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Friday 28th February 2014Edit

  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Claybury Park: Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatches pr, 2 Stock Doves, Green Woodpecker, up to 8 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, up to 10 Jays, 6 Long-tailed Tits, c15 Redwings, Goldfinch, Goldcrest (Alan Hobson).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Raven, Spotted Redshank, Ruff, 2 Corn Bunting, Green Sandpiper, 3 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Kev Jarvis)
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek: Common Sandpiper, 16 Redshank, 146 Teal, 2 Shelduck, 22 Tufted Duck, 3 Linnet (John Archer).
  • Finsbury Park: 6 Shoveler boating lake 2pm (Dawn Painter)
  • Forest Gate: Common Buzzard house tick (Nick Croft)
  • Gunnersbury Park: 2 Common Gull, Cormorant, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, Greenfinch, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Herring Gull, 11 House Sparrow, 2 Jay, 3 Mistle Thrush, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet (Richard Woolley).
  • Horsenden Hill: Red Kite drifting SW 0935, Pheasant, Little Owl (Martin Smith)
  • London Wetland Centre: Jack Snipe, Snipe, Brambling, Lesser Redpoll, Redshank (Nick S)
  • Margravine Cemetery: m House Sparrow, Redwings (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 3 Little Egret, drake Tufted Duck, Meadow Pipit, 86 Fieldfare, 110 Redwing, 8 Jackdaw, 2 Stock Dove (Jon Ridge).
  • Swanley Park: Coot, 7 Moorhen, Cormorant, 40 Canada Geese, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Redwing, Mistle Thrush on nest (Andy Meaton)
  • Swiss Cottage NW3 (Holy Trinity Church): Grey Wagtail (Alex Massey) Swiss Cottage ref TQ266842
  • Thorney CP: Red Kite over, m Bullfinch still at entrance, 3 Ring-necked Parakeets, 3 Dunnocks, 2 Gadwall, Jay, 4 Goldfinch, 6 Redwing, Song Thrush, Grey Heron, 6 Common Gulls, Herring Gull, 4 Pochards (Sue Giddens)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 2 Common Buzzard, 6 Lapwing, c185 Common Gull, 23 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, drake Teal (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: Mealy Redpoll m with 3 Lesser Redpoll by lower lake, Bullfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Victoria Park: 6 Red-crested Pochards on boating lake (J Partridge)
  • Wanstead Flats: Red Kite (Paul Ferris); 2 Shelduck first of year (Julie Donovan)
  • Wanstead Park: Tawny Owl (Tim Harris)
  • Worcester Park: Green Sandpiper on Green Ln floods (Bob Smith)
  • Wraysbury GPs: 2 Goosander, 30+ Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Heron, 7 Goldeneye (Thomas Gibson)
  • Wraysbury Village: 65+ Greylag Goose (seen in a southern field on train to Windsor soon after Sunnymeades station) (Thomas Gibson)

Thursday 27th February 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Greylags, 23+ Shoveler Wood Green Res (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: 25 Common Snipe, Little Egret (S Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, 4 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Caspian Gull 1w, Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Cetti's Warbler, m Stonechat (Kev Jarvis)
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek: Common Sandpiper, 16 Redshank, 4 Shelduck, 131 Teal, 24 Tufted Duck, Grey Wagtail (John Archer).
  • Hampton: rail stn - Red Kite S mobbed by Jackdaws 1150 (B Townsend)
  • Headstone Moat: Grey Wagtail over, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, 5 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Horsenden Hill: singing Chiffchaff, Tawny Owl, 9 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, Pheasant, Nuthatch (Martin Smith)
  • Iver Heath: Common Crossbill (C.Lamsdell)
  • Lake Farm CP: 4 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipits (please see my blog on how the new school building works is affecting the Lake Farm birds) (W.Marks) http://winowendyswildlifeworld.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Osterley Park: 200+ Black-headed Gull, 10 Common Gull, Cormorant, 4 Egyptian Goose, 11 Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Herring Gull, 30+ Jackdaw, 2 Mistle Thrush, 11 Pied Wagtail, 15 Redwing, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, 7 Shoveler (Richard Woolley).
  • Pinner: male Tawny Owl calling at 20:06 (Jon Ridge)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Little Egret, 3 Snipe, 12 Meadow Pipit, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 16 Jackdaw, 12 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare (Jon Ridge).
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: singing Chiffchaff, 7 Shoveler, Kingfisher, Redwing (Stuart Fisher)
  • Stanmore Common: Buzzard over rd (Neil Anderson)
  • Tottenham Cemetery: Woodcock flushed fr stream by dogwalker & flew low towards adjoining allotments 12.45, also 3 Redwing, Lesser Redpoll, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Davey Leach)
  • Trent Park: m Firecrest singing in Rough Lot in laurel & holly by small wooden bridge on ride to obelisk at 1.30pm, also m Sparrowhawk carrying prey, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6+ Treecreeper, 4 Nuthatch (S West)
  • Wanstead Flats: 7 Shoveler, 16 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 6 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush pr, 10+ Linnet, f Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 6 Skylark, 2 Stock Dove pr (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, 70+ Redwing, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, Little Egret, Goldcrest, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, f Pochard, 30+ Tufted Duck (Nick Croft)

Wednesday 26th February 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret SW 0705 (Bob Watts).
  • Bexleyheath (Broadway Mkt Sq): 265 Pied Wagtails roosting (Ralph Todd)
  • Black Park: 4 Common Crossbill, 2 Mandarin nest-hole prospecting, 2 Red Kite (C.Lamsdell)
  • Brixton SW2 (Brixton Hill): Grey Wagtail and then Pied Wagtail on rooftops (JW Bremner)
  • Brookmill Park: 5 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: c6 Siskins in Woodland Gardens but mobile (Tony Leppard)
  • Camden N1C 4BE (Canal Reach): c70 Jackdaw 0730-0840 - flock now using roof of new Urbanest Kings X hi-rise for annual late-winter early-am rendezvous dispersing in all dir'ns but W (birdman_euston)
  • Chertsey Meads: 2 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Buzzard, 125+ Black-headed Gull (Thomas Gibson)
  • Crayford Marshes: Ruff, 3 Corn Bunting, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 52 Fieldfare, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat, c40 Meadow Pipit, c280 Dunlin, 2 Little Egret (Kev Jarvis)
  • Enfield Town (River View): Blackcap sub-singing m 17:00hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Hampstead Heath: m Blackcap Heath Extension (Klemens Felder)
  • Hextable HA2 (Puddledock Ln): Skylark song flight (Andy Meaton)
  • Hornsey: m Blackcap sub-singing fr nursery along Nightingale_Ln 100yd S of Alexandra Park 0700 (Bob Watts).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Mealy Redpoll (Birdguides)
  • Lee Valley, Friday Lake: 4 Smew 1m 3 red-head (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Seventy Acres Lake: 2 Goosander m f (Mike Oakland)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: singing m Firecrest on Leyton Flats, Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, Great Crested Grebe, 16 Shoveler on Eagle Pond, 2+ Stock Dove, Kingfisher, 3 Gadwall (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 2 Pintail, 6 Mandarin, Red Kite, 10 Snipe, Redshank, Yellow-legged Gull 1w, Stonechat, 4 Cetti's Warbler, Siskin, 8 Lesser Redpoll, Brambling (R.Kaye)
  • Pinner Park FarmRed Kite over at 14:50, 2 Little Egret, 3 Snipe, 15 Meadow Pipit, 13 Jackdaw, Green Woodpecker, 52 Redwing, 11 Fieldfare (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: 17 Little Egret Aveley Marsh, Red Kite W (RSPB blog)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 5 Mandarin, 5 Little Grebe 2pr courting & nest-prospecting, Woodcock Leaf Yd Wd area 40 at 0930, 3 Long-tailed Tit nest-bldg (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Red Kite low SW 12.35 -seen earlier at Barnes, Stonechat -recent influx, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker reported in birches E side of Pond Plantation (J.Wilczur). Any idea what time the LSW was seen? [JH]
  • Town Park, Enfield: 5 Stock Dove incl 2 prs Carr's Basin (Robert Callf).
  • Trent Park: Firecrest singing m Moat Wood (Robert Callf); Firecrest in Rough Lot in laurel & holly by small wooden bridge on ride to obelisk - flew into Moat Wood (Pete Lowman).
  • Wanstead Flats: 6 Skylark on territory, 4-6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 6-8 Linnet (1 singing), Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting (1 singing), Sparrowhawk, 5 Redwing, 2 Stock Dove pr, Shoveler, Little Grebe (Nick Croft/Tim Harris)
  • Wanstead Park: Yellowhammer N, Bullfinch, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Gadwall, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff singing, Goldcrest (Nick Croft/Josh Selfe)

Tuesday 25th February 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Water Rail (1st site-yr) and f Common Teal Conservation Pond, 2 Greylag, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 16+ Shoveler Wood Green Res (Bob Watts).
  • Arthur Jacob NR: 57 Wigeon, 7 House Sparrow, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe (Thomas Gibson)
  • Brockwell Park: Chiffchaff (Dave Clark)
  • Crayford Marshes: Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Cetti's Warbler, Curlew, 2 Stonechat, c30 Meadow Pipit, 16 Skylark (Kev Jarvis)
  • East Barnet: Grey Wagtail along West Walk betw stream & rd (D Bates)
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail Viaduct Pond (MBS group)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: singing m Firecrest on Court boundary, Common Buzzard, 12 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 2 Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Coal Tit (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Pintail, 3 Mandarin, Sparrowhawk, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Chiffchaff (WWT website); Cetti's Warbler, Coal Tit, also Brambling reported (Andy Meaton)
  • Rainham RSPB: Caspian Gull 1w at Stone Barges, ad Yellow-legged Gull at Wennington Marshes (Sean Huggins)
  • Regent's Park: 5 Little Grebe cf 1 last wk - lake level back to normal (birdman_euston)
  • Staines Moor: 12 Common Snipe, 11 Reed Bunting, 7 Little Egret, 8 Lapwing, 3 Goosander 2m f, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Little Grebe (Keith Kerr).
  • Thorney CP: 2 Bullfinches pr at entrance, Red Kite over, Treecreeper by Hide, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Cormorant, 3 Siskins (Sue Giddens)
  • Trent Park: Mealy Redpoll blackthorn along bridle-path nr Shaws Wood (Robert Callf).
  • Sutcliffe Park: 2 Common Snipe, Little Egret, Water Rail, Chiffchaff, 2 Little Grebe (P Kite)
  • Victoria Park: Red-crested Pochard, Egyptian Goose, 7 Fieldfare (James Palmer)
  • Wraysbury GPs: m Smew, Kingfisher, 11 Goldeneye, Woodcock, 60+ mixed Turdus (mainly Fieldfare and Redwing), 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Common Snipe, Jack Snipe, 4 Jay, 50+ Tufted Duck (Thomas Gibson)

Monday 24th February 2014Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: m Shelduck, 30 Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Water Rail, Little Egret, 350+ Jackdaws going to roost, Chiffchaff (Leo Batten, Roy Beddard, Pete Lowman)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, House Sparrow, 4 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Caspian Gull 1w, Spotted Redshank, Corn Bunting, 8 Curlew, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper, m Peregrine, Rock Pipit, 3 Cetti's Warbler, c210 Redshank, c40 Meadow Pipit, 25 Skylark (Kev Jarvis)
  • Enfield area: Weasel, 3 Peacock and 2 Comma (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Fairlop Waters: WeBS - Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 65 Lapwing, 17 Shoveler, 22 Teal, 35 Gadwall, 2 Shelduck, 30 Pochard, 39 Tufted Duck, Common Buzzard, Kestrel (Steve Bacon)
  • Finsbury Park: 3 Redwings, feeding on ivy berries with Song Thrush and Blackbird (Simon Bradley)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Water Rail 0745 (Richard Green)
  • Kew Gardens: Red Shoveler on lake by Palm House  This is pinioned bird that's been here for years [Neil Anderson] (Stephen Middleton)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Rook S, 2 singing Nuthatch (one on Leyton Flats), singing Grey Wagtail, 2 Egyptian Geese, 53 Tufted Duck, 7 Shoveler, 2 Goldcrest pr, Coal Tit, Sparrowhawk, Redwing, 4 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher (Stuart Fisher)
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley: 8 Egyptian Geese, Kingfisher, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 5 Greylags, Great Crested Grebe, Wren (Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: Redshank, Jack Snipe, Bittern, 7 Redpoll, Chiffchaff, 10 Fieldfare, Caspian Gull ad alone on flooded marsh pm (Adam Salmon).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 2 Firecrests pr and 4 Chiffchaffs just south of northern pipe (Roger Morton)
  • Mudchute Farm: 2 Egyptian Geese by ponds, 2 Redwings, Fieldfare (Sean Huggins).
  • Park Farm, Enfield: Red Kite over incl Trent Park (Robert Callf & Robin White)
  • Plumridge Farm: 8 Lapwing, Woodcock (Robert Callf & Robin White)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 13 Egyptian Goose pr & 11yg a few days old Goose Pen area 33, 2 Peregrine, 100 Woodpigeon N 0715-0745 (birdman_euston)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: singing Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit with nest material, 2 Goosander (Martin Shepherd).
  • Staines Moor: 40 Common Snipe in southeast marsh, 5 Stonechat, 2 Goosander, Kestrel, 3 Little Egret, 30+ Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 6 Skylark, 5 Lapwing, Great Black-backed Gull (Thomas Gibson)
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver, 50+ Lapwings, Little Grebe (Sue Giddens)
  • Vicarage Farm: Common Snipe, Chiffchaff singing - our first Feb record for site (Robert Callf & Robin White)
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark, 5 Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll, f Reed Bunting, 3 Redwing, Kestrel, 2-3 Sparrowhawk, 17 Shoveler, 26 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, 4 Little Grebe (Nick Croft)

Sunday 23rd February 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 23+ Shoveler Wood Green Res, bright m Lesser Redpoll Grove, recently 90+ Redwing, 5 Jackdaw Boating Lake, Siskin Grove (Paul Rawlins, Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Brent Reservoir: 180+ Tufted Duck, 15 Pochard, 110+ Teal, Lapwing, 28 Common Snipe (Roy Beddard)
  • Bromley (Hayes Farm): 2 Egyptian Geese, Buzzard, Common Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, 20+ Pied Wagtails, Fieldfares, Redwings, 70+ Starlings, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker (Observer ?)
  • Brookmill Park: Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 6 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Caspian Gull 1w, ad Yellow-legged Gull, Spotted Redshank, 3 Corn Bunting, Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 6 Ringed Plover (Kev Jarvis)
  • Gallions Reach: ad Caspian Gull, 1w Yellow-legged Gull, Woodcock, 27 Common Snipe, 2 Stonechat, Skylark (Gary A James & Paul Davis)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Chiffchaff, Kingfisher; 2 Oystercatchers on foreshore outside (Joe Beale)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: WeBS Count - 19m Cetti's Warbler, 57 Canada Goose, 71 Teal, 76 Mallard, Shelduck, 18 Greylag Goose, 98 Coot, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 45 Tufted Duck, 9 Water Rail, Kingfisher, 89 Black-headed Gull, 8 Mute Swan, 3 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron (2 nests occupied), 8 Common Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 74 Moorhen, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Gadwall, 2 Little Egret, 6 Little Grebe, 8 Pochard, Stock Dove, 12 Redwing, m Chiffchaff, m Yellowhammer, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, f Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Jackdaw, singing - Song Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Skylark, Reed Bunting (Tony Kennelly)
  • Lee Valley, Holyfield Lake: Cetti's Warbler calling on southwest side (Martin Shepherd).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Pintail, Peregrine, Redshank, 8 Snipe, c450 Black-headed Gull, Brambling (WWT website)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 2 Mistle Thrush (Rich Petley).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 30+ Redwing, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Rainham RSPB: Grey Plover in Aveley Bay, near-ad Yellow-legged Gull, Caspian Gull 1w, 2 Water Pipit (Neville Smith).
  • Ruislip Woods/Northwood: Red Kite (Murk Eland)
  • St James's Park: 8 Mallard pr with early brood of six just-hatched ducklings, 2 Coot on nests (Matt Reed).
  • Staines Moor: f MerlinRaven, Goldcrest, Common Snipe, Lapwing, Stonechat, Reed Bunting (Twitter)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Buzzard with full crop, m Kestrel, 28 Lapwing, Snipe, 8 Stock Dove, 3 Skylark (2 briefly singing), c10 Meadow Pipit, 65+ Redwing, c30 Fieldfare, 3 Reed Bunting (2 singing), 27 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 14 Teal (9 drakes), 3 Meadow Pipit, c15 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, f Sparrowhawk, Pheasant (Ian Ellis)
  • Victoria Embankment: Pier - 3 Greylag Goose (Matt Reed)
  • Waterworks NR: 2 Firecrest, Kingfisher, 3 Chiffchaff (2 in song), 6 Gadwall, 18 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, Siskin over N (Jamie Partridge)

Saturday 22nd February 2014Edit

  • Abney Park Cemetery: f Blackcap (TeRNS)
  • Alexandra Park: m Common Teal boating Lake, 26 Shoveler, 2 distant probable Greylag Wood Green Res (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Crayford Marshes: Yellow-legged Gull 2w, Spotted Redshank, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Green Sandpiper, Rock Pipit, Curlew, 16 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis)
  • Greenwich SE10 (Woodlands Pk Rd): 3 Lesser Redpoll in back gdn (Richard Green)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 3 Linnet O2, Oystercatcher, 2 Chiffchaff singing; Greenwich Ecology Pk - 2 Egyptian Goose (Richard Green)
  • Kew Gardens: 14 Greylag, 6 Egyptian Geese, Buzzard mobbed by Crow, Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove 2pr, 2 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch pr, in larches mixed flock of 25+ Siskin, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Goldfinch and 2 Coal Tits (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • London Wetland Centre: Peregrine, m Kestrel, Reed Bunting singing, 10 Common Snipe, Redshank, 2 Pintail m f, 2+ Goldcrest, 4+ Water Rail h, 4+ Cetti's Warbler h; Bittern and Redpoll seen by others (Martin Honey)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest (Susan Huckle)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: Egyptian Goose low over (1st site record), 6 Shoveler, m Teal, 3 Heron, 2 Redwing, 2 Jackdaw E, 3 Reed Bunting m singing 2f feeding on Typha heads (Neil Anderson)
  • Rainham Marshes: Iceland Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Oystercatcher, Cetti's Warbler (Tony Brown/Nick Croft/Josh Selfe); 400+ Golden Plover (RSPB blog)
  • Regent's Park: 15 Egyptian Goose pr & 13yg just-hatched (fide birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Reed Bunting pr and Snipe south of Lower Pen Pond (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Ruislip Lido: Black Swan (Murk Eland)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Water Pipit, 8 Stonechat 6m, 37+ Common Snipe, 8 Northern Lapwing, Red Kite, 5 Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Little Grebe, f Kestrel, 10 Linnet, Goldcrest, 8 Reed Bunting, 5+ Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 50+ Fieldfare, 29 Redwing (Lee Dingain)
  • Thorney CP: m Bullfinch, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Song Thrush, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Pochards, Greenfinch, 5 Siskins, 6 Goldfinch (Sue Giddens)
  • Totteridge Valley: Folly Farm/Ellern Mede area - 3 Lapwings back on territory, 300+ Common Gull, c30 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Buzzard, f Sparrowhawk, m Kestrel (Ian Ellis)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Oystercatcher, Tawny Owl, Red Kite, 4 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Stonechat m f (Susan Huckle)
  • Wanstead Flats: Lesser Redpoll, Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Skylark all SSSI area (Quentin Given)
  • Waterworks NR: Kingfisher (Susan Huckle)

Friday 21st February 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 25 Shoveler Wood Green Res 1730 (Bob Watts).
  • Blackheath: Brambling (James Lowen)
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Lapwings, 27 Common Snipe, 2 Water Rails (Roy Beddard)
  • Crayford Marshes: Caspian Gull 1w, Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Rock Pipit, 3 Oystercatcher, Stonechat, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Little Egret (Kev Jarvis & Steve Carter); Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Corn Bunting (Conrad Ellam)
  • East India Dock Basin: 13 Shelduck, Teal, 22 Tufted Duck (John Archer).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bearded Tit, Bittern, 20 Redwing, Chiffchaff singing, 9 Redpoll (WWT website).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 Coal Tit (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest m in evergreen oak on river bank nr end of cross-path at 12.30 (Alastair Dent)
  • Pinner: m Tawny Owl 'tuning up' at 22:08 - (first-winter/summer bird?) - (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park: 16 Grey Heron nests occupied so far cf 26 last yr (Regent's Pk Birds blog)
  • Southgate N14 (Chase Rd): Blackcap singing m 08:45hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Staines Moor: 7 Little Egret, Red Kite, Buzzard, f Kestrel, 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Common Snipe, 2 Lapwing, Little Grebe, 2 Stonechat (Tom Gibson)
  • Trent Park: Firecrest holly & laurel Rough Lot, 3 Bullfinch 2m 1f (Robert Callf).
  • Victoria Park: 5 Red-crested Pochard, 27+ Shoveler, 2 Great Black-backed Gull pr all on West Lake (Bob Watts).
  • Wanstead Flats: 18 Linnet, 6 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 2 Stock Dove pr, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Treecreeper, Redwing (Nick Croft)
  • Wraysbury GPs: 7 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 80 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 2 Red Kites, Buzzard, 4 Heron, 3 Great Crested Grebe (Tom Gibson)

Thursday 20th February 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Greylag, 24 Shoveler, Little Grebe Wood Green Res (Bob Watts)
  • Blackheath: 4 Egyptian Goose, 7 Stock Dove feeding on heath (James Lowen)
  • Bentley Priory: Little Egret, c75 Redwing, 12 Greenfinch (Derek Turner and Harrow Nat Hist Soc)
  • Brent Reservoir: 33 Common Snipe, Lapwing (Steve Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Caspian Gull 1w, 6 Yellow-legged Gull (ad 2nd-w 3rd-w & 3 1st-w), Common Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, Curlew, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Kev Jarvis)
  • East India Dock Basin: 11 Shelduck, Teal, 21 Tufted Duck (John Archer).
  • Egham: Red Kite over - separate fr any seen at Windsor (Ben Green)
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley: c125 Redwing, c75 Fieldfare, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher, 5 Little Egrets, Dunnock, 6 Greylags, 2 Wrens (Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, 8 Redpoll, 6 Snipe, 220 Black-headed Gull, 2 Chiffchaff, 37 Lapwing, 120 Teal, 80 Shoveler (Adam Salmon); 3 Bittern, 2 Stonechat, 40 Redwing (WWT website).
  • M25 and M11: 10 Red Kites and 15 Buzzards (5 Ks & 5 Bs betw Gerrards Cross & Abbots Langley / 2 Ks & 4 Bs fr Abbots Langley to South Mimms / 3 Ks & 3 Bs fr South Mimms to M11 / 3 Bs along M11 into London), also Kestrel nr Heathrow (Ben Green)
  • Pinner: m Tawny Owl calling at 23:48 (Jon Ridge)
  • Rainham Marshes: 19 Dark-bellied Brent Goose over Reserve then E downriver, Iceland Gull 1w Stone Barges (RSPB blog)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret, Common Snipe, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, 4 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Wanstead Flats: ad Mediterranean Gull still, 1000+ Black-headed Gull, 1000+ Common Gull, 15 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 14+ Mute Swan, 4 Linnet, Reed Bunting, 2 Redwing (Dan Hennessy/Nick Croft) 
  • Wanstead Park: 20+ Goldfinch, Lesser Redpoll, Kingfisher, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Gadwall pr, 5 Shoveler, f Pochard (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy)
  • Windsor: 1-2 Red Kite one over Great Park then another (possibly the same bird) over Old Windsor (Ben Green)

Wednesday 19th February 2014Edit

  • Black Park: 4 Common Crossbill, 2 Mealy Redpoll (one ringed in Norway), Red Kite, 50 Chaffinch (C. Lamsdell)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 6 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: drake Pintail, Corn Bunting, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Green Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, 2 Rock Pipit, 4 Oystercatcher, Curlew, Chiffchaff, 16 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit, 16 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing (Kev Jarvis)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, 2 Meadow Pipit (Richard Green)
  • Lee Valley Riding Centre: 35 Redwing, Fieldfare, 7 Blackbird, 4 Chaffinch, Mistle Thrush, 4 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • London Wetland Centre: dusk - 12 Egyptian Goose, 2 Pintail, 3 Bittern, 8 Snipe, 252 Ring-necked Parakeet N/NW to roost, 46 Redwing, 4 Stonechat (R.Kaye); 3 Bittern, 4 Stonechat, 3 Redpoll, Mealy Redpoll, Brambling (WWT website)
  • Loughton: tube stn -  8 Redwing (chattering subsong) (Barry Jones)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 2 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 10 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Grebe, 8 Teal, 2 Grey Wagtail (Jonathan Nasir) blog
  • Pinner HA5: m Tawny Owl calling (Jon Ridge).
  • Putney Lower Common: c50 Redwing, Kingfisher along Beverley Brook, 2 Long-tailed Tits pr nest building (David Wills). TQ230760
  • Queen Mary Reservoir: 2 Common Scoter [Ldn yr-1st] reported 1835 (BirdGuides)
  • Rainham, Stone BargesIceland Gull 1w on gantry 0850hrs (Neville Smith).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 2 Little Grebe (one new), 5 Great Crested Grebe (one new), 2 Peregrine pr circling high over Cricket Pen area 31 at 1130, flock of c25 Lesser Black-backed Gull and c210 Herring Gull (site record-highs for me) feeding playing-fields a38 at 0640 before BH & Common_Gulls arrived, 260 Woodpigeon N 0750-0800, f Blackcap Rose Wheel border a17 (birdman_euston)
  • River Pool Linear Park: 2 Peregine, Sparrowhawk m, 2 Bullfinch, Kingfisher, Little Grebe, 2 Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail (Paul Moss & Sharon Welland)
  • Staines Moor: Short-eared Owl showing well from 14:50 mobbed by crows & flew towards reservoir returning c20min later & hunting until dark, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Skylark, 4 Little Egret (Jack B); Redpoll sp, 4 Lapwing, 2 Common Snipe, 100+ Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing, Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Water Pipit, 30 Meadow Pipit, 150 Starlings (Tom Gibson); Short-eared Owl at 1630 for 10mins not seen after that (Keith Kerr). [full surname pls Jack ?]
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: m Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting (TeRNS)
  • Stoneleigh (The Glade): 8 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Siskin and Goldfinch in one flock early am (Neil Batten).
  • Trent Park: Firecrest singing m Moat Wood (Robert Callf).
  • Vicarage Farm: 3 Red Kite over Hog Hill 10:50hrs, 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Stonechat, 2 Wren, 300+ Black-headed Gulls, 30 Starling (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Wanstead Flats: 9 Linnet, 3 Lesser Redpoll, m Reed Bunting, 5 singing Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, Redwing, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Common Snipe (Nick Croft/Tim Harris).
  • Waterworks NR: 2 Redwing, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, Egyptian Goose, 50 Teal (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • West Harrow: 2m Blackcaps in gdn (3+ different birds seen this wk) (Alex Massey)

Tuesday 18th February 2014Edit

  • Battersea Park Lake: f Sparrowhawk failed to catch small bird high up, 3 Red-crested Pochard (2 drakes), 4 Great Crested Grebe 2pr - 1 in courtship display & other at nest, 2 Grey Herons nests poss'y vanished - definitely fewer nests than few yrs ago (Michael Mac).
  • Blackheath: Blackcap (James Lowen).
  • Brent Reservoir: Jack Snipe, 31 Common Snipe, Water Rail, 5 Egyptian Goose, Little Egret (Steve Blake, Nick Haslett).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, House Sparrow, 8 Redwing (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Crayford Marshes: Yellow-legged Gull 3w, Spotted Redshank, 2 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, Water Rail, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Little Egret (Kev Jarvis)
  • Fulham: Fulham Broadway - Grey Wagtail h on rooftops (Neil Anderson)
  • Highams Park Lake: 2 Goosander pr, 4 Pochard, 25+ Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorants, 5 Gadwall, Ring-necked Parakeet (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Islington N7: 3 Ring-necked Parakeets in Mary Magd Ch Yd - have they ever breed in LBI? (Alastair Rae)
  • Leyton Flats/SnaresbrookFirecrest (Stuart Fisher)
  • Limehouse: 100+ Cormorants on Thames at 5pm (Paul Hyland).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, 5 Redpoll, Jack Snipe on marsh, 8 Fieldfare W, 11 Redwing (WWT).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: m Sparrowhawk, Redwing (Rich Petley).
  • Regent's Park: 2 Sparrowhawks pr displaying, Oystercatcher N 8.38am, Water Rail [site winter-1st] Wetland Pen area 32 pm, 18 Redwings, 2 Lesser Redpolls (Tony Duckett).
  • South Ruislip: 15+ Linnet in alders in Stonefield Rd Industrial Estate and singing Grey Wagtail on Homebase in Victoria Rd (Bill Haines). S Ruislip ref TQ115855
  • Staines Moor: Short-eared Owl again at 16:55 (Twitter)
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver, 30+ Lapwings, Little Grebe (Sue Giddens)
  • Stoneleigh (The Glade): 15 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Siskin and 5 Goldfinch in one flock early am (Neil Batten).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 35 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 8 Teal, 3 Mandarin (John Colmans).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2ad Mediterranean Gull (5 birds now this winter) (DH), 8+ Skylark (3 display song flights), 5 Meadow Pipit, 15+ Linnet, 6 Fieldfare, 10+ Redwing, Kestrel, 13 Shoveler, trilling Little Grebe on Alex (Dan Hennessy/Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: report of Pheasant by stables (first record for 2 yrs), Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 2-3 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Lesser Redpoll, flock of 10+ Goldfinch, 10+ Redwing (Dan Hennessy/Nick Croft).
  • West Harrow: f Blackcap in gdn (Alex Massey).
  • Westcombe Woods (Greenwich): 64 Jackdaws flew in to roost fr direction of Greenwich Park (Joe Beale)

Monday 17th February 2014Edit

  • Addlestone: Red Kite over M25 just SE of jn 11 (Andy Culshaw).
  • Alexandra Park: 21 Shoveler Wood Green Res 1730, 5 Lesser Redpoll on feeders in gdn behind Boating Lake (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Brent Reservoir: badly injured fox in trees behind main hide limping slowly on three legs (Edgar de Jarnac). Did you contact the RSPCA? The Fox Project may be able to help if RSPCA busy.
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin, Song Thrush, 8 Redwing, House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Clapton Station: m Blackcap singing am (Jamie Partridge)
  • Gunpowder Park: 12 Skylark 2 singers, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Bullfinch, Siskin, Reed Bunting (Neville Smith).
  • Hampstead: Tawny Owl calling at dusk in Church Row (John Colmans) St-John-at-Hampstead Churchyard grid ref TQ 2622 8557
  • Highams Park Lake: f Goosander (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Lee Valley, Bowyers Water: drake Goosander, Little Egret (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Hooks Marsh: 2 Smew m f (Mike Oakland)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 10 Redwing (Rich Petley)
  • Mudchute Farm: Chiffchaff singing (Sean Huggins)
  • Pinner: Lesser Redpoll over (Jon Ridge).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 4 Wigeon, 2 Greylag Goose N, f Stonechat, 3 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting (Neville Smith).
  • Southgate: Oak Hill College - 2 Egyptian Geese at 9am (Carl Dorey)
  • Staines Moor: 3 Goosander (2 drakes) on R Colne, Water Rail, 2 Raven (Twitter)
  • Stanwell Moor: 2 Jack Snipe (C.Lamsdell)
  • Stoneleigh (The Glade): 5 Lesser Redpolls, 8 Siskin and 5 Goldfinches in one flock in ash trees early am (Neil Batten).
  • Trent ParkFirecrest in laurels at bottom of slope down fr obelisk at c12:00 (Phil Rhodes); Woodcock, 3 Lesser Redpoll (Robert Callf); Firecrest Rough Lot c15:30 pm, Goldcrest, Tawny Owl h, 6 Redwing, Common Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Tufted Duck m f, 12 Mandarin 9m 3f (Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Filter Beds: Grey Wagtail (Adam Winstanley)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 3 Stonechat m 2f alongside canal footpath at bombcrater field (Adam Winstanley)
  • West Harrow: m Blackcap in gdn (Alex Massey)

Sunday 16th February 2014Edit

  • Abney Park Cemetery: 2 Stock Dove, vocal Tawny Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker pr courting, Goldcrest, 3 Redwing, Greenfinch (TeRNS)
  • Alexandra Park: 14 Shoveler Wood Green Res, drake Common Teal Boating Lake but no sign of Smew, also 2 Redpoll in nearby gdn one possibly Mealy (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Brent Reservoir: WeBS highlights- 45 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Geese, 137 Teal, 216 Tufted Duck, 34 Pochard, 3 Water Rail, 2 Lapwing, 31 Common Snipe (Roy Beddard, Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin, Redwing, Goldcrest, House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: possible Caspian Gull (but identification difficult for a non-gull expert - it seemed to me to be a 3rd-w CG based on somewhat flat forehead shape + slight amount of streaking on back of head + relatively straight bill with little gonys angle) (James Palmer)
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Buzzard NW at 15:50, 5-6 Lesser Redpoll in alders at Sanctuary Pond (Frank Nugent); Water Rail in wet stuff at same spot ca same time (Jonathan Cooke).
  • Islington EC1 (City Rd): Buzzard circling c10:00hrs (Observer ?)
  • Lea Bridge Road Riding Centre: 20+ Redwing first field (Sue Barry)
  • London Wetland Centre: Brambling, 3 Bittern, 3 Shelduck, 2 Pintail pr, Chiffchaff, 4+ Cetti's Warblers (not in full song) and Water Rail calling, 6 Common Snipe, m Kestrel (Martin Honey); 29 Egyptian Goose, Tawny Owl, Mealy Redpoll, 4 Lesser Redpoll, Nathusius Pipistrelle on the Peacock Tower- taken into care (R.Kaye); Stonechat, Caspian Gull grazing marsh (WWT website).
  • M25/M3 junction: 5 Common Buzzard together (Lee Dingain).
  • Osterley Park: 300+ Black-headed Gull, Common Buzzard, 3 Cormorant, 2 Egyptian Goose, 9 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, 30+ Jackdaw, Little Grebe, Little Owl, 2 Mandarin, 3 Mistle Thrush, 9 Pied Wagtail, 30+ Redwing, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet, 6 Shoveler (Richard Woolley).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 8 Stock Dove and 635 Woodpigeon N 0715-0815 (birdman_euston)
  • Staines Moor: Short-eared Owl (NE cnr from 16:30), Woodcock (in NE cnr after dark), Water Pipit (SW corner), Water Rail (along Colne in large willow clump), Cetti's Warbler (NE corner), 4 Stonechat, 2 Red Kite, Little Egret (Colne), 9 Reed Bunting, 8 Skylark, 2+ Common Buzzard, 22 Fieldfare, Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 20 Pied Wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipit, 8 Lapwing, 2 Common Snipe (Lee Dingain) record shot of Short-eared Owl here
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin), Slavonian Grebe, m Scaup (N Basin), Mediterranean Gull ad (N Basin- also gets on nearby Town Farm School playing field) (Jim and Tony Sweetland)
  • Thames Putney Barnes Bridges: WeBS highlights- 2 Greylag, 2 Egyptian Geese,115 Mallard, 181 Teal, Common Seal actively fishing against the tide- seen several times betw Beverley Brook mouth & Hammersmith Br mostly underwater (Neil Anderson)
  • Thames Putney downriver to Battersea Bridge: at mouth of Wandle - 6 Gadwall 3pr and 17 Teal 6pr&5m & numerous BH Gulls; elsewhere - 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Egyptian Geese pr, 20+ Cormorants on barges (half Continental race) & usual Gulls (lg nos BH) (Angus Innes)
  • Trent Park: 2 Firecrest incl m feeding in laurel along ditch Rough Lot 13:10-13:18hrs, 5 Common Buzzard together calling over Rough Lot 13:00hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Stonechat pr still in SW cnr of bomb crater field (Lol Bodini).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 3 Teal, Goosander, Goldeneye (Simon Bradley)
  • Waterworks NR: 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Shoveler 2pr, Teal, Green Woodpecker, Snipe and Water Rail (Susan Huckle); 2 Gadwall pr, Little Grebe (Sue Barry)
  • West Dulwich: Red Admiral butterfly in gdn (Paul Collins) 
  • Wraysbury GPs: 3 Goosander m 2f, 7 Goldeneye 3m 4f, Little Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, 4 Herons, 6 Common Snipe, 2 Shovelers, 4 Scaup m 3f, 4 Great Crested Grebe (Thomas Gibson)

Saturday 15th February 2014Edit

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  • Alexandra Park: red-head Smew briefly in bay behind island Boating Lake 0730 but not since, also drake Teal with duck Mallard, 13 Shoveler Wood Green Res, 2 Lesser Redpoll in gdn behind Boating Lake (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones et al); 7 Pochard, Little Grebe, no sign of Smew pm either (Matt Reed).
  • Beddington Farmlands: ad Kittiwake N at 09:06, also Little Egret, Peregrine, 2 Egyptian Geese, Shelduck, Greylag, Common Snipe (David Campbell, Roger Browne, Kevin Guest et al).
  • Brent Reservoir: 36 Pochard, 200+ Tufted Duck, Little Egret, 2 Snipe (Roy Beddard, Andrew Self).
  • Crayford Marshes: 6 Yellow-legged Gull 2ad & 4 1st-w, Spotted Redshank, 2 Curlew, Oystercatcher, c300 Dunlin, 300 Lapwing, 53 Redshank (Kev Jarvis).
  • Epping Forest/Connaught Water: m Goosander, 2 Coal Tits just north of lake, Nuthatch and Treecreeper c300m further north, 2 Buzzards over (Jean-Patrick Elmes).
  • Gunnersbury Park: 250+ Black-headed Gull mostly on flooded playing fields, Coal Tit, Common Gull, 3 Cormorant, Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, Herring Gull, Jay, 15+ Mallard incl leucistic f on Potomac Pond, Redwing, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet (Richard Woolley).
  • Lea Valley - Netherhall/Glen Faba: WeBS count - f Goosander, 99 Wigeon, 8 Shoveler, 27 Gadwall, Water Rail, Snipe, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, Buzzard, Kestrel, 5 Fieldfare, Bullfinch, singing Cetti's Warbler (Nigel May).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern S side main lake, Brambling feeders nr Explore, 2 Shelduck pr, 4 Common Snipe, 2 Peregrine on Ch X Hospital, Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeders, Sparrowhawk (Martin Honey/Angus Innes)
  • Margravine Cemetery: c20 Redwing, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Sparrowhawk (3pm) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 6 Shoveler (my highest count here), 3 Snipe, 10 Redwing (Neil Anderson)
  • Pinner HA5: Red Kite SE at 16:05 (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: 123 Golden Plover, 8 Ringed Plover, 7 Knot [Ldn yr-1st], c300 Dunlin (RSPB blog)
  • Regent's Park: Chiffchaff, 18 Redwing, 3 Lesser Redpoll (Regent's Pk Birds blog)
  • Staines Reservoir: drake Scaup, Black-necked Grebe, Kittiwake, 5+ Goldeneye on North Basin, Great Northern Diver on South Basin (Paul Sell).
  • Wanstead Flats: ad Mediterranean Gull still (Tony Brown)
  • West Hampstead: Yellowhammer in gdn feeding below feeders (Steve Leeke)

Friday 14th February 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Palace: Smew for c30min at 11am back of island on boating lake, also Little Grebe and m Teal (Dawn Painter); Smew at 3.45 fishing actively in same spot, also 60 Redwing on top field behind cafe (Jonathan Cooke).
  • Brent Reservoir: 33 Common Snipe, Water Rail, Lapwing (Steve Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, 5 Redwing, 4 House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: m Marsh Harrier, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (ad & 2nd-w), Spotted Redshank, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Green Sandpiper, 10 Snipe, Oystercatcher, Curlew, c400 Lapwing, 16 Redwing (Kev Jarvis)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 Firecrest left roost in laurel hedge in court side early am, singing Goldcrest, 220+ Jackdaw in Epping Forest roost, Sparrowhawk by Snaresbrook tube stn (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Oystercatcher S downriver 0655hrs, Jack Snipe, 8 Redwing, 3 Redpoll, Peregrine (Adam Salmon); Bittern showing well am nr Dulverton hide then flew to main channel, 2 Shelduck, Snipe (Nick S)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 6 Shoveler 3m 3f, m Teal on flooded scrape (Martin Smith)
  • Wanstead Flats: ad Mediterranean Gull still (Dan Hennessy)

Thursday 13th February 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: f Smew and m Teal still on boating lake 10am (Stephen Middleton).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, 7 Redwing (Conrad Ellam).
  • Crayford Marshes: Water Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, Spotted Redshank, 6 Corn Bunting, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 6 Little Egret, Water Rail, f Peregrine, Oystercatcher, 8 Snipe, 14 Skylark (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek: 8 Shelduck, 192 Teal, 19 Tufted Duck, 20 Redshank, Common Sandpiper (John Archer).
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: Tawny Owl, Nuthatch calling, 2 Redwing (Charlie Farrell).
  • London Wetland Centre: 5 Snipe, Jack Snipe, Mealy Redpoll, 4 Redpoll, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Shelduck, 2 Great Crested Grebe pr displaying (Adam Salmon); Yellow-legged Gull 1w (R.Kaye).
  • Regent's Park: Chiffchaff Longbridge sanctuary area 35, Blackcap m Leaf Yd Wd area 40, 26 Goldfinch winter-high (birdman_euston).
  • Richmond Park: Buzzard over 11.00-11.15 with distinct white patch on outer upper L wing (J.Wilczur).
  • St James's Park: ad Yellow-legged Gull on lake at 12.30 (Andrew Self).
  • Staines Reservoir: winter-plumage Slavonian Grebe still in NW cnr of North Basin, drake Scaup North Basin (Bill Haines).
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret, Common Snipe (Conrad Ellam).
  • Thorney CP: 5 Redwing, 2 Bullfinch pr, 7 Pochards, 3 Gadwall, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, 6 Chaffinch, 7 Siskins, Grey Heron, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 45 Black-headed Gulls, Herring Gull, 2 Common Gulls, 3 Cormorants (Sue Giddens).
  • Trent Park: Red Kite (Robin White per RM Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: un-ringed ad Mediterranean Gull, 4-5 Skylark, 6 Shoveler, 2f Pochard, m Teal, 10 Tufted Duck, Meadow Pipit, 2 Redwing (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 4 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 30+ Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 7+ Siskin, 2+ Lesser Redpoll, Kingfisher, displaying Stock Dove, Redwing (Nick Croft).
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret on Beverley Brook, 170 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 3 Great Black-backed Gulls on fields (Bob Smith).

Wednesday 12th February 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: f Smew still on boating lake 11am, also m Teal and Greylag Goose (ring no 5240892) (Stephen Middleton)
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: m Smew on South Lake (Andy Baxter, Adam Cheeseman)
  • Crayford Marshes: 3 Yellow-legged Gull (ad & 2 2nd-w), Spotted Redshank, Oystercatcher, c500 Lapwing, Curlew, c350 Dunlin, 2 Little Egret (Kev Jarvis)
  • Fairlop Waters: Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Harrow-on-the-Hill: Treecreeper in St Mary's churchyard 08:50 (patch tick) (Alex Massey)
  • Kensal Green: Nuthatch calling (Charlie Farrell)
  • Lee Valley, Hooks Marsh: 4 Smew (ad drake & 3 red-heads), 20+ Redwing, 30+ Siskin (Simon Papps)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 13 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, Kingfisher, f Sparrowhawk, singing Nuthatch (Gilberts Slade), Redwing, 87 Tufted Duck, Egyptian Goose, 5+ Ring-necked Parakeet, Grey Wagtail, 7 Goldfinch (Stuart Fisher)
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley: 4 Little Egrets betw 2 rivers (Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 49 Wigeon, 4 Snipe, 49 Lapwing (WWT website); Yellow-legged Gull 1w (R.Kaye)
  • Loughton: tube stn - 8 Redwing (Barry Jones)
  • Scadbury Park: 6 Moorhen, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 4 Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Jackdaw, 50+ Parakeets (Andy Meaton)
  • Swanley Park: Coot (very unusual), Sparrowhawk, 30+ Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush (Andy Meaton)
  • Thorney CP: 2 Teal, 3 Mute Swan, 6 Cormorant, Kingfisher in front of hide, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Gulls, Grey Heron, 6 Pochards, 7 Great Crested Grebes (Sue Giddens)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 22 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Teal, Coot (unusual at Darlands) (John Colmans)
  • Walton-on-Thames: Mediterranean Gull 2nd-yr still at Cowey Sale (Surrey Bird Club)
  • West Drayton: 10 Lapwings over (Sue Giddens)
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret on Beverley Brook (Bob Smith)

Tuesday 11th February 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: f Smew still on boating lake 1000-1030 (Barbara Squire); still 1615 (RBA); also 17 Shoveler Wood Green Res, 2 Common Teal pr Tunnel Res (Bob Watts).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, 4 Redwing (Conrad Ellam).
  • Crayford Marshes: ad Caspian Gull, 2ad Yellow-legged Gull, 63 Golden Plover, c850 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Curlew, Cetti's Warbler, c86 Redshank, c700 Dunlin (Kev Jarvis).
  • Leyton Flats/SnaresbrookFirecrest in hollies along west boundary of Court at 10:15, Lesser Redpoll over, Grey Wagtail, 8 Shoveler, 3 Redwing (Stuart Fisher).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 2 Pintail, 88 Teal, 4 Snipe, 2 Great Crested Grebe pr weed-dancing in rain, Bearded Tit h calling (WWT website); Caspian Gull 2w (same bird as on 9th- it has a broken leg), 80 Herring Gulls (R.Kaye, J.Wilczur).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Little Egret, Little Owl, 85 Redwing, 40 Fieldfare, 6 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Greylag Goose, 11 Pochard, Water Rail, wintering Chiffchaff, 4 Redwing, singing Dunnock (TeRNS)
  • Thorney CP: Kingfisher, 9 Pochards, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 4 Siskins, 2 Gadwall, 4 Cormorants, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch over concrete bridge turn R & they are on R in bushes (Sue Giddens)
  • Walton-on-Thames: Mediterranean Gull 2nd-yr 3cy showing well & coming to bread on Thames at Cowey Sale. NB Walton Ln is closed due to flooding (no access to Cowey Sale car park). Best to park in Ashley Close off Oatlands Dr (A3050) & walk the short distance north to Walton Bridge, turning south into Walton Ln. The bird is betw bridge & flooded car park (Lee Dingain) pics).
  • Wanstead Flats: 10 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 5 Skylark, 15+ Linnet, 11 Tufted Duck (jub), 4 Shoveler on floods, Great Black-backed Gull (Nick Croft).

Monday 10th February 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: f Smew Boating Lake 1650-1840 at least - first site record since 1987 (Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Brent Reservoir: 35+ Pochard, 200+ Tufted Duck, Lapwing, 32+ Common Snipe, 2 Water Rail (Roy Beddard).
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin, Kingfisher, 2 Redwing, Goldcrest, 6 House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam). 
  • Crayford Marshes: m Ruff, 4 Rock Pipit, 5 Little Egret, Water Rail, Common Sandpiper, 3 Stonechat, 3 Cetti's Warbler, m Peregrine, c150 Redshank, c500 Dunlin (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek: 8 Shelduck, 58 Teal, 30 Tufted Duck, 9 Redshank, Grey Wagtail (John Archer).
  • Hampstead Heath: 5 Goldfinches, Siskin, 5 Lesser Redpolls in alder on edge of Sanctuary Pond, Sparrowhawk Vale of Heath (Klemens Felder)
  • Harefield: Grand Union Canal - Woodcock N over Moorhall Rd 11:00am, 8 Little Egret on flooded field, Red Kite over (Richard Francis).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern showed well nr WWF hide, Brambling at feeders nearby, 2 Jack Snipe scrape, 10 Snipe, Water Rail showed well in cut reeds nr feeders, m Sparrowhawk hunting Sn!pe, 2 Shelduck, 2 Pintail, 49 Wigeon, 7 Herring Gulls at high tide (70 yesterday with 70 over river) (J.Wilczur, R.Kaye et al).
  • Loughton: tube stn - c20 Redwing (noisy dawn chorus) (Barry Jones).
  • St James's Park: 5 Egyptian Geese pr with 3 goslings (Andrew Self)
  • Staines Moor: 3 Red Kite over together, 6 Tufted Duck on Moor Ln pond (Lee Dingain); 45+ Meadow Pipit, 40+ Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark all very vocal, 16 Fieldfare, 7 Little Grebe, 5 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat m&f, Little Egret (Keith Kerr).
  • Stoneleigh: 9 Siskin perched in ash trees on The Glade, also Blue-fronted Amazon Parrot again, with escort of 10 Ring-necked Parakeets (Neil Batten).
  • Thorney CP: Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Green Woodpecker, Redwing, 11 Siskins, 2 Bullfinches pr, 9 Great Crested Grebes, Little Grebe, Red Kite over, Buzzard over, Jay, Reed Bunting, Grey Heron, 4 Cormorants, 3 Song Thrushes, Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Pochards (Sue Giddens).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 16 Tree Sparrow, 238+ Fieldfare, 45+ Redwing, Common Snipe, Red Kite (Steve Blake).
  • Valentines Park Ilford: 2 Grey Heron pr back on nest tree (Barbara Miller).

Sunday 9th February 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 15 Shoveler Wood Green Res, 100+ Redwing, 2 Lesser Redpoll nr Boating Lake (Bob Watts); Fieldfare among many Redwing back field next to café 1pm (Dawn Painter).
  • Arthur Jacob NR: 6 Little Egret, 35 Wigeon, 2 Egyptian Geese (Thomas Gibson).
  • Bedfords ParkFirecrest in holly around visitor centre, 3 Coal Tit (Steve Bacon)
  • Bowyers Water: 2 Goosander (G Howie).
  • Brent Reservoir: 42 Pochard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, Lapwing, 29 Common Snipe, 2 Water Rail, 4 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, Bullfinch (Brent Birders, NW London RSPB).
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Cormorant, Mandarin, 15 Redwing, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam). 
  • Burgess Park: 2 Pochard, 30 Tufted Ducks (Richard Bonser).
  • Cheshunt GP: 2 red-head Smew, 3 Goosander, Cetti's Warbler (James Palmer).
  • Cornmill Meadows: Shelduck, 100+ Lapwing, 65+ Wigeon, 120+ Black-headed Gulls, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Heron, 15 Redwing, 20+ Gadwall, 10+ Shoveler, 60+ Teal, 3 Pied Wagtail, 6+ Mute Swan (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Cranford CP: 6 Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit (T James).
  • Crayford Marshes: 3 Yellow-legged Gull (ad & 2 2nd-w), 4 Curlew, 3 Little Egret, 45 Redshank, c350 Dunlin (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 500 Dunlin, 19 Wigeon, 23 Shoveler, 150 Gadwall (John Archer).
  • Dartford Marshes: Caspian Gull 1w in flooded fields along Bob Dunn Way mid-am (Richard Bonser).
  • Dulwich Wood: Firecrest in holly undergrowth 100m up fr Grange Ln entrance on R (D Culley).
  • East India Dock Basin: ad Iceland Gull midday (Birdguides)
  • Fishers Green: 4 Goosander pr on Seventy Acres Lake then joined another pr on Hooks Marsh Lake, with f Goldeneye and 5 Smew 3f 2m (Ben Green)
  • Foxham Gardens N19: fr kids playground 11:00-12:00 - 6+ House Sparrows, Sparrowhawk, Heron, Pied Wagtail - 16 spp (Chris Bird, Adam Bird)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Yellow-legged Gull by O2 but no sign of EIDB Iceland 13-14h (James Lowen)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Firecrest m calling & displaying to f holly nr Ranger's Hut (Robert Callf).
  • Gunpowder Park: Little Owl, 4 singing Skylark, 14+ Meadow Pipit, f Stonechat, Goldcrest, Siskin and 12+ Lesser Redpoll, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting (Neville Smith).
  • Hall Marsh Scrape: 4 Rook, c15 Jackdaw, m Stonechat (G Howie).
  • Hampstead Heath: Siskin and 9 Lesser Redpolls in alder & birch trees not far fr bird feeder, 3 Goldcrests and Treecreeper Sandy Heath (Klemens Felder). Where is the bird feeder you refer to? [Matthew Cunningham] The feeders are within the fenced off area of Bird Sanctuary Pond - easily viewable fr main path betw Boating Pond / Bird Sanctuary Pond & South Meadow - see excellent map on cityoflondon.gov.uk website [Chris Bird]
  • Hooks Marsh Lake: 3 Smew (2 drakes) (Neville Smith).
  • London Wetland Centre: Little Gull [Ldn winter-1st] ad winter early am (Martin Honey, R.Kaye), Brambling, 4 Redpoll, 2 Pintail, 2 Shelduck, Jack Snipe, 4+ Common Snipe (Martin Honey); also Golden Plover W, Caspian Gull 2w, Yellow-legged Gull 1w, 2 Bittern, Mealy Redpoll (R.Kaye, J.Wilczur et al)
  • Potters Bar: Red Kite low over town centre at 1020 (Martin Shepherd).
  • Rotherhithe: Great Black-backed Gull Greenland Dock (Richard Bonser).
  • Staines Moor: 2 Raven seen fr gate at south end 0930-1100, 2 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Skylark, Kestrel, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush (A. Luscombe). Access severely restricted due to flooding - access possible fr Stanwell Moor with care. [LD]
  • Staines Reservoirs: Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 225 Wigeon, 3 Little Grebe (Stuart Fisher)
  • Stanwell Moor: Cetti's Warbler still by boardwalk to Staines Moor (Twitter)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 37 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, wintering Chiffchaff, 7 Redwing, Grey Wagtail, m Reed Bunting (TeRNS)
  • Swanley Park: 3 Greylag Geese, 4 Cormorant, Kestrel, 4 Mistle Thrush, 15 Redwing (Andy Meaton)
  • Walthamstow FB: Lapwing (Paul Whiteman)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Green Sandpiper in overflow channel alongside High Maynard, f Goosander on HM, 3 Goldeneye Lockwood (Paul Whiteman); Common Sandpiper on No5 (per P. Lambert)
  • Wandsworth Common: Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, 3 singing Song Thrush, 17 Shoveler, 4 Cormorant (Nick Rutter)
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret on Beverley Brook (Bob Smith)
  • Wraysbury GPs: north of Wraysbury stn - 2 Great Crested Grebe, m Goosander, 25 Redwing, Red Kite, 150 Tufted Duck (Thomas Gibson). Flooding is very bad here too - it's not worth going to the brook side or trying to pass across Welley Rd. [TG]

Saturday 8th February 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 13 Shoveler Wood Green Res (20 on Weds & Thurs), also 60+ Redwing mainly lower slopes, Fieldfare, 50+ Common Gull (Alan Gibson, Bob Watts).
  • Alperton: 2 Tufted Duck m f (David Howdon) Alperton grid ref TQ185835
  • Beddington Farmlands: ad Kittiwake, ad Glaucous Gull, Water Pipit, 2 Green Sandpiper (Peter Alfrey, BFBG) pics here
  • Crayford Marshes: m Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Golden Plover, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Little Egret, c700 Dunlin, c80 Redshank (Kev Jarvis)
  • Kensal Green Cemetery and St Mary’s Cemetery: c25 Redwing, 2 Stock Dove (Charlie Farrell)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Jack Snipe, Caspian Gull x Herring Gull hybrid 1w, Chiffchaff, Mealy Redpoll, Brambling (R.Kaye)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest m in scrub next to Hackney Marshes gate at 1030 then S along towpath (Alastair Dent)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 4 Shoveler on scrape, m Sparrowhawk (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Raven (site first), 4 Water Pipit, 2 Goosander on Colne (Twitter)
  • Stanwell Moor: Cetti's Warbler by boardwalk to Staines Moor (Twitter)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Teal pr, Little Egret feeding in field, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, 6 Stock Dove 3pr (pr displaying), 3 Skylark (1 singing), 4 Meadow Pipit, c30 Redwing, 25 Fieldfare, 3 Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson/G. Westley) 
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Stonechat pr in cattle field (along canal side fence), Grey Wagtail, 300+ Starling, 82 Chaffinch in paddocks area, Linnet, 3 Redwing in subsong, singing Reed Bunting, 2 Meadow Pipit, singing Chiffchaff along canal (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: 35 Linnet, 4 Skylark, 6 Redwing, 50+ Jackdaw, Great Black-backed Gull 2s, 20+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1000+ Common Gull, 800+ Black-headed Gull, 20+ Herring Gull, 9 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Great Crested Grebe back on Heronry, Little Grebe on flooded Roding, 100+ Gadwall, 9 Pochard, 6 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, 250+ Jackdaw in pre-roost on Wanstead golf course, 2 Goldcrest (Nick Croft).

Friday 7th February 2014Edit

  • Barkingside: Blackcap giving subsong fr bushes by Mossford Ln entrance to ICHS (Nigel May). 
  • Bow Creek: 4 Redshank, Common Sandpiper (James Palmer).
  • Bushy Park: 34 Gadwall, Water Rail, Woodcock, 8 Meadow Pipits, 50 Redwings, f Reed Bunting (Tony Duckett).
  • Crayford Marshes: 6 Corn Bunting, 7 Yellow-legged Gull, Green Sandpiper, f Peregrine, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Little Egret (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: 34 Shelduck, 41 Tufted Duck, Grey Wagtail (James Palmer).
  • Fairlop Waters: red-head Goosander main lake (Steve Bacon)
  • Gallions Reach: Kestrel, 26 Redshank, Oystercatcher, Curlew (James Palmer).
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Siskin, c30 Redwing, 4 Egyptian Geese (John Colmans).
  • Lee Valley Friday Lake: 2 red-head Smew (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley Hall Marsh: m Stonechat, Little Egret (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Rammey Marsh: Chiffchaff opp Govt Row at 1520 (Martin Shepherd).
  • Lee Valley, Royal Gunpowder Mills: 3 Lesser Redpoll, 15 Siskin, Coal Tit (Martin Shepherd). TL375015
  • Little Britain: 7 Little Egrets, 2 Wren, 2 Buzzards over, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Song Thrush, 5 Greylags, Kingfisher (Sue Giddens).
  • London Wetland Centre: Golden Plover (flew over during rain 0715 towards marsh), Bittern (main lake S shore), Caspian Gull 1w (resr lagoon) am, 3 Redpoll, 16 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Shelduck (Adam Salmon); Bittern flew to roost on N side main lake from S shore, 5 Snipe, 2 Jack Snipe (Oscar Dewhurst); 2 Pintail pr, Coal Tit, Brambling under feeders (Nick S)
  • Mayflower Park Wetland: Water Rail (Bob Smith).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 4 Great Crested Grebe -2nd nesting pr York Br Is N side area 13, Chiffchaff English Gdns N end a23 (birdman_euston)
  • St James's Park: drake Ruddy Duck (not part of collection), fully-winged Red-crested Pochard, drake Aythya hybrid (Tufted Duck x Pochard) (Andrew Self)
  • Seventy Acres Lake: 2 Ravens landed briefly on pylons in middle of lake then flew W, Water Rail, drake Goosander (Mike Oakland)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 4 Wigeon, 2 Greylag Goose N, f Stonechat, 3 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting (Neville Smith).
  • Staines Moor: 3+ Skylarks singing, 4m Reed Bunting, m Kestrel, Little Egret, 30+ Pied Wagtail, Stonechat, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 15 Fieldfare (Thomas Gibson); Short-eared Owl from 15.30 (Peter Carlill); Red Kite W at 14:15, Merlin NE across moor at 14:40, Snipe flushed at 16:15 (J. Barnes)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood LNR: Firecrest 11:30 in holly along top path - Sydenham Hill Wood not Cox's Walk - when entering fr Cox's Walk footbridge & up steps with handrail (Daniel Greenwood).
  • Trent Park: golf course - Little Egret along Merryhills Brook (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 3 Stonechat (pr Bomb Crater/Cow field & f North Marsh), Water Rail by Marina, 50+ Chaffinch, 6 Linnet Back Paddock, 5 Redwing Front Paddock (Paul Whiteman, Mike Messenger); North Marsh - Pheasant (JW Davies).
  • Waterworks NR: Goldcrest, 2 Snipe, c50 Teal (Paul Whiteman, Mike Messenger).
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret on Beverley Brook (Bob Smith).

Thursday 6th February 2014Edit

  • Beddington Farm: ad Glaucous Gull, juv Iceland Gull and 2 Caspian Gulls ad 1w, also Shelduck and 2 Egyptian Geese (David Campbell et al) (pics).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin drake on R Ravensbourne (John Archer).
  • Crayford Marshes: Caspian Gull 1w, Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Yellow-legged Gull 3w, 4 Rock Pipit, Curlew, 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 3 Little Egret (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: 20 Shelduck, 20 Teal, 35 Tufted Duck (John Archer).
  • Ewell Village: Grey Wagtail, 3 Kingfisher, 59 Mallard, 7 Redwing (Neil Batten).
  • Lee Valley, Hooks Marsh: 9 Goosander (Simon Papps).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, Siskin, Brambling, 5 Redpoll, 11 Redwing (Adam Salmon); 330 Canada Goose, 14 Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 53 Egyptian Goose, 2 Pintail, 174 Tufted Duck, 21 Pochard, 2 Mandarin, Bittern, 9 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 5 Water Rail, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 30 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare, Chiffchaff only glimpsed & no call but appeared to be of eastern origin (R.Kaye)
  • Lonsdale Road Barnes: Water Rail, Sparrowhawk, Redwing (John Gordon)
  • Lower Morden: Kingfisher on Pyl Brook, 100 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on fields (Bob Smith)
  • Regent's Park: 3 Grey Heron incubating on Heron_Is area 8 (birdman_euston)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret, Water Rail (Conrad Ellam)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood LNR: Firecrest 14:30, c40 Redwing (Julian Snowdon, Daniel Greenwood).
  • Walton-on-Thames: ad Mediterranean Gull still on Thames at Cowey Sale by Walton Bridge at 10am (Twitter).
  • Wanstead Flats: 7 Skylark 2 singing, 20+ Linnet, 5 Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, 2 Pochard, 14 Mute Swan (Jub) (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: Water Rail, 10 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck (Shoulder of Mutton), Redwing, 4 Stock Dove (Nick Croft).
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret on Beverley Brook (Bob Smith).

Wednesday 5th February 2014Edit

  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin, Kestrel, 2 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: ad Caspian Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gull (2ad 3rd-w 1st-w), Corn Bunting, m Peregrine, Curlew, Green Sandpiper, 2 Rock Pipit, c450 Dunlin (Kev Jarvis)
  • East India Dock Basin: 21 Shelduck, 12 Teal, 39 Tufted Duck (John Archer).
  • Enfield Ridgeway: Red Kite over rd in wind (Brian Dawton)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, 3 Little Grebe, 20 Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 10 Redwing (Andy Meaton)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 91 Teal, 59 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 5 Snipe, 8 Redpoll (WWT website); Brambling (C.Beazley)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest in Bed1b/Bed2 c1015 (DJP Miller)
  • Richmond Park: 4 Grey Heron - 2pr nesting upper pen pond island (one pr started nesting there last yr) (J.Wilczur).
  • Staines Moor: 4 Water Pipit, 2 Goosander, 50 Pied Wagtail, 4 Little Egret, Reed Bunting, Linnet, 10+ Meadow Pipit (Twitter)
  • Walton-on-Thames: 2 Mediterranean Gull (ad & 2cy - both attaining hoods) showing very well & coming to bread on Thames just south of Walton Bridge 0830-0940 (park in Cowey Sale car park on Walton Ln on Walton side of river) - Meds also getting onto flooded field across river at Thames Meadow where watched displaying amongst 1500 Black-headed Gulls (park on Walton Ln on Shepperton side of river & walk south to Thames Meadow to view - note Thames Meadow is a private rd so pls view fr entrance) (Lee Dingain).
  • Wanstead Flats: 45 Linnet, 5 Skylark, Little Owl (Josh Selfe)
  • Wanstead Park: Bullfinch, Chiffchaff, 15+ Redwing chased by Sparrowhawk (Josh Selfe)

Tuesday 4th February 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 16+ Shoveler Wood Green Res, 2 Common Teal pr Tunnel Res 7am (Bob Watts).
  • Battersea Park Lake: 2 Peregrine on gasometer (1 buzzed a crow by cafe & later male after 2 finches within inches over lake), Grey Heron nests seem down to c27, 130 Cormorants (with more coming in all the time), 3+ Gadwall, 3+ Shoveler (Michael Mac).
  • Bushy Park: Common Buzzard, 2 Water Rails, Kingfisher, 80+ Redwings, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 26 Siskins, 3 Reed Buntings (Tony Duckett).
  • Cranford CP: Kestrel, Nuthatch, 4 Redwing, Little Grebe, 2 Goldfinch, Dunnock, Greenfinch (Sue Giddens)
  • Harmondsworth Moor: Bateman's Orchard - sub-singing Cetti's Warbler (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Hayes UB4 (Uxbridge Rd): Rook feeding on grass verge (Neil Anderson)
  • Lewisham SE13 (Ladywell Rd): f Sparrowhawk S 10:30 (Patrick English).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Bittern, 2 Shelduck, 2 Pintail, 190 Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 54 Lapwing, c20 Redwing N, Brambling, Siskin (WWT website)
  • Loughton: tube stn - 2 Redwing subsong (Barry Jones).
  • Regent's Park: 2 Kestrel pr mating Wetland Pen area 32 - 2mos earlier than last yr (birdman_euston)
  • Staines MoorShort-eared Owl 16:40, Water Pipit, 3 Little Egrets (Surrey Birders)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 7 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, ad Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Redwing (TeRNS)
  • Stoney Wood Lake: Mandarin, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Reeves’s Muntjac (Andrew Haynes).
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret, 2 Common Snipe, Water Rail, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Lesser Redpoll (P Kite).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Green Sandpiper, c60 Lapwing, 8 Tree Sparrow, Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 3+ Buzzard, Red Kite (Steve Blake/Alan Gardiner)
  • Wanstead Flats: Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Redwing, 7 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Kingfisher, Little Grebe, 16 Pochard, 5 Shoveler, 25 Gadwall, 26 Mute Swan, Redpoll sp, 25+ Redwing (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Common: Firecrest just north of Queensmere 11.50 (Peter Carlill)

Monday 3rd February 2014Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 45 Pochard, f Scaup/Tufted hybrid still present, 34 Common Snipe, 3 Lapwing, 2 Water Rail, Kingfisher (Roy Beddard, Steve Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, 7 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Clapham: purposeful flock of 25+ Lapwing SW over Clapham High St 0800 (Mark H).
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek: 13 Shelduck, 56 Teal, 29 Tufted Duck, Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, Cormorant - the Estonian-ringed bird still present (John Archer).
  • Islington N1 (Mildmay Grove N): 2 Redwing 9.00 (Jon Agar)
  • Lee Valley, Friday Lake: 2-3 Smew (Simon Papps)
  • Lee Valley, Hall Marsh: 20+ Shoveler, 20+ Gadwall, 18 Wigeon, 150+ Golden Plover high N, 100+ Lapwing, Kingfisher, Treecreeper, m Stonechat, 2 Siskin (Simon Papps)
  • Lee Valley Riding Centre: 9 Blackbird, Fieldfare, 21 Redwing, 5 Mistle Thrush, Chaffinch, 15 Magpie (Daniel Whitelegg); Kestrel on roof of entrance (Sue Barry)
  • London Wetland Centre: Brambling, 9 Redpoll, 7 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare, 2 Bittern, 2 Shelduck (Adam Salmon).
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, Tree Sparrow (RSPB blog)
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: 2 Snipe, Grey Heron, 6 Goldfinches, 2 Herring Gulls, Common Gull (Alan Hobson).  
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 2 Peregrine (m SE 1150 & f S 1310) (birdman_euston)
  • Staines Moor: Short-eared Owl at north end from 16.45, Merlin f caught & devoured pipit, 10 Little Egret (6 feeding & 4 W at roosting time), 4 Water Pipit on floods, Water Rail on river at base of bushes c200yd south of northern concrete bridge (Roger Morton). 7 Water Pipit (Twitter).
  • Tooting Commons: Tooting Graveney Common - 40+ group of Magpies 3pm (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 200 Starlings, Dunnock, 2 Pied Wagtail, 25 Carrion Crow, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 350 Black-headed Gulls (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Wanstead Flats: 54 Linnet, 2+ Lesser Redpoll, Reed Bunting, singing Chaffinch, 20 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 600+ Common Gull, 400+ Black-headed Gull, 13+ Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, 10 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 3 Stock Dove (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: 4 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 10 Mallard, 43 Teal, 8 Coot, 10 Moorhen, 2 Blackbird, Green Woodpecker, Pochard (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Woodford: cricket pitch - 16 Black-headed Gulls (Daniel Whitelegg).

Sunday 2nd February 2014Edit

  • Bowyer's Water: drake Goosander (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Brent Reservoir: Greylag Goose, c200 Tufted Duck, 37 Pochard, 24 Snipe, 3 Lapwing - hides fully accessible now (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard & Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, Goldcrest, House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam).
  • Cheshunt: 3 Siskins alders by dog circuit (Ian Bradshaw) Ian where is the dog circuit please = just north of Cheshunt Stn
  • Hall Marsh: m Stonechat, 2 Raven over (SE Herts RSPB)
  • Holland Park: Northern Long-tailed Tit reported (Birdguides). No doubt more info would be very much appreciated by many! [BD]. Bill Haines reported 2 probable europaeus hybrids he ringed here in late 2013 no doubt one of them being this bird. But Northern race is nominate ssp caudatus [b_e]. Is it possible that Birdguides just relayed the forum message about this bird ? [dt]
  • Hooks Marsh Lake: 3 drake Smews (2ad & 1st-w), 3 Goosanders (drake & 2 ducks) (Ian Bradshaw).
  • Lee Valley Friday Lake: 2 red-head Smew (SE Herts RSPB, Ian Bradshaw)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, Jack Snipe, 5 Snipe, 44 Lapwing, Tawny Owl, Brambling (WWT website).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest m at 1305 & 1315 just south of north pipe, 2-3 Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 5 Little Grebe, Jay, 2 Teal pr, Goldeneye (Alan Hobson).
  • Rainham RSPB: c7 Caspian Gull Wennington Marsh / Purfleet Scrape incl 1st-w ringed at Polish nest site (RSPB blog)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 41 Greylag, 16 Egyptian Goose -nesting under way, 3 Shelduck, 2 Mandarin pr, 20 Gadwall -pr mating, 48 Shoveler, 34 Red-crested Pochard, 152 Pochard, 192 Tufted Duck, 29 Grey Heron, 4 Kestrel 2pr, Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe pr salvaging flooded nest, 12 Redwing (birdman_euston).
  • Richmond Park: 2 Stonechat pr Martin's Pond (3 other prs recently), 1200 Woodpigeon (J.Wilczur).
  • River Lee CP: south side - mixed flock of c4 Lesser Redpoll and c4 Siskin, Common Buzzard over (SE Herts RSPB).
  • St James's Park: Coot on nest, 2 Little Grebe trilling, 5 Cormorant, 2 Teal (are they part of the collection?) (Matt Reed).
  • Staines Moor: 2 Cormorant over, Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 15+ Meadow Pipit, Short-eared Owl quartering the moor at 1630, 9 Skylark, Stonechat (Richard Woolley). Hi Richard, whereabouts on the moor did you see the SEO?  Thanks. It was hunting in the North East cnr nr wooden footbridge (RW).
  • Staines Reservoir: m Scaup (N basin), 20+ Goldeneye, Great Northern Diver (S basin), 2 Black-necked Grebe (S basin), Slavonian Grebe seen earlier by others (N basin), Red Kite western bank, Buzzard NW cnr (Neil Anderson).
  • Tooting Commons: north end ('Triangle Field') - c50 Redwing, Nuthatch, singing Song Thrush, calling Green Woodpecker h, Common Buzzard N mobbed by 4 Carrion_Crow (Nick Granger-Taylor).
  • Trent Park: 3 Buzzard (James Palmer); Woodcock (Robin White per RM Callf).
  • Waltham Abbey: 4 Common Buzzard at 1235 over Beach Hill Pk [TQ403988] betw Avey Ln & A121 (Martin Shepherd).

Saturday 1st February 2014Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Main & Heron_hides inaccessible due to extremely high water level - 2 Egyptian Geese, Canada x Greylag hybrid ('Granada Goose'), 35+ Pochard, 170+ Tufted Duck, Tufted x Scaup hybrid, 11 Snipe, 2 Water Rail, 14 Grey Heron, 15+ Redwings (Brent Birders, Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones et al).
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin, 7 Redwing (Conrad Ellam).
  • Bushy Park: f Stonechat, c10 Lesser Redpoll, 50+ Siskin (Bill Dykes).
  • Canons Farm: 400 Fieldfare, 200 Redwing, 450 Linnet (Steve Gale).
  • Crayford Marshes: Corn Bunting, Green Sandpiper, 2 Curlew, Kingfisher, 4 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, c1000 Dunlin, c70 Redshank, c350 Lapwing (Kev Jarvis & Ralph Todd)
  • Ewell Village: ad Yellow-Legged Gull low SW over London Rd c12.20 - part of large continuous SW gull movement 11.00-12.30 (flocks of 30-80) (Neil Batten). 
  • Finsbury Park: 6 Shovelers, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 8 Gadwalls (boating lake) (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Globe Town: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose on canal (Matt Reed).
  • Grovelands Park: 6 Lesser Redpoll in birch trees nr Broadwalk entrance (Phil Rhodes).
  • Haggerston Park: 3 Moorhens on tiny pond (Matt Reed).
  • Holyfield Hall Farm: Red Kite W at 1110, 2 Common Buzzard, c2000 Black-headed Gull (Martin Shepherd).
  • Kilburn: Jay over St Cuthberts Rd (Matt Reed).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck pr, 2 Pintail pr, 3m Mandarin Duck, 2 Peregrine pr - f landed on marsh to bathe, Kestrel m caught a Blue_Tit, 4 Snipe, c70 Lapwing, c120 Herring Gull incl 2 with NTGG rings, Chiffchaff h, Brambling - S route feeders (J.Wilczur, O.Dewhurst & M.Honey et al).
  • Mile End Park: Ecology Pavilion - 2 Mallard, 2 Coot, Moorhen; Millenium Park - Coot (Matt Reed).
  • Northolt UB5 5AX (White Hart Rbt): 40+ House Sparrow at roost at dawn (Neil Anderson).
  • Pinner Green HA5: Red Kite over 1430 (Charlie Farrell)
  • Regent's Park: pinioned Smew, pinioned Scaup, 2 Kestrel m&f together in tree, Red-crested Pochard (Sue Huckle).
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Raven over at 0900 & 1135, also Peregrine with prey on pylon, 14 Shelduck, Curlew, 30 Redshank, 7 Turnstone, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (Andrew Self).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: (parts of wood under deep water from overflowing brook) - 8 Teal, Buzzard, f Sparrowhawk, 45 Lapwing, Snipe, 50+ Redwing, 40+ Fieldfare, Nuthatch, 28 Linnet (Neil Anderson).
  • Thorney CP: Bullfinch m, Kingfisher betw two bridges, Dunnock, 21 Pochards, 40 Tufted Ducks, 2 Goldfinch, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Mute Swan (Sue Giddens).
  • Totteridge Valley: f Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and 50+ Redwings at Oakfields/Mill Hill, Red Kite over Ellern Mede Farm 1215, also 3 Bullfinch, 2 Kestrel, 4 Mandarin, 4 Teal, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Treecreeper (Ian Ellis).
  • Wanstead Flats: 40 Linnet, 10+ Skylark (incl song-flighting bird), Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, Common Snipe, Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 10 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler - many gulls (mostly Common & Black-headed) (Nick Croft).

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