Sightings: 2019

Thanks to all observers for their records, especially Steve Nichols (SCN), George Burton (GB), Fritz Graves (FG), Dan March (DM), Matt Jackson (MJ), Chris Begley (CB) and 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 AND PASSERINES FREQUENTING THE DAM AT THE MOMENT AND WE WOULD LIKE TO KEEP DISTURBANCE TO A MINIMUM. THANKYOU

May
20th                                                                                                             
19th                                                                                                             
18th                                                                                                              
17th                                                                                                          
16th                                                                                                             
15th                                                                                                                 
14thCommon Tern 11, Cuckoo 1, Yellow Wagtail 3                                                                                                                               
13thRaven 2, Cuckoo 1, Common Tern 10, Common Sandpiper 2, Hobby 2, Yellow Wagtail 2                                                                                                                                  
12thBLACK TERN 3 (F Graves), OSPREY 1 (F Graves), Common Sandpiper 2, Lapwing 2, Common Tern 6, Yellow Wagtail 4, Kingfisher 1, Wigeon 1, Buzzard 4, Kestrel 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Cuckoo 2, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Great-spotted Woodpecker 2, Hobby 2, Raven 2
Osprey (F Graves)

                                                                                                                               
11thWillow Tit 1 (CB), Cuckoo 1, Hobby 1, Wigeon 1 BLACK TERN 1 (MJ), Shelduck 2, Dunlin 1 (CB)                                                                                                                                 
10thDunlin 1, Shelduck 1, Wigeon 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Kingfisher 1, Willow Tit 1, Common Tern 14, BLACK TERN 1 (PDH), Grasshopper 1 and also 9 other species of warbler recorded at the site today, Hobby 2, Barn Owl 1, Cuckoo 1, 'CHANNEL' WAGTAIL 1 (SCN)                                                                                                                                       
9th'CHANNEL' WAGTAIL 1 (CMH), Dunlin 4, Common Sandpiper 2, Garden Warbler 1, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Cuckoo 1, Shelduck 2, Wigeon 1, Raven 1, Common Tern 10, Hobby 1, Yellow Wagtail 4, Grey Wagtail 2, Kingfisher 2, Cetti's Warbler 2



'Channel' Wagtail (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                               
8thBLACK TERN 2 (SCN), 'CHANNEL' WAGTAIL 1 (CMH), Dunlin 1, Hobby 3, Common Tern 12, Wigeon 1, Barn Owl 1, Yellow Wagtail 3
Black Tern (S Nichols)
                                                                                                                                  
7thBLACK TERN 12 late PM (CMH), ARCTIC TERN 1 early evening (CMH), TREE PIPIT 1 early evening, the first record for 2019 (CMH),  DUNLIN 2 this am, the first record for 2019 (CMH), 'CHANNEL' WAGTAIL 1 this am (CMH), Common Sandpiper 1, Wheatear 2, Yellow Wagtail 4, Common Tern 12, Shelduck 2, Hobby 3, Shoveler 4, Wigeon 1, Little Ringed Plover 1, Kingfisher 1

Black Terns (C Hubbard)


Tree Pipit (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                 
6th'CHANNEL' WAGTAIL 1 (GB / CMH), Common Sandpiper 2, Little Ringed Plover 1, Little Egret 1, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Common Tern 9, Yellow Wagtail 4, Grasshopper Warbler 1, Hobby 3, Shelduck 2, Oystercatcher 2, Great Egret 1 (D Williams)
Yellow Wagtail (C Hubbard)

'Channel' Wagtail (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                 
5thWheatear 2, Yellow Wagtail 3, Swallow c300, Common Tern 14, Grasshopper Warbler 1, Little Egret 2, Swift 2, Hobby 1, Shelduck 3 (CMH), Kingfisher 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, 'CHANNEL' WAGTAIL 1 (CB), Grey Wagtail 1, Treecreeper 1                                                                                                                                   
4thARCTIC TERN 1 this PM (SCN), Great Egret 1, Wheatear 2, Little Egret 2, Yellow Wagtail                                                                                                                  
3rdCommon Sandpiper 1, Swift 10+, Wheatear 2, Common Tern 14, Barn Owl (M Townsend), Hobby 2, Grasshopper Warbler 4 (M Townsend)


Common Terns - 4 of the birds present had metal rings (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                               
2ndGrasshopper Warbler 1, Common Tern 13 (4 with metal rings), Common Sandpiper 1, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Cetti's Warbler 2, Wheatear 2, Yellow Wagtail 4, Kingfisher 1, Little Egret 1, Swift 10, Kestrel 1, Red Kite 1, Buzzard 4, Hobby 2, Shelduck 2                                                                                                                                          
1stCommon Tern 8, Wheatear 2, Little Ringed Plover 1, Great Egret 1, Hobby 1, Yellow Wagtail 3, Little Egret 1, Sparrowhawk 1                                                                                                                 

April


30thARCTIC TERN 1 briefly this AM (PDH), Common Tern 6, Hobby 3 (PDH), Wheatear 2 (CMH), Common Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Reed Warbler at least 7, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Wheatear 2 (CMH), Garden Warbler a good number around the site, Cetti's Warbler 1, Shoveler 7 (PDH), Lesser Whitethroat 1, Hobby 3 (PDH), Little Egret 1, Yellow Wagtail 5, Oystercatcher 2 (CMH / D Williams), Little Ringed Plover 2 (SCN), Great Egret 1 (CB)

Common Tern - 1 of 6 birds this am (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                               
29th*LONG-EARED OWL* 1 briefly early am, seen in flight. The first record at the site for 19 years (Peter Robinson) - no further sightings, Grasshopper Warbler 3 (2 caught and ringed - Mick Townsend, SRG), Hobby 2, Egyptian Goose 1, Wheatear 2 still in normal field, Common Tern 3, Yellow Wagtail 2, Cuckoo 1                                                                                                                         
28thEgyptian Goose 1, Cetti's Warbler 3, Grasshopper Warbler 1, Yellow Wagtail 4, Wheatear 2, Common Tern 4, Yellowhammer c15 (SCN), Shelduck 2, Cuckoo 1, Kingfisher 2, Shoveler 4, Garden Warbler 3, Red Kite 1, Little Egret 1, Peregrine 1



Wheatear (C Hubbard)
                                                                
27thARCTIC TERN 2 late PM (PDH / CMH), 'CHANNEL' WAGTAIL 1 still late PM (PDH / CMH), Yellow Wagtail 5, Swift 2, the first of 2019 (CMH / PDH), Hobby 1, the first of 2019 (CMH / PDH), Little Ringed Plover 2, Common Tern 3, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Red Kite 1                                                                                                                               
26thWheatear 1 (CMH), Common Sandpiper 2, Little Ringed Plover 1, Shelduck 2, Curlew 1, Common Tern 2, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Little Egret 1                                                                                                                        
25thBLACK TERN 1 briefly this AM (CMH), WHIMBREL 3 today - 2 flew NE calling at 08.08 (CMH) and another spent around an hour on the dam late PM (PDH), 'CHANNEL' WAGTAIL 1 this PM, Cuckoo 1, Grasshopper Warbler 1 this evening (DM) Great Egret 1, Little Egret 3, Yellow Wagtail 8, Oystercatcher 2, Common Tern 4, Wheatear 1 (SCN), Fieldfare 5, Common Sandpiper 1, Red Kite 1, Shoveler 4, Sparrowhawk 1, Tawny Owl 1



Whimbrel (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                             
24th'CHANNEL' WAGTAIL 1 (SCN / DM) again this evening, Common Sandpiper 1, Common Tern 4, Little Ringed Plover 2, Yellow Wagtail 17 this evening on the dam
'Channel' Wagtail (S Nichols)
'Channel' Wagtail (Dan March)

'Channel' Wagtail (Dan March)

'Channel' Wagtail (Steve Nichols)
                                                                                                                           
23rd'CHANNEL' WAGTAIL 1 this evening on the dam (SCN), Common Sandpiper 1, Common Tern 1, Cuckoo 2, Yellow Wagtail 2, Cetti's Warbler 2, Fieldfare c10, Little Ringed Plover 2, Curlew 2 (P Adams)

'Channel' Wagtail (S Nichols)


Curlew (P Adams)
                                                                                                                      
22ndOSPREY 1 the first for 2019 (Dave Williams), Oystercatcher 2 (Dave Williams), Cuckoo 3, Common Tern 4, Wigeon 1, Fieldfare 15, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2, Little Ringed Plover 2 (SCN), Yellow Wagtail 5, Snipe 1 (M Townsend), Lesser Whitethroat at least 2, the first of 2019 (PDH / M Townsend, Lesser-Black backed Gull 5, Treecreeper 1, Moorhen 2, Shoveler 5, Cormorant 5 (good numbers of Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler and Common Whitethroat now being reported daily)                                                                                                                                       
21stCuckoo 2, the first for 2019 (PDH), Kingfisher 1, Shoveler 3, Greenshank 1 over the dam (PDH), Mandarin 1 male (GB), Wigeon 2, Common Tern 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Common Sandpiper 1 on the dam, Teal 2, Cetti's Warbler 2, Shelduck 2, Grasshopper Warbler 1 reeling (PDH / SCN), Wheatear 1 in the normal field, Reed Warbler 2, Yellow Wagtail 3, Sedge Warbler c12, Little Egret 1, Fieldfare c50                                                                                                                          
20thEgyptian Goose 1, Cetti's Warbler 3, Teal 4, Treecreeper 1, Wigeon 1, Common Tern 2, Grasshopper Warbler 2 (SRG), Garden Warbler 1 (the first for 2019), Whitethroat 1, Blackcap 26 caught and ringed today (71 in total for April so far)                                                                                                                          
19thRING OUZEL 1 in field opposite entrance to dam driveway (Richard Clark), Grasshopper Warbler 1 caught and ringed this am (SRG), Wheatear 1 this evening as same field as RO (CH / MJ), Fieldfare c150, Redwing 5, Whitethroat 1 (MJ), White Wagtail 1 on the dam this evening (SCN), Snipe 1, Little Ringed Plover 2, Yellow Wagtail 16 on the dam late evening (SCN), Great Egret 1 (MJ), Green Sandpiper 1, Common Sandpiper 1                                                                                                                                 
18thGreat Egret 1, Shelduck 2, Common Sandpiper 1, Little Ringed Plover 4 (SCN), Jay 2, Green Sandpiper 2, Wigeon 1, Red Kite 1, Shoveler 1, Teal 5, Mallard with brood of 10 young, Yellow Wagtail 15 on the dam this evening (SCN), Fieldfare c150, Redwing 5                                                                                                                             
17thSedge Warbler 1, Linnet c30, Goldeneye 2, Whitethroat 1,White Wagtail 3 on the dam, Yellow Wagtail 1, Little Ringed Plover 2 (CB), Wigeon 4, Teal 2, Fieldfare c190, Redwing 15                                                                                                                             
16thGRASSHOPPER WARBLER 2 this am (CH / PDH), Common Sandpiper 2 (CH), Great Egret 3 late PM (CH / MJ), Little Ringed Plover 5, Common Tern 1, Yellow Wagtail 5, Green Sandpiper 1, Sedge Warbler 4, Little Egret 1, Cetti's Warbler 4

Grasshopper Warbler (C Hubbard)
Common Sandpiper (C Hubbard)


                                                                                                                               
15thGreenshank 1 early am, the first of 2019 (CH), Sedge Warbler 1, the first of 2019 (CH), Egyptian Goose 1 over the dam (CH), Great Egret 1, Little Egret 2, Yellow Wagtail 6, Shoveler 7, Teal 6, Little Ringed Plover 2 (SCN)


Greenshank (C Hubbard)


                                                                                                                          
14thWhitethroat 1 this am, the first for 2019 (PDH), White Wagtail 1 (GB) Great Egret 2 (J Lambert / C Salter), Little Egret 3, Green Sandpiper 1, Cetti's Warbler 3 (J Lambert / C Salter), Shelduck 2 (GB), Willow Tit 1 (PDH), Grey Wagtail 1, Kingfisher 1, Green Woodpecker 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 4, Red Kite 2, Yellow Wagtail 3, Mistle Thrush, Goldeneye 10, Gadwall 14


Yellow Wagtail (S Nichols)

Yellow Wagtail (Peter Dillon-Hooper)
                                                                                                                        
13thCommon Sandpiper 1 briefly, the first for 2019 (Richard Clark), Great Egret 3 (CH), Little Egret 3, Goldeneye 14, Green Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 4, Little Ringed Plover 2 briefly on the dam, Red Kite 1, Kingfisher 1, House Martin 10+, Pochard 1, Shoveler 1, Cetti's Warbler 3, Sparrowhawk 1, Fieldfare c150                                                                                                                           
12thGreen Sandpiper 1, Little Ringed Plover 4 (CH), Goldeneye 10, Yellow Wagtail 5, Great Egret 2, Little Egret 2, Kingfisher 2, Red Kite 1                                                                                                                                      
11thGreat Egret 2 (CB), Little Ringed Plover 2 (MJ), Green Sandpiper 1, Fieldfare c200 early AM, Yellow Wagtail 1 on the dam, House Martin 1, Swallow 20+, Goldeneye 20, White Wagtail 1 (SCN), Pochard 1, Sparrowhawk 1

Green Sandpiper (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                               
10thGreat Egret 2, Green Sandpiper 1, Goldeneye 18, Little Egret 3, Pochard 1, Fieldfare c80 (in field opposite the top of driveway to the dam), Wheatear 1 in same field as Fieldfare (C Hubbard), Redwing 3, Yellow Wagtail 2 on the dam, the first of 2019 (PDH), White Wagtail 1 on the dam (M Alibone), Little Ringed Plover 2 on the dam, Kestrel 2, Buzzard 4, Red Kite 2

Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood 

Wheatear (C Hubbard)

White Wagtail (C Hubbard)

                                                                                                                   
9thLITTLE GULL 1 this morning, our 16th of the last few days (C Hubbard), Little Ringed Plover 2, Great Egret 1, Little Egret 2, White Wagtail 1, Shelduck 2, Goldeneye 16, Green Sandpiper 1, Curlew 1, Pochard 1 female, Common Tern 1                                                                                                                     
8thLITTLE GULL 12 this evening including 11 adults and a 1W (C Hubbard / S Nichols), Little Ringed Plover 2 on the dam this evening (C Hubbard / S Nichols), Great Egret 2, Common Tern 1, Cetti's Warbler 3, Green Sandpiper 1, Grey Wagtail 2, Goldeneye 14, Shelduck 2, Little Egret 2, House Martin 1

Little Ringed Plover (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                        
7thLittle Ringed Plover 3 late pm on the dam (C Hubbard) - first record for 2019, Great Egret 2, Green Sandpiper 1, Shelduck 2, Common Tern 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Goldeneye 15, Little Egret 2, Lapwing 4, Grey Wagtail 1, House Martin 1, Willow Warbler 5, Mistle Thrush 1 in song at the dam (M Townsend), Green Woodpecker 1

Little Ringed Plover (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                     
6thLITTLE GULL 2, both different birds to yesterday (GB / C Hubbard), Willow Warbler 4 including 1 trapped and ringed (SRG), Cetti's Warbler 2, Common Tern 2, Great Egret 1, Little Egret 3, Goldeneye 14, Green Sandpiper 1, Oystercatcher 2


Willow Warbler (C Hubbard / SRG)

Little Gull comparison - 3 separate birds in last 2 days (C Hubbard)



Little Gull (C Hubbard)

                                                                                                                         
5thLITTLE GULL 1 adult this pm (PDH), Common Tern 3 (C Hubbard / S Nichols), Raven (PDH), Willow Warbler 3, the first record of 2019 (C Hubbard), Great Egret 1, Cetti's Warbler 3, Green Sandpiper 1, Little Egret 4, Red Kite 1, Kingfisher 1


Little Gull (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                     
4thHouse Martin 1, the first record of 2019 (C Hubbard), Great Egret 1, Little Egret 5, Cetti's Warbler 1, Peregrine 1, Green Sandpiper 1                                                                                                                                    
3rdRINGED PLOVER 1 on the dam early am, the first since 2017 (C Hubbard), Great Egret 1, Oystercatcher 2, Green Sandpiper 1, Shelduck 2, Teal 6, Goldeneye 14  



Ringed Plover (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                               
2ndSwallow at least 20 this am, Sand Martin c70, Great Egret 2, Green Sandpiper 1, Little Egret 3, Teal 3, Shoveler c15, Goldeneye 12, Blackcap 2, Fieldfare c80

Swallows (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                          
1stGreat Egret 1, Little Egret 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Shoveler 8, Common Gull c50, Blackcap 4, Red Kite 1, Buzzard 5, Kingfisher 2, Green Woodpecker 2, Grey Wagtail 2, Goldeneye 14, Green Sandpiper 1, Fieldfare 3


Green Woodpecker (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                            


March


Q1
review
108 species have been recorded so far in 2019. Notable birds include a long staying Hen Harrier, a very brief Kittiwake, Pink-footed and White Fronted Goose, at least 2 Iceland, 2 Glaucous and 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Whooper Swan over, MerlinJack Snipe, Woodcock, upto 3 Great Egrets and the arrival of the first summer migrants in the past few days. 
                                                                                                                                 
31stGreat Egret 2, Little Egret 5, Shelduck 2, Swallow 2, Goldeneye 19, Shoveler 7, Kingfisher 1, Jackdaw c80 (GB), Sand Martin c120 (GB), Cetti's Warbler 1                                                                                                                        
30thSwallow 3 this pm, the first of 2019 (CB), Sand Martin c30 (FG), Cetti's Warbler 3, Blackcap 1, the first of 2019 (SRG), Red Kite 1, Willow Tit 1, Green Sandpiper 2, Great Egret 2, Lapwing 5, Little Egret 2, Kingfisher 2, Lesser Redpoll, Chiffchaff 9
Orange Tip, Comma and Peacock butterflies 


Great Egret (Matt Jackson)

                                                                                                                                 
29thGreen Sandpiper 1, Goldeneye 10, Little Egret 2, Great Egret 2 (SCN), Cetti's Warbler 3 (SCN and CB)                                                                                                                               
28thGreat Egret 2, Green Sandpiper 1, Shelduck 2, Peregrine 1, Golden Plover c60, Buzzard 10, Fieldfare 20 over, Wigeon c40, Goldeneye c15, Little Grebe 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Treecreeper 4, Sparrowhawk 1                                                                                                                                 
27thSand Martin 3 near the dam early AM, the first for 2019 ( C Hubbard), Great Egret 1, Little Egret 3, Goldeneye c15                                                                                                                         
26thLittle Egret 3, Little Grebe 1, Kingfisher 1                                                                                                                                  
25thLittle Egret 1, Wigeon c40, Red Kite 1, Buzzard 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Kingfisher 1                                                                                                                                
24thGreat Egret 2, Green Sandpiper 1, Kingfisher 1, Treecreeper 2, Shoveler 24, Little Egret 3, Greylag Goose 49, Grey Heron 5, Red Kite 2, Lapwing 5, Golden Plover c170, Goldeneye 18, Pochard 19, Great Crested Grebe 13, Cetti's Warbler 2, Kestrel 3, Grey Wagtail 2, Wigeon 5, Teal 4, Tufted Duck 146, Buzzard 4, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1                                                                                                                       
23rdGreat Egret 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Wigeon 1, Tree Sparrow c18, Oystercatcher 1, Chiffchaff several singing birds, Little Egret 3, Goldeneye 2, Kingfisher 2, Lapwing 8                                                                                                                       
22ndICELAND GULL 1 2w (Mick Townsend), Great Egret 3, Red Kite 1, Curlew 1, Chiffchaff c6, Shelduck 2, Golden Plover c80 over                                                                                                                                         
21stPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2, Egyptian Goose 1, Curlew 2 near the dam, Great Egret 1, Tawny Owl 1, Chiffchaff 2

Curlew (C Hubbard)

                                                                                   
20thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 (SCN), Great Egret 2, Kingfisher 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Treecreeper 1, Red Kite 1, Grey Wagtail 2
Peacock butterfly (SCN)    


Peacock (S Nichols)
                                                                                                                          
19thGreat Egret 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Kingfisher 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 2, Willow Tit 4 (P Norrie)                                                                                                                    
18thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2, Great Egret 3, Green Sandpiper 1, Kingfisher 2, Little Egret 2, Kestrel 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Chiffchaff 4, Tawny Owl 1, Red Kite 1                                                                                                                     
17thMEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 adult in the roost this evening (C Hubbard), PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 (PDH), Great Egret 2, Chiffchaff 2, Red Kite 3, Little Grebe 1, Raven 1, Water Rail 1 Cetti's Warbler 1, Grey Heron 7



Med Gull (C Hubbard)

                                                                                                                                  
16thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2, Great Egret 2, Red Kite 2                                                                                                                       
15thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2, Egyptian Goose 2

Egyptian Goose (C Hubbard)

Pink-footed Goose (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                
14thICELAND GULL 1 2w this am before flying off towards Shawell (Hubbard), PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2, Egyptian Goose 2 on the dam, Goosander 1, Great White Egret 2, Little Egret 1

Egyptian Goose (C Hubbard) 
                                                                                                                          
13thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2, Great Egret 3 late PM, Yellow-legged Gull 1 adult in the roost this evening, Chiffchaff 1, Little Egret 1, Red Kite 1, Goosander 1, Cetti's Warbler 1                                                                                                                                
12thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2, Great Egret 1, Little Egret 1, Water Rail 1, Chiffchaff 1, Red Kite 2                                                                                                                       
11thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 seen several times today (PDH / C Hubbard), Great Egret 2 (PDH), Green Sandpiper 1, Chiffchaff 1, Yellowhammer c12, Goosander 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Tawny Owl 1, Buzzard 8, Red Kite 1, Kestrel 2, Little Egret 3, Great-spotted Woodpecker 3, Grey Wagtail 1, Greylag Goose 143                                                                                                                              
10thKITTIWAKE 1 adult briefly this AM at c8.50 (C Hubbard) - the first record since 2015, PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2, Great Egret 1, Willow Tit 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Water Rail 1, Peregrine 1, Red Kite 3, Kingfisher 1, Little Egret 6, Chiffchaff 1 (CB), Jay 1, Wigeon 174 this evening




Kittiwake (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                  
9thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 this pm (SCN), Redshank 1 this am and the first for 2019 (C Hubbard), Green Sandpiper 1, Great Egret 1 (A Homer), Goosander 1, Little Egret 5, Grey Wagtail 2    


Redshank (C Hubbard)


                                                                                                                                  
8thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 late PM (C Hubbard), Wigeon 145  

Pink-footed Goose (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                           
7thMEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 adult with full hood in roost (C Hubbard), Barn Owl 1, Tawny Owl 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Goosander 2, Great Egret 1, Little Egret 5, Cetti's Warbler 1, Red Kite 1   


Mediterranean Gull record shot (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                             
6thICELAND GULL 1 2w this evening (C Hubbard), Goosander 5, Little Egret 2, Wigeon 135


Iceland Gull, record shot (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                              
5thGreat Egret 3 (SCN), Goosander 11, Little Egret 6, Grey Heron 7, Buzzard 7, Sparrowhawk 2, Little Grebe 2, Water Rail 1, Chaffinch c25, Grey Wagtail 2                                                                                                                        
4thGreen Sandpiper 1, Oystercatcher 2

Green Sandpiper (C Hubbard)

Oystercatcher (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                       
3rdGreat Egret 1, Little Egret 6, Chiffchaff 1                                                                                                                      
2ndJack Snipe 1 this am (SRG), Woodcock 1 (SRG), Cetti's Warbler 2, Siskin 4, Little Egret 6, Green Sandpiper 1, Chiffchaff 1                                                                                                                               
1stHEN HARRIER 1 this AM (MJ) - missing for nearly 2 weeks the bird reappeared today, Great Egret 2, Little Egret 2, Willow Tit 1, Chiffchaff 1, Oystercatcher 1, Cetti's Warbler 2 (poss 3), Goldeneye 38 (C Hubbard), Wigeon 165, Goosander 7, Kingfisher 2                                                                                                         

February

28thGoosander 2, Shoveler 49, Aythya hybrid (presumed Tufted x Pochard) still near the dam                                                                                                                              
27thGreat White Egret 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Kingfisher 2, Teal 3, Little Grebe 1, Shoveler 50, Green Sandpiper 1, Grey Wagtail 1, Kestrel 1                                                                                                                               
26thGreat White Egret 1, Little Egret 9, Little Grebe 1, Green Woodpecker 1, Buzzard 6, Cetti's Warbler 1, Goosander 2, Grey Wagtail 2, Shoveler 51

Great White Egret (Matt Jackson)
                                                                                                                               
25thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 this am with small number of Greylags (at the reservoir and surrounding area since the 14th January 2019), Wigeon 159 around the dam

1 of 2 Pink-footed Geese (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                               
24thGreat White Egret 1, Little Egret 8, Kingfisher 1, Red Kite 2, Willow Tit 1, Shoveler 58, Pochard c150, Fieldfare c200, Redwing c30, Goldeneye 8, Jay 3, Grey Wagtail 1, Little Grebe 2, Teal 7 (also several butterflies reported in the last 2 days including Brimstone yesterday and 3 Commas today - thanks to Mick Townsend and Steve Nichols for the records).  

Comma (Steve Nichols)

                                                                                                                    
23rdPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 this PM (SCN), Egyptian Goose 2 this AM (Theo de Clermont), Goldeneye c10, Siskin c6, Little Egret 4, Cetti's Warbler 1, Water Rail several this AM (Theo de Clermont), Common Gull 1 leucistic bird again in fields alongside Welford Road, Red Kite 2                                                                                                                     
22ndGreat White Egret 1 (CB), Little Egret 4, Kingfisher 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Curlew 1 over (first for 2019), Green Sandpiper 1, Shoveler 34,  PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 still in the field opposite Stanford Hall                                                                                                                                          
21stGreat White Egret 1, Little Egret 6, Goldeneye 21, Goosander 15, Snipe 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Fieldfare c100                                                                                                                     
20thGreat White Egret 1, Goosander 18, Wigeon 175, Common Gull 1 leucistic individual briefly this evening, Little Egret 6, Willow Tit 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Tawny Owl 1, Kingfisher 1 (NO REPORT OF THE HEN HARRIER TODAY)                                                                                                                                
19thGreat White Egret 1, Little Egret 6, Goosander 2, Kingfisher 3, Water Rail 1, Wigeon c200, Red Kite 1, Grey Wagtail 1, Red Kite 1 (NO REPORT OF THE HEN HARRIER TODAY)

Great White Egret and Little Egret (M Jackson)

                                                                                                                              
18thHEN HARRIER 1 late PM (C Hubbard) - this bird, with us since November 2018 (109 days), has now been confirmed as a juvenile female due to the largely dark eye, yellow in juvenile male. For more info on ageing, see the excellent article on the 2016 Stanford Hen Harrier by Mike Alibone at www.northantsbirds.com, MEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 adult in the roost this evening (C Hubbard), the first since 2017, Common Gull 1 leucistic individual (1w) in the roost this evening, Goosander 5, Redwing c150, Little Egret 8

Hen Harrier (C Hubbard)

Hen Harrier (C Hubbard)

Mediterranean Gull record shot (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                              
17thHEN HARRIER 1 this am (C Hubbard), Oystercatcher 1 (first of 2019), Kingfisher 2, Little Egret 8, Raven 1 SW (SCN), Little Grebe 1, Gadwall 23, Grey Heron 4, Goldeneye 11, Shoveler 36, Greylag Goose 84, Pochard 131, Tufted Duck 134, Moorhen 6, Coot 177, Teal 13, Goosander 1, Mute Swan 22, Yellowhammer c20, Reed Bunting c10, Skylark c25, Lapwing c60, Grey Wagtail 2, Willow Tit 2
                   
Oystercatcher record shot (C Hubbard) - 1st of 2019
                                                                                      
16thMERLIN 1 male low over the "weedy field" late PM (C Hubbard), ICELAND GULL 1w over the dam late PM (SCN), PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 this PM still near Stanford Hall (DM), Goosander 12, Little Egret 4, Great White Egret 1, Buzzard 4, Red Kite 1, Water Rail 1, Snipe 1, Shoveler 52, Yellowhammer c20                                                                                                             
15thHEN HARRIER 1 (C Hubbard), PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 still near Stanford Hall (Peter-Dillon Hooper), Little Egret 4, Green Sandpiper 1, Little Grebe 1, Snipe 8, Yellowhammer c12, Red Kite 1, Willow Tit 1, Goosander 1 drake, Cetti's Warbler 1, Kingfisher 1                                                                                                                                       
14thWillow Tit 1, Snipe 3, Little Grebe 2                                                                                                          
13thHEN HARRIER 1 late pm, Willow Tit 1, Goosander 1 drake, Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 1, Little Grebe 1, Little Egret 4                                                                                                                                      
12thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 still near to Stanford Hall, Willow Tit 1, Great White Egret 1                                                                                                             
11thGreat White Egret 1, Willow Tit 1                                                                                                                                      
10thHEN HARRIER 1 (Peter Dillon-Hooper), Great White Egret 1, Little Egret 2, Goosander 4, Water Rail 1, Red Kite 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Chiffchaff 1, Kestrel 2, Buzzard 8, Treecreeper 2, Lapwing c500, PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 this am close to Stanford Hall so still in the area, Willow Tit 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Wigeon 62, Aythya hybrid (presumed Tufted Duck x Pochard) still present at the dam and been around for the last 10 days

Willow Tit (C Hubbard)
                                      
Aythya hybrid - presumed Tufted x Pochard (C Hubbard)
                                                                  

9thHEN HARRIER 1 this am (Theo de Clermont), Great White Egret 1, Little Egret 8, Snipe 1, Little Grebe 1, Buzzard 3, Cetti's Warbler 1, Grey Wagtail 1, Red Kite 2, Shoveler 54, Stock Dove c50                                                                                                      
8thHEN HARRIER 1 this am (C Hubbard), Pintail 1 drake flying around Keepers Lodge Bay this am, Great White Egret 1, Little Egret 8, Little Grebe 2                                                                                                             
7thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 over the dam (C Hubbard), Great White Egret 1, Willow Tit 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Little Grebe 1, Little Egret 2, Lapwing c400, Buzzard 2, Sparrowhawk 1                                                                                                                                       
6thHEN HARRIER 1 early afternoon (Matt Jackson), Great White Egret 2, Little Egret 8, Willow Tit 1, Kingfisher 1, Little Grebe 1, Water Rail 1, Raven 1 (Steve Nichols), Golden Plover c50, Lapwing c 400, Red Kite 1, Chiffchaff 1

Hen Harrier montage (Matt Jackson)

                                                                                                            
5thGLAUCOUS GULL 1 2W in this evenings roost (C Hubbard), PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 late PM with Greylags (C Hubbard), Great White Egret 1, Little Grebe 1, Sparrowhawk 1    


2w Glaucous Gull - record shots (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                              
4thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 this PM (C Hubbard) and then relocated to edge of the village, HEN HARRIER 1 (F Graves), Great White Egret 2, Little Egret 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Canada Goose 243, Greylag Goose c200, Grey Wagtail 1, Green Woodpecker 1


Pink-footed Goose (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                           
3rdPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 this AM (C Hubbard), Great White Egret 1, Willow Tit 1, Goosander 12, Little Grebe 3, Green Sandpiper 1, Wigeon 55, Shoveler 42, Cormorant 37, Little Egret 1, Green Woodpecker 1, Snipe 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Common Buzzard 4, Grey Wagtail 2    

Pink-footed Goose (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                
2ndWHOOPER SWAN 5 over this morning (SRG), Red Kite 1                                                                                                                                          
1stGreen Sandpiper 1, Great White Egret 2                                                                                                                               

January


31stGreat White Egret 1, Goosander 4, Green Sandpiper 1, Common Buzzard 2                                                                                                                                             
30thGreat White Egret 1, Buzzard 5, Shoveler c30, Gadwall c25, Green Sandpiper 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Peregrine 1, Golden Plover c30, Little Grebe 1                                                                                                             
29thLittle Egret 1                                                                                                                                         
28thKingfisher 1, Little Egret 1, Common Buzzard 6, Saprrowhawk 1, Kestrel 3, Red Kite 2                                                                                                                                    
27thHEN HARRIER 1 this am (Peter Dillon-Hooper), Willow Tit 2, Little Egret 2, Lapwing c200, Kingfisher 1, Peregrine 1, Common Buzzard 4, Red Kite 1                                                                                                                                   
26thBarn Owl 1, Buzzard 3, Red Kite 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Grey Wagtail 1                                                                                                                                 
25thGreat White Egret 1, Little Egret 3, Willow Tit 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Red Kite 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Lapwing c200                                                                                                                                          
24thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 early afternoon with Greylags near the hide before flying off towards the rail track (C Hubbard), Great White Egret 1, Goosander 3                                   
23rdGreat White Egret 1, Little Egret 1, Goosander 18 (7 drakes)                                                                                                                                          
22ndGreat White Egret 1, Little Egret 5, Goosander 6                                                                                                                                      
21stHEN HARRIER 1 (C Hubbard), Water Rail 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Goosander 21 including 8 drake (largest group so far this winter), Teal c40, Shoveler 35, Little Egret 1                                                                                                                                          
20thHEN HARRIER 1 (Peter Dillon-Hooper / C Hubbard), Peregrine 1, Water Rail 1, Willow Tit 1, Little Egret 6, Buzzard 4, Wigeon 77, Shoveler 39, Greylag Goose 319, Canada Goose 142, Coot 251, Pochard 216, Tufted Duck 304, Lapwing c260, Cetti's Warbler 1, Red Kite 3, Meadow Pipit 10, Snipe 5, Little Grebe 1, Goldeneye 8, Grey Heron 6, Gadwall 15                                                                                                                                  
19thHEN HARRIER 1 this am (D March), Goosander 1, Water Rail 1                                                                                                                                         
18thGreat White Egret 1, Willow Tit 1                                                                                                                                     
17thHEN HARRIER 1 early afternoon (Matt Jackson), GLAUCOUS GULL 1 2W this PM (C Hubbard / R Bullock) and a different bird to the recent one, ICELAND GULL 1 2W late PM (C Hubbard / R Bullock) only recorded in 4 of the last 19 years at the reservoir

Glaucous Gull (C Hubbard)

                                                                                                                                       
16thWHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 2 late PM (C Hubbard), HEN HARRIER 1 ringtail this pm behind the wood (C Hubbard), GLAUCOUS GULL 1 juvenile until at least 16.10 (C Hubbard), Shelduck 1 on the dam, Great White Egret 1                                                                                                                              
15thWHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 2 this PM on the dam (Steve Nichols)

White-fronted Goose (Steve Nichols)
                                                                                                                                 
14thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 2 present late morning with Greylag Geese on the dam (Chris Hubbard), Great White Egret 1, Little Egret 1, Willow Tit 1


Pink-footed Goose (C Hubbard)


                                                                                                                                   
13thGreat White Egret 1, Red Kite 1, Little Egret 1, Snipe 10, Meadow Pipit 6, Skylark 14                                                                                                                                             
12thGLAUCOUS GULL 1 juv mid morning - 1st record since 2004 and only the 6th ever record at the reservoir (Chris Hubbard), Great White Egret 1, Little Egret 1





Glaucous Gull (Chris Hubbard)

                                                                                                                                 
11thGreat White Egret 1, Little Egret 1, Willow Tit 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Snipe 2, Shoveler c 20                            

Great White Egret (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                         

JUST COMPLETED THE SPECIES LIST FOR 2018 - GRAND TOTAL OF 137 SPECIES RECORDED.  

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, MARSH WARBLER, HEN HARRIER, MARSH HARRIER, BLACK TERN, SANDWICH TERN, ARCTIC TERN, GREAT WHITE EGRET, REDSTART, TREE PIPIT, WHINCHAT, STONECHAT, SHORT-EARED OWL, GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, COMMON SCOTER AND WHOOPER SWAN. THANKS TO ALL OBSERVERS.  


Montage of some of the 2018 Birds at Stanford Reservoir (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                 
10thLittle Egret 5, Willow Tit 1, Water Rail 1                                                                                                                                        
9thGreat White Egret 1 (Ray Seagrove), Water Rail 1 (Ray Seagrove)                                                                                                                                             
8thGreat White Egret 1 (Peter Dillon-Hooper), Buzzard 5, Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 2, Willow Tit 1, Raven 2, Little Egret 1                                                                                                                                        
6thHEN HARRIER 1 this pm (Steve Nichols), Willow Tit 1, Chiffchaff 1, Treecreeper 3, Bullfinch 4, Lapwing c40, Green Sandpiper 1, Buzzard 4, Kestrel 1                                                                                                                            
3rdGreat White Egret 1, Willow Tit 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Little Egret 4, Kingfisher 1                                                                                                                                        
2ndGreat White Egret 1, Willow Tit 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Sparrowhawk 2, Kingfisher 2, Goosander 2 drakes, Little Egret 1                                                                                                                                             
1st HEN HARRIER 1 this PM (F Graves), Water Rail 1, Red-crested Pochard 2, Great White Egret 1                                                                                                                             

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