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.

Tuesday 03 August 2021

Battlesbridge Sewage Works, 19:00 to 20:20, Walked in from Watery Lane
37 Little Egret (Large gathering just east of chalet park), 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper, 0 Yellow-legged Gull (No sign) [Jeff Delve]

Hullbridge, 13:00 to 14:00
22 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Adult and juvenile), 5 Common Blue Damselfly, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 2 Emperor Dragonfly [Lee Ebbs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 10:00 to 11:00
2 Black-necked Grebe (ad & juv), 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Cuckoo (juv), 2 Bearded Tit [John Wright]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:30 to 09:30
11 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Garganey, 2 Water Rail (1 juv), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:00, Warm
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Southern Emerald Damselfly (In the butterfly transect. My second record for the site) [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 02 August 2021

Wakering Stairs, 17:50 to 18:50, Light SE wind, rising tide
4 Red-legged Partridge, 20 Grey Plover, 80 Knot, 50 Sanderling, 50 Dunlin, 250 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 30 Turnstone, 3 Common Tern [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:00 to 18:30, Overcast 19C light SE
1 Great Crested Grebe (Pool), 3 Spoonbill (Triangle), 5 Little Ringed Plover (Group flew out calling from Darwin), 37 Ringed Plover (Fitzroy and Jubilee), 16 Grey Plover (Jubilee), 150 Dunlin (+, Main flock on Jubilee on rising tide but small groups on Pool and Fitzroy ), 70 Black-tailed Godwit (+, On Pool, Fitzroy, ), 2 Whimbrel (Flyover calling), 12 Greenshank (Pool), 1 Green Sandpiper (Triangle), 14 Common Tern (Inc 2 chicks on Jubilee Marsh islands), 10 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 20 Yellow Wagtail (+), 1 Sedge Warbler (Singing in small reedbed), 30 Linnet (+), 6 Corn Bunting (Singing) [Jeff Delve]

Belfairs N.R., 15:40 to 17:20
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Purple Hairstreak (+), 1 Purple Emperor (brief view above canopy c50m SE of entrance at end of Poors Lane) [Neil Chambers]

Belfairs N.R., 14:20 to 17:20
1 Sparrowhawk, 7 Purple Hairstreak [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:00 to 14:00
2 Migrant Hawker (seen perched, another 6+ flying probably this species) [Paul Griggs]

Battlesbridge Sewage Works, 13:45 to 14:20, R.Crouch walk in from Watery Lane. Low tide.
1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (at least 1 adult & an immature by chalet park), 3 Greenfinch, 2 Southern Migrant Hawker (males), 1 Marbled White [Paul Baker]

Belfairs N.R., 13:15 to 14:00
1 Purple Emperor (At 13:50 it flew around quite high up an oak tree before alighting for about 8 minutes on a branch before flying around the oak again and lost to view. ) [John Wright]

Belfairs N.R., 12:30 to 13:30
3 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Purple Emperor (male & female courtship & mating in canopy just inside from Poors Lane entrance (12:50-13:00). Seen with Laurence Drummond) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 11:00 to 11:00
3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Migrant Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Marbled White [Paul Baker]

Sunday 01 August 2021

Hullbridge, 15:10 to 16:15, West along crouch for c1.25 miles & back
15 Little Egret, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (juv just west of village and 2 ads together SW of chalet park), 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock Butterfly [Neil Chambers]

Belfairs N.R., 12:50 to 14:50
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Southern Hawker, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Butterflies and Moths (Oak Eggar moth), 5 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Small Copper, 0 Purple Emperor (a couple of frustratingly brief views of what was almost certainly this species - same place as yesterday), 1 Painted Lady, 1 Comma, 5 Gatekeeper, 5 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers, Paul Baker]

Barling, 12:30 to 14:00
2 Buzzard, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Raven (Three vocal birds flying towards Barling tip), 2 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 20 Migrant Hawker (+), 1 Southern Hawker, 1 Brown Hawker, 1 Small Copper, 3 Brown Argus, 1 Painted Lady, 5 Comma, 6 Wall Brown [Lee Ebbs]

Canvey Way, 11:35 to 12:35
2 Slow-worm (PB), 6 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 3 Southern Emerald Damselfly (females along hedgline), 2 Willow Emerald Damselfly (males), 4 Southern Migrant Hawker, 15 Ruddy Darter, 2 Small Skipper, 1 Brown Argus, 3 Common Blue, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Wall Brown (PB), 4 Marbled White, 40 Gatekeeper, 20 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers, Paul Baker]

Hullbridge, 11:00 to 15:00, West along River Crouch and return
19 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, Yellow-legged Gull, adult, River Crouch, Hullbridge (Steve Arlow) (93623 bytes) Yellow-legged Gull, adult, River Crouch, Hullbridge (Steve Arlow) (76062 bytes) 3 Yellow-legged Gull (2 adults and a juvenile), 1 Song Thrush, 10 Red-eyed Damselfly, 20 Small Red-eyed Damselfly (At least), 1 Azure Damselfly, 5 Common Blue Damselfly (At least), 13 Southern Migrant Hawker (Included several mating pairs), 3 Black-tailed Skimmer, 50 insects (Incredible concentration of Wasp Spiders in the Sedge in the dyke opposite Highlands Sluice (damselflies dont stand a chance)), 1 Small Copper, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock Butterfly, 10 Marbled White [Steve Arlow]

Paglesham Churchend, 09:30 to 10:55, From Wallasea causeway to near start of Paglesham Pool and back
3 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (females), 2 Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper, 40 Swift (+, flew SW in 3 flocks), 6 Skylark, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting (singing), 1 Southern Hawker, 1 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Marbled White, 20 Gatekeeper, 5 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:45 to 12:00
4 Black-necked Grebe (2 adults & 2 juvs.), 3 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Snipe, 58 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 100 Goldfinch (+), 2 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 4 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Wall Brown [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Saturday 31 July 2021

South Fambridge, 22:30 to 22:30
1 Chinese Muntjac (prolonged view in headlights standing by the side of the road, same place as 2 weeks ago.) [Paul Baker]

Coombe Wood, 14:00 to 14:15
2 Nuthatch (adult and juv. together on the feeders in my garden) [Jeff Saward]

Belfairs Golf Course, 13:15 to 13:15
2 Nuthatch (On edge of wood by Visitor Centre just behind tee off area, calling and seemingly in a loose tit flock.) [Vince Kinsler]

Belfairs Great Wood, 11:00 to 14:30
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Nuthatch (Heard), 2 Southern Hawker, 1 Brown Hawker, 3 White Admiral, 1 Purple Emperor (Seen briefly twice, flying around top of oak trees.) [Lee Ebbs]

Canvey Way, 09:30 to 16:00
11 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank (h), 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler (h), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Greenfinch, 50 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (+), 2 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 1 Azure Damselfly (+), 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Brown Hawker, 30 Southern Migrant Hawker (mostly males), 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 70 Ruddy Darter (c.), 1 insects (Emperor Moth caterpillar, 2 Wasp spider, 4 Oak Eggar, 2 Silver Y, 4 Shaded Broad-bar), 1 Clouded Yellow, 3 Small White (+), 3 Green-veined White, 3 Small Copper, 2 Brown Argus, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Painted Lady, 3 Peacock Butterfly, 1 Wall Brown, 20 Marbled White (c.), 120 Gatekeeper (+), 30 Meadow Brown (c.) [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Rayleigh, 09:25 to 09:25, Between Weir and Fairglen interchange
1 Hobby (Over treetops heading east , north of A127) [Vince Kinsler]

Hadleigh Downs, 08:30 to 08:30
1 Pygmy Shrew, 1 Grey Squirrel, 1 Rabbit [John Wright]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 09:15
14 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 5 Teal, 2 Garganey, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Vince Kinsler]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:45
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Cuckoo (Graham Oakes) (57425 bytes) 1 Cuckoo (Juvenile), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly (female), 2 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Wall Brown, 10 Marbled White [Graham Oakes]

Friday 30 July 2021

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:15 to 13:15
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Thursday 29 July 2021

South Fambridge, 19:45 to 21:15, Paddling down to Bridgemarsh on the kayak
3 Avocet, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Pipistrelle [Paul Baker]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 18:30 to 19:30, Freshwater lagoon only
1 Great White Egret, 1of 3 Garganey, phone scoped, Vange Marsh (Tim Bourne) (86145 bytes) 3 Garganey, 5 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper [Tim Bourne]

Wakering Stairs, 15:40 to 16:55, Cupid's corner to stairs and back
1 Eider (briefly on foreshore by wader roost), 30 Grey Plover (+, most wp), 10 Knot (+, including some fsp), 25 Dunlin (all fsp), 40 Bar-tailed Godwit (+, including some fsp), 20 Curlew (+), 6 Turnstone (including some fsp), 2 Turtle Dove (pair on bushes by open grass area nr buildings) [Jeff Delve]

Belfairs N.R., 15:30 to 16:30
1 Tawny Owl (vocal female, I found the tree but just couldn't find the bird), 1 Willow Warbler (calling, presumably an early migrant ), 12 Palmate Newt (Efts), 1 Southern Hawker [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Hobby, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Ruddy Darter (a pair) [Paul Baker]

Coombe Wood, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Nuthatch (visiting my garden daily for the last week) [Jeff Saward]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:00
1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Painted Lady [Andrew Armstrong]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 11:30
10 Little Grebe, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 20 Common Tern, 20 Swift, 8 Sand Martin, 2 Bearded Tit, Willow Emerald Damselfly (Graham Oakes) (62125 bytes) Willow Emerald Damselfly (Graham Oakes) (78633 bytes) 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly (male), 2 Migrant Hawker, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker [Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 28 July 2021

South Fambridge, 19:45 to 20:00, Looking across to BHF
2 Marsh Harrier (pristine male & moulting female ), 1 Hobby, 2 Avocet, 45 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Tern, 10 Sand Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Rabbit [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 17:00
9 Sand Martin [Andrew Armstrong]

Tuesday 27 July 2021

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 22:10 to 22:20
1 Badger [Neil Chambers]

Hockley/Hawkwell, 17:15 to 17:15
1 Green Woodpecker (Lower Road) [Paul Baker]

Canewdon, 13:45 to 13:45, JD's garden
1 Emerald Damselfly [Paul Griggs, Jeff Delve]

Doggetts Pits, 13:00 to 13:30
1 Southern Hawker, 7 Brown Hawker (maybe 8), 3 Southern Migrant Hawker [Steve Arlow]

Doggetts Pits, 10:45 to 11:35, Warm, sunny spells
1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler, 30 Red-eyed Damselfly (+), 50 Common Blue Damselfly (+), 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 4 Emperor Dragonfly, 30 Four-spotted Chaser (+), 4 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Ruddy Darter, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood [Neil Chambers]

Monday 26 July 2021

Hockley/Hawkwell, 17:45 to 18:30
1 Green Woodpecker (PB), 1 Western Hedgehog (mother-in-laws garden) [Paul Baker, John Wright]

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:00
1 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 2 Small Red-eyed Damselfly [Paul Baker]

Canvey Way, 11:30 to 12:30
20 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (+), 3 Southern Emerald Damselfly, 12 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Wall Brown, 10 Marbled White [Lee Ebbs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 09:30 to 12:30, Lagoon seats only
2 Great Crested Grebe (1 juv), 2 Ruff, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Bearded Tit, 1 White-letter Hairstreak, 20 Marbled White, 50 Gatekeeper (plus) [Graham Oakes]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 09:00 to 11:00
2 Dunlin, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Bearded Tit, 5 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Common Blue, 1 Painted Lady [Lee Ebbs]

Hadleigh Downs, 08:45 to 09:45, out running
1 Common Shrew, 1 Red Fox, 1 Rabbit [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:15 to 00:25
2 Red Fox, 1 Badger [John Wright]

Sunday 25 July 2021

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 13:00 to 13:10
1 Gatekeeper (first one for the garden this year) [John Wright]

Fleet Head, 12:00 to 13:30
1 Buzzard, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Corn Bunting, 6 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 1 Brown Hawker, 1 Painted Lady [Lee Ebbs]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 17:00, Garden
3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Slow-worm, 1 Wood Mouse, WED (Paul Baker) (91812 bytes) 2 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 1 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (female wouldn't settle), 1 Emperor Dragonfly (egg laying), 2 Common Darter (pair), 6 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 8 Large White, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 30 Gatekeeper, 15 Meadow Brown [Paul Baker]

Hockley/Hawkwell, 11:00 to 11:10
1 Marbled White (in Spencer Park) [Steve Arlow]

Rochford, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Migrant Hawker (along Ironwell Lane), 1 Purple Hairstreak (along Ironwell Lane), 1 Painted Lady (on Buddleia along Ironwell Lane) [Steve Arlow]

Saturday 24 July 2021

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 19:30 to 21:15
4 Great White Egret (4 visible in roost at S side of WTCP scrape from The Manor Way track), 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (On pylon), 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Bearded Tit (+) [Tim Bourne]

Friday 23 July 2021

Bowers Downs, 18:00 to 18:15
4 Great White Egret [Tim Bourne]

Coombe Wood, 09:45 to 16:00
1 Nuthatch (on the feeders in my garden several times during the day) [Jeff Saward]

Thursday 22 July 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:50 to 18:30
24 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier (adult male, immature male and a female), 2 Peregrine Falcon (on Darwin Lagoon), 1 Whimbrel, 12 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull (including a juvenile on one of the isands still begging from an adult), 2 Painted Lady [Steve Arlow]

Doggetts Pits, 12:50 to 13:35
15 Red-eyed Damselfly, 30 Azure Damselfly (at least), 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 5 Brown Hawker (minimum 4, probably 5), 3 Southern Migrant Hawker, 100 Black-tailed Skimmer (lots ), 10 Ruddy Darter, 10 Ruddy Darter [Steve Arlow]

Rochford, 10:00 to 10:40
1 Buzzard (over garden), 1 Brown Hawker (garden tick) [Steve Arlow]

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