Sightings 2018

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Recorders are indicated by their initials:

DWE - Dave Emley
JAL - Andy Lawrence
MS - Mark Sutton
NC - Neil Carter
NDP - Nick Pomiankowski
JB - Joshua Broster
MW - Malcolm Wright


March 13th : Two Hawfinches preening atop a Lime by Keele Hall and a pair of Canada Geese has returned to the top lake DWE.

March 6th : four Hawfinches by Keele Hall; Skylark singing too DWE.

February 26th : c.50 Lapwing in the horse paddock by the Keele village entrance JAL.

February 25th : 19 Hawfinches counted this morning MS.

February 22nd : 5 Hawfinches in yews on campus by Keele village entrance (JAL).

Februry 21st : Signs of Spring - 2 Skylarks singing over fields by Lymes Lane JAL.

February 12th : a campus resident filmed a Badger visiting their garden. They also had a Hawfinch beneath the bird feeder (Jane Wallace)

February 11th : Largest Hawfinch numbers so far recorded today with 17 near the Clockhouse and 3 near the Keele village entrance drive (MS)

February 7th : 4 Meadow Pipits by the upper pool of the "Phase 3" site below Home Farm (JAL), first for a while so some birds are on the move in the cold weather.

February 6th : Exactly as below minus the Greenfinch .... 3 Hawfinch still there

February 2nd : 3 Hawfinch plus 10 Greenfinch in tree tops above the White Well, Keele Hall (DWE)

January 29th : As before, not quite on-campus, but Hawfinch still in the yews around Keele church and opposite the pub in the village (MS, JAL).

January 26th : No unusual birds about lately so, to add some interest.... a lunch-hour bird chase for birds seen from the Keele campus (list alert!): Mallard, Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Moorhen, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Wren, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush, Robin, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, and Greenfinch - total 26. Can you do better?... it should be easy as the walk today missed some usually "simple" birds (eg. Dunnock, Raven, Treecreeper, Goldfinch) and, oddly, absolutely no fly-over birds in the very clear and sunny conditions (there's usually some gulls overhead). it shouldn't really be too difficult to get up to 30 species mark on campus in the hour in January/February: WHY NOT GIVE IT A GO!?

January 22nd : A small flock of 10 Siskin over Barnes Dell this lunchtime, plus a few Greenfinch in the yew trees on Keele Hall lawn.

January 21st : female Brambling at Drive Lodge (MS).

January 18th : An "everyday" bird at Keele, but there seems to be a good number of Jackdaws around the lawns at the moment with a flock of at least 70 birds overflying the Clockhouse at 1pm (record count?). Also 100+ Fieldfare on the field between Lindsay Hall and Lymes Lane (JAL)

January 16th : Not quite on-campus but still some Hawfinch present locally with 3 (at least) still feeding in yews near the entrance to St John's Church in Keele village (JAL, P Greatbatch)

January 12th : Many hundreds of Starlings around today, in the pasture and arable fields between the University and the motorway - several flocks of 50-100 birds, with a good number of Fieldfare also accompanying (JAL). Pair of Teal in the pond opposite Drive Lodge (MS).

January 9th : 14 Moorhens by Lake 1 JAL.

January 8th : A Hawfinch in flight from the trees lining the Keele village entrance and over Church Plantation (JAL) - there's been a couple of birds about near the Church over the last few days (MS), the Yew trees being the attraction.

January 6th : c500 Pink-footed Geese over Drive Lodge heading NW in 3 separate skeins (MS). Part of a major passage in North Staffs.

January 3rd : A quiet start to the 2018 sightings' page with everything laying low in the aftermath of Storm Eleanor: a few Fieldfare in the trees lining Lymes Lane plus a couple of small flocks of Long-tailed Tits making their way along the hedgerows.