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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 122 species seen so far in 2021 click here.
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  • FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE

July 26th
Lea Farm Lake – 6 Green Sandpiper four in the south west corner and two over the north west shoreline, 3 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 40 Lapwing around the site, Water Rail seen briefly on small scrape in front of hide (Michael Hubbard); Ring-necked Parakeet on the feeder (Chris Conry); 4 Little Egret (Nick Kightley); Greenfinch male on the feeder (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Egret, Great Black-back Gull over landfill towards fields rising slowly (Nick Kightley)


Male Greenfinch at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett


Ring-necked Parakeet at Lea Farm Lake – Chris Conry

July 25th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper in the south west corner, Common Sandpiper, 3 Kingfisher in the north east bay (FJC); Hobby, Oystercatcher colour ringed (Marek Walford)

July 24th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover (FJC)

July 23rd
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Egret (Les Blundell); Kingfisher, Little Grebe (Caroline Moore)


Little Grebe at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

July 22nd
Lea Farm Lake – 6 Green Sandpiper in the south west corner, 8 Lapwing, 3 Shoveler, 3 Raven over the landfill heading south east (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Green Sandpiper presumably all from Lea Farm, 3 Little Egret one on the old island one on the Bund and one in the Wet Meadow (FJC); Kingfisher on the ‘no fishing’ sign, Barn Owl poking its head out of it’s box (Alan Rymer)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Little Egret on the far island in trees by boat house/mooring and visible from the Activity Centre beach (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 16+ Gadwall, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull both juveniles (FJC)


Green Sandpiper at Lavell’s Lake – Grant Evans

July 21st
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, 12 Lapwing, 3 Little Egret, 5+ holes on Sand Martin bank with young looking out (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Tufted Duck adult with 3 small ducklings first I have seen this year (Peter Scudamore)

July 20th
Lea Farm Lake – Raven over south east, 6+ Common Tern 3 fledged chicks and 3-4 adults still sitting, 2 Shoveler, Kingfisher showed well for nearly 10 minutes (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing (FJC)


Green Sandpiper at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

July 17th
Lavell’s Lake – Black-tailed Godwit on the Bund in breeding plumage (Geoff Emmett)


Black-tailed Godwit at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Black-tailed Godwit at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

July 17th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper (Ida Attias-Groot)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl in the entrance of it’s box (Steve Reed)

July 14th
Sandford Lake – Common Sandpiper on a shingle island (Brian Bennett)

July 13th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper, 21 Lapwing, 3 Shovelers (Roger Stansfield)

July 12th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Barn Owl adult and 3 juveniles, Kingfisher near Bittern hide (Ida Attias-Groot)


The Barn Owl Family at Lavell’s Lake – Ida Attias-Groot

July 10th
Lea Farm Lake – Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Raven over landfill heading south east, Green Sandpiper (FJC)

July 9th
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper on a post (Alan Ryman); Kingfisher heard only (Ralph Watts); Peregrine over east side circling and drifting north (FJC); Barn Owl showing in box (Ida Attias-Groot)


Green Sandpiper on a post at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Rymer

July 8th
Lea Farm Lake – Mediterranean Gull adult, Redshank (Nick Kightley); Common Tern with Jack Pike (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl in the apex of it’s box, Skylark on landfill near the Balancing Pond (Anne Cronin); 2 Raven over low west north west (FJC)


Adult Mediterranean Gull at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett


Redshank at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett


Common Tern with Jack Pike at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

July 7th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Mandarin Duck all juveniles, 12 Egyptian Goose 2 adults and 10 young obviously a new brood, Common Sandpiper, Gadwall female, 4 Little Egret (FJC)

July 6th
Lea Farm Lake – Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Peregrine took a Black Headed Gull juvenile, Mediterranean Gull 1st summer stayed about 15 minutes, 5 Black-tailed Godwit came into land in the south west corner but veered off and continued south, 2 Little Egret (Andy Tomczynski)

July 5th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Redshank on the shingle island, 3 Mandarin Duck female, 17 Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper both on the eastern shore, 4 Gadwall, 2 Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl in the top of it’s box, 2 Oystercatcher on island, Little Egret, Lapwing (Nick Kightley)

July 4th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Little Ringed Plover in the north east corner (Renton Righelato)
Lavell’s Lake – Common Tern, Little Egret (Steve Beasant)


Common Tern in flight at Lavell’s Lake – Steve Beasant

July 3rd
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby feeding as it flew by heading over the landfill (Tim James)

July 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – 18 Common Tern hard to say exactly how many pairs we have post flooding but I suspect no more than 9 with chicks of various ages on right hand raft, 15 Gadwall over north a pair dropped and stayed, Oystercatcher, 3 Mandarin Duck all juveniles, 3 Little Egret (FJC); Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Stock Dove (Phil Kinch)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret (Phil Kinch)

June 28th
Lea Farm Lake – Spoonbill preening on north spit island (FJC); Barn Owl hunting along the footpath (Renton Righelato)


Spoonbill preening at Lea Farm Lake – FJC

June 26th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Little Egret, 5 Gadwall, Cuckoo called then flew past hide towards Lavell’s (FJC)

June 24th
Lea Farm Lake – 15 Lapwing, 5 Little Egret (Nick Kightley)

June 23rd
Lea Farm Lake – 10+ Swift heading north, Both rafts bustling with activity from nesting Common Tern and Black-headed Gulls (FJC)

June 20th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Reed Bunting male and female, Reed Warbler (Heather Mahoney)

June 19th
Lea Farm Lake – Little Egret in the north east corner, 2 Oystercatcher over north (FJC)

June 17th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, 3 Lapwing (Peter Scudamore)

June 16th
Lavell’s Lake – Blackcap female with food, Reed Bunting male with food (Geoff Emmett); Whitethroat (Grant Evans)


Female Blackcap with food at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Male Reed Bunting with food at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

June 15th
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo heard and seen near solar panels, 4 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler (Ralph Watts)

June 13th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Lapwing (Heather Mahoney)

June 12th
Lea Farm Lake – 15+ Lapwing, Redshank in the north east shore the first since March, 40+ Common Tern nesting on 2 rafts plus 5-8 pairs on old shingle island (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Oystercatcher 2 adults and 3 juveniles on bund, Cuckoo in large poplar, Cetti’s Warbler by path to hide (Alan Rymer)
White Swan Lake – 2 Reed Bunting in the reeds (Steve Clarke)

June 10th
Lea Farm Lake – 10 Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover took off and flew over the hide, Cetti’s Warbler, Cuckoo (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Oystercatcher on the Bund (Les Blundell)

June 9th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Lapwing, 26 Gadwall all males going into eclipse in the south west corner (FJC)


Lapwing at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

June 7th
Lea Farm Lake – 5 Lapwing (Paul Bright-Thomas); Reed Warbler, Ring-necked Parakeet, Nuthatch (Keith Seymour); Greenfinch male, Common Tern eating a Pike! (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Oystercatcher on the Bund (Bob Loades)
Sandford Lake – Hobby feeding on insects over Sandford and Black Swan (Paul Bright-Thomas)


Reed Warbler at Lea Farm Lake – Keith Seymour


Common Tern with a Jack Pike at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett


Male Greenfinch at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

June 6th
Lea Farm Lake – 15+ Common Tern, 2 Gadwall, 2 Lapwing on the east shore, 3 Reed Warbler, Large numbers of Sand Martin (Heather Mahoney)

June 5th
Lea Farm Lake – 40 Common Tern approximately 20 or more pairs across 2 rafts and the shingle island, Cuckoo still calling, 9 Gadwall all males in the south west corner, Peregrine over low carrying prey heading east north east, Little Ringed Plover in the north east corner (FJC)

June 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – 20 Common Tern 16 sitting on a raft and 4 sitting on the old shingle Island (Geoff Emmett); 2 Stock Dove (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Gadwall (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Grey Wagtail on the road near entrance to Sandford Lake (Richard Marsh)

June 1st
Lea Farm Lake – 22+ Common Tern 10 sitting on right hand raft 5 on the left hand and 4 pairs on the old shingle Island, 50+ Sand Martin feeding young at wall – see Fraser’s video, Kingfisher flew past hide barely 10 feet away, Cuckoo 2 still calling (FJC)

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE