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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
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November 18th
Lea Farm GP – Little Egret in tree along Loddon on way to hide, Water Rail (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – Hawfinch in copse centre of car park field (John McGowan); 1000+ Redwing over heading west, 200+ Fieldfare over heading west (FJC)
White Swan Lake – Little Grebe (John McGowan)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck (John McGowan)

November 17th
Lavell’s Lake – Mandarin Duck over north (FJC)
White Swan Lake – Bittern showing well in the reeds, Ring-necked Parakeet over (Paul Bright-Thomas); Bittern seen in flight see picture below (Stuart Gay)


Bittern in flight at White Swan – Stuart Gay

November 16th
Lea Farm GP – 5 Snipe, 2 Common Gull, Reed Bunting female, Water Rail, Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker, Herring Gull immature, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet seen along the Loddon (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Hawfinch active in car park, Cetti’s Warbler seen at the north end of the car park field, Chiffchaff in the copse, 2 Bullfinch, 25 Fieldfare in a single flock (Paul Bright-Thomas); Coal Tit in copse (John McGowan); 8 Hawfinch maybe as many as 11+ highest number seen about 3pm (Jerry O’Brien); Peregrine sat in tall Poplar Tree seen from Bittern hide (Steven Day)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher over lake and again over the path into the stream (Bob Bennett)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Ferruginous Duck change of scenery! (Jerry O’Brien)
White Swan Lake – 2 Bittern showing well in the reeds (John McGowan)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck (Richard Marsh); Grey Wagtail (Bob Bennett)

November 15th
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail heard in the reeds, Nuthatch on feeders (Peter Scudamore); 2 Common Gull, 9 Snipe together on east shore, 2 Reed Bunting male and female on feeders (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 8 Hawfinch in car park field very mobile flying between the Field Maples on the north side to Ash trees on the east side (Bob Bennett and Roger Stansfield); 2 Bullfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 50+ Redwing, 30+ Redwing and Fieldfare in a mixed flock, 4 Song Thrush on Hawthorne tree in corner, Nuthatch flew across car park field (Bob Bennett)
White Swan Lake – Bittern showing well in front of reeds
(John McGowan)
Black Swan Lake – Grey Wagtail on the beach at the Activity Centre (Richard Marsh)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck (Richard Marsh)


Bittern in front of reeds at White Swan – Jerry O’Brien


Kestrel, with lunch at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Rymer

November 14th
Lavell’s Lake – Hawfinch in car park field central copse feeding on sloes (Brian Bennett); 3 Hawfinch just flew in currently perched in Ash on east side of car park (FJC); 2 Hawfinch in north east corner of car park field flew into trees along Emmbrook (Renton Righelato)
White Swan Lake – 2 Bittern showing well in reeds, Little Grebe (John McGowan)


Bittern at White Swan – Steven Day

November 13th
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck, Sparrowhawk female posing nicely on depth marker post in front of hide, Little Egret over (Rick Dawson); 2 Water Rail one under feeder the other heard in the reeds, 2 Common Gull, Nuthatch (Richard Marsh); Dark Bellied Brent Goose (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Hawfinch flew from the copse in car park field, 2 Bullfinch in the car park field, 2 Song Thrush in the car park field, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet west over landfill, 2 Fieldfare over car park field, Siskin flew toward the activity centre (Paul Bright-Thomas); 2 Hawfinch over car park field (Rick Dawson and Adam Bassett); Redwing seen in car park field, Nuthatch in car park field (Richard Marsh
Sandford Lake – Shelduck later seen at Lea Farm (Rick Dawson); Goldcrest (Richard Marsh)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck (Rick Dawson)


Female Sparrowhawk at Lea Farm – Adam Bassett


Dark Bellied Brent Goose at Lea Farm on the landfill – Adam Bassett


Hawfinch at Lavell’s Lake – Stuart Gay


Water Rail under feeders at Lea Farm – Richard Marsh


Shelduck at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Dark Bellied Brent Goose at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

November 12th
Lea Farm GP – Goldeneye female (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – Nuthatch (Geoff Emmett); 2 Raven low over car park field south east, 3 Linnet over, 42 Fieldfare over, Hawfinch reported in car park field (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Bullfinch near car park (Neill Allan); Goldeneye male south end of lake (John McGowan)
Sandford Lake – Siskin near parking area (John McGowan); 2 Ferruginous Duck in middle of lake (Neill Allan)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck (John McGowan)

November 11th
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Hawfinch in copse in centre of the car park field, Blackcap male car park field, Coal Tit car park field, Little Egret over car park field, Ring-necked Parakeet over car park field, Nuthatch in car park field (Marek Walford); Hawfinch, see picture (Ewan Jones)


Hawfinch in the car park field at Lavell’s Lake – Ewan Jones

November 10th
Lavell’s Lake – Kestrel see picture below (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher, Chiffchaff singing by the lake (Richard Stansfield)


Kestrel at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

November 9th
Sandford Lake – 148 Pochard, Water Rail, 12 Shoveler, 84 Tufted Duck (Lee Evans)
Black Swan Lake – 84 Widgeon, 8 Shoveler, Kingfisher (Lee Evans)
White Swan Lake – Bittern showing well in reeds (Rick Dawson); Chiffchaff singing male, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, 26 Tufted duck, 26 Coot (Lee Evans)
Middle Marsh – 2 Ferruginous Duck mobile on the lake, disturbed late morning flying to Sandford Lake (Richard Marsh); Sparrowhawk male over, 2 Greater Spotted Woodpecker on tree north side, Little Egret over (Bob Bennett)

November 8th
Sandford Lake – 125 Pochard (Paul Bright-Thomas); 2 Siskin close to parking on lane side (John McGowan); Chiffchaff male in song to the west of the ‘ditch’ at the western end of the pit, 2 Water Rail one in the south-western corner, another in front of the hide, Cetti’s Warbler about the ditch west of the western side of the pit, Kingfisher very vocal, very flighty and generally keeping to the northern side (Peter Hutchins)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye female (John McGowan); 2 Snipe circling a number of times before dropping to the western side of the northernmost island, 9 Egyptian Geese, Common Gull, Goldeneye close to the southern end, Grey Wagtail near to southern end (Peter Hutchins)
White Swan Lake – 2 Ferruginous Duck in north east corner early morning (Paul Bright-Thomas); Bittern showing well in reeds (John McGowan); Water Rail on the western side towards the northern end (Peter Hutchins)
Middle Marsh – 3 Ferruginous Duck confirmed later in the day (John McGowan)
Heron’s Water – Chiffchaff on west side (Peter Hutchins)


Ferruginous Duck – Steven Day


Ferruginous Duck on Middle Marsh – John McGowan

November 7th
Lea Farm GP – Treecreeper on path to hide, Stonechat female on landfill, 2 Snipe on island, 3 Green Woodpecker maybe same bird flying around lake, 3+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, 20+ Redwing over landfill (Bob Bennett); Water Rail (David Hampton); 3 Common Gull on raft and south west corner, 3 Herring Gull also on raft and south west corner (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl in Box, 65+ Fieldfare heading west, 60 Redwing, 2 Hawfinch over east (FJC); Nuthatch on feeders, Kestrel flew past Bittern hide (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 2 Ferruginous Duck (Steven Day)


Water Rail under feeders at Lea Farm – Richard Marsh


2 Ferruginous Duck on Sandford Lake – Steven Day


Water Rail under feeders at Lea Farm – David Hampton

November 6th
Lea Farm GP – Buzzard (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail back of feeding area behind hide (Peter Scudamore); Snipe on bund, Garganey exhausted possible female! (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – 115 Pochard, 76 Tufted Duck (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Goldeneye females (Steven Day); Pintail male at edge of reedy area in Coot harbour (Rick Dawson); 2 Mandarin duck male and female (David Williams-Jones)


Male Pintail on Black Swan – Steven Day


Possible Garganey at Lavell’s – Geoff Emmett


Snipe at Lavell’s – Geoff Emmett


Buzzard at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

November 5th
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail, 2 Nuthatch, Snipe on island, 2 Common Gull, 3 Meadow Pipit on landfill (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Fieldfare over, 2000+ Starling roosting, 3 Bullfinch, 10 Hawfinch 4 over landfill east just beyond green barn and 6 just flew along treeline on east side of car park field, 6 Golden Plover east very distantly, Raven drifted over heading south, Brambling over heading south west (FJC); 2 Brambling male and female under feeders (Steven Day)


Brambling at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Brambling under feeder at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

November 4th
Lea Farm GP – Coal Tit on feeders (Geoff Emmett)

November 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail under feeders (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – Water Rail heard, Starlings roosting in reeds, 32+ Pochard (FJC)
White Swan Lake – Bittern showing well in reeds (Steven Day); 4 Water Rail heard, 2 Kingfisher heard (FJC)

November 1st
Lavell’s Lake – 35 Fieldfare over, Brambling over west car park heard it call, Lesser Redpoll (FJC)

October 31st
Lea Farm GP – 5 Snipe on island (Peter Scudamore); Shelduck in south west corner, Cetti’s Warbler (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – 500+ Redwing over in numerous flock, 5 Hawfinch over west, 150+ Fieldfare over, 30+ Chaffinch over, 3 Meadow Pipit over (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 4 Siskin on Beech trees on opposite bank of Loddon south of the Sandford bridges (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Great White Egret flying south over lake (Richard Stansfield)


Shelduck at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

October 30th
Lea Farm GP – Little Egret, 7 Fieldfare over, 2 Herring Gull both juvenile in south west corner, Cetti’s Warbler heard (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe in front of Teal hide, 50+ Redwing over, 30+ Fieldfare over (Bob Bennett); Redpoll over landfill, 3 Meadow Pipit over landfill, 2000+ Wood Pigeon over landfill (FJC)

October 29th
Lea Farm GP – White Wagtail in south west corner, Cetti’s Warbler heard, Water Rail (Mark Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Brambling over, 3 Snipe on bund, Nuthatch on feeder, Coal Tit on feeder (Mark Walford); Kingfisher flying along the Emm Brook near Sandford Lane bridge (Eddie Napper); Little Grebe in winter plumage near Teal hide (Neill Allan); Kestrel in car park field (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Water Rail (Marek Walford); Siskin male with Goldfinch flock, Goldcrest with Goldfinch flock both in tree by Loddon on the Sandford side of bridge (Neill Allan)


Kestrel at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 28th
Lea Farm GP – Siskin with Goldfinch flock, 2 Common Gull, 2 Little Egret, 2 Nuthatch juvenile, Herring Gull, 3 Snipe on island (Richard Marsh); Stonechat female along electric fence on landfill (John McGowan): Fieldfare (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 300+ Redwing group of 40 to 100 heading west, 50 Fieldfare groups of 12 to 20 heading west, 6 Meadow Pipit still on landfill (FJC); Little Grebe near Teal hide (Jack and Jules Jones)
Black Swan Lake – 15 Hawfinch 2 flew south near activity centre and 13 flew south west over green bridge seen from car park field, 2 Lesser Redpoll over (FJC)


Fieldfare – Geoff Emmett

October 27th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Stonechat on landfill (Bob Bennett); 3 Little Egret, Cetti’s Warbler to left of hide (John McGowan); 2 Common Gull in south west corner, Lesser Black-backed Gull in south west corner, 3 Snipe on east shore behind island (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail exploring the excavations near the Bittern hide (Jenny Vaughan); 7 Fieldfare at back of scrape (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Snipe, Common Gull, 39 Pochard, 2 Water Rail heard (Richard Marsh)


Lapwing in all it’s glory – Geoff Emmett


Juvenile Water Rail at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 26th
Lavell’s Lake – Coal Tit on feeder (John McGowan); 2 Coal Tit on feeder, Nuthatch on feeder (Alan Rymer)

October 25th
Lea Farm GP – Sparrowhawk, Stonechat on landfill, Redwing in tree (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail on roof of building at Lea Farm (Richard Marsh); 2+ Linnet, c200 Wood Pigeon over east, 6+ Skylark, 15+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Chaffinch over west, 4+ Hawfinch over west (all seen over the landfill), Chiffchaff bottom of car park field, 2 Nuthatch, Water Rail seen at the balancing pool (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Siskin in the Alders by the stream (Steven Day)
Dinton Pasture CP – 2 Goldcrest along the Loddon one displaying to the other, Nuthatch along Loddon, Chiffchaff along Loddon by sluice (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – 2 Common Gull (Richard Marsh)


Redwing – Richard Marsh

October 24th
Lea Farm GP – Sparrowhawk along Loddon, Peregrine landed on the east shore and took a bath!, Common Gull, Snipe (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 6 Meadow Pipit foraging on a newly formed spit (Richard Marsh); Peregrine over low heading east, Stonechat male over landfill, 4 Hawfinch over landfill (FJC); Barn Owl peering out of box (John McGowan)
Black Swan Lake – Fieldfare over old golf course near fence (Bob Bennett)

October 23rd
Lea Farm GP – Redwing left of hide in clear grass area, Green Woodpecker in clear grass area (Alan Baggs); Meadow Pipit on the east shore, Nuthatch, Coal Tit on feeder (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Wheatear nice late bird in our newly dug meadow, Redwing over south and west, 1+ Meadow Pipit (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Treecreeper very vocal near car park 3 exit (Neill Allan)


Meadow Pipit at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Wheatear at Lavell’s Lake Meadow – FJC

October 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Hawfinch in tree near Green Bridge (John McGowan); 2 Stonechat on landfill, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest foraging near Green Bridge, Little Egret, Nuthatch, Common Gull, Sparrowhawk (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Redwing in tree south of Green Bridge, Snipe on newly constructed bund (Richard Marsh)

October 21st
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper over hide heading west, 3 Mandarin Duck 2 females and a drake, Sparrowhawk (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Marsh Tit on feeder (J Bishop); 2 Lesser Redpoll over, Siskin over, Peregrine over car park field (FJC)

October 20th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Stonechat on east shore, Common Gull (Geoff Emmett); Stonechat female joined previous 2 (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl looking out of nest box (John McGowan); Treecreeper (Geoff Emmett)


Common Gull at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Treecreeper at Lavell’s – Geoff Emmett

October 19th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Herring Gull juveniles in south west corner, Snipe on east shore (Bob Bennett); Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Egret, 113 Greylag Geese, Nuthatch, Bar-headed Goose, Green Woodpecker (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Hawfinch over west (FJC); Coal Tit on feeder (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Sparrowhawk over, 9 Redwing over, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker over, 30+ Pochard (Bob Bennett)


Coal Tit on Feeder at Lavell’s – Geoff Emmett


Digger reshaping Lavell’s Lake – Richard Marsh

Lavell’s Lake – 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 3+ Lesser Redpoll, 35+ Redwing, 4 Reed Bunting, 14 Siskin over Tern Meadow (FJC)

October 17th
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 3+ Lesser Redpoll, 35+ Redwing, 4 Reed Bunting, 14 Siskin over Tern Meadow (FJC)
White Swan Lake – 3 Goldcrest with mixed Tit flock (Neill Allan)

October 16th
Lea Farm GP – 20+ Redwing over landfill, 25+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, Snipe on east shore, Peregrine taking a bath on east shore (Bob Bennett and Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Linnet heading south over car park, 3 Lesser Redpoll over south, 2 Pintail flew over and back north could still be present (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)


Peregrine taking a bath at Lea Farm – Richard Marsh

October 14th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe on bund (John McGowan)

October 12th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey in south west corner (John McGowan); Green Sandpiper, Kestrel hunting over landfill (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Garganey female seen from Bittern hide, Snipe on bund in reeds, Coal Tit on feeder, 20+ Redwing over (John McGowan); 3 Skylark over Bittern hide (Paul Bright-Thomas); 140+ Widgeon, 4 Siskin over heading west, 35+ Meadow Pipit over, 5 Skylark over south east, 4 Linnet over, Coal Tit over car park field (FJC); 2 Goldcrest near gate to car park (Richard Marsh)

October 11th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey in south west corner, Little Egret, 2 Snipe, Bar-Headed Goose, 10 Greylag (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Marsh Tit over Emmbrook on path to Bittern hide (Alan Rymer)

October 10th
Lea Farm GP – Tawny Owl over near hide entrance, Madarin Duck drake in south west corner, 2 Snipe on east shore, Greater-black backed Gull over, Garganey in south west corner (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – 100+ Redwing over car park field (FJC); Blackcap by big Hawthorne (John McGowan); Blackcap, 3 Redwing in car park field (Paul Bright-Thomas)

October 9th
Lavell’s Lake – 15 Redwing over west, 5 Reed Bunting, Peregrine over from the east, 10+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, 15+ Redwing dropped into hedge by style, 8 Chaffinch through west, Lesser Redpoll over heading south (FJC); Coal Tit on Bittern hide feeder (Steven Day); Siskin over car park field, Coal Tit over car park field, 2 Snipe over car field heading to Black Swan, 10 Song Thrush top of car park field, Bullfinch 1 in car park field and 5 up by landfill, Pied Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit over car park field (Paul Bright-Thomas)

October 8th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Snipe, Garganey, 3 Little Egret (FJC); Little Grebe on river by Green Bridge (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Redwing over, 30+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, Siskin over, 121 Widgeon, 9 Golden Plover in distance over landfill (FJC); 3 Water Rail heard (Renton Righelato)
Sandford Lake – 28 Pochard (FJC)
White Swan Lake – Water Rail heard (Renton Righelato)

October 7th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey asleep south west corner, Peregrine over lake (John McGowan); 3 Snipe on east shore (Patrick Crowley)
Lavell’s Lake – 30+ Widgeon, Snipe on Bund (Patrick Crowley)
Black Swan Lake – 6 House Martin over lake feeding, Sporrowhawk female circling over (Patrick Crowley)

October 6th
Lea Farm GP – 40+ Meadow Pipit over landfill in numerous groups, Cetti’s Warbler good views in bush opposite hide gate on river bank, 2 Little Egret, Hobby over heading south, Sparrowhawk male over landfill (Bob Bennett); Nuthatch on feeder, Garganey asleep south west corner, 3 Snipe on east shore (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 19 Pochard (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Swallow over lake feeding (Steven Day)

October 5th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey south west corner, Wheatear on east shore (John McGowan); 25+ Meadow Pipit on landfill, (FJC)

October 4th
Lea Farm GP – Mandarin Duck south west corner, 2 Snipe on east shore, 2 Green Sandpiper, Water Rail heard (FJC); Garganey juvenile south west corner (Brian Bennett); Wheatear on east shore (John McGowan); Sparrowhawk on feeder, 5 Snipe on east shore behind island, 2 Little Egret, 10+ Meadow Pipit on landfill, 3 Green Woodpecker (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail, Lesser Redpoll over (Marek Walford); 10+ Meadow Pipit over, Water Rail heard (FJC)


Sparrowhawk on the Lea Farm feeder – Richard Marsh

October 3rd
Lea Farm GP – 8 Lapwing, Mandarin Duck drake (Marek Walford); Garganey south west corner, Wheatear on east shore (Brian Bennett); 15 Meadow Pipit handfuls pinging about on and over landfill (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 82 Widgeon, Redwing over south called once, 73 Gadwall, Little Grebe, Coal Tit near Betty’s bench, 5+ Chiffchaff between Bittern hide and car park field (FJC)

October 2nd
Lea Farm GP – 24 Lapwing, 2 Snipe (Marek Walford); Sparrowhawk (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 102+ Widgeon, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)


Widgeon on the Bund – Richard Marsh

October 1st
Lea Farm GP – 100+ Hirundines over landfill to the west (FJC); 2 Snipe, Green Sandpiper (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – 20+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, 5 Swallows over and though, Blackcap in car park field, Chiffchaff in car park field, 5 Skylark over landfill, 10+ Song Thrush in car park field (FJC)

September 30th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 2 Reed Bunting, Cetti’s Warbler heard, Nuthatch, 3 Little Egret, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh); Snipe on far side of lake on cleared edge to right of island (Peter Scudamore); 50+ meadow Pipit over landfill heading south, Snipe over landfill (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 5 Pochard, 90 Shoveler (FJC)

September 28th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper (Marek Walford); Little Egret successfully fishing infront of hide with 3 Perch caught, Kingfisher on branch over lake just to the right of hide also successful, 40+ Swallows over landfill (Bob Bennett); Snipe flew over lake to north shore, Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler heard (Alan Rymer); 2 Little Grebe, Water Rail (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – 2 Cetti’s Warbler, Mandarin (Marek Walford)


Diving Kingfisher at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

September 27th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Hobby seen from Teal hide (Steven Day)

September 26th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, Garganey, Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Water Rail on north shore (John McGowan); Snipe seen in puddle on north east shore (FJC); Marsh Harrier female flew north across lake pursued by Red Kite, Nuthatch, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl sitting at entrance of box (John McGowan); Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler both from Bittern hide (Steven Day)

September 25th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, Snipe in north east corner, 37 Teal (FJC)

September 24th
Lea Farm GP – Nuthatch on feeder, Mandarin Duck drake (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 47 Widgeon (Richard Marsh)

September 23rd
Lea Farm GP – 38 Shoveler, 24 Teal, 27 Gadwall, Green Sandpiper, 2 Mandarin Duck (FJC); Snipe on east shore, Little Egret (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 70 Gadwall, 30 Widgeon, 4 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 2 Water Rail heard (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 92 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 20 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard (FJC); Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – Common Gull (Steven Day)

September 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Kingfisher on stick near hide, Snipe flew around lake then settled on shingle island, 2 Nuthatch on feeder, Chiffchaff to right of hide, 3 Little Egret very mobile around lake (Bob Bennett and Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Pintail female over heading towards Sandford, 2 Green Sandpiper on Tern Scape, 2 Water Rail heard (FJC)


Chiffchaff at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

September 21st
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper (John McGowan)

September 20th
Lea Farm GP – Snipe east shore left side of shingle island, 3 Black Swan (John McGowan); 4 Black Swan family group seen later (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Mandarin Duck heading west over car park field (Marek Walford); 2 Water Rail chasing each other into reeds on right of hide (John McGowan)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Black Swan near bridge to White Swan lake (Steven Day)


4 Black Swans on Black Swan! – (Steven Day)

September 19th
Lea Farm GP – Stonechat in uncut area, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Mandarin Duck both drakes (Marek Walford); 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff (Alan Rymer); 103 Shoveler, Stonechat male on top of phragmites reed in ditch beyond north east corner (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Spotted Flycatcher in pines behind the Activity Centre (Marek Walford and Steven Day)

September 18th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Little Egret very mobile around lake, Reed Bunting male on feeder, 50+ Meadow Pipit over landfill in several groups, Very large numbers of mixed Hirundines over the lake and Landfill (Bob Bennett); Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe (Paul O’Neill)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby west side of landfill heading towards Lea Farm, 50+ Swallows over heading south, 100+ House Martins over heading south, Bullfinch male near Bittern hide (Bob Bennett); Garganey female on Bund (Steven Day); Mandarin Duck drake flew west over the landfill (Marek Walford)
Sandford Lake – Bar-headed Goose (Steven Day)


Female Garganey – (Steven Day)

September 16th
Lea Farm GP – Whinchat in the uncut area on the landfill (Brian Bennett); Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Little Egret (Merek Walford); 40+ Meadow Pipit over landfill in 10 minutes (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 80+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, Spotted Flycatcher in big Hawthorne tree in car park field, 15+ Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush in Hawthorne Tree (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Hobby heading east over golf course (FJC)

September 15th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Mandarin 1 male and 2 females, Cetti’s Warbler (Merek Walford); 10+ Meadow Pipit over (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 200+ mixed hirundines over (FJC)

September 14th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Mandarin, 14 Meadow Pipit over landfill, Wheatear left of shingle island (FJC); 2 Green Sandpiper in bay on north east bank (Geoff Emmett); Kingfisher flew along south west bank, 2 Little Egret, 200+ mixed hirundines over lake and landfill (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Meadow Pipit almost constant trickle thru south groups of 4-12, 50+ (FJC); Swift over (Trevor Guyatt)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Spotted Flycatcher in trees near golf course side behind Activity Centre, 500+ House Martin, 200 Swallow (FJC); 15+ Mistle Thrush group passing near Activity Centre (Trevor Guyatt); Little Egret over heading west (Marek Walford)
Sandford Lake – Spotted Flycatcher in dense bushes on west side of the lake, Sparrowhawk female over path (Bob Bennett)


2 Spotted Flycatcher behind Activity Centre – (FJC)

September 13th
Lea Farm GP – 32 Gadwall, 47 Shoveler, 13 Teal, 2 Mandarin, Osprey seen over heading south along Loddon towards Dinton (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 13 Widgeon, 66 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, Teal, Hobby over balancing Pool on landfill (FJC); Spotted Flycatcher in large hawthorn, bottom of car park field (FJC and Richard Marsh); 4 Meadow Pipit over (Richard Marsh); Hobby seen from Bittern hide (Roger Stansfield)
Black Swan Lake – 58 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler (FJC); Coal Tit on pines behind Activity Centre (Brian Bennett)
Sandford Lake – Spotted Flycatcher in same location as yesterday (Steven Day and Richard Marsh)


Hobby seen from Bittern hide – (Roger Stansfield)


Black-tailed Godwit from the week-end – (John McGowan)

September 12th
Lea Farm GP – Sparrowhawk female, Little Grebe, Hobby, 2 Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh); 41 Shoveler (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 12 Widgeon, 4 Chiffchaff around car park field (Richard Marsh); 2 Raven heading south east seen with Marek, 6 Meadow Pipit (FJC); Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford)
Black Swan Lake – Blackcap, 4 Mistle Thrush behind Activity Centre (Richard Marsh); Hobby south end of golf course, 9 Meadow Pipit heading south (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Spotted Flycatcher by stream (Steven Day)


Spotted Flycatcher Sandford Lake – (Steven Day)

September 11th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Mandarin, 18 Shoveler, 16 Gadwall, 14 Teal, Sand Martin a few over lake, 10 Meadow Pipits passing through (FJC); 120+ Lapwing, 2 Little Egret (Anne Cronin)
Lavell’s Lake – 18 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 3 Lapwing (Anne Cronin)
Black Swan Lake – 5 Chiffchaff behind the Activity Centre, 7 Mistle Thrush, 600+ mixed hirundines over lake (FJC)

September 10th
Lea Farm GP – Little Grebe, Nuthatch, 2 female Blackcap, 4 Little Egret, 3 Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Swift over car park area, then later seen at BSL (John McGowan); 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, Treecreeper, 5 Wigeon (Richard Marsh); Little Egret over Teal hide (Paul Foulds)
Black Swan Lake – Hobby (John McGowan); 5+ Meadow Pipit over, 25 Mistle Thrush making yet another park record (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Reed Warbler (John McGowan); Kingfisher (Paul Foulds)

September 9th
Lea Farm GP – Whinchat & 3 Meadow Pipit on landfill, 3 Nuthatch on feeders, Sedge Warbler, Skylark, up to 200 Hirundines through, 3 Black-tailed Godwit flew into sw corner – 1 at 08:10 then 2 more at 08:24. All 3 left together at 09:20 (FJC et al); 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s LakeBlack-tailed Godwit on Tern scrape at 06:50, Hobby (John McGowan); Lesser Whitethroat & Sedge Warbler in car park field (FJC); Kingfisher flew along path to Bittern hide (Gavin Turner)
Black Swan LakeSpotted Flycatcher briefly on golf course, 22 Mistle Thrush near activity centre, a new park record (FJC)


Record shot of the 3 Black-tailed Godwit – (Richard Marsh)

September 8th
Lea Farm GP – 18 Shoveler, 20 Teal, 20 Gadwall (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – c20 Mistle Thrush (FJC); c40 Greylag Geese (Steve Day)

September 7th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, Bar-headed Goose, Nuthatch, Sedge Warbler, 10+ House Martin (Richard Marsh); 28 Teal, 13 Shoveler (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 40 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 5 Shoveler, 4 Teal (FJC); 2 Kingfisher, Hobby (Steve Day)
Black Swan Lake – Swift, 8+ Mistle Thrush, 12+ Gadwall, 5 Shoveler (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 18 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler (FJC)


Juvenile Kingfisher with fish – Richard Marsh

September 6th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 26 Teal (FJC); male Mandarin in eclipse plumage, 2 Little Grebe, female Sparrowhawk, 4 Swallow (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby, 4 Wigeon (Steve Day)
Black Swan Lake5 Grey Wagtail, 300+ House Martin, Swift, 5 Mistle Thrush (FJC)


Little Grebe – Geoff Emmett


Eclipse plumage drake Mandarin – Geoff Emmett

September 5th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe, 10+ Sand Martin over (John McGowan); 3 Little Egret (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Whitethroat, Mistle Thrush over (FJC)

September 4th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 24 Gadwall (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 30+ Gadwall (Anne Cronin); Water Rail heard near Teal hide, Hobby, 18 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 2 Wigeon (Peter Scudamore)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Grey Wagtail, Pochard (FJC)

September 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Coal Tit on feeders, Green Sandpiper (Brian Bennett); Snipe on east shore, 3 Little Egret (Gill Finch)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Wigeon over towards BSL, Yellow Wagtail heard over landfill, Chiffchaff in car park field (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Goldcrest in fisherman’s car park (Gill Finch)

September 2nd
Lea Farm GP – Coal Tit on feeders, 3 Little Egret (Jules & Jack Jones); Kestrel on landfill vent (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper briefly on scrape (Jenny Vaughan); Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat and pair Blackcap all in car park field (Eddie Napper)

September 1st
Lea Farm GP – Tawny Owl along Loddon path to hide (John McGowan), Mandarin Duck over (FJC), 3 Wheatear perched on landfill vents, 33 Greylag, 4 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Mistle Thrush feeding near activity centre, Garden Warbler, Great Black-backed Gull over (FJC)

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