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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 103 species seen from 1st Jan to date (29th March), click here.
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February 15th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Goldeneye, 2 Shelduck, 45+ Teal, 20+ Wigeon (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl (Suren Akkaraju)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher (Lynn Mann)

February 14th
Lea Farm GP – Goldeneye female, 2 Oystercatcher on the island bathing (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Goldeneye male and female (David White)

February 13th
Lavell’s Lake – Peregrine in tall Poplar Tree, 2 Cetti’s Warbler heard near Teal hide, Cetti’s Warbler heard at Bittern hide end, Water Rail also heard, Barn Owl (FJC); 30+ Meadow Pipit seen from car park field, Skylark to the left of the Oak tree, Oystercatcher flew over appeared to be dropping down towards Sandford Lake (Brian Bennett)
Sandford Lake – 4 Snipe (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Little Egret heading south, 2 Oystercatcher on raft (FJC)

February 12th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Goldeneye both females behind left raft, Barnacle Goose with Canada’s on landfill (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Chiffchaff in tree tops along Loddon by Teal Hide (Peter Scudamore); Great Spotted Woodpecker (Geoff Emmett); Reed Bunting male, Greenfinch male (Steve Rogers)


Male Greenfinch at Lavell’s Lake – Steve Rogers

February 11th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Woodcock, Water Rail, Tawny Owl heard only (FJC)

February 10th
Lea Farm GP – 10+ Fieldfare over landfill, 15-20 Siskin over, 2 Water Rail calling left of hide, 5 Meadow Pipit on east side of lake (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Ferruginous Duck near bench on north side (Peter Scudamore)
Black Swan Lake – Drake Goldeneye at southern end (Brian Bennett)

February 9th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 probable Woodcock flew over Teal scrape towards landfill at dusk (Paul Bright-Thomas); 2 Rook over heading south (Roger Stansfield)
Sandford Lake – Barn Owl over lake (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Black Swan Lake – Kestrel on the climbing frame behind the activity centre (Brian Bennett)


Long-tailed Tit at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

February 6th
Lavell’s Lake – Woodcock flew north to south over Teal scrape, 2 Cetti’s Warbler heard calling (Roger Stansfield); 7 Siskin, 2 Goldcrest both in Alder above door to Teal hide (Richard Marsh); Snipe on pile of reeds on bund (Peter Scudamore)

February 5th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Woodcock seen from Teal hide, Water Rail heard (Nick Kightley)
Sandford Lake – Barn Owl over lake heading towards Lavell’s (Nick Kightley)

February 4th
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe on edge of reeds to right of Bittern hide (Peter Scudamore)

February 3rd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Shelduck, Goldeneye female, Green Sandpiper, 5 Herring Gull, Sparrowhawk over, Kingfisher (Joseph Taylor)
Sandford Lake – Ferruginous Duck photographed both legs and as expected it has a metal ring on the left leg so likely it’s the returning bird first seen in 2015 (Marek Walford); Yellow-legged Gull possible adult flew over heading north west (Joseph Taylor)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male (Joseph Taylor)

February 2nd
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck female, Goldeneye female (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl in car park field heading to meadow (FJC); Coal Tit on Jack’s Feeder (Jack Jones); Barn Owl briefly perched on trees overhanging the river (Jules Jones)
Sandford Lake – 3 Siskin in alders 100 meters south of Sandford Lane (Brian Bennett)


Female Goldeneye at Lea Farm -Geoff Emmett

February 1st
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Snipe, Common Gull (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – 7 Snipe (Suren Akkaraju)

January 31st
Lea Farm GP – 3 Shelduck, 2 Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 30 Redwing near Jerry’s bench (Geoff Emmett); 4 Snipe (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 45+ Snipe (Richard Marsh); Ferruginous Duck (Suren Akkaraju)
White Swan Lake – 2 Little Grebe, 2 Common Gull, Herring Gull (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 20 Siskin in trees between the lake and the old golf course (Tim James)


Redwing at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

January 30th
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck, 2 Common Gull (John McGowan); Sparrowhawk near feeders (Gavin Lipscombe)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Woodpecker in car park field (John Morgan); Woodcock over towards island at Teal scrape, 30+ Redwing, Water Rail heard (FJC); 20+ Siskin on opposite side of the Loddon (John McGowan); 2 Snipe on bund in front of Bittern hide (Peter Scudamore); Fieldfare (Grant Evans)
Sandford Lake – Ferruginous Duck (John Morgan); Barn Owl (John McGowan)


Sparrowhawk at Lea Farm -Gavin Lipscombe


Fieldfare at Lavell’s Lake -Grant Evans

January 29th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Shelduck male and female (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 8 Siskin near Teal hide, Lesser Redpoll over Teal hide, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 12 Reed Bunting in Teal scrape roost (Tim Alexander); Snipe on newly cut area to right of Bittern hide (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – Ferruginous Duck under trees on north side (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – 2 Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Kingfisher flying in and out of trees along hard shoulder of A329M (Paul Bright-Thomas); Oystercatcher on raft (Tim James)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Chiffchaff near footbridge over the Loddon from White Swan Lake (Richard Marsh)


Ferruginous Duck at Sandford Lake -Geoff Emmett

January 28th
Lea Farm GP – Oystercatcher asleep on the island, 2 Shelduck in north east corner (Roger Stansfield)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe on bund, Little Egret (Ida Groot Attias)
Sandford Lake – Ferruginous Duck male briefly on north side before disappearing behind largest island, Water Rail on same island, Kingfisher (Rick Dawson); 2 Kingfisher flew over lake (Ian Paine)


Record shot of a Ferruginous Duck at Sandford Lake -Geoff Emmett

January 27th
Lea Farm GP – Oystercatcher asleep on the island (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Woodcock flew over from right to left viewed from Teal Hide (Marek Walford); Snipe on bund (Michael Hubbard)
Sandford Lake – 2 Great White Egret over low and dropping towards Herons Water, Ferruginous Duck presumably a German introduction bird (Marek Walford)

January 26th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Great White Egret flying south from the Loddon path towards Sandford, Barn Owl, Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Shelduck, 2 Peregrine displaying seen with FJC (John McGovern); Raven flew west over path between car park and hide (Joseph Taylor)
Sandford Lake – 2 Crossbill flying over lake heading south and calling (Joseph Taylor); 2 Peregrine over the lake same pair as Lavell’s?, 4 Little Egret, 6+ Snipe (Nick Kightley); Kingfisher, Tufted/Ferruginous hybrid possible (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – 2 Raven over the lake (Joseph Taylor)

January 25th
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck asleep on the island, 2 Goldeneye male and female, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Meadow Pipit on landfill, 23 Pied Wagtail on landfill, Sparrowhawk female scattered birds as it flew past feeder (Richard Marsh); Redwing, Song Thrush both near the hide on the path (Matt Newnham)
Lavell’s Lake – Sparrowhawk female seen from Bittern hide, Kingfisher near Teal hide (Richard Marsh); Water Rail, 10 Reed Bunting on Teal scrape, Redwing, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 8 Greenfinch (Tim Alexander)


Little Grebe with lunch at Lea Farm -Richard Marsh

January 24th
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – 19 Snipe scattered around the islands (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker (Richard Marsh)


Shelduck at Lea Farm -Geoff Emmett

January 23rd
Lea Farm GP – 20+ Meadow Pipit feeding on the landfill with the sheep (Brian Bennett)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male southern end of lake (Joseph Taylor)

January 22nd
Sandford Lake – Great White Egret over east side towards Black Swan Lake (FJC); Great White Egret ‘possible second one?’ over in direction of Teal Hide and towards Ron’s hide, Treecreeper near road (Anne Cronin); 6 Snipe on north island seen from Sandford Lane end (Steve Lynch)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male southern end of lake (Tim James)

January 21st
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck, 2 Little Grebe (Geoff Emmett); Bar-headed Goose on the Landfill (Alan Travers); Barn Owl very brown form flying past the hide, Peregrine immature just made 2 horizontal attacks on a tight group of 14 Lapwings but missed (Trevor Guyatt)
Black Swan Lake – 60+ Redwing, 40+ Fieldfare both at the south end of the old Golf course (Trevor Guyatt)


Resting Bar-headed Goose at Lea Farm -Alan Travers


A pair of Little Grebe at Lea Farm -Geoff Emmett

January 20th
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck, Peregrine, 2 Raven cronking as they flew over, Barn Owl flew right in front of hide (John McGovern) Little Grebe (Bob Loades)
Lavell’s Lake – Peregrine flew from the Poplar Tree (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 2 Great White Egret flying south over lake and hide early morning, 10 Snipe, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh); 27 Snipe, increased to 40 by FJC (Bob Loades); 2 Great White Egret flew north to roost late afternoon (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Bullfinch male and female (Richard Marsh)

January 19th
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck (Suren Akkaraju)
Lavell’s Lake – 20 Redpoll in trees between Sandford Mill and the Green Bridge on the Loddon (Tim James); 2 Sparrowhawk seen along the Loddon, Little Egret heading north (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Jack Snipe probable left hand island flushed by a Coot and walked up into the vegetation (Marek Walford); Sparrowhawk in field west of lake (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Kestrel on the zip wire on the golf course (Marek Walford)
White Swan Lake – Sparrowhawk north of Loddon (Suren Akkaraju); Treecreeper on eastern side (Roger Stansfield)


Dancing Little Egret at Lavell’s Lake -Stephen Power

January 18th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Shelduck male and female, 2 Little Grebe, Cetti’s Warbler good view of it singing in front of hide, Peregrine came in over landfill and scattered everything before flying off southwest over Loddon, Water Rail dashed along the edge of the lake in front of hide, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Pochard (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Woodcock, 8 Siskin, Reed Bunting, 6 Greenfinch, Bullfinch, 2 Goldcrest (Tim Alexander); 30 Reed Bunting left roost in reeds leading up to Bittern hide, Peregrine in tree, Little Egret, Barn Owl in box , 4 Bullfinch by Betty’s bench (Nick Kightley)
Sandford Lake – 9 Snipe, Chiffchaff (Nick Kightley)


Display Drake Teal at Lavell’s Lake -Geoff Emmett

January 17th
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret over (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – 4 Snipe (Suren Akkaraju)
White Swan Lake – Treecreeper (Suren Akkaraju)


Treecreeper at White Swan Lake -Suren Akkaraju

January 16th
Lea Farm GP – Shelduck (Tim James)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher flew along the Loddon near sluice, Chiffchaff with a Tit flock near sluice (Richard Marsh)

January 15th
Lea Farm GP – Goldeneye male near the hide (Jenny Vaughan)

January 14th
Lea Farm GP – Tawny Owl seen near the Green Bridge on the Loddon with Brian Bennett (Roger Stansfield); Goldcrest (Ida Groot-Attias)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Bullfinch in tree at the top of path to Bittern hide (Richard Marsh); Woodcock, Barn Owl both flying over the reed beds (Tim James)
Sandford Lake – 6 Snipe (Richard Marsh); 2 Reed Bunting male and female, Nuthatch (Steve Rogers)
White Swan Lake – Bittern briefly flew over the reeds and went back in (Suren Akkaraju)


Goldcrest at Lea Farm -Ida Groot-Attias

January 13th
Lea Farm GP – Peregrine took a Lapwing out of the flock but dropped it into the reeds, Little Egret (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl at the front of the Box (Geoff Emmett); 30+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Great Black-backed Gull over West of hide (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 4 Siskin with Goldfinch flock in Alders just south of Sandford Mill bridge (Brian Bennett)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male south end of lake (Steven Day)
White Swan Lake – 2 Little Grebe, Bittern (John McGovern); Chiffchaff calling behind reed bed, Little Egret (Paul Bright-Thomas)


Barn Owl in it’s Box at Lavell’s Lake -Geoff Emmett

January 12th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Egret (Marek Walford); Barnacle Goose, 2 Reed Warblers male and female, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthutch (Steve Rogers)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl over reeds at Teal hide, Peregrine perched in tree near Teal hide, 6 Little Egret flying towards Sandford lake (Suren Akkaraju); Kingfisher male, Little Egret (Steve Rogers); Peregrine circling and chasing Lapwing (Jack Jones)


Cetti’s Warbler at Lavell’s Lake -Geoff Emmett


Singing Cetti’s Warbler at Lavell’s Lake -Geoff Emmett


A Volery of Long-Tailed Tits at Lea Farm -Steve Rogers

January 11th
Lea Farm GP – Ring-necked Parakeet over Green Bridge, 2 Reed Buntings male and female in reeds to left of hide, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker flying in front of hide, 2 Little Egret on island, 2 Common Gull on raft (Bob Bennett); Peregrine with kill on landfill (Geoff Emmett); Barnacle Goose, Bar-headed Goose both seen with flock of Canada’s on landfill, Sparrowhawk male (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl over reeds to right of Teal hide (Nick Kightley)
White Swan Lake – 10 Little Egret (Tim James); 2 Little Grebe on the edge of the reed bed (Bob Bennett)


Peregrine at distance on the landfill at Lea Farm -Geoff Emmett


Peregrine record shot over the landfill at Lea Farm -Geoff Emmett

January 10th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Shelduck 2 males and a female, Little Grebe, Ring-necked Parakeet near hide gate (Richard Marsh); Little Egret, Sparrowhawk male, Water Rail run under feeders (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Water Rail heard from Teal hide (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Sandford Lake – 6 Snipe (Richard Marsh)
Heron’s Water – Treecreeper, Goldcrest (Richard Marsh)


Male Shelduck at Lea Farm -Richard Marsh

January 9th
Lea Farm GP – Goldeneye female, 2 Reed Bunting male and female, Nuthatch (Peter Anderson)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe, Common Gull, 2 Little Egret, 9+ Moorhens on bund (Peter Scudamore)
White Swan Lake – 8 Little Egret (Mary Jacobs)

January 8th
Lavell’s Lake – Sparrowhawk attacked Starling flock over roost (Trevor Guyatt); Little Egret (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – 36 Shoveler (Mike Turton); 8 Little Egret (Anne Cronin); Woodcock flew across field on western side (Brian Bennett)
Black Swan Lake – 8 Fieldfare, 22 Redwing on Golf course at the southern end by overflow car park (Brian Bennett)
White Swan Lake – 7 Little Egret in trees near reed bed (Mike Turton)


Little Egret close-up at Lavell’s Lake -Geoff Emmett

January 7th
Lea Farm GP – Goldeneye female (Trevor Guyatt); 2 Shelduck male and female in the south west corner (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Woodcock over Teal hide scrape, Sparrowhawk chasing Starlings from reeds (Nick Kightley); Treecreeper in the feeder area trees (Brian Bennett)

January 6th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Little Egret (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Woodcock over teal hide scrape, Sparrowhawk chasing starlings from reeds (Nick Kightley); Treecreeper in the feeder area trees (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Woodcock flew around Teal hide scrape 3 or 4 times, Mandarin Duck flew over heading downstream (FJC); Barn Owl on the ground feeding on prey at the right hand end of the Bittern hide reedbed, Water Rail ran along the edge of reeds behind the scrape, Sparrowhawk flushed 200+ Starlings from reedbed on the island (Richard Marsh); Kestrel in large willow and then flew towards Sandford Mill (Roger Stansfield); 2 Great White Egret flew over the Lake (Geoff Emmett)
White Swan Lake – Bittern seen in the usual reed bed (Rick Dawson)


2 Great White Egrets flying over Lavell’s Lake at dusk -Geoff Emmett

January 5th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Shelduck male and female (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Coal Tit on feeders (Marek Walford); Kestrel perched in tree on old Golf course (Jules Jones)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher (Suren Akkaraju)
Black Swan Lake – Mistle Thrush singing on top of first conifer on old Golf course (Trevor Guyatt)
White Swan Lake – Bittern, Brambling over calling (Marek Walford); 6 Little Egret (Lynn Mann)


Kestrel perched on the climbing wall in the Activity Centre -Jules Jones

January 4th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Woodcock seen from Teal hide flying left to right towards island (Nick Kightley); Little Egret, Barn Owl, Bullfinch (Paul Bright-Thomas); Peregrine in distant trees (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Raven just drifted over east (FJC)

January 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Peregrine having bath at Ron Bryant hide (Araba McMillan); Cetti’s Warbler in front of hide (Richard Marsh); Little Egret, Barnacle Goose (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail, Woodcock dropped into back of scrape Teal hide (Nick Kightley); Sparrowhawk low over car park field (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 2 Chiffchaff (Nick Kightley); Mistle Thrush singing on the east side nearest DAC (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Shelduck female among Black-headed Gulls, just flew towards south west end, 9 Fieldfare on old Golf course (FJC)


Little Egret in tree along the Loddon -Geoff Emmett

January 2nd
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail calling around the Teal scrape, Woodcock flying low over scrape right towards island, Greenfinch over, Chaffinch over, Peregrine heading away low north west (FJC); Barn owl at box (Paul Doctor); Little Egret (Gary Bushell)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail heard near hide, Tree Creeper (FJC); Chiffchaff near weir along Loddon (Tim James)
White Swan Lake – Bittern in the reed bed on the north east side (Brian Bennett); 6 Little Egret flew in landing in Willows on west side (FJC)


Little Egret with lunch at Lavell’s Lake -Gary Bushell

January 1st
Lea Farm GP – Barn Owl adult a very buffish bird flew north right in front of the hide, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Reed Bunting (Trevor Guyatt); Water Rail (Marek Walford); 4 Little Egret in east corner (Finley Hutchinson)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret (Marek Walford); 3 Snipe, Sparrowhawk soaring high over the landfill seen from path to Bittern hide (Richard Marsh); 2 Barn Owl one by the box the second one flying past hide (FJC); Water Rail at Bittern hide walked across gap in the reeds (Tim James)
Sandford Lake – Red-crested Pochard female, Chiffchaff, 5 Snipe, Ring-necked Parakeet (Marek Walford)
Black Swan Lake – 3 House Sparrows by DP centre (FJC); Mistle Thrush singing top of tall trees on the east side, Coal Tit near path on Golf Course (Brian Bennett); Fieldfare and Redwing in mixed flock on Golf course (Roger Stansfield)
White Swan Lake – 3 Little Egret (Marek Walford); 3 Little Grebe (Richard Marsh); Bittern possibly spooked by me it then flew towards the reed bed on the north east side (Tim James)


Female Red-crested Pochard at Sandford Lake – Richard Marsh

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE