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.

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Hockley Woods, 12:15 to 14:15
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female ), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper [Jeff Kinnerman]

Southend Airport, 09:00 to 09:10
1 Little Owl [Vince Kinsler]

Hadleigh Downs, 08:45 to 10:55
1 Grey Heron, 425 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (circa,together in field ), 2 Buzzard (together ), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat (pair,near castle ), 1 Song Thrush, 17 House Sparrow, 2 Greenfinch (male and female singles) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Monday 14 January 2019

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 23:30 to 23:45
2 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 11:00 to 12:10
1 Grey Squirrel, 1 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:00 to 10:30, Hadleigh Castle
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Dartford Warbler, 20 Greenfinch, 15 Linnet, 1 Red Fox, 1 Rabbit [John Wright]

Southend Airport, 08:30 to 08:50
Little Owl (Graham Oakes) (60630 bytes) 1 Little Owl [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 08:45
2 Tundra Bean Goose (flew off with Canadas at 08:00), 30 Greylag Goose (approx), 160 Canada Goose (approx), 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Cetti's Warbler [John Wright]

Sunday 13 January 2019

Eastwood, 15:45 to 15:55
1 Little Owl [Lee Ebbs]

Southend Pier, 15:30 to 16:30, Family walk with friends
40 Turnstone (Plus), 10 Mediterranean Gull (Plus), 2 Kittiwake (Adults sitting on the jetty), 6 Grey Seal [Mike Clarke]

Shoeburyness Park, 13:30 to 13:50
1 Egyptian Goose, 25 Goldfinch [Lee Ebbs]

Rochford, 11:05 to 11:10
1 Blackcap (Female feeding the garden ivy) [Steve Arlow]

Hockley Woods, 09:30 to 12:00
2 Stock Dove, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redwing, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Jay [Angela Baldock]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:15 to 10:15
2 White-fronted Goose, 10 Greylag Goose, 50 Canada Goose, 1 Kestrel, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Bearded Tit [Lee Ebbs]

South Benfleet, 08:45 to 09:00, My garden
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 4 Jackdaw, 17 Goldfinch [Martin Cracknell]

Southend Airport, 08:45 to 08:45
1 Little Owl [Angela Baldock]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 09:00
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 2 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard ) [Lee Ebbs]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 01:10
1 Badger [John Wright]

Saturday 12 January 2019

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 23:45 to 23:55
1 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:00 to 16:30, White gate only
3 Kestrel, 1 Short-eared Owl, 30 Corn Bunting [Mike Clarke]

Hampton Barns, 15:45 to 16:15, Quick look at the weed fringed hedgerow
1 Buzzard, 6 Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch, 10 Reed Bunting [Mike Clarke]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 14:20 to 16:00, Manorway path only
2 White-fronted Goose (From the gate at the SW end of the Manorway ), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (On pylon), 20 Redwing (+), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Goldcrest [Tim Bourne]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 14:00 to 16:35, JW joined me from 3:30pm onwards
0 Tundra Bean Goose (no sign - very few geese present), 3 Marsh Harrier (adult male and 2 females), 1 Buzzard, 2 Ruff, 22 Snipe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Spotted Redshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (fine 1st winter), 1 Water Pipit (on view feeding in the cut reeds in NE corner) [Steve Arlow, John Wright]

Paglesham Lagoon, 13:30 to 15:00
10 Pintail, 1 Scaup (Drake), 12 Goldeneye, 3 Buzzard, 1 Corn Bunting [Mike Clarke]

Canvey Point, 13:00 to 13:30
1 Red-throated Diver, 50 Great Crested Grebe (approx), 1 Gannet (adult), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (1st winter on shingle bank), 1 Kittiwake (adult following ship) [Steve Arlow]

Two Tree Island (West), 13:00 to 13:45
8 Avocet, 40 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Linnet [Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:00 to 12:40
2 White-fronted Goose (adults. Seen distantly from souble benches looking back towards Wat Tyler. Birds were well hidden in the long grass), 46 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier (immature male), 2 Ruff (dunlin), 1 Bearded Tit (male) [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 12:00
1 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 White-fronted Goose, 50 Greylag Goose, 40 Canada Goose, 6 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 46 Pintail, 20 Shoveler, 20 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 250 Lapwing, 2 Ruff, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Meadow Pipit, 100 Pied Wagtail (+), 10 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 2 Reed Bunting [Angela Baldock]

Hadleigh Downs, 08:45 to 09:35
1 Woodcock, 1 Stock Dove (singing), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit (singing from garden at bottom of Shipwrights Close) [Neil Chambers]

Rayleigh, 08:25 to 08:35
1 Sparrowhawk (flew over Stadium Way) [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 08:45
2 Tundra Bean Goose (active with Greylags before flying south with them at 8:30), 40 Greylag Goose, 80 Wigeon, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Fieldfare [Vince Kinsler]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 09:20
2 Tundra Bean Goose (Flew off at 8:30, south towards Wat Tyler CP / Vange Wick), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 1 Water Pipit, 15 Fieldfare (+), 1 Cetti's Warbler [Tim Bourne]

Friday 11 January 2019

Wakering Stairs, 16:00 to 16:15
1 Sparrowhawk, 50 Golden Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper [Lee Ebbs]

Gunners Park, 15:00 to 15:30
8 Great Crested Grebe, 25 Knot, 10 Sanderling, 2 Redshank, 5 Turnstone [Lee Ebbs]

Canvey Point, 14:00 to 15:30
2 Red-throated Diver, 227 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 2 Common Seal, 2 Grey Seal [John Wright]

Hockley Woods, 10:15 to 11:00
1 Coal Tit (usual area by the big gardens) [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:10 to 10:10
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 01:10
1 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Thursday 10 January 2019

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 13:30 to 15:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 46 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 16 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Lower Raypits, 13:00 to 15:00
4 Little Grebe (River Crouch), 2 Greylag Goose, 27 Canada Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 1 Snipe, 1 Redshank, 17 Meadow Pipit, 2 Magpie, 6 Carrion Crow, 1 Red Fox [Marc Outten]

Eastwood, 12:35 to 12:55
1 Grey Wagtail (by Tool Station) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Canvey Point, 11:35 to 12:50, Overcast, light NW wind, cold. High tide approx. 15:10
2 Red-throated Diver (+), 2 Black-throated Diver (drifted up on tide), 3 Mediterranean Gull (+), 2 Kittiwake (1+ ad + 1'w), 1 Razorbill (drifted up on tide, then flew east), 1 Rock Pipit [Neil Chambers, Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 10:15 to 12:15
1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, 18 Long-tailed Tit (3 family parties), 2 Treecreeper [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:05 to 11:00
5 White-fronted Goose (family party of 2 ads & 3 juvs showed well on field behind barn - loosely with Canada Geese), 20 Greylag Goose (+), 100 Canada Goose (+), 4 Pintail (2 pairs), 20 Pochard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon (on pylon towards Wat Tyler), 3 Dunlin, 3 Ruff (with Lapwings), 1 Green Sandpiper, 30 Pied Wagtail, 10 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 2 Reed Bunting [Neil Chambers, Paul Baker]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 09:05 to 09:55
50 Greylag Goose (+, Vange Wick), 120 Canada Goose (+, Vange Wick), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 20 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing [Neil Chambers, Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 09:00 to 16:25, Cold, overcast and grey
9 Cormorant, 1 Mute Swan, 217 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Common Scoter, 1211 Oystercatcher, 45 Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 3 Lapwing, 73 Sanderling, 260 Dunlin, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 36 Redshank, 24 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Red Fox, 2 Grey Seal [Andrew Armstrong]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 09:00, Overcast, light NW wind, cold
2 Tundra Bean Goose (same as the recent Hanningfield Res. birds - had obviously roosted and flew north on their own at 8.10), 40 Greylag Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Water Rail (abstraction ditch), 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 1 Water Pipit (feeding in NE corner, then flew high north until lost to view!), 20 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler (1 in abstraction ditch, another singing) [Neil Chambers, Paul Baker]

Wednesday 09 January 2019

Two Tree Island (West), 13:15 to 13:55
1 Buzzard, 30 Avocet, 1 Rock Pipit [Mike Clarke]

Canvey Point, 13:00 to 14:45
6 Gavia sp., 15 Red-throated Diver, 150 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-breasted Merganser (flew up river), 3 Alcidae sp., 1 Guillemot, 1 Common Seal, 2 Grey Seal [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 12:45 to 15:00
2 White-fronted Goose, 6 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 28 Grey Plover, 40 Dunlin (plus), 3 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 2 Curlew, 10 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing [Graham Oakes]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:15 to 11:45, Gate by picnic tables only
2 White-fronted Goose (with Canadas and Greylags out on grazing field), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Peregrine Falcon [John Wright]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:55 to 11:05, Marina only
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Greenshank [John Wright]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 10:45
1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 30 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:45 to 14:50
2 White-fronted Goose (together grazing with Canadas and Greylags SW of barn), 7 Pintail (three drakes,four females ), 27 Pochard, 2 Marsh Harrier (male and female ), 1 Kestrel (female ), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 275 Lapwing (circa), 2 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat (pair), 17 Fieldfare (together ), 2 Song Thrush, 9 Redwing, 1 Bearded Tit (male), 5 Greenfinch (together ), 2 Yellowhammer (pair,SW of reserve), 1 Red Fox [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:40 to 10:30
2 White-fronted Goose (With Canada geese on field behind barn), 7 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Ruff, 25 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing [Bob Young]

Tuesday 08 January 2019

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:30 to 16:00
4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 4 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 600 Golden Plover (+), 50 Corn Bunting (+) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Coombe Wood, 09:00 to 12:00
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Redwing [Jeff Saward]

Monday 07 January 2019

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:50 to 14:20, South East Essex RSPB Field Trip (to conveyor belt and return)
2 Little Egret, 5 Pintail (three drakes,two females ), 3 Marsh Harrier (two females and single male), 1 Hen Harrier (ring tail), 1 Sparrowhawk (feeding on prey close to car park ), 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1000 Golden Plover (+), 2 Common Gull, 50 Corn Bunting (circa together,viewed from white gate) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Rochford, 10:00 to 10:00
1 Grey Wagtail [Lee Ebbs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:45
2 White-fronted Goose (In field west of double benches), 1 Shelduck, 38 Pochard, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Ruff, 2 Stonechat [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Sunday 06 January 2019

Barling, 22:00 to 22:00
1 Barn Owl (Perched up in tree alongside Shopland Road) [Lee Ebbs]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 19:15 to 19:20, Garden Pond
3 Smooth Newt [John Wright]

Eastwood, 16:05 to 16:10
1 Little Owl [Dudley Shayler]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 15:00 to 16:30
1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe (Or possibly the same bird twice), 27 Snipe, 1 Water Pipit (Scoped feeding in NE corner of lagoon), 1 Stonechat, 10 Fieldfare (+), 1 Cetti's Warbler [Tim Bourne]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:30 to 15:40
3 Little Egret, 10 Wigeon (+), 1 Hen Harrier (Possibly a second), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 500 Golden Plover (+ Large flock), 100 Lapwing (+), 2 Short-eared Owl, 30 Corn Bunting (+) [Dudley Shayler]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:20 to 14:20
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Downs, 13:50 to 14:50
2 Stonechat, 1 Dartford Warbler [Stuart Bailey]

Shoeburyness Park, 13:50 to 13:55
1 Egyptian Goose [Steve Arlow]

Shoeburyness Park, 13:50 to 14:00
1 Egyptian Goose [Mike Clarke]

Shoebury East Beach, 13:30 to 13:45
4 Ringed Plover, 1 Mediterranean Gull [Mike Clarke]

Shoebury East Beach, 13:25 to 13:35
3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) [Steve Arlow]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 13:15 to 14:45
10 Greylag Goose, 20 Canada Goose, 1 Peregrine Falcon (On pylons by mariner), 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing [Lee Ebbs]

Hockley Woods, 13:05 to 14:35
1 Stock Dove (singing), 10 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper [Neil Chambers]

Belfairs N.R., 12:15 to 14:15, and Pound Wood
1 Buzzard (very dark bird, perched), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (h) [Paul Griggs]

Sutton Road Cemetery, 11:30 to 13:10
3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50 Fieldfare (at least), 30 Redwing (at least), 5 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit (in pine tree by the small church), 5 Jay [Steve Arlow]

Southend Pier, 11:15 to 13:20
7 Red-throated Diver (+), 2 Black-throated Diver, 4 Gannet, 12 Eider (All fem/imm), 40 Mediterranean Gull (+, incl. ringed birds white 32T0, white E494, yellow 2H71), 3 Kittiwake, 4 Guillemot, 5 Common Seal (+) [Tim Bourne]

Canvey Point, 09:15 to 12:30
27 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 150 Great Crested Grebe (+), 30 Gannet (+), 1 Mute Swan, 32 Sanderling, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Saturday 05 January 2019

Wat Tyler Country Park, 13:40 to 16:10
2 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (f), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (SLA), 1 Water Rail (h), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail (+, maybe 3), 1 Chiffchaff (SLA) [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 13:10 to 14:05
5 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Neil Chambers]

Eastwood, 13:00 to 13:05
1 Little Owl [Neil Chambers]

Hockley Woods, 13:00 to 14:15
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch (C100m down from the car park), 2 Treecreeper, 1 Jay [Vince Kinsler, Mike Clarke]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 12:20 to 13:30
3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 10 Snipe, 11 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Southend Airport, 12:10 to 12:40
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest [Vince Kinsler, Mike Clarke]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 11:35 to 11:50
1 Badger [John Wright]

Hadleigh Downs, 11:10 to 11:40
2 Stonechat, 1 Dartford Warbler, 2 Greenfinch [Vince Kinsler, Mike Clarke]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:00 to 11:35
1 Peregrine Falcon [Tim Bourne]

Canvey Point, 10:50 to 11:50
13 Red-throated Diver, 255 Great Crested Grebe (+, mainly in two rafts), 5 Gannet, 8 Sanderling, 1 Kittiwake (ad), 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 25 Linnet (c.) [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Southend Airport, 10:15 to 10:35
2 Little Owl, 1 Kingfisher [Tim Bourne]

Canvey Point, 09:50 to 10:40
12 Red-throated Diver (including one coming into summer plumage!), 1 Black-throated Diver, 220 Great Crested Grebe (plus ), 35 Gannet (all adults ), 2 Sanderling, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Alcidae sp. [Vince Kinsler, Mike Clarke]

Rayleigh, 09:10 to 09:10
1 Grey Wagtail (flew over High Street) [Neil Chambers]

Hadleigh Downs, 09:00 to 10:30
2 Stonechat (pr), 10 Redwing (+), 1 Dartford Warbler (male, hard to find at first but then joined the Stonechats.) [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 08:40 to 09:30
3 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Avocet, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Reed Bunting [Vince Kinsler, Mike Clarke]

Eastwood, 08:25 to 08:35
Little Owl, Aviation Way 05-01-2019 (Steve Arlow) (64328 bytes) 1 Little Owl (in usual tree), 1 Kingfisher (in Eastwood Brook), 2 Green Woodpecker [Steve Arlow]

Hockley Woods, 08:20 to 09:40
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper [Bob Young]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 08:30
20 Greylag Goose (+), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 3 Jack Snipe [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 08:30
2 Water Rail (showing well in abstraction ditch), 80 Lapwing, 1 Ruff (with lapwings), 1 Jack Snipe, 8 Snipe, 1 Water Pipit, 6 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Bearded Tit [Vince Kinsler, Mike Clarke]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:30 to 09:30
6 Marsh Harrier (At least), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 3 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Snipe, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 100 Corn Bunting (+, incl. flocks of 47, 27, 19. All flew west over white gate at first light) [Tim Bourne]

Rayleigh, 06:30 to 07:00, Eastwood Road
1 Tawny Owl, 1 Red Fox, 1 Chinese Muntjac (Heard barking) [Tim Bourne]

Friday 04 January 2019

Wat Tyler Country Park, 16:00 to 17:00
3 Little Egret, 1 Red Fox [John Wright, Angela Baldock, Tim Bourne]

Roper's farm, 14:45 to 16:00
100 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 8 Goldeneye, 15 Avocet, 50 Golden Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 25 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Water Pipit (On saltings), 4 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 20 Rook [Lee Ebbs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:45 to 15:40, from white gate
4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 4 Kestrel, 2 Short-eared Owl, 50 Corn Bunting (circa) [Bob Young]

Southend Airport, 13:30 to 13:45
2 Little Owl (heard duetting from churchyard but not seen) [Paul Baker]

Eastwood Brook, 13:10 to 13:30
1 Kingfisher (showing well,calling) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Two Tree Island, 11:35 to 14:30
3 Little Egret, 250 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Marsh Harrier (adult male hunting on the salt marsh), 1 Peregrine Falcon (female in the same area at the same time as the marsh harrier), 2 Avocet, 24 Golden Plover, 1000 Knot (+), 35 Sanderling (from Old Leigh), 500 Dunlin (+), 10 Snipe (over marshes by Hadlleigh Castle), 150 Bar-tailed Godwit (approx), 270 Curlew, 50 Turnstone (+), 1 Mediterranean Gull (from Old Leigh), 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit (near the jetty), 1 Redwing, 4 Reed Bunting [Sally Brierley]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:05 to 11:10
1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Long-tailed Tit [Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:25 to 12:45
3 Cormorant (over), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (together ), 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Jay, 7 Greenfinch (together ), 1 Red Fox [Jeff Kinnerman]

