Sightings: 2020

Thanks to all observers for their records, especially Stanford Ringing Group (SRG), Steve Nichols (SCN), George Burton (GB), Fritz Graves (FG), Dan March (DM), Matt Jackson (MJ), Chris Begley (CB), Peter Dillon-Hooper (PDH), Chris Hubbard (CMH)

Please email any of your sightings from the reservoir to chris@stanfordrg.org.uk

Access to Stanford Reservoir requires a Permit which can be obtained from Draycote Water rangers office, Kites Hardwick, Rugby, CV23 8AB 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO VISITORS - IF YOU ARE CROSSING THE DAM IT WOULD BE APPRECIATED IF YOU WALK THE ALONG THE LOWER PART RATHER THAN THE TOP. THIS IS BECAUSE WE HAVE A GOOD SELECTION OF WADERS, GEESE AND PASSERINES FREQUENTING THE DAM AND WE WOULD LIKE TO KEEP DISTURBANCE TO A MINIMUM. THANK-YOU

February 


21stCASPIAN GULL 1 third-winter in the roost (M Alibone), STONECHAT 1, GREAT EGRET 1, Chiffchaff 1, Grey Wagtail 1                                                                                                                        
20th(Additional news for Monday 17th - a first-winter CASPIAN GULL in the roost - CMH)
                                                                                                                                
19thGREAT EGRET 1, STONECHAT 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Little Egret 2, Grey Wagtail 2, Pied Wagtail 3, Teal 4, Cetti's Warbler 1, Water Rail 1, Greenfinch 2, Nuthatch 1, Coal Tit 1, Raven 1                                                                                                                          
18th*ICELAND GULL 1* adult in the roost this evening (CMH) the 8th ever record for the site, *KUMLIEN'S GULL* 1 third-winter in the roost this evening, the first ever at the site. (The status of Kumlien's is uncertain, with some authors affording it subspecies status whereas others consider it to be a hybrid between Iceland and Thayer's Gull) (CMH).

GREAT EGRET 1 (GB), Little Egret 2, Kingfisher 2, Barn Owl 1

Stanford Hall - PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 9 still (SCN)


Adult Iceland Gull (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                   
16thGREAT EGRET 1 (CB), Little Egret 1, Grey Wagtail 2, Goldeneye 12 (SCN), Little Grebe 3, Barn Owl 1

Stanford Hall - PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 9 still (CMH)                                                                                                          
15thGREAT EGRET 1 this am.

Stanford Hall - PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 9 still (CMH)                                    
14thMEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 adult in the roost (CMH), GREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 1, STONECHAT 1 (FG), Goosander 2 (CMH), Grey Wagtail 1

Stonechat (F Graves)

Adult Mediterranean Gull record shot (C Hubbard)


Stanford Hall  PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 9 still (CMH)
                                                                                                             
13thGREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 1, Grey Wagtail 1

Stanford Hall - PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 9 still (SCN), circa 1 mile from the reservoir 1 SHORT-EARED OWL this evening                                     
12thGREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 1, Yellowhammer c6, Chaffinch c40, Reed Bunting 4, Green Woodpecker 1, Pied Wagtail 2, Grey Wagtail 1

Stanford Hall - PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 9 still (SCN)
Great Egret (Neil Jarvis)
                                               
11thSTONECHAT 1, GREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), Little Egret 1, Goldeneye 7

Stanford Hall - PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 9 still (CMH)                                                                                                                
10thCASPIAN GULL 1 adult in the roost this evening (CMH), STONECHAT 1, Goldeneye 10

Stanford Hall - PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 9 still (CMH)                                                                                                                                   
9thLittle Egret 1, Grey Wagtail 1, Goldeneye 10  

Stanford Hall - PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 9 late PM (CMH)                                                                                                                          
8thGLAUCOUS GULL 1 third-winter again this am (CMH), PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 9 before flying off towards Stanford Hall (CMH), CASPIAN GULL 1 fourth-winter in the roost this evening (M Alibone), STONECHAT 1, GREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 1, Water Rail 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Goosander 1, Kingfisher 2, Tufted Duck 226, Gadwall 36, Mute Swan 59, Goldeneye 12, Wigeon 53, Red Kite 5, Coot 128

Third-winter Glaucous Gull (C Hubbard)
Third-winter Glaucous Gull ( S Mundy)

                                                                                                                              
7th*GLAUCOUS GULL* 1 third-winter in the roost this evening, the 8th record for Stanford Reservoir (CMH), MEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 (CMH),  PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 9 this AM (PDH), STONECHAT 1, GREAT EGRET 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Grey Wagtail 1

Pink-footed Geese (C Hubbard)

Glaucous Gull record shot (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                            
5thGREAT EGRET 1 (MJ), Green Sandpiper 1, STONECHAT 1 (MJ), Willow Tit 1, Nuthatch 1, PINTAIL 2 (Neil Jarvis), Kestrel 2, Buzzard 1, Red-legged Partridge 2
Stonechat (M Jackson)

Circa 1 mile from the reservoir an unconfirmed report of 3 Short-eared Owls this evening (at least one present)
Short-eared Owl (M Jackson)
Short-eared Owl (C Hubbard)

                                                                                                                
3rdSTONECHAT 1, PINTAIL 14, 7 drakes and 7 females (CMH, Ron Coleman), Little Egret 3, Goosander 1 drake

Pintail (C Hubbard)
                                                                                             
2ndSTONECHAT 1, Little Egret 1, Kingfisher 1, Goosander 1, Goldeneye 12, Cetti's Warbler 1, Coal Tit 1, Jay 2, Great-spotted Woodpecker 1, Skylark 9, Treecreeper 1, Buzzard 2, Red-legged Partridge 6, Nuthatch 1, Reed Bunting 2                                                                                                                        
1stGREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 2, STONECHAT 1, Water Rail 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Pied Wagtail 3, Grey Wagtail 1, Willow Tit 1, Kingfisher 1, Snipe 1, Green Woodpecker 1, Grey Heron 1, Buzzard c8

Circa 1 mile from the reservoir, 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS this evening (CMH, DM)                                                                                                                               

January


31stSTONECHAT 1, GREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 1, Snipe 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Water Rail 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Goosander 1 drake (SCN)

Circa 1 mile from the reservoir, 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS this evening (CMH)                                                                                                                          
30thLittle Egret 2, Red Kite 1, STONECHAT 1, Goldeneye 6

Circa 1 mile from the reservoir, 1 SHORT-EARED OWL this evening (CMH).                                                                                                                               
29thSTONECHAT 1, Little Egret 2, Goldeneye 19 (CMH), Green Sandpiper 1, Teal 1, Grey Heron 1, Red Kite 1                                                                                                                              
28thSTONECHAT 1, GREAT EGRET 1 (CMH / MJ), Little Egret 1, Goldeneye 7, Golden Plover 2 (MJ)                                                                                                                        
27thSTONECHAT 1 (PDH), Goosander 1 (CMH), Little Egret 2, Green Sandpiper 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Lapwing c200, Nuthatch 1, Kestrel 2, Redwing c50, Fieldfare c50                                                                                                                          
26thSTONECHAT 1 (DM / MJ), WOODCOCK 1 (DM), Cetti's Warbler 2, Grey Wagtail 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Wigeon 162 (CMH), Goldeneye 6

Goldeneye (D March)
                                                                                                                              
25thSTONECHAT 1 (CMH / R Dandy), GREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 2, PINTAIL 3 (CMH / R Dandy), Green Sandpiper 1 (AGH), Teal 1, Pochard 72 (CMH), Tufted Duck 338 (CMH), Goldeneye 14, Mute Swan 51, Wigeon 44

Circa 1 mile form the reservoir 1 SHORT-EARED OWL this evening.

Short-eared Owl (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                        
24thGREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 1, STONECHAT 1, Goldeneye 8, Green Sandpiper 1, Wigeon c100, Kingfisher 1, Grey Wagtail 1                                                                                                                               
23rdSTONECHAT 1, Little Egret 1, Goosander 1 over                                                                                                                          
21stSTONECHAT 1, Willow Tit 1, Goldeneye 8, Cetti's Warbler 1

Circa 1 mile from the reservoir 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS along the permissive access part of the rail track this evening (CMH).

1 of 2 Short-eared Owls (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                             
19thGREAT EGRET 1, STONECHAT 1, Little Egret 1, Kingfisher 1, Snipe 2, Barn Owl 1                                                                                                                            
18thGREAT EGRET 1, PINTAIL 5 including 4 drakes (CMH), Little Egret 1, Chiffchaff 2, Kingfisher 1, Little Grebe 1, Snipe 2, Redwing / Fieldfare c150 in mixed flock, Goldeneye c10, STONECHAT 1 (DM / MJ), Water Rail 1, Teal 1, Grey Wagtail 1
3 of 5 Pintail present this AM (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                
17thGREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 1                                                                                                                            
16thGREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 1                                                                                                                                
15thSTONECHAT 1, GREAT EGRET 1, Kingfisher 1
Stonechat (Matt Jackson)
                                                                                                                               
14thGREAT EGRET 1, Goldeneye 10, Grey Wagtail 1                                                                                                                                
13thGREAT EGRET 1, STONECHAT 1, Little Egret 1, Golden Plover 1, Water Rail 1, Kestrel 2, Kingfisher 1, Grey Wagtail 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Little Grebe 1, Goldeneye 19                                                                                                                               
12thGREAT EGRET 1, PINTAIL 1 (CMH),  STONECHAT 1, Greylag Goose 269, Little Grebe 1, Gadwall 71, Wigeon 146, Tufted Duck 215, Goldeneye 13, Snipe 6, Little Egret 1, Lapwing c60, Grey Heron 4, Pochard 54, Mute Swan 49, Red Kite 2, Willow Tit 1, Chiffchaff 1 (DM), Cetti's Warbler 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Water Rail 1, Cormorant 10, Teal 6
Stonechat (Dan March)

Great Egret (Dan March)


Just along from the reservoir a SHORT-EARED OWL along the permissive access part of the rail track this evening (CMH)     

Short-eared Owl (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                      
11thGREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 1, Red Kite 1, Goosander 1                                                                                                                               
10thGREAT EGRET 1, STONECHAT 1, Goldeneye 6                                                                                                                                           
9thGREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 2, STONECHAT 1, Goldeneye 6, Lapwing c140                                                                                                                                
8thGreen Woodpecker 1, Bullfinch 6, Kestrel 1, Little Grebe 1                                                                                                                                
7thGoldeneye 10, STONECHAT 1, GREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 1, Lapwing c120, Grey Wagtail 2, Pied Wagtail 3                                                                                                                                
6thGREAT EGRET 1, STONECHAT 1, Water Rail 1, Little Egret 1, Goldeneye 3                                                                                                                               
5thGREAT EGRET 1, STONECHAT 1, Little Egret 1, Lapwing 10, Cetti's Warbler 1, Water Rail 1                                                                                                                                
4thGREAT EGRET 1, STONECHAT 1, Willow Tit 1, Goldeneye 5, Sparrowhawk 1, Cetti's Warbler, 1, Little Egret 1, Snipe 4, Green Sandpiper 1, Lapwing c100, Fieldfare c150, Starling c50, Kestrel 2                                                                                                                           
3rdGREAT EGRET 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Lapwing c400, Goldeneye 5, Red Kite 1, Willow Tit 1, Little Egret 1                                                                                                                                
2ndGreen Sandpiper 1, GREAT EGRET 1, STONECHAT 1, Shelduck 4                                                                                                                                
1stGREAT EGRET 1, STONECHAT 1, Willow Tit 1, PINTAIL 1 drake, Water Rail 1, Goosander 1 drake, Grey Wagtail 2, Lapwing c250, Golden Plover 1, Teal 8, Goldfinch 12                                                                                                             

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