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.

Monday 22 January 2018

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:50 to 08:50
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Sunday 21 January 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:00 to 16:00, Sleety drizzle and rain with brisk and cold SE wind 5C but felt a lot colder
10 Mute Swan, Record shot in horrible light (Jeff Delve) (196117 bytes) 2 Whooper Swan, 1800 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (c1500 on south fields and another 2-300 from entrance road), 1 Black Brant (Nice drake with Db Brent from entrance road - thanks to Dave Low), 15 Gadwall (Pool Marsh), 3 Pintail (Pool Marsh), 1 Merlin (female south fields), 1 Stonechat (cowering in vegetation near car park) [Jeff Delve]

South Fambridge, 10:30 to 12:30
10 Little Grebe (+), 20 Great Crested Grebe (+), 0 Red-necked Grebe (walked out past norpits sluice then thwarted by a blizzard!!), 1 Slavonian Grebe (west of bench on sea wall), 30 Avocet, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Stonechat [Mike Clarke]

South Fambridge, 08:15 to 10:45, Heavy overcast but very still, light drizzle later. Low tide (8:57).
10 Little Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebe, RNG - River Crouch, nr Bridgemarsh Island (Jeff Delve) (39968 bytes) RNG - near Bridgemarsh Island, River Crouch (Jeff Delve) (52230 bytes) 1 Red-necked Grebe (approx 3km east opposite Bridgemarsh Island and drifting further east), 1 Slavonian Grebe (west of moored boats towards Brandy Hole), 1 Pintail, 22 Avocet [Jeff Delve]

Saturday 20 January 2018

Gunners Park, 15:40 to 16:30
8 Little Grebe (on the lake), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kestrel (caught a pied wagtail and flew off with it), 1 Water Rail, 120 Ringed Plover (on the little pier), 12 Sanderling, 40 Dunlin (on the little pier), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit (by the seawall) [Sally Brierley]

Priory Park, 15:15 to 16:00
2 Mistle Thrush, 120 Greenfinch (approx. a large mobile flock, couldn't find anything else with them other than a few Goldfinches) [Neil Chambers]

Gunners Park, 13:15 to 14:30
2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver (Feeding close in to shoreline ), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Sanderling, 10 Turnstone, 8 Goldfinch [Lee Ebbs]

Southend Pier, 13:00 to 15:00
1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Gannet (with Cormorant following a fishing boat), 45 Cormorant (approx), 80 Golden Plover (flyovers 35 and 45), 35 Turnstone (on the pier), 8 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 15 Common Seal (loads, popping up everywhere), 1 Grey Seal [Sally Brierley]

South Fambridge, 12:05 to 13:40, Cloud 8/8 with constant drizzle; no wind; 6ºC; high tide 14:48 (5.14m @ N.Fambridge). Walk east to first saltings and back.
9 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe (floated west on incoming tide to speed limit buoys, then flew back east) [Richard Howard]

Southend Seafront, 12:05 to 12:20, In the rock edged pool next to Three Shells cafe
1 Little Egret, 28 Sanderling, 15 Turnstone [Sally Brierley]

South Fambridge, 11:50 to 13:40
Red-necked Grebe, River Crouch, South Fambridge 20-01-2018  (Steve Arlow) (86477 bytes) Red-necked Grebe, River Crouch, South Fambridge 20-01-2018  (Steve Arlow) (95969 bytes) Red-necked Grebe, River Crouch, South Fambridge 20-01-2018  (Steve Arlow) (78704 bytes) 1 Red-necked Grebe (with Great Crested Grebes just west of Bridgemarsh Island), 1 Stonechat (male along seawall) [Steve Arlow]

Chalkwell Seafront, 11:30 to 11:45
2 Sanderling [Sally Brierley]

South Fambridge, 11:30 to 13:20
1 Red-necked Grebe (Off Bridgemarsh Island), 2 Buzzard, 1 Short-eared Owl (Flew across path and out over river, then headed west) [Tim Bourne]

South Fambridge, 11:15 to 12:15
3 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe (Off Bridgemarsh island, cheers Tim. ), 1 Kestrel, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Linnet [Lee Ebbs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:15 to 11:55
2 Whooper Swan (with mutes on field from jubilee marsh), 1 Goosander (Jubilee marsh), 1 Kingfisher, 4 Corn Bunting [Bob Young]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:10 to 10:20
3 Redwing [Paul Griggs]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 08:35 to 09:20, Marina & main hide only - rain!
5 Gadwall, 1 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:55 to 15:30, Rainy. Tide cycle (low to high) count on Jubilee Marsh. Wildfowl and wader counts from one section of Jubilee.
3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 18 Mute Swan, 2 Whooper Swan (adults at eastern end with 7 Mutes), 113 Canada Goose, 1200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (c., +), 40 Shelduck, 444 Wigeon, 27 Teal, 1 Goosander (redhead on Jubilee Marsh tidal pool), 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 23 Pheasant, 118 Avocet, 15 Ringed Plover, 23 Grey Plover, 144 Dunlin, 72 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Curlew, 121 Redshank, 6 Pied Wagtail, 35 Starling (incl. leucistic bird) [Max Hellicar]

Friday 19 January 2018

Paglesham Churchend, 17:15 to 17:25
1 Little Owl (+, calling) [Neil Chambers]

Leigh on Sea, 17:05 to 17:10
1 Red Fox [Max Hellicar]

Two Tree Island (East), 16:00 to 17:00
3 Little Egret, 1 Shelduck, 70 Teal (c.), 3 Shoveler (drakes), 3 Water Rail (heard calling from reedbed, one seen briefly), 6 Lapwing, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Cetti's Warbler (two heard in song, another seen), 1 Reed Bunting [Max Hellicar]

Two Tree Island, 15:45 to 16:00, Car park
1 Grey Plover, 4 Lapwing, 120 Black-headed Gull (circa, including two Pitsea ringed birds), 20 Common Gull (c.) [Max Hellicar]

Leigh Cocklesheds, 15:15 to 15:40
1 Little Egret, 130 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 16 Sanderling, 93 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher (flew through), 2 Pied Wagtail [Max Hellicar]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:05 to 17:05
6 Little Egret, 2 Whooper Swan (adults), 1 Goosander (redhead on tidal pools on Jubilee Marsh - flew to near School House lookout, then back to near Triangle), 1 Kestrel, 42 Avocet, 1 Barn Owl (hunting behind pools S of car park, then it or another by access road late on), 2 Stonechat (pair by car park), 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Common Seal [Neil Chambers]

Pound Wood, 14:30 to 16:00
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Hawfinch, 1 Chinese Muntjac [Angela Baldock, Andrew Woodhouse]

South Fambridge, 14:30 to 16:20
6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe (a mile east of S fambridge), 1 Red-breasted Merganser [Bob Young]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:30 to 16:20
2 Little Egret, 2 Whooper Swan (adults still with Mutes on grazing field at Jubilee Marsh), redhead Goosander with Mallard (Richard Howard) (68577 bytes) 1 Goosander (redhead on tidal pool by Jubilee Marsh & later flew east & landed nr eastern most point of Wallasea), 4 Kestrel, 2 Avocet, 1 Short-eared Owl (initially hunting northern seawall just east of car park then lingering over WBC), 2 Kingfisher, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat (PB from car park), 50 Corn Bunting (flew east at dusk) [Paul Baker, Richard Howard]

South Fambridge, 12:35 to 14:50, High tide, W wind, cold
1 Red-necked Grebe (eventually just east of the village (thanks for the call PB!), then flew c1/2 mile further east), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting [Neil Chambers, Graham Ryland]

East Haven Creek, 11:00 to 13:00
2 Marsh Harrier (females circling together over Bowers Marsh ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel (female ), 12 Avocet, 7 Grey Plover (together,over), 530 Lapwing (circa), 450 Dunlin (circa), 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Redwing, 1 Weasel [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:00 to 13:00
145 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier, Kestrel diving on prey (Graham Mee) (67622 bytes) 2 Kestrel, 23 Golden Plover, 12 Corn Bunting [Graham Mee]

South Fambridge, 10:10 to 14:10, Walked to Landsend Point & back
Red-necked Grebe (Richard Howard) (77402 bytes) 1 Red-necked Grebe (ranging east of South Fambridge as far as Bridgemarsh Is. on tide), 1 Little Egret, 94 Pintail (on Bridgemarsh (patiently counted by RH!)), 1 Shoveler (drake on river - unusual here), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (over Bridgemarsh), 3 Stock Dove, 5 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat (male), 2 Reed Bunting [Paul Baker, Richard Howard]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 09:35 to 14:30
1 Shelduck, 300 Wigeon (circa), 2 Gadwall (pair), 15 Teal, 18 Shoveler, 9 Pochard, 1 Marsh Harrier (female mobbed by four Carrion crows ), 1 Green Sandpiper, 19 Stock Dove (together ), 1 Fieldfare [Jeff Kinnerman]

Thursday 18 January 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:30 to 16:20, Cloud 7-8/8 with heavy showers; wind W F2; 9ºC; high tide 13:34 @ Southend.
record shot of Whooper Swans with Mutes (Richard Howard) (78031 bytes) 2 Whooper Swan (with a group of 8 Mutes, Jubilee Marsh), 300 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (c, on field), 1 Goosander (redhead, Jubilee Marsh), 1 Kestrel (male), 28 Golden Plover (on field), 1 Barn Owl (hunting parallel to access road as I left), record shot of Kingfisher (Richard Howard) (99490 bytes) 1 Kingfisher (seawall sluice nearest carpark), 1 Stonechat (female by carpark), 30 Linnet (+, flock flying about) [Richard Howard]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:00 to 14:00
2 Redwing (heard), 1 Red Admiral (flying around the front garden) [Paul Griggs]

Southend Pier, 11:40 to 13:15, Cloud 5/8; wind W F3-4; 10ºC; High tide 13:24 (predicted 5.62m @ Southend, but actually much higher with waves breaking over the pavement on the seafront).
1 Red-throated Diver (on the water off the pierhead), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 220 Turnstone (c), Med. Gull (Richard Howard) (36567 bytes) adult Med. Gull (Richard Howard) (44155 bytes) Med. Gull (Richard Howard) (61734 bytes) 30 Mediterranean Gull (c - impossible to count accurately), adult Kittiwake (Richard Howard) (39804 bytes) 1 Kittiwake (adult), 2 Alcidae sp. (distant, flying out of the river), Guillemot (Richard Howard) (52375 bytes) Guillemot (Richard Howard) (70829 bytes) Guillemot (Richard Howard) (73835 bytes) 2 Guillemot (on the water off the pierhead), 1 Razorbill (on the water east of the pierhead), 4 Common Seal, Grey Seals (Richard Howard) (83147 bytes) 11 Grey Seal [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:15
7 Pintail (4 drakes), 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Stint (still from double benches.), 2 Snipe, 8 Skylark, 2 Red Fox (pair determined to add to the fox population. :)) [Graham Ryland]

Southend, 09:00 to 09:05
2 Peregrine Falcon (pair north side of Alexander House) [Steve Arlow]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (again) [Paul Baker]

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 15:50 to 16:10, Quick look at sunflower field only - flighty finches and low light
1 Redwing, 40 Chaffinch [Max Hellicar]

Pound Wood, 14:10 to 16:10, Cloud 4/8; wind SW F1; 7ºC
1 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Hawfinch (Richard Howard) (69165 bytes) 3 Hawfinch (+. 3 seen in single tree. Seen from 15:35 onwards.) [Richard Howard]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:00 to 15:40
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Lapwing (south), 2 Redwing [Paul Griggs]

Pound Wood, 13:00 to 16:20, clear initially but slowly becoming cloudy. cold
buzzard (Andrew Armstrong) (35858 bytes) 1 Buzzard, 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, nuthatch (Andrew Armstrong) (59231 bytes) nuthatch (Andrew Armstrong) (64032 bytes) nuthatch (Andrew Armstrong) (76106 bytes) nuthatch (Andrew Armstrong) (75772 bytes) 1 Nuthatch, 4 Jay, hawfinch (Andrew Armstrong) (47525 bytes) 3 Hawfinch [Andrew Armstrong]

Hadleigh Downs, 11:00 to 13:00
1 Kestrel, 9 Fieldfare, 2 Bullfinch (male and female) [Dudley Shayler]

Southend Pier, 09:45 to 13:35
1 Red-throated Diver (took flight from water,west), 1 Shag (adult,resting before taking flight), 16 Lapwing (together,over), 15 Mediterranean Gull (11 adults including a ringed individual, Yellow 2H71,2 second winter,2 first winter), 2 Guillemot (singles on water,west and east of pier head), 1 Common Seal, 7 Grey Seal [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:00, windy, clear yet cold, really quiet bird wise
40 Shelduck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, stonechat (Andrew Armstrong) (25621 bytes) 3 Stonechat (car park) [Andrew Armstrong]

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Westcliff, 15:30 to 15:30, Southend Hospital
1 Peregrine Falcon (around the tower block) [Paul Griggs]

Pound Wood, 14:40 to 16:10, Cloud 5-8; wind W F1; 6ºC.
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, Hawfinch (Richard Howard) (66204 bytes) Hawfinch (Richard Howard) (69264 bytes) 5 Hawfinch (minimum count) [Richard Howard]

Pound Wood, 14:10 to 14:30
1 Bullfinch, 1 Hawfinch [Marc Outten]

Pound Wood, 14:00 to 16:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard), Nuthatch Pound Wood MHe (Max Hellicar) (57443 bytes) 1 Nuthatch (feeder), 1 Bullfinch (male briefly in the same location as Hawfinch), Hawfinch Pound Wood MHe 12 (Max Hellicar) (45205 bytes) Hawfinch Pound Wood MHe 11 (Max Hellicar) (51952 bytes) 5 Hawfinch (single bird showing from 14:17 until I left, at least 4 others (seen together) also present, same location as previously) [Max Hellicar]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:50 to 13:15, Cloud 4-5/8; W W F3; 4ºC. Roadside hide only.
15 Greylag Goose, 250 Canada Goose (c), 500 Wigeon (c), 26 Teal, 2 Mallard, 25 Shoveler, 11 Pochard, 28 Curlew [Richard Howard]

Tewke's Creek, 11:10 to 11:35, Cloud 3/8; wind W F2-3; 4ºC. All birds seen by the Rugby Club carpark.
2 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank (Richard Howard) (84020 bytes) Spotted Redshank (Richard Howard) (99563 bytes) Spotted Redshank (Richard Howard) (95004 bytes) 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Redshank [Richard Howard]

Canvey Seafront, 11:05 to 11:45
5 Great Crested Grebe, 36 Sanderling, 130 Turnstone, 1 Mediterranean Gull [Graham Ryland]

Tewke's Creek, 10:40 to 10:55
1 Spotted Redshank [Graham Ryland]

Monday 15 January 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:20 to 16:35, extremely quiet
7 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (had an acrobatic battle with a Lapwing which lasted several minutes. I didn't see the Lapwing taken so it probably survived), 1 Starling (leucistic bird in flock of 50 by Grapnells Farm looked impressive) [Paul Baker]

Pound Wood, 15:00 to 15:40
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Hawfinch [Paul Griggs]

Pound Wood, 14:30 to 16:10
1 Green Woodpecker (h), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Redwing, 1 Nuthatch (feeder), 1 Treecreeper, 1 Siskin (over), 2 Redpoll sp. (over, heard), Hawfinch Pound Wood MHe 7 (Max Hellicar) (40012 bytes) Hawfinch Pound Wood MHe 6 (Max Hellicar) (33068 bytes) Hawfinch Pound Wood MHe 10 (Max Hellicar) (71122 bytes) Hawfinch Pound Wood MHe 9 (Max Hellicar) (45629 bytes) Hawfinch Pound Wood MHe 8 (Max Hellicar) (35840 bytes) 5 Hawfinch (pre-roost, same location as previous two afternoons) [Max Hellicar]

Pound Wood, 14:30 to 16:15, Cloud 7-4/8; wind SW F2; 8ºC.
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Redwing, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Redpoll sp. (over, calling), 5 Hawfinch (+, inc. 4 together in a tree) [Richard Howard]

Pound Wood, 14:20 to 15:00
4 Hawfinch (at least, likely 6. First arrived at 14:38hrs) [Vince Kinsler]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Sunday 14 January 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:25 to 16:15, Cold and overcast
5 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (Scrapping with the Peregrine ), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Short-eared Owl (High over the screens. May have relocated off site (hopefully not)) [Andrew Armstrong]

Pound Wood, 15:10 to 16:10
1 Buzzard (heard), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Hawfinch (ker-ching! Thanks Max) [Paul Baker]

Pound Wood, 15:00 to 16:15, Cloud 4/8; no wind; 10ºC. SOG reunion!
1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 5 Hawfinch (+) [Richard Howard]

Pound Wood, 14:45 to 16:15
1 Buzzard (heard only), 1 Redwing, Hawfinch at Pound Wood (Neil Chambers) (27555 bytes) 7 Hawfinch (up to 7 on almost constant view throughout) [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 14:30 to 15:15
12 Little Grebe, 1 Shag (On the Crouch), 40 Golden Plover (+), 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Reed Bunting [Lee Ebbs]

Tile Wood, 14:15 to 14:40
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Jay, 1 Rook [Max Hellicar]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:40 to 14:40, car park full upon arrival! Sunny & too bright
2 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat (pr around car park), 40 Linnet, 10 Corn Bunting [Paul Baker]

Pound Wood, 13:20 to 16:20
2 Cormorant (singles over heading south-ish), 2 Buzzard (over), 2 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Redwing, 1 Nuthatch (good views on feeder), 4 Jay, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Redpoll sp. (heard briefly), Hawfinch Pound Wood MHe 4 (Max Hellicar) (75149 bytes) Hawfinch Pound Wood MHe 3 (Max Hellicar) (42460 bytes) Hawfinch Pound Wood MHe 5 (Max Hellicar) (65129 bytes) 7 Hawfinch (up to 7 birds showing well at pre-roost from 14:48-16:05 in the same place as yesterday (c.200 metres E of St. Michael's Road entrance and 50 metres S on path), worth noting no birds were present there early afternoon) [Max Hellicar]

Paglesham Churchend, 12:40 to 13:30
2 Whooper Swan (adults viewed from East Hall Rd but departed soon after), 1 Kingfisher, 6 Corn Bunting [Paul Baker]

Pound Wood, 12:35 to 16:20
2 Buzzard, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Redwing, 1 Nuthatch (at least 1 coming to the feeder by the gate regularly), 1 Treecreeper (in Tile Wood), 2 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Hawfinch (in the same place as 13th January; seems to be a regular pre-roost as birds continually arrived from about 2:50pm and grew in numbers until about 4pm) [Steve Arlow]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:15 to 12:25, Viewing from causeway
2 Whooper Swan (adults viewable distantly at Paglesham with 3 Mute Swans), 1 Buzzard [Paul Baker]

Bolts Farm, 11:00 to 11:30
2 Whooper Swan (adults - flew off, returned briefly, then flew off again), 3 Goldeneye (drakes), 40 Avocet (flew upriver), 1 Green Woodpecker [Paul Baker]

Bolts Farm, 11:00 to 12:30
0 Whooper Swan (Managed to avoid them at various locations today grrr!), 40 Avocet, 1 Corn Bunting [Mike Clarke]

Bolts Farm, 10:50 to 11:20
2 Whooper Swan, 2 Red-legged Partridge [Vince Kinsler]

Gunners Park, 10:40 to 11:30, High tide, bright offshore
1 Red-throated Diver (flew east), 1 Alcidae sp. (probably Guillemot, flew west), 1 Cetti's Warbler (brief burst of song by lake) [Neil Chambers]

Southend Pier, 10:30 to 13:00
6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 8 Mediterranean Gull (incl. white E494), 1 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot [Graham Mee, Steve Sanford]

Bolts Farm, 10:15 to 11:30, Cloud 6/8; wind NE F1; 9ºC; high tide 10:44 @ Rochford.
30 Mute Swan (+, seen on fields west of Pag.Lag. on North side of the river.), 2 Whooper Swan (seen on and off on fields west of Pag.Lag. on North side of the river), 3 Goldeneye (males on river), 1 Buzzard, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Corn Bunting [Richard Howard, Graham Ryland]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:30 to 11:35
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Stock Dove (h), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Redwing [Paul Griggs]

Bolts Farm, 08:55 to 09:40
15 Little Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Whooper Swan (adults with Mute Swan herd west of Pag Lag), 6 Goldeneye (4 drakes, on river), 55 Avocet (+), 20 Bar-tailed Godwit (+), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Corn Bunting (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 08:45 to 09:20, Cloud 8/8; wind NE F1; 6ºC; high tide 510:47 (5.19m @ Southend).
80 Great Crested Grebe (c) [Richard Howard]

Wakering Common, 08:40 to 08:45
1 Merlin (fem hunting both sides of road near boatyard, but hassled by corvids), 1 Green Woodpecker [Neil Chambers]

Friars Park, 08:20 to 08:35
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Chiffchaff [Neil Chambers]

Shoeburyness Park, 08:00 to 08:15
3 Egyptian Goose, 3 Goldcrest [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 13 January 2018

Two Tree Island (East), 16:15 to 17:20, Didn't see or hear very much :-(
3 Little Egret, 2 Shoveler (drakes), 3 Water Rail, 5 Snipe, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Red Fox [Paul Baker]

Pound Wood, 15:00 to 16:20
1 Buzzard, 5 Hawfinch, 1 Chinese Muntjac [Mike Clarke]

Roper's farm, 14:45 to 15:30
57 Mute Swan, 2 Whooper Swan (With Mute Swans in fields on Paglesham side, scoped from Barling side of the Crouch. Thanks Steve. ), 2 Buzzard (Pair), 40 Fieldfare [Lee Ebbs]

Pound Wood, 14:40 to 16:20
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker (h), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (h), 1 Redwing, 3 Jay, Hawfinch Pound Wood MHe 2 (Max Hellicar) (51202 bytes) Hawfinch Pound Wood MHe 1 (Max Hellicar) (44747 bytes) 5 Hawfinch (c.200 metres east of St. Michael's Road entrance then 50 metres south along path, showing well together from c.15:30-15:50, calling quite regularly, with one bird remaining there until dusk) [Max Hellicar]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 13:00 to 14:30
2 Pintail, 8 Snipe, 2 Stonechat, 40 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing [Mike Clarke]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 12:45 to 13:00, Quick look at the Marina
1 Peregrine Falcon (On pylon) [Mike Clarke]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:15 to 12:30
4 Redwing [Paul Griggs]

Paglesham, 12:15 to 15:20, walk from Paglesham Boatyard to Barton Hall Creek and back
60 Mute Swan (in field west of Paglag), Whooper Swans, Paglesham Lagoon (Steve Arlow) (119604 bytes) Whooper Swans, Paglesham Lagoon (Steve Arlow) (53857 bytes) 2 Whooper Swan (flew in from the east with 3 Mute Swans and landed on Paglag for 10mins before joining the Mute Swan herd), 13 Pintail (on Paglag (7 males and 5 females)), 10 Goldeneye (1 male and 3 females on Paglag / 3 males and 2 females on River Roach), 3 Buzzard (1 Paglag and pair displaying on the Barling side of the river Roach), 2 Kestrel, 173 Avocet, 140 Black-tailed Godwit (at least), 50 Stock Dove (at least over Potton Island), 1 Barn Owl (at Paglesham Boatyard at 3:10pm before flying over the River Roach to Potton Island.), 3 Rock Pipit (along the river roach), 23 Corn Bunting [Steve Arlow]

Pound Wood, 10:00 to 10:45
1 Nuthatch (on feeder at entrance) [Peter Collins]

Gunners Park, 09:00 to 10:30
10 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Water Rail (Showed well around edge of lake), 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull ( Adult on Barge Pier), 6 Great Black-backed Gull [Lee Ebbs]

Canvey Wick, 08:30 to 10:40
3 Woodcock (Singles in various locations), 5 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Goldcrest [Tim Bourne]

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 00:30 to 00:30
1 Badger (big one!) [Vince Kinsler]

Friday 12 January 2018

Wat Tyler Country Park, 16:20 to 16:55
1 Red Fox, 1 Rabbit [Paul Baker]

Hockley/Hawkwell, 16:10 to 16:15
1 Grey Wagtail [Max Hellicar]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 15:25 to 16:15, quick look from double benches & viewing log
10 Barnacle Goose (still present on field SSW of barn), 7 Snipe, 40 Fieldfare (flock in stubble field by car park), 2 Cetti's Warbler [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 14:50 to 16:10
2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, 13 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Jay, 1 Red Fox, 1 Chinese Muntjac [Max Hellicar]

Hockley/Hawkwell, 14:45 to 14:50
42 Jackdaw [Max Hellicar]

Pound Wood, 14:30 to 15:20, C;oud 8/8; No wind; 7ºC; wood quiet.
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Redwing, 1 Nuthatch [Richard Howard]

Hockley/Hawkwell, 12:30 to 13:30, Pleasant walk along Ironwell Lane from Hall Rd to west end & back
1 Sparrowhawk (male perched up in tree), 1 Kestrel, 1 Pheasant, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Skylark (inc several singing), 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Brown Rat [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 11:30 to 12:00, Overcast, no wind, 7ºC.
Coal Tit (Richard Howard) (60745 bytes) 3 Coal Tit (plus possible Marsh Tit in same area) [Richard Howard]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:20 to 11:50, Marina only
1 Avocet, 4 Ruff, 18 Black-tailed Godwit [Vince Kinsler]

Canvey Point, 09:20 to 11:00, High and receding tide
1 Gavia sp. (just west of pier, jizz suggested GN but too far to be sure.), 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver (drifting east c.1040), 112 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Ringed Plover, 24 Sanderling [Vince Kinsler]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:10 to 09:10
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Thursday 11 January 2018

Wat Tyler Country Park, 16:15 to 16:55
1 Marsh Harrier (flew north along creek presumably to roost), 3 Snipe [Paul Baker]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 15:55 to 16:20, Marina only
1 Avocet, 7 Ruff (+), 10 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Greenshank [Neil Chambers]

Roper's farm, 15:30 to 16:30
5 Little Grebe, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Goldeneye, 1 Buzzard, 50 Avocet (+), 25 Dunlin, 2 Green Woodpecker [Lee Ebbs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 15:10 to 16:05, almost dark, grey, drab sky with drizzle
10 Barnacle Goose (flew in to field SSW of barn & viewable from picnic benches), 10 Pintail (main lagoon), 1 Snipe, 80 Chaffinch (c), 1 Brambling (with Chaffinch flock by sunflowers), 20 Linnet, 5 Reed Bunting (with Chaffinch flock) [Paul Baker]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 14:55 to 15:05
0 Barnacle Goose (No sign) [Paul Baker]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 14:35 to 15:10
10 Greylag Goose, 203 Canada Goose, 320 Wigeon (estimate), 7 Mallard, 7 Shoveler, 4 Pochard (drakes), 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 40 Lapwing, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Barn Owl [Max Hellicar]

Benfleet Downs, 14:15 to 14:25
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Grey Squirrel [Max Hellicar]

Hadleigh Downs, 13:30 to 14:15, Southern track
1 Kestrel, 2 Pheasant, 3 Moorhen, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Jay, 40 Chaffinch (+, in mixed flock of Chaffinch,Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting and Linnet), 13 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting [Max Hellicar]

Pound Wood, 13:00 to 14:45
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 25 Redwing (+ in a flock well to the east), 1 Nuthatch (on bird table), 1 Treecreeper (heard), 1 Lesser Redpoll (flew over calling), 1 Hawfinch (flew out of tree directly above us along northern edge of wood c.50m east of bird table & returned back to Pound Wood - well done Lee!) [Paul Baker]

Pound Wood, 12:00 to 14:45
1 Buzzard (Heard), 25 Redwing, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper (Heard), 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Hawfinch [Lee Ebbs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 10:20
7 Little Egret, 8 Barnacle Goose (most seen at any one time, in and out of contours), 1500 Wigeon, 8 Black-tailed Godwit [Vince Kinsler]

Rayleigh Mount, 06:30 to 06:35
1 Tawny Owl (hooting - audible from car park) [Neil Chambers]

Wednesday 10 January 2018

Thundersley Glen, 17:30 to 17:55, Dark.
2 Tawny Owl (pair heard calling @ 17:50. Still calling as we left @ 17:55.) [Richard Howard, Graham Oakes, Graham Ryland]

Pound Wood, 15:15 to 16:20
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Redwing, 1 Siskin (male), 2 Lesser Redpoll [Vince Kinsler]

Tile Wood, 14:55 to 15:20
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Redwing, 1 Treecreeper [Max Hellicar]

Pound Wood, 14:40 to 16:00
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Nuthatch (feeder), 0 Hawfinch (possible flyover seen briefly without bins, white wing patch seen but didn't call) [Max Hellicar]

Pound Wood, 14:35 to 16:20
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Redwing, 1 Nuthatch (on bird table), 1 Siskin, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch (on N side of horse field) [Neil Chambers]

Fleet Head, 14:00 to 15:00
30 Wigeon, 50 Teal (+), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat ( Pair), 6 Fieldfare, 20 Rook [Lee Ebbs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 13:40 to 14:20
8 Barnacle Goose (in field SW of barn), 120 Chaffinch (+), 1 Brambling (fem), 10 Linnet (+) [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:55 to 13:30
5 Greylag Goose, 300 Canada Goose (+), 7 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck (drake), 1 Meadow Pipit [Neil Chambers]

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 11:45 to 11:45
1 Grey Wagtail [Max Hellicar]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:05 to 14:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel (females ), 1 Little Stint (on main lagoon viewed from benches), 9 Snipe (together ), 20 Curlew (together ), 4 Stonechat (two single males,male of pair with silver ring to left leg), 70 Fieldfare (circa,together in stubble field ), 1 Redwing, 1 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:00 to 16:00, Clear and bright
1 Buzzard, Kestrel (Andrew Armstrong) (34279 bytes) Kestrel (Andrew Armstrong) (31615 bytes) 6 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (Main lagoon), 1 Barn Owl (South seawall at dusk), 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting (Good numbers across the site, particularly over by the south seawall) [Andrew Armstrong]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:15 to 09:15
1 Little Egret [Paul Griggs]

Rayleigh, 09:00 to 09:00
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (together flew across A127 just west of Weir) [Paul Baker]

Rochford, 08:15 to 08:45
1 Little Owl (Ironwell Lane) [Marc Outten]

Tuesday 09 January 2018

Leigh on Sea, 15:40 to 15:40, West Leigh School
1 Grey Wagtail [Vince Kinsler]

Canvey Point, 14:30 to 15:30, Cloud 8/8 with light drizzle; No wind; 8ºC; high tide 18:16 (5.15m @ Southend).
104 Great Crested Grebe [Richard Howard]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 13:35 to 14:10, 6 acre hide only. Cloud 8/8; wind E F0-1; 8ºC.
4 Greylag Goose, 305 Canada Goose, record shot of the 7 Barnacle Geese (Richard Howard) (65021 bytes) 7 Barnacle Goose, 200 Wigeon (+), 50 Teal (+), 12 Mallard, 15 Shoveler, 6 Pochard (males) [Richard Howard]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 12:45 to 13:15, Cloud 8/8; no wind; 9ºC; tide out. Marina area only.
1 Greenshank [Richard Howard, Graham Ryland]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:40
11 Little Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 2 Pheasant, 40 Avocet (c.), 100 Golden Plover (c.), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Skylark, 1 Fieldfare [Paul Griggs, Vince Kinsler]

Rawreth, 11:45 to 11:50, St Nicholas's churchyard
2 Green Woodpecker [Paul Griggs, Vince Kinsler]

Pound Wood, 09:30 to 11:30
1 Stock Dove (h), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing (h), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 5 Treecreeper, 2 Lesser Redpoll [Paul Griggs, Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:15 to 12:30, Cloud 8/8 misty; no wind; 6ºC
500 Wigeon (c), 200 Teal (c), 10 Pintail (5 males, 5 females), 20 Shoveler (c), 3 Tufted Duck (females), 1 Marsh Harrier (adult male), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Avocet, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat (pair), 60 Fieldfare (c), 5 Redwing, 200 Chaffinch (+), 1 Brambling (female), 3 Greenfinch, 30 Linnet (+) [Richard Howard, Graham Ryland]

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