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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 81 species seen so far in 2020 click here.
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  • FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE

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)

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)

July 31st
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper at Bittern Hide, Lesser Whitethroat by gate, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat all in the Car Park field (FJC); Kingfisher (Caroline Moore)


Kingfisher at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

July 30th
Lea Farm GP – Buzzard over (Geoff Emmett)


Buzzard at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

July 29th
Lea Farm GP – 5 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Hobby hunting over Teal scrape and back of south west corner, 2 Little Egret flew of northwards (FJC); Bar-head Goose on the landfill, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull adult and juvenile, 2 Kingfisher near the Green Bridge (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby over the Car Park field, Green Woodpecker juvenile at the back of the Car Park field, 4 Green Sandpiper on the scrape, 2 Little Egret on the bund (Bob Bennett); 2 Lesser Whitethroat west side of Car Park field, then flew towards big Hawthorn, Oystercatcher heard flying over towards Black Swan Lake (FJC)


Common Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

July 28th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Tern the last of this years chicks 27+ fledged this year, Kestrel on landfill (FJC); Bar-head Goose in the south west corner (Mike Pollard); Hobby very active (Roger Stansfield)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby over behind the Emm Brook east, Peregrine over, 2 Lesser Whitethroat one on west side by old broken gate the second right of the big Hawthorn, Whitethroat near the Lesser’s, Willow Warbler heard in subsong, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff all three present (FJC); Green Sandpiper on the Bittern hide scrape (Anne Cronin)


Fledged Common Tern chick at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

July 27th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Green Sandpiper, Red-legged Partridge possible flushed by attacking Buzzard close to newly taped off area of landfill, 2 Little Ringed Plover adult with a juvenile in the south west corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe (Anne Cronin)

July 26th
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Green Sandpiper, Hobby in tree bordering the Wet Meadow (Geoff Emmett)


Hobby near the Wet Meadow at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

July 25th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Teal (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Green Sandpiper on the Tern Scrape, Hobby flushed by a Buzzard off the Main Island (FJC); 6 Green Sandpiper 2 adults and two juveniles, Mandarin Duck adult female all in the south west corner, 6 Tufted Duck adult with 5 duckling, 8 Tufted Duck female with 7 duckling slightly larger then previous family, 5 Mandarin Duck juveniles? asleep on the grass bank, Kestrel on landfill probable juvenile (Trevor Guyatt); 7 Green Sandpiper on Bittern scrape, Little Grebe (Alan Rymer)
Black Swan Lake – Cetti’s Warbler along Golf course strip down from the Activity Centre (FJC)


Tufted Duck Family at Lea Farm – Steve Power

July 24th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler in front of hide (FJC); Common Tern, Mandarin Duck female near the Green Bridge, Possible Caspian Gull (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Green Sandpiper on the scrape (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 69 Gadwall (FJC)


Possible Caspian Gull at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Female Mandarin Duck at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Common Tern with lunch! at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

July 23rd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Tern chicks, Kestrel on landfill (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 6 Green Sandpiper on the scrape (Alan Rymer)

July 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Kestrel, 2 Mandarin Duck (Brian Bennett); 4 Green Sandpiper behind Sand Martin wall during survey (Phil Kinch); 2 Rook (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper on the scrape (Alan Rymer)


Common Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


2 Green Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


2 Rooks at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

July 21st
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Little Grebe juvenile (FJC); Water Rail in the south west corner (Tim James); 2 Kestrels hunting over landfill, 5 Green Sandpipers (Roger Stansfield)

July 20th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Common Sandpiper (FJC); 4 Green Sandpiper, Water Rail (Steve Robertson)

July 19th
Lea Farm GP – 5 Green Sandpiper 1 flew off north, 3 Common Sandpiper 2 seen in the north east corner, Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover in the north east corner (FJC); Dunlin east shore, mostly still in summer plumage, 2 Redshank (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret on the scrape (Geoff Emmett)


Little Egret at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

July 18th
Lea Farm GP – 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull possible over heading east, 13 Common Tern 11 chicks not yet fledged and 2 Adults still sitting, Shoveler (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper on the Bund, Little Egret, Reed Warbler (Andy Cook)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Oystercatcher (Andy Cook)


Green Sandpiper at Lavell’s Lake – Andy Cook

July 17th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Common Sandpiper (Brian Bennett); Mandarin Duck female, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover (Roger Stansfield); Sparrowhawk west of the hide (Suren Akkaraju)
Lavell’s Lake – Shoveler female on the scrape (Geoff Emmett)

July 16th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, 16 Common Tern chicks on rafts, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull all juveniles, Hobby being mobbed by Common Tern for a couple of minutes, Mandarin Duck female in front of the hide, Redshank on the island (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Barn Owl near box (Les Blundell)


Juvenile Common Tern in front of hide at Lea Farm – FJC


Female Mandarin Duck in front of hide at Lea Farm – FJC

July 15th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Kingfisher on the Loddon near the Green Bridge, 11 Common Tern with 9 chicks remaining on the raft and 2 adults still sitting, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Mandarin Duck, 6 Shoveler, Greenshank heard briefly presumably flying over Lavell’s (FJC)

July 14th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Kingfisher both juveniles on the Old Loddon (Neil Edwards); 6 Green Sandpiper (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret on the Bund (Geoff Emmett)

July 9th
Sandford Lake – 61 Gadwall (FJC)

July 8th
Black Swan Lake – Common Sandpiper on the beach at the Activity Centre, 2 Grey Wagtail on the Pontoon by the Activity Centre (Eddie Napper)

July 6th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Kingfisher near the Green Bridge (FJC)

July 5th
Lavell’s Lake – Reed Warbler (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – 43 Gadwall (FJC)


Reed Warbler at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

July 4th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Blackcap male and female (Geoff Emmett); Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (FJC)


Male Blackcap at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

July 3rd
Lavell’s Lake – Greenfinch male in the Car Park field (Geoff Emmett)


Male Greenfinch in the car park field at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

July 2nd
Black Swan Lake – Redshank on the beach at the Activity Centre (Tim James)

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE