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.

Friday 15 February 2019

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:30 to 17:25, Clear mild evening
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 2 Short-eared Owl [Andrew Armstrong]

Canewdon, 16:25 to 16:30, Creeksea ferry road
1 Buzzard (Perched in tree by the side of the road. ) [Andrew Armstrong]

Westcliff, 13:50 to 13:50
1 Small Tortoiseshell (fleeting visit to garden) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 12:00 to 12:45
3 Buzzard, 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Andrew Woodhouse]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:00
4 Little Grebe, 7 White-fronted Goose (still from benches), 240 Wigeon, 40 Pintail (+), 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Avocet, 4 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Skylark, 10 Bearded Tit (+), 4 Long-tailed Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 15:35, Clear and mild
1 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail (Calling from the reedbeds on eastern edge of lake) [Andrew Armstrong]

Leigh on Sea, 06:05 to 06:05, Eastwood Road
1 Badger [Vince Kinsler]

Thursday 14 February 2019

Paglesham Pool, 16:05 to 17:35, Viewing from pillbox
3 Great White Egret (Single bird seen on Potton at 16.35 then 3 flew towards Pag Lag at 17.32), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 17 Avocet, 1 Barn Owl [Bob Young]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:05 to 18:00, Sunny & light SE breeze
2 Little Egret, 100 Pintail (+), 1 Buzzard (on Foulness), 2 Kestrel, 50 Avocet (+), 2 Short-eared Owl (showing well along entrance track on arrival), 5 Linnet, 10 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Benfleet Downs, 13:30 to 14:45
3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Bullfinch (Along the PROW below Round Hill) [Andrew Woodhouse]

Leigh on Sea, 12:40 to 12:40
2 Sparrowhawk (male and female calling and displaying over garden.) [Graham Mee]

Belfairs Golf Course, 10:00 to 11:30
2 Stock Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch (Near the car park), 1 Treecreeper [Dudley Shayler]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:15 to 10:30, early fog & bright sunshine
7 Little Egret, 124 Pintail, 2 Goosander (the two redheads sleeping on an island on a pool south side of Jubilee Marsh before flying off), 1 Kestrel, 20 Corn Bunting [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 11:45, fog followed by bright sunshine.
7 White-fronted Goose (4 adults from benches), 10 Shelduck, 40 Pintail (+), 1 Kestrel, 1 Golden Plover (with lapwings), 5 Dunlin, 5 Ruff, 3 Curlew, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Bearded Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit [Graham Ryland]

Gunners Park, 07:00 to 15:00, Clear and mild
1 Water Rail, 1 Rock Pipit [Andrew Armstrong]

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:15 to 17:30
4 Little Egret, 25 Pintail (+), 2 Goosander (redheads), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 70 Avocet (c.), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Skylark, 3 Reed Bunting [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:15 to 16:15
150 Wigeon (+), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Ring tail), 1 Kestrel, 2 Short-eared Owl, 4 Skylark (+), 20 Corn Bunting [Dudley Shayler]

Paglesham Pool, 12:20 to 14:55, from pillbox
1 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtails, and a distant poss. male.), 2 Kestrel, 500 Golden Plover (+), 1 Skylark, 6 Corn Bunting, 21 Seal sp. [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Stambridge, 12:00 to 12:10, Fisheries
1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

South Fambridge, 10:00 to 10:45
3 Little Grebe, 50 Golden Plover (c.), 1 Black-tailed Godwit [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:05 to 13:30
12 Pintail, 12 Pochard (six males,six females ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Avocet, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Ruff, 9 Curlew (saline lagoon), 3 Green Sandpiper (saline lagoon ), 1 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (adults together ), 9 Skylark, 1 Water Pipit (close flyby calling,main lagoon), 2 Stonechat (male,female singles), 4 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Cetti's Warbler (three singing,one viewed holding territories), 1 Bearded Tit (male), 3 Greenfinch (together ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Hockley Woods, 08:20 to 09:40
3 Stock Dove (h), 2 Green Woodpecker (h), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (h), 2 Song Thrush (h), 6 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper (h) [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 07:25 to 07:25
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:15 to 17:00, Still, clear with some high cloud
3 Great White Egret (viewed from wind shelter at end of Jubilee trail on saltmarsh by Middleway then working south side of Roach), 2500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+, Jubilee), 30 Pintail (+, Jubilee and Pool Marsh), 40 Shoveler (+, Pool Marsh), 2 Goosander (redheads on Jubilee main channel on incoming tide), 1 Marsh Harrier (ad female), 1 Buzzard (on post along south sea wall), 100 Avocet (+, Jubilee on rising tide), 1000 Lapwing (+, flocks all over island), 500 Knot (+, most on mud edge S side of Roach with Grey Plover but 100+ on Jubilee - very good numbers for Roach!), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank (Pool Marsh), 29 Common Seal (on Roach) [Jeff Delve]

