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Wednesday 31st December 2014 Edit

  • Bexley DA5 (Upper College Farm): pair Stonechats at W end (Ian Stewart)
  • Brent Reservoir: Part frozen 6 Snipe and 1 Jackdaw Northern Marsh (Shailesh Patel); drake Pintail (North Marsh), 400+ Tufted Duck, 3 Water Rail, Grey Wagtail (Roy Beddard).
  • Dartford Heath: Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 30 Redwing, 5 Bullfinch (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ferny Hill Farm, Enfield: 23 Fieldfare (Robert Callf)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Siberian Chiffchaff around 50M east of five arches c11am then showed very well on lake islands c1pm also 6+ Gadwall, 6+ Little Grebe, Little Egret, 2-3 Water Rail, pair Kingfishers although not together, 3 Grey Wagtail, Redwing, Common Chiffchaff, 6+ Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart et al)
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail showing very well next to Bird Bridge this morning (Frank Nugent).
  • Headstone Moat: Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Green Woodpecker, 37 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Coot & Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • High Barnet garden: male Blackcap on feeders, present since mid December (Roy Beddard)
  • Ilford Garden:2 Blackcap - 1m 1f eating left over gingerbread dough! (Barbara Miller).
  • Kingston Bridge: 24 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant (Neil Batten).
  • Ladywell Fields: Little Egret, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, singing Mistle Thrush (Tom Moulton)
  • London Wetland Centre (pm): Highlights - 3 Bittern (2 on Res. Lag. 1 on Main Lake south shore), 3 Pintail 1m 2f , 2 Stonechat 1m 1f , 1m Sparrowhawk (Martin Honey)
  • Mill Hill NW7: m+f Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Steve Blake)
  • New River Path, Barrowell Green, N21: 3 Goosander (2 male 1 red-head) on inaccessible section of New River - site tick (Katy McGilvray)
  • Pinner (Grove Avenue Estate): Little Egret along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 12 Snipe, Little Owl, Little Egret, Kestrel, 7 Meadow Pipit, 25 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Stock Dove, 5 Collared Dove, 24 Jackdaw, Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • QEII Reservoir: Red-necked Grebe still early am (BirdGuides)
  • Rainham RSPB: Siberian Chiffchaff calling northern reedbed (RSPB blog)
  • Sidcup DA15 (Lamorbey Park): Male Shoveler on lower lake early am, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: Firecrest very briefly at dawn (Stuart Fisher)
  • Southgate (Chase Road N14): female Blackcap allotments near ASDA (Robert Callf)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 7 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 2 Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs : 2 Water Rail, 12+ Tree Sparrow, 2 Wigeon. (Steve Blake)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: Corn Bunting, 14 Yellowhammer, 4 Reed Bunting, 5 Fieldfare, c100 Linnet (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: 20 Linnet, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 6 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 300 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 2 Great Crested Grebe still on the Basin, Water Rail old sewage works on Roding, Teal Manor Park allotments in the Aldersbook (Dan Hennessy), 23 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, Water Rail south east corner of the Shoulder of Mutton (possibly up to 5 now on site), Goldcrest, Redwing (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: 2 snipe, shoveler, large flock LTT, 2 green woodpeckers and peregrine falcon. (Susan Huckle)
  • Weybridge: 1 adult Mediterranean Gull low east over The Willows at 0852 (Lee Dingain).
  • Worcester Park: Kingfisher on Beverley Brook, Green Lane(Bob Smith)
  • Yeading Brook meadows: pr Teal, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 57 Common Gull, Little Owl (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)

Tuesday 30th December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Drake Pintail, 4 Snipe, north marsh. 12 Snipe, Water Rail, east marsh. (Steve Blake)
  • Broadwater Lake & R Colne: 8 Goosander 6m & 2f , 2 Goldeneye 1m & 1f , Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pochard, Tufted Duck, 11 Grey Lag Goose, 1 Water Rail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, (Roger Dewey)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chafford Hundred: 4 Waxwing reported Treacle Mine rbt pm (BirdGuides) TQ608799
  • Crossness: Yellow-legged Gull ad, Greenshank ad, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 170 Lapwing, 700+ Dunlin, 31 Wigeon, 85 Shoveler, 126 Gadwall, Rock Pipit, Chiffchaff (John Archer)
  • Dartford Marshes: Goldeneye (wintering bird still present), 7 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Caspian Gull 1w & two 2w (Andrew Lawson via Kent OS)
  • Fairlop Waters: 3 Bullfinch, Kingfisher, Little Owl, Short-eared Owl (Neil Twyford)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Siberian Chiffchaff showing well occasionally on islands in lake till 13.10 at least - best viewed from south side also 11+ Gadwall, 10 Little Grebe, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Water Rails, Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit over, Grey Wagtail, Common Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, Rook over, 3+ Bullfinch (Ian Stewart et al)
  • Forty Hall, Enfield: 9 Shoveler 2 adult male 1 imm male 6 females, male Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Gunpowder Park: Little Owl 08:00hrs , Common Snipe, 2 Peregrine, 8 Fieldfare over, 4 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, pr Stonechat, 3 male Bullfinch, Reed Bunting (Neville Smith).
  • Hampstead Heath: Bullfinch feeding in the Birches around Bird Bridge (Frank Nugent).
  • Lloyd Park (Walthamstow): Water Rail today (via L Hughes/twitter)
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 Bittern (2 on Reservoir Lagoon & 2 on main lake north shore) early pm (R.Kaye,O.Dewhurst)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Mayflower Park: Water rail, Little Egret, 4 Reed Buntings(Bob Smith)
  • Mill Hill NW7: 2 Blackcap m+f . (Steve Blake)
  • Mudchute Farm: 3 singing Song Thrush, 13 Fieldfare over. (Harry Harrison)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Little Owl, 8 Snipe, Kestrel, 5 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 28 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • QEII Reservoir: Red-necked Grebe in NE cnr c1445 - permit only (Dave Harris via Twitter)
  • Rammey Marsh: 3 Teal, Little Egret, Grey Heron in brook. 5 Common Snipe, pr Stonechat, 3 Bullfinch, male Yellowhammer (Neville Smith).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Green Woodpecker yaffling, 3 Fieldfare SW, m Blackcap - 7+ wintering in areas 3/17/22N/42 nr flowering Mahonia (RPBirders)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 2 Water Rail, Peregrine, Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Neville Smith)
  • Staines Reservoir: 5 Black-necked grebe, Green Sandpiper, Great Northern Diver, 2 Grey Wagtail, Peregrine on the KGV1 gantry, Scaup, ( Jim Sweetland ); now 6 Black-necked Grebe, also ad Mediterranean Gull (Surrey BC)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Red Kite drifting N just east of Park 0950 (Nick Tanner via Twitter)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper on High Maynard briefly before flying back to overflow channel; 3 Goosander north to Banbury; 2 Goldeneye on Lockwood, No sign again of Scaup on No 4 or Lockwood but report in the log that it was on Lockwood at 4pm yesterday so still in the area but mobile. (David Bradshaw)
  • Wanstead Flats: 1-3 Common Snipe, 6 Shoveler, 4 Egyptian Goose, 30 Greylag Goose grazing on football pitches in the dark, Meadow Pipit, 10 Linnet, 3 Lesser Redpoll, f Bullfinch, Kestrel, singing Stock Dove (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 365 Gadwall, 5 Wigeon, 21 Shoveler, Siskin (Dan Hennessy). Water Rail, 5 Teal (Manor Park allotments in Aldersbrook), Goldcrest, Bullfinch, Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft)
  • Whitewebbs Wood: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker female 12:12 - 12:21 (Robert Callf)

Monday 29th December 2014 Edit

  • Battersea Park: 2 singing Song Thrush, 20 Shovelor, most Grey Herons at their nests (Michael Mac).
  • Beddington SF: Iceland Gull (2nd winter) on main lake (BFBG via Twitter).
  • Broadwater GP: Siberian Chiffchaff again 1155 (BirdGuides). Brambling and 2 Red Kite (C.Lamsdell)
  • Brookmill Park: Sparrowhawk, Pheasant, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam).
  • Bexley - Upper College Farm - 2 Bullfinch (females) (Ralph and Brenda Todd).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Caspian Gull 1w/2w by pit along Bob Dunn Way (BirdGuides)
  • Dagenham Chase: rh Goosander over slack toward Ingrebourne Valley 1345 (Vince Halley-Frame via Twitter)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 5 Greylag Geese W, 6+ Gadwall, 10 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1-2 Water Rail, Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit over, Grey Wagtail showed to c5 feet, 6+ Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch. Early visit no sign of Siberian Chifchaff. (Ian Stewart); Plus Water Rail and Chiffchaff Water Lane Bridge (Ralph and Brenda Todd); Siberian Chiffchaff still on islands in lake 1330 (BirdGuides)
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Snipe low NW over Parliament Hill at 10:40, 3+ Siskin and 5+ Lesser Redpoll feeding in Alder & Birch at Sanctuary Pond, Kingfisher again at the Mixed Pond and 8 Fieldfare (Frank Nugent).
  • Harmondsworth Moor. Nr Heathrow: female Red-Crested Pochard, Kestrel, 20+ Pochards, 5 Common Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls.(Sue Giddens); red-head Smew (BirdGuides)
  • Lee Valley, Holyfield Hall Farm/Holyfield Lake: 2 Goosander, 45 Wigeon, 22 Egyptian Goose, Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail, Linnet, 10+ Reed Bunting, 3-4 Yellowhammer (Simon Papps)
  • Lee Valley, Hooks Marsh/Seventy Acres Lake: 2 Smew, Goosander, escaped Maned Goose, Water Rail, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Siskin (Simon Papps)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 f/imm Bullfinch (Leyton Flats), Treecreeper, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing, 81 Tufted Duck, c500 Black-headed Gull, Kingfisher, Common Buzzard S at 13:16 (Gilberts Slade) (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Dusk Wildside. red-head Goosander in from N onto Main Lake to roost, 3 Pintail, 5 Mandarin, 26 Greylag, 12 Snipe including birds leaving W at dark,which is a regular pattern,12 Water Rail, 221 Ring necked Parakeet NW to roost, 14 Fieldfare, 7 Cetti's Warbler (R.Kaye); 2 Bittern (WWT website)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 3 Goosander (rare here) m 2rh low over NE arm of lake 1245, 2 Fieldfare N and Robin high N - speculative Hill watch 07:45-09:00 (RPBirders)
  • Rotherhithe: 18 Shoveler Southwark Park, 4 Great Black-backed Gulls by Hilton Hotel, 25 Cormorants Greenland Dock (Richard Bonser)
  • Rainham Marsh: 6 Mute Swan (3 pairs & cygnets), 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (flew in from river to purfleet scrape & back again), 56 Pintail, 2 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 30 Golden Plover, 8 Snipe, 14 Great Black-backed Gull (wennington pool), 1 Rock Pipit (foreshore), Redwing, Fieldfare, 12 Stonechat (6 pairs along trail), 5 Cetti's Warbler (4 singing males along northern boardwalk & 1 by river turnstile), 1 Chiffchaff (calling by Ken Barrett Hide), 4 Jackdaw, 56 species (Tony Kennelly)
  • Ruislip Woods/Lido: 12 Shoveler, Buzzard (LNR), drumming (1st of season) m Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher (LNR), Grey Wagtail, 8 Redwing (LNR) (Neil Anderson)
  • Richmond Park: 1pm Dartford Warbler associating with Stonechat in bracken south west of Pen Ponds Car park (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Sidcup: Lamorbey Park: 2 Mute Swan, 60 Canada Geese, Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Geese, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, 4 Mistle Thrush, 4 Song Thrush, 12 Blackbird, Great Spotted Woodpecker(pair), Nuthatch, House Sparrow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, 20+ Chaffinch , 4-5 Goldcrest (one with crest raised),12+ Robin , Mallard, Black-headed Gull, Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Feral Pigeon, Ring-necked Parakeet, Magpie, 4 Jay. 29 species. (Eric Brown and Peter Graham)
  • Sidcup: Burnt Oak Lane: 6 Redwing on school playing field.(Eric Brown)
  • Swanley Park ; Teal (m), 3 Shoveller (2f 1m) 1 Coot (very unusual here), 10 Redwing. (Andy Meaton)
  • Vauxhall - Keybridge House: f Sparrowhawk mobbed by pair of crows (Michael Mac).
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 4 Lesser Redpoll feeding in birches, 100+ Linnet, 4 Bullfinch 1m 3f, 2+ Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting, 15 Skylark (Robert Callf/Robin White)
  • Waltham Abbey town centre: female Blackcap (Simon Papps)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 4 Goosander, I Green Sandpiper - High Maynard; 26 Fieldfare over Lockwood top field; I Common Sandpiper - No 5; 6 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldeneye. No sign of the Scaup on No 4 at noon or 2pm. (Jonathan Nasir, David Bradshaw)
  • Wanstead Flats: 26 Linnet, 5 Lesser Redpoll, Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, Skylark, Fieldfare, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 9 Shoveler,10 Gadwall, 4 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Grebe, Goldcrest (Nick Croft/Kathy Hartnett)
  • Wanstead Park: 23 Shoveler (Perch Pond), 12 Gadwall, 2 Teal, Water Rail, Redwing, Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft)
  • Wick Wood: Woodcock, 2 Goldcrest. (Harry Harrison)

Sunday 28th December 2014 Edit

  • Amwell GP: 21 Whooper Swan N calling am (Bill Last per Herts BC)
  • Borehamwood: 4 Song Thrush on Haberdasher's sports fields. (Samm Lewis)
  • Brent Reservoir: adult Mediterranean Gull, Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Geese, Little Egret behind dam, Peregrine, 21 Snipe, 4 Bullfinch (Andrew Self), 400+ Tufted Duck, 30+ Pochard, 2 Water Rail, Male Peregrine (Roy Beddard). Male Pintail northern marsh 1430(F.O'Sullivan)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam & Dusty Gedge)
  • Connaught Water: escaped red-head Smew still east side of central island under overhanging branches (BirdGuides) Escaped/touring. Cd you elaborate re origin/tameness? [Was taking bread a couple of days ago ] (Simon Papps)
  • Foots Cray Meadows : Siberian Chiffchaff (SurfBirds per Ian Stewart) With thanks to whoever helped me out! (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 1 Goosander over S 10.30am, 5 Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, Teal, 5 Redshank and 5 Reed Buntings (2m,3f), Kingfisher in the Greenwich Ecology Park (Richard Green)
  • Hampstead Heath: 3 Bullfinch in Birch near Bird Bridge, male Blackcap at Hampstead 2 Pond, 30+ Redwing in Holly at South Meadow, 1 Fieldfare on Pryors Field, 42 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, Kingfisher at Mixed Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • Lewisham: Blackcap female in garden in Smead Way (John Archer)
  • Leyton Orient Way: Reed Warbler still (BirdGuides)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 drake Red-breasted Merganser,1 flew off W at 9:10 from Main Lake &1 flew W 10.00, 2 Mandarin, 87 Wigeon, Bittern, 11 Fieldfare NW (R.Kaye). Curlew heard over main lake 7:30, Jack Snipe (WWT website),
  • Mill Hill NW7: 2 m+f Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeders. (Steve Blake)
  • Rainham RSPB: 3 Bewick's Swans till 07:48 when flew S across Thames (Paul Hawkins) but then 1 ad on Target Pools from 09:15, joined by a second 30 mins later (PH, Dominic Mitchell, John Richardson) - both still there 1600 (BirdGuides) plus 2 Ravens, 5 Marsh Harriers, Common Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 27 Northern Pintail, 50 European Golden Plover, 6 Common Snipe, Kingfisher, 2 European Stonechats, many Fieldfares & Redwings (PH, DMi, JR, Howard Vaughan). and 4 Chiffchaffs behind Ken Barrett Hide 1 of which possibly tristis (JR); f Black Redstart foreshore opp seawall am (BirdGuides)
  • Ranston Cover, Denham: Water Rail, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Grey Wagtail (C.Lamsdell)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 51 Egyptian Goose, m Shelduck area 36 season-1st, 37 Mandarin, 24 Gadwall, 28 Shoveler, 30 Red-crested Pochard, 125 Pochard, 252 Tufted Duck, 21 Grey Heron, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Common Gull, 5 Stock Dove, Jackdaw 1y, 6 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap, 3 Fieldfare, 4 singing Song Thrush, 4 Redwing (RPBirders)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Little Egret low NW 08.34- second this year, 2 Peregrines, Grey Wagtail over, Redwing, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Water Pipits feeding on NE concrete bank of N basin mid am. 1 Scaup drake still on N basin at E end. Also 3 Black-necked Grebe,1 Shelduck, 2 Redshank, 6 Goldeneye , Great Northern Diver still on S basin, Possible Dunlin flew over distantly mid am. (Franko J Maroevic, Ken Purdey, Dave Darrell-Lambert.)
  • Thorpe Park: Bewick's Swan NE 0905 (David Darrell-Lambert via Twitter)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs and Willows Farm: Peregrine, Woodcock, 14 Redpoll (Terry Wood per Herts BC)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs, Lockwood: 5 (4 drake f) Goosander, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Fieldfare, 5 unidentified Swan sp N (possibly Bewick's but in hindsight actually looked too big so more likely Whoopers), 3 Great Black-backed Gull (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: Woodcock (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: still 12 Wigeon on Basin (Tim Harris)

Saturday 27th December 2014 Edit

  • Balham: Red Kite drifting west over Sistova Road (Nick Moll)
  • Borehamwood: 6 Goldfinch on feeders, Goldcrest, 16 Blue tit, 2 Coal tit, 3 Great tit, 2 European Robin (Alan Lewis)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Bewick's Swans flew in 08.30 then off north 08.45, 3 Wigeon, drake Pintail & 3 Green Sandpipers (Andrew Self). 6 Snipe, 1 Little Egret and 1 Sparrowhawk (Shailesh Patel), 11.00 am, 22 Snipe, 4 Water Rail (Roy Beddard).
  • Broadwater Lake: Siberian Chiffchaff still around sailing club (BirdGuides)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Gallions Reach: Red-Breasted Merganser male, 48 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Dunlin, 3 Curlew, Brambling. (Gary A James & Paul Davis).
  • Hackney, N1: Male Blackcap in garden in De Beauvoir (but distinct lack of other birds including our usual Goldfinches in last few weeks) (Michael Rank)
  • Hampstead Heath: Snipe, 2 Teal, Dabchick, Kingfisher (Dave Porritt)
  • Farnborough: 1 Peregrine (Dave de Silva)
  • Ickenham Marsh : Buzzard, 15 Teal, 2 Little Egret, 8 Rook, 11 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare, 3 Bullfinch ( G Westley )
  • Iver Heath: Blackcap (C. Lamsdell)
  • Leyton Orient Way: its still there Reed Warbler, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker (Stuart Fisher).
  • London Wetland Centre: 14 Shelduck 8 Main Lake + 6 flew NW, 5 Mandarin, 80 Wigeon, 3 Snipe, 66 Lapwing, Dunlin, Chiffchaff (R.Kaye); Stonechat, 2 Peregrine and 2 Sparrowhawk (Angus Innes);
  • Morden Hall Park; Firecrests (possibly 4) mixed in with Long Tailed Tits in trees close to the River Wandle along pathway passing the two small arched stone bridges (on your left) Sry not familiar with area. Firecrest has been confirmed by a bird expert from photos I took. (Hazel Rothwell)
  • Rainham RSPB: 3 Bewick's Swan on Aveley Marshes late aft (BirdGuides)
  • Richmond Park: female Goldeneye, 2 Shelduck, 80 Gadwall, 26 Wigeon, 5 Shoveler - Pen Ponds (J.Wilczur). Woodcock (H.Bradshaw). Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard (P. Burrowes-Smith). 7 Stonechat (HB & JW)
  • Ruislip Lido: Dunlin (Kevin Duncan) - Thanks (JR).
  • Stocker's Lake: 15 Goldeneye 2m 13f, Great Black-backed Gull (Geoff Lapworth via Herts BC)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood: (presumed by me) Northern Long-Tailed Tit & Firecrest still present but only poor views of the former when I was there, with the Long-tailed tit flock tending to keeping fairly high in the trees. Both were seen in the area about 50 yards in front of the disused tunnel entrance. (Phil Rhodes)
  • Tower of London: At least a dozen House Sparrows on small lawn by Christmas tree at SW corner being fed at cafe by tourists. An uncommon sight nowadays in Central London but very welcome. (Geoff Crabtree)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: ad m Scaup still on No 4 Res 1415 (BirdGuides)
  • Wanstead Flats: Lapwing, Common Buzzard, 31 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 2 Teal, 4 Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe, 17 Linnet, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy/Tony Brown)
  • Wanstead Park: 263 + Gadwall, 12 + Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 10 + Pochard, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Kestrel, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Goldcrest, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Grey Heron (Nick Croft)
  • Wapping ornamental canal opposite Tobacco Dock, London E1W: female kingfisher joined at 11.07 AM male kingfisher seen over the last few weeks. Female flew east after two minutes (Mark Baynes).

Friday 26th December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: drake Pintail, 22 Snipe, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls over & a Fieldfare (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Peregrine, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Blackcap m, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Connaught Water: red-head Smew (BirdGuides) escaped per Simon Papps
  • Cornmill Gardens: Kingfisher (Tom Moulton)
  • Epping (Stonards Hill area): m Blackcap in garden, pr Bullfinch, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrest (Stuart Fisher)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: probable Siberian Chiffchaff on islands in lake but mobile- gave a few short, straight calls & this is a seriously light bird looks a classic but I have no experience of sibes so would welcome second opinions, 8+ Gadwall, 8+ Little Grebe, Little Egret, Water Rail, Grey Wagtail, pair Stonechat Riverside Road fields at top of embankment, 10+ Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, 6+ Jay, 2 female Reed Bunting in same area as Stonechats (Ian Stewart)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: f Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret (Surrey BC)
  • KGV Reservoir: Red-breasted Goose with orange ring on left leg feeding on mosses/grasses on concrete bank north basin north west corner at 09.45 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Leyton, Orient Way: Reed Warbler, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker. Jubilee Park: 42+ Linnet, Snipe, 20+ Great Black backed Gulls South, 3-4 Meadow Pipit, Sparrowhawk (Stuart Fisher). Chiffchaff & Goldcrest (Paul Whiteman)
  • Little Britain Lake, Cowley: 1 Little Grebe, 4 Herons at nests!, 1 Shoveler, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Common Gull among B-h Gulls (1/2 hr visit) (Roger Dewey)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern (just north of the Headley Hide), 1 Stonechat, 2 Siskin(NW), 40 Chaffinch (mostly W/NW), 19 Goldfinch (Adam Salmon).
  • Sidcup DA15 (Lamorbey Park): 2 Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe, Peregrine, 2 Tawny Owls calling 07.30, Kingfisher, Song Thrush singing, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, 4+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue):Cormorant high NE, 2 Grey Herons low N 1 flew back S & seemed to be looking for a garden pond, 2 Peregrines, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls over, 2-3 Stock Dove E, Fieldfare S with Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest showing well, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: Water Pipit 1, Little Egret 1, Kingfisher 1, Stonechat 2 (Martin Twycross)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Green Sandpiper, kingfisher, Little Egret, 3 Redpoll, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 2 Common Snipe, 11 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 8 Blackbird, Goldcrest, Reed Bunting m, 3 Meadow Pipit, Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron (P Kite)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood: Northern Long-tailed Tit & Firecrest still, 11am. No useable photos yet difficult today due to boxing day foot traffic.(Andrew Birks)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: pr Teal, Little Egret, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 3/4 Kestrel, 54 Lapwing, 11 Snipe, 5 Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail, 4 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Bullfinch (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Grey Wagtail, fem Reed Bunting, 8 Fieldfare, 34 Redwing, 2 Rook, 6 Teal, Kestrel (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 3 Goosander 2m 1f - were only seen for several minutes before flying off at 09:08 hrs, 2 drake Teal on the lower lake, 5 Mandarin 3m 2f, 4 Pochard 3m 1f, 3f Tufted Duck, 5 Nuthatch (Pete Lowman/Robert Callf)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: Corn Bunting, 21 Yellowhammer, 5+ Reed Bunting, 21 Skylark, 100+ Linnet, 10 SongThrush incl one singing (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: 41 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Grebe, Kestrel, 5+ Great Black-backed Gull through, 3-4 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Fieldfare, 2 singing Mistle Thrush, singing Stock Dove, 6 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, no sign of any Meadow Pipit or Linnet (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy)
  • Wanstead Park: 418 Gadwall (total for park & flats 459 a new record), 16-17 Wigeon (Basin - record count), 5 Teal, 21 Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Bullfinch (Old Sewage Works) (Dan Hennessy)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 4 Lapwing yr-1st, Snipe, c3000 Ring-necked Parakeet, poss Waxwing S over prison, Fieldfare, 2 Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting (via Twitter)
  • Wraysbury GP: Goosander, Cetti's Warbler (C.Lamsdell)

Thursday 25th December 2014 Edit

  • Barking Bay: 1 Water Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, Pr. Stonechat. (Davey Leach)
  • Brent Reservoir: 28 Snipe, Redwing & Bullfinch (Andrew Self)
  • Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery: Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Ring Knecked Parakeet, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Wren, 5/6 Gold Finch, 2 Gold Crest. (Phil Laurie)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Burgess Park: 4 Shoveler, 6 Pochard and c.30 Egyptian Geese (Richard Bonser)
  • Kidbrooke Village: Little Egret & 6 Song Thrush in Sutcliffe Park, 11 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting in Castor Park, Kingfisher by Casterbridge Road Pond (Conrad Ellam)
  • Leyton, Orient Way:Reed Warbler, m Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Jubilee Park: 18 Linnet (Stuart Fisher). 2 Goldcrests, m Blackcap off Marsh Ln. (Paul Whiteman)
  • Danson Park - drake Teal, 5 Egyptian geese, 2 Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest (Ralph and Brenda Todd)
  • Northolt + Greenford CP: 2 f Shoveler, 7 Snipe on scrape + Kingfisher by canal bridge (Neil Anderson)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 12 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 5 Redwing, 13 Jackdaw, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker & 4 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Putney SW15: Wigeon heard overhead at 17.00 perhaps flying between Richmond Park & London Wetland Centre (J.Wilczur)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 3 Grey Heron in heronry, 2m Sparrowhawk, pr Stock Dove display-flight & 'subsong', 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker incl 3 drumming, 7 Goldcrest, 4 Coal Tit, m Blackcap; also tatty but active Red Admiral (RPBirders)
  • River Wandle, Croydon Wandle Park to Wilderness Island: 2-3 Kingfishers along the river, one catching a fish so large it took 5 minutes to swallow; Egyptian Goose and drake Teal in Grange Park (Alan Pearson)
  • Sidcup DA15 (Lamorbey Park): 2 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 32 Canada Geese, Greylag x Canada Goose, 2 Little Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Redwing, 6+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Snipe, Kingfisher, 28 Song Thrush, 8 Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Little Egret, m Reed Bunting, 2 Redpoll. (P Kite)
  • Tooting Bec Common: Little Owl (Nick Moll)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Pr Stonechat on Glendish Marsh, 20 Linnets, 7 Greenfinches, 2 Grey Wagtails, Kestrel.(Quentin Given). At least 8 Chiffchaff (Stuart Fisher)
  • Trent Park:20 Fieldfare, Nuthatch, 3 Tufted Duck (ffm), 2 Pochard (mm), Common Gull. (Pete Lowman)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: pr Stonechat (North marsh), 12 Song Thrush (10 together in paddocks), Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, Reed Bunting (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Nuthatch, Blackcap in garden (Dan Hennessy)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Snipe yr-1st, Stock Dove, Redwing, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting (via Twitter)

Wednesday 24th December 2014 Edit

  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 32 Redshank, Common Sandpiper (Dave20 Fieldfare, Timms).
  • Brayside Farm, Enfield: Brent Goose juv/1st-winter with 36 Canada Goose (viewed from Flash Lane) (Phil Rhodes/Bob Husband/Robert Callf)
  • Broadwater Lake, Harefield: Siberian Chiffchaff with Chiffchaffs on the River Colne behind the yacht club at the north end of the pit ( John Edwards). Found by LGRE earlier.
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher, singing Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Burgess Park: drake Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 35 Egyptian Geese (Richard Bonser)
  • Greenwich Park: m Kestrel, 3 Fieldfares west, Redwings (Joe Beale)
  • Hall Marsh Scrape, Lea Valley: 1 Stonechat (m) (Sean Huggins)
  • Holyfield Lake, Lea Valley: 1 Peregrine, 1 Pintail (m) (Sean Huggins)
  • Hooks Marsh Lake, Lea Valley: 2 Smew (1m 1red-head), 1 Goosander (m) (Sean Huggins)
  • Islington, Foxham Gardens N19: male Blackcap with 20 House Sparrows. (Alastair Rae)
  • Kensington Gardens: Longwater- 2 pr Great crested Grebe, 8 Shoveler, 13 Pochard, 10 Red-crested Pochard. Also Tawny Owl, Nuthatch (Neil Anderson)
  • Leyton Orient Way: Reed Warbler, m Stonechat, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 3 Song Thrush. No sign of Whitethroat. Jubilee Park: c1100 Ring necked Parakeet over, 15 Linnet, Chiffchaff, 2 Meadow Pipit. Kingfisher in Dagenham Brook near tip (Stuart Fisher)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Snipe, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Fieldfare, 77 Redwing, 43 Jackdaw, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Stock Dove, 8 Grey Heron & Coal Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Raven, 3 Marsh Harrier, Closed 25th, 26th (Twitter) 1st winter Brent Goose, 20+ Pintail, 200+ Dunlin, 20+ Snipe, 3 Curlew, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1300 Lapwing, 50+ Golden Plover, Water Rail, 2 Kingfisher, m Peregrine Falcon, 4 Stonechat, 6 singing Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2-3 Rock Pipit (Nick Croft/RSPB)
  • Sidcup DA15 (Lamorbey Park): 2 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Geese, Kingfisher, 2+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Pied Wagtail, male Blackcap in garden (Ian Stewart)
  • Swanley Park ; Teal (m), Shoveller (f), Cormorant, 280 Black headed Gulls, 23 Common Gulls, 1 Lesser Black Back, 1 Herring Gull, Redwing, (Andy Meaton)
  • Tottenham Marsh: Peregrine, 3 Goldcrest, 20 Linnet (James Palmer)
  • Trent Park: 2 Goldfinch, Green Woodpecker , c30 Siskin in active flock south side of Lower Lake, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Tufted Duck (ff), 2 Pochard (mm). ( Pete Lowman).
  • Whitton, Crane Park: 7 Mandarin Ducks(4M, 3F), Kingfisher (Tony Leppard)

Tuesday 23rd December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 25 Snipe, 3 Water Rail (2 seen 1 heard), Peregrine Falcon. (Steve Blake)
  • Brayside Farm, Enfield: Brent Goose juvenile with 38 Canada Goose (viewable from Flash Lane) (Robert Callf)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher, Song Thrush, Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Danson Park: Ring-necked Parakeets have now established an overnight roost site in what was previously the largest known pre-departure-to-roost location in Bexley (winter 2012/13 fly-out max 255, 2013/14 max 479). About 940 birds in two tall Poplars & a couple of smaller trees. (Chris Rose).
  • East India Dock Basin: Cormorant - the Estonian-ringed bird on the pier, 13 Shelduck, 17 Tufted Duck, c250 Teal (John Archer)
  • Ickenham Marsh: Teal, Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 30 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, 2 Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting (Nigel Dodd)
  • Leyton traffic island: m Stonechat, Reed Warbler, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, 2 Wren (G Howie)
  • North Finchley: Sparrowhawk over house this am (John Colmans)
  • Pinner (Cannon Lane): Little Egret along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
  • Staines Moor: 2+ Water Pipit, Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 10 Redwing (James Hudson)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Snow Bunting (NE corner), Great Northern Diver (S basin), 2 Goldeneye (N basin) (James Hudson)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood: located possible Northern Long-Tailed Tit 10.30-11.30 several times & easy to pick out with all white head. Under parts whiter than other birds in flock tho still with pink wash. Wing colours as per accompanying birds. Have never seen ssp caudatus before and as per below this bird does not give the frosty appearance seen in many photos - still a good candidate though & the Advance Bird Guide has variations that would seem to cover this bird - any other takers? (Steve Woolfenden)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher busy at the eastern end of the Lake this morning, Sparrowhawk over and drake Ruddy Duck in situ, 1 Common Gull and 2 Great Black-backed Gull (one at each end of the Lake) this afternoon (Frank Nugent).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 4 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, 1st-w Great Black-backed Gull, Grey Wagtail, f Reed Bunting (TeRNS)
  • Wanstead Flats: 4-7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 7 Skylark, 17 Linnet, m Reed Bunting, 3 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 10 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe (Jub), 8 Gadwall over park, 2 Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Woodcock at dusk flew over R Roding on to golf course, 2 Little Grebe, 69 Gadwall (Perch & Heronry), 4 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)
  • Westminster: Peregrine perched on Westminster Abbey mid-morning (Andrew Self)

Monday 22nd December 2014 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Lapwing the only record of the year (Henry Wyn-Jones per Bob Watts)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher, singing Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • East India Dock Basin: Cormorant - the Estonian-ringed bird on the pier, 16 Shelduck, 12 Tufted Duck, 47 Teal (John Archer)
  • Harrow School Fields: 15+ Linnet, 8 Stock Dove, 8 Mistle Thrush, 1 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare (Michael Robinson)
  • Leyton famous traffic island reed warbler common whitethroat (possibly 2 ) both skulking stonechat grey wagtail brown rats ( Brian Dawton)
  • Mill Hill NW7: 3 Blackcap. 2m 1f on feeder. (Steve Blake)
  • Snaresbrook: Tawny Owl calling at Gilberts Slade at c6:30am (Stuart Fisher)
  • St James's Park: 3rd-winter Great Black-backed Gull (Andrew Self)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Snow Bunting still (Birdguides)
  • Sydenham Hill Woods: Northern Long-tailed Tit with tit flock by the tunnel mouth 1125 & 1315. Very mobile & kept to the higher branches but the head appeared to be completely white (Conrad Ellam)
  • Trent Park: 5 Mandarin Duck 3m 2f, 2 male Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck 2m 4f, 2 Goldcrest, 2 female Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: Kestrel, 25 Skyark, 4+ Redwing, 30+ Linnet, 28 Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting (Robert Callf)
  • Walton-on-Thames: ad Mediterranean Gull Walton Bridge (Surrey BC)
  • Wanstead Park: 8 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 339 Gadwall, 19 Shoveler, 17 Pochard, 31 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe (Dan Hennessy).

Sunday 21st December 2014 Edit

  • Beddington: 2 Bearded Tit, Jack Snipe (Surrey website)
  • Borehamwood: bullfinch, coal tit, goldfinch flock, (Alan Lewis)
  • Brent Reservoir: drake Pintail north marsh, 32 Snipe (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Song Thrush, Redwing, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: Rock Pipit, 2 Yellow-legged Gull ad , near-ad, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, 12 Shoveler (John Archer).
  • Enfield (Enfield Road EN2): male Blackcap in garden (Robin White per RM Callf)
  • Gallions Reach: Iceland Gull 2nd win, Yellow-legged Gull 3rd win, Black-tailed Godwit. 35 Lapwing, 120 Redshank. (Gary A James & Paul Davis).
  • Gobions Wood: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker east end (per Herts BC)
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail showing well right next to Bird Bridge at 08:30, Kingfisher at Hampstead 2 Pond, 3 Redwing feeding in trees at Vale of Health, 19 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 6 Common Gull (Frank Nugent).
  • Holmethorpe SPs: Little Egret brook north of Mercers Farm, Cetti's Warbler Spynes overflow pool, but no Smew on Mercers Lake (Ian Kehl & Gordon Hay per HSP blog)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, Peregrine, 8 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 2 Redpoll (WWT website)
  • Northwood Golf Course: Little Egret resident on the 12th fairway (Richard Francis).
  • River Thames, Belvedere: Yellow-legged Gull near-ad, also the Spotted Redshank seen roosting on the Stone Barges on the Rainham side of the river (John Archer)
  • Staines Moor: 1+ Water Pipit, 7 Stonechats, 23+ Snipe, 2+ Kestrels, 3 Buzzards (Samuel Perfect)
  • Staines Reservoirs: North Basin: Snow Bunting, drake Scaup, Green Sandpiper South Basin: Great Northern Diver, 2 Egyptian Geese also 4 Black-necked Grebe (2 N Basin 2 S Basin) (Samuel Perfect)
  • Streatham Common: Little Owl - seen regularly this month close to Streatham Common South. (Peter Newmark)
  • Sydenham Hill Woods: Northern Long-tailed Tit, possible ssp caudatus still present this morning although only briefly during two hours of searching; near waymarker 2 (see earlier directions to woods). Clearly a distinctive white-headed bird although perhaps not as frosty as classic east coast sightings. But on brief views difficult not to conclude it is a caudatus. Interesting to see if others get better views in days ahead, Also Firecrest at waymarker 3. (Martin Birch)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, c18 Snipe, 42 Lapwing flushed by Buzzard, 9 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Reed Bunting 7 Linnet, Bullfinch (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 7 Teal, 3 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, singing Song Thrush (John Colmans)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: drake Scaup on No4 (possible to see from Ferry Lane too), 4 (2f 2m) Goosander on High Maynard, 3 Goldeneye on Lockwood (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats, Fairground/SSSI: 2 Egyptian Goose, Common Snipe, 2 Green Woodpecker, 8 Skylark, Mistle Thrush in full song, 6 Linnet (Tim Harris). Red Kite (Gary Hewett). A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker has been reported in a garden between the flats & the park - the year's only record (obs ?)
  • Waterworks NR: Sparrowhawk, Weasel. Redwing. (S Huckle)
  • Chertsey Meads: Woodcock (David Combes)

Saturday 20th December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Drake Pintail, 30 Common Snipe, 5 Egyptian Goose, Redwing (Roy Beddard, Steve Blake, Andrew Verrall)
  • Bushy Park (Woodland Gardens): Kingfisher (Bill Dykes).
  • Connaught Water Epping Forest: Drake Pintail on Connaught Water (Ben Green)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: No sign of any Chiffchaffs, 5 Gadwall, 6+ Little Grebe, Little Egret, Water Rail, 2 Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Hampstead Heath: Peregrine tried to take prey at Highgate 1 Pond at 08:30 then away S, 6 Lesser Redpoll, Parliament Hill 6-8 Redwing feeding in trees in South Meadow (Frank Nugent).
  • Kew Gardens: 5 Gadwall, Buzzard in woods upsetting local crows/parakeets (Neil Anderson/K. Bull/R. Knight)
  • Leyton Orient Way: Reed Warbler, m Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 9 Fieldfare, 3 Siskin W (WWT website)
  • Osterley Park: 08.23 Little Egret flew in over Heston probably landed somewhere on the lakes. Also 1 Buzzard (K.Fisher)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 2 Cormorant NE, Sparrowhawk, Redwing, female Blackcap, 2 Jackdaw over (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoir: Snow Bunting (NE corner), Scaup, Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-necked Grebe (Twitter)
  • Staines Moor: 7 Common Snipe, Little Egret, 2 Grey Wagtails, Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Skylarks, Grey Heron, Stonechat, Redwing, Fieldfare, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipits.(Sue Giddens)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Marsh Harrier, 9 Turnstone, 50+ Dunlin, 30 Redshank, Rock Pipit (Andrew Self, John Cadera)
  • Sydenham Hill Woods: Firecrest by the disused railway track (post number 6), Redwing, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, several Long-tailed Tits about but no sign of the white-headed bird (Conrad Ellam) I visited the wood at about 2.30pm & re-found the "white headed bird", from the Crescent Wood Road entrance take the right hand path and it was in the clearing below the steps roughly the same place as yesterday. Good views, maybe not a totally pure white head but definitely white and clearly defined with a black collar I managed two photos both with its back to me! I am hoping that someone else sees it soon. (Andrew Birks)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: drake Scaup still on number 4 with Tufted Duck (Stuart Fisher)
  • Walton-on-Thames: ad Mediterranean Gull coming to bread c100m west of Walton Bridge (Dave Harris via Twitter)
  • Wanstead Park: 7 Wigeon (Basin), 10 Teal (Ornamental Waters), 24 Shoveler, 315 Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Nuthatch, Kingfisher (Dan Hennessy).
  • Woolwich, by Tesco: Grey Wagtail over, Goldfinches feeding on Plane seeds, Robin singing in tiny derelict site (Joe Beale).

Friday 19th December 2014 Edit

  • Broomfield Park, Palmers Green, N13: 14 Shoveler 9m 5f (Robert Callf)
  • East India Dock Basin: Cormorant - the Estonian-ringed bird again on the pier, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Little Egret, 5 Shelduck, 6 Tufted Duck, 250+ Teal (John Archer)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Possible Siberian Chiffchaff on island at SW end of lake- grey above,very light below, hint of buff on upper flanks, black legs but unfortunately NO calls, 5 Gadwall, 7+ Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 12+ Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 6 Jay, Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Leyton Traffic Island: Reed Warbler, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail and Song Thrush (Ken Murray).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Pintail, 6 Mandarin, 2 Peregrine on grazing marsh (WWT website)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Sparrowhawk over, chased S by both Peregrine Falcons, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 2 Redwing (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: Black Redstart in front of Datchet Water Sailing Club among boats - permit only (BirdGuides)
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 Ruff, Raven, Water Pipit Aveley Bay (RSPB blog)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher again at the eastern end of the Lake this morning (Frank Nugent).
  • Shooters Hill: Common Buzzard w 1.15 pm (Conrad Ellam)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine flew east carrying its rose-ringed -and still living- breakfast 8am (Ian Stewart)
  • Sydenham Hill Woods: 2 Firecrest, near the folly; 1 Northern Long-tailed Tit, with other Long-tailed Tits & mixed tit flock. Completely white head, normal otherwise.(Andrew Birks) There are often the odd birds of the race rosaceus with white heads seen in Britain rather then the pure snowball heads of the race caudatus which is the Northern L.T.Tit, would be great if this is one! but a photo may be required as intergrades can be a problem - let's hope it's the real deal - well done. I am not 100% on this I posted this sighting in the hope that someone else could find it and give a second opinion. I did get some photos on my phone but they are pretty bad. However I have seem them before and I am sticking with it!(Andrew Birks)
  • Worcester Park Green Lane: Little Egret on flood plain (Bob Smith)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Drake Scaup on No 4 (Neil Verlander & Penny Walker)
  • Woodlands Farm: Firecrest, Goldcrest, Coal Tit in Clothworkers Woods, 2 Redwing in Turnpike Field (Conrad Ellam)

Thursday 18th December 2014 Edit

  • Brookmill Park: Male Mandarin, Kingfisher, 2 Mistle Thrush over, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Ladywell Fields: Little egret (Ray Bishop)
  • Leyton Traffic Island: ad Reed Warbler still (BirdGuides)
  • Orient Way, E10: Reed Warbler, m Stonechat, Grey Wagtail (Paul Whiteman)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine, 7+ Redwing, Long Tailed Tits (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: 4 Water Pipit along R Colne 1500 (BirdGuides)
  • Staines Reservoir: Snow Bunting still (picture on Surrey website) (Birdguides)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Snipe, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 2 Mute Swans, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Grebe, 3 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush. (Peter Charles, Ian Stewart) Little Egret, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 71 Common Gull, 23 Pied Wagtail (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Res: Drake Scaup still on No 4, drake Goosander on West Warwick till 2.40pm when flew west, adult Mediterranean Gull on Lockwood, 7 Goldeneye, 7 Teal, Common Sand High Maynard, 4 Grey Wagtails, male & female Stonechat West Warwick, Kingfisher (Sean Huggins)

Wednesday 17th December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Drake Pintail, 27 Common Snipe, 2 Water Rail. (Steve Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Danson Park: 7-9 Egyptian Geese, 3 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Mistle Thrush (Ian Stewart)
  • East India Dock Basin: 6 Shelduck, 185 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck (John Archer)
  • Ladywell Fields: Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch, 2 Song Thrush (one singing), singing Mistle Thrush, 2 singing Wren, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Green Woodpecker (Tom Moulton, Sue Gore)
  • Leyton Traffic Island: Reed Warbler. Scrub favoured by Stone chat and Common White throats has been chopped down (JW Davies) They do this every year at this time presumably its the council (SF) Hi is the Whitethroat still around? Hopefully this milder air can allow some insects to venture out?! No Whitethroat, or Stonechat, seen this afternoon. A Whitethroat was seen on Monday. Flew into the scrub for a while, and then to the corner of the allotments next to Bywaters' entrance (JWD) In 2012 the Whitethroat left the island once scrub was cleared the next one I saw in Sidmouth Park leyton in January 2013 during the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch (SF) I wonder if itss the same bird?
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, Pintail, 81 Wigeon, Peregrine (Little Owl heard 5:15pm on 16th) (WWT website); Bittern still on north side of main lake (BirdGuides)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2m Blackcap, 2 Redwing, Green Woodpecker, 1f Great Spotted Woodpecker (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Roding Valley Park & surrounding scrubland: Kingfisher, Kestrel, Fieldfare, Redwing, Grey Heron, Song Thrush, Jay, 2 Snipe, 2 Goldfinches (Alan Hobson).
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Shelduck and m Pintail Gadwall_hide, 3 Bullfinch on trail (RSPB blog)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Pied Wagtail, 10 Redwing, female Blackcap on fat balls in garden, Goldcrest showing very well, Jay, 2 Jackdaw N (Ian Stewart)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: male Tawny Owl singing from 05:50 (Stuart Fisher)
  • St James's Park: Drake Ruddy Duck and Kingfisher perched above him at 1410 busily plunging into the Lake (eastern end) & preening thereafter (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Reservoir. Snow Bunting still present on NE bank of North basin ( Same place as Jim S. saw it yesterday) (John Edwards)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Green Sandpiper flying over calling, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 6 Jackdaw, 2 Meadow Pipit over (Jon Ridge).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest heard Sanctuary Wood (Bob Watts)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: Corn Bunting, 12+ Yellowhammer, 6+ Reed Bunting, 30+ Linnet (Robert Callf/Robin White)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: M Scaup still present at 9am - NW corner of Reservoir 4 with group of tufties.(Quentin Given)

Tuesday 16th December 2014 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Tawny Owls heard calling & one briefly seen in flight between Conservation Pond and Area 0700 (Bob Watts)
  • Battersea New Cemetery, Lower Morden: Little Owl (Bob Smith)
  • Broadwater lake, Harefield. Along the River Colne here 23 Chiffchaff ( 2 poss. 'abietinus'), 9 Water Rail, 5 Grey Wagtail and 2 Cetti's Warbler. Nine Chiffchaffs were at the north end of the pit & the rest spread out along the west side and all were along the river bank. (John Edwards)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam)
  • Forty Hall, Enfield: 2 Goosander male & female on fishing lake near Turkey Brook, 6 Shoveler 2m 4f on pond near Hall, also adult Black-headed Gull with white darvic E4UN (Robert Callf)
  • Harrow (Brook Drive); pair of Coal Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • Headstone Moat: Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: Firecrest, Goldcrest, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Fieldfare over, singing Coal Tit (Stuart Fisher)
  • Leyton Traffic Island: Stonechat, Grey Wagtail and Reed Warbler (Ken Murray)
  • Mill Hill NW7: Blackcap. (Steve Blake)
  • Oakwood Park: Buzzard (James Palmer)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 25 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 2 Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 4 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 13 Jackdaw, Jay, 2 Stock Dove & 3 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Ridgeway Enfield: near St. Johns school 2 red kites (Brian Dawton)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher very busy at the eastern end of the Lake this afternoon resplendent in the sunshine (Frank Nugent).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk dived unsuccessfully into garden, Peregrine, Grey Wagtail, 3-4 Redwing, female Blackcap in garden, Goldcrest, 4+ Long Tailed Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: Dartford Warbler in bushes at the southern end of the moor (Tony Leppard). 7 Stonechat, 2 Little Egret, Water Pipit, Buzzard, Blackcap (female), and Jack Snipe (C.Lamsdell)
  • Staines Reservoir: 5 Black-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver south basin, Scaup, Snow Bunting north basin Stanwell side by the bend between 11 & 11.25 (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Water Rail, adult Mediterranean Gull (TeRNS)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Kingfisher f, Little Egret, 8 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Sandpiper, 4 Chiffchaff, f Blackcap, Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan. (P Kite)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood LWT: 2 Firecrest (Steven Robinson)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 9 Fieldfare, 37 Redwing, Meadow Pipit, 2 Kestrel, 8 Teal (John Colmans)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Drake Scaup still on No.4 at 3pm. 4 Goldeneye on Lockwood (Adam Winstanley). 4 Goldeneye on No5, 6 Shelduck (Stuart Fisher). Scaup on Lockwood between 10 am & noon before returning to No 4. (David Bradshaw)
  • Wanstead Flats: 18 Shoveler, 9 Pochard, 47 Gadwall, 2 Egypian Goose, Little Grebe, 7 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 199 Gadwall (excluding basin), 22 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 4 Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe, 8+ Stock Dove, 2 Goldcrest, 2+ Siskin, 2+ Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch, Sparrowhawk, 5 Grey Heron (Nick Croft)

Monday 15th December 2014 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Tawny Owl heard adjacent to Wood Green Res 0700 (Bob Watts). 6M, 2-3F Shovelers on boating lake island 1120 (Greg Smith)
  • Brockley & Ladywell Cemetery: Blackcap f (Conrad Ellam)
  • Brookmill Park: Pheasant f, Peregrine, Kingfisher,Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam)
  • Deptford Creek: 2 peregrines chasing & calling low over Greenwich High Street. (T.B)
  • Hale End, IG8: Tawny Owl calling on Brookfield Path at 07.25 (C.Wright)
  • Islington Green, N1: 5 Fieldfare east at 10:00 (T Harris)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 Firecrest, 16 Gadwall, Sparrowhawk, 65+ Woodpigeon heading S including a pale leucistic bird, 2 singing Coal Tit, 7 Redwing, Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher). Where exactly have the Firecrest been spotted? Had a look for the past two days to no avail... (Dawn Painter) Dawn, grid ref TQ397889, at NW edge of public car park in Court grounds in laurel hedge of nearby often on other side of fence in Leyton Flats too [Stuart] Thanks Stuart
  • Leyton Traffic Island TQ376861: Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Water Rail, Stonechat and Grey Wagtail (Ken Murray) Could you tell me where this is please? cheers Dawn Painter Hi Dawn, TQ376861, just north of Ruckholt Road at junction of Orient Way Stuart
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley: 6 Grey Herons on nests, Little Egret, 3 Shovelers, 2 Egyptian Geese, Redwing, Jay, 2 Rooks, Great Crested Grebe, Lesser Black Backed Gull. (Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern (s. side main lake viewed from Peacock in reeds to left of WWF hide), 102 Teal, Pintail, c200 Woodpigeon (S), 425 Black-headed Gull, 2 Stonechat (WWT website) also 3 Red Crested Pochard (2m 1f), 8+ Snipe (Nick S)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 4 Greenfinch, 4 Redwing, Green Woodpecker (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Bittern fr Ashby Hide (BirdGuides)
  • Sidcup: Haddon Grove/Hollyoak Wood Park: Grey Wagtail on river, Gt. Spotted Woodpecker. All the bramble and scrub at this site has been removed up to a distance of 30 feet from the path, thus depriving small birds of vital winter shelter. (Eric Brown)
  • Sidcup: Lamorbey Park: 2 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Wren, 10+ Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush, Jay, 3 Cormorant, 2 Egyptian Geese, 36 Canada Geese, one with white face orange bill & pale belly managing to look like bits of Greylag Canada and Barnacle. Hybrid ? (Eric Brown)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 18 Song Thrush, 8 Mistle Thrush, 11 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackbird, Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Mute Swan, Little Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker. (P Kite)
  • Trent Park: 2 male Eurasian Teal upper lake, Grey Wagtail, 5 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 18 Goldfinch, 3 female Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest again Sanctuary Wood 1240 with small tit flock also 2+ Goldcrest (Bob Watts)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs and Willows Farm: 26 Skylark, c30 Linnet, c30 Chaffinch, 2 Sparrowhawk, Water Rail, Snipe, 3 Wigeon, Chiffchaff, 10+ Tree Sparrow. (Steve Blake)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: Corn Bunting, 14+ Yellowhammer, 12 Reed Bunting, 24 Skylark, 23 Linnet, 2 Kestrel, 11 Goldfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Drake Scaup still on no.4 reservoir, in n/w corner quite close to shore; also Little Grebe, pr of Pochards, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Common Gull (Alan Hobson).

Sunday 14th December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: drake Pintail north marsh, 24 Snipe, 242 Teal, 430+ Tufted Duck, Little Egret, Chiffchaff behind dam. 2 Fieldfares (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard)
  • Brayside Farm, Enfield: Brent Goose juvenile grazing in field with Canada Geese (viewable from Flash Lane) TQ31959890 (James Palmer)
  • Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries (SE4): 6 Greenfinch, 4+ Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Wren. (Phil Laurie)
  • Brookmill Park: Cormorant, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cheshunt GPs: 9 Goosander, Bittern, Chiffchaff (Steve Kiln per Herts BC)
  • Crossness: 1st-winter Caspian Gull off the golf centre late morning; also Greenshank and Common Sandpiper at the outfall, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, c.250 Dunlin, 2 Peregrines, 23 Wigeon, 5 Meadow Pipits and Chiffchaff (John Archer & Richard Bonser).
  • Forty Hall, Enfield: I had a glimpse of a large brown bird with a white tail in the fields on the other side of Turkey Brook from the cycle path At the time I thought it looked like a Buzzard but I dismissed the idea because of the white tail subsequently it occurred to me that it might have been a species of which I have no prior experience i.e. it was a probable Rough-legged Buzzard (James Palmer); Rough-legs have a terminal tail-band either diffuse grey [juv] or distinct black [ad] & look longer-winged & longer-tailed
  • Leyton traffic island, Ruckholt Road: Reed Warbler still present & showing well; also Grey Wagtail and male Stonechat (David Bradnum)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, 3 Pintail, 65 Wigeon, 5 Snipe, 5 Fieldfare (WWT website)
  • Margravine Cemetery: (monthly count): 3 Redwing, pr Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Sparrowhawk (escorted out by Crows), Mistle Thrush, 20 Blackbird (numbers finally picking up), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Nathalie Mahieu, Ruth Savery).
  • M11 Chigwell section, Common Buzzard perched in tree (Barbara Miller)
  • Panshanger Park: Water Rail Osprey_Lake, Cetti's Warbler (Allan Burrows per Herts BC)
  • Pinner (Grove Avenue Estate): Nuthatch along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: male Common Buzzard mobbed by 15 corvids, Snipe, 15 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 3 Fieldfare, 26 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 16 Jackdaw, 2 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: Siberian Chiffchaff in 'Enclosed Bay' at west end of river wall 0930 (BirdGuides)
  • South Harrow: Red Kite flying SW (Michael Robinson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 26 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 18 Herring Gull, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, m & f Reed Bunting (TeRNS)
  • Swanley Park: 3 Shoveller (1m 2f) Teal (m) (Andy Meaton)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 12 Teal, Pheasant heard, Little Egret, Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawk (2 briefly having skirmish over wood), 3 Kestrel, c48 Lapwing flew in at 8.00 before departing 90 minutes later, 7 Snipe, Skylark over, Meadow Pipit, 11 Redwing, Fieldfare, 2 Rook, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Walthamstow ares: Drake Scaup (pics on Blog) No. 4. 2 Common Sandpiper No.5. (Paul Whiteman found by Pete Lambert)
  • Wanstead Park: 334 Gadwall, 9 Wigeon (3 Ornamental Waters, 6 Basin), 11 Teal (Ornamental Waters), 17 Shoveler, 2 Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher (Dan Hennessy)
  • Whitewebbs Park: at least 38 Mandarin (James Palmer)

