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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
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  • FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE

March 21st
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail ran across in front of the hide (Bob Bennett): Sparrowhawk near the Loddon (Suren Akkaraju)
Lavell’s Lake – Oystercatcher flew in and landed on the bund (Richard Marsh); Red-legged Partridge sitting on the handrail of the new bridge (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher, Little Egret, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)

March 20th
Lea Farm GP – Little Gull 2nd winter near left hand raft (Joseph Taylor); 32 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Oystercatcher (FJC); Grey Wagtail flew past hide towards the south west corner (Bob Bennett); Skylark on the landfill (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher, Chiffchaff both seen from the Teal Hide (Neill Allan)


Little Gull at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Little Gull at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

March 19th
Lea Farm GP – 30+ Wigeon, 12+ Teal, 3+ Chiffchaff on path along the Loddon (FJC); Little Egret on the Loddon near Ron’s hide (Geoff Emmett)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Treecreeper on path between Black Swan and the Loddon (Laurence Forster)

March 18th
Lea Farm GP – 36 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, Little Egret, 3 Reed Bunting, Nuthatch (Richard Marsh); Oystercatcher on east shore, Chiffchaff near Green Bridge (Bob Bennett)
Sandford Lake – 2 Red-crested Pochard male and female, 2 Oystercatcher (Richard Marsh)


Pair of Red-crested Pochard at Sandford Lake – Suren Akkaraju


Drake Red-crested Pochard at Sandford Lake – Richard Marsh

March 17th
Lea Farm GP – Little Grebe (Geoff Emmett); 2 Little Grebe, Little Egret (Keith Seymour)


Little Grebe at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

March 16th
Lea Farm GP – Goosander female in front of hide, Redshank on the island, 3 Fieldfare in north east corner, Pochard, Sand Martin heading south (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 2 Mandarin Duck in damaged willow tree (FJC); 2 Oystercatcher (Marek Walford)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Grey Wagtail in ditch by recently felled Poplars (FJC)

March 15th
Lea Farm GP – Goosander female, Oystercatcher (Richard Marsh); 2 Water Rail (Geoff Emmett); Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sparrowhawk female, Greenfinch, 10+ Herring Gull (David Dolan)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool (Richard Marsh); Kingfisher (Alan Travers)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher looking settled on an island (Richard Marsh)


Oystercatcher at Lea Farm – Richard Marsh


Female Goosander at Lea Farm – Richard Marsh


Hovering Kingfisher at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Travers


Water Rail at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

March 14th
Lea Farm GP – 83 Herring Gull, 3 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher, Bullfinch female (Richard Marsh)


Male Chaffinch at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

March 13th
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail, Kingfisher, Skylark singing over the landfill (Joseph Taylor); Meadow Pipit, Snipe on the east shore (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool, Kingfisher flew past Bittern hide (Richard Marsh); Peregrine dispersing everything over car park field flew off towards Black Swan Lake (Jenny Vaughan); Bar-headed Goose (Caroline Jones)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)

March 10th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Sand Martin over towards Lavell’s, 30 Wigeon, (FJC); Little Grebe, 8 Teal 4 males and 4 females (Finley Hutchinson)
Lavell’s Lake – Chiffchaff near Betty’s bench, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet flying east over the car park field, Cetti’s Warbler singing in reeds before Bittern Hide (Finley Hutchinson); 62 Shoveler, Pochard (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher, Goldcrest near hide, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Finley Hutchinson); 9 Snipe (FJC)

March 9th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Mandarin flew down stream by Green Bridge calling (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl flying over Teal Hide reeds, Grey Wagtail, Coal Tit calling across Loddon (FJC); 3 Bullfinch, Chiffchaff on the path from Teal Hide to Bittern Hide, Goldcrest (Suren Akkaraju); 2 Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk over (Richard Marsh); Kingfisher female (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – 3 Oystercatcher, 10 Snipe (Richard Marsh)


Female Sparrowhawk at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

March 8th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Little Grebe in the south west corner (Peter Scudamore); Shelduck (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret, Shelduck, Kingfisher female (Gladys Perrier)


Shelduck at Lavell’s Lake – Gladys Perrier

March 7th
Lea Farm GP – Goosander female took off and headed for Hurst, Coal Tit singing along the Loddon (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool, Bullfinch in car park field, Greenfinch in car park field, Nuthatch near John’s Bench, Goldcrest near John’s Bench (Nick Kightley); 4 Siskin in trees across the Loddon from the new bridge near Teal scrape, Chiffchaff singing near John’s bench (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher, Kingfisher (Nick Kightley); Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Snipe (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – 2 Treecreeper (Richard Marsh)

March 6th
Lea Farm GP – Goosander female (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Grey Wagtail singing by Mill (FJC); Goldcrest by bridge near Lavell’s car park (Bruce Irvine); Coal Tit calling across Loddon (FJC); Chiffchaff singing near car park field. (Brian Bennett)

March 5th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Little Egret over heading south (FJC); Water Rail (David Dolan)
Lavell’s Lake – Grey Wagtail singing by Mill (FJC)


Male Greenfinch at Lea Farm – David Dolan

March 4th
Lea Farm GP – Goosander female (FJC); Peregrine scattering everything with several passes over the lake, 13 Herring Gull, Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Richard Marsh); Bullfinch male in blackthorn tree (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Chiffchaff singing in the hedgerow from the car park (FJC); Nuthatch in trees near the feeders (David Tainton); Sparrowhawk flying pass the feeders, Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff singing (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher (Richard Marsh)


Drake Wigeon at Lea Farm – Keith Seymour

March 3rd
Lea Farm GP – 3 Goldeneye 2 male displaying and a female, Goosander female no sign of the Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Skylark rising high over the landfill, Peregrine scattered everything about this time with one of the Oystercatchers having to dive underwater to evade capture (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Chiffchaff by Betty’s Bench (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 40+ Snipe (FJC)

March 2nd
Lea Farm GP – Red-breasted Merganser male, Goosander female both gone by 6:40am (Nick Kightley); Shelduck, Green Sandpiper (Marek Walford); Sand Martin low over lake heading south west, Peregrine male on landfill (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Little Egret, Shelduck, Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford) ; 56 Shoveler, 20 Teal, Snipe, Grey Wagtail on new scrape, 4 Wigeon (Patrick Crowley); Oystercatcher over heading to Sandford, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh); Chiffchaff calling by Bittern hide (Les Blundell); 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool (Tim James); Sparrowhawk on reed pile (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher, Little Egret (Marek Walford); 5+ Snipe on islands (Gail Ditchfield)


Green Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Peregrine on the landfill at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Peregrine over the landfill at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

March 1st
Lea Farm GP – 2 Kingfisher one flew past the hide twice in 30 minutes with 1 also seen along the Loddon later, Goldeneye male and female, Goosander female (Richard Marsh); Great Black-backed Gull over (FJC); Goosander female returned to the island (Paul Doctor)
Lavell’s Lake – Mistle Thrush singing in the car park field, 2 Snipe, 3 Bullfinch all males, Grey Wagtail on the new scrape area at Bittern hide, 2 Oystercatcher, Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 13 Snipe (Richard Marsh)


Drake Wigeon at Lea Farm – Steve Rogers

February 28th
Lea Farm GP – Red-breasted Merganser moved close to the hide, Cetti’s Warbler (Nick Kightley); Little Grebe, 4 Oystercatcher very vocal on the island, Great White Egret over heading north seen near the Green Bridge, 2 Little Egret, Snipe on east shore, 2 Reed Bunting male and female (Roger Stansfield); Sparrowhawk female taking a Lapwing on the east shore, 3 Bullfinch all male to left of hide, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Kingfisher flew past together calling, Little Egret, Snipe (Nick Kightley)


Redshank on the east shore at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Green Sandpiper on the east shore at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


2 Oystercatchers in flight at Lea Farm – Tony Jones


Leucistic Wood Pigeon on the landfill at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

February 27th
Lea Farm GP – Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Goldeneye, Snipe flying south (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 3 Snipe, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Cetti’s Warbler on the west side of the lake (Steve Lynch)

February 26th
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck, Little Egret by Green Bridge (Neill Allan); 2 Redwing on path to hide, 2 Meadow Pipit (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 42 Shoveler, Bar-headed Goose on the wet meadow area (Neill Allan); 4 Snipe 2 on scrape 2 by side of lake (Peter Scudamore); Little Egret (Alan Travers); Sparrowhawk female in reeds waiting for the Starlings to come to roost (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – 9 Snipe on northern side (Neill Allan)


Reflective Little Egret at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Travers


Female Sparrowhawk at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

February 25th
Lea Farm GP – Red-breasted Merganser male, Goosander female, Peregrine hunting near lake, Little Egret, Great White Egret flew over towards Lavell’s (Nick Kightley); Linnet female briefly landed on gravel in front of hide and then flew away to the left, Goldeneye , 2 Skylark over landfill (Geoff Emmett); 2 Oystercatcher flew on to island, Water Rail, Shelduck (Richard Marsh); Red-breasted Merganser male, Goosander both returning just after 4pm (Roger Stansfield)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe on Balancing Pool (Nick Kightley); Coal Tit near the Loddon by Sandford Road, Treecreeper near the Green Bridge, Little Egret seen from Bittern hide, Little Egret at the Teal hide, 2 Kingfisher male and female along the Loddon (Gary Bushell); 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool, Snipe (Richard Marsh)


Drake Red-breasted Merganser at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Female Linnet at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

February 24th
Lea Farm GP – Red-breasted Merganser male, Goosander female (Marek Walford); Cetti’s Warbler singing on north side of the lake (Finley Hutchinson); Barn Owl flew past hide, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh); 2 Oystercatcher on the island (Bruce Irvine)
Lavell’s Lake – Stonechat male near Balancing Pool (Marek Walford); 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool (Tim James); Barn Owl flew out of box towards lake (Jenny Vaughan); 2 Bullfinch male and female (Caroline Moore)
Black Swan Lake – Barn Owl flying towards Lavell’s, 3 Little Egret over low (FJC)
White Swan Lake – Barn Owl flew low over lake towards Lavell’s (Finley Hutchinson)


Bullfinch pair at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

February 23rd
Lea Farm GP – Red-breasted Merganser male on the island, Goosander female (Roger Stansfield)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret on the Loddon (Marek Walford); Common Gull, Snipe (Richard Marsh); 5+ Siskin in Alders on opposite size of Loddon (Martin Jones)
Sandford Lake – Chiffchaff near the stream (Marek Walford)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Oystercatcher over heading north, Goldeneye drake (Marek Walford)


Male Red-breasted-Merganser at Lea Farm – Roger Stansfield


Great Crested Grebe at Lavell’s Lake – Stephen Power

February 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Treecreeper on path to hide (Bob Bennett); Green Sandpiper on north east spit (Jenny Vaughan); Red-breasted Merganser male preening on the island, Goosander female (Bruce Irvine); Goldeneye male, Little Grebe (Tim James); Peregrine flying across the lake at speed (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe, Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret (Richard Marsh); Green Sandpiper on north bank on the Balancing Pond before leaving towards Lea Farm, 2 Little Grebe also on the Balancing Pond (Tim James)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Snipe, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh);

February 21st
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Gull, Goldeneye drake (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Treecreeper, Common Gull, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh); Peregrine male perched in large Poplar along north side (Trevor Guyatt)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher, 10 Snipe (Richard Marsh); Goldeneye drake (Geoff Emmett)


Drake Goldeneye at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett

February 20th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Oystercatcher, Peregrine, Water Rail (Joseph Taylor)
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret flying low south, 4 Little Egret (FJC); Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper stayed on bund for 10 minutes (Mick Vogel); Snipe (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Red-crested Pochard female with Pochards on the east side (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Kestrel near new zip wire tower perched on electric wires (FJC)

February 19th
Lea Farm GP – Oystercatcher asleep on the island, Little Grebe, 15 Pied Wagtail on landfill (Richard Marsh); 2 Little Grebe (Alan Travers)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl flying along Sandford lane, 2 Great White Egret, Little Egret over north (FJC); Little Egret with a Perch supper (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher landing on the island, Ferruginous Duck, 12 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)


Little Egret with his fish supper at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

February 18th
Lea Farm GP – Red-breasted Merganser male, 2 Goosander, Goldeneye male, Shelduck male (Geoff Emmett); Peregrine low over lake and through trees north, Oystercatcher just flew in and landed in the north east corner, Little Egret heading towards Dinton (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Grey Wagtail singing by Mill (FJC); 2 Oystercatchers on Bittern hide bund (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – 70+ Pochard, Red Crested Pochard female, 52 Tufted Duck, 12 Shoveler, 16 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher prospecting the islands, Ferruginous Duck (FJC)


Drake Goldeneye at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Male Red-breasted-Merganser with 2 Goosander at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Male Red-breasted-Merganser taking off with Goosander at Lea Farm – David Dolan

February 17th
Lea Farm GP – Barn Owl near Ron’s hide, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail heard (FJC); Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher (Paul Doctor)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret (Grant Evans)


Little Egret in hunting mode at Lavell’s Lake – Grant Evans

February 16th
Lea Farm GP – Red-breasted Merganser male flew out and away north 2 minutes later, Goosander also flew out 2 minutes later with Red-breasted Merganser (FJC); 2 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 37 Teal, 118 Wigeon (Marek Walford); 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret (Marek Walford); 2 Woodcock flew on to island (FJC); Peregrine on tallest poplar, Barn Owl in doorway to box, Coal Tit across the Loddon on Jack’s feeders (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Ferruginous Duck (Joseph Taylor)

February 15th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Goldeneye male and female, 2 Shelduck, 45+ Teal, 20+ Wigeon (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Woodcock flying left to right on to the island (FJC); Barn Owl (Suren Akkaraju)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher (Lynn Mann)

February 14th
Lea Farm GP – Goldeneye female, 2 Oystercatcher on the island bathing (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Goldeneye male and female (David White)

February 13th
Lavell’s Lake – Peregrine in tall Poplar Tree, 2 Cetti’s Warbler heard near Teal hide, Cetti’s Warbler heard at Bittern hide end, Water Rail also heard, Barn Owl (FJC); 30+ Meadow Pipit seen from car park field, Skylark to the left of the Oak tree, Oystercatcher flew over appeared to be dropping down towards Sandford Lake (Brian Bennett)
Sandford Lake – 4 Snipe (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Little Egret heading south, 2 Oystercatcher on raft (FJC)

February 12th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Goldeneye both females behind left raft, Barnacle Goose with Canada’s on landfill (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Chiffchaff in tree tops along Loddon by Teal Hide (Peter Scudamore); Great Spotted Woodpecker (Geoff Emmett); Reed Bunting male, Greenfinch male (Steve Rogers)


Male Greenfinch at Lavell’s Lake – Steve Rogers

February 11th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Woodcock, Water Rail, Tawny Owl heard only (FJC)

February 10th
Lea Farm GP – 10+ Fieldfare over landfill, 15-20 Siskin over, 2 Water Rail calling left of hide, 5 Meadow Pipit on east side of lake (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Ferruginous Duck near bench on north side (Peter Scudamore)
Black Swan Lake – Drake Goldeneye at southern end (Brian Bennett)

February 9th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 probable Woodcock flew over Teal scrape towards landfill at dusk (Paul Bright-Thomas); 2 Rook over heading south (Roger Stansfield)
Sandford Lake – Barn Owl over lake (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Black Swan Lake – Kestrel on the climbing frame behind the activity centre (Brian Bennett)


Long-tailed Tit at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

February 6th
Lavell’s Lake – Woodcock flew north to south over Teal scrape, 2 Cetti’s Warbler heard calling (Roger Stansfield); 7 Siskin, 2 Goldcrest both in Alder above door to Teal hide (Richard Marsh); Snipe on pile of reeds on bund (Peter Scudamore)

February 5th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Woodcock seen from Teal hide, Water Rail heard (Nick Kightley)
Sandford Lake – Barn Owl over lake heading towards Lavell’s (Nick Kightley)

February 4th
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe on edge of reeds to right of Bittern hide (Peter Scudamore)

February 3rd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Shelduck, Goldeneye female, Green Sandpiper, 5 Herring Gull, Sparrowhawk over, Kingfisher (Joseph Taylor)
Sandford Lake – Ferruginous Duck photographed both legs and as expected it has a metal ring on the left leg so likely it’s the returning bird first seen in 2015 (Marek Walford); Yellow-legged Gull possible adult flew over heading north west (Joseph Taylor)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male (Joseph Taylor)

February 2nd
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck female, Goldeneye female (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl in car park field heading to meadow (FJC); Coal Tit on Jack’s Feeder (Jack Jones); Barn Owl briefly perched on trees overhanging the river (Jules Jones)
Sandford Lake – 3 Siskin in alders 100 meters south of Sandford Lane (Brian Bennett)


Female Goldeneye at Lea Farm -Geoff Emmett

February 1st
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Snipe, Common Gull (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – 7 Snipe (Suren Akkaraju)

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE