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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

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)

May 31st
Lea Farm Lake – 6 Mandarin female + 5 young on the Loddon 30 metres north of Green Bridge, Cuckoo flying north over the lake, Whitethroat singing near the hide, 6 Swift over the lake (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Oystercatcher on the bund the family group (Eddie Napper); Cuckoo in distant tree, Little Egret (Caroline Moore); Reed Warbler (Steve Rogers)


Reed Warbler at Lavell’s Lake – Steve Rogers

May 29th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 White Wagtail in the north east corner, Reed Warbler heard, Nuthatch (Heather Mahoney)

May 28th
Lea Farm Lake – Pochard, Shoveler male (FJC)

May 27th
Lea Farm Lake – Raven over being mobbed by Jackdaws (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl just flown to the nest box in the Wet Meadow (Geoff Emmett); 5 Oystercatcher on the bund (Alan Rymer); Kingfisher (Nick Kightley)
Sandford Lake – Goldcrest singing near Sandford Bridge (Nick Kightley)


Oystercatcher Family at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

May 26th
Lea Farm Lake – 13 Common Tern sitting on territories on the southern raft (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Barn Owl just flown from nest box in the Wet Meadow hunting over the meadow and above reeds (Lee Ellams)
Mungell’s Pond – Grey Wagtail male (Brian Bennett) * First ever sighting from here! *

May 25th
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl active near the Owl Box in the Wet Meadow (Adam McTiernan)
Mortimer’s Meadow – 5+ House Sparrow alongside Bader Way 100m north of Bridge over Loddon nice to know that there is a second small stronghold on the park other than the DP main centre (FJC)

May 23rd
Lea Farm Lake – Oystercatcher, Cetti’s Warbler heard (Heather Mahoney)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby just flew past at speed and low (Peter Scudamore)

May 22nd
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Cuckoo flying around lake, 2 Gadwall over male and female, 12 Common Tern 6 pairs jostling on the raft with Black-headed Gulls, 40 Sand Martin lots around the wall as well, 2 Oystercatcher over, 5 House Martin, 30 Starling mostly young birds along new fencing (FJC); 2 Treecreeper along side Loddon near fishing post 19 (Rebecca Rees)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl chased by Jackdaws flew into the Owl Box (Alan Rymer)

May 20th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Cuckoo over calling, 5 Gadwall a pair and 3 males, 5+ Common Tern squeezing themselves on the raft with Black-headed Gulls as all shingle islands under water, Common Sandpiper heard (FJC)

May 16th
Lea Farm Lake – Lapwing (Suren Akkaraju)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler, Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler all heard near Bittern hide (Heather Mahoney)

May 15th
Lea Farm Lake – 22+ Common Tern on Shingle Island and around raft (FJC); Mediterranean Gull calling and seen low over the lake (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby perched in Ash Tree along Loddon opposite small wooden bridge, Cuckoo singing around the lake (Paul Bright-Thomas)

May 14th
Lea Farm Lake – Yellow Wagtail male on the east shore then it flew into grass behind fence (Brian Bennett); 18 Swallow on fence (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Oystercatcher over the Old Golf course (Barbara Stephenson)

May 13th
Lea Farm Lake – Wheatear male in the north east corner, White Wagtail male on the east shore (Brian Bennett); 2 Shelduck male and female just flew in from Dinton direction, 10 Common Tern 5 pairs on raft that was put out yesterday (FJC)

May 12th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Little Ringed Plover on one of the new island, 2 Common Tern in front of the hide (Geoff Emmett); Yellow Wagtail male on the east shore (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Garden Warbler near the Twin Pylons, Hobby with ring over (Geoff Emmett); Garden Warbler in the copse in the Car Park field (Anne Cronin); Cuckoo calling heard from Teal hide coming from direction of Ron’s hide (Sally Bryson-Bond)


Garden Warbler at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

May 11th
Lea Farm Lake – White Wagtail male on the east shore, 2 Ringed Plover on the new northern spit, 12+ Common Tern most involved in courtship displays, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull in the south west corner (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Garden Warbler in the Car Park field, 2 Reed Bunting both males one in the Car Park field collecting blossom from the centre copse the other near Bittern hide, Hobby over the lake, Ring-necked Parakeet over the Car Park field (Bob Bennett)
Sandford Lake – Hobby over the lake flew from Bittern hide (Peter Scudamore)


3 Common Terns in feeding display at Lea Farm Lake – Adam McTiernan

May 10th
Lea Farm Lake – Hooded Crow flew back in and landed on boundary post then dropped to waters edge then quickly off west over hide, Shelduck male, Common Sandpiper (FJC); White Wagtail male, Oystercatcher (Brian Bennett); Kingfisher flying up the Loddon towards the hide (Finley Hutchinson)
Lavell’s Lake – Garden Warbler in the central copse in the Car Park field (Anne Cronin); Hobby overhead being mobbed by 2 Crows above Bittern hide (Steve Molloy); Snipe on the Bund (Finley Hutchinson); Cuckoo seen from Bittern hide (Geoff Emmett)
Black Swan Lake – Mandarin Duck male (Mark Hasler); 3 Oystercatcher on Goat Island one chased off by resident pair (Anne Cronin)


Cuckoo at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

May 9th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Ringed Plover on east shore, Hooded Crow on the landfill (FJC); Hobby, White Wagtail male in front of the hide, 2 Common Sandpiper (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Willow Warbler half way between hides (FJC); Cuckoo perched in trees adjacent to Bittern hide sang once then flew off (Finley Hutchinson)
Sandford Lake – Sedge Warbler in the hedgerow near the south west corner (Finley Hutchinson)


Hooded Crow on the Landfill at Lea Farm Lake – FJC


2 Ringed Plover on the east shore at Lea Farm Lake – FJC

May 8th
Lavell’s Lake – Nightingale on the island singing in loud bursts despite quite heavy rain, 2 Gadwall male and female on scrape, Snipe on Bund (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Oystercatcher adult with three chicks on Goat island, 20 Swift off Activity Centre beach, Grey Wagtail (Tim James); Blackcap female (Alan Jackman)


Female Blackcap at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Jackman

May 7th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Common Sandpiper in the north east corner, Yellow Wagtail in front of the hide, White Wagtail male (Brian Bennett); Hobby over the lake, 3 Oystercatcher flying around (FJC); Garden Warbler singing from both sides of the Loddon south of the hide (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby perched on tall leafless tree on the island, Nightingale singing but not visible from the double pylon (Bruce Irvine); Cuckoo seen from the Teal Hide (David White)

May 6th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Plover heard the calls first then got on to them late flying downstream above the Loddon at about 200ft ran back to Lea Farm Lake but no sign – only 6th confirmed record, Cuckoo (FJC); White Wagtail male, Yellow Wagtail male (Brian Bennett); Little Ringed Plover on the east shore (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Common Sandpiper on the Bund (Geoff Emmett); Garden Warbler in the thicket near the yellow Gate (Bob Bennett)


Male White Wagtail at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett


Little Ringed Plover at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett


Sand Martin in Flight at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

May 5th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Common Sandpiper, White Wagtail male (Brian Bennett); 16 Gadwall including 6 pairs and 4 males, 2 Teal male and female, 100+ Sand Martin feeding over landfill, 10+ Swallow, 2 House Martin (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Nightingale singing on main island best heard near double pylon (FJC)

May 4th
Lea Farm Lake – 33 Common Tern, 2 Shelduck in the south west corner, 3 Common Sandpiper, White Wagtail mobile on the east shore, Sanderling adult flew around lake with a Dunlin for nearly a minute before landing on the old shingle island, 3 Dunlin one with the Sanderling 2 more in the north east corner (FJC); Little Ringed Plover on the east shore (Bob Bennett); Yellow Wagtail on the north west shore line, 2 Stock Dove (Mark Shaw)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Blackcap male and female (Bob Bennett); Oystercatcher on the Bund (Keith Boseley); 2 Sedge Warbler in reed bed behind Bund, Reed Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Bunting all singing this evening, Snipe on the Bund, 3 Reed Warbler in reed bed behind hide, Garden Warbler singing at Jerry’s bench, Cuckoo calling from the island, 2 Tawny Owl juveniles calling again along Bittern-Teal pathway, 3 Oystercatcher over towards Lea Farm calling loudly (Michael Hubbard)
Sandford Lake – Grey Wagtail on Sandford Bridge (Mark Shaw)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Mandarin Duck three males chasing a female on the main path round the lake (Adam McTiernan)
White Swan Lake – 3 Reed Warblers singing along reed bed, Sedge Warbler singing at junction with pathway to Black Swan (Michael Hubbard)

May 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – 15 Common Tern all resting on old shingle island, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Cuckoo, 4 Common Sandpiper (FJC); Yellow Wagtail male in front of the hide, 2 Shelduck (Richard Marsh); White Wagtail adult male seen well with the male Yellow Wagtail just north of the hide, Great Black-backed Gull over (Trevor Guyatt); Whitethroat (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Common Sandpiper (FJC); Little Egret on the Bund (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher over heading south (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper, Mandarin Duck male seen near the picnic area (FJC)


Male Yellow Wagtail at Lea Farm Lake – Richard Marsh


Male Yellow Wagtail at Lea Farm Lake – Richard Marsh


Male Mandarin Duck at Black Swan Lake – FJC

May 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – Greenshank heard calling (FJC) ; 2 Shelduck, 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lapwing, Nuthatch, Ring-necked Parakeet, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Steven Doel)
Lavell’s Lake – Nightingale singing on main island (FJC), 1 Snipe Tern scrape; Cuckoo calling by Teal hide (Fiona Cummins); Grey Wagtail adult feeding 2 young (Patrick Crowley)
Black Swan Lake – 15 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 9 Song Thrush, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Treecreeper, 10 Reed Warbler, 6 Swift, 6 Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, Oystercatcher, 6 Common Tern, Kingfisher (Patrick Crowley)

May 1st
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Common Tern (Andy Dearing)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe feeding on bund at Tern scrape, Sedge Warbler in reeds at back of scrape (Andy Cook); Cuckoo (Paul Doctor); Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Hobby, Cuckoo, Great Black-backed Gull over, Lesser Whitethroat heard only, 2 Common Sandpiper on Bund (Roger Stansfield)
Black Swan Lake – Mandarin Duck male, Kestrel, Common Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher adult with 3 chicks, Little Egret (Suren Akkaraju)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Nightingale singing (Suren Akkaraju)

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE