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.

Friday 05 June 2020

South Fambridge, 18:00 to 18:15
2 Buzzard (BHF), 1 Barn Owl (BHF), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Red Fox (BHF) [Paul Baker]

Two Tree Island, 14:45 to 15:00
2 Mediterranean Gull (pair of adults hanging around the slipway car park) [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:00 to 10:00
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap [Paul Griggs]

Thursday 04 June 2020

South Fambridge, 17:30 to 17:40
2 Buzzard (BHF), 1 Cuckoo, 2 Barn Owl (BHF), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting [Paul Baker]

Canvey Point, 11:30 to 12:30
6 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Common Tern, 1 Guillemot (summer plumage) [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 10:40 to 11:20, Overcast, NNW wind, high tide 12.05pm
6 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 75 Common Tern (incl. c65 in a mixed feeding flock SE of the point) [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:00 to 15:30
1 Mallard, 1 Blackcap [Paul Griggs]

Wednesday 03 June 2020

Rayleigh, 17:00 to 17:25
1 Coal Tit (singing & showing well in Rayleigh cemetery ) [Paul Baker]

Pound Wood, 14:30 to 15:30
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush [Andrew Woodhouse]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 13:00 to 15:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove (singing), 6 Swift, 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Goldcrest (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Benfleet Creek, 10:00 to 10:20, Bike ride
12 Little Egret (Hadleigh Downs), 1 Buzzard (Hadleigh marsh), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Corn Bunting (singing) [John Wright]

Tuesday 02 June 2020

South Fambridge, 20:15 to 20:45
1 Marsh Harrier (female on BHF), 2 Buzzard (on fenceposts on BHF), 1 Cuckoo (heard calling from BHF), 1 Barn Owl (BHF), 1 Yellow Wagtail (flew over calling ), 1 Reed Bunting (singing male) [Paul Baker]

Wakering, 18:00 to 20:25, Circular walk from Landwick to Wakering Stairs and Oxenham Farm
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Adult), 2 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Nightingale, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Marbled White [Steve Arlow]

Belfairs N.R., 11:40 to 12:20
20 Palmate Newt, 1 Wood Mouse, 4 Brimstone, 2 Meadow Brown [John Wright]

Canewdon, 11:30 to 11:30, Around Butts Hill Pond
9 Pochard (duck and 8 ducklings still), 6 Moorhen (pr with 4 young still), Southern Hawker teneral with exuvia (Jeff Delve) (73688 bytes) 1 Southern Hawker (newly hatched - very early ), 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 4 Broad-bodied Chaser (2 males - much chasing and egg laying), 1 Small White, 6 Holly Blue, Meadow Brown  (Jeff Delve) (56929 bytes) 1 Meadow Brown [Jeff Delve]

Rochford, 10:40 to 10:45
1 Red Kite (low over garden heading south, circled Rochford Hospital Chimney a few times before continuing south) [Steve Arlow]

Pound Wood, 10:10 to 11:15
3 Buzzard, 1 Wood Mouse, 4 Meadow Brown [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:00 to 13:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Blackcap [Paul Griggs]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 10:00 to 10:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Goldcrest (singing), 1 Coal Tit (singing from Hockley Road cemy and nearby gardens) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 05:00 to 07:00, Breeding bird survey
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Mediterranean Gull (pair), 4 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Corn Bunting, 1 Northern Water Vole [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 04:00 to 04:15
3 Red Fox (vixen + 2 cubs) [John Wright]

Monday 01 June 2020

Canewdon, 17:00 to 19:00, Canewdon to Apton Hall Lane Cinder Track
1 Buzzard, 2 Yellowhammer [Steve Arlow]

South Fambridge, 17:00 to 17:00
1 Cuckoo [Paul Baker]

Belfairs N.R., 15:30 to 17:00
1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Brimstone, 1 Brown Argus, 4 Meadow Brown [Andrew Woodhouse]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 13:00 to 16:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Goldcrest [Neil Chambers]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 11:30 to 12:30
2 Buzzard, 5 Swift, 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 11 Banded Demoiselle, 8 Red-eyed Damselfly, 2 Common Blue, 5 Meadow Brown [Andrew Woodhouse]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:00 to 13:00
1 Grey Wagtail (h), 1 Blackcap, 2 Holly Blue [Paul Griggs]

Canewdon, 10:00 to 10:30
9 Pochard (duck with 8 ducklings Butts Hill Pond - a first breeding record), 1 Little Owl (by double bend on Scotts Hall), 3 Yellowhammer (pair and singing male along cinder track towards Apton Hall farm), 2 Emperor Dragonfly (Butts Hill Pond), 2 Broad-bodied Chaser (Butts Hill Pond) [Jeff Delve]

Westcliff, 09:55 to 10:25, St.George's Drive (from garden)
1 Red Kite (east), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Swift, 1 Swallow [Jeff Kinnerman]

Doggetts Pits, 08:30 to 09:15, Glorious sunny morning. Walk through on way back to Canewdon.
1 Common Tern, 1 Sedge Warbler (singing), 6 Reed Warbler (singing), 10 Whitethroat (+), 20 Red-eyed Damselfly (+, on lily leaves), 3 Black-tailed Skimmer, 4 Small Tortoiseshell [Jeff Delve]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 03:00
3 Red Fox (vixen + 2 cubs), 2 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Sunday 31 May 2020

Wat Tyler Country Park, 16:00 to 16:50, Warm & sunny, brisk E wind
1 Cuckoo (singing), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Sedge Warbler (singing), 2 Reed Warbler (singing), 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 2 Whitethroat (singing), 3 Large Red Damselfly, 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Leigh on Sea, 15:55 to 15:55
1 Peregrine Falcon (Male at rooftop height heading north) [Dudley Shayler]

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:00
2 Common Tern, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Small Tortoiseshell [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:00 to 15:00
1 Grey Wagtail (h), 1 Blackcap, 1 Large Red Damselfly, 2 Holly Blue [Paul Griggs]

Fleet Head, 09:45 to 10:45
1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Buzzard, 5 Avocet, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven (in the cattle field looking towards Barling tip) [John Wright, Mike Clarke]

Wakering Stairs, 08:15 to 09:35
1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Tern, 4 Turtle Dove [John Wright, Mike Clarke]

Saturday 30 May 2020

Two Tree Island (East), 18:00 to 18:35
85 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 Cetti's Warbler [John Wright]

Eastwood, 17:05 to 17:10, Lundy Close
1 Swift, 4 House Martin [Jeff Kinnerman]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 12:00 to 13:00
2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 4 Swallow, 8 Banded Demoiselle, 2 Large Skipper, 1 Common Blue, 2 Meadow Brown [Andrew Woodhouse]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:00 to 13:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Blackcap, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral [Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Marshes, 08:30 to 09:15
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 20 Marsh Frog (watched one eating a male Smooth Newt) [John Wright]

Friday 29 May 2020

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 20:55 to 21:00
2 Common Pipistrelle [John Wright]

Wakering Stairs, 19:00 to 21:00, from road only
1 Hobby, 3 Turtle Dove (2 singing males), 1 Nightingale [Tim Bourne]

Stambridge Mills, 17:15 to 18:40
1 Little Owl, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Arlow]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 16:40 to 16:40
1 Buzzard (Just missed by the Police helicopter!) [Graham Mee]

Gunners Park, 16:15 to 17:15, Sunny, cold east wind
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 5 Whitethroat (1 singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Brown Rat, 1 Large White, 1 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Pound Wood, 15:00 to 16:00
1 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Broad-bodied Chaser, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Speckled Wood [Andrew Woodhouse]

Belfairs N.R., 13:30 to 14:30
1 Red Fox, 7 Large Red Damselfly, 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 4 Brimstone, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Meadow Brown [Andrew Woodhouse]

Benfleet Downs, 10:30 to 12:00
1 Buzzard, 2 Cuckoo, 10 Large Red Damselfly, 50 Azure Damselfly (+), 20 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 3 Emperor Dragonfly, 5 Hairy Dragonfly, 3 Broad-bodied Chaser, 6 Common Blue, 10 Holly Blue, 10 Speckled Wood [Lee Ebbs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:00 to 15:00
1 Blackcap, 3 Holly Blue [Paul Griggs]

Westcliff, 09:35 to 10:15, St.George's Drive (from garden)
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 12 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:15 to 10:15, very quite - just usual stuff
12 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Kestrel, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Thursday 28 May 2020

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 13:50 to 15:50
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 House Martin [Paul Griggs, Mike Clarke]

Westcliff, 13:15 to 13:45, St.George's Drive (from garden)
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon [Jeff Kinnerman]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:00 to 12:30
1 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail (h), 1 Blackcap (h) [Paul Griggs]

Canewdon, 08:00 to 08:00, Another sunny warm day
1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 2 Painted Lady (on meadow at Butts Hill Pond) [Jeff Delve]

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Two Tree Island (East), 16:30 to 17:00
2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 2 Cetti's Warbler [John Wright]

Westcliff, 16:30 to 16:45, Springfield drive allotments
2 Peregrine Falcon (Food pass over my shed) [Andrew Armstrong]

Two Tree Island (West), 16:00 to 16:30
95 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:50 to 15:15
1 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail (h), 1 Blackcap (h) [Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:00 to 10:30
3 Buzzard, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 Cuckoo [John Wright]

Canvey Way, 09:30 to 10:30, Rapidly warming
52 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (27 males), 1 Hairy Dragonfly [Jeff Delve]

Tuesday 26 May 2020

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl (BHF), 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Corn Bunting (flew over calling ), 1 Large Skipper, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Small Heath [Paul Baker]

Canvey Way, 12:45 to 13:40, Warm and sunny
8 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (+ good numbers showing) [Andrew Armstrong]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:30 to 14:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (imm. circling overhead), 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Monday 25 May 2020

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 21:40 to 21:45
2 Common Pipistrelle [John Wright]

Eastwood, 21:30 to 21:35, Lundy Close
1 Common Pipistrelle [Jeff Kinnerman]

South Fambridge, 18:00 to 19:00
3 Barnacle Goose (BHF), 1 Marsh Harrier (usual female hunting through garden), 2 Mediterranean Gull (pr of adults on BHF), 3 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl (BHF), 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Large Skipper, 3 Holly Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 13:15 to 14:00, Warm & sunny
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Holly Blue, 2 Speckled Wood [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Way, 12:00 to 15:00
Common Lizard (Graham Oakes) (86763 bytes) 1 Common Lizard, 1 Northern Water Vole, 15 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (Only 1 male), 10 Azure Damselfly, 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly [Graham Oakes]

Benfleet Downs, 10:30 to 13:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Swallow, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grass Snake, 3 Emperor Dragonfly, 7 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 5 Green Hairstreak, 4 Common Blue, 10 Holly Blue, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 8 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Heath [Andrew Woodhouse]

Hadleigh Marshes, 10:30 to 11:30
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 25 Marsh Frog, 50 Azure Damselfly, 10 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 3 Emperor Dragonfly, 6 Hairy Dragonfly, 4 Broad-bodied Chaser [John Wright]

Canvey Way, 09:30 to 10:00, just a short walk along the ditch a couple of hundred metres
25 Scarce Emerald Damselfly [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:15 to 03:00
4 Red Fox (vixen + 3 cubs), 2 Badger [John Wright]

Sunday 24 May 2020

Two Tree Island (East), 18:45 to 19:30
1 Whimbrel, 250 Swift (all heading slowly north), 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 4 Blackcap (singing), 3 Whitethroat (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Hockley Woods, 15:30 to 16:00
1 Blackcap (singing ), 1 Chiffchaff (singing ) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Cuckoo [Paul Baker]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 11:30 to 11:35
1 Slow-worm [John Wright]

Hockley Woods, 09:30 to 10:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff [Lee Ebbs]

Barling Magna Millennium Wildlife Park, 08:50 to 10:10
1 Cuckoo [Andrew Armstrong]

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 08:45 to 08:50
1 Mistle Thrush (both calling and singing briefly on tree top before flying low towards Blenheim Park.) [Vince Kinsler]

Barling Pits, 04:30 to 08:30, Beautiful sunrise
2 Cuckoo, 15 Swift (Hawking the ditch), 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap [Andrew Armstrong]

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