2012 Records

The Sightings Page features records of any interesting sightings, scarce & rare visitors, migrant arrivals and high counts etc. It does not attempt to include every species present.

All records subject to acceptance.

Please email your sightings. Emails for 2012 = 318

December

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December 30th

Drake Smew still off Farborough Bank, 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 12 Goosander and 3 Goldcrest. (F Cooper S Smith)

December 21st

Drake Smew still off Farborough Bank with Redpoll and Siskin Grays Barn. (S Batt)

December 20th

Drake Smew and drake Goosander. (R Mays)

December 18th

Drake Smew off Farborough Bank, Snipe Toft Bank, 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, c40 Meadow Pipit in the Country Park, 2 Chiffchaff, adult Yellow-legged Gull, Raven over and 2 Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell)

December 17th

Drake Smew off Farborough Bank, Water Rail and Sparrowhawk Toft Shallows with 5 Buzzard around the reservoir. (B Hazell R Mays)

December 16th

In the roost adult and second year Yellow-legged Gulls. (T Marlow)

December 13th

Drake Smew off Toft Bank, 8 Goosander (4 of each), 2 Chiffchaff off Hensborough bank, 3 Redpoll off Farborough Bank, Treecreeper, 16 Bullfinch and 2 Raven over. (B Hazell R Mays)

December 12th

Drake Smew off Farborough/Toft Banks. Around the Toft area 3 Snipe, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Redpoll, 25 Siskin, 6 Goldcrest and Treecreeper. 4 drake Shoveler Grays Barn. (B Hazell R Mays)

December 10th

Curlew over Farborough Bank, 2 Chiffchaff Toft, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and 3000+ Starling Toft. (S McAusland D Edwards)

December 9th

Drake Smew off Toft Bank. (F Cooper)

December 8th

Drake Smew still off Farborough bank before flying off with 2 Goldeneye. 2 Chiffchaff. (D Godden)

December 7th

Drake Smew still off Farborough bank, Treecreeper near the Hide and Raven over. (D Edwards)

December 6th

Drake Smew still off Farborough bank, 3 Goosander (1 male) 2 Chiffchaff Toft Shallows, Grey Wagtail, 2 Raven over and mixed small flock of Redpoll and Siskin near the Valve Tower. (R Mays S Batt M Phillips)

December 5th

Red Kite c1pm for 5 minutes before drifting off west. Drake Smew still off Farborough bank. Adult Med Gull, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and 400+ Greater Black-backed Gulls. Male Goosander near the Inlet and female Brambling in the car park. (R Mays D Cox S Batt)

December 4th

Drake Smew. (F Farrington)

November

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November 29th

An impressive 31 Common Scoter in the middle of the Reservoir. Short-eared Owl viewed from Farborough bank, Nuthatch in the Country Park, male Goosander off Draycote Bank. From Toft and along the north shore 40+ Siskin, Redpoll, 5 Jay and 16+ Goldcrest. Peregrine and 2 Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell R Mays)

November 28th

2 Whooper Swans flew over the west side of the reservoir and appeared to go down in the Leam Valley. 2+ Crossbill on the north shore near Thurlaston/Grays Barn area. Female Common Scoter, 4 Shelduck, 110 Teal, 18 Gadwall and 18 Goldeneye. (R Mays D Cox T Kennard)

November 27th

2 Dunlin near Farborough Spit, Water Rail in front of the Hide, 8 Siskin on the north shore, c120 Golden Plover flew down the Grandborough Valley and Raven over. (B Hazell R Mays D Edwards)

November 26th

c29 Siskin, 2 Jay and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell R Mays)

November 23rd

Black-necked Grebe still off Hensborough Bank, 4 Siskin by the feeder, male Blackcap at the Valve Tower with Raven and Sparrowhawk over. (S Batt)

November 22nd

2 Tree Sparrow near the feeder, Chiffchaff near the Overflow, 3 Siskin Rainbow and 3 Raven over. (B Hazell R Mays)

November 19th

A Short-eared Owl over Toft/Farborough Banks to Thurlaston then over to the Country Park area where it appeared to land. Male Brambling in the Country Park, c30 Redpoll near the car park, Curlew and c80 Golden Plover over, 2 Tree Sparrow on the feeder, 6 Siskin near the Windsurfing area, 6 Jay and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell R Mays)

November 16th

Black-necked Grebe still off Hensborough Bank, 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder and 7+ Brambling in c100 finches with c15 Yellowhammer. 7 Red-legged Partridge below Farborough Bank. (B Hazell)

November 14th

Black-necked Grebe still off Hensborough Bank, Tree Sparrow at the feeder, 35+ Meadow Pipit Farborough bank, 5 Siskin Biggin, 16 Goldeneye, 22 Wigeon and 165+ Lapwing. (A Anscomb)

November 13th

Black-necked Grebe still off Hensborough Bank, 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder and 6 Siskin Toft. (B Hazell)

November 12th

Black-necked Grebe and 50+ Meadow Pipit. (R Mays)

November 11th

A Black-throated Diver flew in from the east towards Biggin Bay then being lost in the remaining fog near the Valve Tower. Despite searching when the fog lifted it could not be re-located. Black-necked Grebe near buoy M, 50+ Meadow Pipit and an unusual sight of a Great Crested Grebe and the grass along Farborough bank. (R Mays D Cox)

November 10th

Black-necked Grebe still off Hensborough Bank. In the roost sub adult Caspian Gull and 2+ adult Yellow-legged Gulls. (J Judge T Marlow S McAusland)

November 9th

Black-necked Grebe still off Hensborough Bank. 6 Siskin Grays Barn and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell S Batt)

November 8th

Black-necked Grebe still off Hensborough Bank. On the north shore c18 Redpoll and c18 Siskin. 17 Golden Plover off Farborough bank and Raven over Toft. (B Hazell)

November 7th

Black-necked Grebe still off Hensborough Bank. 2 Tree Sparrow near feeders and on the north shore 6 Redpoll and c20 Siskin in three flocks. (B Hazell)

November 6th

Black-necked Grebe still off Hensborough Bank. Male Merlin along Draycote Bank from the Inlet to the Valve Tower then along the north shore to Farborough Bank through c30 Meadow Pipit. 2 Tree Sparrow, small flock of Siskin, Redpoll and Goldcrest on the north shore, Kingfisher below Draycote bank and female Shoveler. (B Hazell)

November 5th

Black-necked Grebe off Hensborough Bank, Brambling over the Sewage Works and 5 Jay. (B Hazell R Mays)

November 3rd

First winter Med Gull in the roost. (T Marlow)

November 2nd

A Black-throated Diver in Toft Bay before flying off to the east c9am (the last one to stay was in 2007) Black-necked Grebe off Hensborough Bank, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Siskin and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell)

November 1st

In the roost adult Caspian Gull and 6 Yellow-legged Gulls (4 adult and 2 third winter( (T Marlow)

October

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October 30th

Rock Pipit and c30 Meadow Pipits Farborough Bank. (B Hazell)

October 29th

Black-necked Grebe still with Brambling and Sparrowhawk over. (T Marlow S Batt)

October 28th

Adult Kittiwake flew north. Overhead were 8 Brambling, and c of 50 Siskin, 250 Chaffinch, 300 Redwing, 700 Fieldfare and 500 Starling. Wildfowl over were female Pintail and 7 Shoveler. (R Mays D Cox)

October 27th

Rock Pipit along Farborough Bank. (J Judge)

October 26th

Rock Pipit and Peregrine. (T Marlow)

October 25th

Drake Common Scoter in the middle, Scaup in Rainbow Corner, 3 Rock Pipit Farborough Bank. (T Marlow)

October 24th

Black-necked Grebe Rainbow Corner with juv Scaup at the Valve Tower. A Brent Goose dropped in c3pm till dusk. 3 Rock Pipits. (T Marlow)

October 23rd

Black-necked Grebe still off Hensborough Bank with juv Scaup. 2 eclipse male Red-breasted Merganser and a pair of Common Scoter mobile around the reservoir. Rock Pipit Rainbow Corner, Wheatear Draycote Bank with 4 Brambling there. Female/imm Pintail, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 20+ Goldcrest on the north shore with 12+ Siskin, 6 Jays and a Sparrowhawk. (T Marlow B Hazell R Mays)

October 22nd

Black-necked Grebe off Hensborough Bank, Wheatear and adult Med Gull. (B Hazell R Mays)

October 19th

Black-necked Grebe off Hensborough Bank, juv Scaup between Rainbow and the Inlet, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Shoveler. (B Hazell)

October 16th

4+ Rock pipit Farborough Bank and 3 Swallow. (B Hazell R Mays)

October 15th

9 Rock Pipit along Farborough bank, adult and second year Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Jay, 3 Shoveler and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell R Mays)

October 12th

Common Scoter in the middle, adult Red Kite over heading North, Rock Pipit Farborough Bank and 2 Grey Wagtail. (B Hazell  Marlow)

October 11th

Common Scoter and Scaup still. Imm/fem Crossbill near the Sewage Works, 2 Rock Pipit, c80 Lapwing and Golden Plover. (T Marlow)

October 10th

Common Scoter in the middle, Rock Pipit, Wheatear and 6 Grey Wagtail Farborough Bank. Treecreeper Grays Barn, c12 Yellowhammer and 6 Reed Bunting with finches off Rainbow/Draycote Bank. (B Hazell R Mays)

October 9th

Common Scoter in the middle, Scaup off the Inlet, adult and juv Yellow-legged Gull in Toft, Golden Plover over, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Jay and a Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell R Mays)

October 8th

Common Scoter and Scaup still present. Wheatear Farborough Bank and 3 Grey Wagtail. (T Marlow S Batt)

October 7th

Rock Pipit Farborough bank, c20 Redpoll in Toft with Siskin and Redwing over. (T Marlow)

October 6th

2 Wheatear and Grey Wagtail Farborough bank with c 300 Tufted Duck in Toft. (D Edwards)

October 5th

Black-necked Grebe still near the Hide and drake Common Scoter mostly in the middle of the reservoir. Juv Scaup near the Overflow, 2 Wheatear Farborough bank, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Jay and Raven. In the roost adult Med Gull and 2 leucistic Black-headed Gulls. (B Hazell T Marlow)

October 4th

Black-necked Grebe still near the Hide and drake Common Scoter mostly in the middle of the reservoir. Juv Scaup off Hensborough Bank, Wheatear Farborough Spit, first winter Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Jay and a Raven. (B Hazell R Mays)

October 3rd

Black-necked Grebe still near the Hide and drake Common Scoter Draycote Bank area. At least 1 Nuthatch in trees near the treatment works (still a very rare bird for the reservoir). 2 Wheatear and 3 Grey Wagtail Farborough bank. Adult Yellow-legged Gull and Kingfisher at the Inlet. (B Hazell R Mays S Batt R & M Palmer)

October 2nd

Black-necked Grebe still near the Hide and drake Common Scoter Draycote Bank area. Wheatear and Grey Wagtail Farborough bank with Raven off there and 4 Siskin. (B Hazell R Mays)

October 1st

The juv Black-necked Grebe, drake Common Scoter still present and Rock Pipit. (P Hyde)

September

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September 28th

The juv Black-necked Grebe was still in Toft Bay near the Hide and drake Common Scoter near the Valve Tower. 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and Jay. (B Hazell)

September 27th

The juv Black-necked Grebe was still in Toft Bay and drake Common Scoter off Dunns Bay. Dunlin on the Hensborough bank, 2 Yellow Wagtail below Farborough bank, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 12 Siskin, Treecreeper and Jay. (B Hazell R Mays T Marlow)

September 26th

The juv Black-necked Grebe was still in Toft Bay near the Hide and drake Common Scoter off Draycote Bank. Osprey seen failing to catch (M Doughty) Dunlin Farborough Spit briefly with 12+ Yellow Wagtail along the Bank. Redwing over east. (B Hazell R Mays M Doughty)

September 25th

The juv Black-necked Grebe was still in Toft Bay near the Hide and just one drake Common Scoter off Dunns Bay. Still 6 Yellow Wagtail below Farborough bank and Hobby. In the roost were 8 Yellow-legged Gulls (3 adult, third winter, 2 second winter and 2 first winter) plus the leucistic Black-headed Gull again. (B Hazell R Mays T Marlow)

September 24th

2 drake Common Scoter Biggin Bay. Despite the weather the wildfowl made an unprecedented decision to move as there was only 16 Wigeon and 16 Teal apart from the usual Tufted and Mallard. Second year Yellow-legged Gull. (T Marlow)

September 23rd

From 7am to 9am the juv Black-necked Grebe and drake Common Scoter still present. Black Tern. Waders were 2 Greenshank and Green Sandpiper Toft, 10 Curlew over and 5 Dunlin through. Rock Pipit Farborough Bank, 50+ Meadow Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail and 6 Siskin. Wildfowl were 3 Pintail, 300+ Wigeon, 26 Shoveler, 9 Gadwall and 5 Pochard. (R Mays C Potter)

September 22nd

 The drake Common Scoter in the center. Below Farborough bank 6+ Yellow Wagtail. In the roost 2 sub adult Yellow-legged Gulls. (J Judge T Marlow)

September 21st

 The drake Common Scoter off Draycote Bank. In the roost were sub adult and second year Yellow-legged Gulls and a partially leucistic Black-headed Gull. (J Judge T Marlow)

September 20th

The juv Black-necked Grebe was still in Toft Bay and drake Common Scoter off Draycote Bank but mobile. Greenshank flew east to west, 5+ Yellow Wagtail below Farborough Bank and Yellow-legged Gulls were adult, third, second and first years. (B Hazell R Mays T Marlow)

September 19th

The juv Black-necked Grebe was still in Toft Bay and drake Common Scoter in the center. Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 6+ Yellow and 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit Farborough Bank and below. 5+ Siskin, 10 Chiffchaff on the north shore, 14 Wigeon and 12 Teal. 2 Raven over. (B Hazell R Mays T Marlow)

September 18th

The juv Black-necked Grebe was still in Toft Bay and drake Common Scoter off Draycote Bank but mobile. The first winter Med Gull till 9am, Wheatear near the Sailing Club, 6+ Yellow Wagtail Farborough Bank, Ringed Plover Farborough Spit, Common Sandpiper Toft, 7 Golden Plover over, Siskin on the North Shore, Pochard, 3 Wigeon and 8 Teal. (B Hazell R Mays T Marlow R Eyres)

September 17th

The juv Black-necked Grebe was still in Toft Bay and drake Common Scoter off the Inlet. No sign of the drake Scaup. Ringed Plover at Farborough Spit, Wheatear on the Hide plus 4 Siskin there, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Tree Sparrow, Whitethroat and 5 Blackcap at the Sewage Works. First winter Med Gull in roost. (J Judge B Hazell R Mays T Marlow)

September 16th

The juv Black-necked Grebe was still in Toft Bay, drake Common Scoter off the Inlet and drake Scaup Biggin Bay. Farborough Bank had 8 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit and Yellow-legged Gull. (R Mays D Cox)

September 15th

The juv Black-necked Grebe was still in Toft Bay and drake Common Scoter off the Inlet. Adult drake Scaup Biggin Bay with Pochard, 3 Wigeon and 6 Teal. Adult, sub adult and second year Yellow-legged Gulls. c40 Waders over the car park at c12.20 presumed Bar-tailed Godwit. (T Marlow)

September 14th

The juv Black-necked Grebe was still in Toft Bay near the hide and drake Common Scoter still off Draycote Bank. Yellow and Grey Wagtails Farborough bank. (B Hazell)

September 13th

A juv Black-necked Grebe (B Hazell) was in Toft Bay near the hide with the drake Common Scoter still off Draycote Bank. Waders were juv Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper. Wheatear near the Sailing Club, 2 Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank, 3 adult and imm Yellow-legged Gulls and Raven over. (B Hazell R Mays)

September 10th

Drake Common Scoter off Draycote Bank, Wheatear Farborough Bank with Dunlin Farborough Spit, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and Lesser Whitethroat. (B Hazell R Mays)

September 9th

Farborough Bank had Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail and 6 Meadow Pipit with wildfowl 6 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 12 Shoveler and 2 Gadwall. (R Mays)

September 8th

Drake Common Scoter close in off Draycote Bank, along Farborough Bank 2 Dunlin, Wheatear and Yellow-legged Gull. (R & M Palmer)

September 5th

Drake Common Scoter Toft, 2 Yellow Wagtail Draycote Bank, 3 Teal, Shoveler and Wigeon. (S Batt)

September 4th

Drake Common Scoter (apparently present since Friday) and 2 Wheatear. (R Mays M & M Mason)

September 3rd

Probably the rarest bird of the year  apart from the Roseate Tern was a Nuthatch seen from the north shore near Thurlaston. Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank and another Wheatear Hensborough bank. (G Stratford)

August

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August 29th

In the evening from Farborough Bank, Dunlin, 2 Wheatear, adult Yellow-legged Gull and a leucistic Black-headed Gull. (R Knightbridge)

August 28th

5 Wheatear around the reservoir. (S Batt)

August 27th

2 Wheatear, 5 Yellow Wagtail, Curlew over and 5+ Lesser Whitethroat. (R Knightbridge)

August 23rd

Fem/imm Wheatear Farborough Bank and 4+ imm Yellow Wagtails there, adult Yellow-legged Gull and c100 Swift. (B Hazell R Mays)

August 22nd

12 Swift. (D Edwards)

August 21st

2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, Common Sandpiper in Toft, still at least 30 Swift and Sparrowhawk. Female Goldeneye still. (B Hazell R Mays)

August 19th

Wheatear along Draycote Bank, Common Sandpiper Farborough Spit, c25 Swift, Jay and Goldeneye. (S Batt)

August 16th

Juv Black Tern and 2 Common Tern in the center. Farborough Bank had 2 Common Sandpiper and Dunlin calling but not seen, Raven, c120 Swift and female Goldeneye. (B Hazell R Mays)

August 15th

Juv Black Tern, Dunlin and 8 Yellow-legged Gulls. (C Potter)

August 9th

Adult and 3 third year Yellow-legged Gulls. (B Hazell R Mays)

August 8th

2 mobile Redshank, 3 adult and a third year Yellow-legged Gulls, Common Tern, 3 Goldeneye and Teal. (B Hazell)

August 7th

Female/imm Wheatear Toft Bank and Yellow Wagtail Farborough Bank. Oystercatcher, third year Yellow-legged Gull, Common Tern and 4 female Goldeneye. (B Hazell R Mays)

August 3rd

Whimbrel over calling and Common Sandpiper. (R Knightbridge)

July

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July 30th

2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. (B Hazell R Mays)

July 21st

In the roost were adult Med Gull and 12+ Yellow-legged Gulls (2 adult, 2 third year, 7+ second year and 1+ first year) (J Judge T Marlow)

July 17th

3 Yellow-legged Gulls (second year and 2 third years) (B Hazell R Mays)

July 10th

4 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 second year and 2 third year) and a Raven (B Hazell R Mays)

July 9th

An Osprey flew along Hensborough Bank from the direction of Kites Hardwick, towards Rainbow Corner c12.50pm (D Knapp)

July 8th

Still at least 10 Yellow-legged Gulls present this morning (2 adult, 3 third year, 3 second year and 2 first year) Peregrine Farborough Bank, Common Sandpiper and Oystercatcher. (R Mays D Cox)

July 7th

 Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank. A Hobby hawking insects in the middle of the reservoir for c20 minutes with 13 Common Tern there. A conservative estimate of 14 Yellow-legged Gulls were 10 adult, 2 third year, second year and a first year. (J Judge T Marlow)

July 5th

3rd year Yellow-legged Gull. (B Hazell R Mays)

July 3rd

Common Tern, Common Sandpiper near the Inlet, adult and imm Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Raven off Farborough bank and pair of Shoveler off the Inlet. (B Hazell R Mays)

June

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June 30th

A Quail singing below Barn Bank (R Knightbridge)

June 25th

Yellow Wagtail (B Hazell)

June 21st

3 adult Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank, female Shoveler and Goldeneye Toft. (B Hazell R Mays)

June 20th

Yellow Wagtail in the car park, 2 Common Tern, adult Yellow-legged Gull, female Goldeneye and 2 feral Snow Geese still. (B Hazell S Batt)

June 19th

2 adult a second year and third year Yellow-legged Gull, Common Tern, Oystercatcher, Yellow Wagtail and 2 feral Snow Geese. (B Hazell R Mays)

June 18th

Yellow Wagtail. (S Batt)

June 14th

Yellow Wagtail. (D Edwards)

June 12th

5 Whimbrel flew through west (R Mays) Adult and second year Yellow-legged Gull, female Goldeneye still, Grey Wagtail and Barnacle Goose. (B Hazell R Mays)

June 10th

Yellow Wagtail, Buzzard and c200 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (R Mays D Cox)

June 3rd

Little Ringed and 12 Ringed Plover near Farborough Spit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Meadow Pipit and 5 Gadwall. (R Mays D Cox)

May

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May 30th

Summer plumage Sanderling and Shelduck. (R Mays)

May 26th

5 Black Terns. (R Knightbridge)

May 25th

Red Kite over Farborough bank. (T Marlow)

May 21st

12 Common Tern, Yellow Wagtail. (J Judge)

Coot and young c John Judge

May 19th

3 Black Terns, 12 small unidentified waders went through north east c midday, Hobby and female Goldeneye still. Still large numbers of Swallow and Swift a conservative estimate of c300 and c1000 respectively. (S Haynes)

May 17th

Between 7.15 and 8.30 birds seen over were Short-eared Owl, 5 Grey Plover and 12 Common Scoter. Waders were 3 Curlew, Oystercatcher and 2 Common Sandpiper. Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Hobby and Grey Wagtail. (R Mays D Cox)

May 16th

Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank, Little Ringed Plover and Peregrine over the Inlet. (A Anscomb)

May 14th

An adult Kittiwake for 5 minutes at 12.45, 2 Common Tern, 2 Wheatear and 5+ Yellow Wagtail. (B Hazell R Mays)

May 13th

Osprey heading east c8.15am and Black Tern. 3 Wheatear and 3 Yellow Wagtail. (R Mays D Cox)

May 11th

Whimbrel by the Windsurfing area c9.50 am (P Cashmore)

May 10th

Whimbrel circling and briefly landing along Farborough bank. 4 Wheatear (2 males with one prob Greenland type) Farborough/Toft Banks with another female Hensborough. Common Tern and 2 Hobby. (B Hazell R Mays C Stubbs)

May 9th

11 Common Scoter (5 male) in the middle of the reservoir with 3 Common Tern. Cuckoo calling from Biggin Bay then flew over Toft to Sewage Works plus 3 Wheatear. (R Mays D Cox)

May 8th

A male Whinchat in the trailer park below Farborough Bank (K Groocock) Wheatears were 5 Farborough and 4 along Hensborough with 2 Yellow Wagtails at the latter. 2 Oystercatcher and female Goldeneye still. (K Groocock G Stratford)

May 7th

4 Wheatear and 3 Yellow Wagtail. Waders were Greenshank Toft Bank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin and 4 Common Sandpiper. 2 Hobby. (S Batt R Mays C Potter)

May 6th

8 Wheatear (5 Farborough) 4 Yellow Wagtail (2 Farborough) (S Batt)

May 5th

An Osprey at c8.50am (T Marlow) In the evening Black Tern (also in morning) 6 Arctic and a Common Tern. Along Farborough bank were 4 Wheatear and a build up of Yellow Wagtail towards dusk with over 40 birds, a count of 35 along the bank with many others along the rocks. Hobby through the hundreds of mainly Swallow. (J Judge T Marlow)

May 4th

Again c40 Arctic and c8 Common Tern. 12 Wheatear along Farborough, Draycote and Hensborough banks, 8+ Yellow Wagtail Farborough/Toft Bank and White Wagtail Farborough Spit. Waders were 2 Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and 1+ Common Sandpiper. (B Hazell)

May 3rd

A male singing Wood Warbler at the end of Toft Bank (J Harris) The last twitchable bird was in 2003. Waders were a cracking summer plumage Knot, Turnstone, Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin and Oystercatcher. c40 Arctic and 6 Common Tern. c20 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 8 Wheatear including some showing characteristics of the "Greenland" race. Warblers were Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler and Whitethroat. Hobby. (J Harris P Hyde T Marlow D Hutton B Hazell R Mays J Judge)

Wood Warbler and Knot c Dave Hutton

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May 2nd

11 Common Scoter (3 drake) mobile around the reservoir. 3 Little Gull (2 adult) More Common than Arctic Terns in the morning and the reverse in the afternoon. Farborough area 8 Wheatear (further 3 near the Overflow) 4 White Wagtail and 3 Yellow Wagtail. Waders were a mobile Whimbrel, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 6 Common Sandpiper and Oystercatcher. Garden Warbler and 3 Lesser Whitethroat. Female Goldeneye still and Kingfisher. (B Hazell A Anscomb T Marlow)

Common Scoter c Paul Lathbury

May 1st

A Roseate Tern was seen c3pm (P Hyde) and spent most of the afternoon in the middle viewable from either the Sailing Club/Windsurfing areas or Farborough Bank. The only other record for Draycote is one on May 4th 1969. c54 Arctic and c12 Common Tern present. Adult and first summer Little Gull, 6 Wheatear, 3 White Wagtail, 3 Yellow Wagtail (male Blue-headed reported on pager) Waders were 2 Turnstone (P Hyde) 7 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher. Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat, c800 Swift and c2000 hirundines mostly Swallow.  (most of Warwickshire birders)

Roseate Tern c Jon Hall

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April

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April 30th

Single Black, Arctic and Common Tern in the morning with Common Tern in the afternoon. 17 Wheatear Farborough area and a further 6 Hensborough Bank. 4 White Wagtail Farborough Spit and Peregrine over. Waders were 6 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher and Common Sandpiper. 3 Hobby and Lesser Whitethroat. (B Hazell R Mays T Marlow)

April 29th

A Great Skua flew in from the west c4.30 landing briefly before flying around and back west (T Marlow) Adult Kittiwake (R Mays) in the morning. 18 Wheatear, 8 Yellow Wagtail. Waders were Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Sandpiper and an unidentified medium sized wader seen at long range in flight but could not be re-located. (J Judge T Marlow R Mays D Cox)

April 28th

At least 14 Wheatear 9+ Farborough/Toft and 5 Hensborough) also along Farborough/Toft Banks were 4 White Wagtail and 6 Yellow Wagtail. Waders were 7 Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Common Sandpiper. Good numbers of Swift and Swallow with a few House Martin. (A Anscomb D Edwards)

April 26th

Only Black, 2 Arctic and 4 Common Tern today. Whimbrel new for the year was mobile eventually landing on most areas of the reservoir but never settled. 6 Wheatear mainly along Toft/Farborough banks, 6 White Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail 2 Common Sandpiper and c100 Swift. (J Judge T Marlow T Southgate A Hale)

April 25th

With weather fronts going through a good passage of Terns today. 1 Little Tern (M Doughty M Baynes) c130 Arctic Tern, Black Tern, c15 Common Tern. 17 Little Gull with a further 7 later. Osprey flew through low west (Fishing lodge warden) Other birds were 5 Wheatear, 6 White Wagtail, 20 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Shelduck. (M Doughty M Baynes T Marlow R Mays D Cox)

April 24th

34 Arctic Terns early morning with 13 staying till midday and 12 in the afternoon. Farborough Bank area were 4 Wheatear, 7 White Wagtail and a Yellow Wagtail. Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher and female Goldeneye. (B Hazell R Mays D Cox T Marlow)

April 23rd

4 Wheatear with 2 males showing all the characteristics of Greenland Wheatear (T Marlow), c10 White Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Common Tern. Waders were Curlew over, 2 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher and 7+ Common Sandpiper. Female Goldeneye still Dunns Bay. (B Hazell T Marlow G Stratford R Mays D Cox)

Wheatear c Bob Hazell

April 22nd

First year Little Gull. Male Blue-headed Wagtail, 6 Wheatear, 10 White Wagtail, Shelduck and 3 Common Sandpiper. (R Mays D Cox)

April 21st

Adult and first year Little Gull. Along Farborough/Toft Banks the male Blue-headed Wagtail still with 10+ White Wagtail, 6 Wheatear and 6+ Yellow Wagtail. Waders were 2 Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Dunlin and 3 Common Sandpiper. (S Batt D Hutton S Haynes)

White Wagtail c Dave Hutton

April 20th

Along Farborough Bank area were male Blue-headed Wagtail, c20 White Wagtail, 14 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Wheatear. Waders were 2 Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Dunlin and 3 Common Sandpiper. Common Tern and 2 Red-legged Partridge. (B Hazell R Mays D Cox J & C Timms)

April 19th

Female Scaup near the Windsurfing Area in the morning. 2 Arctic and a Common Tern. Along Farborough Bank were 5 Wheatear, c12 White Wagtail and 5 Yellow Wagtail. Waders were 2 mobile Redshank, 4 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpiper. Again good numbers of hirundines. (B Hazell R Mays T Marlow)

April 18th

11 Arctic and 6 Common Tern  through the day, 3 Wheatear, 7 White Wagtail and 7 Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and 3 Shelduck. Good numbers of hirundines. (R Mays D Cox M Baynes J & C Timms)

April 17th

2 Little Tern (B Hazell R Mays) 4 Little Gull (2 ad 2 imm) 3 Common Tern, Greenshank on the Island, Redshank Toft, 2 Wheatear and 3 Yellow Wagtail Farborough/Toft Bank, 6 Little Ringed Plover, Shelduck, White Wagtail and 2 Sparrowhawk. First Swift of the year. (B Hazell R Mays D Edwards)

April 16th

Adult and imm Little Gull, Wheatear and 7 Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank, 5+ Little Ringed Plover, Curlew over, Common Tern, Shelduck, White Wagtail and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell R Mays)

April 15th

Little Egret behind Rainbow Corner, 3+ Little Ringed Plover, Curlew over, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Wheatear, 10+ Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, 20+ Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail and 4 Raven over. Large flock of hirundines in the morning with c900 Swallow, c15 House Martin and c150 Sand Martin. (J D & P Hall D Hutton D McWilliams)

Wheatear c Dave Hutton

14th April

5 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Wheatear, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Goldeneye, Wigeon and Sparrowhawk. (A Anscomb J Wesson R Knightbridge)

13th April

First Common Tern and Whitethroat of the year. 3 Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 5 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail and Sparrowhawk. (S Batt D Ludlow)

11th April

Waders were Greenshank, 7 Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 5+ Common Sandpiper and 2 Oystercatcher. 2 Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank. Mallard with 4 young. (B Hazell K Foster)

April 10th

Adult Little Gull Toft. First Greenshank of the year, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 2 White Wagtail, Treecreeper and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell R Mays)

April 8th

First Common Sandpiper of the year, 2 Oystercatcher, Yellow Wagtail and female Goldeneye. (J D & P Hall)

April 7th

2 Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank and Raven over. (K Groocock)

April 6th

No sign of any Black-necked Grebes. Ruff on the Island, Oystercatcher, Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank and Wheatear near the Inlet and 3 Willow Warbler. For the first time this year no white-winged gulls in the roost just a third year Yellow-legged Gull and a leucistic Black-headed Gull. (K Groocock D Hutton T Marlow)

April 5th

4 Black-necked Grebes in Toft (R Mays) waders were 3+ Little Ringed Plover, Ruff and 2 Oystercatcher. 2 adult Little Gulls in the center, 3 Shelduck, Yellow Wagtail, build up of Swallow and Sand Martin with the first House Martins returning. 6 Shoveler, Snipe and Raven. (B Hazell T Marlow M Baynes R Mays)

April 4th

Waders were Ruff on the Island, Grey Plover over and Oystercatcher. 2 Rock Pipit, Yellow Wagtail and 40+ Meadow Pipit along Farborough Bank. c150 Swallow, c50 Sand Martin, 6 Shoveler and 10 Goldeneye. (R Mays D Cox)

April 3rd

An imm Gannet flew through c3pm (J Coleman) and the first Osprey of the year fishing. Ruff on the Island, 2 Little Ringed Plover at the Inlet and 2 Oystercatcher. 3 Wheatear, 2 drake Shoveler and Sparrowhawk. First Swallow of the year. (B Hazell R Mays J Coleman)

April 2nd

Waders were Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Little Ringed Plover and 3 Oystercatcher. White Wagtail on the Island and c40 Sand Martin. c70 Fieldfare over Toft Alpacas. In the roost second year Iceland Gull and third year Yellow-legged Gull. (T Marlow M Baynes D Hutton G Stratford P Hall)

April 1st

Red Kite over Toft and Halfway Lane heading north west around midday. Waders were Redshank, Ringed Plover and 2 Oystercatcher. In the roost second year Iceland Gull and second and third Year Yellow-legged Gull. (T Marlow T Kennard L Thompson)

March

Jan Feb March April May June July August September October November December

March 31st

Oystercatcher in Rainbow, Grey Wagtail at the Valve Tower with many Blackcap and Chiffchaff now in. (S Batt)

March 30th

2+ Crossbills flew over calling from Toft Alpacas (P Hall) the male Common Scoter still and 2 Oystercatcher. (P Hall T Marlow M Baynes)

March 29th

4 Crossbills (1 male) from the north shore, male Common Scoter still (T Marlow)

March 28th

Adult and first year Little Gull, male Common Scoter, Peregrine and 18 Golden Plover over. Red-legged Partridge in the Alpaca field, 3 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 8 Meadow Pipit and 20 Wigeon. (T Marlow M Baynes A Anscomb)

March 27th

3 Crossbills flew over calling from Toft Alpacas (P Hall) an early Yellow Wagtail (R Mays) 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher and Kingfisher. (P Hall R Mays)

March 26th

First year Med Gull and adult Little Gull. (R Mays)

March 25th

2 Little Ringed Plover in Toft, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Chiffchaff, male Blackcap and 25 Goldeneye (2 drake) (J D & P Hall)

March 24th

Waders were Sanderling, Grey Plover, 2 Curlew, Redshank and Oystercatcher. 2 Shoveler, 43 Goldeneye, 18 Wigeon and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls. (R Mays C Potter)

March 23rd

Ruff, Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin on the Island with another/same Ruff later at the Inlet. In the roost were 4 Iceland Gulls an adult, the sub adult with black in the tertials and two second winter birds with an adult Med Gull. (B Hazell T Marlow M Baynes P Hyde) 

March 22nd

Ruff near the Inlet was new for the year, Redpoll, Siskin, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell T Marlow)

March 21st

Redshank by the Valve Tower, Wheatear Farborough Spit and 2 Treecreeper Lin Croft Point. (B Hazell)

March 20th

3 Wheatear (2 Farborough bank 1 at the Inlet) 2 Grey Wagtail Valve Tower and 2 Treecreeper Lin Croft Point. In the roost 3 Iceland Gulls adult prob third winter and a second winter. (B Hazell P Hyde)

March 19th

2 Wheatears along Farborough Bank, Curlew, 1+ Oystercatcher, 3 Siskin, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Shoveler, 3 Sparrowhawk, Raven and Sand Martin. In the roost second winter Iceland Gull and second winter Yellow-legged Gull. (B Hazell R Mays T Marlow M Baynes)

March 18th

2 Rock Pipit and 2 Wheatear Farborough bank. In and around Toft were Woodcock, Dunlin, 2 Siskin, Chiffchaff, 2 Sand Martin and 2 Goldcrest. 3rd winter Yellow-legged Gull and Curlew over. In the roost 3 Iceland Gulls an adult, second winter and juv/second winter with second year Med Gull. (R Mays D Cox P Hyde G Giles)

March 17th

White Wagtail Farborough bank. In the roost adult and 2 imm Iceland Gulls with 2 adult Med Gulls. (D Johnston R & J Knightbridge)

March 16th

In the roost the second winter bird showing characteristics of AZOREAN YELLOW-LEGGED GULL again, 3 Iceland Gulls adult second winter and juv, juv Glaucous Gull and 4+ Med Gulls 3+ adult and a second winter. (T Marlow M Baynes)

March 15th

Little Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher in Toft, with Curlew and Raven over. 30+ Meadow Pipit Farborough bank, 10 Fieldfare and 15 Redwing over the Country Park, first Chiffchaff of the year below Draycote Bank. (B Hazell K Groocock)

March 14th

20+ Meadow Pipit and Reed Bunting Farborough Bank. (D McWilliams)

March 13th

Little Ringed Plover Toft, Ringed Plover on the Island, 2 Oystercatcher and adult Yellow-legged Gull. In the roost 3 Iceland Gulls an adult and 2 second winters and adult Med Gull. (B Hazell R Mays T Marlow M Baynes)

March 12th

Waders were a Jack Snipe flushed from the Scrape below Farborough bank, Little Ringed Plover in Toft , Ringed Plover on the Island and Oystercatcher Toft. Adult and third winter Yellow-legged Gull, Raven and 3 Goosander. In the roost adult and second winter Iceland Gull. (B Hazell R Mays T Marlow M Baynes)

March 11th

GLOSSY IBIS was in Dunns Bay then to the Island late afternoon. Last seen prior to dusk heading towards the Inlet/Valve Tower areas. (T Kennard)

March 10th

In the roost 4 Iceland Gulls 2 adults, a second winter and a juv. 2+ adult Med Gulls and third winter Yellow-legged Gull. (J Judge J D & P Hall P Hyde R Knightbridge)

March 9th

With a possible 5 birds last Saturday there was definitely 5 Iceland Gulls in the roost this evening again breaking the record. An adult, the sub adult, 2 second winter and a juv along with a second winter Yellow-legged Gull. (T Marlow)

March 8th

Raptors were 4 Peregrine and 3 Sparrowhawk, 14 Goosander, 2 Treecreeper and the aythya hybrid in Toft. (B Hazell R Mays)

March 6th

Snipe Toft Bank, 9 Shoveler, 6 Golden Plover over, 8 Siskin Toft Shallows, Grey Wagtail and Sparrowhawk. In the roost the sub adult Iceland Gull with 2 second winter birds and a second winter Yellow-legged Gull. (B Hazell R Mays T Marlow)

March 5th

Just drake Shoveler and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell)

March 3rd

In the roost were third winter Glaucous and 4 Iceland Gull's a juv, 2 second winter and the sub adult with some black in its lower tertials only on its left hand side. (J Judge T Marlow P Hyde T Perrins J Allen)

March 2nd

Still quiet around the reservoir with varying amounts of disturbance. c100 Wigeon, 7 Shoveler (6 drake) 5 Goosander (1 drake) and Sparrowhawk. In the roost were 2 Glaucous the third winter and a juv and 2 Iceland an adult and a sub adult with some black in its lower tertials only on its left hand side. (B Hazell T Marlow M Baynes)

March 1st

Another excellent roost with 4 possibly 5 Iceland Gull's an adult, one possibly two second winters and 2 juv's, third winter Glaucous Gull and an adult Med Gull a new bird differing from yesterdays and the Brandon bird. (J Judge T Marlow M Baynes P Hyde T Brindley)

February

Jan Feb March April May June July August September October November December

February 29th

2 Rock Pipit along Farborough bank, 2 Curlew, Oystercatcher and 3 Shoveler. Adult Med Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull. Adult Iceland Gull in the roost (A Anscomb) (B Hazell R Mays A Anscomb)

February 28th

The excellent roost continues with 4 Iceland Gull's (a roost record) adult and three second winter birds, the third winter Glaucous and an adult Med Gull. (T Marlow M Baynes)

February 26th

Second winter Iceland Gull off the Inlet c2.20. (M Baynes)

February 25th

Dunlin along Farborough Bank, 2 Red-legged Partridge Toft, Treecreeper, Peregrine and Sparrowhawk. In the roost 2 second winter Iceland Gull's. (J Judge T Marlow, J, D & P Hall S Batt)

February 24th

The roost continues to produce new "white winged gulls" with now an amazing 10 Iceland and 3 Glaucous seen by 2 observers this winter. In the roost tonight first winter Caspian Gull, third winter Glaucous Gull, a new juv and second winter Iceland Gull and adult and second winter Yellow-legged Gull. (T Marlow)

Update on "white winged gulls

Iceland Gull

Adult
third winter/sub adult
4 second winters
4 juveniles 
 
Glaucous Gull
third winter
2 juveniles 

 

February 22nd

In the roost second winter and juv Iceland Gull, adult Med Gull and adult and second winter Yellow-legged Gull. (T Marlow)

February 21st

Just Grey Wagtail and Sparrowhawk of note during the day. The exceptional roost had a second winter bird showing characteristics of AZOREAN YELLOW-LEGGED GULL. a third winter Glaucous Gull and 3 new Iceland Gulls 2 second winter and a juv. (B Hazell T Marlow M Elliot)

February 20th

Dunlin in Toft, 3 Red-legged Partridge and 3 Golden Plover in the field below Farborough Spit, c15 Meadow Pipit Toft Bank, Sparrowhawk and aythya hybrid near the Valve Tower. In the roost second winter Iceland Gull and adult Med Gull. (J Judge T Marlow B Hazell)

February 18th

In the roost 2 Iceland Gull's juv and second winter. (J Judge T Marlow)

The Iceland's were two new birds so bringing this winters total to 6 with 2 Glaucous

Iceland Gull

Adult
third winter/sub adult
2 second winters
2 juveniles 
 
Glaucous Gull
2 juveniles 

February 16th

7 Shoveler, 8 Siskin Toft Shallows, 3rd yr Yellow-legged Gull, Sparrowhawk over Toft and aythya hybrid off Farborough bank (B Hazell R Mays)

February 15th

Continues to be quiet due to disturbance around the reservoir. 6 Goosander, single Shoveler, 6 Wigeon, Grey Wagtail and aythya hybrid off Farborough bank (B Hazell)

February 14th

In Toft Shallows 6 Siskin and 2 Treecreeper. 12+ Shoveler, 35 Meadow Pipit along Farborough bank, Peregrine and 8 Golden Plover over. In the roost juv Iceland Gull (B Hazell R Mays M Hall)

February 13th

Drake Pintail in front of the Hide, adult Yellow-legged Gull on the island, Shoveler and Grey Wagtail at the Valve Tower. 6 Siskin Toft Shallows and aythya hybrid off Farborough bank (B Hazell R Mays S Batt)

February 12th

Wildfowl were 35 Gadwall, 130 Pochard and 45 Goldeneye. 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull with a Buzzard feeding on a dead gull on the island. (R Mays D Cox)

February 11th

Just 2 Shoveler, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk and Reed Bunting. (S Batt)

February 10th

In the roost 2 Iceland Gull's (third winter/sub adult and juv) (T Marlow)

February 8th

Red Kite over Biggin Bay from Thurlaston (M Doughty) Dunlin on the Island, 2 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk and aythya hybrid off Farborough bank. Third winter/sub adult Iceland Gull on the shore of Biggin Bay late afternoon. (B Hazell R Mays M Doughty)

February 3rd

Summer plumage Sanderling Rainbow Corner then flew to Inlet (S Batt). Dunlin at the Inlet, c60 Goosander, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Treecreeper. In the roost the third winter/sub adult Iceland Gull, adult Med Gull and leucistic Black-headed Gull.  (B Hazell S Batt T Marlow M Baynes)

February 2nd

2 Whooper Swan mainly in the middle of the reservoir (R Mays B Hazell), 4 Dunlin, 6+ Shoveler, Raven, Kingfisher, Yellow-legged Gull and aythya hybrid off Farborough bank (B Hazell R Mays S Batt)

February 1st

Sanderling near the Overflow, 6 Pintail (2 drake) 6 Shoveler, 2 Shelduck and aythya hybrid off Farborough bank. 2 Redpoll on the north shore below the Golf Course. 3 possible Whooper Swan flew over Toft Alpaca's late afternoon (P Hall)  In the roost the third winter/sub adult Iceland Gull. (B Hazell S Batt T Marlow M Baynes P Hall)

January

Jan Feb March April May June July August September October November December

January 30th

Dunlin on Farborough Spit, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank and Sparrowhawk. Hybrid aythya still Rainbow Corner. (B Hazell T Marlow S Batt)

January 29th

In the roost juv Glaucous Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull, c60 Golden Plover over. (J Judge)

January 27th

Drake Smew still off Draycote Bank, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank and Sparrowhawk in Toft. (B Hazell)

January 26th

Drake Smew still off Draycote Bank, Grey Wagtail at the Overflow and Sparrowhawk in Toft. (S Batt)

January 25th

Drake Smew still off Draycote Bank, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull and hybrid aythya in Rainbow Corner, c60 Golden Plover and 2 Raven over. In the roost third winter/sub adult Iceland Gull and 2 Yellow-legged Gull (adult and second winter) (J Judge T Marlow B Hazell)

January 23rd

Drake Smew still off Draycote Bank, Woodcock behind the Inlet (S Batt) 6 Redpoll Lin Croft Point and 12 Siskin Toft Shallows. In the roost third winter Iceland Gull and adult Caspian Gull. The hybrid aythya from the 10th present in Rainbow Corner. (B Hazell T Marlow S Batt)

January 22nd

Drake Smew still off Draycote Bank then Toft. Peregrine over Draycote Bank, c150 Golden Plover over east, Raven and c50 Lapwing (L Parkin J D & P Hall S Batt) 

January 21st

Drake Smew still off Draycote Bank. In the roost adult Iceland Gull and juv Glaucous Gull (a different paler individual) (J Judge T Marlow)

January 19th

Drake Smew still off Draycote Bank with c120 Golden Plover over. Rarest bird of the year was a Nuthatch near the hide (R Mays) North shore and Toft Shallows had 2 Redpoll, 3 Siskin, Little Owl and Jay. (B Hazell R Mays)

January 18th

Drake Smew still off Draycote Bank with Grey Wagtail there and 5 Golden Plover over Farborough bank. Willow Tit at Rainbow Corner. In the roost third winter Iceland Gull. (J Judge T Marlow K Groocock D Fearn)

Smew c Dave Fearn

January 17th

Drake Smew still off Draycote Bank, 3 Dunlin at the Inlet and 8 Golden Plover over Toft. Little Owl near Biggin, 7 Shoveler (5 drake) (B Hazell S Batt P Hall)

January 16th

Juv Glaucous Gull over Biggin Bay, drake Smew off Draycote Bank, 2 Dunlin Inlet/Overflow area and 25 Golden Plover over with c15 in fields below Farborough bank. 3 Redpoll Lin Croft, 12 Siskin Toft Shallows, 50+ Yellowhammer and 2 Reed Bunting behind the Inlet and Sparrowhawk. In the roost adult Iceland Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull. (J Judge T Marlow B Hazell R Mays S Batt)

January 14th

Second winter Iceland Gull and juv Glaucous Gull in the roost. (S Valentine S Haynes)

January 13th

Drake Smew still off Draycote Bank with 2 Dunlin Hensborough bank. 5 Redpoll Lin Croft Point and Siskin. (B Hazell)

January 12th

Red-breasted Merganser off Draycote Bank with drake Smew. Peregrine, 25 Greylag Geese below Farborough bank, 3 Siskin, Jay and Raven. In the roost the adult Iceland Gull, adult Med Gull and leucistic Black-headed Gull. (J Judge S Batt T Brindley)

January 11th

Red-breasted Merganser off Draycote Bank with 3 Smew (2 drake) Adult Yellow-legged Gull, Peregrine and Merlin over. (B Hazell R Mays)

January 10th

8 Shelduck and 7 Shoveler (4 drake). 25 Greylag Geese below Farborough Bank and 3 Siskin. In the roost the adult Iceland Gull and juv Glaucous Gull plus 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull. Of interest in Toft a presumed Tufted X Pochard hybrid which at times can resemble a Lesser Scaup. (T Marlow M Baynes S Batt)

January 9th

Red-breasted Merganser still, 2 Dunlin at the Inlet, Peregrine and 3 Raven over, 3 Shelduck and Med Gull below the Golf Course. 3 Siskin and Grey Wagtail. Only 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull and the Leucistic Black-headed Gull in the roost. (J Judge T Marlow B Hazell R Mays S Batt)

January 7th

The adult Iceland Gull showing well off the Inlet in the morning with 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull. 3 Raven over. In the roost adult and second winter Iceland Gull, juv Glaucous Gull and adult Med Gull. (J Judge S Valentine R Knightbridge)

January 6th

Red-breasted Merganser off Draycote Bank and 3 Siskin near the Golf Course. In the roost  juv Glaucous Gull. (S Batt G Blockley)

January 5th

Red-breasted Merganser off Draycote Bank with the adult Iceland Gull off there. 4 Dunlin at the Inlet. (S Batt)

January 3rd

Red-breasted Merganser off Draycote Bank, adult Kittiwake and Snow Bunting heard but not seen near the Valve Tower. 51 Goosander, female Pintail with new for the year 2 Siskin, Raven and Great Spotted Woodpecker. n the roost the adult Iceland Gull and juv Glaucous Gull again with adult Yellow-legged Gull. (R Mays)

January 2nd

Red-breasted Merganser off Draycote Bank and 3 Dunlin at the Inlet/Overflow. In the roost the adult Iceland Gull and juv Glaucous Gull again with adult and third winter Yellow-legged Gull. (J Judge S Batt)

January 1st

Red-breasted Merganser off Draycote Bank with 2 Pintail and 2 Shoveler also off there. Adult Iceland Gull off Hensborough bank c11.40 and Little Egret over Draycote Bank. 56 Goosander at the Valve Tower Grey Wagtail  and 15 Grey Heron in fields behind. Adult Yellow-legged Gull Draycote Bank, 24 Greylag Geese below Farborough Bank. (J Judge J D & P Hall B Duckhouse R Mays S Batt et al)