London's June highlightsEdit

London’s headline bird in June was undoubtedly the Spotted Sandpiper at Brent Reservoir on 11th June. In dapper, dappled summer plumage, it was found by Andrew Self at about 8am and then showed itself on and off until dusk, allowing about 50 Brent Birders and London twitchers to catch up with it. It was the first Spotty in the London recording area since one spent a few days at King George V Reservoir in 1989 and the first Brent Reservoir record since early in the 19th century, when one was shot and stuffed and finished up in the collection of the British Museum.    

Some Spotty-spotters also caught up with a second rarity on the same day — a Purple Heron that graced Rye Meads NR until lunchtime. It was the first London area Purple Heron in seven years, following one at the London Wetland Centre on 1st August 2009; the only previous Rye Meads bird was in 1972. 

Optics and underpants Edit

What else? Well, at 6am on 19th June, Richard Francis was lying in bed in Pinner listening to his garden birds when he heard the unmistakable call of a Golden Oriole. He dashed out, “wearing only optics and underpants”, but the bird refused to call again. 

Then at lunchtime on the same day, a keen young birder called Arjun Dutta (he’s a Year 8 pupil, which makes him 12 or 13 years old), was playing cricket at King’s College Playing Fields, New Malden, when he was almost hit by the ball. Why? Because he was distracted by a Golden Oriole feeding on the pitch. The bird flew into nearby woodland, where it obligingly gave its beautiful fluting call. 

Also on that day a male Golden Oriole was reported from Barnes (Beverley Brook bridge), although the anonymous observer did not record the time. Could these three reports all be the same bird, working its way south? 

The month’s only other reported Golden Oriole was one singing at Rainham Marshes on 10th June — the year’s first for the London area. 

Other sightings Edit

Another unusual sighting on 10th June was a female Goldeneye with young at Springwell Lake, Harefield. The same bird, identifiable by a metal ring on its left leg, also produced young here in 2014. Since Goldeneye do not normally breed closer to London than the Scottish Highlands, it may well be a fence-hopper — but who knows? A drake Goldeneye — the putative father of the brood — was seen at nearby Stocker’s Lake on 16th and 21st June. 

May’s Bird of the Month, the Little Bittern found at the London Wetland Centre on 29th May, continued to attract attention until it last showed itself on the afternoon of 3rd June. Within a few days, the same site also produced a Spotted Redshank (7th June) and a pair of Garganey (8th June). 

Barking Bay is proving an interesting site for larids — at least on Fridays in early June. On 3rd June Nick Senior found five Little Tern, two Arctic Tern, a Yellow-legged Gull and a Little Gull. Seven days later there were two Yellow-legged Gull and a Mediterranean Gull, plus an Arctic Tern feeding with about 130 Common Tern.

New nature reserve Edit

Woodberry Wetlands, the new nature reserve centred on Stoke Newington’s previously inaccessible East Reservoir, has produced some good sightings since its official opening on 30th April. The star birds so far are a pair of Black-necked Grebe that spent the day there on 22nd June. Other species recorded this month (mainly by regular visitor Chris Farthing) include: breeding Gadwall, Grey Wagtail, Sedge Warbler and Coal Tit; nest-building Great Crested Grebe; displaying Little Ringed Plover; a pair of Shelduck throughout the month and sometimes a pair of Egyptian Geese; regular Little Egret, Kestrel and Peregrine; and occasional Shoveler, Red-crested Pochard, Common Tern and Sand Martin — not bad for a site exactly four miles from St Paul’s Cathedral, the epicentre of the LNHS recording area.

Thursday 30th June 2016 Edit

  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 7 Common Tern including 3 young birds, 4 Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Swift, Whitethroat (John Bushell)
  • Hermitage Riverside Memorial Garden: juvenile Peregrine showing well/ hunting pigeons (Brandon Anderson).
  • Leg of Mutton Reservoir, Barnes (TQ2176) ringing visit: 2 Common Tern chicks on new raft (P J Belman)
  • Pinner (HA5): Grey Wagtail over, Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove, Coal Tit, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Herring Gull & 11 Swift (Jon Ridge).
  • Ponders End: 2nd brood of House Sparrows fledging from box under eaves (observer?).
  • Pen Ponds, Richmond Park (TQ1972) ringing visit: 2 Common Tern chicks on older of the two new rafts (P J Belman)
  • St James's Park: Peregrine, seen also over Buckingham Palace & Green Park (Brandon Anderson).
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Meadow Pipit, one adult carrying food, 2 singing Skylark, 4+ House Martin, 30+ Swift, Kestrel, Little Grebe (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 5+ Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat by Shoulder of Mutton, Nuthatch, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe (Nick Croft)
  • Westminster: pair of Peregrines gave a great flying display over Westminster Abbey 11:15-11:40 #birdingwhilstinameeting (Andrew Self)

Wednesday 29th June 2016Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Egyptian Goose, Little Egret, 4 Lapwing, 6+ Common Tern, c100 Swift (Andrew Haynes); 10am-11.30, Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 2m Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Reed Warbler (Steve Blake)
  • Crossness Nature Reserve: 4 Sand Martin, Swallow, 6 Swift, 6 Pochard (1 f adult 5 juvenile), Kestrel, 2 Skylark, Little Egret, 2 Lapwing, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap (Donna Zimmer). Last chance to sign our petition to save our Skylark. Please sign and share widely, thank you!
  • Pinner (HA5): Great Black-backed Gull, 14 Swift through, 2 Mistle Thrush, singing Goldcrest, Coal Tit & 4 Goldfinch on the Nyger seeds (Jon Ridge).
  • Tooting Commons: 1 Little Egret flew east near ecology ponds at 10:30 (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Uxbridge, Harman House: 2-3 Grey Wagtail, Red Kite over (Stuart Fisher)

Tuesday 28th June 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret Wood Green Res 0650 & still 1730 (Bob Watts)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Blackcap, Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam)
  • Field End Rec, Rayners Lane/South Ruislip: Grey Heron (over), Skylark (Tim Rymer). Hi Tim, the Skylark is a good record here & I had a look for it at lunchtime, but there were too many dog walkers - nevertheless, nice work (JR). Jon I was actually walking the dog about 6.30am but had my bins with me. I saw what I thought was a martin at first but when it came into land realised what it was. First one I've seen on the Rec (TR).
  • Hayes, EMI Archives: Common Buzzard (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: adult Mediterranean Gull on bank between grazing marsh and wader scrape, with Black-headed Gulls at 4.30pm (Mike Wheeler)
  • Mile End Park: Reed Warbler singing still Ecology Park reed bed (Bob Watts)
  • Northolt Road Waitrose: Red Kite over drifting W from 1500 (same as St James's Park one?) (Jo East)
  • Pinner (HA5): 6 House Sparrow, 6 Goldfinch, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Pied Wagtail, 9 Swift & 22 Ring-necked Parakeet south-east (Jon Ridge).
  • Roxbourne Park: singing Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Swift & 9 Long-tailed Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • St James's ParkRed Kite over, drifting W from 14:20 (Frank Nugent).
  • Uxbridge: Red Kite over (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: Singing Willow Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat, 2 male Kestrel having a set to over the SSSI, singing Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 2 Skylark, 2 Ringlet, Parasol Mushroom–earliest I can remember (Nick Croft)

Monday 27th June 2016Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Egyptian Goose, Little Egret, Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 8+ Common Tern, c300 Swift (at 0645 - fewer later), Kingfisher, juv Grey Wagtail & juv Pied Wagtail on rafts, singing Reed Bunting (Andrew Haynes).
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Peregrine, male & female Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chelsea Bridge (south side): Peregrine over, Grey Wagtail (Neil Anderson)
  • Eastcote (Abbotsbury Gardens): Red Kite over at 13:32 (Jon Ridge).
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Skylark still, Treecreeper, Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Kingfisher over heading towards Wanstead, 2 Green Woodpecker (1 juv), Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher)
  • Mile End Park: Reed Warblers still singing from reed beds at Ecology Park and near Meath Bridge (Bob Watts)
  • Oakwood Park, N14: Willow Warbler song switching, male Dark Green Fritillary - my first record for the Enfield area! (Robert Callf)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite over at 13:52, Grey Heron north at 09:42, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Black-headed Gull, 5 Swift, Pied Wagtail, Coal Tit & 4 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: 5 Common Tern - including 2 chicks possibly more, 2 Reed Bunting singing, 2 Swallow, 1 Whitethroat singing. Also 2 Small Heath, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 1 Emperor in a mainly cloudy 90 minutes late morning visit (Keith Bates)
  • St John's Wood Church Grounds: singing Blackcap and a Grey Wagtail (John Colmans)
  • Wanstead Flats: Singing Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Bunting with food, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, 4 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 5+ Little Grebe, 20+ Swift, 2+ House Martin, 4 Skylark, singing Meadow Pipit, Ringlet, 10 Meadow Brown (Nick Croft)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Peregrine carrying prey S to plucking point on St Mary's church, Kestrel, pr. Shelduck, Coal Tit, Great Crested Grebes nestbuilding (Chris Farthing)

Sunday 26th June 2016Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, 8+ Common Tern, 50+ Swifts (11am), 10 House Martins (Roy Beddard, Andrew Self).
  • Bury Lake, Rickmansworth: Hobby (Tim Rymer).
  • Coppetts Wood NR: Hobby hunting over overgrown area of allotment, Kestrel carrying large rat, Whitethroat pair (Paul Angus)
  • Hampstead Heath: Little Egret SE at 07:45 (Frank Nugent).
  • Harefield Lock: Common Tern, Red Kite (Tim Rymer).
  • Harrow (HA1): A pair of Peregrine Falcon seen at 08:20 (Shailesh Patel)
  • KGV Reservoir: 3 Black-necked Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler (Neville Smith).
  • Lewisham: Little Egret in River Ravensbourne, next to Tescos (Conrad Ellam)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Little Egret over W at 15:45 (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Osterley Park: Chiffchaff singing, Common Buzzard over NW, 2 Common Tern, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Egyptian Goose, Grey Heron, 8+ Jackdaw, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Mandarin, 2 Pochard, 2+ Ring-necked Parakeet, Stock Dove (Richard Woolley).
  • Perivale: Hobby soared over garden early evening (Andrew Peel)
  • Pinner (HA5): Hobby over north-west at 15:40, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Pied Wagtail, singing Goldcrest, Coal Tit & 3 Swift (Jon Ridge).
  • Rye Meads RSPB Reserve: 2 Green Sandpipers, pair Kingfishers feeding second brood, Common Terns feeding chicks, 3 Kestrel chicks in pylon box in car park, Hobby overhead, distant Common Buzzard, Lapwings etc. (Bob Husband, Mike Cawthorne, David Hills)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Garden Warbler, Common Tern, Little Egret, Kestrel, Coal Tit with young, Sand Martin (Chris Farthing).

Saturday 25th June 2016Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing & 2 Egyptian Geese (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall) Litttle Egret, 10 Common Tern, 6+ House Martin at colony, 2 Gadwall broods, singing Reed Bunting (Roy Beddard, Andrew Haynes)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret and same bird later on the River just beyond Elverson Road DLR (Frank Nugent).
  • Grovelands Park: Common Tern adult caught a fish, 3 Treecreeper adult feeding juv evenings (Robert Callf)
  • Lamorbey Park: Mute Swan, Pair Egyptian Geese, 4 Tufted Duck, Common Buzzard over, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker , Nuthatch , Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Mike Amos).
  • Lower Clapton, E5: Common Buzzard over NW at 13:40, mobbed by gulls (Alastair Dent)
  • Pinner (HA5): Goldcrest in full song at 03:26 - the very bright moon probably helped. Later; Red Kite through at 19:04, Sparrowhawk, Black-headed Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Coal Tit & 5 Swift (Jon Ridge).
  • Westbourne Park Grand Union Canal:2 Peregrine,pair of Mute Swan with 5 cygnets,pair of Red Crested Pochard (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Displaying pr. Peregrines, pr. Shelduck, Kestrel, pr. Egyptian Geese, Sedge Warbler feeding young (Chris Farthing)

Friday 24th June 2016Edit

  • Beckton Creekside: Lesser Whitethroat, also 30 Sand Martins over sewage works (Peter Beckenham)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 2 Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Charing Cross Hospital: 4 Peregrine Falcon at 8:25am (intruder chased off South) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • East India Dock Basin: 6 Shelduck, 12 Tufted, Little Egret, 3 Little Ringed Plover (pair + 2nd male), 6 Black-headed Gull, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 4 singing Reed Warbler (Nick Senior)
  • Enfield, Windmill Hill, EN2: Goldcrest feeding in Ivy. Enfield Council have stupidly killed the Ivy along Enfield Road destroying valuable habitat. (Bob Husband)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Palmers Green, N13: Hobby flew low W over Lodge Drive car park at 15:44 (Katy McGilvray)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite south-west at 16:48, Peregrine Falcon over at 19:34, 2 Black-headed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, Green Woodpecker, Jay on feeding apparatus, singing Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinch, Coal Tit, 7 Swift & 42 Ring-necked Parakeet south-east (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Marsh Harrier, Several Sedge, Reed and Cettis Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, Seals, House Martin, Swift, Linnets, and Skylark. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Royal Docks: 4 Shelduck, 6 Stock Dove, 3 singing Skylark, 12 Sand Martin, singing male Black Redstart, 10 Linnet (Nick Senior)
  • Totteridge Valley: Lapwing, Common Buzzard, 4 Bullfinch, 15 Swift, 2 Swallow, 5 House Martin, good numbers of Blackcap, Whithethroat and Chiffchaff: also 2 Marbled White in `owl' field (personal first here) (John Colmans)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 6 Stock Doves, 1 Kestrel on rear paddocks, 1 Reed Bunting singing N then S of the boardwalk, 1 Sedge Warbler singing in the ditch nearby, 6+ Sand Martin Leyton Marsh/R Lea nearby (Alastair Dent)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs:  Pair of Black-necked Grebes on Lockwood (ex-Woodberry?)  (D Beadle, per David Bradshaw).
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Pair Common Tern, Little Ringed Plover, pair Shelduck, Coal Tit, Kestrel, Ringlet butterfly (Chris Farthing)

Thursday 23rd June 2016Edit

  • Leyton Flats: singing Skylark still (Stuart Fisher)
  • Londsdale Road Reservoir: Pair Pochard with 2 downy young, 5 pairs Common Tern nesting, one chick seen (R.Kaye)
  • Oxleas Wood: 5 Greylag Geese (circling), 2 Jackdaw, 5 Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Kestrel (fm feeding young), Swift, House Martin, Stock Dove, Blackcap (m f), Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker (observer?).
  • Pinner (HA5): Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, 2 Goldfinch, 5 Swift & 4 Dunnock (Jon Ridge).
  • Southfields, SW18: nice to see three juvenile Blackcap feeding in the garden this morning after last night's torrential rain (Martin Honey)
  • Swanscombe Marshes: ad Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Common Tern, 5 Little Egret (4 on an increasingly wet Botany Marsh), juv Little Grebe, 2 Skylark, 2 Swallow, influx of Silver Y moth, 25+ (Peter Beckenham)

Wednesday 22nd June 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Little Egret still 0700; one flew from Tunnel Res and I suspect both roosted overnight in willows behind Conservation Pond, still 1950 when flew from SW corner towards Filter Beds, also Common Tern (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, 2 Pied Wagtail, Stock Dove, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, many Swift, 7 Common Tern, 2 Egyptian Goose, 5 Teal (3m 2f), 8 adult Black-headed Gull (Steve Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: 4 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest juv (Conrad Ellam)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 12 Common Tern: Swift, Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail, Whitethroat, 4 Reed Warbler (observer?)
  • Lewisham: Little Egret on Ravensbourne near Armoury Road (Tom Moulton)
  • Oxleas Wood: Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel (f with two young), Swift, House Martin 7, Jackdaw, Blackcap (m f), Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Goldfinch (observer?)
  • Pinner (HA5): Sparrowhawk, 7 Swift, Collared Dove, Coal Tit & 3 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Trent Park: 3 Tawny Owl pair and one owlet 22:00 - 22:20 hrs (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park Equestrian Centre: 10+ Barn Swallow incl 3 juvs perched on wire (Robert Callf)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Pair Black-necked Grebe, pair Shelduck, Little Ringed Plover, pair Little Egret (Chris Farthing); Grebes present from 7am - 8pm at least (CF)

Tuesday 21st June 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Little Egrets along edge of very low Wood Green Res, still 1730, also 2 Common Tern (Dominic Mitchell, Bob Watts)
  • Barn Elms: Beverly Brook, Playing Fields, River: 2 Todds type Canada Goose,still by running track, 3 Kestrel pair plus a fem, 2nd summer Yellow-legged Gull. (R.Kaye)
  • Barnes Village Pond: 2 hybrid Greylag x Canada Goose, juv Egyptian Goose, pr Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, one of which 'Polish', drake Gadwall also Yellowbelly and River Cooter Turtles. (R.Kaye)
  • Brookmill Park: Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker juv, 2 Blackcap 1 m & 1 juv, singing Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam)
  • Claybury Park, Woodford Bridge: 1-2 Garden Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Whitethroats (making 5 species of warbler within around 40 yards of each other), 2 Stock Doves, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Herring Gull (Alan Hobson).
  • Hampstead Heath: Kingfisher Sanctuary Pond (MH4BirdsMBS)
  • Harrow Place EC3A: Black Redstart singing from building tops at 0845 on 21st June 2016. Heard not seen. Also heard singing in this area on 20th June 2016 at about 1415 (Richard Gowing).
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: singing Skylark, singing Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroat, singing Willow Warbler, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Wagtail, 12 Swift (Stuart Fisher)
  • Mile EndPark: Reed Warbler still singing from Ecology Park and between Meath & Railway bridges, also 10+ Swift in area (Bob Watts)
  • Pinner (HA5): Nuthatch, 5 Swift (including one trying to access a cavity in next doors roof), Coal Tit, 4 Goldfinch & 2 Jackdaw south-east (Jon Ridge).
  • St James's Park: 2 Peregrine circling the Park with a Kestrel this morning,12 Swift (Frank Nugent).
  • Stocker's Lake: Drake Goldeneye, 18 Little Egret ads and juvs, 14 Common Tern (Herts website)
  • Totteridge Fields NR, Hendon Wood Lane, NW7: Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk carrying prey, female Kestrel feeding vole to 3 grey downy chicks, Lesser Whitethroat singing, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Bullfinch calling, family party c. 10 Long-tailed Tits (Bob Husband, et al)
  • Víctoria Park: 15+ Swift West Lake, also 5 Egyptian Geese, 2 duckling Red-crested Pochard still (Bob Watts)
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler (back to chiff-willow) + calling bird, 3 Pochard, Gadwall, 2 singing Meadow Pipit, 3 singing Skylark, 40 + Swift, 8 House Martin, Coal Tit, 5 Little Grebe (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Peter Brinton)
  • Wanstead Park: singing Reed Warbler and fledged young in one reed bed, singing Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Gret Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, Swallow, 6 House Martin, 30 + Swift, Kestrel, Four-spotted Chaser (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wembley (HA9): Hobby over at 16:45 (Joe Taylor).
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 (probably 3) Little Ringed Plover, pair Shelduck, Kestrel, Sedge Warbler feeding young (Chris Farthing)

Monday 20th June 2016Edit

  • Bay Farm, Enfield: 9 Mandarin Duck 3 eclipse males, 3 females and a brood of 3 ducklings - circa 2 weeks old (Robert Callf)
  • Pinner (HA5): Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest, 5 Swift & 3 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: Two Little Owls calling and flying between trees at top of Sawyers Hill, 8.45-9pm. (Tim Vine)
  • Trent Park: Red Kite, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Mandarin ( f,mm), Common Whitethroat, Small heath. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Wandle at Wandsworth: Grey Wagtails successfully fledged 3 chicks in easily disturbed nest, wonder as area is being gentrified (increased residential flats built and being built) will these birds cope with increase in people standing and passing over bridge? (Michael Mac).
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Little Ringed Plover, pair Shelduck, Emperor Dragonfly (Chris Farthing)
  • Woodford Bridge: At least 8 Swifts hawking outside my flat balcony, a.m. and then again mid-evening - an impressive sight (Alan Hobson).

Sunday 19th June 2016Edit

  • Barking Bay: c160 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall, 1 Hobby, Ringed Plover - pair with 2 chicks, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew SE, c.130 Common Tern (8+ chicks in the colony), c 110 Black-headed Gull including 4 juveniles, 1 Yellow-legged Gull 2cy, 1 male Cuckoo high S, 6 Swift, 7 Sand Martin, 8 Skylark, 2 male Yellow Wagtail, 11 Meadow Pipit, 9 Whitethroat, 7 Reed Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting 4 pairs; also Common Seal (Nick Senior)
  • Barnes: On the bridge over Beverley Brook, watched a male Golden Oriole on one side and then the other - Wonderful! (observer?)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper & Little Ringed Plover (Andrew Self). Common Whitethroats, Blackcaps, singing Willow Warbler, pm: 4 Lapwing, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 male Teal, 8 Common Terns, singing Garden Warbler, (NW London RSPB Group Regular Birdwalk - Bob Husband, Roy Beddard (am), et al)
  • Bush Hill Park: Little Egret on the New River adjacent to Cunard Cresent this morning (Phil Rhodes)
  • Cornmill Meadows: Green Sandpiper south west calling at 06:40, 2 Cuckoo, 4 Common Buzzard, Kingfisher, Treecreeper, Garden Warbler (Martin Shepherd)
  • Cranford CP: 2 Little Owls with at least 1 juv heard hissing, 3 singing Chiffchaff, Buzzard, male Kestrel (Wendy Marks)
  • Crossness: 4 Teal, 300 Black-headed Gulls (95% 2cys, no juvs), 3 Sand Martin, 2 Oystercatcher and Cetti's Warbler (Richard Bonser)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Egret, 4 pairs Common Tern with 5 Chicks, though one chick fell into the water and was close to drowning when the park closed, Stock Dove, 2 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 4 pairs Reed Warbler (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Greenwich O2: 2 2nd-summer Yellow-legged Gulls, Oystercatcher and 2 singing Reed Warblers (Richard Bonser)
  • Gutteridge Wood: Hobby, Red Kite, Pheasant, Lesser Whitethroat, pr Bullfinch (Nigel Dodd)
  • Hampstead Heath: Little Egret came within a hair's breadth of landing on Highgate 1 Pond but then away low over the length of Hedge 1 at 06:15 (Frank Nugent).
  • Kentish Town: 1400hrs Red Kite circling high scolded by gulls (Greengandad)
  • King's College Playing Fields (New Malden:) Golden Oriole feeding on cricket pitch 1:00. Flew into woodland and began calling. (Playing a cricket match then spotted this beauty. Almost got hit by the ball but very excited-Arjun Dutta)
  • Kingston Bridge: 1 Common Tern and 5 adult Black-headed Gulls flying round the bridge between 16:40 and 17:15. Also the usual Sand Martins hawking insects on the down stream side (Neil Batten)
  • Ickenham Marsh: Buzzard, pr Hobby, flock of 30 Jackdaw (Nigel Dodd)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Red Kite low over at 14:50 going West warned off by Peregrine Falcon (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Pinner (HA5): Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Swift, 3 Goldfinch, singing Goldcrest, juvenile House Sparrow, Dunnock & Great Tit noted (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner (HA5): 6:00am, in bed listening to birds out the back, when I hear the call of a Golden Oriole. Into the garden wearing only optics and underpants, the culprit refused to call again. Oh dear! Does this count? (Richard Francis), if so it will be my 3rd London find of this species. Hi Richard - superb : ) I had my window wide open all night, but by 06:00, I was out for the count...& as you know, I live close by & the song of this species is far reaching, so I feel as equally frustrated, but very well done mate (JR). During a bird survey of Oak Hill Woods NR, East Barnet, Herts. EN4 on Friday 13th May 2011 between 6.35 & 6.45 am we heard a Golden Oriole singing & also making the cat like screeching but we could not actually see the bird (Bob Husband).
  • Richmond Park: Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Red Kite (J.Wilczur); 2 Garden Warbler (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Roxbourne Park/Field End Rec: Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, several Long-tailed Tits including young, Collared Dove, 3 singing Chiffchaff (Tim Rymer).
  • Stoke Newington: Red Kite W and over the reservoirs at 09:45 (Frank Nugent).
  • Ten Acre Wood area; 2 Little Egret, Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 12 Lapwing, 3 Reed Bunting (Nigel Dodd)
  • Wanstead Flats: pair of Reed Bunting with food, singing Willow Warbler and another bird contact calling, singing Garden Warbler, 3 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Kestrel, late Swallow, 8 House Martin, 10+ Swift, sing Meadow Pipit, and Skylark (Nick Croft/James Heal)
  • Wanstead Park: Common Tern briefly on Heronry, 50+ Swift late evening, 6 House Martin, singing Reed Warbler, Hobby, Kestrel, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, Pochard (Bob Vaughan/James Heal/Nick Croft)
  • Wembley (Barn Hill estate): Red Kite over going west at 13:45 (Joe Taylor).

Saturday 18th June 2016 Edit

  • Bow Creek: Little Egret (later relocated to East India Dock Basin) and Oystercatcher feeding, Cettis Warbler singing in Ecology Park (Frank Nugent).
  • Brent Reservoir: Redshank, 2 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, drake Teal, 8 Common Tern, Kingfisher carrying fish, 120+ Swift, 15+ House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, Garden Warbler (Andrew Verrall, Roy Beddard). Little Egret briefly on pontoon S of Cool Oak bridge then flew north. Singing Lesser Whitethroat and Willow Warbler N shore near Yacht Club (Bill Haines).
  • Claybury Park, Woodford Bridge: Lesser Whitethroat (showing well for a bit), Chiffchaff, around 5 Swifts, Whitethroat (Alan Hobson).
  • Cranford County Park (TW5): Kestrel, Skylark (Shailesh Patel) Hobby, male Kestrel, 2 Buzzards, c10 Common Whitethroat, 3 Skylarks (Wendy Marks)
  • East India Dock: 2 Little Egret variously feeding, perched in a tree behind reed bed or on a raft, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Grey Heron on the island, 3 Shelduck, 1 Common Tern over very briefly but no others (Frank Nugent)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 14 Common Tern, Sand Martin, 4 Reed Warbler Blackcap (male), Grey Wagtail (male), Pied Wagtail (immature) (John Bushell).
  • Mudchute: 1 Red Kite high E, 4 Peregrine (2 ads 2 juv's), 11 House Martin, 3 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 13 Greenfinch inc. juv's, 1 Linnet (Nick Senior)
  • Pinner (HA5): male Tawny Owl picked up rather distantly from the direction of Roxbourne Park at 02:50. Later; Little Egret over south-east at 16:41, 8 Swift, 9 Herring Gull, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, singing Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail & 4 Goldfinch - no Red Kites today, after a 14 day run (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: m Peregrine - with prey and perched (J.Wilczur, B.Marsh, Colin ?)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park area: 2 singing male Black Redstart (one from Westfield), at least 4 different territories in the area, 4 Little Ringed Plover (Stuart Fisher)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Grasshopper Warbler singing, 9 Cetti's Warbler, brood of 9 Shelduck, Marsh Harrier, Little Egret & 4 Ravens (Andrew Self)
  • Totteridge Valley: Weasel, Nuthatch, Buzzard, 3 Lapwings,Coal Tit, Lesser Whitethroat, Sand Martin, 2 Swallows, 6 Swifts, House Martins. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Shoveler, 2 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-headed Gull, 12 Gadwall (Chris Farthing)

Friday 17th June 2016Edit

  • Cockfosters / East Barnet, Belmont Open Space, Herts. EN4: Male Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding 3 scarlet crowned juvs. (Bob Husband)
  • East India Dock Basin: 3 Shelduck, 5 Tufted, 8 Grey Heron (7 Ads, 1 Juv.), 1 Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover (both males), 1 visiting feeding Common Tern none on rafts, Whitethroat, 5 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff carrying food(Cetti's Warbler singing Bow Creek Ecology Park) (Nick Senior)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Little Egret over at 9:45 heading NE (first for site) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Mile End Park: 2 singing Reed Warblers; Explogy Park & bridge reed bed just south on opposite bank (Bob Watts)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite, Peregrine Falcon & Sparrowhawk all over at 15:18, 7 Swift, Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 2 Jackdaw north, Pied Wagtail, singing Goldcrest, 4 Goldfinch, Coal Tit & at least 4 House Sparrow (Jon Ridge).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park, Woodford Bridge: 2 Reed Warblers, Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, 4-5 Whitethroats, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swift, and (heard only) Lesser Whitethroat (Alan Hobson).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Shelduck, c10 Common Tern, c20 Swift (Charlie Farrell)
  • Trent Park: Kingfisher lower lake (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Lesser Whitehtroat, 3 Pochard, many Swift (Bob Vaughan)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Grasshopper Warbler heard from top of lockwood (tottenham Marsh bird) Lapwing flew North from EW bank first thing, good record for june here (Jamie Partridge)
  • Isleworth 2.30pm herring gulls mobbing a buzzard overhead

Thursday 16th June 2016Edit

  • City EC1: Black Redstart male singing (Twitter)
  • Eaton Park Road, N13: Kestrel flew low W at 17:30 (Katy McGilvray)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 8 Common Tern Pair Sitting, 2 chicks lost, 1 chick gained, so 3 left. Whitethroat, Sand Martin, Swift, Siskin (3 female), Grey Wagtail. (John Bushell)
  • Hampton Court Park: 6 Skylarks at least (including Skylark carrying food), Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, 9 Sand Martin , 5 Swift, Barn Swallow, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Pheasant, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpeckers (Spencer Neal)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite north-west at 16:46, 4 Swift, Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest & 4 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Stocker's Lake: Goldeneye male, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 12 Little Egret, ads & juvs (Twitter)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park and Hackney Wick area: 2 singing Black Redstart (Stuart Fisher)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Grasshopper Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 singing Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 3 singing Meadow Pipit (4 birds), 2 singing Skylark, Linnet, 4 House Martin, 20 + Swift, 2 Pochard (Nick Croft/Peter Brinton)
  • Wnstead Park: Singing Reed Warbler + one bird doing food runs between reed beds, singing Lesser Whitethroat, C Whitethroat fledglings, Kingfisher, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 m Tufted Duck, 6 House Martin, 20 + Swift (Nick Croft)

Wednesday 15th June 2016Edit

  • Barking Bay: c. 50 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall, 6 Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover in display flight, c120 Common Tern, 12 Swift, 7 Sand Martin, 8 Skylark, 2 male Yellow Wagtail carrying food, c.40 Linnet including good numbers of juveniles (Nick Senior)
  • Brockwell Park-near Brixton: Whitethroat in meadow by BMX track + Swift, also feeding in mud left from weekend rave 100 Starling and 30 mixed flock Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls feeding, fledged House Sparrows (Michael Mac)
  • Brookmill Park: Sparrowhawk, 2 Swift, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam); Little Egret at 14.20 (Tom Moulton)
  • Canary Wharf: Red Kite between Westferry and East India Dock, mobbed by 2 Peregrines, 11:20-11:30 then gained height and departed east (Ian Ellis)
  • Claybury Park, Woodford Bridge: Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat (Alan Hobson).
  • Cornmill Meadows: 10 Lapwing inc 4 juvs and 2 chicks, 1 Redshank, 1m Sparrowhawk, 5m Reed Bunting, 2 Cettis Warbler, 2 Swifts (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Footscray Meadows: Pair Mute Swan (plus 6 Cygnets) 7 Tufted Duck, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, several Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Common Whitethroat, Swallow (Mike Amos)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Common Terns (7 pairs, 4 young), Sand Martin, Reed Warbler (4), Whitethroat, House Sparrow. (John Bushell)
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 2 Common Buzzard thermalling distantly, 7 Common Swift, pair of Pied Wagtail nesting in vicinity (Neil Batten)
  • Pinner (HA5): 2 Red Kite over (one north at 13:00 & one south-west at 16:59 moulting out inner primaries), singing Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinch, Coal Tit, 2 Collared Dove & 4 Swift (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: 4 Red Kite, 2 Hobby, m Peregrine, 5 Buzzard (J.Wilczur, B.Marsh, J.Few) Cuckoo, 4 Common Tern - pair with 2 young (S.Read)
  • Richmond Park: Barn Owl, witnessed it first emerging from trees at dusk, later flying with captured prey (Alex Witt)
  • Roding Valley: Woodford Bridge: Garden Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, pair of Reed Buntings, Whitethroat(Simon Worsfold)
  • Rotherhithe: Russia Dock Woodland - Red Kite over at 1010 heading NW, Mistle Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Goldcrest. Southwark Park - 6 House Martin, Collared Dove, Little Grebe. Canada Water - 2 House Martin, pair Great Crested Grebe with 2 young (J&J Cadera)
  • Totteridge Valley/Folly Farm: 1 Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 House Martin, 2 broods of Blue Tits fledged, 1 brood of Great Tit fledged (Tony Clancy)
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, singing Lesser Whitethroat, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, Kestrel, 20+ Swift, 6 House Martin (Nick Croft/Peter Brinton)
  • Wanstead Park: singing Reed Warbler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, House Martin, 20+ Swift, Silver Y (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)

Tuesday 14th June 2016Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Common Tern, 50+ Swift, 3+ House Martin, 4 m Teal, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap (Steve Blake)
  • Grovelands Park: Red Kite over 14:15, 2 Goldcrest adult feeding juv, 2 Treecreeper pr feeding young in nest (Robert Callf)
  • Horsenden Hill: Cuckoo (David Howdon).
  • Muswell Hill, N10: Grey Wagtail seen on road into car park by cinema (Squire)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite west at 13:26, first-summer Black-headed Gull west, 4 Swift, singing Goldcrest, juvenile Blue Tit & 3 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • St James's Park: Gadwall with brood of 9 ducklings, Reed Warbler singing (Andrew Self)
  • Warren Farm, Southall (TQ1478): Sparrowhawk over; 3 pairs of Skylarks (P J Belman)

Monday 13th June 2016Edit

  • Brent Reservior: There is a note in the Hide Log that the Spotted Sandpiper was seen at 3.00pm today? (Bob Husband)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swift, 2 Blackcap, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Grovelands Park: adult Hedgehog 13:40, 2 Treecreeper pr feeding young in nest (Robert Callf)
  • Ladywell Fields: Great Spotted Woodpecker (m), 2 Blackcap, Song Thrush, Stock Dove (Tom Moulton/Judith Simmons)
  • Muswell Hill (N10): Red Kite flying south-west over Thirlmere Road (Squire)
  • Pinner (HA5): 2 Red Kite, Kestrel, 2 Coal Tit (inc juvenile), singing Goldcrest, 2 Goldfinch & 4 Swift (Jon Ridge).
  • South Woodford-by station: Red Kite, Cormorant, Swifts, Grey Wagtail (Simon Worsfold)
  • Staines Moor: Barn Owl (9pm, south side: Thomas Gibson)
  • Warren Farm, Southall (TQ1478): 60 Swifts (evening) feeding over the meadows; 3 Skylarks (P J Belman)

Sunday 12th June 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Tufted Duck brood of 8 Boating Lake (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: (no sign of Spotted Sandpiper today) 2 Egyptian Goose, 5 m Teal, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 8 Common Tern, 2 Grey Wagtail (ad + juv) on mud, 2 Pied Wagtail (ad + juv) on mud (Brent Birders et al).
  • Claybury Park, Woodford Bridge: Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, 2 Song Thrushes, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Muntjac Deer and my first ever Mother Shipton Moth (Alan Hobson).
  • Crossness NR: Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, 2 Liitle Egrets, 3 Grey Heron, 4 Shelduck, several Teal, 7 Canada Geese, Gadwall, 10 Cormorant (on jetty), Kestrel, Lapwing, c 30 Common Tern, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Sand Martin, Swift, c10 Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 2 Rose-ringed Parakeet, 2 Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet (Mike Amos).
  • Hampstead HeathRed Kite in the rain, low W over Cohen's Field at 13:55, 2 Common Buzzard after the rain, W and S at 15:00, 2 Kingfisher at Sanctuary Pond, 2 Common Tern at Men's Pond, 1 Common Whitethroat in the field adjacent to the Ladies Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • KGV Res: Oystercatcher, Cetti's Warbler north stone bridge, 12 Linnet, juvenile Skylark on bank, Painted Lady, 50 Swifts, 2 Little Egrets (A.Middleton)
  • Pimlico: House Sparrow colony, at least - 11 nests in bushes, f Peregrine low over roofs (Michael Mac)
  • Pinner (HA5): 4 Red Kite (15:20-17:00), Kestrel hovering, Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Swift, 2 Goldfinch, singing Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit & 5 Herring Gull (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: Shoveler pair, 3 Red-crested Pochard - 2m & f, Pochard pair, 3 Great Crested Grebe - first brood presumably lost, 4+ Grey Heron - 4th nesting pair with two young, 6 Common Tern - including a nesting pair, Cuckoo (J.Wilczur)
  • Southgate (Chase Road, N14): 30 Swift 20:45 ahead of a shower (Robert Callf)
  • Muswell Hill: fledging Grey Wagtail being fed by adults in the centre of Muswell Hill. (À. Oakes)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Little Egret over, Kestrel, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing, 4 Stock Dove, 30+ Swift, 5 Skylark 32 Jackdaw flew out of wood, 3 Rook over,, 2 Linnet, Muntjac, many Diamond-back Moths amongst crucifers on golf course area (Neil Anderson)
  • Wanstead Park: 4 Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Grey Wagtail, 50+ Swift, 6+ House Martin, Little Egret, 4 Pochard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Whitchurch Sports Ground (HA7): 1 Little Egret flying over (Shailesh Patel)

Saturday 11th June 2016 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: SPOTTED SANDPIPER from main hide 08:05 (Andrew Self) update 16:30 - Spottie seen 10:15, c12:35, 14:15, 15:21 on rafts, 20:50 feeding actively; also Common Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 7 Common Tern, male Peregrine, Little Egret, Hobby; also 3 Chimney Sweeper moths (Brent Birders). (wonderful find Andrew, stunning bird; Nick Tanner)
  • Brockwell Park: Whitethroat singing from various perches near BMX track (Michael Mac)
  • Charing Cross Hospital: 2 Red Kite (soaring high ca 10am), Peregrine Falcon young fledged (public site) (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Fairlop Waters: 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 10 Whitethroat, Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap (2f 1m), at least 3 pairs of Linnet, 4 Chiffchaff singing, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Wren, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Lapwing, 5 Swift, 2 Swallow, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker calling. (Brandon Anderson)
  • Lamorbey Park : Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan, pair Egyptian Geese, 2 Tufted Duck, 7 Canada Geese (4 Gosling), Great Black-backed Gull over, Singing Blackcap, 2 singing Chiffchaffs, singing Whitethroat, Goldcrest, 3 singing Chaffinch (Mike Amos).
  • Pinner (HA5): 3 Red Kite (one north at 11:22, one north-east at 11:36 & one north-west at 15:17), 2 Common Buzzard at 15:12 (both moulting out inner primaries), Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stock Dove, Pied Wagtail, 3 Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest, Goldfinch & 12 Swift (Jon Ridge).
  • Runneymede River Thames: 2 Oystercatcher flew downstream @18:00 (Tony Sweetland)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: PURPLE HERON to 1320 at least (BirdGuides)
  • Stanstead Abbots River Lee island:Oystercatcher probing on lawn (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: Adult Little Owl flew across London Road into Nonsuch Park from Stoneleigh at 10:00 approx. (Neil Batten)
  • Wanstead Flats: Peregrine, Hobby, 2 Kestrel, singing Garden Warbler, singng Lesser Whitethroat (plus family group), singing and calling Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting female carrying food into Cat & Dog reeds, male singing nearby, 60 + Swift, 4 House Martin, Great Crested Grebe still on Jubilee, 3 Little Grebe, Pochard, 2 singing Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, Large Skipper (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Brown Argus in Old Sewage Works (Tim Harris)
  • Westbourne Park Grand Union Canal:Peregrine,Grey Wagtail,Red Crested Pochard pair (Francis O'Sullivan)

Friday 10th June 2016 Edit

  • Barking Bay: 75 Shelduck, 1 Teal, 4 Gadwall, Hobby, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (2cy, 4cy), Mediterranean Gull (2cy) downriver, c130 Common Terns feeding and 41 nests, 1 Arctic Tern with the feeding flock, 17 Swifts, 6 Sand Martins, 2 male Yellow Wagtails, Lesser Whitethroat (Nick Senior)
  • Brent Reservoir: drake Teal, 2 Little Ringed Plover, ad Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Tern, m Reed Bunting singing (Andrew Haynes).
  • Cockfosters Sports Ground: 4 Pied Wagtail adult male and three juvs (Robert Callf)
  • Enfield Civic Centre: Grey wagtail on water feature at front of offices (Alan Lewis)
  • Friern Barnet,Coppets wood:Female Peregrine over 10.30. 1 Whitethroat.(P.Angus)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 11 Common Tern, 5 Reed Warbler, House Martin, Swallow, Sand Martin, 2 Swift, male Grey Wagtail, pair of Tufted Duck (John Bushell)
  • Hatch End station: Red Kite over at 11:30 (Andrew Self)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Common Swift, 34 Banded Demoiselle (Neil Batten)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresrbrook: singing Reed Warbler, 6 Common Whitethroat (incl 3 juvs), pr Reed Bunting, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, 8 Tufted Duck (Stuart Fisher)
  • Mile End Park: Reed Warbler still singing at Ecology Park (Bob Watts)
  • Pinner (HA5): 5 Red Kite, 3 Common Buzzard over early afternoon, Hobby at 12:50, Sparrowhawk north at 15:09, Little Egret north-west at 16:58, 2 Jackdaw, 7 Swift, Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest & 4 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Putney Lower Common: Red Kite, pair Kestrel (R.Kaye, J.Wilczur)
  • Rainham Marshes: m Golden Oriole singing from cycle path through Rainham West in copse on silts. Stay on path (Twitter). still present 1848 (RBA)
  • Redbridge Lakes, Woodford Bridge: 10+ Reed Warblers seen, plus another couple or so heard (a very healthy population for 2 small lakes), Reed Bunting, Blackcap, 2 Swallows, 2 Swifts, 2-3 Song Thrushes, Mistle Thrush, juvenile Pied Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Alan Hobson)
  • St James's Rd SE16: 4 House Martin over 0930 (John Cadera)
  • Southfields: juvenile Blackcap in the garden this morning, so the local pair have bred successfully again (Martin Honey)
  • Springwell Lake: Goldeneye, female with 3 ducklings still (first seen on 24th May with 7 young). The female has a metal ring on its left leg (NOT a blue plastic ring as stated in 2014 LBR) (Andrew Moon)
  • Victoria Park: 10+ Swift (Bob Watts)
  • Wanstead Flats: Cuckoo going south over SSSI, singing Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, calling Willow Warbler, 4 Linnet (possibly adults with young), 6 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Great Crested Gebe, 2 Pochard, 4 adult Little Grebe, 8 House Martin, Swallow, 40+ Swift (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: singing Reed Warbler, 3 Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, Linnet, House Martin, 30+ Swift (Nick Croft)
  • Westbourne Park Grand Union Canal: Peregrine, Mute Swan with 5 cygnets (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Wilson's School (Wallington): 2 Red Kite flew NW 1:35pm, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk and 7 Pied Wagtail. (I am in Year 8 and my greatest passion is birdwatching. Spotted all 4 of these at lunch, once they flew over Roundshaw Downs-Arjun Dutta) Congratulations Arjun! You have an interest that will stay with you for the rest of your life! Legend! (PJ)
  • Woodford Bridge: Sparrowhawk flew past my flat. A bit later, from my balcony, saw Kestrel, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Stock Dove, Ring-necked Parakeet, Herring Gull (Alan Hobson).

Thursday 9th June 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Buzzard over Wood Green Res 1720 mobbed by crows also 4+ House Martins (Bob Watts); Buzzard and crows seen five mins later over Ally Pally (Brian Milligan)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Swift, 3 Blackcap 2m 1f (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Mute Swan (with 3 cygnets), 2 Skylark (chasing each other), 8 Swift (Ian R Watson)
  • Chigwell (scrubland on southern fringes, just north of Woodford Bridge): Lesser Whitethroat (showing v well), Chiffchaff, Mistle Thrush, 6 Goldfinches, Whitethroat, Blackcap (Alan Hobson)
  • East Barnet Library, EN4: 6 Common Swifts in flight over but no sign yet of activity at Swift Nest Boxes affixed to the rear of the library (Bob Husband)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 6 pairs of Common Tern, 2 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, 4 pairs of Reed Warbler (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Harrow Place EC3A: Black Redstart calling from building tops at 1530. Heard not seen. Also heard singing in this area on 2nd June 2016 at about 1900. Heard singing from roof tops along New Street EC2M on 30th May 2016 at about 1700 (Richard Gowing).
  • KGV Reservoir: 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Pochard, 6 Common Tern, 11 Linnet, 4 Swallow, Brown Argus, 2 Common Blue (Martin Shepherd)
  • Leyton Flats: singing Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, 3 Nuthatch, singing Willow Warbler (Stuart Fisher)
  • Muswell Hill, Cranley gardens. 07.05 - Little Egret south. P.Angus)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite over south at 15:55, 5 Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest, 7 Swift & 5 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Plumstead Station: Red Kite very high thermalling at about 14.30 (James Palmer)
  • Teddington: m Blackcap in back garden  (Ian R Watson)
  • Trent Park Equestrian Centre: 11 adult Barn Swallow including eight on shed roof (Robert Callf)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Displaying pair Little Ringed Plover, 2 Shelduck, at least 2 broods of Grey Wagtails (Chris Farthing
  • Wandsworth Park-Thames: Great Black-backed Gull on small boat (Michael Mac)

Wednesday 8th June 2016Edit

  • Arnos Park: Little Egret along Pymmes Brook (Robert Callf)
  • Bartholomew Road, Kentish Town: 2 Collared Dove, 10+ Swifts (Dante Shepherd)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, 2 Grey Wagtail, Snipe, singing Reed Bunting plus 2 Little Ringed Plover reported by another birder (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Clissold Park: Mute Swan with cygnets, Pochard, 2 Mistle Thrush, Painted Lady Butterfly (Ernest Thomason)
  • Dollis Brook, Windsor Open Space N3: 2 Little Egrets together 2-4pm (Ben Epstein)
  • East India Dock Basin: 3 Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, 9 Common Tern (3 nests thus far), 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 3 singing Reed Warbler, 4 Greenfinch (Nick Senior)
  • Hampstead Heath : Red Kite 6pm ( Matt London)
  • Hither Green station: Garden Warbler (Simon Robinson)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 17 Common Swift, 1 Broad-bodied Chaser, 7 Banded Demoiselle (Neil Batten)
  • Limehouse E14: 15.00 to 15.07 2 Mediterranean Gulls (+ 1 Black-headed Gull) drifting up on the tide, then disturbed by clipper, all 3 departing East towards Canary Wharf (Paul Hyland)
  • London Wetland Centre: Pair of Garganey on the Wader Scrape, 10.00am (Wendy Newnham); 2 Common Tern chicks main lake, 1 Lapwing chick grazing marsh, 2 Kingfisher Sheltered lagoon (Martin Honey)
  • Mile End Park: Reed Warbler still singing Ecology Park reed bed 1pm (Bob Watts)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite over north-west at 13:51 (fifth consecutive day), singing Song Thrush at last, 10 Swift, 2 Goldfinch & 4 Herring Gull (Jon Ridge).
  • Purfleet: 2 Avocet across the River Thames from Purfleet (Deiniol Owen)
  • Rainham Marshes: Cuckoo (Deiniol Owen)
  • Westbourne Park Grand Union Canal: Peregrine, Grey Wagtail (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Gadwall brood, Garden Warbler, m Red-crested Pochard and 2 juv Starling this evening, Swift entering nest on Bethune Road (Peter Beckenham)
  • Woodford Green: Kestrel in and by Tesco car-park on Southend Road (Alan Hobson).

Tuesday 7th June 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Oystercatcher east 0835 (Josh Jones)
  • Archway: 30+ Swift screaming party, most I've seen over my house (Dawn Painter)
  • Battersea Park: 8 Swift over, 3 Great Crested Grebe juveniles, 4 Stock dove - first seen this year bringing species count year to date up to 44 (Charlie Schouten)
  • Beckton, Alpine Way: Hobby hawking insects over woods c9am (Stuart Fisher)
  • Brent Reservoir: Water levels lowest I have seen! Little Ringed Plover, 4 Egyptian Goose, Garden Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, lots of House Martin activity above W Hendon Broadway; large shoal of Bream/Carp breeding in shallows + a Koi Carp (Steve Blake)
  • Claybury Park, Woodford Bridge: Lesser Whitethroat, up to 4 Stock Doves, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 2 Swifts, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3-4 Long-tailed Tits, Song Thrush, Jay (Alan Hobson).
  • E3 Antill Road: Coal Tit (garden and East End first for me) Mile End Park: Reed Warbler singing in reed bed adjacent to Ecology Centre. (Harry Harrison)
  • Leyton Flats: singing Reed Warbler (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Spotted Redshank - one summer plumage bird flew around calling at 07:35 before heading off west (Bill Haines); 1 Common Tern Chick Main Lake (S.Barry)
  • Margravine Cemetery (Peregrine Fledge Watch): Common Buzzard chased off by tiercel over Hammersmith, Peregrine Falcon intruder (Nathalie Mahieu et al).
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite south-west at 11:55, Peregrine Falcon drifting north-east, 13 Swift, 6 Goldfinch, Coal Tit & a singing Goldcrest (Jon Ridge).
  • Trent Park Area: Hobby over West Lodge Hotel, Hadley Rd. ( Pete Lowman)
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, pr of Reed Bunting, 4 House Martin, 20+ Swift, Kestrel, Great Crested Grebe still on jubilee pond (Nick Croft)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Oystercatcher, 3 Shoveler , both good june records (Jamie Partridge)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Displaying pair of Little Ringed Plover, Red Kite drifting S, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall (Chris Farthing)

Monday 6th June 2016 Edit

  • Amwell: 2 Black-necked Grebe, from viewpoint (Twitter)
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: Little Egret, pr Egyptian Geese, 3 Shelduck, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, Garden Warbler Cetti`s Warbler, Blackcap, Reed Warbler (P Kite + J Foot)
  • Eastcote (Abbotsbury Gardens): Red Kite mobbed by Carrion Crow over north-west at 11:55 (Jon Ridge).
  • East India Dock: 3 Shelduck, 3 Common Tern, 2 Little Ringed Plover (P KIte + J Foot)
  • Enfield Lock, Albany Road: Swift nest - probably more, but had to walk on as my wife was getting irritable (Martin Shepherd)
  • Margravine Cemetery (Peregrine Fledge Watch): Common Buzzard chased off by tiercel over Hammersmith, Marsh Harrier (? very high up drifting E), Peregrine Falcon intruder (Nathalie Mahieu et al).
  • Perivale Wood: Cuckoo (reported to David Howdon)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite over south at 11:09, Common Buzzard mobbed by two Carrion Crow at 16:29, Kestrel through at 17:45, 2 Stock Dove, Collared Dove, 2 juvenile Woodpigeon (including one in transitional plumage, with the white neck-side coming through), leucistic Carrion Crow, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail, 2 Goldfinch & 18 Swift (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Wigeon, 9 Teal, male Garganey (Aveley Pools), 8 Little Egrets, 3 Marsh Harriers, Common Buzzard, 2+ Hobbys, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Little Gull (2cy) Coldharbour Pt then West, Cuckoo, c. 60 Swifts, 1 Raven high south (Nick Senior)
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): 3 Mute Swan, 6 Greylag, 10 Gadwall (good number locally particularly in June), 30+ Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2+ Swift, Green Woodpecker, Garden Warbler, c10 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 10+ Reed Warbler inc juv being fed, 4 Chiffchaff, 1+ Bullfinch, Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Southgate Circus: 4 Grey Wagtail pr and two fledglings (Robert Callf)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: Singing Reed Warbler at north end of platform a.m. (Neil Batten)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: singing Black Redstart, Little Ringed Plover (Stuart Fisher)
  • Trent Park: Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard ( Hadley Rd), 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcao, Goldfinch, 5 Mandarin, Swallow, 4 Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler.( Pete Lowman).
  • West Dulwich: 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ad) on thermal with Black-headed Gulls, calling 10:50 (Tony Garvey).
  • Woodford Green: Bullfinch, then Little Egret SW over, and Red Kite flying East over house (3rd so far this year) at 11.10 am. (Ken Murray)

Sunday 5th June 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Honey Buzzard high SW 1120, Red Kite NNE 1135, also Reed Warbler Conservation Pond, pair common Tern Wood Green Res (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Greylag Geese, 2 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Teal; also 2 Painted Ladies (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall, Roy Beddard)
  • Brimsdown: Cetti's Warbler, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Linnet (Martin Shepherd)
  • Bruce Castle Park: family of Nuthatches (James Palmer)
  • Bushy Park: 3 Teal pair and another male, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swift (Mat Hare)
  • Canons Park, Edgware, Middx: NW London RSPB Group Birdwalk - Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding young at nest hole in SE corner of walled garden, Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Nuthatch family. Nearby Seven Acre Lake (private site): male Gadwall, Common Tern, 2 Grey Heron, pair Great Crested Grebes with 2 well developed stripy juveniles, 2 Goldcrest, Blackcap, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, calling Green Woodpecker (Bob Husband, Fay Broom et al NW London RSPB Group) .
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 11 Common Tern, 4 Reed Warbler, pair of Little Grebe, 2 Sand Martin, 3 Swift, 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat (John Bushell/Richard Green)
  • Greenway, adjacent to Olympic Stadium: Peregrine, Ringed Plover, 15 Sand Martin, 3 singing Song Thrush, 2 Whitethroat (Harry Harrison)
  • Hampstead Heath: Little Egret again NW at c07:20 same time as yesterday, Peregrine S, 2 Common Buzzard N at 11:45, singing Lesser Whitethroat touring hedges atop Parliament Hill, singing Common Whitethroat in field adjacent to Ladies Pond, singing Reed Warbler at Highgate 1 Pond, 2 Common Tern at Men's Pond, 3 Swallow NW, singing Willow Warbler still at Sanctuary Pond, Mother Shipton, 4 Painted Lady variously from Kenwood to Lido (Frank Nugent).
  • Harrow Recreation Ground(HA1): 1 Common Blue (Shailesh Patel)
  • Home (Hampton Court) Park: 1 Common Tern fishing in Hampton Wick pond, c6 Swallow, Swift, 34 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Owl (Mat Hare)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Common Buzzard over (3 sightings 9:15, 11:50, 13:45), mobbed by Peregrine Falcons twice), House Martins (rare recently) (Nathalie Mahieu, Wendy Marks)
  • M25 Clackett Lane services: 1 Lapwing displaying over fields to east of services area. Buzzard also present nearby. (Dave de Silva)
  • Pinner (HA5); Red Kite north-west at 10:51, Peregrine Falcon east at 15:35, 2 Common Buzzard (one north-west at 14:25 & one north-east at 18:34), Cormorant circling high to the west at 14:26, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, 2 Jackdaw, 20 Swift, Pied Wagtail, Coal Tit, Mistle Thrush, singing Goldcrest & 5 Goldfinch; also Painted Lady & 2 Holly Blue butterflies (Jon Ridge).
  • Putney, Huntingfield Road, SW15: Hobby, 3 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite (R.Kaye)
  • Southgate Circus: 4 Grey Wagtail pair and nest with two young (Robert Callf)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 9 Common Swift, 10 Herring Gull, 2 singing Goldcrest. Also what looked suspiciously like a BLUE CARPENTER BEE flying around gardens in The Glade between 11:00 and 11:30 - large dark bee-shaped flying insect showing dark green and blue irridescence on body, wings rustled in flight like a dragonfly and not with any buzzing sound. Flight very direct and purposeful and not like a beetle (Neil Batten)
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Garden Warbler, and Lesser Whitethroat, 2 singing Meadow Pipit, 3 singing Skylark, 2 Swallow, Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 60+ Swift, Pochard, Great Crested Grebe on Jubilee (a first!), 1-2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, Linnet (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 8+ House Martin, 30+ Swift, 3 singing Reed Warbler (possibly a 4th), 2 Little Egret, Great Crested Grebe with chick (Nick Croft)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Hobby, 1 Swallow, 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat, c3 singing Whitethroat, c4 singing Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff glimpsed and heard singing, 17 Stock Dove and a Barnacle Goose headed east. (David Lindo)

Saturday 4th June 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler singing between platforms 1&2 adjacent to Wood Green Res until 1030 at least (Bob Watts), 2 Little Egret east over Boating lake 1700 (Henry Wyn-Jones)
  • Barns: Barn Elms Playing Fields / Beverly Brook: Todds type Canada Goose still by running track, Swallow S, Grey Wagtail pair feeding young, Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler (R.Kaye)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 drake Teal, Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, 4 1st S Black-headed Gull, 20+ Swift, 2 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler (Roy Beddard, Andrew Verrall)
  • Bushy Park: 4 House Martin, Kestrel, Skylark, 20 Swift (Ian R Watson)
  • Coppetts Wood NR, Friern Barnet: Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding young at Red Oak nest site, Green Woodpecker calling, Blackcap, Chiffchaff. No sign of Common Whitethroats or Garden Warbler recorded in previous years! (Bob Husband, Tony Clancy, Oliver Natelson, Janine Young)
  • Cranford Park: Little Owl in hole of tree, Buzzard being mobbed by crow, Hobby over field, Little Egret, Whitethroat.(Sue Giddens)
  • Deptford Creek: Barnacle Goose with pair of Canada Geese (Richard Lord)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Common Tern 10, Blackcap male, Whitethroat male, Reed Warbler 5, Sand Martin (John Bushell)
  • Greenwich Park: pr Whitethroat feeding hidden young, also numerous Diamondback moths (Joe Beale)
  • Hampstead Heath: Little Egret NW at 07:20, 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat in hedges up from running track still and 1 singing Willow Warbler at Sanctuary Pond still, 2 Gadwall (pair) at Boating Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • Deodar Road-Putney: 7 House Martin nests, 2 building 3 feeding, House Sparrows (Michael Mac)
  • Leyton 'Tip': 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, a first summer and a second summer bird present at civic amenities site on orient way, pics @jarpartridge (Jamie Partridge)
  • London Wetland Centre: no sign today of the Little Bittern despite many pairs of eyes watching. Hobby low over reedbed channel then grazing marsh, 2 pairs Common Tern nesting on island with most Black-headed Gulls (so little, if any, competition), 2 singing Chiffchaff, several pairs of Mandarin (males going into eclipse), singing Cetti's and Reed Warbler, Reed Buntings plus numerous nesting pairs, 1 Diamond Back moth and 1 Painted Lady butterfly (per S. Fogg) (Martin Honey); two Kingfishers seen carrying food to nest and a summer plumage Golden Plover on wader scrape from 12-12.15 seen by others, Little Egret, singing Sedge Warbler, song bird (not seen) including Curlew call - someone said it was a thrush species? as they heard previously (Michael Mac) May or may not be relevant to this particular observation, but I've sometimes heard Song Thrushes give a very passable Curlew impression (Alastair Dent)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: pair Common Tern nesting on new raft, according to my records first since 2006, maybe seeking refuge from Black-headed Gulls at London Wetland Centre (David Jeffreys)
  • Mudchute: 2 Swifts W, 8 House Martin, 1 Swallow W, Blackcap 5 pairs, Whitethroat 1 pair, Lesser Whitethroat 1 singing, Reed Warbler 1 singing, 8 Greenfinches; several Diamond-back moths (Nick Senior)
  • Northolt + Greenford CP: Common Tern, singing Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 4 Burnet Companion, 3 Diamond-back Moth (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Perivale Wood: Cuckoo (reported to David Howdon).
  • Pinner: Lloyd Court, House Sparrows calling, the first I've heard from my garden here since 2004 (Richard Francis). Hi Richard, I am very surprised - I only live about 800 meters away from you (as the crow flies) & we often get flocks of 20 birds here in winter & spring (JR). From my studies of the vast populations of House Sparrow in New Zealand, the vocalization of the species is critical to their dispersal. If they don't hear another bird calling, they won't fly into the void. It accounts for the isolated pockets which simply reduce into zero (RF).
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite north at 13:46, Sparrowhawk north-west, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (inc one juvenile), 2 Black-headed Gull south-east, 45 Swift through, Jackdaw, 5 Goldfinch, 3 Pied Wagtail (inc one juvenile), Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest & a Mistle Thrush (Jon Ridge).
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): 3 Mute Swan, 6 Greylags, male Gadwall, 20+ Tufted Duck, 3+ Great Crested Grebe inc pair displaying, 3+ Swift, 2 Grey Wagtail, Garden Warbler, 10+ Blackcap, Whitethroat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 10+ Reed Warbler inc juvs, 3 Chiffchaff, 5+ Goldcrest inc juvs, 2+ Jay, 2+ Bullfinch, Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart et al) plus Great Spotted Woodpecker , Song Thrush (Mike Amos).
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 59 Stock Dove - my highest count here in recent years (Robert Callf)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls up river, Marsh Harrier, 3 Cuckoo, 4 Water Rail, Pochard with duckling, 21 Cetti's Warbler, 34 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 24 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat & 4 Raven (Andrew Self)
  • Teddington: Mediterranean Gull by Thames near Stevens Ait at 16:00. I know it's unlikely in this location but it was 10 metres from me twice and had very black head (not brown), very red beak and a bit larger than Black Headed Gull (Mike Foster).
  • Trent Park: 6 Treecreeper including 4th family party here this year in Triangular Wood (Robert Callf)
  • Wandle-Wandsworth: pair Grey Wagtail feeding young in nest (Michael Mac)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: LWT group walk AM - Common Tern and Little Egret dropped in briefly, Cetti's Warbler showing, pair Great Crested Grebe, m Reed Bunting, 15+ Swift. Several Diamond-back moths around the classroom (Peter Beckenham)

Friday 3rd June 2016Edit

  • Barking Bay: 80 Shelduck, 6 Tufted, 4 Gadwall, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, c.90 Common Terns (colony of c25 nests on disused jetty), 5 Little Terns East (3 at 08.28, 2 at 08.46), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (2cy), 1 Little Gull lingering at the outfall (2cy), 8 Swifts, 2 House Martins, 2 male Yellow Wagtails carrying food, Cetti's Warbler; then 2 Arctic Terns East at lunchtime (Nick Senior)
  • Bromley: (Hook Farm Road (Allotment)) Little Owl, young showing amazing well and calling in open 3pm ish (ASkinner)
  • Bushy Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Little Owl, Mistle Thrush, Reed Bunting, 2 Shelduck, 8 Stock Dove. 6.40 am (Ian R Watson)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Little Egret, 4+ Swift, Green Woodpecker, 3+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3+ Blackcap, 2+ Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, Goldcrests inc juvs (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe pair with at least 1 chick, 8 Common Tern  Swift, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 6 Reed Warbler (John Bushell)
  • Lamorbey Park: 4 Mute Swan (2 cygnets), 15 Canada Goose (10 gos), 2 Egyptian Goose, c25 Mallard (10 juv), 6 Tufted Duck, Peregrine, 100+ Woodpigeon, 8+ Stock Dove, 2 Swift, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow low N, Pied Wagtail, 3+ Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff (1 juv), Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Lea Valley - Netherhall /Glen Faba: 1 m Nightingale singing from island in NE of pit, 6 singing Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (3), Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler (2), Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Gadwall (3), Egyptian Goose (2), Little Egret (4), Swift(Nigel May)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 Swallow, 24 Common Swift, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 1 female Mandarin with at least six young (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: LITTLE BITTERN seen c10:30 in channel in front of Wildside Hide (Twitter); seen again for 40mins near top of reeds right hand side of channel nearest Wildside hide - preening and vocalising - at lunchtime (Martin Honey); showed well in middle channel tree then flew to channel furthest from Wildside Hide about 17.00 to 17.10 (Simon Osborn); 2 Shelduck (Shailesh Patel); 4 Shelduck main lake, 1m Red Kite high over playing fields/southern route pm, numerous Reed Warbler and several pairs of Reed Bunting in reedbed, plus 2 Jays apparently looking for nests in the reedbed, 1 Chiffchaff singing Wildside, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Martin Honey); 2 Common Tern on 'black-headed gull island' @c.16:00 (MMcL)
  • Pinner (HA5): Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, Jackdaw north, 8 Goldfinch, 8 Swift, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Coal Tit (inc one juvenile), 3 Wren (inc one juvenile), singing Goldcrest & 35 juvenile Starling (Jon Ridge).
  • Victoria Park: at 10.00 singing Goldcrest in conifers ( Marcin Kempa).
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Reed Warbler, singing Garden Warbler, Linnet, Reed Bunting, 3 Sand Martin, House Martin, 60+ Swift, 3 singing Meadow Pipit (4 territories), 3 Skylark, Gadwall, Pochard, Little Grebe with chicks, 6 Black-headed Gull west, m Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 singing Reed Warbler on Shoulder of Mutton (5 birds in total), Kingfisher, 8+ House Martin, 30+ Swift, Kestrel, Great Crested Grebe + chick, other adult on perch, 4 Little Grebe (Nick Croft)

Thursday 2nd June 2016Edit

  • Hall Place: Sparrowhawk female, 2 Kingfisher male and female. Greenfinch, 4 Blackcap, Grey Wagtail, 6 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 5 Swifts (Donna Zimmer)
  • Fairlop Waters: Common Scoter (BirdGuides); drake on main lake this evening (Alan Bell)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, Whitethroat, at least 3 pairs of Reed Warbler (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Hampstead Heath: Red Kite low N over Kite Hill at 10:20 (Tim Blackburn)
  • Hampstead Heath: 10th July visit for Purple Emperors on territory with Andrew Middleton & Frank Nugent. Meet 12:00hrs opposite Spaniards Inn TQ266872. More details
  • Lamorbey Park: 14+ Canada Goose (10 gos), c30 Mallard (10+ juv), 6 Tufted Duck, Peregrine, 2+ Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtail (1 juv), 3+ Blackcap (1+ juv), 2+ Chiffchaff, 3+ Goldcrest inc juvs, 2 Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: LITTLE BITTERN (not seen until 1630) & 1st/s Little Gull (Twitter); Birdguides shows sightings at around 10am and after midday as well (Angus Innes); - I think those were 'no sightings'? Strange I was there all afternoon and out of 40+ people and staff no one reported seeing it all day?
  • Northaw Great Wood: Marsh Tit (Robert Callf)
  • Pinner (HA5): Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, 7 Goldfinch, 5 Swift, 2 Pied Wagtail, Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest & 75 Starling with several juveniles present (Jon Ridge).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Cormorant high NE, Peregrine, Swift, singing Song Thrush + Blackcap, Goldcrest, recently fledged juvs of Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Robin and Blue Tit in garden (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Sandwich Tern and Black-necked Grebe (Twitter)
  • Wanstead Flats: Hobby, singing Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 singing Meadow Pipit, 2 singing Skylark, 3 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, Black-headed Gull, 60 + Swift
  • Wanstead Park: Reed Warbler collecting nesting material (2 pairs now on Shoulder of Mutton), Lesser Whitethroat collecting food, eclipse Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe (young still missing), 6 Little Grebe, 2 House Martin, 30 + Swift, f Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)

Wednesday 1st June 2016Edit

  • Amwell: Garganey (BirdGuides)
  • Brent Reservoir: v. low water level, most rafts beached, 2 drake Teal, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, fem Sparrowhawk, 100+ Swift, 10+ House Martin (Andrew Verrall)
  • Deodar Road-Putney SW15: 5 House Martin sites, 5 male House Sparrows (Michael Mac)
  • Fulham Reach: Swift (going into nest - just inside inner London area) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Reed Warbler, Little Grebe (pair), Swift, Goldcrest. (John Bushell)
  • London Wetland Centre: LITTLE BITTERN reported again this morning at 10.28 (BirdGuides); again at 11:45 (Deiniol Owen)
  • Mile End Park: Little Egret SW over Arts Pavilion 1307 a rare in the borough and an Inner London record to boot (Bob Watts)
  • Pinner (HA5): 20 Swift, 5 Goldfinch, Coal Tit & singing Goldcrest (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Cuckoo at Rainham West (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: Barn Owl (Alex Witt)
  • Rye Meads: Kittiwake 11.15 (BirdGuides)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Little Gull 1s S (BirdGuides)
  • Twickenham: Little Gull (1w) on Thames at Radnor Gardens 16.15. Then flew towards Eel Pie Island with Black-headed Gulls (Mike Wheeler)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Hobby, plus swallow (Jamie Partridge-Twitter)
  • Wanstead Flats: 4-5 Meadow Pipit (parents carrying food), 3 Skylark, 10+ Swift, f Sparrowhawk, 100+ young gulls in roost by Alex (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Kingfisher, 3 Little Egret (Sean Kerrigan), 3 singing Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat carrying food, Hobby chasing Swift, 4 House Martin, 3 m Pochard + female with a liking for a Tufted Duck, singing Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: m Peregrine plucked prey (at least pigeon-sized) before carrying it off NE at 0730, Little Egret, Whitethroat, 2 Shelduck (Chris Farthing)

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