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 20 November 2019

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:45 to 16:00
2 Great White Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Stonechat [Graham Mee]

Two Tree Island (East), 11:00 to 11:30
1 Kingfisher [John Wright]

Tuesday 19 November 2019

Stambridge, 10:00 to 11:00, In and around the garden
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard (over, calling), 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Wagtail [Steve Sanford]

Monday 18 November 2019

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:55 to 16:25
1 Short-eared Owl [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Pound Wood, 15:20 to 16:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrest [Paul Griggs]

Belfairs Woods, 14:20 to 15:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Goldcrest [Paul Griggs]

Lower Raypits, 10:00 to 15:35, Overcast and chilly
15 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female ), 25 Lapwing (Flyovers), 13 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher (Heard in ditch) [Andrew Armstrong]

Sunday 17 November 2019

Canvey Seafront, 14:45 to 16:30, Between point & coastguards. Calm, high tide c3.10pm
15 Great Crested Grebe (+), 3 Shelduck, 30 Turnstone (+), 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Seal [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:00 to 16:30
5 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Merlin (male at Jubliee), 2 Peregrine Falcon (both at Jubliee), 2 Barn Owl, 3 Short-eared Owl [Steve Arlow]

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 10:55 to 14:00
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (seen at 10:55 and briefly again at 14:00. Garden tick!), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark (over south), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Coal Tit [Vince Kinsler]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 09:15 to 10:05, Just sat in the main hide, Misty to start
3 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail (Heard), 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 1 Reed Bunting [Martin Cracknell]

Saturday 16 November 2019

Canvey Point, 14:30 to 16:00
1 Red-throated Diver, 6 Great Crested Grebe, Purple Sandpiper (Graham Oakes) (76064 bytes) Purple Sandpiper (Graham Oakes) (77977 bytes) 1 Purple Sandpiper (Concord Beach jetty) [Graham Oakes]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:00 to 16:00, Grey and dark.
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail ), 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 2 Short-eared Owl [Andrew Armstrong]

Leigh Seafront, 12:00 to 12:20
1 Little Egret, 1000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 125 Knot, 80 Sanderling [John Wright]

Rochford, 12:00 to 12:15
1 Coal Tit (first record for the garden: spent 15minutes or so around the feeders, in the conifers and bathing in the Bird Bath) [Steve Arlow]

Coombe Wood, 11:30 to 11:30
1 Nuthatch (visiting my feeders regularly for a week now) [Jeff Saward]

Gunners Park, 09:15 to 11:30
15 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 4 Goldcrest, 30 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 1 Bullfinch (Female in Bunker Wood and children's play area. Constantly calling before flying high over the car park towards reserve, despite looking the bird was not seen again. ) [Lee Ebbs]

Rayleigh, 09:05 to 09:05
3 Ring-necked Parakeet (in garden on Victoria Road briefly before flying off towards Fairview playing fields) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 12:00
6 Shelduck, 200 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 3 Kestrel, 18 Avocet, 2 Dunlin, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Stonechat [Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00, Cold and occasional rain. High tide count from the seawall
10 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Cormorant, 9 Little Egret, 506 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 12 Shelduck, 30 Wigeon, 35 Common Scoter, 1150 Oystercatcher, 50 Ringed Plover, 450 Sanderling, 160 Dunlin, 12 Curlew, 60 Redshank, 28 Turnstone, 2 Kingfisher [Andrew Armstrong]

Friday 15 November 2019

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:30 to 13:00, Webs count - other stuff
77 Pintail, 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtails) [John Wright]

Stambridge, 11:10 to 11:10
1 Buzzard [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 10:00 to 12:15
2 Red-throated Diver, 9 Pintail, 2 Eider, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Mediterranean Gull [Jeff Saward]

Thursday 14 November 2019

Two Tree Island (East), 14:35 to 15:40
54 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 5 Shoveler, 1 Meadow Pipit (from slipway), 1 Rock Pipit (from slipway) [Dudley Shayler]

Two Tree Island (West), 13:45 to 14:35
100 Avocet (+), 11 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 70 Knot, 50 Dunlin (+), 5 Long-tailed Tit [Dudley Shayler]

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Two Tree Island (West), 10:40 to 11:20
4 Greenshank (scrape) [John Wright]

Two Tree Island (East), 10:00 to 10:40
72 Little Egret, 3 Cetti's Warbler [John Wright]

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:05 to 14:05
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Coombe Wood, 08:00 to 14:00
1 Nuthatch (occasional visitor to the garden feeders) [Jeff Saward]

Sunday 10 November 2019

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:45 to 16:30
12 Pintail, 6 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail to the east near sluice), 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Buzzard, 8 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1000 Golden Plover (c), 1 Snipe, 7 Short-eared Owl (including 2 dogfighting over Foulness. Always several in the air at any given time.), 1 Stonechat (male), 2 Corn Bunting [Paul Baker]

Benfleet, 12:00 to 12:00, Sadlers Farm roundabout
1 Buzzard [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:00 to 11:50
3 Pintail (f), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Skylark, 1 Cetti's Warbler (h) [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Thundersley Glen, 10:30 to 12:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Jay [Martin Cracknell]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:15 to 10:45
1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Cetti's Warbler (h) [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Canvey Way, 10:00 to 10:00
1 Buzzard (Sat on telegraph pole alongside the road ) [Martin Cracknell]

South Fambridge, 10:00 to 10:00
2 Barnacle Goose (flock mostly out of view), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Red Fox, 1 Wood Mouse [Paul Baker]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 09:20 to 12:45, S.E.Essex RSPB Field Trip
3 Little Egret, 150 Wigeon (circa), 2 Marsh Harrier (including male over Bowers Marsh), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 250 Lapwing (circa,East Haven Creek ), 1 Snipe, 3 Curlew, 2 Common Gull (adults), 60 Stock Dove (circa,East Haven Creek), 1 Stonechat (female), 1 Fieldfare, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard only) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Coombe Wood, 09:00 to 13:30, both birds again in my garden throughout the day
1 Nuthatch, 1 Brambling [Jeff Saward]

Canvey Point, 07:50 to 09:50
2 Gavia sp., 1 Red-throated Diver, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet, 1 Marsh Harrier (juv), 1 Mediterranean Gull (+) [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Saturday 09 November 2019

Paglesham Lagoon, 15:00 to 16:45, Walked in from sewage works
73 Mute Swan (Groups dropping in throughout presumably to roost on the lagoon overnight ), 2 Whooper Swan (Still present on fields on Barling side of the river, viewed S from seawall ), 7 Pintail (4 drakes), 2 Red-crested Pochard (Pair ), 3 Goldeneye (2 drakes), 2 Buzzard, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Goldcrest [Martin Cracknell]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 16:30
4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 4 Short-eared Owl [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:30 to 14:45, Just scoping from seawall above car park
2 Great White Egret (Near the white gate still), 10 Marsh Harrier (At least, includes 4 adult males seen in flight at same time), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail- hunting the seawall at east end ), 2 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Stonechat (Pair throughout) [Martin Cracknell]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
39 Barnacle Goose (inc several pure birds), 200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier (female on BHF), 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Fieldfare (in garden), 1 Red Fox [Paul Baker]

Rochford Golf Course, 11:50 to 16:00, Sunny, light SE wind
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit (flew over), 1 Reed Bunting (flew over) [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:50 to 12:10
1 Kestrel, 3 Skylark, 1 Stonechat, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Cetti's Warbler (h), 2 Reed Bunting [Paul Griggs]

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

Coombe Wood, 08:30 to 09:15, a spot of armchair birding, watching the feeders in my garden
1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch (first one for 9 years!), 1 Brambling (female with the Chaffinch flock ) [Jeff Saward]

Friday 08 November 2019

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:20 to 13:15, Overcast, cool westerly - just from sea wall above car park
2 Great White Egret (usual 2 in flight along SW sea wall before dropping back into long vegetation), 10 Marsh Harrier (3 ad males, 7 fem/juvs widely spread across reserve), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail (juv female) over reptile area and wild bird cover), 2 Buzzard (one on post being bombed by a Kestrel with at least one direct hit!), 2 Peregrine Falcon (on easternmost south lagoon (Fitzroy)), 20 Black-tailed Godwit (+, small flock flew out of Grass Farm area), 1 Green Woodpecker (flew onto island by causeway), 2 Stonechat (consorting with Robin around car park area), 2 Blackbird (obvious migrants around car park.) [Jeff Delve, Bob Young]

Leigh on Sea, 12:15 to 12:15
1 Sparrowhawk (male chasing Grey Wagtail all around Waitrose car park, London Road, Leigh.) [Graham Mee]

Southend Pier, 10:15 to 14:10
51 Little Egret (foreshore), 22 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (foreshore), 2 Curlew (foreshore), 19 Mediterranean Gull (two First Winter,two Second Winter,fifteen Adult Winter including white ringed individual 3KRY), 3 Common Gull (adults), 1 Herring Gull (adult,yellow ringed V5WT ), 1 Guillemot (on water,south of pier head), 1 Common Seal [Jeff Kinnerman]

Benfleet Creek, 09:00 to 11:00
162 Avocet, 1 Stonechat (female), 4 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 15 Reed Bunting, 12 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Canewdon, 08:50 to 09:15, Bright sunny
4 Ring-necked Parakeet (briefly in garden then around BHP before flying west towards church), 1 Red Fox, 4 Badger (usual gang overnight on trail cam including erythristic individual - surely not same as since 2010!) [Jeff Delve]

South Fambridge, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Song Thrush, 1 Red Fox [Paul Baker]

Thursday 07 November 2019

Southchurch, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 16:30, Cold clear, just viewing from sea wall by car park
1 Marsh Harrier (juv with strong silvery wing flashes), 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Peregrine Falcon (Pair distantly on Darwin Lagoon), 2000 Golden Plover (+, huge distant flocks over lagoons then a mass low overhead towards Burnham, breathtaking!!), 1 Short-eared Owl [Jeff Delve]

Lower Raypits, 14:15 to 15:00, Refurbished scrape looking good just missing birds
10 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper (on south shore of Crouch ), 1 Yellowhammer, 47 Corn Bunting [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:00 to 16:30
3 Great White Egret (From the white gate), 3 Marsh Harrier (1 Male, 2 Female), 2 Hen Harrier (1 Adult male, 1 ringtail), 1 Buzzard (From the white gate), 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1000 Golden Plover (+), 1 Stonechat [Dudley Shayler]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:00 to 16:30
1 Great White Egret, 3 Hen Harrier (2 Ringtail and 1 Male), 1 Buzzard, 6 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon [Graham Oakes]

Shoebury East Beach, 11:00 to 11:40, Around wood and quick recce of beach
1000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 10 Grey Plover, 100 Curlew (+), 200 Redshank (+), 1 Goldcrest [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 09:30 to 10:45, Cold, brisk WSW, overcast brightening later. Very quiet
1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gannet (distantly towards Sheppey), 3 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest [Jeff Delve]

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