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.

Thursday 22 April 2021

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 10:05 to 12:10
1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (f), 1 Swallow, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Greenfinch [Jeff Kinnerman]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:40 to 10:05
1 Buzzard, 1 Blackcap (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Wednesday 21 April 2021

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 23:15 to 23:20
1 Badger [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Wick, 19:15 to 20:20
1 Barn Owl, Grasshopper Warbler, Canvey Wick, 21-04-2021 (Steve Arlow) (104688 bytes) 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Reeling and showing occasionally ) [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Downs, 18:00 to 18:35
2 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 1 Whitethroat (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Sutton Road Cemetery, 16:25 to 16:50
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit (very vocal) [Steve Arlow]

Canvey Point, 16:10 to 17:40, Sunny, brisk ENE wind, high tide c8pm
10 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Fulmar (flew east together and then back upriver 16.20-16.30, then a single bird back out at 17.30), 50 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Whimbrel (flew over seawall towards point), 6 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 14:40 to 15:25
1 Buzzard, 2 Mediterranean Gull (pair), 3 Sand Martin (flew NE), 1 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Greenfinch, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Neil Chambers]

Rochford, 12:20 to 12:20
1 Orange-tip (male flew through garden, my first of the year) [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 12:05 to 13:20
1 Water Rail (heard only), 48 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler [Bob Young]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 10:10 to 10:15
1 Whitethroat (first for garden) [Graham Mee]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:05 to 13:35
1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Wick, 09:50 to 11:30
1 Egyptian Goose, 6 Nightingale, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler [Bob Young]

Canvey Point, 09:15 to 09:35
28 Great Crested Grebe, 32 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern [Bob Young]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:00, Clear with a cold breeze
1 Sandwich Tern, 3 Wheatear (2 male 1 female. Sssi), 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler (Scrub to the NE of the SSSI. ), 1 Red Fox [Andrew Armstrong]

Wakering Rubbish Tip, 07:20 to 07:40, Cold, misty.
2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Mediterranean Gull (apir over), 1 Cuckoo (calling and seen well on fence post near car park), 0 Redstart (no sign this morning) [Jeff Delve]

Tuesday 20 April 2021

Victoria Avenue, Southend, 23:30 to 23:55
1 Tawny Owl (hooting in the distance) [Neil Chambers]

Wakering Rubbish Tip, 18:30 to 19:00
2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Redstart (Female on tip, viewed from car park. This is the same area where I had a Black Redstart a few weeks ago), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff [Lee Ebbs]

Canvey Wick, 18:00 to 19:00
1 Water Rail (heard), 2 Nightingale (both singing throughout & both showing occasionally too), 5 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (half hearted sub song south of crossroads), 1 Grey Squirrel (not sure I've seen one here before) [Paul Baker]

Hadleigh Marshes, 16:00 to 17:00
3 Cetti's Warbler, 15 Marsh Frog [John Wright]

Hadleigh Downs, 15:00 to 16:00
18 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 10 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Red Admiral [John Wright]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 13:20 to 14:25
1 Red Kite (over Wat Tyler/Vange Wick), 1 Buzzard, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Small White, 3 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Griggs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Potton Island, 09:10 to 13:10, Sunny, light easterly. Ongoing breeding survey on island
Pair in the mist early morning (Jeff Delve) (65625 bytes) 2 Grey Partridge (pair near bridge), 20 Whimbrel (feeding on short grass fields), 3 Greenshank, 1 Raven (flew north over isdland calling), 1 Green-veined White [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 06:15 to 12:00, Lagoons only. Heavy mist, poor visability until 9.00am.
8 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gadwall, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Bearded Tit [Graham Oakes]

Monday 19 April 2021

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 23:15 to 23:45
1 Pheasant (heard calling) [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 19:15
1 Barn Owl (on BHF), 2 Butterflies and Moths (Emperor Moths to lure. Only left it outside for a total of 2 minutes.), 1 Large White, 2 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell [Paul Baker]

Airport Business Park, 17:40 to 17:55
1 Grey Partridge (SW of Park), 1 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 10 Linnet [Jeff Kinnerman]

Two Tree Island (East), 17:30 to 18:15
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard (flying north ), 3 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 15:30 to 16:45, Sunny, warm
5 Buzzard (4 over Benfleet Downs, one flew SE), 2 Mediterranean Gull (pair), 1 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Grass Snake, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock Butterfly [Neil Chambers]

Canewdon, 11:00 to 12:30
6 Blackcap (at least 3 males and female feeding in goat willow, 2 males singing at same time), 1 Green-veined White (in garden) [Jeff Delve]

Canvey Wick, 11:00 to 12:45
3 Egyptian Goose, 1 Red Kite (circled higher and higher over west end), 1 Buzzard, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Nightingale (one singing and showing well), 6 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler (singing & showing), 7 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Speckled Wood [John Wright]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 10:50, cool, dull, misty
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Swallow, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Green-veined White [John Wright]

River Roach, 09:40 to 17:20, Coombes Farm to Paglesham Lagoon(via Bartonhall Creek)and return to Mill Lane
10 Little Egret (+), 22 Pochard (PL), 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Whimbrel (BC), 3 Curlew, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Skylark, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear (f,BC), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Raven (viewed twice,Coombes Farm and later in day fields E of Stambridge Mills.Pos same bird), 1 Greenfinch, 1 Brimstone, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock Butterfly (+) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 09:15 to 09:30
2 Long-tailed Tit (in garden) [Graham Mee]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:00 to 10:25
1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Small White [Paul Griggs]

Sunday 18 April 2021

South Fambridge, 19:35 to 19:45
6 Cattle Egret (flew east from Blue House Farm at 19:41 presumably to roost), 1 Barn Owl [Paul Baker]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 18:45 to 20:00
1 Water Rail (Calling), Jack Snipe, Vange (Tim Bourne) (102216 bytes) Jack Snipe, Vange (Tim Bourne) (96050 bytes) 1 Jack Snipe, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper (Heard only), 1 Water Pipit, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler [Tim Bourne]

Canvey Point, 16:30 to 18:00
10 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Common Tern, 1 Grey Seal [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:30 to 18:50
7 Little Egret, 17 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Mediterranean Gull (+), 2 Common Tern (+), 8 Skylark (+), 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Rochford, 16:15 to 16:15
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Canvey Wick, 15:00 to 16:10
1 Nightingale (singing at crossroads), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff [Stuart Bailey]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:40 to 18:50, Sunny, cool light easterly
1 Spoonbill (ad distantly in haze on south of Fitzroy briefly), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Tern (pair calling over Pool Marsh and later car park), 2 Swallow (pair around main concrete sluice will hopefully use nesting platforms available), Nice male Channel wag (Jeff Delve) (91884 bytes) Classic lavender blue head and white throat (Jeff Delve) (118549 bytes) 1 flava wagtail (Channel Wag with the Yellow flock), 36 Yellow Wagtail (feeding along sea wall by concrete sluices) [Jeff Delve]

Fleet Head, 12:55 to 13:05, along entrance road to Potton
24 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 8 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Sedge Warbler (singing), 2 Greenfinch (display) [Jeff Delve]

South Fambridge, 12:30 to 12:30
4 Cattle Egret (on Blue House Farm), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard (BHF), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whitethroat (singing at bottom of garden), 4 Greenfinch, 1 Brimstone (male), 1 Small White, 1 Orange-tip, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Baker]

Potton Island, 10:45 to 12:55, Sunny, light ENE cool. Breeding survey recce
11 Whimbrel [Jeff Delve]

Daws Heath, 09:15 to 09:45
2 Buzzard (Little Haven NR), 2 Mistle Thrush (horse paddock) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 06:30 to 12:00
4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff [Graham Oakes]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 06:10 to 08:10, Sunny, light breeze, cold first thing
5 Pochard, 1 Water Rail, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Skylark, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Redwing, 8 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap (2 singing), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (singing from tip), 5 Greenfinch, 5 Reed Bunting [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 17 April 2021

River Roach, 16:20 to 18:20, Paglesham Boatyard to Paglesham Lagoon and return(no optics)
1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 4 Avocet, 50 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 5 Turnstone, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Skylark, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whitethroat [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canvey Wick, 15:30 to 16:40, Sunny, cold east wind
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nightingale (singing), 3 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 4 Blackcap (singing), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 2 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Willow Warbler (singing), 2 Greenfinch (singing), 10 Linnet, 2 Small White, 2 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Comma, 2 Speckled Wood [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:25 to 16:30
1 Spoonbill (on Fitzroy still this evening), 4 Pintail, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Swallow, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Corn Bunting [Jeff Delve]

Hockley/Hawkwell, 14:00 to 14:00, Hockley Market Garden Centre
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Swallow [Paul Baker]

