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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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June 16th
Lavell’s Lake – 6 Black-headed Gull chicks safe after floods (Peter Scudamore)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Oystercatcher adult with near full grown juvenile (FJC)

June 12th
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Mandarin Duck adult with 3 chicks on the Loddon (Jack Jones); Kingfisher (Anne Cronin)
Sandford Lake – Kestrel over, Kingfisher (Anne Cronin)


Sand Martin Family at the Lea Farm wall – Geoff Emmett

June 11th
Lea Farm GP – Redshank in the south west corner (Richard Marsh); Song Thrush in full song near Lea Farm (Geoff Emmett); Teal male in south west corner (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – 3 Oystercatcher pair with juvenile on largest island, Little Grebe adult in summer plumage (Richard Marsh)


Song Thrush near Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

June 10th
Lea Farm GP – Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher over heading north, 3 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Teal male, Kingfisher, 2 Green Sandpiper on the scrape at Bittern hide, Redshank same individual as seen at Lea Farm (Richard Marsh)


2 Green Sandpipers, Redshank and Lapwing at Lavell’s Lake – Richard Marsh


2 Green Sandpipers at Lea Farm – FJC

June 9th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper in the south west corner (FJC); 3 Lapwing (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 22 Gadwall, Teal male on Tern scrape, Kingfisher on a stick to the right of the hide (FJC); Water Rail adult at the back of the scrape (Gill Finch); 25 Gadwall now (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 3 Oystercatcher pair with juvenile on largest island (Jenny Vaughan)

June 8th
Lea Farm GP – Redshank, Teal male, Cuckoo heard calling from near Lavell’s Lake (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper on bund (FJC)


Green Sandpiper at Lavell’s Lake – Roger Stansfield

June 7th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper dropped into the south west corner, Oystercatcher in south west corner (Richard Marsh); 14 House Martin collecting mud in the south west corner, 4 Lapwing 2 on east shore 2 in the south west corner, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Reed Warbler near hide (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing pool, 17 Gadwall (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher juvenile (Richard Marsh)


Green Sandpiper at Lea Farm – David Dolan


Green Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Richard Marsh


Great Crested Grebe with chick at Lavell’s Lake – Richard Marsh

June 5th
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe on the Balancing pool, Oystercatcher on the bund (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher adult feeding a juvenile on the island seen from screen on north side of lake (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – 3 Blackcap female feeding 2 juveniles (Richard Marsh)


Oystercatcher Family feeding on Sandford Lake – Richard Marsh

June 4th
Lea Farm GP – 4 House Martin collecting mud (Geoff Emmett); 47 Sand Martin holes occupied (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Oystercatcher flew in for a brief stay then headed back towards Sandford Lake (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 3 Oystercatcher 2 adults and a juvenile on the island (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Lesser Whitethroat rattling at base of viewpoint (Andrew Merrick)


4 House Martins collecting mud at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

June 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Buzzard landed on south spit to the left of the Sand Martin wall before being chased off by 40+ Black Headed Gulls, Skylark on post far side of landfill, 7 Gadwall (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Oystercatcher (Alan Travers); 7 Mute Swan 2 adults with 5 cygnets near Green bridge (FJC); Cuckoo male north side of lake seen from the Bittern hide, 11 Gadwall (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher juvenile alone on island (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Oystercatcher over towards Sandford Lake (Richard Marsh); Little Egret fishing in the Emm Brook near play area (Bob Bennett)


Oystercatcher with reflection at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Travers

June 2nd
Lavell’s Lake – Teal male on bund, Oystercatcher (Alan Rymer)
Black Swan Lake – Coal Tit calling near the Activity Centre (FJC)

June 1st
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Egret near Green Bridge (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Great Crested Grebes 2 adults and 2 chicks, 4 Moorhen on island 2 adults and 2 chicks (Peter Scudamore)


Great Crested Grebe Family at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

May 31st
Lea Farm GP – 3 Oystercatcher in the south west corner, Greenfinch on feeders (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Shoveler drake on Bittern hide scrape, Oystercatcher, 3 Black Headed Gull chicks on the island (Alan Rymer)


Greenfinch on the feeders at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


3 Adult Oystercatchers on the mud at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

May 30th
Lea Farm GP – Little Egret over north, Oystercatcher in the south west corner (FJC); 4 Oystercatcher flew over heading north in a tight group, Little Egret flushed from the Loddon near the green bridge (Richard Marsh); 7 Greenfinch are feeding straight away after I just topped up feeders (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo male chased from tall poplar on north side of lake by resident Crows, Shoveler tatty looking drake on Bittern hide scrape (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Hobby over (Joseph Taylor)
Black Swan Lake – Oystercatcher flew over from direction of the old golf course towards Sandford Lake carrying food (Richard Marsh)

May 29th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 28 Greylag Geese 8 adults and 20 gosling (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo male on main island, 8 Gadwall, Lapwing foraging along bund (Richard Marsh)

May 28th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Lapwing (Peter Scudamore); 6 Greenfinch on the feeders (Anne Cronin)
Lavell’s Lake – Mistle Thrush on power lines over the car park field, Redshank on the scrape at Bittern hide, 20+ Swift over, Oystercatcher, Whitethroat near the Loddon between the 2 bridges at the mill (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 3 Oystercatcher 2 adults with juvenile (Richard Marsh); Sparrowhawk over lake (Rick Dawson)


Redshank on the scrape at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Oystercatcher with a juvenile at Sandford Lake – Richard Marsh

May 27th
Lea Farm GP – 4+ Nuthatch in Willows 80m before hide, Grey Wagtail over south west corner towards Lavell’s (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Reed Warbler singing by kissing gate near to Sandford Mill (FJC)


Sand Martin on stick at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

May 26th
Lea Farm GP – Redshank in the south east corner, 3 Reed Warbler (John McGovan)

May 25th
Lea Farm GP – Redshank on east shore, then flew to south west corner, Hobby flew through, 2 Cuckoo over (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Gadwall, Oystercatcher, 4 Black-headed Gull chicks on Tern Island (Richard Marsh)

May 24th
Lea Farm GP – 23 Common Tern on island (FJC); Oystercatcher north shore, Garden Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler all singing from various places from behind feeders, Cuckoo male calling from tree to left of Lodge Wood (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – 5+ Reed Warblers singing from all areas of reeds, Oystercatcher heading towards Lea Farm, Oystercatcher asleep on bund at Bittern hide (Michael Hubbard)
Black Swan Lake – 7 Common Tern (FJC)

May 23rd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Oystercatcher (Richard Marsh); Lapwing south west corner not seen one here for few weeks, 2 Pied Wagtail both juvenile (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby flew low across lake and past Bittern hide (Richard Marsh); Bard Owl at the entrance to it’s box (Grant Evans)
Sandford Lake – 3 Oystercatcher 2 adults with chick (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – 2 Mandarin Duck male and female on the Loddon 100 metres north of footbridge (Richard Taylor)


Song Thrush at Lavell’s Lake – Richard Marsh


Oystercatcher chick at Sandford Lake – Richard Marsh


Pair of Mandarin Ducks on the Loddon near White Swan Lake – Richard Marsh

May 21st
Lea Farm GP – Yellow Wagtail on the island with the Terns (Richard Marsh); Garden Warbler calling from across the river (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Cuckoo male and female (Richard Marsh); 2 Garden Warbler between hides (Michael Hubbard); Hobby over (Joseph Taylor)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher adult with chick on the island (Roger Stansfield)
Black Swan Lake – Oystercatcher over towards Sandford (Richard Marsh); 6 Pied Wagtail 2 adults and 4 fledglings (Joseph Taylor)

May 20th
Lea Farm GP – 2 White Stork flew south towards Dinton, Spotted Flycatcher across Loddon near Lea Farm (Suren Akkaraju)
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Little Grebe 4 adults one juvenile on the Balancing Pool, 3 Cuckoo one male 2 females flew to island (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher adult feeding chick on the island, Kingfisher flew over south west corner (Richard Marsh)


Spotted Flycatcher near Ron’s hide on the banks of the Loddon at Lea Farm – Suren Akkaraju

May 19th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Reed Warbler flew out from reeds, 24 Common Tern on island, Little Egret flew north over lake, 2 Cuckoo’s calling and seen flying around Lodge Wood area (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher on bund (Michael Hubbard)

May 18th
Lavell’s Lake – Ring-necked Parakeet over the car park field heading east (Marek Walford); Garden Warbler singing at Teal hide (Finley Hutchinson); 2 Cuckoo flying around, Common Sandpiper on scrape at Bittern hide (Peter Scudamore)
Black Swan Lake – Oystercatcher, Cetti’s Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat singing from the island nearest the duck feeding area, Common Sandpiper on Goat island, Mandarin Duck drake at the feeding station (Marek Walford)
Mortimer Meadows – Hobby just flew over Colman’s moor heading back towards Bader way field (Jonny Cox)

May 17th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Black Tern over lake, 110+ Herring Gull, 10+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Shoveler both drakes (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo near Teal hide, Tawny Owl in tree near Teal hide (Michael Hubbard)
Sandford Lake – Greenshank seen from lay-by calling before flying north (FJC); Common Sandpiper on island as viewed from Wincor Nixdorf screen (Roger Stansfield)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Ringed Plover possible west side of Goat island flying between two pontoons (Tim James); Kestrel hovering over Goat island (Alan Rymer); 2 Common Sandpipers on Goat island close to jetty seen from northern viewpoint, Lesser Whitethroat singing, Mandarin drake, Common Sandpiper on island (Roger Stansfield); Nightingale heard from feeding station (Les Blundell)


Black Tern at Lea Farm – Suren Akkaraju

May 16th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper in the south west corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Mandarin Duck both drakes at the feeding area (Tim James)
Black Swan Lake – Hobby near the activity centre (Joseph Taylor)
White Swan Lake – 4 Treecreeper includes at least 2 juveniles near Tufties Corner (Peter Scudamore)

May 15th
Lavell’s Lake – Little Owl in trees to the right of the style at the end of the car park field (Tim James)

May 14th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper on railing in front of the hide (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Bullfinch seen in the Blackthorn alongside path to stile (Laurence Forster); 2 Cuckoo one on island and one calling from direction of car park field (Steve Hughes)
Sandford Lake – 3 Oystercatcher both adults with their chick, Greenshank heard calling (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Cuckoo calling from Middle Marsh and the old golf course and Look out (Steve Hughes)


Common Sandpiper on the rail at Lea Farm – FJC


Reed Warbler at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

May 13th
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool (Tim James)

May 12th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Cuckoo, Kestrel over landfill, Oystercatcher, Cetti’s Warbler, Whinchat male on brambles in the south east corner beyond the Sand Martin wall (Marek Walford); Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler in reeds to the left of hide (Peter Scudamore with the monthly walk group)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Garden Warbler between the hides (Finley Hutchinson); Common Sandpiper on the bund, 2 Sand Martin enjoying insects on the bund, 2 Cuckoo around the lake (Geoff Emmett); Hobby, Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler 4 in reeds on left of path, 2 in reeds opposite hide, Cetti’s Warbler near Jerry’s bench, Little Egret near Mill, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Mistle Thrush rear of the car park field, 5+ Ring-necked Parakeet over the reserve (Peter Scudamore with the monthly walk group)
Sandford Lake – 3 Oystercatcher one adult feeding a chick second adult still sitting? (FJC); Goldcrest in tree on north side of the lake (Peter Scudamore with the monthly walk group)


Male Whinchat at Lea Farm – Roger Stansfield


Garden Warbler along path between the hide at Lavell’s Lake – Finley Hutchinson


Cuckoo in tree at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Common Sandpiper on the bund at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Sand Martin on the bund at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

May 11th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Oystercatcher, Cuckoo (Joseph Taylor)
Lavell’s Lake – Common Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatcher, Kestrel, Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (Joseph Taylor)
Sandford Lake – 3 Oystercatcher 2 adults with chick (Steven Day); Hobby, Kestrel, Sedge Warbler (Joseph Taylor)

May 10th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper (Tim James); Sedge Warbler in front of hide (Geoff Emmett); 2 Shoveler male and female in the south west corner (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler on path to Bittern hide, Garden warbler singing in Ash tree on path between hides (Steve Lynch); Common Sandpiper on Bittern scrape bund (Alan Rymer)

May 9th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Shoveler male and female, Common Sandpiper all on the scrape at Bittern hide (Peter Scudamore)

May 8th
Lea Farm GP – Black Tern adult (John McGoven); Common Sandpiper on north shore close to the point, Ringed Plover on island in south west corner (Roger Stansfield); 2 Common Sandpiper in south west corner, Cetti’s Warbler, Cuckoo (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper both opposite Bittern hide (Roger Stansfield)
Black Swan Lake – Black Tern near duck feeding area (Brian Bennett); Oystercatcher (Marek Walford)


Ringed Plover at Lea Farm – Roger Stansfield

May 7th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper in the south west corner, Garganey flew in and swam over to shingle island, Hobby over hide low heading north, Mandarin Duck male over lake low north (FJC); Peregrine circled over Loddon (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper both opposite Bittern hide (Roger Stansfield)
Sandford Lake – Garganey asleep on island (Roger Stansfield)
Black Swan Lake – Kestrel hovering over Goat Island then flew over towards Sandford Lake (Roger Stansfield)
Mortimer Meadow – Lesser Whitethroat just downstream of Bader Way bridge, Kingfisher (Andrew Merrick)

May 6th
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper on shingle island (John McGovan)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo calling near Teal Hide, 2 Cuckoo flew into the trees next to the tall Poplar, Garden Warbler in the car park field (Suren Akkaraju); Sedge Warbler singing near style at bottom of the car park field, 2 Swift over landfill (FJC); Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper both opposite Bittern hide (Mike Pollard)
Sandford Lake – Garganey by the reed bed (FJC); Common Sandpiper on island (John McGovan)
Black Swan Lake – 25+ Swift over the old golf course (FJC)


Garden Warbler at Lavell’s Lake – (Suren Akkaraju)

May 5th
Lea Farm GP – Mandarin Duck male over towards south east corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Garden Warbler showing well near Teal hide (Neill Allan); Shelduck male on scrape (Brian Bennett); Lesser Whitethroat west side of the car park field (Michael Hubbard)
Sandford Lake – Garganey swimming by island (Neill Allan)

May 4th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey drake flew in and landed in the south west corner (FJC); Yellow Wagtail by rafts on north east shore, Common Sandpiper (Roger Stanfield); Hobby flew left over reed bed (Jack Jones)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat west side of the car park field near car park, 2 Teal flying around (FJC); Kestrel male landed on power line pole behind scrape (Trevor Guyatt)
Sandford Lake – 30 House Martin in flock of over 100 hirundines low over water (Trevor Guyatt); Garganey again by island in front of hide (Roger Stansfield); Oystercatcher (Brian Crathorne)
Black Swan Lake – 7 House Martin, 4 Swift (Brian Bennett); Cuckoo just flew south east over lake towards Visitor Centre (Trevor Guyatt); Mandarin Duck at feeding point (Les Blundell)


Hobby in dead tree at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

May 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Common Sandpiper, Bar-headed Goose (Les Blundell); Water Rail, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler all singing from reeds behind feeders, 4 Common Terns on island, Herring Gull first summer (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail heard from the reeds, 3+ Reed Warbler (Michael Hubbard)
Sandford Lake – Shoveler drake, Garganey drake, Oystercatcher, 2 Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler near kissing gate west end (FJC); Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher on shingle island feeding together (Michael Hubbard)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Treecreeper at the Sandford end (Anne Cronin)
White Swan Lake – Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting all calling from reed bed (Michael Hubbard)

May 2nd
Lea Farm GP – Yellow Wagtail, Common Sandpiper (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Garganey drake in the south west corner (Brian Bennett); Common Gull (Bruce Irvine)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Swift over (Rick Dawson); Lesser Whitethroat seen briefly and singing incessantly in dense bushes on north bank promontory (Trevor Guyatt)


Drake Garganey at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett

May 1st
Sandford Lake – Garganey drake near reed bed (Paul Bright-Thomas); 2 Swift over (John McGovan)
Black Swan Lake – Wood Warbler in trees near the Activity Centre car park (FJC); 2 Lesser Whitethroat one on the viewpoint peninsula, the second singing at the tip of the northern viewpoint (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Mortimer Meadow – Lesser Whitethroat still present near Bader Way (Richard Marsh)


Wood Warbler at Black Swan Lake – FJC

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE