2013 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 2013 = 339

December

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

 

December 29th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and drake Smew off Farborough bank, 11 Goosander, 8+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, Raven over and a pale Buzzard behind the Valve Tower. (S Batt J & R Knightbridge)

December 28th

Great Northern Diver and drake Smew off Farborough Bank with 5 Goosander, 2 Little Grebe and 8 Lapwing. (L Bain D Edwards)

Great Northern Diver c Louis Bain

December 27th

3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 Ravens on a dead Rabbit along Draycote Bank and 2 Bullfinch Dunns Bay. (I Martindale)

December 26th

Great Northern Diver and drake Smew off Farborough Bank, Long-tailed Duck viewable from the Spit and Red-breasted Merganser off Saddle Bank then flew to the Inlet. 36 Goosander, 10 Tree Sparrows around the feeder, c40 Siskin along the north shore. In the roost prob first winter Caspian Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull. (J Judge J D & P Hall)

December 24th

Great Northern Diver and drake Smew off Farborough Bank, Long-tailed Duck viewable from the Spit and Red-breasted Merganser off Draycote Bank. c15 Goosander, 4+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Water Rail Toft, Kingfisher below Draycote bank, 4 Grey Wagtail and Chiffchaff. (B Hazell M Bruce)

December 23rd

12 Goosander (2 drake) (I Martindale T Crawford)

December 20th

Great Northern Diver off Farborough Bank. A drake Smew flew in (F Farrington) then associated with the Tufted Ducks, 3 Goosander with Chiffchaff and Treecreeper in Toft. (K Groocock F Farrington)

December 19th

Rock Pipit and 3 Pintail. (D Watson)

December 17th

Great Northern Diver off Farborough bank, Long-tailed Duck viewable distantly from the Spit and Red-breasted Merganser along the north shore then again off Draycote Bank. 6 pair of Goosander, Water Rail, 3 Raven over and Grey Wagtail. (B Hazell R Mays)

December 16th

Great Northern Diver off Farborough bank, Long-tailed Duck viewable distantly from the Spit and Red-breasted Merganser off the Inlet. Male Merlin along Farborough bank, 14 Goosander (6 drake) 4+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 3 Raven over, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank and 2 Grey Wagtail. Along the north shore 19 Siskin. (B Hazell R Mays)

December 15th

Great Northern Diver still off Farborough bank, c200 Lapwings, 10+ Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe and Jay. (M Bruce L Bain)

Goosander c Louis Bain

December 14th

Great Northern Diver off Farborough bank with the Long-tailed Duck viewable from the Spit. (T Marlow)

December 13th

Great Northern Diver off Farborough bank, Long-tailed Duck in Toft and Red-breasted Merganser near the Valve Tower. 9+ Goosander (3 drake) c10 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, juv Peregrine again hunting near the Valve Tower with 2 Raven landing briefly there, pair of Shoveler and 2 Grey Wagtails. (B Hazell)

December 12th

Great Northern Diver and Long-tailed Duck off Farborough with Red-breasted Merganser off Draycote Bank. 13 Goosander (6 drake) 5 Tree Sparrows at the feeder and Raven over. On the north shore at least 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Siskin, 2 Jays and Grey Wagtail. (B Hazell D Hutton)

December 11th

Great Northern Diver still off Farborough bank with the Long-tailed Duck viewed distantly of the Spit there. Red-breasted Merganser by the Valve Tower and c12 Goosander (6 drake) c12 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, juv Peregrine hunting over the water and 2 Treecreeper. (B Hazell K Groocock D Jones)

Red-breasted Merganser c Dick Jones

December 10th

Great Northern Diver still off Farborough bank with Long-tailed Duck there. Female Red-breasted Merganser near the Valve Tower with 8+ Goosander. Tree Sparrow at the feeder, along the north shore 2 Redpoll, 5 Siskin, Chiffchaff  and Sparrowhawk. (T Marlow S Batt D Edwards)

December 9th

Great Northern Diver still off Farborough bank with Long-tailed Duck there. Female Red-breasted Merganser near the Valve Tower with c15 Goosander (6 drake). Shelduck off the Inlet, Water Rail Toft, 4 Grey Wagtail and 10 Raven over. 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder and along the north shore 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Siskin and 3 Treecreeper. (B Hazell R Mays)

December 8th

Great Northern Diver still off Farborough bank, female Red-breasted Merganser near the Valve Tower, 6 Goosander and Grey Wagtail. (1 drake) (A Haynes

Great Northern Diver c Andrew Haynes

December 7th

Great Northern Diver still off Farborough bank with Long-tailed Duck there. Female Red-breasted Merganser near the Valve Tower with 9 Goosander (5 drake). In the roost a probable first winter Caspian Gull (different to last nights bird) 4+ adult Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 Pintail flying around at near dark. (J Judge T Marlow D Watson D Edwards)

Great Northern Diver c Tim Marlow Steve McAusland and Adey Rowley

December 6th

An imm Great Northern Diver (T Marlow) off the Sailing Club then best off Farborough Bank. Long-tailed Duck still viewable distantly off Farborough Spit and the female Red-breasted Merganser still off Draycote Bank. c12 Goosander (2 drake), drake Pintail off the Inlet, 5+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 3 Chiffchaff Toft, 2 Jays and Treecreeper. In the roost first winter Caspian Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. (T Marlow B Hazell K Groocock K Yates)

  

Great Northern Diver c Keith Yates

December 5th

Long-tailed Duck still viewable distantly off Farborough Spit and the female Red-breasted Merganser still off Draycote Bank. 9 Goosander (5 drake) 6+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder and c 10 Siskin in Toft. (B Hazell)

December 4th

Long-tailed Duck still viewable from Farborough Spit and the female Red-breasted Merganser off Draycote Bank. 12 Goosander (8 drake) Kingfisher Draycote Bank and sane or another in Biggin. 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper and 2 Grey Wagtail. (B Hazell)

December 3rd

Long-tailed Duck still viewable from Farborough Spit and the female Red-breasted Merganser off Draycote Bank. 14 Goosander (8 drake) 1+ Water Rail Toft and 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder. On the north shore c25 Siskin, 2 Redpoll, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Raven over. The albino Squirrel is being seen regularly around the vicinity of the Hide where the rangers have put another feeder to the left. (B Hazell R Mays)

December 2nd

A juv Long-tailed Duck was initially off Farborough Spit and then along the north shore (B Hazell) The last one was in January 2008. At least 12 Goosander (4 drake) 3 Water Rails in Toft and 2 Grey Wagtails Farborough bank. (B Hazell R Mays T Marlow K Yates)

December 1st

At least 10 Tree Sparrows at the feeder. (I Martindale)

November

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November 30th

In the roost adult Caspian Gull and 5 Yellow-legged Gulls. (J Judge T Marlow R Knightbridge)

November 29th

Red-breasted Merganser still and 9 Goosander (2 drake) (T Marlow)

November 28th

Red-breasted Merganser still near the Fishing Pontoons with 3 Goosander (2 drake) In the roost juv Iceland Gull, first winter Caspian Gull and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls. (T Marlow)

November 27th

Juv Iceland Gull and 6 Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost. (T Marlow)

November 26th

Shag on buoy in front of the Sailing Club and Red-breasted Merganser near the Fishing Pontoons. 5 Goosander (2 drake) 7+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Dunlin flew along Farborough bank, adult Yellow-legged Gull, at least 4 Brambling near the Valve Tower, Kingfisher below Draycote bank, Raven over and 2 Grey Wagtail. The Dusky type Canada Goose along the north shore. (B Hazell T Marlow)

November 25th

Shag near the Valve Tower and female Red-breasted Merganser still off there. 4 Goosander (1 drake) Shelduck and 16 Tree Sparrows near the feeder. Water Rail in Toft with 6 Siskin there, 2 Raven over and Grey Wagtail. (B Hazell R Mays D Cox)

November 24th

Female Red-breasted Merganser and female Goosander near the Valve Tower and c20 Goldeneye. (G Phillipson)

November 23rd

3 Brambling along the north shore. (D Edwards)

November 22nd

Shag still again in front of the Sailing Club. Female Goosander adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Grey Wagtails along Farborough bank. 2 Water Rails Toft and still a few Chiffchaff present. In the roost adult Med Gull and an aberrant first winter Herring Gull with pale primaries (both birds have been seen at Daventry Reservoir recently) (B Hazell K Groocock T Marlow R Mays K Yates K Foster)

Shag c Kevin Groocock

***Of interest Ranger Ian Martindale had a report of a dead bird found by Kev Hart from the Fishery with a Norwegian ring on it. Kev contacted them and it was ringed as a 3cy female Black-headed Gull at Frognerparken (Norway, Akershus_Oslo, Oslo) on 12-04-2013 and found dead at Draycote on 17-11-2013***

 

November 21st

Shag still in front of the Sailing Club, 2 female Goosander, Sparrowhawk, Treecreeper and c300 Lapwings. (B Hazell P Cashmore C Potter)

November 20th

3 Dunlin through and 4 Goosander. (T Marlow)

November 19th

Shag along Farborough bank, 3 Goosander (1 drake) Redpoll near the Golf Course, 4 Tree Sparrows at the feeder and Raven over. (B Hazell)

November 18th

2 Shag still, Golden Plover over and several Tree Sparrows calling near Rainbow Corner. (B Hazell)

November 17th

Shag on buoy in front of Sailing Club. Wildfowl were Goosander, 9 Goldeneye, 8 Wigeon, 3 Pochard and 2 Gadwall. Kingfisher at Toft Shallows and Chiffchaff. (A Anscomb D Edwards C Potter)

November 16th

20+ Lapwing . (T Crawford)

November 15th

2 Shag still Farborough Bank area and the Valve Tower with  Little Egret at the Inlet. The rarest bird was a Nuthatch heard in the small copse near the  feeder with 11 Tree Sparrows there (note there is now another feeder below Hensborough bank) Along the north shore 4 Treecreeper and 8 Siskin, Grey Wagtail Hensborough with another 2 Farborough, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Raven and 8 Shoveler (1 drake) (B Hazell T Marlow S Batt)

Shag c Tim Marlow

November 14th

2 Shag still and Little Egret. At least 6 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 5 Goosander (1 drake) 4 Raven on the ground behind the Inlet. (B Hazell T Marlow R Mays D Cox)

November 13th

2 Shag still off Farborough Bank and getting on top of the Valve Tower. Little Egret elusive in Toft, at least 5 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 3 Grey Wagtail and a Snipe flew into the Scrape. (B Hazell R Mays)

November 12th

2 Shag now present but mobile. Little Egret at the Inlet, fem/imm Common Scoter, at least 11 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Grey Wagtail, female Goosander and 8 Shoveler. In the roost adult Caspian Gull and 11 Yellow-legged Gulls. (T Marlow B Hazell R Mays D Cox)

November 11th

Imm Shag (first since 2011) Wildfowl were 8 Goldeneye, 37 Pochard, 11 Teal and 13 Shoveler. Still 1 Chiffchaff present. (T Marlow)

November 9th

Adult Caspian Gull in the roost with 11 Yellow-legged Gulls (9 adult, 1 third cal and 1 first cal) 2 female Goosander and 4 Goldeneye (1 drake) (T Marlow)

November 8th

4 Brambling still near the Windsurfing area then flushed by a Sparrowhawk. 3 Goosander (1 drake) 2 Grey Wagtail Farborough bank with 32 Golden Plover off there, 5 Raven over and 2 Goldeneye. (B Hazell R Mays D Cox)

November 7th

2 female Goosander, 4 Brambling near the Windsurfing area, Grey Wagtail Farborough bank and 2 Raven over. (B Hazell R Mays D Cox)

November 6th

Fem/imm Common Scoter in the middle of the reservoir. Brambling near the Windsurfing area and 2 Grey Wagtail on the south shore. (T Marlow B Hazell R Mays)

November 5th

Imm Red-breasted Merganser (T Marlow) off the Overflow and now 3 Red-crested Pochard (male, eclipse male and female) Goosander Farborough bank, female Shoveler in Toft, 2 Raven over, Grey Wagtail and adult Yellow-legged Gull. (B Hazell R Mays T Marlow)

November 4th

A pair of Red-crested Pochard in Biggin Bay. Goosander and Grey Wagtail near the Valve Tower and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. (B Hazell R Mays)

November 3rd

3 Raven, 2 Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker. (R Mays D Cox)

November 2nd

2 Rock Pipits and Grey Wagtail with Redpoll and Skylark over south. (T Marlow)

October

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October 30th

7 Raven over the car park. (R Mays D Cox)

October 29th

Brambling and Siskin over, female Goosander, male Goldeneye plus 7 Shoveler. In the roost 8 adult and a third year Yellow-legged Gull. (T Marlow)

October 28th

The "Great Storm" produced nothing of note just a Little Egret near the Pontoons flying west and 48 Skylarks in various flocks (Max 21) all flying west low over the water. (J Judge T Marlow)

October 24th

Red Kite south over the car park 13.40. Also over from 12--2 1500+ Starling, 400+ Skylark,200+ Meadow Pipit and 19 Buzzard. (R Mays D & C Cox)

October 23rd

c130 Tufted Duck, c100 Great Crested Grebe, c500 Canada Geese and c50 Coot. (J Moxon)

October 20th

First returning Goldeneye. (M Bruce)

October 19th

c80 Great Crested Grebes, c70 Coot and 30 Tufted Ducks in Toft. (D Edwards)

October 18th

Black Redstart along Toft Bank, Rock Pipit Farborough bank and adult Yellow-legged Gull. (B Hazell)

October 17th

Adult Yellow-legged Gull, Swallow, Raven and Sparrowhawk. 3 Dunlin in the evening. (B Hazell)

October 16th

3 Dunlin in the evening with Redwing flocks over. (M Bruce)

October 15th

Rock Pipit along Farborough bank, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Raven, 4 Shoveler, 4 Jay and Grey Wagtail. (B Hazell)

October 14th

Turnstone between the Pontoons and Sailing Club, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Grey Wagtail, 11 Raven and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell R Mays)

October 11th

Adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Grey Wagtails. (B Hazell)

October 10th

3 Tree Sparrows on the feeder, Grey Wagtail, 6 Jays, Sparrowhawk and c70 Fieldfare. (B Hazell)

October 9th

Adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Jays, 2 Grey Wagtails, Raven over with many Meadow Pipits still around. (B Hazell)

October 8th

Adult and second year Yellow-legged Gulls. Golden Plover, c50 Skylark and Raven over with c100 Meadow Pipits along the banks. Grey Wagtail near the Pontoons. (B Hazell)

October 7th

Adult Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Jays and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell)

October 5th

Ringed Plover still near Pontoons, female Goosander Farborough with flock of Meadow Pipits along the bank. Chiffchaff and Blackcap Biggin. (G Stratford)

October 4th

Ringed Plover, Wheatear, 2 female Goosander and 30+ Skylark. (K Foster)

October 3rd

Ringed Plover still near the Pontoons, 2 female Goosander Farborough bank, 30+ Meadow Pipits, Grey Wagtail Toft Bank and female Shoveler. (B Hazell R Mays)

October 2nd

A Great Skua (T Marlow) spent 5 minutes being harassed by Black-headed Gulls before departing to the west. Waders were Grey Plover over (J Sirrett) Ruff over, Dunlin and Ringed Plover. In the evening 2 juv Arctic Terns and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost. 4 House Martins still. (T Marlow D Edwards J Sirrett)

October 1st

Ringed Plover near the Pontoons, along Farborough bank Wheatear, 3 Grey Wagtails and 2 female Goosander. c 40 Meadow Pipits mobile  and 3 female Shoveler. (B Hazell G Baines)

 

September

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September 30th

Imm Little Gull c10:35 joined by 3 adults and all left c10:45. Rock Pipit Farborough bank with Wheatear, Grey Wagtail and 11 Meadow Pipits there. Dunlin, Ringed Plover near the Pontoons. Adult and second year Yellow-legged Gulls, Raven over. Wildfowl were 28 Wigeon, 25 Teal and 4 Pochard. (B Hazell R Mays T Marlow)

September 27th

Ringed Plover near the Pontoons and a mobile Common Sandpiper. Wildfowl early morning were 60 Wigeon, 20 Shoveler, 4 Pochard and c20 Teal most flushed when the boats went out. 3 Grey Wagtail Farborough bank, adult Yellow-legged Gull and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull with white primaries. ( T Marlow B Hazell)

September 26th

First year Little Gull and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. Grey WagtailRaven over and 45 Greylag Geese. Of interest Bob traced the Tufted Duck with the nasal saddle ring and it was ringed at So Jacinto Dunes Nature Reserve (4041N 0844W). (B Hazell)

September 25th

Ringed Plover along the south shore, 5 Grey Wagtails, adult and first year Yellow-legged Gulls, Raven over, 12 Shoveler and 2 Jays. (B Hazell)

September 24th

Ringed Plover near the Pontoons, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Grey Wagtail Farborough bank with 10 Meadow Pipit there, 2 Shoveler in Toft and 7+ Chiffchaff still present. A Tufted Duck in Toft had a nasal saddle ring. (B Hazell R Mays)

September 23rd

Dunlin and 3+ Ringed Plover along the south shore. Kingfisher Toft with 4 Raven and Sparrowhawk over. (B Hazell R Mays)

September 22nd

Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail, 3 Shoveler (1 drake) and 6+ Meadow Pipits. (D Edwards R Mays D Cox)

September 20th

Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover and 14 Wigeon. (R Mays D Cox)

September 19th

A juv Hobby perched on the balcony of the Visitor Center. Along the south shore were Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover and 2 Grey Wagtail. Adult Yellow-legged Gull and 4 Raven over. Wildfowl were Shelduck, 2 female Shoveler and 14 Wigeon. (B Hazell R Mays)

September 18th

Waders along the south shore were 2 Dunlin, 3+ Ringed Plover and 3+ Common Sandpiper. c24 Meadow Pipit, Skylarks over and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell)

September 17th

2 Hobby (ad and juv) through the hundreds of House Martins. Along the south shore 5+ Dunlin, 5+ Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and Grey Wagtail. 2 adult and second year Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Chiffchaff at the Overflow, Jay off Draycote Bank with a stag Roe Deer below. (B Hazell R Mays)

September 16th

Waders along the south shore were 3 Dunlin and 8 Ringed Plover. Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank, 4 Raven over, adult Yellow-legged Gull at the Inlet and female Shoveler at the Overflow. (B Hazell R Mays)

September 15th

Waders were 2 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper. Yellow Wagtail. (R Mays D Cox)

September 12th

Adult Yellow-legged Gull. (J Judge)

September 10th

Common Sandpiper, c40 Sand Martin, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker. (D McWilliams)

September 5th

9 Tree Sparrows at the feeder. (T Lancaster)

August

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August 30th

2 adult a 4 juv Common Terns, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Sandpiper and Raven over. (B Hazell)

August 29th

4 Common Terns (2 juv) 3 Common Sandpiper, sub adult Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Raven over and 2 Lesser Whitethroat. 2 Clouded Yellow Toft Bank.  (B Hazell R Mays D Hutton)

August 28th

Adult Caspian, juv Med and 10 Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost (T Marlow) 8 Common Terns including 4 juv's. 2 of them were colour ringed at Brandon on July 20th and left there on August 25th. Dunlin Farborough Spit with 7 Yellow Wagtail along the bank in the evening. Several Common Sandpiper still around the reservoir with the best count of 5 together. 2 Golden Plover over in the evening, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, drake Pochard, 3 Teal and a Clouded Yellow butterfly along Toft Bank. (B Hazell T Marlow)

Clouded Yellow and Common Tern c Bob Hazell

August 27th

3 juv Black Terns, 2 adult Common Terns. Fem/imm Wheatear Farborough Spit with 2 Lesser Whitethroat in the hedge below. At least 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 adult and first year Yellow-legged Gulls with a Kingfisher in Toft. (B Hazell R Mays)

August 26th

Adult BLACK KITE flew North West at 11:55 this morning. (J & S Holian) 2 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 3 juv Yellow Wagtails and 3 Common Terns (1juv) (D Cox)

August 19th

Green and Common Sandpiper near the Visitor Centre with possibly the same Green Sandpiper later near the Inlet, Common Tern and Grey Wagtail near the Sailing Club. (S Batt)

August 13th

Off Farborough bank 4 Common Terns (1 imm) Ringed Plover and 10 Yellow-legged Gulls. (T Marlow)

August 12th

Adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Common Terns. (B Hazell R Mays)

August 9th

Waders were Woodcock over Farborough Bank, Green and Common Sandpiper near the Valve Tower, Dunlin Toft Bank and 2 Ringed Plover. Little Egret Rainbow Corner, 4 juv Shelduck, Wheatear, 3 Common Tern (1 juv) Hobby and Kingfisher. (B Hazell R Mays D Cox)

August 8th

During the day 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern and adult Yellow-legged Gull. (B Hazell) In the evening Sanderling along Farborough bank, Greenshank and 4 Redshank over, Ringed Plover and 41 Yellow-legged Gulls with a further 7 in nearby fields at Toft Farm. (T Marlow)

August 6th

Juv Black-necked Grebe off Draycote Bank (L Thompson T Kennard) Along Farborough bank were Dunlin and 5 Ringed Plover (3 adult 2 juv) 4 adult Common Terns and adult Yellow-legged Gull. Little Egret in Toft near the boardwalk c10:45. (B Hazell R Mays L Thompson T Kennard D Edwards)

August 5th

2 Black Terns, 2 Common Terns. Sub adult and juv Yellow-legged Gulls, Common Sandpiper, 2+ Raven,c300 Swift and 2 Sand Martin. The rarest bird was a juv Treecreeper inside the hide at Toft via the Rangers. (T Marlow I Martindale)

4th August

Dunlin over. (R Mays D Cox)

August 3rd

Common Tern and 4+ adult Yellow-legged Gulls. (J Judge)

August 2nd

Common Tern, Common Sandpiper at the Inlet, Yellow Wagtail on the Sailing Club roof and Kingfisher near the Valve Tower. (B Hazell)

July

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

July 31st

Willow Tit on the feeders at the rangers yard with 2 Green Woodpecker on the wall there. (I Martindale)

July 28th

3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 4 Common Terns, 4 Green Woodpecker (2 juv) and 10 Pochard over. (R Mays D Cox L Bain)

July 26th

Dunlin along Farborough bank and 4 Common Terns. (K Foster)

July 25th

During the day 4 Common Terns (2 adult + 2 juv) Common Sandpiper, Tree Sparrow at the feeder and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 adult + 2 second year) In the roost were 16+ Yellow-legged Gulls (8+ adult/sub-adult, 6+ second year and 2+ first year) plus 46+ Common Gulls. (B Hazell J Judge T Marlow)

July 21st

Black Tern. (R Mays D Cox)

July 20th

3 Dunlin, amazingly the first Ringed Plover of the year, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Common Tern. (R Mays D Cox)

July 13th

Common Tern in the middle and Common Sandpiper near the Visitor Center. In the roost Yellow-legged Gulls were 5+ adult, 2+ second summer and 2+ first summer. A partial albino/leucistic adult Black-headed Gull. (J Judge T Marlow)

