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 21 August 2019

Belfairs N.R., 17:30 to 18:15
1 Hobby, 4 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Painted Lady [Andrew Woodhouse]

Wakering Stairs, 17:30 to 19:15
1 Marsh Harrier (very tatty female), 25 Golden Plover (to the west of the slipway), 250 Knot (at least to the west of the slipway), 10 Mediterranean Gull (mostly moulting adults but one juvenile present), 17 Little Tern (on mud west of slipway), 2 Blackcap (along road), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (along road), 4 Willow Warbler (along road) [Steve Arlow]

Shoebury East Beach, 17:20 to 19:10
1000 Oystercatcher (+ towards Wakering Stairs), 35 Ringed Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank (WP bird feeding in amongst the RK’s as the tide retreated. ), 135 Redshank, 38 Little Tern (The final count. As the tide went out the flock stretched out when they sat on the mud. ), 3 Swift (High over the coastguard building. ) [Marc Outten]

Westcliff, 15:45 to 15:45, St.George's Drive (from garden)
9 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:50 to 15:20
2 Hobby, 11 Swift (west), 1 Migrant Hawker, 5 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, 1 Comma, 1 Gatekeeper [Paul Griggs]

Two Tree Island (East), 13:35 to 13:35
38 Little Egret (flew south across Thames) [Graham Mee]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:30 to 12:30
1 Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Painted Lady [Paul Griggs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:40 to 13:00
1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Kestrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Cetti's Warbler [John Wright]

Tuesday 20 August 2019

Stambridge, 22:00 to 22:05, close to the garden
1 Little Owl (calling) [Steve Sanford]

Wakering Stairs, 19:00 to 19:30
1 Osprey (on distant post off Haven Point), 1 Red-legged Partridge, 10 Whimbrel (+), 1 Greenshank (+), 10 Mediterranean Gull (+), 1 Wheatear (along seawall), 1 Painted Lady [Paul Baker]

Wakering Stairs, 17:05 to 17:50
1 Marsh Harrier (NE across estuary and on to Havengore), 1 Osprey (on very distant post SE of Haven Point), 1 Red-legged Partridge (heard), 200 Knot (+), 2 Whimbrel, 4 Common Tern, 2 Painted Lady [Neil Chambers]

Gunners Park, 15:50 to 16:55, Warm, sunny, light SW wind
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 100 Sand Martin (+, steady passage over SW), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 15 Migrant Hawker, 1 Southern Hawker, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (male patrolling south end of ditch on east side of reserve), 10 Ruddy Darter, 1 Large White, 7 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 5 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, 1 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Gatekeeper [Neil Chambers]

Hadleigh Marshes, 13:30 to 14:15
14 Willow Emerald Damselfly (11- 4 pairs and 3 males at back of pond TQ789857 and 1 pair and 1 male pond at TQ792858), 1 Painted Lady [Andrew Woodhouse]

River Roach, 11:00 to 17:30
12 Little Egret, 14 Shelduck (pair with ducklings), 1 Buzzard (on Wallasea), 80 Redshank, 49 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:15 to 09:40
3 Willow Warbler, 1 Painted Lady [Paul Griggs]

Monday 19 August 2019

South Fambridge, 20:20 to 20:20
1 Barn Owl (in entrance of nestbox on BHF), 3 Rabbit [Paul Baker]

Wakering Stairs, 18:30 to 19:00
1 Osprey (Heading east over main road, great view. ), 1 Hobby, 4 Mediterranean Gull [Lee Ebbs]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 16:40 to 17:30
1 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Swift, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Leigh on Sea, 07:40 to 07:45
2 Willow Warbler (From the viewing window.) [Dudley Shayler]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:20 to 03:00
2 Red Fox, 2 Badger [John Wright]

Sunday 18 August 2019

Gunners Park, 18:30 to 19:00
1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat (SE corner of lake) [Lee Ebbs]

Gunners Park, 15:55 to 16:10
Whinchat (Paul Baker) (120257 bytes) 1 Whinchat (SE side of lake) [Paul Baker]

Shoebury East Beach, 15:15 to 15:50
2 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Common Tern, 16 Little Tern (inc several juvs) [Paul Baker]

Canvey Island, 15:00 to 16:45, Canvey Way ditch
2 Whimbrel, 2 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Common Lizard, 1 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 24 Southern Migrant Hawker (all males), 8 Ruddy Darter, 1 Small Copper, 2 Brown Argus, 9 Common Blue, 6 Gatekeeper, 3 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Heath [Andrew Woodhouse]

Wakering Stairs, 14:10 to 15:10, High Tide
Eider (Paul Baker) (47197 bytes) 10 Eider (1 female close in, 9 others mid estuary), 90 Grey Plover, 20 Knot, 80 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Tern [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:00 to 12:30
1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Migrant Hawker, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady [Paul Griggs]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 10:00 to 21:00
4 Slow-worm, 1 Common Pipistrelle, 1 Ruddy Darter [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 09:30 to 09:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 8 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting, 5 Common Lizard (immatures in 2 seperate areas), 2 Painted Lady [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 11:00
1 Ruff, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Northern Water Vole [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 06:55 to 08:40, Bright, light SW wind, chilly to start
4 Egyptian Goose (on foreshore by barge pier before flying off north, presumably to Shoebury Park), 2 Little Tern (juvs feeding offshore), 1 Tree Pipit (flew SW calling), 12 Yellow Wagtail (flew SW calling in small groups), 1 Whinchat (mobile around eastern end of lake), 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 17 August 2019

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
3 Buzzard, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Painted Lady, 1 Small Tortoiseshell [Paul Baker]

Pound Wood, 11:10 to 13:20, Tile Wood and Starvelarks Wood
1 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Large White, 5 Speckled Wood [Paul Griggs]

Westcliff, 08:10 to 11:05, St.George's Drive (from garden)
1 Swift, 2 Large White, 3 Small White, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady [Jeff Kinnerman]

Friday 16 August 2019

South Fambridge, 18:00 to 18:00
1 Green Sandpiper (flying around on BHF) [Paul Baker]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:15 to 13:00
3 Common Sandpiper [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Point, 10:55 to 11:55, Overcast, SW wind
110 Little Egret (+, roosting on Kent side), 3 Teal (flew upriver), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Sandwich Tern, 150 Common Tern (+, most upriver behind two ships) [Neil Chambers]

River Roach, 10:00 to 13:00
12 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper (on potton), 8 Common Tern, 100 Swallow (+ constant passage south during the duration of the trip), 35 Common Seal [Graham Mee]

Gunners Park, 07:10 to 09:10, Light overcast, light SSW wind increasing
3 Egyptian Goose (on foreshore by barge pier before flying off north, presumably to Shoebury Park), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Sand Martin, 30 House Martin (+), 3 Yellow Wagtail (flew SW), 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat (+), 4 Willow Warbler, 5 Small White, 1 Small Copper, 1 Painted Lady, 2 Gatekeeper [Neil Chambers]

Thursday 15 August 2019

South Fambridge, 18:00 to 18:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Phylloscopus sp., 3 Common Lizard (inc 2 immatures), 1 Migrant Hawker (+), 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, 1 Ruddy Darter (male), 2 Painted Lady [Paul Baker]

Two Tree Island, 14:10 to 15:40, Slipway, tide dropping
2 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 110 Sterna sp. (+ on Canvey Point), 3 Little Tern (on Canvey Point), 1 Swift, 5 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

River Roach, 10:00 to 15:00
10 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Shelduck (pair with 11 young), 1 Kestrel (on Foulness), 100 Redshank (+), 14 Common Tern, 47 Common Seal (in Shelford Creek) [Graham Mee]

Westcliff, 06:40 to 15:15, St.George's Drive (from garden)
2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Swift, 2 House Martin, 2 Large White, 3 Small White, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, 1 Gatekeeper [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wednesday 14 August 2019

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 19:00
4 Buzzard (looked to be two pairs), 1 Kestrel [Paul Baker]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 08:00 to 08:05
1 Sparrowhawk [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting (females) [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 07:15 to 09:25
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Sand Martin, 1 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler [Bob Young]

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

Tuesday 13 August 2019

South Fambridge, 20:00 to 20:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Barn Owl (sitting in nestbox entrance on BHF), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler [Paul Baker]

Leigh on Sea, 17:40 to 17:45
1 Sparrowhawk (Male from the viewing window) [Dudley Shayler]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 17:00 to 18:00
1 Hobby, 2 Dunlin, Wood Sand WCM (Paul Baker) (90408 bytes) 2 Wood Sandpiper (well done Neil), 3 Common Sandpiper [Paul Baker, Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 16:50 to 18:05
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard (distantly to NW), 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby (flew north), 3 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Wood Sand at WCM (Neil Chambers) (93087 bytes) 2 Wood Sandpiper (juvs showing well from roadside hide), 3 Common Sandpiper [Neil Chambers, Paul Baker]

Canvey Way, 15:30 to 16:45, Sunny & warm spells, light SW wind
2 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting, 4 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (2 male, 2 fem), 1 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 40 Southern Migrant Hawker (+, pair in tandem and 2 other females, rest males), 40 Ruddy Darter (+), 4 Small White, 5 Common Blue, 4 Gatekeeper, 5 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Gunners Park, 10:35 to 11:15
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Little Tern (fishing about a third of the way out), 1 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff [Vince Kinsler]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 10:30 to 11:30
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Common Sandpiper [John Wright]

Westcliff, 10:30 to 10:30, Gainsborough Park
2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:10
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Sand Martin (+), 10 House Martin (+), 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Bearded Tit, 6 Migrant Hawker (+), 4 Southern Migrant Hawker (+) [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

South Fambridge, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Reed Bunting (female) [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 07:00 to 15:00, Cloudy patches but warm.
1 Peregrine Falcon (Harassing the pigeons on the Heavy Quick Firing Battery ), 10 Little Tern (Near the Experimental Casemate at high tide), 2 Wheatear (Sssi ), 8 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler (Mostly up in the scrub by the Wagon & Cart Shed ) [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 12 August 2019

Gunners Park, 16:50 to 18:10, Sunny initially, light SW wind increasing with heavy clouds
3 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:20 to 16:20
1 Little Egret (south) [Paul Griggs]

South Fambridge, 14:00 to 15:00
5 Avocet, 7 Golden Plover, 4 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo (immature crashing around for quite some time), 5 Whitethroat (pr with 3 young have been here all summer after nesting successfully in the bramble hedge), 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Migrant Hawker [Paul Baker]

Sunday 11 August 2019

Westcliff, 20:15 to 20:15, St.George's Drive (from garden)
3 Swift [Jeff Kinnerman]

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Buzzard, 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 6 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, Painted Lady (Paul Baker) (93905 bytes) 1 Painted Lady [Paul Baker]

Rochford Golf Course, 08:30 to 12:50, Mostly sunny, strong SSW wind
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 House Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 15 Banded Demoiselle (+), 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 6 Ruddy Darter, 6 Small White, 1 Common Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 10 August 2019

South Fambridge, 16:00 to 16:00
3 Common Lizard (immatures), 1 Painted Lady [Paul Baker]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 14:30 to 15:30, Middle hide only
10 Dunlin, 94 Black-tailed Godwit [John Wright]

Friday 09 August 2019

South Fambridge, 17:45 to 19:00
2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 12 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, WED2 (Paul Baker) (52145 bytes) WED1 (Paul Baker) (140265 bytes) WED4 (Paul Baker) (159254 bytes) WED3 (Paul Baker) (52392 bytes) 1 Willow Emerald Damselfly (trapped in downstairs cloakroom!), 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (briefly at 17:50), 2 Painted Lady [Paul Baker]

Canvey Point, 10:15 to 11:30, Increasing SSW, cloud clearing
2 Gannet, 1 Eider (the 'regular' scruffy bird), 7 Common Scoter, 1 Pomarine Skua (summer plumage adult with spoons) [Jeff Saward]

Canvey Point, 05:45 to 08:30, easterlies with rain overnight, still murky with drizzle at first light as wind backed to SSE
5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Scoter (drake and two ducks), 28 Golden Plover, 2 Great Skua, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sabine's Gull (juv. at 0810, flew W, in with a tern flock, then flew back E), 1 Kittiwake (juv.), 9 Sandwich Tern, 405 Common Tern (inc. 325 migrants passing through), 23 Arctic Tern (inc. a flock of 17), 13 Little Tern (inc. a flock of 9), 12 Black Tern, 350 Swift (at least, two large flocks heading over around 0800) [Jeff Saward]

Thursday 08 August 2019

South Fambridge, 20:30 to 20:30
1 Buzzard (on post on BHF), 1 Great Black-backed Gull (adult), 1 Wheatear (still present on BHF) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 16:00 to 18:30, chilling in the garden
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Whimbrel, 50 Mediterranean Gull (c. in anting flock with BHGulls), 1 Wheatear (BHF), 4 Lesser Whitethroat (in same tree as WWs), 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting (female), 1 Corn Bunting (flew over), SMH (Paul Baker) (91253 bytes) 1 Southern Migrant Hawker (male around most of the time) [Paul Baker]

Canvey Heights C.P. & Newlands, 12:00 to 14:00
2 Sparrowhawk (adult and recently fledged juv.), 5 Brown Argus, 3 Wall [Jeff Saward]

Westcliff, 10:15 to 10:25, Prittlewell Chase
3 Swift, 1 Swallow [Jeff Kinnerman]

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