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 18 June 2018

Benfleet Downs, 16:15 to 17:20, Cloud 2-3/8; wind SW F2-3; 18ºC.
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Small Skipper, 2 Large Skipper, 3 Large White, 3 White-letter Hairstreak, 3 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Marbled White, 20 Meadow Brown (+), 4 Ringlet [Richard Howard]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:30 to 15:50
1 Hobby, 1 Green Woodpecker (female) [Paul Griggs]

Shipwright's Wood, 15:30 to 16:10, Cloud 1/8; wind SW F2; 20ºC.
1 Buzzard, 1 Common Blue Damselfly, 10 Holly Blue, 1 Comma (very fresh), 1 Marbled White, 10 Meadow Brown (+) [Richard Howard]

Belfairs N.R., 14:55 to 15:45
3 Red Fox (cubs), 1 Chinese Muntjac (female) [John Wright]

Belfairs Woods, 14:20 to 14:50, Dodds Grove
3 Brimstone, 5 White Admiral [John Wright]

Belfairs N.R., 13:40 to 15:20, Cloud 1/8; wind SW F2; 23ºC.
2 Blackcap, 3 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 3 Brimstone (2 males; 1 female), 10 Holly Blue (+), 2 White Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood, 40 Meadow Brown (c) [Richard Howard]

Belfairs Great Wood, 12:55 to 13:40, Dodds Grove. Cloud 1/8; wind SW F2; 22ºC.
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Small Skipper, 4 Brimstone (3 males; 1 female), 10 Holly Blue (+), 5 White Admiral, 15 Meadow Brown (+) [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 12:10, Cloud 8-2/8; wind SW F1-2; 15 - 21ºC. Centre benches, saline lagoon, Gull watching log & back.
1 Black-necked Grebe (starting to lose breeding plumage now. NE corner main lagoon), 1 Teal (male), 5 Shoveler, 30 Pochard (plus single brood of 10 ducklings (other of 8 not seen)), 8 Tufted Duck, 15 Swift, 3 Swallow, 10 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (c), 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 12 Black-tailed Skimmer (+), 4 Small Tortoiseshell (all very fresh), 3 Marbled White [Richard Howard, Lee Ebbs]

Sunday 17 June 2018

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 17:00 to 18:00
6 Little Egret, 1 Red-crested Pochard (Drake in SW corner ), 18 Pochard (including 10 new ducklings ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 120 Starling [Vince Kinsler]

Rochford Golf Course, 16:00 to 18:00, Overcsat, SW wind
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Skylark (singing over airport), 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin [Neil Chambers]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 02:30
2 Red Fox, 3 Badger [John Wright]

Saturday 16 June 2018

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 21:30 to 21:30
1 Common Pipistrelle (over garden) [Angela Baldock]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 16:00 to 17:00
1 Red-crested Pochard (drake still present), 1 Cuckoo [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:55 to 15:55
1 Hobby (low south near j/w A13) [Vince Kinsler]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:30 to 12:50, Sunny spells - all Odanata around RSPB garden pond
2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Reed Warbler (singing), 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 1 Goldcrest (singing), 3 Emerald Damselfly (males), 7 Large Red Damselfly (incl 2 mating pairs), 15 Azure Damselfly (+), 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 3 Four-spotted Chaser (incl mating pair), 1 Holly Blue, 10 Meadow Brown (+) [Neil Chambers]

Belfairs N.R., 10:00 to 16:30
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 3 Large Skipper, 8 Holly Blue, 1 White Admiral, 6 Speckled Wood, 20 Meadow Brown [Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:50 to 11:50
1 Red-crested Pochard (Drake), 200 Starling (Around cattle at southern end of the Manorway Track) [Steve Arlow]

Friday 15 June 2018

Belfairs N.R., 22:00 to 23:55
3 Tawny Owl (youngsters calling until 3am) [Paul Griggs, Richard Howard]

Belfairs N.R., 21:45 to 23:20
3 Tawny Owl (Female plus 2 or 3 juvs heard, then two of same juvs seen flying around first cross tracks from Warren Road entrance.), 2 Common Pipistrelle, 2 Red Fox, 2 Badger (adults) [Vince Kinsler]

Belfairs Woods, 21:00 to 22:00
20 Common Pipistrelle, 3 Badger (cubs) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 14:45 to 16:25, Cloud 3/8; wind NE F1-2; 22ºC. Centre benches, saline lagoon & gull-watching log only.
3 Little Egret, record shot of the male R.C.Pochard (Richard Howard) (48488 bytes) 1 Red-crested Pochard (adult male, between the two islands (only viewable from gull-watching log)), 22 Pochard (+. Also 2 broods of 8 & 10 ducklings), 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Water Rail (heard only, reedbed by central benches), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 4 Common Tern (fly-by's), 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Bearded Tit, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 12 Meadow Brown, 3 Small Heath [Richard Howard]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:35 to 13:35
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) [Paul Griggs, Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 12:05 to 13:00
1 Red-crested Pochard (drake on main lagoon), 20 Pochard (+), 1 Yellow Wagtail (male), 2 Lestes sp. (mating pair), 6 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (2 mating pairs + 2 males), 5 Emperor Dragonfly (+), 6 Four-spotted Chaser, 3 Broad-bodied Chaser, 10 Black-tailed Skimmer (+), 4 Ruddy Darter, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Marbled White, 10 Meadow Brown (+), 2 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Belfairs N.R., 10:50 to 13:30, calm, warm and sunny
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Blackcap (+), 1 Chiffchaff, imm. male Southern Hawker (Richard Howard) (52503 bytes) 1 Southern Hawker, 5 Brimstone, 9 Holly Blue, White Admiral (Richard Howard) (45621 bytes) White Admiral (Richard Howard) (39240 bytes) 2 White Admiral (+, in Dodd's Grove), 8 Speckled Wood, 14 Meadow Brown [Paul Griggs, Richard Howard, Andrew Woodhouse]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 12:15
1 Hobby, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Smooth Newt, 1 Common Shrew, 1 Marbled White [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:45
4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red-crested Pochard (drake from benches.), 32 Pochard (inc. 8 chicks), 2 Common Tern, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Corn Bunting, 30 Smooth Newt (+), Emerald Damselfly (Graham Oakes) (40202 bytes) 3 Emerald Damselfly, 2 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 7 Emperor Dragonfly, 30 Ruddy Darter (+), 1 Essex Skipper, 4 Large Skipper, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 4 Marbled White, 40 Meadow Brown (+), 30 Small Heath (+) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 03:00
2 Red Fox, 3 Badger [John Wright]

Thursday 14 June 2018

Rayleigh, 18:10 to 18:40, Little Wheatley estate
1 Hobby [Neil Chambers]

Rayleigh, 17:15 to 19:15, Little Wheatley estate
1 Hobby, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 Goldcrest (singing) [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:25 to 16:25
1 Hobby (south) [Paul Griggs]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 14:30 to 14:40
1 Grey Squirrel, 1 Brown Rat (First for the garden) [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:00 to 10:00
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Victoria Avenue, Southend, 08:15 to 08:15, Roots Hall market
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 19:40 to 19:40
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Rayleigh, 19:05 to 19:20
1 Rose-coloured Starling (still between Tillingham Way & play area) [Neil Chambers]

Southend Airport, 18:45 to 18:55
3 Little Owl (adults with juvenile ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Rayleigh, 18:30 to 18:45
Rose-coloured Starling (Graham Oakes) (59314 bytes) Rose-coloured Starling (Graham Oakes) (50979 bytes) Rose-coloured Starling (Graham Oakes) (65884 bytes) 1 Rose-coloured Starling (Showed well) [Graham Oakes]

Rayleigh, 16:55 to 19:00, Little Wheatley Estate. Cloud 7-8/8; wind SW F1; 19 - 16ºC.
adult Rose Coloured Starling (Richard Howard) (62252 bytes) 1 Rose-coloured Starling (Adult. Seen in the hedgerow behind houses in Tillingham Way, 17:35 till 18:09 and 18:30 till 19:00 (still there when I left @ 19:00).) [Richard Howard]

Canvey Way, 15:00 to 16:30, Cloud 5-6/8; wind SW F1-2; 18ºC; high tide, dropping.
male Scarce Emerald damselfly (Richard Howard) (33072 bytes) female Scarce Emerald damselfly (Richard Howard) (40060 bytes) 30 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (+), 50 Azure Damselfly (+), 15 Blue-tailed Damselfly (+), 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 50 Ruddy Darter (+ all newly emerged tenerals), 10 Common Blue (+), 20 Holly Blue (+), 1 Red Admiral, Marbled White (Richard Howard) (65805 bytes) 8 Marbled White (+), 10 Meadow Brown (+), 50 Small Heath (+) [Richard Howard]

