Tyttenhanger GPs: 3 Black-Tailed Godwit, Barnacle Goose, Little Egret, 61 Lapwing, 4+Tree Sparrow, Red Kite, Buzzard. (Steve Blake)
Wanstead Flats: Buzzard sized raptor circling on flat wings heading high towards Leytonstone, so if anyone nails a Honey B...., singing Garden Warbler, singing Lesser Whitethroat (pus 2 young), 30 + Swift, 6 House Martin, Stock Dove (Nick Croft)
London Wetland Centre: White Admiral 1st record, 2 drake Ruddy Duck still. One constantly displaying. I can sympathise, I have had some dry patches but probably not as long as his is going to be. (R.Kaye). A nice holiday in Spain should fix that for him. Probably get shot before it can even think about it! Still the parakeets are laughing!!
Richmond park: Hobby over Pen ponds 7.30am ,female mandarin duck and hunting Female Kestrel (les McCallum)
Park Wood: Tawny Owl calling at 21:10 (Jon Ridge).
Pinner (Grove Avenue): Grey Wagtail along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
Ruislip Lido: 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Little Ringed Plover, House Martins, Swift, Sparrowhawk and 3 Common Tern, 1 Red-eared Terrapin. (Shailesh Patel). LRP on main raft at 20:50 - many thanks (Jon Ridge).
St James' Park: Pochard duckling with adult female, Mallard brood (just hatched), Egyptian Goose gosling (just hatched) with adult, two Mute Swan broods, 2 Moorhen juveniles. (Matt Reed).
Totteridge Valley: singing Reed Bunting in grassland, Lesser Whitethroat family group, Kestrel, Mistle Thrush, 7 Swift plus good numbers of butterflies especially Ringlet (John Colmans)
Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler adjacent to Wood Green Res near kestrel box (Alan Gibson per Bob Watts).
Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Lapwing (2 ad 3 juv), 6 Little Ringed Plover (inc 1+ juv) (Brent Birders)
Brookmill Park: 3 Little Egret, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 8 House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
Crossness: 3rd-summer Yellow-legged Gull on jetty, c.800 Black-headed Gulls at high tide (several juveniles), Lapwing, 12 House Martins and 1 Sand Martin (Richard Bonser).
East Acton: c12 Swift, singing Coal Tit, Collared Dove (Charlie Farrell)
Hammersmith Bridge: Little Egret (8:30 went towards Chiswick), 3 House Martin (Nathalie Mahieu)
Hampstead Heath: 1 Gadwall, 1 Pochard and 1 Kingfisher at Hampstead 1 Pond (Frank Nugent).
Isle of Dogs: 19 Herring Gull chicks from 10 broods, 5 Lesser black-backed Gull chicks from 3 broods in NE section, Common Tern, Great black-backed Gull in area. Tannoy near colony blaring out Larus distress calls but if done to scare them off has done so to little avail! (Matt Reed)
London Wetland Centre: Little Egret, pair of nesting Little Ringed Plovers and two lapwing chicks (wader scrape); Peregrine on Ch. X. Hospital, LRP family group (2 adult 2 juvenile) on main lake joined at times by 3rd 'resident' bird, 2 male Ruddy Duck (reservoir lagoon) (Martin Honey/A. Innes)
Marylebone, NW8: At least 3 Herring Gull chicks from 2 broods on roof of Cherwell House on Church Street (Matt Reed).
Richmond Park: juv female Peregrine NE over Pen Ponds at 07.15 (anon per JW). Peregrine- probable female of indeterminate age flew NE with prey at 06.45, Pochard duckling still, Common Tern - 3rd brood of 2 young, c.380 Herring Gulls flew SE 07.15-08.45, ad Lesser Black-backed Gull mobbed by terns, Kingfisher, Sand Martin NE (J.Wilczur)
Roehampton, SW15: Swallow - breeding pair confirmed in stables just beside Richmond Park gates (J.Wilczur)
Ten Acre Wood area: very quiet. Family 3 Kestrel, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Lapwing, 5 Stock Dove, 5 Linnet (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
Yeading Brook Meadows: Red Kite, singing Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Ringlets (my first for this area), Marbled White (site first for me- good population in nearby Horsenden Hill + also Ruislip Woods areas), first Ruddy Darter of season (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
Blackheath Dips: Reed Warbler singing quietly in bushes (no water here), also juv and singing Whitehtroats, Chiffchaff (Joe Beale).
Brent Reservoir: (late pm) 1 Greylag, 1 Little Egret (with tarsi appearing yellow-green rather than black), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing, 4 Green Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull raiding a Coot nest to feed a cootling to its own two chicks, 4 Stock Dove, plus a few Swift and House Martin (Andrew Haynes).
Cowley, Uxbridge: 1 Hobby flying directly over recreation ground & A 408. (Roger Dewey)
East India Dock Basin: 20+ Common Tern, including at least 3 broods of 2 & 6+ incubating adults, Shelduck, 7 Tufted Duck, 3+ Sand Martin, Reed Warbler singing (John Archer)
Brent Reservoir: 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing (2 Adult 2 Juv.), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 44 Common Tern (Roy Beddard)
Ewell Village: Red Kite circling high over centre of village 12:50 - 13:00 at least, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Greylag, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Grey Wagtail incl. a recently fledged juvenile, 2 Common Swift (Neil Batten)
Hampstead Heath: Common Buzzard spiralling on a thermal above the Lido at 1515 (Pete Mantle)
Pinner (Grove Avenue): Little Egret along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
Pinner Park Farm: 3 Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, 5 Rook (inc two juveniles) - the first breeding record in Harrow for some years, 212 Jackdaw (a record count at this site), 11 Stock Dove, 20 Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Grey Heron & a family of Whitethroat (Jon Ridge).
Trent Park: 2 Red Kite soaring at great height (Robert Callf).
Wearside Lewisham SE13: f Grey Wagtail feeding 2 juv along River Ravensbourne. (Patrick English)
Abney Park Cemetery: Very sad to report the female Tawny Owl found dead on Saturday. We hope the male can support the 4 owlets. Any advice appreciated if there's anything we can do. (Adam Hudson and Tony Butler). There’s little you can do unless you can offer them live rodents: in any case, two-thirds of all Tawny Owlets die in their first year after their parents have driven them out of the territory -- and those who have lost their mummy presumably face even less chance of survival [Andrew Haynes]. WHAT A HAPPY CHAPPY YOU ARE! Owls will feed on worms, frogs and all sorts. trying leaving what food items you can near the nest - better to have hope & give every chance, then admit defeat, such as our friend here! good luck.
Brent Reservoir: Little Egret behind dam 07.00 (Andrew Self); 3 Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 10 Lapwing, Garden Warbler, some Swift feeding very high, only 1 House Martin seen (S Blake); (evening visit) 2 Little Ringed Plover, 11 Lapwing, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 16 Black-headed Gull, 3 Teal (2m 1f), 1 House Martin, 1 yellow Budgerigar (Andrew Haynes).
Crayford Marshes: male Marsh Harrier, Little-ringed Plover, Corn Bunting, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Redshank, 2 Sedge Warbler, 20 Lapwing, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 8 House Martin, 6 Common Tern, 4 Blackcap, 2 Oystercatcher. (Kev Jarvis).
Greenwich Park: Treecreeper (scarce here), 4 small Moorhen chicks, 3 well grown Coot young, juv Stock Doves, Goldcrest juveniles fed by adults, m Whitethroat singing, several Blackcap families, 2 Mallard broods (Joe Beale)
Richmond Park: Juvenile Little Ringed Plover 8.05-8.25am at leastUpper Pen Pond. . who alerted me to it (Spencer Neal) still present at 10.00 when flushed by dog-walker & flew off NW Many thanks to the (finder R. Herbert), Pochard brood of one young, Grey Heron - 2 more broods of >6 young, 12 Common Tern - 3 nesting pairs with 2 broods of 4 young & 2 other adults briefly; Little Owl out in the open at 10.30, 2 juv Swallow Pen Ponds (J.Wilczur); discovered Sparrowhawk nest with at least 4 healthy chicks almost ready to fledge - 2 are already branching (J.Barnes).
Wanstead Flats: Turaco, singing Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 6 Skylark, Garden Warbler, 20 + Swift, 8 House Martin, Kestrel, Stock Dove (Nick Croft). 2 Peregrines high over Aldersbrook adjacent to the Flats (John Richardson). Did you really say 'turaco'? if so what type? tropical bird? no? The Turaco [a White-cheeked Turaco I believe has been here for years and is a regular in the park mad as stink! NC].
Wanstead Park: singing Stock Dove, Reed Warbler, Grey Wagtail, 8 House Martin, 10 Swift, 4 Little Grebe (Nick Croft).
Crossness: 3rd-summer Yellow-legged Gull by the jetty, 9 Teal, 11 Lapwing, pair of Oystercatcher with 1 young, Lesser Whitethroat (Richard Bonser & Mike Robinson)
Enfield Town: New River adjacent to Southbury Road: 1 Grey Wagtail, also singing male in Church Street (Phil Rhodes/Robert Callf).
Hampstead Heath: Lapwing circling over Parliament Hill at 1115 then away N 5 mins later. Also Common Buzzard SE, 2 Common Tern, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 juv Little Grebe at Wood Pond, 2 Kingfisher in Willow at Sanctuary Pond (Frank Nugent).
Horsenden Hill: 11+ Marbled White, 4 Ringlet, 9 White-letter Hairstreak + my first Small Skippers + Southern Hawker of year (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
Kingston Bridge: 2 Sand Martin, 7 House Martin, 1 Black Headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 13 Herring Gull including the albinistic individual again which has been in the area for a couple of months now (Neil Batten)
London Wetland Centre: adult Kittiwake on Lake for 40 minutes then flushed by Grey Heron drifted off north, 2 Shelduck flew east, Lapwing- 2 new broods of one young each, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 29+ young Black-headed Gull, 7 nesting pairs Common Tern (J.Wilczur). 8 Shoveler (2f 6m); 4 Teal (2m), 6+ broods of Tufted Duck; 1 Pochard brood (of 2) (Matt Palmer)
Richmond Park: Little Owl East of White Ash Pond, Buzzard over Pond plantation with approx.3ft snake - mobbed by Crows. Also - Southern Hawker, 2 Broad Bodied Chasers, 6 Black Tailed Skimmers, Numerous Blue Tailed, Azure, Common & Large Red Damselflies. Banded Demoiselles. (Steve Woolfenden). Hobby near Holly Lodge turn off from main road - 3pm (Paul Angus)
Ten Acre Wood area (early pm visit):Little Egret, pr Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel, Hobby, 13 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, c35 Stock Dove, 40+ Swift, Skylark, 2 Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet, Bullfinch,pr Red-veined Darter in tandem + egg-laying in open temporary pool where mobbed by Black-tailed Skimmers (female of which also egg laying as was Emperor Dragonfly) (Neil Anderson)
Waltham Abbey church: Red Kite east at 11am (Simon Papps)
Wanstead Park: Hoopoe briefly in flight over Wanstead Cricket Club towards the basin not seen subsequently (first for 38 years), Egyptian Goose with young (Basin), Common Tern (Jono Lethbridge); Reed Warbler carrying food, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Tern, Grey Wagtail, 2-3 Little Egret, singing Goldcrest, Swallow north, 4-5 House Martin, 50 + Swift, Grass Snake in Roding (Nick Croft)
Crossness: Little Egret, 400+ Black-headed Gull (including 5 juveniles), 2 Lapwing, pair of Oystercatchers with 1 young (John Archer & Richard Bonser).
Fulham Reach (Thames area): 4 House Martins (breeding again on patch for 1st time in 3 years), 6 Egyptian Goose (inc 1 young) (Nathalie Mahieu).
Richmond Park Golf Club: pair Kestrel seen from A3 (James Massey)
Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Shelduck, Little Ringed Plover,Great Black-backed Gull 3rd yr , Kingfisher (TeRNS)
Uxbridge: Red Kite being mobbed by Carrion Crows over Civic Centre car park c.16.15 (Alex Randall)
Walthamstow: Red Kite aimlesssly circling viewed from Lockwood Res. c.14:00. (Paul Whiteman, Sue Huckle). At about 18.30 all the crows and gulls started a cacophony & appeared to be mobbing something. A pale raptor glimpsed could have been this red kite.(Quentin Given). could this be the same bird? http://www.leevalleypark.org.uk/media/imageresize.ashx?img=4741_20140621000000_1.jpg&size=thumb&component=wildlife. That looks like an Osprey There's a good reason for that though the original observer has it captioned as Bzzard. edit update: Looks like there is no such person on the LV site called 'chud pearce fordham' the Osprey photo & his RoughleggedBuzzard photo (both captioned as Buzzrds!) posted the week before are both lifted from other sites as is his Hbby photo which comes from the Portland Bird Obs site. We have another or one of the earlier returned mischief maker in our midst.
Wimbledon Common: Cuckoo 0715hrs, Pr Swallows feeding young, also juvenile Little Grebes present at Bluegate GP. (David Wills).
Ewell Village: 1 Blackcap, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Greylag paired with Canada Goose, no sign of returning Black-Headed Gulls as yet - they usually return by 15 June (Neil Batten)
Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: family group of Willow Warbler, drake Pochard, Grey Wagtail, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Tufted Duck, 1+ Coal Tit, Goldcrest (Stuart Fisher)
Richmond Park: Juv female Peregrine hunting low over grassland & attacking clumps of newly mown grass. later seen perched in dead oak & bearing red ring on left leg with what appeared to be white numbers/letters (J.Wilczur). 2-3 Kestrel - male bird spooked from perch by me avoiding a rather large grass snake. later a pair vicinity Spankers Hill Wood, 8 Swallow (juvs receiving in-flight meal from adults), 3 Grey Wagtail (adult pair + juv), 4+ Reed Bunting, singing Skylark in protection area, 4 Common Tern incl a juv, 4+ Grey Heron + juv, 7 Egyptian Goose, Black-Headed Gull, 6+ Swift, 2pr Mute Swan each + 3 juvs, 2 Great Crested Grebe + 2 juvs (James Massey)
Rye Meads RSPB: 4 Black-necked Grebes (2 adults & 2 chicks) from Gadwall Hide. Please note that viewing restrictions do apply to avoid disturbance. (Simon West)
Trent Park: 2 Common Buzzard, 20 Common Swift, Collared Dove (unusually unusual here), 2 G S Woodpecker, 3 Blackcap, 4 ChiffChaff, 3 Garden Warbler, Nuthatch, R N Parakeet, Many Small White(s), 4 Ringlet, 8 Large White, 7 Gatekeeper - early date not been recorded in Herts & Middx yet this year are you sure of id? - R Callf They do appear to be early but I am pretty sure- I will double check tomorrow or Monday , Meadow Brown, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Small Heath. ( Pete Lowman).
Tyttenhanger GPs: Oystercatcher, Barnacle Goose (feral), Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, c20 Lapwing, 3 Common Tern, Little Egret, Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, 3+ Tree Sparrow, 10 Sand Martin, Red Kite, Buzzard, Garden Warbler. (Steve Blake)
Wanstead Flats: 2 Garden Warbler, 1st summer Common Gull (first returning bird of the Autumn), Egyptian Goose, 2 m Pochard, 5 singing Skylark, singing Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 10+ Swift, 2 House Martin (Nick Croft)
Waterworks NR: Chiffchaff, Reed Buntings feeding young, several Reed Warbler families, Jay, Green Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler, Stock Dove, RN Parakeets, Ringlet butterfly, many Emperor Dragonflies and Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Heron, Little Egret over. (Susan Huckle).
Enfield: 4 Little Egrets New River by Bush Hill Road, Garden Warbler Bush Hill Park Golf Course (Phil Rhodes)
Richmond Park: small flood pool by Roehampton Gate- Common Gull 1st-summer, Lesser Black-backed Gull 2nd-summer chased off an adult, 3 Black-headed Gull, Egyptian Goose brood of 5, Mandarin Duck broods of 6 & 4, Moorhen, 7 Swallow including 4+ juvs presumably bred nearby, Also Meadow Pipit pair carrying food & a singing male in nearby grassland, 3 Skylarks carrying food & faecal sacs so presumably with young. Please keep to paths (J.Wilczur)
St James's Park: Grey Wagtail behind Pelican_rock, 1 House Martin, 2 Swift, drake Ruddy Duck in situ (Frank Nugent).
Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Shelduck, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Sand Martin (TeRNS)
Wanstead Park: 3 House Martin, Reed Warbler, Swift, Common Tern, Little Grebe (Nick Croft); Wanstead Park p.m: 2 Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Peregrine on pylon, plus Grass snake sunning itself by river (Jean-Patrick Elmes).
St James's Park: 2 House Martin feeding low over Lake at lunchtime (Frank Nugent); also drake Ruddy Duck still (Andrew Self)
Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster: 11 Black-headed Gull incl at least 2 Juv E, c40 Swift over South Bank (Frank Nugent).
Wanstead Flats: Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Swift, 3 House Martin, 1-2 Kestrel, Little Grebe chick on Angel (first for many years, first time there has been appreciable water in the pond during the summer for many years) (Nick Croft)
Kensington Gardens & Hyde Park: Swift, Ring-Necked Parakeet, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Long-tailed Tit, Egyptian Goose, Jay, Male and female Blackcap (rDo)
Albion Channel: Five broods of Moorhen, three broods of Coot - good numbers for the short length of this canal. (Matt Reed).
Burgess Park: Great Crested Grebe on nest, Coot brood, Moorhen brood, Reed Warbler singing, 2 Mute Swan. (Matt Reed)
Brent Reservoir: 4 Little Ringed Plover, Shelduck, Egyptian Goose, Greylag Goose, Cetti's Warbler (Andrew Self & Roy Beddard)
Brookmill Park: 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, Stock Dove, 7 Swift, Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
Brunel University Bicentenary Gardens: Calling Lesser Whitethroat (2 pairs present), 2 juvenile Bullfinch, 44 Bee Orchids in flower, one Pyramidal Orchid in flower and female Stag Beetle. (Roger Morton)
Canada Water: 2 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, Great Crested Grebe with one good sized chick, Moorhen brood, Coot Brood, 4 Tufted Duck (Matt Reed).
Canonhill Common: 1 Kingfisher (James Dee)
Crouch End: 1 Hobby over, early evening (James Lowen)
Croydon town centre: Herring Gull nest with three well grown chicks and another pair taking food to a different rooftop. Also several pairs of Lesser Black-backed Gull present, one bird carrying what appeared to be nest material. (John Birkett)
Edmonton: Lesser black-backed gull with two chicks on factory roof on Orbital Business Park (Matt Reed).
Gallions Reach: Marsh Harrier female over 14.20, Common Buzzard, Hobby, 2 Avocet downriver 13.25, Redshank, Little Gull 1st sum, 27 Swift, 25 House Martin, Swallow. (Gary A James and Paul Davis).
Osterley Park: 2 Chiffchaff singing, Common Tern, Common Whitethroat, Egyptian Goose, 5 Great Crested Grebe (3 chicks), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 4 Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, 3+ Jackdaw, Jay, 2 Kestrel, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Owl, 13 Mandarin, 5 Mistle Thrush, 3 Pochard, 4+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Swift (Richard Woolley).
Regents Park: Kestrel feeding 3 young, 4 broods Great crested Grebe 1 with first brood of 2 fledged chicks and a 2nd (Michael Mac)
Richmond Park: late visit.. Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, 3 Reed bunting, 2 Great Crested Grebe + 2 juvs, 2 pr Mute Swan + 6 juvs, Common Tern chasing off LBBG, Black-Headed Gull, 2 Egyptian Goose, too many RN Parakeet (James Massey)
River Lea (Ferry Lane to Chalk Bridge): Three pairs of Mute Swan with young (including one pair with 9 cygnets), four broods of Mallard, two broods of Coot, 2 Egyptian Goose, Moorhen. (Matt Reed).
Southwark Park: 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, six broods of Coot, one brood of Moorhen (Matt Reed).
Lea Valley Park - Netherhall / Glen Faba: 3 Little Egret, 1 m Cuckoo, 3 Bullfinch, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Kestrel, 5 singing Cetti's Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 1 singing m Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 singing m Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker, Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose + 3 goslings, 2 pair Mute Swan - one with 7 cygnets the other with 1, 9 G C Grebe, Also at least 20 flower spikes of Bee Orchid (Nigel May)
Stoke Newington Abney Cemetery: The Tawny Owls have successfully fledged 4 Owlets been out for over a week. (ADH)
Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Shelduck, 5 Gadwall, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, 4 juv Pied Wagtail (TeRNS)
London Wetland Centre: 3 Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Terns plus chicks (J Cass, M Lewis, Nick S). News from yesterday- female Redstart flew towards "Wildside" (LWC web-site per J.Wilczur)
Oxleas Woods: Red Kite circled several times over Jack Wood then glided WNW 15.40 (John Reid)
Regent's Canal: Third Mallard brood of year on section between Lisson Grove & Camden. (Matt Reed).
Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: 2 Reed Warblers, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Stock Doves, Song Thrush, Whitethroat, and 4 Bee Orchids (Alan Hobson).
Ruislip Lido: Red Kite over Poors Field drifting west 09:50, 10 Common Terns on northern most raft, Coal tit, Garden Warbler, StocK Dove, Chiffchaff, House martin and nesting Mute Swan ( Martin Smith)
Stoke Newington East Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover present 0800, Little Egret again on New River (Peter Beckenham)
Trent Park: Tawny Owl young calling 22:00 (Robert Callf).
Wanstead Flats: Siskin over, Reed Warbler Cat & Dog and then later singing east end of Long Wood (presumably the same bird), 4 Lesser Whitethroat, singing Garden Warbler, Grey Wagtail, 2 singing Meadow Pipit, 30 + Swift, 5 House Martin, singing Stock Dove + 4 others, f Pochard, 2 Egyptian Goose, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
Golders Hill Park: (garden just outside Park triangle Gate) 3 tawny owl 2 with weak 'kha -wa' calls fluttering between oak trees (? juveniles, or is it too early. Normally 1-2 males and a female give typical calls and are rarely visible.) (Jo Edwards). (It’s not too early. Tawny Owls lay eggs in late February or March and incubate for about four weeks. The young tend to leave the nest about four weeks after hatching but remain dependent on their parents for at least two months afterwards. So you probably saw a parent bird with two young - Andrew Haynes) (Thanks Andrew, that figures as one bird was followed by two rather hesitant ones 'in line'.) (Jo Edwards).
Hampstead: Siskin flew high SE over Rosecroft Ave at 1615 (Pete Mantle)
London Wetland Centre: 1 possibly 2 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk with prey, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover (including 2 displaying and giving flight calls), family groups of Whitethroat & Garden Warbler, singing Chiffchaff, Cetti's, Reed and Sedge Warblers, singing Reed Bunting, Burnet Companion & Small Chinamark moths, 1 Painted Lady (Martin Honey)
Queen Elizabeth II Res: male Red-necked Phalarope late afternoon (DMH et al.)
Staines Res: 1 Black-necked Grebe (Andrew Moon)
Totteridge Valley: Hobby N at around 10.45, 2 Common Buzzards, 4 Swift, Swallow, Lapwing, 2prs Bullfinch, pair Moorhen on Totteridge Green Pond with two differently aged broods (John Colmans)
Wanstead Flats: singing Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Kestrel, 5 Stock Dove, 50 + Swift, 6 House Martin (Nick Croft)
Wanstead Park: possibly 2 singing Reed Warbler (Shoulder of Mutton), flycatching bald juvvy Blackcaps, Little Egret, Kestrel, 40 + Swift, 4 House Martin (Nick Croft)
West Hyde: 18 Red Kite feeding over field being cut for silage along with 3 Common Buzzards (Andrew Moon). Imagine this scene 25 years ago and I swear a London birder would have been rendered unconcious Richard Francis
East Finchley Allotments: Buzzard mobbed by gull 12pm (Dawn Painter).
Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 Common Tern on Eagl e, then later perched on buoys on Hollow Pond (Stuart Fisher).
London Wetland Centre: Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing- brood of 2 still new chick on marsh flock of 11 presumed failed breeders, Common Tern- 3 broods of 8 on rafts, Peregrine female hunting reserve, Gadwall brood of 5- scrape (J.Wilczur). Also Hairy Black-tailed Skimmer Azure Common Blue Large Red and Blue-tailed Dragon Damselflies including rufescens and violacea colour forms of Blue-tailed (Nick S).
St James's Park: 7 Shelduck ducklings with 2 adults captive but cute (Frank Nugent).
Wanstead Flats: singing Garden Warbler & a pair making alarm calls in Motorcycle Wood, Lesser Whitethroat singing, 4 Egyptian Goose, pr Pochard, Kestrel, 30+ Swift, 6 House Martin, Kestrel, 2 Little Grebe chicks (Nick Croft).
Sydenham, Dartmouth Road: Green Woodpecker seen feeding on the ground before flying onto the trunk of a huge oak tree.(obs?)
Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 3 pairs Common Tern sitting (inc one pair with 3 young one pair with 1 young), Reed Warblers singing, Whitethroat singing, Little Grebe, 2 pr Coot, 2 pr Moorhen, Also Comma, Burnet Companion, Cinnabar moth, Peacock Butterfly, common dragonfly species (Joe Beale).
Greenway adjacent to Olympic Stadium: Little Ringed Plover for second month, Sand Martin, Whitethroat, singing Blackcaps and 2 Song Thrush. (Harry Harrison)
Clapton Pond: Grey Wagtail. (Susan Huckle)
Hampstead Heath: Hobby and Common Buzzard over Sphagnum Bog at 1400, 1 Common Tern at Boating Pond, 1 Reed Warbler and 1 Kingfisher at Highgate 1 Pond, 6 singing Common Whitethroat, 1 Grey Wagtail sunbathing flycatching at Hampstead 1 Pond (Frank Nugent).
Harmondsworth Village: Family of Goldcrests with adult(s) feeding young, half a dozen or more House Martins, at least 3 Swifts (Alan Hobson).
Leyton: Honey Buzzard flew South c.13:25 towards the Olympic Park (Paul Whiteman)
Osterley Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Common Tern, Heron, Nuthatch, Great Crested Grebe (rDo)
Richmond Park: Cuckoo singing Isabella Plantation- mainly on west side (J.Wilczur) A bulletin of bird sightings for the Park this spring has been posted here...http://blog.frp.org.uk/
Springwell Lake, Rickmansworth: 2 Goldeneye (1 female & 1 chick) (V Williamson, R Woolley).
Stoke Newington Reservoirs: (LWT birdwalk): 3 Pochard, 2 Common Tern, c30 Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jackdaw (occasional here), 2 House Martin, singing Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, 3 House Sparrow, juv Grey Wagtail, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting (Peter Beckenham, Garry James et al)
Stoneleigh KT17: 1 Peregrine drifted s. over Stoneleigh Broadway 11:20 (Neil Batten).
Ten Acre Wood area: pr Buzzard, Hobby, Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Stock Dove, 2 singing Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, 6 Swallow feeding together, 4 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Rook, 3 singing Reed Bunting, 7 Linnet, 2 Small Heath + new for year both Ringlet + Meadow Brown (Neil Anderson)
Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 drake Red-crested Pochard on East Warwick, Peregrine hunting regularly between Lockwood & Banbury. And a distant 'Buzzard' high to the north of Lockwood whose timing is good - depressingly - for the bird seen much better soon after in Leyton! (David Bradshaw)
Walthamstow Reservoirs Lockwood: 45+ Common Tern, 10+ Great Crested Grebe, 2 Peregrine over Banbury, Ringed Mute Swan, 10+ Sand Martin, 2 Egyptian Geese, Tufted Duck, Starling, 3 Little Egret (Daniel Whitelegg)
Wanstead Park: singing Reed Warbler by the Roding (Tim Harris). pr Common Tern (Bob Vaughan)
London Wetland Centre: 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 2 young Lapwing & 4 sitting adults & a tame adult feeding in the collection, 24 nesting pairs Black-headed Gull with 38 young in 16 broods, Common Terns down to 5 sitting birds, Hobby flew off carrying prey,Whitethroat pair carrying food, singing Chiffchaff (J.Wilczur). 2 Little Ringed Plover (one of which was feigning injury in front of a Lapwing), 3 singing Chiffchaff, Hobby pm catching dragonflies above Sheltered Lagoon, 1 male Kestrel hunting near Peacock_hide, some Reed & Sedge Warblers still singing (Martin Honey)
Margravine Cemetery: 4 House Sparrow (2 young fledged yesterday) (Nathalie Mahieu).
Mile End Park: singing Reed Warbler in reed bed next to Ecology Centre. (Harry Harrison)
Brookmill Park: Drake Mandarin moulting in to eclipse, singing Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
Crayford: 2 Hobby calling & interacting over Iron mill Lane 13.45 (Richard Jones)
Epping Forest/Chingford: Female Smew on Warren Pond at 08.15 (I Lycett)
Hampstead Heath (Kenwood): Red Kite mobbed by crows, Hobby, Little Grebe with 2 young all from 4pm (Michael Mac)
Hanwell W7, River Brent/Grand Union: Blackcap m, Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Swift 9+, Pochard 3m 1f, Tufted Duck 17m 8f the highest count I've had here, Wood Mouse saved from the jaws of a large ginger cat (Rob Mills)
Ewell (Hogsmill Open Space): 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Common Swift, 1 Beautiful Demoiselle (Neil Batten).
Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: 2+ Tawny Owlets calling, 6 Mandarin Duck with 2 surviving chicks, pr Pochard, pr Gadwall, c30 Swift over Round Pond (Charlie Farrell)
Kensington Green W8: m Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, (John Watson)
Leyton, Jubilee Park: Red Kite drifted East at 10:50 escorted away by local breeding Carrion Crow, Hobby West at 11:20 (Paul Whiteman)
London Wetland Centre: 5 Shoveler, Hobby, 3 Yellow-legged Gull 1 2nd summer 2 1st summer, Turtle Dove flew N 09.15, 150 Swift (R.Kaye)
Pinner Park Farm: Little Owl, Cormorant over, singing Whitethroat & Blackcap, 5 Swift, 4 Goldfinch, 6 Jackdaw, 5 Stock Dove (Jon Ridge).
Richmond Park: Red Kite low over Pen Ponds mobbed by Common Terns at 12.30, Buzzard, Hobby, 105 large Gulls-mainly Herring gull - flew SE including a flock of 95, Grey Heron- first nest has a second brood of 1+ young, 11 Great Crested Grebe- 8 adults & a brood of 3, Pochard pair, 2 Sand Martin, House Martin, 2 singing Skylark and 7 singing Reed Bunting- Lawn Field (J.Wilczur)
South Croydon, 17.45 hrs: 3 Red Kites west over Melville Avenue (A.Pearson)
St James Park: 7 House Martins, 3 - 4 Greylag broods, female Pochard attacking a Coot persistently for about 2mins and a Red-breasted Goose took side of Coot (Michael Mac) took side ?
Stanham Farm (Crayford): in large part boggy Typha/Rush habitat. Cuckoo calling occasionally from area south of Thames Road Wetland mid afternoon to c20.35 when it sounded like it was in trees along the foot of the Dartford-Slade Green railway embankment. (Chris Rose).
Brixton: Starling feeding young in nest hole above Morley's Department Store opp. Brixton Tube Station (Tony Stones).
Brookmill Park: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
Eastcote (High Road Eastcote) : Grey Wagtail along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
Camley Street NR: pair of Blackcap seen mating. prior to mating the female alighted next to the male and rubbed her neck against his. prior to this the male had been singing (James Palmer)
City of London: Black Redstart on church roof (Charlie Farrell)
London Wetland Centre: 3 Mandarin including a young male, Gadwall brood (3 ducklings), 2 Pochard broods (1 and 2 ducklings), several Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, at least 2 Lapwing chicks, probably 7 pairs nesting Common Terns, numerous Black-headed Gull chicks, 80 Swift (WWT website, Martin Honey)
Park Wood/Ruislip Lido: 2 Treecreeper, 6 Nuthatch, several Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Jay, 10 Jackdaw, pair of Egyptian Goose, 2 Common Tern, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 49 Mute Swan, 70 Swift, 12 House Martin, Swallow, 8 Chiffchaff, Blackcap & Reed Warbler (Jon Ridge).
Pinner (Lloyd Court): Little Egret along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
Pinner Woods: Little Egret along the River Pinn & singing Chiffchaff (Jon Ridge)
Stoneleigh KT17: flock of 6-7 recently fledged Goldcrests feeding in trees in Bradstock Road 09:00 (Neil Batten).
Totteridge: Mistle Thrush singing away loudly in trees by Dollis Brook just down from the Station. (also yesterday in the heavy rain -i.e "storm-cock") ( Mr Crabtree.)
Wanstead Flats: 6 Pochard 4m 2 f , m Gadwall, 3 Egyptian Goose, singing Garden Warbler, singing Lesser Whitethroat, 6 House Martin, 40+ Swift, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft)
Woodford Green: Little Egret over my garden at 9pm (Steve Howey)
East Barnet (in between Oakhill Park and Brunswick Park): Little Egret, Peregrine twice seen flying SW each side of midday carrying large prey being mobbed by Herring Gull pair first time & Red Kite the second time, Sparrowhawk soaring (D Bates)
East India Dock Basin : 18 Common Tern including about 9 incubating on rafts, 30+ Swift, 3 Shelduck, 13 Tufted Duck, 2 Stock Dove, Sand Martin, Reed Warbler singing, Blackcap singing (John Archer)
Enfield Jubilee Path: 6 Common Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, c50 Common Swift,Stock Dove,3 Common Whitethroat,3 Skylark,Yellowhammer, Green Woodpecker, 2 G S Woodpecker,Blackcap(s),Chiffchaff,3 LBB Gull,Many Jackdaw and Carrion Crow, Pheasant, Field Mouse. ( Pete Lowman).
Finchley Road tube station, NW3: Grey Wagtail on ledge opposite northbound platform 14:00. I often hear them calling from nearby rooftops and see them foraging locally so suspect breeding somewhere in the vicinity (Alex Massey)
Fisher's Green NR: Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, Hobby, 3 Nightingales in song, pair of Bullfinch, 3 cetti's warbler in song. (jamie Partridge)
Mile End Park: Singing Reed Warbler (Harry Harrison)
Motspur Park: Red Kite flying north high (Bob Smith)
Pinner Woods: Little Egret, family group of 5 Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker & several Long-tailed Tit (Jon Ridge).
Richmond Park: Hobby (tangling with Buzzard high over Lower Pen Pond), 1-2 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, c8 Reed Bunting, 4+ Grey Heron, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Common Tern, Jay, Green Woodpecker, 6+ Swift (James Massey)
Ruislip (Bury Street): Little Egret along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
Ruislip Lido/Poor's Field: male Cuckoo, family group of 5 Nuthatch, singing Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler, pair of Egyptian Goose, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Tern, Green Woodpecker, 8 House Martin, 3 Swift, an eclipsed drake Gadwall (Jon Ridge).
Wanstead Flats: 4 Egyptian Goose, 2 m Gadwall, f Pochard, singing Garden Warbler, singing Lesser Whitethroat, Grey Wagtail over, 6 House MArtin, 30 + Swift (Nick Croft)
Wanstead Park: singing Reed Warbler + mate, m Pochard, Swallow through, Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret on Roding (Nick Croft)
Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 1pr Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Lapwing, Common Buzzard, Rook, 2 Swifts plus Red-eared Terrapin (John Colmans). 6 Lapwing on cornfield Folly Farm, 2 Kestrel (Tony Clancy)
Walthamstow Reservoirs: Red Kite west at 2 pm, Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat (Simon Bradley). 2 Red-crested Pochard on East Warwick (David Bradshaw, Paul Whiteman), 2 Peregrines and a Sparrowhawk (David Bradshaw)
Wandle Trail; East Croydon to the Thames at Wandsworth: 48 species highlights included a drake Mandarin Duck at Waddon Ponds; Red Kite W. over Morden Hall Park (1.45-ish?), Kingfisher, Black Redstart, flock of 28 Long-tailed Tits next to Wandsworth Town Station (Alan Pearson and Jo East)
Wandsworth Common: Grey Wagtail (Nick Rutter)
Wormwood Scrubs: 4+ Meadow Pipit, Jackdaw, Reed Bunting, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, c4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (The Scrubbers)