Southend Pier, 09:45 to 11:20
4 Gannet, 2 Eider, 26 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 3 Guillemot [Bob Young]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 09:25 to 10:10
1 Peregrine Falcon (change of pylon from yesterday.), 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Graham Ryland]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:45 to 09:45
1 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 1 Water Pipit [Graham Ryland]

Southend Airport, 08:30 to 10:00, churchyard
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (pair), 1 Wren, 6 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Jay, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch [Angela Baldock]

Thursday 03 January 2019

Wat Tyler Country Park, 16:05 to 16:55
6 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine Falcon (male on pylon), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Red Fox [Paul Baker]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 15:30 to 15:50
1 Jack Snipe, 1 Water Pipit [Paul Baker]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 15:30 to 16:55
1 Peregrine Falcon (on Vange Wick pylon) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 13:00 to 13:30, Marina only
1 Peregrine Falcon (on pylon) [John Wright]

Southend Airport, 12:30 to 12:45
Little Owl 030119 (Paul Baker) (48752 bytes) 1 Little Owl [Paul Baker]

Ashingdon, 11:30 to 11:50
1 Chiffchaff (in churchyard) [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 11:20 to 12:30, Sunny, light NW wind
1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Gannet (+, all adults feeding offshore throughout), 1 Eider (fem flew W fairly close in before landing out towards the pier), 1 Mediterranean Gull (+) [Neil Chambers]

Shoeburyness Park, 10:55 to 11:10
3 Egyptian Goose [Neil Chambers]

Chalkwell Seafront, 10:30 to 11:30
32 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Colour ringed Sanderling (Graham Mee) (92689 bytes) 214 Sanderling (incl. colour ringed bird (see photo)) [Graham Mee]

Two Tree Island (West), 10:30 to 12:00
1 Water Rail (Taken by Grey Heron), 6 Avocet, 35 Ringed Plover, 500 Knot (+), 14 Snipe, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 12:00
2 Marsh Harrier (M & F), 1 Buzzard, 26 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher [John Wright]

Hadleigh Downs, 09:15 to 10:15
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Stonechat, Dartford Warbler (Graham Oakes) (63905 bytes) Dartford Warbler (Graham Oakes) (64602 bytes) 1 Dartford Warbler [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

River Roach, 09:05 to 16:00, Coombes Farm to Paglesham Lagoon via Bartonhall Creek and return
6 Little Egret, 50 Gadwall (circa,lagoon ), 4 Pintail (three drakes,one female on lagoon ), 156 Pochard (lagoon ), 8 Goldeneye (three females,two drakes on river,two females,one drake on lagoon), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard (including a very dark variant), 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 115 Avocet, 500 Lapwing (circa), 280 Dunlin, 12 Snipe (including eleven at Bartonhall Creek ), 230 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 150 Great Black-backed Gull (circa,predominantly adults together ), 1 Kingfisher (Bartonhall Creek), 1 Stonechat (male,Hampton Barns), 11 Corn Bunting (together ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canewdon, 08:00 to 08:00, Garden Watch - where have they all gone?
3 Wood Pigeon, 10 Collared Dove, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 6 Starling, 2 House Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch (usually many more at this time of year!), 8 Goldfinch [Jeff Delve]

Paglesham Lagoon, 07:45 to 10:35, Bright, light N wind. Walked in from sewage works
5 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Pintail, 1 Red-crested Pochard (fem), 1 Aythya sp. (drake Lesser Scaup-type hybrid), 80 Pochard (+), 0 Scaup (no sign), 25 Goldeneye (+, 5+ on lagoon, 20 on river), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 100 Chaffinch (+, in crop field on NW side of lagoon), 10 Reed Bunting (+), 23 Corn Bunting [Neil Chambers, Martin Cracknell]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:15 to 07:35, White gate only
1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl (+), 5 Corn Bunting (+) [Neil Chambers, Martin Cracknell]

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