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Monday 27th February 2017Edit

  • Ashton Playing Fields: Woodcock low over the M11 rush hour traffic at 06:15 (Mike Harris)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: 1 Little Egret perched in trees near railway line am (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Stonechat, 6 Pintail, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Meadow Pipit (WWT Website)
  • Regent's Park: pr Shelduck, Water Rail still (area 2), Grey Wagtail a11, Pied Wagtail singing a3, Reed Bunting singing a5 (Twitter)

Sunday 26th February 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: c30 Waxwing south over southern end park 10:17 then low over Nightingale Lane in two groups, also Rook (1st site record for ca 2 years), 2 Egyptian Goose Wood Green Res (Bob Watts, Alan Gibson, Gareth Richards)
  • Beddington Park: 3 Kingfisher, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Green Woodpecker, c.60 Redwing, 5 Nuthatch, male Mandarin, usual small tit flocks with Goldcrest and Long-Tailed tits. (Arjun Dutta)
  • Brent Reservoir: drake Scaup, 2 Pintail, 2 Egyptian Geese, Green Sandpiper, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Peregrine, Reed Bunting (Brent Birders)
  • Coppermill Lane Filterbeds: 1st Winter Caspian Gull (Jamie Partridge, Paul Whiteman)
  • Cowley UB8 field opp St Laurence church: 2 Stonechat, Kestrel, Red Kite (Sue Giddens)
  • Fisher's Green (Lea Valley): Smew, Water Rail (RSPB NW London Local Group).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Common Snipe, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff (John Bushell)
  • Hampton Court (Home) Park: c6 Redwing, 3+ Kestrel, 2 or 3 singing Skylark, pair Shoveler (Mat Hare)
  • Hogsmill STW Nature Reserve: pair Shelduck, 5 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 4 Pochard, 7 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron (1 on nest) (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Ickenham Marsh: Buzzard, m Sparrowhawk, 6 Fieldfare, 2 Meadow Pipit (Nigel Dodd)
  • Kew Green: Red Kite heading west at 1.45pm (Tom Smith)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Common Snipe, 4 Stonechat, 1 Water Pipit, 3 Shelduck, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Fieldfare, Bittern, 5 Pintail, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 2 Great Crested Grebe in full courtship display (WWT Website)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 4 Shelduck, c8 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, Goldcrest, singing Chaffinch (David Jeffreys)
  • Mudchute Farm: 43 Redwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush (Sean Huggins)
  • Pinner (Coronation Parade): Little Egret along River Pinn & a Coal Tit (Jon Ridge)
  • Pinner (HA5): 13 Redwing on the field & 2 Goldfinch on feeders (Jon Ridge)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Little Owl, Little Egret, 2 drake Shoveler, 15 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, Grey Wagtail & 99 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Stonechat in the brush by the Pen Ponds (Callum Farrell-Morris)
  • Rotherhithe: 2 first-winter Caspian Gulls on mud by Hilton Hotel mid morning; Kingfisher and Great Spotted Woodpecker Russia Dock Woodland (Rich Bonser, Dante Shepherd)
  • Rye Meads: 2 Green Sandpiper, Water Pipit (RSPB NW London Local Group).
  • Saunders Ness, Isle of Dogs: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (both 1w) (Sean Huggins)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, c42 Lapwing, 6 Skylark, 9 Meadow Pipit, 3 Stonechat, 4+ Reed Bunting (2 singing) (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Thames Barrier Park: adult Mediterranean Gull (Dante Shepherd) Pic here
  • Totteridge Valley: 100+ Crow, 200+ Jackdaw, 12 Common Gull, 2 Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Canada Geese, 100+ Redwing, Red-legged Partridge, Green Woodpecker, Goldfinch, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Stock Dove, Rabbit; Sheepwash Pond 2 Mallard, 2 Coots, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Moorhen (Samuel Levy)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Siberian Chiffchaff (tristis), 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull, 8 Goldeneye, Common Sandpiper, 14 Meadow Pipit, 6 Fieldfare (Jamie Partridge, David Bradshaw, Paul Whiteman, Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: 1 adult Mediterranean Gull still on Western Flats (Bob Vaughan and James Heal), 1 female Red-crested Pochard on Jubilee pond (Jonathan Lethbridge)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Water Rail, Snipe, 2 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 2+ Reed Bunting, 2+ Cetti's Warbler, 2 Great Crested Grebe (courtship display) (Chris Farthing)
  • Wraysbury Gravel Pits: 3 Smew, ad & imm drake & fem. on Heron Lake early pm. (Mike Lewis, per FJM)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: 2 Teal, Heron eating Common Frog (c60 spawn clumps), Red Kite, Kestrel, c200 Common Gull, Little Owl (Neil Anderson); Chiffchaff (Nigel Dodd)
  • Woodford Green: 1 Waxwing with Goldfinches in Fairfield Rd (Joe Dickens)

Saturday 25th February 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: probable 3w Yellow-legged Gull Wood Green Res until 0945 then flew North (Gareth Richards). Also drake Aythya hybrid with c65 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 14 Common Gull Boating Lake, 35+ Redwing mostly golf course (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: drake Scaup, pair Pintail, Oystercatcher, 210 Common Gull, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Andrew Self), same plus a third Cetti's Warbler by North Marsh hide (Roy Beddard)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Goldcrest, 3 Redwing (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Bushy Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3+ Kestrel, c4 Mistle Thrush, Stonechat male, Reed Bunting male (Mat Hare)
  • Dartford Marshes: adult summer Mediterranean Gull in flooded fields by Bob Dunn Way (Richard Bonser, Jamie Partridge)
  • Dollis Valley Greenwalk, Brent Park to Riverside Walk: 3 Little Egret, Kingfisher, 4 Grey Wagtail, c30 Redwing (Frank Nugent).
  • Epping Forest (Highams Park/Woodford Green): Goldcrest, 3 Song Thrush, 8 Lesser Redpoll. 40+ Redwing at Woodford RFC (Mike Smith)
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: 1 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail (Neil Batten)
  • Fairlop Waters: 2 Treecreepers, 3 Stonechats (2 males), 2 Red-legged Partridges.(Alan Bell)
  • Finchley, N3: gdn - Great Spotted Woodpecker, Starling, Stock Dove (Samuel Levy)
  • Gunpowder Park: 2 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 10 Shoveller, 2 singing Skylark, 3/4 singing Song Thrush, pair of Bullfinches (Harry Harrison)
  • Hampstead Heath: Little Owl, 12 Siskin (Matt Evans). Also 157+ Black-headed Gulls, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 150+ Starling, 67 Redwing, 25+ Ring-necked Parakeets, 10 Goldfinch, Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 17 Coot, 36+ Mallard, 56+ Tufted Duck, 10 Moorhen, 6 Common Gulls, 2 Canada Geese, 3 Stock Dove, 7 Shoveler, 2 Kestrel, possible adult Kittiwake on Highgate pond 1, Kingfisher, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Green Woodpecker, 30 Species in total (Samuel Levy)  Where was the Little Owl please (Dave Porritt) - Dave, been out all day, sorry, just saw your message on here. It is in the oak tree along the wire fenceline next to the field fenced off following the pond reconstruction work, to allow the grass to regrow. Behind the boating lake, near the Tumulus. There are two oak trees along the fenceline. It's the one that does not have a carpet of crocuses beneath it. The owl was showing extremely well at 8.15am, in a large hole on the main trunk. Matt. Showing nicely this afternoon (Frank Nugent)
  • Hogsmill STW Nature Reserve: pair Shelduck, 11 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Water Rail, 7650 Black-headed Gull (7450 E), 31 Common Gull (30 E), 495 Herring Gull E, 3 Yellow-legged Gull E (1 ad and 2 2cy), 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull E, 1 Great Black-backed Gull E, 10 Redwing S; also Blackcap in sub-song at Lower Marsh Lane (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Hounslow Heath: Little Egret in River Crane from Baber Bridge, Staines Rd (Neil Anderson)
  • Island Barn Reservoir: 2 Mediterranean Gulls and 1st w Caspian Gull. (Chris Turner)
  • Lamorbey Park: Sparrowhawk, 3 Egyptian Geese, Grey Heron, 12 Tufted Duck, c20 Redwings, Green Woodpecker (Mike Amos).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Water Pipit, 1m Stonechat, 1ad Mediterranean Gull, 1m 1f Shelduck, 1 Redshank (Martin Honey et al.), m Sparrowhawk, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Siskin on the wildside (Charlie Farrell)
  • Northolt Park Station: 46 Redwing and a Fieldfare over my place by this train station, NE purposefully made me watch up (Dan Pinkham)
  • Pear Wood Nature Reserve, Stanmore: 1 Hawfinch, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Red Kite (Adam Wilson)
  • Richmond Park: 14 Shoveler, m Teal, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Grey Heron - 7 pairs nesting, ad Peregrine perched, Buzzard, 5 Water Rail, Woodcock (J.Wilczur)
  • Rotherhithe: 1st-winter Yellow-legged Gull on mud by Hilton Hotel early morning (Richard Bonser)
  • Staines Res: 5 Black-necked Grebe & Slavonian Grebe together South Basin close to causeway, m Scaup (north Basin), 5 Shelduck, c20 Goldeneye, c130 Wigeon, 60+ Pochard, Redshank & m Blackcap in hedge in adjacent Town Lane by Tesco Garage (Neil Anderson)
  • Surbiton Filter Beds: 6 Cormorant, 2 Egyptian Goose, 14 Gadwall, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Little Grebe (Nigel Jackman)
  • Thames Barrier Park: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (2nd-winter and 1st-winter) mid morning (Richard Bonser, Jamie Partride and Jonathan Wasse)
  • Theobalds Park Farm (A10 just N of M25): 103 Golden Plover (Adam Wilson)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 1st winter Caspian Gull, 3rd winter Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 2 Litte Egret, 17 Tree Sparrow, Red Kite, Buzzard. (Tyttenhanger Birders)
  • Uxbridge: 17 Waxwings at 11:50 in Sainsbury’s car park (UB8 1QW) (Steve and Julie Dungey).
  • Walthamstow, Banbury Reservoir area: Curlew NE at 08.30, 32 Redwing, Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush (Stuart Fisher)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: c50 Fieldfare, c40 Redwing front and rear paddocks, c30 Starling, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Egyptian Geese RPs, 1 f/imm Stonechat by the pond on Bomb Crater Field 10:00-11:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Flats: 1 adult Mediterranean Gull (Tony Brown), 2 Skylark on Police Scrape (James Heal).

Friday 24th February 2017Edit

  • Bushy Park: 2 Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, 30+ Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Stock Dove (Ian R Watson)
  • Canons Farm & Banstead Woods: 4 Buzzard, Rook, 14 Nuthatch, 5 Treecreeper, 6 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, 7 Stonechat 4 hither field & 3 reads bottom, 6 Meadow Pipit over, 16 Bullfinch, Linnet over, 10 Redpoll, 4 Siskin (David Campbell, Paul Goodman & Ian Pratley via CFBW blog)
  • City of London (Cheapside): Pair of Kestrel around Bow Church (Charlie Farrell)
  • Connaught Water: rh Smew at far end 1400 (Andrew Allen via EBwS News)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 196 Teal, 2 Shelduck, Grey Wagtail, Little Grebe (Charlie Farrell)
  • Epping Forest (Forest Drive/Oak Hill): f Brambling, 2 Nuthatch, 15 Chaffinch, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Lesser Redpoll low over calling (Vince Kinsler)
  • Epping Forest (Highams Park/Woodford Green): 2 Brambling, 10+ Chaffinch, Goldcrest, 2 GSW, Nuthatch, Wren. 60+ Redwing at Woodford RFC. (Mike Smith)
  • Foots Cray: rh Smew on New Barge Lake at Ruxley Lakes - permit only (BirdGuides)
  • Galleyhill Wood: 3 Red Kite, 7 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 52 Lapwing south, 13 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Pheasant 1 leucistic 1 black, 2 Treecreeper, 2-3 Nuthatch, 4 Coal Tit, 2 Rook, Yellowhammer h, 20 Stock Dove, 6 Redwing, Goldcrest (Nick Croft/Marco Johnson)
  • Grovelands Park: Little Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, 11 Egyptian Goose including female with metal ring No1240736 Robert, likely this is 1420736, ringed by me as a gosling at Osterley Park in 2011, BTO usually manage to sort these out when you report them, for which as always many thanks (Phil Belman), Mandarin Duck 12m 7f, male Pochard, 19 Tufted Duck 10m 9f, 6 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 7 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 4 Chaffinch (Robert Callf)
  • Hackney: 25 Waxwings Rushmore Rd/Digby Rd area 1100 (BirdGuides)
  • Highfield Farm: Little Owl (Rupert Evershed via Herts BC)
  • Highgate, N6: 10 Waxwings at 15:30. Headed off in the direction of Finsbury Park (Duncan Chapman).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Buzzard, 16 Common Snipe, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 2 Brambling, 5 Chaffinch, 6 Reed Buntings (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 2 Teal (1m 1f), 1 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Redwing, 37 Black-headed Gull (Neil Batten)
  • Lea Valley (Cheshunt Lakes): 3 White-fronted Goose in goose_field west of Holyfield Fm still, 107 Wigeon, 3 Goosander, Raven W, 3 Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Siskin, 20 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 4 Red-legged Partridge, Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft/Marco Johnson)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Bittern, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Common Snipe, 5 Pintail, 1 Water Pipit, 1m Stonechat, 2 Kestrel m f, 1 Red Admiral butterfly, 1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite W and 1 Sparrowhawk also reported (Martin Honey); 2 Reed Bunting (Shailesh Patel): 7 Pintail, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Redwing, Brambling E (WWT website)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Peregrine Falcon, 2 Buzzard, Little Owl, 44 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, Cormorant south, 3 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest & 7 Meadow Pipit (Jon Ridge)
  • Primrose Hill: Red Kite yr-1st NW 1040 & Buzzard on same flight path 5min later, 2 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine [1st m quartered Hill & Reg's Pk 0915 till 2nd (prob m) approached fr above then 1st cont'd SSE over Marylebone 0920], c35 Redwing still, 10 Chaffinch & 14 Goldfinch most N/W - vismig 06:30-11:30 (Twitter)
  • Rainham RSPB: 53 Pintail, Water Rail, 2 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Oystercatcher, 6 Curlew, 55 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Dunlin, Jack Snipe, 41 Snipe, Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 2 Bearded Tit, Chiffchaff, 8 Stonechat, 2 Water Pipit (per ELBF Facebook); 2 Short-eared Owl late-pm (BirdGuides)
  • Richmond Park: 5 Stonechat near to Cambrian Gate (including the pale bird previously proven not to be a Stejneger's_Stonechat) (Nigel Jackman); 3 Woodcock (P. Redmond)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Water Pipit still fr gadwall_hide on island no 3 am (A Allen via Twitter); 1-2 Bittern 1st flew fr lee marsh reedbed to kingfisher_hide area & 2nd flew fr ditch betw warbler_hide & turnstile to Draper reedbed (per Vicky Buckel via Herts BC)
  • St James's Park: Common Buzzard NW at 14:35 (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Moor: Water Pipit still (per Surrey BC)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2m Pintail, 2 Scaup, 27 Goldeneye, Slavonian Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebe, Redshank (Dominic Pia via Twitter)
  • The Ridgeway, Mill Hill: Red Kite drifting W being mobbed by Jackdaws 09:48 (Samuel Levy)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Little Egret, 3 drake Mandarin, 9 Teal, 2 Common Buzzard, 4 Redwing, fem Reed Bunting, singing Mistle Thrush (John Colmans)
  • Tufnell Park N19: Male Peregrine trying to catch Redwings over the Tube Station 0800, also 2 Kestrels NW (F Tusa)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Scaup no 5, 11 Goldeneye, 2 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 15 Meadow Pipits Stonechat. Fieldfare; also Weasel along railway track by East Warwick (David Bradshaw, Lol Bodini)
  • Westbourne Park: f Peregrine over (Charlie Farrell)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Snipe, 3 Teal, Reed Bunting, Grey Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler (Chris Farthing)
  • Woodford Green: Firecrest, pair of Collared Dove, 7 Siskin, fem. Sparrowhawk, fem. Peregrine and Goshawk all before 10.30 am. (Ken Murray)

Thursday 23rd February 2017Edit

  • Bromley: Red Kite soaring (being blown) west to east (Nick Smith)
  • Clissold Park, N16: 23 Pochard, 2 Grey Wagtail on Beckmere (R. Daley)
  • Creekmouth: Adult Mediterranean Gull on Thames, 2 Oystercatcher on foreshore (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Crossness: 22 Wigeon, 60 Shoveler, 68 Gadwall, 380 Dunlin, 132 Redshank, 58 Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Stonechat, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam & Bernie Weight)
  • College Farm, Finchley N3: Peregrine low over houses heading South at 0930 (Ben Epstein)
  • Ealing (W13): Pair of Stock Dove in garden - haven't seen them here since last summer, Little Owl alarm calling in or around back garden on Monday night (Bill Haines).
  • Finchley N3: gdn - Starling, 3 Redwing (Samuel Levy)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 19 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, 7 Pied Wagtail (6 S), Redwing S (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Brambling still by EWT centre (Simon Worsfold via Twitter)
  • Little Britain: 3 Little Egret in River Colne (Roger Dewey)
  • Islington: 1+ Waxwing h over St Peters Rd N1 8JS at 1500 (BirdGuides)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Peregrine, 3 Stonechat, 1 Caspian Gull (2nd cy), 6 Fieldfare, 5 Pintail, 1 Kingfisher (WWT Website)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 1 Little Egret, 1 Goldcrest at 0800 (Alastair Dent)
  • Rainham RSPB: 3 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Peregrine m & imm f, 5000 Black-headed Gull through, ad Mediterranean Gull, 1st w Yellow-legged Gull (Howard Vaughan et al via ELBF Facebook)
  • Regent's Park: Water Rail in usual area near bridges and cafe, 57 Redwing, 5 Mistle Thrush (Joe Taylor)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Little Owls heard, Tawny Owl, 3 Woodcock (P. Redmond). Where abouts in the park is the best place to look for woodcocks and little owls [Isaiah Rowe]
  • Ruislip Lido: 2 Jack Snipe (R Middleton).
  • Staines Reservoir: Slavonian Grebe south basin still along west bank pm (Dominic Pia via Twitter)
  • Swanley Park: 4 Egyptian Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 40 Canada Geese, 2 Coot (Andy Meaton)
  • Woodford Green: Firecrest, fem Sparrowhawk, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail this am (Ken Murray); female Smew on small pond opposite Prezzo 7:30 and again at 17:00 (presumably the escapee which had been in the area this time last year) (Joe Dickens)

Wednesday 22nd February 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Siskins in Grove area (Peter Corley) est'd no. pls?
  • Beddington: Iceland Gull (1w), 4 Snipe, 4 Lapwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Meadow Pipit, 8 Water Pipit reported [BirdGuides], singing Goldcrest, Black Swan (Nick Croft with thanks to N Gardner for his help finding the gull)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Goldcrest, 5 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, 10+ Redwing, Song Thrush (Ian R Watson)
  • Clapham Junction: Sparrowhawk low over roof tops- seen from train (Neil Anderson)
  • Downs Road, Hackney: Singing male Goldcrest in back garden Leylandii near junction with Rectory Road (Mike Harris)
  • Ealing (W5): Female Blackcap on fat ball feeder (Catherine Beazley)
  • Ellenbrook Fields CP: 2 Snipe in field nr Astwick Manor (Ian Taylor via Herts BC)
  • Epping Forest (Highams Park/Woodford Green): 2 Brambling, c15 Chaffinch, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldcrest (Mike Smith)
  • Finchley N3: gdn - Stock Dove (Samuel Levy)
  • Finsbury Park: 10+ Waxwing feeding on flowers in tall maple at end of Dulas Street N4 3AF still (Mark Bravery via Twitter) TQ310871
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff (John Bushell)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 14 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Water Rail, 18 Stock Dove, 21 Redwing (13 W and 7 SE), 6 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Marsh Harrier, pr Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, Brambling still, 5 Reed Bunting (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Leyton, adjacent to Jubilee Park: Blackcap calling near dusk from a neighbours garden (Paul Whiteman)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Bittern, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Pintail, 1 Water Pipit (WWT Website); 3 Bittern, 1 Common Snipe, 3 Mandarin 2m f, 1m Kestrel (Martin Honey)
  • Palmers Green: Hedge Lane (Between Hamley Way and Rec. Ground) - 12 Waxwing on Tall Tree before Zebra Crossing 7am (Davey Leach)
  • Pinner (HA5): Sparrowhawk, Goldcrest, Coal Tit & 2 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Rainham RSPB: 3 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, imm m Merlin, m Peregrine, 2 Raven, 2 Water Pipit (Howard Vaughan via ELBF Facebook); 64 Pintail, 4 Pochard, 1000 Lapwing, 4 Curlew, 42 Snipe, 90 Stock Dove, 6 Skylark, 12 Jackdaw, 3m Cetti’s Warbler, Stonechat, 4 Reed Bunting (per ELBF)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Water Rail briefly fr Wetland Pen gate (area 32) at 0715, 7 Redwing (Twitter); first-winter Ring-billed Gull (or hybrid) at lake commuting between bird-feeding spots south of cafe and coming to food 10:00-10:15; I have posted a few record shots [removed] (Joe Taylor) This is a second-winter Herring Gull for me [Dante Shepherd]. Many thanks for the input; I'll remove the photos later [JT].
  • Richmond Park: 7 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit - northern part of park (J.Wilczur)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: rehab'd Bittern (ring [tel:[tel:1500291 1500291] 1500291] - rel'd last Sep) fr warbler_hide then N toward Stanstead Innings 1235, Peregrine over 1015, Water Pipit still fr gadwall_hide 1050 (Jason Ward via Twitter); Curlew S c1120 (RSPB twitter); Common Sandpiper (RSPB online sightings board)
  • St Paul's/Southwark: 4 Peregrines engaged in battle over the Thames (08:55-09:00) - lost over London Bridge station (Charlie Farrell)
  • Southwark Park: 28 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe (John Cadera)
  • Staines Moor: Water Pipit still (BirdGuides)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2m Scaup, Slavonian Grebe & 3 Black-necked Grebe still, Redshank (Dominic Pia via Twitter)
  • Stave Hill/Russia Dock: Firecrest at 10:40, Lesser Black-backed Gull briefly joined by a bird with an almost white head and a yellow leg ring. It looks like the CaspianxHerring Gull hybrid photographed by Richard Bonsor over the weekend. It did not hang around long enough to see the number, Grey Heron, 2 Long-tailed Tit, the remains of a Woodcock were found by the shed this morning possibly the remains of a bird reported in October 2016 (John Cadera)
  • The Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 14 Redwing, Stock Dove (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: 21 Mandarin Duck 13m 8f, 5 Pochard 3m 2f, 8 Tufted Duck 5m 3f, 2 Green Woodpecker, male Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Treecreeper (Robert Callf)
  • Tyttenhanger Farm: 220 Fieldfare in field toward Colney Heath (David Booth via Herts BC)
  • Warley, Woodman Road Cemetery/Chindits Lane: 5 Brambling still (Mark Vale per ELBF Facebook)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Water Rail, 3 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 2 Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Chris Farthing)

