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  • Sightings in bold are marked as such to note either rarity, a high number counted, or an unusual date
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  • 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 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)

    September 30th
    Lea Farm GP – Whinchat, 2 Stonechat all on the landfill (Richard Marsh)
    Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail on the scrape (Geoff Emmett)


    Water Rail at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

    September 29th
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Whinchat by right hand post at back of rough grass, Pochard, Wigeon, Common Sandpiper on the east shore, Sand Martin low over the lake, Hobby in from the north (FJC)
    Lavell’s Lake – 2 Hobby over lay-by (FJC); Little Grebe (Geoff Emmett)

    September 28th
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Whinchat at a distance on the landfill, 6 Green Sandpiper, Stonechat in north east long grass, 200+ House Martin feeding over the lake (FJC); Common Sandpiper, Snipe (Richard Marsh)
    Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe, Hobby (Richard Marsh); Cetti’s Warbler, Kingfisher (Mark Lauri)
    Sandford Lake – Pochard male near concrete overflow (Anne Cronin)


    Cetti’s Warbler at Lavell’s Lake – Mark Lauri

    September 27th
    Lea Farm GP – A minimum of 150 House Martin feeding over the lake and landfill, 4 Snipe, 4 Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)
    Sandford Lake – 2 Kingfisher perched on tree in north west corner (Richard Marsh)

    September 26th
    Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 2 Stonechat male & female (Richard Marsh); Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe in front of the hide, Common Sandpiper also in front of the hide, Common Tern late juvenile on the raft (Geoff Emmett); 4 Green Sandpiper in the south west corner (FJC)


    Nuthatch at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


    3 Green Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


    Snipe at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

    September 25th
    Lea Farm GP – Raven flew across landfill tumbling and lost behind lodge wood, 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Good passage of Swallow flying south over landfill 50+ so far, 2 Stonechat male & female north east corner on landfill, 200+ House Martin hawking over lake and the landfill, Kestrel hovering over landfill (Brian Bennett); Common Sandpiper, Whinchat in the long grass on the landfill (Trevor Guyatt)
    Sandford Lake – Hobby active on the west side of lake, 10+ Wigeon (Bob Bennett)
    The Moors – Spotted Flycatcher (Richard Marsh)

    September 24th
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, House Martins and Swallows over landfill, Kestrel back of landfill (Jenny Vaughan)
    Lavell’s Lake – Coal Tit, Cetti’s Warbler both in the feeding area (Alan Rymer)

    September 23rd
    Lea Farm GP – 4 Wigeon, Green Sandpiper (FJC); Grey Wagtail, 2 Snipe, Sparrowhawk flew past feeders, Stonechat on north shore near beached raft (FJC); 2 Whinchat (Geoff Emmett); Grey Wagtail, 2 Snipe, Sparrowhawk flew past feeders, Stonechat on north shore near beached raft (Richard Marsh); 2 Stonechat male and female, 3 Green Sandpiper on east shore, Sparrowhawk high over landfill heading south (Trevor Guyatt)
    Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe, 3 Snipe one in the wet meadow and two on the scrape (Richard Marsh)
    Sandford Lake – Little Egret, Sparrowhawk west side of lake (Richard Marsh)

    September 22nd
    Lea Farm GP – Stonechat on the east shore, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (John McGovan); Whinchat on landfill, 3 Stonechat 2 males and a female (Brian Bennett)

    September 21st
    Lea Farm GP – Stonechat NE corner, Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, c25 Linnet over landfill (FJC)
    Sandford Lake – 23 Wigeon (FJC)

    September 20th
    Lea Farm GP – 3 Stonechat perched on posts beyond NE corner, juvenile Hobby hunting over lake and landfill (Trevor Guyatt)
    Black Swan Lake – Cetti’s Warbler singing by activity centre, Bar-headed Goose (Steve Lynch)


    Juvenile Little Grebes – Ida Groot-Attias

    September 19th
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Stonechat on north spit, 5 Raven dropped east of car park field (FJC)
    Lavell’s Lake – Hobby, Peregrine and Sparrowhawk together over lake (FJC); 2 Snipe (Alan Rymer)

    September 18th
    Lea Farm GP – Stonechat in NE corner, 2 Green Sandpiper (Brian Bennett); Reed Warbler in front of hide (Richard Marsh)
    Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper around the edge of the main island, c20 Swallows stopped for a drink (Peter Scudamore)
    Mortimer’s Meadow – Lesser Whitethroat in Bader Way hedgerow under power lines, Common Whitethroat in copse near Bader Way bridge (Andy Merrick)

    September 17th
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Stonechat in NE corner (FJC); 3 Green & 2 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Snipe (Richard Marsh); Peregrine (Trevor Guyatt); 3 Raven beyond NE corner (Andy Tomczynski)
    Lavell’s Lake – Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)

    September 16th
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Green & 1 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 2 Snipe (Richard Marsh)
    Lavell’s Lake – Snipe on Bittern hide bund, Sparrowhawk flew along Sandford Lane towards mill (Richard Marsh)

    September 15th
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover flying around calling, Stonechat far NE corner, 2 Hobby hunting wide area around LFL (FJC); Sedge Warbler in front of hide, 3 Willow Warbler (Trevor Guyatt)
    Lavell’s Lake – Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit (Anne Cronin)

    September 14th
    Lea Farm GP – 1 Green & 1 Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover on east shore, 2 Winchat in NE corner, 3 Meadow Pipit south over landfill (FJC); 2 Raven west over landfill (Paul Bright-Thomas)
    Lavell’s Lake – 5+ Blackcap in car park field, 2 Skylark over going east (FJC)
    Black Swan Lake – Swift over picnic area (FJC)

    September 13th
    Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 15 Shoveler, Black-tailed Godwit (FJC); Grey Wagtail, 2 Snipe in south west corner (Richard Marsh)

    September 12th
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 50+ Swallow over the lake heading south (Richard Marsh); Black-tailed Godwit in the south west corner (Tim James)
    Lavell’s Lake – Garganey female still on the scrape, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh); Black-tailed Godwit (Tim James)
    Heron’s Water – 2 Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)

    September 11th
    Lea Farm GP – 4 Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper (FJC); Ringed Plover juvenile (Richard Marsh); Reed Warbler in reeds in front of hide (Geoff Emmett)


    Juvenile Ringed Plover with a Green Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

    September 10th
    Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit in the south west corner, 2 Common Sandpiper (Peter Scudamore); Ringed Plover juvenile, 4 Common Tern 2 adult and 2 juveniles (Jenny Vaughan)
    Lavell’s Lake – Garganey female still present (FJC); Kingfisher (Paul Wright)

    September 9th
    Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, 7 Snipe, Ringed Plover juvenile on east shore near beached raft, Black-tailed Godwit in the south west corner (FJC); 5 Common Sandpiper (Trevor Guyatt)
    Lavell’s Lake – Marsh Harrier flying west over the car park field (Tim James)
    Mortimer’s Meadow – Whinchat south of the pylon lines (Andrew Merrick)


    Juvenile Ringed Plover at Lea Farm – Roger Stansfield

    September 8th
    Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Common Tern, 2 Skylark over west, Little Egret in the north east corner, Mandarin Duck in the south west corner, Wheatear on distant post in line with left hand raft, 2 Snipe over, Meadow Pipit in Alder, Spotted Flycatcher left of Hawthorn (FJC)
    Lavell’s Lake – Redstart first winter male in the car park field, 6+ Blackcap, Garden Warbler both in big Hawthorn at bottom of the car park field (FJC); Cetti’s Warbler near Bittern hide, Treecreeper (Mark Lauri); 2 Wigeon on bund, Garganey, Pintail on bund (Peter Scudamore)


    Cetti’s Warbler at Lavell’s Lake – Mark Lauri


    Treecreeper at Lavell’s Lake – Mark Lauri

    September 7th
    Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit (Ian Paine)
    Lavell’s Lake – Redstart in the car park field (Lynn Mann)
    Black Swan Lake – Cetti’s Warbler (Les Blundell)

    September 6th
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit in the south west corner, Mandarin Duck female, Little Grebe, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)
    Lavell’s Lake – Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape, Garganey female on Bittern hide scrape (Richard Marsh); Kingfisher (Mike Kirby)

    September 5th
    Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 39 Teal, Garganey which flew around behind Sand Martin wall and out of view, 6 Snipe (FJC); Black-tailed Godwit in the south west corner (Richard Marsh) Reed Warbler in front of the hide, Sedge Warbler in reeds in front of the hide, Kingfisher flew across the lake to south west corner (David Dolan)
    Lavell’s Lake – Black-tailed Godwit on the scrape when I arrived but vanished about 15 minutes later, Garganey female still present, Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh); 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool, Kestrel, Whitethroat in the car park field, 2 Treecreeper near Teal hide, Redstart top of car park field (Suren Akkaraju)
    Black Swan Lake – Wheatear on the beach in front of the Activity Centre, Grey Wagtail on a pontoon in front of the activity centre (Richard Marsh)
    Mortimer’s Meadow – Spotted Flycatcher in copse at aviation museum end of meadow (Richard Marsh)


    Sedge Warbler in reeds at Lea Farm – David Dolan

    September 4th
    Lea Farm GP – 5 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, Wigeon flew north, Black-tailed Godwit still around (FJC); Wheatear perched on a post at the top of the landfill, Mandarin Duck female, Sparrowhawk circling over the landfill with 4 Red Kites (Richard Marsh)
    Lavell’s Lake – 3 Snipe, Garganey female (Richard Marsh); Black-tailed Godwit, Hobby (Rob Keel)


    Black-tailed Godwit and Snipe feeding together at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

    September 3rd
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper (FJC); Black-tailed Godwit just flew in (Geoff Emmett); Wheatear on landfill vent (Richard Marsh)
    Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail maybe more squealing at the Teal Scrape (FJC); Redstart first year male in car park field, Kestrel female in the car park field, Green Woodpecker in the car park field, Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, Garganey, Cetti’s Warbler (Richard Marsh)


    Black-tailed Godwit at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

    September 2nd
    Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper (John McGovan); Mandarin Duck, Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper (Richard Marsh); Sedge Warbler (FJC)
    Lavell’s Lake – Hobby over Bittern hide, Green Sandpiper on the scrape (Richard Marsh); Garganey juvenile still at back of Tern scrape, Redstart first winter in the car park field, Whitethroat (FJC); 2 Little Grebe on the Balancing pool, Pintail female on the bund, Whitethroat in the copse in the car park field (Finley Hutchinson); Spotted Flycatcher top of the car park field, 2 Treecreeper on trees by Bittern hide feeder (John Sheridan)
    Black Swan Lake – Dunlin in front of the Activity Centre (FJC); Kingfisher flying left to right (Finley Hutchinson)


    Dunlin at Black Swan Lake – Eddie Napper


    Female Pintail at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

    September 1st
    Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 34 Teal, Peregrine heading north along eastern landfill boundary very fast (FJC); Willow Warbler (Geoff Emmett)
    Lavell’s Lake – 4 Redstart male female and 2 juveniles, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap very numerous, Chiffchaff, 3 Kestrel circling nearby, Yellow Wagtail heard over (FJC); Spotted Flycatcher (Trevor Guyatt); Whitethroat in the car park field (Andy Dearing); Willow Warbler (Marek Walford)
    Black Swan Lake – 2 Swift over, 2 Hobby heading towards Mortimer’s Meadow (FJC)


    Willow Warbler at Lea Farm field – Geoff Emmett


    Male Redstart in the car park field – FJC

    FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE