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 24 July 2017

Southend, 16:30 to 16:30
1 Peregrine Falcon (Bombing around Vic Circus, viewed from The Range car park. Looked to be a male judging by size.), 3 Common Tern (flew high south together !) [Paul Baker]

Two Tree Island (East), 03:40 to 10:50
1 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 1 Whimbrel (heard at 4am), 1 Barn Owl, 9 Swift, 2 Swallow, 1 Nightingale, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler (juv), 2 Reed Warbler, 9 Blackcap (7 juvs), 6 Whitethroat, 1 Jay, 1 Small Copper, 1 Wall [Max Hellicar]

Sunday 23 July 2017

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 13:15 to 14:25, Quick visit to centrl benches before rain set in! Cloud 8/8; wind SW F2-3; 17º.
2 Little Ringed Plover (adults), 1 Whimbrel (heard from saline lagoon), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 4 Reed Warbler (+ heard), 1 Blackcap (male), 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Bearded Tit (+ heard), 8 Small White, 7 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 15 Gatekeeper, 10 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Heath [Richard Howard]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:00 to 15:10
13 Little Egret, 17 Golden Plover, 40 Black-tailed Godwit (at least flew high west), 6 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 9 Mediterranean Gull (adults with 2 juvs in the Black-headed Gull colony), 2 Clouded Yellow [Steve Arlow]

Rochford Golf Course, 08:30 to 12:00, Sunny spells, WSW wind
200 Swift (+, steady movement to S/SW), 2 Green Woodpecker (1 juv), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 2 Coenagrion sp., 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 3 Black-tailed Skimmer, 2 Gatekeeper, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 22 July 2017

River Roach, 17:00 to 19:15
1 Grey Heron, 19 Greylag Goose, 8 Shelduck (6 ducklings), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Redshank (+), 12 Common Tern, 22 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 16:30 to 18:40
1 Kestrel, 6 Little Ringed Plover (4 juv), 2 Ruff, 40 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Whimbrel (+, saline lagoon), 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 20 Swift (+), 6 Skylark, 40 Sand Martin (+), 9 Yellow Wagtail (8 juv's), 8 Reed Warbler, 10 Bearded Tit (approx. - several juv's), 2 Corn Bunting (singing), 1 Red Admiral, 3 Gatekeeper, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Two Tree Island (West), 14:00 to 15:35
5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 500 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Tern, 2 Swallow [Angela Baldock]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 13:55 to 15:20, Cloud 7-8/8 with light showers later; wind S F1-2; 20º. Roadside, 12 acre & old hide lookouts only.
3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper, 10 Sand Martin (+), 10 Swallow (+), 2 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood, 7 Gatekeeper, 8 Meadow Brown [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 13:10 to 15:10
5 Little Ringed Plover, 0 Little Stint (no sign), 2 Ruff, 43 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 40 Sand Martin (at least), 1 Bearded Tit [Steve Arlow]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 10:20 to 12:35
8 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail (heard only), 1 Oystercatcher, 8 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 125 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Curlew, 6 Spotted Redshank, 40 Redshank (on Saline Lagoon), 7 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Bearded Tit [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:20 to 12:15, Cloud 6-8/8; wind S F1-2; 16º. Central benches & then round back to gull watching log.
1 Kestrel, 3 Little Ringed Plover (Adults and juv.), record shot of Little Stint (Richard Howard) (76942 bytes) 3 Little Stint (+. What Tim said, plus single bird seen later from gull watching log - possibly one of the other 3 although appeared an adult), 2 Ruff (males moulting out of bp. Far side of lagoon by sluice.), 22 Black-tailed Godwit (adults in bp. Far side of lagoon by sluice.), 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper (tip run-off ditch), 3 Common Sandpiper, 20 Swift (c), 10 Sand Martin (+), 6 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 8 Reed Warbler, 8 Bearded Tit (minimum), 6 Small White, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Wall, 12 Gatekeeper, 7 Meadow Brown [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:50 to 10:15
1 Buzzard, 3 Little Ringed Plover (+), 1 Ringed Plover (+, calling somewhere out of view), 3 Little Stint (Always rather distant on island from double benches. 2 juvs, + a third bird that was obviously larger with darker, colder plumage, though fringed coverts and back feathers suggested juv. No braces, longer and thicker bill, broader bodied and in flight: apparently longer winged; some features not inconsistent with Semi-P Sand), 2 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Tim Bourne]

Friday 21 July 2017

Gunners Park, 17:30 to 18:30, Sunny, S wind
10 House Martin, 500 Starling, 1 Ruddy Darter, 1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Small White, 1 Holly Blue, 4 Gatekeeper [Neil Chambers]

Leigh on Sea, 14:00 to 15:30
1 Peregrine Falcon (Youngster hassling Wood Pigeons), 3 Linnet [Dudley Shayler]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:45 to 15:00, Cloud 4-6/8; wind S F3-4; 20º; high tide 11:19 (4.64m @ Burnham-on-Crouch). Seawall walk only.
1 Marsh Harrier (adult female in moult), 25 Black-tailed Godwit (c.), 2 Common Tern, 1 Clouded Yellow, 3 Small White, 7 Common Blue (males), Painted Lady (Richard Howard) (84283 bytes) 1 Painted Lady, 2 Peacock Butterfly, 8 Gatekeeper, 20 Meadow Brown (+) [Richard Howard]

Fleet Head, 10:35 to 11:50, Cloud 1-2/8 hazy; wind S F1-2; 18º; High tide 11:19 (4.64m @ Burnham-on-Crouch).
1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Avocet, 1 Common Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit (singing & displaying!), 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly (borrowdyke), 5 Meadow Brown [Richard Howard]

Potton Creek, 08:30 to 10:20, Cloud 1-2/8; wind S F1-2; 18º; High tide 11:19 (4.64m @ Burnham-on-Crouch).
4 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, Whimbrel (Richard Howard) (62644 bytes) 5 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult, b.p., over north), 3 Swallow, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Gatekeeper, 3 Meadow Brown [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:00
Little Ringed Plover (Graham Oakes) (78152 bytes) 4 Little Ringed Plover (2 juvs.), 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Sand Martin, 13 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 250 Starling (+), 50 Goldfinch (mixed flock of juvs. inc. greenfinch and Linnet.), Migrant Hawker (Graham Oakes) (71319 bytes) 1 Migrant Hawker, Southern Migrant Hawker (Graham Oakes) (77161 bytes) 2 Southern Migrant Hawker, 6 Wall [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Thursday 20 July 2017

Benfleet, 19:20 to 19:20
1 Hobby (West over garden.) [Graham Ryland]

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 17:55 to 17:55
1 Sparrowhawk [Angela Baldock]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 16:10 to 19:00, Cloud 5-6/8; wind SW F1-2; 20º.
2 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Wigeon (male & female, male in eclipse), 1 Garganey (male, eclipse plumage), 2 Oystercatcher, 70 Lapwing (c), 8 Ruff (7 males moulting out of b.p.), 260 Black-tailed Godwit (c. Most in full b.p.), 5 Curlew, 9 Spotted Redshank (b.p.), 9 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern, 40 Swift (flew through in a flock), 15 Sand Martin (feeding over lagoon), 3 Emerald Damselfly (2 males; 1 female), 25 Small Red-eyed Damselfly (mainly in pairs, mating/egg laying), 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 2 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue, 20 Gatekeeper (c), 5 Meadow Brown [Richard Howard]

Wednesday 19 July 2017

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 18:00 to 18:00
4 Swift [Angela Baldock]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 13:00 to 14:20, Cloud 8/8; wind W F3-4; 19º
1 Kestrel, 15 Swallow, 2 Blackcap (heard only), 1 Chiffchaff (heard only), female Azure damselfly (Richard Howard) (82585 bytes) 1 Azure Damselfly (female), male Southern Migrant Hawker (Richard Howard) (50996 bytes) 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (male), 1 Common Darter, 6 Ruddy Darter, 1 Green-veined White, 3 Common Blue, Holly Blue (Richard Howard) (72078 bytes) 9 Holly Blue, 4 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood, 25 Gatekeeper, 15 Meadow Brown [Richard Howard]

Westcliff, 12:15 to 12:20
7 Jackdaw [Max Hellicar]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:30
3 Kestrel, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern, Yellow Wagtail (Graham Oakes) (44623 bytes) 3 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Bearded Tit, 1 Yellowhammer (female), 1 Weasel, Southern Migrant Hawker (Graham Oakes) (36641 bytes) 6 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Brimstone, 3 Marbled White [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Tuesday 18 July 2017

Rayleigh Mount, 19:30 to 19:30
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Paul Baker]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 16:10 to 18:45, Cloud 3-6/8 hazy; wind NE F2-3; 18º; high tide 20:13 (5.22m @ Southend). Walk to both hides & sea wall & back.
2 Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper (1 on fleet; 1 in creek), 2 Stock Dove, 6 Swallow, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Bearded Tit (heard 'pinging'), 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (male by 12 acre lookout hedge), 2 Emperor Dragonfly (1 over roadside lookout pond, other by central pool), 1 Black-tailed Skimmer (male, over pools by farthest lookout), 50 Ruddy Darter (+ everywhere), 2 skippers, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Large White, 2 Small White, 1 Small Copper (female), female Brown Argus (Richard Howard) (72415 bytes) 1 Brown Argus (female), 3 Common Blue (male & 2 females), 6 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Comma, 4 Speckled Wood, Wall butterfly (Richard Howard) (81096 bytes) Wall butterfly (Richard Howard) (80382 bytes) 11 Wall, 7 Marbled White, 76 Gatekeeper, 18 Meadow Brown, 6 Small Heath [Richard Howard]

River Roach, 15:30 to 17:20
3 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, 12 Black-headed Gull (juveniles), 8 Common Tern, 32 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

Canvey Way, 12:30 to 13:30, 19 mph wind, sunny
Scarce Emerald MHe (Max Hellicar) (32035 bytes) 18 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (+, males, in ditch (only walked first 450 metres) parallel to Canvey Way on NW part of Canvey Island), 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly (also one being devoured by a Scarce Em), SMH MHe 1 (Max Hellicar) (20399 bytes) SMH MHe 2 (Max Hellicar) (19954 bytes) 16 Southern Migrant Hawker (+, males, around ditch (only walked first 450 metres) parallel to Canvey Way on NW part of Canvey Island, presumably lots more in the surrounding area), Marbled White MHe (Max Hellicar) (57830 bytes) 1 Marbled White, 30 Gatekeeper (c., not counted) [Max Hellicar]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:30 to 12:15
2 Swallow, SMH WCM MHe (Max Hellicar) (54783 bytes) 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (1-2 males by playground), 1 Wall, 1 Small Heath [Max Hellicar]

Canvey Point, 10:00 to 11:00
6 Cormorant, 6 Little Egret, 320 Oystercatcher (c.), 20 Dunlin (c.), 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 40 Curlew (c.), 47 Turnstone, 1 Common Gull, 1 Common Tern, 4 Swallow (c.), 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Reed Bunting [Max Hellicar]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 13:00, Sunny with light cloud. Moderate wind
30 Little Egret, 12 Grey Heron, 3 Ruff, 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 6 Green Sandpiper, 10 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Migrant Hawker (Graham Oakes) (86406 bytes) 3 Migrant Hawker, Southern Migrant Hawker (Graham Oakes) (33062 bytes) 2 Southern Migrant Hawker, 4 Common Darter [Graham Oakes]

Monday 17 July 2017

Two Tree Island (West), 19:00 to 20:00, Warm, overcast, tide up
130 Black-tailed Godwit (On the lagoon at high tide) [Andrew Armstrong]

Benfleet Downs, 15:00 to 18:50, Cloud 1/8; wind SE F0-1; 23º
1 Sparrowhawk (female with prey), 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby (harassing Sparrowhawk), 1 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap (males), 2 Bullfinch (1 seen, another heard calling), female Migrant Hawker (Richard Howard) (52208 bytes) 1 Migrant Hawker, male Brown Hawker (Richard Howard) (91671 bytes) 1 Brown Hawker, 10 Ruddy Darter (+), 1 Large White, 2 Green-veined White, 4 Purple Hairstreak, 2 White-letter Hairstreak, 1 Small Copper (male), male Common Blue (Richard Howard) (47003 bytes) 20 Common Blue (+), 4 Holly Blue, 3 Red Admiral, 6 Comma, 2 Speckled Wood, 11 Marbled White, 40 Gatekeeper (c), 30 Meadow Brown (c), 11 Ringlet, Small Heath (Richard Howard) (106029 bytes) 3 Small Heath [Richard Howard, Paul Griggs]

Prittlewell, 13:30 to 13:50
2 Peregrine Falcon (adult feeding a vocal juvenile with a kill,pos Pigeon on top ledge of Cecil Court tower block,Burr Hill Chase.Both viewed earlier in area flying through together before parting(11.55-12.00).) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canvey Way, 10:50 to 11:25, Warm & sunny
10 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (+, mostly males), 22 Southern Migrant Hawker (all males, in the first c700m of the ditch), 2 Large White, 15 Gatekeeper (+), 10 Meadow Brown (+) [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 09:50 to 10:50
8 Little Grebe, 2 Reed Warbler (singing), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Bearded Tit (heard only), 1 Common Lizard, 6 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 25 Ruddy Darter (+), 3 Essex Skipper, 2 Large Skipper, 3 Large White, 16 Common Blue, 3 Wall, 6 Marbled White, 50 Gatekeeper (+), 70 Meadow Brown (+), 7 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Wick, 09:00 to 09:50
1 Common Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 4 Blackcap (3 singing), 5 Whitethroat (2 singing), 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Southern Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Ruddy Darter, 4 Large White, 6 Common Blue, 3 Holly Blue, 1 Speckled Wood, 4 Wall, 36 Gatekeeper, 11 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 08:00 to 08:45, Sunny, light NNE wind - walked out to the point & back
3 Little Egret, 1 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Yellow Wagtail (+, incl 2 juv's), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 2 Small White, 3 Common Blue, 6 Gatekeeper, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Sunday 16 July 2017

Eastwood, 15:15 to 15:15
1 Banded Demoiselle (Western Approaches/Lundy Close) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Rochford Golf Course, 14:30 to 18:30, Mostly overcast, sunny spells, light SW/W wind, very muggy
5 Swift (+), 1 Kingfisher (flew along brook), 3 Green Woodpecker (1+ juv), 1 Blackcap (singing), 5 Banded Demoiselle (all fem), 100 Coenagrion sp. (+), 20 Blue-tailed Damselfly (+), 1 Green-veined White, 2 Gatekeeper, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 13:20 to 15:30
4 Ruff, 60 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 5 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Bearded Tit (+, calling), Small Red Eyes, Vange (Tim Bourne) (43077 bytes) 100 Small Red-eyed Damselfly (+, many), SMH, Vange (Tim Bourne) (55458 bytes) 2 Southern Migrant Hawker (At least), Rather old Emperor, Record Shot, Vange (Tim Bourne) (28712 bytes) 4 Emperor Dragonfly (+) [Tim Bourne]

South Benfleet, 13:00 to 15:00, garden in Hillside Road
2 Common Blue (males), 2 Gatekeeper [Richard Howard]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 12:00 to 15:00
4 Ruff, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 0 Lesser Yellowlegs (Whilst watching a group of Shanks (rather distantly I must admit) a bird popped up which I immediately just thought "Lesser Yellowlegs" but then before I could do anything about trying to clinch features etc the whole lagoon got put up by a couple of Muppets walking along the S seawall and a lot of the Shanks went down the creek. Still no sign after a couple of hours wait....most frustrating!), 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper [Mike Clarke]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:30 to 13:20
10 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 59 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 13:00
1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel (inc. 1 + juv.), 6 Common Tern, Yellow Wagtail (Graham Oakes) (82279 bytes) 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, Bearded tit (Graham Oakes) (44184 bytes) 7 Bearded Tit (inc.4 juvs.), 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Common Lizard, 1 Adder (female), 4 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 3 Southern Migrant Hawker, Brown Argus (Graham Oakes) (68038 bytes) 2 Brown Argus, 6 Wall, S, (Graham Oakes) (60077 bytes) 1 Small Heath [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Saturday 15 July 2017

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 20:15 to 20:35
5 Little Egret, 2 Spoonbill (imms), 2 Wigeon, 1 Sparrowhawk (over Pitsea flyover), 1 Kestrel, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 1 Reed Bunting (singing) [Paul Baker]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Green Woodpecker [Paul Baker]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 17:30 to 18:15, Overcast, SW wind, high tide
4 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Spoonbill (imm's in SW corner), 3 Ruff (moulting males), 110 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 54 Redshank (saline lagoon), 1 Common Tern, 1 Bearded Tit (+, heard only), 1 Reed Bunting (singing), 4 skippers, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Painted Lady (very fresh), 3 Gatekeeper, 2 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Way, 14:50 to 18:00, Cloud 8/8 with drizzle; wind SW F1; 17º; High tide 17:23 (5.38m @ Southend)
3 Little Egret, 26 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, Scarce Emeralds (Richard Howard) (53039 bytes) 12 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (11 males, 1 female), 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly, male Southern Migrant Hawker (Richard Howard) (69778 bytes) 5 Southern Migrant Hawker (males - inc. 3 together on one bramble), 60 Ruddy Darter (c), 12 skippers (Essex/Small), 2 Essex Skipper, 1 Green-veined White, 35 Common Blue (c), 3 Wall, 20 Marbled White (c), 50 Gatekeeper (c), 25 Meadow Brown (c), 5 Small Heath [Richard Howard]

River Roach, 12:30 to 17:15
14 Greylag Goose (11 goslings), 12 Shelduck (4 adults, 8 chicks), 1 Peregrine Falcon (over the Crouch), 8 Common Tern, 74 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

Friday 14 July 2017

Ferndale Road, Rayleigh, 17:50 to 18:10
5 Swift (+), 1 Song Thrush (singing), 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Southern Hawker, 1 Small White, 2 Gatekeeper, 4 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Way, 14:50 to 16:50, Cloud 6/8; wind NW F2-3; 18º; high tide 16:44 (5.46m @ Southend)
2 Little Egret, 12 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank (one seen, both heard), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Stock Dove, semale Scarce Emerald damselfly (Richard Howard) (48057 bytes) female Scarce Emerald damselfly (Richard Howard) (59198 bytes) 11 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (2 females, 9 males), 6 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 4 Southern Migrant Hawker, 47 Ruddy Darter, 7 skippers (Small/Essex), 2 Essex Skipper, 3 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, female Common Blue (Richard Howard) (63116 bytes) 23 Common Blue (21 males; 2 females), 2 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Wall, 19 Marbled White, 53 Gatekeeper, 21 Meadow Brown, 15 Small Heath [Richard Howard, Paul Griggs]

Graysons Close, Rayleigh, 06:00 to 06:30
1 Blackcap (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Two Tree Island (East), 03:45 to 10:30
3 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 19 Swift (+), 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 3 Swallow (+), 3 Song Thrush (1 seen), 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Sedge Warbler (adult), 2 Reed Warbler (1 seen), 3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff (heard), 2 Red Fox, 10 Gatekeeper (c., in small area) [Max Hellicar]

Thursday 13 July 2017

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 20:20 to 20:40, Quick look from the West side only
11 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 3 Ruff (incl 2 moulting males with partial ruffs), 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 2 Bearded Tit [Martin Cracknell]

Benfleet Downs, 15:30 to 19:00, Cloud 4-5/8; wind SE F2; 20º.
5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard only), 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (male), 1 Small Red-eyed Damselfly (male), 80 Blue-tailed Damselfly (c), 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (male), 8 skippers (Small/Essex), 2 Small Skipper, 2 Essex Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 1 Small Copper, 16 Common Blue (2 females), 4 Peacock Butterfly, 5 Comma, 1 Marbled White, 40 Gatekeeper (+), 30 Meadow Brown (+), 6 Ringlet, 1 Small Heath [Richard Howard]

South Benfleet, 08:20 to 08:20, Cloud 2/8; wind E F2; 20º.
1 Greenfinch (adult male on feeder in garden - first for several years) [Richard Howard]

Wednesday 12 July 2017

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 20:10 to 21:40
2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 12 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Ruff, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Bearded Tit (+, heard) [Tim Bourne]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 14:00 to 17:15, Full loop to seawall & back. Cloud 4/8; wind NE to start, then NW F2; 18º.
8 Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, 1 Whimbrel (heard only), 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Swift, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Bearded Tit (male), Common Lizard (Richard Howard) (91184 bytes) 1 Common Lizard, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (male), 3 Black-tailed Skimmer (2 males; 1 female), 15 Ruddy Darter (+), 20 skippers (+), 1 Small Skipper, 5 Essex Skipper, 1 Clouded Yellow (east accross the 12 Acre viewpoint), 1 Large White, 2 Green-veined White, male Small Copper (Richard Howard) (53310 bytes) 1 Small Copper (sea wall), Brown Argus (Richard Howard) (58682 bytes) 1 Brown Argus (seawall, very fresh), male Common Blue (Richard Howard) (67222 bytes) 3 Common Blue (sea wall, 2 males, 1 female), 2 Holly Blue, 4 Speckled Wood, Wall butterfly (Richard Howard) (116581 bytes) 2 Wall, 25 Marbled White (+), 50 Gatekeeper (+), 50 Meadow Brown (+), 4 Small Heath [Richard Howard, Paul Griggs]

River Roach, 10:30 to 13:00
34 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern, 48 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

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