Sightings: 2022

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

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May

19thCUCKOO 3, Common Sandpiper 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Common Tern 14, Wigeon 1                                                                                                                           
18thRed Kite 1, Hobby 1, Little Egret 1, Wigeon 1, Common Tern 1 with blue colour ring U21. Ringed at Watermead Country Park by Andy Smith on 27th June 2018. Also seen in Oxfordshire in July 2021 (SCN)                                                                                                                                  
17thCUCKOO 2, Wigeon 1, Cetti's Warbler 3

OTTER - 4 this morning (CMH)                                                                                                                                 
16thCommon Sandpiper 1, CUCKOO 2, Common Tern 12, Cetti's Warbler 3, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Red Kite 1, Buzzard 3, Oystercatcher 1, Little Egret 1, Wigeon 1, Shoveler 1, Barn Owl 1                                                                                   
15thCUCKOO 2, Common Sandpiper 1, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Cetti's Warbler 3, Common Tern 14, Hobby 1                                                                                                                                 
14thCommon Sandpiper 1, Hobby 1, CUCKOO 2, Common Tern 10, Yellow Wagtail 1, Cetti's Warbler 3                                                                                                
13thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 2 males on the dam (CMH), CUCKOO 3 (CMH/CB), Hobby 2 
Red-crested Pochard (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                      
Red-crested Pochard (Chris Hubbard)

12th*GREENSHANK* 1 on the dam this evening for 15 minutes before flying SW, the 2nd of 2022 (CMH), LITTLE RINGED PLOVER 1 on the dam, the 3rd of 2022 (CMH), DUNLIN 1 on the dam early morning, the 6th record of 2022 (CMH), Common Sandpiper 1, Swift c100 this evening (CMH), Shelduck 4 (CMH), WHINCHAT 1 (CMH), Cuckoo 2 (male and female), Lesser Whitethroat 2, Yellow Wagtail 1, Cetti's Warbler 3, Wigeon 1, Common Tern 8, Hobby 2

Dunlin (Chris Hubbard)

Greenshank and Little Ringed Plover (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                 
11thCUCKOO 2 (male and female), Wigeon 1, Common Tern 7, Hobby 2, Swift 7, Sparrowhawk 1, Red Kite 1                                                                                                                                  
10thCommon Sandpiper 2, DUNLIN 1 flew west (CMH), Common Tern 12, Wigeon 1, Swift 25 Little Egret 1, Hobby 3                                                                                                       
9thWigeon 1, CUCKOO 1 (CMH), Common Sandpiper 1, Yellow Wagtail 5, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Hobby 2                                                                                                                                
8thShelduck 1 flew east (CMH), CUCKOO 1 (CMH), Lesser Whitethroat 2, GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1, Wigeon 1, Yellow Wagtail 5, Common Tern 11, Hobby 3 (S&MW), Sparrowhawk 1, Cetti's Warbler 6, Grey Wagtail 2

OTTER 3 early AM (J Raven & G Hood)                                                                                                                         
7thARCTIC TERN 22, a group of 17 and 5 (CMH), CUCKOO 1 (CMH), Common Tern 7, Wigeon 1, Hobby 2, Garden Warbler at least 8 singing                                                                                                                             
6thCommon Sandpiper 2, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Common Tern 8, Hobby 1                                                                                                                            
5thWHINCHAT 2 this AM and 1 still present this evening, the first of 2022 (CMH), RINGED PLOVER 1 on the dam this evening, the first of 2022 (CMH), CUCKOO 1 (CMH), Common Sandpiper 2, Common Tern 8, Garden Warbler at least 9 singing, EGYPTIAN GOOSE 1, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Hobby 2

Ringed Plover (Chris Hubbard)

Whinchat - male and female (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                         
4thCUCKOO 1, COMMON SANDPIPER 2 (CMH), EGYPTIAN GOOSE 1 (CMH), Wigeon 1, Common Tern 7, Cetti's Warbler 3, Yellow Wagtail 1, Little Egret 3, Swift 4, Lesser Whitethroat 3

Common Tern (Steven Wright)
                                    
3rdCUCKOO 1 (CMH), DUNLIN 2 on the dam all day (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 5, Swift 5, Wigeon 1, Kingfisher 1, Red Kite 2

Dunlin (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                 
2ndARCTIC TERN 14 briefly this AM, a group of 13 arrived before flying NE and a single bird lingered for 10 mins before departing (CMH), MARSH HARRIER 1 seen twice in Blowers Lodge Bay (PDH), FIELDFARE 1 late bird at the point (M Townsend), CUCKOO 2 (CMH), GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 (SRG), Common Sandpiper 2, Common Tern 4, Yellow Wagtail 15, Barn Owl 1
                                                                                                                            
Cuckoo (Chris Hubbard)

Marsh Harrier record shot (Peter Dillon-Hooper)

1stCOMMON SANDPIPER 4 (CMH), Common Tern 13 (CMH), GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 15, Garden Warbler 3, Oystercatcher 3, Lesser Whitethroat 1, WHITE WAGTAIL 1 (SCN), Swift 1, WHEATEAR 1 (CB), Tern species 22 flew very high NW, possibly Arctic, but not confirmed (SCN)                                                                                                          


April

30thSHELDUCK 4, the 2nd record of 2022 (CMH), CUCKOO 1 (GB), EGYPTIAN GOOSE 1 (GB/CMH), Yellow Wagtail 8, Common Tern 3, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2, Kingfisher 1                                                                                                                                
29thCUCKOO 1 (CMH), WHITE WAGTAIL 1 on the dam early AM (PDH/CMH), Garden Warbler 4, Swallow c200, Wigeon 1, Yellow Wagtail 2, Cetti's Warbler 1 , Sparrowhawk 1, Common Gull 11, Black-headed Gull 6, Common Tern 1, CURLEW 2 flew east (PDH), Yellow Wagtail 10, EGYPTIAN GOOSE 1, Kingfisher 1

Sparrowhawk (Peter Dillon-Hooper)

White Wagtail (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                            
28thARCTIC TERN 1, the first of 2022 (CMH), Common Gull 1, Black-headed Gull 14, Swift 2, Swallow c200 (CMH), CUCKOO 1 (CMH), Shoveler 2, Wigeon 1, Yellow Wagtail 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Oystercatcher 2                                                                                                                            
27thHOBBY 2 (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 10, Oystercatcher 2, Swift 1, CUCKOO 1 (CMH), Wigeon 1, Goldeneye 3, Red Kite 2, Buzzard 2, Shoveler 1
26thCUCKOO 1 (CMH), Goldeneye 3, Wigeon 1, Garden Warbler 1, Kingfisher 1, Common Tern 2, Teal 2, Oystercatcher 2, Yellow Wagtail 24 (SCN)                                                                                                                              
25thHOBBY 2, the first of 2022 (R Cross), Yellow Wagtail 24 (CMH), CUCKOO 1 (CMH), Goldeneye 3, Wigeon 1                                                                                                                        
24thCUCKOO 1 (CB), Lesser Whitethroat 4, Little Egret 1, Meadow Pipit 1, Lapwing 2, Canada Goose 7, Raven 2, Red-legged Partridge 2, Goldeneye 2, Grey Wagtail 1, Kingfisher 2, Yellow Wagtail 8                                                                                                                        
23rdGARDEN WARBLER 1, the first of 2022 (M Townsend), SWIFT 1, the first of 2022 (R Cross), CUCKOO 2 (R Cross), Teal 2, Oystercatcher 2, Red Kite 1,                                                                                                                     
22ndCUCKOO 1 (CMH/PDH), OSPREY 1 (PDH), Yellow Wagtail 2, COMMON SANDPIPER 1, the first of 2022 (PDH/CMH), Lesser Whitethroat 1, GRASHOPPER WARBLER 2 (PDH), Common Tern 1, Grey Wagtail 1
Grey Wagtail (Fritz Graves)
                                                                                                                                
21stCUCKOO 1 (B&F Graves), Yellow Wagtail 15, Red Kite 4, LESSER WHITETHROAT 1, Reed Warbler 4, Cetti's Warbler at least 3, Greylag Goose 2 with 2 young, GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 (CMH)                                                                                                                       
20thCUCKOO 1, the first of 2022 (CMH), OSPREY 1 this evening, the first of 2022 (MJ/CMH), MARSH HARRIER 1 this evening, the 2nd of 2022 (CMH/MJ), GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 1 (CMH), MANDARIN 1 drake flew over the dam this evening (CMH), LESSER WHITETHROAT 2, Yellow Wagtail 11,  Oystercatcher 1, Peregrine 1 (B&F Graves), (No sign of the Garganey this AM)

Osprey (Matt Jackson)
                                                                                                                         
19th*GARGANEY* 1 drake this morning, the first since 2019 (CMH) and also present early evening (CMH), MANDARIN 1 drake this morning, the first of 2022 (CMH), Green Sandpiper 1, Oystercatcher 3, Yellow Wagtail 10, Barn Owl 1

Mandarin (Chris Hubbard)

Garganey (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                              
18thGRASSHOPPER WARBLER 2 reeling (CMH/PDH/MT), Green Sandpiper 1, Oystercatcher 1, Lesser Whitethroat 2 ringed, the first of 2022 (SRG), Reed Warbler 1, Cetti's Warbler 4, Yellow Wagtail 1
                             
Lesser Whitethroat, the first of 2022 (SRG)

17th**WHITE-TAILED EAGLE** 1 still having roosted (CMH/CB/I Merrill), GRASSHOPPER WARBLER 3 this AM (CMH/CB), MARSH HARRIER 1 briefly, Reed Warbler 1, Oystercatcher 2
Grasshopper Warbler (SRG)
                                                                                                                               
16th**WHITE-TAILED EAGLE** 1 2CY female G819 from the reintroduction scheme flew over the dam late PM and settled in trees on the Leicestershire side (CMH/A Homer), Reed Warbler 1 the first of 2022, Grasshopper Warbler 1 ringed, the first of 2022, Green Sandpiper 1 (CMH), Yellow Wagtail c15, Egyptian Goose 1
White-tailed Eagle (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                              
15thCetti's Warbler 4, Sedge Warbler 10, Swallow 2, Shoveler 5, Curlew 1 heard (GB), Barn Owl 1, Little Egret 1, WHEATEAR 1 (CMH) 

Sedge Warbler (Mark Healey)
                                         
                                                                                   
14thLITTLE RINGED PLOVER 1 flew over east, calling (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 13, Cetti's Warbler 1 ringed this AM, the 100th to be ringed at the site (SRG), Whitethroat c5, Sedge Warbler c6, WHEATEAR 1 (J Lambert)                                                                                                                              
13thGREENSHANK 1 fly through east, the first of 2022 (CMH), Common Whitethroat 1, the first of 2022 (CB), Sedge Warbler 1, the first of 2022 (CB), Barn Owl 1, Yellow Wagtail c16 (DM), Red Kite 3, Willow Warbler 3, Cetti's Warbler 3, Oystercatcher 2                                                                                                                                 
12thWHIMBREL 1 fly through, the first of 2022 (CMH), COMMON TERN 2, the first of 2022 (CMH), REDSHANK 1, the first of 2022 (CMH), WHEATEAR 1 this evening, the first of 2022 (CMH), Yellow Wagtail 9, Snipe 1, Willow Warbler 3, Common Gull 23, Sand Martin c30, Shoveler 7
Wheatear (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                 

11thWILLOW WARBLER 2, the first of 2022 (CMH), YELLOW WAGTAIL 2, the first of 2022 (SCN/CMH), HOUSE MARTIN 4, the first of 2022 (CMH/SCN), Peregrine 1, Red Kite 2, Common Gull 2, Shoveler 7, Lesser Redpoll 1

Yellow Wagtail (Chris Hubbard)

Yellow Wagtail ( S Nichols)
                                                                                                                                
10thGoldeneye 7, Wigeon 1, Shoveler 8, Red Kite 1, Tree Sparrow 10, Cetti's Warbler 4, Grey Wagtail 3, Linnet 7, Little Egret 1, Lapwing 6, Blackcap 8,                                                                                                                                           
9thEGYPTIAN GOOSE 1 (CMH), Blackcap 8, Cetti's Warbler 4, Little Egret 1, Shoveler 8, Teal 4                                                                                                                                  
8thLesser Redpoll 2, Blackcap c10 (PDH/CMH), Lapwing 4, Oystercatcher 2, Goldeneye 11, Shoveler 7, Peregrine 1 (PDH), Little Egret 2, Cetti's Warbler 6, Sand Martin 2                                                                                                                                          
7thSwallow 7, Sand Martin 1, Little Egret 2, Goldeneye 1, Red Kite 2, Redwing 1

Redwing (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                 
6thNo sightings received                                                                                                                                           
5thShoveler 1, Goldeneye 1, Tree Sparrow c13                                                                                                                                
4thSwallow 1, Goosander 1, Cetti's Warbler 9, Shoveler 2, Wigeon 3, Goldeneye 11, Lesser Redpoll 1                                                                                                                                           
3rdRed Kite 7, Buzzard 6, Raven 2, Tree Sparrow c20, Snipe 5, Kingfisher 1, Little Egret 1, Goldeneye 9, Shoveler 10, Wigeon 85, Pochard 1, Lesser Redpoll 2, Cetti's Warbler 1                                                                                                                       
2ndShoveler 8, Cetti's Warbler 2, Goldeneye 13, Shoveler 13, Wigeon 26, Pochard 2, Grey Wagtail 3, Little Egret 1                                                                                                                                           
1stGreat Crested Grebe 8                                                                                                          


March

31stGoldeneye 11, Shoveler 7, Teal 3, Wigeon 1, Pochard 4, Little Egret 1, Redwing 10

The overall species count for 2022 at the end of the first quarter is 103 (excluding Ruddy Shelduck and White-tailed Eagle)                                                                                                                       
30thOystercatcher 1, Red Kite 1, Cetti's Warbler 3                                                                                                                               
29thLITTLE RINGED PLOVER 1 the first at the site since 2020 (CMH), SWALLOW 1 around the dam, the first of 2022 (CMH), Little Egret 1
Little Ringed Plover, the first since 2020 (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                
28th**WHITE-TAILED EAGLE** 1, a 2nd CY male from the Isle of Wight re-introduction programme  passed over the reservoir at 14.40 today at a height of 279 metres. It flew 150km from Staffs to near Luton and was still flying at 17.55. Maps below indicate the route this majestic bird took (information kindly provided by Tim Mackrill),  Cetti's Warbler upto 10 on site currently, Raven 24, Wigeon 37, Shoveler 2, Teal 2, BLACKCAP 1, the first of 2022 (PDH), Lapwing 2, Water Rail 1, Snipe 1, Oystercatcher 1
Route of G818, White-tailed Eagle across the reservoir (courtesy of Tim Mackrill) 
                                        
Route of G818 as it headed south-east (courtesy of Tim Mackrill)
             
                                                
27thGREAT EGRET 1 (GB), Barn Owl 1 (CB), Raven 20 (SCN), Goldeneye 15                                                                                                                  
26thJACK SNIPE 1 with 3 Common Snipe this AM, the first of 2022 (M Townsend), Little Egret 2, Raven 14 feeding on sheep carcass (CMH)                                                                                                                           
25thLittle Egret 3, Oystercatcher 2, Raven 12 feeding on sheep carcass (PDH), Cetti's Warbler c7 (PDH), Goosander 2, Peregrine 1 (CMH), Water Rail 2                                                                                                                      
24thGoosander 2, Fieldfare c20, Redwing c5                                                                                                                     
23rdPochard 2, Shoveler 4, Tree Sparrow 4, Wigeon 1                                                                                                                        
22ndPochard 1 with blue nasal saddle H9H, ringed in France in 2016 (CMH), Sand Martin 2 early AM (CMH), BRAMBLING 2  on Northants feeders (CMH), Water Rail 2, Cetti's Warbler 4, Oystercatcher 1, Shoveler 16, Teal 1, Red Kite 2
Pochard with blue nasal saddle H9H - ringed in France in 2016 (Chris Hubbard)
           
                                                                                                                  
21stGREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), Goosander 2, Little Egret 3, Wigeon 110                                                                                                                        
20thCURLEW 1 early AM (CMH), Oystercatcher 1, Lapwing 4, Shoveler 13, Little Egret 1, Water Rail 2, Cetti's Warbler 4, Goosander 3, Chiffchaff 5, Teal 6, Buzzard 4, Red Kite 1, Siskin 7, Lesser Redpoll 1, Gadwall 12, Tufted Duck 110, Coot 64, Wigeon 8, Greylag Goose 25, Mallard 30, Kingfisher 2, Moorhen 6                                                                                                                           
19thSAND MARTIN 2, the first of 2022 (M Townsend), Shoveler 12, Little Egret 3, Cetti's Warbler 4, Red Kite 6, Grey Heron 4, BRAMBLING 2, Goosander 1, Oystercatcher 1, Lapwing 4, Shelduck 1 female (B&FG)                                                                                                                            
18thWigeon 116, Teal 7, Grey Heron 6, Buzzard 5, Goosander 1                                                                                                                                
17thOystercatcher 2, Goosander 3, Shoveler 53, GREAT EGRET 1 (B&FG), Little Egret 2, Little Grebe 1, Reed Bunting 4, Chiffchaff 6, Buzzard 6, Kestrel 2, Red Kite 1                                                                                                                                  
16thGREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), Shoveler 48, Little Egret 2, Goosander 2, Kingfisher 1, Oystercatcher 1, Cetti's Warbler 3, Water Rail 1                                                                                                                             
15thGREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), Shoveler 48, Little Egret 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Kingfisher 1, Goosander 3, Water Rail 1                                                                                                                             
14thGREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), Little Egret 1, Kingfisher 1, Shoveler 36, Cetti's Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 4, Oystercatcher 1, Goosander 2, Goldeneye 10                                                                                                                            
13thDUNLIN 1 over the middle of the reservoir at 18.24 (CMH), CURLEW 1 early AM (CMH), GREAT EGRET 3 (CMH), Oystercatcher 1, Shoveler 30, Goosander 4, Little Egret 2, Kingfisher 1, Cetti's Warbler 3, Chiffchaff 1, Goldeneye c13, Kestrel 1, Linnet 7, Grey Heron 5                                                                                                                           
12thWHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 (CMH), GREAT EGRET 2 (CMH), Little Egret 2, Water Rail 2, Cetti's Warbler 3, Shoveler 39, Pochard 42, Red Kite 3, Chiffchaff 1, Goosander 4, Meadow Pipit 2                                                                                                                             
11thGREAT EGRET 1 (PDH), Water Rail 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Shoveler 36, Chiffchaff 1, Goosander 3, Kingfisher 1, Kestrel 2, Red Kite 1                                                                                                                                 
10thSHELDUCK 2, the first of 2022 (CMH), GREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 4, Oystercatcher 1, Chiffchaff 1, Shoveler 30, Kingfisher 1, Goosander 3, Grey Heron 6                                                                                                                                 
9thWHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 early morning (CMH), GREAT EGRET 2 (CMH), Goosander 4, Cetti's Warbler 2, Shoveler 37, Little Egret 2, Siskin 5, Water Rail 1, Goldeneye 35 at dusk, the highest count in the last two years at least (CMH) 
White-fronted Goose (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                 
8thCASPIAN GULL 1 third-winter in the roost (CMH), GREAT EGRET 1 (CB), PEREGRINE 1 (CMH), Wigeon 196 at the dam end this evening (CMH), Red Kite 3, Grey Heron 6, Kingfisher 1

Caspian Gull - record shots (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                    
7thWHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 still (B&FG/CMH), GREAT EGRET 2 (CMH), Shoveler 31, Goosander 8 (B&FG), Kingfisher 3, Raven 2, Little Egret 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 1 in full song at the dam, Grey Wagtail 2                                                                                                                                 
6thWHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 (CMH), GREAT EGRET 3 (CMH), Water Rail 3, Oystercatcher 1, Goosander 4, Shoveler 17, Little Egret 2, Kingfisher 1, Teal 6, Raven 1, Grey Wagtail 2                                                                                                                                
5thWHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 (CMH), MEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 adult in the roost (CMH), PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 1 still (CMH), Wigeon 62, GREAT EGRET 1, Goosander 4, Kingfisher 1
Pink-footed Goose (Chris Hubbard)
                             
                                                                                                 
4thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 1 this AM, the first of 2022 (CMH), WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 this AM (CMH), GREAT EGRET 3 (PDH), CURLEW 1 (CMH), Collared Dove 1, the first of 2022, Teal 19, Goosander 5, Golden Plover c200 (PDH), Little Egret 1, Water Rail 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Shoveler 11, Lesser Redpoll 1, Meadow Pipit 3, Grey Wagtail 2, Kingfisher 1
White-fronted Geese (Chris Hubbard)

Pink-footed Goose, the first of 2022 (Chris Hubbard)
             
                                                                                                                    
3rdWHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 at the settling pond end this AM (CMH), CURLEW 1 this AM (CMH), GREAT EGRET 3 (CMH), Little Egret 1, Cetti's Warbler 3, Goosander 7, Shoveler 16, Golden Plover c50, Chiffchaff 1, Wigeon 55, Water Rail 1, Kingfisher 2

White-fronted Goose (Chris Hubbard)

Curlew (Chris Hubbard)
           
                                                                                                                    
2ndMEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 adult in the roost, the same bird as Monday (CMH), Common Gull c1000 in the roost (CMH), GREAT EGRET 1 over dam (CMH), Little Egret 2, Goosander 3                                                                                                                              
1stGoosander 7, Golden Plover c150                                                                                                                                 

February 

28thMEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 adult in the roost (CMH), CURLEW 1 over the dam heading west, the first of 2022 (CMH), BRAMBLING 6 (CMH), OYSTERCATCHER 2, Goosander 2, Shoveler 13, GREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), Fieldfare c100, Buzzard 1

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 1 at Stanford Hall, also GREAT EGRET and Shelduck (CMH)           
                                                                                                                    
27thGREAT EGRET 1 (S&MW), Goosander 8, Shoveler 13, Teal 2, Little Egret 1, Siskin 11, Lesser Redpoll 6 (S&MW), Mistle Thrush 1, PEREGRINE 1 (S&MW), Buzzard c5, Grey Heron 6, Meadow Pipit 4, Cetti's Warbler 1, Red Kite 4, Sparrowhawk 1, Grey Wagtail 2, Little Grebe 1
Siskin (Chris Hubbard)

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 still at Stanford Hall (SCN)                                                                                                                          
26thGoosander 5 (2 drakes), Goldeneye 21, Red Kite 5, Grey Heron 4, Little Egret 1, BRAMBLING 1, Lapwing 8

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 still at Stanford Hall (CMH)

Goosander (Chris Hubbard)
         
                                                                                                                    
25thChiffchaff 1, Goosander 3

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 still at Stanford Hall (CMH)

A FELLOW BIRDER HAS CONTACTED ME TODAY TO SAY THAT HE LOST HIS WEDDING RING AT THE RESERVOIR YESTERDAY. IF ANYONE FINDS IT (PLAIN GOLD WEDDING BAND) CAN YOU LET ME KNOW AND WE WILL GET IT BACK TO HIM.                                                                                                                             
24thYELLOW-LEGGED GULL 1 third-winter in the roost (CMH), DUNLIN 1, the first of 2022 in Blowers Lodge Bay briefly (CMH/D Hicklin), Little Egret 1, Golden Plover c130 again, OYSTERCATCHER 1, Chiffchaff 1                                                                                                    
Yellow-legged Gull flight shote (Chris Hubbard)
23rdYELLOW-LEGGED GULL 1 third-winter in the roost (CMH), Golden Plover c130, Goldeneye 26, Wigeon c100, Little Egret 1
22ndMEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 adult in the roost - a new bird (CMH), YELLOW-LEGGED GULL 1 third-winter again (CMH)

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 still at Stanford Hall (CMH/Alan Herbert)     
 
Mediterranean Gull record shots (Chris Hubbard)
                
                                                                                                    
21stCASPIAN GULL 1 second-winter in the roost this evening (CMH), Wigeon c170, OYSTERCATCHER 1 on the dam                                                                                                                         
20thGoosander 6, Gadwall 33, Tufted Duck 111, Pochard 53, Wigeon 40, Little Grebe 1, Grey Heron 4, Coot 139, Goldeneye 14, Little Egret 1, Cormorant 21, Golden Plover 55, Lapwing 8, Water Rail 1, Kingfisher 1, Little Egret 1, Mallard 48, Buzzard 5, Red Kite 3, Greylag Goose 129, Canada Goose 13, Meadow Pipit 2, Mute Swan 29, Chiffchaff 1, Tawny Owl 1 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 still at Stanford Hall (CMH)                                                                                                                          
19thOYSTERCATCHER 1 on the dam (CMH), YELLOW-LEGGED GULL 1 third-winter in the roost (IB/CMH), GREAT EGRET 1 (IB/CMH), Meadow Pipit 4, Water Rail 1, Little Egret, 1 Goosander 1, Lesser Redpoll 3, Siskin 1, Red Kite 3, Tree Sparrow 3 around the Leicestershire feeders (CMH)

Yellow-legged Gull (Chris Hubbard)
        
                                                                                                                    
18thCASPIAN GULL 1 adult in the roost (CMH), Golden Plover 53, Lesser Black-backed Gull c210 in the roost (CMH)                                                                                                                              
17thYELLOW-LEGGED GULL 1 third-winter in the roost this evening (IB/CMH), Goosander 2, GREAT EGRET 1 (PDH), Chiffchaff 1

Yellow-legged Gull (I Bartlett)

Yellow-legged Gull (C Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                
16thCASPIAN GULL 1 first-winter in the roost (IB/CMH), YELLOW-LEGGED GULL 1 third-winter in the roost (IB/CMH), Goosander 2 

Record shots of the Caspian Gull in very poor conditions (Chris Hubbard)
                         
                                                                                                    
15thGoosander 5, Goldeneye 20, Chiffchaff 2, Kingfisher 1, Red Kite 3 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 still at Stanford Hall (CMH)             
                                                                                                                    
14thMEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 adult in the roost (CMH), Goosander 3, Shoveler 4                                                                                                                                  
13thGREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), Goosander 5, Pochard 71, Gadwall 70, Little Grebe 2, Kingfisher 2, Red Kite 4, Chiffchaff 1, Shoveler 1, Red-legged Partridge 4

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 still at Stanford Hall (CB)             
                                                                                                                     
12thMEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 adult in the roost (CMH), CASPIAN GULL 2 adults in the roost (CMH), GREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), Wigeon 146, Goosander 5, Chiffchaff 1, Little Egret 1, Red-legged Partridge 6                                                                                                                        
11thMEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 adult in the roost (CMH), WOODCOCK 1 over the inflow car park at dusk (CMH), GREAT EGRET 2 (CMH), Kingfisher 1, Water Rail 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Goosander 3, Tree Sparrow 4 on the Leicestershire side near the feeders, well away from their normal area (CMH), Little Egret 2
                  
Mediterranean Gull (Chris Hubbard)

                                                                                                    
10thMEDITERRANEAN GULL 1 adult in the roost, the first of 2022 (CMH), OYSTERCATCHER 1 on the dam, the first of 2022 (CMH), Goosander 6, Goldeneye 26, Shoveler 5, Little Egret 1

Mediterranean Gull (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                    
9thGREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), Goosander 1 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 still at Stanford Hall (CMH)               
                                                                                                                     
8thGoldeneye 24 (CMH), Chiffchaff 1, Goosander 5 (CMH)                                                                                                                         
7thCASPIAN GULL  2 in the roost this evening (CMH), GREAT EGRET 3 (PDH), Goosander 7 (3 drakes), Chiffchaff 2, Siskin c20, Meadow Pipit 13 on the dam, Kingfisher 2                                                                                                              
6thCASPIAN GULL 1 adult in the roost (IB), Goldeneye 24 (SCN), Goosander 5 (IB), Red Kite 1, Gadwall 71 (SCN), Little Grebe 2                                                                                                                                  
5thBRAMBLING 4 (CMH), GREAT EGRET 2, YELLOW-LEGGED GULL 1 in the roost (CMH/IB), Little Grebe 1

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 still at Stanford Hall (CMH)                                                                                                               
4thCASPIAN GULL 1 third-winter this evening (IB/CMH), Chiffchaff 1, Little Egret 2                                                                                                                               
3rdBRAMBLING 10 (D Cox), Little Egret 1, Shoveler 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Water Rail 2, Raven 3, Lesser Redpoll 3

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 still at Stanford Hall (CMH)                                                                                                                 
2ndGoosander 1, Goldeneye 14, BRAMBLING 4, Raven 3, Chiffchaff 1, Kingfisher 1

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 still at Stanford Hall (SCN)                                                                                                                                  
1stKingfisher 1, Little Egret 2, BRAMBLING 2, Raven 3, GREAT EGRET 1

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE  3 still at Stanford Hall (CMH)                                                                                                        

January (2022)


31stCASPIAN GULL 1 first-winter in the roost this evening (CMH), YELLOW-LEGGED GULL 2 in the roost (CMH), BRAMBLING 6 (CMH),  Little Egret 1, Water Rail 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Wigeon 161 (CMH), Chiffchaff 1, Goosander 2

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 still at Stanford Hall (SCN)
   
Caspian Gull, First-winter (Chris Hubbard)

30thYELLOW-LEGGED GULL 4 in the roost, a sub-adult and 3 adults (IB/CMH), BRAMBLING 12 ringed this AM (SRG), GREAT EGRET 1, Water Rail 1, Barn Owl 1, Gadwall 97

Brambling (Stanford Ringing Group)
                                                                                                                               
29thCASPIAN GULL 1 second-winter in the roost this evening (IB/CMH), GREAT EGRET 1, Little Egret 3, Water Rail 2, Lapwing c250, Goldeneye 16                                                                                                                               
28thBRAMBLING 20 (PDH), Water Rail 2, Cetti's Warbler 2, Barn Owl 1, Kingfisher 1, Lapwing 3, Little Egret 1

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 opposite Stanford Hall - Northants (PDH/CMH)

WHY NOT TAKE A LOOK AT THE STANFORD RINGING GROUP ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2021 - GO TO THE MAIN AREA ON THE WEBSITE AND THERE IS A LINK UNDER "RECENT NEWS"AND CLICK ON "2021"
  
Brambling and Nuthatch (Peter Dillon-Hooper)
   
                                                                                                                     
27thRUDDY SHELDUCK 1 female late PM, the first since 2019 (CMH), BRAMBLING 5 (CMH), GREAT EGRET , Siskin 4, Goosander 2, Greenfinch 1, Nuthatch 1

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 still at Stanford Hall (CMH) 


White-fronted Goose (Chris Hubbard)

Ruddy Shelduck (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                           
26thBRAMBLING 8 (per D Hicklin), Cetti's Warbler 2, Barn Owl 1, Lapwing 6, Raven 3, Jay 1

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 still at Stanford Hall (D Hicklin)                                                                                                                              
25thGoosander 2, Siskin 5, Grey Wagtail 2, Jay 4, Red Kite 1                                                                                                                               
24thCommon Gull a minimum of 1600 in the roost (CMH), Goosander 3, Siskin 23, Kingfisher 1, Raven 6, Chaffinch c50, Raven 6, Chiffchaff 1, BRAMBLING 1 ringed this AM (SRG)                                                                                                                      
23rdCASPIAN GULL 1 third-winter briefly this AM (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 3, Water Rail 3, Tufted Duck 171, Coot 247, Little Egret 1, Gadwall 89, Siskin c25, Grey Wagtail 3, Lesser Redpoll 1, Kingfisher 2, Goldeneye 15, Green Sandpiper 1, Chiffchaff 1, Buzzard 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Red Kite 1, Pochard 40, Wigeon 32, Greylag Goose 134, Canada Goose 53, Mute Swan 54, Little Grebe 1, Treecreeper 4, Meadow Pipit 3, Jay 3, Raven 5, Bullfinch 6                                                                                                                              
22ndYELLOW-LEGGED GULL 2 in the roost (IB), Goosander 9 (1 drake), Wigeon 259, late PM (CMH), Great Black-backed Gull 148, Little Egret 2, Siskin 6, Lesser Redpoll 3, PEREGRINE 1, Buzzard 3, Cetti's Warbler 1, Kingfisher 1                                                                                                                                      
21stWOODCOCK 1 over the Welford Road car park at 17.05 (CMH), GREAT EGRET 1 (CB), Cetti's Warbler 1, Great Black-backed Gull 265 in the roost up from 235 at lunchtime (CMH), Herring Gull c300, Little Egret 2 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE  3 still, Stanford Hall area (CMH)                                                                                                                          
20thYELLOW-LEGGED GULL 1 adult in the roost (CMH), GREAT EGRET 2 (J Lambert), Great Black-backed Gull 150 in the roost before the late majority headed west (CMH), Goosander 5 this evening                                                                                                                               
19thCetti's Warbler 1, Goosander 2, Barn Owl 1, Little Grebe 2    

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 again in Stanford Hall (SCN/Neil Jarvis)                                                                                                                               
18thGoosander 12, CASPIAN GULL 1 adult in the roost (CMH)

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 again opposite Stanford Hall (CMH)

White-fronted Geese (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                             
17thGoosander 5, Cetti's Warbler 1, GREAT EGRET 1, Snipe 1, Great Black-backed Gull 75 in the roost (CMH), Little Grebe 1, Water Rail 1 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 again at Stanford Hall (CMH)                                                                                                                                    
16thGoosander 1, GREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), Buzzard 2, Red Kite 1, Kingfisher 1, Siskin 1, CASPIAN GULL 1 again this PM (SCN/CMH), Chiffchaff 1, Barn Owl 1, Little Grebe 1, EGYPTIAN GOOSE 2 late PM (CMH)

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 again at Stanford Hall (CMH) 

Caspian Gull (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                  
15thCASPIAN GULL 1 third-winter late PM the first of 2022 (CMH), Goosander 3, Little Egret 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Shoveler 7, Pochard 46, Barn Owl 1 (CMH), Raven 4, Chiffchaff 1, Snipe 1, Water Rail 2

Caspian Gull (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                
14thWHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 seen twice this PM (CMH/B Morley), PEREGRINE 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Goosander 2, Raven 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Little Egret 1                                                                                                                           
13thGoosander 4, Cetti's Warbler 1, Shoveler 2, Chiffchaff 2, Raven 8                                                                                                                                         
12thGreen Sandpiper 1, Water Rail 1, Little Egret 1, Great Black-backed Gull 202 in the roost (CMH), Little Grebe 2, Lesser Redpoll 6, Teal 4, Shoveler 2, Goosander 2                                                                                                                           
11thPINTAIL 3 (SCN), Chiffchaff 1, Teal 5                                                                                                                                      
10thWHITE FRONTED GOOSE 3 late PM (CMH), Great Black-backed Gull 148 in the roost (CMH), Goosander 3, Water Rail 1, Chiffchaff 1
White Fronted Geese (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                                
9thEGYPTIAN GOOSE 2 (CMH), Shoveler 9, Cetti's Warbler 1, Little Egret 1, Siskin 10, Sparrowhawk 1, Kingfisher 1, Green Woodpecker 1, Goosander 9 this evening (CMH), Great Black-backed Gull 94 in the roost (CMH), Treecreeper 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker                                                                                                                                     
8thWOODCOCK 1, the first of 2022, flushed by shooting party in the wood opposite the Leicestershire reedbed and landed along track around Keepers Lodge Bay (CMH), EGYPTIAN GOOSE 5 (DM/CMH), Goosander 2, Skylark 1, Gadwall 95, GREAT EGRET 1 (DM), Chiffchaff 1, Water Rail 2, Lesser Redpoll 1, Kingfisher 1, Little Grebe 2, Little Egret 2, Cetti's Warbler 1                                                                                                                              
7thCetti's Warbler 2, Water Rail 1, Kingfisher 1, Chiffchaff 3, Shoveler 7, EGYPTIAN GOOSE 3 (B&FG), Bullfinch 8, Canada goose 180, Greylag Goose 90, Long-tailed Tit 20, Lapwing 40, Goosander 3, Tawny Owl 1 calling                                                                                                                                         
6thCetti's Warbler 1, Teal 6                                                                                                                                 
5thEGYPTIAN GOOSE 3 (CMH), Chiffchaff 2, Water Rail 2, Siskin 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Shoveler 5, Snipe 1                                                                                                                                           
4thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 8, including 4 drakes (B&F Graves et al), PEREGRINE 1 again and seen several times, Chiffchaff 2, Water Rail 1, Shoveler 4, Teal 3, Kingfisher 1, Goldeneye 8, Lesser Redpoll 2, BRAMBLING 1 (CMH), Coal Tit 1
Red-crested Pochards (Chris Hubbard)

                                                                
Red-crested Pochards (F Graves)
                                                                
3rdPEREGRINE 1 this AM (PDH / DM), Teal 61, Cetti's Warbler 2, Little Grebe 2, Siskin 1, Chiffchaff 2, Goosander 1, Raven 2, Lapwing c150 (S&MW), Water Rail 1, Kingfisher 1 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 again at Stanford Hall (CMH)                                                                                                           
2ndBRAMBLING 1 (CMH), Goosander 2, Great Black-backed Gull 83, Teal 21, Shoveler 1, EGYPTIAN GOOSE 2 (K Hill), Water Rail 1, Goldeneye 8, Pintail 2 briefly

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 at Stanford Hall this PM (SCN)                                                                                                                                           
1stWHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 briefly this AM (CMH), EGYPTIAN GOOSE 2 (CMH), GREAT EGRET 1 (B&F Graves), Water Rail 2, Chiffchaff 1, Goosander 6, Teal 16, Shoveler 6, Little Egret 4, Kingfisher 1, Red Kite 1, Raven 4, Snipe 1, Great Black-backed Gull 103 - 68 species overall to kick the new year off.                                                                                                                      


December 

2021
review
HAPPY NEW YEAR - thanks to all members of the Stanford Ringing Group and all visitors who have contributed bird news in 2021. Highlights for the year include Golden Oriole, Turtle Dove, Yellow-browed Warbler, Wryneck, Bewick's Swan, Whooper Swan, Willow Tit, Marsh Tit, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Tree Pipit, Redstart, Whimbrel, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, White-fronted Goose, Bearded Tit, Kittiwake, Caspian Gull, Little Gull, Sandwich Tern, Arctic Tern, Black Tern, Sanderling, Ring Ouzel, Black-tailed Godwit, Pink-footed Goose and Marsh Harrier. Enjoy your birding in 2022 and keep the sightings coming.                                                                                                                    
31stWHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 3 this AM in Keepers Lodge, the 2nd record of 2021 (CMH), PINK-FOOTED GOOSE 1 (CMH), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), EGYPTIAN GOOSE 3 (CMH), Water Rail 1, Shelduck 2, Lapwing c50, Shoveler 4, Great Black-backed Gull 103, Cetti's Warbler 1


White-fronted Geese - adult and 2 juveniles (Chris Hubbard)
   
                                                                                                                           
30thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 1 (CMH), Water Rail 2, RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), CASPIAN GULL 1 third-winter (CMH)                                                                                                                  
29thRED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Shoveler 6, Teal 4, Lapwing 8, BRAMBLING 3 over (SCN), Raven 2                                                                                                                                
28thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 1 (CMH), DUNLIN 1 flying around Blowers Lodge Bay calling late PM (CMH), Goosander 1, Shoveler 7
Pink-footed Goose (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                      
27thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 1 (CMH), Water Rail 2, RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Teal 5, Goosander 1, GREAT EGRET 1, Chiffchaff 1, Kingfisher 1, Cetti's Warbler 1                                                                                                                      
26thPINK-FOOTED GOOSE 1 this AM (CMH), Water Rail 2, GREAT EGRET 1, RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Chiffchaff 1, Raven 2, Kingfisher 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Teal 25, Goosander 1 female, Little Grebe 1, EGYPTIAN GOOSE 2 (CMH), Little Egret 1                                                                                                                            
24thGoosander 2, EGYPTIAN GOOSE 2 (PDH), Little Egret 1, Water Rail 1, Chiffchaff 2, Snipe 1, Kingfisher 1

A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY, BIRD FILLED NEW YEAR TO ALL VISITORS.

'Winter Twitter' - Digital Design by Kate Moore, Stanford Ringing Group
                                                                                                                              
23rdCASPIAN GULL 1 adult in the roost (ET)                                                                                                                   
22ndKingfisher 1, GREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Shoveler 11, Chiffchaff 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Water Rail 2    
Red-crested Pochard (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                  
21stWHOOPER SWAN 1 late PM in Keepers Lodge Bay and still present at 16.00 (SCN), GREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (CMH), Goldeneye 10, Teal 10, Goosander 1, Tufted Duck 214, Coot 376, Water Rail 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Red Kite 1, PEREGRINE 1 (CMH), Wigeon 127, Little Egret 2, Kingfisher 1, Lesser Redpoll 1, EGYPTIAN GOOSE 1 (CMH), Shoveler 8

Whooper Swan (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                                          
20thCASPIAN GULL 1 third-winter (CMH), PINTAIL 2 (CMH), GREAT EGRET 1 (PDH), RED-CRESTED POCHARD 1 (PDH), Goosander 3                                                                                                                            
19thKingfisher 1, Little Grebe 2, Chiffchaff 2, GREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 1                                                                                                                               
18thCASPIAN GULL 1 adult (CMH), GREAT EGRET 2 (CMH), Water Rail 2, BRAMBLING 1 (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 1, Shoveler 10, Teal 6, Goldeneye 8, Great Black-backed Gull c185 in the roost (CMH), Chiffchaff 2, Little Grebe 2

Caspian Gull (Chris Hubbard)
                                                                                                
17thEGYPTIAN GOOSE 7 (CMH), GREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), Cetti's Warbler 1, Water Rail 3, Chiffchaff 4, Kingfisher 1, Shoveler 20, Goosander 2, Little Grebe 2, Raven 5, Snipe 3                                                                                                                                              
16thGREAT EGRET 1 (CMH), Snipe 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 3, Raven 5, Gadwall c90, Shoveler 5, Little Grebe 1, Red Kite 1, Water Rail 2, Lesser Redpoll 1, Goosander 2                                                                                                                               
15thCetti's Warbler 1, Chiffchaff 3, Shelduck 1, Kingfisher 1, Water Rail 2, Raven 4                                                                                                                            
14thGoldeneye 12, Goosander 7, Kingfisher 1                                                                                                                               
13thGoldeneye 10, Shoveler 2, Red Kite 1, Little Egret 1                                                                                                                                
12thEGYPTIAN GOOSE 1 (CMH), Shoveler 13, GREAT EGRET 2 (CMH), Little Grebe 3, Treecreeper 1, Nuthatch 1, Siskin 20, Raven 2, Chiffchaff 1                                                                                                                                 
11thCASPIAN GULL 1 third-winter (CMH), YELLOW-LEGGED GULL 2 (CMH), Goosander 2, Siskin c50 (CMH), Little Grebe 3, Teal 14, BRAMBLING 3 (SRG), Kingfisher 2, Water Rail 2, Chiffchaff 2, Shoveler 7, Cetti's Warbler 1, Little Egret 1, Goldeneye 8, Blackcap 1 ringed (SRG)                                                                                                                      
10thMARSH HARRIER 1 over (FG), Goosander 13, Linnet c40, Shoveler 3, Chiffchaff 1, Kingfisher 1                                                                                                                      
6thGoosander 2, Little Grebe 3, Chiffchaff 1, Shoveler 8                                                                                                                           
4thGoosander 2, Grey Wagtail 1, numerous Fieldfare and Redwing                                                                                                                          
1stWater Rail 1, Cetti's Warbler 1, Kingfisher 1                                                                                                                            

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