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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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October 19th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Herring Gull juveniles in south west corner, Snipe on east shore (Bob Bennett); Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Egret, 113 Greylag Geese, Nuthatch, Bar-headed Goose, Green Woodpecker (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Hawfinch over west (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Sparrowhawk over, 9 Redwing over, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker over, 30+ Pochard (Bob Bennett)


Digger reshaping Lavell’s Lake – Richard Marsh

Lavell’s Lake – 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 3+ Lesser Redpoll, 35+ Redwing, 4 Reed Bunting, 14 Siskin over Tern Meadow (FJC)

October 17th
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 3+ Lesser Redpoll, 35+ Redwing, 4 Reed Bunting, 14 Siskin over Tern Meadow (FJC)

October 16th
Lea Farm GP – 20+ Redwing over landfill, 25+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, Snipe on east shore, Peregrine taking a bath on east shore (Bob Bennett and Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Linnet heading south over car park, 3 Lesser Redpoll over south, 2 Pintail flew over and back north could still be present (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)


Peregrine taking a bath at Lea Farm – Richard Marsh

October 14th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe on bund (John McGowan)

October 12th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey in south west corner (John McGowan); Green Sandpiper, Kestrel hunting over landfill (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Garganey female seen from Bittern hide, Snipe on bund in reeds, Coal Tit on feeder, 20+ Redwing over (John McGowan); 3 Skylark over Bittern hide (Paul Bright-Thomas); 140+ Widgeon, 4 Siskin over heading west, 35+ Meadow Pipit over, 5 Skylark over south east, 4 Linnet over, Coal Tit over car park field (FJC); 2 Goldcrest near gate to car park (Richard Marsh)

October 11th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey in south west corner, Little Egret, 2 Snipe, Bar-Headed Goose, 10 Greylag (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Marsh Tit over Emmbrook on path to Bittern hide (Alan Rymer)

October 10th
Lea Farm GP – Tawny Owl over near hide entrance, Madarin Duck drake in south west corner, 2 Snipe on east shore, Greater-black backed Gull over, Garganey in south west corner (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – 100+ Redwing over car park field (FJC); Blackcap by big Hawthorne (John McGowan); Blackcap, 3 Redwing in car park field (Paul Bright-Thomas)

October 9th
Lavell’s Lake – 15 Redwing over west, 5 Reed Bunting, Peregrine over from the east, 10+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, 15+ Redwing dropped into hedge by style, 8 Chaffinch through west, Lesser Redpoll over heading south (FJC); Coal Tit on Bittern hide feeder (Steven Day); Siskin over car park field, Coal Tit over car park field, 2 Snipe over car field heading to Black Swan, 10 Song Thrush top of car park field, Bullfinch 1 in car park field and 5 up by landfill, Pied Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit over car park field (Paul Bright-Thomas)

October 8th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Snipe, Garganey, 3 Little Egret (FJC); Little Grebe on river by Green Bridge (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Redwing over, 30+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, Siskin over, 121 Widgeon, 9 Golden Plover in distance over landfill (FJC); 3 Water Rail heard (Renton Righelato)
Sandford Lake – 28 Pochard (FJC)
White Swan Lake – Water Rail heard (Renton Righelato)

October 7th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey asleep south west corner, Peregrine over lake (John McGowan); 3 Snipe on east shore (Patrick Crowley)
Lavell’s Lake – 30+ Widgeon, Snipe on Bund (Patrick Crowley)
Black Swan Lake – 6 House Martin over lake feeding, Sporrowhawk female circling over (Patrick Crowley)

October 6th
Lea Farm GP – 40+ Meadow Pipit over landfill in numerous groups, Cetti’s Warbler good views in bush opposite hide gate on river bank, 2 Little Egret, Hobby over heading south, Sparrowhawk male over landfill (Bob Bennett); Nuthatch on feeder, Garganey asleep south west corner, 3 Snipe on east shore (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 19 Pochard (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Swallow over lake feeding (Steven Day)

October 5th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey south west corner, Wheatear on east shore (John McGowan); 25+ Meadow Pipit on landfill, (FJC)

October 4th
Lea Farm GP – Mandarin Duck south west corner, 2 Snipe on east shore, 2 Green Sandpiper, Water Rail heard (FJC); Garganey juvenile south west corner (Brian Bennett); Wheatear on east shore (John McGowan); Sparrowhawk on feeder, 5 Snipe on east shore behind island, 2 Little Egret, 10+ Meadow Pipit on landfill, 3 Green Woodpecker (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail, Lesser Redpoll over (Marek Walford); 10+ Meadow Pipit over, Water Rail heard (FJC)


Sparrowhawk on the Lea Farm feeder – Richard Marsh

October 3rd
Lea Farm GP – 8 Lapwing, Mandarin Duck drake (Marek Walford); Garganey south west corner, Wheatear on east shore (Brian Bennett); 15 Meadow Pipit handfuls pinging about on and over landfill (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 82 Widgeon, Redwing over south called once, 73 Gadwall, Little Grebe, Coal Tit near Betty’s bench, 5+ Chiffchaff between Bittern hide and car park field (FJC)

October 2nd
Lea Farm GP – 24 Lapwing, 2 Snipe (Marek Walford); Sparrowhawk (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 102+ Widgeon, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)


Widgeon on the Bund – Richard Marsh

October 1st
Lea Farm GP – 100+ Hirundines over landfill to the west (FJC); 2 Snipe, Green Sandpiper (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – 20+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, 5 Swallows over and though, Blackcap in car park field, Chiffchaff in car park field, 5 Skylark over landfill, 10+ Song Thrush in car park field (FJC)

September 30th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 2 Reed Bunting, Cetti’s Warbler heard, Nuthatch, 3 Little Egret, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh); Snipe on far side of lake on cleared edge to right of island (Peter Scudamore); 50+ meadow Pipit over landfill heading south, Snipe over landfill (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 5 Pochard, 90 Shoveler (FJC)

September 28th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper (Marek Walford); Little Egret successfully fishing infront of hide with 3 Perch caught, Kingfisher on branch over lake just to the right of hide also successful, 40+ Swallows over landfill (Bob Bennett); Snipe flew over lake to north shore, Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler heard (Alan Rymer); 2 Little Grebe, Water Rail (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – 2 Cetti’s Warbler, Mandarin (Marek Walford)


Diving Kingfisher at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

September 27th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Hobby seen from Teal hide (Steven Day)

September 26th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, Garganey, Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Water Rail on north shore (John McGowan); Snipe seen in puddle on north east shore (FJC); Marsh Harrier female flew north across lake pursued by Red Kite, Nuthatch, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl sitting at entrance of box (John McGowan); Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler both from Bittern hide (Steven Day)

September 25th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, Snipe in north east corner, 37 Teal (FJC)

September 24th
Lea Farm GP – Nuthatch on feeder, Mandarin Duck drake (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 47 Widgeon (Richard Marsh)

September 23rd
Lea Farm GP – 38 Shoveler, 24 Teal, 27 Gadwall, Green Sandpiper, 2 Mandarin Duck (FJC); Snipe on east shore, Little Egret (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 70 Gadwall, 30 Widgeon, 4 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 2 Water Rail heard (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 92 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 20 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard (FJC); Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – Common Gull (Steven Day)

September 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Kingfisher on stick near hide, Snipe flew around lake then settled on shingle island, 2 Nuthatch on feeder, Chiffchaff to right of hide, 3 Little Egret very mobile around lake (Bob Bennett and Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Pintail female over heading towards Sandford, 2 Green Sandpiper on Tern Scape, 2 Water Rail heard (FJC)


Chiffchaff at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

September 21st
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper (John McGowan)

September 20th
Lea Farm GP – Snipe east shore left side of shingle island, 3 Black Swan (John McGowan); 4 Black Swan family group seen later (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Mandarin Duck heading west over car park field (Marek Walford); 2 Water Rail chasing each other into reeds on right of hide (John McGowan)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Black Swan near bridge to White Swan lake (Steven Day)


4 Black Swans on Black Swan! – (Steven Day)

September 19th
Lea Farm GP – Stonechat in uncut area, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Mandarin Duck both drakes (Marek Walford); 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff (Alan Rymer); 103 Shoveler, Stonechat male on top of phragmites reed in ditch beyond north east corner (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Spotted Flycatcher in pines behind the Activity Centre (Marek Walford and Steven Day)

September 18th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Little Egret very mobile around lake, Reed Bunting male on feeder, 50+ Meadow Pipit over landfill in several groups, Very large numbers of mixed Hirundines over the lake and Landfill (Bob Bennett); Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe (Paul O’Neill)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby west side of landfill heading towards Lea Farm, 50+ Swallows over heading south, 100+ House Martins over heading south, Bullfinch male near Bittern hide (Bob Bennett); Garganey female on Bund (Steven Day); Mandarin Duck drake flew west over the landfill (Marek Walford)
Sandford Lake – Bar-headed Goose (Steven Day)


Female Garganey – (Steven Day)

September 16th
Lea Farm GP – Whinchat in the uncut area on the landfill (Brian Bennett); Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Little Egret (Merek Walford); 40+ Meadow Pipit over landfill in 10 minutes (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 80+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, Spotted Flycatcher in big Hawthorne tree in car park field, 15+ Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush in Hawthorne Tree (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Hobby heading east over golf course (FJC)

September 15th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Mandarin 1 male and 2 females, Cetti’s Warbler (Merek Walford); 10+ Meadow Pipit over (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 200+ mixed hirundines over (FJC)

September 14th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Mandarin, 14 Meadow Pipit over landfill, Wheatear left of shingle island (FJC); 2 Green Sandpiper in bay on north east bank (Geoff Emmett); Kingfisher flew along south west bank, 2 Little Egret, 200+ mixed hirundines over lake and landfill (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Meadow Pipit almost constant trickle thru south groups of 4-12, 50+ (FJC); Swift over (Trevor Guyatt)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Spotted Flycatcher in trees near golf course side behind Activity Centre, 500+ House Martin, 200 Swallow (FJC); 15+ Mistle Thrush group passing near Activity Centre (Trevor Guyatt); Little Egret over heading west (Marek Walford)
Sandford Lake – Spotted Flycatcher in dense bushes on west side of the lake, Sparrowhawk female over path (Bob Bennett)


2 Spotted Flycatcher behind Activity Centre – (FJC)

September 13th
Lea Farm GP – 32 Gadwall, 47 Shoveler, 13 Teal, 2 Mandarin, Osprey seen over heading south along Loddon towards Dinton (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 13 Widgeon, 66 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, Teal, Hobby over balancing Pool on landfill (FJC); Spotted Flycatcher in large hawthorn, bottom of car park field (FJC and Richard Marsh); 4 Meadow Pipit over (Richard Marsh); Hobby seen from Bittern hide (Roger Stansfield)
Black Swan Lake – 58 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler (FJC); Coal Tit on pines behind Activity Centre (Brian Bennett)
Sandford Lake – Spotted Flycatcher in same location as yesterday (Steven Day and Richard Marsh)


Hobby seen from Bittern hide – (Roger Stansfield)


Black-tailed Godwit from the week-end – (John McGowan)

September 12th
Lea Farm GP – Sparrowhawk female, Little Grebe, Hobby, 2 Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh); 41 Shoveler (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 12 Widgeon, 4 Chiffchaff around car park field (Richard Marsh); 2 Raven heading south east seen with Marek, 6 Meadow Pipit (FJC); Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford)
Black Swan Lake – Blackcap, 4 Mistle Thrush behind Activity Centre (Richard Marsh); Hobby south end of golf course, 9 Meadow Pipit heading south (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Spotted Flycatcher by stream (Steven Day)


Spotted Flycatcher Sandford Lake – (Steven Day)

September 11th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Mandarin, 18 Shoveler, 16 Gadwall, 14 Teal, Sand Martin a few over lake, 10 Meadow Pipits passing through (FJC); 120+ Lapwing, 2 Little Egret (Anne Cronin)
Lavell’s Lake – 18 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 3 Lapwing (Anne Cronin)
Black Swan Lake – 5 Chiffchaff behind the Activity Centre, 7 Mistle Thrush, 600+ mixed hirundines over lake (FJC)

September 10th
Lea Farm GP – Little Grebe, Nuthatch, 2 female Blackcap, 4 Little Egret, 3 Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Swift over car park area, then later seen at BSL (John McGowan); 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, Treecreeper, 5 Wigeon (Richard Marsh); Little Egret over Teal hide (Paul Foulds)
Black Swan Lake – Hobby (John McGowan); 5+ Meadow Pipit over, 25 Mistle Thrush making yet another park record (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Reed Warbler (John McGowan); Kingfisher (Paul Foulds)

September 9th
Lea Farm GP – Whinchat & 3 Meadow Pipit on landfill, 3 Nuthatch on feeders, Sedge Warbler, Skylark, up to 200 Hirundines through, 3 Black-tailed Godwit flew into sw corner – 1 at 08:10 then 2 more at 08:24. All 3 left together at 09:20 (FJC et al); 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s LakeBlack-tailed Godwit on Tern scrape at 06:50, Hobby (John McGowan); Lesser Whitethroat & Sedge Warbler in car park field (FJC); Kingfisher flew along path to Bittern hide (Gavin Turner)
Black Swan LakeSpotted Flycatcher briefly on golf course, 22 Mistle Thrush near activity centre, a new park record (FJC)


Record shot of the 3 Black-tailed Godwit – (Richard Marsh)

September 8th
Lea Farm GP – 18 Shoveler, 20 Teal, 20 Gadwall (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – c20 Mistle Thrush (FJC); c40 Greylag Geese (Steve Day)

September 7th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, Bar-headed Goose, Nuthatch, Sedge Warbler, 10+ House Martin (Richard Marsh); 28 Teal, 13 Shoveler (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 40 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 5 Shoveler, 4 Teal (FJC); 2 Kingfisher, Hobby (Steve Day)
Black Swan Lake – Swift, 8+ Mistle Thrush, 12+ Gadwall, 5 Shoveler (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 18 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler (FJC)


Juvenile Kingfisher with fish – Richard Marsh

September 6th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 26 Teal (FJC); male Mandarin in eclipse plumage, 2 Little Grebe, female Sparrowhawk, 4 Swallow (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby, 4 Wigeon (Steve Day)
Black Swan Lake5 Grey Wagtail, 300+ House Martin, Swift, 5 Mistle Thrush (FJC)


Little Grebe – Geoff Emmett


Eclipse plumage drake Mandarin – Geoff Emmett

September 5th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe, 10+ Sand Martin over (John McGowan); 3 Little Egret (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Whitethroat, Mistle Thrush over (FJC)

September 4th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 24 Gadwall (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 30+ Gadwall (Anne Cronin); Water Rail heard near Teal hide, Hobby, 18 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 2 Wigeon (Peter Scudamore)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Grey Wagtail, Pochard (FJC)

September 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Coal Tit on feeders, Green Sandpiper (Brian Bennett); Snipe on east shore, 3 Little Egret (Gill Finch)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Wigeon over towards BSL, Yellow Wagtail heard over landfill, Chiffchaff in car park field (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Goldcrest in fisherman’s car park (Gill Finch)

September 2nd
Lea Farm GP – Coal Tit on feeders, 3 Little Egret (Jules & Jack Jones); Kestrel on landfill vent (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper briefly on scrape (Jenny Vaughan); Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat and pair Blackcap all in car park field (Eddie Napper)

September 1st
Lea Farm GP – Tawny Owl along Loddon path to hide (John McGowan), Mandarin Duck over (FJC), 3 Wheatear perched on landfill vents, 33 Greylag, 4 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Mistle Thrush feeding near activity centre, Garden Warbler, Great Black-backed Gull over (FJC)

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