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Thursday 31st December 2015Edit

  • Aimes Green: 7 Red-legged Partridge, 100+ Skylark, 150+ Linnet, 60+ Chaffinch, 30+ Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting (Neville Smith) Hi Neville. If you don't mind me asking, is there a particular field in Aimes Green you are seeing these birds? I live locally and would quite like to have a look at this site given the impressive sightings you have posted. Any tips on location are much appreciated (Charlie)
  • Barnes Cray (Thames Road wetland): 2 Chiffchaffs calling (Ian Stewart)
  • Blackfen DA15: Peregrine flying with what looked like Parakeet prey 08:30. Patrick English.
  • Brent Reservoir: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER reported again this am, behind Heron Hide 8.36 (RBA). Still present showing well between hides 12.15-12.30 (Quentin Given).
  • Bow Creek: c. 20 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpipers, 1 Chiffchaff (Nick Senior)
  • Broadwater Lake: 5 Goosander, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Bullfinch & 20+ Siskin (Simon Buckingham)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Kestrel, Peregrine, c300 Lapwing, c50 Golden Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, c10 Curlew, Kingfisher, prob Water Pipit at creek mouth, Cetti's Warbler singing (Ian Stewart)
  • East India Dock Basin: Little Grebe 14 Shelduck (several pairs displaying), 50 Teal, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler (calling very briefly), 2 Goldcrests, 1 Reed Bunting (Nick Senior)
  • Ewell court park: Little Egret, feeding in stream (Isaiah Rowe).
  • Fairlop Waters: Great Northern Diver, on main water,between 9.30-10.30,in bright sunshine.(G.Gram)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Pair Egyptian Geese, 4 Gadwall, 3 Little Grebe, 2+ Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Kingfisher, 2 Goldcrest, at least 4 Siskin (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam) Hi Conrad. I thought the ecology park was closed for Christmas. Where are these sightings from exactly (particularly Siskin), if you don't mind me asking? (Mark)
  • KGV Reservoir: 10+ goosander (even mix of m/f), 7+ goldeneye (again, roughly evenly numbers m/f), 1 female smew, 1 grey wagtail, 1 drake gadwall (Toni Piccolo, John Emerson)
  • Lewisham High Street: Kingfisher flew past police station @ 8.30 (Conrad Ellam)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, pr Peregrine over Grazing Marsh + landing on spit in front of observatory (Neil Anderson)
  • Paddington: male Peregrine (Charlie Farrell)
  • Rainham MarshesRSPB: 150 Black Tailed Godwits - Aveley Bay, 2 Marsh Harriers, Peregrine, Short Eared Owl - Wennington Marsh/Landfill, f Bullfinch - Cordite area (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Richmond Park: Dartford Warbler (M.Lewis per JW) juv male Peregrine perched by Upper Pond (J.Wilczur), Stonechat, Little Owl (Mat Hare)
  • Sevenoaks NR: 12 Jack Snipe (I completely missed them until they where pointed out to me by a helpful chap) Kingfisher, Siskin, Shell Duck, Gadwall, Little Egret, Blackcap. (Phil Laurie)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Stock Dove E, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • South Norwood CP: Cetti's Warbler and Bearded Tit again present today. (Croydon Birders)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Bulllfinch, 4 linnet, 2 Water Pipit, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Skylark (never seen them here in winter before), 2 kestrel, 1 Red Kite, 60 Fieldfare, 11 Goldcrest (Thomas Gibson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Kingfisher, 2 Reed Bunting (MH per TeRNS)
  • Thames Barrier Park early aft: 43 Shelduck, 1 1cy/1w Caspian Gull and 1 presumed 3cy/3w Caspian Gull (latter seen too briefly for positive id at Greenwich Yacht Club 26.12.2015), 2 Dunlin, 1 Rock Pipit, 24 House Sparrows, 2 Lesser Redpolls (Nick Senior)
  • Wanstead Flats: Firecrest (Bird Guides/RBA), 10 Gadwall, Kestrel, 3 Skylark, Great Black-backed Gull (Peter Brinton/Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: pair of Peregrine Falcon calling over Bush Wood, Nuthatch, 9 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, singing Stock Doves, 10 + Redwing, 204 Gadwall, 44 Shoveler, 3 Egyptian Goose, Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, Little Egret (Nick Croft)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Stonechat (male & female), 2 male Reed Bunting (Charlie Farrell)

Wednesday 30th December 2015Edit

  • Beaverwood & Kemnal Wood, Chislehurst: 4+ Redwing, 16+ Goldcrest, 8+ Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • City (London Wall): Kestrel (Charlie Farrell)
  • Fairlop Waters: Great Northern Diver (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Isle of Dogs: 1 near adult Yellow-legged Gull - Saunders Ness (Nick Senior)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 3 Siskin (1m, 2f-type) in the beds near the canal entrance at 1230 (Alastair Dent)
  • Mudchute Park: 1 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrests, 4 Siskins, c. 24 Monk Parakeets (Nick Senior)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Grey Heron S, Peregrine, 5 Stock Dove SE, Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Firecrest 1535-1540 showed well. (TeRNS)
  • Wanstead Flats: Firecrest (Peter Brinton), 21 Gadwall, 5 Egyptian Goose, 10 Shoveler, 100 + Jackdaw, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 180 Gadwall, 36 Shoveler, 5 Teal, Great Crested Grebe, Redwing, 6 Goldcrest, Redpoll, Siskin, Kestrel (Nick Croft)

Tuesday 29th December 2015Edit

  • Aimes Green, Essex: 2 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Skylark, 122 Linnet, 30+ Yellowhammer, 50+ Chaffinch, 2 Brambling all feeding in stubble fields (Neville Smith).
  • Beddington Farmlands: 1st w Iceland Gull on tip (Twitter), adult Mediterranean Gull, 1 male Marsh Harrier NE (Peter Alfrey, Kevin Guest) pics [1]
  • Brent Reservoir: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER alternated between tall trees in flats garden and reservoir side of wire fence. Showed very well in bushes/trees behind Heron Hide 11.45-12.10 at least. + several Goldcrest. Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Long-talied Tit, and 18 Common Snipe, Little Egret (Steve Blake + 8 observers).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 1 male Stonechat (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Crayford Marshes: Marsh Harrier (adult male), 2 (possibly 3) Short-eared owls, 3 Little Egret (Ralph Todd)
  • Crossness: 2 Buzzard, Peregrine, 24 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler 2 Reed Bunting, Stonechat (female), 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Ralph Todd)
  • Hackney, N1: 2 Blackcap, 1 Coal Tit in garden on Northchurch Rd (1 Blackcap also seen Dec 25, 26, first of winter), 2 Ring-necked Parakeet flying over neighbouring garden (Michael Rank).
  • Home Park, Hampton Court: Short-eared owl still, hunting both sides of the Long Water (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • KGV Res: Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, f Smew, Goosanders, Goldeneye, Common Scoter, Redwing (G.Gram)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 22 Lesser Redpoll, 14 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 7 Goldcrest, 7 Teal, 21 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 5 Stock Dove, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, 3 Siskin over, 8 singing Song Thrush (Stuart Fisher)
  • Richmond Park: 6 Stonechat, 15 Shoveler (Pen Ponds) (Hugh Bradshaw), Dartford Warbler, Redwing, 2m + f Red Crested Pochard (Mat Hare) 7 Teal, Buzzard, 17 Chaffinch at roost (J.Wilczur)
  • Ruislip Lido/Woods: 8 Little Egret (7 marsh, 1 golf course), 4 Buzzard together opposite garden centre, Kingfisher, 20 Redwing, pr Bullfinch (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • South Tottenham station: Common Buzzard over W at 09:10 (Frank Nugent).
  • Southmere Lake, Thamesmead: 46 Mute Swans, 18 Tufted Duck, 228 Coot (Ralph Todd)
  • Staines Moor: 1 Peregrine, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Red Kite, 2 Kestrel, 8 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail (Thomas Gibson). 4 Water Pipit (Colne), 1 Treecreeper (old railway near railway bridge), 11 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Siskin, 2+ Red Kite, 1 Common Buzzard (Lee Dingain). 6 Goosander over late afternoon (Rob Innes via Lee Dingain).
  • Stanwell Moor: 39 Northern Lapwing, 1m Sparrowhawk (Lee Dingain).
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret (Steven Robinson)
  • Swanscombe Marshes: No sign of yesterday's Dartford Warbler 1145-1400. 1 Marsh Harrier (m), 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, Dunnock (singing), 1 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff (in tit flock), 40 Chaffinch (+, single flock), 6 Reed Bunting (Peter Beckenham) What's the situation regarding the development threat, is there any update? I heard that Aardman productions (of Wallace and Gromit fame etc) are one of those responsible for the threat? Thanks (JB) Hi, the planning application has been delayed again, potentially expected summer 2016, but threat remains. A further round of public consultations is also planned, will know more then. I believe our plasticine pals have signed up (along with others) Check www.saveswanscombemarshes.com for updates. Many thanks (PB)
  • Thames Foreshore - Thamesmead to Erith: 88 Black-tailed Godwit, 640 Dunlin, 29 Gadwall, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 72 Lapwing, 2 Rock Pipit, 50 Redshank, 13 Shoveler, 386 Teal, 36 Wigeon, Common Seal (Ralph Todd).
  • Wanstead Flats: Firecrest, 7 Meadow Pipit, Skylark (Tony Brown).
  • Woodford Green: Redwing in treetop near Churchill Memorial 9.00 (Steve Howey).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 4 Meadow Pipit, male Stonechat (James Palmer).
  • Wraysbury GPs: 1m Goosander, 6 Goldeneye (very active displaying), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 11 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe (Thomas Gibson).

Monday 28th December 2015Edit

  • Beddington Farmlands: Hen Harrier (BirdGuides).
  • Brent Reservoir: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER behind Heron hide 9.30-9.35 (Shailesh Patel); Y-B W again at 12.05, several calls & brief sighting; Little Egret, Snipe, Water Rail, 6 Goldcrest, 10 Siskin on alders behind Heron Hide (Roy Beddard).
  • Brookmill Park: Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail, m + f Kingfishers, f Firecrest, 2 Grey Heron (Joe Beale, Yu-Hsuan Lin, Dusty Gedge).
  • Fairlop Waters: Great Northern Diver, 51 Golden Plover, Common Buzzard, 2 Little Owl, 4 Egyptian Geese (Neil Twyford).
  • Gallions Reach: 6 Brent Goose (downriver @ 10.34) Caspian Gull ad, Peregrine, Common Buzzard, 3 Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Rock Pipit. (Gary A James & Paul Davis).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: At least 3 Siskin with the Goldfich flock in the Alder Carr (Conrad Ellam & Anita Gwynn)
  • Harvil Rd Harefield: Short-eared Owl (Dan Pinkham)
  • Home Park: Short-eared Owl in rough grass N of Long Water for 3rd day, found by Mike Foster on Boxing Day (Nick Tanner).
  • KGV Reservoir: Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Common Scoter, Stonechat, 29 Linnet, all from the South basin (Neville Smith/et al).
  • Lamorbey Park: 5 Egyptian Geese, Little Grebe, Kingfisher (Ian Stewart).
  • Osterley Park/Norwood Green: Red Kite perched on oak in meadow (Rob Wheeler).
  • Rainham Marshes: 6 Brent Geese east downriver, Aveley Bay 11:05 (Fraser Simpson-Twitter) 8 Brent Geese East at 08.15, 3 Little Egrets, 3 Marsh Harriers, 2 Peregrines, 1 female Merlin over Wennington, 160 Black-Tailed Godwits, 6 Yellow-legged Gulls, 4+ Short-eared Owls shortly after dawn, 3 Rock Pipits, 7 Stonechats, Dartford Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Bearded Reedlings, 2 Corn Buntings (Nick Senior)
  • Staines Moor: 1 Peregrine, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 12+ Stonechat, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 2 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing (Thomas Gibson)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 1 Lesser Redpoll flocking with Goldfinches in The Glade am (Neil Batten).
  • Swanscombe Marsh: male Dartford Warbler in bramble hedge by central path at top end past small lake, Marsh Harrier over Black Duck Marsh, 300 Dunlin, 110 Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, 6 Turnstone, Rock Pipit, Cetti's Warbler (Andrew Self).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2m, 1f Pheasant, 3 Little Egret flying in a line along brook, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 29 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 13 Stock Dove, 4 Skylark, 11 Meadow Pipit, 30+ Redwing, c20 Fieldfare, 2 Rook, 5 Reed Bunting, 3 Lesser Redpoll, c70 Linnet (Neil Anderson/G. Westley).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: c125 Redwing, 15 Fieldfare, 12 Teal, pair Mandarin, Kestrel (John Colmans)
  • Valentines Park Ilford: Mediterranean Gull (Valentino) in his usual spot by island, 12 Egyptian Geese. (Barbara Miller)
  • Vauxhall-Keybridge House: Peregrine perched to after dark (Michael Mac)
  • Wanstead Flats: Firecrest, Goldcrest, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 4 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 4 Egyptian Goose (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 189 Gadwall, 48 Shoveler, 9 Teal, 6 Egyptian Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 3 Siskin, 4 Goldcrest, 400 + Jackdaw in pre roost gathering, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Coal Tit (Nick Croft)
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret on horse fields (Bob Smith)

Sunday 27th December 2015 Edit

  • Bow Creek: 6 Shelduck, 160 Teal, 52 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Chiffchaff (Nick Senior)
  • Brent Reservoir: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER behind Heron hide 9.05-9.25, drake Pintail north Marsh, Little Egret, 30 Snipe, Cetti's Warbler heard, 3 Chiffchaffs (Andrew Self, Roy  Beddard)
  • Cornmill Gardens: Kingfisher (Tom Moulton).
  • Crossness area: female Goosander on South Mere, 2 Grey Wagtail, 10 Linnet, 50+ Pied Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker, 11 Cetti's Warbler heard, Shelduck, Wigeon, Shoveler, Pochard, Teal, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Dunlin, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sparrowhawk (Phil Laurie).
  • Downhills Park N17: female Sparrowhawk in trees overlooking football pitch before being mobbed by Magpies and moving off west (Harringay Birder).
  • East India Dock Basin: 10 Shelduck, 40 Teal, 1 Kingfisher, 1 male Cetti's Warbler, 4 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting (Nick Senior).
  • Isle of Dogs: 1 Yellow-legged Gull (1st cal year) Millwall Outer Dock, female Peregrine (Nick Senior).
  • KGV Res: Drake Scaup, fem Common Scoter, 2 redhead Smew, Black-necked Grebe, 21 Goosander, 22 Goldeneye, 16 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 11 Fieldfare (Sean Huggins). Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe (Rare Bird Alert).
  • Lamorbey Park: 5 Egyptian Geese, Kestrel on college roof, 6+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Thames Barrier Park: 1 1st calendar year Caspian Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (1st cal year, 2nd cal year) (Nick Senior)
  • Trent Park: 2 Firecrest feeding in holly NE corner Shaws Wood, 2 Siskin, 3 Bullfinch 1m 2f (Robert Callf)
  • Wraysbury GPs: 14 Goldeneye, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Shoveler, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20+ Fieldfare, 30+ Redwing, 1 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 250+ Tufted Duck (Thomas Gibson)

Saturday 26th December 2015 Edit

  • Danson Park: No sign of Goosander due to boat disturbance. 3 Kingfisher, 5 Goldcrest, Teal. (Donna Zimmer)
  • Aimes Green/ Galleyhill Wood: Woodcock flushed from game crop, 5 Red-legged Partridge, Red Kite, 5 Common Buzzard, 20+ Meadow Pipits, 5 Nuthatch, 3 Coal Tit, 5 Treecreeper, 8 Brambling in amongst 100+ Chaffinch flock , Bullfinch, 6 Lesser Redpoll feeding on seed crop, c40 Yellowhammer feeding on stubble field (Neville Smith/Andy Middleton)
  • Brent Reservoir: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER between hides 09:20, later 11.05 near Heron Hide, 19 Snipe, Little Egret, Chiffchaff, drake Pintail north marsh, 4 Egyptian Goose (Brent Birders)m.Pheasant in shrike field (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Danson Park: Kingfisher, Goldcrest, No sign of the Goosander, (Conrad Ellam & Anita Gwynn)
  • Fairlop Waters:juv Great Northern Diver still present on the main lake early afternoon & 2 Egyptian Geese.(Alan Bell)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 38 Siskin, Little Egret, Little Grebe, 4 Gadwall, 13 Tufted Duck, 2 Song Thrush, Greenfinch (Ralph Todd) 4 Little Grebe, Water Rail, 3 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Hampton Court, Home Park: Short Eared Owl north of Long Water, 13:40. Only 60% sure, otherwise Buzzard. But hunted 6-10 feet above grass, turning frequently (Mike Foster)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 1 fem. Goldeneye, 3 Shoveler, 1 Pochard (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Lea Valley: Redhead Smew Friday Lake, 2 Goosanders (m&f) Seventy Acres Lake, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Siskin (Sean Huggins)
  • Richmond Park: Drake Pintail lower pond 08.45 R.Herbert per j.herbert
  • Stoke Newington West Reservoir: 1 Mediterranean Gull ad. (Alastair Rae)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 30+ Lapwing, 10 Snipe, 24 Stock Dove, Kingfisher, 12 Skylark, 19 Meadow Pipit, pr Stonechat, 15+ Fieldfare, c60 Redwing, Reed Bunting, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 45+ Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Tolworth: Alexandria Recreation Ground area - 132 Woodpigeon, 63 Magpie, 20 Greenfinch, 40 House Sparrow (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 70 Redwing, Fieldfare, 5 Teal, 2 Mandarin (John Colmans)

Friday 25th December 2015 Edit

  • Blackwall Basin, E14: Pair of Great Crested Grebes with four young (Sean Huggins)
  • Borehamwood: Bullfinch (male & female), Siskin (Alan Lewis)
  • Brent Reservoir: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER behind Heron Hide 08:50-09.15, Cetti's Warbler heard by main hide, Chiffchaff behind dam, drake Pintail north marsh, Greylag Goose & Egyptian Goose (Andrew Self) Y-B W in same area 10.40 calling occasionally, Chiffchaff nearby and 4+ Water Rail and 24 Snipe (Roy Beddard)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam)
  • Danson Park - Bexley - Goosander (female), teal (drake), fieldfare (Ralph and Brenda Todd)
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway): incl. a (Christmas' Morning) Black Redstart, 240+ Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Dunlin, 40+ Redshank, 3/4 Rock Pipit, 2 Shelduck and 55 Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • Lamorbey Park: 3 Egyptian Geese, Little Grebe, Kingfisher (Ian Stewart)
  • Northolt + Greenford CP: m Teal, 7 Snipe, 15 Redwing (Neil Anderson)
  • Stratford Olympic Park: 2 Water Rail, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 60+ Linnet, 40+ Goldfinch, Kingfisher, 12 Little Grebe, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest (Stuart Fisher)
  • Trent Park: 2 Firecrest feeding in holly NE corner Shaws Wood, 2 f/imm Reed Bunting along bridle-path near Shaws Wood (Robert Callf)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Main GP, Caspian Gull, adult at 14.45 (Twitter)
  • Wormwood Scubs; Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker. (Francis O'Sullivan)

Thursday 24th December 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher Wood Green Res, 3 Shoveler Boating Lake (Bob Watts)
  • Bow Creek: 34 Redshank & 1 Common Sandpiper (Frank Nugent).
  • Brent Reservoir: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER still present in East Marsh behind Heron Hide at 10.00 (Steve Blake) Seen very briefly at 10am in Willow shrub and Alder tree, before flying to tall trees in gardens of flats. Not seen again by 10.45, when torrential rain and galeforce winds stopped play!! (SB) + 19 Common Snipe, Chiffchaff; showed again 14.00-14.10 behind Heron Hide & was calling (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall & Bill Haines)
  • Broadwater Lake: 5 Goosander on River Colne directly behind sailing club (Dan Pinkham)
  • Bushy Park : Heron Pond-King's Field area - 23 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 25 Tufted Duck, 1 Red-crested Pochard x Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 121 Coot, 127 Common Gull, 27 Meadow Pipit, 10 Goldcrest, 220 Jackdaw (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank, 48 Golden Plover, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, c650 Lapwing, 52 Black-tailed Godwit, 65 Dunlin, 30 Wigeon, 38 Teal. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Danson Park: 2 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Kingfisher, 2 Goldcrest, 10+ Siskin (Ian Stewart, Donna Zimmer)
  • Eastcote (Field End Road): Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 6 Reed Bunting feeding together, 148 Teal, 12 Shelduck, Little Grebe, Peregrine over (Frank Nugent).
  • Grovelands Park: 1 Redwing at 15:00; no sign of Firecrest (Quentin Given)
  • Gutteridge Wood: Raven (G Westley).
  • Stockley Park: 3 Chiffchaff, Kestrel on golf course (Dan Pinkham)
  • Thames Barrier Park: mid aft - 2 1st cal year Caspian Gulls, 1 1st cal year Yellow-legged Gull, 26 House Sparrows, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Buntings (Nick Senior)

Wednesday 23rd December 2015 Edit

  • Bow Creek: 41 Redshank at high tide ( Chris Parish)
  • Brent Reservoir: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER in East Marsh behind Heron Hide at 12.30, seen for 15 mins but not heard to call (Roy Beddard) What habitat was it in Roy...reeds, scrub, willow other? cheers Ken Murray - the area behind the Heron Hide from what I remember is mainly brambles, but it's been a while since I've been there, so time has rather dulled my memory, but I remember some Willows towards the back - well done RB.. (Jon Ridge) - It was in Sycamores and Willows along edge from gardens off flats behind hide (RB)
  • Bushy Park: Tawny Owl calling near Cobblers walk 6.50 (Ian R Watson)
  • Crayford Marshes: Short-eared Owl, 2 Bearded Tit, 32 Golden Plover, Water Rail, Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 16 Fieldfare, Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Dunlin, c 270 Lapwing. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Danson Park: Female Goosander 16.15 (Phil Cliffe per Ian Stewart)
  • Eastcote (Abbotsbury Gardens): Redwing, 9 Long-tailed Tit & 9 Ring-necked Parakeet (Jon Ridge).
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway): incl. a Black Redstart, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, a Chiffchaff, 5 Dunlin, 150+ Redshank, 2 Rock Pipit and 34 Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • Fairlop Waters: Great Northern Diver, Golden Plover, Little Owl. (Neil Twyford)
  • Friday Lake: 1 female Smew (Neville Smith).
  • Grovelands Park: Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 1st-winter Mute Swan, 4 Egyptian Goose, 28 Mandarin Duck 16m 12f, 9 Shoveler 7m 2f, 2 male Pochard, 19 Tufted Duck 12m 7f, Kingfisher, 3+ Grey Wagtail at roost 16:00 hrs, 4 Goldcrest, f Firecrest feeding in holly wooded area E of lake, 5 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper (Robert Callf)
  • Hall Marsh Scrape: 8 Common Snipe, male Stonechat (Neville Smith).
  • Harefield. 11 Red Kite scavenging in a garden in Park lane. The most I have seen in a single gathering outside of the Chilterns. ( John Edwards)
  • Hook's Marsh Lake: 20 Lesser Redpoll 14 feeding together in Alder's East side (Neville Smith).
  • Isle of Dogs: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (near adult & 1st cal year) Saunders Ness (Nick Senior)
  • Lord's Cricket Ground: 4 Mistle Thrush (John Colmans)
  • Holyfield Farm: Woodcock flushed from top fields, seen twice. 2 Stonechat, male Bullfinch (Neville Smith).
  • Regent's Park: Yellow-legged Gull (3rd winter) on lake (Jim Fell)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Dartford Warbler (M.Lewis per JW) any directions please? Thanks (R.palmer). Peregrine (juvenile male) perched in birches by Upper Pen Pond, 15.20, but pestered by Magpies and shifted to an oak by 15.45. Kingfisher flew to the island (Stefan Czapski) RP: I didn't look for them today but the Dartfords are in Lawn Field - the bracken area between the Lower Pen Pond and White Lodge - SCz
  • Petts Wood: Skylark over, 10+ Redwing, 10+ Goldcrest, 4+ Nuthatch, 10+ Rook (Ian Stewart)
  • St James's Park: Water Rail at 08:25 (Frank Nugent)
  • Scadbury Park: Pheasant, several Redwings, 6+ Goldcrest, 4+ Nuthatch, Treecreeper (Ian Stewart)
  • Seventy Acres Lake: Red Kite low towards Holyfield farm eventually drifted North 1000hrs. 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff (Neville Smith).
  • South Norwood Country Park: Cetti's Warbler (wetlands), Bearded Tit (big reed bed), 17 Shoveler, Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel, 3 Water Rail, Fieldfare, Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, Jackdaw, 6 Siskin (Croydon Birders)
  • Staines Moor: 1 Golden Plover (west side), 3 Water Pipit, 5 Stonechat, 6 Little Grebe, (following after dark) 2 Woodcock, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl, 5+ Common Snipe, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Water Rail (heard) (Lee Dingain)
  • Tottenham Marsh: male Sparrowhawk, Stonechat (James Palmer)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Male Firecrest still 0755 Monument Glade 1255 in small holly near north gate 30 yards north of High Glade pond, also 2 Redwing Sanctuary Wood (Bob Watts)

Tuesday 22nd December 2015Edit

  • Crayford Marshes: male Peregrine, 2 Common Sandpiper, Water Rail, 2 Rock Pipit, c450 Lapwing, Curlew, 2 Little Egret. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: 4 Shoveler 2m 2f, 120 Black-headed Gull, 7 Goldfinch, 11 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll feeding in Alder (Robert Callf)
  • Danson Park: Female Goosander 15.45, Teal, Peregrine checking out the Parakeet roost (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, 4 Teal, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, at least 4 Siskin (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: f Goldeneye on Hollow Pond (found yesterday by Mike Messenger), Grey Wagtail, Coal Tit, Redwing, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 3 Pochard (Stuart Fisher)
  • Pinner (HA5): 13 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Coal Tit & 15 House Sparrow (Jon Ridge).
  • St James's Park: Water Rail showing nicely at 08:00 (Frank Nugent). Little Grebe by Pelican Island. Parks Staff cleaning leaves from area around the Reed Bed at 11.00, so no sign of the Water Rail. Hopefully it has not been scared off. (Phil Laurie); Phil, I checked and the Water Rail was showing well at 14:15 (Frank). Excellent, it must be made of stern stuff (Phil)
  • Southwark Park: 2 Egyptian Goose, 15 Canada Goose, 13 Grey Lag, 8 Mute Swan (2 ad + 6 brood from this year, 6 pairs Shoveler, 11 pairs Tufted Duck, 30+ Coot, 65+ Black Headed Gull, Jay, Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail, Grey Heron (John Cadera)
  • Westminster: Cormorant seen from office window flying west over Victoria Street 14:00 (Tim Rymer)

Monday 21st December 2015Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 21 Common Snipe, 4 Egyptian Goose, drake Pintail. (Steve Blake)
  • Broadwater Lake, Harefield. 20 Chiffchaff along the R. Colne plus another 4 at Black Jacks Mill closeby. All 'collybita' Also along R. Colne 3 Grey Wagtail plus 3 more BJ Mill, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Water Rail and 16 Goldcrest. Flock of 100 Siskin in Ranston Covert and 500 Coot and 800 Tufted on the lake itself. ( High count for latter sp. ) ( John Edwards)
  • Bushy Park: Tawny Owl calling. 2 Barn Owl calling, 1 seen in flight 6.45, cobblers walk . (Ian R Watson)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Bearded Tit, Spotted Redshank, imm Marsh Harrier, Curlew, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 180 Lapwing, 28 Redshank, 10 Fieldfare. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Friday Lake: 2 Smew, 25+ Siskin (Simon Papps)
  • Hackney, N1: 1 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest in garden on Northchurch Road (former quite a frequent visitor in recent weeks) (Michael Rank)
  • Lamorbey Park: 6 Egyptian Geese, 7 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail (Ian Stewart)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Tawny Owl, female calling early am, 4 Fieldfare, c8 Redwing, 2 Nuthatch, 6+ Goldcrest, 11 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 60+ Tufted Duck, Peregrine over, 2 singing Song Thrush (Stuart Fisher)
  • St James's Park: Water Rail showing very well this morning plus 5 Redwing (Frank Nugent).
  • South Norwood Country Park: Cetti's Warbler again singing intermittently in wet meadow, Bearded Tit heard briefly nearby early on, 2+ Water Rails, c15 Siskins. (John Birkett)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Shelduck, 8 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, Peregrine Falcon, Water Rail, Kingfisher (TeRNS)
  • Hollyoak Wood Park, Haddon Grove, Sidcup. Little Egret, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (Eric Brown)
  • Walthamstow E17: 1m Blackcap and 1 Coal Tit in garden on Chaucer Rd. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Worcester Park/Morden Cemetery: Treecreeper - great rarity here (Bob Smith). Blackcap male (Bill Reid)

Sunday 20th December 2015Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Chiffchaff , near Conservation Pond and another briefly singing along New River path, also Shoveler Boating Lake, c35 Common gull Wood Green Res (Alan Gibson, Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: drake Pintail north marsh, 26 Snipe, Chiffchaff & 50 Redwing (Andrew Self)
  • Cornmill Meadows: (am) 2 Common Buzzard, Common Snipe, 2 Stonechat, 2 Treecreeper, 5 Goldcrest, 100+ Siskin, 5 Lesser Redpoll feeding on willow herb seed along stream (Neville Smith).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Bearded Tit, imm Marsh Harrier, 32 Golden Plover, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 16 Ringed Plover, Rock Pipit, 2 Water Rail, 5 Cetti's Warbler, Curlew, 250 Lapwing, 4 Goldcrest.(Kev Jarvis)
  • Cricklewood (Dicey Avenue) male and female Blackcap in my garden this morning, about an hour apart. (Nigel Biggs).
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway);130 Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Redshank, 30 Teal, 10 Cormorant, Grey Wagtail (George Kalli)
  • Fairlop Waters: Great Northern Diver, 2 Kingfisher, 48 Golden Plover, 3 Red-legged Partridge, Common Buzzard, Little Owl. (Neil Twyford)
  • Finsbury Park N4: boating lake 8 Shovelers, Little Grebe, much reduced diving duck numbers (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Friday Lake: (pm) 2 female Smew (Neville Smith).
  • Hook's Marsh/Seventy Acres Lake: (pm) 2 Goosander, 3 Water Rail, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff (one in full song, no surprise), 4 Treecreeper, 10 Goldcrest, 3 Coal Tit (Neville Smith). Bittern on west side of Seventy Acres (Simon Papps).
  • Hall Marsh Scrape: (pm) Stonechat (Neville Smith).
  • Hampton Court Park: 60 Canada Goose, 11 Egyptian Goose, 13 Gadwall, 8 Wigeon, 5 Grey Heron, 4500 Black-headed Gull (940 E), 135 Common Gull, 218 Herring Gull (181 E), 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Snipe SW, 200 Coot, 12 Stock Dove (7 SW), 219 Woodpigeon (82 S-SW, 48 E-NE), 21 Long-tailed Tit, 71 Redwing (49 SW), pair Stonechat, 175 Starling, 29 Magpie, 265 Jackdaw (70 E) (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Lamorbey Park: 3 Little Grebe, 2 Peregrines, Kingfisher (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern (BirdGuides) Shelduck, 2m1f Pintail, 35+ Shoveler, 2m Sparrowhawk (The bittern was showing well from the wildside hide, Tom Gibson)
  • Queen's Woods, Highgate - Firecrest in my garden on Wood Vale. (Matt Evans)
  • Richmond Park: Dartford Warbler, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Stonechat, 10 Siskin, 12 Redwing, Meadow Pipit, Little Grebe, Reed Bunting, Water Rail, Stock Dove (Steve Woolfenden); 27 Reed Bunting assembled in one tree from 14:30 (Frank Nugent). Hi Frank, this is a remarkable count for the Park. Could you please give directions for the tree? (J.Wilczur) Hi Jan. They were in a tree just by White Ash Pond and dropping down to ground between the Pond and the building currently being renovated. Numbers built up steadily from about 14:15. A passing Kestrel brought hitherto unseen Reed Buntings up into a couple of trees before all birds assembled in the same tree giving me a maximum count of 27. Bad weather made me leave before dark but when I left they had dropped to ground once more. Kindest regards, Frank. Thanks for the info Frank, jan.
  • South Norwood Country Park: Cetti's Warbler (a long-awaited first for Croydon - congratulations to the finder) called three times close to pool at edge of wetlands at 8.30am. Possibly seen in flight by another birder. Also: 2 Egyptian Goose, 14 Shoveler, Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 3 Water Rail, 9 Common Gull, 2 Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Grey Wagtail, 7 Redwing, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Bearded Tit still in big reed bed, 14 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch. Croydon Birders
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 m Pheasant, pr Teal, Little Egret, Buzzard, min 3 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 18 Snipe, 20 Lapwing, Kingfisher, drumming Great-spotted Woodpecker, 4 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, pr Stonechat, c100 Redwing, 45+Fieldfare, 4 singing Song Thrush, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Rook, c20 Jackdaw, 5 Jay, 3 Reed Bunting, c80 Linnet, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 20+ Goldfinch (Neil Anderson)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Peregrine Falcon, Green Sandpipier, 13 Tree Sparrows (Andrew Steele)
  • Woodford Green: Tawny Owl, Goldcrest, male Blackcap, Song Thrush, Firecrest, Legret, 2 Nuthatch, 9 Siskin, Redwing (Ken Murray).

Saturday 19th December 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park. Kingfisher, Conservation Pond, central reed-beds. 5mins+ view. (Greg Smith)
  • Brent Reservoir: drake Pintail north marsh, 25 Snipe, 4 Green Sandpiper & Pheasant, Chiffchaff Cycle Track (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall, Bill Haines)
  • Chislehust Common: Firecrest in holly near top pond, male Mandarin on bottom pond, Grey Wagtail, several Redwings (Ian Stewart)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Bearded Tit, Spotted Redshank, male Marsh Harrier, 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Golden Plover, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Curlew. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Danson Park: No sign of Goosander due to boat disturbance, Teal, Gadwall, Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Sparrowhawk, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (ad + 1w), Kingfisher, Siskin (Ian Stewart, Phil Cliffe) c2360 Ring-necked Parakeets to roost (Ralph Todd)
  • Eastcote (Deanecroft Road): 8 Redwing over (Jon Ridge):
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Little Grebe, 6 Shelduck, c.40 Teal, 28 Tufted, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Goldcrests (Nick Senior)
  • Fairlop Waters: juv Great Northern Diver still on main lake late afternoon (Alan Bell, Adrian Pearson)
  • Fulham Reach: 9 House Sparrow (by Fulham Reach development, a group not found in months) (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Grovelands Park: Great Crested Grebe, 22 Mandarin Duck 13m 9f, 21 Shoveler 15m 6f, 2 male Pochard, 23 Tufted Duck 11m 12f, 6 Grey Wagtail went to roost by 16:10 hrs, 6+ Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, Firecrest holly E side (Robert Callf)
  • Horsenden Hill (Fields): 10 Redwing, Sparrowhawk, 3 singing Song Thrush. Black Knapweed and Meadow Buttercup in flower!! (Martin Smith)
  • Lamorbey Park, Sidcup. 4 Egyptian Geese, 18 Canada Geese, Grey Heron, 7 Tufted Ducks, 3 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 2 Peregrines, Goldcrest (Eric Brown)
  • London Wetland Centre: Treecreeper seen S side sheltered lagoon. 9 Common Snipe, 3m 1f Pintail, 1f Goldeneye, 1m 1f Stonechat, 1m Sparrowhawk, 1m 1f Peregrine the latter on the ground near Peacock for several minutes, 3 Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest (Martin Honey)
  • Petts Wood: Greylag with 25 Canada Geese on school field, Grey Wagtail, 20+ Redwing, 6+ Goldcrest, 25+ Rook, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Pinner (HA5): 9 Redwing & Coal Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: Little Egret, 44 Gadwall, 25 Wigeon, m Teal, 5 Mandarin, pr Red-crested Pochard, low Buzzard by Pen Pond plantation, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kingfisher together, Meadow Pipit, 14 Fieldfare over, f Stonechat, Red Admiral in flight (Neil Anderson/K. Bull) Little Grebe, juv male Peregrine perched, 133 Common Gull, 3 more Stonechat, Dartford Warbler (J.Wilczur) 2 more Buzzards over east side of Park at same time as 1st (R.Herbert per JW)
  • Roding Valley Meadows NR: 700+ Redwing at dusk (Barry Jones).
  • Scadbury Park: Grey Heron over, Redwings, 6+ Goldcrest, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Raven in from W then S 09.41 - 09.43, pair Peregrines, singing Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker (Ian Stewart)
  • St Georges Wharf/Vauxhall:  2 Peregrine high north west (Michael Mac).
  • Staines Moor: 1 Little Grebe, 6m4f Stonechat, 4 Green Woodpecker, 4 Jay, 1 Kestrel, 10+ Goldcrest (Thomas Gibson)
  • South Harrow/South Ruislip: Red Kite over Eastcote Arms roundabout 11.00, first time I've see one this side of RAF Northolt (Tim Rymer)
  • Surbiton: Fishponds Open Space area - 990 Black-headed Gull E, 448 Herring Gull E, 125 Woodpigeon, 35 Blue Tit, 23 Great Tit, 15 Goldcrest, 50 Redwing (30 W), 32 Magpie, 24 Goldfinch (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Thames Barrier Park (late aft) 2 1st calendar year Caspian Gulls (see pics), 5 Yellow-legged Gulls, 45 Shelduck, 120 Teal, 2 (pair) Goosander West, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Goldcrests, 6 Lesser Redpolls, 24 House Sparrows (Nick Senior)
  • Totteridge Valley : 2 Firecrests at Oakfields copse, Mill Hill at midday.  Frequenting the holly trees along left side of the first 30 metres of the track when entering from the corner of Partingdale Lane / Ridgeway.  Also Red Admiral (Ian Ellis)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: drake Scaup, female Goosander, 1 drake and 3 Goldeneye on Lockwood. (David Bradshaw)
  • Woodford Green: Hawfinch (Twitter)
  • Wraysbury GPs: 8 Goldeneye, 1 Kingfisher, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 6+ Goldcrest, 70+ Gadwall, 200+ Tufted duck, 200+ Coot, 50+ Mute Swan, 1 Little Grebe, 15 Redwing, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Thomas Gibson)

Friday 18th December 2015Edit

  • Alexandra Park: light Redwing passage pre dawn 0645 (Bob Watts)
  • Bexley DA5 (Coldblow Field): Redwing, c30 Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll. No sign of Brambling but a good few finches about, will check again (Ian Stewart)
  • Bexleyheath: Goosander (female) still present at Danson Park (Donna Zimmer). Drake Shoveler (Ralph Todd)
  • Bushy Park: Little Egret fishing in stream between boating pond and Chestnut avenue, 09:50 (Mike Foster).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Bearded Tit, Short-eared Owl, Spotted Redshank, 8 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Rock Pipit, 22 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 160 Dunlin, 3 Little Egret, 35 Redshank. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Danson Park: Female Goosander still present 16.10, 2 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Kingfisher (Ian Stewart)
  • Enfield Town: Grey Wagtail on Pearsons flat roof (Phil Rhodes)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Pair Egyptian Geese, 15+ Tufted Duck, pair Pheasant, 3+ Little Grebe, Little Egret, Kestrel, 2 Water Rail, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 30+ Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Ladywell Fields: Kingfisher, Cormorant on the river, 3 Song Thrush singing, 2 Coal Tits (Tom Moulton)
  • Lower Clapton E5: 4 Lesser Redpoll with Goldfinch flock in birch in Powerscroft Road at 0930 (Alastair Dent)
  • Millfields E5: ~20 Redwing + 6 Fieldfare around the orchard at 0900. At least 4 Song Thrushes in full song here and in the filter beds (Alastair Dent)
  • Oakwood Park: Grey Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush incl one singing, singing Mistle Thrush, 4 Greenfinch, 21 Goldfinch, 11 Siskin feeding in alder (Robert Callf)
  • Pinner (HA5): 36 Redwing west/north-west, Goldcrest & 2 Coal Tit. Later: 2 Jackdaw over, Jay & at least 20 House Sparrow around the feeders (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: adult Mediterranean Gull - Upper Pen Pond briefly, 2 male Teal, 2 Red-crested Pochard - pair, 107 Common Gull, Kingfisher (J.Wilczur) Little Egret, Grey Heron sitting on nest, Peregrine male perched (Friday Group per JW)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine, Song Thrush singing, 3 Redwing S, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Jackdaw S (Ian Stewart)
  • South Norwood CP: Bearded Tit, Kingfisher, Teal, Water Rail (h), Siskin, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Fieldfare, Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff (h), 2 Jackdaw (Steven Robinson)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: c60 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 9 Siskin, 4 Rook, Bullfinch, 4 Mandarin, Teal (John Colmans)
  • tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Male Firecrest still Horse Chestnut Glade 1315 also 2+ Redwing Monument Glade (Bob Watts)
  • Wanstead Flats: 16 Linnet, Siskin, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Teal, 3 Pochard, 20 + Gadwall, 10 + Shoveler, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)

Thursday 17th December 2015 Edit

  • Chislehurst Pond (by the High Street): incl. a (male) Mandarin Duck, seemingly present since at least late-October (Mike Robinson)
  • Crayford Marshes: Short-eared Owl, 2 Bearded Tit, Spotted Redshank, fem Marsh Harrier, 2 Curlew, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, Common Sandpiper, Water Rail, Rock Pipit, c300 Dunlin. (Kev Jarvis, Ralph Todd)
  • Danson Park: Female Goosander still present (Bexley wildlife website per Ian Stewart)
  • Hampstead Heath. By bird feeding bridge. 10 Siskins, 1 Redwing and a Treecreeper.No Water Rail yet this winter. Probably gone to St James Park to be with Frank Nugent. (Greengrandad); Cheeky Grandad! Missing the not British Rail are you? I'll bring it back to you at the weekend (FN).
  • Hatton Cross: Peregrine (Simon Cumming)
  • Kingston upon Thames (KT2 5BQ): 14 Redwing.
  • Lamorbey Park: 3 Egyptian Geese, Little Grebe, Peregrine, 10+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Leatherhead Crematorium: 1 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Greylag, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet. Also 3 Pied Wagtail at Randalls Way (Neil Batten)
  • Pinner (HA5): Jay & Grey Squirrel in combat on the lawn over custody of an acorn & 3 Coal Tit on the feeding apparatus. Later; Redwing over at 21:48 (Jon Ridge).
  • Primrose Hill: Peregrine over St Mark's Church this morning (John Colmans)
  • St James's Park: Water Rail in full view at 08:30 (Frank Nugent); 2 Redwing on Duck Island at 12:45, also full-winged Shoveler (Andrew Self); Water Rail 14:00-15:00 (Eric, Toni, Frank).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Kestrel low through gardens like a Sparrowhawk- increasingly common sight here this year, Peregrine, Fieldfare, 3 Redwing S, Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • South Norwood Country Park: 2 Kestrel, 3 Water Rail, 160 Black-headed Gull, Grey Wagtail, 4 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Bearded Tit eventually showed well in big reed bed at 10.15am. (Croydon Birders)
  • Stockers Lake. 24 Red crested Pochard ( 19 males, 5 females) at south end of lake feeding on weed. (John Edwards, Patty Briggs).
  • Springwell Lake. Cetti's Warbler ( John Edwards, Patty Briggs)
  • Stockers Farm. Little Owl in usual willow ( John Edwards, Patty Briggs)
  • Wanstead Flats: Caspian Gull (Walthamstow Poachers)

Wednesday 16th December 2015Edit

  • Bayhurst Wood fields. Harefield. 6 ( 3Pr.) Stonechat and 30 Fieldfare ( John Edwards)
  • Crayford Marshes: Short-eared Owl, Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 400 Dunlin, 270 Lapwing, Curlew, 14 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 18 Wigeon. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Danson Park: Female Goosander, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 8+ Goldcrest, 6+ Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • East India Dock Basin: 11 Shelduck, c.45 Teal, 22 Tufted, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Siskin, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Reed Buntings (Nick Senior)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 2 Egyptian Goose, 4 Teal, Goldcrest, Siskin (John Bushell per Conrad Ellam)  
  • Hilly Fields Lewisham: 2 Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, singing Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker (f) (Tom Moulton/Sue Gore)  
  • KGV Res: Great Northern Diver, Smew, 12 Goosander, Peregrine (A.Middleton)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2m 2f Pintail, 6 Greylag geese, 2 Common Snipe, 2 Cetti's warbler, 15 Siskin, Peregrine over main lake and grazing marsh, then landed on long island in front of Observatory to bathe then flew off east (Martin Honey)
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 5 Meadow Pipit, 34 Pied Wagtail (Robert Callf)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 5 Fieldfare w. 4 Pied Wagtail, 145 Herring Gull n.e. 19 Ring-necked Parakeet (Neil Batten)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Male Firecrest still Monument Glade 1300 also Coal tit Sanctuary Wood (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: Kingfisher, 40+ Siskin feeding in alders (Robert Callf)

Tuesday 15th December 2015Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 19 Common Snipe, Water Rail, Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker (Steve Blake).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, 2 Song Thrush, 7 Mistle Thrush (Conrad Ellam).
  • Fishers Green (Goosefields): 6 Lesser Redpoll (James Palmer).
  • Crayford Marshes: Raven, Spotted Redshank, fem Marsh Harrier, 82 Golden Plover, c750 Dunlin, 10 Yellow-legged Gull, 8 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Rock Pipit, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 2 Curlew (Kev Jarvis & Ian Stewart).
  • Fetcham Mill Pond: 1 Little Grebe, 16 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Common Gull. Also 1 Kingfisher on R. Mole by railway bridge (Neil Batten).
  • Hall Marsh: Peregrine, Stonechat (James Palmer).
  • High Barnet Station:- Two Wrens singing in the copse at near midnight (Geoff Crabtree).
  • Highgate Station: two Song Thrushes singing, in balmy London temperatures (Brian Milligan).
  • Ladywell Fields: 2 Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, singing Song Thrush (Tom Moulton/Sue Gore).
  • Morden Cemetery: Little Owl (Bob Smith).
  • Morden Hall Park: Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Geese (Bill Budd).
  • Rammey Marsh: Sparrowhawk, 6 Reed Bunting (James Palmer).
  • Regent's Park: Firecrest male trapped and ringed in area with no public access this morning (Bill Haines).
  • St James's Park: Water Rail putting on a good show despite myriad noise and activity all around at the end of the reedbed nearest Horse Guards Parade at 14:15 (Frank Nugent).
  • Mile End Park: 1 Green Woodpecker (Marcus Mitchell).
  • South Norwood Country Park: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose, 8 Shoveler, Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 4 Water Rail, 34 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 7 Collared Dove, Grey Wagtail, Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, Bearded Tit , 15 Siskin, Bullfinch (Croydon Birders).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: at least two Song Thrushes singing along bank of River Lea by East Warwick at 6am (Quentin Given).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Firecrest still Long Wood, 6 Goldcrest, Stonechat, 20+ Linnet, 3 Redpoll, 60 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 2 Pochard, 3 Egyptian Goose, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Great Black-backed Gull (Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: 244 Gadwall, 29 Wigeon, 47 Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Siskin, Nuthatch, 10+ Goldcrest, 3 Redwing (Nick Croft).

Monday 14th December 2015 Edit

  • Crayford Marshes: Short-eared Owl, Spotted Redshank, fem Marsh Harrier, 18 Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 480 Dunlin, 2 Curlew, 300 Lapwing, 3 Rock Pipit, 28 Redshank, Kingfisher. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Fairlop Waters:juv Great Northern Diver still on the main lake late afternoon,also 31 Golden Plover ,pair of Wigeon.(Alan Bell)
  • Fulham Palace Meadow Allotments: singing Song Thrush (3.05pm) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Guy Lodge Farm, Enfield: Mediterranean Gull adult with mixed flock of Black-headed and Common Gulls on fields between Whitewebbs Lane and M25 (Robert Callf)
  • Leatherhead Crematorium: 4 Goosander (3m 1f) on River Mole, 1 drake Teal, 1 Greylag, 19 Redwing, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest. (Neil Batten)
  • Lower Chingford (Flood Relief Channel near North Circular Road): female Pintail (James Palmer) 
  • Mayflower Park: Chiffchaff (Bob Smith)
  • Ruislip Lido: AM 24+ Little Egret, Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail calling, pr Great Crested Grebe courtship dancing.(Martin Smith) 
  • St James's Park: Water Rail showing well this morning (Frank Nugent).
  • Woodford Bridge: 4 Ring-necked Parakeets and Great Spotted Woodpecker in the trees right outside my flat [sometimes it's nice just to have the birds come to me instead of me going to find them!] (Alan Hobson).
  • Wanstead Flats: Caspian Gull (@suzehu on twitter)

Sunday 13th December 2015 Edit

  • Barnes Waterside Development, Pond: Cetti's Warbler singing (R.Kaye)
  • Brent Reservoir: drake Pintail north marsh, 18 Snipe, Treecreeper in Oakwood (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard). Plus - First winter male Sparrowhawk flew in front of main hide, c. 10 Goldcrest, 5 Egyptian Geese, 2 Chiffchaff (Roy Beddard, Bob Husband et al, NW London RSPB Group regular Birdwalk)
  • Bushy Park: 1 Goldcrest, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 10 Long tailed tit, 4 Mistle Thrush, 5 Redwing (Ian R Watson)
  • Cornmill Meadows, Water Rail, Barn Owl (at dusk), 8 Goldcrest, 100+ Siskin feeding in Alder's (Neville Smith).
  • Crayford Marshes: fem Marsh Harrier, 2 Golden Plover, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 250 Dunlin, 20 Redshank, 2 Rock Pipit, Curlew, Cetti's Warbler, 30 Wigeon, 35 Teal. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Gallions Reach: Caspian Gull, Common Sandpiper, 4 Curlew, 28 Lapwing 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1w Yellow-legged Gull. (Gary A James and Paul Davis).
  • Fairlop Waters: Great Northern Diver (Twitter) still there at 3pm. 26 Golden Plover in field (1 summer plumage), 130 Lapwing, 2 Goldcrest (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Drake Gooander fllew over the park, heading upriver @ 2.45, drake Tufted Duck, 3 drake Teal, Kingfisher, Siskin m (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 89 Mallard, 6 Shoveler, 32 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 1780 Black-headed Gull, 232 Herring Gull, 16 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 340 Feral Pigeon, 166 Woodpigeon, 75 Collared Dove, 7 Grey Wagtail, 42 Blackbird, 48 Redwing, 23 Song Thrush, 23 Dunnock, 32 Wren, 20 Goldcrest, 180 Jackdaw, 111 Carrion Crow, 15 Chaffinch, 26 Goldfinch, 8 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • KGV Res: Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, redhead Smew, five Goosander, 15 Goldeneye, Kingfisher, two Grey Wagtails, 17 Meadow Pipits (Sean Huggins)
  • London Wetland Centre - WWT: 1 Bittern - Reservoir Lagoon, 1 fem Goldeneye, 3 Pintail, Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest (by and per Angus Innes);
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush (Rich Petley)
  • Ponders End Lake: redhead Smew, 20 Lapwing, 5 Little Grebe, Kingfisher (A.Middleton)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 Short Eared Owls, 3 Marsh Harriers (1M 2F) Buzzard (Landfill/Wennington) Barn Owl, Dartford Warbler (Cordite/north path) 100 Redshanks, 30 Black Tailed Godwits (Stone Barges at high tide)(Ian Bradshaw)
  • Richmond Park: Dartford Warbler, Kingfisher, Waterrail, 2 Stonechat 3 Meadow Pipit (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Roding Valley Meadows NR: 7 Song Thrush singing (Barry Jones).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: c150 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, Kingfisher, 3 Mandarin (John Colmans)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 2 Goosander, 2 Water Rail, Firecrest along path north side of the smaller Night Pit, also Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, Bullfinch (Neville Smith).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs51 Little Egret into the roost, exactly the same number as one week ago (Frank Nugent). Hi Frank, Gates shut at 17:00 what sort of time and where do you view these from, I presume they are on the island on No.2 Res? Thanks Paul. Hello Paul, I got there at 15:00 and left at 16:30. First Egret arrived at c15:30 and the last seen by 16:20, nearly all coming in from the North straight onto No 2 Island, some of them flying in near total darkness, viewed from opposite. There are 2 of us looking. Kindest regards, Frank. Thanks
  • Wanstead Flats: The 1w Caspian Gull was erroneous re-identified from pics as a Herring Gull, 50 + Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 400 + Common Gull, 150 + Black-headed Gull, Stonechat, 13 Linnet.  WeBS: 3 Pochard, 17 Tufted Duck, 4 Teal, 16 Shoveler, 53 Gadwall, 82 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, Kestrel (Wanstead Birders, Paul Whiteman, Mike Messenger). Aren't the photos on Jono's blog a Caspian Gull, then? That was ok, it was the one (two!) photographed today that were not.
  • Wanstead Park: WeBS highlights including 319 Gadwall, 74 Shoveler, 32 Wigeon, 6 Teal (Tim Harris, James Heal) Woodcock, Water Rail, Kingfisher,, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 10 + Redwing (Nick Croft)

Saturday 12th December 2015 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Cetti's Warbler by main hide, 27 Snipe, Little Egret, Lesser Redpoll, 6 Redwing & 5 Fieldfare (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Redwing, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery SE4: 2 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, Redwing, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Spotted Woodpeckers, Pied Wagtail (Phil Laurie) 
  • Crayford Marshes: adult Yellow-legged Gull, 62 Golden Plover, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Rock Pipit, Curlew, 40 Wigeon, 22 Fieldfare, 200 Lapwing, 22 Redshank. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway): incl. a Black Redstart, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 200+ Redshank, 2 Chiffchaff, a Rock Pipit, a Yellow-legged Gull (adult) and a Grey Wagtail (Mike Robinson)
  • Fairlop Waters and surrounding fields: Great Northern Diver, Golden Plover, Egyptian Goose, Common Buzzard, Siskin, Little Owl. (Neil Twyford/Alan Thomas)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Water Rail, Kingfisher, 12 Fieldfare, 4 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1f Goldeneye, 2m 1f Pintail, 5 Common Snipe, 3 Sparrowhawk, c.30 Siskin, 4 Goldcrest (Martin Honey & B. Page)
  • Pinner (Bridge Street): Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner (Cannon Lane): Grey Wagtail over & Kingfisher along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner (Eastcote Road): Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm; Common Buzzard, 2 Snipe, 2 Shoveler (probable pair), Siskin over, 11 Meadow Pipit, 5 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 26 Jackdaw, 5 Jay & 2 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: Short-eared Owl (C.Williams per JW) Common Buzzard W over Pen Ponds (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Staines Reservoir: Scaup (imm. male), Black necked Grebe, Med Gull (usual Stanwell adult), 250+ Pochard, 250+ Tufted Duck (Jim and Tony Sweetland)
  • Swanscombe Marshes: 1 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon (hunting over Botany Marsh), 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 12 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Raven, 50 Chaffinch (c, flock), 35 Linnet (c), 3 Reed Bunting (Peter Beckenham)
  • Wanstead Flats: Caspian Gull on main football field then flew south (Tony Brown), 1w Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Firecrest (Long Wood), 3 Goldcrest, 15 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Teal, 10 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel, (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Firecrest in Bush Wood (James Heal), 10 + Goldcrest, Siskin, 3 Redpoll, Coal Tit, Water Rail, Kingfisher, 20 + Wigeon, 100 + Gadwall, 30 + Shoveler, 3 Teal, Sparrowhawk, 5 Redwing (Nick Croft/James Heal)
  • Wraysbury GPs: 30+ Siskin, 13 Goldeneye, 1F Common Scoter (Identified later from photos), 1 Goosander, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 60+ Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 40+ Wigeon, 11 Goldcrest, 12 Heron, 1 Egyptian Goose, 300+ Tufted Duck, 400+ Coot (Tom gibson - I got very excited about two spoonbill by the lakeside, but they turned out to be pets)

Friday 11th December 2015 Edit

  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Little Egret fishing in stream running towards Thames, 100 metres from Hampton Gate at 12:00 (Mike Foster)
  • Cornmill Gardens: Cormorant on the river (Tom Moulton).
  • Crayford Marshes: 3 Golden Plover, 180 Dunlin, 35 Redshank, Rock Pipit, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 16 Fieldfare, 16 Linnet, 30 Wigeon, 140 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dartford Marshes: Female Goldeneye on lake near Bob Dunn Way, poss 1w Caspian Gull, Kingfisher (Ian Stewart)
  • Fairlop Waters: Great Northern Diver still present on the main lake early afternoon (Alan Bell)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, 3 Siskin (Conrad Ellam)
  • Lee Valley, Friday Lake: 1 red-head Smew (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Hall Marsh: male Stonechat, Little Egret (Mike Oakland)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Cetti's Warbler still singing at 0815, also 14 Collared Dove in a single tree (easily the most I've ever seen here) and a Redwing feeding around the stones (Alastair Dent)
  • St James's Park: Water Rail preening in open on edge of lake opposite Horseguard's Parade at 12.30 (Andrew Self).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 2 Cormorants over, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, Redwing, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Thames Chase Forest Centre: 2 Bullfinch, 9 Lesser Redpoll (Ben Green)
  • Wanstead Flats: Caspian Gull still on Alex (Jono Lethbridge)

Thursday 10th December 2015 Edit

  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 10 Red-crested Pochard (7 drakes), 52 Common Gulls, 50+ Gadwall, 4 Common Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Meadow Pipits and 1 Great Crested Grebe (Ed Stubbs)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Bearded Tit, 48 Golden Plover, 250 Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, 2 Rock Pipit, 38 Wigeon, 2 Goldcrest, Fieldfare, Redwing (Kev Jarvis)
  • Fairlop Waters: Great Northern Diver still, showing well at 11.30 having been hiding earlier. Also half a dozen Fieldfares, Grey Heron, 2 LBB Gulls, 2 Common Gulls (Alan Hobson)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3m 1f Pintail, 1 Shelduck, 1 Common Snipe, 58 Wigeon, 19 Grey Heron loafing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Bittern flew across main lake to SE corner (Martin Honey)
  • South Norwood Country Park: Bearded Tit (very vocal) in big reed bed.(Croydon Birders)
  • Swanley Park : Greylag, Shoveller, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 10 Siskin (first for 3 yrs)) (Andy Meaton)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Male Firecrest still Cherry Glade in holly 50 yards NW of High glade Pond 08:20 also Chiffchaff Monument Glade - nominate (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: Red Kite, 10 Siskin (James Palmer)
  • Wanstead Flats: 1w Caspian Gull again on Alex, 1 w Yellow-legged Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 39 Gadwall, 13 Shoveler, 8 Teal, Fieldfare, Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft/Peter Brinton)

Wednesday 9th December 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Several Redwing heard 06:45 (Bob Watts)
  • Barnes, River Thames: drake 'Brewer's Duck' (Mallard x Gadwall hybrid) R.Kaye
  • Bond Street (Bonhams), W1: 1 Grey Wagtail (Matthew J. Bradbury)
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 231 Teal, 1 Common Buzzard over South (a very pale variant), 1 Common Snipe c.50 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrests (Nick Senior)
  • Canary Wharf: Peregrine flying high-up between Citi and HSBC buildings (Mark Wardman).
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Little Grebe, 80 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon over West, 14 Tufted, 3 Grey Wagtails, 1 singing Cetti's Warbler, 1 male Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrests, 2 Reed Buntings; 1 Common Seal (river) (Nick Senior)
  • Footscray Meadows : Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Little Egret, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Redpoll, Siskin (Andy Meaton)
  • Greenwich Park: Green Woodpecker, 6 Long-tailed Tits, m Firecrest, Goldcrest (Joe Beale).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 31 species recorded, site record:  2 Gadwall, 5 Teal, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit (patch tick) Siskin (John Bushell per Conrad Ellam)
  • Long Ditton (TQ1766): 2200 Black-headed Gull (1350 E), 525 Herring Gull E, 480 Woodpigeon (330 N), 2 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 71 Robin, 5 Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch, 26 Magpie, 55 Goldfinch (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Mayflower Park: Water Rail (Bob Smith)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Cetti's Warbler singing in the bed nearest to the pond at 0930 (Alastair Dent)
  • Rainham RSPB: Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, male and female Marsh Harrier, Black-tailed Godwit, Pintail, Stonechat, Skylark, Curlew, Snipe, Redshank, Little Egret, Golden Plover, Cetti's, huge flocks Wigeon and Lapwing. (Ben Epstein)
  • St James's Park: male Blackcap (Frank Nugent).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Firecrest by horse paddocks, Stonechat & 40 Goldfinch on marsh, grey/buff Chiff-chaff along KGV feed & flood relief channel, calls and plumage suggest Siberian Chiff-chaff Tristis (A.Middleton)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little egret, 2 Common Snipe, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Siskin (Conrad Ellam)
  • Swanley Park : Greylag, Shoveller (f), Bullfinch (Andy Meaton)
  • Tottenham Hale Coppermill Stream (by Ferry Boat Inn): 2 Kingfisher, Several Goldcrests and other small birds (Nick S)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Siskin NW calling 07:55 also Coal Tit (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: 2 Firecrest feeding in holly NE corner Shaws Wood, 3 Bullfinch 1m 2f (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow, Palmerston Road: Grey Wagtail over (D Barrett)
  • Wanstead Park: Firecrest (Shoulder of Mutton), 10 + Goldcrest, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Siskin, 280 + Gadwall, 30 Wigeon, 44 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 5 Egyptian Goose, 30 + Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, (Nick Croft)

