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Sightings archive

September 2016

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

September 30th
Lea Farm GP – Nuthatch, 19 Egyptian Geese, 3 Greylag Geese, Hobby, Kingfisher, Wren, c10 Swallow over (R Marsh); Raven over landfill, 2 Meadow Pipit on landfill with more seen going over, c200 House Martin flying south over landfill (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler singing by John’s bench, Little Egret, juv. Little Grebe, 4 Snipe (R Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Garganey (FJC)

September 29th
Lea Farm GP – Peregrine (B May); Sparrowhawk, 3 Snipe (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby, adult & juv. Little Grebe, Pochard (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Garganey, Cetti’s Warbler singing (M Kettell)

Record shot: Garganey @ SL, R Marsh

Roe deer & fawn in front of LFGP hide, R Marsh

September 28th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Snipe, 130+ Lapwing, 2 Nuthatch, 18 Egyptian Geese, 5 Greylag Geese, 30+ Swallow over flying south (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler, Little Egret (M Walford); juv. Little Grebe, 2 Snipe, Pochard, m. Sparrowhawk, f. Kestrel, 2 Reed Bunting, Water Rail heard at Teal hide (R Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Garganey (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Cetti’s Warbler singing, Chiffchaff (R Marsh)

September 27th
Lea Farm GP4m.& 1f. Mandarin Duck (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Reed Warbler (M Walford); 2 Hobby over car park (FJC); Sparrowhawk, 3 Snipe, 2 Little Grebe (newly arrived winter plumage adult & juv.) in front of Bittern hide, Green Woodpecker in car park field (D Hampton)
Black Swan Lake – Garganey (M Walford)
Sandford Lake – Cetti’s Warbler (M Walford)

Little Grebe (adult, winter plumage), D Hampton

September 26th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Snipe, Cetti’s Warbler seen left of hide, Kingfisher, Nuthatch, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Reed Bunting, Lessser Black-backed Gull (R Marsh); 6 Skylark and 9 Meadow Pipit over landfill, all flying south (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – f. Kestrel, juv. Little Grebe, 2 Cetti’s Warbler singing either side of Bittern hide (R Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Garganey near activity centre, Cetti’s Warbler singing (R Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 2 Cetti’s Warbler singing either side of lake (R Marsh)
White Swan Lake – Kingfisher, Cetti’s Warbler singing (R Marsh)

Snipe, R Marsh

September 25th
Lea Farm GP – Peregrine over landfill (FJC); 5 Snipe (G Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby over Bittern hide (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Garganey near activity centre early a.m. (FJC)

September 24th
Lea Farm GP – Peregrine, f. Mandarin Duck, 10+ Meadow Pipit over, 3 Snipe (G Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Garganey early p.m. (S Day); juv. Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Snipe (G Turner); Hobby over, 7 Ring-necked Parakeet over, 2 Meadow Pipit over (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Garganey early a.m., Siskin over calling (FJC)

September 23rd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Pintail flew south, 58 Greylag geese flew east, 3 Raven over landfill, 10 Meadow Pipit over flying south in small groups (FJC); 2 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail over, m. & f. Sparrowhawk, 50+ Swallow flew south (Bob Bennett & R Marsh); Goldcrest in bushes opposite gate to hide (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – juv. Little Grebe, f. Stonechat on gate post in corner of Barn Owl box field, f. Kestrel on wire in car park, Grey Wagtail on sluice at Teal hide (R Marsh); 4+ Blackcap in car park field, 2 Sparrowhawk over just east of car park (FJC); Snipe on bund (J Sheridan)
Black Swan Lake – Garganey (FJC); 4 Grey Wagtail (Bob Bennett)
Sandford Lake – Cetti’s Warbler in front of hide (S Day)

Grey Wagtail @ Black Swan Lake, R Marsh

September 22nd
Lea Farm GP10 Pintail a new park record, 25 Greylag Geese, 10 Meadow Pipit flying south in small groups, f. Mandarin Duck (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Garganey by main island, viewed from activity centre (M Walford)

September 21st
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaff, 56 Shoveler, Nuthatch, pair Reed Bunting (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Siskin over calling near Teal hide (M Walford); 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Raven, 1 Hobby all over landfill (FJC); Green Sandpiper, juv. Little Grebe, Little Egret, f. Kestrel (R Marsh)

Little Grebe (juv.), R Marsh

September 20th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper on island, f. Mandarin Duck, 13 Wigeon (A Rymer)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Owl heard calling near green barn at Lea Farm (FJC)
Black Swan Lake7 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pochard (FJC)

September 19th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Egret over (M Walford); Common Sandpiper, 20+ Meadow pipit over (FJC); Kingfisher, 12 Wigeon, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, m. Sparrowhawk (G Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher, 2 Cetti’s Warblers singing, m. Pochard (R Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Garganey (M Walford & FJC)
Sandford Lake – 2 Blackcap (R Marsh)

Sparrowhawk, G Emmett

September 18th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Pochard, f. Mandarin Duck, 34 Meadow Pipit, 51 Teal on lake + 12 over heading north, 12 Wigeon, 32 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, male Stonechat on landfill, 2 Snipe (FJC); Common Sandpiper on island (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – male Stonechat in car park field, then moved to landfill (M Walford & T Guyatt)
Black Swan Lake – 20 Shoveler, 12 Teal (FJC)
Sandford LakeSpotted Flycatcher around dead trees 50 metres in from gate to Sandford Lane (R Marsh); Garganey (M Walford)

September 17th
Lea Farm GP2 Red-legged Partridge in same vicinity on landfill, Pintail circling over lake then appeared to drop down at Lavell’s, 6 Meadow Pipit landed & stayed for 5 mins before heading south (FJC); distant Tawny Owl heard on approach to hide, f. Mandarin Duck, 2 Common Sandpiper, Wheatear, Hobby, Pintail later in north east corner (J McGowan)
Sandford Lake – Spotted Flycatcher (P Stancliff)

Pintail, R Marsh

September 16th
Lea Farm GP7 Dunlin, 2 Red-legged Partridge, Wheatear, Whinchat, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpipiper, Mandarin Duck, 44 Shoveler, 40 Teal, 6 Wigeon (FJC); Kingfisher, Cetti’s Warbler, juv. Whitethroat, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch, 9 Swallow (R Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Common Tern (FJC et al)
Sandford LakeSpotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat (S Day & FJC a.m.); Lesser Whitethroat, 2 f. Blackcap + Spotted Flycatcher (re-located by T Guyatt p.m.)

Spotted Flycatcher, A Rymer

Kingfisher, R Marsh

September 15th
Lea Farm GP – 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 17 Shoveler, 25 Teal, Mandarin Duck, 18 Wigeon, 82 Coot (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake3 Yellow Wagtail over, 2 Meadow Pipit over, 4 Hobby circling & drifting south, 17 Teal (FJC); Kingfisher, Snipe (G Emmett); Green Sandpiper @ Teal hide, 2 Little Egret (D Hampton); 1 Blackcap in car park field, 2 Green Sandpiper @ Bittern hide (R Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 20 Shoveler, 2 Teal (FJC); 1 Grey Wagtail (D Hampton)

September 14th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 23 Shoveler, 17 Teal (FJC); 1 Chiffchaff (L Garner-Langham)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail heard only, 1 Meadow Pipit over calling (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 13 Shoveler (FJC)

Chiffchaff, L Garner-Langham

September 13th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, Wheatear on landfill post, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Chiffchaff, 15 Stock Dove (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper 1 at each hide (R Marsh); 2 Hobby over car park (FJC)

September 12th
Lea Farm GP – Mandarin Duck (FJC); 4 Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 2 Wheatear on landfill vents (Brian Bennett); 2 Whinchat together on nearest landfill vent, 2 Common Sandpiper (Bob Bennett & G Emmett); m. Sparrowhawk on feeder stand, 1 Nuthatch (G Emmett); 1 Hobby over (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Grebe (L Garner-Langham)

Nuthatch, G Emmett

September 11th
Lea Farm GP – Wheatear on landfill vent seen from car park field (Brian Bennett); 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Grebe (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat in car park field (Brian Bennett); male Redstart in centre thicket of car park field, Hobby, 25+ Meadow Pipit over in 4 groups, juv. Pochard, 55 Tufted Duck, 14 Teal (FJC); Grey Wagtail flew south, Kingfisher (R Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Grey Wagtail (R Jinks)

September 10th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, adult & juv. Common Tern, Mandarin duck, 2 Wigeon, 3 Little Egret, 6 Shoveler (FJC); Sparrowhawk (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper, juv. Little Grebe (R Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 700+ House Martin over (FJC); 2 Grey Wagtail (Brian Bennett)

September 9th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, 2 juv. Pied Wagtail (Bob Bennett); 11 Shoveler (FJC); 4 Little Egret (R Marsh)
Lavell’s LakeWhinchat in hawthorn bush at bottom left of car park field, Mistle Thrush over (FJC); 2 Hobby, Green Sandpiper (Bob Bennett); juv. Little Grebe, Snipe (S Day); Sparrowhawk over landfill (R Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – c300 House Martin over (FJC)

September 8th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper, 23 Teal, Wigeon, juv. Little Ringed Plover (FJC); 4 Green Sandpiper (R Marsh)
Lavell’s LakeLittle Stint seen briefly on Bittern hide scrape before being flushed by 2 Green Sandpipers. (FJC); 2 Green Sandpiper on Teal scrape (G Emmett); Hobby at Bittern hide then later over car park field, juv. Little Grebe (R Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 38 Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, 12 Teal, Green Sandpiper briefly on activity centre beach, Grey Wagtail over (FJC)

Little Stint – Tern scrape : F J Cottington

September 7th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, juv. Little Ringed Plover (FJC); partial summer plumage Dunlin, Little Grebe (G Emmett et al); Wheatear, adult and juv. Common Tern still (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake2, male & female Redstarts in car park field (A Bassett); Kestrel, Hobby, 2 Green Sandpiper (R Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Common Sandpiper (R Marsh)

Record shot of Dunlin, G Emmett

Record shot male & female Redstart, A Bassett

Juvenile Green Woodpecker, G Emmett

September 6th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Common Sandpiper, 7 Green Sandpiper, juv. Little Ringed Plover, f. Mandarin Duck, 2 Kingfisher (FJC); Grey Wagtail, f. Sparrowhawk (G Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – f. Redstart (A Rymer); 2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Hobby, 2 Kingfisher (R Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Common Sandpiper (R Marsh)

Grey Wagtail, G Emmett

Kingfisher, F J Cottington

September 5th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, juv. Little Ringed Plover (M Walford); 2 Wheatear, adult & juv. Common Tern, 3 Little Egret (G Emmett)
Lavell’s Lakem. Redstart on fence post at bottom right of car park field (B May); f. Kestrel around car park field (G Emmett)
Black Swan Lake49 Shoveler, Grey Wagtail (M Walford)
Sandford Lake – Cetti’s Warbler, Common Sandpiper (M Walford)

Redstart, G Emmett

Kestrel, G Emmett

September 4th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper (FJC); Wheatear, 3 Little Egret, 8 Stock Dove, 6 Shoveler, 4 Common Tern 2 ad/2 juv. (R Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby on main island waiting out the rain, Green Sandpiper on Teal hide scrape (R Marsh); Kingfisher, Little Egret (M Hunt)
Black Swan Lake6 Grey Wagtail, 250+ House Martin (FJC)

September 3rd
Lea Farm GP – 4 Common Tern 1 ad/3 juv. (Brian Bennett); Wheatear, Raven flew north over Lodge Wood, 2 Reed Bunting, Snipe (R Marsh); 2 Redshank, 4 Little Egret, Skylark, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper (FJC); Peregrine (G Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby around Bittern hide, Coal Tit heard east of car park, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler (FJC); Kingfisher, 3 Green Sandpiper (G Turner)

Snipe, R Marsh

September 2nd
Lea Farm GP – Little Egret, 6 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper (M Walford); 3 Wheatear on the same landfill vent, feral Barnacle Goose (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Lesser Whitethroat in hedge behind lake, seen from bottom off car park field (M Walford); Spotted Flycatcher in dead tree across path from John’s bench, 3 Green Sandpiper (R Marsh); 2 juv. Hobby, m. Kingfisher (T Guyatt); Swift over flying south (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Grey Wagtail (M Walford)
Sandford Lake – Hobby, Common Sandpiper (S Day)

September 1st
Lea Farm GP – Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, f. Mandarin Duck (M Walford); Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Kingfisher (J McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat from bottom off car park field, Ring-necked Parakeet over, Nuthatch & Coal Tit calling from car park woods (M Walford); Kestrel in car park field (J McGowan)
Black Swan Lake51 Shoveler, Grey Wagtail (M Walford)