Sightings in 2021

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Recorders are indicated by their initials:

DWE - Dave Emley
MS - Mark Sutton


November 7 : Good movement of Pink-footed Geese this morning - by Keele standards: 2 skeins heading east (75 & 30) plus 9 low west MS.

November 6 : 400+ Redwing, 80 Fieldfares, 3 Bramblings, 5 Redpolls, 60 Siskins, 3 Reed Buntings, 10 Skylarks 1 Kingfisher and 21 Pinkfeet east over Clock-house Drive MS.

October 26 : immature Mediterranean Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull in fields along Lymes Road MS.

October 25 : 2 Crossbills over the Observatory MS.

August 25 : juvenile Sedge Warbler at the Science Park is the fourth record for Keele MS.

August 13 :  Purple Hairstreak by the solar farm MS.

August 12th : 2x Southern Hawkers and a Common Darter in Drive Lodge garden MS.

July 20 : A Purple Hairstreak butterfly was found on a oak tree. This is the first record of this species at Keele MS.

June 29 : Oystercatcher flew over campus MS.

June 23 : A showy Garden Warbler was the highlight of a morning's walk around Keele. One of about 5 pairs of this year MS.

June 22 : a Grasshopper Warbler was singing on the Science park this morning MS.

May 5 :  first House Martins of the year and a rather showy Garden Warbler MS.

April 27 : First Garden Warbler of the year back on territory MS.

April 22 : 2nd Wheatear of the year along Lymes Road and Keele's 3rd Sedge Warbler singing on the Science Park (aka Phase 3) MS.

April 19 : First Whitethroat along Lymes Road MS.

April 11 : female Stonechat, brief male Wheatear and fly-by Curlew; all on Lymes Road MS.

April 7 : 80 Siskins by Lake 8 MS.

April 6: 18 Crossbills flew over Lake 1 MS.

April 1 :2 Swallows over campus heading north; MS.

March 30 : a  Brambling and first Blackcap and Willow Warbler for the year; plus a Brimstone butterfly MS.

March 28 : 2 Red-legged Partridge on Phase 3 MS.

March 25 : 2 Linnets along Lymes Road on the 25th and a Red Kite from the Drive Lodge MS.

March 22 : a Brambling and 20 Redpolls on the Phase 3 site MS.

March 15 : 4 Crossbills were seen in pines by the Home Farm/Phase 3 site MS.

March 14 : Keele's second record of Jack Snipe was flushed this morning on the Science Park - previous record Jan 2013 (also on the science park aka Phase 3). Male Mandarin on lake 1 and 2 and a singing Chiffchaff MS.

March 12 : heavy showers brought down a Stonechat along Lymes Road MS.

March 8 : 2 Crossbills flew-in and landed in pines near lake 5 this morning. The Canada x Greylag Goose hybrid was back on Lake, 2 singing Chiffchaffs around campus, a Cormorant flew over the Science Park and a Snipe seen along Lymes Road MS.

March 7 :  2 Teal on the pool opposite the Drive Lodge and 4 on pool by the new Eco park, plus a Canada x Greylag Goose hybrid briefly on lake 1 MS.

March 4 : a pair Mandarins circled lake 1 MS.

February 28 : two early Chiffchaffs singing and a Greylag Goose on Lake 1 MS.

February 9 : a Siskin flew over and a flock of 15 Lesser Redpolls on the Home Farm site MS.

February 2 : a remarkable sighting of a Kittiwake flying over Lymes Road. This is only the second record, the first was on 13/2/1972 when a bird was found dead in the SU car-park by John Cantello MS.

January 31 : the first-winter Caspian Gull was relocated off Lymes Road together with an adult and third-winter Yellow-legged Gull and a Common Gull while the male Stonechat was still on the Home Farm development site MS.

January 29 : a Peregrine was seen near the old sewage works below lake 5, two Great Black-backed Gulls and a first-winter Caspian Gull were found in a field off Lymes Road. The latter is a first record for Keele MS.

January 24 : Stonechat is still on Phase 3 site and a female Goosander flew over Lake 6 MS.

January 22 : a Little Owl seen MS.

January 21 : a flock of 54 Meadow Pipits along Lymes Road MS.

January 20 : a Woodcock was seen by the old sewage works site below lake 5 MS.

January 18 : 2 Greylag Geese over Lymes Road MS.

January 17 : male Stonechat and a Reed Bunting on development site MS.

January 14 : a Little Grebe was seen on Lake 1; the first there for a number of years MS.

January 11 : A Woodcock seen today MS.

January 10 : 3 Great Black-backed Gulls and 2 Common Gulls among a large flock of over 1000 gulls along Lymes Road MS.

January 4 : A Snipe along Lymes Road on the 2nd and a Fieldfare today brings the Keele Year-list to 49. Today's highlight was the resident kingfisher, nice to see it's hanging on despite the cold spell. MS.

January 2 : 300 Pink-footed Geese flew over campus Andy Mason.

January 1 : A day spent birding around Keele produced a decent 48 species, with highlights being Brambling, Kingfisher and 2 Tawny Owls MS.