Date Details Sitename
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
Sunday 28 Apr

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 13:30 to 15:00, Cloudy with a strong breeze
1 Sparrowhawk (All sightings short walk) 7 Avocet 16 Whimbrel 30 Black-tailed Godwit 2 Ruff 40 Lapwing (At least 10 chicks visible in the bale field area) 20 Redshank 4 Marsh Harrier 1 Cuckoo 8 Common Tern 4 Wigeon 2 Brent Goose [John Fell]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Saturday 30 Mar

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 13:00 to 15:45, Sunny, calm.
16 Redshank (Mudflats, seen from short walk path) 15 Oystercatcher (SWP.) 30 Wigeon (30+ too many to count, along SWP.) 2 Avocet (Short walk path, near Bale Field) 15 Black-tailed Godwit (SWP irongate pool and near bale field, some in breeding plumage.) 12 Greylag Goose (SWP.) 4 Reed Bunting (SWP.) 1 Pintail (SWP, irongate pool.) 2 Curlew (Mudflats, SWP) 2 Marsh Harrier (SWP.) 30 Teal (30+ too many to count, along SWP) 14 Lapwing (Bale field, SWP.) 20 Pochard (20+ along SWP.) 1 Kestrel (Seen from carpark.) [Nick Boxall]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Sunday 24 Mar

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 09:30 to 12:00, Bright with a cool breeze to begin with. Short walk only. Low tide.
2 Barnacle Goose (Joyce's Head) 2 Pintail (Iron gate Flash) 3 Snipe 2 Avocet (Iron gate Flash) 1 Egyptian Goose (Bale field) 20 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Bale field) 50 Redshank (+ Salcott Channel) 15 Stock Dove (+ Bale field) 6 Great Crested Grebe 4 Black-tailed Godwit 3 Little Egret 2 Marsh Harrier 1 Cetti's Warbler (Heard only) 1 Chiffchaff [Andrew Allen]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Sunday 03 Feb

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 12:30 to 15:30, Sunny
3 Buzzard 5 Marsh Harrier 1 Peregrine Falcon 50 Avocet 100 Pintail 30 Fieldfare 2 Stonechat [Yvonne Watling]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB
Sunday 27 Jan

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB 09:00 to 12:00,
750 Dark-bellied Brent Goose 20 Reed Bunting 1 Water Pipit (By seawall) 30 Meadow Pipit 70 Skylark 1 Bearded Tit 2 Marsh Harrier 1 Short-eared Owl (Flew briefly on grazing marsh ) 100 Dunlin 10 Curlew 1 Turnstone 150 Lapwing 400 Wigeon 100 Shelduck [Thomas Gilbert]

Old Hall Marshes NR RSPB