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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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September 25th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Grey Wagtail (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Chiffchaff, Treecreeper both with a large flock of Tits just south of the Green Bridge, 30+ House Martin circling around lake (Richard Marsh)

September 24th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 40+ House Martin (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe, 22 Teal, Kingfisher (Peter Scudamore)
Black Swan Lake – 3 House Martin near the Activity Centre (Anne Cronin)

September 23rd
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Snipe in front of the hide, 39 Teal in the south west corner, 2 Green Sandpiper, Stonechat female or juvenile on the pegs on the east side (FJC)


Snipe on the mud at Lea Farm Lake – FJC

September 22nd
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Snipe in front of the hide, Reed Warbler (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe, Little Egret (Geoff Emmett)


Feeding Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

September 21st
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret over heading towards Lodge Wood (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Snipe (Anne Cronin); Raven over Lavell’s mobbed by Crows and Jackdaws this morning, 33 Shoveler, 26 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon, 9 Teal (Renton Righelato)

September 20th
Lea Farm Lake – 50 Mallard the lake has become a roost site, 28 Teal, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet north from roost at Dinton (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 50 House Martin between here and Sandford, 2 Mistle Thrush south along the Loddon then east across Lavell’s, 6 Meadow Pipit heading north, Siskin heard over (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Wimbrel surprise of the morning when a bird called very close to me as I looked out of the hide did not see or hear it again, 12 Wigeon (FJC)

September 19th
Lea Farm Lake – Merlin through south presumed female, 2 Raven over Lodge Wood heading north, Mistle Thrush heading south, 20+ Goldfinch (FJC); Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Kingfisher heading downstream near Green Bridge, Raven very low south east over car park field, 4 Meadow Pipit heading north, 5 Swallow over heading south east (FJC); 2 Snipe, Nuthatch (Richard Marsh); 2 Kingfisher on the ‘No Fishing’ sign (Steve Beasant)

September 18th
Lea Farm Lake – 37 Teal 36 females with a single drake in eclipse (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Raven juvenile on the Tern scrape, Kingfisher (Geoff Emmett)


Juvenile Raven at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Drake Teal in Eclipse at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Kingfisher at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

September 17th
Lea Farm Lake – 33 Teal, 4 Wigeon, Green Sandpiper (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Teal on Tern Scrape (FJC); Snipe flew from reeds towards Lea Farm (Tim James); Cetti’s Warbler (Warren Foster)

September 16th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Green Sandpiper, Raven over, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Common Sandpiper flew to the island, Snipe (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper, Snipe (Tim James); 20+ Teal (Anne Cronin); Water Rail juvenile in reed at the rear of the scrape (Stephen Power)
Sandford Lake – 3 Pochard (Brian Bennett)


Juvenile Water Rail and Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – Stephen Power


Snipe at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Juvenile Wren at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Green Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

September 15th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Little Egret over heading south, Tree Pipit possible heard call once, Common Sandpiper just flew out of the south west corner, Snipe over south, 10+ Meadow Pipit heading south west, 50+ Hirundines over high heading south (FJC)


2 Red Kites at Lea Farm – Lodge Wood – Geoff Emmett

September 13th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Raven over heading south east, 20 Meadow Pipit staying around landfill, 2 Grey Wagtail, 19 Teal (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby, Cetti’s Warbler (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – 10+ Shoveler, Kingfisher, Wigeon, 2+ Chiffchaff calling and singing (Peter Scudamore)

September 12th
Lea Farm Lake – 50 Shoveler, 5 Green Sandpiper 4 seen in south west corner probably a 5th along east shore calling, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret heading south, 2 Meadow Pipit (FJC); 10+ Mandarin Duck erupted as I was passing, 4 Great White Egret over towards Sandford (Neil Edwards)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Water Rail heard calling in Teal Scrape as I walked along Loddon (FJC); Kingfisher (David Tipping); Little Grebe (Keith Seymour)
Sandford Lake – 18 Shoveler (FJC)


Kingfisher at Lavell’s Lake – David Tipping

September 11th
Lea Farm Lake – 45 Shoveler, Wheatear on pegs around long grass (FJC); 2 Snipe in the south west corner, Green Woodpecker (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher, Little Grebe (Caroline Moore)
Sandford Lake – Great White Egret beside islands (Tim James); 3 Great White Egret flew over heading south (Brian Bennett)


2 Snipe at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Great White Egret over at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett


Great White Egret taking off at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett

September 10th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Common Sandpiper, Pintail female flew round 3 times then dropped behind shingle island then swam out with the Shovelers, 65+ Meadow Pipit in groups of 3 to 9 heading west north west and north north west in over 2 hours these are just the ones coming over my head, 2 Raven tumbling at about 800ft then drifted west, 40+ Swallow probably more heading south east (FJC); Green Sandpiper in the south west corner, Common Sandpiper juvenile on island, Sedge Warbler in front of hide (Trevor Guyatt); Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Reed Warbler in front of Jerry’s bench (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – Pintail female around the smaller islands (Brian Bennett)


Female Pintail at Sandford Lake – Roger Stansfield


Little Grebe at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Common Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

September 9th
Lea Farm Lake – 27 Shoveler, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Stonechat on a peg on the landfill (FJC); Reed Warbler (Geoff Emmett)
Heron’s Water – 2 Kingfisher (Steve Lynch)


Male Stonechat at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Jay with an acorn at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

September 8th
Lea Farm Lake – 23 Shoveler, 2 Green Sandpiper flew in, Wigeon flew in as well, Ringed Plover flying around high above lake, 2 Wheatear on recently dug long grass area the right hand one as you look from Ron’s hide although very distant (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe on edge of bund in scrape (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – 5 Wigeon drakes in eclipse, Teal (Paul Bright-Thomas)

September 7th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Common Sandpiper flying over the lake, Hobby over heading south, 3 Meadow Pipit one east and dropped two north 2 minutes later, 2 Whinchat on the hedgerows within the private landfill area moving west towards the north end of Lodge Wood Lake, Yellow Wagtail heard over, 2 Mandarin Duck in the south west corner, Greenshank on the east shore 06:25, sat quietly for about 5 mins then started calling flew to south spit then off over Lavell’s calling (FJC); Grey Wagtail (Ida Groot-Attias)
Lavell’s Lake – Reed Warbler, Kingfisher (Geoff Emmett); Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Cetti’s Warbler, Little Egret (Ida Groot-Attias)
Sandford Lake – 6 Wigeon drakes in eclipse (Roger Stansfield)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Hobby adult hunting (Roger Stansfield)


Cetti’s Warbler at Lavell’s Lake – Ida Groot-Attias

September 6th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Green Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Peregrine over heading south east, 3 Reed Warbler, 7 Yellow Wagtail heading south along the Loddon, 3 probable Tree Pipit rising off the bushes at the back of the car park field and heading to the old golf course 2 dropped into trees along the Emm Brook but not relocated, 1 flew West later (FJC); Kingfisher (Stephen Power)
Black Swan Lake – 10 House Martin, 10 Swallow (FJC)


Reed Warbler at Lavell’s Lake – Andrew Cook


Kingfisher at Lavell’s Lake – Stephen Power

September 5th
Lavell’s Lake – Redstart male flew from central compound to brambles on west side of car park field near pylon, 2 Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap minimum count, 5 Chiffchaff in Blackthorn behind the lake (FJC); Kingfisher (Steve Beasant); Bar-headed Goose (Tony Ward); Common Sandpiper, Reed Warbler (Steve Rogers)

September 4th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (FJC); Hobby over landfill (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler in reeds left of path to Bittern, Common Sandpiper on Bund (Nick Kightley)

September 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail to the right of the hide (Ida Groot-Attias); 2 Common Sandpiper (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe on the scrape (Tim James)


Common Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Little Grebe at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

September 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool (Caroline Moore); Cetti’s Warbler (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Wigeon drake in eclipse (Roger Stansfield)


Drake Wigeon in eclipse at Sandford Lake – Roger Stansfield


Little Grebe at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

September 1st
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 21 Teal, 5 Shoveler (Brian Bennett); Whinchat on the landfill (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Spotted Flycatcher on dead Alder (Alan Rymer); Wigeon drake in eclipse (Lynn Mann)


Red Kite at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

August 31st
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper (Brian Bennett); Kingfisher in front of the hide (Caroline Moore); Green Woodpecker on the landfill (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Spotted Flycatcher in copse in the Car Park field (Geoff Emmett)


Spotted Flycatcher at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

August 30th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Peregrine over noisily first continuing south east, second back north (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Redstart first in copse in the Car Park field near style the second near style but staying out of sight (FJC); 4 Ravens over (Peter Scudamore); Kingfisher (Andrew Cook); Barn Owl in the Wet Meadow (Keith Seymour)
Black Swan Lake – 350+ House Martin mixed with Sand Martin (FJC)


Kingfisher at Lavell’s Lake – Andrew Cook

August 29th
Lea Farm GP – 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk over the south west corner flushed the Greens, Kingfisher (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Redstart female in car park field in middle copse bottom corner on fence (Eddie Napper)


Female Redstart at Lavell’s Lake – Roger Stansfield


Female Redstart with a female Blackcap at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

August 28th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper (FJC); Whinchat, Wheatear both on posts on the landfill (Renton Righelato)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat (FJC); Yellow Wagtail over car park field heading south, Whitethroat, 1+ Blackcap, Raven came from east over landfill circled headed north, 2 Reed Warbler in bushes on east side of car park field (Paul Bright-Thomas); Redstart on wires closest corner of car park field middle copse (Brian Bennett)


Female Wheatear and Red Kite at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Female Whinchat at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

August 27th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Grey Wagtail over, 2 Little Egret over, 2+ Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover heard (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, 2+ Blackcaps in large hawthorn bottom left corner, Redstart on fence near stile (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Cetti’s Warbler, Little Grebe, Blackcap male, Spotted Flycatcher on dead tree by the Loddon (Richard Marsh)


Spotted Flycatcher at Sandford Lake – Richard Marsh

August 26th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, Dunlin in the south west corner, 9 Teal, 5 Common Tern 2 adults and 3 juveniles, 3 Whinchat on the east shore (FJC); Night Heron over heading towards Dinton (Geoff Emmett); Redstart on land with no public access (Renton Righelato)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Green Sandpiper on the scrape, 2 Kingfisher chasing one another (Phil Kinch)


2 Ringed Plover at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Juvenile Night Heron over Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

August 25th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret over towards Dinton, 4 Common Tern one adults and 3 juveniles, 19 Teal in the south west corner (FJC)

August 24th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, 4 Common Tern 2 adults and 2 juveniles, Raven north to south along far edge of landfill, 6 Yellow Wagtail 2 over north east corner heading south east, Redstart in hedgerow area with no public access (FJC)

August 23rd
Lea Farm GP – 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, Hobby over south west corner (FJC); Oystercatcher flew over, 2 Grey Wagtail near hide, Ringed Plover on east shore, Great Crested Grebe adult seen with 3 small juvenile’s on it’s back (Richard Marsh); 2 Skylark, 3 Yellow Wagtail possible over south (Peter Scudamore); Dunlin on the east shore, 2 Ringed Plover on the east shore (Renton Righelato)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper on the scrape, Bar-headed Goose (Gavin Turner)
White Swan Lake – Night Heron seen flying from fisherman’s car park end heading north up the lake (FJC)

August 22nd
Lavell’s Lake – 6 Green Sandpiper on the scrape, Bar-headed Goose, 6 Teal (Alan Rymer)

August 21st
Lea Farm GP – 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper (FJC); Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 8 Teal (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 8 Green Sandpiper on the scrape (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Night Heron flew in from Sandford towards Black Swan (Robin Dryden)

August 20th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, Hobby over after a Sand Martin, 12 Teal, 3 Common Tern all juveniles, Ringed Plover north east shore, 3 Grey Wagtail on ‘T’ bar in front of the hide (FJC); 6 Common Tern 2 adults with 4 juveniles, Dunlin possible juvenile on east shore of just north of the island (Trevor Guyatt)
Sandford Lake – Night Heron flew in at 8pm (Linda Miller)


Night Heron at Sandford Lake – Linda Miller


Juvenile Dunlin at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

August 19th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover north east shore near to left hand traffic cone (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Green Sandpiper on the scrape (Keith Seymour)
Sandford Lake – Night Heron sat on island (Roger Stansfield)


7 Green Sandpiper at Lavell’s Lake – Keith Seymour


Night Heron at Sandford Lake – Caroline Moore


Night Heron at Sandford Lake – Roger Stansfield

August 18th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper, Hobby over the landfill (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Bar-head Goose just landed (Mark Lauri); 5 Green Sandpipers currently within the Bund (Michael Hubbard); Nuthatch behind the hide (David Tipping)


Nuthatch at Lavell’s Lake – David Tipping

August 17th
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe on the Wet Meadows (Caroline Moore)
Sandford Lake – 2 Little Egret, 8 Shoveler, Teal, Pochard drake, Swift over, Gadwall, Common Sandpiper (Paul Bright-Thomas)


Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore


Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

August 16th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper (FJC); Spotted flycatcher just past Lea Farm hide in trees along river (Jonny Cox)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe at Bittern hide (Ida Groot-Attias)
Sandford Lake – Cattle Egret on island, Night Heron sat on post near northern reed-bed (Roger Stansfield)


Cattle Egret at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett


Night Heron at Sandford Lake – Roger Stansfield

August 15th
Lea Farm GP – 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Wheatear off the east shore (FJC); Dunlin (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Mediterranean Gull juvenile (FJC)


Juvenile Mediterranean Gull at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett


Common Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

August 14th
Lea Farm GP – 7 Common Sandpiper 4 in south west corner, 3 north east corner, 2 Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, Snipe heard, 3 Teal (FJC); 2 Little Egret (Brian Bennett); 5 Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe juvenile (Stephen Power)
Sandford Lake – 102 Gadwall (FJC)


Juvenile Little Grebe at Lavell’s Lake – Stephen Power


Common Sandpiper in Flight at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Grey Wagtail at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

August 13th
Lea Farm GP – 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 15 Teal, 3 Little Egret (FJC); Dunlin on the north shore (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Tawny Owl calling near Teal hide and behind Teal scrape for about 15 minutes (FJC); 3 Green Sandpiper from Bittern hide, Kingfisher, Snipe on the Wet Meadow (Richard Marsh); Shoveler, 2 Teal on the Bund (Peter Scudamore); 5 Green Sandpiper on the scrape (Anne Cronin)


Dunlin at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

August 12th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper (FJC)

August 11th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Hobby over far end of Car Park field briefly, 15+ Blackcap approximately in the big Hawthorn, Willow Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, 2 Little Egret, 3 Teal at Tern scrape, 2 Shoveler, Cetti’s Warbler by John’s bench, Garden Warbler (FJC)

August 10th
Lea Farm GP – 6 Common Sandpiper in the south west corner, Snipe on the single island, 2 Hobby hunting over lake moving away east (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Short-eared Owl seen near Dunt Lane flying south (Dave Rimes)


Short-eared Owl near Black Swan Lake – Paul Bright-Thomas

August 9th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank in the south west corner, Golden Plover over high from south turned west (FJC); Snipe on the shore in the north east corner, Sand Martin visiting the wall (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Greenshank flew in to the Balqncing Pool from Lea Farm (FJC); 2 Gadwall adult with a single juvenile (Peter Scudamore); Little Egret, Lapwing, Water Rail (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Peter Scudamore)


Greenshank at Lea Farm – FJC

August 8th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Common Sandpiper in the north east corner, 5 Green Sandpiper just flew north rising like they had just come off Tern scrape, 3 Little Grebe 2 adults 1 juvenile, 3 Kingfisher stunning views of one of them for 6 minutes on one of the ‘T’ bars, Night Heron juvenile flew south at tree height (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper on the scrape (Anne Cronin); 8 Little Egret, Grey Wagtail over (Nick Kightley)

August 7th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper, Peregrine over (FJC); Kestrel female on landfill (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Teal at Tern scrape, 8 Common Tern over looking like they were leaving, Whitethroat to right of hide (FJC)


Whitethroat at Lavell’s Lake – Tony Ward


Female Kestrel at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Common Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

August 6th
Mortimer Meadow – Sparrowhawk (Suren Akkaraju)

Lavell’s Lake – 7 Green Sandpiper, Water Rail heard at the rear of Tern scrape (FJC); Hobby, Common Sandpiper, 2 Shoveler (Brian Bennett); 2 Little Egret on the scrape (Stephen Power)
Sandford Lake – 93 Gadwall (FJC)


2 Little Egrets at Lavell’s Lake – Stephen Power

August 4th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper, Kestrel on landfill (Geoff Emmett); 4 Green Sandpiper (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret (Tim James); Water Rail seen at the rear of the scrape (Andrew Cook)


Juvenile Water Rail at Lavell’s Lake – Andrew Cook

August 3rd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper (Brian Bennett); 2 Green Sandpiper (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret (Alan Rymer)

August 1st
Lea Farm GP – Greenshank heard nearby in flight but not seen, Common Sandpiper, Peregrine flew in heading north to south, Little Egret briefly, Kestrel on landfill, Sparrowhawk (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Green Sandpiper at Bittern Hide (Anne Cronin); Whitethroat juvenile or female , 2 Blackcap male and juvenile female, Green Woodpecker on a bare trunk all seen on landfill in the south west corner (Trevor Guyatt)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Grey Wagtail male and juvenile on dead branches at water level below trees seen from the Activity Centre (Trevor Guyatt)

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE