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Saturday 20th December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Drake Pintail, 30 Common Snipe, 5 Egyptian Goose, Redwing (Roy Beddard, Steve Blake, Andrew Verrall)
  • Bushy Park (Woodland Gardens): Kingfisher (Bill Dykes).
  • Epping Forest: Drake Pintail on Connaught Water (Ben Green)
  • Hampstead Heath: Peregrine tried to take prey at Highgate 1 Pond at 08:30 then away S, 6 Lesser Redpoll, Parliament Hill, 6-8 Redwing feeding in trees in South Meadow (Frank Nugent).
  • Kew Gardens: 5 Gadwall, Buzzard in woods upsetting local crows/parakeets (Neil Anderson/K. Bull/R. Knight)
  • Leyton Orient Way: Reed Warbler, m Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher)
  • Osterley Park: 08.23 Little Egret flew in over Heston, probably landed somewhere on the lakes. Also 1 Buzzard (K.Fisher)
  • Staines Reservoir: Snow Bunting (NE corner), Scaup, Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-necked Grebe (Twitter)
  • Staines Moor: 7 Common Snipe, Little Egret, 2 Grey Wagtails, Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Skylarks, Grey Heron, Stonechat, Redwing, Fieldfare, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipits.(Sue Giddens)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Marsh Harrier, 9 Turnstone, 50+ Dunlin, 30 Redshank, Rock Pipit (Andrew Self, John Cadera)
  • Sydenham Hill Woods: Firecrest by the disused railway track (post number 6) Redwing, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, several Long-tailed Tits about but no sign of the white-headed bird (Conrad Ellam) I visited the wood at about 2.30pm and re-found the "white headed bird", from the Cresent Wood Road entrance, take the right hand path and it was in the clearing below the steps, roughly the same place as yesterday. Good views, maybe not a totally pure white head, but definitely white and clearly defined with a black collar. I managed two photos, both with its back to me! I am hoping that someone else sees it soon. (Andrew Birks)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs. drake Scaup still on number 4 with Tufted Duck (Stuart Fisher)

Friday 19th December 2014 Edit

  • Broomfield Park, Palmers Green, N13: 14 Shoveler 9m 5f (Robert Callf)
  • East India Dock Basin: Cormorant - the Estonian-ringed bird again on the pier, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Little Egret, 5 Shelduck, 6 Tufted Duck, 250+ Teal (John Archer)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Possible Siberian Chiffchaff on island at SW end of lake- grey above,very light below, hint of buff on upper flanks, black legs but unfortunately NO calls, 5 Gadwall, 7+ Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 12+ Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 6 Jay, Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Leyton Traffic Island: Reed Warbler, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail and Song Thrush (Ken Murray).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Pintail, 6 Mandarin, 2 Peregrine on grazing marsh (WWT website)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Sparrowhawk over, chased S by both Peregrine Falcons, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 2 Redwing (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: Black Redstart in front of Datchet Water Sailing Club among boats - permit only (BirdGuides)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher again at the eastern end of the Lake this morning (Frank Nugent).
  • Shooters Hill: Common Buzzard w 1.15 pm (Conrad Ellam)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine flew east carrying its rose-ringed -and still living- breakfast 8am (Ian Stewart)
  • Sydenham Hill Woods: 2 Firecrest, near the folly; 1 Northern Long-tailed Tit, with other Long-tailed Tits and mixed tit flock. Completely white head, normal otherwise.(Andrew Birks). There are often the odd birds of the race "rosaceus" with white heads seen in Britain, rather then the pure snowball heads of the race "caudatus" which is the Northern L.T.Tit, would be great if this is one! but a photo may be required, as intergrades can be a problem - let's hope it's the real deal - well done. I am not 100% on this, I posted this sighting in the hope that someone else could find it and give a second opinion. I did get some photos on my phone, but they are pretty bad. However, I have seem them before, and I am sticking with it!(AB)
  • Worcester Park Green Lane: Little Egret on flood plain(Bob Smith)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Drake Scaup on No 4 (Neil Verlander & Penny Walker)
  • Woodlands Farm: Firecrest, Goldcrest, Coal Tit in Clothworkers Woods, 2 Redwing in Turnpike Field (Conrad Ellam)

Thursday 18th December 2014 Edit

  • Brookmill Park: Male Mandarin, Kingfisher, 2 Mistle Thrush over, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Leyton Traffic Island: ad Reed Warbler still (BirdGuides)
  • Orient Way, E10: Reed Warbler, m Stonechat, Grey Wagtail (Paul Whiteman)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine, 7+ Redwing, Long Tailed Tits (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: 4 Water Pipit along R Colne 1500 (BirdGuides)
  • Staines Reservoir: Snow Bunting still, (picture on Surrey website) (Birdguides)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Snipe, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 2 Mute Swans, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Grebe, 3 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush. (Peter Charles, Ian Stewart) Little Egret, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 71 Common Gull, 23 Pied Wagtail (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Res: Drake Scaup still on No 4, drake Goosander on West Warwick till 2.40pm when flew west, adult Mediterranean Gull on Lockwood, 7 Goldeneye, 7 Teal, Common Sand High Maynard, 4 Grey Wagtails, male and female Stonechat West Warwick, Kingfisher (Sean Huggins)

Wednesday 17th December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Drake Pintail, 27 Common Snipe, 2 Water Rail. (Steve Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Danson Park: 7-9 Egyptian Geese, 3 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Mistle Thrush (Ian Stewart)
  • East India Dock Basin: 6 Shelduck, 185 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck (John Archer)
  • Ladywell Fields: Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch, 2 Song Thrush (one singing), singing Mistle Thrush, 2 singing Wren, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Green Woodpecker (Tom Moulton, Sue Gore)
  • Leyton Traffic Island: Reed Warbler. Scrub favoured by Stonechat and Common Whitethroats has been chopped down (JW Davies) They do this every year at this time, presumably its the council (SF) Hi is the Whitethroat still around? Hopefully this milder air can allow some insects to venture out?! No Whitethroat, or Stonechat, seen this afternoon. A Whitethroat was seen on Monday. Flew into the scrub for a while, and then to the corner of the allotments, next to Bywaters' entrance (JWD) In 2012 the Whitethroat left the island once scrub was cleared, the next one I saw in Sidmouth Park, leyton in January 2013 during the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch (SF) I wonder if itss the same bird?
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, Pintail, 81 Wigeon, Peregrine (Little Owl heard 5:15pm on 16th) (WWT website); Bittern still on north side of main lake (BirdGuides)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2m Blackcap, 2 Redwing, Green Woodpecker, 1f Great Spotted Woodpecker (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Roding Valley Park and surrounding scrubland: Kingfisher, Kestrel, Fieldfare, Redwing, Grey Heron, Song Thrush, Jay, 2 Snipe, 2 Goldfinches (Alan Hobson).
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Shelduck and m Pintail Gadwall_hide, 3 Bullfinch on trail (RSPB blog)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Pied Wagtail, 10 Redwing, female Blackcap on fat balls in garden, Goldcrest showing very well, Jay, 2 Jackdaw N (Ian Stewart)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: male Tawny Owl singing from 05:50 (Stuart Fisher)
  • St James's Park: Drake Ruddy Duck and Kingfisher perched above him at 14:10, busily plunging into the Lake (eastern end) and preening thereafter (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Reservoir. Snow Bunting still present on NE bank of North basin ( Same place as Jim S. saw it yesterday) (John Edwards)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Green Sandpiper flying over calling, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 6 Jackdaw & 2 Meadow Pipit over (Jon Ridge).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest heard Sanctuary Wood (Bob Watts)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: Corn Bunting, 12+ Yellowhammer, 6+ Reed Bunting, 30+ Linnet (Robert Callf/Robin White)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: M Scaup still present at 9am - NW corner of Reservoir 4 with group of tufties.(Quentin Given)

Tuesday 16th December 2014 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Tawny Owls heard calling and one briefly seen in flight between Conservation Pond and Area 0700 (Bob Watts)
  • Battersea New Cemetery, Lower Morden: Little Owl (Bob Smith)
  • Broadwater lake, Harefield. Along the River Colne here 23 Chiffchaff ( 2 poss. 'abietinus'), 9 Water Rail, 5 Grey Wagtail and 2 Cetti's Warbler. Nine Chiffchaffs were at the north end of the pit and the rest spread out along the west side and all were along the river bank. (John Edwards)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam)
  • Forty Hall, Enfield: 2 Goosander male and female on fishing lake near Turkey Brook, 6 Shoveler 2m 4f on pond near Hall, also adult Black-headed Gull with white darvic E4UN (Robert Callf)
  • Harrow (Brook Drive); pair of Coal Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • Headstone Moat: Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: Firecrest, Goldcrest, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Fieldfare over, singing Coal Tit (Stuart Fisher)
  • Leyton Traffic Island: Stonechat, Grey Wagtail and Reed Warbler (Ken Murray)
  • Mill Hill NW7: Blackcap. (Steve Blake)
  • Oakwood Park: Buzzard (James Palmer)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 25 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 2 Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 4 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 13 Jackdaw, Jay, 2 Stock Dove & 3 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Ridgeway Enfield near St. Johns school 2 red kites (Brian Dawton)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher very busy at the eastern end of the Lake this afternoon, resplendent in the sunshine (Frank Nugent).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk dived unsuccessfully into garden, Peregrine, Grey Wagtail, 3-4 Redwing, female Blackcap in garden, Goldcrest, 4+ Long Tailed Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoir: 5 Black-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver south basin, Scaup, Snow Bunting north basin Stanwell side by the bend between 11 and 11.25 (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Water Rail, adult Mediterranean Gull (TeRNS)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Kingfisher f, Little Egret, 8 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Sandpiper, 4 Chiffchaff, f Blackcap, Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan. (P Kite)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood LWT: 2 Firecrest (Steven Robinson)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 9 Fieldfare, 37 Redwing, Meadow Pipit, 2 Kestrel, 8 Teal (John Colmans)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Drake Scaup still on No.4 at 3pm. 4 Goldeneye on Lockwood (Adam Winstanley) 4 Goldeneye on No5, 6 Shelduck (Stuart Fisher) Scaup on Lockwood between 10 am and noon before returning to No 4. (David Bradshaw)
  • Wanstead Flats: 18 Shoveler, 9 Pochard, 47 Gadwall, 2 Egypian Goose, Little Grebe, 7 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 199 Gadwall (excluding basin), 22 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 4 Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe, 8 + Stock Dove, 2 Goldcrest, 2 +Siskin, 2+ Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch, Sparrowhawk, 5 Grey Heron (Nick Croft)

Monday 15th December 2014 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Tawny Owl heard adjacent to Wood Green Res 0700 (Bob Watts). 6M, 2-3F Shovelers on boating lake island 1120 (Greg Smith)
  • Brockley & Ladywell Cemetery: Blackcap f (Conrad Ellam)
  • Brookmill Park: Pheasant f, Peregrine, Kingfisher,Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam)
  • Deptford Creek: 2 peregrines chasing and calling low over Greenwich High Street. (T.B)
  • Hale End, IG8: Tawny Owl calling on Brookfield Path at 07.25 (C.Wright)
  • Islington Green, N1: 5 Fieldfare east at 10:00 (T Harris)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 Firecrest, 16 Gadwall, Sparrowhawk, 65+ Woodpigeon heading S including a pale leucistic bird, 2 singing Coal Tit, 7 Redwing, Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher) Where exactly have the Firecrest been spotted? Had a look for the past two days to no avail... (Dawn Painter) Dawn, grid ref TQ397889, at NW edge of public car park in Court grounds in laurel hedge of nearby, often on other side of fence in Leyton Flats too (Stuart) Thanks Stuart
  • Leyton Traffic Island: Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Water Rail, Stonechat and Grey Wagtail (Ken Murray) Could you tell me where this is please? cheers (Dawn Painter) Hi Dawn, TQ376861, just north of Ruckholt Road at junction of Orient Way (Stuart)
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley: 6 Grey Herons on nests, Little Egret, 3 Shovelers, 2 Egyptian Geese, Redwing, Jay, 2 Rooks, Great Crested Grebe, Lesser Black Backed Gull. (Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern (s. side main lake viewed from Peacock in reeds to left of WWF hide), 102 Teal, Pintail, c200 Woodpigeon (S), 425 Black-headed Gull, 2 Stonechat (WWT website) also 3 Red Crested Pochard (2m,1f), 8+ Snipe (Nick S)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 4 Greenfinch, 4 Redwing, Green Woodpecker (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Bittern fr Ashby Hide (BirdGuides)
  • Sidcup: Haddon Grove/Hollyoak Wood Park: Grey Wagtail on river, Gt. Spotted Woodpecker. All the bramble and scrub at this site has been removed up to a distance of 30 feet from the path, thus depriving small birds of vital winter shelter. (Eric Brown)
  • Sidcup: Lamorbey Park: 2 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Wren, 10+ Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush, Jay, 3 Cormorant, 2 Egyptian Geese, 36 Canada Geese, one with white face, orange bill and pale belly managing to look like bits of Greylag, Canada and Barnacle. Hybrid ? (Eric Brown)
  • Staines Reservoir: Snow Bunting picture on Surrey website (Birdguides)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 18 Song Thrush, 8 Mistle Thrush, 11 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackbird, Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Mute Swan, Little Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker. (P Kite)
  • Trent Park: 2 male Eurasian Teal upper lake, Grey Wagtail, 5 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 18 Goldfinch, 3 female Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest again Sanctuary Wood 1240 with small tit flock also 2+ Goldcrest (Bob Watts)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs and Willows Farm: 26 Skylark, c30 Linnet, c30 Chaffinch, 2 Sparrowhawk, Water Rail, Snipe, 3 Wigeon, Chiffchaff, 10+ Tree Sparrow. (Steve Blake)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: Corn Bunting, 14+ Yellowhammer, 12 Reed Bunting, 24 Skylark, 23 Linnet, 2 Kestrel, 11 Goldfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Drake Scaup still on no.4 reservoir, in n/w corner quite close to shore; also Little Grebe, pr of Pochards, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Common Gull (Alan Hobson).

Sunday 14th December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: drake Pintail north marsh, 24 Snipe, 242 Teal, 430+ Tufted Duck, Little Egret, Chiffchaff behind dam. 2 Fieldfares (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard)
  • Brayside Farm, Enfield: Brent Goose juvenile grazing in field with Canada Geese (viewable from Flash Lane) TQ31959890 (James Palmer)
  • Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries (SE4): 6 Greenfinch, 4+Goldfinch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Ring Knecked Parakeet, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Wren. (Phil Laurie)
  • Brookmill Park: Cormorant, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cheshunt GPs: 9 Goosander, Bittern, Chiffchaff (Steve Kiln per Herts BC)
  • Crossness: 1st-winter Caspian Gull off the golf centre late morning; also Greenshank and Common Sandpiper at the outfall, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, c.250 Dunlin, 2 Peregrines, 23 Wigeon, 5 Meadow Pipits and Chiffchaff (John Archer & Richard Bonser).
  • Forty Hall, Enfield: I had a glimpse of a large brown bird with a white tail, in the fields on the other side of Turkey Brook from the cycle path; at the time I thought it looked like a Buzzard, but I dismissed the idea because of the white tail; subsequently it occurred to me that it might have been a species of which I have no prior experience, i.e. it was a probable Rough-legged Buzzard (James Palmer) Rough-legs have a terminal tail-band, either diffuse grey [juv] or distinct black [ad] & look longer-winged & longer-tailed
  • Leyton traffic island, Ruckholt Road: Reed Warbler still present and showing well; also Grey Wagtail and male Stonechat (David Bradnum)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, 3 Pintail, 65 Wigeon, 5 Snipe, 5 Fieldfare (WWT website)
  • Margravine Cemetery (monthly count): 3 Redwing, pr Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Sparrowhawk (escorted out by Crows), Mistle Thrush, 20 Blackbird (numbers finally picking up), 2 Peregrine Falcon (Nathalie Mahieu, Ruth Savery).
  • M11 Chigwell section, Common Buzzard perched in tree (Barbara Miller)
  • Panshanger Park: Water Rail Osprey_Lake, Cetti's Warbler (Allan Burrows per Herts BC)
  • Pinner (Grove Avenue Estate): Nuthatch along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: male Common Buzzard mobbed by 15 corvids, Snipe, 15 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 3 Fieldfare, 26 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 16 Jackdaw & 2 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: Siberian Chiffchaff in 'Enclosed Bay' at west end of river wall 0930 (BirdGuides)
  • South Harrow: Red Kite flying SW (Michael Robinson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 26 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 18 Herring Gull, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, m & f Reed Bunting (TeRNS)
  • Swanley Park ; 3 Shoveller (1m 2f) Teal (m) (Andy Meaton)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 12 Teal, Pheasant heard, Little Egret, Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawk (2 briefly having skirmish over wood), 3 Kestrel, c48 Lapwing flew in at 8.00 before departing 90 minutes later, 7 Snipe, Skylark over, Meadow Pipit, 11 Redwing, Fieldfare, 2 Rook, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Walthamstow ares: Drake Scaup (pics on Blog) No. 4. 2 Common Sandpiper No.5. (Paul Whiteman found by Pete Lambert)
  • Wanstead Park: 334 Gadwall, 9 Wigeon (3 Ornamental Waters, 6 Basin), 11 Teal (Ornamental Waters), 17 Shoveler, 2 Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher (Dan Hennessy)
  • Whitewebbs Park: at least 38 Mandarin (James Palmer)

Saturday 13th December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: drake Pintail, Stonechat on Neasden Rec, Little Egret over & Chiffchaff (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall, Roy Beddard & Leo Batten)
  • Brickendon: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and 17 Lesser Redpoll in private woodland (Allan Meadows via Herts BC)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: Rock Pipit, Yellow-legged Gull ad, Greenshank ad, 2 Curlew, 10 Shoveler, 34 Wigeon, Chiffchaff (John Archer).
  • Fishers Green: Bittern from watchpoint am (BirdGuides)
  • Greenford UB6 : pr Blackcap + Goldcrest in our garden, 16 Redwing low over (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Grovelands Park Southgate. Male Goosander on open water of the lake and escaped [how do you know?] female Smew at narrow wooded end of lake for 2nd year (Noel Hall)
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail from Bird Bridge, 25 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 32 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 5 Common Gull (Frank Nugent).
  • Leyton, Jubilee Park/Orient Way: probable Merlin flew over park then dived towards Hackney Marsh at dawn, only got silhouette overhead, but small size and characteristic shape obvious, 2 Fieldfare, Chiffchaff, 16 Linnet, 900+ Ring necked Parakeet, Also at traffic island at Ruckholt Rd: Reed Warbler, m Stonechat, Water Rail showing well, Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher, plus Carey Bergman et al)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bearded Tit h am, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Bittern, 7 Fieldfare(S), 5 Water Rail (WWT website) 1m 1f Stonechat, 1f peregrine low over grazing marsh, 6 Common Snipe, 7 Mandarin, 2 Reed Bunting, lots of Water Rail and Cetti's Warblers calling at dusk, 1f Sparrowhawk (Martin Honey)
  • North Ockenden: Rough-legged Buzzard over Cely Woods at 13:30 (Birdguides) Landed near road 13:40 (Ben Green)
  • Old Paddington Cemetry: Jay (Matt Reed)
  • Otford: 3 Little Egret S along R Darenth, Buzzard, Blackcap, 2 Stonechat Otford south fields, Grey Wagtail (Mathew Bournat via Kent OS)
  • Pinner (Rayners Lane): Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes:  Stone Barges and foreshore just east of there, 1 - 2 Ravens, Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Dunlin, 20 Snipe, around 56 Lapwings, 3 Reed Buntings, 4 Skylarks, 2 Goldfinches, 2 Grey Herons, Great Black-backed Gull, over a dozen Lesser Black-backed Gulls, around 10 Common Gulls, 4 Pied Wagtails, 16 Teal, 4 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 30 + Redshank (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Jackdaw, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, Redwing, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail (RPBirders)
  • Ruislip Lido/woods: 9 Shoveler, 4 Little Egret (2 Lido, 2 stream in golf course), Kingfisher (golf course), 2 Grey Wagtail (lido + golf course), 11 Redwing (LNR), 2m,1f Bullfinch feeding in Hazel (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Staines Moor: Short-eared Owl, Dartford Warbler, 2 Water Pipits, 6 Snipe, 4 Stonechat,100+ Redwings, 200+ Fieldfare, Little Egret, Kingfisher,3 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, 5 Skylarks, Green Woodpecker, 4 Gadwall, Reed Bunting, 2 Kestrels, Grey Heron. (Sue Giddens)
  • Staines Reservoir: Snow Bunting feeding on N.bank causeway till 1400 at least (Surrey Twitter)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 26 Golden Plover, Water Rail, 2 Kingfisher, 18 Tree Sparrow, Red Kite. (Steve Blake)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: Corn Bunting, 16 Yellowhammer, 10 Reed Bunting, 100+ Linnet, 33 Skylark,  Grey Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit (Robert Callf/Bob Husband/Robin White)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs. Lockwood. Fem. Goldeneye, Grey Wagtail. (Quentin GIven)
  • Wanstead Park: 368 Gadwall (411 for Wanstead today), 7 Wigeon, Teal, 2 Kingfisher, Water Rail, 15 Redwing (Dan Hennessy).

Friday 12th December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 19 Common Snipe, 2 Water Rail (Andrew Haynes).
  • East India Dock Basin: 10 Shelduck, 14 Tufted Duck, c80 Teal, 1 Little Grebe (John Archer)
  • Brayside Farm, Enfield: Brent Goose juvenile grazing in field with 38 Canada Goose (viewable from Flash Lane) TQ31959890 still present until 13:40 at least (Robert Callf)
  • Ewell Village: Little Egret again at Lower Mill am. The bird was standing close up to the downstairs windows and appeared to be hoping for some food (Neil Batten).
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 9 Gadwall, c14 Tufted Duck, 10+ Little Grebe, Common Buzzard soaring over Chalk Wood, Sparrowhawk caught Song Thrush within 15 feet of where I was standing but let it go when I moved- I didnt see if the Thrush survived, 2-3 Water Rail heard, 3 Mistle Thrush, 4+ Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 6+ Jay, 1-2 Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Lee Valley, Seventy Acres Lake: Bittern, Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 100+ Greylag Goose, 15+ Shoveler, 80+ Lapwing, Water Rail, 12+ Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet, Bullfinch (Simon Papps)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Firecrest, 2 Nuthatch (Gilbert Slade), 10 Lesser Redpoll (Stuart Fisher)
  • Leyton Traffic Island: Reed Warbler, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat and Water Rail (Ken Murray)
  • Little Britain. Iver/Cowley: 3 Grey Herons standing on nests making claim to them.2 Egyptian Geese, 4 Shoveler, Great Crested Grebe. (Sue Giddens)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 3 Redwing (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher (at the eastern end of the Lake) and Sparrowhawk this afternoon (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Moor: 3+ Woodcock, 1 Common Snipe this evening (Lee Dingain - pic here)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs/Walthamstow Marsh/Leyton Marsh/Waterworks NR: The blog is back! (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Whitewebbs Wood: Little Egret fishing along Cuffley Brook near Flash Lane Aqueduct, 41 Redwing over (Robert Callf)

Thursday 11th December 2014 Edit

  • Bushy Park: Treecreeper, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 10 Red-crested Pochard (tame), several Mandarin (ditto) (Michael Rank/RSPB Central London Group)
  • Cornmill Gardens: Kingfisher (Tom Moulton)
  • Ewell Village: Little Egret at the Lower Mill 14:00 to dusk. 4 Herring Gull west (Neil Batten)
  • Lee Valley, Holyfield Hall Farm: 4+ Yellowhammer along with mixed flock of mainly Chaffinch and Reed Bunting in amongst wild bird seed crop. (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Hooks Marsh: drake Smew showing well below Hooks Marsh bridge. (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Seventy Acres Lake: Peregrine, Water Rail from Watchpoint. (Mike Oakland)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 88 Teal, 60 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat (WWT website)
  • Petts Wood: Kingfisher along stream near railway, several Redwings, 6+ Goldcrest, probable Firecrest but very elusive, 5+ Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 6+ Jay, 50+ Jackdaw, 4+ Rook, large tit flocks of 50+ birds (Ian Stewart)
  • Rainham Marshes: Raven out on Aveley Marsh (Twitter)
  • St James's Park: drake Ruddy Duck (Andrew Self)
  • Scadbury Park: 4+ Redwing, 4+ Goldcrest, 3+ Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Siskin, Bullfinch or 2 (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine, Pied Wagtail, c15 Redwing S, 2 Jackdaw S (Ian Stewart)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: c230 Common Gull, c30 Rook, 6 Teal, 3 Fieldfare, Redwing, Kestrel, male Bullfinch (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 2 Lesser Redpoll feeding in birch by lower lake (Robert Callf)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 26 Skylark, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 70+ Linnet, 8+ Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: 7 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 21 Linnet, 3 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe (Jubilee pond), Redwing (Nick Croft)
  • Wapping Canal: Kingfisher still by Tobacco Dock (John Archer)

Wednesday 10th December 2014 Edit

  • Bow Creek: 21 Redshank, Common Sandpiper (James Palmer)
  • Brent Reservoir: 410+ Tufted Duck, 30+ Pochard, drake Pintail (12 noon East Marsh) first for year at site, 21 Snipe (Roy Beddard).
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Kingfisher, 310 Teal, 6 Shelduck, 11 tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail (John Archer); also 6 Grey Heron flew over together (James Palmer)
  • Ewell Village: Little Egret at the Lower Mill early am. Also 1 Kingfisher (Neil Batten)
  • Forest Gate: Common Snipe past my window and a house tick (Nick Croft)
  • Gallions Reach: Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Water Rail, 8 Lapwing, Curlew, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush, Linnet (James Palmer)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 Firecrest together at roost site, 7 Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 38 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 2 Great crested Grebe, 2 Green Woodpecker (Stuart Fisher)
  • Leyton Traffic Island, Ruckholt Rd: Reed Warbler, Water Rail, m Stonechat, Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Pintail, 43 Wigeon, 2 Stonechat, 6 Redpoll (WWT website) 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Common Snipe, 1 Reed Bunting, c. 50 Cormorant (Martin Honey)
  • Pinner Park Farm: (five minute visit) - 51 Jackdaw & 2 Jay (Jon Ridge).
  • River Roding, Woodford Bridge: Kestrel, perched and showing very well (Alan Hobson).
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher at the eastern end of the Lake again this morning. Also Peregrine soaring over the Park at 14:35 and a Great Black-backed Gull out in the middle of the Lake (Frank Nugent).
  • Sidcup DA15 (Lamorbey Park): c40 Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 male Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Peregrine, Redwing, 8+Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Dartford Warbler, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 5 Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 8 Stonechat, 6 Meadow Pipit, 200+ mixed flock of Redwing and Fieldfare at dusk (Keith Kerr).
  • Swanley Park : 2 Shoveler, Teal (m), Pheasant(f) site first (Andy Meaton)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest showing very well Sanctuary Wood 1240, also Chiffchaff and Goldcrest in mixed tit flock Monument Glade (Bob Watts)
  • Wanstead Park basin: 7 Wigeon (J Lethbridge)

Tuesday 9th December 2014 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Fieldfare, Redwing 0745 (Bob Watts)
  • Antill Road E3: Male and female Blackcap in back garden, Sparrowhawk over. (Harry Harrison)
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Sparrowhawk female, 339 teal, 11 Shelduck, 13 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe (John Archer)
  • Ewell: Little Egret again at the Lower Mill, perched on roof at rear of building. Also 1 Kingfisher, 2 Wren singing and displaying (Neil Batten)
  • Finchley Road NW3: pair of Grey Wagtails over Finchley Road tube station 13:50 (Alex Massey)
  • Finsbury Park: Mistle Thrush singing (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail Bird Bridge/Viaduct Bridge, 1 Teal Sanctuary Pond and, in just two trees above the Bird Bridge, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nutchatch, Treecreeper and Goldcrest. (MBS)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: rh Smew Mercer's Lake western end 1030 (BirdGuides)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 Firecrest (one in NW of court near end of laurel hedge, 1 in Ivy covered trees E of Eagle Pond), Fieldfare, 22 Goldfinch, 30+ Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 9 Redwing, 2 Great crested Grebe (Stuart Fisher)
  • Leyton Traffic Island, Ruckholt Rd: Water Rail, Song Thrush, Common Whitethroat, and Reed Warbler (Ken Murray)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Redpoll(W), 31 Redwing(W), 4 Water Rail, 4 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat, 500+ Wood Pigeon flying W all morning (Adam Salmon). 
  • Osterley Park: 5 Cormorant, 2 Egyptian Goose, Goldcrest, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 32+ Jackdaw, 3 Jay, Little Grebe, 3 Mandarin, 4 Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, 2 Pied Wagtail, Redwing, 7+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 17 Shoveler, 2 Teal (Richard Woolley).
  • Pinner (Village Way): Little Egret along the Yeading Brook (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: 2 Bullfinch heard west side of Pond Plantation (M.Lewis)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: m Pintail, 2 Red Kite (RSPB blog)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher very busy at the eastern end of the Lake this morning (Frank Nugent).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine active in area- seen once in long dive, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 10+ Redwing E, male and female Blackcaps in garden- different female to yesterday (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Great Northern Diver (BirdGuides)
  • Stocker's Lake: 6 Goldeneye, pr Stonechat, 3 Siskin (Herts BC)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 2 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, Kingfisher, 2 Mute Swans, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush (P Kite) 
  • Wanstead Flats: 20 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 21 Grey-lag Goose, Little Grebe, 3 Skylark, 2 Redwing, Kestrel (Nick Croft) 
  • Wanstead Park: Water Rail, 90+ Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, Little Grebe, Goldcrest, 30+ Redwing, Kingfisher (Nick Croft), 209 Gadwall and 5 Wigeon on Basin (Dan Hennessy) 
  • West Harrow: male Sparrowhawk in garden (Alex Massey) 

Monday 8th December 2014 Edit

  • Beckton Sewage Treatment Works: Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Crested Grebe (off EA barrier), Kingfisher (flew W along river wall), 4 Meadow Pipit, 11 Shoveler, + several hundred Teal across site (Peter Beckenham).
  • Connaught Water: m Goosander, rh Smew (Richard Cope per ELB Forum)
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Sparrowhawk female, 1 Little Grebe, 11 Shelduck, 318 Teal, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Wagtail (John Archer)
  • Ewell Village: Little Egret at the Lower Mill am. (Neil Batten)
  • Footscray Meadows: Kingfisher, Little Egret, Water Rail, 6 Chiffchaffs, Grey Wagtail, 11 Little Grebe, 4 Gadwall, 2 Common Buzzard (P Kite)
  • Hampstead Heath. First Ham Pond: 30 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, Pair Wigeon. (Green Grandad)
  • Headstone Moat: Kingfisher (Jon Ridge).
  • Holmethorpe SPs: rh Smew Mercer's Lake NW edge 1600 (Neil Randon per HSP website)
  • Leyton Traffic Island, Ruckholt Rd: Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Water Rail, (Ken Murray)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 Firecrest, 2 Egyptian Geese, 5 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall, 2 Great crested Grebe, 2 Coal Tit, c5 Redwing, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Goldcrest, 10 Goldfinch (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck scrape, 3 Fieldfare W, 5 Siskin W (WWT website)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Little Owl, Kestrel, 3 Snipe, 3 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail & 31 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher showing well from 14:35 at the eastern end of the Lake (Frank Nugent).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 5 Canada Geese NE, Sparrowhawk unsuccessfully went after Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeder, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, c30 Fieldfare S, 2 Redwing 1S 1E, 2-3 male and 1 female Blackcap in garden, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 7 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe, Common Snipe, Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, c15 Goldfinch (TeRNS)
  • Tottenham Marshes pm: pr Stonechat, Goldcrest, Green Sandpiper in relief channel (Stuart Fisher)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest showing very well Sanctuary Wood 1230, 2+ Redwing (Bob Watts)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: Common Snipe, 10+ Skylark, 70+ Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 18 Yellowhammer, 11 Reed Bunting (Robert Callf/Robin White)
  • Walthamstow E17: Male Blackcap (private garden). (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wanstead Park: Nuthatch and female Bullfinch in OSW (Tim Harris)
  • West Thurrock Marshes: Jack Snipe, 22 Avocet, Yellow-legged Gull, Water Pipit (David Darrell-Lambert via Twitter)
  • Willowmead nr Hertford: Goshawk N toward Panshanger 0930 (Barrie Stockwell via Herts BC)

Sunday 7th December 2014 Edit

  • Beech Farm GP nr St Albans: Woodcock, 2 Stonechat (S Chalmers via Herts BC)
  • Brent Reservoir: 51 Mute Swan, 88 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Wigeon, 61 Gadwall, 52 Mallard, 21 Shoveler, 203 Teal, 425 Tufted Duck, 30 Pochard, 14 Little Grebe, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 872 Coot, 64 Moorhen, 2 Water Rail, 1 Green Sandpiper & 29 Snipe (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard)
  • Burgess Park: Mediterranean Gull adult again on the lake at 1.30pm - present for its 7th winter; also 24 Egyptian Geese (Richard Bonser).
  • Canada Water: 56 Tufted Ducks (Richard Bonser).
  • Chelsea Wharf: 20 Teal, 4 Gadwall. (Matt Reed).
  • Cheshunt GPs: red-head Smew Bowyers Water, Bittern - exact water not specified (Graham White per Herts BC)
  • Eastcote (Field End Road): Grey Wagtail on roof-tops (Jon Ridge).
  • Grovelands Park: Smew tame female (suspect origin), 8 Shoveler 4m 4f (Robert Callf)
  • Hampstead Heath: 3 female Bullfinch in Springett's Wood, Water Rail right next to Bird Bridge at noon, Grey Wagtail over. 2 Wigeon (m & f), 2 Shoveler and 32 Gadwall at Hampstead 1 Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Goldeneye, 2 Black-necked Grebe (Tony Blake via Herts BC)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: no sign of Smew, Little Egret Moors, Woodcock flushed nr new hedge S of Spynes bulrush pool, Chiffchaff (Ian Kehl & Gordon Hay via HSP blog)
  • Ladywell Fields: Kingfisher (Tom Moulton)
  • Leyton Jubilee Park: Siskin, Chiffchaff, Orient Way: Water Rail, Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, m Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, several Brown Rats, Moorhen (Stuart Fisher/Carey Bergman)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, Pintail, 6 Mandarin, 60 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat (WWT website)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 6 Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Mercedes-Benz World (Weybridge) ringtail Hen Harrier drifted over heading SW being mobbed by gulls at 3.05 p.m. (Simon West)
  • Southwark Park: 6 Shovelers and female Pochard (Richard Bonser).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 18 Teal, 2 Pheasant, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 10 Lapwing, 11 Snipe, 3 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail heard, 2 Stonechat, 46 Redwing SW, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Rook, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Bullfinch (Neil Anderson/G. Westley); 1 Buzzard mobbed by 3 Crows, 2 Meadow Pipit (Dan Pinkham)
  • Tottenham Marsh: Pr Stonechats still present but no sign last Sunday's SEO (quentin Given)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Red Kite N at 10.05 escorted by Crows, 42 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, Treecreeper, drake Mandarin, 7 Teal, c40 Goldfinch (John Colmans)
  • Wanstead Flats: WeBS count 33 Moorhen, 107 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 7 Pochard, 23 Tufted Duck, 68 Mallard, 43 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose, 10 Greylag Goose, 210+ Canada Goose, 4 Mute Swan, 600+ Commn Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1-2 Snipe, 2 Little Egret over, 3 Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, 8 Skylark, 28-32 Linnet, 3 Goldcrest, Kestrel, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Water Rail (Bob and Lindsay Vaughan) WeBS count: 23 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag Goose, 53 Canada Goose, 338 Gadwall (combined total of 378 a new record for the wider patch), 2 Teal, 85 Mallard, 19 Shoveler, 27 Pochard, 40 Tufted Duck, 8 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 42 Moorhen, 176 Coot, 278 Black-headed Gull (Tim Harris et al)
  • Waterworks NR: 30 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, Little egret and grey wagtail in flood relief channel, pochard, tufted duck. (S Huckle)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: c60 Woodpigeon NE, 2 Collared Dove over, c6 Fieldfare, c6 Redwing, c8 Meadow Pipit, 1+ Siskin h over, c2 Reed Bunting (Twitter)

Saturday 6th December 2014 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: c.50 Jackdaw NE at 8:50 (Gareth Richards)
  • Brent Reservoir: 432 Tufted Duck, 25 Pochard, 12+ Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Water Rail, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff (Roy Beddard,)
  • Broadwater Lake, Harefield. 11 Chiffchaff along R. Colne at the north end of the lake. Also 3 Grey Wagtail along the river and 44 Wigeon and 500 Coot on the lake.( John Edwards),
  • Cranford Park: 2 Little Egrets, 2 Little Grebes, Common Snipe, Kingfisher, 9 Meadow Pipits, Goldcrest, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, 3 Goldfinch, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush,Green Woodpecker, 2 Dunnocks. Red Admiral basking in the sun(Sue Giddens)
  • Ealing (W13): Male Blackcap trapped and ringed in garden - a different bird to yesterday's (Bill Haines).
  • Ewell: 249 Black Headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 20 Herring Gull, 54 Mallard (Neil Batten)
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail showing well 14:30-15:00 from Viaduct Bridge where also 4 Redwing feeding in a Holly, 27 Gadwall (Hampstead 1 Pond), 4 Shoveler, 7 Common Gull, Reed Bunting and 15 Fieldfare NW over Parliament Hill (Frank Nugent).
  • Fairlop waters: Short-eared Owl (Neil Twyford)
  • Kilburn/W Hampstead: Little Egret flying from Kilburn 11.37 across about Mill Lane bridge heading NW garden tick (Andrew Verrall).
  • Lavender Hill Cemetery, Enfield: 4 female Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Leyton, Jubilee Park: Snipe, Chiffchaff. Orient Way: Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Water Rail, m Stonechat, Grey Wagtail in traffic island N of Ruckholt Road around Dagenham Brook which is obviously a few degrees warmer than outside air temperature (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern N shore main lake, 4 Common Snipe, 1m 1f Stonechat, 1m 1f Pintail, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Water Rail (Martin Honey)
  • Mayflower Park: Water Rail (Bob Smith)
  • Northolt+ Greenford CP: 7 Egyptian Geese, 6 Snipe, Kestrel, Fieldfare (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Little Owl, Little Egret, 5 Snipe, Kestrel, 5 Meadow Pipit, Skylark over, Grey Wagtail, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Stock Dove, 11 Jackdaw, 10 Herring Gull, Grey Heron & Goldcrest (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: Great White Egret S, ad Caspian Gull (via ELBF)
  • Richmond Park: Pen Ponds- Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, 60 Wigeon, 70 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 3 Teal, Water Rail heard, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard, Kingfisher, 70 Woodpigeon N, 45 Redwing over, 2 Stonechat (J.Wilczur)
  • Sidcup DA15 (Lamorbey Park): 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Peregrines, 1-2 Grey Wagtail, 6+ Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 2 Cormorant NE, Sparrowhawk caught Goldfinch in garden, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Redwing S, male Blackcap briefly (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Great Northern Diver, 5 Black-necked Grebes, drake Scaup (Twitter)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Kingfisher, Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 2 Sparrowhawk (P Kite).
  • Swanley Park: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Cormorant, 2 Shoveller, 5 Teal (4m 1f), Grey wagtail, Sparrowhawk (Andy Meaton)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 2+ Bearded Tits heard on west marsh, 10 Avocet, 150 Dunlin, 110 Redshank, 6 Knot, 6 Turnstone, 3 Shelduck, Wigeon, 100 Teal, 45 Shoveler & 4 Rock Pipit (Andrew Self)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood (LNR): Firecrest (Dave Timms).
  • Thames (Putney- Barnes Bridge): part of WeBS; 391 Mallard, 245 Teal, 34 Tufted Duck, Grey Wagtail (Neil Anderson)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: c300 Lapwing, Little Egret, 2 Wigeon, 2 Water Rail, Snipe, Chiffchaff, 10 Tree sparrow, 7 Yellowhammer, 3 Bullfinch. (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: East Warwick - I Rock Pipit (Mike Messenger); Lockwood - 3 Goldeneye, I Common Sandpiper, I drake Goosander on water and 5 south; West Warwick - I Goldeneye, 3 Stonechat (David Bradshaw & Mike Messenger)
  • Wanstead Park: 239 Gadwall, 7 Wigeon (all waters counted) (Dan Hennessy) f Bullfinch in garden nr Bush Wood (Lindsay Vaughan). The Basin: 6 Egyptian Geese, 191 Gadwall, 17 Pochard (Tim Harris). Heronry: 7 Little Grebe. Also, 83 Jackdaw, 334 Carrion Crow, 24 Magpie into dusk corvid roost (partial count only) (Nick Croft, T Harris), Water Rail, 2 Goldcrest, Teal, 2 Egyptian Goose (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Flats: 45 Gadwall (Dan Hennessy). Jack Snipe (Angel pond), Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 5+ Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 8 Skylark, 13 Linnet, 6 Pochard, Shoveler, Little Grebe, Kestrel (Wanstead Birders)
  • West Drayton (near Heathrow)female Blackcap in garden (Sue Giddens).

Friday 5th December 2014 Edit

  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ealing (W13): Male Blackcap trapped and ringed in garden (Bill Haines)
  • East India Dock Basin: 12 Shelduck, 246 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck (John Archer)
  • Ewell Village: Little Egret again at the Lower Mill mid-morning. also 1 Grey Wagtail (Neil Batten)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 4 Gadwall, 20 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 8+ Goldcrest, Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Lee Valley (Cornmill Meadows): 2 Snipe, 7 Lapwing, 33 Teal, 27 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, Kingfisher, 3 Redpoll (WWT website)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Teal (female type), 7 Snipe, 18 Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Chaffinch, 2 Jay, 4 Jackdaw, 9 Herring Gull & 2 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge). 
  • Richmond Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Saw Pit Plantation 12.45 to 13.30 at least (Nigel Jackman)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: Oystercatcher heard calling overhead at 06.35 (Stuart Fisher)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher at the eastern end of the Lake this morning (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Reservoirs: Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-necked Grebes, ad Mediterranean Gull over Stanwell (Twitter)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 29 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 16 Common Gull, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail (TeRNS)
  • Swanley Park: Shoveler (pair) (Andy Meaton)
  • Wanstead Park: The Basin 183 Gadwall, 5 Wigeon (Dan Hennessy)

Thursday 4th December 2014 Edit

  • Banstead Woods: Woodcock flushed The Scrub (Ian Ward via CFBW blog)
  • Borehamwood: 18 Monk Parakeet - residual colony (Lee G R Evans via Herts BC)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cornmill Gardens: 2 Kingfisher, Pied Wagtail (Tom Moulton)
  • Cowley, Uxbridge: Tawny Owl "singing" at 21.00hrs. probably in wooded area of Cowley Business Park. (Roger Dewey)
  • Eastcote (Field End Road): Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • Lee Valley, Friday Lake: 4 Goosander (all red-heads), Redpoll (Simon Papps)
  • Leyton E11 (Ruckholt Road traffic island): Reed Warbler in Buddleia and calling occasionally, Whitethroat along stream on deck, Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush (Ian Stewart) i avidly check this site daily to check how these guys are getting on! I hope they survive the cold snap or even the winter as a Swallow did in Sussex last year. Hi Stuart (?), I wouldnt usually twitch either warbler species, but I had to check out the area, and a remarkable little area it is! please keep up the reports, both birds- and the Stonechat- seemed well and settled (IS) Hi Ian, thanks will do. I'm quite dedicated to the area now, I had one Whitethroat overwinter into early 2013, atb (Stuart)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Brent Geese(SE 0815hrs), 1 Bittern, 62 Lapwing, 3 Meadow Pipit(W) (Adam Salmon). 4 Pintail, 10 Mandarin, Caspian Gull 2nd winter (R.Kaye)
  • St James's Park: female Mallard with duckling, drake Ruddy Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebes (Andrew Self)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine, Goldcrest showing very well in garden, 2 Redwing NE a.m. (Ian Stewart)
  • Swanscombe: f/1w Black Redstart on foreshore by Ingress Park (Peter Beckenham via Kent OS)
  • Trent Park: 7 Gadwall 1m 6f lower lake - my highest count for site! 4 Mandarin Duck 2m 2f, Curlew heard calling, Woodcock (Robert Callf)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 8 Skylark, 25+ Linnet, male Bullfinch, c20 Yellowhammer, 7+ Reed Bunting (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: 60 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 21 Linnet, 7 Skylark, 10 + Redwing, 5 Pied Wagtail (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 99 Gadwall, 14 Pochard, 4 Shoveler, 20 + Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, m Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail,3 Lesser Redpoll, 20 + Goldfinch, 3 Goldcrest,Redwing (Nick Croft) The Basin: 117 Gadwall, 9 Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe (Dan Hennessy)

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 365 Tufted Duck, 22 Pochard, 3 Water Rail, 7 Snipe, Merlin (fem.) low East at 12.25, 4 Goldcrest, (Roy Beddard)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Danson Park: 9 Egyptian Geese, 3+ Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, adult Yellow Legged Gull, Goldcrest, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Ewell Village: Little Egret present all morning at the Lower Mill, perched on rear fire escape stairs and pecking at own reflection in the office windows! Views behind window down to 2 feet (Neil Batten)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: red-head Smew Mercer's Lake northwest edge (Surrey BC via Twitter)
  • Leyton, Ruckholt Rd.traffic Island : Reed Warbler sp, 2 Common Whitethroat, Stonechat and Grey Wagtail, also flyover RNParakeet (Ken Murray)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Redpoll, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Peregrine, 3 Pintail (Adam Salmon) Bittern, showing well at times, N shore main lake, 1 Common Snipe, 123 Carrion Crow (Martin Honey)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 3 Snipe, 11 Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 73 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: pr Wigeon, Kestrel, Tawny Owl, 2-3 Jackdaw incl ad & 1y feeding on Holme Green area 9 with Carrion_Crow - 1st multiple grounded birds obs'r has seen here, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, 3 Fieldfare, 17 Redwing, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Redpoll (RPBirders)
  • Richmond Park: Dartford Warbler Lawn Field still (BirdGuides)
  • St James's Park: Peregrine hunting voraciously over the Park in the wind and the rain 14:00-15:00, making one attempt after another at taking prey but without success and still hunting when I left (Frank Nugent).
  • Sidcup DA15 (Penhill Park): 4 Fieldfare over (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (Lamorbey Park): 2 Egyptian Geese, male Tufted Duck, Little Grebe lower lake, Peregrine, 8+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine, pair Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Coal Tits (Ian Stewart)
  • Swanley Park: 2 Mute Swan, Teal (m), Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 10 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing (Andy Meaton)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest Sanctuary Wood still (Bon Watts)
  • Trent Park: drake Eurasian Teal, Woodcock (Robin White per RM Callf)
  • Troy Mill Lake nr Maple Cross: 9 Chiffchaff 8 wintering behind Broadwater Sailing Club on Colne & 1 by sailing club east of Troy Mill Pit (Lee G R Evans via Herts BC)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 376 Lapwing, c70 Golden Plover, Common Snipe, Water Rail, 8 Red-legged Partridge, 8 Meadow Pipit, 2 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 15 Gadwall, 2 Bullfinch (Steve Blake)
  • Wimbledon Common: 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Common Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 12 Shoveler (Dave Wills).
  • Worcester Park:Chiffchaff (Bob Smith)
  • Wraysbury GP: Goosander, Red Kite, 2 Chiffchiff (C.Lamsdell)

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 9 Common Snipe, Water Rail. (Steve Blake)
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: 4 Cormorant, male Mandarin Duck, 5 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Gull, 1st-w Herring Gull, adult Lesser Blk-bkd Gull, female Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (Robert Callf)
  • Ewell Village: Little Egret at the Lower Mill 15:00 to 16:00 (Neil Batten).
  • Headstone Moat : Kingfisher (Jon Ridge).
  • Island Barn Reservoir: 33 Barnacle Goose circling 1420-1440 then N (Dave Harris via Surrey BC)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Pintail, 4 Mandarin, Bittern, Chiffchaff (R.Kaye)
  • M11 Chigwell stretch: Common Buzzard- 3 times now over the last fortnight (Barbara Miller)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Kestrel, Redwing & 43 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Common Snipe flew zig-zagging east 08.05, Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: Firecrest early am (Stuart Fisher)
  • Walton Reservoir: 47 Barnacle Goose late aft - permit only (Surrey BC)
  • Wanstead Flats: 51Gadwall, 16 Shoveler, 20 + Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 14-18 Linnet, 7 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 8 Mistle Thrush (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: The Basin 104 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon (Dan Hennessy)

Monday 1st December 2014 Edit

  • Beckton Creekside/ Roding Outfall LT: 14 Gadwall, 40 Mallard, 29 Redshank, 5 drake Shoveler, 380 Teal (Peter Beckenham).
  • Brent Reservoir: Buzzard, 13 Common Snipe, Kingfisher, Goldcrest (Steve Leeke, Andrew Haynes).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Common Gull, Kingfisher, 10 House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: 2 red-head Smew Mercer's Lake (Surrey BC via Twitter)
  • Iver Heath: Blackcap (C.Lamsdell)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern seen by others from Headley hide. 2 Peregrine on Charing Cross Hospital, 1 Sparrowhawk over mobbed by a crow, 1 Mandarin (Martin Honey)
  • Pinner (Grove Avenue Estate): Kingfisher along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 4 Snipe, Kestrel, 14 Meadow Pipit, 12 Jackdaw, 2 Stock Dove, 15 Common Gull, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch & 3 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Ruislip Lido/Woods: 9 Shoveler, 8 Teal (LNR), 2 Little Egret (1 Lido, 1 stream in golf course), m Sparrowhawk, f Kingfisher (LNR), 7 Redwing (Neil Anderson)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: Strangely, no sign of Firecrest this am (Stuart Fisher)
  • Staines Reservoirs; Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-necked Grebes, drake Scaup (Twitter)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret, 2 little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Common Gull, Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff (P Kite).
  • Swanley Park ; 2 Mute Swan, 2 Cormorant, 10 Moorhen, Kestrel, 150+ Starling, 40+ Parakeet, Tawny Owl calling 8pm (Andy Meaton)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Chiffchaff, 2 Little Egret, Red Kite, Peregrine Falcon, 67 Golden Plover, c300 Lapwing. Barnacle Goose (escape). (Steve Blake)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: Common Snipe, 7+ Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting (Robert Callf/Robin White) 
  • Wanstead Flats:44 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 9 Linnet, Fieldfare, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 104 Gadwall, 41 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, Kingfisher, 3 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 40 + Gldfinch, Lesser Redpoll, 4 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, 10 Fieldfare (Nick Croft)

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