Date Details Sitename
Thursday 15 Aug

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 10:00 to 14:00, Cloudy, stiff W breeze, high tide
10 Little Egret 2 Marsh Harrier 2 Buzzard 35 Avocet 20 Ringed Plover 1 Curlew Sandpiper 10 Dunlin 8 Ruff 250 Black-tailed Godwit 1 Whimbrel 2 Greenshank 12 Green Sandpiper 8 Common Sandpiper 40 Common Tern (about 30% juveniles) 1 Wheatear 2 Bearded Tit [John McLaughlin]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Monday 05 Aug

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 14:00 to 16:40,
3 Pintail (eclipsed at Irongate Flash) 4 Marsh Harrier (viewed from Old Hall but flying over Abbots Farm) 90 Grey Plover 4 Spotted Redshank 12 Greenshank 1 Whimbrel 16 Curlew 3 Little Grebe 12 Yellow Wagtail 3 Ruff 40 Black-tailed Godwit 290 Greylag Goose 8 Avocet 3 Reed Bunting 1 Garden Warbler 1 Whitethroat 55 Common Tern 3 Shelduck 3 Meadow Pipit 13 Oystercatcher 15 Swallow 2 Kestrel [David Allen]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Sunday 04 Aug

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 05:15 to 08:15,
2 Wood Sandpiper 1 Green Sandpiper 4 Common Sandpiper 1 Whimbrel 20 Grey Plover 10 Avocet 10 Spotted Redshank (1 just losing breeding plumage) 2 Bearded Tit (Heard calling) 1 Barn Owl (In owl box) 1 Kestrel 2 Marsh Harrier 40 Little Egret (Possibly more, about 50% juveniles, in a single flock) 1 Garganey 4 Pintail 1 Corn Bunting (Singing male) 10 Swift 10 Sand Martin 12 House Martin 40 Swallow 2 Great Black-backed Gull 1 Cuckoo (Juvenile by sluice 2 along north seawall) 6 Yellow Wagtail (1 juvenile seen but many flight calls heard) [Tony Kennelly]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 14:30 to 16:00, Overcast and windy.
1 Curlew Sandpiper (Adult moulting out of breeding plumage.) 1 Spotted Redshank 80 Black-tailed Godwit 3 Avocet (All sightings on Short Walk) 35 Curlew [David Curle]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Saturday 06 Jul

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 12:30 to 17:00, Cloudy but warm, light breeze. 66 species seen
1 Turtle Dove (Purring as I got out of car!) 48 Redshank (+) 44 Oystercatcher 5 Curlew 20 Wood Pigeon 6 Goldfinch 5 Whitethroat 2 Sedge Warbler 4 Carrion Crow 17 Skylark 1 Siskin (Heard calling near houses on way in) 500 Black-headed Gull 2 Chiffchaff 35 Canada Goose 13 Shelduck 55 Lapwing 3 Collared Dove 2 Dunnock 12 Little Egret 49 Starling 4 Herring Gull 2 Chaffinch 2 Long-tailed Tit (Heard calling) 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 Blue Tit 5 Magpie 1 Great Tit 1 Blackcap 1 Wren 2 Pheasant 4 Reed Warbler 14 Great Crested Grebe 7 Sand Martin 5 Pied Wagtail 3 Mute Swan 69 Greylag Goose 40 Mallard 3 Marsh Harrier (2m, 1f - female took a BH Gull off the ground) 6 Little Grebe 16 Black-tailed Godwit 9 Coot 5 Shoveler 35 Gadwall 14 Reed Bunting 5 Tufted Duck 46 Common Tern 3 Moorhen 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose 2 Kestrel 3 Green Sandpiper 10 Avocet 16 Swift 30 Rook 2 Grey Heron 28 Teal 8 Pochard 9 Cormorant 1 Linnet 1 Barn Owl 2 Ringed Plover 1 Ruff 2 Spotted Redshank 1 Meadow Pipit 1 Stock Dove 1 Common Sandpiper 2 House Sparrow [Matt Turner]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Tuesday 25 Jun

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 12:30 to 16:30,
1 Turtle Dove (in the car park) 26 Spotted Redshank (all along the Salcott Channel) 2 Greenshank 3 Marsh Harrier [David Allen]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Sunday 23 Jun

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 09:30 to 14:30, Very warm, bright, sunny spells but mostly overcast.
1 Barn Owl (TL949117 flying over field opposite, just on entering Old Hall Lane towards reserve.) 3 Marsh Harrier 3 Cuckoo (Heard 2, saw 1 in flight near Bale field, heading towards wind pump.) 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard along hedgerow near Flying field, opposite Old Hall Creek.) 4 Whitethroat 7 Linnet 2 Sedge Warbler 2 Reed Bunting 2 Chaffinch 5 House Sparrow 1 Curlew 6 Little Egret 2 Redshank 5 Common Tern 14 Oystercatcher (+) 13 Avocet 17 Lapwing (+) 10 Gadwall (+) 10 Shoveler (+) 20 Greylag Goose (+ possibly three times that number here.) 20 Shelduck (+ ) [Nick Boxall]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Thursday 20 Jun

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 10:45 to 14:45, Warm, cloud cover increasing, rising tide
15 Little Egret 4 Egyptian Goose (2 pairs) 2 Wigeon 20 Gadwall 6 Teal 12 Shoveler 4 Marsh Harrier 1 Buzzard 90 Avocet (includes c. 25 young) 45 Black-tailed Godwit 2 Spotted Redshank 80 Common Tern 3 Little Tern (at least; 3 individuals returned to nesting area, then 3 left shortly after. Possibly 3 pairs?) 4 Cuckoo (Another observer saw 6 in the air at once!) 4 Sedge Warbler 30 Reed Warbler 2 Cetti's Warbler [John McLaughlin]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Saturday 15 Jun

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 09:15 to 15:00, Warm, cloudy with Sunny intervals, moderate breeze.
1 Red Kite (Gliding over grazing area near car park.) 2 Marsh Harrier 2 Kestrel 1 Cuckoo (In flight around Flying Fields, heard another across saltings towards Tollesbury.) 1 Curlew 2 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only. Immediate Car park area and Reed beds by wooden steps leading to the sea wall.) 1 Sedge Warbler 13 Avocet (+) 6 Redshank 3 Swallow 10 Lapwing (+) 10 Oystercatcher (+) 5 Common Tern 4 Goldfinch 7 Linnet 1 Chiffchaff (Heard only, car park area) 4 Chaffinch 3 Reed Bunting 4 Little Egret 10 Shelduck (+ ) 10 Pochard (+) 2 Shoveler 6 Gadwall 10 Greylag Goose (+) 10 Canada Goose (+) [Nick Boxall]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Thursday 13 Jun

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 20:00 to 21:15, Cold & Windy - RSPB boat trip out of West Mersea
4 Little Tern 3 Common Tern 1 Marsh Harrier 1 Ringed Plover 6 Oystercatcher 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull 6 Swift 30 Black-headed Gull (At least) 30 Herring Gull (At least) [Stuart Anderson]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Wednesday 15 May

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 12:15 to 16:15, Sunny, calm.
1 Cuckoo (Heard only, near car park and again from direction of wind pump.) 1 Marsh Harrier 2 Red Kite 1 Sparrowhawk (Female, flew over car park) 5 Sand Martin 2 Avocet 3 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only, 3 at least, car park area particularly noisy, and path back to car park from Flying Field.) 3 Common Tern 2 Whimbrel 10 Redshank (10+ uncounted) 6 Oystercatcher 20 Pochard (20+ uncounted.) 20 Gadwall (20+ uncounted) 18 Shelduck (18+ uncounted.) 4 Shoveler 20 Lapwing (20+ uncounted.) 7 Reed Bunting 2 Goldfinch (In car park) 1 Chaffinch 1 Kestrel 1 Buzzard [Nick Boxall]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB