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 15 October 2018

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:10 to 14:10
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Sunday 14 October 2018

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (+), 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 Blackbird, 1 Redwing (h), 9 Jay, 10 Chaffinch (over) [Paul Griggs]

Rochford Golf Course, 07:25 to 18:10, Overcast all day, light NW/SW wind at first, then N with persistent drizzle all afternoon
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Skylark (1 flew SW, 1 singing over airport), 4 Meadow Pipit (flew over SW), 3 Blackbird (flew over SW), 1 Redwing (heading west - several calls heard, none seen), 2 Mistle Thrush (flew S), 3 Siskin (singles, or perhaps the same one seen a few times), 3 Reed Bunting (flew over SW early on) [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 13 October 2018

Shoebury East Beach, 16:15 to 16:45
200 Oystercatcher (+) [Angela Baldock]

Hadleigh Downs, 16:00 to 17:00
1 Hobby (great views for nearly 5 mins as it swooped and wheeled just above the bushes before going onto the marsh. I think this is the latest Hobby I've seen in SOG) [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 12:40 to 15:30
24 Little Grebe, 200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 100 Ringed Plover, 400 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 30 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap, 25 Carrion Crow [Angela Baldock]

Leigh on Sea, 10:00 to 15:00
8 Little Egret, 2000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Peregrine Falcon (over Clement Court East in the Broadway), 18 Curlew [Graham Mee]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:20 to 16:10
1 Grey Wagtail (h), 1 Goldcrest (h) [Paul Griggs]

Friday 12 October 2018

Southend Seafront, 17:25 to 17:35
2 Peregrine Falcon (sweeping about between the casino and pier) [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:10 to 18:00, Slightly overcast. Strong wind
4 Marsh Harrier (One male and three females), 3 Kestrel [Andrew Armstrong]

Gunners Park, 12:55 to 14:30, no warblers at all...
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat (in SSSI at east end), 2 Greenfinch, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Heath [Paul Baker]

Southchurch Park East, 12:30 to 12:50
1 Little Grebe, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 11:25 to 13:00
1 Treecreeper, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 13:00, Windy. Lagoon seats and Saline lagoon only. Accompanied by Richard Stanley
1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 6 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Stonechat (Male) [Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 02:00 to 03:30
2 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Thursday 11 October 2018

Lion Creek, 12:00 to 12:10
4 Buzzard [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:30 to 11:45
4 Little Egret, 6 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 10 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Common Lizard (juvs), 1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small Heath [John Wright]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 09:40 to 09:40
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Baker]

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

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:15 to 18:25
2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 1 Short-eared Owl (Briefly seen after dusk), 3 Stonechat [Andrew Armstrong]

Oxenham Farm, 13:25 to 15:15
20 Little Egret (+), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 9 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 8 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff (h), 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Clouded Yellow, 7 Small White, 1 Red Admiral [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 11:00 to 12:20, Sunny, hazy offshore, stiff E breeze
1 Buzzard (low over east), 1 Kestrel, 1 Skylark (flew NE), 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Siskin (flew over calling), 5 Linnet, 4 Migrant Hawker [Neil Chambers]

Southchurch Park East, 10:15 to 10:40, East & West
1 Little Grebe, 0 Mandarin Duck (no sign of yesterday's drake) [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 08:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 12:30
6 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 500 Wigeon (plus), 6 Pintail, 1 Avocet, 3 Snipe, 30 Black-tailed Godwit (plus), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 2 Stonechat (First pair for me since the beast from the east), 6 Greenfinch, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly [Graham Oakes]

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

Tuesday 09 October 2018

Leigh on Sea, 10:00 to 10:15
Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Graham Mee) (32748 bytes) 1 Butterflies and Moths (Hummingbird Hawk Moth on Salvia in garden) [Graham Mee]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:30
6 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 12 Stock Dove, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 19 Linnet, 8 Reed Bunting, 1 Common Lizard, 30 Clouded Yellow (30+) [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 07:00 to 17:00, A very pleasant October day
600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Circa. Steady stream throughout the day), 2 Marsh Harrier (Both mid channel heading towards kent), 1 Sparrowhawk (Constantly harassing the Starling flock.), 450 Sanderling (Circa. Barge pier), 1 Great Skua (Attacking a gull near the boom), 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat (SSSI), 700 Starling (Circa. Really impressive numbers on site. ), 2 Red Fox, Willow Emerald (Andrew Armstrong) (33560 bytes) 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly (Ditch ) [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 08 October 2018

Leigh on Sea, 15:30 to 15:30
1 Buzzard (south low over Belfairs Woods) [Graham Mee]

Gunners Park, 10:45 to 13:30, hard going for little reward
1 Little Egret, 35 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flew east), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Skylark (flock flew SW), 4 Meadow Pipit (2 groups of 2 flew over), 1 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap (males), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Siskin, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 10:00 to 16:00
3 Gannet, 60 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Shelduck, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Bunker wood), 1 Rock Pipit (Briefly at gogs berth. First for this winter for me), 2 Stonechat (SSSI ), 1 Chiffchaff [Andrew Armstrong]

Gunners Park, 10:00 to 11:20
18 Pintail (flew west up river), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Siskin (around trees behind the would be heritage centre) [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:20 to 13:20
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest [Paul Griggs]

Sunday 07 October 2018

Gunners Park, 14:30 to 15:50, Sunny, light N breeze
1 Gannet (flew NE along seawall), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Redwing, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Migrant Hawker, 2 Small White, 1 Common Blue, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Wall [Neil Chambers]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 12:35 to 17:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (in & around the garden today) [Paul Baker]

Rochford Golf Course, 11:45 to 14:00, Sunny, light NNW wind
3 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit (flew SW), 1 Fieldfare (flew west calling), 2 Migrant Hawker, 1 Small White, 1 Wall [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 13:45
6 Little Egret, 4 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Avocet, 2 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 100 Black-tailed Godwit (plus), 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Wall [Graham Oakes]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 09:45 to 09:45
1 Skylark (heading SW) [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:50 to 10:00
1 Grey Wagtail (h), 35 Redwing (c., over,west 08:50), 1 Goldcrest (h) [Paul Griggs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:00 to 13:00, Lovely clear day
Marsh harrier (Andrew Armstrong) (35022 bytes) Marsh harrier (Andrew Armstrong) (33175 bytes) Marsh harrier (Andrew Armstrong) (53489 bytes) Marsh harrier (Andrew Armstrong) (33175 bytes) 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Merlin (Zipped through to harass the linnet flock. Incredible views), 1 Kingfisher, Stonechat (Andrew Armstrong) (54198 bytes) 1 Stonechat, 60 Linnet (Circa) [Andrew Armstrong]

Saturday 06 October 2018

Gunners Park, 13:40 to 15:25, NE wind & light rain. Seawatch 1:40 - 2:40 then Bunker Wood
122 Gannet (mostly adults flying out), 7 Little Egret (flock flew west then landed on foreshore), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Kittiwake (adults), 2 Sandwich Tern, 7 Arctic Tern (group of 7 terns flew upriver looked to be this species but too far out to be certain), 1 Robin (Bunker Wood), 1 Blackbird (Bunker Wood), 1 Song Thrush (Bunker Wood), 1 Blue Tit (Bunker Wood), 1 Great Tit (Bunker Wood), 1 Chaffinch (Bunker Wood) [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 11:35 to 12:45
14 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 14 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Meadow Pipit (h), 5 Chiffchaff [Paul Griggs]

River Roach, 10:00 to 12:30
23 Cormorant, 1 Shag (in R. Crouch on post west of Wallasea car park ), 22 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel (on Foulness), 48 Avocet, 3 Golden Plover, 8 Curlew, 20 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:10 to 09:10
1 Goldcrest (h) [Paul Griggs]

Friday 05 October 2018

Wat Tyler Country Park, 18:25 to 18:45, Quick look from Marina
1 Peregrine Falcon (On Pylon), 3 Spotted Redshank (Feeding in creek), 1 Kingfisher (Or maybe 2, mobile along creek) [Tim Bourne]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 17:30 to 17:30
1 Grey Wagtail (west along brook) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:40 to 18:00, Clear and mild
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Short-eared Owl (Paglesham creek and south seawall) [Andrew Armstrong]

Benfleet Downs, 11:30 to 13:00
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 1 Clouded Yellow [Andrew Woodhouse]

Gunners Park, 09:00 to 16:00, Misty in the morning but slowly clearing in the afternoon
1 Shag (Off barge pier), 120 Ringed Plover (Circa. Barge pier), 400 Sanderling (Circa), 3 Stonechat, 4 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Red Fox (Sssi), 1 Clouded Yellow [Andrew Armstrong]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:30 to 17:35
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (f), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Badger (dead, in central reservation) [Paul Griggs]

Thursday 04 October 2018

Belton Hills, 12:50 to 12:50
1 Kestrel [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 12:30 to 14:10, Bright, light SW wind
24 Little Grebe (on the lake), 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Migrant Hawker, 1 Small White [Neil Chambers]

Daws Heath, 09:30 to 09:30
1 Yellow-necked Mouse [John Wright]

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

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 00:20 to 00:30
1 Red Fox, 1 Badger [Paul Griggs]

Wednesday 03 October 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:20 to 16:50, Sunny, light WSW wind
1 Shag (1'w on river off Burnham viewed from 1st stile c500m west of car park), 3 Marsh Harrier (ad male & fem + juv), 4 Kestrel, 2 Common Tern, 1 Swallow, 2 Stonechat (seawall west of car park), 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Migrant Hawker [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:00 to 11:45, Just to Great Pound and back along footpath
1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Cetti's Warbler [John Wright]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 09:50 to 10:30
3 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Ruff, 18 Snipe, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Bearded Tit [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:35 to 15:35
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Rayleigh, 09:30 to 09:30
1 Buzzard (over A127 west of Rayleigh Weir) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 11:45
6 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 6 Pintail, 3 Snipe, 30 Black-tailed Godwit (plus), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker [Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 18:00
120 Redshank, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Stonechat, 2 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff [Andrew Armstrong]

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

Tuesday 02 October 2018

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 22:45 to 22:50
1 Common Pipistrelle [John Wright]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 17:30 to 17:30
1 Little Egret (in the brook) [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:15 to 16:20
1 Peregrine Falcon (male, hunting over the garden) [Paul Griggs]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 12:05 to 13:05, S.E.Essex RSPB Field Trip (Screen only)
4 Little Egret (together ), 1 Great White Egret (showing well,very most probably same bird viewed at WT earlier ), 1 Marsh Harrier (female/juvenile ), 1 Kestrel, 100 Lapwing (circa), 1 Snipe, 70 Black-tailed Godwit (circa), 1 Green Sandpiper [Jeff Kinnerman]

Lower Raypits, 09:45 to 11:45
1 Marsh Harrier (Male), 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Curlew, 4 Green Sandpiper, 15 Meadow Pipit, 35 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet, 10 Yellowhammer (Lion Creek Area on ploughed fields with CB’s), 27 Corn Bunting [Marc Outten]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 09:30 to 11:50, S.E.Essex RSPB Field Trip
1 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (two brief views flying over scrape from car park), 29 Teal, 1 Kestrel, 11 Lapwing, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard only) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 03:00
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger, 1 Wood Mouse, 1 Brown Rat [John Wright]

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