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 23 October 2019

Two Tree Island, 13:30 to 14:10
1 Rock Pipit [Paul Griggs]

Wakering Common, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest (+), 1 Peacock Butterfly [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Gunners Park, 10:30 to 12:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 2 Jackdaw [Graham Mee]

Hadleigh Downs, 09:30 to 11:30
2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Tawny Owl (called briefly), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chinese Muntjac (female with juv bottom of Shipwright's Field), 1 Red Admiral [Andrew Woodhouse]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 10:45
15 Little Egret, 3 Egyptian Goose (Gog's berth), 1 Common Scoter, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Skylark, 13 Meadow Pipit, 1 Black Redstart (along fence SE corner of reserve), 7 Song Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler (h), 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Bunting [Paul Griggs, Bob Young]

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Gunners Park, 14:50 to 17:10, Sunny, light S wind
2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Black Redstart (fem / 1'w together on old barge pier), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 0 Yellow-browed Warbler (no sign of bird ringed earlier), 1 Chiffchaff, 0 Firecrest (no sign of bird ringed earlier), 10 Linnet, 2 Red Admiral [Neil Chambers]

Gunners Park, 13:40 to 15:30
4 Little Egret, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Black Redstart (on Barge Pier), 1 Cetti's Warbler (h), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Clouded Yellow, 1 Red Admiral [Paul Griggs]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:00 to 09:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 12:30
1 Pintail, 30 Shoveler, 57 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper, 50 Stock Dove, Little Owl (Graham Oakes) (82084 bytes) Little Owl (Graham Oakes) (108802 bytes) 1 Little Owl (reserve tick), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 White Wagtail, 6 Stonechat, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Bearded Tit, 29 Long-tailed Tit (2 family parties), 10 Reed Bunting, 4 Corn Bunting [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Westcliff, 07:35 to 07:35, St.George's Drive
8 Redwing (west) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Monday 21 October 2019

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:00 to 13:00
1 Marsh Harrier (young male), 1 Water Rail, 3 Ruff, 1 Reed Bunting (male) [Graham Mee, Steve Sanford]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 09:00 to 10:10
100 Fieldfare (c. west, one flock), 14 Redwing (west, one flock) [Paul Griggs]

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 08:15 to 11:30
1 Coal Tit (Continental race regularly coming to feeders again.) [Vince Kinsler]

Canvey Point, 08:00 to 17:30, NNW, wet and overcast all day
1 Red-throated Diver, 27 Great Crested Grebe, 628 Gannet (some decent sized flocks), 2 Eider (females), 5 Common Scoter (females), 1 Goldeneye (female), 1 Marsh Harrier (flying over from Kent), 1 Merlin (male, flying along the seafront), 2 Peregrine Falcon (hunting out over the river), 12 Great Skua, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Gull (winter adult), 1 Kittiwake (adult), 11 Guillemot, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail [Jeff Saward]

Sunday 20 October 2019

Stonehill Road, Leigh on Sea, 17:20 to 17:30
1 Coal Tit (Continental briefly on feeders.) [Vince Kinsler]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:20 to 18:00
6 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 150 Ringed Plover (c.), 1000 Golden Plover (c.), 1 Little Stint, 150 Dunlin (c.), 2 Stonechat, 12 Corn Bunting [Paul Griggs, Jeff Delve]

Canvey Point, 14:00 to 15:00
14 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Gannet (juv.), 4 Common Scoter (all females), 2 Mediterranean Gull [Jeff Saward]

Rochford Golf Course, 11:45 to 16:00, Mostly overcast, strengthening NW wind
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Meadow Pipit (flew SW), 1 Grey Wagtail, 50 Redwing (approx. in 4 flocks flew west), 1 Mistle Thrush, 15 Goldfinch (flew SW), 25 Lesser Redpoll (single flock flew through low and into gardens on Hall Road) [Neil Chambers]

Shoebury East Beach, 09:00 to 10:00
7 Skylark, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling (Both birds heading south west with goldfinches. ), 100 Goldfinch, 15 Linnet, 5 Reed Bunting [Lee Ebbs]

Gunners Park, 08:15 to 10:10
2 Marsh Harrier (over, south), 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Skylark, 2 House Martin, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Stonechat, 1 Ring Ouzel (1st-w), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 4 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Brambling (m), 1 Reed Bunting [Paul Griggs, Mike Clarke]

Saturday 19 October 2019

Eastwood, 18:30 to 18:40, Lundy Close
1 Common Pipistrelle [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 16:45 to 18:20, Lovely evening, light SW
200 Ringed Plover (circa in mixed wader roost), 800 Golden Plover (+, roost on Stokes lagoon (westernmost of south lagoons)), 1 Little Stint (1st W with Dunlin), 7 Curlew Sandpiper (amidst Dunlin), 300 Dunlin (circa in mixed wader roost) [Jeff Delve]

South Fambridge, 16:00 to 16:00
1 Greenshank [Paul Baker]

Rochford Golf Course, 11:45 to 17:00, Sunny warm spells, SW wind
1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Migrant Hawker, 1 Small White, 1 Red Admiral [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:45 to 10:00, Fine, breezy
1 Great White Egret (on Marsh Flats with cattle), 1 Merlin (imm male ), 1 Kingfisher (fishing in borrowdyke near north sluice), 250 Linnet (+, a couple of large flocks around south lagoons) [Jeff Delve]

Coombe Wood, 06:00 to 09:00
2 Tawny Owl (calling regularly this week from the top of the wood), 2 Coal Tit (and possibly a third bird visiting my feeders daily) [Jeff Saward]

Friday 18 October 2019

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 17:30 to 18:20
6 Marsh Harrier (Going to roost near south wall behind water vole area), 4 Greenshank (Splash pool by north sluice. ), 1 Green Sandpiper [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:00 to 13:00, Patchy cloud, getting windy and darker as afternoon progressed
2 Marsh Harrier (ad male and 1stW over south lagoons), 1 Hen Harrier (imm female over reptile area, apparently present yesterday as well), 5 Kestrel, 1450 Golden Plover (Roosting Flock on Allfleets), 2 Swallow, 2 Rock Pipit (On saltmarsh by sluice), 2 Stonechat [Jeff Delve]

Two Tree Island, 11:20 to 11:30
2 Rock Pipit (east side of slipway car park) [John Wright]

Canewdon, 10:25 to 10:40, Sunny, light SW breeze
1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest (in garden later), 1 Firecrest (possibly 2 in scrub around Butts Hill Pond) [Jeff Delve]

Thursday 17 October 2019

Westcliff, 11:35 to 11:35, St.George's Drive
3 Swallow (south) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:30 to 17:00
1 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Coal Tit (first record here for 27 years. Continental race.), 1 Red Admiral [Paul Griggs]

Two Tree Island (East), 10:50 to 11:30
15 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail (heard), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard) [John Wright]

Victoria Avenue, Southend, 10:40 to 10:40, Roots Hall market
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 09:15 to 10:15, Sunny, light SW breeze
1 Marsh Harrier (over Vange Wick), 1 Peregrine Falcon (male on pylon on Vange Wick), 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 15 Bearded Tit (2 calling flocks high west over the marina, 1st flock c5 birds, the second were too high to see(!), but sounded like several more birds) [Neil Chambers]

Wednesday 16 October 2019

Coombe Wood, 15:00 to 16:00
1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Coal Tit, 1 Brambling (winter plumage male, with Chaffinches) [Jeff Saward]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:35 to 14:35
2 House Martin [Paul Griggs]

Hadleigh Downs, 14:00 to 14:30
1 Marsh Harrier (flying WSW towards West Canvey Marsh) [John Wright]

Tuesday 15 October 2019

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:40 to 16:40
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 13:00 to 14:55
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 7 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chiffchaff, 0 Fringillidae sp. (small groups of finches over, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Linnet...), 1 Small White, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady [Paul Griggs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:45 to 17:30, Mild, light winds, sunny patches. WeBS count and stroll around south side of island
1 Great White Egret (with cattle on Marsh Flats), 300 Shelduck (just Jubilee - far more on south lagoons), 55 Pintail (Darwin and Fitzroy lagoons), 32 Shoveler (Darwin lagoon), 2 Goosander (Fishing Jubilee north main channel, both in juvenile plumage (no contrast between head and neck and small white patches at bill base).), 5 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin (sat on shingle bank Jubilee Marsh), 102 Avocet (Jubilee), 500 Grey Plover (Jubilee roost), 400 Black-tailed Godwit (approx), 3 Whimbrel, 6 Spotted Redshank (western most of south lagoons now called Stokes lagoon ), 7 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper (Acresfleet and Grass Farm salt pan), 1 Grey Wagtail (borrowdyke near old material handling area, a long overdue Wallasea tick for me ), 1 Song Thrush (on Jubilee Trail - looking very out of place!), 11 Common Seal (on Roach from south sea wall), 3 Field Vole (running across path at various points - seem to be an abundance of them, roll on our winter raptors), 1 Clouded Yellow, 5 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady (fresh individual nr Halfmoon lookout) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:30 to 15:30, Webs count day. Other sightings
1 Great White Egret, 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (poss 2), 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Stonechat (two pairs), 200 Linnet (approx single flock), 2 Clouded Yellow, 6 Red Admiral [John Wright]

Gunners Park, 06:00 to 17:00
Sparrowhawk  (Andrew Armstrong) (80053 bytes) 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat, Ring Ouzel (Andrew Armstrong) (123516 bytes) Ring Ouzel (Andrew Armstrong) (108103 bytes) 2 Ring Ouzel [Andrew Armstrong]

Monday 14 October 2019

Canvey Point, 17:10 to 18:10, Heavy overcast, brisk ESE wind easing to SE, some light rain, falling tide
4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gannet (flew east) [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:00, cold & wet
1 Buzzard, 1 Swallow (south), 1 Meadow Pipit [Paul Baker]

Canewdon, 11:00 to 13:00, Mild, Overcast, breezy . Around Butts Hill Pond
1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 16 Goldfinch (Feeding in alders), 1 Siskin (Heard only) [Jeff Delve]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:30 to 10:30
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Canvey Point, 10:00 to 12:30, Increasing E wind, overcast and showers, quite miserable in all senses of the word!
3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Scoter (female), 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern [Jeff Saward]

Sunday 13 October 2019

Canewdon, 10:00 to 17:00, Clearing reednmace from BHP.
2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 25 Goldfinch (feeding in alders), 3 Siskin (+, small flock calling from alders) [Jeff Delve]

Wakering Stairs, 09:45 to 10:30
10 Skylark, 1 Ring Ouzel (Female in bushes along main road. ), 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Corn Bunting [Lee Ebbs]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 09:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 25 Swallow, 1 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Bearded Tit (In reeds along the edge of main lake. ) [Lee Ebbs]

Saturday 12 October 2019

Gunners Park, 12:15 to 13:30, Overcast, light rain, light SW wind
1 Kingfisher (flew from old barge pier to stream), 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin (flew over calling) [Neil Chambers]

Gunners Park, 12:15 to 13:30
1 Eider (Female), 4 Common Scoter, 2 Arctic Skua, 10 Swallow, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest [Lee Ebbs]

South Fambridge, 09:00 to 09:00
1 Buzzard (hunting the garden at headheight ) [Paul Baker]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 09:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Swallow, 12 Meadow Pipit, 1 Ring Ouzel (1w very elusive, seen briefly 4 times in an hour in bushes in SSSI), 4 Song Thrush, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard by car park), 8 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 10 Chaffinch [Mike Clarke]

Rochford Golf Course, 07:30 to 11:40, Light overcast, light SW breeze
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Meadow Pipit (+, flew over), 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest [Neil Chambers]

Friday 11 October 2019

Two Tree Island (East), 15:00 to 16:00
22 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher (Filter beds), 3 Red Admiral [Andrew Woodhouse]

Rochford Golf Course, 13:45 to 18:10, Overcast, brisk SW wind
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 08:00 to 08:00
1 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Thursday 10 October 2019

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 16:20 to 16:20
2 Sparrowhawk [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 13:00, Incredible movement of passerines through the park today. Circa 70 per minute
1 Merlin, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Brambling, 100 Goldfinch (+), 100 Reed Bunting (+) [Andrew Armstrong]

Gunners Park, 07:05 to 09:05, Sunny, increasing SW wind - everything moving SW. Also, many more finches moving too high or too far to the north to ID
1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Merlin (imm male over reserve and out over barge pier), 3 Stock Dove, 150 Wood Pigeon, 1 Kingfisher (heard a few times by barge pier), 4 Skylark, 40 Meadow Pipit (+), 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 White / Pied Wagtail (probably Pieds), 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Ring Ouzel (all 1'w. 2 came in from NE and circled reserve a few times before continuing SW, another previously unseen flew up and joined them before dropping back into reserve and not seen again), 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing briefly), 3 Chiffchaff, 3 House Sparrow (1 + 2 with Goldfinches), 120 Chaffinch (+), 6 Brambling (+, 3 singles, 1 with Goldfinches, and 2+ with a flock of c40 Chaffinches), 1800 Goldfinch (+, conservative estimate!), 180 Linnet (+), 45 Reed Bunting (+) [Neil Chambers]

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