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Monday 30th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret west 0735, also 2 Swifts, 2 Swallows (Bob Watts). From 0840-1240 total of 50 species recorded, including Hobby north at 1025, Yellow Wagtail north at 1048, Common Buzzard at 1052, and 15 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler (Top Field and Conservation Wood), 10+ Common Swifts, single Swallow, House Martin and Lesser Redpoll (Dominic Mitchell).
  • Brent Cross: Lesser Whitethroat singing, Spalding Road (James Levy).Little Egret on canal opposite Bus Station19:00 (Allan Stewart)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard north 15.12, 2 Yellow Wagtails over, 4 Wheatears on dam late afternoon, Hobby, Egyptian Goose & pair Shelduck (Andrew Self, Steve Leeke)
  • Clapham Old Town: Buzzard sp. possible Honey Buzzard soaring South West 12:45, no binoculars into the sunshine, anyone else? (Mark H)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank feeding along the creek; Turnstone, Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whimbrel, 12 Wheatear, Corn Bunting, Willow Warbler, Little Owl, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Common Tern, 18 Whitethroat, 12 Swift, 6 Reed Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Coppetts Wood: 1 Common Whitethroat and 1 Lesser Whitethroat (James Palmer).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 6:15pm-7:20pm, 1 male Whinchat on travellers field, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting, 14 Stock Dove, pr Gadwall, drake Teal, 7+ Swift, 1 Swallow. (V.Halley-Frame).
  • Ealing W13: 1st swifts of year heard high over over garden in late evening (Bill Haines).
  • East India Dock Basin area: Common Buzzard low east at 13:18, 4 Wheatears, 2 Swallows south, 4 Shelducks, 39 Tufted Ducks, female Kestrel, 2 Common Terns, 2+ singing Blackcaps (Gary A James, Nick Tanner & John Archer).
  • Ewell Village: 5 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Swallow. House Martin nth over Beggars Hill 18.00 (Neil Batten).
  • Isle of Dogs: Ring Necked Parakeet over nature trail (site tick), Common Whitethroat (year tick), 5+ Blackcap, 3+ Chiffchaff (Richard Harrison).
  • KGV Reservoir: Black Tern, 11 Wheatear, 3 Common Sandpiper (Martin Shepherd).
  • Kentish Town: Sandwich Tern E over Arctic Street at 0750 ( Pete Mantle)
  • Lea Valley Park: Bowyer's water 1200hrs Grasshopper Warbler in scrub on the east side, also 2 Hobby hawking near by, Cornmill Meadows- 2 Bullfinch, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Common Buzzard. (N.Smith). 9 singing Nightingales in the Fishers Green area, 4 Hobbies, 2 Cuckoos, Black Tern (reported) at Seventy Acres, Northern Wheatear at Royal Gunpowder Mills, Other sightings: Little Owl, Yellowhammer, good numbers of Swift, Lesser Whitethroat, Shelduck (Mike Oakland)
  • London Wetland Centre: Jack Snipe, Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler 10 singing, Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear male (J.Wilczur). Also 2 Whitethroat new in, 2 Common Sand, 3CY Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Common Tern (Matt Palmer).
  • Mile End: Swallow south (Bob Watts).
  • North Finchley: 1 Swift NE at 19.45 - first of the spring (John Colmans)
  • Oak Hill Park, E.Barnet : 2 Little Egrets and a Grey Heron by the "lake" (Andy B) 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, GS Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Mandarin (m) perched up high in a beech tree (Amanda Brown)
  • One Tree Hill: Kestrel mobbed through small glade, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Daniel Greenwood).
  • Richmond Park: 4 Wheatears, 1 Whinchat (cattle enclosure) (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Staines Moor: 3 Wheatears, 1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Buzzard, many Sedge Warblers, Blackcaps, Whitethroats & Chichaffs (Jim Sweetland).
  • Staines Reservoir: Hundreds of Swifts; Alpine Swift ? time?; Iceland Gull (R Theobald) 1 Black Tern (Adam Cheeseman).
  • Sutcliffe Park: Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Grey Wagtail, Little Grebe (Conrad Ellam).
  • Totteridge Valley: Short-eared Owl briefly over fields near Darland lake ~6.15pm, 5 Lapwing, 3 Mandarin, 1 Whitethroat, Swallows, 1 Common Swift, 2 Kestrel (Andrew Bailey / Cyrille Alexandre). SEO still present and hunting over the 'Copped Hall' scrubby field by Darlands Lake at dusk (Ian Ellis).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Male Whitethroat, House Martin (Bob Watts).
  • Trent Park: 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Common Swift, Sparrowhawk, 6 Mandarin (5m 1f), Blackcap(s), Chiffchaff(s),1 Garden Warbler singing in the clump, 2 Mistle Thrush , Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell ( Pete Lowman).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Whimbrel, Bar-Tailed Godwit, Curlew, 4 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Common Tern, 3 Wheatear, Little Owl, Red Kite (Steve Blake).
  • Valentines Park: 3 Little Grebes, 2 Grey Wagtails, one perched on a car waiting at traffic lights! (observer ?)
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 1 Turtle Dove, Barracks (Robin White per RMC).
  • Walthamstow Marsh: 1f Yellow Wagtail, 2f Wheatear (TeRNS)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Higher Maynard Black Tern, West Warrick Whinchat (Pete Lambert), Lockwood Common Sandpiper, Wheatear (K J Mcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: 10 Wheatear (5m), Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Wilow Warbler, 2 Swift, 3 Swallow (Nick Croft/jonathan Lethbridge).
  • Wanstead Park: m Ring Ouzel (Ilford Golf course south end), Lesser Redpoll, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Swallow, Swift, Coal Tit (Nick Croft).
  • Welling: Swift over train station - first of the year for me (Gus Wilson)
  • Wimbledon Common: Northern Wheatear: a group of seven feeding on the Meadow (David Wills).

Sunday 29th AprilEdit

  • Brent Reservoir: Black Tern, Common Sand, 30 Swallows & 30 House Martins (Andrew Self)
  • Crayford Marshes: Great Skua flew up river at 09:40; Short-eared Owl along the creek then into cover at 06:10; 2 Arctic Tern up river,Spotted Redshank along the creek; 2 Sanderling on the Thames foreshore near the creek barrier; Whimbrel, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, 48 Common Tern, 8 Dunlin, 37 House Martin, 10 Swallow, Swift. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: Great Skua lingering off outfall 10.30-10.35 at least, then flew E, Red-breasted Merganser W at 10:05 (Rich Bonser & Ian Miller per JA),Little Ringed Plover,Ringed Plover,2 Oystercatcher (George Kalli)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 2 possibly 3 Hobby over main pits, 10 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 20+ Swift, 2 Lesser Whitethroat. ( V.Halley-Frame & Steve Drake ).
  • Ealing (Walpole Park): Swallow N, Grey Wagtail calling perched on nearby building (Neil Anderson).
  • East India Dock basin: 4 Common Terns c5 pm (David Callahan).
  • Forest Hill: Hobby NW at 2.15pm, also Swift, Swallow (Paul Moss per JA).
  • Gallions Reach: 2 Cormorant, 1 Swallow, 2 Meadow pipits, 9 linnets, 5 Goldfinches, 4 Common terns, 1 Sandwich Tern (Ben Green) Red-breasted Merganser W at 10.07, Little Gull adult, Hobby, 1 Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper,30+ Common Terns, 130+ Swallows, 3 Sand Martin, 20+ Swift, ( Gary A James, Nick Tanner, Paul Davis).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: female Ring Ouzel still present late morning (John Tillbrooke per John Bushell)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 m Common Whitethroat, Pryors Field, p.m. (Frank Nugent), Swift & House Martin amongst c.20 Swallows over Pryors Field at 1530, Kingfisher on Stock Pond at 1700 (Sash Tusa)
  • King George V Res: 7 Arctic Tern, 70 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Common Sands, 1000+ Swifts, 100's House Martin, lesser numbers of Swallow and Sand Martin.10.30 - 12.50. ( I Lycett)
  • Larkhall Park - Stockwell: famliy 5 Mistle Thrush, 6 House Sparrows, cocksparrow carrying nest material (Michael Mac)
  • Lee Valley - Fishers Green: 1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 10+ Swifts, 4 Egyptian Geese, 3 Common Terns, 3 singing Nightingales, 3 singing Willow Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat gravel island and LRP nest submerged at Hall Marsh (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: Pomarine Skua until 08.15 when flew off. Initially thought to be an Arctic Skua at 07.34 news on RBA. Apologies FJM (per Dominic Mitchell. Dave Darrel-Lambert)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Great Skua flew west at 09:40, also Arctic Skua flew through at 09:00; also 2 Arctic Terns, 2 second-summer Yellow-legged Gulls, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Sanderling, Whimbrel, Greenshank and Grey Plover; Grey Seal (Andy Tweed, Phil Street, Dominic Mitchell, David Bradnum, Jonathan Lethbridge et al)
  • South Norwood Lake (2.30pm): c20 Swallows, c35 House Martins & c10 Swifts feeding over lake; also, f Sparrowhawk circling high, & the same Redwing as yesterday, a bit sluggish, but feeding well & flying around ok in usual area near playground (Gavin Hawgood)
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 Short-eared Owl flew E, a mile N of N basin, towards Heathrow Terminal 5 at 15.55. (possibly bird seen 30 mins earlier over Queen Mother Reservoir. (Mike Mckee) 2 individual Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 flew S over 15.25 and 2 individual Whimbrel flew high E over N basin prior to 15.40. 1 Ringed Plover on W bank of N basin mid pm and Hobby caught a Swift in water and flew of N with it. 1st summer Common Tern feeding over SW corner of S basin mid pm, 1st yr Shag still on N basin. (Franko J Maroevic et al). Also Turnstone - south bank of north basin (late pm), 4 Little Ringed Plover - west bank of south basin (late pm), 1 Yellow Wagtail - north bank of south basin (am). (Neil Randon).
  • Rosemary Gardens, Southgate Rd, N1 - Mistle Thrush (Michael Rank)
  • Uxbridge, UB10: Swifts (heard only from inside) passing overhead (Nigel Sluman)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Little Egrets in flood water on stable field, plus lots of House Martins, Swallows, Swifts, Whitethroat and Blackcap (N. Verlander, P. Walker)

Saturday 28th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Sand Martin N @0930 shortly after Commic Tern high NE (almost certainly Common but too distant to be sure) (Bob Watts).
  • Barking Bay: 2 Turnstone, 8 Swift, 9 Oystercatchers, 2 Black Tailed Godwits, 9 Bar Tailed Godwits, 5 Wheatear, Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, Little Egret, Corn Bunting, Kittiwake, Cuckoo, 2 Whimbrel, Whinchat, 40 Common Tern and 3 Swallow.(Paul Hawkins,Dave Morrison)
  • Barnes: Thames towpath. Kingfisher (7:40am. Flying across river under Hammersmith Bridge at high tide as I crossed, heading upriver, perhaps towards Lonsdale Road LNR?), Cetti's Warbler (in WWT, visible from towpath), Blackcaps, nesting Long Tailed Tits, Common Sandpiper (flying along river). (Mark Ruscoe)
  • Barnes WWT: 2 Whimbrel- dropped in briefly then flew off W, 2 Hobby, Yellow-legged Gull1st-year, 7 Shelduck (J.Wilczur, M. Andrews).
  • Beddington SF: Turnstone on main lake. Live updates, pics etc here: (http://www.diporglory.co.uk/)
  • Brent Reservoir: Spring Birdcount - 71 species to date including 2 Bar-tailed Godwits (05.35-05.50), 3 Black Terns, Whimbrel (to 09.20), 2 Yellow Wagtails, 6 Shelduck, Egyptian Goose, Little Egret, Common Sand, 44 Common Terns, 100+ Swallows, 100+ Swifts & 8 species of warbler (Brent Birders).
  • Canons Farm: 2 Black Terns NE, fem Ring Ouzel (cfbwbirds).
  • Gallions Reach: 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Sandpipers, Kittiwake, 20+ Common Terns, 7 Swallow, 2 Whitethroats, Blackcap. (Gary A James)
  • Grays Riverside, RM17: 5 Kittiwakes, 9 Whimbrel, 3 Common Tern, 2 pr Oystercatcher, 7 Shelduck (James Astley)
  • Greenford (Ruislip Rd allotments): 1st local Swift of year (Neil Anderson)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: female Ring Ouzel 10.45 - 12.30 at least, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 4 Reed Warbler, Shelduck (John Bushell, Conrad Ellam & Joanne Smith)
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 1 pr Little Grebe; 1 pr Great Crested Grebe + 1 small chick; 3 imm Cormorant; 3 adult Egyptian Goose + a brood of 8 goslings (First breeding success in the Enfield area); 9(8m,1f) Mandarin Duck; 1 male Pochard; 10(6m,4f) Tufted Duck; 1 Common Sandpiper (my first record at this site for many years!); 3 Stock Dove, Pitch & Putt Course; 1 male Green Woodpecker; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 5 Barn Swallow, settling in trees on island; pr Grey Wagtail; pr Pied Wagtail; 3 Mistle Thrush; 1 Song Thrush; 2 Nuthatch; 1 Treecreeper (Robert Callf).
  • Hyde Park corner: 1 Kestrel (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • King George V Res: 100-110 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 100's Swifts, big numbers of Swallow and House Martin (still v few Sand Martin). (9.00 -10.15 I Lycett)
  • Northolt + Greenford CP: 3 Common Terns (Northala), singing Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 3 singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff, m Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson)
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: 1 Great White Egret flew over prior to 17.45 and seemed to drop in towards Staines Moor. (Chris Heard ) not on news services yet? Ta F(aka Inspector Clueless). 18.10 Also 3 Little Terns over late am and 8 Whimbrel over early pm. (Mike Mckee per FJM)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 male Ruff, 3+ Cetti's Warbler, pr Wigeon, 4+ Wheatear, 50+ Swift, 50+ House Martin, fem Peregrine. (David Bradnum). 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderling, 2+ Yellow Wagtail (Nick Tanner).
  • Richmond Park: 1 Cuckoo Isabella Plantation early am (Dick Farr per Mike Lewis & FJM)
  • South Norwood Lake (11am): c12 Swallows, c12 House Martins & 3 Swifts on lake, plus 1 Redwing (prob same individual as the one in same area per 24th below - looks healthy enough, feeding well) (Gavin Hawgood)
  • Staines Reservoir: (06.30-08.30) 2 Little Gull (N.Basin), 2 Black-necked Grebe (S.Basin), 1 White Wagtail (causeway), 1 Black Tern (N.Basin), 1 Arctic Tern (N.Basin), 10 Common Tern (N.Basin), 6 Swallow (causeway), 50+ Swift (S.Basin), 1 Oystercatcher (S.Basin), 1 Dunlin (S.Basin, causeway bank), 1 Shag (N.Basin), 2 Herring Gull (over). (A.Luscombe). 3 Little Tern on N basin @ 13.00 (Bob Warden per FJM). In addition: Yellow Wagtail, Reed Bunting, 3 Little Gulls (1st-sum & 2nd-sum on N.Basin, 1st-sum on S.Basin), 3 Little Ringed Plovers (S.Basin), Common Swift with v.pale areas on belly and back (David Campbell, Liam Langley).
  • Thorney CP; Goosander still present on Tern raft, 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, 3 Herring Gulls, 2 Common Terns, common Gull, 2 Great Crested Grebes.(Sue Giddens)
  • Tooting Common: 4 Swallow feeding over pond. Pair of Egyptian Geese with 2 young. (James Hudson)
  • Totteridge: 1 Common Whitethroat, Cormorant, 2 Mandarin (Darlands Lake), Tufted Duck (Totteridge Common) (James Palmer).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, 4+ Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher. 3 Shelduck, 44+ House Martin, c20 Swallow. (Steve Blake. et al.) 2 Whimbrel (David Smith)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Nightingale in scrub near path west side of filter beds, probable female (Stuart Fisher)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: female Yellow Wagtail (West Warwick), Common Sandpiper (Lockwood), 120+ Swift, c70 Swallow, 150+ House Martin, 20+ Sand Martin, Lesser Whitethroat, 9 male Whitethroat, 25+ Common Tern, 2 singing Sedge Warbler (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: (7.00-10.30) 1 Shelduck, 1 female Ring Ouzel(scrub east of Alexandra lake), 1 Hobby, 10 Swift, 8 Swallows, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Tony Brown, Jonathan Lethbridge)

Friday 27th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Swallows N @ 0715, still no Whitethroats (James Palmer, Bob Watts).
  • Bankside SE1: Cuckoo dropped into birches at west end of Tate Modern at 7.05. Sat in the trees for 2 minutes, then flew south. Also Chiffchaff (Simon Fogg).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Grasshopper Warbler this evening also 2 Wheatear, Buzzard and Cuckoo (Shaun Harvey)
  • Brent Reservoir: Grey Plover flew west at 09.45, also Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatears, Garden Warbler, 3 Reed Warblers, Sedge Warbler, 28 common Terns, 20+ Swift, 20+ Swallows & Egyptian Goose (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall & Roy Beddard).
  • Canons Farm: Grasshopper Warbler, Whinchat, White Wagtail, 3 Wheatears (see link for details, and recording of gropper) (David Campbell, Ian P Ward, Andy Downing et al).
  • Crayford Marshes: Black Tern feeding along the Thames; Spotted Redshank along the Creek (Summer Plumage); 5 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Avocet, 10 Wheatear, 26 Common Tern, Corn Bunting, 6 Swift, 2 House Martin, 8 Swallow, Common Sandpiper, Reed Warbler, 17 Whitethroat, 2 Cetti's Warbler. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Croxted Road - Dulwich: 20 - 30 Swifts and House Martins high up, seen off bus (Michael Mac).
  • Crystal Palace Park: f Common Redstart midday in and out of row of firs near 2 sphinx statues, 2 singing Blackcaps. Lake - f Great-spotted Woodpecker in nest hole, 1 Swallow, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Great-crested Grebe, 3 Canada Geese nests - 1 with 4 goslings, 2 Mallard broods, Grey Herons nests removed? 3 Stock Dove (Michael Mac).
  • Ewell Village - Bourne Hall to Lower Mill: 2 Blackcap, 2 Nuthatch, Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, 5+ Goldcrest, very soggy Male Sparrowhawk drying out in tree in 'Cormorant' style pose, Kingfisher at Lower Mill (Neil Batten).
  • Fishers Green: 3 Garden Warbler, 4 Nightingale,Reed Warbler ( T.C. & B.D.)
  • Hampstead Heath: Male Common Whitethroat @ 07.30 by hedge 2 (Dave Porritt)
  • Hemans Estate Community Garden/Stockwell: 1 singing Blackcap (a first), pr Herring Gull on roof and pr Mute Swans circling over Sainsbury's Car Park 8:15am (Michael Mac).
  • Highgate, Waterlow Park: 1 male Redstart, 1 Garden Warbler, 08.00 (P.Angus)
  • Horsenden Hill: 4 Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Little Owl at 3.30pm (John Fordham),
  • Kensington Gardens: Tawny Owls 2 Adults & 4 owlets, c6 Stock Dove, nesting RNP, 1 Swift, 1 young Green Woodpecker (Amanda Brown)
  • King George V: 1 Hobby, 6 Black Tern, 9 Wheatear, 3 White Wagtail, Huge nos. Swift passing north between showers, 1 large flock House Martin, 100 Common Tern for a while, 20 Artic Tern flock through later (T.C. & B.D.)
  • Mayesbrook Park: 2 Wheatear, Swift, 2 Shelduck, hybrid Pochard x Tufted (Paul Hawkins)
  • Rainham: 1st Swift of year over garden @ 07:00 (Richard Harrison).
  • Regent's Park: 1f Common Redstart (area 34, in small gorse patch bordering the Open Spaces of area 37, at 07.48 - it stayed nearby all day), 2 Reed Bunting (pair on territory for weeks now - Wetland Pen, area 32, 07.30), 7 Chiffchaff (incl. 6 singing, long-term territorial males), 2 Shelduck (free-flying pair bullying the winged pairs on Hanover Island, area 1), 2 Willow Warbler (birdman_euston). 1m Firecrest, 30 Swifts, 2 Swallows, 2 Wheatears (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: 6 Wheatears, riding ring and gorse enclosures, 1 Willow Warbler, but no whitethroats yet. (Hugh Bradshaw). Pair Whinchat at The Bog, 9 Wheatear here and at Holly Lodge, 4 Swallow over (Andrew Skotnicki).
  • South Norwood CP: 3 Swift, Sand Martin, House Martin and Whitethroat (Steven Robinson)
  • South Norwood Lake: c8 Common Swift, c12 House Martin, 13 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler (singing), (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Thamesmead: 7 male Wheatear waste burner paddock,Cuckoo behind Morrisons lake, 20 Common Tern golf club outfall (Tom Clarke)
  • Trent Park: 4 Common Buzzard, 3 Wheatear ( Old Golf Course), 20+ Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, 3 Mandarin(m).( Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 1 Arctic Tern (No.4) c30 Common Tern, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail (Lockwood), c 250 Swift. Also Drake Pocahrd nasal saddle FL D. (JP,LP). Later on/over Lockwood: 2 Arctic terns N at 19.00, Common Sandpiper, 10 House Martin (LBo).
  • Wanstead Flats: 3rd cy Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Shelduck, Swift (JL) 1-2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler (JL/TH/NC), 8 Wheatear (TH/NC), 10 House Martin, 4 Swallow (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge/TimHarris) - any photos of the YLG? Thanks (CWC) to appear on a blog near you tonight http://wansteadbirder.blogspot.co.uk/ .
  • Wanstead Park: 2 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 3 Swift, singing Lesser Whitethroat (Nick Croft)
  • Wick Woodland, E9: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Lesser Whitethroat. (TeRNS)
  • Wimbledon Common: 1 Northern Wheatear, singing Garden Warblers at four sites, 1 Swallow, singing Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk on nest (David Wills).

Thursday 26th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler in sallow along edge of Wood Green Res between platforms 2 & 3 at the _roller_ 7am.  still present singing, 11:15 at Conservation Pond (Robert Callf), also 1 Barn Swallow over Res.  11:17 and singing Willow Warbler, 3 Mute Swans on WGR yesterday after the death of the sitting pair was interesting (Bob Watts); 2 Common Swifts north past Birdwatch office and over park 15.57 pm (Dominic Mitchell, David Callahan).
  • Bankside SE1: m Blackcap in birch trees at front/riverside of Tate Modern, 2 m House Sparrow (Simon Fogg).
  • Barking Bay: early a.m, Black Tern feeding on mud, 50 Common Terns, Corn Bunting, 10 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 pair Oystercatchers.(Dave Morrison)
  • Blackheath: 1 Common Swift, 1930 (James Lowen)
  • Brent Reservoir: 6 Arctic Terns through early morning, also 33 Common Terns, 2 Common Sands, c20 Swifts & 2 Wheatears (Brent Birders); another 5+ Arctic Terns over res in flock of 40 terns at 14.35 (Andrew Self)
  • Cranebank, Hounslow: Marsh Harrier. (Martin Gray per Adam Cheeseman)
  • Crayford Marshes: 8 Arctic Tern upriver a.m; Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near the Yacht Club; 5 Whimbrel, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 65 Common Tern, Swift, 6 Swallow, 8 Whitethroat. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Danson Park: c10 Swift, c5 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 14 Pied Wagtail feeding on grass with up to 62 Starling, 1 or 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Egyptian Goose, 12 Canada Goose, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 1 male Tufted Duck, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 44 Carrion Crow, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chaffinch (Chris Rose)
  • Dulwich, SE21 (10.30pm): Tawny Owl calling in flight near North Dulwich rly station (Gavin Hawgood)
  • Epping Forest - High Beach / Rushey Plain: 1 Cuckoo @ 4.50pm. (Nigel May).
  • Grovelands Park: (Evening walk, 7:00pm) 1 male Blackcap by ranger's hut, 4 House Martins hawking over lake, Egyptian Goose pair with 5 goslings (I think this is a first for the site), Great Crested Grebe pair with 1 chick (could be more, they were hunkered down on one of the parent's backs), 5 Stock Doves feeding on pitch and putt. (Katy McGilvray)
  • Horsenden Hill fields: 2 poss 3 Lesser Whitethroats singing pm (Martin Smith):.
  • King George V: 90-100 Common Tern, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Wheatear, 100+ Swifts, a few Swallows, several Sand Martin, 3 House Martin 9.45 -12.00. ( I Lycett)
  • Lake Farm CP, Hayes: 4 Wheatears early a.m (Peter Naylor).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1 House Martin over, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail (Rich Petley)
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 6 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Staines Res: 08:00 to 10:00, 3 Little Gulls, 1 Little ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, Swift, Swallow and House Martins in good numbers today, also a number of White Wagtails still around. (Paul Boult), Hobby at 16.40 also 3 Arctic Terns ,2 ringed plover,2 LRP & 4 wheatear & yellow wagtail on KG Res fence line( Don Nicholson) 1 Black-necked Grebe S basin at E end 18.00. Also a 1st yr Mediterranean Gull around tern rafts. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Swift, 1 Reed Warbler. (TeRNS)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Swallow, Blackcap, 5 House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: The swifts are back in large numbers. Also, the pair of House martins are back in Wellington Avenue N15, the sole remnants of a once larger colony. (Quentin Given)Lockwood Pr Peregrine, 8 Wheatear (Kevin J Mcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Wheatear, Canada Goose with 4 gosling, 6 Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, Kestrel, Swift (JOnathan Lethbridge/Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 4 Little Egret on the golf course, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, House Martin, Great Crested Grebe have moved nest, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 6 Common Tern, 5 Swift over Berwick Reservoir (Shaun Harvey, PHa, DMo)

Wednesday 25th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Common Tern (Wood Green Reservoir) (James Palmer).
  • Bankside SE1: Chiffchaff and m Blackcap in birch trees at front/riverside of Tate Modern (Simon Fogg).
  • Barnes: 1 Swift over the village at 11am in between storms (Rich Petley)
  • Beddington SF: 1w Iceland Gull on main lake; Black Tern flew east early afternoon; also 6 Arctic Terns flew east late morning and 7 Whimbrel flew southwest. 19 Barwits, 1 Grey Plover wader picsLive updates here: (http://www.diporglory.co.uk/)
  • Brent Reservoir : 50 +Terns flying,at least 10 + Arctic Terns,30+ common Terns roosting on rafts at dusk,2 GBB Gull roosting on rafts also LBB Gull with ring No 6YH on left leg (red with black numbers)10+ Swift.(Allan Stewart) No mud left, all under water
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near Erith Yacht Club. 4 Whimbrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Whitethroat. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR : 1 or 2 Common Sandpiper on the slack, 1 Yellow Wagtail flew over the slack calling, 5 Swift, 4 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Shelduck, 2 Egyptian Geese. ( V.Halley-Frame & Steve Drake ).
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Arctic Terns downriver at 12:40, c3 Common Terns, 1 Shelduck, 39 Tufted Duck (John Archer).
  • Grays, Wharf Road: First Swift of the year, 7.05 (James Astley)
  • Heathrow Airport: 2 Linnet (m,f), Pied Wagtail, Cormorant high over towards the north, 2 possibly 3 Wheatear (1 definite m), 2 Black Redstart the resident male appeared with either a mate or immature buddy. Not seen this bird before and unlike the male not very showy. (Rob Mills)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir : Black Tern, 2 Little Gulls, 2 Arctic Terns, c100 Swallows, c30 Common Terns (Derek Turner)
  • King George V reservior 50 to 60 swifts 1630 ( Brian Dawton)
  • Perry Street Farm (Crayford): 2 Stock Dove (Chris Rose).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 46 Little Gulls, 12 Arctic Terns, 90 Swifts & Yellow Wagtail mid pm. (Ken Purdey per FJM). Also 2 Black Tern around 18:30 (Jim and Tony Sweetland)
  • Thames Road Wetland: 1 Little Egret (Chris Rose)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 3 Little Gull (2ad + 1st sum), 2 Shelduck, 3 Redshank, Ringed Plover, 12 Common Tern, Red Kite. (Steve Blake)
  • St. Albans: Garganey reported at Verulanium Park (Birdguides)
  • Stoke Newington: 3 Swift 19:00. (GB)
  • Valentines Park: 2 youngsters in Heron Nest, looking well grown, plus adult. (Barbara Miller)
  • Wanstead Park: 15 House Martin, 5 Swallow, 2 Swift over basin (J Lethbridge)

Tuesday 24th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 singing Willow Warblers now seemingly resident in particular spots. 1 Egyptian Goose crossing SE corner of study area (airborne, that is). Hobby, high along SE border of park, 09.30hrs (Jonathan Cooke).
  • Bankside SE1: Willow Warbler and m Blackcap in birch trees at front/riverside of Tate Modern (Simon Fogg).
  • Battersea Park Lake: f Peregrine straight through west and did a dummy dive over lake, pr flying Red-crested Pochard, 5 singing Blackcap (Michael Mac).
  • Barking Bay: Swift, Reed Warbler, 35 Black Tailed Godwits, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 2 pair Oystercatchers, 40 Common Terns and a Little Ringed Plover.(Dave Morrison)
  • Bexley Village - area surrounding bulldozed former scrub at Vicarage Rd - 3 Chiffchaff (heard). (Chris Rose).
  • Blackheath: male Peregrine low east over our house (James Lowen)
  • Braeburn Park (Old Orchard/Gun Club), Crayford: 4, possibly 5 Song Thrush, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch, 2 (+?) Long-tailed Tit, at least 10 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Canada Geese (over), 2 Greylag Geese (over), 1 Grey Heron heading west on Hall Place side of railway line. (Chris Rose)
  • Brentford: Little Egret on the Thames opposite Waterman's cinema (M. Gilbert, per I. Darbyshire).
  • Brent Reservoir: Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 5 Swifts, 17 House Martins, 20 Common Terns, 2 Shelduck, Meadow Pipit north (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall). 30+ Common Terns, 1 Hobby (from S over Res. to N bank @11.10) 12 Swifts, 20+ House Martins, Singing Reed Bunting (Roy Beddard) 5 Swallows, 2 Bullfinch (D. Jackson).
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham) Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, male House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: c5 Yellowhammer, Buzzard (mobbed by Crow), 2 Swallow, numbers of Linnet, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Skylark (Nigel Sluman). Male Whinchat on fence bording grassy field and wheat field between derelict barn and Lunch Wood (Richard Sergeant & Richard Horton per David Campbell). Whinchat still there up to 5.40pm at least, pics here (David Campbell).
  • Churchfield Wood (Bexley): 1 male Blackcap, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (over), plus a few others in the wood. 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wren. (Chris Rose)
  • Crayford Marshes: Pair of Red-breasted Merganser flew up the Thames a.m; 12 Arctic Tern flew up the Thames also a.m; Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near the Yacht Club; 86 Common Tern, Whimbrel, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Owl, 2 Swift, 6 Whitethroat. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: Short-eared Owl in paddocks at 13.30, 8 Wheatears (Ian Miller per JA).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR : 65 species recorded, 1 singing Sedge Warbler,1 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2+ Reed Warbler, 3+ Willow Warbler, 8+ Common Whitethroat, 1 Swift, 2 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Cuckoo heard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, Sparrowhawks displaying, 1 Little Egret, 2 Common Tern, 1 male Reed Bunting. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • East India Dock Basin: House Martin north mid-morning (first of year but still no sign of Sand Martins, which normally breed here!), 3 Shelduck, 39 Tufted Duck (including male with Portuguese nasal saddle), Kestrel, Common Tern upriver, 3 singing Blackcaps, 2 singing Willow Warblers (John Archer).
  • Enfield (Delta Business Park): Osprey soaring and then north west at 14.30 chased by Lesser Black backed Gulls from KGV res (Stuart Fisher)
  • Enfield Lock: Hobby north following River Lea at 09:40 (Martin Shepherd).
  • Fryent CP: 2 Wheatear by farm, 1 Swallow, 1 Singing Willow Warbler, 17 Greenfinch feeding together by Barn Hill. (Neville Smith)
  • Hall Place North: 4 Jackdaw, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 male Chaffinch, 2 Long-tailed Tit (Chris Rose)
  • King George V Res: 25+ Arctic Terns, (and similar number of Commons), 14 Swift, 4 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Wheatear on south basin 6-7 pm. (Ian Lycett) Earlier 37+ Arctic Terns on Girling (per  H Lacy).
  • Ladywell field.S.E.6.Red kite being mobbed by crows heading s.w. at 10.30.Terry Wilson.
  • Lee Valley Country Park (between Fishers Green and Hall Marsh) 3-4 Nightingales, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, Wheatear, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Arctic Terns north, Hobby, Cuckoo, 2 Reed Bunting, 30 House Martin, 50+ Swallow (Rob Ayers)
  • Mayfield Farm, Hounslow: 3 male Wheatears including one very reddish individual - sunburnt looking. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • South Norwood Lake: single Redwing, 2 Common Swifts, c12 House Martins, 6 Swallows, 12 Blackcaps, 9 Chiffchaffs, 5 Willow Warblers (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 60 Arctic Terns on N basin till mid am at least. Also 3 Little Gulls and 26+ Swifts. (Bob Warden & Pete Naylor per FJM) Arctic Terns, 68 on north basin by early afternoon, still there at 15.45hrs., also 4 Wheatears, 1 Shag, single Yellow and White Wagtails (Peter Naylor).
  • Stoke Newington: 6 Swifts W over Lynmouth Rd c. 1530 ( Pete Mantle)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Red Kite flew over towards the Greenwich area at 10:10. Also Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff,Little Grebe, pr. Grey Wagtails. (Peter Kite)
  • Streatham Common: Red Kite high, heading west mobbed by crows at 16.30, Willow Warbler (Peter Newmark).
  • Thorney CP: Goosander still present, 6 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Common Terns, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Ring Necked Parakeets, Song Thrush, 3 Wrens, Jay, Little Egret, Reed Bunting ,Reed Warbler, Chaffinch, Common Gull, 2 Cormorants, Grey Heron, 3 Greenfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Great Crested Grebes.(Sue Giddens).
  • Tower Bridge, SE1: Black Redstart, c2.30 (James A)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Willow Warbler (my 3rd of the spring) (Bob Watts).
  • Walthamstow:Lockwood 2 Arctic Terns,Oystercatcher,6 Swift (Kevin J Mcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Wheatear (Jonathan Lethbridge/Nick Croft) this evening 6-8 Wheatear (Tim Harris)
  • West Drayton: Swallow NW @18:15 on West Drayton Road (Nigel Sluman)

Monday 23rd AprilEdit

  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Swifts feeding 09.45, LRP, Common Sand, 16 C. Tern (Andrew Verrall, Steve Leeke).
  • Bushy Park: pr Common Shelduck, Northern Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroats, 4 Willow Warblers, Linnet (Tony Duckett).
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near the Yacht Club; 4 Whimbrel, 8 Ruff,4 Wheatear, Little Owl, Swift, 12 Common Tern, Corn Bunting, 6 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 8 Swallow,14 Whitethroat, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Cetti's Warbler. (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: 3 Shelduck, 54 Tufted Duck (including Portuguese-marked male with red nasal saddle) (John Archer).
  • Heathrow Airport: 2 Linnet (m, f), Black Redstart (m), Cormorant fly past north across airport (Rob Mills) Where was the Black Redstart? (Adam Cheeseman) I have asked the same question previously and been told its in the 'restricted area'. There are several 'restricted area's around the perimeter roads (W.Marks) It likes to perch on the fences between the bmi hangar & the Virgin hangar which my office overlooks. Please consider the security if you decide to take a look (RM)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir : Little Tern 1st summer flew high north at 10:30, Little Gull, c50 Swallows, 7 Common Terns (Derek Turner)
  • Lordship Rec Hobby flying hard & fast south across park, toward Stoke Newington res. 11am (J. Richardson)
  • Regent's Park: Common Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warblers (Tony Duckett).
  • River Lee Country Park: 6 Nightingales on Fishers Green Island. 2 pairs Little Ringed Plover (Langridge & Hall Marsh). Greenshank & Shelduck on Cornmill Meadows (Mike Oakland)
  • Sidcup (York Avenue): singing Chiffchaff early a.m., Linnet SW (both window year ticks), singing Blackcap, Swallow N 08.20 + S 08.40 (must have seen the weather coming!), 3 Black Headed Gulls SW (unusual April-July) (Ian Stewart)
  • South Norwood Lake: 4 Swallows, c8 House Martins, 12 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, 6 Willow Warblers, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Staines Moor: 2 cuckoo, whitethroat, 1 Little Egret, lots of Blackcaps & Chiffchaffs (Jim Sweetland)
  • The Glade (Sidcup): Willow Warbler still, 5 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, Grey Wagtail, pair Great Crested Grebes (Ian Stewart)
  • Totteridge Valley (Darlands area): 1 Chiffchaff (several others heard), 3 Blackcap,1 Common Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron at the lake possibly eyeing up ducklings for breakfast, 5 Mandarin (1 up a tree and 2 others on a water trough in a field !), 2 Treecreepers, 5 Lapwing, 1 Jay. (Xav) [I will have to look out for this water trough Xav, any clues? - D Jackson] They must have been on the side, not in it. Looks like a metal water tank really, in the field the other side of the footpath from the stubble field next to the woods around the lake. Thanks :-D - DJ
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 4 Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 4+ Redshank, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Red Kite. (Steve Blake)
  • Upper Norwood, SE19 (Queen Mary Road): Sparrowhawk circling over road and gardens (Lynn Leadbeater)
  • Walthamstow Res: Whimbrel briefly at north end of Lockwood 12.30; also 2 Arctic Terns N 16.00 & another 2 'probables' (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: 33 Whimbrel flying east at 14:50 over Forest Gate as seen from the flats, 2 Teal, 6 Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Swallow, 4 Linnet, Stock Dove, Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk displaying over Bush Wood (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Mandarin Duck, 2 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Stock Dove, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Weybridge (Surrey): 2 Hobby circling low north at 14:02 (Lee Dingain).

Sunday 22nd AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park; Pair Bullfinch in trees fringing Wood Green Res,r (Jonathan Cooke)
  • Beddington SF: Cetti's Warbler still by main lake - live updates here.
  • Brent Reservoir: Red Kite flew east 11.10, 1 Lapwing, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 11 Common Tern, a few Swallow and House Martin, 1 Wheatear, plenty of Blackcap and Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (gorse patch) (Brent Birders).
  • Broadwater: 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Kingfisher, 27 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting (Simon Buckingham)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 8 Sand Martin over Three Mills (Nick Tanner).
  • Brookmill Park: Sparrowhawk, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cornmill Meadows: Greenshank on pool in front of hide, 3 Sedge Warblers, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Coal Tit, Bullfinch (f), 2 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler. (J Anderson)
  • Crossness: Whimbrel, 200+ Black-tailed Godwits, Green Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plovers, Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, Common Buzzard, House Martin W, 2 Swallows NW, 6 singing Whitethroats, 3 singing Sedge Warblers, 8 singing Reed Warblers, 5 Wheatears, 9 Blackcaps, 2 singing Willow Warblers, 4 singing Chiffchaffs (John Archer)
  • East Finchley Allotments: 2 Blackcap male and female, Grey Heron twice flew low across the site, 2nd time mobbed by crow (Dawn Painter)
  • Epping Forest - Honey Lane Plain / Quarters: 2 Hawfinch over (identified mainly on call) - another tick for my Sunday am run list! (Nigel May)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: singing Whitethroat, 10+ Blackcaps including 4 singing in same (very small) bush, 3+ Chiffchaff, heard Pheasant, Kingfisher, Kestrel, 2 Linnets (Ian Stewart)
  • Fryent CP: am-1 Little Owl, 2 Swallow north, 2 Common Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 11 Meadow Pipit north,1 singing Goldcrest. pm- Saker Falcon with jesses hunting, just n/w of park, drifted s/e. 1 swallow through north, 3 Bullfinch. (Neville Smith)
  • Fulham Reach: pr Herring Gull mating on roof among chimney pots (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Gallions Reach: 62 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 15 Common Terns, Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin, 3 Wheatear, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest. (Nick Tanner & Gary A James).
  • Greenford (where canal goes under Ruislip Rd): low flying Buzzard mobbed by 2 Crows over canal (Neil Anderson)
  • Gutteridge Wood: 3 Stock Dove, 2 Nuthatch, 6 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler (Neil Anderson).
  • Hackney Marsh: Kingfisher, Blackcap, Grey Wagtail by River Lea (N. Verlander).
  • Hampstead Heath: Tawny Owl being mobbed by Jay and 2 Magpies, Parliament Hill Fields (oak tree in hedge leading down to Men's Bathing Pond), 10.30 (Liz Valentine). Male Wheatear, Pryors Field, 10.00-10.20 & a Meadow Pipit over. House Martin over, 11.00 & Common Tern ,11.50, both from Parliament Hill. No sign of the usually obliging Water Rail at the Stock Pond either yesterday or today (Frank Nugent). Willow warbler singing by Wildwood Road on Extension (Jo Edwards). Water Rail seen in Stock Pond reedbed at 1830. Dabchick on Kenwood Wood Pond, pr Treecreepers by conservation Pond (Sash Tusa).
  • Kempton Park Nature Reserve: Hobby overhead 11am, also 1 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin (Les Mccallum).
  • Kensington Gardens: b/4 Tawny Owl (Fraser & Alistair Simpson).
  • Hornsey: Little Egret west over garden (garden tick), also Swallow SE 1400 (Bob Watts).
  • Ladywell Cemetery SE4: Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps (Terry Wilson).
  • Lee Valley CP: c12 Common Terns (9 over Seventy Acre Lake & 3 over Holyfield Lake), 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Cuckoo, at least 4 Nightingale, 5 Willow Warbler, numerous Blackcap & Chiffchaff and only a single Common Whitethroat seen. 2 Little Ringed P'lover around Langridge Scrape area (J Anderson).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Jack Snipe, I Common Sandpiper and one Wheatear in late afternoon. (David Bradshaw)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 2 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 10 Pochard, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 10+ Blackcap, 1 Common Tern, 3 Whimbrel flying over (john Gordon).
  • Mudchute Farm: 6 Monk parakeets, 6 Blackcap, 3 Chiff chaff (Ben Green)
  • RAF Northolt: midday 2 Buzzards soaring above the A40. (Alex Randall)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 27 Common Tern, 7 Arctic Tern, juv m Marsh Harrier, 6 Whimbrel (RSPB), 2 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, Turtle Dove passed centre at 16:30, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Common Whitethroat, 8 Sedge Warber, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Swallow, 4 Wheatear (Nick Croft) 1M Wheatear from Butts Hide, 3 displaying Oystercatchers on Purfleet Scrape, 7 Ruffs and 5 displaying Redshanks on MDZ at 18.30 (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Ruislip: Bayhurst Wood . Cuckoo calling pm (Martin Smith)
  • Sidcup: 2 Siskins over York Avenue calling (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoir: 3 Whimbrel on N basin mid am. (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Sunny Hill Park, Hendon: pr Nuthatch, 2 Jackdaw, 3 prs Green Woodpecker, pr Great Spotted Woodpecker (Fraser & Alistair Simpson).
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Grebe, Water Rail, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Reed Warbler (Peter Kite).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 5 Pheasant, Buzzard, Kestrel, 6 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Stock Dove, singing Skylark, Swallow, m Wheatear, 3 Whitethroat, 10 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 3 Rook, 4 Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson).
  • Thorney CP: Goosander returned, 4 Swallows, 10 Common Terns, 10 Blackcaps, Song Thrush, 3 Great Black Backed Gulls, 5 Herring Gulls, Common Gull, Chaffinch, 4 Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker.(Sue Giddens).
  • Upshire - Woodredon Estate: 3-4 Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Swallow + 2 singing Skylark on Warlies Estate (Nigel May).
  • Valentines Park: finally got a proper view of 1 heron chick in the nest, plus both adults.(Barbara Miller)
  • Victoria Park, E9: song thrush near Gore Gate (Michael Rank).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Goosander, 2 Common Tern, 3 Wheatear, 18 Shelduck (Fraser & Alistair Simpson).
  • Wimbledon Common: Sedge Warbler and Cuckoo singing; two Northern Wheatear (Adrian Podmore).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 7 Common Whitethroat, c.15 Chiffchaff, 20+ Blackcap, Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, 9 Linnet, c.10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Jackdaw. (Rob Ayers)
  • Yeading Brook: 2 Buzzards + Sparrowhawk on thermal 11.40 (south of Shooting Club), m Kestrel, 2 singing Skylark, Swallow, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap (Neil Anderson).
  • Sewardstone/Waltham Abbey: 4 Swallows spotted

Saturday 21st AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Female Bullfinch Conservation Area, 4 Willow Warblers, pair Greylag (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts).
  • Barnehurst, Grasmere Rd allotment site: 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff. (Chris Rose).
  • Barnehurst, Thirlmere Rd (my back garden): 2 Coal Tit, first time this year. (Chris Rose)
  • Beaverwood (Chislehurst): pair Bullfinches by Chislehurst cemetery (Ian Stewart)
  • Beddington SF: imm Iceland Gull over tip. Live updates, daily news, pics etc here.(observer ?)
  • Blackfriars Road, SE1: Male and female Sparrowhawk in flight, 9am. (Daniel Greenwood)
  • Brent Reservoir: Whimbrel briefly on rafts (08.12-08.15); at least 2 Arctic Terns through, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Little Egret, 7 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 36 singing Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warblers, Common Whitethroat (Brent Birders)
  • Canons Farm: male Pied Flycatcher in Pages Acre (Paul Goodman et al - pics here), Ring Ouzel still south of Reads Rest Cottages & 2 Wheatears there plus 6 Fieldfares in field at east end (David Campbell et al).
  • Catford river pool: Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, lots of Blackcap (Terry Wilson).
  • East India Dock Basin area: 6 Shelduck, 42 Tufted Duck, Kestrel, 7 Common Sandpiper (high tide roost), 4 Common Tern, 2 Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet (Paul Hyland, Gary A James, Nick Tanner).
  • Fryent CP: am- 2 Little Owl, 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Northern Wheatear, 3 Bullfinch. (Neville Smith)
  • Hampstead Heath: Male Common Redstart, Parliament Hill Fields, top of 2nd Hedge @8.05 albeit for just a couple of mins, but showing very well for 10 mins ,same location @ 11.55(Frank Nugent). Wheatear on top of Parliament Hill at 0730, small "fall" of Willow Warblers from c.0900, single Swallow over, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls (Sash Tusa)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir : Whimbrel on dam in afternoon, Little Gull imm, 3 Shelduck, 5 Common Terns (Derek Turner)
  • Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park: 6 Tawny Owls - 4 juveniles and 2 adults, all showing v.well; also Treecreeper, Blackcap, half a dozen Ring-necked Parakeets (Alan Hobson). Pied Flycatcher male in trees by Serpentine north of bridge opposite Peter Pan statue 3pm (Chris Gibson).
  • Lee Valley, Cornmill Meadows: 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Lapwing, 4 Common Buzzard, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cuckoo, 2 House Martin, 4 Teal, 13 Gadwall, 3 Linnet (Simon Papps).
  • Lee Valley, Fishers Green Is. / Holyfield Lake area: Nightingale, Cuckoo, Garden Warbler, sev. Whitethroat, 7+ Buzzard, 3+ Sparrowhawk, 2 singing Yellowhammer, Little Owl, pr Egyptian Geese with young (David Bradnum)
  • London Wetland Centre: Iceland Gull, Turtle Dove flew W past entrance area, 1 Shelduck, 8 Redshank, 4 Common Tern (LWC website).
  • North Finchley: Common Buzzard over Glebelands Wood also 1 Swallow (T.Clancy)
  • Rainham Marshes: 1 Swift, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 4 Wheatear, 1 Marsh Harrier, 6 singing mm Cett's Warbler (Fraser & Alistair Simpson).
  • Regent's Park: Peregrine, Yellow-legged Gull, Whimbrel, Yellow Wagtail, House Martin, Common Redstart, Collared Dove, Linnet, Reed Bunting (Tony Duckett)
  • Richmond Park: Male Common Redstart Holly Lodge (in oaks NW enclosure) at 8.00am (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Scadbury Park: Common Buzzard over paddocks then flew towards Ruxley, several Blackcaps, 2+Chiffchaff, Pheasants heard, Kestrel (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup : Whitethroat in Longlands Road rec sub singing , Willow Warbler at Sidcup Place (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: 1 Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, Several Linnet and Skylark, Stock Dove, Swallow, 2 House Martin over.(observer ?)
  • Staines Reservoir: Brent Goose flew over SE @ 08.20. Also 2 Whimbrel landed on W bank of N basin @ 08.45 (Bob Warden per FJM).
  • Streatham Common (playing fields): 67 wood pigeons (not a rarity but a very large flock for the area) (RB)
  • Sutcliffe Park, Kidbrooke: 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail, 1 singing Reed Warbler (James Lowen)
  • Thamesmere Lake: House Martin, Cetti's Warbler showing occasionally, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, 20+ Common Terns upriver (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • The Glade (Sidcup): First Willow Warbler of year singing by main lake, pair Egyptian Geese, Swallow North, singing Chiffchaff, pair Great Crested Grebes, singing Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Thorney CP: 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Mute Swans over, 9 Blackcaps, Jay, Dunnock, 3 Common Terns, Greylag, 2 Gadwall, 3 Song Thrush, 4 Greenfinch, Reed Warbler, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Stock Dove over (Sue Giddens).@ 5pm 6 Common Terns, Greylag still present, Little Egret, 2 Swallows, Common Gull, Green Woodpecker, (Sue Giddens).
  • Valentines Park: Great Crested Grebe, m Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Grebe, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Egyptian Geese but no sign of the juvenile (Barbara Miller).
  • Walthamstow Filter Beds: 2m Wheatears, Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail, Moorhen (rare here!) (Dan Barrett).
  • Walthamstow Marsh: Wheatear, 2 Reed Buntings (N. Verlander).F wheatear in the horse paddock, 9 siskins over north/ (Jamie P) 1 Little Owl, 1 Common Whitethroat (TeRNS)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Osprey N over High Maynard @ 16.00 (seen from Road), also 1 'Commic' Tern (Lol B).
  • Wanstead Flats: Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Wheatear, Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 4 Linnet, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine Falcon, 2 Teal (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethrbidge/Stuart Fusher/Bob Vaughan/Dan Hennessy).
  • Wanstead Park: Singing Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat, Swallow (Nick Croft/Tim Harris).
  • Waterworks NR: 2 Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcaps (JAmie P)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, late lone Fieldfare, 22 Chiffchaff, 21 Blackcap, 8 Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet, 5 Jackdaw, Sparrowhawk. (Rob Ayers).

Friday 20th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Wheatear flew west over Wood Green Res and alighted briefly in tree at 10:05, 2 Willow Warbler (Gareth Richards). 2 Bullfinch (male & fem) by reservoir early afternoon, 6 Blackcap (Oliver Simms).
  • Barnes. Towpath near WWT. Common Sandpiper on foreshore. 2 Blackcaps (M + F) collecting nest material. (M Ruscoe)
  • Brent Reservoir: 8 Shelduck, 2-3 Little Egrets, LRP briefly, 1 House Martin & 14 Common Terns (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Bushy Park: Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Sand Martin, 7 Swallows, 2 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 9 Blackcaps (Tony Duckett).
  • Chalk Wood: 2 singing Skylarks, 2 Sparrowhawks, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, Meadow Pipit, Treecreeper, Rook briefly on Honeydale paddocks (Ian Stewart).
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near the yacht Club; Swift, 9 Ruff, Whimbrel, 6 Wheatear, Little Owl, Corn Bunting, 26 Common Tern, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Green Sandpiper, House Martin, Sand Martin, 18 Swallow, 2 Egyptian Goose. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR : 3 Siskin calling and flew West at 2:30pm, 9+ Swallow and 8+ Sand Martin through, 2 House Martin, 3+ male Reed Bunting, 3 Willow Warbler, 3+ Common Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler,3 Common Tern, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 2 Egyptian Geese by the railway with possibly a different pair flying around the site and 2 Jackdaw over. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • East India Dock Basin: 3 Shelducks, 34 Tufted Ducks, 4 Common Terns, Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Blackcap (John Archer).
  • Ewell Village: Pair of Coal Tits nesting under tiles of roof of property on edge of village (adults arriving regularly with food). Pine Trees adjacent but only used for provision of food. Does anyone have previous experience of Coal Tit using human settlements for nesting? (Neil Batten) Yes, twice in Pinner. Coal tits tend to have their nest chamber further from the entrance hole than Blue Tits, hence not competing for the same nest sites (Richard Francis). Thank you. That is most useful. I was previously unaware of such a practice by this species (Neil Batten)
  • Finsbury Park: 1M Wheatear (site tick), 2 Willow Warblers, 1 House Martin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Egyptian Geese, 3+ Little Grebes, 2 singing Chiffchaffs and 2+ Blackcaps, 2+ pairs of breeding Long tailed Tits (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: First Whitethroat of year, Willow Warbler, 12+Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Pheasant, 2 Swallows, Grey Wagtail (Ian Stewart).
  • Hampstead Heath. Parliament Hill: Flyover single Snipe and Meadow Pipit, and Wheatear perched on top of a tree with 5 Greenfinches. Don't see that every day! (Green Grandad)
  • Hyde Park: I Song Thrush, 1 Mandarin, 2 Tree Creepers (Phil Laurie)
  • Lea Valley CP: Fishers Green - m Cuckoo (calling & showing to 20ft in picnic area 19:50) 2 Nightingale singing (1 showing well in NE corner), Mallard with 4 v small young. Greylag pair with 8 v small goslings, Muntjac deer (both just E of Hooksmarsh) (Matt Reed).
  • Leyton Flats: Many Blackcaps & Chiffchaffs, Dunnocks, Greenfinches, Jackdaws, 1 Green Woodpecker. Crow display dropping and catching sticks mid-air. Dogwalker reported small Deer, Hollybush Hill (Paul B)
  • London Wetland Centre ( WWT, Barnes) - Jack Snipe, C Snipe, Lapwing, Redshank, LR Plover, Swallow, Sand Martin, Sparrowhawk taking Sand Martin, Peregrine, Common Tern, Cettis/ Blackcap/ Reed and Willow Warbler all singing; London Birdwatch event Optical Products Stands and Balcony overlooking site is spectacular (Angus Innes);
  • M25 J14: pr Shelduck W in heavy rain (Nigel Sluman)
  • Orchard Estate (Lewisham) Swallow north west 16.55 (Conrad Ellam)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Great-spotted Woodpecker (Conrad Ellam)
  • Sidcup (York Avenue): Common Buzzard flew W 10.40, 2 Swallows very low, 3 Meadow Pipits NW, pair Goldcrests, pair Sparrowhawks displaying to NE (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Kittiwake ad on S basin & on N early am before flying off @ 09.00. (Bob Warden)
  • Streatham (Oakdale Rd, my back garden): 3 GS woodpeckers (playing catch and kiss) (RB)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Grebe, Willow Warbler, 2 Swallows. (Peter Kite)
  • Thorney CP: 2 Blackcaps, 4 Greenfinch, Little Egret between 2 bridges, Common Gull, 2 Chiffchaff, Chaffinch. 2 Great Crested Grebes, Stock Dove over, Song Thrush. (Sue Giddens)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 1 Whitethroat: 2-3 singing Lesser Whitethroat: 1 Willow Warbler: 10 singing Blackcap: 14 singing Chiffchaff: Swallow: 5 Lapwing: 2 Kestrel: 2 Sparrowhawk: 4 drake Mandarin: 1 Coot (unusual at Darlands) (John Colmans & Clive Herbert)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Willow Warbler Catrell Field hedge (my 2nd of spring) (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: 4 singing Skylark (field to east of water garden), 6 Mistle Thrush, 3 Tufted Duck (2m,f), 6 Mandarin (4m,2f), Many Chiffs and Blackcaps. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Cuckoo, 2 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, 4Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 8+ Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 10 Lapwing, 2 Little Grebe, 15 Common Tern. (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow marsh: 1 Wheatear on back paddock of riding stables. (Paul Whiteman)
  • Walthamstow:Lockwood 5 Arctic Terns,(Lol Cumming&Kevin J Mcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: f Ring Ouzel in brooms, 4 Wheatear (3m), 6 Mistle Thrush, Swallow, 2 m Common Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk, 2 Egyptian Goose (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbriddge/Tim Harris/Barry Bishop/Harry Lacey)
  • Wanstead Park: Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks N.R. Handful of singing Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 mixed singer, if it is the same bird as the last two years it is a Willow Warbler, though the song was quite complex and my mind did wander towards 'siberian' Chiffchaff which to my ears sounds like Willow and Chifchaff singing at the same time. Unfortunately I couldn't download a clip to check it out. (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Swallow, 3 singing Willow Warblers, 8+ singing Chiffchaffs and 11 Blackcaps (inc 5 singers). Blue Tits feeding young (Charlie Farrell).

Thursday 19th AprilEdit

  • Bentley Priory: Swallow through, species 64 on the patch. Mistle Thrush actually singing, not churring, Grey Wagtail feeding young at outfall on Lake (Richard Francis).
  • Blackwall Basin: Great Crested Grebe, 10+ Tufted Duck, 2+ Common Terns (John Archer).
  • Crayford Marshes: 3 Common Scoter (2 drake and a female) on the Thames; Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near the Yacht Club; 8 Ruff, c77 Common Tern, 4 Wheatear, Corn Bunting, Little Owl, 4 Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Swallow (Kev Jarvis & Philip Cliffe).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: male Common Redstart on Fels Field on fence and bushes of small enclosure, also 3 Reed Warbler, 2+ Willow Warbler, 2+ Common Whitethroat, 1 Cetti's Warber, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, and 2 Common Tern. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Shelduck, 44 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Terns, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Whitethroat (1st of year), pair of Blackcaps, Goldcrest (very rare here) (John Archer & Gary A James).
  • Ewell - Lower Mill & Hogsmill Open Space: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, Sparrowhawk, Coal Tit (Neil Batten).
  • Hertfordshire: Goshawk, male showed well at undisclosed site, photo and details to follow on birdguides once outside of breeding season (Jm,JS,CF). [As this is a description species in London, can you send a photo to Andrew Self or Joan Thompson, thanks].(Jm,JS,CF)
  • King George V - Curlew south at 9.50. 14 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 3 Wheatear, 6 White Wagtail, 16 Common Tern, 2 Whitethroat, 1 House Martin, 8 Swallow (Ian Lycett). Also on the south basin seen between 1510-1600, 1 drake Scaup, 1 Oytercatcher (east bank), 9 Redshank (north bank), 1 Wheatear (west bank), 12+Common Tern, 1 Swallow (Neville Smith).
  • Lee Valley: Pink-footed Goose (goose fields), Common Sandpiper (weir hide) also in the valley 4 l.r.p, 4 Nightingale, 2 Little Owl, 5 Common Buzzard, Red-legged Partridge, Treecreeper, 12 Common Terns, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Garden Warbler (Jm) .
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Redshank, 16 Lapwing (with 8 nests), 3 Snipe, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Common Tern, 20 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 10 Swallow, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 9 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Linnet (LWC website).
  • Ruislip Lido: 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Swallow, 3 Egyptian Goose (Richard Francis).
  • Staines Reservoir: 09:00 to 10:00 Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot, Redshank, Little Gull (3), Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Common Tern (3), Stock Dove (4), Woodpigeon, Swallow (1), Yellow Wagtail (1), White Wagtail (2), Pied Wagtail, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, Reed Bunting (2) (Paul Boult). 12:00-13:00: Yellow Wagtail, Arctic Tern, c9 Common Tern, 5 Shelduck, 2 Little Gull, c7 White Wagtail (Nigel Sluman).
  • The Glade (Sidcup): Pair Egyptian Geese, Swallow, Kingfisher, 4 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, pair Great Crested Grebes- female still on nest (Ian Stewart)
  • Thorney CP: 3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Goosander still present, Red Kite over 1.20pm (Sue Giddens); 16:30 - Goosander, 2 Common Tern, 2 Blackcap, Little Egret (Nigel Sluman).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: (Banbury Reservoir) Small group of min 4+ Arctic Terns at 18.00  seen from below from nearby Tottenham Marshes - (L Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: Fieldfare (Capel Road), 2 Willow Warbler (one a confused Willow-Chaff singer), 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Teal (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge).

Wednesday 18th AprilEdit

  • Beddington SF: Little Tern on South Lake (Birdguides)
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: Reed Warbler, several Blackcap and Chiffchaff. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Shelduck, Lapwing, 10-15 Swallows, 2 Common Terns, good numbers of singing Chiffchaff and Blackcap (John Colmans); 11+ Common Terns in evening (Andrew Self)
  • Cains Lane, Hounslow: Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Crayford Marshes: 1st Summer Caspian Gull on the Thames foreshore near creek barrier; Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near the Yacht Club; 19 Common Tern, 8 Ruff. (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: 3 Shelducks, 37 Tufted Ducks (including female with red nasal saddle), female Blackcap, singing Willow Warbler (John Archer).
  • Grovelands Park : 3 Stock Doves feeding on the pitch and putt, 1 Egyptian Goose on lake. (Katy McGilvray)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Little Ringed Plover at viewing area this evening (Shaun Harvey)
  • King George v reservoir 4 Artic tern 12 wheatear 2 white wagtails many swallows fewer sand martins small number house martins 2 Swifts 2 shelduck. (BD and TC)
  • Nunhead Cemetery: Willow Warbler singing and showing in canopy in western corner, alongside reservoir (Daniel Greenwood)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Adult + 1st summer Little Gulls, 1+Arctic Tern with 5+Common Terns over N basin, juv Shag still on N basin showing well at first then flew to far e side, Yellow Wagtail around causeway, 2+ White Wagtails, Reed Bunting, several Swallows N basin (Ian Stewart)
  • Thorney CP: Goosander still present, 2 Swallows swooping over lake, Little Egret , Kingfisher by concrete bridge, 4 Common Terns, Grey Wagtail by bridge.(Sue Giddens)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Whitethroat, 1st arrival. (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood 13 Arctic Tern through SE (Kevin J Mcmanus)

Tuesday 17th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: 4-6 Blackcap and male Bullfinch in the thicket next to reservoirs (Dawn Painter).
  • Brent Reservoir: pair of Shelduck, Sedge Warbler, 5 Common Tern & 4 Swallow (Brent Birders).
  • Brentford, GSK building, Great West road: Peregrine hunting pigeons 18.00 (F.Mck).
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near the Yacht Club; 3 Arctic Tern, 14 Common Tern, 2 Whimbrel, 36 Swallow, Common Sandpiper, 2 Whitethroat (Kev Jarvis). Also a 1st winter Caspian Gull (Ian Stewart per JA).
  • East India Dock Basin: 3 Shelduck, 39 Tufted Duck (including the nasal-saddled male), female Kestrel, 3 Common Tern, 3 singing Blackcap (John Archer).
  • Hampstead Heath: 6 Swallow, 3 singing Willow Warbler, 25 Meadow Pipit N (Pete Mantle).
  • Larkhall Park/Stockwell: pr Mistle Thrush feeding 2 fledged young (Michael Mac).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Redshank, 17 Lapwing, 1 Peregrine, 3 Common Tern, 2 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 singing Reed Warbler (LWC website)
  • Oak Hill Park, East Barnet: Little Egret on the brook (S.Javes, per G.Javes).
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: Sandwich Tern on buoy in afternoon (Birdguides).
  • Staines Reservoir: 3 Adult Arctic Terns, till 14.00 at least,Apologies the 1st yr was wrongly identified by FJM. Thanks to Rob and Ken. 1 Sandwich Tern touring basins for 15 mins before 12.25. Also 2 Little Gull, 9 Common Tern, 4 White Wagtails, 1 Red Kite drifted in from E at 13.20. 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Shag, 1st yr. 9 Shelduck, 2 Sand Martins, also 20 Swallows early am (Dave Morris, Bob Warden & Franko J Maroevic). In the evening, 15 Black-tailed Godwit flew S at 1848hrs. Otherwise similar birds, including three Arctic Terns and about 11 Common Terns. Also three Swifts. (Rob Innes, Ken Purdey)
  • Trent Park: Ring Ouzel (m) South Lodge Farm Horse Paddocks (accessible from the bridle/footpath due south from Williams Wood toward Trent Park Riding Stables, view from the perimeter fence), 12 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Mandarin (m), 6 Stock Dove. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 11 Common Tern, Yellow Wagtail, c30 Swallow, House Martin, Tree Sparrow, 3+ Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Red Kite, 4 Buzzard 2 Kestrel (Steve Blake/Simon West).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: a.m and very wet, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Wheatear, 9 Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Green Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck, 14 Swallow and 3 Sand Martin (Dave Morrison).
  • Wanstead Flats: Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, Yellow Wagtail over (Nick Croft).
  • Yiewsley GPs: 3 Common Tern, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, several Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler (Roger Dewey).

Monday 16th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret low north past Birdwatch office and over park at 9.35, plus singing Willow Warbler earlier (Ian Lycett, David Callahan).
  • Bankside SE1: Willow Warbler in birch trees at front/riverside of Tate Modern (Simon Fogg).
  • Canon's Farm: 4 Ring Ouzel; one in stubble just south of Reads Rest Cottages and three in the stubble field north of the farmhouse (Birdguides).
  • Cowley: 1 Kestrel, c12 Linnet - Nursery Lane allotments (Roger Dewey).
  • Crayford (Barnes Cray) - lower Cray: Thames Road Wetland - 1 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, Song Thrush immediatly to south, 2 separate Grey Heron (over), one mobbed by Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 male Chaffinch, 2 Dunnock. River Cray By-way 105, Thames Rd to Maiden Lane - 1 male Blackcap, 3 or 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Greylag Geese (over) (Chris Rose).
  • Crayford Marshes: 3 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, Common Tern, 2 Swallow, Little Owl, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (Kev Jarvis).
  • Blackheath Dips: 2 fledged juv Song Thrushes, also singing Chiffchaffs, 3 Greenfinches (Joe Beale).
  • Brookmill Park: female House Sparrow, male & female Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, singing Song Thrush, Mistle Thush, the latter species is an unusual visitor to the park though the young birds from a nest on the Orchard Estste have already fledged (Conrad Ellam).
  • Cheshunt: Osprey low northwest over Cheshunt High Street towards the reservoir at06:40 (Birdguides).
  • Chiswick (footpath beside cemetery past Chiswick Eyot): bizarre sighting of a Solomon's Corella sat on lamp post with crest erect before flying off to gardens (Neil Anderson).
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek Ecology Park: 3 Shelducks, 54 Tufted Ducks, 4 Common Terns, 4 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff (John Archer).
  • Enfield: 1 male Ring Ouzel, on private farmland, 13:20 - 13:30 hrs (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Fryent CP: 1 Little Owl, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Willow Warbler. (Neville Smith)
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail, at long last, between 3 and 4pm, stock pond, got some dodgy pics to prove it. Well pleased. Also Treecreeper, Blackcap, Wren, Moorhen, Mandarin, Cormorant, Parakeets, Mute Swan (Dawn Painter).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Common Tern and Reed Warbler this evening (Shaun Harvey).
  • Kensington Gardens: pr Little Owl (very noisey), 1 Tawny Owlet all at dusk (Michael Mac).
  • Regent's Park: 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, male Great-spotted Woodpecker, female Green Woodpecker (Conrad Ellam), ad Kittiwake NE at 3.55pm (Tony Duckett).
  • River Lee Country Park: Several Nightingales at Fishers Green, at least 4 on Fishers Green Island including 3 in the same bush, another bird at the overflow car park. Other sightings: Barn Owl, Little Owl, Cuckoo, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, 7 Buzzards, Pink-footed Goose, Shelduck, Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, Little Egret (Mike Oakland).
  • South Norwood Lake: 17 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Jackdaw over (uncommon at this site) (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood).
  • Southall, Warren Farm: Common Buzzard circling low @ 13:20 before flying in a westerly direction. x2 birds then seen circling low @ 14:40 to the west of Osterley Park (Rob Mills).
  • St James's Park: Peregrine over North East corner (Michael Mac).
  • Thorney CP: Great White Egret flew south over M25 at 19.15 (Birdguides); also Goosander still present for 2nd day, Bullfinch(f), 8 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Reed Warbler, 2 Jays(Sue Giddens)
  • Totteridge Valley: 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Lapwing, 2 Blackcap, 5 or 6 Chiffchaff heard, 3 Mandarin Duck, 1 Ring-neck Parakeet (Xav)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: male Ring Ouzel still north of the main pit in the hedgerow near the model railway club (Birdguides).
  • Valentines Park: Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jays, Song Thrush carrying food, 7 Stock Doves, including a pair prospecting nest site, 6 Egyptian Geese( 4 on boating pond plus adult and juvenile on the Fish Lake). (Barbara Miller)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Iceland Gull (2nd y) flew over north over Lockwood Reservoir early afternoon (Kevin J Mcmanus).Little Ringed Plover (Lol.Cumming).
  • Wanstead Flats: m Wheatear, Common Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Linnet, 4 Little Grebe (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: Swallow hawking along Heronry, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, Meadow Pipit and a Reed Warbler briefly south of the patch by the Manor Park allotments (Nick Croft).
  • Waterworks NR, Leyton Marsh: 1 Green Sandpiper (flood channel) (TeRNS).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Reed Warbler singing from cover along railway embankment, 6+ Chiffchaff, 8+ Blackcap, 1 male House Sparrow (not sure of their status at this site), pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker by nest hole, Green Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, several Song Thrush, singing Greenfinch in a quick visit this morning 08:00-08:45 (Bill Haines).

Sunday 15th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Shelduck east 0945, 5 Willow Warblers including mixed singer (Bob Watts).
  • Barking Bay: 2 Ring Ouzels, 5 Wheatears, 2 Swallow and 12 Common Terns.(Paul Hawkins, Dave Morrison).
  • Beddington SF: Iceland Gull (Birdguides), 1 LRP, 3 Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, 30+ Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Wheatear, 6 Swallow migrant pics (PA, BFBG) Updates here: http://www.diporglory.co.uk/
  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Willow Warblers, 28 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Tern, 10 Swallows, 12 Sand Martins & 2 House Martins (Brent Birders)
  • Canon's Farm: 4 Ring Ouzels (Birdguides)
  • Croxley Moor: 1 male and 1 female Wheatear (James Palmer).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 2 Garganey on The Slack 9:50am until 5:15pm when flushed by mindless morons inside the perimeter fence. ( VH-F et al ),3 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Hobby, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Common Tern, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Egyptian Geese, 13 Common Gull & 1 Cetti's Warbler ( V Halley-Frame ).
  • East India Dock Basin area: 4 Shelduck, 3 Common Teal, 30 Tufted Duck (including red-saddled Portuguese male), Common Tern, 6 Stock Dove, 2 Blackcap, Willow Warbler (Nick Tanner).
  • Gallions Reach: 136 Black-tailed Godwits, 60 Common Terns, 2 Wheatear, 3 Swallow, 2 Sand Martins, Whitethroat. (Gary A James, Nick Tanner).
  • Hampstead Heath: 4 rather lost looking Rook over Parliament Hill Fields, together, from North to South and back again, 09.10 disappearing from view high over Kenwood. Following a heavy shower, Water Rail feeding right out in the open for 10mins in front of the reedbed, Stock Pond, 16.10 (Frank Nugent).
  • Harmondsworth Moor: Red Kite over 12pm being mobbed by a Lapwing.(Sue Giddens).
  • Lee Valley regional park: 5 Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler (reported), Cuckoo, Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Hall Marsh Scrape), 2 Redshank, Lapwing, singing Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 2 Red-legged Partridge, Yellowhammer (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge)
  • Maple Cross: Osprey flew up the Colne Valley being mobbed by corvids at 17.00 (Birdguides)
  • Mudchute Farm: 2 Stock Dove, 8 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, Goldcrest (Nick Tanner).
  • Oakhill, Brunswick and Arnos Grove Parks, along Pymmes Brook (Barnet): 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap together one singing scratchy subsong, 1 singing Mistle Thrush, 4 GS Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron (D Bates)
  • Pinner Park Farm: first-summer male Wheatear by the disaster area, Little Owl in usual tree, 2 Green Woodpecker, Stock Dove, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Canada Goose & 1 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: late afternoon visit, 2 Garganeys (showing well), 1 Common Swift, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatears, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 3+ House Martins,1 Water Rail (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Richmond Park: Red Kite over 8.00am, circling west (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • South Norwood Lake: 9 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 2m 1f Sparrowhawk, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Staines Moor: 1 Common Redstart. Near 2nd boardwalk. (Ken Purdey per FJM). Common Redstart still present mid afternoon, also 10 Wheatear, 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 2 Common Buzzard and 1 Little Owl (Lee Dingain - some poor pics here ).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Arctic terns SW corner of S basin late pm. Also 4 Little Gulls, 6 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 White Wagtails. (Susanna Ramsey & Franko J Maroevic) 1 Shag (Birdguides)
  • Stoneleigh - Cuddington Rec. Gd: Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Nuthatch, 8 Herring Gull and 1 Lesser Black Back east over, 15 Ring Necked Parakeet (Neil Batten).
  • Thorney CP: Goosander (m) Reed Warbler, Buzzard over, 2 Sand Martins over lake, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps (Sue Giddens).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Pheasant, pr Red-legged Partridge, f Kestrel, 6 Lapwing, 3 Stock Dove, 6 Wheatears, singing Willow Warbler, singing Chiffchaff, 4 singing Blackcap (+ 1 female), m Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson)
  • Totteridge Valley: Lesser Whitethroat (singing male; not far from Camdenians Sports Ground), Lapwing, 3 Swallow, 3+ House Martin (D Jackson).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Ring Ouzel reported along model railway club hedge north of main pit (Birdguides)
  • Wanstead Flats: m Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail (Nick Croft/JonathanLethbridge)
  • Walthamstow Marsh: 4 Wheatear, 26 Linnet (paddock). Also 1 Water Vole (north marsh). (TeRNS)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 male Common Redstart, fem Wheatear, 1 Stock Dove, 2 singing Willow Warbler, c18 Blackcap, 20+ Chiffchaff, 3 Sparrowhawk. (Rob Ayers)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: Kingfisher, singing Skylark, singing Willow Warbler, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 4 singing Blackcap (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 14th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: 15+ singing Blackcaps, 2 Jackdaws, Linnet (Bob Watts).
  • Battersea Park: Lake - pr Goldcrest, 4 male Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, pr Red-crested Pochard, 5 Egyptian Geese, fledging Grey Herons. Bowling Green - 1 Green Woodpecker and Blackcap (Michael Mac).
  • Beddington SF: 2 Garganey on main lake (BFBG) Updates here: http://www.diporglory.co.uk/
  • Brent Reservoir: 15 Crossbills NE at 08.30, Sedge Warbler, 28 Blackcaps, 9 Chiffchaffs, 5 Willow Warblers, Peregrine, Green Sand, 7 Common Terns, 29 Sand Martins, 18 Swallows, 2 House Martins & 3 Linnets over (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park; male Great Spotted Woodpecker (Green Woodpecker calling nearby) 5 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, male & female House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bursted Wood: 1 Chiffchaff (heard), 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard). (Chris Rose).
  • Bushy Park: 2 Wheatear, 2 Shelduck; over: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Redpoll, 2 Linnet, 1 Mandarin (Andrew Skotnicki).
  • Canons Farm: 2 Ring Ouzels south of Reads Rest Cottages, Yellow Wagtail, 7+ Wheatears (David Campbell, Steve Gale, Ian Jones et al)
  • Clapham Common: 2 Chiffchaff calling, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Song Thrush. (Mark H)
  • Crossness: Hobby north at 9.05am, Yellow Wagtail over, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 3 Wheatears, 10 Blackcaps, 9 Swallows NW, 4+ Ruff, Common Sandpiper, 245 Black-tailed Godwits, Curlew, 10+ Common Terns (John Archer).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR : 63 species recorded 8:10am - 3:35pm. 1 Cuckoo, 2 Reed Warblers heard singing, 2 singing Common Whitethroat, male Wheatear on the slack, 4 singing Willow Warblers, several Chiffchaff and Blackcap, 2 Common Tern,Peregrine Falcon, 2 L R Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper 2 Egyptian Geese, 4 Swallow through, 12+ Rook commuting, 1 Cetti's Warbler and 1 Kingfisher. ( V.Halley-Frame & Steve Drake).
  • Dagnam Park LNR: 1 Crossbill flew NE calling at 14.40 (C.Jupp)
  • East India Dock Basin area: 10 Shelduck, 1 Common Teal, 30 Tufted Duck (including red-saddled Portuguese male), 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Northern Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler (Nick Tanner).
  • Fishers Green Nightingale singing in front of National Grid Substation also Willow warbler, Treecreeper and c 5 House Martins over. (R. Sinden)
  • Fryent CP 1(m) Common Redstart feeding by the eastern hedgerow of Gotfords field this morning. 1 Yellow Wagtail over, 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Meadow Pipit. (Neville Smith)
  • Grays riverside, RM17: 3 Turnstone (James A)
  • Hall Place North and Biggs Hill: HPN - 6 Jackdaw, 16 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 64 Starling. BH - 2 Stock Dove. (Chris Rose).
  • Hampstead Heath: 1 Swallow very low over Lido, 7.20, 2 Swallows over & 5 Greylag Goose circling Parliament Hill, 8.25, Willow Warbler singing, 2nd Hedge and Water Rail showing very well, Stock Pond, 10.00-10.15, behind the reedbed before disappearing between the logs (Frank Nugent).
  • Holmethorpe SPs: 2 Common Scoters on Mercers Lake (Birdguides); both Common Scoters and drake Scaup till 6.05pm at least (David Campbell).
  • Ingrebourne Valley:12 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, 5 Common Whitethroat, Cuckoo, House Martin, Swallow, Yellow Wagtail, Common Buzzard, Peregrine, 23 Golden Plover, 9 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler and 4 Yellowhammer.(Dave Morrison). WEBS count highlights: 42 male Cetti's Warbler, 12 Little Grebe, 18 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shelduck, 4 Lapwing, 1 Water Rail, 20 Stock Dove (singing males at Abbey Wood end of Berwick Ponds), 2 Sparrowhawk,1 Kestrel, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 20 Linnet, 18 Grey Heron (8 nests) (Tony Kennelly).
  • K.G.V. Res: 2 Little Gull, 4 Common Tern, 3 Swift, 5 Yellow Wag.2 White Wag. 6 Wheatear,1 female Black Redstart, Cetti,s W.Sedge W. Willow W. 2 C. Buzzard, 1 Red Kite,1 Little Owl, 4 Little Egret, Swallows flying north, 6 Linnet (T.C, A.M & H.B.)
  • Lake Farm CP, Hayes: 4 Blackcaps, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, 2 House Martins, 10 Linnets, Meadow Pipit displaying, Skylarks singing and one Wheatear (Peter Naylor).
  • London Wetland Centre (WWT, Barnes): Jack Snipe, C Snipe, Redshank, Lapwing, Peregrine, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Cettis Warbler, Reed Bunting, Swallow, Sand Martin - Reed Warbler reported (Angus Innes);
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 12 Pochard, 2 Swallows over, 3 Willow wabler, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Wabler, 1 Reed Bunting(JohnGordon)
  • Martens Grove: 2 Nuthatch, 4 Greenfinch, circa 15 (+?) Goldfinch, 1 or 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 2 or 3 Chiffchaff (heard), 2 Collared Dove, 2 Long-tailed Tit. (Chris Rose).
  • Mercedes-Benz World - Weybridge: 5 Wheatears (3m & 2f) inside South Circuit & 1 Swallow through. (Simon West)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 6 Swallow north-west, singing Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodrecker, Long-tailed Tit & 4 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • QEII Reservoir: three drakes and a female Common Scoter this morning (Birdguides)
  • Queen Mother Res: Great Northern Diver still (Birdguides)
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Garganey, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Golden Plover, Whimbrel, 6 Ruff, 8+ Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Northern Wheatear, 8 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler (Gary A James, Nick Tanner). 1st-winter Caspian Gull (Birdguides)
  • Rainham Barges: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Linnet (Tony Kennelly)
  • Richmond Park: Great White Egret over early 07:20am, rose from hawthorn valley, before gaining hight and heading off west (Photo on Birdguides). same bird probably then seen thorney CP & toward Staines Moor on two later dates in April (J.Murray & J Murray Snr). Also 3 Wheatears on 16 acres late am and 2 Common Buzzard over.(Franko J Maroevic)
  • South Norwood Lake: 12 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, 8 Willow Warblers, c5 Swallows, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Staines Res: 10 Arctic Terns, 3 Little Gulls & 7 White Wagtails; drake Red-breasted Merganser in evening (Birdguides). Also in the evening, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 6+ Little Gull, 2 Wheatear (I. Darbyshire).
  • The Warren (Bexleyheath): 1 Chiffchaff (seen), 1 Song Thrush, 1 Dunnock. (Chris Rose).
  • Totteridge Valley: 1, possibly 2, male Lesser Whitethroat, Teal pair, Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Blackcap, 2 drumming GS Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, f Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Heron, 2 m Mandarin, Song Thrush (D Bates)
  • Trent Park: 1 female Mealy Redpoll, feeding on Larch cones, Rough Lot - South edge, 12:40 hrs (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Peregrine, 2+ Buzzard, Red Kite, Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 4+ Blackcap. (Steve Blake)
  • Valentines Park: Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Willow Warbler (Barbara Miller)
  • Wanstead Flats: m Common Redstart (Long Wood) (Chris Legge)
  • Wanstead Park: pr Mandarin (Ornamental Waters), Little Egret (Roding), 4 Gadwall (OW/Heronry), 2 Egyptian Geese (Heronry), pr GS Woodpecker mating (Chris Legge)
  • Wimbledon Common: 1 male Ring Ouzel, 4 Redwing, 2 N Wheatear, 4 Swallows (Adrian Podmore, David Wills).
  • Worcester Park (Cromwell Road): 1 Red Kite over east at 12:20 (Lee Dingain).
  • Wyvil Estate - Stockwell; 1 Swallow flitting happily about at midday (Michael Mac).

Friday 13th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: 1 Swallow and 2 Sand Martin (Wood Green Res.) (James Palmer).
  • Bankside SE1: Willow Warbler in front of Tate Modern (Simon Fogg) Bankside SE1.
  • Barnes WWT:4 Wheatears on Wader Scrape bank, 1 Litttle Ringed Plover WWF Hide, 10 Redshanks, 8 incubating Lapwings, 10+ Sand Martins, 1 Swallow (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Blackheath: 40+ Meadow Pipits over to mid-morning, 3 Song Thrush together on the Dips, 1 Black-headed Gull the only one for a few days (Joe Beale)
  • Brent Reservoir: Osprey circling over north marsh 09.00-09.10 then flew north; also 20 Swallows, 10 Sand Martins & 2 House Martins feeding for half-hour before flying off north, Common Tern, 20+ Blackcaps, 10+ Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler (Andrew Verrall).
  • Broadwater: 2 Red Kite, Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, Willow Warbler, Kingfisher, Common Tern. (Joe Dickens)
  • Canons Farm: male Ring Ouzel, male Common Redstart, male Wheatear; all in stubble field just south of Reads Rest Cottages. (David Campbell/Richard Draper et al).
  • Catford, River Pool: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Heron, Swallow (Terry Wilson)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near the Yacht Club; Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, 9 Wheatear, 2 Common Tern, 2 Sand Martin, 21 Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Corn Bunting, Little Owl, 10 Curlew, 4 Blackcap, 3 Cetti's Warbler. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crayford (Barnes Cray) - various locations: Perry St Farm - 2 Stock Dove. Crayford Way - Sparrowhawk over, being mobbed by a few Ring-necked Parakeets. Jolly Farmers Open Space - 3 Goldfinch, 1 male Blackcap. Thames Road Wetland - 1 Chiffcahff just to south, 2 Little Grebe, 15 Ring-necked Parakeet (over), 1 Grey Heron (over). (Chris Rose).
  • Crossness: female Bearded Tit still in protected area, 8 Ruff still by main sewage outfall, singing Reed Warbler (first of the year), c8 Sand Martins N (first of the year) (Ian Miller per JA).
  • Croxley Common Moor: male Common Redstart by the canal gate southwest of the entrance gate; also 3 Greenland Wheatears (Birdguides)
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek Ecology Park: 4 Shelduck, 34 Tufted Ducks (including female with red nasal saddle), 4 Common Sandpipers, 2 Common Terns high N, Ring-necked Parakeet flew E at 8.30 (rare here), 4 Swallow N, c5 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 singing Linnets (John Archer).
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Green Sandpiper near Royal Park, Tawny Owl calling near Rectory Lane 13.20-13.30, 3 Egyptian Geese, 2+ Pheasant, 2 Sparrowhawks (1 looking very large), Kestrel, c20 Stock Dove, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Swallows N, 20+Blackcap (only 1 female seen), 15+Chiffchaff, 3+ Willow Warbler, Nuthatch, 3+Linnet. (Ian Stewart & Phillip Cliffe).
  • Fryent CP: 1 Little Owl, 1 (m) Bullfinch, 1 Willow Warbler. 1 Meadow Pipit. (Neville Smith).
  • Gallions Reach: 175 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Common Terns, Sand Martin,4 Swallows, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcaps. (Gary A James).
  • Grays, RM17: Common Sandpiper (James A)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 4 Swallow, pair of nest building Reed Bunting (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Sand Martin,2 Swallow Mens Pond 08:15,10 Blackcap,4 Chiffchaff on heath,3 Pied Wagtail on Bowling Green (Allan Stewart). 2 male Mandarin on Whitestone Pond (D Bates).
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Osprey N at 2.40pm. Also 1 Common Buzzard NW, 2 Swallows and 3-4 Willow Warblers (Andy Culshaw)
  • Ingrebourne Valley-Hornchurch country park to berwick woods: 1 m Common Redstart, 1 Green sandpiper, 5 Linnets, 14 Cetti's warbler singing (5 seen), escaped mallard derived call duck , 2 Swallow, House martin, Lapwing, 6 Green woodpecker, 4 Jay, several Grey Herons fledglings in nests, pair of Teal (Ben Green)
  • Isle of Dogs: Wheatear, 2 Common Tern, 4 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 6+ Blackcap, Peregrine (Richard Harrison).
  • King George V Reservoir: male Common Redstart on the west side of north basin (Birdguides) ; Common Tern, 4 Wheatear, Cettis W.( canal), Sedge W. Willow W. 3 Yellow Wag. 1 L.R.Plover, 6 M. Pipit, Swallow, Sand Martins, Little Owl, Small Tortoishell (T. Clancy)
  • Minet CP: Pair of Wheatear (Jim Fell)
  • Osterley Park: Pied Flycatcher (m) just after 13:00 for a short time, very active in tree tops around the Little Owl nest box close to the path bewteen Osterley Lane and the Trust CP. Flew off to the West (Rob Mills).
  • Pinner (Streamside): Little Egret along the Yeading Brook (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 4 Wheatear, 1 Little Owl. (Joe Dickens)
  • Queen Mother Res: 2 Great Northern Divers still early afternoon; also White Wagtail (Birdguides)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: pair of Garganey still on Aveley Pools (Birdguides)
  • Richmond Park: Short-eared Owl in flight 10.10 & 11.00 near Holly Lodge flew off high east, Red Kite (T. Howard per JW).
  • Ruislip Lido: 1 Wheatear on tern raft, 1 House Martin over, I Willow Warbler on Poors field. (Joe Dickens)
  • Sidcup: several Swallows over, 7+Meadow Pipits NW over York Avenue in mist am, Willow Warbler + Blackcap singing in Olod Farm Park (Ian Stewart).
  • Staines Moor: male Ring Ouzel still north of the river this morning (Birdguides). Ring Ouzel still present early afternoon showing very well, also 10 Northern Wheatear, 1 Red Kite, 6 Common Buzzard, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Redshank, 2 Swallow, 1 Little Egret and over 100 Linnet (Lee Dingain - few pics here ).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Black-tailed Godwit briefly, 1 Ruff on N basin, 1 Yellow & 7 White Wagtails along causeway by 09.40. (Bob Warden per FJM); also 1st-winter Little Gull (Birdguides) 2 Common Terns, 4 Sand Martins over. (Sue Giddens)
  • Stockley Park, West Drayton: Several Swallow over lake. (Roger Dewey)
  • Streatham Common: 4 Willow Warblers, Mistle Thrush feeding young. (Peter Newmark).
  • Thorney CP: Little Egret by wooden bridge, 2 Reed Buntings(m), 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Chiffchaff, Bullfinch (m), 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls on raft, Reed Warbler, Ring Necked Parakeet, Blackcap (m), (Sue Giddens).
  • Totteridge Valley: no sign of Ring Ouzel between 10.45 and 11.00 but singing Lesser Whitethroat: 3 Swallows: 1 Lapwing: 11 singing Chiffchaff: 11 singing Blackcap (John Colmans) 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (more heard), 2 Wren,1 Jay, 1 Mandarin Duck, 2 Teal (M+F), Greylag Goose in Darlands area (Xav).
  • Totteridge Valley, Frith Manor Farm: Willow Warbler singing along track near 'Ring Ouzel site' (Bob Husband, Sue Widdowfield, Fay Broom, Marian Rastelli)
  • Tower Bridge, SE1: Meadow Pipit over (James A)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 8 singing Blackcaps (Bob Watts)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs male Common Redstart in willow bush c.100 metres from the fishing huts, Wheatear, 4 Little ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow res:lockwood Yellow wagtail,2 buzzard (Kevin j mcmanus).
  • Waterworks N.R. Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear, 2 Snipe (Paul Whiteman)
  • Walthamstow Marsh: Whitethroat, Little Owl, Peregrine, few Meadow Pipits (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats:2 singing Common Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail over, 70 + Meadow Pipit through, Pied Wagtail, m Northern Wheatear, 2 Shelduck over, 2 Teal, Peregrine Falcon, Sparrowhawk, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Swallow (Nick Croft et al)
  • Wimbledon Common: Red Kite 1215 high over Warren Farm (David Wills).
  • South Norwood Lake: 11 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs, 6 Willow Warblers, 3 Swallows (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)

Thursday 12th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Wheatear briefly on filter beds mid am, 3 Willow Warbler (Gareth Richards). Common Redstart m. in small copse at E. End of Pitch & Putt Field, 18.00hrs (Jonathan Cooke).
  • Bankside SE1: Chiffchaff in the birches at east end of Tate Modern (Simon Fogg)
  • Barnehurst, Thirlmere Rd (my back garden): 2 Goldcrest. (Chris Rose).
  • Bentley Priory: 1 Wheatear. My first ever on this site, and I've been looking on and off here since 1973! (Richard Francis).
  • Blackheath: 10 Meadow Pipits over, Willow Warbler, Linnets heard/seen over x3 (Joe Beale). At the Dips, 6 Chiffchaff, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Chaffinch (James Lowen)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Common Tern, 3 Sand Martin, 24 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler (Brent Birders).
  • Broadwater: 2W Iceland Gull on water at 14.30HRS but flew off south at 15.15HRS. ( John Edwards).
  • Canons Farm: male Ring Ouzel in stubble field just south of Reads Rest Cottages at 7.05pm and 5 Wheatears there in the morning; also 25 Fieldfares in stubble field NE of Lunch Wood and c8 Swallows north through the site (David Campbell).
  • Clapham Common: 1 Blackcap singing (m), 4 Stock Dove (site record!), 10 Tufted Duck (Mount Pond). (Mark H).
  • Colne Valley, Longford: 2 Swallow north at 12pm. Also 2 Buzzard, 10 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near Yacht Club; 3 Common Tern, 3 Wheatear, 3 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, Little Owl, Corn Bunting, 10 Curlew, 2 Green Sandpiper. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dalston, Shacklewell Lane: 1 Sparrowhawk. 9.30am. First I've seen in Hackney (Jon Agar).
  • East India Dock Basin area: 5 Common Terns, 3 Oystercatcher (O2 mud), 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Willow Warblers, Blackcap, Reed Bunting. (Gary A James).
  • Ewell Village, Beggars Hill & Hogsmill Open Space: 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap (Neil Batten)
  • Finsbury Park: singing warblers:- 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2+ Blackcaps, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Green Woodpecker (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Fryent CP: 0700hrs, 1 (m) Ring Ouzel along hedges in Warrens showing well on tree tops and on ground. 1 (m) Wheatear. 1 Willow Warbler. 1 Fieldfare, 1 Cormorant on top pond. (Neville Smith)
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Swalllows W, 1 Ring Ouzel (looked like a male) flew E @ 09:30, checked but don't think it came down (Joe Beale).
  • Hackney Marshes/Middlesex Filterbeds: 2 Willow Warbler, Kingfisher, Rook, Jackdaw, 3 Meadow Pipit, 8 Teal, 2 cy Great Black-backed Gull (Jamie Partridge)
  • Hampstead Heath: 4 Wheatear, 2 Meadow Pipits, 2 Willow Warblers (Chris Bird)
  • Kensal Green and St Mary's Cemeteries: singing Willow Warbler, singing Blackcap, Stock Dove, m Sparrowhawk, 12 Linnet, Green Woodpecker (Charlie Farrell)
  • Osterley Park: Wheatear 5. Willow Warbler 2. Chiffchaff 2. Blackcap 2. Buzzard 1. Meadow Pipit 3. Reed Bunting 2. (K.Fisher)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 5 Wheatear, 1 Buzzard to the West of Farm. (Joe Dickens)
  • Richmond Park: 4-5 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler (Hugh Bradshaw). 1 male Common Redstart (presumably yesterday's bird) relocated to Pembroke Lodge at 1pm, on slope leading down to playground- prefering blossoming Cherry trees on West of slope, but ranging widely (Billy Dykes). Seen well agan 18.00. Appeared to show less white on forehead compared to yesterday's bird (Susanna Ramsey & Franko J Maroevic). Also flushed a Red-legged Partridge from bracken by Conduit Pond at 11.10am, before it flew down into dense cover in Hawthorn Scrub Enclosure (Billy Dykes). Also seen in flight at same location @19.00 when flushed by a dog in bracken (S.R & FJM). 7 Wheatear at Pond Slade @19.00 (Steve & Sam Read per FJM). A few photos of today's Pembroke Lodge Redstart now up on the blog here. Didn't see yesterday's bird, so can't comment on any plumage differences (BD)
  • Staines Moor: male Ring Ouzel still showing well near the concrete bridge this morning (Birdguides) 2 Swallow, 4 House Martin over houses on moor in Hithermoor Road. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Little Gulls South Basin this morning (Paul Boult)
  • Sutcliffe Park (Kidbrooke) Little Grebe, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Tooting Common: 4 Blackcaps (3m, 1f), 3 Mistle Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, pair of Nuthatch, 4 singing Song Thrush, 4 Jackdaw, 5+ Stock Doves, many Chiffchaffs. (James Hudson) Also: 1 m Green Woodpecker (at north end, where also 2 singing Blackcap, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Nuthatch) (Nick Granger-Taylor)
  • Totteridge Valley: male Ring Ouzel still present at Frith Manor Farm between 7.40 and 7.50 a.m., on its 5th day (James Palmer). Ring Ouzel still present at 6.00pm as per yesterday's instructions feeding with m Blackbird. Nice to have joined the car-ouzel! Also Pheasant heard, and on Frith Lane f Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sylvia warbler calling (James Levy). Site visit 8:30 - 9am, m Ring Ouzel, 3m Blackcap, 2 Stock Dove, m Great Spotted Woodpecker, m Song Thrush & 3 Ring-necked Parakeet. Thanks for yesterday's directions (Tony Kennelly).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: singing Willow warbler (1st of year) (Bob Watts).
  • Trent Park: Wheatear (m) by the uppermost circular bramble on the Old Golf Course (disturbed by dogwalkers) but seen again later by the "Clump" also lots of Chiffs, Blackcaps and a few Mandarin. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Tylers Common Fishery: 2 Swallows at Midday and another at 2 p.m.Little Egret and at least 2 Chiffchaff (G Francis)
  • Valentines Park: 5 Stock Dove feeding together, 2 Chiffchaff, Little Grebe, Heron on nest but coouldn't see any young.Egyptian Goose with one nearly grown youngster.(Barbara Miller)
  • Walthamstow: Lockwood Ring Ouzel,Hobby,Swift (Kevin J Mcmanus). londonbirder-birdman.blogspot.co.uk
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 m Common Redstart, 3 Willow Warbler, 8 Swallow, 2 Wheatear, 17 Linnet, pr Pochard Alex (Nick Croft et al)
  • Waterworks NR: Arctic Tern, flew N low up the Lea Navigation, (Jamie Partridge)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Ring Ouzel briefly am, 1 pair Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat (m), 13 Blackcap, 17 Chiffchaff, 1 singing Willow Warbler & 1 Swallow west (The Scrubbers) 1530hrs-1630hrs 1 Wheatear still, 1 Swallow north (M Bournat)
  • Wyvil Estate - Stockwell: Peregrine, 1 Goldfinch (Michael Mac).

Wednesday 11th AprilEdit

  • Barking Bay: 3 Arctic Terns and 1 Common Tern early morning (Paul Hawkins per JA).
  • Blackheath: 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Swallows and 2 m Wheatears(record shots) -all first of the year, also 3 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, c30 Meadow Pipits over, 7+ Linnets over, and 3 Sparrowhawks; 1 m displaying to 2 females (Joe Beale).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Common Terns over rafts and feeding, 3 Lapwings, 2 Sand Martins (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park: Hobby west 8.00, Song Thrush, 2 singing Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff,1 singing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Wheatears and a male Stonechat near cricket pavillion late pm.(Susanna Ramsey & Franko Maroevic)
  • Castle Woods (Shooter's Hill) Firecrest in pines by Rose Cottage (Conrad Ellam)
  • Clapham Common: Singing Willow Warbler (patch tick long overdue). (Mark H)
  • Cowley: 1 Willow Warbler singing by R Frays. (Roger Dewey)
  • Crayford Marshes: female Ring Ouzel in the paddock behind the Yacht Club 08.15; Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near Erith Yacht Club; 12 Wheatear, 2 Ruff, 2 Little Owl, Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Corn Bunting, Green Sandpiper, 3 Cetti's Warbler. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: female Bearded Tit in protected area, female Marsh Harrier flew west along the River Thames at 12:15 then back east at 12:35, 7 Wheatears (Ian Miller per JA)
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek Ecology Park: possible Marsh Harrier high west at 12:55, 3 Shelducks, 6 Teal, 30 Tufted Ducks (including both nasal-saddled individuals), 4 Common Sandpipers (John Archer). 7 Common Sandpiper in Pura Foods roost late p m, 5 Shelduck (Nick Tanner).
  • Finsbury Park: A singing Willow Warbler in the gardens of Wilberforce Road (N4) and 3+ male Blackcaps and 1+ Chiffchaff in the Park (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Foots Cray Meadows Bexley: Male redstart, treecreeper (Peter Sussex per Ralph Todd)
  • Fryent CP: 1 Hobby over west 1905hrs, 2 Common Buzzard together distantly north 1805hrs, 1(m) Wheatear by farm, 1 Swallow west, 4 unidentified distant hirundines through west.19 or 20 Meadow Pipit flew in to roost at 1659hrs,1 Willow Warbler, 1 Nuthatch. (Neville Smith)
  • Greenwich Park: 5 Blackcaps, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Swallows, 2 Fieldfares, 4 Collared Doves feeding (unusual on the ground here), brood of 8 Mallard ducklings (Joe Beale).
  • Hackney Marshes: 2 Wheatear, Sand Martin, 11 Blackcap (J. Partridge)
  • Hampstead Heath: 4 Wheatear at 7:15-8:15 from Parliament Hill (Dave Porritt)
  • Hackney E5: Swallow over house (1st of the Summer) (David C)
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Little Owl on Paradise Fields (David Howdon and Andy Culshaw)
  • Isle of Dogs: Wheatear on playing fields (Richard Harrison).
  • Kew Gardens, rail station: 1 Swallow (Jon Agar).
  • Ladywell Fields SE6: Little Egret, Chiffchaffs, male Blackcap (Terry Wilson).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 10 Pochard, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffcaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler, pair of Reed Bunting (John Gordon)
  • Mayfield Farm, Hounslow (private): 4 Wheatear (3m, 1f), Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap (Adam Cheeseman).
  • Minet CP: male Ring Ouzel in field by main oak hedge and flying into hedge when disturbed at c.TQ109800 this morning (Birdguides).
  • Regent's Park: 2pr Common Shelducks, 3 Peregrines, 1 Common Buzzard, 2m Sparrowhawks, Swallow, House Martin, 7 Wheatears, 1m Common Redstart, 5 Willow Warblers, pr Grey Wagtails, 3 Linnets, pr Reed Buntings (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: Common Redstart male, Holly Lodge horse paddocks early am. Relocated at nearby small gorse enclosure 13.00. Also 9 Wheatears, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Linnet and a Redwing (Hugh Bradshaw, Franko J Maroevic). 6pm: Redstart still, in thorn enclosures N of Conduit Wood; 13 Wheatears (8 males & 5 females); Red-legged Partridge reported- flushed from braken by Conduit Pond but no further sign (J. Wilczur).
  • Staines Moor: Ring Ouzel still present, 5 Wheatears, Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk over, 2 Reed Buntings, 2 Swallows, 2 Song Thrush, Skylarks, Linnets, Blackcaps.(Sue Giddens). Ring Ouzel, Swallow, 6 Wheatear, 4 Buzzards ,Sparrowhawk, 30 Linnet (Les McCallum).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Arctic Terns flew NE @07.12. 3 Litttle Gulls, 1 Ad, Swallow, 2 Black Necked Grebes displaying on S basin early am, (Bob Warden per FJM) also Common Tern, female Wheatear (Les McCallum) 3+ Common Tern, juv. Shag, 2 Ringed Plover, Redshank, 6 White Wagtail, 1 Little Gull, 3 Goldeneye just after 5pm (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail. (TeRNS)
  • Tooting Bec Common - north end (wooded path alongside railway embankment between Cavendish Rd & Rastell Ave): 2-3 singing Blackcap, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 1 calling Nuthatch, 1-2 singing Dunnock, 1 House Sparrow, Long Tailed Tit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch (Nick Granger-Taylor)
  • Totteridge Valley: male Ring Ouzel still present at Frith Manor Farm at 8am, on its 4th day. Also a Fieldfare there and 2 Redwing over. (Ian Ellis). Ring Ouzel still present 12 midday, also male Wheatear and male Yellow Wagtail (Roy Beddard). Ring Ouzel still there 2.50pm. 2 Lapwing further down same field (Xav). Ring Ouzel still present 4.15pm and showing superbly in sunshine - enter fields from footpath just past last house in Lullington Garth and view from fallen tree giving a view on to big field with manure dump in corner. Also 3 Lapwing and imm Common Gull (John Colmans/Clive Herbert)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood Common Tern,Common Sandpiper,2 Buzzards,4 Wheatear.(Kevin J Mcmanus).Lower Maynard Osprey,4 Common Terns(Lol Cumming).londonbirder-birdman.blogspot.co.uk Banbury res: 6 Common Terns, 2 imm. Little Gulls (Lol Bodini).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Rook, 8 wheatears, little owl calling, 3 mipits (j. Partridge)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 m Common Redstart, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow, 3 Wheatear (Tim Harris, Nick Croft, J Lethbridge, Barry Bishop, Harry Lacey, Marco Johnson, Keith Marchant, Dan Hennessy), Lesser Redpoll, 5 Linnet, Fieldfare (Nick Croft) pics of redstart at http://wansteadbirding.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Wheatear, Common Buzzard, 10 Meadow Pipit, Little Egret (N Croft)
  • Wimbledon Common: 4 male Wheatears (David Wills).
  • Woodlands Farm (Shooters Hill): male Common Redstart by the old abattoir, 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, Nuthatch, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 male Common Redstart one in Southern Copse by Scrubs Lane Wood the other feeding around the western end of the embankment. Also 2 Northern Wheatear in grassland, a male Pheasant in the western end - extreme rarity here, 1 Swallow west, pair of Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker & c20 Meadow Pipit south. (The Scrubbers)

Tuesday 10th AprilEdit

  • Banstead Woods: Peregrine over (David Campbell).
  • Brookmill Park: male & female Kingfisher, singing Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff ( 1 singing ) female House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam).
  • Canons Farm: Red Kite over, c55 Fieldfares (David Campbell).
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near the Yacht Club; female Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Curlew. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 6:15-7:30 pm. 1 Common Tern still, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing, 2 Egyptian Geese and 1 singing Willow Warbler. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek Ecology Park: singing Willow Warbler, 4 Shelduck, 10 Teal, 30+ Tufted Ducks (including male and female with red Portuguese nasal saddles), Sparrowhawk, Common Sandpiper (John Archer).
  • Fryent CP: (pm) 2 Common Buzzard distantly n/e. 2 Bullfinch, 1 Willow Warbler. Both Blackcap and Chiffchaff well into double figures. Pair of Gadwall on small pool. Nuthatch and Treecreeper. (Neville Smith)
  • Gallions Reach: 1 Sandwich Tern 09.20, 3 Arctic Terns upriver 12.15, 6 Common Terns, 340 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Curlew, 1 Swallow. (Gary A James).
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Willow Warbler in South Meadow (Chris Bird)
  • Staines Moor: male Ring Ouzel still, also 5 Wheatears (2m & 3f) & Water Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Lapwing, Linnet, Reed Bunting, along path to the moor, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff & Blackcap. (Paul Boult) 5 Swallows, Red Kite and Buzzard over, Grey Heron, 2 House Martin, Cuckoo in field. (Sue Giddens). Ring Ouzel still present at 2pm, feeding on ground by second bridge near mound- showing down to a few metres at one point. Also 2 Grey Wagtail and 4 Sand Martin along banks of river. (Billy Dykes). A few more shots of the Ouzel now up on the blog here (Billy Dykes). Ring Ouzel photos here: http://randonsramblings.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Staines Reservoir: (17.30-19.15) 5 Ruff (N.Basin, East bank), 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Gull, 5 White Wagtail (causeway), 1 Black-necked Grebe (S.Basin), 1 Common Tern (S.Basin) (A.Luscombe). Also later an immature Iceland Gull flew NW with other large gulls at about 2005hrs (Rob Innes, Ken Purdey).
  • Totteridge Valley: male Ring Ouzel still present c 9.15, in field then flew towards hedge. Also 2 Lapwing (John Colmans/Tony Clancy). Also Woodcock and Mandarin drake in flight (heading west) c. 12:00 (Deb Jackson). Ring Ouzel still present at 11.30, Willow Warbler singing in hedge in front of Mill Hill Nursery (Tony Clancy). Ring Ouzel still there at 11.40 and through to 12.15 - disappearing into hedge when disturbed but coming back out soon after each time (Xav). Ring Ouzel present at 1:00; feeding in meadow with blackbird, then flew into hedge (Wayne H.) Still showing well feeding with Blackbird, Starlings and Moorhen at 16.00 (Geoff Crabtree). Still there at sunset 20:15 (Ian E).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood 4 Little Gulls north over,Swallow (Kevin J Mcmanus).East Warwick Whitethroat (Lol.Cumming).
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Willow Warbler (Alex), m Wheatear, 10 Linnet (north), Reed Bunting, 10 Meadow Pipit (north) + residents, Pied Wagtail, Teal, 10 Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk - 58 species, surprisingly good (Nick Croft)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Rook drifted north - 1st for the year plus 1 Common Buzzard came in from the north & headed east & 4 Fieldfare. (The Scrubbers)

Monday 9th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Male Wheatear found 1530 still present 1645 causeway between Tunnel and Wood Green Res, also mixed singer Willow Warbler Conservation Area (Bob Watts, Gareth Richards, Alan Gibson).
  • Beddington SF: 1w Iceland Gull. Updates here: (http://www.diporglory.co.uk/)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret behind dam 14.25; 1 Snipe, 8 Sand Martins, Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler & 2 Shelduck (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard & Andrew Verrall)
  • Crayford Marshes: 13 adult Kittiwake flew upriver at 11:00; Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near Yacht Club; Whimbrel, 2 Ruff, 26 Curlew, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Cetti's Warbler. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: 13 adult Kittiwakes flew in from the east at 11:35 (thanks for the call Kev!) then circled high and drifted back east, 8 Ruff, 2 House Martins, Swallow, Willow Warbler, Green Sandpiper, 120+ Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Curlew, 2 Wigeon, Little Egret (John Archer & Ian Miller)
  • East India Dock Basin area: 6 Shelduck, 18 Common Teal, 38 Tufted Duck, 7 Common Sandpiper (high tide roost) (Nick Tanner).
  • Fryent CP: (am) 1 Green Sandpiper flushed from pool, 1 Little Owl, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Redwing. (Neville Smith)
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Fieldfare, Chiffchaff and pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Joe Beale).
  • London Wetland Centre: Drake Garganey, Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Jack Snipe, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, 2 Sand Martin, 2 White Wagtail (Martin Honey)
  • Staines Moor: male Ring Ouzel still. North end of the moor in and around hawthorn bushes feeding amongst anthills north of the river at 10.40am. Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff too. (Adam Cheeseman). Male Ring Ouzel still at 16.00hrs north side of river, then again at 18.30hrs - flew over to south side into bushes then dropped down to feed by anthills. Also 1 Cuckoo north side of river, 1 Red Kite (flew low over Moor at 17.45hrs), 2 Water Pipit, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Red-legged Partridge (north side of river), 1 Grey Wagtail. (Neil Randon)
  • Staines Reservoir: Mandarin, drake in SW corner of S basin late am, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Swallows, 1 Shag, immature still on old tern rafts. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Tredegar Road - Bow: Goshawk ripping apart a baby crow! (Pat Jones)
  • Totteridge Valley: male Ring Ouzel still at Frith Manor Farm, by the manure heap in the corner of field. View from the public footpath , approx. 80m from Lullington Garth. It can hide away in the hedgerow at times. Also 1 Wheatear and 1 Fieldfare there in rain this morning (Ian Ellis). Still present 12:15 - 12:45; nice one Ian (Edward Imber). Still present between 1400-1600hrs (Neville Smith).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 1 Common Snipe, flushed from grass field, 15:32 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: f Ring Ouzel briefly this morning (J Lethbridge), 2-5 Wheatear (Barry Bishop, Keith Marchant), 5 Linnet north, Redwing (Nick Croft), Willow Warbler (Bob Vaughan)

Sunday 8th April 2012Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Willow Warblers (alongside Wood Green Res and Boating Lake), 5 Redwing, Mipit (Bob Watts).
  • Beddington SF: 1 Grey Plover, 1 LRP, 15+ Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 6-8 Wheatear, 1 Iceland Gull, 150+ Mipit N, 20+ Linnet N pics here and updates here (http://www.diporglory.co.uk/) ( )
  • Brent Reservoir: Oystercatcher flew in & landed on rafts 9.05, also 2 Willow Warblers (Brent Birders); PM: 50 Meadow Pipits over, 13 Sand Martin, 2 Swallows & Peregrine (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, female House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Clapham Common: 3 Goldfinch (unusual here) early morning (NickR)
  • Crayford Marshes: Drake Common Scoter drifting on the Thames,then flew down river; Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near the Yacht Club (Starting to moult). 3 Ruff, Whimbrel, 24 Curlew, Corn Bunting, Swallow, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Blackcap, 2 Cetti's Warbler. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: 8 Ruff, male Wheatear, Swallow (Ian Miller & Steve Carter per JA)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 3 Swallow and 12 Sand Martin through, 1 singing Willow Warbler, 1 Common Tern. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • East Finchley Allotment: willow warbler singing atop the greengage tree, saw one yesterday in the..er.. willow, 4 dunnock, 3 chaffinch, 4 robin, wren, blue tit, great tit and coal tit (Dawn Painter)
  • East India Dock Basin area: 4 Shelduck, 24 Common Teal, 47 Tufted Duck, 2 Kestrel, 7 Common Sandpiper (high tide roost), 2 Grey Wagtail, singing Blackcap (Nick Tanner).
  • Fairlop Waters: 2 LRP (painters lane workings S from road)1 Green Sandpiper ,5 Teal( Silit Lagoon),16 Swallow.6 Sand Martin over main lake (Steve Bacon)
  • Gallions Reach: 1 Common Buzzard, 435 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Curlew, 85 Redshank, 5 Oystercatcher, 7 Common Terns, 2 Swallow, 1 Northern Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff. (Gary A James & Nick Tanner).
  • Hampstead Heath: female Wheatear & 1 Meadow Pipit atop Parliament Hill @ 11.00, feeding on the slope between 1st & 2nd Hedge. Both gone by 11.15. Wheatear back @ 11.55,small tree between both hedges & still on the Hill @12.30. Also, at least 36 Meadow Pipits over NW 11.00-12.30 & Water Rail showing, Stock Pond @ 18.00 (Frank Nugent).Willow Warbler singing Parliament Hill by 2nd Hedge 12:45.(Allan Stewart)
  • Hayes Town, Middx: 2 Red Kites over 11.15 (W.Marks)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 1 Garganey, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 Redshank, 10 Snipe, 29 Lapwing, 3 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail (LWC website) 2 Jack Snipe, Peregrine, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (Martin Honey)
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: 2 Great Northern Divers (Birdguides)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: two Garganey still from Northern Trail; also Jack Snipe and fly-through Yellow Wagtail (Birdguides). Reed Warbler (Mike Benyon)
  • Regent's Park: Marsh Harrier 11.20am, 3 Goldeneyes 11.40am, 55 Meadow Pipits, 2 Linnets (Tony Duckett)
  • Staines Moor: Ring Ouzel, male still at N end amongst anthills W of boardwalk late pm. Also 3 Wheatears nearby and 1 Common Buzzard along E trees. (Susanna Ramsey & Franko J Maroevic) 1 Redshank,1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Common Buzzards copulating in Willow Trees east of moor. 13 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap,1 Kingfisher, (Neville Smith)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Little Gull (S.Basin), 2 Black-necked Grebe (S.Basin), 1 Swallow (causeway), 1 Northern Wheatear (S.Basin, west fence), 1 Redshank (N.Basin), 1 Shag (N.Basin) (A.Luscombe) Little Ringed Plover, 2 Shelducks, Scaup (drake) (Sue Giddens). At 16:30 there were 5 Little Gull on S basin (4 immature and 1 adult), 2 Ringed Plover being aggessive to a pair of Little Ringed Plover on W bank of S basin and 2 Common Redshank on N basin by the causeway (Bill Haines).
  • Totteridge Valley: 6 species of thrush today with 77 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing at Highwood Hill, plus c25 Meadow Pipit over in several groups; also a splendid male Ring Ouzel at 19:00 this evening at Frith Manor Farm off Lullington Garth (Ian Ellis). Darlands Lake area: Sparrowhawk being mobbed by crows, Green Parakeet, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker (heard), 2 Mandarin Duck, 6 Teal, 1 Treecreeper (Xav).
  • Valentines Park: Heron pair at nest and at least one chick poking its head up (Barbara Miller)
  • Wanstead Flats: Redwing, 10 Meadow Pipit (2 North), 2 Teal, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Nick Croft/J Lethbridge)
  • Wanstead Park: 5 Little Egret (Nick Croft) Common Buzzard (Dick Jeffree)
  • West Drayton: Red Kite near Heathrow 12.37pm(Sue Giddens)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 male Ring Ouzel flew in from the SE, and landed on a hawthorn in the grassland momentarily before heading west. We've received visits from this wonderful migrant for 9 years on the trot now. No other new migrants found just 1 Greylag, 1 Skylark, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Black-headed Gull and a Common Gull heading NW. (M Bournat & David Lindo)

Saturday 7th April 2012Edit

  • Barking Outfall: 3 Blackcap, Curlew, Cetti's Warbler, 269 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 p Oystercatchers, only 64 Teal left, 2 Chiffchaff and 5 Redshank (Dave Morrison).
  • Brent Reservoir: Swallow & 2 Sand Martin through, also 13 Meadow Pipits over, 5 Greylag Geese & a Snipe (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Bushy Park: 1 male Wheatear south of Heron Lake at 11.15, plus Linnet (Roger Unite)
  • Canary Wharf: 2 Egyptian Geese (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin).
  • Cornmill Meadows: 1 Cuckoo,1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 3 Common Snipe, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 (M) Reed Bunting. (Neville Smith)
  • Crossness: male Marsh Harrier seen several times 08:45-10:00, Red Kite north at 09:25, 2 Common Terns east, 130 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Curlew, 5 Oystercatchers, 2 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, Little Egret (John Archer)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Marsh Harrier through at 1:05 pm, probably male but distant, 1 Sand Martin through, 1 Common Tern still on main lake, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret over, 5 pochard ( 3m 2f ), pair of Shelduck, 2 Egyptian Geese, 10 Linnet, 3-4 Meadow Pipit through, several Chiffchaff and Blackcap but no Willow Warblers yet. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Dartford Marshes: Little Egret, Whimbrel, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Sand Martin, Wheatear, Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ealing W13: 1 Common Buzzard (1-2 annually, usually in autumn) drifted south over garden at 09:07 mobbed by a pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Bill Haines).
  • Hampstead Heath: Swallow over and Wheatear landed on Parliament Hill, slope facing the running track & then onto very top of tree adjacent to houses to west thereof , 11.40 (Frank Nugent). Pair of Fieldfares, heard Willow Warbler (Sphagnum Moss area) (Adrian Platt). Water Rail is still present, feeding just behind the reedbed, Stock Pond, 14.45 (Frank Nugent)
  • KGV Res: Black-necked Grebe, 6 Sand Martin, Willow Warbler. (David Bradnum)
  • KGV Res: (08:00 from Sewardstone) - 6 House Martin, Swallow, c30 Sand Martin (Martin Shepherd).
  • Rainham Marshes: pr Garganey, Whimbrel, Jack Snipe, 3 Curlew, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 5+ singing Cetti's Warbler. (David Bradnum, Nick Croft) 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, 3 Swallow. 2 Wheatear, 10 singing Cetti's Warbler and a Weasel carrying a Water Vole (Gary A James, Nick Tanner). 2-4 Yellow Wagtail, Fieldfare, 2 Swallow, singing Stonechat (Nick Croft/RSPB)
  • Regent's Park: 1 Snipe, 1f Reed Bunting (birdman_euston)
  • River Lee Country Park: Hall Marsh - pr Little Ringed Plover, Cetti‘s Warbler. Goosefield - Pink-footed Goose, Yellow Wagtail, Swallow. (Mike Oakland)
  • River Thames, Fulham opp. WWT Barnes (very low tide): Yellow-legged Gull 1st-w; 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 33 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c.210 Herring Gull, 3 Common Gull, c.10 Black-headed Gull (J. Wilczur).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Willow Warbler, many Blackcap (T.Clancy).
  • Staines Moor: male Ring Ouzel feeding among anthills, North End. (Thanks to R.Innis for waving in my direction from across the river!). Also Cuckoo (along North End tree line. Showing well & calling intermittently.) (A.Luscombe). Male Ring Ouzel just north of river, 1-2 Willow Warblers (Bob Whatley).
  • Staines Reservoir: 8 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 4 Little Gulls (1 adult), 1 male Scaup, 3 Black Necked Grebes, 1 male Wheatear, 1 male Mandarin (South Basin), Imm Shag, 1 Redshank (North Basin) (Bob Whatley).
  • Stanwell Moor Village: 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin around farm buildings in Hithermoor Road (Bob Whatley)
  • Streatham Common playing fields: 2 song thrush, 1 chiffchaff, 1 green woodpecker (RB)
  • Totteridge Valley: 1 Lapwing on field of stubble, 1 Mandarin Duck on Darlands, 1 Sparrowhawk. (Xav). Another 8 Lapwings on the adjacent / 'upstream' bare field, 14 singing Chiffchaff, 10 singing Blackcap, 2 Kestrel, Little Owl, still 3 pairs of Teal on Darlands Lake. Also a Redwing over Totteridge Common (Ian Ellis).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs : Ring Ouzel on high mound, in field north of main pit early afternoon, plus male Wheatear, 4 Reshank, 4 Common Snipe, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Red Kite (Steve Blake).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Male Wheatear, five Sand Martin and two Shelduck on Lockwood 10 am (David Bradshaw) Lockwood: Common Buzzard (Kevin j mcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: m Ring Ouzel 07:00 (J Lethrbidge) no sign thereafter, 1-2 m Wheatear (Keith Marchant/Barry Bishop)
  • Wanstead Park: Little Egret, Heron and Cormorant on the Roding, F Sparrowhawk over Wanstead Pk Road (Barbara Miller). Kingfisher and pair of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers (Ian and David Bradshaw)
  • West Drayton: Red Kite over near Heathrow Airport at 5.50pm. (Sue Giddens).
  • Woodside Park: 2 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, Tawny Owl calling from trees along Dollis Brook this pm but damned if I could see it! (Ian Ellis)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Swallow north (our first), c10 Linnet & c10 Meadow Pipit (David Lindo).

Friday 6th April 2012Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Willow Warbler singing in the Conservation Area but sounding a bit Chiffchaff-like - was this bird around last year? (James Palmer). Very similar to the weird song of last late summer's bird; rapid chiffchaff 'tripping' over into willow warbler ending. I have watched this bird actually singing in this way. It has pale pinky-horn coloured legs and is lighter and yellower than the chiffchaffs around, but does not otherwise look like a normal willow warbler (Jonathan Cooke). Could it be an Iberian Chiffchaff? (Last year's bird certainly wasn't). Also Willow Warbler alongside Wood Green Res, Linnet west, Swallow north 5.52pm (Bob Watts).
  • Battersea Park Lake: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 3 Song Thrush - all singing, pr Great Crested Grebes on nest (Michael Mac).
  • Biggs Hill (LB Bexley): 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming (Chris Rose).
  • Brent Reservoir: male Pheasant in East Marsh, 1 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warblers, 11 Chiffchaffs, 21 Blackcaps, 4 Sand Martins & LRP (Roy Beddard, Andrew Self, Derek Turner, Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park: female Kingfisher, male & female Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam).
  • Bursted Woods: 1 Chiffchaff (heard), 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 2 Long-tailed Tit. 1 Chiffchaff (heard) and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker along railway cutting between wood and Barnehurst station (Chris Rose).
  • Bushy Park: Red Kite over at 7.15pm (Roger Unite)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Common Tern on main lake ( very early here ), 1 Common Buzzard, Kestrel with lizard in talons, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 2 Shelduck, a few Teal, Shoveler and Gadwall, pair of Pochard, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Egyptian Geese and 1 Cetti's Warbler (V. Halley-Frame).
  • East India Dock Basin area: 4 Shelduck, 42 Common Teal, 32 Tufted Duck, 2 Kestrel, 6 Common Sandpiper, 4 Stock Dove, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet (Gary A James, Nick Tanner).
  • Fryent CP: 0700-1030hrs-1 Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff,17 Blackcap, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 8 GS Woodpecker, 4 Green Woopecker, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, pr Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk (displaying), 5 Bullfinch (2 pairs). 1 Little Owl. (Nev)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Willow Warbler warbling in the willows, male & female Reed Bunting, 2 Little Grebes (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam).
  • Hall Place North: 5 or 6 Jackdaw, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Stock Dove, 39 Starling, 16 Ring-necked Parakeet leaving/over site late p.m. (Chris Rose).
  • Hampstead Heath: Willow Warbler singing by Sphagnum Bog (Chris Bird).
  • Holyfield Area: Goosefield - Pink-footed Goose, 2 Shelduck, Redshank (with T & A Smith). Langridge - pr Little Ringed Plover (with J Anderson), Snipe, Redshank, Cetti‘s Warbler. From Holyfield Viewpoint - 3 Buzzards, Little Owl, Yellowhammer (Mike Oakland)
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, 14 Blackcap, 2 Little Owl (Andy Culshaw & David Howdon).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 12 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap, Goldcrest, Hobby through( earliest I have had one by 9 days), 2 Willow Warbler, 15 Cetti's Warbler, Swallow, 2 Water Rail, Green Sandpiper, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Yellowhammer and 100 Golden Plover on Farm Trail, many in summer plumage (Dave Morrison).
  • Leyton Flats: male Pied Flycatcher near Eagle Pond, Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Green Woodpeckers (Paul B).
  • London Wetland Centre (WWT, Barnes): drake Garganey (BirdGuides), pr Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Redshank, Short-eared Owl low over Grazing Marsh, mobbed and then rose and circled high to the east of the site (11.30am), Sand Martin inspecting nesting bank, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Cetti's Warbler singing (Angus Innes); Garganey & Green Sandpiper still on wader scrape at 5.45pm (David Bradshaw).
  • Martens Grove: 2 Chiffchaff (seen), 1 or 2 Nuthatch (prev nest hole seems abandoned), 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Jay, 1 Song Thrush (heard), several Ring-necked Parakeets (Chris Rose).
  • Mill Hill: a Firecrest sang briefly along Nan Clarks Lane this afternoon (Ian Ellis).
  • Oakhill Park, East Barnet: Mandarin (pair), 3 Chiffchaff singing, 1 Blackcap singing, Goldcrest, Coal tit, Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Ring-necked Parakeet, Jackdaw. (D Bates)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Pair of Teal on the main pond (late), Sparrowhawk, Linnet over, 2 Redwing, Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Jackdaw & 2 Jay (Jon Ridge).
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: Great Northern Diver still; also Iceland Gull flew over southwest bank at 09:50 (BirdGuides).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: pair of Garganey still on Aveley Pool (BirdGuides).
  • Raynes Park: 4 Common Buzzard circling and flying in SE direction (Jane Cullis).
  • Regent's Park: Common Buzzard 1.55pm, 3 Common Shelducks, pr Shovelers, Lesser Black-backed Gull intermedius, ? Baltic Gull, 2 Willow Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 11 Blackcaps (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: Short-eared Owl seen flying high @ 1010 & 1100, >4 Buzzards - 2 soaring together @ 1050 then 3 together @ 12.30 (J.Wilczur & S.Read).
  • Shenstone Park: 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff (heard) (Chris Rose).
  • Streatham Common: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch, 9 Ring-necked Parakeets (RB).
  • Thorney CP: 2 Goldfinch, 7 Chiffchaff, 11 Stock Doves, Canada Goose, 6 Blackcaps, 2 Common Gulls, Reed Bunting, Song Thrush, Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 pr Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Heron, 2 Lapwings over (Sue Giddens).
  • Totteridge Valley: Grey Wagtail. Sparrowhawk (Xav).
  • Valentines Park: M Sparrowhawk over Wilderness/ school field.(Barbara Miller)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Siskin E, 10 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 4 Meadow Pipit, 10 Linnet (The Scrubbers).

Thursday 5th April 2012Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Willow Warbler still very occasionally calling from Cricket Scrub 7am (Bob Watts)
  • Amwell GP: pair of Red-breasted Merganser (Birdguides)
  • Avery Hill: Five Fieldfare at 0745. (Roger Taylor)
  • Brent Reservoir: Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaffs, 11 Blackcaps, 2 Sand Martin (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park: Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Kingfishers. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the foreshore near Erith Yacht Club, 21 Curlew, 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Owl, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Blackcap, male Peregrine, 3 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dartford Marshes: Wood Sandpiper on flooded field north of University Way to 12:15 when it flew to the River Darent (Birdguides).
  • East India Dock Basin: 31 Teal, 45 Tufted Ducks, Grey Wagtail (John Archer).
  • Harmondsworth Moor: Peregrine over 12.25pm (Sue Giddens).
  • King George V: 50 Sand Martins, 12 House Martin, 10 Swallow (T. Clancy).
  • Lea Valley - Netherhall/Glen Faba: 4 singing Cetti's Warbler, 1 singing Sedge Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Skylark, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Egret, 2 Teal, 5 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 74 Tufted Duck , + a 'wire-jumper' that I believe to be a Ringed Teal f 1st year (Nigel May).
  • London Gateway: Woodlark seen by service station (J. Spottiswood via A. Self)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 12 Pochard, 10 Gadwall, 16 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebes (M Bournat).
  • Streatham rail station: 3 Goldfinches (RB).
  • Tooting Common: 3 Blackcap singing, Nuthatch 'singing', pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker excavating nest hole, 3 Song Thrush singing, 2 Cormorant in lake trees, 2 Jackdaw, Egyptian Goose, Green Woodpecker, 10+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Stock Dove (James Hudson).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Fulmar flew W over Lockwood at 13:20 (Kevin J Mcmanus).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: m Sparrowhawk, f Great Spotted Woodpecker, c8 Chiffchaff, c5 Blackcap. Cormorant and 2 Canada Geese over (Charlie Farrell).

Wednesday 4th April 2012Edit

  • Abney Park Cemetery: 1 Tawny Owl (N.Verlander)
  • Alexandra Park: Willow Warbler singing in Cricket Scrub, Ring-necked Parakeet (Mike Benyon).
  • Cains Lane, Hounslow: Willow Warbler singing, also Blackcap and Chiffchaff. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on foreshore near Yacht Club; 2 Whimbrel, 7 Ruff, 3 Wheatear, Little Owl, Corn Bunting, 2 Peregrine, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dartford Marshes: Wood Sandpiper on flooded field north of University Way (Birdguides).
  • Ealing Walpole Park: Willow Warbler 9am (Jim Fell).
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek: 2 Shelduck, 16 Teal, 37 Tufted Ducks (including female with red nasal saddle, ringed at Säo Jacinto Dunes Nature Reserve, Portugal on 14/1/2011) (John Archer). late pm: 3 Shelduck, 26 Teal, 53 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Sandpiper, Collared Dove flew E, 2 Wheatear (pura foods), Chiffchaff (Nick Tanner).
  • Finsbury Park: Meadow Pipit flying NW, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap singing (Ian Bradshaw).
  • Fryent CP: 10 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Treecreeper. 1 male Kestrel. (Neville Smith)
  • Gallions Reach: 1 Common Buzzard, 170 Black-tailed Godwits, 168 Redshanks (roost), 4 Oystercatchers, 1 Common Tern, 2 Swallow, 4 Northern Wheatear, Chiffchaff. (Gary A James).
  • Hampstead Heath: Merlin flew NW over Parliament Hill at 0715 (Pete Mantle) and Wheatear seen an hour later here (Allan Stewart). Water Rail showing well on marsh behind reeds of Stock Pond 07:10 (Allan Srewart).
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Wheatear, 1 Little Owl, Meadow Pipit over (Andy Culshaw).
  • King George V res: 3 Wheatear, 12 Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goosander, 1 Little Owl. Also 1 drake Scaup "type" (a lot of black and white at bill tip) (LP,TB).
  • Leyton Marsh: 1 Little Owl, much Kingfisher activity, singing Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, Teal, Gadwall. Buzzard (going to roost 18:40?) (Paul Whiteman).
  • London Wetland Centre: (early evening) Drake Garganey main lake, male Blackcap (Martin Honey)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir, Barnes: 1 Cetti's Warbler singing mid am in brambles along W edge 200m N of southern entrance; also 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Stock Dove (Steve Spooner & Franko J Maroevic). I had a couple more Blackcap, 1 Kingfisher (briefly, near the Cetti's), 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Mandarin (m+f) (Rich Petley).
  • Lower Chingford (off Russell Lane E4): 3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Teal, 2 Wheatear (James Palmer).
  • Nine Elms Sainsbury's Car Park: Pied Wagtail on Kestrels' perch - Kestrels now seem to have vanished from this area? (Michael Mac).
  • Rainham Marshes: Blackcap, Wheatear, 7 Ruff, 2 Little Ringed Plover, f Marsh Harrier. Garganey pair seen mid-morning, but sadly not by me. (Tom Smith)
  • Richmond Park: 5 Wheatears Holly Lodge, old riding ring area early am (Tim Howard per FJM).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebe, 3+ Little Gull, 3 Swallow, Little Ringed Plover, male Mandarin (first Mandarin we have seen in 30+ years of watching the reservoir) (Jim and Tony Sweetland). 1 Ringed Plover W bank S basin early evng with 2 LRP. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Totteridge Valley (Folly Farm 07:15 - 08:45): 2 Wheatear, 1 Swallow, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 31 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Mandarin, plus 4 Cormorant perched at Totteridge Long Pond (Ian Ellis).
  • Valentines Park: 2 Little Grebes, singing Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, adult Herring Gull and 4 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 3 Stock Doves (Barbara Miller).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 3 Wheatear behind stables (TeRNS).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Ring Ouzel briefly in willows at north end of Lockwood at 09:30 but no sign since,4 Wheatears (L.Cummings). Red Kite & Common Buzzard (LP & TB). Swallow, Willow warbler (LB).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Wheatear, c8 Blackcap, c14 Chiffchaff, 1 Peregrine & 1 Skylark (The Scrubbers).

Tuesday 3rd April 2012Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Fem Black Redstart on buildings and fence at top end of pitch & putt 8:50 am; but no sign at 15:30 (Gareth Richards). Teal flying up New River mid pm (David Callaghan). Lesser Redpoll (h) 0700 (Bob Watts).
  • Blackheath Dips: 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Blackcap singing (Joe Beale)
  • Broadwater Lake: Blackcaps plentiful and a few Chiffchaffs, 3 Kingfisher sightings, 1 Oystercatcher in flight. (Roger Dewey)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the foreshore near the Yacht Club; male Corn Bunting, Little Owl, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Fieldfare. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dartford Marshes: Little Egret, 20+ Wigeon, 20+ Teal, 5 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Ringed Plover, 10+ Redshank, 20+ Lapwing, male Wheatear, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, Corn Bunting, 2 male Reed Bunting (Conrad Ellam)
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek: 53 Tufted Ducks, 33 Teal (John Archer).
  • Ewell Village, Lower Mill: Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Stock Dove (Neil Batten).
  • Greenwich Park: 4 Blackcaps singing, Song Thrush gathering food (Joe Beale)
  • Leyton Flats: 2 Mandarin, 2 Treecreepers, Nuthatch, 2 Meadow Pipits, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap. (Gary A James).
  • London Wetland Centre: Garganey from Headley Hide (Birdguides) plus 2 Wheatear and 6 Sand Martin (Steven Robinson).
  • Lyttleton Playing Fields (Finchely): 2 Grey Wagtail on brook, Mistle Thursh, Green Woodpecker (Oliver Simms).
  • Rainham Marshes: Water Pipit at stone barges today; also 2 Short-eared Owl on reserve (Birdguides)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lower Maynard Ad Kittiwake, Lockwood Short-eared Owl, Oystercatcher, Wheatear (Kevin j mcmanus)[[1]]
  • Whitechapel: Common Buzzard low SW 1150 (Bob Watts).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: c9 singing Chiffchaff, c6 Blackcap, pr Sparrowhawk over, singing Song Thrush, 1+ Displaying Meadow Pipit (David Lindo, Charlie Farrell)

Monday 2nd April 2012Edit

  • Bromley (Hayes Farm): 3 Common Buzzard circling high @ 2pm, Chiffchaffs, Treecreeper, Skylarks over fields at top end of farm (SK!NNA).
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 2 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, House Sparrow, Small White & Orange Tip.  (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the foreshore near the yacht club; Bar-tailed Godwit, male Corn Bunting, Blackcap, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Little Owl, 5 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: 25 Teal, 51 Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk (Gary A James & John Archer).
  • Fairlop Waters: female Peregrine flew south 1pm, male sparrowhawk mobbed by crows, 2 Willow Warbler in scrub, 3 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet (Steve Bacon).
  • Hampstead Heath: Wheatear on Parliament Hill at 7am (Chris Bird), Red-legged Partridge by Vale of Health this afternoon, Willow Warbler in hedge on Parliament Hill, 2 Grey Wagtail on Highgate No 1 pond, 2 Kingfisher on Bird Sanctuary Pond, 8+ Blackcap (Oliver Simms).Water Rail showing well on Stock Pond 18:20.(Allan Stewart)
  • Harmondsworth Moor (Waterside Lake): Cetti's Warbler, heard. (Simon Cumming)
  • Hinchley Wood: Red Kite low over Manor Road North drifting N at 4.30pm (Billy Dykes). Identity now under re-consideration, with reports of a Black Kite flying NW over Telegraph hill, only 1/4 mile from my sighting, around the same time, and flying in the same direction. Anyone have any more information on this sighting? (Billy Dykes)
  • Ickenham Marsh and surrounding: Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, Willow Warbler, c20 Chiffchaff, 5+ Blackcap, Meadow pipit, around 15 nests attended in Rookery, Skylark singing at Northolt Aerodrome. Also Muntjac, Small Tortoisehells, Small Whites and Speckled Wood (Joe Dickens).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap (2m, 1f), 1f Reed Bunting, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Orange-Tip and 2 Holly Blue on walk down (Rich Petley).
  • North Finchley: Red Kite over house c4.15pm moving slowly WNW (John Colmans).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: early a.m, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Plover, 5 Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Pintail, 14 Snipe and 16 Redshank (Dave Morrison).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: 2 Snipe, Reed Bunting, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Heron (Alan Hobson).
  • Sewardstone: Willow Warbler at 08:02 (Martin Shepherd).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Black-necked Grebe, Mandarin still present, 3 Goldeneye, Redshank (Sue Giddens).
  • Valentines Park Ornamental Lake: Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull having a great row with the crow flock, another Lesser Black-backed pair on the boating lake plus 2 Egyptian Geese, Chiffchaff, several Mistle Thrush, 2 Stock Dove (Barbara Miller).
  • Wood Green: Swallow east over Birdwatch office at 10.40 am (David Callahan).
  • Wimbledon Common: Northern Wheatear (David Wills).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: early Garden Warbler glimpsed and recorded singing plus 1 Redwing (David Lindo).

Sunday 1st April 2012Edit

  • Arrandene: soaring Sparrowhawk, larffing Green Woodpecker, 2 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 chiffchaffing Chiffchaff, 2 calling Nuthatch (Andrew Haynes).
  • Battersea Park Old English Garden; 1 singing Blackcap, male Kestrel in wood dived and caught a rodent, 2 Song Thrush 1 singing, 2 pr Egyptian Geese - 1 on boathouse roof making a racket as the sun went down (Michael Mac).
  • Beckton: Osprey over (Birdguides)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, 33 Sand Martins through, Rook over at 11.50, 2 Common Buzzards (at 14.05 & 16.25), also 16 Blackcaps & 12 Chiffchaffs (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Broadwater: Cetti's Warbler in song along causeway ( John Edwards)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 2 male Blackcaps, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Park, Middx, HA8: Pair of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, perched male Sparrowhawk, several (c.3)singing Nuthatches, singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff, 2 Speckled Wood Butterflys (NW London RSPB Group Birdwalk - Bob Husband); Blackcap and a pair of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Shailesh Patel).
  • Crossness: female Bearded Tit, Bar-tailed Godwit, 370 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Green Sandpiper, Common Buzzard, Little Egret, 2 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 2 singing Blackcap (John Archer, Ian Miller & Roger Taylor)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: male Wheatear on the slack grassy area all afternoon. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • East Finchley Allotment: 2 Green Woodpecker feeding on plot 2pm (Dawn Painter).
  • Fairlop Waters: Little Owl, Mandarin Duck, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Kestrel, Little Grebe, Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Mistle Thrush (Alan Hobson).
  • Gallions Reach: Osprey NW at 11.10, 1 Common Buzzard, 151 Black-tailed Godwit, 93 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting + a report of a Harbour Porpoise on the Thames (Gary A James).
  • Greenwich: male Subalpine Warbler by O2 Arena near helipad seen very briefly by Martin Hallam at 12.30pm from Thames path but no further sign (per John Archer).
  • Hampstead Heath: 1 Red-legged Partridge, Parliament Hill, in the scrub west of 'First Hedge' and feeding on the grass nearby, 09.55. 1 male Redstart in the trees just south of First Hedge, c10.30. Water Rail in full view, Stock pond, feeding just behind the reedbed, visible from the adjacent marsh, 15.10 (Frank Nugent & Allan Stewart) Water Rail still showing well at 17;15 on Stock Pond. (Allan Stewart)
  • Hayes Farm (Bromley) 2 pairs of Garganey on farm trout lake (Derek Pezet)
  • Highgate: 1 Common Buzzard over, 17.15 (Matt Evans)
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - the first at this former stronghold for >2 years, 18 Blackcap, 18 Chiffchaff, 3 Redwing, Pheasant, 1 Little Owl (Andy Culshaw).
  • Knighton Wood, Buckhurst Hill : Red Kite flew SW, 9 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker calling, 4 Chiffchaff singing, 10+ Long-tailed Tit, m Sparrowhawk, 12+ Jay, Ring-necked Parakeet, Mistle Thrush (Brandon Anderson).
  • London Wetland Centre: Jack Snipe, 8 Common Snipe, (at least), 5 Common Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, still plenty Wigeon pairs, 3 Sand Martin, Blackcap, Chifchaff, half a dozen Cetti's Warblers singing, Goldcrest and Coal Tit gathering food (54 species in four hours, and missed half a dozen common or gardens); Butterflies: Orange Tip, Comma and Brimstone: Flora: Snakeshead Fritilleries in "Lechlade" (Angus Innes)
  • Moorhall Lake. Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Snipe and pr Shelduck (John Edwards)
  • Muswell Hill, Alexandra Park: At least 5 singing Chiffchaff (seen), 1 male Reed Bunting on scrub near reservoirs, 1 singing male Blackcap nr reservoir, 1 Common Buzzard over deer enclosure, all between 11.30 & 14.20 (P.Angus)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Common Buzzard, 9 Ruff, Spotted Redshank, pr Garganey reported (James Astley), Short-eared Owl (Steven Robinson).
  • Richmond Park: Buzzard over 3pm, Nuthatch nesting in Sawpit Plantation, Chiffchaff, Blackcap (M Bournat)
  • South Norwood Country Park: Firecrest in scrub near lake, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, 2 Coal Tit, loads of Chiffchaff, several Blackcap (Paul Moss per JA).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Swallow, Common Buzzard (Nick Croft/Marco Johnson/Stuart Fisher).
  • Wanstead Park: Red Kite, probable female Goshawk (Pul Davis had one over the flats Thursday c. 14:00, 3 hours after I had a calling bird in the park), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Little Egret (Nick Croft/Stuart Fisher).
  • Wormwood Scrubs : 3 Sand Martin N, Chiffchaff (5+), Blackcap (3+), Meadow Pipit, 2 Jackdaw N (The Scrubbers).

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