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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┬áspecies seen from 1st Jan to date (29th March), click here.
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November 17th
Lea Farm GP – Sparrowhawk flew past feeders (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl in entrance to the box, Green Sandpiper on Balancing Pool, 3 Little Grebe also on the Balancing Pool (Richard Marsh); Nuthatch (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – 5 Bullfinch 3 male and 2 females, Snipe, Kingfisher, Goldcrest male (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 23 Pochard (Richard Marsh)


Nuthatch with seed at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Green Sandpiper at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

November 16th
Black Swan Lake – 2 Shoveler males (Christine Jones)

November 15th
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail at the back of the scraps, 250+ Starling flew from reeds in same area (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 5 Snipe, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail along the Loddon opposite concrete sluice (Richard Marsh)

November 14th
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe (Peter Scudamore)

November 13th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Gull (Geoff Emmett)


2 Common Gull on a pontoon at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

November 12th
Lea Farm GP – Kingfisher flew across the lake, 9 Common Gull, 4 Herring Gull, Sparrowhawk male just flew past the feeders, Little Egret just flown in (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool (Nick Kightley); Sparrowhawk flushed at least 12 Snipe from scrap then landed briefly, Bullfinch in bushes opposite Jerry’s bench (Richard Marsh); Buzzard spooking the Lapwings (David Dolan)
Middle Marsh – Goldcrest (Richard Marsh)


Buzzard at Lavell’s Lake – David Dolan

November 11th
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet in the Bittern hide feeding area (Finley Hutchinson); 2 Barn Owl one in nearby Oak tree the other in box, 2 Water Rail heard near Teal hide and Bittern hide (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Sandford Lake – Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Common Gull near coots bay (Finley Hutchinson)


Common but beautiful Male Mallard at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Ring-necked Parakeet on the feeder at Lavell’s Lake – Finley Hutchenson

November 10th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 23 Shoveler (Renton Righelato); 2 Snipe, 5 Common Gull, 2 Herring Gull, Bar-headed Goose, 2 Nuthatch (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 41+ Snipe (Renton Righelato); 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker squabbling in tall poplar north of lake, 2 Bullfinch near Jerry’s bench (Richard Marsh); Green Sandpiper on the Balancing Pool (Brian Bennett)
Middle Marsh – Ferruginous Duck, 10+ Siskin (Renton Righelato)
Dinton (General) – 95 Wigeon a rather low count, 58 Shoveler, 1400 Black-headed Gull (Renton Righelato)

November 9th
Lavell’s Lake – 30+ Snipe, 4 Bullfinch, Nuthatch seen from Bittern hide, 5 Skylark seen from the car park field (Nick Kightley)

November 8th
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool, 30 Snipe, 2 Linnet over Balancing Pool towards farm building (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 50+ Golden Plover flying south over the lake, 14 Pochard (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)

November 7th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Herring Gull, Common Gull, Nuthatch, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool, 25 Snipe Little Egret (Anne Cronin); Bittern flying across behind the bund into the reeds (Andy Wears)
White Swan Lake – Ferruginous Duck, Common Gull (Richard Marsh)
Middle Marsh – Ferruginous Duck (Anne Cronin)
Redwood Lake – Common Gull, Herring Gull (Richard Marsh)


Common Gull at White Swan Lake – Richard Marsh


Ferruginous Duck at White Swan Lake – David Hampton

November 6th
Lavell’s Lake – Tawny Owl flying low over the Teal scrape, 6 Goldcrest, 15 Redwing a small flock flying over and 2-3 feeding on berries, Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Greenfinch, Fieldfare (Tim Alexander); Nuthatch caught preening (Alan Travers); 20+ Snipe on scrape, 2 Bullfinch seen from path to Bittern hide (Andy Wears)


Preening Nuthatch at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Travers


A volley of Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

November 5th
Lavell’s Lake – Treecreeper (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Ferruginous duck, 2 Goldcrest (Anne Cronin); Treecreeper, Common Gull, Bar-headed Goose (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Little Grebe (Anne Cronin)
White Swan Lake – Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)
Middle Marsh – Ferruginous Duck (Richard Marsh)


Heron with lunch (Tench?) at Lavell’s Lake – Ida Groot-Attias


Male Teal at Lavell’s Lake – Ida Groot-Attias


Treecreeper at Lavell’s Lake – Ida Groot-Attias

November 4th
Sandford Lake – Chiffchaff on the west side, 9 Pochard, Merlin came in from north very fast at about 300ft circled towards west side then off west never losing speed or height (FJC); Scaup female (Geoff Emmett)


Female Scaup at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett

November 3rd
Sandford Lake – Chiffchaff near fisherman’s car park (Richard Marsh); Ferruginous Duck (Joseph Taylor)

November 2nd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Kingfisher, Blackcap male near the feeders (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, Water Rail seen briefly in reeds around scrape, 23 Snipe around Bittern hide scrap, Barn Owl in the entrance to the box, Bullfinch near Jerry’s bench, Herring Gull adult (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Yellow-browed Warbler still near the yellow gate (Marek Walford)
White Swan Lake – Little Grebe near path reed bed end (Michael Hubbard)
Middle Marsh – Ferruginous Duck, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)


Male Blackcap at Lea Farm – Richard Marsh


Yellow-browed Warbler at Sandford Lake – Gavin Turner


Yellow-browed Warbler at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett

November 1st
Lavell’s Lake – Grey Phalarope seen from Bittern hide (Stephen Day)
Sandford Lake – Yellow-browed Warbler still present in the Willow Tree near yellow gate (Brian Bennett)
Middle Marsh – Ferruginous Duck (Phillip Mannion)


Grey Phalarope at Lavell’s Lake – Stephen Day

October 31st
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe seen from the Bittern hide (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Yellow-browed Warbler still present in the Willow Tree near yellow gate (FJC); Yellow-browed Warbler seen along the Loddon just past fisherman’s car park later in the day (Rick Dawson)
White Swan Lake – Kingfisher flew across the River Loddon (Richard Marsh)
Middle Marsh – Ferruginous Duck, Kingfisher (Rick Dawson)


Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore


Ferruginous Duck at Middle Marsh – Tony Jones

October 30th
Lea Farm GP – Common Gull on raft, 2 Redwing on path to hide (Bob Bennett); Peregrine Falcon over landing in Alder in north west corner, 4 Little Egret flew towards Dinton (FJC); Goldeneye female (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool (Nick Kightley)
Sandford Lake – Yellow-browed Warbler still present in the Willow Tree near yellow gate (FJC); 15+ Redwing over, Goldeneye female towards rear of islands (Bob Bennett)


Common Gull 2nd winter at Lea Farm – David Dolan

October 29th
Lea Farm GP – Curlew on east shore showy but flighty (Roger Stansfield); Peregrine Falcon over spooking Lapwings and away north east (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret flew low over lake going south east (Richard Marsh); Barn Owl looking out of it’s box, 50+ Golden Plover over (Ralph Watts)
Sandford Lake – Yellow-browed Warbler still present around south west corner of lake (Richard Marsh); Kingfisher, Siskin, 100+ Redwing over, Kingfisher (Ralph Watts); 2 Siskin feeding in trees with 20+ Goldfinch; (Richard Marsh); Goldeneye female (Stephen Day)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush (Richard Marsh)
Middle Marsh – Ferruginous Duck back again for another year! (Roger Stansfield)


Curlew at Lea Farm – Roger Stansfield


Ferruginous Duck at Middle Marsh – Roger Stansfield


Female Goldeneye at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 28th
Lavell’s Lake – 6 Snipe around Bittern hide scrape, Blackcap male in bushes by bridge from Lavell’s car park (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Yellow-browed Warbler in first Oak near the yellow gate (Stephen Day); Siskin (Geoff Emmett)


Siskin at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 27th
Lavell’s Lake – 28 Snipe (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Yellow-browed Warbler near yellow gate (Peter Scudamore)
Black Swan Lake – Yellow-legged Gull adult on water with Black-headed Gulls and Common Gulls then took off and flew east, Common Gull (Joseph Taylor)

October 26th
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe, Teal drake (Geoff Emmett)


Snipe and drake Teal at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 25th
Lea Farm GP – Kingfisher flew low over lake, Little Grebe in north east corner (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 19 Snipe (Richard Marsh); 50+ Fieldfare flew into corpse in Lavells car park field (Alan Rymer); Common Gull on the bund (Peter Scudamore); 6 Ring-necked Parakeet on feeders at Bittern hide, 3 Shoveler, 6 Teal (Ralph Watts)
Sandford Lake – Cetti’s Warbler, 20+ Fieldfare over calling heading towards Woodley, Bullfinch all seen from yellow gate (Nick Kightley); 2 Treecreeper near yellow gate (Steve Lynch)

October 24th
Lavell’s Lake – 11 Redpoll flying over, 20+ Redwing flying to roost, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Kingfisher (Tim Alexander)
Sandford Lake – Yellow-browed Warbler in willow left of yellow gate (FJC); 2 Goldcrest, Treecreeper (Richard Marsh); Siskin (Geoff Emmett)


Yellow-browed Warbler at Sandford Lake – Ewan Jones


Siskin at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Little Grebe on the Loddon outside hide, 2 Snipe, Nuthatch, Bar-headed Goose (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 18+ Snipe on the bund, Water Rail rear of Bittern hide , Kingfisher flying along the Loddon (David Williams-Jones); Barn Owl in full view in doorway to box, 2 Redwing feeding in bushes alongside the Loddon with Blackbirds, Nuthatch, 2 Kingfisher near Bittern hide and along the Loddon, Pochard (Richard Marsh)


Little Grebe on the Loddon outside Ron’s hide – Richard Marsh

October 21st
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Bar-headed Goose, 10+ Snipe, Little Grebe in front of hide, 2 Kingfisher male and female, 6+ Shoveler, Cetti’s Warbler (Gary Bushell)


Cetti’s Warbler at Lavell’s Lake – Gary Bushell

October 20th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Goldcrest along the Loddon, 6 Snipe (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Bullfinch, 12 Snipe (Richard Marsh); 2 Barn Owl one left the box and landed in a tree then dived to the floor to catch a mouse/vole after being mobbed by Magpies on the floor it flew back to the box where the other Owl was in the doorway (Gavin Turner); 15+ Redwing heading north over landfill, 2 Mistle Thrush on wires briefly, 30+ more Redwing over west, Cetti’s Warbler in full view from new screen to right, 2 Skylark, Kestrel, 2 Meadow Pipit all over the landfill (FJC)


3 Snipe around the edge of the reeds at Lavell’s Lake – Steve Rodgers

October 19th
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl in entrance to Box, 12 Snipe on bund (Geoff Emmett)


Barn Owl in the entrance to the box at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Snipe in the shadow of a Heron at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 18th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Snipe on east shore, Kingfisher flew past hide (Richard Marsh); 2 Stonechat male and female (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher flew along Emm Brook & under bridge as I walked from car park, Goldcrest in Tit flock by Teal hide, Sparrowhawk flew over Loddon from the vicinity of Sandford Mill heading towards Bittern hide (Richard Marsh); 10 Ring-necked Parakeets over car park field (Alan Rymer)

October 17th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Nuthatch on the feeders, Sparrowhawk scattering birds on the feeders (David Williams-Jones)
Lavell’s Lake – 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (David Williams-Jones); Kestrel over car park field, 2 Snipe on reed pile in scrape (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher (David Williams-Jones)
White Swan Lake – Common Gull (Richard Marsh)

October 16th
Lavell’s Lake – Siskin large flock over the lake and also seen around the Air Museum (Peter Scudamore)

October 15th
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher near Emmbrook on path from the car park (Anne Cronin); Firecrest seen at far end of the car park field, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Kingfisher, Water Rail under feeders (Nick Kightley)

October 14th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Mandarin Duck male and female, 72 Teal mostly in the south west corner, 4 Snipe on east shore (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher on sluice, Snipe on scrape (Peter Scudamore)

October 13th
Lea Farm GP – 5 Mandarin Duck 4 males and 1 female in the south west corner, 2 Green Sandpiper over landfill (FJC); 24 Shoveler (Renton Righelto)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail (Renton Righelto)
Sandford Lake – 8 Pochard, 25+ Ring-necked Parakeet over (FJC); Snipe (Renton Righelto)

October 12th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper in the south west corner (Peter Scudamore)

October 11th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Kingfisher (Gary Bushall)
Sandford Lake – 8 Wigeon (Peter Scudamore)


Kingfisher seen at Lavell’s Lake – Gary Bushall

October 10th
Lea Farm GP – Green Woodpecker on east shore, Nuthatch on the feeders, Little Egret on the island, Bar-headed Goose with a dozen Canada’s, 300+ Golden Plover over landfill moving south west seen with Bob Bennett (Geoff Emmett); 28 Meadow Pipit in a single flock over the lake travelling south, Sparrowhawk dived passed the feeder (Bob Bennett); 8 Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler both in quantity (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 8 Meadow Pipit over the landfill from the car park field, Little Egret on north bank, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet over the car park field (Bob Bennett)

October 9th
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe, Kingfisher (Gavin Turner)


Little Grebe seen at Lavell’s Lake – Gavin Turner


Kingfisher mirror image seen at Lavell’s Lake – Gavin Turner

October 8th
Lea Farm GP – Little Grebe (David Williams-Jones)
Lavell’s Lake – Redwing, Blackcap, Chiffchaff all in bushes around the car park field (Peter Scudamore); 2 Sparrowhawk seen from Teal hide (David Williams-Jones)
Sandford Lake – 6 Pochard all males (David Williams-Jones)
Black Swan Lake – Snipe feeding on the west side of the island, Meadow Pipit over (Peter Scudamore)
Herons Water – 8+ Wigeon (Peter Scudamore)

October 7th
Lea Farm GP – 10 Swallow through in 2 groups of 7 and 3, 4+ Meadow Pipit over (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 20 Redwing 10 over heading west, Fieldfare west low over car park field, 4 Mistle Thrush over south (FJC)

October 6th
Lea Farm GP – 20 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 57 Shoveler, Little Egret, Mandarin Duck (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Pochard male, Barn Owl in box (Richard Marsh); Water Rail under feeders behind Bittern hide (Gail Ditchfield)

October 5th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Wigeon, Green Sandpiper, Teal, Shoveler both in large numbers (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher with a recently caught fish (Tony Jones); Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Stock Dove all around feeder (Peter Scudamore); 2 Raven over (Richard Sajdak)


Kingfisher with fish seen at Lavell’s Lake – Tony Jones

October 4th
Lea Farm GP – Nuthatch, Reed Bunting male, Kingfisher, Stonechat flitting about in front of the hide, Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher with a recently caught fish (David Dolan)


Kingfisher with lunch seen at Lavell’s Lake – David Dolan


Male Stonechat seen at Lea Farm – Richard Marsh

October 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Snipe on east shore (John McGoven)
Lavell’s Lake – 9 Redwing east of and heading north, 4+ Meadow Pipit over landfill (FJC); 12+ Meadow Pipit over bund in small groups, 2 Green Woodpecker over the landfill north of the car park field, Blackcap male eating Elderberries (Bob Bennett); Little Grebe north side of the lake, Kingfisher, Bar-headed Goose flew in with Canada Geese (Richard Marsh); Peregrine Falcon over the landfill seen from Bittern hide (Grant Evans)
Sandford Lake – 2 Raven flying east pursued by 3 Crows, Snipe (Richard Marsh)


Peregrine Falcon seen at Lavell’s Lake – Grant Evans

October 2nd
Lea Farm GP – 95+ Shoveler on mud bank to right of the hide, Sparrowhawk male over lake, 6 Swallow feeding over the lake, 3 Meadow Pipit over the landfill, 3 Reed Bunting on the feeder male and 2 females, Green Sandpiper (Bob Bennett); Chiffchaff on tree near feeders (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Meadow Pipit over (Bob Bennett)

October 1st
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Snipe, Little Egret fishing along the Loddon, Kingfisher male, Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Grebe (Richard Marsh); Meadow Pipit on the bund (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – 2 Snipe (Richard Marsh)


Meadow Pipit on the bund at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Meadow Pipit on the bund at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Green Sandpiper at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Travers

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE