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Sightings archive

October 2022

October 31st
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail flew across lake to main island seen from Teal hide, Wigeon, Little Grebe, Gadwall all seen on the lake, Stonechat male fly-catching over the reed bed, Cetti’s Warbler in front of Bittern hide briefly, 5 Teal, 2 Shoveler on the Scrape, 2 Wigeon, 2 Lapwing (Peter Scudamore)

October 30th
Lea Farm Lake – 40+ Fieldfare east over Lodge Wood and Landfill, 100+ Mallard in the south west corner, 100+ Teal, 50+ Wigeon, 20 Gadwall (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Egret at Bittern hide just now flown off towards Lea Farm (Pete Stewardson); Mandarin Duck male on the Bittern Scrape (Paul Bright-Thomas)
White Swan Lake – Water Rail calling from the main reed bed, Cetti’s Warbler calling in the north east corner (Paul Bright-Thomas)

October 29th
Lea Farm Lake – 8 Common Gull all on the east shore, Teal in decent quantity in the south west corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 15 Fieldfare heading south west over the Car Park field towards Black Swan (Paul Bright-Thomas)

October 28th
Lavell’s Lake – Mandarin Duck male on the Bund (David Hampton)
Black Swan Lake – Water Rail working the reed bed on fishing peg 18 (Simon Bartlam)

October 27th
Lea Farm Lake – 90+ Teal all in the south west corner, Green Sandpiper, a few Shoveler, Wigeon and 40+ Mallard, 150 Black-headed Gull on the east shore, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Ruddy Shelduck on the east shore just left of old Shingle Island (FJC)

Ruddy Shelduck in flight at Lea Farm Lake – Pete Stewardson

Ruddy Shelduck resting at Lea Farm Lake – FJC

October 26th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, Stonechat, Common Gull (Nick Kightley)

October 25th
Lavell’s Lake – 3+ Teal, 2 Lapwing, 6 Gadwall in three pairs, Cetti’s Warbler heard
in the reed bed on the path to the hide, Bullfinch heard but unfortunately not seen (Andrew Kitchen)
Sandford Lake – 100+ Starling in a small murmuration until a Sparrowhawk ambushed & caught one then most flew off towards Lavell’s (Michael Hubbard)
White Swan Lake – 3 Red-crested Pochard two males and a female seen mid-lake on the eastern side (Andrew Curd)

3 Red-crested Pochard at White Swan Lake – Roger Stansfield

October 24th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe seen from Ron’s hide (Alan Jackman)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Little Grebe from Teal hide (Alan Jackman)
Landfill – 11 Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing, 16 Chaffinch heading west, 2 Green Sandpiper heading east (FJC)

October 22nd
Lea Farm Lake – Stonechat male in the south east corner, 10+ Skylark on the Landfill, 20+ Meadow Pipit on Landfill, 30+ Teal in the south west corner, 1000+ Wood Pigeon heading south east (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Grey Wagtail outside Bittern hide (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – 90 Gadwall, 30 Wigeon, 30 Shoveler, 50+ Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Chiffchaff near sluice, 9 Pochard (FJC)
Landfill – 23+ Fieldfare heading south west, 100+ Redwing heading south west (FJC)

Grey Wagtail at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Rymer

October 20th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Stonechat (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Little Grebe, Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail all seen from Teal hide, Water Rail, Green Sandpiper from Bittern hide, Redwing, Meadow Pipit, Skylark seen over the Landfill (Nick Kightley)
Sandford Lake – Water Rail (Nick Kightley)

October 19th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe seen from the Waitrose screen (Alan Jackman)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Marsh Harrier over high heading east female/juvenile, Siskin over, small movement of Redwing and Chiffchaff (Dave Rimes)

Marsh Harrier in Mortimer’s Meadow – Dave Rimes

October 17th
Lea Farm Lake – 30 Lapwing, 15+ Teal, Sparrowhawk just over the feeders (Simon Huggins)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Redwing in bushes on the left then flew off north, 11 Shoveler, 7 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, Kingfisher on furthest post on Bund (Simon Huggins)

October 16th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Stonechat, Skylark, Meadow Pipit scattered around the Landfill (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 9 Skylark heading south, Water Rail at the back of Scrape from Bittern hide (FJC)
Landfill – 20 Redwing heading west in small groups of 2-3 on the move west plus birds in the Car Park field, Chaffinch in ones and twos, 2 Linnet heading south, 25 Skylark light passage heading south in groups of 9+7+4 then 5+ on landfill, 8 Chaffinch heading west (FJC)

October 15th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Snipe seen from the new Waitrose Screen (Alan Jackman)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Teal (Ralph Watts); 4 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler a mix of male and female, 4 Teal three female sand one male, Common Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing (Katy Lanxon); 15+ Greylag Geese, 5 Great Crested Grebe (Ralph Watts)

October 14th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Green Sandpiper very noisy, 3 Snipe in the north west towards the new Waitrose Screen, Water Rail squealing from vegetation in front of Ron’s hide, 400+ Greylag Geese on lake when I arrived (Michael Hubbard)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Siskin over, Redwing over, 2+ Chiffchaff (Dave Rimes)

October 13th
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Water Rail three heard and one swimming near the edge of the reeds,
Little Grebe further along as well (Michael Hubbard)
Sandford Lake – 50+ Greylag north of islands, 3 Kingfisher two flew together out to the islands whilst a third flew south at the same time, Grey Wagtail over the north west corner, 23 Wigeon, 3 Pochard, 44 Gadwall, 60+ Tufted Duck, 2+ Siskin heard calling from other side of Loddon, Chiffchaff a number here too still singing (Michael Hubbard)

October 12th
Mortimer’s Meadow – Siskin over calling (Dave Rimes)

October 11th
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper at the far end of the Scrape (Andrew Curd); Green Woodpecker feeding in the Car Park field (Adam McTiernan); Water Rail (David Tainton)

October 10th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Stonechat (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – 40+ Redwing in bushes in the centre of Car Park field (Nick Kightley); Water Rail, Kingfisher landed on the No Fishing sign (Dave Toney)

October 9th
Lea Farm Lake – Peregrine came in to bath now on the fence (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 9+ Chiffchaff four with a Tit flock and 1’s & 2’s dotted round various parts of the northern lakes (FJC); Green Sandpiper just flown in to the Bittern scrape (Alan Rymer)
Sandford Lake – 9+ Chiffchaff six in and around Willows near the dead Alder 50m north of old sluice with three in a Tit flock (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Pochard flew out of fog (FJC)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Peregrine on a pylon (Alan Jackman)

Peregrine on a Pylon in Mortimer’s Meadow – Alan Jackman

October 8th
Lea Farm Lake – 10+ Skylark on far Landfill, Meadow Pipit, Swallow through, 2 distant flocks of about 12-14 smaller finches over the landfill heading south (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 5+ Chiffchaff around the site (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 4+ Chiffchaff in the Willow along the backwater on the west side, 85+ Tufted Duck, Pochard (FJC); 15 Wigeon, 25 Shoveler, 44 Gadwall, 54 Mallard, 5 Teal, Kingfisher over the lake twice, large roving flock of Tits/Warblers etc along Loddon (Michael Hubbard)
Black Swan Lake – Arctic Tern juvenile still present on the east side towards the south end, Sand Martin, House Martin over (FJC)

Arctic Tern on Black Swan Lake – Mark Lauri

October 7th
Black Swan Lake – Arctic Tern juvenile flying between the Activity Centre and the public viewing platform (Bruce Irvine)

Arctic Tern on Black Swan Lake – Dave Rimes

October 6th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Stonechat working fence, Hobby, Kestrel both hunting Lodge Wood (Nick Kightley)
Black Swan Lake – Arctic Tern juvenile ranging on the west side and at times behind Goat Island (Nick Kightley/FJC); 4 Swallow (FJC)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Tree Pipit over low west called twice and good bins view of striking white underparts (Dave Rimes)

October 5th
Lea Farm Lake – 30+ House Martin north of Lodge Wood, 4+ Swallow low over most northern landfill (FJC)
Mortimer’s Meadow – 10+ Swallow overhead (Steve Clarke)

October 4th
Lea Farm Lake – Snipe, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, 5 House Martin, 2 Cetti’s Warbler at Ron’s hide and along the Lodden (Nick Kightley); 15 Teal, 26 Mallard, 54 Lapwing all seen from the Waitrose Screen, 9 Teal in the south west corner, 26 Lapwing all seen from Ron’s hide (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – Stonechat on a vent on the Landfill seen from the style in the Car Park field (Nick Kightley); Water Rail calling from reeds behind freshly cut area from Teal hide, Little Grebe asleep on the water, Cetti’s Warbler, 9 Gadwall, 18 Teal, 10 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, Sparrowhawk in the Car Park field (Michael Hubbard)
Sandford Lake – 41 Gadwall, 17 Shoveler, 10 Tufted Duck, 14 Great Crested Grebe, Cetti’s Warbler calling (Michael Hubbard)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Swallow (Nick Kightley)

October 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – Kingfisher by Ron’s hide, Sparrowhawk perched then flew south, 30+ Lapwing (Adam Wigley)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe broke cover from the Bund and flew east (Adam Wigley); 2 Snipe (Keith Boseley)

October 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – Reed Warbler around base of Ron’s hide, Goosander flew in from the east low over the lake and on towards Dinton, 5 Redwing at a distance flying south west (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 9 Swallow through south over Car Park field, 4+ House Martin low heading north west, Raven over flying west to east calling (FJC)

October 1st
Mortimer’s Meadow – 8 Redwing over, 2+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Dave Rimes)