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 22 November 2017

Hullbridge, 13:20 to 14:10
1 Goosander (redhead still from slipway) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Hullbridge, 12:15 to 13:10
1 Goosander (mainly just west of the slipway, nicely viewed from the seats on the lawn.), 1 Kestrel [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:05 to 12:05
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Hullbridge, 11:45 to 13:55, Cloud 3-5/8; wind SW F2-4; 13ºC; high tide 14:48 (5.2m @ Hullbridge).
7 Little Egret, redhead Goosander at bottom of Ferry Road (Richard Howard) (59762 bytes) redhead Goosander at bottom of Ferry Road (Richard Howard) (70483 bytes) redhead Goosander at bottom of Ferry Road (Richard Howard) (83154 bytes) 1 Goosander (redhead, mainly around slipway or to west of slipway), 1 Kestrel [Richard Howard]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:20 to 02:00
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger, 1 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:20 to 16:05
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 12:00 to 13:00, Cloud 7/8; wind SW F2-3; 10ºC; high tide 14:11 (6.14m @ Coryton). Viewing from Marina & Timbermans Creek.
1 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 1 Spotted Redshank (Timbermans Creek, middle hide) [Richard Howard]

Coombe Wood, 11:00 to 11:45, Cloud 8/8; wind SW F1; 9ºC.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Richard Howard]

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

Thundersley Glen, 10:00 to 10:50, Cloud 8/8; wind SW F1; 8ºC.
1 Stock Dove (singing), 1 Green Woodpecker [Richard Howard]

Westcliff Seafront, 09:00 to 09:10
7 Common Seal (on the sandbank) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:15
4 Shelduck, 46 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 94 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 2 Marsh Harrier (male & female), 2 Kestrel, 120 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 200 Stock Dove (+, fantastic sight on fields towards Wat Tyler.), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Bearded Tit, 1 Brambling (still in finch flock by the sunflowers.), 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Red Fox [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Monday 20 November 2017

Hullbridge, 13:30 to 14:30, Cloud 8/8; wind SW F1; 12ºC; high tide 13:30.
0 Goosander (no sign ), 1 Kingfisher (by Brandy Hole YC clubhouse) [Richard Howard]

Hullbridge, 10:00 to 11:45, Walked from slipway to Brandy Hole and back
25 Little Grebe (No sign of Goosander), 3 Little Egret [John Wright]

Sunday 19 November 2017

Rochford Golf Course, 12:50 to 15:50, Sunny, light NW wind
1 Stock Dove (singing), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (singing), 6 Siskin (small flock at W end) [Neil Chambers]

Gunners Park, 11:45 to 12:20, Sunny, high tide, light NW wind
22 Great Crested Grebe (offshore), 1 Gannet, 2 Siskin (flew SW) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:30 to 12:30, Cloud 2-3/8; no wind; 8ºC. Sunflower set-aside only.
1 Kestrel, 1 Brambling (in the mixed finch flock) [Richard Howard]

Hullbridge, 10:30 to 11:30
1 Goosander (Redhead) [Mike Clarke]

Hullbridge, 10:30 to 12:00
1 Goosander, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Turnstone [Lee Ebbs]

Hullbridge, 09:30 to 11:00, Cloud 1/8; no wind; 5ºC; high tide 13:15 (5.39m @ Hullbridge).
1 Goosander (redhead) [Richard Howard, Bob Young]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:30
5 Pintail (4 male 1 female), 3 Kestrel, 20 Bearded Tit (plus), 1 Brambling (with 100 plus mixed finches), 12 Reed Bunting [Graham Oakes]

Hockley Woods, 08:00 to 08:55, Early stroll around the woods - too many people by the time I left. Cloud 0/8; no wind; 4ºC.
6 Stock Dove ('singing'), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest [Richard Howard]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 07:50 to 11:45
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 Stock Dove [Paul Griggs]

Southend, 07:40 to 07:55
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Red Fox [Max Hellicar]

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 07:35 to 07:35
1 Curlew (over south calling, an unexpected addition to the garden list!) [Vince Kinsler]

Saturday 18 November 2017

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:15 to 15:05
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Hullbridge, 12:10 to 12:30
1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Pochard (drake), 1 Goosander (redhead showing very well, drifted off upriver) [Neil Chambers]

Hullbridge, 11:00 to 11:25
Goosander Hullbridge  (Martin Cracknell) (55410 bytes) 1 Goosander [Martin Cracknell]

Hullbridge, 10:40 to 11:25
4 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Pochard, Goosander-Hullbridge (Vince Kinsler) (59189 bytes) Goosander-Hullbridge (Vince Kinsler) (55168 bytes) 1 Goosander (At last!! Redhead showing well.) [Vince Kinsler]

Leigh on Sea, 08:45 to 08:55
1 Green Woodpecker (male), 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Redwing (in garden) [Graham Mee]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:00, Mild but quickly turning grey with rain
2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female), Hen harrier (Andrew Armstrong) (10569 bytes) 1 Hen Harrier (Hunting over the far seawall and Paglesham creek), 4 Kestrel, 5 Stonechat, Corn bunting  (Andrew Armstrong) (64851 bytes) 6 Corn Bunting [Andrew Armstrong]

Hullbridge, 07:20 to 10:30, Walk east from Ferry Road along the seawall, to Brandy Hole & back. Cloud 5-8; wind SW F0-1; 4 - 9ºC; high tide 12:38 (5.34m).
38 Little Grebe, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Little Egret, 1 Pochard (male), Redhead Goosander by Brandy Hole (Richard Howard) (82114 bytes) Redhead Goosander bottom of Ferry Road (Richard Howard) (59003 bytes) Redhead Goosander bottom of Ferry Road (Richard Howard) (53542 bytes) 2 Goosander (redheads), 250 Golden Plover (c), 30 Fieldfare (flock flew over west) [Richard Howard]

Friday 17 November 2017

Coombe Wood, 22:00 to 22:00, St Peter’s Church area
1 Tawny Owl (Heard from Hall car park ) [Martin Cracknell]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:15 to 15:15
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:45 to 14:45
2 Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Goose (together,over), 1 Pintail (drake), 2 Marsh Harrier (together,females hunting ), 1 Sparrowhawk (female ), 6 Buzzard (together,soaring), 2 Kestrel (females ), 1 Dunlin, 5 Snipe (together ), 17 Black-tailed Godwit (together,feeding ), 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Stonechat (two pairs,single male), 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard only), 7 Bearded Tit (together,including two males,two females ), 2 Brambling (females,sunflower strip), 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Red Fox, 1 Weasel (sunflower strip) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Thursday 16 November 2017

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:10 to 12:20
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:00 to 14:35
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Southend Pier, 09:25 to 13:20
2 Red-throated Diver (together,east), 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Gannet (4 juveniles,1 sub adult), 1 Shag (juvenile), 56 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (together on the shore), 25 Common Scoter (circa,together,east), 12 Mediterranean Gull (11 adults,1 second winter), 1 Meadow Pipit (north east), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Common Seal [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canvey Point, 07:50 to 09:35, Cloud 8/8; wind W F0-1; 9ºC; high tide 10:16 (5.42m @ Sothend).
37 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Egret (south across river), 3 Skylark (south west across river), 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Redpoll sp. (heard only, in off river, west) [Richard Howard]

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Two Tree Island (East), 15:00 to 16:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:15 to 13:40
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Red Admiral [Paul Griggs]

Monday 13 November 2017

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:00 to 16:10
1 Sparrowhawk (m), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Red Admiral [Paul Griggs]

Paglesham Lagoon, 12:45 to 16:05, Cloud 5/8; wind NW F1; 11 - 7ºC; low tide.
29 Little Grebe (1 in lagoon, 28 in river), 9 Great Crested Grebe (in the river), 2 Little Egret, 29 Mute Swan, 85 Shelduck, 400 Wigeon (in the river), 23 Gadwall, 150 Teal (c, in the river), 9 Pintail (5 males; 4 females), 80 Shoveler (c), 124 Pochard, 75 Tufted Duck, 6 Goldeneye (2 males, 4 females. 5 in river, 1 in lagoon), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 50 Avocet (c), 65 Golden Plover (on fields), 200 Lapwing (c, on fields), 1 Snipe, 18 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit [Richard Howard]

Coombe Wood, 10:00 to 12:00, in or over my garden this morning
1 Red Kite (drift over heading west at 1015), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Fieldfare, 46 Redwing, 1 Blackcap (male), 2 Goldcrest, 8 House Sparrow, 7 Chaffinch, 21 Goldfinch [Jeff Saward]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:10 to 14:50
1 Little Egret, 3 Pintail (including two drakes), 1 Sparrowhawk (female ), 2 Kestrel (females ), 1 Avocet, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 13 Black-tailed Godwit (together ), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (female), 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Stonechat (two pairs), 5 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Cetti's Warbler (two viewed together,two heard only), 2 Bearded Tit (pair), 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Red Fox, 1 Weasel (Church Road) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 11:55
8 Little Grebe, 1 Greylag Goose, 190 Canada Goose, 3 Pintail (drakes), 30 Shoveler, 1 Red Kite (circled for circa 5 mins. just north of Bowers. Thanks Jeff.), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel (+), 3 Avocet, 175 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Stonechat, 5 Fieldfare, Brambling (Graham Oakes) (124124 bytes) 1 Brambling (still in with the circa 100 finch flock on the sunflowers.), 1 Peacock Butterfly [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 07:40 to 09:20, Sunny, cold, NNW wind easing NW, high tide c8am
3 Gavia sp. (probably Black-throats, distantly upriver), 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Gannet, 80 Common Scoter (approx. including 65+ in one group), 1 Goldcrest, 3 Redpoll sp. (flew SW) [Neil Chambers]

Southend, 07:30 to 07:35
1 Grey Wagtail (h) [Max Hellicar]

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

Sunday 12 November 2017

Canvey Point, 14:00 to 16:20, brisk NW, cloudy at times and cold
38 Great Crested Grebe, 36 Gannet, 10 Common Scoter (all females), 1 Goosander (female), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Kittiwake [Jeff Saward, Tim Bourne, Neil Chambers, Martin Cracknell]

Coombe Wood, 12:00 to 13:05, Cloud 3/8; wind NW F1-2; 8ºC.
1 Buzzard, 1 Goldcrest [Richard Howard, Tim Bourne, Paul Griggs]

Southend Pier, 10:30 to 12:15
1 Great Crested Grebe, 30 Gannet (+), 2 Common Scoter, 20 Mediterranean Gull (+) [Dudley Shayler]

Thundersley Glen, 10:30 to 11:30
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Jay [Martin Cracknell]

Pound Wood, 10:20 to 11:45, Cloud 3/8; wind NW F0-2; 8ºC
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Redwing [Richard Howard, Paul Griggs]

Coombe Wood, 08:55 to 10:20
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Hawfinch (seen twice at the bottom of my garden, one a very smart adult male ) [Jeff Saward]

Canvey Point, 07:50 to 09:45
12 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Gannet, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Kittiwake [Graham Ryland]

Canvey Point, 06:55 to 09:25, Not ideal, very light NW wind, intermittent cloud and sun
20 Gannet (+), 13 Common Scoter (Flocks of 8, 3, a couple sat on the water), 1 Goldeneye, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Rock Pipit [Martin Cracknell]

Saturday 11 November 2017

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 16:00, Overcast
4 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Flushed a flock of lapwings, isolating one and almost catching it. Incredible dogfight), 2 Stonechat, 1 Weasel [Andrew Armstrong]

Canvey Point, 14:00 to 16:00, Cloud 7-8/8; No wind; 9ºC; High tide 18:05 (5.26m @ Southend).
36 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Gannet (in group with 4 adults, mid-channel appeared to be east of pierhead), 4 Mediterranean Gull (adults, mid-channel following ships), 1 Alcidae sp. (distant Razorbill/Guillemot) [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:55 to 13:25
2 Pintail, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Fieldfare, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 4 Bearded Tit (+), 1 Brambling, 3 Reed Bunting [Martin Cracknell]

Coombe Wood, 10:50 to 10:55
1 Coal Tit (in my garden again) [Jeff Saward]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 13:30, Drizzle early. overcast
2 Pintail, 1 Little Stint, 1 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, Goldcrest (Graham Oakes) (90966 bytes) Goldcrest (Graham Oakes) (95661 bytes) 1 Goldcrest, 12 Bearded Tit, 50 Chaffinch (plus), 1 Brambling, 20 Greenfinch [Graham Oakes]

Friday 10 November 2017

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:50 to 16:15
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Southend, 14:30 to 14:30
1 Red Fox [Max Hellicar]

Westcliff Seafront, 13:20 to 14:00
54 Little Egret, 1 Mediterranean Gull [Max Hellicar]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:45 to 12:00
4 Marsh Harrier (2 males, 2 females), 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Short-eared Owl, 25 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 09:00 to 09:05
1 Sparrowhawk (imm male) [John Wright]

Thursday 09 November 2017

Hockley Woods, 15:20 to 16:30
1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrest [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 14:30 to 15:30, A quick look from the seawall
15 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Scoter (female), 1 Water Rail (heard east end of lake), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Seal [John Wright]

Shoebury East Beach, 14:00 to 14:15
1 Eider (fem/imm west side of the boom.) [John Wright]

Rochford, 11:30 to 11:30
1 Little Egret (in creek at Sutton Rd) [Paul Baker]

Westcliff Seafront, 09:20 to 09:25
12 Common Seal (loafing on the mudflats ) [John Wright]

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