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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 133 species seen from 1st January to date (22nd June), click here.
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June 27th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Ringed Plover in south west corner, Oystercatcher in south west corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Mediterranean Gull second summer seen from Bittern hide (Steve Day)

June 26th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Ringed Plover adult with young, Green Sandpiper in the south west corner, 3 Teal 2 females and a male, Green Woodpecker, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Little Egret (Richard Marsh), 6 Gadwall, 3 Grey Wagtail (FJC), Common Sandpiper in front of hide (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Chiffchaff on path between the hides, Garden Warbler on path between the hides (Richard Marsh), Kingfisher in front of hide (Gavin Turner)


Common Sandpiper – Geoff Emmett


Kingfisher breaking the rules! – Gavin Turner


Common Tern – Richard Marsh

June 25th
Lea Farm GP – 6 Little Ringed Plover, Redshank (Richard Marsh), 2 Oystercatchers flying around (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Redshank on bund (Jenny Vaughan)

June 24th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Teal a male and 2 females, 3 Common Tern chicks visible on the island, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Shoveler female, 5 Grey Wagtail 3 juveniles begin fed by 2 adults, 2 Common Sandpiper in south west corner (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher flew up the Loddon (Richard Marsh), Sparrowhawk, Peregrine over (Gavin Turner)

June 23rd
Lea Farm GP – 3 Teal 2 males and a female, Oystercatcher over heading north, Shoveler female, Green Sandpiper south west corner first return passage, 4 Little Ringed Plover in south west corner (FJC), 2 Little Egret (Paul O’Neill)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Peregrine over the lake headed off towards Lea Farm direction (Jenny Vaughan seen with Steven Day)

June 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Teal adult male, 5 Stock Dove 2 adults with 3 juveniles, 5 Little Ringed Plover, Shoveler female, Little Egret, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Richard Marsh)

June 21st
Lea Farm GP – 2 Teal both adult males, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Grey Wagtail adults (Paul O’Neill)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher on dead stick in front of hide, Teal adult male (Paul O’Neill), 4 Barn Owl chicks in box, please keep your distance (FJC)

June 20th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Ringed Plover in south west corner, 2 Redshank in south west corner, Mediterranean Gull, this time an adult just arrived south west corner, Tufted Duck with 8 duckling, 3 Grey Wagtail juveniles, 2 Little Egret in south west corner (Richard Marsh), Common Tern Chick; first of year, 2 Song Thrush on path from hide, Lesser Whitethroat on path from hide (Bob Bennett), Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, Bar Headed Goose still with its Canada Goose minder! (Paul O’Neill)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher flew in front of hide (Paul O’Neill), Coal Tit on feeder in Jack’s garden (Martin and Jack Jones)
Sandford Lake – Tufted Duck with 10 duckling (FJC)


Mediterranean Gull, with Little Ringed Plover in the foreground – Richard Marsh

June 19th
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl box was repaired under Natural England licence and has 4 young (FJC), 2 Barn Owl both adults seen from Bittern hide over far reeds (Bob Loades)

June 18th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Little Ringed Plover in south west corner, Oystercatcher just flew in from North, Mediterranean Gull just arrived south west corner, Tufted Duck with 8 duckling, 2 Grey Wagtail juveniles (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl seen bringing prey to the box, Kingfisher seen from Bittern hide (Richard Marsh)


Tufted Duck plus 8 – Fraser Cottington


Sand Martin Wall; waiting for food! – Fraser Cottington


Grey Wagtail; Juvenile – Fraser Cottington

June 17th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Shoveler in south west corner unusual for June, 2 Teal male far east shore, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Little Egret (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Mediterranean Gull 1s (Alan Rymer, FJC, Steven Day)


Mediterranean Gull; first summer – Fraser Cottington

June 16th
Lea Farm GP – Bar Headed Goose, Buzzard, 20 Lapwing, 3 Stock Dove, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Teal male (Paul O’Neill)
Lavell’s Lake – Kestrel female (Paul O’Neill)

June 15th
Lea Farm GP – Bar Headed Goose asleep in south west corner, Pochard male on island (Richard Marsh), Oystercatcher (R Dawson), Ringed Plover on islets (Alan Rymer)
Lavell’s Lake – Buzzard juvenile preening on the dead tree opposite Bittern hide (Paul O’Neill), Kingfisher flew across in front of Bittern hide (Rick Dawson)
Black Swan Lake – 5 Chiffchaff singing between Black Swan and White Swan lakes (Paul O’Neill), Nightingale perched in bush between Black Swan and White Swan lakes, Lesser Whitethroat singing on island opposite feeding station (Rick Dawson)

June 14th
Lea Farm GP – 26 Lapwing (Paul O’Neill)
Lavell’s Lake – 16 Gadwall, 2 Stock Dove, Hobby flew over hide towards car park field (Paul O’Neill)

June 11th
Lea Farm GP – Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Barn Owl flew by (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Bullfinch briefly on fence along path to Bittern hide (Gavin Turner), 2 Mistle Thrush  both adult in car park field (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 31 Egyptian Geese near sailing club, 3 Mute Swan families 3, 4 and 7 cygnets (FJC)


Male Bullfinch – Gavin Turner

June 10th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Coal Tit both juveniles flew across Loddon, 4 Mandarin; female with 3 ducklings (FJC)

June 9th
Lea Farm GP – Grey Wagtail on rail in front of hide, Redshank in south west corner, 2 Little Ringed Plover on islands in south west corner (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Reed Warblers in reeds to right of hide, Whitethroat in shrub behind reeds, 3 Chiffchaff on path to hide, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet on feeders , Kingfisher past hide (Bob Bennett), Sedge Warbler in reeds to right of hide (Geoff Emmett)


Whitethroat – Geoff Emmett

June 8th
Lea Farm GP – 100+ Swift, Grey Wagtail, Cuckoo, 3 Gadwall, Little Ringed Plover in south west corner, Cetti’s Warbler, 8 Common Tern sitting on shingle island (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl heading down the Emmbrook toward the Loddon, Little Egret in front of hide (Gavin Turner)
Black Swan Lake – 120+ Swift, Mute Swan; 2 families with 2 and 7 cygnets respectively (FJC)

June 7th
Lea Farm GP – Green Woodpecker, Oystercatcher flew over heading north, Grey Wagtail (Richard Marsh), Barn Owl heading up the Loddon towards Whistley (Paul O’Neill)
Lavell’s Lake – Oystercatcher on Bittern hide bund (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Bullfinch female (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Garden Warbler between lakes (Jon Cox)

June 5th
Lea Farm GP – Little Egret, Redshank on shingle island, Barn Owl (Andy Tomczynski)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher seen from Bittern hide (Gavin Turner)


Barn Owl – Gavin Turner


Kingfisher – Gavin Turner

June 4th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Raven over landfill at far north heading south east calling constantly came in from Charvil area, 8 Skylark probably 4 pairs across the 3 landfill sections (FJC), Barn Owl flew up footpath past hide, 2 Grey Wagtail juvenile on island, Linnet preening in hedgerow near feeder (Richard Marsh), Barn Owl emerged from trees just before green bridge and flew up river (Jenny Vaughan)
Black Swan Lake – 100+ Swift over the lake (FJC)

June 3rd
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret seen from Bittern hide (Gavin Turner)

June 2nd
Lea Farm GP – 25 Lapwing more than in previous days, 5 Mandarin Duck female with 4 duckling on Loddon by hide, Barn Owl hunting near Bittern hide, Little Ringed Plover put up by Barn Owl near Bittern hide (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Woodpecker flying together near Bittern hide (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher (Richard Marsh)


Female Mandarin with ducklings – Richard Marsh

May 31st
Lea Farm GP – 3 Little Ringed Plover, Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch adult and juvenile, Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, Oystercatcher, 11 Gadwall, 2 Grey Wagtail adult and juvenile (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Whitethroat singing near Bittern hide (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Wagtail (Richard Marsh)

May 30th
Lea Farm GP – 16 Common Tern on shingle island, 30 Sand Martin approximately 27 holes in use, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet east side of landfill (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 3 Oystercatcher 2 adults and 1 juvenile on old tern island looks about a week or so old (FJC)

May 28th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Linnet in front of hide, Hobby hawking over the landfill (Brian Bennett), 6 Gadwall, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Grey Wagtail 2 adults, then a lone juvenile, Oystercatcher, Cuckoo (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 10 Gadwall, (Richard Marsh)

May 27th
Lea Farm GP – Little Tern sitting on shingle island and later briefly in south west corner (Paul O’Neill, Marek Walford, Brian Bennett), Linnet in front of hide (Jack Jones)

May 26th
Lea Farm GP – 14+ Common Tern on the shingle island, 17 Gadwall – 2 females (FJC), Green Woodpecker over, Oystercatcher over, Shelduck on platform in front of hide, 4 Herring Gull (Bob Bennett), Grey Wagtail juvenile on raft, Little Egret over (Brian Bennett)

May 25th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Pochard male and female (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Stock Dove in feeder area, Kingfisher, Oystercatcher on bund, Little Ringed Plover on bund (Richard Marsh), Hobby over car park field (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Nightingale singing near White Swan Lake (Paul O’Neill)

May 22nd
Black Swan Lake – Nightingale, Garden Warbler both near White Swan Lake (Paul O’Neill)

May 21st
Black Swan Lake – Nightingale (FJC)


Nightingale – Fraser Cottington

May 20th
Lea Farm GP – Kestrel hovering near hide (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Cuckoo (John McGowan)

May 19th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Kingfisher past hide, Shelduck, 4 Common Tern fighting for space on the raft (FJC)

May 18th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Linnet in front of hide, Little Ringed Plover, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher (FJC), 2 Shelduck south east corner, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Sedge Warbler in northern reed bed, Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeder (Bob Bennett)


Grey Wagtail – Fraser Cottington

May 17th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover (Paul Bright-Thomas)

May 16th
Lea Farm GP – Ringed Plover (Paul Bright-Thomas & FJC), Shelduck, Ring-necked Parakeet (Marek Walford), Buzzard over and mobbed, 24+ Common Tern, 3 Lapwing, 2 Shelduck, Cuckoo (Paul O’Neill)
Lavell’s Lake – 14 Gadwall, Oystercatcher on bund (Paul O’Neill)

May 15th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Ringed Plover flew off north (FJC), Little Grebe in full summer plumage to left of hide (Bob Loades)
Black Swan Lake – Nightingale in full song (B Crathorne)

May 14th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Shelduck, 2 Cuckoo, Kingfisher, Little Egret, 10+ Common Tern, 20+ Sand Martin very active in wall (FJC and Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby over and high (Geoff Emmett), Green Woodpecker in car park field (Bob Bennett)


Little Egret – Fraser Cottington

May 13th
Lea Farm GP – Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Little Ringed Plover (John McGowan), Hobby over North, Great White Egret; highly probable (FJC)
Loddon – Barn Owl just beyond Bailey bridge flying along river (FJC & J McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Ringed Plover on bund (John McGowan)

May 12th
Lea Farm GP – Greenshank (FJC), last seen off North mid afternoon (GS Emmett)

May 11th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Shelduck, 3 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher (FJC),
Lavell’s Lake – Greenshank on Tern scrape, Cuckoo in tallest Poplar tree, 2 Oystercatcher just flew in from east and landed on tern scrape (Trevor Guyatt)
Black Swan Lake – Common Sandpiper, 300+ Swallow (FJC)

May 10th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper on shingle island (Bob Bennett), Cattle Egret (Geoff Emmett & FJC), left after 17 minutes, but re-found 16:45 (P O’Neill) and stayed until 19:54 (J McGowan), flew off North
Lavell’s Lake – Greenshank on bund, Cuckoo flying east, Chiffchaff near benches (Bob Bennett), Lesser Whitethroat car park field (FJC)


Cattle Egret – Roger H Stansfield

May 9th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper on shingle island, 3 Oystercatcher SW corner, Greenshank (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Sedge Warbler, Shelduck (Geoff Emmett)
Black Swan Lake – 300+ Swallow (FJC)


Sedge Warbler – Geoff Emmett

May 8th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Shelduck, 2 Stock Dove, Greenshank, Sedge Warbler (M Hunt), Greenshank flew off from Tern Scrape (FJC)

May 7th
Lea Farm GP – Greenshank east shore, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Little Tern found flying back and forth; highly mobile (FJC), Kingfisher possibly another seen later along the Loddon (R Dawson), 2 Common Tern (R C Watts)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Cuckoo very visible, Hobby, Nightingale seen behind Teal Scrape, Sparrowhawk, Lesser Whitethroat rattling behind Tern Scrape (R Dawson), Greenshank on bund (R Dawson and Alan Rymer), Kingfisher (Gavin Turner)
Sandford Lake – 3 Common Sandpiper on middle island (Ray Reedman and R Dawson), 2 Shelduck, Oystercatcher (R Dawson)
Black Swan Lake – Little Tern south end (Ray Reedman et al), 2 Nightingale between Black Swan and White Swan Lakes, 2 Cuckoo over (Ray Reedman), 2 Little Gull (Dominic Mackenzie)


Little Tern – Steve Day

May 6th
Lea Farm GP – Greenshank just flew in from north landing in south west corner, Little-Ringed Plover, 24 Common Tern (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Greenshank seen from Bittern hide (John McGowan et all), Little Egret, Nightingale singing from south side of island (Trevor Guyatt), Shelduck (Dave Rimes), Yellow Wagtail (Geoff Emmett)
Black Swan Lake – Nightingale flew across path; then sang in full view for a minute or two at bottom of peninsula near bridge to White Swan Lake (Peter Scudamore)


Yellow Wagtail – Geoff Emmett


Shelduck – Dave Rimes


Greenshank – Dave Rimes

May 5th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Little-Ringed Plover, Snipe, 10 Gadwall, Lapwing (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Lesser Whitethroat in car park field and on path to hide, Sparrowhawk male over, Little Egret, Green Woodpecker feeding in car park field (Bob Bennett), Greenshank, Nightingale singing behind Teal scrape, Mistle Thrush car park field (FJC), Reed Warbler singing from reeds, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Swift, 2 Common Tern (Paul O’Neill)

May 4th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper, 21 Common Tern, 3 Little-Ringed Plover (FJC), Treecreeper with food (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat singing in car park field (FJC and Paul Bright-Thomas), Wood Sandpiper initially seen by an unknown birder; picture of bird seen by Geoff Emmett, but yet to be 100% confirmed
Black Swan Lake – Common Sandpiper (FJC)


Treecreeper – Geoff Emmett

May 3rd
Sandford Lake – 2 Lesser Black-Backed Gull (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Black Swan Lake – Arctic Tern on yellow buoy, Common Sandpiper (FJC), 20+ Swift, 5 Ring-Neck Parakeet, 20+ House Martin (Paul Bright-Thomas)

May 2nd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Treecreeper taking food to a nest site near the entrance to the hide, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail (Richard Marsh), 18+ Common Tern, Common Sandpiper (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 2 Treecreeper taking food to a nest (Richard Marsh)

May 1st
Lea Farm GP – Whinchat briefly on Alder close to Ron’s hide (FJC & Jack & Julie Jones), 7 Black Tern for 10 minutes, 1 Greenshank dropped in to the SW corner 07:26 (FJC, Brian Bennett & Jack & Julie Jones), 2 Grey Wagtail, adult feeding juvenile.
Black Swan Lake – 7 Black Tern circling but headed off quickly high SE 08:00 (FJC & Jack & Julie Jones)


Whinchat – Fraser Cottington


Greenshank – Fraser Cottington

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