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 22 May 2019

Canvey Wick, 11:20 to 12:40
2 Little Egret, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Cetti's Warbler (h), 1 Small White, 1 Orange-tip, 3 Green Hairstreak, 2 Peacock Butterfly, 7 Speckled Wood [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

South Fambridge, 11:00 to 11:10, In the garden
1 Little Egret, 2 Mediterranean Gull (presumed pair calling as they flew low East over garden), 1 Cuckoo (calling ), 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing ) [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 11:10
2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Cuckoo (h), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Cetti's Warbler (h), 1 Bearded Tit [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:25
3 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Cuckoo (inc. 1 female.), 4 Hairy Dragonfly, Broad-bodied Chaser (Graham Oakes) (78179 bytes) 5 Broad-bodied Chaser, 4 Brimstone (all females.), Green Hairstreak (Graham Oakes) (89484 bytes) 3 Green Hairstreak, 3 Brown Argus, 1 Common Blue, 2 Wall, 14 Small Heath [Graham Ryland, Jeff Kinnerman, Graham Oakes]

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 19:55 to 21:20
2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Cuckoo (At least 2), 1 Barn Owl (Perhaps 2), 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Reeling in same location as prev.), 3 Sedge Warbler (+), 3 Bearded Tit (+, calling) [Tim Bourne]

Wakering Stairs, 19:45 to 20:30
2 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat [Andrew Woodhouse]

Southchurch Park East, 19:20 to 19:25
1 Reed Warbler [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 19:00 to 19:15
1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 18:40 to 18:40
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:00
3 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Common Tern, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Red Fox [John Wright]

Rayleigh, 09:40 to 09:45
2 Buzzard (over A127, west of the weir) [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 07:35 to 16:45, Warm and clear
8 Mute Swan (6 new cygnets out), 2 Buzzard (High NE over the park), 1 Cuckoo [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 20 May 2019

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

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Little Egret (in brook), 1 Holly Blue [Paul Baker]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 14:00 to 14:15
8 Smooth Newt, 2 Palmate Newt, 1 Brimstone, 12 Holly Blue [John Wright]

Canvey Wick, 10:45 to 14:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Swallow, 2 Nightingale, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Hairy Dragonfly, 5 Orange-tip, 20 Green Hairstreak (17 around sand pile and 3 singles around site), 16 Brown Argus, 6 Common Blue, 5 Peacock Butterfly, 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Wall, 12 Small Heath [Andrew Woodhouse]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:00, Water Vole Survey
1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Northern Water Vole (Plus many signs found) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 13:00
2 Black-necked Grebe (still from benches), 1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Cuckoo (inc 1 female), 1 Willow Warbler (singing from beyond white gate along Manor Way/), 10 Bearded Tit, 1 Adder, 1 Northern Water Vole, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Small Heath [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Sunday 19 May 2019

Barling, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo [Angela Baldock]

Wakering Stairs, 11:45 to 12:45
3 Shelduck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 2 Common Tern, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff [Angela Baldock]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 11:15
1 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Cuckoo, 5 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Greenfinch [Angela Baldock]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:00 to 11:45
2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Kestrel, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Cuckoo (1 female) [Graham Ryland]

Saturday 18 May 2019

Belton Hills, 12:45 to 13:00
1 Slow-worm, 1 Adder [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:50 to 13:20
2 Black-necked Grebe (no sign of the third bird), 1 Ring-necked Duck (viewed distantly from double benches), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Arlow]

River Roach, 10:30 to 17:00
1 Buzzard (over Foulness), 4 Avocet, 1 Sandwich Tern, 6 Common Tern, 18 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 12:30
4 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 3 Slow-worm, 1 Red Fox, 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Wall [John Wright]

Paglesham Lagoon, 09:15 to 11:50, Hampton barns along footpath to north end of lagoon
2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Garganey (drake), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Cuckoo, 12 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat [Bob Young]

Fleet Head, 08:30 to 10:20
5 Marsh Harrier (female over fleet with other over Potton / Wallasea / Paglesham), 1 Hen Harrier (juvenile), 4 Buzzard (2 over Barling and 2 over Paglesham), 5 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:00 to 09:00
3 Black-necked Grebe, Phonescoped RNDuck, Bowers (Tim Bourne) (50462 bytes) 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 8 Bearded Tit (+), 1 Common Lizard [Tim Bourne]

Gunners Park, 06:40 to 08:20
1 Red-crested Pochard (female still on lake), 3 Cuckoo, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff [Steve Arlow]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 02:30
2 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Friday 17 May 2019

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 22:00 to 22:05
1 Great Crested Newt (garden pond) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 20:15 to 21:15
2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Ring-necked Duck (Still/again. West end of lagoon with Tufteds), 3 Cuckoo (2m, f calling), 1 Barn Owl, 3 Sedge Warbler [Tim Bourne]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 18:00 to 18:05
1 Brown Rat (live trapped and released a few miles away) [John Wright]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 17:00 to 18:00
5 Cuckoo (3 singing simultaneously, 2 females calling), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 10:45 to 12:45
20 Great Crested Grebe, 40 Gannet (adults), 7 Sanderling (sum plum), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 25 Common Tern, 12 Arctic Tern, 1 Razorbill [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 08:30 to 12:45, Heavy overcast, a little drizzle and NE breeze - joined by JW for second half of session
30 Great Crested Grebe, 57 Gannet (nearly all adults), 7 Sanderling (in summer plumage), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (in summer plumage), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 16 Arctic Tern (inc. a flock of 7), 1 Razorbill, 3 Swift [Jeff Saward]

Thursday 16 May 2019

South Fambridge, 20:45 to 21:05
1 Little Egret, 4 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flew west), 1 Pochard (drake on borrowdyke), 1 Cuckoo [Paul Baker]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 18:10 to 19:00, Sunny, cold ENE wind
8 Greenshank, 70 Swift (+, mostly over fields to the west), 4 Sand Martin (flew straight through), 5 House Martin, 3 Cetti's Warbler (+, singing), 1 Sedge Warbler (singing), 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 1 Blackcap (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:00, Good totals of Butterflies and Dragonflies.
3 Black-necked Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Cuckoo, 12 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Azure Damselfly (10+), 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 2 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Orange-tip, 1 Small Copper, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Graham Ryland]

Leigh on Sea, 06:15 to 06:50
3 Cormorant (over garden), 1 Grey Heron (over), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female), 1 Magpie (brought down and killed an adult Starling in garden.) [Graham Mee]

Wednesday 15 May 2019

Two Tree Island (West), 13:30 to 14:00
163 Dark-bellied Brent Goose [Graham Mee]

Westcliff, 09:40 to 09:45, St.George's Drive
8 Swift (over garden ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Tuesday 14 May 2019

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 17:15 to 18:25
2 Pochard (pr), 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 House Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Bearded Tit (heard) [Paul Baker]

Westcliff, 12:45 to 12:50, St.George's Drive
1 Brimstone (in garden) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 12:15 to 12:30
1 Large Red Damselfly (garden pond), 5 Holly Blue [John Wright]

River Roach, 11:15 to 13:30
2 Shelduck, 2 Kestrel (one Foulness, one Wallasea), 6 Avocet, 6 Curlew, 24 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 11:45
1 Hobby, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Slow-worm, 3 Small Heath [John Wright]

Canvey Wick, 08:30 to 09:50
1 Nightingale, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Slow-worm, 4 Green Hairstreak, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Small Heath [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 07:05 to 07:05
2 Shelduck (flying south towards the estuary) [John Wright]

Monday 13 May 2019

Canewdon, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Turtle Dove (male in garden again briefly with Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove and Collared Dove ;0)) [Jeff Delve]

Wakering Stairs, 17:25 to 19:40
2 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (female on Havengore), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Plover, 15 Sanderling, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Turtle Dove (purring males towards Haven Point), 2 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl (on Havengore, viewed from Point), 1 Nightingale, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Rabbit [Paul Baker]

Leigh on Sea, 15:05 to 15:15, Waitrose, A13 London Road
2 Grey Wagtail (pair, one carrying food and calling constantly. Eastern side of car park on shop roof.), 2 Pied Wagtail (pair in same area) [John Wright]

Canewdon, 13:30 to 14:00
5 Azure Damselfly (newly emerging females), 4 Orange-tip, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Jeff Delve]

Hadleigh Downs, 13:00 to 14:30, and marshes
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 40 Marsh Frog (at least), 1 Grass Snake, 1 Brimstone, 10 Orange-tip, 2 Wall [John Wright]

Lower Raypits, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Snipe, 3 Cuckoo, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Yellowhammer (male, singing), 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Orange-tip, 1 Small Copper, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Small Heath [Paul Griggs, Jeff Delve, Vince Kinsler]

Edwards Hall Park, 09:30 to 11:10, and Cherry Orchard Park
1 Kestrel, 2 Common Sandpiper (on the lake in Cherry Orchard C.P.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Swallow, 2 House Martin [Paul Griggs, Vince Kinsler]

Leigh on Sea, 08:15 to 08:30
4 Swift (over garden), 1 Jay [Graham Mee]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 05:45 to 09:00, Sunny, warming up from cold start, light winds. BBS on eastern field south of triangle
1 Wigeon (drake on flood), 4 Gadwall (2 pairs), 1 Marsh Harrier (ad male), 14 Lapwing (+), 9 Redshank, 1 Skylark (c 30 territories), 1 Yellow Wagtail (c 15 pairs), 1 Corn Bunting (c 20 territories) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 05:30 to 08:45
4 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Northern Water Vole [John Wright]

Sunday 12 May 2019

Wakering Stairs, 19:30 to 21:00
1 Little Egret, 13 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (feeding just offshore), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 3 Cuckoo (two of which were chasing each other around & showing very well), 1 Barn Owl (visiting active nest site twice with voles), 1 Nightingale (+ by railway), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 18:15 to 19:45
3 Gadwall (2 drakes), 3 Shoveler (2 drakes), 9 Pochard (6 drakes), 2 Tufted Duck (pair), 2 Marsh Harrier (females), 2 Peregrine Falcon (pair hunting in tandem, female nearly took a Pochard!), 11 Dunlin (all summer plumage, 7 south lagoons, 4 triangle), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), Female Yellow Wag - just a very grey flavissima or possibly hybrid (Jeff Delve) (34706 bytes) In colour range of normal female flavissima? (Jeff Delve) (42879 bytes) Female Yellow Wag - just a very grey flavissima or possibly hybrid (Jeff Delve) (34706 bytes) 10 Yellow Wagtail (+, including a possible female channel type hybrid with strong grey cast to head and mantle) [Jeff Delve]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 18:00 to 18:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Red Fox [Paul Baker]

Hadleigh Downs, 17:20 to 18:05
1 Buzzard, 1 Chinese Muntjac (female) [John Wright]

Lower Raypits, 17:15 to 17:45, From hide
17 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall (pair), 1 Teal (drake), 4 Oystercatcher (2 pairs), 1 Redshank, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail (2 pairs), 6 Linnet [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 16:30 to 17:30
RCP at Gunners (Neil Chambers) (63124 bytes) 1 Red-crested Pochard (fem in stream by reserve), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Canewdon, 16:00 to 17:00, Sunny but cool easterly breeze
4 Stock Dove (usual couple of pairs visiting garden), On top of alder (Jeff Delve) (43667 bytes) 1 Turtle Dove (briefly in garden then later on tree top by BHP) [Jeff Delve]

Golden Cross Road, Ashingdon, 15:30 to 16:00
2 Holly Blue [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Wick, 13:10 to 14:25, Mostly sunny, cool E wind
1 Cuckoo (singing), 1 Nightingale (singing), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 6 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Large White, 2 Orange-tip, 7 Green Hairstreak (+), 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Wick, 10:30 to 12:30
2 Cuckoo, 2 Nightingale (On north side ), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler (Heard only), 9 Lesser Whitethroat, Green Hairstreak Canvey Wick (east) (Tim Bourne) (36319 bytes) 5 Green Hairstreak (At least 4 at east end. Another along track opposite Garden Warbler location), 1 Brown Argus [Tim Bourne]

Gunners Park, 10:30 to 11:30
1 Red-crested Pochard (female still), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Osprey (10:40 - 10:45 flew along seafront carrying a fish, flew over SSSI and off N.W. over houses pursued by Herring Gulls.), 1 Kestrel, 200 Oystercatcher (spooked by Osprey), 1 Cetti's Warbler [John Wright]

Wakering Stairs, 08:00 to 10:00
3 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 2 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Nightingale [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 02:00 to 03:00
2 Red Fox, 2 Badger, 1 Brown Rat [John Wright]

Saturday 11 May 2019

Wakering Stairs, 19:50 to 20:30, Sunny, light NE breeze
1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Sandwich Tern, 4 Turtle Dove (all purring males), 1 Cuckoo (singing), 2 Nightingale (singing), 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 2 Whitethroat [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 19:00 to 20:00
1 Garganey (Drake on triangle), 8 Shoveler (All drakes triangle), 12 Pochard (7 drakes), 4 Tufted Duck (2 pairs ), 1 Marsh Harrier (Adult male), 8 Dunlin (4 on triangle, 4 on south lagoons.), 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Swift (Over pool marsh), 1 Yellowhammer (Male singing from first hawthorn east of causeway along south borrowdyke) [Jeff Delve]

Two Tree Island (East), 18:45 to 19:30
210 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Common Tern [John Wright]

Doggetts Pits, 17:25 to 18:00
1 Hobby (flew north past the farm), 1 Cuckoo [Steve Arlow]

Canewdon, 14:30 to 14:30
1 Turtle Dove (Brief snatch of purring by BHP) [Jeff Delve]

Eastwood, 14:05 to 14:20, Lundy Close
3 Swift, 8 House Martin [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wakering Stairs, 12:20 to 13:05
1 Whimbrel, 2 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Swallow, 1 Nightingale, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 11:40 to 12:05
1 Red-crested Pochard (female), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Paul Griggs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:05 to 10:05
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Wakering Stairs, 10:00 to 10:40
3 Turtle Dove (probably 5 from the road), 1 Nightingale [Steve Arlow]

Wakering Stairs, 09:15 to 10:45
1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 5 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Swallow, 1 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff [Angela Baldock]

Gunners Park, 09:00 to 09:30
1 Red-crested Pochard (Female), 1 Kestrel, 30 House Martin, 2 Reed Warbler [Lee Ebbs]

Wakering Stairs, 07:30 to 08:00
2 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff [Lee Ebbs]

Gunners Park, 07:00 to 08:45
5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch [Angela Baldock]

Friday 10 May 2019

Gunners Park, 16:45 to 18:10, Brisk SSE wind, overcast, high tide c5pm
25 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater (flew east at 17:30), 3 Gannet (+, adults), 8 Sterna sp. ('Comics'), 2 Sandwich Tern [Neil Chambers]

Gunners Park, 16:45 to 18:45, Squally, southerly quite cold then clearing and wind dying later. Part with NC
25 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater (Flying out east mid range at 17:30), 3 Gannet (+, 3 together but 6 sightings ), Female RCP Gunners Lake (Jeff Delve) (56026 bytes) 1 Red-crested Pochard (Adult female roosting by island in lake), 4 Sterna sp. (Comic terns west), 5 Sandwich Tern (All singles), 4 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 4 Swallow, 8 House Martin (Feeding over lake) [Jeff Delve]

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