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 30 September 2020

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:45 to 11:50
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker (h), 4 House Martin, 2 Pied Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Downs, 09:00 to 09:05
15 Siskin (feeding in a silver birch south side of mountain bike centre buildings) [John Wright]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 08:00 to 15:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Redpoll sp. (+, flock flew over calling) [Neil Chambers]

Tuesday 29 September 2020

Wat Tyler Country Park, 17:30 to 19:00
3 Cattle Egret (Tim had 6 earlier on Vange Wick, we had 1 fly from there towards roost then perhaps 3 in the roost before we had to leave to avoid being locked in), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (on pylon), 1 Water Rail (heard only (PB)), 2 Spotted Redshank (marina), 1 Kingfisher (marina), 30 Swallow (high west), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Bearded Tit (heard only (NC)) [Paul Baker, Neil Chambers]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 14:45 to 14:45
3 Sparrowhawk (Circling together over Belfairs) [Mike Clarke]

Gunners Park, 10:00 to 12:30
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Kingfisher (chasing each other about quite a bit), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50 Swallow (approx flying SW), 45 Meadow Pipit (approx flying SW), 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat (pair in SSSI), 7 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Siskin [John Wright]

Canewdon, 09:30 to 11:00, Murky morning after overnight rain - light winds. Obvious finch passage
20 Skylark (+, steady passage over through morning), 50 Meadow Pipit (+, large flock on fields north of BHP), 2 Blackcap (one in garden birch with finches, one BHP), 3 Chiffchaff (2 BHP, 1 in garden), 8 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 40 Goldfinch (large flock mixed finches feeding in birches outside house - quite flighty), 2 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll [Jeff Delve]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 09:00 to 13:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff (singing occasionally) [Neil Chambers]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 09:00
4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Kingfisher (1 flew from ditch towards pier. Other on island in lake.), 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat (S edge of lake), 10 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff [Mike Clarke]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 04:00
3 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Monday 28 September 2020

South Fambridge, 17:00 to 17:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 35 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Migrant Hawker [Paul Baker]

Two Tree Island (West), 16:40 to 17:20
2 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher (on the scrape sluice), 2 Raven (flew over north, last seen going over the Belton Hills, Leigh) [John Wright]

Two Tree Island (East), 16:00 to 16:40
1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 15:00 to 16:00, Sunny, calm
1 Kingfisher, Such a gentle expression ;0) (Jeff Delve) (55521 bytes) Mostly hidden away - tricky shot through foliage (Jeff Delve) (80263 bytes) 2 Redstart (NE corner of reerve), 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Siskin (heard), 1 Migrant Hawker, 1 Common Darter [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 15:00 to 16:15
1 Kingfisher, 2 Redstart, 1 Blackcap, 1 Siskin (Head over), 1 Migrant Hawker, 1 Common Darter, 1 Common Blue, 2 Small Heath [Vince Kinsler]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 15:00 to 16:40, Sea wall and back
88 Greylag Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler (h), 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Wall Brown [Paul Griggs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:40 to 13:20, the 2 hides only
1 Kestrel, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Clouded Yellow (in field west of track to centre hide) [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:00 to 12:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush [Paul Griggs]

South Fambridge, 10:35 to 10:55
4 Gannet (two singles high west then 2 more going low east along the Crouch!), 20 Barnacle Goose (BHF flock with most not looking quite 100%), 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 4 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (v large female), 3 Greenshank, 12 Sand Martin [Paul Baker]

Belton Hills, 10:20 to 10:25
2 Crane (Thanks to JW’s quick thinking, two glorious individuals watched from Canvey Pt towards me and then disappeared NE over Leigh towards Rochford.) [Vince Kinsler]

South Benfleet, 10:20 to 10:25, Scanning From garden hoping in vain that the Canvey Point cranes would be visible to the E
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Siskin (Flying over calling before briefly in Birch tree) [Martin Cracknell]

Canvey Point, 09:25 to 12:25
11 Gannet, 1 Eider (ad drake east), 1 Marsh Harrier (north across estuary), 2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Crane (flew north from Kent side at 10:15 over the point and onwards over Leigh. A little later seen over Wallasea Island, east and north east Essex), 15 Sandwich Tern, 8 Common Tern, 2 Grey Seal [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:45, 69 bird species recorded
4 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 6 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 27 Pheasant (record count), 2 Water Rail, 7 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 6 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Stonechat, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap (males), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Bearded Tit (+), 2 Common Lizard, 2 Common Blue, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Heath [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:35, Initially overcast but cleared. Nice afternoon
2 Gannet, 25 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 45 Sanderling, 18 Turnstone, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Redstart (Sssi) [Andrew Armstrong]

Canvey Point, 07:30 to 12:00, Light WNW, overcast skies giving good visibility but distant sae haze
45 Gannet (counted heading up river past the point - a few returning and others hanging around to the west), 40 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Eider (Adult drake flew out of estuary and watched out beyond pier 9:30am), 1 Marsh Harrier (crossing river north wards ), 3 Peregrine Falcon (immature hunting passerines by sea wall in Merlin mode then 2 across river well to east), Cranes over Canvey Point - dreadful light (Jeff Delve) (9597 bytes) 2 Crane (Adults across NE from Kent and directly over the point 10:15 - later over Wallasea 10:45 and then across Dengie to Blackwater and Colne. Superb! ), 20 Golden Plover (small flock north), 40 Grey Plover (+), 100 Curlew (+, big flock across estuary), 3 Arctic Skua (Heading east pale phase ad and 2 dark phase 8:15), 3 Great Skua (very distantly to west high and heading further up river 9:15), 5 Sandwich Tern (+), 6 Common Tern, 1 Grey Wagtail (flew past ) [Jeff Delve]

Sunday 27 September 2020

Canvey Point, 16:30 to 18:30
150 Gannet (c), 30 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flew north), 225 Common Scoter (flocks of 130, 40, 30, 25), 8 Arctic Skua, 15 Great Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Tern [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:50 to 14:50
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Point, 12:30 to 15:00
300 Gannet (c), 150 Common Scoter, 20 Arctic Skua, 50 Great Skua, 5 Kittiwake (inc 3 juvs) [John Wright]

Southend Pier, 12:30 to 17:30, Strong NW wind, cold, overcast
80 Gannet (+, difficult to assess numbers as they continually cycled up river and back, all age groups), 1 Shag (immature near peirhead), 150 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (+, steady passage west), 105 Common Scoter (2 flocks 60 and 45 settled on water west of pier), 0 Pomarine Skua (2 dark juvs west about 5 mins apart - on review cannot totally rule out dark juv Bonxie showing almost no upperwing marking at distance. ), 12 Arctic Skua (3 very close E inc 2 super pale phase ads, 5 west (poss group with LTS seen from Canvey Point) rest singles), 42 Great Skua (steady passage west, including groups of 9 and 7 ), 18 Mediterranean Gull (10 ad 3 2nd yr, 5 1st yr), 2 Sandwich Tern (ad and juv fishing w of pier), 5 Common Tern [Jeff Delve]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 11:45 to 13:10
3 Little Egret, 150 Greylag Goose (+), 200 Canada Goose (+), 1 Snipe, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Stonechat (+), 1 Cetti's Warbler (h) [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Point, 11:00 to 13:30
100 Gannet (+didn't really keep a personal tally, but birds streaming through all the time), 50 Common Scoter, 11 Arctic Skua, 25 Great Skua, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 3 Puffin, 20 House Martin [Mike Clarke]

Gunners Park, 09:15 to 10:00
4 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Gannet, 12 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Turnstone, 2 House Martin [Angela Baldock]

Gunners Park, 09:00 to 10:30
50 Gannet (+), 3 Common Scoter, 1 Arctic Skua ((Adult with Bonxies), 7 Great Skua ((One flock down river), 2 Sandwich Tern, 3 House Martin, 1 Chiffchaff [Lee Ebbs]

Gunners Park, 06:55 to 09:05, Strong NNW wind, heavy overcast, light drizzle and poor visibility at first, high tide c10am
4 Great Crested Grebe, 45 Gannet (+), 1 Shag (off old barge pier then flew to Mulberry Harbour), 1 Common Scoter (drake flew east), 1 Golden Plover (flew east), 1 Snipe (in off), 1 Pomarine Skua (adult flew west), 3 Arctic Skua (2 adults + 1 juv west), 12 Great Skua (all upriver - one group of 4, others in ones and twos), 13 Sterna sp. (flock of 'Commics' west), 2 Sandwich Tern (feeding offshore throughout), 1 Alcidae sp. (trailing the Common Scoter - looked small..), 1 House Martin, 3 Meadow Pipit (singles flew SW), 2 Chiffchaff [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 06:45 to 18:30, Stiff NNW, heavy overcast much of the day, occasional drizzle. Day total with assistance from J.W., M.Cr., M.Cl., P.B., T.B. and other visitors.
725 Gannet (including many double-figure flocks, one of 70.), 2 Tufted Duck, 320 Common Scoter (included several sizable flocks), 1 Merlin (heading south to Kent), 1 Pomarine Skua (adult pale phase with spoons at 0945), 35 Arctic Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua (juv. intermediate type flew west at 1600, with four Arctic Skuas in case you required convincing!), 83 Great Skua (small groups passing through all day, often with the Gannet flocks), 5 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Kittiwake (inc. 3 juvs.), 15 Sandwich Tern, 23 Common Tern, 18 Arctic Tern (inc. a flock of 11), 2 Guillemot (plus a probable Razorbill), 4 Puffin (one early and 3 together at 1140 and 1150, seen by multiple observers) [Jeff Saward]

Saturday 26 September 2020

Gunners Park, 17:00 to 18:30, Seawatch only
1 Red-throated Diver (just off-shore most of the time - partial sum plum, still had red throat.), 1 Sooty Shearwater (east at 17:50), 60 Gannet (probably many more but stopped counting ), 1 Shag, 1 Great Skua (west at 17:15 and presumed same east at 17:45) [John Wright]

Canvey Point, 16:45 to 19:05, brisk north wind
1 Sooty Shearwater (distantly north east in outer estuary at 17:55), 111 Gannet (mostly immatures), 10 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flew north), 1 Peregrine Falcon (flew north across Thames near Pier), 1 Great Skua (east at 17:37), 10 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern, 1 Guillemot (upriver at 17:08 & back out at 18:30) [Paul Baker]

Friday 25 September 2020

Wat Tyler Country Park, 17:50 to 18:50
2 Cattle Egret (+, into roost on S side of scrape), 1 Great White Egret (Into roost on S side of scrape at 18:40), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Tim Bourne]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 16:35 to 16:45, Quick look from roadside hide
10 Wigeon [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 14:15 to 16:15, Strong NW wind, overcast clearing, rising tide - hardly any birds!
1 Buzzard (Kent), 5 Great Skua (3 + 2 upriver), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Common Tern, 2 House Martin [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 12:45 to 16:15, Strong NW, overcast and rather dull!
3 Golden Plover, 2 Arctic Skua, 5 Great Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Common Tern, 33 House Martin [Jeff Saward]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:30 to 12:30
1 Swallow [Paul Griggs]

Thursday 24 September 2020

Coombe Wood, 22:00 to 22:15
3 Tawny Owl (female and two males calling from the top NE corner of the wood) [Jeff Saward]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 17:00 to 17:00
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:10 to 11:50
1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Chiffchaff, 6 Small Copper, 1 Common Blue, 1 Speckled Wood [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:10 to 12:15, 66 bird species recorded
2 Great White Egret (mobile pair), 8 Pintail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Little Stint (showed well from benches), 1 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 8 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap (female) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:50 to 19:30, Cloudy, breezy SSW. Over high tide - selected totald
200 Teal (+, Pool Marsh), 20 Shoveler (+, Pool Marsh), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 4 Avocet (Pool Marsh), 71 Ringed Plover (Stokes ), 1 Golden Plover, 49 Grey Plover (Stokes), 11 Lapwing, 45 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 193 Black-tailed Godwit (Pool Marsh), 4 Greenshank (2 Stokes, 2 Acresfleet) [Jeff Delve]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 17:45 to 18:30
6 Cattle Egret (Flew to scrape), 2 Great White Egret (Flew towards Great Pound, Bowers), 1 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine Falcon (On pylon on Vange Wick), 1 Green Sandpiper (Over calling), 2 Cetti's Warbler [Tim Bourne]

Belfairs, 07:55 to 08:00
1 Chinese Muntjac (calling, Poors Lane North) [John Wright]

Canewdon, 00:20 to 00:30
1 Tawny Owl (calling and seen twice in flight outside house) [Jeff Delve]

Tuesday 22 September 2020

South Fambridge, 18:00 to 18:00
3 Chiffchaff (together in garden) [Paul Baker]

Lower Raypits, 17:45 to 18:45, Sunny, light S
21 Teal, 2 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Jeff Delve]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 12:10 to 12:30, marina only
6 Cattle Egret (with cattle on Vange Wick viewed from marina), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel [John Wright]

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

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:15 to 12:00
2 Pintail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 2 Hobby (ad & juv), 2 Golden Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Stonechat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Bearded Tit, 15 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Weasel [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:30, 65 bird species recorded
500 Wigeon (+), 8 Pintail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 2 Hobby (+), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, 9 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 2 Small Copper, 2 Common Blue, 8 Wall Brown, 1 Gatekeeper, 4 Small Heath [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 06:30 to 07:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest [Neil Chambers]

Monday 21 September 2020

Gunners Park, 16:50 to 18:20, Sunny, warm, light SE wind
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff (+), 1 Willow Warbler [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Sparrowhawk (flew south across river), 1 Buzzard, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Siskin (south calling), 1 Butterflies and Moths (HUMMINGBIRD HAWKMOTH on Buddleia ) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:50 to 18:00, Sunny, calm. WeBS count for Allfleets and Jubilee then returned along south wall. Selected totals
1 Great Crested Grebe (southern settling lagoon), 63 Little Egret (just my WeBS area - many more across island), 1 Great White Egret (Acresflet lagoons from screens), 169 Shelduck (Jubilee), 215 Wigeon (numbers increasing rapidly), 93 Avocet, 138 Ringed Plover, 93 Dunlin, 3 Snipe (flushed at Jubilee path junction), 79 Curlew, 313 Redshank, 8 Greenshank (southern lagoons and acresfleet), 1 Short-eared Owl (disturbed by Kestrel from eastern fields), 1 Kingfisher (sluice southern borrowdyke), 2 Wheatear (Beagle viewpoint and north of screens), 1 Chiffchaff (in willow at carpark), 1 Clouded Yellow, 2 Wall Brown (Crossrail viewpoint) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:30 to 16:00, WeBs count
10 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 36 Avocet, 12 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Canewdon, 13:20 to 13:20
1 Willow Emerald Damselfly (garden pond), 1 Common Darter [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:05 to 15:15
1 Great White Egret (Stokes Lagoon ), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 32 Avocet, 190 Golden Plover (circa), 2 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Corn Bunting, 1 Common Seal, 1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Wall Brown [Jeff Kinnerman]

Sunday 20 September 2020

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 23:10 to 23:20
1 Badger [Paul Griggs]

South Fambridge, 18:50 to 18:50
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Small Copper [Paul Baker]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 18:15 to 18:35, Marina only
1 Spotted Redshank (creek by marina) [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 17:05 to 18:05
15 Snipe (+), 100 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (juv), 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Migrant Hawker, 3 Ruddy Darter [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 14:50 to 14:50
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly (in me garden again), 1 Migrant Hawker [Paul Baker]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 09:30 to 10:30
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Coal Tit (singing in neighbour's garden, then assumed same later on in Hockley Road Cemy), 1 Migrant Hawker [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:30, 61 bird species recorded
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 170 Avocet, 2 Golden Plover, 1 Little Stint, 3 Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whinchat, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 1 Clouded Yellow, 12 Wall Brown [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 07:45 to 11:00
1 Cormorant, 1 Meadow Pipit (h), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Raven (10:33 - 10:35 circling and being mobbed by two Herring Gulls. Called once. Drifted West quite fast.), 1 insects (Hornet) [Paul Griggs]

Wakering Stairs, 07:45 to 09:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Redstart, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Jay, 103 Siskin (Probably more, constant movement all heading NE), 7 Wall Brown [Marc Outten]

Saturday 19 September 2020

Canvey Point, 12:00 to 16:00
1 Kestrel, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Tern [John Wright, Tim Bourne, Jeff Saward]

Gunners Park, 11:30 to 13:00
4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Sandwich Tern, 9 Common Tern, 3 Common Darter [Lee Ebbs]

Wakering Stairs, 11:00 to 11:15
10 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Kestrel [Angela Baldock]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 09:00 to 11:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff (1 singing), 1 Coal Tit (singing), 10 Siskin (2 small groups over - heard only), 1 Migrant Hawker [Neil Chambers]

Hadleigh Downs, 07:30 to 07:30, Out running
7 Siskin (flock of 6 and a single east of castle ) [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 06:15 to 08:00, Bright sunny 14C, brisk NNE
1 Merlin (Sat on mound on Marsh Flats), 400 Golden Plover (+, Flock building up on fields nr Grapnells.), 30 Linnet (+), 50 Reed Bunting (+, Roosting alongside entrance road), 24 Corn Bunting [Jeff Delve]

Friday 18 September 2020

Wat Tyler Country Park, 16:30 to 17:00, Quick look from marina
6 Cattle Egret (Again on salt marsh opposite marina), 1 Peregrine Falcon (On pylon) [Tim Bourne]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 11:50 to 11:50
1 Slow-worm [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 11:45 to 14:00
2 Wall Brown (+ a single seen in the garden then a pair mating for over an hour.) [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 08:30 to 10:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 07:00 to 11:00, Sunny 15-19C breezy ENE. Pretty quiet - most birds on Pool Marsh
21 Wigeon (Pool marsh), 170 Teal (Pool marsh), 5 Pintail (Pool marsh), 4 Marsh Harrier (3 juvs and nice 2nd cal yr Male, ), 1 Peregrine Falcon (Imm over south lagoons), 24 Avocet (Pool marsh), 4 Ringed Plover, 20 Golden Plover (+, Small flock dropped into fields near Grapnells), 22 Grey Plover (Pool marsh inc some nice summer plumage birds), 6 Dunlin (4 Pool Marsh, 2 Stokes), 37 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher (Flew from Pool Marsh sluice), 20 Common Blue (+, Especially track to screens), 20 Small Heath (+, Common all around tracks ) [Jeff Delve]

Thursday 17 September 2020

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:30 to 18:45
3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (female chasing prob skylark over Grass Farm ) [Jeff Delve]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:45 to 16:45
1 Buzzard [Paul Griggs]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 14:40 to 16:00
2 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Lapwing, 12 Snipe, 170 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Bearded Tit (heard only west side) [Jeff Delve]

Gunners Park, 13:30 to 15:00
4 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 1 Guillemot, 1 Redstart ((Female type bird seen along path between car park and Bunker Wood ), 1 Chiffchaff, 20 Siskin [Lee Ebbs]

Gunners Park, 12:40 to 14:40
3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Tern, 1 Guillemot (flew east, then south), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 20 Siskin (+, single flock flew NE), 1 Wall Brown [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:45 to 12:00, Quick look from roadside hide
1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 11:30 to 13:30
1 Manx Shearwater, 3 Gannet, 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Guillemot, 1 Common Seal [Vince Kinsler]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:45 to 15:30, 6.5 mile walk, right round, NE wind, sunny and warm
30 Little Egret (c.), 1 Marsh Harrier (m), 3 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 9 Skylark, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 40 Linnet (c.), 3 Reed Bunting, 20 Common Blue (+) [Paul Griggs]

Southend Airport, 10:20 to 10:20
1 Kestrel, Where the Little Owls used to be (Paul Griggs) (74734 bytes) 0 Little Owl (trees cut) [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Seafront, 09:30 to 14:05, Bright & sunny, high tide c.1pm, brisk NE wind. Others will have different totals
1 Manx Shearwater (upriver at 11:37, seen again at 14:02 still upriver), 2 Gannet, 16 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Pintail, 1 Osprey (flew south at 11:00), 1 Kestrel (battled across from Kent), 8 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua (JW only - before I arrived), 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Guillemot (upriver then out again a few hours later), 1 Short-eared Owl (high over caravan park at 11:30 then drifted west), 30 Swallow (north), 1 Rock Pipit [Paul Baker, John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:40 to 14:30
2 Marsh Harrier (m&f), 1 Sparrowhawk (male with prey), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 90 Avocet, 78 Lapwing, 3 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 125 Black-tailed Godwit (circa), 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Skylark, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 6 Stonechat (together with Whinchat), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Bearded Tit, 2 Wall Brown [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canvey Point, 06:30 to 08:30
1 Gannet, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Sandwich Tern, 20 Common Tern (+) [Mike Clarke]

Canvey Point, 06:20 to 11:30, Brisk NE-ENE wind, low tide c07:20, bright with occasional cloudy spells
1 Osprey (flew south at 11.00), 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Guillemot [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 06:15 to 14:05, Brisk NE backing E, cloudy start clearing. Hi tide 1pm
1 Manx Shearwater, 3 Gannet, 15 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 50 Wigeon (+, several small flocks around), 2 Pintail, 1 Osprey, 1 Kestrel (slowly across river from Kent), 150 Knot (+), 200 Black-tailed Godwit (+, several large flocks over N), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 10 Sandwich Tern (+), 20 Common Tern (+), 1 Guillemot, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Grey Wagtail (juv ) [Jeff Delve]

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