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Sightings archive

August 2023

August 30th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, Wheatear on a fence post, 2 Peregrine over the Landfill, Little Egret, Snipe, Chiffchaff in bushes by the feeders, 110+ Lapwing (Colin Holmes)

August 29th
Lea Farm Lake – Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Goldcrest in a tit flock along the Loddon (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Swift seen over the Car Park field heading towards the Activity Centre, Yellow Wagtail seen over the Car Park field heading north towards Landfill (FJC); 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher to the left of Bittern hide (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – Cetti’s Warbler (Nick Kightley)
Black Swan Lake – Kingfisher flew past (FJC)

August 28th
Lea Farm Lake – 27 Teal, Green Sandpiper in the south west corner, Redstart in reedy ditch briefly moving right but staying low (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Spotted Flycatcher seen in the Car Park field half way up a bush on the fence line, Whitethroat male in the Car Park field feeding on blackberries (Mark Shaw); 7 Whitethroat in west hedgerow adjacent to pylon in the field, 2 Willow Warbler, 5+ Blackcap, Peregrine over the Landfill heading towards the Activity Centre (FJC); Grey Wagtail in front of Bittern hide (Phil Sigley); Kestrel in big Hawthorn in the Car Park field, Peregrine male hunting to the east and last seen heading for the Golf Course area (Roger Stansfield)
Mortimer’s Meadow – 2+ Lesser Whitethroat, Redstart juvenile male in the central hedge area (Dave Rimes)

Grey Wagtail at Lavell’s Lake – Phil Sigley

August 27th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe in the south west corner, Wheatear on big corner post to the right hand end of the long grass (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Whitethroat male and female, 2 Willow Warbler near the metal gate, 10+ Blackcap, 3+ Chiffchaff, Redstart female briefly seen on the bottom fence (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Swift over the Activity Centre, 3 Grey Wagtail (FJC)

August 26th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Green Sandpiper. Common Sandpiper, Snipe, 16 Teal in the south west corner, 4 Little Egret, 2 Reed Warbler in front of the hide, Kingfisher seen briefly, Whinchat near some Dock plants on the east fence in the north east corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Whitethroat male and female in Car Park field on the west side with two males in the hedge on the Landfill, Lesser Whitethroat 80m on the west side of the Car Park field (FJC); Kingfisher flew past bittern hide, Little Egret (Simon Huggins)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Swift over the Activity Centre (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 3 Wigeon between the islands (Roger Stansfield)

August 25th
Lea Farm Lake – Hobby very mobile around the lake, 2 Raven over the Landfill (Richard Sajdak)

August 23rd
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe on the Bund at Bittern hide (Tim James)
Sandford Lake – Wigeon (Tim James)

August 20th
Lea Farm Lake – 4+ Sand Martin still here, 200+ Lapwing, Sedge Warbler to the right of Ron’s hide (Steve Clarke)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat seen briefly on the west side of the Car Park field, Mistle Thrush seen for about 2 minutes (Steve Clarke)

August 17th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret over, Snipe on the north spit island, Peregrine in from Dinton heading north east (FJC); Sand Martins still using two nest holes with one having young looking out (Peter Scudamore); Kingfisher flying towards Rons hide (Michael Hubbard)

August 16th
Lea Farm Lake – 9 Teal, 17 Shoveler, 20 Gadwall (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 60 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 10 Teal, Tree Pipit heard call once right above me, Whitethroat female in the Car Park field, 3+ Blackcap, Chiffchaff all on west side of the Car Park field near the metal gate, Willow Warbler near the entrance to the lake from the car park (FJC)

August 15th
Lavell’s Lake – Willow Warbler singing near the bench (Alan Rymer); Common Redstart male on the usual fence line possibly two now (Tim James); Lesser Whitethroat in same area as the Redstart (Roger Stansfield)

Male Redstart at Lavell’s Lake Car Park field – FJC

August 13th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper 4 Common Sandpiper, 20 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 9 Teal, Kestrel briefly on landfill vent, Little-ringed Plover juvenile staying very distant, Common Tern moulting adult (FJC); Snipe (Jim Reid)
Lavell’s Lake – 20+ Gadwall, 2+ Willow Warbler in the central copse in the Car Park field feeding low around the Dog Rose calling constantly, 2 Swallow through (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Common Sandpiper, 7 Swift over the Activity Centre (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Wigeon still present (Peter Scudamore)

August 12th
Lea Farm Lake – Kestrel over landfill, 3 Green Sandpiper two flew up from the north east corner headed towards Lavell’s, 5 Common Sandpiper, 20+ Mistle Thrush dropped in to a distant bare tree (FJC)

August 11th
Lea Farm Lake – Cattle Egret settled on islet on the east shore, 4 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 30+ Shoveler, 4+ Teal (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Cattle Egret (Tim James); Sparrowhawk seen from Bittern hide (Ian Timms); Marsh Harrier over (Mark Lauri)

Marsh Harrier at Lavell’s Lake – Keith Seymour

Cattle Egret at Lea Farm Lake – FJC

Cattle Egret at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Moore

Sparrowhawk at Lavell’s Lake – Ian Timms

August 10th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Kingfisher seen 4-5 times in 20 minutes from Bittern hide (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Common Sandpiper on the Activity Centre beach (Tim James)
Sandford Lake – 80+ Gadwall (FJC)

August 9th
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat top left corner of the Car Park field (Nick Kightley)

August 7th
Lavell’s Lake – Willow Warbler singing on path to Bittern hide, 7 Tufted Duck adult with six chicks on the scrape (Nick Kightley)

August 6th
Lea Farm Lake – 5 Common Sandpiper three in the south west corner and two in the north west corner, 2 Green Sandpiper in the south west corner, Hobby in oak above the Sand Martin wall, 2 Mandarin Duck both females on the main island, Little Egret, 2 Common Tern hunting, 200+ Lapwing (Michael Hubbard)

August 5th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Common Sandpiper, Hobby flew through heading north (Tim James)
Black Swan Lake – 50+ Sand Martin with House Martin’s and a couple of Swallow’s (Tim James)

August 4th
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper on eastern shore, Common Tern on one of the blue buoys/floating perches (Andrew Curd)

August 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – Hobby sitting in tree above the Sand Martin wall, Snipe, 214 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Egret (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Tufted Duck adult with six new ducklings seen from Bittern hide (Alan Rymer)

August 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – 10 Teal, Shoveler, 2 Common Sandpiper one in the south west corner and one in the north east corner (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Common Sandpiper flew up from the Activity Centre beach high towards Sandford, 3 Swift, House Martin overhead (FJC)