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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
  • For a complete Excel spreadsheet list of the 127 species seen so far in 2020 click here.
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  • FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE

November 25th
Lavell’s Lake – Tawny Owl flew into tree above me (Peter Scudamore); Kingfisher, Treecreeper behind Bittern hide, 200+ Starlings murmurating near hide (Alan Jackman)

November 24th
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret, Grey Heron (Geoff Emmett)


Little Egret at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

November 23rd
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Water Rail chasing around in the freshly cut area to the right of the reeds at Bittern hide (Richard Marsh); 50 Starling, 2 Sparrowhawks watching the Starling flock, 2 Goldcrest in Tit flock on path to Bittern hide, Snipe in the north end of the reeds, Lapwing, Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard, Wigeon (Nick Kightley)

November 22nd
Lavell’s Lake – Nuthatch in feeder area (Richard Marsh); Water Rail seen swimming across Scrape to far end of Bund (Paul Bright-Thomas); Teal, Nuthatch, Treecreeper all seen from Bittern hide (Steve Rogers)
Sandford Lake – 2 Little Grebe, Ring-necked Parakeet, Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Kingfisher carrying a fish (Richard Marsh); Treecreeper (Paul Mattingly)
Black Swan Lake – Grey Wagtail in front of Activity Centre (Richard Marsh)


Treecreeper at Sandford Lake – Paul Mattingly


Feeding Black-headed Gull at Lavell’s Lake – Stephen Power

November 21st
Lavell’s Lake – 6+ Redpoll feeding in silver birch just to left of hide (Peter Scudamore); 2 Water Rail heard only, 60 Ring-necked Parakeets low south over Loddon seen from Bittern hide, 2 Sparrowhawk attacking 250+ Starling murmurating quickly one was successful (Paul Bright-Thomas)

November 20th
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Woodcock flew south roughly over hide/meadow about 50 feet up (FJC)

November 17th
Lea Farm Lake – 11 Meadow Pipit some perching on newly built boundary fence, 7 Skylark moving over the Landfill (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 800+ Starling left reed bed just now near Bittern hide (FJC); Sparrowhawk watching the evening roosting Starlings (Colin Holmes)
Black Swan Lake – Kingfisher near the Play Area (Paul Mattingly)

November 16th
Lavell’s Lake – 60+ Gadwall, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Pochard, 20+ Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, 300+ Starling flew into the reeds immediate in front of the hide , 7 Ring-necked Parakeet, Sparrowhawk watching the roosting Starlings (Nick Kightley)

November 15th
Lavell’s Lake – Widgeon, Gadwall, Shoveler seen from the Teal hide (Mike Watts) ; Nuthatch on the feeders (Paul Mattingly)
Sandford Lake – Chiffchaff near the hide (FJC), 2 Pochard seen from the hide (Mike Watts)

November 14th
Lea Farm Lake – 20+ Fieldfare, 10+ Redwing mixed flock over the Landfill flying south , 8 Meadow Pipit on the Landfill (FJC)

November 13th
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Snipe, 2 Little Grebe, Pochard (Peter Scudamore); 2 Water Rail calling, Tawny Owl nearby, Cetti’s Warbler all seen or heard near the Teal hide (FJC)

November 12th
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Little Grebe 3 in front of the hide another on the northern side, Water Rail heard near the hide (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Nuthatch, Ring-necked Parakeet (John Kearns)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Common Gull (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – Common Gull (Richard Marsh)

November 10th
Lavell’s Lake – Sparrowhawk in the Car Park field (Les Blundell)

November 9th
Lavell’s Lake – Bar-headed Goose seen from the Bittern hide (Linda Miller)


Bar-headed Goose at Lavell’s Lake – Linda Miller

November 8th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Water Rail heard from the Bittern hide (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Sandford Lake – Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Chiffchaff 100m south of Sandford Bridge along the Loddon (Brian Bennett)
Black Swan Lake – 10 Little Egret seen in the south bay (FJC)

November 7th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper on the north west shore (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Raven over low north west and out over landfill calling, 250+ Wood Pigeon in groups up to 90+, 2 Mistle Thrush east over Car Park field, Brambling probable over in direction of Lea Farm buildings (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 12 Pochard seen from the Activity Centre beach (FJC)

November 6th
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Little Grebe, 2 Snipe, Water Rail heard in reeds near to hide , 5+ Redpoll flew over heading east (Peter Scudamore); 9 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall (Chris Jones)

November 4th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Snipe, Little Egret near the Green Bridge (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Teal drake on the Bittern scrape (Geoff Emmett)
Black Swan Lake – 18 Little Egrets in the south bay (Simon Bartlam)


Drake Teal at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

November 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – Water Rail in front of the hide (Steve Rogers)


Water Rail at Lea Farm Lake – Steve Rogers

November 1st
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Common Gull, 24 Herring Gull (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Lesser Redpoll out of Willow in picnic area and flew towards view point, 9 Little Egret 8 in Willows on lake edge by view point at the end of Middle Marsh and 1 flying towards south bay (FJC)

October 31st
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret near the hide (Paul Strong)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe seen from Bittern hide (Keith Seymore)
Black Swan Lake – 15 Little Egret towards the southern end (FJC)


Great White Egret at Lea Farm Lake – Paul Strong

October 29th
Lea Farm Lake – Stonechat male, 20 Chaffinch over in small groups heading west, 8 Meadow Pipit coming out of the long grass, 5 Snipe in the reed tufts by waters edge north of hide, Green Sandpiper along north west shore beyond the Snipe (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 4+ Redwing on the path to Bittern hide in and around the large hawthorn (Anne Cronin)
Black Swan Lake – 17 Little Egret (Tim James)

October 28th
Lea Farm Lake – Stonechat male, Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Lesser Redpoll 1 seen with 3 more dropping into a hedge, 50+ small finches in an untidy flock dropped behind far end of Lodge Wood most likely Goldfinch or Siskin, 3 Raven flew tree top height along east side of car park field, Blackcap by style, 3 Fieldfare over heading west (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 10 Little Egret (Les Blundell)

October 27th
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Lesser Redpoll 1 then 2 more over south west calling rather quietly (FJC)

October 26th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Stonechat male and 3 females, Common Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders (Geoff Emmett)


Common Gull at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 25th
Sandford Lake – 6 Little Egret (Alan Jackman)

October 24th
Lea Farm Lake – Water Rail in front of the hide, Stonechat (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Little Egret heading south, Peregrine over towards Lavell’s then hunting just west, 17 Fieldfare in 2 groups of 8 and 9 moving south west, Lesser Redpoll heard over, Redwing, 30+ Chaffinch heading south west in small groups all seen from the Landfill viewing area in the Car Park field (FJC)

October 23rd
Lea Farm Lake – Peregrine bathing in puddle on new north east shore (Paul Doctor)

October 22nd
Lea Farm Lake – Goldeneye in the southwest corner, 3 Snipe left of the hide (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Fieldfare heading west, 30+ Chaffinch heading south west, 2 Mistle Thrush heading south, 5 Meadow Pipit, Siskin heading west all seen over the Landfill from the Car Park field (FJC); 3+ Snipe on bund, Numerous Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Gadwall and Mallard, Little Grebe seen from Teal hide, Water Rail heard (Peter Scudamore)

October 19th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Goldeneye both females, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 3 Rook (Nick Kightley); 3 Goldeneye (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Snipe (Tim James); 3 Little Grebe (Alan Rymer)


Female Goldeneye at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 18th
Lea Farm Lake – Barn Owl being mobbed by a crow, Kingfisher flying across north to south, Snipe, Green Woodpecker (Sally Bryson-Bond); Yellow-Legged Gull 3rd winter (Andrew Curd)
Lavell’s Lake – Ring Ouzel over east with a Redwing presumed 1st winter, Fieldfare, Peregrine, 22+ Redwing over heading north, Mistle Thrust (FJC)

October 17th
Lea Farm Lake – Stonechat, 3 Goldeneye all females, Green Sandpiper heard, 3 Tawny Owl 2 heard from Lodge Wood the third heard near the Green Bridge (FJC)

October 16th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Stonechat (Tim James); Green Woodpecker (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 20+ Redwing over today, 5 Chaffinch, Siskin probable, 4 Little Egret west along the Emm Brook (FJC)


Green Woodpecker at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 15th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Stonechat, 5 Snipe, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh); 5 Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, 20 Long Tailed Tit chased by male Sparrowhawk at feeders, Cetti’s Warbler, Skylark, 20 Redwing feeding on berry’s along the Loddon (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – 302+ Redwing heading west in numerous groups, 8 Chaffinch, Brambling male, 15 Linnet heading south, 2 Mistle Thrush, 36 Fieldfare heading west, Skylark (FJC); Kestrel flew over Loddon towards mill (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Grey Wagtail sitting on the Activity Centre pontoon (Alan Rymer)


Grey Wagtail on the pontoon at Black Swan Lake – Alan Rymer

October 13th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, Green Woodpecker (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 60+ Chaffinch, 100+ Redwing all heading west, 7 Fieldfare, Peregrine heading east, Redpoll, 5 Reed Bunting (FJC); Water Rail, Cettis Warbler both calling frequently from reeds behind bund, Kingfisher active, Little Grebe just put in an appearance too (Michael Hubbard)
Black Swan Lake – 14 Little Egret sat in trees at south end of lake close to where the path splits to White Swan (Michael Hubbard)


Reflective Green Sandpiper at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 12th
Lavell’s Lake – 70+ Redwing over towards the north west, 7 Linnet over low towards the south (FJC); Nuthatch on the feeders behind the hide (Stephen Power)
Black Swan Lake – 40+ Redwing over on the north side of the lake (Bob Bennett); 25+ Redwing over the old Gold Course, Ring-necked Parakeet over the old Golf Course, Grey Wagtail (Jonny Cox)

October 11th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Snipe, Green Sandpiper left of hide, Lesser Black-backed Gull north spit, 2+ Siskin over, Stonechat on brambles in the south east corner (Peter Scudamore); 3 Fieldfare (Renton Righelato)
Lavell’s Lake – 6 Lessor Redpoll a group of 5 heading north over landfill then 1 more calling north, 50 Chaffinch over Landfill in various groups from 3 to 9, 2 Redwing distant sighting over the northern Landfill, 2 Chiffchaff, Peregrine low over the eastern Landfill (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Mistle Thrush by the Activity centre then flew towards Sandford Lake (FJC); Common Gull on post east side main island (Peter Scudamore)
Mortimer’s Meadow – 5 Redwing north near to Aviation Museum (FJC)

October 10th
Lea Farm Lake – 60 Chaffinch over landfill in groups of 3 to 9 in 2 hours heading west, 2 Swallow heading south, 17 Linnet one group south with 2 other flocks of 9 & 5 were likely this species, 16 Goldfinch heading south, 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Skylark, 2 Lessor Redpoll dropped on to wires near old Oak then dropped below, 4 Redwing first of autumn flew down river and over landfill South (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Common Gull adult (FJC)

October 9th
Lea Farm Lake – Little Egret, 2 Stonechat (Richard Marsh); Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 Stonechat, Cetti’s Warbler, Green Sandpiper, Reed Bunting male, Kingfisher juvenile, 3 Wigeon (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Swallow over lake then headed south (Peter Scudamore); Chiffchaff singing near Teal hide (Alan Rymer)


Ring-necked Parakeet at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett


Juvenile Kingfisher at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 8th
Lea Farm Lake – 56 Teal, 4 Swallow heading south, 3 Stonechat, Snipe in flight (FJC)

October 7th
Lea Farm Lake – 7 Snipe (Alan Jackman)

October 6th
White Swan Lake – 10+ House Martin over the north end of the lake (FJC)

October 5th
Lea Farm Lake – Stonechat in the north east corner, 3 Snipe, Kingfisher, 50+ House and Sand Martin over the Landfill, Bar-headed Goose back again, Meadow Pipit (Nick Kightley)

October 4th
Lea Farm Lake – 190+ Mallard at dawn, 4 Green Sandpiper, 10 Snipe along east shore all behind old shingle island, 24+ Swallow thru in groups, 5+ Meadow Pipit on track, Stonechat far north east corner (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 12+ Sand Martin, Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, Gadwall (Sally Bryson-Bond)

October 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – 86 Teal 81 in the south west corner and 5 more off the north spit this is a big increase overnight, 2 Snipe, 24 Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, 3 Mandarin Duck 2 males and a female swam across towards old shingle island, 2 Stonechat in the far north east corner (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 4 House Martin seen from the Activity Centre (Anne Cronin)

October 1st
Lea Farm Lake – 25 Teal, Green Sandpiper, Stonechat in the north east corner (FJC); 6 Snipe on the east shore (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Song Thrush, Blackcap male both in a bush towards the back of the Car Park field, 6 House Martin heading west, 4 Swallow heading west (FJC); Treecreeper behind the hide (David Tipping)
Sandford Lake – 10+ House Martin heading west, Swallow heading west (FJC)


Treecreeper at Lavell’s Lake – David Tipping

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE