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Sightings archive

September 2017

September 30th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 2 Reed Bunting, Cetti’s Warbler heard, Nuthatch, 3 Little Egret, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh); Snipe on far side of lake on cleared edge to right of island (Peter Scudamore); 50+ meadow Pipit over landfill heading south, Snipe over landfill (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 5 Pochard, 90 Shoveler (FJC)

September 28th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper (Marek Walford); Little Egret successfully fishing infront of hide with 3 Perch caught, Kingfisher on branch over lake just to the right of hide also successful, 40+ Swallows over landfill (Bob Bennett); Snipe flew over lake to north shore, Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler heard (Alan Rymer); 2 Little Grebe, Water Rail (Geoff Emmett)
Sandford Lake – 2 Cetti’s Warbler, Mandarin (Marek Walford)

Diving Kingfisher at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

September 27th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Hobby seen from Teal hide (Steven Day)

September 26th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, Garganey, Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Water Rail on north shore (John McGowan); Snipe seen in puddle on north east shore (FJC); Marsh Harrier female flew north across lake pursued by Red Kite, Nuthatch, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Barn Owl sitting at entrance of box (John McGowan); Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler both from Bittern hide (Steven Day)

September 25th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Green Sandpiper, Snipe in north east corner, 37 Teal (FJC)

September 24th
Lea Farm GP – Nuthatch on feeder, Mandarin Duck drake (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 47 Widgeon (Richard Marsh)

September 23rd
Lea Farm GP – 38 Shoveler, 24 Teal, 27 Gadwall, Green Sandpiper, 2 Mandarin Duck (FJC); Snipe on east shore, Little Egret (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – 70 Gadwall, 30 Widgeon, 4 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 2 Water Rail heard (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 92 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 20 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard (FJC); Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff (Richard Marsh)
White Swan Lake – Common Gull (Steven Day)

September 22nd
Lea Farm GP – Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Kingfisher on stick near hide, Snipe flew around lake then settled on shingle island, 2 Nuthatch on feeder, Chiffchaff to right of hide, 3 Little Egret very mobile around lake (Bob Bennett and Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford); Pintail female over heading towards Sandford, 2 Green Sandpiper on Tern Scape, 2 Water Rail heard (FJC)

Chiffchaff at Lea Farm – Geoff Emmett

September 21st
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper (John McGowan)

September 20th
Lea Farm GP – Snipe east shore left side of shingle island, 3 Black Swan (John McGowan); 4 Black Swan family group seen later (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Mandarin Duck heading west over car park field (Marek Walford); 2 Water Rail chasing each other into reeds on right of hide (John McGowan)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Black Swan near bridge to White Swan lake (Steven Day)

4 Black Swans on Black Swan! – (Steven Day)

September 19th
Lea Farm GP – Stonechat in uncut area, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Mandarin Duck both drakes (Marek Walford); 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff (Alan Rymer); 103 Shoveler, Stonechat male on top of phragmites reed in ditch beyond north east corner (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Spotted Flycatcher in pines behind the Activity Centre (Marek Walford and Steven Day)

September 18th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Little Egret very mobile around lake, Reed Bunting male on feeder, 50+ Meadow Pipit over landfill in several groups, Very large numbers of mixed Hirundines over the lake and Landfill (Bob Bennett); Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe (Paul O’Neill)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby west side of landfill heading towards Lea Farm, 50+ Swallows over heading south, 100+ House Martins over heading south, Bullfinch male near Bittern hide (Bob Bennett); Garganey female on Bund (Steven Day); Mandarin Duck drake flew west over the landfill (Marek Walford)
Sandford Lake – Bar-headed Goose (Steven Day)

Female Garganey – (Steven Day)

September 16th
Lea Farm GP – Whinchat in the uncut area on the landfill (Brian Bennett); Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Little Egret (Merek Walford); 40+ Meadow Pipit over landfill in 10 minutes (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 80+ Meadow Pipit over landfill, Spotted Flycatcher in big Hawthorne tree in car park field, 15+ Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush in Hawthorne Tree (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Hobby heading east over golf course (FJC)

September 15th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Mandarin 1 male and 2 females, Cetti’s Warbler (Merek Walford); 10+ Meadow Pipit over (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 200+ mixed hirundines over (FJC)

September 14th
Lea Farm GP – 3 Mandarin, 14 Meadow Pipit over landfill, Wheatear left of shingle island (FJC); 2 Green Sandpiper in bay on north east bank (Geoff Emmett); Kingfisher flew along south west bank, 2 Little Egret, 200+ mixed hirundines over lake and landfill (Bob Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Meadow Pipit almost constant trickle thru south groups of 4-12, 50+ (FJC); Swift over (Trevor Guyatt)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Spotted Flycatcher in trees near golf course side behind Activity Centre, 500+ House Martin, 200 Swallow (FJC); 15+ Mistle Thrush group passing near Activity Centre (Trevor Guyatt); Little Egret over heading west (Marek Walford)
Sandford Lake – Spotted Flycatcher in dense bushes on west side of the lake, Sparrowhawk female over path (Bob Bennett)

2 Spotted Flycatcher behind Activity Centre – (FJC)

September 13th
Lea Farm GP – 32 Gadwall, 47 Shoveler, 13 Teal, 2 Mandarin, Osprey seen over heading south along Loddon towards Dinton (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 13 Widgeon, 66 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, Teal, Hobby over balancing Pool on landfill (FJC); Spotted Flycatcher in large hawthorn, bottom of car park field (FJC and Richard Marsh); 4 Meadow Pipit over (Richard Marsh); Hobby seen from Bittern hide (Roger Stansfield)
Black Swan Lake – 58 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler (FJC); Coal Tit on pines behind Activity Centre (Brian Bennett)
Sandford Lake – Spotted Flycatcher in same location as yesterday (Steven Day and Richard Marsh)

Hobby seen from Bittern hide – (Roger Stansfield)

Black-tailed Godwit from the week-end – (John McGowan)

September 12th
Lea Farm GP – Sparrowhawk female, Little Grebe, Hobby, 2 Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh); 41 Shoveler (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 12 Widgeon, 4 Chiffchaff around car park field (Richard Marsh); 2 Raven heading south east seen with Marek, 6 Meadow Pipit (FJC); Cetti’s Warbler (Marek Walford)
Black Swan Lake – Blackcap, 4 Mistle Thrush behind Activity Centre (Richard Marsh); Hobby south end of golf course, 9 Meadow Pipit heading south (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Spotted Flycatcher by stream (Steven Day)

Spotted Flycatcher Sandford Lake – (Steven Day)

September 11th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Mandarin, 18 Shoveler, 16 Gadwall, 14 Teal, Sand Martin a few over lake, 10 Meadow Pipits passing through (FJC); 120+ Lapwing, 2 Little Egret (Anne Cronin)
Lavell’s Lake – 18 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 3 Lapwing (Anne Cronin)
Black Swan Lake – 5 Chiffchaff behind the Activity Centre, 7 Mistle Thrush, 600+ mixed hirundines over lake (FJC)

September 10th
Lea Farm GP – Little Grebe, Nuthatch, 2 female Blackcap, 4 Little Egret, 3 Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Swift over car park area, then later seen at BSL (John McGowan); 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, Treecreeper, 5 Wigeon (Richard Marsh); Little Egret over Teal hide (Paul Foulds)
Black Swan Lake – Hobby (John McGowan); 5+ Meadow Pipit over, 25 Mistle Thrush making yet another park record (FJC)
Sandford Lake – Reed Warbler (John McGowan); Kingfisher (Paul Foulds)

September 9th
Lea Farm GP – Whinchat & 3 Meadow Pipit on landfill, 3 Nuthatch on feeders, Sedge Warbler, Skylark, up to 200 Hirundines through, 3 Black-tailed Godwit flew into sw corner – 1 at 08:10 then 2 more at 08:24. All 3 left together at 09:20 (FJC et al); 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s LakeBlack-tailed Godwit on Tern scrape at 06:50, Hobby (John McGowan); Lesser Whitethroat & Sedge Warbler in car park field (FJC); Kingfisher flew along path to Bittern hide (Gavin Turner)
Black Swan LakeSpotted Flycatcher briefly on golf course, 22 Mistle Thrush near activity centre, a new park record (FJC)

Record shot of the 3 Black-tailed Godwit – (Richard Marsh)

September 8th
Lea Farm GP – 18 Shoveler, 20 Teal, 20 Gadwall (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – c20 Mistle Thrush (FJC); c40 Greylag Geese (Steve Day)

September 7th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, Bar-headed Goose, Nuthatch, Sedge Warbler, 10+ House Martin (Richard Marsh); 28 Teal, 13 Shoveler (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 40 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 5 Shoveler, 4 Teal (FJC); 2 Kingfisher, Hobby (Steve Day)
Black Swan Lake – Swift, 8+ Mistle Thrush, 12+ Gadwall, 5 Shoveler (FJC)
Sandford Lake – 18 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler (FJC)

Juvenile Kingfisher with fish – Richard Marsh

September 6th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 26 Teal (FJC); male Mandarin in eclipse plumage, 2 Little Grebe, female Sparrowhawk, 4 Swallow (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby, 4 Wigeon (Steve Day)
Black Swan Lake5 Grey Wagtail, 300+ House Martin, Swift, 5 Mistle Thrush (FJC)

Little Grebe – Geoff Emmett

Eclipse plumage drake Mandarin – Geoff Emmett

September 5th
Lea Farm GP – 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe, 10+ Sand Martin over (John McGowan); 3 Little Egret (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Whitethroat, Mistle Thrush over (FJC)

September 4th
Lea Farm GP – Green Sandpiper, 24 Gadwall (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 30+ Gadwall (Anne Cronin); Water Rail heard near Teal hide, Hobby, 18 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 2 Wigeon (Peter Scudamore)
Black Swan Lake – 3 Grey Wagtail, Pochard (FJC)

September 3rd
Lea Farm GP – Coal Tit on feeders, Green Sandpiper (Brian Bennett); Snipe on east shore, 3 Little Egret (Gill Finch)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Wigeon over towards BSL, Yellow Wagtail heard over landfill, Chiffchaff in car park field (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Goldcrest in fisherman’s car park (Gill Finch)

September 2nd
Lea Farm GP – Coal Tit on feeders, 3 Little Egret (Jules & Jack Jones); Kestrel on landfill vent (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper briefly on scrape (Jenny Vaughan); Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat and pair Blackcap all in car park field (Eddie Napper)

September 1st
Lea Farm GP – Tawny Owl along Loddon path to hide (John McGowan), Mandarin Duck over (FJC), 3 Wheatear perched on landfill vents, 33 Greylag, 4 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper (Richard Marsh)
Lavell’s Lake – Lesser Whitethroat (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Mistle Thrush feeding near activity centre, Garden Warbler, Great Black-backed Gull over (FJC)