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.

Tuesday 28 January 2020

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 03:00 to 04:00
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger, 1 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Monday 27 January 2020

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 20:40 to 20:45
1 Common Frog (loafing in the pond) [John Wright]

Sunday 26 January 2020

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 16:00, Grey and dark.
2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female ), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail ), 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon [Andrew Armstrong]

Canewdon, 11:30 to 11:30
28 Fieldfare (in field opposite Lion Creek footpath) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:30 to 12:25
3 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 6 Kestrel, 1 Raven (on seawall and in flight by sluice and 1st bench along Jubilee Trail) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:45 to 12:30
200 Wigeon (+), 8 Pintail, 70 Pochard, 30 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Great Black-backed Gull (first for the reserve this year. Large gulls not often in evidence now the tip has closed.), 5 Cetti's Warbler (1 seen), 6 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Rochford Golf Course, 07:40 to 11:15, Overcast, S wind
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (all drumming), 2 Redwing (+) [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 25 January 2020

Benfleet Downs, 15:00 to 16:20
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest (+), 1 Coal Tit, 14 Jackdaw [Martin Cracknell]

Canvey Point, 12:15 to 12:50, High tide, light SE wind, quiet
57 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-breasted Merganser (Redhead on the water with the grebes) [Martin Cracknell]

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 12:00 to 13:00, RSPB garden birdwatch
1 Sparrowhawk, 9 Black-headed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Carrion Crow, 11 House Sparrow [Angela Baldock]

Westcliff, 08:00 to 16:00, Springfield Drive Allotment
1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Grey Wagtail [Andrew Armstrong]

Friday 24 January 2020

Southchurch, 16:15 to 16:15
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Baker]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 15:35 to 15:40
3 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:30 to 14:30, RSPB bird count - other stuff.
2 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Short-eared Owl, 3 Raven (a flock!) [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 02:40 to 03:40
2 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Thursday 23 January 2020

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:30
2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flew over lagoon), 40 Tufted Duck (+), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 9 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 32 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 11 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Stonechat, 8 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Roper's farm, 14:30 to 15:45
1 Buzzard, 1 Water Pipit, 25 Fieldfare [Bob Young]

Canewdon, 14:00 to 15:00, Garden watch - recent summary
1 Sparrowhawk (regular visits by young male), 1 Pheasant (male seems to spend much of his day under the feeders), 7 Stock Dove (new garden record - they have been getting more and more regular but surprised at numbers ), 3 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (up to - male and two females), 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 11 Blue Tit (seem to have had a very good winter - ), 3 Great Tit, 9 House Sparrow, 14 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 12 Goldfinch [Jeff Delve]

Fleet Head, 12:40 to 14:20
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 20 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Chiffchaff, 45 Rook [Bob Young]

Two Tree Island (West), 12:30 to 13:30
6 Avocet, 2 Snipe, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush [Mike Clarke]

Fleet Head, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Buzzard, 25 Red-legged Partridge [John Wright]

Southend Pier, 10:45 to 12:00
1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Scoter, 11 Mediterranean Gull (incl. yellow ring 2H71) [Graham Mee]

Southend Pier, 10:35 to 13:00, S.E.Essex RSPB Field Trip
1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Common Scoter (females,flyby), 21 Mediterranean Gull (one First Winter,two Second Winter,eighteen Adult Winter ), 1 Blackbird (male on Pier Head), 2 Grey Seal [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:30 to 13:00, Very misty, low cloud, mild and no wind
1 Great White Egret (on Grass Farm lagoon), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtails one near screens and another over wild bird cover), 1 Buzzard, 1 Merlin (on screens), 40 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Green Sandpiper (flew over car park calling and dropped into borrowdyke), 1 Raven (calling on easternmost field from crossrail viewpoint. Possibly one of three large corvids seen together at distance earlier around large concrete sluice and sea wall ) [Jeff Delve]

Southend, 09:30 to 09:50, Crematorium
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mistle Thrush [Bob Young]

Priory Park, 08:40 to 09:20
1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail [Bob Young]

Tuesday 21 January 2020

Canewdon, 17:00 to 22:00, On badger watch at BHP
5 Badger (3 'normal and 2 blond badgers filmed ), 2 Wood Mouse [Jeff Delve]

Monday 20 January 2020

Rayleigh, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Grey Wagtail (over Wickes car park) [Paul Baker]

Hampton Barns, 10:30 to 11:45
100 Wigeon (+), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Song Thrush [Dudley Shayler]

Rawreth, 09:50 to 09:50
1 Buzzard (perched along new A130) [Paul Baker, John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 14:30
1 Little Egret, 6 Barnacle Goose (grazing SE of main lagoon), 11 Pintail, 23 Pochard, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail (heard only), 1 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper (saline lagoon), 2 Stonechat (pair ), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 3 Cetti's Warbler (two heard only), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Bearded Tit (male), 3 Greenfinch, 1 Red Fox [Jeff Kinnerman]

Sunday 19 January 2020

Two Tree Island, 16:15 to 17:30
1 Water Rail, 8 Snipe (+, over calling), 1 Woodcock, 1 Barn Owl, Firecrest, TTI (v high ISO) (Tim Bourne) (60071 bytes) Firecrest, TTI (v high ISO) (2) (Tim Bourne) (54999 bytes) 3 Firecrest (Calling continuously) [Tim Bourne]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:00 to 16:35, Sunny, light W breeze - viewing from seawall above car park
3 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:45 to 16:35, from White Gate only
5 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult female), 3 Short-eared Owl [Steve Arlow]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 14:40 to 14:45
1 Blackcap (Male on suet cake feeder) [Mike Clarke]

Bowers Downs, 14:30 to 14:55
5 Barnacle Goose (in field behind barn on Bowers), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Neil Chambers]

Fleet Head, 14:30 to 16:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Partridge (In field by the barns, calling constantly ), 1 Barn Owl (On Potten ), 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 8 Corn Bunting [Lee Ebbs]

Barling Rubbish Tip, 13:00 to 14:00
1 Marsh Harrier (Female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Dunlin, 6 Turnstone, 3 Greenfinch [Lee Ebbs]

Belfairs Golf Course, 12:30 to 14:00
5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Treecreeper (presumably a pair as they were hanging out together) [Steve Arlow]

Fleet Head, 12:00 to 13:30
10 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Fieldfare, 30 Corn Bunting [Mike Clarke]

Starvelarks Wood, 11:00 to 11:05
1 Buzzard [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:15 to 11:15
10 Barnacle Goose, 12 Pintail, 2 Stonechat [Mike Clarke]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 11:00
50 Greylag Goose (+), 10 Barnacle Goose, 6 Pintail, 10 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck (+), 1 Ruff, 3 Stonechat [Lee Ebbs]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 09:00 to 10:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 30 Greenfinch (On vange wick... biggest flock I've seen for a while ) [Mike Clarke]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 08:45
1 Water Rail, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only ), 2 Bearded Tit [Mike Clarke]

Saturday 18 January 2020

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:50 to 16:00, From the white gate
3 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (Male), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail ), 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (Female), 4 Short-eared Owl, 12 Meadow Pipit, 40 Pied Wagtail (c. ), 1 Corn Bunting [Marc Outten]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:00 to 15:00
4 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Mute Swan, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 4 Short-eared Owl [Graham Mee]

Fleet Head, 13:30 to 14:50
2 Great White Egret (On Potton), 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 45 Red-legged Partridge (At least ), 2 Raven (Again from central track before they flew to Potton. Seen again on Potton 1 flew to Barling tip and the other towards New England Island), 20 Corn Bunting [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 12:00 to 15:00
8 Barnacle Goose, 10 Pintail, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Stonechat, 3 Greenfinch [Graham Oakes]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:00 to 12:45
2 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and Female), 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (Female), 40 Golden Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper [Lee Ebbs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:45 to 12:30
8 Barnacle Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Ruff, 2 Stonechat, 3 Greenfinch [Graham Ryland]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 13:00
10 Barnacle Goose, 26 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier (imm), 2 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon (pair sitting on the island), 1 Green Sandpiper, 48 Stock Dove, 3 Stonechat, 15 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Bearded Tit [John Wright]

Southend, 09:30 to 09:30
1 Grey Wagtail (Flew over Southend High Street) [Lee Ebbs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:10 to 12:15
2 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 2 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Stonechat, 6 Corn Bunting [Bob Young]

Hockley Woods, 05:45 to 07:30
2 Tawny Owl (Heard), 1 Chinese Muntjac [Matt Bruty]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 03:00 to 04:00
1 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Friday 17 January 2020

Stambridge, 12:15 to 12:20
1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:00
2 Great White Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (female), 3 Kestrel, 2 Short-eared Owl [John Wright]

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 08:15 to 08:25
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming ), 1 Blackcap (male again visiting ‘fat coconut’) [Vince Kinsler]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 04:00 to 04:20
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Thursday 16 January 2020

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:20 to 10:40
1 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (M and F), 2 Hen Harrier (Fem & imm fem ), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (Fem ), 16 Skylark, 6 Corn Bunting [Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:50 to 11:30
1 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Pintail, 100 Pochard (+), 30 Tufted Duck (+), 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Dunlin, 15 Curlew, 28 Skylark, 3 Stonechat, 12 Redwing, 5 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 15 January 2020

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:10 to 16:45, White gate & entrance track only - huge clouds of waders over east end, probably >15,000 birds!
2 Great White Egret (1 by white gate, 1 on pool near cattle corral), 50 Mute Swan (on pools south of entrance track), 1 Buzzard, 6 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (fem), 1 Short-eared Owl (hunting wbc), 1 Meadow Pipit [Neil Chambers]

Stambridge, 15:55 to 15:55
1 Barn Owl (hunting roadside ditch opposite Ballards Gore GC) [Neil Chambers]

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