Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)

STATUS AT LONGHAM LAKES

Regular winter visitor.

All records given for now:
1. 1 running between 2 patches of reeds on Longham Reservoir North, 17th December 2007.
2. 1 heard from Hampreston Fields, 19th December 2007.
3. 1 in the Longham Reservoir North reedbeds, 8th January 2009.
4. 1 heard from Hampreston Fields, 9th January 2009.
5. 2 flushed from the stream on Hampreston Fields, 12th January 2009.
6. Still present at Hampreston Fields, 30th January and 9th February 2009.
7. 1 heard from the marshes Old Ash bend, 19th and 26th October 2009.
8. 2 flushed from the West Fields, 30th December 2009.
9. 1 at Hampreston Fields, 8 January 2010.
10. 1 heard on the river, 11th January 2010.
11. 1 heard on 15th October 2010.
12. Heard from Hampreston Fields on 14th, 17th, 20th and 21st January 2011.
13. 1 flew between reed beds on causeway between 2 lakes, 22nd February 2011 (Ray Gleason).
14. 1 heard on 17th October 2011.
15. 1 on LR South on 3rd and another on 4th December 2011 (m.o.).
16. 1 feeding on the bank in the nw corner of LR South on 16th December 2011 (Philip Horobin).
17. 1 on 11th February 2012 (Chris Parnell) and 2 on 12th (WEBS).
18. 1 heard on 14th November 2012 (Harris) and 1 seen along LR North on 17th November 2012.
19. 1 ran across the Causeway, 3rd December 2012 (Ray Gleason).
20. 2 calling on 11th December 2012 (CP), 1 on 16th (WEBS) then 1 on 26th (LB).

2013: 1 on 16th January (DC), 1 on 19th January (WEBS), 1 on 23rd February (Trevor Thorpe), 1 on 10th November (Robin Trundle), 1 on 27th November (DC).
2014: 1 heard on January 7th (GG), 1 on 5th December (OWLS), 1 heard on 16th December (DC).
2015: 1 on 3rd February (George Green) and 2 on 8th February.

Great Egret and Water Rail, Longham Lakes, December 2016 (Lorne Bissell.

Great Egret and Water Rail, Longham Lakes, December 2016 (Lorne Bissell).

2016: Apparently not recorded until 29th November, but then on 1st, 4th and 5th December, with 2 on 17th and 4 on 2nd.

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