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 17 May 2021

Wat Tyler Country Park, 18:25 to 19:00
1 Golden Oriole (Male seen briefly but well in tree tops on old tip. Thanks NC and also TB,VK for tracking it down for views) [Martin Cracknell]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 18:05 to 18:50
1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Cuckoo (+), 2 Nightingale, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Golden Oriole (Great find by NC! Thanks Neil. Adult male relocated to old landfill NW of Timbermans Creek where it could occasionally be heard and gave brief and distant views) [Tim Bourne]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 17:55 to 19:00
1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Nightingale, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Golden Oriole (found by Neil, then heard and tracked to other side of Timbermans Creek where it showed itself at c.1838 hrs to be an adult male! ) [Vince Kinsler]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 16:55 to 19:05
2 Cuckoo (singing), 15 Swift, 25 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 1 Nightingale (singing), 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Golden Oriole (male singing just west of Green Centre car park 17.30-17.45 - heard only) [Neil Chambers]

Doggetts Pits, 13:05 to 13:35
1 Little Grebe (third site record), 4 Tufted Duck (2 pairs still), 2 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Swift, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Orange-tip [Steve Arlow]

Sunday 16 May 2021

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 21:05 to 21:10
2 Common Pipistrelle, 1 Red Fox [John Wright]

Friars Park, 16:00 to 16:30
1 Cuckoo (singing), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Slow-worm, 1 Orange-tip (male) [Paul Baker]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 11:30
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 20 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard), 2 Large Red Damselfly, 7 Azure Damselfly, 2 Small White, 5 Green-veined White, 5 Orange-tip, 1 Wall Brown [Lee Ebbs]

Paglesham Lagoon, 08:00 to 08:00
2 Pintail (a late lingering pair), 1 Buzzard, 17 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 13 Swift, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Orange-tip, 6 Painted Lady, 1 Small Heath [Steve Arlow]

Saturday 15 May 2021

Teletubby Park, Rochford, 16:15 to 17:00
1 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Steve Arlow]

South Fambridge, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Cuckoo, 3 Yellow Wagtail (right up close beside the house), 1 Reed Warbler [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:00 to 16:00
1 Grey Heron, 1 Hobby, 1 Stock Dove [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Wick, 10:45 to 12:50, Overcast, occasional drizzle, warm
2 Cuckoo (+), 11 Nightingale, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (Singing) [Tim Bourne]

Friday 14 May 2021

Wakering Stairs, 19:20 to 20:15
1 Whimbrel, 3 Common Tern, 1 Nightingale (singing), 4 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 55 Common Seal (hauled out) [Neil Chambers]

Wakering Stairs, 17:30 to 18:00
2 Slow-worm [John Wright]

Friars Park, 13:30 to 14:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Turtle Dove (Both birds showed well in same area as last year), 3 Lesser Whitethroat [Lee Ebbs]

Two Tree Island (East), 10:35 to 11:30
4 Little Egret, 460 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Cetti's Warbler [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:10 to 13:35
1 Little Egret, 14 Pochard (11m,3f), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (m,heard), 19 Swift, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Cetti's Warbler (all heard), 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (heard), 5 Bearded Tit (incl three juveniles), 3 Greenfinch, 2 Red Fox [Jeff Kinnerman]

Thursday 13 May 2021

Canvey Wick, 09:05 to 11:05, Rain the whole time
2 Cuckoo, 8 Nightingale, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Slow-worm, 1 Red Fox [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 12:15, 74 bird species recorded
2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great White Egret, 4 Gadwall, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Common Tern, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 12 May 2021

Bowers Downs, 19:45 to 20:05
2 Little Egret, 1 Nightingale (singing), 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:30 to 18:10
8 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Swallow, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler, 6 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Weasel [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:30 to 15:35
2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Wakering Rubbish Tip, 15:15 to 16:15
1 Marsh Harrier (Male), 1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Swift, 3 Orange-tip, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Wall Brown [Lee Ebbs]

Fossetts Park, 11:10 to 11:40
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Red Admiral [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 11:00 to 17:00
1 Osprey (Headed west over sssi), 1 Painted Lady [Andrew Armstrong]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 11:40
2 Buzzard, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Marsh Frog (10+ many calling on the reserve and on Bowers marsh north of Manorway footpath), 1 Common Lizard, 1 Red Fox [John Wright]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 09:25 to 09:25
1 Sand Martin (flew low south over the garden) [Mike Clarke]

Benfleet, 09:20 to 09:20
1 Weasel (ran across the London Road just west of Pound Lane, only just avoiding getting run over, Bowers Gifford) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:15 to 12:30
2 Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Goose (grazing together ), 1 Sparrowhawk (m), 2 Buzzard, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (m,heard), 9 Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear (f), 1 Song Thrush, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 45 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 22 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff (heard), 3 Bearded Tit [Jeff Kinnerman]

Tuesday 11 May 2021

Wat Tyler Country Park, 17:50 to 18:55
2 Cuckoo (singing - 1 from old tip, 1 to the east), 15 Swift, 1 Swallow, 1 Nightingale (singing from south end of old tip), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff [Neil Chambers]

Teletubby Park, Rochford, 17:10 to 20:15
Woodchat Shrike, Rochford 11-05-2021 (Steve Arlow) (48705 bytes) 1 Woodchat Shrike (male showing well at the eastern end of park on the river side of the hedge) [Steve Arlow]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Orange-tip [John Wright]

Belton Hills, 15:15 to 15:15
1 Kestrel [Paul Griggs]

Southend, 14:00 to 15:10, Garons golf course
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Nightingale (Singing near 2nd green on south course), 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat [Bob Young]

Canewdon, 13:10 to 13:30
1 Cuckoo (pair calling and chasing nr BHP), 2 Swift (over), 12 Smooth Newt (+), 1 Grass Snake (in garden pond), 1 Brimstone, 2 Orange-tip, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Painted Lady [Jeff Delve]

Leigh on Sea, 12:35 to 12:35
6 Buzzard (circling over south end of Thames Drive before drifting SW) [John Wright]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:45 to 12:20
12 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 1 Kingfisher, 40 Marsh Frog (40+), 1 Grass Snake, 1 Painted Lady [John Wright]

Canewdon, 10:00 to 10:00
1 Little Owl (Again on Scotts Hall Road) [Jeff Delve]

Pound Wood, 08:50 to 10:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Chinese Muntjac [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:30 to 11:30
1 Cormorant, 3 Buzzard, 7 Swift, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Lower Raypits, 08:00 to 19:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Lapwing, 3 Cuckoo [Andrew Armstrong]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 13:00, 76 bird species recorded
2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail (heard), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (from southern perimeter fence.), 6 Bearded Tit, 1 Lesser Redpoll (reserve tick.), 1 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Painted Lady [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

River Roach, 06:40 to 14:50, Coombes Farm to Paglesham Lagoon(via Bartonhall Creek)and return
1 Wigeon (m,on river), 1 Sparrowhawk (m), 5 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 72 Common Gull (together in field), 7 Common Tern (PL), 1 Cuckoo (m), 1 Little Owl (paddock,Waldens), 6 Swift, 4 House Martin (BC), 7 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 5 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 33 Whitethroat, 1 Woodchat Shrike (area of scrub and shrubs W of paddock around solitary telegraph pole(14.15-14.40)), 3 Greenfinch (heard), 1 Stoat (PL), 1 Red Admiral [Jeff Kinnerman]

Monday 10 May 2021

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 21:00 to 21:05
1 Common Pipistrelle [John Wright]

Rayleigh, 20:45 to 20:45
1 Common Pipistrelle [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 20:35 to 21:00, Short dusk visit - walked in from farm
1 Marsh Harrier (adult female), 1 Short-eared Owl (across reptile area towards south wall. Getting late in spring for wintering bird) [Jeff Delve]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 11:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Orange-tip [John Wright]

Sunday 09 May 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 19:00 to 20:00, Heavy clouds over, light SSW
2 Shoveler (pair on Lytag), 1 Marsh Harrier (sub adult male), 8 Dunlin (sum plum birds on Grass Farm), 1 Whimbrel (Allfleets), 12 Mediterranean Gull (+, At least 6 pairs in BhG colony on Grass Farm), 30 Common Tern (+, Saltpan), 2 Painted Lady (first for year!) [Jeff Delve]

Rochford Golf Course, 17:00 to 18:40
2 Canada Goose, 15 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Rochford, 16:30 to 17:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Swift (finally they are back over the garden), 2 Swallow, 9 House Martin [Steve Arlow]

Wakering Stairs, 13:15 to 14:50
3 Red-legged Partridge, 16 Grey Plover (Mostly summer plumage), 20 Sanderling (Plus mainly summer plumage), 50 Dunlin (Plus mostly summer plumage), 10 Whimbrel, 4 Turnstone, 12 Common Tern, 3 Turtle Dove (1 West of road (thanks Tim) and a pair together at Havengore point ), 6 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 30 Swallow (Is ones and twos heading through west), 1 Nightingale (Heard), 1 Sedge Warbler (Heard), 2 Blackcap (Heard), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Heard), 20 Whitethroat (Plus... many!) [Mike Clarke]

Teletubby Park, Rochford, 12:50 to 13:30
1 Woodchat Shrike (male again along the southern edge of the park-catching plenty of insects and showing well) [Steve Arlow]

Wakering Stairs, 12:25 to 13:30, Stairs road and sea wall by carpark only
1 Turtle Dove, 1 Cuckoo (+), 1 Nightingale [Tim Bourne]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:30 to 12:00
15 Swift (south) [Paul Griggs]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 11:30 to 11:30
4 Swift (over) [Graham Mee]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 11:00 to 14:00
2 Stock Dove, 4 Swift, 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Green-veined White [Neil Chambers]

Fleet Head, 10:40 to 11:30, out to main fleet and back
18 Whimbrel (on field north of central track), 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 1 Cuckoo, 5 Yellow Wagtail (minimum), 1 Wheatear (female), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Steve Arlow]

Gunners Park, 09:30 to 12:00
1 Red-legged Partridge, 200 Sanderling, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Greenfinch [Angela Baldock]

Wakering Stairs, 07:55 to 10:30
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Hobby, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich Tern (offshore), 20 Common Tern (at least), 1 Turtle Dove (flew from the western end and then seen and heard purring east of the road), 3 Cuckoo, 1 Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nightingale (1 along the road and 2 at the western end), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler (at the western end) [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 12:30
1 Buzzard, 2 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Wheatear (females), 1 Grasshopper Warbler [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 06:00 to 08:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (2cy), 3 Cuckoo, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 15 Sedge Warbler (+) [Tim Bourne]

Saturday 08 May 2021

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 23:20 to 23:30
1 Badger [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 14:10 to 15:35, Overcast, strong SW wind - to benches and back only
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on fields south of barn), 18 Ringed Plover, 27 Dunlin (in mixed flock from benches - another mixed flock (probably same birds) behind barn on way back), 45 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 30 Swift (+), 2 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow (+), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler (singing), 2 Reed Warbler (singing), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Greenfinch [Neil Chambers]

Pound Wood, 13:40 to 14:50
1 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Chinese Muntjac [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Point, 11:20 to 14:00, Strong westerly backing SW
4 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Gannet (7 full adults and a 3/4 year headed up river ), 1 Hobby (low over houses as leaving point), 20 Common Tern (+), 4 Swift, 30 Swallow (+, steady passage north across river), 2 House Martin [Jeff Delve]

South Fambridge, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Cuckoo (singing in the rain) [Paul Baker]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 03:00
2 Red Fox, 3 Badger, 2 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Friday 07 May 2021

Teletubby Park, Rochford, 18:15 to 19:30, Cool but sunny evening, moderate westerly
1 Egyptian Goose (on Roach), 1 Song Thrush (singing - glorious sound), 2 Reed Warbler (singing in small reedbed by Roach), 1 Woodchat Shrike (male showing well again) [Jeff Delve]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 17:00, various bits in the garden
1 Sparrowhawk (took a sparrow), 2 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Sedge Warbler (singing), 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 1 Slow-worm [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:55 to 13:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 3 Swift [Paul Griggs]

Barling Pits, 10:00 to 11:00
2 Little Grebe (pair), 1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 14 Swift, 10 House Martin, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Common Lizard, 1 Northern Water Vole [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 13:00, 73 bird species recorded
12 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Water Rail (1 seen), 3 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 18 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 9 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 10 Sedge Warbler, 30 Reed Warbler (+), 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 24 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:15 to 13:20
2 Little Egret, 6 Pochard, 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (m), 2 Water Rail, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (m), 18 Swift, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 9 Cetti's Warbler (all heard only), 10 Sedge Warbler, 37 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap (heard), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Whitethroat, 4 Greenfinch [Jeff Kinnerman]

Pitsea, 06:50 to 07:15, Church Road (leading to RSPB Bowers Marsh)
1 Chiffchaff (St.Margaret's Churchyard ), 1 Willow Warbler (showing well) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Doggetts Pits, 06:10 to 07:20
1 Little Grebe (only the second site record), 6 Greylag Goose, 1 Shelduck, 3 Pochard (2 drakes and a female remarkably still present ), 5 Tufted Duck (2 pairs on the main lake and the lingering drake at the farm duckpond), 3 Swallow, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting [Steve Arlow]

Thursday 06 May 2021

Belfairs Woods, 20:30 to 21:05
2 Common Pipistrelle, 1 Red Fox [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:15 to 16:15
1 Grey Heron, 1 Swift [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:50 to 11:50, to double benches only
1 Buzzard, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Tern, 2 Bearded Tit [John Wright]

Bowers Downs, 10:20 to 10:35
1 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale, 1 Willow Warbler [John Wright]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:00 to 13:00
2 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard (displaying), 1 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Cuckoo (pair), 2 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 10 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 16 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Marsh Frog (+), 1 Slow-worm (dead) [Paul Griggs]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:55 to 09:55
1 Buzzard, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 15 Swift, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat [John Wright]

Rayleigh, 08:40 to 08:40
1 Hobby (north over A127 west of Rayleigh Weir) [John Wright]

River Roach, 07:50 to 13:35, Mill Lane to Hampton Barns via Bartonhall Creek and return
4 Buzzard, 35 Grey Plover (c.), 10 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank (BC), 1 Cuckoo (m), 1 Little Owl (paddock,Waldens), 4 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 11 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff (heard) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canewdon, 07:30 to 08:00
1 Willow Warbler (singing BHP) [Jeff Delve]

Rochford, 07:30 to 07:40
1 Woodchat Shrike (still present,showing well) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wednesday 05 May 2021

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 21:20 to 21:20
1 Badger [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 17:50 to 19:10, To benches and back - sunny after 20 mins of heavy rain
2 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull (1st summer), 3 Common Tern, 15 Swift, 5 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat (male on fence line east of barn behind car park), 1 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler (singing), 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 1 Whitethroat, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:15 to 15:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby [Paul Griggs]

Shoebury, 10:50 to 12:10, Shoebury ranges MOD - survey
3 Cuckoo (calling males - all seen), 6 Nightingale (singing males), 10 Lesser Whitethroat (+), 20 Whitethroat (+) [Jeff Delve]

Paglesham Lagoon, 10:30 to 13:40, Walked from Stambridge
3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 6 Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat [Bob Young]

River Roach, 10:25 to 14:55, Mill Lane to Hampton Barns via Bartonhall Creek and return
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 7 Grey Plover, 9 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank (BC), 1 Cuckoo (m,BC), 4 Swift, 6 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Sedge Warbler (heard,BC), 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (BC), 9 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff (heard ), 3 Greenfinch [Jeff Kinnerman]

Rochford, 09:40 to 10:05
1 Woodchat Shrike (stunning male showing well ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Stambridge Mills, 09:10 to 09:50
3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Woodchat Shrike [Vince Kinsler]

Hadleigh Downs, 08:35 to 09:35, Running
5 Tufted Duck, 1 Buzzard, 2 Cuckoo, 6 House Martin, 3 Lesser Whitethroat [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 08:00 to 08:05
3 Swift [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:00
1 Cuckoo, 1 Swift (1st of the year for me) [Andrew Armstrong]

Rochford, 06:30 to 07:40
1 Peregrine Falcon (over), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Swallow, Woodchat Shrike, Rochford 05-05-2021 (Steve Arlow) (49109 bytes) 1 Woodchat Shrike (male one south side of river Roach first thing but later moved to usual Horse field side where showed well but generally mobile and elusive, presumably as still chilly) [Steve Arlow]

Potton Island, 06:00 to 10:30, Breeding survey
1 Marsh Harrier (female near farm), 2 Grey Partridge (pair near bridge), 8 Lapwing, 22 Whimbrel (feeding on short turf fields), 3 Greenshank, 2 Swift (heading east over), 10 Swallow (+), 8 Meadow Pipit (+, singing males), 6 Yellow Wagtail (3 pairs) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 05:30 to 12:00, 75 bird species recorded
10 Little Grebe, 1 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 12 Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck, 1 Water Rail (heard), 4 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Common Tern, 20 Swift (+), 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 3 Wheatear, 10 Sedge Warbler, 20 Reed Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 30 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Jay [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

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