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 January 2021

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:35 to 10:35
1 Blackcap (male) [Paul Griggs]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 12:00, 64 bird species recorded
1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Gadwall, 23 Pintail, 42 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Marsh Harrier (male & female), 2 Peregrine Falcon (causing mayhem.), 2 Water Rail (heard), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Water Pipit (from south east benches.), 9 Stonechat, 8 Bearded Tit [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 08:00 to 08:05
1 Coal Tit (singing) [Neil Chambers]

Sunday 17 January 2021

South Fambridge, 15:45 to 16:15, short walk west along seawall
1 Barnacle Goose (in with the Brents, therefore truly wild! ...), 600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (on fields), 1 Marsh Harrier (yesterday's bird on BHF), 2 Stonechat (a pair at sluice), 1 Redwing (with the bunting flock), 15 Reed Bunting (with the Corn Bunt at Beckney Sluice), 25 Corn Bunting [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 14:40 to 14:40
1 Marsh Harrier (female/imm, heading NE) [Paul Griggs]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 14:15 to 15:55
4 Pintail (2pairs ), 2 Marsh Harrier (Male and female hunting south side), 1 Water Rail (Calling from reedbed), 2 Avocet, 4 Water Pipit (Flushed from small grassy pool NE corner flew around calling for some time ), 3 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler [Jeff Delve]

Rochford Golf Course, 13:30 to 15:00
2 Egyptian Goose (pair still present), 1 Green Woodpecker [Neil Chambers]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 13:30 to 14:30
4 Pintail (two pairs), 2 Avocet, 2 Green Sandpiper, Water Pipit Vange from west bank (Paul Baker) (102214 bytes) 1 Water Pipit (+, one feeding in grass along reeds where Steve had his then it or another flying around and calling when JD arrived which then landed in reeds up against west wall at north end), 2 Stonechat [Paul Baker]

Airport Business Park, 11:35 to 12:15
3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 137 Black-headed Gull, 8 Stock Dove, 4 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:25 to 11:35
70 White-fronted Goose (at least, probably more, on Vange Wick), 3 Barnacle Goose (on Vange Wick), 3 Spotted Redshank (in creek), 1 Greenshank (in creek) [Steve Arlow]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 11:00 to 14:00, Sunny, very busy!!
65 White-fronted Goose (+, Vange Wick), 3 Barnacle Goose, 8 Pochard, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Cetti's Warbler [Jeff Delve]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 10:35 to 12:50
60 White-fronted Goose (+, on Vange Wick from Marina), 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Grey Wagtail (Over calling) [Tim Bourne]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 09:50 to 11:10
4 Pintail, 1 Water Pipit (feeding along reed edge on the isolated island of reeds at the North Western end), 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Cetti's Warbler [Steve Arlow]

Thorpe Bay, 09:30 to 10:45
1 Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet ((Eventually seen landing in trees by pond behind golf clubhouse), 1 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 25 Goldfinch [Lee Ebbs]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 08:00 to 08:45
1 Kestrel, 3 Green Woodpecker, 10 Redwing, 1 Lesser Redpoll ((In Silver Birch trees before flying off across the park) [Lee Ebbs]

Vange Marsh (RSPB), 07:30 to 08:45, Sunny, light SW wind
55 Greylag Goose, 20 Canada Goose, 5 Pintail (3 drakes), 5 Pochard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail (heard), 1 Green Woodpecker, 9 Meadow Pipit, 3 Water Pipit (1 in NW corner of fresh marsh, 2+ in NE corner with Meadow Pipits), 1 Stonechat (male), 3 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 10 Reed Bunting (incl 1 singing) [Neil Chambers]

Hockley/Hawkwell, 07:00 to 07:10
1 Tawny Owl (Perched briefly in tree before flying back into wood at the end of Gusted Hall Lane. ) [Lee Ebbs]

Saturday 16 January 2021

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 15:40 to 15:45
1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Redwing [John Wright]

Thorpe Bay, 15:40 to 16:15, Thorpe Hall Golf Course
3 Egyptian Goose, 0 Ring-necked Parakeet (no sign or sound), 63 Greenfinch (at roost) [Steve Arlow]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:40 to 16:50
16 White-fronted Goose (flew east at dusk), 7 Marsh Harrier (+, incl 6 over NW end of Foulness), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail along southern seawall and over to Foulness), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 15 Avocet, 1 Snipe, 2 Barn Owl (one by car park, the other near the new hide) [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:30 to 15:30
1 Grey Wagtail [Paul Griggs]

South Fambridge, 14:40 to 15:00
1 Marsh Harrier (BHF), 1 Barn Owl (along railway on BHF), 1 Song Thrush [Paul Baker]

Shoebury East Beach, 14:00 to 15:20, On the MOD roost and Boom
1 Peregrine Falcon (On offshore post. ), 106 Ringed Plover, 55 Sanderling, 410 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Uncommon species in the roost), 71 Redshank (Including a suprise 13 taking advantage of the wet conditions on the grass area (all other records in MOD beach and mudflat)), 37 Turnstone [Marc Outten]

Fleet Head, 13:30 to 15:20
2 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon (distantly on New England Island), 15 Red-legged Partridge, 8 Avocet, 700 Black-tailed Godwit (at least covering the northern fields), 1 Barn Owl (distantly over Foulness) [Steve Arlow]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 12:30 to 12:30
1 Buzzard (west) [Paul Griggs]

Gunners Park, 12:00 to 12:30, very little movement in the river
1 Gannet (adult), 6 Common Scoter (lingering offshore), 1 Kittiwake (adult up river close in) [Steve Arlow]

Friday 15 January 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:55 to 16:30
1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 4 Buzzard, 1 Stonechat (male) [Steve Arlow]

Hadleigh Downs, 14:00 to 16:10, Muddy!
5 Little Egret, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (with 1,000+ DbBrents SE of castle), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker [Neil Chambers]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 13:50 to 15:00
1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Redwing [Paul Griggs]

Paglesham East Hall Road, 13:00 to 13:15
289 White-fronted Goose, 1500 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Probably more) [Marc Outten]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:40 to 13:30
1 Great White Egret (flew south along Roach & appeared to land on Potton), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 5 Buzzard, 15 Avocet (flew north along Roach), 1 Snipe (flushed), 4 Stonechat (two pairs), 1 Corn Bunting (by car park, scarce this winter!) [Paul Baker]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:30 to 13:30
7 Little Egret, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Benfleet Creek), 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, 2 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing (+), 1 Greenfinch, 5 Yellowhammer (4m, 1f along borrowdyke of Benfleet Creek) [Paul Griggs]

Westcliff, 10:05 to 10:10, Carlton Avenue
8 Redwing [Jeff Kinnerman]

Canewdon, 08:55 to 09:20, Creeksea Ferry Road (Raymond’s Farm)
1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Bullfinch (One over calling north towards Lion Creek then back again at 09.20) [Marc Outten]

Thorpe Bay, 08:40 to 09:15, Thorpe Hall G.C.
3 Egyptian Goose, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (pair around 16th tee area), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 10 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Coal Tit (singing by 16th tee) [Neil Chambers]

Wakering Common, 08:30 to 08:30
11 Red-legged Partridge [Neil Chambers]

Hockley/Hawkwell, 08:05 to 08:05
1 Sparrowhawk (low and fast over road at Alderman's Hill) [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 10:45, some areas not passable due to flooded areas.
1 Little Grebe, 500 Wigeon (+), 150 Teal (+), 10 Pintail, 26 Pochard, 16 Tufted Duck, 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 22 Avocet [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Gunners Park, 08:00 to 16:00
6 Sanderling, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat (Old gunners) [Andrew Armstrong]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:00 to 16:20, WeBs count
13 White-fronted Goose (flew south over island), 209 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 3 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 5 Avocet, 3 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 3 Stonechat (a pair and a single), 5 Corn Bunting, 1 Common Shrew (dead), 1 Pygmy Shrew, 1 Field Vole [John Wright]

Thursday 14 January 2021

Westcliff Seafront, 12:20 to 12:30
20 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Grey Seal [John Wright]

Southchurch Park West, 12:00 to 12:10
1 Red-crested Pochard (female still) [John Wright]

Southchurch Park East, 11:50 to 12:00, Wet!
1 Brown Rat [John Wright]

Canewdon, 11:45 to 11:55
30 Greenfinch (Impressive increase in numbers in garden in pouring rain) [Jeff Delve]

Park View Drive, Leigh, 09:15 to 09:45
1 Green Woodpecker (female), 4 Blue Tit, 15 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch [Graham Mee]

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 10:30 to 10:40, Fleming Avenue
1 Grey Wagtail, 16 Redwing [Vince Kinsler]

Tuesday 12 January 2021

Canewdon, 23:50 to 23:55
2 Tawny Owl (Calling from direction of church) [Jeff Delve]

Hadleigh Downs, 16:25 to 17:15
2 Tawny Owl (calling, 1 to north, 1 to east), 12 Redwing (flew north at dusk), 1 Red Fox, 1 Badger (we bumped into each other!) [Paul Baker]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 14:40 to 16:10
102 White-fronted Goose (on Vange Wick), 2 Egyptian Goose (on Vange Wick), 1 Marsh Harrier (flew south), 1 Peregrine Falcon (occasionally on pylons & occasionally flying around over Bowers), 1 Water Rail (heard on saltmarsh ), 1 Avocet, 2 Spotted Redshank (appeared eventually after a long wait in creek by marina), 2 Greenshank, 3 Stonechat (a pair & a male on Vange Wick), 1 Cetti's Warbler, Fox at Wat Tyler marina (Paul Baker) (71077 bytes) 1 Red Fox (showing very well!) [Paul Baker]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 14:30 to 15:30, Marina only
40 White-fronted Goose (viewed from marina onto Wick although PB had many more from pillbox), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Avocet, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Curlew, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Stonechat, 1 Red Fox [Vince Kinsler]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 14:15 to 14:20, viewing from the car only at roadside
28 White-fronted Goose, 2 Pintail (drakes on flood) [Paul Baker]

Benfleet Downs, 13:00 to 14:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Bullfinch (male, extremely elusive although calling frequently & occasional sub song) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00, viewing BHF from upstairs
10 Barnacle Goose (decent looking pure bred birds with the hybrid flock (39 birds in total).), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, Jackdaw in garden (Paul Baker) (127556 bytes) 2 Jackdaw (on the lawn) [Paul Baker]

Monday 11 January 2021

Priory Park, 15:45 to 16:15, Short stop on way back from shopping
1 Grey Wagtail (along the prittle brook in park) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:15 to 16:20
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail ), 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (probably male chasing a passerine by west bank ), 2 Stonechat, 14 Corn Bunting [Vince Kinsler]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 14:45 to 16:00
94 White-fronted Goose (on Vange Wick), 200 Greylag Goose (+), 300 Canada Goose (+), 3 Barnacle Goose (on Vange Wick), 1 Avocet, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank (creek by marina), 1 Greenshank (creek by marina), 1 Bullfinch (flew over calling towards north end of park) [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 13:45 to 14:10, viewing BHF from the house
5 Barnacle Goose (decent looking pure bred birds, not keeping with the hybrid flock which I rarely see, although probably still dodgy!), 2 Marsh Harrier (a pair), 1 Buzzard [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 13:15 to 14:40
10 Redwing (+),  - and had enough of pishing (Jeff Delve) (50634 bytes) One of at least 2 present (Jeff Delve) (44250 bytes) Smart little guy (Jeff Delve) (45206 bytes) Short sound recording of calling firecrest (Jeff Delve) (921626 bytes) 2 Firecrest (+, At least 2 calling and showing in Holly from path at end Woodlands Road), 1 Nuthatch (calling intermittently along stream line near main path), 2 Treecreeper [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:15 to 16:15
4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 2 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon (pair), 1 Raven [John Wright]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 12:45 to 13:30
25 White-fronted Goose, 1 Pintail [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Lion Creek, 12:30 to 13:00
1 Barn Owl [John Wright]

Hockley Woods, 11:30 to 12:50, A pleasant & unusually successful visit!
1 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest (showing extremely well in holly), 1 Coal Tit (singing), 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Siskin (flyovers) [Paul Baker]

Thorpe Bay, 11:30 to 12:30, Thorpe Hall Golf Course
1 Little Egret, 3 Egyptian Goose (on fairway west of clubhouse ), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Wyatts Drive edge), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 25 Redwing, 8 Goldfinch [Vince Kinsler]

Canewdon, 11:15 to 11:20
2 Little Owl [Bob Young]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:00 to 15:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 45 Redwing (+) [Paul Griggs]

Paglesham Lagoon, 10:30 to 12:15
9 Pintail (plus wigeon, teal, shoveler, gadwall, pochard, tufted duck ), 1 Scaup (imm male), 2 Buzzard, 3 Corn Bunting [John Wright]

Canvey Wick, 10:00 to 11:30
10 Lesser Redpoll [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Green Woodpecker, 20 Redwing, 4 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch, 36 Lesser Redpoll (minimum count, flock feeding well west of previous sightings) [Vince Kinsler]

Paglesham Eastend, 10:00 to 10:10
400 White-fronted Goose (approx), 3000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (approx) [John Wright]

Canvey Seafront, 09:00 to 09:45
1 Red-throated Diver (flew upriver), 100 Sanderling, 50 Turnstone [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Lower Raypits, 08:45 to 09:55
11 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 55 Curlew, 16 Stock Dove, 1 Rock Pipit, 15 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting, 20 Corn Bunting [Bob Young]

South Benfleet, 08:45 to 08:45, My garden
1 Sparrowhawk (Female), 1 Song Thrush, 45 Goldfinch (Single flock around the feeders) [Martin Cracknell]

Airport Business Park, 08:20 to 08:40
21 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Corn Bunting [Jeff Kinnerman]

Lion Creek, 07:35 to 07:55
1 Barn Owl, 1 Cetti's Warbler [Bob Young]

Sunday 10 January 2021

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:35 to 16:45
1 Merlin (ad male on post nr cattle corral), 1 Short-eared Owl (hunting and sitting on post west end of reserve from entrance road) [Jeff Delve]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 15:30 to 16:45
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Avocet [John Wright]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:20 to 15:45
6 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Reed Bunting [Neil Chambers]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 15:00 to 15:05, Quick scan from roadside on way past on bike
24 White-fronted Goose (+ dips and vegetation made viewing flock difficult ), 1 Marsh Harrier (Ad male) [Martin Cracknell]

South Fambridge, 14:35 to 15:45, A return trip with the scope
2 Buzzard (together in large oak tree), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit, 20 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Rook (the rookery I discovered last year has had the trees cut down and removed :-( ), 1 Starling (an entirely leucistic bird in flock looked quite special), 1 Corn Bunting (flew over, no sign of the flock), 1 Red Fox [Paul Baker]

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 14:30 to 14:45
42 Redwing [Angela Baldock]

Canewdon, 14:10 to 14:25
1 Little Owl (in roadside trees) [Paul Baker]

Canewdon, 14:10 to 14:20
1 Stock Dove, 2 Little Owl [Lee Ebbs]

Paglesham East Hall Road, 14:00 to 15:25
420 White-fronted Goose (best count but some possibly obscured), 3000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (approx), 3 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (picked out as flock moved closer with walkers along middle field edge), 2 Black Brant (quite distant - both as Steve reported not bright ganders - possibly female or even hybrid), 50 Golden Plover (+) [Jeff Delve]

Canvey Wick, 13:45 to 14:45
1 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Green Woodpecker, 60 Fieldfare, 35 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 20 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Lesser Redpoll [Martin Cracknell]

Canewdon, 13:35 to 13:40
1 Little Owl (Scotts Hall Road (thx Neil) ) [Jeff Delve]

Paglesham East Hall Road, 13:30 to 14:20
421 White-fronted Goose (Impressive gathering (probably more present than could be seen in the ditches)), 3000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (At least ), 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Black Brant (Non classic bird so either a female or a hybrid) [Steve Arlow]

Paglesham Lagoon, 13:10 to 15:10, From sewage works, back via river and Hampton Barns
20 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Pintail (drake on river), 1 Scaup (1'w drake), 6 Goldeneye (3 drakes, on river), 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 150 Golden Plover, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 50 Chaffinch (Hampton Barns), 30 Reed Bunting (Hampton Barns) [Neil Chambers]

Canewdon, 13:00 to 13:00
1 Little Owl (in tree along Scotts Hall Road) [Neil Chambers]

Two Tree Island, 12:15 to 12:30, Quick look from slipway
1 Rock Pipit [Mike Clarke]

South Fambridge, 11:45 to 13:30, A walk inland on the footpath across the fields searching for buntings
1 Sparrowhawk (male high east but spooked the Corn Bunting flock), 1 Buzzard, 1 Golden Plover (flew over), 4 Snipe (a wisp together), 1 Green Woodpecker, 20 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 90 Corn Bunting [Paul Baker]

Airport Business Park, 11:25 to 11:55
55 Stock Dove (circa), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Black Redstart (male still present ), 5 Fieldfare [Jeff Kinnerman]

South Fambridge, 10:55 to 11:00
1 Marsh Harrier (hunting the garden right up to the bird feeders!), 2 Yellowhammer (in the garden this morning were a surprise) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:40 to 12:50
16 White-fronted Goose, 83 Pintail, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 3 Stonechat, 1 Raven (At Far East end) [Steve Arlow]

Canewdon, 10:30 to 11:00, Still frosty garden - busy feeders
6 Blue Tit (3 pairs all busy prospecting the nest boxes), 22 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 12 Chaffinch, 12 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch [Jeff Delve]

Cherry Orchard Lane, 10:30 to 11:00
2 Green Woodpecker, 20 Redwing, 25 Chaffinch, 5 Lesser Redpoll [Mike Clarke]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 10:30 to 16:30
1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 70 Redwing (+, East) [Paul Griggs]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 09:50 to 10:05
16 Lesser Redpoll (Counted in the Silver Birch before flock flew with probably up to 25 present ) [Steve Arlow]

Belton Hills, 09:30 to 09:30
25 Fieldfare [Angela Baldock]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 09:00 to 10:00
1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail), 1 Buzzard, 1 Merlin [Mike Clarke]

Canvey Point, 08:45 to 09:15, Light NW wind, high tide, misty
3 Gannet (adults), 1 Gadwall (flew west), 10000 Larus sp. (+, thousands of (mostly) small gulls moving upriver), 1 Kittiwake (adult) [Neil Chambers]

Saturday 09 January 2021

Cherry Orchard Lane, 14:10 to 14:10
1 Buzzard (flew low south over road) [Paul Baker]

Pound Wood, 14:05 to 15:45
1 Sparrowhawk, A rather striking pale Common Buzzard at Pound Wood (Tim Bourne) (73272 bytes) 2 Buzzard (including a very smart white bird), 1 Peregrine Falcon (flew east), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (at least), Hawfinch, Pound Wood, apparently at roost (Tim Bourne) (76310 bytes) 2 Hawfinch (minimum: three birds flew in with two Hawfinch perched up on top of trees across the field from the gate; probably all three were Hawfinch. One then seen flying into Tile Wood about 30minutes later and presumably the same then flew back and seemed to go to roost in a Hawthorn across the field from the gate.) [Steve Arlow, Tim Bourne, Mike Clarke, Paul Griggs]

Rochford Golf Course, 14:00 to 14:05
2 Egyptian Goose [Paul Baker]

Airport Business Park, 13:50 to 13:55
1 Black Redstart (ENE side of perimeter fence) [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 13:30 to 14:30
4 Barnacle Goose, 7 Pintail (+ at least 5 drakes), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Merlin (On the tip ), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Avocet, 1 Ruff, 3 Stonechat (+), 15 Fieldfare, 6 Bearded Tit (+ several small groups and lots of pinging in the sun with no wind) [Martin Cracknell]

Rochford Golf Course, 13:20 to 14:45
2 Egyptian Goose (pair), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 100 Fieldfare (+), 30 Redwing (+) [Neil Chambers]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 12:10 to 13:45, Pleasant walk in the sunshine with Mrs B
1 Sparrowhawk (female flushed the finch flock), 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 5 Lesser Redpoll (feeding silently with Goldfinches in silver birch along southern boundary) [Paul Baker]

West Canvey Marsh (RSPB), 11:45 to 13:00, frosty, foggy
1 Little Egret, 12 White-fronted Goose (probably a few more in the dips), 350 Wigeon, 9 Pintail, 18 Curlew, 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Fieldfare [John Wright]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 11:20 to 13:20
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult, south) [Paul Griggs]

Airport Business Park, 11:00 to 11:40
1 Kestrel, 13 Stock Dove, 13 Skylark, 1 Black Redstart (male still present showing well on SE corner of high perimeter boarding and deep ditch N close to ), 1 Fieldfare, 2 Jay, 1 Reed Bunting (male) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Roper's farm, 11:00 to 13:00
10 Shelduck, 100 Wigeon, 6 Goldeneye ((Three drakes, three females), 50 Avocet, 20 Grey Plover, 50 Dunlin, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat ((Pair), 4 Fieldfare [Lee Ebbs]

South Fambridge, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Song Thrush (in the garden) [Paul Baker]

Friars Park, 09:45 to 10:15
1 Red-crested Pochard ((Female), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest [Lee Ebbs]

Shoebury East Beach, 09:00 to 09:30
50 Oystercatcher (+), 12 Ringed Plover, 50 Sanderling (+), 5 Turnstone, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Kingfisher ((Heard from inside fenced area) [Lee Ebbs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 08:00 to 09:30
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat, 1 Stoat (In ermine), 1 Weasel [Andrew Armstrong]

Friday 08 January 2021

Wat Tyler Country Park, 15:30 to 16:50, Short stroll after work
7 Anser sp. (+, prob WFGs distantly on Vange Wick; tricky with bins only in poor visibility), 2 Woodcock (Over, from Timberman's path), 2 Redpoll sp. (Over calling) [Tim Bourne]

Thorpe Bay, 15:20 to 16:00, Thorpe Hall Golf Course
0 Ring-necked Parakeet (No sound or sign), 2 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit [Jeff Delve]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 15:15 to 15:45
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Redpoll (single feeding with 8 Goldfinches along south side) [Neil Chambers]

Canvey Wick, 15:10 to 16:30
1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Snipe, 25 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 13 Lesser Redpoll (feeding in Alder trees), 1 Red Fox, 1 Rabbit [John Wright]

Friars Park, 15:00 to 15:15
3 Egyptian Goose, 1 Red-crested Pochard (usual female) [Jeff Delve]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:55 to 14:55, Light NW breeze, misty and poor visibility - viewing from seawall above car park
1 Great White Egret, 16 White-fronted Goose (flew over S), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin (imm male by cattle corral), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Short-eared Owl (showing well near car park), 1 Kingfisher (on sluice east of car park), 2 Stonechat (pair by car park), 1 Raven (by new hide), 5 Reed Bunting [Neil Chambers]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 13:30 to 14:15
22 White-fronted Goose (flocks of 8 & 14 over, probably many more unseen in the fog), 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail hunting southern seawall, another to the east along northern seawall), 2 Buzzard, 1 Merlin (smart male perched up by corral ), 1 Snipe, 1 Short-eared Owl (showing well around the car park most of the time), 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 2 Linnet [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:50 to 14:30, Quite misty, poor visibility
6 White-fronted Goose (+, in with Brent to back of Grass Farm Lagoon - almost certainly more based on calling ), 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard (on post nr carral), 1 Peregrine Falcon (superb male close fly past from White Gate), 1 Short-eared Owl (ranging widely across western half of reserve hunting grassland and sea walls ), 1 Stonechat (from White Gate), 4 Corn Bunting [Jeff Delve]

Thorpe Bay, 12:45 to 13:15, Golf Course
2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Grey Squirrel [John Wright]

Southend, 12:35 to 12:35, Lundy Close (footpath)
1 Chiffchaff [Jeff Kinnerman]

Friars Park, 12:30 to 12:40
3 Egyptian Goose, 1 Red-crested Pochard (female still) [John Wright]

Thorpe Bay, 11:40 to 12:30, Thorpe Hall Golf Course
2 Ring-necked Parakeet (near southern fairway but surprisingly elusive), 1 Mistle Thrush [Paul Baker]

Westcliff Seafront, 11:30 to 11:35
21 Common Seal (loafing on a sand bar) [John Wright]

Prittle Brook (Leigh on Sea), 11:20 to 11:50
41 Redwing (Nice view from upstairs window), 2 Chaffinch (Been a while since I've had these in the garden) [Angela Baldock]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 11:15 to 12:30, Cold, 2C light NW grey overcast
3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest (Arc Lane - opposite The Lawn Cemetry), 20 Lesser Redpoll (+, Flock of over 40 small finches included a few Goldfinches, 20 redpolls counted when in trees probably many more. All in birches along S boundary.) [Jeff Delve]

Canewdon, 10:00 to 11:00
4 Stock Dove (regular small flock up to 7 at times), 4 Blackbird, 11 Chaffinch, 12 Greenfinch (few more into feeders with cold snap), 15 Goldfinch [Jeff Delve]

Priory Park, 10:00 to 11:00
1 Kingfisher (female in brook by priory), 12 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Brown Rat [Vince Kinsler]

Cherry Orchard Country Park, 09:50 to 12:30
2 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 146 Black-headed Gull (on lake ), 24 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 5 Greenfinch, 20 Lesser Redpoll (+) [Jeff Kinnerman]

Thursday 07 January 2021

Canvey Wick, 15:40 to 17:00
1 Marsh Harrier (male), 1 Water Rail (heard), 2 Woodcock (flushed one SE of crossroads, and 1 flew over path at 16:50 on my way back to the car), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 20 Redwing, 2 Linnet [Paul Baker]

Canvey Point, 14:50 to 15:20, sunny, calm, warm, low tide
4 Kittiwake (2x adult & 2x 1st-w flew upriver behind trawler) [Paul Baker]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 14:50 to 16:20, Cold Clear sunny evening - and a lovely sunset. From near car park and then white gate
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Barn Owl (hunting borrow dyke along N sea wall east of car park 16:15), 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kingfisher (flew along ditchline across Allfleets by sluice) [Jeff Delve]

Ballards Gore, Stambridge, 14:45 to 14:45
1 Mistle Thrush (flew across road by Golf Club entrance) [Jeff Delve]

Airport Business Park, 13:30 to 14:30, Mostly sunny but cold, light NW
15 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 10 Linnet, 4 Reed Bunting [Jeff Delve]

Pound Wood, 13:00 to 16:15
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel (m), 10 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50 Redwing (c.), 8 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper [Paul Griggs]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 11:45 to 12:45
1 Hen Harrier (ringtail hunting just SE of car park), 2 Buzzard, 1 Merlin (ad female), 2 Peregrine Falcon (a pair continually causing havoc throughout ), 1 Stonechat (female near car park), 2 Raven (in SE corner) [Paul Baker]

Pound Wood, 11:00 to 12:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 25 Fieldfare (flying south), 30 Redwing, 2 Hawfinch [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 11:00 to 11:00
1 Marsh Harrier (hunting in the garden) [Paul Baker]

Shoeburyness Park, 10:50 to 11:10
2 Egyptian Goose, 6 Fieldfare [Vince Kinsler]

Southchurch Park West, 10:30 to 10:40
2 Little Grebe, 1 Red-crested Pochard (female) [Vince Kinsler]

Tile Wood, 10:00 to 11:00, Tile wood and west around Little Havens EWT reserve
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 6 Goldcrest, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Rabbit (first record for site - by Little Havens hospice) [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:00 to 11:00
1 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Barnacle Goose (4 & 3), 4 Gadwall, 7 Pintail, 40 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail, 16 Moorhen (excellent numbers.), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Wednesday 06 January 2021

Stambridge Mills, 16:30 to 16:30, viewed from care home car park
1 Little Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker [Vince Kinsler]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 15:15 to 16:15, Sea wall walk only
2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Barn Owl (near white gate), 1 Short-eared Owl (SE of car park, close views around fenced off reservoir ) [Vince Kinsler]

Pound Wood, 15:00 to 16:15
1 Green Woodpecker, 70 Redwing (c.) [Paul Griggs]

Canvey, Waterside Farm, 14:30 to 14:30
1 Buzzard, 80 Fieldfare, 80 Redwing (mixed flock at eastern end of BYC) [Simon Watson]

Benfleet Creek, 14:00 to 14:00
1 Avocet (been in creek for the last week) [Simon Watson]

Tennyson Close, Leigh, 13:00 to 13:30
4 Buzzard, 1 Blackcap (male still feeding on crab apples....but they are fast running out!), 0 Raven (Large corvid came up to hassle the buzzards but never really gave a good angle... similar in size to buzzard though.) [Mike Clarke]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 12:30 to 15:30, Out to Crossrail viewpoint and back
1000 Teal (Rough estimate on Lytag), 3 Marsh Harrier (Ad Male, ad female, 1st W), 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail over S lagoons), 1 Sparrowhawk (Super ad Male perched by roadside.), 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher (On sluice Jubilee to Pool Marsh), 20 Skylark (+), 1 Raven (Calling distantly out Grass Farm lagoon area ), 0 Linnet (Not a single one anywhere, usually several flocks this time of year.), 8 Reed Bunting, 4 Corn Bunting [Jeff Delve]

Canewdon, 10:45 to 11:00, Just watching garden feeders
1 Sparrowhawk (Super male), 10 Chaffinch, 7 Greenfinch (Best count of year to date, ), 6 Goldfinch [Jeff Delve]

Victoria Road, Rayleigh, 10:00 to 12:00
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit (both making occasional visits to feeders) [Neil Chambers]

Airport Business Park, 09:30 to 10:30
1 Jack Snipe (North end of field immediately east of the north/south walking path), 38 Skylark, 1 Black Redstart (Inside boarded off field immediately west of north/south walking path, occasionally jumped up on top of the tall boarding.), 12 Linnet, 5 Corn Bunting [Vince Kinsler]

Airport Business Park, 08:20 to 08:50
1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit [Jeff Kinnerman]

Tuesday 05 January 2021

South Fambridge, 15:45 to 16:15
3 Marsh Harrier (into roost on BHF, ad female & 2x imms), 2 Buzzard, 2 Barn Owl (railway line), 1 Red Fox [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 15:30 to 15:50
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Redwing [Paul Griggs]

Rochford, 15:30 to 15:30
2 Raven ((Two flew over Purdeys Ind Estate in the direction of Stambridge) [Lee Ebbs]

Shoeburyness Park, 14:25 to 14:35
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Brown Rat [Neil Chambers]

Shoebury East Beach, 14:00 to 14:20
1 Knot, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher (on end of small 'jetty') [Neil Chambers]

Shoebury East Beach, 13:50 to 14:15, raining
1 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Kittiwake (adult flew out of river), 1 Kingfisher (at end of small sluice/jetty on beach), 30 Grey Seal (on Maplin Bank) [Paul Baker]

Fleet Head, 13:30 to 13:45, viewing from the car - raining
4 Red-legged Partridge [Paul Baker]

Southchurch Park West, 13:20 to 13:30
1 Little Grebe, 1 Red-crested Pochard (fem) [Neil Chambers]

Shoeburyness Park, 13:00 to 13:15, raining
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Green Woodpecker [Paul Baker]

Rayleigh, 12:45 to 12:55
1 Mediterranean Gull (adult on Grange Rec playing fields) [Neil Chambers]

Thorpe Bay, 12:30 to 13:00, raining - THGC
1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 6 Grey Squirrel [Paul Baker]

Southchurch Park West, 12:20 to 12:30, raining
1 Red-crested Pochard (female) [Paul Baker]

Southchurch Park East, 12:15 to 12:20, raining
8 Brown Rat [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 11:30 to 11:30
1 White-fronted Goose (1st-w on Blue House Farm with Canadas), 1 Marsh Harrier (male), 65 Fieldfare (around garden still) [Paul Baker]

South Fambridge, 11:00 to 11:15
1 Marsh Harrier (imm), 65 Fieldfare [Paul Baker]

Westcliff Seafront, 10:40 to 10:45
6 Common Seal [John Wright]

Rochford, 09:05 to 09:10
3 Greenfinch (in garden; keeping a tenous hold on the very few garden sightings of this species) [Steve Arlow]

Airport Business Park, 08:25 to 08:45
1 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 13 Stock Dove, 2 Skylark [Jeff Kinnerman]

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