Saturday 13th December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: drake Pintail, Stonechat on Neasden Rec, Little Egret over & Chiffchaff (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall, Roy Beddard & Leo Batten)
  • Brickendon: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and 17 Lesser Redpoll in private woodland (Allan Meadows via Herts BC)
  • Broadwater GP: 3 Goosander, 6 Egyptian Geese and Little Egret (C.Lamsdell)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: Rock Pipit, Yellow-legged Gull ad, Greenshank ad, 2 Curlew, 10 Shoveler, 34 Wigeon, Chiffchaff (John Archer).
  • Fishers Green: Bittern from watchpoint am (BirdGuides)
  • Greenford UB6 : pr Blackcap + Goldcrest in our garden, 16 Redwing low over (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Grovelands Park Southgate: Male Goosander on open water of the lake and escaped [how do you know?], female Smew at narrow wooded end of lake for 2nd year (Noel Hall)
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail from Bird Bridge, 25 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 32 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 5 Common Gull (Frank Nugent).
  • Leyton, Jubilee Park/Orient Way: probable Merlin flew over park then dived towards Hackney Marsh at dawn, only got silhouette overhead, but small size & characteristic shape obvious, 2 Fieldfare, Chiffchaff, 16 Linnet, 900+ Ring-necked Parakeet, Also at traffic island at Ruckholt Rd: Reed Warbler, m Stonechat, Water Rail showing well, Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher, plus Carey Bergman et al)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bearded Tit h am, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Bittern, 7 Fieldfare(S), 5 Water Rail (WWT website) 1m 1f Stonechat, 1f peregrine low over grazing marsh, 6 Common Snipe, 7 Mandarin, 2 Reed Bunting, lots of Water Rail and Cetti's Warblers calling at dusk, 1f Sparrowhawk (Martin Honey)
  • North Ockenden: Rough-legged Buzzard over Cely Woods at 13:30 (Birdguides) Landed near road 13:40 (Ben Green)
  • Old Paddington Cemetry: Jay (Matt Reed)
  • Otford: 3 Little Egret S along R Darenth, Buzzard, Blackcap, 2 Stonechat Otford south fields, Grey Wagtail (Mathew Bournat via Kent OS)
  • Pinner (Rayners Lane): Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Stone Barges & foreshore just east of there 1 - 2 Ravens, Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Dunlin, 20 Snipe, around 56 Lapwings, 3 Reed Buntings, 4 Skylarks, 2 Goldfinches, 2 Grey Herons, Great Black-backed Gull, over a dozen Lesser Black-backed Gulls, around 10 Common Gulls, 4 Pied Wagtails, 16 Teal, 4 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 30 + Redshank (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Jackdaw, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, Redwing, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail (RPBirders)
  • Ruislip Lido/woods: 9 Shoveler, 4 Little Egret (2 Lido 2 stream in golf course), Kingfisher (golf course), 2 Grey Wagtail (lido + golf course), 11 Redwing (LNR), 2m 1f Bullfinch feeding in Hazel (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Staines Moor: Short-eared Owl, Dartford Warbler, 2 Water Pipits, 6 Snipe, 4 Stonechat,100+ Redwings, 200+ Fieldfare, Little Egret, Kingfisher,3 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, 5 Skylarks, Green Woodpecker, 4 Gadwall, Reed Bunting, 2 Kestrels, Grey Heron. (Sue Giddens)
  • Staines Reservoir: Snow Bunting feeding on N.bank causeway till 1400 at least (Surrey Twitter)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 26 Golden Plover, Water Rail, 2 Kingfisher, 18 Tree Sparrow, Red Kite. (Steve Blake)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: Corn Bunting, 16 Yellowhammer, 10 Reed Bunting, 100+ Linnet, 33 Skylark, Grey Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit (Robert Callf/Bob Husband/Robin White)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs:. Lockwood. Fem. Goldeneye, Grey Wagtail. (Quentin GIven)
  • Wanstead Park: 368 Gadwall (411 for Wanstead today), 7 Wigeon, Teal, 2 Kingfisher, Water Rail, 15 Redwing (Dan Hennessy).

Friday 12th December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 19 Common Snipe, 2 Water Rail (Andrew Haynes).
  • East India Dock Basin: 10 Shelduck, 14 Tufted Duck, c80 Teal, 1 Little Grebe (John Archer)
  • Brayside Farm, Enfield: Brent Goose juvenile grazing in field with 38 Canada Goose (viewable from Flash Lane) TQ31959890 still present until 13:40 at least (Robert Callf)
  • Ewell Village: Little Egret again at Lower Mill am. The bird was standing close up to the downstairs windows & appeared to be hoping for some food (Neil Batten).
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 9 Gadwall, c14 Tufted Duck, 10+ Little Grebe, Common Buzzard soaring over Chalk Wood, Sparrowhawk caught Song Thrush within 15 feet of where I was standing but let it go when I moved- I didnt see if the Thrush survived, 2-3 Water Rail heard, 3 Mistle Thrush, 4+ Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 6+ Jay, 1-2 Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Lee Valley, Seventy Acres Lake: Bittern, Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 100+ Greylag Goose, 15+ Shoveler, 80+ Lapwing, Water Rail, 12+ Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet, Bullfinch (Simon Papps)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Firecrest, 2 Nuthatch (Gilbert Slade), 10 Lesser Redpoll (Stuart Fisher)
  • Leyton Traffic Island: Reed Warbler, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat and Water Rail (Ken Murray)
  • Little Britain. Iver/Cowley: 3 Grey Herons standing on nests making claim to them, 2 Egyptian Geese, 4 Shoveler, Great Crested Grebe. (Sue Giddens)
  • Limehouse Cut (at Commercial Road): Kingfisher (John Ball).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 3 Redwing (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher (at the eastern end of the Lake) and Sparrowhawk this afternoon (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Moor: 3+ Woodcock, 1 Common Snipe this evening (Lee Dingain) - pic here
  • Whitewebbs Wood: Little Egret fishing along Cuffley Brook near Flash Lane Aqueduct, 41 Redwing over (Robert Callf)

Thursday 11th December 2014 Edit

  • Bushy Park: Treecreeper, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 10 Red-crested Pochard (tame), several Mandarin (tame) (Michael Rank/RSPB Central London Group)
  • Cornmill Gardens: Kingfisher (Tom Moulton)
  • Ewell Village: Little Egret at the Lower Mill 14:00 to dusk. 4 Herring Gull west (Neil Batten)
  • Lee Valley, Holyfield Hall Farm: 4+ Yellowhammer along with mixed flock of mainly Chaffinch & Reed Bunting in amongst wild bird seed crop. (Mike Oakland)
  • Kingston Town Centre: Peregrine (prob. male) stalking relatively low over buildings. (James Dee)
  • Lee Valley, Hooks Marsh: drake Smew showing well below Hooks Marsh bridge. (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Seventy Acres Lake: Peregrine, Water Rail from Watchpoint. (Mike Oakland)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 88 Teal, 60 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat (WWT website)
  • Petts Wood: Kingfisher along stream near railway, several Redwings, 6+ Goldcrest, probable Firecrest but very elusive, 5+ Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 6+ Jay, 50+ Jackdaw, 4+ Rook & large tit flocks of 50+ birds (Ian Stewart)
  • Rainham Marshes: Raven out on Aveley Marsh (Twitter)
  • St James's Park: drake Ruddy Duck (Andrew Self)
  • Scadbury Park: 4+ Redwing, 4+ Goldcrest, 3+ Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Siskin, Bullfinch or 2 (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine, Pied Wagtail, c15 Redwing S, 2 Jackdaw S (Ian Stewart)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: c230 Common Gull, c30 Rook, 6 Teal, 3 Fieldfare, Redwing, Kestrel, male Bullfinch (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 2 Lesser Redpoll feeding in birch by lower lake (Robert Callf)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 26 Skylark, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 70+ Linnet, 8+ Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: 7 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 21 Linnet, 3 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe (Jubilee pond), Redwing (Nick Croft)
  • Wapping Canal: Kingfisher still by Tobacco Dock (John Archer)

Wednesday 10th December 2014 Edit

  • Bow Creek: 21 Redshank, Common Sandpiper (James Palmer)
  • Brent Reservoir: 410+ Tufted Duck, 30+ Pochard, drake Pintail (12 noon East Marsh) first for year at site, 21 Snipe (Roy Beddard).
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Kingfisher, 310 Teal, 6 Shelduck, 11 tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail (John Archer); also 6 Grey Heron flew over together (James Palmer)
  • Ewell Village: Little Egret at the Lower Mill early am. Also 1 Kingfisher (Neil Batten)
  • Forest Gate: Common Snipe past my window a house tick (Nick Croft)
  • Gallions Reach: Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Water Rail, 8 Lapwing, Curlew, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush, Linnet (James Palmer)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 Firecrest together at roost site, 7 Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 38 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 2 Great crested Grebe, 2 Green Woodpecker (Stuart Fisher)
  • Leyton Traffic Island, Ruckholt Rd: Reed Warbler, Water Rail, m Stonechat, Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Pintail, 43 Wigeon, 2 Stonechat, 6 Redpoll (WWT website) 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Common Snipe, 1 Reed Bunting, c. 50 Cormorant (Martin Honey)
  • Pinner Park Farm: (five minute visit) - 51 Jackdaw & 2 Jay (Jon Ridge).
  • River Roding, Woodford Bridge: Kestrel, perched & showing very well (Alan Hobson).
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher at the eastern end of the Lake again this morning. Also Peregrine soaring over the Park at 14:35 and a Great Black-backed Gull out in the middle of the Lake (Frank Nugent).
  • Sidcup DA15 (Lamorbey Park): c40 Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 male Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Peregrine, Redwing, 8+Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Dartford Warbler, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 5 Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 8 Stonechat, 6 Meadow Pipit, 200+ mixed flock of Redwing & Fieldfare at dusk (Keith Kerr).
  • Swanley Park : 2 Shoveler, Teal (m), Pheasant(f) site first (Andy Meaton)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest showing very well Sanctuary Wood 1240, also Chiffchaff & Goldcrest in mixed tit flock Monument Glade (Bob Watts)
  • Wanstead Park basin: 7 Wigeon (J Lethbridge)

Tuesday 9th December 2014 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Fieldfare, Redwing 0745 (Bob Watts)
  • Antill Road E3: pair Blackcap in back garden, Sparrowhawk over. (Harry Harrison)
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Sparrowhawk female, 339 teal, 11 Shelduck, 13 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe (John Archer)
  • Ewell: Little Egret again at the Lower Mill, perched on roof at rear of building. Also 1 Kingfisher, 2 Wren singing & displaying (Neil Batten)
  • Finchley Road NW3: pair of Grey Wagtails over Finchley Road tube station 13:50 (Alex Massey)
  • Finsbury Park: Mistle Thrush singing (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail Bird Bridge/Viaduct Bridge, 1 Teal Sanctuary Pond and, in just two trees above the Bird Bridge, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nutchatch, Treecreeper and Goldcrest. (MBS)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: red-head Smew Mercer's Lake western end 1030 (BirdGuides)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 Firecrest one in NW of court near end of laurel hedge 1 in Ivy covered trees E of Eagle Pond , Fieldfare, 22 Goldfinch, 30+ Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 9 Redwing, 2 Great crested Grebe (Stuart Fisher)
  • Leyton Traffic Island, Ruckholt Rd: Water Rail, Song Thrush, Common Whitethroat, and Reed Warbler (Ken Murray)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Redpoll (W), 31 Redwing(W), 4 Water Rail, 4 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat, 500+ Wood Pigeon flying W all morning (Adam Salmon).
  • Osterley Park: 5 Cormorant, 2 Egyptian Goose, Goldcrest, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 32+ Jackdaw, 3 Jay, Little Grebe, 3 Mandarin, 4 Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, 2 Pied Wagtail, Redwing, 7+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 17 Shoveler, 2 Teal (Richard Woolley).
  • Pinner (Village Way): Little Egret along the Yeading Brook (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: 2 Bullfinch heard west side of Pond Plantation (M.Lewis)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: m Pintail, 2 Red Kite (RSPB blog)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher very busy at the eastern end of the Lake this morning (Frank Nugent).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine active in area- seen once in long dive, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 10+ Redwing E, pair Blackcaps in garden - different female to yesterday (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Great Northern Diver (BirdGuides)
  • Stocker's Lake: 6 Goldeneye, pr Stonechat, 3 Siskin (Herts BC)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 2 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, Kingfisher, 2 Mute Swans, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush (P Kite)
  • Wanstead Flats: 20 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 21 Grey-lag Goose, Little Grebe, 3 Skylark, 2 Redwing, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Water Rail, 90+ Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, Little Grebe, Goldcrest, 30+ Redwing, Kingfisher (Nick Croft), 209 Gadwall and 5 Wigeon on Basin (Dan Hennessy)
  • West Harrow: male Sparrowhawk in garden (Alex Massey)

Monday 8th December 2014 Edit

  • Beckton Sewage Treatment Works: Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Crested Grebe (off EA barrier), Kingfisher (flew W along river wall), 4 Meadow Pipit, 11 Shoveler, + several hundred Teal across site (Peter Beckenham).
  • Connaught Water: m Goosander, red-head Smew (Richard Cope per ELB Forum)
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Sparrowhawk female, 1 Little Grebe, 11 Shelduck, 318 Teal, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Wagtail (John Archer)
  • Ewell Village: Little Egret at the Lower Mill am. (Neil Batten)
  • Footscray Meadows: Kingfisher, Little Egret, Water Rail, 6 Chiffchaffs, Grey Wagtail, 11 Little Grebe, 4 Gadwall, 2 Common Buzzard (P Kite)
  • Hampstead Heath. First Ham Pond: 30 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, Pair Wigeon. (Green Grandad)
  • Headstone Moat: Kingfisher (Jon Ridge).
  • Holmethorpe SPs: red-head Smew Mercer's Lake NW edge 1600 (Neil Randon per HSP website)
  • Leyton Traffic Island, Ruckholt Rd: Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Water Rail, (Ken Murray)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 Firecrest, 2 Egyptian Geese, 5 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall, 2 Great crested Grebe, 2 Coal Tit, c5 Redwing, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Goldcrest, 10 Goldfinch (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck scrape, 3 Fieldfare W, 5 Siskin W (WWT website)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Little Owl, Kestrel, 3 Snipe, 3 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 31 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher showing well from 14:35 at the eastern end of the Lake (Frank Nugent).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 5 Canada Geese NE, Sparrowhawk unsuccessfully went after Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeder, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, c30 Fieldfare S, 2 Redwing 1S 1E, 3 Blackcap 2-3 male &1 female in garden, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 7 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe, Common Snipe, Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, c15 Goldfinch (TeRNS)
  • Tottenham Marshes pm: pr Stonechat, Goldcrest, Green Sandpiper in relief channel (Stuart Fisher)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest showing very well Sanctuary Wood 1230, 2+ Redwing (Bob Watts)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: Common Snipe, 10+ Skylark, 70+ Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 18 Yellowhammer, 11 Reed Bunting (Robert Callf/Robin White)
  • Walthamstow E17: Male Blackcap (private garden). (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wanstead Park: Nuthatch and female Bullfinch in OSW (Tim Harris)
  • West Thurrock Marshes: Jack Snipe, 22 Avocet, Yellow-legged Gull, Water Pipit (David Darrell-Lambert via Twitter)
  • Willowmead nr Hertford: Goshawk N toward Panshanger 0930 (Barrie Stockwell via Herts BC)

Sunday 7th December 2014 Edit

  • Beech Farm GP nr St Albans: Woodcock, 2 Stonechat (S Chalmers via Herts BC)
  • Brent Reservoir: 51 Mute Swan, 88 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Wigeon, 61 Gadwall, 52 Mallard, 21 Shoveler, 203 Teal, 425 Tufted Duck, 30 Pochard, 14 Little Grebe, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 872 Coot, 64 Moorhen, 2 Water Rail, 1 Green Sandpiper, 29 Snipe (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard)
  • Burgess Park: Mediterranean Gull adult again on the lake at 1.30pm - present for its 7th winter; also 24 Egyptian Geese (Richard Bonser)
  • Canada Water: 56 Tufted Ducks (Richard Bonser).
  • Chelsea Wharf: 20 Teal, 4 Gadwall. (Matt Reed).
  • Cheshunt GPs: red-head Smew Bowyers Water, Bittern - exact water not specified (Graham White per Herts BC)
  • Eastcote (Field End Road): Grey Wagtail on roof-tops (Jon Ridge).
  • Grovelands Park: Smew tame female (suspect origin), 8 Shoveler 4m 4f (Robert Callf)
  • Hampstead Heath: 3 female Bullfinch in Springett's Wood, Water Rail right next to Bird Bridge at noon, Grey Wagtail over, 2 Wigeon (m & f), 2 Shoveler , 32 Gadwall at Hampstead 1 Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Goldeneye, 2 Black-necked Grebe (Tony Blake via Herts BC)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: no sign of Smew, Little Egret Moors, Woodcock flushed nr new hedge S of Spynes bulrush pool, Chiffchaff (Ian Kehl & Gordon Hay via HSP blog)
  • Ladywell Fields: Kingfisher (Tom Moulton)
  • Leyton Jubilee Park: Siskin, Chiffchaff, Orient Way: Water Rail, Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, m Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, several Brown Rats, Moorhen (Stuart Fisher/Carey Bergman)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, Pintail, 6 Mandarin, 60 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat (WWT website)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 6 Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Mercedes-Benz World (Weybridge): ringtail Hen Harrier drifted over heading SW being mobbed by gulls at 3.05 p.m. (Simon West)
  • Southwark Park: 6 Shovelers and female Pochard (Richard Bonser).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 18 Teal, 2 Pheasant, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 10 Lapwing, 11 Snipe, 3 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail heard, 2 Stonechat, 46 Redwing SW, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Rook, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Bullfinch (Neil Anderson/G. Westley); 1 Buzzard mobbed by 3 Crows, 2 Meadow Pipit (Dan Pinkham)
  • Tottenham Marsh: Pr Stonechats still present but no sign last Sunday's SEO (quentin Given)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Red Kite N at 10.05 escorted by Crows, 42 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, Treecreeper, drake Mandarin, 7 Teal, c40 Goldfinch (John Colmans)
  • Wanstead Flats: WeBS count 33 Moorhen, 107 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 7 Pochard, 23 Tufted Duck, 68 Mallard, 43 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose, 10 Greylag Goose, 210+ Canada Goose, 4 Mute Swan, 600+ Commn Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1-2 Snipe, 2 Little Egret over, 3 Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, 8 Skylark, 28-32 Linnet, 3 Goldcrest, Kestrel, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Water Rail (Bob and Lindsay Vaughan); WeBS count: 23 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag Goose, 53 Canada Goose, 338 Gadwall (combined total of 378 a new record for the wider patch), 2 Teal, 85 Mallard, 19 Shoveler, 27 Pochard, 40 Tufted Duck, 8 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 42 Moorhen, 176 Coot, 278 Black-headed Gull (Tim Harris et al)
  • Waterworks NR: 30 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, Little egret and grey wagtail in flood relief channel, pochard, tufted duck. (S Huckle)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: c60 Woodpigeon NE, 2 Collared Dove over, c6 Fieldfare, c6 Redwing, c8 Meadow Pipit, 1+ Siskin h over, c2 Reed Bunting (Twitter)

Saturday 6th December 2014 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: c.50 Jackdaw NE at 8:50 (Gareth Richards)
  • Brent Reservoir: 432 Tufted Duck, 25 Pochard, 12+ Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Water Rail, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff (Roy Beddard,)
  • Broadwater Lake, Harefield. 11 Chiffchaff along R. Colne at the north end of the lake. Also 3 Grey Wagtail along the river and 44 Wigeon and 500 Coot on the lake.( John Edwards),
  • Cranford Park: 2 Little Egrets, 2 Little Grebes, Common Snipe, Kingfisher, 9 Meadow Pipits, Goldcrest, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, 3 Goldfinch, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush,Green Woodpecker, 2 Dunnocks, Red Admiral basking in the sun(Sue Giddens)
  • Ealing (W13): Male Blackcap trapped & ringed in garden - a different bird to yesterday's (Bill Haines).
  • Ewell: 249 Black Headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 20 Herring Gull, 54 Mallard (Neil Batten)
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail showing well 14:30-15:00 from Viaduct Bridge where also 4 Redwing feeding in a Holly, 27 Gadwall (Hampstead 1 Pond), 4 Shoveler, 7 Common Gull, Reed Bunting and 15 Fieldfare NW over Parliament Hill (Frank Nugent).
  • Fairlop waters: Short-eared Owl (Neil Twyford)
  • Kilburn/W Hampstead: Little Egret flying from Kilburn 11.37 across about Mill Lane bridge heading NW garden tick (Andrew Verrall).
  • Lavender Hill Cemetery, Enfield: 4 female Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Leyton, Jubilee Park: Snipe, Chiffchaff. Orient Way: Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Water Rail, m Stonechat, Grey Wagtail in traffic island N of Ruckholt Road around Dagenham Brook which is obviously a few degrees warmer than outside air temperature (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern N shore main lake, 4 Common Snipe, 2 Stonechat 1m 1f , 2 Pintail 1m 1f , 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Water Rail (Martin Honey)
  • Mayflower Park: Water Rail (Bob Smith)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 7 Egyptian Geese, 6 Snipe, Kestrel, Fieldfare (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Little Owl, Little Egret, 5 Snipe, Kestrel, 5 Meadow Pipit, Skylark over, Grey Wagtail, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Stock Dove, 11 Jackdaw, 10 Herring Gull, Grey Heron, Goldcrest (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: Great White Egret S, ad Caspian Gull (via ELBF)
  • Richmond Park: Pen Ponds - Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, 60 Wigeon, 70 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 3 Teal, Water Rail heard, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard, Kingfisher, 70 Woodpigeon N, 45 Redwing over, 2 Stonechat (J.Wilczur)
  • Sidcup DA15 (Lamorbey Park): 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Peregrines, 1-2 Grey Wagtail, 6+ Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 2 Cormorant NE, Sparrowhawk caught Goldfinch in garden, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Redwing S, male Blackcap briefly (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Great Northern Diver, 5 Black-necked Grebes, drake Scaup (Twitter)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Kingfisher, Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 2 Sparrowhawk (P Kite).
  • Swanley Park: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Cormorant, 2 Shoveller, 5 Teal (4m 1f), Grey wagtail, Sparrowhawk (Andy Meaton)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 2+ Bearded Tits heard on west marsh, 10 Avocet, 150 Dunlin, 110 Redshank, 6 Knot, 6 Turnstone, 3 Shelduck, Wigeon, 100 Teal, 45 Shoveler, 4 Rock Pipit (Andrew Self)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood (LNR): Firecrest (Dave Timms).
  • Thames (Putney- Barnes Bridge): part of WeBS; 391 Mallard, 245 Teal, 34 Tufted Duck, Grey Wagtail (Neil Anderson)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: c300 Lapwing, Little Egret, 2 Wigeon, 2 Water Rail, Snipe, Chiffchaff, 10 Tree sparrow, 7 Yellowhammer, 3 Bullfinch. (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: East Warwick - 1 Rock Pipit (Mike Messenger); Lockwood - 3 Goldeneye, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 drake Goosander on water & 5 south; West Warwick - 1 Goldeneye, 3 Stonechat (David Bradshaw & Mike Messenger)
  • Wanstead Park: 239 Gadwall, 7 Wigeon (all waters counted) (Dan Hennessy). f Bullfinch in garden nr Bush Wood (Lindsay Vaughan). The Basin: 6 Egyptian Geese, 191 Gadwall, 17 Pochard (Tim Harris). Heronry: 7 Little Grebe. Also, 83 Jackdaw, 334 Carrion Crow, 24 Magpie into dusk corvid roost (partial count only) (Nick Croft, T Harris). Water Rail, 2 Goldcrest, Teal, 2 Egyptian Goose (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Flats: 45 Gadwall (Dan Hennessy). Jack Snipe (Angel pond), Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 5+ Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 8 Skylark, 13 Linnet, 6 Pochard, Shoveler, Little Grebe, Kestrel (Wanstead Birders)
  • West Drayton: (near Heathrow)female Blackcap in garden (Sue Giddens).

Friday 5th December 2014 Edit

  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ealing (W13): Male Blackcap trapped & ringed in garden (Bill Haines)
  • East India Dock Basin: 12 Shelduck, 246 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck (John Archer)
  • Ewell Village: Little Egret again at the Lower Mill mid-morning, also 1 Grey Wagtail (Neil Batten)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 4 Gadwall, 20 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 8+ Goldcrest, Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Lee Valley (Cornmill Meadows): 2 Snipe, 7 Lapwing, 33 Teal, 27 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, Kingfisher, 3 Redpoll (WWT website)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Teal (female type), 7 Snipe, 18 Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Chaffinch, 2 Jay, 4 Jackdaw, 9 Herring Gull, 2 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Saw Pit Plantation 12.45 to 13.30 at least (Nigel Jackman)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: Oystercatcher heard calling overhead at 06.35 (Stuart Fisher)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher at the eastern end of the Lake this morning (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Reservoirs: Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-necked Grebes, ad Mediterranean Gull over Stanwell (Twitter)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 29 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 16 Common Gull, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail (TeRNS)
  • Swanley Park: pair Shoveler (Andy Meaton)
  • Wanstead Park: The Basin 183 Gadwall, 5 Wigeon (Dan Hennessy)

Thursday 4th December 2014 Edit

  • Banstead Woods: Woodcock flushed The Scrub (Ian Ward via CFBW blog)
  • Borehamwood: 18 Monk Parakeet - residual colony (Lee G R Evans via Herts BC)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cornmill Gardens: 2 Kingfisher, Pied Wagtail (Tom Moulton)
  • Cowley, Uxbridge: Tawny Owl "singing" at 21.00hrs. probably in wooded area of Cowley Business Park. (Roger Dewey)
  • Eastcote (Field End Road): Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • Lee Valley, Friday Lake: 4 Goosander (all red-heads), Redpoll (Simon Papps)
  • Leyton E11 (Ruckholt Road traffic island): Reed Warbler in Buddleia & calling occasionally, Whitethroat along stream on deck, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush (Ian Stewart); I avidly check this site daily to check how these guys are getting on! I hope they survive the cold snap or even the winter as a 5wallow did in Sussex last year. Hi Stuart (?) I wouldnt usually twitch either warbler species but I had to check out the area and a remarkable little area it is! please keep up the reports both birds- and the 5tonechat- seemed well and settled (IS) Hi Ian thanks will do. I'm quite dedicated to the area now I had one Wh1tethroat overwinter into early 2013, atb [Stuart]
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Brent Geese (SE 0815hrs), 1 Bittern, 62 Lapwing, 3 Meadow Pipit(W) (Adam Salmon). 4 Pintail, 10 Mandarin, Caspian Gull 2nd winter (R.Kaye)
  • St James's Park: female Mallard with duckling, drake Ruddy Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebes (Andrew Self)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine, Goldcrest showing very well in garden, 2 Redwing NE a.m. (Ian Stewart)
  • Swanscombe: f/1w Black Redstart on foreshore by Ingress Park (Peter Beckenham via Kent OS)
  • Trent Park: 7 Gadwall 1m 6f lower lake - my highest count for site!, 4 Mandarin Duck 2m 2f, Curlew heard calling, Woodcock (Robert Callf)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 8 Skylark, 25+ Linnet, male Bullfinch, c20 Yellowhammer, 7+ Reed Bunting (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: 60 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 21 Linnet, 7 Skylark, 10 + Redwing, 5 Pied Wagtail (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 99 Gadwall, 14 Pochard, 4 Shoveler, 20 + Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, m Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail,3 Lesser Redpoll, 20 + Goldfinch, 3 Goldcrest,Redwing (Nick Croft) The Basin: 117 Gadwall, 9 Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe (Dan Hennessy)

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 365 Tufted Duck, 22 Pochard, 3 Water Rail, 7 Snipe, Merlin (fem.) low East at 12.25, 4 Goldcrest, (Roy Beddard)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Danson Park: 9 Egyptian Geese, 3+ Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, adult Yellow Legged Gull, Goldcrest, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Ewell Village: Little Egret present all morning at the Lower Mill perched on rear fire escape stairs & pecking at own reflection in the office windows! Views behind window down to 2 feet (Neil Batten)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: red-head Smew Mercer's Lake northwest edge (Surrey BC via Twitter)
  • Leyton, Ruckholt Rd.traffic Island : Reed Warbler sp, 2 Common Whitethroat, Stonechat and Grey Wagtail, also flyover RN Parakeet (Ken Murray)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Redpoll, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Peregrine, 3 Pintail (Adam Salmon) Bittern, showing well at times, N shore main lake, 1 Common Snipe, 123 Carrion Crow (Martin Honey)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 3 Snipe, 11 Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 73 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: pr Wigeon, Kestrel, Tawny Owl, 2-3 Jackdaw incl ad & 1y feeding on Holme Green area 9 with Carrion_Crow - 1st multiple grounded birds obs'r has seen here, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, 3 Fieldfare, 17 Redwing, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Redpoll (RPBirders)
  • Richmond Park: Dartford Warbler Lawn Field still (BirdGuides)
  • St James's Park: Peregrine hunting voraciously over the Park in the wind & the rain 14:00-15:00 making one attempt after another at taking prey but without success & still hunting when I left (Frank Nugent).
  • Sidcup DA15 (Penhill Park): 4 Fieldfare over (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (Lamorbey Park): 2 Egyptian Geese, male Tufted Duck, Little Grebe lower lake, Peregrine, 8+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine, pair Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Coal Tits (Ian Stewart)
  • Swanley Park: 2 Mute Swan, Teal (m), Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 10 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing (Andy Meaton)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest Sanctuary Wood still (Bon Watts)
  • Trent Park: drake Eurasian Teal, Woodcock (Robin White per RM Callf)
  • Troy Mill Lake nr Maple Cross: 9 Chiffchaff 8 wintering behind Broadwater Sailing Club on Colne & 1 by sailing club east of Troy Mill Pit (Lee G R Evans via Herts BC)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 376 Lapwing, c70 Golden Plover, Common Snipe, Water Rail, 8 Red-legged Partridge, 8 Meadow Pipit, 2 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 15 Gadwall, 2 Bullfinch (Steve Blake)
  • Wimbledon Common: 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Common Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 12 Shoveler (Dave Wills).
  • Worcester Park:Chiffchaff (Bob Smith)
  • Wraysbury GP: Goosander, Red Kite, 2 Chiffchaff (C.Lamsdell)

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 9 Common Snipe, Water Rail. (Steve Blake)
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: 4 Cormorant, male Mandarin Duck, 5 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Gull, 1st-w Herring Gull, adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, female Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (Robert Callf)
  • Ewell Village: Little Egret at the Lower Mill 15:00 to 16:00 (Neil Batten).
  • Headstone Moat : Kingfisher (Jon Ridge).
  • Island Barn Reservoir: 33 Barnacle Goose circling 1420-1440 then N (Dave Harris via Surrey BC)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Pintail, 4 Mandarin, Bittern, Chiffchaff (R.Kaye)
  • M11 Chigwell stretch: Common Buzzard - 3 times now over the last fortnight (Barbara Miller)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Kestrel, Redwing, 43 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Common Snipe flew zig-zagging east 08.05, Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: Firecrest early am (Stuart Fisher)
  • Walton Reservoir: 47 Barnacle Goose late aft - permit only (Surrey BC)
  • Wanstead Flats: 51 Gadwall, 16 Shoveler, 20 + Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 14-18 Linnet, 7 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 8 Mistle Thrush (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: The Basin 104 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon (Dan Hennessy)

Monday 1st December 2014 Edit

  • Beckton Creekside/ Roding Outfall LT: 14 Gadwall, 40 Mallard, 29 Redshank, 5 drake Shoveler, 380 Teal (Peter Beckenham).
  • Brent Reservoir: Buzzard, 13 Common Snipe, Kingfisher, Goldcrest (Steve Leeke, Andrew Haynes).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Common Gull, Kingfisher, 10 House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: 2 red-head Smew Mercer's Lake (Surrey BC via Twitter)
  • Iver Heath: Blackcap (C.Lamsdell)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern seen by others from Headley hide, 2 Peregrine on Charing Cross Hospital, 1 Sparrowhawk over mobbed by a crow, 1 Mandarin (Martin Honey)
  • Pinner (Grove Avenue Estate): Kingfisher along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 4 Snipe, Kestrel, 14 Meadow Pipit, 12 Jackdaw, 2 Stock Dove, 15 Common Gull, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 3 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Ruislip Lido/Woods: 9 Shoveler, 8 Teal (LNR), 2 Little Egret (1 Lido 1 stream in golf course), m Sparrowhawk, f Kingfisher (LNR), 7 Redwing (Neil Anderson)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: Strangely no sign of Firecrest this am (Stuart Fisher)
  • Staines Reservoirs; Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-necked Grebes, drake Scaup (Twitter)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret, 2 little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Common Gull, Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff (P Kite).
  • Swanley Park ; 2 Mute Swan, 2 Cormorant, 10 Moorhen, Kestrel, 150+ Starling, 40+ Parakeet, Tawny Owl calling 8pm (Andy Meaton)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Chiffchaff, 2 Little Egret, Red Kite, Peregrine Falcon, 67 Golden Plover, c300 Lapwing. Barnacle Goose (escape). (Steve Blake)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: Common Snipe, 7+ Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting (Robert Callf/Robin White)
  • Wanstead Flats:44 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 9 Linnet, Fieldfare, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 104 Gadwall, 41 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, Kingfisher, 3 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 40+ Goldfinch, Lesser Redpoll, 4 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, 10 Fieldfare (Nick Croft)

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