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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 81 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
  • For the time being no names will be shown against any sightings

April 3rd
Lea Farm GP – 20+ Redwing heading north, 3 Fieldfare, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Little Egret over, Blackcap and Chiffchaff in abundance all seen from the footpath

March 29th
Lea Farm GP – 30+ Fieldfare seen dropping beyond landfill to the east from footpath part of a mixed flock of winter thrushes

March 28th
Lavell’s Lake – White Wagtail found and photographed with pictures posted on Facebook


White Wagtail on Lavell’s Lake – Stephen Powers


White Wagtail on Lavell’s Lake – Stephen Powers

March 26th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Egret
Black Swan Lake – Oystercatcher on Goat Island
River Loddon – 2 Grey Wagtail pair displaying near the road bridge over the Loddon

March 25th
Lavell’s Lake – 3+ Redwing, Fieldfare east of the car park field, 4 Goldeneye flew over north, 3 Oystercatcher over, 3 Snipe at Tern scrape, 2+ Blackcap (FJC)

March 24th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Sand Martin, 2 Goldeneye male and female both flew north (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Mandarin Duck over towards picnic area (FJC)

March 23rd
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Blackcap one near foot-bridge others feeding in blossom 60m from yellow gate at west end (FJC); Bar-headed Goose, 3 Snipe, 2+ Chiffchaff around (Colin Holmes); 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool (Rick Dawson); Little Egret, Oystercatcher (Brian Crathorne)
Sandford Lake – Water Rail on far bank of channel (Rick Dawson)
Black Swan Lake – 6+ Sand Martin, Blackcap, 2 Oystercatcher (Rick Dawson)
River Loddon – 2 Grey Wagtail pair displaying to each other 80m south of Sandford Lane bridge, 2 Nuthatch pair going in nest hole in dead Alder 100m south of Sandford Lane bridge, 2 Treecreeper (Brian Bennett)

March 22nd
Lavell’s Lake – Coal Tit 100m south of bridge (Brian Bennett); 4 Treecreepers near yellow gate, 13 Teal on the bund, 6 Shoveler on bund, 5 Gadwall on scrape, 20+ Tufted Ducks on lake (Peter Scudamore)

March 21st
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Oystercatcher over towards Black Swan, 4 Snipe, Mandarin male on opposite bank of Loddon just after rope bridge, Blackcap subsong heard near Jerry’s bench, 12 Chiffchaff minimum count between outside Ron’s hide back to Lavell’s west to east to car park field and back east to west along north edge of Sandford (FJC); Bar-head Goose on land back of copse (Steve Rogers); 5 Little Grebe on the Balancing pool (Brian Bennett)
Sandford Lake – Willow Warbler singing on the north side (Brian Bennett)
Black Swan Lake – House Sparrow female in bush by Activity Centre but flew off east (FJC)


Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – Andrew Cook

March 20th
Lavell’s Lake – Blackcap male by Jerry’s bench (Nick Kightley); Snipe, 2 Shoveler male and female (Geoff Emmett)

March 19th
Lavell’s Lake – 30+ Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff singing, Bullfinch all seen in the car Park field (Anne Cronin)
Sandford Lake – Willow Warbler at west end 80m from lay-by singing occasionally near small Oak (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Sand Martin (FJC)

March 18th
Lea Farm GP – Sand Martin, Mandarin Duck male over towards the Loddon, 5 Fieldfare over south (FJC); House Martin over, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk male on feeder (Geoff Emmett); 4 Sand Martin (Brian Bennett)


Male Reed Bunting at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Male Sparrowhawk at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

March 17th
Lea Farm GP – Sand Martin flying past at about 100ft (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Mandarin flew downstream at Green Bridge (FJC)

March 16th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Goldeneye male and female (Jenny Vaughan); Wigeon, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Little Egret (Geoff Emmett); 35 Red Kite, 7 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk on sky watch over the landfill (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 5+ Siskin in tall trees between lay-by and Teal hide, 2 Redwing, Chiffchaff singing, Treecreeper singing along Sandford Lane (Peter Scudamore); 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool (Caroline Moore); Kingfisher seen from Bittern hide (Geoff Emmett)

March 15th
Lea Farm GP – Great White Egret just flew south over Teal scrape partially obscured by trees, 3 Little Egret, 74 Herring Gull 60 flew south 14 remained, 97 Wigeon, Stonechat adult male (FJC); Cetti’s Warbler calling from reeds left of the hide (Paul Doctor)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Snipe (Paul Doctor); 2 Treecreeper (Steve Robertson)

March 14th
Lea Farm GP – 6 Little Egret heading south, 24 Teal, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Kingfisher flying past (FJC); 68 Wigeon Green (Renton Righelato); Green Sandpiper near overflow pipe, Sparrowhawk (Rick Dawson)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Mediterranean Gull flew over the car park west calling, 2 Water Rail heard (FJC); 5 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool (Nick Kightley); 2 Snipe, Little Egret over (Rick Dawson)
Sandford Lake – 2 Kingfisher displaying, 8 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck (Renton Righelato); 2 Tree Creeper possible pair, 3 Little Egret, 3 Snipe (Nick Kightley)
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye drake, 51 Tufted Duck, 6 Chiffchaff singing around Dinton (Renton Righelato); Raven over Activity Centre Car Park (Alan Rymer); 2 Oystercatcher on the raft (Anne Cronin)

March 13th
Lea Farm GP – 11 Teal, 37 Wigeon, 3 Little Egret heading south, 5+ Meadow Pipit, Cetti’s Warbler heard (FJC); 2 Oystercatcher (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Chiffchaff singing behind Teal scrape (FJC); Chiffchaff singing between benches, Cetti’s Warbler in reed bed, Little Egret seen through screen (Alan Rymer); Barn Owl at entrance to the box (Anne Cronin)


Male Wigeon at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


2 Oystercatchers at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

March 11th
Lavell’s Lake – Raven over the Car Park Field (Tim James)

March 10th
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret flying from the Wet Meadows towards Lea Farm (Geoff Emmett)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Tawny Owl working the Loddon and White Swan/Black Swan corridors (Simon Bartlam)

March 9th
Lea Farm GP – Skylark on the landfill (Geoff Emmett); 38 Wigeon, 20+ Tufted Ducks, Gadwall, 2 Oystercatchers near north spit (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret over south east, 9+ Redwing around east side of car park field, Siskin over, Chiffchaff still singing near big Hawthorn (FJC); 2 Mandarin male and female seen from Teal hide (Caroline Moore)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Oystercatcher on raft (Anne Cronin); 2 Goldeneye male and female (Tim James)


Male Mandarin Duck on Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore


Pair of Mandarin Ducks on Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore


Female Mandarin Duck on Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

March 8th
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Chiffchaff two singing but highly mobile near big Hawthorn the third in Ivy covered Oak on West side of car park field singing and feeding actively, Water Rail calling nearby, 2 Raven heading west (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Chiffchaff singing north side half way towards the Activity Centre from old closed lay-by (FJC)

March 7th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Barn Owl (Alan Jackman)
Black Swan Lake – Chiffchaff calling near the Activity Centre (Les Blundell)

March 6th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Stonechat (Paul Doctor)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Bullfinch male and 2 females, 4 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool (Paul Doctor)
Black Swan Lake – Nuthatch singing at top of tree in the south west corner, Cettiā€™s Warbler seen well (Tim James); Goldeneye in the big bay (Simon Bartlam)

March 4th
Lavell’s Lake – 12 Redwing in tall poplar near Teal Hide (Brian Bennett)

March 3rd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Goldeneye male and female in the north east corner, Cetti’s Warbler showing well to right of hide, Stonechat, Chiffchaff contact calling near feeders (Peter Scudamore)

March 2nd
Lea Farm GP – 2 Oystercatcher calling from edge of lake and then flew off only viewable from Green Bridge as footpath to hide impassable owing to flooding (Roger Stansfield)
Lavell’s Lake – Treecreeper in full song beside flooded path to Teal hide (Roger Stansfield); Kingfisher seen from Teal hide (Caroline Moore)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Oystercatcher roosting on raft (Roger Stansfield)

March 1st
Lea Farm GP – 3 Stonechat on eastern shore, 2 Oystercatcher (Geoff Emmett); 4 Skylark, 2 Kestrel circling and drifting east, 10+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, Raven over heading north (FJC)


2 Oystercatchers tying to land in the floods at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE