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Sightings archive

August 2022

August 31st
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Wigeon in eclipse on the Bund, 14 Teal, Water Rail adult walking along far reedy edge of the Bund, 7 Blackcap all around the big Hawthorn tree, Willow Warbler through (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 10 Chiffchaff with large tit flock probably more on the west side (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Swift over beyond far island, Kingfisher flew by (FJC)

August 30th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe (Brian Bennett)

August 29th
Lea Farm Lake – Hobby sat on the east shore then crossed the north east bay about tree height towards Lavell’s, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Teal (FJC); Tawny Owl calling (Suren Akkaraju)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Yellow Wagtail one heard heading south then three seen heading south east over the Landfill, 20 Teal seen from Bittern hide (FJC); 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, Kingfisher fishing off the posts, Little Egret (Andy Dearing)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Swift (FJC)

August 28th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Whinchat on the boundary fence during the work party (FJC); Common Sandpiper flew calling to Tern Island, Hobby circling high over lake in from Lavell’s (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Raven low in the east, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat in the big Hawthorne tree, Pied Flycatcher juvenile seen to land in the big Hawthorn scoped for 7 seconds and then flew out of sight (FJC); Hobby moving slowly over seen from pathway to the hide, 16 Teal, 13 Gadwall, 2 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper just arrived on the bund (Michael Hubbard)
Sandford Lake – Common Gull adult standing in shallows between islands, 2 Kingfisher heard and seen crossing to islands together (Michael Hubbard)
Black Swan Lake – 5 Grey Wagtail heading south, 5 Swift (FJC)

August 27th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whinchat on the boundary fence, Wheatear joined the Whinchat’s preferring the posts, 2 Kestrel drifting over towards the south west (FJC); Little Egret, Green Sandpiper (Marek Walford); 6 Common Sandpiper (John Warren)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat bottom of Car Park field, Sedge Warbler at the back of Tern scrape (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Garganey juvenile seen again on exposed mud on the south side but swam away and quickly vanished (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Little Grebe, 2 Swift (FJC)

August 26th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper flew east over the Car Park field, Mixed flock of Blackcaps and Whitethroat on the west side of Car Park field (Richard Marsh); 2 Redstart at least one of them is a juvenile seen on the fence line from stile (Tim James); Peregrine flew over Bittern hide toward Lea Farm and perched in tree at end of Lavell’s (Andrew Curd); Lesser Whitethroat possibly two, Whitethroat female, Raven to the west (FJC); Water Rail juvenile in edge of north bank reeds and flying to open bare mud, Peregrine possible male hunting low over the Landfill (Trevor Guyatt)
Sandford Lake – Snipe on the middle island (Andrew Curd)

August 25th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Common Sandpiper in front of Ron’s hide, 2 Snipe on the east shore (FJC); 2 Whinchat at the right hand end of the reeds in far north east corner (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat with a large mixed flock that included Blackcaps and various Tit’s (Nick Kightley); Spotted Flycatcher reported from Teal hide, 23 Teal, Green Sandpiper (FJC); Lesser Whitethroat back in the hedge at rear of the Car Park field (Trevor Guyatt)
Sandford Lake – Greenshank took off from one of the islands flying towards Lavell’s Lake (Brian Crathorne)

August 24th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Common Sandpiper one in front of Ron’s hide with the other one on the dried mud, Green Sandpiper on a Shingle island, 2 Snipe, 2 Swallow over the lake (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper, Willow Warbler seen in the Car Park field, 6+ Chiffchaff, 6+ Blackcap both seen in the Car Park field, Water Rail heard at the Teal Scrape, 2 Bullfinch, 17 Teal (FJC); Little Grebe, Skylark over the Car Park field (Nick Kightley)
Sandford Lake – 40 Gadwall, 2 Snipe at base of reeds on the north side, Wigeon an eclipse bird and the first this autumn, Kingfisher (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Swift seen from the Activity Centre (FJC)

August 23rd
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper (Steve Hughes); 15 Teal, Shoveler, 2 Lapwing all seen from Bitten hide (Peter Scudamore); Kingfisher from the Bittern hide (Paul Mattingly)

August 22nd
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Common Sandpiper (Brian Bennett); 2 Wheatear on the Landfill, Kingfisher on the Loddon near the Green Bridge (Alan Jackman)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper (Alan Jackman)

August 21st
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 13 Teal, 5 Blackcap in the big Hawthorn in the Car Park field (FJC)
Landfill – Hobby mobbing Red Kite north west of Lodge Wood (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 30+ Gadwall around the lake (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Swift over largest island and opposite the Activity Centre (FJC)

August 20th
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 20+ Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 3 Teal, Garganey juvenile on exposed mud near the hide (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Swift over the Activity Centre (FJC)

August 19th
Lea Farm Lake – Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Ringed Plover adult and juvenile, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail (Geoff Emmett); 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 60+ Lapwing (Michael Hubbard)

Grey Wagtail at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

2 Ringed Plover at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

August 18th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Brian Bennett)
Sandford Lake – Green Sandpiper (Brian Bennett)

August 16th
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail (Brian Bennett); 5 Common Sandpiper noisily circling the lake, Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler calling from the north west reeds beyond the feeders, Garganey juvenile back again in the north west channel towards the new hide (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpipers, Snipe (Brian Bennett); Water Rail right in front of the hide, 2 Teal, 2 Stock Dove, Hobby provide a short aerial display then briefly sat in Birch tree (Michael Hubbard)
Sandford Lake – Green Sandpiper (Brian Bennett); Kingfisher flew across the lake, Cetti’s Warbler calling near the pathway, 4 Little Egret two of which just headed north east over trees towards Lavell’s, 20+ Gadwall (Michael Hubbard)

August 14th
Lea Farm Lake – Kingfisher fishing up and down the Loddon between the Green Bridge and Sandford lane (Andy Cook); 5 Common Sandpiper originally in front of the Sand Martin wall highly vocal and mobile flying around lake together, Green Sandpiper also vocal flying in to the north west channel, 2 Little Egret (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Green Sandpipers on the lake edge, Little Grebe, 7 Teal on the Scrape (Peter Scudamore); Water Rail, Snipe (Marek Walford)
Sandford Lake – Great White Egret was on an island but just flown off north, 2 Kingfisher preening in tree on the opposite side of lake from the hide, Shoveler on island, Snipe by reed bed on far side from hide, 2 Green Sandpiper (Peter Scudamore)

August 13th
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail, 3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Teal (Paul Bright-Thomas)

August 12th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Kingfisher two flew upstream by Green Bridge with a third whistling in the same direction as I was approaching at Ron’s hide, 10+ Sand Martin over the lake upon arrival, 70+ Lapwing mainly on the east shore, 2 Little Egret in the north east corner (Michael Hubbard)

August 10th
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper (FJC); Cetti’s Warbler heard north of Ron’s hide, 2 Grey Wagtail, Reed Warbler in reeds near Ron’s hide (Andrew Curd)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat behind Lavell’s viewed from the Landfill viewing point and moving slowly through the Elders and Brambles, Bullfinch feeding on the Elders, 2 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, Whitethroat in the big Hawthorn at the bottom of the Car Park field, 5 Teal, Garden Warbler in the big Hawthorn at the bottom of the Car Park field, Blackcap, Chiffchaff also on the big Hawthorne (FJC); Spotted Flycatcher seen briefly in the Car Park field as it flew over towards the horse field (Roger Stansfield)
Sandford Lake – Common Gull sat on a post viewed from the hide (Roger Stansfield)

Common Gull at Sandford Lake – Roger Stansfield

Snipe at Lavell’s Lake – Grant Evans

August 9th
Lea Farm Lake – Peregrine just flew around lake and chased Crows and Jackdaws then played with some Kites (Peter Scudamore); 2 Skylark, Grey Wagtail, 20+ House Martins and Swallows (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby sitting on top of tree (Simon Huggins); Snipe (Nigel Hoult); 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 2 Teal on the Bund, Water Rail in scrape (Peter Scudamore); Water Rail, Little Grebe (Nick Kightley)

Little Grebe at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

August 8th
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby in tree, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe (Alan Jackman); 2 Stock Dove, Water Rail (Paul Mattingly); 20+ Tufted Duck, 2 Lapwing (Ralph Watts)

August 7th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Snipe on right hand side of Scrape, Water Rail on left, 2 Sedge Warbler working in front of the reeds, Little Grebe, 3 Green Sandpiper, Hobby perched left side of lake occasionally hunting (FJC)

Hobby in tree at Lavell’s Lake – FJC

August 6th
Lea Farm Lake – Snipe, 3 Grey Wagtail (Alan Jackman)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby sitting on top of tree, 3 Green Sandpiper, Great Crested Grebe nesting (Alan Jackman); 4 Green Sandpiper, Water Rail (Steve Hughes)

Water Rail at Lavell’s Lake – Grant Evans

August 5th
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper, 2 Raven over the Landfill (Andy Dearing); 3 Garden Warbler adult feeding two young in reeds left of Ron’s hide (FJC); Garganey in the north west channel, 10 Gadwall, 70+ Coot on the north east and eastern shoreline, 50+ Lapwing (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper in front of reeds behind Bund, Little Egret on Bund (Andy Dearing); 5 Green Sandpiper behind the Bund, Reed Warbler in reeds to the right behind the Bund (Adam McTiernan)

August 4th
Lea Farm Lake – Wheatear (Geoff Emmett); Common Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear (Tim James)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Green Sandpiper, Water Rail (Tim James)

August 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – Garganey, 3 Teal, Green Sandpiper (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 6 Green Sandpiper (FJC)

August 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – Garganey in the bay near the new hide, Green Sandpiper, 2 Teal, Little Egret in the north west channel towards new hide (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Green Sandpiper with five on the Scrape and two to the left of the Island reed bed, Water Rail (Alan Rymer); Little Egret, Cetti’s Warbler calling loudly, Kingfisher flew towards the Wet Meadow (Michael Hubbard)

August 1st
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Green Sandpiper on the Scrape (Andrew Curd)