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Highlights of the monthEdit

Of several rarities reported in London in April, only Green-winged Teal was twitchable: a drake was at Crossness from the 12th to the 26th and again on the 28th, with possibly the same bird at Rainham Marshes on the 27th and 29th. Non-twitchable Great White Egrets flew over Wanstead Flats, Brent Reservoir and Cassiobury Park, while a Spoonbill passed over Lockwood Reservoir and a Pectoral Sandpiper briefly visited Rainham Marshes. A Hoopoe appeared at Tyttenhanger GPs and another surprised seven reservoir-watchers when it flew past the main Brent Reservoir hide. Early in the month a Stone-curlew spent a few days in Enfield and another was seen briefly at Horsenden Hill. Sightings of Garganey included drakes at Bushy Park for 4 days and London Wetland Centre for 12 days and a pair briefly at Ingrebourne Valley. A drake Ruddy Duck that had escaped the cull reappeared at Brent Reservoir. London’s first Osprey of the year appeared on the 8th, with Hobby following on the 20th and a Honey Buzzard on the 25th. The wintering Spotted Redshank at Crayford Marshes stayed put until almost the end of the month. Noteworthy among summer visitors, which generally arrived later than usual, was the first Nightingale, which was heard singing outside McDonald's in Poplar on the 15th. Wintering Long-tailed Duck at Staines Reservoir and King George V Reservoir stayed until the middle of the month. The spring dispersal of Red-legged Partridge resulted in some surprise sightings in urban and suburban London, including Waterloo, Mayfair, Regent's Park, Little Venice, Westminster, Kentish Town, Hampstead Heath and Ruislip. Small parties of Waxwing could still be seen until the end of the month; earlier flocks of more than 40 were reported in Hayes and Mile End. On the 15th a Mealy Redpoll in full breeding plumage visited a garden Niger feeder in Bromley. On the 23rd at least three Harbour Porpoise penetrated the Thames as far as Westminster.

Tuesday 30th April 2013Edit

  • Blackheath: f Whinchat, m Common Whitehroat, 2 Swallows W at Whitfield's Mount (Joe Beale)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard west at 14.20 (Andrew Self)
  • Bromley BR2: Shortlands - 4 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, 1 Hobby, 2+ Sparrowhawk all mid-morning (Martin Birch)
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Buckhurst Hill CM16 (Connaught Water): 1 male Pintail (on the opposite side of the lake from the car park) (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Bushy Park: 6 Common Shelducks, Common Buzzard, Cuckoo, 2 Reed Warblers (Tony Duckett).
  • Crayford Marshes: Short-eared Owl hunting between Dartford and Crayford Marsh at 06:30, 6 Whimbrel, 8 Wheatear, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 10 Reed Warbler, 28 Whitethroat (Kev Jarvis); Hobby, also drake Common Scoter on Thames (Ralph and Brenda Todd)
  • Dulwich Park SE21: Whitethroat (Steven Robinson)
  • Enfield EN2 (Town Park): 1 Common Buzzard flew N 14:35 hrs - my first record for the site (Robert Callf)
  • Erith DA7: Common Buzzard over Cheviot Close 16.10 - 2nd of the day (Gary Taylor)
  • Ewell KT19 (Hogsmill Open Space): 7 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Stock Dove, Orange Tip and Holly Blue Butterflies (Neil Batten).
  • Gillespie Park, N5: 1 Sparrowhawk in tree behind small pond, 1 singing Blackcap, several House Sparrows; 1 Orange-tip, several Commas (Michael Rank).
  • Greenwich Park: 1 singing Willow Warbler, 1 Swallow (Joe Beale).
  • Hampstead Heath: Snipe (flushed from field above running track 6.30), Whinchat (f) (Dave Porritt); Singing Sedge Warbler in hawthorns between Men's pond & Highgate No. 1 pond (Chris Bird)
  • Heathrow Airport: 2 Sedge Warbler, several Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Swallow. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • King George V Reservoir: 28 Arctic Tern, 6 Common Tern, 2 Hobby, 1 Wheatear (Tony Clancy)
  • Little Britain Lake, Cowley UB8: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Tern, 1m Cuckoo heard, 1 Swallow (Old Mill Farm), 1 Sedge Warbler (Roger Dewey)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat.(John Gordon)
  • Nunhead Cemetery SE15: Hobby low over, 5:45pm (Andrew Birks)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Whitethroat (maybe 2), 1 pr Goldcrest (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Rammey Marsh: 2 Swift N, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Tony Clancy)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 1 male Lesser Whitethroat (Leaf Yard Wood area 07.30), 1 Yellow Wagtail (briefly landed on sandy ground near Leaf Yard Wood 07.45), 1 singing Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Huw Prior); 2 Tawny Owl (surviving parent + nr-full-grown yg), 5 Willow Warbler (birdman_euston); pm - 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (fide Regent's Park Birds blog)
  • Richmond Park: singing male Redstart - near Sidmouth Wood at top of slope NW of Pen Ponds early am, Garden Warbler singing on W side of Pen Ponds plantation where reeds meet rhododendrons (Mike Lewis).
  • Sewardstone: 2 Cuckoo, 8 Warbler species including 5 Lesser Whitethroat, Lapwing (Martin Shepherd); farmland 3pm - Tree Pipit in scrub up hill on footpath to SE over brow of hill - right of access unknown, also Cuckoo and herd of 10 fallow deer (Brian Dawton)
  • Shooters Hill, Woodlands Farm, DA16: Red Kite flew NNW 13.35, Buzzard Species thought to be Honey flew NNW 13.45, 2 Swift NW, 4 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap and 5+ Chiffchaff (Frank White, John Reid, Paul Moss); Hobby 11.00, Swallow, Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler (Conrad Ellam)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 5 Arctic Tern on N basin till 09.00 at least, 16 Common Tern on S basin, 1 Black-necked Grebe SE corner of S basin, 2 Northern Wheatear on W bank of N basin (Bob Warden per FJM);  3 Arctic Tern (N.Basin) 17.30-19.00,  1 Northern Wheatear (N.Basin, west bank), 1 Black-necked Grebe (S.Basin), 1 Little Ringed Plover (N.Basin), Reed Bunting, Linnet (causeway) (A.Luscombe).
  • Swanley Park: Turtle Dove calling 1 pm (See Patch Page link for directions), Buzzard over, Stock Dove, Jay, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Parakeets courtship feeding, Blackcap, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush (Andy Meaton)
  • Totteridge Valley: Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Little Owl, 2 Kestrel, 2 Teal and a Mandarin this evening (Ian Ellis).
  • Trent Park: 1 singing male Garden Warbler; 1 Redpoll sp (Robert Callf); Common Buzzard, Swallow, 6 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, many Chiffchaff, 4 Common Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler (one singing), 3 Mute Swan, Mandarin (m), Kestrel (f) with prey (Pete Lowman); 1 Redwing - our latest spring record for 25 years, latest 9th May 1988 (Robin White per RMCallf).
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Sand Martin, Linnet (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 6 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, Little Egret (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Teal, 4 Little Grebe (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Welling: Common Buzzard mobbed by crows flying high heading east 14.30, garden tick (Gary Taylor).
  • Westminster WC2 (Golden Square, Soho): Common Buzzard drifting south at 1640hrs. (David Lindo)
  • Wimbledon Park (Lake & Horse Close Wood): 2 Gadwall, 2 Common Tern, 1 Cormorant, 2 Herring Gull, 4 Blackcap (3 m in song  1 f), 1 Chiffchaff (Martin Daniel).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 singing Sedge Warbler, 3 Whinchat, c4 Lesser Whitethroat, c10 Whitethroat, c7 Blackcap, c5 Chiffchaff, 1 singing male Reed Bunting, c10 Meadow Pipit, c6 Swallow, c3 Jackdaw. (The Scrubbers)

Monday 29th April 2013Edit

  • Balham SW12 (Balham High Rd/Ravenstone St jn): 10 Waxwings still present, 18:50 (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Bexleyheath: Horsham Road - Hobby over 13.00 (Ralph Todd)
  • Brookmill Park, SE8: Mandarin, 3 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler (Conrad Ellam).
  • Cassiobury Park, 2 Great White Egret flew low south between car park & river at 10.30am (Herts w'site)
  • Cockfosters / East Barnet, EN4: Common Whitethroat in garden (Bob Husband)
  • Chelsea: 2 tiny Moorhen chicks on very small pond in Kings Chelsea apartment complex (Matt Reed).
  • Colne Valley, Colnbrook: 1 Red Kite (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Avocet, 4 Whimbrel, 6 Wheatear, Greenshank, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Willow Warbler, 2 Corn Bunting, 4 Reed Warbler, 25 Whitethroat. (Kev Jarvis, Philip Cliffe); Turtle Dove (Tom Clarke)
  • Crayford, Thames Road Wetland: 2 or 3 Reed Warblers singing, 1 male Blackcap, 1 male Common Whitethroat performing display flight, 1 Grey Heron, several small very mobile groups of Ring-necked Parakeet, and maximum of 21. Chiffchaff in adjoining trees (Chris Rose)
  • Crossness: 2 Wheatear, male Whinchat West Paddock, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Gadwall, 8 Teal - River Thames - 15.45 (Ralph Todd).
  • Dulwich Park: 8pm: 1 Kestrel chasing flock of 7 goldfinches, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 singing Blackcap, 1 Red Fox, 1 singing Whitethroat (Paul Collins).
  • East India Dock: 2 Little Ringed Plovers - 16.00 (Geoff Harding)
  • Enfield Lock (Rammey marsh): male Whinchat in bramble patch opposite waxwing poplar and gropper area (Brian Dawton) 4pm.
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Common Sandpiper 1 - 18.35 (Richard Green)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Black Redstart 1 Female seen briefly on the Flats opposite Gatehouse - 18.45 (Richard Green)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Treecreeper near Tanza Road (Paul Bee)
  • Honor Oak Park, One Tree Hill: 1 Garden warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch (Daniel Greenwood).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Spotted Flycatcher this evening (Shaun Harvey).
  • Bowyers Water: Lee Valley CP South Grasshopper Warbler (Bowyers), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Cuckoo, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Mike Oakland)
  • Cornmill Meadows: still several Teal and a single Wigeon on Cornmill Meadows, plus House Martins collecting mud, (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley North unspecified: 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 6 Nightingales, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Grey Wagtail, 12 Swift, Little Egret. All of the regular Lee Valley warblers recorded, 10 species in total. (Mike Oakland) 
  • Leyton E10 Russell Rd: Flock of 15 or so Waxwings in tree on corner of Amberley rd/ Russell rd just off Lea Bridge rd (behind Ibis styles hotel) (D Allen)
  • London Wetland Centre: ad Kittiwake on main lake for an hour mid-morning, 5 Redshank, singing Garden Warbler (J.Wilczur); 4 Yellow Wagtail, Common Sandpiper (R.Kaye); 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 7 Willow Warbler, 14 Reed Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler (Adam Salmon); male Redstart (Matt Palmer).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, all singing, Chaffinch, Goldfinch (John Gordon).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Whitethroat (patch tick) (Nathalie Mahieu),
  • New River Walk, N1: Grey Wagtail, 4 Blackcap, singing Willow Warbler (TeRNS)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Green-winged Teal drake still (via DDL per FJM).
  • Regent's Park: 1♀ Common Redstart Leaf Yard Wood area 41, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler (fide Regent's Park Birds blog)
  • River Pool, Catford SE6: Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcaps, Garden Warbler (T. Wilson) To T. Wilson: Please follow the standard format used by everyone else when entering your records
  • South Norwood CP: Reed Warbler (Steven Robinson); Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, pr Linnet (Martin Stevens).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Arctic Tern on S basin for 10 mins till 08.15, 1 Hobby, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Northern Wheatears, 150 Common Swift. (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Staines Moor: Whinchat, Redshank, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 8 Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, 2 Shelduck, Lapwing (Keith Kerr/Mick Kerr)
  • Stanwell Moor: 0530-1100 Grasshopper Warbler, Cuckoo, Barn Owl, Red Kite, 7 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler (Keith Kerr/Mick Kerr); 11:45-12:45 - Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, c8 Sedge Warbler, c5 Whitethroat, Chiffchaffs, 4 Linnet, 6 Swallow, 3 Lapwing (Nigel Sluman); - Nigel, whereabouts for the Spotted Flycatchers and Garden Warbler please?? Thanks, Keith. They came together and just seemed to pass through from the boardwalk to the burnt car. Neither hung around at all, NS. - Many thanks.
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: female Black Redstart 17.00 (PB per TeRNS)
  • Stokes Field LNR KT7: 3 Bullfinch, 7 Whitethroat, c10 Blackcap (Bill Dykes)
  • Swanley Park: Stock Dove nestbuilding patch 1st, no sign of TD early (Andy Meaton) No sign of TD 10.30-15.00, 2 pairs of Stock Dove in Limes opposite, Sparrowhawk over, several singing Blackcaps,+ 2 Slow Worms (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam) 
  • Tooting Common: 1 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 4 Egyptian Geese, 4 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2+ Stock Dove, 3 Jackdaw, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush (James Hudson) Yesterday's sightings now added too
  • Totteridge Valley: 3 Tufted Ducks (2m 1f) at the Long Pond this morning but not present at 16:30 (patch yr-1st); also Common Buzzard (Ian Ellis).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: (northern end of Lockwood Reservoir) c30 swifts 19:45 (Jayne T); Hobby over 16.30 (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: m Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 2 Shelduck over, 7 singing Lesser Whitethroat, singing Sedge Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, House Martin, Yellow Wagtail, Siskin, 3 Linnet, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge/Dan Hennessy/J Ward).
  • Westminster WC2 (St Martin's Lane): Osprey! Watched at 1410hrs circling overhead - which nearly resulted in me being run over by a taxi. Drifted towards east roughly following the course of the Thames. (David Lindo)
  • Westminster: 3.10pm, 1 singing Black Redstart (Angus Innes). Calm down, westminster is quite a large area! Never mind the Black Red, what about the Osprey? The exact location that was posted was removed.
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Female Pied Flycatcher still present as are the 3 Whinchat, Also c4 singing Lesser Whitethroat & 2 Rook east. (The Scrubbers); Pied Flycatcher still at 13:30 in small trees surrounding the pony centre, but no sgn of any whinchats. (J.murray); Wheatear (f) (Michael Robinson); 3 Whinchat (1m 2f) at 16:00, no Pied Flycatcher to be seen around pony centre (T Smith).

Sunday 28th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Waxwing briefly Top Field 0700, 2 Hobby, Yellow Wagtail perched briefly on cricket pitch 0730, Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Swift, 5 Swallow, 2 House Martin, Whitethroat (APOG).
  • Amwell HWT: Wood Warbler present for 2nd day showing well and popping into London recording area now and then, m Pied Flycatcher unfortunately just outside London recording area,  Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 40 + House Martin, 20 Swallow, 2 Redshank (Nick Croft et al); Pied Flycatcher showing in the area of thick trees and shrubs in-between the James Hide and the Bittern Pool as of 18:40, had been previously showing along the path (20m up the path) that leads towards Holly Cross Lake (record shots here).(Nick Croft et al)
  • Balham SW12 (Balham High Rd/Ravenstone St jn): 12 Waxwings feeding on berries, 19.15 (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Beddington: 4 Greenshank, 1 Garden Warbler, 10+ Willow Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 30+ Whitethroat, 25+ Blackcap, 7 Sedge Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler (Peter Alfrey, BFBG)  migrant pics 
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Common Buzzards from 10.50-11.10, also 2 Garden Warblers singing (Brent Birders)
  • Bromley (Hayes Farm): 2 Common Buzzard circling around 12.20 over large field near George Lane (Skinna)
  • Brookmill Park, SE 8: Mute Swan, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Buckhurst Hill CM16 (Connaught Water): 1 male Pintail on opposite side of the lake from the car park (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Burnt Oak HA8: 2 Linnets at 8:30 feeding on an expanse of Hairy Bittercress (Deb Jackson).
  • Crayford Marshes: Short-eared Owl quartering the marsh; Spotted Redshank, 7 Whimbrel, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Wheatear, Hobby, 10 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 28 Whitethroat, Common Buzzard. (Kev Jarvis, A.W)
  • Crossness: drake Green-winged Teal again with c.10 Teal by the outfall (still present late a'noon), also 35 Black-tailed Godwits (1 ringed) at high tide (Richard Bonser); 3 Wheatears, 3 Swallows, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, singing Lesser Whitethroat (George Kalli, Shailesh Patel and London Bird Club birders).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 2 Spotted Flycatcher 4:25pm at least, 1 male Cuckoo, 1 male Yellow Wagtail, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 1 Hobby, 2-3 Buzzard, 1 singing Lesser Redpoll, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 30+ Swift, singing Sedge Warbler, 2-3 Lesser Whitethroat. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Eltham, Well Hall Roundabout: 1 Red Kite W 15.45 hrs (Paul Moss)
  • Gallions Reach: Hobby, Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 21 Black-tailed Godwits, Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler. (Gary A James).
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 2 Sedge Warblers, 2-3 Reed Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Whitethroat,  1 Blackcap, 5 Common Terns; also 2 Oystercatchers on Thames foreshore (Joe Beale, Martin Hallam, Richard Lord)
  • Horsenden Hill: 16 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 32 Blackcap, 18 Whitethroat, 3+ Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Little Owl, 12 Stock Dove, Also 32 singing Wrens and 17 singing Dunnock in site-wide survey (excluding Perivale Wood) (Andy Culshaw, David Howdon).
  • Kingston Cemetery KT1: Red Kite S 11:05, Buzzard W 10.45, 4 Sand Martin, 10+ Swift, 5 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Swallow (M Bournat)
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 male Yellow Wagtail arrived (M Andrews); 5 Redshank, Lapwing brood of 3 still, 5 Swift, 3 Swallow, 3 House Martin,  8+ singing Cetti's Warbler, 7 singing Sedge Warbler, singing Lesser Whitethroat, 4 singing Whitethroat, 2 singing Garden Warbler, 10 singing Blackcap, 9 (6 singing), Willow Warbler, singing Chiffchaff (J.Wilczur); 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Redpoll (W), 1 Siskin (SW); 2 Pied Flycatcher [very rare here, further details would be welcome], 1 Hobby (Adam Salmon).
  • Minet CP (Hayes): singing Skylark, Garden Warbler briefly showed well, 7 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Neil Anderson/K Bull).
  • Mortlake: Red Kite over, mobbed by parakeets (M.Sek)
  • Nazeing EN9: m Scaup just off the sailing club (Nick Croft)  record shots here .
  • Osterley Park: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Herring Gull, 5+ Jackdaw, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 2 Mandarin, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Whitethroat. (Richard Woolley).
  • Richmond Park: 2 Peregrine over Pen Ponds (S Read per JW).
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: Spotted Redshank, 2 Avocet, Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat, c30 Swift, 3 House Martin; Barn Owl, 2 Bearded Tit both reported by others (Steven Robinson)
  • River Lee CP: 2 Hobbys, 2+ Swifts, Cuckoo, female Common Redstart briefly by viewing platform, swallows and martins, Reed Warblers , Sedge Warblers (70 Acres Lake), Common Buzzard, Lesser Whitethroat, Nightingales, Garden Warbler, Willow Warblers, Common Whitethroat (substation area), 2 Oystercatchers (Holyfield Weir); 1 Hobby (Cornmill Meadows) (Roy Woodward).
  • South Norwood Lake:  1 Common Buzzard (flying low E) 10:35hrs  9 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 4 Swallow (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Whinchat, 1 female Redstart (pic here ), 7 Wheatear, 2 Buzzard, 1 Willow Warbler (Jim Sweetland)
  • Staines Reservoirs:1 Little Tern briefly mid pm on S basin (Chris Hazel per FJM)
  • Stanwell Moor: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Cuckoo (Jim Sweetland)
  • Sutcliffe Park (Eltham): 2 Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Whitethroat (P. Kite)
  • Swanley Park: Turtle Dove calling (The Limes), Whitethoat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 3 Greylag, Mallard broods now 9 and 5 (Andy Meaton); Turtle Dove showing well 13:30-14:45 (Frank Nugent).
  • Tooting Common: 4 Whitethroat (1 singing), 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Egyptian geese, 3 Nuthatch, 3+ Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker. (James Hudson)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Grasshopper Warbler c8.30 in same place so presumably last week's bird, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, Swallow, male Bullfinch, 3 Heron, Treecreeper, drake Mandarin, Cormorant (John Colmans)
  • Walthamstow E17: 25 Waxwings in front of Waltham Forest Town Hall/College at 13:00 and 16:40. May have been there all day. (Joe Dickens)
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Sedge Warbler east side of Alex, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Little Egret, Wheatear, Linnet, Kestrel (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Jonathan Lethbridge/Dan hennessy/Steve Thorpe)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Little Egret, Lesset Whitethroat (Jonathan Lethbridge)
  • Wimbledon Park (Lake, Horse Close Wood): 2 Common Tern, 2 Gadwall, 1 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 3-4 Blackcap in song, 3 Pied Wagtail, Cormorant (Martin Daniel).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 female Pied Flycatcher actively feeding in the trees in the Pony Centre, 3 Whinchat, Red Kite S (The Scrubbers); 1 Common Buzzard drifted NE mobbed by Lesser Black-backed Gulls at 12:10, 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat (Bill Haines).

Saturday 27th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 6 Waxwing feeding in trees on edge of top field mid am - perhaps best viwed from east side of Boating Lake, Wheatear cricket pitch, Linnet, 5 Swallow, 2 House Martin, Sand Martin, Swift, 2 Jackdaw (Andrew Gardener, Gareth Richards, Bob Watts, Henry Wynn-Jones). Bird Walk led by Andrew Gardener tomorrow at 8:00 am. Meet in Grove Car Park.
  • Bank: 2 Mallards bizarrely on top of very high office block on Queen Victoria Street, peering down on the world below. (Matt Reed).
  • Battersea Park Lake: pr drake Red-crested Pochard (only bred 2011), Great Crested Grebe on nest, 3 Egyptian Geese (only bred 2011), 3 singing Blackcap (Michael Mac).
  • Battersea Power Station: Common Buzzard circling high up (Michael Mac).
  • Blackheath Dips SE3: singing m Common Whitethroat (Joe Beale); Red Kite soaring over village 1355 then drifted W (James Lowen)
  • Brent Reservoir: Spring Bird Count - 73 species including Grasshopper Warbler singing in shrike field prior to 07.30, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 White Wagtails & good passage of Swifts & hirundines (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park SE8: the drake Mandarin is back, the first Coot of the year, 2 singing Blackcap, 2 singing Chiffchaff, male House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam); late afternoon - Sedge Warbler still present, singing Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk (CE)
  • Bushy Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker flew W from Round Plantation at 10:30, 2 Wheatear, 2 Shelduck, 7 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit (Bill Dykes)
  • Crayford Marshes: drake Common Scoter on the Thames then flew down river; Spotted Redshank, 2 Avocet, 6 Whimbrel, Hobby, 6 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, Greenshank, 10 Common Tern, Common Buzzard, Swift, Common Sandpiper, male Stonechat, 6 Blackcap (Kev Jarvis)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 8:00am - 7:10pm, 74 species recorded. 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Ldn yr-1st) (VH-F, AS & AB); 1 male Yellow Wagtail, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3+ Lesser Whitethroat, 6+ Reed Warbler, 3+ Cetti's Warbler, a few Willow Warbler, lots of C Whitethroat, 3 male Reed Bunting, 2 Skylark, 1 Hobby, 2 Jackdaw, 3+ Rook, pr Bullfinch, pr Gadwall, pr Shelduck, several Teal & Shoveler,1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 30+ Swift, several House Martin, Sand Martin & Swallow, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Snipe, 2-3 Buzzard. (V.Halley-Frame, S.Drake, A.Shearman & A.Bell).
  • East Barnet EN4: Common Whitethroat in back garden (S Javes)
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek Ecology Park: 8+ Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 3 Sedge Warbler (hard here), 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern (Paul Hyland)
  • Gallions Reach: Arctic Tern, 14 Common Tern, 54 Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Turtle Dove, 3 Swallow, 7 Whitethroat (Gary A James).
  • Greenwich Park: brief visit - 4 Redpolls over W/SW, 2 Siskins W, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs singing in usual territories (Joe Beale)
  • Hackney N4 (East Reservoir): 6+ Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, Swallow, Reed Bunting (Peter Beckenham/LWT spring walk)
  • Hampstead Heath: Hobby N over Parliament Hill c 0845, fem Wheatear on mown grass north of running track, Yellow Wagtail flushed from ploughed field joined another bird and flew N over Hill, 2 singing Whitethroats, 5 Swallows N (Pete Mantle, Frank Nugent)
  • Horsenden Hill UB6: 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 18 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 22 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Whitethroat (Andy Culshaw).
  • Isle of Dogs E14: 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Common Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps, Willow Warbler at Mudchute (Sean Huggins)
  • King George V Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, 3+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Hobby, 5 Arctic Tern, 60+ Swallow plus assorted Sand Martins/House Martins/Swifts feeding on masses of flies, 1 Meadow Pipit, 10 Yellow Wagtail (Quentin Given)
  • Lea Valley, Fishers Green: 1 Cuckoo, 3 Nightingale, many Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethoat, parties of Swallows low over water, 1 House Martin (G Sawtell)
  • Lewisham SE6/SE13 (Ladywell Fields): Sedge Warbler 1400 (Dave Capper per James Lowen)
  • Lewisham Park SE13: Red Kite over 1100 (Dave Capper per James Lowen)
  • Lloyd Park: Red Kite low (150 feet) east 08.30; as I watched it fly into the distance it joined two further Kites; all three lingered a while probably over Park Hill Recreation Ground. Crows and Ring-necked Parakeets got a little worked up. Also 2 Greylag Geese circling low over Lloyd Park. Not a bad trip to fetch the newspaper! (Alan Pearson) Please note that I have now added some information about Lloyd Park onto the local patches page  -John Birkett 
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Common Tern plus 3 flying NW, Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers, Whitethroats, Cetti's Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, Kestrel, 4 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, pr Lapwing with 2 chicks, Sand Martins, Swallows and Swifts, 7 Yellow Wagtail following Highland Cattle around (Martin Honey)
  • Pinner: 6:20am - 9 Stock dove on back lawn (Richard Francis).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Green-winged Teal, 2 Whimbrel, White Wagtail, 6 Yellow Wagtail (Shaun Harvey); Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Avocet, 6 Common Tern (Crayford side), 20 + Swift, 10 + House Martin (Nick Croft); Hobby, Little Ringed Plover (RSPB), Common Scoter, Marsh Harrier, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 20 approx Swallows, Peregrine, Wheatear (David Collins, Bob Smith, Richard)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 3 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: 3 Common Buzzard flew N over Conduit Wood, 1 low @ 12.43. 2 very high @ 12.47, 1 Common Tern on floating box near tern raft Upper Pen Pond in evng.(Franko J Maroevic)
  • Paddington Green: Peregrine Falcon over, Red-legged Partridge foraging on a grassy area and in adjacent gutter John Aird Court  presumably the same bird as recently seen at nearby Little Venice (D.McKenzie).
  • Rotherhithe: 2 Egyptian Geese on South Dock late evening (RIchard Bonser).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 2 Lesser Whitethroats,1 Reed Warbler, Kingfisher, Sedge Warblers, Willow Warblers, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaffs (Roy Woodward).
  • South Norwood CP: 2 Tree Pipit, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 3 Swallow, 2 Swift, 2 Linnet (Gavin Horsley, Steven Robinson)
  • South Norwood Lake: 1f Sparrowhawk, c12 Swallow, 12 (2 pr + 8 singing) Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Staines Moor: 5 Whinchat, 12+ Wheatear, fem Redstart, 2 (pr) Hobby, 1 Red Kite (Bob Whatley); Redstart still present mid afternoon, 6 Whinchat (4m 2f), 5 Yellow Wagtail around cattle, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Redshank, 1 Little Egret along Colne (Lee Dingain - pics here )
  • Staines Res: 1 distant tern sp, 2 bemused looking Egyptian Geese on the closest nesting raft being dive bombed by gulls (Gordon Shaw)
  • Stanwell Moor: Grasshopper Warbler singing by burnt-out car, 1+ Cuckoo, 1 Garden Warbler (Bob Whatley); Red Kite, 2+ Hobby (Lee Dingain); Grasshopper Warbler still present late evening (Gordon Shaw)
  • Stocker's Lake: Black Tern (BirdGuides).
  • Stoke Newington N16: 10 Waxwings feeding in tree on east side of Albion Road directly opposite No 199 (08.00-9.00) (Linda Wilson, Peter Quicke & Billy Tollemache); still there at 4.15pm (N.Verlander/ P. Walker); free-flying Galah north over Stoke Newington station (LP)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 3 Pheasant, Red-legged Partridge, m Kestrel, 4 Lapwing, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 10 Stock Dove, 5 singing Blackcap, 4 singing Whitethroat, 2 singing Chiffchaff, Rook, 2 singing Reed Bunting, 12 Linnet (Neil Anderson/G Westley)
  • Trent Park: 1 Tree Pipit, flushed from set-aside field near Dew Pond, perched up in Oaks, edge of Williams Wood, 11:13 - 11:20 hrs (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow: 1st Annual Patchwatch: 80 species all told. Highlights 6 Yellow Wagtails riding stables, 2+ Snipe, Meadow Pipit, Lesser Redpoll over marsh, Garden Warbler Waterworks, 7 Common Sandpipers & Dunlin on reservoirs, another 4 Yellow Wagtails and 4 Wheatears, Arctic Tern N and another unidentified Tern high N, 3 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, 3 Peregrine, 2 Hobby, steady passage of Hirundines and Swifts. (Paul Whiteman, et considerably al) Full pdf list attached, click here to open. File:1st Annual Walthamstow Patchwatch 27th April 2013 - List.pdf Please add your name to the credits as I don't want to leave anyone out and any additional species that we don't know about. blog
  • Walthamstow E17: 15+ Waxwings feeding on buds in front of Waltham Forest Town Hall - still present at 16:00 (Joe Dickens)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 6 Yellow Wagtails in field behind stables (N.Verlander).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Whinchat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 2 Shelduck, Yellow Wagtail (Tony Brown/Steve Thorpe)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: 2+ singing Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit (1 displaying), 6 singing Blackcap, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 6 singing Whitethroat, 2 singing Chiffchaff (Neil Anderson)

Friday 26th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat (east end of Cricket Pitch), 10 Blackcap (including 3 pairs on territory), 2 singing Common Whitethroat, 1 singing Chiffchaff, 4 Swallow and Kestrel stealing food from a Magpie this morning (0730-0840) (Tony Wileman); 20 Swallows, 4 House Martins, 2 Swifts over Wood Green Reservoir (9 am), plus 2 Greenland-type Wheatears on Cricket Pitch, Lesser Whitethroat on railway embankment, Whitethroat by Platform 1 at lunchtime (David Callahan). Bird Walk led by Andrew Gardener on Sunday 28th April meets 8am at The Grove
  • Balham SW12 (Balham High Rd/Ravenstone St jn): 15+ Waxwings feeding then flew N 7:45 pm (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Blackheath: 5 Wheatears (3f 1m 1 1st-summer m) early evening (Joe Beale)
  • Brent Reservoir: Wheatear briefly on mud, Yellow Wagtail over hide, 3 singing Lesser Whitethroats, 14 Swifts, 14 Swallows, 25 House Martins & 2 Sand Martins (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Sedge Warbler (patch tick), Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 3 Sparrowhawk, 8 Swift, 26 Swallow, 2 Whinchat, 23 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail (fide Regent's Park Birds blog); 3 Whinchat present this evening (Bill Dykes).
  • Catford SE6 (River Pool Linear Park): 3 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, lots of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk (T Wilson)
  • Crayford Marshes: 6 Black Tern flew up the Thames; Spotted Redshank, Arctic Tern, male Whinchat, 16 Wheatear, 8 Whimbrel, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Greenshank, 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, Corn Bunting, 32 Whitethroat, 13 Common Tern (Kev Jarvis)
  • Crossness: drake Green-winged Teal still at sewage outfall mid morning, Whinchat, 8 Wheatear, Common Sandpiper (Steve Carter per JA); 2 Skylark, 6 Pied Wagtail, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Stock Dove, 4 Little Grebe, 5 pr Tufted Duck, 15 Shelduck (foreshore), 42 Gadwall (outfall) (Chris Rose)
  • East India Dock Basin: 1+ Lesser Whitethroat, 5+ Whitethroats, 1+ Willow Warbler, 1 singing Blackcap, 2 Shelducks, 57 Tufted Ducks (John Archer).
  • Enfield EN2 (Parkside Farm): 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 male Whinchat, 9(5m 4f) Northern Wheatear (Robert Callf & Robin White)
  • Enfield EN2 (Vicarage Farm): 2 male Whinchat, 6(2m 4f) Northern Wheatear (Robert Callf & Robin White)
  • Fairlop Waters: 3 Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warbler,1 White Wagtail, 2 Common Sandpiper, 15 Common Swift, 1 Reed Bunting, 20 singing C. Whitethroat, 8 sing Blackcap (Steve Bacon, Alan Bell)
  • Gallions Reach: Hobby, 53 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Wheatear, Swallow, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler (Gary A James).
  • Hayes UB3 (Lake Farm CP): 13 Common Whitethroat singing, 2 Swallows over, 2 (pr) Blackcap, 1f Sparrowhawk over, 8 Linnet, 7 (3f & 4m) Reed Buntings, 9 Skylark singing (Wendy Marks)
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Jack Snipe dropped into Canal Pond, 5 Wheatear and 2 Whinchat on The Plough, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Swallow, 1 Reed Warbler (Andy Culshaw & David Howdon).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 2 male Mandarin Duck, pair of Red-crested Pochard, Peregrine Falcon circling high over Serpentine, 15-20 Swift, 4 Swallow, c10 House Martin, 5 singing Song Thrush, singing Sedge Warbler (Long Water Sanctuary West c30 metres from bridge), 2 singing Reed Warbler (Long Water Sanctuary East & shrubs behind Lido), 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat (shrubs between Diana Memorial reedbed and bridge & shrubs behind Lido), female Common Whitethroat (flying between both Long Water Sanctuaries at fountain end), 12 singing Blackcap, 5 singing Willow Warbler - no Chiffchaff (D. McKenzie).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear (Shaun Harvey)
  • King George V Reservoir: 1 Black Tern, 5 Arctic Tern 08.30, 15 Wheatear - flock on bank in NW corner of S basin (Harry Lacy)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Shelduck – wader scrape, 2 Lapwing chicks (first of the season) – grazing marsh, 1 Greenshank – main lake, 4 Redshank – main lake & wader scrape & grazing marsh, 2 Common Tern – main lake, 9 Wheatear – marsh, 1 Redstart – (female) wildside, 1 Whinchat – marsh, 45 Sand Martin – main lake & wader scrape, 30+ House Martin – main lake, 25 Swallow – main lake + flying NW, 23 Swift – main lake, 2 Lesser Whitethroat – wildside (near hide) & South route, 2 Whitethroat – South route (duck tales) & Thames footpath (Jamie Wyver); Wood Sandpiper arrived mid-day on scrape, Greenshank - same or another appeared at mid-day, Lapwing brood of 3 - scrape, 5 Redshank, Peregrine over scrape, male Whinchat, 9 (2m & 7 f) Wheatear arrived on scrape mid-morning, c40 Swift, 2 Lesser Redpoll (J.Wilczur).
  • Mudchute Farm: 5 Swallows, 2 singing Willow Warblers, c12 Blackcaps (c10 singing), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 4+ Monk Parakeets (John Archer).
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: 1 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 4 Black-necked Grebe early all day (Mike Mckee per FJM)
  • Rainham Marshes: Marsh Harrier, Kingfisher, 3 female Wheatear, 2 Kestrel - pair hunting; plenty of Swallows, Swifts, House Martins overhead (JW Bremner)
  • Rammey Marsh: 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling at 8.20-8.30am at least, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3+ Common Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Swallow, 4 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting (Simon Papps)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Swallow, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 1 Common Whitethroat, 8 Wheatear (fide Regent's Park Birds blog); Reed Warbler singing from reeds on boating lake c16.15 (John Colmans); Common Sandpiper flew across boating lake c1900 (Andrew McCafferty); 1 Garden Warbler (patch yr-1st) Leaf Yard Wood 19:45 (fide b_e)
  • Rotherhithe: 2 Sand Martins Canada Water (Richard Bonser)
  • Southwark SE26 (Sydenham Hill Wood LNR): LWT Dawn Chorus Walk - 1 female Tawny Owl calling from high up over steps leading to Upper Cox's Walk from footbridge, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap (Daniel Greenwood, Dave Clark, Ernie Thomason)
  • Southwark (Merrick Square, SE1): Drumming greater spotted woodpecker, good news as tree where they raised young last year in Tabard Gardens was over crowned by council earlier this year (Chris Elders)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Little Egret, 6 Whinchat, 35 Wheatear - 3 groups of 24/7/4 (C Lamsdell); 43+ Northern Wheatear, 1 Hobby, 1+ Redshank, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Sedge Warbler, 15 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler, 10 Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Common Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher (Lee Dingain - a few pics here )
  • Staines Reservoirs: 6 Avocet early am, 40 Black-tailed Godwit W before 08.00; 40+ Black-tailed Godwit flew SE 08.25 then 9 toured over and flew NE 08.40; S basin - 1 Little Tern before 08.00 (Ken Purdey); 15:30: 6 Avocet still present N basin, c5 Arctic Tern, 10 Common Tern, c150 Swift & handful of Swallow (Nigel Sluman)
  • Stanmore HA8 (Canons Park): Wheatear by tennis club (Steve Blake)
  • Stanwell Moor: Grasshopper Warbler (C Lamsdell); 40 Black-tailed Godwits over, 2 Hobby, 1 Barn Owl, 2+ Redshank, 14 Blackcap, 14 Common Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler (Lee Dingain - godwit pics here ).
  • Stokes Field (Long Ditton, KT7): 1 Tree Pipit (site 1st) showing very well in rose fields W of Hill Park Nursery till 13:25 at least (pics here ), 2 Bullfinch, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, c20 Blackcap, 2 Stock Dove (Bill Dykes)
  • Swanley Park: Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Cormorant, Grey Heron, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull; no sign of TD early (Andy Meaton)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - Red Kite, Buzzard, Curlew, 11 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Reed Warbler (KJ Mcmanus).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: horse paddocks - 8 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swift, 40+ House Martin, 3 Wheatear (JW Davies)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Reed Warbler Alex, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear (Tim Harris/Jono Lethbridge); singing Sedge Warbler, 2 Swift, 4 Swallow, 27 Wheatear, 4 Whinchat, Garden Warbler (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge); Red Kite (Steve Thorpe)
  • Wimbledon Park (Lake):   40 Swallow, 4 Common Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 2 Gadwall (Martin Daniel 09.15-09.45)

Thursday 25th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Wood Warbler singing below Pitch n Putt Golf Course - view trees from footpath on slope immediately below copse at east end of GC, found 7am (Bob Watts); still present 0740 at least and singing (Gareth Richards); still singing at 9.15 (David Callahan); still singing 10.30 (Alan Gibson per DC); Heard and seen by T.Clancy and G. Crabtree at 11.00 in copse South of P n P course. no sign between 12.15 and 13.15 (DC); Dunlin on Wood Green Reservoir at 0730 (James Palmer) but no sign either 0650 or at 0930 (Bob Watts, Dave Callahan); 3-4 Sand Martins, 8+ Swallows mid to late pm (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones). Bird Walk led by Andrew Gardener on Sunday 28th April meets 8am at The Grove
  • Arnos Grove Station: pair Grey Wagtails mating trackside by Platform 1 (JWBremner)
  • Beddington: Wood Warbler still present and showing well on Mile Road Bridge pics here, 1 male Whinchat, 1 Red Kite, 1 Common Sandpiper, 20+ Swift (Peter Alfrey, BFBG). Is mile Rd the short dead end leading to locked gates off of BEddington Lane? Paul S.No,Hackbridge end.
  • Blackheath: 3 Egyptian Goose, Whitethroat, 7 Swallow, Whinchat, Wheatear (Joe Beale, Martin Hallam, James Lowen)
  • Brent Reservoir: Wheatear on dam wall, 6 Common Terns; large increase in singing warblers - 27 Blackcaps, 16 Whitethroats, 11 Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Warbler & Willow Warbler, also 24 Swifts & drake Ruddy Duck (Andrew Self).
  • Brixton: Whitethroat on Josephine Avenue (Tony Stones).
  • Bushy Park: Common Buzzard, Peregrine m, Snipe, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Wheatears, 2 Swifts, 14 Swallows, Sand Martin, 2 House Martins, Siskin, 4p Reed Buntings (Tony Duckett).
  • Clissold Park: 5 Common Swift over the adjacent climbing centre; a wonderful sight! (ADH)
  • Clapton (Upper) E5: Swift over house (David Collins)
  • Crayford Marshes: Red-legged Partridge making its way along the bank of the creek; Spotted Redshank, Arctic Tern, 8 Whimbrel, Greenshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Wheatear, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, Corn Bunting, 3 Common Tern, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 36 Whitethroat (Kev Jarvis).
  • Danson Park Bexleyheath: 2 Wheatear 10.45 (Ralph Todd)
  • East Dulwich SE22: 2 Swift (Steven Robinson).
  • Ewell KT19 (Hogsmill Open Space): 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail; Comma, Brimstone and Peacock Butterflies (Neil Batten).
  • Finsbury Park: 1 Jackdaw (site tick) and a Swallow, a drake Red Crested Pochard on boating lake (Ian Bradshaw).
  • Fulham Palace Gardens: (7pm-9pm) 1 Nuthatch, 1 Blackcap singing, 4 Mandarin, 1 Tawny Owl (M Bournat)
  • Greenwich Park: Cuckoo near deer enclosure, Ring Ouzel by bandstand (Martin Hallam per James Lowen). Any recent news on the ouzel? Is it still there? missed them all this year so far -Tony Wileman- No, not seen since Martin's initial sighting, despite several checks this morning and early evening- Joe Beale-
  • Hackney, E8: 2 Common Swifts above Graham Road (1945) (Matthew Cunningham)
  • Hampstead: Hobby & Common Buzzard over Well Road at 1230 (Pete Mantle)
  • Hampstead Heath: (18:15-19:15) Wheatear on the ploughed field, 3 Swallow over it, 2 Common Whitethroat Hedge 2 (Frank Nugent).
  • Hyde Park: female Ring Ouzel between Round Lake and horse/rider statue, flyby Little Egret at Italian garden (Stefan Stürup). Any recent news on the ouzel? Is it still there? missed them all this year so far (Tony Wileman) Presumably in Kensington Gardens - nothing mentioned on the blog (MRH) the Ring Ouzel was in Kensington Gardens at 7:40 on the lawn between the Round Lake and the Long Water, flew up in a tree while calling, sat for a few seconds in clear view and continued towards the Long Water, not seen since. Sorry for the originally imprecise description, but being Danish I'm not that familiar with the park (Stefan Stürup, back in Copenhagen by now); Thanks Stefan and MRH. Sparrowhawk over Serpentine, single Blackcap in Leaf Yard and a Mandarin early evening (Tony Wileman)
  • Island Barn Reservoir: 17 Little Gulls till 07.07 when flew off NE - possibly same birds as Staines Reservoir's (Dave Harris per FJM)
  • King George V Reservoir: 2 Little Tern (dropped in at 11.40 and still there at 12.30), 2 Arctic Tern, 5 Common Tern (S basin), 1 Dunlin, 2 Hobby, Long-tailed Duck (N basin), 1 Yellow Wagtail (Ian Lycett); 6 Arctic Tern flying S pm, 3 Little Gull, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 male White Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat (T Clancy/ G Crabtree); Also 3 Common Sandpipers. (G.Crabtree.)
  • Lake Farm CP, Hayes UB3: 3 Northern Wheatear (2f & 1m), m Whinchat, 11 Whitethroat singing, 3 pairs Blackcaps, 2 House Martins over, 8 Reed Buntings (Wendy Marks)
  • Larkhall Park - Stockwell: Mistle Thrush building new nest. Yesterday; female Sparrowhawk chased by pr Mistle Thrush and 2 Starlings, no sign of fledged thrushes from 1st nest? Also pr Mallards on grass (no water) and singing male Blackcap on Larkhall Lane (Michael Mac).
  • Limehouse: 2 Shelduck E on Thames @ 9.05, 2 House Martin, 2 Dunlin E @ 8.30pm (Paul Hyland)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 26 Lapwing, 4 Redshank, 2 Common Tern, 1 Buzzard, 16 Swift, 15 Swallow, 21 House Martin, 4 Whitethroat, 11 Willow Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler (Adam Salmon)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1 Greylag, 4 Egyptian Geese, 7 Pochard, 1 male Kestrel, 1 Common Tern, 10 Stock Doves, 2 Swallows, 2 Whitethroats, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap (John Gordon).
  • Lower Clapton E5: 3 Common Swift over Powerscroft Road on and off (1430-1515) (Alastair Dent).
  • Mayfair (St James's Sq): Quail ? @08:55 (Paul - not a birder, no idea if this is significant, but I thought I'd share it) anyone else seen it? There is a Red-legged Partridge (noon) coolly feeding on the lawn as it fills up with lunch-breakers. Good spot for a Mayfair square! Follows some strange R-LP sightings around London (N Millar).
  • Osterley: Common Redstart (f) in garden near the tube station this afternoon (Malcolm Royal)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir: 1 Greenshank flew N early am. (Dave Harris per FJM)
  • Rainham Marshes: Pectoral Sandpiper on Purfleet Scrape (BirdGuides); Pectoral Sandpiper flew from Purfleet Scrape south out to the river with three Redshank at 3.30 pm, 2 Whimbrel south over the scrape and a Yellow Wagtail (Alan Shearman).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Common Buzzard, Swift, 4 House Martins, 3 Wheatears, 3 Reed Warblers, 2 C. Whitethroats, 14 Blackcaps, 3 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Lesser Redpolls (Tony Duckett); 3 Swallow, 22 Blackcap (25+ territories occupied in past ten days), 4 Siskin N 06:30 (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Cuckoo heard Queen Elizabeth Plant'n/Sidmouth Wood area, f Whinchat in gorse W of Holly Lodge (M.Lewis).
  • Staines Moor: 1 Barn Owl (early morning around the hawthorns in the NW corner), 4 Swift NW, 4 Swallow N, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 (3m, 2f) Northern Wheatear, 3 Redshank, 1 Common Snipe E, 4 Shelduck (Lee Dingain)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Little Tern till mid am - possibly same birds seen later on King George V Reservoir, 4 Black Tern (Ldn yr-1st) mid am on S Basin, 15 Little Gull briefly @ 07.00, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Northern Wheatear on bank of King George VI Reservoir from W end of causeway, 30+ Swift (Bob Warden, Ken Purdey per FJM); 12:45-13:30 9 Black Tern, 2 Little Gull, 2 Swift (Nigel Sluman, Adam Cheeseman); Black Tern (11, 10 - south 1- north) and 2 Dunlin (C. Lamasdell); 17.25-18.45 11 Black Tern (flock over N.Basin) 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Greenshank, 2 Little Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper (A.Luscombe).
  • Stanwell Moor: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 9+ Lapwing, 1 Egyptian Goose (Lee Dingain)
  • Stokes Field (Long Ditton, KT7): 2 Bullfinch, 2 Common Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 10+ Blackcap (Bill Dykes).
  • Sutcliffe Park, Kidbrooke: 2 Common Snipe, Kestrel, Swallow, Blackcap, possible Sedge Warbler singing very quietly by the boardwalk (Conrad Ellam).
  • Swanley Park: Turtle Dove calling 10am by cafe playground (Andy Meaton).
  • Waltham Forest E17 (Blackhorse Road nr Tottenham Marshes): 4 Swifts. (JayneT)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Horse Paddocks - Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear; North marsh in evening - Grey Partridge. (JW Davies).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Honey Buzzard (Ldn yr-1st) Lockwood (KJMcmanus); Greenshank (KJMcmanus, Lol Cumming). The first annual Walthamstow Patchwatch Day is to be held on Saturday 27th April.
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail over, 2 Shelduck, 4 Swallow, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Linnet, pr Kestrel (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: 8 Gadwall, 4 Common Pochard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, Willow Warbler, 4 Swift, Buzzard heard, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft).
  • Wimbledon Common: Lapwing displaying on large meadow by Windmill (J.Wilczur).
  • Worcester Park: 3 Wheatears, 2 Reed Warblers, resident Swallows (Bob Smith).

Wednesday 24th April 2013Edit

  • Abney Park Cemetery, N16: Tawny Owl, Stock Dove, Goldcrest; Green Woodpecker (heard); Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Tree Bumblebee (Michael Rank, with thanks to Tony).
  • Alexandra Park: Common Swift over Birdwatch office at 16.09-16.11, then on to park airspace - first of the year, and about time, too! (Dominic Mitchell, David Callahan, Ian Lycett).
  • Bankside SE1: Pair Egyptian Geese on Thames foreshore 1900 (P Beckenham)
  • Barnehurst, Barnehurst Golf Course and Open Space: 1m and 1f Blackcap in different locations, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Chris Rose)
  • Beddington: Garganey (Birdguides), Wood Warbler (RBA)
  • Brent Reservoir: now 11 Common Terns, Common Buzzard E 10.40, Common Sandpiper (Andrew Verrall).
  • Broadwater Lake, Harefield: Whimbrel S at 11.55 dropping but did not land. Also Cuckoo, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, 7 Common Tern and Oystercatcher (John Edwards); Also: Hobby, 14 Swift, Whitethroat, Bullfinch & Reed Bunting (Simon Buckingham)
  • Brookmill Park, SE8: m & f Blackcap, m & f Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: pr Shelduck, hybrid aythya, Cuckoo 8.10am, 2 Collared Doves, Whinchat, 2 Northern Wheatears, Common Redstart (Tony Duckett).
  • Clissold Park: Wood Warbler singing and showing well on jogging track adjacent to path inbetween the two lakes until 09:35 at least. (Tony Butler, Laurence Pitcher); Does any one know if it is still showing?(IGB) 14:35 showing well per Barry Bishop. And still until at least 18:30 (Frank Nugent).
  • Crayford Marshes: Wood Sandpiper in flooded field off Bob Dunn way; Spotted Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, Lesser Whtethroat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Corn Bunting, Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 34 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper. (Kev Jarvis, John Bushell).
  • Crossness NR: drake Green-winged Teal still in creek 100 yards east of sewage outfall late morning (Steve Carter per JA).
  • Deptford SE8: 8 Waxwings at corner of Amersham Vale and Edward Street (7.30am) (Rich Jones)
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek Ecology Park: Sedge Warbler in Ecology Park (scarce here), singing Reed Warbler, 2 singing Willow Warblers, Wheatear, Swallow north, Sand Martin, 4 Common Terns, 2 Egyptian Geese, 5 Common Sandpipers, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Teal, 34 Tufted Ducks (including female with Portuguese nasal saddle), 4 Shelducks, plus Peacock, Comma & Holly Blue butterflies (John Archer & Jo Dowle).
  • Ewell Village (Lower Mill): 1 Adult summer Herring Gull, 2 Sparrowhawks, singing Goldcrest, 1 Orange Tip butterfly (Neil Batten).
  • Heathrow Airport: Wood Warbler singing and feeding, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, fem. Sparrowhawk. No access area. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Hilly Fields, Lewisham: Swift over 0830 (Lisa Allcorn)
  • Finsbury Park N4: 1 Wheatear on fenced off football pitch, 3 singing Blackcaps, pair of Chiffchaffs on territory, 2 Green Woodpeckers and pair of Little Grebes on boating lake. Greenfinches very much in evidence this year (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Pair of Common Tern showing interest in nesting raft, 3 more flying upriver, Swallow, Sand Martin, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat ,3 Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 displaying Meadow Pipit (Conrad Ellam)
  • Hyde Park: Sedge Warbler singing from shrubbery in front garden of Rangers Lodge garden at lunchtime (Dave Jordan) and 2 Hobby over high up and heading north at 16.00 (Simon Papps).
  • Isle of Dogs: singing Black Redstart (location withheld), Little Grebe on South Dock (presumably very unusual here), Shelduck flew E at 07:00, 3+ Common Terns, 4 Tufted Ducks on Millwall Docks, 2+ Monk Parakeets Millwall Park, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets and 2 Blackcaps Mudchute (John Archer).
  • King George V Reservoir: Hobby hawking insects low along East Bank, 3 Arctic Tern, 2 Common Tern, 5 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Tony Clancy)
  • Ladywell/Brockley Cemetery: Singing Dunnock, Green Woodpecker, Jays nest building, F Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs. (Phil Laurie)
  • Ladywell Fields - Lewisham SE13: 1 Red Kite south, 5 Blackcaps, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Swallows, nesting Mistle Thrush and Stock Dove, 2 Great-spotted Woodpeckers (Chris White)
  • Limehouse Marina: Sand Martin (Richard Harrison).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Grey Plover (1300hrs), 1 Curlew (NE), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Buzzard (NW), 1 Red Kite (flew E at 1520hrs), 2 Common Tern, 1 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 10 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler (Adam Salmon); Little Egret- flew off N (J.Wilczur).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1 Common Tern, 2 Whitethroat (only my 2nd/3rd birds at this site), Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Reed Warber, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Egyptian Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest; also Peacock, Small White (Rich Petley)
  • Mottingham SE9: Tarn Park - 1 Little Grebe (rare for this site), 2 House Martins flying NW (Peter Charles)
  • Rammey Marsh, Enfield Lock: 20 Waxwing at 08.30 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 1 Red Kite SW 10.40, 1 Collared Dove S, 9 House Martin over lake, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 22 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warbler (patch yr-1st) (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker- drumming Queen Elizabeth Patn., Buzzard- perched, Common Sandpiper- Pen Ponds (M.Lewis);. Hobby 11.30 (S.Read);. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker- drumming Conduit Wood, Red Kite N @ 13.20, Buzzard S @1355, Hobby @ 14.40, m Whinchat- Lawn Field bracken, 10 Wheatear, m Lesser Whitethroat- Hawthorn Valley, 2 Swift, 2 House Martin (J.Wilczur);. 3 Common Sandpiper- Pen Ponds, evening (SR).
  • Rotherhithe: Wood Warbler (not singing) Russia Dock Woodland in trees at the back of Alfred Salter Primary School 6.50pm-7.10pm viewable from Roberts Close off Quebec Way; Reed Warbler, 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Swallows also in Russia Dock Woodland (Richard Bonser).
  • Shrewsbury Park (LB Greenwich): 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Swallow, 4 Blackcap, Sotck Dove (Gus Wilson).
  • Staines Moor: 2 Hobby, 1 Red Kite, 3 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler (Jim Sweetland); 12:00-13:00: 2 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat (Nigel Sluman). Tree Pipit & Yellow Wagtail (C Lamsdell)
  • Stanwell Moor: 4 Swift, 6 House Martin, Cetti's Warbler singing in field with burnt out car, 1 Cuckoo, plus Sedge Warblers, Blackcaps & Whitethroats (Jim Sweetland); 12:00-13:00: Lesser Whitethroat singing on corner by kissing gate (Nigel Sluman);. 2 Hobby and 2 Cuckoo (C Lamsdell)
  • Stokes Field LNR, KT7: 1 Bullfinch, 3 Common Whitethroat, 6 Swallow, 1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker (Bill Dykes)
  • Swanley Park: Turtle Dove calling 8am-10am NE of cafe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Herring Gulls (unusual) (Andy Meaton)
  • Thames Ditton, KT7: Dunnock giving frequent song bursts at 1am. Nothing amazing, but an unusual bit of behaviour that I've never witnessed before in a Dunnock. Maybe influenced by the full moon (Bill Dykes).
  • Totteridge Valley: Cuckoo singing near Finchley Nurseries (Ian Ellis, advised of record by a neighbour).
  • Walthamstow (Forest Rd in front of Town Hall): c20 Waxwings 6pm (Jean-Patrick Elmes)
  • Wanstead Flats: Short-eared Owl, Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, f type Redstart still (6th day), 3 Wheatear, 2 Swift, 4 House Martin, Sand Martin, Swallow, 4 Linnet, 5 Lesser Redpoll (Nick Croft/Dan hennessy/Jonathan Lethbridge/Bob Vaughan); 4 Wheatear, 1 Male Whinchat, 4 Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap (14:00-15:30) (Mark Braun); .Male Whinchat again at 4oc near brooms. G,Gram.
  • Wanstead Park: Lesser Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Little Egret (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe/Bob Vaughan)
  • Westminster: Swallow N over Palace of Westminster, Sparrowhawk not far behind it (Frank Nugent).
  • Wrasybsury GP: Redstart (female) and Wheatear (C Lamsdell)
  • West Ealing: Cuckoo flew over Piccadilly line railway at 12.00hrs. (Geoff Crabtree).

Tuesday 23rd April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Willow Warbler Top Field, Linnet E over Golf Course (Bob Watts); Red Kite tracking WSW (directly into wind) across Palace Building 12.15hrs, Singing Whitethroat in Cricket Scrub (Jonathan Cooke).
  • Blackheath Dips: 2m Whitethroats, Chiffchaff, 3 pairs Greenfinch and Chaffinch holding territory. Also 2 Small Tortoiseshells (scarce here), Peacock, Large White nearby (Joe Beale)
  • Brent Reservoir: Stock Dove (Steve Torpey).
  • Canons Farm: Whimbrel still in field just south of Canons Farmhouse, male Wheatear west of Lunch Wood, Red Kite west and a Fieldfare (David Campbell et al).
  • Centre for Wildlife Gardening, East Dulwich: 1 Willow warbler singing in tall birch (Daniel Greenwood)
  • Charing Cross Hospital: hatching at Peregrine Falcon nest (public site - webcam) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Crossness: drake Green-winged Teal still off sewage outfall late morning, .70+Black-tailed Godwit, Lots of Warblers around, I walked from Plumstead to Crossness along the Ridgeway, via Southern Marsh and the Paddock Fields to Crossness, then upriver to Woolwich and counted: 15 Blackcap, 22 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warblers, 2+ Swallow, 2 House Martin, at least 30 Common Terns around some resting on buoys with a slow trickle of birds flying upriver in ones and twos (Conrad Ellam), + Comma, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell & Small White. + 2 Harbour Porpoises, Southern Marsh: 2 Jackdaw, 1 Jay, 3 Linnet, 2 pr Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, Island Field: 1 Sparrowhawk (over), 4 Stock Dove, 1 pr Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, West Paddock: Gadwall (few), Teal (few), 2 Shelduck, 3 Pied Wagtail, Protected area: 1 Peregrine low over fence and into fenced area, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Pheasant (heard), Sea Wall: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 61 Shelduck, 27 Gadwall, Teal (few) (Chris Rose)
  • Crayford Marshes: Wood Sandpiper in flooded field off Bob Dunn Way; Spotted Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Corn Bunting, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Wheatear, Whimbrel, Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 32 Whitethroat, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Curlew. (Kev Jarvis)
  • East Wickham Open Space (LB Bexley): 2 Common Whitethroat (Gus Wilson)
  • Ewell KT19 (Hogsmill Open Space): 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit (Neil Batten).
  • Greenford UB6: m Blackcap singing for 3rd day in back garden (Neil Anderson)
  • Greenwich Park: Sedge Warbler (patch tick, the first recorded there since 1966), Lesser Whitethroat heard (first of year), Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs, House Martin over W. Also Small White, Comma, Holly Blue (Joe Beale)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Barnacle Goose (uo), 3 male Mandarin Duck, male Red-crested Pochard, male Kestrel, 4 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Tern patrolling Serpentine for 10 minutes a.m. before flying toward Round Pond, Little Owl briefly, Swallow, 3 House Martin, female Northern Wheatear on Parade Ground a.m. but mobile, 8 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler (all warblers singing), 4 singing Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch, 5 butterflying Greenfinch (D. McKenzie).
  • Lea Valley/Fisher's Green: 8+ Nightingale around the electricity sub-station; numerous Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, and Blackcap; Whitethroat all along Relief Channel; 2 Garden Warbler close to path up to sub-station (Francis Tusa); 1 Common Tern briefly on Seventy Acres, 4-5 Common Buzzard, 2 Hobby (Seventy Acres), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5+ Reed Warbler, 5+ Sedge Warbler (Simon Papps). 3 Swifts over Hooks Marsh a.m. (Mike Oakland)
  • Lea Valley: Grasshopper Warbler reeling near white water rafting centre, Barn Owl, Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, Raven mobbing crow at Galley Hill, 4 Buzzard; also 2 Little Ringed Plover opp Friday Lake on spit, Little Egret; plus Nightingales etc as above (J.Murray & J.Murray Snr).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Chaffinch, Greenfinch all singing ,1 Tawny Owl, 7 Pochard (John Gordon).
  • Lower Clapton E5: Red kite over garden NW at 11.15, also Swift. (Jamie Partridge)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 pr Goldcrest (singing) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Rammey Marsh: Grasshopper Warbler, Garden Warbler, large nos. Common Whitethroat (Tony Clancy)
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: Whitethroat [first for the year here], 5-6 Blackcaps [4 males, one showing very well, 1 - 2 females], Willow Warbler [first for the year here], 6 Tufted Ducks [unusual round here] (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: ♀ Tawny Owl calling Q Mary's Gdns 05:25; ♂ Sparrowhawk 'lining' nest, Blue Tit lining nest box, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, Siskin (h) (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Hobby (JW), 3 Buzzard (J.Wilczur & 'SCz'); Cuckoo heard twice, but not seen, between 14.40 and 15.00 hours (Nigel Jackman). Whereabouts please, Nigel? (JW). East side of Sidmouth Wood or Sawyers Hill area (NJ). Thanks(JW).
  • South Norwood CP: 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Whitethroat inc. 3pr, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1m Reed Bunting, Swallow, 4 Kestrel (Martin Stevens).
  • Staines Moor: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Redshank, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl, 2 Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, lots of Blackcap, 2 Shelduck (@akkwildlife via Twitter).
  • Tooting Commons: 1 Willow Warbler, 2 pairs of Blackcap, 7+ Chiffchaff, 3 Egyptian Geese, 5 Nuthatch, 3+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, pair of Jackdaw at nest, 2 Stock Dove, Mistle Thrush (James Hudson).
  • Tottenham Marshes: 1 fem Redstart flushed and seen briefly in N area near Main Canal - 12.45 pm. 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing by Chalk Bridge, lots of Whitethroat and Blackcap activity. (Davey Leach)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 9 Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 2 drake Mandarin, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, pair Bullfinch, Cormorant (John Colmans).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 10+ Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet, 2 Mistle Thrush, 6 Blackcap (Paul Bee); 6 Whitethroat, 10 Linnet, 8 Blackcap, 12+ Sand Martins (nesting on the banks of the river behind the Ice Centre), 3 Comorants (John Sellar and Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wanstead Flats: f type Common Redstart still east end of Long Wood 5th day (Steve Thorpe); m & f Wheatear, Willow Warbler, 10 + Blackcap, Sand Martin (Tony Brown)
  • Westminster: 3+ Harbour Porpoise in the Thames seen from Victoria Tower Gardens 13:15 - 13:20 (Andy Holden).
  • Wimbledon Park (Lake):  2 Common Tern 09.00-09.30   2 Gadwall, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Blackcap in song, First Canada Goose young, six young plus adults (Martin Daniel).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Swift at 0700, c7 Sand Martin, c2 Swallow, c2 Willow Warbler (The Scrubbers et al)

Monday 22nd April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Yellow Wagtail north 0851 over Rosé Garden, pair Gadwall still Tunnel Res am but not late pm, House Martin, Willow Warbler singing New River path, Alexandrine-type Parakeet (Dave Callahan, Dominic Mitchell, Bob Watts).
  • Arrandene Open Space NW7: 1 singing Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff (2 seen 3 heard), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch. (Xav)
  • Barking Bay: 2 Arctic Terns feeding with 6 Common Terns (2pm) (Alan Shearman)
  • Barkingside private garden: Hobby flew east at 16:14 (Brandon Anderson)
  • Bedfords Park: 3 Blackcaps (males), 2 Chiffchaffs (males), 5 - 6 Stock Doves, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay (Alan Hobson).
  • Brent Reservoir: Lesser Whitethroat new for year (Andrew Self)
  • Brixton: 10 Waxwing at 3:10pm in tree on Brixton Hill opposite Brixton Hill Place (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery: Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove, 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam)
  • Brookmill Park, SE8: Great Spotted Woodpecker, male & female Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, one singing so probably a pair, 2 Jays collecting nest material (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Lesser Whitethroat, 4 C. Whitethroats, Garden Warbler, 12 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, Rook 8.45am, Lesser Redpoll (Tony Duckett).
  • Canons Farm: Whimbrel 6.30pm-8.45pm at least (Dave Warren et al); Yellow Wagtail and male Wheatear in morning (David Campbell).
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Corn Bunting, 2cy Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Buzzard, Little Owl, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 32 Whitethroat, 2 Sand Martin, House Martin, 4 Common Tern, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crayford, Thames Road Wetland: 1 Water Rail (heard), 1 male Whitethroat, 4 Shelduck (over, landed briefly on adjoining Stanham Farm), 14 Ring-necked Parakeet (over) (Chris Rose)
  • Crossness: drake Green-winged Teal showing well with c64 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Oystercatchers, several Wheatears in paddocks, 4+ Whitethroats, Reed Bunting, 2 Linnets (Daniel Bosch); Green-winged Teal still there 6pm; 1 Chiffchaff and singing warblers: 5 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat. 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Little Ringed Plover on northern wetland from viewing point (Mike Paice)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Singing Sedge Warbler in visitor centre car park early morning, also 5 Lesser Redpoll in small enclosure on travellers field. ( A.Shearman per VH-F ).
  • Finsbury Park: Red-crested Pochard, Goldcrest, singing Chiffchaff (HarringayBirder)
  • Gants Hill, Gaysham Avenue: 6-7 Waxwing (Alan Thomas)
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek: 4 Shelducks, 16 Tufted Ducks (including female with Portuguese nasal saddle), 5 Common Sandpipers, singing Willow Warbler (John Archer).
  • East Sheen: Red Kite over garden @ 12.00, (Jamie Partridge)
  • East Wickham Open Space (LB Bexley): Reed Warbler singing at 07:30 (Gus Wilson).
  • Gallions Reach: 2 Hobby, 77 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Curlew, Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler. (Gary A James).
  • Grenford UB6: m Blackcap singing in garden (Neil Anderson)
  • Hampstead Heath: Curlew NW this morning (Pete Mantle)
  • Harold Park Farm, Nazeing: Cuckoo calling from Galleyhill Green, 7 Wheatear, 3 Yellowhammer, Rook, 1 pair breeding Swallow, 3 Common Buzzard, 8 Skylark, 17 House Sparrow, 4 Linnet (Martin Shepherd)
  • Hemans Estate Community Garden - Stockwell: f Blackcap in ivy (Michael Mac).
  • Lea Valley CP (70 Acre Lake): 3 Nightingale, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Hobby, 4+ Reed Warbler, 10+ Sedge Warbler, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 5+ Common Whitethroat, 10+ Willow Warbler, 1 Common Buzzard, loads of Chiffchaff and Blackcap (Bill Haines)
  • Leytonstone E11: 25-30 Waxwing feeding on tree buds in front of Cathall Leisure Centre, Cathall Rd at around 16.50 this pm (Lol Bodini).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Tern, 4 Redshank, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Whitethroat, 7 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 47 Sand Martin, 35 House Martin, 6 Blackcap, 1 Fieldfare, 17 Black-headed Gull, 7 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting (Adam Salmon).
  • Nazeingwood Common, Nazeing: Red Kite, Common Buzzard, 2 Red-legged Partridge, pair Bullfinch (Martin Shepherd)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: no sign of yesterday's Grasshopper Warbler; 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 17 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond TW10: Ham Lands - 1 Common Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff; Ham Paddocks - 1 Willow Warbler (Spencer Neal)
  • Shooters Hill DA16 (Woodlands Farm): Red Kite 3.00, Lesser Whitethroat (John Bushell & Ron Tayler per Conrad Ellam)
  • Stanwell Moor: 2 Cuckoo, many Whitethroat, Blackcap & Sedge Warbler (Jim Sweetland); Cetti's Warbler (3 - siging males), Yellow Wagtail (C. Lamsdell)
  • Staines Moor: Red Kite & Buzzard (Jim Sweetland); Lesser Whitethroat at 12:15 (Nigel Sluman)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Arctic Tern on S basin till mid am, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Northern Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail. Grass curtting in progress from mid am. (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 2 Red Kite, 10+ Whitethroat, 8+ Blackcap, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2+ Reed Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff & 1 Tawny Owl calling; Willows Farm 4 Lesser Redpoll (Simon West)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: several Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Linnet, Green Woodpecker (heard) (Michael Rank)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 3 Common Buzzards drifting NW over Lockwood @ 11.15 (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: f type Common Redstart still east end Long Wood, m Wheatear, 6 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat Alex scrub, 10 + Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge/Steve Thorpe)
  • Westminster: 3 (2m 1f) Red-crested Pochard E over Thames at 08:45, Peregrine with prey over Lambeth Bridge and showing well on Palace of Westminster Victoria Tower. And a single drake Red-crested Pochard N over the river at 14:50 (Frank Nugent). Oystercatcher along the river, 0830 (James Lowen).

Sunday 21st April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Yellow Wagtail over Cricket Scrub 0730, pair Gadwall still Tunnel Res, 3 House Martins, Common Buzzard (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones, Gareth Richards, Gabriel Jamie).
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: 2 Swallows, 3 Whitethroat, 2 pairs of Blackcaps, 5 Reed Warblers, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk over, 1 Buzzard over. (Keith Kerr)
  • Blackheath, Vanbrugh Park area: 3 Buzzards (2 W and over Greenwich Park, 1 south), 1 Whitethroat flew east singing briefly! Also Comma, Large White, Robins collecting food (Joe Beale).
  • Borehamwood: 2 Mealy Redpolls (Alan Lewis)
  • Brent Reservoir: Hoopoe flew north past hide 0925; also 2 Common Buzzards over, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Common Swifts, 2 Common Terns, Reed Warbler, 14 Blackcaps, 8 Swallows, 11 Sand Martins & 10 House Martins plus Little Egret, Lesser Black-backed Gulls mating and on nest (Brent Birders). Also Chiffchaff, another Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Snipe. 6 Teal, 2 Gadwall, Little Grebe, Great Black-backed Gull, several Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Alan Hobson).
  • Brookmill Park, SE 8: Mandarin, Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Burnt Oak: Red Kite SW c. 12:00 (Deb jackson).
  • Cranford Country Park (J3 of M4): no sign of the Pied Flycatcher from 0745-1030, several Whitethroat, Blackcap, Jay, Chiffchaff, Buzzard over, Long-tailed Tits, 1 Redstart (T James)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Greenshank, 7 Wheatear, Whimbrel, 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Reed Warbler, 34 Whitethroat, 2 Little Owl, 3 Green Sandpiper. (Kev Jarvis), Spotted Redshank (Richard Bonser), 2cy Yellow-legged Gull (Dominic Mitchell)
  • Cross Ness: drake Green-winged Teal still by the outfall, 3cy Yellow-legged Gull flew downriver, 9 Common Terns, male Whinchat southern marsh, 5 Wheatears, Buzzard, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Yellow Wagtails over, Rook, Jackdaw (John Archer, Richard Bonser, Dominic Mitchell)
  • Crouch End: Common Buzzard west 1430 (James Lowen)
  • Epping Forests, St Thomas's Quarters: Red Kite drifted over at 3pm (DJPM)
  • Gallions Reach: 2 Common Buzzards, 51 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Curlew, Common Sandpiper, 1 Swallow, 5 Sand Martins. Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, Whitethroat. (Gary A James).
  • Greenford UB6: 2 male Blackcaps singing, one in front + other in back garden; possibly different to long staying winter bird as hadn't seen him since beginning April (Neil Anderson)
  • Greenford (North) UB6: m Reed Bunting again in back garden. Now been around since mid January at least. Long staying m Blackcap also appears to have left gardens. (David Pierrepont)
  • Greenwich Park: 2 Common Buzzards W separately, 1 House Martin W (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap (2m,1f), 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Swallow W, 2 Sand Martin, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Common Tern, 1 Sparrowhawk (f) (Richard Green)
  • Hackney, N1: 2 Collared Dove, Culford Road (Michael Rank).
  • Hampstead Heath: Woodcock over Parliament Hill at 08:20, Common Buzzard over at 11:40 (Frank Nugent).
  • Horsenden Hill: pr Tufted Duck on canal 09.35 and then E at 15.10 (less than annual here), 1 f Redstart, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 25+ Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Little Owl, 2 Common Buzzards (Andy Culshaw).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Cuckoo, Red-legged Partridge, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Mistle Thrush (Shaun Harvey)
  • Lake Farm Country Park, Hayes UB3: 12+ Reed Bunting, 3-4 Whitethroat, plenty of Chiffchaff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wren (T James)
  • Lee Valley RP (LV Farm Centre area): Red Kite, 3 Hobby, 2 Swifts, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Common Tern, several singing Sedge Warblers and numerous Blackcaps and Common Whitethroats, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Little Owl, 2 Yellowhammers, 2 Red-legged Partridges in cow barn, 3 singing Nightingales on substation island (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Little Venice: Red-Legged Partridge. Late report from Saturday evening 7pm passed on to me by Marie Gill. Running about on paths and on roof of canal boat, came within 2m of her and called twice. Her photo added here, (Ralph Hancock) This is at least the third record in the past two weeks of Red-Legged Partridge being found in strange places and also being unusually tame (Richard Francis). Possibly 1 bird moving along Regent's Canal & Paddington Branch after wintering near Regent's Park, a la naturalised Mandarins (b_e)
  • London Wetland Centre: drk Garganey (11th day), 1 Polish Swan, 2 Mandarin, 2 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe, 4 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 1 Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 11 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Linnet (R.Kaye. J.Wilczur, H.Bradshaw.)
  • Lower Clapton E5: 1 Common Buzzard circling high over Powerscroft Road at 1630 (Alastair Dent).
  • Mill Hill NW7: Blackcap singing in my garden for 1st time this year (compared with 10th, 9th, 9th & 8th April in last 4 years) (Andrew Haynes).
  • Osterley Park: 2 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron, 25+ Jackdaw, 3 Mandarin, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Peregrine over N. (Richard Woolley).
  • Regent's Canal NW8: 1 Grey Wagtail, at Maida Tunnel NE entrance; also 3 Mandarin Ducks (2m+1f) in the canal closer to Regent's Park, 18:30, (Daniel Bosch).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: a frustratingly elusive Grasshopper Warbler (3rd Park record) 08:30 in area 39 on the map at Regent's Park Birds (Tony Duckett); Tree Pipit (patch yr-1st) briefly 06:25 E treeline of Barrow Hill Reservoir a47 (birdman_euston) - few visible migrants bar these two(!)
  • Richmond Park: Queen Elizabeth Plantation - pair of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 11-12am at least (Steve Woolfenden). Red Kite, 5:35pm floated over Upper Pen Pond towards Pembroke Lodge (Phil Davies).
  • South Norwood CP: 3 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 3 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Wheatear reported earlier (Steven Robinson)
  • Swanley Park: Turtle Dove Ldn yr-1st (calling, brilliant views E side of lake), 2nd Mallard brood 10 ducklings, pair Great Spotted Woodpeckers ground feeding, Green Woodpecker, 3 Greylags; 2 terrapins! (Andy Meaton)
  • Staines Reservoir: 3 Arctic Tern, 1 Whimbrel (Gordon Shaw); midday - 5 Arctic Terns, Black-tailed Godwit, sum. plum. Black-necked Grebe, Lesser Whitethroat in hedge on west bank of reservoir (Samuel and Ephraim Perfect) 7 Whimbrel - 1 joined up with 6 others and flew north soon after midday (Roger Unite).
  • Staines Moor: 1 Cuckoo, Sparrowhawk mobbed by 3 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, many singing Whitethroat and Blackcap; large influx of Whitethroat overnight compared to yesterday pm (Gordon Shaw) later 2 Cuckoo, Hobby (Samuel and Ephraim Perfect) 3 Cuckoos and 3 Wheatear (unknown observor per Samuel and Ephraim Perfect). 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Buzzards (Roger Unite).
  • Stanwell Moor: 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Samuel and Ephraim Perfect)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Pheasants calling, Red-legged Partridge, 3 Buzzard together (1 bird very pale below), Red Kite , 2m Kestrel, Hobby, Snipe, 4 Lapwing, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 3pr Stock Dove, Swallow, pr Wheatear, m Redstart, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 3 singing Blackcap, 2 singing Whitethroat, singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Rook (10+ seen distantly at rookery tree at Ickenham Marsh), 3 singing Reed Bunting, c20 Linnet (Neil Anderson/K. Bull/ G. Westley)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 1 Blackcap (m), 2 Chiffchaff (several heard), Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 1 Mandarin (m), 2 Teal (m+f). (Xav)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Osprey (Herts website).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs, Lockwood: Common Sandpiper (Barry Jones)
  • Wanstead Flats: Common Redstart (Birdguides)
  • Westminster W2 (Southbank): Shag (Ldn yr-1st) an adult watched fishing on the Thames at 1310 amongst the many passing boats. (David Lindo)
  • Wimbledon Park (Lake and Horse Close Wood): 09.30-10.30 - 1 Common Snipe (put up by fishermen), 2 Common Tern, 7+ (5+m & 2f) Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler in song, 1 Chiffchaff in song, Song Thrush gathering nesting material; 17.15-17.30 1 White Wagtail with 3 Pied Wagtail on pontoon (Martin Daniel)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Hobby, 2 adult Great Black-backed Gulls north, 1 Yellow Wagtail, c4 Wheatear, 1 f Common Redstart, 1 Rook SE, c4 Whitethroat, c8 Blackcap, c8 Chiffchaff, c10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Bullfinch, Stock Dove, (The Scrubbers)
  • Yeading Brook meadows: pr Meadow Pipit, 2 singing Blackcap, Whitethroat, first successful frog spawn clump developed since new Froglife pond excavated last year (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)

Saturday 20th April 2013Edit

  • Abney Park Cemetery N16: Tawny Owl (N Verlander)
  • Alexandra Park: Sedge Warbler occasionally singing beside railway and New River, also 2-3 Common Whitethroats, 5+ Willow Warblers, several Chiffchaff and Blackcap, pair Shelduck Wood Green Res until 0755, House Martin, Swallow (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones)
  • Barking Bay IG11: Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, c30 Black-tailed Godwit, Arctic Tern, 6 Common Tern, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Jackdaw (Paul Hawkins, Dave Morrison)
  • Battersea Park Lake: 2 singing Willow Warbler (this is first year in at least 5 that this species singing here - it's usually Chiffchaff but none singing so far this year), 4 singing Blackcap, 3 Egyptian Geese, 1 fresh dead drake Gadwall with no sign of wounds - taken away by park keepers (Michael Mac). There was a singing Chiffchaff there Wednesday lunchtime (Neil Anderson) Well on average and I spent a lot of time walking here on way to the library - usually at least 1 round this time - not willow warbler!
  • Beddington Farmlands: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Red Kite, 16+ Common Buzzard, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Yellow Wagtail migrant pics here (PA, BFBG)
  • Blackheath: Common Buzzard soaring over 1245 and one W 1700, Red Kite W 1645, Peregrine E 1655 (James Lowen, sunbathing/skywatching...)
  • Brent Reservoir: Great White Egret E 10.55, Common Buzzard over 12.25, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling by old swings, Reed Warbler singing, Yellow Wagtail over (Brent Birders)
  • Canons Farm: Woodlark, Yellow Wagtail (Ian Ward via David Campbell); fem Common Redstart, Red Kite, Peregrine, 3 Wheatears (Roy Weller/Kevin McManus/DC).
  • Chigwell Rise IG7: 8:45am 2 Common Buzzards soaring and circling over Roding Lane, close to Chigwell Rise Car Boot Sale, edge of M11. (Mick Charles)
  • Cranford Country Park (J3 of the M4): male Pied Flycatcher still showing well (see yesterday's post for location and pics), also 2/3 Whitethroat, Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, female Kestrel, Mistle Thrush (T James/W Marks); still showing well at 1630 (Wendy Marks)
  • Crayford Marshes: Hobby (Ldn yr-1st), 2 male Whinchat, Spotted Redshank, 11 Wheatear, Bar-tailed Godwit, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Corn Bunting, Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 26 Whitethroat (Kev Jarvis, AW)
  • Crossness: drake Green-winged Teal still showing with depleted Teal numbers (c30 left) at the outfall, female Redstart still in bushes south of sluice gates, 4 Arctic Terns, Bar-tailed Godwit, c65 Black-tailed Godwits, Common Buzzard, 15 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail both in paddocks, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, several Whitethroat, Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warbler, Blackcap, 2+ Redpoll over early am (John Archer, Richard Bonser, Josh Jones and Graeme Spinks); 1 Curlew on foreshore, cream crown Marsh Harrier from 1450-1455 hunting low near Owl boxes on nature reserve before being mobbed by corvids and departing SE (Matt Reed)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Garden Warbler singing & showing well at 7:25am in bush strip between visitor centre and car park, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, fem Wheatear, 8+ Common Whitethroat, 2-3 Reed Warbler, 11+ Blackcap, 3+ Cetti's Warbler, 1 Swift, several Sand Martin & Swallow, 3 Shelduck, 1 Common Snipe, several Reed Bunting, 3+ Common Buzzard, 2 Jackdaw (VH-F & Alan Shearman)
  • Eltham SE9 (Oxleas Meadows): 1 female Redstart 18.20 hrs (John Reid)
  • Gallions Reach: 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Whimbrel, 47 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 17 Common Terns, 5 Sand Martins, 4 Swallows, 1 Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff (Gary A James).
  • Greenwich SE10 (Woodlands Park Road): 2 Willow Warblers Back Garden. (Richard Green)
  • Hackney: 11 Waxwing in trees along Amhurst Road, near junction with Downs Park Road at 18.20 (G Coultrip).
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Common Buzzard soaring together over Parliament Hill 11:40, Wheatear ploughed field behind cafe, Kingfisher at Sanctuary Pond, Siskin still, 9 (6m) Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler; Meadow Pipit, Linnet, 3 Swallow all NW over Hill (Frank Nugent); male Whitethroat at bottom of Hedge 2 c09.15, Red-legged Partridge on top of Parliament Hill (Huw Prior) and inside hedge leading down to bandstand pm (FN)
  • Hanwell (W7): 2 Common Buzzard (x1 light morph) watched from my back garden thermalling N at a good height (Rob Mills)
  • Hanwell, Grand Union Canal: Sparrowhawk, Blackcap (m), Chiffchaff (1st of yr), Red Kite (Rob Mills)
  • Horsenden Hill: male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Common Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 22 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, adult Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Redpoll, 1 Little Owl. Also 6 species butterfly, 4 (presumed) Light Orange Underwing, 10 Slow worms (Andy Culshaw).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: female Common Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 3 Common Buzzard (Shaun Harvey)
  • Kentish Town NW5: Waxwing, Blackcap along Arctic Street this morning (Pete Mantle)
  • Kingston KT2 (Canbury Gardens): 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Egyptian Geese, with 5 Sand Martin close by at Kingston Train-Bridge (Spencer Neal)
  • Kingston Cemetery KT1: Kingfisher on the Hogsmill, with 2 Teal; 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler in bramble scrub by the Hogsmill, 1 Swallow flew over N (M Bournat)
  • King George V Reservoir: 8 Sand Martin, Black-necked Grebe, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Long-tailed Duck (Andrew Thomas); 2 Common Tern, sum plum Slavonian Grebe (N basin), 1 Wheatear, 1 female Common Redstart (in scrub by fence on W side), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Buzzards (Ian Lycett); 1230-1630hrs - 1 (f) Goosander, 2 Common Redstart (in scrub on west side of north basin), 2 White Wagtail (Neville Smith & Hayley Lynes)
  • Laleham Park, Surrey TW18: 2 Common Buzzard 11:00, Red Kite 15:00, 2 Blackcap (David Combes)
  • Lee Valley RP (Fisher’s Green): 3 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Common Tern, 2 Shelduck, Sedge Warblers, Whitethroats, 2 Nightingales along sub station access road (Mike Oakland); 5/6 Common Buzzard, Red Kite both over raptor watch point, 3 Hobby sightings (at least 2 present), 3 singing Nightingales, Garden Warbler (Jamie Partridge, Lol Bodini, Tony Butler)
  • Lee Valley RP (Holyfield Hall Farm): 11.30hrs - 1 (m) Common Redstart 70 Acres Lake, 1 Little Owl, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler (Neville Smith & Hayley Lynes)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Rook N 13.15, 10-13 Buzzard 10.15-14.15 including a pale morph, Red Kite 13.25, Peregrine pair overhead, 5 Sparrowhawk, m Garganey still, 2m Shelduck, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, 4 Redshank, Water Rail perched on fence by hide, 4 Common Tern, 2 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, m Whitethroat, 4 singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 singing Sedge Warbler, 3 singing Reed Warbler, 12 singing Willow Warblers, 3 singing Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Linnet N, Redpoll sp N (J Wilczur, R Kaye & M Andrews)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir LNR: 2 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 10 Stock Dove, 10+ Willow Warbler, 5+ Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Greenfinch (John Gordon}
  • Morden Hall Park SM4: Green Sandpiper - exactly where it was last Sunday (Bill Budd)
  • Plumstead SE18: Red Kite W seen from my kitchen window on Kirkham Street (Gus Wilson)
  • Rainham Marshes: 3 Hobby (4 seen by some), 4 Curlew, Common Sandpiper (along river), 5 Yellow Wagtail (4 males), 2 Wheatear, several each of Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, 1 singing Chiffchaff (Neil Anderson)
  • Rammey Marsh: 07.00-09.30: 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Waxwing, 4 Reed Bunting, 7 Linnet, 4 Bullfinch, Snipe (Martin Shepherd Brian Dawton) 1900hrs - 2 (m & f) Common Redstart, 2 Swift, 1 (m) Bullfinch (Neville Smith & Hayley Lynes)
  • Richmond Park: Queen Elizabeth Plantation - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (f) 11am (Steve Woolfenden); 2 Red Kites flew N over Pond Slade early eve (Steve Read per FJM)
  • Richmond TW10: Ham Paddocks - 1 Common Whitethroat; Ham Lands - 5 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch; Ham, Thames - 1 Treecreeper; Petersham Lodge Wood - 1 Goldcrest (Spencer Neal)
  • Rotherhithe SE16 (Russia Dock Woodland): 3 Willow Warblers (1 singing), Whitethroat, several Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps (Richard Bonser and Josh Jones)
  • Shooters Hill (DA16): Common Buzzard soaring above Shooters Hill post 16 campus 11:50 (Gus Wilson)
  • Staines Moor: 3 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Hobby, Yellow Wagtail, 5 Northern Wheatear, 3 Red Kite, 4+ Common Buzzard, Common Snipe, Common Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff, Skylark (A Luscombe et al); 3 Redshank, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2+ Little Egret, 18 Blackcap (Lee Dingain - pics here); 1 Blue-headed wagtail, with 3 yellow wagtail, 1 'Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Linnet, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 5+ Reed Bunting (V Williamson, R Woolley).
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 Arctic Tern (S Basin), 5 Common Tern, 1 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin) (A Luscombe & Bob Warden)
  • Stanwell Moor: Common Redstart, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Common Redshank, Song Thrush (A Luscombe et al); 4 Cuckoo (Lee Dingain)
  • Stokes Field (Long Ditton, KT7): 2 Bullfinch, 1 Common Whitethroat, 20+ Chiffchaff, 15+ Blackcap, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Swallow (Bill Dykes)
  • Ten Acre Wood: 1 Red Kite, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Jim Fell)
  • Thorney CP: 6 Chiffchaff, Common Tern, 5 Common Whitethroat, 8 Blackcaps, 2 Reed Warblers, Green Woodpecker, Ring-necked Parakeet, Jay, Great Crested Grebes, 3 Dunnocks, Willow Warber, Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinches (Sue Giddens)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Grasshopper Warbler reeling between 9.30-10.45 - seen well twice, Woodcock flushed along Folly Brook, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 4 Teal, 2 Lapwing, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Kestrel; also Comma, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell (John Colmans & Clive Herbert)
  • Uxbridge UB8 (Brunel University Bicentenary Gardens): 1 Willow Warbler singing, 1 Blackcap singing, 1 Red Kite low over University (Roger Dewey)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Little Egret (flying N over flood relief), c6 Reed Bunting, c8 Whitethroat, c6 Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Snipe, 4 Sand Martin, lots of Peacock butterflies (Graham Howie) blog
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: No 1 - 10+ Blackcap (m & f), 3+ Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat by Low Maynard - all singing (G Sawtell); Lockwood - c6 Swift over 18.00 (Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: 4-5 Common Redstart, 2 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail over, 5 Swallow, Sand Martin, 2 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Lesser Whitethroat, 10 + Common Whitethroat, 3 singing Willow Warbler, 9 Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, 5 Shelduck (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge/Bob Vaughan/Dan Hennessy)
  • Waterworks NR: Skylark flushed out of the big square scrubby meadow patch (Graham Howie)
  • Westminster W2 (Torquay St): 1 Red-legged Partridge wandering around outside the astroturf pitches at The Academy Sports Centre! (David Lindo)
  • Woolwich Common (SE18): female Common Redstart in brambles at north end of the common, also 4 Blackcap, 6 Common Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, female Sparrowhawk 08:00-09:00 (Gus Wilson)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Rook NE, 1 Sand Martin, 5 Blackcap, c4 Common Whitethroat, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Stock Dove, c10 Meadow Pipit (The Scrubbers)
  • Wraysbury GP: Redstart - male (Birdguides) female and Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (C.Lasmdell)

Friday 19th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Red-crested Pochards (2 drakes and duck the first site record since 1998), also pair Gadwall, 2+ Willow Warblers (Bob Watts, Dave Callahan); from 07:35-11:15, 45 species recorded, including Little Grebe (Boating Pond), 3 Swallows through, singing male Grey Wagtail, 13 Blackcaps, male Common Whitethroat (site first this year), 10+ Willow Warblers, 10 Common Chiffchaffs, Linnet N, Siskin at W end of Grove (Dominic Mitchell); Linnet (Dave Callahan); Common Whitethroat still 12:00 (Gabriel Jamie); 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush (Michael Rank); Garden Warbler 1830 Conservation Pond, 2 House Martin (Bob Watts).
  • Angel N1: 12 Waxwing (trees along Regent's Canal) (Mel MacKinnon)
  • Barking Creekmouth: 3 Common Redstart (2 males) (Mike Bateman, Paul Hawkins)
  • Barnehurst DA7: Bursted Woods - 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 male Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest (1 or 2 more heard nearby), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Jay, Ring-necked Parakeets. Amazingly, given size and location of site (though adjoins a railway cutting) had a great view of a Weasel dragging a dead Rat around.
  • Barnehurst, Martens Grove: - 2 Nuthatch together, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 2 Mistle Thrush fighting, 1 Song Thrush (heard), 1 Greenfinch (heard), 1 Collared Dove, Ring-necked Parakeets (Chris Rose) CR, please check your Talk page
  • Bexleyheath: Christchurch Cemetery - 5 Goldfinch, 1 Goldcrest, Willow Warbler (palish legs), 1 Chaffinch.
  • Bexleyheath/Welling, Danson Park: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese (no sign goslings from last visit), 1 Grey Heron, a few Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull adult, 1 Swallow, 1m Blackcap, Green Woodpecker (heard), 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Jay, 2 possible Willow Warbler, 1 Greenfinch (heard), at least 68 Carrion Crow; Hall Place N - 4 Jackdaw, 2 Nuthatch together, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Greenfinch, 2 (+?) Goldfinch, Ring-necked Parakeets (Chris Rose)
  • Blackheath: 3 Egyptian Geese (Joe Beale).
  • Bushy Park: 3 Common Buzzards, 3 Wheatears, 3 C. Whitethroats, 8 Blackcaps, 7 Willow Warblers, 9 Chiffchaffs (Tony Duckett).
  • Canons Farm: 2 Whinchats, male Common Redstart, 11 Wheatears, 3 Common Whitethroats - all by Reads Rest Lane between collapsed barn and Lunch Wood (David Campbell, Nigel Sluman, Phil Wallace et al).
  • Chessington (KT9): 1m Common Redstart seen yesterday still in private back garden from 7.00 a.m. (Nigel Jackman)
  • Chislehurst BR7 (Beaverwood/Kemnal Wood): Tree Pipit around bike field (just north of Beaverwood club entrance off A20), Common Buzzard, 2 Swallow around stables, 3+ Blackcap, 4+ Chiffchaff, pair Tufted Ducks (rare here), Lesser Redpoll, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Ian Stewart).
  • Cranford Park CP (TW5): 1 m Pied Flycatcher (in the area of the park called "The Headland", on the edge of the ancient woodland where the blackthorn shrubs are flowering). From car park, walk west in the grassland along the edge of the woodland until you reach the corner of the grassland where there are a few small trees. The bird is favouring the blackthorns in this area. (W Marks and Adam Cheeseman); still present at 16:15 though not as active as earlier (Nigel Sluman) link to my photos and blog from today - Wendy Marks
  • Crayford Marshes: male Common Redstart, male Whinchat, Spotted Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Wheatear, 4 Corn Bunting, House Martin, 24 Whitethroat, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Blackcap (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: River - Green-winged Teal still in usual creek by viewing screen 11.00am, moved to sewage outfall by 1.30pm, m Common Redstart in scrub at east end of golf driving range, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank (numerous), 4 Oystercatcher, 20 Cormorant, 60+ Gadwall, Linnet, Common Tern, Kestrel, 100+ Shelduck, 7 Wren (singing), 4+ Willow Warbler; Reserve - 21 Wheatear, 2 m Whinchat (feeding in horse paddocks with Wheatear), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2-3 Cetti's Warbler, Common Redstart (f), 6 Whitethroat (singing), Willow Warbler (singing), Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler (singing), 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Pheasant (pr), 2 Stock Dove, Shoveler (Eric Brown, Paul Moss, Sharon Welland)
  • Croydon: Red Kite over Lloyd Park 17:45, headed off west (Graeme Spinks)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Common Redstart female in fence line between Travellers Field and The Slack (5pm), 3+ C. Whitethroat, 1 Swift, several Sand Martin & Swallow, pr Shelduck, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Alan Shearman).
  • Dulwich Park SE21: pair of Little Grebe (I assume m/f) have been on the lake for several days now. Also sadly, a Song Thrush hanging dead from some twine strung between two trees. Have sent photo to Friends of DP to ask whether they think this was accidental or malicious (Priscilla Macpherson).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: female Common Redstart in scrub on north side, 5 Swallow NW at 18:00, 6 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, 4 Shelduck, 39 Tufted Duck (including female with Portuguese nasal saddle) (John Archer & NIck Tanner).
  • Ewell KT19 (Hogsmill Open Space): 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Heron over (Neil Batten).
  • Finsbury Park: 2 Willow Warblers, singing Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap (Ian Bradshaw); around 10 Waxwings in a private back garden feeding on flowering trees (Maria Xuereb)
  • Greenwich Park: 1 f Common Redstart still, 2 m Blackcaps, Chiffchaff (Joe Beale)
  • Hampstead Heath: 1m and 1f Wheatear on Parliament Hill, 4 Willow Warbler near Viaduct Pond (1 singing), pair of Shoveler, pair of Mandarin (Huw Prior)
  • Heathrow Airport: 1 m Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Highgate N6 (Waterlow Park): male Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker (Daniel Bosch).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: male Mandarin Duck, 3 Red-crested Pochard (2 male), 19 Black-headed Gull (18 flew west, 1 on site), second-summer type Great Black-backed Gull, Little Owl, 2 House Martin, male Northern Wheatear on Parade Ground (new bird), 10 Blackcap (7 singing m + 3 f), 5 singing Chiffchaff, 6 singing Willow Warbler (D. McKenzie).
  • King George V Reservoir: 10 Swift, 11 Yellow Wagtail, 5 White Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, Common Whitethroat, 1 female Black Redstart, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Common Tern, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 5 Common Sandpiper (Tony Clancy)
  • Lee Valley RP: Friday Lake - partial summer plumage Slavonian Grebe at 17.30, Cetti’s Warbler, Barn Owl (Mike Oakland)
  • Leyton Orient Way/Oliver Road/Jubilee Park: Red Kite north c14:45, 4+ Willow Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Arctic Tern circling Main Lake, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 19 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 7 Willow Warbler (Jamie Wyver); drk Garganey, 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 Shelduck, 3 Mandarin, 3 Buzzard, 1 Yellow-legged Gull 2nd winter, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 24 Sand Martin, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 3m Blue-headed Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 21 Willow Warbler, 1+ Bearded Tit, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Linnet NW (R Kaye)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir LNR: 5 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Sparrowhawk, large numbers of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, 1 Reed Warbler (John Gordon)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 singing Song Thrush (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Mayesbrook Park, Barking: c10 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow both N at 1530, 3 Willow Warbler, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit over (P Beckenham)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: Common Whitethroat (Marnham Fields), Red Kite (Northala mounds) ENE at 10.40, 5 poss 7 Snipe (Smith's Farm scrape) (Martin Smith)
  • Osterley Park: 2 Whitethroat, 1 Redstart (male), 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker, Great Crested Grebe (Dennis Berry)
  • Rainham, Ferry Lane (South): 1m Wheatear on foreshore, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Linnet (P Beckenham)
  • Rickmansworth WD3 (Bury Lake): 1 male Pied Flycatcher (Herts Birding)
  • Rotherhithe: 7 Willow Warblers (1 singing), 2 singing Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Ring-necked Parakeet all Russia Dock Woodland (Richard Bonser)
  • Shooter's Hill DA16 (Woodlands Farm): 2 (m & f) Common Redstart, 5 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Redpoll (John Bushell, Conrad Ellam & Ron Turner)
  • Sidcup DA15 (Lamorbey Park): unidentfied large raptor north 18.45- probably Common Buzzard, 2 Swallows resting on all-weather pitch fences briefly, 2 Willow Warblers by lake, Lesser Redpoll (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Red Kite drifted W 17.42-17.45, single Swallow low W 18.00, Willow Warbler in garden briefly late am, pair displaying Sparrowhawks, 5+ Mallard over, Grey Heron S (Ian Stewart)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 6 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Southwark Park: Common Sandpiper on lake (my 1st at this site), 1 Black-headed Gull looking ill, 2 Mistle Thrush (Richard Bonser)
  • Staines Moor: 4 Little Egret, 2 Cuckoo, 4 Wheatear (C Lamsdell)
  • Staines Reservoir: Black-necked Grebe (C Lamsdell)
  • Stanwell Moor: 2 Redstart (male & female) (C Lamsdell)
  • Stocker's Lake: Wood Warbler (Ldn yr-1st) singing in wood at W end on S side at 1.55pm (Joan Thompson et al per @birdingetc) - still present and singing up until 5pm, also Garden Warbler (Andrew Moon); - photo on London Birders AM, many thanks for your pic on Yahoo - still looking for my 1st Woodie but if it's as as 'dull' as that one  it had better be singing!   b_e  Can anyone insert a site description in the Patch List entry?
  • Stoneleigh (The Glade): 1 Blackcap singing, 10 Herring Gull and 1 Grey Heron over (Neil Batten).
  • Thorney CP: Red Kite over 11.46am, 2 Greenfinch, 6 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker (Sue Giddens)
  • Tottenham Marshes/N end of Lockwood Reservoir: m Ring Ouzel briefly on path between Billet Rd and Lockwood res, 1 Little Egret over Lockwood, mixed flock of Swallows and House Martins over Banbury reservoir, Sand Martin over Lea River, Sedge Warbler singing near Chalk Bridge, many Willow Warblers, 2 Whitethroats also singing in general area 12.20-1 pm (Davey Leach).
  • Totteridge Valley (Darlands Lake area): Chiffchaff (plus several singing), Common Buzzard, 1 m Teal (Xav)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: calling Green Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, (yesterday) 2 singing Chiffchaffs (Bob Watts, Ken Greenway).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Black-necked Grebe, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Red Kite, 3 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, f Redstart briefly (late evening) in bushes by path from main pit to model railway before flying towards River Colne; Willows Farm - Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 11 Lesser Redpoll, Red Kite (Steve Blake/Simon West)
  • Victoria Park: Pochard/Tufted Duck hybrid on west lake, male Blackcap, male Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Willow Warbler both in Glade; 6+ Willow Warbler, female Great Spotted Woodpecker on East Lake island (Richard Drew)
  • Walthamstow (Blackhorse Lane): 1 House Martin (Jayne T)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Banbury - 1-2 Common Sandpipers, f Wheatear, 5-6 singing Willow Warblers, 1 singing Whitethroat, 1 singing Sedge Warbler (in scrub at S end), pr Blackcap, pr Linnet, Peregrine; Lockwood area - c10 Swift over at 10am, 4 Common Sandpiper evening (Lol Bodini); 8+ Common Sandpiper, Barnacle Goose, 10 Blackcap, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Dunlin (found by KJM) (Oliver Simms)
  • Wanstead Flats: 1-2 Common Redstart, 9 Wheatear, possible Tree Pipit Alex scrub (ST), Rock Pipit over north, 10 + Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 6 Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Fieldfare, Lesser Whitethroat singing SSSI, 10+ Common Whitethroat, 3 singing Willow Warbler, Snipe, 2 Swallow (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge/Barry Bishop/Steve Thorpe/John)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Willow Warbler singing, 4 Common Whitethroat, Linnet, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)
  • Weybridge KT13 (Mercedes-Benz World): Kingfisher flew across main track (Simon West)
  • Wimbledon Park: Lake and Horse Close Wood 17.00-18.30 - 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 4 Willow Warbler in song, 1 Chiffchaff in song, 4 Blackcap (3 m in song + 1 f), 1 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 1 m Pochard (Martin Daniel)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 m Whinchat in grassland, 1 Redwing still in Chats Paddock, 2 Redpoll sp over, 4 Common Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, c6 Chiffchaff, 9 Linnet, 2 Stock Dove (Rob Ayers); 2 Wheatear (Charlie Farrell). At least 5 female redstart, male whinchat, 4 common whitethroat present early afternoon (Aravind Ramesh)

Thursday 18th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Arctic Tern over Wood Green Reservoir at 8.03 until 9.21, when it headed off east; Also 3 Swallows and a calling Linnet (scarce here) (Dominic Mitchell, David Callahan, Gareth Richards, Gabriel Jamie, Alan Gibson); 5+ Willow Warblers, 5+ Blackcaps, few Chiffchaffs, Swallow Top Field 0745; also 6+ Swallows pm Wood Green Res. (Bob Watts, Gabriel Jamie)
  • Blackheath: 5 Wheatears (2f 3m), Linnets heard (Joe Beale)
  • Bookham Common: 1 m Common Redstart in hawthorns behind station, north of car park (Neil Randon)
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper behind dam at 17.00 (Andrew Self)
  • Brentford: Peregrine 07.30 sitting up on the front of GSK building, Great west road for third day running in the morning sun, 4 wheatears in Horse fields at Warrens Farm southall (f.mck)
  • Chessington (KT9): 1m Common Redstart in private back garden all afternoon and early evening (Nigel Jackman)
  • Crayford Marshes: Grasshopper Warbler singing where Moat Lane reaches the creek at 06:10; Spotted Redshank, Brambling, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, Whimbrel, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Comon Tern, Lesser Redpoll, 16 Whitethroat, 2 Green Sandpiper. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Crossness: drake Green-winged Teal still at sewage outfall at 14:40, 2 Little Gulls (ad summer + 1st winter) W at 15:00, 7+ Arctic Terns (2 lingering, 5+ W 15:20-15:30), Common Swift W at 15:10, female Redstart in paddocks, male Whinchat, 8+ Wheatears, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 singing Reed Warblers, Blackcap, c8 Whitethroats, House Martin, c6 Common Terns, 49 Black-tailed Godwits, Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Curlew, Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawks (John Archer). Green-winged Teal still present at 19:20. Also Green Sandpiper, Reed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler & 90+ Black-tailed Godwits. (James Hudson)
  • Dulwich Park: c18 Willow Warbler - 5 singing, 2 Chiffchaff - 1 singing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Little Grebe (Martin Stevens), 2 Swallow feeding over lake (Steven Robinson)
  • Ewell Village (Beggars Hill): 1 Common Whitethroat singing from the Allotments on Kingston Road 08.40 (Village centre): 1 female Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Stock Dove, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Coal Tit (Neil Batten)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 1 male Tawny Owl heard from direction of North Cray Woods (Chris Rose)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Lesser Redpoll (John Bushell per Conrad Ellam)
  • Greenwich Park: Quick check - 2 f Redstarts, 3 Willow Warblers, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs (Joe Beale)
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 1 Grasshopper Warbler, flushed from grassy meadow disappeared into low Bramble, c15:40 hrs - my first record for this site (Robert Callf).
  • Hampstead Heath: (06:15 - 07:15) 7 Swallows N, 2 Willow Warblers (1 singing), 4 Blackcaps (3 singing), Chiffchaff singing (Huw Prior); Whitethroat Heath Extension (Oliver Simms); male and fem Wheatear near ploughed field (Pete Mantle)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 3 male Mandarin Duck, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 28 Herring Gull, adult Tawny Owl and single owlet, 3 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Northern Wheatear on Buck Hill (male & 2 female - new birds), 5 singing Blackcap plus 3 female, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler (6 singing) (D. McKenzie). 1f Wheatear also by Round Pond at 09:30, and Barnacle Goose (uo) still (Matt Reed). Also Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Little Owl - all in Kensington Gdns (Martin Honey) (Would someone mind giving directions as to where to find the Tawnys this year, as understand they have moved from prev yrs. Also to see the Little Owl. many thanks - ADH) For the Tawny Owls, see end of Hyde Park entry for Friday 5th April 2013. For Little Owl in one of the old Sweet Chestnut trees south of the tree yard enclosure - Peter Pan statue (MRH)
  • Kennington: Willow Warbler singing in front garden of 48b, Brixton Road (Tony Stones).
  • King George V Reservoir: 1 Arctic Tern, 7 Common Tern, 40+ Sand Martin, 20+ Swallow, 1 House Martin, 6 Swift, sum plum Black-necked Grebe 9.30 - 11.45 (Ian Lycett)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Garganey (drake), 2 Common Tern, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 17 Black-headed Gull, 1 Shelduck, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 7 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, 6 Swallow, 10+ Sand Martin. (Adam Salmon)
  • Lee Valley: 4 Singing Nightingales at electricity station, elsewhere Barn Owl at undisclosed site (J.Muray).
  • Mayesbrook Park, Barking: 2 Northern Wheatear (m&f) dropped onto wetland scrape at 1315, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Little Egret, 2 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Pochard, 1f Sparrowhawk over with prey (Feral pigeon) (P Beckenham)
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: 3 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Meadow Pipit, Sparrowhawk, 10 Stock Dove (Nigel Sluman)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 8 (3pr) Little Grebe, 4 (2pr) Great Crested Grebe, 1 dead ad Tawny Owl nr Leaf Yard Wd area 40, 1 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 20 Willow Warbler (cf 6 yesterday), 7 Blackcap, 5 Siskin Cricket Pen a32 then N, 1 Linnet over, 1 Lesser Redpoll W (birdman_euston); owl may have been hit by car then finished off by fox - happened sev yrs ago in same place - no word yet on Q Mary's Gdns pr that bred last yr
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Willow Warbler, pair+ 3 singing Blackcap, 4 singing Chiffchaff, 2 House Martin, 1 Swallow (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • St James's Park: Willow Warbler singing on Duck Island at lunchtime (Andrew Self)
  • Staines Reservoir: 10.45hrs-11.45hrs: 3 Arctic Tern (two on north basin, 1 on south), 2 Common Tern (Neil Randon, Ken Purdey)
  • Staines Moor: 4 Wheatear, 5 Little Egret, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Redshank (Neil Randon)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 8 Sand Martin, 1m Reed Bunting (TeRNS)
  • Sutcliffe Park, Kidbrooke: Common Snipe, Willow Warbler (Conrad Ellam)
  • Tooting: 1 Swallow west over garden at 07:30. (James Hudson)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Garden Warbler singing at north end of lake causeway, also 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Skylark, 1 Whitethroat and 2 Blackcap singing despite wind and rain. Red Kite (presumably now a fixture) and abundant Swallow and Sand Martin. (Jo Edwards)
  • Victoria Park: Red Kite over 7.15 am (Jean-Patrick Elmes).
  • Walthamstow (Blackhorse Lane): 1 House Martin (Jayne T)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Red Kite low over south @ 07.25, fem Wheatear on horse paddock, singing Skylark over board walk area. singing Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Willow Warblers (Jamie Partridge, Adam Hudson)
  • Wanstead Flats: Tree Pipit (SSSI) same or another in east end of Long Wood, m Common Redstart, 7 Wheatear, 5 Swallow, 3 House Martin, Yellow Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, 9+ Linnet, 10+ Chffichaff, 3 Wilow Warbler, 8 Common Whitethroat, Fieldfare (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge).
  • Wimbledon Common: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - the first for over a year (David Wills) Hi David, where on the common did you see the bird & was it a male or female? Thanks. A male in the Clock House Wood, app. TQ234726 - watch him for about half an hour - didn't call at all though. See not-very-good picture in photos.Hi, just to say I heard a LSW calling there on a visit in the summer, if you want I can find the date for your records? (Joe Beale) Thanks, Joe. That would be useful as the LSW didn't make the Common's list last year. Cheers David. David, it was 9th July 2012, early evening (Joe Beale). Thanks, Joe - bird calling and drumming at same location on 22nd April, David.
  • Wimbledon Park Lake: Swift sp high over at 8.45 (probably Common), 2 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 2 Common Terns, 1+ Blackcap in song (Martin Daniel)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 f Wheatear, 5 Common Whitethroat, 1 Swallow, 3 Blackcap, Kestrel, 5 Linnets, c20 Meadow Pipit, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (Rob Ayers)

Wednesday 17th April 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Green Sandpipers in East Marsh, also 2 Wheatears (Andrew Self, Steve Leeke)
  • Brockwell Park SE24: 2 Willow Warbler singing in the walled garden, 1 Grey Heron catching and swallowing whole a Common Frog, 1 juvenile Mute Swan still on the main pond and 2 Stock Dove inspecting a nest hole (Charlie Kitchen and Paul Collins)
  • Brookmill Park, SE8: Mandarin, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 10 Wheatear, Swift, 12 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 32 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Green Sandpiper, Blackcap (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: drake Green-winged Teal still in creek 100 yards east of sewage outfall at 15.30, singing Sedge Warbler, Swallow W, 3 House Martin W, Whitethroat (Gus Wilson per JA). 4 Wheatear in Paddock south of the A2016 + Sedge Warbler & Cetti's Warbler singing in reeds, Swallow west (Conrad Ellam)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Reed Warbler Hooks Hall Pond, 5+ C.Whitethroat, 1 Swift, several Sand Martin & Swallow, pr Shelduck & 2 LRP.( VH-F ).
  • Dulwich Park: 2 Sparrowhawk (aerial display; the female was hunting 2 pigeons 30 minutes earlier), 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Mandarin Duck, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Swallow (Paul Collins, Charlie Kitchen).
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek Ecology Park: 2 Sand Martins, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, 9 Shelducks, 28+ Tufted Ducks (including female with red nasal saddle), Common Sandpiper (John Archer).
  • Enfield: 1 singing male Lesser Whitethroat - my first of the year (also Ldn yr-1st), at Brayside Farm, also here 2(m,f) Shoveler; 1 singing male Willow Warbler; 1 female Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Enfield Lock: Rammy Marsh 25-30 Waxwings feeding on insects on leaves of poplars to the east by tow path? 1500 (Brian Dawton)
  • Greenwich Park: 4, probably 5 Mistle Thrush territories, 2 separate Song Thrush pairs collecting nesting material, Blue Tit and Robin collecting nesting material, disagreement about leaving nest of Long-Tailed Tits alone seems to have been resolved sensibly, Siskin heard, Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 2 Common Tern, 4 Willow Warbler, 1(m) Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (07.30); 1 Whitethroat (19.00) (Richard Green).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2 Whitethroat 19.00 (observer?)
  • Hampstead Heath: Male Wheatear (Kite Hill 9.40) (Dave Porritt)
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 singing Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, numerous Chiffchaff and Blackcap (Andy Culshaw).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Little Owl, 2 Swallow, 5 House Martin, Yellow Wagtail over, female Northern Wheatear (Parade Ground), 6 singing Blackcap plus 2 female, 6 singing Chiffchaff, 9 singing Willow Warbler, Firecrest reported yesterday at Long Water Sanctuary East but no sign during an hour search today, 2 Siskin; also 5 male Mandarin Duck, pair of Shoveler, 3 Red-crested Pochard (2 male) (D. McKenzie).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Reed Warbler this evening (Shaun Harvey).
  • Kingston Cemetery: Calling Tawny Owl (M Bournat).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 drk Garganey, 1 ad "Polish" Swan, 1 Shelduck, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 4 Redshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull 2nd w, 5 Common Tern, 1 Swift, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1+ Bearded Tit (R.Kaye)
  • M25 Surrey: 1 Red Kite over carriageway between J11-12 at 16.50 (Andy Culshaw).
  • Mill Hill NW7: Blackcap (f), 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Jays, Kestrel high over heading south from Arrandene Open Space area, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, Song Thrush (Xav).
  • Osterley Park: male Ring Ouzel in company of Mistle Thrush at dusk by small pond off north drive (Rob Wheeler).
  • Paddington Green: male Peregrine Falcon, singing Grey Wagtail (D. McKenzie).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 2 Wheatear again Park playing fields at noon (Helen Whitall per b_e)
  • Richmond Park: male Redstart - still in Holly Lodge Paddocks in area of red bench (T.Howard per J.Wilczur).
  • South Norwood CP: singing Sedge Warbler, 2 singing Whitethroats, 4+ Willow Warblers, several Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. (John Birkett)
  • Stanwell & Staines Moor: Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 2 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler (Nigel Sluman).
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 Little Tern (Ldn yr-1st) on N basin from 10.00 till 11.00 at least though distant, 2 Arctic Tern 06.40-07.00, several Common Tern (Bob Warden per FJM).
  • Swanley Park: Common Sandpiper (mega patch tick), Chiffchaff, Mallard with 8 new hatched ducklings, (Andy Meaton).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 8 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, male Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, Cormorant over, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Teal, also single Comma and Peacock (John Colmans).
  • Trent Park: 6 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Mute Swan, 2 Tufted Duck (m), 2 Mandarin (m), 2 Stock Dove also a day flying bat over the lower lake with long ang broad wings and medium ears, possibly a Serotine?? ( Pete Lowman).
  • Victoria Park (West Lake): drake Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrid, 2 drake Red-crested Pochard, 11 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Egyptian Goose, singing Willow Warbler (John Archer).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: fem Goshawk (Ldn yr-1st) over west @ 12.30, no sign of jesses, quite a few tail feathers missing, mobbed by LBBs, seen twice again through the day, also Yellow Wagtail over, Peregrine, Reed Bunting, several Willow Warblers and Whitethroats, Swallow (Jamie Partridge)
  • Wanstead Flats: Wheatear, 4 Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 3 Linnet, 4 Shoveler, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Meadow Pipit, Skylark (Nick Croft/BobVaughan); f Redstart reported (Birdguides).
  • Wanstead Park: 6 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, 3 Willow Warbler (Nick Croft).
  • Wimbledon Park (west side): 2 Common Tern on raft in lake, 3m Blackcap singing (Martin Honey)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1-2 f Redstart, 1 m Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, Stock Dove (The Scrubbers); 3 Wheatear present in grassland at 17.00, 2 Swallow north (R.Ayers)
  • Waterworks NR: single Lesser Redpoll, singing Reed Warbler, Common Buzzard south (Jamie Partridge).
  • Westminster: a single Swallow low over Victoria Tower Gardens next to Palace of Westminster at 14:30, Sparrowhawk soaring over Lambeth Palace (Frank Nugent).

Tuesday 16th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite 12:48-12:50, drifted over eastern slopes and then NW over Palace, 1 Peregrine over Wood Green (Gareth Richards). Also Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail (Mike Benyon)
  • Barnehurst Golf Course and Open Space: 1 pr Blackcap together and lone male elsewhere, 2 Greenfinch (infrequent in this area now), 2m Chaffinch, 2 Chiffchaff singing, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 1 Song Thrush (heard), 3 or 4 Goldcrest (heard). (Chris Rose)
  • Barnes Common: 1 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (Rich Petley).
  • Beddington: 1 Woodcock, 15 Wheatear, 15 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, 1 Reed Warbler (Ldn yr-1st), 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Common Buzzard few mig pics (PA, BFBG)
  • Blackheath: Cormorant, 10 Stock Dove, Swallow, 2 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing (James Lowen). 2 Swallows W, Linnets heard over, 1 Chiffchaff at Whitfield's Mount, 1 Chiffcahff at Hyde Vale scrub, pr Tufted Ducks at Princess of Wales (Joe Beale)
  • Brent Reservoir: Tree Pipit in trees Shrike Field, male Common Redstart on Neasden Rec at 16.10, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaffs, 7 Blackcaps, Wheatear on dam, 4 Swallows and 3 Sand Martins N, 3 House Martins feeding, 3 Common Terns, 8 Snipe and Common Sandpiper (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall).
  • Brentford Dock TW8: 2 Red-crested Pochard (M and F) (Mark Webb).
  • Brookmill Park, SE 8: Swallow north, 2 singing Blackcap, 2 singing Chiffchaff, male House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam) + Small Tortoiseshell
  • Canons Farm: 2 Tree Pipits still by collapsed barn, Yellow Wagtail over, 3 Wheatears and 3 Common Whitethroats (David Campbell).
  • Clapham Common: 6 Willow Warbler (most singing) at Mount Pond, 2 Swallow over (Mark H).
  • Clissold Park, Hackney: 2 Willow Warbler (in scrub by wood yard in NE corner 1430) (P Beckenham).
  • Crayford, Perry Street Farm: Kestrel from direction of farm onto lamp post by Mayplace Rd East horse field, then headed west. 1 House Martin (over, Gascoyne Drive edge), 2 Stock Dove, 25+ House Sparrow (Stoneham Park side) (Chris Rose).
  • Crayford, River Cray (By-way 105): 1 Little Egret on pool south of River Wansunt on Stanham Farm near Maiden Lane, 1 male Blackcap singing, 2 Chiffchaff singing, 1 Greenfinch (heard), 1 Swallow or House Martin (over - brief glimpse into sun) (Chris Rose)
  • Crayford, Thames Road Wetland: 2 Water Rail heard from same spots they've been all winter, one singing briefly. 1 male Reed Bunting (only second record for it here), 1 Little Egret (probably same one that was near Maiden Lane), 1 Little Grebe, 2 Chiffchaff (or Willow Warbler ....), 1 Song Thrush, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (over) (Chris Rose).
  • Crystal Palace Park (ridge): 0615-0800 1 Firecrest in large holly bush at eastern end, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 6 Swallow over north (Peter Beckenham, Dan Greenwood, Dave Clark per SoLoMig group).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Snipe, 2 Shelduck on the Slack. Common Swift over Chase Waters,1 male Northern Wheatear, 2 singing Common Whitethroat (V.Halley-Frame & S.Drake).
  • Dulwich Park SE21: No sign of yesterday's Pied Flycatcher 07:30-11:15. c25 Willow Warbler – 1 singing, Red Kite flying S low over Lordship Lane Estate 11:15 – patch first (Martin Stevens per SoLoMig group) 10:30-10:45 1 singing Whitethroat (in American Garden), 1 House Martin, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 6 singing Chiffchaff (Paul Collins). Green woodpecker (f), American Garden at 3pm (Priscilla Macpherson)
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek Ecology Park: 2 Egyptian Geese, 6 Shelduck, Teal, c30 Tufted Duck (including female with red nasal saddle), Kestrel, 3 House Martin, Wheatear, 2 Stock Dove, Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 7+ Willow Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, 2+ Common Sandpiper (John Archer).
  • Ewell KT19 (Hogsmill Open Space): 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 male Bullfinch, 1 male Kestrel, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Comma (Neil Batten)
  • Greenwich Park: Early a.m: 1 m Whitethroat, 1 m Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1m Redstart very briefly, 1m Firecrest briefly, 2 Swallows over W, 4 Siskins W, Linnets heard over, now back up to 2 Egyptian Geese after one went awol (Joe Beale).
  • Gunpowder Park: late afternoon: 4 Wheatear, 3 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Buzzard heading west (Martin Shepherd)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Wheatear, Ring Ouzel (10am H3) (Dave Porritt); male Ring Ouzel still between hedge 2 + 3 at 18.15, 7+ Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler (Oliver Simms).
  • Kensington Gardens: 3 juv Tawny Owl (usual tree South Flower Walk), 14+ Egyptian Goose (one pair with two young at round pond), pair Mandarin, Blackcap (2 male - one nr Peter Pan statue), Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Redwing, Sparrowhawk, 2 Mistle Thrush. (Eric Brown, Phil Cliffe, Doreen Newson).
  • London Wetland Centre: drk Garganey still, 1 Shelduck, 3 Mandarin, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Barnacle Goose, 3 Redshank, 4 Snipe, 1 Curlew, off west, 1 Yellow-legged Gull 1st w, 20 House Martin, 19 Sand Martin, 28 Swallow, 4 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Redstart, 5 alba Wagtail fiew west, 1 White Wagtail, 8 Yellow Wagtail flew west, 1+ Bearded Tit still, 1 Lesser Redpoll. (R.Kaye)
  • Mud Chute, 3 Monk Parakeets, male Blackcap nest building, Wilow Warbler, Greenfinch singing (Phil Laurie)
  • Osterley Park: 11 Wheatear (K.Fisher); 1 Redstart (male), 1 Chiffchafff and Swallows (Dennis Berry)
  • Ravenscourt Park: Willow Warbler (Michael Robinson)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 2 Wheatear Park open spaces 12:35 (fide birdman_euston)
  • Roding Valley Meadows: male Peregrine SE, 2 Whitethroat, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, 3 Swallow, 2 Reed Bunting (David Bradnum); 4 Little Egret, 2 Garden Warbler (Ldn yr-1st), 9 Blackcap (Barry Jones); 1 male Redstart from approx 11.30am-12.15pm in Fields NE of Lake. Went home for lunch to fetch my camera, but couldn't relocate it between 1.30-3.45pm. Apologies for not putting negative news out, I had to work at 4pm, so dashed off (Adam Winstanley).
  • Richmond Park: fem/imm Black Redstart - not Common as reported earlier (JW), male Redstart - Holly Lodge paddocks, same male or another Hawthorn Valley (P. Davies per J.Wilczur); 19 Wheatear - including a flock of 15 (O.Dewhurst & M.Lewis per JW); 4 Wheatear Cambrian Gate (Bob Snellgrove); Grey Heron pair nesting Upper Pen Pond island (T.Howard); 1 female Whitethroat, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow (Oscar Dewhurst).
  • River Lee CP (Seventy Acres Lake/ Electricity substation area): 8 Nightingales (6 singing), 4 Whitethroats, 1 Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps, 1 House Martin, Swallows, Sand Martins, Red Kite (Roy Woodward, Simon Papps, Mike Dent).
  • Rotherhithe: 2 singing Willow Warblers, 2 Whitethroats Russia Dock Woodland early morning (Richard Bonser)
  • Sainsbury's Nine Elms: pr Goldfinch at a nest about 2 1/2 metres above busy shoppers coming out the shop (Michael Mac).
  • Shooter's Hill DA16 (Woodlands Farm): 10 Swallow, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 10+ Lesser Redpoll (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • St James's Park: 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Mistle Thrush. (James Hudson)
  • Sewardstone: 2 Swift (Ldn yr-1st) at 09.15 over KGV Reservoir north basin then went north east. Also c30 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 15 Sand Martin, and White Wagtail on reservoir bank (Martin Shepherd)
  • Staines Moor: Redstart (female) and 2 Wheatears (C. Lamsdell)
  • Staines Reservoir: Arctic Tern (32) & Common Tern (5) (C.Lamsdell); Long-tailed Duck & Black-necked Grebe still on south basin (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stanwell Moor: Redstart (male) and Cuckoo (C. Lamsdell).
  • Stokes Field (Long Ditton, KT7): 5+ Willow Warbler, 15+ Chiffchaff, 7 Stock Dove, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Swallow over. No sign of yesterday's Redstart (Bill Dykes)
  • Sutcliffe Park (Eltham): 1 Wheatear m, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Redpoll (P Kite)
  • Tooting Common: 8 Blackcap (6 singing + 2 females), 5 Chiffchaff singing, 1 Swallow west, 3 Egyptian Geese, 1 Nuthatch, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3+ Green Woodpecker, 6+ Stock Dove. (James Hudson)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 3 Chiffchaffs (2 singing), 1-2 Blackcaps (1 singing) (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Swallow, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Song Thrush, 5 Mute Swan, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 2 Pheasant, Red-legged Partridge, Skylark. (Pete Lowman)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: No sign of Hoopoe. 9 Wheatear (7m, 2f), 4 Swallow (Nigel Sluman); Common Tern (through), Common Sandpiper, 2 Willow Warbler, 4+ Whitethroat, good passage of Swallow & Sand Martin + 2 House Martin. (Steve Blake Simon West)
  • Uxbridge: Swallow flew N @07:30 (Nigel Sluman)
  • Vauxhall Spring Gardens: Common Whitethroat @ 13:30 (Philip Briggs)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - 3 Swift, Common Sandpiper (KJMcmanus); Banbury - Common Swift over, 2-3 m Wheatear, 6 singing Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, pr Linnet, Peregrine (gasometer), c10 Pied Wagtail, c15 Sand Martins (Lol B).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Common Redstart, 3 Blackcap, 6 Wheatear, 2 Linnet (Marcus Mitchell). Nice finds Marcus. Where did you spot the Redstart and Wheatears on the marshes and where did you spot the Redpoll in the waterworks? (Graham Howie). Graham, Wheatears dotted around the horse paddock the Redstart in h.p opp end to stables low in brambles sticking through fence dropping down to feed. Blackcaps and Redpoll all viewed from bridge entering Waterworks NR on both banks of flood relief. M.M
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Common Redstart, 5 Northern Wheatear, 5 Willow Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 6 singing Blackcap, 3 Lesser Redpoll over, 5 Linnet, Yellow Wagtail, 10 + Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Swallow through, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Wanstead Collective); 9 Wheatear at 18:15 (Eve Wei)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, numerous Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Siskin, Little Egret (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: 16 Blackcap, 1 Redpoll (Marcus Mitchell).
  • Welling: Swallow North over Welling train station 17:40 (Gus WIlson)
  • Wimbledon: ca.10 Pied Wagtail coming to roost at dusk on one tree outside Tesco/Centre court (flocks seen here in the past as well, but usually on the rooftops) (M.Sek)

Monday 15th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 7 Wheatear, Common Buzzard, Fieldfare (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones); 1-2 pm - at least 10 Wheatear (8 on filter beds, another 2 or 3 on cricket pitch), 24+ Willow Warbler (inc 10+ Top Field, 5+ Grove), 16+ Blackcap, 8+ Chiffchaff, Sand Martin (David Callahan, Ian Lycett); possibly up to 13 Wheatear in total inc 1 in Skating rink car park (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones); 1 female Common Redstart (Michael Rank) How do you manage to watch the filter beds? Surely the closest you can get is the little platform on the west side of the reservoir? (HB) Continue around back of nursery keeping left and continue on around over New River and can continue left along path to tunnel underpass.
  • Bankside, SE1: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch singing (Richard Woolley).
  • Barking Bay IG11: 14 Wheatear, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, 2 singing Willow Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Yellowhammer, 17 Black-tailed Godwit + 2 Small Tortoiseshells (Dave Morrison)
  • Barking Outfall: 19 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Common Whitethroat, Swallow, 2 Redpoll sp, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Curlew (Dave Morrison)
  • Blackheath village: Blackcap, Willow Warbler fresh in 7am (James Lowen)
  • Bookham Common: 1 m Common Redstart, 1 Common Whitethroat at 7pm (Neil Randon)
  • Brent Reservoir: Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 3 Swallow N; then afternoon Wheatear hunt, with 1 Wheatear on enclosed Football Grd, 5 Wheatear together fields 15.20-15.44 (Andrew Verrall).
  • Bromley: Mealy Redpoll on garden Niger feeder - waited all winter for a redpoll and finally a brute of a Mealy turns up - in full breeding plumage. Siskins are rare and any redpoll would have been a garden tick! Nearly choked on my breakfast (Martin Birch).
  • Brookmill Park SE8: 10+ Willow Warbler (highest previous record was 4 birds), 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Mandarin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, courting pair of Grey Wagtails (Conrad Ellam) + Comma
  • Bushy Park: pr Shelduck, 5 Teal, 3 Common Gulls, Cuckoo 11.15ish in fine voice, 12 Wheatears, 3 C. Whitethroats, 6 Blackcaps, 30+ Chiffchaffs, 10 Willow Warblers, 6 Lesser Redpolls (Tony Duckett); Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard calling from Pheasantry car park at 15:20pm, 1 Pheasant (Woodland Gardens), 1 Little Owl, 6 Wheatear (Bill Dykes)
  • Canons Farm: 3 Common Redstart (2 males, 1 fem), 2 Tree Pipit, 3-4 Wheatear, Barn Owl, 2 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Redpoll, 5 Willow Warbler (David Campbell et al).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 14 Wheatear (12 male and 2 female), Corn Bunting, 2 Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat, 2 Common Tern, 8 Chffchaff, Cetti's Warbler, 5 Swallow (Kev Jarvis)
  • Crossness: drake Green-winged Teal still in small creek by viewing screen 100 yards east of sewage outfall at 10.30am, 10 Wheatear, 6+ Willow Warbler (Steve Carter per JA); 1pm to 5.30pm - drake Green-winged Teal, 11 (9 male and 2 female) Wheatear, 10+ Willow Warbler, 2 female Blackcap, 2 singing Cetti Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 12 Swallow through (Paul Moss per JR); Green-winged Teal still present at 19.40, also f Common Redstart in bushes near horse paddocks, 94 Black-tailed Godwit in high tide roost (Andy Culshaw & David Howdon).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Greenshank on the slack early am (A Shearman per VH-F); 8 Wheatear this evening (2 males between the Slack & Black Poplar Wood on grassy slope & 6 others on Eastbrook School Playing Fields), 3 Common Whitethroat on Travellers Field (VH-F); Sedge Warbler Hooks Hall Pond (SDrake per VH-F).
  • Dagnam Park, Harold Hill: female Wheatear (C.Jupp).
  • Denham Lock Wood, Uxbridge/Denham UB9: 2 Willow Warbler (Martin Ketcher/Jennifer Gilbert)
  • Dulwich Park SE21: m Pied Flycatcher (Ldn yr-1st - wasn't there one in Osterley a few days ago? - thx for the heads-up but was it recorded anywhere? - one there 13 Apr 2012) in American Garden (Gavin Horsley per SoLoMig email group); back at 12:50 showing well for ten minutes before entering rhododendrons, c60 Willow Warbler, 6 Swallow, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Martin Stevens, Peter Beckenham, Steven Robinson, Conrad Ellam). Seen again at 1550 to 1615. I must have been very lucky, as for me it was easy to spot and spotted immediately. The bird would disappear for a few minutes but always come back to the central spot of the American Garden, perching and sallying from a branch of one of the thin birch (species?) trees with pale bark. Thanks Mr. Horsley - a life bird (Terence Baker). No sign at 16:45-17:45. Bird can be elusive, five birders took three hours to relocate this morning (MS).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 2 Whitethroat, 2+ Blackcap, 10+ Willow Warbler, 2+ Chiffchaff, 2 Shelduck, c40 Tufted Duck (John Archer).
  • Elephant and Castle SE1: Willow Warbler singing from bushes by playground on Deverell Street this a'noon (RIchard Bonser).
  • Enfield Lock, EN3: 30+ Waxwing in Ferndale Road, close to Enfield Lock station, stayed about 20minutes, feeding on a few remaining berries in the street, flew east at 14.20 (Eirwen Y Edwards).
  • Ewell Village (Lower Mill): at least 1 possibly 2 singing Blackcaps (Neil Batten).
  • Fairlop: 7 Wheatears, 2 Whitethroats (Alan Bell).
  • Fray's Farm Meadows, Uxbridge/Denham: Sedge Warbler heard signing in scrub bordering Grand Union Canal (Martin Ketcher/Jennifer Gilbert).
  • Greenford UB6: m Reed Bunting put in his daily appearance on feeders. (David Pierrepont)
  • Greenwich Park: quick evening visit - 2 Common Redstarts (1m 1f), 3 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich, Maze Hill station: 2 Willow Warblers feeding in trees, early evening (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 07.30 c10 Swallow,c10 Willow Warbler, 4 Chifchaff, 4 Blackcap (2m,2f), Whitethroat. (Richard Green)
  • Hackney, E8: m Blackcap in garden at Mapledene Road this afternoon (Paul Morris)
  • Hampstead Heath: m Redstart Parliament Hill in Hedge 1, Yellow Wagtail thru Extension with Pied Wagtail, m Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear, 5+ Blackcap, 5+ Chiffchaff, 16+ Willow Warbler, 2 House Martin, 3 Swallow, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Treecreeper (Oliver Simms); Red Kite high N over Kenwood House at 1230 (Pete Mantle); 3 Mandarin (2m, 1f) Pond 3 Golders Hill Park which I have not seen before (Jo Edwards)
  • Heathrow Airport: 6 Common Redstart, 15 Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, 1 Swallow, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 1 Little Egret. (Adam Cheeseman) Hi Adam , can you please tell me where you saw the redstarts at Heathrow . I have all access to the airport and would be very interested in seeing these birds . Thanks. Most of them were at Cains Lane and Two Bridges Farm public biodiversity sites in Hatton Road.
  • Holland Park: Cuckoo singing near Lord Holland's Pond briefly this morning (possibly first at this site for over 30 years), 1 Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, 6+ Blackcap, 1 Kestrel, pair Sparrowhawk (Bill Haines)
  • Hounslow East Tube Station car park: 2 Willow Warbler in song 07.00 (K Fisher)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Little Owl, adult Tawny Owl and 3 owlets, 2 Yellow Wagtail over, 2 Sand Martin, male Whinchat (fencing on Parade Ground), 7 Northern Wheatear (3 male & female on Buck Hill, 2 male & female on Parade Ground), Sedge Warbler in shrubs near Apsley House a.m., 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler (all warblers singing), also Barnacle Goose (uo), 42 Egyptian Goose with 2 broods of 4 and 2 (included a copulating pair), 5 Mandarin Duck (4 male), 7 Gadwall, 61 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Red-eared Terrapin (D. McKenzie). Another Yellow Wagtail over Round Pond at 1.45pm (Simon Papps).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: reeling Grasshopper Warbler (L Harrison via S Harvey Twitter).
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Hawfinch flew south calling 06.40 (patch tick), 2 Whitethroat, 15+ Blackcap (4 female), 15+ Willow Warbler, 20+ Chiffchaff - most warblers singing, 3 Swallow NW, 2 House Martin W, Water Rail heard, Fieldfare on site, 3 Redwing south of lake, Greylag over lake, Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel (3 near Lodge + 1 on pylon at Riverside Road), 3+ Goldcrest, pair Bullfinch, 5 Lesser Redpoll, Nuthatch, many more warblers 9.30-11.45 than first thing (Ian Stewart)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Common Redstart, 4 Crossbill, 14 Wheatear, 2 House Martin (Shaun Harvey) all pm
  • Leyton Jubilee Park E10: 10 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 4 Wheatear, Meadow Pipit all in about an hour c.19:00 (1 Wheatear seen from my house yay!) (Paul Whiteman, Stuart Fisher); Redstart seen by SF
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Common Tern, 1 Ring Ouzel, 4 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffhcaff, 4 Linnet (E), 4 Swallow, 3 Redshank (Adam Salmon); drk Garganey still, 7 Wheatear (R Kaye)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir LNR: 20+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 4 House Martin over, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chaffinch (Rich Petley - I have never seen so many warblers at this site).
  • Maylands Golf Course: male Wheatear (another single but it all adds to the total!) (C.Jupp)
  • Mile End Park E3: no sign Waxwings but Willow Warbler calling from beside Regents Canal and Chiffchaff (Bob Watts).
  • Osterley Park: 8 Wheatear (6m), 2 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 m Redstart, 1 Swallow, 1 Blackcap (K Fisher); 5 Wheatear @ 19:15 (Rob Mills)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Owl, just 2 male Wheatear, 9 Fieldfare, Sparrowhawk, 13 Jackdaw, 1 Snipe, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 singing Willow Warbler (Jon Ridge).
  • Poplar Dock: Nightingale (Ldn yr-1st) singing from belt of roadside scrub opposite McDonald's at lunchtime (but no sign 17.30-1810), 1 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 2+ Willow Warbler, 2+ Chiffchaff in same patch of scrub (John Archer, Jono Lethbridge, Jo Dowle).
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: Yellow Wagtail, 6 Wheatear, 9 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, Little Ringed Plover, Red Kite, Buzzard (Nigel Sluman)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 6+ (4♂ 2♀) Common Redstart (spring patch record) - two each in Cricket Pen area 31/Wetland Pen a32/Leaf Yard Wood nr feeder a41, also 1 Woodcock again a41, 12+ Willow Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat a41, 13+ Blackcap, 20+ Chiffchaff, 1 Linnet over (Francis Tusa et al); checked area 31/cricket pen 12:45-13:30 - no sign of Redstarts only 1 Willow Warbler seen plus pair of Kestrels circling & visiting nearby box (James Hudson); male Redstart over wooden fence Area 40/41 at 15:00 (Daniel Bosch); 1 Northern 'Greenland' Wheatear (patch yr-1st) Primrose Hill slope a50 14:40 (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: 3 Redstarts - 2 males (Tim Howard), female (JW), 44 Wheatears - flocks of 25, 7, 6 + 6 (JW+ S. Read), Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail north, Whitethroat, 8 Willow Warbler, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming near Upper Pen Pond (J.Wilczur); I had a female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in the same area mid-morning - a very distinctive bird with the cream crown patch looking tiny, brownish and ill-formed. (Paul Cox).
  • Richmond TW10 (Ham Paddocks): Male Common Redstart (Spencer Neal)
  • Rotherhithe: 3 male Redstarts this evening in Russia Dock Woodland area - one in bushes at rear of Alfred Salter Primary School & two on north side of Stave Hill, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 8+ Chiffchaff, 3 Swallow over (Richard Bonser).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Meadow Pipit over - first spring record here, Swallow SW, 2 Jay, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk (Ian Stewart)
  • Southall UB2, Warren Farm: 15 Wheatear @ 18:50 (Rob Mills)
  • St James's Square SW1Y: Chiffchaff singing 0745 (Frank Nugent)
  • St James's Park: Chiffchaff & Blackcap singing on Duck Island, also brood of Egyptian Geese (Andrew Self)
  • Sidcup DA15 (Lamorbey Park): 2 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Jay, Mistle Thrush, 3 Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, mixed flock of 12+ Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers darting from lakeside trees to hover and catch insects, 2 male Blackcaps, 2 Goldcrest, Swallow, Sparrowhawk. Also large BAT observed flying for at least five minutes around 10.30am over Rose Bruford College rear garden. Possibly pipistrelle ? (Eric Brown and Peter Graham).
  • Staines Moor: 1m Whinchat, 1m Common Redstart, both in the NW corner, 20 Wheatear, 10 Yellow Wagtail (around cattle), 2 Red Kite, 2 Common Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 7 Sand Martin, 6 House Martin, 23 Swallow, 2 Common Buzzard and 2 Little Egret (Lee Dingain - a few pics here ). Grasshopper Warbler (C Lamsdell). Barn Owl and Sedge Warbler in evening (Jim and Tony Sweetland) - Whereabouts was the Barn Owl? (Lee Dingain), the Barn Owl was hunting over the northern end of the moor, around the remaining hawthorn bushes and then flying back to the burnt out car area, I have some distant pics of it. (Tony Sweetland). Many thanks. Lee
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Common Tern, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 House Martin (A.Luscombe).
  • Stanwell Moor: 1m Common Redstart (probably different from the Staines Moor bird - if this helps, the Staines Moor bird was present until 2:30 when it flew towards Stanwell Moor - Lee Dingain, Thanks Lee we saw the Staines Moor bird in the evening and then found this one as we walked back- Tony. Nice one! Had a feeling more would turn up but couldn't stay for evening - Lee.), Wheatear, Little Owl. Also a man walking down Hithermoor Rd with an Eagle Owl! (Jim and Tony Sweetland). 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 3m Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler and 4+ Lapwing (Lee Dingain). Grasshopper Warbler by burnt out 4x4 (Birdguides) - not Staines Moor bird.
  • Stokes Field (Long Ditton, KT7): 1 male Common Redstart (site first) in poplars on top of hill at 11:00am - still showing well at 14:30pm, 1 Willow Warbler in sub-song, 15-20 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 7 Swallow over, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Lesser Redpoll (Bill Dykes)
  • Streatham Common SW16: 4 male Wheatear at 9.15 near playground, Swallow over, Sparrowhawk (Peter Newmark); I second that! + 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap ( Wilbo Johnson)
  • Sunbury TW16: c20 Waxwings on tree at edge of Sunbury Cross Tesco car park (Mick + Keith Kerr)
  • Tooting Common: 5 male Blackcap (1 foraging group of 3 inc 1 singer plus 2 further individual singers), 13+ Chiffchaff (4+ singers, plus several foraging groups), 1 Swallow west, 1 Redwing, 3 Egyptian Geese, 1 Sparrowhawk, 7+ Stock Dove, 3 Nuthatch, 4+ Great Spotted Woodpecker (inc 1 pair mating), 2 Green Woodpecker, pair of Song Thrush, 1 Cormorant south (James Hudson)
  • Tottenham Marshes: m Common Redstart in scrub by flood relief channel viewed from bridge over channel just S of Banbury reservoir, 10+ Willow Warbler, c8 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, Swallow, 10+ Sand Martin, Sparrowhawk over res, f Goosander on Banbury, pr Teal (Lol Bodini).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Chiffchaff and Song Thrush singing (Bob Watts).
  • Tylers Common, Upminster: female Ring Ouzel and Tree Pipit this evening (C.Jupp).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs : Hoopoe (Ldn yr-1st), 22+ Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Common Redstart, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, Red Kite, good passage of Swallow + Sand Martin (S Blake et al)
  • Victoria Park: male Blackcap on East Lake island (Richard Drew). 3 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Pochard, 28 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Egyptian Goose, Sparrowhawk, singing Willow Warbler, singing Chiffchaff on and around West Lake (John Archer).
  • Walthamstow E17: c25 Waxwing in usual tree in garden on King Edward Road at 07:50. Very brief visit (2 mins), then headed north (Caroline Nash).
  • Walthamstow Marshes (horse paddocks): 1m Whinchat, 5 Wheatear (3m,2f), 2 Blackcap, 3 Sand Martin, 11 Linnet (Jonathan Nasir); Whinchat still present at 3.30pm. Just about the peachiest individual you could wish to see. (D Barrett)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood): at least 7 Wheatear on W bank of the reservoir this evening (L Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: Ring Ouzel, 3 Whinchat (2f), 5 Common Redstart (4m), c27 Wheatears (record count), 3 Fieldfare, 3 Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, possible Sedge Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Swallow through, Sand Martin south, 2 Siskin, 3 Linnet, Grey Wagtail, 10+ Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Wanstead Collective). Still 25 Wheatears at 7pm (TH). Some images from today on http://www.thecowboybirder.com
  • Waterworks NR: Common Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 28 Teal, m Wigeon (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Westminster: 9 Swallow N over Palace of Westminster 0815-0845 (Frank Nugent).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 29+ Wheatear (group of 29 together on playing fields, probably more on grassland at same time), 12+ Common Redstart (most males, 3-4 females), 1 Yellow Wagtail flushed from Grassland, 2 House Martin N, 3 Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Kestrel (Louis Freeland-Haynes, 10:00-12:30); 11 Common Redstarts including 10 males! at 5:30pm, also 17 Wheatear on playing feilds, 4 Whitethroat (J Murray).

Sunday 14th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Ring Ouzel briefly Top Field flew SW 0905, male Redstart flew in 1030 and landed perimeter Cricket Pitch where showed well for 15 mins before flying into scrub, also 5 Wheatears inc female, 8+ Swallows, Peregrine, 8+ Willow Warblers, several Chiffchaff and Blackcap, just 9 Shoveler now (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Common Sandpipers, also Common Tern, House Martin, Sand Martin & 17 Swallows over; plus 3 Brimstones, 2 Peacocks & Small Tortoiseshell (Brent Birders).
  • Bromley (Hayes Farm/Hook Farm Allotment): 2 Little Owl on dead oak at back of allotment site, on the farm 1 Little Owl, several Swallows over the fishing lake, Skylarks over large frield near George Lane (Skinna)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Treecreepers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Skylark , 6 Swallows (in pairs heading west) (Ian R Watson)
  • Canons Farm: Green Sandpiper in field north of Canons Farmhouse 1.10pm-1.30pm - 2nd site record (Graham Cole/David Campbell et al), Cuckoo (Ldn yr-2nd), Sand Martin, 3 House Martins, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, c25 Swallows, 2 Redwings, 37+ Fieldfares (DC et al).
  • Crossness: Green-winged Teal still by sewage outfall, adult Little Gull on foreshore off golf centre 8-8.30am, Arctic Tern west past sewage outfall 10.05am, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Little Egrets, Curlew, 37 Black-tailed Godwits (2 ringed birds same as last Sunday), 3 Willow Warblers (John Archer, Richard Bonser, Steve Carter, Nick S et al) Video
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 4 Common Tern through, male Common Redstart, Buzzard, 5 Shelduck, several Willow Warbler, Peregrine (V Halley-Frame, S Drake, A Shearman)
  • Dartford Marshes (University Way): no sign Wood Sandpiper (posted on Birdguides 15:17 today - Ldn yr-1st) 7pm, but 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 3 Little Ringed Plover (David Bradnum, James Lowen)
  • Deptford Park: Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush (Richard Bonser)
  • Eltham Palace gardens: Peregrine Falcon over, one Swallow NW 16:00 (another 16.30) + Comma & Peacock. (Gus Wilson, Richard Bonser)
  • Enfield Island Village, EN3: 2 Sand Martins south over Enfield Lock Cottage at 15:20, 1 Grey Wagtail on River Lea in same area. (Katy McGilvray)
  • Fairlop Waters: Quail - Ldn yr-1st (Alan Bell); 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Jack Snipe, 6 Common Snipe, 1 Common Buzzard, 32 Shoveler, 31 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 44 Tufted Duck, 23 Mallard, 7 Shelduck, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Lapwing, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Swallow, 1 House Martin (Steve Bacon) Webs includes Bretts GPs no general access
  • Gallions Reach: 7 Arctic Terns @ 07.52, male Common Redstart, 54 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Curlew, 4 Common Snipe, 24 Common Tern, Northern Wheatear, 7 Swallows, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Willow warblers, Chiffchaff, Blackcap. (Gary A James).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Whitethroat by Beckham Academy 9.40, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Willow Warbler Central Park, 8+ Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Siskin, male Reed Bunting, Swallow Ecology Park (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam) + Comma & Brimstone
  • Hackney Downs Park: 3 Waxwing in ash trees on SE side 15.00 (Jon Agar)
  • Hampstead Heath: Woodcock flyby past Parliament Hill at 16:00, 2 Wheatear hedge 2, Swallow N (Chris and Adam Bird) Blackcap singing West Heath, 3 singing Chiffchaff, at least 40 Swallow. Brimstone & Small Tortoiseshell. 3 Bats flying during day.
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Wheatear by the bowling green 7.15 am, 1 Grey Wagtail (bizarrely, the first of the year), 8 Redwing, 3+ Willow Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 12+ singing Chiffchaff, 1 Teal, 1 Rook N 09.40, 2 Swallows N, 1 Siskin S. Also 2 Light Orange Underwing (confirmed by netting) with a further 10 orange underwing agg. (presumably of this species) around aspen in Batts Field during the afternoon, often very low (Andy Culshaw and David Howdon).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: female Common Redstart in trees between Hudson Memorial and the Old Police House a.m., very mobile, occasionally vocal (possibly yesterday's Rabbit Paddock bird), 2 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler (all warblers singing); also 3 male Mandarin Duck, male Red-crested Pochard, 7 Shoveler, Little Owl briefly, adult Tawny Owl (D. McKenzie).
  • KGV Reservoir: 4 Black-necked Grebe north end of south basin, Grasshopper Warbler reeling on Sewardstone side of north basin at 08.35, Curlew on causeway, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Goosander, 15 Goldeneye, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, m Wheatear south basin west side (Martin Shepherd).
  • Lake Farm Country Park, Hayes: Male and female Blackcaps, Great Spotted Woodpecker nest building, Grey Heron, plenty of Reed Buntings, Great and Blue Tits, Long-Tailed Tits. 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch heard not seen, 1 Song Thrush (T James)
  • Lewisham Park: male Ring Ouzel on flats side of park at 10.34, chased off by Blackbirds at 10.47, also 1 Sand Martin over W, 1 Redwing still, plus usual 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (David Capper)
  • London Wetland Centre: drk Garganey still, 3 Mandarin, 1 Little Egret, 1 1st-w Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Willow Warbler, 13 singing Cetti's Warbler (R.Kaye)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir LNR: female Sparrowhawk, Willow Warbler (Rich Petley)
  • Paddington Green: Peregrine Falcon a.m. (D. McKenzie).
  • Pinner Park Farm: female Wheatear, 1 Little Owl, 4 Snipe, 35 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 25 Jackdaw, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Green Woodpecker & 6 Black-headed Gull (Jon Ridge). Also 1 Swallow through (Jon Reverley).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 71 species recorded in 3 hrs 50 mins (08:05-11:55) with highlights as follows - dark-bellied Brent Goose high NW towards Ingrebourne Valley, Marsh Harrier N, Peregrine Falcon, Water Rail, Greenshank (first site record of year), 2 Eurasian Curlew, 2 Common Tern, Barn Owl, 3 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail E, m Northern Wheatear, 4 singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 singing Sedge Warbler (first site record of year/Ldn yr-1st), Willow Warbler, Siskin over, Lesser Redpoll still in woodland; plus dead Harbour Porpoise just above tideline on Kent foreshore (Dominic Mitchell); Grey Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 22 Snipe N 20:00 over western marsh south of Rainham, Sedge Warbler west of silt lagoons, 2 Yellow Wagtail, numerous Swallow streaming through; dead porpoise east of stone barges and Otter reported on site (Nick Croft)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 3 (mating pr + earlier ♀ interloper) Kestrel at Barrow Hill Reservoir (area 48) nest box (absent there last year), 1 Woodcock Leaf Yard Wood a40 as yesterday 12:05, 1 ad ♂ Common Redstart (patch yr-1st) Leaf Yard Wood a41 (R side of clearing to R of feeder) 14:45, Goldcrest lining nest, 3 House Martin N, 9 Swallow N, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap (birdman_euston); 3 Sparrowhawks, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail (Tony Duckett).
  • Ruislip Woods/Lido: m Shoveler, 4 Buzzard together, Sparrowhawk, Common Sandpiper on raft with 11 Herring Gull, 3 Swallow, 3 House Martin, singing Blackcap, 6 singing Chiffchaff, Muntjac, 2 m Brimstone, 3 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Shepperton (Upper Halliford area): c30 House Martins over between 0800 and 1800 (I was watching from my work office) all heading towards the reservoirs and all coming from the same direction (Sunbury area?) plus first m Brimstone of the year, also good numbers of Cormorants heading in exactly the opposite direction to the House Martins, some groups were of 8 birds, no times set as all scattered throughout the day (W.Marks)
  • Southgate N14: 1 female Siskin on nyjer feeders in garden (T. Donegan, B. Huertas).
  • Stanwell Moor: 2 male Ring Ouzel in bushes by houses seen from concrete path to Staines Moor, about 100 yds along, still watching them 11.35 am (Jim Sweetland via wife)
  • Staines Moor: 70+ Swallow NW, 2 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Redshank, 4 Common Snipe, 1 Little Egret (Lee Dingain)
  • Swanley Park ; 5 Greylag, House Martin, Chiffchaff, also Brimstone, Comma & Peacock butterflies plus Badger (9pm). (Andy Meaton)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 3 Pheasants calling, Woodcock flew up from edge of wood + further into it, 2 Snipe, 7 Lapwing, 3 Little Ringed Plover, pr Stock Dove, Meadow Pipit, 2 singing Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Treecreeper heard, 3 singing Reed Bunting, c60 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Totteridge Valley: first local Swallow back on site at Frith Manor stables, 1 House Martin; Folly Farm - c15 Redwing, c80 Fieldfare, 2 Siskin, Common Buzzard, Yellow Wagtail, Meadow Pipit both over (Ian Ellis).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Spoonbill low over Lockwood Res, Common Tern, Common Sandpiper (KJMcmanus 269 et al).
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Wheatear, Linnet, 5 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Willow Warbler (Nick Croft et al)
  • Wanstead Park: Common Buzzard south over Warren Wood at 13.00; 2 Sparrowhawks displaying over Chalet Wood, with 2 more over Lakehouse estate; 3 Swallows over; 7 male Blackcaps; Willow Warbler in old sewage works; 10+ Chiffchaffs. Also, Orange Tip, 8 Commas, 2 Brimstone, Peacock butterfly (TH, David Giddings, Linda Tillbrook, Jackie Morrison).
  • Wimbledon Common: Jack Snipe (David Wills).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Whinchat (Ldn yr-1st) in grassland, 2 Blackcap, 2 adult Great Black-backed Gulls with group of 35 mainly imm LBB Gulls and Herring Gulls on waterlogged pitches, 3 Swallow, Bullfinch (h), 4 Stock Dove, Mistle Thrush, 5 Redwing, c10 Chiffchaff, 2 Pied Wagtail. (The Scrubbers). 2 Wheatear 9am (Michael Robinson)

Saturday 13th April 2013Edit

  • Abney Park Cemetery N16: 2 Tawny Owls (N.Verlander).
  • Alexandra Park: no sign of Slavonian Grebe; 8+ Willow Warblers, 7+ Chiffchaffs, 4+ Blackcap, Fieldfare, 4 Greylag, Meadow Pipit, 2 Sand Martins, House Martin, 4+ Swallows, Grey Wagtail pair with food seen going to nest site at Filter Beds, 16 Shoveler still, 4 Jackdaw (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones, Alan Gibson).
  • Bankside, London SE1: Woodcock 9:47 am, sitting on urban garden terrace next to Tate Modern.(observer ?)
  • Barnehurst, Bursted Woods and Open Space: 2 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush singing in same tree, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 1 Stock Dove (Chris Rose)
  • Barnehurst, Martens Grove: 1 Song Thrush (heard), 1 Greenfinch (Chris Rose)
  • Battersea Park Lake: 2 Willow Warbler (1 singing), 2 Chiffchaff, calling Green Woodpecker, calling Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Shoveler (pr & 4 drakes) (Michael Mac).
  • Bexleyheath, Christchurch Cemetery: 4 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, c40 Starling (Chris Rose)
  • Blackheath: Cormorant on Princess of Wales pond, 2 Swallow N (James Lowen)
  • Brent Reservoir: Red Kite over 11.25, Whimbrel over 08.20, 11 Swallow, 8 Sand Martin through, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard (Brent Birders)
  • Canons Farm: Woodlark over at 9.00am (Janet Gilbert via David Campbell).
  • Crossness: drake Green-winged Teal still off sewage outfall at 7am (Kev Jarvis per JA); still 1145, plus Common Tern, Peregrine, 2 Swallow, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Chiffchaff (Maya Lowen et al); Green-winged Teal gave excellent views up to 19.30 as it preened on the inlet mudbank to the right of the outfall (Steven Robinson), also Green Sandpiper on reserve, m Ring Ouzel in paddock S of A2016, c10 Fieldfare, f Sparrowhawk (Tom Smith); male Yellow Wagtail, 2 Sand Martin, 4 Arctic Tern, Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, Willow Warbler (John Archer, Richard Bonser, John Bushell, Conrad Ellam)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 67 species recorded - 1 Greenshank, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 House Martin, 5+ Sand Martin, 6+ Swallow, several Blackcap, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Little Ringed Plover, pr Shelduck, drake Pochard, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 2 Kestrel, 6+ Redwing, 8+ Fieldfare, Egyptian Geese with 4 goslings (V Halley-Frame); Yellow Wagtail on the slack (Alan Shearman per VHF); pair Bullfinch (Alan Shearman)
  • Danson Park: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 adult Egyptian Geese with two small goslings, 2 Mute Swan, 1 pr Tufted Duck, 1 or 2 Grey Heron, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 or 3 Greenfinch (heard), 55 Starlings (Chris Rose)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: brief afternoon visit 3+ Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 lingering Siskin in the alder carr (Conrad Ellam et al)
  • Greenwich (Woodlands Park Road): Male Blackcap seen on Garden Feeder. (Richard Green).
  • Greenwich Park: no sign of the Ring Ouzel up to 11am; 2 Fieldfare, 8+ Redwing, 3 Meadow Pipit over, 1 Sand Martin N, 1 hirundine glimpsed E, 2 Blackcap singing (first heard this year), 1 Chiffchaff singing (Joe Beale).
  • Hackbridge: Grey Wagtail on Wandle river near Culvers Ave (regular also in the last 2 years, incl. displaying male) (M.Sek)
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Redstart, Wheatear both on 'ploughed' field near bandstand, Swallow S, 80+ Redwing (Pete Mantle, Frank Nugent, Chris Bird)
  • Herne Hill (Brockwell Park): 08.43 Ring Ouzel 'at bowling green briefly', Common Redstart (Birdguides); unsurprisingly, not much sign at 10.30 (Tom Smith) Does anyone know of the observer? (Charlie Kitchen)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 2 Common Redstart (female in Rabbit Paddock woodland edge 10:10-10:17 when it flew to Long Water Sanctuary West; male ground-feeding near Tawny Owl trees, South Flower Walk, and in general area 12:00-12:30 when it was seen off by a Robin) (D. McKenzie & J. Fell respectively et al); also 5 Mandarin Duck (4 male), 2 pairs of Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, pair of Red-crested Pochard, Little Owl, adult Tawny Owl and 4 owlets, Swallow, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler (D. McKenzie).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 3 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Swallow, Rook, Bullfinch, Lesser Redpoll, 3 Sparrowhawk, 50 Golden Plover, Common Buzzard (Shaun Harvey); 61 Canada Goose, 35 Greylag Goose, 13 Grey Heron (5 nests occupied), 27 Cetti’s Warbler, 24 Teal, 84 Mallard, 92 Coot, 34 Moorhen, 26+ Chiffchaff, 8 Cormorant, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Water Rail, 12 Mute Swan, 40 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 3 Shoveler, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Red-crested Pochard, 7 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 3 Swallow, 1 Buzzard 10:20, 1 Little Egret, 24 Redwing, 5 Lesser Redpoll, Blackcap, Stock Dove, 4 Bullfinch, 5 Rook, Jackdaw, Yellowhammer, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 9 Linnet, Total = 62 species (Tony Kennelly).
  • KGV Res: 1 Long-tailed Duck north basin, 3 Black-necked Grebe south basin, 1 Common Tern staight through south, 1 (m) Wheatear (Hayley Lynes & Neville Smith); 10+ Sand Martin, 10+ Swallow, 1 House Martin (David Bradnum, Nick Croft)
  • Lea Valley - Netherhall/Glen Faba (WeBS Count): 75 Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard, 3 Gadwall, 21 Mallard (including one f with brood of 14 ducklings), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 20 Heron on island heronry, presumably feral Pink-footed Goose grazing on field to NE of site keeping separate from Canadas & Greylags, 20+ singing Chifchaff, 3 singing Willow Warbler, 3 singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 singing Skylark, 1 Siskin, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Swallow (Nigel May).
  • Limetrees Park Golf Course (Northolt): pr Gadwall (1st site record), Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, 2 singing Chiffchaff, m Blackcap, 40+ Fieldfare, c10 Redwing (Neil Anderson)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 dk Garganey, 1 Buzzard, 2 1st-w Yellow-legged Gull, Rook W 11.05, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear (R.Kaye); 2 Redshank, 1 White Wagtail (Neil Randon)
  • Lower Clapton E5: large flocks of Waxwings - Where & (observer) please!
  • Mottingham SE9 (Tarnwood Park): m + f Blackcap in Garden (Peter Charles)
  • Oakwood Park, N14: 1 Woodcock flushed 07:10 hrs - my latest spring record in the Enfield area since 16th April 1986, 2 fem Green Wooddpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Fieldfare, 13 Redwing (Robert Callf).
  • Pinner Park Farm: Snipe, Meadow Pipit (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: West Marsh to Purfleet (7 am-11.30 am) - Willow Warbler, 14 Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Water Rail, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Common Terns E, ad & 2nd-sum Mediterranean Gull (barges E) at 8.35, 3 Sandwich Tern (2 barges N over dump 8.48 & 1 E 9.03), 2 Water Pipit, 4 (1 ad & 3 3rd-sum Yellow-legged Gull, 3rd-sum Caspian Gull both on river, adult Kittiwake E 09.10, 6+ Swallow, sum plum Golden Plover on reserve, Curlew Aveley Bay, Great Crested Grebe on river, pale-phase Common Buzzard N over Purfleet 11.15 (David Callahan); RSPB - Arctic Tern on Thames flew W 10:20 (Brandon Anderson); 5 Lesser Redpoll, Whimbrel, 30 Curlew, Peregrine, 5+ Sand Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Marsh Harrier, m Wheatear, Barn Owl (David Bradnum, Nick Croft); Marsh Harrier reported, plus Wheatear, 11 Swallow, Kingfisher (Steven Robinson); Ferry Lane end - Yellow Wagtail over calling (Shaun Harvey)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 1 Woodcock flushed 0740, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (birdman_euston); 2p Shelduck, Common Sandpiper, 35 Redwings, 2 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, Redpoll, Siskin (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming - Duchess Wood, Buzzard over at 11.45, 2 Little Owls, 15+ Swallows thru, 2 Sand Martin, male Wheatear - riding ring, singing Blackcap, 6 singing Chiffchaff, Magpie attacking young Rabbit (J.Wilczur).
  • Richmond TW10 (Ham Lands): 1 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Spencer Neal)
  • Sewardstone: Grasshopper Warbler (Ldn yr-1st) reeling intermittently for 2 minutes at 08.40 from bramble patch next to relief channel east of KGV north basin, also 8 Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Sand Martin, 3 Blackcap (Martin Shepherd)
  • Staines Reservoir: Long-tailed Duck, Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebe all on S basin, 2 Black-tailed Godwits till 09.30 and 1 Curlew through early am (Bob Warden & Ken Purdey per FJM); 1 Common Tern, Water Pipit on causeway banking north basin (Neil Randon); mid-afternoon - 1+ Black-necked Grebe, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Swallow though strong wind and driving drizzle made viewing difficult (Bill Haines).
  • St James's Park: 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch & young (Chris Elders)
  • St Thomas Hospital SE1: 2 Grey Wagtail 10.30am (Sue Taylor)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Pheasants calling, 2 Sparrowhawk, record 6 wader spp: Woodcock flushed at base of hedge + flew to wood, Jack Snipe flushed from adjacent ditch, 3 Common Snipe, 8 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 4 Meadow Pipit, pr Mistle Thrush, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Rook, singing Reed Bunting, c45 Linnet, Lesser Redpoll (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Tooting Common: 1 Hawfinch in trees at corner of Elmbourne Road & Tooting Bec Road at 7am, 3 Chiffchaff, pair of Sparrowhawk nest-building, 10 Redwing, 3 Nuthatch (1 pair nest-building), Treecreeper, 2 Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, 3 Egyptian Geese, 6+ Jay, 3 pairs of Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 pair seen mating), 4+ Stock Dove, 2 pairs of Green Woodpcker, pair of Jackdaw at nest (James Hudson)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: male Common Redstart, 2 Red Kites, c60 Fieldfare and c20 Redwings at Highwood Hill / Ellern Mede; elsewhere - 2 Red-legged Partridges (Folly Farm), Yellow Wagtail heard over, 3 Swallows, 13 singing Chiffchaff, 3 singing Blackcaps, c25 Redwing, 10 Common Gull, 5 Mandarin, 7 Teal, 5+ Meadow Pipit N, Bullfinch, 2 Lapwing, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Little Owl; also close encounter with a Muntjac (John Colmans/Ian Ellis); 2 Wheatear Folly Farm ( Tony Clancy/Andy Middleton).
  • Walpole Park (Ealing, W5): leucisitc hen mallard? Please see picture to help identify-- thanks! (R Powell). Just a domestic Mallard type by the looks of it.
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  • Walthamstow Marshes: on an early morning jog - 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Sand Martin, a male & female pheasant (not at all common around these parts) (David Collins); Lesser Redpoll feeding in horse paddocks with 6 Linnets, 2 Blackcaps, c10 Chiffchaff, c5 singing Willow Warblers, several Sand Martins W, 7 House Martins over factories, single Swallow (Big JP and Lol Bo-Di).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 4 Swallows over Maynards 10.45 (and one singing Willow Warbler on adjacent allotments) (Quentin Given).
  • Wanstead Flats: Kittiwake over Alex (JL/NC/JS), 1st winter m Black Redstart (BV/JL/NC/JS), Common Redstart (Stuart Fisher/Tim Harris), Wheatear, Yellowhammer, Woodcock (Bob Vaughan), House Martin (Josh Selfe/TimHarris), Lapwing (Dan Hennessy), 3 Linnet, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 15 Sylark (inc. 7 territorial males), 20 Meadow Pipits (inc. 8 song-flighting males), Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler (David Bradnum), Nuthatch (Nick Croft), 20 + Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, Goldcrest, 4 Little Grebe, Stock Dove (Wanstead Collective). Kit pics http://wansteadbirding.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Wanstead Park: Willow Warbler. Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Stock Dove (David Bradnum/Nick Croft).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Rook NE @ 07.25, 5 Redwing, c7 Chiffchaff, 1 Swallow west, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Reed Bunting, 5 Linnet, 1 m Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great.Spotted Woodpecker. (The Scrubbers).
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: 2 singing Skylark, singing Chiffchaff, pr Bullfinch (Neil Anderson).

Friday 12th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Slavonian Grebe (1st for site) Wood Green Res (still present at 2000), also 5-6 Willow Warblers, 15+ Swallows through, 6 Sand Martins, 7 House Martins, 5 Blackcaps, Rook north, 3 Kestrels including brds checking out the nestbox, 1 pair Shelduck flew over 15:25, Snipe displaying over res this eve (Bob Watts, Dominic Mitchell, Gareth Richards, Dave Callahan, Robert Callf, Henry Wyn-Jones, James Palmer).
  • Bankside, SE1: 1 Dunnock singing, 1 Greenfinch singing. (Richard Woolley).
  • Barnehurst, Bursted Woods and Open Space: 7 Redwing, 1 Stock Dove (very occasional here) with 32+ Wood Pigeon, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 1 Chiffchaff (heard), 72 Ring-necked Parakeets counted heading out for roost (but possibly missed some earlier leavers) (Chris Rose)
  • Blackheath: 1 Siskin flew S, 1 1st-summer Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull the only gulls left, 1 Chiffchaff at Whitfield's Mount (Joe Beale).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Swallow N, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Little Egret roosting with Heron, male Peregrine circling (Andrew Verrall); also Green Sandpiper, 2 Greylag Geese (Steve Leeke).
  • Bushy Park: 1 f Wheatear, 8 Skylark, 1 Little Owl, 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Gadwall, 2 Pochard (Bill Dykes)
  • Canons Farm: Chiffchaff, 7 Fieldfare S, Mallard N, 100+ Herring Gull, 8+ Skylark singing (Nigel Sluman); Ring Ouzel still mobile in general vicinity of Canons Farmhouse, 2 Swallows north, 4+ Greylags over (David Campbell)
  • Crossness: drake Green-winged Teal at sewage outfall at 11.00 then in inlet 100 yards E of sewage outfall to 1pm at least, Sanderling off Golf Centre at 10am, continental Black-tailed Godwit on flooded paddock, 17+ Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits, Common Tern, 3 House Martins, c7 Swallows, several Chiffchaffs, Little Ringed Plover (Richard Bonser, John Archer, Steve Carter, Mike Robinson); Green-winged Teal present at 13:20 but took flight when heavy rain came in - couldn't relocate after that (Nigel Sluman)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Swallow, pair Bullfinch, Blackcap, 2 Shelduck, 2 Egyptian Geese and Cetti's Warbler. (Alan Shearman).
  • Gallions Reach: 1 Whimbrel, 60 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Curlew, 2 Common Tern, 6 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs (Gary A James).
  • Greenford UB6: m Reed Bunting again on feeder in back garden.(David Pierrepont)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: singing Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Greenwich Park: 2 Collared Doves nr tennis courts, 1 Siskin, all the thrushes - 5 Fieldfares, 18+ Redwings, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, several Blackbirds, 1st-summer m Ring Ouzel in Deer Enclosure from mid-am (Joe Beale).
  • Hampstead Heath: Ring Ouzel (hedge 3 at 10.10am), Kingfisher (Sanctuary pond by wall) (Dave Porritt); 2 House Martins over at 1430 (Pete Mantle); Ring Ouzel in willow tree hedge 3 at 18:15 then flew to a tree in adjacent Tumulus Field and still there when I left at 19:00 (Frank Nugent)
  • Hornsey: Blackcap singing from garden adjacent to Hornsey Bowls Club 0630 (Bob Watts).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Little Owl, adult Tawny Owl with single owlet, 7 Fieldfare, c.30 Redwing, 5-7 Sand Martin, 15-20 Swallow, 6 House Martin (all hirundines over Long Water following a sharp shower a.m. with most dispersing after a couple of hours leaving a handful remaining into p.m.), 3 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler (all warblers singing); also Mute Swan resucued from West Carriage Drive, 5 Mandarin Duck (4 male including an unusually dark bird), 10 Shoveler, 2 male Red-crested Pochard (D. McKenzie, P. Turner).
  • King George V Reservoir: 2 Yellow Wagtail. 2 Black-necked Grebe, 10 House Martin, many Swallows and Sand Martins, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Tony Clancy)
  • Ladywell Cemetery SE4: 1 Willow Warbler singing. (Phil Laurie)
  • Little Britain: Red Kite over 10.40am, 11 Grey Herons, 2 Gadwall, 7 Greylags, Pied Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk over, Greenfinch, Chaffinch (Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: Garganey, Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 21 Sand Martin, 7 House Martin, 15 Swallow, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, 9 Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Peregrine, 2 Shelduck, 2 Mandarin, Barnacle Goose (R.Kaye)
  • Mile End Park E3: 30+ Waxwings still present 0830 near scaffold-clad block adjacent to Regent's Canal, also male Blackcap buddleia; 24 Waxwings huddled in heavy showers in sycamore opposite scaffolding 12.50 (Bob Watts)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Egret, 2 Little Owl, 1 Snipe, 17 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet over, 5 Green Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Redwing, 24 Canada Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 13 Jackdaw, 11 Herring Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Osprey (BirdGuides).
  • Raphael Park, Romford: Arctic Tern over the lake following a deluge around 13.15; still present into the evening then gained height and departed N at 19.56 (C.Jupp, A.Bell, S.Barnett)
  • Regent's Park: Pair Mandarin on Regent's Canal (John Colmans)
  • Ruislip Lido: c20 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, 1+ House Martin (Martin Smith)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Willow Warbler, 6 House Martin (Tony Clancy); 1 Red Kite 1530hrs (Neville Smith)
  • Southwark Park: 17 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush (Chris Elders)
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 Sandwich Tern through at 08.27, 1 Common Tern, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtails (Bob Warden per FJM); further 2 Sandwich Terns lingering 12.25-12.35 before departing SE, 3 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern (Ldn yr-1st), 1 Little Gull N Basin, partial summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe S basin, 5+ Swallow, 1 Ringed Plover through (Andy Culshaw).
  • Swanley Park: 23 Redwings (Andy Meaton)
  • Thorney CP: Buzzard flew over low in field by entrance, Green Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Tern, Greenfinch (Sue Giddens)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - c40 hirundines fairly well split Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, a few Meadow Pipits over; No. 4 - c60 hirundines, possibly some overlap, singing Blackcap, Green Sandpiper; E Warwick - m Blackcap, 3 Siskins in Alders at S end; no sign of Slavonian Grebe W Warwick no doubt lured off by the 'Palace Boys' well done chaps (Paul Whiteman, Graham Howie). Are there pix of your bird? Pic taken in Feb here: E_Warwick_Slav Looked like this till at least late March, not sure what it looked like on its last (assuming it's not hiding) day, day before yours turned up blog
  • Waterworks NR: Brief snatch of Willow Warbler, 2 Snipe, a few Swallows. (Paul Whiteman, Graham Howie)
  • Wanstead Flats: m Northern Wheatear, Sand Martin, Swallow through (Tim Harris); Willow Warbler singing at Alex, Swallows through (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Willow Warbler at the tea hut (Bob Vaughan)

Thursday 11th April 2013Edit

  • Abney Park Cemetery: Sparrowhawk, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Swallow over (TeRNS info.)
  • Alexandra Park: 3/4 Chiffchaffs singing, also 15 Shoveler Wood Green Res (Bob Watts); 4 Willow Warblers, Blackcap singing Conservation Area (Dave Callahan per Bob Watts); 5 Sand Martins for several minutes shortly after 1800, also 2 Swallows through, 17 Shoveler Wood Green Res (Bob Watts).
  • Blackheath: Vanbrugh Park area SE3 - Peregrine east (Joe Beale); Blackheath village area - Egyptian Goose, 2 Sand Martin N 1945, Nuthatch (James Lowen)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard north at 17.25, also pair of Shelduck (Andrew Self)
  • Bushy Park: Garganey drake, 10 Teal (Tony Duckett); Little Egret (7.10 in the evening), 1 Skylark, 2 Mistle Thrush. (Ian R Watson)
  • Canons Farm: Ring Ouzel still, Dunlin through (1st site record) (David Campbell/Ian Jones).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Greenshank on the Slack, also 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Shelduck, several singing Chiffchaff, 6 Sand Martin, 2 Willow Warblers in scrub on Crowsfoot Marsh, 10+ Redwing, Cetti's Warbler (Alan Shearman).
  • Dulwich Park SE21: 8+ Redwing (tall trees, to left inside Court Lane Gate); 2 Goldcrest, 1m Blackcap in birch trees left of boating lake (Priscilla Macpherson)
  • Earlsfield: Waxwing on trees near west bound platform at Earlsfield train station (A.Storch).
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 2+ Swallow SW along the Cray, House Martin N, Willow Warbler around lake - all patch firsts this year, pair Gadwall, male Pheasant, Kestrel, Water Rail, Grey Wagtail, 10+ Chiffchaff most singing and one looking 'less grey' than the others around the lake, 4+ Goldcrest, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenwich Park: m Teal, 3 Redwings at least, 3 singing Mistle Thrushes along east side of Park (Joe Beale)
  • Colindale NW7: Peregrine on Peel Centre tower block, overlooking Northern Line (KW).
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: 5 Red-crested Pochard (3 male), 5 Shoveler, Peregrine Falcon north-west, adult Yellow-legged Gull, Little Owl, adult Tawny Owl and 3 owlets, 3 Fieldfare, 28 Redwing, Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler (all warblers singing), pair of Goldcrest copulating, Siskin in birches by Hudson Memorial; also Barnacle Goose (uo), 3 new Egyptian goslings, 4 Mandarin Duck (3 male), 2 pairs of Gadwall, partially melanistic male Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, 11 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 vocal Green Woodpecker, 3 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Pied Wagtail, 6-7 Jay, c.150 Starling (D. McKenzie).
  • King George VI Reservoir: 1 White Wagtail, 1 Reed Bunting & 2 Linnet on Causeway and over the road, a flock of 50 Fieldfare in a tree (Paul Boult); 14.00-16.00 - Long-tailed Duck still, 5 Sand Martin through, 3 Swallow through, 1 Red Kite along KGVI and off over terminal 5 (Jim Sweetland)
  • Kingston Cemetery: 1 Coal Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Teal (M Bournat)
  • Kingston Fairfield Recreation Ground: Mixed flock of c.10 Fieldfare and Redwing (M Bournat)
  • Lewisham SE13: Blackcap singing in Cliffe View Road (Phil Laurie).
  • Mayesbrook Park, Barking: 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Linnet, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Waxwing (still in poplars at The Drive entrance 1500) (P Beckenham)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 1 fem Ring Ouzel (1:40pm on bed nearest to the Hackney Marshes entrance, in trees first then on the deck feeding with a Song Thrush and Jay, back into trees and out of view). also 2 Redwing (Jonathan Nasir).
  • Mile End Park: 41 Waxwings still present having presumably roosted in same sycamore adjacent to east bank Regents Canal opposite scaffolding-clad flats, south of bridge and north of hockey court. Were feeding on cotoneaster berries on west bank canal before being spooked by Crow and shortly afterwards flew low south of hockey courts after briefly alighting in poplar just north of hockey court at 0805. Likely to still be in area. 30+ still present 1300 at least, breaking off into groups, feeding in estate behind scaffolding as well as poplars north of hockey court. (Bob Watts). Still 13 present at 15:00. Also m Blackcap, 2 Redwing, Sparrowhawk (Charlie Farrell)
  • Mill Hill NW7: m+f Blackcap still in garden, 2 Collared Doves, 1 Jay, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet, several Siskin (Xav).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Little Owl, male Pheasant, 9 Snipe, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Linnet over, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 23 Redwing, 17 Jackdaw, 2 Jay, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Green Woodpecker, 21 Canada Goose, 11 Herring Gull & 7 Black-headed Gull over (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Village Gardens: 1 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 16 Redwing & a calling Chiffchaff (Jon Ridge).
  • Regents Park: 2 Shellduck, 2 gadwall, 1 Shoveler, pr Gt Crested Grebe, Water Rail giving excellent views, Peregrine over secret garden (St Johns Lodge) flying east 1330, Sparrowhawk (Peter Charles)
  • Sidcup DA15 (Lamorbey Park): Pair Gadwall lower lake, pair Egyptian Geese, pair Grey Wagtails, Treecreeper, 2 Chiffchaffs 1 singing briefly (Ian Stewart).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 2 Swallows low NW, 2 House Martins high N, singing male Blackcap in garden, Peregrine SE (Ian Stewart).
  • Kings Road: South Norwood SE25: 13:25hrs, 1 Common Snipe over S/SE (JohnWatson)
  • Staines Reservoir: Long-tailed Duck, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow South Basin (observer ?)
  • Sutcliffe Park, Kidbrooke: Green Sandpiper, trilling Little Grebe, male & female Grey Wagtail, Fieldfare, singing Song Thrush, female Reed Bunting (Conrad Ellam)
  • Tate Modern: Chiffchaff singing this pm (John Colmans)
  • Valentines Park Ilford: 2 Cormorants fishing in the Long Water, v successfully too by the amount of gulping going on...; 2 prs of Egyptian Geese, one pair with now 4 ducklings (started with 6 on Tuesday), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Little Grebe. (B Miller)
  • Victoria Park: about 25 Fieldfare and at least 5 Redwing on east side of the park on north drive opposite Pool's playground about 6.30pm (Richard Drew)
  • Walthamstow Marshes (horse paddocks): 5 Swallow over, c50 Meadow Pipit, c60 Pied Wagtail, White Wagtail, Willow Warbler, Lesser Redpoll, 17 Redwing (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - Grey Plover through (KJMcmanus); probable Ring Ouzel heard alarm calling but not relocated, 1 Buzzard over, 1 Yellow Wagtail N, Kingfisher, 20+ Sand Martins, 5+ Swallows, 4+ House Martins, 4+ Chiffchaff, 2 Pheasant, 9 Fieldfare, West Warwick - Slavonian Grebe still, East Warwick - Water Rail, 3 more m Yellow Wagtails flew up into tree (Stuart Fisher/Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: juv m Black Redstart on SW corner Alex (flycatching and looking stunning - thought it was a female till it started singing - first since 1981), 7 Swallow, Sand Martin, 10+ Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 20+ singing Redwing, Fieldfare, migrant Song Thrush boosting numbers, 3 Linnet, 10+ Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, 20 + Shoveler, 6 Little Grebe (Nick Croft/Tim Harris/Tony Brown/Steve Thorpe/Stuart Fisher et al). #100 and 101 for this year on patch http://wansteadbirding.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Wanstead Park: Little Egret (Steve Thorpe)
  • Waterworks NR: 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Sand Martin, Reed Bunting, 5 Meadow Pipit, 27 Teal, pr Shoveler (Jonathan Nasir). 1 Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, drake Wigeon (Graham Howie) blog
  • Wimbledon Common: 100+ Redwing, c35 Fieldfare (David Wills).

Wednesday 10th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 4 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Fieldfare, 15+ Shoveler Wood Green Res am (Dave Callahan, Bob Watts).
  • Bankside, SE1: at least 5 (and possibly 7) Common Buzzards over central London 1425-1450. - birds in 2 groups, drifting on high thermals (1SW, 1W, 3E); also 1 Sparrowhawk (mobbing buzzards) (P Beckenham/R Woolley)
  • Battersea (Winstanley Estate): 30+ Waxwing in trees on Ingrave Street (A.Storch)
  • Blackheath: Redpoll over, Skylark over heard singing as it went (Joe Beale); Siskin over (James Lowen)
  • Brent Reservoir: male Pheasant flew into allotments, 4 Snipe, 31 Fieldfares, 4 Redwings (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brockwell Park SE24: 2 Gadwall (site tick), 50 Redwing, 2 Stock Dove, House Sparrow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, 12 Chiffchaff, Mistle Thrush (Charlie Kitchen and Paul Collins)
  • Brookmill Park, SE 8: Mandarin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 3 House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Garganey still present (Tony Duckett ); Red Kite over (Bob Whatley)
  • Canons Farm: Ring Ouzel (probably 2cy male) and male Wheatear in field just south of Canons Farmhouse, Lesser Redpoll, 6 Siskins, 10 Meadow Pipits, Bullfinch, c120 Fieldfares, Redwing, 2 Little Owls, 2 Common Buzzards (David Campbell).
  • Chelsea Harbour: 3 Peregrines repeatedly over the hotel and old power station early afternoon (Stuart Boreham)
  • Chigwell Meadows NR: 30 Redwing (Barry Jones)
  • Chislehurst (Kemnal Wood) BR7: 2 Firecrests along Kemnal Road near the stables (Ian Stewart)
  • Colney Heath: Firecrest, 2 Tree Sparrow, Little Owl, 2 Treecreeper (David Booth)
  • Crystal Palace Park: 17 Redwing feeding on football pitch, Sparrowhawk. Lake - 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 drake and 1 f Shoveler, Canada Goose on nest (Michael Mac).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Greenshank (Ldn yr-1st) between the Slack & Crowfoot Marsh in the evening, also 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Shelduck, 3 Rook, several singing Chiffchaff, 2 Swallow, 6+ Redwing, Cetti's Warbler (V Halley-Frame).
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek: 23 Shelduck, 100+ Teal, 41 Tufted Duck (including female with red Portuguese nasal saddle), 2 Common Sandpipers, Redshank, singing Chiffchaff (John Archer).
  • Finsbury Park: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap both singing, 1 Green Woodpecker, drake Mandarin, pair of trilling Little Grebe both on boating lake (Ian Bradshaw).
  • Fulham Sands End: 1f Peregrine (poss juv) over at 1:30 going up river, regular wintering Common Gull (deformed foot) still here (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Gallions Reach: Sandwich Tern 09.10, 1 Common Tern, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Curlew, 84 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Swallows, 2 Chiffchaffs. (Gary A James).
  • Greenford UB6: New m Reed Bunting in back garden. (David Pierrepont)
  • Greenwich Park: still 4+ Redwings, 1 Siskin, only 1 Egyptian Goose - its mate is missing, also no Chiffchaff - very unusual by April (Joe Beale).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 1 Curlew flew upriver west of the O2, also 2 Linnets in waste ground (Joe Beale).
  • Gutteridge Wood: Skylark, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, 6 Mallard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Nigel Sluman)
  • Hampstead Heath: 5 Swallows (8:20), Chiffchaff, 2 Meadow Pipits, Redwing (Dave Porritt).
  • Horsenden Hill: 2 Little Owl and at least 5 singing Chiffchaff (David Pierrepont). Also 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 8 Redwing, 2 Blackcap (Andy Culshaw).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Swallow (just in from Cumberland Gate, flying south-west at treetop level at 2.25pm), 2 Mandarin Duck, 10+ Shoveler, 3+ singing Chiffchaff, 6+ Treecreeper, 1 Siskin, 1 Little Owl near the usual spot (Simon Papps); plus 3 new Egyptian goslings (Round Pond), 2 pairs of Mandarin Duck, 2 pairs of Gadwall, pair of Red-crested Pochard, just 6 Pochard, 131 Tufted Duck, female Sparrowhawk, male Peregrine Falcon north, Little Grebe (Round Pond), 2 Meadow Pipit over, 6 Pied Wagtail, 30+ Blackbird, 10+ Fieldfare (near The Cockpit), c.20 Redwing (trees at southern end of Parade Ground - lots of song), 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler (all warblers singing), 20+ Goldfinch - no sign of Tawny Owls or recent Northern Wheatear (D. McKenzie, R. Hancock, P. Turner et al).
  • King George V Reservoir: 20 Sand Martin 2 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler singing breifly East side, Blackcap singing, 1 female Scaup, 1 Long-tailed Duck, many Chiffchaff, 2 Black-necked Grebe summer plumage (Tony Clancy).
  • Lea Valley, Waterworks NR: Little Ringed Plover seen at 11.50 on bed 17/18 and flew up the valley at 12.05, male Reed Bunting, 3 singing Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcap c5 Chiffchaff (Jamie Partridge).
  • Lewisham Hilly Fields SE4, 8 Redwing (Phil Laurie)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose flew east 12.45, drake Garganey scrape, 4 Mandarin, 2 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, 5 Redshank, 5 Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 21 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 7 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff ... several this spring have looked abietinus, odd,though our first Wheatear was Greenland and one of our first Blackwits was continental so strange times, 1+ Bearded Tit (R.Kaye).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 Redwing (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Mile End E1: 40 Waxwings on Bancroft Road, off Mile End Road (observer?).
  • Mile End Park: 41 Waxwings again by canal just south of Mile End Road, opposite flats with scaffolding, at 6pm (John Archer).
  • Paddington Green: Peregrine Falcon p.m. (D. McKenzie).
  • Petts Wood BR7: male Common Redstart flycatching from fences between fields south of Manor Park (access here), 100+ Fieldfare, 30+ Redwing, 2 Chiffchaffs, Bullfinch by stream on Hawkwood estate (Ian Stewart)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Owl, 10 Snipe, 1 Sparrowhawk, singing Chiffchaff, 53 Jackdaw, 32 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, 6 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: c35 'goose sp' NE thru haze 10:30, 2 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 1 Red-legged Partridge (just off-patch), 4 (2pr) Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 1 House Martin NE 13:50, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 30 Redwing still roosting overnight behind Hill lookout, 1 Meadow Pipit (birdman_euston et al). The partridge - presumably the one seen in Park 18 Mar - has apparently been based since at least Dec in elongated fenced-off private gdn bordering Regent's Canal just SW of Charlbert St Bridge/area 46 opp 'modern mansions' & viewable fr towpath; confirmed as not the landowners' bird.
  • Richmond TW10: Ham Common LNR - Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch; Ham Lands LNR - Kestrel, 6 Chiffchaff, 6 Song Thrush (Spencer Neal)
  • River Pool, Catford SE6: 2 Kingfisher, 3 Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker (T Wilson).
  • Ruislip Lido: 07:45-08:30 - No sign of yesterday's Avocet, but Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 7 Bullfinch, Kestrel, Jay, 6 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker (Nigel Sluman).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Singing Blackcap in back garden, Peregrine E, Sparrowhawk, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: Red Kite low North over court at 13:50, 5 singing Chiffchaff, pr Nuthatch, 2 Meadow Pipit, Snipe on Leyton Flats, 25+ Redwing (Stuart Fisher).
  • South Norwood Lake: 5 singing Chiffchaff, 1 singing Blackcap, 1 singing Willow Warbler, 1 Swallow (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood).
  • Staines Moor: 50 Meadow Pipit, 1 Redshank, 3 Common Snipe, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Little Egret, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Greylag Geese W (Lee Dingain).
  • Stanwell Moor: 35 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 1 Shelduck, 1 Redshank, 2 Chiffchaff (Lee Dingain).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 6 Chiffchaff - 4 in song, Bullfinch, 9 Teal, 3 Mandarin, 3 Lapwing, pair of Kestrels, 1 Cormorant over (John Colmans); 25 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing this evening (Ian Ellis).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 20+ Lapwing (Steve Blake); Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard in Garden Wood by another birder.
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: singing Chiffchaff lunchtime (Bob Watts).
  • Victoria Park: 6 Waxwings in east side of park by Jubilee Gate, 2 male 1 female Red-crested Pochard on West Lake (Richard Drew).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood 25 Brent Goose, Black-tailed Godwit, Yellow Wagtail, House Martin, 2 Swallow, 20+ Sand Martin, Buzzard (KJMcmanus). 17.00-18.30: Small but steady passage of 10+ Swallow, 40+ Sand Martin (L Bodini).
  • Wanstead, private garden: 2 Siskin (m & f) (Chris Legge).
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Willow Warbler, 4 singing Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 20+ Redwing, 13 Fieldfare, f Wheatear, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 7 Skylark, 4 Linnet, 10+ Shoveler (Nick Croft/Tim Harris/Bob Vaughan).
  • Wanstead Park; Swallow west, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 singing Goldcrest, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Shoveler, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Linnet, Water Rail, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 male Common Redstart (Ldn yr-1st - early even in a good year?), 1 fem/juv Black Redstart (still present in grassland 6pm, R.Ayers), 2 Swallow north, Woodcock up from grassland, 7+ singing Chiffchaff, 8 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare, 20+ Meadow Pipit, fem Reed Bunting, 3 Jackdaw, 4 Linnets (The Scrubbers).

Tuesday 9th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Pair Shelduck Wood Green Res (less than annual here), also 16 Shoveler, Snipe, 2 Willow Warbler singing from near Platforms, 3 Chiffchaff, several Redwing, 2 Jackdaw east (Bob Watts, Dave Callahan). Shelduck pair present 1740 though not mid am, also 18 Shoveler (Bob Watts).
  • Bankside, SE1: Chiffchaff (first of spring), 2 Goldcrest (birches - east end) (Simon Fogg)
  • Beckenham: no sign Ring-billed Gull, but Red Kite over 1110, Mandarin, Chiffchaff (Rich Bonser, James Lowen et al.) Showing on RBA map at the moment [13:00 NS]... but this doesn't mean anything, since negative reports also show on the map, which is exactly what RBA transmitted in this instance. [DB] I thought they usually put 'No sign of RB Gull' for example?
  • Beddington Farmlands: Common Tern (BirdGuides)
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 27 Teal. (Charlie Farrell)
  • Brookmill Park, SE 8: Mandarin, 2 Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam) +pm: male & female House Sparrow
  • Bushy Park: drake Garganey still on the scrape; viewing possible on occasions from Duke's Head Passage through gap cut in scrub. Photos here (Bill Dykes, Tony Duckett). Also 1 Willow Warbler singing in Woodland Gardens, 3 Chiffchaff, Buzzard (Bill Dykes). The scrape is east of the Brewhouse Fields. To reach it walk east from Duke's Head Gate, through the passage over the Iron Bridge, and view the small pool to the north, surrounded by reeds (Bill Dykes). You can check out yesterday's Royal Parks entry here, with a link to an accurate map here (Tony Duckett). Many thanks (NS)
  • Crayford, Perry St Farm: 1male Kestrel sitting on fence posts and worming in SE corner field, 8 Fieldfare, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Collared Dove, 100 Starling (plus many more mobile in surrounding estate - probably over 200 in total) (Chris Rose)
  • Crayford, Thames Road Wetland: 2 Water Rail heard, one indulging in longish bouts of courtship calling, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 3 or 4 Chaffinch, 19 Ring-necked Parakeet (over). 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Song Thrush heard along River Cray By-way 105. 2 Teal on Stanham Farm. (Chris Rose).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR : Our first Swallow this evening, Cetti's Warbler calling from main slack reedbed, pr Shelduck, pr Pochard, Kestrel, 2 Chiffchaff & 3 Egyptian Geese. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: Fem Peregrine, 17 Shelduck, 3 Teal. (Charlie Farrell)
  • Fulham, River Thames: Red-throated Diver still - was off Craven Cottage then drifted downstream, now (16.45) hauled up by Bishop's Park steps. An oiled bird so RSPCA have been called and are on their way to take it into care. May have just sneaked into Inner London (J.Wilczur, B.Whiskin & R.Kaye) Not inner London there, boundary roughly at FPR (Nathalie Mahieu). It couldn't possibly be the Rainham bird from Sunday could it? (Photo here, Mike Caiden) RSPCA hadn't come by 6.30PM, and after being told I'd be contacted when they arrived have so far heard nothing (now 9.44PM) so may still be present in the morning. Also 6 Swallow upriver from Putney Bridge c4.50PM. (Louis Freeland-Haynes)
  • Greenford UB6: Now 2 m Reed Buntings in back garden.(David Pierrepont)
  • Greenwich Park: 6 Redwing and 5 Fieldfare in deer enclosure (Peter Charles)
  • Hampstead Heath: 200+ (!) Redwing, 3 Fieldfare (Oliver Simms).
  • Heathrow Airport: told by a neighbour who works there that a Red Kite flying over caused disruption to flights today - apparently not that unusual. (Roger Dewey)
  • Hemans Estate Community Gardens - Stockwell: Song Thrush first record and Peregrine in the distance (Michael Mac).
  • Hornsey: Blackcap singing from gardens backing onto Hornsey Bowls Club (migrant?) (Bob Watts)
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: Barnacle Goose (uo), 13 Shoveler, 2 pairs of Red-crested Pochard, Little Owl briefly, still 4 Waxwing at yesterday's spot 07:15 but not present at 09:00 (though possibly still in area), male Northern Wheatear on Parade Ground for 7th day but highly mobile, 3 Fieldfare, 26 Redwing, 15 Mistle Thrush, 5 singing Chiffchaff, singing Willow Warbler (Long Water Sanctuary west, near bridge), 6 singing Goldcrest, 6 singing Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch (D. McKenzie).
  • King George V Reservoir: 6 Sand Martin visible from Lea Valley Road (M.Harper)
  • Leyton E11: 10 Waxwing on lombardy poplar in St Patrick's RC Cemetery 16:35, pr Linnet, not a bad place to be delayed on the central line (Stuart Fisher)
  • Leytonstone E11: 18 Ring-necked Parakeets (second day) stripping twigs from tree at the entrance to Cathall Leisure Centre 0705 (Steve Howey)
  • London Wetland Centre: Black Redstart (BirdGuides),1 Little Ringed Plover Wader Scrape, 1 Oystercatcher Grazing Marsh, 7+ Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 7 Cetti's Warbler (Shane Enright)
  • Maple Lodge NR: 1 Green Sandpiper. (Roger Dewey)
  • Marble Hill Park TW1: One pair of Red-crested Pochard on river Thames at the bottom of the park. First I have seen on the river along here (Tom Gillard)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Redwing (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Mill Hill NW7: m+f Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, several Siskin - all in MBG. (Xav)
  • Oak Hill Park: Grey Wagtail, pair at East Barnet Village end (TQ 272 953). Clive Herbert
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Little Owl, Pheasant heard, 7 Snipe, 6 Meadow Pipit, Redwing, 13 Jackdaw, 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest & 2 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Ruislip Lido: 1 Avocet still showing at 15.00pm, 1 Swallow (Jon Reveley); Avocet still present until at least 17.00 (John Edwards); Avocet last seen on main raft at 17:33 - many thanks Jon - great find. (Jon Ridge); 18.45 Swallow (Chris Bessant).
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: Red Kite NW at 12:55, Firecrest on Leyton Flats in the morning, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Siskin, 2 singing Chiffchaff (after a late start), 2 Meadow Pipit thru, 80+ Redwing, 2 Egyptian Geese within the court grounds all day and last week, Nuthatch, Coal Tit (Stuart Fisher)
  • Staines Reservoir: Long-tailed Duck, Black-necked Grebe, 2 Little Gull, 3 Sand Martin (Paul Boult) also 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Redshank (A.Luscombe).
  • Stocker's Lake 2 Common Tern (Herts website).
  • Swanley Park: Kestrel, Canada Goose (39 & 2 nests), Greylag, Lesser Black-backed Gull , Great Spotted Woodpecker (2 males excavating nests), Redwing (10), Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Blackcap(f), Wren feeding young. Unusual Moorhen with white shield (Andy Meaton).
  • Ten Acre Wood: Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Jim fell)
  • Tooting Bec Common (north end): c 15-20 Redwing still (ground-feeding by railway 30 yds SE of footpath exit to Fontenoy Road SW12), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jackdaw, 1 Nuthatch (Nick Granger-Taylor).
  • Walthamstow: High Maynard Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, Lockwood Wheatear.(KJMcmanus)
  • Wanstead Flats: pr Pochard Jub (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: 9 Shoveler (Bob Vaughan), Woodcock Bush Wood (Steve Thorpe)
  • Wimbledon Park Lake SW19: 3 Little Gulls 18.30 but gone by 19.00, 1 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 5 Pochard (Martin Daniel)

Monday 8th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 16+ Shoveler and Greylag Wood Green Res, 10 Redwing E 0700 (Bob Watts), 1 Willow Warbler (near middle platform) and c20 Redwing (Pitch and Putt) (James Palmer). Willow Warbler still present 1840, also 3 Fieldfare Football pitches, 30+ Redwing Lower Slopes, 2 Chiffchaff (Bob Watts).
  • Bankside, SE1: Sparrowhawk thermalling high over St Paul's, drifting SW, Dunnock singing (P Beckenham)
  • Beckenham: Ring-billed Gull 12.00 (RBA). Location? - Noted on RBA pager as 1w at Kelsey Park.
  • Beddington Farmlands (NB Site not yet described on LBC Wiki): Osprey - Ldn yr-1st (BirdGuides). Not sure who had it but one was recorded in the log book at Walthamstow Reservoirs on 18th March (PW).(Stringer Fisherman who is always stringing birds he is clueless. KJMcmanus).
  • Brent Reservoir: Sand Martin around rafts 08.45, Chiffchaff singing, pair Shelduck (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park SE 8: Mandarin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Chiffchaff (one singing) (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: drake Garganey (on scrape), Snipe, Peregrine male, pr Sparrowhawks, Buzzard, 80+ Redwings, 11 Fieldfares, 6 Chiffchaffs, 6 Redpolls, 28 Siskins (Tony Duckett). 15 Meadow Pipit, 1 Gadwall on Heron Pond, no sign of Garganey by 6pm (Bill Dykes).
  • Claybury Park: up to a dozen Redpolls, 2 Stock Doves, 2 Redwings, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 5 Jays, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Long-tailed Tits, Nuthatch (Alan Hobson).
  • Crossness: Grey Plover on the foreshore in Barking Bay, 71 Black-tailed Godwits (including 2 ringed birds) (Richard Bonser).
  • Gallions Reach: 1 Common Scoter, 1 Whimbrel, 35 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Oystercatchers, 5 Curlew, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Chiffchaff, Rook. (Gary A James)
  • Golders Green: Red Kite and Common Buzzard over The Vale 1300 (Peter Mantle)
  • Greenwich Park: 2 Teal (1m 1f) a.m., first since January, also Siskin, Fieldfares, several Redwings (Joe Beale)
  • Hackney, E8: Flock of a dozen or more Waxwings feeding on the few crab apples still hanging from tree in London E8 street today at around noon. (SMS)
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: 2 pairs of Mandarin, 3 pairs of Gadwall, 19 Shoveler, 3 Red-crested Pochard (2 male), male Kestrel, c. 25 Redwing, male Northern Wheatear on Parade Ground for 6th day, (though regularly disturbed by renovation work), 3 Chiffchaff (2 singing), 4 singing Goldcrest, 6 singing Treecreeper (widely dispersed), 2 Jackdaw over (D. McKenzie). K.G. lunchtime: one Tawny owlet in evergreen oak but hard to locate, one Little Owl in usual spot near leaf yard (Martin Honey). Adult male Tawny Owl in leafed tree to the right of the evergreen oak with the owlet, at lunchtime. (Roger Morton) 3 owlets in evergreen tree: 2 right at top, 3rd one about 15 feet up (Andrew Lyburn) About 15 Waxwings in tall poplar trees at Vista on west side of Long Water, 12 pm. (Ralph Hancock)
  • Kentish Town NW5: Red-legged Partridge (!) walking along Countess Road pavement, feeding, towards junction with Lady Margaret Road at 09:10. Can it be an escapee? Wish I'd had a camera (Neil Bowman). Neil, I had a Red-legged Partridge on nearby Hampstead Heath on April Fool's Day (!) last year, and a Pheasant turned up there yesterday, as last year (Frank Nugent). Dagenham Chase and Amwell both had one on the weekend, see also Ruislip below, and I have seen them on 4-5 occasions on Walthamstow reservoirs or marshes over the last 30ish years — they do wander (Paul Whiteman). There is a dispersal of game birds in March & April, so the bird was probably genuine (Jon Ridge).
  • Lonsdale Road reservoir: 5 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 20+ Teal, 1 Tawny Owl, 10 Stock Dove, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (John Gordon) ... John - where was the Tawny Owl? In the "usual" old tree on riverside? Thanks, Rich. No I saw the owl flying through the scrub between river and reservoir at 9 o'clock this morning, in January it was roosting in the trees by middle gate on riverside of reservoir (John)
  • Lower Clapton E5: 6 Waxwings briefly at 0830, in trees at 32a and 65 Powerscroft Road - first sighting here for a few weeks (Alastair Dent).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 1m Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Mile End Park: no sign of Friday's Waxwings 0800 but Chiffchaff still, also Kestrel early pm (Bob Watts).
  • Mill Hill NW7: Grey Wagtail on roofs of outbuildings behind shops in The Broadway (Andrew Haynes).
  • Paddington Green: male Peregrine Falcon a.m. (D. McKenzie).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 11 Snipe (a record count for April at this site), 54 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit, 7 Stock Dove, 6 Jackdaw, 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes (riverside walk from Ferry Lane end): Pair of Skylark on path, also singing in grass; male Wheatear on rocks near Tilda Rice at 2pm (Priscilla Macpherson)
  • Ruislip: Red-legged Partridge in front garden of suburban house this afternoon. Walking about feeding in the street. Many photos. Worthy of bold type in this context I think. (Richard Francis).
  • Sewardstone: 4 Sand Martin, 2 Blackcap (Martin Shepherd)
  • Sidcup: Lamorbey Park. 2 Mute Swan, 2 Stock Dove, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose, Siskin. (Eric Brown & Pete Graham)
  • Stokes Field (Long Ditton, KT7): Red Kite drifted south at 13:00 towards Telegraph Hill, 1 Buzzard over, 2+ Bullfinch, 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Siskin, c20 Redwing still (Bill Dykes).
  • Tooting Common: 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Egyptian Goose, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush (James Hudson). Also: 1 Waxwing, 21 Redwing (north end, near footpath exit to Fontenoy Road, SW12) (Nick Granger-Taylor).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 12+ Redwing, 2-3 pairs Stock Dove, singing Goldcrest (Bob Watts).
  • Trent Park: 2(m,f) Common Teal, Upper Lake; 1 Red Kite, over 'Old Golf Course' (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamstow, E17: c.15 Waxwings in usual tree on King Edward Rd at 07:50. Departed by 08:10 and haven't returned as yet (Caroline Nash).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: (Lockwood) 2 Little Ringed Plover, 10 Sand Martin; (W Warwick) Slavonian Grebe (still winter plumage) (Andy Reid). Osprey high NNE @ 15.30, Sand Martin, Kingfisher, f Goldeneye, Siskin, 2 Redwing (E/W Warwick), c25 Shoveler no.3 (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: Red Kite south over Cat & Dog (ST), 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 3singing Chiffchaff, 9 Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, 10 + Meadow Pipit (6 singing), 7 Skylark, 6 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, Fieldfare, 6 Redwing (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Little Egret, Peregrine Falcon (m) up Roding, Sparrowhawk, 12 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 2 mPochard, 4 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Lesser Redpoll, Linnet, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: Drake Wigeon (on river), Common Buzzard, Green Sandpiper, 2+ Common Snipe, 14 Teal, Shoveler (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Woodside Park: 4 male Blackcaps on seed mix feeder at the same time this morning! Thought to be a mixture of 2-3 overwintering birds still present and 1-2 new arrivals, though no territorialism seen. (Ian Ellis)
  • Woolwich Common: Meadow Pipits seen again after a long absence (John Beckham)
  • Westminster: drake Red-crested Pochard on Thames beteen Viscount and Pace boats opposite Victoria Tower Gardens 08:45 (Frank Nugent).

Sunday 7th April 2013Edit

  • Birchmere Park, Thamesmead: 2 Egyptian Geese (observer ?)
  • Alexandra Park: 10 Jackdaws, 15+ Shoveler Wood Green Res, 40+ Redwing, 2 Little Grebes Boating Lake, Lesser Redpoll, Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff singing Conservation Area, recently still female Blackcap in garden near Allotments (Andrew Gardener, Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Barking Bay: Whimbrel, Common Tern (Paul Hawkins).
  • Battersea, SW11. male Black Redstart 1-3pm on building site behind plantation wharf.
  • Bentley Priory: Woodcock, 50 Redwing, 150 Carrion Crow, Coal Tit, Meadow Pipit, Gadwall (Alan Lewis)
  • Blackheath Dips SE3: Song Thrush gathering food for young, Greenfinch display-flighting (Joe Beale).
  • Blackheath, Vanbrugh Park area SE3: 3 Stock Doves, Siskin east, Long-tailed Tit nest now nearly complete (the adults adding feathers to the interior), also Pipistrelle-type small Bat over @ 13.30 (Joe Beale).
  • Bow E3: Male Blackcap, present since Mid December, Goldcrest in back garden (Harry Harrison)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard over at 12.22, 2 Egyptian Geese, Green Sandpiper flew off N, Woodcock flushed, Peregrine, 5 Jackdaw over, 2 singing Blackcaps & 1 singing Chiffchaff (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall). 15.15: Red Kite (res 1st of year) flew west near Cool Oak Lane bridge, Redwing on northern playing fields (Steve Torpey).
  • Bushy Park: 15+ Redwings, Treecreeper, Little Owl, Common Buzzard 6.10-6.16 circled then flew over Royal Paddock Allotments towards Kingston (Ian R Watson).
  • Canons Park, Edgware, Middx. HA8: Red Kite over flying south, Fieldfare, Goldcrest (displaying crown feathers), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (female) nearby (Bob Husband, NW London RSPB Group - Birdwalk)
  • Camden Locks, Regent's Canal: ♂ Red-crested Pochard, moving in the canal towards Regen'ts Park 18:00 (Daniel Bosch).
  • Chessington (KT9): 4 Waxwings briefly at 09.50 in poplar trees behind end of Kelvin Grove (Nigel Jackman).
  • Crossness: adult Kittwake upriver 8.10am, singing Chiffchaff, 37 Black-tailed Godwits (including 2 ringed birds, one Icelandic-ringed bird over 14 years old also seen here April 2012), Green Sandpiper, Common Buzzard, 10+ Wigeon & Jackdaw over (John Archer, Richard Bonser & Steve Carter). Grazing marsh/paddocks/fenced reserve: 1 Skylark (song flight), 2 Snipe, 7 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 18 Teal, 11 Gadwall, 2 Shelduck, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Greenfinch (heard), 2 Pied Wagtail. Plus Song Thrush within Thames Water site. Thames/foreshore (Crossness and down towards Erith) c345 Teal, 35+ Gadwall, 5 male Shoveler, 56 Shelduck (plus 9 more that may have moved downstream from initial count), 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew (Chris Rose).
  • Forest Hill, SE23: 1 Chiffchaff dropped onto the lawn at 6pm (Daniel Greenwood).
  • Gallions Reach: 6 Oystercatcher, 4 Curlew, 17 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Common Snipe, Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaffs (Gary A James).
  • Greenford UB6: m Reed Bunting still around in back garden (David Pierrepont).
  • Greenwich Park: Siskins heard and some seen (3-6) along with Redpolls over (3 or 4), Fieldfares and Redwings still in evidence, Long-tailed Tit nest being finished by the adult birds (Joe Beale).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Common Snipe, 2 Egyptian Geese, Chiffchaff, 3 Siskin in Ecology Park. 2 Oystercatcher on foreshore, Male Reed Bunting by O2 Arena (Conrad Ellam & Richard Green).
  • Ilford: Siskin pair still on garden feeders (B Miller).
  • Hampstead Heath: Heath & Hampstead Soc Bird Walk produced 35 sp. incl 2 Woodcock, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, Little Grebe, Green Woodpecker, Stock Dove (Sash Tusa). Also 2 Ravens soaring over Parliament Hill at c.1315 drifted N (Frank Nugent, John Hunt). And earlier Linnet, Pheasant and Lapwing (flyover) on the Hill (Pete Mantle,Chris Bird). Woodcock seen 6 times across Heath a.m., 12 Meadow Pipits over and 1 on the Hill. Also a bat over the Mixed Bathing Pond c10:30 in the morning (FN).
  • Harrow-on-the-Hill: 2 Woodcock flushed, mixed flock of 40 Fieldfare & Redwings, 3 Jackdaw, Stock Dove (Michael Robinson).
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Buzzard (c 15:30), 1 singing Chiffchaff (Charlie Farrell).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: pair of Teal on Serpentine a.m., Little Owl showed well a.m., adult Tawny Owl with 4 owlets along South Flower Walk (1 of which was forced out of a tree by corvids and had to be rescued), male Northern Wheatear at east side of Parade Ground for 5th day, 10-15 Fieldfare, c.50 Redwing, singing Chiffchaff, female Bullfinch; also Barnacle Goose (uo), 41 Egyptian Goose, 2 pairs of Mandarin Duck, 2 pairs of Gadwall, 9 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 15+ Stock Dove (D. McKenzie).
  • Kensal Green Cemetery and St Mary’s Cemetery: Red Kite (low over St Marys Cemetery at 13:40), Green Woodpecker, 2 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare (Charlie Farrell).
  • Kew Gardens: Buzzard high up drifting SW, Sparrowhawk plus flock of approx 45 -50 redwing ground feeding. (JWBremner).
  • London Wetland Centre: highlights today (2 brief visits) include Jack Snipe, Oystercatcher still, 5 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1m 1f Sparrowhawk, 2 Shelduck, 2 Sand Martin (Martin Honey).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 4 Canada Geese, 7 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 5 Jay (Rich Petley).
  • M11/M25 junction: 2 Common Buzzards soaring 14.53 hours (John Reid).
  • Rainham Marshes: dark-bellied Brent Goose flew downriver at 11:20, drake Northern Pintail, 15 Little Egrets, female-type Marsh Harrier over W end of old silt lagoons, Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, and Curlew on foreshore, Whimbrel (Ldn yr-1st) flew to RSPB reserve on rising tide, male Ruff on Target Pools, 3 Water Pipits at stone barges, 3 Black Redstarts (one male) still on waste ground along Ferry Lane, 2 male Northern Wheatears on W slope of landfill from Aveley Bay car park, Common Whitethroat (Ldn yr-2nd) briefly in gorse near Wennington Mound, numerous Common Chiffchaffs reported in woodland, singing Willow Warbler reported on RSPB reserve near Butts Hide (Dominic Mitchell, Roy Beddard, Paul Hawkins et al).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 3 Shelduck, 1 Shoveler, 2 (pr) Great Crested Grebe nesting off NE side Heron Is area 8, 2 (pr) Kestrel nr Wetland Pen a32 (having reoccupied breeding territory a few days ago), 2 Woodcock a20 & a40, 10 Common Gull migrating chevron high NE 06:25, 2 Skylark high NE over Hill calling 07:15, 25 Redwing behind Hill Lookout a50; also hedgehog feeding Goose Pen a33 11:15 (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Northern Wheatear male.Old riding ring near Holly lodge. 4 Common Buzzards flew SE between 14.14 - 14.30 over boundary wall with Sheen Common. (Franko J Maroevic).
  • Rotherhithe: 2 male Siskins singing Russia Dock Woodland, drake Pochard, 6 Shoveler, 15 Redwing & 16 Fieldfare Southwark Park (Richard Bonser).
  • Sidcup Station: pair Blackcaps feeding in trees behind down platform (Eric Brown).
  • South Mimms n'r J23: 1 Buzzard low over central reservation (Nigel May).
  • Staines Moor: 2 Little Ringed Plover on the Colne, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Redshank, 1 Red Kite E, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Owl in NW corner, 2 Greylag Geese over, 8 Reed Bunting, 1 Little Egret on Colne, 1 Lapwing (Lee Dingain ) in addition to Lee's sightings 3 Dunlin (1 in winter plumage, 2 in part winter/part summer moult, arriving with 2 Redshank and roosting on river from 1345-1400), 1 Common Snipe (frequently being flushed from E of Colne), m Linnet (briefly in song), several Skylark singing, Kestrel, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Gadwall on tiny pool, Little Grebe, 6 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Pheasant and a Willow Warbler reported from N of burnt out 4x4 (latter not seen by me) (Matt Reed).
  • Stamford Brook (W6) : Little Egret heading NE over railway lines at 12.45 pm (JWBremner).
  • Stanwell Moor: 1 Red-throated Diver circled overhead and headed off SE at 06:38, also 13 Redwing, 21 Fieldfare, 3 Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Redpoll, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Lapwing, 7 Snipe (Lee Dingain).
  • Staines Reservoir: 6 Little Gull, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Red Kite (Jim Sweetland).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Pheasant calling, 2 Little Egret along brook, 6 Lapwing, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Snipe, Jack Snipe, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 3 Wheatear (including pair together), 5 Redwing, 25 Fieldfare (on golf course + Fox walked through group of 10 with both species ignoring each other), Treecreeper, 14 Rook flew up by aerodrome (probably from Ickenham Marsh rookery), c40 Linnet (Neil Anderson/K. Bull/G. Westley).
  • Thamesmead: Common Tern (Ldn yr-1st) over Harrow Manor Way roundabout at 15:35 (John Archer).
  • Totteridge Valley: male Brambling at Finchley Nurseries, 225+ Redwings (85 Frith Manor, 140+ Highwood Hill), c40 Fieldfare, Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch, Meadow Pipit, 7 Teal, 2 Mandarin and at last 2 Chiffchaffs! (Ian Ellis).
  • Trent Park: 4 Buzzards, 1 Woodcock, Treecreeper, Nuthatch; Fieldfare and Redwing still about. (Rob Wallace).
  • Uxbridge - just W of - from M25: 1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard (Nigel May).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood): 16 Teal, m Wheatear, singing Chiffchaff, Red Kite NW at 15.00 (Lol Bodini).
  • Walthamstow, E17: 22 Waxwings perched on usual tree in King Edward Rd at 13:29 (Caroline Nash). Caroline, would you mind sending me a quick email to lbodini@yahoo.co.uk? Many thanks, Lol B.
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Common Buzzard (between 11-12:00), 8 Linnet, 5 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 12 + Shoveler, singing Chiffchaff (Jonathan and Henry Lethbridge/Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan).
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Buzzard (over between 14:00-15:00), Peregrine Falcon (OSW), 2 Kestrel, 2-6 Sparrowhawk including displaying pair OSW, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll (no Siskin!!), 4 singing Chiffchaff, singing Goldcrest, 14 Gadwall, 20 + Shoveler, pr Great Crested Grebe (one on nest), 3 Little Grebe, 5 Meadow Pipit on the plain, Kingfisher, Little Egret, 3 Redwing (Paul Davis/Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan).
  • Waterworks NR: Sand Martin, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Siskin, Redwing, Reed Bunting, 2+ Common Snipe, 6 Little Grebe (Jonathan Nasir) drake Wigeon in the river early am, 2 Kingfisher (Stuart Fisher).
  • Westcombe Woodlands, Greenwich: 1 Sparrowhawk soaring over, also 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Joe Beale).
  • Woolwich Common: 5 Waxwings flew E over north end of common at 15:25 (John Archer).
  • Worcester Park: Female Black Redstart briefly in our garden (The Hamptons) at 09.40, male Wheatear paddocks at end of Green Lane 14.00, Little Grebe The Hamptons lake, 3 Chiffchaff (Simon Osborn).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Woodcock, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk (mobbing Buzzard), 1 Kestrel, 1 Skylark, c4 Chiffchaff, c20 Redwing, c15 Meadow Pipit (The Scrubbers).
  • Wraysbury Reservoir (from M25): 1 Red Kite low over E bank of res. @ c11.10am (Nigel May).
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: Red Kite drifting high + thermalling over brook towards shooting club 11.10, 4 Stock Dove, 4 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipits, Reed Bunting, m Brimstone in nearby road. Some large patches of grass decimated by arsonists over past week (Neil Anderson/K. Bull).

Saturday 6th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Woodcock sightings 0830 near Laboratory gym Grove and 1040 east over playing fields towards Blandford Hall, also Rook NE 0815, Jackdaw, 2 Meadow Pipits, 17 Shoveler Wood Green Res, Chiffchaff singing Conservation Area, 50+ Chaffinches on migration, 2 Fieldfare. Recently Mealy Redpoll in garden close to Boating Lake, Woodcock from garden over Allotments (Andrew Gardener, Aan Gibson, Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones). Buzzard pm (Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Banstead SM7: Male Black Redstart still feeding in front gardens along Warren Road (Steve Gale)
  • Banstead Woods: Red Kite, 5 Woodcocks, 55+ Redwings (Jamie McKenzie/David Campbell)
  • Barnehurst, Grasmere Rd allotment site: 1 Green Woodpecker calling repeatedly, 1st Chiffchaff of year heard (Chris Rose)
  • Battersea Park Lake: pr of Shoveler and singing male, 3 Little Grebe calling, 8 pr Gadwall, pr Great Crested Grebe courtship and dispute with a Coot over nest site, 2 singing Song Thrush (Michael Mac).
  • Brent Reservoir: adult Kittiwake flew in 11.10; also 397 Chaffinch, 250 Starling, Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, Rook, Siskin & Lesser Redpoll flew over; male Blackcap singing entrance (Brent Birders)
  • Canons Farm: Brambling, Red-legged Partridge, 103+ Fieldfares (Steve Gale, David Campbell et al)
  • Clapham Common: 8 Brambling over, 1 Redwing on Northside (Mark H)
  • Dartmouth Park (NW5): Pheasant flew straight down York Rise at 16.45. Landed in shrubs in a garden where it started calling from. Unusual. (Chris Bird)
  • Crossness: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Peregrine, 7 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 40 Dunlin (George Kalli)
  • Brookmill Park, SE 8: Mandarin, Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ealing W5: Woodcock in my (verysmall) garden at 2pm on Saturday. (Graeme Charles)
  • Finsbury Park: 1 pair of Mandarin, 1 pair of Red-crested Pochard (presumably escapees) (James Palmer).
  • Gallions Reach: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 6 Shoveler, 3 Oystercatcher, 49 Redshank, 4 Common Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 134 Chaffinch NE. (Gary A James).
  • Hackney: 3 Waxwings, then 20+ in treetops around BMX track on Goldsmith's Row, behind Hackney City Farm; flushed by a Sparrowhawk at about 1pm. Also Great Spotted Woodpecker, and the usual Goldfinches and Chaffinches. Then 4 Siskin in tree near entrance to Broadway Market Green closest to the market (Matthew Cunningham)
  • Hampstead Heath: Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, 3 drake Shoveler, Green Woodpecker, 4 Mandarin (Oliver Simms).
  • Horsenden Hill: Stone-curlew 13.05 (BirdGuides). Stone-curlew was flushed by a dog from the ploughed area on the west fields. I had been scanning the area from various vantage points for 15 mins without seeing anything so it was presumably hidden in a furrow. It circled a couple of times but the dog was still present and it departed low NE, possibly onto Sudbury Golf Course. Also Common Buzzard NW 12.45, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Little Owl, 1 Snipe and 1 Woodcock (Andy Culshaw).
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: 25 Shoveler (10 of which departed), 2 pairs of Teal (Long Water), 3 Red-crested Pochard (2 male), adult Tawny Owl and single owlet (South Flower Walk), male Northern Wheatear on east side of Parade Ground for 4th day, c.25 Redwing, 3 calling Chiffchaff (D. McKenzie).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: A pair of Garganey at the viewing area (Shaun Harvey, Russ S, Dave Mc, Lee Brown), 5 Red-crested Pochard still Berwick Reservoir, 4 Buzzard, 3 Cetti's Warbler (David Bradnum/Nick Croft)
  • Ilford Garden: singing Goldcrest (B Miller)
  • KGV Res: 1st-summer male Long-tailed Duck (N Basin), fem Scaup (S Basin), Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Sand Martin, Rock Pipit, 9 Goosander (2 ad male, 1 imm male, 6 fem), 1s male Wheatear, Black Redstart (David Bradnum); 3 Buzzard over car park ( TC, MS.)
  • Kingswood: Brambling in garden (Ian Magness per David Campbell)
  • Lee Valley, Hall Marsh Scrape: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 singing Chiffchaff (Barry Jones)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing (Nathalie Mahieu, Ruth Savery).
  • Nine Elms Sainsbury's Car Park: 3 Common Gulls and 10 Black-headed Gulls usually gone by this time of year but the cold may have kept them in the city for food scraps(Michael Mac).
  • Rainham RSPB: Red-throated Diver in Aveley Bay late afternoon, then moving towards stone barges. Oiled on left flank and vent, preening constantly and hauling out onto mud periodically - not good :-( Also 5 Ruff, ad Mediterranean Gull, 3 Chiffchaff, male Peregrine, Buzzard, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, male Wheatear, Barn Owl (David Bradnum); 10 Ringed Plover, 3 Knot, 50 + Dunlin, 3 Little Gull down river, Buzzard (Nick Croft), Black Redstart (Ferry Lane), Jack Snipe (RSPB); Water Pipit in breeding plumage Stone Barges still (Jonathan Nasir, Andrew Lyburn); Willow Warbler (Wennington Marsh), Barn Owl (edge of tip at 8PM) (Charlie Farrell)
  • Rammey Marsh: Woodcock flushed at 08:50 (Martin Shepherd/Brian Dawton)
  • Regent's Park: Two pairs of Mandarin on the Regent's Canal near the Zoo this am (John Colmans)
  • Richmond Park: Woodcock in Prince Charles Spinney 1pm (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Staines Moor: 6 Water Pipit, 1 Little Ringed Plover (over), 1 Little Egret, 1 Red Kite, 3 Lapwing, c5 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Chiffchaff (singing). (Neil Randon). 1 Cormorant over, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 7+ Meadow Pipit, 1m Reed Bunting, 2 Skylark in song flight, 2 Teal. (Richard Woolley).
  • St Georges Wharf - Vauxhall: 1 Peregrine (Michael Mac).
  • Streatham Common - still 6 Fieldfare and 10+ Redwings (Peter Newmark).
  • Sutton SM1 (Greenshaw HS): 18 Fieldfare in area for a month or so now (Andrew Kellett)
  • Tottenham Marshes : Peregrine (likely female judging by size) on gasometer on Leeside Road, pair of Gadwall feeding on channel between River Lea and Banbury Reservoir, numerous Chiffchaffs. (Katy McGilvray)
  • Tyttenhanger GP. 6 Common Snipe, 4 Redshank, 20+ Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, Little Owl, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel. (Steve Blake)
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Little Grebe (Alexandra Lake), 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 300 Common Gulls, 10+ Skylark, 15+ Meadow Pipit, Fieldfare, Redwing, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 22 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, Reed Bunting (TH, NC and RSPB group). And Short-tailed Vole (swimming across Alexandra Lake).
  • Walthamstow, E17: 3 Waxwings perched on usual tree in King Edward Rd at 09:45. Brief visits of 3-5 up to mid-afternoon (Caroline Nash).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 9 Goldeneye (inc 2 male), Sand Martin (KJMcmanus) on Lockwood; 2 Grey Wagtail west end of No4. (Ann Feltham)
  • Wimbledon Common: up to 30 Redwing in SE corner afternoon/evening, looks like coming in to roost, many singing (Marcin Sek)
  • WWT London Wetland Centre: Bittern, Main Lake north shore; 1 Shelduck, Wader Scrape; 3 Redshank, Wader Scrape; 7 Snipe, Wader Scrape & Grazing Marsh; 4 Chiffchaff, Sheltered Lagoon & Wildside (Jamie Wyver). 3m fully-winged Mandarin in collection area, 10 singing Cetti's Warbler (site count), 2 Redpoll, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Water Rail calling reedbed, 1m Reed Bunting singing, 1 Oystercatcher (ringed), 12 Common Snipe, 1f Wheatear, at least 10 Chiffchaff (Sheltered lagoon), 36 Wigeon, 2 Sand Martin over, pm Bittern flew into Sheltered Lagoon), 2m Bearded Tit in Wldside reedbed (one ringed) (Martin Honey).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Willow Warbler (not singing), 1-2 Chiffchaff (singing), Buzzard, c300 Redwing east, c800 Black-headed Gulls east, c200 Starling East, c30 Chaffinch East, c6 Fieldfare, c9 Jackdaw, 10 Cormorant, c20 Meadow Pipit, 1 singing Siskin. (The Scrubbers)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: 1 Little Egret, 5 Skylark. (Andrew Gibbs).

Friday 5th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 17 Shoveler Wood Green Res 7am (Bob Watts).
  • Botany Bay (Enfield): single Waxwing in trees just past The Robin Hood PH at 6.48 a.m. (Simon West)
  • Enfield: 1 Stone-curlew, on stubble field at Plumridge Farm, 10:20 - 10:27 at least (Robert Callf).
  • Epping Forest: Woodcock flushed from The Hawk Wood (Ian Woodward)
  • Ewell Village (Bourne Hall): 52 Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Nuthatch, several Goldcrests, Hybrid Canada x Greylag Goose again. Chiffchaff at Lower Mill in afternoon. (Neil Batten).
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 3 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Greenford UB6: m Blackcap in garden into his 5th month (Neil Anderson)
  • Greenwich Park: singing m Siskin, 3+ Fieldfares, Redwings, Goldcrests (Joe Beale).
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: 21 Shoveler, male Red-crested Pochard, Little Egret west over Bayswster Road 11:33, adult Tawny Owl and single owlet (South Flower Walk, Kensington Gardens), 2nd-summer Yellow-legged Gull, male Northern Wheatear on east side of Parade Ground for 3rd day, c.40 Redwing, 2 Nuthatch (D. McKenzie). One Little Owl showed briefly near Peter Pan enclosure, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming on opposite side of Long Water, Goldcrest nearby - another at the Bird Sanctuary plus Treecreeper and Coal Tit. Ingenious squirrels there on the 'squirrel-proof' feeders - sitting on top and pulling out the peanuts by 'hand' through the tube through which it's filled (Martin Honey). Wheatear showed well 13:30-13:45 working its way south along east side of Parade Ground from Speakers Corner cafe (Alex Massey) I've put a guide to finding the Tawny Owl and owlets on my blog here. (Ralph Hancock)
  • Joydens Wood: 20+ Siskin, Lesser Redpoll + Treecreeper in Chalk Wood (Conrad Ellam)
  • Lee Valley RP: Cornmill Meadows - 3 Redshank, 1 Shelduck; Hall Marsh - 1 Little Ringed Plover. (Mike Oakland)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 Redwing, 1pr Greenfinch (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Mile End Park: 41 Waxwing until 0815 then flew SW behind flats to west of hockey courts. Initially saw 22 perched in bare sycamore just south of bridge over Regents Canal @ 0800, adjacent to cherry blossom and opposite flats with scaffolding. Returned twice whilst present; clearly a resting post and feeding elsewhere and flock fragmenting as on 2nd sighting just 12 birds returned. Likely to have roosted last night in park (perhaps this tree). Again until 1330 at least, when flock of 22 commuting between sycamore and freshly budded poplars immediately north of hockey courts. Also feeding on cotoneaster berries opposite sycamore on west side of Regents Canal. Also Chiffchaff calling nearby and seen to fly across canal into buddleia early pm (Bob Watts). No sign of any Waxwings in that part of the park 14:45 to 15:15 but 22 landed briefly in poplar by Ecology Pavilion (in north of park) at 15:25 then flew N towards Victoria Park, and a single flew north over the original location at 15:45 (John Archer).
  • Mill Hill NW7: 3 Redwing resting on tree near Mill Hill Park for a couple of minutes before moving on. (Xav)
  • Northumberland Park: 12 Waxwing on Trees by Roundabout at Junction of Brantwood road and Willoughby Lane but flighty. Flew W at 12.50 and not relocated afterwards. A few Holly trees nearby with some berries by Recreation ground so may come back. M and F Peregrine active and displaying around Gasometer by Ikea Edmonton at 1.10pm (Davey Leach).
  • NW8, Regent's canal: 1 Grey Wagtail, flushed from sidewalk (Maida Tunnel NE entrance); also a pair of Mandarin Ducks in the water (17:30). Mandarin Ducks seen often in the evenings (Daniel Bosch).
  • Rainham Marshes: 2cy Caspian Gull on landfill viewed from riverside footpath west of stone barges, plus total of 10-12 Yellow-legged Gulls on landfill/Wennington (some movement of individuals between the two adjacent areas); one distant 4cy Yellow-legged had a yellow ring with black code on the left leg, and may have been the same bird seen here back on 28 Dec 2012. Also today: Peregrine over landfill, plus 18 Grey Plover, c30 Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and 3 Eurasian Curlew in Aveley Bay, and a singing male Common Chiffchaff in scrub on edge of landfill (Dominic Mitchell). 1 summer plumage Water Pipit on stone barges, female Black Redstart on foreshore about halfway between rice factory & scaffolders yard (Tony Kennelly).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: 18 Fieldfares, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Jays, 70 Common Gulls, Song Thrush, half a dozen Goldfinches (Alan Hobson).
  • Rickmansworth: 1 male Smew on Inns Lake, helpfully in that part of the Colne Valley which is in London. Viewable from Springwell Lane (Martin Searle)
  • St James's Park: White Pelican doing his party trick of eating a Pigeon in front of horrified tourists (Andrew Self). Nice!
  • Walthamstow, E17: 21 Waxwing on perched on usual tree in King Edward Rd at 07:50, gone by 08:00 and have not yet returned. Berry source very depleted and local moggies out in force, so maybe they've moved on, to Mile End Park perhaps? I noticed yesterday that one of the birds was ringed (looked like green, yellow, white combination on left leg). Have emailed Grampian Ringing Group to see if it is one of the many they ringed in Nov/Dec. Their website is asking for people to keep an eye out for any ringed birds. Lol, they left about 3pm past 2 days and didn't return till the following morning. Not looking good today as they haven't been back since 8am but I will try and post updates if they return (Caroline Nash). Single Waxwing in usual spot at 11:50 for about an hour, and back again now 14:20 (CN).
  • Wanstead Flats: f Little Ringed Plover on drained part of Jub before (5th day), 2 Common Snipe, Fieldfare, Redwing, 4 Linnet, 1 calling Chiffchaff, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 5 Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark, 12 Shoveler, f Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Nick Croft/Tim Harris/Tony Brown)
  • Wanstead Park: 50 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing Wanstead golf course, 30 + Siskin, Lesser Redpoll over, 50 + Gadwall, 4 Pochard, Shoveler, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)

Thursday 4th April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Chiffchaff singing Conservation Area, also 15 Shoveler Wood Green Res (Bob Watts).
  • Burgess Park Southwark: 2 Red-crested Pochard on lake, goldcrest in Chumleigh Gardens, 2 Mistle Thrush and 1 Fieldfare on Glengall Road extension (Chris Elders)
  • Dulwich Park SE21: 8+ Redwing near shrubbery on field opposite cafe c.3pm (Priscilla Macpherson)
  • East India Dock Basin: female Black Redstart, Kestrel, 15 Shelduck, 24 Tufted Duck (John Archer).
  • Enfield: 44 Golden Plover, many acquiring summer-plumage, on ploughed field at Plumridge Farm; also 1 Woodcock, at Little Beechill Wood (Robert Callf).
  • Ewell Village (Lower Mill): 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 hybrid Canada x Greylag Goose (Neil Batten).
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: 5 Mandarin Duck (4 male), 19 Shoveler, pair of Red-crested Pochard, 2 adult Tawny Owl and a single owlet (more likely to be found over coming days), Meadow Pipit over, 9 Pied Wagtail, male Northern Wheatear (1 of yesterday's birds) on east side of Parade Ground 11:50 at least (still present 15:00), 34 Redwing, calling Chiffchaff, female Bullfinch at Hudson Memorial enclosure (D. McKenzie, P. Turner). Can you give any info on where in the park the Tawny Owls may be seen? (Derik Palmer). On Thursday, adults in tall evergreen in Flower Walk 50 m west of path behind Albert Memorial, visible from north side looking south into tree. One owlet in tree 8 m from north edge of walk, 20 m west of memorial path. Probably more owlets in bushes nearby, Magpies making a fuss. NB this was Thursday but expects them not to be too far away on Friday. Ralph Hancock
  • Ladywell fields: back of Lewisham hospital. 2 female & a male Mandarin duck, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher (T. Wilson).
  • Lewisham Hilly Fields: 12 Redwings (Phil Laurie)
  • Leyton Oliver Road/Orient Way: 1 Green Sandpiper in the Dagenham Brook, 6 Linnet (Stuart Fisher)
  • Little Britain Lake, Cowley UB8: Heronry - 11 nests; 7 with visible sitting birds, though others mostly probably in use. 1 old nest contained a f Mallard! A BTO Heronry Survey visit. 1 pr Gadwall. (Roger Dewey)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Little Gull 1st winter (on scrape and river a.m.), 1 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 6 Snipe, 2 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff, 41 Fieldfare (Adam Salmon)
  • Lower Chingford (Lower Hall Lane): 1 Sand Martin (James Palmer).
  • Mayesbrook Park, Barking: 2 Swallow (Ldn yr-1st) low, north over brook at 1235, c11 Waxwing still present in poplars AM. Also, 1m Brambling calling over flew into poplars at 1255, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Jay, 7 Redwing, 6 Teal (wetland), 1 alba-type Wagtail, NB 30 Waxwings still at 1440 outside 129 Upney Lane nearby (Peter Beckenham).
  • Orpington, Priory Gardens single drake Shoveler. Very at this location. (Charlie Carpenter)
  • Mile End Park: c30 Waxwings in sycamore Regent's Canal towpath at edge of park1.45pm (Neil Bowman)
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats early am: 2 Snipe on Leyton Flats, 8+ Siskin (Stuart Fisher)
  • Staines Reservoirs: summer plumage female Long-tailed Duck S Basin. Also Black-necked Grebe, Chiffchaff, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Water Pipit, Shelduck, Ringed Plover, Redshank, c.30 Goldeneye, 2 Reed Bunting and 2 Pintail (M Bournat et al)
  • Sutcliffe Park, Kidbrooke: Little Egret, 5 Common Snipe, 16 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Trent Park: 1 adult male Goosander, Lower Lake; 3(2m,1f) Pochard, Lower Lake; 6(3m,3f) Tufted Duck (Robert Callf).
  • Tyttenhanger GP : 2 Oystercatcher, Wheatear (m), Chiffchaff, c20 Lapwing. (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow, E17: Waxwings back for 4th day. 12 perched briefly in usual tree in King Edward Rd back garden (07:30). Presently (08:40) 21 are perched on their favourite aerial of house on Farnborough Ave. They were present in the usual tree next to the eucalyptus intermittently yesterday up to about 15:30 (Caroline Nash). Thanks for update Caroline, will have another go today though I know it's very hit & miss, any further updates much appreciated! (Lol B). Hi Lol. There's been c.10 hanging around most of today and present now (13:30), fairly sedentary in their usual tree and looking delightful in the snow. Should be visible from Queen Elizabeth Rd (Caroline N). Thanks, tried a couple of times at 15.30 & 17.00 but still no luck...(LB).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: The first annual Walthamstow Patchwatch Day is to be held on Saturday 27th April. Red Kite drifted NW over Billet Road E17 and Tottenham marshes at around 13.20 (thanks to Dave D-L for the heads up). Lockwood: 15 Wigeon made a short stopover at 13.00, 6 Teal, 10 Goldeneye (2 drakes), f Goosander, Skylark over (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: f Little Ringed Plover on drained part of Jub before flying north on to Police scrape (4th day), Common Snipe, 6 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 4 Linnet, Siskin, Reed Bunting, 1-2 singing Chiffchaff, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark, 12 Shoveler (Nick Croft/Tim Harris)
  • Waterloo Bridge : Peregrine heading overhead towards the Oxo Tower 5:46 (Ian R Watson)

Wednesday 3rd April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Teal still Conservation Pond (Dave Callahan per Bob Watts), also drake Aythya hybrid Tunnel Res, 15 Shoveler, 2 Greylag Wood Green Res, Chiffchaff singing Conservation Area (Bob Watts); This teal is reclusive in extreme except presumably in early mornings; I saw it first, once, weeks ago, but never since! (Jonathan Cooke)
  • Banstead SM7: adult male Black Redstart for its 14th day, feeding in front gardens along Warren Road (Steve Gale)
  • Brent Reservoir: Tawny Owl being chased by 2 Jays in allotments, 9 Snipe (Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park, SE 8: Mandarin, Sparrowhawk, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canary Wharf, East India Quay, 4 Great Black-backed Gulls on the water, Mute Swan on nest and Coot on nest. (Phil Laurie)
  • Charing Cross Hospital: 1 f intruding Peregrine Falcon around 3pm (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Chelsea Bridge wharf- Peregrine over, Grey Wagtail (Neil Anderson)
  • Enfield: Stone-curlew on stubble field at Plumridge Farm, W of Ash Wood, 11:05 - 11:12 hrs (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Enfield ( Hadley Rd / Jubilee Path): Skylark, c100+ Fieldfare, 3 Pheasant, Common Gull. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Ewell KT19 (Hogsmill Open Space): 3 Common Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Heron over, 11 Black-headed Gull (Neil Batten).
  • Hackney, E8: Pub on the Park Waxwings, 20 this morning eating the fruit on a tall non-'fruit' tree in the boules court - anyone able to ID the tree? Birds also retreating to Mare St side of railway tracks, to disused yard and side alley behind warehouse (Matthew Cunningham). 12.35 still present feeding on Black Poplar(?) buds but flew east towards MareStreet. 10 Redwing on grass north of playground adjacent to boules area (Jan Dobbie)
  • Hayes, Middx: 48 Waxwings junction of Roseville Rd and Coronation Rd, very flighty (Corinna Smart per W.Marks) Seen again this afternoon at 1500 (Paul and Sheila Provins per W.Marks)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: 2 Wheatear (Derek Turner); male Red-breasted Merganser (Ldn yr-1st; HertsBirding)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Shelduck south-west 10:40 (apparently 4 present briefly last Wednesday), pair of Mandarin Duck, c.650 Black-headed Gull (a high count for this time of year), c.40 Fieldfare, c.40 sub-singing Redwing, 2 male Northern Wheatear on renovated Parade Ground paddock (east of earth mounds & close to main public path & between bandstand and earth mounds), 2 singing Goldcrest, c.30 Chaffinch over, Linnet over (D. McKenzie, P. Turner).
  • Ilford - Fairway Gardens (just E of Ilford Lane): 30 Waxwing seen in back garden reported feeding on crab apple type fruit. Reported to me by non-birding friend but sighting seems valid (Nigel May).
  • Kingston Cemetery KT1: 21 Teal & 2 Coot on the Hogsmill (M Bournat)4
  • Lee Valley, Goosefields: Jack Snipe (Barry Jones)
  • Nunhead, SE15: 1 Meadow Pipit (uncommon here) flushed nr allotments on Borland Rd 0830. Also apparent passage of Chaffinch in area, c40 birds east in small flocks between 0800-0830 (P Beckenham/L Allcorn)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Redwing, 1 pr Mistle Thrush, 3 Chaffinch (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Paddington Green: Collared Dove & 2 Ring-necked Parakeet over (D. McKenzie).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 4 Redwing, pair of Little Owls mating on tree stump in full view of farmyard 19.40 (Wow; wish I'd had a camera!) (Andrew Lyburn)
  • Regent's Park: 4 Redwing ground-feeding near bird island, 10 Egyptian Geese, 2 Cormorant (James Hudson)
  • Richmond Park: 1 male Wheatear by riding ring, Holly Lodge (Hugh Bradshaw); Also, 4 Siskin at Pen Ponds, 4 Skylark on model aircraft field, 3 Redwing over at Ham Cross, 8 Mandarin in Isabella Plantation, and 1 Snipe in Dan's Valley. (M Bournat)
  • Sewardstone: Curlew calling and heading north up the Lee Valley at 08:50 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court/Leyton Flats: 4 Snipe off of Flats, Reed Bunting East, 13 Meadow Pipit, 152 Chaffinch east (mainly between 6:50 and 08:30, with 8 NW later, 7 Goldfinch, 8+ Siskin over, 4 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 4 migrant Song Thrush, Egyptian Goose on Court roof (possibly with young up there I wonder?) (Stuart Fisher)
  • South Norwood Lake: c10 Fieldfare, c12 Redwing, 1f Kestrel, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Staines Reservoir: Long-tailed Duck still late morning on south basin (Birdguides), sum. plum. Black-necked Grebe, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Samuel and Ephraim Perfect)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Snipe, 10 Fieldfare, Little Egret (Phil Laurie)
  • Trent Park: Goosander (m), 4 Cormorant, 5 Mute Swan, 5 Tufted Duck (3m 2f), 2 Mandarin (m f), 2 Canada Geese. ( Pete Lowman)
  • Walthamstow, E17: 20 Waxwings in garden of King Edward Rd briefly at 07:25 (spooked by E17 moggies). 4 back at 08:15 in same small tree by eucalyptus as yesterday. Still present now (08:37). Lol, sorry you missed them yesterday, neighbour started strimming her lawn and they buggered off about 18:15 (Caroline Nash). Just counted 36 in birch tree on Farnborough Ave. They are much flightier today but numbers have swelled (08:50)(Caroline Nash).
  • Wanstead Flats: Great White Egret flew west over Wanstead Flats towards Leyton (NC/Birdguides), Little Ringed Plover back on Police scrape from 14:00- (NC/Tony Brown Rob 'birdsiveseen', Stuart Fisher/DH); 8 Linnet, 100 + Chaffinch east, Reed Bunting, 4 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, 8 Skylark, 10 + Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, Kestrel, 11 Shoveler, Chiffchaff SSSI (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy/Steve Thorpe)
  • Wanstead Park: Water Rail, 4 Goldcrest (ST), 3 Teal, pr Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, pr Great Crested Grebe nest building and displaying, Sparrowhawk, 20 Chaffinch east, 10 + Siskin (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe/Dan Hennessy); m Common Redpoll (Brandon Anderson)

Tuesday 2nd April 2013Edit

  • Aldgate: Woodcock circled around the Travelodge and headed towards Petticoat Lane at 10:30. (Charlie Farrell)
  • Alexandra Park: Teal still Conservation Pond, also 15 Shoveler & 2 Greylag Wood Green Res (Bob Watts).
  • Bankside SE1: remains of wader found on front lawn of Tate Modern 1pm, presumed to be a Woodcock predated by local Peregrines (P Beckenham, T Wileman, R Woolley)
  • Blackheath: 1 Chiffchaff at Whitfield's Mount, 4 Tufted Ducks and 2 Mute Swans at Princess of Wales pond (Joe Beale).
  • Brookmill Park, SE 8: Mandarin, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, nestbuilding Greenfinch (Conrad Ellam)
  • Charing Cross Hospital: 1 to 3 intruding Peregrine Falcon (or same 2 or 3 times between 11 and 1.30) (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Cranford CP (J3 M4): c30 Waxwings in tops of trees at back of old stable block from 1350-1415. Flew over M4 towards Hayes. I was told by local dog walker they've been seen here since Friday and are roosting on the aerials in Roseville Road, Hayes. Despite walking up and down Roseville Road I could not re-locate them (W.Marks)
  • Crayford, Thames Road Wetland/ Stanham Farm: TRW - 1 Water Rail (heard), 1 male Teal, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch. Farm - 3m, 2f teal. (Chris Rose).
  • Enfield: Stone-curlew flew from arable field at Park Farm then later seen over a stubble field at adjacent Plumridge Farm before flying off low to southwest (Birdguides)
  • Ewell Village: 1 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Kingfisher, 24 Black-headed Gull still present (they have usually left by mid-March) Neil Batten)
  • Golders Green: Cockatiel, white with pale green flight feathers and crest, Golders Gardens {James Levy).
  • Greenford (North): m Blackcap back on feeders in garden today. (David Pierrepont)
  • Greenwich Park: Siskins heard several times, Redwings still around showing well, 1 Meadow Pipit east, pr Green Woodpeckers yaffling, Long-tailed Tit nest being completed (Joe Beale)
  • Hackney E8: 12 Waxwings eating bugs (not berries) from buds in a tree beside the Pub on the Park, London Fields, at 9.15am. Also 6 Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrush, Goldfinch, Greenfinch. 4 Waxwings still in same tree at 7pm. Everything else had sodded off, though. (Matthew Cunningham)
  • Horsenden Hill Greenford UB6: Little Owl, 3 Snipe, pr Shoveler (all on Paradise Fields), briefly singing Chiffchaff. ( Martin Smith)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 21 Shoveler, vocal Curlew north over Kensington Palace 09:14, 52 Common Gull, 6 Meadow Pipit over, 23 Fieldfare, at least 35 Redwing, Nuthatch, 4-5 singing Treecreeper, 2 Jackdaw in trees by Round Pond, c30 Goldfinch (D. McKenzie).
  • Kew Gardens: 10 Waxwings over at 3pm flying east. 5 Siskin (Oscar Dewhurst).
  • Kingston (Hogsmill River between Penrhyn Rd and the waste treatment facility): 5 Waxwing by Villiers Rd at 0730 before flying E, 14 Chiffchaff, 3 Teal, 9 Redwing N, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Siskin over (Andrew Skotnicki).
  • Paddington Green: Peregrine Falcon p.m., several Siskin heard passing over 06:40 (D. McKenzie).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, pr of Reed Buntings, Goldcrest, half a dozen Goldfinches, 3 Mistle Thrushes, Song Thrush, Pheasant (Alan Hobson)
  • Richmond Park: Male Ring Ouzel south of Ham Cross in the 4 oaks 2 pm (Chris Turner); 2 Little Owl, 4 Siskin (Pen Ponds) (Simon Osborn)
  • Streatham Common: 1pm, 5 Waxwings in tall trees eating buds opposite Hopton road on Streatham North (WilboJohnson).
  • Staines Moor: 2 Water Pipit along the Colne, Red Kite, 3 Chiffchaff.(Jim Sweetland)
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 f. Long-tailed Duck 10.45, 1 Black-necked Grebe, both S.Basin (Simon Osborn). 1 f Long-tailed Duck still on south basin 6.15pm-7.15pm (Neil Randon).
  • Tooting Bec Common (north end), SW12: c 20-30 Redwing (usual spot on damp ground by railway, just SE of footpath-exit to Fontenoy Rd), 1 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Greenfinch (Nick Granger-Taylor).
  • Trent Park: 1 adult male Goosander, Lower Lake, 12:00 hrs (Robert Callf). Also 7 Cormorant, 5 Mute Swan, 4 Tufted Duck (2m 2f), 10 Canada Goose, 2 Mandarin (m).( Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow E17: 20 Waxwings back again, feeding on berries in back garden on Farnborough Ave and perching on aerials at 07:30. Still around at 09:00 and berries still available (Caroline Nash). Hi Caroline, whereabouts along the road are they, and can I see them from the street? Thanks, Lol Bodini ;o) Hi Lol, they've been perching on a silver birch tree and aerial near 35 Farnborough Ave, reckon you might see them from there! CN. They are still here but not easy to see from street, but if you stand on Queen Elizabeth Rd and look at back yards between Farnborough Ave and King Edward Rd, they are sitting in a small tree next to my neighbour's enormous eucalyptus tree. Good luck! CN. thank you Caroline, I got to see them at 18:00-entirely down to your kind response (Frank Nugent). Unfortunately not there on a half hour visit at 18.30. Pls could u post on here with a time if they show up again tomorrow...they're generally v elusive in E17! Thanks (Lol B).
  • Wanstead Flats: Little Ringed Plover till 07:30 when it flew north (Dan Hennessy); back at 09:48 flyng around towards Jub, no further sign thereafter (Nick Croft); Common Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, singing Chiffchaff (Tony Brown)
  • Worcester Park: 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail, Beverley Brook, Green Lane 09.00 (Simon Osborn)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 3 Siskin, 4 Jackdaw, 5+ Redwing, 3+ Fieldfare, c5 Meadow Pipit (1 displaying) (Charlie Farrell)

Monday 1st April 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Wheatear male Filter Beds, 16 Shoveler, 2 Greylag Wood Green Res, 3 Fieldfare, 10+ Redwing, Meadow Pipit south (Bob Watts).
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 2 singing Chiffchaff, 6 Shelduck, 111 Teal (Charlie Farrell)
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Dunlin in East Marsh but flew N at 10.30, also singing Chiffchaff, pair of Shelduck (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park, SE 8: Mandarin, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin (Conrad Ellam)
  • Clapham Common: 1 male Wheatear on grass by fair ground (Michael Mac).
  • Clapton E5: House Martin over house at 19.20hrs (David Collins)
  • Crossness: drake Garganey in paddocks till 11:30am then flushed by horses and flew NW, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Plovers, 13 Black-tailed Godwits, Curlew, 16 Oystercatchers (John Archer).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 4 Black-tailed Godwit on the slack from 4:13pm - 6:04pm at least, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 12 Wigeon, 2 Shelduck, 4 Jackdaw, 4+ Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest both showing at very close range in sun trap, Cetti's Warbler calling, 1 dead breeding plumaged Great Crested Grebe. ( VH-F, Dawn Read ,Gary,S.Drake & Alan Bell ).
  • Ealing (Walpole Park): from BBS survey 10 Redwing (2 singing), 9 Fieldfare, pr Mistle Thrush, territorial Nuthatch, singing Goldcrest (Neil Anderson)
  • East Barnet: Siskin, Blackcap (m) on garden feeders today (Pete lowman)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: Kestrel, 7 Shelduck (Charlie Farrell)
  • Enfield Ridgeway: 15-20 Waxwings in trees by Robin Hood pub 9.40 and 12.10 (Brian Dawton)
  • Fairlop Waters: Male Wheatear on golf course, 1 Curlew over flying north, 46 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 5 Pochard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gadwall, 2 Common Snipe, singing Blackcap, 3 Redwing, 1 Little Owl, 1 Grey Heron (Steve Bacon)
  • Greenford UB6: m Blackcap in garden (Neil Anderson)
  • Hackney E8: 27 Waxwing in tall tree at Eleanor Road end of London Fields near childrens playground at 7pm then flew towards Wilton Way (Paul Morris)
  • Hackney Marshes: Little Owl seen and calling opposite Spitafields market adjacent to R. Lea (Paul Whiteman)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 4 Greylag Goose x Canada Goose hybrids, Barnacle Goose (uo), male Mandarin Duck, 24 Shoveler, male Red-crested Pochard, 1-2 Sparrowhawk, 17 Grey Heron being hand-fed with cheese, 37 Herring Gull, 3 vocal Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (2 drumming), 6 Pied Wagtail, c.30 Blackbird, c.40 Redwing (lots of subsong), calling Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 6-7 Coal Tit, 2 singing Treecreeper, Jackdaw in trees by Hudson Memorial (D. McKenzie).
  • KGV Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, White Wagtail, m Wheatear (all late afternoon) (Martin Shepherd); also pr summer plumage Black-necked Grebe, 8 Goosander (3 ad male  5 female), 70 Wigeon, 25+ Goldeneye, 20 Shoveler (David Bradnum); Long-Tailed Duck ( N. Basin) (Tony Clancy); 11:00hrs north end of the S basin 1 (f) Scaup (Neville Smith & John ?)
  • Kingston (Canbury Gardens): 2 Mandarin Duck, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Siskin (Spencer Neal)
  • London Wetland Centre (WWT, Barnes): 3 Black-tailed Godwits - stayed almost 2 hrs and flew off down river, Redshank, Mandarin (Angus Innes); Yellow Wagtail, Meadow Pipit (per AI)
  • Northolt and Greenford CP: 13 Snipe (scrape), 6 Redwing (Neil Anderson)
  • Paddington Green: Peregrine Falcon on Metropole Hotel a.m. (D. McKenzie).
  • Rainham Marshes: Green Sandpiper flew up from pool by dump as I walked along path alongside Coldharbour Lane, single female Black Redstart on Ferry Lane in detritus on the river bank (Andrew McCafferty); male and female Black Redstart showing well - 11am at end of Ferry Lane below river wall, near Adult Mediterranean Gull flew over Stone Barges at 16.35. (Davey Leach)
  • Richmond TW10 (Ham House): Egyptian Goose newly-hatched gosling with parents; (Ham- Grey Court School Playing Field): 20 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing; (Ham- King George's Field): 39 Fieldfare; (Ham Lands LNR): 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, 2 Redwing, Fieldfare, Coal Tit (Spencer Neal)
  • Richmond Park: male Ring Ouzel still present early PM amongst group of 4 Oak trees S of Ham Cross plantation (Louis Freeland-Haynes); No sign of said Ouzel by early evening, 1 male Northern Wheatear (Riding Ring), 1 Stonechat, 3 Kestrel, calling Little Owl (Bill Dykes); Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (f) + 2 treecreepers in Ham Cross Plantation (3pm) but no sign of ring ouzel, 11 waxwings in Isabella Plantation (Dale Hammond);. Reed Bunting (m) in Hawthorn Valley (Linda Ashken)
  • Southgate: 3 Siskin in garden. Good record for this part of London and in April. (T Donegan and B Huertas).
  • South Harrow: Mixed flock of about a dozen Siskin & Goldfinch in South Hill Avenue (Michael Robinson)
  • Spitalfields Market/Leyton marsh: Woodcock 08:45 circled then flew low North. (Paul Whiteman)
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 Long-tailed Duck (S. Basin), 1 Slavonian Grebe (S. Basin), 1 Red-throated Diver (S. Basin until 08.05 when it flew & dropped down onto KGV1 Res), 1 Red Kite, 1 Little Ringed Plover. (Bob Warden, A. Luscombe, et al); 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Wheatear, 7 Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker (Don Nicholson); Red-throated Diver flew above level of KGVI briefly around 17:30, 7-9 Little Ringed Plover, 40 + Goldeneye (Nick Croft)
  • Trent Park: 5 Mute Swan, Teal (m), 15 Tufted Duck (10m 5f), 4 Canada Geese, Pochard(f), 2 Cormorant, 2 Song Thrush ( Pete Lowman).
  • Totteridge Valley: c550 Starlings at Ellern Mede Farm; c230 Redwings (110 Frith Manor, 70 Highwood Hill, 50 Ellern Mede); c150 Fieldfare (30 Highwood Hill, 120 Ellern Mede); Siskin; 33 Lapwing (inc. 32 over); c60 Common Gull; 12 Black-headed Gull; Little Owl; Sparrowhawk; 12 Teal at Darlands Lake; 2 Mandarin; 2 Blackcap (Ian Ellis).
  • Upper Norwood: 18 Waxwing in trees in Telford Close and feeding on few remaining berries behind flats on St Aubyn's Road @ 13:50 but not there at 17:10 (Andy Holden)
  • Victoria Park, E3: 70 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing, 8 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush and 33 Blackbirds among 40 spp (Harry Harrison)
  • Walthamstow E17: 20 Waxwings feeding on cotoneaster berries in back garden of house on Farnborough Avenue. Spooked by sparrowhawk, 2 Egyptian geese over (Caroline Nash).
  • Walthamstow Marsh: Small party of Siskin, some singing in area backing onto filter beds (Paul Whiteman); Also 1 Wheatear, 1 House Martin (Marcus Mitchell).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood: 3 Avocet, 1 Curlew (Stuart Fisher); Lockwood: Wheatear & Curlew; West Warwick: Slavonian Grebe (David Bradshaw)
  • Wanstead Flats: Little Ringed Plover on Police scrape from 10:00 onwards, 7 Linnet, 10 Fieldfare, 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5 Skylark (Nick Croft et al)
  • Wanstead Park: sizeable group of Siskins singing and feeding (Jean-Patrick Elmes).
  • Wanstead, private garden: 2 m Siskin (Chris Legge).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: singing Chiffchaff (1st of the year), m Stonechat, 2 Greylag Goose (over), 2 Mallard (over), c15 Meadow Pipit (inc 1+ Displaying), c4 Redwing. (The Scrubbers).

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