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 28 February 2024

Gunners Park, 13:50 to 15:00
50 Sanderling, 140 Redshank, 2 Waxwing (barge pier road) [Bob Young]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:20 to 12:10
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Song Thrush (singing) [Paul Griggs]

River Roach, 08:50 to 15:25, Coombes Farm to Paglesham Lagoon via Bartonhall Creek and Hampton Barns and return to Mill Lane (73 sp. noted)
5 Little Egret, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (BC), 1 Pintail (m,on river), 46 Pochard (PL), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (juv,BC), 1 Avocet, 800 Golden Plover (+), 8 Grey Plover, 150 Knot (c), 9 Snipe (HB), 325 Black-tailed Godwit (c), 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 72 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper (SW of BC), 5 Turnstone, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 109 Common Gull (field SW of BC), 1 Kingfisher (Stambridge Mills), 15 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush (HB), 4 Cetti's Warbler (h,incl 3 at PL), 2 Goldcrest, 4 Greenfinch, 8 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Tuesday 27 February 2024

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:45 to 14:00, NW 2 Sunny intervals
4 Little Egret, 3 Great White Egret (seen from seawall over Bowers), 4 Grey Heron, 20 White-fronted Goose, 500 Wigeon (+), 18 Gadwall, 20 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 11 Snipe, 500 Black-tailed Godwit (+ seen in flight from the seawall), 1 Bearded Tit (seen from seawall ), 12 Corn Bunting [Terry Blackwell]

Hampton Barns, 10:30 to 11:50
3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Little Owl, 1 Kingfisher (the lakes), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest [Bob Young]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 13:00
5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Egyptian Goose, 4 Pintail (2 drakes), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 12 Avocet, 9 Snipe, 100 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 70 Mediterranean Gull (plus), 6 Cetti's Warbler (1 seen), 2 Yellowhammer [Graham Oakes]

Sunday 25 February 2024

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 16:00 to 16:05
1 Blackcap (fem on next door's fat balls) [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Wick, 13:45 to 15:15
500 Black-tailed Godwit (+, over SE towards Hole Haven in several groups), 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Lesser Redpoll (In birches at crossroads ) [Tim Bourne]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 11:30 to 12:00
1 Goldcrest (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 24 February 2024

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:30 to 15:15, SW 3 Sunny intervals with drizzle at times
1 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (seen from seawall over Bowers), 21 White-fronted Goose (viewed from red hill), 1 Barnacle Goose (south side of the Fleet with 6 Greylag), 12 Gadwall, 7 Pintail, 10 Pochard, 2 Marsh Harrier (male and female), 4 Buzzard, 12 Snipe, 1000 Black-tailed Godwit (+ over Bowers in flight), 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Pied Wagtail, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 16 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 1 Raven (flew over heading NE), 20 Goldfinch [Terry Blackwell]

Thorpe Bay, 11:55 to 12:10
1 Ring-necked Parakeet [Steve Arlow]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 11:00 to 11:30
3 Buzzard [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:00 to 10:20
1 Song Thrush (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 10:30
14 Barnacle Goose (minimum), 2 Pintail, 30 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellowhammer [Vince Kinsler]

Hockley Woods, 09:30 to 11:10
1 Firecrest, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Siskin (2 along woodland ride were presumably the same 2 along track by Belchamps ), 2 Chinese Muntjac (pair) [Steve Arlow]

Friday 23 February 2024

Canvey Wick, 19:00 to 21:40
1 Barn Owl (At least one seen hunting over south side and subsequently heard calling), Thermal Image of what was probably the Tawny, I thought it looked large at the time, but Tawny wasn't on the radar until a male called a little later (Tim Bourne) (23833 bytes) 1 Tawny Owl (Male calling from SW corner. A first for me at CW), 1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing after dark) [Tim Bourne]

Chalkwell Seafront, 13:00 to 13:05
2 Mute Swan (imms (2cy) on the sea) [John Wright]

Belton Hills, 12:30 to 12:35
1 Cetti's Warbler (singing in the fenced patch of bushes immediately east of Leigh station, north of railway line.) [John Wright]

Fleet Head, 11:30 to 12:45
4 Buzzard, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Avocet, 22 Jackdaw, 240 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow, Raven mobbed by rooks and jackdaws (Vince Kinsler) (41432 bytes) Raven (Vince Kinsler) (16417 bytes) Raven (Vince Kinsler) (13037 bytes) 1 Raven (initially on tip but chased off by smaller corvids.), 8 Rabbit [Vince Kinsler]

Doggetts Pits, 11:00 to 14:00
2 Little Grebe (Pair), 2 Great Crested Grebe (Paired), 1 Cormorant, 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose (Pair), 2 Pochard (Drake and female (not apparently paired)), 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Adults over with large flock of Black-headed Gulls), 1 Kingfisher, 5 Skylark, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 120 Linnet (Largest flock I’ve seen anywhere for a long time: over the fields east of pits), 1 Red Admiral [Steve Arlow]

Hockley Woods, 09:30 to 12:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Siskin [Bob Young]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:00 to 09:00
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (briefly perched in oak tree) [Paul Griggs]

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Hole Haven Creek, 16:40 to 17:10
30 Avocet, 100 Larus sp. (only c100 large gulls present) [Neil Chambers]

Priory Park, 11:45 to 15:35, A wander thru the park on the way to and from the Saxon King pub
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (In trees S of fishing lake calling before flying S ), 1 Coal Tit (h,opp museum ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Hockley Woods, 10:30 to 12:50
2 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 4 Lesser Redpoll [Bob Young]

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 08:00 to 08:00
1 Common Frog (+ spawn) [Angela Baldock]

Monday 19 February 2024

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:20 to 12:40
9 White-fronted Goose (At least north of middle hide) [Marc Outten]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 12:00 to 12:00
2 Long-tailed Tit, 20 Smooth Newt (c20), 2 Common Frog, 3 Red Fox (in the evening), 1 Wood Mouse (in the shed) [John Wright]

Shoeburyness Park, 12:00 to 12:45
8 Egyptian Goose (pair with currently six newly hatched goslings), 1 Red-crested Pochard (the regular female now handily at the same lake as the gyppos!), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff (singing briefly), 1 Chaffinch [Vince Kinsler]

Canvey Way, 10:20 to 10:25
1 Red Kite (Drifting over), 1 Buzzard [Terry Blackwell]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 08:30 to 11:30
1 Grey Wagtail (in garden all morning) [Graham Mee]

Sunday 18 February 2024

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 17:30 to 18:00, using Echo Meter Touch 2 bat detector
3 Common Pipistrelle (recorded and seen), 2 Soprano Pipistrelle (recorded and seen), 2 Noctule Bat (recorded but not seen) [John Wright]

Fleet Head, 13:45 to 14:45
1 Great White Egret, 1 Red-breasted Goose (1'w with c100 Brents before flying off towards south end of Potton / Rushley at c13.20 - thanks Lee), 1 Marsh Harrier [Neil Chambers]

Fleet Head, 12:00 to 13:45
2 Great White Egret (Two together in flooded field), 300 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Red-breasted Goose (With large Brent flock), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female), 2 Buzzard [Lee Ebbs]

Gunners Park, 07:45 to 08:45
3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Shag, 2 Pintail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 25 Goldfinch [Lee Ebbs]

Saturday 17 February 2024

Southend Pier, 14:00 to 15:15, SW wind, high tide c6.15pm
4 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Mediterranean Gull (+), 1 Guillemot [Neil Chambers]

Hockley Woods, 11:00 to 13:30, Just exploring eastern edge around Woodlands Road entrances
1 Firecrest (Brief views of male), 0 Coal Tit (No sign around gardens despite extensive search), 1 Nuthatch (heard calling distantly ), 1 Treecreeper [Jeff Delve]

Hockley Woods, 10:30 to 14:00, Very quiet
7 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest (In Holly near the Bullwood Hall fence), 2 Nuthatch [Steve Arlow]

Edwards Hall Park, 10:00 to 11:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Redpoll sp. (Overhead calling) [Lee Ebbs]

Hockley Woods, 09:55 to 10:10
1 Coal Tit (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Benfleet, 09:20 to 09:20
1 Blackcap (Male singing in back garden) [Tim Bourne]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 08:45 to 12:30, Very grey and calm
3 Little Egret, 3 Great White Egret (seen together in flight and on the ground from the seawall over Bowers), 8 Grey Heron, 21 White-fronted Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 8 Shelduck, 12 Gadwall, 10 Pintail, 10 Pochard, 2 Marsh Harrier (male and female), 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (female down near the pantile screen), 22 Avocet, 6 Snipe, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Stock Dove (+), 1 Green Woodpecker, 12 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 30 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 7 Corn Bunting [Terry Blackwell]

Hockley Woods, 08:00 to 09:30
1 Buzzard, 5 Redwing, 1 Coal Tit (Heard singing), 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper [Lee Ebbs]

Southchurch Seafront, 08:00 to 08:30, 10 mins from Thorpe Bay followed by 10 mins at Westcliff Casino
7 Great Crested Grebe [Neil Chambers]

Friday 16 February 2024

Paglesham Lagoon, 14:45 to 16:30, Walked in from sewage works
3 Goldeneye (2 drakes), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 30 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 40 Goldfinch, 40 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting [Neil Chambers]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 13:00 to 13:05
1 Slow-worm (one of last year's youngsters) [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 11:30 to 13:50
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 1 Chinese Muntjac [Bob Young]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 11:30
2 Great White Egret (on Bowers), 18 White-fronted Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 55 Black-tailed Godwit (including 1 in sum plum), 1 Barn Owl, 9 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Wakering, 06:30 to 06:30
1 Barn Owl (Flew across Barrow Hall Road) [Lee Ebbs]

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