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Tuesday 31st January 2012Edit

  • Belmont Open Space, Cockfosters / East Barnet, Herts. EN4: Blackcap singing in park behind my house (Bob Husband).
  • Bentley Priory: 5 Goosander (3 drakes), 15 Mandarin, Common Buzzard, 5 Pochard, c20 Siskin (Joe Dickens).
  • Broadwater: 4 Teal, c6 Shoveler, 1m Goldeneye, 1 Great Black-backed Gull. Not much else (Roger Dewey).
  • Bromley-by-Bow (Abbey Creek): Redshank, 240+ Teal, 21 Gadwall, pr Tufted Duck, 19 Linnet (S Fisher)
  • Charlton SE7: 14 Siskin- Off Eastmoor street near Thames Barrier (2.00pm) (Richard Jones).
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on foreshore near Yacht Club, Avocet, Little Owl, 3 Pintail, 58 Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper, Rock Pipit, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Ringed Plover (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: 15 Shelduck, 35 Teal, 34 Tufted Duck, ad Yellow-legged Gull (John Archer)
  • Redbridge Lakes, Roding Valley Park and playing fields off Roding Lane North: Snipe, Kingfisher, 2 Little Egrets, Teal, 14-15 Fieldfares, 2 Grey Herons, Goldfinch (Alan Hobson).
  • Stockers Lake: Smew (m&f) NE corner, 2 Goosander (m), Goldeneye (3m2f), mobile Fieldfare and Redwing, Nuthatch (Martin Smith) .
  • Tower Bridge: Peregrine high up on south face of south tower  1.30pm (James A)
  • Uxbridge: 1 Blackcap sub-song heard in ivy-covered hedgerow by R Frays at Cowley Road (Roger Dewey),
  • Wanstead Flats: Skylark, 4 Redwing, 7 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck (Nick Croft); 2 Egyptian Goose (Jonathan Lethbridge).
  • Wanstead Park: Coal Tit, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Siskin, 4 Bullfinch, 30+ Chaffinch, c.100 Redwing, Fieldfare, Grey Wagtail, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Goldcrest, c.60 Tufted Duck, 45 Pochard, 14 Gadwall, 2 Egyptian Goose (Nick Croft).
  • Woodside Park: male Blackcap, 2 Grey Wagtails, Nuthatch, 63 Redwings, Stock Dove over (Ian Ellis).

Monday 30th January 2012Edit

  • River Quaggy Lee: - small Egret? See picture. It's a Little Egret, quite regular on the Quaggy (Nick Tanner). Yes it's a Little Egret. (Nigel Sluman)
  • Beddington SF: 1st winter Caspian Gull, 5 Shelduck, Common Sandpiper (Nigel Sluman) Are you sure it wasn't a Green Sand Nigel ? (Johnny Allan) Sorry was meant to put Green Sand, not Common (Nige)
  • East India Dock Basin: 27 Teal, 29 Tufted Duck (John Archer).
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on foreshore near Yacht club. 2 Water Pipit, 2 Avocet, 2 Little Owl, 52 Golden Plover, 2 Rock Pipit, Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper,3 Stonechat. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 1 male Firecrest, feeding in Holly, 14:25 hrs; 4 Lesser Redpoll, around Bowling Green, 15:35 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • New Covent Garden Market border of Stockwell: Kestrel on factory chimney at lunch time (Michael Mac).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: 2 Snipe, 2 Little Egrets, Redpoll, 4 Fieldfares, Jay, half a dozen Goldfinches, 2 Grey Herons (Alan Hobson).
  • St James's Park: 4 Egyptian Geese (Andrew Self)
  • Southfields: 10 Redpoll on Nyger feeder in Wimbledon Park Road (Tim Richardson).
  • Stockers Lake: 2 Male Smew in bay NE corner, 13 Red-crested Pochard -Bury Lake- (Richard Francis)
  • Totteridge Valley & Darlands Lake: c250 Fieldfare: c70 Redwing: Treecreeper: Reed Bunting: Sparrowhawk: 9 Mandarin: 6 Teal (John Colmans)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Shelduck, Little Egret, 2 Common Snipe, 13 Tree Sparrows, 11 Lesser Redpoll, 5+ Yellowhammer, 10+ Reed Bunting (Steve Blake).

Sunday 29th January 2012Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 6 Shoveler Wood Green Res, then 4 relocated to Boating Lake, 2 Greylag Wood Green Res (Bob Watts).
  • Bentley Priory: SiskIn, Mealy Redpoll, pair Mandarin Duck, 2 pair Goosander, 100+ Chaffinch, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Cormorant. (Alan Lewis)
  • Brent Reservoir: 8 Ruddy Duck (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall); pair Wigeon, 230+ Tufted Duck, 30+ Pochard, 3 Water Rail, 1 Lesser Redpoll (Roy Beddard).
  • Canons Park, Edgware, Middx. HA8: Female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker feeding in The Spinny (long line of trees on the eastern edge of the park), Great Spot Woodpeckers drumming, 101 Redwings, c.6 Fieldfares including one singing! (Bob Husband et al NW London RSPB Group - RSPB BGB Birdwalk)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 3 Lesser Redpoll, 4+ Linnet, 15 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Goldcrest, flock of Fieldfare, 100+ Lapwing, 1 Shelduck, 7+ Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler present, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Snipe. ( V.Halley-Frame & Steve Drake ).
  • Dartford Marshes: Little Egret, 2 drake Pintail, 30 Golden Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 1 Peregrine, 1 Rock Pipit, 40+Fieldfare, 1 Redwing (Conrad Ellam) + Common Seal. Pylon just east of Bexley Council depot, just inside Dartford Boro. boundary: approx 800 - 870 Starlings (Chris Rose)
  • East India Dock Basin / Bow Creek Ecology Park: 14 Canada Goose, 14 Shelduck, female Pintail, 215 Common Teal, 34 Tufted Duck, 18 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, singing Song Thrush (Nick Tanner).
  • Enfield Lock: Chiffchaff in garden (Martin Shepherd)
  • Gallions Reach: 19 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Curlew, 68 Lapwing, 20 Redshank, 140 Teal, 80 Linnet. (Gary A James)
  • Greenford: m Blackcap in my garden while doing RSPB bird count (Neil Anderson)
  • Hemans Estate Community Garden - Stockwell: 8+ Greenfinches flew off and came back hour later (Michael Mac).
  • Kingston Upon Thames: Adult male Peregrine perched on County Hall Clock Tower 15.15 to 15.20 before flying to roof of University opposite. Very good close views obtainable from car park at front of building (Neil Batten)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Redwing over, 1 Stock Dove (Rich Petley)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Dunnock (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Muswell Hill Playing Fields N10: 1 Buzzard seen whilst I was lino for my son's football match (won 7-0); also 100+ Chaffinch in adjacent Coldfall Wood before kick off (James Palmer)
  • Rotherhithe: 2 (3rd and 2nd winter) Yellow-legged Gull on mud by Hilton Hotel (Richard Bonser)
  • Ruislip Woods/Lido: 61 Gadwall, 13 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, f Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (2 drumming), Grey Wagtail, 15 Fieldfare, 40+ Redwing, Siskin, c40 Lesser Redpoll (Neil Anderson)
  • Southfields: Marsh Tit at feeder in garden. (guy.bradley@gmail.com)
  • Tottenham Marsh: Adult Peregrine on old gas station (Martin Shepherd).
  • Wanstead Park: 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, in the woods near to the Dell. (Tony Brown)
  • Woodside Park: male Blackcap, pair Sparrowhawks displaying, 22 Redwings, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Rooks over. (Ian Ellis)

Saturday 28th January 2012Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 5 Shoveler (2 drakes Wood Green Res, 2 drakes 1 duck Boating Lake), 20+ Redwing Deer Enclosures, 2 Jackdaws landed bank Tunnel Res (Bob Watts).
  • Barnehurst, Thirlmere Rd (my back garden): 1 Goldcrest, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Dunnock (Chris Rose).
  • Broadwater: 2 Chiffchaff (1 singing softly), 3 Goosander, 2 Grey Wagtail, 40+ Siskin (Michael Robinson).
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Kingfisher (Steven Robinson).
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Blackcap, 1 singing Treecreeper, Tawny Owl at daytime roost, 50+ Fieldfare, 50+ Redwing, argentatus Herring Gull (Andy Culshaw). Coordinated count of the Perivale Wood Carrion Crow roost produced 1567 birds of which about 60 were roosting on the roof of the Royal Mail sorting office. A further 40+ birds were roosting on Horsenden Hill. This is the highest count recorded here in the last 4 years (Andy Culshaw, Peter Edwards & Martin Smith).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Golden Plover, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Lesser Redpoll (Shaun Harvey).
  • King George's Reservoir: 1 Kingfisher perched on flood relief channel (Millicent Harper).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir LNR: 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 50+ Teal, 20+ Tufted Ducks (John Gordon). Also 2 Goldcrest this afternoon - John, whereabouts did you see the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker? I've not seen one at this site yet... thanks Rich Petley. both sightings this year have been high up on the black poplars, on the riverside of reservoir, good luck(john gordon).. John - thanks for that, Rich. (John Gordon)
  • Romford, Lower Bedfords Road: Leucistic Herring Gull (with red colour-ring) on Covered Reservoir 3pm. Same bird which was present in Noak Hill / Lwr Bedfords Rd area from January to March 2011 (C.Jupp).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 female Bullfinch, feeding on buds; 1 Shelduck; 50+ Lapwing, flew over; 1 Treecreeper; 2 Long-tailed Tit (Robert Callf & Helen Shaw).
  • Wanstead, private garden: 5 Siskin, 2 Long-tailed Tit (Chris Legge)
  • William Girling Reservoir : 7 Black-necked Grebes & 2 Goosander (BirdGuides).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 08.00-09.30: Ad Mediterranean Gull with Black Heads on pitches, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Jackdaw, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Mute Swan, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker. (Neville Smith/Rob Ayers).

Friday 27th January 2012Edit

  • Barnehurst, Grasmere Rd allotments: 1 Sparrowhawk (over). (Chris Rose).
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: 10 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall, c100 Tufted Ducks, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (W.Marks).
  • Bushy Park: Common Buzzard present for a week (Tony Duckett).
  • Camberwell Old Cemetery, Southwark: Song Thrush singing this morning, 9am (D. Greenwood).
  • Chiswick, Dukes Meadows: In the Thames, Blackheaded, Herring and Common Gulls, Teal, Mallards, Gadwell, Grey Herons. On the towpath Kestral hunting around the "Fantastic Herones" sculpture (found a worm!!-see gallery) (Andy Sunters)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the foreshore near Yacht Club. immature male Marsh Harrier over the Thames. Avocet, 5 Golden Plover, Little Owl, Green Sandpiper, Rock Pipit. Common Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat. (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: Kingfisher, 49 Tufted Duck, 11 Teal, Red Admiral by East India station (John Archer).
  • Ewell Village, Meadow Walk: Singing male Blackcap in front garden of no. 56 (Neil Batten).
  • Fulham Reach (low tide): 64 Teal, 70 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 15 Tufted Duck, 4 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 258 Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Gull, 9 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Cormorant, 1 Shelduck just South, some Woodpigeon movement N/NE (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Greenwich Park: m Pheasant, m Firecrest, m Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, Stock Dove (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Grey Wagtail, 2 Little Grebe, Chiffchaff heard, f Great Spotted Woodpecker, m Kestrel hovering over soon-to-be developed land, also Linnet flock in same area (Joe Beale).
  • Lewisham (Ladywell Cemetery): Goldcrest (Phil Laurie)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Mistle Thrush (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Millwall Park: 2 Goldcrest, singing Mistle Thrush (John Archer)
  • North Greenford: Chiffchaff in my garden 1325 (Martin Smith).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: 4 Snipe, Little Egret, up to 6 Song Thrush (Alan Hobson).
  • Thamesmere West Lake: Bittern still at 9:45am in the corner to the right of the steps by Morrisons (Conrad Ellam per JA), + singing Cetti's Warbler
  • Totteridge Valley: 6 Teal on Darlands Lake, c200 Fieldfare, 12 Ring-necked Parakeet, Cormorant over (W) and 2 Song Thrush singing. 2.00-4.00pm (Geoff Crabtree).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Shelduck, 6 Tree Sparrow, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 11 Fieldfare, Buzzard (Steve Blake).

