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Sightings archive

May 2016

  • In bold type are sightings that are uncommon either by rarity, date or number seen.
  • Click on photos for a larger version.

Tuesday 31st May
Lea Farm GP – 2 Lapwing, 22 Gadwall only 2 of which were females, Oystercatcher over > south (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 60+ Swift heading north over LFGP (FJC)

Monday 30th May
Lea Farm GP – 4 Lapwing, Cuckoo flew over > Lavell’s, 4 Common Tern, male Sparrowhawk swooped at juv. Pied Wagtail foraging in front of hide but failed, Gt Spotted Woodpecker fledgling calling in tree near green bridge (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Oystercatcher on Bittern hide scrape, Ring-necked Parakeet over (R Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher (R Marsh)

Sunday 29th May
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Shelduck, Hobby (P Foulds)

Saturday 28th May
Lea Farm GP – Whitethroat, Cuckoo, Oystercatcher over, 6 Gadwall, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 adult & 2 juv. Pied Wagtail, Cetti’s Warbler singing (R Marsh)

Friday 27th May
Lea Farm GP – Redshank, 11 Gadwall, 4 Lapwing (P Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – Hobby between Sandford & Black Swan lakes (P Scudamore)

Thursday 26th May
Lea Farm GP – 5 Gadwall, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, pair Pied Wagtail feeding 2 juv’s, Reed Bunting singing (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret on Teal hide scrape, m. Bullfinch, f. Kestrel (R Marsh); Common Tern bathing by bund (D Hampton)
Sandford Lake – 10 Common Tern, 2 Oystercatcher (D Hampton)

Little Egret, R Marsh

Reed Bunting, R Marsh

Tuesday 24th May
Lea Farm GP – 2 Redshank, 5 Common Tern inc. pair on left hand raft, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Nuthatch, 3 Reed Warbler (R Bryant)

Monday 23rd May
Lea Farm GP – Pochard, Great Crested Grebes now have 2 chicks (P Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Mute Swans have abandoned their nest (P Scudamore)

Sunday 22nd May
Sandford Lake – 3 Tawny Owls, Adult and 2 Juv’s. (S Day and J Vaughan)

Saturday 21st May
Sandford Lake – Hobby (P Scudamore), 2 Tawny Owls Adult and Juv. (S Day)
White Swan Lake – Nightingale heard singing (S Day)

Friday 20th May
Lea Farm GP – Cuckoo (M Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Teal (S Day)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher (M Walford)

Thursday 19th May
Lea Farm GP – 3 Cuckoos (M Walford)

Monday 16th May
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck (M Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo (M Walford)
Sandford Lake – Cuckoo, Garden Warbler, Oystercatcher (M. Kettell)
Black Swan Lake – Nightingale, 2 Garden Warblers (M. Kettell)
White Swan Lake – 3 Reed Warblers (M. Kettell)

Friday 13th May
Lea Farm GP – 2 Skylark, over landfill, 2 Cuckoo, in same tree left of hide, Whitethroat, left of hide, 2 Reed Warblers, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Bob Bennett & John Mac), Little Ringed Plover (Brian Bennett et al), Kestrel (G Emmett et al)
Loddon Path to Lea Farm – Great Spotted Woodpecker with food seen going into tree on far bank (Bob Bennett)

Thursday 12th May
Lea Farm GP – 2 Redshank, 6 Common Sandpiper (M Walford), Linnet on grass in front of hide (John Mac)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo (M Walford)

Wednesday 11th May
Lea Farm GP Black Tern (M Walford, Brian Bennett and T Guyatt)
Sandford Lake – Black Tern (T Guyatt)

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Black Tern, G Emmett

Tuesday 10th May
Lea Farm GP – Redshank (M Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo (M Walford); Little Grebe, Redshank (P Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher (M Walford); Sandwich Tern (P Scudamore)
Black Swan Lake – Common Sandpiper (M Walford and P Scudamore)

Monday 9th May
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper (M Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo (M Walford)

Sunday 8th May
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper on island (Brian Bennett); Green Woodpecker (G Emmett)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Garden Warblers, Nightingale (P Scudamore)

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Green Woodpecker, G Emmett

Saturday 7th May
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper (John Mac)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Mandarin Ducks (S Day)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby over car park field (L Blundell)

Friday 6th May
Lea Farm GP – Cuckoo to left of hide, Little Ringed Plover, 6 Common Terns, Common Sandpiper, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Reed Warblers, 9 Sand Martins (Bob Bennett); Ringed Plover, (G Emmett & Bob Bennett, seen later by Brian Bennett who confirmed); Greenshank (R Sajdak); Oystercatcher, male Sparrowhawk (Brian Bennett et al);
Sandford Lake – Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher (M Walford)

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Ringed Plover at LFGP, G Emmett

Thursday 5th May
Lea Farm GP – Cuckoo (M Walford); Little Ringed Plover, 6 Common Tern, 2 Greenshank (R Marsh et al); Jack Snipe (R Stansfield et al); Hobby over Lavell’s (G Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Greenshank on bittern hide scrape, flew off to Lea Farm GP (R Marsh & D Hampton)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher ( R Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Nightingale singing well, seen briefly (R Marsh)

Greenshank at Lavell’s, R Marsh

Wednesday 4th May
Lea Farm GP – Little Ringed Plover (G Emmett); Wheatear (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Sedge Warbler (G Emmett)

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Little Ringed Plover, G. Emmett

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Sedge Warbler from Bittern hide, G Emmett

Tuesday 3rd May
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper (M Walford); 2 Common Tern, Lapwing, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Oystercatcher over (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Sedge Warbler singing behind John’s bench, Sparrowhawk over landfill > Lavell’s, Mistle Thrush on landfill (R Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Lesser Whitethroat (R Marsh)

Monday 2nd May
Lea Farm GP – 8 Common Tern, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Gadwall (FJC); 14 Gadwall, 3 Swallow, Cetti’s Warbler singing in reedbed next to hide (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Sedge Warbler in car park field, 2 Lesser Whitethroat – 1 in car park field, 1 behind Teal scrape.
Sandford Lake – Lesser Whitethroat (C Foster), 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Tern (R Marsh)

Sunday 1st May
Lea Farm GP – Pair Redshank, Skylark on landfill, 6+ Sand Martins inspecting nest wall, 3 Common Tern, 7 Gadwall, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Lapwing with display flights form male (R Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 30+ Swift over sailing club