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Wednesday 31 August 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Female Common Redstart still present in Cricket Scrub elms 7am, also 1+ Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser whitethroat, 10+ Blackcap, Hobby hunting until 0727 at least (Bob Watts); also many Whitethroats and Chiffchaffs (David Callahan).
  • Bankside SE1: 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff in birches/community garden area at east end of Tate Modern (Simon Fogg).
  • Brayside Farm (Enfield): 1 fem/imm Common Redstart, 12:25 hrs (my first record for this site!) (Robert Callf).
  • Brent Reservoir: 1 Whinchat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Water Rail, 2 Green Sands, 2 Common Sands, 3 Lapwing, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Kingfisher, c20 Blackcap, c 20 Willow Warblers, c20 Chiffchaff. (Derek Turner)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Whinchat, Hobby, Little Owl, 16 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 24 Ringed Plover, Kingfisher, 7 Little Egret. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Croxley Moor: 1 Wheatear, 80+ Goldfinches, 1 Little Egret (James Palmer). 1815 - 1900 1 juv Kingfisher, 1 juv Little Egret, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 50+ Ring Necked Parakeets over, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, plenty of Chiffchaffs (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Andy Culshaw).
  • Leyton Flats: 2 Tree Pipits (East Flats), many Chiffchaff and Willow warblers, slighlty less Blackcaps and Whitethroats, 3 Ring-necked Parakeets. (Gary A James).
  • Little Britain Lake: 1 Little Grebe, 4 Gadwall in eclipse, 1 Kingfisher. V. short visit. (Roger Dewey)
  • Nunhead Cemetary: Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, huge tit flock including Great, blue, long tailed, coal tits + chiff chaff, black cap and goldcrest. Also; Bullfinch, first I have seen here.(A.Birks)
  • Park Farm (Enfield): 2 Spotted Flycatcher, together, including a 1st-winter; 4 Yellow Wagtail, flew from field holding herd of cows; 2 Grey Wagtail, flew NW, calling; 1 juv/1st-w male Great Spotted Woodpecker (Robert Callf).
  • Rectory Farm (Enfield): 1 fem/imm Northern Wheatear, big bulky bird very showy - possible Greenland race (Robert Callf).
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  • Osterley Park: Spotted Flycatcher 1. Whinchat 1. Linnet 40+ (highest ever count here). (KFr).
  • Rotherhithe: Redstart Russia Dock Woodland in rough area at the end of Downtown Road (my 1st for the site!); also Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat and 2 female Tufted Duck with 12 young on Globe Pond (Richard Bonser).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 juv Black Terns still on N basin in evng. (FJM)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 20+ Swallows, lots of commoner warblers, 2 Linnet, Bullfinch (Ian Ellis)
  • Trent Park: 2 Common Redstart (1stWm+f) but very elusive,12 Swallow, 5 Common Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat,3 Chiffchaff,Blackcap,RN Parakeet,Common Buzzard. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Trent Park: 1 imm male Shoveler, Lower Lake - early autumn record! (Robin White per RMC).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Juvenile Mediterranean Gull, Little Owl, Whinchat, (Alan Gardiner) (Steve Blake)
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 1 adult male Common Redstart, on wooden fencing, 08:55 - 09:20 hrs; 1 ad Spotted Flycatcher; 25 Barn Swallow; 25 Goldfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 1 Tree Pipit; 1 Whinchat (Robin White per RMC).
  • Wanstead Flats: 1 f Common Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 7+ Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, many Blackcap and C Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 6 House Martin, Mistle Thrush, 3 Goldfinch, Chaffinch, 4 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 4 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, Kestrel (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe)
  • Walthamstow Res: 3 Marsh Harriers went NW @ 12:20-35. Mandarin, Whinchat, Greenshank, 7 Common Sandpiper, Hobby, Yellow Wagtail. (Paul Whiteman, Kevin McManus) 3 Marsh Harriers,Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Whinchat. (KJM). Waterworks N.R. Redstart, Hobby. (Mike Messenger)

Tuesday 30 August 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Female Common Redstart and 2 Spotted Flycatchers still present in elms, Cricket Scrub at 7am, also 10+ Blackcap, 2+ Whitethroat (Bob Watts). Evening 5+ Chiffchaffs, Willow warbler in mixed tit flock near Wood Green Res (Bob Watts)
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham) 2 Heron, 17 Mallard, 12 Moorhen, 3 Black-headed Gull, 10 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Ring-necked Parrakeet, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 6 Robin, 8 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 10+Long-tailed Tit, 10+Great Tit, 10+Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Greenfinch. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Clapham Common: 80+ Starling, 12 Egyptian Geese - 2 families + usual species (Michael Mac).
  • Crayford Marshes: Sanderling, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Arctic Tern, Little Owl, 6 Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, 2 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Curlew, 29 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Whinchat, 1 Little Owl, Willow Warbler (Andy Culshaw).
  • London EC2: Male Black Redstart in office courtyard. (Tom Smith)
  • Mile End: 3 Swallow N 0930 (Bob Watts)
  • Muswell Hill: 2 Hobbies flew over town centre towards East Finchley at 14.00. (Oliver Simms).
  • Park Farm (Enfield): 1 ad Spotted Flycatcher (Robert Callf).
  • Scadbury Park, Chislehurst 1 Buzzard mobbed by 2 Hobby. The Hobby were the pair who successfully fledged a youngster two weeks ago (Charlie Carpenter)
  • Staines Moor: 25 Yellow Wagtails. (Frank Cannings per FJM)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 juv Black Tern still on N basin till midday at least. Also a 1st W Common Tern with a blackish bill, except for orange on cutting edge at base of bill. Hobby over. (Bob Warden, Frank Cannings, Bill McCubbin and FJM)
  • Thorney C P: Red Kite over 11.15am, Willow Warbler, 2 Cormorants, 3 Great Crested Grebes, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Flock Long Tailed Tits, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Tits, 7 Pochards.(Sue Giddens).
  • Tower hamlets Cemetery Park: Willow Warbler Horse Chestnut Glade (Bob Watts).
  • Trent Park: 2 ( poss3) Common Redstart (1x1st W m and 1poss2 x f)(very elusive) , Old Golf Course,Common Buzzard, Whinchat (m)-Ferny Hill Farm, 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, 5 Swallow, 25 R N Parakeet, 5 Canada Goose, L B B Gull. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 1 ad male Common Redstart, on wooden fencing, 13:35 - 13:50 hrs; 70+ Goldfinch, feeding on thistles (Robert Callf).
  • Uxbridge: Brunel University, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler & Chiffchaff with mixed tit flock in Bicentenary Garden. Also, Pr Bullfinch, Linnet and 4 Stock Dove (Steve Pash).
  • Wanstead Flats: 1 Common Redstart (briefly at west end of Long Wood), 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Tree Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail over, 3+ Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Hobby (1 presumed youngster due to the squeaky ker-plunking sound it was making like a dog's toy), Sparrowhawk (juv), Kestrel, 30 + Chiffchaff, 20 + Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 10 + Common Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Skylark, 10 + House Martin, 3 Swallow, Teal, Gadwall, Little Grebe, Common Gull (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Kestrel, 2 Jay (Charlie Farrell) 5/6 Whinchat, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Chiffchaff, 10+ Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, Green Woodpecker (juv), GS Woodpecker ( M Bournat and D Lindo)
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, c30 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Swift, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenfinch, c12 Goldfinch, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood

Monday 29 August 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: no sign of Wryneck in cricket scrub by 9.25am, but female Common Redstart, at least 1 Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail south (David Bradnum); 3+ Willow Warblers, 2 House Martin (Bob Watts, Gareth Richards)
  • Batchworth Lake / Bury Lake / Stocker's Lake and farm: 47 Mute Swan, Little Grebe, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard (over Bury Lake), Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 5 Little Egret (comprising 3 along the Stocker's causeway and 2 over), Common Gull, Common Tern, Little Owl (Stocker's Farm), 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, c70 Swallow, c150 House Martin, 3 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, singing Goldcrest, Linnet; also several Small White and 2 Grass Snake (D. McKenzie).
  • Bentley Priory: 4 Spotted Flycatchers, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, c20 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel. (Joe Dickens)
  • Blackheath: Wheatear 1st of autumn and at least 7 House Martins, in the afternoon (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Black-tailed Godwits in north marsh, also 3 Common Sands, Green Sand & 3 Lapwing (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham) Late afternoon so lots of people about: 2 Heron, 20 Mallard, 8 Moorhen, 2 Black-headed Gull, 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Ring-necked Parrakeet, 2 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 1 Willow Warbler, 10+Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cassiobury Park: 23 Mallard over, Green Woodpecker, several House Martin (D. McKenzie).
  • Crossness: Yellow-legged Gull, Greenshank, 3+ Common Sandpiper, Black Tern (juv) (AW).
  • Croxley Common Moor: Red Kite gave spectacular views over ten minutes but was 'buzzed' by a gobshite flying a model aircraft, Sparrowhawk, female Kestrel, Stock Dove, 6 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Swallow, female / immature Common Redstart calling and showing intermittently by mobile phone mast, Whinchat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 30+ Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, 4 Jay, 35+ Magpie, 100+ Goldfinch, 5 Bullfinch, Reed Bunting; also 15 Small White, Red Admiral, 8 Small Copper, 10 Small Heath, 8 Meadow Brown (D. McKenzie).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1+ Common Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 3+ Lesser Whitethroat, 14+ Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby seen several times, 1 Common Tern, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Lapwing. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • East India Dock area: 4 Common Terns, 6+ Chiffchaffs, 10+ Reed Warblers - v quiet (David Callahan/Gary A James).
  • Finsbury Park: 1 Yellow Wagtail trying to land, plenty of commoner warblers around (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Hampstead Heath:( Parliament Hill) Lesser Whitethroat, Spotted Fly, Willow W, 10 Chiffchaffs, 15 Swallows( W ), Singles Sand Martin and H.Martin. Pete M
  • Hornsey: Swift, 2 Swallows, 25+ House Martin S or SW 1300-1500 (Bob Watts).
  • Horsenden Hill: Tree Sparrow around Canal Ponds 8.50-10.00 at least. Yellow Wagtail SW 07.30, 2 Whinchat, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 18 Chiffchaff, 11 Whitethroat, 11 Blackcap (Andy Culshaw).
  • Lairage Land (Watford): Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, several Jackdaw (D. McKenzie).
  • Lake Farm CP, Hayes: Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whinchats and a Wheatear, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Garden Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, single Lesser Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler, Jackdaw > S, 2 Swallows > W, Sparrowhawk over and 10 Reed Buntings and a Skylark (Pete Naylor).
  • London Wetland Centre, Barnes: Ruff still on site (wader scrape), Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Whinchat (fringes of grazing marsh), 2 Swift, 20-25 House Martin, several Sand Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, at least 6 Blackcap plus numbers of Willow Warbler & Chiffchaff (Martin Honey).
  • Lonsdale Road Barnes; 1 spotted flycatcher, willow wabler, 50+ teal, 12 pochard, 4 shoveller (John Gordon)
  • Minet CP 1 whinchat and a wheatear near car park (Chris Smith)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: showy family group of 2 ad & 3 small juv Water Rail (pool by target numbers), 5 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Yellow Wagtail, Peregrine, 3 Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, c10 Common Lizard on boardwalk. (David Bradnum): also 2 Whinchat, 1 Ruff, 1 Avocet (at c 12.40 on Thames foreshore opposite Reserve Centre), 2 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin - (Nigel May).
  • Ruislip: Common Redstart (female), 2 Bullfinch and Sparrowhawk on Poors Field. 2 Hobby & Common Buzzard over field next to Lido car park. Several Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap feeding in Sallows along edge of Lido (Steve Pash).
  • Shortwood Common (Staines):09.00-09.30 flock of 80+ Goldfinch, 20+ House Martin, 10+ Swallow, Linnet (A.Luscombe)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 juv Black Terns, on N basin and tern raft early am. 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear. (Bob Warden & FJM), also 1 Arctic Tern (N.Basin raft), 1 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 2 Great Black-Backed Gull, 10+ Linnet, 100+ Swallow (A.Luscombe
  • Thorney C P: Kingfisher, 4 Pochards, 5 Great Crested Grebes (1 juv) 2 Cormorants, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Great Tits, Flock Long Tailed Tits, (Sue Giddens)
  • Trent CP: 2 Common Redstart; 1 Whinchat; 2 Spotted Flycatcher; 2 Common Whitethroat; 3 (1 male, 2 fem/imm) Blackcap (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Trent Park: (pm).Northern Wheatear ( ferny Hill Farm), Common Buzzard, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Whinchat, 3 Swallow, 4 Common Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff. ( No sight nor sound of any C.Redstarts...must have moved on! ).
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 2 '1st-winter male' Common Redstart (1 hedgerow along track, 08:52 hrs, 1 on wooden fencing along Leeging Beech Gutter, 09:22 hrs); 3 House Martin (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Common Redstart (1 first winter male, 1 ad male) (NC/TB/ST), Whinchat (PD), 2 Wheatear (TB/NC), Tree Pipit (NC), 4 Yellow Wagtail (over north) (NC/ST), 5+ Spotted Flycatcher (NC/TB/ST/PD/JL), Green Sandpiper (east) (NC/TB), Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, C. Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 14 + House Martin, 9 Sand Martin, Swallow (TB), Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Kesttrel, 2 Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft/Tony Brown/SteveThorpe/Paul Davis/Jonathan Lethbridge - not all at once, that would have been a bit crowded) Pics at http://wansteadbirding.blogspot.com/
  • Wanstead Park: Sedge Warbler (only the second record this year), Reed Warbler (NC/ST/JL), 2-3 Hobby (NC/PD), Sparrowhawk, Spotted Flaycatcher (PD), 5 Egyptian Goose, 6 Tufted Duck (4 fledged juvs), Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, 10 Little Grebe, 2 Common Tern (AB) (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe/Jonathan Lethbridge/Paul Davis/Amina Benajeh)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1500hrs- 5 Whinchat in the long grass, 1 Spotted Flycatcher in the sothern paddock, 3 Swallow south west. (N.Smith)
  • Watford: Tawny Owl calling early a.m. (D. McKenzie, Joanne Biscomb).
  • South Norwood Lake: Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe +3juv, 30+ Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, c12 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Collared Dove, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)

Sunday 28 August 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Wryneck again in Cricket Scrub at 0800 and still 1715 but elusive (RBA), also 1 Spotted Flycatcher (James Palmer). 2+ Spotted Flycatchers Top Field & Boating Lake, male Bullfinch (1st of year) flew NW over Top Field, Sand Martin in with 12+ House Martins feeding over Boating Lake, 2 Swallows Cricket Scrub, 4+ Willow Warblers (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener, Gareth Richards).
  • Brayside Farm (Enfield): 1 male Whinchat; 2 Common Whitethroat; 2 male Blackcap; 1 Willow Warbler (Robert Callf).
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham) 27 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 12 Moorhen, 2 Black-headed Gull, 12 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Ring-necked Parrakeet, 3 Wren, 10 Robin, 7 Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 2 Carron Crow, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Green Sands, 4 Common Sands, 5 Lapwing & 2 Spot Flys, 1 Sedge Warbler (Brent Birders)
  • Bury Farm, Edgwarebury, Middx: - NW London RSPB Group Birdwalk - Whinchat, Wheatear, Common Buzzard (Fay Broom, Bob Husband)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 3 Greenshank flew over calling, 3 Green Sandpiper on the slack, 1 Whinchat, male Common Redstart in slack scrub, 2 Willow Warbler and 1 Lesser Whitethroat. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • East Dulwich: Swallow over fast and low to SE (Tom Smith).
  • Epsom Downs: juvenile Ringed Plover on racecourse, just south of grandstand, on gravel track; not a drop of water in sight and the bird allowed close approach - how bizarre! (David Campbell - found on Tuesday by John Blenham).
  • Greenford Broadway: 2 Grey Wagtails landed on roof top towards dusk less than 100 metres from River Brent (Neil Anderson)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Spotted flycatcher near viewing area also Hobby. (Shaun Harvey)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Garganey and 1 Ruff, main lake. 2 Peregrines by midday. (Mike Lewis)
  • Rectory Farm (Enfield): 1st-winter male Common Redstart, 10:45 hrs - my first record for this site! (Robert Callf).
  • Redbridge Lakes: Spotted Flycatcher [in the scrub at the west end], up to 4 Whitethroats, up to 4 Chiffchaffs, around half a dozen Long-tailed Tits (Alan Hobson).
  • Richmond Park:4 Whinchat Lawn field bracken, between lower Pen Pond and car park 2 Whinchat Bog area bracken near old riding ring, nearby 3 Wheatear Holly Lodge paddocks. (FJM) 1 Wheatear Beverley Brook and Kingfisher. 69 Coot, Gadwall and Wigeon upper Pen Pond - (Justin Quail per FJM) [ Lawn Field is the area of bracken and rough grassland to the SE of the Lower Pen Pond, sloping up gently to White Lodge and Spankers Hill, grid. ref TQ 203 730 (Stefan Czapski)]
  • Romford, Roneo Corner: Yellow Wagtail over 4pm (James A)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe( +3juv) 3 Cormorant, c30 Tufted Duck, 6+ Common Swift, 6 House Martin, 1m Kestrel, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker,3 Stock Dove, c5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • St James's Park - Westminster: 2 Peregrine Falcons started round Parliament and then flew straight over park north west at 17:40, probably same as seen by other observer 1 hour earlier (Michael Mac).
  • Staines Moor: (1500-1800)15 Wheatear all east of river. 1 Whinchat, 6 Yellow wagtail, 3 Hobby. 10+Willow Warbler, 25+Chiffchaff mainly along reservoir path. (Neville Smith)
  • Ten Acre Wood area:2 Heron, f Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, juv Hobby( Initially distant hawking insects over construction area but after 5 minutes flew low over my head calling + into wood), Green Sandpiper, 11 Lapwing, 4 Stock Doves, Green + 2 GS Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 7 Jackdaw 11 Linnet (Neil Andserson)
  • Trent Park: 1 Tree Pipit, flushed from long grass, set-aside field N of Williams Wood, 09:10 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 1 fem/imm Common Redstart; 4 Whinchat, together, including two males, hedgerow along track, 08:30 - 08:40 hrs; 1 Garden Warbler; 3 Blackcap; 7 Stock Dove (Robert Callf).
  • Watford (Cardiff Road allotments): Swift, Yellow Wagtail over, at least 4 Chiffchaff (D. McKenzie).
  • Walthamstow res: Whimbrel,Dunlin,2 Yellow wagtails,Wheatear,Peregrine,Hobby. (KJM).
  • Wanstead Flats: Grasshopper Warbler flushed from scrub east of Alex, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Whinchat, 3-5 Wheatear, 5 Mistle Thrush, Tree Pipit (south), 2 Yellow Wagtail (south), 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 20 + House Martin, 1 Sand Martin (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge)
  • Wanstead Park: Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, 3 Pochard (returning birds), 5 Egyptian Goose, Hobby calling and feeding, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)
  • Whitewebbs Wood: 1 Spotted Flycatcher; 3 Blackcap; 1 Willow Warbler (Robert Callf).
  • Woodford Bridge: Hobby flew past my flat, near Claybury Park (Alan Hobson)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 0630-1030; 1 (ad male) Wheatear on the pitches, 3 Swallow and 4 Yellow Wagtail over, 17 Pied Wagtails in stadium car park. 5 Whinchat, 23 Goldfinch (flock),1 Reed Bunting calling and 3 Meadow Pipit in the long grass. 15 Chiffchaff, 2 Williow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Common Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap,1 Jay, 1 Collared Dove, 2 canada Goose over, 1 male Sparrowhawk, 1 Green and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Neville Smith)
  • Westminster:- Two Peregrine Falcons; one landed on Big Ben, the other flew on to the Houses of Parliament at 16.40.Also Buzzard seen soaring high overhead. (Geoff Crabtree.)

Saturday 27 August 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Wryneck again in Cricket Scrub especially elms west of cricket pavilion until 1030 at least, presumed the same as bird seen until last Monday, also 5 Spotted Flycatchers (2 Cricket Scrub, 2 Grove, 1 Top Field), 6+ Willow Warblers (4 Grove, 2 Top Field), c5 Chiffchaffs, Buzzard west low harassed by gulls, 8 Swifts Top Field, c10 House Martin (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener, Gareth Richards, Alan Gibson).
  • Battersea Park Lake: female Blackcap alarm calling, 8 Egyptian Geese juveniles close to flying[out video of some being ringed] (Michael Mac).
  • Beddington SF: juv Garganey still present on main lake. Updates here: [1] Dip or Glory
  • Bedfords Park: Spotted Flycatcher near the Visitor Centre (John Millar).
  • Brent Reservoir: Tree Pipit, 3 Yellow Wags, 4 Spot Flys, 5 Green Sand, 6 Common Sand, 5 Lapwing, c.125 Swift; Autumn Bird Count on 69 species by 15.30 (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham) pm: 2 Heron, 14 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 9 Moorhen, 2 Black-headed Gull, 3 Woodpigeon, 2 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Greenfinch. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: 1 juv Black Tern by sewage outflow, 1 juv Sandwich Tern upriver, 20+Common Terns hanging around. 1 imm Hobby upriver @ 9.20 + 3 Common Sand 1 Little Egret & 1 Yellow-legged Gull on foreshore (Conrad Ellam & John Bushell)
  • Croxley Common Moor: Common Buzzard, 20+ Black-headed Gull over, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull over (including 2 juveniles), 4 Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, 6-7 Common Whitethroat, at least 10 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher in birch by wooden bridge prior to rain, Nuthatch calling from nearby woodland, 2-3 Jay, Jackdaw, at least 120 Goldfinch (predominantly juveniles), Linnet, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting; also a few Meadow Brown (D. McKenzie).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 2 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 LRP, 2 Whinchat and a Common Redstart heard calling. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Finsbury Park (N4): a Teal on boating lake (patch tick for me) and single Common Swift west (Ian Bradshaw).
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Whinchat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Garden Warbler (Andy Culshaw).
  • Lake Farm CP: Common Redstart, Wheatear, 3 Swallows, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps and 2 Willow Warbllers (Peter Naylor).
  • Lee Valley CP: 3 Ruff on Goose Fields, 2 Little Owls, Yellowhammer, & single Barnacle Goose with flock of c400 Canada Geese around Holyfield Farm area, Barn Owl at Cornmilll Meadows along with single Common Sandpiper and 57 Lapwing.(James Anderson)
  • Leyton Flats: Little Egret, 2 Common Terns, Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtails, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaffs. (Gary A James).
  • Minet CP: Wheatear on the cycle track. (Jim Fell)
  • Muswell Hill-Sydney Road: Buzzard calling SE - 09.00. 1 Swift & 4 House Martins (P.Angus).
  • Rainham Marshes: 3 Arctic Terns (2 juvs, 1 prob 1st summer), 4 Common Terns, Peregrine, 1-2 Hobbies, 4 Avocets, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 4 Common Sandpipers, 8+ Yellow-legged Gulls, Willow Warbler, Greenshank, 13 Ringed Plovers, 2 Wheatears (David Callahan). My contribution to Bird Count day 69 sp including: 2 Black Tailed Godwit, 15 + Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Water Rail + young, Peregrine Flacon f getting mobbed by gulls over the river, 20 + Yellow Wagtail, Redshank, Barn Owl (missed some of Dave's which would have put a better complection on a pretty underwhelmng day: Nick Croft)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Whinchat Pond Slade near dead horse chestnuts, late am. (Steve Read) 3 Wheatear Holly Lodge paddocks early am. (FJM)
  • Staines Moor: 5+ Yellow Wagtail (around the cattle), 3 Hobby, 2-3 Common Buzzard, lots of warblers: 23 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3+ Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Common Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap and 1 Garden Warbler and 41 Barn Swallow (Lee Dingain - a few poor pics here).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: juv Hobby catching insects, Kestrel, 7 Stock Doves, 3 Green + 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 5 Swallows, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper (Neil Anderson)
  • Trent Park: 1 fem/imm Common Redstart, 'Old Golf Course', 09:40 hrs; 1 Reed Warbler, feeding in bushes by Lower Lake, 09:30 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 1st-winter male Common Redstart, feeding from wooden fencing, 11:05 - 11:15 hrs; 2 Lesser Whitethroat; 6 Common Whitethroat; 4 Blackcap; 1 ad Spotted Flycatcher, on wooden fencing, 08:40 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: Yellow Wagtail over, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (nick croft)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 0610-1000hrs, 5 Whinchat in the long grass, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (1ad &1 juv) in the southern paddock, 2 Yellow Wagtails over, 5 juv Pied Wagtail in stadium car park. Reed Bunting, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Common Whitethroat, 17 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Green Woodpecker, pr Great Spotted Woodpecker. 1 male Sparrowhawk. 1 Jay, 1 Stockdove. 9 Greenfinch (flock), 16 Goldfinch (flock). (Neville Smith). 11:00-12:00 1 Kestrel, 1 prob Yellow Wagtail over (Charlie Farrell)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: 3 Green Woodpecker, Swallow, 13 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, juv Willow Warbler, 3 Jackdaw (Neil Anderson)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 5 Black Tern, Jackdaw.(KJM). All day count 70 species: Highlights(!) Dunlin, 10+ Common Sandpiper, Black Terns, Jackdaw, Hobby, R*ddy D*ck, Pheasant, Sedge Warbler, 3 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail. Unexplained misses: Peregrine, Green Sandpiper, Common Gull, Little Owl, Garden Warbler, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Reed Bunting. (Paul Whiteman, Mike Messenger, Ian Woodward, Kevin McManus) http://walthamstowwildlife.blogspot.com/

Friday 26 August 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Spotted Flycatchers still Cricket Scrub, also Garden Warbler, 10+ Blackcap and 2 Whitethroat, Willow warbler Upper slopes, also 2 Goldcrest and Nuthatch in mixed flocks, few Chiffchaff (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: Spotted Flycatcher on dump, Yellow Wagtail over, also 3 Green Sands, 4 Common Sands & 3 Lapwing (Andrew Self) 10:00-12;00 2 Kingfisher, 6 Common Sandpipers, 1 Green Sand, 4 Lapwing, c50 House Martins, 20 Swifts; North Bank 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 50+ Blackcaps, c20 Chiffchaffs, c20 Willow Warblers, 1 Grey Wagtail, c50 Goldfinches (Derek Turner),
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham) 1 Heron, 15 Mallard, 12 Moorhen, 2 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Blackback, 7 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 10 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 5+Great Tit, 5+Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 3 Carrion Crow, 3 Greenfinch. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chiswick Eyot: 2 Sandwich Tern in vicinity of island before flying upriver at 09:50, also 4 distant Sterna terns upriver which were probably Arctic (D. McKenzie).
  • Clapham Common: 2 Spotted Flycatchers (patch tick and first migrants after 2 weeks hunting). Rain keeps the dog walkers away and brings the good birds! (Mark H)
  • Crayford Marshes: juv White-winged Black Tern upriver at 13:00. 14 Black Tern, 12 Arctic Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, c280 Common Tern, 22 Whimbrel, c140 Golden Plover, 4 Avocet, 8 Greenshank, 9 Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 16 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Fulham Wharf: Flock of about 20 Sterna terns (prob. Arctic but couldn't get a positive ID in my van) upriver towards Wandsworth Bridge then doubled back past Sainsburys. (Ian Cater)
  • Grays Riverside: Shag upriver, 730am (James A)
  • Hampstead Heath: juvenile Pied Flycatcher loosely associating with a mixed warbler/tit flock in South Meadow at 13:30, Whinchat in fenced area between parliament Hill and running track (Chris Bird)
  • Queen Mary Reservoir: 3 Black Terns 1 ad ,2 juv, late pm. 30 Common Terns distant in SW area. (FJM)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: c10 am - 14 Black & 10 Arctic Terns and 19 Whimbrel W past Rainham Marshes; 1 Juv White-winged Black Tern flew upriver at 13.00; 1 Juv Whiskered Tern flew upriver at 14.11 (Howard Vaughan per FJM)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Whinchats, 1 Wheatear, Bog area bracken, 1 Little Egret over Pen Ponds and may have landed early pm. (Tim Howard per FJM)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 4 juv Black Terns, 2 juv Black-necked Grebes on N basin late pm , 1 Yellow-legged Gull and large numberes of hirundines early am. 30 Swifts late pm and 1 Turnstone heard only. (Bob Warden & FJM)
  • Stoke Newington: N16, windowsill of Winston Road F Sparrowhawk eating M blackbird. 07.15.
  • Totteridge Valley: Folly Farm up to 7 Spotted Flycatchers, pair of Hobby and a Little Owl. (Brian Dawton and Tony Clancy)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Spotted Flycatcher Horse Chestnut Glade still, also 3+ Willow Warblers, 40+ House Martins (Bob Watts).
  • Trent Country Park, Cockfosters: Old Golf Course - North of lakes) - Tree Pipit,1 fem/imm Common Redstart, possibly still two; 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap (M), at least 6 Common Whitethroats, Chiffchaff (Fay Broom, Bob Husband, Robert Callf).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 1st-winter male Common Redstart, hedgerow along track, 10:25 hrs; 1 fem/imm Northern Wheatear, flew up into Oak, hedgerow along track, 10:25 hrs; 3 Song Thrush, including two juveniles feeding on sloes; 1 Reed Warbler, Barracks, 10:12 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamstow res: 6 Black Tern, 4 Curlew, Peregrine, Hobby.(KJM).
  • Wanstead Flats: C Redstart SSSI, Garden Warbler, Linnet, Common Gull (Tim Haarris), 3 Arctic Tern over high south clicking at each other, Whinchat, Sand Martin, 2 Teal, 2 Gadwall (NC/TH), Yellow-legged Gull (NC/Jonathan Lethbridge), Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, C. Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Shoveler, Little Grebe, 6 Mistle Thrush, House Martin, RN Parakeet, G Heron, (Nick Croft).

Thursday 25 August 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Tree Pipit flushed by dog walker from upper slopes above cricket scrub east of bomb @ 0725, it landed once then flew again high NE (Bob Watts). Whinchat and 2 Spotted Flycatchers Cricket Scrub, the former still 0855 south perimeter cricket pitch, Wheatear reported pitch n putt 0810 but no sign 0945 (Gareth Richards); 1 Spot Fly still at 08.30 am, plus 8+ Blackcaps, 3+ Whitethroats, Chiffchaff, Ring-necked parakeet, 3 Jackdaws (David Callahan); 2 Spot Flys lunchtime (DC). Lesser Whitethroat scrub area behind Cricket pavilion 2pm (Mike Benyon); 1 Spot Fly in the Grove 1:00 pm (GR).
  • Bankside SE1: 3+ Willow Warblers in birches around Tate Modern. Common Sandpiper heard calling but not seen over the Thames in the gloom and rain at 0645. (Simon Fogg)
  • Battersea Gasometer: 1 Peregrine (Michael Mac).
  • Blackheath: 2 Egyptian Geese on pond by princess of Wales (James Lowen)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: juv Sedge Warbler present for 2nd day Channelsea side of new green bridge, Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff, yellow juv Willow Warbler, 12 Long-tailed Tit, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Blackcap, 2 Stock Dove etc (Stuart Fisher)
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham) 1 Heron, 17 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 11 Moorhen, 10 Woodpigeon, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 3 Wren, 6 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 5 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Coal Tit, 10+Long-tailed Tit, 5+Great Tit, 5+Blue Tit, 5 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Wheatear, Little Owl, 7 Greenshank, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Avocet, 8 Common Sandpiper, 7 Ringed Plover, 2 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: juv Black Tern still by sewage outfall, Greenshank flew S at 8.30am, Yellow Wagtail N at 8.15am, 11+ Common Sandpipers, juv Yellow-legged Gull, juv Sedge Warbler (John Archer).
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Hobby S ish, mid afternoon, also House Martins and 1 Swift, 2 immature Green Woodpeckers, and a soaring Grey Heron high overhead (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Yellow-legged Gull on Thames foreshore, by O2 Arena, at low tide. (Conrad Ellam); Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Linnet all behind Ecology Park (James Lowen)
  • Lake Farm CP, Hayes: 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Whinchats, 5 Whitethroats, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, also a flock of 72 House Sparrows in thick hedgerows (Peter Naylor).
  • Leyton Flats: 1 Swift, House Martin, Garden Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 3 Blackcaps. (Gary A James).
  • Regent's Park: 25 Golden Plovers, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Wheatear, 3 Swifts (Tony Duckett).
  • River pool and Ladywell field.kingfisher.heron.blackcap,6 mallard.lots of long tailed tits and rain.(t.wilson).Which area is this please?
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Turnstone, 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 juv Black Terns, 1 Wigeon, 30 Swifts, 200 Swallows, 70 House Martins, 30 Sand Martins, 3 Grey Wagtails, 1 White Wagtail. 45 Pied Wagtails (Bob Warden & FJM)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Spotted Flycatcher & Willow Warbler Horse Chestnut Glade, 2 fem/imm Whitethroats Scrapyard Meadow, 8 House Martin Cantrell Field 1230-1315 (Bob Watts).
  • Trent Park: 2 female/immature Common Redstart, together in Elder, 'Old Golf Course', 13:00 - 13:10 hrs; 1 Whinchat, 'Old Golf Course; 1st-winter Spotted Flycatcher, 'Old Golf Course'; 2 Lesser Whitethroat; 6 Common Whitethroat; 3+ Blackcap; 1 Bullfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Vauxhall BT: 1 Peregrine (Michael Mac).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 2 Common Redstart (1st-winter male in Hawthorn and Elder, 08:50 hrs., Sidhil's Field and adult male, hedgerow off Hog Hill, 15:20 hrs); 1 adult Spotted Flycatcher, Sidhil's Field ; 3 Lesser Whitethroat, together, in Elder; 7 Common Whitethroat; 1 Garden Warbler; 1 fem/imm Blackcap; 1 juv Sparrowhawk; 2 Chiffchaff; 1 Bullfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitehtroat, Willow Warbler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 3 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and rain (Nick Croft/Marco Johnston)
  • Walthamstow Res:6 Black Tern,3 Greenshank,Hobby (KJM).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: (1800hrs) 3 Whinchat (1st win & 2 ad) in the long grass, 22 Canada Goose headed towards the stadium, and 2 Meadow Pipit flew in the long grass to roost at 1920hrs. (N. Smith)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Whinchat, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Peregrine Falcon, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Bullfinch, 3 Wigeon, 2 Common Tern. (Steve Blake)

Wednesday 24 August 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Wheatear; imm/fem types & probably nominate flew close to Cricket Scrub and alighted on green container then below line of elms 0715 (1st of autumn), also Willow warbler 1st platform, sev Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, 3+ Whitethroat (bound to be more about but didn't have time & was raining) (Bob Watts), Spotted Flycatcher Cricket Scrub (Gareth Richards).
  • Bankside SE1: 2 Willow Warbler in birches at west end of Tate Modern (Simon Fogg)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: juv Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler (Stuart Fisher)
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham) 1 Heron, 16 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 11 Moorhen, 2 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Blackback, 10 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 6 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 5 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Greenfinch. (Conrad Ellam).
  • Bushy Park. At least 3 Whinchats in bracken east end of Leg-of-Mutton pond. (Ian Grant).
  • Canons Farm & Banstead Woods: Grasshopper Warbler Banstead Woods at The Scrub; Whinchat, 2 Wheatears, 4 Yellow Wagtails south at Canons Farm (David Campbell).
  • Crystal Palace Park Lake: 1 Shovelor in eclipse, pr Great-crested Grebe failed this year, 4 Cormorant (Michael Mac).
  • Crayford Marshes: 4 Sandwich Terns east at 6.37 am, juv Marsh Harrier, 13 Turnstone, Whinchat, 12 Yellow-legged Gull, Golden Plover, 16 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Buzzard, 14 Avocet, 8 Yellow Wagtail, Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher, 5 Greenshank, 8 Common Sandpiper, c30 Common tern. (Kev Jarvis & Ian Stewart)
  • Crossness: 4 Sandwich Terns west at 8am, 5 juv Black Terns thru 8.10am (and another lingering off sewage outfall all morning), 1 Arctic Tern, female Goldeneye off Golf Centre, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls, 5 Whinchats in Norman Road Field, Wheatear (Rich Bonser, Ian Miller & Steve Carter).
  • East India Dock Basin: 40 Teal (increase on recent numbers), 1 Tufted Duck (John Archer).
  • Greenwich Park: Whinchat (1st of year), 2 Swifts, Swallow migrating, 2 House Martins, all sightings in the afternoon. (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin)
  • Hampstead H: 2 Yellow Wagtails N @ 0700, 3 Willow W, 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 5 House Martins ( all Parliament Hill) Pete M
  • London Wetland Centre: female Garganey, Spotted Flycatcher, 3+ Lesser Whitethroat, c20 Chiffchaff, 4+ Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Hobby. PhotosAlso seen (but not by me) Osprey over south, Whinchat. (Matthew Palmer). Several swifts visible from riverside path @ 8pm (M Ruscoe)
  • Mile End Park: 2+ Whitethroats by ecology pavilion pond, 20 House Martins overhead (John Archer).
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: 2 Little Gulls flew down river at 9.30, also 2 Whinchat, 13 Avocet, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Water Rail, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher. (Oliver Simms)
  • Regent's Park: Common Buzzard, 4 Swifts, Northern Wheatear, Whinchat, Common Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Common Whitethroats, Garden Warbler, 22 Blackcaps, Reed Warbler, 24 Willow Warblers, 18 Chiffchaffs, 2 Spotted Flycatchers (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park; 1 prob Tree Pipit, 4 Wheatears, 2 Willow Warblers, Lawn Field early pm. (Tim Howard per FJM) 2 Wheatear Holly Lodge early am and ad Hobby hunting.(Tim Howard & FJM)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 4 juv Black Terns, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Black-necked Grebe early am. (Bob Warden per FJM). 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Common Sandpiper and 10-12 Swift in evening (Tony and Jim Sweetland).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 ad. + 1 juv. Little Grebe, 1 Peregrine. (TeRNS)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 4 Yellow Wagtails (grounded): c20 Pied Wagtails incl juvs: c60 Swallows, mostly feeding rather than moving: 2 Lesser Whitethroat: 1 Willow Warbler: Kingfisher: 2 fem Teal: 1 fem Mandarin (John Colmans). At Folly Farm this evening: imm Whinchat, Willow Warbler, 2 Rook, 3+ Little Owls calling (Ian Ellis).
  • Totteridge Fields: 3 Spotted Flycatcher, Large flock of Swallows over Long Pond (T.Clancy)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Fem/imm Whitethroat again in buddleia Scrapyard Meadow (Bob Watts).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 1 Yellow Wagtail, flew over calling; 3(1m,2f/imm) Northern Wheatear, Hog Hill, 08:40 - 08:50 hrs; 1 Sedge Warbler, Barracks; 2 Lesser Whitethroat, together; 7 Common Whitethroat; 3(2m,1f/imm) Blackcap; 1 Willow Warbler (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamsow res (East Warwick & surrounds 12-2pm): 2 Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher (h), 2 Common Sandpiper, 16 Shoveler, 2 Wheatear, 2 RN Parakeet, 3-4 Chiffchaff - 1 in song. (L Bodini); 6 Black terns, 3 Arctic Terns,Peregrine,5 Wheatear. (KJM/PW).
  • Wanstead Flats: Pied Flycatcher in Broom Fields, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart in Long Wood (juv east of Alex, possibly 2), 3 Whinchat, 3 Tree Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail (over), 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 19 Swallow (north), House Martin, Common Sandpiper (Alex), 2 Teal, Gadwall, Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawk, Linnet, Skylark (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge et al).
  • Wimbledon Common: 2 Whinchat, 1 Northern Wheatear on Meadow (David Wills).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 male Common Redstart in the grassland, 2 seperate flyover Yellow Wagtail, c4 Whinchat, 1 Willow Warbler small numbers of other common warblers plus c30 House Sparrow leaving their roost. (Rob Ayers & David Lindo)..

Tuesday 23 August 2011Edit

  • Beddington: 15 Common Tern, 8 Greenshank, 105 Sand Martin, 70+ Swallow, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheater pics (PA)
  • Alexandra Park: No sign Wryneck 0750-0810, Lesser Whitethroat Cricket Scrub (Bob Watts).
  • Barking Bay: Guillemot flew west from crossness towards barking outfall @13:13 also 5 1st winter Little Gulls, 60+ Common Tern, Grasshopper Warbler flushed from path. (Paul Hawkins)
  • Brent Reservoir: 1+ Arctic Tern (1600), 2 Green Sand, 3 Common Sand, c40 Sand Martin, c20 Swift, 7 Lapwing. (Oliver Simms), 1 Arctic Tern, 5 Green Sands (1645) (Roy Beddard)
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham) 1 Heron, 15 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 10 Moorhen, 2 Black-headed Gull, 8 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Ring-necked Parrakeet, 4 Wren, 7 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 6 Magpie, 2 Greenfinch. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Razorbill and Guillemot on the River Thames. 5 Little Tern, 5 Little Gulls, 6 Arctic Tern flew west along the Thames.c 380 Common tern, 6 Yellow-legged Gull, 14 Avocet, 5 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: Guillemot on River Thames at Thamesmead Golf Centre at 12:20, flew west at 13.15 (Ian Miller per JA). 2+ juv Arctic Terns, juv Black Tern, Whimbrel west at 15.30, Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2+ Common Sandpipers, 13 Swallows NW, 6+ Yellow-legged Gulls all off Golf Centre 2-6pm (John Archer).
  • London Wetland Centre: two Garganey; also juvenile Roseate Tern reported southwest over with c.500 Common Terns, pale adult Arctic Skua, 6 Sandwich Terns, 3 Black Terns, c.70 Arctic Terns, 4 Little Terns and Woodlark west (Birdguides)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 14+ Avocet, 100 Common Terns, 3 Arctic Terns, 5 Little Terns in one flock, winter plumaged Razorbill (Howard Vaughan via LondonBirders Yahoo group); Guillemot and Razorbill currently floating offshore at Aveley Bay at 11.15 am (Howard Vaughan via David Callahan).
  • Rotherhithe: juvenile Yellow-legged Gull on mud by Hilton Hotel early a'noon (Richard Bonser).
  • Royal Albert Dock: c10 Common Tern, Ring Necked Parakeet (DEH)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 juv Little Gulls, 3 juv Arctic Terns, 30 Common Terns, moulting ad Black-necked Grebe, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Yellow Wagtails by 10.30. PM; 4 juv Black Terns, still 3 juv Arctic Terns, 10 resident Common Terns on raft. 1 Oystercatcher, 1 ad Hobby, 110 Swallows, 60 Sand Martins, 15 House Martins, In evng 15 Dunlin over. (Rob Innes, Ken Purdey, Bob Warden, FJM)
  • Trent Country Park, Cockfosters: Tree Pipit in small trees on old golf course north of lakes 18.30, dozen Chiffchaffs, several Common Whitethroats, m & f / imm Blackcap (Bob Husband & David Noon)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 1 Whinchat, Hog Hill, 18:10 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats pm: 2 (male/juv or female) Common Redstart east of Alex, 2 Spotted Flycatcher south of Long Wood, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 15+ Whitethroat, 14 Blackcap, Reed Warbler, subadult Yellow-legged Gull, 13 Mistle Thrush, several Chiffchaff, 4 Swallow NE, several House Martin over high, possible Gropper calling (not reeling) in scrub east of Long Wood but only heard so keep your ears/eyes out (S Fisher), 2 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear (Tim Harris)
  • Wanstead Park: 5 (2 ad/3 juv) Common Terns on The Basin, Sedge Warbler along edge of Basin (S Fisher)
  • Walthamstow: oystercatcher, Hobby. and lots of swallows.(KJM).
  • Wimbledon Common: 2 juv Whinchat on the meadow. (J. Dickerson)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: despite rain 1 Tree Pipit flushed from the grasslands, c60 Sand Martin north, 1 Whinchat, 1 Willow Warbler, c12 Whitethroat, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Sparrowhawk, c20 Goldfinch and several Blackcap and Chiffchaff (The Scrubbers)

Monday 22 August 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Wryneck showing well from 8.15 to 8.30 a.m., at first in the elms west of the cricket pavillion and then flew south and seen in a willow on the south perimeter of the cricket field (James Palmer). No sign 7.30 to 8.45 am or lunchtime for me, but Garden Warbler in CS 8.30 and Peregrine east past office at 15.10 (David Callahan). Late afternoon/evening no sign of Wryneck reported by several seekers - 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Swift, 1 Sparrowhawk (Michael Mac).
  • Brayside Farm (Enfield): 1 Yellow Wagtail; 11 alba Wagtails; 1 fem/imm Northern Wheatear (Robert Callf).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers & 3 Lapwing, c100 Swallows, 5 Swifts, 20 Chiffchaff, 20 Willow Warblers, 3 Whitethroat. (Derek Turner)
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham): 1 Grey Heron, 15 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 11 Moorhen ( including 4 chicks), 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Blackback, 10 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wren, 8 Robin, 8 Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 8 Magpie, 3 Carrion Crow, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cassiobury Park: female / immature Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff (1 singing), 3-4 Nuthatch (D. McKenzie).
  • Crayford Marshes: juvenile Marsh Harrier north east, Little Owl, 10 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Peregrine, 7 Yellow Wagtail, Common Buzzard, 4 Greenshank, 7 Common Sandpiper, 12 Ringed Plover, 8 Common Tern. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Ealing Garden W13: Juvenile Common Whitethroat in garden this morning - "garden tick" (Bill Haines).
  • Edgware: Marsh Harrier north over The Promenade 13:20 (D. McKenzie, Joanne Biscomb).
  • Leyton Flats: Common Buzzard nw 11.45, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warblers. Treecreeper. (Gary A James & Mike Messenger).
  • London Wetland Centre: Drake Garganey plus plenty of warblers - Chiff Chaff, Willow, Garden, Cetti's and Blackcap. (S. Haslem)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Soprano pipistrelle detected outside on St. Dunstans Road (M Ruscoe)
  • Muswell Hill: Skywatching between 08.30 and 10.30. 1 Red Kite high over Southgate area, 1 Common Buzzard circling SE, 2 Sparrowhawks and 3 Swifts. (P.Angus)
  • Park Farm (Enfield): 2 Spotted Flycatcher, together, in copse, 12:15 - 12:30 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Rainham Marshes: Wood Sandpiper on Aveley Pool 13h (James Lowen, German Pugnali)
  • Rectory Farm (Enfield): 1 juvenile Black Redstart, feeding on ploughed field, 14:00 - 14:45 hrs (my first record in August locally, all my previous autumn sightings have been in October and November) with 1 Whinchat and 1 ad male Northern Wheatear (Robert Callf).
  • Strayfield Road, Clay Hill, Enfield: 1 Sand Martin, on wire with 16 Barn Swallow (Robert Callf).
  • Sunbury: probable Great Skua high south over Sunbury at 10:00 (Birdguides)
  • Thorney CP: 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, small flock Long tailed Tits, Grey Heron, 5 Swallows, Reed Warbler, 5 Pochards, 5 Great Crested Grebes 3 adults 2 Juv, 3 Cormorants, Common Whitethroat, Stock Dove over, Red Kite over 11.40am, sparrowhawk, (Sue Giddens)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Fem/juv Whitethroat around buddleia Scrapyard Meadow - possible sign of breeding or could be a migrant (Bob Watts).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 1 ad male Northern Wheatear, Hog Hill, 11:10 hrs; 1 1st-winter Spotted Flycatcher; 1 Garden Warbler, feeding on elderberries (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: no sign f/juv Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Whinchat, 2 Common Redstart (f and 1st winter), 1 Wheatear, many Robin, Song Thrush, 10 + Blackbird, 11 Mistle Thrush, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler still, 4 Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 8 Swallow (east), 2 Sand Martin (north), 8 House Martin, Swift, Kingfisher (North), 3 Teal (JL), 2 Gadwall, Linnet, Hobby east along the side of Long Wood, m Sparrowhawk, 30 RN Parakeet (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge/Tim Harris) 50 sp
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 06:30 - 08:00 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat on the Embankment. Chiffchaff in Chats Paddock. Green Woodpecker in Central Copse, no sign of Whinchat (Charlie Farrell)

Sunday 21 August 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Wryneck still present until 1730 at least, showing intermittently in Cricket Scrub west of cricket pavilion mainly in elms and ranging as far as NW perimeter to pitches where showed down to 3 feet, also Yellow Wagtail SE 0845 over Wood Green Res Swift, 4+ House Martins, 2+ Lesser Whitethroat, 20+ Blackcap, 5+ Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, sev Chiffchaffs (Bob Watts, Gareth Richards, Dominic Mitchell et al)
  • Beddington SF: 1 Black-tailed Godwit still on South Lake viewable from path just north of Beddington Park. Updates here: [2] Dip or Glory
  • Barking Bay: 1w Redstart in scrub riverside of mound in rose hips, 20+ Yellow Wagtail thru inc flock of 10, 2 Turnstone flew north, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper.(Paul Hawkins)
  • Bay Farm (Enfield): 11 Yellow Wagtail, flew from field holding herd of cows, 10:20 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpipers & 5 Lapwing (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham) 2 Heron, 12 Mallard, 3 Mandarin, 6 adult Moorhen + at least 3 chicks, the first or the year, 2 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Blackback, 8 Woodpigeon, 4 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 8 Robin, 8 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 6 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 1 Carrion Crow, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Farthing Down: No sign of Hoopoe today - several disappointed birders ventured down by train etc only to see a Yellowhammer and common birds (Geoff Crabtree). No sign of Hoopoe at 3pm or 5:30pm. 2 Peregrine (1 chasing large 1st-w gull), Yellowhammer, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaffs, many Linnets & Goldfinches, Green Woodpecker plus roving mixed flocks of tits with Goldcrest & Nuthatch (James Hudson).
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Lesser Whitethroat at Riverside Road fields, heard Pheasant (both patch ticks), 1 Grey Heron, 6 Mute Swan (ad+4 juv), heard Canada Goose, 20+Mallards, 2+Kestrels vocal and mobbed by Magpies, 6+Moorhen, 4+Coot, 20+B/H Gull, Common Gull, 10+Pigeon, 20+Woodpigeon, 2+Stock Dove, 1+Collared Dove, many R/N Parakeets, 2 Kingfishers NE of 5 arches, 1+GSW, 2+Green Woodpecker, 6+Wren, 6+Robin, 2 Dunnocks, 10+Blackbird, 3+Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 6+Whitethroat, 6+Blackcap, 20+Chiffchaff, 1+Goldcrest, 30+Long Tailed Tits, 2+Coal Tit, plenty Blue and Great Tits, 2+Nuthatch, 3+Jay, 20+Magpie, 20+Jackdaw, 10+Carrion Crow, 40+Starling, 10+House Sparrow, 10+Chaffinch, 4+Greenfinch, 2 Linnet, 4+Goldfinch. No sign of recent Cettis Warbler, 44 species 6-8am, no optics. (Ian Stewart)
  • Lewisham Ladywell Cemetery 2 Sparrow Hawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 GS Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Dunnock, 4 Parakeets
  • Lockwood Reservoir: 7 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Hobby (KJM/PW). 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Grebe, Pochard with 3 young (RP).
  • Lower Chingford: 6 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret (James Palmer).
  • Osterley Park: Whinchat 2. (Keith Fisher)
  • Pinner (East Towers): Tawny Owl using the "Ke-wick" call at 02:41 (JR).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 Wood Sandpiper, juvenile Marsh Harrier (James Palmer).
  • Roxbourne Park: Spotted Flycatcher by the abandoned Crazy Golf Course. (Joe Dickens).
  • Ruislip Lido/ Poor's Field:7 ad + 2broods(3+4) Great-crested Grebes, 4 Cormorant, 78 Mute Swan, 85 Canada + 1 Greylag Goose, 194 Mallard, 36 Gadwall, 18 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, Kestrel, Common Tern, 6 Stock Dove, 4 Green + 3 Great-spotted Woodpeckers, 9 Pied Wagtail, c20 House Martins, 20+ Chiffchaff, c10 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, Bullfinch (Neil Anderson)
  • South Norwood Lake: Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe (with 3 young) c12 Tufted Duck +27young, 2 Cormorant, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, 1 Coal Tit, c12 Long-tailed Tit, (John Watson)
  • Totteridge Valley: small passage E of c6 Swallows, 5 Swifts and c10-15 House Martins: also Treecreeper, group of 12 Mistle Thrushes and good numbers of commoner warblers, particularly Whitethroat and Chiffchaff (John Colmans). An evening visit (19:30 - 20:30) yielded a Turtle Dove, 5 Yellow Wagtails and a Linnet (all over heading south), c80 hirundines, 1 Swift, 2 Teal and Little Owl (Ian Ellis).
  • Wanstead Flats: f/juv Pied Flycatcher (in canopy of east end of Long Wood but elusive - Nick Croft/Tim Harris), Whinchat, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 10 + House Martin, 4 Yellow Wagtail south, 4 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)
  • Watford (Cardiff Road): 23 Ring-necked Parakeet over at 19:00, 9 Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler; also several Small White and Meadow Brown plus 5 Willow Beauty at light early a.m. (D. McKenzie).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: (0700-1000hrs) 2 Whinchat, 3 Reed Bunting (1m & 2 juvs), 1 Juv Kestrel in the long grass area. 2 Yellow Wagtail over east.1 Garden Warbler on the embankment. 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2(m&f) Sparrowhawk.(1950) 3 Whinchat in the long grass (N.Smith)

Saturday 20 August 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Wryneck flushed initially from NW perimeter of cricket pitches at 0830 and then settled in NW corner of cricket scrub perching up occasionally in hawthorn or new sallow and oak, feeding on deck and still present 0930, also 4+ Lesser Whitethroat, 8+ Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 20+ Blackcap, 4 Swift, 7+ House Martin (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts). No sign of Wryneck 9.45-12.00 but again showed well intermittently 14.30-1835 when last seen on ground behing trailer along line of elms (Oliver Simms & Bob Watts). Male Redstart seen 4x in west end of cricket scrub 1530-1730 but very elusive.
  • Battersea Power Station: 2 Yellow Wagtails, Yellow-legged Gull, Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, 2 Grey Wagtails and 30 Linnet (Dave Morrison).
  • Bentley Priory: Spotted Flycatcher (Joe Dickens).
  • Brent Reservoir: Curlew, 5+ Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, Hobby & Peregrine (Brent Birders).
  • Crayford Marshes: 1 Greenshank, 10 Avocet, 3 Yellow-legged gulls, 3 Common sandpiper (Ian Strickland).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 2+ Common Redstart inc Ad Male, 1 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 11 Lapwing, 1 Hobby and 2 Egyptian Geese ( V.Halley-Frame).
  • Farthing Down: Hoopoe showing intermittently (up to 13:45) in the same area as yesterday. 2 Common Buzzard, m Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3+ Nuthatch, Yellowhammer, Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, lots of Linnet, Jackdaw and other (Charlie Farrell). Hoopoe last seen in usual spot on middle path up until 7pm before flying off into trees to the west. (Neil Randon, Andy Pickett et al).
  • Finsbury Park: Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (Chris Langsdon).
  • Gillespie Park: Spotted Flycatcher and Common Whitethroat (Chris Langsdon).
  • Horsenden Hill: 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Andy Culshaw).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Kingfisher, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Golden Plover over, 80 Lapwing, 12 Swift (Shaun Harvey, Paul Hawkins).
  • Lockwood Reservoir: Greenshank,Peregrine,2 Hobby (KJM).
  • Osterley Park: Whinchat 2 (Keith Fisher).
  • Rainham Marshes: Arctic Skua west at 15:28, 12 Avocet, Hobby ( Gary A James, Nick Tanner).
  • Regent's Park: Spotted Flycatcher, 26 Blackcaps, Garden Warbler, 8 Common Whitethroats, 12 Willow Warblers, 18 Chiffchaffs, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail (Tony Duckett). 18:50 - trees in front of White House - 10+ Spotted Flycatcher some dispersed to lagoon area 32 + 33 and at least 3 Willow Warblers. Dusk; 9 Swifts and 6 House Martins feeding over lake and loads of Herring Gull/Lesser Black-backed Gull 1st years from Camden area around and on the lake (Michael Mac).
  • Sainsbury's Nine Elms; Kestrel on chimney 15:55pm (Michael Mac).
  • Sewardstone: Spotted Flycatcher east of KGV Reservoir in hedgerow, 2 Whinchat on Pattypool Mead, Hobby, Garden Warbler eating elderberries,, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, c300 Swallows including juvs landing on hawthorns, c35 Swift over reservoir, 2 Little Egret, 2+ Common Sandpiper heared along the relief channel (Martin Shepherd).
  • South Norwood Lake: Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe (with 3 young) 15 Tufted Duck, 3 K Cormorant, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1m Kestrel, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Mistle Thrush, c15 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (John Watson).
  • Staines Reservoir: 07.00-08.30, 2 Black Tern (S.Basin), 3 Little Gull (S.Basin), 2 Black-necked Grebe (S.Basin), Common Sandpiper (N.Basin) (A.Luscombe).
  • Tate Modern: I fem Peregrine on chimney (John Colmans)
  • Vauxhall: 4pm Peregrine on building (Michael Mac).
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 1 Common Redstart, seen in flight twice, 08:35 hrs., and heard calling and seen in flight again at 13:00 hrs, waited 1/2 hour but no further sign (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: 10 Sand Martin, 6 House Martin, Swallow, Grey Wagtail, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Gadwall (Nick Croft). 5 Swift
  • Wanstead Park: Hobby, juv Sparrowhawk calling, Tawny Owl (calling by Heronry), Lesser Whitethroat, 4+ Willow Warbler, 3 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe (Nick Croft).
  • Wimbledon Common: one Northern Wheatear on the Meadow, plus one Yellow Wagtail over SW (Adrian Podmore).

Friday 19 August 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroat, 5+ Blackcap, 2+ Willow Warbler, 5+ Chiffchaff Cricket Scrub and perimeter hedge 0650-0720 (Bob Watts).
  • Beddington SF: Marsh Harrier flew northwest early afternoon; also a Black-tailed Godwit this morning (Birdguides)
  • Crayford Marshes: 3 Whinchat, Hobby, Whimbrel, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Greenshank, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, 11 Ringed Plover, 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Common Tern. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Farthing Downs: Hoopoe just west of Ditches Lane c550yds north of car park (roughly here?) for 6th day, seen at 7.00am on middle path (same as yesterday), perched on small tree before flying to trees next to lower path. Also 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Neil Randon). Hoopoe still present at 17.45 feeding happily in usual spot. Also 3 Buzzards over Devilsden Wood, 1 Kestrel, Yellowhammer and Linnets. (John Birkett).
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 5 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 2 Sand M artins (W) at P. Hill this morning. (PeteM) Adult Green Woodpecker and juvenile feeding in pen area, Lot of Tawny Owls calling in all directions and later Hobby low over Parliament Hill Fields at dusk (Michael Mac).
  • Horsenden Hill: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Swift, 2 Coal Tit. Also 1 Brown Argus (Andy Culshaw).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Peregrine and Green Sandpiper (Shaun Harvey)
  • Lockwood Reservoir: 15 Common Buzzard,7 Yellow wagtail,2 Wheatear,Teal. (PW/KJM).
  • London Wetland Centre: Garganey on main lake; also 2 Whinchats and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls. Sandwich Tern and 4 adult Arctic Terns through (Birdguides); Green Sandpiper, Hobby, Kingfisher, Garden Warbler, Peregrine - 2 perched on the Hospital (AngusInnes);
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe with 3 young, 9 adult Tufted Duck +24young , 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Nuthatch, 2 Cormorant, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, (John Watson)
  • Trent Park: 1 Common Sandpiper, Lower Lake, 11:55 - 12:20 hrs - first here for several years! Before locating this, a wader was flushed which did not call, but looked good for Green Sandpiper, so perhaps I saw both birds (Robert Callf). Whinchat (Old Golf Course), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Green Sandpiper (flew from Lower Lake- first at this site)(Pete Lowman). Whinchat and Common Sandpiper still present 17.15pm-18.30pm (Pete Lowman).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Wheatear (1st w Fem), 2 Little Owl, 2 Buzzard. (Steve Blake)
  • Uxbridge: Spotted Flycatcher still present in dividing hedge in fields next to Topping Lane, Brunel University. Also, 6 Linnets, 2 Whitethroat and 2 Blackcap (Steve Pash). Tried for Spotted Flycatcher with no luck but did see a Slow Worm - have seen one there some years back (Roger Dewey).
  • Wanstead Flats: Common Redstart (male east end of Long Wood 08:00), 2 + Garden Warbler, 5 + Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, (all Long Wood), Common Tern (over Alex and then south), 2 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 10 + House Martin, 2 Swift, Skylark, Linnet, 2 Yellow Wagtail (over east), 8 Mistle Thrush, Greater Black-backed Gull (Nick Croft/Tim Harris - 48 sp)
  • Wanstead Park: adult Kittiwake (over Shoulder of Mutton north 19:00), Common Redstart (The Plain - Mike Messenger), Common Buzzard (MM-NC), Hobby, Sparrowhawk + juv, House Martin, Sand Martin, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher (Old Sewage Works), Kingfisher, 2 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe (Nick Croft - 49 sp)
  • Wimbledon Common: 2 Whinchats on the meadow. (J. Dickerson)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Kestrel, juv Greeen Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, lots of juv Lesser Whitethroat and Common Whitethroat, 2+ Chiffchaff, 3+ Blackcap, juv Willow Warbler. (Charlie Farrell) plus 4 Whinchat, Collared Dove (Rob Ayers)

Thursday 18 August 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 0650-0715 Mixed flock hard to follow in poor light and around Conservation Pond but contained 1+ Willow Warbler, 5+ Chiffchaff, 2+ Blackcap, Coal Tit, with 3+ Blackcap & 2+ Chichaff in Cricket Scrub (Bob Watts).
  • Bankside SE1: 3+ Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff in birches/community garden area at east end of Tate Modern (Simon Fogg)
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham): 1 Heron, 8 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 7 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 2 Black-headed Gull, 10 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Wren, 5 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch (Conrad Ellam).
  • Crayford Marshes: 3 Black Tern, 8 Arctic Tern, 7 Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 6 Yellow Wagtail, Willow Warbler, 24 Ringed Plover, 54 Swallow, Whimbrel, c54 Common Tern. (Kev Jarvis)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 1 juv Kittiwake east @ 09.05, 4 Common Terns, 16 Teal, Sparrowhawk, Reed Warbler (Gary A James)
  • Fairlop Waters: 9 Great Crested Grebe (2 broods), Tufted Ducks, 2 Arctic Tern (1 ad, 1 juv), 19 Lapwing, f Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Rebridge Birdwatching)
  • Farthing Downs: Hoopoe just west of Ditches Lane c550yds north of car park for 5th day, seen at 10.00am onwards on middle path (same as yesterday), then flew to trees next to lower path. (Roy Dennis, Neil Randon, Graham James, Paul Terry et al). Also 1 Whinchat, 1 Kestrel.
  • Hampstead Heath: Hobby, 5 Swallows, 2 Swifts, 4 Tree Pipits(S), 10 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow W (am) (PeteM).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Hen Harrier female, mobbed by a Peregrine and flew off SW, 1 Marsh Harrier female, 46 Teal, 27 Shoveler, 1 Green Sandpiper (LWC website)
  • Regent's Park: 0730 Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat. Large adult Herring-type gull on cricket pitches with pink legs and noticeably darker mantle than associated Herring Gulls, suggesting Argentatus-type (Sash Tusa)
  • River Pool, Catford SE6: 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Grey Herons, Grey Wagtail, Moorhen with 2 chicks (T. Wilson).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Whinchat, 2 juv Yellow Wagtail, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 20+ Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 4 Swift, 3 Swallow, Collared Dove, 40+ Goldfinch, Kestrel, fem Sparrowhawk taking goldfinch from flock, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker (R.Ayers and D. Lindo).

Wednesday 17 August 2011 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Large mixed flock in perimeter hedge to cricket pitches - 2+ Willow Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, 5+ Blackcap, also 8+ Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2+ Chiffchaff Cricket Scrub, also 200+ Starling Pitch n Putt (Bob Watts).
  • Bankside SE1: 4+ Willow Warbler in birches/community garden area at east end of Tate Modern (Simon Fogg)
  • Brent Reservoir: 6 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 4 Reed Warbler, 11 Common Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Roy Beddard). Evening bat walk: Noctule, Common Pipistrelle, probable Leisler's, Soprano Pipistrelle (Andrew Self).
  • Canons Farm: 2 Tree Pipits circled 8.15am (David Campbell).
  • Crayford Marshes: Hobby, 3 Curlew, Whimbrel, Greenshank, 9 Yellow Wagtail,6 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 14 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 18 Common Tern. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Farthing Downs: Hoopoe just west of Ditches Lane c550yds north of car park for 4th day, till 5.20pm at least (relocated today by David Hayes - via David Campbell et al).
  • Hampton Court Park. Water Rail, Green Sandpiper and 14 Sand Martin at Rick Pond. Also Hobby, 14 Swallow, 57 Egyptian Goose (Andrew Skotnicki).
  • Leyton: c.02:20 Little Owl calling. River Lea by Golf course; Kingfisher, Little Egret, possible Little Owl heard briefly. Waterworks N.R. Kingfisher, 1 Swift. (Paul Whiteman)
  • London EC2: fem/imm Black Redstart again (David Bradnum / Tom Smith)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Grasshopper Warbler in main hawthorn enclosure by Cambrian Gate, 1 Hobby over Cambrian Gate (Hugh Bradshaw) 1 Spotted Flycatcher Holly Lodge gardens outer edge near dead horse chestnuts.(Tim Howard & Mike Lewis) Also 2 probable Tree Pipits flew of from Bog area calling and landed in trees on edge of Sheen Common then lost to view. (Tim Howard per FJM)
  • River Pool, Catford (SE6): 2 Kingfishers, 2 Sparrowhawks, Common Whitethroat, 4 Grey Wagtails, lots of Long-tailed Tits (Terry L).
  • Margravine Cemetery (monthly bird count): 18+ Goldfinch (lots juveniles), 2 Greenfinch, 1f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 12 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 1 Wren, 5 Carrion Crow, 1 Jay, 17 Woodpigeon - evening bat walk produced Common Pipistrelles (Nathalie Mahieu, Ruth Savery).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Black-necked Grebes, 2 juv Little Gulls, 2 Common Sandpipers and a Dunlin heard only late evng. (FJM) 1 adult Arctic Tern early am, flew through. (Bob Warden)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Swift. (TeRNS).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Hobby, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 14 Common Tern, Little Owl. (Steve Blake)
  • Uxbridge: Spotted Flycatcher still present in the meadows at Topping Lane, Brunel University. Also, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4+ Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, Stock Dove, Hobby hawking insects and Sparrowhawk carrying prey (Steve Pash).
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail over, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 30+ C Whitethroat, 20 + Chiffchaff, 15+ Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, Hobby through brooms, Sparrowhawk, 2 Heron, 50+ Ring-necked Parakeet, House Martin, Skylark, 1 Gadwall (Nick Croft)Wheatear PM (Stuart Fisher)
  • Woodside Park N12: rufous Cuckoo (juv or hepatic female) seen briefly in trees / gardens along Dollis Brook this morning at 10:15 (Ian Ellis).

Tuesday 16 August 2011 Edit

  • Bankside SE1: Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed Warbler & 3+ Willow Warbler in Birches/community garden area at east end of Tate Modern. (Simon Fogg)
  • Baker St: 4 Swift and an Egyptian Goose over.(Dave Morrison)
  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Green Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing & Common Sandpiper (Andrew Self)
  • Crayford Marshes: Whinchat, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Yellow-legged Gull, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Greenshank, 7 Common Sandpiper, Whimbrel, 12 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: Whinchat in Norman Road Field (Steve Carter per JA).
  • Fulham Reach: colour-ringed Finnish Black-headed Gull (photo) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Hampstead Heath: Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, 3 Swallows, several Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff (Dave Porritt)
  • Trent Park: 1 adult Spotted Flycatcher, 'Old Golf Course'; 2 Lesser Whitethroat, together; 3 Common Whitethroat (Robert Callf).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 48+ Yellow-legged Gulls in tip/Aveley Bay area, 2 Green Sands, juv Peregrine (Dominic Mitchell per JA).
  • Ruislip Lido, 19.00 - 20.15: 2 Common Sandpiper & 2 Grey Wagtail on the shore by the boathouse, 6 Common Tern, 4 Hobby feeding on flying ants with Gulls & Starlings & 8+ Swifts (Steve Pash).
  • Staines Reservoirs:18.30-19.30 Common Sandpiper (S.Basin), 2 Little Gull (S.Basin), Wheatear (Juv.) on causeway, Swallow (S.Basin), 2 Black-necked Grebes (S.Basin) (A.Luscombe) with thanks to Franko.
  • Wanstead Flats: 1 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail over NE, Tawny Owl calling from Esso copse c. 08:00, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, C Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Swallow over east, House Martin, Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Greylag Goose, Little Grebe, 5 Skylark, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe)
  • Wimbledon Common: one Whinchat on the Meadow (David Wills). Also, a Hobby over the Rushmere pond rising to intercept several House Martins. Also, 6 Pied Wagtails. (J. Dickerson)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 3 Swift, c4 Lesser Whitethroat, c20 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, c4 Chiffchaff, 3 Stock Dove, 1 female Sparrowhawk & a Green Woodpecker. (David Lindo)

Monday 15 August 2011 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Lesser Whitethroat, cricket pitch perimeter hedge, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler Cricket Scrub, House Martin (Bob Watts).
  • Bankside SE1: 3 Willow Warbler in Birches at east end of Tate Modern. Also leucistic Blackbird dropped in at 13.00 (Simon Fogg)
  • Beddington SF: 1 Wood Sandpiper on South Lake plus Blackwit still. Updates here: [3] Dip or Glory.
  • Brent Reservoir: 6+ Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing (Roy Beddard, Derek Turner).
  • Cowley: Whimbrel east over Brunel University, calling, at 10.00. Also three Bullfinches and two Brown Argus butterflies in the Bicentenary Gardens. (Roger Morton).
  • East Barnet: ( My garden) 3 Bullfinch, 2 Blackcap. ( Pete Lowman)
  • Grays Riverside: 6+ Common Sandpiper, 620am (James A)
  • Lake Farm CP, Hayes: fiirst Whinchat, 21 Common Whitethroats,, 3 Blackcaps, 8 Reed Buntings (7 juveniles), 26 House Sparrows, Kestrel (Pete Naylor).
  • Oxleas Wood: Hobby, 4 Swifts, 1 Swallow (John Reid)
  • River Pool Catford SE6: Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap (2), Heron (3), Swift (juv), Sparrowhawk calling. Also 2 Jersey Tiger Moth. (observer?)
  • Staines Reservoir: in the evening, adult and juvenile Arctic Terns, also two juvenile Little Gulls still, plus Teal, Goldeneye and 10+ Swifts (Rob Innes).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Willow Warbler. (TeRNS).
  • Strayfield Road, Clay Hill, Enfield: 3 Sand Martin; 45 Barn Swallow; 2 (adult feeding juvenile) Grey Wagtail (Robert Callf).
  • Thorney CP: Red Kite over noon, Kingfisher, Common Tern, Cormorant, 6 House Martins 2 Swallows, Great Tit, 2 Chiffchaffs, Song Thrush.(Sue Giddens).
  • Trent Park: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap,4 Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, 14 Swallow, 4 LBB Gull, 2 Mandarin(f). ( Pete Lowman).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 1 1st-winter Yellow Wagtail, alighted briefly with ponies, 08:30 hrs; 1 Lesser Whitethroat; 16 Common Whitethroat; 5 Blackcap; c20 Goldfinch; 1 juv Bullfinch (with messy berry-smeared bill) and female Sparrowhawk, perched nearby; 1 Yellowhammer (Robert Callf).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Mediterranean Gull, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Hobby. (Steve Blake)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Lesser Whitehtroat, 3 Garden Warbler, 3 singing Willow Warbler + others, 1 singing Chiffchaff + many others, 20+ Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, 5 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 80 + Ring-necked Parakeet (north), Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 4 House Martin, Swift, Sparrowhawk, 10 + Greater Spotted Woodpecker (Nick Croft) 6 wheatear and 2 Whinchat present mid-afternoon, 18 Mistle Thrush (per Stuart Fisher/Steve Thorpe)
  • Wimbledon Common: Tree Pipit on the Meadow (David Wills).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 7+ Lesser Whitethroat, 19+ Whitethroat, 7+ Blackcap, 9+ Chiffchaff, 4 Swallow, 6 Mipit, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Linnet, 2 G S Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk (R Ayers, M Bournat).

Sunday 14 August 2011 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Spotted Flycatcher south end Pitch n Putt also 25 Mistle Thrush (max for year), 2 Sand Martin north, 2 Swallow north, 12+ Swift, 10+ House Martin, Garden Warbler & 2 Lesser Whitethroat Cricket Scrub, 8+ Willow Warbler, 12+ Chiffchaff, 8+ Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat (Andrew Gardener, Bob Watts, Gareth Richards, Paul Rawlins, Alan Gibson).
  • Bedfords Park: 3 Crossbill, 4 Willow Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher (ELBF).
  • Beddington SF: At least 1 Wood Sandpiper on South Lake plus Black-tailed Godwit. Updates here: [4] Dip or Glory
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Green Sandpipers, 5 Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, 19 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warblers & 15 Whitethroats (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall & Roy Beddard) - 6.30pm 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
  • Grays Riverside: 2 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 2 Peregrine (James A)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper on tern raft (Rich Petley)
  • Northolt + Greenford CP: 1 Swift, 33 Pied Wagtails ( many juvs, all on playing fields), 3 Sand Martins, 2 Chiffchaff (Neil Anderson)
  • Rainham RSPB Reserve: Green Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail, (Whimbrel reported on posts at high tide), (Canvey Island, Essex: 2 Cattle Egrets - adult in summer plumage & juvenile - on saltings between golf club house & Benfleet Creek), Bob Husband.
  • Regent's Park: 2 Grey Wagtails, 12 Common Whitethroats, 18 Blackcaps, 8 Willow Warblers, 12 Chiffchaffs, 4 Reed Warblers, 45 Greenfinches (Tony Duckett).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 juv Little Gulls on S basin late evng, also 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Goldeneye,1 Common Sandpiper. 8 Shoveler. 24 adult Common Terns, 4 fledged juvs and 2 very young juvs on main raft.1 Tufted Duck female with blue band on bill with letters JA (Rob Innes, Ken Purdey and FJM)
  • Thorney CP: Buzzard over, Swift, 5 Swallows, 7+ House Martins, 2 Stock Doves over, Little Egret, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Grey Heron one being chased by Common Tern, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 5/6 Goldcrests, Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap (f) Jay, Flock Long-tailed Tits, 4 Great Tits, 3 Blue Tits, Black-headed Gull over (Sue Giddens).
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 1 Northern Wheatear, perched in top of Oak along track, 08:20 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 1st winter male Common Redstart, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 immature Whinchat, 1 Swallow west, 1 Swift south, c36 Common Whitethroat, c8 Lesser Whitethroat & 2 Collared Dove. (David Lindo)

Saturday 13 August 2011 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Garden Warbler (1st for year), 5+ Whitethroats, 8+ Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff Cricket Scrub, Willow Warbler Top Field, also Chiffchaff, 3+ Blackcap, 2 House Martin, 10+ Swift south of Cricket pitches (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener).
  • Beddington SF: 2 Wood Sandpiper on South Lake plus Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Greenshank. 24 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 30+ Lapwing, 1 Garganey, 7 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 2+ Peregrine, Hobby, 2-3 Sparrowhawk Updates here:[5] Dip or Glory. pics
  • Brent Reservoir: 6 Green Sandpiper, 5 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper & 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Andrew Self & Roy Beddard).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 9 Greenshank on the slack until 4.53 pm then flew off, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 12+ Teal, 1 Water Rail, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Hobby, 7 Sand Martin. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • East India Dock Basin/ Bow Creek Ecology Park: 8 Common Teal, Oystercatcher, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Tern west along Thames, 5+ Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (Nick Tanner).
  • Fulham Reach (Thames at low tide, 8:10-9:20am): 197 Black-headed Gull, 2-3 Great Black-backed Gull, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 34 Herring Gull, 8 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 23 Canada Goose, 73 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 3 Swift (W), 1 Redhank (chased S over the Thames by young Gull), 3 Pied Wagtail - Starlings increasing at Hammersmith Bridge, 1 Egyptian Goose with 4 very young N of Bridge - House Sparrows at 3 spots on path (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Ladywell Cemetery SE4: 3 Sparrow Hawk incl juvenile (Phil Laurie)
  • Leyton Flats: 1 Common Redstart, Common Tern, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff (Gary A James).
  • Marylebone (Harewood Place): 20+ House Martin toward dusk (D. McKenzie).
  • Mortlake Thames foreshore: Yellow-legged Gull 3rd yr feeding on crabs at low tide 09.00 (Justin Quail & FJM).
  • Paddington Green: 2 Peregrine Falcon toward dusk (D. McKenzie).
  • Selhurst football ground: 1 pied wagtail (R Bell)
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe (with 3 young) 3 Cormorant, 12 tufted Duck, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (over) c8 Common Swift, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Sparrowhawk, Long-tailed Tit, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood).
  • South Oxhey (Nr. Watford): 5 Swallows flew west at 11:45 (Bill Haines).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Ringed Plovers flew over calling 10.30 then high SW. 18 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 14 adult Common Terns and 5 juvs, only 1 still not fledged. 1 Hobby over KG VI Res (FJM).
  • Streatham Rail Station: 1 wren (R Bell)
  • Streatham Common (playing fields) family of 5 green woodpeckers, 2 adults and 3 juveniles feeding on open ground (R Bell)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler (Steve Blake).
  • Wanstead Flats: Hobby (south over long wood), Grey Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 7 Mistle Thrush, Little Egret, 13 Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 Gadwall, Shoveler, Willow Warbler (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Severl Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Goldcrest, Swift, Sand Martin, House Martin, Littl Egret, Heron, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 3 Teal, Sparrowhawk, Bullfinch (calling in the old sewage works) (Nick Croft)
  • Watford (Cardiff Road): Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff; also 4 Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper (D. McKenzie).

Friday 12 August 2011 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Large mixed tit flock between platform 3, conservation pond and perimeter hedge held minimum 5 Willow Warblers, 4+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcap. Also Willow Warbler & Chiffchaff platform 1, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 3+ Blackcaps, 2 Whitethroat Cricket Scrub, 3 House Martin 0645-0730 (Bob Watts).
  • Barking Bay : 70 Common Tern, 19 Common Sandpipers, 5 Greenshank, Swift and a Dunlin.(Dave Morrison)
  • Barking Outfall : 6 Oystercatchers, Little Egret, 12 Common Sandpipers, 3 Yellow Wagtails and 6 Teal.(Dave Morrison)
  • Beddington SF : 3 Wood Sandpiper plus Black-talied Godwit on South Lake. Updates here: [6] Dip or Glory
  • Berrylands: Hobby hunting hirundines early a m (Nick Tanner).
  • Blackheath: 1 Swift (James Lowen).
  • Blackwall DLR Station; 10 Linnet flew north (Nick Tanner).
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwings, 1 Common Tern, 5 Swifts, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warblers (Derek Turner).
  • Canons Farm: 2 Crossbills flew SSE over Ruffett Wood at 1.39pm (David Campbell).
  • Crayford Marshes: 3 Greenshank, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, Whimbrel, Kingfisher, 9 Common Sandpiper, 20 Sand Martin, 2 Ringed Plover, 8 Common Tern, 3 Little Egret, 12 Swift, Dunlin, Rook. (Kev Jarvis & Phil Cliffe).
  • Crossness: 4 Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, 20+ Common Tern, 2 Oystercatcher - along river from golf centre to viewing platform. (AW).
  • Three Mills Studios (Bromley-by-Bow): Jersey Tiger, Ring-necked Parakeet over, Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher)
  • Clapham Common: No migrants, but fledgling bonanza. Large groups of Greylag, Egyptian and Canada Goose, Blackbirds, Blue and Great Tits, Robin, Wren, Pied Wagtail, Green/Gold/Chaffinch. Also Blackcaps feeding on berries. Nuthatch heard but not seen (patch tick if I can find it). (Mark H)
  • Hackney Marshes/Leyton Waterworks NR: Peregrine North, 7 Swift SW, Sand Martin, 13 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck (2 chicks), 4 Reed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, Common Gull with Black headed (Stuart Fisher)
  • KGV Res: 3 Hobby, 24 Common Sandpiper, 6 Little Egret, 200 Cormorant, 150+ Goldfinch, 30 Linnet, 2 Yellow-Legged Gull (T.Clancy)
  • London EC2: Black Redstart feeding in my office courtyard - first sighting for a couple of months. (Tom Smith)
  • Parkside Farm (Enfield): 1 Reed Warbler, (my first autumn bird locally this year); 8+ Common Whitethroat (Robert Callf).
  • Richmond Park: Peregrine imm female flew low W over Holly Lodge 10.30. (Tim Howard & FJM)
  • St Pauls: Sparrowhawk over the One New Change shopping mall (Charlie Farrell)
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe with 3 young, 1 Little Grebe, c15 Tufted Duck, 5 Cormorant, c12 Common Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, c10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Collared Dove, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, 1 Dunnock, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Jersey Tiger (1st record for site) just beyond Chestnut Glade - Ken Greenaway got pics and will post on Tower habitats website (Bob Watts).
  • Uxbridge: Spotted Flycatcher in the hedge dividing the meadows near Topping Lane, Brunel University. Also, 4 Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 3 Swallow, Swift and 3 Common Buzzard (Steve Pash).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 1 fem/imm Common Redstart, 09:15 - 09:30 hrs., feeding from wooden fencing (my earliest autumn bird by seven days!) (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: Yellow Wagtail (over Alex east), Swift (north), 6 House Martin, singing Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 1 flock of 22 Long-tailed Tit, 35 + Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Skylark, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, Mistle Thrush, Tufted Duck and brood (the young nearly the size of the mother), 5 Gadwall, 2 f Shoveler (Teal yesterday), 2 Stock Dove (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 5 Swift north, 2 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, Goldfinch, 10 + Chaffinch, 2 juv Bullfinch (SoW), Greenfinch, Hobby (heard over ornamental waters), 2 Sparrowhawk (juv and parent), Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Egyptian Goose, Reed Warbler, flock of 20 + Blackcap (OSW), Weasel (Nick Croft)
  • Wapping: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Swift, several House Martins and 2 adult G B -B Gulls in general area of Shadwell Basin: also a Jersey Tiger slightly further west in Hermitage Gardens (John Colmans)
  • Watford (Cardiff Road): female Sparrowhawk, 2 displaying Woodpigeon, 4 Collared Dove, 7 Swift, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, c100 Starling feeding on a hatch of flying ants, c30 House Sparrow; also 4 Meadow Brown, 2 Purple Hairstreak, Common Blue (D. McKenzie).
  • Willesden Junction Station: m Sparrowhawk hunting right by the high-level platform (Charlie Farrell)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 17 Canada Goose flew east from the pitches at 0730,1 Hobby over northwards at1030hrs,1 Sparrowhawk distantly north heading east. 1 kestrel hunting over the long grass area also 2 Whinchat, 1 (f) Reed Bunting, 5 Meadow Pipit and 4 Linnet. 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Willow Warbler with roving tit flock at the west end of the embankment. 40+ Goldfinch flock feeding by hospital car park. 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Swift. (N.Smith)

Thursday 11 August 2011 Edit

  • Archway/Hornsey - Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit flock feeding in garden 11am plus wood pigeon (Dawn Painter).
  • Beddington SF: 3 Wood Sandpiper (2 still on South Lake plus Black-tailed Godwit). Updates here: [7] Dip or Glory
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 2 Common Sandpiper, 40 Coot, 33 Lesser Black-backed Gull (including juvs) 9+ Herring Gull (including 2 local juvs), ad Great Black-backed Gull, Song Thrush, 5 Mute Swan (S Fisher)
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham): 1 Grey Heron, 9 Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 2 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Woodpigeon, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 House Martin, 3 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 7 Robin, 20 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch (Conrad Ellam).
  • Crayford Marshes: 3 Yellow-legged Gull, Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, 7 Common Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover, 6 Chiffchaff, 24 Swift, 16 Sand Martin, 12 House Martin, 18 Swallow, 12 Common Tern (Kev Jarvis).
  • M25/T5 slip road: 1 Kestrel (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Muswell Hill: 1 adult Spotted Flycatcher in communal gardens. 1 Sparrowhawk over. (P.Angus).
  • Scadbury Park: 2 Hobbies 1 juv calling ceaselessly, Tawny Owl calling 08.40, 3+ Whitethroat, 6+ Blackcap 1 male 1 female 4+ juv, 15+ Chiffchaff, 5+ Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 4 Bullfinch (Ian Stewart).
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe + 3 young, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Black-headed Gull, 7 Cormorant, 12 Tufted Duck (+ total of 26 young from 4 broods) 1m Sparrowhawk, c30 Common Swift, 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2juv Mistle Thrush, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, c8 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 1 stock Dove, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, 1 Jersey Tiger, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Common Tern, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff. (TeRNS).
  • Streatham: 1 jersey tiger (in my garden, R Bell)

Wednesday 10 August 2011 Edit

  • Amwell GPs: two Wood Sandpipers (Birdguides)
  • Barnes WWT: Coal Tit, 25+ Sand Martin, c.10 Swift, Peregrine (M Bournat)
  • Beddington SF : 3 Wood Sandpiper, Juv Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egret, 10 Teal, 9 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper Updates here: [[8]] Dip or Glory pics (PA).
  • Blackheath Dips: 8 Swifts overhead (Joe Beale)
  • Canons Farm: Whinchat in hedge just NE of derelict barn by Reads Rest Cottages till 7.50am then flew south (David Campbell).
  • Crayford Marshes: Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Greenshank, 2 Hobby, Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper, 26 Sand Martin, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Little Egret. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: Osprey flew low south at 10.15am (Ian Miller per JA).
  • Enfield Grammar School PF: 2 juvenile female Green Woodpecker, (observed feeding and fighting) - Hi Tony, the Darter on your blog I think is a Common, cheers (Robert Callf).
  • Hampstead Heath - Parliament Hill Fields: 1 Hobby at dusk. Kenwood - 1 Hobby active flight, 2 Swifts - but no contact with Hobby, calling Tawny Owl all late PM (Michael Mac) and Highgate No 1 pond - 2 broods Tufted duck (with Ray the Swanman).
  • Lockwood res: Green sandpiper, Dunlin (KJM).
  • Lonsdale Road Res: 8 Teal, 5 Shoveler, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, 2 Blackcap, fem Pochard with 3 young, 3 Swallow (M Bournat)
  • Mile End Stadium: 3 R N Parakeets (Bob Watts).
  • Rainham Village: 2 Swift over heading SE (Richard Harrison).
  • Richmond Park: 1 Redstart "hawthorn valley" by Cambrian Gate (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Sidcup (York Avenue): Red Kite flew low W 15.55 then circled for about 5 minutes before heading SW, House Martin to north, 10+Swifts (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebes (one adult and one juvenile) on South basin until at least 09:00. (PFM).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe with 3 young, Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 6 Swift, 2 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Stock Dove, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Town Park, Enfield: 2 Kingfisher, Carr's Basin, 17:00 hrs; 14 Mistle Thrush, 16:45 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: Little Egret (circled Alex), singing Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 4 Gadwall, 2 f Shoveler, Swift (parties of 3 and 8 going south slowly), House Martin, 4 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 9 Mistle Thrush, juv Reed Bunting, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Probably adult Spotted Flycatcher (old sewage works by allotments briefly and not refound), Kingfisher, Little Egret (on Roding), Heron, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Egyptian Goose, Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, C Whitethroat, 3 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 1 Swift (briefly over Heronry), m Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)

Tuesday 9 August 2011Edit

  • Archway/hornsey - Tawny calling midnight (Dawn Painter)
  • Alexandra Park: Swift at 6pm heading NE over Wood Green res (Bob Watts).
  • Beddington SF: Garganey on main lake still. Updates here: [9] Dip or Glory
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Green Sands, 2 Common Sands, 15 Chiffchaffs, 8 Willow Warblers & 16 Common Whitethroats (Andrew Self).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Sanderling, 4 Ringed Plover, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 52 Sand Martin, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Common Tern. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Cettis Warbler sub-singing and showing briefly in boggy area at south end of lake + Sedge Warbler (both site firsts for me), 20+Chiffchaff, 5+Whitethroat, 3+Blackcap, Kingfisher, Nuthatch, GSW, 4+Green Woodpeckers, Pied Wagtail SW (patch year tick).(Ian Stewart).
  • Haggerston Park: 8 Long-tailed Tits, Chaffinches (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin)
  • M25 western side: Peregrine W over carriageway between J16 and 15 at ca. 06.30 carrying Black-headed Gull (Andy Culshaw).
  • Regent's Park: 2 juv Peregrines, 2m Sparrowhawks, 12 Swifts, 5 Reed Warblers, 6 C.Whitethroats. 4 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: 1 Whinchat Bog area in bracken 09.30 (FJM) 2 Wheatear Holly Lodge Horse Paddocks late pm. (Mike Lewis)
  • Ruislip Lido: 18.45 - 19.45 - 2 Egyptian Geese, 170+ Coot, 2 Pochard, 9 Common Tern (including 3 young), 30+ House Martin, 9 Swallow, 5 Swift and 3 Grey Wagtail (Steve Pash).
  • Staines Reservoir: Black-necked Grebe on South basin (a bit distant; coming out of Summer plumage). (PFM). Also in the evening, a juvenile Ruff S basin and four adult Black-tailed Godwits N basin (Rob Innes, Ken Purdey).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail, pr Egyptian Geese. Also 1 Painted Lady. (TeRNS).
  • Totteridge, Folly Farm: Red Kite perched on post, Large gathering of Swallows.(T.Clancy).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 House Martins, juv Sparrowhawk Sanctuary Wood indicative of successful breeding (Bob Watts).
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 1 Sedge Warbler, (second sighting here so far this autumn) (Robert Callf).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Swift, 2 Sedge Warbler (11am Embankment), 20+ Whitethroat, 5+ Blackcap, c.4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet (The Scrubbers)

Monday 8 August 2011Edit

  • Beddington SF : 3 Wood Sandpiper still present on South Lake viewable from footpath just north of Beddington Park. Updates here: [[10]] (Dip or Glory)
  • Brayside Farm, Enfield: 12 Mistle Thrush (Robert Callf).
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham): 15 Mallard, 5 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 6 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 7 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest (1 adult & 3 juvs), 1 Coal Tit, 4 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch (Conrad Ellam).
  • Crayford Marshes: 3 Yellow-legged Gull, Hobby, Yellow Wagtail, Kingfisher, Greenshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, 26 Sand Martin, 4 Chiffchaff. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Hemans Estate/Stockwell: 1 Swift appearing to head north-west at 8:30pm last night (Michael Mac).
  • Hilly Fields Park, Enfield: 2 (adult feeding juvenile) Goldcrest (Robert Callf).
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley: Kingfisher, 11 Mute Swans,7 Canada Geese, 3 Great Crested Grebes +2 Juv,2 Dunnocks, 25+ Tufted Ducks many with juvs, Grey Heron, 2 House Martins 2 Chaffinch,.(Sue Giddens)
  • Regent's Park: Garden Warbler, 10 Willow Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 5 C. Whitethroats, 12 Blackcaps (Tony Duckett)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Nightjar flew out from gorse near Conduit Pond at 07.20. (Mike Lewis) per FJM
  • Thorney CP: Kestrel and Buzzard over 12.30pm, 6 House Martins, 5 Tufted Ducks, flock Long-tailed Tits, 5 Great Tits, 2 Great Crested Grebes (Sue Giddens).
  • Uxbridge: Hobby (adult), Kestrel, Whitethroat, Blackcap & Willow Warbler in meadows between Cleveland Rd and Cowley Rd at Brunel University (Steve Pash).
  • Wanstead Flats: Wheatear, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 4 Gadwall, Shoveler, 11 Greylag Goose, Moorhen with 5 new chicks, 39 Ring-necked Parakeet, 13 Mistle Thrush, Robin (singing everywhere), Common Gull, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Kingfisher, Little Egret (on Roding and then west over the plain), Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Heron, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Gadwall, Sparrowhawk and calling juv, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, C Whitethroat, 4 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Park: Woodcock flew across the park near lake from east to west at 18.30, presumably disturbed from somewhere nearby (Martin Daniel)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, c45 Whitethroat, c7 Lesser Whitethroat, c6 Willow Warbler (incl 1 singer), c8 Chiffchaff & c12 Blackcap. (The Scrubbers)
  • Kensington Green W8 3 Grey Wagtail (John Watson)

Sunday 7 August 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 6 Swifts, 5 House Martins, Little Grebe New River with one juv (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener, Gareth Richards, Alan Gibson).
  • Canons Farm & Banstead Woods: Firecrest (TQ 264 582) & 2 Hobbies (Banstead Woods); 60+ Swallows, 5+ House Martins, 20+ Swifts, 2 Common Buzzards, Hobby (Canons Farm) (David Campbell & Roy Weller).
  • Beddington SF: Wood Sandpiper (2 still present early morning on South Lake); also Garganey, Greenshank and 1 Sand Martin over (Martin Birch 6am - 7.20am)
  • Brent Reservoir: 7 Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpiper & 5 Lapwing (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham): 1 Grey Heron, 10 Mallard, 5 Moorhen, 6 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, 6 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Magpie, 1 Carrion Crow, 2 Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 3 Wheatear in top paddock (Shaun Harvey).
  • Richmond Park: Hobby flew over S at Ham Cross early evng. (Susanna Ramsey & FJM)
  • Wanstead Flats: Wheatear in broomfields (1 reported Friday), Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, C. Whitethroat, Gadwall (Nick Croft)
  • Waterloo: 1 Chiffchaff calling at back of Royal Festival Hall by food market (16:00) (James Hudson)
  • Watford (Cardiff road area): Tawny Owl calling early a.m. (D. McKenzie).

Saturday 6 August 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 15 Swift, 17 House Martin heading S/SE, also 2 well grown juv Little Grebes Boating Lake, c70 House Sparrows behind gardens south end playing fields (Bob Watts).
  • Beddington SF: 3 Wood Sandpiper still, viewable on the South Lake from adjacent footpath just north of Beddington park. Pics here: Wood Sands and here: Wood Sand Updates here: Beddington updates
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Green Sandpipers, 5 Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, 8 Whitethroats & 3 Willow Warblers (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Canons Farm: Tree Pipit flew west, 1w Wheatear on barns, 2+ House Martins, 40+ Swallows, 11+ Swifts; 2 Common Buzzards over Banstead Woods (David Campbell).
  • Crossness: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad + 2nd summer), Hobby, Green Sandpiper, 7+ Common Sandpipers, 7+ Oystercatchers, 30+ Lapwings, Kingfisher, c40 Common Terns (John Archer).
  • Erith: Sparrowhawk drifted through group of approx 26 House Martins over former Tramway Depot site by Walnut Tree Road circa 19.30. (Chris Rose).
  • Fryent Country Park: 1 Kestrel, 2+ Mistle thrush, c20 House Martins, 2 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, L-B-B Gull, Blackcap, Chiffchaff. (Aaron C-Partridge)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: juvenile/1st winter Mediterranean Gull perched on mooring rope downriver of Greenwich Yacht Club (Conrad Ellam)
  • King George Res: Hobby, Goldeneye, Pochards, Sand Martins, Swallows, House Martins, Greenshank, 4x Common Sandpiper, 4x Little egret, Green Woodpecker juv (Harry Boorman)
  • Leyton: 11:00 Large Raptor thermalling and eventually going off North up Lea Valley, no optics sadly but did a couple of deep wingbeats which gave me a Honey Buzzard vibe, hopefully will get picked up further North. (Paul Whiteman)
  • Lonsdale Road: 8 Shoveller 10 Teal, 3 families of Tufted Duck and 2 families of Pochard, 1 Cetti's Warbler. 1 Willow Warbler, large numbers of both Chiffchaff and Blackcap (John Gordon).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Hobby, 49 Swallow, 1 Swift, Whitethroat, 3 Great Spotted & 3 Green Woodpecker, 18 Goldfinch, 65 Black-headed Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 13 Jackdaw, 15 Ring-necked Parakeet, 29 Canada Goose over, 1 Grey Heron & a singing juvenile Robin, which I don't think I have ever come across before (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner (The Croft): c110 Ring-necked Parakeet over (in one flock) - unusually to the east at 19:58 (JR).
  • Queen Mary Res: 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 12 Pochard, 125 Tufted Duck, 135 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mandarin, 3 Common Tern (Steve Chastell)
  • Rainham Ferry Lane area: Wheatear (along new cycle track through marsh), 16 Common Sandpiper along river edge, Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 120+ Linnet, 2 Willow Warbler, 7 Sedge Warbler, 22+ Reed Warbler etc (Stuart Fisher)
  • Rainham Marshes: 1f Marsh Harrier, 1juv Cuckoo, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper (Tom Smith).
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe (1 young), Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 2 Black-headed Gull (over), 1m Sparrowhawk, c12 Common Swift, 1 House Martin, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, c3 Willow Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, c20 Long-tailed Tit, c12 Ring-necked parakeet, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood).
  • Staines Reservoir: 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (all on KGV1 Gantry, 07.00), Black-necked Grebe (S. Basin), 2 Common Sandpiper (S. Basin), Common Terns (N.Basin Raft), 4 Linnet (Causeway), 20+ Swift (N.Basin) (A.Luscombe).
  • Thorney CP: 2 Buzzards 1 Sparrowhawk 1 Kestrel Greenfinch,Reed Warbler, 5 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 3 House Martins, Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker,2 Cormorants, Great Crested Grebe 1 Juv,11 Tufted Ducks, 3 Herring Gulls over, Small flock Long Tailed Tits,Wren.(Sue Giddens).
  • William Girling Res: 36 Black necked grebes (Harry Boorman)
  • Watford: 2 Tawny Owl calling near hospital overflow carpark along Cardiff Road early a.m, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler; also a single Waved Black to light early a.m. and a Barred Red nearby (D. McKenzie).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Wheatear, Red Kite, Buzzard, Little Owl, Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, (Steve Blake)
  • Wandle delta: Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Gull (Matt Palmer)

Friday 5 August 2011Edit

  • Beddington: 3 Wood Sandpiper, 25-30 Green Sandpiper, 10 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 30+ Lapwing, 3 Teal, 2 Shoveler,1 Gadwall, 1 Hobby, 2 Sprawk some pics.
  • Blackheath: 3 Swift early evening (James Lowen)
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham): 2 Grey Heron, 13 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 7 Moorhen, 2 Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 8 Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 7 Robin, 10 Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 4 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch. (Conrad Ellam).
  • Claybury Park: 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, juv Robin, 2 Whitethroat, 5+ juv Mallard, 2 Moorhen. (Brandon Anderson).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Hobby, 8 Yellow-legged Gull, Little Owl, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 10 Common Sandpiper, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Sand Martin, Little Egret. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: female Marsh Harrier viewed towards Barking Bay from the lighthouse at 13:00 (BirdGuides).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Mistle Thrush (unusual here), Sand Martin, Reed Warbler ( Gary A James).
  • Fenchurch Street Stn: 2 Black Redstarts 8am (James A).
  • Hampstead Heath: 0700-0830 Common Sandpiper on raft on Highgate No1 (patch tick), 3 +Swifts, flock of c.20 Mistle Thrushes on Parliament Hill Fields. Several groups of 4-6 Whitethroats (Sash Tusa) Hampstead Number 1 pond 15:30-16:15 1 Common Sandpiper on raft, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Sparrowhawk and [attack Mute Swan](Michael Mac - Sue Jones).
  • Lonsdale Road: 2 Common Sandpipers on one of the tern rafts, plus a Common Tern (Rich Petley)
  • Oxleas Woods: 2 Sparrowhawks at 12.00, 2 Hobby at 15.10 and one at 16.30, 13 Swifts at 14.00 (John Reid). According to The Mercury, Greenwich Council in their wisdom plan to build an equestrian centre at nearby Woodlands Farm, seemingly bad news for the wildlife there. I hope it's OK to bring this up to raise awareness (Joe Beale) - I agree with you Joe - the more info available about what will be lost, the less likely the development will occur (hopefully)! (John Reid)
  • Parkside Farm (Enfield): 16 Common Whitethroat (Robert Callf).
  • Pinner (East Towers): male Tawny Owl hooting away at 00:05 (JR).
  • Rectory Farm (Enfield): 1 '1st-winter' Spotted Flycatcher (my first of the year, locally!); 1 ad male Reed Bunting (Robert Callf).
  • Redbridge lakes: Common Tern, 2 Black-headed Gull, Whitethroat (Brandon Anderson).
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe (with 2 young) c10 Tufted Duck + 4 broods, 2 Cormorant, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (over), 6 Common Swift, 2 House Martin, 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, family party of Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1f Blackcap, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, 3 Jay, 1 Collared Dove (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1m Reed Bunting. Also 1 Banded Demoiselle (TeRNS).
  • Trent Park: 6 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, Mandarin (f juv), Green Woodpecker (juv) ( Pete Lowman).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 1 fem/imm Northern Wheatear, 08:45 hrs; 1 Lesser Whitethroat (first of the autumn for me - in short supply?); 1 Garden Warbler; 1 Willow Warbler; 10+ Swift (Robert Callf).
  • Waltham Abbey - Shernbroke Road @ c9.00am - 1 Hobby (Nigel May).
  • Wormwood Scrubs, 0700-1030hrs: A good morning for warbler with migrants moving through now including,1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Garden Warbler. Regulars included 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, well over 20 Common Whitethroat and Blackcap. 1 (f) Kestrel, 2 GS Woodpecker and 30+ Goldfinch (The Scrubbers).

Thursday 4 August 2011Edit

  • Bankside SE1: Oystercatcher flew up river at 13.30. Willow Warbler and Common Whitethroat in bushes at east end of Tate Modern (Simon Fogg).
  • Blackheath: 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls included 1 juvenile (Joe Beale).
  • Crayford Marshes: 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Greenshank, Whimbrel, 8 Common Sandpiper, 42 House Martin south-east, 7 Chiffchaff, Little Egret, 12 Common Tern (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: c40 Swift south, 30+ Common Tern, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 'Caspian-type' Gull - 3rd summer. On Thames from golf driving range at high tide (AW).
  • Greenwich Park: 2 juvenile Goldcrests being fed by a bedraggled adult (Joe Beale)
  • Ladywell Fields SE13: Kingfisher, Grey Heron, 3 Moorhens, rain (observer?).
  • South Norwood Lake: Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe with 2 young (2nd brood) 2 Cormorant, Tufted Duck (4 broods of 5, 6, 6 & 8), 2 Green Woodpecker (+ 3 juv), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap (John Watson).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 11+ Common Tern, 107 Lapwing, Little Owl, 2 Swallow (steve Blake)

Wednesday 3 August 2011Edit

  • Claybury Park and Roding Valley Park: Lesser Whitethroat; around 50 Swifts, passing through; 3 Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps, up to 4 Chiffchaffs, up to 4 Green Woodpeckers, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stock Dove, Pied Wagtail, 2 flocks of Long-tailed Tits, Jay, 3 Goldfinches, Mistle Thrush (Alan Hobson).
  • Crayford Marshes: Wood Sandpiper flew south-east calling, 5 Yellow-legged Gull, Yellow Wagtail, Little Owl, 4 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff. 3 Whimbrel, 5 Common Sandpiper, 12 Common Tern. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Sandpiper on Highgate No 1, Spotted Flycatcher on Parliament Hill (PeteM). 3 Swifts over, 1 Hobby flying West across East Heath Rd at 2000 (Sash Tusa)
  • Little Britain (Iver/Cowley): Hobby over 1pm Sue Giddens.
  • Oxleas Woods: 2 Hobbies 10.40-10.45 and 6 Swifts 12.00 (John Reid)
  • Runnymede: Red Kite (David Combes)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Wood Sandpiper still at mid-day; also 10 Green Sandpiper (BirdGuides).
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe (on nest), Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 1f Sparrowhawk, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, 1 Stock Dove, Jersey Tiger (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebe, Dunlin, 8 Common Sandpiper, juv Mediterranean Gull (KLP).
  • Woodlands Farm (Shooter's Hill) White letter Hairstreak and Small Copper (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam) + Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Green & Great-spotted Woodpecker, lots of Greenfinch & Goldfinche etc

Tuesday 2 August 2011Edit

  • Bankside SE1: 2+ Willow Warbler and Common Whitethroat in bushes at east end of Tate Modern. Also 2 Greenfinch nest building. (Simon Fogg)
  • Berrylands: Hobby feeding on flying ants mid afternoon (Nick Tanner).
  • Brent Reservoir: 1 Ad Ringed Plover, 2 Juv Little Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, 5 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern (Roy Beddard).
  • Clapham Common: Eagle Pond - pr Egyptian Geese with 6 young half grown, 6 House Sparrows, 4 Swifts and 4 Starlings hawking insects in circles till disappeared from the Common. Mount Pond - pr Greylag Geese and 1 Gosling first bred for 5 years or more if ever?, pr Egyptian Geese 2 goslings - first time two broods on the common at the same time, 2 Grey Herons and 2 Cormorants, Long Pond - duck Mallard with one small duckling and no cover on this pond so vulnerable to predators (Michael Mac).
  • Crayford Marshes: Yellow Wagtail, 6 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Corn Bunting, Little Owl, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 3 Commmon Sandpiper, 14 Common Tern. (Kev Jarvis & Ian Stewart).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 7 Common Terns, 2 House Martins, 5 Sand Martins, 2 Oystercatchers, Blackcap, many juv Reed Warblers. (Gary A James).
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 2 Kingfishers 1 at lake, 1 flew upriver by 2nd small bridge, lots of Chiffchaffs (Ian Stewart).
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): Pair Little Grebe + 1 chick (my first confirmed breeding for the site); pair Great Crested Grebe + 5 chicks (over five weeks old now); 1 ad Cormorant; 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull; 2(adult and juv) Stock Dove; 2 (adult male and juv) Green Woodpecker; 1 singing male Song Thrush; pair Goldcrest; 1 Treecreeper; 1 Jay (Robert Callf).
  • London EC1 (Hatton Garden): Black Redstart, singing, perched on a chimney. First time for over a week. (Andrew Birks). Hi Andrew, what time please? I keep popping along or going that way to work but have not seen it yet. Best wishes (another) Andrew. It was about 9am, but as I said, first time for a week or so. They are nowhere near as vocal or obvious as in May or June. Try Greville St/Hatton Garden cross roads early morning. (AB)
  • London EC2: pr Peregrine displaying (Nick Croft)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern (Martin Honey)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds NR: 06.20-07.10 (rain prevented further birding) - 2 Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 22 House Martin high and south (Jamie Partridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Little Owl, Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinch & Swallow - the Canada Goose family have now departed (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Village: Monarch Butterfly through garden at 18:30 heading east. I presume it's an escape / release!!
  • Rainham RSPB: 21 little egret and peregrine from c2c, AM (James A)
  • Sidcup: Hobby flew SE over King Georges field 15.45 (Ian Stewart).
  • Staines Reservoir: in the evening, drake Common Scoter S basin, plus two adult Black-necked Grebes still, and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull (Rob Innes, Ken Purdey).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 1f Kestrel with 1 juv., 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Willow Warbler. (TeRNS). *Tower Bridge: Black Redstart 5.20pm (James A).
  • Wanstead Flats: Hobby (north over Alex, then another or the same bird thermaling over the east end of Long Wood to mix it up with some Swifts), Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, f Tufted Duck still with 8 young on Jubilee, 13 Greylag Goose, Common Gull, 3-4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 10 + Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 20+ Common Whitethroat, 10 + Green Woodpecker (including young), 8 Swift, House Martin, Sand Martin (51 sp - Nick Croft), Snipe flushed from Alex (J Lethbridge).

Monday 1 August 2011Edit

  • Crayford Marshes: Tree Pipit, Willow Warbler, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, Little Owl, 3 Greenshank,4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 31 Common Tern. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Cowley: 1 Red Kite over Cowley Road towards Brunel University @11.30 (poss the one at Little Britain Lake, half mile north, at 13.00 - see below). (Roger Dewey)
  • Crossness: 2+ Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Common Sandpiper (AW).
  • Kenwood/Hampstead Heath - West Meadow: 1 Hobby, 1 Juvenile Kestrel went for immature Green Woodpecker then lowered it's sights and went for insects, 1 Lesser Whitethroat in the Sphagnum Bog - all sightings in 5mins - all yesterday afternoon (Michael Mac).
  • Leyton Flats: 1 Lesser Whitethroat (first since May). 4 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 10 Swift and a Muntjac (Gary A James).
  • Little Britain Lake: Red Kite over 1pm. (Sue Giddens).
  • Lower Chningford: 9 Green Sandpiper, 1 Lapwing (James Palmer)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2-3 Sparrowhawk (food brought to noisy juvenile) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Oxleas Wood: 3 Hobbies together performing acrobatics, one also hawking for insects 1.45 - 2.15 (John Reid)
  • Rainham Village: Large raptor briefly @09:30 initial impression was Osprey, but disappeared behind house too quickly to be sure, 10+ Swifts, House Martin (Richard Harrison).
  • Rainham Marshes: Whimbrel, Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, Great Black Backed Gull and 500+ Black Headed Gull on the Thames foreshore around 8PM (Charlie Farrell)
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: Common Tern, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Goldfinches, Linnet (Alan Hobson).
  • Woodford Library: 3 Swifts (Alan Hobson),
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood/High Maynard 6-8pm): 12 Grey Herons, 3 Little Egrets, 8-10 Common Sandpipers, 'hundreds' of Tufted Duck (not counted, incl 3 broods on HM), c30 Pochard, 100 Cormorant over, pr Egyptain Geese, Yellow Wagtail (h), 6 Pied Wagtails. Still under attack from feisty Common Terns even though young fledged some time ago! (Lol Bodini).
  • Wimbledon Common: 2 Stock Doves! (J. Dickerson)

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