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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 103┬áspecies seen from 1st Jan to date (29th March), click here.
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October 18th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Snipe on east shore, Kingfisher flew past hide (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher flew along Emm Brook & under bridge as I walked from car park, Goldcrest in Tit flock by Teal hide, Sparrowhawk flew over Loddon from the vicinity of Sandford Mill heading towards Bittern hide (Richard Marsh); 10 Ring-necked Parakeets over car park field (Alan Rymer)

October 17th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Nuthatch on the feeders, Sparrowhawk scattering birds on the feeders (David Williams-Jones)
Lavell’s Lake – 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (David Williams-Jones); Kestrel over car park field, 2 Snipe on reed pile in scrape (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher (David Williams-Jones)
White Swan Lake – Common Gull (Richard Marsh)

October 16th
Lavell’s Lake – Siskin large flock over the lake and also seen around the Air Museum (Peter Scudamore)

October 15th
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher near Emmbrook on path from the car park (Anne Cronin); Firecrest seen at far end of the car park field, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Kingfisher, Water Rail under feeders (Nick Kightley)

October 14th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Mandarin Duck male and female, 72 Teal mostly in the south west corner, 4 Snipe on east shore (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher on sluice, Snipe on scrape (Peter Scudamore)

October 13th
Lea Farm GP – 5 Mandarin Duck 4 males and 1 female in the south west corner, 2 Green Sandpiper over landfill (FJC); 24 Shoveler (Renton Righelto)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail (Renton Righelto)
Sandford Lake – 8 Pochard, 25+ Ring-necked Parakeet over (FJC); Snipe (Renton Righelto)

October 12th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper in the south west corner (Peter Scudamore)

October 11th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Kingfisher (Gary Bushall)
Sandford Lake – 8 Wigeon (Peter Scudamore)

Kingfisher seen at Lavell’s Lake – Gary Bushall

October 10th
Lea Farm GP – Green Woodpecker on east shore, Nuthatch on the feeders, Little Egret on the island, Bar-headed Goose with a dozen Canada’s, 300+ Golden Plover over landfill moving south west seen with Bob Bennett (Geoff Emmett); 28 Meadow Pipit in a single flock over the lake travelling south, Sparrowhawk dived passed the feeder (Bob Bennett); 8 Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler both in quantity (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 8 Meadow Pipit over the landfill from the car park field, Little Egret on north bank, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet over the car park field (Bob Bennett)

October 9th
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe, Kingfisher (Gavin Turner)

Little Grebe seen at Lavell’s Lake – Gavin Turner

Kingfisher mirror image seen at Lavell’s Lake – Gavin Turner

October 8th
Lea Farm GP – Little Grebe (David Williams-Jones)
Lavell’s Lake – Redwing, Blackcap, Chiffchaff all in bushes around the car park field (Peter Scudamore); 2 Sparrowhawk seen from Teal hide (David Williams-Jones)
Sandford Lake – 6 Pochard all males (David Williams-Jones)
Black Swan Lake – Snipe feeding on the west side of the island, Meadow Pipit over (Peter Scudamore)
Herons Water – 8+ Wigeon (Peter Scudamore)

October 7th
Lea Farm GP – 10 Swallow through in 2 groups of 7 and 3, 4+ Meadow Pipit over (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 20 Redwing 10 over heading west, Fieldfare west low over car park field, 4 Mistle Thrush over south (FJC)

October 6th
Lea Farm GP – 20 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 57 Shoveler, Little Egret, Mandarin Duck (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Pochard male, Barn Owl in box (Richard Marsh); Water Rail under feeders behind Bittern hide (Gail Ditchfield)

October 5th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Wigeon, Green Sandpiper, Teal, Shoveler both in large numbers (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher with a recently caught fish (Tony Jones); Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Stock Dove all around feeder (Peter Scudamore); 2 Raven over (Richard Sajdak)

Kingfisher with fish seen at Lavell’s Lake – Tony Jones

October 4th
Lea Farm GP – Nuthatch, Reed Bunting male, Kingfisher, Stonechat flitting about in front of the hide, Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher with a recently caught fish (David Dolan)

Kingfisher with lunch seen at Lavell’s Lake – David Dolan

Male Stonechat seen at Lea Farm – Richard Marsh

October 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Snipe on east shore (John McGoven)
Lavell’s Lake – 9 Redwing east of and heading north, 4+ Meadow Pipit over landfill (FJC); 12+ Meadow Pipit over bund in small groups, 2 Green Woodpecker over the landfill north of the car park field, Blackcap male eating Elderberries (Bob Bennett); Little Grebe north side of the lake, Kingfisher, Bar-headed Goose flew in with Canada Geese (Richard Marsh); Peregrine Falcon over the landfill seen from Bittern hide (Grant Evans)
Sandford Lake – 2 Raven flying east pursued by 3 Crows, Snipe (Richard Marsh)

Peregrine Falcon seen at Lavell’s Lake – Grant Evans

October 2nd
Lea Farm GP – 95+ Shoveler on mud bank to right of the hide, Sparrowhawk male over lake, 6 Swallow feeding over the lake, 3 Meadow Pipit over the landfill, 3 Reed Bunting on the feeder male and 2 females, Green Sandpiper (Bob Bennett); Chiffchaff on tree near feeders (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Meadow Pipit over (Bob Bennett)

October 1st
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Snipe, Little Egret fishing along the Loddon, Kingfisher male, Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Grebe (Richard Marsh); Meadow Pipit on the bund (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – 2 Snipe (Richard Marsh)

Meadow Pipit on the bund at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

Meadow Pipit on the bund at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

Green Sandpiper at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Travers

September 30th
Lea Farm GP – Wheatear on distant landfill vent (FJC); Green Sandpiper (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Snipe on the bund (Peter Scudamore)

September 29th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Mandarin Duck male and female, Little Egret (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher, Bullfinch female, 2 Swallow, Barn Owl (Richard Marsh)

September 26th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Nuthatch, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Blackcap left of hide, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail distant on north shore, Nuthatch, Kingfisher all seen from Bittern hide, Bullfinch male near yellow gate (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Grey Wagtail on beach in front of the Activity Centre (Richard Marsh)

September 25th
Lea Farm GP – Snipe, Swallow (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher (Alan Travers); Green Sandpiper, 10 Swallows over (Peter Scudamore)

Diving Kingfisher at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Travers

September 24th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting male and female around feeder, Sparrowhawk (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Grebe, Green Sandpiper, Shoveler female, Kingfisher (Alan Travers); Osprey; juvenile calling circled field briefly behind hide before flying off east (David Williams-Jones); Barn Owl sitting at the door of the box (John Morgan)
Sandford Lake – Snipe, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)

Kingfisher at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Travers

September 23rd
Lavell’s Lake – Nuthatch, Snipe, Tree Creeper, Grey Wagtail, Water Rail (Steve Rogers)

Nuthatch at Lavell’s Lake – Steve Rogers

Tree Creeper at Lavell’s Lake – Steve Rogers

Grey Wagtail at Lavell’s Lake – Steve Rodgers

Water Rail at Lavell’s Lake – Steve Rogers

September 22nd
Lea Farm GP – 20+ Meadow Pipit dropped beyond old Oak on landfill (FJC); Common Sandpiper (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – 20+ Meadow Pipit & a Yellow Wagtail over going south (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – c350 House Martin, Sand Martin, 3+ Swallow, c45 Meadow Pipit – all over going south (FJC); Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford)

September 21st
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh); Green Sandpiper & 2 Little Grebe on balancing pool (Rick Dawson)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe, 12+ Swallow over car park field, 6 Blackcap in car park field (Richard Marsh); 50+ Meadow Pipit over car park field in groups up to 14, 5+ Chiffchaff in car park field (FJC)
White Swan Lake – Kingfisher on branch over Loddon (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Swallow over golf course (Ian Paine)

Kingfisher in early morning light at Bittern hide – Stephen Power

September 20th
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail, 2 Teal (Alan Rymer)

September 19th
Lea Farm GP – 100+ Swallow flew south over landfill within 75 minutes, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Grebe on balancing pool (Brian Bennett); Sparrowhawk chased Kingfisher, which dived underwater to evade capture, Little Grebe, Kingfisher flew south along Loddon (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Hobby (Rick Dawson)
White Swan Lake – Cetti’s Warbler in sub-song (Richard Marsh)
Redwood Lake – 35 Gadwall (Richard Marsh)

September 18th
Lea Farm GP – Nuthatch (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Swallow over car park field (Anne Cronin); Green Sandpiper, Hobby, Nuthatch, Bar-headed Goose (David Hampton)

Nuthatch at Lea Farm GP – Geoff Emmett

September 17th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Peregrine over north from Lavells (Brian Bennett); Little Grebe on balancing pond (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe near Teal hide (Richard Marsh); Green Sandpiper from Bittern hide, Nuthatch & Goldcrest in car park field (Nick Kightley)

September 16th
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher by Bittern hide (Simon Marlow)
Mortimer’s Meadow – 2 Meadow Pipit high over west, then 10 over south (FJC)

September 15th
Lea Farm GP – 12 Teal, 3 Green Sandpiper (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – c20 Song Thrush on west edge of car park field (FJC)

September 14th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Meadow Pipit over towards landfill (FJC); 2 Green Sandpiper, Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler heard (Richard Marsh); Kingfisher (R Keel); Little Grebe (David Dolan)
Sandford Lake – Snipe (Richard Marsh)

Little Grebe at Lavell’s Lake – David Dolan

September 13th
Lea Farm GP – Little Grebe, Green Sandpiper, Cetti’s Warbler (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Swallow on overhead wire behind scrape (Richard Marsh); Common Sandpiper, Hobby (Alan Rymer)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Juvenile Pied Flycatcher (R. Gilham at 13.00 then R. Collins at 17.28); Spotted Flycatcher, Nuthatch, 4 Blackcap (R. Gilham & R. Marsh); Chiffchaff (Steve Day); Goldcrest (R. Marsh)

September 12th
Sandford Lake – Pintail (Steve Day)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Juvenile Pied Flycatcher (Andy Merrick et al); 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Trevor Guyatt). This site is between Bader Way & River Loddon; birds were seen around copse at northern end of meadow.

September 11th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Peter Scudamore); Little Egret, 67 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 2 Shoveler (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 6 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall (FJC); Snipe (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – 20 Shoveler, 66 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 13 Teal (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 28 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall (FJC)

Reed Bunting at Lea Farm GP – Geoff Emmett

September 10th
Lea Farm GP – Little Grebe, Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl flying around meadow, 10 Teal (FJC); 2 Hobby, 2 Kingfisher, m. Kestrel, Bar-headed Goose (Gavin Turner)
Black Swan Lake – Male Pintail, 27+ Shoveler (FJC); 5 Chiffchaff (Paul O’Neill)

September 9th
Lea Farm GP – Little Egret, Little Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Rick Dawson)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Hobby, 2 Kingfisher (Jenny Vaughan); Sparrowhawk (Rick Dawson)

September 8th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Little Grebe. Also 2 Meadow Pipit over landfill (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Sparrowhawk from Bittern hide (Suren Akkaraju); Hobby from Bittern hide (S K Proddow)
Sandford Lake – 35+ Shoveler, 12 Teal, 24+ Gadwall, Common Sandpiper, Cetti’s Warbler (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Two groups of Swallows over with 50+ in each (FJC)

September 7th
Lea Farm GP – Little Grebe (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl in the box, 6 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 3 Meadow Pipit over landfill, Yellow Wagtail over landfill heading towards Lea Farm, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 10+ Blackcap in big Hawthorn (FJC); 2 Hobby in tree (Geoff Emmett); Raven seen from landfill high heading toward Lodge Wood, Peregrine over landfill from the north west (Trevor Guyatt)
Black Swan Lake – 6 Pochard, 2 Teal (FJC)

2 Hobby’s at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

Little Grebe with dinner at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

September 6th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Spotted Flycatcher seen briefly near the big Hawthorne tree (FJC); Kingfisher seen from Bittern hide, 6+ Blackcap near the big Hawthorne tree (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Blackcap in middle of Sandford Lane, 2 Kingfisher active around lake, Common Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)

September 5th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Little Grebe, Barnacle Goose feral (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Tawny Owl calling east of car park, Yellow Wagtail heard over landfill (FJC); 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool (Anne Cronin)
Sandford Lake – Tawny Owl second one calling near Black Swan (FJC)

September 4th
Lea Farm GP – Little Ringed Plover in the south west corner, Sedge Warbler (Richard Marsh); Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret, Kingfisher seen from the bittern hide, Sparrowhawk low across the car park field (Richard Marsh); Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool (Anne Cronin); Ring-necked Parakeet on the feeders (Martin Jones)

September 3rd
Lea Farm GP – 17 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 7 Wigeon over towards Dinton, Green Sandpiper (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Wigeon (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – Spotted Flycatcher along west side, Common Sandpiper.
(Brian Bennett); 27 Shoveler flew towards Black Swan Lake then returned (FJC)

September 2nd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Snipe on the north east spit, 60+ Sand Martin over the water feeding, Common Sandpiper on raft in front of the hide (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Bar-headed Goose, Hobby (Marek Walford); Hobby seen from Bittern hide (Richard Marsh); 60+ Greylag Geese heading towards fields east of Dinton, 23 Cormorant flew in from the east (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Spotted Flycatcher west side by stream (Richard Marsh); Hobby over lake (Bob Bennett)
Middle Marsh Lake – Hobby (Renton Righelato)

Spotted Flycatcher at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett

Hobby taking off at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

Hobby resting at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

September 1st
Lea Farm GP – Whinchat on the far shore left of the island, Mandarin Duck female, Little Ringed Plover juvenile, 2 Common Sandpiper, 98 Lapwing, Bar-headed Goose, Little Egret (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret, 2 Shoveler females (Les Blundell); Lesser Whitethroat (Ewan Jones)
Sandford Lake – 3 Spotted Flycatcher west side by stream (Alan Rymer); Pochard, 8 Shoveler, 6 Teal (Brian Bennett); 2 Common Sandpiper on big island (John McGowan); 17+ Shoveler (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Black-necked Grebe juvenile around raft at north west corner of Goat Island viewed across north bay of lake from north bank seen with Brian Bennett (Trevor Guyatt)
Middle Marsh Lake – Hobby (Jenny Vaughan)

Lesser Whitethroat at Lavell’s Lake – Ewan Jones

Black-necked Grebe in transition plumage on Black Swan Lake – Geoff Emmett