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 19 February 2018

Lower Raypits, 16:00 to 17:00
3 Little Egret, 1 Barn Owl (In small shed off private road to raypits), 15 Yellowhammer (From private track to Raypits) [Jeff Delve]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 09:30 to 09:35
1 Song Thrush (first one in the garden for ages) [John Wright]

Hockley Woods, 08:55 to 12:45
3 Stock Dove, 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit (heard only near old Bullwood Hall grounds), 1 Bullfinch (male,perimeter of fields), 1 Chinese Muntjac (near wood yard ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canewdon, 08:40 to 08:40
2 Red-legged Partridge (Near Breade House off Alton Hall Road) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 11:45
1 Barnacle Goose (only one on show but was in a dip.), 3 Gadwall, 6 Pintail, 2 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Little Stint, 30 Snipe (+), 6 Stonechat, 200 Fieldfare (+), 6 Redwing, 1 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 04:30 to 04:40
1 Badger [John Wright]

Sunday 18 February 2018

Rochford Golf Course, 13:00 to 16:40, Mostly sunny, NW breeze
2 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 60 Fieldfare (+), 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Siskin [Neil Chambers]

Roper's farm, 13:00 to 14:30, Clouding over
18 Little Grebe, 47 Mute Swan (Paglesham fields), 12 Pintail (on Paglesham lagoon visible from sea wall), 80 Oystercatcher, 120 Avocet (+), 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Bar-tailed Godwit (c ), 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Water Pipit (nicely marked bird 200m east on patch of salting covered in plastic rubbish), 12 Fieldfare [Jeff Delve]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:45 to 12:00, Checking out marina on rising tide with brief stop for coffee -
18 Black-tailed Godwit (no sign Spotshank or Greenshank) [Jeff Delve]

Two Tree Island, 10:30 to 14:15, WEBS count
2 Little Grebe, 7 Little Egret, 935 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 10 Shelduck, 49 Teal, 48 Mallard, 11 Moorhen, 19 Oystercatcher, 12 Avocet, 11 Ringed Plover, 28 Grey Plover, 3 Lapwing, 660 Knot, 1800 Dunlin, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 66 Curlew, 22 Redshank, 10 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Song Thrush [Graham Ryland]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:00
Barnacle Geese, WCM (Tim Bourne) (54666 bytes) 10 Barnacle Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe, Barn Owl, WCM (Tim Bourne) (11020 bytes) 1 Barn Owl, 2 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Tim Bourne]

Hullbridge, 08:50 to 09:55, Thick fog(!) initially, then clearing. Low tide. East to Brandy Hole & back
18 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher (fishing from boats at yacht club), 2 Song Thrush [Neil Chambers]

Hadleigh Downs, 08:00 to 08:20, Sunny, clear blue skies
2 Woodcock, 1 Stock Dove (singing), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 1 Song Thrush (singing), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit (singing from garden along Shipwrights Close) [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 10:30, Glorious frosty sunny morning. North and east side only
20 Snipe (5 in NE corner of lagoon, 15 in NW corner), 0 Water Pipit (one flushed from reed stubble almost certainly this species but not seen well enough), 3 Cetti's Warbler (+, singing) [Jeff Delve]

Saturday 17 February 2018

South Fambridge, 16:20 to 17:05, Falling tide, east to start of saltmarsh & back
6 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Mute Swan (flew high NW), 1500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+, on fields c1.5 miles east of village), 1 Kestrel [Neil Chambers]

Pound Wood, 15:35 to 16:50
2 Green Woodpecker (Mobile and vocal), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (+), 1 Nuthatch (On bird table by entrance), Hawfinch, Pound Wood (Tim Bourne) (91611 bytes) 2 Hawfinch (Perhaps 3, one visible roosting in ivy covered tree in usual viewing area from 16:00), 1 Chinese Muntjac (Heard barking repeatedly in wood as we left) [Tim Bourne]

Fleet Head, 15:00 to 16:00
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Greenshank, 1 Rock Pipit, 12 Linnet [Lee Ebbs]

Canewdon, 13:45 to 14:15
1 Buzzard, 10 Yellowhammer (Along footpath off Creeksea Ferry Road. Six birds where seen in trees by farm with another four feeding in fields. ) [Lee Ebbs]

Two Tree Island (West), 13:30 to 15:00
1 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail, 33 Avocet, 3 Knot, 45 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank [Graham Mee]

Southchurch Park East, 13:10 to 13:35
2 Mute Swan, 1 Mediterranean Gull [Max Hellicar]

Southchurch Park West, 13:00 to 13:10
5 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Mediterranean Gull [Max Hellicar]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 11:35 to 12:30
1 Jack Snipe (NE corner of lagoon ), 4 Snipe (NE corner of lagoon ), 2 Water Pipit (seen together NE of lagoon ), 2 Cetti's Warbler (seen well in reed stubble ), 4 Bearded Tit [Vince Kinsler]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:00 to 13:30
2 Whooper Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 3 White-fronted Goose (Viewed from second mound along Jubilee with Pink foot. ), 3 Kestrel, 20 Skylark, 5 Reed Bunting, 10 Corn Bunting [Lee Ebbs]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:15 to 11:15, Shipwrights Close area
1 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove (singing ), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit (males singing at either end of the lane simultaneously ) [Vince Kinsler]

Leigh on Sea, 08:40 to 08:45
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (pair in garden) [Graham Mee]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:40 to 13:00
2 Whooper Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 2 White-fronted Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 2 Stonechat [Tim Bourne]

Hockley Woods, 07:30 to 09:50
1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit (east side of woods), 2 Nuthatch (just north of compound), 1 Treecreeper [Bob Young]

Friday 16 February 2018

Rochford, 15:55 to 15:55
1 Barn Owl (hunting the roadside ditch just west of turning to Stambridge Mills then landed on the front garden fence of the first house in Rochford along Stambridge Road!) [Paul Baker]

Pound Wood, 15:50 to 17:15
1 Buzzard, 6 Stock Dove, 35 Redwing, 3 Hawfinch (3 or 4 in usual area (I was with MH for about 20 mins) ), 3 Red Fox, 1 Chinese Muntjac (buck) [John Wright]

Pound Wood, 14:55 to 16:50
1 Buzzard, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker (h), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Jay, 4 Hawfinch (first one into usual area at 15:50, three perched together for a while and one c.50 metres SW of usual area), 2 Red Fox [Max Hellicar]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:30 to 15:30, sunny!
2 Little Egret, 2 Whooper Swan (adults on field then flushed by walker & flew to large pool by conveyor belt then flew back to fields at 3:30), 1 Goosander (redhead preening on pool south of conveyor belt), 1 Merlin (female in aerial pursuit of passerine - Thanks JD for picking it up), 2 Stonechat (a pair along seawall), 15 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting (singing at Grapnells) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:30 to 16:00, Bright sunny, light but chilly SE
8 Little Egret, 2 Whooper Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose (With Wf geese ), 4 White-fronted Goose (On Spoonbill island lagoon from Crossrail viewpoint), 3 Pintail (Pair and male on Pool Marsh ), 6 Shoveler (Pool marsh), 3 Marsh Harrier (Young male from causeway and females over Jubilee and south fields), 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (Female lifted off saltmarsh in high pursuit of passerine, great aerial chase), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Ad male on post south of haystack), 350 Golden Plover (+), 0 Shore Lark (No sign all day) [Jeff Delve, Paul Griggs]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 13:10 to 13:50
1 Water Pipit (flew up from usual area of cut reed on N end of reedbed between saline lagoon path and abstraction ditch), 3 Cetti's Warbler (heard) [Mike Clarke]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 12:35 to 12:35
3 Buzzard (drifting high over Belfairs woods - but then 3 again later lower over the woods grappling with each other. ) [Mike Clarke]

Two Tree Island (West), 10:05 to 15:00
1 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine Falcon (flying north over Downs), 1 Water Rail (skulking on north fringe of lagoon ), 38 Avocet (lagoon), 2 Ringed Plover (together,over), 4 Snipe (together,lagoon), 15 Black-tailed Godwit (lagoon), 5 Turnstone (lagoon), 1 Kingfisher (by sluice,possibly same bird,lagoon), 1 Stonechat (male) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 11:45
2 Pintail, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Stint (east end of the main island on main lake), 3 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 15 Stock Dove, 25 Skylark (+), 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Brambling (by sunflower field), 3 Reed Bunting [Sally Brierley]

Two Tree Island (East), 08:30 to 10:05
1 Sparrowhawk (male,showing well in tree ), 1 Water Rail (heard only), 1 Kingfisher (old sewage ponds), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 1 Red Fox [Jeff Kinnerman]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Starling (Piebald individual in garden again briefly) [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 07:15 to 07:20
1 Goldcrest [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:40 to 00:45
1 Badger [John Wright]

