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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 134 species seen from 1st January to date (11th July), click here.
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July 21st
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Hobby low heading south (FJC)

July 20th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern; 14 chicks 7 on the island and 7 on the lake edge, 2 Shoveler, Teal (FJC), 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl adult preening in box entrance (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – Cuckoo possible juvenile on island (Steve Day)


Common Tern swallowing a fish (Richard Marsh)

July 19th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern; 11 chicks survived the storm (FJC)

July 18th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (FJC), Sparrowhawk flew over Loddon near hide, 2 Buzzard over landfill, 2 Kestrel hunting over landfill in north east corner (Richard Marsh), Mediterranean Gull summer plumage adult in south west corner (Geoff Emmett), 4 Little Egret (Paul O’Neill)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Barn Owl chicks fledged overnight (FJC)


Mediterranean Gull adult in summer plumage (Geoff Emmett)

July 17th
Lea Farm GP – Dunlin juvenile on far east shore (FJC), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher in south west corner, 5 Little Egret in south west corner, Yellow Wagtail juvenile, Grey Wagtail juvenile, Pied Wagtail all wagtails on far shore, (Geoff Emmett, Brian Bennett, Paul O’Neill and Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Barn Owl chick in entrance to box (Bob Bennett)


Dunlin, juvenile (Geoff Emmett)

July 16th
Lea Farm GP – Sedge Warbler in front of hide (Jack Jones), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Tern chick has fledged (FJC), Teal, Shoveler (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Blackcap adult feeding 2 juveniles near Green Bridge, 3 Linnet flew across field near owl box, Barn Owl flew over memorial bench towards box (Richard Marsh)

July 15th
Lea Farm GP – Dunlin in summer plumage on east shore, Yellow Wagtail juvenile, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, Teal, 2 Shoveler (FJC)

July 14th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Common Sandpiper 2 in the north east corner, 2 Little Ringed Plover one in each corner, 4 Green Sandpiper in south west corner, 4 Little Egret, Barn Owl believed to be from a different family, Teal just flew in (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Gadwall adult with duckling (FJC), Mandarin female, 2 Barn Owl chicks looking to leave Box (Paul O’Neill)


Gadwall with duckling – Fraser Cottington

July 13th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 2 Shoveler, 4 Little Egret, 60+ Sand Martin, 9 Tufted Duck with 8 new duckling (FJC),
Snipe (Geoff Emmett)


Snipe in July – Geoff Emmett

July 12th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper in south west corner, Mandarin, Little Ringed Plover in north east corner (FJC), Green Sandpiper in north east corner, Nuthatch juvenile on feeder, 6 Little Egret (Richard Marsh)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Green Woodpecker (Richard Marsh)

July 11th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Mandarin, Black-tailed Godwit flew in from East, then North 06:10 (FJC), 7 Little Egret, 2+ Whitethroat on track to right of hide, Oystercatcher, 4 Little Ringed Plover in north east corner (Bob Bennett and Peter Scudamore)

July 10th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper (FJC), 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mandarin both female, (Paul O’Neill), 8 Little Egret (Alan Rymer), Nuthatch juvenile on feeder, 2 Reed Bunting male and female on feeder (Tony Myerson)

July 9th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper in south west corner, 4 Little Ringed Plover in north east corner (FJC), 4 Little Egret, Green Woodpecker on tree near Green Bridge, 9 Tufted Duck female with 8 large ducklings (Bob Bennett), Cuckoo adult on tree behind feeders (Jack and Jules Jones, confirmed by Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Common Sandpiper on bund, 5 Reed Warblers adult feeding young in the reeds along path to hide, Garden Warbler just off path near bench, Whitethroat in the bushes near Betty’s Bench, Bullfinch female, 2 Chiffchaffs between hides, 2 Barn Owl chicks looking out of box (Bob Bennett), 2 Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)

July 8th
Lea Farm GP – Mandarin in south west corner, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Little Egret with one juvenile, Common Sandpiper, 4 Skylark over landfill (FJC), 8 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper (Paul O’Neill)

July 7th
Lea Farm GP – Ringed Plover in south west corner, Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Little Egret, Oystercatcher, Herring Gull chased away from island by resident Common Terns, 8 Common Tern chicks on island (Richard Marsh), Reed Warbler (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby in dead tree by Teal hide (Richard Marsh)


5 Little Egrets – Richard Marsh

July 6th
Lea Farm GP – Ringed Plover in south west corner, Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Little Egret (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 5 Pochard 2 males and 3 females (Steve Day)


Kingfisher – Fraser Cottington

July 5th
Lea Farm GP – Ringed Plover, Kingfisher, 2 Green Sandpiper, Buzzard over being chased by Black-headed Gulls (Richard Marsh), Mardarin Duck female in south west corner, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Buzzard (Paul O’Neill), 5 Little Ringed Plover adults with 2 juveniles, Little Egret in north east corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Green Woodpecker 2 along the Loddon and 1 in the car park field (Richard Marsh),4 Barn Owl chicks in box (FJC), Kingfisher in car park (Gavin Turner)


Ringed Plover – Richard Marsh


Kingfisher – Richard Marsh

July 4th
Lea Farm GP – Kingfisher, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Little Egret (Paul O’Neill), Green Sandpiper (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher, 2 Green Sandpiper, Barn Owl adult quartering field near nest box (Paul O’Neill)
Black Swan Lake – Grey Wagtail juvenile (Paul O’Neill)


Green Sandpiper – Geoff Emmett

July 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper in south west corner, Teal male, Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 50+ Sand Martins at least! (FJC), Green Sandpiper (Rick Dawson)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher, Ring-necked Parakeet (Rick Dawson)


Barn Owl – Fraser Cottington

July 2nd
Lea Farm GP – Little Ringed Plover, Grey Wagtail, 16 Lapwings (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby over the lake, Pied Wagtail, 2 Lapwing, Buzzard over harassed by Terns, Kingfisher on “no fishing” sign for 5 minutes, Kestrel hovering over car park field spotted by Suren (Gavin Turner), Hobby (Marek Walford)
Black Swan Lake – Common Sandpiper (Marek Walford)

July 1st
Lea Farm GP – 4 Little Ringed Plover in south west corner, Shoveler in south west corner (FJC), Green Sandpiper in south west corner, Ringed Plover on north east shoreline, 3 Little Egret in south west corner (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl over Sandford Lane (FJC), Green Sandpiper seen from Bittern hide on island (Trevor Guyatt)

June 30th
Lea Farm GP – Redshank north east corner, 2 Teal, 16 Lapwing, Kingfisher (FJC), Shoveler in south west corner (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Hobby hawking for flying insects along Emmbrook behind scrape seen from Bittern hide (Peter Scudamore), Hobby over car park field heading north east (FJC)

June 29th
Lea Farm GP – 14 Tufted duck 2 adults with 12 ducklings, Green Sandpiper, 5 Little Ringed Plover (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Blackcaps male and female near green bridge on the Loddon, 2 Green Sandpipers chased off the scrape by a juvenile Moorhen (Richard Marsh)


Green Sandpipers – Richard Marsh

June 28th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Shoveler female and juvenile, 2 Teal (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Redshank on Tern scrape seen from Bittern hide (Paul O’Neill)
Black Swan Lake – Lesser Black-backed Gull (Paul O’Neill), 51 Egyptian Goose, 2 Grey Wagtail (FJC)

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

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