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Sightings archive

October 2017

October 31st
Lea Farm GP – 5 Snipe on island (Peter Scudamore); Shelduck in south west corner, Cetti’s Warbler (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – 500+ Redwing over in numerous flock, 5 Hawfinch over west, 150+ Fieldfare over, 30+ Chaffinch over, 3 Meadow Pipit over (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 4 Siskin on Beech trees on opposite bank of Loddon south of the Sandford bridges (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – Great White Egret flying south over lake (Richard Stansfield)

Shelduck at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

October 30th
Lea Farm GP – Little Egret, 7 Fieldfare over, 2 Herring Gull both juvenile in south west corner, Cetti’s Warbler heard (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe in front of Teal hide, 50+ Redwing over, 30+ Fieldfare over (Bob Bennett); Redpoll over landfill, 3 Meadow Pipit over landfill, 2000+ Wood Pigeon over landfill (FJC)

October 29th
Lea Farm GP – White Wagtail in south west corner, Cetti’s Warbler heard, Water Rail (Mark Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Brambling over, 3 Snipe on bund, Nuthatch on feeder, Coal Tit on feeder (Mark Walford); Kingfisher flying along the Emm Brook near Sandford Lane bridge (Eddie Napper); Little Grebe in winter plumage near Teal hide (Neill Allan); Kestrel in car park field (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Water Rail (Marek Walford); Siskin male with Goldfinch flock, Goldcrest with Goldfinch flock both in tree by Loddon on the Sandford side of bridge (Neill Allan)

Kestrel at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 28th
Lea Farm GP – Siskin with Goldfinch flock, 2 Common Gull, 2 Little Egret, 2 Nuthatch juvenile, Herring Gull, 3 Snipe on island (Richard Marsh); Stonechat female along electric fence on landfill (John McGowan): Fieldfare (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 300+ Redwing group of 40 to 100 heading west, 50 Fieldfare groups of 12 to 20 heading west, 6 Meadow Pipit still on landfill (FJC); Little Grebe near Teal hide (Jack and Jules Jones)
Black Swan Lake – 15 Hawfinch 2 flew south near activity centre and 13 flew south west over green bridge seen from car park field, 2 Lesser Redpoll over (FJC)

Fieldfare – Geoff Emmett

October 27th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Stonechat on landfill (Bob Bennett); 3 Little Egret, Cetti’s Warbler to left of hide (John McGowan); 2 Common Gull in south west corner, Lesser Black-backed Gull in south west corner, 3 Snipe on east shore behind island (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail exploring the excavations near the Bittern hide (Jenny Vaughan); 7 Fieldfare at back of scrape (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Snipe, Common Gull, 39 Pochard, 2 Water Rail heard (Richard Marsh)

Lapwing in all it’s glory – Geoff Emmett

Juvenile Water Rail at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

October 26th
Lavell’s Lake – Coal Tit on feeder (John McGowan); 2 Coal Tit on feeder, Nuthatch on feeder (Alan Rymer)

October 25th
Lea Farm GP – Sparrowhawk, Stonechat on landfill, Redwing in tree (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail on roof of building at Lea Farm (Richard Marsh); 2+ Linnet, c200 Wood Pigeon over east, 6+ Skylark, 15+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Chaffinch over west, 4+ Hawfinch over west (all seen over the landfill), Chiffchaff bottom of car park field, 2 Nuthatch, Water Rail seen at the balancing pool (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Siskin in the Alders by the stream (Steven Day)
Dinton Pasture CP – 2 Goldcrest along the Loddon one displaying to the other, Nuthatch along Loddon, Chiffchaff along Loddon by sluice (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – 2 Common Gull (Richard Marsh)

Redwing – Richard Marsh

October 24th
Lea Farm GP – Sparrowhawk along Loddon, Peregrine landed on the east shore and took a bath!, Common Gull, Snipe (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 6 Meadow Pipit foraging on a newly formed spit (Richard Marsh); Peregrine over low heading east, Stonechat male over landfill, 4 Hawfinch over landfill (FJC); Barn Owl peering out of box (John McGowan)
Black Swan Lake – Fieldfare over old golf course near fence (Bob Bennett)

October 23rd
Lea Farm GP – Redwing left of hide in clear grass area, Green Woodpecker in clear grass area (Alan Baggs); Meadow Pipit on the east shore, Nuthatch, Coal Tit on feeder (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Wheatear nice late bird in our newly dug meadow, Redwing over south and west, 1+ Meadow Pipit (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Treecreeper very vocal near car park 3 exit (Neill Allan)

Meadow Pipit at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

Wheatear at Lavell’s Lake Meadow – FJC

October 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Hawfinch in tree near Green Bridge (John McGowan); 2 Stonechat on landfill, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest foraging near Green Bridge, Little Egret, Nuthatch, Common Gull, Sparrowhawk (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Redwing in tree south of Green Bridge, Snipe on newly constructed bund (Richard Marsh)

October 21st
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper over hide heading west, 3 Mandarin Duck 2 females and a drake, Sparrowhawk (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Marsh Tit on feeder (J Bishop); 2 Lesser Redpoll over, Siskin over, Peregrine over car park field (FJC)

October 20th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Stonechat on east shore, Common Gull (Geoff Emmett); Stonechat female joined previous 2 (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl looking out of nest box (John McGowan); Treecreeper (Geoff Emmett)

Common Gull at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

Treecreeper at Lavell’s – Geoff Emmett

October 19th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Herring Gull juveniles in south west corner, Snipe on east shore (Bob Bennett); Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Egret, 113 Greylag Geese, Nuthatch, Bar-headed Goose, Green Woodpecker (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Hawfinch over west (FJC); Coal Tit on feeder (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – Sparrowhawk over, 9 Redwing over, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker over, 30+ Pochard (Bob Bennett)

Coal Tit on Feeder at Lavell’s – Geoff Emmett

Digger reshaping Lavell’s Lake – Richard Marsh

Lavell’s Lake – 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 3+ Lesser Redpoll, 35+ Redwing, 4 Reed Bunting, 14 Siskin over Tern Meadow (FJC)

October 17th
Lavell’s Lake – 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 3+ Lesser Redpoll, 35+ Redwing, 4 Reed Bunting, 14 Siskin over Tern Meadow (FJC)
White Swan Lake – 3 Goldcrest with mixed Tit flock (Neill Allan)

October 16th
Lea Farm GP – 20+ Redwing over landfill, 25+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, Snipe on east shore, Peregrine taking a bath on east shore (Bob Bennett and Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Linnet heading south over car park, 3 Lesser Redpoll over south, 2 Pintail flew over and back north could still be present (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)

Peregrine taking a bath at Lea Farm – Richard Marsh

October 14th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe on bund (John McGowan)

October 12th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey in south west corner (John McGowan); Green Sandpiper, Kestrel hunting over landfill (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Garganey female seen from Bittern hide, Snipe on bund in reeds, Coal Tit on feeder, 20+ Redwing over (John McGowan); 3 Skylark over Bittern hide (Paul Bright-Thomas); 140+ Widgeon, 4 Siskin over heading west, 35+ Meadow Pipit over, 5 Skylark over south east, 4 Linnet over, Coal Tit over car park field (FJC); 2 Goldcrest near gate to car park (Richard Marsh)

October 11th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey in south west corner, Little Egret, 2 Snipe, Bar-Headed Goose, 10 Greylag (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Marsh Tit over Emmbrook on path to Bittern hide (Alan Rymer)

October 10th
Lea Farm GP – Tawny Owl over near hide entrance, Madarin Duck drake in south west corner, 2 Snipe on east shore, Greater-black backed Gull over, Garganey in south west corner (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – 100+ Redwing over car park field (FJC); Blackcap by big Hawthorne (John McGowan); Blackcap, 3 Redwing in car park field (Paul Bright-Thomas)

October 9th
Lavell’s Lake – 15 Redwing over west, 5 Reed Bunting, Peregrine over from the east, 10+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, 15+ Redwing dropped into hedge by style, 8 Chaffinch through west, Lesser Redpoll over heading south (FJC); Coal Tit on Bittern hide feeder (Steven Day); Siskin over car park field, Coal Tit over car park field, 2 Snipe over car field heading to Black Swan, 10 Song Thrush top of car park field, Bullfinch 1 in car park field and 5 up by landfill, Pied Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit over car park field (Paul Bright-Thomas)

October 8th
Lea Farm GP – 4 Snipe, Garganey, 3 Little Egret (FJC); Little Grebe on river by Green Bridge (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Redwing over, 30+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, Siskin over, 121 Widgeon, 9 Golden Plover in distance over landfill (FJC); 3 Water Rail heard (Renton Righelato)
Sandford Lake – 28 Pochard (FJC)
White Swan Lake – Water Rail heard (Renton Righelato)

October 7th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey asleep south west corner, Peregrine over lake (John McGowan); 3 Snipe on east shore (Patrick Crowley)
Lavell’s Lake – 30+ Widgeon, Snipe on Bund (Patrick Crowley)
Black Swan Lake – 6 House Martin over lake feeding, Sporrowhawk female circling over (Patrick Crowley)

October 6th
Lea Farm GP – 40+ Meadow Pipit over landfill in numerous groups, Cetti’s Warbler good views in bush opposite hide gate on river bank, 2 Little Egret, Hobby over heading south, Sparrowhawk male over landfill (Bob Bennett); Nuthatch on feeder, Garganey asleep south west corner, 3 Snipe on east shore (Richard Marsh)
Sandford Lake – 19 Pochard (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Swallow over lake feeding (Steven Day)

October 5th
Lea Farm GP – Garganey south west corner, Wheatear on east shore (John McGowan); 25+ Meadow Pipit on landfill, (FJC)

October 4th
Lea Farm GP – Mandarin Duck south west corner, 2 Snipe on east shore, 2 Green Sandpiper, Water Rail heard (FJC); Garganey juvenile south west corner (Brian Bennett); Wheatear on east shore (John McGowan); Sparrowhawk on feeder, 5 Snipe on east shore behind island, 2 Little Egret, 10+ Meadow Pipit on landfill, 3 Green Woodpecker (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail, Lesser Redpoll over (Marek Walford); 10+ Meadow Pipit over, Water Rail heard (FJC)

Sparrowhawk on the Lea Farm feeder – Richard Marsh

October 3rd
Lea Farm GP – 8 Lapwing, Mandarin Duck drake (Marek Walford); Garganey south west corner, Wheatear on east shore (Brian Bennett); 15 Meadow Pipit handfuls pinging about on and over landfill (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 82 Widgeon, Redwing over south called once, 73 Gadwall, Little Grebe, Coal Tit near Betty’s bench, 5+ Chiffchaff between Bittern hide and car park field (FJC)

October 2nd
Lea Farm GP – 24 Lapwing, 2 Snipe (Marek Walford); Sparrowhawk (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 102+ Widgeon, Little Grebe (Richard Marsh)

Widgeon on the Bund – Richard Marsh

October 1st
Lea Farm GP – 100+ Hirundines over landfill to the west (FJC); 2 Snipe, Green Sandpiper (John McGowan)
Lavell’s Lake – 20+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, 5 Swallows over and though, Blackcap in car park field, Chiffchaff in car park field, 5 Skylark over landfill, 10+ Song Thrush in car park field (FJC)