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Tuesday 31st December 2013Edit

  • Beddington Farmlands: juv Iceland Gull, Caspian Gull 1w, 2 Yellow-legged Gull ad 1w, 25+ Great Black-backed Gull (Peter Alfrey, BFBG) Iceland_Gull pic
  • Brent Cross: Wren and Robin both singing avidly, also alarmed Blackbird all at 12.45am Toys R Us (James Levy).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Connaught Water: Smew f on open water c11.30 (G.Gram)
  • Crayford Marshes: m Marsh Harrier, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 59 Golden Plover, 2 Peregrine pr, c1000 Lapwing, c850 Dunlin (Kev Jarvis).
  • Finsbury Park: 14 Gadwall on boating lake (Ian Bradshaw)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern (main lake SE corner), 22 Fieldfare, 30+ Redwing, 2 Meadow Pipit, 80+ Shoveler, 60 Teal, 10 Snipe incl 5 SW 0900hrs, 48 Lapwing (Adam Salmon).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 2 Firecrest at 0850 - from towpath entrance turn right & then left through metal gate - birds were feeding together on tall tree trunks to right (Alastair Dent); 1 Firecrest showed v well 15.35-15.40 by north pipe (TeRNS)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 2 Shoveler pr, 2 Kestrel pr, 5 Snipe, c30 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, m Bullfinch (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Sidcup: Tesco Superstore Foots Cray - 161 Pied Wagtail roost 4pm-4.20pm Superstore on old A20 - Ruxley (Ralph Todd) 
  • South Harrow: Blackcap m in gdn (Michael Robinson)
  • Wanstead Flats: 37 Linnet, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting, 40+ Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 5 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 5 Skylark, 3 Great Black-backed Gull (Tim Harris/Jono Lethbridge/Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Nuthatch, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 100-200 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Teal pr, 100+ Gadwall (Basin & Ornamental Waters only), 30 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, Grey Wagtail, 2 Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon SW19 8YA (The Broadway): Wimb'n Stn - 50+ Pied Wagtail roosting outside Tesco Metro (Andrew Kellett)

Monday 30th December 2013Edit

  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: 3 Yellow-legged Gull 2ad 3rd-w, 52 Black-tailed Godwit, Golden Plover, c800 Dunlin, c900 Lapwing, Curlew, 6 Ringed Plover (Kev Jarvis).
  • Kensington Gardens: Tawny Owl in its usual tree and Little Owl also came out briefly at dusk (David Bradshaw)
  • London Wetland Centre: Skylark sheltering from winds on reedbed-side of marsh, 25 Linnet SE, 11 Meadow Pipit W, 40 Redwing, Peregrine (Adam Salmon).
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 2 Shoveler pr, f Kestrel, 3 Snipe, c30 Redwing, 7 Fieldfare (Neil Anderson)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 White-fronted Goose, m Ruff (RSPB blog)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 23 Pochard, 34 Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, juv Great Black-backed Gull, wintering Chiffchaff, Mistle Thrush (TeRNS)
  • Wanstead Flats: 28 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 30+ Redwing, 8 Skylark (J Lethbridge); Little Owl, Kestrel, 15 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, Gadwall, Shoveler, 2 Teal, 3 Stock Dove (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Marco Johnson)
  • Wanstead Park: 10 Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Heron, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 20 Redwing (Nick Croft)

Sunday 29th December 2013Edit

  • Amwell GP: 4 Snipe, 2 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, 2 Teal pr (Alan Lewis)
  • Brent Reservoir: 32 Fieldfare, 38 Redwing and Lesser Redpoll over (Andrew Self)
  • Crayford Marshes: ad Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull 1w, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat pr, f Peregrine, 64 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis).
  • Finsbury Park: 14 Gadwall on boating lake, 2 Redwings (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Gallions Reach: Caspian Gull ad, 2 Curlew, 100+ Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Lesser Redpoll (Gary A James).
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail showing well swimming & preening at Hampstead 1 Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • Kensington Gardens: Lesser Redpoll (unsusal here) in birches by Peter Pan statue early am, also m Tawny Owl in one of its usual trees (Bill Haines)
  • King George V Reservoir: m Goosander on flood relief channel visible from Lea Valley Rd (M.Harper)
  • Lee Valley, Hooks Marsh: Smew red-head at north end of Marsh (Simon Papps).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, 98 Shoveler, 4 Pintail, 58 Teal, 240 Redwing incl 200 roosting, 30 Fieldfare, 4 Redpoll, Chiffchaff (WWT); 12 Stock Dove NE (J.Wilczur).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: Siberian Chiffchaff at S end in ivy-covered trees 12.40 (Franko J Maroevic); Siberian Chiffchaff still present at 10.30 in ivied trees beside heronry plane tree along W side showing well - appeared grey-&-white in strong sunlight & was not heard to call, also 25 Teal, 2 Shoveler pr, fem Kestrel, Water Rail (N end), 280 Black-headed Gull and 8 Common Gull roosting on ice & rafts, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, 8 Stock Dove, 16 Ring-necked Parakeet (J.Wilczur)
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 White-fronted Goose, 40 Golden Plover, Water Rail, Rock Pipit, Stonechat (James Palmer); Pintail (Alan Lewis)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: m Teal, 10 Mandarin, Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Blackcap m&f Rose Wheel border area 17, 13 Redwing, Dunnock singing (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Woodcock flew out of S end of Pond Plantation by stream at 4.40 pm (J.Wilczur); 2 Stonechat m&f 2nd bridge area down the ditch fr Dan's Pond (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Ruislip Lido/Woods: few duck - 9 Shoveler, Wigeon, Little Egret, Kingfisher, c30 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • South Norwood CP: 95 Fieldfare (Steven Robinson).
  • Staines Moor: 4 Water Pipit (on floods at south end either side of river), Woodcock (at north end pre-dawn), 1786 Woodpigeon SW in 1hr from 8am, 10-17 Common Snipe, Red Kite N, Common Buzzard S, 2 Chiffchaff (Bonehead Ditch), 2 Stonechat, 2 Little Egret, 5+ Pied Wagtail, 2+ Little Grebe, 47 Linnet, 40+ Fieldfare (still NW corner), 12 Redwing, 30 Meadow Pipit, 1+ Grey Heron, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark (Lee Dingain) - Water_Pipit pics here  
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs Lockwood - Common Sandpiper, 2 Goosander pr, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Grey Wagtail, Little Egret, Chiffchaff (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: Mealy Redpoll, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Linnet, 60+ Fieldfare, Little Owl, 2 Great Black-backed Gull (Tony Brown)
  • Waterworks NR: 2+ Chiffchaffs seen fr Boardwalk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Teal, Jays (S Huckle)

Saturday 28th December 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Egyptian Geese, Lapwing, 22 Snipe, Kingfisher (Roy Beddard, John Gravatt).
  • Crayford Marshes: Ruff, Corn Bunting, 48 Golden Plover, 2 Rock Pipit, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, Chiffchaff, Peregrine, 2 Stonechat, c1000 Dunlin, Curlew, 38 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis)
  • Eltham Palace: Peregrine N, 5 Redwing (Peter Charles)
  • Leyton Marsh: f Goldeneye in R Lea, 35 Tufted Duck, 11 Little Grebe, 38 Teal, Kingfisher (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 103 Shoveler, Bittern, Common Snipe, 40 Lapwing, c100 Redwing incl 70 SW, Fieldfare (WWT website); Glossy Ibis S 15.50, 63 Egyptian Goose, 7 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 144 Redwing (R.Kaye)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir LNR: Water Rail, Redwing, Fieldfare (John Gordon)
  • Mayflower Park Wetlands: 2 Water Rails h (Bob Smith)
  • Motspur Park: Peregrine on gas holders (Bob Smith)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 18 Redwing, Lesser Redpoll (Regent's Park Birds blog)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Stonechat m&f - middle bridge area of ditch fr Dan`s Pond (Steve Woolfenden)
  • River Thames Fulham: 15+ Common Teals (Murk Eland)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: ad Kittiwake on Thames, also 2 Water Rail, c10 Turnstone, Stonechat, Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warblers (Andrew Self)
  • Tarn Park Eltham: Kingfisher, 6 Redwing (Peter Charles)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Little Egret, 1-2 Buzzard , 2 Sparrowhawk pr in Wd, 3 Kestrel, 45 Lapwing, Snipe, 600+ Woodpigeon over, 6 Stock Dove, 8 Skylark, thrushes mobile around site but 65+ Fieldfare and 150+ Redwing, f Stonechat, Goldcrest, 4 Reed Bunting, 25 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Trent Park: 2 Tawny Owl pr at roost (Robert Callf).
  • Valentines Park: Kingfisher, 5 Redwing, Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail, Shoveler (Gideon Knight)
  • Waltham Abbey, Claverhambury Carp Lakes: 3 Common Buzzard, 20 Fieldfare, Lesser Redpoll, Yellowhammer, Kingfisher, c300 Woodpigeon (Martin Shepherd).
  • Wanstead Flats: Little Owl, 38 Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, 10 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 30 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 2 Teal pr, 3 Pochard, 10+ Tufted Duck, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 6 Mistle Thrush, Kestrel (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Kingfisher, 7+ Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Grey Wagtail, 140 Gadwall, 12+ Pochard, 10 Shoveler, 60+ Tufted Duck, Little Grebe (Nick Croft)
  • West Thurrock Marshes: 16 Avocet and 7 Curlew seen fr Swanscombe Marsh (Andrew Self)

Friday 27th December 2013Edit

  • Brent Cross: 3 Little Egret (Alan Lewis)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Ruff, 42 Golden Plover, c1200 Dunlin, c700 Lapwing, 35 Redshank (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: Greenshank, 3 Yellow-legged Gull 2ad 3rd-w, 10 Wigeon, 2 Mistle Thrush (astonishingly 1st site record this yr as far as I know), Chiffchaff (John Archer).
  • Greenford (Ravenor Park): 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Mistle Thrush (Neil Anderson)
  • Gunnersbury Park: 2 Coal Tit, 2 Common Gull, 2 Egyptian Goose, Great Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, 4 Jackdaw, Jay, Mistle Thrush, 20+ Redwing, 11 Ring-necked Parakeet, Shoveler (V Williamson, R Woolley).
  • Lee Valley, Cornmill Meadows: 80+ Teal, 35+ Wigeon, 60+ Greylag Goose, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler (Simon Papps).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: Phylloscopus showing characteristics of Siberian Chiffchaff late pm in waterside sallow on W side adj to large plane trees with heron nests (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: m Reed Bunting, m Blackcap, c60 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare, 2 Teal (John Colmans)
  • Victoria Park: Woodcock over Parnell Rd at dusk (observer ?)

Thursday 26th December 2013Edit

  • Bexley (Hall Place South): flooded meadows - 632 Black-headed Gulls, 32 Common Gulls, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Ralph & Brenda Todd)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Bullfinch, 18 Fieldfare, 51 Great Tit, 74 Blue Tit, 4 Coal Tit, 7 Goldcrest, m Blackcap (Andrew Self); 2 Egyptian Geese (Andrew Haynes); 33 Mute Swan, Lapwing, 17 Snipe, 3 Water Rail, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Roy Beddard).
  • Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery: Chaffinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Wren, Coal Tit, juv m Sparrowhawk, Song Thrush, Ring-necked Parakeet. (Phil Laurie)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin, Coal Tit, 2 House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Raven SW at 08:15, Ruff, Spotted Redshank, 64 Golden Plover, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, Rock Pipit, Cetti's Warbler, 50 Fieldfare, 2 Little Egret (Kev Jarvis).
  • Fulham Reach: Crabtree Wharf - 2 1st-w Yellow-legged Gull, c30 Herring Gull, drake Teal with white in plumage again (J.Wilczur & J.Gaskell).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: c15 Linnet, Meadow Pipit, 6 House Sparrow, Green Woodpecker; Common Seal by North Greenwich Pier (Richard Green).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Pintail, 2 Jack Snipe, 7 Common Snipe, 50 Redwing, 15 Fieldfare (WWT website)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 22 Gadwall, 34 Shoveler, Great Crested Grebe, 18 Redwing, Pied Wagtail; several heronry nests now occupied (birdman_euston)
  • River Thames Wandsworth Park: 105 Herring Gulls, drake Pintail (J.Wilczur & J. Gaskell). 
  • Staines Moor: 4 Little Egret, 4+ Common Snipe, 80+ Fieldfare, 32 Redwing, Common Buzzard W, 8 Linnet, 8 Skylark, 49 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 9 Pied Wagtail, 5 Gadwall, 3 Little Grebe, 85 Woodpigeon SSW, m Stonechat, Reed Bunting, 22+ Starling, 100+ Black-headed Gull (Lee Dingain).
  • Swakeleys Park: 14 Mandarin Duck 7+m c7f - a few pairs on lake but other birds partially hidden by bushes (Steve Dungey) TQ 0734 8589
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 24 Mallard (site record count), 4 Teal, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 35 Lapwing, 100+ Fieldfare, 200+ Redwing, 3 Rook, 25+ Jackdaw, 6 Jay, 2 Reed Bunting, c35 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Trent Park: Firecrest feeding in holly Rough Lot 14:00, 3f Pochard, 23 Tufted Duck 10m 13f - peak count for yr, 10 Mandarin Duck 7m 3f, 7 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, Bullfinch f (Robert Callf).
  • Wandsworth Common: Little Grebe, Shoveler, Egyptian Goose, Coal Tit, 9 Stock Dove, 2 singing Song Thrush, singing Mistle Thrush (Nick Rutter)
  • Wanstead Flats: 42 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 9 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Egyptian Goose, 4 Shoveler, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, singing Song Thrush, singing Mistle Thrush, Great Black-backed Gull, Kestrel (Steve Thorpe/Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 18 Redwing, 20 Gadwall (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)

Wednesday 25th December 2013Edit

  • Banstead Downs: Firecrest still along wooded footpath on west side of golf course; also Redpoll over main part of downs (David Campbell).
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Egyptian Goose on Bowling Green Lake, 2 Snipe, 15 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 9 singing Song Thrush (Andrew Self).  
  • Crayford Marshes: Ruff, 2ad Yellow-legged Gull, Spotted Redshank, 48 Golden Plover, 2 Peregrine pr (Kev Jarvis).
  • Ealing W5: m Blackcap in gdn - first visit of season I've seen (Catherine Beazley).
  • Hackney N1: 7 Redwings and then Song Thrush in our gdn as we were enjoying Christmas lunch (Michael Rank).
  • Hampstead Heath: m Wood Duck Hampstead Heath Extension (Seven Sisters Pond), f Goosander still present on men's bathing pond (Klemens Felder); Redpoll (my first record here for 10+ yrs) eastern Heath (Alastair Rae).
  • Hanwell W7 (Conolly Dell): Coal Tit, Goldcrest, 6 Goldfinch, Chaffinch f, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Rob Mills) TQ 1519 8040
  • Mayflower Park Wetlands: 2 Water Rail h, Chiffchaff, Kingfisher (Bob Smith).
  • Lee Valley, Friday Lake: Smew red-head, Lesser Redpoll (Simon Papps).
  • Lee Valley, Hall Marsh: 40 Wigeon, Little Egret, Kingfisher, 2 Bullfinch (Simon Papps).
  • Middlesex Filter BedsFirecrest nr Hackney Marsh entrance, 2 Chiffchaff (Stuart Fisher)
  • Northolt and Greenford CP: f Kestrel, 5 Snipe, 40+ Redwing, Fieldfare (Neil Anderson).
  • Richmond Park: Firecrest Oak Lodge in overgrown paddock 10.20 (Ron Herbert); 3 Stonechat 2m f Pond Slade nr Pen Pond plantation mid am (Susanna & Katie Ramsey per FJM); 4 Jay, Nuthatch in Isabella Plantation, Gadwall, Cormorant, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Egyptian Goose Pen Ponds (Kish Woolmore).
  • Hurlingham Park River Thames : 2 1st-w Caspian Gull (J.Wilczur) TQ250756
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 8 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, Jay, countless Ring-necked Parakeet, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Crow, Woodpigeon, Magpie (Matthew Cunningham).
  • Wanstead Flats: Golden Plover circled flats silently before returning W, 19 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 32 Linnet, 6+ Redwing, Snipe, 13 Shoveler, 20 Gadwall, 10+ Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, Kestrel (Nick Croft/TimHarris/Steve Thorpe).
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Chiffchaff (old sewage works), 200+ Gadwall, 20 Shoveler, 50+ Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, 20+ Redwing, 3 Goldcrest (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe/Paul Ferris).
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret on flooded field Green Ln (Bob Smith).

Tuesday 24th December 2013Edit

  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank, 3ad Yellow-legged Gull, 64 Black-tailed Godwit, Rock Pipit, 2 Cetti's Warbler, c1400 Dunlin, Curlew, 48 Redshank, c46 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis).
  • Hampstead Heath: Goosander on Men's Pond this morning, her 11th day on Heath (Frank Nugent). Will hope to pop up to see it, hope it stays, odd fem hangs around men's pond? Is that nr Hamp stn or Highgate ponds? [Andrew Verrall]. Men's Pond is nr Milfield Ln Highgate - see map on Hampstead Heath local patch page.
  • KGV ReservoirGreat Northern Diver at north end of north basin mid afternoon, also 10 Goosander 4m, 2 Green Sandpiper, 15+ Goldeneye, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wigeon pr, 5 Gadwall, Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe (David Bradnum). GND Visible fr ??? pls [Andrew Verrall] Guess GND possibly viewable v distantly fr somewhere along A112 Sewardstone Rd - but I've never tried it [DB] (David Bradnum)
  • Leyton Flats: Goldcrest, 30+ Pochard, 5 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 30+ Redwing (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe).
  • Mayflower Park Wetlands: Kingfisher, nearby fields 2 Little Egrets (Bob Smith).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 11 White-fronted Goose W 13:05 (RBA).
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver S basin (Birdguides); also long-staying imm drake Scaup and 3 Black-necked Grebes S basin; later at 1155 a Great Northern Diver low NW at Stanwell Moor so perhaps Staines Res bird has headed for one of the other reservoirs (Rob Innes).
  • Wanstead Flats: 36 Linnet, 13 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, Kestrel, Coal Tit, 3 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 6 Redwing, Reed Bunting, Snipe (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe).
  • Wanstead Park: c200 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 40+ Pochard, 100+ Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 20+ Redwing, Stock Dove (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe).

Monday 23rd December 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Teal m f Wood Green Reservoir (James Palmer).
  • Arnos Park: Nuthatch (James Palmer) TQ295927
  • Blackheath: Cormorant on Princess of Wales pond (James Lowen).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Common Snipe only (Steve Blake).
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin, Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam).
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank, 2ad Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Golden Plover, Curlew, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, c650 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover (Kev Jarvis).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Brent Goose (flew on to main lake fr river 1550hrs), 9 Snipe, 2 Pintail, 70 Shoveler, 30 Redwing (Adam Salmon).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 100+ Tufted Duck, 35+ Pochard, Grey Heron, 25+ Cormorant, good numbers of all common gull species (East Warwick) (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Wanstead Flats: 52 Gadwall, 23 Shoveler, 20 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 33 Linnet, 12 Skylark, 4 Fieldfare, Redwing, 20+ Blackbird, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Stock Dove, Snipe (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe).
  • Wanstead Park: c250+ Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 40+ Tufted Duck, 10+ Pochard, Little Grebe, 2 Goldcrest, Redwing, Fieldfare (Nick Croft).
  • Waterworks NR: Firecrest at 9:30 flew fr right to left side of hide entrance - briefly inspected outer scrub then lost it deeper into scrub & could not relocate (G Howie).

Sunday 22nd December 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Teal m f still Conservation Pond, 2 Little Grebe New River (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret (Andrew Self); 2 Egyptian Geese, 330 Tufted Duck, 30+ Pochard, Lapwing, 26 Snipe, 3 Water Rail (Roy Beddard, Andrew Verrall)
  • Cornmill Gardens, Lewisham: Mandarin drake on R Ravensbourne (John Archer).
  • Crayford Marshes: Ruff, 6 Yellow-legged Gull, 58 Golden Plover, Little Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, Common Sandpiper, 37 Fieldfare, Curlew, c500 Dunlin, Little Egret (Kev Jarvis).
  • East Dulwich: c25 Lapwing NE (Steven Robinson).
  • Fulham Reach: Crabtree Wharf - 2 1st-w Yellow-legged Gull, 70 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 2 Peregrine pr flew over low to London Wetland Centre, drake Teal with white scapulars & white on mantle & flanks (J.Wilczur).
  • Hampstead Heath: Goosander f on Highgate 3 pond 10am (Neil Bowman); back on Hampstead 1 Pond at 13:00 (Frank Nugent).
  • Ickenham Marsh: Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Stock Dove, Rook, Reed Bunting, Kestrel (Nigel Dodd)
  • Kew Gardens: 11 Greylag, 4 Egyptian Geese 2pr, 4 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, c40 Redwing (Neil Anderson/K. Bull) 
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, 2 Dunlin W, 11 Snipe, 6 Redpoll, 40+ Redwing (Adam Salmon).
  • River Thames Wandsworth Park: 2m Pintail, Common Gull, 205 Herring Gull, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Stock Dove (J.Wilczur).
  • South Harrow: 420+ Woodpigeon W to winter roost on Roxeth Hill (Michael Robinson)
  • South Norwood Lake: m Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (John Watson)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 3 Water Rail, 2 Stock Doves, Chiffchaff, 2 Common Snipe (P Kite).
  • Sydenham Hill Wood LNR: 2 Firecrest in same area as 19 Dec (Steven Robinson).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 10 Teal, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 9 Skylark, Stock Dove, Pheasant (Nigel Dodd)
  • Trent Park: Common Buzzard, 11 Tufted Duck 8m 3f, 2f Pochard, 3 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing (Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Snipe flushed fr boggy cow field (Matthew Cunningham)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Great Northern Diver on West Warwick
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    (GND @ West Warwick by Paul Whiteman)

     at c11:30 - still present till c14:00 at least though mobile & elusive (Quentin Given, found by Peter Lambert); also ad Mediterranean Gull over (Paul Whiteman, Lol Bodini, Stuart Fisher, Graham Howie).
  • Walton Reservoir: Great Northern Diver on Bessborough c9am (DM Harris).
  • Waterworks NR: Sparrowhawk preening in trees nr hides, Teal, Tufted Duck, Jays (Sue Huckle); Ring-necked Parakeet, Gadwall, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Firecrest, 2 Shoveler m f, f Pochard, Green Woodpecker (G Howie) Pics & personal 2013 patch report

Saturday 21st December 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Egyptian Geese, 310+ Tufted Duck, 30+ Pochard, Lapwing, 30 Snipe, 2 Water Rail, 20+ Redwing (Roy Beddard, Andrew Self) 
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Ruff and Spotted Redshank feeding on Thames foreshore nr Erith Yacht Club; 3ad Yellow-legged Gull, 62 Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, c800 Dunlin (Kev Jarvis).
  • High Barnet: Song Thrush singing HB Stn 11.00pm (Mr Crabtree).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Pintail m f, 5 Common Snipe, Jack Snipe (wader scrape), m Sparrowhawk (hunting over scrape & marsh - caught a Snipe but lost it to a Magpie), several good views of Water Rails (Martin Honey et al)
  • Neasden NW10 (Dog Ln): Merlin m perched on back gdn fence before flying into next gdn - slate-blue back & rufous chest indicative of a male (Raja Mallik, NW London) Are you sure it wasn't a male Sparrowhawk? On a gdn fence, slate blue above & rufous below fits that species. (Raja Mallik, NW London)
  • Rainham Marshes: ad Caspian Gull on Thames shore by refuse jetty flew W at 11.10, Yellow-legged Gull 1w (Sean Huggins)

Friday 20th December 2013Edit

  • Crayford Marshes: Ruff, imm Marsh Harrier, Spotted Redshank, 42 Golden Plover, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Peregrine pr, Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat, Kingfisher, c1200 Dunlin (Kev Jarvis).
  • East Barnet: Goldcrest singing in conifer nr library (Bob Husband).
  • Hampstead Heath: Goosander still at Hampstead 2 Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 Firecrest, 2-3 Goldcrest, 84 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall, 4 Egyptian Geese, Grey Wagtail, 5 Stock Dove, 6 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush (Stuart Fisher)
  • Motspur Park: Peregrine Falcon on gas holders (Bob Smith) Is there a time the falcon favours sitting on the gas holders? They're next to my house & I keep missing it! [S Haslem]. I've seen it am but irregularly. Also gets on pylons.
  • Oxleas Woods: SE9 1YG - f Blackcap, 4 House Sparrows 2m 2f, Redwing (John Reid)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Peregrine Falcon, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 3 Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, 30+ Redshank, 6 Ringed Plover, 30+ Golden Plover, 400+ Lapwing, 10+ Pintail, 6 Stonechat, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Little Egret, Rock Pipit (Nick Croft/RSPB); Grey Plover purfleet scrape, Black Redstart river wall (RSPB blog)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: m Mandarin Bandstand Is area 7 - season-1st, 3 Fieldfare and 12 Redwing - slowly incr'g after month's hiatus, f Blackcap a3 (3+ winterers m 2+f), also m Grey Heron and newly-arr'd Great Crested Grebe both in breed'g colours (birdman_euston)
  • St John's Wood: Sparrowhawk over Carlton Hill (Matt Reed).
  • Staines Moor: Woodcock, Chiffchaff, Red Kite NW, Common Buzzard W, Little Egret, 110+ Fieldfare at north end, 5+ Redwing, 2 Stonechat, Egyptian Goose E, 8 Common Snipe, Little Grebe, 6 Green Woodpecker, 6+ Linnet, 2 Skylark S, 7 Meadow Pipit N, 1+ Kestrel (Lee Dingain) W'dcock pic here
  • Swanley Park: Merlin (site 1st) (Andy Meaton/JG)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Pheasant, Sparrowhawk, m Kestrel, 40 Lapwing, 12 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 50+ Fieldfare, 90+ Redwing, 3 Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: 3 Fieldfare, c45 Redwing (Neil Anderson)

Thursday 19th December 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Snipe (Conservation Pond), 19 Shoveler, Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrid (Wood Green Reservoir) (James Palmer, Alan Gibson); Tawny Owl h fr Blandford Hall area 7am (Bob Watts).
  • Burgess Park: no sign of Med Gull, 2 Egyptian Goose, 20 Tufted Duck (James Lowen)
  • Crayford Marshes: 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 48 Golden Plover, Spotted Redshank, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, Cetti's Warbler, Curlew, 3 Stonechat, c40 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis).
  • Ewell Village (Lower Mill): Little Egret, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (Neil Batten).
  • Hampstead Heath: Goosander on Hampstead 2 Pond until 11:00 but then flew to Hampstead 1 Pond where she is at 11:30 (Frank Nugent).
  • Hillingdon: 2 Green Sandpipers over A40 just before Polish War Memorial at 15:12 (Simon West)
  • Pool River Linear Park: 2 Bullfinch m f, 3 Linnet, 3 Fieldfare, 2m Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail 1h and Chiffchaff h (Paul Moss & Sharon Welland)
  • Staines Moor: 2+ Woodcock, 2 Jack Snipe, 15 Common Snipe, Little Egret, 10 Linnet, 7 Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail, 1+ Pied Wagtail, 122+ Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat (Lee Dingain).
  • Stanwell Moor: Kingfisher, 40 Goldfinch, 25 Common Teal, 2 Shoveler, 3 Mallard, Kestrel (Lee Dingain); 2 Jack Snipe and Water Rail (not the Staines Moor birds) (C. Lamsdell)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Common Snipe, Water Rail (Conrad Ellam)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood: Firecrest 1pm-1:30pm enter wds at Crescent Wd Rd/Peckarmans Wd Rd then at two large info signs take right path & walk 100m - bird was flitting around holly-species bush to left & tree behind, also Goldcrest, Fieldfare, Coal Tits, Great Tits and Blue Tits (Terence Baker); 2 Firecrest showing well at 13:45-14:15 at Crescent Wd Rd entrance feeding in ivy & holly along fence line; seen again at c15:00 in holly by steps leading to glade with large fallen oak 50m fr entrance alongside Sydenham Hill, also Redwing and Sparrowhawk (Daniel Greenwood) Sydenham Hill Wood LNR
  • Three Mills: Redwing, 6 Gadwall, 2 Redshanks, 2 Pied Wagtail (Neil Preston)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Little Grebe, 8 Mandarin, 8 Teal, Kestrel, 19 Meadow Pipit, 50+ Redwing, c10 Fieldfare (Ian Ellis)
  • Wanstead Flats: 32 Linnet (Jubilee Pond/SSSI), Reed Bunting, 2 Egyptian Goose, 39 Gadwall, 16 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 4 Common Pochard, 25 Tufted Duck, 2-3 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit - no Sk'lark for second day, 2 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, Coal Tit, 10+ Stock Dove, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, 30+ Redwing, 20+ Blackbird (all Bush Wood), Water Rail, 22 Gadwall (Shoulder of Mutton) (Nick Croft)
  • Worcester Park: Green Ln - Little Egret on open area (Bob Smith)

Wednesday 18th December 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 31 Snipe, Water Rail, Green Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: 5 Yellow-legged Gull, Marsh Harrier, Spotted Redshank, 37 Golden Plover, Rock Pipit, 57 Fieldfare, Kingfisher, Water Rail, Curlew (Kev Jarvis & Steve Carter).
  • Hampstead Heath: f Goosander on Pond No2 at 9am by corner wall with some G'dwall - flew off towards No1 Pond but could not find again (David Roberts).
  • Little Venice: 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, 85 Black-headed Gull (Matt Reed).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, Buzzard S, 79 Shoveler, 26 Pochard, 2 Pintail (WWT website)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Turnstone, Merlin (RSPB blog)
  • Richmond Park: 10 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Mandarin, 30+ Wigeon, 100+ Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, 40+ Redwing, Meadow Pipit, singing Goldcrest; Pipistrelle & commiserations on Parakeets (Nick Croft)
  • Trent Park: 3 Goosander 2m f Lower Lake (Robert Callf/Robin White).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: c60 Golden Plover S 13:05, 2 Stonechat m & f bomb crater field, 20-30 Chaffinch, 2 Linnet, 3 Fieldfare Paddocks, 35 Greylag high SE (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats: Woodcock, 4 Snipe, 41 Linnet (new site record), 2 Lesser Redpoll, Reed Bunting, 3 Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, 14 Shoveler, 16 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard, 26 Gadwall, Teal, Goldcrest, 7 Song Thrush (5 singing), singing Mistle Thrush, Redwing, singing Stock Dove (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe)
  • Wanstead Park: Reed Bunting (Steve Thorpe)
  • Waterworks NR: 2 Snipe and Kingfisher (Paul Whiteman)

Tuesday 17th December 2013Edit

  • Beddington SF: 1st-w Iceland Gull, Yellow-legged Gull (RBA); 2 1st-w Caspian Gulls on tip (David Campbell).
  • Brent Reservoir: Egyptian Goose, 280+ Tufted Duck, 35+ Pochard, Lapwing, 23 Snipe, Little Egret, 7+ Water Rail, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest (Leo Batten, Roy Beddard)
  • Brimsdown: 70 Goldfinch (James Palmer).
  • Cowley: 3 Fieldfare W over gdn (Roger Dewey)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, Spotted Redshank, 52 Golden Plover, 4 Rock Pipit, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Curlew, Water Rail, 2 Little Egret (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: 5 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 80 Teal (John Archer).
  • Ewell Village (Lower Mill): Little Egret (bird is limping), Kingfisher, 4+ Redwing incl birds in song (Neil Batten)
  • Hampstead Heath: f Goosander still on Pond No1 having a vigorous wash 10am, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing, Nuthatch in mixed flock (Jon Agar); still washing at 11am, also Kingfisher (Chris Bird)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, 53 Lapwing, 3 Collared Dove, Fieldfare, 28 Redwing, Reed Bunting (WWT website); Mandarin, 2 Pintail, 43 Egyptian Goose, 2 Bittern, 10 Water Rail, 55 Lapwing, 11 Snipe, Jack Snipe, 2 ad hybrid Herring x Lesser Black-backed Gull, 120 Redwing, 29 Fieldfare, 5 Siskin, Crested Myna (R.Kaye)
  • Redbridge Lakes & adj cricket pitch: 2-3 Snipe, flock of c60 Common Gulls, Jay (Alan Hobson)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 3 Teal 2m f, Snipe [patch yr-tick at last] nr water-cascade Comm'y Gdn area 14 0750, Tawny Owl in roost-hole 2m fr top of sawn-off shoreline willow trunk Longbridge a33, f Blackcap QM Gdns a19, 1-2 Fieldfare English Gdns north end a22, 13 Redwing QM Gdns (birdman_euston)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 23 Gadwall (James Palmer).
  • Staines Moor: Water Pipit, Water Rail, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, Jay, c100 Fieldfare, 6 Green Woodpecker, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat (Keith Kerr).
  • Stanwell Moor: Merlin, Song Thrush (Keith Kerr); Bittern (C.Lamsdell)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood: Firecrest (RBA)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: c50 Redwing, 14 Fieldfare, 3 Teal, flock of 17 Long-tailed Tits, many Song Thrushes singing (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 3 Goosander 2m f, 20 Mandarin Duck 13m 7f, 2 Shoveler m f (Robert Callf/Robin White).
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 19 Lesser Redpoll feeding in birches Sidhil's Field (Robert Callf/Robin White).
  • Wanstead Flats: 37+ Linnet, 13 Skylark on police scrape (Steve Thorpe)
  • Wimbledon Park/Lake: Yellow-legged Gull, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 27 Pochard, 8 Shoveler (Martin Daniel)
  • Worcester Park: 2 Little Egrets on horse fields, 4 Bullfinches (scarce here) (Bob Smith)

Monday 16th December 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Egyptian Goose, Sparrowhawk, 2 Water Rail, Lapwing, 32 Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper (Steve Blake, Andrew Haynes). 

  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin, Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: 6 Yellow-legged Gull 5ad & 3rd-w, Spotted Redshank, 8 Golden Plover, 3 Curlew, c700 Lapwing, c580 Dunlin, m Stonechat, 15 Black-tailed Godwit (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dulwich Park: 12 Shoveler, 12 Redwing (Dave Clark)
  • East India Dock Basin: 7+ Shelduck, Tufted Duck, 200+ Teal, Grey Wagtail (John Archer).
  • Ewell Village (Lower Mill): Little Egret (Neil Batten).
  • Hampstead Heath: f Goosander still on Hampstead 1 pond (James Palmer).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, 4 Redpoll W/SE, 2 Siskin W, 27 Redwing S/SE/W plus some feeding on site, 66 Shoveler, 140 Teal (Adam Salmon).
  • Swanley Park: Mute Swan, Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 2 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Common Gull, 150 Black-headed Gull, 30 Fieldfare, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Andy Meaton).

Sunday 15th December 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: m Teal, 4 Shoveler, 44 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 28 Common Gull, 4+ Redwing (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts).
  • Beddington Farmlands: 2 Pintail, 86 Gadwall, 60+ Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, 300+ Teal, 6 Pochard, 25 Tufted Duck, 7 Green Sandpiper, 6 Snipe, 32 Lapwing, 5 Water Rail, 2 Stonechat, 6 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 3 Sparrowhawk, Peregrine (Peter Alfrey, BFBG) some pics
  • Brent Reservoir: 50 Golden Plover W at 10.25, also 2 Little Egrets, 30 Snipe (Andrew Self); WeBS counts - 175 Teal, 289 Tufted Duck, 38 Pochard, Green Sandpiper, 31 Snipe, 6 Water Rail, 681 Coot (Roy Beddard).
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin, Kingfisher, 2 Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: m Marsh Harrier, Spotted Redshank, 30 Golden Plover, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, m Peregrine, 82 Fieldfare, 3 Little Egret (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dalston: Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch (G Howie) pics/vid
  • Hackney: f Blackcap first in our gdn this winter, Coal_Tit not seen today but been in our gdn for last few days (Michael Rank).
  • Hampstead Heath: Goosander still at Hampstead 1 Pond (Frank Nugent, Pete Mantle)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, 142 Teal, 2 Pintail, Peregrine, 379 Black-headed Gull, Kingfisher (WWT website)
  • Oxleas Woods: SE9 1YG - m Blackcap, 5 House Sparrows 4m f, 2 Coal Tits, 8 Redwing (John Reid)
  • Rectory Farm, Enfield: 60+ Collared Dove (Robert Callf).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 2 Stock Dove 'singing' incl 1 display-flight (birdman_euston)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 31 Lapwing, 14 Skylark, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (G Westley).
  • Thames (Putney-Barnes Bridges): WeBS - 15 Cormorant, 8 Heron, 5 Mute Swan, 194 Canada Geese (mostly Barn Elms playing fields), Greylag, 2 Canada x Greylag, 4 Egyptian Geese, 302 Mallard, 382 Teal, 3 Pintail (pr by mouth Beverley Brook & m opp LWC), 8 Gadwall, 31 Tufted Duck, 3 Coot, 18 Moorhen, c1400 Black-headed Gull, 18 Common Gull, 47 Herring Gull, 29 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull (Neil Anderson)
  • Thorney CP: 5 Little Grebes, Mute Swan, 30 Tufted  Duck, 3 Gadwall, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Pochards, 3 Cormorants (Sue Giddens)
  • Wanstead Flats: ad Mediterranean Gull, 34 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting, 11 Skylark, 4-7 Meadow Pipit, 20 Gadwall, 21 Shoveler, 22 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 6 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 363 Gadwall (a new record), 41 Pochard, 20 Shoveler, 14 Teal, 90+ Tufted Duck, 130+ Mallard, 16 Mute Swan, 150+ Jackdaw going to roost, Kingfisher, Treecreeper, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Siskin, 30+ Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 10 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Skylark, Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting (Wanstead Birders)
  • Weybridge: 2 Woodcock at Mercedes-Benz World feeding in area with no general access (Simon West)

Saturday 14th December 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 5+ Shoveler, 2 Teal pr Wood Green Res, 22 Redwing (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Beddington Farmlands: Iceland Gull 1w on hillside on eastern side of main lake until flying behind ridge at 12:30, 2 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 8 Teal, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit (Matt Reed).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egrets, 2 Egyptian Geese, 33 Common Snipe, 7 Water Rails (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Clissold Park: 2 Chiffchaff in deer enclosure (TeRNS)
  • Crayford Marshes: 110 Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, c700 Dunlin, 45 Fieldfare, 40 Wigeon, 50 Teal (Kev Jarvis).
  • Hackbridge: Feral Pigeon collecting nesting material (Matt Reed).
  • Hampstead Heath: Goosander, Water Rail both on Hampstead Pond 1, Fieldfare Hedge 2, Redwing, Gadwall, Shoveler, Great Crested Grebe, Treecreeper, Nuthatch (Dave Porritt); Goosander f still present 1600, another Water Rail on Highgate 1 pond (S. Tusa) 
  • Leyton Jubilee Park/Orient Way area: c650 Ring-necked Parakeet leaving roost, 36 Blackbirds, 6 Song Thrush, 7 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, 11 Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch, 2 Meadow Pipit (Stuart Fisher)
  • Little Venice: 6 Blackbirds (Barbara Harrison)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest again in evergreen oak on river bank c100m west of pond at 11:50 (Alastair Dent)
  • Osterley Park: 4 Common Gull, 8 Cormorant, 3 Egyptian Goose, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Heron, 40+ Jackdaw, Little Grebe, Pied Wagtail, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, 12 Shoveler (Richard Woolley).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: pre-dawn chorus - 11 Song Thrush and 3 Mistle Thrush, also m Teal, 2 Kestrel pr, 2 Coal Tit singing, 6+ House Sparrow (1 'singing') Zoo & St Mark's Bridge area 27 (birdman_euston); 22 Shoveler, Tawny Owl, Chiffchaff, Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush singing incl 1 display-flight (Regent's Park Birds blog)
  • Richmond Park: 129 Gadwall, 60 Wigeon, 9 Red-crested Pochard, 10 Redwing, Fieldfare, Stonechat 1w (Neil Anderson/K. Bull); 2 Stonechat m f east of White Ash Pond (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Staines Moor: Jack Snipe, Peregrine SW, 3 Red Kite NW, Common Buzzard on west side, Water Pipit along R Colne, 2 Common Snipe, Grey Wagtail, m Stonechat, m Reed Bunting, 190+ Fieldfare at north end, 17 Redwing, 4 Pied Wagtail, and 1+ Little Grebe on Colne (Lee Dingain). rubbish pic of JS here
  • Wanstead Flats: 36 Linnet, 6 Skylark, Snipe on Police Scrape (Bob Vaughan), 24 Lesser Redpoll SSSI (Steve Thorpe)
  • Wanstead Park: Treecreeper and Nuthatch Bush Wood (Bob Vaughan); Wigeon (Dan Hennessy)

Friday 13th December 2013Edit

  • Beddington Farmlands: Iceland Gull 1w south lake at 12:50 then flew SW, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, 10+ Gadwall, 30+ Teal, 5 Shoveler, Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 40+ Heron, 20+ Lapwing (Nick Croft)
  • Brent Reservoir: Egyptian Goose, Lapwing, 34 Common Snipe, 2 Water Rail (Roy Beddard, Nick Haslett) 
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: imm Marsh Harrier, Grey Plover, Rock Pipit, 34 Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat, 27 Black-tailed Godwit, Kingfisher, 52 Fieldfare, c650 Dunlin (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: Sparrowhawk (Neil Preston)
  • Hornsey (Priory Park): 20 Goldfinch (James Palmer).
  • Mayflower Park Wetlands: Water Rail h (Bob Smith)
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: 53+ Lesser Redpoll, Green Woodpecker, 5 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 60+ Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, 4 Jay (one giving quiet song or subsong incl mimicry of Grey_Wagtail & Cetti's_Warbler) (Stuart Fisher)
  • Kilburn: midnight mass - 3 Robins 2 singing & 1 ticking 3.30am by st/gdn lite St Cuthbert's Ch Gdns (Andrew Verrall).
  • Three Mills: 4 Mistle Thrush, 3-4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Neil Preston)

Thursday 12th December 2013Edit

  • Cornmill Gardens, Lewisham: Kingfisher (Tom Moulton)
  • Crayford Marshes: Avocet, Marsh Harrier, Spotted Redshank, 24 Golden Plover, Chiffchaff, 125 Black-tailed Godwit, c650 Dunlin, c460 Lapwing (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: Chiffchaff (yesterday's bird looking slightly less striking without the fog but still totally lacking green or yellow except a little yellow at wing bend but still calling like a nominate bird), 2 Shelducks, 300+ Teal, Grey Wagtail (John Archer).
  • Finsbury Park: 12 Gadwall (James Plamer).
  • Heathrow Airport: Black Redstart f/imm m (Rob Mills)
  • Kentish Town NW5 (Arctic St): 8 Fieldfare landed in rowan tree then flew N 0900 (Pete Mantle)
  • Kilburn: dawn chorus - Robin s 04.30, Song Thrush s 06.50 [St Cuthbert's Ch gdn] (Andrew Verrall).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 White-fronted Goose W pm, Bittern, 31 Redwing, 8 Blackbird NW, Siskin, 8 Redpoll N+W, 6 Meadow Pipit W (WWT).
  • Redbridge Lakes: 4-5 Snipe, Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jays, 3 Goldfinches (Alan Hobson).
  • Staines Moor: Water Pipit along R Colne, Water Rail by bridge to Stanwell Moor (Jim Sweetland)
  • Staines Reservoirs: drake Scaup and 3 Black-necked Grebe (one showing signs of summer plumage already) at 13:00 all on South Basin (Alastair Dent)
  • Waltham Forest E4 (Vincent Rd): 7 Redwings, 5 Blue Tits, 8 Goldfinches, 3 Great Tit, 2 Blackbird (Daniel Whitelegg).

Wednesday 11th December 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Tawny Owl calling through freezing fog until 0710 at least fr Conservation Area (Bob Watts).
  • Beddington Farmlands: Iceland Gull [Ldn season-1st] (RBA)
  • Bexleyheath: 21 Pied Wagtail in Market Sq roost - down from Monday (Ralph Todd)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Park (Edgware): Little Owl, c40 Redwing, 3 Long-tailed Tit (Paul Bolland)
  • Crayford Marshes: calling Grey Plover, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Snipe, 12 Fieldfare, c100 Lapwing, 4 Shoveler, 35 Redshank (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: Chiffchaff - an interesting bird in Copse looking like a classic tristis but calling like nominate (John Archer).
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: 1-2 Little Owl, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Wigeon, Great Black-backed Gull 2w (James Palmer).
  • Mayflower Park Wetlands, The Hamptons, Worcester Park: Water Rail h (Bob Smith, John McSweeney) TQ231666
  • Tyttenhanger GPs and Willows Farm: Water Rail, Jack Snipe, 9 Siskin, Bullfinch, Treecreeper, c100 mixed flock of Redwing and Fieldfare (Steve Blake); 3 Tree Sparrow (Alan Gardiner)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 20+ Blackbird, 4 Mistle Thrush, 10+ Linnet, 6+ Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 27 Gadwall, 14 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, Stock Dove (Nick Croft); f Blackcap in gdn (J Lethbridge)

Tuesday 10th December 2013Edit

  • Abney Park Cemetery: Tawny Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff (TeRNS)
  • Bexleyheath (Hall Place North): 8 Lesser Redpoll (Ralph & Brenda Todd)
  • Brent Reservoir: 32 Snipe, 2 Water Rail, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Goose (R Beddard, S Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Broomfield Park: 30 Goldfinch (James Palmer).
  • Bushy Park: Little Egret, 3 Skylarks, 8 Meadow Pipits, 2 Stonechats pr (Tony Duckett).
  • Chiswick Eyot: Kingfisher, Snipe, Chiffchaff, c30 Teal (Louis Freeland-Haynes)
  • Crayford Marshes: Grey Plover, Spotted Redshank, 2 Rock Pipit, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 12 Golden Plover, Curlew, c500 Lapwing, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, Cetti's Warbler (Kev Jarvis).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2-3 Chiffchaff, 2 Redwing, 2 Meadow Pipit, 10 Redwing over at 21.00 (Richard Green).
  • Grovelands Park: 20 Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose (James Palmer).
  • Mottingham SE9: 2 Blackcap m+f and Redwing together in gdn 0930 (Peter Charles)
  • Park Farm, Enfield: Common Buzzard perched (very pale) - white face & breast with 'scaly' uppers (Robert Callf).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 White-fronted Goose, 7 Pintail, 50+ Golden Plover, Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Marsh Harrier pr, Kestrel, Chiffchaff, Stonechat, Water Rail (Nick Croft/Barry Bishop/Harry Lacey); 12 Water Rail, 11 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat, Green Sandpiper (Dave Morrison); Red-legged Partridge (RSPB blog)
  • Shoreditch: Grey Wagtail (Richard Green)
  • Southall (Warren Farm): nothing to report other than plans to build on this community open space that is the only local spot where I see R0ok & good for passage migrants such as Whe@tear (15 recorded together one day back in April). At this time of yr there's often good numbers of Fieldf@re and R'dwing feeding. Details can be found at www.savewarrenfarm.com that includes a petition some of you may consider signing? (Rob Mills)
  • Three Mills: Redwing, Grey Wagtail, 2 Egyptian Goose (Neil Preston); Kingfisher (John Archer).
  • Trent Park: Goosander m Lower Lake, 3 Mandarin Duck m 2f, 4 Pochard 2m 2f, 13 Tufted Duck 5m 8f, Firecrest feeding in holly & laurel Rough Lot 14:04-14:29 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Banbury - 3 Goosander 2m f, c60 Tufted Duck, 9 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, c15 Great Crested Grebe, Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail relief channel, imm Great Black-backed Gull, Peregrine (Lol Bodini)
  • Waterworks NR: 3 Shoveler, 7 Coots, Sparrowhawk, 12 Moorhen, 2 Snipe, 2 Tufted Duck, 6 Teal, Chaffinch, Mute Swan (Daniel Whitelegg).

Monday 9th December 2013Edit

  • Bexleyheath: 36 Pied Wagtail in Market Sq roost - much reduced with Sparrowhawk present beyond sunset (Ralph Todd)
  • Bow Creek: 1-3 Common Sandpiper, 2-3 Redshank (James Palmer).
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Grey Plover, 3ad Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Rock Pipit, 32 Golden Plover, 4 Stonechat, Green Sandpiper, m Peregrine, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Wigeon, 70 Dunlin, 22 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: Little Egret W, Yellow-legged Gull ad on mud by O2, 68 Teal (John Archer); 3 Shelduck (James Palmer).
  • Eltham Palace: 2 Little Egret over E 1500 (Peter Charles)
  • Hackney N1: Coal Tit back in our gdn (also seen on Dec 6), m Great Spotted Woodpecker, c10 House Sparrow (Michael Rank).
  • London Wetland Centre: dusk - 2 Pintail, 52 Egyptian Goose, 2 Bittern, 9 Snipe, Woodcock, Green Sandpiper, Tawny Owl, 77 Redwing (R.Kaye, O.Dewhurst.)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest still present in bushes along relief channel, 2 Chiffchaff (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 White-fronted Goose still (RBA/Birdguides)
  • Redbridge Lakes and Claybury Park: Snipe, flock of c12 Redpolls, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Song Thrush, flock of 6 Long-tailed Tits, 6 Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Goldfinches, Stock Dove (Alan Hobson)
  • Richmond Park: 3 Woodcock flew out of Sidmouth Wd at dusk (Nigel Jackman); Dartford Warbler (BirdGuides) can you say where specifically the DW was seen?
  • Southwark SE1: Black Redstart 1w/f nr London Wildlife Trust office 1330 (Richard Woolley, Peter Beckenham, Tony Wileman et al)
  • Staines Moor: 100+ Fieldfare, 3 Meadow Pipit, 7 Ring-necked Parakeet, 6 Greenfinch, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, Common Snipe (Keith Kerr).
  • Stanwell Moor: 9 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Song Thrush, 4 Goldcrest, Kingfisher (Keith Kerr).
  • Stocker's Lake, Batchworth Lake and Bury Lake: Egyptian Goose, Black Swan, 3 Chiffchaff, Little Egret, 4 Goldeneye m 3f, 2 Red Kite, Little Owl (David Howdon) DH - please edit this into individual sites
  • Stoneleigh KT17: Blue-fronted Amazon Parrot showing well in gdns around The Glade with usual entourage of 6-7 Ring-necked Parakeets (Neil Batten).
  • Thorney CP: Kingfisher, 3 Little Grebes, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrests, Grey Heron, 6 Fieldfare, Grey Wagtail over, 5 Siskins, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Chaffinch, Jay, 3 Mute Swans (Sue Giddens)
  • Three Mills: 5 Gadwall, 3 Redshanks, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 6 Pied Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails (Neil Preston)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: c100 Redwing, c20 Fieldfare, 2 Teal (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: drake Goosander Lower Lake, 2 Shoveler m f, Firecrest feeding in holly & laurel Rough Lot, f Bullfinch (Robert Callf); Goosander m (as above), 8 Siskin, 22 Redwing, Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker, 6 Tufted Duck 2m 4f, 2 Pochard m f, 2 Mandarin m f, c60 Black-headed Gull (Pete Lowman).
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: Little Egret SW 11:20 (Robert Callf).

Sunday 8th December 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Teal m f & poss 2nd f, 2m Gadwall, c12 Redwing (Andrew Gardener, Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Brent Reservoir: Jack Snipe fr Heron Hide, also 5 Water Rail seen & heard, 23 Common Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Egyptian Geese, Chiffchaff (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Burgess Park: ad Mediterranean Gull still on lake & showing well, coming to bread (Richard Bonser)
  • Connaught Water: Teal, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Ring-necked Parakeet (M. Harper)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Yellow-legged Gull 3w ad, 72 Golden Plover, Spotted Redshank, Cetti's Warbler, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: Yellow-legged Gull ad, 28 Wigeon, 3 Chiffchaff (John Archer & Richard Bonser).
  • Fairlop Waters & Bretts Gravel Pits: fem Goosander (main lake), Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe, 97 Golden Plover, 392 Lapwing, 70 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 19 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 15 Teal, 35 Gadwall, 23 Shoveler, Water Rail, 14 Pochard, 39 Tufted Duck, 45 Fieldfare, 17 Redwing (Steve Bacon)
  • Gunnersbury Park: 3 Common Gull, Cormorant, 2 Egyptian Goose, Goldcrest, Grey Heron, Jay, 20+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 6 Shoveler (Richard Woolley).
  • Hampstead Heath: f Teal at Hampstead 1 Pond, Kingfisher, 8 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 3 Common Gull, 2 Pochard, 5 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare over (Frank Nugent). 
  • Kensington Gardens: Tawny Owl showing well, 2 Nuthatch in adj tree, Coal Tit in Flower Walk (Martin Honey)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bearded Tit calling fr grazing marsh, Bittern, Pintail, Mandarin, 66 Shoveler, Jack Snipe, 15 Redwing (WWT website)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest again at 13.30 in scrub to left of Hackney Marshes entrance then flew off towards river (Alastair Dent).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 White-fronted Goose behind Purfleet scrape late pm (H. Vaughan, D Capper, J Lowen et al)
  • St James's Park: 2 Peregrine pr hunting just before dusk - f most action chasing pigeons but didn't see any caught also mobbed by gulls (Michael Mac).
  • Southfields SW18 (Sutherland Grove): f Sparrowhawk over mobbed by 2 cr0w (Martin Honey)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Smew fem, Scaup drake, Pintail fem, 3 Black-necked Grebe - early am (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 21 Lapwing, Snipe, 6 Skylark, m Blackcap, c160 Redwing, 50+ Fieldfare, 2 Rook pr displaying on street lamp by A40, 8 Linnet (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Wanstead Park: Bush Wood - 2 Firecrest (Tony Brown)
  • Yeading Brook: Sparrowhawk, 180+ Redwing, 3 Fieldfare (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)

Saturday 7th December 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Common Teal pr Conservation Pond, 2 drake Gadwall Tunnel Res, 7+ Shoveler 3 Wood Green Res with several more Boating Lake, Common Snipe flew into Wood Green Res; recently up to 5 Blackcaps 3m 2f gdn bordering Boating Lake (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Barbican: 8 Moorhen, 6 Mallard, 3 Coot incl one considerably leucistic bird (Matt Reed).
  • Battersea: Grey Wagtail by riverside, singing Woodpigeon (Matt Reed).
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 22 Teal on Thames (Matt Reed).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Egyptian Geese, 30+ Pochard, 340+ Tufted Duck, 2 Lapwing, 27 Common Snipe, 5 Water Rail (Brent Birders).
  • Connaught Water: 22 Mandarin 20m 2f, red-head Smew (Paul Whiteman); also 6 Ringed Teal 3m (Jean-Patrick Elmes) RTs not naturalised
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank, Yellow-legged Gull 3w, 42 Golden Plover, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 3 Curlew (Kev Jarvis).
  • Cremorne Gardens: 33 Teal, 33 Gadwall, Mute Swan, 2 Great Black-backed Gull on Thames (Matt Reed).  
  • East India Dock Basin: 263+ Teal (an under-count as birds still coming in as I left at 1530), Shelduck, 5 Tufted Duck, 12 Mallard, 2 Moorhen (Matt Reed)
  • Epsom: 1-2 White Wagtails associating with Pied Wagtails around car park at rear of Epsom Town Hall early afternoon (one bird viewed down to ten feet) (Neil Batten)
  • Fulham Reach: Crabtree Wharf - c40 House Sparrow (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Gallions Reach: 54 Cormorant, 16 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 5 Redshank, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Godwits (ID unconfirmed as too far away towards creek mouth) (Matt Reed).
  • Grovelands Park: Little Grebe, 15 Cormorant roosting on island 15:45, 4 Egyptian Goose, 13 Mandarin Duck 10m 3f, 23 Shoveler 15m 8f, 10 Moorhen, Song Thrush singing, 7 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest incl one singing (Robert Callf).
  • Gutteridge Wood: Little Egret, 3 Teal on brook (G Westley).
  • Hampton: f Blackcap in gdn (Gordon Shaw).
  • Horsenden Hill: fem Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in hedgerow nr bowling hut, also 17 Fieldfare, 45+ Redwing, 2 Snipe and 2 Teal (Andy Culshaw).
  • Lewisham: R Ravensbourne behind Molesworth St - Kingfisher (Tom Moulton)
  • London Wetland Centre: probably 3 Bittern (main lake), 4 Pintail (2m f grazing marsh & f wader scrape) (Martin Honey).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Peregrine Falcon (on hospital) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest at 12.00 close to towpath entrance in further of two beds fr canal (Alastair Dent).
  • Staines Moor: 3 Cormorant over, 100+ Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Kestrel, Little Egret, Little Grebe, 4 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet (Richard Woolley).
  • Swanscombe Marsh: ringtail Hen Harrier over 12.10, Raven on pylons 12.05, Curlew, c150 Dunlin, c160 Lapwing, 5 Knot, Little Egret, 2 Yellow-legged Gull ad 2w, 2 Wigeon, 2 Stonechat (Andrew Self & John Cadera).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 12 Skylark, 30+ Lapwing, 11 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Buzzard (G Westley).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Woodcock Gdn Wd (Steve Blake).
  • Wanstead Flats & Park: 23 Linnet, 12 Skylark Police scrape, 307 Gadwall (previous record smashed), Wigeon (Tim Harris/Dan Hennessy).

Friday 6th December 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Golden Plover seen & heard over Grove (Sarah Wyn-Jones per Bob Watts).
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank, ad Mediterranean Gull, Rock Pipit, 35 Golden Plover, 3 Curlew (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: Shelduck, 330+ Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, Meadow Pipit S, Chiffchaff, Cormorant (Estonian-ringed bird again on jetty) (John Archer).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Yellow-legged Gull ad on mud by O2 (John Archer).
  • Hackney: Coal Tit in our gdn - only 3rd ever (Michael Rank).
  • Hollow Pond: 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shoveler, Mute Swan, Grey Heron, 5 Robin; gd nos of Pochard, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Canada Goose, Coot, Moorhen, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Ring-necked Parakeet (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 40+ Lesser Redpoll, Grey Wagtail, 7 Redwing over, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 26 Ring-necked Parakeet over (Stuart Fisher)
  • Three Mills: Sparrowhawk m, 2 Egyptian Goose, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush (Neil Preston)
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: Common Scoter (BirdGuides).
  • Rainham Marshes: 50+ Golden Plover, 20+ Curlew, Snipe, Marsh Harrier, Rock Pipit, Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Stonechat (Conrad Ellam)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 12 Gadwall, f Teal Bandstand Is area 7 - scarce here, 22 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe pr, m Sparrowhawk, m Kestrel, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff a36, m Blackcap wildlife gdn a20, singing Song Thrush, singing Mistle Thrush, 6 Siskin over - no wintering M'ndarin/Water_Rail/F'recrest/R'dwing yet (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Little Egret by reeds on Sheen Gate Pond early am then flew towards Beverley Brook (Justin Quail per FJM)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 17 Gadwall, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff (TeRNS)
  • Streatham: mixed flock of House Sparrows, Blue Tits, Great Tits and Goldfinches in gdn (slightly unusual combination I thought) (R Bell).
  • Tottenham Marshes: Kingfisher (James Palmer).
  • Trent Park: 3 Woodcock, Grey Wagtail (Robert Callf/Robin White).
  • Waterworks NR: 2 Firecrests nr entrance to hides, also 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Snipe and f Peregrine S (Jamie Partridge); Sparrowhawk (James Palmer).

Thursday 5th December 2013Edit

  • Barnet: Red Kite over A1 embankment (Neil Anderson).
  • Grovelands Park: Little Egret - my 1st for site - inadvertently flushed whilst counting Shovel'r, 24 Shoveler 16m 8f, Firecrest feeding in holly in wooded area SE of lake 11:27-11:31 (Robert Callf).
  • London Wetland Centre: 5 Brent Goose N, 2 Bittern, Bullfinch, Fieldfare, Redpoll, 6 Siskin, 9 Snipe (Adam Salmon). 
  • Oxleas Woods: Firecrest m in holly along footpath behind Crookston Rd 11am (Andrew Birks)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 White-fronted Goose [Ldn season-1st] (RBA/Birdguides/ELBF)
  • Redbridge Lakes: up to 4 Snipe, Grey Heron, Common Gull (Alan Hobson).
  • Richmond Park: Buzzard; no sign of yesterday's large Falcon (probably same bird seen Nov 23rd) which perched briefly in large birch by Upper Pen Pond then hunted low over canopy of adj woodland flushing 200 Woodpigeons. Behaviour seems odd for urban Peregrine - no sign of jesses but views of feet unclear (J.Wilczur). Not sure if this is another clue but on Saturday I found an injured Black-headed Gull by Pen Ponds that looked like it had been pelted by something big, injured wing & leg. [S. Haslem] Thanks SH- noted. [JW]
  • Ruislip Lido: 13 Little Egrets NW shore of marsh at 10.45 (Martin Smith)
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: 45+ Lesser Redpoll, 11 Redwing over, Meadow Pipit (Stuart Fisher)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret, 2 Common Snipe (Conrad Ellam)
  • Waltham Forest E17 (Hale End Rd): 70 Black-headed Gulls N (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Wanstead Flats: 35 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, 10 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Fieldfare, 3 singing Song Thrush (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Pied Wagtail, 5 Goldcrest, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Water Rail, 251 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, 7 Teal, 33 Pochard, 90 Tufted Duck, 3 Egyptian Goose, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll (Nick Croft)
  • Woodside Park N12 (Tillingham Way): Little Egret over c1200 (Edward Imber)

Wednesday 4th December 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 drake Gadwall Tunnel Res, 2 Common Teal pr Conservation Pond 11am (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: 25 Common Snipe, 2 Lapwing, 3 Redwing (Steve Blake).
  • Broomfield Park: 2 Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk (James Palmer).
  • Cranford CP (J3 M4): Grey Wagtail 1w, 3 Little Grebes, m Kestrel, 5 Fieldfare over, Buzzard over, 4+ Goldcrests, 4+ calling Ring-necked Parakeets, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (Wendy Marks)
  • Croham Hurst: found a freshly killed Woodpigeon - sat nearby and sure enough a Sparrowhawk returned to kill, also 80+ Redwings, 12 Fieldfare, Treecreeper (J.Barnes)
  • Connaught Water: red-head Smew (Tony Brown) pics
  • Grovelands Park: 12 Shoveler, 4 Mandarin (James Palmer).
  • Lee Valley Fishers Green: Little Owl sailing club (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley Friday Lake: 2 red-head Smew (Mike Oakland)
  • Leytonstone: Kestrel hunting over open ground south of A12 Green Man (Barbara Miller)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Pintail, 5 Bittern, Little Egret, Jack Snipe, Woodcock, Green Sandpiper (R.Kaye)
  • Rainham Marshes: Peregrine, Kestrel, Stonechat, Curlew, Golden Plover, Pintail (S Huckle)
  • Richmond Park: 3 Raven - one at Upper Pen pond 9.15 later seen at Ham Cross flew towards north of park 10.55 (J.Wilczur) & two flew towards Kingston 9.45 (M.Lewis per JW).
  • Stoke Newington East Reservoir: Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, 13 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 7 Shoveler (Peter Beckenham) 
  • Thorney CP: Bullfinch m, Little Egret, Kingfisher, 15+ Siskins, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Little Grebes, Red Kite over, Kestrel on pylon, 5 Pochard, Grey Heron, 4 Cormorants, 7 Redwing, Fieldfare, Common Gull, 2 Gadwall (Sue Giddens)
  • Trent Park: 18 Mandarin Duck 12m 6f, m Shoveler, 2 Woodcock, 6 Goldcrest, 7 Siskin feeding in larch Williams Wd, Bullfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: Woodcock (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: 20+ Linnet, 11 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, Redwing, 2 Egyptian Goose, 19 Tufted Duck, 10 Shoveler, 24 Gadwall, m Pochard (Nick Croft).
  • Watford WD17 (High St): Red Kite E mobbed by Carrion_Crow 13:15 (Matt Reed).
  • Woodlands Farm: 20+ Redwing, 3 Lesser Redpoll (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)

Tuesday 3rd December 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 7 Wigeon 3m 4f, 24 Pochard, Lapwing, 35 Common Snipe, 3 Water Rail (Roy Beddard)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cranford CP (J3 M4): Kingfisher, 3 Little Grebe, Chaffinch, several flocks of Long-tailed Tits, 4 Wrens, Grey Wagtail, 6 Jay, 2 Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, too many Ring-necked Parakeets and errr 1 donkey (T James)
  • Croham Hurst: 4 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 15+ Redwing, 8 Fieldfare, 2 Treecreeper, Robin, Sparrowhawk, 16 Long-tailed Tits, 10+ Great/Coal/Blue tits (J.Barnes)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2 Chiffchaff in trees by football academy; Ecology Pk - Fieldfare (Richard Green)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Black Redstart seen mainly on top of dam (permit holders only) but sometimes visible on wooden pallets to right of main gate; also 2 Black-necked Grebes, Water Rail, Goldeneye f (Derek Turner)
  • Husseywell Open Space, Hayes, Kent BR2 7DD: Grey Heron, 15 Moorhen, 10 Mallard (Andy Meaton) Tiny site with lake island not noticed before in passing, will investigate further. TQ402662
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: c50 Lesser Redpoll, Mealy Redpoll all feeding on ground nr Hollow Pond early am, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Redwing, Grey Wagtail, 8 Gadwall, 15 Pochard, 2 Teal pr (Stuart Fisher)
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley: Kingfisher flew upstream, 5 Redwings, Shoveler, 20+ Gadwall, 2 Grey Herons (1 on a nest), 3 Common Gulls, 2 Goldcrests, Pied Wagtail, Collared Dove, Song Thrush, 3 Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Jays, only 3 Mute Swans (Sue Giddens).
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Pintail, 2 Mandarin, 2 Goosander circled then NW, 4 Bittern, Little Egret, Jack Snipe, 17 Snipe - one taken by heron, Green Sandpiper, 11 Water Rail, Skylark W, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Lesser Redpoll (R.Kaye)
  • Middlesex Filter BedsFirecrest in scrub along edge of R Lea more or less opp towpath entrance 0825 (Alastair Dent); Firecrest still present at 1130 also 8 Gadwall, 15 Teal, 5 Little Grebe, Chiffchaff (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Oxleas Woods: Eltham SE9 1YG - 2 Firecrest in Pyracanthas (m & f to within 1 ft of each other) 15.05-15.15 with single seen between 13.53-15.05, m Blackcap (John Reid)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: f Peregrine, 3 Lapwing NE (Regent's Park Birds blog)
  • Stoke Newington East Reservoir: Chiffchaff in tit flock, 10+ Common Gull, 1-2 Water Rail (Peter Beckenham)
  • Sutcliffe Park Eltham: Little Egret, Water Rail, 2 Snipe (P Kite)
  • Trent Park: m Common Crossbill feeding in larch Williams Wd (Robin White per RM Callf).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Red Kite, Buzzard, 8 Tree Sparrow, 4 Bullfinch 2m 2f, Reed Bunting (James Palmer)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Stonechat pr in cow field (Jonathan Nasir).
  • Waterworks NR: Water Rail, Snipe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Shoveler, Gadwall, Ring-necked Parakeets (Sue Huckle); 1-2 Firecrest flitting between trees alongside path toward main hide (Jonathan Nasir).

Monday 2nd December 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 29 Common Snipe, Water Rail (Steve Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Black Redstart seen on pump house fr main gate on Hilfield Rd - pls respect residents' privacy. In pm seen on top of dam so not visible fr main gate - permit holders only (Derek Turner, Phil Rhodes)
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 Bittern, Pintail, Mandarin, 2 Fieldfare (WWT website)
  • Oxleas Woods: m Blackcap eating Pyracantha berries, Tawny Owl calling early am (John Reid)
  • Park Farm, Enfield: m Bullfinch (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Richmond Park: c35 Siskin - c25 in trees at bottom end of lower Pen Pond & c10 in wood edge above Upper Pond, 8 Mandarin on Upper Pond (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Town Park, Enfield: f/imm Gadwall Carr's Basin - unusual here - nervous & flighty, 4 Shoveler 3m f, 3m Pochard, 3m Tufted Duck (Robert Callf).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Little Grebe, 2 Teal, Siskin, c65 Fieldfare, c110 Redwing, 6 Rook, Bullfinch, c120 Common Gull, Kestrel (John Colmans)

Sunday 1st December 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Snipe flew up fr Tunnel Basin & landed on Wood Green Res c11:00am (Gareth Richards); m Gadwall on Tunnel reservoir mid-day (Jonathan Cooke); Reed Bunting Cricket Scrub - only 2nd record for yr (Henry Wyn-Jones per Bob Watts).
  • Bexleyheath (Broadway): 166 Pied Wagtails roosting in Scarlet Oak in Mkt Sq (Matt Reed).
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Little Egret - 2 Neasden Rec side & 1N, Lapwing, 19 Common Snipe, 4 Water Rail - 1 in flight & 3h (Brent Birders).
  • Bromley Common: 10 Rook, Green Woodpecker (John Reid)
  • Broxbourne Woods: 38 Common Crossbill (per Twitter) Where?
  • Canons Farm: 2 Little Egrets high N/NW at 9.32am; also 40+ Lesser Redpolls in Lunch Wd then at Reads Rest Ln entrance to Banstead Wds (David Campbell).
  • Cheshunt: 30 Golden Plover in field north of Lieutenant Ellis Way (Neville Smith & Hayley Lynes).
  • Cowley, Uxbridge UB8: 2 Little Egret S over my house calling 16:20 - to roost possibly Little Britain Lake (Roger Dewey)
  • Gallions Reach: Peregrine, Little Egret, 47 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, Dunlin, Curlew, Yellow-legged Gull ad, Rock Pipit (Gary A James).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Snipe flew up fr back of Hampstead 1 Pond 11:20 then away NW, Kingfisher at Sanctuary Pond, 8 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 33 Mandarin at Stock Pond, Siskin, Fieldfare, 6 Redwing (Frank Nugent).
  • King George V Reservoir: 18+ Goldeneye 3m 15+f - males doing their throwing-head-back display - surely a bit early, 7 Goosander m 6f (Quentin Given)
  • Leyton, Jubilee Park: 2f Goosander SE (Stuart Fisher)
  • Lower Chingford: Teal, 2 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail (James Palmer).
  • Oxleas Woods: m Blackcap (John Reid)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2m Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, 220+ Golden Plover, 180 Dunlin, 3 Stonechat, 4 Water Rail, 8 Pintail, 10+ Rock Pipit (David Bradnum)
  • Richmond Park: 10 Red-crested Pochard, Buzzard, 3 Grey Wagtail, 40+ Redwing, Fieldfare (Neil Anderson & LNHS party)
  • South Norwood CP: Water Rail, 20+ Fieldfare, 3 Redwing (Steven Robinson).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: solitary Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stonechat m f (David Collins)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Cetti's Warbler on E side of Low Maynard (Pete Lambert per Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: Reed Bunting, 8 Meadow Pipit, 6 Song Thrush, 18 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy)
  • Wanstead Park: Treecreeper (Bush Wood), 2 Goldcrest, 7 Siskin, Grey Wagtail, Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Egyptian Goose, 9 Teal, 225+ Gadwall, 40+ Pochard, 75+ Tufted Duck, 14 Shoveler, Water Rail, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy/Jonathan Lethbridge)
  • Waterworks NR: Water Rail, Snipe, Kingfisher, 2 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 4 Teal, 5 Coots, 2 Tufted Duck, Long-tailed Tits (Daniel Whitelegg).

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