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 17 July 2019

Belfairs N.R., 12:00 to 13:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:00 to 14:30
6 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel (pr), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Stoat, 2 Common Seal, 3 Clouded Yellow (+), 3 Small Copper, 1 Brown Argus, 6 Common Blue, 1 Painted Lady, 2 Marbled White [Paul Griggs, Vince Kinsler]

River Roach, 10:00 to 13:00
22 Little Egret, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Curlew, 4 Redshank, 18 Common Tern (mainly juveniles), 50 Common Seal (+) [Graham Mee]

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 17:00 to 17:00
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 15:30 to 16:20, Sunny, very warm, light S wind
1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 1 Emerald Damselfly (male), 1 Large Red Damselfly, 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 10 Large White (+), 2 Green-veined White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary (on buddleia at RSPB pond), 1 Marbled White, 5 Gatekeeper, 2 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Monday 15 July 2019

Southend, 10:20 to 10:25
1 Peregrine Falcon (flew west over Sainsbury's, London Road ) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 12:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 39 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo (juv.), 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Corn Bunting [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

South Fambridge, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Marbled White [Paul Baker]

Sunday 14 July 2019

South Fambridge, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Whimbrel, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Red Fox, 4 Marbled White, 4 Gatekeeper [Paul Baker]

Saturday 13 July 2019

Eastwood, 15:10 to 15:30, Lundy Close
1 Swift, 5 House Martin, 1 Gatekeeper [Jeff Kinnerman]

Rochford Golf Course, 14:00 to 18:00, Overcast, NNW wind, warm
4 Green Woodpecker (group of 4 included at least 2 juvs), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 18 Banded Demoiselle (+, 2 fems), 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 skippers, 2 Large White, 5 Green-veined White, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock Butterfly, 3 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Westcliff, 08:05 to 08:10, St George's Drive
17 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:30
2 Black-necked Grebe (1 chick), 1 Garganey ( drake), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush (1 juv.), 1 Adder [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:20 to 02:30
2 Red Fox, 3 Badger [John Wright]

Friday 12 July 2019

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:30 to 17:00, Bright sunny, moderate westerly. Looking for Dragonflies and Butterflies
4 Great Crested Grebe (Pool Marsh), 40 Shelduck (+, ducklings in 3 family parties/creches ), 2 Marsh Harrier (ad female and apparent juv - very dark and clean winged), 75 Black-tailed Godwit (Pool Marsh), 10 Mediterranean Gull (+, seem to be nesting on Grass Farm where islands vegetated), 15 Swallow (+, juveniles around Grapnells Farm), 1 Mistle Thrush (singing by Grapnells Farm), In old farm ditch (Jeff Delve) (36397 bytes) Field ditch (Jeff Delve) (50261 bytes) 12 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 20 Blue-tailed Damselfly (+), Munching on Essex Skipper (Jeff Delve) (39625 bytes) 6 Emperor Dragonfly, Female (Jeff Delve) (118349 bytes) Male (Jeff Delve) (115558 bytes) 15 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Small Skipper (a few), 1 Essex Skipper (abundant - most skippers identified as Essex), 5 Clouded Yellow, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Common Blue, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady (most quite worn), 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock Butterfly (literally hundreds of fresh butterflies), 1 Gatekeeper (again hundred, all fresh), 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Heath [Jeff Delve]

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 08:30 to 09:30
1 Red Kite (over north), 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 1 Marbled White (second garden record ), 1 Meadow Brown [Vince Kinsler]

Thursday 11 July 2019

Coombe Wood, 21:05 to 21:05
1 Hobby (hunting swifts at dusk) [Jeff Saward]

Westcliff, 19:25 to 19:25, St.George's Drive
30 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Hockley/Hawkwell, 18:00 to 19:00
5 Green Woodpecker (in horse fields between Gusted Hall Wood car park and Ark Lane), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (in horse fields between Gusted Hall Wood car park and Ark Lane), 11 Mistle Thrush (in horse fields between Gusted Hall Wood car park and Ark Lane), 30 Painted Lady (minimum along the rough flowering fields. Most were worn and faded), 7 Marbled White (in the rough flowering fields) [Steve Arlow]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:45 to 13:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Swallow, 2 Large White, 1 Comma [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:10
3 Black-necked Grebe (1 chick), 10 Little Ringed Plover (+), 1 Dunlin (in summer plumage), 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Yellow Wagtail (2 juvs.), 50 Small Red-eyed Damselfly (+), 1 Gatekeeper (30+), 1 Ringlet (a few on the wing) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 10 July 2019

Belfairs N.R., 18:00 to 19:30
10 Swift, 75 Purple Hairstreak (at least. In the canopy of every large oak i looked at), 1 Red Admiral [Andrew Woodhouse]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 18:00 to 20:00, Light SW breeze, sunny with Local Liaison Group
4 Great Crested Grebe (Pool Marsh), 44 Black-tailed Godwit (Pool Marsh), 1 Greenshank (Pool Marsh), 1 Blue-headed Wagtail (male Channel Wag on fence 100m east of car park - same bird as through the summer), 1 Emperor Dragonfly (male over pool by southern sluice), 1 Lesser Emperor (male in creek feeding south end of Pool Marsh), 20 Painted Lady (+), 1 Peacock Butterfly (Fresh individual Jubilee Marsh) [Jeff Delve]

Belton Hills, 00:30 to 00:30
1 Badger (young one feeding 6 feet away at the top of the steps up from the station!) [Vince Kinsler]

Tuesday 09 July 2019

Rochford, 17:30 to 17:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

River Roach, 13:30 to 18:00
16 Little Egret, 17 Shelduck (2 pairs with 13 ducklings), 4 Redshank (2 adults with 2 chicks), 2 Herring Gull (rung individuals H6LT, TA4Z), 8 Common Tern, 37 Common Seal (dead pup observed) [Graham Mee]

Eastwood, 08:05 to 08:05, Lundy Close
15 House Martin [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:00
Black-necked Grebe and Chick (Graham Oakes) (58537 bytes) 3 Black-necked Grebe (1 chick), 2 Little Egret, 10 Little Ringed Plover (plus), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Marbled White (plu), 5 Gatekeeper [Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00, Overcast
3 Whimbrel, 3 Common Tern [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 08 July 2019

Westcliff, 14:40 to 14:45, St.George's Drive
25 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 14:00 to 15:30
3 Black-necked Grebe (1 chick), 2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Skylark, 10 Sand Martin (east), 2 Bearded Tit, 15 Marbled White [Paul Griggs]

Benfleet Downs, 12:00 to 13:45
6 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 20 Marsh Frog (+), 4 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 1 Azure Damselfly, 1 Common Blue Damselfly, 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Southern Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 3 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 3 Ruddy Darter, 3 White-letter Hairstreak, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Peacock Butterfly, 2 Comma, 40 Marbled White (+) [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Way, 10:10 to 11:50
1 Cuckoo (immature, watched calling plaintively for food), 4 Skylark, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 50 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (+), 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (probable, fem/imm), 30 Ruddy Darter (+), 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock Butterfly, 70 Marbled White (+), 2 Gatekeeper [Paul Griggs]

Sunday 07 July 2019

Hockley Woods, 15:00 to 16:45, Belchamps entrance
2 Southern Migrant Hawker (1 male, 1 fem/imm, plus 6 others that looked the same size/jizz but unconfirmed), 20 Large Skipper, 1 White Admiral, 9 Meadow Brown, 15 Ringlet [Paul Griggs]

Barling Magna Millennium Wildlife Park, 13:00 to 13:30
2 Buzzard, 6 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 10 Marbled White [Lee Ebbs]

Saturday 06 July 2019

Lower Raypits, 18:20 to 19:50, Overcast, mild, light winds and a few showers
19 Shelduck (Pair with 17 well grown ducklings), 2 Lapwing, 3 Redshank (adults), 6 Green Sandpiper (all adults), 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Corn Bunting, 1 Marbled White [Jeff Delve]

Westcliff, 18:10 to 18:15, St George's Drive
22 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Prittlewell, 17:45 to 17:45
9 Swift (above Blue Boar pub) [Angela Baldock]

Leigh Station, 08:30 to 08:50
2 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 4 White-letter Hairstreak, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Comma [Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 09:30
6 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Greylag Goose, 5 Canada Goose, 2 Shelduck, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 3 Skylark, 5 Reed Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 11 Goldfinch, 10 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Marbled White (many), 4 Ringlet, 2 Small Heath [Angela Baldock]

Friday 05 July 2019

Sutton Road Cemetery, 16:00 to 16:00
5 Mediterranean Gull (in smaller seperate anting flock) [Paul Baker]

Edwards Hall Park, 15:00 to 15:00
30 Mediterranean Gull (In a quick scan of a huge anting flock covering all of Eastwood & numbering c1000 gulls ) [Paul Baker]

Coombe Wood, 11:00 to 11:20
2 Buzzard (a pair circling over the wood), 2 Coal Tit (an adult and a juv.) [Jeff Saward]

Benfleet, 10:30 to 10:45, in a Garden backing on to the Glen
1 Purple Emperor [Graham Oakes]

Belfairs N.R., 09:30 to 11:30
1 Buzzard, 2 Large Skipper, 12 Purple Hairstreak, 3 White Admiral [Andrew Woodhouse]

Belfairs N.R., 09:00 to 10:00
1 Green-veined White, 10 Purple Hairstreak, 4 White Admiral, 2 Comma, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary [Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 08:00, Lagoon Benches only
3 Black-necked Grebe (1 chick), 3 Egyptian Goose, 7 Little Ringed Plover (1 chick) [Graham Oakes]

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