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APRIL 2015 News

Thursday 30th April 2015 Edit

  • Bermondsey SE1: Kestrel over at 1215 flying S - the first I've seen around here for a very long time (John Cadera)
  • Brent Reservoir: pair Shelduck, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 16 Common Tern, 3 Swift, Swallow, Garden Warbler (John Gravatt, Andrew Verrall, Steve Leeke).
  • Black Park: 8 Mandarin and Raven (C Lamsdell)
  • Harrow Recreation Ground (HA1): 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Blackcap (Shailesh Patel)
  • Kensington Gardens: Ring Ouzel (0838) (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • Hilly Fields Park, Enfield: 2 Bullfinch pr incl female carrying nesting material (Robert Callf)
  • King George V Res: 12 Swift, 25 Arctic Tern, 20 Common Tern, 2 Little Ringed Plover , 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Hobby, many Hirundines (Tony Clancy); at dusk north basin total c120 Common and Arctic (25+?) Terns, 4 Hobby hawking insects, 7 Common Sandpipers, 1 Dunlin (Andrew Middelton).
  • Ladywell Fields (SE13): Abundant Song Thrush, 8-10 singing - thought it worth noting given recent declines (AS) Song Thrush may still be present in usual numbers in green spaces- it's those of residential areas that may have declined (JW
  • Minet CP: Whinchat (on fence in SE corner adjacent to Yeading Football Club), 5 Little Egret (in Flood Relief Channel), 1 Little Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 16 Blackcap, 24 Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 15 Goldfinch, 14 Linnet (Dave Bookless)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, singing Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 19 Stock Dove, 19 Canada Goose & 54 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park: 3 Mistle Thrush on grass near Macclesfield Bridge this am (John Colmans). Scaup pr were on the lake, the male is the Hyde bird and paired with a Tufted Duck, Shelduck still with 9 ducklings, 3 or 4 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, Willow Warbler, pr Reed Buntings (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond: 2 Common Sandpiper on Thames shoreline at Ham between Teddington Lock and Thames Young Mariners 4:30 pm (Mike Foster)
  • St James's Park: Reed Warbler at the small reedbed between Horse Guards Parade and the Cafe (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Sanderling. 6 Little Egret early am only. (Bob Warden per FJM) 7 Wheatear, 5 White Wagtail, 3 Dunlin (Twitter)
  • Tooting Common: 8 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Cormorant, 2 Egyptian Goose (James Hudson)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Lesser Whitethroat singing in the bushes between the Flood Relief Channel and the railway line at 18:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Flats: m Wheatear, 2 Hobby, 2 Kestrel, Swift,4 Swallow, 3 House Martin, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 4-5 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Linnet, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan) Common Redstart, Whinchat, Peregrine Falcon (Josh Selfe)
  • Wanstead Park: Little Egret, 2 Gadwall, 2 Lesser Whitethroat,singing Goldcrest (Nick Croft)

Wednesday 29th April 2015 Edit

  • Barking Creek: Adult Iceland Gull (at creek mouth then on filter beds), 1st summer Med. Gull, c.40 Common, 1 Black and 2 Arctic Terns - most of terns flying upriver (N P Senior)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 1 Sanderling, 1 Great White Egret, 1 2nd-summer Iceland Gull, 2 Common Tern, 30+ Swallow, 4-5 Common Sandpiper (Peter Alfrey, BFBG) Pics here [1]
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, Lapwing, 14 Common Tern, 40+ Swift, 7 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, Garden Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler (Andrew Verrall); Neasden Rec side (lunchtime) - Lesser Whitethroat, singing Garden Warbler, 2 territorial Whitethroats, 14 Common Tern (Davey Leach); 28 Common Tern & Dunlin in evening (Andrew Self).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Wheatears (on old ammo works, at last), 22 Shelduck, male Marsh Harrier, 1 Redshank, 4 Common Tern, 2 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Corn Bunting near Darent barrier (Ian Stewart)
  • Crossness: Pair Egyptian Geese on old driving range, 56+ Gadwall, c70 Shelduck, 15 Teal, Kestrel, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 6+ Common Tern, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat by old driving range, Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 male Peregrine, 1 male Little Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling (Blackwall Beach), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 3rd summer Yellow-legged Gull (Blackwall Beach), 4 Common Terns (displaying, presumably the two pairs occupying the rafts in recent days), 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Linnets, 1 Common Seal (N P Senior)
  • Ewell, Priest Hill: 2 Whinchat, 5 Northern Wheatear (Steve Gale)
  • Hampstead Heath: Cuckoo calling near Kenwood at 08:47 (Sarah Wyn-Jones); Cuckoo still at 18:30 (Frank Nugent).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Nightingale (Paul Hawkins)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 3+ singing Willow Warbler (a couple of these def inately grounded migrants), Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat (first of the year), 5 Great Crested Grebe, Kingfisher (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Kittiwake NE, 3 Dunlin - 2 west & 1 grounded, female Blue-headed Wagtail (R.Kaye) 3 Shelduck flew off W, 2 Mandarin, 2 Red-crested Pochard - pair, Hobby, 2+ Little Ringed Plover, 4 Snipe, 6+ Redshank, Arctic Tern W, 30+ Black-headed Gull - c.15 nesting pairs, Yellow-legged Gull 2cy, 29 Stock Dove on adjacent playing fields, 2+ Swift, 20 Swallow, 20+ House Martin, 10 Yellow Wagtail, Linnet NE (R.Kaye, J.Kalvins, J.Wilczur) Mid to late afternoon, 1f Whinchat on the west side of the grazing marsh, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin still present (Martin Honey)
  • Pinner Park Farm: male Whinchat (probable adult), female Wheatear, 3 Common Buzzard, Little Owl, 2 Swallow through, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Stock Dove, 17 Canada Goose, 2 Grey Heron & 70 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Pectoral Sandpiper on target pools c13.35 (Twitter per A Tweed)
  • Regent's Park: m Scaup w/ f tuftie on main lake 08:20-12:30 at least, 2 Common Sandpiper, Swift, Garden Warbler nr children's playgrd area 3, 2m Sedge Warbler boathouse reedbed a5 (RPBirders)
  • Richmond Park: 4 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear - including a dark (melanistic?) bird- Lawn Field, Common Sandpiper (J. Cass, S. Read per JW) Lesser Whitethroat singing in gorse (M. Lewis) no sign of dark Wheatear mid p.m. (J.Wilczur, F. Maroevic)
  • St James's Park: 2 Grey Wagtail on the roof of Duck Island Cottage this morning (Frank Nugent).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine low through gardens Sparrowhawk-style, breathtaking stuff (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: Whinchat (5) in NW corner, and Hobby, 6.30pm (Graeme Charles)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Great Northern Diver summer plumage early am at least. (Bob Warden per FJM). Little Tern and 7 Arctic Terns (C Lamsdell) Little Tern, flew on to KGV1 at 15.20, 6 Little Ringed Plover,2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear. (JimSweetland)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Grebe, Little Egret, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler (Conrad Ellam)
  • Swanley Park: Common Sandpiper,(4th record in 20+ yrs) Grey Wagtail. Canada Goose nest predated 2 days short of hatching...again(Andy Meaton)
  • Thamesmead- Thamesmere lake: Singing Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff with another Lesser Whitethroat on wasteground opposite Aldi, Swallow, 5+ Sand Martin and 5+ House Martin overhead, several Coot broods (Ian Stewart)
  • Tripcock Ness (south side of Thames opposite Barking Creek): adult Iceland Gull flew in from east and settled on river 17.00, Arctic Tern flew low upriver, c50 Common Tern east of Barking Creek feeding on Essex side of river, 3+ Whitethroat, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Wandsworth Common: circling Buzzard mobbed by pr Crows over nearby Nightingale House gardens early pm (Neil Anderson)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Whinchat, Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 f Wheatear, 2 singing Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, m Pochard, 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Swallow (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: singing Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, 2 f Sparrowhawk, Lesser Whitethroat, pr of Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe (Dan Hennessy/Nick Croft)
  • West Harrow: female Northern Wheatear in West Harrow Rec 07:45, seen from my bedroom window - house tick! (Alex Massey)

Tuesday 28th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Yellow Wagtail heard 07:02 (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: Early am 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Garden Warbler; afternoon same waders + Green Sandpiper, 18 Common Tern, Common Buzzard SE 13.05, 2 Swallow, 4 Reed Warbler (Andrew Self am, Andrew Verrall pm) Hobby over Neasden Rec then flew N over Dam-13.50 (Davey Leach)
  • Crayford Marshes: Pair Shoveler, pair Teal, Gadwall, 2 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel,34 Dunlin, 26 Common Tern, 3 Stock Dove, Little Owl, 4 Skylark, 6 Swallow, White Wagtail, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, 4 Cetti's Warbler, Sedge warbler, 6 Reed warbler, 18 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 9 Greenfinch, (Ralph Todd)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1m Whinchat on grazing marsh, 4 Common Snipe, 4 Common Tern, 2 lingering Swallows, Kestrel hunting over grazing marsh, 2 (probably 4) Little Ringed Plover (pair seen mating), at least 6 Redshank (several pairs seen mating), 2 Garden Warbler, 2 pr Reed Bunting, singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Reed and Sedge Warblers (Martin Honey) Late sighting of a Bittern on the grazing marsh (WWT website)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Red-footed Falcon reported at 12:42 (Birdguides)
  • Rammey Marsh: Little Egret, Kingfisher (James Palmer)
  • Richmond Park: Red Kite -> SW over Sidmouth Wood at 18.30, gaining height; 5 Swallows, Upper Pen Pond; Whinchat in Lawn Field bracken (S.Czapski)
  • Staines Moor: Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby and 4 Whinchat (C Lamsdell)
  • Staines Reservoir: 3 Black-Necked Grebe, 5 Dunlin, Hobby, Little Gull, 3 Little Ringed Plover 8 Swift, Wheatear. (Jim Sweetland )
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: pr Red-crested Pochard, Little Egret, Common Sandpiper (West res), 2 Swallow, c15 House Martin, Cetti’s Warbler (TeRNS)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Common Whitethroat sub singing Scrapyard Meadow (Bob Watts)
  • Trellick Tower W10 m Peregrine Falcon 07:00(F.O'Sullivan)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 female Ring Ouzel north, 1 Yellow Wagtail north & 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat (The Scrubbers & Paul Ward)
  • Wanstead Flats: m Whinchat, m Wheatear, 4 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 4-5singing Lesser Whitethroat, singing Garden Warbler, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 7 Shelduck east, 2 Egyptian Goose, pr Pochard, 5 Little Grebe, 4 singing Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 3 Linnet (Nick Croft/Tim Harris/Bob Vaughan) Hobby 12.35 (Bob Vaughan), 2 Hobby, 3 Wheatear (2m), Whinchat (m) (Tony Brown)
  • Wanstead Park: 8 Shelduck (Dan Hennessy)
  • Woodford Bridge: Hobby flew past my flat. Also Blackcap and Whitethroat across the road in Claybury Park. (Alan Hobson).
  • Enfield Town (Chase Green, EN2): 5 Mistle Thrush pr feeding three large chicks in nest and consuming faecal sacs - almost ready to fledge, 4 Goldfinch two prs (Robert Callf)

Monday 27th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite west 0715 (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard north 12.55, Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 10 Common Tern, Swallow, Garden Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler (Andrew Verrall)
  • Blackheath: 2 Sparrowhawks, Whitethroat at Vanbrugh Pits, Flock of Sand Martins and Swallows low N, fast, early on -around 6 or 7 Sand Martins and the rest Swallows, later 2-3 Swallows, 2 Buzzards high W pm (Joe Beale)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • EC2 Alpha male Black Redstart (not singing) on unspecified roof, photographed (Ken Murray)
  • East Finchley: Yellow Wagtail flushed from Cycle Path and flew S over A406 - 18.00 (Davey Leach).
  • Gallions Reach: Common Sandpiper (KJMcmanus)
  • Greenwich Park: early am- Little Egret SE, 3 Yellow Wagtails dropped in briefly, Swallow N, Cuckoo N, Whitethroat singing, Garden Warbler still (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2 Little Egrets going SE 0700hrs, Blackcap 4 singing males, Whitethroat, Linnet 4, Ecology Park Common Tern 3 (There are 5 pairs on the rafts) Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler 3 Blackcap 2 (Richard Green)
  • Hall Place North: Bexley - Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2pr Jackdaw (Ralph Todd)
  • Leyton Flats: 1 possibly 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat (SF/Mike Messenger) singing Willow Warbler, 3 Great crested Grebe, Swallow NW, pr Little Grebe on Hollow Pond (Stuart Fisher)
  • Lewisham: Swallow n 8.45 (Conrad Ellam)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Peregrine (CX Hospital) 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, 2 Common Tern, 5 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Cettis Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap (Martin Twycross) 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard flying NW, 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Common Snipe, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 6 (+?) Redshank, 6 Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 9 Swallow, 3 Common Tern, 2m 1f Reed Bunting, 4 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1m 1f Yellow Wagtail (Martin Honey)
  • Minet CP: 1 Hobby (chasing a Sparrowhawk), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 19 Common Whitethroat, 16 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Little Egret (Dave Bookless)
  • Netherhouse Farm: Grasshopper Warbler, Cuckoo (Martin Shepherd)
  • Petts Wood, Orpington: Black Redstart at bird bath and garden lawn - photographed - (Eddie Morse)
  • St James's Park: Common Buzzard over S at 14:40 and a Grey Wagtail on Duck Island (Frank Nugent).
  • Stanwell Moor: 3 Cetti's Warbler,2 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat.(Jim Sweetland)
  • Staines Moor: Garden Warbler, Red Kite, Reed Warbler, 2 Whinchat, (Jim Sweetland)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Black-necked Grebe S basin. 18 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 1 White Wagtail N basin. 1 Little Egret flew W 19.30 12 Common Tern KG VI gantry. (Franko J Maroevic et al)
  • Tooting Common: 14 Blackcap (12m, 2f), 6 Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, 2 Egyptian Goose (James Hudson) (also late news from Saturday 25th of a Cuckoo calling in Bedford Wood). Red Kite over, heading W, 7.10pm (Nick Granger-Taylor).
  • Trent Park: 4 Treecreeper two prs Rough Lot (Robert Callf/Robin White)
  • Wanstead Flats: Redshank (B Bishop), 30 + Swallow, 7 House Martin, Sand Martin, 6 singing Lesser Whitethroat, GardenWarbler, Willow Warbler, no sign Wood Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, Rook, 6 LittleGrebe, 7 Shelduck, 3 Egyptian Goose, 10 + Linnet, Reed Bunting andamass clear out of chats (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Red Kite (10:30), 2 Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat, Collared Dove (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • The Warren Bexleyheath: 4 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker,6 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (Ralph Todd)
  • Whitings Hill/Arkley South fields 4.30-5.30pm: Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, 2 Swallow, a pair of Buzzards mating, Rapeseed field: Female Wheatear and female Whinchat (David Martens)

Sunday 26th April 2015Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 15 Barn Swallow, 2 House Martin Wood Green Res, 1 possibly 2 Common Whitethroat (Paul Rawlins, Bob watts) 5 Swallows on reservoir 12.15. Same? 1 or 2 Common Whitethroats ballancing pond 12.00. (Greg Smith)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 1 Hobby, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 14 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Snipe, 2 'Commic Tern', 2 Skylark, 4 Sand Martin, 60+ Swallow, 6 House Martin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Tree Pipit, 4 White Wagtail, 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 37 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Wheatear and 2 Whinchat (Peter Alfrey, BFBG) pics here [2]
  • Biggin Hill (bottom of footpath between Jail Lane and West Kent GC): Pair of Marsh Tit (Skinner)
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Arctic Terns, 10 Dunlin throuugh [7+3], Oystercatcher, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Common Tern, 8 Swift, 50 Swallow, 10 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, Wheatear, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat & Little Egret (Brent Birders)
  • Brompton Cemetery: Blackbird carrying food (Matt Reed).
  • Crossness: Red Kite 09:40, Hobby, (Belvedere Station), Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, Greenshank, Common Tern,1 Swift, 8 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 3 male Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 5 Whitethroat (George Kalli et al LNHS Walk)
  • EC2 St.Mary's-St.Agnes Church, Noble St. singing Sedge Warbler! at 6.45am and 9am photographed.(Charles Fentiman & Ken Murray)
  • Fairlop:male Whinchat.Little Egret,Reed Warbler,15 Yellow Wagtails(Alan Bell).
  • Gallions Reach: Iceland Gull (adult), Marsh Harrier male, 3 Arctic Terns, 7 Dunlin, 21 Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat. (Gary A James & Paul Davis).(Is Gallions Reach the area by the transmitter mast round to the dock crossings on the capital ring walk?) (Gallions Reach has apage on the wiki with details of the area).
  • Hampstead Heath: Lesser Whitethroat in the hedge alongside the path from the Lido to the Hill at 06:45, 4 singing Willow Warbler [top of Hedge one, top of Hedge 2 , opp running track and at Sanctuary Pond], Common Whitethroat also at Hedge 2, Grey Wagtail on Hampstead 1 Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • Hornsey: Little Egret north along Priory Road towards Muswell Hill 1840 (Bob Watts)
  • King George v reservoir 8 wheatear 6 m 2 f, 9 common sandpiper, lrp 3 dunlin 8 yellow wags 30 mixed arctic and common tern many hirudines mainly swallow and sand martins( Brian Dawton)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, Hobby, Little Egret, Whimbrel west 07.50, 3 Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover tundra race, 11 Dunlin, Jack Snipe, Snipe, 2 Common Tern, Arctic Tern Main Lake then flew N 08.20, 3 Swift, 28 Stock Dove, 23 Swallow including transitiva type, 2 Blue-headed Wagtail, 16 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Wheatear Greenland, Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler (R.Kaye & S.Fogg) At least 26 Yellow Wagtail, plus 1 White Wagtail, 1 Ringed Plover and 1 Dunlin (summ. plum.) present at close-down (18.00). Peregrine on Ch. X. Hospital (Martin Honey)
  • Margravine Cemetery: singing Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit bringing food to nest (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Pinner Park Farm: Little Owl, 2 Wheatear v.accom m + f thks JR (Dan Pinkham) - thanks Dan, I can now have a day off! :) (JR).
  • Regent's Park: Shelduck pair with 9 ducklings still, Coot juvenile with at least 11 other nests (Matt Reed).
  • Rotherhithe: singing Lesser Whitethroat Russia Dock Woodland (Richard Bonser)
  • Staines Moor: Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Blackcap, ReedWarbler, Sedge Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting, Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush, Linnet, Green Woodpecker, Little Egret, Hobby (J & B Francik). 1 Tree Pipit (displaying) (Paul Goodman)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Little Gull N basin. (Ken Purdey, Rob Innes, Franko J Maroevic) evng visit. Arctic Tern (50+), Dunlin (50+), Common Sandpiper (1), Shelduck, Shoveler, Swallow (3+) (J & B Francik). 100 Swift plus House Martins and Sand Martins, 6 Common Sandpiper and 1 Redshank (Paul Goodman)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 1 Blackcap singing in The Glade, 1 Green Woodpecker (Neil Batten).
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: 14:00: 2nd cal year Iceland Gull in old training area/car park near Greenway with Herring and Lesser Black backs till 14:23 when it flew North over Old Ford along Canal, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow Wagtail North, 3 Common Whitethroat, singing Reed Warbler, 2 Common Tern, Little Egret (Stuart Fisher)
  • Swanley Park : 2 Sparrowhawk, Grey wagtail, 2 Swallows, Mistle Thrush with 4 young, first Mallard broods of 2 & 9. (Andy Meaton)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Pheasant calling, Buzzard, 6+ Lapwing, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Skylark, 2 Grey Wagtail pr, Meadow Pipit, 2 perched Swallow by stable Sharvel Lane (previously bred here but not last year), 3 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 8 singing Whitethroat, 8 singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff, f Wheatear, Rook, m Reed Bunting, m Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Thorney CP: 2 Common Terns arrived today, 3 Reed Warblers, 4 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcaps, 7 Cormorants 2 Jays, Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush. Song Thrush. (Sue Giddens)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: fem Whinchat at lower end of path to Totteridge Long Ponds, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Swallows,6 singing Whitethroat, 10 singing Blackcap, 13 singing Chiffchaff, Kestrel, Lapwing, 2 drake Mandarin, Treecreeper (John Colmans)
  • Walthamstow AWPW3: Daylist here [3] cumulative 83 species recorded, a new day record for the patch. (Paul Whiteman, et considerably al, please add your names)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Wheatear (both female) on patch of bare ground on main marsh across from Leaside Canoe Club, 3 - 4 singing Sedge Warbler near the boardwalk and in the reeds north of the railway line, 2 Egyptian Geese on the canal, all around 09:30. Common Whitethroats now out-singing the Blackcaps on this patch. 1 male Whinchat, north end of Bomb Crater Field at 17:45. 5 Red-Crested Pochards (4 male, 1 female) on the canal above the black bridge (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Flats: Wood Warbler still singing Motorcycle Wood (still at 17:00), SSSI Garden Warbler there too, 5 singing Lesser Whitehroat, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher (Tim Harris), 3 Ringed Plover, f Ring Ouzel (Nick Croft), 7 Northern Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, Common Snipe, Shelduck, 3 Egyptian Goose, f Pochard, Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet, 4 singing Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, 6 Skylark, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Wanstead Birders et al) Short-eared Owl (Conrad Ellam 13:40)
  • Wanstead Park: Sedge Warbler early doors on Roding, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Little Egret, 2 Gadwall, pr of Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wimbledon Common: pair of Hobbies, Firecrest, two Northern Wheatear (David Wills).

Saturday 25th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 1 Sand Martin, W G Res., 9:35 am, 1 singing Common Whitethroat, Balancing Pond (Gareth Richards).
  • Beddington Farmlands: Woodlark over (Glenn Jones), 1 Whimbrel, 2nd-summer Iceland Gull, 1 Red Kite, 1 Hobby, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 LRP, 1 Greenshank, 15 Swallow, 30 Sand Martin, 1 Wheatear, 20+ Whitethroat, 20+ Blackcap, 7 Reed Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler (Peter Alfrey, BFBG)
  • Beckenham: my garden, pair of Hobbies drifting north quite high 11am. White Stork very high on thermal with 2 buzzards (sp) 15.00 the buzzards stooped fast north west and I lost the Stork. they were too high to see the buzzards with a naked eye.(Bob Beaumont).
  • Brent Reservoir: pair Shelduck north marsh, Lapwing, 13 Common Terns, 7 Swallow, 2 House Martin+2 at colony, 1 Sand Martin, Garden Warbler singing path to hide, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 5 Reed Warbler (Roy Beddard, Pete Lowman, Andrew Verrall)
  • Brockwell Park: 2 Swallow through @ 09.40 (Tony Stones, Alan Wilkinson)
  • Crossness: Cuckoo north @ 09.55, Whinchat male, 2 Arctic Tern E @ 10.25, 100+ Common Tern feeding over Thames, Red Kite SW @ 11.25, March Harrier female-type with damaged primaries, 3 Curlew W, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 5 Sand Martin NW, 8 Swallow NW, 2 Egyptian Goose (John Archer)
  • Ewell, Banstead Road: 1 Kestrel, 3 Pheasant, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Blackcap, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Pied Wagtail in the grounds of LA Fitness, 68 Herring Gull nw, 1 Grey Heron n over (Neil Batten)
  • Gallions Reach: 8 Arctic Terns, 50+ Common Tern, Wheatear, 2 House Martin, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat. (Gary A James & Paul Davis).
  • Greenwich Park: Mallard w 11 ducklings, 1 Willow Warbler, Cuckoo heard early a.m. briefly, 2 fledgling Mistle Thrushes, m Whitethroat back on territory (Joe Beale)
  • Hampstead Heath: Hobby hunting over Pryor's Field from 11:15, Common Buzzard NW at 13:50, Linnet NW , 11 Swallow NW (Frank Nugent). Common Tern on Men's Pond 8:50 (Dave Porritt)
  • KGV Res: 7+ Arctic Tern, 20+ Common Tern, 1 Dunlin on North basin, 7 Whimbrel on the north basin 1420hrs, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Red Kite 1330hrs, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 3 Kestrel, 20+ Swift, 1 Skylark, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 (m) Ring Ouzel west bank of South basin, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting (Neville Smith/Andrew Middleton).
  • London Wetland Centre: Whinchat, 1m 1f Yellow Wagtail. 4 Snipe, 2 singing Garden Warbler, 1m Shelduck, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Common Swift, 4 Little Ringed Plover, several Swallows, 1 Little Egret on grazing marsh, 7 Redshank (Martin Honey)
  • Osterley Park: 2 Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, 2 Cormorant, 3 Egyptian Goose, 3 Gadwall, 5 Great Crested Grebe (1 chick), Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, 32+Jackdaw, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Little Grebe, Little Owl, 3 Mandarin, 3 Mistle Thrush, 7+Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Stock Dove (Richard Woolley).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 3 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Owl, Linnet, Mistle Thrush, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, 6 Stock Dove & 59 Jackdaw - pants birding at the best of times.. (Jon Ridge).
  • Rammey Marsh: 2 Grasshopper Warbler, Red-legged Partridge, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Skylark (Martin Shepherd/Brian Dawton). Whereabouts on Rammey Marsh please? Northern or southern areas?middle area one on each Jasper Holyome.
  • Regent's Park: In the rain first thing, 2 Arctic Terns 7.10am were followed by possibly 3 more at 7.15am, 6 medium sized that were thought to be Whimbrel, Lesser Whitethroat (Tony Duckett); pr Shelduck & 9yg, Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, Whitethroat (RPBirders); Little Egret (1st since 15 Sep 2011) gaining height over lake then N/NE early-am (Donovan Rhule per RPBirders)
  • Richmond Park: Wheatear (f), Whinchat(m) (Lawn Field) Red Kite over. (Peter Carlill)
  • Rotherhithe: Common Sandpiper on Greenland Dock on pontoons by the watersports centre (Richard Bonser)
  • Roxeth Recreation Ground: Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff (Michael Robinson)
  • Stanwell Moor: Garden Warbler (Peter Carlill)
  • Staines Moor: Blackcap, cuckoo (in trees in horse fields on path onto the moor), whitethroat (Vicky Williamson, Gregory O'Regan). Lesser Whitethroat (thickets in Northern part), Grasshopper Warbler(SE corner), Cuckoo (Peter Carlill)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 50+ Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Little Gull, c50 Arctic Tern (Dominic Pia - Twitter)
  • Stocker's Lake: 2 Garden Warbler (G Lapworth - Herts website)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Shelduck, Sparrowhawk, 7 Sand Martin, Cetti’s Warbler, Garden Warbler, f Reed Bunting (TeRNS)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 3 Arctic Terns up river, 2 Whimbrel, Cuckoo, Yellow-legged Gull, Common Tern, Common Sandpiper, 10 singing Cetti's Warbler, 9 Reed Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 18 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff & 2 Swallows (Andrew Self)
  • Teddington: Buzzard at about 80 feet, near Broom Road recreation ground at 2:45 pm (Mike Foster).
  • Tooting Common: Cuckoo calling in Bedford Woods (7:15) (THP Survey)
  • Trent Park: Garden Warbler singing male by lower lake nr Water Grdn (Robert Callf/Robin White). Also 2 Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Common Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 4 Mandarin (3 male,1 female), 2 Tufted Duck (a pair ), 4 Stock Dove, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 1 Wheatear on rear paddocks, 1 singing Sedge Warbler in Bomb Crater Field near the boardwalk and another probable nearby, all around 15:30 (Alastair Dent)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - Female Bar-Tailed Godwit and Little Ringed Plover grounded by shower from 8am-9.15am only. Also 2 Common Sandpiper and female Wheatear (Adam Winstanley). AWPW3 tomorrow
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Wood Warbler in SSSI (Tony Brown) Photos here, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 6 + Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Wheatear, m Winchat, 8 Linnet, Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark,Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Pochard (Wanstead Birders and a few others)
  • Wanstead Park: Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4-5 Little Egret, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gadwall, Common Sandpiper, Swallow, 3 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, Sparrowhawk, 3 Goldcrest (Wanstead Birders)
  • Whitings Hill/Arkley South Fields:2 Blackcap 2 Lesser Whitethroat 1 Whitethroat 1 Chiffchaff Buzzard( with small Branch in Talons presumably nest building),2 Wheatear Horse field female and rapeseed field male, numerous Skylark Cuckoo heard distantly but mobile (David Martens)

Friday 24th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: drake Tufted Duck x Pochard hybrid Boating lake (Henry Wyn-Jones), Willow Warbler western perimeter cricket pitches then Conservation Area 7am (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Whimbrel feeding on mud 10.20-11.10 then displaying male Lapwing chased them off north, calling. Earlier 08.00: 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover, pair Lapwing, Snipe, 10 Common Terns, 4 on rafts, 2 Swift, 3 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Egyptian Goose, 6 Chiffchaff, 16 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler (Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Mute Swan, Song Thrush (Tom Moulton)
  • Cheshunt GP/Fishers Green: Brent Goose (Grand Weir hide), Nightingale (James Palmer)
  • Cranham Marsh: 5 Green woodpecker, 5 Skylark, 2 Willow warbler, Garden warbler, 2 Jay, Buzzard, Hobby (Ben Green)
  • Crossness: Little Egret, 40 Gadawll, 150 Teal, 2 Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern upriver, Wheatear m, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 5 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • East India Dock Basin: 4 Common Tern, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Reed Warbler, Jay (Paul Hyland). Afternoon visit, 14:45 - 15:15: 15 Tufted Duck, 4 Shelduck (2 pairs), 3 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Common Tern (inc 3 pairs), 2 Little Ringed Plover, Blackcap singing in scrub; also Greylag Goose, 2 Kestrel and 2 Oystercatcher on / over nearby River Lea (Alex Massey)
  • Frays Valley NR. Whinchat in meadow beside Denham lock wood, a female. Also in the immediate area 6 Garden Warbler, 17 Blackcap, 7 Common Whitethroat,7 Chiffchaff. ( John Edwards)
  • Hampstead Heath: Whinchat on Parliament Hill from 06:50, 2 Wheatear, a male on the Hill from 07:30 and a female on Pryors Field at 14:15, 2 Yellow Wagtail, one NW at 08:35 and another W at c13:00, 10 Swallow W, Linnet SW, Skylark landed on Parliament Hill at 09:35 fed for a few minutes then away N, 2 Common Buzzard both drifted W 12:20 and 14:00, 3 House Martin feeding over Mixed Bathing Pond, Red Kite drifted low W at 15:20 (Frank Nugent).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Mandarin, 2 Little Egret, Buzzard, Red Kite, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel on marsh then off SE at 08.00, 174 Herring Gull, 3 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 24 Stock Dove, 4 Linnet W (R.Kaye) 3 further Swift with a small flock of 10 House Martin, 2 additional Little Ringed Plover (4 total), 2 additional Common Snipe (4 total), 2 Yellow Wagtail leaving marsh heading NE (seen earlier by RK dropping onto marsh), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Martin Honey)
  • Minet CP: 1 f. Redstart, 1 singing Garden Warbler, 10+ singing Blackcap, 15+ singing Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Mandarin Duck (overhead - only 2nd site record), 1 Red Kite (drifting towards Hayes Town Centre), 1 Little Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark (Dave Bookless).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 male Whinchat (my 300th here), 2 Wheatear (first-summer male & a female with extensive white rump), Yellow Wagtail, 2 Red Kite (first bird - fully feathered & second bird - seen on 22/4), 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 6 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 8 Goldfinch, 7 Stock Dove & 92 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: several Eurasian Wigeon still, ad male Marsh Harrier, my first Hobby of the year, male Peregrine, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 2cy Caspian Gull and Norwegian-ringed 3cy Lesser Black-backed Gull near stone barges, 2 Arctic Terns W past stone barges at 07:40 and another W at Aveley Bay at 10:10, Grasshopper Warbler reeling at Rainham West, 16 Cetti's Warblers singing at W end (main reserve and Wennington not censused today), 7 Northern Wheatears near stone barges, Yellow Wagtail over Rainham West (Dominic Mitchell), Whimbrel on foreshore, 2 Greenshank Targets Pools, 3 Common Swifts over MDZ, Tree Pipit over sea wall at 07:15 and two pairs of Bearded Tits along northern boardwalk (Ruth Barnes)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Buzzard N 1250, pr Great Black-backed Gull on lake fenceposts 0940, 4 Swallow W/NW, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler singing still, Whitethroat, Linnet NW (RPBirders)
  • Richmond Park: Pair of Common Terns investigating the rafts on Upper Pen Ponds, Whinchat on the lawn field (Andy Sunters)
  • Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon: Whimbrel on Draper (Vicky Buckel - Herts website)
  • Sidcup DA14 (Chalk Wood): Pair Hobbies soaring over the wood (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15: Wheatear at Longlands Road Rec on grass north of centre path briefly then flew to Oak, personal first for this site (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: 1m Whinchat, 2 Cuckoo, 5 Yellow Wagtail (around cattle), 1m Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 1+ Hobby, 1 House Martin, 3+ Red Kite, 2+ Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 9 Greylag Goose, 3+ Little Egret, 2 Redshank, 3+ Lapwing, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 10+ Reed Bunting (Lee Dingain - pics here).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Little Gulls, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Wheatear. (Chris Turner) in the evening, Great White Egret N basin 1925-1930hrs then chased off by gulls and flew E. Did not see Iceland Gull, but 2cy Caspian Gull present N basin around 1900hrs, also 2cy Mediterranean Gull, 6 Dunlin, etc (Rob Innes)
  • Stanwell Moor: 1 Swift (over village), Garden Warbler (by boardwalk), 1 Red Kite (over village), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Lee Dingain).
  • Teddington: Buzzard flying over Teddington Lock at 1:30 pm (Mike Foster)
  • Twickenham: Red Kite flying over Eel Pie Island at 1 pm (Mike Foster)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (Herts website)
  • West Sutton Station: 07:30 Swift hawking low over area. (observer?) J Warwick
  • Walthamstow Marshes: rear paddocks - Wheatear (JW Davies)
  • Wanstead Flats: pr of Wheatear, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat (6 singing), 8 Common Whitehroat singing, Willow Warbler, 4 Swift, 4 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 10 + Meadow Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Skylark, 2 Pochard, 4 Egyptian Goose, 3 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 10 + Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting (Nick Croft/Jono Lethbridge)
  • Wanstead Park: 8 Shelduck over OSW (later 7 landed on Shoulder of Mutton), 7 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat (Tim Harris)

Thursday 23rd April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Pochard x Ferruginous Duck hybrid again on Boatling Lake 0805, 2 Swallows Wood Green Reservoir, Common Whitethroat at Balancing Pond, 11 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff (Dominic Mitchell), later 4 Swallows and 2 House Martins Wood Green Reservoir (Alan Gibson). 1 possibly 2 White Wagtail Filter Beds mostly on roof but elusive 1730-1900 (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones)
  • Amwell: Hobby, Little Tern (Herts website)
  • Bentley Priory: Sedge Warbler 1st on site for me, Lesser whitethroat. - Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel, all on thermals (Richard Francis).
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 adult Little Gull 12.00-13.15 then off high, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 4 Common Terns, 1 Swallow, 2 Egyptian Goose, Common Buzzard circling over hide 12.20, 2 Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler (Andrew Verrall, Michael Hammond, Nick Haslett)
  • Broomfield Park: Common Buzzard high and drifting S at around 17:20 (Katy McGilvray)
  • Cornmill Gardens: Kingfisher (Tom Moulton)
  • Denham: Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Bullfinch x 2, 3 Pheasant, Grey Wagtail, 3 Common Whitethroat, Kestrel, Buzzard, 3 Song Thrush, 10 + Blackcap, 5 + Chiffchaff, Swallow (Dan Pinkham) Where exactly - Tony Nayager?
  • Eaton Park Road, N13: Little Egret flew SE at 16:20 - this is only my second record for the immediate area (Katy McGilvray)
  • EC2: Common Whitethroat (sub-songing)in Beech Tree, Love Lane at 9.42am, plus a male Sparrowhawk sitting in tree opposite Lloyds Bank HQ. before winging through the canyoned streets towards St.Pauls at 10.09am. (Ken Murray)
  • Ellenbrook Fields: 4 (3♂ & 1♀) Ring Ouzel, ♂ Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Willow Warbler, 6+ Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, 1 Red Kite & 2 Common Buzzard (Simon West)
  • Ewell Village: 1 Greylag, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Coal Tit (Neil Batten)
  • Fairlop Waters Country Park: 60 species species spotified today including 12 Yellow Wagtails, Reed Bunting, Little Owl, Sandpiper, Lesser Whitethroat, Buzzard and Egyptain Geese. (Geoff Crabtree, Tony Clancy + friend).
  • Gallions Reach: 3 Med Gull, Little Egret (K J Mcmanus)
  • Hall Marsh: 2 Sandwich Tern south at 0745, Peregrine, Little Egret (Simon Papps)
  • Hampstead Heath: 4 Little Egret over NW at 07:25, Yellow Wagtail E at 09:05, 4 Swallow NW, male House Sparrow [rare here] in hedge near bandstand [as last year at this time], Peregrine over and headed towards City, at least 6 Common Buzzard, first drifted slowly E from 12:15 followed immediately by a Red Kite low also E, two Buzzard being mobbed relentlessly by Crows and Gulls over Hampstead 1 Pond at 17:30 (Frank Nugent).
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: 3 Black Tern (Derek Turner)
  • KGV Reservoir: Knot on north side of causeway at 0915, 2 Little Tern and 2 Sandwich Tern over south basin at 0900, c12 Arctic Tern, 44 Little Gulls north basin, c30 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 3 Common Swift, 5 Common Sandpiper (Martin Shepherd, Ian Lycett)
  • Langley Vale: 1 imm/fem Black Redstart between farm barns and ruined building (Steve Gale)
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Redshank, 1 Yellow Wagtail flew W, 25 Swallow and 12 House Martin feeding over resr lagoon a.m. (WWT website) Steady trickle of Swallow, Sand and House Martins through during morning, 1m Whinchat grazing marsh, 3 Sparrowhawk, 3 Common Snipe, singing Sedge, Reed and Cetti's warblers, also Blackcap and Chiffchaff, 3m Reed Bunting singing, 1 Yellow-bellied Slider (terrapin) (Martin Honey). Common Swift ESE at 08:40. Also 1 Common Whitethroat and 2 Willow Warblers trapped and ringed (Bill Haines).
  • Millwall Docks: 28 Mute Swan on Outer Dock including one on nest, an exceptional count for this site, 2 Mallard broods of 2 and 2+ ducklings, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe displaying on Inner Dock (John Archer).
  • Minet CP: 4 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 21 Whitethroat, 24 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Stock Dove, 5 Jay, 1 Little Owl, 4 Skylark (Dave Bookless)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Red Kite (first bird 15:15 - fully feathered, second bird 15:20 - missing left primary & two inner right side tail feathers), 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Owl, Lapwing west at 18:06, 2 Wheatear (first-summer male & a female), 4 Linnet, 4 Goldfinch, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 2 Blackcap, 10 Stock Dove & 48 Jackdaw. Also; one male Orange-tip butterfly (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Red Kite drifting NE 1115, Lesser Whitethroat singing briefly Cricket Pen area 31 at 0725 yr-1st, Sedge Warbler a5 still, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting (RPBirders)
  • Roehampton: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker on Danbury Avenue (Priory Lane end) calling & feeding high in trees by school at 09:35 (D Benton)
  • Richmond Park: Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard and seen ( 13.00 ) at junction of Queen's Ride & horse ride, Saw Pit Plantation (Ian Grant) male Whinchat Lawn Field (J.Cass)
  • Ruislip Lido: Common Sandpiper on raft (Richard Francis).
  • Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon: Hobby (Vicky Buckel - Herts website)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 9 Little Tern till 10.28 at least and 7 + Little Gulls on S basin. 1 Avocet on N basin. (Bob Warden per FJM). 10 Little Gull now south basin, Arctic Tern with Commons on North basin, 4 Male Yellow Wagtail, Dunlin, Avocet still late morning but last Little Tern flew East at 11:00hrs.( John Edwards, Bob Warden et al.) .Common Sandpiper, Wheatear, 2 Whimbrel.(Jim Sweetland); Evening 41 Little Gull on S basin till dusk. Iceland Gull 2nd summer roosting on N basin. 3 Little Ringed Plover (Ken Purdey, Franko J Maroevic Dominic Pia - Twitter)
  • Teddington: Buzzard circling up a thermal from about 200 feet to almost invisible, on North Side of Bushy Park by Blandford Road gate at 1:30 pm (Mike Foster).
  • Tooting Common: Willow Warbler, 9 Blackcap (7m, 2f), 4 Chiffchaff (James Hudson)
  • Tottenham Marshes: No sign of yesterday's Short-eared Owl this evening.
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 2 Shelduck pr flew SE 09:12 (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lesser Whitethroat, 3+ Sedge Warblers, Common Sandpiper ( D Barrett). Lockwood: Redshank pm (Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: 30 + Swallow, 6 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 3 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 5 singing Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 18 + Linnet, 4 Reed Bunting (including copulating pair), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 6 MeadowPipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark (Nick Croft/Tim Harris)
  • WansteadPark: 3 Shelduck (Dan Hennessy)
  • Wraysbury GP: 2 Little Egret and Cuckoo (C Lamsdell)

Wednesday 22nd April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 House Martins over Wood Green Reservoir mid-p.m. (Ian Lycett, David Callahan, Dominic Mitchell), and in a.m. singing male Common Whitethroat at balancing pond, 12 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, Meadow Pipit over (Dominic Mitchell)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 2nd-summer Iceland Gull (Peter Alfrey, BFBG) pic here [4] 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Lesser whitethroat, 6 Swallow, 12 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, Buzzard, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (BFBG via Twitter) and 1 Swift (first of the year)
  • Bexley DA5 (Coldblow): Wood Warbler briefly in Birch by lane off Wansunt Road, gave brief snatch of song and flew towards Churchfield Wood 18.25 (Ian Stewart)
  • Brent Reservoir: Ringed Plover all morning, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 2 pairs Common Terns on rafts displaying, 3 Swift, 3 Swallow, male Peregrine over dump, Common Buzzard SE 11.45, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, Reed Warbler (Andrew Verrall)
  • Crayford DA5/DA1 (Braeburn Park): singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 6+ Blackcap, 5+ Chiffchaff, 2 Common Buzzards calling (Ian Stewart)
  • Dartford Marshes: Brent Goose E along Thames 16.20, Hobby along Darent, Swift E 15.45, Sand Martin, 2 Sparrowhawks, Kestrel, Peregrine, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 5 Green Sandpiper, 9 Greenshank 1 Bob Dunn Way 5 flew from creek 3 Thames, 2 Redshank, 8+ Swallow, Yellow Wagtail N, Grey Wagtail Littebrook PS, 8+ Blackcap, 4+ Whitethroat, 4 Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler (Ian Stewart)
  • Denham: Red-legged Partridge, Grasshopper Warbler heard, 2 Linnet, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Bullfinch m, Kestrel, 2 Pheasant M, 12 + Blackcap, 4 + Chiffchaff singing, Green Woodpecker (Dan Pinkham)
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Tern including pair on raft, 3 Shelduck, 15 Tufted Duck (John Archer)
  • Ewell, Priest Hill: 2 Lesser Whitethroat in song (Steve Gale)
  • Fishers Green (Bitten Watch Point Hide): Oystercatcher, Hobby, singing Cetti's Warbler, singing Reed Warbler, 3 Swallows. Mike Cawthorne & Bob Husband (RAH)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Red Kite circled and drifted NW 13.18 - 13.20, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Swallow, c10 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2 Oystercatcher on mud by O2 (John Archer)
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Whitethroat at second hedge, Parliament Hill Fields, 3 Swallow NW, 1 Linnet NW, 1 Meadow Pipit NW, 1 Willow Warbler in hedge near bandstand, 2 Greylag Goose over N, 4 Collared Dove [2 pair], Kingfisher at Stock Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • Ladywell Fields: Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 2 Blackcap, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Mandarin (Tom Moulton)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: singing Garden Warbler in same area as yesterday but moved to island, singing Willow Warbler, 3 Swallow N/NE, Sparrowhawk, 8+ Blackcap, 2 Linnet over (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 8 Shelduck, 3 Mandarin, m Pochard x Tufted hybrid, 3 Buzzard, 3 Snipe, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern Main Lake mid morning, off E, Swift, 21 Stock Dove, Yellow Wagtail, Skylark, 2 Linnet (R.Kaye) 2nd Swift, 4 Snipe, 3 LRP, 2 Swallow (1 RK, 1 MRH), 2 Song Thrush, 1 Kestrel, 3 House Martin, singing Reed Bunting, Cetti's, Sedge & Reed warblers, Blackcap and Chiffchaff (Martin Honey)
  • Oak Hill Woods NR, East Barnet, Herts. EN4: singing Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 2 singing Nuthach, 2 singing Blackcap, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 2 calling Green Woodpeckers, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 singing Stock Dove, 7 Cormorant flew NW 05:55, male Pied Wagtail (in Park), Grey Wagtail (Pymmes Brook near Littlegrove). 36 species recorded in NR and Oak Hill Park. Robert Callf (RMC) & Bob Husband (RAH).
  • Poplar Recreation Ground: Goldcrest holding territory (John Archer)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Red Kite over twice (with clearly missing secondary on right wing), 3 Common Buzzard - (the resident "pair" was mobbed by 24 Jackdaw), Kestrel - (mobbed by 8 Jackdaw), Little Owl, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, 3 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 8 Stock Dove, Grey Heron & 42 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Sandwich Tern (BirdGuides), Sandwich Tern at least one with 50+ Common and 2 Arctic Terns mid morning, 1 Swift over the landfill early am, Lesser Whitethroat children's play area pm, 2 Hobbies over Wennington Marsh, single Corn Bunting from landfill trail and 2 Wheatear. (Alan Shearman).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Marsh Harrier NW over lake 0730, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler singing as y'day, Reed Bunting (RPBirders)
  • Richmond Park: 4 Green Sandpiper - 3 on golf course (R.Herbert) and one Leg of Mutton pond early a.m. only (M.Lewis) Common Sandpiper (S.Read)
  • River Roding Barking: Wickes- c10 Sand Martins (Geoff Harding)
  • Rye Meads: Hobby, feeding over reserve (Ann and Terry Smith - Herts website)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 2 Goosander, 3 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 singing Cuckoo, 5+ Swift, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 (m) Whinchat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting (Neville Smith)
  • Staines Res: 12 Little Gull, 10 Arctic Tern and 2 White Wagtails (C Lamsdell)
  • Stanwell Moor: 2 Redshank and 4 Cetti's Warbler (4 singing males) (C Lamsdell)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret, Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan (nesting pair) 6 Greylag north, Stock Dove, 2 singing Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Greenshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, Common Snipe, 2 Shelduck, Common Tern, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler. (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood): 1 Little Ringed Plover, adult Common Gull, Green Sandpiper heard (Lol Bodini). Little Ringed Plover on No4 causeway, no sign of Garganey at 17:00, Kingfisher, 2 Swift, 10+ House Martin, 5+ Sand Martin, singing Reed Warbler, 20+ Shelduck, singing Lesser Whitethroat by southern hide (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Swallow, House Martin, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 3 Reed Bunting, 2-3 Linnet, Pochard, Little Grebe, 5 + Stock Dove (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Green Sandpiper (on Roding), Sandpiper sp, 5 Little Egret, Kingfisher, 2-3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, 2 Little Grebe, pr of Great Crsted Grebe, 3 Gadwall, 2 Shelduck, Linnet, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk (Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft)
  • Wraysbury GP: 2 Little Egret (C Lamsdell)

Tuesday 21st April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Whitethroat singing Balancing Pond, Northern Wheatear female Filter Beds, singing Willow Warbler, 2 Greylag Wood Green Res, House Martin north, 2 Linnet (Bob Wattts)
  • Beddington SF: 3 adult Little Gull flew north (12:15), Lesser Whitethroat (BFBG via Twitter); Evening Stone Curlew in SE corner (Surrey website)
  • Black Park: 2 Raven, 2 Mandarin (male & female), 2 Egyptian Goose, Firecrest (singing male) (C.Lamsdell)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Arctic Tern near Canoe Club, late morning, 2 Common Tern, 2 Common Buzzard over playing fields at 11:05 (Joe Taylor); the 2 Arctic Terns eventually feeding with 3 Common Terns, then 2 of the Commons displaying on a raft, 4 Egyptian Goose, fem Shelduck, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, Lapwing, Swift, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall); 2 Arctic Terns & 3 Common Terns still feeding and resting on Buoys near Sailing Club between 13.00 and 13.30, 17 Pairs Teal at North Marsh. (Davey Leach).
  • Gallions Reach: Whimbrel (KJMcmanus)
  • Gunpowder Park: 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 (f) Whinchat, 4 singing Skylark, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 singing Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler (Neville Smith).
  • Harrow Road W2: Grey Wagtail on tow-path under road bridge at 1240 (John Cadera)
  • King George V Res: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Bar- tailed Godwit, 1 male Ring-Ouzel, 5 Little Gull (4 adult), 6 Arctic Tern, 1 drake Red- breasted Merganser,12 Common Tern, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Tony Clancy)
  • Knighton Woods: 1 Hobby (10:25), 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1m Blackcap, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: singing male Garden Warbler showing well in birches by Hollow Pond this morning, c10 Blackcap, Nuthatch, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 3 Great Crested Grebe on Eagle Pond (Stuart Fisher)
  • Linear Walk, Lower Sydenham: 2 Little Egrets, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Dave Burt)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1m Whinchat grazing marsh/fence (c/o Jake Kalvins), 2 Little Ringed Plover grazing marsh, 1 Swallow heading E., 1 Common Sandpiper mian lake, 2m Reed Bunting (Martin Honey) 1 Snipe – marsh, 7 Redshank – scrape/marsh/main lake, 5 Blackcap south route, wildside, 1 Sedge Warbler south route, 1 Whitethroat south route (WWT website)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warblers, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush (Rich Petley)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Snipe, 2 displaying Common Buzzards, 2 Kestrel, 6 Swallow north, Linnet over, 7 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, first-summer male Whitethroat, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Stock Dove & 36 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Buzzard N, 5 Swallow N/NE, 4 Willow Warbler, m Sedge Warbler in reedbed by boathouse cafe area 5, 1-2 Reed Warbler, m Wheatear (RPBirders)
  • Regents Park: What appears to be a male Mandarin x Wood Duck hybrid at Heron Island with other Mandarins but I could not see if this bird was fully winged. (John Cadera)
  • Richmond Park: Ring Ouzel (12:30) (Birdguides) Cuckoo singing Pond Plantation (J.Wilczur) Peregrine adult briefly perched in tree (S.Read per JW) Cuckoo calling from Pen Pond Plantation (reedbed?) at 14.40 and again at 15.00. Heard, not seen (SCz) Where was the Ouzel seen? Thanks. Saw Pit Plantation, apparently.
  • Rye Meads nr Hoddesdon: Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler (Vicky Buckel-Herts web)
  • Sewardstone: drake Red-breasted Merganser at 0920 - flew up from KGV north basin, circled Pattypool Mead, and went south down relief channel. Also Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, 3 House Martin (Martin Shepherd)
  • Southfields, SW18: 2m 1f Blackcap and 1pr Goldcrest feeding in Holm oak in back garden (Martin Honey)
  • Stanwell Moor: 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 House Martin, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat (Jim Sweetland)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Cetti's Warbler, Red Kite, 4 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat. ( Jim Sweetland)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Bar-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Greenshank & 2 ad Little Gulls (Surrey website)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: m Wheatear by East basin. (TeRNS)
  • Swanley Park : Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, Bullfinch, 4 House Martin, Orange Tip & Speckled Wood bflys (Andy Meaton)
  • Thorney C P: Cuckoo, Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 12 Cormorants, Mistle Thrush, 4 Buzzards over, Redshank, 2 Jays.(Sue Giddens)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 singing Whitethroat, 13 singing Blackcap, 15 singing Chiffchaff, Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, Little Egret, 2 Lapwing, pair of Teal, 1 Rook N, plus several butterflies including year's first Orange-Tips (John Colmans)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: pr Garganey on No.3 res at 12.15 but disappeared from view shortly after and couldn't be relocated. East Warwick: 1 Common Sandpiper. Lockwood: Common Gull, Yellow Wagtail and Peregrine over (Lol Bodini) pr Garganey relocated to North end of island on No.1, c.15:00 present till at least 19:00 (Paul Whiteman, Jamie Partridge, Graham Howie, David Bradshaw)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: c20 Swift over filter beds, Yellow wag rear paddocks, 6 sedge warbler, 2 cettis , many whitethroats, 10 swallow and a few sand martin, single house martin, (Jamie Partridge) rear paddock - Wheatear at 15.00 (JW Davies)
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Green Sandpiper (north over SSSI - patch record), 1-2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 3 Linnet, 5 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 3 singing Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Shoveler, Coal Tit (Nick Croft/Jono Lethbridge/Tim Harris); Yellow Wagtail (south shore of Alex early afternoon) (James Palmer)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Common Whitethroat, Nuthatch, pr Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Gadwall, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Nick Croft/Tim Harris); Little Egret (River Roding) (James Palmer)

Monday 20th April 2015 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Buzzard, singing Willow Warbler (Andrew Haynes); Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler & escaped Barnacle Goose (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Stock Dove, Song Thrush pair, 2 Blackcap pairs, nestbuilding Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: Common Buzzard NE, 2 Reed Warbler singing, 5 Whitethroat singing, 4 Swallow NW, 2 Sand Martin N (John Archer)
  • Enfield Town (Library Green): 5 Robin pr feeding three juvs (Robert Callf)
  • Fairlop Waters: 2 Garganey, 2 Little Ringed Plovers (Neil Twyford)
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Snipe NW at 08:15 (Frank Nugent).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Wood Sandpiper on back scape at the viewing area (Shaun Harvey Twitter)
  • London Wetland Centre: singing Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Cetti's warbler and Reed Warbler, 1 Shelduck, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Swallow NW and 1 Buzzard heading W (Martin Honey)
  • Olympic Park: north west corner open area - Wheatear (JW Davies)
  • Pinner Park Farm: male Whinchat (probable first-summer), 6 Swallow north-west, 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Little Owl, Little Grebe, singing Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 14 Stock Dove & 48 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Swallow N, 2 Willow Warbler, singing Reed Warbler 1st returnee and mobile m Reed Bunting in old-boathouse reedbed area 2 am, Redpoll over (RPBirders)
  • Staines Moor: Song Thrush, 11 Swallows, 2 Greenfinch, Buzzard, 7 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaff, Grey Heron, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Reed Buntings, 4 Skylark, 2 Water Pipits, 3 Meadow Pipits, 12+ Linnets, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel,2 Buzzards, 6 Little Egrets, 2 Redshanks,2 Lapwings, Cormorant. (Sue Giddens)
  • St James's Park: Blackcap singing from Duck Island (James Hudson)
  • Tooting Common: Willow Warbler, 8 Blackcap (7m, 1f), 3+ Chiffchaff, Collared Dove (James Hudson)
  • Richmond Park: Red Kite, 12 noon near Sheen Gate (Philip Briggs) another or the same over Robin Hood Gate 11.30 (P.Lean per JW)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: Singing Blackcap a.m. in The Glade (Neil Batten).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Little Ringed Plover North-east bank of Lockwood, Rook over East, f Wheatear, steady trickle of all three Hirundines. Two Common Sandpipers on Northern island of High Maynard. Sedge Warbler on island of East Warwick, Lapwing on bank. Red-legged Partridge walking up road to the East of the East Warwick going North past the hide. 3 singing Whitethroat, 2-3 Reed Warblers on No.2. Cetti's Warbler by Trout Hut on No.3. 2-3 Great Black-backed Gulls on No.5. Common Gull on No.1. (Paul Whiteman, Jonathan Nasir, Jamie Partridge, Lol Bodini) Don't forget the big day on Sunday 26th! AWPW3
  • Wanstead Flats: Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 4 Common Whitethroat, singing m Whinchat, 4 House Martin, 5 Swallow, 3 singing Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Egyptian Goose, 5 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Reed Bunting (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge/Bob Vaughan)
  • West Putney, SW15: Red Kite low over garden circled up and drifted NW 13.20 (J.Wilczur, R.Kaye)

Sunday 19th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Whitethroat 1s male rung Cricket Scrub, also 4 Swallow, 4 House Martin, Sand Martin, 2 Linnet, 2 Greylag S over Wood Green Res, also Ferruginous Duck x Pochard hybrid still Boating Lake (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones & APOG)
  • Brent Reservoir: 1m 2f Shoveler, pair Shelduck, Barnacle Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 26 Swallow incl. flock of 17 feeding, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 10+ Blackcap, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, Grey Heron on stick nest middle of Northern Marsh! (NW London RSPB Group walk, Bob Husband, Roy Beddard); Afternoon visit: 5 Sand Martin feeding 2.20, then House Martin feeding with 12 more Swallows 2.30 (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brunel University Bicentenary Garden, Uxbridge: 1 Willow Warbler singing. (Roger Dewey)
  • Cranford CP nr Heathrow: 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Blackcaps (4m & 1f), Buzzard, Kestrel, pr displaying Stock Doves, 5 Chiffchaffs (W.Marks) - ps how do I contact Dave Bookless on this site ? Thanks in advance/
  • Ealing Broadway station: Feral Pigeon squab on District Line platform. (Matt Reed)
  • Fairlop Waters and surrounding fields: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Stock Dove, Little Owl, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, 3 Sedge Warbler, Golden Plover, 2 Common Buzzard, Wheatear, Green Sandpiper (Neil Twyford/Steve Bacon)
  • Gallions Reach: 6 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Black tailed Godwit, Curlew (KJMcmanus) Ring Ouzel, 4 Swallow, Sand Martin, Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat. (Gary A James & Paul Davis)
  • Greenway:Little ringed Plover in same location as last year. (Harry Harrison)
  • KGV Reservoir: 3 Goldeneye, 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 3 Little Egret, 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby,1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Snipe (on Sewadstone marsh), 4 Arctic Tern, 5 Common Tern, 18c Swift, 10c House Martin 50c Swallow, 40c Sand Martin, 8 Yellow Wagtail including 1 Blue headed Wagtail with very pale blue cheeks and crown, possibly of "beema" race??. 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler,1 (f) Common Redstart, 1 (m) Ring Ouzel, 6-8 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting (Neville Smith). Neville, while your interesting and attractive wagtail could of course be a beema, the so called Channel Wagtail, the hybrid between Yellow and Blue-headed should be considered as a much more likely option. If this has been considered and rejected please ignore this suggestion! Rupert Kaye.
  • Little Britain Lake, Uxbridge: Red Kite, 1 Common Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Swallows, 4 House Martins (Alex Randall).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Kestrel, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Redshank, 6+ Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Whitethroat (WWT website)
  • Mayflower Park wetland, Worcester Park: 1 Reed Warbler singing (Simon Osborn)
  • Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge: f Wheatear, f Sparrowhawk & 2 Greylag Geese (Simon West)
  • Minet CP: 1male Firecrest in SW corner of park near Pump Lane, c.10 Whitethroat, 17 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Little Owl, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker (Dave Bookless).
  • Pinner Park Farm: first-summer male Wheatear, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Little Owl, Little Grebe, 2 male Blackcap, Long-tailed Tit, 3 Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Meadow Pipit over north-west, Mistle Thrush, 13 Stock Dove & 58 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB, 2 Whinchats, 2 singing Grasshopper Warblers, Cuckoo, 6+ Wheatears, 4 Common Sandpipers, 4 Med Gulls (Sean Huggins & Ian Bradshaw)
  • Richmond Park: 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Nuthatch in Isabella Plantation (TWHV)
  • Staines Reservoir: (Around 16.00) At least 9 Little Gull still, Arctic Tern, Wheatear (C.Beazley & S.Nicholls)
  • Stocker's Lake, Cuckoo, Male, across causeway 8am (Stephen Middleton - Herts website)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 3-5 Pheasant (3 seen), Little Egret, 2 Buzzard pr, Red Kite, up to 3 Sparrowhawk (pr displaying), Kestrel, 4 Lapwing, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, 2 pr Stock Dove, 3 Skylark (2 singing),2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Swallow, 4 high distant hirundine sp, 9 singing Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, singing Lesser Whitethroat, 5 singing Chiffchaff, 4 Rook, 6 Jay, 2 m Reed Bunting, 29 Linnet (Neil Anderson).
  • Totteridge Valley: Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 House Martin, 6 Swallow, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Teal, 6 Lapwing (Ian Ellis)
  • Troy Lake, Rickmansworth: 2 Common Tern, Red Kite, 11 Swallow (Dan Pinkham)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: Singing Reed Warbler, singing Cetti's Warbler, 5-6 singing Blackcap, 4-5 singing Chiffchaff, 3+ young Heron on nests (David Jeffreys)
  • Rickmansworth Road, Harefield towards Watt Common. 0525 Barn Owl crossing road heading west. (Kelly Roberts)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: at least 30 Sand Martins over filter beds this afternoon (Quentin Given)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 singing Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet, Swallow, 2 Gadwall. 3 Pochard, 3 Shoveler, 3 Egyptian Goose, 4 + Little Grebe, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Meadow Pipit (Nick Croft)
  • Worcester Park: 1 Wheatear f. paddocks top of Green Lane, eastern side (Simon Osborn)

Saturday 18th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin by Wood Green Res. at 9:30 am (Gareth Richards).
  • Brent Reservoir: pair Shelduck, 2 Snipe, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Swallow, Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, 26 singing Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs (Brent Birders).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Stock Dove, Song Thrush, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cranford CP nr Heathrow: 10 singing Blackcaps, 5 singing Chiffchaffs, several drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Red Kite over, 4 Green Woodpeckers, 5 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, male Kestrel - the old stable blocks are open tomorrow from 10am-4pm along with a display for proposals for the future of Cranford Park - please see my blog for more details (W.Marks).
  • Dartford Marshes: Garganey pair, 8 Green Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing &, Little Ringed Plover by Bob Dunn Way. Redshank & Greenshank along Darent. Whimbrel & Oystercatcher on Thames foreshore. Arctic Tern downriver @ 10.20. Kingfisher, 5 Swallow, 3 Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Corn Bunting (Conrad Ellam)
  • Denham: Reed Bunting, reeling located to find 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 5 Blackcap m, Treecreeper, 2 Common Whitethroat, Grey Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff 3 singing, Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dan Pinkham)
  • Ewell, Banstead Road: 3 Pheasant incl. 1 male in the grounds of LA Fitness (Neil Batten).
  • Ewell, Priest Hill: 1 Red-legged Partridge (rare here), 1 female Common Redstart (Steve Gale)
  • Eynsford CC : 4 House Martin, Buzzard, (Andy Meaton)
  • Fairlop Waters: 5 Swifts, 1 male Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat,8 Yellow Wagtail (Alan Bell & Tony Clancy)
  • Gallions Reach: Osprey west @ 11.30, Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 18 Common Tern, 2 Swallow, 3 Jay (unusual here). (Paul Davis & Gary A James).
  • Gutteridge Wood : pair Mandarin on book, 2 Bazzards, ( Gordon Westley )
  • Hampstead Heath: Yellow Wagtail and 5 Swallow NW over Parliament Hill, Willow Warbler at Sanctuary Pond, Little Grebe at Wood Pond, 2 Gadwall still at Highgate 1 Pond and a Peregrine came down low over the slope opp running track before soaring for 10 mins then away E (Frank Nugent). Mandarin at Whitestone Pond, 2 Mandarin at Sandy Heath ponds. (Matt Reed)
  • KGV Reservoir: 2 Arctic Tern, male Ring Ouzel along fence-line at 1110 (south basin), 6 Yellow Wagtail, 5 House Martin, Common Sandpiper (Martin Shepherd)
  • London Wetland Centre: Buzzard, 7 Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, 4 Snipe, 3 Common Tern, 5 Swallow N, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Whitethroat, 2 Linnet N. (R.Kaye)
  • Osterley Park: Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Common Tern, Cormorant, 3 Egyptian Goose, 5 Gadwall, Goldcrest, 4 Great Crested Grebe (1 with chick), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Herring Gull, 27+ Jackdaw, Jay, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Little Grebe, Little Owl, 3 Mandarin, 4 Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail, 2+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 Stock Dove (Richard Woolley).
  • Pinner Park Farm: Red Kite, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Little Owl, Little Grebe, 2 Whitethroat (adult & first-summer male), 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 singing Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 3 Mistle Thrush, 9 Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail, Grey Heron & 55 Jackdaw. Also; one Comma butterfly (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Great White Egret (BirdGuides); 16 Wheatear, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Common Tern from the Stone Barges end (Twitter - Shaun Harvey) m Yellow Wagtail, m Stonechat, 2 Wheatears and Grasshopper Warbler (heard only) (Rainham Marsh West), 2 m Whinchats (Tip View Point), adult Little Gull, 4 adult Mediterranean Gulls, Grey Plover and drake Common Scoter (Thames/foreshore) 4 Whimbrels 3 House Martins (Purfleet Scrape) Hobby and 2 Marsh Harriers (Wennington/Silt Lagoons) (Sean Huggins, Hugh & Ian Bradshaw)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: flock of 5 Jay, 3 Jackdaw N -sp now daily visitor, 6 Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler singing briefly fr bamboo clump Hanover Is south end area 1 at 0810, calling Ring Ouzel low NE over Leaf Yard Wood a41 at 0705 -prob'y startled by arr'g bin men (RPBirders)
  • Richmond: Kestrel over Corporation Island. (Matt Reed).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 9 Little Gulls, Grey Plover & 6 Yellow Wagtails (Surrey website).+ Arctic Tern,2 Little Ringed Plover, Wheatear.( Jim Sweetland)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: Whinchat in scrub near Greenway and flew SE, 1 Little Ringed Plover, singing Cetti's Warbler, 4+ Sand Martin at nest holes, singing Willow Warbler (Stuart Fisher)
  • Ten Acre Wood : Red Kite, 2Whitethorat, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Swallow, 25 Linnets ( Gordon Westley )
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 6-7 singing Sedge Warbler, 2-3 singing Cetti's Warbler, Peregrine, 7 singing Common Whitethroat, Pheasant, 9 Blackcap (Stuart Fisher)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing from scrub by section of river between East Warwick and hide. Little Ringed Plover on West Warwick, 2 Common Sandpipers on Upper Maynard. Peregrine on gas tower. (Joe Dickens)
  • Waterworks NR: Cuckoo flew over Lea Bridge Road into reserve from Walthamstow Marsh at c6pm (David Callahan).
  • Wanstead Flats: m Whinchat, m Wheatear, Swift, 3 House Martin, Sand Martin, 10 + Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 5-6 singing Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 6 Skylark, 2 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Linnet, 5 Reed Bunting, Red-legged Partridge (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: House Martin, Swallow, Common Whitethroat, Little Egret, 5 Gadwall, pr of Teal, pr of Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)

Friday 17th April 2015 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Swifts over the dam at 10:00, Common Buzzard over the playing fields at c.11:00 (Joe Taylor); 8am Lapwing, Reed Warbler (Nigel Biggs); Green Sandpiper, Shelduck pair back on rafts early pm, 16 singing Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs round area (Andrew Verrall).
  • Burgess Park SE5: singing Willow Warbler (ASmith)
  • Chelsea (Grosvenor Waterside): 2 Gadwall (unusual here), Canada Goose, Moorhen (Matt Reed.
  • Croydon (Lloyd Park): Ring Ouzel at 15:00. (Croydon Birders)
  • Ewell (Hogsmill Open Space): 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest (Neil Batten)
  • Gallions Reach: Whitethroat, 4 Sand Martin (KJMcmanus)
  • Greenwich Park: 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Little Grebes (1 new individual, plumage differences from the birds the other day), Kestrel, 5 new Mallard ducklings, Mistle Thrush fledgling attacked by Magpies and then almost attacked by dogs - picked up and moved to tree closeby (Joe Beale)
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens (brief eve visit): Cetti's Warbler, 6 Blackcap. No sign of Scaup / Goldeneye over the last 2 days (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • Kensal Green Cemetery: 5 singing Blackcap (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • Kilburn: Feral Pigeon squabs under both railway bridges by tube station. (Matt Reed)
  • KGV Reservoir: 4 Arctic Tern over north basin, male Ring Ouzel, Common Swift, female Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, c25 House Martin (Martin Shepherd/Stewart Hamilton/Harry Lacey)
  • Lee Valley, Fishers Green: 2 Nightingales, 2 Oystercatchers. (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Hall Marsh: Sedge Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler - reeling at north end of scrape near the metal screen. (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Holyfield: Brent Goose, Cuckoo. (Mike Oakland)
  • London Wetland Centre: Little Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, Wheatear, Reed Warbler, 2 House Martin, several Sand Martin (Nick S) Green Sandpiper, 7 Redshank, Common Tern, Common Gull 1st sum, Linnet S. (R.Kaye); Common Whitethroat nr. Dulverton hide PM (via J.Kalvins)
  • Oakwood Park, N14: Willow Warbler nr Conservation Pond - song switching- gave stuttering Chiffchaff song and subdued Willow Warbler song, 3 Mistle Thrush ad and 2 juvs (Robert Callf)
  • Oxleas Wood: Pied Flycatcher m (Ron per Conrad Ellam, can't remember surname),
  • Pinner High Street: Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Owl, Whitethroat tuning up, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Mistle Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, 10 Stock Dove, 3 Grey Heron & 53 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 75 spp 06:30-13:10 incl pr Northern Pintail, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Avocets and Black-tailed Godwit Aveley Bay then on reserve over high tide, Eurasian Curlew, Greenshank, 35+ Common and 5+ Arctic Terns over Thames from Aveley Bay 07:30 then 3 Arctics again flying downstream at 08:00, 3 Swallows, just 24 singing male Cetti's Warblers in strong winds and cool conditions, also 4 Reed Warblers and many Common Whitethroats now in, Bearded Tit just W of 2nd platform, Ring Ouzel flew E past Purfleet Scrape/Cordite 12:35, Yellow Wagtail over Purfleet Scrape 12:30, Northern Wheatear and singing male Corn Bunting S of Mound (Dominic Mitchell), 3 Marsh Harriers and Whimbrel (Ruth Barnes and Andy Tweed), pr Kingfishers now incubating (Tom Bell et al), 2 Mediterranean Gulls flew W (Andrew Gouldstone, Nicole Khan), Hobby (anon)
  • River Brent, Greenford (Greenford Island TQ1418, ringing visit): Blackcap 6 (3 males, 3 females), Willow Warbler 2 (male & female), Chiffchaff (1 male). Mandarin pair, Sparrowhawk and Kingfisher seen. (Phil Belman)
  • Roding Valley Park at Redbridge: 3 Little Egret, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 House Sparrow; also Brimstone, Orange-tip and Peacock butterflies (Malcolm Hibberd)
  • St Margarets (TW1): 1 Redstart (female) in the back garden this evening! (Peter Gray)
  • St James's Park: a single Swallow over NE this morning (Frank Nugent).
  • Tottenham Marsh (N section): c6 Chiffchaff, c5-6 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat & c3-4 Song Thrush all in song, Peregrine (remains of gasometer), Red Kite high N (c16.00), pr Kingfisher, pr Linnet, 6 Egyptian Geese (flood channel - Lol Bodini)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: A single Swift (spp. #100 for the patch this year) over No.1, a trickle of House Martins & Sand Martins. Whitethroat at North end of West Warwick, 1st summer Yellow-legged Gull on tower at South end, Cetti's Warbler singing by Trout hut on No.3, double figures of Little Egrets in breeding mode around nos. 1,2 & 3. 2 Shoveler on West Warwick, Great Black-backed Gull on No.5, Kingfisher on No.2, 2 Common Gulls, 2 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall on Lockwood, Common Tern North over High Maynard. Don't forget AWPW3 Sunday 26th April (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats: House Martin back over nest site, Sand Martin, 10 + Swallow, 4 Common Whitethroat, singing Willow Warbler, 4 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 2 Egyptian Goose, 5 Little Grebe, 3 singing Meaow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 7 Skylark, Red-legged Partridge, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 4 Linnet, Reed Bunting (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 House Martin, Common Whitethroat, 4 Gadwall, 2 Teal, pr of Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 2 Kingfisher, Little Egret, Kestrel, 39 singing Blackcap in south part of park (Tim Harris/Dan Hennessy/Nick Croft)
  • Woolwich Common: Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Swallow, several Meadow Pipit including 2 displaying males, Wheatear m, Whitethroat singing, at least 5 singing Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (only1 singing) (Conrad Ellam).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: A pair of Wheatear, a pair of Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Song Thrush (Andy Cameron), Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff (all singing from eastern edge) (Des McKenzie via Twitter)

Thursday 16th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: adult Herring Gull with yellow legs on roof of Thames Water building at filter beds 09:15, 5 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, Linnet N over cricket pitches 09:00 (Dominic Mitchell)
  • Beddington SF: Raven, 2 Red Kite, 2 Wheatear (males), Peregrine, Garganey, Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 15 Swallow, 18 Sand Martin, Curlew, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, Little Ringed Plover, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 23 Buzzard, Great Crested Grebe (BFBG via Twitter)
  • Belsize Park: 1 silent, solo Swift over at 13:58 (Kat)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Common Terns flew in, landed on buoy for 15 mins, then off north, Sedge Warbler seen singing Heron Hide, Reed Warbler singing left of Main Hide, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, 3 Swallow, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 4 Egyptian Goose (Andrew Haynes, Andrew Verrall); Common Buzzard over at 15.14, Wheatear on playing fields, Green Sandpiper, 3 Swallows north & Large Red Damselfly (Andrew Self)
  • Cornmill Meadows: Shelduck, 5 Teal, 3 Sparrowhawk (in same tree), 4 Lapwing, Snipe, 3 Kingfisher, Sand Martin, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 8+ Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Linnet, 5+ Reed Bunting (Simon Papps)
  • Coulsdon: Red Kite drifted south-west at 09:00 (Paul Sell)
  • Crayford Marshes(Erith end); Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, 20 Common Redshank, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Linnet, Kestrel, Ring Ouzel(f), Whitethroat, Little Egret. (Eric Brown, Ian Stewart).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 female Yellow Wagtail, 1 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Tern, 2 Willow Warbler, 3+ Common Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 male Reed Bunting 2 Shelduck, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel & 3 Rook. ( V.Halley-Frame ). Vince, I agree that "self found" birds should be declared on the League Table (JR).
  • Gallions Reach: Lesser Whitethroat (KJMcmanus)
  • Greenwich Park: Swallow over N, 2 House Martins over N, most warblers gone overnight leaving breeding pairs, 5 Nuthatch territories, Mistle Thrushes gathering food for young (Joe Beale)
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: singing Reed Bunting and Sedge Warbler (Fisherman's Keep), 3 Chiffchaff, Linnet over, 18 Blackcap (14m), 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Mandarin, pr Gadwall, pr Shoveler, 4 Red Crested Pochard, f Sparrowhawk, 2cy Great Black Backed Gull (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • King George V Res: 9 Little Gulls (7 ad summers) on north basin at 12:00 (Ian Lycett via BirdGuides)
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley: Grey Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, 10 Jays, 6 Blackcaps, 3 Wrens, 5 Greylags4 Chiffchaffs. (Sue Giddens)
  • Little Woodcote: 2 Swallows gathering nesting material, male and female Yellow Wagtail, male Wheatear (Roger Kennedy)
  • London Wetland Centre: Buzzard, Yellow-legged Gull 1st sum, hybrid Lesser Black-backed Gull x Herring Gull 2nd sum, Common Tern, Rook SW, 4 Wheatear all north western types (R.Kaye).
  • Minet CP: 2 male Northern Wheatear, 1 singing Common Whitethroat, 10+ singing Chiffchaff, 10+ singing Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 1 Kestrel (Dave Bookless).
  • Pinner Park Farm: male Whinchat - (earliest record here), 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Linnet over, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Mistle Thrush, 10 Stock Dove & 75 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Sewardstone: male Ring Ouzel at 0827 along hedgerow east of KGV north basin (Martin Shepherd)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: no sign Firecrest pm, Willow Warbler, m Wheatear (RPBirders)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 5 Little Gulls, 8 Common Tern, 1 Dunlin, 2 White Wagtail mid afternoon (Dominic Pia - Twitter). am: 1 Grey Plover, 6 Swift flew north, 15 White Wagtail, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Great Northern Diver summer plumaged bird flew in at c09:00, then off NW at 09:15 (Andrew Moon)
  • Tate modern: Chiffchaff singing (G Sawtell)
  • Trent Park: Common Buzzard, 7 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, male Northern Wheatear, 2 Kestrel, 4 Swallow, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush,50 Jackdaw, Stock Dove(s), 2 Mandarin,4 Starling, 4 Herring Gull, Peacock Butterfly ( Abundant).( Pete Lowman, Bob Husband.)
  • Vanbrugh Pits (Blackheath Dips): Common Buzzard c NE, 2 Swallows through, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 6 Greenfinches, Long-tailed Tits nesting, Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker (Joe Beale and John Bushell)
  • Waterworks NR: Hoopoe feeding on paths between the visitor centre and the old golf course at 10:30 but flew into scrub by railway line (Alastair Dent and JW Davies) - found by Jamie Partridge and reported seen by other observers from 06:30-07:30. No further sign by 13:08 (Birdguides)
  • Wanstead Flats: m Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 3 Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 15 + Swallow, Sand Martin, Red-legged Partridge, 8 Meadow Pipit (4 singing), 8 Skylark, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 3 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting (Wanstead Birders)
  • West Harrow: interesting behaviour noted this morning as a cat was mobbed in our garden by numerous small birds - a pair of Song Thrushes, two Blue Tits, and one each of Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Starling, and Great Tit. Also two swallows flew through to north-west - my first of the year locally (Alex Massey)

Wednesday 15th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: ad male Peregrine Falcon flew low behind Palace building at 08:00, Pochard x Ferruginous Duck hybrid Boating Lake still, (Dominic Mitchell), totals of 11 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler (Dominic Mitchell, David Callahan), Red Kite through at 12:35, viewed from Birdwatch-BirdGuides office window (Dominic Mitchell, Josh Jones, Ian Lycett, David Callahan). Early am: additional Willow Warbler on pitch and putt course; pm: Swallow and Common Buzzard north over pitch and putt (Gareth Richards).
  • Brent Reservoir: female Wheatear on playing fields and a Willow Warbler early am (Andrew Self): 8-12am: Reed Warbler singing left of hide, 6 Chiffchaffs, 15 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warbler, Swallow, Snipe, 2 Little Ringed Plover displaying, 2 Lapwing, 3 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (John Gravatt, Andrew Verrall); 7 Common Buzzard & Red Kite over 13.20-15.50 (Andrew Self); 1 Stock Dove (Shailesh Patel)
  • Canons Farm, Osprey over flying NE, 7 Wheatear and Willow Warbler (Paul Goodman and Duncan Jennings). Black Redstart at Perrots farmyard (via Ian Ward).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Ring Ouzel males, Grasshopper Warbler singing, Whinchat, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, 2+ Whitethroat, Marsh Harrier male, vocet, Swallow (Ian Stewart per JA)
  • Dartford Marshes: 2 Garganey m + f on flood by Bob Dunn Way, Reed Warbler (Ian Strewart per JA)
  • East India Dock Basin: 3 Common Tern, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Kestrel f, 4 Shelduck, 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 1 Blackcap singing (John Archer)
  • Epping Upland: 2 Cuckoo (JW Davies)
  • Fieldways Farm, Woodcock Hill, Rickmansworth: 1 pair Lapwing displaying. 1 m Cuckoo singing, heard from footpath U1. (Roger Dewey)
  • Greenwich Park: 14 Blackcaps (3f 11m), probably more females went unnoticed, 4 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch nests, 3 Long-tailed Tit nests, Linnets heard overhead (Joe Beale)
  • Highams Park Lake: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (JW Davies)
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens (a.m.): m Scaup asleep on island, M Pipit, Cetti's Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • KGV Reservoir: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Egret, 9 Common Tern, 1 Red Kite over low west 1900hrs, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 White Wagtail, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Sedge warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Northern Wheatear, 1 Cetti's Warbler (heard) (Neville Smith).
  • Little Britain Lake Uxbridge: Little Egret, Common Tern 2 Green Woodpecker Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Blackcap. (Alex Randall)
  • London Wetland Centre: Mediterranean gull calling first thing (main lake), 2 Yellow Wagtail on Wader scrape briefly (12.30), 1 Little Ringed Plover on Wader scape (Catherine Beazley). PS - if you clocked any of the above before me, please feel free to amend. Mediterranean gull over wader scrape at 09.40ish, Common Tern in and out at least 4 times during morning, 3 Common Snipe grazing marsh, 5m 2f Blackcap, 2m Mandarin over main lake and entrance lake, 7 Redshank, 3 Sedge and 2 Reed Warblers, several Cetti's, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff (Martin Honey)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 3 Mistle Thrush (1 fledgling, 1 ad feeding young, 1 ad on nest), Great Spotted Woodpecker, House Sparrow (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Mogador Surrey, south of Banstead: 1 male Whinchat, 7 Northern Wheatear (Steve Gale)
  • Pinner High Street: Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: female Common Redstart, 3 male Wheatear (one adult, two first-summer), Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Little Owl, Little Grebe, 2 Linnet over, Meadow Pipit over, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 12 Stock Dove & 35 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge). Also; Brimstone, 2 Speckled Wood, 3 Holly Blue, 11 Small Tortoiseshell & 4 Peacock butterflies (JR).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Buzzard high W 1415, migrant f Merlin bombing high N over Hill in perfect light 1455 -notes sent to ORC, 3 Swallow N/NW, Jackdaw S, 6 Willow Warbler, Whinchat briefly OGS Pen area 39 at 1055 -earliest date by 1wk, also bat sp over NE arm of lake 0520 -v small w/ slow fluttering towering flight like oversized Br'mstone (RPBirders); singing m Firecrest [1st in 2yrs] Queen Mary's Gdns by entrance to Open Air Theatre a19 late afternoon (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: Ring Ouzel male by gorse west of Holly Lodge- last seen 09.30, 2 Wheatear, 1 Swallow, 1 Whitethroat (Hugh Bradshaw) 5 Common Tern Pen Ponds (S.Read) male White Wagtail briefly paddocks, Buzzard, 4 Willow Warbler singing, 12 more Wheatear making a total of 14 (J.Wilczur, M.Lewis, B. Whiskin, J. Quail, Nick S)
  • Richmond - Vineyard Passage burial ground: 1 singing Willow Warbler (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Roding Valley Park at Redbridge: 2 Little Egret, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Song Thrush, 2 Greenfinch singing and displaying; Peacock butterfly (numerous), Orange-tip (Malcolm Hibberd)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Long Tailed Tit. Small White, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip (John Cadera)
  • Sewardstone Marsh/Gunpowder Park area: Sedge Warbler, female Cuckoo, Garden Warbler, 6 Willow Warblers, many Common Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs (Brian Dawton)
  • Southwark Park: Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk (John Cadera)
  • Stockers Farm, Rickmansworth: 2 Common Tern (flying over), at least 3 Swallow, 1 House Martin. (Roger Dewey)
  • Stockers Lake: c.9 Little Egret in heronry, 1 pr Oystercatcher. (Roger Dewey)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: pr Red-crested Pochard, m Kestrel, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 singing Sedge Warbler (yr 1st here), 5 House Sparrow (TeRNS)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Grebe trilling, Mute Swan pair nesting, Stock Dove, male Reed Bunting, 2 Terrapins basking (Conrad Ellam)
  • Tooting Common: 11 Blackcap (all m), 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Egyptian Goose (James Hudson)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Wheatear, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler. (Steve Blake et al)
  • Reed Warbler, Whitethroat (Herts website)
  • Vanbrugh Pits (Blackheath Dips): 1 Common Whitethroat heard - very quiet (1st of year), also Chifchaff, Blackcap, 2 singing Greenfinches (Joe Beale).Wa
  • Wanstead Flats: Ring Ouzel, 4-5 Wheatear, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Linnet, 4 + Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, 2 m Pochard, 4 Little Grebe (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: No sign or sound of Grasshopper Warbler in Old Sewage Works, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Little Egret, 2 Gadwall, Nuthatch, Wheatear, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Little Grebe, pr of Great Crested Grebe (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy/John Weil)
  • Wimbledon Common: Cuckoo 7am White Cottage area. 1 Northern Wheatear (David Wills)..
  • Yiewsley Lake: Pochard 8 Great Crested Grebe 2 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat. Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood. (Alex Randall)

Tuesday 14th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Northern Wheatear females Cricket Pitches 1pm and Filter Beds 1815, also 2 Swallow north near Conservation Pond 1730, 2 Willow Warblers Top Field, Jackdaw flew SE 0935 (Bob Watts, Dave Callahan, Dominic Mitchell, Henry Wyn-Jones)
  • Battersea Park: 6 singing Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 singing Song Thrush (Michael Mac).
  • Beddington SF: Water Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Buzzard, 8 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Redshank, 2 Wheatear, 8 Willow Warbler (BFBG via Twitter). Male Ring Ouzel still nearby at Little Woodcote today (via Nick Gardner)
  • Brent Reservoir: male Wheatear on fields, 2 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, Blackcaps, 2 Shelduck, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Peregrine male, male Orange Tip and Holly Blue (Steve Leeke, Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Stock Dove, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Shelduck on Heron Pond (Martin Twycross)
  • Canons Farm: 1 House Martin, 6 Swallow, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Northern Wheatear, 1 Common Redstart, 200 Linnet (Steve Gale, David Campbell, Geoff Barter)
  • Chiswick: Willow Warbler singing in birches at the east end of Flanders Road at 07:55 (Josh Jones). Swift north of Chiswick High Road at 11.30 (Andy Sunters).
  • EC2R: Black Redstart in office courtyard - 6th consecutive year at least (Tom Smith)
  • Finsbury Park N4: 8 Red-crested Pochards, 2 Shovelers and singing Willow Warbler (Ian Bradshaw).
  • Fishers Green: 3 Chiffchaff calling, 1 Nightingale heard in early song. (Geoff Crabtree and Tony Clancy.)
  • Greenwich Park: 4 Willow Warblers, 1 Linnet landed briefly, 2 Little Grebes (very unusual to see more than one) inc trilling bird, m Ring Ouzel briefly dropped into one tree after another then gone, pr Tufted Duck, Egyptian Geese w 7 young (Joe Beale)
  • Hampstead Heath: Buzzard over No. 1 Pond, being mobbed by a Carrion Crow, at 17:04 (Kat)
  • Hanger Lane: Kestrel hovering over motorway 20:15 (Richard Francis).
  • Hilly Fields park: 3 Willow Warbler (2 singing), 5-6 singing Blackcap, 5-6 Chiffchaff (A Smith)
  • King George V Res: 1 drake Pintail, 7 Arctic Tern, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 4 Wheatear, 18 Sand Martin, many Blackcap, 1 Common Buzzard (Tony Clancy & Geoff Crabtree)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Tree Pipit heard calling over Court, 9+ Meadow Pipit N, 2 Sand Martin N, 4 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, c10 Blackcap, 4 Sparrowhawk soaring together, Common Snipe, Shelduck W, Little Grebe on Hollow (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: at least 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 7m Blackcap, 1m Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 8 Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, Sand Martin group of 4 and group of 8, 1 Swallow heading N, singing Song Thrush, Kingfisher over Sheltered lagoon towards playing fields, Kestrel and at least 2 pr Reed Bunting (Martin Honey) also 2 House Martin and Jack Snipe (briefly visible on marsh) (J Cass, Nick S)Oystercatcher dropped in briefly on the Wader Scrape (12:30ish), before being moved on by Lapwings(S.Barry)
  • Minet CP: 1 Whinchat in field in centre of Cycle Circuit, 1 Willow Warbler, 15 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Stock Dove, 2 Bullfinch, 7 Linnet, 4 Skylark (Dave Bookless). 2 Whinchat (m&f) at 11:30 at northern edge of field (john Fordham).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 4 Wheatear (3 first-summer male & a female), Little Owl, Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 16 Stock Dove, melanistic Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch & 37 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Village Gardens: Willow Warbler, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit & Nuthatch (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Willow Warbler, Wheatear, Tree Pipit south of Hill viewpt 0615 (RPBirders) pr Sparrowhawks, 2f Kestrels, 4 M Pipits, Sedge Warbler (Tony Duckett).
  • Russia Dock Woodland: Little Egret, 4 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Seventy Acres Lake: Red Kite, 2 Common Tern, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler (Simon Papps)
  • Sewardstone Marsh/Gunpowder Park area: male Cuckoo (Brian Dawton)
  • Shortlands, Bromley: 4 Red Kite together (11.45am); Buzzard (1.40pm); up to 4 Sparrowhawks (M.Birch).
  • Staines Reservoir: 5 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Common Tern, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Swallow. (Jim Sweetland)
  • Tooting Common: 3 Wheatear (male on cricket field & pair on Triangle Field), Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Egyptian Goose (James Hudson).
  • Thorney C P: Wheatear,5 singing Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Cormorants, 2 Mute Swans, 2 Great Crested Grebes, Green Woodpecker, (Sue Giddens)
  • Troy Lake, Rickmansworth: 3 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 3 Swallow across, 2 Little Egret (Dan Pinkham)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood): 6 Wheatear (2 m), 6 Egyptian Geese, f Sparrowhawk, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Common Sandpiper (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: Red-Legged Partridge the first since 2006 (Barry Bishop), Tree Pipit, 20 + Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 3 Wheatear, 10 + Swallow, Common Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 4 Linnet (Wanstead Birders) Common Redstart (Dan Hennessy)
  • Wanstead Park: singing Grasshopper Warbler, first ever spring bird (Tim Harris) SE of stables in hedge between open space and main path, 3 Tree Pipit, 3 Meado Pipit north, Yellow Wagtail, Peregrine Falcon (Jono Lethbridge/Dan Hennessy/Marco Johnson/Nick Croft)
  • Whitings Hill/Arkley South Fields(Evening): Male and Female Wheatear(Rapeseed field and Horse field) ,Buzzard pair, 3 skylark, Kestrel, 5 Meadow Pipits,Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap (David Martens)
  • Wimbledon Common: 3 male Wheatear - the Plain, 5 Linnet N (J.Wilczur) Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling, Hookhamslade Pond area (D.Wills)
  • Woldingham: 5 Wheatear, 3 Ring Ouzel, 1 Raven, 2 Red Kites, 1 Grey Partridge, 9 Buzzards, 2 Kestrel (J.Barnes)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Yellow Wagtail north, 2 Redwing, c4 Willow Warbler incl 2 singers, 1 Swallow north and 1 Stock Dove. (David Lindo, Roy Nuttall & Naomi Wilkinson)

Monday 13th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret flew SE at Wood Green Res at 17:35, presumed Pochard x Ferruginous Duck hybrid Boating Lake still, totals of 11 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs and 4 singing Willow Warblers in N and E areas of park (Dominic Mitchell), fifth Willow Warbler in Cricket Scrub, Meadow Pipit (Bob Watts), female Northern Wheatear at the filter beds at 17:00, also male Bullfinch south down New river (Henry Wyn-Jones)
  • Amwell GP: WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT front of watchpoint 15:00-19:30 at least (Ian Rose et al per Herts BC)
  • Beddington SF: 3 Ring Ouzel, 2 Garganey, Common Redstart, 7 Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 12+ Blackcap, 8+ Willow Warbler, 14 Swallow, 10 Sand Martin, Fieldfare, Yellow Wagtail (BFBG via Twitter) (Also nearby at Little Woodcote, Wallington 4 Ring Ouzel and 9 Wheatear- Peter Alfrey)
  • Bentley Priory: 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (Tony Blake)
  • Brent Reservoir: pr Shelduck, Lapwing, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper (Andrew Haynes).
  • Broadwater lake, Harefield. Sedge Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper, 3 Cetti's Warbler,10 Sand Martin and 2 House Martin ( John Edwards)
  • Brookmill Park: Mute Swan, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bury Lake nr Rickmansworth 2 Common Tern, on yellow buoy 0715. (Gordon Cox-Herts site)
  • Bushy Park: (western boundary by the Longford River) Buzzard, Common Snipe (scrape), 4 Swallows (2 returning resident), 2 Sand Martins, Cetti's Warbler (scrape), 2 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Reed Buntings (Tony Duckett) 1 Wheatear (Hampton Hill cricket pitch) Little Owl (canal plantation) 2 Swallow (Martin Twycross)
  • Charing Cross Road WC2: Sparrowhawk over Denmark Street, pursued by Herring Gull (Malcolm Hibberd)
  • Claybury Park: 2 Blackcaps (good views of both singing males), 3 Chiffchaffs, Stock Dove, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Song Thrushes (Alan Hobson).
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Willow Warbler singing, 1 Blackcap singing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck, 9 Tufted Duck, 5 Teal, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Linnet (John Archer)
  • Finsbury Park N4: Willow Warbler and Coal Tit singing, 2 Shovelers, 2 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebes (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Gallions Reach: Sandwich Tern, Arctic Tern, 20+ Common Tern, 2 Whimbrel, Curlew, Wheatear (KJMcmanus) plus Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Swallow. (Gary A James).
  • Greenwich Park: 3 Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcaps (3 territories), 1 Swallow N, 1 Fieldfare, Egyptian Geese pair with 7 young, pr Tufted Duck, 2 Long-tailed Tit nests, 1 Nuthatch nest with at least 3 territories altogether (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Oystercatcher 3, Shelduck 2 on the River, Willow Warbler 3, Blackcap 2 males, Chiffchaff seen in the alder carr in the Ecology Park.
  • Hackney Downs Park: singing Willow Warbler (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Hanwell W7: 3 Swallow N (Rob Mills)
  • Harrow Road/Great Western Road W9: Peregrine flying W at 1230 (John Cadera)
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: m Scaup & f Goldeneye on Serpentine a.m., 2cy Great Black Backed Gull, Cetti's Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, male Common Redstart at top of birch (Long Water west) 09:10 (Des McKenzie via Twitter), Tree Pipit over Hyde Park 16:26 (Des McKenzie Twitter on 14/4)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: male Ring Ouzel took off from Leyton Flats and flew N, 2 Rook, 4 Willow Warbler (2 in Court grounds), 5+ Chiffchaff, at least 8 Blackcap (including 2 males chasing a female), c8 Greenfinch, 3 Treecreeper (1 Gilbers Slade, 2 Leyton Flats), Little Egret W, then same or another SE (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 3 Mandarin, Water Rail, 1st sum Common Gull, ad Kittiwake Main Lake 11.00-11.35 off high NW, 1st sum Yellow legged Gull, Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, 4 Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, 10 Swallow, 4 House Martin, Grasshopper Warbler singing by Dulverton hide, 3 Sedge Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 11 Willow Warbler, 9 Linnet NW some unusually dropping in. (R.Kaye); Reed Warbler singing and moving through hedgerow near wader scrape hide 12.50 (Catherine Beazley, Oscar Dewhurst, Martin Honey & Bernie Whiskin but first heard by Bill Haines early AM) Sand Martins starting to nest-build, also group of 9 over grazing marsh (Martin Honey)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir. 1 Cettis Warbler singing and showed well in sallow on W side, just S of heronry. 2 Willow Warblers singing, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Mayesbrook Park Barking Wheatear 4PM David Moore
  • Northfields: Willow Warbler singing next to tube station at 8.55 (Catherine Beazley)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 female Wheatear, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Little Owl, Little Grebe, Rook, 58 Jackdaw, Jay, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 11 Stock Dove & 2 singing Chiffchaff (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Village Gardens: singing Willow Warbler & Swallow north-west (Jon Ridge).
  • Priest Hill, Ewell: 8 Northern Wheatear, 1 Common Whitethroat (Steve Gale)
  • Rainham Marshes: imm Spoonbill still, pair Garganey, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler along seawall. 1 Swallow through and 2 Buzzard. 4 Wheatear in front of serin mound and a male on Landfill viewpoint . 18 Common Terns off Aveley Bay (Alan Shearman)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 9 Willow Warbler, Whitethroat (RPBirders); 1 m Wheatear at cricket pitches 1620 (John Cadera)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Redstarts - Holly Lodge male and female (R. Herbert & M.Lewis per JW) Common Tern (S.Read) Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Snipe (M.Lewis) 9 Wheatear by Lower Pen Pond (J.Wilczur)
  • Rotherhithe: 4 singing Willow Warblers Russia Dock Woodland this evening and Swallow north (Richard Bonser)
  • South Croydon: 2 Ring Ouzels in a private garden. (Croydon Birders)
  • St James's Park: Willow Warbler singing in a Willow just N of Duck Island Cottage and pair of Great Crested Grebe have at least 3 young on their backs (Frank Nugent). Willow Warbler also singing in Weeping Willow Buckingham palace end (Will Rose); Peregrine over W at 14:30 and a third Willow Warbler singing in the Willow W of the Pelican Rocks (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Moor: 2 Northern Wheatear males on NW wooden hand rail near N bridge 18.00 but no sign of Ring Ouzel male at Stanwell Moor late am. (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Streatham Common: 3 Willow Warblers, female Sparrowhawk (Peter Newmark).
  • Tooting Common: Willow Warbler singing and flitting among the trees in same place as last week near exit to Drewstead road 8.30am (Will Rose)
  • Tooting Broadway (SW17) Red Kite at approx 18:00 flying NW (Louise Morrison)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 1 Red Kite, up to 10 Common Buzzards including 5 together with aforementioned Kite, 2 Kestrel, 15 singing Blackcap, 16 singing Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, 6 Teal, 2 Lapwing, Cormorant over (John Colmans)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Shelduck, Yellowhammer, c10 Tree Sparrow, 4 Bullfinch (2 pair), Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 5+ Chiffchaff, c20 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, Red Kite. (Steve Blake
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 3 Sedge Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Walthamstow Resevoirs: Common Tern, feeding on the West Warrick, then headed N, Water rail, sedge warbler singing on west warrick also. Common White throat, willow Warbler, Reed Warbler heard brielfy and not seen, Common gull on low maynard, 2 common sands high maynard, 20 swallow through c10 sand martin : (Jamie Partridge)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3-4 Ring Ouzel, Sedge Warbler, 6 + Willow Warbler, 10 + Chiffchaff, 10 + Blackcap, Yellow Wagtail, 6+ Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, Kestrel, Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 male Pochard, Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe, m Wheatear, 10 + Swallow (Wanstead Birders)
  • Waterworks NR: male Ring Ouzel on the old Pitch and Putt (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Wimbledon Park (Horse Close wood): 5 singing Blackcap, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 1 singing Willow Warbler (Martin Honey)
  • West Harrow: Tawny Owl calling at 04.20 (woke me up!) (Alex Massey)
  • Woldingham: 4 Ring Ouzel, 2 Little ringed Plover, 3 Red Kite, 2 Mandarin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Buzzard, 8 Lapwing (J.Barnes)
  • Worcester Park: 1 female Wheatear in paddocks off Green Lane, on eastern side, spooked into hedge by a Peregrine flying over (Simon Osborn)
  • Woodlands Farm, Sewardstone: 9am Cuckoo (Lesley Harrison)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 female Ring Ouzel in Central Copse, 1 Nightingale briefly singing in Chats Paddock, 1 Fieldfare, 1 singing Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow NW & 3 Jackdaw NE (David Lindo)
  • Wimbledon Common: four Northern Wheatear (David Wills)

Sunday 12th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Greylag Goose flew E over pitches and Wood Green Reservoir at 07:23, 3 singing Willow Warblers in SE sector of park, 2 Jackdaws flew S at 07:57, Linnet flew N over pitches at 06:53 (Dominic Mitchell) Peregrine high over Wood Green Res 1015,Linnet heard over Top Field 1253, 5+ Blackcap (Bob Watts, Paul Rawlins)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Sandpiper, 2 Willow Warbler, 20 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, Swallow, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Egyptian Geese & 2 Shelduck (Andrew Self)
  • Brentford Ait: 9 recently fledged juvenile Grey Herons from 4 nests, with one nest still being sat by adult bird (Matt Reed)
  • City of London: 4 Kestrel at once calling in flight and landing on Port of London Authority Building, opposite Tower of London 10am (Dawn Painter, Steff Turton)
  • Crossness: c40 Common Tern including flock of c30 downriver late morning, 2 Wheatear m + f, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 3 Swallow NW, 2+ Curlew, Little Egret (John Archer)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: male Common Redstart, 5 Shelduck, 2 Rook, 4 Jackdaw, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Swallow and 2 Kestrel. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Gallions Reach: 1 adult Iceland Gull 13.50, last seen going towards Barking Outfall, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Red Kite east 09.51-10.04, Arctic Tern, 10 Common Tern, Curlew, 2 Swallow. (Paul Davis, Gary A James & Nick Tanner).
  • Greenland Dock: Grey Wagtail at the lock gates 1030 (John Cadera)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Red Kite 1 heading west 08:40, Blackcap 4 males, Willow Warbler 3, Chiffchaff, Oystercatcher 2, Common Seal seen by North Greenwich Pier, 2 Common Terns seen briefly on Tern raft at the Ecology Park (Richard Green)
  • Hampstead Heath: Short-eared Owl low NW over Parliament Hill at 07:54, 2 Little Egret at 07:10, flew over together then separated, one E the other S, 3 Linnet NW, 2 Meadow Pipit NW, Willow Warbler at Hedge 2, 7 Swallow NW (Frank Nugent, Pete Mantle).
  • Ickenham Marsh: Grey Wagtail, Grey Heron, Little Egret, 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff (Nigel Dodd)
  • Kensington Gardens: Short-eared Owl E over Long Water and circled over Buck Hill 07:45-07:47- third site record and first since 2009 (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • London Wetland Centre: Common Tern (R.Kaye)
  • Margravine Cemetery: first Robin fledglings (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Minet CP: Redstart 1 male in hedges around north corner of triangular field; 1 Swallow (flying NW); 10 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap; 2 Kingfisher; 1 Grey Heron; 2 Green Woodpecker; 2 Meadow Pipit; 1 Kestrel (Dave Bookless)
  • M11 Chigwell: 2 Common Buzzard displaying (Barbara Miller)
  • North Sheen Rec: 2 ring ouzel, f 1st year 13.00 flying west (Peter Hart)
  • Olympic Park, Stratford: singing Cetti's Warbler near Old Ford, singing Blackcap, 3 Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk (Stuart Fisher)
  • Pinner (Cannon Lane): Grey Wagtail along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Swallow north-west, Rook, 67 Jackdaw, Little Grebe, 2 Snipe, Kestrel, 11 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, singing Chiffchaff & 2 Coot (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Village Gardens: Willow Warbler still, Green Woodpecker & Nuthatch (Jon Ridge, Jon Reverley).
  • Rainham Marshes: imm Spoonbill still, Brent Goose, drake Garganey, Sedge Warbler, Ruff, 2 Swallow through, Marsh Harrier, Pintail, few Wigeon remaining (D Bradnum) 4 Wheatears and male Yellow Wagtail on Wennington Marsh (from Serin Mound), male Ring Ouzel flying west along Thames path by incinerator, Greenshank and Garganey pair on Purfleet scrape, 3 Little Ringed Plovers on MDZ and 3 Marsh Harriers on siltbeds/wennington (Ian Bradshaw).
  • Regent's Park: pr Common Scoters 10.40-10.45, 2m Wheatears, 16 Willow Warblers, 11 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackcaps, pr Sparrowhawks (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: Little Egret on Beverley Brook by Chohole Gate. Also 1 Swallow and 4 House Martins at 4:30. (Phil Davies).
  • Rye Meads RSPB Reserve: second summer Mediterranean Gull (arrived pm in front of Draper Hide with a flock of Black-headed Gulls), 2 Little Ringed Plovers, (Bearded Tit - reported),Green Sandpiper, Shelduck, (Fay Broom, Mike Cawthorne, Bob Husband)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Wheatear, 5 Little Egret, 5 Lapwing, 1 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, many Meadow Pipit & Skylark, 4 Cettis Warbler (T.James)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebe, Red Kite, Little Ringed Plover, Arctic Tern, Swallow (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Southwark Park: Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Egyptian Goose (John Cadera)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 4 calling Pheasant, 2 Red Kite (1 mobbed by Lapwings), 2 Buzzard pr, Kestrel, 4 Lapwing, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 7 Stock Dove, 2 Skylark, 3 singing Blackcap, 3 singing Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, pr Goldcrest, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Rook, 5 Reed Bunting, 28 Linnet (Neil Anderson/G. Westley) Also 1m Common Redstart, 2 Swallow (Nigel Dodd)
  • Tooting Common: 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk (James Hudson)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Ring Ouzel (m & f) near Frith Manor Stables at 09:40, Tree Pipit and Willow Warbler at Highwood Hill 08:30, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Mandarin, 3 Swallow, 3 Kestrel (Ian Ellis), 1
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 3 Swallow, 3 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Kestrel, 4 Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, 5 Skyark, 8 Shoveler, f Pochard, 5 Little Grebe, Little Egret (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Willow Warbler, 20 + Chiffchaff, 20 + Blackcap, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, 4 Teal, 5 Gadwall, pr of Shoveler, pr Great Crested Grebe, Kestrel, Swallow (Nick Croft/James Heal)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Sand Martin, 1 Redshank (Alastair Rae)
  • Welling High Street: 5 Swift overhead (first of the year), heading towards Bexleyheath (Connor Hayes)
  • Woldingham: 1LRP, 2Green Sandpiper, 2 Mandarin, 1 Wheatear, 5+ Buzzards, 1Teal (Ian per J.Barnes) (would J.Barnes be able to share where more details of his local patch please given recent sightings; another local birder interested in catching up with LRP, Green Sandpiper and Little Owls if possible. Many thanks) I am more than happy to give info to individuals who ask but I don't want to put exact locations on here to protect the Schedule 1 breeding birds. If an Admin could create a page for Woldingham, I could add in all the specific areas/species. (J.Barnes)
  • Woodford Green: Red Kite at 15.45 circled over my garden then headed North (Steve Howey)
  • Worcester Park: 1 Wheatear m. in paddocks at top of Green Lane, right next to fence with school field, Blackcap pr (Simon Osborn)
  • Yeading Brook meadows: Buzzard + Red Kite circling together, 2 Kestrel, 3 Snipe, 7 singing Blackcap, 4 singing Chiffchaff (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 11th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Tern and Greylag Goose Wood Green Res, Willow Warbler gardens behind Boating Lake, Pochard x Ferruginous Duck hybrid Boating Lake still, Meadow Pipit (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts)
  • Amwell: 2 Arctic Tern (website)
  • Bayonne Park (Fulham): 40+ House Sparrow (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Bow Creek: 2 Common Sandpiper: (Tomos Brangwyn & Conrad Ellam)
  • Brent Reservoir: am/pm 3 Willow Warbler, 7+ Blackcap, 8+ Chiffchaff, 3 Swallow, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Egyptian Goose (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Cormorant over, Mute Swan, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kingfisher, Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap 2m 1f, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam et al)
  • Claybury Park: Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 3 Stock Doves, Song Thrush, Long-tailed Tit (Alan Hobson)
  • Cranford CP nr Heathrow: drake Mandarin, Kingfisher, male Blackcap, c20 Meadow Pipits, 4 Skylark, male Kestrel, c10 Chiffchaff, Goldcrests galore, Coal Tit, 2 Stock Doves, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush (Wendy Marks)
  • Crossness: Common Tern, 4 Curlew, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, Sedge Warbler, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Blackcap, Little Egret (John Archer)
  • Gallions Reach: 5 Arctic Tern (08.25-09.35). 2 Whimbrel, 40 Common Tern, 3 Oystercatcher, Goldcrest. (Gary A James)
  • Canons Farm: 1m Common Redstart, 1m Blackcap,, 1 Meadow Pipit and 5 Yellowhammer. (Paul Goodman)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Northern Wheatear 1 male by meantime nursery, Blackcap 2 singing males. Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 4 Tufted Duck (2 pairs) On the Ecology Park. (Richard Green)
  • Hackney Marshes: 1 singing Common Whitethroat and 1 singing Willow Warbler in the same shrub near the red bridge at 0815 (Alastair Dent)
  • Hampstead Heath: male Ring Ouzel on the cricket pitch at 14:45, still showing superbly at 15:20 (Frank Nugent, Pete Mantle), Willow Warbler in the birches at the Sphagnum Bog singing, where also still 1 Redwing, Little Grebe at Wood Pond Kenwood, 6 Meadow Pipit NW (Frank Nugent).
  • Kenton: Turtle Dove heading north at 11:15, Sorry, I damn near fainted! (Richard Francis).
  • KGV Reservoir: 1 Common Tern, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 1 Sedge warbler (Neville Smith).
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, ad m Merlin,hunted lake briefly off S, ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 House Martin (R.Kaye) 4 Sand Martin (local breeders), 6 Common Snipe, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, singing Cetti's, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers, 1f Sparrowhawk, 2 Swallow (Martin Honey)
  • Lonsdale Road reservoir; singing willow warbler, chiffchaff and 1 Cetti's warbler[john gordon]
  • Mudchute: 2 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Olympic Park, Stratford: f Ring Ouzel, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Little Ringed Plover by pool in old car park west of Greenway, 1-2 Sand Martin plus unidentified hirundine N, 2 Kestrel (Stuart Fisher)
  • Pinner (Moss Lane): Nuthatch calling (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Little Grebe, 2 Snipe, 13 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Nuthatch, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Mistle Thrush & 75 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Village Gardens: singing Willow Warbler, 2 Long-tailed Tit & a Nuthatch (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes : Jack Snipe (Andy Reid), Spoonbill & 1 Pair of Garganey (Ernie Thomason, Martin Stevens & Dave Clark)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Whitethroat (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Southgate (Chase Side, N14): 2 Grey Wagtail pr on roof and feeding in gutter of ASDA (Robert Callf)
  • Southwark Park: Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler singing (John Cadera)
  • Staines Moor: Blackcap, 3+ Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 2 House Martin, Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, 3 Little Egret, 8+ Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Red Kite circled the moor then headed S at 1600, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Skylark in song flight, Swallow (Richard Woolley).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Shelduck, Sparrowhawk, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler, 2 singing Willow Warbler, Grey Wagtail (TeRNS)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Marsh Harrier, Yellow Wagtail over, Wheatear, Little Egret, Great Crested Grebe on river, 15 singing Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff & 3 Blackcap (Andrew Self)
  • Totteridge Valley: 3 Swallow, 9 Blackcap, 16 Chiffchaff, 6 Lapwing, 10 Teal, Little Owl (Ian Ellis).
  • Valentines Park Ilford: Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler all singing. Now 2 Grey Heron nests on the ornamental island, original in the tree and one low by the water- is this a proper heronry now?? (Barbara Miller)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 4 Sand Martin over Leyton Marsh and the canal at 0800 (Alastair Dent). Singing Sedge Warbler N Marsh, 2 House Martin N, 15+ Sand Martin over reservoirs, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler singing from North Marsh, pr Peregrine on electricity pylons by Coppermill Lane, 2 Mistle Thrush (Stuart Fisher/Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Wheatear, Swallow, Willow Warbler, 7 singing Blackcap, SKylark, 6 + Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Linnet, Reed Bunting, 2 unidentified small wader north, 6 Little Grebe (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, pr of Nuthatch, 6 Linnet north, Peregrine Falcon, Sparrowhawk, Little Egret, 10 + singing Blackcap, 20 + Chiffchaff singing, 5 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, pr of Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 3 Meadow Pipit north (Nick Croft/James Heal)
  • Whitings Hill/Arkley South fields: 3 Swallow (1st seen this year) 1 Wheatear(bare patch rapeseed field) Pair Bullfinch,3 Chiffchaff,1 Blackcap, Pair Buzzards, Male Kestrel, Red Kite (over) 7 meadow Pipits, 3 Skylarks Green Woodpecker, GSW (David Martens)
  • Woldingham: 2 little ringed plover, 3 green sandpiper, 8 lapwing, 8 Buzzard, 2 red kite, 4 swallow, 30+ sand martin, Short eared Owl (J.Barnes)

Friday 10th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Willow Warbler singing adjacent to gardens behind Boating Lake, also pair Shoveler Boating Lake (Bob Watts)
  • Bow E3: Buzzard over being mobbed by Crow, same birds as over Lordship Lane? (Harry Harrison)*Beddington SF: Whimbrel, Little Ringed Plover, female Wheatear (BFBG via Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Sandpiper, 2 Peregrine (c.10:00-12:00), 2 Common Buzzard (c.11:50-12:20), 2 Willow Warbler (1 singing) (Joe Taylor); 2 Common Buzzard, 1st W 12.10, 2nd SW 12.30, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 2 Lapwing, 9 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff (Andrew Verrall).
  • Burgess Park: male Wheatear, Peregrine west at 12:00 (SamuelPeregrine).
  • Dartmouth Park NW5: 1 Lapwing over at 07:45, heading east (Tim Blackburn).
  • Edmonton: Peregrine south down Lee Valley towards Edmonton Incinerator at 1155 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Ewell Village: 5 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest (Neil Batten).
  • Finsbury Park N4: 3 drake Red-crested Pochards, 2 Shovelers, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 singing Blackcaps, 5 Long tailed Tits, 2 Stock Doves (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Grovelands Park: Firecrest singing male nr Seaforth Grdns side entrance 17:15, 2 1st-summer Black-headed Gull (Robert Callf)
  • Hackney, N1: Two Collared Doves in our garden on Northchurch Road, only the second time ever. And even more excitingly yesterday I found what I believe are Woodcock feathers on our lawn, see https://www.flickr.com/photos/ibisbill/17100201455/ Can anyone please confirm these are Woodcock (not e.g. pheasant, seen locally recently, surprisingly enough). I thought Woodcock only come into towns in depths of winter but I may well be wrong.... (Michael Rank). They are indeed Woodcock, likely to be a bird on passage (AS) - I noticed from the photo that the quills are "broken", instead of being plucked, which would imply to me that the culprit was a predacious fox (JR).
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: singing Willow Warbler, Swallow N, 4 Blackcap, 6+ Chiffchaff, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine S, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, Treecreeper, singing Nuthatch (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Immature White Ibis dropped onto grazing marsh just after a mid-day shower, then flew and relanded, then moved to main lake before flying off to the West and may have dropped onto river or Lonsdale Road reservoir (Martin Honey). 2 Kingfisher, 4 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 7 Common Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 singing Blackcap, several singing Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1m Yellow Wagtail, 2 Rook, (R. Kaye, Martin Honey) White Ibis - evening up-date, probably still in the area as seen flying up and down the river after 19.00 in the company of Cormorants (ND-S & GM via MRH)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Stock Dove (site tick), m Green Woodpecker (digging nest hole), Dunnock collecting food (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Pinner Park Farm: first-summer male Wheatear, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 copulating Kestrel, Little Owl, Little Grebe, 2 Snipe, Linnet over, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, singing Blackcap & Chiffchaff, Jay & 44 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: drake Garganey N end of Purfleet Scrape, 3 Pintail still, female Red-breasted Merganser on Thames in Aveley Bay early am only, imm Spoonbill Target Pools, female Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrines on pylon near A13, Greenshank, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets (rare this year), Barn Owl, Northern Wheatear, Ring Ouzel flew E over visitor centre and out of reserve, c40 singing Cetti's Warblers, 7 Sedge Warblers, 3 Willow Warblers, Corn Bunting (Dominic Mitchell, Howard Vaughan, Russ Sheriff, Dave Smith and Andrew Gouldstone). 1 singing Reed Warbler (Andy Meaton)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Buzzard N 1140, Collared Dove NE 0840, 2 Redwing N, Sedge Warbler h & seen briefly north of Broad Walk toilet block 0735, m Wheatear am & 2 more Wheatear late-pm, 4 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 15+ m Blackcap, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet (RPBirders)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Fieldfare, 1 Wheatear m (Hugh Bradshaw).
  • Surbiton Filter Beds: 4 Swallows (Bill Dykes).
  • Sidcup: Lamorbey Park; 2 Mute Swan (one appears to be on nest), 2 Egyptian Geese, Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Kingfisher, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Grey Wagtail, 4 Wren, 3 Chiffchaff (all singing). (Eric Brown)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler all singing, 2prs Reed Bunting, Lesser Black-backed Gull adult, 2 Herring Gull juveniles. (P Kite)
  • Tooting Common: Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk with prey, 2 Egyptian Goose (James Hudson)
  • Tottenham: Common Buzzard north over Lordship Lane at 1422 harassed by Carrion Crow (Martin Shepherd)
  • Trent Park: 2 Common Buzzard, 14 Chiffchaff, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Blackcap, 3 G S Woodpecker, Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, Skylark, 70 Jackdaw, 7 Peacock Butterfly, 4 Comma, Small White. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Wanstead: Ring Ouzel, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Willow Warbler, Swallow, Sand Martin, Peregrine, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Reed Bunting (pair), Skylark, 6 Linnet, 2 Shoveler, 2 Pochard (pair) (Twitter)
  • Wembley: Red Kite going south over housing estate near Fryent CP at 16:05 (Joe Taylor)
  • Woldingham: 2 Little ringed Plover, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Red Kite, 2 Mandarin, 9 Lapwing, 16 Buzzard, 2 Little Owl, 30+ Sand Martin, 6 Swallow (J.Barnes)
  • Woodford Green: Goldcrest in photinia (red robin) bush. A garden first. (Steve Howey)
  • Woodford Green: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard calling from garden at 16.10.(Ken Murray)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Between 1245pm & 1310pm Blackcap, Chiffchff, Meadow Pipit, Long Tailed Tit, Kestrel. (Andy Cameron)

Thursday 9th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Buzzard N at 14:43, Red Kite at 15:25, also 5 Great Crested Grebe, pair Shoveler Wood Green Res (Bob Watts), 2 Meadow Pipits SW perimeter ditch, 4 singing Blackcaps, 6 singing Chiffchaffs (Dominic Mitchell), first Willow Warbler of the year singing between Boating Lake and The Avenue (Alan Gibson).
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 1 Common Buzzard north @ 15.25, 2 Chiffchaff including 1 singing, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Jay (John Archer)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap (Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: Singing Blackcap & Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • City of London: Moorgate a soaring Kestrel followed by 3 Com.Buzzard heading North at 12:48, then singles 13.15 at St.Pauls heading South, Fleet St. at 15:50 heading West, plus another heading West at 16:00, then another heading East at 16:10, all were different birds, clearly a not insubstantial movement today (7), (Ken Murray and Charles Fentiman).
  • Clapham Common: 2 Common Buzzard over mid-afternoon. Then another Buzzard followed by Sparrowhawk high. (Mark H)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Common Tern, 1 male Common Redstart, 2 male Ring Ouzel, 8 migrant Common Buzzard, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 6 Swallow, 1 male Reed Bunting, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 2 Common Snipe, 2 Jackdaw, 1+ Rook, 1 female Bullfinch. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Dalston: possible Goshawk: large bird of prey (buzzard sized, sparrowhawk silhouette, long tail, chunky wings), moving east, 9.45am (Jon Agar)
  • East India Dock Basin: Red Kite NE @ 13.25, 1 Common Buzzard N @ 13.25 briefly sparred with the kite, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff singing, 3 Shelduck, 20 Tufted Duck, 21 Teal, 1 Grey Wagtail (John Archer)
  • Ewell (Hogsmill Open Space): 1 Red Kite low ne, 1 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail (Neil Batten)
  • Finchley (North Circular): Common Buzzard soaring over c11.30 (Stuart Fisher)
  • Isleworth: pair of Buzzard circling /diving overhead for ten minutes, 3.45pm, displaying ? [Les McCallum]
  • King George V Res: 1 Red Kite, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Tern, 1 Wheatear, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Blackcap singing (Tony Clancy)
  • Hampstead Heath: 5 singing Blackcaps Parliament Hill area. 2 C.Buzzards at 1230 soaring west pursued gently by Herring Gulls. (Green Grandad.)
  • Lee Valley, Bowyers Water: female Northern Wheatear. (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Holyfield area: Brent Goose, Sand Martin, 2 Stock Doves, 2 Linnets, Yellowhammer. (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Seventy Acres Lake: Brambling, Swallow, Treecreeper. (Mike Oakland)
  • London Wetlands Centre: Little Egret, Wheatear on Grazing Marsh (Martin Twycross) 2 Mandarin, Buzzard, 14 Meadow Pipit N, Swallow SW, 10 singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 12 Linnet N (R.Kaye)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Common Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk over (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Marylebone: Feral Pigeon squab in guttering on Selfridges building on Duke St (Matt Reed).
  • Mayflower Park wetland, Worcester Park: Reed Bunting pr (Simon Osborn)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Willow Warbler, Meadow Pipit (Dave Porritt); m Wheatear briefly 0715, also last wintering Shoveler m (RPBirders)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 male Yellow Wagtail, 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Owl, Little Grebe, 2 Snipe, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Meadow Pipit over, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 10 Stock Dove 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch & 75 Jackdaw. Also a male Holly Blue butterfly (Jon Ridge).
  • Primrose Hill: 2 Buzzard 12.30 heading SW (Dave Porritt); joined by 3rd then 3 Buzzard S together 1235, also House Martin low NE (RPBirders)
  • Richmond Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Red Kite N 11.20, 2 Buzzard, Stonechat female (M.Lewis, S.Read, J. Wilczur) Where was the LSW? Was it male or female? Thanks. In the wood north of Kingston gate. Don't know. You're welcome.
  • Royal Victoria Gardens: male Common Redstart near conifers (no sign of Firecrest), Swallow north past Woolwich Ferry (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • St James's Park: drake Ruddy Duck, no sign of recently reported full-winged Smew (Andrew Self); 2 Common Buzzard soaring together over the Park from c14:00, some tumbling then drifted away W (Frank Nugent). In view of DEFRA's policy of eradication of Ruddy Duck in this country is it wise or fair to continually publicly report locations of this species? Jasper Holyome. Depends on your point of view AS.
  • Staines Moor: Ring Ouzel (m) 11.30 from north end flew to bush west of concrete bridge then into NE corner where apparently grounded but not relocated. Peregrine (m) chasing Lapwing and 1 f-type Wheatear on posts (Graeme Charles) Ring Ouzel still in area of concrete bridge at 3.15pm (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard (notable count here; soaring together 14.40 then E), Cetti’s Warbler, singing Blackcap, 2 Linnet (occasional here), f Reed Bunting (TeRNS)
  • Tooting Common: Willow Warbler singing in trees next to path to Drewstead road 8.30 am ( Will Rose )
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Wheatear, 3+ Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 2 Common Snipe, Little Egret, Little Grebe. (Steve Blake)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Golden Plover grounded by fog, Green Sandpiper likewise, f Wheatear, 3 Linnet, Reed Bunting, 6 Meadow Pipit, 7 Skylark, Kestrel, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 3 Stock Dove, Little Grebe, 4 Egyptian Goose, 5-6 Sand Martin, Swallow (Nick Croft/Marco Johnson/Bob Vaughan/Barry Bishop), Common Buzzard (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wembley: Red Kite going west over housing estate near Fryent CP at 17:50 (Joe Taylor)
  • West Molesey: Willow Warbler in my garden. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Wimbledon Common: Red Kite over Ladies' Mile 12.00 (Peter Carlll)
  • Woolwich: Peregrine over Gordon Square 13:00 (Patrick English)

Wednesday 8th April 2015 Edit

  • Berwick Pond, Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Cetti's Warblers (seen not just heard!), Chiffchaff, Ring-necked Parakeet, Mistle Thrush, Long-tailed Tit (Alan Hobson).
  • Bow Creek: Common Sandpiper, Reed Bunting (James Palmer)
  • Brent Reservoir: singing Cetti's Warbler Heron Hide (Steve Leeke
  • Brentford: no sign of reported Puffin on River Brent this evening (J.Wilczur et al) It was recued by The Swan Sanctuary this afternoon and taken back to their Shepperton head quarters (Wendy Marks via The Swan Sanctuary Facebook page) - see photo on the Birding London Facebook page
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Female Common Redstart ( S.Drake ), 1 singing Common Whitethroat, 1 singing Willow Warbler, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, Common Buzzard. ( V.Halley-Frame & S.Drake ).
  • East India Dock Basin: Red Kite west at 12.40, 3 Meadow Pipit north, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Shelduck, 22 Tufted Duck, 50 Teal, 1 Chiffchaff (John Archer)
  • Gallions Reach: Raven east @ 10.38, Swallow, Skylark. (Gary A James).
  • Greenwich Park: 2 Brambling, 1 Osprey flying high and northwards. (SamuelPeregrine)
  • Holyfield Goose Field: singing Willow Warbler (Simon Papps)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Brambling on horse chestnut just outside back of court, then flew NE (06.28), 2-3 Sparrowhawk, 5 Chiffchaff, 2-3 Blackcap, Nuthatch, 2 Egyptian Geese on Court roof (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wall EC2: 3 Common Buzzard drifted west at 13.45 (Nick Rutter)
  • London Wetland Centre: Grey Plover - still present 17.30 (J. Kalvins per JW et al) Little Ringed Plover and Jack Snipe on wader scrape, 2 Buzzard over (a dark one east, and a pale one west) (Martin Honey) Stone Curlew - grazing marsh 15.45. Still present 17.30 (J. Kalvins per JW et al) Yellow-legged Gull 2nd-winter, 8 Redshank (J.Wilczur et al)
  • Mayflower Park wetland, Worcester Park: 1 Reed Bunting f, pr Coot with 6 young, several Chiffchaff (Simon Osborn)
  • Olympic Park: Greenway: Little Ringed Plover (James Palmer)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Singing Chiffchaff, House Martin around and then towards river, Mobbed Buzzard (Dan Pinkham). Later; female Wheatear, 3 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Owl, 2 Snipe, 5 Linnet, 6 Meadow Pipit north, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 11 Stock Dove, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, singing Blackcap, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Jay & 78 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Greenshanks, Barn Owl, 3 Cetti's Warblers (all 3 seen), Kingfisher, 6 Little Egrets, 12 Pintails, 4 Skylarks, Reed Bunting, 30+ Shelducks, Sand Martin, Buzzard, Peregrine, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Brent Goose, 6 Grey Herons, 8 Redshanks, 2 Pochards (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Buzzard ESE 1230, pr Jackdaw S 0710, 5 Swallow, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, Goldfinch N/NW -Hill vismig 11:40-13:05, also pr Gadwall still, 5 Chiffchaff, 10m Blackcap (RPBirders)
  • Richmond Park: Short-eared Owl flew N 10.15 (O. Dewhurst, J. Mccormick per JW) Swallow over Pen Ponds (14:45), Little Owl (paddocks) (James Hudson)
  • St James's Park: 4 Common Buzzard drifted slowly S, all approached from N, 14:30-15:00, joined by a Peregrine, riding the same thermal as they neared Downing St. A coalition! (Frank Nugent).
  • Sutcliffe Park: Reed Bunting pair by boardwalk (Conrad Ellam)
  • Teddington: Male Blackcap in the back garden of Tudor Court , 6.45 (Ian R Watson)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Common Buzzard, 4 Lapwing, 6 singing Chiffchaff, 3 singing Blackcap, Moorhen pair on Totteridge Long Pond with five young, also 4 Peacock butterflies and a Small Tortoiseshell (John Colmans)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 2 Shelduck pr flew E 09:02 (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Willow Warbler on North Marsh, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Stock Dove, Kestrel. Also Stoat next to the footpath alongside the rear paddocks (Adam Winstanley)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - fem. Scaup, Swallow N, 2 House Martin N, Grey Wagtail; High Maynard - Green Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper on overflow channel; East Warwick - 2 Snipe, 2 Buzzard over, 1 House Martin, 2 Shoveler; No. 5 - Common Sandpiper, pr. Grey Wagtail (Adam Winstanley). East Warwick - 1 Willow Warbler (Barry Jones)
  • Wanstead Flats: 1-2 Swallow, 3 singing Blackcap, 6 singing Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Bunting, 5 Linnet, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5 Skylark, Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron through, 6 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe(Wanstead Birders)
  • Waterworks NR: 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Little Grebe (Jon Agar) Sedge Warbler by entrance to reserve, Common Buzzard high over, Peregrine (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Little Wormwood Scrubs: 2 singing Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap, 5 House Sparrow (David Jeffreys)

Tuesday 7th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite flew high E over E side of park and Birdwatch office towards Wood Green at 11.05 am plus 3 Common Buzzards drifting high N/NE at 12.10-12.15 (David Callahan, Ian Lycett, Dominic Mitchell, Josh Jones) and a further Red Kite and 4 more Common Buzzards by 3.00 pm (same observers plus Henry Wyn-Jones), also Pochard x Ferruginous Duck hybrid still (Boating Lake), 4 Northern Shoveler (Wood Green Reservoir), 2 Meadow Pipits (in SW perimeter ditch), 6 singing male Chiffchaffs (N & E sides) and 3 singing male Blackcaps (Dominic Mitchell). Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail on reservoir, 18.15 (Brian Milligan)
  • Beddington SF: 20 Buzzard, 4 Red Kite, 4 Kestrel, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 5 Swallow, 7 Sand Martin, Great Crested Grebe (BFBG via Twitter)
  • Bermondsey: Meadow Pipit 1 over Riley Rd 12.00 (Richard Green)
  • Bow Creek: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Jay, 26 Teal (John Archer).
  • Brent Reservoir: Osprey flew north 0845 (Steve Leeke); 2 Shelduck, 7 Egyptian Goose, Common Buzzard circled SW 1300, 22 Meadow Pipits north, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps singing (Andrew Verrall); Little Ringed Plover 4pm (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpeicker, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bury Lake nr Rickmansworth, Cuckoo, 7am (Anna Marett - Herts website)
  • Canonhill Common. 1 Yellow Legged. Inside fenced school playing fields. (James Dee)
  • Canons Farm: 8 Common Buzzard, 2-3 Red Kite, 6 Sparrowhawk, 3 Swallow, 8 Chiffchaff, 200 Linnet, 2 Redpoll, 5 Yellowhammer (Steve Gale, David Campbell)
  • Cornmill Gardens: 2 Kingfisher in either territorial dispute or courtship display (John Archer)
  • Cornmill Meadows and Breach Barns: 7 Teal, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2-3 Red Kite, 10+ Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 5-6 Lapwing, Little Owl, Kingfisher, 4+ Green Woodpecker, 2 singing Skylark, 2 Swallow, 2 Coal Tit, Treecreeper, singing Blackcap, 10+ singing Chiffchaff, Redwing, 4 Grey Wagtail, 50+ Meadow Pipit (flying north in small groups), 2 Yellowhammer, 8+ Linnet, 2 Bullfinch (Simon Papps)
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Great Crested Grebe on Thames - rare here, 2+ Stock Dove, 3 Shelduck, 20 Tufted Duck, 35 Teal (John Archer).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Swallow 5 going east over Ecology Park 16:30 (Richard Green)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 4 Common Buzzard through, late morning/early afternoon, 2-3 Sparrowhawk, 3-4 singing Blackcap, 4 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Coal Tit, Treecreeper, singing Nuthatch, 3 Gadwall, Pochard, 2 Green Woodpecker, a trickle of Meadow Pipits through, pr Egyptian Geese with 3 chicks, 2 Great crested Grebe (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Jack Snipe on grazing marsh, 6 Redshank, a few Common Snipe, 5 Wigeon, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel over, Siberian Chiffchaff reported from near WWF hide (Martin Honey) ad Rook flew E (R.Kaye) 2 Buzzard N late pm (Oscar Dewhurst), Red Crested Pochard (Wildside).
  • Marion Wilson Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard drumming and calling, Swallow west (Conrad Ellam)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Little Owl, 2 Kestrel, Little Grebe, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Stock Dove & 40 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marsh RSPB Spoonbill 1 immature Garganey 2 (Ray Tuck)
  • Rammey Marsh, Enfield Lock: Jack Snipe flushed at 0925 during bird survey. Also 7 Linnet (Martin Shepherd)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: House Martin, 5 Meadow Pipit and 4 Linnet N 12:15-13:00, also 4 Chiffchaff, 10m Blackcap (RPBirders)
  • Roding Valley Park, Woodford Bridge: 2 Little Egrets, Chiffchaff, 2 Jays (Alan Hobson).
  • Royal Victoria Gardens, Silvertown: Firecrest in conifers at eastern end of park (Conrad Ellam)
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver, 6 Black necked Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 35 Goldeneye (S Basin), 7 Ruff, 1 Black tailed Godwit (until 19.33 then all 8 birds flew high east), 2+ Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 4 Redshank (N Basin) (Jim and Tony Sweetland)
  • Wanstead Flats: possible Red Kite north at 08:07 (DH) possibly KM's bird at Woodford, 20 Meadow Pipit, 7 Skylark, 2 Linnet, Reed Bunting, Redwing, 3 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 17 Shoveler, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Swallow, 5 singing Chiffchaff (Dan Hennessy/J Lethbridge/N Croft/B Vaughan/M Johnson)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Common Buzzard (Dan Hennessy)
  • Woldingham: 2 Raven, 3 Red Kite, 11 buzzard, 1 Swallow, 18 Sand Martin and 6 Lapwing (J.Barnes)
  • Woodford Green: Peregrine, Red Kite, Mipit, Grey Wag, 6 Redwing, Mistle Thrush and Sprawk this am. (Ken Murray) NB....In response to the 8:07 Wanstead Flats Red Kite, the Woodford Green bird was photographed at 8.23 am. heading North along the roads "house-line".

Monday 6th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Par: 6 Shoveler on Wood Green Reservoir (Gareth Richards).
  • Allotment Ackroyd Drive E3: Brimstone (Harry Harrison)
  • Balham: Grey Wagtail calling from Sainsbury's sign on Balham High Street (Nick Rutter)
  • Beddington: 4 Black-tailed Godwit over, 1 male Wigeon over, 10 Common Buzzard, 3 Red Kite (together- flew north), 5 Swallow, 190 Meadow Pipit (moving northwest), 1 Barnacle Goose (BFBG)
  • Brent Reservoir: Red Kite over 10.45, Common Buzzard at 12.50, Black-tailed Godwit on mud/rafts, 178 Meadow Pipit north, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin & Linnet; also 2 Brimstone, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White & 15 Peacock (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Egyptian Goose (patch tick) Mute Swan, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: Hobby, 2 Avocet mid-morning then flew E @ 14.10, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Common Buzzard north, 1 Swallow north, 8 Sand Martin north, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 20+ Redshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 1 Lapwing, 5 Oystercatcher, 7 Wigeon, 1 Jackdaw south (John Archer)
  • Eltham SE9: Red Kite over heading west 15:30 , Peregrine over heading North 16:05. (Richard Jones)
  • Gallions Reach: Puffin drifting upriver @11.20 towards Woolwich. Common Redstart male, 2 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff. (Gary A James & Paul Davis). 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew (KJ McManus)
  • Gospel Oak: Singing Willow Warbler in birches just S of Oak Village 0630 ( Pete Mantle)
  • Gunpowder Park: singing Willow warblers, 3 Kestrels, Skylarks (Harry Harrison)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Red Kite, first drifted S from 11:30, second also S from 12:50, 4 Common Buzzard (N at noon, W from 13:15 and W at 15:20 when also Peregrine soaring above Cohen's Field and one W at 16:20) 5 Linnet NW, Meadow Pipit through all day, at least 200 NW, 4 Swallow NW, Peacock, Brimstone & Comma (Frank Nugent) Plus Redpoll N (0700)
  • Hampton Court Palace Gardens : Swallow by the river bridge 1.55 (Ian R Watson)
  • Hanwell W7 River Brent/Grand Union Canal: Swallow through N, Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard (Rob Mills)
  • Isleworth: 1 female Siskin preening for 15mins in private garden, a good record for area (Mick Kerr).
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley:1pr Mandarins, Red Kite over, 2 Chiffchaffs, Dunnock calling, 6 Greylags, Wren, (Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: Siberian Chiffchaff singing and calling near Dulverton Hide (A.Salmon, S.Fogg, R.Kaye) Mandarin, Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, 74 Meadow Pipit N/NW, Wheatear, 5 Linnet N/NW (R.Kaye) Wheatear on roof of Peacock hide (S. Fogg) 1 Jack Snipe and 2 Little Ringed Plover on wader scrape, 5 Wigeon, 4 Snipe and 1f Pintail on grazing marsh, 4 Sand Martin, also Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel over (Martin Honey)
  • Mill Hill NW7: Red Kite, Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet. (Steve Blake)
  • North Cheam: Red Kite high West 16:00, 3 Meadow Pipits North 15:30.
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Wheatear (first-summer male & a female), Little Grebe, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Owl, 3 Snipe, Fieldfare, 23 Meadow Pipit (grounded), Linnet over east, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 6 Stock Dove, Jay & 49 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marsh RSPB: 3 Common Tern, 2 Avocet in Aveley Bay 8:30. 2 Garganey, 1 Ruff and a Liitle Ringed Plover on reserve 9:30am (Richard Jones). Peregrine, Greenshank, Linnet, Cetti's Warbler and Pintail (Shailesh Patel, Bob Husband and RSPB NW London Local Group Members)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 13 Stock Dove, 3 House Martin, Yellow Wagtail, 24 Meadow Pipit and 16 Linnet N/NW 12:25-14:05, also pr Jackdaw Winter Gdns northwest end, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap (RPBirders)
  • Richmond Park 2 Wheatear (m & f) riding ring, the Bog, 1 m Linnet (Hugh Bradshaw) p.m. skywatch: 4 Peregrine - including 2 adults NE & imm female N, 2 Red Kite, 9+ Buzzard - passage between N & E, 60 Meadow Pipit N in an hour & 14 grounded, 4 Swallow N, 3 Linnet N (J.Wilczur) Wheatear male by Pen Ponds early a.m. (S.Read per JW)
  • Ruislip Lido/woods: 8 Great-crested Grebe, pr Shoveler, 6 Buzzard (2 Poors Field, 1 in LNR, pr Copse Wood, pr Park Wood, one over Mad Bess Wood), Red Kite over LNR, 3 Sparrowhawk (pr displaying), Kestrel, 3 pr Stock Dove, 3 Swallow N, 7 Singing Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap, 8 m Brimstone, 8 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma, Small White (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Shadwell Basin: two kingfishers seen hunting over the water. Not known if nesting but possible locations on banks and dock wall.
  • Staines Moor: 2 Red Kite, 4+ Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Pipit, 18 Meadow Pipit, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 House Martin and 5 Peacock Butterfly (Samuel Perfect)
  • Staines Reservoir: 5 Avocet, Little Gull still at 13.00 plus 4 Black-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver and Red Kite (Jim Sweetland) also 3 Redshank, 2 Lapwing, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Swallow, 1 Brimstone, 4+ Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock Butterfly (1 Dunlin reported early morning too) (Samuel Perfect)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 3 Common Buzzard nw, 5 Meadow Pipit n, 1 singing Blackcap (The Glade), 7 Herring Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker (Neil Batten).
  • Sutcliffe Park: Common Snipe, 2prs Reed Bunting, Stock Dove, 3prs Long-tailed Tit, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, 2 Peacock Butterfly (P Kite)
  • Tooting Common: Blackcap, several Chiffchaffs, pair Sparrowhawk, female with missing primary over Cafe Field and Tooting Graveney Woods, Green Woodpecker, Great-spotted Woodpeckers, also Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Brimstone (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Totteridge Valley (Folly Farm area): 2 male Wheatear, Swallow (first local breeder returned), Rook, Red-legged Partridge, 2 Little Owl, 5 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Ian Ellis)
  • Trent Park: 11 singing Chiffchaff, 3 Common Buzzard, Swallow, 3 Mandarin, 15 Linnet, 3 Nuthatch, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Common Buzzard, Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel. boardwalk- Cetti's Warbler in bush next to railway line. Sand Martin on River Lea/Leyton Marsh nesting area (JW Davies)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood): pr Scaup still, 4 Teal, pr Egyptian Geese, 4 Shelduck, Peregrine (Banbury), m Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Wheatear (2m + f), 15 Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet, 2 Green Woodpecker, several singing Chiffchaffs (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: 200 +Meadow Pipit through north, 10 + Skylark, 4 Common Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, 3 Kestrel, 4 + Sparrowhawk, 20 + Linnet north, Rook, 3 Swallow, 15 Shoveler, 6 Stock Dove, 5 singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 20 Meadow Pipit north, 5 Buzzard, Red Kite, 3 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk, Little Egret, 4 Shoveler, pr of Great Crested Grebe (Nick Croft/Tim Harris)
  • Wimbledon Common: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard, Nuthatch, lots of Chiffchaff in song, Kestrel. (Mark H)
  • Woodford Green: 6 sightings of Sprawk involving at least 3 birds, and my 2nd Swallow of the Spring heading North over the tree canopy.(Ken Murray)
  • Woodlands Farm: 2 Swallows on telegraph wires at usual breeding site. (Harry Harrison)

Sunday 5th April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Buzzard perched in Conservation Area, before being moved on by corvids; as far as I'm aware, the first to be recorded in - as opposed to over - the Park. Also 4 Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe on Wood Green Res. (Gareth Richards). 2 Red Kites viewed overhead from ice-rink car park. 12.20. Soaring and slowly gaining height before heading east. (Greg Smith). Wheatear Filter Beds, Peregrine over Wood Green Res (Paul Rawlins)
  • Barbican EC2: 2 Goldfinch nest building on roof of Seddon House p.m. (Neil Batten)
  • Bedddington SF: Jack Snipe, Brambling over, 4 Wheatears (3m 1f Steve Thomas) & 11 Sand Martins, 2 Swallow (pm count), Red Kite, 5 Green Sandpiper, 8 Buzzard (pm count), (Kevin Guest)
  • Brent Reservoir: Pheasant heard in reed-bed, 3 Shelduck briefly (2 Shelduck later N Marsh), Little Egret, 17 Snipe, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Sand Martin & 9 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard): Afternoon visit Red Kite drifted SE 1310 (Andrew Verrall).
  • Claybury Park: Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 - 3 Stock Doves, 3 Green Woodpeckers, Jay (Alan Hobson).
  • Gallions Reach: Red Kite, 6 Common Buzzard (all east), Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 7 Swallow, (Gary A James & Paul Davis).
  • Hampstead Heath: 12 Common Buzzard all drifting slowly over, one pair tumbling and swooping together. First bird high S at 11:10, the second noticeably missing primaries, very low NW from 11:50, 3 S & SW from 12:50, two SW from 13:20, 2 from 15:15 then at 15:40, 16:30, last one 16:40, 1 Rook W at 08:15, 4 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, c100 Chaffinch NW, 21 Meadow Pipit NW, 1 Redwing at second Hedge, 2 Kingfisher at Sanctuary Pond (Frank Nugent). Woodcock low over Pryor's Field mid morning (Oliver Simms)
  • Kew Gardens: 14 Greylag, 6 Egyptian Geese, 10 Gadwall, pr Mandarin, 2 Sparrowhawk, Common Sandpiper on opposite (north by Syon) shore of Thames, 4 Goldcrest, 2 singing Blackcap, 2 singing Chiffchaff (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Leyton, Jubilee Park: 3 singing Blackcap (Paul Whiteman)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 6 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Little Owl, Snipe, 56 Meadow Pipit (grounded), 4 Fieldfare, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 4 Stock Dove & 73 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: 34 Common Buzzard, 11 Marsh Harrier, male Hen Harrier, Raven, pair Garganey, Whimbrel, Ruff, Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover, Bearded Tit (Twitter)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Woodcock, pr Jackdaw, 5 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap (RPBirders)
  • Richmond Park 1 Wheatear m Holly Lodge riding ring (Hugh Bradshaw) 6 Skylark, 9 Meadow Pipit, c 10 Reed Bunting Lawn Field (Steve Woolfenden) Wheatear male - Lawn Field, Stonechat female still, 7 Redwing - Sidmouth Wood, Buzzard perched, Little Grebe - Upper Pen Pond, 18 Grey Heron - 4 nesting pairs (two of which with 4 young each) and 2 imms (J.Wilczur) Redpoll heard (P.B-Smith) Treecreeper, Reed Bunting, Kestrel pair (TWHV)
  • Staines Moor: 5 Red Kite, 1 Common Buzzard (Twitter)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 3 m Pheasant, 2 Buzzard, m Kestrel, 5 Little Ringed Plover (4 together at one point as 5th was in flight some distance away), Green Sandpiper, 12 Snipe, 8 Lapwing, 5 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit N, 2 Wheatear (pr), 3 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Blackcap, 2 Rook (1 carrying food), 3m Reed Bunting, singing Linnet ,Muntjac (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Stables, front paddocks 1 Redwing; rear paddocks 1 White Wagtail in with 7 Pied Wagtails, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet; Leyton Marsh (NE corner) 1 singing Blackcap all 08:00-09:00 (Alastair Dent) Kestrel, Reed Bunting, Little Egret, dozens of Pied Wagtail in paddocks (Josh Loeb)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Dunlin on East Warwick in North West corner until at least 3.30pm. Also 2 Wheatear, pr. Scaup and 6 Meadow Pipits on Lockwood (Adam Winstanley)
  • Wanstead Flats: up to 6 Common Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, 4 + Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 50 + Meadow Pipit, 6 + Skylark, 3 Swallow, Willow Warbler, 5 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Blackcap, 3 Linnet, 2 Wheatear (m&f), 25 + Shoveler, f Pochard, 5 Little Grebe (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Red Kite west over old sewage works (Dan Hennessy)
  • Denham Lock Wood LWT: 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Snipe flushed up, 18 Jackdaw, Pheasant pair plus 2 males, Mandarin pair plus 1 male, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 30 + Tufted Duck, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Heron 14 Adult 5 Young, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Cormorant, 2 Green Woodpecker (Dan Pinkham)

Saturday 4th April 2015 Edit

  • Beddington SF: Curlew, Red Kite, House Martin (BFBG via Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, 57 Meadow Pipit north & 12 singing Chiffchaff (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: At least 3 grey wagtail with one pair mating. Local grey heron eating bread (Fernley Symons).
  • Bushy Park : Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatear (Ian R Watson)
  • Ewell: 5 Pheasant (2m, 3f) in grounds of LA Fitness, Banstead Rd. p.m. Also 2 Stock Dove (Neil Batten)
  • Gallions Reach: Swallow, Common Tern (KJMcmanus); Jack Snipe, Little Egret. (Gary A James).
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Firecrest incl singing male, Common Buzzard over SE 12:18 hrs (Robert Callf/Bob Husband)
  • KGV Reservoir: Avocet on causeway at 0720, 2 Red Kite at 0745 and 0810, Common Snipe, 5 Sand Martin, 3 Meadow Pipit (Martin Shepherd)
  • London Wetland Centre: Kestrel, 6 Redshank, 5 Wigeon, 1f Pintail, 4 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Common Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 1m Peregrine on Ch. X. Hosp. (Martin Honey); Buzzard NW at 15.50 (S. Fogg) singing Willow Warbler (K Peacock, per Angus Innes).;
  • Margravine Cemetery: pr Green Woodpecker (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Olympic Park: Greenway: 3 Little Ringed Plover (JW Davies)
  • Osterley Park: 2 Chiffchaff singing, Coal Tit, Common Buzzard over NW, 2 Cormorant, 4 Egyptian Goose, 3 Gadwall, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Great Crested Grebe (1 on nest), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Herring Gull, 52+ Jackdaw, 3 Jay, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Little Grebe, Little Owl, 6 Mandarin, Mistle Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Pied Wagtail, 9+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 8 Shoveler, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Teal (Richard Woolley).
  • Pinner Park Farm: adult male Wheatear, 5 Greylag Goose west at 16:53, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Owl, 4 Snipe, 3 Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, 13 Meadow Pipit north, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch & 77 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: Hen Harrier [Ldn yr-1st] (BirdGuides)
  • Regent's Park: Snipe flushed Wetland Pen area 32 early-am -1st on patch since Dec '13, 2 House Martin NW, 2 Chiffchaff and 4-5 Blackcap singing (RPBirders)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Common Whitethroat [Ldn yr-1st], 2 Willow Warbler (Twitter)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Avocet (BirdGuides)
  • Totteridge Valley: pair Kestrel displaying, 9 Meadow Pipit over, Lapwing, 2 Teal (Ian Ellis)
  • Twickenham (late report): Red-legged Partridge in private garden (via M. Honey)
  • Walthamstow: Advance notice for the all day event AWPW3 75 species were recorded in 2014, 81 in 2013. What will this year bring? Be a part of it on Sunday 26th April 2015 (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Walthamstow Marsh: White Wagtail in with 17 Pied Wagtails, back paddocks. (Blackcap still singing by southern bridge over Dagenham Brook in Jubilee Park) (Paul Whiteman)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - 2 probably 3 Little Ring Plover during day, pair of Scaup, 1 Wheatear, female Goldeneye and Swallow going north (David Bradshaw); male Merlin low over Lockwood c 3-30pm (Matthew Cunningham).
  • Wanstead Flats: What appeared to be a Hooded Crow being chased off patch by its more familiar cousins. Only when it banked and swerved to avoid the pursuing birds could we makeout grey on belly and underwing and on the back (NC/DH) Ill Manors movie all about Hoodies in Wanstead! (J Levy); 50+ Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 7 Redwing, Siskin, Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 12 Shoveler, f Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, 10 + Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, pr of Stock Dove (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy/Jonathan Lethbridge/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Swallow, Meadow Pipit, 16 + Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap,singing Goldcrest, 2 Teal, 10 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, Little Egret, pr of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, pr Great Crested Grebe on basin + 1 on Perch, Little Grebe, Coal Tit (Dan Hennessy/Nick Croft) Diver sp (probable Great Northern Diver) high over Wanstead Tube station going south (Nick Tanner via text)

Friday 3rd April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret over Wood Green Res (Henry Wyn-Jones)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, Little Egret behind dam, 17 Snipe, 4 Swallows through & 12 singing Chiffchaff (Andrew Self); afternoon visit Little Egret out of East Marsh, 2 Lapwing flew in, Blackcap singing Dump, Swallow stopped to feed, Willow Warbler seen singing trees by Canoe jetty (CG only) (Andrew Verrall, Chris Goodchild)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Lapwing, 2 Redshank, Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Enfield EN2: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Robert Callf)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Firecrest singing behind rangers hunt mid-day (J.Murray).
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Buzzard very low NW over Parliament Hill at 08:55 in the murk, where also 5 Meadow Pipit feeding, 1 Swallow NW over Highgate 1 Pond at 14:00, 4 Blackcap incl a pair on Parliament Hill, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 4 Collared Dove (2 pair), Kingfisher at Sanctuary Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: Goldeneye f at Fishermans Keep area am, Cetti's Warbler in usual area at 11.20 seen calling from Holly tree (D.Jordan)
  • London Wetland Centre: singing Willow Warbler, 1 Jack Snipe grazing marsh (Martin Honey); 2 Red-crested Pochard pair, 1f Pheasant, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, Swallow briefly, 6 singing Cetti's Warbler (L. Smith, J. Wilczur, S. Fogg, M. Honey); second Jack Snipe located on wader scrape, 2-3 Swallow N (Martin Honey)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir LNR: 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6+ Grey Heron at nests with 5+ young, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3+ Jackdaw, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Pochard, 4+ Ring-necked Parakeet, Shoveler, 22 Teal (Richard Woolley).
  • Mayflower Park: Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Water Rail (Bob Smith)
  • Olympic Park: Greenway- 3 Little Ringed Plover (JW Davies)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Jay & 71 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: pair of Garganey, 4 Common Scoter 2pr on river (Twitter); also Wheatear, two Water Pipits, Raven (Sean Huggins)
  • Regent's Park: House Martin over lake (per RPBirders)
  • Richmond Park: c15 (2PCS 2UPP 11LF) Reed Bunting, 12 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1f Stonechat f Kestrel all Lawn Field (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Roding Valley Park at Redbridge: Little Egret, Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff (Malcolm Hibberd)
  • Russia Dock Woodland/Stave Hill: Blackcap still singing by road, 2 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinch (John Cadera)
  • Southwark Park: 1 Stock Dove at calling at boating lake then flew into Ada Salter Rose Garden (John Cadera)
  • Staines Reservoir: 4 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Egyptian Geese, Great Northern Diver, White Wagtail. (Jim Sweetland)
  • Tooting Commons: 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 36 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose with one surviving gosling, 18 Stock Dove (Nick Rutter)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 11 singing Chiffchaff, 8 Teal, 2 Cormorant over separately, 2 Lapwing (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 4 singing Chiffchaff, c15 Goldfinch, Mandarin, Nuthatch. (Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: one singing Blackcap on Leyton Marsh (east perimeter hedge) at 1615 (Alastair Dent); rear paddocks- 2 Wheatear, 4 Meadow Pipit, 8 Linnet, Little Egret, 30+ Pied Wagtail, White Wagtail, Kestrel (JW Davies)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: pr Scaup and pr Wheatear on Lockwood (Adam Winstanley); Buzzard and drake Goosander N, Peregrine (Paul Whiteman & David Bradshaw).
  • Walthamstow: Advance notice for the all day event AWPW3 75 species were recorded in 2014, 81 in 2013. What will this year bring? Be a part of it on Sunday 26th April 2015 (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wanstead Flats: Shelduck, 2 Egyptian Goose, 6 Shoveler, Gadwall, 3 Little Grebe, f Wheatear, 2 Swallow, Common Snipe, 2 Kestrel, 4 Sparrowhawk, 10 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Fieldfare (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 62 Shoveler (park record), 9 Teal, 13 Gadwall, 2 Egyptian Goose, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, Little Egret, 4 singing Blackcap, 10+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, singing Coal Tit, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Tim Harris/Nick Croft)

Thursday 2nd April 2015 Edit

  • Beddington SF: Osprey (flew west 10:06), 6 Wheatear (5 male, 1 female), Garganey, Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, Buzzard, Peregrine (BFBG via Twitter)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Stock Dove, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ewell Village: 1 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Grey Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Nuthatch, 6 Herring Gull incl. 2 adults on Bourne Hall lake (Neil Batten).
  • Grovelands Park: 4 Great Crested Grebe pr with two chicks, 4 Shoveler 2m 2f, 21 Common Gull incl at least 11 1st-summer, 2+ Firecrest incl at least one poss two singing males (between NE corner of lake and Seaforth Grdns side entrance), 3+ singing Chiffchaff, singing male Blackcap (Robert Callf)
  • Leyton Flats: Egyptian Goose with young at Hollow Ponds (Bob Vaughan)
  • London Wetland Centre: Swallow, Sand Martin, 3 House Martin [Ldn yr-1st] (website) Also 9 Common Buzzards over in various directions (Oscar Dewhurst, Rupert Kaye, Martin Honey). Plus 6 Redshank, 1m 1f Red Crested Pochard, 6 Meadow Pipit NNW, 1m 1f Mandarin, 5 singing Chiffchaff (MH)
  • Minet CP: m Peregrine overhead; 1 Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret, 3 Teal, 1 Little Owl, 5 singing Skylark, 7 singing Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, 30+ Linnet, 6 Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecher, 2 Green Woodpecker (Dave Bookless)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Little Owl, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 4 Snipe, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit, 3 Green Woodpecker, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker & 51 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: only 2 Gadwall pr left, 15 Shoveler, Black-headed Gull, Swallow high W 1800, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap (RPBirders)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Firecrests singing - one E side of Pen Pond Plantation the second in a private area (S.Read & M.Lewis per JW); Little Egret roosting Upper Pen Pond island, Stonechat female still (J.Wilczur)
  • Roding Valley Park at Redbridge: pr Teal, 2 Little Egret, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff (Malcolm Hibberd)
  • Roding Valley Park and Redbridge Lakes, Woodford Bridge: Kingfisher, Kestrel, 4 Chiffchaffs, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Jay, 3 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Pied Wagtails (Alan Hobson).
  • St James's Park: drake Ruddy Duck, singing Chiffchaff & Pied Wagtail over (Andrew Self)
  • Trent Park: Common Buzzard, 8 singing Chiffchaff, 4 Mandarin. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: rear paddocks- Wheatear (JW Davies)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lingering Redshank in North-west corner of East Warwick, Pair of Scaup and 5 Goldeneye still on Lockwood (Mike Messenger per Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats: 80+ Meadow Pipit through (& 3 singing birds), Skylark, 1-2 Swallow, 2-3 Reed Bunting, Peregrine Falcon, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 8 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap (Nick Croft/Tim Harris/Bob Vaughan) 25 Meadow Pipit (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Coal Tit, Goldcrest and Chiffchaff singing in St Mary's churchyard (Dan Hennessy), 11 Chiffchaff in park, 10 Meadow Pipit over, 2 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, singing Stock Dove, 4 Redwing (Nick Croft)
  • Westminster Abbey: Peregrine on the West Front at 14:00 (Frank Nugent).

Wednesday 1st April 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Buzzard low and mobbed by crows near Boating Lake 1030, also Linnet, Meadow Pipit, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, pair Shoveler Wood Green Res, but no sign of recent [count=1| Pochard hybrid] (Dominic Mitchell, Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones)
  • Beddington SF: 5 Mediterranean Gull (all adults), 3 Water Pipit, Jack Snipe (BFBG via Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover on mud 12.35 to 13.10 when flew off N calling, Green Sandpiper and 3 Snipe Heron Hide, Water Rail feeding in open on Island, Chiffchaff (Andrew Verrall)
  • Buckingham Palace: 2 Swallows over Victoria Memorial 18.22 (Will Rose)
  • Chelsea Bridge Wharf: pr Grey Wagtail (Neil Anderson)
  • Chingford: 1pr Kestrel, Green Woodpecker on the Plain, 1pr Teal, 1pr Mandarin, 4 Greylag, pr Lesser Black Back Gull and f Smew [escape] on Connaught Water, 6 Chiffchaff but only a couple in full song, 3-4 Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Buzzard soaring over Fairmead carrying Brown Rat. 1 Small Tortoiseshell (John Cadera)
  • Chingford: Station Road at 4.20pm, Red Kite flying low over "the shops" in a Westerly direction (Ken Murray).
  • Cornmill Meadows: 2 male Shelduck, 7 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 10 Teal, 4 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 4 Lapwing, 2 Kingfisher, 25+ Meadow Pipit (flying north in 2 flocks), 4 Grey Wagtail (2 pairs), 40+ Goldfinch (Simon Papps)
  • Ealing Hospital: Peregrine chasing pigeon very close to main building c11am (f.mck)
  • Footscray Meadows: 2 Water Rail, 35+ Jackdaw, 40+ Carrion Crow (Andy Meaton)
  • Hale End: IG8- Chiffchaff singing in Alders Avenue at 07.27 (Chris Wright)
  • Hyde Park: f Goldeneye, m Scaup near Serpentine cafe (seems to have a problem with one eye) associating with a f Tufted, ad and 1st-year Black-headed Gulls, pr Mandarin (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin)
  • Kensington Gardens: 2 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrests, Cetti's Warbler singing occasionally, 2 Shoveler (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: singing Firecrest, singing Blackcap, 2 Treecreeper, Rook S, 6 Meadow Pipit N, Coal Tit, 2 Common Buzzard SW early afternoon, 2 singing Chiffchaff, pr Sparrowhawk over (Stuart Fisher)
  • Leyton, Jubilee Park: singing Blackcap by southern bridge over Dagenham Brook. (Paul Whiteman)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1 fledgling Tawny Owl, 1 Great Crested Grebe (& 1 on Thames), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Rich Petley)
  • Lower Chingford: off Russell Lane- Peregrine, Green Sandpiper (James Palmer)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Snipe, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit & 91 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Red Kite very low south over carpark at 1340, Greenshank on pools (Twitter)
  • Richmond Park: Firecrest (M.Lewis)
  • Roding Valley Park at Redbridge: pr Teal, Cormorant flying down river, 2 Little Egret, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, 2 Long-tailed Tit (Malcolm Hibberd)
  • Rye Meads: Marsh Harrier male north at 10.15am (Alan Reynolds -Herts website)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret, Cormorant, Common Snipe, Stock Dove (Conrad Ellam)
  • Waddon Ponds (Croydon): 1 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaffs. (Bird Arrivals at Waddon Ponds)
  • Walthamstow Marsh: 2 Redwing by riding stables front paddocks, singing Cetti's Warbler in newly fenced off area to north of refurbished boardwalk, female Peregrine hunting c.80 Carrion Crows on North Marsh, singing Blackcap by pylon in Coppermill Lane on North Marsh. (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats: Swallow, Rook, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit 13 north & 3 singing birds, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2m Reed Bunting, 4 Redwing, 9 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 6 Little Grebe (Nick Croft/Tim Harris)
  • Wanstead Park: 4 Fieldfare north, singing Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, pr of Great Crested Grebe back on Shoulder of Mutton (Dan Hennessy); pr of Nuthatch in the Dell (Tony Brown)
  • Whitings Hill/Arkley Fields South: Red Kite over am, 2 Chiffchaff singing, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk hunting this eve, 2 Long-tailed Tits, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 3 Mallard in flooded pool -1st I've seen for this sit e(David Martens)
  • Woodford Green: Treecreeper, Tawny Owl flying into 'roost' conifer with Magpie on its tail, Grey Wagtail, displaying Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, 2 Little Egret flyovers, also Swallow at 5.20pm -my earliest (Ken Murray).

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