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 18 June 2019

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo [Paul Baker]

Canvey Way, 12:00 to 13:30
100 Scarce Emerald Damselfly (plus), 20 Ruddy Darter (plus), 5 Essex Skipper, 30 Marbled White (plus) [Graham Oakes]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 10:00 to 11:00, Quick look at the far eastern end of the island
2 Marsh Harrier (M&F), 1 Mediterranean Gull (pair of adults), 1 Adder (female), 47 Common Seal (including 12 pups), 3 Painted Lady [John Wright]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 00:10 to 02:00
2 Red Fox, 4 Badger, 3 Brown Rat [John Wright]

Monday 17 June 2019

Wat Tyler Country Park, 17:50 to 18:50
1 Cuckoo (+), 1 Barn Owl, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser [Tim Bourne, Neil Chambers, John Wright]

Hadleigh Marshes, 15:00 to 16:00, Bike ride
1 Buzzard, 2 Mediterranean Gull (pair of adults), 10 Marsh Frog, 2 Grass Snake, 3 White-letter Hairstreak, 1 Marbled White [John Wright]

Hadleigh Marshes, 14:00 to 16:30, mainly, plus sea wall and Downs
1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 5 Swift, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Four-spotted Chaser, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 6 Black-tailed Skimmer, 8 Essex Skipper, 7 White-letter Hairstreak, 1 Small Copper, 3 Brown Argus, 1 Common Blue, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Marbled White, 10 Meadow Brown, 15 Small Heath [Andrew Woodhouse]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Buzzard (BHF), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl (BHF), 1 Red Fox, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser (male), 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Meadow Brown, Small Heath (Paul Baker) (41368 bytes) Small Heath 2 (Paul Baker) (60463 bytes) 6 Small Heath [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 10:00 to 12:30
1 Treecreeper (at nest cavity), 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Large Skipper, 3 Holly Blue, 3 Red Admiral, 5 Speckled Wood, 12 Meadow Brown, 1 Ringlet [Andrew Woodhouse]

Belfairs Woods, 09:00 to 10:00
1 Large Skipper, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 6 Speckled Wood, 4 Meadow Brown [Vince Kinsler]

Sunday 16 June 2019

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 21:30 to 21:35
2 Common Pipistrelle [John Wright]

South Fambridge, 19:00 to 19:00
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail [Paul Baker]

Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, 17:15 to 17:15
1 Hobby [Paul Griggs]

River Roach, 15:30 to 18:00
2 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 2 Avocet, 35 Common Seal (now 15 new pups) [Graham Mee]

Rochford Golf Course, 13:45 to 17:15, Sunny spells, brisk SW wind
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackcap (singing), 3 Red-eyed Damselfly, 1 Azure Damselfly, 10 Blue-tailed Damselfly (+), 4 Small Heath [Neil Chambers]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 12:30 to 12:35
1 Slow-worm [John Wright]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 08:15 to 11:00
6 Little Ringed Plover (inc. 3 chicks), 3 Cuckoo, 5 Bearded Tit, 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Slow-worm [Graham Ryland, Graham Oakes]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:00 to 02:00
2 Red Fox, 4 Badger [John Wright]

Saturday 15 June 2019

Wat Tyler Country Park, 15:30 to 16:30
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Cuckoo (2 singing males & fem), 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 2 Large Red Damselfly (pair), 2 Azure Damselfly, 1 Common Blue [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Cuckoo, 5 Common Lizard, 2 Slow-worm [Paul Baker]

Belfairs N.R., 10:40 to 13:30, moth sightings on seemoth
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Large Red Damselfly, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser (female, where Neil found it on 6th June - 1st Belfairs record), 1 insects (Black-and-yellow Longhorn Beetle (Rutpela maculata); Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); Tree Bumble Bee (Bombus hypnorum); Vestal Cuckoo Bee (Bombus vestalis); Buff-tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris)), 1 Large Skipper, 2 Brimstone, 4 Holly Blue, 2 Red Admiral, 4 Speckled Wood, 11 Meadow Brown [Paul Griggs, Steve Arlow]

Hadleigh Downs, 10:00 to 10:10, bike ride
1 Painted Lady, 1 Marbled White [John Wright]

Wat Tyler Country Park, 09:15 to 11:15
2 Cuckoo (+), 1 Barn Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Tim Bourne]

Friday 14 June 2019

South Fambridge, 21:15 to 21:15
1 Cuckoo [Paul Baker]

Bowers Downs, 20:10 to 20:10
1 Cuckoo (Flying alongside railway line seen from train ) [Martin Cracknell]

Pound Wood, 17:45 to 18:30
1 Large Skipper, 2 Meadow Brown [Andrew Woodhouse]

Leigh Seafront, 10:00 to 11:00
3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black-headed Gull (yellow ring 2J97) [Graham Mee]

Wednesday 12 June 2019

South Fambridge, 20:00 to 20:00
1 Cuckoo [Paul Baker]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:00 to 10:25
1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 6 Little Ringed Plover (inc. 2 chicks), 3 Cuckoo, 1 Common Lizard [Graham Ryland]

Wallasea Island (RSPB), 05:00 to 08:30, BTO/RSPB BBS
1 Dunlin (sum plum), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Common Tern (at least 6 chicks seen), 1 Cuckoo, 2 Adder, 2 Stoat, 1 Northern Water Vole (imm) [John Wright]

Tuesday 11 June 2019

South Fambridge, 20:00 to 20:00
1 Cuckoo [Paul Baker]

Belfairs N.R., 15:00 to 16:50
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Brimstone, 5 Holly Blue, 3 Red Admiral [Paul Griggs]

Belfairs N.R., 11:00 to 12:00
1 Red Fox, 1 Large Skipper [John Wright]

River Roach, 10:30 to 13:00
2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard (pair over Foulness), 1 Kestrel (on Wallasea), 4 Avocet, 27 Common Seal (5 new born pups, one (very small) deceased.) [Graham Mee]

Monday 10 June 2019

Wat Tyler Country Park, 18:15 to 18:45
1 Barn Owl [Neil Chambers]

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
1 Cuckoo [Paul Baker]

Sunday 09 June 2019

Wat Tyler Country Park, 17:50 to 18:55
2 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [Tim Bourne]

Stambridge Mills, 17:00 to 18:30, walked from Stambridge Mills to Waldens Farm and back
2 Little Owl, 3 Mistle Thrush [Steve Arlow]

South Fambridge, 15:00 to 15:00
2 Pochard (pair still present along borrowdyke), 1 Marsh Harrier (flew west along southern seawall at end of garden), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Common Lizard, Slow worm  (Paul Baker) (176782 bytes) 4 Slow-worm (+), BbChaser (Paul Baker) (86404 bytes) 1 Broad-bodied Chaser (female), Large Skipper (Paul Baker) (107772 bytes) 1 Large Skipper, Orange Tip  (Paul Baker) (83734 bytes) 1 Orange-tip (male), 2 Meadow Brown [Paul Baker]

Hockley Woods, 12:10 to 12:35
1 Red Admiral [Neil Chambers]

Rochford Golf Course, 08:30 to 12:00, Sunny, SW wind
2 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush (singing), 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 2 Linnet (pair, male singing), 6 Banded Demoiselle (4 males), 10 Red-eyed Damselfly (+), 2 Azure Damselfly, 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 Large White, 2 Holly Blue, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Meadow Brown [Neil Chambers]

Bowers Marsh (RSPB), 07:10 to 11:05
2 Black-necked Grebe, 7 Little Ringed Plover (inc. 3 chicks), 3 Cuckoo, 80 Swift (+), 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Corn Bunting [Graham Ryland]

Saturday 08 June 2019

South Fambridge, 12:00 to 12:00
3 Great Crested Grebe (still present together on the river), 1 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Blackcap (singing), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 1 Common Lizard (first time on the felt square at the very end of the garden), 2 Slow-worm, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser (male), 1 Large Skipper, 2 Meadow Brown [Paul Baker]

Friday 07 June 2019

South Fambridge, 18:45 to 18:45
1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Branta sp. (Canada x Barnacle hybrids ), 2 Barnacle Goose (looked pure), 1 Buzzard, 1 Common Tern (carrying a fish to BHF), Cuckoo on garden (Paul Baker) (78375 bytes) 1 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Linnet [Paul Baker]

Thursday 06 June 2019

South Fambridge, 21:00 to 21:00
1 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl (on BHF), 1 Slow-worm, 1 Small Heath [Paul Baker]

Belfairs N.R., 16:40 to 17:20, Warm, sunny spells
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral [Neil Chambers]

Belfairs N.R., 14:40 to 15:30, sunny
1 Large Red Damselfly, 4 Brimstone, 10 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood [Paul Griggs]

Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh, 01:30 to 02:30
2 Red Fox, 5 Badger (2 adults, 3 cubs) [John Wright]

Leigh on Sea, 01:00 to 01:00, Essex Gardens
1 Badger [Vince Kinsler]

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