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 29 June 2022

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 12:00, 243 Gull corpses.
5 Great Crested Grebe (inc. 2 chicks.), 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Green Sandpiper, 12 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Yellowhammer (pair) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Tuesday 28 June 2022

Benfleet Station, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Southern Migrant Hawker (female in garden) [Simon Watson]

Pound Wood, 12:30 to 13:00
3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 White Admiral [Paul Griggs]

Belfairs N.R., 11:00 to 12:00
2 White Admiral, 1 Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet [Paul Griggs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 07:00 to 09:00, SW 2-3 Sunny with a cool breeze
1 Cormorant, 1 Water Rail (heard only), 4 Avocet, 4 Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 9 Swift, 2 Wren, 2 Sedge Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 8 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Blue Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch [Terry Blackwell]

Coombe Wood, 06:30 to 06:35
1 Nuthatch (calling in my garden) [Jeff Saward]

Monday 27 June 2022

South Fambridge, 18:30 to 18:30
1 Ringlet (quite scarce here) [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:40 to 14:40
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Eastwood, 09:45 to 09:45, Progress Road
1 Mistle Thrush (over) [Paul Griggs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 06:45 to 09:30, SW 4 Sunny and warm
5 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 11 Shelduck (including 9 chicks), 9 Teal, 2 Avocet, 4 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper (seen from roadside hide), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Swift, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 9 Goldfinch, 200 skippers (+), 1 Comma, 70 Marbled White (+), 150 Meadow Brown (+) [Terry Blackwell]

Sunday 26 June 2022

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 19:00 to 20:30, Breezy Westerly, sunny.
1 Spoonbill (immature on triangle), 30 Pochard (+, flock on Pool Marsh - post breeding?), 5 Marsh Harrier (2 males and 3 females. One of males beautifully marked with white tail base ), 200 Avocet (+, Most on Pool Marsh), 2 Barn Owl (one from white gate, another by entrance to woodyard) [Jeff Delve]

Belfairs N.R., 18:15 to 19:00
2 White Admiral, 4 Red Admiral, 2 Comma [Matt Bruty]

Rochford Golf Course, 13:15 to 17:00, Sunny, brisk SSW wind
1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Swift, 15 Banded Demoiselle, 6 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Marbled White (long overdue first record), 300 Meadow Brown (+), 5 Ringlet, 2 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:30 to 12:30
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Hockley Woods, 12:30 to 13:00
2 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary, 5 Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet [Neil Chambers]

Hockley Woods, 10:00 to 15:00
5 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Butterflies and Moths (Hummingbird Hawk Moth), 2 Purple Hairstreak, White Admiral Hockley Woods 26-June-2022 (Steve Arlow) (43167 bytes) 5 White Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillery Hockley Woods 26-June-2022 (Steve Arlow) (38569 bytes) Silver-washed Fritillery Hockley Woods 26-June-2022 (Steve Arlow) (41628 bytes) 4 Silver-washed Fritillary (probably 5) [Steve Arlow]

Westcliff, 10:00 to 10:05, St.George's Drive
1 Small Skipper (attracted to the Knapweeds ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Saturday 25 June 2022

Hockley Woods, 13:30 to 14:40, Warm, mostly overcast, but with sunny spells - east end only
1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 3 Large White, 2 White Admiral, 6 Comma, 2 Speckled Wood, 5 Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:15 to 11:15
2 Mediterranean Gull (adults, over) [Paul Griggs]

Rayleigh Mount, 10:35 to 11:20
1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Coal Tit (singing in small gardens behind the mill), 1 Greenfinch (singing), 1 Large White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Hockley Woods, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Buzzard, 2 Mistle Thrush (In new southern clearing), 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 6 White Admiral, 2 Silver-washed Fritillary (Separate male and female; both mobile rarely landing) [Steve Arlow]

Friday 24 June 2022

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer (male singing around the garden all day), 1 Butterflies and Moths (HUMMINGBIRD HAWKMOTH in same place as yesterday) [Paul Baker]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 06:45 to 08:45, SW 2-3 Sunny intervals and warm
6 Mute Swan, 6 Teal, 2 Avocet, 10 Lapwing, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Swift, 6 Skylark, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 11 Whitethroat, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch, 1 Yellowhammer (seen from seawall on Bowers side), 2 Marsh Frog, 1 Common Shrew, 40 skippers (+), 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 90 Marbled White (+), 40 Meadow Brown (+) [Terry Blackwell]

Thursday 23 June 2022

Doggetts Pits, 20:00 to 21:10
1 Common Tern (with large fish), 1 Little Owl (superb views by the farm barns - site tick), 1 Kingfisher (excellent views of one sat in the reeds of the main lake - site tick), 21 Pied Wagtail (roosting in reed bed) [Steve Arlow]

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler (getting a bit closer to garden), 1 Butterflies and Moths (HUMMINGBIRD HAWKMOTH ) [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 11:45, 101 dead Gulls.
2 Egyptian Goose (1 chick.), 1 Green Sandpiper, 16 Mediterranean Gull, Cuckoo (Graham Oakes) (58942 bytes) 3 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl, 4 Bearded Tit, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Marsh Frog, 1 Painted Lady [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

South Fambridge, 06:00 to 06:00
1 Cuckoo (male still calling) [Paul Baker]

Wednesday 22 June 2022

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 16:30 to 17:00, A quick look
10 Banded Demoiselle [John Wright]

Belfairs N.R., 11:45 to 12:35, Warm & sunny, NE wind
3 Swift, 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Nuthatch (calling along main path on west side near gardens), 2 Southern Migrant Hawker, 2 Brimstone, 3 Large White, 4 White Admiral, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood, 3 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet [Neil Chambers]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 08:00 to 08:00
4 Herring Gull (breeding pair with 2 chicks on a chimney. First breeding record for the road) [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:30 to 04:00
3 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Tuesday 21 June 2022

South Fambridge, 20:00 to 20:00
1 Buzzard, 120 Starling (decent sized flock around the house included the entirely leucistic bird - remarkable how it's survived so long when it stands out like a sore thumb!) [Paul Baker]

Belton Hills, 12:35 to 12:45, Castle Drive
4 White-letter Hairstreak [John Wright]

Hadleigh Marshes, 11:00 to 12:35, Bike ride
1 Buzzard, 30 Red-eyed Damselfly, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 6 Broad-bodied Chaser, 4 Ruddy Darter, 1 Painted Lady, 20 Marbled White [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 12:00, 35 gull corpses.
1 Egyptian Goose, 82 Tufted Duck (64 chicks.), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 168 Black-headed Gull (chicks), 1 Cuckoo, 12 Sedge Warbler (family groups evident.), 6 Bearded Tit, Yellowhammer (Graham Oakes) (45845 bytes) 3 Yellowhammer (1 juv.), 1 White-letter Hairstreak [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Monday 20 June 2022

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 23:00 to 23:05
1 Tawny Owl (fem calling) [Neil Chambers]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 18:10 to 18:40
1 Cattle Egret (adult on Vange Wick), 3 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Whitethroat (singing), 2 Painted Lady [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Cuckoo (female), 3 Yellowhammer (looked to be a family group of three birds together around the garden all day. Probably been here for several days prior as I thought I kept hearing calls from multiple birds.) [Paul Baker]

Canvey Point, 14:15 to 15:30, N-NE 3-4 Sunny H.T 18:15 5.3 m
5 Little Egret, 2 Mute Swan (flying up river), 1 Whimbrel, 9 Curlew, 12 Turnstone, 9 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 22 Common Tern, 1 Common Seal [Terry Blackwell]

Doggetts Pits, 11:50 to 13:00
20 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 1 Scarce Chaser (male still present), 6 Black-tailed Skimmer [John Wright]

Sunday 19 June 2022

Rochford Golf Course, 15:20 to 17:30
7 Pied Wagtail (family party), 5 Mistle Thrush (single flock), 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Banded Demoiselle, 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:00
2 Cuckoo (male & female), 1 Barn Owl (on BHF at 21:30), 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Common Lizard, 1 Slow-worm [Paul Baker]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 14:30 to 15:50
16 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank (stunning breeding plumaged adult), 15 Small Red-eyed Damselfly (at least along the ditch) [Steve Arlow]

Canvey Point, 13:45 to 15:45, E 2-3 Sunny intervals H.T 17:20 5.4 m
2 Grey Heron, 10 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Tern (+) [Terry Blackwell]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 13:20 to 14:20
1 Cattle Egret (breeding plumaged adult seen severaltimes over Vange Wick and distantly walking in long grass), 3 Buzzard, 1 Bearded Tit (male from the hide) [Steve Arlow]

Canvey Way, 11:00 to 13:00
1 Emerald Damselfly (possibly 2 females along the hedge parallel to the road), 25 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (+), 1 Southern Emerald Damselfly (same place as Neil's yesterday), 20 Marbled White (at least) [Steve Arlow]

Leigh on Sea, 11:00 to 11:10, Leigh Library Gardens
2 Painted Lady [John Wright]

Leigh on Sea, 10:15 to 10:40, Leigh cliffs, west of Gypsy Bridge
1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 2 Small Skipper, 15 Marbled White, 6 Meadow Brown [John Wright]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 09:00 to 10:00
2 Cattle Egret (Two birds together on Vange Wick), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 2 Marbled White [Lee Ebbs]

Saturday 18 June 2022

Wat Tyler Country Park, 16:30 to 17:40
2 Cattle Egret (At least 2 on Vange Wick, viewed from marina), 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Mediterranean Gull (+) [Tim Bourne]

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Mediterranean Gull [Paul Baker]

Canvey Point, 13:30 to 16:30, E-NE 5-6 Overcast with showers H.T 16:28 5.6 m
1 Buzzard (over on the Kent side), 90 Turnstone (+), 14 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Roseate Tern (punching into the wind flying east quite close in followed by a Common Tern ), 16 Common Tern, 1 Razorbill (in full summer plumage flying out of the river) [Terry Blackwell]

Belfairs N.R., 13:10 to 14:20, Warm, but increasingly overcast
85 Palmate Newt (+), 1 Brimstone, 2 White Admiral, 1 Comma [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Way, 11:40 to 12:20
5 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 1 Southern Emerald Damselfly (fem along hedge near A130 roundabout), 8 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 20 Ruddy Darter, 10 skippers, 1 Marbled White, 6 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:05 to 11:35, Warm, light NE wind
2 Buzzard, 2 Mediterranean Gull (pair), 1 Cuckoo (singing), 2 Grasshopper Warbler (both reeling; 1 west of Don's Marsh, the other west of the saline lagoon), 20 skippers, 2 Small Skipper, 5 Essex Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Large White, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Marbled White, 5 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet, 2 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Doggetts Pits, 09:35 to 12:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 25 Red-eyed Damselfly (At least), 3 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Four-spotted Chaser, 1 Scarce Chaser (Male still at the wooded pond but elusive), 6 Black-tailed Skimmer [Steve Arlow, Paul Griggs]

Friday 17 June 2022

Doggetts Pits, 18:50 to 19:30, Sunny, very warm
1 Buzzard, 1 Swift, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Red-eyed Damselfly, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Scarce Chaser (male along south side of main lake - different to Steve's one), 1 Black-tailed Skimmer [Neil Chambers]

Rochford, 18:00 to 18:00
1 Hobby (over garden) [Steve Arlow]

Pound Wood, 14:45 to 15:10
4 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Ringlet [Paul Griggs]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 20:00
2 Cuckoo (male & female), 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting, 30 Azure Damselfly, 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser (male), 1 Butterflies and Moths (HUMMINGBIRD HAWKMOTH rescued from inside the house), 1 Butterflies and Moths (EMPEROR MOTH CATERPILLAR) [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 06:30 to 11:00
2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Common Tern, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Blackcap (Family party), 8 Bearded Tit, 2 Black-tailed Skimmer, 2 Ruddy Darter, 4 Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak (Graham Oakes) (60509 bytes) 4 White-letter Hairstreak, 50 Marbled White (plus) [Graham Oakes]

Thursday 16 June 2022

South Fambridge, 21:00 to 21:30
1 Cuckoo (male calling throughout ), 1 Barn Owl (hunting seawall at bottom of garden) [Paul Baker]

Wakering Stairs, 19:50 to 20:30
1 Turtle Dove (Perched in open about half way to Haven Point), 1 Barn Owl [Mike Clarke]

Doggetts Pits, 13:00 to 13:25
1 Great Crested Grebe (still present), 2 Common Tern, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 40 Red-eyed Damselfly, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Hairy Dragonfly, 4 Four-spotted Chaser [Steve Arlow]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Reed Warbler (singing), 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 1 Slow-worm, 1 Four-spotted Chaser (garden tick), 1 Broad-bodied Chaser (male been here for several weeks) [Paul Baker]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 06:00 to 06:10
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (first one from the garden in 5 years) [John Wright]

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