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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
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  • FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE
  • November 13th
    Lea Farm GP – Goldeneye female in the north east corner, Water Rail under the feeders, 2 Goldcrest, Bullfinch male both along the Loddon (Richard Marsh); Nuthatch on the feeder, Ring-necked Parakeet, Pochard male (Geoff Emmett)
    Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker seen from Teal hide (Richard Marsh)


    Murmeration of Starlings (almost!) at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

    November 12th
    Lea Farm GP – Goldeneye female, Water Rail (Richard Marsh); Coal Tit on feeders (Peter Scudamore)
    Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe, Water Rail, 2 Snipe from Bittern hide (Richard Marsh); Nuthatch on the breeders (Mary Jacobs)
    Sandford Lake – 3 Snipe, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)


    Coal Tit at Lea Farm – David Dolan

    November 11th
    Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe, Water Rail, 2 Snipe from Bittern hide (Richard Marsh)

    November 10th
    Lea Farm GP – 4 Little Egret, Stonechat (FJC); Goldeneye female (Peter Scudamore)
    Lavell’s Lake – Bittern seen from the Teal hide (Mark Lauri); 2 Snipe asleep at far end of submerged bund, Teal (Michael Hubbard)
    Sandford Lake – 2 Goldeneye male and female (Peter Scudamore)


    Bittern seen from the Teal hide at Lavell’s Lake – Mark Lauri

    November 9th
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Water Rail by reeds, Little Egret over (FJC)
    Lavell’s Lake – 8 Snipe on submerged bund, Water Rail in the feeder area, 23 Ring- necked Parakeet in trees above feeder area (Anne Cronin)

    November 8th
    Lea Farm GP – Kingfisher, 3 Common Gull, Water Rail, Stonechat (Richard Marsh); Peregrine over heading south, 4 Pochard, 18 Teal, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Gadwall (Michael Hubbard)
    Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher back and forth whistling, Cetti’s Warbler calling (Michael Hubbard)
    White Swan Lake – Goldeneye male north end of lake, Common Gull (Richard Marsh)


    Common Gull at White Swan Lake – Richard Marsh

    November 6th
    Lea Farm GP – Little Stint landed on the shingle island for a few minutes (Andy Tomczynski); Sparrowhawk (Caroline Moore)
    Lavell’s Lake – Garganey male still present (FJC)
    White Swan Lake – Goldeneye male north end of lake (Tim James)


    Little Stint at Lea Farm – Andy Tomczynski

    November 5th
    Lea Farm GP – Goldeneye female in north east corner, Stonechat in weeds to the left of the raft (Bob Bennett); Water Rail left of hide (Tim James)
    Lavell’s Lake – 2 Snipe, Little Grebe, Garganey male, Water Rail (Richard Marsh)
    White Swan Lake – Goldeneye drake (Andrew Merrick)


    Drake Goldeneye on White Swan Lake – Roger Stansfield


    Drake Garganey in eclipse at Lavell’s Lake – Richard Marsh

    November 4th
    Lea Farm GP – Shelduck in south west corner, Goldeneye (Richard Marsh); 2 Water Rail one was preening & feeding by reeds then joined by second bird (Trevor Guyatt); Pochard male (Geoff Emmett)
    Black Swan Lake – 6 Siskin foraging in trees near duck feeding area, Grey Wagtail flew over activity centre beach (Richard Marsh)


    Male Pochard at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


    2 Water Rails at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

    November 3rd
    Lea Farm GP – 10 Skylark moving south over landfill, 30 Meadow Pipit over the landfill, 6 Little Egret moving north, Stonechat, 10+ Redwing, Fieldfare in hedge left of green barn (FJC); Shelduck in south west corner, Common Gull, Water Rail (Geoff Emmett); Goldeneye, 17 Meadow Pipit over landfill (Brian Bennett)
    Black Swan Lake – 3 Common Gull (FJC)


    Male Shelduck at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

    November 2nd
    Lea Farm GP – Shelduck in south west corner, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 50+ Redwing, 40+ Ring-necked Parakeet north from DP roost, 2 Little Egret flying south (FJC)

    November 1st
    Lea Farm GP – 3 Common Gull, Sparrowhawk, Goldeneye female, Stonechat male on east shore (Richard Marsh); 8 Goldcrest along the Loddon, 7 Little Egret over heading south (FJC); Shelduck in south west corner (Tim James)
    Lavell’s Lake – 8 Snipe, Great White Egret flew over going south towards Black Swan Lake (Richard Marsh); 5 Redwing, Coal Tit on the feeders (Geoff Emmett)
    Sandford Lake – Kingfisher (Richard Marsh); Ferruginous Duck male (Tim James)
    White Swan Lake – 2 Little Grebe (FJC)


    Redwing at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

    October 31st
    Lea Farm GP – 26 Fieldfare low east over Lodge Wood, 250 Redwing all heading west, 30+ Meadow Pipits over the landfill (FJC); Kestrel male on a landfill vent, Nuthatch (Geoff Emmett)
    Sandford Lake – 4 Little Egret over, Fieldfare (FJC); Ferruginous Duck drake asleep at present (Davie Rimes)

    October 30th
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk female flew past the feeder stand (Richard Marsh); Goldeneye female (Brian Bennett); Goosander juvenile male fishing along east shore (Peter Scudamore); Kingfisher (Paul Wright)
    Lavell’s Lake – 6 Snipe, Water Rail seen briefly in the Bittern hide feeder area (Richard Marsh)


    Little Grebe at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore


    Juvenile Male Goosander at Lea Farm – Paul Wright


    Female Goldeneye at Lea Farm – Richard Marsh

    October 29th
    Lea Farm GP – Green Woodpecker (Caroline Moore)
    Lavell’s Lake – Snipe, Ring-necked Parakeet (Geoff Emmett)


    Ring-necked Parakeet at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

    October 28th
    Lea Farm GP – Water Rail preening at the edge of the reeds to the left of hide, Stonechat male on landfill (Richard Marsh)
    Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler in front of Bittern hide, 7 Snipe (Richard Marsh)
    Sandford Lake – 4 Snipe on the rescue raft (Richard Marsh)
    White Swan Lake – Treecreeper (Richard Marsh)

    October 27th
    Lavell’s Lake – Green Woodpecker (Geoff Emmett)
    Sandford Lake – 3 Snipe, 6 Pochard (Steve Robertson)
    Black Swan Lake – Chiffchaff in a Tit flock near the Activity Centre (FJC)

    October 26th
    Lea Farm GP – Water Rail (Geoff Emmett)

    October 25th
    Lea Farm GP – Stonechat, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh); 4 Herring Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-back Gull (Peter Scudamore)
    Lavell’s Lake – 2 Snipe on the bund (Peter Scudamore)
    Sandford Lake – 3 Snipe on rescue raft and 3 on island (Peter Scudamore)

    October 24th
    Lea Farm GP – Stonechat in the north east corner, Snipe in front of the hide, Water Rail in ditch in front of the hide (Bob Bennett), 2 Redshank in the south west corner (Jenny Vaughan); Chiffchaff, Pochard male (Geoff Emmett)
    Lavell’s Lake – 4 Snipe 2 in the Wet Meadow and 2 on the bund (Bob Bennett)


    Water Rail at Lea Farm – Oscar Litson


    2 Redshanks at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

    October 23rd
    Lea Farm GP – Snipe, Common Gull, 5 Herring Gull (Richard Marsh); Lesser Black-backed Gull (Trevor Guyatt)
    Lavell’s Lake – Snipe, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)
    Sandford Lake – 8 Snipe, 2 Pochard (Richard Marsh)

    October 22nd
    Lea Farm GP – 3 Stonechat on east shore, Common Gull on island (Richard Marsh); Water Rail near the hide (Paul Wright)
    Lavell’s Lake – 60+ Fieldfare over, 2 Sparrowhawk females over the lake, Cetti’s Warbler in front of the hide, 2 Reed Bunting male and female (Bob Bennett); 2 Snipe on the bund (Geoff Emmett); Sparrowhawk male flew past Teal hide (Richard Marsh); Little Grebe on lake at Bittern hide, Water Rail pipping at Teal hide (Peter Scudamore)
    Sandford Lake – 6+ Snipe 4 on the rescue raft and 2 on edge of island, 10 Pochard, 10 Wigeon, 2+ Water Rail pipping on the west side (Peter Scudamore)
    Black Swan Lake – Kingfisher landed on Willow over-hanging the Loddon below footbridge to Mortimer’s Meadow (Richard Marsh)
    White Swan Lake – Kingfisher (Steve Hughes)


    Water Rail at Lea Farm – Paul Wright


    Wren at Teal Hide – Geoff Emmett

    October 21st
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Stonechat male and female on weeds in the north east corner, 3 Pochard all males in front of hide (Richard Marsh)
    Lavell’s Lake – 3 Bearded Tit male and 2 females in reeds to the right of Bittern Hide (Richard Marsh)
    Sandford Lake – 6 Snipe at least on the rescue rafts (Richard Marsh)

    October 20th
    Lea Farm GP – Stonechat juvenile in front of the hide, 3000+ Wood Pigeon over in the east, 2 Great White Egret south east and onwards towards Lavell’s, 50+ Ring-necked Parakeet over north from DP roost (FJC); Cetti’s Warbler (Jerry O’Brien)
    Lavell’s Lake – Chiffchaff, 6 Redwing (FJC)
    Sandford Lake – 10+ Snipe on the rescue rafts (FJC)
    Black Swan Lake – Common Gull, 4+ Goldcrest in ivy covered trees alongs south side of Sandford (FJC)

    October 19th
    Lea Farm GP – 7+ Redwing over in multiple groups, 20+ Meadow Pipit flitting around, 16+ Greenfinch out from Lavell’s, 2 Cetti’s Warbler calling, Swallow (FJC); 2 Stonechat in the south east corner in brambles, Skylark flew over making contact call, Snipe flew from front of hide, 2 Green Woodpeckers feeding right of Sand Martin wall (Peter Scudamore); Chiffchaff (Mark Lauri)
    Lavell’s Lake – 6 Snipe on bund (Geoff Emmett); Siskin over (Peter Scudamore); 40+ Redwing in 2 groups from east to roost (FJC)
    Sandford Lake – 9+ Snipe 8 on little raft by small island another on edge of island (Peter Scudamore)
    White Swan Lake – 11 Wigeon, Little Grebe edge of reedbed (Peter Scudamore)

    October 17th
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Stonechat male and female to the left of the beached raft, Lesser Black-back Gull, 3 Snipe in front of the hide (Bob Bennett); 4 Snipe visible on east shore, 2 Meadow Pipit landed at back edge of tall weeds on the east shore (Trevor Guyatt)
    Lavell’s Lake – 3 Snipe on the Wet Meadow pool, 3 Swallow feeding over the lake, 2 House Martin feeding over the lake, Song Thrush in bush bordering the Wet Meadow (Bob Bennett, seen with Phil Kinch and Geoff Emmett)


    Male Chaffinch at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

    October 16th
    Lea Farm GP – Great White Egret over, 2 Stonechat male and female near raft along east bank (Geoff Emmett); Pochard male, 2 Herring Gulls (Peter Scudamore)
    Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe on flooded scrape by Bittern hide (Peter Scudamore); Stonechat female on a fence in the Wet Meadow (Paul Wright)
    Sandford Lake – 20+ Wigeon, 5+ Pochard (Peter Scudamore)


    Female Stonechat at Lavell’s Lake – Paul Wright


    Male Stonechat at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


    Great White Egret over Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

    October 15th
    Lea Farm GP – Great White Egret in the south west corner, Cetti’s Warbler in reeds to left of hide then flew to below hide, 2 Stonechat male and female on dead vegetation along east bank (Trevor Guyatt); Kingfisher over the lake (Les Blundell)
    Lavell’s Lake – Black-tailed Godwit on the Bittern hide flooded scrape (John Sheridan); Green Woodpecker (Geoff Emmett)

    October 14th
    Black Swan Lake – 30+ House Martin, 10+ Swallow both feeding over lake to east of Goat Island (Tim James)

    October 13th
    Lea Farm GP – 11+ Swallow low over landfill, 2 Mandarin over high south, 20+ Snipe, Jack Snipe in view 2m left of right hand cone, 3+ House Martin through, 30+ Redwing over west, 2 Stonechat (FJC)
    Black Swan Lake – 20 House Martin flying around the golf course (I D Paine); Willow Warbler half way between feeding area and sailing club (Neill Alan)

    October 12th
    Lea Farm GP – 27 Snipe all on the east shore, Jack Snipe on the east shore, 3 Stonechat in the rough grass near the east shore, 7 Redwing over the landfill, Green Sandpiper (FJC)


    Jack Snipe at Lea Farm – Roger Stansfield

    October 10th
    Lea Farm GP – 5 Snipe, Cetti’s Warbler in reeds near hide, 2 Stonechat female near the beached raft and a male in a bramble bush opposite the spit, Little Egret in the south west corner (Richard Marsh); 12+ Meadow Pipit over the landfill, 9 Snipe directly in front of the hide (Bob Bennett and Rick Dawson)
    Lavell’s Lake – 2 Snipe on the bund (Geoff Emmett)
    Black Swan Lake – Grey Wagtail on the boats moored by the activity centre (Richard Marsh)


    2 Snipe on the bund at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

    October 9th
    Lea Farm GP – 3 Stonechat on east shore 60 metres right of the island 2 for definite the third was a possibility!, 9 Snipe in front of hide, Nuthatch on the feeders, 3 Swallows flew low south over the landfill (Richard Marsh); Common Gull in south east corner (Roger Stansfield); Peregrine over the lake flushing all around! (Tim James)
    Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Grebe, 5 Snipe (Richard Marsh); 10 Snipe, 5 House Martin over car park heading south (Alan Rymer)


    Common Gull at Lea Farm – Roger Stansfield

    October 8th
    Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, Cetti’s Warbler in reeds near hide, Stonechat near the beached raft, Grey Wagtail over towards Loddon (Richard Marsh)
    Sandford Lake – 7 Pochard (Richard Marsh)
    Black Swan Lake – Grey Wagtail on beach near Activity Centre (Richard Marsh)

    October 6th
    Lea Farm GP – 29 Wigeon, Wheatear on far vent, 3 Raven heard one east of Lavell’s car park but 2-3 flying around, 350 Redwing in various sized groups, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Skylark, 3 Stonechat (FJC); 3 Common Sandpiper, Little Grebe (Bob Loades); Sparrowhawk resting on the feeders, Nuthatch, Reed Bunting (Caroline Moore)
    Lavell’s Lake – Kestrel hovering at a distance (Trever Guyatt); 2 Grey Wagtail flew north west along landfill just left of Balancing Pool, 2 Little Grebe on Balancing Pool (Finley Hutchinson); 6 Snipe (Andy Cook)


    Female Sparrowhawk at Lea Farm – Caroline Moore

    October 5th
    Lea Farm GP – 10 Wigeon left north as soon as I arrived, 67 Coot, 2 Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper on east shore, 8 Snipe 6 along east shore and 2 in front of the hide, 4 Stonechat in the north east corner, 3 Mandarin all males dropped in right in front of the hide, Mistle Thrush in from the east (FJC)
    Lavell’s Lake – Tawny Owl calling east of car park field (FJC); 12 Snipe showing well on bund (Mark Lauri)
    Sandford Lake – 20+ Wigeon (Peter Scudamore)


    Male Mandarin Duck at Lea Farm – FJC

    October 4th
    Lea Farm GP – 3 Stonechat 2 adults and a juvenile near beached raft, Wheatear also by raft, Green Sandpiper briefly (FJC)
    Mortimer’s Meadow – 2 Stonechat male and female under pylon lines, Blackcap south end (Andrew Merrick)

    October 3rd
    Lea Farm GP – 20+ House Martin, 5+ Swallow thru south, 2 Skylark east, 4+ Meadow Pipit over, Coal Tit over car park field (FJC); Snipe (Richard Marsh)
    Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail on the scrape, Kingfisher (Caroline Moore); 6 Snipe (Richard Marsh)


    Water Rail at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore


    Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

    October 2nd
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Goldcrest on the path to Ron’s hide, Kingfisher on the Loddon (Suren Akkaraju); 2 Stonechat male and female in the north east corner, 2 Green Sandpiper in the south west corner (Brian Bennett)
    Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Grebes, Kingfisher (Geoff Emmett)
    White Swan Lake – Cetti’s Warbler heard and seen in bank side bush by footbridge over river at Tufty’s corner (Andrew Merrick)

    October 1st
    Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper flew into the south west corner (Richard Marsh); Little Egret south west corner, 2 Green Sandpiper on the east side, 2 Stonechat north east corner, Whinchat male probably as yesterday!, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall in the south west corner (Peter Scudamore)
    Black Swan Lake – 1500+ House Martin with a few Swallows over high and still coming over golf course (Anne Cronin)
    Sandford Lake – 15+ Wigeon, 40+ Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Shoveler, 4+ House Martin over lake (Peter Scudamore)

    FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE