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April 24th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Great Black-backed Gull over west (FJC); 7 Common Tern over lake and on various drums, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet one on the feeders, Reed Warbler in reeds to left of hide, 2 Reed Bunting male and female, Sparrowhawk male flying over the reeds, 2 Coal Tit on the feeders, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler flew across path just past Jerry’s bench, 2 Chiffchaff in trees, 4 Blackcap along path between the hides, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler both seen just past the Green bridge (Bob Bennett); 2 Snipe in the cut reeds to the right of the hide, 6 Teal on the scrape (Peter Scudamore); 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull on the scrape collecting nesting material! (Geoff Emmett)
Black Swan Lake – Common Sandpiper at sailing club beach (FJC); 2 Mandarin males near duck feeding area (Brian Bennett)
Mortimer Meadow – Whitethroat singing near Bader Way bridge (Andrew Merrick)


Lesser Black-backed Gull with nesting materials at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

April 23rd
Lea Farm GP – 12 Common Tern mobile over lake (FJC); Green Sandpiper east shore behind the island, Whitethroat singing north end, Reed Warbler left of hide (Brian Bennett); Redshank (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Cuckoo flew around Bittern hide (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher flew across lake, Snipe on island, 2 Oystercatcher, Common Tern circling lake (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Great White Egret flew over viewpoint towards lake (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – 2 Common Tern (Richard Marsh)
Mortimer Meadow – 2 Common Tern flew along Loddon and over meadow (Richard Marsh)


Redshank at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

April 22nd
Lea Farm GP – 8 Common Tern circling lake high up (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo currently in tall tree opposite Bittern hide (Gail Ditchfield)


Common Tern with a fish at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

April 21st
Lea Farm GP – Whinchat perched on vent immediately east of lake, Wheatear on vent (FJC); 2 Common Tern, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Cuckoo, Oystercatcher (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Whitethroat calling beyond scrape to right, Common Tern over south (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Common Sandpiper flew from East side around big island and out of view (FJC)


Whinchat at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

April 20th
Lea Farm GP – House Martin seen with the Sand Martins (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Garden Warbler by Jerry’s bench (John McGovan); 2 Oystercatcher our breeding pair (Geoff Emmett)
White Swan Lake – Sedge Warbler singing and showing well in reed bed (Brian Bennett)


Our breeding pair of Oystercatchers at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

April 19th
Lea Farm GP – Raven, Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Cuckoo in tree north end of lake (Tim James); 5+ Swallow moving north some had quick drink (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Teal, Cetti’s Warbler, Cuckoo (Marek Walford); Nightingale by Jerry’s bench (Derek Finnie); Garden Warbler in Blackthorn (FJC); Whitethroat singing from back of Bittern scrape near solar panels. (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher (Marek Walford); Reed Warbler in reeds near hide (John McGovan)

April 18th
Lea Farm GP – Common Tern on the floating drum (Geoff Emmett); Sedge Warbler showing well in front of hide (John McGovan)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo calling for last 10 minutes just flew over Lea Farm heading north, 2 Grey Wagtail noisy around Mill (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Reed Warbler singing in reeds near hide (Brian Bennett)


Common Tern at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

April 17th
Lea Farm GP – Cuckoo in tall Poplar, Common Sandpiper on east shore (Brian Bennett); Common Tern present for about 15 minutes, 3 Snipe, Shelduck (Richard Marsh); Barn Owl flew across from Sand Martin wall (John McGovan)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler showing by Jerry’s bench (Brian Bennett); Cuckoo still in tall Poplar (Roger Stansfield)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Little Grebe calling from The Moors (Andrew Merrick)
Mortimer Meadow – 2 Willow Warbler one singing at the north end another by the pylon on west side of Bader Way (Andrew Merrick)


Cuckoo in a Poplar tree at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

April 16th
Lea Farm GP – Common Tern flew over to the north without stopping (Roger Stansfield)
Lavell’s Lake – Ring-necked Parakeet, Common Tern (David Williams-Jones); Cuckoo in tall Poplar (FJC); Snipe in the wet meadow (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher deep in vegetation on most easterly island (Richard Marsh); Willow Warbler singing north side (Brian Bennett)


Cuckoo in a Poplar tree at Lavell’s Lake – FJC


Sand Martins at the wall at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Snipe on the wet meadows at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

April 15th
Lea Farm GP – Male Sparrowhawk took a Sand Martin in front of the wall (FJC); Little Ringed Plover (Tim James); Little Egret (Peter Scudamore); Kestrel (Steve Rogers)
Lavell’s Lake – 14 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 25+ Tufted Duck (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – Common Gull (Peter Scudamore)

April 14th
Lea Farm GP – Cuckoo calling briefly to the north, Little Egret over (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Kestrel over Bittern hide scrape (FJC)

April 13th
Lea Farm GP – Cuckoo flew past hide (FJC); Yellow Wagtail (Geoff Emmett); Common Gull & 2 Herring, Little Ringed Plover (Bruce Irvine)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo calling near Teal hide (FJC); Avocet on Bittern hide scrape (Geoff Emmett via visiting birders). NB: Bird seen leaving at 17.05 by Ida Groot-Attias


Avocet at Lavell’s – Geoff Emmett

April 12th
Lea Farm GP – fem. Wheatear on vents (Richard Marsh); Willow Warbler near green bridge, Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – Oystercatcher, male Bullfinch (Richard Marsh); Herring Gull over, Little Egret, Cetti’s Warbler (Bruce Irvine)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Mandarin Duck male and female (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Garden Warbler in trees east of viewing screen (Richard Marsh)


Red Kite – Geoff Emmett

April 11th
Lea Farm GP – Sedge Warbler in front of hide, Linnet over (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Tree Pipit over low near Bittern hide (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Garden Warbler singing left of bench by Sandford Lane crossing point (Peter Scudamore)

April 10th
Lea Farm GP – Wheatear, fem. Goldeneye, Kingfisher, 3 Oystercatcher (John McGowan); 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Snipe (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Willow Warbler singing near Teal hide (Brian Bennett); 2 Oystercatcher, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Willow Warbler, 2 Oystercatcher (Jenny Vaughan)
Mortimer’s Meadow – 2 Green Woodpecker (Richard Marsh)

April 9th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Common Gull, Yellow Wagtail (FJC); 2 Wheatear, Curlew, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Sedge Warbler singing to left of hide (Geoff Emmett et al); Whimbrel (Roger Stansfield et al)
Lavell’s Lake – 6 Snipe, Willow Warbler near Bittern hide (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Redwing over (FJC)


Curlew at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Whimbrel at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

April 8th
Lea Farm GP – fem. Goldeneye, 3 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 12 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 3 Redwing over north (FJC); 3 Oystercatcher, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Ringed Plover, 60+ Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 4 Swallow (Richard Marsh); 2 Common Tern a.m. (Tim James); 5 Common Tern p.m., 3 Little Ringed Plover (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 22 House Martin (Brian Bennett)
Sandford Lake – 2 Common Tern, 2 Oystercatcher (Richard Marsh)

April 7th
Lea Farm GP – 5 Oystercatcher, 4 Teal, 2 Wigeon, Lapwing, Snipe, Common Tern flew past hide heading north (FJC); 2 Little Ringed Plover (Richard Marsh); Rook on path along East bank, 3 Snipe on water’s edge (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – Mandarin male briefly at river junction near Mill flew north (FJC); Kingfisher flew north along Loddon, 4 Snipe, Little Egret, Ring-necked Parakeet at Bittern hide (Richard Marsh); 4 Ring-necked Parakeet on feeders (Finley Hutchinson)
Sandford Lake – Pochard (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 22 Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush both feeding on the raised central area on the old Golf Course (Brian Bennett)

April 6th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Blackcaps (FJC); 2 Mediterranean Gull both adults , 3 Little Ringed Plover on the east shore (Brian Bennett)
Black Swan Lake – Willow Warbler singing on the promontory (Lynn Mann); Willow Warbler still and showing well (Roger Stansfield)


A pair of Little Ringed Plover’s at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Little Ringed Plover at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Mediterranean Gull pair at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

April 5th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Mediterranean Gull (Geoff Emmett); 2 Common Gull adult and 2nd year (Roger Stansfield); 2 Mandarin Duck in north east corner (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Snipe (Richard Marsh)


Mediterranean Gull at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Mediterranean Gull at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

April 3rd
Lea Farm GP – 50+ Sand Martin many showing interest in the wall, 2 Oystercatcher over, Redshank, 4 Swallow (Richard Marsh); 5+ Blackcap on path to hide (Bob Bennett); Pied Wagtail (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Oystercatcher same birds as seen at Lea Farm, 2 Snipe (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Willow Warbler in Blackthorne on west side (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Grey Wagtail singing on sailing club jetty, 6 Swallow, 10 Sand Martin feeding low over water (Brian Bennett); 30+ House Martin over with Swallows seen with Rick Dawson (Bob Bennett)


Pied Wagtail on the gravel at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


A Swallow on a stick at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

April 2nd
Lea Farm GP – 34+ Sand Martin, 6+ House Martin, 2 Kingfisher, Oystercatcher over (Richard Marsh); 3+ Swallow, 4 Teal, 10 Wigeon, Shoveler, 8 Gadwall (Peter Scudamore); Little Ringed Plover just flown in calling now feeding on east shore, 2 Skylark on the landfill (Brian Bennett); 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Oystercatcher on landfill, 4 Greenfinch on the feeders, Greater Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders (David Dolan)
Lavell’s Lake – Blackcap singing near John’s bench on path to Bittern hide, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool, 2 Oystercatcher mating on bund, Little Egret (Richard Marsh); 3 Snipe, 34+ Shoveler, 4 Teal (Peter Scudamore)


Meadow Pipit on the gravel at Lea Farm – David Dolan


A Swallow and 3 Sand Martin on a stick at Lea Farm – David Dolan

April 1st
Lea Farm GP – Sand Martin an increasing number showing an interest in the wall (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Blackcap male singing (Geoff Emmett); Snipe (Steve Beasant)


Sand Martins inspecting the wall at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Singing male Blackcap at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – Steve Beasant

March 31st
Lea Farm GP – Swallow (FJC); Green Sandpiper (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Chiffchaff (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Swallow over heading north (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Mandarin Duck male and female (David Williams-Jones)

March 30th
Lea Farm GP – Little-ringed Plover heard in foggy conditions (FJC); Garden Warbler in hedge approaching the hide, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 20+ Sand Martins, Swallow (Bruce Irvine)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret in summer plumage (FJC); Barn Owl in tussle with a Jackdaw (Stephen Power)
Sandford Lake – 2 Swallow over heading west (Joseph Taylor)


Little Egret in summer plumage at Lavell’s Lake – FJC

March 28th
Lea Farm GP – 7 Sand Martin (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 94 Shoveler, Little Egret (FJC); 2 Wigeon male and female (Anne Cronin)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Mandarin Duck swimming down west side of Goat island (Tim James)

March 27th
Lea Farm GP – 6 Sand Martin (Joseph Taylor); 3 Chiffchaff on path to Ron’s hide, 3 Herring Gull on the island (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 30+ Redwing over heading south east (FJC); Kingfisher (Alan Travers)

March 26th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Sand Martin (Eddie Napper); Snipe (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Blackcap male singing from the hedge around the Car Park field (Eddie Napper); 66 Shoveler, 25 Tufted Duck, 12 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 2 Cetti’s Warbler in reeds both front and behind hide (Michael Hubbard); Chiffchaff by Jerry’s Bench (Tony Jones)


Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Chiffchaff in Willow at Lavell’s Lake – Tony Jones

March 25th
Lea Farm GP – Sand Martin many entering the wall, 2 Redshank on east shore, Green Sandpiper, House Martin over (Geoff Emmett); 4 Blackcap, Chiffchaff on the Loddon path (Suren Akkaraju); 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker pair mating in big Willow by Green bridge (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher, Oystercatcher (Keith Seymour); 2 Green Woodpecker in the Car Park field (Suren Akkaraju)

March 24th
Lea Farm GP – Mandarin male over, 2 Sand Martin (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Blackcap singing by the Green bridge, Tawny Owl calling by the Green bridge (FJC); 3 Snipe, Kingfisher, Little Egret (Stephen Power); Great Spotted Woodpecker (Geoff Emmett)
Middle Marsh Lake – 2 Gadwall male and female (Gary Bushell)


Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – Stephen Power


Dishevelled Little Egret at Lavell’s Lake – Stephen Power

March 23rd
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck (Suren Akkaraju); Common Scotor
female (Brian Bennett); 8 Sand Martin (Joseph Taylor); Wheatear female by vent 32 (Finley Hutchinson)
Lavell’s Lake – Blackcap female on path to Bittern hide, Redwing near Emm Brook, Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool, Grey Wagtail near bridge (Suren Akkaraju); Chiffchaff singing by John’s bench, Coal Tit on feeders (Brian Bennett)
Sandford Lake – Blackcap singing and showing in the north east corner (Brian Bennett); Oystercatcher (Suren Akkaraju)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Mandarin Duck on jetty in the south east corner of the island (Brian Bennett)


Common Scotor at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Common Scotor at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Sand Martin at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

March 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Blackcap singing half way between the Green Bridge and Ron’s hide, 6 Little Egret flew over low heading south, 2 Redwing (FJC); Peregrine on landfill eating prey (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 83 Shoveler (FJC); 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool, Kingfisher flew across lake, Cetti’s Warbler in reeds behind feeder area (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 12+ Shoveler, Pochard (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 20+ Sand Martin over heading south west (Peter Scudamore)
Middle Marsh Lake – 16+ Sand Martin feeding over the lake (Peter Scudamore)

March 21st
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail ran across in front of the hide, Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders, Nuthatch (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); Sparrowhawk in tree, Bar-headed Goose, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch male and female, Cetti’s Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Mick Vogel)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher, Little Egret, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)


Cetti’s Warbler at Lavell’s Lake -Mick Vogel

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

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE