Highlights of the monthEdit

June was a pretty quiet month for London area birds. There were no major rarities, and most of the lesser rarities unhelpfully chose not to stay around long enough to be twitched. On the 9th, an adult Rose-coloured Starling spent about three hours in a private garden in Edmonton before disappearing, and on the 17th a Wryneck was briefly in a garden in New Malden before flying off towards a local park, where it could not be found again. A probable Nightjar dashed over Mudchute Farm at lunchtime on the 7th, possibly flushed from a daytime roost. And on the evening of the 7th a surprised birder saw a Turtle Dove speeding along the Gray's Inn Road towards Kings Cross. (The only other June records of this species were from Walthamstow Marshes on the 3rd and Wanstead Park on the 8th.) A Fulmar flew north past Walthamstow Reservoirs on the 23rd, and Honey Buzzards were seen over Richmond on the 2nd and Walthamstow on the 27th. Birds that lingered for a while included a Red-throated Diver that spent much of the morning of the 10th on the north basin of Staines Reservoir — at the same time as a Roseate Tern was feeding on the south basin. Early on the 14th, a Spoonbill flew into Rainham Marshes, but it only lingered until noon. Also there at the time was a Wood Sandpiper, which did at least assist twitchers by staying over to the next day, when it was joined by a Spotted Redshank. The same weekend also saw three Avocet at Rainham, plus at least a dozen Little Egret. Staines Reservoir produced two long-staying birds of some interest — a drake Scaup from the 18th to the 28th and two Black-necked Grebe for most of the month. A tame-ish female Long-tailed Duck of unknown origin was seen on lakes in Peckham Rye Park on the 2nd and 3rd, in Greenwich Park on the 7th and then in Rotherhithe (usually on Surrey Water or Canada Water) until the end of the month.

Sunday 30th June 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Tern Wood Green Res with yellow-tipped bill, 40+ Swift, Little Grebe bred successfully Boating Lake raising 1+ yg; Ringlet for 2nd day Lower Slopes, also Emperor (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones)
  • Brent Reservoir: Nuthatch behind main hide, Lapwing (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Chiswick Mall W4: Grey Wagtail, 20 Canada Geese (incl 3 yg from 2 broods), one Moorhen brood of one, 5 Mute Swan, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cormorant, 2 Swift, 6 House Martin (with 1+ nest being visited of 8 extant on one house), 2 Tufted Duck (Matt Reed).
  • Crossness: 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad & 1st-summer) at the outfall; also 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 2nd-summers & 1st-summer), 1000+ Black-headed Gulls (incl 5 juv), 3 Oystercatchers, Derbys/Yorks-ringed Mute Swan, Suffolk-ringed Herring Gull (Richard Bonser).
  • London Wetland Centre: 14 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 4 young Lapwing chicks, several fledged Black-headed Gull, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler (WWT website)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Goldcrest with at least 2 fledglings (Nathalie Mahieu, M Ruscoe).
  • Staines Moor: 2 Common Buzzard floating on thermals low over the moor hunting, then gaining height & drifting NW, 1 Common Tern, 1 Kestrel, 2 Linnet, 1 Little Egret, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 adult & 1 juvenile Reed Bunting, 1 Skylark, 2 Swift (Richard Woolley).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Mayesbrook Park: pr of Egyptian Geese with 2 yg (1 Egyptian gosling + 1 much-larger poss Greylag or Canada gosling; family unit though) - any confirmation welcome (G Harding). I've seen grebes/rails adopt and raise the young of different species before so this phenomenon does exist. Google images may help you tell between young Greylag or Canada, though caution is advised as images are often wrongly labelled. Do you have any photographs? (Matt Reed).
  • Rotherhithe, Surrey Water: 2 Common Terns, 2 Egyptian Geese (Richard Bonser).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: generally quiet; Pheasant, 2 Kestrel, 3 Lapwing, 30+ Stock Dove, singing Reed Bunting, 4 Linnet; 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 12 Common Blue (Neil Anderson/K Bull).
  • Walthamstow: Lockwood: Little Ringed Plover late evening (Stuart Fisher)

Saturday 29th June 2013Edit

  • Battersea Park Lake: f Pochard 3 ducklings, 8 Gadwall, pr Egyptian Geese, pr Mute Swans havn't bred, Great Crested Grebe - had chicks predated 1 mth ago, singing Blackcap (Michael Mac).
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Egyptian Goose, Greylag Goose (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Ewell Village: circa 150 Common Swift the majority of which were drifting north across the village on a wide front. Also 1 Kestrel n, 1 Hobby, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Grey Heron (Neil Batten).
  • Greenwich: 500+ Starlings by Anchor & Hope (half of these juvs); also c200 Black-headed Gulls (no juvs yet) (Richard Bonser).
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Grey Wagtail, Great Crested Grebe with 2 small yg on back at Hampstead 1 Pond, 2 singing Reed Warbler (1 at Sanctuary Pond & 1 at Highgate 1 Pond), 2 Common Tern at Mens Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 broods of 9 & 2 yg Gadwall, 2 broods Pochard, brood of 3 fledged Redshank, 3 broods of 3 fledged Lapwing & new brood of 4 yg, 4 broods of >7 yg Common Tern (J Wilczur, MR Honey, R Kaye).
  • Enfield EN2 (Boxer's Lake): 5 Mute Swan (1 small cygnet), 3 Coot broods, 40 Canada Geese (2 broods of 7 & 4), female Mandarin, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Moorhen (Matt Reed).
  • Enfield EN2 (Lakeside): 1 brood of 5 well-grown Moorhens (Matt Reed).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 10+ Teal, 1 Hobby, 5+ Little Egrets, plenty of flegded Lapwings and Redshanks (Ian & Hugh Bradshaw); m Cuckoo (Jonathan Nasir, Vicky Chambers)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 2 Shelduck (failed pr still trying), 1 Gadwall, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat (birdman_euston); 6 Little Owl (family with 4 fledged yg), 7 Kestrel (family - 6th fledgling killed by fox 2 days ago) Wetland Pen area 32 (fide Regent's Pk Birds blog)
  • Roehampton SW15 (Danebury Ave, Priory Ln end): 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers (1 ad male calling & 1 juv) (kered1)
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck still on Canada Water 2.10pm and 8.05pm, 15 Tufted Duck; Common Terns Greenland Dock and Surrey Water; 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 54 Herring Gulls Greenland Dock (Richard Bonser).
  • Scadbury Park LNR, Chislehurst BR7: 2 Bullfinch m f (Conrad Ellam)
  • Staines Moor: 1 juv Cuckoo, 3 Red Kite, 1 Hobby, 1 Common Buzzard W, 3 Common Tern, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Pied Wagtail N, 8 Reed Warbler incl 3 juvs, 1 Sparrowhawk & 3 Common Swift NW (Lee Dingain )
  • Sutcliffe Park: 1 Little Egret, 6 Swift, m Reed Bunting, family Reed Warbler (James Lowen)
  • Uxbridge UB8 (Brunel University): 2 Grey Wagtail (Roger Dewey)
  • Trent Park Equestrian Centre: 19 Barn Swallow including eleven juveniles on wires and roof (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: 50+ Swift, 3 House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 singing Skylark, 2 singing Meadow Pipit, juv Green Woodpecker (Nick Croft/Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Park: Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Wagtail, Common Tern, 3 Black-headed Gull, 4 House Martin, 60+ Swift, Bullfinch, 2 Kingfisher, 10+ Stock Dove, 10+ juv Chiffchaff in Old Sewage Works; Grass Snake in the Roding, Hornet and the 4 Mink are still on the loose (Nick Croft/Stuart Fisher)
  • Watford WD24: Odham's Trading Estate - 1 Herring Gull on nest, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls mobbing shoppers on Asda carpark top deck; Greycaine Road - 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull on nest + lots more adult birds in the area (Matt Reed).

Friday 28th June 2013Edit

  • Baker St NW1: 3 Swift (Matt Reed).
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swift, House Martin, Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Little Venice W9: female Tufted Duck with 3 tiny ducklings by towpath, 5 Pochard (including one female giving chase and a very nasty nip to Canda Goose - nesting nearby?), 2 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Geese (Matt Reed).
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Little Egret main lake, 7+ Common Tern chicks, 1 Peregrine hunting over river, 90 Swift over site/river (website); 3+ singing Cetti's Warbler (Ben Green)
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck still on Canada Water 8.05am (Richard Bonser).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 drake Scaup now on S basin, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 18 Common Swift, 1 Herring Gull (Neil Batten).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs, Lockwood: Hobby (Stuart Fisher)

Thursday 27th June 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 1 Egyptian Goose (Filter Beds and then flew S) at 7.25am (James Palmer).
  • East Dulwich SE22: Common Buzzard mobbed by 2 Crows over my garden (Steven Robinson)
  • Eel Pie Island TW1: Kingfisher diving by Thames, viewable from Ham side of the river (Spencer Neal).
  • Ewell KT19 (Hogsmill Open Space): 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch; Peacock butterfly, unidentified Fritillary sp (Neil Batten).
  • Hampstead Heath area (over garden in Spaniards Close): circling Buzzard just above tree height mobbed by Crow (Neil Anderson)
  • London EC2: pr Black Redstart still (David Bradnum)
  • London NW10: singing Black Redstart this am (Charlie Farrell)
  • London Wetland Centre: Green Sandpiper, Common Buzzard W (website).
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck on Canada Water 2pm-5.45pm at least, also Egyptian Goose, 2 Great Crested Grebe; Common Tern, 2 Egyptian Geese Surrey Water; 41 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull Greenland Dock (Richard Bonser, Peter Hart).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 drake Scaup on N basin, 1 Black-necked Grebe on S basin, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (Bob Warden per FJM).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs N4/N16: Mute Swan + 2 cygnets, 11 Pochard, Great Crested Grebe + 1 yg (TeRNS)
  • Streatham Common SW16: Red Kite drifted lowish over NW at 14.30 (Peter Newmark).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Honey Buzzard (dark bird with worn plumage) E over Lamas Meadow mobbed by Crows 10.30 hrs (Jonathan Cooke, Paul Bee).
  • Wanstead Flats: Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 50+ Swift, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, family of Chiffchaff east end Long Wood, Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: Little Egret, singing Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail, House Martin, 50+ Swift; Mink with 3 kits (Nick Croft).

Wednesday 26th June 2013Edit

  • Limehouse E14: Peregrine W along Thames with pigeon in talons & mobbed by Herring Gull (Paul Hyland).
  • London Wetland Centre: 10 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 2 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff (WWT website).
  • Muswell Hill N10 (Alexandra Park Road): 1 Common Tern N from park 17.00ish (P Angus).
  • Richmond Park: Green Sandpiper 7.30 flew off NW - the Wimbledon bird? (M Lewis per JW), 2nd brood of 2 yg Common Tern (J Wilczur).
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck still on Canada Water, Common Tern (Richard Bonser).
  • Shadwell Basin E1: 3 Common Tern ad + 2 chicks on raft, 4 Mute Swan pr + 2 cygnets (John Archer).
  • Southgate N14 (Grovelands Park): 8 Pochard (3m 3f/imm & 2 ducklings), 2 (m f) Mute Swan + 3 cygnets, 4 Song Thrush 3ad 1juv, 6 Mistle Thrush 5ad 1juv, 1 singing Goldcrest (Robert Callf).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 drake Scaup on N basin, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (Bob Warden per FJM).
  • Trent Park: Red Kite (low over field to east of water garden), Chiffchaff(s), Blackcap(s), 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, Common Swift, Swallow, 4 Mandarin (3f + 1juv m) (Pete Lowman).
  • Wanstead Flats: Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat SSSI, Stock Dove, 3 House Martin, 4 Sand Martin, 50+ Swift, f Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: Reed Warbler singing from the long hedge in Old Sewage Works, Grey Wagtail, Black-headed Gull, Common Tern, House Martin, 50+ Swift (Nick Croft/Josh Selfe).
  • Wimbledon Common: Green Sandpiper at Bluegate GP 0700hrs (David Wills).

Tuesday 25th June 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 1 Hobby at 7.25am (James Palmer).
  • Brent Reservoir: 1m 1f Shoveler, 3m Pochard, 26 Common Terns (Andrew Verrall); what the man said, plus 7 Teal, 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher - all in East Marsh (Andrew Haynes).
  • Clissold Park N16: Pochard new brood of 4, Tufted Duck brood of 8 (TeRNS).
  • Heathrow Airport: 2 Kestrel, 2 (m) Black Redstart - I've moved work location so haven't had the pleasure of seeing these from the office window as I did. (Rob Mills) Rob, are the Redstarts in the same location as last year? (Wendy M.)
  • London EC2: pair of Black Redstarts in office courtyard for 3rd year running (Tom Smith & David Bradnum) Where is this office courtyard? It's not publicly accessible - and besides which, it would be irresponsible to give out specific details for a Schedule 1 breeding bird. Sorry! (DB).
  • London Wetland Centre: 10 Common Tern + chicks - main lake/reservoir lagoon, 3 Redshank + juvs - wader scrape/grazing marsh, 1 Whitethroat - wader scrape/Thames path, 2 Blackcap - wildside behind wader scrape hide (Lee Smith)
  • Millwall Docks E14: 2 Common Tern pr at nest, Great Crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, 6 Mute Swan pr + 4 cygnets (John Archer).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 1 Shelduck (failed pr has left), 1 Barnacle x Canada Goose hybrid, 4 Kestrel incl 3 full-grown yg Wetland Pen area 32, 8 ad Little Grebe (c7 pr), 3 Great Crested Grebe incl one 3/4-grown yg area 8 (failed pr has left), 1 Chiffchaff anxiety call Open Air Theatre a19 (cf 5pr last yr), 1 Common Whitethroat still singing NW corner Holford Field a40 (birdman_euston).
    Long-tailed Duck

    Long-tailed Duck

  • Rotherhithe: Surrey Water - 6:45am female Long-tailed Duck, 3 Common Terns (pr seemingly shooing Tufted Ducks off raft and inspecting for possible nest suitability) (G Howie).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull; no sign of drake Scaup (Bob Warden per FJM).
  • Wimbledon Common: Reed Warbler singing in dense bramble, west end of Queensmere (David Wills).

Monday 24th June 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Egyptian Goose, c500 Swift (Derek Turner)
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Kestrel, 9+ Common Tern (pr + 2+ nearly-fledged yg/2 prs incubating/ad apparently guarding a different raft), 10+ Sand Martin, 1Reed Warbler singing, 20+ Tufted Ducks, c200 Black-headed Gull (all 1st-sum) (John Archer).
  • Highgate N6 (Waterlow Park): 1 Meadow Pipit 07.45 (P Angus)
  • Lea Valley RP EN9 (Fishers Green): 2 singing Nightingale, Garden Warbler (Dominic Mitchell, David Campbell); Goosefield - 2 Green Sandpiper, pr Eygptian Geese + 1 yg (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Little Britain UB7: 2 Chaffinch, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Cuckoo calling, 2 Goldfinch, Common Tern along canal, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Swallows & 2 juv, 2 Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Sue Giddens).
  • Richmond Park: brood of 3 yg Great Crested Grebe, brood of 2 yg Common Tern (S Read & J Wilczur).
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck again on Surrey Water this evening (Richard Bonser).
  • Rye Meads RSPB: drake Northern Shoveler, drake Eurasian Teal, 9 Common Pochard, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Cetti's Warbler singing (Dominic Mitchell)
  • Trent Park: Common Buzzard, Common Tern, 2 Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap(s), Chiffchaff(s), 4 Swallow, c20 Common Swift (Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Hobby (Adrian Platt & Rupert Price)
  • Wanstead Flats: 50+ Swift, 8 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, singing Garden Warbler, singing Willow Warbler, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, Stock Dove, Egyptian Goose, f Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Little Egret, family of Chiffchaff, Blackcap gathering nest lining material, 10 Swift, 5 House Martin, Common Tern, Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Common: Pochard + yg at Bluegate GP (David Wills).

Sunday 23rd June 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Common Terns Wood Green Res (Henry Wyn-Jones per Bob Watts).
  • Borehamwood, Herts WD6: Red Kite (Alan Lewis)
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, Greylag Goose & Egyptian Goose (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 2 Sand Martins, m Grey Wagtail, 3 prs Common Tern (1 with chick 2 with eggs) and 2 other ads around, 2-3 Reed Warblers (Joe Beale)
  • Fairlop Gravel Works: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 25 Lapwing, 1 Hobby, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Steve Bacon)
  • Hampstead Heath: Grey Wagtail at Hampstead 1 Pond again (Frank Nugent).
  • Kew TW19 (National Archives): 6 Mute Swan (includes one brood of 4 cygnets), 6 Tufted Duck (3 loose prs but no other breeding evidence yet), 4 Coot (one brood and one nest still being sat) (Matt Reed).
  • Lee Valley CM19 (Netherhall/Glen Faba): 5 Little Egret, 3 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Egyptian Goose 2 ad + 7 yg, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Reed Bunting, 25 House Martin, plus warblers (max number of singing males) 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 20+ Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler (Nigel May).
  • Leyton E10 (Ruckholt Road): Cuckoo on old Olympic site near the River Lea and White Bridge (Stuart Fisher, Mike Messenger)
  • London Wetland Centre: 17 Teal, 22 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 2 Redshank +juvs, 9 Mute Swan +24juvs, 1 Hobby, c200 Swift, 10 Common Tern +chicks, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat (Adam Salmon); 2 broods Redshank - >2 almost full grown yg on scrape & >1 half grown yg on marsh, 2 juv Lapwing scrape, 3 broods of 5 yg Common Tern, 5 broods of 12 yg Black-headed Gull (J Wilczur).
  • Lower Clapton E5: Lime Hawk Moth, photo attached (Jamie Partridge)
  • M4 (c 2 W of Glaxo building): Red Kite 1845 (Bob Watts).
  • Richmond Park: Cuckoo flew from Upper Pen Pond (S Read per JW); Willow Warbler pr appear to be breeding- now rare in this part of London (H Bradshaw per JW); 7 Mute Swan (one brood of 3 cygnets), 12 Egyptian Geese (1 brood of 10 recently hatched goslings), 3 Common Tern (one on nest), Great Crested Grebe (nest-building), 3 Grey Heron (incl 1 juv in nest still), 70 Canada Geese (non-breeding), Sedge Warbler, Skylark (both singing), Great Tit brood (Matt Reed). Where exactly was Sedge Warbler, please Matt? (JW).
  • Rotherhithe: 1st-sum Black-headed Gull Canada Water, 4 Sand Martins; 2 Egyptian Geese, 10 House Martins Surrey Water; 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls among Herring Gulls (including a Sussex-ringed bird) on Greenland Dock (Richard Bonser).
  • Staines Moor: 1 Common Tern, 1 Cormorant over, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5+ House Martin, 1 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing, 2 Linnet, 1 Little Egret, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Skylark, 100+ Starling, 3 Swallow, 20+ Swift (Richard Woolley).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 06.00-08.20 1 drake Scaup, 2 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin), 1 Kestrel, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush (A Luscombe & Bob Warden); 2 Black-necked Grebe still on S basin but on far side and showing poorly, 1 drake Scaup still present, 1 Hobby (Mark Brennan)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Pheasant heard, 2 Red Kite, Buzzard, m Kestrel, 3 Lapwing, 8 Stock Dove, 2 Meadow Pipit, 12+ Swallow (mostly juvs but 2+ ads), Rook, 2 singing Reed Bunting, 11 Linnet, pr Siskin (unexpected in June!), 4 fresh Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Common Blue, 2 Large Skipper (Neil Anderson/K Bull).
  • Trent Park: c20 Swallow feeding low over old golf course, Chiffchaff(s), Blackcap(s), 2 Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Mandarin (2m 7f), Common Swift, House Martin, 2 Stock Dove (Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs, Lockwood: Fulmar N c15:45 - interestingly I had a brief glimpse of what appeared to be one yesterday but couldn't be sure (Stuart Fisher).

Saturday 22nd June 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Green Sandpipers in East Marsh (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park SE8: Kingfisher, Stock Dove, 2 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Camden Town NW1: 3 Herring Gull 2 small chicks + ad, 2+ Lesser Black-backed Gull 1+ chick + ad both on rooftop nests on Gloucester Crescent - a very suburban area, not the usual industrial estate roof/large reservoir breeding locations for these species. Lots more ads in the immediate area singing and making territorial calls. (Matt Reed). Yep they have been there for several years if not more - (Michael Mac)
  • Crossness: Ruddy Shelduck x Shelduck hybrid on foreshore off golf centre 09:00-10:00 (John Archer, Richard Bonser)
  • Greenford UB6 (Ravenor Park): pr Mistle Thrush mobbing + chasing off Sparrowhawk (Neil Anderson)
  • Hampstead Heath: Hobby pursuing Swifts over Parliament Hill Fields 13:30, 2 singing Reed Warbler (1 showing nicely in the small reed bed nearest toilets at Boating Pond, 1 at Highgate 1 Pond), 1 Common Tern (Frank Nugent).
  • Hyde Park: Lesser Black-backed Gull took very small Coot chick from Italian Garden (Gordon Shaw)
  • Rammey Marsh EN3: still 2+ singing Whitethroats, 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat; Bee and Pyramidal Orchids now in flower (Phil Rhodes).
  • Regent's Park: Canada Goose (7 yg from 3 broods), Coot (15 broods with 13 nests still being sat on), Greylag (1 brood of 8), Egyptian Goose (12 yg from 3 broods), Grey Heron (4 juv on site), Grey Wagtail (carrying food), Herring Gull (probably 6 yg from 2-3 broods), Lesser Black-backed Gull (3 yg from 1-2 broods), Mistle Thrush (family party of 2 ad 2 juv), Moorhen (1 brood of 1), Pochard (1 brood of 1), Red-crested Pochard (5 yg from 2 broods), also 6 House Martin, Green Woodpecker, Reed Warbler, 1 Black-headed Gull (Matt Reed).
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck still on Surrey Water 11:45am and 9:15pm, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Black-headed Gull, 3 Sand Martins, 7 House Martins (Richard Bonser)
  • Staines Reservoir: 4 Yellow-legged Gull (KGV1 Gantry), 1 Common Redshank (N Basin), 1 drake Pochard (N Basin) (A Luscombe, Bob Warden et al).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs N4/N16: 15+ Swift, Chiffchaff, 2 singing Reed Bunting (TeRNS)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: ad summer Black-headed Gull NE over Chadacre Road 17.30, sev Herring Gull roaming the area (Neil Batten).
  • Tooting Commons (N end): family of 4-5 Nuthatch (Nick Granger-Taylor).

Friday 21st June 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret S over Boating Lake 0655 (Henry Wyn-Jones per Bob Watts).
  • Coulsdon CR5: Kestrel hovering above St Andrew's church 17.50 (Paul Sell)
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Egyptian Goose, 7 Common Terns (pr + 3 large chicks, 2 more ad inclubating), drake Teal, 2 Shelduck, 20+ Tufted Duck, 9+ Sand Martin, singing Reed Warbler (John Archer).
  • Greenwich Park: 2 ad feeding 2 (possibly 3) fledgling Common Whitethroats - possibly the first known Park breeding record since the end of the 19th century!, also fledgling Jackdaw being fed by parent, yg Moorhens, 2 Egyptian Goose 1ad + 1yg still (Joe Beale) Where did you see the Whitethroats? (P Macpherson) One Tree Hill - the wilder, long grass side (JB)
  • Ham House, Richmond TW10: female Mandarin Duck + brood of 4 on the Thames (Spencer Neal).
  • Ham Lands LNR, Richmond TW10: 1 Common Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Green Woodpecker, Common Tern, 2 House Martin, newly-fledged Dunnock, newly-fledged Chaffinch, newly-fledged Song Thrush (Spencer Neal).
  • Kensington Gardens: Lesser Black-backed Gull chasing a Feral Pigeon raptor-style with lots of twists & turns and some very near misses. Pigeon not carrying food so probably an attempt at an out and out kill. (Matt Reed)
  • Kingston KT2 (Canbury Gardens): 3 Egyptian Goose pr + small gosling, Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Spencer Neal).
  • Regent's Park: female Mandarin on Regent's Canal + four well-grown ducklings (John Colmans)
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck on Surrey Water early evening, 5 Sand Martins, 2 Egyptian Geese Canada Water (Richard Bonser).
  • St James's Park: Gadwall - 1 brood of 8, Pochard - 2 broods of 3 & 4 (all these ducklings very recently hatched), Red-crested Pochard - 1 brood of 3 (fairly well grown), Greylag Goose - 1 brood of 2 (very young), Mute Swan - 2 broods of 6 apiece (one brood very young), Moorhen - 1 brood of 1, Coot - 4/5 broods with 6 nests still being sat on; one unidentified female duck near Duck Island Cottage with several ducklings - almost certainly one of the captive species successfully breeding (Matt Reed)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 drake Scaup, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 16 Common Swift, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Stock Dove, also several Goldfinches carrying nesting material (Neil Batten).
  • Thorney CP: Sparrowhawk over with mouse in beak, Kingfisher, 18 Common Terns +8 chicks, Buzzard over, 2 Great Crested Grebe f + juv on back, Mute Swan, Common Whitethroat, Grey Heron, 10+ Swifts, Ring-necked Parakeet (Sue Giddens)
  • Wanstead Flats: Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler both singing SSSI, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Shelduck over, Egyptian Goose, 4 House Martin, 30+ Swift, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 4 Sand Martin, House Martin, 40+ Swift, Little Egret, singing Goldcrest (SoM) (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy).
  • West Brompton SW5: Kestrel flying over S side of Earls Court then perching on Earls Court 2 (Matt Reed).
  • Whitechapel E1: female Kestrel flying N up Brick Lane slightly below line of rooftops (Matthew Cunningham)

Thursday 20th June 2013Edit

  • Cassiobury Park, Watford: male Wheatear flushed, flew SW (Herts website/Ian Bennell)
  • Charing Cross Hospital (public site): 1m intruding Peregrine Falcon (2yo from Brighton) (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 1 Egyptian Goose, Stock Dove, 8 Sand Martin, 10 House Martin (Gary A James).
  • Ewell Village KT17: 2 Red Kite circling c500 ft above BR Ewell East/Cheam Rd 18.10-18.13 then drifted NW over village in line-astern formation (Neil Batten).
  • Ham Lands LNR, Richmond TW10: male Bullfinch, 2 Common Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs (Spencer Neal).
  • Leytonstone E11 (Richmond Rd): Oystercatcher over S at 07:30 (G Sutton)
  • Richmond TW9 (Windham Road): Common Buzzard drifting slowly W being tracked by a Herrring Gull 11.30 (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Rotherhithe: 2 Egyptian Geese, Reed Warbler Canada Water but no sign of Long-tailed Duck; Common Tern Greenland Dock; 4 Sand Martin, 10 House Martin Surrey Water (Richard Bonser)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 drake Scaup, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • St James's Park: 7 House Martin over the lake at 15:00 (Frank Nugent).
  • Totteridge Valley: pr Grey Wagtail 9:00am (Deb Jackson).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Shelduck, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 14 Lapwing, 2 Garden Warbler, Buzzard (Steve Blake)
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Lesser Whitethroat, Sand Martin, House Martin, 20-30 Swift, Grey Wagtail; Painted Lady (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Garden Warbler, no sign Reed Warbler, singing and very tatty Goldcrest, 4 House Martin, 30+ Swift, tatty Sparrowhawk, Little Egret (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: 1 Kingfisher, 12 Reed Warblers inc 7 juvs, 1 Green Woodpecker, 9 Pochard (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Westminster Abbey: Red Kite soaring overhead 10:25 (Stuart Harrington).

Wednesday 19th June 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Black-headed Gull ad - 1st this month, 2 Common Tern Wood Green Res 7am (Bob Watts), Peregrine Falcon high over filter beds c16:20 (Ian Lycett, Dominic Mitchell).
  • Clissold Park N16: Pochard brood of 6, Egyptian Goose brood of 7 (TeRNS)
  • Esher Common KT10: Hobby hawking over Black Pond c17:30, 3+ Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff; 4+ Brilliant Emerald dragonflies hawking SW corner of pond late evening (Bill Dykes)
  • Ewell KT17 (Priest Hill): Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 2 Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Skylark (Neil Batten).
  • Greenwich: Swifts & House Martins at nest sites around Greenwich South St; male Stag Beetle nearby; 4m & 1f Stag Beetles last night in Westcombe Park area (Joe Beale)
  • Ham Lands LNR (KT2 section): 3 Common Whitethroat newly-fledged yg being attended by ad with singing male remaining further south (Spencer Neal)
  • Hampstead Heath: Reed Warbler still singing at small reedbed N of Boating Lake this morning, Mute Swans still have 6 cygnets on Sanc Pond; Common Blue + Brimstone at Hedge 2, Broad b Chaser at the Spring Pond (Pete Mantle)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Black-necked Grebe on main lake nr S shore c11am, 51 nest holes in use by Sand Martins (David Widdowson); no further sightings of BnGs by 2 pm, >3 juv Redshank on scrape & pr on marsh mobbing a heron suggesting nest/yg, 3 broods Pochard, Hobby, Nuthatch by entrance (J Wilczur & R Kaye); 2 Black-necked Grebe 1515hrs on main lake N shore, 4 Lapwing juvs (scrape and marsh), 2 Whitethroat (river path hedgerow) (Adam Salmon). Some record shots of the grebes here (Matt Palmer).
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck still on Canada Water 7.30am (Richard Bonser) and then on Globe Pond, Russia Dock Woodland c9:30am-11:00am (Ben Green).
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court/Leyton Flats: pr Great Crested Grebe + brood on Hollow Pond, singing male Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk; Muntjac deer at Snaresbrook (Stuart Fisher)
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 drake Scaup, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Oystercatcher (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • St James's Park: captive female Smew + 8 newly-hatched ducklings (Andrew Self).
  • Wandsworth SW18 (River Wandle, Armoury Way): Great Crested Grebe on nest (kered1)
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler singing in SSSI, Swallow N, House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 30 + Swift, Kestrel, Egyptian Goose (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 1-2 Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler still OSW, Lesser Whitethroat, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Great Crested Grebes back on Perch Pond, 2 Common Tern, Kestrel, Nuthatch; Clouded Yellow briefly in reeds on Shoulder of Mutton then flew N towards golf course (Nick Croft)

Tuesday 18th June 2013Edit

  • [record of Schedule 1 breeding birds deleted - Moderator]
  • Battersea Park Lake: 1 Swift, pr Song Thrush on island, 3 singing Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff (Saturday) - no ducklings of any species to date - worst season on record, only Coot young to date (Michael Mac)
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 28 Common Terns (Brent Birders).
  • Hackney Marshes: Peregrine devouring pigeon atop pylon 7.45am (Jean-Patrick Elmes)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1f partially-leucistic Great Spotted Woodpecker + 1yg (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: Red Kite circling c11.15, sev Blackcap & Whitethroat families, 2 singing Chiffchaff, c10 Reed Warbler (Northala), 4 Reed Bunting (3m 1f), 1st sighting here of Hairy Dragonfly- an ovipositing female (Neil Anderson)
  • Rainham Marshes: 17 Yellow-legged Gulls (1 ad/ 4 x 4cy/ 9 x 3cy/ 3 x 2cy) east of stone barges, 2 Cetti's Warblers (Dominic Mitchell).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: 3 Reed Warblers, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 2 Swifts (Alan Hobson).
  • River Lee CP EN9: Fishers Green - 3+ singing Nightingales; Seventy Acre - brood of eight Tufted ducklings; Cornmill Meadows - 1 Shelduck, 3 drake Teal, 2 Lapwing chicks + grass snake; Hall Marsh - 4 Little Egrets, Kingfisher; Police Pit - excellent close study and photographic opportunities of Blue-tailed, Azure and Common Blue Damselflies + 1000’s of bumblebees, in amongst the comfrey along the path leading to the WWII gun emplacement. The path is overgrown but passable, I wouldn’t recommend wearing shorts. (Mike Oakland)
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck still on Canada Water at 8.50pm, Reed Warbler, Common Tern (Richard Bonser, Josh Jones).
  • Shooters Hill SE18 (Oxleas Wood): Hobby flew over the café carrying what appeared to be a Swift at 3.30 (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Staines Moor: 1 Little Egret, 1 Tree Pipit (Keith Kerr).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 drake Scaup on S basin, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Little Gull 1cy, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Stanwell Moor: 1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Garden Warbler, House Martins, Sand Martins, Swallows, Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Green Woodpecker, 3 Lapwing (Keith Kerr).
  • Streatham Common SW16: 6 Swifts (R Bell).
  • Totteridge Valley: 1 female Grey Wagtail 8:45am (Deb Jackson).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 4 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Tern, 15+ Lapwing, Yellow Wagtail, Tree Sparrow (Steve Blake)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Great Crested Grebe Alex, Lesser Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit with food, House Martin, 30+ Swift, appears to be a good year for Chaffinch (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 3-4 Reed Warbler (SoM), 2-3 singing Willow Warbler (Bush Wood), 3 Common Tern, 2 Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, 2 Little Egret, Hobby, Kestrel, Sand Martin, House Martin, 30-50 Swift, 20+ Jackdaw hawking for flying ants (Nick Croft/Tim Harris/Bob Vaughan/Dan Hennessy)

Monday 17th June 2013Edit

  • Bedfont Lakes CP: 2 Common Terns, Green Woodpecker, Reed Warblers, Whitethroats (Keith Kerr).
  • Blackheath SE3: 1 Hobby E over railway stn 0720 (James Lowen)
  • Brookmill Park: 9 Coot pr + 7 newly-hatched chicks, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker f & juv, 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull off Golf Centre, 1 drake Teal; 1 Green Hairstreak Butterfly in Thames-side scrub by golf course (Steve Carter per John Archer).
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Kestrel, 36+ Tufted Duck, 9 Common Terns (pr + 3 chicks, 2 prs incubating), 9+ Sand Martin, 4 singing Reed Warbler, singing Blackcap (John Archer & NIck Tanner).
  • Excel Centre, Royal Victoria Dock E16: pr of apparently non-breeding Common Terns showing ludicrously well - literally within 1m (Ben Green)
  • London Wetland Centre: Hobby flew into Inner London towards Hyde Park, 3 ad Redshank- behaviour suggested yg still present, 16 pr Lapwing hatched >30 yg of which 2-5 survive, Grey Heron carrying nest material off site, 10 nesting pr Black-headed Gulls- 4 broods, 7 pr nesting Common Tern, Pochard brood of 3, 8 pr Mute Swan nested- >5 broods of >26 yg, 2 pr Greylag nested- still one brood of 3 yg (J Wilczur) Any idea of numbers of Sand Martins nesting this year? They'll be counted soon.
  • New Malden KT3 (Motspur Park): Wryneck reported this afternoon (Birdguides). Is anyone able to provide information as to where this bird is likely to be found? Thanks, RB. Apparently seen in a garden at 15:15 before flying towards one of the parks (not sure which). As far as I know, it wasn't seen since, despite being searched for (BD).
  • Orpington: 1 Hobby 7:20am, 60+ Swift over railway line (Stuart Williams)
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: 1-2 Reed Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, c12 Swift (Alan Hobson).
  • Rotherhithe: 1 female Long-tailed Duck on Canada Water c9:30am (Ben Green); Canada Water - LtD still present 14:20 & 17:30 though seemingly vanished at 15:15 (gone elsewhere or just well hidden?), 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Reed Warbler, 7 Mute Swan pr + 5 cygnets, 2 Tufted Duck; Greenland Dock - 2 Mute Swan ad + 1 cygnet & 3 eggs in nest, several Coot and Great Crested Grebe pr making much use of local litter in nest building, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Tern bizarrely bombing Grebe (Matt Reed); LtD still 17.45 Canada Water (Richard Bonser)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin), 1 Stock Dove (A Luscombe).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Common Buzzard, male Kestrel, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 ad Lapwing, 2 Swallow, 4 Swift (John Colmans)
  • Victoria Park: 2 Red-crested Pochard with 2 ducklings (JW Davies)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Common Tern on heronry (Dan Hennessy)

Sunday 16th June 2013Edit

  • Blackheath: Coot + 2 yg, 1 ad Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Mallard ducklings on Princess of Wales Pond, 30+ Common Swifts over the Heath and Dips (Joe Beale); 2 Red Kite W at 17h15 (James Lowen).
  • Blackheath Dips SE3: Common Whitethroat heard, singing Chiffchaff, 3 singing Song Thrush (1 just outside this area), Green Woodpecker, singing Greenfinch & Chaffinch (Joe Beale).
  • Brent Reservoir: Red Kite over 07.50, Common Buzzard over 09.55 (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall & Shailesh Patel).
  • Buckhurst Hill, Essex CM16 (Connaught Water): 1 Common Tern, 1 juv Treecreeper, 14 Blue Tit inc 12 juvs, 16 Mandarian Duck inc 5 juvs, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Chaffinch, 10 Great Tit inc 8 juvs, 10 Mute Swans inc 8 juvs (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Crossness: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (near-ad & 1st-sum) on the foreshore, 800 Black-headed Gulls, 20 Gadwall, Oystercatcher, several Whitethroats & Reed Warblers singing (Richard Bonser).
  • Greenwich Park: 3 Egyptian Geese pr plus one gosling (Richard Lord).
  • Harmondsworth Moor UB7: 3 Blackcap, 1 Common Tern, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Herring Gull, 20+ House Martin, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Reed Warbler, 10+ Swallow, 25+ Swift, 1 Whitethroat (Richard Woolley).
  • Isle of Dogs: 42 Herring Gull inc 11 chicks (probably from 5 broods) & 2 ad still on nests, 25 Lesser Black-backed Gulls inc 1 ad still on nest & 11 chicks (5-6 broods) - on Billingsgate Market roof and warehouse roof NE of Harbour Quay; 8 Canada Goose brood of 6, 6 Common Terns (one brood of 2), Great Crested Grebe brood of 2, Dunnock brood (all Blackwall Basin), Goldfinch with nesting material, Great Crested Grebe brood of 2 also on Wood Wharf (Matt Reed).
  • London Wetland Centre: the action was in the air - Hobby took a Sand Martin after missing two others and flew off over Chiswick; Lapwings & Redshank combined to drive Heron from swooping on well hidden chicks in Grazing Marsh; Black-headed Gulls & Common Terns combined to drive Lesser Black-backed Gull from their co-habited nesting rafts; Reed Warblers in abundance (and marsh orchids), Cetti's Warblers vocal (Angus Innes); c250 juv Starlings massing early evening to feed and ?roost in dense shrubbery near observatory (Martin Honey); Water Rail heard (per J Wilczur)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Pied Wagtail collecting food (1st time ever on ground here), 4 Peregrine Falcon on hospital (public site - 3 yg fledged but 1 has disappeared since) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • North Wembley HA0: 2 Red Kite over W 13:20 (Tony Donetti).
  • Rainham Marshes: Marsh Harrier (showing exceptionally well by the New Hide 10.30), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Avocet, 5+ Reed Warbler, 4+ Sedge Warbler, Kestrel, 6 Skylark, c12 Little Egrets, 2 Reed Buntings, 4 Linnets (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park: Little Owl feeding young, Kestrel feeding young, Sedge Warbler singing near Reddy Money Fountain (Tony Duckett).
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck again on Canada Water late morning; also Common Tern, 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Sand Martins; Common Tern on Surrey Water (Richard Bonser).
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin), 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover (both N Basin, west bank), 1 Hobby (A Luscombe).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 3 Pheasant, Red Kite over 10.20 + feeding on small bird in talons (could see feathers dropping off), Kestrel, 10 Lapwing, Little Owl, Skylark, 4 juv Swallows (presumed local breeders) feeding in meadows between Ten Acre & Gutteridge Woods with 15+ Swift, 14 Rook (10 low along A40 + later pr with 2 juvs low over), 2 singing Reed Buntings, 15 Linnets inc recently-fledged birds; 4 Common Blue (Neil Anderson/K Bull).
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Egyptian Goose, House Martin (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: singing Reed Warbler still, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 House Martin (Nick Croft)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: Red Kite at 12.00 (from opposite direction to where earlier Ten Acre Wood bird went so possibly different bird), 2 prs Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit territories (Neil Anderson/K Bull).

Saturday 15th June 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, 2 ad Black-headed Gulls over - first of autumn (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Peregrine, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swift, 3 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Finsbury Park N4: Reed Warbler singing on north side of lake (James Palmer).
  • Greenford Green: 4 Herring Gull chicks (from 2 broods) on roof of factory N of Grand Union canal & W of Auriol Drive; 7+ ad Herring Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 10 Swift, Pied Wagtail brood, 2 Coot chicks on canal under the nose of Gull colony (probably a testimony to the aggression of the adult Coots, seen fearlessly scaring off adult Herring Gulls today) (Matt Reed).
  • Greenwich Ecological Park: 6 Common Tern with newly hatched chick, Little Grebe + chick, Sand Martin, Swift, Reed Warbler (Andy Meaton).
  • Hampstead Heath: 1 Grey Wagtail flycatching at Hampstead 1 Pond, 2 Common Tern at Men's Pond, 2 Reed Warbler (1 at Sanctuary Pond & 1 at Highgate 1 Pond) (Frank Nugent).
  • Lewisham Park SE13: Peregrine over at 10.10am (David Capper).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Peregrine, 1m Sparrowhawk with prey (possible Sand Martin), Kestrel, Hobby, 3 ad + 4 juv Redshank, 2 almost full-grown Lapwing chicks (Martin Honey).
  • Orpington BR6: 1 Red Kite at Green Street Green 2.30 pm (Patrick Williams)
  • Rainham Marshes: Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, 3 Avocet, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover (RSPB); 2 Cuckoo, Peregrine Falcon, Hobby, Marsh Harrier, 5 Common Tern, 20+ Little Egret (Nick Croft et al); Greenshank on Aveley Pools (Francis Tusa).
  • Rotherhithe: Sand Martin nesting in dock wall at Greenland Dock, no sign of Long-tailed Duck at Canada Water (Andy Meaton); 2 Egyptian Geese, 4 Sand Martins, no sign of LtD on Canada Water (Richard Bonser).
  • Staines Reservoir: 3 Curlew (S Basin, west bank), 1 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin), 1 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover both over W 07.05, 1 Little Ringed Plover (N Basin, west bank) (A Luscombe, Bob Warden et al).
  • Wembley: 3 Herring Gull chicks (from 2 broods) on roof of Euro Car Parts on Fulton Rd; 8 ad Herring Gulls, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on nearby rooftops (Matt Reed).
  • Wimbledon Common: Garden Warbler singing in southern glade, 2 Whitethroat collecting big green caterpillars from oak branches for young hidden in nearby bushes at northern edge towards Richmond Park entrance (M Sek)

Friday 14th June 2013Edit

  • Enfield Lock Station EN3: f Marsh Harrier W 16.35 harrassed by gulls (Martin Shepherd)
  • Ewell KT19 (Hogsmill Open Space): 5 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Common Swift, 1 Grey Heron; 1 Small Red Damselfly (Neil Batten). Neil, is that a definite Small Red Damselfly as good record for London area ? - Neil Anderson, LNHS dragonfly recorder
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Oystercatcher over main lake 8.30am, 1 Yellow Wagtail calling from grazing marsh, 1 Nuthatch calling from Queen Elizabeth Walkway cypress trees opposite sheltered lagoon (Adam Salmon)
  • Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill flew in from south at 08:20 and landed on Aveley Pools (Dominic Mitchell) lingering until 12:05 when flew off N (mo); also Avocet (per Howard Vaughan); Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank on Aveley Pools (Priscille Preston); 5 Sanderling on the Kent foreshore (Andy Tweed); ad m Marsh Harrier near Target Pools, Cuckoo, 16 Yellow-legged Gull (3 x 4cy/ 8 x 3cy/ 5 x 2cy), 2+ Caspian Gull (1 x 3cy/ 1+ x 2cy) both sp east of stone barges am (Dominic Mitchell); Brown Hare seen well near landfill, Cream-spot Tiger Moth discovered under the bonnet of my car at Rainham, released near Wennington Mound! (Dominic Mitchell).
  • Redbridge Lakes IG8: Lesser Whitethroat, 1-2 Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 4 Swift, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Alan Hobson).
  • River pool.catford.S.e.6.blackcap.chiffchaff.grey spotted woodpecker..heron.reed warbler.Terry Wilson. Terry, please follow the standard format for entering your records -- it's not difficult.
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck still on Canada Water (Richard Bonser)
  • Swanley Park: Cormorant, Grey Heron, third new late Canada Goose brood only 2 goslings - 11 mature in creche from first two, four mature Mallard broods of 4/8/7/3 - unusually high survival rate (Andy Meaton)
  • Tottenham N17 (Lordship Lane): Little Egret, Hobby; 60+ Swifts, 5 House Martin from rooftop at 20.15 (Rob Ayers)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: boardwalk - 2 Reed Warbler (1 juv), Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Swallow, numerous Swift, 3 House Sparrow, 3 Common Whitethroat (1 juv), Linnet; horse paddocks - Goldfinch, 6 Stock Dove, numerous Linnet (JW Davies)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, family of fledged Common Whitethroat, 5 Sand Martin, House Martin, 100+ Swift, Kestrel (Nick Croft/Tim Harris)
  • Wanstead Park: Garden Warbler still OSW, Reed Warbler, Little Egret, Common Tern, Sparrowhawk, 100+ Swift (Nick Croft)

Thursday 13th June 2013 Edit

  • Alexandra Palace: first Cormorant this year, boating lake 7.20am (Naomi Stadlen).
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck still on Canada Water 7.30am (Richard Bonser) and subsequently.
  • Staines Reservoir: House Sparrow (causeway), Common Tern, House Martin (A Luscombe).
  • Tooting Commons (N end): family of 4 Coal Tit, family of 4-5 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stock Dove, 1 singing Blackcap (Nick Granger-Taylor).
  • Wanstead Flats: Hobby, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Reed Warbler singing Alex, Lesser Whitethroat, singing Willow Warbler, 100+ Swift, Swallow N, 4 House Martin, 5 Stock Dove (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Reed Warbler still Shoulder of Mutton, Little Egret, 50+ Swift, 4 House Martin, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)

Wednesday 12th June 2013 Edit

  • Brookmill Park SE8: Mandarin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Swift, 2 House Martin (1st of the year), Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • East India Dock Basin: 9+ Common Tern (pr + 3 chicks & 2nd pr apparently nesting & 2+ over Thames), 4+ Sand Martin, 46+ Tufted Duck, 2 Shelduck, 2+ singing Reed Warbler (John Archer).
  • Ewell Village KT17: several recently-fledged juv Goldcrest feeding in yew trees at the Upper Mill (this species is a very successful breeder in the village - the large number of yew trees present may possibly be a factor in this) (Neil Batten)
  • Kingston upon Thames KT2 5BH: 12 Mandarin duck + 11 ducklings on river at rear of Hawker Centre (Phil Davies)
  • Rotherhithe: Long-tailed Duck still present at around midday at Canada Water, singing Reed Warbler (John Colmans); LtD still there c18:00, 2 Egyptian Goose pr, 7 Mute Swan pr + 5 cygnets, 8 Tufted Duck 4pr, 2 Common Tern, 1 Grey Heron, c8 House Martin (Richard Lord).
  • Shadwell E1: 2 Common Tern (pr) Shadwell Basin on nesting raft (John Colmans).
  • Wapping E1: 3 Grey Wagtail (1ad 2juv) Hermitage Basin, 4+ House Martin (2+ pr) nesting in flats overlooking river, several House Sparrows (John Colmans).
  • Whitechapel E1: 14.45 Black Redstart heard calling (Richard Green).

Tuesday 11th June 2013 Edit

  • Bloomsbury WC1: Goldfinch singing at corner of Marchmont St & Tavistock Pl 1830 (Colin Brooks)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 20 Common Terns (13 on rafts), 2 juv Pied Wagtail (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park SE8: drake Mandarin looking increasingly tatty, juv Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail pr + 2+ yg, 4 Blackcap (3 singing m & f), singing Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit pr + 8+ yg (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ilford IG1 (Valentines Park): in spite of crows, dogs and foxes, the Egyptian Geese have got 4 ducklings to adult size! Heron youngster is out of nest and fishing. (Barbara Miller)
  • Kentish Town N19: Little Egret flew quite high E over Junction Rd at 0808 this morning (Pete Mantle)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 ad + 4 yg Redshank, 2 yg Lapwing (possibly two more) out of >30 hatched + 3pr still nesting, 4 broods of 9 yg Black-headed Gull - 4 still sitting on main lake rafts, hybrid? ad Herring/Lesser Black-backed Gull again (J Wilczur).
  • North Finchley N12: Hobby low over houses Summers Lane (Tony Clancy)
  • Rotherhithe: Long-tailed Duck still present on Canada Water 8.50pm (Richard Bonser); 3 Common Tern chasing each other (Jon Agar); Common Terns observed fishing and courtship feeding, several Sand Martins among House Martins and Swallows [How many Swallows? Rare here this time of year (RB). ca5 (PJ)], Sedge Warbler [Where please? very rare at Canada Water - I've never seen one (RB). In scrub just to the NW side of the platform jutting into the water (PJ)], Blackcap both singing (Phil Jackman); 1 Swift, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Reed Warbler (James Lowen)
  • Southwark SE1 (Tooley St): 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker flew towards Potters Field mid-morning (Paul Whiteman)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebe south basin (A Luscombe).
  • Stokes Field LNR (Long Ditton): 1+ f Bullfinch by entrance - almost certainly a pair breeding this year (Bill Dykes).
  • Thorney CP, Iver: 1 male Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, c14 Common Tern on raft (Roger Dewey)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Lapwing W, Linnet, Pochard E, 3 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, Swallow, 50+ Swift, 4 Little Grebe (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Shelduck N over Heronry (1 S later), 2 singing Reed Warbler (SoM), 2 singing Garden Warbler, Common Tern, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 50+ Swift, 4 House Martin (Nick Croft/Mike Messenger)

Monday 10th June 2013 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler singing Conservation Pond 7am but sadly sitting Mute Swan has died (Bob Watts).
  • Edmonton N9: no sign adult Rose-coloured Starling 930-1030 or 6-7pm in Bounces Road & environs (Dominic Mitchell, Bob Watts).
  • Forest Hill Road SE22: Hobby over E 18:30 (Martin Stevens & Daniel Greenwood).
  • Greenwich Park: 2 Spotted Flycatchers - still catching insects from trees in nettle-covered dip in ground between Queen's Oak and drinking fountain, also Mistle Thrush, plenty Swifts, plus parties of Tits inc Long-tailed & Coal, Pochard & Tufted Duck on pond (Eric Brown, Peter Graham, Stephen Sheppard & Sandra Sheppard). Hi, just to say the Pochards and all but 2 of the Tufted Duck are pinioned birds! (Joe Beale) (Does that mean they are no longer pochards or tufted ducks then (EB) Sigh...
  • Hackney Marshes: Old River Lee - Kingfisher only recently returned after quite a long gap (Jean-Patrick Elmes)
  • Little Britain, Iver/Cowley: Cuckoo seen between Little Britain and Thorney Weir calling for 30+ mins, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Chaffinch, 2 Collered Doves, Song Thrush, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Sue Giddens)
  • Richmond Park: Skylark survey, 8 territories (down from 23 territories in 2009) (J Wilczur).
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck still on Canada Water till 2000 at least, also 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Common Terns, 24+ House Martins, 1+ Sand Martin, 2 singing Reed Warbler (Richard Bonser, Peter Charles, Jonathan Lethbridge and Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Red-throated Diver landed on N basin 08.04 - still present late am at least (Bob Warden); 1 Roseate Tern feeding on S basin 10.00-10.53 when flew off NW (Ken Purdey); Roseate Tern seen again on S basin 11.25-11.40 when it again flew off NW (Jim Sweetland); 2 Mediterranean Gulls early am (1 ad on KG VI gantry & 1st-summer on N basin briefly), 2 Black-necked Grebes on S basin (Bob Warden)
  • Stanwell Moor: 2 Swift, c12 Swallow, Shelduck over, Hobby, good numbers of Whitethroats & Sedge Warblers, Barn Owl heard 'screeching' but not seen (Keith Kerr).
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 18 Herring Gull east over Chadacre Road 08.45-09.00, 3 Common Swift (Neil Batten).
  • Westminster: Collared Dove flew from Lambeth Palace Garden across river and landed in a plane tree next to Palace of Westminster at 08:40; unremarkable elsewhere perhaps but I hope in the context of this site worthy of a quick mention on this page (Frank Nugent). Absolutely - this species is no city-slicker. :)

Sunday 9th June 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 50+ Swift, 6+ House Martin (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Brent Reservoir: c800 Swifts, 20 Common Terns, 1 Lapwing (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Cranford CP (TW5): family of 5 Coal Tits (1f & 4juv), 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 25+ Swifts over, Kestrel, Jay, 2 Skylarks, 2 Linnets, 2 Common Whitethroats, Moorhen, Dunnock, 4 Wrens, Green Woodpecker heard not seen, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush (Sue Giddens)
  • Cleary Gardens EC4: tame Dunnock, unexpected in the City. When nearby 1 Poultry opened in late 90s I was surprised to find a dead Dunnock on the ground (Michael Rank). These birds may be emanating from the nearby Barbican Centre where I am pretty certain they are breeding (Neil Batten)
  • Crouch End N8 (cricket pitch complex): Hobby lazily N 1700, Little Egret E 1745 (James Lowen)
  • Edmonton N9: adult Rose-coloured Starling in private garden, present for 'around 3 hours'. Photos and description up on Birdguides (finder James Newman). Still around? Possible to see? 2 corking photos on Birdguides by JN with group of Starlings 4m from house in Bounces Rd 0830-1130.
  • King George V Reservoir: 2,000+ Swifts (incl over nearby William Girling Res), 4 House Martins, a few Swallows & Sand Martins, 6 Linnet, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher (Tony Clancy)
  • Lewisham Park SE13: Peregrine over 18.15 (David Capper)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 6 Redshank 4 chicks with 2 ads, 100+ Swift (WWT website); 4 Shoveler, 3 Lapwing chicks from three different broods plus at least 2 more ads appear to be sitting on eggs, 3 Black-headed Gull chicks, Grey Wagtail over (Matt Palmer).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Spotted Flycatcher (patch tick), 1 Common Tern over (Ruth Savery, Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Potters Bar EN6 (Fir & Pond Woods): 1 Cuckoo (h) this morning (Phil Rhodes)
  • Lee Valley RP EN9 (Fishers Green): 3 Cuckoo (h), 5 Lesser Whitethroat (R Bell)
  • Rotherhithe: female Long-tailed Duck still on Canada Water mid morning; also Reed Warbler, 2 Swifts, 2 Sand Martins, 5 House Martins; Egyptian Goose Surrey Water (Richard Bonser). (photos here)
  • Streatham, Stanthorpe Rd SW16: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (house tick) (R Bell)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 6 Pheasant (3 females exploded into air from same spot as I went past bank), 9 Lapwing, 15+ Stock Dove, 2 Swallow, Nuthatch collecting food, singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Rook, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Linnet, pr Bullfinch (Neil Anderson)
  • Tyttenhanger: Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plovers, Lapwings, Common Terns, Sand Martins, Red Kite, Common Buzzards, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Cuckoo (calling distantly), Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff (Bob Husband, NW London RSPB Group)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: Little Egret over, 2 singing Skylark, pr Meadow Pipit, singing Lesser Whitethroat (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 8th June 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret W 0920 from Filter Beds, Common Tern Wood Green Res, 50+ Swift (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones); Red Kite seen flying over Hornsey School for Girls - quite unusual to see them so far into the city (Jamila Rowland-Chandler 13yrs)
  • Blackheath: male Whitethroat carrying food at 'Scarce Emerald' pond (James Lowen); Peregrine over Village 18h (Dave Capper, James Lowen);
  • Blackheath Dips SE3: Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Greenfinch, Chiffchaff all singing, 3 well-fledged juv Greenfinches, Song Thrush, good numbers of locally-breeding Swifts over (Joe Beale).
  • East Finchley N2 (Islington Cemetery): Bullfinch heard calling, Swifts overhead (Bob Husband & Tony Clancy)
  • Friern Barnet N12 (Coppetts Wood NR): Great Spotted Woodpeckers calling but no activity at nest site, Blackcaps singing but no sign of Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs singing (Bob Husband & Tony Clancy)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 4 Little Grebe pr + 2 chicks, 4 Common Tern prs with eggs, 5+ singing Reed Warblers, 2 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, Lesser Whitethroat (Conrad Ellam)
  • Greenwich Park: no sign Long-tailed Duck 0650, 2 Spotted Flycatchers still present (Joe Beale); Egyptian geese - one gosling only left! (Richard Lord)
  • Harefield UB9: 5 Hobby over Jacks Lane at 14:45 (Simon Buckingham)
  • Harrow Town Centre HA1: 12 Swifts (Shailesh Patel)
  • Hyde Park: 3 singing Reed Warbler usual place reedbed opp Diana Memorial - one showing well 8.30am (David Jeffreys); 2 singing Reed Warblers in same place at 4pm (Matthew Wentworth-May)
  • Kingston Cemetery KT1: 1 Hobby hawking insects, 10+ Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff (M Bournat)
  • Ladywell Fields south SE6: Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, 2 Mandarin Duck (pr); Red Damselfly (Terry Wilson).
  • Lee Valley: 2 Nightingales singing by subtstation island, 2 Cuckoos singing 70 Acres Lake, 1 Hobby, 1 Tawny Owl flying over Cheshunt Station at 21.30 hours (Ian Bradshaw).
  • Mudchute Park & Farm: no sign of yesterday's possible Nightjar by 10.30pm (Sean Huggins)
  • Rainham Marshes: 1 Greenshank, 8 Ringed Plovers, 15+ Shovelers, 3 drake Teal, Cuckoo singing, electric fence a great success with 2 large Redshank chicks and 6 Lapwing chicks (3+ broods) and likely many more wader chicks unseen (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Ham Lands LNR, Richmond TW10: 3 Common Whitethroat including one carrying food to yg, 11 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Spencer Neal)
  • Rotherhithe: Long-tailed Duck on Canada Water this afternoon viewable from Tesco car park, also 1st-summer Common Gull, 2 Egyptian Geese, Sand Martin; 4 Common Terns on rafts at Surrey Water plus Egyptian Goose; 2 Common Terns Greenland Dock (Richard Bonser)
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe (S Basin) (A Luscombe).
  • Streatham Hill Stn: 1 Grey Heron over (R Bell)
  • Sudbury Town HA1: 2 Swifts (Shailesh Patel)
  • Teddington: high-flying Buzzard NE from the direction of Bushy Park 10.44am (Ian R Watson)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Little Egret, Swallow, Pheasant, Stock Dove, Kestrel, Skylark, plenty Blackcap & Whitethroat, a few Chiffchaff (Nigel Dodd)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Low Maynard - 1 Hobby, 1 Kingfisher; No 1 - 1 Hobby (Paul Whiteman, Dave Bradnum)
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Willow Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, Swallow, 4+ House Martin, 50+ Swift, Kestrel, 7 Skylark (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Turtle Dove SE over Shoulder of Mutton pond (first for 2-3 years), 10+ Stock Dove, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, yg Lesser Whitethroat, Kingfisher, 3-4 Little Egret, lone Great Crested Grebe has paired up again, Bullfinch, 2 Black-headed Gull N up Roding (Nick Croft/Josh Selfe)

Friday 7th June 2013Edit

  • Brentford TW8: Peregrine Falcon by M4 flyover near GSK building (Graeme Charles)
  • Crossness: female Wheatear in the paddocks (Steve Carter per John Archer).
  • Enfield EN2 (Clay Hill): 5 Nuthatch (2ad 3juv) (Robert Callf).
  • Ewell KT19 (Hogsmill Open Space): 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Grey Heron (Neil Batten).
  • Greenwich Park: Spotted Flycatcher flycatching in a gulley next to a defunct drinking fountain near to the oldest tree in the park (Conrad Ellam); 2 there @ 15:40, also juv Robin, Blackcap (Joe Beale); f Long-tailed Duck (presumably the Peckham bird of unknown origin) showing well Flower Garden Lake, evening - did not take bread but came within a few metres of people (Joe Beale); still present 2015 (Martin Hallam, James Lowen). Long-tailed Duck record shots
  • Guilford Street, WC1: Turtle Dove flying fast N up Gray's Inn Road towards Kings Cross @ 19.30 (apologies for late posting - internet at home broken. Bird seen briefly and without bins - strange location I know but colouration wrong for Woodpigeon and Stock Dove & build and flight pattern wrong for Collared Dove or Feral Pigeon) (Huw Prior)
  • Harrow on the Hill, HA1: Nuthatch removing faecal sac from nest in house wall - third consecutive year at least this unusual nest site has been occupied, also c12 Swifts (Alex Massey)
  • Mudchute Park & Farm: Mystery bird! I saw a bird very briefly at Mudchute Farm (directly opposite Mudchute DLR) this lunchtime. It appeared fast and low over the trees, flew over my head before disappearing over more trees. My initial thought was a small raptor, Kestrel or Sparrowhawk sized, but the only other feature I noted was that the underwing was uniformly dark brown with a very pale spot (guessed at the size of a 2p coin) near the end of each wing. Any suggestions welcome. (Richard Harrison); Nightjar, perhaps? (John Archer). Looking at Google images, it does look like it. How likely is a Nightjar flying in daylight on the Isle of Dogs? (RH) It's possible if it was flushed from a day roost (AS) It might be worth checking tonight if anyone is local. Not at all impossible, there was a famous bird at Teddington in an urban street some years ago. Please make sure you get the news out quickly if anyone sees it tonight (Paul Whiteman)
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: 3 Reed Warblers, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 7+ Swifts, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Alan Hobson).
  • South Norwood Lake: 1m Teal, c50 Swift over (John Watson/Gavin Hawgood)
  • Thorney CP: Hobby over at 12.36pm, Sparrowhawk being mobbed by a Swallow, 23 Common Terns, Greenfinch, Blackcaps, Common Whitethroats (Sue Giddens)
  • Totteridge Valley: Garden Warbler singing, c25 Swift N, 1 Swallow N, Lapwing ad, Bullfinch (John Colmans)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Sand Martin, House Martin, 50+ Swift, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: pr Reed Warbler (Shoulder of Mutton), Garden Warbler still OSW, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, House Martin, 60+ Swift; locals report singing Cuckoo from the stables area yesterday (Nick Croft)

Thursday 6th June 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 1 Common Tern Wood Green Res, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 ad WIllow Warbler still Top Field (Dominic Mitchell, Bob Watts)
  • Hollow Ponds: 8 Mute Swan (pr + 6 cygnets), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Great Crested Grebe on eggs, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Eygptian Goose + 1 gosling (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • London Wetland Centre: Little Egret, Peregrine, 4 Redshank chicks (website)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir LNR: 1 Gadwall, 7 Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, singing Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch (John Gordon)
  • Regent's Park: 9 Mandarin (two broods on Regent's Canal - duck with 4 ducklings & duck with 1 duckling + another pr), also Swift over (John Colmans)

Wednesday 5th June 2013Edit

  • Cowley UB8 (Green Lane allotments): 1 male Kestrel, 1 male Sparrowhawk (Roger Dewey)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Great Crested Grebe (1 dock 1 Thames), 2 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, Mistle Thrush (copse) (Gary A James).
  • Elstree Aerodrome WD6: Red Kite mobbed by crows, Skylark singing (Alan Lewis)
  • Hampstead Heath: 18:15-19:30 only - 3 singing Reed Warbler (1 at Sanctuary Pond & 2 at Highgate 1 Pond), Common Tern patrolling Highgate Ponds, Mute Swan cygnets at Sanctuary Pond reduced to 6, 2 (pr) House Sparrow insect-gathering from hedges up from bandstand (Frank Nugent).
  • Hyde Park: Serpentine - 2 Reed Warblers singing Diana Memorial; Long Water - 1 Reed Warbler singing small reedbed 4pm, 2 Common Tern ad feeding juv on posts opp Peter Pan statue (Chris Holtby)
  • Ladywell Cemetery SE4: 2 Greenfinch, 2 Chiffchaff singing, Jay, Green Woodpecker (Phil Laurie)
  • Lambeth SE1 (Archbishop's Park): 2 House Martin N, 1 Swallow N 14:30 (Frank Nugent).
  • Lee Valley RP EN9 (Cornmill Meadows): 2 Ringed Plover, 7 Lapwing + 2 chicks, 6 House Martins, 9 Gadwall, 1 male Sparrowhawk, 2 Reed Warblers (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • London Wetland Centre: Hobby, Greenshank, 2 Redshank and 4 chicks, 200+ Swifts (website).
  • Potters Bar EN6 (Fir & Pond Woods): 1 Spotted Flycatcher singing, 1 Garden Warbler singing, 1 Reed Bunting singing (Robert Callf).
  • Rammey Marsh EN3: 1 Cuckoo heard and seen in flight, 1 Grasshopper Warbler still reeling this evening (Phil Rhodes)
  • Sipson UB7 (Sipson Rd N of A4 beside Park Inn Hotel): 1 Whitethroat (D Briggs)
  • Stanwell Moor: drake Garganey (C Lamsdell)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: horse paddocks - 40+ Stock Dove evening (JW Davies)
  • Wanstead Flats: Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 100+ Swift, Stock Dove, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Egyptian Goose, pr Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Reed Warbler still Shoulder of Mutton, Willow Warbler Bush Wood, pr Hobby, 2 Swallow north, House Martin, 100+ Swift (Nick Croft)
  • Worcester Park KT4: 2 soaring Red Kite at 1140 (Bob Smith)

Tuesday 4th June 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler heard between platforms 1 & 2 (Alan Gibson per Bob Watts), 1+ ad Willow Warbler Top Field still in the morning (Dominic Mitchell); eve - 4 Willow Warbler ad + 3 juvs in nearby garden backing onto park (Henry Wyn-Jones) - pics at
  • Arkley EN5 (Barnet Gate Lane): 1 Skylark ascending in full song over cultivated fields, unfortunately no Lapwings seen here today, Little Egret flew over Whiting's Hill NE 5.00pm, plenty of Blackcaps, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Pheasants (Mr Crabtree). TQ 219 949 Glebe Lane from your OS Ref ?
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret flew E 08.22, Swallow over, 2 Lesser Whitethroats singing (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park SE8: 4 Swift, 4 singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff, 2 House Sparrow, Moorhen pr + 1 chick, Coot still sitting on eggs, lots of fledglings: Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Goldfinch & Greenfinch (Conrad Ellam)
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Sand Martin (the first here since April of a species that usually nests), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Shelduck, 35+ Tufted Duck, Common Tern pr + 2 chicks, 2+ singing Reed Warblers (John Archer).
  • Greenwich Park: fledglings all around including Robin and Chaffinch being fed by parents, 3 active Great Spotted Woodpecker nest holes (possibly more still to find), yesterday's Egyptian Goose & Moorhen broods still; also teneral Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Reed Warbler (one singing in tiny reedbed at Boating Pond nearest to the toilets as noted by FN and the other flying in and out of same), 1 Common Tern nearby, 9 Mute Swan pr + 7 cygnets on Sanctuary; two painted lady by sphagnum bog (Jo Edwards).
  • Hyde Park: 3+ Reed Warblers singing in reedbed nearest Diana Memorial (Chris Holtby)
  • Oak Hill Woods NR, East Barnet, Herts EN4: Great Spotted Woodpeckers visiting Oak Tree nest site - juvs calling from within, Chiffchaff giving anxiety call near presumed nest or fledged yg, 3 Tawny Owlets still present at dusk (Bob Husband & Andy Aiken).
  • Peckham Rye Park SE22: no sign of the Long-tailed Duck on lake this morning (Peter Beckenham per Dave Clark)
  • Redbridge Lakes IG8: Reed Warbler (good views inc singing), Common Tern, Whitethroat (carrying food to hidden yg), 4 Swifts, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Green Woodpecker, Garden Warbler (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 6 Great Crested Grebe (2pr each with 1 yg - more successful nests than last yr already), c60 Swift, 3 Reed Warbler singing, 2 Grey Wagtail - ad feeding juv (birdman_euston)
  • Tooting Commons: 5 singing Blackcap, 1 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Nick Granger-Taylor).
  • Trent Park: 2 Common Tern briefly visited Lower Lake before flying off NE 12:08 hrs (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Victoria Park: West Lake - Egyptian Goose pr + brood of 5, Red-crested Pochard pr + brood of 2, 14 Greylag Geese, 20+ Swift, 2 House Martin (Bob Watts).
  • Wanstead Flats: Lesser Whitethroat + yg, 5 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, Swallow, 50+ Swift, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 singing Reed Warbler, Wilow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Little Egret, Hobby, Kestrel, the Great Crested Grebe has abandoned the second nest after losing its partner - presumably to a mink, 5 Little Grebe, Swallow, 100+ Swift (Dan Hennessy/Tim Harris/Mike Messenger/Nick Croft)

Monday 3rd June 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: pair of Willow Warblers Top Field feeding three half-grown juveniles - first site breeding record for at least eight years (Dominic Mitchell) - photo at
  • Brookmill Park SE8: singing Reed Warbler (patch tick), singing Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, drake Mandarin, 4 House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam) .
  • East India Dock Basin: Common Terns pr + 2 chicks on one raft, 2nd pr prospecting another raft, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Shelduck, 49 Tufted Ducks, 2+ singing Reed Warbler, 2 singing Blackcap (John Archer).
  • Enfield (Forty Hall): 1 female Mandarin Duck + 2 ducklings c1 week old (first brood this year, late) (Robert Callf).
  • Greenwich Park: 7 Egyptian Goose pr + 5 small yg (first breeding record here), 8 nearly full-grown Mallard yg, 1 Moorhen yg, 2 fledged Blackbirds, Linnet overhead, good numbers of Swifts; yesterday 3 fledged Pied Wagtails (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin)
  • Lea Valley RP EN9 (Fishers Green Island): 5-6 Cuckoo, 4 Nightingale (Colin Fairweather, Barry Jones, Billy Tollemache).
Long-tailed Duck crop

Long-tailed Duck by Andrew Self

  • Peckham Rye Park SE22: Long-tailed Duck still at 6.45 (Tom Smith); still present to 8.45am, also 3 Swift, 1 Chiffchaff (Peter Beckenham, Dave Clark, Martin Stevens, Dan Greenwood). Anyone seen the duck this pm? cheers ... I and three other birders, plus the parks department and every baby stroller saw it for an hour between 12:30 and 13:30, within 10 feet of us. Go for it! It will not be easier this year (Terence Baker); still present 16:30 (Andrew Self) TQ 348 750
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe (S.Basin), 2 House Sparrow (causeway) (A Luscombe).
  • St James's Park: singing Reed Warbler showing nicely at 08:30 in tiny reedbed nearest to Horse Guards Road (Frank Nugent); also 4 House Martins north at 12.30 (Andrew Self).
  • Surrey Water SE16: 1 Egyptian Goose (Beryl Phillips)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Swallow over (Bob Watts).
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 5+ Sand Martin, House Martin, 100+ Swift, 4 Stock Dove, Kestrel, Little Egret over park (Nick Croft).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Turtle Dove in paddocks behind stables (Jean-Patrick Elmes) Hi Jean-Patrick. Nice find! What time did you see the Turtle Dove and where about on the back paddocks? How long was it there for? Thanks :) (G Howie). Sorry I can't edit this at work, I saw it around 7.15-7.30am feeding on the ground in the 3rd section from the populars (J-PE). Thanks, J-P. (GH)
  • Wanstead Park: Reed Warbler (SoM), Common Tern (DH), Willow Warbler (TH), Hobby, Swallow, House Martin, 150+ Swift (Nick Croft). Reed Warbler Bush Wood (Paul Ferris)

Sunday 2nd June 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret low west over Filter Beds (site 1st for year), 3 Shoveler inc 2 males Wood Green Res before flying SE 0910 (June records exceptional here), Peregrine east with large prey probably feral pigeon, 2 Swallows, Common Tern (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard circled over at 11.40 (Andrew Self)
  • Canons Farm & Banstead Woods: Canons F - 14 Crossbills flew SW at 9.59am (David Campbell); Banstead W - 1 calling Hawfinch close to orchard at 10.55 (Steve Gale)
  • Canons Park HA8: 3 Swifts (Shailesh Patel, Robin Morden & Mike Cawthorne)
  • Coppetts Wood, Friern Barnet N12: Garden Warbler (singing), Blackcap (many singing even beside the Garden Warbler), Chiffchaff (at least 3 singing), Great Spotted Woodpeckers still visiting nest site.(Bob Husband, Tony Clancy, Dr Oliver Natelson)
  • Crossness: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (2nd-summer & 1st-summer), Mediterranean Gull (heard), 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Gadwall; also Green Hairstreak by Thames path near golf centre (1st site record) (John Archer and Richard Bonser).
  • Dollis Valley, Barnet: 4 Little Egrets arrived at 11.30 & landed in trees by brook near the council estate, also Heron in brook (first time I've seen one here) (Geoff Crabtree).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Spotted Flycatcher (Richard Lord)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Reed Warbler (one singing in tiny reedbed at Boating Pond nearest to the toilets & also at Highgate 1 Pond), Common Tern, House Martin over NW, 100+ Swift (Frank Nugent).
  • Hanwell W7: 15+ Swift briefly over my back garden which is a good count (Rob Mills)
  • Hyde Park: Reed Warbler singing from Diana Memorial Fountain reedbed (D Jordan)
  • Kentish Town NW5: Common Buzzard high N over Arctic St at 1700, single Swallow N too (Pete Mantle)
  • London Wetland Centre: possible Grey Plover circling low over reserve at 9.30 (only seen in silhouette) may have landed but not seen again after search (J Wilczur); Spotted Flycatcher by WWF hide at 14.30 (M.Parker per JW); Spot Fly still there at 5-30 and showing well until Sparrowhawk landed on same branch (David Bradshaw).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 Red Kite heading N (1 above 1 W later), 1 intruding Peregrine (public site with 3 yg about to fledge) (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Osterley Park: 1 Common Tern, 2 Great Crested Grebe + 3 chicks, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Herring Gull, 15+ Jackdaw, 1 Jay, 4 Mandarin, 7 Mistle Thrush, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Shoveler, 4 Stock Doves, 15+ Swift (V Williamson, R Woolley).
  • Peckham Rye Park SE22: female Long-tailed Duck on the lake this evening (for 2nd day) showing very well (Richard Bonser & John Archer); still on lake at 8.30pm (Steven Robinson)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 7am-9.30am - 2 Marsh Harrier (ad male, imm male), 1 Hobby, 2 Avocet, 5 Common Tern (John Richardson)
  • Richmond TW9: 1 Honey Buzzard pale phase low S over Selwyn Avenue 15.40-15.45 being mobbed by crows (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Richmond Park : 2 Hobby, Common Buzzard (Phil Davies); partially leucistic Swift over Pen Ponds (S Read per J Wilczur).
  • Staines Moor: 1 Common Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 1 Whitethroat (Richard Woolley).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 4 Linnet, 7 Stock Dove, 2 Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 2 Common Tern, 4 Sand Martins with 1 visible chick poking its head out the drain pipe (G Howie); 2 Whitethroat mobile between shrubs next to rail lines and marsh. Anyone else noted how dry the marsh is? Is this unusual, even concerning? (Matthew Cunningham)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - 1 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 23 Shelduck (David Bradshaw).

Saturday 1st June 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler still singing Conservation Pond, also 2 Common Tern, 2 Swallow, 8+ House Martin (APOG).
  • Barkingside IG6: Buzzard being mobbed by 8 crows and 2 gulls (Brandon Anderson)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard seen several times from 09.35-10.25, also Egyptian Goose & 11 prs of Mute Swans nesting (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall).
  • Ealing (W13): Black-tailed Godwit heard over garden just after midnight this morning (Bill Haines).
  • Enfield EN2 (Vicarage Farm): 4 (m f 2 juv) Pied Wagtail (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Hertford Heath SG13 (Balls Wood NR): Great Spotted Woodpecker nest hole in ash tree with yg calling & being fed (Roger Dewey)
  • Holloway N7: 1 Jackdaw. An Islington first for me (Alastair Rae).
  • London Wetland Centre: Yellow-legged Gull 1cy, Redpoll sp over (R Kaye); Hobby, first brood of 3 Black-headed Gull yg, 8 Redshank 2 pr & 4 yg still, 7 Lapwing yg (J Wilczur, R Kaye, M Honey).
  • Ruislip Lido: Cuckoo calling 6:28am Poors Field area - sorry for late posting (Richard Francis).
  • Sewardstone: 3 Red Kite drifted over together N/E at 1200hrs, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 3 Kestrel, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Willow Warbler (Hayley Lynes & Neville Smith).
  • St James's Park: singing male Reed Warbler (Bill Oddie per Dominic Mitchell).
  • Stoneleigh KT17: Hobby circling over The Glade 18.15 - 18.20, monitored at a distance by the local Common Swifts (circa 12 in total) (Neil Batten).
  • Streatham Common SW16: Nuthatch (Richard Harrison); 2 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs (R Bell)
  • Tooting Commons (N end, near Rastell Ave): 2 Stock Dove, 1 Jackdaw (pr sometimes seen here), 1 Grey Heron high over heading N (Nick Granger-Taylor).
  • Wanstead Flats: Common Buzzard (Dan Hennessy), Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (Josh Selfe), 10 Sand Martin, House Martin, 3 Swallow, 100+ Swift (Nick Croft/Tim Harris)
  • Wanstead Park: Garden Warbler (Josh Selfe), 2 Hobby pr (Nick Croft)
  • West Norwood: Common Buzzard over The Hope pub garden 1430 (Bob Watts).

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