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 24 January 2020

Southchurch, 16:15 to 16:15
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Baker]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 15:35 to 15:40
3 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:30 to 14:30, RSPB bird count - other stuff.
2 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Short-eared Owl, 3 Raven (a flock!) [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 02:40 to 03:40
2 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Thursday 23 January 2020

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:30
2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flew over lagoon), 40 Tufted Duck (+), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kestrel, 9 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 32 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 11 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Stonechat, 8 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Roper's farm, 14:30 to 15:45
1 Buzzard, 1 Water Pipit, 25 Fieldfare [Bob Young]

Canewdon, 14:00 to 15:00, Garden watch - recent summary
1 Sparrowhawk (regular visits by young male), 1 Pheasant (male seems to spend much of his day under the feeders), 7 Stock Dove (new garden record - they have been getting more and more regular but surprised at numbers ), 3 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (up to - male and two females), 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 11 Blue Tit (seem to have had a very good winter - ), 3 Great Tit, 9 House Sparrow, 14 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 12 Goldfinch [Jeff Delve]

Fleet Head, 12:40 to 14:20
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 20 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Chiffchaff, 45 Rook [Bob Young]

Two Tree Island (West), 12:30 to 13:30
6 Avocet, 2 Snipe, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush [Mike Clarke]

Fleet Head, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Buzzard, 25 Red-legged Partridge [John Wright]

Southend Pier, 10:45 to 12:00
1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Scoter, 11 Mediterranean Gull (incl. yellow ring 2H71) [Graham Mee]

Southend Pier, 10:35 to 13:00, S.E.Essex RSPB Field Trip
1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Common Scoter (females,flyby), 21 Mediterranean Gull (one First Winter,two Second Winter,eighteen Adult Winter ), 1 Blackbird (male on Pier Head), 2 Grey Seal [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:30 to 13:00, Very misty, low cloud, mild and no wind
1 Great White Egret (on Grass Farm lagoon), 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtails one near screens and another over wild bird cover), 1 Buzzard, 1 Merlin (on screens), 40 Black-tailed Godwit (+), 1 Green Sandpiper (flew over car park calling and dropped into borrowdyke), 1 Raven (calling on easternmost field from crossrail viewpoint. Possibly one of three large corvids seen together at distance earlier around large concrete sluice and sea wall ) [Jeff Delve]

Southend, 09:30 to 09:50, Crematorium
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mistle Thrush [Bob Young]

Priory Park, 08:40 to 09:20
1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail [Bob Young]

Tuesday 21 January 2020

Canewdon, 17:00 to 22:00, On badger watch at BHP
5 Badger (3 'normal and 2 blond badgers filmed ), 2 Wood Mouse [Jeff Delve]

Monday 20 January 2020

Rayleigh, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Grey Wagtail (over Wickes car park) [Paul Baker]

Hampton Barns, 10:30 to 11:45
100 Wigeon (+), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Song Thrush [Dudley Shayler]

Rawreth, 09:50 to 09:50
1 Buzzard (perched along new A130) [Paul Baker, John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 14:30
1 Little Egret, 6 Barnacle Goose (grazing SE of main lagoon), 11 Pintail, 23 Pochard, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail (heard only), 1 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper (saline lagoon), 2 Stonechat (pair ), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 3 Cetti's Warbler (two heard only), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Bearded Tit (male), 3 Greenfinch, 1 Red Fox [Jeff Kinnerman]

Sunday 19 January 2020

Two Tree Island, 16:15 to 17:30
1 Water Rail, 8 Snipe (+, over calling), 1 Woodcock, 1 Barn Owl, Firecrest, TTI (v high ISO) (Tim Bourne) (60071 bytes) Firecrest, TTI (v high ISO) (2) (Tim Bourne) (54999 bytes) 3 Firecrest (Calling continuously) [Tim Bourne]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:00 to 16:35, Sunny, light W breeze - viewing from seawall above car park
3 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:45 to 16:35, from White Gate only
5 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 1 Peregrine Falcon (adult female), 3 Short-eared Owl [Steve Arlow]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 14:40 to 14:45
1 Blackcap (Male on suet cake feeder) [Mike Clarke]

Bowers Downs, 14:30 to 14:55
5 Barnacle Goose (in field behind barn on Bowers), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Neil Chambers]

Fleet Head, 14:30 to 16:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Partridge (In field by the barns, calling constantly ), 1 Barn Owl (On Potten ), 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 8 Corn Bunting [Lee Ebbs]

Barling Rubbish Tip, 13:00 to 14:00
1 Marsh Harrier (Female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Dunlin, 6 Turnstone, 3 Greenfinch [Lee Ebbs]

Belfairs Golf Course, 12:30 to 14:00
5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Treecreeper (presumably a pair as they were hanging out together) [Steve Arlow]

Fleet Head, 12:00 to 13:30
10 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Fieldfare, 30 Corn Bunting [Mike Clarke]

Starvelarks Wood, 11:00 to 11:05
1 Buzzard [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:15 to 11:15
10 Barnacle Goose, 12 Pintail, 2 Stonechat [Mike Clarke]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 11:00
50 Greylag Goose (+), 10 Barnacle Goose, 6 Pintail, 10 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck (+), 1 Ruff, 3 Stonechat [Lee Ebbs]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 09:00 to 10:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 30 Greenfinch (On vange wick... biggest flock I've seen for a while ) [Mike Clarke]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 08:45
1 Water Rail, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only ), 2 Bearded Tit [Mike Clarke]

Saturday 18 January 2020

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:50 to 16:00, From the white gate
3 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (Male), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail ), 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (Female), 4 Short-eared Owl, 12 Meadow Pipit, 40 Pied Wagtail (c. ), 1 Corn Bunting [Marc Outten]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:00 to 15:00
4 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Mute Swan, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 4 Short-eared Owl [Graham Mee]

Fleet Head, 13:30 to 14:50
2 Great White Egret (On Potton), 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 45 Red-legged Partridge (At least ), 2 Raven (Again from central track before they flew to Potton. Seen again on Potton 1 flew to Barling tip and the other towards New England Island), 20 Corn Bunting [Steve Arlow]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 12:00 to 15:00
8 Barnacle Goose, 10 Pintail, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Stonechat, 3 Greenfinch [Graham Oakes]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:00 to 12:45
2 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and Female), 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (Female), 40 Golden Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper [Lee Ebbs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:45 to 12:30
8 Barnacle Goose, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Ruff, 2 Stonechat, 3 Greenfinch [Graham Ryland]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 13:00
10 Barnacle Goose, 26 Pintail, 1 Marsh Harrier (imm), 2 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon (pair sitting on the island), 1 Green Sandpiper, 48 Stock Dove, 3 Stonechat, 15 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Bearded Tit [John Wright]

Southend, 09:30 to 09:30
1 Grey Wagtail (Flew over Southend High Street) [Lee Ebbs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:10 to 12:15
2 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 2 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Stonechat, 6 Corn Bunting [Bob Young]

Hockley Woods, 05:45 to 07:30
2 Tawny Owl (Heard), 1 Chinese Muntjac [Matt Bruty]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 03:00 to 04:00
1 Wood Mouse [John Wright]

Friday 17 January 2020

Stambridge, 12:15 to 12:20
1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:00
2 Great White Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (female), 3 Kestrel, 2 Short-eared Owl [John Wright]

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 08:15 to 08:25
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming ), 1 Blackcap (male again visiting ‘fat coconut’) [Vince Kinsler]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 04:00 to 04:20
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Thursday 16 January 2020

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:20 to 10:40
1 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (M and F), 2 Hen Harrier (Fem & imm fem ), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (Fem ), 16 Skylark, 6 Corn Bunting [Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:50 to 11:30
1 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Pintail, 100 Pochard (+), 30 Tufted Duck (+), 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Dunlin, 15 Curlew, 28 Skylark, 3 Stonechat, 12 Redwing, 5 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 15 January 2020

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:10 to 16:45, White gate & entrance track only - huge clouds of waders over east end, probably >15,000 birds!
2 Great White Egret (1 by white gate, 1 on pool near cattle corral), 50 Mute Swan (on pools south of entrance track), 1 Buzzard, 6 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (fem), 1 Short-eared Owl (hunting wbc), 1 Meadow Pipit [Neil Chambers]

Stambridge, 15:55 to 15:55
1 Barn Owl (hunting roadside ditch opposite Ballards Gore GC) [Neil Chambers]

Tuesday 14 January 2020

Doggetts Pits, 10:45 to 11:40
1 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Pheasant, 3 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 6 Blackbird, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Blue Tit [Dudley Shayler]

Monday 13 January 2020

Southend Airport, 14:50 to 15:00
1 Little Owl [Vince Kinsler]

Hockley Woods, 13:50 to 14:40
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit (between car park and Woodlands Rd footpath.), 2 Nuthatch (pair appeared to be storing acorns where the main path down the hill towards the store yard branches towards Belchamps.), 2 Treecreeper (pair near Woodlands Rd footpath.), 8 Jay, 1 Chaffinch [Vince Kinsler]

Ashingdon, 12:15 to 12:15
1 Sparrowhawk [John Wright]

Shoebury, 11:15 to 11:30, St Mary’s
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Firecrest [Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 13:20
8 Pintail (six males,two females ), 32 Pochard, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Kestrel, 1 Avocet (saline lagoon ), 8 Snipe, 22 Curlew (saline lagoon), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult), 1 Water Pipit (east of main lagoon), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Stonechat (female) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 10:00 to 10:05
1 Blackcap (male on fat ball) [Vince Kinsler]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:00 to 16:00, Windy SSW, overcast after early sunny periods. WeBS count east Allfleets and Jubilee. High tide 2:30pm. Truly astonishing numbers
460 Shelduck, 1100 Wigeon, 180 Teal, 1 Goosander (redhead north jubilee main channel), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail east along old north sea wall), 102 Oystercatcher, 97 Avocet, 50 Ringed Plover (East Allfleets by breach ), 4000 Golden Plover (1000 on east sea wall, another 3000 over and roosting on south lagoons), 2250 Grey Plover (300 on Allfleets,1000 on north Jubilee, 950 on south jubilee (ex known duplicates)), 720 Lapwing, 9000 Knot (Phenomenal numbers, best estimate, 1000 on Allfleets, 2000 on northern section of Jubilee and 6000 on southern section in three flocks. Allowance made of observed movements), 3700 Dunlin (c2500 north Jubilee, 1200 south Jubilee), 85 Black-tailed Godwit, 1100 Bar-tailed Godwit (north Jubilee), 84 Curlew, 185 Redshank, 4 Stonechat [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:00 to 11:30, WeBs count - other stuff
3 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (M & F), 2 Hen Harrier (ad female & imm ), 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (female), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Stonechat [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 12:00
1 Great Crested Grebe, 400 Wigeon (+), 12 Pintail, 100 Pochard (+), 23 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Avocet, 1 Dunlin, 11 Curlew, 9 Long-tailed Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell, 09:15 to 09:15
1 Sparrowhawk [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 08:10 to 08:15
1 Sparrowhawk [John Wright]

Sunday 12 January 2020

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 15:55 to 17:45
5 Water Rail (Calling), 1 Grey Wagtail (Benfleet Creek), 1 Stonechat, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Bearded Tit (+, calling) [Tim Bourne]

Benfleet, 15:45 to 15:45, South Benfleet
5 Cattle Egret (Flew over heading south east towards West Canvey) [Tim Bourne]

South Benfleet, 14:30 to 14:30
1 Marsh Harrier (Juv. Flew over my garden heading E, mobbed by the local corvids ) [Martin Cracknell]

Thundersley, 14:10 to 14:15
1 Raven (flying over high, heading north over Thundersley Church) [Jeff Saward]

South Fambridge, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Buzzard (on haystack beside the road) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:00 to 15:00
14 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 16 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Goose, 15 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 50 Shelduck (+), 75 Wigeon (+), 6 Mallard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Pheasant, 50 Ringed Plover (+), 1500 Golden Plover (+), 100 Lapwing (+), 60 Dunlin (+), 12 Stock Dove, 6 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Reed Bunting [Angela Baldock]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:40 to 16:20, S.E.Essex RSPB Field Trip
1 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1500 Golden Plover (+), 1 Snipe, 3 Short-eared Owl, 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Song Thrush, 3 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 11:00 to 11:05
1 Sparrowhawk [Mike Clarke]

Southend, 10:55 to 11:00
1 Grey Wagtail (on the flat roof of Garons leisure centre) [John Wright]

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