Tuesday 8th December 2015 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 24 Common Snipe, Water Rail (heard), Green Sandpiper, Little Egret. (Steve Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam & Anita Gwynn)
  • Cornmill Gardens: Kingfisher (Tom Moulton)

Danson Park: First winter Yellow-legged Gull (Sara Witten)

  • Finsbury Park Lake: abt 50 black headed gulls 20 tufted ducks 11 Pochards 22 Mallards 3 Shovelers 1 grey heron 2 mute swans 1 cormoront 27 greylag geese 16 Canada geese 34 moorhen 29 Coot abt 50 starling
  • Horsenden Hill: Peregrine over southern slopes for around 10 minutes from 14.50 hrs. (Martin Smith)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Kingfisher (James Palmer)
  • Stoneleigh Broadway KT17: 56 Ring-necked Parakeet (mostly ssw over), 3 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 1 Pied Wagtail (Neil Batten)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Male Firecrest still Cherry Glade adjacent to High Glade pond 1245, also Red Kite east over Mile End and low at 1250 viewed from cemetery (Bob Watts)
  • Victoria Park: Kingfisher (James Palmer)
  • Walthamstow Marsh: Peregrine, 3 Stonechat (James Palmer)
  • Wanstead Flats: brief view of 1w Caspian Gull on Alex, 2-3 1w Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Firecrest (Long Wood), 5 Goldcrest, 2 Linnet, 2 Siskin, 37 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 7 Teal, 2 Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe, 3 Skylark, 9 Fieldfare, 6 + Redwing, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft/Rose Stephens)
  • Waterloo Station: 2 Peregrines consorting, soaring then stooping, seen from smoking/vaping area, a good place to see Peregrines (Mike Paice)

Monday 7th December 2015 Edit

  • Bow, Three Mills: Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail, Grey Heron, Teal, Tufted Duck (JW Davies)
  • Brookmill Park: Cormorant, Mute Swan, Mandarin, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Fairlop Waters: Great Northern Diver on main lake (BirdGuides)
  • Greenwich Dome: 4 Meadow Pipits in remnants of wetland nature area adjacent to mudflats (Mike Paice)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, Goldeneye and 3 Pintail on main lake (Twitter)
  • Oxleas Woods (SE9 1YG): 2 Male Blackcaps foraging together 10.00, 3 House Sparrows 14.00 (John Reid)
  • Rainham Marshes: Iceland Gull (BirdGuides)
  • Redbridge Lakes: Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting, 2 Snipe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Jay, 1-2 Song Thrushes, one showing well singing (Alan Hobson)
  • Stoneleigh Broadway KT17: 8 Siskin e. 19 Redwing s. 2 Pied Wagtail (Neil Batten)
  • Trent Park: 2 Firecrest feeding in holly (1 E edge Shaws Wood, 1 Rough Lot) (Robert Callf)

Sunday 6th December 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Chiffchaff Heard Conservation Pond, c40 Common Gull (more than recently) Wood Green Res and playing fields (Bob Watts). Kingfisher observed fishing from low branch, Conservation Pond, right-hand bank. 5-6 dives into pond. Chiffchaff seen around reservoir old first viewing platform. (Greg Smith)
  • Blackwall Beach (Below O2 Arena): 48 Great Black-backed Gulls, c190 Herring Gulls, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (1 2nd and 3 1st calendar years), 32 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 28 Common Gulls, 2 Meadow Pipits, 2 Grey Wagtails, 41 Linnets on nearby waste ground (Nick Senior)
  • Brent Reservoir: pair Wigeon, Cetti's Warbler calling by Heron Hide & 21 Snipe (Andrew Self) later 4 Wigeon 3 drakes, 1 female (Roy Beddard)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 6 Reed Bunting feeding together (Frank Nugent).
  • Fairlop Waters: Great Northern Diver on main lake (Kevin Newman)
  • Hogsmill River Park: 1 Little Egret, 2900 Black-headed Gull (2850 E), 200 Herring Gull E, 650 Woodpigeon (500 E), 1 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 45 Magpie, 27 Goldfinch (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Isle of Dogs: 1 Yellow-legged Gull (2nd calendar year), 20 Common Gulls - Saunders Ness (Nick Senior)
  • Pinner (HA5): Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail & 17 House Sparrow (Jon Ridge).
  • Queen's Park: 2 Mistle Thrush in the park (Matt Reed).
  • Regent's Park: 7 Shoveler (Matt Reed).
  • Richmond Park: Goosander, Kingfisher, Water Rail, 2 Stonechat (S Woolfenden)
  • St John's Wood: Cormorant over (Matt Reed).
  • Staines Moor: 7 Water Pipit, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Stonechat, 1 Water Rail, 67 Goldfinch (Samuel and Ephraim Perfect)
  • Swanscombe Marshes: 5 Pheasant, 2 Marsh Harrier (m+f), 57 Lapwing, 6 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 30 Redshank (c), 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Turnstone, 4 Common Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull (on river), 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Skylark, 1 Chiffchaff (pale bird briefly on fence of builders yard by Ingress Est.) (Peter Beckenham)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 3m, 1f Pheasant, 2 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk (1 male chasing Redwing), Kestrel, 36 Lapwing flew off, 15+ Snipe, 11 Stock Dove, 16 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, thrushes mobile around site but minima of 100 Fieldfare + 50 Redwing, 3 Reed Bunting, Lesser Redpoll, 60 + Linnet (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 1 f Stonechat near boardwalk in bomb crater field (Quentin Given)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 51 Little Egret into roost (Frank Nugent).
  • Wanstead Flats: Little Owl reported this morning (@wansteadwomble), Little Egret, 11 Gadwall. 11 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 2 Pochard, Little Grebe, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Kestrel, 6 + Goldcrest, Linnet, Grey Wagtail, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, no sign of Caspian Gull though the gulls were not settling today (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 20 + Redpoll, 30 + Siskin, 40 + Goldfinch, 20 + Greenfinch, 6 Chaffinch all by the Roding, c. 200 Gadwall. 36 Shoveler, 8 Teal, 21 Wigeon, 2 Water Rail, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Fieldfare, Redwing 10 + Song Thrush (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wraysbury GPs: 1f Smew, 36 Shoveler, 4 Goldeneye, 5 Heron, 35+ Wigeon, 300+ Tufted Duck, 60+ Mute Swan, 40+ Gadwall (Thomas Gibson)
  • Yeading Brook meadows: f Teal, Kestrel, Snipe, 2 Meadow Pipit, c30 Redwing, 7 Fieldfare over (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 5th December 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Shoveler 10 Pochard Boating Lake, c50 Woodpigeon S or SW (Bob Watts)
  • Amwell: redhead Smew (Herts website)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 1st w Caspian Gull on main lake (Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Green Sandpiper & 27 Snipe (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cornmill Gardens: Cormorant diving in the Ravensbourne, 2 Grey Heron - one caught and consumed a rat (Tom Moulton)
  • Epping Forest: Connaught Water - Smew, Pintail (Twitter)
  • Ewell: 119 Black-headed Gull, 3 Redwing, 73 Herring Gull all s.w. over, female Kestrel (Neil Batten)
  • Fairlop Waters: Great Northern Diver (Twitter)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Goldcrest, 1f Goldeneye (res. lag.), 10+ Common Snipe, 1m Pintail (others seen), 1m1f Stonechat, 48 Wigeon (Martin Honey, B. Page)
  • Pinner (HA5): 2 Coal Tit & 20 House Sparrow on the feeders - the highest count for some time; Also: 9 Redwing over west (Jon Ridge).
  • Ruislip Lido/woods: 15 Shoveler, 18 Pochard, 30+ Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 26+ Redwing (Neil Anderson)
  • Staines Moor: 3-5 Kestrel, 1 common Buzzard, 10 Goldcrest, 8+ Stonechat, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Heron, 2 Jay, 1 Green Woodpecker (2 strong flying dark butterflies were also noted, most likely Red Admiral) (Thomas Gibson)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Brent Goose (Twitter)
  • Stocker's Lake: 6 Goldeneye, m,5f (G Lapworth-Herts)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Teal, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (TeRNS)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: c35 Redwing, 2 Siskin, Treecreeper, Mandarin, Teal (John Colmans)
  • Wanstead Flats: Ad Yellow-legged Gull and 1w Caspian Gull (re-identified from photographs) , 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 33 Gadwall,, 16 Shoveler, 7 Teal, 3 Pochard, Little Grebe, Meadow Pipit, Goldcrest (Nick Croft/Jono Lethbridge)
  • Wanstead Park: 20 + Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 10 + Goldcrest, 244 Gadwall, 28 Wigeon, 50 Shoveler, 30 + Tufted Duck, 8 Egyptian Goose, 6 Teal (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)

Friday 4th December 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Chiffchaff still Conservation Pond, also 150 Woodpigeon SW 50 NE 07:45-08:30 (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: pair Wigeon, 18 Snipe, Water Rail, Short-eared Owl 11.35 flew NE mobbed by Crows and Gulls (Leo Batten, Roy Beddard, Pete Lowman).
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 62 Teal, 53 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrests (Nick Senior).
  • Brimsdown/Enfield Lock: 2 Peregrine, Cetti's Warbler singing (James Palmer).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam).
  • Bushy Park: 9 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Stonechat, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Redwing (Mark Wardman).
  • Bushy Park: 1 Goldcrest, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Stonechat. (Ian R Watson)
  • East India Dock Basin: 7 Shelduck, 77 Teal, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull over the river, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrests, 1 Siskin, 3 Reed Buntings (Nick Senior).
  • Fairlop Waters: Great Northern Diver (BirdGuides).
  • Gunpowder Park: 12 Siskin and 2 Lesser Redpoll with a larger number of Goldfinch (James Palmer).
  • Hampton Court Park: 115 Canada Goose, 17 Egyptian Goose, 18 Gadwall, 10 Wigeon, 51 Tufted Duck, 1 Pheasant, 68 Cormorant, 212 Coot, 7300 Black-headed Gull E (vast majority between 07:15 and 07:40), 127 Common Gull, c.350 Herring Gull E, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull (11 E), 6 Great Black-backed Gull (3E), 1 Little Owl, 1900 Woodpigeon (1800 E including flock of 1600 at 08:00), 55 Redwing (45 SW), 13 Fieldfare (9 W-SW), 1 Siskin E (Andrew Skotnicki).
  • KGV Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 redhead Smew (A.Middleton).
  • Lamorbey Park, Sidcup. 7 Long-tailed tits, 2 Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Nuthatch, 37 Canada Geese. In nearby Willersley Avenue five House Sparrows dashed across rapidly pursued by low-flying Sparrowhawk which lunged - and missed.(Eric Brown).
  • Leatherhead, River Mole: 1 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 2 Kingfisher, 1 female Kestrel, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Pheasant, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, 7 Redwing (Neil Batten).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Cetti's Warbler singing at 1115 plus Reed Bunting, Kestrel (Alastair Dent).
  • Pinner: Red Kite being mobbed by Herring Gull just over the house 12:30. To think that once even the gull would have been remarkable (Richard Francis).
  • Pinner (HA5): 4 Redwing & Coal Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: Goosander red-head Upper Pen Pond south end (M.Lewis per JW) Dartford Warbler, Little Grebe, 2 Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 7 Stonechat and 15+ Goldcrest around Pen Ponds, 15 Redwing NW (J.Wilczur, S.Woolfenden, S.Read, The Friday Group).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 4 Goosander (2 m + 2f), Sparrowhawk (James Palmer).
  • Staines Moor: 2+ Water Pipit, 1+ Woodcock, 1 Treecreeper, 6 Stonechat, 4 Red Kite, 1+ Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Lapwing, 3 Common Snipe, 2+ Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Reed Bunting, 1+ Grey Wagtail, 1 Common Buzzard (Lee Dingain).
  • Thames Chase Forest Centre: 1 Buzzard, 7 Siskin, 1 Redpoll (Ben Green)
  • Tottenham Marsh: Peregrine (James Palmer).
  • Trent Park: 2 Firecrest together (both probably male) feeding in holly by bridle-path between Williams Wood and Shaws Wood, 12:50 - 12:54 hrs, 2 Woodcock flushed together (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: 12 Redwing (Earlham Grove), 21 Fieldfare, Linnet, 7 Redpoll, Sparrowhawk, Great Black-backed Gull, medium sized grey goose flying south, Meadow Pipit (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: Water Rail sharming, 34 Wigeon, 57 Shoveler, 289 Gadwall, 20+ Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 2-3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Redpoll, 5 Siskin, what sounded like a Yellowhammer over Bush Wood, 2-3 Nuthatch, Coal Tit, 10+ Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft).

Thursday 3rd December 2015 Edit

  • Abney Park Cemetery: Coal Tit around feeders this morning (TeRNS) 
  • Alexandra Park: Chiffchaff heard Conservation Pond 0800 (Bob Watts) 
  • Lindal Cres., EN2: Red Kite adult low over 12:12 - 12:15, whilst I was delivering leaflets (Robert Callf) 
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Raven, Dartford Warbler (Twitter) 
  • Richmond Park: Peregrine over Pen Ponds flew off E (R.Herbert per JW) 200+ Common Gull Upper Pen Pond (M.Lewis per JW) 
  • Staines Moor: Rough-legged Buzzard (BirdGuides) 
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Grebe, Little Egret, 6 Tufted Duck, Common Snipe, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Trent Park: Firecrest feeding in holly E edge Shaws Wood 14:35 (Robert Callf) 
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Male Scaup still on No 4 in flock of Tufties and Pochards (Quentin Given).
  • Wanstead Flats: 15 Linnet, Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting, poss Yellowhammer, 7 Pochard, 7 Shoveler, 25 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 14 Fieldfare, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Goldcrest (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Great Crested Grebe, 45 Shoveler, 243 Gadwall, 30 + Tufted Duck, 15 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 5 Egyptian Goose, 2 Kingfisher, 5 + Siskin, 4 Redpoll, several Redwing, 15 + Goldcrest (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)

Wednesday 2nd December 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher, 2 Egyptian Goose Wood Green Res, 7 Shoveler Boating Lake (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Egyptian Goose, Little Egret, 5+ Water Rail, 18 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Chiffchaff (Roy Beddard)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 3 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, Kingfisher and Kestrel (Patrick English)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 1 unusual Black-headed Gull with blackish hood and almost black legs and bill (see photos), another Black-headed Gull with pinkish underside - assumed it was dirty so no photo, but possibly rare winter plumage variation as described in PJ Grant's book (Mike Paice) The pink is the oil, which keeps the plumage water resistant, rather than the feathers. Thanks, who are you? (Mike) - A diet of prawns in the Mediterranean can produce a pink tinge - just a thought (JR).
  • Leatherhead Town Centre: 2 Mandarin and 1 Kingfisher on river Mole, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Redwing (Neil Batten)
  • Kennington Lane SE11: Peregrine over at 1230 (Malcolm Hibberd)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1f Goldeneye still on reservoir lagoon, several Cetti's heard, also 2 Pintail, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff, flock of 50+ Siskin, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, at least 12 Egyptian Geese and c.60 Wigeon (Martin Honey, B. Page and others)
  • Pinner (Marks & Spencer): Little Egret by the main entrance at 08:55 - the frenzied Xmas shoppers were oblivious to its presence (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: Little Egret, 4 Snipe, 2 Teal, Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 10 Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Stock Dove, 30 Fieldfare & 17 Redwing (Jon Ridge).
  • Surbiton: Portsmouth Rd Filter Beds area - 5 Gadwall, 27 Tufted Duck, 49 flying Cormorant (47 S, 2 E), 11 Lapwing, 2450 Black-headed Gull (1250 E, 800 N), 111 Woodpigeon, 137 Feral Pigeon, 16 Collared Dove, 7 Song Thrush, 40 Redwing (25 S), 97 Goldfinch (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: m Goosander (Banbury), 2 f Pheasants (allotments), f Goldeneye (Lockwood), m Scaup still (No 4), Barnacle Goose of unknown origin (playing fields adjacent to No4), Water Rail (Coppermill stream - Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: 15 Linnet, Redpoll, 6 Pochard, 8 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 2 Teal, Little Grebe (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Great Crested Grebe, 20 Shoveler, 18 Gadwall, Pochard, 5 Wigeon, 7 Egyptian Goose, Kingfisher, Siskin, Goldcrest (Bob Vaughan)

Tuesday 1st December 2015 Edit

  • Beddington Farmlands: Little Gull 1st winter main lake (BirdGuides)
  • Brent Reservoir: 15 Common Snipe, Water Rail, Green Sandpiper (Steve Blake).
  • Cornmill Gardens: Kingfisher, Little Egret, Mandarin, singing Song Thrush (Tom Moulton)
  • Ealing, Lammas Park scrape: grey wagtail (Polly Gilbertson)
  • East Dulwich SE22: 2 Blackcap (m), Red Admiral in garden (Steven Robinson)
  • East India Dock Basin: 19 Shelduck then 7 flew off downriver, 13 Tufted, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Redwing, 1 singing Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrests, 10 Chaffinches, 4 Greenfinches, 1 male Bullfinch dropped in to the North bank tees, 2 Reed Buntings (Nick Senior).
  • Fairlop: Feral Pigeon squib with adult under railway bridge outside tube station. (Matt Reed).
  • Fairlop Waters: Great Northern Diver (BirdGuides), 180 Lapwing (James Palmer)
  • Leatherhead: 3 Common Buzzard viewed distantly circling high over Ashtead Common area (Neil Batten).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 5 Little Egret (site record), 6 Snipe, 2 Teal (probable pair), 2 Shoveler (probable pair), 9 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 11 Redwing, male Kestrel, 24 Jackdaw, 3 Jay, 4 Stock Dove, 6 Chaffinch & 7 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: red-head Goosander Upper Pen Pond briefly at mid-day (R.Herbert per JW)
  • St James's Park: Peregrine took a Pigeon mid-air at 14:32 (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Moor: 19 Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat, 2 Little Grebe, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler, Green Woodpecker (Keith Kerr).
  • Surbiton Filter Beds: 6 Little Grebe, 4 Gadwall, 12 Lapwing (Nigel Jackman)
  • Stanwell Moor: 7 Teal, Goldcrest, Buzzard, Kestrel, Cetti's Warbler, Pheasant (Keith Kerr).
  • Trent Park: Egyptian Goose - probably first-winter, grazing grass by lower lake - scarce at this site! (Robert Callf)
  • Valentines Park: Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (James Palmer)
  • Wallington (TQ291632) - 7:30am to 8:15 1 f Pheasant walking around my garden then chased by next doors cat! [Obviously Completely lost] (Arjun Dutta)
  • Wanstead Flats: 31 Gadwall, 17 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 4 Pochard, 15+ Tufted Duck, 8 Egyptian Goose, Redpoll, 9 Linnet, 3 Meadow Pipit, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Great Black-backed Gull, Little Grebe, 3+ Goldcrest (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan).
  • Wanstead Park: 40 Wigeon (new site record), 318 Gadwall, 60 Shoveler, 12 Teal, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Siskin, 5 Redpoll, 2 Fieldfare, 8+ Goldcrest, possible Firecrest by bridge over Roding (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan), Kingfisher (James Palmer), Common Buzzard (Paul Ferris)
  • Woodford Bridge: Around 30 Common Gulls as part of a mixed flock on the cricket pitches next to Redbridge Lakes, plus Green Woodpecker in the cemetery and Grey Heron at the lakes (Alan Hobson).

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