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Sightings in 2020

Recorders are indicated by their initials:

DWE - Dave Emley
DM - David Morgan
MS - Mark Sutton

July 1 : 10 Crossbills flew SW over the Science Park, plus 9 Siskins MS.

June 21 : a Weasel seen carrying either prey of young in Lymes Road. First record since 1974 MS.

June 7 : a record 6 territories of Spotted Flycatcher counted and Muntjac Deer spotted by Drive Lodge MS.

May 28 : 3 Crossbills east over the Science Park at Keele Uni 6.30 this morning MS.

May 17 : the latest tally for previously scarce breeding summer migrants at Keele: 4 singing Spotted Flycatchers, 9 singing Garden Warblers and 7+ singing Whitethroats MS.

May 9 : two Cuckoos flew over the campus, calling Andy Mason.

May 4 : First Spotted Flycatcher of the year and 5 singing Garden Warblers MS.

April 30 : First Swifts (7) over campus MS.

April 26 : two Tree Pipits; a rare bird at Keele, last seen 2011 MS.

April 25 : It is rare that we get a new bird species for campus but a female Black Redstart was found today MS.

April 24 : First two Garden Warblers of the year; one by Phase 3 and the other along Lymes Road MS.

April 23 : A Cuckoo was heard by Drive Lodge. A rare bird at Keele MS. First House Martins seen on campus Andy Mason.

April 22 : Pair of Mandarin Ducks MS.

April 21 : A second Wheatear seen MS.

April 19 : Male Whinchat, singing Whitethroat and a Snipe MS.

April 16 : First Whitethroat of the year and Holly Blue MS.

April 9th : A reeling Grasshopper Warbler in scrub near Keele Observatory at sunrise this morning, Crossbill over Drive Lodge. Also spawning Toads on Lake 4 MS.

April 6 : Willow Warbler new for the year and Red-legged Partridge by Science Park MS.

April 5 : A circuit of campus plus a full day in the garden, with 51 species recorded. Highlights, were first House Martins and  Swallows  and 1 possibly 2 pairs of Linnets on territory MS.

March 28 : A dawn walk around Keele campus plus a morning spent in the garden produced 49 species. Highlights: 35 fly-over Golden Plover, displaying Lapwing, singing Reed Bunting and  3 pairs of Grey Wagtail on territory on campus MS. One of the terrapins on the top lake was seen in the mud at the edge of the lake. I wonder if it had been overwintering there Archit Tamboli.

March 26 : 2 Blackcaps in a total of 44 species found MS.

March 25 : Kingfisher, Lesser Redpoll and Green Woodpecker (last recorded Stacy Plantation 13/4/15) MS.

March 24 : a walk round campus revealed a record 7 Grey Wagtails; also a Brimstone butterfly MS.

March 19 : Kingfisher between lakes 7 & 8. Chiffchaffs are well and truly here now, with 6 singing birds but no sign of yesterdays Stonechat MS.

March 18 : Stonechat along Lymes Road MS.

March 17 : 1 Snipe, singing Reed Bunting, 9 Linnets and 2 Chiffchaffs MS.

March 4 : An early walk from the Walled Garden, along Clock House Drive and Lymes Road and back through the woods revealed a total of 28 bird species including Great Spotted Woodpecker and Buzzard DM.

March 7 : 11 Canada Geese and 3 Greylag Geese by the top lake - a record count. Also 2 pairs of Grey Wagtails MS.

March 8 : A Little Owl was sitting on its regular tree near the village MS.