Canvey Way, 14:30 to 15:45
30 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (plus), 50 Ruddy Darter (plus), 4 Common Blue, Marbled White (Graham Oakes) (100564 bytes) 6 Marbled White, 10 Meadow Brown, 20 Small Heath (plus) [Graham Oakes]

Belfairs N.R., 11:15 to 13:15
1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Large Red Damselfly, 1 Southern Hawker, 1 Small Skipper, 6 Brimstone, 5 Speckled Wood, 4 Meadow Brown [Dudley Shayler]

Hadleigh Downs, 11:00 to 12:00, bike ride
2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby [John Wright]

Rayleigh, 09:55 to 11:40, Tillingham Way-Tendring Avenue footpath
1 Rose-coloured Starling (Adult male,two brief views over gardens 09.56,11.13.Showed well at times in willow 11.32-11.40 ) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Benfleet Downs, 09:40 to 13:20, Cloud 2-3/8; No wind; 15 - 22ºC.
2 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (adult male, flew over WNW), 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Buzzard (pair, soaring), 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 2 Stock Dove (singing males), 1 Cuckoo (heard only), 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat (+), 9 Chiffchaff, Large Red Damselfly (Richard Howard) (42392 bytes) 3 Large Red Damselfly, 150 Azure Damselfly (+), 10 Blue-tailed Damselfly (+), 3 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Hairy Dragonfly, 5 Broad-bodied Chaser, 6 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Common Darter, 3 Ruddy Darter, Small Skipper (Richard Howard) (35073 bytes) 1 Small Skipper, Large Skipper (Richard Howard) (60686 bytes) 2 Large Skipper, White-letter Hairstreak (Richard Howard) (69374 bytes) 3 White-letter Hairstreak (+), Common Blues mating (Richard Howard) (63806 bytes) 8 Common Blue, 9 Holly Blue (+), 3 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, Speckled Wood (Richard Howard) (49426 bytes) 5 Speckled Wood (+), 25 Meadow Brown (+), 50 Small Heath (+) [Richard Howard, Paul Griggs]

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Rayleigh, 18:40 to 19:50
1 Rose-coloured Starling (Showed a couple of times in willow.) [Dudley Shayler]

Rayleigh, 18:20 to 18:50
1 Rose-coloured Starling (In Willow until it flew out at 18:46.) [John Wright]

Rayleigh, 16:45 to 18:15
Rosy Starling Rayleigh (Paul Baker) (68976 bytes) 1 Rose-coloured Starling (Showed well in large willow 17:50 - 18:10 preening & snoozing ) [Paul Baker]

River Roach, 10:30 to 13:00
22 Canada Goose, 5 Shelduck, 15 Common Seal (new born pup observed) [Graham Mee]

Rayleigh, 05:00 to 06:00, Wheatleys Estate
25 Starling, Rosy Starling (Vince Kinsler) (48275 bytes) Rosy Starling (Vince Kinsler) (76772 bytes) Rosy Starling (Vince Kinsler) (87184 bytes) 1 Rose-coloured Starling (feeding with Starling flock in and around play area 0530-0555 then moved north into gardens nearby) [Vince Kinsler]

Monday 11 June 2018

Wat Tyler Country Park, 18:10 to 18:50
1 Cuckoo (singing), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 1 Large Skipper [Neil Chambers]

Rayleigh, 18:00 to 20:15, To add to the 2 blank hours earlier today.....
1 Little Egret (south), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Swift, 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Common Pipistrelle (in the sunshine) [Paul Baker]

Rayleigh, 06:30 to 09:15, Little Wheatley Estate
1 Rose-coloured Starling (adult with about 40 Starlings on big playing field by Rayleigh Grange Community Centre before flying into the housing estate. On view for about 4 minutes.) [John Wright]

Rayleigh, 04:45 to 06:15, Wheatley’s estate
1 Curlew (high over at 05:05), 1 Goldcrest, 2 Jay, 1 Rose-coloured Starling (Seen twice briefly 05:40 in field by playground then 06:10 on roof at Gosfield Close ) [Vince Kinsler]

Sunday 10 June 2018

Rayleigh, 18:30 to 19:40, Little Wheatley Estate
1 Rose-coloured Starling (back for another look!) [Richard Howard]

Rayleigh, 18:20 to 18:30
1 Rose-coloured Starling [Neil Chambers]

Rayleigh, 18:00 to 19:20
Rose-coloured Starling, Rayleigh 10/06/2018 (Steve Arlow) (33596 bytes) 1 Rose-coloured Starling (Adult again showed well around the green between Tendring Avenue and Tillingham Way (had to go back for seconds)) [Steve Arlow]

Rayleigh, 17:45 to 18:45
1 Rose-coloured Starling (Showed well on rooftops and nearby trees by playground area) [Lee Ebbs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:40 to 14:40
1 Buzzard (flew west mobbed by crows) [Paul Griggs]

Rochford Golf Course, 14:10 to 18:00, Mostly overcast, cool light NE wind
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 1 Azure Damselfly, 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Shoebury, 13:00 to 13:15
3 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 2 Azure Damselfly [Lee Ebbs]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:45 to 11:35
1 Cuckoo (signing), 2 Reed Warbler (singing), 3 Blackcap (singing), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Large Red Damselfly, 2 Azure Damselfly, 1 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Rayleigh, 10:40 to 13:40, Little Wheatley estate
1 Sparrowhawk (displaying), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest (singing), 1 Rose-coloured Starling (adult flew west over the kids' playground between Tendring Avenue and Tillingham Way at 13:30) [Paul Griggs, Richard Howard]

Rayleigh, 08:00 to 10:30
1 Rose-coloured Starling [Mike Clarke]

Rayleigh, 07:20 to 13:40
Rose-coloured Starling, Rayleigh 10/06/2018 (Steve Arlow) (24800 bytes) Rose-coloured Starling, Rayleigh 10/06/2018 (Steve Arlow) (27889 bytes) 1 Rose-coloured Starling (adult seen well at about 10:10 and the as a fly over at 13:30) [Steve Arlow]

Canvey Point, 06:50 to 08:00, Light overcast, murky in outer river, light NNE wind, rising tide
3 Gannet, 4 Canada Goose, 7 Common Scoter (4 + 3 upriver), 2 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 1 Kittiwake (ad flew west), 1 Swallow, 1 Harbour Porpoise [Neil Chambers]

Rayleigh, 05:05 to 06:30, Little Wheatley estate
1 Rose-coloured Starling (on verge of Bardfield Way btw Kelvedon & Rettendon Closes at 05:55, then flew over Bardfield Way at 06:10, both times with 3 Starlings), 1 Crossbill (flew SE calling over Wheatley Wood) [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 09 June 2018

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 18:00 to 18:00
4 Canada Goose (flew NE) [Paul Griggs]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 17:15 to 18:00, Cloud 4/8; No wind; 22 ºC.
1 Cetti's Warbler (heard along steam nearest carpark), 5 Banded Demoiselle (4 males, 1 female) [Richard Howard, Graham Oakes]

Leigh on Sea, 16:45 to 16:45
1 Peregrine Falcon (being mobbed by gulls above Leigh Broadway) [Graham Mee]

Hockley Woods, 15:30 to 17:00, Cloud 4/8; No wind; 22 ºC.
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Large Skipper, 2 Holly Blue [Richard Howard, Graham Oakes]

Canvey Wick, 15:15 to 16:30
2 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grass Snake, 1 Adder, 1 Large Skipper [John Wright]

Hadleigh, 14:45 to 14:50
1 Red Kite (drifted NW over Hadleigh/A13) [John Wright]

Benfleet Station, 12:20 to 13:00
1 House Martin (+) [Paul Griggs]

Wakering Stairs, 11:00 to 12:00, Cupids Chase footpath - walked to the seawall and back.
1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale (Ness Road end of footpath), 1 Northern Water Vole [John Wright]

Benfleet Downs, 10:20 to 12:00
1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk (displaying), 1 Cuckoo (h), 1 Marsh Frog (+ many more heard), 2 Large Skipper, 10 Common Blue, 5 Holly Blue, 2 Red Admiral, 10 Speckled Wood, 2 Meadow Brown, 17 Small Heath [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 13:00, Cloud 7-3/8; wind E F1; 16 - 20ºC. Walk to central benches & round to gull-watching log & back.
1 Little Egret, 4 Wigeon (3 males, 1 female), 1 Garganey (male, going into eclipse plumage), 1 Peregrine Falcon (over fields at back of twin wind turbines), 4 Skylark (singing), 5 Swallow, 8 Reed Warbler, 3 Bearded Tit, 2 Reed Bunting (singing males), 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (males), 20 Black-tailed Skimmer (+. Resting on the gravelled paths), 6 Meadow Brown [Richard Howard]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:30, Sunny
1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Wigeon (3 drakes 1 female), 1 Garganey, 20 Pochard (8 chicks), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Corn Bunting, Scarce Emerald (male) (Graham Oakes) (50939 bytes) 2 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (all male) [Graham Oakes]

Friday 08 June 2018

Southend Seafront, 20:00 to 20:30
8 Mediterranean Gull (+, 4+ ad & 4+ 1st sum.) [Neil Chambers]

Wakering Stairs, 17:45 to 18:20, Along footpath only via Cupids Chase
1 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 1 House Martin, 1 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Wall [John Wright]

Canvey Way, 14:55 to 15:10
1 Yellow Wagtail (flew over), 7 Common Blue, 20 Small Heath (+) [Neil Chambers]

Hockley Woods, 14:15 to 15:15
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chinese Muntjac (female seen, male heard 'barking'), 8 Holly Blue, 1 Painted Lady (PB) [John Wright, Paul Baker]

Canvey Wick, 13:30 to 14:50, Warm, sunny, light E wind
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Blackcap (singing), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 2 Whitethroat (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Reed Bunting (singing), 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (fresh female between car park and seawall access, just south of bridge), 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Brown Argus, 10 Common Blue, 1 Painted Lady, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Meadow Brown, 8 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 11:25 to 11:30
2 Slow-worm [John Wright]

Hockley Woods, 11:00 to 13:00
2 Buzzard, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Large Skipper, 7 Holly Blue, 6 Meadow Brown [Andrew Woodhouse]

Daws Heath, 10:00 to 10:50, Little Havens ENT reserve - a very brief look
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Large Skipper, 2 Meadow Brown [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:15 to 03:00
2 Red Fox, 3 Badger [John Wright]

Thursday 07 June 2018

Belfairs Great Wood, 21:40 to 22:00
10 Common Pipistrelle, 1 Red Fox [John Wright]

Hadleigh Downs, 08:00 to 09:00, out running
1 Common Darter, 2 Meadow Brown [John Wright]

Wednesday 06 June 2018

Two Tree Island (East), 19:30 to 20:15
3 Dark-bellied Brent Goose [John Wright]

Benfleet Downs, 15:15 to 17:00, Cloud 2/8 hazy; wind SE F1; 21ºC. Walk along bottom of Downs to marsh field & back.
1 Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Swift, 1 Swallow, 2 Reed Warbler, male Common Whitethroat (Richard Howard) (98080 bytes) 6 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff (inc. a family party of 5), rather large Marsh Frog (Richard Howard) (83222 bytes) 20 Marsh Frog (+), Grass Snake (Richard Howard) (93970 bytes) 1 Grass Snake, 20 Blue-tailed Damselfly (+), 3 Emperor Dragonfly, 3 Broad-bodied Chaser (pair & a male), fresh Ruddy Darter (Richard Howard) (60341 bytes) 1 Ruddy Darter, Large Skipper (Richard Howard) (47662 bytes) 1 Large Skipper, 10 Common Blue (+), 3 Holly Blue, 4 Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown (Richard Howard) (44460 bytes) 1 Meadow Brown, 30 Small Heath (+) [Richard Howard]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:00 to 16:45
1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Tern, 2 Painted Lady [Dudley Shayler]

Benfleet Creek, 12:20 to 15:05, Cloud 2/8 hazy; wind SE F1; 21ºC. Walk on Canvey seawall going west.
2 Swift, 1 Swallow, 5 House Martin (On the mud in the creek by Benfleet station, presumably picking up mud for nest building), 8 Whitethroat, male Scarce Emerald damselly (Richard Howard) (38371 bytes) 4 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (3 males; 1 females), 1 Large Red Damselfly, 50 Azure Damselfly (+), 15 Blue-tailed Damselfly (+), 5 Broad-bodied Chaser (3 males, 2 females), 1 Large White, 25 Common Blue, 5 Holly Blue, Meadow Brown (Richard Howard) (62027 bytes) 3 Meadow Brown (first of the year), 55 Small Heath [Richard Howard]

Leigh on Sea, 11:35 to 11:35
1 Red Kite (drifted west over garden), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (pair feeding juvenile in garden) [Graham Mee]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 12:00, Sunny
Black-necked Grebe (Graham Oakes) (174337 bytes) 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Garganey, 1 Buzzard, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 30 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 1 Bearded Tit, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 6 Four-spotted Chaser, 2 Broad-bodied Chaser, Ruddy Darter (Graham Oakes) (100598 bytes) 1 Ruddy Darter, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Meadow Brown [Graham Oakes, Jeff Kinnerman]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 03:00
1 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

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