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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 103 species seen from 1st Jan to date (29th March), click here.
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  • FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE

July 17th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Ringed Plover adult and juvenile (FJC); 2 Green Sandpiper, Nuthatch (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper over towards Sandford (FJC); 3 Common Sandpiper 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet over Bittern hide (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper off towards west, 2 Little Grebe (FJC); 2 Little Egret, Barnacle Goose (Richard Marsh)


Common Sandpiper at Lavell’s Lake – Richard Marsh

July 16th
Lea Farm GP – Stonechat juvenile in front of the hide, Kingfisher seen briefly (FJC); Snipe in the south west corner (David Dolan)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover juveniles on the bund (Geoff Emmett)


Juvenile Stonechat in front of hide at Lea Farm – FJC


Snipe in south west corner at Lea Farm – FJC


2 Juvenile Ringed Plover at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

July 15th
Lea Farm GP – Kingfisher again showing well on perches (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl seen from Bittern hide (John McGowan); Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper, Whitethroat, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Richard Marsh)


Barn Owl quartering at Lavell’s Lake – Paul Hawkings


Kingfisher on it’s perch at Lea Farm – FJC


Kingfisher on it’s perch at Lavell’s Lake – Ida Groot

July 14th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Green Sandpiper, Barn Owl flew by, Little Grebe juvenile (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 6 Green Sandpiper on scrape (Jenny Vaughan)
Sandford Lake – 8 Black Tailed Godwit on Tern Island (Steven Day); 2 Dunlin with Godwits, Shoveler (Marek Walford)


Black Tailed Godwits on Sandford Lake – FJC


Juvenile Little Grebe on Lea Farm – FJC

July 13th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover all juveniles, Barn Owl hunting behind south west corner briefly, Kingfisher on near perch (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher (Geoff Emmett)


Kingfisher at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

July 12th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Kingfisher to right of hide (FJC); Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Green Sandpiper in south west corner, Kingfisher on a post by the Loddon opposite the Green bridge (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 11 Ring-necked Parakeet over, Green Sandpiper flew from the Bittern hide scrape to the island, Oystercatcher flew over Loddon towards Bittern hide, 2 Little Egret seen from Bittern hide (Richard Marsh)


Kingfisher at Lea Farm – FJC

July 11th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper to left of island, Little Egret (Alan Rymer)

July 10th
Lea Farm GP – 5 Little Ringed Plover 1 adult and 4 juveniles 4 in south west corner 1 in the north east corner, 5 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret near the hide (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper, 5 Raven over the landfill (FJC); 5 Green Sandpiper on the Bittern scrape (Alan Rymer)


Green Sandpiper at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Little Egret at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

July 9th
Lea Farm GP – 5 Little Ringed Plover 1 adult and 4 juveniles, 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret (Brian Bennett); Common Sandpiper north east corner, Ringed Plover probable but distance hampering certainty (FJC); 2 Common Sandpiper in south west corner (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – Tawny Owl near Teal hide (John McGowan) : 5 Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe in front of Bittern hide (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – Barnacle Goose on island, Garganey female swam past front of hide, 2 Shoveler females (John McGowan)


Little Grebe at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

July 8th
Lea Farm GP – 6 Green Sandpiper all in the south west corner, Kingfisher seen along the Loddon (Peter Scudamore); 2 Little Ringed Plover one juvenile in the south west corner, Little Grebe juvenile close to hide, Little Egret lying down on the mud! (Bob Bennett); Bar-headed Goose (Paul Bright-Thomas); 6 Little Egret in the south west corner, 3 Tawny Owl in Willow trees near the Loddon path 1 adult and 2 owlets, 40 Sand Martin holes now in use (Michael Hubbard Senior)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Green Sandpiper left of the island and on the scrape (Alan Rymer); 6 Ringed-necked Parakeets flying across the car park field, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Little Egret on far side of lake (Bob Bennett)
Sandford Lake – 3 Little Egret on northern shore, Shoveler drake between the islands (Bob Bennett); Barnacle Goose (Paul Bright-Thomas)


Ring-necked Parakeet on feeder at Lavell’s Lake – Steve Rodgers


Little Egret taking off at Lavell’s Lake – Steve Rodgers

July 7th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover one juvenile (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, Barn Owl hunting behind reed bed (FJC); 3 Green Sandpiper on Bittern hide scrape, 6 Ringed-necked Parakeets on feeders (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper flushed from reed bed near hide by Grey Heron (FJC)

July 6th
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher female on perch to right of Bittern hide (Alan Rymer)

July 5th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Barn Owlets measured weighed and ringed this morning (Alan Rymer)


Juvenile Barn Owl being ringed, weighed and measured at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Rymer

July 4th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey female, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper seen at far left reed edge (FJC)

July 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Garganey female in the south west corner, Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Mistle Thrush in from east towards Lavell’s (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Green Sandpiper left of island (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – 35 Gadwall, 5 Pochard males (FJC)

July 2nd
Lea Farm GP – Garganey female in the south west corner, Tawny Owl juvenile branch hopping and calling low in tree canopy where fenced off area begins, 2 Common Sandpiper in south west corner, 5 Song Thrush singing from various places along river, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap clearly audible, 33 Sand Martin holes now in use (Michael Hubbard Senior); Little Ringed Plover (David Williams-Jones)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper, 2 Tern Chick on island (Alan Rymer); Little Grebe diving in area dug for new reedbed left of scrape (Peter Scudamore); 2 Barn Owl juveniles in entrance to box (Geoff Emmett); Kingfisher (David Williams-Jones)


Juvenile Barn Owls at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

July 1st
Lea Farm GP – Garganey female in the south west corner, 2 Little Egret on North & South spits, Oystercatcher over south, 17 Lapwing (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Oystercatchers on bund, Green Sandpiper on scrape, 3 Coal Tits calling, 3 Garden Warbler (FJC); Kingfisher (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – 40 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler (FJC)

4 Oystercatchers at Lavell’s Lake – FJC

June 30th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey female in the south west corner, Kingfisher on post along Loddon near Green Bridge (Richard Marsh); Redshank in the south west corner (Brian Bennett)
Sandford Lake – 2 Red-crested Pochard male and female, Shoveler (Marek Walford); 3 Red-crested Pochard, Barnacle Goose (Steven Day)

June 29th
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper (Alan Rymer)

June 28th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey female on the north spit, 2 Teal (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Ringed Plover on the bund, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (Michael Hubbard Senior)
Dinton Lakes – 2 Common Cranes seen flying towards Dinton no confirmation that they landed (Ian Paine)


Female Garganey at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

June 27th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover (David Williams-Jones)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Ringed Plover on the bund (Geoff Emmett); Green Sandpiper, Kestrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwit feeding in balancing pool before flying north (David Williams-Jones)
Sandford Lake – Red-crested Pochard male asleep on Tern island (Brian Bennett)


Male Red-crested Pochard at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett


Little Ringed Plover at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

June 26th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Ringed Plover 2 adults, Redshank in the south west corner, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 28+ Gadwall, 2 Shoveler (FJC)


Redshanks at Lea Farm – FJC

June 25th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Little Ringed Plover 2 adults and 2 juveniles in the south west corner (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Teal drake in eclipse on the bund (Geoff Emmett)

June 24th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Little Egret, 8 Lapwing, 2 Stock Dove, Sand Martin are now using 27 holes thus far (Michael Hubbard Senior)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Egret, 3 Lapwing (Michael Hubbard Senior)

June 23rd
Lea Farm GP – 3 Little Egret, Bar Headed Goose (Steven Doel)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, Little Ringed Plover (Steven Doel); 2 Oystercatcher (Joseph Taylor)
Sandford Lake – Pochard male (Steven Day)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Coal Tit 2 adults and 2 juveniles (Joseph Taylor)


Little Ringed Plover at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

June 22nd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover 10 Lapwing (FJC); O/T Grass Snake seen swimming in the Loddon near Lea Farm (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Feral Barnacle Goose all seen from Bittern Hide (Alan Rymer); 2 Little Egret (Bob Bennett); Little Ringed Plover (David Dolan)


Barnacle Goose at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Barn Owl leaving the Nest Box at Lavell’s Lake – Steven Power


Little Ringed Plover at Lavell’s Lake – David Dolan

June 21st
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper, Redshank (Geoff Emmett)


Green Sandpiper at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

June 20th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover all in the south west corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Oystercatcher on the bund (Andy Dearing)
Sandford Lake – 28 Gadwall (FJC)

June 19th
Lavell’s Lake – Nuthatch with Long-tailed Tits on the electricity wires by the path to Bittern Hide, Chaffinch in trees, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile & female parent, Ring-necked Parakeet at the feeders (Phil Kinch)

June 18th
Lea Farm GP – Common Tern with chick, Great Spotted Woodpecker at nest hole (Alan Travers)


Common Tern with chick at Lea farm – Alan Travers


Great Spotted Woodpecker at nest hole at Lea Farm – Alan Travers

June 17th
Sandford Lake – Little Grebe juvenile (Suren Akkaraju)


Juvenile Little Grebe at Sandford Lake – Suren Akkaraju

June 16th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper (Marek Walford)

June 15th
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl box has just been checked by a licenced guy who confirmed there were 4 owlets up to two weeks old and a larder of 3 voles (Alan Rymer)

June 14th
Lea Farm GP – Common Tern chick seen on the island, Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl repeatedly entering and leaving the nest box (Stephen Power)


Barn Owl near nest box at Lavell’s Lake – Stephen Power


Green Sandpiper at Lea Farm – David Dolan

June 13th
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl quartering in water meadow field near nest box (Stephen Power)


Quartering Barn Owl at Lavell’s Lake – Stephen Power

June 12th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Tern chicks being fed on the island, Little Egret in south west corner (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Egret seen from Bittern hide, 7 Ring-necked Parakeet in woods west of the car park field (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – Cetti’s Warbler heard (Richard Marsh)

June 10th
Lea Farm GP – Redshank in south west corner, 3 Little Egret on island in the south west corner, 25+ Common Tern on shingle island some still mating (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Woodpecker on path to car park, Chiffchaff in tree close to path (Bob Bennett); Whitethroat heard to right of Bittern hide (Peter Scudamore)


Redshank at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Common Tern in flight at Lea Farm – Alan Travers

June 9th
Lea Farm GP – Little Grebe in north east corner (Geoff Emmett)

June 8th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Ringed Plover, Little Egret (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 11 Gadwall (FJC)

June 7th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Oystercatcher south west corner, 2 Teal male north east corner, 2 Little Egret, 4 Lapwing (FJC); 5 Little Egret around lake, Tawny Owl female calling and flying opposite Green footbridge on Loddon surrounded by much Jackdaw attention (Michael Hubbard Senior)

June 6th
Lea Farm GP – 5 Ring-necked Parakeet by Green bridge, Little Ringed Plover (FJC); Peregrine causing pandemonium amongst the occupants of the sand spit but appeared to leave dinner less, 4 Little Egret around lake (Michael Hubbard Senior)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Great Crested Grebe 2 adults with at least two young (Alan Rymer)

June 5th
Lea Farm GP – 5 Little Egret (Alan Rymer)
Lavell’s Lake – Shoveler male in eclipse in front of Bittern hide (Geoff Emmett)


Male Shoveler in eclipse at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

June 4th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Shoveler male and female in front of Bittern hide (Peter Scudamore)

June 3rd
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo (FJC)

June 2nd
Lea Farm GP – Little Ringed Plover (Ian Paine); Reed Bunting male (Geoff Emmett)


Male Reed Bunting at Lee Farm – Geoff Emmett

June 1st
Lea Farm GP – Little Ringed Plover on islands in the south west corner, Reed Warbler (Geoff Emmett)


Singing Reed Warbler at Lee Farm – Geoff Emmett

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE