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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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October 29th
Lea Farm Lake – Stonechat male, 20 Chaffinch over in small groups heading west, 8 Meadow Pipit coming out of the long grass, 5 Snipe in the reed tufts by waters edge north of hide, Green Sandpiper along north west shore beyond the Snipe (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 4+ Redwing on the path to Bittern hide in and around the large hawthorn (Anne Cronin)
Black Swan Lake – 17 Little Egret (Tim James)

October 28th
Lea Farm Lake – Stonechat male, Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Lesser Redpoll 1 seen with 3 more dropping into a hedge, 50+ small finches in an untidy flock dropped behind far end of Lodge Wood most likely Goldfinch or Siskin, 3 Raven flew tree top height along east side of car park field, Blackcap by style, 3 Fieldfare over heading west (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 10 Little Egret (Les Blundell)

October 27th
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Lesser Redpoll 1 then 2 more over south west calling rather quietly (FJC)

October 26th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Stonechat male and 3 females, Common Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders (Geoff Emmett)


Common Gull at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 25th
Sandford Lake – 6 Little Egret (Alan Jackman)

October 24th
Lea Farm Lake – Water Rail in front of the hide, Stonechat (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Little Egret heading south, Peregrine over towards Lavell’s then hunting just west, 17 Fieldfare in 2 groups of 8 and 9 moving south west, Lesser Redpoll heard over, Redwing, 30+ Chaffinch heading south west in small groups all seen from the Landfill viewing area in the Car Park field (FJC)

October 23rd
Lea Farm Lake – Peregrine bathing in puddle on new north east shore (Paul Doctor)

October 22nd
Lea Farm Lake – Goldeneye in the southwest corner, 3 Snipe left of the hide (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Fieldfare heading west, 30+ Chaffinch heading south west, 2 Mistle Thrush heading south, 5 Meadow Pipit, Siskin heading west all seen over the Landfill from the Car Park field (FJC); 3+ Snipe on bund, Numerous Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Gadwall and Mallard, Little Grebe seen from Teal hide, Water Rail heard (Peter Scudamore)

October 19th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Goldeneye both females, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 3 Rook (Nick Kightley); 3 Goldeneye (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Snipe (Tim James); 3 Little Grebe (Alan Rymer)


Female Goldeneye at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 18th
Lea Farm Lake – Barn Owl being mobbed by a crow, Kingfisher flying across north to south, Snipe, Green Woodpecker (Sally Bryson-Bond); Yellow-Legged Gull 3rd winter (Andrew Curd)
Lavell’s Lake – Ring Ouzel over east with a Redwing presumed 1st winter, Fieldfare, Peregrine, 22+ Redwing over heading north, Mistle Thrust (FJC)

October 17th
Lea Farm Lake – Stonechat, 3 Goldeneye all females, Green Sandpiper heard, 3 Tawny Owl 2 heard from Lodge Wood the third heard near the Green Bridge (FJC)

October 16th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Stonechat (Tim James); Green Woodpecker (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 20+ Redwing over today, 5 Chaffinch, Siskin probable, 4 Little Egret west along the Emm Brook (FJC)


Green Woodpecker at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 15th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Stonechat, 5 Snipe, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh); 5 Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, 20 Long Tailed Tit chased by male Sparrowhawk at feeders, Cetti’s Warbler, Skylark, 20 Redwing feeding on berry’s along the Loddon (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – 302+ Redwing heading west in numerous groups, 8 Chaffinch, Brambling male, 15 Linnet heading south, 2 Mistle Thrush, 36 Fieldfare heading west, Skylark (FJC); Kestrel flew over Loddon towards mill (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Grey Wagtail sitting on the Activity Centre pontoon (Alan Rymer)


Grey Wagtail on the pontoon at Black Swan Lake – Alan Rymer

October 13th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, Green Woodpecker (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 60+ Chaffinch, 100+ Redwing all heading west, 7 Fieldfare, Peregrine heading east, Redpoll, 5 Reed Bunting (FJC); Water Rail, Cettis Warbler both calling frequently from reeds behind bund, Kingfisher active, Little Grebe just put in an appearance too (Michael Hubbard)
Black Swan Lake – 14 Little Egret sat in trees at south end of lake close to where the path splits to White Swan (Michael Hubbard)


Reflective Green Sandpiper at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 12th
Lavell’s Lake – 70+ Redwing over towards the north west, 7 Linnet over low towards the south (FJC); Nuthatch on the feeders behind the hide (Stephen Power)
Black Swan Lake – 40+ Redwing over on the north side of the lake (Bob Bennett); 25+ Redwing over the old Gold Course, Ring-necked Parakeet over the old Golf Course, Grey Wagtail (Jonny Cox)

October 11th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Snipe, Green Sandpiper left of hide, Lesser Black-backed Gull north spit, 2+ Siskin over, Stonechat on brambles in the south east corner (Peter Scudamore); 3 Fieldfare (Renton Righelato)
Lavell’s Lake – 6 Lessor Redpoll a group of 5 heading north over landfill then 1 more calling north, 50 Chaffinch over Landfill in various groups from 3 to 9, 2 Redwing distant sighting over the northern Landfill, 2 Chiffchaff, Peregrine low over the eastern Landfill (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Mistle Thrush by the Activity centre then flew towards Sandford Lake (FJC); Common Gull on post east side main island (Peter Scudamore)
Mortimer’s Meadow – 5 Redwing north near to Aviation Museum (FJC)

October 10th
Lea Farm Lake – 60 Chaffinch over landfill in groups of 3 to 9 in 2 hours heading west, 2 Swallow heading south, 17 Linnet one group south with 2 other flocks of 9 & 5 were likely this species, 16 Goldfinch heading south, 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Skylark, 2 Lessor Redpoll dropped on to wires near old Oak then dropped below, 4 Redwing first of autumn flew down river and over landfill South (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Common Gull adult (FJC)

October 9th
Lea Farm Lake – Little Egret, 2 Stonechat (Richard Marsh); Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 Stonechat, Cetti’s Warbler, Green Sandpiper, Reed Bunting male, Kingfisher juvenile, 3 Wigeon (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Swallow over lake then headed south (Peter Scudamore); Chiffchaff singing near Teal hide (Alan Rymer)


Ring-necked Parakeet at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett


Juvenile Kingfisher at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 8th
Lea Farm Lake – 56 Teal, 4 Swallow heading south, 3 Stonechat, Snipe in flight (FJC)

October 7th
Lea Farm Lake – 7 Snipe (Alan Jackman)

October 6th
White Swan Lake – 10+ House Martin over the north end of the lake (FJC)

October 5th
Lea Farm Lake – Stonechat in the north east corner, 3 Snipe, Kingfisher, 50+ House and Sand Martin over the Landfill, Bar-headed Goose back again, Meadow Pipit (Nick Kightley)

October 4th
Lea Farm Lake – 190+ Mallard at dawn, 4 Green Sandpiper, 10 Snipe along east shore all behind old shingle island, 24+ Swallow thru in groups, 5+ Meadow Pipit on track, Stonechat far north east corner (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 12+ Sand Martin, Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, Gadwall (Sally Bryson-Bond)

October 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – 86 Teal 81 in the south west corner and 5 more off the north spit this is a big increase overnight, 2 Snipe, 24 Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, 3 Mandarin Duck 2 males and a female swam across towards old shingle island, 2 Stonechat in the far north east corner (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 4 House Martin seen from the Activity Centre (Anne Cronin)

October 1st
Lea Farm Lake – 25 Teal, Green Sandpiper, Stonechat in the north east corner (FJC); 6 Snipe on the east shore (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Song Thrush, Blackcap male both in a bush towards the back of the Car Park field, 6 House Martin heading west, 4 Swallow heading west (FJC); Treecreeper behind the hide (David Tipping)
Sandford Lake – 10+ House Martin heading west, Swallow heading west (FJC)


Treecreeper at Lavell’s Lake – David Tipping

September 30th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper in the south west corner (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – 43 Redpoll over Bittern hide, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet in dead tree near hide (Paul Bright-Thomas); 3 Snipe, Teal (Chris Jones)

September 29th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Stonechat in the long grass beyond the north east corner, 3 Green Sandpiper, 50+ Meadow Pipit around Landfill in one spread out flock, 7 Skylark, 6 Wigeon, 2 Mistle Thrush at the far side of the Landfill, Reed Warbler in sedge in front of hide then in reeds to left (FJC); Lesser Blacked-backed Gull (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 15+ Redpoll east over Bittern hide scrape (Paul Bright-Thomas); Water Rail juvenile, 3 Snipe, 40+ Teal (Anne Cronin)


Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

September 28th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Stonechat, Wheatear, Green Sandpiper, Lesser Blacked-backed Gull, 10+ Meadow Pipit (Richard Marsh); Snipe, 5 Stonechat, Whinchat, Sparrowhawk, Cetti’s Warbler, Swallow (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Nuthatch, Treecreeper (Mary Jacobs)

September 27th
Lea Farm Lake – 7 Stonechat, Whinchat, Wheatear, 10+ Meadow Pipit all around the dug depression by the long grass in the north east corner (FJC); Green Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk, 20+ House Martin, 5+ Swallow (Richard Marsh); 50+ Meadow Pipit on east side (Renton Righelato); Raven over the Landfill (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe, Nuthatch, 40+ House Martin (Richard Marsh); 2 Snipe, Lapwing, Bar-headed Goose with Canadas, Kingfisher flew over the lake several times (Sally Bryson-Bond)


Raven over the Landfill at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

September 26th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, Dunlin in the south west corner, 2 Raven north north west over landfill behind Lodge Wood, 25+ Ring-necked Parakeets coming away from DP roost, 30+ Meadow Pipit over the Landfill, 19 Teal, 2 Mandarin Duck over low heading north (FJC); Wheatear in the north east corner (Renton Righelato)
Lavell’s Lake – 70+ House Martin feeding over lake with just 1-2 Swallow in the group , 5 Chiffchaff calling from various locations along Loddon to the car park field (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 20+ House Martin near the Activity Centre (Anne Cronin)


Dunlin on the mud at Lea Farm Lake – FJC

September 25th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Grey Wagtail (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Chiffchaff, Treecreeper both with a large flock of Tits just south of the Green Bridge, 30+ House Martin circling around lake (Richard Marsh)

September 24th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 40+ House Martin (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe, 22 Teal, Kingfisher (Peter Scudamore)
Black Swan Lake – 3 House Martin near the Activity Centre (Anne Cronin)

September 23rd
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Snipe in front of the hide, 39 Teal in the south west corner, 2 Green Sandpiper, Stonechat female or juvenile on the pegs on the east side (FJC)


Snipe on the mud at Lea Farm Lake – FJC

September 22nd
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Snipe in front of the hide, Reed Warbler (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe, Little Egret (Geoff Emmett)


Feeding Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

September 21st
Lea Farm Lake – Great White Egret over heading towards Lodge Wood (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Snipe (Anne Cronin); Raven over Lavell’s mobbed by Crows and Jackdaws this morning, 33 Shoveler, 26 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon, 9 Teal (Renton Righelato)

September 20th
Lea Farm Lake – 50 Mallard the lake has become a roost site, 28 Teal, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet north from roost at Dinton (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 50 House Martin between here and Sandford, 2 Mistle Thrush south along the Loddon then east across Lavell’s, 6 Meadow Pipit heading north, Siskin heard over (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Wimbrel surprise of the morning when a bird called very close to me as I looked out of the hide did not see or hear it again, 12 Wigeon (FJC)

September 19th
Lea Farm Lake – Merlin through south presumed female, 2 Raven over Lodge Wood heading north, Mistle Thrush heading south, 20+ Goldfinch (FJC); Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Kingfisher heading downstream near Green Bridge, Raven very low south east over car park field, 4 Meadow Pipit heading north, 5 Swallow over heading south east (FJC); 2 Snipe, Nuthatch (Richard Marsh); 2 Kingfisher on the ‘No Fishing’ sign (Steve Beasant)

September 18th
Lea Farm Lake – 37 Teal 36 females with a single drake in eclipse (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Raven juvenile on the Tern scrape, Kingfisher (Geoff Emmett)


Juvenile Raven at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Drake Teal in Eclipse at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Kingfisher at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

September 17th
Lea Farm Lake – 33 Teal, 4 Wigeon, Green Sandpiper (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Teal on Tern Scrape (FJC); Snipe flew from reeds towards Lea Farm (Tim James); Cetti’s Warbler (Warren Foster)

September 16th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Green Sandpiper, Raven over, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Common Sandpiper flew to the island, Snipe (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper, Snipe (Tim James); 20+ Teal (Anne Cronin); Water Rail juvenile in reed at the rear of the scrape (Stephen Power)
Sandford Lake – 3 Pochard (Brian Bennett)


Juvenile Water Rail and Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – Stephen Power


Snipe at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Juvenile Wren at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett


Green Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

September 15th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Little Egret over heading south, Tree Pipit possible heard call once, Common Sandpiper just flew out of the south west corner, Snipe over south, 10+ Meadow Pipit heading south west, 50+ Hirundines over high heading south (FJC)


2 Red Kites at Lea Farm – Lodge Wood – Geoff Emmett

September 13th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Raven over heading south east, 20 Meadow Pipit staying around landfill, 2 Grey Wagtail, 19 Teal (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby, Cetti’s Warbler (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – 10+ Shoveler, Kingfisher, Wigeon, 2+ Chiffchaff calling and singing (Peter Scudamore)

September 12th
Lea Farm Lake – 50 Shoveler, 5 Green Sandpiper 4 seen in south west corner probably a 5th along east shore calling, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret heading south, 2 Meadow Pipit (FJC); 10+ Mandarin Duck erupted as I was passing, 4 Great White Egret over towards Sandford (Neil Edwards)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Water Rail heard calling in Teal Scrape as I walked along Loddon (FJC); Kingfisher (David Tipping); Little Grebe (Keith Seymour)
Sandford Lake – 18 Shoveler (FJC)


Kingfisher at Lavell’s Lake – David Tipping

September 11th
Lea Farm Lake – 45 Shoveler, Wheatear on pegs around long grass (FJC); 2 Snipe in the south west corner, Green Woodpecker (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher, Little Grebe (Caroline Moore)
Sandford Lake – Great White Egret beside islands (Tim James); 3 Great White Egret flew over heading south (Brian Bennett)


2 Snipe at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Great White Egret over at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett


Great White Egret taking off at Sandford Lake – Geoff Emmett

September 10th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Common Sandpiper, Pintail female flew round 3 times then dropped behind shingle island then swam out with the Shovelers, 65+ Meadow Pipit in groups of 3 to 9 heading west north west and north north west in over 2 hours these are just the ones coming over my head, 2 Raven tumbling at about 800ft then drifted west, 40+ Swallow probably more heading south east (FJC); Green Sandpiper in the south west corner, Common Sandpiper juvenile on island, Sedge Warbler in front of hide (Trevor Guyatt); Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Reed Warbler in front of Jerry’s bench (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – Pintail female around the smaller islands (Brian Bennett)


Female Pintail at Sandford Lake – Roger Stansfield


Little Grebe at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Common Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

September 9th
Lea Farm Lake – 27 Shoveler, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Stonechat on a peg on the landfill (FJC); Reed Warbler (Geoff Emmett)
Heron’s Water – 2 Kingfisher (Steve Lynch)


Male Stonechat at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Jay with an acorn at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

September 8th
Lea Farm Lake – 23 Shoveler, 2 Green Sandpiper flew in, Wigeon flew in as well, Ringed Plover flying around high above lake, 2 Wheatear on recently dug long grass area the right hand one as you look from Ron’s hide although very distant (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe on edge of bund in scrape (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – 5 Wigeon drakes in eclipse, Teal (Paul Bright-Thomas)

September 7th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Common Sandpiper flying over the lake, Hobby over heading south, 3 Meadow Pipit one east and dropped two north 2 minutes later, 2 Whinchat on the hedgerows within the private landfill area moving west towards the north end of Lodge Wood Lake, Yellow Wagtail heard over, 2 Mandarin Duck in the south west corner, Greenshank on the east shore 06:25, sat quietly for about 5 mins then started calling flew to south spit then off over Lavell’s calling (FJC); Grey Wagtail (Ida Groot-Attias)
Lavell’s Lake – Reed Warbler, Kingfisher (Geoff Emmett); Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Cetti’s Warbler, Little Egret (Ida Groot-Attias)
Sandford Lake – 6 Wigeon drakes in eclipse (Roger Stansfield)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Hobby adult hunting (Roger Stansfield)


Cetti’s Warbler at Lavell’s Lake – Ida Groot-Attias

September 6th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Green Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Peregrine over heading south east, 3 Reed Warbler, 7 Yellow Wagtail heading south along the Loddon, 3 probable Tree Pipit rising off the bushes at the back of the car park field and heading to the old golf course 2 dropped into trees along the Emm Brook but not relocated, 1 flew West later (FJC); Kingfisher (Stephen Power)
Black Swan Lake – 10 House Martin, 10 Swallow (FJC)


Reed Warbler at Lavell’s Lake – Andrew Cook


Kingfisher at Lavell’s Lake – Stephen Power

September 5th
Lavell’s Lake – Redstart male flew from central compound to brambles on west side of car park field near pylon, 2 Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap minimum count, 5 Chiffchaff in Blackthorn behind the lake (FJC); Kingfisher (Steve Beasant); Bar-headed Goose (Tony Ward); Common Sandpiper, Reed Warbler (Steve Rogers)

September 4th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (FJC); Hobby over landfill (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler in reeds left of path to Bittern, Common Sandpiper on Bund (Nick Kightley)

September 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail to the right of the hide (Ida Groot-Attias); 2 Common Sandpiper (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe on the scrape (Tim James)


Common Sandpiper at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett


Little Grebe at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

September 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe on the Balancing Pool (Caroline Moore); Cetti’s Warbler (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Wigeon drake in eclipse (Roger Stansfield)


Drake Wigeon in eclipse at Sandford Lake – Roger Stansfield


Little Grebe at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

September 1st
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 21 Teal, 5 Shoveler (Brian Bennett); Whinchat on the landfill (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Spotted Flycatcher on dead Alder (Alan Rymer); Wigeon drake in eclipse (Lynn Mann)


Red Kite at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE