Date Details Sitename
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
Friday 14 Sep

Stow Marsh 09:00 to 12:15, Low tide. Fresh to strong SW wind keeping the birds down low.
70 Swallow (heading west) 3 Greenshank 18 Wigeon 55 Teal 350 Golden Plover 38 Linnet 2 Yellow Wagtail 1100 Starling 2 Sand Martin 4 House Martin 160 Stock Dove 1 Merlin (female flew across the Crouch to Brandy Hole) 4 Grey Plover 18 Cormorant 1 Whimbrel 3 Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch) 360 Redshank 1 Montagu's Harrier (female keeping low spent much time in the reed filled ditches, in flight twice and perched for a while on a post. Interacted briefly with a Common Buzzard) 55 Ringed Plover 7 Dunlin 1 Buzzard 3 Twite (flew low west along the bottom of the seawall) 1 Shore Lark (On the saltmarsh of Stow Creek flew off calling when disturbed heading SW) [Alan Shearring]

Stow Marsh
Friday 07 Sep

Stow Marsh 09:15 to 12:15, High tide sunny with a SW wind
Whinchat (Marsh Farm CP) Pied Flycatcher (juv in Marsh Farm CP spinney) 220 Golden Plover 109 Swallow (heading west) Turnstone 80 Black-tailed Godwit 22 Little Egret 4 Wheatear 3 Buzzard 85 Stock Dove 2 Great Crested Grebe (on Crouch) Greenshank 5 Avocet 20 House Martin (in one group west) White Wagtail 3 Sand Martin (west) Marsh Harrier (female) Reed Warbler [Alan Shearring]

Stow Marsh
Friday 24 Aug

Stow Marsh 10:15 to 13:15, Tide coming in SW breeze.
891 Swallow (groups heading low west, still coming through when I left ) 26 Sand Martin (in with the swallows) 2 House Martin 5 Corn Bunting (flew south west) Hobby 2 Buzzard Green Sandpiper 21 Little Egret 105 Black-tailed Godwit Common Sandpiper Yellow Wagtail Wheatear (immaculate male) 6 Ringed Plover 100 Curlew 53 Stock Dove 350 Lapwing 2 Whinchat (Marsh Farm fences) [Alan Shearring]

Stow Marsh