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.

Saturday 20 October 2018

Stambridge, 13:20 to 13:20
2 Buzzard (circling near cherry tree pub) [Graham Mee]

Wakering Stairs, 11:40 to 14:20
7 Little Egret, 170 Canada Goose (flew east), 1 Marsh Harrier (m), 6 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 7 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 3 Skylark, 1 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler (h), 5 Chaffinch, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Stoat, 8 Red Admiral, 1 Comma [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Gunners Park, 10:30 to 12:20
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, 2 Clouded Yellow, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood [John Wright]

River Roach, 10:00 to 12:30
200 Avocet (+), 66 Black-tailed Godwit, 280 Redshank, 29 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:00 to 10:10, Light high cloud. Low wind
3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 90 Dunlin (Circa. Managed realignment), 150 Black-tailed Godwit (Circa. Managed realignment), 120 Redshank (Circa. Managed realignment), 3 Stonechat (Conveyor system) [Andrew Armstrong]

Gunners Park, 08:05 to 11:20
3 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 6 Meadow Pipit, 10 Blackbird (+), 7 Song Thrush, 11 Goldcrest (+), 32 Chaffinch, 7 Red Admiral, 1 Comma [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Friday 19 October 2018

Leigh on Sea, 22:25 to 22:25
1 Red Fox [Max Hellicar]

Gunners Park, 16:00 to 16:45
2 Redwing, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Moving through Bunker Wood with Long-tailed Tit flock, heard calling three times but not seen. ), 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest [Lee Ebbs]

Prittle Brook (Southend), 14:25 to 14:30, Between Victoria Ave and Prittlewell Chase
2 Grey Wagtail (together ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:30 to 16:10
1 Buzzard, 1 Meadow Pipit (over), 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

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

Thursday 18 October 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:40 to 17:40, Slightly overcast and Chilly
5 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel [Andrew Armstrong]

Prittle Brook (Southend), 14:55 to 15:00, Between Victoria Ave and Prittlewell Chase
1 Grey Wagtail [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canvey Point, 14:00 to 17:40, Brisk NE, some cloud, but otherwise bright, rising tide
7 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter (a pair), 1 Sparrowhawk (flew across from Kent), 2 Pomarine Skua (1 ad., 1 juv.), 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua (pale/inter juv. first seen long-range at 1415, then again much closer off the Point at 1430 before it spiralled up and into the clouds), 1 Great Skua, 12 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Kittiwake (inc. a flock of 6), 5 Short-eared Owl (all flying in off the sea, two close in, heading towards TTI?), 1 Wheatear (along the sea wall all afternoon) [Jeff Saward]

Paglesham Lagoon, 13:30 to 16:10
10 Little Egret, 55 Wigeon (+), 4 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier (imm f), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull (ad, 1st-w), 2 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:00
8 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 30 Black-tailed Godwit (plus), 1 Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper (Saline lagoon), 1 Stonechat, 1 Corn Bunting [Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Rayleigh Mount, 18:45 to 18:55
1 Tawny Owl (female calling) [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:30 to 14:30
8 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 3 Snipe, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Whinchat (From 2nd hide looking east) [Graham Oakes]

Coombe Wood, 08:00 to 13:00
9 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap (male), 1 Coal Tit [Jeff Saward]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:00 to 09:00
11 Redwing [Paul Griggs]

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:00 to 14:00
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 12:00
2 Little Egret, 12 Pintail, 1 Kestrel, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Bearded Tit, 1 Red Fox, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood [Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 07:10 to 17:00, Initially misty but cleared
1 Kestrel, 80 Ringed Plover, 300 Sanderling, 1 Skylark, Bearded tit (Andrew Armstrong) (38443 bytes) 1 Bearded Tit (Southern edge of lake. Eventually seen going over the seawall to Kent), 800 Starling (Circa) [Andrew Armstrong]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 02:00 to 05:00
2 Red Fox, 2 Badger, 1 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Monday 15 October 2018

Rayleigh Mount, 19:00 to 19:10
2 Tawny Owl (pair hooting & calling) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 17:40 to 18:20
14 Egyptian Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Ruff, 10 Snipe (+), 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Spotted Redshank [Tim Bourne]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:10 to 14:10
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 09:40 to 10:50
19 Little Grebe, 7 Little Egret, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult with gammy leg), 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat (f), 1 Cetti's Warbler (h) [Paul Griggs]

Sunday 14 October 2018

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (+), 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 Blackbird, 1 Redwing (h), 9 Jay, 10 Chaffinch (over) [Paul Griggs]

Rochford Golf Course, 07:25 to 18:10, Overcast all day, light NW/SW wind at first, then N with persistent drizzle all afternoon
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Skylark (1 flew SW, 1 singing over airport), 4 Meadow Pipit (flew over SW), 3 Blackbird (flew over SW), 1 Redwing (heading west - several calls heard, none seen), 2 Mistle Thrush (flew S), 3 Siskin (singles, or perhaps the same one seen a few times), 3 Reed Bunting (flew over SW early on), 1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Wall [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 13 October 2018

Shoebury East Beach, 16:15 to 16:45
200 Oystercatcher (+) [Angela Baldock]

Hadleigh Downs, 16:00 to 17:00
1 Hobby (great views for nearly 5 mins as it swooped and wheeled just above the bushes before going onto the marsh. I think this is the latest Hobby I've seen in SOG) [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 12:40 to 15:30
24 Little Grebe, 200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 100 Ringed Plover, 400 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 30 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap, 25 Carrion Crow [Angela Baldock]

Leigh on Sea, 10:00 to 15:00
8 Little Egret, 2000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Peregrine Falcon (over Clement Court East in the Broadway), 18 Curlew [Graham Mee]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:20 to 16:10
1 Grey Wagtail (h), 1 Goldcrest (h) [Paul Griggs]

Friday 12 October 2018

Southend Seafront, 17:25 to 17:35
2 Peregrine Falcon (sweeping about between the casino and pier) [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:10 to 18:00, Slightly overcast. Strong wind
4 Marsh Harrier (One male and three females), 3 Kestrel [Andrew Armstrong]

Gunners Park, 12:55 to 14:30, no warblers at all...
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat (in SSSI at east end), 2 Greenfinch, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Heath [Paul Baker]

Southchurch Park East, 12:30 to 12:50
1 Little Grebe, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 11:25 to 13:00
1 Treecreeper, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 13:00, Windy. Lagoon seats and Saline lagoon only. Accompanied by Richard Stanley
1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 6 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Stonechat (Male) [Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 02:00 to 03:30
2 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Thursday 11 October 2018

Lion Creek, 12:00 to 12:10
4 Buzzard [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:30 to 11:45
4 Little Egret, 6 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 10 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Common Lizard (juvs), 1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small Heath [John Wright]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 09:40 to 09:40
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Baker]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 02:00 to 03:00
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:15 to 18:25
2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 1 Short-eared Owl (Briefly seen after dusk), 3 Stonechat [Andrew Armstrong]

Oxenham Farm, 13:25 to 15:15
20 Little Egret (+), 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 9 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 8 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff (h), 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Clouded Yellow, 7 Small White, 1 Red Admiral [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 11:00 to 12:20, Sunny, hazy offshore, stiff E breeze
1 Buzzard (low over east), 1 Kestrel, 1 Skylark (flew NE), 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Siskin (flew over calling), 5 Linnet, 4 Migrant Hawker [Neil Chambers]

Southchurch Park East, 10:15 to 10:40, East & West
1 Little Grebe, 0 Mandarin Duck (no sign of yesterday's drake) [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 08:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 12:30
6 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 500 Wigeon (plus), 6 Pintail, 1 Avocet, 3 Snipe, 30 Black-tailed Godwit (plus), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 2 Stonechat (First pair for me since the beast from the east), 6 Greenfinch, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly [Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 02:00
2 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Tuesday 09 October 2018

Leigh on Sea, 10:00 to 10:15
Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Graham Mee) (32748 bytes) 1 Butterflies and Moths (Hummingbird Hawk Moth on Salvia in garden) [Graham Mee]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:30
6 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 12 Stock Dove, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 19 Linnet, 8 Reed Bunting, 1 Common Lizard, 30 Clouded Yellow (30+) [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 07:00 to 17:00, A very pleasant October day
600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Circa. Steady stream throughout the day), 2 Marsh Harrier (Both mid channel heading towards kent), 1 Sparrowhawk (Constantly harassing the Starling flock.), 450 Sanderling (Circa. Barge pier), 1 Great Skua (Attacking a gull near the boom), 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat (SSSI), 700 Starling (Circa. Really impressive numbers on site. ), 2 Red Fox, Willow Emerald (Andrew Armstrong) (33560 bytes) 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly (Ditch ) [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 08 October 2018

Leigh on Sea, 15:30 to 15:30
1 Buzzard (south low over Belfairs Woods) [Graham Mee]

Gunners Park, 10:45 to 13:30, hard going for little reward
1 Little Egret, 35 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flew east), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Skylark (flock flew SW), 4 Meadow Pipit (2 groups of 2 flew over), 1 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap (males), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Siskin, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 10:00 to 16:00
3 Gannet, 60 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Shelduck, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Bunker wood), 1 Rock Pipit (Briefly at gogs berth. First for this winter for me), 2 Stonechat (SSSI ), 1 Chiffchaff [Andrew Armstrong]

Gunners Park, 10:00 to 11:20
18 Pintail (flew west up river), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Siskin (around trees behind the would be heritage centre) [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:20 to 13:20
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest [Paul Griggs]

Sunday 07 October 2018

Gunners Park, 14:30 to 15:50, Sunny, light N breeze
1 Gannet (flew NE along seawall), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Redwing, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Migrant Hawker, 2 Small White, 1 Common Blue, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Wall [Neil Chambers]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 12:35 to 17:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (in & around the garden today) [Paul Baker]

Rochford Golf Course, 11:45 to 14:00, Sunny, light NNW wind
3 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit (flew SW), 1 Fieldfare (flew west calling), 2 Migrant Hawker, 1 Small White, 1 Wall [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 13:45
6 Little Egret, 4 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Avocet, 2 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 100 Black-tailed Godwit (plus), 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Wall [Graham Oakes]

Mayflower Close, Eastwood, 09:45 to 09:45
1 Skylark (heading SW) [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:50 to 10:00
1 Grey Wagtail (h), 35 Redwing (c., over,west 08:50), 1 Goldcrest (h) [Paul Griggs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:00 to 13:00, Lovely clear day
Marsh harrier (Andrew Armstrong) (35022 bytes) Marsh harrier (Andrew Armstrong) (33175 bytes) Marsh harrier (Andrew Armstrong) (53489 bytes) Marsh harrier (Andrew Armstrong) (33175 bytes) 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Merlin (Zipped through to harass the linnet flock. Incredible views), 1 Kingfisher, Stonechat (Andrew Armstrong) (54198 bytes) 1 Stonechat, 60 Linnet (Circa) [Andrew Armstrong]

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