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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 132 species seen so far in 2021 click here.
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  • FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE

September 24th
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe on the Bund, 2 Wigeon (Geoff Emmett)

September 23rd
Lea Farm Lake – 12+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Stonechat on the fence wires, Green Sandpiper, Common Gull, 3 Snipe, 4 Little Grebe, Whinchat (Nick Kightley); 20+ Meadow Pipit (FJC); Common Sandpiper, 60 Lapwings in the south west corner (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Bullfinch all in the Car Park field (Nick Kightley); 2 Snipe feeding near Bittern Hide in water on far side (Sally Bryson-Bond); 10+ Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, 5+ Gadwall, Water Rail seen along edge of lake in reeds (Peter Scudamore)
Landfill – Sparrowhawk, House Martin (Nick Kightley)

September 22nd
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Grey Wagtail one adult with 2 juveniles, Kingfisher, Little Egret sat on a branch over the Emm Brook, 4 Teal (Bob Bennett); 7 Snipe on the bund, 16 Wigeon, Little Egret (Trevor Guyatt)
Sandford Lake – Cetti’s Warbler on an island near the bench opposite Lavell’s (Bob Bennett)
Landfill – Buzzard sat on a vent using it to hunt (Bob Bennett)

September 21st
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Kingfisher flew past Bittern hide (Phil Sigley)

September 20th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Grebe (Colin Holmes); Common Sandpiper, Pochard male, 5+ Meadow Pipit (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – 20+ Wigeon seen from the Teal hide, Water Rail heard calling from the Bittern hide, 2 Snipe, Reed Warbler sunning at edge of cut reeds (Nick Kightley); Grey Wagtail (Caroline Evans)
Landfill – Kestrel on landfill (Colin Holmes)


Grey Wagtail at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Evans

September 19th
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper, 76+ Teal, 50+ Shoveler (FJC); Nuthatch (Mike Kirby)
Landfill – 70+ Swallow feeding low over far landfill (FJC)

September 18th
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Blackcap in Car Park field (FJC)
Landfill – 10+ Meadow Pipit over, 16+ House Martin, 2 Sparrowhawk (FJC)

September 16th
Lea Farm Lake – Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler both seen to the left of hide (Tim James); 5+ Meadow Pipit over landfill (Peter Scudamore); Willow Warbler, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Swallow over, 3 Water Rail two on the edge of reeds beyond scrape and another ticking in the reed bed (Peter Scudamore); (FJC)
Landfill – 2 Hobby, 3 Kestrel, 10+ Buzzard, Red Kite many!, 4+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Swallow all seen in a hour and a half sky watch (FJC)


Green Sandpiper at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

September 15th
Lea Farm Lake – Willow Warbler near the hide (Caroline Moore)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Buzzard over, 10+ Wigeon along north edge of lake with possibly more around the corner (FJC)


Willow Warbler at Lea Farm Lake – Caroline Moore

September 13th
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe flew into the new cut reed by Bittern hide (Alan Rymer)

September 12th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Hobby just arrived from north now circling the lake, 10+ Wigeon, Skylark without a tail! over calling (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret (Warren Foster); Sedge Warbler (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Landfill – Yellow Wagtail heading south, 9+ Meadow Pipit flying around, 2 Mistle Thrush over east, Peregrine cruising east side of landfill before heading north (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 30+ Goldfinch over the Activity Centre earlier, 4 Common Sandpiper flying towards and beyond picnic area, (FJC)


Great White Egret at Lavell’s Lake – Warren Foster

September 11th
Lea Farm Lake – Peregrine perched on bare branch behind north spit, 2 Raven circling farm over the Landfill, 2 Meadow Pipit moving around the Landfill (FJC)


Peregrine at Lea Farm Lake – FJC

September 9th
Lea Farm Lake – Wheatear on track parallel to Lodge Wood (FJC); 2 Hobby hawking over Lodge Wood (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher (Mark Hasler)

September 8th
Lavell’s Lake – Raven over the landfill seen from the top of the Car Park field (Brian Bennett); Kingfisher seen from Bittern hide, 2 Little Egret (Les Blundell)

September 7th
Lea Farm Lake – 26 Teal in the south west corner, Hobby hunting over lake, Peregrine photographed over, Green Sandpiper in the south west corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby (Elaine Charlson); 2 Tree Pipit possible flying along Loddon at about 100-120ft then turned east over the landfill (FJC)

September 6th
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby over the Car Park field (Ben Knowles); Spotted Flycatcher seen from screen (Andy Tomczynski)


Hobby at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Jackman

September 5th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Common Tern through 1 adult, 1 Juvenile, 3 Snipe proving hard to see, Kingfisher very active, 53 Shoveler, Hobby, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk all visible from the hide a moment ago (FJC); Green Sandpiper (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Redstart still in the car park field, a Greenshank heard then seen heading north over Lavell’s before dropping towards Lea Farm, 2 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler both in hedge in front of telegraph pole, 2 Hobby reported at Lavell’s earlier this morning, Whitethroat in middle copse of car park field (FJC)

September 4th
Lea Farm Lake – Kingfisher showy bird on T-Bar as usual, 2 Snipe flushed by Kingfisher who chased them off, 7 Whinchat it’s the 4th day of this flock along our boundary fence, Black-tailed Godwit flew from Lavell’s Lake (FJC); 2 Little Egret (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Redstart still in the car park field, Spotted Flycatcher in bushes above barbed wire fence very but mobile, Black-tailed Godwit on the Tern scrape before flying over car park field (FJC)

September 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Little Egret, 2 Snipe front right of the hide, Green Sandpiper with them briefly, Kingfisher (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby hunting over the island reedbed (Dave Rimes); Redstart still in the car park field (Sarah Cook); Spotted Flycatcher seen on the path to Bittern hide feeding from the top of trees near to the rear of hide, Common Tern, Little Egret (Anne Cronin)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush over (FJC)


Spotted Flycatcher at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Kingfisher in flight at Lea Farm Lake – Caroline Moore


Treecreeper at Lea Farm Lake – Caroline Moore

September 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – 7 Whinchat on and around the boundary fence on the east side of the lake (Brian Bennett); 2 Snipe, 9+ Shoveler (Geoff Emmett); 2 Kingfisher, Little Egret, 3 Wigeon (Lee Ellams)
Lavell’s Lake – Redstart still in the car park field (Nick Kightley)


Snipe at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett


2 Whinchat at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett


Shoveler flying in at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

September 1st
Lea Farm Lake – 8 Whinchat on and around the boundary fence on the east side of the lake (FJC); Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Cetti’s Warbler (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Redstart still in the car park field along back hedge wires (FJC)


Rear View of the Redstart at Lavell’s Lake – Alqn Jackman

August 31st
Lea Farm Lake – 81+ Shoveler, 9 Wigeon (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Redstart in the Car Park field (FJC)


Juvenile Redstart at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

August 30th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Redstart juvenile male in the Car Park field, Kingfisher, Reed Warbler from the hide (Nick Kightley)
Sandford Lake – 3 Wigeon (Nick Kightley)

August 28th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 22 Shoveler, 18 Teal, Kestrel on the landfill (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Redstart juvenile male in the Car Park field (Brian Bennett)

August 27th
Lea Farm Lake – Kestrel sitting on a vent left side of the landfill, 4 Common Tern (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Redstart both juveniles on left side of the Car Park field near metal gate, 2 Whitethroat top corner of the Car Park field, Blackcap male, Ring-necked Parakeet over, Green Woodpecker over (Bob Bennett); Spotted Flycatcher currently hunting in the top end of the Car Park meadow (Ben Knowles)

August 26th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Whinchat sitting together on the 9th vent from left on landfill (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Wigeon male and female coming out of eclipse, 3 Shoveler (Anne Cronin); Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, Pied Flycatcher all at the top end of the Car Park field (Tim James)
Black Swan Lake – 5 Mistle Thrush on the old golf course (Nick Kightley)


Pied Flycatcher at Lavell’s Lake – Roger Stansfield


Spotted Flycatcher at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Jackman


Juvenile Redstart at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

August 25th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, Chiffchaff, Kestrel female, Nuthatch, 4 Common Tern all adults (Richard Marsh)

August 24th
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret at the far end of the lake from Bittern hide, Little Egret from the viewing screens onto the Wet Meadows, Water Rail juvenile, Kingfisher showing well (Lee Ellams)

August 23rd
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Ruff two male and one female all juveniles (Richard Marsh); Whinchat on the landfill, 2 Green Sandpiper on the east shore (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Wigeon male (Nick Kightley)


3 Juvenile Ruff at Lea Farm Lake – Alan Jackman

August 20th
Lea Farm Lake – Peregrine over spooking the Lapwings, 2 Kingfisher the first has been sat on one post or another for 10 minutes just heard a second nearby (FJC); Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (Paul Doctor)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret, Kingfisher (Caroline Moore)

August 19th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 13 Shoveler, 2 Common Tern a chick on each raft (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Willow Warbler sub song by car park gate (FJC); 2 Kingfisher flew around the lake a few times before heading to Lea Farm (Mark Hasler); Hobby, Blackcap, Reed Warbler (Nick Kightley)

August 18th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper (FJC)

August 17th
Lea Farm Lake – Ringed Plover on the east shore (FJC); 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Mandarin Duck female (Marek Walford); 2 Shoveler in the north east bay, Hobby over landfill, 10 Sand Martin still feeding juveniles in the wall (Michael Hubbard)


Ringed Plover at Lea Farm Lake – FJC

August 16th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh); Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Peregrine flew past (Nick Kightley); 2 Peregrines possible juveniles very active among the Terns (Steve Molloy)

August 15th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Mandarin Duck, 12 Shoveler, 6 Teal, Little Egret (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Little Egret (Ralph Watts)

August 14th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Shoveler, 2 Hobby usual brown bird plus adult over Lodge Wood, Cuckoo juvenile brown bird flew over towards Lavell’s, Whinchat beyond our fence then further back on landfill vent (FJC)

August 13th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper (Nick Kightley); 61 Mallard, 19 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Great White Egret over heading south east beyond tallest trees, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull heading west, 6 Herring Gull (FJC); Common Gull just flew south over lake, Hobby, Mandarin Duck juvenile, Ringed Plover adult (Andy Tomczynski); Whitethroat (Ida Groot-Attias)


Whitethroat at Lea Farm Lake – Ida Groot-Attias

August 12th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (FJC)

August 10th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Hobby hunting, 2 Kestrel, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Blackcap both females in a tit flock (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher in front of Bittern hide (Caroline Moore)


Kingfisher at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

August 9th
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Great Crested Grebe adult with 3 chicks, 3 Tufted Duck adult with 2 chicks (Alan Rymer)

August 8th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Hobby the 1st year bird continues to hunt Sand Martin over the lake each morning returning to the Oak behind the artificial wall the second mobbing the Peregrine, 10 Teal, Sparrowhawk briefly, Kestrel over landfill, Peregrine circling beyond landfill (FJC)

August 7th
Lea Farm Lake – 14 Teal, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Peregrine over south west corner where it nearly took a Sand Martin, 2 Hobby chasing each other over south west corner and wider area, 3 Mandarin Duck all juveniles (FJC)

August 6th
Lea Farm Lake – 13 Teal, 7 Shoveler, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 31+ Sand Martin mostly chicks healthy count for the second brood (FJC)

August 5th
Lea Farm Lake – 6 Teal, 3 Shoveler, Green Sandpiper, 17 Gadwall, Kingfisher all in south west corner, Peregrine over apparently in hunting mode (FJC); 2 Mandarin Duck female and juvenile, Little Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 3 Kestrel all juveniles on the landfill (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail adult back of the scrape then flew to main island reed bed (FJC); 2 Little Egret in the Wet Meadow field (Les Blundell)

August 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – Hobby perched in tree opposite and slightly right of Ron’s hide (FJC); 2 Shoveler, Green Sandpiper, Teal all in the south west corner, Little Egret, 3 Kestrel all juveniles over the landfill (Brian Bennett)

August 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Common Sandpiper on the north east spit, 2 Green Sandpiper in the south west corner, Hobby, 3 Little Egret, 4 Kestrel three juveniles and an adult female over the landfill (Brian Bennett)

August 1st
Lea Farm Lake – Little Egret, 4 Green Sandpiper, Hobby in and out of Oak tree above the Sand Martin Wall, Kingfisher on bar in front of hide (Eddie Napper); 4 Kestrel three juveniles sitting on separate vents on the landfill with an adult female hunting and dropping off prey to them, Mandarin Duck female in middle of shingle island, 2 Little Egret at either ends of lake (Michael Hubbard)

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE