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.

Friday 28 January 2022

Hole Haven Creek, 16:00 to 16:40
4 Black-tailed Godwit [Neil Chambers]

Rochford, 15:40 to 15:40
1 Blackcap (male in garden) [Steve Arlow]

South Fambridge, 15:10 to 16:10
1 Short-eared Owl (east of village) [John Wright]

Wakering Rubbish Tip, 09:05 to 10:30, and fields opposite
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 39 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Grey Partridge (male), Barn Owl caught on barbed wire fence (Paul Griggs) (211619 bytes) Barn Owl's injury (Paul Griggs) (58373 bytes) 1 Barn Owl (Hanging from a barbed wire fence on the tip. Bob and I rescued it and took it to Orsett rescue centre.) [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Hockley Woods, 09:00 to 11:30
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Nuthatch (At least), 1 Treecreeper [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Hockley Woods, 08:45 to 12:00, Sunny at first, then light overcast, calm
1 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove (pair), 2 Green Woodpecker, 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker (incl 3 drumming), 2 Song Thrush (singing), 6 Nuthatch (3 + 2 at feeding stations and another by the woodyard), 4 Treecreeper (2 singing) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:45 to 14:45, 6x1 hour counts along south section of Jubilee marsh. Other stuff of note:
1 Great White Egret (Fitzroy lagoon), 3 Spoonbill (Fitzroy lagoon), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (with the brents east of Grapnalls farm.), 1 Red-breasted Goose (flew in at 14:15 with about 50 brents and joined a larger flock to the north of the entrance track, east of Grapnalls farm. ), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Green Sandpiper [John Wright]

Thursday 27 January 2022

Hockley Woods, 15:00 to 16:40, Late afternoon wander in sunshine, very still and quiet.
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Drumming birds ), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper (Singing ) [Jeff Delve]

River Roach, 14:15 to 14:15
1 Kingfisher (In creek by Purdeys Industrial estate) [Lee Ebbs]

South Fambridge, 14:10 to 16:10, walked east to Nore Point & back
700 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (on the river with brents), 155 Pintail (on Crouch at east end of Bridgemarsh), 1 Marsh Harrier (male hunting fields inland), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail hunting field inland from Nore Point), 1 Buzzard (fields inland), 1 Kestrel, 10 Avocet, 3 Short-eared Owl (all flushed at point-blank range from seawall scaring the bejesus out of me!), 1 Reed Bunting [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 09:00 to 12:10
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker (h), 9 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Redwing, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 5 Siskin [Max Hellicar, John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:55 to 12:50
1 Little Egret, 17 Pintail, 7 Pochard, 3 Marsh Harrier (1m,2f), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Water Rail (heard only), 2 Avocet (saline), 320 Lapwing (c), 26 Curlew, 6 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Greenfinch [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wednesday 26 January 2022

Two Tree Island (East), 15:30 to 16:30
1 Northern Water Vole [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 15:00 to 16:20, SW 2 Sunny H.T 18:25 5.0 m
2 Red-throated Diver, 235 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Shelduck, 5 Teal, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 800 Oystercatcher (+), 1500 Knot (+), 2000 Dunlin (+), 15 Curlew, 10 Redshank, 8 Turnstone [Terry Blackwell]

Hampton Barns, 13:45 to 15:35
1 Buzzard, 1 Little Owl, 32 Fieldfare, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 9 Corn Bunting [Bob Young]

Belfairs N.R., 12:35 to 13:00
1 Coal Tit (along Poors Lane Bridleway) [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:40 to 11:40
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Hullbridge, 11:30 to 12:15, walked in from Beeches Road footpath
4 Little Egret, 60 Golden Plover (flew over east), 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (ad still on river opposite chalet park ) [John Wright]

Hockley Woods, 08:20 to 13:30
2 Buzzard, 5 Stock Dove, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (+), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush (over,calling), 1 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper [Jeff Kinnerman]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 08:45
4 Gadwall, 5 Pintail, 3 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Water Rail (Abstraction ditch), 9 Avocet, 1 Snipe, 1 Greenshank (Saline lagoon), 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard) [Mike Clarke]

Tuesday 25 January 2022

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Wick, 12:20 to 12:45, very still and overcast
2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Jay, 2 Lesser Redpoll [Terry Blackwell]

Gunners Park, 12:15 to 13:30
1 Water Rail (in ditch by barge pier), 1 Kingfisher (in ditch by barge pier) [Bob Young]

Hole Haven Creek, 10:20 to 12:20, Very still / grey and misty H.T 17:27 5.2 m
1 Little Grebe, 115 Shelduck, 50 Wigeon (+), 80 Teal (+), 4 Mallard, 120 Avocet, 50 Grey Plover, 60 Dunlin, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Curlew, 200 Redshank (+), 2 Stock Dove [Terry Blackwell]

Rochford Reservoir, 10:10 to 10:25
2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher [Bob Young]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:00 to 11:00, Marina only
2 Avocet, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank [Vince Kinsler]

Hockley Woods, 08:10 to 09:40
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 20 Siskin (c20 in alder half way along paddock with white fence west of belchamps.) [Bob Young]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:00, Overcast
3 Water Rail (On the ditch) [Andrew Armstrong]

Hockley/Hawkwell, 04:50 to 05:10, Gusted Hall
2 Tawny Owl (2 birds calling) [Bob Young]

Monday 24 January 2022

Canvey Point, 15:00 to 15:50, Flat calm with no breeze
5 Red-throated Diver, 207 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Teal, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail [Vince Kinsler]

Doggetts Farm, 14:55 to 15:35
1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Greenfinch [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:10 to 14:40, still, overcast
6 Little Egret, 2 Pintail (pr), 4 Marsh Harrier (2 m), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail (BY)), 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 800 Golden Plover (+), 3 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare, 50 Linnet (+ flock), 3 Reed Bunting, 1 vole sp. [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:15 to 14:55
6 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (Stokes Lagoon flying N ), 3 Spoonbill (Fitzroy Lagoon), 2 Marsh Harrier (m,f), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail,superb view from car park), 2 Kestrel, 13 Snipe, 10 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Fieldfare [Jeff Kinnerman]

Hampton Barns, 08:30 to 10:00, Stambridge Rd footpath to Hampton Barns and return
1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Sandpiper (over,calling ), 1 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush (h), 2 Brambling (m,f in trees with 100+ Chaffinches,HB), 1 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Hockley Woods, 08:30 to 11:50
3 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker (h), 9 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redwing, 5 Goldcrest, 4 Nuthatch (male and female visiting seed, two singles heard elsewhere), 2 Treecreeper, 8 Siskin (Belchamps) [Max Hellicar, John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:45 to 10:00, Still, heavy overcast, mild
1 Great White Egret (on Stokes early on flew off west then south ), 3 Spoonbill (still on Fitzroy from hide), 50 Pintail (+, Pool M, Fitzroy, Acresfleet), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1500 Golden Plover (roost on Pool Marsh), 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Corn Bunting [Jeff Delve]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 04:00 to 04:30
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Sunday 23 January 2022

South Fambridge, 15:20 to 16:20, Along footpath south from start of village
2 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 20 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Yellowhammer (male & fem seen, others heard calling from various points), 1 Reed Bunting [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 13:00 to 15:00, Flat calm grey and misty H.T 16:00 5.4 m
25 Red-throated Diver, 254 Great Crested Grebe, 1000 Oystercatcher (+), 12 Sanderling, 300 Dunlin (+), 2 Kittiwake (adult and 1st winter following behind a bulk carrier), 1 Guillemot [Terry Blackwell]

Roper's farm, 12:10 to 14:40
4 Little Egret, 800 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (at least in field next to Bolts Farm), 1 Green Woodpecker, 41 Fieldfare (in field west of farm track), Snow Bunting Ropers Farm 23-01-2022 (Steve Arlow) (49305 bytes) 1 Snow Bunting (Along seawall east of the end of the farm track) [Steve Arlow]

Southend Pier, 11:00 to 13:30
10 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 20 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 12 Oystercatcher, 50 Sanderling, 3 Curlew, 22 Turnstone, 9 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Black-headed Gull, 11 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Guillemot, 1 Common Seal, 7 Grey Seal [Angela Baldock]

Southend Pier, 11:00 to 13:00
1 Red-throated Diver, 12 Mediterranean Gull (incl. white 3Kp8 and Yellow ALTA), 3 Guillemot, 4 Common Seal, 1 Grey Seal [Graham Mee, Steve Sanford]

Airport Business Park, 08:45 to 10:30, incl Westcliff Rugby Football Club perimeter
1 Buzzard (heard), 1 Kestrel, 27 Common Gull, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 32 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Linnet [Jeff Kinnerman]

Hockley Woods, 08:30 to 13:30
2 Buzzard (pair), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch (1 possibly 2 pairs), 1 Hawfinch (female feeding unobtrusively in a Hornbeam for 30 mins), 1 Red Fox (heard) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 11:30
9 Pintail, 4 Pochard, 1 Goldeneye (female still), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail (heard), 18 Moorhen, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Avocet, 1 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 2 Bearded Tit, 2 Weasel [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Hockley Woods, 08:00 to 14:00, Overcast all day, still.
1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Redwing, Such a smart bird (Jeff Delve) (50373 bytes) 3 Nuthatch (at least, across 2 feeding stations - lovely views), 3 Treecreeper (singing birds ), Female - tough to shoot amongst twigs- manual focus (Jeff Delve) (87277 bytes) 1 Hawfinch (nice views of female inconspicuously feeding on Hornbeam seeds in trees for c.30 mins - thx JW), 1 Red Fox (Smart individual crossing woodland in private area, later heard) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:45 to 11:00
3 Spoonbill (Fitzroy Marsh), 4 Barnacle Goose (With Canada flock), 4 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and Female), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 100 Knot (+), 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Lapland Bunting (Flew over path footpath leading to Fitzroy calling and landed in field south of visitors centre.), 3 Reed Bunting, 12 Corn Bunting [Lee Ebbs]

Saturday 22 January 2022

Shoebury East Beach, 15:30 to 16:00
1 Great Crested Grebe, 50 Sanderling, 20 Turnstone [Lee Ebbs]

Paglesham Lagoon, 15:00 to 16:50
15 Little Grebe, 18 Pintail, 300 Pochard, 60 Tufted Duck, 7 Goldeneye (2 drakes), 80 Avocet (+), 5 Meadow Pipit [Neil Chambers]

Hampton Barns, 14:20 to 15:00
1 Little Owl (not there on the way out, but present at 16:35), 100 Chaffinch (+), 6 Brambling (at least, max of 3 males and 3 females seen at any one time), 2 Greenfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting [Neil Chambers]

Hockley Woods, 14:00 to 15:45, Late afternoon walk around the long loop, sadly sunshine had gone
1 Buzzard, 1 Woodcock (flushed by some kids and flew straight over us ;0)), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Redwing (+), 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:00 to 16:15
3 Spoonbill (From hide), 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (With Brent flock near Grapnells ), 5 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (Ringtails seen at the east end at same time), 1 Sparrowhawk (Male), 1 Buzzard, 1 Short-eared Owl (At Pool Marsh) [Steve Arlow]

Canvey Point, 12:30 to 15:00, W 2-3 Grey and over cast H.T 15:20 5.5 m
28 Red-throated Diver (including groups of 7,4,4), 800 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 30 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk (juvenile), 400 Oystercatcher (+), 2 Ringed Plover, 150 Golden Plover (+), 30 Grey Plover, 10 Sanderling, 300 Dunlin (+), 4 Redshank, 1 Guillemot (in full summer plumage) [Terry Blackwell]

Hockley Woods, 11:20 to 13:20
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 2 Nuthatch (pair at feeding station) [Neil Chambers]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 10:30 to 10:45
1 Goldcrest (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:00 to 10:00
4 Barnacle Goose (Back with Canada flock east of offices), 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Rock Pipit, 4 Stonechat, 1 Fieldfare (still knocking around car park ), 2 Twite (flew in to pools area whilst trying to refind LB but then flew back towards seawall again ), 1 Lapland Bunting (flew over grass farm lagoon viewpoint 08:30 calling and seen to go down around ‘twite’ lagoons. (seen with NC)), 6 Reed Bunting, 24 Corn Bunting [Vince Kinsler]

Hockley Woods, 07:30 to 13:40
1 Buzzard, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, Nuthatch Hockley Woods 22-01-2022 (Steve Arlow) (83409 bytes) 3 Nuthatch (Minimum a pair at the old stump, with possibly a 3rd bird occasionally visiting, and another by the main south path cross roads), 1 Treecreeper, 1 Hawfinch, 1 Red Fox, Muntjac Hockley Woods 22-01-2022 (Steve Arlow) (106594 bytes) 1 Chinese Muntjac [Steve Arlow]

Hockley Woods, 07:30 to 10:00
1 Buzzard, 10 Redwing, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Hawfinch (Smart male found by Steve) [Lee Ebbs]

Hockley Woods, 07:30 to 12:30
3 Buzzard, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Redwing, Nuthatch (Mike Clarke) (75209 bytes) 4 Nuthatch, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Hawfinch (with Chaffinches) [Paul Griggs, Mike Clarke]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:20 to 09:05, Bright, cold, light SW breeze
1 Great White Egret (flew west along SW seawall), 4 Barnacle Goose (on Marsh Flats with Canadas before flying east on their own), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Twite (east side of sluice security fence, then flew over seawall), 1 Lapland Bunting (flew over Grass Farm Lagoon viewpoint calling and went down somewhere SW of offices - remarkably prophetic by VK!), 3 Reed Bunting, 30 Corn Bunting (incl a few singing) [Neil Chambers]

Friday 21 January 2022

Canewdon, 20:30 to 20:30
1 Badger ('blonds' back in garden early enough to see, they've come in very late until now this year) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:00 to 17:00, Webs count - other stuff
15 Little Egret, 3 Spoonbill (still loafing around the south end of Fitzroy lagoon), 4 Barnacle Goose (with Canadas on Marsh Flats), 43 Gadwall, 27 Pintail, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail ), 3 Kestrel, 2 Jack Snipe, 20 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Barn Owl, 4 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush [John Wright]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:00 to 13:45, W 2 Heavy cloud
2 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 50 Greylag Goose, 350 Canada Goose (+), 300 Wigeon (+), 7 Gadwall (3 males 4 females), 30 Teal, 25 Mallard, 4 Pintail (2 drakes ,2 females), 5 Shoveler, 20 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 25 Coot, 40 Lapwing (+), 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 2 Stonechat, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 3 Greenfinch [Terry Blackwell]

Hockley Woods, 10:20 to 13:20
1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard (h), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 16 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 2 Nuthatch [Paul Griggs]

Hockley Woods, 10:15 to 12:00, sunny initially then clouding over
1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 16 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper [Vince Kinsler]

River Roach, 09:35 to 15:25, Coombes Farm to Hampton Barns via Bartonhall Creek and return
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (solitary bird in field with Greylags ), 2 Egyptian Goose (Broomhills Fishery), 3 Kestrel, 1 Ringed Plover, 450 Golden Plover (+), 13 Grey Plover, 550 Lapwing, 750 Dunlin (+), 3 Snipe (HB), 150 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 65 Curlew, 1 Water Pipit (showed well,Waldens), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 2 Brambling (females,active in trees with c.150 finches,predominantly Chaffinches HB), 1 Greenfinch, 5 Corn Bunting (HB) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:30 to 09:45
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 4 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Rochford, 09:20 to 09:25, Marks Hall Fisheries
2 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher [Jeff Kinnerman]

Hockley Woods, 08:40 to 11:20
8 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Nuthatch (heard), 2 Treecreeper [Bob Young]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:30 to 15:30, Very cold fay, light but bitter W wind in morning. 6 hour low to high tide cycle count on Jubilee south. High tide 14:42. Few highlights
3 Spoonbill (distantly visible on Fitzroy lagoon), 7 White-fronted Goose (dropped in to Tillets Marsh for a couple of hours mid morning feeding with Canada + Brent), 21 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (feeding on Tillets Marsh - many large flocks over), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail hunting Tillets early am), 1 Buzzard (Foulness), 5000 Knot (+, Massive flocks at high tide swirling over Jubilee south), 300 Bar-tailed Godwit (+, pre roost gathering moved off to Jubilee north) [Jeff Delve]

Thursday 20 January 2022

Fleet Head, 14:20 to 14:45, blustery north wind
2 Buzzard (perched on top of the rearing pens...), 45 Red-legged Partridge (around feeders), 1 Grey Partridge (eventually showed from game cover to feed briefly at blue feeder), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Paul Baker]

Roper's farm, 13:20 to 14:10, High Tide, brisk north wind
1 Buzzard (over woods to the north), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Rock Pipit, 30 Fieldfare, 1 Snow Bunting (female still along seawall to the east), 1 House Mouse [Paul Baker]

Southend Pier, 11:40 to 14:00
40 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 18 Cormorant, 60 Turnstone, 15 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kittiwake (adult), 5 auk sp., 11 Guillemot (including 2 in sum plum), 1 Razorbill, 10 Grey Seal [John Wright]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:00 to 12:00
2 White-fronted Goose (NE corner with Canadas), 35 Greylag Goose, 220 Canada Goose, 1 Pintail (drake), 12 Pochard, 24 Curlew, 3 Redwing [Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:35 to 13:55
2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 White-fronted Goose (Juves with Greylags), 1 Goldeneye (f), 2 Marsh Harrier (m,f), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Avocet, 1 Dunlin, 8 Snipe, 4 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 11 Skylark, 11 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 11:15
2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 White-fronted Goose (juvs. flew south east.), 1 Goldeneye (female still.), 1 Marsh Harrier (male & female, female took a coot.), 1 Kestrel, 1 Dunlin, 8 Snipe, 3 Curlew [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 19 January 2022

Hadleigh Downs, 16:20 to 18:20
1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 15:00 to 16:00
1 Marsh Harrier (m), 2 Peregrine Falcon [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Tile Wood, 14:45 to 15:45, & Wyburns Wood
1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:50 to 14:10, Overcast and light showers clearing to sunny
3 Spoonbill (on Fitzroy distantly from sea wall), 4 Barnacle Goose (with Canada flock on Marsh Flats), 300 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (along entrance track), 4 Marsh Harrier (+), 2 Kestrel, 2 Skylark (1 singing) [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 11:00 to 13:25, SW 3 Sunny intervals H.T 13:30 5.5 m
Red-throated Diver (Terry Blackwell) (58070 bytes) Red-throated Diver (Terry Blackwell) (45489 bytes) Red-throated Diver (Terry Blackwell) (66026 bytes) 32 Red-throated Diver, 115 Great Crested Grebe, 300 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 42 Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderling, 20 Curlew, 12 Redshank, 20 Turnstone, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kittiwake (adult ), 1 Guillemot (in full summer plumage) [Terry Blackwell]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Great Crested Grebe (fishing lake), 1 Woodcock, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush [Vince Kinsler]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:50 to 09:50
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Pound Wood, 08:30 to 09:30
2 Buzzard (pair displaying) [Vince Kinsler]

South Fambridge, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Marsh Harrier (female flew low west hunting through the garden - which was nice!) [Paul Baker]

Two Tree Island (East), 07:50 to 08:55
1 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail (on old sewage tanks), 2 Cetti's Warbler [Bob Young]

Tuesday 18 January 2022

Roper's farm, 10:30 to 11:30
18 Little Grebe, 1 Merlin (male bombing across field opposite Barling Magna hunting skylark), 26 Avocet, 3 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher (Seen on arrival and leaving, where footpath hits seawall. Firstly on salt marsh on incoming tide which eventually pushed it onto the borrow dyke.), 2 Skylark, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 1 Snow Bunting (Still present on seaward side of wall and on salt marsh ) [Vince Kinsler]

Canvey Point, 09:50 to 13:30, SW 1-2 Very misty with Fog patches H.T 12:55 5.5 m
61 Red-throated Diver (including groups of 23,9,7,6), 125 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shelduck, 12 Grey Plover, 1000 Dunlin (+), 10 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 1 Little Gull (1st winter), 7 Guillemot (drifted in on the tide) [Terry Blackwell]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:40 to 11:15, Frosty start then fog descending - just out to hide and back
4 Barnacle Goose (with Canada Geese and 2 Brent on field east of road from offices), 1 Peregrine Falcon (ad female on northern sluice of Fitz), 3 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 22 Linnet, 3 Corn Bunting (calling / singing birds) [Jeff Delve, Sally Brierley]

South Fambridge, 08:40 to 08:40, Dense fog & ice
1 Sparrowhawk (along Fambridge Road), 20 Goldfinch (on feeder) [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 11:30, Bright to start . Fog came in at 10.00am
5 White-fronted Goose, 25 Pintail, 1 Goldeneye (female), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Avocet, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 4 Stonechat (2 pair), 8 Greenfinch [Graham Oakes]

Monday 17 January 2022

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:40 to 17:00, Beautiful cold crisp clear evening
1 Spoonbill (just one feeding S end of Fitzroy - apparently three earlier), 3 Marsh Harrier (2 males and a young bird south lagoons), 1 Merlin (in extended aerial pursuit of Skylark over south sea wall with a Marsh Harrier tracking them both to and fro!), 1 Green Sandpiper (ditch near offices), 2 Twite (feeding unobtrusively along edge of pool ) [Jeff Delve]

Doggetts Pits, 13:35 to 13:45
1 Mistle Thrush (still in field north of the pits) [Steve Arlow]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:25 to 17:00
3 Spoonbill, 30 Pintail, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin, 2 Twite (at last, thanks jeff) [Bob Young]

Fleet Head, 11:50 to 13:10
1200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 15 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Rock Pipit [Max Hellicar, John Wright]

Roper's farm, 11:20 to 12:30
2 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 6 Redwing, 1 Snow Bunting [Bob Young]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:00 to 13:15, Car park to Fitzroy Lagoon and return
4 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (Fitzroy Lagoon ), 2 Marsh Harrier (m,f), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail,awesome close views from hide,Fitzroy Lagoon ), 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 6 Ringed Plover, 2000 Golden Plover (+), 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Stonechat (pair) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Roper's farm, 09:50 to 11:30
2 Red-legged Partridge, 150 Avocet, 14 Grey Plover, 1200 Lapwing, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat (female), 1 Snow Bunting (still feeding along seawall) [Max Hellicar, John Wright]

Pound Wood, 09:35 to 11:05
2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 6 Chaffinch [Paul Griggs]

Hampton Barns, 08:50 to 10:40, Stambridge Rd footpath to Hampton Barns and return
2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 125 Stock Dove (c,HB), 1 Little Owl (HB), 2 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Brambling (f,HB), 4 Corn Bunting (HB) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Sunday 16 January 2022

Hadleigh Downs, 16:00 to 17:10
1 Buzzard, 1 Tawny Owl (male called a couple of times ), 2 Red Fox, 1 Chinese Muntjac [John Wright]

Canvey Wick, 15:45 to 16:30
1 Woodcock, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Redwing [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:00 to 16:30, Glorious cold still bright evening
3 Spoonbill (still S side of Fitzroy viewed from the hide), 16 Gadwall (decent flock for here), 3 Marsh Harrier (Ad male, ad female and 1st W bird dropped onto saltmarsh by hide before moving off west), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail over Fitzroy), 1 Green Sandpiper (in ditch linking south lagoons to Pool Marsh) [Jeff Delve]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 15:00 to 15:40
3 White-fronted Goose [Neil Chambers]

Barling, 14:35 to 14:35
10 Red-legged Partridge (Shopland Road junction) [Jeff Delve]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 14:30 to 15:40
3 White-fronted Goose, 1 Kestrel [John Wright]

Roper's farm, 13:50 to 14:30, Bright calm sunny day but cold,
50 Avocet (+), Back view (Jeff Delve) (58745 bytes) Very confiding bird quietly feeding along sea wall (Jeff Delve) (67942 bytes) 1 Snow Bunting (along sea wall (thanks Lee!!)) [Jeff Delve]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 13:40 to 14:50
2 White-fronted Goose (distant from middle hide), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (1st winter) [Steve Arlow]

Roper's farm, 13:30 to 14:30
1 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 3 Rock Pipit (+), 1 Snow Bunting (female feeding on sea wall, thanks Lee) [Paul Griggs]

Roper's farm, 13:15 to 14:25, Sunny, no wind, chilly
9 Little Grebe, 4 Buzzard (drifting north), 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat (fem), 1 Snow Bunting (fem along seawall c250m east of footpath - thanks Lee!) [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 13:00 to 13:30
2 Pintail, 10 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Water Pipit (in NE corner) [Steve Arlow]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:00 to 16:00
4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail ), 5 Kestrel [Andrew Armstrong]

Roper's farm, 12:15 to 13:30
1 Kestrel, 25 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Snow Bunting (Female on sea-wall) [Lee Ebbs]

Southend Pier, 11:05 to 15:15
9 Red-throated Diver, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 200 Turnstone (c), 24 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Kittiwake (pier head), 3 Grey Seal (pier head ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Southchurch Park East, 09:50 to 10:30
2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Red-crested Pochard (f,SE fringe of reed beds), 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 11 Common Gull [Jeff Kinnerman]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 08:45 to 10:15
3 White-fronted Goose, 2 Pintail, 5 Pochard, 1 Marsh Harrier (Female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Snipe, 1 Red Fox [Lee Ebbs]

Canvey Point, 08:30 to 12:15, S.W 1-2 Cloudy and very misty H.T 11:35 5.2 m
60 Red-throated Diver (including groups of 12,9,5,5,4,4 flying up river), 63 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Greylag Goose, 400 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+), 1 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 10 Common Scoter (flying up river), 40 Curlew, 8 Guillemot, 4 Linnet [Terry Blackwell]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 11:30
13 Mute Swan, 14 Pintail, 1 Goldeneye (female still in residence.), 2 Marsh Harrier (females), 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (male), 1 Greenshank, 520 Black-headed Gull, 2 Stonechat (pair), 4 Redwing [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 09:00
2 Water Rail (seen), 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Cetti's Warbler (seen), 2 Bearded Tit [Vince Kinsler]

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