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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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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)

August 31st
Lea Farm GP – 3 Reed Bunting 2 adults and a juvenile, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 House Martin at least, Sedge Warbler, Nuthatch, Kingfisher male, Sparrowhawk female, Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh), Wheatear perched on a landfill vent (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat in large Hawthorne tree in car park field, 10+ Blackcap in same tree, 2 Garden Warbler in same tree, Hobby over heading north east (FJC), Lesser Whitethroat still in Hawthorne tree, Bullfinch female (Anne Cronin), Water Rail heard near Teal hide, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)

August 30th
Lea Farm GP – Nuthatch, Cetti’s Warbler left of hide, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 9 Stock Dove, 6 Swallows at least, 30 Gadwall, Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Tawny Owl calling near car park field (John McGowan)
Sandford Lake – Pochard, Hobby in silver birch opposite hide, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)

August 29th
Lea Farm GP – 18 Teal, Wigeon, 3 Mandarin Duck (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Tawny Owl calling near Bittern hide (John McGowan)
Black Swan Lake – 13 Mistle Thrush over sailing club low east, Grey Wagtail on beach, Yellow Wagtail over north east (FJC)

August 28th
Lea Farm GP – Osprey caught a fish off Lodge Wood Lake and flew towards LFGP (Simon Bartlam)
Lavell’s Lake – Yellow Wagtail over landfill going south east (FJC), 55 Gadwall seen from Bittern hide, Little Egret, Shoveler female, Wigeon, 2 Blackcap in bushes top of path to hide (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Mistle Thrush in activity centre car park on edge of golf course (FJC)


Gadwall female – Richard Marsh

August 27th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Hobby, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Yellow Wagtail on landfill, 2 Whinchat left of balancing pool, 3 Wheatear on the landfill (FJC), Spotted Flycatcher in the hedge beyond the balancing pool, Redstart in the hedge beyond the balancing pool, Yellow Wagtail over the landfill, (Marek Walford)
Sandford Lake – 2 Pochard (Steven Day)

August 26th
Lea Farm GP – 12 Teal, 3 Little Egret (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Whinchat on landfill, 48 Gadwall, 17 Ring-necked Parakeets over west (FJC), Great Black-backed Gull over drifting towards activity centre (Alan Rymer)

August 25th
Lea Farm GP – 14 Teal, 85+ Lapwing, 8 Gadwall (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Wigeon, 30 Gadwall, Water Rail heard (FJC), Teal on scape in front of Bittern hide, 9 Shoveler (Peter Scudamore), Kingfisher (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – 12 Shoveler (FJC), Hobby catching dragonflies in front of Sandford hide (Steven Day)
Black Swan Lake – 20 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler (FJC)

August 24th
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby hawking over lake and perching in large poplar halfway down lake on right from Bittern hide (Alan Rymer), Wigeon female in front of hide (Steven Day)
Sandford Lake – Hobby catching dragonflies in front of Sandford hide (Steven Day)

August 23rd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Snipe over south west corner, 3 Teal in south west corner, Green Sandpiper around newly cut clearing on far bank, Little Egret south west corner, 4 Great Crested Grebe; pair with 2 young on raft (FJC), 15+ Sand Martin with juveniles still being fed in the wall, Whitethroat right of hide, Little Grebe juvenile, Great Spotted Woodpecker right of hide, Sedge Warbler in front of hide, 2 Hobby over; hour between sightings could be same bird, Sparrowhawk male attacking feeders (Bob Bennett)

August 22nd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Reed Bunting adult male and juvenile, 5 Sand Martin 3 juveniles still being fed in the wall, 3 Great Crested Grebe 2 adults with very small chick, Little Grebe juvenile (Richard Marsh), Nuthatch on feeder (Alan Rymer)
Lavell’s Lake – Reed Warbler juvenile, Whitethroat (Richard Marsh)


Great Crested Grebe with chick – Richard Marsh


Little Egret – Richard Marsh

August 21st
Lea Farm GP – Sedge Warbler in front of Ron’s hide (Alan Rymer)


Sedge Warbler – 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)

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