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Sightings archive

October 2016 sightings

  • In bold type are sightings that are uncommon either by rarity, date or number seen.
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October 31st
Lea Farm GP – 2 Jack Snipe, Shelduck, Water Rail (J McGowan); Grey Wagtail (G Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 32 Snipe, Chiffchaff, Pintail on bund at Bittern hide, 10 Fieldfare & 5 Skylark over (FJC)

Grey Wagtail @ LFGP, G Emmett

October 30th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Jack Snipe, Shelduck, 10 Snipe (FJC); Green Sandpiper (J Jones); Water Rail, Little Egret, 4 Common Gull, Chiffchaff (J McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – 12 Snipe (FJC)

October 29th
Lea Farm GPCurlew landed in north east corner then left by mid morning, Shelduck, 4 Little Egret, 8 Fieldfare over (FJC); 2 Jack Snipe together on east shore (A Rymer et al)
Lavell’s Lake – Tawny Owl calling near Teal hide early a.m. (J Mc Gowan)

October 28th
Lea Farm GP – Jack Snipe, Shelduck, 20+ Golden Plover over about 1 mile east of landfill, 800+ Wood Pigeon over, 3+ Meadow Pipit (FJC); Water Rail, Little Egret, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (J McGowan); 2 Grey Wagtail (R Marsh); m. Sparrowhawk, 3 Snipe (G Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Little Grebe, Water Rail, Little Egret, 30 Snipe (R Marsh)

October 27th
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck, Jack Snipe, Water Rail, Little Egret (J McGowan); Common Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail (G Emmett)

October 26th
Lea Farm GPShelduck (J McGowan et al); Grey Wagtail, 2 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Greylag Geese, Little Egret (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Grebe, m. Bullfinch, 19 Snipe (R Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Grey Wagtail (R Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Cetti’s Warbler (R Marsh)

October 25th
Lea Farm GP – Jack Snipe, Water Rail (J McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Little Grebe, Cetti’s Warbler, m. Bullfinch (J McGowan)

Cetti’s Warbler @ Bittern hide, J McGowan

October 24th
Lea Farm GP – Jack Snipe, 2 Little Egret, 27 Egyptian Geese, Grey Wagtail (J McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl looking out of box early a.m. (FJC); 16 Snipe, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet over (R Marsh)

October 23rd
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail, Cetti’s Warbler (J McGowan)

October 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Jack Snipe, Water Rail, Little Egret, Chiffchaff (J McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – 10+ Snipe, 2+ Water Rail, Kingfisher, Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Little Grebe

Water Rail @ Tern Scrape, FJC

October 21st
Lea Farm GP – 100+ Fieldfare WSW, 100+ Redwing (FJC), 4 Little Egret, Jack Snipe (Bob Bennett), 2 Raven over low South over Lodge Wood (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Lesser Redpoll ringed (T Alexander)

October 20th
Lea Farm GP – 300+ Fieldfare WSW, 50+ Redwing, 1 Skylark, 1 Raven, 130+ Golden Plover 4 miles North of car park field (FJC & J McGowan), Jack Snipe (G Emmett)

October 19th
Lavell’s Lake – 9 Snipe & 3 male Pochard at Bittern hide, pair Wigeon & 1 Little Grebe at Teal hide, Gt Spotted Woodpecker nearby (L Garner-Langham)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher (L Garner-Langham)

October 18th
Lea Farm GP – fem. Stonechat (FJC et al); Pintail, 4 Snipe, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, Swallow (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 10 Snipe, Water Rail, 4 Little Grebe @ Bittern hide, Kingfisher @ Teal hide (R Marsh)

Female Stonechat @ LFGP, FJC

Swallow @ LFGP, G Emmett

October 17th
Lea Farm GP – Pintail, Grey Wagtail, 2 Snipe (T Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – 11 Snipe, Water Rail, 2 Common Gull, Kingfisher (M Hunt)

October 16th
Lea Farm GP – 39 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 29 Teal, 48 Shoveler, 7 Mute Swan, 80 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 88 Greylag, 142 Canada Geese, 1 Pochard (over), 32 Gadwall, 13 Cormorant, 1 Grey Wagtail, 13 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 5 Mallard, 131 Lapwing, 35 Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Chiffchaff (WEBS count by FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Pintail: photo here (S Day); Water Rail calling by John’s bench, 2 Cetti’s Warbler singing (P Bright-Thomas)

October 15th
Lea Farm GP – 96 Greylag Geese left at sunrise, 100+ Lapwing, 3 Stonechat, 3 Little Egret, Kingfisher, Pintail (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Bullfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Redwing feeding in car park field (FJC); Peregrine – photo here (S Day)

October 14th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Swallow over landfill low, 5+ Meadow Pipit, 8+ Skylark, 5+ Redwing (FJC); c60 Wigeon, 2 Common Gull (P Scudamore); Chiffchaff (G Emmett)
Lavell’s LakeOsprey over low South, hovering for a moment then heading back North, lost behind trees. Link to Alan Rymer’s nice record shots here

Chiffchaff @ LFGP, G Emmett

October 13th
Lea Farm GP – House Martin, 2 Stonechat on landfill, Pintail (G Emmett), 3 Raven over SE, then back NW mid pm (FJC); 2 Little Egret (T A Guyatt)

October 12th
Lea Farm GP – 123 Greylag Geese leaving after roost, Pintail still early am , Raven West of GP 12:20 (FJC), 30+ Chaffinch NW & 6 Redwing North over landfill (FJC)

October 11th
Lea Farm GP104 Shoveler, Pintail SW corner, 8+ Snipe along East shore, Stonechat NE corner, 13 Fieldfare SW (FJC, A Rymer & R Bryant); Water Rail calling from balancing pond, 50 Redwing SW & c20 Chaffinch NW over landfill (FJC)

October 10th
Lea Farm GPPintail SW corner (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Common Sandpiper, 6 Snipe, Water Rail (M Vogel)

October 9th
Lea Farm GP – c40 Redwing over North, 4 Mistle Thrush North along Loddon (FOLL bird Walk); 3-4 Chiffchaff, Pintail SW corner, Stonechat NE corner (Brian Bennett et al)
Lavell’s Lake – 30 Redwing over going north (FJC); 3 Snipe, Little Egret, Kingfisher (photo here) (G Turner); Whitethroat heard only (R Righelato)

October 8th
Lea Farm GP – c100 Redwing over in 3 flocks, 6 Skylark over, 10 Swallow over (FJC)

October 7th
Lea Farm GPDunlin in NE corner, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4+ Redwing over, 2 Chiffchaff along the Loddon (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 1 – 2 Chiffchaff in car park field (FJC), 6-7 Chaffinch over North,

October 6th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Grebe, 3m.& 1f. Pochard (S Day); Tawny Owl calling near Teal hide early a.m. (FJC)
Lea Farm GPJack Snipe on east shore behind the island (Jim Reid et al); Peregrine, Kestrel, 7 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 3+ Meadow Pipit, 3+ Song Thrush, 2+ Redwing, 6 Common Gull – 5 adult & 1 1st winter juv, (FJC); 7 Snipe, Grey Wagtail, 58 Wigeon (R Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Goldcrest in Long-tailed Tit flock (R Marsh)

October 5th
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Little Grebe, 16 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 21 Shoveler, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 adult & 2 juv. Gt Crested Grebe (M Hunt); Little Egret at Teal hide (L Garner-Langham)
Black Swan Lake – Grey Wagtail in car park puddle (L Garner-Langham)
Sandford Lake – Buzzard (L Garner-Langham)

3 Little Grebes @ Lavell’s, L Garner-Langham

October 4th
Lea Farm GPHobby hunting around Lodge Wood & landfill, 2 Raven flew SE over landfill, 5 Redwing north over landfill, 5 Meadow Pipit & 1 Linnet flew SE over landfill, 1 Siskin west over landfill (FJC); Green Sandpiper, 13 Snipe, Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch, m. Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff singing along the Loddon (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – m. Kingfisher, juv. Little Grebe (R Marsh)

October 3rd
Lea Farm GP – 14 Snipe (A Rymer); Hobby & Sparrowhawk over Lodge Wood, Grey Wagtail (P Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 12 Swallow over, Chiffchaff, 5 Meadow Pipit over (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Redwing over (FJC)

October 2nd
Lea Farm GP – 1 ad. & 3 juv. Gt Black-backed Gull over (FJC); 2 Red-legged Partridge on landfill, 2 Whinchat on landfill (M Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Snipe, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk successfully hunting a small bird in reeds (G Turner); Coal Tit & Ring-necked Parakeet around car park field (M Walford); Hobby over barn owl box field (R Jinks)

October 1st
Lea Farm GP – 14 Snipe, 13 Teal, 61 Wigeon, 57 Shoveler (M Walford); 2 Nuthatch, Green Sandpiper, 2 Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, 12+ Swallow circling lake & landfill (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe (R Marsh); Ceti’s Warbler, Little Egret (M Walford)
Black Swan Lake – Garganey, Green Sandpiper very briefly on activity centre beach, 2 Grey Wagtail, 9 Meadow Pipit flying over going southeast (FJC)