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Highlights of the monthEdit

July was generally a quiet month. The best birds were a nine-day Pectoral Sandpiper at Rainham Marshes from the 11th to the 19th and a two-day Bonaparte’s Gull at Crossness on the 6th and 7th. Early on the morning of the 28th a subadult Gannet circled over King George VI Reservoir before moving a mile west to spend the rest of the morning at Wraysbury Reservoir. Two Spoonbill were at Rainham Marshes from the 22nd to the 25th and a single bird was seen there on the 28th. Rotherhithe‘s long-staying Long-tailed Duck spent most of the month on Surrey Water but took a day trip across the Thames to East India Dock Basin on the 4th. A female Common Scoter was on the Thames at Grays on the 10th and a drake was at Staines Reservoirs on the 30th. A female Red-breasted Merganser flew past Rainham Marshes on the 16th, and single Garganey were seen at both Rainham Marshes and Staines Reservoir on the 28th. On the 25th, a Black Kite drifted north over east London, being seen from Eltham at 10:00, Woolwich at 10:05 and Chingford at 10:10. A Honey-buzzard flew over Banstead Woods on the 24th. On the 2nd an adult Roseate Tern was briefly at Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir. A Nightjar was seen flying over Bexley on the evening of the 25th. On the 2nd a female or immature Golden Oriole was seen flying off from poplars by Wraysbury station. A Wood Warbler was found at Motspur Park on the 29th. Finally, on the 27th a “wild” Peahen was seen at Fulham Reach.


Wednesday 31st July 2013

  • Barnet Countryside Centre, Byng Road, Herts EN5: juv Sparrowhawk calling (Bob Husband & Michael Worms)
  • Biggin Wood, SE17: 1 Green Woodpecker (R Bell)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwing, drake Ruddy Duck (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park, SE8: Cormorant S, Kingfisher, Swift, 2 House Martin, f / juv Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler (Tony Duckett).
  • Cockfosters EN4 (cnr Cockfosters Rd/Mt Pleasant): 1 Red Kite low W 10:30am (D Bates)
  • Crossness: 1 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Tern and a Common Sandpiper off the outfall today at 2pm; Green Sandpiper and 9 Lapwing on south pool (with wooden screen hide) of reserve (Tony Wileman)
  • Gallions Reach: 3 Dunlin, 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 6 Common Sandpiper, 15 Common Tern (Gary A James).
  • Fulham: 1 Red Kite drifting W 10am (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • King George V Reservoir: 1 Dunlin, 30+ Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, 12 Sand Martin, 1 Common Buzzard, many juv Black-headed Gulls, 2 juv Common Tern (Tony Clancy)
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck still Surrey Water 1.45pm and also 6 Cormorant, 20 Tufted Duck (Richard Bonser).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff numbers building in SSSI, House Martin, c30 Swift, 2-3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 3 Gadwall (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Grey Wagtail, 7 House Martin, 2 Shoveler, Great Crested Grebe sleeping on Perch Pond (Nick Croft)
  • White City: two Moorhen broods at (the confusingly named) Hammersmith Park behind Television Centre (Matt Reed).
  • William Girling Reservoir: Sandwich Tern adult seen flying off the res and calling, heading N, seen from the canal tow path c11.00am (Jamie Partridge)

Tuesday 30th July 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 6 Green Sandpipers, 5 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwings (Andrew Verrall, John Wood); also 2 Ruddy Ducks pr (Andrew Self)
  • Barking Bay/Crossness: Turnstone, 7 Dunlin, 15 Common Sandpiper, Redshank, hybrid Ruddy Shelduck; Painted Lady (P.Hawkins)
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher, 10 Swift, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Enfield EN2 (Rectory Farm): 6 Red-legged Partridge pr + 4 chicks, 24+ Collared Dove (Robert Callf).
  • Holland Park: 13 Moorhen (three broods incl one of 5 very well grown juvs on the tiny Lord Kyoto pond), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Matt Reed).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Wood Sandpiper [RBA is reporting this record as an error for the Green Sandpiper, also BirdGuides report Correction, no Wood Sandpiper], 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe (Tom Barker); no sign of Wood_Sand late afternoon but Green Sandpiper on Main Lake, also 1 Common Tern remaining (Matt Palmer)
  • Northwood HA6 (Haste Hill Golf Course): Little Egret (Richard Francis).
  • Oak Hill Park, East Barnet, Herts EN4: 2 small waders reported on flooded football pitch - any observers / information please?, 113 Black-headed Gulls (inc 13 juvs), 3 Common Gulls (inc 1 juv), 60 Carrion Crows, Chiffchaff calling (Bob Husband)
  • Pinner: Little Egret on River Pinn (Richard Francis).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 1 Gadwall, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler subsong (birdman_euston).
  • Richmond Park: Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Terns, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Hobby (Tony Duckett).
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck still Surrey Water 1.30pm and 2 Egyptian Geese (Richard Bonser).
  • Ruislip Lido: 100+ Swift (Richard Francis).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Common Scoter drake on S basin still early evng, 5 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 8 Common Sandpiper (Bob Warden, Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Streatham Common: 2 Green Woodpecker (one fledgling) (R Bell)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood): 1 juv Dunlin, 3+ Common Sandpipers (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: Common Sandpiper (Jono Lethbridge); eclipse Gadwall, Little Grebe with 3 yg, 8 Mistle Thrush, House Martin, Swift (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Little Egret, Little Grebe with 4 chicks, Great Crested Grebe, 2 eclipse Shoveler (Nick Croft)

Monday 29th July 2013Edit

  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingisher, Stock Dove, Swift (Conrad Ellam).
  • East India Dock Basin: 18+ Common Tern (3 small chicks / 4 near-fledged yg / 2 juvs / 11+ adults), 6+ Sand Martin, 2 Oystercatcher on mud by O2 (John Archer).
  • Heathrow Airport: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Hobby (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Little Venice: 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Moorhen, 20 Canada Geese, Tufted Duck (Matt Reed).
  • Motspur Park KT3 (Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Recreation Ground): Kingfisher hunting over wildlife ponds, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wood Warbler, Reed Bunting, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Little Grebe pr with 3 yg, Mistle Thrush, 9+ Greenfinch (Sarah Haslem) Was the WW in the RG or in the adjacent SJHM Wood LNR? [b_e] It was in the trees by the school as you go from the stables to the wildlife ponds [SH]
  • Paddington Basin: female Tufted Duck with 5 very young chicks at eastern end, female Mallard with 4 ducklings (Matt Reed).
  • Redbridge Lakes: 2 Common Terns (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 1 Gadwall eclipse drake, 11 Little Grebe incl 4 newly-hatched chicks- c2mo later than last yr's 1st brood, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler [site 'autumn'-1st], 1 Nuthatch still (birdman_euston)
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck still on Surrey Water this a'noon (won't be going anywhere anytime soon as in heavy wing moult) and 2 Egyptian Geese; 2 Sand Martins Canada Water (Richard Bonser).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Black-necked Grebe on S basin, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Common Sandpiper (Bob Warden per FJM); 1 Yellow-legged Gull (KGV1 gantry), 2 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin), 3 Common Sandpiper - 17.30-18.45 (A. Luscombe).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Tufted Duck brood of 3, 2 Common Sandpiper (TeRNS)
  • Wanstead Flats: Tawny Owl calling at daybreak (Dan Hennessy); Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, 2 f type Kestrel, juv Common Gull, 2 House Martin, 10 Swift (Nick Croft/DH).
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Shoveler (DH), 2 Hobby pr, Goldcrest, 2 House Martin, 5+ Swift (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy).
  • Woodlands Farm DA16: Common Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle, Noctule seen during Bat Survey (Conrad Ellam)

Sunday 28th July 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Green Sandpipers, 6 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwings (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Hampstead Heath, Golders Hill Park: Tufted Duck with brood of 6 in Water Garden, most probably same family seen a week ago on the chronically fox-ravaged Lily Pond (James Levy).
  • Horsenden Hill: 2 Green Woodpeckers, Swift; Marbled White (Alan Hobson).
  • King George VI Reservoir: 1 Gannet subadult circled over for several minutes prior to 07.20 then dropped and lost to view (Bob Warden).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1 Common Tern (Rich Petley)
  • Mitcham CR4: Madeira Rd Pond - 5 Coot (one brood of 3), 2 Moorhen; Three Kings Pond - 2 Coot (one brood of 1), 48 Canada Geese, 25 Black-headed Gull (8 brown juvs), 1 Moorhen, 1 Jackdaw, 2 Red-eared Terrapins, lots of Rats & Feral Pigeons (Matt Reed).
  • Mitcham Common: 2 Little Grebe (ad & fledged juv on One Island Pond), 5 Egyptian Geese (one brood of four), 5 Mute Swan (one brood of two), 15 Canada Geese (one brood of three), 14 Moorhen (9 yg from three broods & one other nest), 6 Coot (one brood); mysterious lack of any Tufted Ducks & some of the smaller ponds across the site have completely dried in the recent weather (Matt Reed).
  • Osterley Park: 1 Peregrine, 1 Hobby (K.Fisher)
  • Pinner: female Silver-Washed Fritillary basking briefly in garden (Richard Francis).
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: 6+ House Martins (local breeders?), regular small flocks & single Cormorants along River Lea, many vocal Goldfinches in park, Grey Heron over (Alex Massey)
  • Rainham RSPB: Spoonbill, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank (James Lowen); Garganey [Ldn season-1st], 3 Whimbrel, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 24 Ring-necked Parakeet S in the evening (David Bradnum)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 15 Whimbrel S - 14 at 08.30 & 1 at 11.37, 7 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-necked Grebe on S basin, 1 Hobby over (Bob Warden, A.Luscombe, Franko J Maroevic); eve - female Garganey briefly S basin c2000hrs then flew SE, also 5 Black-necked Grebes S basin (Rob Innes, Ken Purdey).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 juv Kestrel, 9 Stock Dove, 2 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, very tatty Rook, 24 Linnet (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 displaying Skylark, 2 singing Meadow Pipit, House Martin, c9 Swift, 200 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, Herring Gull (Nick Croft/Tim Harris)
  • Wanstead Park: Reed Warbler doing subsong OSW, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, Shoveler (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Waterworks NR: Hobby through at 15.36, Little Egret and Kingfisher along river overflow (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Wraysbury Reservoir: 1 Gannet subadult 8.35am, flew off SE late am, no public access (Chris Heard per FJM)

Saturday 27th July 2013Edit

  • Beddington Farmlands: 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 40 Lapwing, 1 Ruddy Shelduck (dead), 1 Peregrine, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 15+ Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler pics (Peter Alfrey- will sort out a wiki page for Beddington Farmlands asap) Many thx, Peter - if you'd prefer, feel free to either add a new page named simply 'Beddington' [via the 'Contribute' drop-down menu at top right] or use/rename one of the old ones; I'll then redirect the related blank pages to it. Regards, [b_e]
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Green Sandpipers, 6 Common Sandpipers, 2 Lapwing, Snipe, 2 Ruddy Ducks (Brent Birders).
  • Brickfields Meadow Pond (Woodside): Moorhen (two broods), Coot (one brood) (Matt Reed).
  • Fulham Reach: Thames - 90 Black-headed Gull inc 1 German colour-ringed one, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Cormorant 08:30; Frank Banfield Park - 1 'wild' female Peacock (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Greenwich Park/Maze Hill: 2+ Crossbills heard overhead 17:40 (Joe Beale).
  • Hampstead Heath: 4 Swallow W at 12:00, 2 Common Buzzard drifted singly SW 10:10-10:25 & SE 11:15-11:25 (Frank Nugent).
  • Highams Park Lake: 10 Mute Swans inc 8 cygnets, 5 Mandarin Ducks inc 4juv, 10 Tufted Ducks inc 7juv, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Tern, 1 Jay, 23 Mallards inc 10juv, 2 Grey Wagtail inc 1juv, 25 Black-headed Gulls inc 15juv, 41 Coots inc 19juv (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Kensington Gardens: 60 Greylag Geese, Green Woodpecker yaffling, Woodpigeon nest building on Bayswater Rd (Matt Reed).
  • KGV Reservoir: 21+ Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 11+ Little Egret, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler (Neville Smith).
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Common Snipe on the wader scrape (one reported in another area), Kingfisher heard (and seen by warden), 2 broods of Gadwall on wader scrape (3 & 1), male Reed Bunting on scrape and grazing marsh (Martin Honey).
  • Marylebone W1U (Robert Adam St/Manchester St cnr): 1 well-grown Lesser Black-backed Gull chick begging for food on top of office block - new breeding location? (Matt Reed).
  • Redbridge Lakes and surrounding scrub: Common Tern, 2 Swifts, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrushes, 6 Long-tailed Tits (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park: 1 Common Sandpiper Heron_Is area 8 (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Little Owl near Robin_Hood Gate (Linda Ashken).
  • Ruislip Woods/Lido: Buzzard, 7+ Common Tern, 2 Swallow, c20 House Martin; 5 White Admiral, 1+ Purple Emperor (Neil Anderson+ LNHS/RHS groups).
  • St Katherine's Dock: 10 Tufted Duck (one well-grown brood of 6) (Matt Reed).
  • South Norwood CP: 15 Tufted Duck (12 yg from three broods), 2 Kestrel (ad & juv together), Mallard (one brood and one hybrid-type brood), Coot (one brood), Moorhen (one brood), 3 juv Black-headed Gulls, 2 Mute Swan, 20 Canada Geese, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Matt Reed).
  • South Norwood Lake: 13 Tufted Duck (one brood of 8), Coot (two broods), Moorhen (one brood), 4 Great Crested Grebe (one brood of 3), Mallard (one brood of 2), 21 Canada Geese, 4 Swift (Matt Reed).
  • Staines  Reservoirs: 1 Whimbrel (low over N Basin calling 08.05), 1 Turnstone over, 1 Hobby (low over N Basin 06.20), 2 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin), 2 Yellow-legged Gull (KGVI gantry), 1 Common Gull (KGVI gantry), 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Common Sandpiper (A. Luscombe, Bob Warden et al).
  • Wapping: Cromwell Pond - 3 Coot (one just hatched brood of 2); Ornamental Canal - 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, 3 Coot, 1 female Mallard with 6 different-looking ducklings; Tower Wharf - 5 House Martin at least two visiting nest sites on E side of building (Matt Reed).

Friday 26th July 2013Edit

  • Barnet: Partridge running around outside gardens in Sutton Crescent (probably juv R/L) (Geoff Crabtree).
  • Northwood HA6 (Haste Hill Golf Course): 4 Crossbill S 06:40 (Richard Francis).
  • Rammey Marsh: Grasshopper Warbler 2020-2040hrs (Neville Smith)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 1 Common Gull ad, 1 Nuthatch (birdman_euston)
  • Ruislip Lido: Common Sandpiper (Richard Francis).
  • Southgate N14 (Oakwood Park): 2 juv Mandarin Duck at Conservation Pond - not regular at this site despite proximity to Grovelands Park (Robert Callf).
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Raven flying around & perching on pylons 11.00-11.10, also Little Egret, 5 Oystercatchers, 10 Common Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plover, Stonechat, Grey Seal (Andrew Self)
  • Wanstead Flats: Little Egret west over jub, 7 House Martin, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sparrowhawk, 5 Common Gull (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Crossbill E over Shoulder of Mutton, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 returning Shoveler, Peregrine Falcon in Old Sewage Works, Little Grebe with 4 yg Heronry (Nick Croft)
  • Westminster (Victoria Tower Gardens): Common Sandpiper W along Thames & landed briefly on the foreshore at 08:40 before continuing W (Frank Nugent).

Thursday 25th July 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park boating lake: 3 Cormorants 7.15am (Naomi Stadlen).
  • Beddington Farmlands: 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 6 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo, 16 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Teal pics (Peter Alfrey) NB The Env Agency has just issued a permit to build the S London Incinerator in Beddington Ln. Boris has the final say 'in the coming weeks' acc to the Mayor's Office - you can petition him at mayor@london.gov.uk [b_e]
  • Bexley DA5 (Hall Place Gardens): Nightjar in flight from Gardens over car park toward Bexleyheath 9.20pm (Richard Jones).
  • Biggin Wood SE19: 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Comma, 5 Gatekeeper (R Bell). Are you sure about Wall? They are considered extinct in London/Surrey [Neil Anderson]. Neil, you're of course completely right, thank you for correcting me [RB].
  • Cassiobury Park, Watford: 3 Crossbills (Herts website).
  • Hillingdon Heath UB10: 2 Red Kite drifting W c16.30 (Craig Brough)
  • Lloyds Park E17: Kestrel over tennis courts, 3 Moorhen inc 2 juvs (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Green Sandpiper (Hugh Bradshaw); 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Common Tern, 5 Shoveler + 6juv, 10 Teal, 1 Kingfisher (Adam Salmon).
  • Oxleas Wood SE9: Black Kite drifting N 10.00-10.05 (John Reid).
  • Plumstead Common SE18: 3 Common Kestrel 1m & 2juv or 1f with juv scurrying on short grass and fluttering up to catch insects poss'y craneflies, in twilight 9pm-9.17pm (Patrick English et al).
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Spoonbill still 09.00 (BirdGuides) & seen feeding at 9:30pm on Dusk Walk (TK); 5 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper (Tony Brown); 21 Little Egret, Yellow Wagtail over, m Song Thrush, 2 Whimbrel, 8 Greenshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 1 Peregrine, 1 Barn Owl, 1 f Wigeon also 1 Glow-worm beside Reserve Centre at 10pm (Tony Kennelly).
  • Richmond Park: Little Egret in 'puddle' at lower end of Dann's Valley 5:10pm (Phil Davies).
  • William Girling Reservoir: Black Kite 10.10 (BirdGuides).
  • Woolwich SE18: Black Kite 10.05 (BirdGuides).

Wednesday 24th July 2013Edit

  • Banstead Woods: Honey-buzzard NE over east side at c11.25am (Ian Ward per David Campbell)
  • Barn Elms Sports Centre (SW13): 2 Tawny Owl calling to each other 6:40pm (Mike Caiden)
  • Brent Reservoir: 11 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, Little Egret, drake Ruddy Duck (Andrew Self)
  • Bushy Park: Tawny Owl calling briefly from Woodland Gardens at 21:30, 5+ Little Owl very vocal, 15 Swift, 2 Skylark (Bill Dykes)
  • Crossness: 25 Lapwing roosting on river wall, along with 4 Common Sandpiper during afternoon; 25 Common Terns over the river particularly around the bubbler aerator barge; 4 Little Grebe - 1 calling from Great Breach Lagoon & 1ad 2yg on a pond at Thamesmead Golf Course (Patrick English)
  • London EC2: female Black Redstart (J Foot)
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 Gadwall broods, 4 Pochard broods, 4 Teal, 1 Little Grebe juv, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper (WWT website)
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Spoonbill still 08.30 (BirdGuides)
  • River Pool, Catford: 3 Kingfisher all perched on the same overhanging branch 5.30pm (Andrew Birks)
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: 2 Peregrine over Court mid-afternoon, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroat, 8+ Chiffchaff (most feeding around burnt area again), 5 Coal Tit, Goldcrest (Stuart Fisher)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret over early am; nearby 1 Peregrine on Terminal 5 (Bob Warden per FJM); 1 Black-tailed Godwit (N Basin west bank), 3 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin), 2 Common Sandpiper - 17.30-18.45 (A.Luscombe).
  • Victoria: Grey Wagtail over Eccleston Bridge (Matt Reed).

Tuesday 23rd July 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, 4 Green Sandpiper, 8 Common Sandpiper 1600hrs (Roy Beddard).
  • Canary Wharf: 2 Peregrine Falcon pr south of the wharf drifting towards Greenwich (Nick Croft)
  • Dulwich: female Sparrowhawk chasing passerines on Village Way (Tom Smith)
  • Hampstead Heath: 3 Crossbills SW over Parliament Hill at 1020, large tit flock at Hedge 3 (120 birds) contained a few Blackcaps & Chiffchaffs, good numbers of Small Skippers & Six-spot Burnets (Pete Mantle)
  • Kensington Gardens: 12 Egyptian Geese (6 yg from what looks a recently hatched brood), 1 very brown juv Black-headed Gull (Matt Reed).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shoveler broods (6 & 3), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher (heard only) (Hugh Bradshaw); 1 Kingfisher - wildside, 1 Garden Warbler - sheltered lagoon (Lee Smith); 2 yg Lapwing still, Oystercatcher, 460 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull ad + 2juv, ad Common Gull (J.Wilczur); juv f Peregrine hunting over the site (Matt Palmer)
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Spoonbill still (BirdGuides); also 6 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper, 19 Little Egret (Stuart Fisher)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 1 Nuthatch (site yr-1st) briefly Wetland Pen feeder (area 32) 08.25 (birdman_euston).
  • Romford, Collier Row RM5 (Ferndale Rd): 2 Jackdaw 14:45 - first ones seen in 10 years living here (G J Francis).
  • Ruislip Woods (top of Wiltshire Ln): Red Kite over 13:45. Watching Purple Emperor at the time. Sorry guys, birds before bugs! (Richard Francis).
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Common Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 8+ Chiffchaff feeding around burnt area on Leyton Flats (Stuart Fisher)
  • Southgate N14 (Grovelands Park): 5 Great Crested Grebe pr + 3 chicks, 5 Mute Swan pr + 3 cygnets, 6 Egyptian Goose pr 4juv, 8 Mandarin Duck, 6 Common Pochard 3m 1f 2juv, 7 Tufted Duck 3m 4f (Robert Callf).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit over 08.03, 3 Common Sandpiper, nearby 8 Yellow-legged Gull on KGVI Res gantry early am (Bob Warden & Dave Morris).
  • Stoneleigh (The Glade): 15-20 Common Swift, Lesser Black-backed & Black-headed Gulls, juv Green Woodpecker and Blue-fronted Amazon Parrot again with large entourage of Parakeets; Gatekeeper and Comma Butterflies, Southern Hawker Dragonfly (Neil Batten)

Monday 22nd July 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Snipe, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Lapwing, Kingfisher (Derek Turner). SP
  • Brookmill Park, SE8: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam).
  • Hampton Hill TW12: possible Long-eared Owl heard calling (as per RSPB audio guide, not hooting) and seen briefly 40-50 ft overhead at 10:00 pm — not a conclusive sighting but thought worth a mention (Phil Davies).
  • Harmondsworth Moor: 5 Red Kites over field being ploughed (Sue Giddens).
  • Kensington Gardens: female Mallard with two small ducklings on Round Pond (Matt Reed).
  • Kingston Cemetery KT1: 1 Hobby, 1 Kingfisher, also 5-6 Purple Hairstreak and a Common Darter (M Bournat).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Buzzard (flew N+NW), 3 Peregrine, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Shoveler brood (3 broods noted on 21st), 1 Kingfisher, 6 Cetti's Warbler (Adam Salmon); also 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Whitethroat (Nick S).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 Spoonbill, ad Caspian Gull (Birdguides).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 2 juv Kestrel atop nestbox Barrow Hill Reservoir area 48 (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Pen Ponds - Little Egret, Hobby, a family of Rooks and 6 Grey Wagtails; 1 Tawny Owl calling from the enclosed area of Sidmouth Wood (Andy Sunters).
  • Rotherhithe: juv Mediterranean Gull showing to a couple of metres on Greenland Dock by Surrey Docks Watersports Centre 16:30-17:30 at least (Richard Bonser); also female Long-tailed Duck still on Surrey Water (RBA).
  • Staines Reservoirs: Turnstone 1830 on tern_island on N reservoir, 1+ Black-necked Grebe on S reservoir (Andrew McCafferty).
  • Streatham (Stanthorpe Rd): 2 Jersey Tiger moth and 1 Small Copper (first one I've seen in South London) (R Bell).
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Lapwing E, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, 30+ Swift, 7 House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, c10 Skylark, Purple Hairstreak (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: Kingfisher, 3 Grey Wagtail 1juv (Nick Croft).
  • Wimbledon: Crossbill N over Parkside 0830 (DMH).

Sunday 21st July 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Redshank 0905-0930 circled Wood Green Res calling then flew high E and either same or another bird seen a few minutes later in southeast corner before flushed by Canada Geese and high SE (recorded less than annually and my first site record), 57+ Black-headed Gulls just one juv (Bob Watts, Gareth Richards, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Barking Bay: Whimbrel early morning (Paul Hawkins).
  • Beddington Farmlands: 2 Cuckoo, 15 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 32 Lapwing, 1 Peregrine, 1 Hobby, 3 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk (Peter Alfrey, BFBG) pics
  • Brent Reservoir: Snipe, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Lapwing, 2 Ruddy Ducks (Brent Birders).
  • Clapham Common: Eagle Pond - 4 Egyptian Geese brood of two, Coot brood; Mount & Long Pond - 13 Mallard chicks from two broods of 5 & 8; Rookery Rd - 60 Carrion Crow (Matt Reed).
  • Clissold Park N16: new Tufted Duck brood of 8, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker ad + juv (TeRNS)
  • Crossness: juv Mediterranean Gull at the sewage outfall late morning; also juv Yellow-legged Gull, 1000 Black-headed Gulls (incl 80 juvs), 2 Common Sandpipers (Richard Bonser).
  • Crouch End: Crossbill over (James Lowen)
  • Joydens Wood, Bexley: no sign of any Crossbills despite extensive searching; plenty of Silver-washed Fritillaries, White Admirals, Ringlets; Hobby over Gattons Plantation (Conrad Ellam)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Shoveler broods (first breeding record for this site), 1 Hobby, 1 Oystercatcher (WWT website)
  • Osterley Park: 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Common Tern, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Great Crested Grebe & 4 juv, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Grey Heron, 5+ Jackdaw, 3 Pochard, 1 Whitethroat (V Williamson, R Woolley).
  • Pinner HA5: Red Kite (Shailesh Patel).
  • Roehampton University: 10 Tufted Duck (five yg from two broods on smaller pond - both broods being attacked by but surviving Grey Heron swoops thanks to aggression of adult birds), Coot (two broods), Moorhen (one brood), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Heron (one juv probably not bred here though) (Matt Reed).
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck still Surrey Water 8.50am; also 22 juv Lesser Black-backed Gulls on mud by Hilton hotel (Richard Bonser).
  • Ruxley: 5 Lapwing N over A21 late morning (Conrad Ellam)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Yellow-legged Gull (KGV1 Gantry), 1 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin), 1 Common Sandpiper - 09.40-11.15 (A. Luscombe).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Red-legged Partridge vocal (not seen), 12 Lapwing, c15 Stock Dove, 2 Reed Bunting, 11 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Tooting Bec Common: 21 Tufted Duck (16 yg from four broods of 2 3 4 & 7), Coot (one brood), 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Swift, 1 Great Crested Grebe (Matt Reed).
  • Trent Park: 11 Mandarin Duck (7 eclipse males / 2 females / 2 ducklings - a late brood), 1 Kingfisher (Robert Callf); 1 Common Crossbill over (Kat)
  • Wandle Delta/ Thames (Wandsworth): Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull (1 ad / 2 2cy), c120 Black-headed Gulls incl 4 juv (Matt Palmer)
  • Wandsworth Common: 40 Tufted Duck (34 yg from five broods incl one just-hatched brood of 15 (!) and one chick from other brood being raised by Mallard with her own chick), Coot (five broods), Moorhen (four broods), Mallard (three broods of 1 4 & 8 and two other broods of impure Mallard types) (Matt Reed).
  • Woodford Green (Johnston Road Pond): Common Tern (Steve Howey)

Saturday 20th July 2013Edit

  • Barking Bay: Greenshank in evening (Paul Hawkins).
  • Brent Reservoir: Oystercatcher over at 10.20, also 7 Little Ringed Plovers on mud, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Lapwing (Brent Birders).
  • Crossness: Whimbrel on foreshore off golf centre 4.30pm; also 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad / 2 2nd-summers / 1st-summer / juv), 30 Lapwing and 50 Common Terns (Richard Bonser).
  • Dagenham: c12 Common Crossbill calling and seen briefly from our garden at 7pm (V.Halley-Frame).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Common Crossbill flew over calling and seen briefly at 2:41pm, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 16 Lapwing, 6 Common Tern inc 1 juv, 50+ Black-headed Gulls inc a few juvs, 3 ad Common Gull, 1 Kestrel and 1 Sparrowhawk (V.Halley-Frame & S.Drake).
  • Gallions Reach: 1 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 7 Common Sandpipers, 33 Common Tern, Swallow (Gary A James).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2 ad Yellow-legged Gulls (one with a foot missing) by the O2 Arena, Lesser Whitethroat in Southern Park + the usual Common Terns, Little Grebes & Reed Warblers in the Ecology Park, Small Red-eyed Damselfly on the outer lake (Conrad Ellam)
  • Lee Valley - Netherhall/Glen Faba: 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, 7 Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Goose + 5 juv, 24 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker (Nigel May).
  • Nine Elms Sainsbury's Car Park: 3 Black-headed Gulls now starting to hang around here for the coming autumn and winter period - but this car park soon to be built on so no space for the wintering gulls to scavenge (Michael Mac).
  • Old Isleworth: 14 Egyptian Goose (9ad 5juv) (Tom Smith)
  • Richmond Park: Red Kite over at 19.30, 2 broods of 4 yg Common Tern almost fledged, brood of 3 yg Great Crested Grebe still, fledged juv Grey Heron, brood of 7 Tufted Duck, brood of 7 Egyptian Geese still, 2 juv Grey Wagtail (J. Wilczur).
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck again on Surrey Water 7.05pm; also ad Yellow-legged Gull on foreshore by Hilton Hotel, juvs of both Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1st-summer Common Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gulls, 30+ Black-headed Gulls and 10 Swifts (Richard Bonser).
  • South Mimms (just E of J23): 1 Buzzard - often seen over or in / out of wider central reservation here - a nest site? (Nigel May).
  • Southgate N14 (Grovelands Park): 6 Common Sandpiper together on central island 14:40 hrs - my highest count for this site! 4 still present until 16:00 hrs at least, 5 Great Crested Grebe pr feeding 3 chicks - at least 1 week old (Robert Callf).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin), 3 Yellow-legged Gull (KGV1 gantry), 2 Common Redshank, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret over W, 3 Sand Martin (A. Luscombe).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Curlew Sandpiper, juv Mediterranean Gull, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, Little Egret, Red Kite (Steve Murray et al)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5 Linnet, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 3 Black-headed Gull feeding off of very low Lee flood relief channel, 2 juv Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 2 Reed Bunting, 8 Mistle Thrush + 5 juv, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, c20 House Martin; 7 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma, 2 Common Blue (G Howie)
  • Wanstead Flats: Little Egret E over Alex, 80+ Black-headed Gull (8 juv), ad Common Gull, 3 singing Meadow Pipit (1 with food), 6+ Skylark, Coal Tit, f Sparrowhawk, m Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 5 Common Sandpiper on Heronry (first for site this year), Peregrine Falcon being mobbed by resident pair of Hobby, m Sparrowhawk, Common Tern, 2 Sand Martin, 7 House Martin, 20+ Swift, Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Dan Hennessy)

Friday 19th July 2013Edit

  • Canons Park: The Basin - 5 Canada Geese (one brood of three), 4 Greylag Geese (one brood of two), Coot, Moorhen; Lake Grove Recreation Ground Pond - Common Tern, Sparrowhawk, 2 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Geese, Coot (Matt Reed).
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 presumed hybrid falcons together at 13:00 (huge Gyr-type and smaller but still large Saker-type), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 12+ Common Tern incl 1+ chick, 2 Teal, 32 Tufted Duck, 2 Sand Martin, 2 singing Reed Warbler; nearby several Small Red-eyed Damselflies on the pond across the road on Saffron Avenue (John Archer).
  • Ilford IG1: ad Mediterranean Gull SE over garden (Gideon Knight).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 4 Green Sandpiper on the viewing area (Shaun Harvey).
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, also Black-tailed Skimmer, Emperor, Four-spot Chaser, Brown Hawker, Red-eyed, Azure, Common Blue, Blue-tailed Dragon/Damselflies plus lots of 6-Spot Burnet moths (Nick S).
  • Rainham Marshes: Pectoral Sandpiper 11.30 (BirdGuides).
  • Richmond Park: 1 Red Kite worn ad N over Ham Cross 19.20 (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: Hobby, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, 5+ Coal Tit, Sparrowhawk, 5 Stock Dove; 3 Brown Hawker, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, 4 Emperor, 10 Red-eyed Damselflies, 280+ Common Blue Damselflies, 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly (Stuart Fisher)
  • Stanmore: Fish Pond - 3 Coot one well-grown juv, 1 Moorhen juv; Little Common Pond - 8 Moorhen [3 well-grown juvs & 3 tiny chicks all to same pr]; Temple Pond - 6 Mute Swan one brood of 4 cygnets, 5 Moorhen - pr now on second brood of summer, 2 Coot, Grey Heron, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Black-headed Gull (Matt Reed).
  • Waterworks NR: 15 Pochards inc 12juv, 4 Reed Warbler inc 2juv, 9 Coot inc 5juv, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe (Daniel Whitelegg).

Thursday 18th July 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Yellow Wagtail NE at 0655, heard 5 minutes earlier heading N along Nightingale_Lane (my first July record for site) (Bob Watts).
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ewell Village: 23 Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail (Neil Batten).
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Oystercatcher feeding, 1 Buzzard SW, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Chiffchaff juv, 2 Cetti's Warbler juvs, 140 Swift (Adam Salmon).
  • Osterley Park: 1 Lapwing (first ever record outside winter), 1 Little Owl, 6 Linnet, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Tern 1ad 1juv, 5 Pochard (K. Fisher).
  • Wanstead Flats: 52 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, 10 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Swift, House Martin (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Little Egret, 38 Black-headed Gull 8juv (Nick Croft).

Wednesday 17th July 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Lesser Whitethroat, male in breeding plumage (!) scolding prolongedly in oaks and scrub along lower path towards race track corner 10.30 hrs (Jonathan Cooke) Thought I heard a very brief snatch of LW song in same area about 2 weeks ago [Bob Watts]
  • Canary Wharf: Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail behind JP Morgan on basin (Nick Croft)
  • Highmas Park Lake E17: 9 Tufted Ducks inc 6 juvs, 7 Black-headed Gulls inc 2 juvs, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls inc 4 juvs, 4 Mandarin inc 3 juvs, 30 Mallards inc 3 juvs, 5 Wrens inc 4 juvs, 3 Swifts, 2 Green Woodpeckers inc 1 juv (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Hyde Park: 2 Common Sandpiper calling over Serpentine at 9.20am (Dave Jordan).
  • Regent's Park: Kingfisher [site yr-1st] NE end of lake pm (Tony Duckett); 1 Kingfisher seen twice by dogwalker over scrape Wetland Pen area 32 c07:45am (fide birdman_euston)
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: Crossbill heard over Court early am, Treecreeper calling in the woods car park on Leyton Flats, 6 Coal Tit incl juvs (Stuart Fisher)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, nearby on KGVI Res gantry 3 Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Common Gull (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Crossbill just off the flats (J Lethbridge)

Tuesday 16th July 2013Edit

  • Acton: 25 Swift in tight circling flock at 21:30 over Cumbernauld Rd (Matt Reed)
  • Alexandra Park: Siskin (Henry Wyn-Jones per Bob Watts); also 2-4 Hairstreak sp Sea Scouts 1945 previously WL Hairstreak site (Bob Watts).
  • Battersea Park Lake: 2 Swifts, 2 recent broods of Mallards first of year - days of April broods seem gone no reason why, 5 Black-headed Gulls, no sign of Little Egrets (Michael Mac).
  • Bromley (Norman Park, Hook Farm Allotment): 5 Little Owls 2ad feeding 3 owlets 8pm onwards in dead tree at back (Andrew Skinner & Philip Cliffe)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam).
  • Canary Wharf: possible Sandwich Tern high W up river 18:30, also Peregrine Falcon (Nick Croft)
  • East Barnet: Common Buzzard (a good garden tick) (Pete Lowman)
  • Hanwell W7: 20+ Swift over backgarden 18:00, hardly a massive count but beter than the norm and I think this year has been better overall for this species (Rob Mills)
  • Heathrow Airport: 3 ad Yellow-legged Gulls (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Queen's Park: Song Thrush with missing tail (Matt Reed).
  • Rainham Marshes: adult Pectoral Sandpiper still on Aveley Pools, female Red-breasted Merganser E 11.10am, adult Mediterranean Gull in Aveley Bay, Whimbrel, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (RBA).
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: Treecreeper, Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail, 2 juv Green Woodpeckers, 2 Brown Hawkers, 6 Emperor Dragonflies, Red-eyed Damselfly, Banded Demoisellle, Blue-tailed Damselfly, 3 Purple Hairstreak (Stuart Fisher)
  • Waterlow Park: Tufted Duck brood - 3 partly grown yg at lunchtime - hadn't seen them on early morning visits, 1 male Kestrel on and around the hospital (Paul Angus)

Monday 15th July 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Marbled White, Purple Hairstreak and Gatekeeper - first sightings of all three species this year (Henry Wyn-Jones per Bob Watts); second Marbled White 1730 Upper Slopes, also 6+ Purple Hairsteaks 1930 (Dominic Mitchell, Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones)
  • Earl's Court: Kestrel over tube station (Matt Reed).
  • Lewisham Centre: Peregrine on and around the Citibank building, late afternoon (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 young Lapwing - scrape, 6 broods Gadwall, 6 broods Pochard, 38 broods Tufted Duck, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull ad & 2s patrolling reserve swooping over duck broods, 2 Water Rail pr, Kingfisher, 8 Cetti`s Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 72 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat - bred, 2 Common Whitethroat - both bred, 2 Chiffchaff, 13 Blackcap, 5 Reed Bunting (J.Wilczur) Some breeding survey results - territories Edited for extractor. Please confirm 72. Confirmed [JW].
  • Plumstead SE18 (Swingate Ln): Hobby low over 20:45 (Gus Wilson)
  • Rainham Marshes: adult Pectoral Sandpiper still (BirdGuides).
  • Richmond Park: 4 Common Terns 2pr, m Kingfisher, 30 Swifts (Tony Duckett); 2 juv Kestrels, 2 Hobby pr over Pen Ponds to Spankers Hill Wood, Little Owl startled from Pond Plantation by bathing deer flew off to King George V Wood, Tawny Owl being harassed by Jays on southern edge of Sidmouth Wood (Andy Sunters).
  • River Roding, north of Woodford Bridge: Reed Warbler [showing extremely well], Kingfisher, Little Egret, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Whitethroat (Alan Hobson).
  • Rotherhithe: Peregrine Falcon on gasholder overlooking Surrey Water mobbed by anxious terns (Richard Page-Jones)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 4 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Common Sandpipers, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 5 Common Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull on KGVI Res gantry early am (Bob Warden per FJM).
  • Tooting Commons: c36 Swifts over the lake, is this late for so many? (Andrea La Pietra)
  • Wanstead Flats: 6 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 52 Black-headed Gull (4 juv), 30+ Swift, House Martin, family group of Lesser Whitethroat (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: 32 Black-headed Gull (3 juv), Common Tern, Little Egret, Coal Tit, 2 Mink (Nick Croft); Grey Wagtail, large Grass Snake swimming towards me against the current, also Shrew running across path, also Weasel along lakeside path - paddling in the River Roding 3.30pm (Jean-Patrick Elmes).

Sunday 14th July 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 65+ Black-headed Gulls mostly Filter Bed building roof Wood Green Res (no juvs), also 4+ Ringlets Lower Slopes (Bob Watts); 1 male Black Redstart in wooded area halfway down slope in front of the Palace (Paul Angus).
  • Barbican: Grey Wagtail, 5 Moorhen incl 1 well-grown juv, 10 Coot (2 broods of 3 apiece), 6 Mallard (1 brood of 2) (Matt Reed).
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Lapwing, also 52 Ringlets (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall); many Marbled White, Ringlet and 1-2 White-letter Hairstreak (Roy Beddard, Bob Husband RSPB Walk)
  • Bromley (Norman Park, Hook Farm Allotment): 3 Little Owl - ad showing well and feeding 2 owlets around 8-9pm (Skinna)
  • Crofton Park SE4: imm Sparrowhawk on my Runner Bean Poles, no sign of parents (observer?)
  • Gallions Reach: Little Egret, Peregrine, 3 Oystercatchers, 16 Lapwing, 9 Common Sandpipers, 2200 Black-headed Gulls, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff (Gary A James).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 2 Whinchat 1m 1f (P.Kite et al).
  • King's Cross: Common Tern at Battlebridge Basin (Islington bird from earlier this week?), Coot brood of 3 on Regent's Canal by UAL, 15-20 House Sparrow colony (at least 2 nests) holding on in derelict railway shed on Handyside St despite massive redevelopment of area on all sides in last few months (and noise from adjacent Roller Disco!) (Matt Reed).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Common Snipe, 2 Little Ringed Plover juvs, 1 Common Sandpiper (WWT website).
  • Rainham Marshes: adult Pectoral Sandpiper still on Aveley Pools (G Sutton); also 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls, male Peregrine, female Marsh Harrier, 1 Black-tailed Godwit (John Richardson); in addition to Pec' 3 Greenshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 2+ Redshank, 3 Green Sandpipers, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Whimbrel, another observer saw 1 Little Ringed Plover, Whitethroat and Blackcap singing - all c17:30 (Fernley Symons)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew circled over 08.03, 1 Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull on KGVI Res gantry early am (Bob Warden et al).
  • Waterlow Park: 8 Moorhen (1 brood of 1), 8 Coot (broods of 1 & 3), 16 Mallard (2 broods of 5 & 6), 13 Canada Geese (2 broods of 2 & 4), 2 Tufted Duck (Matt Reed).
  • Wealdstone HA3 (Weald Lane): Red Kite soared briefly over road 12am then drifted N (Andrew Peel & Toni Menezes).

Saturday 13th July 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 20+ Black-headed Gulls Wood Green Res, 2 Ringlets Racetrack, 3 Small Tortoiseshells (Bob Watts).
  • Barnes Pond: 1 Kingfisher, going from reeds to island in the middle (S Barry).
  • Battersea: 15 Greylag Geese incl 9 juvs possibly from just one brood in St Mary's Chuchyard (Matt Reed).
  • Battersea Park Lake: Little Egret by dead tree across from the Hepworth statue 2:45pm onwards - first site record as far as I know? (Michael Mac); 2 Little Egret at 17:55 (Frank Nugent).
  • Beddington SF: Swallowtail butterfly reported only as a possible (Birdguides); 11 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 4 Kestrel, 1 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 3 Shelduck (Peter Alfrey) pics
  • Bexleyheath: 2 Crossbills S 8am (Birdguides)
  • Bishop's Park SW6: 6 Mandarin 1ad & brood of 5 on tiny lake area - possibly a new breeding site (Matt Reed).
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, also 3 White-letter Hairstreaks, 27 Ringlets and 30 Marbled Whites (Andrew Self & John Gravatt)
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chelsea Harbour: 4 Coot one brood of 2 (Matt Reed).
  • Crossness: Sandwich Tern upriver past golf centre 7pm, ad Mediterranean Gull at the outfall, ad Common Gull (1st returning bird), 1500 Black-headed Gulls, 50 Common Terns 4juv, Common Sandpiper, 7 Swifts (Richard Bonser).
  • Ham Lands LNR: 4 Common Whitethroat incl 2 fledglings being attended to by adult in North Ham Lands, 2 Grey Wagtail incl juv by Thames (Spencer Neal).
  • Hammersmith: c100 Lesser Black-backed Gulls incl 1 very dark but fully fledged juv, c70 Black-headed Gulls incl 1 very brown juv (Matt Reed).
  • Horsenden Hill: juv Sparrowhawk attended by both parents, also a Dark Green Fritillary on Batts Field mid-afternoon, 5 White-letter Hairstreaks, 3 Purple Hairstreaks, 4 Ringlets, many Marbled White, plus first Gatekeepers of the year (Andy Culshaw).
  • Imperial Wharf, Hammersmith SW10: 100 Black-headed Gulls incl 3 very brown but fully fledged juvs, 1 Common Tern downriver (possibly unusual here) (Matt Reed).
  • Kingston Cemetery: 30+ Swift, Purple Hairstreak, many Ringlets (M Bournat)
  • Leicester Square: Black Redstart heard singing from rooftops but not seen (Joe Beale)
  • Limehouse Canal E3: 50+ House Sparrows in 3 different locations, highest number seen since 1999 (Harry Harrison)
  • Putney: at least two House Martin nests being visited on Deodar Rd, 90 Carrion Crow on foreshore by Wandsworth Park (Matt Reed).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: adult Pectoral Sandpiper still in SE corner of Aveley Pools, also 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Little Egret, 2 Whimbrel W (David Bradnum); Hobby and a female Crossbill west over stone barges 10.40am (Richard Bonser); Yellow Wagtail, Common Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon having a go at Whitethroats, Kestrel, Hobby, 7 Common Tern (Nick Croft)
  • Richmond Park: Common Tern, Swift, Swallow, also 10 species of butterfly and 10 species of Odonata incl several Red-eyed Damselflies on Pen Ponds & 2 Black Darter at Isabella Plantation (M Bournat) Are you sure about the Black Darters? Used to breed on Wimbledon Common but not seen for a few years. Only LNHS breeding ones known now on Esher Common. [Neil Anderson, LNHS dragonfly recorder] Hi Neil. I am relatively new to the dragonfly stuff- at the time I thought that with black legs and being dark brown/black in colour with yellow bits on the side of the abdomen, Black Darter was my best guess. Do you think an aged female Black-tailed Skimmer is more likely? {Apologies for dragonfly discussion on the Birders page :-} [MB] Your description sounds ok for imm m Black Darter. BT Skimmer a fair bit longer Any chance of getting a photo? There are previous records for RP + Common on Surrey heaths but a London rarity. Thanks, [NA]. (M Bournat)
  • Roding Valley Meadows NR: 1 Common Gull (Barry Jones)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher flew over early am; 3 Yellow-legged Gull on KGVI Res gantry (Bob Warden et al)
  • Stanmore: Red Kite just south of Stanmore Golf Club near Belmont (Michael Robinson)
  • Totteridge Valley: 1 Hobby, c40 Swifts, Lesser Whitethroat, Bullfinch, also 40+ Ringlets, 4 Marbled Whites, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Commas, and lots of Small Skippers & Essex Skippers (Ian Ellis).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: c20 Common Tern, c100 Black-headed Gull, 2 Little Egret, c20 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting (Graham Howie) blog
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Clouded Yellow Forest Lane, 5 Common Sandpiper (Lockwood), 16 Little Egret (Stuart Fisher)
  • Westminster: Common Tern patrolling Thames between Westminster & Lambeth Bridges for 5 mins at 14:00 (Frank Nugent).
  • Wimbledon Park Lake: Greenshank heard at 08.30 presumably flying from the lake when disturbed, 15 Egyptian Goose, 8 Tufted Duck (Martin Daniel).

Friday 12th July 2013Edit

  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 3 Teal, 1 Yellow-legged Gull 2nd-sum, 8 Common Tern 4pr (Gary A James).
  • Enfield EN2 (Bay Farm): 9 Mandarin Duck 1f 8+yg (Robert Callf).
  • Hale End Allotments E17: 70 House Sparrows inc 30 juvs (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Whitethroat, 80 Swift (WWT website); 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Kingfisher all on wader scrape (Shirley Johnson)
  • Pinner: Little Egret over garden, Herring Gull on ground in garden helping itself to a bowl of catfood (Richard Francis).
  • Plumstead SE18 (Lakedale Rd): 15+ Swift (George Kalli).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Pectoral Sandpiper still (Howard Vaughan)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 2 Common Gull 2nd-summer playing fields (birdman_euston).
  • Rotherhithe: 2 Lapwing high SW over South Dock 7.20pm; also 2 Common Terns Surrey Water and 30 Tufted Ducks (Richard Bonser).
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: 1 Common Tern, Kingfisher pursued across Leyton Flats by Chiffchaff, 3 Nuthatch, 4+ Coal Tit, 5 Swift, 21 Tufted Duck, Kestrel over (Stuart Fisher)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover; 2 Yellow-legged Gull on KGVI Reservoir gantry (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover juv (S Murray, S Blake et al)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood): 7 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret (Stuart Fisher/Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Teal Alex (Dan Hennessy).
  • Wanstead Park: 7 Little Egret, 3 Common Tern, juv Black-headed Gull all Heronry (Dan Hennessy).

Thursday 11th July 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park Boating Lake: 2 Cormorants (Naomi Stadlen)
  • Canary Wharf (Westferry Circus): 1 Yellow-legged Gull 2nd-yr upriver, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Tern (Stuart Fisher)
  • Crossness: 30+ Common Terns incl 2 juv, 1200 Black-headed Gulls, juv Lesser Black-backed Gull (1st of the year), 4 Oystercatchers, 10 Stock Doves (Richard Bonser).
  • Ewell Village: 26 Black-headed Gull at Bourne Hall incl one very recently fledged juv (Neil Batten).
  • Fulham Sands End: 2 House Sparrow yg fed at nest by Thames Path (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Greenwich Park: juveniles of Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Mallard, Moorhen, Robin, Wren, Blue Tit, Green Woodpecker (first young seen this year) and Coal Tit, no sign for a while of the Egyptian Geese and 1 remaining young, also lots of Peacock butterfly caterpillars and a Comma (Joe Beale) Joe: two Egyptian Geese were present early last Sunday morning; just haven't added them to the wiki, sorry [James Lowen] Thanks James, did you see the gosling with them? [JB]
  • Haggerston E8: four House Martin nests, at least two occupied (Michael Rank)
  • King George V Reservoir: Hobby, Redshank, 12 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Common Tern, 2 Swallow (Martin Shepherd).
  • Mayesbrook Park: 1 Common Gull 2s, 1 House Martin, 3 Little Egret, 1 juv Pied Wagtail, brood of 5 Pochard, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Stock Dove wetland, c40 Swift, unfortunately also 2 deceased Grey Heron, lots of Skippers on wing inc 1 Essex (Peter Beckenham).
  • Rainham RSPB: adult Pectoral Sandpiper on Aveley Pools (RBA).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: 4 Reed Warblers incl juvs safely fledged, 2 Common Terns, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroats (Alan Hobson).
  • Staines Moor: 1 Hobby (Jim Sweetland).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin) 15.45-16.50, 4 Yellow-legged Gull (KGV1 gantry), 2 Stock Dove (A. Luscombe).
  • Stanwell Moor: 2 Lesser Whitethroat by kissing gate (Jim Sweetland).
  • Totteridge Valley: Red Kite second time this week (Andrew Bailey, Eva Lana Elola).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 1+ Essex Skipper (Bob Watts).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 8 Jackdaw 5ad 3juv (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Park: Little Egret and Common Tern Heronry (Josh Selfe).
  • Woodlands Farm, Charlton: Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch, 2 Blackcap, but no Purple Emperor 1030-1130 (James Lowen).

Wednesday 10th July 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park, Wood Green Reservoir: 2 Cormorants (Naomi Stadlen)
  • Brent Reservoir: Redshank heard calling at 07.35 (Andrew Self)
  • Enfield EN2 (Forty Hall CP): 8 Green Woodpecker 2ad 5juv in two different family parties + 1juv poking head out of nest hole in Archery Wood nearby, 5 Treecreeper pr feeding 3juv together, 7 Mandarin Duck 3 eclipse m 2f 2yg, 1 Kingfisher (Robert Callf).
  • Ewell Village: subadult (?) Mediterranean Gull - presumed 3cy owing to receding black hood on brief view but I am open to correction - low N over Beggars Hill 09.15 (Neil Batten)
  • Gallions Reach: Oystercatcher, 4 Common Sandpipers (1st returning waders), 53 Common Terns feeding in mid-river, 20+ Swift, 2 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin (Gary A James).
  • Grays RM17: female Common Scoter on river 20.00 (James Astley)
  • Hampstead Heath: Cuckoo across Tumulus Field and away over Sanctuary Pond at 08:45 (Frank Nugent).
  • Heathrow Airport: Black Redstart m - not where I've seen this species previously, so intent on hawking bugs it allowed me to pass quite close as I went about my work (Rob Mills).
  • Islington N1 (Paradise Park): 1 Red Kite flew low over at 16:45 heading towards Holloway (Richard Green).
  • Kensington Gardens: 45 Swift 17:00 (Matt Reed).
  • London Wetland Centre: 20 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Redshank, 4 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, with 2 Lesser Whitethroat juveniles and evidence of breeding Water Rail yesterday (WWT website).
  • Ponders End Lake: 2 Green Sandpiper, 8 Lapwing, 6 Green Woodpecker incl 3 juvs, 40+ Common Tern incl 18 juvs, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 100+ Black-headed Gull incl 15 juvs (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: Reed Warbler, 2 Common Terns, Blackcap, 2 Swifts (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 2 Kestrel f feeding juv Barrow Hill Res nestbox area 48 (birdman_euston).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Tern nesting, 6 Yellow-legged Gull on KGVI Reservoir gantry early am (Bob Warden per FJM).
  • Swanley Park: 2 Bullfinch pr (Andy Meaton).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Common Gull, 35 Black-headed Gull, 2 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 20+ Swift, 8-10 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 5 Stock Dove, Goldcrest calling (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Common Tern, 2 Little Egret, Garden Warbler still singing in the Old Sewage Works (Nick Croft).
  • Woodlands Farm, Shooters Hill DA16: Purple Emperor on oak tree in SW corner of Lower Old Coals Field 12.45 (Conrad Ellam) Thanks, I wondered if the PEs were out, I'll check the highest point of Ruislip Woods tomorrrow. Top of Wiltshire Lane, plenty of parking within 50 yards of master tree, regards the late Steve Pash [Richard Francis].

Tuesday 9th July 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 14 Black-headed Gull 6pm Wood Green Res also Common Tern recently, Sand Martin with House Martins (Bob Watts).
  • Enfield (Hadley Rd / Jubilee Path): 3 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Common Swift(s), Common Whitethroat (Pete Lowman).
  • Enfield Ridgeway: 2 Red Kites possibly 3 in tree north of Botany Bay over cut field 1400 (Brian Dawton).
  • Hampstead Garden Suburb: Little Egret E over Norrice Lea 10:15 (Oliver Simms)
  • Lynsters Farm, Maple Cross: 1 Common Buzzard perched on manure heap (Roger Dewey)
  • Maple Lodge NR, Maple Cross: 3 Little Grebe 1ad & 2yg, c8 Common Tern around raft (Roger Dewey)
  • Regent's Canal, Islington N1: Common Tern seen near Southgate Rd entrance (Rhodri Davies) I think this is the Common Tern seen in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park for several weeks, which was there yesterday and not today. If so, it is one of a pair, with the male catching fish for the female. Terns often visit the park from the Grand Union Canal to the west of Regent's Canal [Ralph Hancock]
  • Regent's Canal, Tower Hamlets E3: 2 juv Whitethroat near Mile End Ecology Pavilion, 7+ House Sparrow - 5+ nearby Ecology Park & 2+ nr jn of Regent's & Herts Canals (Bob Watts).
  • South Norwood Lake: single Lapwing SE, c12 Swift, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat (John Watson/Gavin Hawgood)
  • St James's Park: juv Black-headed Gull (James Lowen)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover early am, 3 Yellow-legged Gull on KGVI Reservoir gantry early am (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Pochard brood of 3, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull pr + juv, Grey Wagtail, also Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (TeRNS)
  • Victoria Park: 5+ Sand Martins, 2 well grown young Red-crested Pochard, brood of 5 Tufted Duck West Lake (Bob Watts).
  • Waltham Abbey (near Marriot Hotel): 1 Hobby c6.15pm (Nigel May).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Common Gull, 20+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Tern E, Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 30+ Swift, singing Meadow Pipit, 5+ Skylark (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: Little Egret on Heronry, 2 Common Tern, House Martin, 20+ Swift (Nick Croft).
  • Westminster: Peregrine circling over Victoria Tower Gardens at 12.45 (Andrew Self).
  • Woodoaks Farm, Maple Cross: 1 Common Buzzard and 1 Red Kite (Roger Dewey).

Monday 8th July 2013Edit

  • Bankside SE1: 3 Peregrine 2 on Tate & 1 flew in from S and drifted N over Blackfriars 1305, also 1 juv Herring Gull (Peter Beckenham/Rich Woolley)
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher, Stock Dove, 4 Swift, House Martin, 4 Blackcap, Goldcrest, 8 House Sparrow - after many years' absence they have nested in the new flats near the northern end of the park (Conrad Ellam) I find this post more uplifting than any rarity report [Richard Francis]
  • Crossness: no sign of Bonaparte's Gull (observer?)
  • St Paul's EC2: 2 Peregrines in aerial combat 10.40 heading E (Steve West)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Turnstone flew N 07.53, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Yellow-legged Gull KGVI Res gantry and ad Peregrine landed there briefly (Bob Warden per FJM).
  • Tower of London: 3 Peregrines cavorting then flew W c08:30 (Paul Whiteman)
  • Trent Park: many Chiffchaff and Blackcap, 5 Common Whitethroat, 5 Goldfinch, 5 Mandarin f, 6 Common Swift, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Ringlet, Marbled White, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, c50 Meadow Brown (Pete Lowman).
  • Wanstead Flats: 34 Black-headed Gull (incl 1 juv), 5 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 House Martin, 20+ Swift (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Common Tern, 17 Black-headed Gull, Hobby, 7 House Martin, 10+ Swift (Nick Croft); Garden Warbler Bush Wood (Tim Harris).

Sunday 7th July 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard circled over at 10.20, Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpipers (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: Bonaparte's Gull ad or 2nd-summer still at sewage outfall, also ad Mediterranean Gull and Little Egret on foreshore (John Archer, Richard Bonser, Paul Hawkins, James Lowen, Richard Smith, Mick Southcott, Graeme Spinks, Mike Robinson, Dominic Mitchell et al); 1 imm Peregrine, 1 m tatty but singing Common Whitethroat c4pm (Fernley Symons).
  • Gallions Reach: Little Egret, 1 Mediterranean Gull first-summer, 1100 Black-headed Gulls (c20 juvs with them), 4 Oystercatchers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Gary A James); ad Yellow-legged Gull flew upriver nearby past Woolwich Ferry at 16:20 (Dominic Mitchell).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Egret over (Richard Lord)
  • Hammersmith Bridge SW13: 2 juv Peregrines half-heartedly chasing pigeon by edge of river (Neil Anderson)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 juv Redshank still, brood of 4 yg Lapwing still, 4 broods of 7 yg Common Tern, 6th & 7th broods & 80 ad Black-headed Gull, 3 broods Gadwall, 18 broods Tufted Duck, Kingfisher (J.Wilczur).
  • Lower Chingford E4: 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank [Ldn season-1st], 3 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret (James Palmer).
  • Regent's Park: presumed Grass Snake on path in London Zoo near canal. Right size and olive-green / brown but no other markings or collar. Zoo staff said none of their snakes were missing! (Chris Bird) Could it perhaps have been an Aesculapian Snake? One of the last issues of the London Naturalist featured an article on London reptiles and there is or at least used to be a self-sustaining / naturalised population of these snakes along the canal in Camden [Ian Ellis] Thanks Ian - I've had a quick check and that seems more likely but I had no idea that Aesculapian was a possibility [CB] Also see Aesculapian snakes in Westminster [Barry Jones] Thanks - I've been reading up on this population since Ian's post and am sure this is what we saw. Am v pleased! [CB] Apparently escaped c1998 from education unit of London Zoo [b_e]
  • Roding Valley Park: Sparrowhawk, Red Kite quartering low over park, Little Egret - none appeared to be breeding (Jean-Patrick Elmes).
  • Rotherhithe: Yellow-legged Gull 2nd-summer on barges by Greenland Pier 7pm; also 50 Black-headed Gulls (3 juvs), 4 Common Terns, Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Swift, 6 House Martins (Richard Bonser).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 7 Yellow-legged Gull KGV1 gantry, 1 Oystercatcher over N Basin, 4 Little Ringed Plover S Basin west bank, 1 drake Pochard S Basin - 11.15-12.30 (A.Luscombe).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Garden Warbler in privet bushes am seen from road (Pete Mantle)
  • Uxbridge: Red Kite over west end of Hillingdon House Farm watched from Uxbridge Cricket Ground at 3.20pm (Alex Randall)
  • Waltham Abbey (Parklands Open Space): 1 Hobby c8.45pm (Nigel May).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood): Cuckoo along channel W of res (Pete Lambert per Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: Kestrel, Coal Tit (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Garden Warbler still singing in old sewage works (Tim Harris), Common Tern heronry, Common Buzzard (Jonathan Lethbridge/Nick Croft), Little Egret, Great Crested Grebe, 40+ Swift, House Martin (Nick Croft)

Saturday 6th July 2013Edit

  • Barnes Green Pond SW13: 6 Egyptian Geese (1 well-grown brood of 4), 3 Moorhen (1 well-grown juv), 2 Mute Swan (5 eggs possibly abandoned on island), 6 Tufted Duck, 6 Coot (1 brood of 2), Grey Heron, 7 Canada Geese (one growing juv) (Matt Reed).
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover; also first Marbled Whites, Ringlets out (Brent Birders).
  • Castelnau SW13 (Devereux Lane Pond): 5 Mute Swan (one brood of 3), 10 Coot (two broods of 4 & 1), Grey Heron, Common Tern, 2 juv Sparrowhawk playfighting over, Reed Warbler (Matt Reed).
  • Chiswick House: 25 Coot (11 yg from 5 broods, 2 ad still on nests), 9 Canada Goose (one brood of 5), 6 Mute Swan (one brood of 4), 9 Egyptian Geese (one brood of 7), 3 Moorhen (one juv), 20 Mallard (13 yg from two broods), 2 Tufted Duck, Chiffchaff singing just SE of site (Matt Reed).
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Bonaparte's Gull, Crossness 6/7/13

  • Crossness: adult Bonaparte's Gull at the sewage outfall early afternoon (Mike Robinson); still present early evening, also 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls 2nd summer & 1st summer (John Archer) Photos here.
  • Ewell Village: 2 adult summer Black-headed Gulls (1st autumn returns), 2 Herring Gull, 23 Common Swift (Neil Batten).
  • Greenwich: c6 Linnets seen and heard from my garden in Woodlands Park Road (Richard Green); 40 Black-headed Gulls on River Thames east of Cutty Sark incl 1 juv (Richard Bonser).
  • Leg of Mutton LNR: 5 Grey Heron (3+ yg from at least 2 nests - this could be a new breeding location), 20 Mallard (one brood of 7), 2 Moorhen (one on nest), 7 Coot (3 on nests), Chiffchaff singing, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 25 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 1 fem/eclipse Shoveler (early autumn returner?) (Matt Reed).
  • Runnymede TW19 (Langham Pond SSSI TQ002721): LNHS trip - 2+ Red Kites throughout day (initially 2 seen by Egham Station), 3+ Buzzards through day (1 very whitish bird), 2 Kestrel, families Reed Warblers, 3 singing Reed Bunting, 2 White-letter Hairstreak along entrance track, Downy Emerald, 3 teneral Ruddy Darter (Neil Anderson + group).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 5 Litle Ringed PLover, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (Bob Warden per FJM).
  • Uxbridge town centre: 1 Red Kite over - not exactly unusual locally but always nice to see (Roger Dewey).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (N side): 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Jackdaw, Cuckoo (Lol Bodini/Stuart Fisher).
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Lapwing S (Bob Vaughan).
  • Wanstead Park: 2 singing Coal Tit (Bob Vaughan).

Friday 5th July 2013Edit

  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Little Ringed Plovers, drake Teal, Grey Seal downriver at 8:40am (John Archer)
  • Ewell (Hogsmill Open Space): 4 singing Blackcap, 1 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Stock Dove, 26 Common Swift (Neil Batten)
  • Ham Lands: Lesser Whitethroat carrying food items to same bush as earlier in the week (Spencer Neal).
  • Horsenden Hill: Sparrowhawk carrying prey; few butterflies but 2 White-letter Hairstreak, 2 Small Skipper - my first (Neil Anderson)
  • Kingston upon Thames: probable Mink climbing onto Steven's Ait. Not avian but could have consequences to local birdlife (Phil Davies from Mike Foster)
  • Leyton: probable Short-eared Owl over Leyton High Rd heading towards Wanstead Flats (Josh Selfe)
  • London Wetland Centre: three Lapwing broods, 3 Redshank fledged juvs, 2 Peregrine, two Gadwall broods, 7 Common Tern chicks (Adam Salmon)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Nightingale seen, also 5 Oystercatchers, 6 Shelduck, Cetti's Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs, Lockwood: fem-plumaged Ruff flew north over Blackhorse Lane 06:30 (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young still in nest hole, Lesser Whitethroat singing SSSI, possible calls of young Willow Warbler, 30+ Swift, 3 House Martin (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: Common Tern, Nuthatch (Bob Vaughan); Little Egret, 10 Black-headed Gull circling over Shoulder of Mutton, 20+ Swift, House Martin (Nick Croft).

Thursday 4th July 2013Edit

  • Canary Wharf (Heron Quays area): 3 Common Tern, 9 Great Crested Grebe (pr with 3 yg), 4 Tufted Duck, 5 House Martin south of the river from Westferry Circus (Stuart Fisher).
  • Chiswick Park: 6 Coot (1 brood of 3), 3 Moorhen (pr copulating), 8 Canada Geese, 1 Grey Heron (Matt Reed).
  • East India Dock Basin: female Long-tailed Duck (the Peckham/Greenwich/Rotherhithe bird - 1st site record - at lunchtime but no sign at 5.15pm), 2+ Siskins incl juv - the first July Siskins I've ever seen in London, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Sparrowhawk, 14 Common Terns (pr & 2 fledged yg + 5 pr incubating), House Martin, Swift (John Archer).
  • Gunnersbury Park W3: 7 Canada Geese (1 brood of 5), 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Geese (Matt Reed).
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Sandpiper at West Heath Leg of Mutton Pond until at least 16:00 (Frank Nugent).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 50 Mute Swan (2 broods of 1 & 6), 60 Greylag Geese (one brood of 7), 28 Egyptian Geese (one brood of 4 - not long hatched), 4 Great Crested Grebe (one well-grown juv), 6 Moorhen (one very small chick at Italian Gardens), Coot (at least 3 broods & 5 nests still being sat/constructed), 1 Red-crested Pochard (Matt Reed).
  • Ravenscourt Park: 3 Canada Geese (1 well-grown gosling), 4 Moorhen (2 well-grown yg), Coot (1 juv & 2 nests still being sat on / constructed), 1 Mute Swan, 3 Tufted Duck (Matt Reed).
  • Totteridge Valley: Kestrel, 14 Rook, c20 Swift, Swallow, male Bullfinch, good numbers of Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Blackcap; also Ringlet, Gatekeeper and Large Skipper (John Colmans).
  • Upper Walthamstow E17: Collared Dove gorging at niger seed feeder, regular visitor (Paul Bee).
  • Vauxhall Park: Peregrine chasing a Herring Gull, BTO Nest Record Count of Blackbird nests - zero compared to previous years (Michael Mac).

Wednesday 3rd July 2013Edit

  • Brixton Rd SW9: Blackcap singing from front garden (Steven Robinson)
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 House Martin, Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
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  • Canary Wharf: Peregrine on 41st floor exactly 4 feet from my desk (Laurence Wormald). Wow! In 30 years working in central London, the most interesting bird I ever saw from my office window was a budgie Andrew Haynes. It's a juvenile...
  • Crossness: Little Gull 1st-summer off the sewage outfall 1.30-2pm at least, Mediterranean Gull 1st-summer off sewage outfall (Ian Stewart per JA)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 3 Shelduck, 7 Sand Martin, 1 House Sparrow Bow Creek (Gary A James).
  • Ewell Village (Lower Mill): 1 singing Blackcap, 2 Grey Wagtail (Neil Batten).
  • Greenwich Park: Treecreeper seen briefly in the Flower Garden was possibly the first for over 10 years, also juv Goldcrest, 4 juv Wrens being fed by parents, 10 baby Mallards, 9 Moorhen yg (1 independent juv / 2 half-grown / 3 half-grown / 3 very small) (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin).
  • Ham Lands: Lesser Whitethroat carrying food (Spencer Neal). Hi Spencer. Could you please give directions for this bird? I would like to see habitat. Ta, J.Wilczur. Hi, Apologies but as I think it's visiting a nest - catching insects in a tree and taking them to bushes - I don't wish to put the exact location on the internet as I think it would be easily disturbed. I put some notes on my Surreybirders entry for the bird, Spencer. OK, I understand, thanks JW.
  • Hampstead Heath: Hobby over Parliament Hill Fields at 10:00 and 1 House Martin among the Swifts (Frank Nugent).
  • Pinner: Great Tits still feeding young in nest box. This seems a bit late, any thoughts? (Richard Francis).
  • Rotherhithe: Common Tern and 2 Egyptian Geese Surrey Water, 9 Black-headed Gulls (1st returning birds - 4 off Greenland Pier + 5 Greenland Dock), 45 Tufted Ducks (33 Surrey Water + 12 Canada Water), but no sign of female Long-tailed Duck on Canada Water/Surrey Water today or yesterday (Richard Bonser).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Egyptian Goose ad + 3 goslings (Bob Warden per FJM); 4 Yellow-legged Gull (KGV1 Gantry), 1 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin), 1 Common Sandpiper (S Basin, west bank), 2 Stock Dove (N Basin, west bank) - 17.30-18.45 (A.Luscombe).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 3 Swallow by riding stables (Paul Whiteman, Mike Messenger)
  • Wanstead Flats: Lesser Whitethroat SSSI still singing, 4 House Martin, 30+ Swift, 9 Black-headed Gull W, 20+ Herring Gull W (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Lesser Whitethroat Old Sewage Works, Common Tern, singing Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Woodlands Farm DA16: Tawny Owl calling at dusk - heard during bat survey, Common Pipistrelle and Soprano Pipistrelle seen (Conrad Ellam)

Tuesday 2nd July 2013Edit

  • Brunel University Bicentenary Gardens: 2 singing Lesser Whitethroats present for about a month but no females seen, Monk Parakeet over calling - first site record, also Brown Argus and Ringlet butterflies, 21 Bee Orchids in two groups and 4 Pyramidal Orchids (Roger Morton).
  • East India Dock Basin: ad Mediterranean Gull on island at 12:45, 2 Little Ringed Plovers (not breeding here so no Schedule 1 considerations), 12 Common Terns (pr feeding 2 fledged yg on island & 4pr appear to be incubating on raft), 2 Shelducks, 26+ Tufted Ducks, 6+ Sand Martins (John Archer).
  • Kensington Gardens: 10 Swift over Round Pond (Matt Reed).
  • Little Venice: 20 Canada Geese incl 4 yg probably from 2 broods, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Pochard, 1 Greylag, 4 Tufted Duck (Matt Reed).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: Red Kite over 1.45, 1 Shoveler (John Gordon).
  • Marylebone NW8 (Church St Estate): 4 Herring Gull chicks probably from 3 broods - adults incredibly vocal, also 1 Jay (Matt Reed).
  • Pinner (Cannon Lane): Little Egret over W (Jon Ridge).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir: ad Roseate Tern flew in from east 0619, attempted to land twice then flew off high W then N 0625 (DMH).
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court/Leyton Flats: Treecreeper calling from oaks near car park early am, Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tit, 9 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat incl juv, 4 Great Crested Grebe ad + brood of 3, 6 Stock Dove (Stuart Fisher).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Yellow-legged Gull (Bob Warden per FJM).
  • Thorney CP, Iver: 1 Kestrel, several well-grown Common Tern young on raft (Roger Dewey).
  • Tower of London: Kestrel flew from Trinity Square Gardens past Tower to South Bank (John Colmans); Mute Swan on Thames between City Hall & Tower of London (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 30+ Swift, eclipse drake Gadwall on Alex (first returning autumn bird), 3 Little Grebe, 4 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: Reed Warbler on Shoulder of Mutton, Common Tern over, 9 Black-headed Gull, eclipse drake Gadwall (probably the same as on Alex), Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, female Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft).
  • Wraysbury GP: female or imm Golden Oriole flew off from poplars by station (Birdguides).
  • Yiewsley SL0 (R Frays at Trout Lane bridge): 2 Grey Wagtail with insect food (Roger Dewey).

Monday 1st July 2013Edit

  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Dartford Marshes: Little Egret, Kestrel, 2 Cetti's Warbler (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Eel Pie Island TW1: 2+ Yellow-legged Gull 1 ad + 1 2nd-winter / poss 1 imm viewable from Ham side of the river (Phil Davies).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 1 Egyptian Goose, Sparrowhawk, 8 Common Tern 3pr + 2 fledged juv, 7 Swift, 6 Sand Martin (Gary A James).
  • Gallions Reach: 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Swift, 3 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin (Gary A James).
  • Ham Lands: 3 Common Whitethroat incl one carrying food, 11 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Common Tern, House Martin (Spencer Neal).
  • Marylebone NW1: 8 Herring Gull 7ad 1chick on top of tower block between Church St & Penfold St (Matt Reed).
  • Old Park Wood, Harefield TQ049913: 6 Crossbill over 05:50 (Mark Telfer per Gareth Richards).
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck still on Canada Water at 0730 & 1200 (Richard Bonser, Alastair Dent).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Stock Dove (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Swanley Park: Bullfinch in same WhiteCroft garden tree as last year - see pic (Andy Meaton)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Hobby, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, 21 Lapwing, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Steve Blake)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallow, 50+ Swift (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: Little Egret, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Common Tern, 5 Black-headed Gull, 50+ Swift, House Martin (Nick Croft).

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