Sightings: 2021

Thanks to all observers for their records, especially Stanford Ringing Group (SRG), Steve Nichols (SCN), George Burton (GB), Fritz Graves (FG), Chris Begley (CB), Peter Dillon-Hooper (PDH), Ewan Turner (ET), Sandra and Mick Wyatt (S&MW), Ian Bartlett (IB), Chris Hubbard (CMH)

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September 

25th                                                                                                                 
24thWILLOW TIT 1 (SRG), Little Grebe 2, Shoveler 3, Cetti's Warbler, Meadow Pipit 10, GREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), Starling c250                                                                                                                                           
23rdLittle Grebe 1, Teal 1, WILLOW TIT 1 (CMH), Wigeon 106, Swallow 10, Meadow Pipit 6                                                                                                                                          
                                                               
22ndTeal 2, Little Grebe 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Buzzard 3, Kingfisher 2                                                                                                                          
21stMARSH HARRIER 1 briefly this AM being mobbed by corvids (CMH), PINTAIL 3 (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 2, Wigeon c60, Teal 5, Kingfisher 5                                                                                                                                          
20thMARSH HARRIER 1 this evening seen several times, the 12th sighting of 2021(CMH), PINTAIL 5 females this evening (CMH), Snipe 2, Green Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 2, Siskin 1, Shoveler 5, Cetti's Warbler 1, Goldcrest 5, Nuthatch 5, Little Egret 1, Pochard 4, Little Grebe 1, Kingfisher 2
Marsh Harrier (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                         
19thSPOTTED FLYCATCHER 3 (D March), WILLOW TIT 1 (CMH/ET), PINTAIL 1 female (CMH/ET), Shoveler 7, Teal 18, Pochard 3, Green Sandpiper 2, Nuthatch 1
Willow Tit (Ewan Turner)

Pintail (Ewan Turner)
                                                                                                                   
18thGreen Sandpiper 1, Cetti's Warbler 4, Red Kite 1, Shoveler 1, Teal 2                                                                                                                                           
17thLittle Egret 2, Kingfisher 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Common Sandpiper 1                                                                                                                                    
                                                               
16thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 3 (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 2 (escaped Cape Shelduck 1 this AM CMH)

290 new birds ringed this AM (SRG)                                                                                                                     
15thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Little Grebe 2, Cetti's Warbler 2, Little Grebe 2, Snipe 1                                                                                                                                 
14thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Wigeon 25, Cetti's Warbler 3, Raven 4, Shoveler 4, Pochard 6, Red Kite 1, Little Grebe 1, Common Tern 2                                                                                                                                   
                                                               
13thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 2, Raven 12 (CMH)                                                                                                                               
12thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (IB), WILLOW TIT 1 (IB), Kestrel 2, Raven 7, Pied Wagtail 6, Grey Wagtail 5                                                                                                                                         
11thOSPREY 1 over this AM (CMH), REDSTART 2 ringed this AM (SRG), WILLOW TIT 1 (CB), Cetti's Warbler 4, Little Egret 3, Shoveler 4, Pochard 7
Redstart (SRG)
                                                                                                                                                                
9thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 still (CMH), WILLOW TIT 1 (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 1, Kingfisher 2, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Little Grebe 4, Pochard 7, Teal 9, Shoveler 4, Lesser Black-backed Gull 87                                                                                                                                      
8thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 5, WILLOW TIT 1 (CB), Wigeon 17, Shoveler 5, Kingfisher 2, Lapwing 5, Little Grebe 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Hobby 1                                                                                                                                           
7thWHINCHAT 1 (CMH), SPOTTED FLYCATCHER at least 5 around the site this AM (CMH), WILLOW TIT 1 (CMH), Wigeon 24, Cetti's Warbler 4, Lesser Whitethroat 3, Yellow Wagtail 2, Little Grebe 1, Shoveler 17                                                                                                                                      
                                                               
6thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 still (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 1, Little Grebe 1                                                                                                                               
5thBLACK TERN 1 this AM, the 2nd record of 2021 (IB), REDSTART 1 male along the poplars (S&MW), SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 2 (CMH/ET), Cetti's Warbler 3, RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH/ET), Little Grebe 2
Spotted Flycatcher (Ewan Turner)

Spotted Flycatcher (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                              
4thTREE PIPIT 1 this AM, the 3rd of 2021 (CMH), WHINCHAT 1 (ET), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH/ET), MARSH HARRIER 1 (CMH), Raven 6
Tree Pipit (Chris Hubbard)

Tree Pipit (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
3rdREDSTART 1 this evening on the Leicestershire side (CMH), WHINCHAT 1 this evening on the Leicestershire side (CMH), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Hobby 1, Yellow Wagtail 4, Shoveler 6, Teal 4, Pochard 3, Coot c175, Cetti's Warbler 1, Sparrowhawk 1
Redstart this evening (Chris Hubbard)

Whinchat this evening (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                      
2ndRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 1 juvenile, Buzzard 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, YELLOW-LEGGED GULL 1 (CMH)                                                                                                                                 
1stRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Sparrowhawk 1, Raven 2                                                                                                                                        
                                                               


August 

31stRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 still (CMH), Kingfisher 2, Cetti's Warbler 2 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 1, Teal 4                                                                                                                          
30thWHINCHAT 3 (CMH), WILLOW TIT 1 (CMH), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 still CMH), BLACK-TAILED GODWIT 2 flew east (PDH), Hobby 1, Shoveler 1, Snipe 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Wigeon 14, Little Grebe 2, Yellow Wagtail 1, Common Sandpiper 1
Whinchat (Chris Hubbard)

Whinchat (Chris Hubbard)

Red-crested Pochard (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                      
29thWHINCHAT 5 including 1 ringed (SRG/CMH), REDSTART 7, including 6 ringed (SRG), WILLOW TIT 2 (CMH), SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 3, including 2 ringed (SRG/CMH), MARSH HARRIER 1 flew east around 14.30 (S&M Wyatt), Yellow Wagtail 3, Common Sandpiper 1, Hobby 1, Snipe 2 flew west, Swift 1, Wigeon 7, Teal 4, Cetti's Warbler 1, Raven 6, Red Kite 3, Common Tern 3, Buzzard 8, Snipe 2

Spotted Flycatcher (SRG)
                                                                                                                     

Swallow - caught at dusk yesterday evening (SRG)

Whinchat (SRG)

Whinchat 1 of 5 present this AM (SRG)
Spotted Flycatcher (SRG)

Spotted Flycatcher (SRG)

                                                               
28th**WRYNECK** 1 ringed this AM, the 4th to be ringed at the site and the 3rd in 2 years (SRG), WHINCHAT 4 this AM (CMH), REDSTART 4 including another 3 ringed (SRG/CMH), SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 1, RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Common Sandpiper 1, Hobby 2, Red Kite 2, Raven 8, Kingfisher 2
Redstart (SRG)

Wryneck (SRG)

Wryneck (SRG)

Wryneck (SRG)
                                                                                                                             
27thREDSTART 9 (nine) ringed this AM (SRG), GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 2 ringed this AM, SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Wigeon 7, Little Grebe 1, Raven 6, Hobby 1 



3 of the 9 Redstarts ringed this morning (SRG)
                                                                                                                            
26thREDSTART 1 juvenile ringed this AM (SRG), MARSH HARRIER 1 briefly again being mobbed by corvids (CMH), GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 ringed this AM (SRG), Red Kite 3, Wigeon 5, the first of the autumn (CMH), Teal 1, Shoveler 1, Pochard 2, Cetti's Warbler 2, Kingfisher 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Raven 6, Hobby 1, Little Grebe 4                                                                                                                                           
25thWHINCHAT 1 ringed this AM, the 2nd record of 2021 (SRG), MARSH HARRIER 1 over being mobbed by corvids at 07.35, the 7th record of 2021 (CMH), GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 6 ringed this AM (SRG), SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 1 at the dam and then 1 ringed this PM (SRG), Pochard 3, PEREGRINE 1 (D Sheffield), Common Sandpiper 1, Little Grebe 1, Sparrowhawk 1 juvenile male ringed this PM (SRG). 


Whinchat (Ewan Turner, SRG)


Whinchat (Chris Hubbard)
 
Juvenile male Sparrowhawk (SRG)

Spotted Flycatcher, the first to be ringed in 2021 (SRG)
                                                                                                                                                                                           
24th TREE PIPIT 1 flew SE at 06.25, the 2nd record of 2021 (CMH), REDSTART 2 ringed this AM (SRG), GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 2 ringed this AM (SRG), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 still (CMH), Coal Tit 1 ringed this morning (SRG), Common Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, CURLEW 1 (CMH), PEREGRINE 1 (ET), Shelduck 3 (ET), Teal 4, Shoveler 1, Hobby 1, Whitethroat 100 ringed this AM (SRG)


Images of the two Redstarts ringed this AM (Ewan Turner, SRG)
                                                                                                                                       
23rdRINGED PLOVER 1 briefly early AM, the first of 2021 (CMH), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), REDWING 1 (CMH), SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 3 (CMH) and another 2 (D Peacock / D Goldsmith), Green Sandpiper 1 (I Bartlett), Grey Wagtail 8, Common Tern 5, Common Sandpiper 1, Red Kite 3, Yellow Wagtail 1, Raven 8, Teal 16, Cetti's Warbler 3, Linnet 17, Kingfisher 1, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Little Egret 2

Short-tailed Vole (D Peacock / D Goldsmith)                                                                                                                                   
22ndSPOTTED FLYCATCHER 1 (I Bartlett), Red Kite 5, Greylag Goose c160, Common Tern 3, Canada goose 21, Common Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 2, Buzzard 6, Grey Wagtail 2, Green Woodpecker 1, Raven 4                                                                                                                                                
                                                               
21stGRASSHOPPER WARBLER 2 ringed this AM (SRG), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 still (CMH), SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 1 (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 3, Common Sandpiper 3, Green Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 3, Kingfisher 1 ringed this AM (SRG), Shoveler 1, Teal 2, Pochard 1, Raven c25                                                                                                                         
20thMARSH HARRIER 1 flew low SW at 06.30 (CMH), REDSTART 1 female this AM (PDH), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 this AM (PDH), Cetti's Warbler 3, Common Sandpiper 2, Yellow Wagtail 7, Common Tern 7                                                                                                                                           
19thCommon Sandpiper 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Lapwing 152, CURLEW 1 over (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 5, Kingfisher 1                                                                                                                                        
                                                               
18thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 2, Tufted Duck 115                                                                                                                                
17thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 3, Yellow Wagtail 5, Common Sandpiper 1, WILLOW TIT 1 (CMH), Green Sandpiper 1 heard (SCN)                                                                                                                                           
16thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 1, Common Sandpiper 2, Yellow Wagtail 12, Little Egret 1, Kingfisher 1, Red Kite 1, Great Crested Grebe 68, REDWING 1 (PDH), the earliest ever autumn record in Northamptonshire beating the previous best date by a month, Raven 5

Redwing
the earliest ever autumn record in Northants (Steven Wright)
                                                                                                                                                                                               
15thWILLOW TIT 1 (CMH), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), PEREGRINE 1 (CMH), SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 2, YELLOW-LEGGED GULL 1 adult (SCN), Common Sandpiper 2, Shoveler 1, Yellow Wagtail 8, Buzzard 4, Sparrowhawk 1, Kingfisher 2, Pochard 1
Yellow Wagtail (Chris Hubbard)

Spotted Flycatcher (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                               
14thREDSTART 1 juv female ringed this AM (SRG), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Green Sandpiper 2, Common Sandpiper 2, SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 1 this evening (CMH), Yellow Wagtail c10, Little Grebe 2

Redstart (Ewan Turner, SRG)

                                                                                                                                         
Spotted Flycatcher (Chris Hubbard)

215 birds ringed today including 74 Sedge Warblers (SRG)  
13thWILLOW TIT 1 this AM (CMH), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 still this AM (CMH), Barn Owl 1 (CB), Red Kite 2, Common Sandpiper 2, Cetti's Warbler 2, Lesser Whitethroat 4, Raven 2, Kingfisher 2, Sparrowhawk 1

Willow Tit (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                                                                                 
12thREDSTART 1 female early AM, the 3rd record of 2021 (CMH), SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 1 (CMH), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Yellow Wagtail c15, Common Sandpiper 1, Cetti's Warbler 3, Hobby 1, Pochard 1, Kingfisher 1                                                                                                                                           
11thLESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER  1 along the edge of Blowers Lodge Bay / Railtrack this AM, the first of 2021 (M Townsend), WILLOW TIT 1 ringed this AM, the first of 2021 (D Sheffield, SRG), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 still (CMH), Green Sandpiper 1, Common Sandpiper 2, Yellow Wagtail 22 (CMH), Kingfisher 1, Shoveler 4, Pochard 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Peregrine 1

329 new birds ringed this AM including 67 Willow Warblers (SRG).

Willow Tit (D Sheffield)
                                                                                                                                            
10thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 still this AM (CMH), OSPREY 1 juvenile flew west over the dam this AM (PDH), GREAT EGRET 1 west towards the dam (CB/CMH), Little Egret 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 18, Pochard 2, Shoveler 4, Lesser Whitethroat 3, Garden Warbler 2, Black-headed Gull c150                                                                                                                                     
                                                               
9thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 still (CMH), Common Sandpiper 5, Yellow Wagtail 9 this evening (CMH), Shoveler 3, Lesser Whitethroat 3, Black-headed Gull c220 (CMH), Hobby 2 this evening
Red-crested Pochard (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                        
8thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 still this AM (CMH), Common Sandpiper 3, Yellow Wagtail 3, Raven 8, Red Kite 2, Shoveler 4                                                                                                                                           
7thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 female, the first of 2021 (CMH), Common Sandpiper 2, Yellow Wagtail 5, Hobby 1, Barn Owl 1 (SRG), Linnet c40
Red-crested Pochard (Ewan Turner)

                       
Red-crested Pochard (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                                                              
6thCommon Sandpiper 3, Yellow Wagtail 5, Common Tern 5 juveniles plus adults, Teal 3, Shoveler 3, Tufted Duck 1 with 5 young, Little Grebe 1, Great Crested Grebe 63 (CMH), Hobby 1 (CMH / S Wright)                                                                                                                                  
5thCetti's Warbler 2, Common Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 5, Shoveler 4, Teal 2, Tufted Duck 1 adult with 5 advance young, the first breeding record of 2021 (CMH), Kingfisher 1, Little Egret 1, Raven 9 (CB), Sparrowhawk 1, Common Tern 24, Little Grebe 1                                                                                                                                           
4thGREENSHANK 1 briefly on the dam before flying south, the 2nd record of 2021 (CMH), SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 1 (CMH), Common Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 3, Cetti's Warbler 1, Kingfisher 2                                                                                                                                         
                                                               
3rdCommon Sandpiper 4, Cetti's Warbler 2, Yellow Wagtail 3, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Kingfisher 1, Little Egret 1, Common Tern 22 this evening (CMH)

Last year there were two records of the nationally rare CASPIAN TERN on 31st May and 26th July. The British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) have now accepted both of these records, the 2nd and 3rd for the site following one in 1968.                                                                                                                        
2ndOSPREY 1 early AM, perched on the Leicestershire side before flying east (CMH), MARSH HARRIER 1 at 15.00 near the Point (P Norrie), Hobby 1 (CMH), PEREGRINE 2 (D Goldsmith / D Peacock), Common Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Little Grebe 2, CUCKOO 1 juvenile, Kingfisher 2, Common Tern c20 including 5 juveniles, Little Egret 2, Red Kite 1                                                                                                                                          
1stCommon Sandpiper 1, Shoveler 4, Raven 2, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Red Kite 1                                                                                                                                        
                                                               

July
 
31stBLACK-TAILED GODWIT 6 flew east at 12.10, the first of 2021 (ET), Common Sandpiper 3 (A Herbert), Cetti's Warbler 1, CUCKOO 1 juvenile (CMH), Little Grebe 3, Canada Goose 77, Little Egret 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, 212 new birds ringed today                                                                                                                        
30thSHELDUCK 4 Juveniles flew west (CMH), YELLOW-LEGGED GULL 1 (CMH), Little Grebe 4, Common Sandpiper 3, Yellow Wagtail 1, Common Tern 20, Greylag Goose c200                                                                                                                                         
29thCommon Sandpiper 2, Yellow Wagtail 1, Pochard 1                                                                                                                                      
                                                               
28thCommon Sandpiper 1, Teal 2, Tufted Duck c65, Little Grebe 2, Common Tern 14 (inc juveniles now flying), Cetti's Warbler 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Jay 1                                                                                                                                   
27thCommon Sandpiper 3, Yellow Wagtail 2, Little Grebe 3, Shoveler 3, Cetti's Warbler 1                                                                                                                                          
26thCommon Sandpiper 3, Cetti's Warbler 1, Kingfisher 1, Raven 10 (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 2, Jay 2, Bullfinch 2, Common Gull 1, Treecreeper 1                                                                                                                                        
                                                               
25thRaven 27 over this morning (CB), Kingfisher 1, Common Sandpiper 3, Little Grebe 5, Pochard 2, Cetti's Warbler 2, Yellow Wagtail 2, Common Tern 5 juveniles occupying the 3 rafts currently  Great Crested Grebe 6 juveniles, Lesser Whitethroat 1                                                                                                                              
24thCommon Sandpiper 4, Yellow Wagtail 2                                                                                                                                    
23rdCommon Sandpiper 5, Yellow Wagtail 3, Pied Wagtail c30, Little Grebe 3, Little Egret 1, Green Woodpecker 3, Common Tern 17, Greenfinch 1                                                                                                                                             
                                                               
22ndREDSHANK 1 early AM, the 3rd record of 2021 (CMH), Common Sandpiper 2, Kingfisher 1, Lapwing 13, Oystercatcher 1, Pochard 1, Little Grebe 2, Little Egret 1, Yellow Wagtail 2
Redshank (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                    
20thCommon Sandpiper 4, Yellow Wagtail 2, Cetti's Warbler 1                                                                                                                                         
19thGRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 reeling this AM on the Leicestershire side (CMH), Common Tern 10, Common Sandpiper 2, Yellow Wagtail 3, Lesser Whitethroat 1                                                                                                                                   
18thCommon Sandpiper 4, Yellow Wagtail 2, Common Tern 12, Lapwing 1                                                                                                                               
17thOSPREY 1 (CMH / M Townsend), GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 ringed this AM (SRG), Common Sandpiper 3, Lapwing 1 on the dam, Yellow Wagtail 3, Gadwall 1 female with 6 young, Wigeon 1 on the dam (CMH), Oystercatcher 1, Little Egret 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Little Grebe 1, Pochard 1                                                                                                                              
16thKingfisher 1, Green Woodpecker 1, Kestrel 2                                                                                                                                 
                                                               
11thLittle Grebe 1, Little Egret 2, Teal 1                                                                                                                             
10thHobby 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Common Tern 4 out 6 chicks ringed today (SRG)                                                                                                                                   
9thGrey Wagtail 17 (SCN), Yellow Wagtail 1, Little Grebe 2, Pochard 2, Shoveler 2, Common Tern 3 pair with at least 7 chicks (CMH)                                                                                                                          
                                                               
8thCommon Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Shoveler  2, Little Egret 1, Kingfisher 2                                                                                                                       
7thCommon Sandpiper 3, Yellow Wagtail 1                                                                                                                                    
6thCommon Sandpiper 3, Yellow Wagtail 1, Jay 6 all together on Leicestershire side (CMH), Pochard 1, Pintail x Mallard hybrid type 1 (CMH)                                                                                                                                       
                                                             
5thCOMMON REDSTART 1 (M&S Wyatt / CMH), Common Sandpiper 6 this AM (CMH), GREAT EGRET 1, Kingfisher 2, Grey Wagtail 6, Red Kite 1, Linnet 6, Green Woodpecker, Oystercatcher 2, Little Grebe 1                                                                                                                                 
4thCOMMON REDSTART 1 still (P Adams), OSPREY 1 (M Townsend), GREAT EGRET 1, Cetti's Warbler 2

Common Redstart (Mr and Mrs P Adams)
                                                                                                                                     
3rdGREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), REDSHANK 1, the 2nd record of 2021 (CMH), Little Egret 2, Yellow Wagtail 1, Teal 5, Gadwall 1 with 8 young, Kingfisher 1, Common Tern 10                                                                                                              
2ndCOMMON REDSTART 1 male at lunchtime around the river bridge / gate to the dam, the 2nd record of 2021 (CMH), Teal 3, Pochard 1, Tufted Duck c35, Common Tern 6, Kingfisher 1, Raven 4, Yellow Wagtail 1, Gadwall 1 with 8 young, Grey Wagtail 10, Green Woodpecker 1, Oystercatcher 2

Common Redstart, record shot (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                       
Common Tern (Ewan Turner)
1stCommon Tern 16, Hobby 1, Kingfisher 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Raven 2, Sparrowhawk 1

Butterflies - Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood. Moths - Cinnabar, Blood Vein (M&S Wyatt)                                                                                                                                                                                                   

June

30thCommon Tern 10                                                                                                                               
29thCommon Tern 14, Cetti's Warbler 2                                                                                                                               
28thHobby 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Common Tern 14, Mute Swan 98, Kingfisher 1, Pochard 1 drake, Little Egret 2                                                                                                                               
27thOystercatcher 1, Red Kite 1, Common Tern 10, Hobby 1, Lapwing 62 over (ET), Tufted Duck 25                                                                                                                                       
26thKingfisher 1 juvenile ringed this AM (SRG), Cetti's Warbler 1, Red Kite 3, Mute Swan 84, Common Tern 12, Yellow Wagtail 1                                                                                                                                
Kingfisher (SRG)
                                                           
25thLittle Egret 1, Hobby 1, Great Crsted Grebe 2 pairs with 3 chicks in total                                                                                                                    
24thOSPREY 1 (PDH), Gadwall 1 with 9 young, Common Tern 6, Raven 4, Yellow Wagtail 2 


gadwall with 9 young (Chris Hubbard)

                                                                                                                                      
Osprey (Peter Dillon-Hooper)

23rdOSPREY 1 fishing this AM (record from local fisherman), Cuckoo 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Common Tern 8, Yellow Wagtail 2, Gadwall with 9 young, Red-legged Partridge 1                                                                                                                                    
                                                                   
22ndCuckoo 2, Oystercatcher 4 flew east (CMH), Gadwall 1 with 9 young (CMH), Common Tern 4, Lapwing 1, Shoveler 2                                                                                                                                   
21stHobby 2, Cuckoo 2, Tufted Duck 14, Little Egret 1, Swift 35, Garden Warbler 5, Common Tern 6, Great Black-backed Gull 3, Black-headed Gull 2, Lapwing 1, Grey Heron 3, Buzzard 1, Red Kite 2, Shoveler 2                                                                                                                                        
20thCuckoo 1, Common Tern 4, Oystercatcher 1                                                                                                                                     
                                                               
19thWillow Warbler 1 of the northern race, acredula ringed this morningGreylag Goose c80, Oystercatcher 4 (GB), Lesser Black-backed Gull 9, Black-headed Gull 1 juvenile, Cuckoo 1, Swift 5, Yellow Wagtail 1, Common Tern 3, Red Kite 1

Northern Willow Warbler, acredula (Ewan Turner and Adam Homer)

                                                                                                                              
17thCommon Tern 5, Mute Swan 77 (GB), Lesser Whitethroat 1, Cuckoo 2, YELLOW-LEGGED GULL 1 (GB), Kingfisher 1, Starling 14                                                                                                                                            
16thYELLOW-LEGGED GULL 2 (GB), CURLEW 1, Little Egret 4, Cetti's Warbler 1, Black-headed Gull 1 juvenile
Black-headed Gull (Chris Hubbard)

Black-headed Gull (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                                                       
15thCURLEW 1, Cuckoo 3 (GB), Yellow Wagtail 4, Little Egret 2, Grey Heron 3, Kingfisher 1, Starling 35, Black-headed Gull 1 juvenile                                                                                                                                      
14thCuckoo 1, Oystercatcher 1, Common Tern 4, Kingfisher 1, Lapwing 7, Grey Heron 3, Tufted Duck 7                                                                                                                                
13thShelduck 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Nuthatch 3, Raven 4, Cuckoo 2, Oystercatcher 1

Red-eyed Damselfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Southern Hawker, Black-tailed Skimmer, Speckled Wood (GB)                                                                                                                                                                                                    
12thSPOTTED FLYCATCHER 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, CUCKOO 1, Hobby 2, Yellow Wagtail 2, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Grey Heron 2, Greylag Goose c50, Tufted Duck 5, Oystercatcher 1, Common Tern 4, Cetti's Warbler 2

LATE NEWS FOR TUESDAY - 'CHANNEL' WAGTAIL on the spillway but only heard about it today. Still present late PM today (CMH)


Channel Wagtail (Chris Hubbard)

                                                                                                                               
11thGREAT EGRET 1 over the dam (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 2, Mistle Thrush 2, Garden Warbler at least 5 on the Leicestershire side this AM                                                                                                                                             
10thHobby 1, Yellow Wagtail 2, Common Tern 4, Cetti's Warbler 1                                                                                                                                             
                                                               
9thLittle Egret 2, Yellow Wagtail 2, Grey Wagtail 2, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Common Tern 4, Kingfisher 1                                                                                                                        
8thCuckoo 1, Garden Warbler 5, Yellow Wagtail 4                                                                                                                                          
7thCURLEW 1 flew west (CMH), Cuckoo 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Hobby 2, Buzzard 3, Little Egret 1, Yellow Wagtail 4, Common Tern 6                                                                                                                                        
                                                               
6thMANDARIN 1 female in flight only, the first of 2021 (GB), GREAT EGRET 1 (GB), GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 (CMH), Hobby 1, Little Egret 1, Raven 2, Yellow Wagtail 3, Cetti's Warbler 1, Greylag Goose 28, Cuckoo 2, Common Tern 4

Red-eyed Damselfly (GB)                                                                                                                                  
5thGRASSHOPPER WARBLER 2 (M Townsend/PDH), Little Egret 1, Yellow Wagtail 6, Cetti's Warbler 1, Common Tern 6, Red Kite 3, Kingfisher 1

Common blue Damselfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Red-eyed Damselfly (GB)                                                                                                                                        
4thYellow Wagtail 3, Common Tern 6, Cetti's Warbler 1, Cuckoo 1, Red Kite 1                                                                                                                                        
                                                               
3rdCuckoo 2, Common Tern 4                                                                                                                               
2ndCuckoo 3, Cetti's Warbler 3, Yellow Wagtail 3, Little Egret 1, Oystercatcher 1, Hobby 1, Kingfisher 1, Starling 35, Lesser Whitethroat 3, Long tailed Tit 10 (family party)                                                                                                                                              
1stCuckoo 2, Cetti's Warbler 3, Common Tern 8, Little Egret 1

Broad-bodied Chaser (David Richardson)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    


May

31stCetti's Warbler 2, Cuckoo 2, Common Tern 4, Red Kite 2, Lesser Whitethroat 3, Mistle Thrush 4, Yellow Wagtail 1
                                                                                                                             
30th*TURTLE DOVE* 1 very briefly this AM but no sign since (M Durkin/CMH), the first at the site since 2007, Cetti's Warbler 2, Common Tern 6 (no sign of the Golden Oriole today despite being looked for)
Turtle Dove (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                       
29th**GOLDEN ORIOLE** 1 singing in wood opposite the reedbed on Leicestershire side throughout the day (CMH), the first record since 2002 and the 5th ever for the site. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HEAR A RECORDING OF THIS BIRD CHECK OUT SIMON WATTS EXCELLENT POST ON TWITTER - @wildpresent, Common Sandpiper 1, Oystercatcher 2, Hobby 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Cuckoo 1                                                                                                                                          
28thOystercatcher 2, Common Tern 4                                                                                                                                     
                                                               
27thYellow Wagtail 2, Cetti's Warbler 2, MARSH HARRIER 1 over SW (PDH), Common Tern 4, Yellowhammer 2 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 (CMH), Hobby 1                                                                                                                 
26thCetti's Warbler 2, Yellow Wagtail 1, Common Tern 6, Little Egret 1 (CMH)                                                                                                                                        
25thEGYPTIAN GOOSE 3 (CMH), Hobby 2, Oystercatcher 2, Yellow Wagtail 1, Common Tern 8                                                                                                                                       
                                                               
24thSPOTTED FLYCATCHER 2 (CMH/PDH), Yellow Wagtail 3, Common Tern 8, Hobby 2, Oystercatcher 2                                                                                                                  
23rdGRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 2, Lesser Whitethroat 3, Hobby 1, Swift c200, Yellow Wagtail 1, Common Tern 8, Greylag Goose 5 pair with 23 young in total                                                                                                                                           
22ndCommon Tern 8, Cetti's Warbler 2, Lesser Whitethroat 2                                                                                                                                       
                                                               
21stDUNLIN 1 on the dam, the 7th of 2021 (CMH), Common Sandpiper 2, Cetti's Warbler 2, Common Tern 12, Swift c130                                                                                                                 
20thCommon Tern 10, Cetti's Warbler 2, Red Kite 2                                                                                                                                         
19thCommon Sandpiper 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Cuckoo 1, Hobby 2, Common Tern 10, Oystercatcher 2, Tree Sparrow 3, Red Kite 1                                                                                                                                                                                                       
18thSPOTTED FLYCATCHER 2 (CMH), Common Tern 8, Cetti's Warbler 2                                                                                                             
17thOSPREY 1 this AM (PDH), Cuckoo 1, Hobby 1, Little Egret 1, Oystercatcher 2, Cetti's Warbler 2, Pochard 3, Common Tern 8, Common Sandpiper 1                                                                                                                        

16th*SANDERLING* 1 this AM, the first since 2019 (CB/CMH), Cuckoo 2, GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 2



Sanderling (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                                                                           
15thCommon Sandpiper 1, Common Tern 17, Yellow Wagtail 2                                                                                                                                 
14thOSPREY 1 over at 12.40 (S&M Wyatt), Hobby 3, Oystercatcher 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Common Tern 17, Shelduck 2                                                                                                                                  
13thCommon Tern 16, Common Sandpiper 1, Cuckoo 1, Kingfisher 1, Yellow Wagtail 2                                                                                                                                                                                   
12thGRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 (CB), Cuckoo 2 (CMH), Shelduck 2, Common Sandpiper 1, Common Tern 6, LITTLE GULL 1 late evening (R Cross), SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 1 (CMH)                                                                                                                      
11thCuckoo 1, Common Tern 10, Hobby 1, Kestrel 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Red Kite 1, Common Buzzard 3, Cetti's Warbler 1, Shelduck 2                                                                                                                                   
10thGRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 (CMH), Swift c100 (CMH), Shelduck 2, Common Sandpiper 2, Egyptian Goose 1, Cuckoo 1, Common Tern 8                                                                                                                                         
                                                               
9thCommon Tern 10, Red Kite 4, Lesser Black-backed Gull 9, Black-headed Gull 12, Common Gull 2, Common Sandpiper 1, Swift c20                                                                                                                
8th*ARCTIC TERN* 2 this AM (CMH), Common Tern 15, Common Sandpiper 1                                                                                                                                    
7th*BLACK TERN* 1 present all day, the first of 2021 (PDH), GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1, Common Tern 9, Hobby 1
Black Tern, record shot (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                                                                            
6thGRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 (CMH), Swallow 184 on wires this AM (CMH), Shelduck 2, Lesser Whitethroat 4, Hobby 1, Common Tern 2, Common Sandpiper 2

Swallow (Chris Hubbard)

                                                                                                                      
5th*WHIMBREL* 1 on the dam from 06.30 to at least 09.00, the 5th record of 2021 (CMH), GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 (CMH), Hobby 3, Lesser Whitethroat 3, Garden Warbler 4, Yellow Wagtail 2
Whimbrel (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                        
Whimbrel (Chris Hubbard)

4thMARSH HARRIER 1 this AM, the 4th record of 2021 (CMH), DUNLIN 5 early AM (CMH), ARCTIC TERN 2 early AM (CMH) and 1 this evening (SCN), EGYPTIAN GOOSE 3 (CMH), Common Sandpiper 1, Common Tern 3, Shelduck 1 (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 4, Swift 2
4 of the 5 Dunlin present early AM (Chris Hubbard)

                                                                                                                                                                                                       
3rdCommon Sandpiper 2, Common Tern 3, Lesser Whitethroat 2, GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 (CMH), Oystercatcher 1, Red Kite 1, Yellow Wagtail 12, several hundred hirundines including Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin, Swift 5, CUCKOO 1
Common Tern (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                     
2ndLesser Whitethroat 3, GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 (CMH), Lapwing 1, CUCKOO 1, Canada Goose 2 with 7 young                                                                                                                                              
1stCommon Sandpiper 1, Garden Warbler 1, GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 SRG), SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 1 the first of 2021 (M Townsend), CUCKOO, Goldeneye 4, Snipe 1, Hobby 1                                                                                                                              
                                                               



April

30thWHINCHAT 1 this AM (CMH), GREAT EGRET 1 (GB), Common Sandpiper 1, Cuckoo 1 (GB), Oystercatcher 2, Swallow 7
Whinchat (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                 
29thWHINCHAT 1 briefly this AM, the first of 2021, but not seen late PM (D Hicklin), GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 15 (S&M Wyatt), Cetti's Warbler 3, Common Sandpiper 1, Shoveler 2, Goldeneye 4, Snipe 3, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Hobby 1, Swift 2, Cuckoo 1 (CMH)                                                                                                                                         
28th*GREY PLOVER* 1 flew east this AM, the first at the site since 2017 (CMH), *ARCTIC TERN* 7 this AM, the first at the site in 2021 (CMH) and part of a major movement of this species across the Midlands today, *WHIMBREL* 3 flew east this AM (CMH), GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 (CMH), Cuckoo 1, Shoveler 1, Common Sandpiper 1
1 of 7 Arctic Terns this AM (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                              
27thGRASSHOPPER WARBLER 2, 1 ringed (CMH/SRG), Lesser Whitethroat 1 ringed this AM (SRG), Garden Warbler 1, Swift 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Redwing 1, Yellow Wagtail 15, *BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL* 1 female on the dam this evening, the first of this sub-species since 1994 (CMH)
Female Blue-headed Wagtail (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                               
26thGRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 reeling (CMH), REDSTART 2 male and female  (PDH / S&M Wyatt), GARDEN WARBLER 1, for the first of 2021 (PDH), Swift 2, Green Sandpiper 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 25, Goldeneye 4, Pochard 5, Cetti's Warbler 3, Hobby 2, Kestrel 1, Red Kite 1, Kingfisher 1
Garden Warbler (Peter Dillon-Hooper)
                                                                                                                                                                                                       
25thGRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 reeling this AM, the first of 2021 (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 4, Oystercatcher 1, HOBBY 2 (R Cross), SWIFT 2, the first of 2021 (GB), House Martin 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Goldeneye 2, Shelduck 1 (GB)                                                                                                                       
24th*WHIMBREL* 1 over this AM, the first of 2021 (CMH/SRG), MARSH HARRIER 1 flew through, the 3rd record of 2021 (SRG), Snipe 2, Common Tern 1, Yellow Wagtail 19 this evening (A Homer), Sedge Warbler 8 ringed this AM (SRG), Blackcap 7 ringed (SRG), Whitethroat 7 ringed (SRG), Green Sandpiper 1, Black-headed Gull 6

Yellow Wagtail, 2nd year male ringed this evening (Adam Homer)

                                                                                                                                         
23rd*RING OUZEL* 2 very briefly near Leicester feeders, the first since 2019 (Ian Bartlett), *LITTLE GULL* 5 (SCN / J Raven), WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 1 this AM with 3 Greylags (CB/CMH), Egyptian Goose 3 (PDH), LESSER WHITETHROAT 1 this AM, the first of 2021 (CB/CMH), GREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Goldeneye 3, Yellow Wagtail 22 (CMH), Common Tern 1, Wigeon 2, Collared Dove 1 
Little Gulls (Chris Hubbard)


White-fronted Goose (Chris Hubbard)


                                                                                                                                                            
White-fronted Goose (Chris Hubbard)


22ndGREENSHANK 1 briefly this AM, the first of 2021 (CMH), Common Sandpiper 2, CUCKOO 1 (CMH), BRAMBLING 1 female (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 20 this evening (CMH), CURLEW 1 heard (D Hicklin), Common Tern 1, Oystercatcher 2, Goldeneye 2                                                                                                                     
21stCOMMON TERN 6 (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 13, CURLEW 1 (GB), CUCKOO 1 (CMH), Reed Warbler 2, Common Sandpiper 4, Swallow 15, Sand Martin c30, Oystercatcher 1                                                                                                                                         
20thOSPREY 1 this AM, high NE at 08.30 (CMH), Common Tern 1 (CMH), Reed Warbler 2, Sedge Warbler c10, Oystercatcher 2, Common Sandpiper 1, Wigeon 3, Shoveler 1, Whitethroat 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Redwing 1, Greylag Goose 2 adults with 3 young                                                                                                                                          
                                                               
19thYellow Wagtail 18 (CMH), Common Sandpiper 1, Common Tern 1 flew through (CMH), Reed Warbler 1, the first of 2021 (PDH), Golden Plover c50 flew west (CMH), Goldeneye 10 (SCN), Mistle Thrush 1, Gadwall 1 female with 6 young (CMH)                                                                                                                  
18thLittle Egret 6, GREAT EGRET 1, Raven 2, Tree Sparrow 2 on the Leicestershire side (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 16 (D Hicklin), Snipe 1                                                                                                                              
17thGREAT EGRET 1, Common Whitethroat 1, Sedge Warbler 1, Yellow Wagtail 2, BARN OWL 2 ringed this AM (SRG), MARSH TIT 1 this PM, the first for 2021 (Alan Herbert), Red Kite 2
Marsh Tit, the first of 2021 (Alan Herbert)

Barn Owls (SRG)
                                                                                                                               

16thCUCKOO 1, the first of 2021 (PDH), Green Sandpiper 1, Common Whitethroat 1, GREAT EGRET 1, YELLOW WAGTAIL 12 (CMH), CURLEW 2 (PDH & Dave Williams / GB), Oystercatcher 1, EGYPTIAN GOOSE 3, Cetti's Warbler 3, Snipe 1, Lesser Redpoll 1

                                                                                                                        
15thGREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 1, Common Whitethroat 2, Sedge Warbler 2, Green Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 2, Oystercatcher 1, Snipe 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Wigeon 2, Goldeneye 8, 2 pair of Mallard with 8 young and 17-18 young, Sand Martin 10                                                                                                                                    
Yellow Wagtail (Chris Hubbard)
14thCOMMON TERN 12 flew through mid-afternoon, the first of 2021 (John Andrews), PINTAIL 4 early AM (CMH), GREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 1, Yellow Wagtail 6, Common Whitethroat 1, Shoveler 3, Goldeneye 7, Snipe 3, Cetti's Warbler 3                                                                                                                                       
                                                               
13thGREAT EGRET 1, WHEATEAR 1 this PM (R Cross), Goosander 2, Yellow Wagtail 5, Oystercatcher 2, Green Sandpiper 1, Sedge Warbler 1, Common Whitethroat 2, Shoveler 2, Snipe 1, Kingfisher 1, Treecreeper 1, Cetti's Warbler 2                                                                                                                        
12thGreen Sandpiper 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Yellow Wagtail 2, GREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 2, Meadow Pipit 6, Goldeneye 11, Common Sandpiper 1 this evening (SCN)                                                                                                                                    
11thREDSHANK 1 briefly this PM, the first of 2021 (CB/CMH), WHEATEAR 1 this AM (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 2, Sedge Warbler 1, GREAT EGRET 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Little Egret 1, Willow Warbler 6, Goldeneye 5, Meadow Pipit 10, Buzzard 10 (F Graves), Grey Wagtail 4, Goosander 2, Oystercatcher 2 
Redshank, the first of 2021 (Chris Hubbard)

                                                                                                                                                                                    
10thREDSTART 1 ringed this AM, the first of 2021 (SRG), TREE PIPIT  1 over this AM, the first of 2021 (M Townsend), Common Whitethroat 1, the first of 2021 (CB), Common Sandpiper 2, Yellow Wagtail 3, Cetti's Warbler 2, GREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 4, Oystercatcher 2, Willow Warbler 6

Redstart (SRG / Images - Chris Hubbard)

                                                                                                                   
9thCOMMON SANDPIPER 1, the first of 2021 (CMH/PDH), HOBBY 1, the first of 2021 (PDH), WHEATEAR 1 this AM (CMH), DUNLIN 1, the first of 2021 (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 1, Sedge Warbler 1,  Green Sandpiper 1, Willow Warbler 6, Goosander 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Goldeneye 7, Snipe 3, GREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 1
Wheatear (Chris Hubbard)


                                                                                                                                           
Dunlin, the first of 2021 (Chris Hubbard)

8thSEDGE WARBLER 2 this AM, the first of 2021 (CMH), GREAT EGRET 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Oystercatcher 2, Yellow Wagtail 2 (D Hicklin), Goldeneye 9, Snipe 3, Willow Warbler 3, Golden Plover 13 flew west (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 2, Goosander 1, Kingfisher 1                                                                                                                                 
                                                               
7thGreen Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Little Egret 2, Goosander 2, Willow Warbler 1, Teal 3, Snipe 1, Goldeneye 10                                                                                                                        
6thGREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 2, Kingfisher 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Swallow 15, House Martin 1, Goosander 2                                                                                                                                           
5thYellow Wagtail 1 (PDH), Goldeneye 8, Goosander 1, House Martin 2, Swallow c20, Sand Martin 2, Oystercatcher 1, Willow Warbler 1, Little Egret 1, Sparrowhawk 2                                                                                                                                         
                                                               
4thYELLOW WAGTAIL 1 heard and then seen briefly on the dam, the first of 2021 (Richard Cross/CMH), WILLOW WARBLER 1 singing, the first of 2021 (S&M Wyatt), Blackcap 5, Cetti's Warbler 2, Goosander 2, Red Kite 2, Kestrel 3, Pochard 3, Teal 7, Raven 2, Common Gull 53 (CMH), Goldeneye 13, Snipe 1, Fieldfare 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Swallow 3, Sand Martin 2
Yellow Wagtail (Richard Cross)
                                                                                                                        
3rdOSPREY 1 over this PM, the first of 2021 (CMH), Oystercatcher 1, Little Egret 2, Swallow 5, Blackcap 1, Goosander 1, CURLEW 1 flew west (SCN)                                                                                                                                         
2ndCommon Gull c150, Swallow c12, Sand Martin 6, House Martin 1, Goosander 3, Teal 1 female, Blackcap 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Wigeon 4, Kingfisher 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                       
1stCURLEW 1 this AM (CMH), Oystercatcher 2, Green Sandpiper 1, Goosander 3, House Martin 1, the first of 2021 (CMH), Swallow 4, Sand Martin c20

OTTER 1 this AM (CMH)                                                                                                   

March 

31st *SANDWICH TERN* 2 flew east at 08.00, the first since 2018 (M Townsend), Blackcap 8, Shelduck 1, Pochard 3, Cetti's Warbler 4, Little Egret 1, Goosander 1, Wigeon c20 (SCN), Goldeneye 12                                                                                                                                 
30thBlackcap 1, Swallow 1, Sand Martin 1, Raven 1, Cetti's Warbler 4 (ET), Goosander 3                                                                                                                 
29thOystercatcher 1, Grey Wagtail 2, Little Egret 2, Goosander 3, Goldeneye 17, Sand Martin 12, WHEATEAR 1, the first of 2021 (K Reeves/GB), CURLEW 1 (CMH)                                                                                                                               
28thOystercatcher 2, Goosander 5, Raven 2, Goldfinch 7, Kingfisher 2, Cetti's Warbler 2                                                                                                                                                                                      
27thCURLEW 1 (ET), Sand Martin 7, Green Sandpiper 1, Little Egret 1, Goosander 3, Cetti's Warbler 2                                                                                                                        
26th*RUSSIAN WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE* 1 still present at 14.30 but no details on how long it was present for (not there at 17.00), OSPREY 1 possible being mobbed by 2 Buzzard - n.b. several birds reported in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire in the last 48 hours (Dave Williams), Sand Martin at least 5 (ET/CMH), Swallow 1, the first of the year this evening (CMH), Pochard 3, Green Sandpiper 1, Goosander 3 (2F, 1M), Cetti's Warbler 2, Little Grebe 1, Little Egret 1 

Sand Martin (Ewan Turner)

                                                                                                                                          
25th*RUSSIAN WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE* 1 early morning only (CMH), CURLEW 2 flew west (CMH), Green Sandpiper 1, Sand Martin 2, the first of 2021 (K Reeves), Goosander 3, Meadow Pipit 4, Lesser Redpoll 4, GREAT EGRET 1 (ET), Blackcap 1, Shoveler 1, Pochard 3, Siskin 1, Goldeneye 17, Grey Wagtail 2, Kingfisher 2                                                                                                                                                        
24th*RUSSIAN WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE* 1 first-winter, Goldeneye 15, Blackcap 1, the first of 2021 (CB), Cetti's Warbler 1

White-fronted Goose (Chris Hubbard)

                                                                                                                   
23rd*RUSSIAN WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE* 1 first-winter with Greylags at dusk. the first at the site since 2019 (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 1, GREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 2, Oystercatcher 2, Water Rail 1

First-winter Russian White-fronted Goose (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                    
22ndGREAT EGRET 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Snipe 1, Pochard 1, Oystercatcher 2, Siskin 1, Lesser Redpoll 6                                                                                                                   
21stOystercatcher 4 this AM (CMH), Snipe 3, Lesser Redpoll 8, Goosander 4, Goldeneye 16, Chiffchaff 6 (FG), Buzzard 4, Green Sandpiper 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, the first of 2021 (SCN) 
20thOystercatcher 2, GREAT EGRET 1, Water Rail 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Goosander 4, WOODCOCK 1 (ET)                                                                                                                               
19thGoosander 2, Teal 2, Oystercatcher 2

Oystercatchers (Ewan Turner)
                                                                                                                                        
18thGREAT EGRET 2 (CMH), Goosander 2, Water Rail 1,                                                                                                                                       
                                                               
17thGoosander 5, Little Egret 2, Kingfisher 2, Water Rail 2, Wigeon 148, MEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 adult (a different bird to the 2 visiting recently) very briefly in the roost (CMH)                                                                                                                                
16thGREAT EGRET 1, Meadow Pipit 13                                                                                                                                          
15th*KITTIWAKE* 1 first-winter in the roost (CMH)

Kittiwake, first-winter (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                                       
14th

MEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 second-winter briefly (CMH), Green Sandpiper 1, Water Rail 1 GREAT EGRET 1, CURLEW 1 flew east (CMH), Tufted Duck 187, Goldeneye 28, Little Grebe 1, Goosander 1                                                                                                                        
7th-
13th
MEDITERRANEAN GULL 3 on 7th (2 adults and a 2nd-winter), 2 on 8th, 1 on 9th, 1 on 10th, 2 on 11th, 1 on 12th, 1 on 13th (CMH), MARSH HARRIER 1 on 7th (R Cross), WHITE WAGTAIL 2 on 7th (R Cross), Black-headed Gull 1 colour-ringed bird yellow 2H18 on 7th (ET), CURLEW 1 on 8th (CMH), Goosander 2 all week, GREAT EGRET reported several times during the week, WATER RAIL at least 2 all week, Goldeneye 28 on 11th
Mediterranean Gulls - 2 adults and a 2nd-winter (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                         
                                                               
1st-6thMEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 on 1st (CMH), MEDITERRANEAN GULL 2  on 2nd (CMH), GREAT EGRET reported several times during the week, CURLEW 1 on 4th and 6th (CMH), Wigeon 174 on 4th (CMH), Oystercatcher 2 on 5th, Green Sandpiper 1 on 5th, MEDITERRANEAN GULL 1  on 5th (CMH), PEREGRINE 1 seen on 5th and 6th (CMH), MEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 on 6th (CMH), Water Rail at least 2 reported during the week (CMH/ET)

Water Rail (Ewan Turner)

February                                                                                                                                         

As at the end of February the species list for the site for 2021 is 98 species                       
  21st - 28th - *BEARDED TIT* until Friday but presumed gone after this date (CMH), Water Rail 5, CURLEW 1, the first of 2021 on 21st (CMH), Snipe 22 on 21st (CMH), Oystercatcher 1 on several days, PINTAIL 2 on 24th, MEDITERRANEAN GULL 2 on 24th (CMH), Green Sandpiper 1 on 25th, MEDITERRANEAN GULL 2 on 26th, both different birds to the 24th (CMH), STONECHAT 1,  BRAMBLING 1 over on 27th (CMH), MEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 on 27th (CMH), Barn Owl 2 on 27th
Bearded Tit (Chris Hubbard)

3 of the 4 different Mediterranean Gulls - all adults (Chris Hubbard)

                                                                                                                                        
Feb14th - 20th - *BEARDED TIT* 2 still present until Friday (CMH), GREAT EGRET 1 on several days, Water Rail 3-5 on several days, Meadow Pipit 18 on 19th, STONECHAT 2 all week, Goosander 5 on 19th, OYSTERCATCHER 1 on 20th, the first of 2021 (ET), MARSH HARRIER 1 on 20th, the first of 2021 (CMH), PEREGRINE 1 on 20th (CMH), Green Sandpiper 1 on 20th (CMH, ET)

Oystercatcher, the first of 2021 (Ewan Turner)

Water Rail (Chris Hubbard)

Feb7th - 13th -  *BEARDED TIT* 2 until at least Thursday (CMH), Golden Plover 1 over on 7th, Snipe a group of 22 flying around the reservoir on 7th (CMH), JACK SNIPE 1 on 7th (CMH), Green Sandpiper 1 on 7th, Egyptian Goose 1 on 7th, Peregrine, the first of 2021 on 9th (CMH), GREAT EGRET on several dates (CMH, CB, ET), Goosander 2 on 10th, Canada Goose 230 on 12th, Wigeon c340 on 12th, MEDITERRANEAN GULL 2 on 12th (ET, CMH), CASPIAN GULL 1 first-winter on 13th, on the ice in Keepers Lodge Bay. A colour-ringed individual - metal on left leg, yellow ring P:PW6 on right leg ringed as a pullus in Poland in May 2020 and also seen in Holland, Peterborough and locally at Shawell (ET, CMH). This is the first time ever that we have been able to read a ring of Caspian Gull at the site.  

Mediterranean Gull (Ewan Turner)

Caspian Gull - Polish ringed (Ewan Turner)

Caspian Gull - Polish ringed (Chris Hubbard)

Caspian Gull - Polish ringed (Chris Hubbard)

Caspian Gull - Polish ringed (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                          
Feb1st - 6th -  *BEARDED TIT* both still present, STONECHAT 3 all week, MEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 adult in the roost on 4th, the first of 2021 (CMH), *BEWICK'S SWAN* 18 very briefly before flying NW on 6th, the first since 2019 and the largest group for some time (CMH)

Bewick's Swans (Chris Hubbard)

Bewick's Swans (Chris Hubbard)

Bewick's Swans (Chris Hubbard)

Bewick's Swans (Chris Hubbard)

Bearded Tit (Ewan Turner)


January 

23rd24th - 31st - *BEARDED TIT* both still present, GREAT EGRET 1 on several dates, STONECHAT 3 all week, BARNACLE GOOSE 1 on 24th (CMH), Golden Plover 2, over on 24th, Snipe 5 on 25th, Barn Owl 1 on 25th (CMH), Common Gull c610 on 25th, Goosander 5 on 26th, Shelduck 10 briefly on 28th (CMH), Water Rail 5 on 29th, WOODCOCK 1 on 30th (CMH), Siskin 1 on 30th, PINTAIL 1 on 30th (CMH), Egyptian Goose 2 on 31st (CMH), Common Gull c1300 (CMH) on 31st, Red Kite 4 on 31st, Little Egret 4 on 31st                                                                                                                                         
17th17th to 23rd - *BEARDED TIT* - still present all week but elusive (CMH), BARNACLE GOOSE 1 on 17th (CMH), PINTAIL 1 on 17th (CMH), GREAT EGRET 2 on 17th (CB), Pochard 39, Tufted Duck 136, Wigeon 91, Gadwall 63, Coot 353, Water Rail 5 all on 17th (CMH), Great Black-backed Gull 112 on 18th (CMH), Chiffchaff at least 4 during the week (CMH, CB), CASPIAN GULL 1, a 2nd-winter in the roost on 22nd (CMH), PINTAIL 1 on 22nd (FG)
Caspian Gull (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                
Stonechat (Ewan Turner)

Female Bearded Tit (Ewan Turner)
8th 8th to 16th - *BEARDED TIT* - still present all week but elusive at times (CMH), Water Rail 6 on 14th (CMH), PINTAIL 2  on 8th (CMH), Little Grebe 4 on 9th (CMH), PINTAIL 4 on 10th (CMH), STONECHAT 3 present all week (CMH/CB), JACK SNIPE 1 on 10th (CMH), Green Sandpiper 1 on 14th (CB), YELLOW-LEGGED GULL 1 adult in the roost on the 15th (CMH)
7th
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*BEARDED TIT* 2 still (CMH), BARNACLE GOOSE 1, the first of 2021 (CMH), PINTAIL 2, the first of 2021 (CMH)                                                                                                                    
6th*BEARDED TIT* 2 (CMH), BRAMBLING 1 over calling (CMH), Water Rail 2, Lapwing c50, Kingfisher 1, Lesser Redpoll 3, Bullfinch 7                                                                                                                                     
5th*BEARDED TIT* 2 this AM (CMH), WHOOPER SWAN 5 early AM, 2 adults & 3 juveniles, the first of 2021 (CMH), STONECHAT 1, Common Snipe 1, Water Rail 2, GREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 1,  Lesser Redpoll c14, Green Sandpiper 1, Kingfisher 2

Whooper Swan - presumed family party (Chris Hubbard)

                                                                                                                       
4th*BEARDED TIT* 2 (CMH), GREAT EGRET 1, STONECHAT 3, Green Sandpiper 1, Lapwing c200, Sparrowhawk 1, Lesser Redpoll 3, Red Kite 1, Goosander 2 (PDH), Tawny Owl 1 calling near the settling pond                                                                                                                        
3rd*BEARDED TIT* 2 (J Raven), STONECHAT 1, Chiffchaff 2, Red Kite 1, Grey Wagtail 1, Tree Sparrow 7, Little Grebe 2                                                                                                                                            
2nd*BEARDED TIT* 2 (CMH), JACK SNIPE 1 (CMH/CB), Shelduck 1, Snipe 1, Little Egret 2, Kingfisher 2, Brambling 1 (CMH), Red Kite 1, Chiffchaff 2, Water Rail 2, STONECHAT 3, Goosander 1                                                                                                                                         
                                                               
1st*BEARDED TIT* still 2 this AM (CMH), Water Rail 1, STONECHAT 3, GREAT EGRET 2, Little Egret 3, Goldeneye 7, Chiffchaff 3, Lesser Redpoll 1, Lapwing c70, Snipe 2, Nuthatch 1 Coal Tit 1, Shoveler 6, Coot 452, Teal c30, Goosander 6, Green Sandpiper 1, Buzzard 1, Grey Wagtail 1 
Great Egret (Chris Begley)
                                                               
Kestrel (Steve Nichols)


December 2020
2020Happy New Year to all our visitors and thanks to all who have sent their sightings in - this is much appreciated. 2020 has been a weird and challenging year for all of us but I hope that the birds you have seen at Stanford have helped you get through this year. Overall, the species list for 2020 was a new site record of 164 species, beating the previous best of 160 set in 2017. There are many highlights but here are a few:

Iceland (and Kumlien's), Glaucous Gull and Kittiwake were among 12 species of gull recorded. Terns were headed up by the appearance of CASPIAN TERNS in May and July, the first at the site for 50 years. In addition, Little, Arctic and Black were also recorded. We have had 6 Marsh Harriers during 2020 as well as several Merlin and Osprey.

2020 delivered a number of species not seen for some years including: Bearded Tit, 3 Shag, 4 Black-necked Grebes, Barnacle GooseCrossbill, Rock Pipit, Wood WarblerBittern, ScaupLesser Spotted Woodpecker, Smew and Nightjar.

More from the ringing group on the blog I'm sure but some highlights of an amazing year have included: 2 Wryneck, Yellow-browed Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Firecrest, Pied Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, Whinchat, Common Buzzard, a record number of Redstarts, Common Redpoll and of course the first ever Bearded Tits ringed at the site. In all, 68 species ringed in 2020, a new group record. 

Despite the lack of mud we have managed to record 18 species of wader in 2020 the highlights being Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwit, Ringed Plover, Jack Snipe, Wood Sandpiper and Whimbrel.  

No new additions to the overall site species list in 2020 although Kumlien's Gull (a sub species of Iceland Gull) was new to the site and only the third Northamptonshire record. 
                                                                                                                               

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