The year 2011 has been spectacular for Longham Lakes.
132 species were recorded in all, including several new for the site: Bittern, Grey Plover, Ortolan Bunting, Wood Warbler, Arctic Tern, Marsh Harrier and Blue-winged Teal, bringing the total number recorded to 159. There was also a fine Blue-headed Wagtail. Good birds previously recorded but also turning up this year included Brent Goose, Red Kite, Bewick’s Swan, Woodcock, Jack Snipe, Hawfinch, Garganey, Little Gull, Merlin, Osprey and Redpoll. On the down side, there were no records at all of Spotted Flycatcher, which has been regular in previous years.
Several species reached record numbers, perhaps the most eye-catching being 6 Smew on Longham Reservoir South together. But both Little and Great Crested Grebes, as well as Shoveler and Coot, also did well.
All this proves what excellent potential this site has. It needs more watching, especially by somebody with time on their hands to be a little obsessive and be prepared to visit at all hours of the day.