Date Details Sitename
Wednesday 12 May

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 09:40 to 12:00, S breeze, dry, sun & cloud. Sightings with Brenda from car park & top of steps to sea wall.
1 Barn Owl (Showing at 09 45 in meadow next to car park.) 4 Cuckoo (Pair chasing around meadow, 2 others calling from other locations.) 2 Whitethroat 1 Kestrel 1 Marsh Harrier 2 Linnet 3 Whimbrel 1 Oystercatcher 1 Sedge Warbler (Heard only.) 10 Swift (Plus) 10 Swallow (Plus.) 1 Common Tern 1 Lapwing 1 Chiffchaff (Heard only.) 3 Shelduck [David Hale]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Sunday 09 May

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 10:00 to 14:15, Mixed sun and cloud, quite windy 18 Deg's. Selected sightings.
1 Cuckoo (heard and seen several times) 63 Avocet (probably more) 23 Common Tern (at least) 30 Grey Plover (at least) 1 Black-tailed Godwit 32 Bar-tailed Godwit 9 Ringed Plover 10 Whimbrel (at least) 1 Knot (full summer plumage) 2 Brent Goose 2 Buzzard 6 Marsh Harrier (3 pairs, one male took coot chick.) 1 Kestrel (male) 1 Sparrowhawk (male) 2 Hobby (distantly fly catching) 1 Golden Oriole (Male flew in over Salcott channel and fed from low bushes on bank, then flew back.) 5 Cetti's Warbler 3 Spoonbill (2 immatures and adult) [Ashley Gooding]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Saturday 08 May

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 12:00 to 13:00, Showers clearing, stiff S/SW wind
1 Golden Oriole (Male) 2 Spoonbill [Sean Nixon]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Friday 07 May

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 14:00 to 15:00, Sunny with chilly wind
2 Spoonbill (Feeding in channel near Joyce's Head) [Ian Gooday]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Monday 03 May

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 09:00 to 13:00, Variable, sunny then rainy, windy too!
7 Spotted Redshank 1 Ruff 12 Whitethroat 5 Sedge Warbler 50 Lapwing 20 Redshank 12 Avocet [Matt Trevillion]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Thursday 29 Apr

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 14:30 to 16:45, Cold breeze, sunny intervals
25 Whimbrel (minimum count. More on saltings) 5 Spotted Redshank 7 Ruff 2 Black-tailed Godwit 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose 8 Bar-tailed Godwit 2 Cuckoo 2 Pintail [James Hudson]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Tuesday 27 Apr

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 11:00 to 15:00, Sunny & warm. A few highlights from today
3 Hobby 4 Cattle Egret 2 Garganey 1 Swift 2 Swallow 24 Whimbrel [Jon Clark]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 09:45 to 15:45, Dry, sunny & warm, 18c. Light E breeze. Sighings with Brenda. Short walk to sea wall overlooking Bale Field & back to car park.
4 Cuckoo (Good sightings, 2 birds seen flying side by side.) 4 Marsh Harrier 2 Hobby (Birds together low overhead.) 1 Barn Owl (Showing well at 10 55 close to car park.) 1 Kestrel 26 Whimbrel (Most on Salcott Field.) 1 Wheatear (Female.) 6 Whitethroat (At least.) 2 Sedge Warbler (More heard.) 2 Reed Warbler 2 Reed Bunting (Pair.) 2 Song Thrush (Birds together.) 1 Swallow 3 Stock Dove 4 Skylark 1 Little Egret 2 Grey Heron 8 Redshank (Circa.) 2 Curlew 6 Avocet 3 Greenfinch 20 Lapwing (Circa, plus 3 chicks.) 1 Red Kite (Over car park going NE.) 2 Garganey (Pair on Salcott Field ponds. Thanks to the Warden.) 6 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only.) 10 Oystercatcher (Circa.) [David Hale]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Monday 26 Apr

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 08:30 to 13:30, Overcast to begin and brightened later, Cool throughout. Only certain species recorded.
20 Whimbrel (+) 1 Cuckoo (Very mobile) 2 Barnacle Goose 2 Pintail 1 Lesser Whitethroat 1 Spotted Redshank (Bale Field) 1 Little Ringed Plover (Bale Field) 3 Ruff 1 Merlin (Unsuccessful in chasing a Skylark) 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Tollesbury channel) [Andrew Allen]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 12:45 to 16:45, Sunny, 9 degrees but a very cold wind on sea wall.
3 Cuckoo 1 Spotted Redshank 3 Sedge Warbler 3 Reed Warbler 4 Cetti's Warbler 2 Barnacle Goose 2 Pintail 92 Avocet 8 Dark-bellied Brent Goose 5 Marsh Harrier 1 Yellowhammer 24 Whimbrel 2 Swallow 2 Black-tailed Godwit 6 Curlew 5 Whitethroat 40 Lapwing 1 Blackcap 1 Buzzard 2 Kestrel 1 Stock Dove 1 Little Egret 12 Oystercatcher 4 Common Tern [David Allen]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Sunday 25 Apr

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 08:30 to 13:45, Easterly breeze, broken cloud, tide high.
30 Whimbrel (Fields by car park) 1 Yellow Wagtail 1 Hen Harrier (Ringtail over Salcott Channel, heading for Mersea) 1 Short-eared Owl (High over Salcott Channel, mobbed by jackdaw) 4 Spotted Redshank (North end of Short Walk) 4 Cuckoo (Or the same one dashing about. ) [Mark Crossley]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 18:00 to 21:30,
5 Marsh Harrier 7 Cuckoo 4 Garganey (3 on Salcott, 1 on Short Walk central channel ) [Philip Chalk]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Saturday 24 Apr

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 10:30 to 13:30, Walk from Tollesbury. Sunny and mild. Notable birds included.
3 Cuckoo 14 Whimbrel (At least) 4 Curlew 40 Avocet (+) 5 Ruff 8 Sedge Warbler 2 Reed Warbler 12 Whitethroat 3 Lesser Whitethroat (All three separately in sea wall scrub between Tollesbury and Old Hall. ) 2 Yellow Wagtail 1 Barn Owl (Hunting in field by car park) 2 Marsh Harrier 6 Swallow 2 Chiffchaff 4 Cetti's Warbler (Throughout Old Hall. ) 9 Bar-tailed Godwit [David Pallash]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB