Plover [Lee Ebbs]

Canewdon, 14:10 to 14:40, Quick visit to check Paddock Copse
1 Woodcock (Flushed from bramble next to main path) [Jeff Delve]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:50 to 13:50, very muddy
2 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk (+), 1 Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove (h), 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 1 Chinese Muntjac (tracks) [Paul Griggs]

Rochford, 10:45 to 10:45, Cherry Orchard Way
1 Buzzard [Jeff Kinnerman]

Lion Creek, 09:55 to 10:05
1 Cattle Egret (still present in front of Lion House) [Paul Baker]

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 09:40 to 09:40
1 Little Egret (Bet kingswood chase and tankerville drive) [Angela Baldock]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 09:30 to 10:30
2 Collared Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Robin, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 16 Greenfinch [Graham Mee]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 11:30
10 Shelduck, 22 Gadwall, 20 Pintail, 18 Pochard, 64 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Pipit, 4 Stonechat, 2 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Lion Creek, 08:15 to 08:25
Cattle Egret, Lion Creek 19-02-2021 (Steve Arlow) (55877 bytes) 1 Cattle Egret (still on the lawn at Lion House) [Steve Arlow]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Coal Tit (still visiting garden every day this week) [Neil Chambers]

Thursday 18 February 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:30 to 17:30
1500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (approx - inc three distinct birds with differing white head markings), Finally found a pb goose (Jeff Delve) (57903 bytes) 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Nice looking gander (Jeff Delve) (61494 bytes) Looking far browner in light when wing flapping (Jeff Delve) (62157 bytes) Check out that neck ring (Jeff Delve) (61693 bytes) 1 Black Brant (well marked bird one of the two from yesterday) [Jeff Delve]

Lion Creek, 15:50 to 16:20
Just before flushed by large lorry driving past (Jeff Delve) (65194 bytes) Coming in to land on the meadow (Jeff Delve) (77014 bytes) Nice bird - not too confiding though (Jeff Delve) (62240 bytes) 1 Cattle Egret (feeding on meadow in front of Lion House and also Lion Creek Meadow - seen to take a large Slow Worm/Snake ), 1 Barn Owl (hunting Lion Creek Meadow) [Jeff Delve]

Woodside Park, Thundersley, 15:45 to 17:45, Walked out to southern seawall
1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Little Egret, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (with Brents along approach road), 0 Black Brant (poorly marked bird or hybrid), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl (hunting Potton NE seawall), 15 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Common Seal [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 15:30 to 17:00
7 White-fronted Goose (flew over N.E.), 1 Stonechat, 12 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Westcliff, 09:30 to 09:30
1 Woodcock (flew over Earls Hall Primary School) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 11:30
1 Little Grebe, 3 Barnacle Goose, 500 Wigeon (+), 2 Gadwall, 300 Teal (+), 7 Pintail, 17 Pochard, 56 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe, 20 Curlew, 2 Stonechat [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Firecrest [Andrew Armstrong]

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Roper's farm, 15:00 to 16:00
1 Kestrel, 160 Avocet (R. Roach), 65 Black-tailed Godwit (R. Roach), 5 Rock Pipit (R. Roach saltmarsh), 1 Goldcrest [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:30 to 17:30, Breezy SSW and showers. Just watching the Brent flock nr Grapnells
1500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+, minimum, possibly closer to 2000 birds but part of flock often hidden in uneven ground), 2 Black Brant (2 striking adults, some other very dusky breasted birds with little contrasting flanks loosely associatng with one possible hybrids), 5 Golden Plover [Jeff Delve]

Southend, 08:50 to 08:50, Lundy Close
3 Greenfinch [Jeff Kinnerman]

Tuesday 16 February 2021

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 20:50 to 20:50
1 Badger [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 17:30 to 18:00, garden vigil
1 Little Grebe, 1 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Woodcock (well pleased, flew through at 17:59 towards Crouch), 1 Song Thrush [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 17:00 to 17:00, on my run west along seawall
1000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flock still here), 1 Barn Owl [Paul Baker]

Paglesham Eastend, 15:30 to 16:00
1 Red-breasted Merganser (redhead on Roach between Paglesham Pool & Middleway until 15:40 then flew & appeared to land actually on Wallasea around Stokes/Darwin), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Barn Owl (Potton), 1 Short-eared Owl (hunting the west seawall of Potton), 1 Green Woodpecker [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:00 to 17:30, Mild 11c, light SSW rain to start clearing later.
18 White-fronted Goose (Flew south across Jubilee to Foulness), 1 Barnacle Goose (With Grapnells flock), 2500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+, 1000 nr Grapnells, 1500+ In from Paglesham to bathe on Darwin then streamed back out), 1 Black Brant (Nice gander with Grapnells flock), 8 Gadwall (Triangle), 1 Red-breasted Merganser (Female on pool S of Darwin lagoon flew out to Roach and drifted W on tide), 2 Marsh Harrier (Nice adult and sun adult male), 100 Avocet (Jubilee), 530 Grey Plover (+, Counted south Jubilee only), 100 Knot (+, Still low numbers relative to January), 1000 Dunlin (Approx), 6 Snipe, 35 Black-tailed Godwit (Jubilee), 2440 Bar-tailed Godwit (1760 on south Jubilee and another 680 on north side. Astonishing numbers after hardly any on WeBS count Friday.), 2 Barn Owl (One hunting S sea wall, another in from Foulness hunting far side of Jubilee), 1 Kingfisher (Old pool sluice hunting borrowdyke), 6 Rock Pipit [Jeff Delve]

Westcliff Seafront, 10:00 to 10:05
7 Common Seal [John Wright]

Airport Business Park, 08:30 to 09:30
1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard (pale individual with very pale base to tail), 1 Jack Snipe (SW corner), 23 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 5 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer (pair with skylarks), 6 Corn Bunting [Vince Kinsler]

Monday 15 February 2021

Hockley/Hawkwell, 17:30 to 17:30, Gusted Hall Woods
1 Tawny Owl (flew close in front of me whilst walking the dog.) [Vince Kinsler]

Doggetts Pits, 16:45 to 17:45
7 Canada Goose (first I've seen here this year), 1 Buzzard, 1 Woodcock (flew out of pits when pretty dark (5:40pm) and flew east) [Steve Arlow]

South Fambridge, 16:40 to 17:15
1 Barn Owl (hunting seawall at back of garden) [Paul Baker]

Canvey Wick, 15:00 to 17:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe, 2 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Lesser Redpoll [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:30, West of village, much shooting at Brandy Hole & clam trawler continuing throughout
1 Barnacle Goose (presumed wild bird with Brent), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (adult), 1 Black Brant (adult), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Buzzard, 3 Coot (on Crouch, freshwater borrowdykes still frozen), 5 Snipe (in the garden throughout ), Rock Pipit  (Paul Baker) (46186 bytes) 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat [Paul Baker]

Rochford, 11:00 to 14:00
1 Blackcap (male again made a garden appearance) [Steve Arlow]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:45 to 13:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Fieldfare [Paul Griggs]

Airport Business Park, 08:00 to 09:00
2 Jack Snipe, 15 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, 0 Yellowhammer (no sign of a large flock....2 buntings did flush up with skylarks, but completely silhouetted and silent) [Mike Clarke]

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