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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 132 species seen from 1st January to date (11th May), click here.
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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 (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)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Ringed Plover on bund (John McGowan)

May 12th
Lea Farm GP – Greenshank (FJC)

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, P O’Neill et al)
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, Redshank (John McGowan), 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

April 30th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Little-Ringed Plover, Shelduck, 2 Ringed Plover on shore left of island, Garganey male in far north east corner, 2 Oystercatcher (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Yellow Wagtail over in car park field (FJC), Shelduck in front of Bittern hide (Jack Jones)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Mistle Thrush flew toward golf course (FJC)

April 29th
Lea Farm GP – 9 Common Tern, 2 Little-Ringed Plover, Shelduck, 2 Teal (FJC), Yellow Wagtail (B J Hollands)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Garden Warbler near benches (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Swift over, Nightingale (FJC)

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), Garden Warbler opposite John’s bench (Bob Bennett)
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)

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