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Bird of the Month: an RBS in NW3Edit

My nomination for Bird of the Month for August is Red-backed Shrike — a species that was once a regular breeder in the London area but is now only a scarce passage migrant. A juvenile on Parliament Hill for most of the day on 22nd August was a great draw for birders in the Hampstead Heath area. Sadly, it had gone by the next morning.

An alternative contender for the Bird-of-the-Month accolade was Bee-eater, since seven birds were in Bayford (Hertfordshire) late on the 16th and early on the 17th. These were almost certainly the celebrity birds that between them excavated three nest holes in a Nottinghamshire quarry in June but failed to raise any young to maturity. It seems that, after abandoning the nest site on 4th August, they stopped off for a Bayford B&B on the way to their wintering grounds in tropical Africa. Perhaps they’ll return next year.

Another possible BotM was the Night Heron — or Black-crowned Night-heron, if you must — that spent a day on Wandsworth Common on the 27th. However, even though this species is seen increasingly frequently in England, and even bred here this year for the first time (at Somerset’s Westhay Moor nature reserve), some seasoned cynics suspect that the SW11 specimen may not have been truly wild.

(The first ever British record of this rare vagrant was a bird shot somewhere in the London area in 1782. Since then there have been fewer than 20 accepted London records — most recently a first-summer bird that spent a day at Stockers Lake in June 2011, a juvenile (the same individual?) flushed at Grays a month later, and a bird seen flying over Hampton in July 2012.)

What else? Edit

What else? Well, notable relatives of Wandsworth’s Night Heron included a Cattle Egret at Beddington Farmlands (14th), a Great White Egret at Wraysbury GP (26th) and a White Stork over Beckenham (26th). Among other species encountered just once in August were a Great Skua over Stockers Lake (21st), a Turtle Dove in the Rainham Marshes car park (24th), a Quail calling at Sewardstone (25th), two Honey Buzzard circling over the London Wetland Centre before moving off in opposite directions (25th), and a Guillemot flying downriver past Purfleet (30th).

A wodge of waders and a load of larids Edit

Partial drainage of the Staines Reservoir south basin increased its appeal for waders this month. The star attraction was a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper first seen on the 30th and happy to stay on into September. Other notable waders at Staines and other wetland sites included Grey Plover, Little Stint, Temminck’s Stint, Ruff, Spotted Redshank and Wood Sandpiper.

London’s larid sightings included a Sabine’s Gull at Beddington Farmlands (9th), a Kittiwake near the Thames Barrier (10th), one or two Little Gull at Staines Reservoir (several dates) and assorted Black Tern, Sandwich Tern and Arctic Tern at various sites.

Passage passerines Edit

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Juvenile Wheatear at Crossness, 24th August 2017 (John Archer)

Passerine passage migrants included a Wood Warbler at Brent Reservoir (5th), a few Pied Flycatcher here and there, and plenty of Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Common Redstart, Whinchat, Wheatear and Spotted Flycatcher. And, since John Archer is the only birder who has bothered to upload any images to the wiki this month, I am happy to illustrate my round-up with his photograph of a juvenile Wheatear at Crossness.

(Contributed by Andrew Haynes, who accepts full responsibility for any errors. Historical information is mainly based on earlier reports on this wiki and on ‘The Birds of London' by Andrew Self.)

Thursday 31st August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, Kingfisher, Tufted Duck, 8 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, 2 Whitethroat, Whinchat showing well in cricket scrub (Bruce Carson) Lesser Whitethroat, 10+ Chiffchaff (Bob Watts); 3 Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher Cricket. Scrub 1730-1900 (Dominic Mitchell, Bob Watts); Common Redstart on 'heritage' oak in Grove, Hobby high over Muswell Hill nearby, 10,30 (Jonathan Cooke).
  • Antill Road E3: Chiffchaff in garden (Harry Harrison)
  • Brent Reservoir: Black-tailed Godwit, Whinchat (Steve Leeke per Roy Beddard)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, 2 Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, House Martin, 4 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: 1 Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Swift, 40 House Martin, 200 Swallow, 1 Peregrine, 1 Hobby, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 3 Little Owl, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Mallard (CFBWBG)
  • Crossness: River shore 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Common Sandpipers, 10 Redshanks, 10 Lapwings, 2 Kingfishers and 2 Common Seals hauled out together. Inland at least 6 Cetti's Warblers, several Chiffchaffs and a Kestrel. Many Migrant Hawkers and several pairs of Ruddy Sympetrum egg laying in a pond (Patrick English)
  • Fleet Street EC4: 1 female Wheatear on top of buildings in Serjeant's Inn/Inner Temple (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - f Sparrowhawk 09:05 (Samuel Levy
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Grey Heron, 7 Egyptian Geese, 2 Peregrine, 2 Black-headed Gull, 3 Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Nuthatch (feeding on the ground), 2 Jackdaw, (Mike Amos).
  • Hampstead Heath: Spotted Flycatcher perched on top of the copper beech near Meg's Pond, Swallow N over the Hill, 15 Chiffchaffs - at least two singing (Pete Mantle)
  • KGV Res: 3 Wheatear, 1 male White Wagtail, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 200 Cormorant,12 Little Egret, Clouded Yellow (Tony Clancy)
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: Flock of 100+ House Martin drifting E and hawking insects ahead of heavy rain front at 12:00, 13 Swallow flew S over at 18:40 (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: 8 Buzzard, 5 Sparrowhawk, Hobby, 2 Common Sandpiper (R.Kaye, S.Fogg); pm 2 Hobby chasing each other and hunting over grazing marsh - also perching on fence posts on N side (Martin Honey)
  • Mile End Park: Chiffchaff (Bob Watts)
  • Oakwood Station: 5 Feral Pigeon adult and 4 chicks (Robert Callf)
  • Oxleas Wood: 13 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, Spotted Flycatcher, 9 Goldcrest, 5 Coal Tit, 9 Stock Dove, Kestrel [m], Common Whitethroat, Swallow, 2 Blackcap [fm], 3 Hobby, Sparrowhawk [m], 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker (Ron Turner)
  • Ramney Marsh: 2 Whinchat (Tony Clancy)
  • Richmond Park: 2cy Hobby, Water Rail heard, 16 House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Whinchat, 6 Stonechat, 14 Reed Bunting (J.Wilczur)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher (Frank Nugent).
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: f/imm Northern Wheatear, 11 Mistle Thrush, 11 Pied Wagtail, 9 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet (Robert Callf)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Pectoral Sandpiper juv still on S basin towards SW end on spits towards Viewpoint building till 10.00 at least with 9 Black-tailed Godwit. 2 Turnstone (Bob Warden); 5 Greenshank, Peregrine over western shore of South Basin 12 noon (Mike Wheeler)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 4 Nuthatch, Coal Tit, 37+ Stock Dove, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Kestrel, 14+ Swallow, 30+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Willow Warbler, 9 Rook, 3 Wheatear, Whinchat, 8+ House Martin, Sand Martin, 2 Common Buzzard, 5 Blackcap, 2 possibly 3 Little Owl (Samuel Levy)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat (Bob Watts)
  • Twickenham: Kingfisher by Glovers Ait at 1815 (Mike Foster)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Paddocks/Leyton Marsh/Bomb Crater Field - Spotted Flycatcher in elders N of the boardwalk, 2 Reed Bunting, 3+ Willow Warblers, at least 2 Sand Martin and 2 House Martin in mixed flock of 10 martins over the black bridge, 1 Kestrel (m) yickering on pylon at N end of paddocks, a All 08:00 - 09:00 (Alastair Dent) "Yickering"? (Harringay Birder) That shrill 'kee-kee-kee' call they do sometimes - pretty sure it's known as yickering but maybe that's just me! (AD) According to Collins English Dictionary, yickering (or yikkering) is sharp and repeated squealing or squeaking by a bird or other animal (Andrew Haynes). Thanks AH! (AD); 1 Wheatear (paddock), 4 Wheatear (bomb crater field) at 16.00 (JW Davies)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Spotted Flycatcher, c20 Willow Warblers, c150 House Martin, 5 Swift (Jamie Partridge); 2 Spotted Redshank, Dunlin, 3 Wheatears on Lockwood (David Bradshaw, Jamie Partridge)
  • Wandsworth Common: 2 Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, Hobby 1745 (Arjun Dutta)
  • Waterworks NR: male Common Redstart, Kingfisher, Willow Warbler (Mark Dodkin/Susan Huckle)

Wednesday 30th August 2017Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, Common Tern, Little Egret, 10+ Little Grebe, 4 Egyptian Goose (inc 1 gosling), Cetti's Warbler, 2+ House Martin, 4+ Swallow, 59+ Cormorant. (Steve Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes pm: 2 Shelduck, 15 Teal, 5 Little Egret, 16 Avocet at Darent mouth, 2+ Lapwing, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 2-3 Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Gull, 7+ Yellow-legged Gull, 10+ Common Tern, several poss Arctic Terns and 2 poss Sandwich Terns but my i/d skills rather suspect- all seen along Thames c17.30 - 18.50, Swallow, poss Yellow Wagtail heard, Whitethroat, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, poss Grasshopper Warbler at edge of Thames-side vegetation near Darent mouth, Chiffchaff, c10 Linnet, Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Enfield Road, EN2: Little Egret flew W 11:00 (Robert Callf)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 112 Pochard, 5 Shoveler, 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull W, 1 Common Tern, 4 House Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Nick Senior)
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Egyptian Geese, Hobby, 2 Peregrines, 3+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 2 Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Common Sandpiper, 38 Lapwing, 2 Common Tern (S.Fogg, J.Wilczur)
  • North Greenwich, O2 Centre: Common Buzzard circling the centre at 17:15 before heading S. (Samuel Levy)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Hobby over Robin hood Gate eating a dragonfly on the wing. 1 male Tawny Owl calling at a 6.30 pm from West end of Pond Plantation. (James Dee)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 10+ Swallow N + NW, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 1st-winter Yellow Wagtail feeding amongst horses, 14 Pied Wagtail, 3 Mistle Thrush, 12 Linnet (Robert Callf)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Ruff, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Greenshank, Ringed Plover and Dunlin flock, 1 Little Gull, 2 Black Tern and possible 20 Arctic Tern flew over late am. 1 Hobby, 1 Wheatear. (Bob Warden et al). 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Turnstone, 37 Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 23 Dunlin, 80 Shoveler, 50 Teal, 35 Gadwall, 20+ Common Tern (David Campbell). 1 Pectoral Sandpiper juv on W side S basin near 1st alcove 18.30 to dusk. (Rob Innes) Flock of 56 Arctic and 7 Black Tern circled over then dropped down on N basin before flying off high W 17.50. Shortly after another 7 Black Tern circled over N basin before flying W. 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Greenshank, 2 Black Tern juv, 1 Little Gull juv still at dusk. 2 Goldeneye. (Dom Pia, Franko J Maroevic)
  • Walthamstow, Lockwood Res: 2 Spotted Redshank, Ringed Plover (thanks to the Sparrowhawk flushing it after we had walked past it), 13 Common Sandpipers, 5 Sand Martin, 3 Swift, 00's House Martin, 2-3 Kingfisher. (Paul Whiteman, David Bradshaw, AW)
  • Wanstead Flats: 30 Gadwall, Yellow Wagtail (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Tawny Owl being mobbed by Jay in Reservoir Wood, Spotted Flycatcher (Old Sewage Works) (Sean Kerrigan), 8 Gadwall, 11 Pochard (Bob Vaughan)

Tuesday 29th August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Tawny Owl calling east end of lower slopes, 0445 (Bruce Carson), Spotted Flycatcher in "flycatcher birches", south side of pitch and putt. 15 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap 8am (Brian Milligan)
  • Arctic Street (Kentish Town) Common Buzzard S at 1245 ( Pete Mantle)
  • Boston Manor Park: Kingfisher (Michael Robinson)
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Little Egret, 4 Lapwing, 6 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, single Common Tern still, Swift, Swallow south (Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, 2 Song Thrush, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Crayford Marshes: Marsh Harrier and Kestrel (Patrick English) 10 Teal, 4+ Little Egret, 4 Kestrel, Hobby, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, Curlew, Yellow-legged Gull, c10 Common Tern, 3 Swallow, House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail over, 4 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Jay, 10 Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - 4 Common Buzzards S 10:45 (Samuel Levy)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Grey Wagtails NW at 0700 (Pete Mantle)
  • King George V Reservoir: at least 20 Common Sands, 6 Swallows, 1 F type Wheatear, , 1 Willow Warbler. (Quentin Given).
  • Oxleas Wood: 2 Goldcrest, 9 Blackcap [1m/8fm], 5 Coal tit, 2 Hobby, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green woodpecker, Kestrel[m], 8 Nuthatch. [Ron Turner]
  • Purfleet: Guillemot flew downriver at 07:20 (Fraser Simpson)
  • Regent's Park: Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, 2 Stock Dove, Mistle Thrush in Area 39 (Magnus Andersson)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Nuthatch heard calling (4th record here in 33 years), 2 Peregrine, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 25+ House Sparrow (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor:5 Yellow Wagtail (among livestock) (Peter Carlill)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Ruff, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 3 Turnstone, 34 Ringed Plover, 11 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling, 2 Common Sandpiper, 11 Black Tern, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Black-necked Grebe, ad. in NE corner of S basin. (Franko J Maroevic et al)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher (Frank Nugent).
  • Trent Park: 2 Bullfinch pair 'Old Golf Course' along 'The Gully' - not seen any juveniles yet this autumn (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park: Spotted Flycatcher ( in "Redstart bushes"), 2 Blackcap, 2 Common Whitethroat, Goldfinch, 6 Swallow, Nuthatch. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Spotted Redshank still on Lockwood this evening, also 15 Common Sandpipers and Wheatear. No access to Lockwood this week until 6 pm. (David Bradshaw, Jamie Partridge).
  • Wanstead Flats: Common Redstart by viz mig tree (Marco Johnson)
  • West Putney, SW15: 3 Buzzard at 13.00 (J.Wilczur)

Monday 28th August 2017 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Pied Flycatcher in Silver Birch Pitch n' Putt, Whinchat Cricket Scrub area [tel:[tel:[tel:[tel:0900-1000 0900-1000] 0900-1000] 0900-1000] 0900-1000] (Tony Jakeman)
  • Bentley Priory: 2 Hobby, Kingfisher, passage migrants-total dearth 3 days running (Richard Francis).
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Lapwing, 5 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Cheam: Yellow Wagtail over 1045am. (Arjun Dutta)
  • Fulham Palace Meadow Allotments: Tawny Owl calling ca 9pm (Nathalie Mahieu, John Boorman).
  • Gunpowder Park: 2 Reed Buntings (Harry Harrison)
  • Hackney Marshes: 1 Willow Warbler in scrub outside filter beds at 0900 (Alastair Dent)
  • Hall Marsh: 2 (male) Tawny Owl on call very vocal (Neville Smith)
  • Hampstead Heath: Linnet SW, Stock Dove high S, 2 House Martins, all Parliament Hill (Pete Mantle) 11 mandarin ducks in a tree, kestrel, nuthatch, Sandy Heath area (Richard Townsend)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 2 Common Buzzard E, Hobby, Little Owl, Kingfisher, 3 Swift, 10 House Martin, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler (Nick Senior)
  • Holyfield Farm: Tree Pipit over headed West (Neville Smith).
  • KGV Reservoir: Black-necked Grebe, 10+ Common Sandpiper, (juv) Mediterranean Gull, (juv) Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Common Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, Cetti's Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler (Neville Smith & Martin Shepherd)
  • Kentish Town NW5: Common Buzzard drifting N from 13:50, 4 Swallow S (Frank Nugent).
  • Oxleas Wood Sparrowhawke 3Hobby 2kestrel[m] 2GreyWagtail Goldcrest 2nuthatch Stockdove [Ron Turner]
  • Priest Hill, Ewell: large raptor flew ene viewed distantly to the north mid-morning. Overall greyish with black primaries. Much larger than accompanying crows and no sign of fork tail, etc. Flight direct with much wing flapping. Initial thought was harrier sp. (Neil Batten)
  • Rammey Marsh: 3 Whinchat, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (Neville Smith).
  • Ruislip Woods: Buzzard over Poors Field, 2 juv Hobby hawking + interacting over Grub Ground, 2 House Martin, Small Copper (few here this year-overgrazing?), Small Heath (my first site record for Poors Field) (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Whitethroat, Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 10 House Sparrows, 10+Chiffchaff, 10+ Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting (Harry Harrison) 2 Whinchat on Patty Pools 1225hrs (Neville Smith).
  • Staines Moor: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Goldcrest, 10+ Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, Numerous Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Hobby, 2 Skylark, 2 Little Owl, 23 Lapwing, 3 House Sparrow, 1 Spotted Flycatcher reported by two other birders, 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel (Nick Baker, Sebastian Sattin)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Grey Plover till late am when flew off N, 3 Avocet till mid am, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Greenshank, 2 Turnstone, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling, 18 Ringed Plover, 11 Black Tern, 2 Little Egret. (Bob Warden, Dominic Pia, Franko J Maroevic et al)
  • Stanwell Moor, Spotted Flycatcher, 2+ Willow Warblers. (Paul Goodman)
  • Stoneleigh Broadway: 1 Little Egret low ne over at 19:20. Also a Pipistrelle Bat species in my garden (uncommon here) (Neil Batten)
  • Swanley Park : 140 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 2 Egyptian, Tawny Owl calling 1am (Andy Meaton)
  • Teddington: Kingfisher along Thames opposite Canbury Gardens at 1300 (Mike Foster)
  • Totteridge Valley: f Whinchat, m Common Redstart, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Red Kite (1 caught a vole in silage), 3 Hobby, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 4 Rook, 5 Whitethroat, Bullfinch, f Tufted Duck on Long Pond (Ian Ellis). 17:00-20:00 - Whinchat and m Common Redstart still. Also 54+ Stock Dove, f Tufted Duck still, 7+ Chiffchaff, 4 Rook, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Linnet, 2 Mistle Thrush, 33+ Swallow, Greenfinch, Common Whitethroat, 2 Little Owl, 38+ House Martin, Goldcrest, Hobby, early returning Teal at Darlands. (Samuel Levy)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Spotted Redshanks present at 07:30 but mobile when flushed by fisherfolk, mainly on W side. Also 10+ Common Sands and 30+ Pied Wags.(Quentin Given) Redshanks still feeding till dusk, 13 Common Sandpiper, 26+ Little Egret the norm here (Michael Mac)
  • Wandsworth Common: no sign of Night Heron by 09.00, 2 juv Green Woodpecker, 2 Stock Dove, Pied Wagtail, 12 Mistle Thrush in a flock, Nuthatch (J.Wilczur, S.Woolfenden)
  • Wanstead Flats: Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher (both in the SSSI), Tree Pipit (SSSI), Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, 7 + Willow Warbler, 20 + Chffchaff, Reed Warbler, 8 Swallow through south, 8 House Martin, Skylark, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 5 Gadwall, 36 Egyptian Goose, 49 Greylag Goose (Wanstead Birders et al)
  • Woodlands Farm E4: Mixed flock of 50+ Swallows and House Martins (Harry Harrison)

Sunday 27th August 2017 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Late PM- Firecrest singing and showing occasionally in Poplar stand S of conservation pond at top end of WG Res, Treecreeper, 5+ Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Kingfisher (Sam Jones). 2 Common Buzzards over South Slope, soaring and climbing, then headed towards Crouch End/ Queen's Wood (Greg Smith)
  • Brent Reservoir: Whinchat on Dump, 4 Lapwing, 4 Green Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Cetti's Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Canons Farm: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 20 House Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 9 Swallow, 1 Rook, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Owl, 4 Mallard (CFBWBG).
  • Frays Farm Meadows LWT: 5 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, 2 Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 2 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch (Dan Pinkham)
  • Greenwich Peninsular Ecology Park: Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Little Egret (John Bushell)
  • Hackney Marshes: 5 Common Teal oo river Lea (Marcin Kempa)
  • Harold Park Farm: Red Kite, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Common Buzzard, Jersey Tiger Moth (Martin Shepherd)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 3 Hobby one of which took a young House Martin at Albert Gate, Green Sandpiper over, 5 Yellow Wagtails S, 3 alba Wagtails SW, 12 House Martin reduced to 11, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Lesser Whitethroat (Nick Senior)
  • London Wetland Centre: 8 Buzzard, Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, 15 Swift (R.Kaye, S.Fogg, M.Andrews) 3 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 2 willow warbler, kestrel (Martin Parker)
  • Oxleas Wood Common Whitethroat 2Nuthatch 2Stockdove Goldfinch 2Hobby 2Kestrel[m] 2Greenwoodpecker Jackdaw 4Goldcrest 2Coaltit 9Swallow[Ron Turner]
  • Sevenoaks KWT: Osprey at overnight roost spot 06.20 - 07.30 at least, view from east lake opposite Tyler hide, 2 Egyptian Geese, 6+ Teal, Pochard, 16+ Great Crested Grebe, 3 Common Buzzard, c50 Lapwing, Kingfisher, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, c15 Swallow, 10+ House Martin, Yellow Wagtail over with Swallows, c10 Blackcap, 6+ Willow Warbler inc 3 singing, 20+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 6+ Treecreeper, Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 20 Yellow Wagtail in one flock South over KGV Reservoir at 0656hrs (Neville Smith).
  • Southfields, SW18: calling Tawny Owl in the back garden again (Martin Honey)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 3 Pheasant (1 heard only). distant flying Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 4 Sparrowhawk (family of 3 together), 2 Hobby hunting over hedge, 3 Kestrel, juv Peregrine in dead oak (probably female as seemed huge compared to 2 Kestrel dive bombing it + after Magpies walking up to it on branch), 12 Stock Dove, Skylark, Swallow, 2 Wheatear together, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch (at least one a juv), 2 Painted Lady, c20 Small Heath (Neil Anderson)
  • Totteridge Valley : 2 Wheatear, 5 Yellow Wagtail N, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Simon Worsfold) Belmont Farm: 2 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, 20+ House Martin, 40+ Swallow, Sparrowhawk, Wheatear, 26 Canada Geese, 15+ Stock Dove, 6 Common Buzzard, Red Kite, 3 Hobby, 3+ Chiffchaff, Common Sandpiper 15:30-till at least 16:30 (2nd Valley Record - Belmont Farm Pond (access via tractor ride only)), 2 fem/juv type Common Redstart, Little Owl (heard) (Samuel Levy et al)
  • Waltham Abbey: m. Wheatear this morning, Breach Barnes area, on straw/manure pile (Martin Shepherd)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: c75 Linnet in mobile flock on the rear paddocks at 1045, I'd have thought that's quite a significant number this far into London - any other big populations so central? (Alastair Dent) fem type Common Redstart on rear paddocks, on fence by path and flitting into bushes when disturbed, at 6pm (Quwentin Given)
  • Walthamstow Res: 2 juv Spotted Redshank still in north west corner of Lockwood, also 6 Common sandpiper & a Wheatear (J.murray): also Hobby, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Yellow Wagtails (Walthamstow Birders) Willow Warbler singing by East Warwick 6am (Quentin Given).
  • Wandsworth Common: NIGHT HERON flew in to small island on lake at 07.45, still present to 08.30 at least roosting in False Acacia on eastern end of island viewable from boardwalk (Nick Rutter) adult night Heron still present but very difficult to view. View from boardwalk at southern end of lake ( per J.Wilczur) Still present at 13:00 but only partially visible on island of southern lake. Easiest to view from near little bridge on north side of lake (Matt Palmer); 25 Swallow flew SW in a flock (J.Wilczur); NIGHT HERON still at 18:00 in same locations as reported earlier (Nick S); flew off c.20.45 possibly SE (mo). At the north end of the northern pond at c9pm then flew off low, perhaps towards southern pond. Does anyone have a photo of this bird, seemed to show yellow on cutting edges and lower mandible, so perhaps second summer rather than ad?(Matt Palmer) Why is this bird being referred to as just a Night Heron as opposed to a Black-crowned Night Heron? Just curious as not a species I'm overly familiar with. (Anon) I suspect because a lot of us started birding in the 70s or 80s (or earlier) when it was just called Night Heron. I don't think there's too much risk of confusion in Britain (I think YCNH would have meant a few more capitals and possibly some swearing in the description)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Little Owl (Rob Sheldon) –first proof of breeding for quite a few years, Green Sandpiper briefly on Jubilee Pond, 2 Redstart (adult m and f type), Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 7 Swallow, 6 House Martin, Sand Martin, 3 Hobby, 3 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk, probable Buzzard north (distant and v high), Yellow Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, Linnet, 10 + Willow Warbler, 20 + Chiffchaff, 4 Gadwall (Wanstead Birders/WREN Group)

Saturday 26th August 2017 Edit

  • Beckenham : garden 11am White Stork fairly high steadily south east, Sparrowhawk, Greater spotted woodpecker.( Bob Beaumont)
  • Bexley (Upper College Farm): male Pheasant, Kestrel, 10+ Swallow, Whitethroat, 4+ Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, 2 Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret, 4 Lapwing, 6 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 15 Swift, Cetti's Warbler, 45 Chiffchaff (Andrew Self)
  • Brentford: f Peregrine over Griffin Park during the Wolves game. Sadly she was the most talented thing seen during 90+ mins! (Ian Ellis)
  • Canons Farm: 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Whinchat, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Peregrine, 2 Red Kite, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Rook, 2 Pied Wagtail, 40 Swallow, 22 Linnet, 2 Little Owl, 1 Tawny Owl (CFBWBG).
  • East India Dock: Kingfisher (Frank Nugent).
  • Epping Long Green: 11 Common Buzzard, 4 Whinchat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Yellowhammer, Peregrine, Kestrel, Hobby, 3 Whitethroat, 10 Red-legged Partridge, Bullfinch. (Chris Baldwin)
  • Fairlop Waters:1 Spotted Flycatcher,Fem Common Redstart,Hobby,Common Tern,4 Swift,10 Chiffchaff,3 Willow Warbler,1 Kestrel,Yellow Wagtail(Steve Bacon,Neil Twford,Alan Thomas)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - f Sparrowhawk, 10+ Stock Dove N (Samuel Levy)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 2 Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Pheasant (flushed from Upper College Farm, year-1st), ad Common Gull over, Kingfisher, 4 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, 2 Whitethroat, 3+ Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • KGV Reservoir: Goldeneye, 13 Shoveler, 10 Pochard, Hobby, Redshank, 15+Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Common Tern, 36 Yellow Wagtail (33 over together at 0700hrs), Whinchat, 7 Willow Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 30+ Linnet (Neville Smith).
  • Gallions Reach: 5 Common Buzzards, 7 Yellow-legged Gulls, Mediterranean Gull adult, Common Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat (Nick Senior)
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Egyptian Geese, imm Grey Heron, 2 Peregrine, ad Common Gull, Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Goldcrests, 2 Nuthatch, 2+ Jay, 2 Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: 10 Buzzard, including a flock of 8 N at 12.00, 9 Swift S/W, 13 Swallow SW, 3 Whinchat, Tree Pipit S. (R.Kaye)
  • Orpington: Grey Wagtail in High Street (Ian Stewart)
  • Oxleas Wood: 5 GreenWoodpecker, 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Nuthatch, Chiffchaff, 3 Kestrel [1m/2fm], 3 SparrowHawk [3fm], 6 Goldcrest, 4 Stockdove, Jackdaw [pair], 2 Hobby, Goldfinch, 2 Common Buzzard, Peregrine, Red Kite, 3 Blackcap [2fm/1m], 4 Coaltit [Ron Turner]
  • Petts Wood: 3 Common Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2+ Swallow, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper (Ian Stewart)
  • Rammey Marsh: Whinchat 1830hrs (Neville Smith).
  • Regent's Park: Whinchat (Neal Moister), Spotted Flycatcher, 2 House Martin, Swift, Sand Martin (Magnus Andersson)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 4 Red Kite, 1 Garganey & pair of Kingfisher possible feeding young. Tree Pipit ringed by the Rye Meads Ringing Group outside RSPB Reserve. (RSPB NW London Local Group)
  • Sidcup DA15: House Martin over Main Road; York Avenue: 5 Common Buzzard south together 11.50 - 11.55, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, c100 Black-headed Gull anting pm, 1 Swift amongst the gulls, Green Woodpecker, Swallow N, Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Avocet, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 2 Sanderling, 17 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 13 Black Tern. 1 Peregrine, juv fem,1 Hobby, 1 Yellow Wagtail on KG VI Res. (Bob Warden, Franko J Maroevic, et al)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher (Frank Nugent).
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 1 Yellow Wagtail flew low s. calling over The Glade 07:00 (Neil Batten)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Hobby chasing Sparrowhawk, 6 Lapwing, Buzzard, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Reed Bunting, 21 Goldfinch as flock, 3 Skylark, Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Jay (Deiniol Owen)
  • Thames Barrier Park: Kingfisher, Little Egret feeding next to the Barrier, Oystercatcher (Frank Nugent).
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 09:15-12:15 - 18+ House Martin, 4 Goldcrest, 22+ Swallow, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Red Kite, 9 Common Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, 5 Rook, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 8+ Chiffchaff, 12+ Stock Dove, 2 Little Owl, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, Treecreeper (heard), 5 Common Whitethroat, Tree Pipit, Blackcap, juv Hobby, m Common Redstart, Bullfinch -(heard), Lesser Whitethroat. 51 species seen/heard (Totteridge Valley Birders et al)- 2 Tawney Owl calling 20.45 (Simon Worsfold)
  • Trent Park: first-winter Spotted Flycatcher 'Old Golf Course' in 'The Clump' 10:50 - 11:10, 3 Common Whitethroat (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park: Spotted Flycatcher ( assumed same as above), 7 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch ( ad , juv), 7 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 25 Swallow. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Spotted Redshank on Lockwood - one on east bank, one at NW corner and both still there at 1-30, Mediterranean Gull, Green Sandpiper, 8 Common Sandpipers (Walthamstow Birders) ) Spotted Redshank still present at 15:26 (Neville Smith).
  • Wanstead Flats: 1w m Redstart, 1-2 Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6+ Willow Warbler, 20 + Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, Linnet, 50 + Goldfinch, 2 Skylark, 2+ Common Buzzard, Kestrel, f Teal, 5 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 4 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 4 Gadwall (James Heal)
  • Wraysbury GP: Great Egret still in a tree NW end of BA sailing club pit 11.55am, first seen early 08.20 am, plus 5 Yellow Wagtail over (C Lamsdell)

Friday 25th August 2017Edit

  • Bayhurst Wood area: 3 Whinchat in pylon compartments of grasslands, Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat, 3 Red Kite, Buzzard, 3 Swallow (Dan Pinkham)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Swift, 1 Meadow Pipit, 7 Willow Warbler, 8 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 35 Swallow, 2 Little Owl, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull; 19 Buzzard between farm and Banstead Woods (CFBWBG).
  • Crossness NR : 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Little Grebe, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk,Kestrel , 6 Black tailed Godwits, 4 Common Sandpiper, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail , Reed Warbler , mixed flock Linnets & Goldfinch , (Mike Amos , Peter Amos). Shelduck, Gadwall, c70 Teal, 2 Shoveler, Pochard, Little Egret, c20 Lapwing, c20 Redshank, Yellow-legged Gull, 10+ Common Tern, 2 Swift, Kingfisher, 2 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, Wheatear, 2+ Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 6+ Cetti's Warbler, 5+ Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, c10 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Reed Bunting. I only saw 1 flycatcher. (Ian Stewart)
  • Eltham Park north: 2 Spotted Flycatcher by pond, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2+ Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Fairlop: Common Tern, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (James Palmer)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Spotted Flycatcher ( on the hill + Hedge 2) 10 Swallows flew high N, Also 2 Whitethroats, Many Speckled Woods on wing one Small Copper (Pete Mantle)
  • Holyfield Hall Farm: 3 Spotted Flycatcher late afternoon fly-catching from dead bush in hedgerow south west of main barn (Martin Shepherd)
  • Horton Country Park: 3+ Hobby, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, singing Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat (Mat Hare)
  • Ladywell Fields: Kingfisher, Chiffchaff singing (Tom Moulton/Sue Gore)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Honey Buzzard 12.45 circled then split up, one going S one NW, 13 Buzzard, 3 Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, Hobby, 3 Sparrowhawk, Common Tern, Yellow Wagtail (R.Kaye, O.Dewhurst) 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret & 2 Coal Tit (S.Patel) 1 Swift, 4+ Blackcap (Martin Honey - left too early!)
  • Netherhouse farm: Quail on eastern slope, Alexandrine parakeet flying from peak wood (Timothy Cude) Hi Timothy great find, was this bird sighted or on call, ground or in flight? Thanks NS.On call halfway along top path between stag headed oak and wood and about third of way down east slope in rough grassland Tim
  • North Cray: Up to 16 Barn Swallows, mostly juvs. at Mt Mascels and Little Mascels Farms (Stables). 10 Linnets and 30 Goldfinches incl juvs. Kestrel hunting from paddock fences (Patrick English)
  • Oxleas Wood: 5 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 7 Coal Tit, 5 Goldcrest, 7 Blackcap [3m/4fm], male Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 4 Stock Dove, male Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard [pair], 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Goldfinch, Common Whitethroat, 2 SpottedFlyctcher [Thanks Ian] (Ron Turner) where has my Oxleas report (properly written) gone? If you dont want my records, you wont get them (Ian Stewart)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Spotted Flycatcher [first for nearly three years], 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Little Owl, 9 Swallow, 3 Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, 18 Jackdaw & 23 Herring Gull (Jon Ridge)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Whinchats in Triangle Pen, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Common Whitethroats, 8 Willow Warblers, 2 Swifts (Tony Duckett) Whinchats & Spot Fly's still there by 16:30, also 17 House Martin south east (Magnus Andersson)
  • Richmond Park: Redstart in hawthorns Sawyers Hill (M.Lewis per JW); Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, juv Grey Wagtail, 6 Swallow over Holly Lodge (Friday Group) 3 Common Buzzard soaring high over Holly lodge area 12.00 also another flew into Sidmouth Wood. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher (Frank Nugent).
  • Stanham Marsh (Barnes Cray): possible Great White Egret seen from train, looked far too big for Little Egret but brief view (Ian Stewart)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 2 Little Egret, Common Buzzard, Peregrine, 11 Lapwing, 13 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, 12 Cetti's Warbler, Bearded Tit (Andrew Self)
  • Totteridge Valley: 17:00-20:00 - 31+ Stock Dove, Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 possibly 4 Hobby, Kestrel, 4 Swallow, 16+ Chiffchaff, (also pos Wood Warbler), 4 Whinchat, 4+ Little Owls (heard), 4 Rook, 5+ Willow Warbler, 7 Spotted Flycatcher ​(equalling record), 2 Mandarin Duck, 2 Wheatear, Male Common Redstart, ​Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Bullfinch. (Totteridge Valley Birders)  Join us tomorrow morning for our guided walk through the valley, meeting at 9am at The Adam and Eve. Email totteridgevalleybirders@gmail.com for more info!
  • Trent Park: 4 Spotted Flycatcher together in dead Ash tree corner of Triangular Wood - TQ 288 965 between 14:30 - 15:00, 2 Common Whitethroat 'Old Golf Course' (Robert Callf); 4 Blackcap, Common Buzzard, 5 Spotted Flycatcher in " Clump" and S edge of Moat Wood, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Goldfinch, 4 f Mandarin, 20 Swallow. ( Pete Lowman, Bob Husband )
  • Walthamstow Marsh: 2 Whincat, Yellow Wagtail, c10 Lesser Whitethroats - maybe my highest count here. 2 willow warbler, trickle of House Martins (Jamie Partridge)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Whinchat, Buzzard, 30 Swifts, 6 Willow Warblers, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 2 Peregrines ( David Bradshaw, Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats : Common Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Wheatear, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Willow Warbler, Kestrel, 4 House Martin, Swallow (Bob Vaughan, Simon Worsfold & Rob Sheldon) 3 Whincat (James Palmer)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Greenshank (lost but probably still present at 10am), 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk (Chris Farthing),

Thursday 24th August 2017 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Blackcap, Grey Wagtail, 12 House Martin, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret, Pied Wagtail, Willow Warbler (Bruce Carson), 4 Sand Martins south over Pitch n Putt 0705, 2 Common Whitethroat (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: Male Wheatear sat on roof by path to hides this evening, 12 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 3 Swift, 2 Stock Dove (Oliver Simms)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: 1 Whinchat, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Willow Warbler (CFBWBG).
  • Crossness: 3 Spotted Flycatcher, Whinchat juv, 2 Wheatear male + juv, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Sand Martin south, Swift west, 7 Common Sandpiper, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egret, 3 Common Seal (John Archer). Evening visit: Spotted Flycatcher still by incinerator 19.20, Whinchat (possibly 2) still along access track to NR + 2 Wheatear in same area 20.10, 2 Shelduck, Gadwall, c20 Teal, 4 Little Grebe, Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 13 Ringed Plover, 10+ Lapwing, 5 Common Sandpiper, 10+ Redshank, c20 Black-tailed Godwit, 5+ Yellow-legged Gull, 10+ Common Tern, 10+ Swift, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6+ Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 5 Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Fairlop: Spotted Flycatcher on fence by horse paddock field with white gate (Steve Bacon)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - 2 Swift S 09:03, Goldcrest. (Samuel Levy)
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Egyptian Geese, Sparrowhawk, 2 Peregrine, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, m Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Jackdaw. Hard work finding small birds early pm. (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Whinchat, Greenland Wheatear. (R.Kaye). pm - still 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whinchat and 1 Wheatear. 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret, 1f Kestrel (others reported it being chased by a Hobby), at least 10 Chiffchaff (some by P. Knox) 17 Grey Heron (Martin Honey)
  • North Wembley (opposite station): Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, Jersey Tiger (Neil Anderson)
  • Oxleas Wood: 3 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 3 Blackcap [2fm/1m], 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5+ Goldcrest, 5 Coal Tit, 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Hobby, Kestrel [m], Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher [fm], 5 Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk [m] (Ron Turner)
  • Petts Wood: 2 Swallow, Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Pimlico Gardens: 4 Yellow-legged Gulls 2 juvs, 1 2cy, 1 4cy all on Cory Barges (Nick Senior)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 3 Common Buzzard [breeding confirmed] - 2 adults & a begging juvenile in the air together, Swift, 6 Swallow, Grey Wagtail over, 4 Pied Wagtail, 7 Mistle Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 4 Stock Dove & 42 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge)
  • Primrose Hill: Tree Pipit h over 0625 (Twitter)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Turtle Dove and Common Redstart ​in car park early am (Birdguides)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Redstarts, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Spotted Flycatchers & Collared Dove (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: Spotted Flycatcher Sidmouth Wood, Wheatear upper Pen Pond (P&M Pentek)
  • St James's Park: 2 Kingfisher (Frank Nugent).
  • Scadbury Park: Pheasant, Sparrowhawk, 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, c10 Goldcrest, Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Spotted Flycatcher at 07:32 preening contentedly on dead tree at south end of marsh. Also Teal over south west on to KGV Reservoir, 3 singing Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Martin Shepherd)
  • Staines Moor: Hobby, 5 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzards, 10+ Kestrels, 2 Common Tern, Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, Reed Bunting, 2 Whinchat, 50+ Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Stock Dove (Nick Baker)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 7 Black Tern, 2 Little Gull, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Sanderling, 2 Knot, 10 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover. (Bob Warden per FJM) 4 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Turnstone (Nick Baker) Sedge Warbler on the path by W bench; can't be too many warbler records up there? Notables above still present too, plus Garganey 1800-2030 (Magnus Andersson)
  • Streatham Common: Spotted Flycatcher at 11.00, fly catching in wooded area opposite Streatham Common South (Peter Newmark)
  • Thornbury Park: Hobby, Peregrine - Both seen at 15:45 (K Beddow)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail over, Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 13 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Treecreeper, 3 Buzzard, 2 Rook (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 3 Common Buzzard 2 adults and 1 juvenile, 3 Spotted Flycatcher 'Old Golf Course' (2 'The Clump' 1 bushes near upper lake), 5 Common Whitethroat, Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park: 4 Spotted Flycatcher ( all in the "Clump"), Common Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, f Mandarin, Green Woodpecker. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 1 Whinchat Bomb Crater Field, 2 Yellow Wagtail over paddocks, 2 Willow Warblers calling, 1 Swift and 5 House Martin overhead 07:30 - 08: 30 (Alastair Dent / Jamie Partridge)
  • Wanstead Flats: 12 Spotted Flycatcher (just shy of record of 14 birds, though I think that may have included the park too), 3 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail over, Sparrowhawk (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wimbledon Common: 1 Skylark, 1 Wheatear, 3 Swalllows, 1 Willow Warbler (Adrian Podmore)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk, 2 Coal Tit (Chris Farthing)

Wednesday 23rd August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 15+ Blackcap, 10+ Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Little Egret, 3 Swift, Kingfisher, Kestrel - Wood Green Res to Pitch & Putt (Sam Jones) Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler Cricket Scrub (Bob Watts) Yellow Wagtail over Conservation Pond (Dominic Mitchell) Nuthatch out of usual range in tress near Filter Beds (Josh Jones) 3 Swift (Robert Callf), 4 Swift 2005 (Bob. Watts)
  • Bankside SE1: 3 Chiffchaff, 2 House Sparrow (scarce here) in bushes/small trees at east end of Tate Modern (Reuben Braddock)
  • Brent Reservoir : 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, 2 Lapwing, Common Snipe, 5 Willow Warbler, Kingfisher, 14 Teal, 3 Common Tern, Egyptian Gosling 7:30-8:45 (Simon Worsfold) - c35 Common Swift, Sand Martin at 19:55 (Simon Worsfold)
  • Canons Farm: 3 Common Snipe, 2 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 25 Swallow, 2 Little Owl, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Common Whitethroat (CFBWBG).
  • Crayford Marshes: Little Grebe, 6 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Oystercatcher, 3 Avocet at Darent mouth then flew to Rainham, 3 Ringed Plover, c10 Lapwing, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 10+ Common Tern, c50 Collared Dove, 2 Swift, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, 6+ House Martin, Meadow Pipit, pair Stonechat, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Fairlop: 1 Whinchat paddock field this evening , 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 M Sparrowhawk (Steve Bacon)
  • Hampstead Heath: 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail - no sign of RBS (Dante Shepherd)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 17 Red-crested Pochards, 1 intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Yellow Wagtails S, 2 Meadow Pipits, 1 Tree Pipit S, 3 Spotted Flycatcher - 2 with flock SW of Serpentine Bridge & 1 near offices, 8 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warblers, 18 Coal Tits (Nick Senior)
  • KGV Res: 5 Wheatear, 2 Common Redshank, 12 Common Sandpiper, 12 Little Egret, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Common Swift, 24 Barn Swallow (Tony Clancy)
  • Lamorbey Park: Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 juv Shelduck, Hobby, 3 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail W/SW, 2 Yellow Wagtail. (S.Fogg, R.Kaye)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 3 House Martin overhead at 1015, 1 Swift overhead with small martin flock (including at least 2 Sand Martin) at 18:40 (Alastair Dent)
  • Mudchute Farm: 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff (Sean Huggins)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite north-west at 14:50, female Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Goldfinch & 2 Foxes from the back of the garden (Jon Ridge)
  • Priest Hill, Ewell: 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Kestrel (Neil Batten)
  • Richmond Park: 3 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 2 Buzzard heard - adult and probable young, 2 Water Rail heard, Common Tern flew SW, 10 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 2 Tree Pipit still, Whinchat still,10 Reed Bunting, 5 Stonechat - a family of 2 adults and 3 juveniles, the fifth brood to fledge in the Park so a total of 15 fledged young. The most successful breeding season since 2003 (J.Wilczur)
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: 12 Chiffchaff, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 76 Stock Dove, 15 Common Whitethroat, 5 Kestrel, 6 Reed Warbler, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 23 Willow Warbler, 4 Sandwich Tern, 14 Cormorant, 19+ Common Tern, 8 Meadow Pipit, Peregrine, Oystercatcher, 5 Wheatear, Whinchat, 17 Sand Martin, 38 Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, 3 Avocet, 3 Blackcap, 3 Common Snipe, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, 3 Greenshank, 3 Bearded Tit, Yellow-legged Gull. (Samuel Levy)
  • St James's Park: 2 Kingfisher, flying, bathing and preening also perched together again, lots of bowing and bobbing (Frank Nugent).
  • Trent Park: Spotted Flycatcher bushes near upper lake 'Old Golf Course' 12:15 (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Common Buzzard, Red Kite, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Blackcap, Green Woodpecker. (Pete Lowman).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Black Tern, 3 Turnstone, 1 Sanderling, 7 Greenshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Knot, 17 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Hobby, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2nd yr flew onto KG VI Res 11.30. (Dave Morris per FJM). All of the above waders late afternoon plus the Ringed Plover flock has increased to 21 birds.(John Edwards) 1 Ruff, 11 Black Tern, 2 Little Gull on S basin at sundown (Thomas Gibson, Franko J Maroevic)
  • Walthamstow Marsh: 2 Whinchat bombcrater field plus Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtails over ,15 Swallow, a few Swift (Jamie Partridge)
  • Waterworks NR: Whinchat on pitch and putt (Jamie Partridge)

Tuesday 22nd August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Common Sandpipers (1st for year); 2 on pontoon at south end flew length of Wood Green Res then high SE at 0653, another flying around filter beds 0813 (Josh Jones). Also Garden Warbler (1st for year), Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 6+ Blackcap Cricket Scrub (Bob Watts); Female Sparrowhawk bathing in one of the filter beds this afternoon (James Palmer)
  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Lapwing, 7 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Kingfisher (preening and fishing from Willow Island perch), c.15 Swift, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 5 Egyptian Goose, (Brent Birders)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - 2 Goldcrest (Samuel Levy)
  • Dartford Marshes: 2 Teal, 3 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, Lapwing, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Conrad Ellam)
  • Frays Farm Meadows LWT: Barn Owl pre 7am (Dan Pinkham)
  • Hackney Marshes: 3 Wheatear on playing fields, Common Sandpiper on river adjacent to fields (Nick Moll)
  • Hampstead Heath: Red-backed Shrike, Female type near top of Parliament Hill 60 metres E of road, in mixed scrub near wooden bin. Favouring dead trees near Elderberry bushes, showing well till 11.15 at least. (Pete Mantle per FJM) Shrike still present at 13:00 (James Palmer). Juvenile still 1745 (Bob Watts) Still there at 19:00 but flighty (Reuben Braddock et al) Also 2 Hobby at RBS site, and Common Tern briefly at Model Boating pond (Samuel Levy et al) Common Sandpiper Hampstead Ponds (Oliver Simms) Picture here (Dante Shepherd)
  • Holloway Road: Hobby hunting over Tufnell Rd junction at 1740 (Pete Mantle)
  • Lamorbey Park : Grey Heron, Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Green Woodpecker, 3 Stock Dove , 2 Chiffchaff (Mike Amos). 2 Egyptian Geese, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 8+ Goldcrest, 5 Coal Tit, Nuthatch, 8+ Willow Emerald Damselfly site first (Ian Stewart)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Yellow Wagtail NE approx 8am, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 2+ Goldcrest, Blackcap, Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Pochard, 6 Greenfinch,
  • London Wetland Centre: 8 Egyptian Goose, Little Egret, juv Peregrine hunting, not a Charring Cross birds, Hobby, Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail S, Alexandrine Parakeet. (R.Kaye)
  • Mayflower Park: Swift (Bob Smith)
  • Oxleas Wood: Chiffchaff, 2 Common Whitethroat, 6 Greenwoodpecker, male Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 4 Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stockdove, 4 Goldcrest (Ron Turner) Ron/Ian - I've been away for a couple of weeks but very keen to resume the conversation about Oxleas birds! In particular any time of day best for the hobbies? Thanks! (Pete Coates) I dont go there very often but afternoon is usually best for raptors IS
  • Pinner Park Farm: Yellow Wagtail over, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 7 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Stock Dove & 79 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge)
  • Richmond Park; 3 Tree Pipit on Sidmouth Slope, Whinchat, 5+ Willow Warbler in a Phyllosc flock of 12 birds, 3 Hobby, 2 Buzzard, 4 Sand Martin NW, Painted Lady (J.Wilczur, S.Woolfenden); Wheatear (S.Read)
  • Rotherhithe: Common Sandpiper, 6 Yellow-legged Gulls (near-ad, 2nd-sum, 1st-sum, 3 juvs), 5 Great Black-backed Gulls on beach by Hilton Hotel this morning (Richard Bonser)
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): c50 Gadwall, 5 Great Crested Grebe 2 juv, 3 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, Common Buzzard, 2 Common Sandpiper (my first autumn record here), 20+ Stock Dove, Kingfisher, 2+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 House Martin, 2+ Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Jay, 5 Jackdaw over, Willow Emerald Damselfly (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15: Hobby low over Harland Ave/Gulliver Road, Chiffchaff & Swallow York Avenue (Ian Stewart)
  • South Harrow, Eastcote Avenue: 35 House Sparrows in the garden (Michael Robinson)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Black Tern on S basin. 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Oystercatcher, 7 Dunlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover. 4 Common Scoter, 2 Knot. (Bob Warden, Ken Purdey per FJM) 11 Ringed Plover in evening. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • St James's Park: 50 Greylag Geese sat on Horse Guards Parade (Ray Crouch);  Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Kingfisher, both Kingfisher together on a tree this afternoon (Frank Nugent).
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 6 Nuthcatch, Pied Wagtail, 24+ Goldfinch, 12 Stock Dove, 32+ Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Kestrel, 1st Sedge Warbler of the Autumn in bushes Southern edge of 'Cow' field, 7 Rook, 4 Coal Tit, 2 Common buzzard, Treecreeper, 2 Bullfinch, 7 Common Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 2 Mandarin Duck, 4 Goldcrest, 6 Swift mainly S, 26+ House Martin, 7 Starling, 3 Swallow. 44 Species seen. (Samuel Levy & Simon Worsfold)
  • Trent Park: 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Blackcap, 2 f Mandarin, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler. (Pete Lowman).
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 100+ Swift, 100+ House Martin (Chris Farthing)
  • Worcester Park /Motspur Park: Peregrine on pylons/gasholder, Red Kite over observers garden at 1600 (Bob Smith)

Monday 21st August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Blackcap, Common Whitethroat Cricket Scrub in rain, 2 Willow Warblers, Treecreeper wood between Lowers Slopes and Golf Course 1830, Red Kite north 1820, Spotted Flycatcher at last The Grove 1810 1st of autumn, Swift, 5+ House Martin, Kingfsher Wod Green Res (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Black-tailed Godwit (circled and flew off, 13:00), 5 Lapwing, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Egyptian Goose, Peregrine (anonymous entry in hide logbook — Steve Leake?)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Kingfisher, Stock Dove, House Martin, 4 Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Swift, 3 Kingfisher 1 juv, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 4+ Blackcap, 2+ Willow Warbler, 25+ Chiffchaff, Jay, 6+ Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Hall Place: 2 Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Greenfinch, 4 Swift, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, 4+ Goldcrest (Donna Zimmer)
  • Hampstead Heath: Wheatear (male) on the running track this morning, Also a large (80+) tit flock at the Sanctuary Pond held c.20 Chiffchaffs, 10 Willow Warblers, 5 Goldcrests and 2 Blackcaps. 2 Swifts over Parliament Hill (Pete Mantle)
  • Lamorbey Park: Greylag Goose, Egyptian Goose, Tufted Duck, 2 Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest. Pm visit added Swift, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker & Peregrine (Ian Stewart)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 Tree Pipit on Leyton Flats around midday, Firecrest, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, 6+ Stock Dove, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Green Woodpecker (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 7 Mandarin, juv Shelduck, Little Egret, 9 Black-tailed Godwit (8 juv 1 adult), 2 Whinchat, 15 Chiffchaff, Tree Pipit S, Pied Flycatcher including unusually a bit of song. (R.Kaye, S.Fogg)
  • Lyonsdown Road, Barnet: 10+ Swift S 16:55 (Samuel Levy)
  • Netherhouse Farm: f. Wheatear on car-boot sale field at 11:04 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Oxleas Wood: 2 Chiffchaff, Commom Whitethroat, 2 Hobby, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swift, 9+ House Martin, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, male Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Stock Dove, 8+ Goldfinch (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, adult Starling with metal ring on right leg & 10 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Little Owl in usual tree from 19:20, Kestrel, 2 Swallow, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, 62 Jackdaw [including lots of juveniles], Chiffchaff & 24 Greenfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Raynes Park: Sparrowhawk chased off by grackling Crow, Collared Dove pair (mated a few weeks ago and female disappeared for a while, now returned and pair are inseparable again, not sure if breeding was successful, no sign of young), Coal Tit (P. Redmond)
  • Regent's Park: Redstart autumn-1st (per Tony Duckett in post of 24 Aug)
  • Rotherhithe: Lesser Whitethroat Russia Dock Woodland early morning and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (1st-summer and juvenile, both new birds) by Hilton Hotel in evening (Richard Bonser)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Knot, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, (Bob Warden) 1 Turnstone, 1 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwits on S basin mid am, 1 Wheatear, 1 Arctic Tern 1st W , (Dave Morris, per FJM)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher (Frank Nugent).
  • Stockers Lake: Great Skua flew East 08:45 (RBA)
  • Templar Tennis Club, Temple Fortune: Cormorant E 10:50, 2 Coal Tit, 8 Goldfinch, 10+ Starling. (Samuel Levy)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Willow Warbler in mixed tit flock (Bob Watts)
  • West Harrow: somewhat surprisingly a 1st-winter Redstart just passed through the garden with a mixed tit flock - house / patch tick for me! (Alex Massey) - nice one Alex (JR)

Sunday 20th August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 4 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 5 Grey Wagtail on FB1, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Wood Green Res, Sparrowhawk over conservation wood, (Bruce Carson) 3+ Swift, 30+ House Martin, 2 Willow. Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, 2 Kingfisher Wood Green Res including juvenile, Linnet (Bob Watts)
  • Bookham Common: Marsh Tit, Spotted Flycatcher (Nigel Dodd)
  • Brent Reservoir: 1st Spotted Flycatcher of autumn on Woodfield Hedge 08:30, 4 Lapwing, 7 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler; PM visit Spotted Flycatcher on Neasden Rec, Dunlin & 5 Green Sandpiper (Andrew Self)
  • Clapham Common:Single cormorant sitting on post at edge of Boating lake 10.30am. (SC)
  • Danson Park: 6 Mute Swan 4 juv, 1 Greylag Goose, 4 Egyptian Geese, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe 3 juv from 2 broods, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Epsom Common: 10 Swifts (Bob Smith)
  • Fairlop Waters: Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat, House Martin, Sand Martin, Swallow, Swift, Common Tern, Lapwing. (Neil Twyford)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Common Buzzard 15:30 SW, 10+ Swift SW 17:35, 14 Stock Dove through N between 17:35-17:50. (Samuel Levy)
  • Frays Farm Meadows LWT: 2 Buzzard, 7+ Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk, Little Egret, 2 Blackcap, 3 Sedge Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Kingfisher, Garden Warbler, 2 Bullfinch (Dan Pinkham)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, Collared Dove (only the 2nd record this year), Kingfisher, 3 Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 5 Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Hackney Marshes: 2 Great Crested Grebe (adult + begging juvenile) on Old R. Lea at 1130 (Alastair Dent)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Common Gull juv, Kingfisher, 2 Swifts, 17 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, 1 Spotted Flycatcher near Police Stn, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Reed Warblers (Nick Senior)
  • Lamorbey Park: Egyptian Goose, 2+ Sparrowhawk, 2 Peregrine, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, c10 Goldcrest, 6+ Coal Tit, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Lower Clapton E5: 2 Sand Martin over at 1530. Record count of 65 House Sparrows in the garden (corner Powerscroft Rd/Median Rd), this was just the birds directly visible so I'd guess the real total is probably 80+ (Alastair Dent)
  • Oxleas Wood: Common Whitethroat, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldfinch, 5 Swift, male Common Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 3 Sparrowhawk [2m], male Kestrel, Stock Dove (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit & 2 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Pinner Park Farm: first-winter Wheatear, 2 Common Buzzard, female Kestrel, Little Owl, 12 Swallow, House Martin through, 5 Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Jay, 30 Jackdaw, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Grey Heron & at least 54 House Sparrow (Jon Ridge)
  • Rotherhithe: 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult, 1st-summer and 2 juveniles) on mud by Hilton Hotel and Common Whitethroat in brambles by Canada Water (Richard Bonser, Jamie Partridge and Dante Shepherd)
  • Sidcup DA14 (Chalk Wood): Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Hobby, Peregrine, Common Gull, 4 Green Woodpecker, 5 Swallow, 5 Pied Wagtail, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, 2 Jay, 7 Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Knot ad W and juv. central causeway mid am to midday. 6 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail early am only. 2 Hobby hunting over. 8 Little Egret in outflow on KG VI Res side of road. 1 Black-necked Grebe on N basin. 2 Little Grebe (Bob Warden, Franko J Maroevic et al)
  • Swanscombe Marshes: Raven (heard), Buzzard, 5 House Martin. 2 Swallow, 5 Swift, 2 Pied Wagtail, 10 House Sparrow (Donna Zimmer)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: m Pheasant, Buzzard heard, Kestrel, 15 Lapwing, 11 Stock Dove, c30 Ring-necked Parakeet (high number for here),Skylark, f Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 5 Reed Bunting, 30+ Goldfinch, Painted Lady, Rush Veneer (Neil Anderson/.G. Westley)
  • Totteridge Valley: mid-morning small hirundine passage of 10 Sand Martin, 6 House Martin and 25 Swallow ( latter total includes local birds), 2 Buzzard, 22 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Bullfinch (John Colmans)
  • Town Park, Enfield: 13 Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Spotted Flycatcher still, f Wheatear, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 + Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 20+ Chiffchaff, 8 + Willow Warbler, 8 House Martin, 3 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk, Skylark, 5 Linnet (Wanstead Birders)
  • West Harrow: Buzzard drifted north 16:20 (Alex Massey)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Sparrowhawk flew over cafe at 2.45pm (Ann Feltham)

Saturday 19th August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 4 Little Egret, Wood Green Res 0800 (Tony Jakeman); Yellow Wagtail, 2 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaff (Bob Watts); 2 Little Egret, 10+ House Martin, 3 Swift, 3 Pied Wagtail (Filter beds looking prime for wader drop-ins...)- Wood Green Res 15:45 (Sam Jones)
  • Biggin Hill: 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Stock Dove. (Dave de Silva)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret, 5 Lapwing, 5 Green Sandpiper, 8 Common Sandpiper, 10 Common Tern, Cetti's Warbler, 42 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler (Brent Birders)
  • Broxbourne Woods: 2 Treecreeper (Jon Agar)
  • Crossness: 50 Teal, 10 Shelduck, Little Egret, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Lapwing,15 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Arctic Tern, 50 Common Tern, 8 Swift, 2 Whinchat, Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler (Conrad Ellam). Common Buzzard over and 2 Kestrel hovering and taking prey. 11:00 (Patrick English)
  • Cranford CP: Red Kite, c40 Goldfinch charm, 3 juv Kestrel in the now mown meadow - why does the council mow in mid-Aug ? Why can't the long grasses be left until Sept ? Mixed flock of c20 Long-tailed Tits and Goldcrests moving through Cranford Woods, very fresh Painted Lady (Wendy Marks)
  • Dagenham Chase: fem Garganey, Black tailed Godwit, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern on slack this morning (Steve Bacon)
  • Friern Barnet,Glebelands allotment: 2 Yellow wagtail, 2 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard (Paul Angus)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, Willow Warbler (John Bushell)
  • Greenwich O2: 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (2nd-summer, 1st-summer, juvenile) early evening (Richard Bonser, Jamie Partridge, Dante Shepherd)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Tree Pipits (briefly alighted on dead tree on Tumulus field before continuing south) 0650 (Matt Evans)
  • Lamorbey Park: Peregrine (Ian Stewart) Egyptian Goose , Swift (Mike Amos).
  • Lesnes Abbey Woods, near New Road Treecreeper calling. (Patrick English)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 juv Shelduck, Little Egret, Buzzard, 3 Snipe, 3 Swift, Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Whitethroat. (R.Kaye)
  • Pimlico Gardens: 3 Yellow-legged Gulls on barges 2 juv, 1 near ad, 1 Swallow S; later @16:30 6 Arctic Terns high SW (Nick Senior)
  • Queen Mary Reservoir: 1 Knot 11.30. briefly in flight at end of causeway but not again in over an hour.
  • Regent's Park: 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 20+ Willow Warblers and 1 Hobby (Tony Duckett).
  • Ruislip Lido/Poors Field: Grey Wagtail, c15 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 5+ Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher, Bullfinch (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): 40+ Gadwall, c40 Tufted Duck inc another new brood, 2 Little Egret, Buzzard, 6 Swift, 2+ Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Swallow, 20+ House Martin, 3+ Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 2 Teal, 2 Gadwall, Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, Little Grebe, Yellow Wagtail, 5 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler all in relief channel. 20+ House Martin over KGV Reservoir with roughly same number of Swallow and Sand Martin, 2 Common Buzzard, (juvenile) Sparrowhawk, little Owl, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Yellow Wagtail over N/W, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Willow Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat. 12 Red-eyed Damselflie Nights Pits (Neville Smith)
  • Staines Reservoirs. 2 Knot over 13.21 then onto KG VI Res. 2 Knot On W bank of N basin 19.45 with flock of 7 Common Sandpiper. 9 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, another 6 Common Sandpiper early evening on S basin. 1st yr Tern was a Common. 134 Great Crested Grebe on S basin. 6 Little Egret in outflow on KG VI Res mid pm. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: 5-6 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 4 Stock Dove (Stuart Fisher)
  • Teddington: male Tawny Owl calling at 2130 in Normansfield Avenue (Mike Foster)
  • Ten Acre Wood Area: f Wheatear, Kingfisher (Deiniol Owen)
  • Thames Barrier Park: 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult ringed at Rainham in Aug 2011, 3 juvs), Little Egret and 2 Oystercatcher (Richard Bonser, Jamie Partridge, Dante Shepherd)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 7 House Martin and 1 Kestrel (f) N of the boardwalk, 1 Reed Bunting heard in Bomb Crater Field, 11:15 (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 8 + Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, 7 Whitethroat, 7-8 Lesser Whitethroat (one carryig some bling = a migrant), 8 House Martin, Hobby on several occasions, 3 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 12 Gadwall, Shoveler, 5 Little Grebe (Wanstead Birders) Tree Sparrow reported calling on Alex by a visiting birder though no sign when we looked
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Kingfisher (Chris Farthing)

Friday 18th August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Swallow NW 1815, 2 House Martin, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat (Bob Watts)
  • Bentley Priory: 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Richard Francis).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Lapwing, 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Bullfinch (Brent Birders)
  • Brockwell Park: Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff at middle pond also lack of House Sparrows usually seen here (Michael Mac)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Stock Dove, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Charing Cross Hospital: 3 Peregrine Falcon (last year young, now almost in full adult plumage, still around with parents) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Dagenham Chase:7.15pm Wood Sandpiper,Black tailed Godwit,fem Garganey on slack (Vince Hally Frame)
  • Fulham Palace Meadows Allotments: Kestrel (1st for a couple of years) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, 2 Sand Martin (John Bushell) 
  • Hampstead Heath: Spotted Flycatcher along Hedge 1 this morning (Pete Mantle) 
  • London Wetland WWT: Snipe, Shellduck, Kestrel, Peregrine, Kingfisher frequenting post on wader scrape near Peacock Hide, SandMartin (Nick S) 
  • Lower Morden: Common Buzzard soaring high (Bob Smith) 
  • Mayflower Park: 5 House Martins south west(Bob Smith)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Swallow SE 0815, 8 Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher still (Twitter) 
  • Richmond Park: Common Buzzard, Common Sandpiper, Hobby, Red Kite (Friday Group) 
  • Trent Park: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Bullfinch, 4 Blackcap, Kestrel, 3 Swallow, 8 Goldfinch, Goldcrest. ( Pete Lowman ).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood): Ringed Plover, 8 Common Sandpipers (Lol Bodini). 
  • Wandsworth Common: Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff (Nick Rutter)

Thursday 17th August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Tree Pipit heard 0710 from near path SE of golf course, Peregrine SW over cricket scrub harassing feral pigeons 0658, Lesser Whitethroat in mixed flock Upper Slopes (Bob Watts), 2 Grey Wagtail FB1&2, 3 House Martin Wood Green Res, Kingfisher on New River (Bruce Carson)
  • Barnes Wetland Centre: Black-tailed Godwit flying around grazing marsh mid-day (Mike Pennington).
  • Bayford, Herts: 7 BEE-EATER Well-Row Rd TL306079 / SG13 8PW 13:00 at least (per Mike Ilett & Darren Bast via Twitter). At least 5 seen flying north 1435 near Bakers Arms pub west of Bayford (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Cross: 3 Little Egret feeding in river under North Circular flyover at 06:15.(Allan Stewart)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Common Buzzard NW 15:35. (Samuel Levy)
  • Foots Cray: Hobby over Palm Avenue 10:30 (Patrick English)
  • Gallions Reach 88+ Arctic Tern (KJM)
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Egyptian Geese, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Mayflower Park: 8 Swifts south west, Willow Warbler(Bob Smith)
  • New Barnet, EN4: Hobby in flight over houses, also Hedgehog in our Cockfosters garden, (Bob & Anna Husband)
  • Rainham Marshes: Over 100 Arctic Terns through so far today ! (Howard Vaughan-Twitter)
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): 40+ Gadwall, 5 Great Crested Grebe inc 1 young juv, Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron 3 imm, Sparrowhawk, 6 Swift came in near sunset, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20+ House Martin, Sand Martin, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 6+ Chiffchaff, 2 Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Scadbury Park: Hobby, 12+ Moorhen inc new brood of 5+, 2+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Common Scoter, Sandwich Tern, Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 3 Little Egret.(Dominic Pia, Mark Elsoffer-Twitter)
  • Wallington: 1 Marsh Harrier flew NE 16:45, 2 Sparrowhawk. (Arjun Dutta)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Leyton Marsh/Stables - 6 Swift, 2 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin overhead, flock of 40 Linnet plus 11 Canada Geese rear paddocks, 18:00 - 19:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Wembley Park: Jersey Tiger taking a ride from Finchley Road on a Metropolitan Line train this evening (Joe Taylor)

Wednesday 16th August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher Wood Green Res, Linnet SE 0645, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (Bob Watts)
  • Bayford: 3+ Bee-eaters reported in garden 10am (RBA)
  • Brent Reservoir: Whinchat (along path leading to main hide), Green Sandpiper, 9 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, c50 Swift, c25 House Martin (at least three nests still occupied in West Hendon Broadway, c35 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk (Brent Birders)
  • Crossness: 20+ Shelduck, c20 Gadwall, Shoveler, 122 Teal, 8+ Little Grebe, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 20 Ringed Plover, 30+ Lapwing, Dunlin, 12 Common Sandpiper, c50 Redshank, 44+ Black-tailed Godwit, 20+ Common Tern, c20 Swift, juv Green Woodpecker, Sand Martin low E, 6+ Pied Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail over paddocks, Grey Wagtail, 2 Blackcap, 2+ Whitethroat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4+ Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 5+ Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, Reed Bunting, Grey Seal, Common Seal, 2 Willow Emerald damselfly (Ian Stewart & John Archer)
  • Eastcote (Field End Road): Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, 4 Reed Warbler (John Bushell)
  • Greenwich O2: juvenile Mediterranean Gull (unringed), 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (near adult, 2nd-summer, 1st-summer & juv) and Common Gull (Richard Bonser)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 2 Swift, 6 House Martin overhead at 1800 (Alastair Dent)
  • Mill Hill (Drovers Hill SINC) Tree Pipit WillowWarbler 6 (ringed) (William Rutherford)
  • Oxleas Wood: 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Coaltit, 2 Great spotted woodpecker, 2 Sparrowhawk [fm], 2 Kestrel [m/fm], 2 Hobby, 5 Goldfinch, 4 Stockdove, 2 Nuthatch. [Ron Turner]
  • Pinner (HA5): Hobby, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 2 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Swift, 5 Common Sandpiper, 7 House Martin,10+ Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Common Tern, 3 Common Whitethroat, 42 Lapwing, Grey Wagtail, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Kestrel, 8 Little Egret, Greenfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 20+ Linnet, 6 Swallow, 3 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Eclipse Wigeon, 6 Tufted Duck, 70 Greylag, 4 Pochard, 3 Teal, 19 Gadwall, Eygptian Goose, 16 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Sand Martin, Bearded Tit, Marsh Harrier, Oystercatcher, Curlew, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, Meadow pipit, Sparrowhawk. 60 Species in total... (Samuel Levy & Joan Arnold et al)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 2 House Martin, Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher still, 2 Wheatear, 3 early Meadow Pipit 05:45-07:00 [1 SW & 2 heard - season-1st] (Twitter); Sandwich Tern 7.20am flew west, 2 Grey Wagtails high SW, Nuthatch (Tony Duckett)
  • Staines Moor: Whinchat, 3+ Yellow Wagtail, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Little Egret, 20+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Common Whitethroat, Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk. Also a recently dead juv Sparrowhawk by path at W end of Moor Lane (Bill Haines)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Spotted Flycatcher, c60 Swifts, 7 Common Sandpipers, 2 Peregrines, 4 Willow Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat ( David Bradshaw, Paul Whiteman)
  • Worcester Park: 50 House Sparrows in horse fields, Common Buzzard south (Bob Smith)

Tuesday 15th August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat cricket scrub, Kingfisher Wood Green Res (Bob Watts), 3 Blackcap, 3 Grey Wagtail FB1 & FB2, 2 House Martin, 3 Coal Tit and 2 Nuthatch the Grove, Sparrowhawk circling over Pitch n'Putt (Bruce Carson)
  • Barnes Waterside Pond: pr Gadwall, Kingfisher (my first here) (Neil Anderson)
  • Belvedere: 5 Ringed Plover (James Palmer)
  • Bow Creek: 5 Common Sandpiper (James Palmer)
  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Lapwing, 8 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Broomfield Park, Palmers Green: 11 Tufted Duck female and ten ducklings, 9 Moorhen pr 3 juv/1st-w and 4 chicks (Robert Callf)
  • Crossness: Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Reed Bunting and a Kestrel. 30 Common Swifts and several Barn Swallows over. Little Grebes on The Great Breach Lagoon. 25 Cormorants and 9 Black-tailed Godwits on rivershore (Patrick English); 50 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Seal (James Palmer)
  • Cudham: 1+ Common Buzzard, 5+ Swallow, 2+ House Martin, 5 Linnet around Cackets Farm (Ian Stewart)
  • Erith: Yellow-legged Gull (James Palmer)
  • Grovelands Park: 4 Goldcrest adult and three fledglings - late brood (Robert Callf)
  • Ham, Hawker Centre playing fields: 6:40am. 2 peregrine, 1 adult &1 immature (Phil Davies); Kingfisher and 3 Mandarin Ducks along the Thames between the watersports centre and Ham Street (Mike Pennington)
  • ‪KGV Reservoir: (juv) Black Tern, (ad) Yellow-legged Gull, 2 (juv) Mediterranean Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull (ad&3cly) (Neville Smith).
  • Knockholt: Spotted Flycatcher at New Years Lane crossroads, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper New Years Wood (Ian Stewart)
  • Oxleas Wood 3Sparrowhawke[2fm1m] Common Buzzard 3Hobby Kestrel[m] CommonWhitethroat 2Goldcrest Coaltit Piedwagtail 5Goldfinch 3Jackdaw 2Greatspottedwoodpecker Greenwoodpecker[Ron Turner]
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 0 Swift - 1st nil result this season, 15 House Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher in chat pen fr gate [area 39] 0840 (Twitter)
  • Rotherhithe: 2nd-summer Yellow-legged Gull on River Thames by Greenland Pier (Richard Bonser)
  • Saunders Lane Allotments, Mill Hill East, NW7: 1 Common Buzzard 1 Chiffchaff 3 House Martin (Bill Rutherford)
  • Sevenoaks KWT: 8 Egyptian Geese, c10 Teal, m Pochard, 20+ Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, c10 Lapwing, 2 Swift, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, 2+ House Martin, 2+ Blackcap, 6+ Reed Warbler, 2+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 150+ Jackdaw over to roost (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Little Gull, 1 Sanderling,1 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover,1 Little Ringed Plover, 10 Common Sandpiper. (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Surrey Quays, Greenland Dock: Man in canoe inspecting coot nests!!! Does anyone know what this is about ? Not sure if he took anything. (Tim Smith) It might be worth asking one of the wardens at Stave Hill or Lavender Pond since TCV manage some of the nesting rafts on the peninsula (Conrad Ellam)
  • Teddington: Peregrine flying over Thames from Trowlock to Kingston at 0910. Sparrowhawk calling in tree near Normansfield at 1810. Kingfisher in Water Gardens in Bushy Park at 1845 (Mike Foster)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 22 Stock Dove, 3 Coot (Long Pond), 4 Goldcrest, 37+ Swallow, Coal Tit, 17 Chiffchaff, 4 Rook, 2 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 14 Common Whitethroat, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 64+ House Martin, Treecreeper, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Nuthatch, Common Buzzard, 2 Linnet, Also Barking Muntjac. (Samuel Levy) Also a walk is taking place on the 26th August at 9am running through the Valley sign up here
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover, 10 Common Sandpipers and Wheatear on Lockwood this evening (Jamie Partridge)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Sandpiper, Sedge warbler, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Yellow-legged Gull (Chris Farthing, reposted after this got deleted at 11.29)

Monday 14th August 2017 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 4 Blackcap, 2 Kingfisher Wood Green reservoir, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Willow Warbler cricket scrub (Bruce Carson), Common Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff (Bob Watts) Common Buzzard from Birdwatch office 1120 (Dave Callahan per Bob Watts)
  • Barnet Gate Lane/ Mays Lane: 2 Common Buzzard, 20+ Swallow. (Samuel Levy)
  • Beddington Farmlands: Cattle Egret, a first for the farm (Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Little Egret, Snipe, 3 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 8 Common Tern, Tufted Duck with 3 tiny ducklings (Steve Leeke am, Andrew Verrall pm)
  • Charing Cross Hospital: Common Buzzard high over SW at 15:50 (alerted by m Peregrine Falcon alarm calling) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • City of London (Millennium Bridge): 2 Mute Swan (James Palmer)
  • Dollis Brook: Barnet Lane - Totteridge Station: 5 Willow Warbler, Black-headed Gull. (Samuel Levy)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Hedgehog with 5 young found after shed collapsed my first time seeing one alive in the wild (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenwich O2: 2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls (Richard Bonser)
  • Kingston Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: Common Sandpiper (R Dunne)
  • Lamorbey Park: Greylag Goose, 53 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag x Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, c50 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck 3 juv, imm Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk 1 juv, Peregrine, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrests (Ian Stewart)
  • Lower Clapton E5: 4 Swift high west at 1900 (Alastair Dent)
  • Pinner (HA5): Swift, 3 Goldfinch & a Coal Tit over a one minute coffee break - I usually prefer something slightly stronger! (Jon Ridge)
  • Raphael Park, Romford: Marsh Tit in trees by bandstand 07:10 calling then flew east. (Steve Bacon)
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): c30 Gadwall, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Hobby, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, 4+ Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, 1+ Reed Warbler, 20+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Jay, Bullfinch, 10+ Willow Emerald Damselfly inc pairs & ovipositing, Southern Hawker, 3 Brown Hawker, 4+ Ruddy Darter (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 4 Black Tern, 2 Sanderling, 15 Dunlin, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 5 Ringed Plover, 4 Common Sandpiper on S basin prior to 09.30. Sandwich Tern through. (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher [my first here this year] and Common Buzzard over SW at 14:40 (Frank Nugent).
  • Trent Park: male Banded Demoiselle lower lake - my first here for a few years (Robert Callf)
  • Tyttenhanger, Colney Heath, Herts: Ruddy Shelduck (origin?), juvenile Common Shelduck, Greenshank (heard), Green Sandpiper (1 or 2), Hobby, Kestrel, Common Buzzard, Willow Warbler, Common Terns with Juvenile, Great Black-backed Gull with Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Bob Husband & Robin Morden)
  • Wanstead Flats: f type Redstart still, no sign Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 13 Whitethroat, 14 House Martin, 2 f Teal, 4 Gadwall, Little Grebe + chick, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Reed Bunting (Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Sandpiper, 2 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 6 Swift, Whitethroat (Chris Farthing)

Sunday 13th August 2017 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 8+ Blackcap, 3 Swift, 2 House Martin, 6 Pochard (including 3 young) on Boating lake, 2 Ringlet Lower Slops (APOG Birders)
  • Arnos Park: Kingfisher (James Palmer)
  • Barnet: Hobby, c15 Barn Swallow, Swift, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Gatekeeper and Little Owl in Oak tree at King George V playing fields (Simon Worsfold)
  • Brent Reservoir: 8 Egyptian Geese, 2 Little Egret, 7 Lapwing, 5 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Treecreeper (Mat Hare)
  • Gutteridge Wood: Spotted Flycatcher pr, Nuthatch (Nigel Dodd)
  • Greenwich O2: 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls (both Dutch metal ringed, codes read) and 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (1st-summer and two juveniles) (Richard Bonser, Josh Jones and Dante Shepherd)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Little Egret, Kingfisher (John Bushell, Emily Millhouse)
  • Greenway: Little Grebe over (Harry Harrison) Where is "Greenway"?
  • Hampstead Heath: Cuckoo flew E over Parliament Hill at 0855, Also 2 Yellow Wagtails S here and 5 Willow Warblers + 10 Chiffchaffs at the Sanctuary Pond. Later (1045) 15 Swifts and 2 Sand Martins were feeding over Gospel Oak station (Pete Mantle)
  • Hampton Court (Home Park): Spotted Flycatcher, c12 Swallow (Mat Hare)
  • Harold Park Farm, Nazeing: Yellow Wagtail, 3 Yellowhammer, 27 Swallow (Martin Shepherd)
  • Ickenham Marsh: Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Swallow, Mallard with a late brood of 5 ducklings no more than a week old (Nigel Dodd)
  • KGV Reservoir: 20+ Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, 2 Yellow Wagtail (over N/W), Cettis Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat (Neville Smith).
  • Lamorbey Park: Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Geese, f Pochard, f Tufted Duck, imm Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 3+ Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3+ Blackcap, 5+ Chiffchaff inc singer, 8+ Goldcrest, 4 Coal Tit, 1+ Nuthatch, 2 Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Oxleas Wood 2Greenwoodpecker Greatspottedwoodpecker 4Goldcrest 5Coaltit CommonBuzzard 2Hobby 2Sparrowhawke [fm] 3Goldfinch 4Stockdove 2Nuthatch CommonWhitethroat Jackdaw[Ron Turner] Kestrel, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 4 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Primrose Hill: Marsh Harrier SW/W to north of Hill 0605 harried by 2 crows, juv Peregrine S 0645, 7 Swift S 05:40-05:50, 3 House Martin S 0650 - skywatch 05:30-07:30 (Twitter)
  • Pymmes Park: 3 Swift, Firecrest (James Palmer)
  • Regent's Park: 2 House Martin, 9 Chiffchaff, 12 Willow Warbler, Whitethroat (Twitter)
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): 3 Mute Swan, 32 Gadwall, c50 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, Little Egret, juv Water Rail, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Blackcap, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3+ Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, 20+ Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Pheasant, Buzzard, 2 Swallow, 5 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 12 Lapwing, 10 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Nuthatch pr (Nigel Dodd)
  • Thames Barrier Park: 4 (adult and 3 juveniles) Yellow-legged Gulls (Richard Bonser, Josh Jones and Dante Shepherd)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Sand Martin, Swift, 9 House Martin, 7 Swallow, 3 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel(all fem/juv), Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Chiffchaff, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 adult Coot + one well-grown juv on Totteridge Long Pond so local breeding presumed (John Colmans) Belmont Farm: 5 Mallard + 5 Duckling, 4 Moorhen + Duckling, 40+ Swallow, 12 Collared Dove, 36 Canada Geese, 7 Eygptian Geese 10:40 however not seen subsequently, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 11:40 N being mobbed by Hobby, 1 W 12:15, 2 Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Little Owl, Grey Wagtail, 3 Red-legged Partridge including well grown Juv, Also large amounts of Rabbit. (Samuel Levy)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 2 Greenshank, 2+ Green Sandpiper, Barnacle Goose, juvenile Shelduck all on main pit (Gareth Richards) Tree Pipit near viewpoint (Alan Gardiner)
  • Waltham Abbey: f. Wheatear at 08:14, Breach Barns area (Martin Shepherd)
  • Wanstead Flats: f type Common Redstart, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, negative on Wood Warbler with the consensus being that the bird in question is just a very white/bright Willow Warbler - Is there a link to the images? - thank you & well done today guys : ) (JR), 14+ Willow Warbler (probably the first time we've had more migrant Willow W than local Chiffchaff - a bad year locally due to habitat destruction), Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 + Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Gadwall, f Teal, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Coal Tit, 3 Little Egret (2 juvs), Swallow, 6 House Martin, Swift, 3 Purple Hairstreak (Nick Croft/Richard Rae/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, 13 Whitethroat, Nuthatch, 4 Coal Tit, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 4 Gadwall, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe (Nick Croft/BobVaughan)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Green Sandpiper, 6 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 2 House Martin, 10 Swift, Kingfisher, c8 Willow Warblers with several singing (Chris Farthing)

Saturday 12th August 2017 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 10+ House Martin, Common Whitethroat, 25+ Black-headed Gull (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: 13 Egyptian Geese, 6 Lapwing, 4 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler, 65 Chiffchaff [site record], 8 Willow Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Footscray Meadows: 4 Mute Swan 2 Cygnets, 3 Tufted Duck, Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrels, Black-headed Gull, Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, Nuthatch, Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, c12 Barn Swallow, 2 Swift, House Martin, 2 m & f Blackcap, c6 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 8 Pied Wagtail (Mike Amos). Pm visit Sparrowhawk, Hobby, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Swift, 20+ Swallow, 15+ House Martin, Grey Wagtail, 6 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 27+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 1+ Nuthatch, 5+ Linnet, 2 Greenfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Friern Barnet, Glebelands allotment: 11 + Swift , 3 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret NE (Paul Angus)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 1 Sand martin, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler (John Bushell)
  • Lamorbey Park: 1 Greylag Goose, 33 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag x Canada hybrids, 2 Egyptian Geese, 53 Mallard, Grey Heron, 2 Peregrine, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Whitethroat, 2+ Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: 5 Black-tailed Godwits circled then flew off east (M.Lewis per JW)
  • Pinner (HA5): 2 Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Pied Wagtail, 5 Goldfinch & 25 Black-headed Gull (Jon Ridge)
  • Sidcup Place: Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, House Martin, Chiffchaff, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 3 Skylark, 5+ Swallow, 14+ Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, juv Willow Warbler, Rook over, 2 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch heard (Neil Anderson)
  • Dagenham Chase: 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Lapwing, 6 Common Tern, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Shoveler, Kingfisher,1 F Sparrowhawk, 8 Cormorant (Steve Bacon)
  • KGV Reservoir:20+ Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover (juvenile), Wheatear, 7 Lesser Whitethroat (Neville Smith)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 9 Black-tailed Godwit circled north basin of KGV reservoir at 09:08 then flew East (Martin Shepherd). Cetti's Warbler, 1st w Whinchat (Neville Smith).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Ringed Plover landed briefly then flew W. 7 Common Sandpipers, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 1 Redshank. 12.15-13.40. (Franko J Maroevic, Jim Sweetland) Early am 3 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 1 Northern Wheatear, also Turnstone, Whimbrel through am. (per Dominic Pia.)
  • Trent Park: adult Spotted Flycatcher bushes near upper lake 'Old Golf Course' 10:45 - 11:00 (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park: 2 Spotted Flycatcher ( in "Clump"), Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 9 Mandarin, 3 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Wanstead Flats: Wheatear, 1-2 Yellow Wagtail, Garden Warbler, Common Sandpiper (Tony Brown/Sean Kerrigan) Common Sandpiper still at 12:00 (Alex), good candidate for Wood Warbler (Alex), 12+ Willow Warbler, 2nd Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, only 3 Whitethroat, Hobby (feeding in with several hundred Black-headed Gull over Alex), Peregrine Falcon, 2-3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 13 Swift, 6 House Martin, 2 Linnet, Skylark, 5 Gadwall, f Teal, 2 adult and 4 young Little Grebe (Nick Croft)
  • Woodford Green: Common Whitethroat, Common Buzzard, and c25-30 hirundines mostly House Martins, Swallow and 2 Swift at 1.40pm. (Ken Murray)
  • Worcester Park: Hobby circling over The Hamptons at 18.30 (Simon Osborn)

Friday 11th August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Willow Warbler Cricket Scrub, 5+ Chiffchaffs 0640 to 0710 (Bob Watts), 10 House Martin, 4 Swift, Kingfisher south side main reservoir, Whitethroat cricket scrub 08:00-09:00 (Bruce Carson), 2 Little Egrets east (Henry Wyn-Jones per Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret, Common Buzzard, 4 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper (Brent Birders)
  • Lee Valley Riding Centre: F Wheatear in back paddocks (Chris Farthing)
  • London Wetland Centre: The Sand Martins using our artificial nest bank have now fledged over 500 chicks! With 471 of these having been ringed (Twitter). 2 House Martin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, Willow Warbler, Blackcap (S.Patel)
  • Oakwood Station: Hummingbird Hawkmoth nectaring at buddleia 14:44, Painted Lady and 3 Red Admirals - seen from platform (Robert Callf)
  • Osterley Park: 2 Cormorant, 2 Egyptian Goose, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Greylag Goose, 35+ Jackdaw, Kestrel, Little Owl, 9+ Mandarin, 5+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Stock Dove (Richard Woolley).
  • Pinner (HA5): Sparrowhawk, Willow Warbler at last, 19 Swift mostly south-west, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit & 3 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Primrose Hill: Tree Pipit briefly nr viewpt [arr'd from NE] 0615 (Twitter)
  • Regent's Park: Gadwall, pr Little Grebe w/ 3 new yg, 4 Great Crested Grebe 2pr w/ 3 & 2 yg, 30+ Swift through 10:15-10:30, 10+ House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, c5 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, 3 Whitethroat (Twitter)
  • Richmond Park: Little Egret flew NE, Hobby, Peregrine, Buzzard, Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern - ad & juv, 16 Swallow - including 11+ juvs with a few being fed by adults so presumably hatched in Park - Adults will feed young whilst at migration stop offs, observed this behaviour in Grovelands Park this week where birds have not bred this year - Robert Callf, Thanks for the info. Two pairs certainly bred and fledged young in the Park- coincidentally the same number of birds were seen on the 6th (JW), 10 Sand Martin, female Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 3 Stonechat - including male feeding juv the 12th to fledge in Park from 4 broods, Reed Warbler - in bracken presumably a migrant, Clouded Yellow (J.Wilczur, Friday Group)
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 21 Barn Swallow perched on wooden fencing, 3 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet (Robert Callf)
  • Southwark SE1, Perkins Square: Willow Warbler in sub-song 18:30 (Reuben Braddock)
  • Queen's Park: 3 Sparrowhawk SE at 10:55 (Magnus Andersson)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Still 100+ Swifts this morning. (Quentin Given). fem/imm Common Redstart on central track at southern end, c.160 Swifts over No.1 area. 2 Common Sandpiper East Warwick and 3 on No 4, 3 Shoveler, 7 Grey Wagtails, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Willow warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, (Paul Whiteman, David Bradshaw)

Thursday 10th August 2017 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Northern Wheatear, yesterday's female/immature SW perimeter and cricket pitch area 07:40-08:00, 5 House Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail FB1 (Bruce Carson); Northern Wheatear Pitch n' Putt 0930 (Tony Jakeman) 7 Swift; 11 House Martin; 1 Whitethroat 1630 (Brian Milligan) 2 Common Whitethroat Cricket Scrub, 2 Jackdaw (Bob Watts)
  • Belair Park, West Dulwich: 2 Jersey Tiger moths of which one lutescens and one quadripunctaria (Paul Collins & Charlie Kitchen)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 35 House Martin, 7 Swift, 9 Common Tern, 5 Lapwing, 4 Teal, 3 Stock Dove, Cormorant pair mating, Black Swan. Only one Common Blue Damselfly during LWT odonata transect. Small White, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Green-veined White, Gatekeeper, Cinnabar Moth caterpillar, Peacock caterpillar (Brent Birders/LWT)
  • Brimsdown: 300 Starling (James Palmer)
  • Chelsea Bridge Wharf: Peregrine, Grey Wagtail, Red Admiral on Sumach flowers (Neil Anderson)
  • Crayford Marshes: female Common Scoter on Thames drifting W with tide, f + juv Pheasant, 3+ Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 3 Peregrine, 4 Avocet landed by Darent mouth, 3 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, 7 Common Sandpiper, Redshank, 6+ Black-tailed Godwit (Aveley Bay), Curlew, 8 Yellow-legged Gull, c20 Common Tern, 10+ Swift, 6+ Swallow, c10 House Martin, 2+ Sand Martin, 3+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 15+ Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, c10 Reed Warbler, 3+ Willow Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff, 12 Jackdaw, 3 Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Danson Park: 6 Mute Swan 4 juv, Greylag, Egyptian Goose, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 3 Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Dulwich Park: 2 Stock Dove, 8 Goldcrest by Wildlife Recreation Area, 1 Sparrowhawk over, 3 Jackdaw, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 3 Egyptian Goose 08:20-09:20 (Paul Collins & Charlie Kitchen)
  • Eastcote (Field End Road): Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge)
  • Forty Hall: 10 Swift (James Palmer)
  • KGV Reservoir: 9 Shoveler, 10+ Pochard, 3 Teal, (wildfowl new in this weekend). Mediterranean Gull (same juvenile agin), (adult) Yellow-legged Gull (regularly seen on bouy most evenings), 50+ Common Tern, 2 Redshank, 20+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover (1 chick seen), 3 House Martin, Little Owl (heard), (female) Tawny Owl (calling and flying near pump house), Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 20+ Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, Treecreeper (heard), 40+Linnet (Neville Smith).
  • Oxleas Wood: 4 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 2 Kestrel [m/fm], 8 Stock Dove, 12 Coal Tit, 3 Goldcrest, Firecrest, 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Goldfinch, 2 Common Whitethroat, Swift, 2 Hobby, 3 Sparrowhawk [1fm/2m]. (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): male Wheatear (8th from the garden), 2 Red Kite - one north-west at 13:41 & a rather emaciated individual north-west at 14:43, Hobby over at 19:25, Kestrel, 5 Swift through, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit & 4 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Queen Mary Reservoir: 1 Sandwich Tern flew SE calling 08.40. (Justin Quail per FJM)
  • Regent's Park: 1 Tree Pipit over open spaces 07:44 heard only (Dante Shepherd); Swift, flock of 80 sub-adult Carrion Crow & 1 juv Jackdaw, Chiffchaff, 15+ Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Whitethroat (Twitter)
  • Teddington: Sparrowhawk flew over squeaking continually, near river towards Hampton Wick at 1135 (Mike Foster)
  • Thames Barrier Park to 1pm: 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Common Sandpipers, ad Kittiwake downriver, Caspian Gull juvenile/1cy, 6 Yellow-legged Gulls 3 juv/1cy, 21 Common Tern downriver, 2 Sand Martins, 2 Willow Warbler juv's, Linnet (Nick Senior)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Whinchat on West Warwick, still 150 Swifts early morning, Swallow, 4 Willow W, 3 Sedge Warbler, 6 Common Sandpipers on southern reservoirs (David Bradshaw) - Lesser Whitethroat, 6 House Martin (Simon Worsfold)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Shoveler, Common Tern, Sparrowhawk, Little Egret, Coal Tit, c20 Swift (Chris Farthing)

Wednesday 9th August 2017 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Northern Wheatear female/immature of nominate race 0655 SW corner cricket pitches then flew west and not relocated (maybe went to Filter Beds - FB1 had a fox and grey heron at 0645!) (Bob Watts)
  • Beddington Farmlands: adult Sabine's Gull 09:30-12:47, no further sightings since (BirdGuides), 1 Ruff, 13 Cormorant, 1 Hobby, 12 Swallow (Pics of Sabine's Gull here [1]) (Peter Alfrey, BFBG)
  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, Black Swan, Kingfisher, 30+ Swift, 10+ House Martin, 5 Swallow, 7 Common Tern, 4 Chiffchaff, (Steve Blake)
  • Eastcote (Abbotsbury Gardens): a drenched Grey Heron motionless on a residential house roof - surprisingly, a site tick here (Jon Ridge)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 2 Mute Swan ad + juv, Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorant W, 4+ Stock Dove, Kingfisher, 3+ Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3+ Swallow, 4+ Blackcap, Whitethroat, 10+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2+ Coal Tit, 2+ Nuthatch, Jay, 2 Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Lamorbey Park: Greylag Goose with 10+ Canada Geese and hybrid of the two species plus 4 Egyptian Geese on golf course, imm Grey Heron, Peregrine, 5 Black-headed Gull, 4+ Stock Dove, Kingfisher, 6+ Blackcap, Willow Warbler (the dell), 4+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrests inc juv, Coal Tit, Jay, 2 Greenfinch, 4 unidentified hirundines SW, at least 3 unidentified phylloscopus warblers (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: Knot arrived on lake mid afternoon, Turnstone flew through, 6 Snipe, 4 Common Tern - none bred here this year, 4 Little Grebe - 2 ads + 2 juvs the only pair present this spring, Hobby, Kingfisher (S.Fogg per JW); 32 Lapwing - 2 juvs fledged from the 14 pairs present this spring, 4 Great Black-backed Gull - 2 ads + 2 juvs possibly a family party; NB Little Ringed Plover - 2 pairs attempted to breed without success, Redshank - 2 pairs present this spring one of which hatched 3 young but none fledged (J.Wilczur)
  • Shrewsbury Park, SE18: 5 Swallow through S 07:30 (Tim Rymer).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Common Scoter, a pair on S basin early evening. 4 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 20 Swift. (Franko J Maroevic, Dominic Pia, Ken Purdey)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: still good numbers of swifts, before the rain at least (Quentin Given). And still around at noon despite somewhat inclement conditions.
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Sandpiper, 2 Hobby (through S around 6.30am per Tony Butler), 4 Shoveler, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Common Tern, Little Egret (Chris Farthing)

Tuesday 8th August 2017 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher perched above New River at back of Wood Green Res 0645 (Bob Watts), Common Tern, 3 Grey Wagtail on filter bed 1, 8 House Martin, Little Egret, Pied Wagtail, 30+ Swift 1100-1130 (Bruce Carson)
  • Antill Road E3: 2 adult and 2 juvenile Greenfinches on garden feeders. (Harry Harrison)
  • Brent Cross: 2 Little Egret feeding in river under North Circular flyover 06:00 (Allan Stewart)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Lapwing, Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpiper, 8 Common Sandpiper (Brent Birders)
  • Crayford Marshes: Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, 7 Little Egret, male Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 5 Kestrel, Peregrine with Parakeet prey, Oystercatcher, c20 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3+ Redshank, 12+ Black-tailed Godwit (Aveley Bay), 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 50+ Common Tern, c50 Swift, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2+ Skylark, 4+ Swallow, 5+ House Martin, c10 Meadow Pipit, 30+ Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 15+ Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff, Rook, 30+ Linnet, 100+ Goldfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, Corn Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Forest Hill Station: Osprey Flew over station a 07:55 (BirdGuides)
  • Grovelands Park: 3 Cormorant, 5 Mute Swan pr and three young, 5 Egyptian Goose pr and three juvs, 3 Mandarin Duck, male Pochard, 16 Tufted Duck, eclipse male Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrid, Swift, 4 Barn Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Treecreeper (Robert Callf)
  • KGV Reservoir: 2 Temminck's Stints Feeding & Preening in N Basin near SE corner (quite difficult to pick out due to small size and amount of plants by waters edge) - 2.40pm, 1 Turnstone (C. Causeway), 10+ Common Sandpipers, 2 L R Plovers, 45+ Common Tern (Incl. 8+ Juveniles), 20+ Swift. (Davey Leach).
  • Lamorbey Park: 8 Egyptian Geese, Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, 2 juv Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 3+ Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap singing briefly, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Oxleas Wood: 5 Coal Tit, Garden Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Common Buzzard [pair], 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Swift, 8 Stock Dove, 2 female Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel [3f/m], 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, male Blackcap, Jackdaw, Chiffchaff, 2 Hobby (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Hobby low south-west at 15:12, Swift, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit & 9 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 3 Whimbrel, 6+ Swallow, 1 Blue Tit, 16+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Marsh Harrier, 7 Lapwing, 1 Egyptian Goose, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Carrion Crow, 5+ Linnet, 20+ Goldfinch, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Collared Dove, 1 Curlew, 1 Pheasant, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, Crayford marshes side - 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 20+ House Sparrow, 2 Little Grebe (Jack Headley) Bye the way please check out my blog thekeenbirder.wordpress.com it would be appreciated [Jack Headley]
  • Regent's Park: 23 Swift through 0950, c10 Willow Warbler, 4 Whitethroat (Twitter)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Canada Geese heard am, 2 Peregrine, 3+ Swift, House Martin, 4 Blackcap am (family party), Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Southfields (SW18): Tawny Owl roosting (again) in Leyland Cypress at the bottom of my garden (Martin Honey).
  • South Harrow (Kings Road): Sparrowhawk (Tim Rymer).
  • Southwark Park: 20+ House Martin over the lake, Goldcrest, 2 Egyptian Goose, Stock Dove (John Cadera)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: still good numbers of Swift around this morning. (Quentin Given)

Monday 7th August 2017 Edit

  • Brookmill Park: Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Willow Warbler, 11 House Martin, 29 Common Swift, 7 Chiffchaff, 6 Common Whitethroat, 6 Swallow, 1 Blackcap (CFBWBG)
  • Chiswick Eyot: Common Sandpiper, juv Yellow-legged Gull (Josh Jones).
  • Crayford Marshes (evening visit): Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 4 Kestrel, Oystercatcher, 15+ Lapwing, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit (Aveley Bay), Curlew (Aveley Bay), Whimbrel (Aveley Bay), 10+ Yellow-legged Gull (probably many more but light and distance were problems), c50 Common Tern, 5+ Swift, Green Woodpecker, 6 Pied Wagtail, prob Yellow Wagtail heard, Whitethroat, 5+ Reed Warbler, 2+ Chiffchaff, 6 Linnet, 10 Greenfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Dunbar Wharf, Thames Path, E14: 2 House Martins nest with chicks (Marcin Kempa).
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Swift, Grey Heron (Jack Headley)
  • Gallions Reach: 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Linnet, 3 Common Tern, Shelduck (Simon Worsfold)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: juv Hobby, 3 Treecreeper, Willow Warbler, 6 Greenfinch, late news for last week: Firecrest (Stuart Fisher)
  • Fulham: 2cy Caspian Gull ('G0UT') and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (3cy, 1cy) on R Thames off Lysia St at low tide (Josh Jones).
  • Hyde Park: Goshawk circled low over Rangers Lodge at lunchtime,(mobbed by sparrowhawk providing excellent size and shape comparisons) Dave Jordan
  • Mile End Park: 2 Sand Martin hawking insects, 3 Linnet west (Bob Watts)
  • Oxleas Wood: male Kestrel, 2 Hobby, Sparrowhawk, 2 Coal Tit, Goldcrest, 5 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Stock Dove (Ron Turner)
  • Petts Wood: Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10+ Swallow, 2+ Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest inc 4+ juv, Treecreeper, 2 Greenfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite east at 13:20 - outer primary missing on left wing, Sparrowhawk, 12 Swift through east, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit & 4 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Primrose Hill: 14 Swift drifting SE 05:40-06:20, 2 House Martin S (Twitter)
  • Rainham Marshes to midday: 3 Hobby 1 ad, 2 2cy, 3 Avocet 1 ad, 2 juv, 4 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 52 Black-tailed Godwit including 9 dropping in from the North, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit juv, 2 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, c18 Yellow-legged Gulls, 1 Sandwich Tern downriver, 3 Swallow S, Whinchat on landfill, Bearded Reedlings vocal and showy Dragonfly pool 7+ (Nick Senior)
  • Regent's Park: Swallow S, 10+ Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 6 Whitethroat (Twitter)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Green Sandpiper heard calling 23.10 (second record in a month, 3rd ever), Peregrine, Great Black-backed Gull E, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • St James's Park: Nuthatch. Only a Nuthatch but my first record here despite my almost daily weekday visits for the last number of years (Frank Nugent).
  • Town Park, Enfield: Kingfisher Carr's Basin (Robert Callf)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Common Sandpiper, Peregrine, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Shoveler, Willow Warbler, 3 Little Egret, 5 Common Tern inc. 2 juvenile [didn't breed here], 2 Swift (Chris Farthing)
  • Worcester Park: Northern Wheatear on horsefield, 20 Pied Wagtail, 25 Goldfinch (Bob Smith)

Sunday 6th August 2017 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Wheatear and Whinchat flushed from SW corner of cricket pitch at 11:20 (James Palmer); good spot James, still there at 1215. Thank you (Bruce Carson), also 33 Black-headed Gull, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Sand Martin, 2 Swift, Whitethroat (APOG Birders)
  • Bookham Common: 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, pr Bullfinch, f Brown Hairstreak (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Brent Reservoir: Dunlin, Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 20 Blackcap, 34 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler (Brent Birders)
  • Canons Farm/Banstead Woods: 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Northern Wheatear, 10 House Martin, 63 Common Swift, 1 Little Owl (CFBWBG)
  • Frays Farm Meadows LWT: Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 4 Common Whitethroat, Bullfinch, 3 Sedge Warbler, Green Woodpecker, Little Egret, Nuthatch, Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcap, Kingfisher (Dan Pinkham)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Egret: 2 Common Tern, Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, 8 Reed Warbler (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Hampstead Heath: 40 Swifts feeding over Parliament Hill at 0900, left SE by 0945, Also, lone Swallow flew S and Hobby catching insects and chasing Swifts (Pete Mantle). 25+ Swifts over Royal Free at 2020 (S. Tusa)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Tree Pipit calling over SW part of reserve early am (Matthew Rossor via Herts BC)
  • KGV Reservoir: Hobby, 5 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 20+ Common Sandpiper, 5 House Martin, Cettis Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Goldcrest, Wheatear, Treecreeper (heard) (Neville Smith)
  • Lamorbey Park: Grey Heron, 2 Egyptian Goose, Tufted Duck Black -headed Gull, 2 Stock Dove , 5 Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker (juv) , (Mike Amos).
  • Oxleas Wood: 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Nuthatch, Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Stock Dove (Tim Rymer); also: Common Buzzard, Peregrine, 2 Hobby, male Kestrel, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, pair of Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 15+ Swift, Sparrowhawk (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Kestrel over, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Swift, Swallow south, House Martin south, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stock Dove, Coal Tit & 5 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: juv f Sparrowhawk, 3 juv Kestrel, 3 Swift, Swallow, 4 House Martin [prob local breeders], 3 Chiffchaff, 12+ Willow Warbler [most in Cricket Pen area 31], Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat (Twitter)
  • Richmond Park: Little Egret, Buzzard calling - probably a young bird, 16 Swallow - including 8+ juvs perching on bracken and bushes, 25 Sand Martin, 10 House Martin, female + juv Pied Wagtail - presumably bred in Park, 4 Stonechat - NB 3 pairs and an unmated male held territory and fledged 11 young in three broods, 5 Willow Warbler - together in a flock (J.Wilczur); 4 Pied Wagtail - Pen Ponds (N.Jackman per JW)
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): c30 Gadwall, c50 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe inc fem with 1+ juv on back- 3rd breeding attempt this year, 2+ Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 House Martin, Blackcap, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2+ Reed Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, Jay, Linnet, 3 Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Willow Emerald Damselfly (Ian Stewart)
  • Scadbury Park: Sparrowhawk, c10 Stock Dove, 6+ Swift, 3+ Green Woodpecker, 6+ Swallow, 2 House Martin, Blackcap, Whitethroat, c10 Chiffchaff, juv Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, c30 Goldfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Southmere Lake, Thamesmead: brief visit - 2 Common Terns, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Little Grebe, Coots +young, Mute Swans + 4 young, Grey Wagtail, 2 Pochard (m+f), Grey Heron, 1 teenage boy fly-tipping lorry load of garden waste (Joe Beale)
  • Swiss Cottage: numerous Swifts, high, heading south in small groups of c.5 birds. Regular between 1930-2030 (Ruari Macdonald)
  • Totteridge Valley: male Sparrowhawk, 7 Swallow, male Bullfinch, 7 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff (1 singing), 5 Blackcap (John Colmans)

Saturday 5th August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 70+ Swift, 5+ House Martin, Kingfisher heard Wood Green Res, no sign Pied Fly (APOG Birders)
  • Antill Road E3: Chiffchaff in garden (Harry Harrison)
  • Barking Station: 2 Swallow S (Samuel Levy + Simon Worsfold)
  • Bow Creek: 2 Common Sandpiper, Jersey Tiger (Frank Nugent).
  • Brent Reservoir: Wood Warbler on Woodfield Hedge 09:12, 3 Dunlin, 3 Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 17 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat, 26 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler; also Jersey Tiger (Andrew Self)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Greylag E, 2+ Shelduck, 3+ Little Egret, male Marsh Harrier, 1-2 Sparrowhawk, 3+ Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, 5 Dunlin, c10 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1-2 Whimbrel, c20 Yellow-legged Gull, c30 Common Tern, 10+ Swift, Skylark, 5 Sand Martin, 4+ Swallow, 5+ House Martin, 5 Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Blackcap, c50 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2+ Cetti's Warbler, 10+ Reed Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, Jackdaw, 15+ Linnet, 200+ Goldfinch, 10+ Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, Corn Bunting, Jersey Tiger (Ian Stewart & Kev Jarvis)
  • East India Dock: 1 Shoveler, Jersey Tiger (Frank Nugent).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Egret (Frank Nugent). Sedge Wabler (Reported by visitor to the park)
  • London Wetland Centre: Pochard fem with 3 large young, 2 juv Shelduck, Hobby, 2 juv Kestrel, pr Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Common Sandpiper, 1st summer Caspian Gull orange ring, ad Yellow-legged Gull,1st summer Lesser-black backed Gull with an incredible whimbrel style deformed bill, 2 Swallow W, large Yellow-bellied Slider. (R.Kaye); 1st summer Caspian Gull - the ring of the above bird bore the inscription 'G0UT' (J.Wilczur)
  • North Finchley: c15 Swift S at dusk (John Colmans)
  • Oxleas Wood: Kestrel, 1+ Hobby, 4+ Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Tawny Owl called near the cottage 18.20, 2+ Blackcap, Whitethroat, 4+ Goldcrest, 1+ Nuthatch, Jay, Southern Hawker, 4+ Migrant Hawker (Ian Stewart)
  • Pimlico Gardens 17:40: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls juv/1cy, 4cy - unusually low numbers of large laridae (Nick Senior)
  • Pinner (HA5): Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker - including a juvenile, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 7 Swift & 5 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Plumstead SE18: 18 Swift 08:15 (Tim Rymer).
  • Regent's Park: Common Tern autumn-1st S over zoo 1050, c100 Swift feeding low over playing fields 0945, 5 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat (Twitter)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Avelely bay, 7.45, Turnstone with single Dunlin, 3 Avocet, Whimbrel, Black tailed godwits, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Shelduck, in reserve Hobby, Bearded Tits, and later in morning a well attended Hen Harrier day, well done to everyone and especially the staff (G Gram) 3 Avocet still 16:30, 305+ Starling, 10 Common Tern, 37+ House Martin, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, 43+ Common Swift (others reported nearer 200), 3 Swallow, Kingfisher, 4 Kestrel, f Peregrine, 2 Hobby, 3 Marsh Harrier, 42 Black Tailed Godwit, 4 Green Sandpiper, Chiffchaff, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whimbrel, flock of 10 small waders (2 Ringed Plover, at least 8 Dunlin). (Samuel Levy) Sparrowhawk (female with Goldfinch prey at 10.00) and Buzzard (mobbed by a Kestrel at 11.20) to add to the raptor count (D Fletcher)
  • Richmond Park: ad+ juv Common Tern, 2 Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, 2 Whitethroat, 4 juv Common Lizard, yearling Grass Snake + min 10 Willow Emerald Damselflies (Neil Anderson+ LNHS E+E party)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Moorhen over calling c2am, Willow Warbler in garden c2pm, 4 House Martin W, Grey Wagtail SW patch year-1st, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: As below, the LWT and Waltham Forest Council are applying for an Alcohol/late music license that will cause extensive disruption to birds and wildlife at Walthamstow Res. However, the Waltham Forest licensing team will only consider objections on grounds of public safety/disorder/public nuisance, not environmental ones. Please send your objections on these grounds (+ wildlife ones) by 14th August. Documentation attached here.[2] There is also a template objection letter here for people to use/adapt.[3] Many thanks (Walthamstow Birders).
  • Wanstead Flats: 300-400 Swift east, 20 House Martin, 4 Sand Martin, Swallow, 15+ Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 24 Whitehroat, 2 Goldcrest, Wheatear, 14 Skylark, 2-4 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Reed Bunting, 30 + Greenfinch, Gadwall, 3 Little Grebe (2 young birds), Common Gull, Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Painted Lady, Clouded Yellow (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, 10 Swift, Linnet, Kingfsher, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Brown Argus (Nick Croft/James Heal)
  • Wembley Park: 100+ Swift over at 15:10 (Joe Taylor)

Friday 4th August 2017Edit

  • Putney Common: 1 Kestral sitting on tree fence and then flying around the common (Sam Bittan)
  • Alexandra Park: 1w male Pied Flycatcher still 0715 at least in silver birches SW corner of Pitch n Putt, also 2+ Willow Warbler (Bob Watts). Still present and very showy using low perches at times 0905 (Gareth Richards per Bob Watts). Showing well at 1108 (Bruce Carson) & still present 1730 (per Bob Watts). Kingfisher, Little Egret, House Martin at Wood Green Res (Tony Jakeman)
  • Brentford: 3 Peregrine Falcons over Great West Road (Michael Robinson)
  • Brookmill Park: Blackcap, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bunhill Fields: Whitethroat juv (Nick Senior)
  • Crayford Marshes: Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Egret, male Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 5 Kestrel, 3+ Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 13 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 16+ Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew (Aveley Bay), Whimbrel, Common Gull, c40 Yellow-legged Gull, 60+ Common Tern, 5+ Swift W, 4+ Swallow, 4+ House Martin, 5 Pied Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, Blackcap, 8+ Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, 3+ Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, 4+ Jackdaw, 4 Corn Bunting, Southern Hawker, unidentified hawker sp- probably Brown but just never looked "right", brown tint in wings less obvious as it hunted around reeds. I didn't get a good look at it's eyes (Ian Stewart)
  • Dollis Brook: Little Egret flew up from the brook at the A406 junction with A41. (Samuel Levy)
  • Erith (railway pier behind Morrison's): Little Egret, Grey Heron W, Oystercatcher, c10 Common Tern, Grey Wagtail (Ian Stewart)
  • Joydens and Chalk Woods: Common Buzzard with 1-2 begging juv. 2 Kestrels calling, swooping and locking talons together (not seen this behavior from this species, possibly juvs). Sparrowhawks juv calling from tree thicket. 1 Hobby. Several Barn Swallow families swooping over pastureland (Patrick English)
  • Eastcote (Field End Recreation Ground) 11 Swift 19:15 (Tim Rymer).
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - 9 screaming swift 20:30 (Samuel Levy)
  • Kingston Bridge: 54 Mute Swans (Tony Leppard)
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 34 Common Swift drifting SW over. 1 Kestrel hunting near to M25, 1 Sparrowhawk (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest & 2 juv Shelduck (S.Patel)
  • North Finchley: Hobby S over house at 08.10, also 3 Swifts half an hour later (John Colmans)
  • Pinner (HA5): moulting Sparrowhawk over at 19:55, 7 Swift south, Coal Tit, Green Woodpecker & 2 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Primrose Hill: f/juv Teal (autumn-1st) S toward Regent's Pk L 0650, 7 Swift (incl 2 S 0545), 2 Swallow (autumn-1st) S 0645 - vismig 05:20-07:20 (Twitter)
  • Purfleet: 1 Sanderling, 1 Oystercatcher, 12 Yellow-legged Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Kestrel f w/ juv, juv Little Grebe, pr Great Crested Grebe w/ 3yg, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat (Twitter)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: As below, the LWT and Waltham Forest Council are applying for an Alcohol/late music license that will cause extensive disruption to birds and wildlife at Walthamstow Res. However, the Waltham Forest licensing team will only consider objections on grounds of public safety/disorder/public nuisance, not environmental ones. Please send your objections on these grounds (+ wildlife ones) by 14th August. Documentation attached here.[4] Many thanks (Walthamstow Birders) Why do London Wildlife Trust want to encourage late night drinking here and ruin the peace? Because the council will be the ones making money from corporate events etc.(Michael Mac)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2 Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Common Tern, 3 Common Sandpiper, 8 House Martin, c20 Swift (Chris Farthing)
  • Woolwich Thames : 80+ Cormorant fishing in deep channel (new year high)

Thursday 3rd August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Blackcap, Common Tern, 3 Green Woodpecker (2 adult +juv), 2 Grey Heron, 8 House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat, Pied Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher (silver birches, SW corner Pitch n' Putt 0915 to 0930 at least), Willow Warbler (Bruce Carson) 10+ House Martin, 2 Swift. Wood Green Res 1730 but no sign Pied Fly (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir:Little Ringed Plover,3 Common Sandpiper,Lapwing,Cetti's Warbler (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Crayford Marshes: Teal, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, Kestrel, Hobby, Oystercatcher, 12 Lapwing, 6 Common Sandpiper, Curlew (Aveley Bay), Whimbrel (saltings), c50 Yellow-legged Gull, c70 Common Tern, Swift W, 3+ Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, Whitethroat, 3+ Reed Warbler, c10 Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Crossness: 2 Little Egret, 2 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 6 Shelduck, Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Swift, 20 Sand Martin, 10 House Martin, 5 Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler (Conrad Ellam)
  • Fulham: 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (3cy, 2cy, 2 juvs) on R Thames off Lysia St in evening (Josh Jones)
  • Gallions Reach: Sanderling, 20+ Common Tern (KJM)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Egret, Kingfisher, Sand Martin, (John Bushell)
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Common Swift low sw, 1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull (Neil Batten)
  • Purfleet: 52 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher (Fraser Simpson)
  • Ruxley GPs: 4 Mute Swan, c20 Gadwall, f Pochard, 50+ Tufted Duck, 10+ Swift, 2+ Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 2+ Swallow, c20 House Martin, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup: 2 juv f Sparrowhawks pestered by Crows in Longlands Recreation Ground. (Patrick English)
  • Thornbury Park: Swift 1 - 8-9pm swinging between the parks and the water works in the late evening sunshine. (K Beddow)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: According to the Walthamstow Wetlands website "The story of London Wildlife Trust is one of volunteers, staff, and local people working tirelessly to protect the capital’s special natural spaces from development and mismanagement." Unfortunately, the LWT and Waltham Forest Council are applying for an Alcohol/late music license that will cause extensive disruption to birds and wildlife at Walthamstow Res. However, the Waltham Forest licensing team will only consider objections on grounds of public safety/disorder/public nuisance, not environmental ones. Please send your objections on these grounds (+ wildlife ones) by 14th August. Documentation attached here.[5] Many thanks (Walthamstow Birders) The gentrification of London rolls on. Much the same as Barnes WWT has a zoo licence, birds full of clipped wings & more interest in cash from weddings etc than bird & environment protection. Barn Elms res was a better set up! PLEASE ALL OBJECT, We don't want a repeat situation here!!

Wednesday 2nd August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 21 Black-headed Gulls (16 on filter bed 1), 7 House Martins wood Green Res (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts). 3 Swift hawking in heavy cloud NE, 1830 (Bruce Carson).
  • Armoury Road, Lewisham: 2 House Martin feeding over the Ravensbourne (Conrad Ellam)
  • Clissold Park: 40+ Swifts making slow progress SW at midday, 5 House Martins too (Pete Mantle)
  • Cornmill Meadows: 75 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper (James Palmer)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Egret, 4 Common Tern, Sand Martin, 2 Reed Warbler (John Bushell)
  • Grovelands Park: eclipse drake Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrid (Robert Callf)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 11 Swifts s, 1 Yellow Wagtail S, 2 Barn Swallows, 25 House Martins, 11 Sand Martins, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Reed Warblers, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Lesser Redpolls SW (Nick Senior)
  • Lamorbey Park: 10 Egyptian Geese, Peregrine, 4 Black-headed Gull, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6+ Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Ponders End: Jersey Tiger Moth seen in tree-work yard this morning by Michael Barker (Martin Shepherd); I saw two Jersey tiger moths last Sunday just outside Rainham RSPB Reserve (Terence Baker).
  • Purfleet: 3 Sanderling, 1 Whimbrel, 14 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham Marshes: 1 Little Stint adult, 3 Sanderling, 25+ Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 30+ Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 1 Hobby, 25+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 1 Whinchat (Dante Shepherd)
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): 20 Gadwall, f Pochard, c50 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, Hobby, Water Rail, c20 Swift, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 2 Sand Martin, c20 Swallow, House Martin, Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler, 7+ Reed Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Shrewsbury Park, SE18: 2 Nuthatch, 3 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, Kestrel 07:00 (Tim Rymer).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (S): Hundreds of Swifts feeding over reservoirs and filter beds this morning. (Quentin Given)

Tuesday 1st August 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret flew over cricket scrub from NW at 0705 heading towards Wood Green Res, Sand Martin, 2 Swift, Small Tortoiseshell 1815, also Tufted Ducks females with one young each Boating Lake (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret flew E 07:10 (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes (evening visit): 9 Shelduck, 5 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, 30 Common Sandpiper (19 at Darent mouth, 9 on barrier, 2 flew along creek towards barrier at high tide. I may have missed a couple too), 6 Dunlin, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel flew upriver, 10+ Yellow-legged Gull, Common Tern upriver, 5+ Swift, Green Woodpecker, 5 Sand Martin S, 6+ Swallow, 5+ House Martin, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3+ Reed Warbler, 6+ Jackdaw, 10 Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Creekmouth: 4 Oystercatcher, 8 Common Sandpiper (James Palmer)
  • Eltham Park north: 1+ Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Fryent Country Park: Red Kite, Hobby, Reed Bunting (Joe Taylor)
  • Lambeth Bridge 17.50: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls both juv/1cy upriver (Nick Senior)
  • Leatherhead: 16 Common Swift hawking insects above the station 18:20 (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Peregrine, 2 Little Egret W, 1 Common Tern, 2 Chiffchaff, brood of 10 Gadwall, brood of 3 Pochard, brood of two Little Grebe (WWT Website) 2 large juv Shelduck, from the brood on site? Sadly not- all eight ducklings disappeared shortly after hatching. Actually, the entire family (2 adults & 6 ducklings) disappeared so their fate was not known. Presumably the young were predated, perhaps the adults as well. Either that or the adults just flew away, Common Sandpiper, 2 juv Yellow-legged Gull, Kestrel, Hobby, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Red Kite, Goshawk flew SW 11.45. (R.Kaye)
  • Mitcham Common: all on Mill Hill Hobby low heading west, Lesser Whitethroat, male Reed Bunting 17:30. later on at Croydon end pr Linnet perched, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Whitethroat, 5 Swift, 19:45 Hobby high up (Michael Mac)
  • North Finchley: 5 Swift over house (John Colmans)
  • Oxleas Wood: Pair Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Hobby (RT), 6+ Stock Dove, 3 Swift, 6+ Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, c20 Goldcrest inc several juvs, 10+ Coal Tit, 4+ Nuthatch, 3+ Treecreeper, 2 Jay, 2 Jackdaw over (Ian Stewart, Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, 2 Goldfinch & a single Swift (Jon Ridge)
  • Plumstead SE18: 11 Swift 08:20 (Tim Rymer)
  • Primrose Hill: c15 Swift [incl 3 S 05:25-05:30] (Twitter)
  • Purfleet: 20 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 8 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Oystercatcher, 8 Common Tern, 12 Swift, 1 Harbour Porpoise (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rammey Marsh: Oystercatcher flew over lake (seen and heard from my living room) and headed SWW towards KGV Reservoir, also Garden Warbler still singing (Neville Smith).
  • Regent's Park: m Kestrel in heavy moult, Hobby through 1020, 4 Swift, 4 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat incl local moulting m, Reed Warbler (Twitter)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 5 Common Swift lingering over the Broadway early evening (Neil Batten)
  • Streatham Hill, SW2: 3 Swift circling above junction of Thornton Ave amd Telford Ave, 8.45pm (N. Granger-Taylor)
  • Teddington: Sparrowhawk in Bushy Park, east Woodland Garden at 1230 (Mike Foster)
  • Thornbury Park: Sparrowhawk f, Swift 2 - late afternoon (K Beddow)
  • Tooting Bec Common, north end: 2 Long-Eared Bats feeding c 20ft above green alongside Emmanuel Rd, 9pm (N. Granger-Taylor)
  • West Harrow: Willow Warbler through the garden this morning; also Green Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit (Alex Massey)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 5 Common Tern, Common Sandpiper, 4 House Martin, c40 Swift (Chris Farthing)

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