Lower Raypits, 14:00 to 15:15
1 Lapwing (on grassy field in protected area - hopefully part of a pair), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (flew in from west and dropped into lagoon) [Jeff Delve]

Benfleet, 13:30 to 15:50, Working in garden
1 Buzzard (West towards Bowers Marsh), 8 Mediterranean Gull (Flyovers), 1 Black Redstart (Female type briefly on fence two doors up, ) [Tim Bourne]

Canewdon, 12:45 to 13:30
4 Blackcap, new record for pond (Jeff Delve) (12056 bytes) See broad wings and protruding tail, brown fur with blackish mask and protruding ears (Jeff Delve) (18633 bytes) nightmare to shoot as so agile (Jeff Delve) (12172 bytes) 1 Serotine (bat flying around Butts Hill Pond identified from photographs), 1 Brimstone, 2 Peacock Butterfly [Jeff Delve]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:30 to 15:00
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Small White [Paul Griggs]

Fleet Head, 12:00 to 12:30, just around the fish ponds
1 Marsh Harrier (female), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 15 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Grey Partridge, 2 Swallow, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Small White [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Mediterranean Gull (+), 2 Swallow (hawking around the garden), 3 Greenfinch, 2 Slow-worm (one dead, one alive), 1 Common Shrew (also dead :-( ), 1 Small White, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Baker]

Wakering Stairs, 09:45 to 11:45
2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Rabbit, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock Butterfly [John Wright]

Canvey Wick, 09:35 to 11:00
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Nightingale (limited subsong only), 12 Cetti's Warbler (+), 15 Blackcap (+), 6 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock Butterfly [Jeff Delve]

Canvey Wick, 09:30 to 11:30
40 Mediterranean Gull (+, over heading west(ish); 1 group of 28), Nightingale at Canvey Wick (Tim Bourne) (53109 bytes) 6 Nightingale (At least, singing and/or calling), 8 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Blackcap (+), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler (+, 2 singing), 1 Redpoll sp. (+, mobile singles) [Tim Bourne]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 11:00
6 Wigeon, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Mediterranean Gull, 1 flava wagtail (channel type on floods from gate near barn), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Sedge Warbler (heard), 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Bearded Tit (heard) [Mike Clarke]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 09:20, just to benches
1 Egyptian Goose (back of main lagoon), 2 Wigeon, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Yellow Wagtail [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Downs, 07:45 to 08:00, Short scan over marshes
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Willow Warbler [Jeff Delve]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 08:50
2 Wigeon, 2 Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Reed Warbler (heard), 10 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff [Mike Clarke]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 06:30 to 09:20
1 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 13 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Bearded Tit [Steve Arlow]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 06:30 to 07:30, Cold but bright and clear, light NE
1 Peregrine Falcon (adult over heading south), 1 Jack Snipe (usual area), 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler (singing), 1 Reed Warbler (singing south of main creek), 1 Bearded Tit (heard only) [Jeff Delve]

Friday 16 April 2021

Rochford Golf Course, 18:00 to 19:30, Sunny, cold NE wind
2 Canada Goose (pair), 2 Egyptian Goose (pair), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush (1 singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Greenfinch (singing), 1 Linnet [Neil Chambers]

Belfairs Woods, 10:40 to 12:10
7 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Rochford, 09:30 to 09:40
1 Raven (sat on top of Rochford Hospital Chimney calling before flying north over garden) [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 13:30
4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Snipe, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Curlew, 30 Mediterranean Gull (Plus), 2 Mistle Thrush, 8 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff (Plus) [Graham Oakes]

Thursday 15 April 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 19:15 to 20:15
1 Spoonbill (adult on Darwin), 2 Marsh Harrier (male & female), 1 Snipe (Stokes), 22 Black-tailed Godwit (Stokes), 1 Curlew (Stokes), 34 Mediterranean Gull [Paul Baker]

Canvey Wick, 19:00 to 19:25, Quick march to crossroads and back, bright but cool
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (Singing) [Martin Cracknell]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:00 to 19:15, Cold NNE wind, clear skies
1 Spoonbill (Adult back on Darwin), 12 Pintail, 2 Pochard (Stokes), 2 Ruff (Pair, male in part summer plumage on Stokes/ Darwin bund), 24 Mediterranean Gull (Over car park south), 1 Barn Owl (Hunting sea wall opposite Baltic wharf), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Heard flying over, no sign of flock of recent days) [Jeff Delve]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 16:00 to 17:00
1 Sparrowhawk (drifting high SE), 1 Blackcap (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:00
3 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Greylag Goose, 16 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Buzzard, 20 Lapwing, 32 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Linnet [Angela Baldock]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:00 to 11:35
1 Buzzard, 3 Mediterranean Gull (ads), 2 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff [Paul Griggs]

Wednesday 14 April 2021

Shoebury East Beach, 19:30 to 19:55
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Redstart (Lovely male showed well at 7:35 on and around western perimeter fence of the pond. Nice find Marc!), 1 Chiffchaff [Vince Kinsler, Neil Chambers]

Shoebury East Beach, 18:10 to 19:00
1 Redstart (West of the pond, showing well throughout ) [Marc Outten]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 18:00 to 19:00, Cool light NNE, clear
12 Pintail (Stokes lagoon), 3 Snipe, 47 Black-tailed Godwit (Stokes lagoon, mix of plumages), 4 Mediterranean Gull (fly overs), 1 Meadow Pipit (display flighting just N of Stokes), 27 Yellow Wagtail (inc brief view of Channel Wag) [Jeff Delve]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 17:20 to 18:45
1 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail (Calling), Jack Snipe, Vange Marsh (Tim Bourne) (77766 bytes) Jack Snipe Vange (Tim Bourne) (161424 bytes) Jack Snipe, Vange Marsh (Tim Bourne) (65880 bytes) 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank (Calling), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Bearded Tit (+) [Tim Bourne]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:10 to 18:55
15 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Water Pipit (Summer plumaged bird on Stokes Lagoon ), 1 flava wagtail (cracking male Channel Wagtail with the wagtail flock), 25 Yellow Wagtail (minimum around Stokes and Darwin lagoons) [Steve Arlow]

Lower Raypits, 16:45 to 17:45, Water levels in lagoon very low, most islands are islands no more
1 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck (pr on lagoon), 40 Teal (21 on lagoon, 19 on flooded fields), 5 Curlew (flooded field), 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Swallow [Jeff Delve]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Buzzard (high, east) [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Wick, 11:00 to 13:00
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Red Fox, 1 Brown Rat [John Wright]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Buzzard (high west) [Graham Mee]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 09:40 to 10:50
2 Cetti's Warbler [John Wright]

Canvey Wick, 09:30 to 10:00
1 White Stork (circling low at west end (09:40 - 09:45) before drifting north towards West Canvey Marsh where it was seen circling very high up), 4 Nightingale, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler [John Wright]

Belfairs Woods, 08:00 to 09:30, walk from home to pound wood and back
3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush (in paddock between Belfairs and Pound wood), 6 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff [Mike Clarke]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 13:15, 74 species seen on the reserve
2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 30 Mediterranean Gull (plus), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Corn Bunting [Graham Oakes, Graham Ryland]

River Roach, 07:30 to 13:15, Coombes Farm to Hampton Barns (via Bartonhall Creek ) and return
3 Little Egret, 2 Pochard (pair,BC), 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Avocet, 2 Snipe (BC), 79 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel (calling,BC), 56 Curlew, 6 Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler (heard), 6 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Raven (very vocal,Stambridge Mills), 3 Greenfinch [Jeff Kinnerman]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 02:00 to 04:00
1 Red Fox, 2 Badger, 1 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Tuesday 13 April 2021

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 23:30 to 23:35
1 Tawny Owl (calling) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 18:30 to 20:15
8 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 10 Pintail, 5 Snipe, 8 Mediterranean Gull (+), 1 Little Owl (JD - on roadside telegraph post just west of Baltic Wharf entrance (just beyond double bend).), 3 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Baker, Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 17:50 to 18:30, Quick circuit on my bike
60 Mediterranean Gull (+), 1 Swallow, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Manorway bushes), 1 Bearded Tit (+ heard ) [Martin Cracknell]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:50 to 09:00
11 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Swallow, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff [Mike Clarke]

Doggetts Pits, 06:40 to 08:00, walk around pits and north to farm and back
3 Cormorant, 9 Greylag Goose (good count for here), 6 Shelduck, 6 Tufted Duck (3 pairs), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Swallow (by the stables), 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Sedge Warbler (singing in reedbed), 8 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Corn Bunting (second site record) [Steve Arlow]

Monday 12 April 2021

South Fambridge, 19:45 to 20:15
5 Cattle Egret (flew across Blue House Farm from the east to roost at 20:13), 1 Barn Owl (visiting nestbox on BHF) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 18:40 to 20:20, Very still but cool clear skies, brief highlights
1 Spoonbill (On Darwin just S of hide), 8 Pintail (4 pairs still Stokes), 14 Black-tailed Godwit (Stokes), 8 Mediterranean Gull (4 pairs over calling all heading SE) [Jeff Delve]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 15:00 to 15:30
1 Sparrowhawk (drifting high SE mobbed by gulls), 1 Blackcap (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Downs, 12:00 to 12:30, viewing Pitsea marsh
1 Cattle Egret, 6 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Canvey Wick, 10:15 to 12:00
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit (over), 1 Yellow Wagtail (over), 2 Nightingale, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 18 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 12 Lesser Redpoll (Probably more as several 1’s/2’s seen flying around also) [Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:50 to 14:25
1 Cattle Egret (W of Manorway ), 3 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (W of Manorway), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Snipe, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 28 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Skylark, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 9 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Bearded Tit (males,others present), 1 Raven (mobbed by four Carrion Crows) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 13:30, 71 species on reserve today
10 Little Grebe (plus), 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Skylark, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Song Thrush, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Bearded Tit, 1 Raven [Graham Oakes, Graham Ryland]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00, Very changeable weather.
550 Sanderling (Circa), 150 Dunlin (Circa), 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Rook (A Gunners life tick for me) [Andrew Armstrong]

Canvey Wick, 07:45 to 09:00
1 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nightingale (very half hearted subsong on the cold morning by the crossroads), 6 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 20 Blackcap (+ loads), 4 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler (just before, at and just after the crossroads), 20 Lesser Redpoll (c flock in bushes by car park, but difficult to count) [Mike Clarke]

Sunday 11 April 2021

Wakering Stairs, 17:00 to 17:45
1 Hobby (Over heading NE), 8 Skylark, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff [Marc Outten]

Canvey Wick, 13:00 to 13:45
2 Buzzard (drifting west), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 4 Blackcap (singing), 2 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Willow Warbler (singing SW of crossroads), 11 Lesser Redpoll (flew over crossroads) [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 12:55 to 14:30, Warming when sun out but still cool breeze
1 Little Egret, 2 Wigeon (pair), 5 Teal, 2 Shoveler (drakes), 2 Pochard (pair), 1 Buzzard, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Spotted Redshank (saline lagoon), 3 Greenshank (saline lagoon), 2 Green Sandpiper (saline lagoon), 1 Sand Martin, 18 Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Bearded Tit [Jeff Delve]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 11:40 to 13:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Small Tortoiseshell [Steve Arlow, Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Downs, 11:30 to 12:30, fields around Hadleigh castle only
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Skylark (singing), 2 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Bowers Downs, 10:35 to 11:30
1 Cattle Egret (on Pitsea Marsh), 5 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 10 Mediterranean Gull (at least), 9 Swallow [Steve Arlow, Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 10:00 to 11:00
6 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Sandwich Tern, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 4 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff [Mike Clarke]

Canvey Wick, 09:50 to 12:20, Cold NW breeze but sunny, getting warmer. Walked long loop
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Mediterranean Gull (pair high over calling), 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Nightingale (singing sporadically around crossroads), 12 Cetti's Warbler, 20 Blackcap (+, singing everywhere), 3 Lesser Whitethroat (between car park and crossroads), 1 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff (singing), 5 Willow Warbler (singing birds by crossroads and further west), 3 Greenfinch (one giving good display flight), 20 Lesser Redpoll (+, flock just past crossroads flew across track) [Jeff Delve]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 09:00 to 11:00
1 Goldcrest (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Wick, 06:35 to 10:15
1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Nightingale (singing by the crossroads), 1 Song Thrush, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 16 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (singing just west of the crossroads), 27 Lesser Redpoll (at least flew over the crossroads) [Steve Arlow, Paul Griggs]

Saturday 10 April 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:30 to 17:00, Bloomin' freezing cold NE wind.
2 Tufted Duck (pair on triangle), 1 Blue-headed Wagtail ('Channel' wagtail with pale lavender blue head and pale ear coverts - very different from this morning's Blue head), 18 Yellow Wagtail (along bund edge Fitzroy), 1 Wheatear [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 13:45 to 16:15, Overcast, brisk NE wind, light rain. High tide
1 Red-throated Diver (flew west), 15 Great Crested Grebe (+), 1 Gannet (adult west and back east), 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff (1 singing) [Neil Chambers]

Gunners Park, 13:00 to 13:30
5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff [Lee Ebbs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:15 to 12:15
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Downs, 10:30 to 11:00, viewing marshes to the south
2 Great White Egret, 9 Swallow, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:30 to 12:00
1 Spoonbill (On Pool Marsh before flying off and seeming to land on Stokes but could not be refound ), 1 Kestrel, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Corn Bunting (Singing) [Lee Ebbs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:00 to 10:00
1 Spoonbill, 6 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Yellow Wagtail (heard only) [Mike Clarke]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:00 to 10:00, Very chilly NE wind, heavy overcast
1 Spoonbill (eventually refound feeding on Pool Marsh then flew to Lytag ), 14 Pintail (8 Lytag, 6 Stokes), 100 Shoveler (+, Lytag), 8 Pochard (4 pairs triangle), 1 Marsh Harrier (sub adult male over south sea wall), 3 Snipe, 4 Mediterranean Gull (at least 2 pairs flying over), 1 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit (one in full parachute display flight east of Acresfleet), Smart male, just a hint of white on chin (Jeff Delve) (95328 bytes) With group of Yellow Wags (Jeff Delve) (115610 bytes) Got to love that face pattern (Jeff Delve) (117675 bytes) 1 Blue-headed Wagtail (superb male in with a group of 8-10 yellow wags, Dark cheeks indicate 'pure' Blue-headed but some white on chin implies "channel" hybrid with Yellow Wag) [Jeff Delve]

Friday 09 April 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:30 to 19:20
1 Spoonbill (Feeding actively on Stokes lagoon before flying to roost on Darwin), 6 Pintail, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:45 to 17:10, Viewing from seawall above car park
3 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill (feeding in SE corner of Stokes Lagoon) [Neil Chambers]

Canewdon, 16:40 to 16:50
1 Buzzard (on fence line north of double bend on Scotts Hall Road), 1 Little Owl (on trees south of double bend, Scotts Hall Road) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:30 to 18:15
1 Spoonbill, 12 Pintail, 18 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:50 to 18:15
1 Spoonbill (adult on Stokes Marsh), 9 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier (male and female), 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Short-eared Owl (flew east over Stokes Marsh), 18 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Downs, 15:45 to 16:45
1 Cattle Egret, 6 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 92 Mediterranean Gull (some fields they were commonest gull!), 2 Swallow, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff [Vince Kinsler]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 14:45 to 15:30
1 Buzzard, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull (2nd summers), 4 Swallow (flew high north), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 2 Blackcap (singing), 2 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Peacock Butterfly [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:30 to 15:20
Bit of a stretch (Jeff Delve) (48926 bytes) Chilling out (Jeff Delve) (43268 bytes) Spoonbill yoga? (Jeff Delve) (46530 bytes) 1 Spoonbill (adult on Stokes Lagoon), 2 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Downs, 13:55 to 14:40, Viewing marshes to the south
1 Cattle Egret (on fields NW of Manorway), 1 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Kestrel, 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Small White [Neil Chambers, Martin Cracknell]

Rayleigh, 13:30 to 13:30
1 Hobby (Over the A130 just north of railway by Fairglen interchange) [Paul Baker]

Leigh on Sea, 13:15 to 13:15
1 Blackcap (heard singing from trees beside A127 Progress Rd/The Fairway) [Paul Baker]

Doggetts Pits, 12:50 to 13:30
3 Tufted Duck (pair and the single drake at the farm duck pond), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Swallow, 7 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat (singing by the southern reedbed), 5 Chiffchaff [Steve Arlow]

Shoebury, 10:40 to 18:00
1 Black Redstart (In song from the rooftops - Friars Street), 2 Siskin (+ over ) [Marc Outten]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 10:00 to 13:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Coal Tit (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 10:30, Just watching from gate near barns
1 Spoonbill (adult feding well in pools on wet grassland - thanks Graham), 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Swallow, 4 Yellow Wagtail [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 10:00
3 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Swallow, 5 Yellow Wagtail [Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 13:15, 71 species seen on the reserve
6 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail (heard), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Mediterranean Gull (plus), 3 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler (heard), 10 Blackcap (plus), 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Bearded Tit [Graham Oakes, Jeff Kinnerman, Graham Ryland]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 02:00 to 04:00
2 Badger [John Wright]

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