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 20 August 2018

Benfleet Station, 19:00 to 19:00, Creek by the station and nearby
6 Little Egret, 1 Hobby (Hunting along the creek then flew back up onto the downs), 1 Greenshank, 5 House Martin (+), 1 Song Thrush (Using half a brick as an anvil for a snail dinner ) [Martin Cracknell]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 08:30 to 08:35
1 Sparrowhawk (imm male) [John Wright]

Sunday 19 August 2018

Lower Raypits, 15:30 to 18:10, Sunny, patchy cloud, 24C humid, breezy SSW. Watching from lagoon hide
5 Shelduck (fledged youngsters), 8 Teal, Tatty adult hunting lagoon edge (Jeff Delve) (41751 bytes) Tatty adult hunting lagoon edge (Jeff Delve) (110293 bytes) 1 Marsh Harrier (hunting lagoon edge), 1 Merlin (headed past lagoon east low and fast and went off in Mistle Thrush style over fields then chased a Linnet ), 2 Lapwing, Feeding along lagoon edge (Jeff Delve) (100406 bytes) 3 Snipe, 8 Black-tailed Godwit (all juvs), 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 10 Swallow (+), 12 Yellow Wagtail (+, feeding around lagoon and with cattle), On island vegetation - distant (Jeff Delve) (130897 bytes) 1 Whinchat, 2 Whitethroat (feeding amongst weeks on islands), 20 Goldfinch (+, lors of juvs, feeding on thistle), 4 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting (along ditchline), 2 Corn Bunting (adult and a juv) [Jeff Delve]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:10 to 11:10
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Canewdon, 11:00 to 12:00, Around BHP
2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Slow-worm, 2 Emerald Damselfly, 1 Southern Hawker (ovipositing on rotten log), 1 Ruddy Darter, 2 Red Admiral, 3 Speckled Wood [Jeff Delve]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:40 to 12:00, Overcast, strong SW wind - to seawall & back
2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 4 Migrant Hawker, 3 Ruddy Darter, 1 Small White, 1 Speckled Wood [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 12:30, Overcast and windy
1 Black-necked Grebe, 7 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 4 Garganey, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 6 Ruff, 4 Ruff, 20 Black-tailed Godwit (plus), 4 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Bearded Tit [Graham Oakes]

Saturday 18 August 2018

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 18:00 to 18:00
1 Slow-worm [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 15:30 to 17:35, Overcast, SW wind, high tide 18:30ish - with RH from approx. 16:20
36 Little Egret (+, roosting on Kent side), 35 Sandwich Tern (+), 60 Common Tern (+), 16 Arctic Tern (+, groups of 5 + 11+ adults upriver), 4 Black Tern (juv feeding offshore, then ad + 2 juvs upriver), 1 Harbour Porpoise (seen a few times) [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 15:15 to 17:15, Cloud 8/8; wind SW F1-2; 23ºC; high tide 18:34 (5.3m @ Southend).
4 Sandwich Tern (+), 20 Common Tern (+), 8 Arctic Tern (in a loose flock, flying upriver) [Richard Howard]

Hadleigh Downs, 09:30 to 09:35
1 Grey Wagtail [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 06:30 to 09:30, Light overcast, light SW wind
1 Swift, 4 Sand Martin (flew SW), 20 Swallow (+), 50 House Martin (+), 4 Yellow Wagtail (flew SW), 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat (+), 6 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Migrant Hawker [Neil Chambers, Lee Ebbs]

Friday 17 August 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 19:00 to 20:00
1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Stone Curlew (on southern island looking towards the rubbish tip), 1 Ruff, 8 Swift, 5 Sand Martin, 3 Yellow Wagtail [John Wright, Paul Baker, Max Hellicar]

Benfleet Downs, 15:15 to 16:30
3 Little Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 100 Marsh Frog, 8 Willow Emerald Damselfly (+), 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Clouded Yellow [Paul Baker, Richard Howard]

Benfleet Downs, 15:00 to 18:00, Cloud 4/8; wind SW F1-2; 22ºC.
3 Little Egret, 1 Whimbrel (heard only, from creek), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Willow Emerald Damselfly (+), 6 Migrant Hawker (+), 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Clouded Yellow [Richard Howard]

Bowers Downs, 14:15 to 15:40
1 Great White Egret (On Great Pound), 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (Low towards Wat Tyler), 12 Swallow, 1 Brown Argus [Dudley Shayler]

Benfleet Downs, 10:15 to 12:45
4 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap, 5 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 2 Clouded Yellow, 7 Small White, 140 Brown Argus, 150 Common Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Speckled Wood, 18 Gatekeeper, 8 Meadow Brown, 24 Small Heath [Andrew Woodhouse]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 13:20, Cloud 2/8 hazy; No wind; 18 - 22ºC.
1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 2 Kestrel (around saline lagoon), 1 Hobby, 1 Water Rail (heard only), 1 Stone Curlew, 20 Lapwing (c), 3 Ruff (2 Ruff, 1 Reeve), 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper (dyke by tip), 1 Bearded Tit, 8 Small White, 4 Common Blue, 10 Meadow Brown (+) [Richard Howard]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:00 to 10:00
1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 13:20
1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Stone Curlew, 2 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Bearded Tit, 1 Northern Water Vole [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Thursday 16 August 2018

Bowers Downs, 20:10 to 20:40
38 Little Egret (+ birds still constantly arriving as I left), 1 Great White Egret (In the roost at Wat Tyler) [Martin Cracknell]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 16:00 to 20:00, Full circuit, starting with Manor Way. Cloud 8-4/8; No wind; 18ºC.
1 Black-necked Grebe (in bay by twin wind turbines), 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult female), 1 Sparrowhawk (female, over island opp. central benches), 2 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail (heard only), 1 Stone Curlew (island opp. central benches), 70 Lapwing (+ put up by Sparrowhawk), 3 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Green Sandpiper (mainly along tip run-off ditch), 15 Swift, 8 Sand Martin (flew through in a group), 30 Swallow (+), 6 House Martin, 1 Sedge Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit (heard only), 2 Reed Bunting (pair) [Richard Howard]

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 16:10 to 17:55, Mostly overcast, SW wind - saline lagoon & benches only
1 Black-necked Grebe (in bay by twin windmills), 4 Little Egret, 3 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 15 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Greenshank, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Migrant Hawker, 3 Ruddy Darter [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:00 to 16:00, 7/8 cloud, brisk WSW, 20C. Along south sea wall viewing new habitat area
1 Marsh Harrier (juv ), 1 Sparrowhawk (along S sea wall), 1 Buzzard (haystack), 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (south fields), 10 Yellow Wagtail (+), 5 Corn Bunting, 9 Common Seal (on Roach) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 06:45 to 11:30
1 Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe (Graham Oakes) (91169 bytes) 1 Black-necked Grebe, Stone Curlew (Graham Oakes) (95083 bytes) 1 Stone Curlew, 6 Ruff, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Corn Bunting (juv), 1 Northern Water Vole, 30 Migrant Hawker (plus) [Graham Oakes]

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

Tuesday 14 August 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 19:45 to 21:00, Walked on via Benfleet Creek
1 Black-necked Grebe (Same area as Garganey), 1 Garganey (On south side of reservoir from benches by 2 windpumps), 1 Water Rail (Calling), 1 Stone Curlew (Still on south side of island), 2 Ruff (+), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Kingfisher (Benfleet Creek), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Stoat [Tim Bourne]

Two Tree Island (East), 18:00 to 19:00
25 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Swift, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Northern Water Vole [John Wright]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 17:15 to 18:45
1 Little Egret, 2 Garganey, 1 Marsh Harrier (ad female), 6 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Bearded Tit (in 2 groups, one of which inc 2 immatures), 2 Northern Water Vole (I like these!), 2 Small Heath [Paul Baker]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 13:30 to 15:30
1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Avocet, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 30 Migrant Hawker (plus) [Graham Oakes]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:40 to 14:50, Cloud variable, 8 - 5/8; wind SW F2-1; 22ºC.
Black-necked Grebe (Richard Howard) (67971 bytes) 1 Black-necked Grebe (bay by twin wind turbines), 5 Little Egret, Great White Egret at Great Pound (Richard Howard) (117705 bytes) 1 Great White Egret (Great Pound, and later at main pool), 2 Grey Heron, 1 Glossy Ibis (saline lagoon), 2 Kestrel (by saline lagoon), 1 Hobby (over tip), 3 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper (along tip run-off pools), 2 Yellow-legged Gull (adults, on tip), 3 Yellow Wagtail (PG), 2 Bearded Tit (heard), 1 Weasel (PG), 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 40 Migrant Hawker (+, mainly Manor Way) [Richard Howard, Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:35 to 12:40
1 Black-necked Grebe (main lagoon ), 5 Little Egret (saline lagoon ), 1 Great White Egret (Great Pound), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Buzzard (together ), 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Stone Curlew (amongst Dock,main lagoon ), 1 Ruff, 5 Snipe (together,over), 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel (saline lagoon ), 1 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo (juvenile,showed well, south perimeter path), 2 Swift (together ), 7 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Bearded Tit, 2 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Gunners Park, 08:30 to 09:45, Cloud 1-7/8; wind NW veering SW F1-2; 17 - 19ºC.
2 Sparrowhawk (male & female), 2 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow (+), 20 House Martin (+), 6 Whitethroat, 2 Holly Blue, 10 Gatekeeper (+) [Richard Howard, Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:00
Willow Emerald 2 (Andrew Armstrong) (60514 bytes) Willow Emerald (Andrew Armstrong) (51864 bytes) 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly (Kingfisher corner), 15 Migrant Hawker [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 13 August 2018

Rayleigh, 19:30 to 19:30
1 Ring-necked Parakeet (flew over Crown Hill towards Rayleigh Mount, calling) [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 17:30 to 18:20
4 Garganey (At least), 11 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 15 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 6 Curlew, 5 Spotted Redshank (Briefly present, before returning to the creek with the Greenshank. Presumably there had been more earlier at high tide), 5 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Bearded Tit (+, calling) [Tim Bourne]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 14:30 to 17:45, Breezy with occasional showers. Walked circuit and back to double benches
1 Black-necked Grebe ( pool by double windmill), 1 Great White Egret (dropped into Great Pound but almost immediately flushed by someone along path), 1 Stone Curlew (on southern island late on), 20 Lapwing (+), 5 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Bearded Tit, 20 Migrant Hawker (+), 1 Brown Hawker (Pool near single windmill), 1 Southern Migrant Hawker [Jeff Delve]

Two Tree Island (West), 12:45 to 15:30, Cloud 7/8; wind SW F1-2; 22ºC; high tide 15:07 (6.10m @ Southend).
29 Little Egret (5 on scrape; 24 on marsh off Canvey), 25 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plover (adults in bp), 18 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 400 Black-tailed Godwit (c. 2 colour ring birds seen), 5 Whimbrel, 200 Redshank (c), 20 Greenshank [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 11:40, to the double benches only
1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Stone Curlew (on southern island looking towards the rubbish tip), 1 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Painted Lady [John Wright]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 11:30, Cloud 7/8; wind SW F1-2; 19ºC. Roadside & 12 acre hides only.
5 Grey Heron, 8 Mute Swan (adults), 32 Canada Goose, 10 Mallard, 18 Lapwing, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Whitethroat [Richard Howard]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:00, Out to south viewpoint overlooking Roach.Patchy sun, 6/8 cloud, 20C moderate WSW
600 Canada Goose (+, huge flocks on Jubilee), 1 Barnacle Goose (with Canadas), 1 Marsh Harrier (2cy male), 1 Buzzard (on haystack), 2 Kestrel, 1 Grey Plover, 30 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 2 Whimbrel (Allfleets), 4 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Meadow Pipit, 50 Yellow Wagtail (+, most on Allfleets salt marsh), 10 Linnet (+, few family partied), 20 Corn Bunting (+, lots of juvs), 18 Common Seal, 20 Common Blue (+), 10 Meadow Brown (+), 2 Small Heath [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 11:45
1 Black-necked Grebe, Great White Egret (Graham Oakes) (79473 bytes) 1 Great White Egret (On Great Pound.), 1 Stone Curlew (on the left hand island.), 4 Ruff, 6 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Adult.), 7 Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Lesser Whitethroat (family outing.), 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Bearded Tit, 20 Migrant Hawker (+) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:45, Cloudy with Intermittent rain. Decent passerine activity in the SSSI
45 Turnstone, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat (NE corner of SSSI), 4 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Greenfinch, 9 Goldfinch [Andrew Armstrong]

