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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 134 species seen so far in 2020 click here.
  • Bird Sightings, including your pictures, can be reported to this page using the LWT WhatsApp group or via berksbirds.co.uk
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  • FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE

January 15th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Bittern seen in main island reed bed at dusk (FJC)

January 11th
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret seen through fencing panels (Adam McTiernan)

January 10th
Lea Farm Lake – Chiffchaff in front of Ron’s hide (David Tainton)
Lavell’s Lake – 600+ Starling dropped into reeds near Teal hide (Alan Rymer)

January 8th
Lavell’s Lake – 30 Ring-necked Parakeet seen from Teal hide (John Morgan)
Sandford Lake – Green Woodpecker (John Morgan); Barn Owl flew along Sandford Lane towards the Mill but veered left as a car came over the bridge (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Grey Wagtail on the beach in front of Activity Centre (Richard Marsh)

January 7th
Lavell’s Lake – Bittern dark form in main island reed bed (FJC); 2 Teal both drakes (Adam McTiernan)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye drake seen on the west side (Sue Ashwell)

January 5th
Black Swan Lake – 4 Pintail drake and 3 females lingering between the islands seen from west bank near Middle Marsh, Mediterranean Gull winter adult (FJC)


Drake Pintail at Black Swan Lake – Adam McTiernan

January 4th
Sandford Lake – 2 Kingfisher west side one following the other along stream (Jake Bishop); Chiffchaff close to swing gate (Tim James)
Black Swan Lake – Pintail drake west side view from any point parallel with Middle Marsh (Colin Holmes); 2 Pintail second one seen location provided (FJC)
White Swan Lake – Bittern (Dave Rimes)

January 3rd
Lavell’s Lake – 20+ Redwing, 7+ Fieldfare, 4 House Sparrow all seen near the Dinton Centre, 80+ Meadow Pipit over the Landfill, Kestrel flying towards Landfill, Bullfinch both males, Sparrowhawk over the Wet Meadow (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Mistle Thrush on the Old Golf Course, Kestrel over picnic area, 1500+ Black-headed Gull, 20+ Common Gull (FJC); Goldeneye drake seen at the southern end (Tim James)
White Swan Lake – Kingfisher seen near the Reed bed (Roger Stansfield)

January 2nd
White Swan Lake – Bittern climbing up reeds to roost (Eddie Napper)

January 1st
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Siskin with small Goldfinch flock at river junction near Ron’s hide, Cetti’s Warbler calling nearby, Chiffchaff near the river junction (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Peregrine over Teal scrape, 2 Raven West over the Landfill, Woodcock over tarmac path (FJC); 2 Little Grebe (Finley Hutchinson)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, 30+ Redwing (Brian Bennett); Goldeneye drake south end near solar panels (Roger Stansfield)
White Swan Lake – Bittern in view (FJC); Kingfisher (Sam Gillet)

December 31st
White Swan Lake – Bittern seen for 25 minutes (FJC)

December 30th
Lavell’s Lake – 50+ Meadow Pipit heading away from the bottom of the Car Park Field (FJC); 12 Gadwall 6 drakes and 6 females, 14 Shoveler 9 drakes and 5 females, 32 Teal 16 drakes and 16 female, 28 Wigeon 16 drakes and 12 females, 12 Tufted Duck 8 drakes and 4 females (Kelvin Sparks)

December 28th
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Water Rail calling, 2 Little Egret over both seen and heard from the Teal Scrape (FJC)

December 27th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush over, Great Black-backed Gull over, Linnet possible all seen on or over the Landfill at the bottom of the Car Park Field (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye male between the islands, 21 Common Gull, 1200 Black-headed Gulls (FJC)

December 26th
Lea Farm Lake – Little Egret on the east shore (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret near Green Bridge (FJC)

December 22nd
Sandford Lake – Chiffchaff near old sluice (FJC); 200+ Redwings in woods alongside the Loddon downstream of Lavell’s Lake (Steve Reed)
Black Swan Lake – 60+ Ring-necked Parakeet in tallest Poplars, 150+ Gadwall (FJC)
White Swan Lake – Bittern briefly seen in flight then making it’s bed (FJC)

December 20th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Snipe near the hide (Chris Conry)

December 19th
Lea Farm Lake – Greater Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders at Ron’s Hide this morning (Adam McTiernan)
Lavell’s Lake – Peregrine over Teal scrape (FJC)

December 17th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Bullfinch male and female seen from Ron’s hide this morning (Alan Jackman)
Heron’s Water – 10 Siskin in Alder’s (Anne Cronin)
Black Swan Lake – Peregrine over (Les Blundell)
White Swan Lake – Bittern visible in reeds seen to fly into the reeds by Mark Shaw earlier this afternoon (Tim James)

December 16th
Sandford Lake – 150+ Starling murmuration this evening, 2 Sparrowhawk one of which got it’s Starling supper, Cetti’s Warbler calling near by (Colin Holmes)

December 14th
White Swan Lake – Bittern, Kingfisher, Treecreeper near viewing bench (Nick Kightley)
Dinton Pastures & Lea Farm Lake – WeBS count – 69 Mallard, 165 Gadwall, 19 Shoveler, 61 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 85 Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 139 Coot, 250 Canada Geese mostly on Lea Farm Lake (Renton Righelato)

December 13th
Lavell’s Lake – 14 Redpoll possible in Silver Birch on island right of hide (FJC)

December 12th
White Swan Lake – Bittern showing in the main reed bed (Andrew Merrick)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Peregrine with prey atop pylon before flying south (Andrew Merrick)

December 11th
Middle Marsh – Cetti’s Warbler heard (Andrew Merrick)
White Swan Lake – Bittern right of centre of the main reed bed (FJC)

December 9th
Lea Farm Lake – Nuthatch on the feeders (Caroline Moore)
Lavell’s Lake – Song Thrush eating Sloes, Redwing eating Haws, Fieldfare over the Landfill (Geoff Emmett); Nuthatch on the feeders (Caroline Moore)


Redwing eating Haws at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Song Thrush eating Sloes at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

December 7th
Lea Farm Lake – Water Rail below feeders at Ron’s, 62 Lapwing, 4 Snipe on island, Nuthatch (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail in wet wood near Teal Hide (Nick Kightley)

December 5th
Lea Farm Lake – Peregrine flushed 100+ Gulls as it flew north over the lake towards Lodge Wood, Water Rail heard near feeders (Richard Marsh); Fieldfare in a tree by the Green Bridge (Chris Conry)

December 4th
Sandford Lake – 150+ Starling murmurating before roosting in reeds (Keith Boseley)
Black Swan Lake – 50+ Ringed-necked Parakeet seen prior to roosting (Keith Boseley)

December 3rd
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail (Alan Jackman)


Water Rail at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Jackman

December 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – Water Rail under the feeder, Grey Wagtail, 3 Common Gull (Richard Marsh)

December 1st
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Little Grebe, Snipe, Pochard (Richard Marsh); Green Woodpecker

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE