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.

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 16:10 to 17:55, Mostly overcast, SW wind - saline lagoon & benches only
1 Black-necked Grebe (in bay by twin windmills), 4 Little Egret, 3 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 15 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Greenshank, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Migrant Hawker, 3 Ruddy Darter [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:00 to 16:00, 7/8 cloud, brisk WSW, 20C. Along south sea wall viewing new habitat area
1 Marsh Harrier (juv ), 1 Sparrowhawk (along S sea wall), 1 Buzzard (haystack), 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (south fields), 10 Yellow Wagtail (+), 5 Corn Bunting, 9 Common Seal (on Roach) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 06:45 to 11:30
1 Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe (Graham Oakes) (91169 bytes) 1 Black-necked Grebe, Stone Curlew (Graham Oakes) (95083 bytes) 1 Stone Curlew, 6 Ruff, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Corn Bunting (juv), 1 Northern Water Vole, 30 Migrant Hawker (plus) [Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 02:00 to 04:00
4 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Tuesday 14 August 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 19:45 to 21:00, Walked on via Benfleet Creek
1 Black-necked Grebe (Same area as Garganey), 1 Garganey (On south side of reservoir from benches by 2 windpumps), 1 Water Rail (Calling), 1 Stone Curlew (Still on south side of island), 2 Ruff (+), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Kingfisher (Benfleet Creek), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Stoat [Tim Bourne]

Two Tree Island (East), 18:00 to 19:00
25 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Swift, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Northern Water Vole [John Wright]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 17:15 to 18:45
1 Little Egret, 2 Garganey, 1 Marsh Harrier (ad female), 6 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Bearded Tit (in 2 groups, one of which inc 2 immatures), 2 Northern Water Vole (I like these!), 2 Small Heath [Paul Baker]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 13:30 to 15:30
1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Avocet, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 30 Migrant Hawker (plus) [Graham Oakes]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:40 to 14:50, Cloud variable, 8 - 5/8; wind SW F2-1; 22ºC.
Black-necked Grebe (Richard Howard) (67971 bytes) 1 Black-necked Grebe (bay by twin wind turbines), 5 Little Egret, Great White Egret at Great Pound (Richard Howard) (117705 bytes) 1 Great White Egret (Great Pound, and later at main pool), 2 Grey Heron, 1 Glossy Ibis (saline lagoon), 2 Kestrel (by saline lagoon), 1 Hobby (over tip), 3 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper (along tip run-off pools), 2 Yellow-legged Gull (adults, on tip), 3 Yellow Wagtail (PG), 2 Bearded Tit (heard), 1 Weasel (PG), 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 40 Migrant Hawker (+, mainly Manor Way) [Richard Howard, Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:35 to 12:40
1 Black-necked Grebe (main lagoon ), 5 Little Egret (saline lagoon ), 1 Great White Egret (Great Pound), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Buzzard (together ), 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Stone Curlew (amongst Dock,main lagoon ), 1 Ruff, 5 Snipe (together,over), 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel (saline lagoon ), 1 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo (juvenile,showed well, south perimeter path), 2 Swift (together ), 7 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Bearded Tit, 2 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Gunners Park, 08:30 to 09:45, Cloud 1-7/8; wind NW veering SW F1-2; 17 - 19ºC.
2 Sparrowhawk (male & female), 2 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow (+), 20 House Martin (+), 6 Whitethroat, 2 Holly Blue, 10 Gatekeeper (+) [Richard Howard, Paul Griggs]

Monday 13 August 2018

Rayleigh, 19:30 to 19:30
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (flew over Crown Hill towards Rayleigh Mount, calling) [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 17:30 to 18:20
4 Garganey (At least), 11 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 15 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 6 Curlew, 5 Spotted Redshank (Briefly present, before returning to the creek with the Greenshank. Presumably there had been more earlier at high tide), 5 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Bearded Tit (+, calling) [Tim Bourne]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 14:30 to 17:45, Breezy with occasional showers. Walked circuit and back to double benches
1 Black-necked Grebe ( pool by double windmill), 1 Great White Egret (dropped into Great Pound but almost immediately flushed by someone along path), 1 Stone Curlew (on southern island late on), 20 Lapwing (+), 5 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Bearded Tit, 20 Migrant Hawker (+), 1 Brown Hawker (Pool near single windmill), 1 Southern Migrant Hawker [Jeff Delve]

Two Tree Island (West), 12:45 to 15:30, Cloud 7/8; wind SW F1-2; 22ºC; high tide 15:07 (6.10m @ Southend).
29 Little Egret (5 on scrape; 24 on marsh off Canvey), 25 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plover (adults in bp), 18 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 400 Black-tailed Godwit (c. 2 colour ring birds seen), 5 Whimbrel, 200 Redshank (c), 20 Greenshank [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 11:40, to the double benches only
1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Stone Curlew (on southern island looking towards the rubbish tip), 1 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Painted Lady [John Wright]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 11:30, Cloud 7/8; wind SW F1-2; 19ºC. Roadside & 12 acre hides only.
5 Grey Heron, 8 Mute Swan (adults), 32 Canada Goose, 10 Mallard, 18 Lapwing, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Whitethroat [Richard Howard]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:00, Out to south viewpoint overlooking Roach.Patchy sun, 6/8 cloud, 20C moderate WSW
600 Canada Goose (+, huge flocks on Jubilee), 1 Barnacle Goose (with Canadas), 1 Marsh Harrier (2cy male), 1 Buzzard (on haystack), 2 Kestrel, 1 Grey Plover, 30 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 2 Whimbrel (Allfleets), 4 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Meadow Pipit, 50 Yellow Wagtail (+, most on Allfleets salt marsh), 10 Linnet (+, few family partied), 20 Corn Bunting (+, lots of juvs), 18 Common Seal, 20 Common Blue (+), 10 Meadow Brown (+), 2 Small Heath [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 11:45
1 Black-necked Grebe, Great White Egret (Graham Oakes) (79473 bytes) 1 Great White Egret (On Great Pound.), 1 Stone Curlew (on the left hand island.), 4 Ruff, 6 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Adult.), 7 Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Lesser Whitethroat (family outing.), 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Bearded Tit, 20 Migrant Hawker (+) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:45, Cloudy with Intermittent rain. Decent passerine activity in the SSSI
45 Turnstone, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat (NE corner of SSSI), 4 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Greenfinch, 9 Goldfinch [Andrew Armstrong]

Sunday 12 August 2018

Canvey Point, 13:35 to 15:10, Cloud 8/8 with slight drizzle; wind SSW F1-2; 21ºC; High tide 14:07 (5.6m @ Southend).
220 Oystercatcher (+, on Point), 50 Turnstone (+, roosting on wooden jetty), 2 Sandwich Tern (roosting on posts by yacht club), 30 Common Tern (+, small passage east at start; 17 roosting on wooden jetty by Point) [Richard Howard]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:00 to 13:20, Cloud 7-8/8; wind SW F0-1; 20ºC. Roadside & 12 acre hides only.
1 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 12 Teal, 4 Avocet, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Reed Warbler [Richard Howard]

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

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 10:15
12 Little Grebe, 1 Stone Curlew, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 40 Goldfinch [Angela Baldock]

Rochford Golf Course, 08:50 to 12:20, Mostly overcast, brisk SSW wind
1 Osprey (circled low SW at 10am mobbed by Herring Gulls), 1 Yellow Wagtail (flew SW calling), 2 Banded Demoiselle, 1 Migrant Hawker [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 11 August 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 18:25 to 19:35, Overcast, SSW wind
2 Little Egret, 1 Stone Curlew (on nearest island, although mostly obscured), 2 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper (+), 5 Swift, 3 House Martin, 10 Yellow Wagtail (+), 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Great Crested Newt (eft) [Neil Chambers]

Hadleigh, 17:15 to 17:30, Hadleigh Castle
1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (imm female) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 15:30 to 17:10, Cloud 5-6/8; wind SW F1-2; 20ºC. 6 Guineafowl on approach road (Church Road)!
1 Great White Egret (Great Pound), 2 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail (heard only), 1 Stone Curlew, 2 Ruff, 1 Greenshank (heard), 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat [Richard Howard, Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:00 to 12:45, Sunny, breezy westerly
1 Marsh Harrier (ad male Marsh Flats), 3 Little Ringed Plover (Grass Farm), 2 Ringed Plover (Grass Farm), 2 Dunlin (Grass Farm), 80 Black-tailed Godwit (+, Pool Marsh), 2 Whimbrel (All Fleets), 2 Curlew (Pool Marsh), 4 Greenshank (Pool Marsh), 1 Turnstone (Grass Farm), 5 Common Tern (chicks still being fed, 2 near fledged, 3 fluff balls), 20 Yellow Wagtail (+), 2 Whinchat (along sluice fenceline), 4 Whitethroat, 30 Linnet (+), 8 Reed Bunting, 30 Corn Bunting (+, lots of juvs) [Jeff Delve]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:25 to 11:10, Sunny, light SW wind
2 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 2 Yellow Wagtail (flew over calling), 1 Willow Warbler (calling and in subsong), 10 Migrant Hawker (+), 3 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:35 to 11:15, full circuit
1 Hobby, 1 Stone Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whinchat [Paul Griggs]

Fleet Head, 09:00 to 10:30
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 50 Grey Plover, 6 Greenshank, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Nightingale (in bushes by fishermans car park), 1 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Coombe Wood, 08:55 to 09:10
2 Coal Tit (on feeders in my garden) [Jeff Saward]

Canewdon, 08:30 to 09:30, Sunny, cool, light westerly. Around BHP
2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler (calling and subsong), 1 Goldcrest (new in) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:10 to 12:40
Great White Egret, Great Pound, Bowers Marsh 11-08-2018 (Steve Arlow) (72150 bytes) Great White Egret, Great Pound, Bowers Marsh 11-08-2018 (Steve Arlow) (75291 bytes) Great White Egret, Great Pound, Bowers Marsh 11-08-2018 (Steve Arlow) (11091 bytes) 1 Great White Egret (in and out of Great Pound several times from around 11am onwards), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Stone Curlew (still present on the island viewable from double benches), 4 Ruff, 40 Black-tailed Godwit (at least), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whinchat [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 10:00, No cloud or wind, temp. 12 - 16ºC. Met up with Graham Oakes partway round.
1 Water Rail (heard only), 1 Stone Curlew, 20 Black-tailed Godwit (c, inc. 1 colour ringed bird), 3 Green Sandpiper, 16 Swift, 8 Skylark, 8 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Wheatear (on fence by tip run-off pools), 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Bearded Tit (heard only), 2 Reed Bunting, 8 Migrant Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly [Richard Howard]

Friday 10 August 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 19:00 to 19:45
1 Stone Curlew (Thanks to RH for waiting to make sure I saw it), 1 Ruff, 2 Sand Martin [Martin Cracknell]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 18:30 to 19:15
1 Great White Egret (Flew west), 1 Stone Curlew, 2 Ruff, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Sand Martin [Lee Ebbs]

South Benfleet, 18:30 to 18:30
1 Hobby (Low over St Mary´s Churchyard ), 4 House Martin [Martin Cracknell]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 17:10 to 20:35, Cloud 7/8 with pasing heavy showers; wind SW F2-1; 15ºC. Full walk round.
1 Stone Curlew, 3 Ruff, 20 Black-tailed Godwit (c), 8 Green Sandpiper (all along ditch at base of tip), 1 Wood Sandpiper (flew up from main lagoon by tip path, & flew south, calling constantly), 15 Swift (+), 8 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 16:50 to 21:00
1 Great White Egret (flew west toward Wat Tyler), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Hobby, Stone Curlew, Bowers Marsh, 10-08-2018 (Steve Arlow) (91649 bytes) 1 Stone Curlew (on island viewable from the double benches throughout: started to actively feed around muddy fringes towards dusk), 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 15:40 to 17:40, Overcast, occasional light rain, SW wind - full circuit
2 Little Egret, 1 Wigeon (eclipse drake), 1 Stone Curlew (showing well from double benches), 1 Snipe, 10 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Swift (+), 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Bearded Tit (+, heard only) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 12:00 to 13:00, From Double benches after the Grahams left
1 Glossy Ibis (still feeding in rushes along south edge of main lagoon), Nice views, tough light. (Jeff Delve) (17642 bytes) Just cruising (Jeff Delve) (16643 bytes) 1 Hobby (chasing House Martin across main pool and catching dragonflies), Most pleasing ;0) (Jeff Delve) (101262 bytes) 1 Stone Curlew (still performing well on island) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Downs, 11:50 to 12:15
8 Common Tern (over WT scrape but nowt else) [Paul Baker]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:45 to 12:45, Cloud 8/8 with drizzle; wind SW F2; 17ºC. Road hide only - too much disturbance at other hides.
1 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 2 Avocet, 18 Black-tailed Godwit [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:50 to 11:40, showers
1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Stone Curlew, 3 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Baker, Jeff Saward]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:00
1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Stone Curlew (on centre island), 7 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Swift, 7 Sand Martin, 18 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Chiffchaff [Graham Ryland, Jeff Delve, Graham Oakes]

Thursday 09 August 2018

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:00 to 11:15
1 Great White Egret (in tree adjacent to scrape) [John Wright]

Bowers Downs, 10:40 to 11:00
1 Great White Egret (roosting at back of Wat Tyler scrape) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 10:45
1 Glossy Ibis (on main lagoon) [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 09:30 to 12:00, light NW breeze, overcast and wet
1 Gannet (adult), 3 Whimbrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 18 Sandwich Tern, 65 Common Tern, 2 Black Tern (s.p. adults) [Jeff Saward]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 11:15, Mostly rain during our visit, a great Heron day :)
6 Little Egret, Great White Egret (Graham Oakes) (32574 bytes) 1 Great White Egret (Great Pound), 5 Grey Heron, Glossy Ibis (Graham Oakes) (91530 bytes) Glossy Ibis (Graham Oakes) (74082 bytes) 1 Glossy Ibis (Initially at Great Pound and then main lagoon, then flew to pool by single wind turbine, and then flew towards Great Pound with no further sightings by 11.15.), 4 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo (female.), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Bearded Tit, 3 Southern Migrant Hawker [Graham Ryland, Richard Howard, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 08 August 2018

Wat Tyler Country Park, 17:40 to 18:30, Cloud 4/8; wind SW F2-3; 22ºC.
1 Little Egret, record shot of Great White Egret with Little Egret (Richard Howard) (113756 bytes) record shot of Great White Egret with Little Egret (Richard Howard) (80695 bytes) 1 Great White Egret (the bird seen from Bowers. Roosting in a dead tree south side of the scrape. Visible from a low point in the hedgerow along the road to the Marina, between the Green Centre & RSPB visitors centre. Still there when I left @ 18:30), 1 Common Tern [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 15:00 to 17:25, Cloud 4/8; wind SW F2-3; 22ºC.
record shot of Great White Egret (Richard Howard) (66602 bytes) 1 Great White Egret (Great Pound pool. Saw me and flew to Wat Tyler scrape and settled in a tree there), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 5 Green Sandpiper (around the base of the tip), 1 Common Tern, three Whinchat (Richard Howard) (72855 bytes) 3 Whinchat (tip perimeter path, wooden bridge by single wind turbine acess track) [Richard Howard]

Bowers Downs, 14:45 to 14:55, Cloud 3-4/8; wind SW F2; 23ºC.
1 Great White Egret (on The Pound at Bowers Marsh (Manor Way)), 1 Grey Heron (with the GWE) [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 14:45 to 15:05
1 Great White Egret (Great Pound, Manor Way footpath), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Kestrel [John Wright]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 12:10 to 14:30, Cloud 4/4; wind SW F2-3; 22ºC.
1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (immature), 50 Lapwing (+), 1 Ruff, 60 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 6 Spotted Redshank (inc 1 in b.p.), 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, male Migrant Hawker (Richard Howard) (46892 bytes) male Migrant Hawker (Richard Howard) (37240 bytes) 7 Migrant Hawker, 3 Southern Migrant Hawker [Richard Howard]

Rochford Golf Course, 08:50 to 14:00, Sunny, SW wind
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Banded Demoiselle, 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 5 Migrant Hawker (+), 5 Ruddy Darter [Neil Chambers]

Tuesday 07 August 2018

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 20:30 to 21:05
3 Common Pipistrelle, 10 Noctule Bat [John Wright, Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Downs, 18:40 to 19:00
1 Great White Egret (Presumably Jeff's bird from Great Pound relocated on WTCP scrape), 1 Marsh Harrier (Fem) [Tim Bourne]

Lower Raypits, 16:30 to 17:30, Warm and clear initially but slowly clouding over. Slight rain
5 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 40 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 10 Yellow Wagtail [Andrew Armstrong]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 14:00 to 15:30, Cloud 3-6/8 with short shower; wind SE F1-2; 34ºC. Walk to central benches & entrance to single turbine track and back.
1 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult female), 5 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat (Richard Howard) (53721 bytes) 1 Whinchat, 2 Bearded Tit [Richard Howard, Graham Oakes, Graham Ryland]

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 14:00 to 15:00
2 Painted Lady (fighting on the Buddleia) [Vince Kinsler]

Gunners Park, 13:00 to 13:35
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Pied Flycatcher (thanks for the lend of the bins Andrew!), 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 5 Common Blue [Vince Kinsler]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:15 to 16:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:40 to 13:40
3 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (Great Pound,Manorway.Showed well before flying towards Wat Tyler C.P.), 2 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult,winter ), 3 Whinchat (together,single turbine), 2 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Gunners Park, 07:30 to 15:45, Warm
1 Kestrel (Male on the barn owl box), 25 Sanderling (Seawall), 45 Turnstone, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler (Lake edge ), 1 Pied Flycatcher (Serin Pond), 3 Southern Migrant Hawker (Serin Pond) [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 06 August 2018

Westcliff, 21:20 to 21:20, St.George's Drive
1 Common Pipistrelle (fleeting visit to garden) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Golden Cross Road, Ashingdon, 21:05 to 21:15
1 Common Pipistrelle [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 20:00 to 20:00
1 Common Sandpiper [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 19:30 to 21:15
4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo (male) [Graham Ryland]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 18:45 to 21:30
6 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female), 1 Hobby, 1 Stone Curlew (I found a distant bird on the South West Island viewed from the double benches. Then seen pretty well from the southern path and eventually it flew and landed in fields near the barn at dusk), 4 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Bearded Tit [Steve Arlow, Paul Baker, Tim Bourne, Neil Chambers, Paul Griggs, Richard Howard, Graham Oakes, Graham Ryland, John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 15:00 to 16:45, No cloud but hazy; wind E F1-2; 29ºC.
5 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Whinchat (along tip fence by single wind turbine) [Richard Howard]

Canewdon, 12:45 to 13:00, No cloud; wind SE F1; 25ºC. Looking for Turtle Doves.
40 Swallow (+ on electric cables), 1 Yellow Wagtail [Richard Howard]

South Fambridge, 12:25 to 12:30, Cloud 1/8 hazy; wind SE F1; 25ºC. Still looking for Yellow-legged Gulls.
3 Herring Gull (adults, the only large gulls seen) [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 12:00 to 16:00
3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Ruff, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, Whinchat (Graham Oakes) (63829 bytes) 3 Whinchat, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker [Graham Oakes]

Hullbridge, 11:55 to 12:10, Cloud 1/8 hazy; wind SE F1; 25ºC. Looking for Yellow-legged Gulls.
3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (the only large gulls seen) [Richard Howard]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 11:00
1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Migrant Hawker, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 08:25 to 10:00, Cloud 0-1/8; No wind; 22ºC.
1 Kestrel, 4 Mediterranean Gull (adults over), 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Swallow (+), 30 House Martin (+), 2 Yellow Wagtail (heard flyover), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Small Copper, 6 Small Heath [Richard Howard, Paul Griggs]

Sunday 05 August 2018

Canvey Point, 18:30 to 19:30
1 Marsh Harrier (Fem), 8 Mediterranean Gull (+), 12 Sandwich Tern (+), 3 Black Tern [Tim Bourne]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:00 to 23:00, hot
1 insects (crickets singing at 23:00hrs), 1 Common Blue [Paul Griggs]

Lower Raypits, 09:30 to 10:45, Bright sunny, light breeze
18 Teal, 20 Lapwing (+), 2 Snipe, 31 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Yellow Wagtail (Inc 2 atop the hide), 20 Goldfinch (+), 20 Linnet (+) [Jeff Delve]

Westcliff, 08:20 to 13:30, St.George's Drive
1 Little Egret (over), 5 Swift ( passed through,east) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Gunners Park, 06:30 to 09:00
3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler [Mike Clarke]

Saturday 04 August 2018

Gunners Park, 19:05 to 20:20, Bright, E wind, high tide c6pm
40 Mediterranean Gull (approx. - various ages), 5 Common Tern [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Island, 18:15 to 18:15
1 Hobby (Adult, fast and low West above rooftops near Link Road) [Paul Baker]

Canvey Point, 16:20 to 17:20, Cloud 4/8 whispy; wind E F2-3; 20ºC; high tide 18:04 (5.3m @ Southend).
1 Common Scoter (male), 80 Oystercatcher (c), 1 Whimbrel, 9 Turnstone, 9 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 40 Common Tern (c), 1 Black Tern (adult) [Richard Howard]

Canvey Point, 14:00 to 15:00, east breeze, hazy for a while then b&c
2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Scoter (both males), 16 Grey Plover (most in summer plumage), 4 Whimbrel, 1 Arctic Skua (chasing terns in the distance), 48 Mediterranean Gull (inc. a flock of 20), 26 Sandwich Tern, 37 Black Tern (quite a few still in full summer plumage), 2 Sand Martin [Jeff Saward]

Wakering, 11:40 to 12:20, Footpath from Landwick to Wakering Stairs Gate 9 and back
1 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher [Steve Arlow]

Gunners Park, 08:30 to 11:00, Cloud 1-2/8; wind NE F1; 19ºC. Serin pond area.
1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap (redhead), 2 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler (Richard Howard) (56479 bytes) 2 Willow Warbler, Pied Flycatcher (Richard Howard) (60390 bytes) 2 Pied Flycatcher, male Migrant Hawker (Richard Howard) (61237 bytes) 1 Migrant Hawker [Richard Howard, Graham Ryland]

Gunners Park, 08:30 to 11:20
12 Sand Martin, 50 Swallow, 40 House Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatcher (by Serin pond) [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 08:15 to 11:15
2 Yellow Wagtail (over reserve), 2 Willow Warbler (1 at the Serrin Pond and 1 in bushes south of the west bridge), 2 Pied Flycatcher (at the Serin Pond) [Steve Arlow]

Coombe Wood, 08:00 to 11:00, from the office viewing window
1 Hobby (mobbed by gulls), 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Coal Tit [Jeff Saward]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 10:30
30 Pochard, 6 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, Migrant Hawker (Graham Oakes) (31915 bytes) 4 Migrant Hawker, Southern Migrant Hawker (Graham Oakes) (78161 bytes) 5 Southern Migrant Hawker [Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 06:50 to 09:00, Sunny & warm, stiff NNE breeze
2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Swift, 3 Green Woodpecker (juv's), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 House Martin (+), 1 Yellow Wagtail (flew over SW), 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler (Serin pond with small tit / warbler flock), 5 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatcher (around Serin pond), 1 Migrant Hawker [Neil Chambers]

Shoebury East Beach, 06:00 to 06:45, Bright, light NW breeze veering NNE stiff breeze
1 Willow Warbler (in sub song) [Neil Chambers]

Friday 03 August 2018

Two Tree Island (East), 20:00 to 20:30
6 Whimbrel [John Wright]

Westcliff, 14:50 to 14:50, St.George's Drive
2 Swift (east) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canewdon, 08:50 to 09:10
1 Turtle Dove (Gardener's lane. Thanks Jeff.) [Dudley Shayler]

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