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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 87 species seen so far in 2024 click here.
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  • FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE

April 19th
Lavell’s Car Park Field – Willow Warbler singing (Dave Rimes)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Willow Warbler singing between the Activity Centre and the Duck Feeding Area (Dave Rimes)

April 18th
Lea Farm Lake – 30+ Sand Martin in and out of the wall (Andy Dearing)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo heard then seen well in the Oak to the left of the Poplar tree (Brian Bennett); 4 Teal 2 males and 2 females on the Bund, Shoveler on the Bund (Peter Scudamore)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Steve Clarke)

April 17th
Lavell’s Lake – Reed Warbler singing in reeds to the right of the hide, Cuckoo heard to the north of the lake (Simon Huggins); Kestrel on the telephone wires on the entrance to Bittern hide (Steven Hallissey)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Swift over the picnic area before heading north, 3+ Swallow, 2 House Martin, 5+ Sand Martin all over the lake (FJC)

April 16th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Egret (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Snipe left of Bittern hide (Lee Tilley); Reed Warbler singing in front of the hide (Nick Kightley)
Landfill Viewing Point – Yellowhammer in tree to the left of the screen (Lee Tilley)
Black Swan Lake – 20+ House Martin over Goat Island (Roger Stansfield)

April 14th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Stock Dove, Sand Martin, Common Sandpiper, Swallow, Reed Bunting (Brian Crathorne); 3 Oystercatcher on the east shore, Green Sandpiper just landed in front of Ron’s hide before flying to the east shore, 2 Lapwing near by (FJC); Kingfisher flying down stream by Ron’s hide (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Snipe, Cetti’s Warbler singing, Reed Warbler singing (Brian Crathorne); Cuckoo calling near Teal hide (FJC); 4 Snipe on the bund, Cuckoo seen in tall Poplar from Teal hide (Peter Scudamore); Oystercatcher on the bund (Ralph Watts); Reed Warbler singing in front of Bittern hide (Dave Rimes)
Lavell’s Car Park Field – 2 Willow Warbler (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Common Sandpiper by the Activity Centre and the Jetty (FJC); 2 Treecreeper building nest near Sandford hide (Peter Scudamore)

April 13th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Shoveler male, Teal male (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe foraging along the bund (Adam Wigley); Oystercatcher just left heading towards Sandford (Paul Etherton)
Landfill Viewing Point – Curlew flew in from the north later flew south towards Lavell’s (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Common Sandpiper on Tern Island (Paul Etherton)
White Swan Lake – Reed Warbler singing in the eastern reed bed (Brian Bennett)

April 12th
Lavell’s Lake – Reed Warbler quiet bird to the right of Bittern hide, 6 Oystercatcher over towards Black Swan (FJC)

April 11th
Lavell’s Lake – Reed Warbler on the path to Bittern hide (Alan Rymer)

April 10th
Lavell’s Lake – Willow Warbler on the path to Bittern hide (FJC); 2 Snipe (Rupert Woodman)
Lavell’s Car Park Field – 4 Willow Warbler one in the central copse with the rest in the hedgerow (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 30+ Mixed Hirundines over Goat Island including 2+ House Martin with the rest a mixture of Swallow and Sand Martin (Brian Bennett)

April 9th
Lavell’s Lake – Willow Warbler by Betty’s Bench (FJC)
Lavell’s Car Park Field – Willow Warbler in the central copse (FJC)
Landfill Viewing Point – Willow Warbler (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 30+ Sand Martin over the lake, Bullfinch by fishing peg 16 (Simon Bartlam); 30+ Mixed Hirundines including 10+ House Martin with a Few Swallow and Sand Martin (FJC)

April 8th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Little Egret, Sedge Warbler singing along the Loddon near Ron’s hide, 3 Oystercatcher flew of towards Lavell’s (Brian Crathorne); 2 Kingfisher flew past the hide heading north west, Great-blacked Gull flying east to west, 2 Teal, 2 Wigeon, Great White Egret drifting west north west over Lodge wood (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 10 Willow Warbler estimated count from the Car park to Teal hide, Sedge Warbler singing in front of Bittern hide (Dave Rimes); Bullfinch singing from the rear of Bittern hide (Brian Crathorne); 2 Kingfisher landed 60m apart near Jack’s garden, Willow Warbler singing near Betty’s Bench (FJC); Reed Warbler singing in reed bed approachong Bittern hide (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Car Park Field – 3+ Willow Warbler singing (Dave Rimes)
Landfill Viewing Point – Willow Warbler singing to the left (FJC)
Balancing Pool – Little Grebe (FJC)

April 7th
Lea Farm Lake – Kestrel flying south along the eastern edge of the Landfill, 40+ Sand Martin, 11 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Cormorant, 5 Shoveler, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe male and female, Grey Heron on path to the hide, 2 Long-tailed Tit, Ring-necked Parakeet on the feeder (Stuart Stoter)
Lavell’s Car Park Field – Willow Warbler, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap (Steve Clarke)
Sandford Lake – 2 Grey Wagtail on the bridge near the lay-by (Michael Hubbard)

April 6th
Lea Farm Lake – Kestrel hovering over towards Lavell’s, 14+ Sand Martin near the Sand Martin Wall (Steve Clarke)
Lavell’s Car Park Field – Willow Warbler singing from the central copse (Dave Rimes)

April 5th
Black Swan Lake – 3 House Martin over Goat Island (Dave Rimes)
White Swan Lake – Kingfisher on the Loddon near the Wooden Bridge (Dave Rimes)

April 4th
Lavell’s Lake – Kestrel on a wire near Jerry’s bench (Nick Kightley); 2 Bullfinch male and female 30m along from the double pylon in the west end (FJC)
Lavell’s Car Park Field – Willow Warbler (Nick Kightley)
Black Swan Lake – Mistle Thrush singing near the Activity Centre and old Golf Course (Nick Kightley); 3+ House Martin over Coot’s Bay near to Sandford south side (FJC)

April 3rd
Lavell’s Lake – Bullfinch male along Sandford Lane near path to Jerry’s Bench (Peter Scudamore)
White Swan Lake – 2 Kingfisher male and female on the Loddon near the Wooden Bridge (Dave Rimes)

April 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – 10+ Sand Martin inspecting the Sand Martin wall (Tim James)
Black Swan Lake – 15+ Sand Martin, 2 Swallow ranging around the east side (FJC)

April 1st
Landfill Viewing Point – 2 Raven very distant in the west (FJC)

March 31st
Landfill Viewing Point – Swallow over at about 100ft heading east towards the Balancing Pond (FJC)

March 30th
Lea Farm Lake – 4+ Sparrowhawk displaying west of Lavell’s over the Landfill, Kestrel over Lea Farm buildings and the Landfill (FJC)
Landfill Viewing Point – Merlin male flying low and very fast over the Landfill from north to south towards the Activity Centre, 3 Oystercatcher over heading towards Lea Farm Lake (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (Chris Izard)
White Swan Lake – 11 Ring-necked Parakeet over the lake (Chris Izard)

March 29th
Lavell’s Car Park Field – 2 Coal Tit singing 60m east of the car park entrance along Sandford Lane, Willow Warbler in the central Copse moving to the northern hedgerow (FJC)
Landfill Viewing Point – 5 Redwing over low heading north (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 10+ Sand Martin over the west side (FJC); Barnacle Goose near Goat Island (Roger Stansfield)

March 27th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Oystercatcher opposite Ron’s hide on the east shore (Paul Doctor)
Lavell’s Car Park Field – Swallow over (Dave Rimes)

March 26th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper on the north shore (Rick Dawson)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Yellow-legged Gull on the Bund from Bittern hide (Mick Hannington)

March 25th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Treecreeper upstream of the Green Bridge on both sides of the Loddon (Michael Hubbard)
Sandford Lake – Oystercatcher on the third island seem from Lin Singer’s bench, Grey Wagtail over heading south east, Treecreeper (Michael Hubbard)
Black Swan Lake – Swallow over low from the Activity Centre, Oystercatcher flying around calling (Eddie Napper)

March 24th
Lavell’s Lake – Linnet flew low over the car park after the end of the work party (FJC)
Lavell’s Car Park Field – Willow Warbler (Nigel Rampton)

March 23rd
Lea Farm Lake – Blackcap singing in the north west corner, 11 Sand Martin over southwest corner, Goosander female in the south west corner flew of north, Mandarin Duck male by Ron’s hide flying upstream (FJC); Wheatear on the fence line, 2 Willow Warbler one singing to the south of Ron’s hide the second near the Thames Water Gate, 2 Oystercatcher male and female (FJC); Green Sandpiper on the little shingle island, Little-ringed Plover on the east shore, Wheatear still on the Landfill fence (Roger Stansfield)
Lavell’s Lake – Oystercatcher on the Bund, 20+ Redwing over heading south (Dave Rimes); Swallow over the lake heading south (Patrick Crowley)
Black Swan Lake – 6 Sand Martin seen from the Activity Centre (Dave Rimes)

March 22nd
Lea Farm Lake – 17 Sand Martin passing through heading north, Kestrel heading south over the Landfill, Oystercatcher landed on the shingle island, Goosander female (FJC)

March 21st
Lea Farm Lake – 10 Sand Martin, Goosander female (Nick Kightley); 4 Lapwing, 10 Teal, 14 Wigeon, 2 Sparrowhawk, Little Egret, 13 Sand Martin (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler between the yellow gate and Teal hide, 3 Chiffchaff in song along the Loddon (Nick Kightley)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher (Alan Jackman)

March 20th
Lea Farm Lake – 5 Sand Martin, 2 Oystercatcher, Kingfisher (Steve Clarke); Little-Ringed Plover on the east shore towards the north east bay, Snipe in the north east corner, 2 Chiffchaff on the path to Ron’s hide (FJC), Goosander female on the east shore (Colin Holmes)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Chiffchaff on the west side, Blackcap singing in a Blackthorn tree parallel to Teal hide (FJC)
Aviation Museum – Blackcap singing in the Car Park (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Sand Martin over Goat Island (Dave Rimes)

March 19th
Lea Farm Lake – 3+ Sand Martin hawking over lake (Gray Burfoot); Goosander female asleep on the bank in the north east corner, 50+ Black Headed Gull, Common Gull adult standing on a submerged island, Little Egret in the south east bay (Trevor Guyatt)

March 18th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Sand Martin over the southern section, 4 Skylark over the Landfill in line with the Red Chimneys (Roger Stansfield); Goosander female in the north east corner (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler singing, 4 Chiffchaff singing in the area (Brian Crathorne); Blackcap male in Hawthorne tree near Jerry’s bench (Roger Stansfield)

March 17th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Sand Martin seen at about 100ft occasionally visiting the wall, Lapwing displaying, Goosander female in the south east corner (FJC)

March 16th
Lea Farm Lake – 20+ Teal, 2 Siskin in Alder’s nearest to Ron’s hide (FJC); 2 Oystercatcher on the east shore, 2 Goosander on the Loddon by the Green bridge (Phillip Miller)
Lavell’s Car Park Field – 20+ Redwing flying west (FJC)
Landfill Viewing Point – Great Black-backed Gull flying west (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Oystercatcher squabbling on the raft near Goat island (FJC)

March 15th
Lea Farm Lake – 30+ Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 2 Common Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, 3 Skylark over the Landfill, 3 Chiffchaff singing on the path from the lay by to Ron’s hide (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Bullfinch male on the path from the lay by to Bittern hide (Simon Huggins)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Oystercatcher on the raft near Goat island (Alan Jackman)

March 13th
Lea Farm Lake – Goosander female on the north side (Alan Jackman)

March 11th
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail on the path to Bittern hide (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – 2 Oystercatcher, Chiffchaff singing, Siskin (Dave Rimes)

March 10th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Oystercatcher on the east shore, Lapwing (Steve Clarke); 7 Snipe on the east shore, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull (Peter Scudamore); Reed Bunting around the feeder’s (Rupert Woodman)
Lavell’s Lake – Bullfinch male by yellow gate (Peter Scudamore); 2 Bullfinch male and female by Betty’s Bench (Steve Clarke)

March 9th
Lea Farm Lake – 25+ Wigeon. 10 Teal, 5 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 3+ Meadow Pipit flying around, 3 Skylark, Little Egret, 60+ Black-headed Gull, Sparrowhawk displaying west of Lodge Wood (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Chiffchaff near Betty’s Bench, Grey Wagtail near western lay by (FJC)
Landfill Viewing Point – 2 Green Woodpecker flew left to right (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Chiffchaff singing towards the Activity Centre, Treecreeper heard (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Common Gull, 80+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (FJC)

March 7th
Black Swan Lake – 2 Oystercatcher on the raft near Goat island (Andrew Curd)

March 6th
Mortimer’s Meadow – Great White Egret flying low over the meadow towards Dinton (Dave Rimes)

March 5th
Lea Farm Lake – Reed Bunting male on the feeder’s, Great Spotted Woodpecker also on the feeder’s (Peter Scudamore)

March 2nd
Black Swan Lake – Goldeneye drake near the eastern edge of Goat island, 20+ Siskin in Alder’s near the Activity Centre (Patrick Crowley); 2 Oystercatcher on the raft near Goat island, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull also on the raft (Paul Mattingly)

March 1st
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe seen from the Teal hide (Keith Boseley)
Sandford Lake – 40+ Siskin feeding in an Alder tree by the Mill bridge (Keith Boseley)

FOR OLDER SIGHTINGS GO TO THE ARCHIVE HERE