Date Details Sitename
Friday 15 Feb

Stow Marsh 11:30 to 15:45, Sunny warm. Low tide. Peacock butterfly on saltmarsh
49 Mute Swan (Marsh Farm) 67 Little Grebe (in Crouch) 1 Marsh Harrier (female hunting Marsh Farm) 40 Ringed Plover 700 Golden Plover 1150 Dunlin 1 Merlin (female chasing waders Brandy Hole) 8 Great Crested Grebe 180 Black-tailed Godwit 45 Avocet 1000 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (in scattered mobile flocks) 900 Teal 800 Wigeon 750 Stock Dove 101 Grey Plover (good count this far up the Crouch) 2 Rock Pipit 5 Buzzard 1 Short-eared Owl (a very confiding individual allowing approach within 30 feet, hunting the borrow dykes) [Alan Shearring]

Stow Marsh
Thursday 31 Jan

Stow Marsh 13:30 to 16:15, Cold east breeze. Traces of snow and water bodies frozen Low tide
50 Redwing 1 Lesser Redpoll 1400 Wigeon 1600 Teal 1 Knot (unusual here) 650 Stock Dove (one huge flock that gradually split up) 3 Snipe 900 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (very mobile) 57 Avocet 26 Little Grebe (in Crouch) 1 Rock Pipit 15 Linnet 1 Twite (on saltmarsh on its own) 20 Grey Plover 2 Peregrine Falcon (adult female and juv male. ) 3 Buzzard 1 Whimbrel 122 Canada Goose (including two canada x greylag) 3 Little Egret 1 Water Rail (feeding out in the open) [Alan Shearring]

Stow Marsh
Wednesday 23 Jan

Stow Marsh 09:10 to 09:15, Cold ,Dam partly frozen.
1 Water Rail (Out in the open at Clements Dam until spooked by a redshank.) 1 Redshank 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker 20 Fieldfare 12 Redwing [Dawn James]

Stow Marsh
Friday 11 Jan

Stow Marsh 13:15 to 16:00, Cold with drizzle, high tide coming in. The raptors constantly setting up the birds on the fields
5 Redwing 350 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (No rings) 450 Stock Dove 6 Fieldfare 400 Wigeon 2 Marsh Harrier 1500 Lapwing 800 Golden Plover 1 Peregrine Falcon (female, sitting in field with occasional forays) 6 Grey Partridge 1 Merlin (male flew fast and low across the fields) 2 Buzzard (Perched on fences) 7 Great Crested Grebe 2 Rock Pipit 170 Black-tailed Godwit [Alan Shearring]

Stow Marsh
Friday 28 Dec

Stow Marsh 13:00 to 16:00, Very misty to start then cleared with the sun. Tide coming in. Lots of wildfowling taking place.
600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Too distant to read any rings) 1 Rock Pipit 1000 Wigeon 10 Shoveler 2 Stonechat (pair) 950 Teal 50 Linnet 130 Black-tailed Godwit 1400 Dunlin 42 Avocet 150 Canada Goose 15 Little Grebe 11 Great Crested Grebe 1 Marsh Harrier (juv) 2 Buzzard (perched on posts in the fields) 900 Golden Plover 3 Turnstone 1 Water Rail 2 Corn Bunting (Only two came into the main roost at dusk.) [Alan Shearring]

Stow Marsh
Wednesday 12 Dec

Stow Marsh 13:00 to 15:30, Sunny but cold with a moderate SE breeze. High tide
570 Dark-bellied Brent Goose 2 Buzzard (perched in fields late afternoon) 2000 Dunlin 1000 Golden Plover 4 Rock Pipit 10 Great Crested Grebe 500 Stock Dove 2 Peregrine Falcon (pair constantly setting up all the birds on the fields, then perched on the ground) 1 Merlin (female trying to ambush linnets in the game cover) 36 Grey Plover 10 Pink-footed Goose (flew west along the Crouch, presumably those turning up at Hanningfield.) 50 Linnet 31 Skylark 1 Sparrowhawk (male trying to ambush birds going into the reed bed roost) [Alan Shearring]

Stow Marsh
Monday 12 Nov

Stow Marsh 14:00 to 15:45, High tide. Sunny then rain
500 Wigeon 156 Canada Goose 18 Dark-bellied Brent Goose 850 Dunlin 1 Marsh Harrier (female over Marsh Farm) 200 Golden Plover 8 Great Crested Grebe 1 Rock Pipit 900 Lapwing 3 Buzzard (perched in the fields) 1 Little Owl (perched on a hay bale) [Alan Shearring]

Stow Marsh
Friday 26 Oct

Stow Marsh 13:45 to 16:00, High tide. Sunny periods and rain showers. NW wind sometimes gusting strong. A good day for raptors though.
1 Goshawk (male flew into trees clutching a moorhen pursued by a carrion crow.) 2 Sparrowhawk (Both females, one was attacking the high tide wader roost,) 1 Snipe 600 Dunlin 1 Buzzard (hunting low over the fields) 650 Lapwing 1 Merlin (male unsuccessfully chasing meadow pipits decided to try something bigger, a sparrowhawk, which quickly took refuge in a reed bed! ) 1 Marsh Harrier (male) 1 Rock Pipit 200 Black-tailed Godwit (including colour ringed R+GL) 35 Linnet 1 Turnstone [Alan Shearring]

Stow Marsh
Tuesday 23 Oct

Stow Marsh 11:00 to 13:30, High tide fresh NW wind
1 Redwing 1 Stonechat (male) 150 Black-tailed Godwit 500 Golden Plover 2 Turnstone 7 Great Crested Grebe 1 Hooded Crow (in with the hundreds of corvids scattered across the marsh, all very flighty) 1 Rock Pipit 1 Jack Snipe 15 Skylark (flying in small groups from the east) 1 Marsh Harrier (male) 55 Avocet 2 Lapland Bunting (flew in from the east and dropped into game cover) 900 Starling [Alan Shearring]

Stow Marsh
Tuesday 25 Sep

Stow Marsh 12:15 to 15:30, Warm sunny tide coming in. Light south wind initially. Clouded yellow, a pair of willow emeralds. A number of ivy bees in town
1 Chiffchaff 310 Swallow (moving high south) 8 House Martin 2 Sand Martin 170 Black-tailed Godwit 5 Great Crested Grebe 1 Spotted Redshank 1 Whimbrel 199 Stock Dove 50 Linnet 3 Marsh Harrier 2 Merlin (male and female) 3 Buzzard 2 Yellow-legged Gull 1 Whinchat 1 Stonechat 11 Avocet 170 Curlew 1 Tree Pipit (chasing and catching crane flies on the saltmarsh.) [Alan Shearring]

Stow Marsh