2014 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.

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December

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

December 29th

3 Little Egrets still with the drake Smew and 2 Common Scoter in Toft. 6 Bewick's Swans flew calling over the Visitor Centre c10.20 (A Johnson) then headed off west over Draycote Bank, Merlin Rainbow Corner, c10 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk and 32 Teal. (S Batt D Edwards P Hyde A Johnson J Judge)

December 28th

4 Little Egrets, drake Smew, 2 female Common Scoter and 2 Kingfisher. A Barn Owl near the entrance early morning. In the roost 4+ Yellow-legged Gulls. (D Cox J Judge T Marlow)

December 27th

4 Little Egrets (3 near the Valve Tower and 1 near the Overflow) drake Smew still off Farborough bank, 2 female Common Scoter Farborough/Toft and Kingfisher. (P Cashmore D Gardiner)

December 24th

4 Little Egrets around the Inlet, drake Smew and 2 female Common Scoter off Farborough bank, c35 Goosander (16 drake) female Pintail around the Inlet/Rainbow, c30 Tree Sparrows, Kingfisher Draycote Bank and Grey Wagtail. (K Groocock B Hazell)

December 23rd

4 Little Egrets around the Inlet, drake Smew and female Common Scoter off Farborough bank, c30 Goosander (14 drake) c30 Tree Sparrows, Kingfisher, Treecreeper and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell A Jones J Judge S Leese)

December 22nd

Short-eared Owl again over entrance road then the Rangers office and finally over the Country Park. 3 Little Egrets (1 Inlet 2 Valve Tower) drake Smew and female Common Scoter still off Farborough bank, 37+ Goosander (16 drake) c10 Tree Sparrows, Water Rail in Toft near the boardwalk, Kingfisher and 2 Chiffchaff at the Inlet. (B Hazell)

December 21st

Short-eared Owl east over the entrance road c7.30, drake Smew and female Common Scoter off Farborough bank, 22 Goosander and 4 Gadwall. (D Cox R Mays)

December 19th

3 Little Egrets 1 near the Inlet and 2 at the Valve Tower. Female Common Scoter off Farborough Spit, Pink-footed Goose with the Greylags so probably feral. 32 Goosander (13 drake) female Pintail Rainbow Corner with 26 Pochard there, 2 Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Sparrowhawk. In the roost 3 Caspian Gulls the second winter bird from 17th and 2 adults. (D Cox B Hazell R Mays T Marlow)

December 18th

3 Little Egrets  near the Inlet, 28 Goosander (12 drake) female Pintail Rainbow Corner, Kingfisher Draycote Bank, 2 Grey Wagtails and Jay. (B Hazell)

December 17th

4 Little Egrets 3 near the Valve Tower and another at the Inlet. Female Common Scoter off Farborough bank, female Pintail Rainbow Corner, c25 Goosander, female Merlin near the Hide, just one Tree Sparrow near the feeders but shooting in nearby fields, 2 Kingfishers (both male) 24 Pochard, Grey Wagtail and Jay. In the roost 2 Caspian Gulls (1st and 2nd winters) (S Batt B Hazell J Judge T Marlow)

December 16th

2 Little Egrets 1 near the Valve Tower and another Rainbow Corner. c25 Goosander (11 drake) female Pintail Rainbow Corner, 26 Pochard, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher and 2 Jays. (B Hazell)

December 15th

In the roost a sub adult Caspian Gull. (different bird to previous two) (R Hughes T Marlow)

December 13th

2 Little Egrets 1 near the Valve Tower and another near the Overflow, 15 Cormorant, 2 Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail. (D Edwards)

December 12th

Little Egret near the Overflow and 14 Goosander (5 drake) off Draycote Bank. In the roost a sub-adult Caspian Gull (different to bird on 8th) and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. (R Hughes J Judge T Marlow)

December 8th

2 Little Egrets still, 19 Goosander (7 drake) female Pintail near the Inlet, 25+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Kingfisher and Jay. In the roost a sub adult Caspian Gull and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. (B Hazell J Judge T Marlow)

December 6th

Around the Inlet/Rainbow Corner area 2 Little Egrets, 20 Goosander, female Pintail and Kingfisher with a drake Red-crested Pochard off Draycote Bank. (R Knightbridge)

December 5th

2 Little Egrets 1 around the Inlet and another mobile around the reservoir even crossing the Southam road. 15 Goosander (6 drake) female Pintail near the Inlet, 25+ Tree Sparrows around the feeder, Kingfisher, Treecreeper in Toft and 2 Jays. (D Edwards B Hazell)

December 4th

2 Little Egrets 1 around the Inlet and another along the north shore, 13 Goosander (5 drake) 25+ Tree Sparrows, female Pintail in Rainbow Corner, Kingfisher along Farborough Bank and Grey Wagtail. (B Hazell)

December 3rd

2 Little Egrets 1 around the Inlet and another along the north shore, 20 Goosander (6 drake) 20+ Tree Sparrows, female Pintail at the Inlet, 2 Shelduck, 5 Shoveler, adult Yellow-legged Gull, Chiffchaff in Toft, Grey Wagtail and 2 Jay. (K Groocock B Hazell)

December 2nd

2 Little Egrets around the Inlet, 17 Goosander (5 drake) c20 Tree Sparrows near the feeder, Kingfisher off Draycote Bank, c60 Stock Doves near Rainbow Corner, Grey Wagtail and Jay. (B Hazell)

December 1st

2 Little Egrets around the Inlet/Rainbow area, 16 Goosander (8 drake) female Pintail, 7 Goldeneye, 3 Gadwall, 10+ Tree Sparrows, Kingfisher and 25+ Little Grebe. (D Edwards B Hazell)

November

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November 30th

Little Egret around the Inlet. In the roost 5+ Yellow-legged Gulls. (J Judge T Marlow)

November 29th

2 Little Egrets around the Inlet/Rainbow area, 17 Goosander (5 drake) female Pintail, adult Mediterranean Gull off Saddle Bank, 8+ Tree Sparrows and Redpoll over the car park. (S Haynes D Hutton J Judge R Knightbridge T Marlow)

November 28th

2 Little Egrets around the Inlet/Draycote Bank, no sign of the any drake Scaup, 2 Red-crested Pochard, female Pintail, 16 Goosander (6 drake) 3+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Kingfisher along Farborough Bank and Grey Wagtail. (B Hazell)

November 27th

2+ Little Egrets mobile, 2 drake Scaup off the Windsurfing area, 2 Red-crested Pochard, female Pintail, 15+ Goosander (3 drake) c20 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Kingfisher along Farborough Bank, Sparrowhawk on rocks along Draycote Bank and 3 Jays. (B Hazell)

November 25th

A Short-eared Owl flew over Draycote Bank c midday before heading off east over Farborough Bank. Little Egret around the Inlet, 2 Red-crested Pochard on the pool below Draycote Bank, 13 Goosander (3 drake) c8 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Kingfisher, Jay and Treecreeper. (B Hazell)

November 24th

Little Egret around the Inlet, 2 Red-crested Pochard, female Pintail, 14 Goosander (4 drake) 15 Tree Sparrows, c80 Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting, c80 Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, Redpoll and Peregrine. (D Cox B Hazell R Mays)

November 23rd

Little Egret around the Inlet, Red-crested Pochard, 12 Goosander (4 drake), 15+ Goldeneye, 2 Pochard, Kingfisher, 5 Lapwing and 3 Redpoll. (T Marlow A Morgan D Watson)

November 21st

Little Egret around the Inlet, 4 Red-crested Pochard around the reservoir, 14 Goosander (4 drake) 3+ Tree Sparrows and Grey Wagtail. (B Hazell)

November 20th

Little Egret around the Inlet, female Red-breasted Merganser again at 13.20 with 13 Goosander (4 drake) Red-crested Pochard in the middle with 5 Wigeon, 10+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 Chiffchaff at the Inlet, 2 Grey Wagtail and Jay. (F Cooper B Hazell)

November 19th

Little Egret around the Inlet, Red-crested Pochard Rainbow Corner, 12 Goosander (2 drake) female Pintail Hensborough Bank, 26 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, adult Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Jay. (D Cox B Hazell K Foster R Mays)

November 18th

Little Egret around the Inlet/Overflow area, Red-crested Pochard, 2 Redshank through, 12 Goosander, 10+ Tree Sparrows, c35 Golden Plover over, Raven, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Jays and Sparrowhawk. (P Cashmore D Cox B Hazell R Mays)

November 17th

Around the Inlet/Rainbow Corner area Little Egret, female Red-breasted Merganser still, 11 Goosander (1 drake) and Chiffchaff. 2 Brambling. In the roost adult Caspian Gull (T Marlow) and 7 Yellow-legged Gulls (5 adult sub adult and second winter) (K Foster T Marlow)

November 16th

Female Red-breasted Merganser Rainbow Corner, 6 Goosander (1 drake) and Kingfisher. (D Cox R Mays)

November 15th

Little Egret. (D Edwards)

November 14th

Little Egret, Red-crested Pochard, 12 Tree Sparrows, 7 Goosander, Chiffchaff and Jay. (B Hazell)

November 13th

First winter drake Red-crested Pochard off the Overflow, 8 Goosander (1 drake) 8 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 6 Golden Plover over and c80 Lapwing. 2 Grey Wagtails, Kingfisher, Siskin over, Peregrine, c40 Skylark over and Jay. (D Cox B Hazell R Mays)

November 12th

3 Goosander (1 drake) 2 Grey Wagtails, Kingfisher along Farborough bank, Chiffchaff in Toft, Peregrine and 2 Raven over. (B Hazell R Mays)

November 11th

Juv Brent Goose off Farborough bank leaving SW at 7:40am. First winter drake Red-crested Pochard off the Overflow, 12 Goosander (2 drake) 8 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail. c200 Starling and c400 Fieldfare over. (D Cox B Hazell R Mays)

November 10th

Now 8 Red-crested Pochard (4 ad drake, 1 1st w drake, 2 ad fem and a 1st w fem) 9 Goosander, 6+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 female Shoveler, 3 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher and 2 Raven over. (B Hazell)

November 7th

Little Egret still near the Inlet, Red-crested Pochard near the Sailing Club, Rock Pipit Farborough Spit, 4 Goosander, Common Sandpiper, 10+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 Grey Wagtails, Kingfisher and c150 Lapwings. (B Hazell T Marlow D Watson)

November 6th

Little Egret along Draycote Bank/Inlet, Red-created Pochard Biggin in the morning, 5 Shoveler (1 drake) 5 Dunlin through c12.30, 5 Pintail (4 flew out at c midday) 10+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Golden Plover over c 12.30 (12 & 14) 6 Goosander (2 drake) c 55 Meadow Pipits Farborough bank, 2 Raven over, Kingfisher and Jay. A late House Martin along Draycote Bank c midday (B Hazell R Mays)

November 5th

Little Egret along Draycote Bank, first winter male Red-crested Pochard Grays Barn then Biggin bay. 4 Goosander (1 drake) 12+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 Grey Wagtails, Jay and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell)

November 4th

Little Egret still near the Inlet. 3 Knot through west in the afternoon (T Marlow) Rock Pipit Farborough Spit with 10+ Meadow Pipit along the bank, 8 Goosander (2 drake) 12 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, female Pintail Rainbow Corner, Kingfisher, 2 Raven and Grey Wagtail. (D Edwards K Foster B Hazell T Marlow R Mays)

November 3rd

Little Egret still near the Inlet. 5 Red-crested Pochard near Rainbow Corner, 4 Goosander, Pintail and 5 Goldeneye. 4+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder. (S Batt T Marlow)

November 1st

2 Goosander and 7 Goldeneye. In the roost probable first year Caspian Gull and 8+ Yellow-legged Gulls (6+ adult, second year and first year) (J Judge T Marlow)

October

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October 31st

Little Egret near the Inlet, 2 Goosander, 7 Goldeneye and 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder. (S Batt T Marlow)

October 27th

3 Goldeneye (2 drake) near Sailing Club and Kingfisher near the Hide. (S Cook)

October 25th

2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder. (S Cook)

October 24th

Little Egret (D Edwards)

October 23rd

Little Egret at the Inlet, 5 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 4 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher mobile around the reservoir, drake Shoveler, Treecreeper and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell)

October 22nd

Little Egret at the Inlet, Ringed Plover Farborough bank, 5 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 3 Grey Wagtails and Kingfisher. (B Hazell R Mays)

October 21st

Short-eared Owl over in the afternoon. (T Marlow)

October 20th

Rock Pipit Hensborough bank, Little Egret Grays Barn, 3 Grey Wagtail, Raven over and Kingfisher. (B Hazell)

October 17th

Great Skua still present, 2 Rock Pipits Hensborough bank, female Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 6 Raven over and Treecreeper. (B Hazell)

October 16th

Great Skua still present and a different Brent Goose briefly in Toft c9am. Little Egret in Biggin, Rock Pipit and 2 Dunlin Hensborough bank, 3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder with Ringed Plover and Kingfisher off Draycote Bank. (B Hazell T Marlow)

October 15th

A different Great Skua appeared at lunchtime. Brent Goose through, Little Egret in Toft, 3 Rock Pipits Hensborough bank, 4 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Jay and a Raven over. (B Hazell T Marlow)

October 14th

A Great Skua in the morning increasing to 3 by the afternoon where they were seen feeding and bathing near buoy X at 13.55. A Pink-footed Goose flew through in the morning and an imm Arctic Tern from late morning. 8+ Kittiwake through, Little Egret Biggin, Yellow Wagtail below Farborough Spit, 2 Rock Pipits and 3 Dunlin Hensborough bank, Wheatear Farborough bank, Kingfisher at the Inlet and 5+ Swallow through. (F Cooper S Haynes B Hazell T Marlow)

October 10th

2 Little Egrets on the south shore, Rock Pipit Hensborough, Spotted Flycatcher in Toft, Wheatear Farborough, Grey Wagtail and Peregrine over. Still several Swallows passing through and a single House Martin. (S Batt B Hazell)

October 9th

2 Little Egrets on the south shore/Inlet, Wheatear Farborough Bank and 2 Grey Wagtails. (B Hazell)

October 8th

2 Little Egrets on the south shore, 3 Rock Pipits Hensborough with a further one Farborough and Wheatear there. 7 Raven. (B Hazell R Mays)

October 7th

2 Little Egrets at the Inlet, 6+ Rock Pipits (4 Farborough 2+ Hensborough) 2 Wheatear, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Snipe over Farborough, and 9 Raven. (B Hazell R Mays)

October 6th

2 Little Egrets along the south shore, 2+ Rock Pipits Hensborough Bank with a Dunlin and Kingfisher there. Wheatear Farborough bank, 10 Raven over, Grey Wagtail and 23 Yellowhammers below Farborough. (B Hazell K Yates)

October 3rd

2 Little Egrets mobile, Greenshank Hensborough, 2 Rock Pipits Farborough and 2 Grey Wagtails. (B Hazell)

October 2nd

An Osprey circled around Toft at 13.12 then flew off over Rainbow Corner being chased by gulls. Little Egret, Greenshank and Grey Wagtail Hensborough Bank whilst Farborough had 2 Rock Pipits and a Wheatear. (F Cooper)

October 1st

Little Egret still, Rock Pipit along Farborough bank, Golden Plover over and 5 Swallow. (D Cox R Mays)

September

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September 30th

2+ Little Egrets near the Inlet and Greenshank still along Hensborough bank. 100+ Meadow Pipits along Farborough bank with 30+ Pied Wagtail there. Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher and Raven. (D Edwards B Hazell)

September 29th

2 Little Egrets mainly near the Inlet, Greenshank still along Hensborough bank, 3 Rock Pipits Farborough bank, Nuthatch, Water Rail and Kingfisher in Toft, Grey Wagtail, Raven over Sparrowhawk and 3 Jays. (D Cox B Hazell R Mays K Yates)

September 28th

Little Egret, Greenshank still along Hensborough bank, 2 Dunlin and a White Wagtail. (R Knightbridge)

September 27th

Greenshank still along Hensborough bank. 2 Rock Pipits Hensborough Bank one near the Valve Tower on one Farborough Bank with 50+ Meadow Pipits and a Clouded Yellow butterfly. (D Hutton R Knightbridge)

September 26th

2 Little Egrets and Greenshank still Hensborough Bank with Rock Pipit there and c40 Meadow Pipits through.. Probable Slavonian Grebe seen briefly off the north shore before being flushed by boats but could not be re-located. (D Cox D Edwards B Hazell D Hutton R Mays)

September 25th

2 Little Egrets mainly favouring the Inlet, Greenshank still along Hensborough bank, other waders were Grey Plover and Dunlin through. In Toft Shallows Water Rail and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. An estimate of 18 Grey Wagtails around the reservoir was unprecedented, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad and 2y) 3 Raven over and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell R Mays)

September 24th

2 Little Egrets still and mobile, Greenshank Hensborough bank still, c40 Meadow Pipits Farborough bank, Grey Wagtail and Raven over. Movement of Skylark including a flock of 21. (B Hazell)

September 23rd

2 Little Egret still. 2 Red-crested Pochard initially in Dunns Bay then near the Overflow with Common Sandpiper and 2 Kingfisher there. Greenshank still Hensborough/Windsurfing area, Wheatear and 12+ Meadow Pipit Farborough bank, Snipe, Grey Wagtail and Raven over. 12 Mistle Thrush in the Country Park and still several Jays moving through. (D Cox D Edwards B Hazell R Mays)

September 22nd

2+ Little Egrets still and Greenshank Hensborough/Windsurfing area. 2 Wheatear Farborough bank with 20+ Meadow Pipit there, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher near the Overflow. Jays moving through. (D Cox B Hazell R Mays)

September 21st

Greenshank Rainbow Corner, Kingfisher near the Overflow, Common Tern and Grey Wagtail. (D Cox R Mays D Watson)

September 20th

The Great Skua still present early morning before leaving c9.30. Little Egret in Toft, Greenshank over the car park then on Hensborough bank. 2 Common Terns, Wheatear, Yellow and Grey Wagtail along Farborough bank with c15 Meadow Pipits and 25 Swallow. (D Edwards J Judge R Mays)

September 19th

An Avocet (T Marlow) flew to Toft before being harassed by Black-headed Gulls and heading east c9.20. A Great Skua (R Mays) was in the middle of the reservoir last being seen in the gull roost 6.30pm at least. 3 Little Egrets mobile around the reservoir, 2 juv Wheatear Farborough Bank with Snipe there, Ringed Plover Biggin Bay, 6 Common Terns (2 juv) 2 Grey Wagtail Rainbow Corner, 3 Shelduck flew in late evening, Hobby and Sparrowhawk. (D Cox B Hazell T Marlow)

September 18th

Juv Shag near the Valve Tower and 2+ Little Egrets. 2 juv Yellow Wagtails Farborough bank, Common Tern, Kingfisher and 2 Jays. (B Hazell)

September 16th

Juv Shag again along Farborough bank with 2 Little Egrets still present. Yellow Wagtail juv Farborough bank, Kingfisher, adult Yellow-legged Gull and Raven over. (D Edwards B Hazell R Mays)

September 15th

Juv Shag flew off high North West at c9am. 3+ Little Egrets, imm Whinchat briefly near Sewage Works, 9 Ruff circled and flew sse over Hensborough Hill, 2 juv Yellow Wagtails and 7 Shoveler (5 drake) (B Hazell R Mays)

September 12th

Juv Shag still, Greenshank, 3 Shoveler and c100 House Martin SE. (T Marlow D Watson)

September 11th

Juv Shag still. (T Marlow)

September 10th

4 Little Egrets, juv Stonechat between Sewage Farm and Farborough Spit and 15+ Yellow Wagtails. (T Crawford R Mays)

September 9th

3 Little Egrets, 12+ Yellow Wagtails, Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher. (D Edwards)

September 8th

15+ Yellow Wagtails Farborough bank. (D Edwards)

September 7th

Imm Shag still, Little Egret, Greenshank, 15+ Yellow Wagtails, Kingfisher in Toft, 10+ Teal and 3 Wigeon. (T Crawford D Edwards T Marlow D Watson)

September 6th

Imm Shag along Draycote Bank near the Valve Tower, 4+ Little Egrets and 20+ Yellow Wagtail along Farborough bank. (J Judge)

September 5th

Imm Shag near the Valve Tower and 7 Little Egrets. 2 imm Whinchats below Farborough bank with 25+ Yellow Wagtail. (B Hazell R Mays)

September 4th

Imm Shag along Draycote Bank and 9+ Little Egrets. 25+ Yellow Wagtails, 2 Common Terns, Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher. (B Hazell T Marlow R Mays)

September 3rd

3 imm Shags in the morning with 2 flying off east down the Grandborough Valley c12.10 the other still present near the Valve Tower c2.30. 5 Little Egrets still, 20+ Yellow Wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtails, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Common Terns, 6 Wigeon, Pochard and Gadwall. (K Groocock D Hutton T Marlow)

September 2nd

3 imm Shags present off Farborough Bank in the morning. Wood Sandpiper elusive in Toft Shallows and 6 Little Egrets along the north shore. Osprey in the afternoon, 12+ Yellow Wagtails commuting between sailing club and Country Park, 6+ Common Terns, Common Sandpiper and Hobby. (D Cox B Hazell R Hough T Marlow)

September 1st

Imm Shag mobile around the reservoir, 3 Little Egrets, 20+ Yellow Wagtails along Farborough bank, Redshank, Green and Common Sandpiper, 7 Common Terns and an imm/female Goldeneye. (D Cox B Duckhouse T Marlow R Mays K Yates)

August

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August 31st

5 Little Egrets and Nuthatch behind Biggin. 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 20+ Yellow Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipits, 7 Common Terns and 8 Swift. (D Cox J D & P Hall R Mays)

August 30th

No sign of Cattle Egret but still 7 Little Egrets along the north shore. One Black Tern still with 5 Common Tern, 12+ Yellow Wagtails and 2 Common Sandpiper. First Reed Warbler of the year near the boardwalk in Toft with Greenshank nearby. Merlin in the afternoon.  (D Cox D Hutton R Mays)

August 29th

New species for Draycote was found today by Bob Hazell. A CATTLE EGRET was initially seen in Biggin Bay before flying over the Valve Tower to the pools behind. It was then seen to fly out to the Leam Valley and later in the afternoon back towards Draycote. It was seen in the evening in Toft then mobile along the north shore till last seen flying north from Biggin Bay. 7+ Little Egrets still, 3 Black Terns and still present at dusk, 2 Redstarts below Farborough Spit with 3 Tree Sparrows there. Waders were just Dunlin near the Pontoons and a Ringed Plover over then briefly in Rainbow Corner. At least 20 Yellow Wagtails in the evening along Farborough Bank with several others over the north shore, 9 Common Terns (4 juv), a Hobby took a Swallow over the car park and at least 10 Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost. (P Cashmore D Cox M Doughty D Edwards J Judge B Hazell T Marlow R Mays)

August 28th

Still 5+ Little Egrets. 3 drake Common Scoters in the morning. Black Tern in the evening. Waders were Sanderling early morning in front of the Fishing Lodge (via fishing staff) 7 Ruff flew east, Whimbrel over west, Curlew over in the evening, Dunlin and 3 Common Sandpipers. Wildfowl 3 Shelduck, Pochard, 2 Shoveler and 19 Teal. 15 Common Tern, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit and 10 Swift. The "dusky" Canada Goose still present. (D Cox T Marlow R Mays L Phipps)

August 27th

6 Little Egrets still along the north shore. A Wood Sandpiper (K Groocock) briefly in Toft with 4 Common Sandpiper there. Along and below Farborough bank were Whinchat, 8+ Yellow Wagtails, 2 Tree Sparrows and 2 Meadow Pipits. First winter Little Gull and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls with still 10+ Swift still. (D Cox K Groocock R Mays K Yates)

August 26th

7 Little Egrets. Waders were in the morning 2 Knot, Whimbrel, Ruff and 3 Common Sandpipers with Greenshank in the evening. Farborough bank had 10 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Meadow Pipits with 2 Grey Wagtails in Toft. 14+ Common Terns (8+ Juv) and in the roost 33 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. The "dusky" Canada Goose present. (D Cox B Hazell T Marlow R Mays D Watson)

August 25th

2 Little Egrets, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Common Terns. (D Cox R Mays)

August 24th

5 Redshank over c8.10am, 6 Little Egrets along the north shore, 6 Yellow Wagtails Farborough bank, 7 Common Tern, 5 Swift and c400 Sand Martin. (D Cox R Mays)

August 23rd

9 Little Egrets (when will they reach double figures?) again mainly in Toft. 8 Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank, 10+ Common Terns, adult Yellow-legged Gull and Peregrine. Hirundines were 20 Swift, 1500+ Sand Martin, c200 House Martin and c100 Swallow. (D Cox J Judge R Mays)

August 22nd

8 Little Egrets in Toft, waders were Dunlin and Ringed Plover near the Pontoons and Common Sandpiper Dunns Bay. Along Farborough bank 20+ Yellow Wagtails and a Wheatear. 10+ Common Terns and 2 Lapwing. (A Anscomb P Cashmore T Crawford M Smyth)

August 21st

6 Little Egret still present along the north shore whilst Farborough bank had 6 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit and juv Grey Wagtail. 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Tree Sparrows (1 juv) 30+ Swift, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls 5 Common Terns and a Hobby. (D Cox R Mays)

August 20th

A female Ruddy Shelduck was on rocks along Draycote Bank. 4 Little Egrets still along the north shore. (R Patrick)

August 19th

6 Ruff flew along the north shore then east, 6 Yellow Wagtails Farborough bank with a single Meadow Pipit there, 7 Little Egrets (5 together in one tree) 15 Common Terns. (D Cox R Mays)

August 15th

Still 5+ Little Egrets along the north shore, 14 Yellow Wagtails along Farborough Bank with 5 Common Sandpiper there and Dunlin. Osprey fishing c1.30pm successfully off Lin Croft Point then flew off towards Toft, c20 Common Terns with 6 juv including 4 colour ringed birds from Brandon. Peregrine over and 15 Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost. (P Cashmore D Cox K Groocock B Hazell J Judge T Marlow I Martindale R Mays M Smyth D Watson K Yates)

August 14th

Still 5+ Little Egrets along the north shore, 3 Yellow Wagtails and c10 Common Terns. A Whimbrel flew west over the gull roost which contained 10+ Yellow-legged Gulls. (J Judge T Marlow D Watson)

August 13th

5+ Little Egrets Toft and north shore with 3 Green Sandpipers Toft Shallows. Little Ringed Plover near the Pontoons, Common Sandpiper Lin Croft Point, Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail Farborough, Grey Wagtail Toft and c10 Common Terns (2 juv) (B Hazell)

August 12th

4+ Little Egrets on the north shore, Wheatear below Farborough bank, Green Sandpiper in Toft Shallows with Grey Wagtail there and 20+ Common Terns (5 juv) (B Hazell)

August 11th

An adult summer plumage SABINE'S GULL was in the middle of the reservoir viewed from Farborough Bank (J Judge K Yates) and was seen at the same time from Rainbow Corner (D Cox R Mays) It stayed for c50 mins before last being seen heading towards Rainbow Corner. Juv Black Tern, c20 Common Terns with many Swift and Sand Martin in the middle. Record count of 9 Little Egrets in the evening (D Watson) with 3 Wheatear Farborough Bank. Juv Little Ringed Plover near the Pontoons, 2 Common Sandpiper Toft Bank, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 37 Pied Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail and 2 Teal. (P Cashmore D Cox K Foster B Hazell J Judge T Marlow R Mays D Watson K Yates)

August 7th

Black Tern plus 9 Common Terns (3 juv). Sanderling and 7 Dunlin through with 6 Common Sandpipers Toft Bank. Now 5 Little Egrets on the north shore, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. 62 Mute Swans, 10 Lapwing and drake Pochard in Toft. (P Cashmore D Cox B Hazell R Mays)

August 6th

4 Little Egrets still along the north shore mainly in Biggin with a Common Sandpiper there. 8 Common Terns and adult Yellow-legged Gull. (B Hazell)

August 5th

4+ Little Egrets along the north shore, 2 Common Sandpiper Biggin, Oystercatcher mobile around the reservoir, 8 Common Terns (2 juv) and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. (B Hazell)

August 2nd

Red Kite over Toft towards Dunchurch early morning. Juv Knot near the Fishing Pontoons briefly (D Cox R Mays) 4 Little Egrets on the north shore, 10 Common Terns, 2 Shoveler and 3+ Yellow-legged Gulls. (D Cox T Crawford J Judge R Mays)

August 1st

4 Little Egrets mobile around the reservoir, Ruff near the fishing Pontoons, 3 Green Sandpiper Toft, 5 Common Sandpiper (3 Toft 2 Biggin) c10 Common Tern (3 juv) 7+ Yellow Wagtail, 5 Shoveler in Toft, Hobby, Peregrine, Raven and 2 Grey Wagtail. (D Cox K Groocock B Hazell R Mays)

July

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

July 31st

An adult and juv Nuthatch in Grays Barn in the morning, Spotted Flycatcher on the north shore near the Golf Course, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Little Egrets Biggin, c10 Common Terns (2 juv) and 3+ adult Yellow-legged Gulls. (S Batt B Hazell J Judge)

July 29th

2 Little Egrets in Biggin with Common Sandpiper there, juv Yellow Wagtail at the Country Park, 3 Grey Wagtails, 5 Common Terns (1 juv) and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls (B Hazell J Judge)

July 28th

3 Little Egrets along the north shore, 4+ Common Terns, 2 ad Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 Grey Wagtails. (B Hazell J Judge)

July 27th

Black-tailed Godwit in Rainbow Corner (W Russell) 2 Dunlin and a lone Lapwing still. (J Hartwell W Russell)

Black-tailed Godwit c Wendy Russell

July 26th

3+ Little Egrets along the north shore, 8+ Common Terns and 4+ Yellow-legged Gulls. (J Judge)

July 25th

A Red Kite flew along the north shore towards Toft c11:30 Still 3+ Little Egrets along the north shore from Toft to Biggin, Common Sandpiper near the Inlet and at least 8 Common Terns. (S Batt F Farrington J Judge)

July 23rd

4+ Little Egrets still and 4 Common Sandpipers in Biggin Bay. 6 Common Terns, 5+ Yellow-legged Gulls, Grey Wagtail, Jay and Lapwing. (B Hazell)

July 22nd

Nuthatch heard along the north shore with 5+ Little Egrets there, Ringed Plover near the Valve Tower, 7 Common Sandpiper, 8 Common Terns (2 juv) 9 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Grey Wagtails and 5 Shoveler in Toft. (B Hazell J Judge K Yates)

July 21st

9+ Common Sandpipers with 9 together in Toft and others/same around the reservoir, 5+ Little Egrets along the north shore, 6+ Common Terns, Oystercatcher settled near the Inlet for 2 hours, 5+ Yellow-legged Gulls, Grey Wagtail in Toft with 2 Raven over there. 59 Mute Swans. (D Cox B Hazell R Mays)

July 20th

In the evening mainly off Farborough bank drake Common Scoter, 6 Common Sandpipers, Dunlin (from Draycote Bank) 6+ Yellow-legged Gulls and 6+ Common Terns (2 juv) (M Bruce J Judge T Marlow)

July 19th

5 Black Terns early morning and still at early evening, 2 Sandwich Terns flew east c8.30am, Spotted Flycatcher off Farborough bank, just one Little Egret along the north shore, 7 Yellow Wagtails, 9 Common Terns and a Raven over. (D Cox R Hopkins R Mays)

July 18th

Still 5+ Little Egrets again mainly in Biggin Bay. 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Terns, 3 Yellow and 3 Grey Wagtails, 5 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and a Kingfisher. (B Hazell)

July 17th

Nuthatch in Grays Barn, at least 5 Little Egrets mainly in Biggin Bay, adult and juv Yellow Wagtails along Farborough bank, Common Sandpiper in Toft, 5 + Yellow-legged Gulls, 10 Common Terns (2 juv) c10 Bullfinch Toft, 2 Treecreepers and new for the year Coal Tit at Lin Croft Point. (B Hazell)

July 16th

14 Common Scoters (13 drake) still 5 Little Egrets Biggin Bay and north shore, 3+ Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher over, 10 Common Terns (2 juv) 5 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and Grey Wagtail. (B Hazell R Mays)

July 15th

2 Redshanks in Biggin Bay with 5+ Common Sandpipers and 4+ Little Egrets there and along the north shore. 12+ Common Terns (2 juv) Little Ringed Plover, Yellow Wagtail Farborough Bank, 4 Grey Wagtails, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls and c80 Coot in Toft. (D Edwards B Hazell)

July 14th

Now 5 Little Egrets in Biggin Bay, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Common Terns, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls, Yellow and Grey Wagtail. (K Foster B Hazell J Judge)

July 13th

6 drake Common Scoters in the morning, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Yellow Wagtail, Little Egret in Biggin Bay, 7 Common Terns (2 juv) and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls. (D Cox R Mays)

July 11th

4 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Little Egrets mobile along the north shore, 2 Yellow Wagtails, Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Terns, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls, Hobby and 3 Teal in Toft. (B Hazell J Judge)

July 10th

2 Little Egrets ranging between Toft and Dunns Bay, Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank, 2 Common Sandpiper Toft Shallows with Grey Wagtail there, 4 Common Terns, 4 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and Kingfisher. (B Hazell)

July 9th

Little Egret Biggin Bay, Yellow Wagtail Toft bank, Grey Wagtail, 4 Common Terns and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 adult 2 second year) (B Hazell)

July 8th

Little Egret Biggin Bay, Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank, 2 Common Sandpiper Toft Bank, 3 Common Terns and 6+ Yellow-legged Gulls. (B Hazell)

July 7th

Nuthatch behind the Inlet with 2 Common Sandpipers there. 3 Common Terns. (S Batt)

July 4th

3 Common Sandpiper Toft Bank, 6 juv Yellow Wagtails Farborough bank, 3 Grey Wagtails and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls. (B Hazell)

July 3rd

2 Little Egrets still in Biggin Bay, 2 Common Sandpiper Toft Bank with 2 juv Yellow Wagtail there. Common Tern, Grey Wagtail and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. (B Hazell)

July 2nd

2 Little Egrets still in Biggin Bay with Kingfisher there, 5 Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank, 1+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Terns, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (4 adult and second year) 3 Shoveler (1 drake) and Grey Wagtail. (K Groocock B Hazell J Judge)

July 1st

2 Little Egrets in Biggin Bay, Common Tern, 2 Common Sandpipers Toft, 2 Grey Wagtails and 5 Yellow-legged Gulls. (D Cox B Hazell R Mays)

June

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June 30th

Whimbrel over Lin Croft Point, Little Egret in Biggin Bay, Common Tern, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, Common Sandpiper Toft Bank, Kingfisher, 3 Grey Wagtails and 3 Raven over. 47 Mute Swan, 66 Greylag Geese, 193 Canada Geese, 108+ Tufted Duck (& 2 broods), 9 Mallard broods, 30+ Great Crested Grebe (& 7 broods), 2 Little Grebe, 280+ Coot (& 7 broods) (B Hazell Matt Griffiths J Judge)

June 29th

2 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls. (D Cox R Mays)

June 27th

Waders were 2 adult and 3 juv Little Ringed Plovers with adult and juv Ringed Plovers and 3 Common Sandpipers along Toft Bank. 2+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Yellow and 5 Grey Wagtails. (B Hazell)

June 26th

Waders were Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Common Sandpiper. 2 Grey Wagtails, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk and the New Zealand Scaup still. (D Cox B Hazell R Mays)

June 25th

3 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 3 Raven, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls and an escaped New Zealand Scaup. (B Hazell)

June 24th

Redshank near the Valve Tower, 3 adult or near adult Yellow-legged Gulls, Common Tern, 2 Grey Wagtails, and Green Woodpecker. (B Hazell D Jackson)

June 23rd

Little Ringed Plover, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls and 2 juv Grey Wagtails. (B Hazell)

June 22nd

2 Little Ringed Plovers and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls. (D Cox R Mays)

June 20th

Yellow Wagtail over Farborough bank, Little Egret on the north shore, Common Tern and 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (4 adult and second year) (D Cox J Judge R Mays)

June 18th

Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank and 2+ Yellow-legged Gulls. (J Judge T Marlow)

June 17th

Common Tern, adult Yellow-legged Gull and 37 Mute Swans. (D Cox R Mays)

June 14th

2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls and 35 Mute Swans. (D Cox R Mays)

June 9th

Redshank over Rainbow Corner and 20+ Pied Wagtails going to roost near the Overflow. (M Bruce D Watson)

June 8th

2 Yellow Wagtails in the Country Park with another Farborough bank. 40+ Mute Swans and 400+ Starlings going to roost in Toft. (M Bruce)

June 5th

Pair of Shoveler in Toft and many Swift still. (D Edwards)

 

May

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

May 31st

4 Yellow Wagtails Farborough bank, Common Sandpiper near the Fishing Pontoons, Oystercatcher near the Windsurfing area and Common Tern. (K Groocock)

May 30th

Yellow Wagtail along Farborough bank, 3 Common Terns and a sub adult Yellow-legged Gull. (P Cashmore D Cox J Judge T Marlow R Mays)

May 29th

2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Yellow Wagtails. (M Bruce)

May 28th

2 Yellow Wagtails in the Country Park and Raven over. (M Bruce)

May 27th

A second summer female Marsh Harrier (D Watson) flew in from the east and then headed west north west. Little Ringed Plover, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Terns, Hobby and Yellow Wagtail. (D Cox T Marlow R Mays D Watson)

May 26th

A Cuckoo calling from Draycote village, 3 Common Terns, Oystercatcher and Yellow Wagtail. (M Bruce D Cox R Mays)

May 24th

Turnstone, 2 Dunlin, Wheatear and 2 Common Terns. (D Cox R Mays)

May 23rd

Wheatear along Farborough bank and 4 Common Terns (P Cashmore D Cox B Hazell K Groocock J Judge M Smyth)

May 22nd

2 Sanderling near the Fishing Pontoons/Sailing Club, with a Cuckoo heard in Toft and Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank. (B Hazell R Mays)

Sanderling c Bob Hazell

May 21st

4 Yellow Wagtails along Farborough Bank (1 juv) 2 Common Terns, Oystercatcher and Raven over. 2 Red-legged Partridge. (K Groocock B Hazell R Mays)

May 20th

2 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin and Common Sandpiper by the Inlet. (M Bruce)

May 19th

Red Kite over in the afternoon, 2 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and 4 Common Terns. (B Hazell T Marlow)

May 16th

4 Common Tern. (B Hazell)

May 15th

3 Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail near Farborough Spit. Common Sandpiper near the Valve Tower and Oystercatcher. 4 Common Tern and 2 Red-legged Partridge. (B Hazell)

May 14th

2 Common Tern. (B Hazell)

May 13th

2 Oystercatchers near the Windsurfing area, 2+ Common Sandpipers mobile around the reservoir, 5 Yellow Wagtails along Farborough bank with a further 2 in Rainbow Corner. 2 Hobby around the Visitor Centre, 3 Common Terns, Tree Sparrow near the feeder and Jay near the Hide. (B Hazell R Mays)

May 12th

12 Ringed Plovers flew towards the Valve Tower. (D Cox)

May 9th

Just Yellow, 2 Grey and several Pied Wagtails. (B Hazell)

May 8th

No sign of the Spotted Sandpiper along Draycote Bank but Whimbrel there. Sanderling was new for the year along Farborough bank and 1+ Common Sandpiper. (B Hazell D Hutton)

May 7th

A cracking adult summer Spotted Sandpiper was found along Draycote Bank (B Hazell) but was flushed several times by fishing boats! It eventually settled down near the Valve Tower and was still there till 8pm at least. This is the 5th record for Draycote the last one being in July 2007. Up to 4 Whimbrel were along Draycote Bank with other birds there Hobby, 8+ Dunlin, White Wagtail and 50+ Swift. A lone Yellow Wagtail was along the neglected (today) Farborough bank. (S Batt M Bruce P Finden K Groocock A Hale B Hazell J Judge S Valentine)

 

Spotted Sandpiper c B Hazell J Judge K Groocock

May 6th

4 Yellow Wagtails Farborough bank, Common Tern, Common Sandpiper and Grey Wagtail. (B Hazell)

May 5th

In the evening at least 4 Dunlin through, 2 Common Sandpiper, Arctic and 3 Common Terns, 5+ Yellow Wagtails along Farborough bank, the first Hobby of the year and several Swift. (J Judge R Knightbridge T Marlow)

May 2nd

Turnstone along Farborough bank with Wheatear and c12 Yellow Wagtails there, B Hazell G Jilks)

May 1st

2 Common Terns, Wheatear and 5 Yellow Wagtails along Farborough bank and 2 Grey Wagtails near the Valve Tower. (B Hazell)

 

April

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April 30th

Whinchat and 5 Yellow Wagtails along Farborough bank, Oystercatcher,3 Common Terns and 2 Grey Wagtail. (S Batt B Hazell R Mays)

April 29th

2 Common Tern, 5 Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank, Common Sandpiper near the Valve Tower and Oystercatcher. (B Hazell)

April 28th

Whimbrel along Farborough Bank on and off with 8 Yellow Wagtail there. Oystercatcher, 2 Common Terns, 2 Shelduck and 2 Raven. (P Cashmore D Cox R Mays)

April 27th

Along Farborough bank Wheatear, 5 Yellow Wagtail and White Wagtail. 2 Common Terns and 3 Swift. (D Cox R Mays)

April 25th

Black Tern and 3+ Common Terns, Arctic Terns were groups of 6, 21, 5, 17 and 14 throughout the day but the chance of repeat birds always there. 3 Whimbrel through, 5 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 11 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, Oystercatcher and first Swift of the year. (D Cox B Hazell R Mays)

April 24th

Waders were 2 Dunlin along Draycote Bank with 2 Common Sandpipers there later too and Oystercatcher. 3 Wheatears, 3 Yellow Wagtails and Sedge Warbler near the boat graveyard. (D Edwards B Hazell D Hutton R Mays G Stratford)

April 23rd

3 Little Gulls still and an impressive 54 Arctic Terns in the evening. A male Whinchat along Farborough Bank (with Wheatear and 5 White Wagtails and 9 Yellow Wagtails there) and a female Redstart were new birds for the year. Oystercatcher by the Valve Tower and Common Sandpiper Rainbow Corner. Peregrine over and 2 Red-legged Partridge below Farborough Spit. (M Bruce K Groocock B Hazell R Mays)

Whinchat c Bob Hazell

April 22nd

3 Little Gulls and 4 Arctic Terns in the morning with 3 Arctic and a Common Tern in the afternoon. Little Ringed Plover and 3 Yellow Wagtails. (D Cox T Marlow R Mays)

April 21st

A probable Red-rumped Swallow (R & J Knightbridge) was seen from Farborough Bank flying towards the Valve Tower but not relocated. Whilst trying to relocate the Swallow a Fulmar (T Marlow) came in from the west over the reservoir. It then flew around for c an hour mainly quite high along the north and west shores but occasionally flying over the water till it was lost high to the east. 2 drake Common Scoters were in the middle with 4 Little Gulls building to 10 (7 adult) later in the afternoon with an Arctic Tern. A Whimbrel over and 5 Ringed Plovers flew along the north shore then departed north. (P Cashmore J Judge R & J Knightbridge T Marlow)

Fulmar c John Judge

April 20th

Arctic Terns all through the day with a maximum count of 17 at any one time. 17+ Yellow Wagtails Farborough bank in the evening. (M Bruce D Cox J Judge R Mays D Woodward)

April 18th

2 Dunlin and Common Sandpiper. Arctic and Common Tern with 13 Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank. A Little Egret over the Inlet at 6.45pm (K Barnsley M Bruce D Cox D Edwards K Groocock R Mays)

April 17th

Red Kite over at 9.30. Dunlin in Toft and Common Sandpiper Farborough Spit with Wheatear along the bank. 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 Common Terns and Grey Wagtail. New bird for the year a Garden Warbler near the Sewage Works. (K Barnsley B Hazell)

April 16th

2 Black-necked Grebes (B Hazell) in Toft in the morning were new for the year, they became elusive after c10.30 but were still present in Toft in the evening. Other new birds were Black Tern, Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat. Adult Little Gull in the morning, 2 Wheatears along Farborough bank and 6 Yellow Wagtails at various points around the reservoir. Common Sandpiper in Toft and Oystercatcher. (A Boddington B Hazell J Judge T Marlow R Mays K Yates)

Black-necked Grebe c Alan Boddington

April 15th

First Sedge Warbler of the year in Toft, Common Sandpiper near the Valve Tower with Grey Wagtail there. (B Hazell D Edwards)

April 14th

Adult Little Gull and Common Tern with no sign of the Long-tailed Duck. 6 Yellow Wagtails and first White Wagtail of the year along Farborough bank in the evening, 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder and female Goosander off Draycote Bank. (S Batt M Bruce B Hazell)

April 12th

Long-tailed Duck still, 2 Arctic Terns in the evening were the first for the year, single House Martin, 10 Swallow and c70 Sand Martins. (T Marlow)

April 11th

Long-tailed Duck still, 2 Oystercatchers over, 4 Shelduck and Jay. First House Sparrow of the year in the Rangers yard. (B Hazell T Marlow I Martindale)

April 10th

Long-tailed Duck still, Goosander, first 2 Common Sandpipers of the year near the Inlet and later mobile along the north shore, 2 Shelduck, Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank and another Draycote Bank, OystercatcherPeregrine over, c50 Golden Plover over and 150+ Sand Martins with one Swallow. The "Blonde" Red-crested Pochard still off Hensborough Bank. (S Batt B Hazell T Marlow)

April 9th

Long-tailed Duck still, 2 Curlew new for the year, 2 Yellow Wagtail Farborough bank, 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Common Tern straight through, c80 Sand Martins, Raven over and the "Blonde" Red-crested Pochard still (A Anscomb B Hazell T Marlow R Mays)

April 8th

Long-tailed Duck still, female Goosander, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder and Raven over. "Blonde" Red-crested Pochard still (B Hazell T Marlow)

April 7th

Long-tailed Duck still. 14 Little Gulls, 6 Sand Martins, 7 Swallows and the "Blonde" Red-crested Pochard. (D Cox T Marlow R Mays)

April 5th

Long-tailed Duck still and the "Blonde" Red-crested Pochard. (A Barclay T Marlow)

April 4th

Long-tailed Duck off the Sailing Club with 2 littoralis Rock Pipits Toft Bank. 4 Little Gulls (3 adult and 1stw/1st summer) 3 Oystercatchers over and 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder. A drake Red-crested Pochard ( a "blonde" bird of captive origin) (S Batt P Cashmore D Edwards B Hazell T Marlow M Smyth)

April 3rd

Long-tailed Duck off Hensborough bank and now 2 Rock Pipits (at least one littoralis) 5 Yellow Wagtails Farborough and new birds for the year Common Tern, Willow Warbler and 3 Swallow. In the roost adult Glaucous Gull, leucistic Herring Gull and 2 probable first year Glaucous/Herring hybrids. (B Hazell T Marlow R Mays)

April 2nd

Long-tailed Duck still, Rock Pipit Farborough Spit, first Yellow Wagtail of the year over Toft and 3 Sand Martins. In the roost the adult Glaucous Gull, second year Yellow-legged Gull, the second year leucistic Herring Gull and a probable first year Glaucous/Herring hybrid. (B Hazell J Judge T Marlow R Mays)

April 1st

Long-tailed Duck still in the middle of the reservoir. First Little Ringed Plover of the year near the Sailing Club and 2 summer plumage Dunlin flew through in the evening. Oystercatcher over, Grey Wagtail, 3 Gadwall and 13 Goldeneye. (M Bruce D Cox B Hazell T Marlow R Mays)

March

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March 31st

Long-tailed Duck near the Windsurfing area with a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers there (initially off Rainbow Corner) 10 Little Gulls (7 adult) 2 Oystercatchers, Snipe, Red Kite over c12pm, 4 Shoveler, 30 Fieldfare and 10 Redwing. (S Batt D Cox T Marlow R Mays)

Red-breasted Mergansers c Tim Marlow

March 30th

Long-tailed Duck still off the Overflow, 2 adult Little Gulls and Rock Pipit along Farborough bank. 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Snipe on the Scrape, 3 Gadwall and 8 Goldeneye. (D Cox R Mays)

March 29th

Long-tailed Duck still off the Overflow with Goldeneye. (F Cooper)

March 28th

Long-tailed Duck still. A Brent Goose flew in from ESE and straight out NNW at 2.25. Oystercatcher present and the leucistic Herring Gull. (T Marlow)

March 27th

Long-tailed Duck still, 2 Goosander and Wheatear along Farborough Bank. In the roost were adult Glaucous Gull, adult Iceland Gull and the leucistic Herring Gull. (P Hyde J Judge T Marlow)

March 26th

Long-tailed Duck still. An Osprey first seen in the Leam Valley heading towards Draycote (D Baseley) was seen by the Rangers hunting (unsuccessfully) at 9:25. It was also seen in the afternoon before flying off south. In the roost were an adult and juv Glaucous Gull and an adult Iceland Gull (T Marlow) (T Crawford J Fox J Judge T Marlow I Martindale)

March 24th

Long-tailed Duck still. Red Kite east over Toft c3:30 (I Martindale) 14 Snipe on the Scrape, 2 Oystercatchers, 50+ Sand Martin with one House Martin off Farborough bank, Water Rail in Toft and Blackcap. Wildfowl were a pair of Garganey over Toft, 3 Shelduck, 12 Shoveler, 11 Goldeneye and 4 Gadwall. (D Cox T Marlow I Martindale R Mays)

March 23rd

Great Northern Diver and Long-tailed Duck still, c20 Sand Martin, Raven and 4+ Tree Sparrow. In the roost adult Med Gull and the leucistic Herring Gull. (E Lay T Marlow)

March 22nd

Great Northern Diver and Long-tailed Duck still, first winter Little Gull, 8 Sand Martin, c40 Meadow Pipits and 2 Raven. (T Marlow)

March 21st

Great Northern Diver and Long-tailed Duck still, first winter Little Gull, 3 Brambling at Lin Croft Point, 6 Wigeon still and drake Shoveler. (P Cashmore M Griffiths B Hazell T Marlow C Potter M Smyth)

March 20th

Great Northern Diver and Long-tailed Duck still with a pair of Garganey in the middle, 2 Snipe on the Scrape and 6 Wigeon. (D Cox D Edwards R Mays)

March 18th

Great Northern Diver and possibly a different Long-tailed Duck present as moult has progressed considerably in the last few days. 2 Oystercatchers near the Valve Tower, Snipe on the Scrape, Water Rail in Toft and 2 Red-legged Partridge below Farborough Spit. A very early Great Crested Grebe chick was seen on its parents back today. (B Hazell R Mays)

March 17th

Great Northern Diver seems to be the only long stayer still present with no sign of the Long-tailed Duck or Smew. Redshank over calling c11:30, 2 Snipe on the Scrape, 2 Water Rails Toft, 2 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 Jays off Draycote Bank and the first Sand Martin of the year. (B Hazell)

March 16th

Great Northern Diver and Long-tailed Duck still. (M Smith)

March 15th

Wheatear still along Farborough bank. (A Rowley)

Wheatear c Adey Rowley

March 14th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew all still present in the middle. Wheatear still Farborough Bank, 2 Water Rails in Toft with 2 Treecreepers there and Grey Wagtail. (B Hazell)

March 13th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew all still present in the middle. Rock Pipit and Wheatear still along Farborough Bank, Water Rail in Toft with Treecreeper there and 2 Oystercatchers flying around. In the roost the adult Iceland Gull again. (B Hazell T Marlow)

March 12th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew all still present in the middle. Rock Pipit Toft Bank and a different male Wheatear on Farborough Bank. 2 Water Rails in Toft, Snipe on the Scrape, 3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder with 30+ Yellowhammer, 18 Reed Buntings and c30 Linnet near Rainbow Corner. In the roost an adult Iceland Gull. (B Hazell T Marlow D Watson)

March 11th

Great Northern Diver ranging widely with the Long-tailed Duck and Smew in the middle with the Goldeneye. Rock Pipit and male Wheatear along Farborough bank, 2 Oystercatchers, Water Rail in Toft, Grey Wagtail and c20 Linnet off Hensborough Bank. In the roost the leucistic Herring Gull was the only bird of note. (L Bain M Bruce D Cox B Hazell T Marlow R Mays)

March 10th

Great Northern Diver generally in the middle but mobile with the Long-tailed Duck and Smew there with the Goldeneye but mobile and flighty. 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Snipe on the Scrape, 2 Water Rails in Toft, 2 Treecreeper and 20+ Linnet still off Hensborough Bank. (B Hazell)

March 9th

Long-tailed Duck and Smew in the middle with the Goldeneye but getting pushed by boats. 2 Oystercatchers over, 2 Snipe on the Scrape and Water Rail in Toft. (G Blockley D Cox R Mays)

March 8th

Great Northern Diver generally in the middle but mobile with the Long-tailed Duck and Smew there with c15 Goldeneye but mobile. 2 Oystercatchers near the Valve Tower but pushed off with disturbance. 21+ Meadow Pipits Farborough bank, Redpoll in front of the Hide, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest and Treecreeper. Raven over with raptors Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and 2 Kestrel. (D Jones S Valentine)

Redpoll c Dick Jones

March 7th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew all still present distantly from Farborough bank with the latter two again flighty with the Goldeneye. 2 Water Rails in Toft, Snipe on the Scrape, 2 Raven over, 3 Grey Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff and 3 Reed Bunting near the feeder. (B Hazell R Mays)

March 6th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew all still present distantly from Farborough bank. 2 Oystercatchers finding it difficult to land anywhere without disturbance, 3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder with 2 Reed Bunting. 2 Water Rails in Toft, 5 Snipe on the Scrape with 4 Redpoll, Siskin, Chiffchaff and 2 Grey Wagtail. (B Hazell)

March 5th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew all still present from Farborough bank. 4 Snipe on the Scrape, Water Rail in Toft, Treecreeper and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell)

March 4th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew all still present but with the new fishing season starting today very mobile and flighty. 3 Goosander (2 drake) Redshank mobile along Draycote Bank, Water Rail in Toft, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff, Redpoll and Raven over. Still c60 Linnet off Hensborough Bank/Rainbow corner. In the roost the adult Glaucous Gull and a second winter Leucistic Herring Gull. (B Hazell J Judge T Marlow)

March 3rd

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew all still present, 4 Goosander (1 drake) 11 Snipe on the Scrape, Water Rail in Toft, 3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Redpoll and Grey Wagtail. In the roost the adult Glaucous Gull, adult summer Med Gull and two second winter Yellow-legged Gull. (S Batt B Hazell T Marlow)

March 2nd

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew all still present, 2 Grey Wagtails near the hide and 100+ Wigeon in the middle. (M Bruce)

March 1st

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew all still present mainly off Farborough bank. 7 Goosander (2 drake) 9 Snipe on the Scrape, Water Rail in Toft, Chiffchaff and 4 Reed Buntings. In the roost the adult Glaucous Gull again with first winter Caspian Gull and first winter Yellow-legged Gull. (D Edwards J Judge R Mays T Marlow C Potter)

February

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February 28th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew all still present but distant off Farborough Bank/Spit. Drake Red-crested Pochard off Farborough Bank, 10 Goosander (2 drake) 8 Snipe on the Scrape, Water Rail in Toft, 2 Grey Wagtail and 61 Linnet in trees near the new feeder off Hensborough Bank. In the roost the adult Glaucous Gull again. (M Bruce B Hazell T Marlow)

Red-crested Pochard c Bob Hazell

February 27th

Great Northern Diver off Farborough Spit with the Long-tailed Duck and Smew in the middle. 3 Goosander (1 drake) 2 Water Rails in Toft with Chiffchaff and Treecreeper there. c10 Snipe on the Scrape, 2 Peregrine over and 2 Grey Wagtail. In the roost adult Glaucous Gull and second winter Yellow-legged Gull. (M Bruce D Edwards B Hazell T Marlow)

February 26th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew all still present off Farborough Bank/Spit. 6 Goosander (1 drake) Ringed Plover, 2 Water Rails Toft, 8 Snipe on the Scrape, Chiffchaff Toft and 2 Grey Wagtail. (B Hazell J Judge R Mays)

February 25th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew all distant and fairly central. 8 Goosander (1 drake) 8 Snipe on the Scrape, Oystercatcher, 3 Water Rails Toft with 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Treecreeper there. 2 Grey Wagtail. Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Raven and c75 Golden Plover over. (B Hazell J Judge R Mays)

February 24th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew all distant and fairly central. 6 Goosander (2 drake) 3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Water Rail in Toft, Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff and Raven over. Nothing of note in the roost. (B Hazell T Marlow)

February 22nd

Great Northern Diver and Long-tailed Duck off Farborough Spit. Little Egret over, 2 Water Rails in Toft, Oystercatcher near the Sailing Club, Tree Sparrow at the feeder and Grey Wagtail. (S Batt S McAusland)

February 21st

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew still present and all mobile. A Kittiwake (G Blockley) initially seen off the Visitor Center then on pontoons near the Sailing Club, was flushed and not re-located. It was oiled on its right side. 13 Goosander (4 drake) 3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Water Rail in Toft, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Peregrine over. (G Blockley B Hazell)

Kittiwake c Gareth Blockley and 2 c Bob Hazell

February 20th

Great Northern Diver and Smew from Farborough Bank. 8 Goosander (1 drake) 3 Water Rail in Toft with 5 Chiffchaff there. 20+ Meadow Pipit along Farborough bank. (B Hazell)

February 19th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew still present mainly from Farborough bank/Spit but again all mobile and distant. 18 Goosander (4 drake) Snipe on the Scrape, Oystercatcher near the Valve Tower, Water Rail in Toft, 5 Chiffchaff calling and 4 Raven over. Wildfowl were 3 Pochard (probably the worst winter ever for this species) 200+ Coot, 98 Mallard, c140 Tufted Duck, 48+ Great Crested Grebe and 28 Moorhen. (M Griffiths B Hazell R Mays)

February 18th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew still present mainly from Farborough bank/Spit but all mobile. 14 Goosander (5 drake) 4 Tree Sparrows, 2 Water Rails, 5 Chiffchaff, Treecreeper and 2 Raven over. Again nothing of note in the roost. (B Hazell J Judge T Marlow)

February 17th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew still present plus Oystercatcher. Nothing of note in the roost. (T Marlow)

February 16th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew still present plus Tree Sparrow. (C Reed)

February 15th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew still present. Grey Plover and Dunlin (C Potter) 100+ Golden Plover over Farborough bank, 38 Goldeneye and Peregrine. (M Bruce C Potter)

February 14th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew still present. 12 Goosander (4 drake) 47 Tufted Duck, Snipe and 9 Cormorant. In the roost 2nd/3rd winter Glaucous Gull and adult Med Gull. (M Bruce)

February 13th

Great Northern Diver in the middle of the reservoir, Long-tailed Duck distant off Hensborough Bank and Smew off Farborough Bank. 6 Goosander (1 drake) c8 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 3 Chiffchaff, 150+ Golden Plover Hensborough, Water Rail in Toft and 2 Grey Wagtail. In the roost adult Med Gull, 2 second winter Yellow-legged Gulls and a partial albino first winter Herring Gull with white coverts and tertials. (D Edwards R Eyres B Hazell T Marlow)

February 11th

Long-tailed Duck off the Overflow with the Great Northern Diver and Smew off Farborough Bank but sometimes distant. Red Kite flew over Rainbow Corner in the morning and again along the south shore in the afternoon. 17 Goosander (1 drake) 8 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 4 Shelduck off the Spit, 2 Snipe on the Scrape, Water Rail in Toft, 2 Chiffchaff, Treecreeper and Grey Wagtail. Pochard, 22 Goldeneye, 115 Coot and 33 Great Crested Grebe.  (M Bruce B Hazell B Hillier)

February 10th

Great Northern Diver in the middle of the reservoir, Long-tailed Duck off Hensborough Bank, Red-breasted Merganser off the Overflow and drake Smew off Farborough bank. 2 Little Egrets Toft, 17 Goosander (6 drake) 7 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 Water Rail, 2 Redpoll, 8 Redpoll over, Chiffchaff and Treecreeper. (B Hazell R Mays S Murphy K Yates)

February 9th

Great Northern Diver and Smew off Farborough Bank/Spit and the Long-tailed Duck off Draycote Bank. A Barn Owl was below Farborough Bank c4pm plus 113 Wigeon, female Pochard (very scarce this winter) and 3 Buzzard. (I Martindale S Valentine)

February 8th

Red-breasted Merganser off Hensborough Bank and drake Smew mobile and distant from Farborough bank. 9 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 5 Chiffchaff in Toft, 70+ Golden Plover over, Raven and Grey Wagtail. (S Batt K Groocock)

February 7th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck, Red-breasted Merganser and Smew still present. c15 Goosander (5 drake) 7 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 Oystercatchers mobile then near the Valve Tower. 3 Chiffchaff and Raven over. (D Edwards B Hazell)

February 6th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew from Farborough Bank and Red-breasted Merganser off Draycote Bank. 12+ Goosander (3 drake) 6 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Shelduck, 3 Chiffchaff, Water Rail and Treecreeper. (B Hazell)

February 4th

Great Northern Diver off Farborough Bank with Long-tailed Duck off there and along the north shore. The Red-breasted Merganser was near the Overflow and drake Smew mainly off Lin Croft Point. A Slavonian Grebe was off Hensborough Bank/Rainbow Corner, 14 Goosander (5 drake) 6 Snipe on the Scrape, 2+ Water Rails in Toft, 3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Raven over. In the roost second winter Caspian Gull. (D Edwards B Hazell T Marlow)

Slavonian Grebe c Bob Hazell

February 3rd

Great Northern Diver and Smew off Farborough Bank, Long-tailed Duck again mobile Rainbow/Hensborough and then from Farborough Spit with the Red-breasted Merganser near the Inlet. c10 Goosander, 6 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Little Egret and 2 Water Rails in Toft. Along the north shore 15 Siskin and 2 Chiffchaff, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, 2 Grey Wagtail and Peregrine over. (S Batt B Hazell R Hopkins)

February 2nd

Long-tailed Duck close in by the Fishing Pontoons and Red-breasted Merganser near the Inlet. 5 Tree Sparrows at the feeder. (K Groocock)

Long-tailed Duck c Kevin Groocock

February 1st

Great Northern Diver and Smew still off Draycote Bank, Long-tailed Duck around Rainbow Corner in the morning and the Red-breasted Merganser by the Overflow. 2 Little Egrets in Toft with Water Rail and Chiffchaff there. Single Tree Sparrow at the feeder, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Goosander and 21 Goldeneye. (S Batt D Edwards S McAusland)

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January 31st

Long-tailed Duck still viewable from Farborough Spit, Red-breasted Merganser near the Overflow and drake Smew off Farborough bank. 3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, 2 Redpoll and 20+ Siskin Dunns Bay, Chiffchaff and Grey Wagtail. (S Batt)

January 30th

In the roost juv Glaucous Gull and a leucistic Black-headed Gull (different to bird on 21st) (T Marlow)

January 27th

Great Northern Diver in the middle, Long-tailed Duck off Farborough Spit, Red-breasted Merganser off the Inlet and drake Smew commuting from Toft to Farborough Bank. c27 Goosander (7 drake) c10 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Water Rail Toft, c20 Siskin near the Golf Course, 3 Chiffchaff, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank and 2 Grey Wagtail. (S Batt B Hazell)

January 26th

Long-tailed Duck near the Inlet, Red-breasted Merganser near the Valve Tower and Tree Sparrow at the feeder. (D Johnston)

January 24th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit and the Red-breasted Merganser off Hensborough Bank. c20 Goosander (5 drake) 5 Chiffchaff, c12 Siskin along the north shore, Water Rail Toft, Treecreeper, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, 4 Raven and 3 Shoveler. In the roost a juv Iceland Gull (different to Jan 17th bird) and first winter Caspian Gull. (B Hazell T Marlow)

January 23rd

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit and the Red-breasted Merganser off the Inlet. 20+ Goosander, 4 Tree Sparrows, 1+ Water Rail, Treecreeper, 3 Siskin, Chiffchaff, 4 Raven and Peregrine. (B Hazell R Mays)

January 22nd

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit with the Diver getting more mobile and off Hensborough Bank in the afternoon.  Red-breasted Merganser off the Inlet with 15+ Goosander (5 drake) 40+ Wigeon, 8 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Ravens (very vocal) Treecreeper and Jay. In the roost the second winter Iceland Gull an adult Caspian and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls. (D Edwards B Hazell T Marlow)

January 21st

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit. 1 Red-breasted Merganser off the Overflow with 10+ Goosander (3 drake) 9 Tree Sparrows near the feeder. 10 Pintail (5 drake) 6 Shoveler, 2 Snipe Toft, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Raven over, Redpoll and 3 Chiffchaff. In the roost the second winter Iceland Gull and Leucistic Black-headed Gull. (B Hazell T Marlow)

January 20th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit. 1 Red-breasted Merganser off the Overflow with 10+ Goosander (1 drake) 7+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Water Rail Toft, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, Raven over, 2 Shoveler, 3 Pochard,3 Chiffchaff and Treecreeper. (S Batt F Farrington B Hazell R Mays L Thompson)

January 19th

Long-tailed Duck in Toft and drake Smew off Farborough Bank/Spit. 8+ Goosander (1 drake) and 6 Tree Sparrows at the feeder. (R Hopkins)

January 18th

Long-tailed Duck still. In the roost the second winter Iceland Gull from Wednesday (also seen today at Shawell Leicestershire) with 2 third winter and 1+ adult Yellow-legged Gull. (L Bain M Doughty J Judge T Marlow M Williams)

January 17th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit. 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were off Hensborough Bank. 8 Goosander (1 drake) female Pintail in Toft, 2 Chiffchaff and Raven over. In the roost juv Iceland Gull and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls. (B Hazell T Marlow)

January 16th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit. 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were near the Overflow. 8 Goosander (1 drake) 12 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 3 Pintail (2 drake) in Toft, 2 Raven over and Sparrowhawk. Along the north shore 6 Chiffchaff and 20 Siskin. (B Hazell)

January 15th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit. 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were near the Inlet with 8 Goosander (1 drake) 14 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, pair of Pintail, adult Yellow-legged Gull, Raven over and Chiffchaff. Along the north shore and Toft 3 Water Rail, 2 Redpoll, 18 Siskin and 2 Grey Wagtail. In the roost a second winter Iceland Gull. (B Hazell T Marlow R Mays)

January 14th

Great Northern Diver and Long-tailed Duck off Farborough Spit though distant with the drake Smew near the Fishing Pontoons. The 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were together off Draycote Bank before going solo and elusive. 8+ Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 8 Goosander (1 drake) 9 Pintail (4 drake) Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, Water Rail, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Raven over (B Hazell)

January 13th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit. 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were near the Inlet/Valve Tower. 7 Goosander, 8 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, 12 Siskin along the north shore, Water Rail, 2 Raven, 2 Grey Wagtails, Treecreeper and Mistle Thrush. Just outside of the boundary 2 Little Egrets near Draycote village from the footpath behind the Valve Tower. (S Batt F Farrington B Hazell R Medlock C Potter)

Water Rail c Francoise Farrington

January 12th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit. 1 Red-breasted Merganser in Toft. 12 Goosander and 6 Siskin.  (N Barlow E Lay)

January 11th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit. 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were near the Inlet. In the roost 2 Med Gulls (adult and second winter) and 2+ adult and a third winter Yellow-legged Gull. (K Groocock J Judge T Marlow D Watson)

January 10th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit. 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were near the Inlet. 20+ Goosander (6 drake) 5 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, adult Yellow-legged Gull, c20 Siskin, 2 Chiffchaff and Raven over. (S Batt B Hazell)

January 9th

Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit. 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were near the Inlet. 21+ Goosander (6 drake) Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, 2 Raven over, 2 Treecreeper and Chiffchaff. (B Hazell)

January 8th

The Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit. The 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were near the Inlet. 15 Goosander (6 drake) 3 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Water Rail in Toft, 3+ Chiffchaff  and Grey Wagtail. (F Cooper K Groocock B Hazell)

January 7th

The Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit. The 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were near the Inlet. 14 Goosander (4 drake) Kingfisher below Draycote Bank, 6 Siskin Toft, 49 Greylag Geese, 38 Wigeon and Sparrowhawk. (B Hazell)

January 6th

The Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit. The 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were near the Inlet. 7 Tree Sparrows at the feeder and 2+ Grey Wagtail. (S Batt A Hale D Woodward)

January 5th

Great Northern Diver still viewable from Farborough Spit. (L Bain)

Great Northern Diver c Louis Bain

January 4th

The Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit.  2 Red-breasted Mergansers were near the Inlet with 28 Golden Plover over Rainbow Corner. 11 Goosander and Grey Wagtail. (G Blockley M Bruce Z Hinchcliffe)

January 3rd

Great Northern Diver and Long-tailed Duck from Farborough Spit, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and Smew from Draycote Bank plus 2 Grey Wagtails. (J D & P Hall D Ludlow)

January 2nd

The Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank/Spit. 2 Red-breasted Mergansers were also off the Spit in the morning then flew to Rainbow Corner where they stayed till dusk. 17 Goosander (5 drake) 4 Tree Sparrows at the feeder, Water Rail in Toft, Raven over, Grey Wagtail and 6+ Siskin in Toft. (A Anscomb S Batt J Bowley B Hazell D Jackson J Judge T Marlow R & M Palmer)

January 1st

The Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were all viewable from Farborough Bank. Red-breasted Merganser off the Overflow with 3 Red-crested Pochard there. Peregrine over and at least 3 Chiffchaff around the reservoir. (For full list of species today see the at a glance page and email if you have any others to add) (P Cashmore D Cox D Hutton J Judge R Mays C Potter S Roper M Smyth)