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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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April 10th
Black Swan Lake – 2 Mistle Thrush one carrying food near the main car park, 3 Sand Martin near the Activity Centre, 15+ Swallow near the Activity Centre (Patrick Cowley)

April 9th
Lavell’s Lake – Common Sandpiper on the bund, Green Sandpiper landed on bund but almost immediately vanished from sight, Little Egret, 4 Herring Gull (Richard Marsh); 4 Willow Warbler by Betty’s bench and the Car Park field (FJC); 3 Snipe (Geoff Emmett)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Common Scoter pair circling lake at about 300-400ft headed south west (FJC)

April 8th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Swallow, 25 Sand Martin, Common Sandpiper, Osprey over from the south east then north right over lake at 400ft, Yellow Wagtail male on the east shore then flew off to the north spit island then back on the east shore (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo heard only in the vicinity of Bittern hide, as I was walking round the car park field (Richard Marsh); Goldcrest (Ida Groot-Attias)

Goldcrest at Lavell’s Lake – Ida Groot-Attias

Goldcrest at Lavell’s Lake – Ida Groot-Attias

April 6th
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper on the east shore, Little Ringed Plover also on the east shore (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Mistle Thrush near the Cafe (Jonny Cox)

April 5th
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper on the east shore before flying around the lake (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 30+ Sand Martin, 2+ Swallow both seen over the lake from the Activity Centre (Steve Clarke)

April 4th
Lea Farm Lake – Curlew flew in low calling circled the old shingle island, nearly landed then flew over to north east shore – it returned later in the day (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Grey Wagtail on the Emm Brook (David White)

Curlew at Lea Farm Lake – FJC

April 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – Little Ringed Plover in the north east corner (Marek Walford)

April 1st
Lavell’s Lake – Green Woodpecker in the Car Park field, Little Ringed Plover on the bund, 3 Herring Gull on the bund (Richard Marsh); Raven over, 2 Shoveler drake and female, 5 Chiffchaff 2 seen further 3 heard, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, Treecreeper (Ralph Watts)
Sandford Lake – Cetti’s Warbler, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Swallow over the south east corner (Paul Bright-Thomas)

March 31st
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper in the north east corner (FJC)

March 30th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Sand Martin over the lake and visiting the wall (Geoff Emmett); Green Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail (Renton Righelato)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Oystercatcher (Geoff Emmett); 3 Snipe on bund in front of cut reed (Alan Rymer); Willow Warbler east side of the car park field, 2 Blackcap (FJC); Cetti’s Warbler near to hide (Les Blundell)

March 29th
Lavell’s Lake – Willow Warbler behind Jerry’s Bench (Alan Rymer); 3 Willow Warbler around the lake, 15 Chiffchaff many more this morning along the Loddon all thru Lavell’s, 6 Blackcap singing this morning, Swallow feeding briefly with Sand Martin out of the wind under trees along south edge of Lavell’s (FJC); Sparrowhawk on reed pile at back of bund (David Hampton)
Sandford Lake – Mandarin Duck behind sluice in pond on the River Loddon (Alan Jackman)

March 27th
Lea Farm Lake – 60+ Sand Martin over the south west corner (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher overhead, Kingfisher, Treecreeper, Cetti’s Warbler all seen from path near lay-by (Mark Lauri)

March 26th
Lea Farm Lake – 103+ Sand Martin in groups of 3/80+/20+, 21 Teal, 20 Wigeon, 2 Mandarin drake and female briefly around Sand Martin wall then flew towards the Emm Brook (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Water Rail in a duet from reeds on left (Paul Bright-Thomas)

March 25th
Lea Farm Lake – Sand Martin (Les Blundell)
Lavell’s Lake – Sparrowhawk sat on the bund (Les Blundell); Oystercatcher, Shoveler drake, Green Sandpiper (Andrew Cook)

Green Sandpiper at Lavell’s Lake – Andrew Cook

Sparrowhawk at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

March 24th
Lavell’s Lake – 50 Redwing in groups of 10 to 20 heading west (FJC); 2 Herring Gull on the Bund, Sand Martin, Oystercatcher (Geoff Emmett)

Oystercatcher at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

March 22nd
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl left Box in the Wet Meadow (Colin Holmes)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher near Sandford Bridge (Adam McTiernan); Blackcap singing east of Lavell’s Yellow Gate (FJC); 4 Snipe (Alan Jackman)
Black Swan Lake – 10 Egyptian Geese 2 adults with 8 goslings (Alan Jackman)

March 21st
Lea Farm Lake – 40 Meadow Pipit steady passage north north east in groups of 3-9, 4 Sand Martin 2 singles and a pair heading north (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 15 Fieldfare near Green Bridge (Jonny Cox)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher near Sandford Mill, Sparrowhawk female (Jonny Cox); Mandarin Duck behind sluice on Loddon (Alan Jackman)

March 17th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool, 4 Redwing near the Car Park field (Bob Bennett)
Sandford Lake – Treecreeper seen from the path (Rebecca Rees)
Black Swan Lake – Oystercatcher on the island opposite the Activity Centre (Bob

March 16th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Mandarin Duck 2 drakes displaying for the single female (FJC)

March 15th
Black Swan Lake – 3 Grey Wagtail over the Activity Centre, 5 Common Gull seen from the Activity Centre on the lake (FJC)

March 14th
Lavell’s Lake – Bittern flew north east from Teal hide (Sam Gillet)

March 13th
Lavell’s Lake – Bittern seen from Teal hide (Jenny Vaughan); 60 Redwing in bushes and foraging in west side of the Car Park field (FJC)

March 12th
Lavell’s Lake – Bittern seen from Teal hide (Keith Boseley)

March 9th
Lavell’s Lake – Bittern seen briefly from Teal hide (David Hampton)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Oystercatcher on the island opposite the Activity Centre (Richard Marsh)

March 8th
Lavell’s Lake – Bittern seen from Teal hide (Nick Kightley); Water Rail seen from Teal Hide heard then seen, Cetti’s Warbler male seen from Teal Hide singing next to sluice, Chiffchaff seen from Teal Hide (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Sandford Lake – 2 Snipe on the islands (Nick Kightley); Pochard drake (Paul Bright-Thomas)

March 5th
Black Swan Lake – 2 Goldeneye both drakes near south island (Andrew Curd)

March 4th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Redshank (FJC)

March 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – Chiffchaff by the Loddon near Ron’s hide (Les Blundell); 4 Barnacle Geese in the north east corner (Peter Scudamore)

March 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – Oystercatcher on an island in the north east corner (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – Peregrine over low heading north, Bittern, 3 Little Egret including one over, Tawny Owl calling behind (FJC)

March 1st
Lavell’s Lake – Bittern feeding on the edge of the reeds from Teal hide (Nick Kightley); Bullfinch male, Sparrowhawk seen at the junction of the main path and path to Bittern Hide (Adam McTiernan)
Sandford Lake – 2 Snipe (Nick Kightley)
Dinton Pastures – 2 Little Grebe one on the river, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Cetti’s Warbler flying along the river, 15 Redwing, 2 Greenfinch, Mandarin Duck male (Steve Robertson)

Bittern at Lavell’s Lake – Jenny Vaughan

Bittern displaying at Lavell’s Lake – Bruce Irvine