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Sightings archive

April 2024

April 30th
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper between Ron’s and Renton’s screen, Mandarin Duck drake on the Loddon near the Green bridge (Andy Dearing)
Lavell’s Lake – Sedge Warbler in the reed bed to the left of the path to Bittern hide (Adam McTiernan)

April 29th
Lea Farm Lake – Cuckoo calling heard from Ron’s hide, Common Sandpiper on top of the Sand Martin wall, Common Tern over, 2 Wheatear on the east bank (Alan Jackman); Oystercatcher in front of Ron’s hide, 2 Common Tern (Mark Shaw)
Lavell’s Lake – Garden Warbler by the Yellow gate (Alan Jackman)

April 28th
Lea Farm Lake – Common Tern, Shoveler, Common Sandpiper between Ron’s and Renton’s screen, 2 Gadwall, Garden Warbler singing, Little Ringed Plover on little islet on the east shore (Peter Scudamore); 2 Common Sandpiper (Brian Bennett); Swift over, Swallow, Garden Warbler between Ron’s and Renton’s screen (Gray Burfoot)

April 27th
Lea Farm Lake – Common Tern on a buoy, 2 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Common Sandpiper just flown in to the north side (Steve Clarke); Sedge Warbler singing in the reeds to the left of Ron’s hide (Roger Stansfield)
Lavell’s Lake – Mandarin Duck male on the Bund, Whitethroat singing towards the back of the scrape, Reed Warbler singing and seen in the reeds on the path to Bittern hide (Brian Bennett)
Black Swan Lake – 20+ Swallow over near the Activity Centre, 20+ House Martin over near the Activity Centre (Steve Clarke)

April 26th
Lavell’s Lake – Garden Warbler near the Yellow Gate, Cetti’s Warbler near Bittern hide (Richard Sajdak)

April 25th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Whitethroat, Reed Bunting male both at the Green Bridge area, Willow Warbler singing near Ron’s hide (Nick Kightley); Peregrine over heading towards Teal scrape, 14+ Swift through heading north seven or more lingering over the Landfill, 5 Swallow, 2 House Martin all heading north (FJC)
Balancing Pool – Reed Bunting singing (Nick Kightley)
Sandford Lake – Garden Warbler near the Nixdorf Screen (Nick Kightley)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Swift over near the Activity Centre, 30+ mixed Hirundines over (Nick Kightley)

April 24th
Lea Farm Lake – 7 Gadwall including 2 pairs and 3 males, 2 Teal, 2 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper in the north east corner, Oystercatcher, Cuckoo heard (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Snipe in front of the reeds on the far side of the scrape, Shoveler, 4 Swallow heading north (Peter Scudamore)

April 23rd
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, 2 Swallow (Roger Stansfield)
Sandford Lake – Garden Warbler singing and showing well near the Wincor Nixdorf screen (Roger Stansfield)
Black Swan Lake – Great White Egret over the duck feeding area (Dave Rimes); Grey Wagtail flushed from the beach at the Activity Centre, 10+ Swift, 3+ House Martin over the duck feeding area, Great White Egret over again heading towards Lavell’s in the afternoon (Roger Stansfield)

Great White Egret at Black Swan Lake – Dave Rimes

April 22nd
Lea Farm Lake – Oystercatcher on the north east shore, Reed Bunting male on the feeders (Adam Wigley)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Mistle Thrush on the path between Teal and Bittern hides, Reed Warbler singing in the reeds opposite Teal hide (Keith Seymour)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Swift over the lake, House Martin over the lake both seen from the Activity centre (Eddie Napper)

April 21st
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper on the east shore to the right of the old Shingle Island (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Shoveler, Whitethroat singing behind the solar panels, Swift moving around the wider area (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Oystercatcher flying around together (FJC); 2 Snipe, Reed Warbler singing, Cetti’s Warbler singing, Garden Warbler singing (Brian Crathorne)

Garden Warbler at Lavell’s Lake – Adam McTiernan

April 20th
Lea Farm Lake – Sedge Warbler left of Ron’s hide, 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, Skylark over the landfill, Little Ringed Plover on the north east bay shoreline, (FJC); 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Stock Dove, Ring-necked Parakeet (John Warren); Little Grebe first winter just flew in, Great White Egret flying north at some height over Lodge Wood (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – Cuckoo heard calling, Garden Warbler near the Yellow Gate, Reed Warbler singing to the right of Bittern hide (FJC); Tawny Owl over Sandford Lane bridge (John Wolff)

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)
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, then over Lavell’s South 10 minutes later (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)