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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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February 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Wigeon (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl in it’s box (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Oystercatcher flew in and landed on left hand jetty (FJC)

February 21st
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Linnet over car park calling heading towards Winnersh (Nick Kightley)

February 19th
Lea Farm GP – Wigeon, Skylark heard over the landfill (Peter Scudamore)
Black Swan Lake – Pied Wagtail near play area (Les Blundell)

February 18th
Lavell’s Lake – 8 Little Egret, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 6 Fieldfare, 2 Little Grebe on Balancing pool (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Oystercatcher on blue raft seen from Activity Centre side (Jenny Vaughan)
The Moors – 2 Little Grebe actually in the flooded part of the meadow (Andrew Merrick)


Little Grebe on The Balancing Pool – Caroline Moore

February 16th
Lea Farm GP – 20+ Meadow Pipits over the landfill (FJC)

February 15th
Sandford Lake – 40 Pochard (Renton Righelato)

February 14th
Lea Farm GP – Stonechat female on landfill, Common Gull on raft, Cetti’s Warbler in reeds near hide, 2 Oystercatcher flew in and landed on east shore (Richard Marsh); Little Egret, Sparrowhawk male, 2 Buzzard (Nick Kightley); 33 Teal, 21 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, 8 Tufted Duck, Pochard (Renton Righelato)
Black Swan Lake – 6 Gadwall, 46 Mallard, 3 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 13 Shoveler, 90 Tufted Duck, 40 Pochard (Renton Righelato)
White Swan Lake – Chiffchaff foraging both sides of River Loddon 50 metres from footbridge (Richard Marsh)

February 13th
Lavell’s Lake – Tawny Owl male calling and showing in trees just south of the Green Bridge (Brian Bennett)
Sandford Lake – 23 Pochard (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Oystercatcher on Goat island (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – 3 Chiffchaff fly catching over the River Loddon seen initially from footbridge, 3 Bullfinch 2 males and a female (Richard Marsh)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Sparrowhawk, 20 Fieldfare at least (Richard Marsh)


Chiffchaff at White Swan Lake – Richard Marsh

February 12th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Oystercatcher on far shore (Peter Scudamore)
The Moors – Blackcap male near northern pylon (Andrew Merrick)

February 11th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Raven flew east over lake then over landfill, Stonechat female on landfill (Richard Marsh); Wigeon, Greenfinch on feeders, Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeder, Reed Bunting on feeder (John Kearns)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher flew through feeder area (Richard Marsh); 4 Gadwall 2 drakes and 2 females, 10 Teal 6 drakes and 4 females, Kingfisher seen from Teal hide (John Kearns)
Black Swan Lake – Oystercatcher on raft (Richard Marsh)

February 9th
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe on the bund at start of the reeds, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Gadwall, Lapwing (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher on the island (Tim James)

February 8th
Lea Farm GP – Cetti’s Warbler in front of the hide (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Buzzard on fence post in the Car Park field (Anne Cronin); 3 Snipe, Goldcrest, Kingfisher seen from Teal hide (Steve Robertson)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher on the island nearest the hide, Cetti’s Warbler singing (Anne Cronin)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Oystercatcher on Goat island near the Activity Centre (Trevor Guyatt)

February 7th
Black Swan Lake – 2 Oystercatcher on the raft (Brian Bennett)
Sandford Lake – Sinensis Cormorant (Geoff Emmett)


Sinensis Cormorant at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett

February 5th
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail under feeders, Reed Bunting female on the feeders, Wigeon (Geoff Emmett); Stonechat female on the landfill (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool, Kingfisher flew over the scrape (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Oystercatcher on the island nearest the Activity Centre, Mediterranean Gull adult winter 120m right with Black-headed Gulls (FJC)


Wigeon at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Water Rail at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

February 4th
Lea Farm GP – Goldcrest in tree on footpath outside hide, Reed Bunting male on feeder, Nuthatch, 3 Wigeon 2 drakes and a female (John Kearns)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Shoveler drake and female, 6 Teal 3 drakes and 3 females, 4 Gadwall 2 drake and 2 female, Kingfisher male, Buzzard, Bullfinch female along footpath from Bittern to Teal Hide, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet at hide bird feeders, Green Woodpecker in car Park Field (John Kearns)

February 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail under feeders, Nuthatch on the feeders, Green Woodpecker, Common Gull first winter (Geoff Emmett); Stonechat female on landfill, 5 Herring Gull on right hand raft, Pochard, Cetti’s Warbler singing in trees on far bank of Loddon 100 metres north of Green Bridge (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Raven over the landfill heading east seen from the top of the Car Park field (Tim James)

February 2nd
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher from Teal hide (Caroline Moore); Grey Wagtail in puddles of car park flew off North (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 55+ Fieldfare, 30+ Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush came in from the east and 1 flew up the golf course strip joining the main Thrush flock (FJC)

February 1st
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail under feeders (Finley Hutchinson)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Snipe seen from Bittern hide (Caroline Moore)

January 31st
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Bullfinch seen on path between hides (Anne Cronin)

January 29th
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail, Treecreeper, Reed Bunting female (Caroline Moore)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher seen at the Teal hide (Caroline Moore)


Male Teal at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

January 28th
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail under feeders (John Morgan); Stonechat on landfill, Sparrowhawk checked out the feeders (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Bullfinch, Goldcrest (Richard Marsh)

January 27th
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Skylark in flight around area of old Oak, Bar-headed Goose on grass with 70 or so Canadas (Trevor Guyatt); 2 Teal, Kingfisher seen from the Teal hide (Caroline Moore)


Pair of Teal at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

January 26th
White Swan Lake – Chiffchaff near to bridge from White Swan towards Bader Way (Tim James)

January 25th
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail under feeders, Stonechat on landfill, Goldeneye female (Brian Bennett)
Black Swan Lake – Kestrel flew along east side of Denton Activity Centre car park towards grounds east of Lavell’s (FJC)

January 24th
Lea Farm GP – 28 Greylag flew south towards Black Swan, Stonechat on landfill (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher, Redwing (Geoff Emmett); Barn Owl in the Car Park field, 4 Snipe; Water Rail heard (Nick Kightley)

January 23rd
Lea Farm GP – Peregine (John Morgan); Goldeneye female in the north east corner, Water Rail under hide (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher female, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Snipe (Geoff Emmett)


Great Spotted Woodpecker at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Female Kingfisher with dinner at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

January 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail near feeders, 2 Reed Bunting male and female, Stonechat female on the long grass on the east bank, 19 Lapwing flew in, 20+ Wigeon, 10+ Teal, 2 Shoveler both male, Nuthatch on feeders, Buzzard on tree near Lodge Wood (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 6 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall (John Kearns)
Sandford Lake – 3 Goldcrest along the stream on west side, Chiffchaff along the stream on west side, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker in tree on the west side, Cetti’s Warbler flew from the lake to the stream, Treecreeper in tree near the stream (Bob Bennett)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Redwing (John Kearns)

January 21st
Black Swan Lake – Kingfisher east to west seen from the Dinton Activity Centre, 2 Little Egret on the island (Steve Lynch)

January 20th
Lea Farm GP – Stonechat female in the long grass behind cone, Rook over west (Roger Stansfield)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pond (Tim James)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Little Grebe off the east bank, Goldeneye drake south east end of lake (Tim James)

January 19th
Lavell’s Lake – 3+ Skylark seen over the landfill (FJC); Kestrel on car park power-lines (Alan Rymer); 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pond (Andy Dearing)

January 18th
Lea Farm GP – Goosander male flew right to left behind Lodge Wood appearing to drop near the small lake West of Ashenbury Park (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Skylark seen from the back of the Car Park field over the landfill (Brian Bennett)
Sandford Lake – Goldcrest, Bullfinch male, Grey Wagtail near bridge by car park, 8 Snipe on the islands (Nick Kightley)
Black Swan Lake – Grey Wagtail Sailing Club beach, 2 Mistle Thrush,
20 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing, Goldeneye drake south end (Brian Bennett)
The Moor – Blackcap male in ivy covered trees behind houses 80ft from kissing gate, 2 Coal Tit (FJC)

January 17th
Black Swan Lake – 2 Goldeneye both drakes at south east end of lake (Tim James)

January 15th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Stonechat male and female on the landfill (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Bullfinch in the Car Park Field, 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pond (Tim James)
Redwood Lake – Bullfinch male (Richard Marsh)
The Moor – Treecreeper (Richard Marsh)

January 14th
Lavell’s Lake – Shelduck on scrape (Tim James)

January 13th
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail under feeders (Peter Anderson); Goldeneye female (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 10 Long-tailed Tit, Reed Bunting, 3 Snipe, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk (Peter Anderson)

January 12th
Lea Farm GP – 6 Little Egret flying south along the Loddon, Peregrine very pale backed on the Landfill (FJC); Goldeneye female, 13 Common Gulls, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Pochard (Peter Scudamore); 2 Raven in flight (Roger Stansfield)
Lavell’s Lake – Shelduck (Anne Cronin); 3 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pond (Peter Scudamore); Buzzard over towards the Poplar trees, 5 Lapwing (Geoff Emmett); 2 Little Egret over north 5 minutes apart, Shelduck still asleep on the bund, Bittern in the main island reeds quite far right of centre (FJC)


Buzzard at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


5 ‘Green’ Plover (Lapwing!) at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

January 11th
Lea Farm GP – Water Rail (Geoff Emmett); 40+ Meadow Pipit flying around on landfill (John McGovan); Rook over west past Lodge Wood (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl looking out of box, 6 Little Egret over in the Car Park Field, 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pond (John McGovan)
Black Swan Lake – 1000+ Black-headed Gull (FJC); Cetti’s Warbler near the Wooden Stag Beetle (Neill Allan)

January 10th
Lea Farm GP – Peregrine eating prey on the landfill, Goldeneye female, Sparrowhawk swooped at the feeders but unsuccessful, Stonechat female (Richard Marsh); Water Rail under the feeders (Alan Rymer)
Lavell’s Lake – Grey Wagtail flew off the bund at Bittern hide as I arrived (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 2 Snipe (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Goldcrest in trees between meadow & River Loddon (Richard Marsh)

January 9th
Lea Farm GP – 20+ Meadow Pipits put up by man in hi-vis on landfill, 18 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 10+ Teal (Peter Scudamore); Kingfisher flew past near to Green Bridge, 81 Pied Wagtail close to view point, Bar-headed Goose on landfill with a mixture of Greylag and Canada Geese (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret (Geoff Emmett)

January 8th
Lea Farm GP – Common Gull, Goldeneye female (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Wigeon male, Kingfisher, 47 Gadwall, 29 Teal, Shelduck male, 9 Shoveler, 7 Lapwing (Stephen Lynch); 2 Little Grebe in winter plumage on balancing pool, Bar-headed Goose on landfill with 150 Canada Geese, Kingfisher female on bush behind screen (Trevor Guyatt)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher near Fisherman’s car park, Sparrowhawk (John McGovan); Chiffchaff very mobile along the stream on the west side (Bob Bennett)
White Swan Lake – 2 Bullfinch male and female on footpath from Black Swan (Stephen Lynch); Little Grebe, Little Egret over (Bob Bennett)
Mortimer’s Meadow – 2 Treecreeper alongside River Loddon (Stephen Lynch)


Shelduck at Lavell’s Lake – Roger Stansfield

January 6th
Lea Farm GP – Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch (Steve Rogers)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher (Steve Rogers)
White Swan Lake – Bittern seen climbing reeds before flying towards trees (Eddie Napper)

January 5th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Great Black-backed Gull over north to south, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull over east to west, Sparrowhawk over low, Peregrine over Lodge Wood (FJC); Goldeneye male, Bullfinch male, Stonechat male, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh); Water Rail (Tim James); Green Woodpecker (Alan Rymer)
Lavell’s Lake – Sparrowhawk above Teal hide seen from river Tim James); Kingfisher, Little Egret both seen from Teal hide (Suren Akkaraju)
Sandford Lake – Coal Tit by Fisherman’s car park (John McGovan)
Black Swan Lake – Grey Wagtail on the beach at the Activity Centre (FJC)
White Swan Lake – Bittern suddenly appeared putting on a good show (Paul Bright-Thomas)

January 4th
Lea Farm GP – Stonechat in the north east corner, Water Rail in front of hide, 2 Little Egret over flying south (Brian Bennett); Marsh Harrier flew over from landfill and headed south towards Sandford at Teal hide end of lake (Richard Marsh); 26 Pied Wagtail feeding on landfill viewed from end of car park field, Sparrowhawk over landfill (Roger Stansfield); 2 Raven feeding on the landfill, Reed Bunting male (Geoff Emmett); Tree Creeper (Caroline Moore)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Little Egret 2 over one on the bund, Kingfisher sat in tree near Teal hide (John McGovan); Coal Tit calling and showing well by Sandford Lane at start of public footpath by Park Cottage (Brian Bennett)
Sandford Lake – 3 Snipe on island seen from view point near lay-by under Oak tree (Peter Scudamore)
Black Swan Lake – Mistle Thrush near the old Golf Course (John McGovan)
White Swan Lake – Bittern seen flying from centre of reed bed 20 yards right then sat preening (Alan Rymer)


Tree Creeper at Lea Farm – Caroline Moore


Male Reed Bunting at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


2 Raven on the landfill at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

January 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Goldeneye female behind shingle island (Jack Jones); Green Sandpiper on east spit (Jenny Vaughan)
Lavell’s Lake – Tawny Owl in the Owl box maybe!, Teal (Geoff Emmett)
The Moors – Chiffchaff in the small meadow (Richard Marsh)
Redwood Lake – 7 Gadwall, 4 Redwing (Richard Marsh)


Chiffchaff at The Moors – Richard Marsh


Green Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Alan Rymer

January 2nd
Sandford Lake – Sparrowhawk (John McGoven)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male north end close to the Activity Centre (Tim James)
White Swan Lake – Bittern very active in the top reeds for 20 minutes then appeared to fly further in to reed bed (Richard Collins)

January 1st
Lea Farm GP – Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool, 2 Bullfinch male and female on path to Bittern hide (Anne Cronin); Nuthatch on path to Bittern hide, Snipe on the Bund, Kingfisher (Geoff Emmett); Little Egret seen from Teal hide (Brian Bennett); Sparrowhawk seen in the car park field (Finley Hutchinson)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher calling west side along backwater near the hide (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Goldeneye male and female seen from the view point, Mistle Thrush behind the kids playground (Tim James)
White Swan Lake – Chiffchaff seen near footbridge over the Loddon (Brian Bennett); 2 Bittern showed one flew a short distance in the reeds but in poor light, Chiffchaff in the reeds (FJC)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Peregrine over east (FJC)
The Moors – Lesser Black-backed Gull on pylon (Roger Stansfield)


Female Kingfisher at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE