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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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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

December 31st
Lea Farm GP – Goldeneye female, 2 Snipe, Water Rail (Richard Marsh); 2 Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk made 2 passes of the feeders, Great Spotted Woodpecker (David Dolan)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret (Keith Seymour)
The Moors – Firecrest seen briefly close to north gate leading to meadow with overhead power lines (Roger Stansfield); Brambling over heard and seen, Cetti’s Warbler heard on lake edge (Dave Rimes)


Water Rail at Lea Farm – David Dolan

December 30th
Lea Farm GP – 6 Little Egret heading south, 2 Sparrowhawk over hide to the north, Chiffchaff heard near feeders (FJC); 2 Great White Egret over, Redwing, Water Rail (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Marsh Harrier returned and was seen heading north (FJC); 100+ Teal, 20+ Gadwall, 30+ Shoveler, 4 Wigeon (Anne Cronin)
The Moors – Firecrest superb views near northern gate to meadow (Andrew Merrick)


Redwing at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


2 Great White Egret at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Marsh Harrier at Lavell’s Lake – FJC

December 29th
Lea Farm GP – Raven flying south beyond landfill, 30+ Meadow Pipit flying around above long grass, Peregrine in from north west flew south east (FJC); Shelduck in the south west corner (Alan Jackman)
Lavell’s Lake – Marsh Harrier was heading south (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 150+ Ring-necked Parakeets on their regular night roost on island opposite the Activity Centre (Keith Boseley)
The Moors – Firecrest in Oak with blue bin sack tied to low branch (FJC)

December 28th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Goldeneye 3 females and drake (Geoff Emmett)
White Swan Lake – Bittern in reed bed (Anne Cronin)


Male Goldeneye at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


3 Goldeneye at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Long-Tailed Tits on the feeders at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

December 27th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Goldeneye 3 females and drake (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Goldeneye 2 pairs south visible from west side near Middle Marsh (FJC)
White Swan Lake – 2 Bittern (FJC)

December 26th
Lavell’s Lake – 20+ Shoveler, 40+ Teal, 5 Bullfinch along footpath between hides (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 10 Shoveler (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Tawny Owl heard near the Dinton Activity Centre, 8 Great Crested Grebe (FJC); 60+ Redwing and Fieldfare mixed flock and increasing (Anne Cronin)
Middle Marsh – Raven over (Anne Cronin)

December 24th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Mistle Thrush over the car park field, 10 Redpoll on path to Bittern Hide, 10 Reed Bunting in reed roost (Nick Knightley)

December 23rd
Middle Marsh – Ferruginous Duck drake (Alan Jackman)

December 22nd
Lavell’s Lake – Peregrine over the car park field (FJC)

December 20th
White Swan Lake – Kingfisher (Alan Jackman)
Redwood Lake – 3 Coal Tit 2 south of Redwood copse just 100m north of pylons the other among Tits visiting nearby feeders, Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest in with Tit flock (FJC)

December 19th
Lea Farm GP – 25+ Wigeon, 4+ Teal, 10+ Tufted Duck (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe, 10+ Shoveler, Gadwall, Tufted Duck (Peter Scudamore)

December 18th
Black Swan Lake – 40+ Siskin along the Emm Brook and the Old Golf Course (Anne Cronin)
Redwood Lake – Bullfinch, Goldcrest (Richard Marsh)

December 17th
Redwood Lake – Firecrest brief views of the bird foraging either side of path to lake (Richard Marsh)

December 16th
Lea Farm GP – 250+ Redwing flying around and feeding in trees by north-end of Sandford Farm heading towards Lea Farm, 2 Mandarin Duck feeding in flood water (Neil Edwards); 20 Wigeon, 4+ Teal, 6+ Tufted Duck (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Redwing in the Car Park field (Caroline Moore)


Redwing in the Car Park field at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

December 15th
Lea Farm GP – Raven on the landfill, Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch on feeders, Green Woodpecker, Stonechat female (Geoff Emmett); 2 Mandarin Duck on old Loddon (Neil Edwards)
Sandford Lake – 2 Little Grebe, 40+ Ring-necked Parakeet over north coming off roost (Brian Bennett)
Middle Marsh – Ferruginous Duck drake (Renton Righelato)
Dinton Pastures – WeBS counts fairly low probably due to floods: 76 Wigeon (mostly on White Swan), 164 Tufted Duck, 47 Pochard, 14 Shoveler, 37 Gadwall, 18 Teal, 92 Coot (Renton Righelato)


Grey Wagtail at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

December 13th
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck near beached raft on east shore, Water Rail under feeders, Goldeneye female near north spit (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 3 Snipe, Little Egret (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)

December 11th
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck in the south west corner, Water Rail under feeders (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail under feeders (Tim James)
Black Swan Lake – 7 Little Egret at the south end (Richard Marsh)

December 10th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Goldeneye, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Common Gull, Lesser Black-back Gull (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail under feeders (Peter Scudamore)

December 8th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Goldeneye both females, Stonechat female beyond beached raft, 2+ Meadow Pipit, 2+ Redwing, 2 Raven beyond far side of landfill heading east, 25+ Meadow Pipit flying around (FJC); Coal Tit on feeders, Peregrine with prey on the shingle island (Alan Rymer); 20+ Pied Wagtail feeding on landfill (Peter Scudamore); Little Egret, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 5 Snipe on the islands (Peter Scudamore)
Black Swan Lake – 9 Common Gull on north side of island (Finley Hutchinson)
Middle Marsh – Ferruginous Duck drake asleep in middle of lake north side of island (Peter Scudamore)

December 7th
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail in reeds in extreme right hand corner of scrape at Bittern Hide (Patrick Crowley)
Black Swan Lake – Ferruginous Duck in corner of small bay near the bridge to White Swan lake (Patrick Crowley)

December 6th
Middle Marsh – Ferruginous Duck drake (Gray Burfoot)

December 5th
Lea Farm GP – Common Gull, Sparrowhawk male flew past the hide and feeders, 3 Reed Bunting male and 2 females (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Grey Wagtail on the Wet Meadows, Little Egret (Bob Bennett); Kingfisher (Geoff Emmett)
Black Swan Lake – Ferruginous Duck in northern bay near Middle Marsh (Bob Bennett)


Little Egret at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

December 4th
Lavell’s Lake – Peregrine male in tall Poplar, 5 Snipe on the Bund (Geoff Emmett)


Male Peregrine at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

December 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Green Woodpecker (Geoff Emmett); 2 Goldeneye, 3 Common Gull (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Redwing (Geoff Emmett); 9 Wigeon, 20+ Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 5+ Tufted Duck, Gadwall (Peter Scudamore)
Middle Marsh – Ferruginous Duck drake (Joseph Monkhouse)

December 2nd
Lea Farm GP – Grey Wagtail in front of hide for less than a minute, 3 Common Gull, Water Rail, Stonechat female, Goldeneye female (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 3 Snipe, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)
Middle Marsh – Ferruginous Duck (Richard Marsh)


Goldcrest at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Song Thrush at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

December 1st
Lea Farm GP – 60+ Golden Plover moving back and forth east and west about 3 miles east of the landfill just left of the twin pines (FJC); Water Rail, Ring-necked Parakeet, Common Gull (Geoff Emmett)


Water Rail at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE