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 27 May 2020

Two Tree Island (East), 16:30 to 17:00
2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 2 Cetti's Warbler [John Wright]

Westcliff, 16:30 to 16:45, Springfield drive allotments
2 Peregrine Falcon (Food pass over my shed) [Andrew Armstrong]

Two Tree Island (West), 16:00 to 16:30
95 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:50 to 15:15
1 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail (h), 1 Blackcap (h) [Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:00 to 10:30
3 Buzzard, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 Cuckoo [John Wright]

Tuesday 26 May 2020

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl (BHF), 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Corn Bunting (flew over calling ), 1 Large Skipper, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Small Heath [Paul Baker]

Canvey Way, 12:45 to 13:40, Warm and sunny
8 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (+ good numbers showing) [Andrew Armstrong]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:30 to 14:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (imm. circling overhead), 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Monday 25 May 2020

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 21:40 to 21:45
2 Common Pipistrelle [John Wright]

Eastwood, 21:30 to 21:35, Lundy Close
1 Common Pipistrelle [Jeff Kinnerman]

South Fambridge, 18:00 to 19:00
3 Barnacle Goose (BHF), 1 Marsh Harrier (usual female hunting through garden), 2 Mediterranean Gull (pr of adults on BHF), 3 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl (BHF), 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Large Skipper, 3 Holly Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 13:15 to 14:00, Warm & sunny
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Holly Blue, 2 Speckled Wood [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Way, 12:00 to 15:00
Common Lizard (Graham Oakes) (86763 bytes) 1 Common Lizard, 1 Northern Water Vole, 15 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (Only 1 male), 10 Azure Damselfly, 4 Blue-tailed Damselfly [Graham Oakes]

Benfleet Downs, 10:30 to 13:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Swallow, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grass Snake, 3 Emperor Dragonfly, 7 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 5 Green Hairstreak, 4 Common Blue, 10 Holly Blue, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 8 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Heath [Andrew Woodhouse]

Hadleigh Marshes, 10:30 to 11:30
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 25 Marsh Frog, 50 Azure Damselfly, 10 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 3 Emperor Dragonfly, 6 Hairy Dragonfly, 4 Broad-bodied Chaser [John Wright]

Canvey Way, 09:30 to 10:00, just a short walk along the ditch a couple of hundred metres
25 Scarce Emerald Damselfly [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:15 to 03:00
4 Red Fox (vixen + 3 cubs), 2 Badger [John Wright]

Sunday 24 May 2020

Two Tree Island (East), 18:45 to 19:30
1 Whimbrel, 250 Swift (all heading slowly north), 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 4 Blackcap (singing), 3 Whitethroat (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Hockley Woods, 15:30 to 16:00
1 Blackcap (singing ), 1 Chiffchaff (singing ) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Cuckoo [Paul Baker]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 11:30 to 11:35
1 Slow-worm [John Wright]

Hockley Woods, 09:30 to 10:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff [Lee Ebbs]

Barling Magna Millennium Wildlife Park, 08:50 to 10:10
1 Cuckoo [Andrew Armstrong]

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 08:45 to 08:50
1 Mistle Thrush (both calling and singing briefly on tree top before flying low towards Blenheim Park.) [Vince Kinsler]

Barling Pits, 04:30 to 08:30, Beautiful sunrise
2 Cuckoo, 15 Swift (Hawking the ditch), 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap [Andrew Armstrong]

Saturday 23 May 2020

South Fambridge, 19:45 to 20:15
2 Barnacle Goose (BHF), 3 Buzzard, 1 Hobby (hunting low & close through the garden - which was nice!), 2 Cuckoo (one on BHF, one in garden), 1 Slow-worm [Paul Baker]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 12:00 to 13:30
1 Red Kite (drifted high west), 1 Swallow [Neil Chambers]

Wakering Stairs, 07:15 to 10:15, strong wind
1 Little Egret, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff [Angela Baldock]

Friday 22 May 2020

South Fambridge, 20:30 to 20:45
1 Marsh Harrier (ad female on BHF), 1 Buzzard (to the north), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl (BHF), 1 Blackcap (singing ), 1 Holly Blue (roosting) [Paul Baker]

Pound Wood, 15:30 to 16:45
1 Buzzard, 2 Broad-bodied Chaser, 3 Brimstone [Andrew Woodhouse]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:55 to 14:55
1 Little Egret (over, south), 1 Large Red Damselfly [Paul Griggs]

Belfairs N.R., 14:15 to 15:15
1 Hairy Dragonfly, 2 Broad-bodied Chaser, 3 Brimstone, 2 Speckled Wood [Andrew Woodhouse]

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 12:00 to 12:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Large Red Damselfly, 8 Azure Damselfly (egg laying on garden pond) [Angela Baldock]

Benfleet Downs, 10:15 to 12:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Orange-tip, 6 Green Hairstreak, 3 Brown Argus, 5 Common Blue, 15 Holly Blue, 2 Red Admiral, 8 Speckled Wood [Andrew Woodhouse]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:15 to 11:30, western sector and south sea wall. Very windy
10 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier (M, F & imm), 2 Kestrel, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Common Tern, 6 Yellow Wagtail [John Wright]

Thursday 21 May 2020

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 21:50 to 21:50
1 Common Sandpiper (calling and heading north.) [Vince Kinsler]

Lion Creek, 20:45 to 21:00
2 Cuckoo [Andrew Armstrong]

Tile Wood, 20:30 to 21:30
2 Tawny Owl (heard), 10 Common Pipistrelle, 1 Chinese Muntjac (male) [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 20:10 to 20:40, A quick stare from the white gate
1 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo [Andrew Armstrong]

Rochford, 14:00 to 14:15
1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 11 Swift [Steve Arlow]

Two Tree Island, 12:05 to 12:15, Slipway car park
510 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Mediterranean Gull [John Wright]

Westcliff, 11:30 to 11:50, St.George's Drive (from garden)
8 Swift, 1 Swallow (north) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Shoeburyness Park, 10:30 to 11:00
2 Egyptian Goose ((With six young), 2 Common Tern, 4 Swift, 10 Red-eyed Damselfly, 3 Azure Damselfly, 5 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 1 Common Blue, 6 Holly Blue [Lee Ebbs]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 10:00 to 12:00, Hot. Walked from main car park along river to west of lake
1 Buzzard, 20 Banded Demoiselle (+ lots on the river, particularly west of lake) [Andrew Armstrong]

Fleet Head, 09:30 to 11:15
2 Marsh Harrier (M & F), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 8 Oystercatcher (4 pairs), 1 Avocet, 2 Common Tern, 2 Cuckoo, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Corn Bunting, 1 Northern Water Vole, 25 Small Heath [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 09:15 to 09:15
1 Barn Owl (still hunting BHF this morning) [Paul Baker]

Coombe Wood, 08:00 to 10:00
1 Song Thrush (singing), 1 Blackcap (singing male), 1 Coal Tit (very vocal last few days, presumably breeding) [Jeff Saward]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 05:30 to 17:30, Initial survey across island pre-formal opening today.
4 Great Crested Grebe (3 Pool Marsh one Jubilee on incoming tide), 83 Little Egret (inc two flocks of 20+), 20 Grey Heron, 200 Shelduck (+, rough estimate), 4 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 23 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier (female covering a lot of ground hunting), 20 Oystercatcher (+, rough estimate), 2 Ringed Plover, 21 Lapwing (inc 1 juv), 2 Dunlin, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 29 Redshank, 26 Mediterranean Gull, 4116 Black-headed Gull (large colonies around Grass Farm/saltpan and several Jubilee Lagoons), 108 Common Tern (a good year for them hopefully), 2 Meadow Pipit (display flighting), 24 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler (singing bird), 3 Reed Warbler (singing birds), 6 Whitethroat (singing birds), 20 Reed Bunting (+, singing birds ), 7 Corn Bunting (singing birds), 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 30 Common Blue (+, along most paths - a good hatch), 40 Small Heath (+, everywhere) [Jeff Delve]

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Coombe Wood, 22:00 to 22:05
1 Tawny Owl (sitting and calling from a tree in the garden) [Jeff Saward]

Lion Creek, 20:00 to 21:00, Clear
3 Grey Heron, 1 Cuckoo [Andrew Armstrong]

Two Tree Island (East), 18:10 to 18:50
110 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Cetti's Warbler [John Wright]

Lower Raypits, 18:00 to 19:45, Sunny, warm light winds
1 Marsh Harrier (young bird), 2 Oystercatcher (on nest), 1 Cuckoo, 2 Swallow, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Small Copper, 2 Small Heath [Jeff Delve]

Two Tree Island (West), 17:30 to 18:10
1 Hobby [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 17:15 to 17:15
1 Marsh Harrier (super low, actually hunting through the garden flushing the egrets and shelduck from the dyke - which was nice!), 3 Buzzard, 1 Mediterranean Gull (heard), 1 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Common Lizard, 1 Large White, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral [Paul Baker]

Belfairs N.R., 11:50 to 12:45
3 Brimstone [John Wright]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 10:30 to 11:30
1 Kestrel, 17 Banded Demoiselle [John Wright]

Canvey Way, 10:00 to 12:00, Hot!!!
2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, Scarce Emerald damselfly  (Andrew Armstrong) (41342 bytes) Scarce Emerald damselfly  (Andrew Armstrong) (26737 bytes) Scarce Emerald damselfly  (Andrew Armstrong) (30083 bytes) 10 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (+ lots about. No males) [Andrew Armstrong]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:00 to 12:00
1 Grey Wagtail (h), 2 Holly Blue [Paul Griggs]

Belfairs N.R., 06:15 to 07:15
1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Blackcap (singing, including the Nightingale impressionist), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Chinese Muntjac [Neil Chambers]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 04:30
4 Red Fox (2 ads, 2 cubs), 2 Badger, 2 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Tuesday 19 May 2020

South Fambridge, 19:30 to 19:50
1 Buzzard, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Barn Owl (on BHF), 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Lizard, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Orange-tip, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Heath (first of the year) [Paul Baker]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 18:15 to 18:15
1 Buzzard (flying west), 8 Holly Blue [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:10 to 16:25
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (male), 1 Grey Wagtail (h), 2 Holly Blue [Paul Griggs]

Barling Rubbish Tip, 10:00 to 13:00, Clear and hot. Walked all the way round to the far side
8 Shelduck, 1 Buzzard, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Common Tern, 2 Cuckoo, 6 Reed Warbler, 3 Raven (Very distant on tip. ID after looking at images on PC) [Andrew Armstrong]

Gunners Park, 07:40 to 09:00
1 Red-throated Diver (summer plumage bird just offshore), 30 Sterna sp. (large flock of tens and gulls out in river, a couple possible arctic, but too far off to be sure), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Wheatear (SSSI), 2 Cetti's Warbler (heard), 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat [Mike Clarke]

Barling Magna Millennium Wildlife Park, 07:00 to 09:25, Clear
2 Cuckoo [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 18 May 2020

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 20:20 to 20:20
2 Mediterranean Gull (adult pair over SE calling), 2 Swift [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 19:50 to 20:00, looking across to Blue House Farm
1 Barnacle Goose (BHF), 1 Buzzard, 2 Common Tern, 3 Cuckoo (two chasing each other on BHF, one at bottom of garden), 2 Barn Owl (BHF), 1 Short-eared Owl (hunting the fleet on Blue House Farm), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Common Lizard (dead male), 1 Red Fox (BHF), 1 Rabbit (BHF), 1 Azure Damselfly, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral [Paul Baker]

Canvey Way, 12:00 to 13:00
1 Cuckoo, 2 Reed Bunting, Scarce Emerald Damselfly (Graham Oakes) (79108 bytes) Scarce Emerald Damselfly (Graham Oakes) (32471 bytes) 4 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (All female), 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly [Graham Oakes]

Pound Wood, 11:45 to 12:45
3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Grass Snake (Digby Dell pond), 20 Large Red Damselfly (plus, including 8 pairs in tandem), 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 3 Brimstone, 2 Holly Blue [Andrew Woodhouse]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:40 to 14:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Holly Blue [Paul Griggs]

Fleet Head, 10:25 to 12:35
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Sand Martin, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Raven [Bob Young]

Hadleigh Downs, 09:45 to 11:15
2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Nightingale [John Wright]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 08:50 to 08:50
1 Buzzard (drifted west), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (juvenile in garden) [Graham Mee]

Belfairs N.R., 07:45 to 08:45
1 Stock Dove (singing), 1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Blackcap (singing - including one throwing in a good amount of Nightingale mimicry!), 2 Chiffchaff (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Sunday 17 May 2020

Barling, 18:45 to 20:00, From Barling Church to Barling Creek
1 Pochard (Male on the pits), 1 Buzzard (On Fleet Head), 2 Cuckoo, 8 Swallow (Around the stables), 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Raven (On Barling tip), 20 House Sparrow (c.) [Marc Outten]

South Fambridge, 18:00 to 20:00
3 Buzzard, 1 Hobby (low through garden at 19:50 - awesome), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Azure Damselfly, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser [Paul Baker]

Benfleet Downs, 16:25 to 17:50, Warm & sunny, light SW wind
1 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo (singing), 1 Blackcap (singing), 4 Whitethroat (1 singing), 3 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Marsh Frog (lots calling), 2 Large Red Damselfly, 2 Azure Damselfly, 3 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Orange-tip, 1 Common Blue, 5 Holly Blue, 3 Peacock Butterfly, 3 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Lower Raypits, 13:00 to 15:00, Warm and sunny
8 Shelduck, 1 Cuckoo (Lion Creek ) [Andrew Armstrong]

Southchurch, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Mediterranean Gull (overhead calling) [Paul Baker]

Lower Raypits, 12:30 to 13:30
1 Marsh Harrier ((Female), 2 Cuckoo, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Azure Damselfly, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 10 Small Heath [Lee Ebbs]

Wakering Stairs, 12:20 to 13:20
1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 0 Turtle Dove (No sight nor sound :-(), 2 Cuckoo, 2 Lesser Whitethroat [Mike Clarke]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:20 to 15:00
1 Grey Heron, 1 Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk (+), 1 Grey Wagtail (h), 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Holly Blue [Paul Griggs]

Fleet Head, 10:15 to 12:00
1 Marsh Harrier (Male), 4 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Meadow Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, Raven Fleet Head (Mike Clarke) (95623 bytes) 2 Raven (In cow field.... possibly actually a 3rd seen briefly further back), 2 Corn Bunting [Mike Clarke]

Lower Raypits, 09:50 to 11:30, walked along seawall from Lion Creek
1 Whooper Swan (on the scrape), 10 Shelduck, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Corn Bunting, 1 Slow-worm, 12 Small Heath [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:15 to 09:30, White gate only
1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel [John Wright]

Wakering Stairs, 08:15 to 08:50
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Turtle Dove (purring either side of the road, one showing fairly well, the other heard only), 2 Cuckoo (singing male + female), 2 Song Thrush (singing), 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 2 Whitethroat (singing), 1 Red Admiral [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 16 May 2020

Benfleet Downs, 20:30 to 21:30
3 Cuckoo, Nightingale and cuckoo singing Benfleet Downs (Martin Cracknell) (199184 bytes) 1 Nightingale [Martin Cracknell]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 16:40 to 16:40
2 Buzzard (pair over garden) [Graham Mee]

South Fambridge, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:55 to 13:05
1 Grey Heron, 1 Swallow [Paul Griggs]

Wakering Stairs, 12:30 to 13:45
6 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Nightingale, 3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting [Andrew Woodhouse]

Coombe Wood, 11:45 to 11:50
1 Red Kite (drifting over, heading SW) [Jeff Saward]

Wakering Stairs, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Kestrel, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Turtle Dove (heard only but seen by some photographers), 2 Cuckoo, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff [Angela Baldock]

Gunners Park, 07:00 to 09:00
1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Shelduck, 1 Kestrel, 32 Sanderling, 4 Turnstone, 3 Swift, 10 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Greenfinch, 9 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet [Angela Baldock]

Friday 15 May 2020

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 20:25 to 20:25
1 Badger (wandering through the garden) [Neil Chambers]

Wakering Stairs, 17:00 to 20:00
3 Little Egret, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Marsh Harrier (Foulness viewed from Haven Pt.), 1 Kestrel, 6 Grey Plover, 14 Whimbrel, 2 Turtle Dove (one seen, one heard), 2 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale (heard), 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Seal, 7 Rabbit [John Wright, Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 14:05 to 15:40, Sunny, light SE wind
3 Great Crested Grebe (offshore), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 2 Swallow, 3 Green-veined White, 5 Small Copper, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Common Blue [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:00 to 16:30
1 Blackcap, 1 Orange-tip, 1 Holly Blue [Paul Griggs]

Canewdon, 12:30 to 13:15, Sunny, cool easterly breeze. Around Butts Hill Pond
1 Sparrowhawk (soaring over valley to north), 1 Hobby (soaring over valley then headed SW), 1 Greenshank (very vocal overnight! ), 1 Cuckoo (local bird very vocal as it has been for past couple of weeks), 6 Swift, 2 Blackcap (nesting pair by pond), 8 Azure Damselfly (recent hatch - ), 2 Brimstone, 1 Orange-tip, 1 Holly Blue [Jeff Delve]

Fleet Head, 12:30 to 13:30
1 Marsh Harrier ((Female), 3 Swift, 5 Swallow, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Raven ((Being mobbed in flight by a crow before landing in cow field, where it was difficult to see. ), 2 Corn Bunting, 3 Orange-tip, 1 Wall [Lee Ebbs]

Belfairs Woods, 12:00 to 12:00
2 Buzzard [Graham Mee]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:00 to 12:00, Marina/Timmberman's creek track only
1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellowhammer [John Wright]

Barling Magna Millennium Wildlife Park, 09:45 to 10:15
1 Buzzard, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Barn Owl ((One bird perched on fence post while another was flying round small field by pond), 3 Orange-tip, 1 Red Admiral [Lee Ebbs]

Ferndale Road, Rayleigh, 06:15 to 06:35
3 Blackcap (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 04:00
3 Red Fox (2 adults + 1 cub), 3 Badger [John Wright]

Thursday 14 May 2020

South Fambridge, 19:30 to 19:30
1 Marsh Harrier (female actually hunting the ditch at the bottom of the garden - which was nice!), 2 Common Tern (also fishing in the ditch at the bottom of the garden), 2 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 18:15 to 19:30
1 Cattle Egret ((Viewed from white gate. After giving up looking three birds flew up from cattle field and along the sea-wall south-east of the white gate, eventually disappearingfrom view over wall ), 2 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier ((Male and female ), 1 Kestrel, 5 Common Tern [Lee Ebbs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:00 to 17:45, Cool, brisk ENE. From White Gate
3 Cattle Egret (distantly with cattle on Marsh Flats but difficult in long grass.), 1 Marsh Harrier (female ), 1 Buzzard [Jeff Delve]

Paglesham Lagoon, 16:30 to 18:25
2 Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern, 1000 Swift (at least hawking low over lagoon), 200 Swallow (at least), 500 House Martin (at least) [Steve Arlow]

Westcliff, 13:35 to 13:35, St.George's Drive (from garden)
4 Mediterranean Gull [Jeff Kinnerman]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:00 to 16:45
1 Mallard (pair, north), 1 Blackcap (singing) [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 10:45 to 11:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 4 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 1 Small Copper [John Wright]

Fleet Head, 09:45 to 10:00, just viewing from fish ponds
1 Marsh Harrier (male), 2 Cuckoo [John Wright]

Friars Park, 08:45 to 09:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Red Fox (ad and 3 cubs), 1 Rabbit [John Wright]

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