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Sightings archive

September 2022

September 29th
Lea Farm Lake – Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 31 Lapwing (Brian Bennett)

September 28th
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby shot out from Bittern hide and grabbed a House Martin (Alan Jackman); Sparrowhawk scattered birds on feeder including a Ring-necked Parakeet (Adam McTiernan)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Peregrine on usual pylon flew off west with prey item (Dave Rimes)

Sparrowhawk at Lavell’s Lake – Adam McTiernan

September 25th
Lavell’s Lake – 4 Snipe on the right side of the Scrape (Tim Bourne); 62 Lapwings, Green Sandpiper (Peter Scudamore); Cetti’s Warbler sounded several times from reeds at the back of the Scrape (Adam McTiernan)

September 24th
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Stonechat in the reedy ditch area, distant Skylark, 5+ Meadow Pipit, 15+ Swallow over the Landfill, Hobby drifted SE to NW , Whinchat on the fence at right hand side of long grass, 60+ House Martin around Lodge Wood moving around the wider area (FJC); 3 Stonechat on fence (Steve Clarke)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Snipe on the Scrape, 2 Sedge Warbler in main island reeds, Kestrel drifting west, small male Sparrowhawk circling, Peregrine circling Car Park SE (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – Sand Martin (FJC)

September 21st
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Stonechat one adult male and two female/immature, 71+ Meadow Pipit 21 on the boundary fence and 50+ on the Landfill (Brian Bennett); Raven over the Landfill, Green Woodpecker juvenile on the boundary fence (Geoff Emmett)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe on the bund (Alan Jackman); Sedge Warbler in reed bed in Scrape near hide (Peter Scudamore)

September 20th
Lea Farm Lake – 3 Stonechat on bush in reedy ditch, adult male and two female/immature (Trevor Guyatt); 2 Green Sandpiper in front of Ron’s hide (Brian Bennett)

September 19th
Lea Farm Lake – 1 Stonechat on the fence at the corner where fence goes away from you, 75+ Meadow Pipit spread all along fence line (FJC); 55 Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe (Marek Walford)
Lavell’s Lake – 3 Sedge Warbler in vegetation along the Bund, Water Rail heard (FJC)
Black Swan Lake – 500+ House Martin & Swallow with 80% House Martin plus a tiny handful of Sand Martin (FJC)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Raven perched on the usual pylon, 10+ Blackcap, 5+ Chiffchaff, 3+ Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail over (Dave Rimes)

September 18th
Lea Farm Lake – 74 Lapwing, 300 Greylag Geese including 3 white hybrid types an estimate of roost total, 20 Meadow Pipit, 100+ House Martin feeding over the lake including a few Swallow, 20+ Swallow heading west, Great Black-backed Gull heading south west (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Water Rail adult on the Scrape from Bittern Hide, 22 Teal on the Scrape, 2 Green Sandpiper on the Scrape, 3 Sedge Warbler in rushes around Scrape (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Sandford Lake – Willow Warbler near the old sluice, 30 Shoveler (FJC); 4 Wigeon (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Black Swan Lake – 200+ House Martin over duck feeding area and playground drifting across wider area at tree height feeding, 40+ Swallow 20+ over lake and 20+ thru south (FJC)

September 17th
Lea Farm Lake – 100+ House Martin feeding over the lake including a few Swallow (Trevor Guyatt)
Lavell’s Lake – 2 Sedge Warbler in the main island reeds, 30 Meadow Pipit viewed from the bottom of the Car Park field probably lots more but groups of 5-7 moving around and landing on landfill (FJC); Reed Warbler in the main island reeds, Cetti’s Warbler singing in reed bed by end of screen fence by path to Bittern hide, Little Egret flushed from below Lavell’s Car Park footbridge flying along the Emm to near Barn Owl box (Trevor Guyatt)
Black Swan Lake – 350+ House Martin moving over Sandford and later seen over Lea Farm Lake, 30+ Swallow low over the lake plus a trickle going south (FJC)

September 16th
Lea Farm Lake – Common Sandpiper front right of hide moving along shoreline (Adam McTiernan)

September 15th
Lea Farm Lake – 5 Snipe seen from Teal teal hide, Chiffchaff and Blackcap flock, Lesser Whitethroat (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby adult flew straight through low south east and on over old golf course, 4+ House Martin over, Mixed Warblers in hedgerows, Sparrowhawk juvenile male hunting
Mortimer’s Meadow – Raven over (Dave Rimes)

September 14th
Mortimer’s Meadow – 2 Raven perched on a pylon, Lesser Whitethroat, 20+ Blackcap, 15+ Chiffchaff, Large Tit flock seen, Spotted Flycatcher still at thick copse (Dave Rimes)

Lesser Whitethroat in Mortimer’s Meadow – Dave Rimes

September 12th
Lea Farm Lake – Little Grebe, Shoveler, 9 Teal, 77 Lapwing, 93 Greylag Geese, 127 Black-headed Gull (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – 16 Teal, Shoveler, Kingfisher on sticks in front of hide, Hobby preening in Silver Birch on the island (Peter Scudamore)
Black Swan Lake – Common Gull in the bird feeding area, 44 Black-headed Gull (Peter Scudamore)
Mortimer’s Meadow – 2 Raven perched on a pylon, Grey Wagtail, Swallow, Meadow Pipit (Dave Rimes)

September 11th
Lea Farm Lake – Snipe asleep on the east shore to the right of the island, 2+ Meadow Pipit along fence east side (Peter Scudamore)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby circling over island (Peter Scudamore)
Mortimer’s Meadow – 2 Meadow Pipit dropped into long grass beneath pylon wires, 2+ Chiffchaff along riverside hedgerow, 2 Raven perched on the east pylon (FJC)

Raven on a Pylon in Mortimer’s Meadow – FJC

September 10th
Black Swan Lake – Hobby low north west towards Sandford Lake, 3 Wigeon just landed in front of the Activity Centre (FJC)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Lesser Whitethroat briefly in stretch of hedgerow just north of pylons, Spotted Flycatcher in the more dense copse at north end of meadow approx 150m from cattle grid, Willow Warbler in sub-song (FJC); Spotted Flycatcher in the Central hedge, Yellow Wagtail over west calling (Dave Rimes)

Spotted Flycatcher in Mortimer’s Meadow – Dave Rimes

September 9th
Lea Farm Lake – 30+ Swallow over the Landfill, 15+ House Martin over the Landfill, 5 Sand Martin over the Landfill, Whinchat on the boundary fence (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Redstart moulting male at bottom of the Car Park field, 50+ Swallow in several groups of 3-10 often with House Martin passing south, 50+ House Martin in several groups of 3-10 often with Swallow passing south (FJC); Spotted Flycatcher to the left of the big Hawthorne, 2 Sedge Warbler in clump of rushes at far end of Bund, Green Sandpiper heard, Water Rail juvenile at the far end of the Bund (Paul Bright-Thomas)
Mortimer’s Meadow – Tree Pipit flushed from edge of path then perched up for a minute then flew high west calling (Dave Rimes)

Male Redstart in the Car Park field at Lavell’s Lake – Marek Walford

September 7th
Lavell’s Lake – Spotted Flycatcher (Tim James); Common Sandpiper mobile around the Scrape and lake (FJC)

September 6th
Lea Farm Lake – Hobby, Bullfinch male on the footpath (Richard Sajdak)

September 5th
Lea Farm Lake – Sedge Warbler seen from the Waitrose hide (Colin Holmes)
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby (Marek Walford); Water Rail, 16 Teal, Sedge Warbler on the Scrape, Spotted Flycatcher at the bottom of the Car Park field to the left of stile (Peter Scudamore)
Sandford Lake – 2 Wigeon, 3+ Shoveler, Kingfisher (Peter Scudamore)

September 3rd
Lavell’s Lake – Hobby (Marek Walford); 2 Spotted Flycatcher on fence just left of the stile in the Car Park field (Brian Bennett)

September 2nd
Lea Farm Lake – 2 Whinchat on the boundary fence (FJC)
Lavell’s Lake – Green Sandpiper, Water Rail both on the Scrape, Spotted Flycatcher in the Car Park field along the hedge to the right of stile (Richard Marsh)
Black Swan Lake – 2 Swift over the duck feeding area, 4 Grey Wagtail heading south (FJC)

September 1st
Lea Farm Lake – Whinchat on the boundary fence behind the long grass, Peregrine over north west, Hobby chasing the Peregrine (FJC); Swift, Mixed flock of Sand Martin and Swallow with House Martin over south end of lake seen from the new Waitrose hide, 2 Little Egret (Richard Marsh); 3 Whinchat, Snipe, 15 Sand Martin, Cetti’s Warbler heard along the Loddon (Nick Kightley)
Lavell’s Lake – 16 Swallow heading east from the Car Park field, Wigeon, 25 Teal, Green Sandpiper, 8 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch heard all from the Car Park field (FJC); 27 Teal, Little Egret (Nick Kightley)
Sandford Lake – Garganey asleep on island (Richard Marsh); 4 Wigeon, Kingfisher seen along the Loddon, 2 Spotted Flycatcher near style (Nick Kightley)
Black Swan Lake – 4 Swift over the far island seen from the Activity Centre, 8 House Martin, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher heard (FJC)

Spotted Flycatcher in the Car Park field at Lavell’s Lake – Paul Wright