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Sightings archive

March 2024

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)