Thursday 26th January 2012Edit

  • Bicentary Gardens, Brunel University: decent size flocks of both Redwing and Fieldfares, (my 5th visit here and still have not seen a Bullfinch sob - W.Marks) Recently they have seemed to prefer the scrub just inside the entrance gate on the left hand side. (Roger Morton)
  • Bushy Park: A flock of up to 50 Siskins in alders in the plantations. Mobile, so they may take a little time to find, but they are rather noisy. (Tony Leppard)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on foreshore near yacht club.adult Mediterranean Gull, 60 Golden Plover, 124 Black-tailed Godwit, Cetti's Warbler, Green Sandpiper, Water Rail, 2 Stonechat. (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Shelduck, 8 Teal, 24 Tufted Duck (John Archer)
  • Frays River (Uxbridge): Kingfisher, pr Mandarin Duck (Nigel Sluman)
  • Greenwich Park: m Pheasant, m Firecrest, Goldcrests, 2 Coots (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin)
  • Horsenden Hill: C150 Fieldfare and Redwing on fields; mainly former and very mobile. Also Yellow legged and herring gull among 40 common gull on Home Field. (Martin Smith)
  • Lake Farm CP, Hayes: c30 Reed Buntings both m and f (W.Marks). See news HERE
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 41 Gadwall, 1f Reed Bunting. (TeRNS)
  • Streatham Common: Treecreeper. Also the dawn dogwalkers report two calling Tawny Owls on many days (Peter Newmark).
  • Thamesmere West Lake: Bittern still in reeds to right of steps by Morrisons at 10am but no sign of Ferruginous Duck by 10.15am. Also Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, Sparrowhawk, 30+ Linnets (John Archer & Paul Whiteman).
  • Wraysbury GP: 4 Smew (3 m, 1 f), c20 Goldeneye, 3 f Goosander, Kingfisher, c50 Redwing, 14 Fieldfare, 3 Shoveller (Nigel Sluman)

Wednesday 25th January 2012Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Tawny Owl calling from Conservation Area 0703 (Bob Watts). Also heard yesterday evening in same area from station (Dave Callahan).
  • Bankside SE1: completely white Blackbird (leucistic) still around the Tate Modern (Reuben Braddock)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 3 Iceland Gulls (2 2nd winter + juv) again (RBA).
  • Brunel University Bicentenary Gardens: 19 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Bullfinches and a Chiffchaff (Roger Morton)
  • Camley Street, Kings Cross: singing Chiffchaff (Ian Ellis).
  • Cockfosters, Herts. EN4: Male Blackcap in garden (Anna & Bob Husband)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on foreshore near Yacht Club,52 Golden Plover, Little Owl, Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler, female Peregrine, 3 Rock Pipit, adult Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, pair of Stonechat. (Kev Jarvis).
  • East Barnet Village, Herts. EN4: Grey Wagtail calling 10.30am (Bob Husband)
  • East India Dock Basin: 5 Shelduck, 30 Tufted Duck, 10 Teal (John Archer)
  • Fairlop Waters: 7 Egyptian Geese, 1 fem Goosander, 6 Great Crested Grebe Main Lake 1300hrs (Steve Bacon).
  • King George V Reservoir: 3 Water Pipits (RBA).
  • Knighton Woods: pair of Nuthatches, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, up to 6 Redwings, 2 Jays (Alan Hobson).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 Marsh Harriers at 8:10am, 2nd winter Glaucous Gull on Wennington Marshes at 11:30am then flew to tip (RBA)
  • Richmond Park: 4 prs Egyptian Goose; 46(35m,11f) Mandarin Duck  on one pond  Isabella Plantation; 1 feral? male Pintail; Wigeon , Gadwall  Pend Ponds; 1 imm male Shoveler; 15(4m,11f) Pochard, Pen Ponds; 1 Tawny Owl  heard hooting, 15:30 hrs; 1 Kingfisher heard calling, Pen Ponds  2 Green Woodpecker; 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 22 Redwing including a flock of 13; 1 singing male Mistle Thrush; 1 Goldcrest, Isabella Plantation; 9 Long-tailed Tit; 3 Nuthatch  near Richmond Gate; 2 Treecreeper  Isabella Plantation; c20 Siskin  feeding in Alder  by Pend Ponds; 1 Lesser Redpoll  Isabella Plantation (Robert Callf).
  • Thamesmere West Lake: female Ferruginous Duck still viewable from Morrisons car park at 7:45am but elusive, also Bittern this afternoon (RBA).
  • Tooley Street SE1: Grey Wagtail touring rooftops 5 storeys up (G Sutton).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Green Sandpiper, Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, Tree Sparrow, 10 Reed Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Buzzard. (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow res: Red breasted Merganser,4 Goosanders (Kevin J Mcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: 8 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Skylark, 33 Redwing (south), 3 singing Song Thrush, 1 singing (5) Mistle Thrush, 15 Goldfinch, 19 Shoveler, 7 Teal, 2 Gadwall, Lapwing (east) (Nick Croft) Latest Wanstead bird report 2011 here http://wansteadbirding.blogspot.com/p/bird-reports.html
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Greater Black-backed Gull (south - old sewage works), 10 Linnet, Water Rail, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, 3 Little Grebe, 12 Gadwall, 71 Tufted Duck, 59 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 20 + Redwing, Stock Dove (Nick Croft).
  • Wyvil Estate - Stockwell: 1 Kestrel circling and 2 Peregrines circling within minutes of each other at 11am (Michael Mac).

Tuesday 24th January 2012Edit

  • Beddington Farmlands: 2 2nd winter Iceland Gulls (RBA).
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank still on foreshore near yacht club,3 Avocet, 182 Golden Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, 650 Dunlin, Curlew, 14 Ringed Plover, Little Egret. (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: 12 Shelduck, 115 Teal, 39 Tufted Duck (John Archer).
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: Common Snipe, 2 Coal Tit (Neil Batten).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: juv Iceland Gull at Stone Barges (RBA).
  • Thamesmead: female Ferruginous Duck again at Thamesmere West Lake viewable from Morrisons car park (Ian Stewart per JA).
  • Trent Park: 2 Shoveler (m), 11 Mandarin (8m), pair of Tufted Duck, pair of Pochard, 8 Fieldfare, 6 Starling, 12 Goldfinch, 15 Siskin, Treecreeper ( Pete Lowman).
  • Wanstead Flats: 9 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 3 Fieldfare, singing Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush, Reed Bunting, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Teal, 10 + Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 20 Greylag Goose, Grey Heron, 3 Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk (Forest Gate) (Nick Croft).

Monday 23rd January 2012Edit

  • Bromley-by-Bow: Green Sandpiper, c170 Teal, 7 Gadwall, Tufted Duck, singing Chiffchaff (S Fisher)
  • Brookmill Park: drake Mandarin, male Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Conrad Ellam).
  • Bushy Park: Common Buzzard present for 4th day Brewhouse Fields, Fieldfare, 25 Redwings, 28 Siskins (Tony Duckett).
  • Crayford Marshes : 2nd winter Iceland Gull flew north over the Landfill site 09:10.Little Owl, pair of Stonechat, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 84 Black-tailed Godwit, Yellow-legged Gull (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: 7 Shelduck, 330 Teal, 23 Tufted Duck, Kingfisher (John Archer).
  • Erith Cemetery (east side): 4 Fieldfare, c14 Goldfinch, 2-4 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 39 Starlings (Chris Rose).
  • Highgate,Waterlow Park: 1 Kingfisher on Lower Pond 8am (P. Angus).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 3 Goldcrest, 5 Yellowhammer, 2 White Fronted Goose, 34 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, Peregrine, 12 singing Song Thrush, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Cetti's Warblers and a Common Buzzard (Dave Morrison).
  • Lake Farm CP/Botwell Common, Hayes: adult Mediterranean Gull feeding with hundreds of other gulls, 6 Redwings, 23 Pied Wagtails (Peter Naylor). See news HERE
  • Larkhall Park - Stockwell: 1 Common Gull, 50 Starling, no Redwing this year as not cold enough to drive them into Inner London (Michael Mac).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 singing Song Thrush (3rd day, a 1st here), 2 Redwing, 19 Starling (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: 2 Little Egrets, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Snipe, Redwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Teal [rare round here], 2 Mistle Thrushes (Alan Hobson).
  • Staines Moor: 2+ Water Pipits, 1 Little Egret (Roger Unite).
  • Streatham (Oakdale Rd): drumming GS woodpecker (R Bell)
  • Thamesmead: female Ferruginous Duck again at Thamesmere West Lake viewable from Morrisons car park at 10:20 and again at 11:00 (Steve Carter per JA).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: c175 Fieldfare: c90 Redwing: c40 Siskin: 5 Reed Buntings: 10 Mandarin: 10 Teal: 2 Bullfinch: Grey Wagtail: first Chaffinch song of year (John Colmans)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Merlin,2 Goosander,Green Sandpiper (Kevin J Mcmanus).
  • Wraysbury: Drake Smew on Village pit, access from end of Douglas Lane (Roger Unite).

Sunday 22nd January 2012Edit

  • A205 Dulwich Common: Sparrowhawk flew from cover in Dulwich park, heading South towards Sydenham Hill Woods 08.35 (Martin Stevens).
  • Alexandra Park: Common Snipe again Conservation Pond, also Water Rail, 6+ Redwings, Fieldfare (Andrew Gardener, Bob Watts).
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park and East India Dock Basin: 12 Shelduck, 289 Teal, 147 Mallard, 27 Tufted Duck, 16 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff (Stuart Fisher)
  • Crossness: adult Caspian Gull, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult, 3rd winter, 2 2nd winters, 1st winter) (John Archer, Richard Bonser et al), Barn Owl (Steve Carter).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Woodcock flew over the slack at 3.35pm, also 7 pair of Wigeon, 1 Shelduck, several Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, 6+ Stock Dove, 46 Fieldfare, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Common Snipe, flock of Lapwing, 6+ Goldfinch, 4+ Linnet. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Ewell Village: c.300 Black Headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gull (Neil Batten)
  • Gallions Reach: 140 Teal, 240 Redshank, 85 Lapwing, Rock Pipit, 150 Linnet. (Gary A James).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Hyde Park: Coal Tit, Redwing and Great Spotted Woodpecker at Bird Sanctuary (Martin Honey)
  • Kensington Gardens: Tawny Owl showing well in usual place (Martin Honey)
  • Lordship Rec: female Shoveler on pond (Jeremy Richardson)
  • Muswell Hill: Mealy Redpoll briefly on feeders in garden with Lesser Redpoll 1130 (photographed) (Andrew Gardener).
  • Rainham Marshes: Water Pipit, at the Stone Barges (James A); Water Pipit near the new hide, Spotted Redshank at Aveley Pools (James Lowen)
  • Richmond Park: 104 Gadwall, 35 Wigeon, 5 Shoveler, 26 Pochard, 9 Red-crested Pochard, pr Kestrels, 15 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing (Neil Anderson)
  • Rotherhithe: 2 (both 2nd winter) Yellow-legged Gulls off Greenland Pier late a'noon (Richard Bonser).
  • Southfields: Coal Tit and ♂ Blackcap on the fat ball feeder this morning, plus Great Spotted Woodpecker in the garden opposite (Martin Honey)
  • Streatham Common: 1 mistle thrush (R Bell)
  • Thamesmere West Lake: adult female Ferruginous Duck again this afternoon,elusive in reeds but viewable from Morrisons car park (Rich Bonser, John Archer et al).
  • Totteridge Valley: 8 Lesser Redpoll (outside Orange Tree pub), 2+ Siskin, 8 Teal, 26+ Mandarin, 55+ Rooks (site record? at Folly Farm), 67 Magpie (pre-roost), 18 Stock Dove, 32 Ring-necked Parakeets, c80 Redwing, c250 Fieldfare, 13 Herring Gulls, plus 2 Little Owls & 1 Tawny Owl calling. (Ian Ellis)
  • Wanstead, private garden: Male Siskin on bird feeder (Chris Legge)
  • William Girling Reservoir: 4-5 Black-necked Grebe (Francis Tusa).

Saturday 21st January 2012Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Snipe showed well at back of Conservation Pond 0840-0930. 2 Water Rail on Flood, 2 Jackdaws (Andrew Gardener, Gareth Richards, Bob Watts).
  • Amwell HWT: 2 drake, 1 f Smew, 2 Goldeneye, Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler (Nick Croft), Little Gull am later seen over 70 Acres Lake, Cheshunt (observer ?)
  • Bedfont Lakes: 5 Smew (2 drakes, 3 red-heads) on the lakes immediately east of Ashford station - only seen from the train heading to London from Ashford. (Ian Strickland)
  • Brent Reservoir: Peregrine behind hide at 09.00 (Brent Birders)
  • Cheshunt: 2 Water Rail, 2 Goldeneye (Ncik Croft) Bittern reported at view point though extremely elusive (Nick Croft)
  • Connaught Water, Chigwell: 18 Mandarin Duck, f Hooded Merganser (er really wild!), 30+ Teal, 20+ Shoveler, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Meadow Pipit, 100s Redwing, Fieldfare, singing MistleThrush and Song Thrush, Coal Tit, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, Linnet (Nick Croft)
  • Crayford: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull at Viredor Recycling Centre; (Pic's on my blog) also Mediterranean Gull and 2nd-winter Yellow-legged Gull (Kev Jarvis, Mick Southcott et al).
  • Crossness: 4th-winter Caspian Gull (Polish, green-ringed bird previously seen at Rainham) on the foreshore by the golf centre late a'noon; also adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (Richard Bonser, Kev Jarvis and Mick Southcott)
  • East India Dock Basin area: 8 Shelduck, 150 Teal, 26 Tufted Duck, 4 redshank, 1 Common Sandpier. (Gary A James). 234 Teal, 28 Tufted Duck, 16 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, singing Grey Wagtail, 2 LInnet (Nick Tanner).
  • Grays, RM17: 8+ adult and 2 1W Kittiwakes upriver at 9.45am (James A)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Little Egret, Kestrel, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll (Shaun Harvey).
  • Kensington Gardens: Drake Mandarin on the Long Water (John Colmans)
  • Lea Valley Country Park: Bittern (flew into reeds in front of Bittern watchpoint at 11am not seen again by 3pm (or at all by me), 2 Smew female on Friday Lake, drake on Hookes Marsh Lake, 100+Fieldfare but saw no Redwing. Little Gull reported from Bittern Hide. Otherwise the usual suspects (Phil Bull)
  • Pinner: Tawny Owl calling as I post this 5.28 (Richard Francis)
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver and Black-necked Grebe on south basin. Shag and drake Scaup on north basin (Ian Strickland), 3 Greater Black-backed Gull, Grey Wagtail. Also an immature Iceland Gull seen in flight from over KGVI Res and then off S from about 1555-1601hrs (looked like a second-winter, so presumably one of the recent Beddington/Walton group birds); immature female Scaup also N basin (Rob Innes).
  • William Girling Reservoir (from Mansfield Park): 18 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe , 2 Goldeneye, Wigeon (Nick Croft)
  • Wraysbury GPs: 3 drake, 1 red-head Smew on pit just south-west of the Station, also 15 Goosander on various other pits, Blackcap calling (Stuart Fisher et al)

Friday 20th January 2012Edit

  • Broadwater Lakes: 3 Goldeneye (m & f on Broadwater, m on Korda), m Goosander (on river looking downstream from bridge along Moorhall Road), c50 Siskin, Kingfisher, 2 Buzzard, 5 Wigeon, c20 Lapwing (Broadwater Lake), 13 Fieldfare, c25 Redwing, Grey Wagtail (Nigel Sluman).
  • Brunel University Bicentenary Gardens: c20 Lesser Redpolls, (no sign of Mealy for a couple of weeks), 3 Bullfinches, Chiffchaff and approx. 35 Redwings (Roger Morton).
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the foreshore near Yacht Club p.m. Grey Plover, 56 Golden Plover, 2 Peregrine, 2 Pintail, Green Sandpiper, 18 Ringed Plover, 42 Black-tailed Godwit, Little Egret. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: Little Egret, 11 Jackdaw (Neil Batten).
  • Little Britain Lake: 1 pr Great Crested Grebe, at least 4 occupied Heron nests, Gadwall, 3 m Shoveler, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Goldcrest, c 50 Redwing (Roger Dewey).
  • Martens Grove (Bexleyheath): 4 Redwing, 22 Goldfinch, 93 Ring-necked Parakeets counted out of east end of woodland (east of Grove Rd/Martens Av junction) heading south-west to night roost (Chris Rose).
  • Morden Park: drake Teal & Moorhen in the small wetland area (David Campbell).
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver still this morning; also 2 Black-necked Grebe, Scaup and juvenile Shag (BirdGuides).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Green Woodpecker (Charlie Farrell).
  • Wanstead Flats: 15 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 7 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose (then flew east), 13 Greylag Goose, 2 Redwing, 2 Stock Dove, 16 Goldfinch, 8 Lesser Redpoll (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Water Rail, 2 Shoveler, 30 + Gadwall, 60+ Tufted Duck, 50 + Pochard, 2 Egyptian Goose, 20 + Siskin, 30 + Chaffinch, 20 + Greenfinch, 40 Redwing, 2 Little Grebe (Nick Croft), Bullfinch, Lesser Redpoll, Grey Wagtail, Little Egret (Tim Harris).
  • Wraysbury GPs: three drake Smew on Heron Lake (BirdGuides).

Thursday 19th January 2012Edit

  • Brookmill Park: male Kingfisher in usual area, between Elverson Road DLR station and the duck pond + drake Mandarin. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Little Egret, Green Sandpiper (on scrape), 36 Redwings, 1 Fieldfare, 38 Siskins, Lesser Redpoll (Tony Duckett).
  • Croftdown Road NW5: Red Kite drifting over Dartmouth Park, going North at 12.30pm (Adrian Platt).
  • East India Dock Basin: female Pintail, Kingfisher, 24 Shelduck, 42 Tufted Duck, c300 Teal, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay (John Archer).
  • Cockfosters, Herts. EN4: Male Blackcap in garden backing on to Belmont Open Space (Bob Husband)
  • Cranford Park: Firecrest (possibly two) in ancient woodland area, Little Owl by Rangers hut (W.Marks)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank feeding on the foreshore near Erith Yacht Club. 3 Avocet, 2 Grey Plover, 104 Golden Plover, 568 Black-tailed Godwit, c500 Dunlin, Curlew, Cetti's Warbler. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: Little Egret, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Stock Dove, 5 Redwing. p.s. Winter Moorhen count on Hogsmill river between Bourne Hall and the Open Space (approx. 1 kilometre) produced a maximum of 30 birds (Neil Batten).
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 1 Firecrest, calling and feeding in Holly, 15:15 - 15:20 hrs; 1 singing male Goldcrest; 2 Mistle Thrush; 3 Nuthatch; 3 Treecreeper, including two together (Robert Callf).
  • Little Britain (Iver/Cowley): 9 Ring-necked Parakeet, 100+ Redwing in trees, Kingfisher, 2 Shoveler, Little Egret, Jay, 7 Goldfinch, 5+ Siskins, 8 Grey Heron on nests, 15+ Gadwall (Sue Giddens).
  • Thorney CP: Chiffchaff, Wren, Mistle Thrush, 2 Gadwall, 25+ Pochards, 2 Stock Doves over, Green Woodpwcker.(Sue Giddens).

Wednesday 18th January 2012Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: male Pheasant by ponds in Environment Centre (via H. Mackie).
  • Brookmill Park: 20 species including Mandarin, Kingfisher & singing Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam).
  • Crayford Marshes: Common Crossbill flew high north-west calling a.m; Spotted Redshank on the foreshore near Erith Yacht Club a.m. 3 Avocet, 308 Black-tailed Godwit, 36 Golden Plover, 2 Stonechat (Pair). Green Sandpiper,Common Sandpiper, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Pipit. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dulwich/Sydenham Hill Woods: c30 Redwing (1 chasing a Woodpigeon), Fieldfare, Tawny Owl calling, Great Spotted Woodpecker (D. Greenwood).
  • East India Dock Basin: ad Yellow-legged Gull on foreshore in front of the O2, 8 Shelduck, 280 Teal, 38 Tufted Duck (John Archer).
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: Common Snipe (Neil Batten)
  • Grays, RM17: Blackcap singing from railway scrub by Wharf Road 7.50 (James A)
  • St James's Park: Great Black-backed Gull attempting to kill a captive Smew but chased off (Andrew Self)
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver, on South Basin; also 2 Black-necked Grebes and juvenile Shag on tern platform (BirdGuides)
  • Thorney CP: Little Egret, Grey Heron trying to eat a huge fish, 2 Gadwall, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 30+ Siskins, Jay (Sue Giddens).
  • Wanstead Flats: 7 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 7 Stock Dove, Fieldfare, 4 Redwing (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Linnet, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 10 + Siskin, Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 20 + Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, Sparrowhawk, 2 Goldcrest, Meadow Pipit flushed from plain, Pied Wagtail, 2 Little Grebe (Nick Croft).

Tuesday 17th January 2012Edit

  • Belair Park (West Dulwich): 2 Little Owl (in usual spot), flock of c20 Redwing, a handful of Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stock dove (Paul Collins). What is the "usual spot", please? William Marshall Friends of Belair Park requested the Little Owls be kept quiet (M Mac)
  • Brent Reservoir: pair of GBB Gulls on dam, also Lesser Redpoll on south bank (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: male Kingfisher showing well (Conrad Ellam).
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the foreshore near the Yacht club a.m.9 Pintail, Little Owl, 26 Golden Plover, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Rock Pipit, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: 11 Shelduck, 75 Teal, 56 Tufted Ducks (John Archer).
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 1 Little Grebe; 1 summer-plumaged Great Crested Grebe; 11(8m,3f) Mandarin Duck; 7(3m,4f) Shoveler; 2(m&f) Pochard; 5(3m,2f) Tufted Duck; 5 Stock Dove, including two singing males; 1 Green Woodpecker; 1 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker; 1 singing male Song Thrush; 7 Goldcrest; 6 Nuthatch; 1 Jay (Robert Callf).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens : (lunchtime) Pair Great Crested Grebe displaying on the Serpentine (despite the ice!), Tawny Owl in usual spot, Nuthatch in the Flower Walk (Martin Honey).
  • Limehouse Basin: 56 Tufted Duck (John Archer).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 Mistle Thrush (1 singing) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Millwall Docks: 55 Tufted Ducks (John Archer).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: 2 Little Egrets, Snipe, 2 Grey Herons, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrushes, Song Thrush (Alan Hobson).
  • Tower Bridge: 12 Tufted Ducks and a female Teal on river by Design Museum 13.10; Teal later swam downstream. Both patch ticks (James A).
  • Tooley St SE1: Black Redstart on roof of Unicorn Theatre 2.30pm (G Sutton).
  • Thorney CP: Greenfinch, 10+ Siskins, 7 Gadwall, 13 Cormorants, 2 Jays, Bullfinch (m), Collared Dove, Ring-necked Parakeet, 10+ Redwings (Sue Giddens).
  • Tottenham marshes: f Red-breasted Merganser with pr Goosander in narrow channel just S of Banbury res, c12 Teal, 2 Green Sandpiper & Siskin over, Water Rail (h), m Pheasant, 2 Meadow Pipit (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead: Blackcap and Coal Tit on garden feeders (Nick Croft per Sally Hammond).

Monday 16th January 2012Edit

  • Battersea Park: 5 Linnet, 130 Cormorant in 2 roosts, pr Egyptian Geese, 20 Shoveler, 2f Pochard, 60 Tufted Duck, 60 screaming Black-headed Gull, Grey Herons on around 30 nests, up to 50 Magpies. Wildlife area - hunting Sparrowhawk, pr Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Carrion Crow on a dead rat (Michael Mac).
  • Bexley - Horsham Road: Common Buzzard over north-east at 1.30pm (Ralph Todd)
  • Bromley-by-Bow (Abbey Creek): Woodcock, Snipe, 3 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 165 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Stock Dove, Little Grebe, 18 Linnet (Stuart Fisher)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank feedng along the creek; adult Caspian Gull on the foreshore near the creek barrier; 14 Dark-bellied Brent Goose flew upriver; Grey Plover, Little Owl, 2 Avocet, 2 Golden Plover, Common Sandpiper, 62 Black-tailed Godwit, Rock Pipit (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: pair of Pintail off Golf Centre, Ruff and Little Egret by sewage outfall, 50+ Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Snipe, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Ian Stewart per JA).
  • East India Dock Basin: 19 Shelduck, 29 Tufted Duck, 94 Teal (John Archer).
  • Town Park (Enfield): 6 (3m,3f) Shoveler; 6 (4m,2f) Pochard; 11 (9m,2f) Tufted Duck; 1 singing male Stock Dove (Robert Callf).
  • Kew Gardens: Large flock of Redwing (<50) between the arial walkway and evolution house, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Nuthatch (3), lots of Goldcrest on evergreens (Andy Sunters).
  • London Wetland Centre: Jack Snipe (main lake), 22 Snipe, 210 Teal, 74 Shoveler, 72 Wigeon, 2 Shelduck, 2 Pintail, 34 Redwing, 33 Redpoll (Adam Salmon).
  • Osterley Park: Siskin, Little Owl, 2 Stonechat, Teal, 20 Reed Bunting (previous best count was 5) (K. Fisher).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: Little Egret, Kingfisher, Snipe, Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker, up to 6 Redwings (Alan Hobson).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: c30 Gadwall, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail. (TeRNS)
  • Thamesmere West Lake: no sign of yesterday's Ferruginous Duck - lake is mostly frozen (Ian Stewart per JA).
  • Trent Park: Little Grebe (unusual here), 10 Mandarin (6m,4f), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, Ride Wood, 8 Fieldfare, 1 Green Woodpecker, near Dew Pond, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, together, Camlet Moat, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Dew Pond (Pete Lowman, Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Walthamstow garden near Rising Sun Woods: Flock of 14 Goldfinch on silver birch, Lesser Redpoll eating spikes of frost (?) on bench (Paul Burden).
  • Walthamstow res (Lockwood): Water Rail, 5 Green Sandpipers, 2 f Goldeneye, 4 GBB Gulls (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, Siskin, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, 3 Stock Dove (Nick Croft). 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Eve Wei)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Water Rail, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 30 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose, 43 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 10+ Siskin, 30+ Redwing, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft) yesterday Common Buzzard over the plain (Steve Thorpe) reports of a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Just to add that we saw the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Sunday last (AR)
  • Wraysbury GPs: three drake Smew on Heron Lake mid-afternoon; also 14 Goosanders (Birdguides)

Sunday 15th January 2012Edit

  • Battersea Power Station: 6 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (5 downriver @ 7.45am + 1 downriver @ 9.30am), also 22 Stock Dove west (Dave Morrison).
  • Banbury Reservoir: female R-b Merganser with a few Goosander, 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull, 1st winter Caspian Gull (R Woodward, D Hutley, D Townsend).
  • Bedfont Lakes Country Park: 2 Common Snipe, male Bullfinch (C.Beazley).
  • Belair Park: Little Owl still (Paul Moss per JA).
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Wigeon (2m 1f), 6 Ruddy Duck, Jack Snipe, Kingfisher (Brent Birders).
  • Bexley - Upper College Farm (cultivated area): 37 Common Redpoll (Ralph Todd).
  • Brompton Cemetery: 5+ Goldcrest, Kestrel, 1+ Green Woodpecker (Charlie Farrell).
  • Bushy Park: 1 Peregrine 8.30am (R. Gowrley).
  • Crossness: 11 Tundra Bean Goose flew east at 08:50 (subsequently seen at Rainham and Grays), near-adult Caspian Gull off Golf Centre this afternoon (plus another adult or perhaps a hybrid on Southmere Lake), adult Kittiwake west at 13:05, 3 Pintail, Green Sandpiper, 18 Wigeon,16 Shoveler, 145 Gadwall, 5 Curlew, 2 Chiffchaff, Norwegian-ringed adult Great Black-backed Gull (John Archer & Richard Bonser). Flock of about 30 Fieldfares allong Eastern Way Road (Phil Laurie)
  • East Dulwich - Dunstans Road (back garden): 1 Blackcap, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll (Martin Stevens).
  • East India Dock Basin / Bow Creek Ecology Park: 17 Shelduck, female Pintail, 45 Tufted Duck, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Gary A James, Nick Tanner).
  • Foots Cray Meadows (Bexley): 10 Little Grebe, Little Egret, 11 pr Gadwall, 30 Mallard, 12 (5m.7f) Tufted Duck, 2m Shoveler, 5 Lapwing over, 2 Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Grey Wagtail, 5 Redwing, 7 Long-tailed Tit, Siskin (Ralph Todd).
  • Gallions Reach: Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 120 Lapwing, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, 44 Redshank, 20 Stock Dove (Gary A James, Nick Tanner).
  • Heathrow Airport: 1 Peregrine 12.15pm (James Levy).
  • Horsenden Hill: Adult Yellow-legged Gull on playing fields just before noon (probably the 4th site record), 7 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tawny Owl at daytime roost. yesterday male Blackcap Perivale Wood (in sub-song) & adult Great Black-backed Gull over (Andy Culshaw).
  • Kensal Green Cemetery and St Mary’s Cemetery: 14+ Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff (Charlie Farrell)
  • Kentish Town: Common Buzzard high S at 1220 hrs over Arctic St ( Pete Mantle).
  • King George V Reservoir: 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Goosander, 2 Little Owls, c25 Goldeneye (R Woodward. L Bodini, D Townsend).
  • Lea Valley: male Smew still on Hooks Marsh; Bittern briefly from Bittern hide in early afternoon (David Bradshaw).
  • Lower Chingford (off Russell lane): 1 Peregrine, 1 female Goosander (James Palmer)
  • Roding Valley Lake: 10 Wigeon, 14 Siskin, 1 Green Woodpecker (Tony Brown)
  • Staines Reservoirs: drake Scaup, imm Shag, Water Pipit, c150 Pochard, 2 f Goosander (Stuart Fisher, Loraine Schneider)
  • Thamesmere West Lake (view from Thamesmead Morrisons car park): adult female Ferruginous Duck, 30 Pochard, 41 Shoveler, 16 Tufted Duck (John Archer & Richard Bonser).
  • Valentines Park: Mediterranean Gull (Alan Hobson).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 4 Goosander, 2 Green Sandpiper (Kevin J Mcmanus).
  • William Girling Reservoir: 22 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Brent Geese, 16 Goosander, c25 Goldeneye (R Woodward, D Hutley, D Townsend).

Saturday 14th January 2012Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 21 Snipe, 4 Ruddy Duck & a Reed Bunting (Brent Birders).
  • Bushy Park: 1 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 20 Meadow Pipits - Heron Pond. Also 3 Treecreeper and drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker in Woodland Gardens (Billy Dykes).
  • Cherry Lane Cemetery: c100 Lapwing circling over fields (Nigel Sluman).
  • Cheshunt GP's: male Smew, female Goosander (Hooks Marsh), 100+ Siskin + at least one Lesser Redpoll (Gunpowder Mills, from Hooks Marsh), 8 Egyptian Geese (Holyfield Hall Farm), male Pintail, 3 Goldeneye (Holyfield Weir and flood relief channel), 2 male Goosander (Ashley Pit), pair Goosander (North Met Pit). (R Woodward + LNHS walk group).
  • Crossness: Green Sandpiper, 4 Wigeon, c.40 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwits (M and O Bournat)
  • East India Dock Basin / Bow Creek Ecology Park: 6 Mute Swan, 4 Greylag Goose, 11 Canada Goose, 20 Shelduck, female Pintail, 340 Common Teal, 44 Tufted Duck, 18 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush, 4+ Reed Bunting (Gary A James, Nick Tanner).
  • Fairlop Waters: Green Sandpiper, 40 Golden Plover, 7 Common Snipe, Water Rail, 70 Cormorant, 11 Shoveler, 19 Gadwall, 31 Teal, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 43 Tufted Duck, 28 Pochard, 293 Lapwing -- Note: includes Bretts gravel workings as part of WeBS count (no public access) (Steve Bacon).
  • Fulham Reach (low tide count): 360 Black-headed Gull, 15 Common Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 55 Mallard, 51 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Gadwall, 3 Moorhen, 5 Coot, 2 Mute Swan (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 4 Bullfinch, 3 Water Rail, 38 Gadwall, White-fronted Goose, 2 Wigeon, 2 Common Buzzards and 4 Golden Plover.(Dave Morrison). WeBS count 6 singing male Cetti's Warbler, 2 Water Rail, 10 Grey Heron (including birds on nests), 20 Teal, 84 Coot, 50 Moorhen, 15 Wigeon, 14 Shoveler, 162 Black-headed Gull, 9 Common Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Lapwing, 116 Mallard, 13 Tufted Duck, 13 Mute Swan, 35 Canada Goose, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 96 Gadwall, 2 Cormorant, 6 Herring Gull, 6 Pochard, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Goldcrest, 40 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Jackdaw, 40 Linnet, 6 Stock Dove & 23 more common species. (Tony Kennelly).
  • Isle of Dogs: third-winter Yellow-legged Gull on Thames foreshore at Saunders Ness, Grey Wagtail at MIllwall Docks, Little Grebe at West India Docks ( Sean Huggins).
  • KGV Reservoir: c20 Waxwing south east over Chingford housing estate due east of sailing club at 10.20. 2 Great Northern Diver on north basin feeding on crayfish. c120 Fieldfare on Sewardstone horse paddocks, 7 Goosander, Sparrowhawk, 2 Egyptian Goose (Martin Shepherd).
  • Lea Valley - Netherhall / Glen Faba: (WeBS Count) 1 f Goldeneye (on angling club lake), 1 Shelduck, 69 Wigeon, 65 Pochard, 294 Tufted Duck, 179 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Snipe + 2 Bullfinch (Nigel May).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 10 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 40 Teal, 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (John Gordon).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Water Pipits in SW corner of north basin early morning and Grey Wagtail, plus immature Shag in NW corner of south basin (Brian Stretch).
  • St James's Park: Male Smew 3.15pm (Sheila Scobie) NB. There are Smew in the collection (A. Self)
  • Trent Park: 1 adult-winter Mediterranean Gull, flew low, SE, 15:30 hrs; 2(m&f) Shoveler, Lower Lake; 8(5m,3f) Mandarin Duck; (Robert Callf).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 5 Golden Plover, Water Rail, Shelduck, 8 Redpoll, Red Kite (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 4 Goosanders, Lapwing (Kevin J Mcmanus).
  • William Girling Res: c10 Black-necked Grebe (Stuart Fisher)

Friday 13th January 2012Edit

  • Barnehurst, Thirlmere Rd (my back garden): 3 Goldcrest (under-reported species in Bexley) (Chris Rose)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: Redshank, 150 Teal, 5 Gadwall, 7 Stock Dove, 15 Chaffinch, Chiffchaff (S Fisher)
  • East India Dock Basin: female Pintail, 18 Shelduck, 34 Tufted Duck, 105 Teal, Jay (John Archer).
  • Brunel University Bicentenary Garden: c20 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1m Kestrel perched eating vole (?) caught on neighbouring allotments. (Roger Dewey)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near the Yacht club a.m. Avocet, 2 Little Owl,127 Golden Plover, 4 Green Sandpiper, 67 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, c800 Dunlin. (Kev Jarvis). Kev, whats the best area and time to see Little Owls? Have tried many times but no luck though found a possible home in one of the old willows. Also, near the yacht club best area for Avocets? Many thanks Nick Eades (Kev Jarvis)
  • Frays River area (near Uxbridge): Shoveller, c25 Fieldfare, c150 Redwing, numerous Song Thrush and Blackbird, Grey Heron (Nigel Sluman)
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker (male & female) 5+Redwing, 1 singing Song Thrush. (Conrad Ellam) Conrad, have seen pheasants (2x male in deer enclosure), but in which part of park are Gold and Firecrests please? Many thanks Nick Eades (Conrad Ellam)
  • Hampstead Heath: 1 Kingfisher on Stock Pond, 4 Redwing, 14 long-tailed tits, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Green Woodpecker (S.Tash)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Woodcock over this evening (Shaun Harvey).
  • Ladywell fields SE6: heron,2 kingfishers,kestrel,siskin,3 song thrushes,mistle thrush,chaffinch,grey wagail,great spotted woodpecker drumming.(Terry Wilson)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: A brief visit - at least 5 Pintail, 3 Stonechat, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, good numbers of Lapwing, small nos Golden Plover, also 1 Stoat close by (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin)
  • Totteridge Valley: c175 Fieldfare:c65 Redwing: 2 fem Reed Bunting, 3 Bullfinch, 1 drake Teal (John Colmans)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs : Shelduck. 7 Reed Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow: My garden near Rising Sun Wood - 4 Goldfinch, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Jay, Green Woodpecker (Paul Burden)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Red-Breasted Merganser, 3 Goosanders  (Kevin J Mcmanus) .http://londonbirder-birdman.blogspot.com
  • Wanstead Flats: 62 Fieldfare (mostly west), 5 Mistle Thrush (1 singing), 4 Skylark, 1Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 24 Fieldfare (south west), large numbers of Redwing (singing in the canopy), 5 Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Nick Croft)
  • Woodside Park: male Blackcap in gardens again today (Ian Ellis)

Thursday 12th January 2012Edit

  • Bushy Park: Green Sandpiper and 2 Teal on pool north of Dukes Head Passage at dusk. Kingfisher and Sparrowhawk in Waterhouse Plantation (Roger Unite).
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore a.m. adult Kittiwake flew downriver midday. Yellowhammer, Green Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, 12 Golden Plover, Grey Wagtail, 16 Ringed Plover (Kev Jarvis).
  • Covent Garden: 6 Goldfinches & 1 Grey Wagtail (John Colmans).
  • East India Dock Basin: 23 Shelduck, 42 Tufted Duck, 80 Teal (John Archer).
  • Grays, RM17: 1 Waxwing in railway embankment scrub, west along alley from church by where alley turns north at 8am (James A).
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Little Owl, c. 50 Fieldfare, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Meadow Pipit all on Paradise Fields (Andy Culshaw).
  • London Wetland Centre: female Peregrine, c20 Redpoll flock including possible Mealys, Simon King in the canteen (W. Marks).
  • Mill Hill: Hendon Crematorium,large flocks of up to c200 Redwing.(Carol Turnham)
  • Mill Hill Cemetary: Buzzard soaring overhead, c20 Redwing (Carol Turnham)
  • New Barnet: 6 Waxwings Lancaster Road (near junction with Henry Road) at the back of the Aero Inventory building, backing onto the railway line - postcode EN4 8AP (Glen Forde). No sign at 2.00pm Where are they feeding? (Bob Husband)
  • Oak Hill Park, East Barnet: Little Egret by the Sports Pavilion (S.Javes).
  • Richmond Park: escapee Harris Hawk around Penn Ponds. (observer ?)
  • Richmond Park: Green, Great and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers (Andy Sunters). What? No Wryneck? (JAD)
  • Roding Valley Park and Redbridge Lakes: 2 Little Egrets, Kingfisher, Snipe, Grey Heron, 2 Song Thrushes (Alan Hobson).
  • South Acton Station: Sparrowhawk hunting Sparrows (Andy Sunters).
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver still on southern basin, 1 Black-Necked Grebe, 1 male Scaup, juv Shag, 29 Goldeneye, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Shellduck, 30+ Wigeon, 25+ Shoveler, 30+ Teal (Rob Ayers).
  • St James's Park: 4 Egyptian Goose & a Coal Tit (Andrew Self).
  • Wanstead Flats: 20 Lesser Redpoll (SSSI), 8 Fieldfare (Tim Harris), 3 Egyptian Goose (west), 14 Shoveler, 13 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, 3 f Teal, 5 Skylark (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Chffchaff, 20 + Redwing, 6 Fieldfare, 74 Tufted Duck, 62 Pochard, 38 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, Little Grebe, 2 Bullfinch, c. 20 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Siskin, 3 Linnet, Water Rail, Heron (Nick Croft) Little Egret, Grey Wagtail (Steve Thorpe).

Wednesday 11th January 2012Edit

  • Broadwater: Chiffchaff heard singing briefly in NW corner by river (Bill Haines).Shame Broadwater Lakes may not be around after 2026 due to the planned HS2, I urge everyone to sign the online petition (W. Marks).
  • Claybury Park: Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker, up to 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, up to 4 Jays (Alan Hobson).
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank feeding on the foreshore near the yacht club a.m. 2 Bearded Tit calling from the yacht club reedbed. adult Mediterranean Gull, Little Owl, 2 Green Sandpiper,Golden Plover, Water Rail, 2 Rock Pipit, pair of Stonechat, 63 Black-tailed Godwit. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Ewell Village, Upper and Lower Mills: 2 Kingfisher and a Red Admiral Butterfly on the wing (Neil Batten).
  • Grays, RM17: Two probable Waxwings in railway embankment scrub, heard only, 8am, west along alley from church by where alley turns north. Have been there a few days, today was the first day they called properly and loudly. Unable to see them (James A).
  • Greenwich Park: Redwings, Collared Dove, House Sparrow along N boundary, male Firecrest showing well/sang, Pheasant, 2 singing Song Thrush (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin)
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Little Owl, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Chiffchaff, c.50 Fieldfare (Andy Culshaw)
  • Kings Road SE25: 2m Siskin on feeders in garden, (John Watson).
  • Osterley Park: Common Buzzard, 2 Firecrest, Skylark (K. Fisher).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: 3 Snipe, Grey Heron, 3 Mute Swans, up to 6 Song Thrushes (Alan Hobson)
  • The Ridgeway PH (Enfield): 1 singing male Blackcap feeding on Ivy berries 11:30 - 11:50 hrs (Robert Callf & Dobrina Dobreva).
  • Ruislip Lido: immature drake Smew still present, Also 2+ Wigeon (Bill Haines)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 43 Shoveler, 2 Reed Bunting. (TeRNS)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Smew drake on fishing lake, Willows Farm end (Steve Blake).
  • Wanstead Flats:17 Redwing, 34+ Fieldfare, 6 Mistle Thrush (2 singing), 4 Song Thrush (2-3 singing), 7 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark (1 singing), 30+ Lesser Redpoll (SSSI), 10+ Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, 10+ Greenfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Nick Croft), C Buzzard (Jonathan Lethbridge).

Tuesday 10th January 2012Edit

  • Bromley-by-Bow: 6 Chiffchaff (one in full song), Green Sandpiper, 56 Teal, 2 drake Gadwall, Little Grebe, 2 singing Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush feeding on the Green in the dark (Stuart Fisher)
  • Bursted Wood, Barnehurst: 2 Mistle Thrush (Chris Rose).
  • Christchurch Cemetery, Bexleyheath: 18 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Collared Dove (Chris Rose).
  • East India Dock Basin: 19 Shelduck, 28 Tufted Duck, 213 Teal, pair of Peregrines on O2, 6 Meadow Pipits north, c50 Linnets (John Archer).
  • Crayford Marshes: adult Kittiwake upriver at midday.104 Golden Plover, 2 Peregrine (Pair), Little Owl, Cetti's Warbler, Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat (pair), 2 Little Egret, 13 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: Little Egret, Common Snipe (Neil Batten).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 1 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Meadow Pipits, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Meadow Pipits , 30+Linnets around the 02 Arena. (Conrad Ellam & John Bushell) 
  • Greenwich Park: Redwings, Firecrest singing (dusk) (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin)
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 1 male Firecrest, feeding in Holly near Ranger's Office,14:25 - 14:27 hrs; 1 Little Grebe; 1 Great Crested Grebe; 17(11m 6f) Mandarin Duck; 12(7m 5f) Shoveler; 8(6m,2f) Pochard; 15(10m,5f) Tufted Duck; 42 Coot; 1 imm Grey Heron; 20+ Ring-necked Parakeet at dusk; 1 Green Woodpecker; 5(2m,3f) Great Spotted Woodpecker including three together (female drumming); 1 singing male Wren; 2 singing male Song Thrush; 1 singing male Mistle Thrush; 3 Goldcrest; 6 Long-tailed Tit; 3 Nuthatch (Robert Callf).
  • Kensington Gardens: Tawny Owl in usual tree, Nuthatch, Treecreeper & Sparrowhawk nearby (Conrad Ellam & John Bushell).
  • Martens Grove (LB Bexley): 1 Song Thrush (heard), 50 Ring-necked Parakeet leaving for roost  heading south-west/west  though must have missed main exodus (Chris Rose).
  • Oakwood Park, N14: 1 Fieldfare, feeding on sloes; 2 Redwing; 2 Mistle Thrush, 'Pitch & Putt' Course; 2 Goldcrest; 1 male Greenfinch; 4 Goldfinch; 2 Lesser Redpoll; 9 House Sparrow (Robert Callf).
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Caspian Gull, 8 Yellow-legged Gull, Mediterranean Gull, 5 Kittiwake upriver (Phil Saunders & Laurence Pitcher), Marsh Harrier on Wennington, 2 Peregrines from train c0810 (James A).
  • Ruislip Lido: male Smew, Buzzard (Jon Reveley)
  • Stonebridge Park: Peregrine being mobbed by crows around Wembley Point building (Richard Hack).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Common Whitethroat, 3 Goosander, 5 Goldeneye, 4 Shelduck, 3 Green Sandpiper. (Kevin J Mcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: 6 Lapwing (west), 11 Fieldfare, Redwing, singing Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush, Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Teal, 14 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose, Lesser Redpoll, 40+ Goldfinch, Skylark (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: c. 80 Pochard, 92 Tufted Duck, 40 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Water Rail, Little Egret, 6 Cormorant (west), 20+ Redwing, 50+ Fieldfare, singing Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush, Kingfisher, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe).
  • Woodside Park N12: male Blackcap again in Westbury Road gardens (last seen before Christmas) - (Ian Ellis).

Monday 9th January 2012Edit

  • Alexandra Park: c50 Fieldfare N 0847, 4 SW 0852, 2 drake Shoveler (Bob Watts).
  • Barnehurst railway station: 5 Redwing (first I've seen in eastern Bexley all winter). Chris Rose.
  • Bromley-by-Bow: Snipe (scarce this year!), Green Sandpiper, 50 Teal (S Fisher)
  • Crayford Marshes: 7 Kittiwake (4 Adult and 3 1st Winter's) west along the Thames chasing a boat. female Goldeneye, Little Owl, 83 Golden Plover, 2 Stonechat (Pair), Green Sandpiper, 14 Ringed Plover. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: 6+ Kittiwakes west this morning (Ian Miller per JA).
  • East India Dock Basin: female Pintail, 23 Shelduck, 15+ Tufted Duck, 267 Teal, Great Spotted Woodpecker (John Archer).
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: Little Egret, 10 Stock Dove (Neil Batten)
  • Ladywell Fields SE6: Kingfisher, Heron, Grey Wagtail, 6 Redwings (Terry Wilson)
  • Papercourt Meadows nr Ripley: 2 or 3 Short-eared Owls, Stonechat, c100 Redwing (W.Marks)
  • Rainham (Ferry Lane area): 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 - 2 Water Pipit, Water Rail, 2 singing Cetti's Warbler (well one only gave the explosive introductory note), 100+ Great Black backed Gull, 14 Shelduck (S Fisher)
  • Sainsbury's Nine Elms boundary of Stockwell: 1 male Peregrine over and low midday (Michael Mac).
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver (S basin), Shag (N basin), Scaup (N basin), Black-necked Grebe (S basin) (Nigel Sluman)
  • St. Luke's Gardens, (Helmet Row/Norman St., LB Islington): 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Chris Rose).
  • Tate Modern SE1: Pair of Peregrine on east side of tower. (Tony Wileman, Daniel Greenwood)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: f Goosander, 4 Goldeneye, Green Sandpiper (Kevin J Mcmanus).
  • Wanstead Park:Woodcock (old allotments), 2 Little Egret, Water Rail, Grey Wagtail, 12 Fieldfare, 9 Lesser Redpoll (Steve Thorpe/Mike Messenger).

Sunday 8th January 2012Edit

  • Belair Park, Dulwich: 8 Siskin feeding in alder by the lake (D. Greenwood).
  • Brent Reservoir: 6 Wigeon, 7 Ruddy Duck & 5 Snipe (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard & Andrew Verrall). Immature Great Black-backed Gull, more Goldcrests noted than usual on WHCG / RSPB Birdwalk (Bob Husband, NW London RSPB Group),
  • Crossness: 6 Kittiwakes and adult Mediterranean Gull west 0935-1005; also a Grey Plover, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls, 1800 Dunlin, 250 Fieldfare, 12 Curlew, 24 Snipe, 80 Stock Doves, 32 Shoveler, 18 Wigeon, 60 Linnet (John Archer).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 53 species recorded, 1 female Pochard, 1 Golden Plover over calling, 10 Wigeon ( 6f 4m ), 3 Common Snipe, 1 Little Egret,1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Jackdaw, 13+ Stock Dove including 1 or Feral Dove killed by a greyhound on the slack, 13+ Fieldfare, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 female Bullfinch, 1 female Kestrel and 1 Sparrowhawk perched on bench overlooking the slack. ( V.Halley-Frame & Stephen Drake ).
  • East India Dock area: 23 Shelduck, female Pintail, 22 Tufted Duck, 16 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 65 Common Gull west, 3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 80 Linnet (site record), Reed Bunting. (Gary A James & Nick Tanner).
  • Gallions Reach. 4 adult Kittiwakes west 12.45, 180 Redshank, 60 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 90 Teal, 7 Shelduck, Green Woodpecker. (Gary A James & Nick Tanner).
  • Greenwich Park: male Pheasant in deer enclosure. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Grovelands Park: 8 Redwing feeding in holly bushes near ranger's hut, 15 Shoveler and 2 Egyptian Geese on lake (Katy M.)
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 26(16m 10f) Shoveler (a new record count for the site!); 21(14m 7f) Mandarin Duck, 16:00 hrs; 1 Little Grebe; 1 Great Crested Grebe; 2 Cormorant roosting on island; 7(5 adults  2 '1st-winters'), Mute Swan; 2(m&f) Egyptian Goose; 6(5m 1f) Pochard; 18(10m 8f) Tufted Duck; 1 imm Grey Heron; 1 Sparrowhawk calling; 2(m&f) Great Spotted Woodpecker; 2 Goldcrest; 2 Nuthatch (Robert Callf).
  • Kensal Green Cemetery and St Mary's Cemetery: Sparrowhawk, 2 Redwing, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay. (Charlie Farrell)
  • King George V Reservoir: Great Northern Diver (N end of N basin), Goosander, 10+ Goldeneye, pr Pintail, 2 drake Wigeon, 18 Shoveler, Grey Wagtail (David Bradnum).
  • Lee Green SE12 (Lewisham): back garden - 2 Jays (at the same time) and a Green Woodpecker - apologies if these shouldn't be on this list as I'm not a birder, so don't know if these are 'common or garden' birds! (jean). Jean, rest assured you are a birder, now. Jays, Green Woodpecker and Grey Heron are notable enough for a suburban garden. (Richard Francis).
  • Lee Valley, Hooks Marsh: drake Smew showing well. (David Bradnum)
  • Oxleas Woods: 30 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, 1 Green Woodpecker (John Reid)
  • Rainham Marshes, RSPB: 3 Short-eared Owls, Black Redstart (in marsh before Wincanton building), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 4 Curlew, c. 10 Pintail, Peregrine Falcon, Marsh Harrier (reported over Wennington), Rock Pipit, Water Pipit, 3 Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler (Nick Croft, Natalia and Amena Benajeh, et al)
  • Rotherhithe: 3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull Greenland Pier (Richard Bonser).
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver, Black-necked Grebe, juv. Shag, 2 Scaup, c20 Goldeneye, redhead Smew, Water Pipit (Neil Anderson).
  • Thorney CPGreat Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher 2 Gadwall, Dunnock, Ring-necked Parakeet, 10+ Redwings, Green Woodpecker (Sue Giddens), Worrying news as the river running through (The Colne) has been polluted with, I think, Diesel. I reported it on Friday but nothing seems to be happening so if anyone knows of someone I would be grateful; Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher 2 Gadwall, Dunnock, Ring-necked Parakeet, 10+ Redwings, Green Woodpecker (Sue Giddens). Sue (or anyone else in the area) Contact the Environment Agency - Freephone 0800 80 70 60 straight away (Bob Husband)Hello Bob I have done this but it's now Tuesday and it is still being polluted I have a Ref no and I have just rung the officer that is dealing with the incident but no answer so will have to try Wednesday.(Sue Giddens) Reply below: Environment Agency (Moira Barson 01707 63 24 99) says they are dealing with the problem ref: 120110 JR08. (Sue Giddens)
  • Walthamstow res (Lockwood): 16 GBB Gulls - An exceptionally high count for here - (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Park: Little Egret, 30 Redwing, Greater Black-backed Gull, Chiffchaff , Water Rail, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • William Girling Reservoir: 11+ Black-necked Grebes, 3 Goosander, Red-necked Grebe reported per RBA, but I didn't see this. (David Bradnum)
  • Wimbledon Park Lake: 13.00-14.00. 2W Caspian Gull, Kingfisher, 25 Shoveler, 2 Common Pochard, 10 Goldfinch (Martin Daniel)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 14 Fieldfare over, 1 Bullfinch & 1 Lesser Redpoll over. (David Lindo).

Saturday 7th January 2012Edit

  • Belair Park, Dulwich: 1 Little Owl (a first for me), 2 m Shoveler (Martin Stevens) Martin, may I ask where the Little Owl is seen (lake, railway ?? Thanks M. Honey). Feels a bit odd doing this as I asked the same question of Dave Clark about three days ago and so cannot claim any credit! Drop me a note msdesign@hotmail.co.uk The volunteer/Friends of Belair Park asked me to keep the Little Owl quiet to avoid disturbance - (Michael Mac) (Martin Stevens)
  • Barking Outfall: 3 Curlew, 98 Redshank, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Rock Pipit, 4 Black Tailed Godwits, Cetti's Warbler and 2 Common Sandpipers.Also very close views and photos of a hunting Mink, not good news.(Dave Morrison)
  • Brent Reservoir: 1m, 2f Ruddy Duck, singing Song Thrush (Fernley Symons), Female Peregrine over E Marsh at 1105, 270 Tufted Duck, 35 Pochard (Roy Beddard)
  • Crayford area: Perry St Farm - at least 167 Starlings in large Bramble patch. Thames Rd - 90 Starlings in Poplars. Pylon east of Bexley Council depot (and a few yards over border in Kent) - 190 Starlings. Stanham Farm - 1 Sparrowhawk (over). Thames Road Wetland - 44 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 8 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Coot. (Chris Rose)
  • Crossness: 6 Black-tailed Godwit along the foreshore between the golf club and incinerator, 6 Fieldfare west, large numbers of Dunlin and Redshank, single Curlew and 50+ Shelduck near the beam engines, Grey Wagtail, Gadwall, Widgeon at the outfall, large numbers of Lapwing at the Thames viewpoint. Shoveler and 13 Snipe on west paddock, Cetti's Warbler in protected area (AW).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 2 pair of Wigeon, 1 Shelduck, several Teal, Shoveler and Gadwall, 1 Little Egret, 2 Jackdaw and 4 Reed Bunting. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Dulwich Park: c10 Redwing feeding on holly berries in the numerous trees on the west of the lake (Martin Stevens)
  • East India Dock Basin / Bow Creek Ecology Park: Greylag Goose, 19 Shelduck, female Pintail, 217 Common Teal, 20 Tufted Duck, 2 Kestrel, 15 Redshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, singing Song Thrush, Reed Bunting ( Gary A James, Nick Tanner).
  • Greenwich Park: 14 Stock Doves, Pheasant, 1 Firecrest, 1 Coot still present, Redwings (Joe Beale).
  • Greenwich/Highmore Road SE3 area: 12+ House Sparrows (in two groups, 8 plus 4) were surprisingly the first in this area this year (Joe Beale)
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Firecrest in Perivale Wood, 1 roosting Tawny Owl Horsenden Wood, 62 Fieldfare, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail (Andy Culshaw).
  • Larkhall Park - Stockwell: House Sparrows back in nest areas after winter flocking in different areas from the park (Michael Mac).
  • Leyton: Vigorously singing Goldcrest Dagenham Brook, near Hare & Hounds pub Lea Bridge Rd. 28 Snipe in a single flock on the Waterworks N.R. (bed 13 I think), 12 Fieldfare, 22 Linnet. 1 Little Owl in usual roost hole South of the Pitch'n'Putt. (Paul Whiteman) - Paul can i ask is the little owl viewable from the edge of the pitch n putt or from the hackney marsh side? thanks ADH.Only visible from P&P looking South. See directions on Walthamstow Birding site back in Dec 2011.  (Paul Whiteman)
  • London Wetland Centre: 30 Redpoll, 4 Pintail, 2 Shelduck, m+f Stonechat, m+f Sparrowhawk, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Mandarin, 2 Bittern 20+ Common Snipe, 28 Redwing (Martin Honey).
  • Nine Elms Sainsbury's Car Park: pr Kestrels in the am (Michael Mac).
  • Queen Mary Reservoir: Firecrest (f), Goosander (m) (Steve Chastell)
  • Richmond Park: Goldeneye (drake), c.40 Wigeon, c.20 Gadwall, 13 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Mandarin, c.5 Shoveler, 5 Meadow Pipit, Fieldfare - all in the Pen Ponds area (M Bournat)
  • Trent Park: 28(18m 10f) Mandarin Duck, Lower Lake, 14:00 hrs; 5(2m 3f) Pochard; 10(5m 5f) Tufted Duck; 1 Tawny Owl roosting in Ivy-clad tree being mobbed by Jays 11:50 hrs; 2(m&f) Green Woodpecker; 1 Grey Wagtail, Lower Lake 1 Nuthatch; 1 singing Treecreeper, Church Wood 1 Coal Tit; 1 female Bullfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats:50 + Goldfinch (capel point), 5 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting, 14 Gadwall, 16 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 5 Egyptian Goose, Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, Skylark, Goldcrest, 2 Greater Black-backed Gull, 4 Stock Dove (Nick Croft/Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Firecrest, 10 + Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, 30 + Redwing (some subsong), 2 Fieldfare, Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, 2 Bullfinch, 5 Stock Dove, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Water Rail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 64 + Gadwall, c.100 Tufted Duck, 77 Pochard, 10 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 5 Egyptian Goose, 3 Little Grebe, 1-3 Kingfisher, 5 Heron (Nick Croft/Stuart Fisher/Tim Harris)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Collared Dove, 48 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Heron over, 160 Black-backed Gull, 19 Common Gull and 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on pitches. (Rob Ayers).

Friday 6th January 2012Edit

  • Amwell NR: Bittern this morning (RBA). f Red Crested Pochard, 2 Treecreeper (Tumbling Bay), 1-2 m Goldeneye (Great Hardmead Lake), 2 displaying Raven, 3 Common Buzzard (to north), Bullfinch, Siskin, Nuthatch (Amwell Lane), Coal Tit, Red Admiral (Nick Croft)
  • Beddington Farmlands: juv Kumlien's Gull again + 2 Iceland Gulls (both 2nd winter) (RBA).
  • Bow Creek: 19 Redshanks in roost, Common Sandpiper, male Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail (John Archer)
  • Crayford Marshes: Common Whitethroat in scrub near Yacht Club at 09:50 (Kev Jarvis per JA). 2 Bearded Tit calling from yacht club reedbed p.m. 19 Golden Plover, Little Owl, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Rock Pipit, 54 Black-tailed Godwit, Water Rail. (Kev Jarvis, Ian Stewart).
  • East India Dock Basin: female Pintail, 17 Shelduck, 19 Tufted Duck, 238 Teal, 2 Mute Swans, male Sparrowhawk, Reed Bunting, 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull east along Thames late afternoon, Greylag west (John Archer).
  • Grays Riverside, RM17: 1+ kittiwake (adult) upriver behind tug, 7.40am. They're pretty well seen here every day at the moment. (James A).
  • Harmondsworth (behind St. Mary's church): 2 Skylark, 4 Reed Bunting, c20 Pochard (Nigel Sluman).
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Little Gull 1st Winter - yesterday at Aldenham CP, Goldeneye pair. (Derek Turner)
  • Horsenden Hill: 2 Little Owl & c. 60 Fieldfare Paradise Fields, 2 Coal Tit (Andy Culshaw).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Little Owl, Tawny Owl, 2 Kingfishers, 12 Wigeon, 12 Lesser Redpoll, White Fronted Goose, 16 Shoveler and 33 Gadwall.(Dave Morrison)
  • Lee Green SE12 (Lewisham): Cormorant or Heron - I'm not a birder but saw a huge 'Pterodactyl' alight on the top of a conifer tree in my back garden (lots of squawking from other birds including flock of green parrots/parakeets). Think I saw patches of white and orange on its face/bill (Jean) Hi Jean, sounds very like Grey Heron to me! They occasionally alight in trees to look around and are often mobbed by parakeets etc(Joe Beale) Thanks Joe - it was about 100 feet away and the sun was in my eyes - never seen such a big bird in urban garden!(Jean)
  • Lee Valley: Bittern reported (70 Acres Lake), m Smew (Hookes Marsh), 3 Goosander (Holyfield Lake), Cetti's Warbrler, Chiffchaff, Water Rail, Little Egret, 14 Egyptian Goose, 1,000 + Jackdaw going to roost (Nick Croft)
  • Osterley Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 1, Fieldfare c30, Kingfisher 1, Common Buzzard 1, Coal Tit 1. (K.Fisher).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Snow Bunting on the sea wall in Aveley Bay (Birdguides), 3 Caspian Gulls (adult, 3rd winter, 1st winter) and 10+ Yellow-legged Gulls on landfill (RBA).
  • Staines Reservoir: (08:30-10:30) Juv Shag still on raft (north basin), 2 Scaup (male and female both on north basin), Great Northern Diver (south basin), 20+ Goldeneye (south basin), Black-necked Grebe (south basin) (Bob Warden, Neil Randon et al). Also female Smew (north basin) not seen by myself but others (Nigel Sluman).
  • Thorney CP: Greenfinch, 2 Gadwall, 3 Common Gulls, Ring Necked Parakeet, 2 Shovelers, 10+ Siskins, 5+ Goldfinch, Green Woodpecker, 5+ Redwing (Sue Giddens)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Peregrine Falcon, Tree Sparrow, Siskin, 20+ Redpoll, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest. (Steve Blake).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: c90 Black-headed Gulls & c12 Common Gulls on the football pitches. Plus 1 Lapwing west, c20 Redwing, 7 Fieldfare & 1 Goldcrest. (Rob Ayers & David Lindo).

Thursday 5th January 2012Edit

  • Beddington Farmlands: 2 1st winter Caspian Gulls, adult Yellow-legged Gull adult Med Gull (Beddington Farm Bird Group)
  • Belair Park, Dulwich: 1m Shoveler, 3 Mistle Thrush, 10 Siskin. Unfortunately no sign of Little Owl, even with insider knowledge. (Martin Stevens)
  • Crossness: 1st winter Kittiwake west at 11.10, adult Med Gull west at 13:15 (Ian Miller per JA)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Kittiwake 1st winter & a Adult west along the Thames. Spotted Redshank on the foreshore near the creek barrier briefly.63 Golden Plover, 126 Black-tailed Godwit, Rock Pipit, 12 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Curlew. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Crystal Palace Park; 16 nervous Redwing in maze area, 11 Shovelor, 16 Tufted Duck in Lake, 2 Grey Herons, 1 Cormorant set off home at dusk, 10 Canada Geese, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker (Michael Mac).
  • Dulwich Park: 3 Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush (h). (Martin Stevens)
  • Dunstans Road, East Dulwich (back garden): 2 Mealy Redpoll, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch. (Martin Stevens)
  • East India Dock Basin: female Pintail, 18 Shelducks, 28 Tufted Ducks, 160 Teal (John Archer)
  • Ewell Village: Little Egret at Lower Mill, Kingston Road (Neil Batten)
  • London Bridge: 2 Kittiwakes about lunchtime (RBA)
  • One Tree Hill, Honor Oak Park: 2 Goldfinch feeding from plane tree fruits, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker calling. (D. Greenwood)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 Kittiwakes (ad + 1st winter) west along Thames by 09:30, 7+ Yellow-legged Gulls (RBA) Green Sandpiper, 2-3 Curlew, Ruff, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 + Redshank (stone barges), c.100 Golden Plover, c. 800 Lapwing, 7 Pintail, many hundreds of Wigeon and Teal, 2 Peregrine Falcon, Yellow-legged Gull (on tip), m Stonechat, 2-3 Water Pipit (in wetlands in front of the Wincanton warehouse), Rock Pipit (Nick Croft)
  • St James's Park: 4 Egyptian Geese, drake Ruddy Duck & 5 Little Grebe (Andrew Self)
  • Staines Reservoir: juv Shag still on raft, Great Northern Diver very close to causeway on S basin, 2 Scaup S basin, 22 Goldeneye both basins, 3 1CY Lesser Black-backed Gull. Very windy. (Nigel Sluman)
  • Ten Acre Woods/Yeading Brook: f Sparrowhawk hunting Starlings and Pigeons, scores of Redwing and Fieldfare, c30 Common Gull on playing fields (Nigel Sluman)
  • Totteridge Valley: Common Buzzard mobbed by Crows: c120 Fieldfare: c55 Redwing: 1 Sparrowhawk: 1 Meadow Pipit (John Colmans)

Wednesday 4th January 2012Edit

  • Belair Park, Dulwich: 1 Little Owl, 2m Shoveler, Nuthatch, 9 Redwing, c20 Siskin (Tom Smith)
  • Blackfriars Bridge: Oystercatcher over River Thames (Steven Robinson).
  • Bow Creek: 4 Redshank, Kingfisher, 2 Shelduck, Tufted Duck, 48 Teal (John Archer)
  • Brunel Bicentennary Gardens (Uxbridge): 2 Kestrel, m Bullfinch, c20 Lesser Redpoll (Nigel Sluman) Nigel where do you park and where is the gardens?. Sue Giddens (Sue, the entrance is a barred gate off Kingston Lane around the corner from Hillingdon Hospital. You could park in the garden centre nearby or the U4 bus stops very near to the University - W.Marks). A sad piece of news has just reached me that Steve Pash, who regularly posted news for this site, died suddenly at the weekend. (Roger Morton). I am sure that I speak for everyone who uses this site when I say that I am very sorry to hear that. Please pass on our condolences to his friends and family (M Bournat et al.) - Bless you Steve - you were & are a star xxx (JR)Thank you for the info and yes it is very sad news about Steve , condolences to his family will be sorely missed.Sue Giddens. I only met Steve a few times but I shall miss his records on this site - especially those for my local area near Brunel University. Thank you, Steve, for your contribution to natural history in Hillingdon borough. (Roger Dewey)
  • Bursted Woods: 1 Nuthatch, 1 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers interacting, and possibly a 3rd different individual (Chris Rose)
  • Camberwell Old Cemetary: 1 Song Thrush calling (D. Greenwood)
  • Crossness: Water Pipit, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Pipit, Green Sandpiper, Peregrine, Cetti's Warbler, c300 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew. (Kev Jarvis & Steve Carter).
  • Danson Park: 1 Nutchatch, 1 Jay, west end of lake - 3 Cormorant, 1 male Tufted Duck, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Great Crested Grebe, some Common Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed gulls (Chris Rose).
  • East India Dock Basin: female Pintail, 11 Shelduck, 19 Tufted Duck, 136 Teal, Kingfisher, c20 Linnets, Peregrine on the Dome (John Archer)
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Fieldfare, several Redwings, 2 Pheasants, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Coot - this species has been absent for a few months (Joe Beale)
  • Kew Gardens: 50+ Redwing, large skittish flock of Chaffinch (60+), 50+ Long Tailed Tits, Green Woodpecker, Peregrine Falcon, lots of Goldcrest in yew and evergreens near the evolution house and by the main lake, Nuthatch, Tree Creeper, pair of Pochard (M+F) and 20 Tufted Duck on the lake by the palmhouse, male Red-crested Pochard on the main lake (Andy Sunters)
  • Hatch End Playing Fields : 1 Little Egret along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
  • Little Britain (Iver/Cowley) 100+ Redwing, 20+ Fieldfare, 6 Shoveler, Lesser Black Backed Gull, 30+ Gadwall, 2 Collered Doves, Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Heron one in nest, 3 Ring-necked Parakeets. (Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: c.10 Siskin, Water Rail, 3 Pintail (M Bournat), Jack Snipe (found by John...)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir : Goldcrest, 10 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, GC Grebe, 2 Egyptian Geese (M Bournat)
  • M25: Red Kite 1 kilometre E of Junction 22 (John Colmans).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, Mistle Thrush & Great Spotted Woodpecker heard, pr Peregrine Falcon (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Northaw Great Wood: 4 Marsh Tit, including a pair; 10+ Coal Tit; 5 Nuthatch; 6 Treecreeper; 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 19 Goldcrest; 36 Lesser Redpoll, feeding in Birches; 3(1m 2f) Bullfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Pinner Park Farm : female type Teal on the main pond, 1 Snipe, Fieldfare, Redwing & Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: 1st winter Caspian Gull on Target Pools (RBA)
  • River Shuttle corridor (L.B.Bexley), heading downstream: Hollyoak Park - c8-10 Siskin in Alders. Willersley Park - 1 Jay. Marlborough Park - 1 Grey Wagtail. Burnt Oak Lane/Sidcup Golf Course - 1 Jay, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Collared Dove. Murchison Rd bridge - 1 Kingfisher. Bexley (Park) Wood - 2 Nuthatch interacting, 3 Song Thrush (heard), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), 1 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Heron (over), Ring-necked Parakeets checking tree holes. c245 R-NPs counted out just before dusk heading west/west-north-west, though may have missed a few leaving from north side of river which was out of sight, Riverdale Rd - 2 Moorhen (few waterbirds use this small River at all) (Chris Rose)
  • St James's Park: 3 Teal, 2 Egyptian Geese & 3 Grey Herons (Andrew Self)
  • Saffron Avenue Pond, East India Dock Business Park: Kingfisher (John Archer).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Scaup (m+f), Shag (juv), c.30 Goldeneye and Great Northern Diver (M Bournat)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Green Sandpiper, c100 Lapwing, 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Reed Bunting, c90 Chaffinch (Steve Blake).
  • Walthamstow: Whitethroat from footpath opposite 33 Waterfall Close (RBA)
  • Wanstead Flats: Common Snipe, 26 Fieldfare (south), 17 Redwing, 5 Egyptian Goose, 7 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, Teal, Goldcrest, 3 Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Egyptian Goose, Fieldfare, Kingfisher (Steve Thorpe), Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 18 Redwing, 3 Bullfinch, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, 9 Teal, 46 Gadwall, 89 Tufted Duck, 11 Shoveler, 41 Pochard, Little Grebe, 2 Water Rail, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff (Nick Croft)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 11 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 2-4 Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, 1 Stock Dove, c.200 Black-headed Gulls, c.10 Common Gulls (D Lindo & M Bournat)

Tuesday 3rd January 2012Edit

  • Alexandra Park : 1 Water Rail (Conservation Pond), 3 Shoveler (1 male and 2 female) on Wood Green Reservoir (James Palmer).
  • Battersea Park: 1 Peregrine (corner near Chelsea Bridge) lake in storm 150 Tufted Duck, disorientated Cormorants flying in to roost in rain storm, 6 Shoveler, 2pr Gadwall, 70 Woodpigeon, no gulls only high up (Michael Mac).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 2 Chiffchaff (including the tristis/eastern type one which was very elusive in the rain this morning but calling), Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper, 12 Teal (they don't like the scummy water coming out of the flood tanks), Tufted Duck (Stuart Fisher)
  • Brookmill Park: drake Mandarin & male Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: 6 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 82 Golden Plover, 54 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 8 Ringed Plover, 62 Redshank, 450 Dunlin (Kev Jarvis).
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwings, 10 Mistle Thrushes, 1 Sparrowhawk (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin).
  • St George's Wharf, Vauxhall: 1 Peregrine over river (Michael Mac).
  • Tower Bridge: Great Crested Grebe just upriver from bridge on south side, 825am. Kestrel 13.25 (James A).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Reed Bunting, 14 Goldfinch, 13 Gadwall, 40 + Jackdaw, 2 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Bullfinch, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)

Monday 2nd January 2012Edit

  • Bentley Priory: Goosander, Buzzard, c30 Siskins and 50 + Redwings. (Joe Dickens) Blackcap, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Coal tit (Alan Lewis)
  • Brent Reservoir: 1st-winter Yellow-legged Gull again (Andrew Self)
  • Canonhill Common: 1 male Pergrine. (J.Dickerson)
  • Cheshunt - Bury Green (TL351015) - W of A10 & N of B198 near 'Maxwells West': @12.45pm 600+ (lost count at 450!) Golden Plover - view from lay-by immediately N of A10/B198 roundabout (Nigel May).
  • Crossness: adult Caspian Gull and 2 Brent Goose still off Golf Centre late morning, 3+ Yellow-legged Gulls (adult and 2+ 2nd winters), Ruddy x Common Shelduck hybrid (John Archer).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 51 species recorded, Grey Wagtail , Common Snipe,Pheasant, 2 Jackdaw, 7 Rook , poss Chiffchaff. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • East India Dock Basin / Bow Creek Ecology Park: 3 Shelduck, female Pintail, 122 Teal, 15 Tufted Duck, 11 Redshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, c.40 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting (Gary A James, Marco Johnson, Nick Tanner).
  • Forest Hill: A pair of Tawny Owls calling between 1:15am - 1:30am in tree outside bedroom window in Eliot Bank (Ernie Thomason)
  • Grays riverside, RM17: adult Kittiwake downriver mid morning (James A)
  • Greenland Dock: brief visit - usual sp, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Cormorant (Joe beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin)
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 1 male Firecrest, feeding in Holly, 13:37 - 13:45 hrs; 1 Little Grebe; 2(m&f) Egyptian Goose; 30(20m,10f) Mandarin Duck, 16:00 hrs; 16(11m,5f) Shoveler; 2 male Pochard; 19(11m,8f) Tufted Duck; 1 Sparrowhawk; 2(m&f) Great Spotted Woodpecker, together; 1 Nuthatch; 2 Goldcrest; 18+ Redwing (Robert Callf).
  • Hampstead Heath: 14 Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing, 8 Siskin, 7 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Pied Wagtail (Chris Bird)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Little Gull, 1st winter (Derek Turner).
  • Kew Gardens: Bar-headed goose on the lake in front of the Palm House (Peter Hart)
  • Lea Valley - Cornmill Meadows: 23 Siskin + usual large flock several hundred strong audible from depths of Gunpowder Mills alder plantation, 6 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler, c50 Teal, 12 Lapwing, Goldfinch, Goldcrest (Nigel May).
  • London WWT: 1 Bittern, c5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Stonechat, 1 Pintail, 1 Jack Snipe, Cetti's Warbler (M Bournat & others)
  • Lonsdale Reservoir: 3 Pochard, 10 Shoveler, 20 flyover Redwing, Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe (M Bournat)
  • Regent's Park: 3 Egyptian Goose, 2 Gadwall, 4 Mandarin Duck, 4 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Song Thrush (Gavin Charles).
  • Richmond Park: 10 Egyptian Geese, 121 Gadwall, 54 Wigeon, 7 Red-crested Pochard, Buzzard high over Pen Pond Plantation mobbed by Crow + drifted south 12.10; same or another Buzzard low over woods opp. Pembroke Lodge 13.30 putting up couple hundred Woodies, 2 Grey Wagtail, f Stonechat (Neil Anderson)
  • Surrey Water: Female Sparrowhawk over (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 3 Goosanders (Lockwood res).(Pete Lambert).To remove ads use firefox,greasemonkey.userscripts.org (Install cleaner wikia). (Kevin j Mcmanus).
  • Waterworks N.R: Water rail, 14 snipe, 10 teal, 2 meadow pipits over. (Jamie Partridge)
  • South Weald Park: 5 Goosander - 3 Drakes  (Dave Morrison).
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver, Black-necked Grebe, juv Shag, drake Scaup, Shelduck and 2 Water Pipits (Andrew Verrall but many observers).
  • Thorney CP: Little Egret, Red Kite over, 11 Cormorants, 2 Gadwall, 30+ Pochards, Green Woodpecker, Little Grebe, Stock Dove Over, Siskin. (Sue Giddens).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Red Kite,1 Tree Sparrow, 5 Bullfinch, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Yellowhammer (Neville Smith).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 ad winter Mediterranean Gull on the pitches, a Peregrine landed on nearby Trellick Tower. Happy New Year from all The Scrubbers! (David Lindo)

Sunday 1st January 2012Edit

  • Out of curiousity, has anyone ever bettered 90 species in the London area on Jan 1st?
  • Alexandra Park: Peregrine SE at 8:30, Fieldfare 2, Redwing 31, Shoveler 3 (Andrew Gardener)
  • Barking Bay: Water Rail. 50 Fieldfare, 100+ Black Tailed Godwits, 2 Dark Bellied Brent Goose, 14 Curlew, Grey Wagtail and 40+ Redshank. (Paul Hawkins & Dave Morrison)
  • Brent Reservoir: 57 species (same as on 1/1/11) inc 4 Ruddy Duck, Wigeon, Yellow-legged Gull, 32 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing & 2 Jackdaw (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: drake Mandarin, Kingfisher, singing Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam & John Bushell)
  • Crane Park Island NR, Whitton: Water Rail, 2 Siskin, 20+ Goldfinch, c. 25 Redwing, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit (Iain Darbyshire).
  • Crossness: adult Caspian Gull, 2 Brent Goose, 2 1st winter Yellow-legged Gulls, Common Buzzard, Rock Pipit, 200 Fieldfares, Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler (John Archer & Richard Bonser).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 61 species in 7 hrs ( inc Feral Rock Dove ). Cetti's Warbler, Water Rail, Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Ad Great Black-backed Gull inc 1 with red colour ring on left leg, 3-4 Goldcrest, 2 Reed Bunting, Kingfisher, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Bullfinch, 12+ Stock Dove. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • East India Dock Basin area: 4 Shelduck, 91 Teal, Pintail, Peregrine, 4 Redshanks, 1 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 45 linnet. (Gary A James). 132 Teal, 11 Tufted Duck, Scandinavian Herring Gull (what! and this from the LNHS Surrey recorder pretty much says it all), Yellow-legged Gull (Nick Tanner).
  • Greenwich Park: 2 male Pheasants in the deer enclosure, 5+Coal Tits (Conrad Ellam & John Bushell)
  • Hadley Wood (Barnet): 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, Goldcrest, 12 Ring Necked Parakeets, approx 50 Redwing (Amanda Brown)
  • London Wetland Centre: Highlights were 1 Bittern, 1 Peregrine, 2 drake Pintail, 2 Stonechat (Bill Haines). And small flock of Linnet and Twite in the Wildside area (W.Marks)
  • Oak Hill Park, East Barnet: Little Egret on the brook. (Hilary Jones via I Ellis)
  • Osterley Park: Stonechat 2, Fieldfare c30, Redwing c40,Teal 3, Pochard 2, Treecreeper 1 (surprisingly elusive here though probably a resident breeder, thanks to M.Royal for directions). Also a Weasel c10 feet up a tree!? (K.Fisher).
  • Ruislip Woods: Buzzard, 80+ mobile Redwing, c10 Lesser Redpoll (Neil Anderson)
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver, 2 Smew (redheads), Black necked Grebe, Shag, Scaup and 2 Water Pipits (Jim and Tony Sweetland)
  • Trent Park: 1 Woodcock, flushed, 10:50 hrs., Camlet Moat (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Wanstead Flats: 17 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, c. 20 Shoveler, 7 Teal, 11 Greylag Goose, 4 Stock Dove, 5 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark, 10 + Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, singing Song and Mistle Thrush, Peregrine Falcon. Kestrel, 2 Greater Black-backed Gull (Tim Harris/Jonathan Lethbridge/Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2-3 Firecrest, 4+ Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, 2 Sparrowhawk, Reed Bunting, 27 Lesser Redpoll, 10 + Siskin, 5 Bullfinch, 7 Little Grebe, 8 Grey Heron, Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, Water Rail, 30 + Redwing, 8 Egyptian Goose, 68 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 73 Tufted Duck (Tim Harris/Jonathan Lethbridge/Nick Croft).

Earlier Archived NewsEdit

LONDON BIRDING NEWS FROM EVERY PREVIOUS MONTH SINCE NOVEMBER 2005

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