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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 127 species seen so far in 2022 click here.
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June 27th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Redshank possible juvenile, 4 Little-ringed Plover one on the Tern nesting island one adult and two juveniles in the south west corner (Trevor Guyatt)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Peregrine on a pylon perched inside the top of the structure (Dave Rimes)

June 26th
Lea Farm Lake – Redshank, 7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher (Andy Tomczynski); 3 Little-ringed Plover family group in the north east corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Redshank, Little-ringed Plover both seen from the Bittern hide, Hobby hunting Steve Clarke)

June 25th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little-ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, 13 Sand Martin, Hobby heading east-south-east away over landfill (FJC); Cuckoo (Andy Dearing)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Teal both males on the Bittern Scrape (Alan Rymer); Kingfisher landed briefly seen from the Bittern hide (Sharon Bell)

June 23rd
White Swan Lake – Great Crested Grebe with 2 chicks on her back (Rebecca Rees)

June 22nd
Lavell’s Lake – Peregrine sparring with a Buzzard towards the west end and drifting towards Lea Farm, Kestrel male high and circling towards the south west, Peregrine probably a different bird high over east of the Car Park field briefly sparring with 3 Raven (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Kingfisher seen along the Emm Brook adjacent to the old Golf Course (Anne Cronin)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Peregrine on a pylon perched inside the structure not on the top so easily overlooked (Dave Rimes)

June 21st
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Little Egrets, 2 Green Sandpiper, Little-ringed Plover, Great Crested Grebe with chicks (Alan Rymer)

June 20th
Lea Farm Lake – Oystercatcher flew round the north east corner but didn’t land, Kestrel over (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper on the Bittern Scrape (Richard Marsh); Little-ringed Plover (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher near the Nixdorf Screen (Dave Toney)

June 19th
Lea Farm Lake – 30+ Swift overhead (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper on the Bittern Scrape (Alan Rymer); 3 Green Sandpiper on the Scrape (Anne Cronin); Little-ringed Plover (Geof Slocombe); Oystercatcher on the Bund (Geoff Emmett)
Black Swan Lake – 60+ Swift over the lake and the old Golf Course (FJC)


Sleeping Green Sandpiper at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

June 18th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Cuckoo one singing near the south west corner while the second flew in that direction where ‘bubbling’ was also heard, 2 Oystercatcher, 10+ Lapwing, Little-ringed Plover (FJC)

June 17th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper (FJC); Little-ringed Plover (Andy Dearing)
Lavell’s Lake – Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler both singing in the Scrape Reed Bed, Cuckoo ‘bubbling’ nearby, Whitethroat singing from the back, Gadwall (FJC)

June 16th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper visible from Ron’s hide just past the feeders, Reed Warbler (Andrew Kitchen); Peregrine down drinking disturbing the Terns (Nick Kightley); 2 Little-ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 9 Lapwing, Little Egret all seen in the south west corner, 10+ House Martin gathering mud from the north east shoreline (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher perched on the ‘No Fishing’ sign before catching a fish then flying off (Phil Kinch)

June 15th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Bullfinch flew over path to Bittern hide (Richard Marsh); Green Sandpiper (Anne Cronin)

June 14th
Lavell’s Lake – Wigeon male, 2 Oystercatcher (Les Blundell)

June 13th
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret (Alan Rymer); Wigeon male (Phil Kinch)


Great White Egret at Lavell’s Lake – Phil Kinch

June 11th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Common Tern chicks, Little-ringed Plover in the south west corner before flying off to display, Lapwing (FJC); 7 Common Tern chicks (Sally Bryson-Bond)

June 10th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Little-ringed Plover chase bonding, Oystercatcher (Geoff Emmett); Ringed Plover, Grey Wagtail among the nesting Common Terns, 2 Stock Doves mating on the north beach, 3 Common Tern chicks on the left side of the main shingle island (Gray Burfoot)


Little-ringed Plover at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

June 7th
Lea Farm Lake – Little-ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, Grey Wagtail, Cuckoo heard (Alan Jackmqn); Cuckoo, Reed Warbler, Skylark on a vent, 2 House Martin, Kingfisher, 2 Little-ringed Plover (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Little-ringed Plover on the Bund (Alan Rymer)

June 6th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Little-ringed Plover male and female, 2 Gadwall male and female, Kingfisher briefly perched by hide, 20+ Swift over landfill (FJC)

June 5th
Lea Farm Lake – 19+ Common Tern sitting with 2-3 others looking interested (FJC)

June 4th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Little-ringed Plover, 3 Oystercatcher, 16-19 pairs of Common Tern on the shingle island (FJC); Dunlin (Jim Reid)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Shoveler a male and a female on the Scrape (Alan Rymer); 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Stock Dove (Chris Jones)

June 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – 8 House Martin gathering mud on the east shore, 12 Gadwall on the north spit Island, 38 Common Tern being 19 pairs, Oystercatcher, 2 Little-ringed Plover, Cuckoo flew over (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Shoveler both males on the bund (Alan Rymer)

June 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – Little-ringed Plover (Alan Jackman)

June 1st
Lavell’s Lake – Nuthatch family by the Balancing Pool, Garden Warbler in the Car Park field, Grey Wagtail by the stream near the Car Park field Anne Cronin)

May 29th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Oystercatcher (Steve Clarke)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Oystercatcher (Steve Clarke); 12 Gadwall, Shoveler male, 2 Lapwing all seen from Bittern hide (Peter Scudamore); Garden Warbler in the Car Park field (Anne Cronin); Cuckoo flying around trees by the Poplar tree, Water Rail, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Bunting all calling from the Scrape reed bed, 8 Gadwall, Garden Warbler singing by path to the hide (Michael Hubbard)
Black Swan Lake – 30+ Swift over the Lake (FJC)

May 28th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Little-ringed Plover amongst the 15 pairs of Common Tern on the Shingle Island, Wigeon male asleep on island behind, 2 Sand Martin, Swallow, Cuckoo very vocal flying around (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 9 Gadwall all males, Shoveler male (FJC)

May 27th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Oystercatcher on the Bund (Anne Cronin); 2 Cuckoo between Lavell’s and Lea Farm Lake with prolonged calling from one and a female briefly visible (Andy Bishop)

May 26th
Lea Farm Lake – Kingfisher near the Green Bridge, 23 Common Tern sitting on the main island (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, Little Egret, Shoveler drake from Bittern hide (Dave Rimes)

May 25th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Mandarin Duck male and female on the Loddon (Alan Jackman)

May 23rd
Lea Farm Lake – 29 Common Tern 14 birds sitting with 13 on island 1 inspecting newly deployed raft, 8+ Swift up high, 2 Swallow possible migrants passing through, 2 Oystercatcher in the south west corner (FJC); 3 Cuckoo two males and one female, Hobby in a tree seen from the hide (Mike Kirby); 3 Oystercatcher (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Swift (Anne Cronin)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Swallow, Sand Martin (Anne Cronin)

May 22nd
Lea Farm Lake – 35 Common Tern with double figures settling into nesting, Cuckoo very vocal (FJC); Cuckoo calling from beyond the south west corner, Wigeon male on east shore, Teal male along to the north, 2 Stock Dove in front of the hide (Michael Hubbard)

May 21st
Lea Farm Lake – 20 Common Tern 8 sitting on the shingle island, 5 Lapwing, Cuckoo calling then flew towards Lavell’s, 7 Swift high above the Landfill, Teal male, Shoveler male, 2 Oystercatcher flew to the south west corner from Dinton, 2 Little-ringed Plover on the north spit (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Wigeon drake on the bund (Alan Rymer)

May 20th
Lea Farm Lake – 35 Common Tern on the shingle island, Wigeon drake (Brian Bennett); 2 Oystercatcher, Teal male on the east shore, 2 Reed Warbler one calling from the reed bed beside feeders whilst the other gathering material/insects from long grass (Michael Hubbard)

May 19th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Oystercatcher on the north spit, 27+ Common Tern, 3 Reed Warbler two in the reeds to the left of the hide and one directly in front of the hide, 4 Grey Wagtail in front of the hide two adults and two juveniles (Bob Bennett); Little-ringed Plover (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – Wigeon drake (Dave Rimes); 2 Oystercatcher on the small island, 2 Little Egret, 2 Reed Bunting male and female, 4 Reed Warbler in the reeds to the right of the Scrape, 2 Hobby over the south end of the lake (Bob Bennett)

May 18th
Lea Farm Lake – Little-ringed Plover on the north shore, Grey Wagtail, Oystercatcher (John Macgoven)

May 17th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Oystercatcher SW corner, Garden Warbler near Ron’s hide (Lee Tilley); 26 Common Tern, Kestrel over landfill, 2 House Martin over north east corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo calling near Teal hide, Cuckoo now directly in front of the Bittern hide (Lee Tilley)

May 16th
Lavell’s Lake – Scaup male with the Tufted Ducks by the small island (Peter Scudamore)


Male Scaup at Lavell’s Lake – Roger Stansfield

May 15th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Little-ringed Plover on the north spit, 2 Ringed Plover on the north spit (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Cuckoo flying around Bittern hide area calling (FJC)


2 Ringed Plover at Lea Farm Lake – FJC

May 14th
Lea Farm Lake – 18 Common Tern, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, males of Shoveler, Wigeon &  Teal (FJC); 3 Sand Martin checking out the wall (Sally Bryson-Bond); 25 Common Tern (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Cuckoo in the Poplar Tree (Dave Rimes & FJC); Little-ringed Plover on the Bund (Tim James); 2 Swift from the Teal hide (Paul Bright-Thomas); 2 Cranes early in the morning over heading north (Rychard Nutley)

May 13th
Lea Farm Lake – 12+ Swift up high, 4+, Common Tern, 3 Sand Martin having a look at the wall, Cuckoo calling at the back of Lavell’s (FJC); Hobby high above the landfill towards Lodge Wood (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – Little-ringed Plover, Wigeon, Shoveler on the Bund, Garden Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler in full song (Les Blundell)

May 12th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Oystercatcher in the south west corner, Little-ringed Plover, Teal male on the east shore, 28 Common Tern on the Shingle Island (Michael Hubbard)

May 11th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Dunlin on the east shore, 6 Little Egret, Wigeon male, Teal male, Shoveler male, 34 Common Tern on old Shingle Island looking like they own the left hand side, 2 Oystercatcher in the south west corner, 5/6 Little-ringed Plover, Hobby over low (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Oystercatchers, Little-ringed Plover on the Bund, Wigeon Male on the Scrape (Peter Scudamore)

May 10th
Lea Farm Lake – Dunlin in summer plumage on the east shore (Brian Bennett); 6 Swift, 2 Hobby over towards Lavell’s (FJC); Wigeon male, Teal male, Shoveler male, 3 Little-ringed Plover, Oystercatcher (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Swift over, 3 Hobby one over the Car Park field with two high over the lake (Nick Kightley)
Sandford Lake – Common Sandpiper on Gull Island (Trevor Guyatt)

May 9th
Lea Farm Lake – Cuckoo calling, Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, Mediterranean Gull adult, Wigeon, Teal, Common Sandpiper (Marek Walford); 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Lapwing (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, Little-ringed plover (Andy Dearing)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Swift, 2 Sand Martin both species seen from the Activity Centre (Anne Cronin)

May 8th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Cuckoo over towards Lavell’s now calling the second also over towards Lavell’s, Mediterranean Gull, 4 Little-ringed Plover, Wigeon male, 2 Teal both male, Shoveler male, Gadwall male, Common Sandpiper (FJC); Wood Sandpiper. in the south west corner now flown of north (Brian Bennett); Little Egret briefly, 8 Common Tern on the Central Spit, Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler calling from reeds beyond feeders, 4 Lapwing, 4 Nuthatch all juveniles just emerged from split in Willow tree beside Green Bridge and flew unsteadily across the river to the Tawny Owl stump just emerged from split in Willow tree beside Green bridge & flew unsteadily across the river to the tawny owl stump (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo showing in Oak tree right of the solar panels but quite obscured (Roger Stansfield); Kingfisher near the bridge to the Car Park, 2 Oystercatcher (Anne Cronin); Hobby over towards Black Swan, Teal from the Bittern path near Jerry’s bench, 4 Common Terns scrapping with Black-headed Gulls at raft for nesting rites, 2 Lapwing on bund, Reed Bunting calling from reed bed both in front and behind hide, Reed Warbler (Michael Hubbard)
Sandford Lake – Treecreeper feeding it’s young, Garden Warbler (Anne Cronin)
Black Swan Lake – Whitethroat near the Activity Centre, Common Tern near the Activity Centre, 7 Swift, Garden Warbler on the White Swan side (Anne Cronin)

May 7th
Lea Farm Lake – Cuckoo, Swift, Shoveler male, Wigeon, Teal, Greenshank on the east shore then moved to the north west corner, Little-ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 13+ Common Tern (FJC); 2 Mandarin Duck male and female on the Loddon (Anne Cronin)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo (Ben Knowles); Shoveler male on the Bund (Alan Rymer)

May 6th
Lea Farm Lake – Cuckoo flew in front of the hide (Richard Sajdak)
Lavell’s Lake – Garden Warbler near the Yellow Gate (Richard Sajdak)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Hobby over the north end near the Activity Centre (FJC)

May 5th
Lea Farm Lake – Mediterranean Gull still here (Peter Scudamore); 2 Mandarin Duck in a tree opposite Ron’s Hide (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Cuckoos both males fighting in the Popular Tree! (Dave Rimes)
Sandford Lake – Treecreeper, Kingfisher (Anne Cronin)
Black Swan Lake – Whitethroat near the Activity Centre (Anne Cronin)


Male Mandarin Duck in a Tree near Lea Farm Lake – Roger Stansfield

May 4th
Lea Farm Lake – 11 Common Tern, Wigeon drake, Little Egret, Kingfisher landed to right of hide for just a few seconds (FJC); Hobby hawking for insects just in front of Ron’s hide, Wheatear female seen on top of the landfill (Tim James); Whitethroat opposite Ron’s hide (Alan Jackman)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby over low near lay-by towards the Yellow gate (FJC); Cuckoo calling from the Poplar Tree (Dave Rimes); 6 Common Tern three pair’s inspecting the Lavell’s raft (Alan Rymer); Little-ringed Plover, Reed Warbler, Snipe good views from Bittern hide (Jane Campbell); Garden Warbler (Alan Jackman)


Whitethroat at Lea Farm Lake – Alan Jackman


Garden Warbler at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Jackman

May 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 2 Little-ringed Plover, 20+ Swallow, Wigeon drake, Oystercatcher (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail heard in the reeds, Garden Warbler also heard (Andrew Curd); Little-ringed Plover on the Bund (Andy Dearing)
Black Swan Lake – Common Sandpiper on beach at the Activity Centre (Andy Dearing)

May 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – Whimbrel on the north spit, 2 Common Sandpiper, Wigeon male, 4 Teal, 80+ Swallow (FJC); 2 Dunlin (Jack Jones)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Sedge Warbler one in the Blackthorn by Jerry’s Bench, 3 Reed Warbler in the Scrape reed bed, Snipe on the Bund (FJC); 3 House Sparrow in Willows along the Loddon (Jack Jones); Oystercatcher, Little-ringed Plover on the Bund (Sally Bryson-Bond); Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler both seen on the path to Bittern hide (Anne Cronin)
Black Swan Lake – 5 Swift over the picnic area, 100+ Swallow with other hirundines over the west side (FJC)


Whimbrel at Lea Farm Lake – FJC

May 1st
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Mandarin Duck flew upstream past the Green Bridge, 2 Common Gull adult and 2nd summer in the south west corner, Shelduck male just flew in landing in the south west corner, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Wigeon male, 3 Little-ringed Plover, Mediterranean Gull, Cuckoo flying towards Lavell’s, Yellow-legged Gull probable adult in the south west corner washing for 4 minutes then flew off towards Dinton Pastures (FJC); 2 Common Tern overhead, Ring-necked Parakeet on the feeders (Steve Moody)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Swift overhead, Sedge Warbler singing near the lay-by in Blackthorn, 2 Little Egret on the Tern scrape (FJC); Little-ringed Plover, Little Egret on the Bund (Paul Doctor)

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE