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Sightings archive

September 2021

September 30th
Lea Farm Lake – Ringed Plover juvenile very skittish flew to spit briefly, Stonechat male, Whinchat, Wheatear female on vent, 3 Snipe (Nick Kightley); 3 Stonechat along east fence (FJC)
Landfill – 2 Wheatear flying around on the far side of the landfill (FJC)

September 29th
Lea Farm Lake – Ringed Plover juvenile on the north east spit (Brian Bennett); Stonechat on fence in north east corner (Trevor Guyatt); Green Sandpiper in the south west corner, Hobby distant to the east (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Snipe (Alan Travers)

September 28th
Lea Farm Lake – 3+ Meadow Pipit, Ringed Plover juvenile, 4 Snipe (Nick Kightley); 7 Stonechat, 3 Whinchat all seen on wires to the right of gates (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Snipe, Kingfisher (Nick Kightley)

September 27th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Stonechat, Whinchat, 2 Snipe, 2 Swallow, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper (Nick Kightley); 5 Snipe (Bob Loades)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Snipe, Sparrowhawk over the Car Park field (Nick Kightley)

September 25th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Stonechat, 2 Whinchat on the boundary fence (FJC); Knot on north spit, Ringed Plover juvenile on north spit island, Common Sandpiper on main island (Peter Scudamore); 50+ House Martin over high (Anne Cronin); 2 Kingfisher (Finley Hutchinson)
Lavell’s Lake – 7 Snipe on Bund (Peter Scudamore)

September 24th
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe on the Bund, 2 Wigeon (Geoff Emmett); Grey Wagtail (Sue-Lesley Norgate)

September 23rd
Lea Farm Lake – 12+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Stonechat on the fence wires, Green Sandpiper, Common Gull, 3 Snipe, 4 Little Grebe, Whinchat (Nick Kightley); 20+ Meadow Pipit (FJC); Common Sandpiper, 60 Lapwings in the south west corner (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Bullfinch all in the Car Park field (Nick Kightley); 2 Snipe feeding near Bittern Hide in water on far side (Sally Bryson-Bond); 10+ Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, 5+ Gadwall, Water Rail seen along edge of lake in reeds (Peter Scudamore)
Landfill – Sparrowhawk, House Martin (Nick Kightley)

September 22nd
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Grey Wagtail one adult with 2 juveniles, Kingfisher, Little Egret sat on a branch over the Emm Brook, 4 Teal (Bob Bennett); 7 Snipe on the bund, 16 Wigeon, Little Egret (Trevor Guyatt)
Sandford Lake – Cetti’s Warbler on an island near the bench opposite Lavell’s (Bob Bennett)
Landfill – Buzzard sat on a vent using it to hunt (Bob Bennett)

September 21st
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Kingfisher flew past Bittern hide (Phil Sigley)

September 20th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Grebe (Colin Holmes); Common Sandpiper, Pochard male, 5+ Meadow Pipit (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – 20+ Wigeon seen from the Teal hide, Water Rail heard calling from the Bittern hide, 2 Snipe, Reed Warbler sunning at edge of cut reeds (Nick Kightley); Grey Wagtail (Caroline Evans)
Landfill – Kestrel on landfill (Colin Holmes)

Grey Wagtail at Lavell’s Lake – Caroline Evans

September 19th
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper, 76+ Teal, 50+ Shoveler (FJC); Nuthatch (Mike Kirby)
Landfill – 70+ Swallow feeding low over far landfill (FJC)

September 18th
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Blackcap in Car Park field (FJC)
Landfill – 10+ Meadow Pipit over, 16+ House Martin, 2 Sparrowhawk (FJC)

September 16th
Lea Farm Lake – Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler both seen to the left of hide (Tim James); 5+ Meadow Pipit over landfill (Peter Scudamore); Willow Warbler, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – Swallow over, 3 Water Rail two on the edge of reeds beyond scrape and another ticking in the reed bed (Peter Scudamore); (FJC)
Landfill – 2 Hobby, 3 Kestrel, 10+ Buzzard, Red Kite many!, 4+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Swallow all seen in a hour and a half sky watch (FJC)

Green Sandpiper at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

September 15th
Lea Farm Lake – Willow Warbler near the hide (Caroline Moore)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Buzzard over, 10+ Wigeon along north edge of lake with possibly more around the corner (FJC)

Willow Warbler at Lea Farm Lake – Caroline Moore

September 13th
Lavell’s Lake – Snipe flew into the new cut reed by Bittern hide (Alan Rymer)

September 12th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Hobby just arrived from north now circling the lake, 10+ Wigeon, Skylark without a tail! over calling (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Great White Egret (Warren Foster); Sedge Warbler (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Landfill – Yellow Wagtail heading south, 9+ Meadow Pipit flying around, 2 Mistle Thrush over east, Peregrine cruising east side of landfill before heading north (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 30+ Goldfinch over the Activity Centre earlier, 4 Common Sandpiper flying towards and beyond picnic area, (FJC)

Great White Egret at Lavell’s Lake – Warren Foster

September 11th
Lea Farm Lake – Peregrine perched on bare branch behind north spit, 2 Raven circling farm over the Landfill, 2 Meadow Pipit moving around the Landfill (FJC)

Peregrine at Lea Farm Lake – FJC

September 9th
Lea Farm Lake – Wheatear on track parallel to Lodge Wood (FJC); 2 Hobby hawking over Lodge Wood (Brian Bennett)
Lavell’s Lake – Kingfisher (Mark Hasler)

September 8th
Lavell’s Lake – Raven over the landfill seen from the top of the Car Park field (Brian Bennett); Kingfisher seen from Bittern hide, 2 Little Egret (Les Blundell)

September 7th
Lea Farm Lake – 26 Teal in the south west corner, Hobby hunting over lake, Peregrine photographed over, Green Sandpiper in the south west corner (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby (Elaine Charlson); 2 Tree Pipit possible flying along Loddon at about 100-120ft then turned east over the landfill (FJC)

September 6th
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby over the Car Park field (Ben Knowles); Spotted Flycatcher seen from screen (Andy Tomczynski)

Hobby at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Jackman

September 5th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Common Tern through 1 adult, 1 Juvenile, 3 Snipe proving hard to see, Kingfisher very active, 53 Shoveler, Hobby, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk all visible from the hide a moment ago (FJC); Green Sandpiper (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Redstart still in the car park field, a Greenshank heard then seen heading north over Lavell’s before dropping towards Lea Farm, 2 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler both in hedge in front of telegraph pole, 2 Hobby reported at Lavell’s earlier this morning, Whitethroat in middle copse of car park field (FJC)

September 4th
Lea Farm Lake – Kingfisher showy bird on T-Bar as usual, 2 Snipe flushed by Kingfisher who chased them off, 7 Whinchat it’s the 4th day of this flock along our boundary fence, Black-tailed Godwit flew from Lavell’s Lake (FJC); 2 Little Egret (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – Redstart still in the car park field, Spotted Flycatcher in bushes above barbed wire fence very but mobile, Black-tailed Godwit on the Tern scrape before flying over car park field (FJC)

September 3rd
Lea Farm Lake – 4 Little Egret, 2 Snipe front right of the hide, Green Sandpiper with them briefly, Kingfisher (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby hunting over the island reedbed (Dave Rimes); Redstart still in the car park field (Sarah Cook); Spotted Flycatcher seen on the path to Bittern hide feeding from the top of trees near to the rear of hide, Common Tern, Little Egret (Anne Cronin)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush over (FJC)

Spotted Flycatcher at Lavell’s Lake – Geoff Emmett

Kingfisher in flight at Lea Farm Lake – Caroline Moore

Treecreeper at Lea Farm Lake – Caroline Moore

September 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – 7 Whinchat on and around the boundary fence on the east side of the lake (Brian Bennett); 2 Snipe, 9+ Shoveler (Geoff Emmett); 2 Kingfisher, Little Egret, 3 Wigeon (Lee Ellams)
Lavell’s Lake – Redstart still in the car park field (Nick Kightley)

Snipe at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

2 Whinchat at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

Shoveler flying in at Lea Farm Lake – Geoff Emmett

September 1st
Lea Farm Lake – 8 Whinchat on and around the boundary fence on the east side of the lake (FJC); Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Cetti’s Warbler (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Redstart still in the car park field along back hedge wires (FJC)

Rear View of the Redstart at Lavell’s Lake – Alan Jackman