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Latest sightings

  • Sightings in bold are marked as such to note either rarity, a high number counted, or an unusual date
  • For a complete Excel spreadsheet list of the 134 species seen from 1st January to date (11th July), click here.
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August 21st
Lea Farm GP – Sedge Warbler in front of Ron’s hide (Alan Rymer)

August 20th
Lea Farm GP – 4+ Skylark in the long grass on the landfill (FJC)

August 19th
Lea Farm GP – 7 Ring-necked Parakeet, Little Grebe juvenile (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Garden Warbler; first in sub-song near double pylon second in car park field, Blackcap in car park field (FJC)

August 18th
Lea Farm GP – 6 Shoveler, Little Egret, Cetti’s Warbler, Nuthatch, Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk Male, Little Grebe juvenile (Richard Marsh), 9 Teal (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe, Goldcrest near John’s bench, 2 Chiffchaff, Ring-necked Parakeet on Bittern hide feeder, Kestrel female over car park field (Richard Marsh)

August 17th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Grebe juveniles, Shoveler female, Whitethroat (Geoff Emmett)

August 16th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Mistle Thrush east end of landfill, Green Sandpiper heard in the mist, Peregrine north east just west of Loddon (FJC), 5 Shoveler, Ring-necked Parakeet over landfill (Paul O’Neill), Hobby flew over landfill toward hide, Nuthatch, Little Grebe juvenile fishing in the channel in front of the hide (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher hovering in front of Bittern hide, 2 Shoveler, Green Woodpecker (Paul O’Neill), Treecreeper in woods to left of car park field, Green Woodpecker in car park field, 2 Little Grebe; 1 adult seen from Bittern hide and 1 on the balancing pool next to Lea Farm (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 2+ Swift over picnic area (FJC), 6 Chiffchaff, 60+ House Martin, 2 Swallow (Paul O’Neill), Lesser Black-backed Gull (Richard Marsh)


Little Grebe – Richard Marsh

August 15th
Lea Farm GP – 8 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler, Common Sandpiper in south west corner, Sedge Warbler in front of hide, Common Tern over before heading off (FJC), 3 Whitethroat, Nuthatch, Reed Warbler (Alan Rymer), 4 Sand Martin 2 adults and 2 juvenile still being fed in wall, 2 Reed Bunting, Common Tern still around, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Teal, Shoveler, Redshank, Water Rail heard (FJC), Hobby over, Little Egret heading towards Lea Farm (Gavin Turner)
Black Swan Lake – 4+ Swift over picnic area, 2+ Common Tern probable; might have been Artic but too distant to be sure (FJC)


Whitethroat – Alan Rymer

August 13th
Lea Farm GP – Hobby across the Loddon to the north (Suren)


Buzzard at Lavell’s from Bittern hide – Geoff Emmett

August 12th
Lea Farm GP – Immature Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Teal, pair Great Crested Grebes sitting on 4 eggs, Buzzard, 2 Reed Warbler (Richard Marsh)

August 11th
Lea Farm GP – Willow Warbler (Brian Bennett); Kingfisher along the Loddon, Cetti’s Warbler left of hide, Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe, Barn Owl in box (Steve Day)

August 10th
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Green Woodpecker across the Loddon near Teal hide (Richard Marsh); 30 Gadwall, 6 Teal (Renton Righelato); Barn Owl in box (Gavin Turner)
Lea Farm GP – 50+ Sand Martin, 2 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, 3m. & 2f. Reed Bunting, Nuthatch, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Richard Marsh); 5 Teal (Renton Righelato)

August 9th
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe (Alan Rymer)

August 7th
Lea Farm GP – Cetti’s Warbler sub-song from reeds left of hide then bird seen briefly, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, pair Reed Bunting, immature Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk flew past hide, Little Egret, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Grebe, Shoveler (Peter Scudamore); Little Egret (Alan Rymer)


Immature Little Grebe at LFGP – Richard Marsh


Roe Deer fawn at LFGP – Richard Marsh

August 4th
Lea Farm GP – Redshank in sw corner (Brian Bennett); Hobby, 2 Whitethroat, pair Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – adult Little Grebe on Tern scrape, adult & juv. Green Woodpecker, Hobby (Richard Marsh); Shoveler (Steve Day)
Sandford Lake – Pochard (Peter Scudamore); 6 House Martin (Steve Day)

August 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Hobby (Geoff Emmett); Peregrine over landfill then hide, 70+ Lapwing, 120 Canada Geese, 2 juv. Common Tern (Paul O’Neill); 4 Swift heading south (Alan Rymer)
Lavell’s Lake – summer plumage Little Grebe on Tern scrape (Paul O’Neill)

August 2nd
Lavell’s Lake – adult Little Grebe on scrape at Bittern hide (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – female Sparrowhawk in tree at west side of lake (Richard Marsh)


Sparrowhawk – Richard Marsh

August 1st
Lea Farm GP – 2 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff in brambles left of hide (Alan Rymer)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby flew along Loddon towards green bridge, 3 Little Grebe; 2 on lake & 1 on scrape at Bittern hide, Teal (Peter Scudamore)

July 31st
Lea Farm GP – Herring Gull, Hobby flew south following the line of the Loddon towards the hide, 2 Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, pair Reed Bunting (Richard Marsh)


Red Kite across the Loddon from the hide entrance – Richard Marsh


Juvenile Common Tern in front of the hide – Richard Marsh

July 30th
Lea Farm GP – Treecreeper near Green Bridge, Lesser Black-back Gull, 2 Teal, 8 Gadwall, Hobby hunting over east shore, Little Egret (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Sparrowhawk circling overhead before heading towards Hurst, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet back of Bittern hide (Gavin Turner), Hobby perched on tree west side of main island, 2 Barn Owl in entrance to box, Large Tit and Warbler flock near benches (Alan Rymer)

July 29th
Lea Farm GP – Hobby over south west corner (Paul Doctor), Green Sandpiper on far bank from hide (Alan Rymer), 40+ Lapwings, 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 2 Herring Gull, 3 Common Tern chicks (Paul O’Neill)
Lavell’s Lake – 26 Lapwing (Paul O’Neill)

July 28th
Lea Farm GP – Redshank adult in summer plumage in south west corner (Alan Rymer), Hobby over river, 2 Teal (Renton Righelato), Little Egret on island, 4 Common Tern 2 adults and 2 juvenile (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl in entrance to box (Renton Righelato)

July 27th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Teal, Green Sandpiper, Common Tern attacking a Buzzard in trees over the Emm Brook, Common Tern Chick in south west corner (Richard Marsh), Shoveler, Common Gull adult in south west corner, 3 Teal (Peter Scudamore), Little Egret, Reed Bunting male (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Little Grebe on balancing pool 2 adults with 2 juveniles (Simon Bartlam), Ring-necked Parakeet over car park field (Richard Marsh), Kestrel sitting in a tree on the big island (Gavin Turner)
Mortimer’s Meadow – 3 Green Woodpecker 2 adults and a juvenile (Richard Marsh)


Reed Bunting male in flight – Geoff Emmett


Little Egret in front of hide – Geoff Emmett


House Sparrow – Geoff Emmett


Green Woodpecker – Richard Marsh

July 26th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Peregrine over landfill heading south east (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Willow Warbler on other side of bay from sailing club (FJC)

July 25th
Lea Farm GP – 43 Cormorant flew North over landfill, 20 Gadwall, Shoveler, Common Tern: fewer in number (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Grebe on scrape seen from Bittern Hide (Caroline Moore and Gavin Turner)

July 23rd
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Barn Owl, adult in box entrance & 3 juveniles in adjacent oak tree (Paul Bright-Thomas)

July 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 4 Teal, Common Tern chicks scattered over the lake possibly due to Mink attack or rising waters; still 14 chicks around (FJC)

July 21st
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Hobby low heading south (FJC)

July 20th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern; 14 chicks 7 on the island and 7 on the lake edge, 2 Shoveler, Teal (FJC), 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl adult preening in box entrance (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – Cuckoo possible juvenile on island (Steve Day)


Common Tern swallowing a fish (Richard Marsh)

July 19th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern; 11 chicks survived the storm (FJC)

July 18th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (FJC), Sparrowhawk flew over Loddon near hide, 2 Buzzard over landfill, 2 Kestrel hunting over landfill in north east corner (Richard Marsh), Mediterranean Gull summer plumage adult in south west corner (Geoff Emmett), 4 Little Egret (Paul O’Neill)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Barn Owl chicks fledged overnight (FJC)


Mediterranean Gull adult in summer plumage – Geoff Emmett

July 17th
Lea Farm GP – Dunlin juvenile on far east shore (FJC), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher in south west corner, 5 Little Egret in south west corner, Yellow Wagtail juvenile, Grey Wagtail juvenile, Pied Wagtail all wagtails on far shore, (Geoff Emmett, Brian Bennett, Paul O’Neill and Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Barn Owl chick in entrance to box (Bob Bennett)


Dunlin – Geoff Emmett

July 16th
Lea Farm GP – Sedge Warbler in front of hide (Jack Jones), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Tern chick has fledged (FJC), Teal, Shoveler (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Blackcap adult feeding 2 juveniles near Green Bridge, 3 Linnet flew across field near owl box, Barn Owl flew over memorial bench towards box (Richard Marsh)

July 15th
Lea Farm GP – Dunlin in summer plumage on east shore, Yellow Wagtail juvenile, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, Teal, 2 Shoveler (FJC)

July 14th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Common Sandpiper 2 in the north east corner, 2 Little Ringed Plover one in each corner, 4 Green Sandpiper in south west corner, 4 Little Egret, Barn Owl believed to be from a different family, Teal just flew in (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Gadwall adult with duckling (FJC), Mandarin female, 2 Barn Owl chicks looking to leave Box (Paul O’Neill)


Gadwall with duckling – Fraser Cottington

July 13th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 2 Shoveler, 4 Little Egret, 60+ Sand Martin, 9 Tufted Duck with 8 new duckling (FJC),
Snipe (Geoff Emmett)


Snipe in July – Geoff Emmett

July 12th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper in south west corner, Mandarin, Little Ringed Plover in north east corner (FJC), Green Sandpiper in north east corner, Nuthatch juvenile on feeder, 6 Little Egret (Richard Marsh)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Green Woodpecker (Richard Marsh)

July 11th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Mandarin, Black-tailed Godwit flew in from East, then North 06:10 (FJC), 7 Little Egret, 2+ Whitethroat on track to right of hide, Oystercatcher, 4 Little Ringed Plover in north east corner (Bob Bennett and Peter Scudamore)

July 10th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper (FJC), 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mandarin both female, (Paul O’Neill), 8 Little Egret (Alan Rymer), Nuthatch juvenile on feeder, 2 Reed Bunting male and female on feeder (Tony Myerson)

July 9th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper in south west corner, 4 Little Ringed Plover in north east corner (FJC), 4 Little Egret, Green Woodpecker on tree near Green Bridge, 9 Tufted Duck female with 8 large ducklings (Bob Bennett), Cuckoo adult on tree behind feeders (Jack and Jules Jones, confirmed by Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Common Sandpiper on bund, 5 Reed Warblers adult feeding young in the reeds along path to hide, Garden Warbler just off path near bench, Whitethroat in the bushes near Betty’s Bench, Bullfinch female, 2 Chiffchaffs between hides, 2 Barn Owl chicks looking out of box (Bob Bennett), 2 Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)

July 8th
Lea Farm GP – Mandarin in south west corner, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Little Egret with one juvenile, Common Sandpiper, 4 Skylark over landfill (FJC), 8 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper (Paul O’Neill)

July 7th
Lea Farm GP – Ringed Plover in south west corner, Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Little Egret, Oystercatcher, Herring Gull chased away from island by resident Common Terns, 8 Common Tern chicks on island (Richard Marsh), Reed Warbler (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby in dead tree by Teal hide (Richard Marsh)


5 Little Egrets – Richard Marsh

July 6th
Lea Farm GP – Ringed Plover in south west corner, Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Little Egret (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 5 Pochard 2 males and 3 females (Steve Day)


Kingfisher – Fraser Cottington

July 5th
Lea Farm GP – Ringed Plover, Kingfisher, 2 Green Sandpiper, Buzzard over being chased by Black-headed Gulls (Richard Marsh), Mardarin Duck female in south west corner, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Buzzard (Paul O’Neill), 5 Little Ringed Plover adults with 2 juveniles, Little Egret in north east corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Green Woodpecker 2 along the Loddon and 1 in the car park field (Richard Marsh),4 Barn Owl chicks in box (FJC), Kingfisher in car park (Gavin Turner)


Ringed Plover – Richard Marsh


Kingfisher – Richard Marsh

July 4th
Lea Farm GP – Kingfisher, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Little Egret (Paul O’Neill), Green Sandpiper (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher, 2 Green Sandpiper, Barn Owl adult quartering field near nest box (Paul O’Neill)
Black Swan Lake – Grey Wagtail juvenile (Paul O’Neill)


Green Sandpiper – Geoff Emmett

July 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper in south west corner, Teal male, Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 50+ Sand Martins at least! (FJC), Green Sandpiper (Rick Dawson)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher, Ring-necked Parakeet (Rick Dawson)


Barn Owl – Fraser Cottington

July 2nd
Lea Farm GP – Little Ringed Plover, Grey Wagtail, 16 Lapwings (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby over the lake, Pied Wagtail, 2 Lapwing, Buzzard over harassed by Terns, Kingfisher on “no fishing” sign for 5 minutes, Kestrel hovering over car park field spotted by Suren (Gavin Turner), Hobby (Marek Walford)
Black Swan Lake – Common Sandpiper (Marek Walford)

July 1st
Lea Farm GP – 4 Little Ringed Plover in south west corner, Shoveler in south west corner (FJC), Green Sandpiper in south west corner, Ringed Plover on north east shoreline, 3 Little Egret in south west corner (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl over Sandford Lane (FJC), Green Sandpiper seen from Bittern hide on island (Trevor Guyatt)

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