Highlights of the monthEdit

August was a month of two halves, with little of interest in the first half but plenty in the second. Perhaps the most exciting news early in the month was the disclosure that two pairs of Marsh Warbler had spent the summer at Rainham Marshes. On the 24th a Great Skua visited a couple of West London reservoirs before disappearing over Windsor Great Park, and the next day an Arctic Skua and a Gannet passed Rainham Marshes. A Quail was found at Wanstead Flats on the 24th and a Spotted Crake at Dagenham Chase on the 31st. Garganey were reported from eight sites in the latter half of the month; a juvenile stayed at the London Wetland Centre from the 22nd to the 31st and one that arrived at Brent Reservoir on 26th was joined by another on the 27th, a third on the 29th and a fourth on the 31st. Rotherhithe’s long-staying Long-tailed Duck was last seen on the 22nd. Southbound raptors included one Osprey, two Honey Buzzard and three Goshawk. Plenty of waders were on the move, the rarest being a Red-necked Phalarope at King George V Reservoir from the 23rd to the 25th. A twitchable Wood Sandpiper was at Rainham Marshes from the 16th to the 24th, when it was joined by another. At least three Sabine’s Gull were in Aveley Bay on the 25th. On the 24th, a Roseate Tern was heard passing downriver at Crossness and then seen at Rainham. On the 25th, the month’s only reported Turtle Dove passed over Brent Reservoir (which also had the only record in August 2012). Four Wryneck turned up at the end of the month, with two at King George V Reservoir on the 28th, one at Cudham, Kent, on the 29th and one at Alexander Park on the 30th and 31st. Whinchat, Wheatear, Common Redstart and Spotted Flycatcher were seen in increasing numbers through the month, joined by Yellow Wagtail from the 11th, Tree Pipit from the 16th and Pied Flycatcher from the 20th. A possible Greenish Warbler was reported in Barnet on the 12th and BirdGuides reported one singing in Woodford Green on the 26th, but neither record could be confirmed. Wood Warblers were seen at Brent Reservoir, Hampstead Heath and Regent's Park. Finally, a Red-legged Partridge spent two days on the small balcony of a flat in Homerton before being caught and released on Hackney Marshes.

Saturday 31st August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Wryneck relocated 0735 flushed from ditch south end cricket pitch first seen y'day pm & still present in Cricket Scrub 315pm at least, also 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Hobby, Garden Warbler (Andrew Gardener, Henry Wyn-Jones et al)
  • Bookham Common: Buzzard; large Grass Snake (4-5ft), up to 3 female Brown Hairstreak ovipositing, Rufous Grasshopper opposite Merrit's Cottage (unusual site) (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 juv Garganey, Common Buzzard over, 5 Green Sandpipers, 4 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwings, Little Egret, Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Swifts, Yellow Wagtail over, small passage of 17 Swallows and 16 Sand Martins - Autumn Bird Count 69 spp (Brent Birders & NW London RSPB Group) 
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 3 Common Sandpiper, 10+ Common Tern, Sparrowhawk (John Archer)
  • Dagenham Chase: Spotted Crake 1pm-c3:30pm but no further sign, 2+ Water Rail, fem / imm Garganey, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Little Egret, 25+ Teal, 3+ Shoveler, 2 Whinchat, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 20+ House Martin, 1 Swift, 2 Kestrel (V.Halley-Frame, S.Drake, Pete Lambert et al).
  • Enfield Lock (R Lea S of Enfield Is Village): 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1+ Blackcap, 4+ Chiffchaff, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Goldeneye, 12+ Swallow, 1 Little Egret over (EY Edwards)
  • Hampstead Heath: 1 Whinchat opposite the running track, 1 Common Buzzard over, 2 Hobby over Parliament Hill Fields, 28 Swallow NW, 2 Spotted Flycatcher at sphagnum bog (Frank Nugent); Willow Warbler singing in my garden (Greengrandad)
  • King George V Reservoir: 1 Little Gull on S basin 07:00hrs (Neville Smith); 3 Whinchat seen from N bank on Sewardstone Marsh, 4 Wheatear (1 N Basin & 3 on farm fields to east), 1 Clouded Yellow (Tony Clancy); 1 Wheatear N bank (EY Edwards); 3 Spotted Flycatcher on dead tree to east of N basin at 1045 (Martin Shepherd).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Garganey juv still, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Hobby hunting over reserve (Lee Smith); 1f Wheatear, 4+ Cetti's Warbler incl juvs, 1 Whitethroat, large flock House Martin am, 4+ Common Snipe (Martin Honey et al.)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Lesser Whitethroat, m Greenland Wheatear (Francis Tusa per b_e)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 3 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5 Pheasant, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Whinchat - 1430-1830hrs (Neville Smith).
  • Staines Moor: 2 Greenshank along the Colne early am flew off E, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Common Snipe, 2 Hobby, 1 Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 32 Barn Swallow, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1+ Sparrowhawk, 2+ Kestrel, c400 Starling, c60 Goldfinch (Lee Dingain) W'chat pic
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin), 2 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Whitethroat (causeway bushes), 1 Common Sandpiper - 06.00-09.00 (A.Luscombe, Bob Warden, Dominic Pia, et al).
  • Totteridge Valley: 3 Whinchat, 1 Northern Wheatear, 12+ Common Whitethroat 07:45-08:20am (Ian Ellis).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - Osprey [Ldn season-1st] S (KJMcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Whinchat, 2 Common Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail, Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 14 Swallow, Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, Shoveler, Gadwall (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 4 Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Little Egret, 2 Swallow (Nick Croft/Sally Hammond)

Friday 30th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Wryneck pm (observer?)
  • Banstead Woods: 3 Whinchats in Hither Field (David Campbell).
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, Wigeon, 6 Green Sandpipers, 4 Common Sandpipers, 2 Lapwing, 1 Common Tern, 4 Swift, 2 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin S (Andrew Verrall).
  • Canons Farm: Spotted Flycatcher in Lunch Wood (David Campbell).
  • Crossness: 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, Buzzard sp high SW (Steve Carter per JA)
  • Enfield EN2 (Parkside Farm): 1 Whinchat (Robert Callf).
  • Leyton FlatsCommon Redstart SE end but hard to locate in dense scrub, 15 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler (Stuart Fisher)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Teal, 15 Shoveler, Green Sandpiper flew round Deadman's Cnr area 34 away fr Wetland Pen 0920 [rare here despite proximity to Brent Res - 5th patch record], Common Sandpiper, Snipe Wetland Pen a32, Kingfisher W up Regent's Canal a46 0630, 5 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler wildlife gdn a20, 4 Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher OGS Pen a39, m Greenland Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail SW 1320 (birdman_euston et al)
  • Swanley Park: Mandarin, Tufted Duck, Greylag, 163 Canada Goose, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swift, 50+ House Martin, 40+ Ring-necked Parakeet (Andy Meaton). 
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 7 Yellow Wagtails W at 6.00am, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, Willow Warbler (Jamie Partridge)
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 5 Yellow Wagtail, House Martin, 3 Kestrel, 10+ Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, Little Egret (Wanstead Birders)

Thursday 29th August 2013Edit

  • Banstead Woods: Pied Flycatcher nr Reads Rest Lane entrance at 5.00pm only, probably associating with tit flock (Ian Jones per David Campbell).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 juv Garganey, drake Wigeon, 6 Green Sandpipers, 4 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwing, 2 Common Terns, 11 Swift and 13 Swallow S (Andrew Verrall); later Little Egret, 3 juv Garganey (Roy Beddard).
  • Canons Farm: Tree Pipit, Spotted Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail; Brown Hairstreak butterfly (David Campbell/Ian Ward/Peter Taylor et al).
  • Cudham, Kent: Wryneck at Cudham Tithe Barn, Berry's Hill, c2km E of Biggin Hill, 1355-1357hrs in hawthorn hedge on private property, then flew W towards woodland at Single Street and lost to view (Rob Innes).
  • Dulwich Park: 5 Swallow SW (Martin Stevens).
  • Enfield EN2 (Parkside Farm): 1 Northern Wheatear, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Robert Callf). 
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Wheatear perched on bench on Parliament Hill at 06:30, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler in hedge on Hill (Frank Nugent); Spotted Flycatcher at 11.30 in dead tree in Heath Extension (Rich Townsend); 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Whitethroat third hedge mid morning (Greengrandad)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 7 Whinchat, Hobby (Tweet).
  • King George V Reservoir: no Wrynecks; Black-necked Grebe (BirdGuides); Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Lesser Whitethroats (BG).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Snipe, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (Adam Salmon); 1 juv Garganey still, 1 Hobby, 2 Swift, 1 Greenland Wheatear, 2 fem Redstart, 3 Yellow Wagtail (R.Kaye)
  • North Finchley: Painted Lady on garden buddleia (also one in St John's Wood High Street) (John Colmans)
  • Osterley Park: 33 Swallow S 08.05, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Teal, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Owl, 1 Willow Wabler, 1 Sparrowhawk (K.Fisher)
  • Sewardstone E4: 2 Whinchat flycatching from the same hawthorn, Yellow Wagtail - 0815-0845 (Martin Shepherd).
  • Staines Moor: 2 Wheatear, Kestrel, also 2 Clouded Yellow butterflies (Keith Kerr)
  • Streatham Common: 1 Kestrel causing absolute panic (R Bell)
  • Vauxhall: 1 Peregrine at 7am (Michael Mac)
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Common Redstart, 1-2 Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, Swallow, Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 10 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, Teal, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Tawny Owl by ornamental waters (Tim Harris)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Whinchat on cow field, 2 Wheatears on horse paddock, Yellow Wagtail S, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (Jamie Partridge)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: juv Bullfinch, Hobby over rooftops in nearby Old Oak Lane (Neil Anderson).

Wednesday 28th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 1 Teal (Tunnel Basin) (James Palmer)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 juv Garganey main hide, Hobby, 3+ Green Sandpiper, 3+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, 4 Common Terns, 17 Sand Martins, 5 Swallows, 2 Swifts (John Gravatt, Lydia Willocks, Andrew Verrall); also Little Egret, Wigeon (Andrew Haynes + 1).
  • Bushy Park: Cetti's Warbler, Common Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher (Tony Duckett).
  • Canons Farm: Spotted Flycatcher along bridleway south of Lunch Wood, Wheatear west of Lunch Wood and Whinchat south of Reads Rest Cottages, 2 Common Redstarts both fem-types - 1 south of Lunch Wood and 1 just north of Canons Farmhouse (David Campbell/Richard Draper/Andy Downing).
  • Enfield EN2 (Park Farm): 2 Whinchat in top of oak and then flew down onto hedgerow 09:55 - probably just arrived (Robert Callf). 
  • Enfield EN2 (Vicarage Farm): 4 Yellow Wagtail flew from field containing horses 09:00 (Robert Callf).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Pied Flycatcher (in Thamesside trees by O2), Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat (all in field between West Parkside and Sainsbury's), 2 Swift (James Lowen)
  • Hampstead Heath: 3 Whinchat in No3 Hedge, Common Buzzard soaring o'head mobbed by m Sparrowhawk (Sash Tusa); also 1 Shoveler and 2 Gadwall at Highgate 1 pond, 2 Garden Warbler still at hedge on the Hill (Frank Nugent).
  • King George V Reservoir: 2 Wrynecks on west side - one north of causeway and one in southwest corner of south basin (BirdGuides); the Wryneck north of the causeway seen again at 1540 perched in hawthorn along the fence-line 100 yards beyond the first pylon - dropped out of site after 10 minutes when Sparrowhawk flew through (Martin Shepherd); still showing in same same Hawthorn at 1830hrs, also Black-necked Grebe on S basin (Neville Smith)
  • Lake Farm CP, Hayes: 1 m Black Redstart, 4+ Common Whitethroats, Hobby and Red Kite over (W.Marks)
  • Leyton Flats: m Common Redstart in birches SE side, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Common Buzzard over (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 1 Garganey juv, 4 Yellow Wagtail (incl 3 S+SW), 1 Whitethroat, 2 Cetti's Warbler juvs (Adam Salmon).
  • Mudchute: Spotted Flycatcher, 15+ Monk Parakeets (John Archer).
  • Potters Bar, Barnet EN5 (Kitts End Rd): juv Common Buzzard, Hobby high catching insects, Red Kite W, f Kestrel nearby (Bob Husband) 
  • Rainham Marshes: Curlew Sandpiper (BirdGuides).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 1 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 1 Red Kite N over Hill toward Heath 1235, 20+ House Martin, 2 Kingfisher, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat (birdman_euston); 2 Whinchats, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 Pied Flycatcher (Tony Duckett).
  • Sewardstone E4: Whinchat, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Hobby, Wheatear, c80 Swallow, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 6 Whitethroat - 0800-0845 (Martin Shepherd). 
  • Staines Moor: 2 Hobby, 1 Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler and 9 Chiffchaff (Jim Sweetland)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 4 Black-necked Grebe S Basin - 17.30-18.45 (A.Luscombe).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Shoveler, Lapwing, f Whinchat, Willow Warbler (TeRNS)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Pied Flycatcher (one pub scrub & 2nd Esso Copse), Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Whinchat (brooms), Common Redstart (SSSI), 20+ Swallow through, 3 House Martin W, Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 9 Gadwall, Shoveler, 14 Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy/Steve Thorpe/Tim Harris)

Tuesday 27th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 1 Whinchat 07.30 on cricket pitch, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Jackdaw, 1 Teal (Tunnel Basin) (James Palmer); 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Whitethroat 09.30 (Jonathan Cooke).
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: Collared Dove (rare here), Common Sandpiper; Clouded Yellow, 2 Jersey Tiger (Nick Tanner).
  • Brent Reservoir: Spotted Flycatcher (yr 1st), 2 juv Garganey, Little Egret, 3+ Green Sandpiper, 5+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, 4 Common Terns, 7 Sand Martins S (Andrew Verrall).
  • Bushy Park: Common Buzzard, Hobbys, 4 Sparrowhawks, Whinchat, Common Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, 1 poss 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Reed Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs (Tony Duckett). 
  • Canons Farm: 1st-winter m Common Redstart southwest of Lunch Wood and 1 Golden Plover NE (David Campbell).
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Little Grebe on EIDB (first this year), 29 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck (Nick Tanner & John Archer).
  • Edgwarebury, Edgware, Middx: 3 Spotted Flycatchers, juv Common Buzzard calling. Bad news - Shooters on arable fields - Police attended but Gunmen say they have permission to control 'pests' - Woodpigeons. Call Police if you see them shoot anything else. (Bob Husband) 
  • Hampstead Heath: Garden Warbler in fog on the Hill, 3 Whinchats in sun afternoon Pryor's Field (Greengrandad); Hobby over the boating lake around 1.30 (P.Angus); 2 Whinchat opposite running track at 18:15 (Frank Nugent).
  • Horsenden Hill: 2 Whinchat, Hobby; small numbers of common warblers (Andy Culshaw).
  • Ladywell Cemetery SE4: 1 Collared Dove (Phil Laurie).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Garganey juv, 2 Redshank SE, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail SW, 5 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 35 House Martin (Adam Salmon).
  • Lower Chingford E4: 27 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 4 Green Sandpiper, 6 House Martin (James Palmer).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 1 Teal [season-1st], 7 Shoveler, 4 Buzzard S together 1315, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Kingfisher Longbridge Sanctuary am, 20+ House Martin, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whinchat 'Chat Bush' brambles & gorse nr area 34 1245-1530 at least, 1 f/imm Northern Wheatear [site autumn-1st] below Hill lookout a51 at 0640, 1 Yellow Wagtail SW (birdman_euston et al)
  • South Ruislip HA4: 1 Red Kite over early pm (R.Middleton)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Little Gull, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Northern Wheatear in am (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 8 Little Grebe pr + 4 yg + 2 from earlier brood, 4 Swift, 6 Reed Warblers, f Teal, 18 Canada Geese (P Kite)
  • Trent Park: 1 1st-winter m Common Redstart 'Old Golf Course' 10:55-11:15 hrs showing well and calling loudly (Robert Callf); Common Redstart still showing at 18:00 hrs, also 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Phil Rhodes)
  • Thames Barrier: Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Tern upriver, 2 Oystercatcher, Chiffchaff; Grey Seal (Conrad Ellam)
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield EN2): 1 Whinchat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 f Bullfinch, 7 Yellowhammer (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Whinchat, f Wheatear, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Teal, 10+ Gadwall, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 5+ Meadow Pipit, 13 Swallow, House Martin, Hobby, Kestrel, 5 Mistle Thrush, imm Great Black-backed Gull (Dan Hennessy/Nick Croft)
  • Westminster: Peregrine over Victoria Tower Gardens then onto Palace of Westminster Victoria Tower at 08:50, 2 Common Tern E (Frank Nugent).

Monday 26th August 2013Edit

  • Beddington SF: m Goshawk SW 09.27 (Tweet).
  • Brent Reservoir: juv Garganey and juv Mediterranean Gull from main hide, also 6 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwing, 3 Little Egret and Yellow Wagtail over (Brent Birders).
  • Bushy Park: 1 f Wheatear, 1 Hobby, 5 Green Woodpecker, 30+ Swallow (Bill Dykes)
  • Canons Farm: 2 Whinchats, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatears (David Campbell, Paul Goodman, Josh Burch et al).
  • Crayford Marshes: Little Owl, Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher; on river 7 Greenshank, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black  Tern, 20+ Common Tern, 4 ad Yellow-legged Gull, Clouded Yellow (P Kite & J Foot)
  • Crossness: Mediterranean Gull juv/1w flew downriver evening, Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk, 3 Shoveler, Clouded Yellow (John Archer).
  • Fairlop Waters: 3 Whinchat, 1 Northern Wheatear in field south of golf course (Steve Bacon)
  • Hampstead Heath: Spotted Flycatcher on dead tree nr small ponds on Heath Extension at 11.30 (Rich Townsend)
  • Hanwell/Boston Manor, Grand Union Canal: 4+ Chiffchaff, 1+ Willow Warbler with a very active mixed Blue/Great & Long-tailed Tit flock, 8+ Swift very high S, 2 Common Whitethroat, f Whinchat, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker; the 3 Tufted Duck yg I first reported 1st August as appearing to be abandoned are now well developed; good size terrapin sunning itself (Rob Mills)
  • Haringey N4: Peregrine over Cavendish Rd 11am then stooping E towards Green Lns (Simon Bradley)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Sandwich Tern reported 13:34 (BirdGuides).
  • King George V Reservoir: 1 Little Grebe, earlier report of Slavonian Grebe correctly re-identified as Black-necked Grebe still on S basin at 1900hrs (NS), 4 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 15+ Common Sandpiper, 75 Shoveler, 35 Pochard, 1 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1000+ Tufted Duck, 1 Hobby, 6 Yellow Wagtail over, 1 Wheatear, 7 Whinchat (Neville Smith/Stuart Hamilton)
  • Lee Valley, Cornmill Meadows: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Green Sandpiper (Simon Papps).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 juv Garganey, 2 Peregrine, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Swallow, 2 Swift, 1f Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 7 Common Snipe, 14 Yellow Wagtail over (M.Honey, R.Kaye et al); large Red-eared Slider (terrapin) swimming around the wader scrape (MRH)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 3 + Curlew Sandpiper (pics here, 4 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 5 Greenshank, Snipe, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, 2 Garganey, 2-3 Hobby, Whinchat (RSPB/James Astley/Nick Croft); also Marsh Harrier, Common Sandpiper, 14 Yellow Wagtail over in one flock, 2 Bearded Tits calling (Neil Anderson) 
  • Regent's Park: Common Sandpiper, 2 Swallows, 75 House Martins, Whinchat [site yr-1st], 3 Garden Warblers, 2 Common Whitethroats, 15 Blackcaps, 18 Chiffchaffs, 10 Willow Warblers, Spotted Flycatcher (Tony Duckett et al).
  • Staines Moor: 3 Hobby, 1-2 Garden Warbler, err, that's it! Pretty much nowt! (Lee Dingain)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 4 Little Gull (London Tweets).
  • Swanley Park: Mandarin, Tufted Duck (unusual), Greylag, Grey Heron (Andy Meaton)
  • Tooting Common: Spotted Flycatcher in tall trees opposite entrance to Athletics Track at 9am also juv Sparrowhawk, 2 Nuthatch pr, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Egyptian Geese, 6+ Stock Dove, 30+ Tufted Duck (James Hudson)
  • Totteridge Valley: 50 spp incl 1 Green Sandpiper heard over Darlands Lake at 11:45 (first site record), also f Common Teal and Kingfisher there; elsewhere juv Whinchat, 4 Yellow Wagtail over, 5 Willow Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 1 Swift, 2 juv Red-legged Partridge, Little Owl, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, 20 Stock Dove, 18 Rook (Ian Ellis).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Whinchat (Tim Harris), 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 4-5 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 singing Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, 12+ Yellow Wagtail W, 3 Grey Wagtail, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Tony Brown/Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Tim Harris)
  • West Ham: 2 Swift over station at 10:10 (Frank Nugent).
  • West Molesey: Common Sandpiper W over my back garden calling at 21:45 (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Woodford Green IG8: GREENISH WARBLER singing Claybury Pk in elms at paved circle [TQ 42814 91320] c400yds east of Roding Ln N / Vicarage Rd jn 08.45; 'not found' reported 11:21 (BirdGuides).

Sunday 25th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Grey Heron 16.00 on Boating Lake (Naomi Stadlen); Common Teal New River nr Hornsey High St 9am (Gareth Richards per Bob Watts).
  • Banstead Woods: Marsh Harrier circled low over The Scrub then S (David Campbell).
  • Barking Bay: Little Egret, Arctic Skua, Sabine's Gull, 10 Black Tern, 60 Common Tern, 20 Arctic Tern, 7 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Turnstone, Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, Knot, Common Sandpiper, Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat (Paul Hawkins)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Garganey, 3 Ruff, 10 Ringed Plover, 7 Snipe, 1 Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtail (BFBG) pics
  • Bedmond (M25 nr J21): 1 Red Kite (Nigel May).
  • Brent Reservoir: no mud so waders on rafts - 6 Green Sandpipers, 4 Common Sandpipers, 4 Lapwings, 1 Wigeon, still 5 Common Terns, c3 Swifts & a few hirundines, 4+ Reed Warblers, 20 Ruff (flew in from the west at 12:10 circled the rafts & flew E); Turtle Dove S at 16.15 (Brent Birders).
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: 4 Dunlin through (2nd site record), Red Kite, Yellow Wagtail, 4 Swifts, Grey Wagtail (1st for year), Hobby, Cormorant, 3 Common Gulls (Roy Weller, David Campbell, Paul Goodman et al).
  • Carshalton SM5: Tree Pipit SE calling c11pm (Marcin Sek).
  • Edgwarebury, Edgware, Middx: Spotted Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail, 3 juv Pied Wagtails, Sparrowhawk (f perched), 3 Common Buzzards (over A41), Bullfinch (juv), 28 House Martins (flock of), Red-legged Partridges (pair), 2 Swifts, Barn Swallows, Little Owl, (Bob Husband, Fay Broom, et al - NW London RSPB Group Birdwalk).     
  • Enfield EN2 (Bay Farm): 1 Whinchat on fencing posts (Robert Callf).
  • Fairlop Waters/Bretts GP: WeBS count - 11 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe 2, 46 Pochard, 3 Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 32 Teal, 47 Mallard, 42 Tufted Duck, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Grey Heron (Steve Bacon)
  • Gallions Reach: 8 Black Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 101 Common Tern, 2 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Greenhank, 5 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, 9 House Martin (Gary A James, Paul Davis).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: juv Mediterranean Gull (metal ring) on barges midriver, 2 Pied Flycatcher, Sand Martin in meadow nr Ecology Park, Peregrine on O2 Arena, Curlew upriver, 20+ Common Tern (Joe Beale, Conrad Ellam, Richard Green et al).
  • Hampstead Heath: Spotted Flycatcher in large mixed warbler / tit flock at Sphagnum Bog, 11 Mistle Thrush on running track, 1 Gadwall at Highgate 1 pond, 2 Garden Warbler in hedge atop Parliament Hill, 2 Hobby and c20 Swallow over (Frank Nugent, Chris Bird); also flock of 22 Black-headed Gulls W over Parliament Hill (Pete Mantle)
  • Hanwell W7: prob Marsh Harrier at 08:50 a good size raptor flying N before turning E towards central London long tailed with very distinctive short continuos pumping type of wing action (Rob Mills) Wings in shallow V / veering flight / more than twice length of Carrion_Crow? [b_e] I guess veering could describe its flight and slow / seen from inside the house and had plenty of time to pick up bins and get into garden / had time since to look at one or two video clips of species in flight and now pretty sure that's what it was (RM)
  • Isle of Dogs: 8 Arctic Terns late am, R Thames at Saunders Ness (Sean Huggins)
  • King George V Reservoir: Red-necked Phalarope reported in evening, 7 Ruff, 19 Black Terns, 3 Turnstone, 18+ Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper (Neville Smith)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Goshawk ad m SW 11.55 & juv m S 14.35, Saker-type hybrid nearly caught Ruff over main lake, 3 Peregrine, Hobby, Garganey, 2 Commom Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, Black Tern juv, 10 Swift, 2 Grey Wagtail, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 80 House Martin, 30 Sand Martin, Linnet; Clouded Yellow (R.Kaye); 38 Shoveler, Ruff, 4 Swallow, 4 Willow Warbler (Adam Salmon). 
  • Rainham Marshes: 3-4 Sabine's Gulls in Aveley Bay this morning (Andy Tweed); 1 hooded bird lingering to late am along the foreshore nr Aveley Bay (Shaun Harvey et al) and last seen flying past the Stone Barges at c12:30 (Dominic Mitchell); also Arctic Skua upriver at 08:17 and c5 Little Gulls (Andy Tweed); ad Gannet upriver at noon (Phil Street); c16 Black Terns and 8 Arctic Terns past the stone barges and 3 Turnstones in Aveley Bay (Dominic Mitchell et al); 13 Black Tern and 2 Sandwich Tern downriver 1.30-4.30pm, 2 Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpipers (David Bradshaw); Clouded Yellow butterfly in the stone barges car park (Dominic Mitchell).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (birdman_euston)
  • Ruislip Lido: 26 Gadwall, eclipse m Wigeon, Little Egret, Red Kite 14.20, 15+ House Martin (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Sewardstone: juv Peregrine N at 11.00 (Martin Shepherd).
  • Staines Reservoirs: flock of 30-35 Dunlin through both basins then E at 07.18, 2 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin), 2 Little Gull (S Basin), 2 Hobby, 3 Common Sandpiper - 06.15- 09.20 (A.Luscombe, Bob Warden, Simon Edward); 3 Dunlin E over north basin at midday (Bill Dykes). 
  • Stoke Newington East Reservoir: 5 Common Sandpiper flew in at 11.20am alighting briefly on exposed pipe in res before flying off, also juv Reed Warbler (Peter Beckenham/LWT walk) 
  • Ten Acre Wood area: f Pheasant with c5 young chicks (at least second brood locally) 2 of which seemed to catapult themselves in the air as they were close to me for up to 20m, Buzzard, f Kestrel, 18 Lapwing, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 3 Swallow, 6 House Martin, f/juv Wheatear, 30+ Linnet (Neil Anderson); Green Sandpiper (G. Westley)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: horse paddocks - 1 fem/imm Common Redstart, 2f Wheatear (Jonathan Nasir), 1 Whinchat being chased by fem Kestrel but not seen subsequently (Jonathan Nasir, G Howie)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Wheatears; 2 Clouded Yellows (Alastair Rae); Where were the Spot Flys, please?  PW 
  • Wanstead Flats: Whinchat SSSI (Tim Harris); Tree Pipit east end of Long Wood (Bob Vaughan/Barry Bishop); 2 Spotted Flycatcher (BV)
  • Wimbledon Park Lake: Black-headed Gull with White Ring TTH 8 - any ideas on where to find the provenance of this bird? (Martin Daniel); Try this site: European Colour-ring Projects [b_e] The first letter indicates country of ringing, I think T is Polish - if it is you can submit details to find out more at. [John Birkett]. Thanks will do (Martin Daniel). For comparison, a picture of a white Polish ring on my blog here. This first-year Black-headed_Gull was in Hyde Park on 7 November 2012; colour ring T4UN, metal ring P184.318. Ringed as a chick in Kampinos National Park near Warsaw on 14 June [Ralph Hancock].

Saturday 24th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Garden Warbler (Gareth Richards).
  • Amwell: 17 Black Tern S 13.15 (Herts website).
  • Beddington Farmlands: Little Egret, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 38 Shoveler, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Oystercatcher, 15 Ringed Plover, 1 Turnstone, 5 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, 12 Snipe, 34 Common Tern, 1 Little Owl, 15 Swift, 10 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Willow Warbler (BFBG) pics  updates
  • Brent Reservoir: 6 Snipe, 5 Green Sandpipers, 5 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwing, Little Egret, 6 Swifts (Brent Birders).
  • Broadwater: flock of 50 Sand Martin through mid afternoon during a shower, 2 Yellow-legged Gull and 8 Common Tern (John Edwards).
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Stock Dove, Blackcap (Conrad Ellam).
  • Chelsea: Mallard brood of 4 at Grosvenor Waterside apartment block (Matt Reed).
  • Crossness: probable Roseate Tern downriver at 09:15 (heard only), Black Tern (juv lingering off Golf Centre in morning), Bar-tailed Godwit in Barking Bay, 100+ Common Tern, 2+ Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Oystercatcher, 2 Shoveler, 250+ Teal, 2+ Little Egret (John Archer).
  • Gallions Reach: 35 Arctic Tern 09.30 in one flock headed inland over KGV dock, 7 Black Tern, 60+ Common Tern, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, Little Egret, Kingfisher (Gary A James).
  • Grays RM17: many terns upriver incl 12+ Arctic Tern and 45+ Black Tern (largest group 39 at 15.15) (James Astley)
  • Hampstead Heath: Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, 15 Blackcap, 25 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat all in Sphagnum Bog - rest of heath very quiet (Oliver Simms); most of the same birds still in soggy birches early afternoon plus a juv Pied Flycatcher whose appearance was heralded by a rousing fanfare from the orchestra rehearsing at Kenwood! (Greengrandad); Tree Pipit at 09:25 perched briefly on Parliament Hill and a Sedge Warbler made an even briefer appearance (Frank Nugent).
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Owl (Andy Culshaw).
  • King George V Reservoir, Chingford: Red-necked Phalarope still early am - permit access only (BirdGuides).
  • London Wetland Centre: juv Garganey, Greenshank, 10 Snipe, 1 Hobby, m Wheatear, 12 Swift, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler, 13 Swallow SW (Adam Salmon).
  • Marylebone NW1 (Park Road): House Martin colony at Rossmore Court apartment block with at least three nests being visited, Jay over (Matt Reed).
  • Paddington Basin: three broods of Tufted Duck very close together at E end, juv Grey Wagtail with parent (Matt Reed).
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: 1 Bonxie flew over and then over Windsor Great Park early eve (Chris Heard per FJM)
  • Rainham Marshes: 6 Little Egrets, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Hobby, 12 Ringed Plovers, 2 Wood Sandpipers, 3 Green Sandpipers, 13 Common Sandpipers, 2 Greenshank, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Whimbrel, 11 Ruff (2 on reserve & 9 flew downriver), c10 Yellow-legged Gulls, 23 Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 Common Gulls, Black Tern and 4 Arctic Terns, Yellow Wagtail, Tree Pipit over, Garden Warbler in woodland (Dominic Mitchell); Roseate Tern twice briefly am only (Ruth Barnes and Paul Davies); then total of c80 Common Terns, c40 Arctic Terns (incl flock of 20), 2 Sandwich Terns and 8 Black Terns on river watch c11:30-16:00 (Dominic Mitchell, Ruth Barnes, Paul Davies, Phil Street et al); Pied Flycatcher in woodland during brief dry spell in large horse-chestnuts on edge of cordite store (Michael Angel).
  • Staines Moor: 3 Hobby, 2 Kestrel - 13.30-15.45 (A. Luscombe).
  • Staines Reservoirs: ad Great Skua s basin for at least 5 mins up to 1300 then flew high W (RI / tweet on Surrey website); 4 Black Tern (1ad), 2juv Little Gull, 1juv Arctic Tern, 1 Hobby 17.00hrs-18.00hrs (Neil Randon); 1ad Grey Plover initially on S basin early am then on N basin in pm (Bob Warden); 2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Ringed Plover heard early pm (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Swanley Park: After the fireworks night! Mandarin, 30 Mallard (55 yesterday), 4 Canada Goose (3 angelwings - 40+ yesterday), Grey Heron, gang of 15 Magpies sorting through the rubbish, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker (Andy Meaton).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 7-12:30 Lockwood wader passage - c25 Ringed Plover, 4+ Turnstone, 2 Whimbrel, 6 Knot (5 NE & another with the Ringed Plover / Turnstone flock), also 65+ Common Tern (incl flock of 53 S), 2 Wheatear, 30+ House Martin over, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, 7 Whitethroat (Stuart Fisher); 14:00-17:00 Lockwood - 5 Wigeon, 1 Wheatear, 3 Common Sandpiper; High Maynard - 2 Kingfisher, 9 Little Egret, 1 Hobby; East Warwick - 2 Greenshank, Common Sandpiper; No 5 - 6 Swift, many House Martin and Sand Martin; No.1 - 8 Wigeon (Paul Whiteman) Very wet!
  • Wanstead Flats: First up apologies for the muddled tweets on #LBCN #Londonbirds I tweeted before I had heard Bob's full description of his bird, which I assumed was the same one we'd seen earlier; Quail (BV); Crake sp flushed from path nr Long Wood and landed in bramble patch [No white on tail, legs dangling behind, no discernible rufous on wings or streaky back but darker towards primaries, smaller than juv Moorhen. Not enough to be 100% certain] (NC/BV); Cuckoo (TB); 2 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, Tree Pipit, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Willow Warber, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Mistle Thrush, 4 Snipe NE over Esso Copse, 2 Egyptian Goose, 12 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Tony Brown/Steve Thorpe/Tim Harris/J Ward).

Friday 23rd August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Yellow Wagtail S 0652, also Willow Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat (Dominic Mitchell, Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: juv Dunlin from 13.10, 2 Snipe, Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers, Lapwing, 2 Little Egrets, 8 Sand Martin, 2 Swift S, Willow Warbler, 15+ Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler (John Gravatt, Steve Leeke, Derek Turner, Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Geat Spotted Woodpecker (Conrad Ellam)
  • Coulsdon CR5: Hobby circling close to St Andrew's Church 17:00-17:10 (Paul Sell)
  • Ealing (W13): 2+ Green Sandpiper heard over SW at 20:00. Only 2nd record of this species from my garden, the 1st being on 8/8/2013. (OBSERVER ?)
  • Enfield EN2 (Clay Hill): 6 Barn Swallow and a nest with 2 chicks (Robert Callf).
  • Gallions Reach: Arctic Tern upriver, 50+ Common Tern, 2 Peregrine, Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaff (Gary A James).
  • Ham Lands LNR: Pied Flycatcher at 10.15am area immediately north of BMX track, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Kestrel (Spencer Neal).
  • Hammersmith: Peregrine Falcon close to Hammersmith and City Line station (Michael Robinson)
  • King George V Reservoir, Chingford: Red-necked Phalarope  on S basin til 0950 at least - access for permit / key holders only  (Harry Lacey per RBA); still at 11:00 + 2 juv Black Tern, 3 Common Sandpiper (Harry Lacey); 1 Wheatear, 2 Clouded Yellow (Tony Clancy); Red-necked Phalarope still present 7.45pm S basin west side, also ad Black Tern; 4+ Clouded Yellows (Alan Hobson).
  • Leyton Flats and Snaresbrook: Common Tern E, 1 Swift S, 1 Swallow S, no flycatchers, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Shoveler (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Garganey scrape, Snipe, Swift, Kingfisher, c200 juv Tufted Duck (J.Wilczur).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 House Martin, 1 Buzzard 10:50 mobbed W by juv m Peregrine Falcon that had also just mobbed a Crow and a Herring or Lesser Black-Backed Gull (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Old River Lea: Kingfisher (G Howie) pics
  • Rainham MarshesWood Sandpiper (BirdGuides).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 2 Shoveler, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler - Phyllosc flock & flyc'rs left last night, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat (birdman_euston); 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Francis Tusa per b_e)
  • South Harrow: Willow Warbler in garden (Michael Robinson)
  • Staines Moor: 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1+ Hobby, Buzzard, 2 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, lots of Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 1 Sand Martin S, 27 Barn Swallow, 1 Kingfisher (Lee Dingain)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 22 Common Terns on river, 4 Common Sandpipers, Oystercatcher, c800 Starlings; 2 Clouded Yellows (Andrew Self)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - 3 Common Buzzards (KJMcmanus)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Yellow Wagtails dropped onto horse paddock 8.00, juv Hobby S, 4 Swallows, Garden Warbler, c20 Willow Warblers on east marsh, 11 Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Jamie Partridge); Buzzard circling high over 1pm (Marcus Mitchell)
  • Wanstead Flats: Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Kestrel (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy)

Thursday 22nd August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: ad Common Tern Wood Green Res, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Common Whitethroat, 3 Blackcaps - 0650-0715, Crossbill S 1823, Hobby NE low over Cricket Scrub 1822 (Bob Watts); 3 Cormorants 07.30, Grey Heron 14.00 on Boating Lake (Naomi Stadlen).
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 17 Red-crested Pochards (Tony Duckett).
  • Crossness: 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 27 Lapwing, 1 Shoveler, c90 Teal, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Swallow S (John Archer)
  • Enfield EN2 (Park Farm): 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Robert Callf).
  • Enfield EN2 (Vicarage Farm): 2 Whinchat in wheat field, 1 Reed Warbler (Robert Callf); Whinchats still present at 18:00 hours (Phil Rhodes)
  • Greenwich Park: 3 Teal the first of the autumn and early, also juv Blackbirds included a group of 8 (Joe Beale)
  • Hampstead Heath: Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Whitethroat (Hedge 2), Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler (Oliver Simms).
  • London Wetland Centre: Garganey juv (R Kaye); 3 Peregrine incl ad on Lake island, 1 Hobby, 4 Snipe, c15 Willow Warbler, c10 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Swift (RK & J.Wilczur); 1 Wheatear, 1 Kingfisher (WWT website).
  • Old River Lea E3: Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher (Graham Howie) pics
  • Osterley Park: 1 juv Hobby, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Teal, 1 Wheatear, 25 Mistle Thrush (KFr)
  • Rotherhithe: f Long-tailed Duck still Surrey Water 8.10am (Richard Bonser).
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 Green Sandpiper, Tree Pipit S, 6 Yellow Wagtail (James Lowen); Wood Sandpiper, m Cetti's Warbler, 7 Greenshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Hobby, 1f Marsh Harrier, 2 Green Sandpiper, 100 Swallow, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, also newt on sea wall path; 2 Glow-worm nr 'bus stop' - 5-9:30pm Dusk Walk (Tony Kennelly).
  • Regent's Park: 1 Spotted Flycatcher also c50 Phylloscs through Cricket Pen area 31 at 0835, 1 Pied Flycatcher OGS pen a39 at 0910 (birdman_euston); Swift, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, Common Redstart a39, 2 Common Whitethroats (Tony Duckett et al).
  • Sewardstone E4: Spotted Flycatcher in hawthorn west of horse paddocks at 1800, f Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat (Martin Shepherd). 
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 5 Common Snipe, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Yellow Wagtails (Bob Warden per FJM); 1 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper on S basin, 5 Black Tern on N basin - 1505-1630 (Jim Sweetland)
  • Sutcliffe Park, Kidbrooke: 6 Little Grebe pr & 4 chicks, Green Woodpecker, 5 Reed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Trent Park: 1 Spotted Flycatcher in bushes and trees between Lower Lake and Ride Wood, 1 Garden Warbler (Robert Callf); also 1 Spotted Flycatcher in the 'clump', 12 Goldfinch, 4 Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Green Woodpecker, Willow Warbler (Pete Lowman and Bob Husband)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Paddocks - 2 Northern Wheatear m & f, f Sparrowhawk, Swallow, Kestrel and Willow Warbler; East Scrubs - 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Whitethroat, m Blackcap, Song Thrush (Graham Howie) pics
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - 2 juv Black Terns, Curlew, 2 Lapwing through (KJMcmanus); Banbury - 2 juv Black Terns (reported from Lockwood earlier), c6 Common Terns 3juv, 2-3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers (relief channel N of res), 5-6 Grey Wagtails 3-4 juv, 2 Peregrines (gasometer), f Sparrowhawk, 2 Reed Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs - 16-17.00 (Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead FlatsPied Flycatcher in Long Wood (NC/JL/BV/BB/BirdGuides); Spotted Flycatcher (BV); Tree Pipit, 4 Meadow Pipit, juv Whinchat still in brooms, 2 f Northern Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler (one singing), Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 15+ Robin, 2 Skylark, House Martin (NC); 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler on Alex (BV) [all Long Wood and brooms unless stated - a good morning] (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge/Bob Vaughan/Barry Bishop); Cuckoo Long Wood, Pied Flycatcher still 14:44 (Dan Hennessy); Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher still 19:09, juv Stonechat (David Bradnum) Cuckoo pics at
  • West Ham Park: Whinchat (BirdGuides)
  • Woolwich Common: Honey Buzzard SE 5pm (John Tillbrooke per Conrad Ellam)

Wednesday 21st August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Yellow Wagtails (0803 S & 0843 heard), Northern Wheatear Pavilion car park, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, House Martin (Dominic Mitchell, Bob Watts); Clouded Yellow flew across car park and Wheatear still 1045 (Henry Wyn-Jones per Bob Watts).
  • Blackheath: Clouded Yellow and several Common Blues (Joe Beale).
2013.08.21 Gshank Brent

Greenshank (and Purple Loosestrife reflections), Brent Reservoir, 21 August 2013

  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpipers, 9 Swifts S, 6 Sand Martins S (Andrew Verrall); plus Little Ringed Plover, 5 Common Sandpipers, 2 Lapwing (Derek Turner); late eve before Bat Night - 2 Little Egrets (Andrew Haynes & Bob Husband)
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stock Dove, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam).
  • Bushy Park: Common Buzzard, Hobby juv, 4 Common Whitethroats, 12 Blackcaps, 16 Chiffchaffs, 8 Willow Warblers (Tony Duckett).
  • Canons Farm: juv Whinchat just east of Canons Farmhouse in holly bush in cut hay meadow (David Campbell/Josh Burch); 4 juv Willow Warblers nr Aberdour School (Paul Goodman per David Campbell).
  • Enfield EN2 (Vicarage Farm): 1 Whinchat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Robert Callf).
  • Greenwich Park: fledgling Goldcrest begging food from adult, 2 juv Blackbirds; also Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin).
  • Leyton Flats: Pied Flycatcher and Spotted Flycatcher by burnt scrub south of Hollow Ponds (per Stuart Fisher); 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 1+ Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, 3 Hobby late afternoon, Clouded Yellow (Paul Whiteman, Stuart Fisher, Lol Bodini)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir, Barnes: 1 Little Egret, 4 Pochard 1 ad & 2 yg, 7 Gadwall, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Green Woodpecker (John Gordon); John - congratulations on the Little Egret, I think this might be a site first (to my knowledge anyway) - whereabouts did you see it? [Rich Petley]
  • Mudchute E14: 4+ Monk Parakeets, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets (John Archer).
  • Mutton Brook, Hampstead Garden Suburb NW11: Buzzard flying low nr North Circular Road (A406) (Bob Husband) 
  • Nunhead Cemetery: Spotted Flycatcher again SW side in dead tree (Andrew Birks)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Wood Sandpiper (BirdGuides).
  • Regent's Park: 3 Pied Flycatchers, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Garden Warblers, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: Bog Lodge 1 Wheatear; Upper Pen Pond 1 juv Hobby (Martin Daniel)
  • Sewardstone E4: Spotted Flycatcher at 1207 in bushes and on fence east of KGV reservoir N basin, juv Hobby, f Wheatear, Little Owl, Kestrel (Martin Shepherd).
  • Trent Park: Common Buzzard, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Common Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Mallard & 2 yg; 4 Small Heath, 4 Common Blue, Gatekeeper(s), Meadow Brown(s), Large White(s), Small White(s) (Pete Lowman)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - 2 Black Tern juvs, Yellow Wagtail (KJMcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: possible Pied Flycatcher on a poor view and not entirely convinced, after seeing Spotted Flycatcher with a fairly pronounced wingbar at the east end of Long Wood but possiby 2 birds!, also juv Whinchat, Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet, 2 Swallow, House Martin, Yellow Wagtail over, juv Pied Wagtail, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 3 Skylark (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge/Dan Hennessy/Barry Bishop/Keith Marchant/BirdGuides).

Tuesday 20th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Clouded Yellow nr Wood Green Res 11am - 1st for several years, Spotted Flycatcher and Lesser Whitethroat Cricket Scrub, Tawny Owl harassed in garden by boating lake by Jay (Henry Wyn-Jones per Bob Watts); one in nearby garden recently (Alan Gibson per Bob Watts); 2 Spotted Flycatchers Grove 5pm, Hobby NE over Conservation Pond 1750 (Gareth Richards); no sign Grove Spotted Flycatchers 1930 but largest gathering of large gulls I have seen on Wood Green Res 2010 - c30 Herring Gulls inc several juvs & imms, 10+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, Hobby, 12 Swifts SW, Greenshank, 2 Lapwings, 4 Green Sandpipers, 4 Common Sandpipers, 4 Common Terns, 2 Sand Martins S (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall, Lydia Willocks)
  • Buckingham Palace Gardens pond: Kingfisher after 0930 (reported to Palace staff by tourist per b_e)
  • Canons Farm: Wheatear still for 2nd day nr Reads Rest Cottages, also Willow Warbler (David Campbell)
  • Cranford CP: 2 Kestrels, Coal Tit, 2 Common Whitethoats, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Chiffchaffs, Song Thrush, Ring-necked Parakeet, Greenfinch (Sue Giddens)
  • Crossness: 4 Yellow-legged Gulls 3ad & juv, 5 Common Sandpipers and 90 Teal (Richard Bonser).
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Common Tern (pr + 3 recently-fledged juvs making a total of 8 yg fledged here this yr), 3 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck (John Archer).
  • Hackney Marshes: 3 Teal (Jw Davies)
  • Hampstead Heath: Parliament Hill 'hedge' - Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Blackcap and Wheatear appeared on path just before 8.00am (Greengrandad et al); all still there at 19:00 plus 1 Spotted Flycatcher on the dead birch tree (Frank Nugent); Swift N and Tree Pipit over (Pete Mantle)
  • Nunhead Cemetery: Spotted Flycatcher 5.30pm SW side in dead tree not far from Limesford Rd entrance (Andrew Birks)
  • Oxleas Woods SE9: 3 Hobby circulating over the woods 13.00hrs (John Reid)
  • Osterley Park: 7 flyover Tree Pipits (2-2-2-1) in 15 minutes c07.00-07.15 all heading S (KFr) 
  • Rainham Marshes: Hobby, Kestrel, Bearded Tit, Water Rail, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank (Andy Meaton)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Wood Warbler Deadman's Cnr NE tip of lake area 34 0840-0930 at least (my 1st - joy unconfined - v clean but no discernible yellow below), also 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler all a34, 3 Whitethroat (birdman_euston et al); Pied Flycatcher [site yr-1st] a33 3.30pm, Wood Warbler? 3.40pm, 4 Garden Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Common Whitethroats, 20 Willow Warblers, 25 Chiffchaffs, 2 Swifts, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Shovelers [season 1st] (Tony Duckett et al).
  • Rotherhithe: f Long-tailed Duck still Surrey Water late morning (Richard Bonser).
  • South Lodge Farm (Enfield EN2): 20+ Barn Swallow incl two broods of recently-fledged yg (Robert Callf).
  • Staines Reservoirs: Black Tern (BirdGuides); 3 Black-necked Grebes and f Wheatear, also 1 Clouded Yellow butterfly (M Bournat)
  • Stokes Field, Thames Ditton KT7: 4+ Bullfinch calling E of pond- very likely bred this year considering the increasing presence of birds through summer (Bill Dykes).
  • Teddington Lock: probable Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Phil Davies).
  • Totteridge Fields SNCI, Totteridge Valley: Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Buzzards, 3 Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Little Owl calling, Sparrowhawks and Kestrels; also Clouded Yellow (Brian Dawton and Tony Clancy)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Swallow, 5 Whitethroat, several Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs one singing; also Small Copper among the butterflies (John Colmans)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Willow Warblers with mixed tit flock (Bob Watts).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, Little Egret (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Swallow E, 7 Willow Warbler, c7 Reed Bunting, Yellow Wagtail on horse paddock, 10 Swift, Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroats (Jamie Partridge); 6-Spot Burnet Moth, 2 Clouded Yellow, 6 Common Blue, Silver Y Moth, Common Darter m + f (G Howie) pics
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood:) 4-5 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper (relief channel), 6 Egyptian Geese, c15 Common Tern, c20 Pied Wagtail, f Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaff, f Sparrowhawk over allotments, Kingfisher (h), 8 Stock Dove; massive Carp feeding by water's edge! (Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Pied Flycatcher briefly in Alex Scrub, 1-2 Reed Warber, 2-3 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Swallow E, 2 Hobby, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Coal Tit, 2 Shoveler, Gadwall (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Steve Thorpe/Jono Lethbridge/John)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Whinchat, 30 Goldfinch (James Palmer).

Monday 19th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Willow Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Blackcap, 4+ Chiffchaffs in mixed tit flocks between Cricket Scrub and Conservation Pond 0645-0710 (James Palmer, Bob Watts), ad Common Tern Wood Green Res 1745 (Bob Watts); Treecreeper heard Lower Slopes late am not in flock, Spotted Flycatcher Allotments (both site 1sts for year) until 6pm at least (Donal Gardener per Bob Watts); 6 Lesser Whitethroats counted at 3 locations between reservoir and cricket scrub within 20 mins 10.00hrs (Jonathan Cooke).
  • Brent Reservoir: 1m Ruddy Duck, 1 Little Egret, 3 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 7 Common Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 1 juv Grey Wagtail, 2 singing Willow Warbler (Andrew Haynes).
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Brunel University Bicentenary Gardens: 4 Lesser Whitethroats family incl 2juv, juv Bullfinch; also many butterflies incl Painted Lady and Brown Argus (Roger Morton).
  • Canons Farm: Wheatear, Sand Martin, Hobby (David Campbell/Ian Jones/Josh Burch)
  • Crossness: 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull ad, 6 Common Tern, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Peregrine, 50 Lapwing, 2 Grey Wagtail (M Bournat & Mike G)
  • East Dulwich: Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Tortoiseshell both nectaring on buddleia and firsts for my 2 year old garden (Steven Robinson)
  • Hackney Marshes: 2 Kingfisher (Jw Davies)
  • Hampstead Heath: juv Wheatear on extension, 2+ Lesser Whitethroat at Sphagnum Bog, 4+ Whitethroat, 8+ Willow Warbler, 2+ Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Oliver Simms).
  • Heronsgate nr Rickmansworth: 1 Northern Wheatear on the bridleway by J17 of the M25 (John Edwards)
  • Isleworth: Hobby feeding overhead from Brentford to Isleworth and then on towards Twickenham 5pm (Les McCallum)
  • Rainham Marshes: Wood Sandpiper (BirdGuides); f Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtails 14:15 (G J Francis).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 1 Swift SW 0745, 10+ Chiffchaff - small influx overnight, 11+ Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat [site autumn-1st] 0915 Cricket Pen area 31, 1 Spotted Flycatcher [s a-1st] 0930 a31 (birdman_euston)
  • Rotherhithe: 4 Oystercatchers flew upriver past Greenland Pier 6.50pm (only my 2nd site record); f Long-tailed Duck still on Surrey Water 1.30pm; also 24 Tufted Ducks (Richard Bonser).
  • Sewardstone E4: Whinchat at 0845 on fence in horse paddocks - east side of KGV Reservoir N basin, also 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Whitethroat, 11 Swallow (Martin Shepherd).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Ruff (1m 1f N Basin west bank 17.50-18.00 before flying W), 1 Black Tern, 1 Black-necked Grebe (N Basin) - 17.30-18.50 (A.Luscombe).
  • Thorney CP: 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 juv Common Terns still on raft, Treecreeper, Willow Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk over, Red Kite heard (Sue Giddens).
  • Trent Park: 2 Common Redstart 1 ad m & 1 prob 1st-w m, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, f Mandarin, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldfinch, Green Woodpecker (Pete Lowman, Robert Callf, Bob Husband).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: No 5 - 2 Lapwing, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe (Jw Davies)
  • Wandsworth Common: nearby private garden - Clouded Yellow flew in front of me- 1st site record (Neil Anderson)
  • Wanstead Flats: Spotted Flycatcher (first this year) between Esso Copse and Long Wood, 2 Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 6 Swallow, 8 Sand Martin, House Martin, Skylark, 3 Kestrel, 2 Shoveler (Nick Croft); Whinchat (Birdguides)
  • Wimbledon Common: Whinchat on the Meadow, several Willow Warblers (David Wills).

Sunday 18th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler Conservation Pond, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, Willow Warbler, 3+ Swifts (Andrew Gardener, Gareth Richards, Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: Tree Pipit 08-30-08.40 then S, Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpipers, 7 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwings, Little Ringed Plover, Hobby (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Chiswick House: Cuckoo? trees in between the cafe and the house (observer?)
  • Crossness: Common Sandpiper, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Common Tern on river; 3 Little Grebe, Lapwing, 4 Green Sandpiper on Southern Marsh (Conrad Ellam)
  • Gallions Reach: 7 Gadwall, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 60 Common Terns, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Sand Martin, 3 Whinchat, Chiffchaff (Gary A James).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Common Sandpiper (Richard Green)
  • Hampstead Heath: Garden Warbler, trees and hedge atop Parliament Hill, am (Frank Nugent); Wood Warbler at Hampstead Lane entrance to Kenwood (James Palmer).
  • Homerton E9: Red-legged Partridge on a non-birding friend's estate flat small balcony resident for two days before they caught it and released on Hackney Marshes. Identified from pics, got on with their dog. (Marcus Mitchell) Where on HM was it released and did it stay put or fly off? (G Howie) I'm not sure and they're away now (MM)
  • Lee Valley Cornmill Meadows: 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe, 23 Lapwing (Nigel May).
  • London Wetland Centre: 52 Teal, 25 Shoveler, 1 Common Sandpiper (WWT website)
  • Pinner: possible Great White Egret 1mi NE of Pinner at Pinner Pk by River Pinn just SE of Woodridings Ave (for 3rd day) HA5 4NQ (RBA); no sign between 11:45-13:00, observer not 100% sure of what he saw (Steve Blake); several Little Egrets along Pinn, I see them almost every day (Richard Francis); interestingly BG is still posting this as 'still present for its 3rd day' at 20.54 - strange how it was never seen again after I re-identified it as a Little Egret - small, gold feet etc... Birdguides is pants (JR).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Egret S of Woodridings Aveue by R Pinn - this must be the aforementioned bird, 1 Red Kite over NE, 21 Jackdaw, 18 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Hobby, 3 Common Sandpiper - 15.00-16.30 (A.Luscombe).
  • Wandsworth Common: 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Shoveler, 17 juv Tufted Duck (Nick Rutter)
  • Wanstead Flats: Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 4 Egyptian Geese, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Pied Wagtail (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Kingfisher Heronry slack (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wimbledon Park Lake: 1 Yellow Wagtail (flavissima), 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Swift (Martin Daniel)

Saturday 17th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 4+ Lesser Whitethroats, Reed Warbler, 2+ Willow Warblers, 3+ Common Whitethroats, 8+ Chiffchaffs, 8+ Blackcaps, Swallow, House Martin (Bob Watts).
  • Beddington Farmlands: 4 Black Terns W (Surrey website).
  • Brent Reservoir: Greenshank flew in 11.05, 5 Green Sandpipers, 8 Common Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, Hobby; also 74 warblers of 7 species inc 26 Common Whitethroats (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Conrad Ellam)
  • King George V Reservoir: 5 Little Egret, 6 Shoveler, 18+ Common Sandpiper, 1 f Sparrowhawk, 1 Yellow Wagtail S, 1 Northern Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler (Neville Smith).
  • London Wetland Centre: 31 Shoveler, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Cetti's Warbler juvs (Mark Andrews/Lee Smith); 5 Common Snipe, 1 Kingfisher (Martin Honey)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP (Northala Fields): helice form Clouded Yellow flew up by ditch & landed other side (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Osterley Park: 1 Hobby prob juv, 1 Common Teal - first-ever record outside of winter (KFr); 2 Cormorant, 5+ Goldcrest, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3+ Green Woodpecker, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Jay, 1 Kestrel, 1 f Mandarin, 5+ Mistle Thrush, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Pochard, 100+ Starling (V Williamson, R Woolley).
  • Rainham Marshes: Wood Sandpiper (BirdGuides)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 1 Garganey in the relief channel till 1647 at least, also in channel 1 f Goldeneye, 1 Teal, 70+ moulting Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 1 Little Egret; 3 Common Buzzard towards Epping Forest (Neville Smith).
  • Staines Moor: 1 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Northern Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail early am (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Curlew through am (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Little Egret, Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 17 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, c10 Meadow Pipit, 3 Swallow, 5 Whitethroat, 3 Rook, 2 Reed Bunting, 22 Linnet; Clouded Yellow, min 50 Common Blue (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Emperor Moth caterpillar (Jamie Partridge)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Swallow, Kestrel, c10 Pied Wagtail, 2 Reed Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Whitethroat, c15 Sand Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, c10 House Martin, Jay, Lesser Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker (G Howie)

Friday 16th August 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 6 Green Sandpipers, 5 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwing, 2 drake Ruddy Ducks, 7 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park SE8: eclipse drake Mandarin, f Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ewell (Hogsmill Open Space): 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Heron (Neil Batten).
  • King George V Reservoir: 1 Ringed Plover, 20+ Common Sandpiper, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet over SW, 1 Northern Wheatear (Neville Smith et al).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, small tit/Chiffchaff flock, 2 juv Cetti's Warbler v vocal nr Peacock Tower hide (Matt Palmer)
  • North Finchley N12 (Woodhouse Allotments): Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Jays (Mr. Crabtree)
  • Rainham Marshes: Wood Sandpiper (BirdGuides)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Tree Pipit favouring large gorse enclosure W of Holly Lodge 18.40-50 (Franko J. Maroevic)
  • Sidcup (Lamorbey Park): f Garganey on main lake 07.02-07.40 when flew possibly to lower lake but not relocated, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Blackcap (Ian Stewart).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 1 Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher (TeRNS)
  • Tufnell Park N7: Spotted Flycatcher in my back garden this evening (Adrian Platt).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - Greenshank on res then W, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4+ Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover past, 5 Swift (Stuart Fisher, Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats: Cuckoo, Peregrine Falcon, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, 6 Meadow Pipit, 11 House Martin, 4 Gadwall (Nick Croft/Josh Selfe)
  • Wimbledon Park Lake: 2 juv Grey Wagtail, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 33 Black-headed Gull - 08.30-09.00 (Martin Daniel)

Thursday 15th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Lesser Whitethroat Cricket Scrub, Willow Warbler perimeter Wood Green Res, also 5+ Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs by 0720, 3+ Swifts 1730 (Bob Watts); 4 Cormorants on boating lake 7.30am (Naomi Stadlen).
  • Brent Reservoir: juv Ringed Plover flew off 10.05, Greenshank, 6 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, Little Egret, 23 Swifts, 12 Sand Martins (Derek Turner, Andrew Verrall, John Gravatt).
  • Ewell Village (Bourne Hall): 43 Black-headed Gull incl 1 bird with a French metal ring on upper left leg, 1 Cormorant (Neil Batten). 
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Snipe, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Cetti's Warbler juvs, 3 Chiffchaff, 31 Shoveler (Adam Salmon).
  • Mile End: Swift (Bob Watts).
  • Mudchute Park: 12 Monk Parakeet, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Jersey Tiger all nr the Farm (Stuart Fisher)
  • Trent Park: 52 Goldfinch, Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, 15 Ring-necked Parakeet, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker; Small Heath (Pete Lowman).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Swallow, 11 House Martin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Kestrel, m Sparrowhawk, 4 Teal (Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Kingfisher, Gadwall, Pochard, 3 Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, 3 House Martin (Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft)

Wednesday 14th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Lesser Whitethroat Cricket Scrub, Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaffs 0650-0715, 10+ Swift 2000 (Bob Watts).
  • Blackheath: 3 or 4 House Sparrows; also a Chalkhill Blue - very unusual here (Joe Beale) butterfly pics
  • Brent Reservoir: Greenshank, Common Snipe, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 10 Green Sandpiper - 8 from hides & 2 in Northern Marsh, 6 Common Sandpiper, 3 Kingfisher, 4 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, c20 Swift, Garden Warbler, Litttle Egret (Roy Beddard, John Gravatt, Andrew Self, Derek Turner).
  • Broadwater: moulting wildfowl included 350 Tufted Duck, 100 Pochard and 100 Gadwall; 1 Red-crested Pochard, 1 early Wigeon, Kingfisher and ad Yellow-legged Gull also present plus lots of Phylloscs (John Edwards).
  • Brookmill Park SE8: 2 Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stock Dove (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Carshalton SM5: 3 Sparrowhawk passing together in afternoon, Clouded Yellow on budleias in the garden since yesterday, flew off later (Marcin Sek)
  • Charing Cross Hospital: 1 Swift over 5pm, 3 Peregrine Falcon (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Cowley UB8: Green Lane (Nursery Lane) allotments - 1 Common Buzzard over mobbed by B-hGulls 15:15 (Roger Dewey)
  • Enfield EN2 (Park Farm): 1 Red Kite 09:00 (Robert Callf).
  • Enfield EN2 (Town Park): 5 Grey Wagtail m f 3juv, 4 Chiffchaff ad 3juv (Robert Callf).
  • Finsbury Park: 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (James Palmer).
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Common Swift, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 juv Moorhens; Jersey Tiger, Small Copper (Joe Beale)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Sparrowhawk mobbed by Magpie (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Meath Gardens E2: 2 Kestrels pr (Harry Harrison)
  • Osterley Park: c15 Whitethroat, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Linnet; a solitary Clouded Yellow was a lifer for the park (K.Fisher) 
  • Regent's Park: 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler QM Gdns area 17 & Leaf Yard Wd a41, 1 Whitethroat a41 [site autumn-1st], 1♀ Redstart line of lime trees a39-40-41 0740 but mobile (birdman_euston)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Green Sandpiper N calling, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, singing Willow Warbler (Martin Shepherd).
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court/Leyton Flats: 1 Common Tern N, 1 Nuthatch, 6 Swift S, 2 Sand Martin S, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff (Stuart Fisher)
  • Thames Ditton KT7: 40+ Blue Tit through the garden in less than 2 minutes. An awesome sight. (Bill Dykes) 
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Paddocks - Swallow, 2 Kestrel, 10 Linnet, 2 Stock Dove, 15+ Pied Wagtail, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff; North Marsh Wood - Lesser Whitethroat (Jw Davies)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - Dunlin, f Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat (KJMcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: Yellow Wagtail, Peregrine Falcon, 2-3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 20+ Chiffchaff, 2 Egyptian Goose, Pochard, Gadwall, 5 Meadow Pipit (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Peregrine Falcon carrying prey, Hobby, 3-4 Sparrowhawk, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Pochard, Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck ad & chick, Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Swallow, 5 Swift (Nick Croft)

Tuesday 13th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 10+ House Martins 1745, Common Whitethroat in tit flock, ad Common Tern Wood Green Res, Swift (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts).
  • Barnet: no sign possible Greenish Warbler by 1630 (Roy Beddard et al per Bob Watts); checked area again at 19.00 hrs - Chiffchaffs calling (Bob Husband)
  • Brent Reservoir: Greenshank, 2 Lapwing, 10 Green Sandpiper - 7 from hides & 3 Northern Marsh, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, 6 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, c20 Swift, 11 Common Tern (Derek Turner).
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher, Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Gallions Reach: Little Egret, 3 Common Sandpiper, 40+ Common Tern, Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaff (Gary A James).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: c35 House Martin, Hobby (Martin Shepherd).
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court/Leyton Flats: 7 Blackcap feeding on blackberries, 2+ Nuthatch, 6 Green Woodpecker incl c4 juvs, 28 Greenfinch, Sparrowhawk (Stuart Fisher)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Chiffchaff, Wheatear (Willows Farm) (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper at N end of Lockwood this eve (Lol Bodini).
  • Woodside Park: c20 Peacock butterflies on a buddleia in Holden Road (John Colmans)

Monday 12th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Swifts (Bob Watts).
  • Barking Bay: Greenshank, Ruff, Ruddy Shelduck hybrid, Peregrine, Yellow Wagtail over, 60 Common Terns and 2 Whinchat (Dave Morrison)
  • Barking Outfall: 40 Common Terns feeding at Outfall, 1 Arctic Tern upriver, Little Egret, 6 Common Sandpipers and 2 Oystercatchers (Dave Morrison) 
  • Barnet EN5 2BT: possible Greenish Warbler singing in bushes next to Dollis Brook 300 yards south of Western Way 6.55pm (Adrian Pearson). Any further info please? (Bob Husband)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret, Greenshank, juv Redshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 juv Grey Wagtail (Andrew Haynes, Jean Richards).
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher, Stock Dove, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Enfield EN2 (Duncan's Wood): 1 Red Kite perched 09:45 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Heston, Middx (just north of M4 above Ringway Rd): Red Kite 12.00 spotted first time in this area (observer?) 
  • King George V Reservoir (viewed from Sewardstone): 4 Black-tailed Godwit flew up north basin at 10.05, circled several times and continued N (Martin Shepherd).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, 48 Teal, 24 Shoveler, 47 Gadwall (Adam Salmon)
  • Osterley Park: 1 flyover Yellow Wagtail (K.Fisher)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 12 Little Grebe incl 3juv, 5 Great Crested Grebe incl 2juv - both spp have hatched yg in past few days, 1 Sparrowhawk juv now fully fledged, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler (birdman_euston)
  • Roding Valley Meadows: 2 Little Egret, Swift, 7 Swallow, 10+ Chiffchaff (Gary A James).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Turnstone, 4 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Hobby in am (Bob Warden per FJM); 1 Greenshank (N Basin causeway bank), 1 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin), 13 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Kestrel 15.10-16.40 (A.Luscombe).
  • Stokes Field (Thames Ditton KT7): 1 Bullfinch, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Swallow, 2 House Martin (Bill Dykes)
  • Sutcliffe Park SE9: 16+ Reed Warblers mainly juvs, 20+ Swift, Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Little Grebe; Common Darter, Emperor Dragonfly, Migrant Hawker, Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Azure Blue Damselfly, 8 Common Blue (P Kite)

Sunday 11th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Willow Warbler, Swift, 5 House Martin, Great Crested Grebe 2-3yg, Little Grebe 3yg, Tufted Duck new brood of 7, 30+ House Sparrow brambles south end Cricket pitch (Bob Watts).
  • Arkley (Barnet Gate Wood and Arkley wilderness): 4 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch (Geoff Crabtree, Tony Clancy and Brian Dawton). Where is Arkley Wilderness? "Arkley Wilderness" is an amazingly vast tract of wild open country covered in wildflowers (mainly Fleabane?) which lies at the southwestern end of a public footpath which starts across the road (Rowley Lane) from the Arkley water tower and lies behind another area known formerly as Barnet Gate Open Space, which is accessible via the track (Brickfield Lane) opposite the "Gate" pub. I would say map ref TQ215953 should put you right there! (Geoff Crabtree).
  • Canons Farm: 2 Crossbills flew towards Ruffett Wood from Park Down (Ian Ward per David Campbell)
  • Brent Reservoir: Greenshank, 8 Green Sandpipers, 7 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwing, Sedge Warbler, Sand Martin (Brent Birders)
  • Enfield EN2 (Little Beechill Wood): 1 Red Kite 09:40 (Robert Callf).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2 Little Ringed Plover ad & juv, Peregrine, Yellow-legged Gull, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 2 Little Grebe ad & chick (Conrad Ellam)
  • King George V Reservoir: Garganey southwest corner of north basin flew NE at 0956hrs, 1 Goldeneye in relief channel, 2 Greenshank, 20+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher in relief channel, 1 f Northern Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Neville Smith).
  • Rainham Marshes (Aveley Bay): 3 Green Sandpipers, 5 Common Sandpipers, 2 Avocet ad & juv, Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, Yellow Wagtail over, 4 Ringed Plover; 2 Grey Seals (Dave Morrison)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 7 Pheasant 1m TAW + towards Gutteridge Wd nr pool 1f & 5juv flushed, Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 15 Lapwing, 9 Stock Dove, 9 Meadow Pipit, 10 Swallow, 5 Whitethroat, 21 Linnet, c60 Goldfinch, 3 Bullfinch 1juv, Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow (Neil Anderson); 3 Sedge Warbler (G Westley)
  • Thames Ditton KT7: Crossbill over the garden calling at 19:10 (Bill Dykes)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: No 5 - 2 Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Great Crested Grebe, Great Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, 10 Grey Heron, 150+ Tufted Duck, Barnacle Goose, 3 Common Tern, 10+ House Martin, Swift (Jw Davies) 
  • Wanstead Flats: Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Kingfisher fishing on Heronry (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wimbledon Park Lake: 1 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck broods (4 7 10), 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Swift, 1 Common Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 40 Black-headed Gull (Martin Daniel)

Saturday 10th August 2013Edit

  • Battersea Park Lake: m Sparrowhawk over lake, 4 broods Moorhen, 4 broods of Mallards - no exotic species, dead fledged Grey Heron with its neck caught branch of low bush - freak accident? (Michael Mac).
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Lapwing, 1 poss 2 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 9 Green Sandpiper, 1 juv Grey Wagtail, 9 juv Pied Wagtail, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Sand Martin, 6+ Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 6+ Reed Warbler, 11 Common Tern (Roy Beddard, John Gravatt, Andrew Verrall, Andrew Haynes)
  • Eastcote: juv Yellow-legged Gull (Richard Francis).
  • Enfield EN2 (Park Farm): 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Robert Callf).
  • Greenwich Peninsular: Peregrine, 2 Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern, 2 Little Ringed Plover (George Kalli); Common Snipe at the Ecology Park (M.Hallam, J.Beale, Y.Lin).
  • Hampstead Heath: Hobby over Parliament Hill Fields, 1 Gadwall, 1 Pochard both at Highgate 1 Pond, 1 Common Tern at Mens Pond, 1 Willow Warbler at Sphagnum Bog (Frank Nugent & Pete Mantle).
  • Kempton NR: 2 Little Egret, up to 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Whitethroat, c40 House Martin over (Les McCallum).
  • King George V Reservoir: 1 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 20+ Common Sandpiper, 1 f Mandarin, 800+ Tufted Duck (Neville Smith); also f Wheatear and Whinchat both seen at 09.35 east side of north basin on fence posts, c30 Swallow, 8 Swift, Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow (Martin Shepherd).
  • London Wetland Centre (WWT, Barnes): Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 6 Common Snipe, m Ruddy Duck, 50+ Teal - numbers building (Angus Innes).
  • Regent's Park: 8 Chiffchaff, c4 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler [site autumn-1st] Rose Wheel QM Gdns area 17 (birdman_euston).
  • Richmond Park: ad Water Rail, 2 juv Kingfisher, 4 Common Tern  2 ads + 2 juvs, 3 Gadwall, Lesser Whitethroat, 15 juv Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler (J.Wilczur).
  • Staines Moor: 1 Green Sandpiper alone the Colne, 1-2 Hobby, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, lots of Chiffchaff, 25 Meadow Pipit, 7 Swallow S, 1-2 Kingfisher, and 6 Silver Y moths flying about (Lee Dingain ).
  • Streatham SW16: 2 Wrens in the garden; 4 Jersey Tigers simultaneously (R Bell).
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 9 Shelduck, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 12 Lapwing, 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher; also Jersey Tiger, Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady (Andrew Self).
  • Totteridge Valley: juv Cuckoo, f Reed Bunting, 2 Common Swift, 26 Rook, 30+ Whitethroat, 60+ Goldfinch, Little Owl, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel; also my first Brown Argus for here, and lots of Shaded Broad-bar moths (Ian Ellis).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 12+ Common Sandpipers (both sides), 1500+ Tufted Duck, 115+ Pochard, 3 Little Egret, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler with large roving tit flock (Stuart Fisher, Lol Bodini, Paul Whiteman)
  • Wandsworth Common: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 House Martins over, 10 juv Tufted Ducks (Nick Rutter).
  • Wanstead Flats: Reed Warbler, 30+ Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Grey Wagtail, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, 3 Kestrel, House Martin, Swift (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan).
  • Wanstead Park: Common Sandpiper, 3 Pochard, Shoveler, Grey Wagtail (Bob Vaughan).

Friday 9th August 2013Edit

  • Canons Farm: Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 5 Common Swifts represented the migrants this morning (David Campbell).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 6 Teal, Sparrowhawk, 2 Oystercatcher (O2 mud), Common Gull (Gary A James).
  • Gallions Reach: 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Sandpiper, Common Gull, 40 Common Tern, Willow Warbler (Gary A James).
  • Hackney Marshes: Tawny Owl (Jw Davies) Well done! Where and what time on the marshes? (G Howie) It flew from the Hackney Marshes centre into Wick Wood, and the time was just after 9 in the evening. (Jw Davies)
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: 5 Mandarin (one brood of 4 just E of Serpentine Bridge), 18 Mute Swan (two broods), Mallard (one brood at Italian Gardens and two different broods on Round Pond), Moorhen (three broods - incl two to same adult pair in Italian Gardens - one just hatched), Coot (two broods - incl one very young brood in Italian Gardens), Great Crested Grebe (one brood of 2 still-small chicks by island), Tawny Owl very vocal at 2035 just west of traditional nest site, Little Owl E over at 2100 nr Serpentine Bridge) (Matt Reed); Reed Warblers have bred in reed bed nr Diana fountain - sounds of yg from several places (Ralph Hancock).
  • Isleworth Ait LNR: Green Sandpiper chased upstream by B-hG, also 5 Egyptian Geese (Les McCallum)
  • King George V Reservoir: Wood Sandpiper north basin frequenting the causeway and east bank between 0800 and 1100hrs at least, also 1 Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 20+ Common Sandpiper (Neville Smith & Harry Lacey); Wood Sandpiper still present on south basin 1754hrs also 1 Redshank (observer?)
  • London Wetland Centre: 58 Teal, 5 Snipe (main lake), 1 Kestrel (Lee Smith); 1 Jersey Tiger Moth (Slate Garden), 2+ Clouded Yellow butterflies from Wildside hide along wire fence lakeside (Nick S/Mike Lewis)
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 Avocet, 4 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Shoveler, Teal, Little Grebe, Sedge Warbler (Nigel May).  
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Little Ringed Plover juv, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Common Tern 2 small juvs on Good_Tern raft; 2 Tufted Duck with broods of 5 & 8 very small yg on N basin in eve, 1 Peregrine juv NW (Franko J Maroevic, Ken Purdey, Rob Innes)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Common Redstart (possibly Monday's bird still), f / juv Northern Wheatear, Redshank heard calling flying S over Alex towards Manor Park - Mega! first record (unbelievably) for the patch, Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Kestrel, 11 House Martin, 2 Shoveler, Gadwall, 2 Grey Wagtail, family group of 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Reed Warbler Shoulder of Mutton, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Shoveler, Pochard, Gadwall, 2 Grey Wagtail 1juv, 3 Swift, House Martin (Nick Croft); Common Tern (Tim Harris)
  • Westminster (Victoria Tower Gardens): 1 Common Tern E at 08:40, 2 Common Sandpiper W at 08:50 (Frank Nugent).

Thursday 8th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite from Lower Slopes then N 1752-1757 (Bob Watts, Dom Mitchell); also ad Common Tern, 2 House Martin, Swift, 8 Herring Gull (Bob Watts).
  • Blackheath: 3 Swift, Spotted Flycatcher in village garden (James Lowen)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret, 2 Lapwing, 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank (Heron Hide), 4 Reed Warbler, 8+ Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap (Roy Beddard, Steve Leeke).
  • Chingford E4 (Relief Channel from footpath at Russell Road): 2 Common Sandpiper, 30-40 Sand Martin, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5 Grey Heron, Little Egret, Whitethroat, Jackdaw over (Tony Kennelly).
  • Enfield Lock EN3: Crossbill NE over garden calling at 15.05 (Martin Shepherd).
  • Fulham Sands End (Thames Path): regular wintering Common Gull (broken foot) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • King George V Reservoir: juv Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Oystercatcher, 2 Green Sandpiper, c30 Common Sandpiper, 8 Little Egret; also Clouded Yellow at 09.50 (Martin Shepherd).
  • Kingston KT2 (Canbury Gardens): 1 Garden Warbler, Song Thrush, Dunnock, 8 Red-crested Pochard (Spencer Neal).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Green Sandpiper (flew in from west 0900), 4 Snipe, 45 Teal, 21 Shoveler, 4 Chiffchaff (2 singing), 3 Swallow (Adam Salmon).
  • Northfields (Elers Road): 1 Sparrowhawk (R Powell)
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: 2 Sedge Warblers, Reed Warbler, Green Woodpecker, 40+ Goldfinch, 2 Pied Wagtail, Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron (Jw Davies).
  • Rainham Marshes: embargo on news of 2 pairs of Marsh Warbler (reported 6 June) has been lifted (Nick Croft). see here
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: Lesser Whitethroat, Common Tern, 2 Whitethroats, Blackcap, Jay (Alan Hobson).
  • Richmond Park: 2 Green Sandpiper 11.00, 3 juv Kingfisher (B.Marsh per J.Wilczur); 1st-summer Hobby, 3 juv Grey Wagtail (BM & JW).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Ringed Plover over early am, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Common Sandpiper, nearby 1 Peregrine on Terminal 5 (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Green Sandpiper, 6+ Common Terns, f Reed Bunting (TeRNS)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - 8 Greenshank S through (KJMcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: Northern Wheatear, Common Sandpiper, 3 Swallow W, 3 Sand Martin, 7 House Martin, 3 Swift, 6-8 Lesser Whitethroat, 20-30 Common Whitethroat, 20+ Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, 300 Starling Capel Point, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Teal, 3 Gadwall, 8 Little Grebe chicks on Alex, Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Skylark (Dan Hennessy/Nick Croft).
  • Wimbledon Park Lake: 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Swift, 21 Tufted Duck 1ad & 4juv / 1ad & 7juv / 8ad, 12 Egyptian Goose - 08.30-0.900 (Martin Daniel).

Wednesday 7th August 2013Edit

  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: lots [minimum estimates?] of Green Sandpipers and Common Sandpipers, 200+ Black-headed Gulls, 40+ Herring Gulls, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls, lots [min est's?] of Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler and Willow Warbler feeding yg in scrub and reed beds (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Lapwings,  2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret, 10+ Common Tern, c10 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 5 Reed Warbler, c20 Swift, 2 Kingfishers (John Gravatt, Derek Turner)
  • Bushy Park: Cuckoo (recently fledged), 2 Common Snipe, Hobby, 18 Common Whitethroats, 6 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 60 Goldfinches (Tony Duckett).
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Little Egret (flew high W at 13:05 - surprisingly the first record here for 3 years) (John Archer).
  • Ladywell Field: Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Redshank flew upriver am, 6 Snipe mostly on main lake, 52 Teal, 2 Blackcap juvs, 3 Cetti's Warbler incl 1 juv (Adam Salmon).
  • Richmond Park: full-grown juv Water Rail - three territories this spring, 4 Kingfisher ad + 3juv- upper pond island, Buzzard over low, 4 Common Tern pr + 2 fully-fledged juv, 5 Great Crested Grebe 2 ads + 3 fully-fledged juv, Shoveler, Tufted Duck brood of 6 on Leg of Mutton pond- a small pond usually devoid of birds but full of dogs (J.Wilczur).
  • Roding Valley Meadows:  50+ Swift, 10 Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Whitethroat, Blackcap (Gary A James).
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: Green Sandpiper over, Common Tern (Stuart Fisher)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Black Tern, also 3 Black-necked Grebe (S. Basin), 1 Stock Dove (causeway), 1 Common Sandpiper (Dave Morris, A. Luscombe).
  • Stoke Newington East Reservoir: 2 Green Sandpiper N from res at 1530, also 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Swift (Peter Beckenham)
  • Streatham Hill SW2: Sparrowhawk circling high over Criffel Avenue (Nick Granger-Taylor).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Painted Lady Round Glade allowed mobile photo within inches on Tower Habitats (Bob Watts).
  • Wanstead Flats: 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler and possible Sedge Warbler Alex, c20 Chiffchaff, 5 Swallow NW, House Martin, 6 Swift, 3 Kestrel, Bullfinch, 8 Meadow Pipit, 2 Gadwall, possible Cuckoo, and an Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar in the SSSI (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy)

Tuesday 6th August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: juv Willow Warbler in tit flock above Pitch n Putt, ad Common Tern Wood Green Res, 25+ Swift 1730-1830 (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts).
  • Baron's Pond W5: 3 Coot 1juv (Matt Reed).
  • Beddington Farmlands: 1 juv Mediterranean Gull, 20 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 20+ Lapwing, 5 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 30+ Swift, 2 Sand Martin; also Chalkhill Blue - first for site (Peter Alfrey) pics
  • Bloomsbury: large dark raptor (Marsh Harrier or dark-phased Buzzard sp) flying N & thermalling high over British Museum c5.20pm (Hugh Bradshaw) 
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Lapwings, 1 Dunlin sum-plumage, 4 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret, 10+ Common Tern, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 10+ Reed Warbler (Roy Beddard, John Gravatt, Derek Turner); also 2 m Ruddy Ducks (Andrew Self)
  • Canons Farm: 2+ migrant Willow Warblers in farmyard (David Campbell).
  • Cassiobury Park: Crossbill NW over car park c9am (Herts website).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 9 Teal, Peregrine, 2 Oystercatcher (O2 mud), 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (1ad / 2 2nd-yr), 2 House Martin, Sand Martin, Blackcap (Gary A James); 9 Common Tern inc 3yg & 2juv, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 50 Black-headed Gulls inc 16 juvs, 2 Teal, 14 Cormorants (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Gunnersbury Park: Egyptian Goose, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, half sized Wood Pigeon begging food from parent (Matt Reed).
  • Kew: National Archives - 6 Mute Swan incl 4 browny/grey cygnets, 4 small Mallard chicks with no adult in sight, 2 Moorhen incl one young chick), Coot; Kew Pond - 3 Coot 1juv, Moorhen, Tufted Duck (Matt Reed).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Little Egret, 42 Teal, 22 Shoveler, 1 Green Sandpiper pm, 1 Nuthatch (WWT).
  • Old River Lea: Common Gull (G Howie) pics
  • Osterley Park: 1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard, 1 m Sparrowhawk all in the air together, 1 Lesser Whitethroat; Barn Owl news - not recorded personally since spring but sporadic records from dog-walkers etc since then - the owner of the horse paddocks here reported to me this morning he found the bird dead 2 weeks ago and from his account it sounds like it was predated (K.Fisher). 
  • Peckham Rye Park: 5 Swift noisy over woodland area 9:30 (Daniel Greenwood).
  • Rainham RSPB: 3 Whimbrel, 4 Green Sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin, Grey Plover, 5 Oystercatchers and 16 Common Tern (Dave Morrison) 
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler together area 34 (birdman_euston)
  • River Lee CP: Hall Marsh Scrape - 5 Green Sandpipers; Holyfield area - 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Egrets, 1 f Northern Wheatear; Monkhams Hill - 1 Cuckoo (Mike Oakland)
  • South Ealing W5: Kestrel over SW at 1930 (V Williamson, R Woolley).
  • Sutcliffe Park SE9: 8 Reed Warblers (juvs), 8 Little Grebes, 30+ Swifts, Chiffchaff (calling), 6 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Migrant Hawker, Large Red Damselfly, 12+ Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 4 Red-eyed Damselfly, Common Blue Butterfly m f (P Kite).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Reservoir no 5 - Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 10+ House Martin, 50+ Tufted Duck, 4 Heron, Little Grebe (JW Davies); Lockwood - 2 Snipe, Hobby (KJMcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: 12 Sand Martin S, 8 House Martin, 2 Swift, Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, c20 Chiffchaff, 2 Kestrel, 6 Meadow Pipit W, 2 Teal, Gadwall, Mistle Thrush (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy)
  • Wanstead Park: Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Kingfisher, Pochard, Shoveler, 6 Swift (Nick Croft)

Monday 5th August 2013Edit

  • East India Dock Basin: 12+ Common Tern (3 recently-fledged juvs, 3 chicks, 6+ ads), 4 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, Reed Warbler singing (John Archer).
  • Enfield EN2: Red Kite north of Botany Bay and south of Ridgeway 1450 (John Egginton)
  • Leyton E10 (Marsh Lane): Hobby hunting over the house (f-o-y) (Paul Whiteman)
  • London Wetland Centre: 5 Snipe, Nuthatch (H.Bradshaw); 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank (dropped into main lake and scrape during rain storm pm) (Adam Salmon).
  • Richmond TW10: Ham Common - 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, juv Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Blackcap; Petersham Lodge Wood - 2 juv Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker (Spencer Neal).
  • Richmond Park: ad m Peregrine chasing Pigeon sp over Pen Ponds (J.Wilczur).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 77+ Knot flew over for 5 mins at 05.30 then departed (Ken Purdey per FJM)
  • Swanley Park: Mandarin, Grey Heron, Stock Dove, 81 Canada Geese (year high) (Andy Meaton)
  • Trent Park: 1 Red Kite c12:20 east of Icehouse Wood (Robin White per RM Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: f Common Redstart (Long Wood), Hobby, 2 Kestrel, m Sparrowhawk, 4 Gadwall, 5 Little Grebe chicks, Swallow, 5 House Martin, 10+ Swift, 6 Meadow Pipit (Nick Croft)

Sunday 4th August 2013Edit

  • Banstead Woods: Crossbill over; also 24 species of butterfly incl Clouded Yellow (of form helice), Painted Lady, Purple Hairstreak, 3 Silver-washed Fritillaries and 50+ Chalkhill Blues (David Campbell, Steve Gale, Paul Goodman et al).
  • Beddington Park: Red Kite drifting high overhead from bridge 11.30am (observer?)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, 6 Green Sandpipers, 3 Common Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park, SE8: 2 Kingfisher, Stock Dove, Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cornmill Meadow (Lea Valley): 61 Lapwing, 4 Green Sandpiper; surprised to see palmate antlers of buck Fallow Deer appear above herbage; amazing total 32 Peacock butterflies (Neil Anderson)
  • Cowley UB8: Red Kite over Church Road 11.45am (Alex Randall)
  • Crossness: 4 Green Sandpiper Southern Marsh, 2 Common Sandpiper, 18 Lapwing, c80 Common Tern, Swift, 39 Teal (John Archer)
  • Gallions Reach: 1 Greenshank, 1 Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sandwich Tern, Mediterranean Gull, 3 Swift, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Ruddy Shelduck X Common Shelduck; 14+ Jersey Tiger Moth (Gary A James).
  • New River Path off Ford's Grove, Winchmore Hill, N21: Tawny Owl screeching in wooded area at around 20:40 - site tick (Katy McGilvray)
  • Osterley TW7: Hobby flying low over Isleworth & Syon School (Tom Smith)
  • Park Downs, Banstead: Crossbill (Steve Gale per David Campbell).
  • Ponders End Lake: 5 Lapwing, 15 Common Tern inc 5 yg & 4 1st-summer, 30+ Pochards, 45+ Tufted Ducks inc 6 juvs, 40 Black-headed Gulls (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Rotherhithe: f Long-tailed Duck still on Surrey Water 13.30-13.40 at least (Neil Batten).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin), 2 Peregrine Falcon (hunting over S Basin), 1 Kestrel, 3 Common Sandpiper - 05.40-08.45 (A.Luscombe, Bob Warden, Dominic Pia, Simon Edward); 6 Black-tailed Godwit (3 ad & 3 juv) flew over 19.00 then S, 1 Mediterranean Gull juv flew along S side of S basin 19.05 (Rob Innes, Ken Purdey, Dave Morris, Franko J Maroevic)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Kestrel, Willow Warbler, c20 Sand Martin, Whitethroat, 3 Green Woodpecker; c10 Gatekeeper, 2 m Common Blue, 2 Meadow Brown, Red Admiral (G Howie); 20+ House Martin, f Sparrowhawk, 3 Linnet (Matthew Cunningham)

Saturday 3rd August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Gull subadult, 11 Black-headed Gulls inc 2 juvs Boating Lake, also 10+ Swift, 3 House Martins, 2 Kestrels at least one 1s (not juv?) indicative of successful breeding (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: Red Kite W 10.05-10.10, Little Egret, 6 Green Sandpipers, 4 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwing, Wood Warbler, 5 Willow Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sand Martins (Brent Birders); Litttle Ringed Plover, m Ruddy Duck (Derek Turner)
  • Canons Farm: Curlew SW and 1+ Crossbill calling at Ruffett Wood (David Campbell).
  • Cowley UB8 (Church Road/Pield Heath Road): 1 Red Kite (Roger Dewey)
  • Crossness: Greenshank S, 4 Whimbrel SE, Black-tailed Godwit off Golf Centre, 5 Green Sandpipers on Southern Marsh, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, 15+ Lapwings, 31 Teal, Common x Ruddy Shelduck hybrid (John Archer).
  • Gallions Reach: 2 Dunlin, Oystercatcher, 12 Common Sandpiper (Gary A James).
  • Hanwell W7: 2 House Martin low S my 1st of year early migrants? (Rob Mills)
  • Kew Gardens: 4 Little Grebe ad & 3 very young chicks (Linda Ashken)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Black-tailed Godwit low E over N Basin 06.00, 1 Green Sandpiper N Basin west bank, 1 f Peregrine Falcon low over S Basin 06.25, 7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Sand Martin - 05.40-08.15 (A.Luscombe, Dominic Pia, Bob Warden).
  • Sutcliffe Park, Eltham: 6 Reed Warblers mainly juvs, 20+ Swifts, 2 Little Grebe + 4 very young chicks, 2 Grey Herons 1juv (P Kite); 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 6 Common Gull; 10 Small Red-eyed Damselfly (James Lowen)
  • Sutton Ecology Centre, Carshalton: Red Kite drifted N at 1.43pm (Peter Alfrey, David Campbell et al).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Barnacle Goose in with Canada Geese at very south side ajacent to Coppermill Lane (Matthew Cunningham)
  • Wanstead Flats: 6 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 4 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 House Martin, 10 Swift, 50+ Greenfinch (good breeding year), 2-3 Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Common Tern, Lesser Black-backed Gull plunge-diving for & catching crayfish, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Hobby, Garden Warbler (Nick Croft/Kathy Hartnett)

Friday 2nd August 2013Edit

  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher, Stock Dove, 3 Swift (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: small flock of Crossbills heard over Ruffett Wood at 11.05am (David Campbell).
  • Enfield EN2 (Boxer's Lake): 3 Pochard f & 2 half-grown ducklings, 2 f Tufted Duck, 37 Black-headed Gull (10 juvs incl one with metal ring) (Robert Callf).
  • Erith Marshes/Crossness Southern Marsh: 4+ Green Sandpipers and 1 possible Wood Sandpiper but not confirmed (bins only) at 11am; 1+ Green Sandpiper and Little Egret at 3pm (Tony Wileman).
  • Gallions Reach: Peregrine, Oystercatcher, 12 Common Sandpiper; 2 Jersey Tiger Moths (Gary A James).
  • Greenford (Ruislip Rd allotments): 2 Hobby pr over 5.50, also 7 Swift soon after (Neil Anderson)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 2 juv Green Woodpecker QM Gdns area 19 & Hill a47, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Swallow W - 1st since spring (birdman_euston).
  • Ruislip Lido: 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Swift, 5+ Swallow, 4 Egyptian Goose (T.Clark/R.Middleton).
  • Rye Meads: Black-tailed Godwit and Marsh Harrier (Herts website).
  • Southgate N14 (Oakwood Park): 2 Green Woodpecker ad m & juv m (Robert Callf). 
  • Staines Reservoir: in the evening I couldn't find the recent Common_Scoter but a drake Scaup was on the S basin, also 1 Goldeneye and 4 Black-necked Grebes (Rob Innes).

Thursday 1st August 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Gull subadult Boating Lake (Henry Wyn-Jones per Bob Watts).
  • Arkley EN5 (Barnet Gate Wood): 2 Red Kites, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Hobbys, 2 Sparrowhawks (1 juv), 1 Kestrel, 1 Nuthatch (Tony Clancy & Geoff Crabtree).
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ewell Village (Bourne Hall): 16 Black-headed Gull, 36 Canada Geese incl two ringed birds originally from Richmond Park, 4 Tufted Duck incl f & three yg, 1 Grey Heron (Neil Batten)
  • Galley Hill Wood EN9: Honey Buzzard at 12.05, mobbed at one point by one of two Common Buzzard, so very good comparison of the two species possible. Watched for a couple of minutes, then the bird gained height and headed E. Viewed from the cycle path halfway up the east side of Holyfield Hall Farm (Martin Shepherd)
  • Hampstead Heath: Great Tit tackling a Meadow Brown caterpillar almost as big as itself, 10+ Chiffchaff, 20 Swift, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Common Tern, 2 Little Grebe; loads of Meadow Browns & Gatekeepers - 07.00-08.30 (Chris Bird)
  • Hanwell/Boston Manor, Grand Union Canal: 3 Tufted Duck yg with no adult bird around & presumably the remainder of 6 seen with a female a few days ago that I did not have the chance to report & would have done so because I've not seen any yg along here before, 2 Reed Warbler and a Water Vole (Rob Mills)
  • Highgate, Waterlow Park: 1 Skylark on slope, 3 Tufted Duck broods plus 1 almost full grown duckling not located - 07.40 (P.Angus)
  • London Wetland Centre: 19 Teal, 10 Shoveler (+ 1 brood), 4 Gadwall broods (well-grown), 1 Common Sandpiper, 17 Lapwing, 1 Reed Bunting juv, 14 House Martin, c60 Swift (Adam Salmon)
  • Lower Chingford E4: 10 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, c6 LIttle Egret, 12+ Grey Heron incl 5 flying N together, Grey Wagtail, Garden Warbler (James Palmer).
  • New Cross Gate Cutting NR, SE4: 2 Kestrel calling in canopy 1520; also 10+ Jersey Tiger moth (Peter Beckenham)
  • Richmond Park: Ringed Plover nr Ham Gate 8:00am (Phil Davies)
  • Rotherhithe: f Long-tailed Duck still Surrey Water 1.10pm; also ad Mediterranean Gull E over South Dock at 12.55pm and Yellow-legged Gull 3cy on mud off Hilton Hotel 1.30pm (Richard Bonser).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Common Scoter drake on S basin early am (Bob Warden per FJM); 2 Green Sandpiper and Grey Heron S basin, 2 Yellow-legged Gull on KGVI gantry - 20:30 (Nigel Sluman)

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