July 12th

2 Common Tern, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 adult and 2 second summer) (B Hazell)

July 5th

2 Common Sandpiper Toft Bank and 2 Buzzard. (K Foster)

July 4th

5+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, juv Grey Wagtail Hensborough bank, Common Tern and 6 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 adult 4 second summer) (B Hazell R Mays D Cox)

July 3rd

2 Common Sandpiper off Farborough Bank and 6+ Yellow-legged Gulls in the fields below. (R Knightbridge)

July 2nd

Common Tern and Common Sandpiper off Farborough bank. (B Hazell R Mays)

July 1st

5 drake Common Scoter in the middle with Oystercatcher over. Adult and at least 5 second summer Yellow-legged Gulls off Farborough bank commuting from the reservoir to the Grandborough Valley. (J Judge B Hazell R Mays)

June

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

June 30th

Dunlin and 3 Common Sandpiper over Toft then east. 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult and 3 second summer) (R Mays D Cox)

June 27th

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

June 25th

10+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank, Common Sandpiper near the Inlet and second summer Yellow-legged Gull. (E Williams)

June 23rd

Just Raven and Garden Warbler of note (earlier Arctic Terns message came from a re-sent email from April) (R Mays D Cox)

June 20th

Just Common Tern and Sparrowhawk of note. (B Hazell R Mays)

June 17th

Common Tern and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls. (B Hazell R Mays)

June 13th

2 Common Tern. (B Hazell R Mays)

June 10th

Adult Yellow-legged Gull, juv Yellow Wagtail and Red-legged Partridge. (B Hazell R Mays)

June 5th

2 Common Tern. (B Hazell)

June 4th

Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Yellow Wagtail over Draycote bank and 2 Common Tern. (B Hazell R Mays E Williams)

June 2nd

2 Common Tern and Buzzard. (J Judge)

June 1st

5 Oystercatchers mobile around the reservoir and 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder. (S Batt)

May

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

May 31st

Adult Yellow-legged Gull and Buzzard. (R Mays D Cox)

May 23rd

2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder with Spotted Flycatcher nearby. Raven on Saddle Bank, 2 Linnet and Buzzard. (S Batt S Cook)

May 22nd

2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Hobby over the Windsurfing area and 2 Grey Wagtails at the Valve Tower. (A Anscomb)

May 21st

Spotted Flycatcher near the Scrape and Common Sandpiper Farborough bank. (R Mays)

May 18th

Common Tern from the Visitor Centre. In the evening 2 Turnstone Farborough Bank and Common Sandpiper near the Inlet. (J Judge M Ribbons)

---A new sightings book is now in place at the shop in the Visitor Centre---

May 17th

Wheatear, Treecreeper and 2 adult and 2 juv Grey Wagtails. (B Hazell T Marlow)

May 15th

6 Black Tern, c20 Arctic and 3 Common. Grey Plover, Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Curlew over. 3 Yellow Wagtails along Farborough bank. (B Hazell T Marlow)

May 14th

Common Sandpiper Hensborough Bank, Tree Sparrow on the feeder, 2 Hobby hunting Swifts along Farborough bank and Peregrine over. (S Batt)

May 13th

Common Sandpiper, Common Tern, Grey Wagtail and Tree Sparrow. (B Hazell)

May 12th

3 Little Egrets over and Sedge Warbler near the Lower Car Park (R Mays D Cox)

May 11th

Just one Common Tern in front of the Visitor Centre and on the Fishing Pontoons. (J Judge)

-----The Visitor Centre is now open again and the owners have given us permission to put a sightings book in the shop as before. It will be in place shortly-----

May 10th

Red Kite low over the Fishing Pontoons and then over Hensborough bank. Whimbrel along the north shore and flew west, Arctic and 3 Common Terns, Hobby Hensborough bank with 2 Yellow Wagtail there Oystercatcher over. (B Hazell T Marlow R Mays D Cox)

May 8th

Drake Common Scoter still distant in the middle of the reservoir with 3 Common Terns. 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder. (B Hazell A Anscomb)

May 7th

Drake Common Scoter in the middle. Waders were 3 Whimbrel in Toft (flushed by a cyclist) Sanderling near the Inlet, 2 Dunlin, 4+ Common Sandpiper and Oystercatcher. 10 Common Tern, Grey Wagtail and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell)

Sanderling and Dunlin c Bob Hazell

May 6th

4 Black Terns from the Sailing Club in the evening. (C Worthy)

May 5th

5 Dunlin, 3 Yellow Wagtail and c50 Swift Farborough/Toft Banks. (R & J Knightbridge I Martindale)

May 1st

A summer plumage Black-necked Grebe was initially in the middle of the reservoir before coming closer in to Biggin Bay. 2 Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank, 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder and pair of Shelduck. (B Hazell A Anscomb)

April

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

April 30th

Common Sandpiper Draycote Bank, 4 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank and 3 Buzzard over. (S Batt D Edwards)

April 29th

4 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Garden Warbler in Toft and Lesser Whitethroat near the Sewage Works. (S Batt)

April 25th

Greenland type Wheatear near Farborough Spit with Yellow and White Wagtail Draycote Bank. c4 Common Sandpiper and 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder. (B Hazell)

April 24th

Along Farborough Bank were Whinchat near the scrape, male Wheatear (female near the Overflow) c10 Yellow Wagtail and White Wagtail. 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Shelduck still with other new birds for the year being Lesser Whitethroat near the Sewage Works and c20 Swift. (B Hazell R Mays A Anscomb)

April 23rd

6 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 Yellow Wagtails Farborough bank, Shelduck, drake Goldeneye and Jay. (B Hazell)

April 22nd

2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 7 Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank and 2 Red-legged Partridge there. (B Hazell R Mays S Batt)

April 21st

An Osprey flew over Rainbow Corner and the Inlet before drifting off south west c7:30am. 2 Yellow, 1 White, 1 Grey and 10 Pied Wagtails. Common Sandpiper Hensborough bank, 4 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 Whitethroat new in with good numbers of Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff. (J D & P Hall I Martindale)

April 19th

An impressive flock of 22 White Wagtail in the morning along Farborough bank with at least 12 Yellow Wagtail (others dotted around the various other grass banks) and Wheatear with a Snipe on the scrape below. adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Oystercatcher, at least 8 Common Sandpiper, 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder and 5 Goldeneye. On the north shore still 7 Redpoll and 2 Siskin. 2 Red-legged Partridge near the Inlet. (B Hazell S Batt)

April 18th

Single Black Tern, c30 Arctic Tern and 6+ Common Tern today. Little Ringed Plover over in the evening. 19+ Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank with 10+ White Wagtail, Oystercatcher over, 4 Common Sandpiper and 2 Red-legged Partridge below Farborough bank. (B Hazell T Marlow M Doughty)

Arctic Tern c Paul Lathbury

April 17th

Male and female Redstart near the Sewage Works with 2 Wheatear, c25 Yellow Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail and c10 Meadow Pipit Farborough Bank area. 4 Yellow Wagtail Hensborough bank, 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder with Raven and Sparrowhawk over. (B Hazell R Mays A Anscomb L Thompson)

April 15th

3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Common Sandpiper and Wheatear Farborough Bank with 2 Yellow Wagtails and others near the Valve Tower and Hensborough bank. 7 Snipe on the scrape, Common Tern, female Goldeneye off Lin Croft Point and numbers building of hirundines, Willow Warbler and Blackcap. (B Hazell S Batt D Edwards L Thompson)

April 12th

Black Tern with other new birds for the year being Common Tern, Yellow Wagtail (2) White Wagtail and House Martin. Peregrine over and 5 Snipe on the scrape. (P Cashmore B Hazell R Mays D Hutton)

White Wagtail c Dave Hutton

April 11th

At least 8 Tree Sparrows at the feeder whilst in Toft 4 Siskin, 2 Treecreeper and Blackcap. (B Hazell)

April 10th

Male Wheatear Farborough bank with c25 Meadow Pipit Toft Bank, 2 Snipe on the scrape. New birds were Woodcock near the Sewage Works, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow (with 7 Sand Martin) Red-legged Partridge and 2 Linnet. 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder with Brambling nearby. 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. (B Hazell R Mays A Anscomb)

April 9th

In the roost 2 second year Yellow-legged Gulls. (T Marlow M Baynes)

April 7th

Waders were Curlew over, 2 Oystercatcher and Snipe. Drake Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 12 Goldeneye and 3 Meadow Pipit. (R Mays D Cox C Potter)

April 5th

2 Water Rails still off the boardwalk in Toft, 2 Oystercatcher near the Valve Tower and 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder. 3 Snipe on the scrape and 2 Treecreeper in Toft with 32 Gadwall and 42 Wigeon there. (B Hazell S Batt)

April 3rd

The 2 Water Rails continue to be seen off the Boardwalk, 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 Sand Martin and Grey Wagtail by the Visitor Centre. (A Anscomb)

April 2nd

Drake Smew again mobile off Farborough bank and 2 Water Rail still off the boardwalk in Toft. 2 Oystercatcher near the Windsurfing area, 4 Tree Sparrows at the feeder and 2 Treecreeper in Toft Shallows. Chiffchaff showing characteristics of the race tristis. (B Hazell K Groocock)

March

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

March 31st

2 Water Rails off the boardwalk in Toft and Kingfisher below Draycote Bank. (T Crawford)

March 30th

The first Little Ringed Plover of the year was near the Visitor Centre, 3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder with Brambling by Rainbow Corner. c25 Meadow Pipit Farborough bank with a further 10 along Barn Bank. Kingfisher below Draycote bank and 5 Chiffchaff Toft. (A Anscomb)

March 29th

7 Gadwall and 8 Teal in Toft. (D Edwards)

March 27th

Drake Smew off Farborough Bank with 2 Water Rails again below the board walk. In Toft and along the north shore 2 Redpoll, 4 Siskin, 6 Chiffchaff, Treecreeper and Coal Tit. Shelduck, Buzzard and Raven. (R Mays)

March 25th

Drake Smew again off Farborough Bank with 3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder. 3 Oystercatcher, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, double figures of Chiffchaff with Redpoll, Siskin, Treecreeper and Goldcrest in Toft area. (K Groocock S Batt P Cashmore M Doughty M Smyth)

March 23rd

Tree Sparrow in the rangers compound. (T Crawford)

March 21st

Red Kite over Grays Barn then Thurlaston and the male Wheatear still Farborough Spit. Tree Sparrow at the feeder, c10 Siskin Grays Barn and Sparrowhawk. (S Batt)

March 20th

Drake Smew off Hensborough Bank and male Wheatear still Farborough Spit. 3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Water Rail off the boardwalk in Toft, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk and Jay. (B Hazell A Anscomb)

March 19th

The drake Smew still mobile around the reservoir. New in was a male Wheatear Farborough Spit area, now 7+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Water Rail off the boardwalk in Toft, 2 Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell S Batt)

March 18th

The drake Smew was off Lin Croft Point and the juv Glaucous Gull again off Hensborough Bank. 2 Oystercatcher over, 2 Water Rail off the boardwalk, Tree Sparrow at the feeder, 5+ Chiffchaff, Snipe on the scrape, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank and Grey Wagtail. (B Hazell S Batt D Jackson)

March 17th

Drake Smew still off Farborough Bank and first Sand Martin of the year in Toft. (R Knightbridge D Hill)

March 15th

Drake Smew still, Red Kite over the Golf Course late morning, Redpoll, 4 Siskin and second winter Yellow-legged Gull. (D Jackson T Marlow)

March 14th

The drake Smew was off Lin Croft Point and the juv Glaucous Gull again during the day. 3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Water Rail in Toft off the boardwalk, 2 Oystercatcher along the north shore, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, 3 Chiffchaff, c15 Siskin and Coal Tit Grays Barn and 2 Grey Wagtail at the Overflow. (B Hazell S Batt)

Water Rail c Steve Batt

March 13th

Drake Smew off Draycote Bank with a pair of Pintail mobile around the reservoir. At the feeder 5+ Tree Sparrows, a pair of Brambling and c25 Yellowhammer. Shoveler, 65+ Wigeon and Chiffchaff. (B Hazell S Batt A Anscomb)

March 12th

The Black Redstart was along Hensborough Bank with 2 Grey Wagtail at the Overflow. 5 Tree Sparrow and 2 Yellowhammer at the feeder. Water Rail off the boardwalk, Snipe Toft Bank,7 Gadwall and c20 Wigeon Toft. (B Hazell D Edwards M Brewer)

March 11th

The Black Redstart still near the Overflow and drake Smew still present but mobile. The juv Glaucous Gull continues to stay during the day (a rare occurrence at Draycote) 3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 3 possibly 5 Oystercatcher, 4 Siskin and 2 Redpoll along the north shore. (B Hazell T Marlow S Batt K Groocock)

Glaucous Gull c Tim Marlow

March 10th

The Black Redstart still near the Overflow and juv Glaucous Gull (T Marlow) off Draycote Bank in the morning. (D Jackson T Marlow S Valentine B Hazell)

Glaucous Gull c Tim Marlow

March 9th

Black Redstart at the Overflow (last bird was in March 2011) with Grey Wagtail there, 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder and c20 Goldeneye. (C Grey G Phillipson M Pollard)

Black Redstart c Mike Pollard

March 8th

Drake Smew still, 6 Snipe and 3 Gadwall. (K Foster)

March 6th

Drake Smew still and 49 Tufted Duck. (J Deller)

March 5th

Juv Iceland Gull came in late morning (B Hazell) 2 Tree Sparrow at the feeder, Water Rail off the boardwalk, 3 Snipe end of Toft Bank, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper and Raven. (B Hazell M Okeefe)

March 4th

Drake Smew still off Farborough with 2 Snipe on the scrape below. 5 Raven over. (B Hazell)

Smew c Bob Hazell

March 3rd

3 Brent Geese near the Inlet/Valve Tower (F Farrington) Drake Smew off Farborough bank and occasionally in Toft and Biggin. (J Judge F Farrington)

Brent Geese c Francoise Farrington

March 2nd

Just 19 Wigeon and 4 Pochard reported. (D Edwards)

March 1st

Water Rail in Toft off the Boardwalk and Snipe off Farborough Bank at the scrape. (B Hazell)

February

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

February 28th

2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Water Rail off the boardwalk in Toft, c12 Siskin Grays Barn, 2 Jay and Raven. (B Hazell)

February 24th

3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder. (F Cooper)

February 23rd

In the roost juv Glaucous and first winter Caspian Gull. (T Marlow)

February 21st

Tree Sparrow at the feeder, Snipe below Farborough bank and 3 Chiffchaff Toft. (B Hazell)

February 20th

4 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Chiffchaff Lin Croft Point and pair of Shoveler Toft. In the roost a second year leucistic Herring Gull similar if not the same to this bird http://www.birdersplayground.co.uk/Herring%20Gull%20-%202nd%20years%202.html (scroll to bottom of page) One to be wary of when looking for white winged gulls in the roost. (B Hazell T Marlow)

February 19th

Still 4+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 drake Shoveler in Toft, single Goosander and Reed Bunting. (B Hazell)

February 18th

Water Rail in Toft Shallows, 4+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Chiffchaff and 6 Siskin along the north shore with Kingfisher below Draycote Bank. (B Hazell)

February 16th

The 2 Black-necked Grebes in Toft, Shelduck, Grey Wagtail and in the roost second and third year Yellow-legged Gulls. (T Marlow R Knightbridge)

February 15th

The 2 Black-necked Grebes still along the southern shore with the drake Smew mobile off Farborough Bank/Biggin area. Tree Sparrow at the feeder, 2 drake Goosander Farborough Bank, Raven and Jay on the north shore. (B Hazell)

February 14th

The 2 Black-necked Grebes still and drake Common Scoter.  (T Marlow M Griffiths)

February 13th

The 2 Black-necked Grebes from the Windsurfing area, drake Smew off Farborough Bank and drake Common Scoter in the middle of the reservoir. 4+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder and pair of Goosander. Various duck species from the hide with Bullfinch behind. (B Hazell O Makinson)

February 12th

The 2 Black-necked Grebes from the Windsurfing area with a drake Common Scoter in the afternoon. Tree Sparrow at the feeder, Chiffchaff Biggin and Toft, 3 Goosander, 4 Redpoll near Lin Croft Point, Mistle Thrush and Grey Wagtail Farborough bank. (S Batt T Marlow)

February 9th

In the roost juv Iceland and juv Glaucous Gulls. (J Judge)

February 8th

The 2 Black-necked Grebes from the Windsurfing area with the drake and female Smew mobile off Farborough/Draycote Banks/Biggin. 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder with male and female Brambling, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, Grey Wagtail Farborough bank. 8 Goosander(5 drake) 36+ Goldeneye, c40 Pochard,28 Wigeon, 2 Buzzard and Siskin. (B Hazell M Griffiths K Foster)

February 7th

The 2 Black-necked Grebes from the Windsurfing area with the drake Smew mobile off Farborough Bank. 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Grey Wagtail Draycote Bank with Kingfisher on the stream below. Pair of Goosander and 6 Siskin at the Inlet. (B Hazell)

February 5th

The 2 Black-necked Grebes in Rainbow Corner, 2 Chiffchaff at the Overflow, 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Grey Wagtail and Peregrine over. (K Groocock P Finden)

February 4th

The 2 Black-necked Grebes in Rainbow Corner with the drake Smew off Farborough Bank. 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 9 Siskin along the north shore, Sparrowhawk and 40+ Lapwing on the pontoons. In the roost juv Iceland Gull (T Marlow) and third winter Yellow-legged Gull. (B Hazell T Marlow S Batt M Brewer)

February 3rd

The 2 Black-necked Grebes in Rainbow Corner with the drake Smew mobile around the reservoir. 2 Goosander, c40 Golden Plover and c100 Lapwing over near Hensborough bank. (J, D & P Hall R & M Palmer)

Black-necked Grebes c Jon Hall

February 2nd

The 2 Black-necked Grebes near the Valve Tower and drake Smew at the end of Toft Bank. 4 mobile Pintail with c20 Siskin along the north shore. (B Hazell) 

February 1st

2 Black-necked Grebes still and favouring the southern shore with the drake Smew in Toft. 4 Goosander, c15 Siskin Lin Croft Point, Grey Wagtail Hensborough Bank, 2 Treecreeper Toft and 3+ Raven over. In the roost juv Iceland Gull (T Marlow) (T Marlow B Hazell P Cashmore)

Siskin and Jay c Bob Hazell

January

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

January 31st

2 Black-necked Grebes mobile around the reservoir. Drake Smew off Farborough Bank, 3 Redpoll and 4 Siskin on the north shore with Raven over. (T Marlow B Hazell R Mays)

January 30th

Drake Smew by Farborough Spit. 3 mobile female Scaup eventually settling in Rainbow Corner, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank and 6+ Siskin along the north shore. (B Hazell)

January 28th

Drake Smew off Farborough Bank, Tree Sparrow at the feeder, Chiffchaff in Toft with c40 Siskin along the north shore. Drake Goosander, Grey Wagtail near the Inlet and Jay. (B Hazell S Batt)

January 27th

The Black-necked Grebe was close in by the Overflow, drake Smew off Hensborough Bank, Tree Sparrow at the feeder, pair of Goosander near the Inlet and a Treecreeper in the Country Park near the toilets. (S Batt I Martindale A Clark)

January 26th

The Black-necked Grebe was below the Golf Course, drake Smew reported second hand. 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper and Grey Wagtail in Toft with Siskin's along the north shore. (S Batt D Edwards)

January 25th

The Black-necked Grebe was present and again best viewed from the Windsurfing area, with drake Smew still off Farborough Bank. 2 Chiffchaff near the Hide, Snipe in Toft, 3 Goosander briefly, 11+ Siskin along the north shore, 2 Sparrowhawk and Jay. (B Hazell T Marlow)

January 24th

A Black-necked Grebe was present and best viewed from the Windsurfing area. Drake Smew off Farborough Bank, 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, adult Yellow-legged Gull, c21 Siskin along the north shore and Jay. (B Hazell)

January 23rd

Drake Smew off Farborough Bank with 4 Snipe in Toft. (M Doughty P Cashmore)

January 22nd

Drake Smew off Farborough Bank, Raven over and 16 Greylag Geese. (S Batt)

January 21st

Drake Smew off Farborough Bank with 48 Skylarks and Raven over. (N Barlow)

January 17th

Drake Smew mobile around the reservoir. (K Miles) 

January 16th

Drake Smew off Farborough Bank, Chiffchaff Toft and 2 Raven. (S Batt)

January 15th

Drake Smew off Farborough Spit with 3 Pintail (2 drake) at Grays Barn. 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, along the north shore Brambling, 5 Siskin and Jay with Sparrowhawk Draycote bank. (B Hazell)

January 13th

Drake Smew off Toft Bank with Shelduck on the north shore. 2 Chiffchaff on the north shore and 3 Tree Sparrow at the feeder. (J Wesson)

January 11th

Drake Smew still off Farborough Bank, 2 Chiffchaff in Toft with a few Siskin over and Jay. (B Hazell K Groocock)

January 9th

Drake Smew still off Farborough bank, Chiffchaff in Toft with c15 Siskin, Treecreeper and Sparrowhawk on the north shore. Kingfisher below Draycote Bank and Grey Wagtail at the Valve Tower. (B Hazell)

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January 7th

Drake Smew still off Farborough bank with 4 Shelduck in at c8.40. Tree Sparrow near the feeder, Raven over Chiffchaff and 4 Siskin in Toft, 8 Pochard. (S Batt)

January 4th

Drake Smew again off Farborough bank with a pair of Pintail off Lin Croft Point. 2 Tree Sparrows and male Brambling at the feeder, Kingfisher again below Draycote Bank with Grey Wagtail there. 2+ Chiffchaff Toft, with good number of Goldcrests, 3 Siskin, c140 Golden Plover with c500 Lapwing, 2 Raven over, c150 Wigeon and a roost of 30+ Magpie late afternoon. (B Hazell S Batt D Edwards)

January 3rd

Drake Smew again off Farborough bank, 2 Chiffchaff in Toft, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, Jay and 23 Greylag Geese. Birds over were 2 Raven, c200 Golden Plover and c400 Lapwing. (B Hazell S Batt)

January 2nd

No sign of the drake Smew. Tree Sparrow at the feeder with male Brambling and 6 Yellowhammer there. Toft area 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Redpoll and 8 Siskin. Adult Yellow-legged Gull, c200 Golden Plover and c300 Lapwing over, 2 Raven over, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, Grey Wagtail along Farborough Bank and 2 Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell K Groocock)

January 1st

Drake Smew still off Farborough Bank and later Grays Barn. A Little Egret was in Rainbow Corner, 2 Chiffchaff 1 at the car park and 1 at Toft, 100+ Golden Plover and c300 Lapwing over. 7 Goosander, Raven over, 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Redpoll and Siskin Grays Barn. (To see full list of species for the day see the at a glance page) (J Judge J D & P Hall R Mays D Cox S Batt)