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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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January 19th
Lea Farm Lake – Kestrel hovering over the Landfill (John Mcgovan)

January 18th
Lavell’s Lake – White-fronted Goose on the landfill visible from the top of the Car Park field (David Hampton)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander in Coots Bay (Alan Jackman)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Kestrel on pylon (Dave Rimes)

January 17th
Lea Farm Lake – Tawny Owl looking out of top hole in tree opposite the Green Bridge (Steve Clarke)
Lavell’s Lake – Bittern visible at front of island reeds seen from Bittern hide now (Nick Kightley); Green Woodpecker in the Car Park field at the back on the right (Adam McTiernan)
White Swan Lake – Bittern in the reeds in the top corner (Steve Clarke)

January 16th
Lea Farm Lake – Tawny Owl looking out of top hole in tree opposite the Green Bridge (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Grey Wagtail feeding and moving upstream, Little Egret on the Tern Scrape (FJC); Kingfisher flying along the Loddon heading Sandford Mill direction (Rebecca Rees); Barn Owl showed for 5 minutes in the Bittern Hide box (Paul Mattingly)
Sandford Lake – Little Egret (Marek Walford)

January 15th
Lea Farm Lake – Water Rail under the feeder (Mike Kirby); Shelduck in the south west corner, 49 Wigeon 11 over, 55+ Teal, 5 Little Egret all heading downstream sticking to the Loddon flight path (FJC); 6 Little Egret sighted along the Loddon (Suren Akkaraju)
Lavell’s Lake – Peregrine in tall Poplar tree (Jack Jones)

January 14th
Lea Farm Lake – Greenfinch, Water Rail, Chaffinch near Ron’s hide, 4 Nuthatch two checking out the large bird box on right of Green Bridge (Lee Tilley)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher by Teal hide along the Loddon near to the rope bridge, (Lee Tilley); 6 White-fronted Geese are visible from Bittern hide as just landed on the lake (Linda Miller); Peregrine in tall Poplar tree (Michael Hubbard); Peregrine hunting Starlings unsuccessfully, Bittern showing in reeds to right of Teal hide (Matt Joyce); 2 Woodcock low over path to Bittern hide (Brian Bennett)
Landfill – 18 White-fronted Geese seen from top of the Car Park field (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander flew to the north east end seen from the Activity Centre (Paul Bright-Thomas); 10+ White-fronted Geese have just flown in and landed in the water about 150 metres south of the Activity Centre (Matt Joyce); 18 White-fronted Geese all have just flown further south but we couldn’t see where they landed (Katherine Plank)

January 13th
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl in a tree near it’s Box (Hilton Hurst); 30+ Siskin in Alders along Loddon near Tufty’s Corner (Dave Rimes); Barn Owl showing again in it’s box (Roger Stansfield)
Landfill – 18 White-fronted Geese seen from top of the Car Park field (FJC)


3 White-fronted Geese at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Jackman


Barn Owl looking out of it’s Box at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Jackman


White-fronted Goose at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Jackman

January 12th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Goldcrest along the River Loddon (John Mcgovan); Great White Egret, Water Rail, Stonechat (Nick Kightley); Reed Bunting female (Paul Strong)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl in it’s box (Rebecca Rees); 2 Water Rail swimming in reeds on the right of the scrape another squealing to the right of the hide, Little Grebe calling (FJC)


Female Reed Bunting at Lea Farm Lake – Paul Strong

January 11th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret (Simon Proddrow); Reed Bunting male, Ring-necked Parakeet, Water Rail under the feeders (Mike Kirby)

January 10th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret, Little Egret, Shelduck male, Water Rail, 3 Common Gull, Chiffchaff (Nick Kightley); Tawny Owl on show in ‘holey’ tree opposite the Green Bridge (John Mcgovan); Goldcrest along the River Loddon (Alan Jackman)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Little Grebe, Great White Egret over (Nick Kightley); Great White Egret (Anne Cronin); Sparrowhawk with supper (Phil Sigley)
Sandford Lake – 3 Snipe (Nick Kightley)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander seen from the Activity Centre (Nick Kightley)


Goldcrest along the Loddon at Lea Farm Lake – Alan Jackman

January 9th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret in the south east corner, Little Egret in the south east corner, Shelduck male in the south west corner (Peter Scudamore); 3 Rook perched in the ‘Antler Tree’ at the far east end of landfill (FJC); 2 Tawny Owl in ‘holey’ tree opposite the Green Bridge (Andy Dearing); Water Rail foraging under the bird feeders by the hide (Matt Joyce); Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper all in Alder across from the Green Bridge (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – 35+ Siskin in Alders 100m before Green Bridge, Cetti’s Warbler right below viewing flaps offering stunning views from the left side of the hide (FJC); Woodcock flew over the Bittern hide path (Jack Jones)
Sandford Lake – 9 Snipe on the left hand side of island viewed from Lin Singer’s bench (Roger Stansfield)
White Swan Lake – Bittern flew along the back of reeds (Finley Hutchinson)