Southend Airport, 10:15 to 10:20
1 Little Owl [Paul Griggs]

Monday 11 February 2019

Southend Airport, 16:50 to 16:50
2 Little Owl (pair in oaks) [Jeff Delve]

Canvey Point, 14:50 to 16:15, Some haze, light N winds, cloudy
18 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Eider (duck just offshore drifting in with tide), 12 Kittiwake (8 1st W 4 adults following boats) [Jeff Delve]

Paglesham East Hall Road, 14:30 to 17:45, Viewing from the Pillbox
3 GWE heading off to Pag Lag to roost (Neil Chambers) (20464 bytes) 3 Great White Egret (flew from north end of Potton and landed in the Roach at 5:10 before flying off together to roost at Pag Lag at 5:20), 1 Common Scoter (male on Roach upstream of boatyard), 7 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (on Potton then crossed Roach to Wallasea), 1 Barn Owl (distantly on Foulness), 1 Short-eared Owl (distantly on Foulness (PB)), 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting (singing), 13 Common Seal [Paul Baker, Neil Chambers]

Stambridge, 14:10 to 14:10
1 Kingfisher (at the fishing lakes) [Paul Baker, Neil Chambers]

Hockley/Hawkwell, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Buzzard (Over Ironwell Lane at north end of Cherry Orchard ) [Paul Baker, Neil Chambers]

Southend Airport, 13:10 to 13:10
1 Little Owl [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 11:00 to 13:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 4 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit (half way along the eastern perimeter by the large gardens), 1 Nuthatch (3/4trs of the way along the eastern perimeter, initially heard singing from along the stream), 3 Treecreeper (near Woodlands Rd entrance including display and singing) [Paul Baker]

West Wood, 10:50 to 12:05
1 Tawny Owl (f calling at 10:55), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest [Paul Griggs]

Sunday 10 February 2019

Hadleigh Downs, 14:00 to 15:00
1 Woodcock [Andrew Woodhouse]

Priory Park, 11:50 to 12:10
1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 12:30, Windy
2 White-fronted Goose, 20 Pintail (plus), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 15 Avocet, 5 Ruff, 1 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper [Graham Oakes]

South Benfleet, 09:00 to 09:20, My garden
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap (M&F both still here), 2 Greenfinch, 36 Goldfinch (Best flock I’ve had in the garden for ages) [Martin Cracknell]

Saturday 09 February 2019

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:20 to 17:30, Windy
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Male. Distant brief views by south seawall), 5 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Barn Owl (Out after dusk) [Andrew Armstrong]

Rochford Golf Course, 14:00 to 16:45, Bright, strong SW wind easing off
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark (singing), 2 Song Thrush (singing) [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 14:00 to 16:00
2 Little Egret, 17 Cygnus sp. (on Raypits), 1 Marsh Harrier (BHF), 50 Avocet, 1 Barn Owl (BHF), 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Slow-worm [Paul Baker]

Rayleigh, 12:05 to 12:05
1 Grey Wagtail (flew over High Street) [Neil Chambers]

Westcliff, 12:05 to 12:10, St.George's Drive
1 Sparrowhawk (female viewed dismantling a Starling in garden) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Hockley Woods, 09:00 to 10:00
2 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit (In usual garden), 2 Treecreeper [Lee Ebbs]

Thursday 07 February 2019

Canewdon, 14:45 to 14:45
2 Buzzard (pair soaring south of village) [Jeff Delve]

Stambridge, 14:30 to 14:30, Stambridge Fishing Lakes
1 Kingfisher [Jeff Delve]

Stambridge Mills, 10:45 to 11:50
2 Mistle Thrush [Paul Griggs]

Wednesday 06 February 2019

Two Tree Island (East), 16:30 to 17:45
9 Little Egret, 1 Snipe (h), 1 Fieldfare, 2 Bat sp. [Paul Griggs, Peter Collins]

Paglesham Lagoon, 09:35 to 10:50
2 Pintail, 1 Scaup, 9 Goldeneye, 1 Red Kite (flew low across field next to lagoon heading sw), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 120 Avocet (on river), 250 Black-tailed Godwit (on river) [Bob Young]

Stambridge, 08:30 to 08:30
1 Kingfisher (fishing lake near Hampton barns) [Bob Young]

Tuesday 05 February 2019

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:35 to 17:15, White gate
2 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl (moving east along south wall), 1 Little Owl (on telegraph pole by house on south side of the road by reserve entrance ), 1 Short-eared Owl (hover hunting close by throughout ) [Vince Kinsler]

Lion Creek, 15:50 to 16:30
1 Barn Owl (distantly around Lower Raypits), 6 Corn Bunting [Vince Kinsler]

Canvey Wick, 13:30 to 15:30
1 Woodcock, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Fieldfare (+), 60 Redwing (+, well spread across site), 32 Goldfinch (only finches seen) [Jeff Delve]

Canvey Point, 11:10 to 13:15, Light southerly, overcast, hazy. High tide 1pm
2 Red-throated Diver, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Mediterranean Gull (2 ad and 1st winter), 15 Kittiwake (mostly 1st w following ship up river) [Jeff Delve]

Priory Park, 11:00 to 11:15
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 10:45, Light southerly, heavy overcast. East side only
1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Rock Pipit (nr saline lagoon), 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard only) [Jeff Delve]

Hullbridge, 09:30 to 09:30
1 Buzzard (on hedgerow along Lower Road) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:25
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on main island from benches.Only our second record for the reserve.), 2 Shelduck, 35 Pintail, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Oystercatcher, 9 Avocet, 1 Grey Plover, 9 Dunlin, 4 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Water Pipit (on main island from benches.), 68 Pied Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 40 Fieldfare (+), 40 Redwing (+), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Monday 04 February 2019

Canvey Wick, 14:00 to 15:00
2 Green Woodpecker, 25 Blackbird, 25 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 75 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Vince Kinsler]

Canvey Point, 12:00 to 13:30, with Colin Shields. HT:1230
1 Black-throated Diver (very close fly by), 42 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Kittiwake (9ad 3fw), 1 Guillemot [Vince Kinsler]

Hullbridge, 11:00 to 11:30
12 Little Grebe, 18 Black-tailed Godwit [Vince Kinsler]

South Fambridge, 09:25 to 10:45
26 Little Grebe, 18 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 12 Avocet, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat (female), 30 Rook [Vince Kinsler]

Sunday 03 February 2019

Lion Creek, 16:15 to 17:00
2 Barn Owl (ranging between west side of Lion Creek and the seawall at Raypits.) [Paul Baker]

Paglesham Eastend, 15:00 to 16:30, Still, clear, cold. Out to pillbox by Paglesham Creek
10 Little Grebe (+), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier (imm flew off Wallasea and directly south along Middleway - to roost? ), 1 Buzzard (from Potton across Wallasea towards wbc), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Avocet, 60 Dunlin (+), 15 Common Seal [Jeff Delve]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 14:30 to 16:00
7 White-fronted Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing (+) [Stuart Bailey, Gordon Appleton]

Two Tree Island (West), 12:30 to 14:00
9 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Shelduck, 6 Wigeon, 39 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 300 Oystercatcher, 30 Avocet, 17 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 6 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 60 Knot, 40 Dunlin, 7 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 40 Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Black-backed Gull [Angela Baldock]

Hadleigh Downs, 11:50 to 14:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Redwing [Paul Griggs]

South Benfleet, 10:30 to 11:30, My garden
1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap (M&F, female has been present continuously for a few weeks), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Greenfinch [Martin Cracknell]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 09:15 to 11:15
1 Marsh Harrier (Fem), 3 Water Rail (+, calling from reedbed), Jack Snipe at Vange (Tim Bourne) (88031 bytes) 1 Jack Snipe (Picked out on the ground in the usual area.), 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper (Saline Lagoon), 1 Stonechat (Male), 6 Fieldfare (+), 2 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Tim Bourne]

Canvey Wick, 09:00 to 10:15
1 Woodcock (Flushed from silver birch scrub in the SW at 10:03), 1 Mistle Thrush [Paul Baker]

Canvey Wick, 09:00 to 10:05
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Woodcock, 2 Green Woodpecker, 10 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 40 Redwing, 11 Linnet [Martin Cracknell]

South Fambridge, 07:35 to 09:40, Sunny, very cold, light SW breeze, high tide c11.50 - walked to Norpits No. 1 sluice & back
15 Little Grebe (+), 20 Great Crested Grebe (+), 21 Mute Swan, 1 Red-breasted Merganser (drake at mouth of Stow Creek), 500 Golden Plover (+), 20 Skylark (feeding on fields at Norpits, 2+ singing), 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Water Pipit (east of village on seawall, flew over to BHF) [Neil Chambers]

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