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.

Sunday 26 May 2024

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 15:00
1 Cuckoo, 2 House Martin (surprisingly scarce here), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, Common Lizard on granite blocks (Paul Baker) (148938 bytes) 1 Common Lizard, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Small Heath [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 11:00
6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Spoonbill (Flying south), 1 Wigeon, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Common Tern, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Corn Bunting [Graham Oakes]

Saturday 25 May 2024

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cuckoo (two birds now calling around the garden), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Corn Bunting (singing ) [Paul Baker]

Hadleigh Marshes, 14:00 to 16:05, Warm & sunny, ESE breeze
2 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo (singing), 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Raven (flew over SW), 4 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (tenerals), 15 Red-eyed Damselfly, 150 Azure Damselfly (+), 1 Common Blue Damselfly, 14 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 16 Broad-bodied Chaser, 2 Orange-tip, 1 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Peacock Butterfly, 2 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Meadow Brown, 5 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:00 to 15:00
2 Garganey (Drakes on Tillets Marsh, cheers Steve ), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female), 4 Common Tern, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 1 Small Copper, 10 Brown Argus, 20 Common Blue (+), 1 Painted Lady, 10 Small Heath [Lee Ebbs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:20
1 Spoonbill, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Bob Young]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:00 to 14:00
3 Garganey (All drakes ), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 153 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 6 insects (Cream-spotted Tigers) [Steve Arlow]

Westcliff, 09:15 to 09:20, St.George's Drive
1 Cuckoo (high over,calling,W ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Friday 24 May 2024

Westcliff, 21:25 to 21:30, St.George's Drive
2 Common Pipistrelle (circling erratically low over my garden ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Doggetts Pits, 15:20 to 16:45
1 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe (adult with 4 well grown youngsters), 2 Tufted Duck (pair), 1 Cuckoo, 2 Reed Warbler (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 1 Corn Bunting (singing to the east), 20 Red-eyed Damselfly (+), 10 Azure Damselfly (+), 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 2 Scarce Chaser (territorial males on main lake - 1 along NW side, 1 along south side), 1 Orange-tip, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 14:00 to 16:00
1 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Cetti's Warbler (two singing males), 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Corn Bunting (singing ), 4 Azure Damselfly, 1 Four-spotted Chaser [Paul Baker]

Westcliff, 12:45 to 13:00, St.George's Drive
3 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Paglesham Lagoon, 11:30 to 12:30
1 Black-necked Grebe, 50 Pochard (circa), 20 Tufted Duck (circa), 2 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Swift, 1 Corn Bunting [Bob Young]

Lion Creek, 09:10 to 09:15
1 Turtle Dove (Purring from garden west of lay-by nr Lion House) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 05:35 to 09:00, Sunny,heavy dew, light SW. Breeding survey - other stuff
1 Cetti's Warbler (Singing 100m east of Baltic Wharf), 3 Sedge Warbler (Singing ), 4 Reed Warbler (Singing along north borrowdyke), 1 Common Blue (First of year for me), 1 Small Heath (Lots along paths) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 05:30 to 11:30, Breeding Bird Survey. Other stuff
3 Marsh Harrier (M, F, Imm), 2 Kestrel, 1 Cetti's Warbler (still singing in Baltic Wharf wood yard), 4 Four-spotted Chaser, 1 insects (Cream-spot Tiger Moth), 1 Brown Argus, 15 Common Blue, 3 Painted Lady, 40 Small Heath [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 04:40 to 04:55
2 Red Fox (2 cubs charging around the garden) [John Wright]

Thursday 23 May 2024

Lion Creek, 19:40 to 20:00, Mild, still, calm and warm
2 Pochard (a pair flying around), 2 Turtle Dove (poss 3 birds on distant wires), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 18:00 to 18:30
1 Cuckoo, 1 Red Admiral [Paul Baker]

Southend, 15:25 to 15:30, Coniston
2 House Martin (have bred here in the last few years ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canewdon, 12:30 to 14:00, Warm sunny
7 Pochard (Pair with new brood of 5), 4 Moorhen (Pair with 2 young), 2 Cuckoo (Distantly calling both east and west of village), 2 Swift (Low over screaming), 2 Blackcap (Singing males), 1 Corn Bunting (On usual song post by BHP, a fixture for past couple of weeks), 1 Brimstone, 6 Holly Blue, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood [Jeff Delve]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:30 to 11:30
1 Cuckoo, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Weasel, 1 Rabbit [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 10:30
1 Wigeon, 1 Red-crested Pochard (Drake still from benches.), 47 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 80 Swift (+), 60 hirundine sp. (+, mixture of House Martin, Sand Martin & Swallow.), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Yellowhammer [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 22 May 2024

Lion Creek, 19:00 to 19:30
1 Cuckoo [Max Hellicar, Jeff Delve]

Ballards Gore, Stambridge, 18:40 to 18:40
1 Corn Bunting [Max Hellicar]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 13:00 to 13:05
1 Slow-worm, 1 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Lion Creek, 10:20 to 10:30, Viewing south from lay-by nr Lion House
1 Turtle Dove (Distantly on wires again) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 06:00 to 09:00, Partly aborted Breeding Survey due to persistent rain, very limited coverage
7 Great Crested Grebe (5 on Lytag including displaying pair and another nest building, displaying pair on Pool Marsh), 1 Spoonbill (N Lytag), 2 Teal (Pair Lytag), 6 Shoveler (2 pairs Lytag, pair Actesfleet), 1 Marsh Harrier, 120 Avocet (+, At least 50 nesting pairs on Stokes), 1 Greenshank, 1 Larus sp. (Meds X BhG apparently nesting on Acresfleet), 2 Mediterranean Gull (Nesting or on Acresfleet), 350 Black-headed Gull (Breeding pairs on new island on Acresfleet alone, a small part of overall population), 4 Sedge Warbler (Singing males), 3 Reed Warbler [Jeff Delve]

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Canewdon, 12:00 to 13:00, Persistent rain
2 Stock Dove, 3 Robin (Territory boundary pair nesting in honeysuckle and another adult from next door.), 4 Blackbird (Pair with two fledged young), 1 Song Thrush (Singing near pond), 12 Greenfinch (Bit of an influx from usual 6 or so with rain), 4 Goldfinch [Jeff Delve]

South Fambridge, 09:00 to 09:00
1 Cuckoo [Paul Baker]

Monday 20 May 2024

Rayleigh, 20:30 to 20:30
1 Cuckoo (singing from somewhere just east of Nelson Road) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 19:00 to 20:50, Moderate easterly, clear 15C but felt cooler. Out to hide and back via screens
1 Spoonbill (Feeding on Lytag), 1 Marsh Harrier (Female over Tillets), 50 Avocet (+, Pairs on Stokes and Acresfleet alone, hopefully a productive breeding season ), 3 Lapwing (Adult and 2 chicks from hide), 1 Whimbrel, 30 Mediterranean Gull (+, Grass Farm gull colony), 10 Common Tern, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Reed Warbler (Singing birds along north borrowdyke ), 4 Linnet (Singing males), 4 Reed Bunting, 7 Corn Bunting [Jeff Delve]

Canewdon, 12:00 to 13:00, Warm sunny, light easterly
1 Pochard (Drake still on BHP, likely to have a mate hidden in reedmace but no sign of earlier brood), 3 Swift (Screaming low over pond), 2 Blackcap (Singing males), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Smooth Newt, 1 Slow-worm, 5 Azure Damselfly (BHP and garden), 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly (BHP), 1 Brimstone (Garden ), 1 Orange-tip (Garden), 4 Holly Blue (Garden), 2 Red Admiral (BHP), 1 Speckled Wood (BHP), 1 Wall Brown (Garden) [Jeff Delve]

Sunday 19 May 2024

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:30 to 17:45
1 Marsh Harrier (female), 2 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting (male), 5 Corn Bunting [Graham Mee]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 15:10 to 17:00
4 Grey Heron, 1 Wigeon (drake), 1 Garganey (drake from gate just south of barn), 1 Red-crested Pochard (drake on west side of lagoon), 13 Pochard, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 9 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Bearded Tit, 1 Yellowhammer (male singing), 1 Corn Bunting (singing), 1 Wall Brown [Max Hellicar]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 16:30, Warm & sunny, cool NE breeze
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Cuckoo (singing from north side of Crouch), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler (still singing east of Baltic Wharf entrance), 4 Corn Bunting (singing), 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 1 Brimstone, 1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Orange-tip, 20 Brown Argus (+), 15 Common Blue, 1 Painted Lady, 2 Wall Brown, 40 Small Heath (+) [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 16:00
1 Whimbrel (heard), 1 Mediterranean Gull (heard), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler (still here & holding territory), 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 8 Linnet, 1 Common Lizard, 3 Azure Damselfly, 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 2 Wall Brown, 1 Small Heath [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:25 to 12:10
1 Wigeon (m), 1 Red-crested Pochard (m), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (m), 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer (m) [Paul Griggs, Mike Clarke]

Canvey Wick, 08:00 to 11:05
1 Red Kite, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Nightingale, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 10 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet [Angela Baldock]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 12:00
6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Wigeon, 1 Red-crested Pochard (male), 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 30 Black-tailed Godwit (plus), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Green Hairstreak [Graham Oakes]

Wakering Stairs, 06:30 to 09:00, Wakering Stairs round to Foulness bridge. Also 8 Bee Orchids
2 Turtle Dove (heard), 1 Cuckoo, 5 Nightingale, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Wall Brown [Matt Bruty]

Saturday 18 May 2024

Southchurch Park West, 17:10 to 17:10
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Red-crested Pochard [Max Hellicar]

Two Tree Island (West), 16:30 to 18:00
3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo (singing), 1 Swift, 2 Blackcap, 15 Whitethroat (+), 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 2 Orange-tip, 3 Peacock Butterfly [Neil Chambers]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 14:40 to 16:10
3 Buzzard, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Linnet, 2 Banded Demoiselle, 1 Wall Brown [Max Hellicar]

Ashingdon, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Buzzard (Thermalling over horse fields on Ashingdon Hill) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Cuckoo (calling & flying around the garden), 1 Sedge Warbler (scarce here), 1 Slow-worm, Wall Brown on log (Paul Baker) (105706 bytes) 3 Wall Brown [Paul Baker]

Friday 17 May 2024

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Sparrowhawk (tried to take a starling), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet, 1 Slow-worm, 2 Butterflies and Moths (Silver Y nectaring & a recently deceased Cream Spot Tiger) [Paul Baker]

Pitsea, 09:00 to 09:00
1 Cuckoo [Max Hellicar]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 11:30
2 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 Red-crested Pochard (male on lagoon from benches.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Green Hairstreak (along track leading to the saline lagoon.), 1 Painted Lady, 5 Small Heath [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Thursday 16 May 2024

Southchurch Park West, 18:20 to 18:20
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Red-crested Pochard (female still consorting with a male Mallard) [Max Hellicar]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 18:10 to 18:50, To gate behind barn only
2 Pink-footed Goose (on fields west of car park), 250 Greylag Goose (+), 20 Canada Goose (+), 2 Barnacle Goose, 1 Buzzard, 5 Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Yellowhammer (male singing by parking area) [Neil Chambers]

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Hadleigh Marshes, 18:40 to 19:00
1 Nightingale (heard singing at eastern end) [Max Hellicar]

Belton Hills, 12:00 to 13:10
6 Cetti's Warbler (heard singing), 5 Jackdaw, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Azure Damselfly, 1 Brimstone, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Orange-tip, 5 Holly Blue, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 5 Speckled Wood [Max Hellicar]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:45 to 13:15
2 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Barnacle Goose, 2 Wigeon (the pair still on the main lagoon.), 1 Buzzard, 4 Yellow Wagtail [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Tuesday 14 May 2024

Southchurch Park West, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Little Egret, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Red-crested Pochard [Max Hellicar]

Canewdon, 17:00 to 17:00, Sunny. Wsrm
1 Hobby (Low and fast over garden heading S) [Jeff Delve]

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