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Sightings archive

October 2023

October 31st
Lea Farm Lake – Pink-footed Goose, Water Rail, Snipe, 4 Fieldfare over, 5 Stonechat, Meadow Pipit (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake Car Park Field – 4 Redpoll over calling (Nick Kightley)

October 30th
Lea Farm Lake – Pink-footed Goose on the shore in the north east corner (Alan Jackman); Sparrowhawk, 60 Ring-necked Parakeet approximate total of groups heading to roost site, 1000+ Starling estimate of huge flock that flew over low over the hide to be audible towards Lavell’s Lake, Kingfisher, Pink-footed Goose flew off with the Greylag’s, Cetti’s Warbler heard calling then seen well, Water Rail, Merlin (Andy Tomczynski)

October 29th
Lea Farm Lake – 20+ Siskin probable in two flocks heading south, 8 Golden Plover heading west, 1000+ Wood Pigeon in multiple flock heading south, Raven flew north along far edge of the Landfill, Peregrine came in from the south east, 33+ Redwing heading south beyond the Landfill, 4 Fieldfare heading south (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake Car Park Field – 6 Blackbird in hedgerow left of the farm (FJC)

October 28th
Lea Farm Lake – 10 Common Gull, 11 Skylark in small groups heading south and south east, 5 Redwing, Pink-footed Goose still present on the east shore to the left of the shingle island, 2 Snipe on the edge of the south east bay (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe seen from Bittern hide (Dave Rimes)
Lavell’s Lake Car Park Field – 10+ Greenfinch light passage heading south, 7 Skylark heading south, 3+ Redwing flying around, 7 Skylark heading south east (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Kingfisher (Dave Rimes)

October 27th
Lavell’s Lake – Chiffchaff near the big Hawthorn, Starlings just left roost in one big flock heading south east over field (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Pochard between the islands seen from the Activity Centre, 3 groups of Ring-necked Parakeets totalling in excess of 300 birds around the Activity Centre (FJC)

October 26th
Lea Farm Lake – 31 Shoveler, Cetti’s Warbler, 49 Lapwing, 240 Graylag Geese, 395 Canada Geese, Barnacle Goose, 3 Common Gull, 2 Stonechat (Andy Tomczynski)

October 24th
Lea Farm Lake – 52 Common Gull mainly to the left of the submerged shingle island, Snipe in front of Ron’s hide, 2 Stonechat along east fencing, Sparrowhawk male on low raid in front of hide towards filled feeder area, 300+ Canada Geese, 140 Greylag Geese (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Water Rail heard & seen chasing each other along edge of freshly cut reeds, Cetti’s Warbler calling, Barn Owl heard rasping and briefly seen flying towards wet meadow and box area (Michael Hubbard)

October 21st
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper heard only, Barnacle Goose, Pink-footed Goose in the north east corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Goldcrest in an Oak Tree between the hides (Simon Huggins)

October 20th
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Stonechat flitting on and off the east fencing, Barnacle Goose still present on Landfill, 40+ Redwing over heading south east (Michael Hubbard)
Lavell’s Lake – 37 Redwing in two flocks of 25 and 12 over towards the Teal Hide area, Water Rail squealing from there also (Michael Hubbard)
Sandford Lake – 6 Pochard four males and 2 females, 2 Wigeon east of hide (Michael Hubbard)

October 19th
Lea Farm Lake – Barnacle Goose, Pink-footed Goose, 2 Common Gull, Cetti’s Warbler under Ron’s hide (Nick Kightley); Pink-footed Goose now on the Landfill with at least 650 Greylags! (Roger Stansfield)
Sandford Lake – 2 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe (Nick Kightley)

Pink-footed Goose at Lea Farm Lake – Roger Stansfield

October 17th
Lea Farm Lake – Barnacle Goose (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – 10 Redwing four over the Loddon six over Bittern hide (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Car Park Field – 40+ Redwing over, Skylark heading towards the Landfill (Nick Kightley)
Sandford Lake – 3 Redwing over (Nick Kightley); 2 Pochard both males, 100+ Tufted Duck, 150+ Coot (Peter Scudamore)

October 16th
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Cetti’s Warbler chasing each other around feeder area (Alan Rymer); Bittern seen from Bittern hide in reeds beyond central island (David White)

October 15th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Stonechat on the fence (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Car Park Field – 250+ Starling heading away from the Lavell’s roost, 9 Chaffinch, 6 Skylark heading south (FJC)

October 14th
Lea Farm Lake – Pink-footed Goose re-found on the east shore at the beginning of the north east bay, 2 Stonechat on the fence, 2 Common Gull (2CY), Barnacle Goose 20m from Pink-footed Goose (FJC); Snipe, Little Egret (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Lesser Redpoll ringed this morning (FJC)

October 12th
Lea Farm Lake – Pink-footed Goose in front of Ron’s hide (Nick Kightley)

October 11th
Lea Farm Lake – Pink-footed Goose on the Landfill viewed from Ron’s hide, Barnacle Goose with Greylags (Andy Tomczynski)

Pink-footed Goose at Lea Farm Lake – FJC

October 10th
Mortimer’s Meadow – Mistle Thrush heading west, Stonechat in the middle of the long grass (FJC)

October 8th
Lea Farm Lake – 40 Redwing one group of 30+ and 1’s & 2’s heading south, Merlin very distant bird east of the Landfill heading south, 15 Meadow Pipit around the eastern fence and newly cut grass, 2 Swallow heading south, 55 Skylark small groups of 4-7 heading south with a flock of 35, Stonechat in a reedy ditch, 12+ Linnet over the Landfill (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Bittern a pale bird in main island reeds, 2 Sparrowhawk over Landfill from the Car Park field, 2 Mistle Thrush (FJC); 4 Raven over Teal Hide (Ben Knowles)

Early Bittern at Lavell’s Lake – FJC

October 7th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Stonechat on the fence (John Warren)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher, 3 Teal (John Warren)

October 6th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Stonechat on the fence line, Sparrowhawk being mobbed, Common Gull in the south east corner (Tim James)

October 5th
Lea Farm Lake – Stonechat in vegetation in front of the fence line, Snipe on the far bank right of the island, Water Rail calling (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Swallow seen from Teal hide, Rook over the Car Park field, 2 Little Grebe in front of Bittern hide (Nick Kightley)

October 4th
Lea Farm Lake – Kingfisher heading south from Ron’s towards the Mill (Simon Huggins)
Lavell’s Lake – 5 House Martin over heading south east (Andy Tomczynski)

October 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Swallow, Stonechat on vegetation near the 5 bar gates (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail calling from near Teal hide, Hobby over low, Cetti’s Warbler singing along the path to Bittern hide (Nick Kightley)

October 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Snipe flushed by tractor flailing, 2 Skylark over the Landfill heading north, 7 Linnet heading south (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher male, 2 Little Grebe (Alan Rymer); Redwing over the Car Park field, Cetti’s Warbler calling, Water Rail calling (Nick Kightley)

October 1st
Lavell’s Lake – 24 Swallow south east over the Landfill seen from the Car Park field, 5 Meadow Pipit heading north seen from the Car Park field, 40+ mixed Swallow & House Martin all crossing south east about a half mile north of Landfill viewing area, 50+ Greenfinch landed in bushes in front of the old Oak tree somewhat unusual!, 2 Little Grebe seen from Bittern hide, Sedge Warbler in thick vegetation on the Bund (FJC)