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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings - 9th May 2014

    Recent sightings at Old Hall Marshes up to 9th May 2014: Hobby – two birds seen flying over the reedbed on 30 th April and one perched in bushes north of the reedbed on the 6 th May Whimbrel – numbers reached a peak of 100 (minimum) on 25 th April but now in small numbers with 10 seen...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife round-up - Look at those legs!

    For the first time since 2002 Black-winged stilts have graced the marshes at old hall. The birds stayed for four days from 14 th April, with the last sighting on Thursday 17 th April. It is presumed that they are the same birds seen at Bowers Marsh RSPB reserve earlier in the month. During their stay...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup – Noisy `Med` Gulls!

    The reserve has seen more migrants and summer visitors arriving this week with lesser whitethroat, willow warbler, sand martin, whimbrel and wheatear all being seen for the first time this year. The reserve is a great site for seeing whimbrel as numbers can build up to 200 during the spring migration...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup – First of the spring migrants

    This week has seen a return to warm, sunny weather with temperatures peaking at 19°C (66°F) on the 1 st April. This has heralded the arrival of many spring migrants with a large influx of blackcaps overnight on the 31 st and a sedge warbler singing on the 3 rd . Other arrivals have included yellow...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - 24 March 2014

    Sightings this week included: Avocet – A flock of 78 on Tollesbury Fleet on the 17 th . Red Breasted Merganser – 9 individuals recorded around the site. Eider – A male bird sighted at the eastern end of Great Cob Island on the 17 th . Merlin – a female surveying the...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Early lapwing scrapes

    A quiet week for bird sightings with the spring migration not yet underway but with many wintering species seen in low numbers. A sure sign that spring is on the way was the finding of a lapwing scrape as early as 12th March. Their nests are referred to as scrapes because the birds make a shallow scrape...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - A spring in our step

    With spring now officially upon us we can already see the changes in the wildlife and in particular the birds. The skylarks have been out in force all week, singing at full volume and making their presence clearly known, whilst the great-crested grebes are starting to acquire their stunning orange/brown...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Adding a bit of gloss

    This week we have been able to enjoy a few days of blissful sunshine in comparison to the very wet and dull weather we’ve become accustomed to in recent months, creating far more enjoyable bird watching conditions. It was on one of these sporadic days, Saturday 22 nd , where we are very excited...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife round-up - What a bunch of Divers!!!

    Over the winter period Old Hall marshes has played host to all three of the Divers and this week is no exception. The Great northern diver is the largest of the three and only tends to appear in the UK over winter, with an estimated UK wintering population of 2600 birds. One of this number was sighted...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife round-up: Lucky old waders

    The recent terrible weather conditions affecting western parts of the UK have surprisingly benefited the habitat here in the east of England at Old Hall Marshes. The seemingly never-ending deluges of rain are topping up the watercourses, pools and fleets across the reserve and although we are losing...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Finally, a good hare day!

    This week has seen a diverse range of sightings on the reserve, including a tawny owl and male hen harrier. My personal highlight of the week however was the sight of a brown hare displaying its entire athletic prowess and putting in a performance that would resign Usain Bolt to the role of tortoise...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Having a hoot of a time

    This week’s sightings included the years first sighting of a Barn Owl at Old hall marshes. One of our volunteers sighted the owl hunting along the Bale seawall, let’s hope it’s a sign that a pair will settle here on the marshes for breeding season. It has been 3 years since barn owls...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Where Harriers Dare

    This week I participated in my first Hen Harrier Winter Roost Survey (HHWRS), which after being instigated in the early 1980s, have been running continuously as a national monitoring scheme, jointly organised by The Hawk and Owl Trust and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). With the threats posed...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Grebe-tastic!

    This week’s wildlife sightings include four species of grebe including both Slavonian and Black-necked. Three Slavonian grebes have been seen off the East Quarter Spit. The bird is amber listed with a UK wintering population of 1,100. Slavonian grebe in winter plumage Mike Lane (rspb-images...
  • Blog Post: Weekly wildlife roundup - Where are all the brents!

    Daily surveys of dark-bellied brent goose have revealed a peak number of 1150 on 10th January, which is relatively low in comparison to the mean population of 3360 recorded over the last five years. These low numbers are most likely due to the geese still undertaking their migration route through Europe...
  • Blog Post: Visitor Photographs

    A fine image of Long Tailed Ducks taken by visitor Mike Grealy. A glorious Old Hall Marshes winter scene taken by visitor Mike Grealy.
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 13th December

    10 th December avocet 156 Tollesbury Fleet golden plover 800 Tollesbury Fleet knot 1900 Tollesbury Fleet spotted redshank 3 Salcott Creek hen harrier 1 Grazing Marsh great northern diver 4 Salcott Channel gadwall 6 Eastern Quarters Spit pintail 169 Whole Site red breasted merganser...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 29th November

    29 th November weasel 1 Near Office 28 th November merlin 1 Grazing Marsh knot 1020 Tollesbury Fleet golden plover 2600 Tollesbury Fleet green sandpiper 1 Grazing Marsh avocet 94 Tollesbury Fleet whimbrel 1 Salcott Channel slavonian grebe 1 Eastern Quarters Spit red throated...
  • Blog Post: New Visitors on Friday 22nd November

    Images of Snow Buntings taken by a reserve regular Brian Churches
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 22nd November

    22 nd November smew 1 Salcott Channel 21 st November bewick’s swan 1 Bale merlin 1 Grazing Marsh sparrowhawk 1 Bale bar tailed godwit 250 Tollesbury Channel long tailed duck 1 Salcott Channel common scoter 6 Eastern Quarters Spit 18 th November knot 1700 Great...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 8th November

    8 th November great spotted woodpecker 1 Near Office 7 th November knot 400 Great Cob Island fieldfare 2 Entrance Track barn owl 2 Grazing Marsh bearded tit 10 Reedbed marsh harrier 11 Reedbed water rail 3 Reedbed long tailed duck 1 Pennyhole Fleet black throated diver...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 1st November

    1 st November shoveler 25 Bale green sandpiper 11 Bale 30 th October sparrowhawk 1 McClure’s Marsh marsh harrier 3 reedbed bearded tit 4 reedbed stonechat 3 reedbed 29 th October ruff 32 Salcott Channel spotted redshank 11 Salcott Channel spoonbill 1 Salcott...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 25th October

    25 th October merlin 1 Irongate marsh harrier 3 reedbed 24 th October common buzzard 1 Abbott’s Hall spoonbill 1 Salcott Channel shoveler 11 Joyce’s Head wheatear 1 Eastern Quarters Spit chiffchaff 1 grazing marsh ruff 1 Bale green sandpiper 1 Bale 18 th...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 18th October

    16 th October little stint 1 Irongate common scoter 1 estuary sanderling 70 estuary 15 th October brent goose 125 Flying Field spoonbill 1 Salcott Channel hobby 1 Joyce’s Head 14 th October great grey shrike 1 grazing marsh linnet 41 whole site 12 th October...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 11th October

    4 th October brent goose 22 joyce’s head common seal 2 salcott channel 5 th October osprey 1 seaman’s common tern 1 bale 7 th October bar tailed godwit 34 grazing marsh curlew 56 great cob dunlin 584 whole site grey plover 224 whole site ringed plover...