Tawny Owl opposite the Green Bridge at Lea Farm Lake – Andy Hurley

January 8th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret dropped in to the north east corner before flying to the south west corner 10 mins later, Shelduck male in the south west corner, 3 Little Egret over towards Dinton Pastures (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander just by feeding area on a branch lying on the water, 2 Goldeneye male and female took off from lake heading for either Sandford or Lea farm (Tim James)

January 7th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret, Reed Bunting, Water Rail, Shelduck male in the south west corner, 2 Common Gull, Green Woodpecker, 3 Herring Gull two adult and one juvenile, 2 Nuthatch (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 2 Snipe (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – Bittern (Paul Brant)


Male Shelduck at Lea Farm Lake – Roger Stansfield


Water Rail at Lea Farm Lake – Richard Marsh

January 6th
Lea Farm Lake – Stonechat on the east shore fencing (Jack Jones)
Lavell’s Lake – Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders behind Bittern hide, Green Woodpecker in the Car Park field, Goldcrest alongside Loddon (Rebecca Rees)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander seen from the viewing point, Grey Wagtail on the Activity Centre pier (Andrew Curd); Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 6 Fieldfare all at cafe end of Old Golf course (Bruce Irvine)
White Swan Lake – Great White Egret flew out of the reeds (Rebecca Rees)

January 5th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret on the northern bank, Water Rail under the feeders (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – Woodcock seen with FJC flying below treetop height over the reed bed alongside the path to Bittern hide (Trevor Guyatt)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander male on east bank 1/2 way between the Activity Centre and the duck feeding area (Tim James)
White Swan Lake – Bittern showed reasonably well for a short period in the reeds near the front before flying over the reeds towards the back (Andy Tomczynski)


Male Goosander on the beach at Black Swan Lake – Alan Jackman

January 4th
Lea Farm Lake – Stonechat female on fencing on the north east side, Great White Egret in the north east corner (Finley Hutchinson)
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret (John Mcgowan); Peregrine flew over Teal Hide towards the main part of the lake (Jack Jones)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male seen from the Activity Centre (John Mcgowan); A flock of 40+ Redwing and Fieldfare on the Old Golf Course, Goosander male in Coot’s Corner (Colin Holmes); 2 Goldeneye a drake in the south west corner and a second in Coot’s Corner (Finley Hutchinson)

January 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – Water Rail under feeders, 2 Reed Bunting male and female (Andrew Cook); Mediterranean Gull adult near the Sand Martin Wall (Jack Jones)
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret, 2 Little Grebe seen from Teal Hide (John Mcgowan); 150+ Siskin along the Loddon river 150m above the bridge (Tim James); Bittern seen from Teal hide in reed beds on right hand side (Jack Jones); Woodcock flew over path to Bittern Hide (Suren Akkaraju)
Black Swan Lake – Mistle Thrush in large central tree on the Old Golf Course, Kestrel in the same tree on the Old Golf Course (Roger Stansfield); Goosander male near the duck feeding area (John Mcgowan)
White Swan Lake – Bittern in flight for couple of seconds (Suren Akkaraju)


Adult Mediterranean Gull at Lea Farm Lake – Alan Jackman

January 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret in the north east corner, Yellow-legged Gull first winter in the south west corner, Herring Gull, 100+ Common Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull one was first winter with 1000 Black Headed Gulls in the south west corner the second was an Adult and it flew over and off over Lodge Wood (FJC); 2 Stonechat (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret (Anne Cronin); 10+ Siskin in Alders in Jack’s garden opposite Teal scrape (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 80+ Siskin in Alders 100m south of Sandford Lane (Brian Bennett)
Black Swan Lake – A mixed flock of Fieldfare and Redwing, Mistle Thrush singing, Kestrel on wires all seen on the Old Golf Course (Brian Bennett); Goosander standing under trees on the main “picnic” island (Trevor Guyatt)
White Swan Lake – Goldeneye male in front of the main reed bed (Anne Cronin)


First Winter Mediterranean Gull at Lea Farm Lake – FJC

January 1st
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret in the north east corner, 2 Stonechat on fence, Raven flying along far eastern boundary of landfill (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Great White Egret flying one landing at back of scrape and the other kept going towards the Activity Centre direction, 15+ Siskin 100m upstream from wooden Bridge by Tufty’s corner in tall Alder on the west side of the river (FJC); Kestrel on the wires in the Car Park field (Brian Bennett); Peregrine with a recently caught Ring-necked Parakeet (Mark Lauri); 5 Redwing in the central copse (Anne Cronin); Woodcock over path to Tern hide (Roger Stansfield)
Landfill – 50+ Brent Geese flying around the Landfill seen from Lavell’s (FJC); 2 Rook (Roger Stansfield)
Sandford Lake – 2 Chiffchaff on the west side of the lake (Roger Stansfield); Water Rail, Cetti’s Warbler both seen on the west end of lake (Richard Marsh); Bullfinch male, Goldcrest seen at the entrance gate, 7 Common Gull (Suren Akkaraju); Blackcap male on the west side near the Old sluice, Kingfisher flew silently along the backwater (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander 100m from the feeding area (Mary Jacobs); 2 Chiffchaff (Suren Akkaraju); A mixed flock of about 40 Fieldfare and Redwing; plus Goldfinch (Roger Stansfield); Goosander between islands seen from golf course side, Kingfisher flew by (FJC); Mistle Thrush on the old Golf Course (Anne Cronin); Sparrowhawk over the main Centre (Tim James)
White Swan Lake – Goldeneye male in front of the main reed bed from dog walker’s bench (Anne Cronin); Bittern in view for 3-4 minutes then flew to back of the reeds (FJC)
Bader Way – Feral Pigeon under the bridge south end near A329 roundabout (FJC)


Peregrine with dinner at Lavell’s Lake – Mark Lauri

December 31st
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret in the north east corner, 158 Common Gull, Skylark fluttering low just beyond reedy ditch (FJC); Mediterranean Gull adult winter on water with other Gulls (Roger Stansfield)
Lavell’s Lake – Sparrowhawk unsuccessfully hunting within a large Starling murmuration over Bittern hide, Song Thrush singing in trees near the lay by (Colin Holmes)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye south of Goat Island (Alan Jackman); Goosander in Coot’s Corner (Colin Holmes)

December 30th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret behind reeds in the north east corner, Stonechat on fence, 3 Meadow Pipit flying around, 16 Common Gull in the south west corner until everything flushed a moment ago, a very distant flock of either 40+ Lapwing or Golden Plover which dropped well beyond double pines (FJC); 2 Stonechat, Reed Bunting female on the feeders, Chiffchaff near Ron’s hide (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Sparrowhawk successfully hunting within a large Starling murmuration over Bittern hide (Elaine Dawson)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander east of the little island (Alan Jackman)

December 29th
Lavell’s Lake – Bittern seen from the Teal Hide (Grant Evans)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander drake to the west of Goat Island (Tim James)


Bittern from Teal Hide at Lavell’s Lake – Grant Evans

December 28th
Black Swan Lake – Goosander seen on opposite side and just viewable from the Activity Centre (Dave Rimes)

December 27th
Lea Farm Lake – Water Rail under the feeders, 2 Peregrine both washing in the north east corner (Keith Boseley)
Lavell’s Lake – Sparrowhawk on a reed pile (Rick Dawson); 2 Little Grebe in front of Bittern Hide (Keith Boseley)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander (Brian Crathorne)

December 26th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret in the north east corner, Water Rail under the feeders (Tim James)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander male near the Activity Centre, Goldeneye male in the south bay (FJC); 2 Goosander both males side by side in front of the Activity Centre (Dave Rimes)

December 25th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Sparrowhawk hunting the local Starling murmuration (Nick Kightley)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander (FJC)

December 24th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret, Little Egret in the north east corner, Shelduck nearby, Water Rail under the feeders (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret (Anne Cronin)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander male near the Activity Centre (Anne Cronin)

December 23rd
Lea Farm Lake – Stonechat, Shelduck, Great White Egret (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander male just off the beach, Peregrine circling low amongst the Black-headed Gulls (FJC); Goldeneye male just off the View Point (Tim James)


Male Goosander at Black Swan Lake – Alan Jackman

December 22nd
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Stonechat, Shelduck (Brian Bennett), Water Rail under feeders (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Sparrowhawk female on cut reed at back of scrape (Alan Rymer); Siskin and Goldfinch flock plus Tit flock with a Treecreeper, Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrest (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher behind hide (Paul Doctor)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander male just off the beach, Grey Wagtail near Goat Island on the north coast (Paul Doctor)


Female Sparrowhawk at Lavell’s Lake – Mark Lauri

December 21st
Lea Farm Lake – Tawny Owl calling (Suren Akkaraju); Shelduck, Great White Egret, Bullfinch calling along the Loddon near Ron’s hide (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler near wooden bridge on the Loddon, Great White Egret (Nick Kightley)
Sandford Lake – 4 Snipe (Nick Kightley)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander male near the Activity Centre (Anne Cronin)
White Swan Lake – 3+ Siskin feeding in Alder’s along the Loddon (Dave Rimes)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Peregrine on a pylon (Dave Rimes)

December 20th
Lavell’s Lake – 10 Teal, Little Grebe, Nuthatch, Water Rail (Simon Proddow)
Black Swan Lake – 37 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 2 Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, 59 Gadwall, 29 Wigeon (Simon Proddow); Goosander male viewed from the bank opposite the Activity Centre (Anne Cronin)

December 19th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret, Shelduck, 2 Wigeon in the south west corner (Heather Mahoney)

December 18th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret in the north east corner, Shelduck male in south west corner (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – Peregrine in the big Poplar, Great Black-backed Gull over low heading north (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye adult male seen close to the Activity Centre (FJC)


Male Shelduck at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

December 17th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret in the north east corner, Water Rail under the feeders (Tim James)

December 16th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret in the north east corner, Little Egret in the south east corner (Peter Scudamore); Water Rail under the feeders (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – 1500+ Starling into reeds in front of the Teal hide, 2 Sparrowhawk buzzed the murmuration, 2 Little Grebe, Water Rail (Nick Kightley)

December 15th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Stonechat (Brian Bennett)
White Swan Lake – Bittern high in reeds somewhat right of centre – in line with pale tree trunks behind (FJC)

December 14th
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret on the Tern scrape, Little Egret (Ben Knowles)

December 13th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret, 2 Water Rail, 3 Snipe (Nick Kightley)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye (Alan Jackman); Greenshank over calling repeatedly from Lavell’s Car Park direction over the DAC South (Nick Kightley)


Male Goldeneye at Black Swan Lake – Alan Jackman

December 12th
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Snipe on the Bund (Ben Knowles)

December 11th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Stonechat along fence, Kestrel landed beyond north landfill, 10+ Redwing flying around (FJC); Great White Egret East bank (Tim James); Water Rail under the feeders to the left of the hide (Paul Mattingly)
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret off north, Water Rail near hide, 5 Snipe on Bund at the far end (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 26 Pochard, 2 Snipe on the big island (FJC)

December 10th
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher on the Loddon heading towards the Aviation Museum. (Paul Francis)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Goldeneye seen near Goat Island (Keith Boseley)
White Swan Lake – Bittern in the reeds in the north east corner (Keith Boseley)

December 9th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Water Rail, 5 Snipe (Phil Kinch)

December 8th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret, 2 Water Rail (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Kestrel near Tern hide (Grant Evans)
Sandford Lake – 4 Snipe (Nick Kightley)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Peregrine on top of pylon tucking into breakfast (Dave Rimes)


Kestrel at Lavell’s Lake – Grant Evans

December 7th
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret on Tern Scrape (Tim James)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male on the west side of Southern Island (Tim James)

December 6th
Lea Farm Lake – Water Rail left of Ron’s Hide, Sparrowhawk by Green Bridge female hunting (Richard Sajdak)

December 5th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret flew in from Lavell’s, Little Egret in front of the hide (FJC)

December 4th
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret NE corner, Peregrine on small islet on east side of lake (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret on the Bund, Kingfisher flew into willows on left of hide, Little Egret, Bittern in front of reeds on island (Ray Reedman)
Sandford Lake – 7 Snipe on the largest island (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male on the west side (FJC)


Bittern in the reeds at Lavell’s Lake – Geof Slocombe

December 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – Water Rail under feeders (Keith Boseley)
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret, 2 Water Rail, Bittern seen at edge of reeds to the right of the island (Tim James); 2 Little Egret, 10 Teal, Green Woodpecker (Simon Proddow)

Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male (Tim James); Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, 18 Pochard, 57 Shoveler, 98 Gadwall, 14 Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, 57 Wigeon, 3 Song Thrush (Simon Proddow)

December 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – Kingfisher flying along the Loddon towards the Green Bridge (Rebecca Rees); 2 Stonechat on the blue rope fence near the northern spit, Water Rail in reeds, Great White Egret, Common Gull, Little Grebe on the Loddon near the Green Bridge (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret, 4+ Water Rail (Nick Kightley)

December 1st
Lea Farm Lake – Water Rail under feeders, Great White Egret landed briefly at Teal hide pool, 2 Stonechat on the fence, 3 Mistle Thrush near Green Bridge , 60+ Goldfinch and Siskin in Alders (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret (Anne Cronin)
Sandford Lake – 15+ Fieldfare over, 40+ Siskin with a few Goldfinch in Alders (Anne Cronin); 2 Chiffchaff near the Yellow Gate (Nick Kightley)
Black Swan Lake – Goosander male in Coot Corner (Anne Cronin)


Water Rail at Lea Farm Lake – Simon Huggins


Male Goosander in flight at Black Swan Lake – Paul Wright

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE