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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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August 21th
Lea Farm GP – Hobby over, Kingfisher flew past the front of the hide (Bob Bennett); Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk, 2 Wheatear males on landfill inspecting all the vents (Richard Marsh); Shoveler female, Green Woodpecker (David Dolan)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby hunting, Kingfisher, 4 Green Sandpiper, Whitethroat, Blackcap female, Bullfinch male in the car park field (Richard Marsh); Teal female (Bob Bennett)
Sandford Lake – 58 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 200+ Black-headed Gull, Common Gull adult, Common Sandpiper (FJC)


Record shot of 2 Wheatears on a landfill vent at Lea Farm – David Dolan


Hobby in trees at Lavell’e Lake – Geoff Emmett

August 20th
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat near big Hawthorn, Large Warbler flock is currently moving behind Tern scrape it has about 40-50 birds mostly Blackcap but 2-3 Whitethroat, 3-4 Chiffchaff (FJC); Treecreeper, Reed Bunting juvenile behind feeders at Bittern Hide (Laurence Forster); 4 Ring-necked Parakeet on feeders at Bittern hide (Trevor Guyatt)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Swift over, Coal Tit in pines by Dinton Activity Centre (FJC)

August 19th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper (John McGowan); Mandarin Duck female, Greenfinch juvenile on the feeders, Shoveler female (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper on the Balancing pool, Little Grebe on the Balancing pool (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Bar-headed Goose, 2 Shoveler, 7 Teal (Marek Walford)


Juvenile Greenfinch on the feeders at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Female Mandarin Duck at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

August 18th
Lea Farm GP – Shoveler, 45 Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret (Marek Walford); Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Nuthatch (Steve Rogers)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper seen from Bittern hide (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Bar-headed Goose, 2 Shoveler, 7 Teal (Marek Walford)


Reed Warbler at Lea Farm – Steve Rodgers

August 17th
Lea Farm GP – Raven flew west over the Loddon (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Swift (FJC); Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Little Grebe earlier on Balancing Pool, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap around John’s bench (Richard Marsh); Treecreeper (Steve Rodgers); Kingfisher flew upstream from under bridge from car park field to Lavells Lake (Eddie Napper); Lesser Whitethroat in the car park field (Geoff Emmett)


Lesser Whitethroat at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Great Crested Grebe with juvenile at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Treecreeper at Lavell’s Lake – Steve Rodgers

August 16th
Lea Farm GP – 11 Little Egret, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, Ring Necked Parakeet juvenile (Geoff Emmett); 4 Sand Martin holes still occupied, 90 Lapwing on the Landfill, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Michael Hubbard Senior)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher (Rick Dawson)
Sandford Lake – Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper (Rick Dawson)


Green Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Common Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


3 Sand Martin juveniles waiting for food! – Michael Hubbard Senior

August 15th
Lea Farm GP – Wheatear seen on a landfill vent, having been found earlier by FJC, Little Egret (Richard Marsh); Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Mandarin Duck (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher juvenile seen across the lake then landed near Bittern hide, Grey Wagtail juvenile, Hobby seen from Bittern hide in a dead tree on the south side of the lake (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 5 Teal, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Common Tern, Shoveler (FJC)

August 14th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Egret (Rick Dawson)
Lavell’s Lake – Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, Hobby, Little Egret (Rick Dawson)
Sandford Lake – 2 Teal, Shoveler, Pochard, Little Grebe (Peter Scudamore)

August 13th
Lea Farm GP – Pied Wagtail with beak full of insects, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull adult with two juveniles, 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe juvenile (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Treecreeper. Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail juveniles on the bund (Richard Marsh); 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Wigeon, Little Egret, Bar Headed Goose (Alan Rymer)


Kingfisher at Lavell’s Lake – Ida Groot


2 Juvenile Grey Wagtails on the bund at Lavell’s Lake – Richard Marsh

August 12th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Shoveler, Teal (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher adult male and juvenile (Peter Scudamore); 2 Bullfinch male and female flew across path to Bittern hide (Michael Hubbard Senior)
Sandford Lake – 7 Teal 5 asleep near island and 2 swimming near shore to west of hide (Peter Scudamore)

August 11th
Lea Farm GP – Oystercatcher only 4th record in August, 3 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Kestrel on landfill, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, and Whitethroat female all in front of hide (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Grey Wagtail on bund, Bar Headed Goose (Paul Hawkings); 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret in front of Bittern hide (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)


Grey Wagtail at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

August 10th
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby, Bullfinch male over path to hide, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, 2 Green Sandpiper near island, Kingfisher, Mixed Warbler flock consisting of 20+ Blackcap, Whitethroat, Garden and Willow Warbler seen with FJC (Richard Marsh); 3 Stock Dove, Snipe on bund immediately in front of hide (Michael Hubbard Senior)
Sandford Lake – Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)


Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

August 9th
Lea Farm GP – Sedge Warbler (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Ringed Plover juvenile, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Brian Bennett)


Sedge Warbler at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Juvenile Ringed Plover at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett


Sedge Warbler at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

August 8th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 22 Stock Dove, 4 Herring Gull 2 adults and 2 juveniles, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 adults and a juvenile (Richard Marsh); Little Egret, Common Sandpiper second one on southern spit, Reed Warbler in reed in front of hide, Reed Bunting female to left of hide (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk flew past hide into feeder area (Richard Marsh); Ring-necked Parakeet over car park field, Sparrowhawk female over car park field before turning into bushes on the left side (Bob Bennett); 4 Green Sandpiper (Marcus I’Anson)
Sandford Lake – Little Grebe, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)


Red Kite in trees across the Loddon near Lavell’s Lake – Richard Marsh

August 7th
Lea Farm GP – Hobby over (Nick Knightley); Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret (Ida Groot); Common Sandpiper (David Williams-Jones)
Lavell’s Lake – Common Sandpiper, Little Grebe, 4 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Snipe (Nick Knightley); Barn Owl in tree to the right of nest box hissing at box trying to raise reluctant youngsters (David Williams-Jones)
Mortimer Meadows – Kestrel over the meadow (Brian Bennett)

August 6th
Lea Farm GP – Nuthatch on feeders, Whitethroat in front of hide, 2 Herring Gull immatures, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull adults (Richard Marsh); 2 Teal (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher seen from Bittern hide, Green Woodpecker over the car park field, Bullfinch male over the car park field, Snipe from Bittern hide, 4 Green Sandpiper from Bittern hide (Richard Marsh); 3 Barn Owl one sitting on the path between the bench and Bittern hide probably a juvenile judging by it’s clumsy flight and 2 more seen in trees behind the nest box (Alan Travers)
Sandford Lake – Wigeon, 2 Shoveler (Trevor Guyatt); 2 Little Grebe, 2 Kingfisher (Brian Bennett)


2 Barn Owls in trees at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Travers

August 5th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 2 Herring Gull (Ida Groot)

August 4th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Barn Owl sitting in bush best viewed from path to hide (Andy Dearing and Ida Groot); 2 Green Sandpiper at the Balancing Pool (Brian Bennett)


Barn Owl at Lavell’s Lake – Ida Groot


Sleeping Barn Owl at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

August 2nd
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe, 7 Stock Dove (Richard Marsh); 3 Reed Warbler in reeds to left of hide, Reed Bunting female on feeders (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Mandarin Duck juvenile male on the River Loddon, Barn Owl adult seen briefly in doorway to box, Nuthatch in tree by the Loddon, Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)


Juvenile Male Mandarin Duck on the Loddon – Richard Marsh

August 1st
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Mandarin Duck in front north circled and headed for Black Swan or Sandford (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Teal (FJC)

July 31st
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper (FJC); Hobby juvenile (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Willow Warbler in subsong bottom of car park field (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper (FJC)


Juvenile Hobby at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Juvenile Hobby at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

July 30th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sedge Warbler (John McGowan); Bar-headed Goose (David Williams-Jones); Reed Bunting, Greenfinch male on feeders (Steve Rogers)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Barn Owl on nesting box (John McGowan); Barnacle Goose (David Williams-Jones)
Sandford Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper in front of hide, Little Egret near hide (John McGowan); Kingfisher (David Williams-Jones)

July 29th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Hobby hunting over north east corner (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper near hide (FJC)

July 28th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover juvenile, 93 Lapwing (FJC); Sedge Warbler, Treecreeper (David Dolan); 2 Raven on landfill (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Green Sandpiper (Brian Bennett); Hobby over briefly (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Common Sandpiper (FJC)


Green Sandpiper at Lavell’s Lake – Steve Rodgers


Treecreeper at Lea Farm – David Dolan


Sedge Warbler at Lea Farm – David Dolan

July 27th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 80+ Lapwing (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Green Sandpiper (FJC)

July 26th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover (FJC)

July 25th
Lea Farm GP – Common Gull adult (Geoff Emmett); Common Sandpiper, Bar-headed Goose, Little Egret (Richard Marsh); Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk on roof of Sand Martin wall (Nick Kightly)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher seen from Bittern hide (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 4 Black-tailed Godwit the first 3 initially seen by Brian asleep on the Tern island the fourth by Richard (Brian Bennett / Richard Marsh); Little Grebe, 2+ Shoveler (FJC); Barnacle Goose (Suren Akkaraju)


4 Black-tailed Godwits at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett

July 24th
Lavell’s Lake – Willow Warbler with a Tit flock maybe more than one (FJC)

July 23rd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Skylark (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe on right side of scrape (FJC); 2 Green Sandpiper, Lapwing (Alan Rymer)
White Swan Lake – 2 Sparrowhawk adult and juvenile along the river Loddon (Steven Day)


Early Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – FJC

July 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 80 Lapwing a large increase (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher rightside of path to hide (Simon Marlow)

July 21st
Lea Farm GP – Little Egret, Common Sandpiper flew across lake from the island (Bob Bennett); 3 Green Sandpiper (Jenny Vaughan)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Stonechat male and juvenile, Blackcap female, 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Ring-necked Parakeet, Bullfinch male (Richard Marsh); Whitethroat, Reed Bunting female (Geoff Emmett)


Whitethroat at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

July 20th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper in the south west corner, 9 Skylark moving over far landfill (FJC); Reed Warbler (Geoff Emmett)


Reed Warbler with food for it’s young at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

July 19th
Lea Farm GP – Reed Warbler, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail juvenile (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – 7 Tufted Duck adult and 6 ducklings (Alan Rymer)


Juvenile Grey Wagtail at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Beautiful Adult Starling at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Kingfisher at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

July 18th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper (Geoff Emmett); Barn Owl seen at box entrance, Kingfisher on perch near scrape (Simon Marlow)
Sandford Lake – Barnacle Goose (Neill Allan)

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 – David Dolan


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

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE