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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 142 species seen from 1st January to date (29th December), click here.
  • Bird Sightings, including your pictures, can be reported to this page using the FOLL WhatsApp group, the Berks Birds Web site and the new FOLL email address – BirdNews@foll.org.uk.
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January 18th
Lavell’s Lake – Brambling male on feeders (Steven Day); 2 Woodcock over path to Bittern hide (Brian Bennett)


Male Brambling on feeder with friends at Lavell’s – Steven Day

January 17th
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail under feeders, Sparrowhawk through feeder area (Rick Dawson)
Lavell’s Lake – Buzzard on electric wires see picture (Geoff Emmett)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck (Rick Dawson)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Kestrel perched on lamppost on Bader Way (Brian Bennett)


Buzzard on electric wires at Lavell’s – Geoff Emmett

January 16th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Bullfinch male and female, Nuthatch on feeder (Geoff Emmett); 2 Little Grebe on Loddon just past the Green Bridge see picture (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Common Gull (Richard Marsh); Sparrowhawk, 6 Snipe (Steven Day); Brambling seen from Bittern hide see picture (John Sears)
Sandford Lake – Goldcrest along Loddon in trees near fisherman’s car park, Great Spotted Woodpecker in tree on opposite bank of the Loddon (Bob Bennett); 20+ Siskin in Alders near Sandford Lake adjacent to top of Black Swan (Anne Cronin)


Brambling at Lavell’s – John Sears


Little Grebe on the Loddon – Richard Marsh

January 15th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Egret seen from Bittern hide, Raven sat in low tree next to Poplar, Woodcock straight over my head from west to east and over meadow (John McGowan); Treecreeper see picture (Geoff Emmett)


Treecreeper at Lavell’s – Geoff Emmett

January 14th
Lea Farm GP – Little Egret (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 little Egret (Alan Rymer); Hawfinch male landed in middle copse, Peregrine back on Poplar just flew east (FJC); Coal tit on feeders by Loddon near Teal hide (Marek Walford); Lesser Redpoll (Joseph Taylor)
White Swan Lake – Goldfinch, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll in mixed flock (FJC)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck (Nigel Cleere)


Buzzard in tree – Geoff Emmett

January 13th
Lea Farm GP – Barn Owl hunting along Phragmites ditch chased by Crow heading towards Lodge Wood (FJC); Stonechat, 6 Meadow Pipit on landfill opposite hide (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Stonechat male on Elder left of balancing pool, Raven flying east over landfill, Hawfinch landed in Ash on east side of car park field, Peregrine hunting Lapwing and currently perched in remaining Poplar, 2 Woodcock flew round 3 times viewed from tarmac path 200 feet from Bittern hide looking West, Meadow Pipit on landfill (FJC); Little Egret, Coal Tit on opposite Loddon bank near Teal hide on feeders (Marek Walford); 12 Snipe, 2 Nuthatch on feeders (Peter Foulds); Water Rail under feeders, Reed Bunting around feeder, Treecreeper around feeders (Dominic MacKenzie)
Sandford Lake – Siskin over Loddon in trees near fisherman’s car park opposite mill (John McGowan)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male seen from playground, Goosander drake seen from playground (Steven Day)
White Swan Lake – Bittern showing well sitting by bottom of reeds out front (John McGowan)

January 12th
Lea Farm GP – Coal Tit on feeder, Little Egret, 6 Common Gull, 8 Herring Gull, Nuthatch, 3 Reed Bunting (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Hawfinch female on tall Poplar on north side (Brian Bennett); 2 Snipe, 4 Redwing (Richard Marsh); Raven east over the Loddon being chased by a Kite (Rick Dawson); Brambling female in Willow next to John’s bench then flew out over Tern meadow and off out of view right (FJC)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck next to raft (Rick Dawson)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Bullfinch (Richard Marsh); Kestrel perched on lamppost on Bader Way (Brian Bennett)

January 11th
Lavell’s Lake – Hawfinch in car park field copse (Alan Rymer); Green Sandpiper seen from Bittern hide see picture (Geoff Emmett); 5+ Meadow Pipit seen over landfill, 40+ Redwing over landfill, Little Egret flew south (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Tawny Owl calling and showing well in trees on west side of lake (Brian Bennett)


Green Sandpiper at Lavell’s – Geoff Emmett


Running Roe Deer at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

January 10th
Lea Farm GP – Cetti’s Warbler see picture (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Hawfinch male in car park field copse before flying east (John McGowan)
Sandford Lake – 10+ Siskin foraging in trees south of the lake flew towards River Loddon (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male seen from viewing platform, Goosander drake seen from view point (John McGowan)


Cetti’s Warbler at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

January 9th
Sandford Lake – 40+ Siskin, feeding in alders along River Loddon south of mill just past gate (Brian Bennett)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male seen from viewing platform (John Morgan); 2 Treecreeper east side near Emm Brook (Bob Bennett); Goosander drake seen from view point, 2 Shelduck seen on east side of lake (Steven Day)


Goosander Drake at Black Swan seen from viewing platform – John Sears

January 8th
Lea Farm GP – Stonechat male on electric wires on landfill, Little Egret north west corner (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Coal Tit by River Loddon feeders opposite Teal Hide (Brian Bennett); Goosander drake at Bittern hide see pictures (Geoff Emmett)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male seen from view point (Brian Bennett); Goosander drake seen from view point (Steven Day)


Goosander Drake at Lavell’s stretching his wings – Geoff Emmett


Goosander Drake at Lavell’s – Geoff Emmett

January 7th
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail under feeder at Bittern hide, Reed Bunting (Anne Cronin); Great Black-backed Gull east over landfill, Little Egret north over landfill, 23 Fieldfare over car park (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male seen from view point (Steven Day)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck both males (David Williams-Jones)

January 6th
Lea Farm GP – Stonechat, Little Egret north over (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Hawfinch sitting in oak (John McGowan); Coal Tit on feeders on opposite bank of Loddon near Teal hide, Grey Wagtail near balancing pond, Green Sandpiper heard on path to Bittern Hide (Marek Walford); 28 Teal, 38 Wigeon, 38 Gadwall (Simon Proddow)
White Swan Lake – Bittern (Marek Walford)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck (Marek Walford)

January 5th
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail under the feeders (Richard Sajdak)
White Swan Lake – Bittern (Richard Sajdak)

January 4th
Lea Farm GP – Nuthatch, 2 Common Gull, Herring Gull immature, Reed Bunting female, 2 Cetti’s Warbler heard only, Sparrowhawk male (Richard March)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl showing in box doorway (Roger Stansfield)
White Swan Lake – Bittern (Roger Stansfield); Little Grebe (Gray Burfoot)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck (Marcus L’Anson)

January 2nd
Lea Farm GP – Little Egret just before Green bridge then flew down stream (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl perched on post in car park, 2 Raven in from north heading south east, Hawfinch in car park field (FJC)
Dinton Centre – House Sparrow calling outside café, Mistle Thrush over overflow car park FJC)

January 1st
Lea Farm GP – Stonechat on landfill, Common Gull, Snipe, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Egyptian Goose, Water Rail heard, Cetti’s Warbler heard (Richard Marsh); 2 Great Black-backed Gull towards south east, Ring-necked Parakeet over landfill, Collard Dove near Lea Farm, Teal, Little Egret (FJC); Shelduck (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl flying over meadow went over trees towards landfill, Reed Bunting, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Coot, Snipe heard from car park, Mallard, Lapwing, Greylag heard, Redwing, Wood Pigeon, Gadwall, Moorhen, Grey Heron, Egyptian Goose, Mute Swan, Wigeon, Carrion Crow, Tufted Duck, Blackbird, Robin, Jackdaw, Magpie, Wren, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Red Kite, Stock Dove, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Long-tailed Tit, Feral Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfare, 10+ Meadow Pipit on landfill, Lesser Black-backed Gull over, 2 Hawfinch in middle copse, Coal Tit near Teal hide, Sparrowhawk over landfill, Buzzard over landfill (FJC); 30+ Siskin over car park, Kestrel over landfill, 2 Raven over landfill, Tawny Owl calling near mill (Marek Walford)
Black Swan Lake – Song Thrush, Starling, Blue Tit, Cormorant, Great-Crested Grebe, Grey Wagtail on beach, Pochard, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Kingfisher, Herring Gull over, Rook, Shoveler over, Nuthatch calling to east (FJC)
White Swan Lake – Bittern (FJC)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck (Marek Walford); Dunnock (Anne Cronin)

December 30th
Lavell’s Lake – 4+ Hawfinch flew into middle copse, 3 Siskin over low landed in Alder just by foot bridge (FJC); Raven over (John McGowan); 16 Snipe seen from Bittern hide (Steven Day)

December 28th
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail under Bittern hide feeders, Treecreeper near feeders, 5 Hawfinch flew low over car park field copse and completed a circle before flying off east (John McGowan); 6 Linnet north west, 32+ Golden Plover east well north of landfill, 2 Little Egret heading north at dusk, Woodcock out East near Bittern hide (FJC)

December 27th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Shelduck South West corner, 2 Raven over Lodge Wood then east over landfill highly vocal (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail under Bittern hide feeders (Alan McMahon)
Sandford Lake – 5 Snipe (Alan McMahon)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck (Alan McMahon)

December 26th
Lea Farm GP – Jack Snipe on east shore right of shingle island, 2000+ Wood Pigeon over north, 4 Meadow Pipit over landfill (FJC)

December 25th
Lea Farm GP – Yellow Legged Gull adult, Water Rail near feeders, Nuthatch on feeders (Benjamin Hollands)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Snipe, Great Black-backed Gull, Water Rail under feeders behind Bittern hide (Benjamin Hollands)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Song Thrush (Benjamin Hollands)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck, Song Thrush (Benjamin Hollands)

December 24th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Hawfinch around car park field, Great Black-backed Gull over heading west (FJC)

December 23rd
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl in box, Water Rail close to Bittern hide, Hawfinch in car park field (John McGowan)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck both males (John McGowan)

December 21st
Lea Farm GP – Stonechat on landfill, 2 Water Rail in front of hide, 4 Snipe, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Common Gull (Richard Marsh); 70 Teal, 8 Snipe, 2 Water Rail chasing each other in front of hide (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail under feeders, 3 Snipe, Coal Tit on feeders (Richard Marsh); Coal Tit, 2 Water Rail under feeder (Jerry O’Brien); Hawfinch in car park field (Alan Rymer)
Black Swan Lake – 5 Siskin in tree across road from Lavell’s car park (John McGowan)

December 20th
Lea Farm GP – Cetti’s Warbler in ditch in front of Ron’s hide, 2 Water Rail in front of hide, 221 Lapwing (Richard Stansfield); 3 Common Gull (Paul O’Neill); Peregrine male stooping over water several times (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail near Bittern hide (Richard Stansfield): Hawfinch middle copse up high (FJC); Barn Owl looking out of box (John McGowan)
Sandford Lake – 10 Siskin along Loddon near fisherman’s car park see picture (John McGowan)


Siskin near Sandford – John McGowan


Vixen in winter coat at Lavell’s – Geoff Emmett

December 19th
Lavell’s Lake – 270 Teal (FJC); Water Rail (Geoff Emmett)


Water Rail at Lavell’s – Geoff Emmett

December 18th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Snipe on east shore, Shelduck (Richard Marsh); Stonechat (Brian Bennett); 2 Little Egret, 3 Water Rail 2 fighting on edge of reeds 1 under feeders, Common Gull on raft (Bob Bennett); Water Rail along Loddon behind Lea Farm hide (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail under feeders behind Bittern hide (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – Water Rail flushed from the ditch along the west side of lake (Richard Marsh)


Red Kite near Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

December 17th
Lea Farm GP – Jack Snipe on east shore, 4 Snipe on east shore, 3 Shelduck, 330 Teal – a new park record, 115 Wigeon, 3 Shelduck (Renton Righelato)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl in entrance to box, Hawfinch in car park field (John McGowan)
White Swan Lake – Bittern well hidden in reeds (John McGowan)

December 16th
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail under feeders (John McGowan); 2 Hawfinch in copse, Bullfinch male around perimeter (Richard Marsh); Water Rail heard, Little Egret over north landfill, 3 Meadow Pipit dropped behind a landfill burner, 80+ Lapwing on bund, 2 Snipe left scrape (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 70+ Shoveler (FJC); 103 Pochard minimum count, 141 Tufted Duck, 267 Coot (Renton Righelato)
Black Swan Lake – Ferruginous duck male, 105 Wigeon, 78 Gadwall (Renton Righelato)

December 14th
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail under feeders (Rick Dawson); Raven on landfill (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Hawfinch car park field copse (Rick Dawson)


Raven on landfill at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

December 12th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Hawfinch car park field copse; 2 Raven over towards the south east (FJC)


Fieldfare across the Loddon – John McGowan

December 10th
Lea Farm GP – 136 Teal, Great Black-backed Gull on shingle island (FJC)
White Swan Lake – Bittern showing well (FJC)

December 9th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Hawfinch car park field copse (John McGowan)

December 8th
Lea Farm GP – Peregrine over lake see pictures (Geoff Emmett)


Peregrine over Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Peregrine over Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

December 7th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper flew over heading north (Peter Scudamore)
White Swan Lake – Bittern climbing the reeds at dusk (Chris Gent)

December 6th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Water Rail under feeder at Bittern hide, Goosander over heading towards Sandford Lake (John McGowan); 3 Snipe, Water Rail, Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Peregrine circled low over the scrape at Bittern hide before landing in a tree on the north shore (Richard Marsh); 3 Hawfinch 2 males and a female in copse in centre of car park field for 10 minutes (Alan Rymer)
White Swan Lake – 3 Common Gull (Richard Marsh); Chiffchaff (John McGowan)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck both males (Richard Marsh)
Redwood Lake – Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)

December 5th
Lea Farm GP – 9 Snipe on landfill, 13+ Meadow Pipit on landfill, Green Sandpiper in south west corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Snipe on bund, 2 Water Rail under feeders, 3 Ringed-necked Parakeet over (Richard Marsh)


Water Rail under feeders at Lavell’s – Geoff Emmett

December 4th
Lea Farm GP – Stonechat on electric wire post on landfill (Brian Bennett); Green Woodpecker see picture, 2 Nuthatch on feeder see picture (Geoff Emmett)


Green Woodpecker – Geoff Emmett


a pair of Nuthatch on feeders – Geoff Emmett

December 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Peregrine low over south west corner, 4 Snipe on eastern shore, 72+ Teal (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Hawfinch on eastern side of car park field (Brian Bennett); 2 Water Rail under feeder at Bittern hide (Gavin Turner); 2 Hawfinch still showing well flew off east (FJC)
White Swan Lake – Bittern flew from back of reeds to reed edge possible second in reeds, Water Rail (Gavin Turner)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck both males (Gavin Turner & Jenny Vaughan)

December 2nd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Hawfinch male and female (Brian Bennett); Jack Snipe on north spit (Richard Stansfield)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Hawfinch flying around car park field (Richard Marsh); Water Rail under feeder at Bittern hide, Kestrel over then landed in Hawthorn bush (John McGowan); 7 Snipe (Marek Walford)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Little Egret at the south end (Steve Day)
White Swan Lake – Bittern very well hidden in the reeds (John McGowan); Water Rail heard only (Marek Walford)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck both males (John McGowan)

December 1st
Lea Farm GP – 3 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Richard Marsh); Little Grebe on Loddon near Green Bridge, Sparrowhawk Male on path to hide (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Hawfinch flying around car park field, Green Woodpecker in car park field, Buzzard over car park field, Sparrowhawk low over field (Dominic McKenzie); Treecreeper on Loddon path, Bullfinch on path between hides, Kingfisher along Loddon, Snipe on Bittern hide bund (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – 2 Common Gull, 2 Little Grebe near reeds (Richard Marsh)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck both males (Bob Bennett)
Mortimer’s Meadows – Green Woodpecker (Richard Marsh)


Vixen with a snack – Geoff Emmett

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