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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 119 species seen from 1st January to date (24th April), click here.
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April 28th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Cuckoo over lake, Whitethroat on path near hide, 4 Common Tern, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 2 Oystercatcher (Bob Bennett), 5 Little-Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 8 Teal, 2 Gadwall, Shelduck, Snipe (FJC), House Sparrow on feeder, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Shelduck, Shoveler male, 2 Oystercatcher on bund, Cuckoo on usual Poplar tree (Bob Bennett and Richard Marsh), Snipe feeding on edge of bund (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 2 Shelduck, Oystercatcher (Richard Marsh), 8 Common Tern (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Swift over, 3 Common Tern (Marek Walford), 100+ Hirundines over (FJC)


Common Sandpiper – Richard Marsh

April 27th
Lea Farm GP – Cuckoo (FJC), Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 3 Lapwing, 4 Common Tern, Little Egret over, 2 Shelduck, 3 Little-Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher (Martin Kettell)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat, (Marek Walford and FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Swift over (E Napper)


Lapwing – Fraser Cottington

April 26th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Cuckoo (Marek Walford), 2 Shelduck (R Dawson), Little-Ringed Plover (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat, (Marek Walford), Swift over (R Dawson)
Black Swan Lake – Common Tern, Nightingale singing on island, 3 Garden Warbler (R Dawson)


Little-Ringed Plover – Geoff Emmett, the perfect head shot

April 25th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little-Ringed Plover, Shelduck, 8 Teal, 5 Common Tern, Common Sandpiper (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat in car park field, (Marek Walford and Paul Bright-Thomas), Cuckoo (Marek Walford)
Black Swan Lake – Common Tern (Marek Walford), Swallow feeding, House Martin feeding, Buzzard over (Mary Jacobs)

April 24th
Lea Farm GP – 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Little-Ringed Plover prospecting nest sites on south west corner islets, 20+ Sand Martin in and out of wall, Shelduck male, Shoveler male, 6 Teal, 2 Gadwall male and female, 3 Common Tern, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Lapwing, Cuckoo to North (FJC), Snipe (Richard Marsh), Sedge Warbler, 2 Redshank (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat in car park field and mobile, Garden Warbler (E Napper), Ring-neck Parakeet (Marek Walford)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Common Tern, Mandarin male, 2 Common Sandpiper on jetty and mobile (FJC and Marek Walford), 5 Swift over (Richard Marsh), Nightingale heard and seen on north side of view point (Paul Bright-Thomas)


Sedge Warbler – Geoff Emmett


Redshank – Geoff Emmett

April 23rd
Lea Farm GP – 3 Oystercatcher (Marek Walford), 1 Snipe (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat in car park field, Cuckoo, Green Sandpiper on Teal scrape (Marek Walford), Garden Warbler between John and Jerry’s benches, Wheatear on nearest vent on landfill views from top car park field (Brian Bennett), Garganey male on Teal scrape (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Shelduck, Oystercatcher (Marek Walford)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Common Tern (Marek Walford), Swift hawking for insects, Garden Warbler near anglers car park, Nightingale heard and seen (Brian Bennett)


Nightingale – Geoff Emmett

April 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Little Ringed Plover on east shore, Snipe on east shore, 2 Oystercatcher on island (Richard Marsh), Whitethroat singing downstream from hide, Water Rail in ditch north of Lea Farm lake, Cetti’s Warbler near Bailey Bridge, 2 Cuckoo singing in area (Renton Righelato)
Sandford Lake – 2 Common Tern (Steven Day)

April 21st
Lea Farm GP – Cuckoo, 2 Common Tern (Marek Walford)
Sandford Lake – 2 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher (Marek Walford)

April 20th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Lapwing male and female defending territory, Grey Wagtail collecting nest material (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo (Marek Walford), Reed Warbler, Whitethroat (M Kirby), Wheatear male in car park field in front of copse (David Hampton and Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Common Tern (Marek Walford), 2 Mandarin male and female west side of main island near jetty, Raven on a tree stump on island (Bob Bennett)
Sandford Lake – Common Tern asleep on island (Bob Bennett)


Male Wheatear – Richard Marsh

April 19th
Lea Farm GP – Cuckoo, Snipe (Marek Walford), Shelduck in south west corner, Common Tern in front of hide, 6 Blackcap 5 male 1 female on way to and back from hide, 20+ Sand Martin inspecting wall and over (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo call from poplars on far side, Reed Warbler (Richard Marsh), Little Egret (Mary Jacobs)
Black Swan Lake – Common Tern (Marek Walford and Alan Rymer), Swallows over, Grey Wagtail on jetty (Mary Jacobs)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher (Marek Walford)

April 18th
Lea Farm GP – Oystercatcher, Snipe (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Oystercatcher (Marek Walford), Garganey female first seen on far bank spooked by Buzzard (Alan Rymer)
Black Swan Lake – Garganey male flying west side of biggest island, 60+ Sand Martins, 2 Mandarin a pair halfway down golf course strip (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher (Marek Walford)

April 17th
Lea Farm GP – Cuckoo flew south towards Lavell’s, 2 Shelduck, Common Sandpiper north east corner, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Wagtail, 2 Lapwing in courting mode in front of hide, Snipe, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Richard Marsh), Little Ringed Plover flew north (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Oystercatcher, Bullfinch male, Reed Warbler (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – Red Legged Partridge seen on the path by WSL reeds, then flying along Loddon (Martin Mitchell and FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 100+ Mixed Hirundines, Common Tern on yellow buoy, Common Sandpiper (FJC), Mandarin male of west side of south island, Nightingale singing on south island (Marek Walford)


Male Lapwing in courtship display – Richard Marsh

April 16th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck, 2 Nuthatch (D William-Jones), 4 Little Ringed Plover east shore, Common Sandpiper north east corner, Sand Martins inspecting wall – exciting news (GSE)
Lavell’s Lake – Garganey seen from Bittern hide to right of island (Jim Deasy),
Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, Cuckoo in tree on island, Kingfisher in front of Teal hide, Bar Headed Goose escapee over (D Mackenzie), Grey Wagtail on bund (John McGowan), 7+ House Martin west over heading towards Lea Farm (FJC)


Little Ringed Plover – Geoff Emmett

April 15th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper (John McGowan)
Black Swan Lake – Nightingale in full song on southern island, then heard on view point (per Simon Bartlam)
Sandford Lake – Garganey male near hide (Brian Bennett)


Green Woodpecker – Fraser Cottington

April 14th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Shelduck, 12 Teal, Little Egret, 6 Swallows over (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 7+ House Martin over landfill, 2 Sedge Warblers heard (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Nightingale in full song on southern island (Brian Bennett), Mandarin Duck in between islands (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Garganey male near hide very mobile, 2 Oystercatcher on island (John McGowan)

April 13th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – Reed Warbler Showing well singing in reeds across scrape from Teal Hide (Peter Scudamore), Whitethroat singing at back in reeds showing well from Teal hide, 3 Oystercatcher on bund seen from Bittern hide, 2 Oystercatcher on landfill (John McGowan)
Black Swan Lake – Mandarin flew over and landed near picnic area, Mistle Thrush in compound near DAC (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Garganey male in front of hide, around nearest island (M Kirby)

April 12th
Lea Farm GP – 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 1 Lapwing, 5 Little Egret over South (J McG & FJC), 2 Shelduck later (J McG)
Black Swan Lake 2 House Martin, 10+ Swallow (J McG & FJC)
Sandford Lake – Male Garganey (MFW et al), the fourth of the spring, if the males are not all the same individual.

April 11th
Lea Farm GP – 1 Common Sandpiper NE corner, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 4 Snipe (J McG & FJC), Sedge Warbler later (BTB)
Black Swan Lake – Mandarin flew North, displaying Sparrowhawk pair, displaying Redshank overhead, 2 Grey Wagtail, Great Black-backed Gull low North, 1 Swallow
Landfill – 2 Sand Martin and Mandarin over

April 10th
Lea Farm GP – Cuckoo heard, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Oystercatcher (J McG & FJC)
Black Swan Lake  – Pair Mandarin near view point (J McG & FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Owl (MFW)

April 9th
Black Swan Lake  – Common Tern flew thru (bird walk)
White Swan Lake – Cetti’s Warbler called very close to group
Lavell’s Lake – Whitethroat calling at the back of Tern scrape (A Rymer), Cuckoo (P O’Neill), Reed Warbler heard late morning at Teal scrape, Little Owl in usual Oak by Lea Farm buildings viewed from bottom of car park field
Lea Farm GP – 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo in view for 5 minutes, Meadow Pipit over

April 8th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Wigeon, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, Egyptian Goose + 10 goslings, 1 Dunlin (RNM, GF et al), 2 Shelduck

April 7th
Black Swan Lake – Pair Mandarin on wooden jetty but swam off 06:40 into mist parallel with old golf course strip (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Oystercatcher landfill from bottom of car park field, Reed Warbler heard Teal hide (A Rymer), Little Grebe (G Turner)

April 6th
Sandford Lake – 2 Willow Warbler at West end near road
Black Swan Lake  – 2 Willow Warbler along hedgerow between WSL and BSL, Mistle Thrush  over low West
Lea Farm GP – 1 Green Sandpiper & 1 Redshank (GSE)

April 5th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe (RNM)

April 4th
Black Swan Lake – 1 Swallow over (FJC & E Napper), 2 Swallow on wires 09:20 and Sedge Warbler heard in compound (PBT). 3 more Swallow over 3pm (FJC)
Lea Farm GP – 4 Snipe, 5 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 8 Teal, 2 Oystercatcher, 32 Shoveler over from Lavell’s (FJC), 2 Shelduck in 10:50 (A Rymer)
Lavell’s Lake – 7-9 finch sp flew West, either Lesser Redpoll or Linnet (FJC & MFW)

April 3rd
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher (A Rymer)

April 2nd 
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper from Bittern hide (Adam Gaywood); 2 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret (Alan Rymer); Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Sparrowhawk (D Williams-Jones)

April 1st 
Lea Farm GP – 7 Snipe, 1 Wigeon, 8 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Bullfinch, 1 Willow Warbler, 38 Shoveler
Sandford Lake – 2 Willow Warbler (J C Morgan)

March 31st
Lea Farm GP – Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Blackcap singing (Alan Rymer)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Bullfinch (Richard Marsh), 4 Swallow over the car park (J Morgan)
White Swan Lake – Sparrowhawk mobbed by Crow along the Loddon (Richard Marsh)

March 30th
Lea Farm GP – Snipe, 1 Swallow, 7 Sand Martin heading south (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Lavell’s Lake – Marsh Harrier female over Lodge Wood North – from car park field, 4 Sand Martin (FJC); Kingfisher (S Hughes)
Black Swan Lake – Willow Warbler singing & mobile (S Hughes)

March 29th
Lavell’s Lake – Garganey female still on bund at Bittern hide, 55+ Shoveler, 8 Teal (FJC)

March 28th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper (Brian Bennett); Little Grebe, 11 Snipe (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Garganey female still on bund at Bittern hide (Richard Marsh)


Garganey Tern scrape – FJC

March 27th
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck south west corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Garganey female still on bund seen from Bittern hide (FJC), Kingfisher, 50 Shoveler, Blackcap (Martin Kettell)

March 26th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 3 Goldeneye male and 2 females, Little Grebe (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – Garganey female still on bund seen from Bittern hide (John McGowan), Sparrowhawk male after Snipe on the bund, Garganey female asleep on bund (Trevor Guyatt)

March 25th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper on north spit, 3 Goldeneye male and 2 females in north east corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Garganey female still on bund seen from Bittern hide (FJC and Richard Marsh)

March 24th
Lea Farm GP – Little Grebe north east corner, Redshank east shore left of shingle island, 3 Goldeneye male and 2 females in north west corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Garganey female seen from Bittern hide (Steven Day)


Female Garganey – Steven Day

March 22nd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Egret in south west corner (FJC), Mediterranean Gull adult in south west corner (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Blackcap singing near west end (FJC)

March 21st
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper in south east corner, 2 Little Egret flying south (FJC), Oystercatcher asleep in front of hide (Martin Kettell)
Lavell’s Lake – 52 Shoveler, Blackcap singing in blackthorn tree near yellow gate (FJC), Blackcap near Jerry’s bench (Rick Dawson)
Dinton Pastures – 12 Chiffchaff around Dinton (Rick Dawson)
Black Swan Lake –3 Oystercatcher over (Mary Jacobs)

March 20th
Lea Farm GP – Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Brent Goose (Geoff Emmett)

March 19th
Lea Farm GP – 5 Sand Martin, Jack Snipe just east of island (John McGowan), Mandarin near green bridge (Brian Bennett)
Sandford Lake – 3 Sand Martin (Brian Bennett)

March 18th
Lea Farm GP – 50 Sand Martin over from the north early for a group this large, Jack Snipe still present, Mandarin male over from the north (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Brent Goose on main island (FJC and Marek Walford), 2 Grey Wagtail (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 16 Snipe (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 7 Pochard (FJC)


Brent Goose – Fraser Cottington

March 17th
Lea Farm GP – Redshank NE corner (FJC) 06:35, 5 Sand Martin over 09:15, Little Egret, 4 Chiffchaff on path to hide (Bob Bennett), Jack Snipe east shore 12:10 (Richard Marsh & R Dawson)
Black Swan Lake – A male Garganey with Tufted Duck opposite sailing club, flew off over golf course 07:08 then re-found at LFGP (Bob Bennett & Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – A pair Mandarin flew along hedgerow towards Lavell’s lake 07:25, Meadow Pipit over (FJC), Kingfisher (Mary Jacobs)


Redshank – Geoff Emmett


Male Garganey – Geoff Emmett

March 16th
Lea Farm GP – Redshank mid am (R Dawson), Oystercatcher with ring on leg in front of hide (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Grey Wagtail on beach, Little Egret flew along the Emm Brook (FJC)

March 15th
Lea Farm GP – Jack Snipe on east shore to left of island (Martin Kettell), 6 Snipe, Green Sandpiper landed in front of hide before flying to far shore (Bob Bennett), Water Rail, 2 Lesser Black-Backed Gull (Richard Marsh)
The Moors Dinton Pastures – Chiffchaff several more seen and heard (Richard Marsh)

Chiffchaff – Fraser Cottington

Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper on Tern scrape (Mary Jacobs et al), Mandarin past ditch near Teal hide flying up the Loddon, 2 Linnet over car park SE, 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull over ESE (FJC)


Green Sandpiper – Richard Marsh

March 14th
Lea Farm GP – Jack Snipe on east shore, 12 Snipe (FJC)

March 13th
Lavell’s Lake – Chiffchaff on corner of path to Bittern hide (R A Price), 2 Oystercatcher (Mary Jacobs)

March 12th
Lea Farm GP – Jack Snipe E shore left of island, Brent Goose landed behind island (John McGowan), 2 Shelduck in SW corner, 20 Snipe (FJC), 65 Teal, 188 Wigeon, 2 LLB Gull, 1 Common Gull. A pair of Teal were seen mating a.m. which is not normally witnessed  here (FJC).
Lavell’s Lake – 4+ Chiffchaff, 40 Snipe (Renton Righelato), 31 Shoveler,
Sandford Lake – Barn Owl flying in adjacent field, 2 Oystercatchers on island (John McGowan)

March 11th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey originally seen in north east corner, Brent Goose on far landfill (FJC), 2 Mandarin just flew over from Lea Farm towards south end (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – Chiffchaff near Teal hide on way to Lea Farm (FJC), Skylark on landfill towards Little Owl tree seen from top of car park field (Trevor Guyatt)

March 10th
Lea Farm GP – Snipe, 180+ Wigeon on landfill, 3 Reed Bunting on feeders, Kingfisher flew across lake (Bob Bennett), Brent Goose flew across lake with 3 Canada Geese (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 30 Meadow Pipits over landfill viewed from end of car park field (Brian Bennett)

March 9th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Snipe, Nuthatch (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher (John McGowan), 3 Snipe (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 55 Snipe on Tern scrape, Chiffchaff behind Teal scrape possibly 1st spring arrival of the year (FJC), Barn Owl seen near Teal hide flying off towards bittern hide (John McGowan)
White Swan Lake – Bittern (John McGowan), 4 Common Gull (Richard Marsh)

March 8th
Lea Farm GP – Common Gull (Geoff Emmett), 2 Oystercatchers (FJC)
Sandford Mill – 2 Grey Wagtails (Jack Jones)

March 7th
Lavell’s Lake – 55 Snipe on Tern scrape, Kestrel male, 3 Oystercatcher (Richard Marsh)
Lea Farm GP – 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Nuthatch (Richard Marsh)

March 6th
Lavell’s Lake – 20 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark both over landfill viewed from top of car park field (Brian Bennett)
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail (Geoff Emmett)

March 5th
White Swan Lake – 2 Bittern (John McGowan)

March 4th
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher on island (D Mackenzie), 5 Siskin left of fisherman’s car park (John McGowan)
White Swan Lake – Bittern (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – 52 Snipe on Tern scrape at Bittern hide (Richard Marsh)
Lea Farm GP – Hen Harrier ringtail flying north along Loddon (Tim James)

March 3rd
Lavell’s Lake – 40+ Snipe on Tern scrape at Bittern hide (Mary Jacobs)

March 2nd
Lavell’s Lake – 19 Snipe on the scrape at Bittern hide, 2 Redwing (Richard Marsh), Bullfinch male near picnic bench (R A Price), 2 Goldcrest near Teal hide (Bob Bennett)
Lea Farm GP – 5 Snipe, Kestrel, Redwing, Sparrowhawk (Richard Marsh), Little Egret, Buzzard over landfill (Bob Bennett), Greenfinch (Geoff Emmett), 2 Oystercatcher (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 6 Snipe, Oystercatcher (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Brent Goose on west side of Goat island (FJC)

March 1st
Lavell’s Lake – 45+ Snipe on the scrape at Bittern hide (Mary Jacobs), Reed Bunting (D White)
Lea Farm GP – Reed Bunting male (Geoff Emmett)

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