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Sightings in 2022

Recorders are indicated by their initials:

DWE - Dave Emley
MS - Mark Sutton

December 28 : an amazing flock of 280 Linnets along Lymes Road. By far the largest flock recorded at Keele and probably anywhere in the area MS.

November 11 : only the 2nd ever record of Green Sandpiper was on lake 7. The highest site counts of Linnets (140) and Reed Buntings (7) along Lymes Road plus c.80 Golden Plovers. Two Stonechats still present on the Science Park MS.

November 4 : sunny and frosty at Keele;  9100 Wood Pigeons flew SW between 7.15 and 8.15. Two Bramblings, a Stonechat and c.100 Linnets were feeding along Lymes Road, and c.100 Pinkfeet flew east over Drive Lodge MS.

October 25 :  3 Stonechats at the Energy Park today, a record Keele number bringing this autumn's total to 6. Also 2 Bramblings and a Chiffchaff MS.

October 22 : 7 Reed Buntings, a site record MS.

October 19 : 2 Stonechats and 100s of Redwings passing over plus an increase in Meadow Pipits and a Red Kite over Drive Lodge MS.

October 16 : a Stonechat found MS.

August 11 : Tree Pipit overhead and Red Kite over Drive Lodge MS.

June 28 : Curlew overhead and pair of Kestrels feeding 2 youngsters MS.

June 24 : an Otter was sighted in Barnes Dell. This is the first record of Otter at Keele S. McBain.

June 9 : a Reed Warbler was found by the Cauldwell Centre - a first record for Keele MS.

May 25 : a Small Heath butterfly, an uncommoin species here, was found on the Home Farm development site James Borg.

May 17 : 6 Garden Warbler territories and the first Spotted Flycatchers of the year MS.

May 10 : flock of 3-4 Bramblings behind Horwood Z Blocks James Borg.

May 9 : first (4) Garden Warblers of the year but more surprising though was the first Keele record of Great black-backed Gull for the year, with 2 first-summer plumaged birds flying over MS.

April 7 : Following hot on the heels of Tuesdays male, this mornings showers produced Keele's 2nd Wheatear of the spring, with a female along Lymes road by Clockhouse Drive MS.

April 5 : a male Wheatear along Lymes Road MS.

February 6 : 5 Hawfinches today is largest count so far MS.

February 1 : 4 Hawfinches seen today MS.

January 28 : two Hawfinches seen while 32 Greenfinches leaving their roost on campus is noteworthy MS.

January 24 : an adult Mediterranean Gull in the field opposite Drive Lodge MS.

January 10 : a Hawfinch flew over the village green and appeared in the trees at the bottom of Drive Lodge garden MS.

January 6 : 3rd record of Jack Snipe at Keele on the Science Park, plus 1 Common Snipe and Sparrowhawk MS.

January 5 : An adult-winter Mediterranean Gull was seen in fields along Lymes Road before flying south with the Black-headed Gull flock MS.

January 4 : Tawny and Little Owls seen but star of the show goes, once again, to one of our wintering Woodcock MS.