Sunday 12 August 2018

Canvey Point, 13:35 to 15:10, Cloud 8/8 with slight drizzle; wind SSW F1-2; 21ºC; High tide 14:07 (5.6m @ Southend).
220 Oystercatcher (+, on Point), 50 Turnstone (+, roosting on wooden jetty), 2 Sandwich Tern (roosting on posts by yacht club), 30 Common Tern (+, small passage east at start; 17 roosting on wooden jetty by Point) [Richard Howard]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:00 to 13:20, Cloud 7-8/8; wind SW F0-1; 20ºC. Roadside & 12 acre hides only.
1 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 12 Teal, 4 Avocet, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Reed Warbler [Richard Howard]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:30 to 10:30
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 10:15
12 Little Grebe, 1 Stone Curlew, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 40 Goldfinch [Angela Baldock]

Rochford Golf Course, 08:50 to 12:20, Mostly overcast, brisk SSW wind
35 Canada Goose (+, flew NE), 1 Osprey (circled low SW at 10am mobbed by Herring Gulls), 1 Yellow Wagtail (flew SW calling), 2 Banded Demoiselle, 1 Migrant Hawker [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 11 August 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 18:25 to 19:35, Overcast, SSW wind
2 Little Egret, 1 Stone Curlew (on nearest island, although mostly obscured), 2 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper (+), 5 Swift, 3 House Martin, 10 Yellow Wagtail (+), 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Great Crested Newt (eft) [Neil Chambers]

Hadleigh, 17:15 to 17:30, Hadleigh Castle
1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (imm female) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 15:30 to 17:10, Cloud 5-6/8; wind SW F1-2; 20ºC. 6 Guineafowl on approach road (Church Road)!
1 Great White Egret (Great Pound), 2 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail (heard only), 1 Stone Curlew, 2 Ruff, 1 Greenshank (heard), 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat [Richard Howard, Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:00 to 12:45, Sunny, breezy westerly
1 Marsh Harrier (ad male Marsh Flats), 3 Little Ringed Plover (Grass Farm), 2 Ringed Plover (Grass Farm), 2 Dunlin (Grass Farm), 80 Black-tailed Godwit (+, Pool Marsh), 2 Whimbrel (All Fleets), 2 Curlew (Pool Marsh), 4 Greenshank (Pool Marsh), 1 Turnstone (Grass Farm), 5 Common Tern (chicks still being fed, 2 near fledged, 3 fluff balls), 20 Yellow Wagtail (+), 2 Whinchat (along sluice fenceline), 4 Whitethroat, 30 Linnet (+), 8 Reed Bunting, 30 Corn Bunting (+, lots of juvs) [Jeff Delve]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:25 to 11:10, Sunny, light SW wind
2 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 2 Yellow Wagtail (flew over calling), 1 Willow Warbler (calling and in subsong), 10 Migrant Hawker (+), 3 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:35 to 11:15, full circuit
1 Hobby, 1 Stone Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whinchat [Paul Griggs]

Fleet Head, 09:00 to 10:30
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 50 Grey Plover, 6 Greenshank, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Nightingale (in bushes by fishermans car park), 1 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Coombe Wood, 08:55 to 09:10
2 Coal Tit (on feeders in my garden) [Jeff Saward]

Canewdon, 08:30 to 09:30, Sunny, cool, light westerly. Around BHP
2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler (calling and subsong), 1 Goldcrest (new in) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:10 to 12:40
Great White Egret, Great Pound, Bowers Marsh 11-08-2018 (Steve Arlow) (72150 bytes) Great White Egret, Great Pound, Bowers Marsh 11-08-2018 (Steve Arlow) (75291 bytes) Great White Egret, Great Pound, Bowers Marsh 11-08-2018 (Steve Arlow) (11091 bytes) 1 Great White Egret (in and out of Great Pound several times from around 11am onwards), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Stone Curlew (still present on the island viewable from double benches), 4 Ruff, 40 Black-tailed Godwit (at least), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whinchat [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 10:00, No cloud or wind, temp. 12 - 16ºC. Met up with Graham Oakes partway round.
1 Water Rail (heard only), 1 Stone Curlew, 20 Black-tailed Godwit (c, inc. 1 colour ringed bird), 3 Green Sandpiper, 16 Swift, 8 Skylark, 8 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Wheatear (on fence by tip run-off pools), 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Bearded Tit (heard only), 2 Reed Bunting, 8 Migrant Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly [Richard Howard]

Friday 10 August 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 19:00 to 19:45
1 Stone Curlew (Thanks to RH for waiting to make sure I saw it), 1 Ruff, 2 Sand Martin [Martin Cracknell]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 18:30 to 19:15
1 Great White Egret (Flew west), 1 Stone Curlew, 2 Ruff, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Sand Martin [Lee Ebbs]

South Benfleet, 18:30 to 18:30
1 Hobby (Low over St Mary´s Churchyard ), 4 House Martin [Martin Cracknell]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 17:10 to 20:35, Cloud 7/8 with pasing heavy showers; wind SW F2-1; 15ºC. Full walk round.
1 Stone Curlew, 3 Ruff, 20 Black-tailed Godwit (c), 8 Green Sandpiper (all along ditch at base of tip), 1 Wood Sandpiper (flew up from main lagoon by tip path, & flew south, calling constantly), 15 Swift (+), 8 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 16:50 to 21:00
1 Great White Egret (flew west toward Wat Tyler), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Hobby, Stone Curlew, Bowers Marsh, 10-08-2018 (Steve Arlow) (91649 bytes) 1 Stone Curlew (on island viewable from the double benches throughout: started to actively feed around muddy fringes towards dusk), 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 15:40 to 17:40, Overcast, occasional light rain, SW wind - full circuit
2 Little Egret, 1 Wigeon (eclipse drake), 1 Stone Curlew (showing well from double benches), 1 Snipe, 10 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Swift (+), 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Bearded Tit (+, heard only) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 12:00 to 13:00, From Double benches after the Grahams left
1 Glossy Ibis (still feeding in rushes along south edge of main lagoon), Nice views, tough light. (Jeff Delve) (17642 bytes) Just cruising (Jeff Delve) (16643 bytes) 1 Hobby (chasing House Martin across main pool and catching dragonflies), Most pleasing ;0) (Jeff Delve) (101262 bytes) 1 Stone Curlew (still performing well on island) [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Downs, 11:50 to 12:15
8 Common Tern (over WT scrape but nowt else) [Paul Baker]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:45 to 12:45, Cloud 8/8 with drizzle; wind SW F2; 17ºC. Road hide only - too much disturbance at other hides.
1 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 2 Avocet, 18 Black-tailed Godwit [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:50 to 11:40, showers
1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Stone Curlew, 3 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Baker, Jeff Saward]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:00
1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Stone Curlew (on centre island), 7 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Swift, 7 Sand Martin, 18 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Chiffchaff [Graham Ryland, Jeff Delve, Graham Oakes]

Thursday 09 August 2018

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:00 to 11:15
1 Great White Egret (in tree adjacent to scrape) [John Wright]

Bowers Downs, 10:40 to 11:00
1 Great White Egret (roosting at back of Wat Tyler scrape) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 10:45
1 Glossy Ibis (on main lagoon) [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 09:30 to 12:00, light NW breeze, overcast and wet
1 Gannet (adult), 3 Whimbrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 18 Sandwich Tern, 65 Common Tern, 2 Black Tern (s.p. adults) [Jeff Saward]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 11:15, Mostly rain during our visit, a great Heron day :)
6 Little Egret, Great White Egret (Graham Oakes) (32574 bytes) 1 Great White Egret (Great Pound), 5 Grey Heron, Glossy Ibis (Graham Oakes) (91530 bytes) Glossy Ibis (Graham Oakes) (74082 bytes) 1 Glossy Ibis (Initially at Great Pound and then main lagoon, then flew to pool by single wind turbine, and then flew towards Great Pound with no further sightings by 11.15.), 4 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo (female.), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Bearded Tit, 3 Southern Migrant Hawker [Graham Ryland, Richard Howard, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 08 August 2018

Wat Tyler Country Park, 17:40 to 18:30, Cloud 4/8; wind SW F2-3; 22ºC.
1 Little Egret, record shot of Great White Egret with Little Egret (Richard Howard) (113756 bytes) record shot of Great White Egret with Little Egret (Richard Howard) (80695 bytes) 1 Great White Egret (the bird seen from Bowers. Roosting in a dead tree south side of the scrape. Visible from a low point in the hedgerow along the road to the Marina, between the Green Centre & RSPB visitors centre. Still there when I left @ 18:30), 1 Common Tern [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 15:00 to 17:25, Cloud 4/8; wind SW F2-3; 22ºC.
record shot of Great White Egret (Richard Howard) (66602 bytes) 1 Great White Egret (Great Pound pool. Saw me and flew to Wat Tyler scrape and settled in a tree there), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 5 Green Sandpiper (around the base of the tip), 1 Common Tern, three Whinchat (Richard Howard) (72855 bytes) 3 Whinchat (tip perimeter path, wooden bridge by single wind turbine acess track) [Richard Howard]

Bowers Downs, 14:45 to 14:55, Cloud 3-4/8; wind SW F2; 23ºC.
1 Great White Egret (on The Pound at Bowers Marsh (Manor Way)), 1 Grey Heron (with the GWE) [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 14:45 to 15:05
1 Great White Egret (Great Pound, Manor Way footpath), 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Kestrel [John Wright]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 12:10 to 14:30, Cloud 4/4; wind SW F2-3; 22ºC.
1 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier (immature), 50 Lapwing (+), 1 Ruff, 60 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 6 Spotted Redshank (inc 1 in b.p.), 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, male Migrant Hawker (Richard Howard) (46892 bytes) male Migrant Hawker (Richard Howard) (37240 bytes) 7 Migrant Hawker, 3 Southern Migrant Hawker [Richard Howard]

Rochford Golf Course, 08:50 to 14:00, Sunny, SW wind
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Banded Demoiselle, 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 5 Migrant Hawker (+), 5 Ruddy Darter [Neil Chambers]

Tuesday 07 August 2018

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 20:30 to 21:05
3 Common Pipistrelle, 10 Noctule Bat [John Wright, Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Downs, 18:40 to 19:00
1 Great White Egret (Presumably Jeff's bird from Great Pound relocated on WTCP scrape), 1 Marsh Harrier (Fem) [Tim Bourne]

Lower Raypits, 16:30 to 17:30, Warm and clear initially but slowly clouding over. Slight rain
5 Teal, 1 Marsh Harrier, 40 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 10 Yellow Wagtail [Andrew Armstrong]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 14:00 to 15:30, Cloud 3-6/8 with short shower; wind SE F1-2; 34ºC. Walk to central benches & entrance to single turbine track and back.
1 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult female), 5 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat (Richard Howard) (53721 bytes) 1 Whinchat, 2 Bearded Tit [Richard Howard, Graham Oakes, Graham Ryland]

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 14:00 to 15:00
2 Painted Lady (fighting on the Buddleia) [Vince Kinsler]

Gunners Park, 13:00 to 13:35
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Pied Flycatcher (thanks for the lend of the bins Andrew!), 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 5 Common Blue [Vince Kinsler]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:15 to 16:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:40 to 13:40
3 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (Great Pound,Manorway.Showed well before flying towards Wat Tyler C.P.), 2 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult,winter ), 3 Whinchat (together,single turbine), 2 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Gunners Park, 07:30 to 15:45, Warm
1 Kestrel (Male on the barn owl box), 25 Sanderling (Seawall), 45 Turnstone, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler (Lake edge ), 1 Pied Flycatcher (Serin Pond), 3 Southern Migrant Hawker (Serin Pond) [Andrew Armstrong]

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