Thursday 15 February 2018

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 19:30 to 19:35
4 Smooth Newt (in garden pond) [John Wright]

Southend Pier, 10:10 to 13:35
1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe (on the water,N.E of pier head,distant but showing well.), 1 Knot (with the Turnstones), 275 Turnstone (circa), 11 Mediterranean Gull (one 1st winter,two 2nd winter,8 adult winter,two of which coming into summer plumage ), 1 Common Seal, 1 Grey Seal [Jeff Kinnerman]

Southchurch Park East, 08:30 to 08:40
1 Water Rail, 1 Song Thrush [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:30 to 14:30
4 Little Egret, 22 Mute Swan, 2 Whooper Swan (adults still with Mutes), 14 Gadwall, 2 Pintail (JW only), 1 Goosander (redhead in flight over Jubilee Marsh), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail over Foulness (MH only)), 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 56 Skylark, 9 Shore Lark (by first sluice onto Jubilee trail from seawall (looking east), watched from 1pm-2pm after four hours of searching), 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 12 Reed Bunting, 4 Corn Bunting [Max Hellicar, John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:30 to 14:30, Further to the Wallasea report above
1 Red Admiral (10:30ish) [John Wright]

Wednesday 14 February 2018

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 13:15 to 14:45, east side only
1 Water Rail (heard ), 1 Green Sandpiper (creek inlet by saline lagoon), 1 Kingfisher (creek inlet by saline lagoon), 1 Water Pipit (possibly two in boggy area north east corner, east of lagoon.), 1 Grey Wagtail (creek inlet by saline lagoon), 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard) [Vince Kinsler]

Canvey Point, 11:30 to 12:30
9 Red-throated Diver (including a flock of 6), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kittiwake (poss 2, imms seen following a ship), 2 Grey Seal [John Wright]

Hadleigh Downs, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Woodcock [Vince Kinsler]

Canvey Wick, 10:00 to 11:15
1 Woodcock, 4 Redwing, 1 Red Fox [John Wright]

Hockley Woods, 08:45 to 12:10
2 Buzzard (together,over), 1 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit (showed well,calling ), 1 Treecreeper, 6 Jay [Jeff Kinnerman]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 10:00, Sunny but breezy morning
2 Water Rail (heard only nr east side screen), 5 Black-tailed Godwit (north side of marsh), 3 Cetti's Warbler (singing) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:45
2 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 3 Gadwall, 4 Pintail (2 drakes), 1 Little Stint, 1 Dunlin, 40 Snipe (+), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Water Pipit (flew across sluice.), 2 Stonechat, 250 Fieldfare (+), 2 Song Thrush, 21 Redwing, 1 Brambling [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 06:45 to 09:45
2 Whooper Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 4 White-fronted Goose, 3 Pintail (2m/1f), 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (fem hunting on jubilee marsh), 80 Golden Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper (car park dyke), 15 Skylark (some territorial/singing), 10 Shore Lark (minimum 10 around East Sea wall by second mound/blue distance signs initially working north in the salt marsh before flitting over the creek landing in salt marsh on Foulness.), 28 Meadow Pipit (single loose flock), 75 Starling (including leucistic individual), 26 Linnet, 6 Reed Bunting, 10 Corn Bunting (some territorial/singing) [Vince Kinsler]

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 16:05 to 17:00, Overcast, strong S wind
2 Pintail (pair), 1 Little Stint (SE corner of island, viewable from just before windmills), 1 Kingfisher, 40 Skylark (+, in stubble field west of entrance track), 25 Meadow Pipit (+), 1 Water Pipit (flew from cut reeds on east side, just north of windmills, and landed c100m east along ditch line), 1 Song Thrush (singing), 2 Reed Bunting [Neil Chambers]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 15:45 to 15:55, Quick look from marina
40 Canada Goose, 2 Avocet, 3 Black-tailed Godwit [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 15:00 to 15:35
1 Marsh Harrier (imm), 1 Jack Snipe (usual area, flew over reeds to near green gate, but good flight views), 1 Water Pipit (mobile along east side, between saline lagoon and abstraction ditch), 1 Song Thrush (singing), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:30 to 16:30, Windy S 20mph, occasional showers, overcast. Jubilee trail
2 Whooper Swan (with Mutes on south fields), 1 Pink-footed Goose ( in rape field), Challenge - the Brant is there honest!! (Jeff Delve) (51664 bytes) 4 Whitefronts, 2 Greylags and a Pinkfoot (Jeff Delve) (16177 bytes) Take off - as a group the White-fronts and Pinkfoot (Jeff Delve) (34523 bytes) On the deck - look closely (Jeff Delve) (31773 bytes) 4 White-fronted Goose (in rape field with Graylags, Canadas and swans), 1 Black Brant (Very well marked gander with 10+ brent in rape field near swans), 1 Pintail (drake with mixed duck flock on triangle), 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult male low and fast south over sea wall), 150 Golden Plover (on south fields), 1 Snipe (flushed from base of sea wall), Yes 8 in this picture - quite difficult (Jeff Delve) (92190 bytes) Just 5 here - big crop and high ISO (Jeff Delve) (87038 bytes) 11 Shore Lark (feeding on southern slope of sea wall 50-150m east of first mound but very flighty.and very difficult to see even in short grass) [Jeff Delve]

Monday 12 February 2018

Wakering, 22:45 to 22:45
1 Barn Owl (Flew across Pointers Lane) [Lee Ebbs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:45 to 16:45
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:50 to 17:35
1 Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, 2 Whooper Swan (from Jubilee trail), 1 Pink-footed Goose (with 14 Canada geese), 1 White-fronted Goose (on Jubilee Marsh with greylags), 1 Marsh Harrier (over Foulness), 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (female at the end of Jubilee Marsh flypast at 10 feet), 100 Golden Plover (+), 2 Short-eared Owl (flying east north side of the river Crouch), 30 Skylark (some singing - glorious), 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 20 Corn Bunting [Sally Brierley]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:30 to 11:30, Marina end only
1 Peregrine Falcon (on pylon), 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank [John Wright]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 09:15 to 10:15
1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Jack Snipe [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 04:00 to 04:05
1 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Sunday 11 February 2018

Pound Wood, 15:20 to 16:20
1 Hawfinch [Stuart Bailey, Gordon Appleton]

Pound Wood, 15:10 to 17:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker (Heard), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Hawfinch, Pound Wood (Tim Bourne) (59208 bytes) 1 Hawfinch (Showed 3 times in treetops from 15:45 before going to roost at 16:10) [Tim Bourne]

Rochford Golf Course, 13:15 to 16:10, Mostly bright, brisk WNW wind
1 Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove (singing), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 26 Blackbird (+, all feeding together), 100 Fieldfare (approx. in one flock), 6 Siskin [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:00 to 13:00
2 Whooper Swan, 1 Merlin, 2 Stonechat [Mike Clarke]

South Fambridge, 09:20 to 10:30
15 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Yellowhammer [Mike Clarke]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:45 to 11:15
2 Whooper Swan (still with the mutes), 1 Goosander (redhead still around), 1 Merlin [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 09:00
10 Barnacle Goose, 1 Little Stint, 2 Stonechat [Mike Clarke]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 09:00
2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Reed Bunting [Neil Chambers]

Priory Park, 08:10 to 10:05
1 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Coming into summer plumage.On football pitches with c.155 Black-headed Gulls and 2 Common Gulls.), 3 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail (first winter,feeding in brook), 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush [Jeff Kinnerman]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:20 to 08:00
1 Jack Snipe, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard) [Mike Clarke]

Saturday 10 February 2018

Canewdon, 14:35 to 14:40
1 Mistle Thrush [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:15 to 15:15
1 Kingfisher (Flew along sluice by car park), 11 Shore Lark (Along Jubilee Trail, cheers Bob), 2 Stonechat [Lee Ebbs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:50 to 15:20, Windy with increasing rain
Black Brant, Wallasea Island 10-02-2018 (Steve Arlow) (56211 bytes) Black Brant, Wallasea Island 10-02-2018 (Steve Arlow) (57776 bytes) 1 Black Brant (adult with around 400 Brent near the Marina), 1 Green Sandpiper (flew along borrowdyke), 2 Kingfisher (in borrowdykes by car park), Shorelark, Wallasea Island 10-02-2018 (Steve Arlow) (67469 bytes) Shorelark, Wallasea Island 10-02-2018 (Steve Arlow) (56665 bytes) Shorelark, Wallasea Island 10-02-2018 (Steve Arlow) (58126 bytes) Shorelark, Wallasea Island 10-02-2018 (Steve Arlow) (63410 bytes) 11 Shore Lark (along the Jubilee Wall in saltmarsh from the first raised mound south of the conveyer belt), 2 Stonechat (by car park) [Steve Arlow]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:50 to 14:30
2 Whooper Swan, 1 Green Sandpiper, 11 Shore Lark, 1 Stonechat [Peter Collins]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:15 to 15:20, Overcast, brisk SW wind, occasional drizzle
2 Whooper Swan (adults still), 20 Greylag Goose (+), 30 Canada Goose (+), 1 Black Brant (just W of Grapnells Farm with Brents), 1 Kingfisher (flew from sluice by car park), 11 Shore Lark (on Jubilee Marsh - thanks Bob!), 2 Stonechat (pair by car park) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:45 to 13:15, Short walk along the Manor Way until rain set in
200 Stock Dove (+, in fields at west end), 150 Fieldfare (circa, In stubble field west of track to Bowers car park), 1 Cetti's Warbler, Brambling, Bowers Sunflower Field (Tim Bourne) (72008 bytes) 2 Brambling (or 3; 2 with flock of c40 chaffinch feeding in field to north of the Manor Way track, from the white gate. Later, 1 in hedgerow by Sunflower field) [Tim Bourne]

Pound Wood, 10:45 to 10:50
1 Nuthatch (on feeder) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 12:00
30 Greylag Goose (+), 10 Barnacle Goose, 2 Pintail, 2 Kestrel, 1 Little Stint (Viewed from benches, feeding on right hand corner of island. ), 30 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing [Lee Ebbs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:00 to 14:30
2 Whooper Swan, 1 Black Brant (With circa 300Brents.), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 200 Golden Plover (+), 11 Shore Lark (Thanks Bob) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:30 to 13:30
2 Whooper Swan, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 4 White-fronted Goose, 2 Pintail, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 11 Shore Lark (Jubilee trail) [Bob Young]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:05 to 09:50
1 Jack Snipe (or 2, 1 flushed from eastern reed bed at 8:10 flew to NE corner of main lagoon. Again flushed from edge of reedbed at 9:30 flew short distance and landed again in same area), 35 Snipe (+, freshwater lagoon), 2 Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Tim Bourne]

Friday 09 February 2018

Wakering Common, 17:00 to 17:00
1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard calling from entrance to the old rubbish tip. ) [Lee Ebbs]

Westcliff Seafront, 12:20 to 12:30
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 16 Common Seal [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:45 to 13:15
1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Barnacle Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Stint (from log), 1 Ruff, 50 Skylark (+), 10 Stonechat (5 pairs), 300 Fieldfare (+), 3 Song Thrush, 3 Redwing, 1 Brambling (still present.) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 09:30
5 Shelduck, 200 Wigeon (+), 50 Teal (+), 8 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 3 Pheasant, 2 Jack Snipe (or the same individual relocated.), 2 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Cetti's Warbler [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:05 to 00:10
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Thursday 08 February 2018

Rayleigh, 20:35 to 20:35
1 Red Fox [Max Hellicar]

South Fambridge, 16:40 to 17:10, Bright, rising tide - from steps at end of path to seawall only
5 Little Grebe, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe (still loosely with GCG's c1/2 mile east of village), 1 Buzzard (distantly to the east) [Neil Chambers]

Pound Wood, 15:40 to 17:00
1 Buzzard, 30 Redwing, 2 Hawfinch [John Wright]

Hockley Woods, 15:20 to 16:30, Sunny, chilly - very quiet!
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush [Neil Chambers]

Pound Wood, 13:10 to 13:50
1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Redwing, 1 Nuthatch [Mike Clarke]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 13:00
10 Barnacle Goose, 5 Pintail, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Stint (right hand side of island), 1 Ruff, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Stonechat (pair), 35 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 45 Redwing, 2 Bearded Tit (heard), 6 Reed Bunting [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:05 to 14:45
10 Barnacle Goose (feeding with Canadas and Greylags), 4 Pintail (two pairs ), 1 Little Stint, 10 Snipe (together), 1 Water Pipit (flew from reed bed), 6 Stonechat (three pairs), 2 Song Thrush (together ), 3 Bearded Tit (including male and female ), 1 Brambling (female by the sunflower strip with c.25 Chaffinches), 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Weasel (by the sunflower strip.A regular spot seen in past visits.) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Hadleigh Downs, 08:00 to 09:15
1 Woodcock, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Bullfinch (female) [Mike Clarke]

Wednesday 07 February 2018

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 22:00 to 22:05
1 Badger [John Wright]

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