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Bird of the Month: a one-day Savi’s WarblerEdit

Two species that have each graced the London recording area on only four previous occasions were contenders for the title of Bird of the Month for June. One was Savi’s Warbler, the other Bonaparte’s Gull. Although the latter bird hung around for longer, I have awarded the accolade to Savi’s, simply because Boney was my BotM on its last London appearance, just over a year ago, and Savi’s has not been seen for nine years.

Savi’s Warbler Edit

Just a few savvy twitchers managed to catch up with the Savi’s Warbler on 3rd June after Mat Bradbury found it at 10am reeling in the main reed bed at the London Wetland Centre. I love his comment that at first he “thought it was the electric fence playing up”. Anyway, the bird continued its monotonous buzzing until late afternoon, occasionally allowing itself to be glimpsed. Sadly, there was no sight or sound of it the next day.

The four previous records of Savi’s in London are all of singing males in the Lea Valley. Unlike this year’s uncooperative bird, they each stayed for more than a day — at Stanstead Abbotts (22–27 Apr 1979), Cheshunt (20–21 May 1981), Rye Meads (2–5 May 1989) and Seventy Acres Lake (30 Apr–30 May 2009).

Bonaparte's Gull Edit

This month’s Bonaparte’s Gull was a first-summer bird spotted by Richard Bonser on 23rd June among hundreds of Black-headed Gull at the outfall from the Crossness sewage treatment works. It obligingly showed itself on and off daily until 1st July.

Three of London’s four earlier occurrences of this North American vagrant — all in the current decade — also involved Crossness: (1) over a few days in May 2012, two differently plumaged juveniles were in the Crossness area at the same time, although never seen together; (2) in July 2013 an adult was at Crossness for two days; (3) in May 2014 a first summer bird was seen briefly at Staines Reservoir and the adjacent King George VI Reservoir (but not Crossness); (4) in May 2017 my Bird of the Month was a juvenile that spent 10 days roaming around Crossness and other Lower Thames sites. (A record of a Boney at Barn Elms in 1983 is no longer considered acceptable by the LNHS rarities committee.)

What draws Boneys to Crossness? Presumably they enjoy the feeding opportunities at the outfall, but they do have to venture a long way up the Thames to find it.

Whose bird? Edit

I know what you’re thinking: Who the hell were Savi and Bonaparte? Well, Savi’s Warbler is so called because it was first described in 1824 by Paolo Savi (1798–1871), professor of natural history at Pisa University and compiler of a major guide to Italian birds. Bonaparte’s Gull is named in honour of Charles Lucien Bonaparte (1803–57), a nephew of the French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte and a renowned ornithologist who spent many years cataloguing the birds of the United States. This information comes from ‘Whose Bird? Common Bird Names and the People They Commemorate’, by Bo Beolens and Michael Watkins. I bought the book new from Amazon in June 2010 for £3.99, but the price now seems to be £31.07 new and at least £12 used.

Waterfowl Edit

So, after London’s fifth occurrence of both Savi’s and Boney, what else was of interest this month? On the whole, not a lot. But let’s start with waterfowl.

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Long-tailed Duck pair, Lockwood Reservoir, Walthamstow, 21st June 2018 (© Samuel Levy 2018)

A surprise feature of June was the appearance of anatids that normally visit London only in winter. Most unusual was a pair of Long-tailed Duck that spent the day at Lockwood Reservoir on the 21st. This species is normally a rare winter visitor, although an adult female did hang around south-east London throughout the summer of 2013.

Rivalling the LTDs was a redhead Smew that turned up at Seventy Acres Lake, Cheshunt, on the 5th. Smew usually arrive in London in December and leave by mid-March. Again, however, there is the odd past record of summering birds.

Another unseasonal, if less exotic, duck was a handsome drake Wigeon that put in an appearance at Brent Reservoir on 2nd June. Although a few non-breeding birds may spend the summer in the Thames estuary, Wigeon are most unusual at inland sites at this time of year.

On 8th June a family of Mute Swan in Richmond Park was taken into care after being attacked by dogs, with both adults suffering bites. Four days later, a family in Grovelands Park also finished up in a swan sanctuary after a dog killed a cygnet and injured the female. Let’s hope the irresponsible owners of these dogs can be traced and prosecuted.

The rest of the birds . . . Edit

There seem to be few other bird reports of particular note, but here goes anyway (in chronological order):

  • A Short-eared Owl at Staines Moor on the 5th and 8th was the first June sighting since 2012.
  • An Osprey — rarely seen over London in June — flew north across Wallington on the 9th.
  • A Sandwich Tern was briefly at Hilfield Park Reservoir on the 15th.
  • A Wood Sandpiper was at Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve on the 27th.
  • A Bee-eater over RSPB Rainham Marshes on the 28th was a first for London this year.
  • After a month’s absence, two Spoonbill were at RSPB Rainham Marshes on the 28th and 29th.
  • At Woodford Green on the 29th, a Common Buzzard carrying prey was challenged at the same time by a Sparrowhawk from below and a Hobby from above.
  • An adult Kittiwake passed through Greenwich on the 30th.

. . . And the insects Edit

London birding may not be especially productive in June, which is perhaps why the wiki page includes many reports of flying insects — particularly Lepidoptera and Odonata. Twenty-five species of butterfly were recorded this month, including 22 sightings of Purple Hairstreak, 20 of Marbled White, 10 of Ringlet, 16 each of Meadow Brown and White-letter Hairstreak and 11 of Large Skipper. The records also include four species of day-flying moth, nine dragonflies and eight damselflies. Is it perhaps time to create a separate wiki page to highlight the capital’s larger insects and reserve “Latest News” for vertebrates?

(Contributed by Andrew Haynes, who accepts full responsibility for any errors. Historical information is mainly based on archived reports on this wiki and on ‘The Birds of London' by Andrew Self.)


Saturday 30th June 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park : 3 Little Egrets, Common Tern, Reservoir (low water level), 12.30-12.45 (Greg Smith ) Peregrine immature(Gareth Richards per Bob Watts)
  • Bexley: Hall Place 14:00 m Kestrel (Patrick English)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 5+ Common Tern with 1 chick, Cetti’s Warbler, 100+ Swift, 5+ House Martin, 5 Egyptian Goose, Greylag Goose, 120+ Black-headed Gull, (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Blackcap, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: BONAPARTE'S GULL 1s still at outflow 16:30 (Richard Bonser, Barry Wright), adult Mediterranean Gull (Barry Wright), Common Buzzard, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Deptford: Hummingbird Hawk Moth in Tidemill Community Garden (Keith Chambers)
  • Greenwich: adult Kittiwake at the O2 from 10:49-10:51am and then headed high over Canary Wharf; also 24 Great Black-backed Gull (three ringed - one NTGG & two Norwegian) (Richard Bonser)
  • London Wetland Centre: Red Kite over heading W at around lunchtime, 7 Common Tern. Ringlet, Small/Essex Skippers, Gatekeeper and Painted Lady butterflies and a single 6-spot Burnet (Martin Honey)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Nuthatch (first for site) (Nathalie Mahieu, John Boorman).
  • Paradise Fields (Horsenden Hill): flock of 23 Long-tailed Tits, singing Reed Warbler, Bullfinch calling (Neil Anderson)
  • Richmond Park NNR (Pen Ponds): 49 adult Canada Geese moulting, Lapwing over, Hobby; (Golf Course): 4 ad 14 pulli Canada Geese 2 ad 10 pulli Greylags 2 ad 6 pulli Egyptian Geese (Phil Belman)
  • Ruislip High Rd: 2 low circling Red Kites (Neil Anderson)
  • Ruislip Lido/Woods: Little Egret, Red Kite, Hobby, 12 ad Common Terns + sev (6+) juv, 15+ House Martin, 2 singing Garden Warbler. Also 16 spp butterfly (6 brown spp) including 82 Ringlet, 27 Marbled White (all on common), Small Heath, 4 Gatekeeper, 4 White Admiral (Copse Wood), 27 Purple Hairstreak (real number will be much higher) + m Brimstone (Neil Anderson)
  • Southfields (land adjacent to Underground line): Male Banded Demoiselle (nearest colony in King George's Park over a mile away), 1 6-spot Burnet moth (Martin Honey)
  • Stockwell a community garden: 7am male Kestrel caught sparrow without landing, first I've seen in tetrad for over 3 years last bred 2010 (Michael Mac)
  • Trent Park: eclipse m Mandarin Duck, adult-summer Black-headed Gull, 2 Green Woodpecker adult and juv, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Whitethroat singing, m Silver-washed Fritillary settled on bramble edge of Church Wood, Painted Lady, 3 White-letter Hairstreak incl female caught by crab spider on thistle head, 5 Purple Hairstreak (Robert Callf)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 34 Swift, 41 Mallard, 13 Moorhen, 31+ Stock Dove, Hobby, Pied Wagtail, 4 Bullfinch, 4 Swallow, House Martin, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Owl. Also 2 Silver-washed Fritillary, 4m Purple Emperor, 100+ Purple Hairstreak, Marbled White, 20+ Large White, 100+ Meadow Brown, 40+ Ringlet, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Red Admiral, 30+ Large Skipper, 8 Gatekeeper. (Samuel Levy, Tony Clancy, Frank N) Red Kite (Frank N)
  • Woolwich: 1st-summer Common Gull off St.Henry's Wharf (Richard Bonser)

Friday 29th June 2018Edit

  • Albany Park: Lesser Whitethroat persistently singing today and for at least several weeks along railway approach to Albany Park Station (Patrick English)
  • Braeburn Park LWT, Crayford: A singing Lesser Whitethroat continues to be present for at least 3 years (Patrick English)
  • Brent Reservoir: 7 Black-tailed Godwit, Little Ringed Plover, 5+ Common Tern, Cetti’s Warbler, 4+ Reed Warbler, c25 Swift, 5+ House Martin, 2 Egyptian Goose, Greylag, 106 Canada Goose, c30 Black-headed Gull (inc one juvenile), 1st sum Common Gull. From main hide (SB via AS)
  • Chelsea Waterfront (east of Imperial Wharf Station): Grey Wagtail on buildings along creek, 2 Red Admiral flying fast north from across river, Small Tortoiseshell + Comma on Buddleja (Neil Anderson)
  • Crossness: BONAPARTE'S GULL still at outfall at 1:30 p m, also Mediterranean Gull (James Palmer). 1 Linnet walkway near incinerator, 1 Kestrel on fence post in reserve, 1 Wren (Paul Francis)
  • Hampstead Heath: (near Spaniards Inn) no sign of Purple Emperor 1015-1230 viewing oaks and sallow with backs to mast and entrance to large residence (we presume this is correct strategy?) but 10+ Purple Hairstreak, 2 Painted Lady, 3 Brown Hawker, Buzzard through tree tops acted like a local bird - breeding locally?), Hobby (Bruce Carson, Gerry Rawcliffe, Bob Watts) Generally male PEmp activity kicks off 1pm - ButConsHM visit Fir&Pond & Northaw this Sunday (A.Middleton) Reed Warblers have bred on High No.1 (Pete Mantle)
  • Hilly Fields Lewisham: 3 Blackcap singing, 2 Goldcrest (juv), Nuthatch, Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stock Dove, Coal Tit (Tom Moulton/Sue Gore/Conrad Ellam)
  • Joydens Wood: Hobby, Swift, Swallow, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Brimstone, 6+ White Admiral, prob Southern Hawker, Common Darter (Ian Stewart)
  • Lambeth Hospital area: 6 PR Swift, 2 went into holes on a house, others at various altitudes, non as far as I know on the hospital - though some Swift boxes (Michael Mac)
  • Pinner The Croft Park 4 Swift, Green Woodpecker, juvenile Red Kite drifted over late afternoon. (Nigel Barratt)
  • Plumstead Common: 5 Common Swift low over houses am. (Patrick English)
  • Putney Heath: m Kestrel, Painted Lady, 3 White-letter Hairstreak, 10+ Purple Hairstreak, 20+ Ringlet, 3 Green-veined White, Holly Blue, no sign of yesterday's Emperor which was on the wall of 'Crossroads' cottage Telegraph Road (J.Wilczur)
  • Richmond Park NNR: 2 Gadwall, broods of Mallard, Pochard, and Tufted Duck, 4 juvenile Blackcap, Stonechat family (P Pentek)
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: 13 Cetti's Warbler, 120+ Swift, 36 Common Whitethroat, 56 Reed Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 20+ Little Egret, 13 Sedge Warbler, 22 Reed Bunting, 13 Blackcap, 29 Stock Dove, 7 Little Grebe, 6 Common Tern, 22+ Grey Heron, 7 Bearded Tit, 11 Rook, 31 Jackdaw, 6 Marsh Harrier, 3 House Martin, 4 Stonechat, 79 Shelduck, Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, m Ruff, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Spoonbill on Aveley Pool still, 104 Canada Geese, 22 Teal, Hobby, Sand Martin, Green Sandpiper, juv Little Ringed Plover, Sparrowhawk. (Samuel Levy et al)
  • Shrewsbury Park, SE18: 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Jay (Tim Rymer)
  • Sidcup DA15: Red Kite W 15.25, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 4 Swift, Purple Hairstreak in my garden (Ian Stewart)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 2 singing Blackcap, 10 Ring-necked Parakeet (Neil Batten)
  • Southwark Park Road SE1: 3 Peregrine over at 08:55 (John Cadera)
  • Upper Ruxley area DA2/DA14: Buzzard, 4 Lapwing on deck, no sign of juvs but possibly breeding/attempted here, 2 Black-headed Gull over, Swift, singing Skylark, 2+ House Martin, Linnet, 100+ Purple Hairstreak, White-letter Hairstreak (Ian Stewart)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Kingfisher, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, 5 Little Egret, Coal Tits (Chris Farthing)
  • Woodford Green: Common Buzzard carrying prey...similtaneously being "bounced" by Sparrowhawk (fem) from beneath and Hobby from above...then as all three disappeared over the canopy a male Peregrine appeared on high before drifting off. (Ken Murray)

Thursday 28th June 2018Edit

  • Albany Park: Singing Lesser Whitethroat since May in scrub approaching the railway station (Patrick English)
  • Alexandra Park: Pair of Common Terns, reservoir 9.12-9.16+ (Greg Smith); 2+ White-letter Hairstreak, 6+ Purple Hairstreak, Ringlet racetrack, Red Kite south from here, also 2 adult Black-headed Gull Wood Green Res (APOG Birders)
  • Crossness: BONAPARTE'S GULL still at outfall 20 metres from bank at 3:30 pm, swimming more than flying (Michael Mac)
  • Epping Forest south: 14 Purple Emperors at six locations, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary (A.Middleton)
  • Fackenden Down (Shoreham): 2+ Buzzard, Skylark, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 1+ Dark Green Fritillary, many Marbled Whites (Ian Stewart)
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 1 Red Kite low n. 09:00 (Neil Batten)
  • Otford: 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, House Martin, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, Ruddy Darter & Purple Hairstreak at cemetery (Ian Stewart)
  • Putney Heath: Purple Emperor, Silver-washed Fritillary (J.Wilczur) Jan whereabouts on the Heath did you see them? Hoping to have a pop at it today. (Penny Smallshire)
  • Rainham Marshes: Bee-eater flew over at 07:50, also 2 Spoonbills (per RBA)
  • Richmond Park NNR, Pen Ponds: 2 Common Tern chicks, one on each of two fenced rafts, 2 Black-headed Gull chicks on the third, 6 Lapwings over at 10:55 (Phil Belman).
  • Sevenoaks KWT: 4+ Egyptian Goose 2+ juv, 4+ Great Crested Grebe 2 nests, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 15+ Lapwing 6+ juv, 2+ Swift, 5+ Pied Wagtail 2+ juv, Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, many Red-eyed Damselflies (Ian Stewart)
  • Shrewsbury Park, SE18: 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Stock Dove, 2 Swift (Tim Rymer)
  • Staines Moor: 3 Red Kite, 1 Hobby, 2 Little Egret. (James Dee)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Black-necked Grebe on S basin; 19 Lapwing causeway early am, at least 1 juv (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Strayfield Road, EN2: 2 Nuthatch, 6 Goldfinch, male Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Totteridge Green: 24+ Swift, Red Kite, Nuthatch, 6 Stock Dove, Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail, 2 Common Buzzard, Peregrine. Also 4 male Purple Emperor, 2 Silver-washed Fritillary, 30+ Purple Hairstreak, Marbled White, lot's of Ringlet and Meadow Brown, 5 Large White, Brimstone, 2 Red Admiral. Also Brown Hawker. (Samuel Levy & Tony Clancy)
  • Trent Park: 2 Blackcap,Common Swift, Common Tern, 3 Swallow, Treecreeper, m Purple Emperor in flight on outer narrow path of Rough Lot 100 yds west of jubilee path gate, a few Small Skipper, G V White, Purple Hairstreak, abundant Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet,Large White, Speckled Wood ( Pete Lowman).
  • Whitewebbs Park: male Purple Emperor near North Lodge gap in canopy TQ 326 998 at 12:12 (Robert Callf/Andrew Wood)
  • Wimbledon Common: Red Kite, Hobby 2cy (J.Wilczur)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Red-crested Pochard (eclipse males), 2 Common Tern, 6 Little Egret, 20 Black-headed Gulls, Coal Tit family (Chris Farthing & Tony Butler)

Wednesday 27th June 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: White-letter Hairstreak again on elm along racetrack, also 4 Purple Hairstreak (3 at this site, 1 cricket scrub near nets, also Common Tern, 2 adult Black-headed Gulls Wood Green Res, superb views of perched male Sparrowhawk which unsuccessfully hunted starling (Bruce Carson, Bob Watts)
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: 5 Egptian Goose pr & 3 goslings, eclipse male Mandarin Duck, 7 Goldcrest adult & 6 juvs, Vapourer (Robert Callf)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: BONAPARTE'S GULL still at outfall from 13.30; also 3 juv Peregrines, Greenshank, 2 Shelduck broods of 11 and 9, adult Mediterranean Gull, Lapwing, Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Gadwall, Lesser Whitethroat by golf club (Joe Beale, Bernie Weight, David Darrell-Lambert) 1 Curlew, I Redshank, 5 Common Tern (Paul Francis)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 19 Common Tern 8 adults 11 chicks, Sand Martin, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff (John Bushell)
  • Hilly Fields, Lewisham: 2 Peregrine (1 juv) circling 15.00 (Keith Chambers)
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 1 Red Kite E, 5 Common Swift (Neil Batten))
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Hobby seen by others hunting on the main lake, 1 Buzzard high to the SW, 5 Common Tern catching fish (flying to and from Lonsdale Road reservoir), singing Reed Bunting, lots of Reed Warbler, 2 singing Blackcap, 5 Stock Dove on grazing marsh, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, several Meadow Brown and 1 female Holly Blue (Martin Honey)
  • One Tree Hill, Honor Oak Park: Silver-washed Fritillary (Conrad Ellam)
  • Oxleas Wood: Song Thrush, 9 Swift, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Kestrel (1juv), 6 Blackcap (3fm), 2 Jackdaw. 5 Goldcrest (2juv), Firecrest, 2 Coal Tit, Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch (2juv), 5 Goldfinch, Green Woodpecker (Ron Turner)
  • Richmond Park: Between 6:00am and 7:30am: Lapwing, Garden Warbler, 3 Common Buzzards, 3 Kestrels, 2 male Reed Buntings, pair of Stonechats, Sand Martins, Common Whitethroats (Phil Davies); 3 Egyptian Goose - pair with one young which was dispatched by a Crow - the last of 17 goslings hatched at the Pen Ponds, 2cy Buzzard, 4 Lapwing flew N, 4 Black-headed Gull - pair with 2 young also repelling a pair of Common Terns that had been nesting on the raft, 8 Common Tern - 3 pairs and two broods totalling 2+ young, 42 Swift (J.Wilczur)
  • RSPB Rye Meads: 18 Pairs of Common Tern with 33 chicks (2 nests still unhatched). (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Springfield Park: Nuthatch in tall oak next to tennis courts (Graham Howie)
  • Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve: Wood Sandpiper from Tyler Hide this PM (Jack Headley)
  • Stanmore HA7 Red Kite flyover 15.30 (Nigel Musk)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Nuthatch (uncommon here) 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker (Neil Batten)
  • Totteridge Green: 1 Red Kite, 2 male Purple Emperors, 2 Silver-washed Fritillary through, 1 Marbled White. ( Tony Clancy, Liz Goodyear, Andy Middleton)
  • West Ruislip: 2 Red Kite over waste transfer station (Simon Robinson)

Tuesday 26th June 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite high south, Common Tern, Purple Hairstreak, Ringlet (APOG Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Common Buzzard, Stock Dove, Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: 1st S Bonaparte's Gull still at the outfall 12.45 also Adult Mediterranean Gull , 20+ Common Terns , Redshank , 2 Swift, 2 Lapwing, (Mike Amos & Conrad Ellam). Is the Bonaparte's viewable with bins? - my scope is unavailable at present (TR) Hi TR yes it is shows very well at times (MA) cheers (TR) Better at high tide as I found to my cost yesterday- the bird was a bit distant at low tide (IS) Can be a bit random. On Monday it showed for only 5 mins around 10.30 at the outflow, then again at 12.30 initially pretty distantly (mid river) but then it was flushed by a big ship and came down to feed c10-20 yards away right in front of the outflow - easily identifiable with bins. Then was continually on view at least until 1335 when I left (Matt Palmer)
  • Dagenham: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Female on Bird Feeders am. ( Geoff Harding )
  • Deptford Creek: Little Egret (Ray Crouch)
  • Greenwich Park: 4 House Sparrows (Ray Crouch)
  • Hampstead Heath: Kingfisher on Bird Sanctuary Pond about 11.00 - 1st sighting this year by MBS group.
  • Lamorbey Park: 3 Egyptian Geese, Buzzard high NW, Kestrel, 4 Swift, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 4+ Emperor Dragonfly, 3+ Broad-bodied Chaser, 2+ Black-tailed Skimmer, 2 Banded Demoiselle, Red-eyed, Azure & Common Blue Damselflies (Ian Stewart)
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 1 Common Buzzard, 7 Common Swift, 1 Pied Wagtail (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: 8 Mute Swan - 2 pairs with broods of 1 & 3 young, 4 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck - f with 3 young the only duck brood seen, 14 Grey Heron, 10 Lapwing - all adults no sign of any young fledged or otherwise, Green Sandpiper, 2cy Caspian Gull, 2cy Yellow-legged Gull, 110+ Herring Gull, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Common Tern (J.Wilczur)
  • Mile End: 5 Red-crested Pochard (4m, 1f) landed on Regents Canal next to LNHS botany group (Jon Agar)
  • New Bond Street, W1: Black Redstart singing on top of Bonhams auction house, 09.00. Quite active and flew to adjacent South Molton Street (Matthew J. Bradbury).
  • Oakwood - Prince George Ave., N14: 2 Mistle Thrush adult feeding juvenile (Robert Callf)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 3 singing Blackcap am (Neil Batten)
  • Town Park, Enfield: Grey Wagtail adult carrying food (Robert Callf)
  • Totteridge Valley, Belmont Farm: Mandarin Duck, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, 14+ Swift, 20+ Stock Dove, 8 Swallow, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Pied Wagtail. (Samuel Levy) Purple Emperor, 2 sightings of a female, 1 male seen well in tops of big Oaks Totteridge Green (Tony Clancy, Andy Middleton, David Green)
  • Trent Park: 2 Kestrel - male passed small rodent prey to female, which then proceeded to consume it, Triangular Wood (unlikely to be any young), 8 Comma, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 6 Marbled White (Robert Callf) 2 Purple Emperors at Rough Lot assembly area but also rushing off elsewhere. 3 Whitewebbs (Tony Clancy, Andy Middleton, David Green)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Nuthatch heard and seen from Springfield Park tennis courts then heard and seen fly towards Horseshoe Thicket of Walthamstow Marsh at 13:10 (Graham Howie)
  • Wilson's School, Wallington: 1s Great black-backed Gull 0805 (Arjun Dutta)

Monday 25th June 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: White-letter Hairstreak at elm along racetrack first site record for 12 years and not seen at this location before, also 2 Little Egret, Common Tern, 53 large gulls (Bob Watts)
  • Brentford: Peregrine flew over Steam Museum at 1400 (Mike Foster)
  • Crossness: First-summer BONAPARTE’S GULL at outfall for 5 mins c10.30am, then from 12.30-1.30 at least, also Cetti's (Matt Palmer); BONAPARTE’S GULL at outfall 6-8pm at least, 30+ Shelduck inc 10+ juv, 30+ Gadwall inc 5+ juv, 20+ Teal, c10 Pochard inc 2 broods, Pheasant, Little Egret, 4 Kestrel, Peregrine with prey (poss Stock Dove), 4 Oystercatcher, 10+ Lapwing, 35+ Common Tern, 10+ Swift, Skylark, Swallow W, Grey Wagtail, 3 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 6+ Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Jay, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Ewell Court Park: Common Sandpiper (patch tick), 2-3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff by Hogsmill (Isaiah Rowe)
  • E6 East Ham (E6 2AU): House Sparrow single bird (H Dutt)
  • Hornsey N8: 2 Herring Gulls with 3 chicks nesting on roof in an industrial estate (Simon West)
  • Morden Cemetery: Common Buzzard east (B &J Reid per Bob Smith)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Treecreeper, Nuthatch, 2 juv Reed Warbler near Hollow Pond, 2 prs Great Crested Grebe, one with 2 young (Stuart Fisher)
  • Norwood Park: singing Common Whitethroat by railway track, 6 Swifts (Michael Mac)
  • Rammey Marsh: Willow Warbler singing from Elder at 10:30, north west corner (Martin Shepherd)
  • Stanmore HA7 16.20 Red Kite flyover (Nigel Musk)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 15 Blackcap, 2 Sparrowhawk, 28+ Swift, 11 House Martin, 10 Common Buzzard, 9 Swallow, Goldcrest, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch, 19 Common Whitethroat, 3 Red Kite, Reed Bunting, 5 Bullfinch, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 20+ Stock Dove, Garden Warbler, Kestrel, Drake Tufted Duck. Also 12 Southern Hawkers, 6 Marbled White, 100s of Meadow Brown, and Ringlet, 25+ Speckled Wood, and Large Skipper, and a few Small Skipper, Comma and a Small Tortoiseshell. (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: 2 Blackcap, 2 Common Buzzard, Common Whitethroat, Kestrel,4 Mandarin, 21 Marbled White, many Ringlet, many Meadow Brown, 5 Small Heath, 7 Small Skipper, 6 Large Skipper, 2 Brown Hawker, 3 Black-tailed Skimmer, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Small Red-eyed Damselfly ( Pete Lowman ). Not seen Small Red-eyed Damselfly in Trent Park (only Town Park for myself). Are you sure that they were not Red-eyed Damselflies?- R Callf
  • Victoria Park: Small Skipper, 12 House Sparrows along canal, 3 Blackcap, 9 Swift, 23 Pied Wagtails, Red-crested Pochard, also 15 House Sparrows in nearby Olga St (Harry Harrison)
  • Wimbledon Common: 6 Swift - Rushmere Pond is a great spot for these. B. Campbell
  • Worcester Park: Garden KT4 - Common Buzzard mobbed by crows (Isaiah Rowe)

Sunday 24th June 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park : 3 Small Tortoiseshells. Little Egret reservoir (Greg Smith) Marbled White for 3rd day in meadow with anthills on lower slopes (Gareth Richards).
  • Arnos Park: Tawny Owl (James Palmer)
  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Egyptian Geese, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Brent Birders)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, 4 Swift (Ian R Watson)
  • Crewdson Road-Stockwell: 6 Swifts screaming 2 went into roof of extension at dusk (Michael Mac)
  • Crossness: 1st-summer BONAPARTE'S GULL still at the outfall til 10.55 at least and 1st-summer Common Gull (Richard Bonser); also adult Mediterranean Gull (Jamie Partridge and Dante Shepherd)
  • Earls Court: 2 Peregrines circling overhead, 16:00 (Paul Collins)
  • Iver Heath Rowley Lake 2 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Common Tern, Mandarin Female and 2 young, Egyptian Geese pr, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Swallow. 2 Swift 3 House Martin (Nigel Barratt)
  • London Wetland Centre: 5 Common Tern & 1 Redshank (Shailesh Patel)
  • Oakwood Park: 2 juv Great Spotted Woodpecker, m Purple Hairstreak, 4 Marbled White (Robert Callf)
  • Palewell Common SW14: 3 White-letter Hairstreak (J.Wilczur)
  • Palmers Green, N13: Hobby hunting Swifts over Eaton Park Road at 13:40 (Katy McGilvray)
  • Parliament: adult Mediterranean Gull over Parliament (pic on Twitter)
  • Queen’s Wood, N10: Common Buzzard 12:30, Peregrine 14:30 (Matt Evans)
  • Richmond Park: 2 White-letter Hairstreak strayed into Park airspace from the adjacent Palewell Common (J.Wilczur)
  • Scadbury Park: 2 Swift, 5+ Blackcap, Whitethroat, 3+ Chiffchaff, Purple Hairstreak, Essex Skipper (Ian Stewart)
  • Shrewsbury Park, SE18: Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch, Common Buzzard, 5 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Swift (Tim Rymer)
  • Sidcup DA15: Red Kite W 12.13 ; Raven SW over Longlands Road rec 14.40 + House Martin, 3 Swift, Purple Hairstreak (Ian Stewart)
  • Stocker's Lake: 31 Little Egret (Twitter)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: very high Grey Heron on thermal, Buzzard, 2-3 Red Kite (2 together), c10 Stock Dove, c50 Swift, 8-10 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 10 Whitethroat, 10 Rook in short grass with other corvids, 6 Reed Bunting, 4 Linnet. Also 15 spp butterfly with 20 Ringlet, 20 Small Heath, 5 Marbled White, 4 fresh Small Tortoiseshell, 6 Purple Hairstreak (1 on mud by brook), 6 White-letter Hairstreak (Neil Anderson)
  • Trent Park: leucistic Grey Heron giving a very good impersonation of a Great White Egret - very white all over, with just a touch of grey on the crown, with neck and bill not really slim enough for Great White Egret; bill orange/grey (James Palmer) This bird has been around on and off all year, two leucistic young fledged at nearby Boxer's Lake last year - R Callf (Thanks, Robert)
  • Totteridge Village : 2 Red kites flying very low over Totteridge Lane.12:00. (Allan Stewart)
  • Totteridge Valley, Belmont Farm: 20 poss 25 Red Kite through mainly NW including a flock of 8 at 11:30, and 5 at 14:00, Mandarin Duck, 1ad,3juv Grey Heron, 5 Common Buzzard, 22+ Stock Dove, 35+ Swift, Kestrel, 22+ Swallow, House Martin, 2 Goldcrest, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Pied Wagtail. Also Weasel, Black Squirrel, and lots of Meadow Brown and Skippers. (Samuel Levy et al)

Saturday 23rd June 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park : Common Tern. Reservoir, 12.15 (Greg Smith )
  • Bexleyheath - Horsham Road - Red Kite over 5.50pm (Ralph Todd)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Cetti's Warbler; also 625 Marbled White, 5 White-letter Hairstreak & 3 Purple Hairstreak (Andrew Self)
  • Chelsea Bridge Wharf: 2 Grey Wagtail
  • Crossness: 1st-summer BONAPARTE'S GULL at the outfall 12.15-13.10 at least with c.500 Black-headed Gulls (c.10 juveniles), 1 Little Egret, 1 Redshank, 5 Lapwing but otherwise pants (Richard Bonser).
  • Dagenham: Hobby swooped twice at Garden Bird feeders - unsuccessfully. 2 Ring Necked Parakeets on feeders. (G. Harding).
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 3 Reed Warbler, 8 Adult Common Terns, 11 Chicks Common Terns, 1 succumbed (John Bushell)
  • Islington N 7: Peregrine Holloway Road 19:30.(Allan Stewart)
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Egyptian Geese, 5 Swift, 3 Blackcap 2 juv, singing Chiffchaff, Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Lee Valley/ Seventy Acres Lake: 16 pairs Common Tern, 11+ Chicks. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Oxleas Wood: 4 Blackcap (2pr), 3 Great spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Goldcrest, 4 Stock Dove, 3 Kestrel (2 young), Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Coal tit, 7 Swift, Song thrush, Chiffchaff (Ron Turner)
  • Ponders End Lake: 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull (colour ringed), 2nd Summer Common Gull, Little Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher (inc 1 juv), 49+ Common Tern chicks from approx 44 pairs, 150 Black Headed Gull inc chicks. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: drake Wigeon & 4 drake Teal (Aveley Pool) numerous Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Pochard and Tufted Duck broods (50 young Shovelers in 8 broods) on reserve and brood of 4 Shelducks on South side of Thames (Ian Bradshaw).
  • Shrewsbury Park SE18: Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap (Tim Rymer)
  • Sidcup DA15: Kestrel, Peregrine, first returning Black-headed Gulls, Swift (Ian Stewart)
  • Southgate Chase Allotments: 8 Long-tailed Tit 2 ad & 6 fledglings - late fledging date for this species? (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park: 3 Blackcap, 56 Common Swift, Common Buzzard, 4 Mandarin, 2 Song Thrush, m Tufted Duck,Marbled White, 5 Ringlet, 7 Purple Hairstreak, many Meadow Browns. ( Pete Lowman ).
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Little Ringed Plover, Common Tern, 8 Little Egret, Coal Tit family (Chris Farthing)
  • Woodford Green: Male Sparrowhawk carrying prey over also c9 Swift and a Hobby before 7.35 am (Ken Murray)

Friday 22nd June 2018Edit

  • Bexley - Field by Betterton Drive: Lesser Whitethroat heard as part of walk down River Cray (Jo East)
  • Chelsea Bridge Wharf: 2 Grey Wagtail, Red Admiral, teneral Ruddy Darter (Neil Anderson)
  • Farringdon: Black redstart (G Sawtell)
  • Forest Hill: Red Kite being mobbed by Herring Gull over Woolstone Road 21.00 (Keith Chambers)
  • Hyde Park: 3-4 Great Crested Grebe, 2+ Pochard, Sand Martin, 3+ House Martin, 20+ Swift, 2 Egyptian Geese and Black-Tailed Skimmer (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Hyde Park: 3 Little Owls opposite boat house in horse chestnut at 8am, the male had a large worm and has been on the grass as late as 9am some days. Nearby the female perched with a recent fledgling. 2 Reed Warblers in reeds by Diana fountain and passed the lido (Malachi Yarker).
  • Joydens Wood: Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Swift, 6+ Swallow, 4+ Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Rook, 3 Linnet over, 5 White Admiral (Ian Stewart)
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 1 singing Blackcap, 5 Common Buzzard, 1 Red Kite e. 7 Common Swift. The resident Pied Wagtail pair also appear to be rearing a second brood (Neil Batten)
  • Oakwood - Bramley Rd, N14: f Sparrowhawk over (Robert Callf)
  • Oxleas Wood: 2 Blackcap (m/fm), Willow Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Coal tit, Green woodpecker, 3 Kestrel (2 young), 3 Stock Dove, Song Thrush, 5 Swift, Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch (Ron Turner)
  • Plumstead, SE18: Common Buzzard over house seen off by two Carrion Crow (Tim Rymer)
  • Ponders End EN3: 2nd brood of House Sparrow [in my nest-box if you pls]. 1 Purple Emperor on territory Whitewebbs Wood. (A Middleton)
  • Ruxley DA14 (Honeydale Farm): Skylark singing, 6+ Swallow, 10 Pied Wagtail inc juvs, Blackcap, Rook S, 2+ Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Southfields, SW18 (Girdwood Road): pair of Hobby high over the garden (a garden first) (Martin Honey)
  • Trent Park: Garden Warbler alarm calling, 5+ Purple Hairstreak, 3 White-letter Hairstreak, Brown Hawker (Robert Callf)
  • West Finchley: m Sparrowhawk circling station 11:45 and f at 20:00. (Samuel Levy)
  • Westminster, Regent Street, Heddon House: 2 Black Redstart (Graham Howie)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, 5 Little Egret (Chris Farthing)

Thursday 21st June 2018Edit

  • Bexley DA5 (Upper College Farm): Kestrel, 4+ Swift, 4+ Skylark, Blackcap, 5+ Whitethroat inc juvs, 2 Chiffchaff, 2+ Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 5 Egyptian Geese 3 juv, Kestrel, 3 Swift, 3 Grey Wagtail, 8+ Blackcap inc juvs, Chiffchaff, Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Lamorbey Park: Kestrel, Peregrine, 2 Swift, 2+ Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, 3+ Purple Hairstreak, 2+ Ringlet (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Common Tern (mainly reservoir lagoon), 1 adult Med. Gull on long shingle island (no. 19) before flying off W. 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Teal (Simon Fogg)
  • Stockwell a community garden: 25 House Sparrows -
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 1 singing Chiffchaff am (Neil Batten)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 2 Goldcrest,4 Stock Dove, 16 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 10 Common Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, 30+ Swift, Common Buzzard, Red Kite, 28+ Rook, Swallow, Pied Wagtail, 7 Nuthatch, 2 Juv Black-headed Gull over, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Also many Ringlet, Meadow Browns, and Large Skippers, and a couple of Marbled White, and Comma. (Samuel Levy et al)
  • Trent Park:4 Blackcap, 3 Common Buzzard, 3 Common Swift, 2 Common Whitethroat, Kestrel,f Mandarin, pair of Tufted Duck, 2 Black tailed Skimmer, G V White, 2 Common Blue, Large Skipper, many Meadow Brown, 2 Purple Hairstreak, Red Admiral, 5 Ringlet, 2 Small Heath. ( Pete Lowman ).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: pr Long-tailed Duck Lockwood Res north end c1030 (Terry Rawlings per Lol Bodini tweet) Still Present at 15:00, also 6 Blackcap, 5 Common Whitethroat, 8 Sand Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, Kestrel, 6 Stock Dove, 14 Little Egret (2 adult, 12 juv), 4 Common Tern (Samuel Levy, Tony Clancy et al) 634 Canada Goose, 11 Lapwing (inc 1 juv), 45 Pochard (41m, 4f), 3 Greylag x Canada Goose Hybrid. (Daniel Whitelegg). Long-Tailed Duck pair still present at 21:30 (Harringay Birder)
  • Westminster: Black Redstart on Westminster Abbey 07:40 (Andrew Self)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Little Ringed Plover, Common Tern, 4 Little Egret, Linnet (Chris Farthing)
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret on Green Lane verge by Beverley Brook 07.25 (Simon Osborn)

Wednesday 20th June 2018Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Greylag, 4 Egyptian Goose, c.80 Swift feeding low over gardens (but not over res), 3 singing Cetti's Warbler, fledgling Reed Warbler (Andrew Haynes).
  • Brockwell Park: 1 perhaps 2 House Sparrow nests boarded up, complaint made (Michael Mac)
  • Crewdson Road-Stockwell: 1 Swift nest in roof maybe 1/2 more in the area at most, scaffolding on other houses (Michael Mac)
  • Grovelands Park: 8 Mandarin Duck - 2 f & 2 broods of well-grown young (4 and 2 young) (Robert Callf)
  • Hilfield Park Res: Skylark, Swallow, 2 Blackcap, 29 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Swift, 14 Pochard, 23 Tufted Duck, 2 Hobby, 62 Coot, Reed Warbler, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Little Grebe, 16 Gadwall, 89 Canada Geese, 4 Sand Martin, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Kestrel (Samuel Levy & Tony Clancy)
  • Iver Heath Rowley Farm Lake, Red Kite Common Buzzard, pr Tufted Ducks, 6 Long Tailed Tits, Common Tern 5 House Martins, Swift, Green Woodpecker. Muntjac Doe drinking from lake (Nigel Barratt)
  • Ladywell Fields: Nuthatch, 4 Blackcap, singing Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail (Tom Moulton/Sue Gore)
  • Lamorbey Park : 2 Peregrine , pr Tufted Duck , Egyptian Goose, Singing Song Thrush, 2 Nuthatch incl Juv observed being fed , 3 Goldcrest , Jay, Chiffchaff (Mike Amos)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Peregrine over river, 1 Hobby over main lake catching dragonflies, 5 Common Tern (mainly reservoir lagoon), 1f Mandarin reservoir lagoon, 3 Red Kite (1 plus two later) drifting over NW, 1 adult Med. Gull on long shingle island (no. 19) before flying off W. Young Coot chick predated by Lesser Black-backed Gull from cafe pond (Martin Honey & B. Page).
  • Northolt: Red Kite circled then headed west (Deiniol Owen)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: f Peregrine with prey item over 17:45, 40+ Swift, 60+ Ring-necked Parakeet into roost 20:15 (Samuel Levy)
  • Sidcup DA15: Red Kite S 17.10 (Ian Stewart)
  • South Island Place - Stockwell: 6 Swift BBS count (Michael Mac)
  • Swan & Pike Wood, Enfield Lock: Coal Tit calling 15:10 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Totteridge Valley: Pair Tufted Duck still, Common Buzzard up over Totteridge Lane. (Samuel Levy & Tony Clancy)
  • Trent Park: 2 Blackcap,2 Common Buzzard, Common Swift, Common Tern, 2 Common Whitethroat, 12 Goldfinch, Kestrel, 3 Mandarin, 2 Swallow, Comma, many Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet, Small Heath. ( Pete Lowman ).
  • Westminster: Black Redstart on Westminster Abbey 07:40 (Andrew Self)

Tuesday 19th June 2018Edit

  • Aldgate: Kestrel overhead briefly (Charlie Farrell)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, Cetti’s Warbler, 3+ Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 7 Common Tern, 2 Egyptian Goose, 20+Swift, 5 House Martin. (S Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: Stock Dove, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cockfosters Sports Ground: 5 Pied Wagtail - 3 adults, 2 juvs, being fed (Robert Callf)
  • East Dulwich: Peregrine in the morning and then Red Kite in the afternoon from my garden, plus Sparrowhawk in garden going for House Sparrows (Steven Robinson)
  • Hyde Park: Reed Warbler singing from small reedbed east of Serpentine swimming area (James Hudson)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir (Leg o'Mutton NR): 3 Common Tern, Swift, House Martin & Reed Warbler (Shailesh Patel)
  • Monken Hadley Common: 2 singing male Goldcrest, 5 Nuthatch - 2 adults, 3 juvs (Robert Callf)
  • Palace of Westminster: 1 Black Redstart calling from St Margaret's Church between 1030-1300; possible 1 extra (or the same bird?) calling from Portcullis House 1015 (Francis Tusa)
  • Richmond Park: Cuckoo calling p.m.in Sidmouth Wood (Nigel Jackman)
  • Ruislip Lido: At least 12 Common Tern Chicks on raft. (Martin Smith)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 1 singing Blackcap am (Neil Batten)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 2 Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush, 80+ Swift, 8 House Martin, 14 Blackcap, 7 Swallow, 16 Stock Dove, 16 Chiffchaff, 14 Common Whitethroat, Bullfinch, Little Egret, 6 Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Lesser Whitethroat, unseasonable Black-headed Gull, 2 Linnet, Nuthatch, 2 Hobby, Pheasant with 5 chicks. Also Ringlet, Meadow Browns, Marbled White, Small and Large Skippers, Speckled Wood and several Southern Hawkers. (Samuel Levy)
  • Tufnell Park: Hobby heading NW by the Tube @ 1845 (Francis Tusa).
  • Westbourne Park,Grand Union Canal:Tufted Duck with only 6 young remaining (Francis O'Sullivan)

Monday 18th June 2018Edit

  • Amwell NR: 3 Oystercatcher, 2 adults and at least one chick (Twitter)
  • Battersea Park Lake: f Mandarin + 7 ducklings, 2 fledged Goldcrest (Michael Mac
  • Berrylands: circa 1200 Ring-necked Parakeets W between 20:05 and 20:35, two attacks by a Hobby, both failed (Nick Tanner).
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, 2 Greylag Geese, 5 Egyptian Geese, c100 Swift, c20 Pochard, Coal Tit: also 3 Marbled White and 3 Terrapin sp on a raft (John Colmans)
  • Downham BR1: Raven S 14.30 mobbed by Crows (Dave Burt)
  • Freezywater, EN3: Red Kite south at 13:20, 18 Swift (Martin Shepherd)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 adult Mediterranean Gull still, Snipe, Kestrel, 3 Common Tern including pair mating and displaying on reservoir lagoon shingle islands, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Swallow (WWT website)
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: 9 Blackcap, 4 House Martin, 150+ Swift (mainly SE), 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 13 Cormorant, Med Gull down river early am, 21 Shelduck + 5 Ducklings, 5 Jackdaw, 17 Little Egret, 4 Swallow, 6 Mute Swan + 8 Cygnets, 15 Cetti's Warbler, 20 Tufted Duck + 5 poss 6 Broods, 31 Coot + 7 Broods, 61 Canada Geese, Lesser Whitethorat, 4 Chiffchaff,  41 Reed Warbler, 13 Pochard + 3 poss 4 Broods, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Common Tern, 6 Marsh Harrier, 3 Sedge Warbler, 6 Gadwall, 148 Stock Dove, 3 Juv Bearded Tit, 11 Teal, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Shoveler, 21 Skylark, 20 Common Whitethroat, 6 Meadow Pipit, Corn Bunting, 4 Stonechat, f Peregrine (Samuel Levy)
  • Stocker's Lake: 22 Little Egret (Twitter)
  • Trent Park: 8 Mandarin Duck 7m f, 4 Treecreeper - 3 ad & 1 juv, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Ringlet, 2 Marbled White, 42 Small Heath (Robert Callf); also 4 Blackcap, 2 Common Buzzard, 6 Common Swift, 2 Common Whitethroat ( adult with one young),Garden Warbler, 4 Mandarin, Song Thrush.( Pete Lowman ).
  • Westbourne Park, Meanwhile Gardens: Tufted Duck - female with 7 chicks, pr Mute Swan with 3 young (Charlie Farrell)

Sunday 17th June 2018Edit

  • Battersea Park Lakes: female Mandarin Duck with brood of 7 ducklings (Nick Rutter) Thanks that's a first at least for 10 years and I said they'd breed a few weeks ago (Michael Mac)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 2 Greylag Geese, 7 Egyptian Geese, c.200 Swift (Brent Birders). 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Tern chick being fed by adults, leucistic Bahama / White-cheeked / Silver Pintail, Insects - Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, White-letter Hairstreak, Comma, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Common Blue,Green Veined White, Six-spot Burnet Moth, Burnet Companion, Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly (Roy Beddard, Bob Husband, Frank O'Sullivan et al NW London RSPB Group regular birdwalk)
  • Crayford Marshes: 1st-summer Caspian Gull at Jolly Farmers mid a'noon; also adult Mediterranean Gull at the recycling centre (Richard Bonser, Dante Shepherd)
  • Crossness: 1st-summer Mediterranean Gull at outfall; also 350 Black-headed Gulls including 2 juveniles but otherwise pants (Richard Bonser, Dante Shepherd)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 adult Mediterranean Gull (still present 08:00-16:30 at least), Common Sandpiper, 3 Teal, 20+ Swift, 2 Common Tern, 2 Chiffchaff, 32 Gadwall (WWT website/WeBS count)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 4 pairs Common Tern, 3 with chicks despite being heavily outnumbered by Black-headed Gulls with chicks, c 6 Sand Martin (David Jeffreys)
  • Rotherhithe: Little Egret west by the Hilton Hotel 12.45pm and 1st-summer Yellow-legged Gull there too (Richard Bonser, Dante Shepherd)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: m Pheasant, 2 Red Kite, 4 Buzzard (pr + single in + near wood + distant bird over Gutteridge Wood), Hobby, 8 Stock Dove, 3 Green Woodpecker, 15+ Swift, 6 Skylark (4 singing), 3 Swallow (2 near stables), 9 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting, Linnet, c30 Goldfinch (several juvs). 5spp butterfly including 5 Small Heath + in brief sunny spell 4 White-letter Hairstreak around elms (Neil Anderson)
  • Thamesmead: 2nd-summer Herring x Lesser Black-backed Gull and juvenile Black-headed Gull off Princess Alice Way (Richard Bonser, Dante Shepherd)
  • Totteridge Valley, Belmont Farm: 5 Canada Geese + 14 Goslings, 3 Mandarin Duck, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Common Buzzard,4 Stock Dove, 10 Swift, 5 Swallow, Blackcap, Pied Wagtail (Samuel Levy)
  • Tyttenhanger: 2 Little Ringed Plover, Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Green Sand, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Common Tern, 3 Teal, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard. Bean Field: 160+ Swift, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Rupert Evershed via Twitter)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 40 Swift, 20 House Martin, 10 Sand Martin, 8 Reed Warbler, 1 Common Tern, 4 ad. Great Crested Grebe (one carrying a chick on its back), 2 Little Grebe, 1 Reed Bunting, 8 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret (Rhys Evans)
  • Wick Wood: 10 Swift, 16 House Martin and a Sand Martin, 7 Blackcap incl juvs, 2 singing Song Thrush (Harry Harrison)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: Red Kite, Cuckoo, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Pheasant, 4 Greenfinch (Nigel Dodd)

Saturday 16th June 2018Edit

  • Balham: Common Buzzard drifting over north at 13:40 (Nick Rutter)
  • Battersea Park: 1 Swift high, 1 Sparrowhawk, pr Grey Wagtail, 20 Gadwall, pr Pochard, pr Tufted, swans haven't bred this year (Michael Mac)
  • Battersea Power Statiion: male House Sparrow chirping away like mad on a temporary metal building (obvious nest site) plus 5 in Cringle Dock rubbish pile and 2 Brown Rats wrestling under a vehicle (Michael Mac)
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Egyptian Goose, Greylag Goose; also 4 White-letter Hairstreak & 20 Marbled White (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Little Egret, Stock Dove, 2 Blackcap, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Burgess Park: 4 Egyptian Goose (2 adults, 2 juveniles), 6 Tufted Duck (3 pairs), 4 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Swift, 56 Carrion Crow, 1 Grey Wagtail (Niall T. Keogh)
  • Clapham Common: Reed Warbler singing at Mount Pond at 08:00 (Nick Rutter)
  • Cuffley Brook, Herts: 2 male Beautiful Demoiselle beside the brook by public footpath/bridge 11.30am, maps & images [1] [2](A.Middleton)
  • East Dulwich: 2 Red Kites circling over my house (Steven Robinson)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Blackcap, House Sparrow, Goldcrest, Collared Dove, 7 Stock Dove, 20+ Swift. (Samuel Levy)
  • Forty Hall CP: Common Tern fishing pond in front of Hall 15:15 (Robert Callf)
  • Guy Lodge Farm, Enfield: 7 Rook - 3 adults, 4 juvs (Robert Callf)
  • Goathurst Common, Sevenoaks: 1+ churring Nightjar, 3 Woodcock (James King tweet) 1 mile outside LNHS Recording Area, unfortunately
  • Iver Heath Rowley Farm Lake: 4 Red Kite, Buzzard, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Little Grebe, 2 Egyptian Geese, pr of Mandarin Ducks, Green Woodpecker, 2 Common Tern, 6 Long-tailed Tit, Swift, Swallow (Nigel Barratt)
  • London Wetland Centre, WWT, Barnes: Most noteworthy birds: Hobby over, the usual pair of Common Terns ( breeding BH Gulls have driven numbers down to minimum), Reed Warblers and Cetti's everywhere, Gadwall prominent (Angus Innes, Ernest Garcia);
  • Raynes Park: 2 Greenfinch (pr), House Sparrow (pr) (P. Redmond)
  • Ruislip (Breakspear Rd): 4 Red Kite + Kestrel circling low over grass field being cut by tractor (Neil Anderson)
  • Ruislip Lido/Poors Field: pr Egyptian Geese, 3 Mallard (3+7+7) broods, m Gadwall, Red Kite, Hobby, 12 Common Tern + 4 chicks. 12+ Swift, min 12 House Martin (>50% decline on last year), 2 singing Garden Warbler. Also White Admiral (Neil Anderson)
  • Sidcup: Hobby over 197 Hurst Road 15.00 (Ian Stewart)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 25+ Stock Dove, 8 House Martin, 7 Swallow, 2 Little Egret, 46+ Swift, 2 House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, 13 Chiffchaff, Mistle Thrush, 250+ Jackdaw into roost, 10 Blackcap, Grey Heron, 7 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Kestrel, Bullfinch, 2 Common Buzzard, m Reed Bunting, 28 Rook, 9 Lapwing, 2 Little Owl, 2 Coot + 4 Cootlings. Folly Brook south of Darlands is bone dry bar a few puddles.(Samuel Levy)

Friday 15th June 2018Edit

  • Aldernham CP: Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove, 5 Great Crested Grebe, Barnacle Goose with 88 Canada's, Muscovy Duck, 9 Tufted Duck, Common Tern, 5 Swallow, Sparrowhawk, 2 Red Kite, 4 Swift, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 House Martin (Samuel Levy)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Blackcap, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • East Dulwich: 2 Peregrine above my house (Steven Robinson)
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Buzzard N at 1145 (Pete Mantle)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Sandwich Tern early afternoon (permit only; non-permit holders view from public viewing platform on Hogg Lane (RBA via Twitter) Tern then flew off North calling at 13:00 not sure if it came back, 5 Common Buzzard, 3 Linnet, 3 Swift, Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawk, 30+ Great Crest Grebe, 2 Reed Warbler, 20+ Pochard (Mainly Drakes), 20+ Tufted Duck (Mainly Drakes), 4 Blackcap, 40+ Coot, 6 Gadwall, Swallow, 2 Stock Dove. (Samuel Levy)
  • Lee Valley/Ponders End Lake: 44 Pairs of Common Terns with 24+ chicks (hatched this week), 2 Oystercatcher with 1 chick, 1 Lapwing, 36 Pairs of Black Headed Gulls with 22+ chicks. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • London Wetland Centre: fem Mallard with freshly-hatched ducklings past reception, in flower bed with adjoining water area, in the courtyard, 2 Shelduck, Hobby and 2 Common Terns were seen by someone earlier, frantic activity at Sand Martin colony (Andrew Verrall)
  • Lower Clapton E5: Red Kite glided over high NW at 10:25 (Alastair Dent)
  • Plumstead SE18: 30 Swift 06:30 (Tim Rymer)
  • Richmond Park NNR: 20 Sand Martin chicks in 5 active nests in the Upper Pen Pond artificial bank. This is the first season with successful nests. (Phil Belman); a pair fledged two young last year (J.Wilczur); There were signs of activity but no lined nests, which are full of feathers and quite characteristic, found on any of last year's box checks, so juvs seen were either from another site or checking out the holes (PB); at least four observers saw a pair of birds regularly visiting a nest hole, carrying away faecal sacs, feeding two birds that appeared at the hole entrance and then feeding two juvs that were perched on a raft on the pond. Is it not an reasonable assumption to make that they bred? (JW); Jan, I can only say that there was no evidence of nesting within the boxes last year, despite what was seen from the shore. (PB)
  • Rye Meads: Thanks to efforts of Rye Meads Ringing Group....some detail of breeding. Grand total of 294 pairs of Black-headed Gull: 209 on rafts, 13 from Gadwall hide and 72 from Draper hide. Sadly Common Tern numbers are down to 16 pairs from last years 26 ! It's hardly surprising that tern numbers are down because the BHGs return first in spring and occupy all space on the rafts. I have suggested to the reserve staff that they might like to cover some rafts until the terns arrive but I was politely told to go forth and multiply! John Stevens. I actually inquired at the desk some three weeks ago as to what was being done to stop the Tern rafts being inundated by the BHG's and was told a raft was covered and reserved for them.... only to walk around and find this was not the case. (E.Sapatsch)
  • Shrewsbury Park, SE18: 4 Nuthatch, 4 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Kestrel (Tim Rymer)
  • Stanmore HA7 2HJ Red Kite fly over (Nigel Musk)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 18 Reed Warbler, 6 Cettis Warbler, 2 Raven, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 14 Common Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Lapwing (Botany Meadow), 6 Grey Heron (inc 3 juv’s), 6 Reed Bunting (inc 1 Juv), 12 Greylag Goose (inc original young & 2nd brood), 3 Little Egret, 4 Stonechat (1m & 3 juv’s), 3 Skylark, 5 Shelduck, 3 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Gadwall (on river), 1 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail (h), 2 Marsh Harrier (harassing Buzzard), 1Buzzard, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Red Kite, 5 Linnet (inc1 juv), Cuckoo. 4 six spot Burnet moths. Plants : Evening primrose, Lesser Celandine (correction : Yellow Wort) & Pyramidial Orchids (Roger Keith)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Hobby, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard, singing Lesser Whitethroat, m Reed Bunting, 10+ Rook, juv Grey Wagtail, 6 House Martin, 7 Swallow, 18 Swift (John Colmans)
  • Walthamstow Higham Hill: 50+ Swifts feeding above Pennant Terrace, with 8 active nests in terraces. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Little Ringed Plover on Lockwood 11am (Lol Bodini), 12 Pochard chicks from 4 clutches. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Waterloo: Peregrine fledgling preening on mobile mast while mother bird sits atop nearby high-rise. Local pigeons look nervous. (Nick Stewart via Twitter)
  • West Norwood Cemetery: 1 Swift, Herring Gull landed, 3 Gate Keeper (Michael Mac)
  • Westbourne Park,Grand Union Canal:2 Peregrine,Egyptian Goose pr.with brood of 5(Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Woodford Green: Male Tawny Owl calling from roost tree, then from 8.30am flyover Pied Wagtail (not annual), male Sparrowhawk, 2 Legret, C.Buzzard, Peregrine (1st for year), Hobby, Common Tern and Green Woodpecker (Ken Murray)

Thursday 14th June 2018Edit

  • Amwell NR: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing (no successful breeding), 2 Oystercatcher (nesting), 3 Common Terns (no breeding), 97 Canada Goose, 97 Black Headed Gull chicks. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Brixton, Stockwell, Vauxhall, Pimlico: 10+ PR House Sparrows at each area all first 4 stops on the Victoria Line south (Michael Mac)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Little Egret, 2 Blackcap, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Dollis Brook, Holders Hill: 2 Cormorant E 06:54, Grey Wagtail with fledged young. (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 8 adult Common Tern with 10 chicks, Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail, singing Blackcap, 2 singing Reed Warbler (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Kensal Green: 3 Swift overhead. Healthy House Sparrow population calling from private gardens around the station (Charlie Farrell)
  • Leytonstone: Red Kite over Whipscross Road /Leytonstone Flats at 18:45 (Roger Orwin)
  • London Wetland Centre: Hobby over reservoir lagoon at 12.20 caught a Sand Martin and flew off to S., 2 Common Tern fishing and landing on one of the two gravelly islands on the reservoir lagoon, 1 Redshank heard on grazing marsh (Martin Honey). 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Coal Tit & 3 Common Tern (Shailesh Patel)
  • Nazeing/ Nursery Rd Pit: 5 Pairs of Common Tern on raft. No public access. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Oxleas Wood, Eltham Park North: Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel (2 young) Hobby, Red Kite, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 3 Stock Dove,18 Jackdaw, 3 Treecreeper (2 young) 5 Goldfinch. 4 Swift, (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner The Croft Park Green Woodpecker (Nigel Barratt)
  • Primrose Hill : 4 House Martin nests at junction of Regents Park Road and Gloucester Avenue. Very few in this neck of the woods (Pete Mantle)
  • Plumstead SE18: 30+ Swift 21:30 (Tim Rymer)
  • Rectory Farm, Enfield: m Kestrel, 2 Common Whitethroat singing m & f, 2 Linnet pr incl f carrying nesting material (Robert Callf)
  • RSPB Rye Meads: 16 Pairs of Common Terns with 10+ chicks. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Southall TQ1280: Hobby over 21:05 (Phil Belman)
  • Springwell Lake, Harefield: 3 Goldeneye fem, Red-crested Pochard male, Common Pochard fem with 2 young. (G.Lapworth)
  • Staines Moor: Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Hobby, Peregrine, Little Owl (Thomas Gibson)
  • Strayfield Road, EN2: 12+ Barn Swallow - 4 occupied nests, including two with large young (4 + 3 young) (Robert Callf)
  • Welling: Red Kite (Ron Turner)

Wednesday 13th June 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Tern Wood Green Res. Perched on pole beside bridge between tunnel reservoir and main res. 9.15 (Greg Smith) Again 1136 until 1139 then flew east, also 2 House Martin, Willow Warbler Lower Slopes, Emperor dragonfly, Banded Demoisele, Black-tailed Skimmer (APOG Birders)
  • Balham: Red Kite low over Balham High Road at 1820, also Grey Wagtail (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Blackheath, General Wolfe Road: 40+ Swifts hawking for insects over rough grass patch between General Wolfe and Cade Roads 11.30am (John Reid)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, 7+ Common Tern, 4 House Martin, c100 Swift, 3 Blackcap singing, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, Coal Tit singing in gardens (Andrew Verrall)
  • Chelsea Bridge Wharf: Mallard with 9 half grown young, Grey Wagtail (Neil Anderson)
  • Finchley: Garden N3: Red Kite drifting NE 10:40 (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenwich Park: Red Kite W late afternoon, fledglings of Jay, Blackcap, Blue Tit. Odonata: Black-tailed Skimmer, Emperor Dragonfly; Azure, Large Red, Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselflies (Joe Beale)
  • London Wetland Centre: Green Sandpiper, Hobby carrying 2 Sand Martins but one wriggled free (Neil Anderson)
  • Mayflower Park Wetlands: male Whitethroat singing, 2 Black-Tailed Skimmers and 3 Red-Eared Sliders (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Mill Hill, NW7: 25 Swift flying above my head in traditional breeding area - OS Grid Reference: TQ204921- (Sue Widdowfield)
  • Pinner The Croft Park Greater Spottted Woodpecker, Coal Tit , 2 Goldfinch (Nigel Barratt)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Mute Swan with 2 young, Mandarin female with 2 young, 2 female Pochard with broods of 4 and 6, Red-crested Pochard female with 5 chicks, 3 Swift (Charlie Farrell)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 2 Tufted Duck, Cormorant over, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 10 Common Buzzard, 2 Coot + 4 Cootlings, 4 Lapwing, 19+ Stock Dove, 70+ Swift, Kestrel, Peregrine, 15+ Rook, 13 Swallow, 5 House Martin, Coal Tit, 8 Nuthatch, 4 Goldcrest, 12 Chiffchaff, 16 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 19 Common Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, 3 Bullfinch, 3 House Sparrow. Also lot's of Meadow Brown and Large Skipper. Also Blue-tailed, Common Blue and Azure Damselflies at Long Pond as well as a few Black-tailed Skimmer. (Samuel Levy)
  • Tooting Commons: Common Buzzard N at 1150 (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Trent Park Equestrian Centre: 11+ Barn Swallow incl nest with four large young (3 occupied nests found here so far this year) (Robert Callf)
  • Warren Farm, Norwood Green TQ1478: Hobby, Kestrel, 15 Swifts, Skylark singing (Phil Belman)
  • West Dulwich: Red Kite, high over, west 0935 (A.Garvey)
  • Woodford Green: Male Sparrowhawk, 7 Swift, Swallow, Female Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Little Egret and unfortunately unlike yesterday, no high and over Goshawk. (Ken Murray)
  • Worcester Park: Garden KT4- 12 Canada Geese NW (Isaiah Rowe)

Tuesday 12th June 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret feeding around perimeter Wood Green Res, Common Tern, House Martin (APOG Birders)
  • Barn Elms playing fields SW13: 32 Stock Dove (J.Wilczur)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 7+Common Tern, c15 House Martin, c300 Swift, 4+Reed Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Greylag Goose, 1st summ Common Gull. (Steve Blake)
  • Brixton Village: 2 Grey Wagtail above entrance on Atlantic Rd, 08.00 (Matthew J. Bradbury)
  • Dollis Valley: Denham Farm - Totteridge Fields: Grey Heron, 2 Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, 40+ Stock Dove, Collared Dove, 151+ Swift, Singing Skylark, 3 Swallow, 2 Goldcrest, Reed Warbler, 22 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Common Whitethroat, 4 Mistle Thrush, 5 Bullfinch, 15+ House Sparrow (Samuel Levy)
  • London Wetland Centre: 5m Teal, m Shoveler, 3 young Lapwing - a fledged bird and two young in a second brood, 2 Caspian Gull - both 2cy, Yellow-legged Gull 2cy, 50+ Herring Gull, 20+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull ad, 2 Common Tern - no sign of nesting, 180+ Starling including many juveniles, 5m Reed Bunting - also a few juveniles (J.Wilczur)
  • New River Footpath: Carterhatch Lane, Enfield to Bishops College, Cheshunt - 14 adult Mandarins 4m (2 in eclipse) 10f, 5 with young. (Mike Oakland)
  • Brookmill Park: Mute Swan pair with 3 cygnets, Little Egret, Kingfisher, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Great Crested Grebe pr, Mute Swan family taken into care after dog killed a cygnet and injured female (ignorant irresponsible dog owners never cease to annoy me); 2 Egyptian Goose pr - lost all young, 10 Mandarin Duck 3 m 2 f & two broods of 3 and 2 ducklings, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 singing m Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest incl adult feeding juv, 10 Nuthatch incl juvs (Robert Callf)
  • Richmond Park: Lapwing landed in bracken patch (J.Few)
  • Totteridge Valley: 3 Tufted Duck, new Mallard Brood both at Long Pond. (Samuel Levy)
  • Worcester Park: Garden KT4- 3 Cormorants flew N and 4 Greenfinches over (Isaiah Rowe)

Monday 11th June 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Tern again 1200, 30+ Swift, Meadow Brown (APOG Birders)
  • Bow Creek: 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Charlie Farrell)
  • Brent Reservoir: 0700-1000 Song Thrush “Figaro” singing constantly behind main hide, Cetti’s Warblers didn’t start singing until 0830, 50 Swift over res, Common Gull, Lapwing North Marsh (Andrew Haynes)
  • Brookmill Park: 4 Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chelsea Bridge Wharf: Grey Wagtail. Silver-Y + Cinnabar in nearby garden (Neil Anderson)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Shelduck (Charlie Farrell)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Red Kite NE 12:40, 12 Swift, 7 Stock Dove (Samuel Levy)
  • Frays Farm Meadows LWT: 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Barn Owl 9.30pm (Dan Pinkham)
  • Northaw Great Wood: 4 Marsh Tit pair and two juvs (Robert Callf) A Great record Robert!...can you send some down to my neck of the woods please. (Ken Murray) Great sighting. (Edwin Sapatsch)
  • Regent's Park: Pair of Mandarin on Regent's Canal (John Colmans)
  • Rotherhithe, The Mayflower: 4 House Martins (John Reid)
  • The Ridgeway, Mill Hill: Red Kite N 12:15 (Samuel Levy)

Sunday 10th June 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Tern on reservoir,12.00 (Greg Smith), again 1635 to 1639 and 1700 to 1705 when hunted voraciously in SW corner catching fish and flying off east, Little Egret north (Gerry Rawcliffe & Bob Watts). Same movements as seen in my report @12.00 (Greg Smith)
  • Amwell: male Norfolk Hawker at south end of Tumbling Bay Lake. (Ann Feltham)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6 pairs Common Tern, Common Buzzard W 11.55 am mobbed by Crows, 3 Cetti's Warbler singing E Marsh, singing Reed Bunting (Roy Beddard); also 6 White-letter Hairstreaks (Andrew Self); same as above — also 8+ House Martin, 2 Swift, 2 drake Teal, 4 Stock Dove, Lapwing, Silver Bahama Pintail 15.15 (Samuel Levy & Simon Worsfold)
  • Crayford: 2nd-summer Yellow-legged Gull Jolly Farmers; also Swallow northwest (Richard Bonser, Dante Shepherd)
  • Crossness: 2 1st-summer Mediterranean Gulls at the outfall; also Common Sandpiper, 7 Lapwings. Otherwise pants. (Richard Bonser, Dante Shepherd)
  • Gunpowder Park: singing Willow Warbler near top ridge at 17:15 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Harefield Moorhall rd gravel pits, Great Crested Grebe pr and 3 young, Coot and 2 young, Red Kite, Kingfisher, 4 Swift, 3prs Tufted Duck, 3 Ringnecked Parakeet, 2 Long Tailed Tit and a Grass Snake crossing pit. (Nigel Barratt)
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: 2 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Mandarin, 1 Tawny Owl hooting at dusk near old nest site (Charlie Farrell)
  • Ladywell Fields: Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam et al)
  • London Wetland Centre: male Norfolk Hawker (WWT London tweet)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Cetti's Warbler singing along river bank, 3 Reed Warblers (1 singing) 10:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Nonsuch Park: 1-2 Hobby, very early 'adult' birds possibly nesting near by as it's a large park with suitable habitat?? I've only ever seen them here in September (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2m Pheasant, Sparrowhawk, 2 Cuckoo (brownish female seen in flight by poplars + along brook, later singing male in covert; latter present at least 5 weeks now, Last year my first ever here, a one day bird), 10+ Stock Dove, 30+ Swift, 4 Skylark, Swallow, 5 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 6+ Rook, 3 Reed Bunting (singing male + 2 female, 1 carrying food), pr Linnet (Neil Anderson) Male Cuckoo singing in plain sight for 3+ hours from c1630 but no sign of female, Buzzard, Kestrel (Deiniol Owen)
  • Thamesmead: 2 1st-summer Yellow-legged Gulls and 1st-summer Common Gull loving the loaves off Princess Alice Way early a'noon (Richard Bonser, Dante Shepherd)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 23 Swift, 3 poss 5 Hobby, 17 Stock Dove, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Blackcap, 5 Common Buzzard, 3 Bullfinch, 5 Swallow, 7 Pied Wagtail, 35+ Rook, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Lapwing, Little Owl, 4 Common Whitethroat, 2 House Martin. (Samuel Levy)
  • Tooting Commons: Hobby SW at 1500 (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Yeading Brook meadows: Little Egret, 2 Red Kite, 3 Skylark (2 singing), 8 Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff, 7+ Greenfinch. Also many Burnet Companions + 4 spp damselfly including 4 Banded Demoiselle + Large Red (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 9th June 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Tern 0930-0955 Wood Green Res, also 3 House Martin, 15+ Swift, m Common Whitethroat (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, pair Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Tern nests, Greylag Goose, 400 Swift, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • City of London, Wood Street EC2V: 2 Jackdaw circling for five mins over Eversheds Sutherland roof garden then away NE (Frank Nugent)
  • Dollis Valley/ Denham Farm: 61+ Swift, Red Kite, 5 Chiffchaff, 9 Stock Dove, Goldcrest, singing Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 4 Common Whitethroat, Kestrel, Reed Bunting. (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenford: Red Kite over town centre at 13:05 (Phil Belman)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Common Tern 10 adults and 13 Young, Sand Martin 2, Reed Warbler 4, Blackcap 1, Grey Wagtail 2 (Richard Green, John Bushall)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Whitethroat 1 singing on the old TCV meantime Nursery. (Richard Green)
  • Greenwich O2: Little Egret flew east 5pm, Lesser Black-backed Gull on nest by cable car with chick (Richard Bonser)
  • Horsenden Hill/Paradise Fields: Mallard with 11 young (canal), 5 Stock Dove, 15+ Swift, singing Reed Warbler, singing Reed Bunting, pr Bullfinch; also 3 Small Copper, 4 Meadow Brown, White-letter Hairstreak, 2 Red-eyed Damselfly, 3 Emperor (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Lamorbey Park : 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Swift , Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap , Chiffchaff, 3 Coal Tit , Jay , Jackdaw (Mike Amos).
  • Little Britain: 10 Red Kite circling (Michael Robinson)
  • Petts Wood: Tawny Owl calling, 2 Swallow, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, c10 Beautiful Demoiselle- my first record here, in fact my first in LNHS recording area (Ian Stewart)
  • Richmond Park: m Cuckoo heard (J.Lock per JW))
  • Rye Meads: male Garganey, 2 Teal, 180+ Gadwall, 25+ Pochard, Little Ringed Plover, 4+ Lapwing, Hobby, Peregrine, 8+ House Martin, 2+ Cetti's Warbler (Simon Papps). Red Kite, 2 male Garganey, 2 Garden Warbler, Little Ringed Plover, 14 Common Tern on nests, 2 Bullfinch (Rhys Evans)
  • Staines Moor: 4 Hobby, Barn Owl no sign of any SEOs (Thomas Gibson)
  • St George Wharf SW8: Caspian Gull 2cy, Yellow Legged Gull 3cy, 5 Common Tern East, 2 Swift (N.P.Senior)
  • Stockwell a community garden: c 20 House Sparrows-at least one nest in a well hidden hole in the roof, also I stated they ate 1.5 kg fat balls in 7 days, a neighbor informed me they have been helped by a couple of R N parakeets that I haven't seen (Michael Mac)
  • St John's Wood: Red Kite drifting north over Lord's Cricket Ground 11:22. s (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • Southwark Park: Little Grebe with 2 chicks, Grey Wagtail (John Cadera)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Cuckoo, 2 Blackcap, 6 Swift, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Skylark, Little Egret over, 5 Stock Dove, Reed Bunting , 2 Whitethroat (Deiniol Owen)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: Red Kite, 6 Common Buzzard, 2 Coot + 4 Cootlings, 4 Lapwing, 45+ Stock Dove, 41+ Swift, Kestrel, 35+ Rook, 10 Swallow, 16 House Martin, Nuthatch, 9 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Common Whitethroat, Pied Wagtail, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Linnet, 2 Greenfinch (Samuel Levy)
  • Waltham Abbey, Gunpowder Mill Woodland: Cuckoo calling at 09:00 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 10 Common Swift feeding over Leyton Marsh and taking food off the surface of the canal, 5 Sand Martin there too; 2 singing Reed Bunting, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat on Bomb Crater Field; 8 Stock Dove, 1 Pied Wagtail, 10+ Linnet on paddocks/Lammas Meadow; Little Egret on Flood Relief Channel nearby (Alastair Dent)
  • Wilson's School: Osprey N c.11am low over playing fields while playing a cricket match. (Arjun Dutta). Where is this school?
  • Woolwich: 1st-summer Common Gull on River Thames at end of Harlinger Street (Richard Bonser)

Friday 8th June 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Tern (foy) Wood Green Res 0930 (Alan Gibson per Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little ringed plover, 2 Cetti’s warbler, 8 Common tern, Black-headed gull with nest material to raft, 11 Swift, 2 House martin, 13 Pochard, 5 Shoveler, Egyptian goose, Greylag goose and Silver Bahama pintail. Odonata survey: 50+ Common blue damselfly, 4 Black-tailed skimmer, 2 Blue-tailed damselfly, Southern hawker, Emperor dragonfly (Magnus Andersson, Stephen Branley, Alice Wickman et al)
  • Brookmill Park; Swift, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: 1 adult 1 juvenile Dabchick, 3 plus 1 juvenile Lapwing, m Pochard, and on Thames 50 Gadwall, 100 Black-headed Gull, 1st summer Common Gull (Mike Paice)
  • Enfield Lock: singing Willow Warbler at 12:36 north east of Brimsdown Power Station - scarce in this area outside of peak passage periods (Martin Shepherd)
  • Falcon Park-Battersea: Blackcàp and Wren singing (Michael Mac)
  • Harrow on the Hill: Coal Tit feeding 2 young, Jay, singing Blackcap and Chiffchaff, Emperor Dragonfly (Charlie Farrell)
  • Inner Temple Gardens EC4: Goldcrest pair feeding young (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Kew Green Pond: fem Pochard with 6 downy young. (R.Kaye)
  • Old Malden: 1 Little Egret along the River Hogsmill; also 2 Ringlet and 4 Large Skipper (Keith Bates)
  • Pinner The Croft Park Green Woodpecker 2 Mistle Thrush Goldfinch (Nigel Barratt)
  • Richmond Park NNR, Pen Ponds: Dunlin in summer plumage flew low north (P.Pentek); 0 Mute Swan - the Swan family were taken into care after being attacked by dogs with the adults suffering bites; 10 Egyptian Goose - a pair with a brood of eight new young soon reduced to six; 3 Mallard - f with two large young the only ducklings on the Pen Ponds; m Pochard; 30 Grey Heron - eight pairs with fourteen large/fledged young; 2 Hobby; Red Kite; 6 Common Tern - three nesting pairs; 2 Black-headed Gull - pair nesting after first attempt failed (J.Wilczur, P.Pentek, Friday Bird Group); 2 Shelduck briefly, 3 Red-crested Pochard - pr with one remaining young Peg's Pond (FBG); 14 Sand Martin - seven nesting pairs. Injured Swan family returned by Swan Sanctuary pm - 3 dogs off lead inc one in the water despite new signage, single Skylark, 2 Stonechat (m/f pr) with food, 3 Greenfinch, at least a dozen Swallows, 3 Little Owl, c. 200 Starlings in a flock maybe 30% juveniles, other - Large Skipper, numerous Azure Damselflies, Large Red Damselfly, Emperor Damselfly, Black Tailed Skimmer, Broad-bodied Chaser (P. Pentek, P. Redmond)
  • Southgate (Ivy Rd Rec Grnd): 3 Pied Wagtail male and two juvs (Robert Callf)
  • Staines Moor: Short-eared Owl 2030 (Eleanor Page)
  • Tooting Commons: Red Kite W at 11:00, also White-letter Hairstreaks, earlier than usual (Alan Wilkinson); unlike birds, maybe it's an early butterfly and dragonfly season (reported here - Ringlet above, Small Skipper 30 May, male Banded Demoiselle 20 Apr, perhaps others) [Keith Bates]
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 4 Lapwing, Common Buzzard, Red Kite, 2pr Tufted Duck on Long Ponds, pair Coot with three young on Long Ponds, 14 Rook, 3 Swift, 6 Swallow, 8 House Martin (mud collecting near stables), 3 singing Lesser Whitethroat (John Colmans)

Thursday 7th June 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Drake Red-crested Pochard Boating Lake 1215-1320 at least, Meadow Brown Lower Slopes (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Ringed Plover; at least 16 active nests at nearby House Martin colony (Andrew Haynes)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Swift, Song Thrush, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Clerkenwell, St John St, 4+ Swifts circling low around buildings @ 0830. Local breeders? (S Tusa)
  • Crayford marshes: 1 Redshank, Kestrel, 8 House Martin, Little Owl, 4 Swift, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Linnet, Reed Bunting (Mike Paice)
  • Finsbury Park Road and Endymion Road, N4: c.50 Swifts at 20:15 this evening (HarringayBirder)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 5 Egyptian Geese 3 juv, 2 Pheasant, Kestrel, c20 Swift, Skylark, 2 Swallow, 4-5 Grey Wagtail 2-3 juv, 10+ Blackcap, 8+ Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 5+ Linnet 2 juv (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenford UB6: Red Kite over garden (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Hampstead: Sparrowhawk over East Heath Road (John Colmans)
  • Mayflower Park Wetlands: Common Buzard circling, Whitethroat, Reed Warblers quite active, Chiffchaff, 3+ Golcrest fledglings, Great-Spotted Woodpeckers also fledged (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Pinner The Croft Park GoldCrest and four fledglings in tree, 2 Goldfinch, flock of 15+ Starling juveniles (Nigel Barratt)
  • Plumstead Common SE18: c10 Common Swift over calling and interacting at 20:30. Apparently most likely breeding here (Patrick English)
  • Stockwell a community garden: c20 House Sparrows ate 1.5 kg bag of fat balls in 7 days with extra peanuts from feeders (Michael Mac)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 1 Blackcap, 5 Collared Dove, 16 Herring Gull (Neil Batten)
  • Sudbury Hill: Grey Wagtail over the station area (Charlie Farrell)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: skein of 25 Canada Geese E, Mandarin Duck, pr Tufted Duck (Long Pond), Cormorant, Grey Heron, Common Buzzard, 2 Coot + 4 Cootling, 4 Lapwing, 18 Stock Dove, Little Owl, 65 Swift, Kestrel, 35+ Rook, 4 Swallow, 5 House Martin, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, m Firecrest on corner of Burtonhole/ Partingdale Lane, 11 Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 18 Common Whitethroat, 5 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, m Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Linnet, 26+ Goldfinch. (Samuel Levy)
  • Town Park, Enfield: 5 Goldcrest adult feeding four juveniles Carr's Basin (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park: 8 m Mandarin Duck, Common Tern lower lake, 2 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap incl one juv, 4 Nuthatch adult and three juvs, Treecreeper (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 (probably 3) singing m Reed Bunting, 4 Reed Warblers (2 singing m) in Bomb Crater Field, 2 Sand Martin Leyton Marsh/canal, 6 Stock Dove, 6 Linnet, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Egyptian Geese paddocks 0800-0900 (Alastair Dent)
  • West Putney SW15: 2 Collared Dove - the first time a pair have persistently held territory in the vicinity of my home since 1994 at least (J.Wilczur); makes up for the skylarks? Sadly not (JW); female House Sparrow - only the second record in fifteen years at my current address although there is a small colony a few hundred yards along the road (JW); still doesn't make up for the Skylarks (JW)

Wednesday 6th June 2018 Edit

  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Crossness: 70 Gadwall, 30 Shelduck including a brood of ducklings + Ruddy hybrid, 2 Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, Oystercatcher, 5 Common Tern, 4 Swift, 5 House Martin, 15 Reed Warbler, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Whitethroat, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet, Reed Bunting (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cranford CP: 5 Skylark, 7 Common Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, several Swift, 1 Kestrel, Little Owl heard calling, m & f nesting Bullfinch (Wendy Marks)
  • Dollis Brook, Holders Hill: 8 Swift, Blackcap, Red Kite NE, Kestrel SW, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker (Samuel Levy)
  • Epping: Connaught water - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Mandarin Duck, Common Tern, 2 Black Headed Gull (JW Davies)
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: Kingfisher, Whitethroat, 3 (m&2f) Blackcap, Grey Wagtail, 10+ party of young Long-Tailed Tits, at least 1 pair of Chiffchaffs bringing food to nest, Swallow E and a Kestrel (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - 7 Stock Dove, 12 Swift, 2 Peregrine SW/W, Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail. (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 10 adult Common Tern with 8 chicks, 2 Sand Martin, 3 Reed Warbler (John Bushell) 
  • Islington. Pair of peregrines flying round building in Holloway Road between 2.30 and 3.00pm. Sometimes sitting in full view, but also going behind the parapet out of sight on arrival (Mavis Pilbeam)
  • Ladywell Fields: Green Woodpecker, singing Song Thrush, singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Blackcap, Mandarin Duck f, Grey Wagtail, 2 pairs Blue Tits feeding newly fledged young one pair with four young the other with two young (Keith Chambers)
  • Lee Valley, Cornmill Meadows: 2 Gadwall, 2 Lapwing, 4 Buzzard, Hobby, Kingfisher, 2 singing Cuckoo, 8+ singing Sedge Warbler, 2 singing Garden Warbler, 10+ Reed Bunting (Simon Papps)
  • Maiden's Bridge, Bulls Cross: 2 Blackcap male feeding juvenile (Robert Callf)
  • Oxleas Wood: 3 Nuthatch, 3 Blackcap (f m), Stock Dove, 2 Jackdaw, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Common Buzzard, 2 Goldcrest (copulating), 2 Coal Tit, Treecreeper, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker (Ron Turner)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: Mallard + 5 ducklings, Moorhen + 6 Ducklings, 2 Canada Geese + 7 Goslings (all at Sheepwash), Also Kestrel, Common Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 20+ Swift (Samuel Levy)
  • River Lea; Anyone wondering where all the Swifts are? -- quite a few here on London River Lea E5 (Christine Wheeler via Twitter)
  • Stanmore Country Park,Wood Farm:Common Whitethroat,Blackcap,Chiffchaff plus Badger,Rabbit (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Stave Hill: pair Reed Warbler, 1 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin (John Cadera)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: Blackcap singing in The Glade 06:30 (new arrival) (Neil Batten)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 18 Pochard chicks, 2 Peregrine, 6 Chiffchaffs including 5 juvs, Lesser Whitethroat, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Common Tern (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wimbledon Common: 3 Grey Wagtail by Queensmere (Hugh Nicholson)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Peregrine, 2 Linnet, Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrid, first Jackdaw of year (Chris Farthing & Tony Butler)

Tuesday 5th June 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 4+ House Martin, 20+ Swift (Bob Watts)
  • Brookmill Park: Swift, 3 Blackcap m f & j, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Islington N7: Peregrine roosting on building Holloway Rd,18:00 (Allan Stewart)
  • Isle of Dogs: 3cy Yellow-legged Gull Thames shore opposite Cutty Sark (Sean Huggins)
  • Jubilee Path:Ferny Hill Enfield: Common Buzzard, LBB Gull, 25 Common Swift. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Lamorbey Park: 2+ juv Tawny Owl, 3+ juv Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: 18+ Black-headed Gull chicks (Twitter)
  • Maida Vale: Common Buzzard low SW over Castellain Road pursued by crows (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • Mudchute Farm: Reed Warbler singing (Sean Huggins)
  • Regent's Park: Mistle Thrush juveniles, great photos on Twitter (Magnus Andersson via Twitter)
  • Richmond Park NNR: 10 male Skylark - a repeat of last month's survey showed a further reduction in territories so that the breeding population has halved since last year (J.Wilczur); Blackcap, Common Buzzard, a vociferous Common Tern mobbing a Common Buzzard over Isabella Plantation for five minutes, f.Red-crested Pochard on Peg's Pond with two ducklings, Red Kite, Reed Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat (N. Jackman) Pen Ponds: Sand Martin 7 active nests in artificial bank (Phil Belman)
  • Seventy Acres Lake (Lee Valley): redhead Smew (over-summering bird???) on western side at midday. (Bill Haines).
  • Springwell Lake, Harefield. 4 Goldeneye ( imm male & 3 fem ). ( G.Lapworth )
  • Staines Moor: Short-eared Owl (RBA)
  • Trent Park: 3 Blackcap,9 Common Swift, Garden Warbler, Goldfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, LBB Gull, 4 m Mandarin, Red Kite, 3 Song Thrush, Swallow, pair of Tufted Duck,

Monday 4th June 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret north, 5 House Martin, 15+ Swift (APOG Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Dollis Brook, Holders Hill: 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Grey Wagtail (Samuel Levy)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Juv Starling, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Stock Dove, Common Buzzard SW, 12 Swift (Samuel Levy)
  • London Wetland Centre Barnes: No sign of Savi's Warbler up to 09.30 in cold cloudy conditions (Jake per FJM). No sign 07:00-09:30 of Savi's Warbler. Thick cloud, cold breeze and very few warblers singing yet this morning though. Will update if any developments (WWT Twitter). No sign 13:00 (Nick S, M Wheeler et al)
  • Trent Park: 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 3 Common Buzzard, Common Tern, 20 Common Swift, Common Whitethroat, 5 Goldfinch, G.S Woodpecker, LBB Gull, 6 Mandarin f,5m, 2 Song Thrush.( Pete Lowman ).

Sunday 3rd June 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Common Buzzard, Peregrine, Little Egret (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Geese, Cetti's Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Brockwell Park Reed Warbler, 6 Swifts drinking over surface of water - top pond (Michael Mac); 1 Nuthatch & 1Great Spotted Woodpecker 18.30, not quite on a par with my Savi's Warbler find at WWT earlier! (Matthew J. Bradbury) Red Kite circling over music festival at east end of park drifting slowly westwards 18.40, 4 Swift feeding over trees (Keith Chambers)
  • Eastcote (Field End Rec): Red Kite, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Swift, Song Thrush (Tim Rymer)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Green Woodpecker, 6 Stock Dove, 2 Goldcrest, Blackcap, 12 Swift, Red Kite E. (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Common Tern up to 13, Sand Martin 2,Long-tailed Tit 2 adults & 4 young Blackcap 1, Reed Warbler 5 (Richard Green, John Bushall)
  • London Wetland Centre: SAVI'S WARBLER singing from main reedbed 1000 (BirdGuides); still in middle reedbed channel viewed fr second bridge from Wildside hide. Showed well 1300 sat up in willow clump singing (WWT tweet); seen singing 1310 (Mat Bradbury et al) Still singing and seen briefly occasionally prior to 16.00. (Dave Harris per FJM). 10.00, I first heard this bird whilst on my own in Wildside Hide (? the two story one overlooking grazing marsh); a lifer for me! I have never seen or heard this species before. I thought it was the electric fence playing up. After five minutes I realised it was a Savi's Warbler as I have good knowledge of Grasshopper Warbler song each year and it was totally different to that! Luckily I had the Collins Bird app with me and was able to play the song of Savi's Warbler to confirm. However, it took until 13.10 to see it, singing relatively exposed low in willow scrub in middle of main reedbed (Matthew J. Bradbury and later other observers). Still singing when I left with sunburn at 16.00!. It was singing again after 16.15 (Shailesh Patel). Heard and seen crossing the channel c.30m before the Wildside hide when passing at c.1015 am [but mis-identified as a Grasshopper Warbler singing / poss. brief Reed Warbler sighting and "un-identified" when later checking xeno-canto Gropper recordings and before reading this next day, as "something else"]! Also, Common Tern from Wildside hide 10-1030 before flying off towards the Thames (Thomas Donegan, Jorge Velazquez).
  • Middlesex Filterbeds: singing Reed Warbler Bed 4, pair Reed Warbler collecting food near R Lea, singing Chiffchaff (Jan Dobbie)
  • Millfields E5: Peregrine flew off from pylon at 0940 - my first sighting here for several weeks (Alastair Dent)
  • Mitcham Common: Skylark singing (Michael Mac)
  • Piccadilly, Royal Academy: Black Redstart singing courtyard, 11.30 (R.Kaye)
  • Southall TQ1280: Red Kite over and briefly feeding 16.45 (Phil Belman)
  • St Georges Wharf SW8: Mediterranean Gull 2cy downriver, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls both 2cy (N.P.Senior)
  • Ten Acre Wood Area: 2 Lapwing, 4 Skylark, Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 3 Red Kite, 10 Rook, 4 Reed Bunting, Pheasant, Whitethroat. Local birder also reported seeing a Barn Owl at 05:45 (Nigel Dodd)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 2 Red Kite, 5 Common Buzzard, 2 Lapwing, 12 Stock Dove, 14 Swift, Kestrel, 35+ Rook, 11 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaff, 24 Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 27 Common Whitethroat, Mistle Thrush, m Reed Bunting, 2 House Sparrow. (Samuel Levy & Simon Worsfold)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Singing Reed Bunting and singing Reed Warbler Bomb Crater Field, 6+ Sand Martin Leyton Marsh/canal, 15 Canada Geese rear paddocks 0900-0930 (Alastair Dent)
  • Waterworks NR: 2 singing Reed Bunting, 2 Reed Warbler, Sparrowhawk, singing Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler, 2 m Pochard, pair Gadwall, pair Garden Warbler with food (Jan Dobbie)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Recently fledged Linnets, the first breeding record for the species here (Chris Farthing & Tony Butler)

Saturday 2nd June 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite over garden 1/2 ml north of park. Circled, then headed NNE 10.15. Little Egret and Heron apparently 'shadowing' fishing Cormorants from bank on reservoir. (Greg Smith)
  • Brent Reservoir: m Wigeon, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 2 Black-headed Gull, 8 Common Tern, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, Goldcrest, m Reed Bunting (plus Bahama Pintail still) (Andrew Haynes, Stephen Branley), same plus 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Broods Mute Swan, female Peregrine, 6+ House Martin, 5+ Black-headed Gull (Roy Beddard).
  • Brockley Nature Reserve: Sparrowhawk, 2 singing Song Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Chiffchaff, 4 Swift, 6+ newly fledged Great Tit with adults (Keith Chambers).
  • Gunpowder Park: 3 Red Kites, 2 carrying twigs, Common Buzzard, a few singing Song Thrushes, 2 Common Whitethroat, singing Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, 2 Little Grebe. (Harry Harrison)
  • Eastcote (Field End Rec): Little Egret over, 5 Swift, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Song Thrush (Tim Rymer)
  • Lower Kingswood, Wildwood riding centre: 58 Swift, 8 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 1 male Yellowhammer, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Blackcap, 2 Pied Wagtail (Neil Batten)
  • Oakwood Park: Painted Lady nectaring on bramble blossom, Orange Conch - Commophila aeneana - nationally scarce micro-moth species (Robert Callf)
  • Sidcup: 7 House Martin back on territory (Ian Stewart)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 16 Blackcap, 327+ Swift mainly N (including flock of 141+), Swallow, 4 poss 5 Kestrel, 3 Lapwing, 35+ Rook, 41 Stock Dove, 5 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 14 Chiffchaff, 13 Common Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Grey Heron, Red Kite, House Martin. Also Grass Snake attempted to take out Mallard Duckling at Darlands but was chased off by both a Mallard and Moorhen. (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: 2 Blackcap ,2 Chiffchaff, Common Tern, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, G S Woodpecker, 4m Mandarin, Song thrush. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Tulse Hill: Grey Wagtail in song flight from roof of White Hart public house 11.30 (Matthew J. Bradbury).
  • West Norwood Cemetery: 6 Swifts, Painted Lady (Michael Mac)

Friday 1st June 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Red-crested Pochard pair on concrete edge of Boating Lake c0845 but no sign 0930 (less than annual at this site) (Alan Gibson per Bob Watts), 4 Jackdaw north (Bob Watts)
  • Battersea Library: f Sparrowhawk "bumped" into a perched Feral Pigeon - strange watched this hawk fly low and it just bumped into this Feral Pigeon which flew round in a circle and the hawk just carried on, is this example of an elderly hawk? (Michael Mac) Should've gone to Specsavers.
  • Brent Reservoir: (from main hide 0530–0730) 2 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Common Tern, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, m Reed Bunting (Andrew Haynes)
  • Brockwell Park: Reed Warbler singing on main pond. (Stuart Hearne).
  • Crayford Marshes: Avocet east along Thames as far as Darent then back c16.00, Little Egret, male Marsh Harrier v low over my head at Darent mouth then probable second bird c30 mins later, 2-3 Kestrel, Peregrine, 4-5 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing (many Lapwings and a few Redshanks mobbing a Marsh Harrier over Rainham RSPB), c20 Common Tern, Cuckoo NE over Thames 16.34, c100 Swift, 4+ Skylark, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 4+ Meadow Pipit, 2+ Blackcap, 12+ Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 3+ Cetti’s Warbler, 2+ Reed Warbler, 2+ Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Emperor Dragonfly, Hairy Dragonfly, Broad-bodied Chaser (Ian Stewart)
  • Finchley Central: Highlights from BBS - 99+ Swift, Little Egret, Mistle Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 4 Stock Dove (Samuel Levy & Joan Arnold)
  • Greenford UB6: Garden 12+ young Starling, numerous House Sparrows (adults and young) 2 young Goldfinches (Martin Smith)
  • Horsenden Hill: Little Owl(Fields) (Martin Smith)
  • London Wetland Centre: Ringed Plover, Blackcap & Chiffchaff (Shailesh Patel)
  • Oxleas Wood:5Jackdaw,2Goldcrest,Nuthatch,3Treecreeper,Songthrush,Kestrel(pr)5Goldfinch,Blackcap (Ron Turner)
  • Romford: Over A127 near Gidea Park about 10 Swifts at 4 pm, likely nest prospecting (Patrick English)
  • Sidcup DA15: 2 Rook NE over King Georges Park (Ian Stewart)
  • Stockwell/in a Community Garden: c25 House Sparrows including fledglings - don't breed here- 2 nest sites both 200 meters away some in roof tiles and others in broken vent pipes (Michael Mac)
  • Town Park, Enfield: mature male Beautiful Demoiselle along New River (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park: 5 Chiffchaff adult feeding four juvs huddled together on branch, 3 Treecreeper (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park Equestrian Centre: 8+ Barn Swallow - two occupied nests - 5+ ad and 3 young incl one fledged, possibly my earliest fledging date for this species (Robert Callf)
  • Tulse Hill: Grey Wagtail singing from top of street light on busy South Circular outside Co-op local, 08.00 (Matthew J. Bradbury).