Date Site Details
Sunday 12 Sep Stow Marsh

Stow Marsh 09:30 to 13:00, Gentle SE breeze. Low tide. Steady movement of red admirals heading south.
70 Canada Goose 254 Teal 5 Dunlin 5 Green Sandpiper 2 Greenshank Sparrowhawk (hunting the fields ) Marsh Harrier (female) Red Kite 7 Buzzard (over the fields together) Cetti's Warbler (in reedbed singing) Reed Warbler 2 Whitethroat Whinchat Wheatear 2 Tree Pipit (on seawall flew off calling) 66 Linnet [Alan Shearring]

Friday 03 Sep Stow Marsh

Stow Marsh 09:30 to 13:00, Quite breezy from the NE. A low high tide
45 Swallow (heading east) Spotted Redshank (winter plumage) Grey Plover (winter plumage) 5 Snipe Ruff Little Stint 110 Teal 6 Yellow Wagtail Marsh Harrier (male) 100 Black-tailed Godwit 56 Golden Plover Green Sandpiper Willow Warbler Water Rail Whitethroat (flycatching) [Alan Shearring]

Stow Marsh 13:00 to 13:00,
2 Wheatear [Alan Shearring]

Friday 27 Aug Stow Marsh

Stow Marsh 09:30 to 12:30, Very mixed, sunny and then periods of heavy cloud. Variable wind mainly N . Low tide Rather quite.
67 Teal 2 Snipe Green Sandpiper 659 Swallow (including groups of 200+ and 100+) 5 Sand Martin 6 Buzzard 3 Marsh Harrier 3 Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch) 100 Golden Plover 30 Curlew 200 Redshank 2 Reed Warbler House Martin (only the second one here this year) 2 Cetti's Warbler (singing) Lesser Whitethroat 3 Willow Warbler [Alan Shearring]

Friday 20 Aug Stow Marsh

Stow Marsh 09:30 to 13:00, Sunny, then very cloudy. W breeze. High tide
Chiffchaff 15 Yellow Wagtail (with cattle) 4 Buzzard (including family party of three) 5 Golden Plover 59 Ringed Plover 3 Reed Warbler (one still singing) 6 Teal Little Stint Little Ringed Plover 2 Wheatear 70 Lapwing 27 Swallow (heading NW brought down by the heavy clouds) Dunlin Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch) 5 Shelduck (4 juvs with an adult) 74 Black-tailed Godwit Greenshank 3 Green Sandpiper 2 Common Sandpiper Grey Partridge Yellow-legged Gull Hobby (tatty juv made a dive at the black-tailed godwits!) 14 Little Egret Whimbrel [Alan Shearring]

Tuesday 10 Aug Stow Marsh

Stow Marsh 13:00 to 16:30, Warm and sunny. High tide. Clouded yellow heading west along seawall. Still fairly quite.
2 Chiffchaff 3 Buzzard 25 Black-tailed Godwit 60 Curlew Sand Martin Marsh Harrier (adult male) Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch) Common Tern (on Crouch) 6 Common Sandpiper 2 Whimbrel 28 Ringed Plover Little Ringed Plover (with the ringed plover) 5 Yellow Wagtail 11 Little Egret Green Sandpiper 116 Canada Goose 4 Shelduck (a little group of juvs) 2 Swallow Corn Bunting (feeding young) 4 Reed Warbler (one still in full song, three tacing plus a family party) Sedge Warbler 6 Stock Dove [Alan Shearring]

Friday 28 May Stow Marsh

Stow Marsh 11:00 to 12:30, Sunny and warm. Azure and blue tailed damselflies and small heath
2 Raven (pair on the fence posts) 2 Marsh Harrier (very tatty immature female and a juvenile male together) 4 Buzzard 1 Cetti's Warbler (Saltcoats reedbed) [Alan Shearring]

Saturday 03 Apr Stow Marsh

Stow Marsh 09:30 to 09:30, Very cold NE wind Low tide
1 Water Rail (Saltcoats reedbed) 3 White-fronted Goose (flew east fairly high then 5 minutes later returned, circled and then flew higher NW) 4 Cattle Egret (in fields with cattle viewable from Saltcoats) 1 Wheatear 1 Greenshank 1 Swallow (heading low east) 1 Raven (low over the fields from the south, mobbed by crows ) [Alan Shearring]

Wednesday 30 Dec Stow Marsh

Stow Marsh 13:15 to 16:00, Tide going out, sunny but cold, light W breeze
56 Redwing (Marsh Farm) 8 Fieldfare (Marsh Farm) 3 Stonechat (female on Marsh Farm and pair on Stow Marsh) 1200 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (600 on Stow Marsh and 600 behind Brandy Hole) 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (in with the Stow Marsh group) 50 Herring Gull (late afternoon gathering) 1 Marsh Harrier (a different 3cy male) 43 Linnet 70 Avocet (in Stow Creek) 70 Corn Bunting (pre roost gathering on bushes) 8 Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch) 2 Buzzard (on fences) 1 Short-eared Owl (hunting the ditches and fields most of the afternoon) 1 Merlin (female perched on fence late afternoon) 1 Rock Pipit 1 Whimbrel (our wintering bird seems to have sustained a leg injury, it was hanging down as it flew past) 1 Raven (sitting on post in the middle of the fields) 1 Barn Owl (hunting Marsh Farm at 15.45) [Alan Shearring]

Thursday 17 Dec Stow Marsh

Stow Marsh 12:45 to 15:30, Sunny High tide
41 Fieldfare (on Washlands flew off south west) 3 Marsh Harrier (adult female plus the two 2cy males. The latter were fighting then hunting together widely over Marsh Farm and Brandy Hole also. Late afternoon one thought it was a good idea to go partridge hunting!) 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail over Stow Creek marshes driven off east by corvids) 17 Stock Dove 2 Buzzard (on fences) 7 Turnstone 140 Curlew 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (Brandy Hole) 600 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (split into various flocks mainly on Brandy Hole.) 1 Whimbrel 60 Skylark (flock in game cover) 700 Lapwing 1 Merlin (male made one fast pass) 1 Rock Pipit 1 Stonechat 12 Shoveler 14 Corn Bunting (pre roost gathering on a bush) [Alan Shearring]

Thursday 10 Dec Stow Marsh

Stow Marsh 13:30 to 16:00, Cold SE wind low tide. Curiously few birds about, no linnets or corn buntings.
2 Ruff (with a mobile group of lapwing) 1 Water Pipit (bottom of seawall) 1 Marsh Harrier (usual 2cy hunting widely all afternoon.) 40 Avocet 89 Shelduck 14 Little Grebe (on Crouch) 2 Buzzard (on fields) 800 Dunlin (arrived from the east late afternoon) 8 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (no sign of the wintering flock) 700 Golden Plover 1 Stonechat (male) 400 Starling (seemed to have hijacked the corn bunting roost, had a mini murmuration) [Alan Shearring]