Sightings

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Sightings in 2022

Recorders are indicated by their initials:

DWE - Dave Emley
MS - Mark Sutton

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 sitre 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 fiekld 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.