Tuesday 21st February 2017Edit

  • Belhus Woods CP: Little Owl calling north of park, pr of Bullfinch, 2 Siskin, 40 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest, 50 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 30 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 singing Stock Dove (Nick Croft)
  • Bloomsbury: Red Kite over UCL 11am mobbed by crows (Evan Landy via Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Nuthatch, 8 Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker all in churchyard area (Simon Worsfold); Water Rail swimming, Green Sandpiper Heron Hide, 2 Cetti's Warbler 1 singing nr main hide and 1 between hides (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Cassiobury Park: Egyptian Goose (3rd park record) Do please look out for BTO rings if new birds are coming in - not too difficult to read if birds are out of the water and coming to bread [Phil Belman], 6 Mandarin reported, Little Egret, Little Owl, Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, 15+ Siskin in alders by c/pk am (Ian Bennell via Twitter)
  • Cely Wood: 3 Lesser Redpoll, singing Stock Dove, singing Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Cranford Park: Buzzard, Kestrel, Stonechat (Sue Giddens)
  • Dollis Brook, Holders Hill: Grey Wagtail, Wren (Samuel Levy)
  • Epping Forest (Highams Park/Woodford Green): Brambling, c15 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 5 Goldcrest; 60+ Redwing and 2 Mistle Thrush at Woodford RFC (Mike Smith) Whereabouts is the Brambling being seen Mike? [Daniel Whitelegg] Between Forest Drive and the main bridleway running to Oak Hill. Also in holly scrub the other side of same BW along the small stream/ditch. There may be a few brambling; the Chaffinches they are with are very flighty but yesterday I had repeat Brambling views after several flushes, only 2 birds at any one time, though I suspect I was seeing at least 3 individuals [MS]
  • Finsbury Park: 15 Waxwing feeding in large maple tree at the end of Dulas Street N4 3AF (Ann Feltham) TQ310871
  • Hillingdon: 2 Red Kite low over the hospital Pield Heath Rd UB8 3NN at 1240 (Wendy Marks)
  • Holyfield Hall Farm: 3 White-fronted Goose still fr road to Fishers Green SC (William Last via Twitter)
  • Ingrebourne Valley LNR: Brambling still by EWT centre, Siskin, 3 singing Reed Bunting, 3 singing Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 16 Redwing, Fieldfare, Stonechat, 3 Water Rail, Buzzard, Kestrel, Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Kentish Town: Red Kite S and Common Buzzard NW over Arctic Street this morning (Pete Mantle)
  • London Wetland Centre: Mediterranean Gull, Caspian Gull 2cy, Bittern, 5 Pintail, Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker (WWT Website); 3 Bittern (2 at Headley & one N shore Res. Lag.), 1f Sparrowhawk (Martin Honey)
  • Palmers Green: 43 Waxwing on corner of Hoppers Road and Bourne Hill feeding on small Hawthorn Bush opposite car wash N13 4LG but flighty 4.30pm. Seen flying after 5 minutes N towards Cranleigh Gardens area. (Davey Leach). TQ312934
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: 4 Water Pipit 0900 by c/pk & pier - permit only (Derek Barker per Berks BN)
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 Marsh Harrier, m Peregrine, 2 Raven, 3 Water Pipit (Howard Vaughan via ELBF Facebook)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Water Pipit still fr gadwall_hide 1210 (BirdGuides)
  • St James's Park: 4 Red-crested Pochard, Kingfisher east-end island, 3 Siskin over (David Darrell-Lambert via Twitter)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2m Scaup north basin, Slavonian Grebe south basin & 2 Black-necked Grebe still 1300 (BirdGuides)
  • Stanwell Moor: Little Owl h paddock area (Dominic Pia via Twitter)
  • Tyttenhanger Farm: 26 Tree Sparrow in hedge by fdr (Rupert Evershed via Herts BC)
  • Walthamstow Filter Beds: ad Mediterranean Gull, Little Egret, 3 Grey Wagtail (Dan Barrett per ELBF Facebook)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 12 Goldeneye, Cetti's Warbler, female Sparrowhawk, 3 Shelduck, 3 Grey Wagtails, 8 Egyptian Geese 4pr including pair with 3 Goslings and Common Buzzard over Blackhorse Rd Station (Julia Richards and Dave Morrison)
  • Wandsworth Common: 2 Egyptian Goose (pair) with 5 goslings (Nick Rutter)
  • Warley, Woodman Road Cemetery/Chindits Lane: 8 Brambling still (Mark Vale, Barry Tranfield per ELBF Facebook)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Shelduck, 3 Teal, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Chris Farthing)

Monday 20th February 2017Edit

  • Abney Park Cemetery: Red Admiral (Dirk Chumley)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Brunswick Park, Barnet: 2 Red Kite heading south (James Palmer)
  • Bushy Park: 3 Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Redwing (calling in Chestnut Ave), Song Thrush (Ian R Watson)
  • Canons Farm: 2m Stonechat Reads Rest Ln (Ian Pratley via CFBW blog)
  • Edmonton Green: Red Kite skimming the rooftops, House Sparrows carrying nest material into the terrace box (A.Middleton)
  • Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield: 100+ Fieldfare, 3 Stonechat 2m f on wire fence around old BT site (Rupert Evershed via Herts BC)
  • Epping Forest (Highams Park/Woodford Green): c20 Chaffinch, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Greenfinch, 4 Nuthatch, c25 Redwing, Lesser Redpoll, 3 Song Thrush (Mike Smith)
  • Ewell: 3 Kestrel together apparently displaying to each other over DW Fitness, Banstead Road 15:00 (Neil Batten)
  • Fairlop Waters: 3 Stonechats (2 males), 8 Egyptian Geese, pair of Long-tailed Tits nest building (Alan Bell)
  • Finsbury Park, N4: 6 Red-crested Pochard 5m f, Red Admiral (Ann Feltham); c12 Waxwings still present this afternoon feeding on large old tree at end of Dulas Street completely oblivious to noisy refuse collection truck operating directly underneath (Geoff Crabtree).
  • Highams Park: Peregrine high over garden heading north about 1pm mobbed by 2 Carrion Crows (Mike Smith)
  • Hilly Fields: Little Egret in stream deep in the woods (Micky Orme)
  • Holyfield Hall Farm: 3 White-fronted Goose still fr Weir hide 1205 (per Herts BN) TL380039
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Bittern (Les Harrison per ELBF Facebook); Water Rail, Buzzard, 3 Peregrine, Stonechat, Brambling (per ELBF)
  • Kensington: High St - Peregrine (flying over near the tube station 9.45) (Ian R Watson)
  • Lamorbey Park: Firecrest showing and singing near entrance, Red Admiral nearby (Tom Clark) Hi Tom which entrance specifically please ? I assume Burnt Oak Lane by the old toilet block [Mike Amos]. Mike park entrance beside church on Halfway street, take path curving left, bird beside closed brick building. [Tom] Hi Tom thanks that is the old toilet block if you didn't know, has moved back to where it was originally found last November [Mike Amos].
  • London Wetland Centre: Bearded Tit heard by Dulverton Hide at 09:45, Yellow-legged Gull 2cy with aberrant bill again, drake Pintail, Sparrowhawk, 4 Common Snipe (Josh Jones); 7 Pintail, Bittern, Redshank, 3 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher (WWT website)
  • Pinner (Marsh Road): Buzzard soaring about half a mile up (Jon Ridge)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 4 Red Kite, male Peregrine Falcon, Little Owl, 2 drake Shoveler, 54 Redwing, 45 Fieldfare, 16 Meadow Pipit, Coal Tit & 10 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Short-eared Owl, 2 Bearded Tit, Brambling (Howard Vaughan); 10 Pintail, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, 4 Avocet, Curlew, 62 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Dunlin (Nick Croft)
  • Regent's Park: migrant f Stonechat in weedy field north of Chat Pen gate (area 39) 1255; 2m Brimstone, 2 Red Admiral (Twitter); no sign of S'chat late-aft (oo)
  • Richmond Park: Buzzard circling over Saw Pit plantation 11.15, Kestrel over Lawn Fields, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tit at Pembroke Lodge (Martin Honey)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Bittern S over Dobbs Weir 0845; 2 Raven SW fr Amwell toward Broxbourne Woods (Toby Spall via Herts BC); Water Pipit still 1350 (Jason Ward via Twitter)
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 64+ Redwing, 5 Pied Wagtail (Robert Callf)
  • Staines Reservoir: Slavonian Grebe still in northwest corner of south basin 1215, also 2 Black-necked Grebes still (BirdGuides)
  • Stanstead Abbotts Lakes: S lake - Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Snipe, N Lake - 2 Oystercatcher (Jane Free via Herts BC)
  • Teddington: 5 Redwing (flying east) (Ian R Watson)
  • The Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 20+ Redwing NW, 5 Ring-necked Parakeets (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: 6 Mandarin Duck 3m 3f, 2 Pochard pr, 9 Tufted Duck 4m 5f, male Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard displaying, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 6 Siskin 4m 2f, male Bullfinch feeding on buds (Robert Callf); 6 Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Presumably the buntings were on adjoining private farmland, not in Trent Park? - R Callf, 25 Redwing, 30 Fieldfare, 10 Tufted Duck 5m 5f, 16 Mandarin 10m 6f, 2 Cormorant, 2 Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pete Lowman)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: m Scaup No 4 still pm (Paul Watts via Twitter)
  • Warley: 3 Nuthatch (1 singing), 13 Brambling 11 in beech and birch trees nr Woodman Rd Cemetery & 2 along Chindits Ln, 3 Chaffinch (Colin Jupp via EBwS News)
  • Waterloo Bridge: 1 Yellow-legged Gull 3cy (Nick Senior)
  • West Thurrock Marshes: 8 Oystercatcher, Turnstone, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 600+ Dunlin, 100+ Redshank, 7 Avocet, 200+ Lapwing, 4 Ringed Plover, Raven, 2 Stonechat, Rock Pipit, Great Crested Grebe, 30+ Shelduck, 100+ Teal (Nick Croft)
  • Woodford Green: Little Egret, Sparrowhawk displaying, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, female Blackcap, Firecrest, 3 Nuthatch, female Brambling, 3 Siskin, and a Brimstone (Ken Murray)

Sunday 19th February 2017Edit

  • Barnet: Bullfinch m, Nuthatch, 2 Redwing, Coal Tit & Goldcrest all seen on Barnet Lane (Simon Worsfold)
  • Brent Reservoir: drake Scaup from main hide, pair Pintail North Marsh, Great Black-backed Gull 2nd-winter, Cetti's Warbler, 35 Redwing (Andrew Self); Green Sandpiper am (Oliver Simms via Twitter)
  • Brompton Cemetery: c30 Redwing, 3 Siskin w/ Goldfinches in alders am (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • Brunswick Park, Barnet: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard singing and drumming along Waterfall Walk 11am (briefly seen but no binoculars as out running), Firecrest heard and briefly seen in holly in similar location when I returned in the afternoon 3pm (no woodpecker) (D Bates) Would that be Mass?
  • Bushey: Singing Skylark over Bushey Cricket club fields adj Hampermill Ln (Richard Francis).
  • Bushy Park: Egyptian Goose pair with 5 goslings (Catherine Beazley)
  • Canons Farm: 9 Buzzard incl 5 poss migrants, fall of 5+ Stonechat (David Campbell, Paul Goodman & Ian Magness via CFBW blog)
  • Claverhambury: 83 Rook in field south of Deer park Wood (Martin Shepherd)
  • Collier Row, Romford: f Blackcap (G J Francis)
  • East Barnet (Oak Hill Park): 40 Redwings East Barnet end [observer?] TQ279945
  • Epping Forest (Highams Park/Woodford Green): 2 Brambling, c25 Chaffinch, Goldcrest, 4 Greenfinch, 4 Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper (Mike Smith)
  • Fetcham Mill Pond: 11 Pochard (David Stubbs via Twitter) TQ159562
  • Finsbury Park: c25 Waxwing still behind Park Tavern/Charteris Rd N4 3AD 08:25 (Twitter); 20 at 11.00 (Jon Agar); 12 in berry tree in Dulas Street 12:10-12:40 spooked by a Sparrowhawk (Paul Collins); 15 in Charteris Rd/Dulas Street 12:30 (G Sawtell)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Little Egret (Conrad Ellam)
  • Greenway adjacent to Olympic Stadium: Kestrel first for a very long time, Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Linnet (Harry Harrison)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Sparrowhawk (female) and Little Grebe (John Bushell and John Tilbrook)
  • Greenwich Peninsula near O2 arena on the foreshore: Caspian Gull 1st winter, Yellow-legged Gull 2nd winter (John Bushell and John Tilbrook)
  • Gunpowder Park: 7+ Skylark (5 singers), 14 Meadow Pipit (9 together), 3 Stonechat, 5 Bullfinch (3 together) (Neville Smith).
  • Heathrow airport: Little Egret in Duke of Northumberland river beside southern perimeter road opposite turning into cargo area (Glyn Nicholson-Ross)
  • Highfield Farm nr Tyttenhanger: Red Kite, ad Peregrine on pylons, 200+ Fieldfare & 300+ Redwing in fields along Nightingale_Ln, 3+ m Yellowhammer singing (Rupert Evershed via Herts BC)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Goldeneye, Red Kite, Stonechat fr Hogg Ln viewing platform in scrub in front of res (Tony Blake via Herts BC)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: Shelduck, 3 Little Egret, Red Kite, pr Raven S 1245, c2 Siskin (Gordon Hay & Ian Kehl via HSP blog)
  • Holyfield Hall Farm: 3 White-fronted Goose 1st winter still, 9 Red-legged Partridge, Common Buzzard, c12 Skylark feeding on fields together with c10 Meadow Pipit, f Stonechat, Yellowhammer (Neville Smith).
  • Hornchurch: 48 Waxwing Park Ln still (per LBF Facebook)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Stonechat (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Islington N1: 1 Waxwing again on Thornhill Road at 10.30 (Jon Agar)
  • Joydens Wood & Chalk Wood: Buzzard, Peregrine, Raven, 30+ Redwing, 3 Siskin (Conrad Ellam)
  • Kensington Gardens: Stock Doves displaying, m Kingfisher still, 4 Nuthatch (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • KGV Reservoir: Drake Smew North basin 0810hrs (Neville Smith)
  • Leatherhead: R Mole - 3 Teal, 3 Goosander, Little Egret, Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff (David Stubbs via Twitter)
  • Leyton (Jubilee Park): 20 Stock Dove (James Palmer)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, Bittern, Peregrine, Jack Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull 2w, Caspian Gull 2w, Kingfisher, Stonechat (WWT website)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: pair Shelduck, 10 Pochard, 8 Shoveler, pair Gadwall; Playing Fields - c10 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, singing Chaffinch (David Jeffreys)
  • Moor Park nr Rickmansworth: 2 Red Kite, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker again h, 12 Redwing (Steve Carter via Herts BC)
  • Pinner Memorial Park: c30 Redwing (Frank Nugent).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 6 Stonechat, Red Kite, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, c20 Meadow Pipit (Frank Nugent); also Jack Snipe flushed from a ditch, 4 drake Teal, Sparrowhawk, 24 Redwing, Green Woodpecker & 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Jon Ridge) - the Stonechats were almost certainly migrant birds with 29 recorded today in the London recording circle (JR) 
  • Rotherhithe: Stave Hill/Russia Dock - Firecrest briefly at 14:00, Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff 1 singing near the crane at Commercial Pier Wharf another singing near the Moby Dick at Greenland Dock, also Grey Wagtail (John Cadera)
  • Rainham RSPB: Avocet, Oystercatcher, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Bearded Tit, Water Pipit (RSPB per ELBF Facebook); 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Black-tailed Godwit (RSPB online sightings page); c1800 Lapwing (Howard Vaughan via RSPB blog); R Thames Purfleet - 14 Shelduck, Little Egret, 82 Wigeon, 57 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 721 Lapwing, 24 Curlew, 643 Dunlin, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (Fraser Simpson via Twitter)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: 64 Shoveler, 2 Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher [gadwall_hide], Lesser Spotted Woodpecker am (Graham White via Twitter); Bittern kingfisher_hide [pm], 3+ Cetti's Warbler (Luke Brooke via Herts BC); 120+ Lapwing, Snipe & Water Pipit gadwall_hide am, Skylark singing over meadow (Simon Hummerstone via Twitter); 3 Shelduck (RSPB twitter)
  • St Albans: 3 Red Kite over Kingsbury, 6 Redwing Victoria PF TL142076 ((Bill Free via Herts BC)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 4 Goosander in relief channel, Jack Snipe 0900hrs, 7 Common Snipe, 11 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat, Chiffchaff, Siskin, Bullfinch, Greenfinch (2 singers) (Neville Smith).
  • Staines Reservoir: Shelduck 5, 14 Goldeneye, 2m Scaup, Slavonian Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebe, Mediterranean Gull ad (Dominic Pia via Twitter)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel (pr displaying), 4 Lapwing, 8 Snipe, Jack Snipe, 7 Skylark (1 singing), 2 Stonechat, Rook, 6 Reed Bunting (2 singing) (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Totteridge Valley: c30 Lapwing flying SW, 8 Linnet flying NW, 3 Stock Dove,1 Collared Dove, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 3 Herring Gull, 2 Song Thrush. (Simon Worsfold); 2 Buzzard, pr Mandarin, Reed Bunting (Andrew Bailey)
  • Tyttenhanger Green nr St Albans: Woodcock nr Hill End Farm (Rupert Evershed via Herts BC)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: m Scaup, 4 Goosander, 11 Goldeneye, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit (David Bradshaw, Pete Lambert).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Stonechat (first migrant birds here), 8–10 Meadow Pipit (Rob Sheldon/Bob Vaughan)
  • Waterworks Nature Reserve: Stonechat (James Palmer)
  • Weald CP: 19 Shoveler, 8 Goosander 5m 3f, Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Mistle Thrush, 3 Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch, m Siskin, pr Bullfinch (Andrew Cox via EBwS News)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Water Rail, Great Crested Grebes in courtship display (Chris Farthing)
  • Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross: 3 Stonechat by rubble heap (Geoff Lapworth via Herts BC)
  • Yeading Brook meadows: 127 Common Gull, Little Owl, Redwing (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 18th February 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Drake Aythya hybrid still present with c60 Tufties & several Pochard Boating Lake, also 35+ Redwing Golf Course, 32+ Common Gull (25+ Wood Green Res & 7 Boating lake), pair of Great Crested Grebe Wood Green Res played with large roach which they eventually let go (Bob Watts)
  • Banstead Woods: 'Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming The Knoll (Andy Keay per Duncan Jennings)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Pintail m f, Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Water Rail, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff (Leo Batten, Roy Beddard)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Broomfield Park, Palmers Green: 6 Waxwing perched in trees and sallying in flight 1445 - 1500 at least (Robert Callf)
  • Brunel University, Uxbridge: 1 Sparrowhawk in thermals over campus (Roger Dewey)
  • Carshalton: 8 Waxwing Wrythe Ln SM5 2RT 09:45 (BirdGuides)
  • Cassiobury Park: Little Owl (Friends of CP twitter)
  • Crayford Marshes: Huge flock of Dunlin and Lapwing [estimates?],.. There must have been at least 200 Dunlin perhaps more.(SW)... Black-tailed Godwit, 17 Redshank, 14 Shelduck, 30 Teal, 10 Wigeon, Gadwall m, Kestrel, 14 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, singing Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Stonechat m, singing Cetti's Warbler (Simon Worsfold)
  • Creekmouth: Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Wagtail (Dave Morrison per ELBF Facebook)
  • Dalston: m Blackcap in garden (Jon Agar)
  • Dulwich: 3+ Waxwing nr town hall SE21 7BT c14:30 (Harry Rutherford via Twitter) TQ330742
  • Erith Riverside: c80 Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Shelduck, Pied Wagtail, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Gull (Simon Worsfold)
  • Fairlop Waters:2 Treecreepers(Alan Bell)
  • Finchley N3: gdn - 3 Stock Dove, Redwing, Starling, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Samuel Levy)
  • Finsbury Park: 50 Waxwing still in tree behind Park Tavern on Charteris Rd 0845 (BirdGuides); 30+ still there at 10.45 feeding on seed heads view from Everleigh St (Dave Jordan); returned to same tree best viewed near cash and carry on Dulas Street 1225 and still present 1245; birds kept appearing until c50 present (Bob Watts)
  • Greenhill Gardens (Barnet/ Totteridge): 20 Canada Geese, 2 Mistle Thrush, Goldfinch, 28 Black-headed Gulls, Coal Tit, 7 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 20+ Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck (the duck that I thought was a female tufted might have been a fudge duck but I am not too sure, it is worth a look though if anyone happens to be going past… it was under the shrubbery on the island in the middle of the pond asleep (Samuel Levy) — do you mean Greenhill Gardens (which is more New Barnet than Totteridge)? Yes my mistake...
  • Greenwich O2: Caspian Gull 1w at 12:20 (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Headstone Moat: 92 Redwing, Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Pied Wagtail & 2 Coot (Jon Ridge)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: pair Shelduck mating before flying off NW, 17 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: 4 Stonechat m 2f Moors & m Middle Farm, 2 Siskin (Gordon Hay via HSP blog)
  • Holyfield Marsh: 3 White-fronted Goose w/Greylags goose_fields c1440 (Graham White via Twitter) TL380039
  • Hornchurch: 20 Waxwing Park Ln (per LBF Facebook)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzards, 7 Common Snipe, f Stonechat, m Brambling (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Lea Valley: Holyfield Hall Farm- 2 White-fronted Goose 1st W behind cafe with feral geese & 5 Red-legged Partridge; Bittern Hide- Water Rail; Fishers Green Lane- 3 Buzzard over fields; Bowyers Lake- redhead Smew; Turnford area- 2 Little Egret & Kingfisher along river (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Lewisham: Blackcap f garden Marsala Road SE13 (Tom Moulton)
  • Leyton Mills: f Stonechat on green fence enclosing small reedy pond near entrance from Ruckholt Rd (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, Jack Snipe main lake, 2 Bittern main lake north shore fr Dulverton & Headley hides, Kingfisher by nesting bank sheltered lagoon, 2 Skylark SE, Redwing, Stonechat, 3 Water Pipit still (WWT website) 1m Kestrel - first for ages (Martin Honey)
  • Minet Country Park: 1 Little Egret, 1 perched Common Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Muntjac (Frank Nugent).
  • Paddington: m Peregrine again on Hilton Metropole ledges early-pm (Des McKanzie via Twitter)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Peregrine Falcon (pair) - the male unsuccessfully smashed into a group of teal, Buzzard, 7 Teal (site count), 2 Shoveler (pair), 35 Jackdaw, Jay, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker & 7 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Plumstead SE18: female Blackcap in garden (Tim Rymer).
  • Rainham RSPB: Water Pipit still fr Ken Barrett hide (BirdGuides)
  • Richmond Park: Peregrine took a Ring-necked Parakeet (S.Read); three sightings of Common Buzzard possibly the same bird, 3 Stonechat and 8 Woodcock (P Davies and P Redmond).
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Oystercatcher from draper hide but mobile 1200hrs, 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Snipe, Water Pipit, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch (Neville Smith); Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting (Eduardo López-Salas).
  • Staines Reservoir: Slavonian Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebes still showing (Simon Worsfold); am - 2m Scaup one on each basin, all three grebes on south basin (Twitter)
  • Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N lake: Oystercatcher, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Jane Free via Herts BC)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park area: 2 Yellow-legged Gull 2w ad on land S of Greenway, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Water Rail, 13 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 13 Little Grebe, Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Bunting (Stuart Fisher)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 2 Water Pipit, 11 Shelduck, Wigeon, Oystercatcher, Avocet, 165 Lapwing, c400 Dunlin, 6 Green Sandpiper, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, Yellow-legged Gull, Stonechat (Andrew Self)
  • Theydon Bois: 2 Stonechat, 2 Buzzard, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Skylark, 17 Meadow Pipit, Teal, Sparrowhawk, c100 Fieldfare, 30+ Redwing, 4 Common Snipe, 4 Rook (Joe Dickens)
  • Tooting Bec Common: Little Owl calling and showing in oaks at east end of green at N end of common by Rastell Ave 5.45pm. Often heard here. (Nick Granger-Taylor)
  • Trent Park: 3 GS Woodpecker, 6 Reed Bunting, 45 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, Nuthatch, 6 Tufted Duck (4m,2f), 9 Mandarin(7m,2f), pair of Teal, 3 Pochard(2m,f), 3 Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker.( Pete Lowman).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs and Willows Farm: (am) main GP - Black-tailed Godwit [colour-ringed], Caspian Gull & Great Black-backed Gull briefly, Kingfisher, 15 Common Snipe, 20+ Tree Sparrow [Tytt Fm]; Fishing L - Oystercatcher, Little Egret (Tyttenhanger Birders); Oystercatcher & Black-tailed Godwit main pit still pm (David Booth via Twitter)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: m Scaup still No 4 1425 (BirdGuides)
  • Wanstead Flats: 21 unidentified grey geese going high NW over Bush Wood, 6 Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, 14 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 3 Gadwall (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park (Bush Wood): 2 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, singing Stock Dove (Nick Croft)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: 1 singing Skylark, 2 Red Kite, 1 Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, 8 Fieldfare, 1 Kestrel, 3 Teal (Frank Nugent).

Friday 17th February 2017Edit

  • Baas Common: Nuthatch, Siskin, pr of displaying Sparrowhawk, pr of Bullfinch, Siskin, Coal Tit (Nick Croft)
  • Broadwater Lake, Harefield: Siberian Chiffchaff P.c.tristis at the north end of the lake behind the yacht club and visiting both the Herts and Middx banks of the river, 7 Common Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, a Cetti's Warbler and a Water Rail also along the river and 10 Goldeneye on the lake (John Edwards).
  • Brookmill Park: Sparrowhawk, Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm & Banstead Woods: Lapwing broadfields, Tawny Owl B'd Wds, f Stonechat & m Reed Bunting reads bottom; Peacock butterfly, Brimstone (Geoff Barter et al via CFBW blog)
  • Cheshunt: 2 White-fronted Goose 1w with Greylag Geese and 5 Red-legged Partridge in fields behind Holyfield Hall Farm shop, drake Smew at north end of Bowyers Water, 4 Buzzard, Goosander (James Palmer/Nick Croft)
  • Collier Row, Romford: 2 Blackcap m f feeding in garden with 5 Starlings and pair of House Sparrows Ferndale Road at 09:10 (G J Francis)
  • Danesmead NR: Calling Tawny Owl, 2 Buzzard, 4 calling Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Siskin, 6 Redwing, 5 Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Eastcote (Abbotsbury Gardens): Red Kite over at 15:32 & 4 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Finchley N3: garden - 3 Stock Dove, 6 Redwing, Starling (1st since at least September), also m Blackcap 15:30 (Samuel Levy)
  • Finsbury Park: 25 Waxwings on Stroud Green Rd then flew to tree behind the Park Tavern Charteris Rd N4 3AD (G Sawtell); still there 11.30 am and opposite Everleigh street (Jim Fell); c20 birds at 2pm were well dispersed around the area in Dulas St/Everleigh St/Tollington Park Rd/Charteris Rd/Regina Rd - I couldn't find where they were feeding though (Chris Farthing)
  • Greenford Park Cemetery: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming in poplar (Roger Dewey)
  • Hampton Wick: Tawny Owl calling in tree by Hampton Wick Surgery 18:00 (Mike Foster)
  • Hornchurch: 1 Waxwing Hornchurch Rd still (BirdGuides)
  • Islington N1: 30 Waxwings still at corner Thornhill Rd and Belitha Villas at 0945 (Jo Dowle)
  • Joydens Wood: Common Buzzard (Patrick English)
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, c12 Tufted Duck, Kingfisher, Stock Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers incl 1 drumming (Mike Amos).
  • Lea Valley Campsite, Sewardstone: drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 singing Goldcrest (Martin Shepherd)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: m Tawny Owl (Gilberts Slade) at dawn, Treecreeper, 7 Egyptian Geese, 34 Gadwall, 18 Shoveler, Grey Wagtail, Great Crested Grebe, 6 singing Song Thrush (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 13 Common Snipe, 2m Stonechat, 1 Bittern, 1f Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Pipit, 3 Shelduck, 4+ singing Cetti's Warbler, 1 Jack Snipe, 33 Cormorant, 4 Pintail 2m 2f (Martin Honey); 2 Bittern (09:34 WWF Hide and 12:20 Headley Hide), 6 Stock Dove, 4 Mandarin Duck 2m 2f (Shailesh Patel); 3 Siskin west route (WWT website)
  • Nine Elms (Riverlight): Grey Wagtail (Neil Anderson)
  • Pinner (HA5): Sparrowhawk over, Coal Tit & 5 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Rainham RSPB: 45 Pintail, Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Peregrine, 3 Avocet, 7 Curlew, 55 Black-tailed Godwit, 600 Dunlin, 35 Snipe, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, 2 Redwing, 5 Stonechat, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Water Pipit (per ELBF Facebook); 2 Bearded Tit (Barry Tranfield per ELBF)
  • Richmond Park: Firecrest (S. Read)
  • Rotherhithe: Stave Hill - Firecrest, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Greenfinch, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest (Richard Page-Jones)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler; Water Vole (RSPB twitter); Great White Egret [belated news] (BirdGuides)
  • St James's Park: Chiffchaff, Peregrine, Red Admiral (Frank Nugent).
  • Sewardstone Marsh, Pattypool Mead: 17 Siskin, 2 Skylark, Bullfinch, 10 Lapwing, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Martin Shepherd)
  • Staines Reservoir: Slavonian Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebe on southern basin, Scaup reported by other birders on northern basin, Red Kite over (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Surbiton: 9 Lapwing roosting by filter beds at Seething Wells 16:00 (Mike Foster)
  • Thorndon CP: north section - 2 Skylark, 3 Coal Tit, 9 Nuthatch (4 Thorndon & 5 Hartswood), 4 Treecreeper (3 Thorndon & 1 Hartswood), 6+ Siskin Hartswood in alders, 10+ Lesser Redpoll nr 2nd car park (Andrew Cox via EBwS News)
  • Tottenham Hale - The Paddocks NR: 2 Chiffchaff 1 singing & another seen nearby (overwintering bird - possible pair), Water Rail, Kingfisher & 4 Teal on River Lea - 12.15-13.00 (Davey Leach).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 14 Lapwing in fields N of Darlands then S, Egyptian Goose, 5 Teal, c100 Common Gull, c130 Redwing, Fieldfare, also Muntjac (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 3 Teal 2m f, 14 Mandarin 10m 4f, 5 Pochard 3m 2f, 7 Tufted Duck 4m 3f, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stock Dove, 3 Song Thrush, Goldcrest (Pete Lowman)
  • Warley Place EWT: 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker 2pr, m Blackcap, 4 Nuthatch 2pr, pr Treecreeper (Graham & Evie Ekins per ELBF Facebook) TQ583910
  • Wallington: (private garden) Brimstone butterfly, 4 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest (Arjun Dutta)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: drake Scaup, 9 Goldeneye, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Goosander, 3 Skylarks (David Bradshaw, Paul Whiteman)
  • Westbourne Park: Grand Union Canal Trelick Tower - Peregrine (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Westminster: 2 Peregrine Westminster Abbey (Frank Nugent).
  • Woodford Green: 92 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush on Woodford RFC lower pitch (Mike Smith)

Thursday 16th February 2017Edit

  • Amwell NR: Oystercatcher Gt Hardmead L (William Last via Herts BC); ad Yellow-legged Gull & Caspian Gull 1w ringed HC5XO fr viewpt 1500 (Adrian Hall via Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: drake Scaup 1245 Northern Reservoir, 65+ Pochard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 5 Snipe, 2 Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler main hide (Roy Beddard)
  • Brookmill Park: Goldcrest, 10 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: 2 Red Kite W 1325 (Steve Gale via Twitter); f Stonechat new in (CFBW blog)
  • Cheshunt: 2 White-fronted Goose with Greylag & Canada geese in fields behind Holyfield Hall Farm shop, 2 Smew Drake at north end of Bowyers water and Red-head on Hooks Marsh, 2 Peregrine on pylons at Hall marsh (J.Murray)  
  • City of London (Southwark Bridge): 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Peregrine on Tate Modern (Charlie Farrell)
  • Creekmaouth: 2 Caspian Gull 1w 2w, 15 Chiffchaff (Paul Hawkins per ELBF Facebook)
  • Finchley N3: gdn - Stock Dove, Redwing, f Blackcap (Samuel Levy)
  • Hampstead Heath: 3 Kingfisher m 2f Sanctuary Pond (Twitter)
  • Harold Hill: 10 Waxwing again Ashton Rd 0915 then flew SW towards Tesco Bryant Ave RM3 0LL (BirdGuides) TQ537906
  • Holmethorpe SPs: 3 Stonechat 2 Moors 1 Middle Farm nr manure heap (Gordon Hay via HSP blog)
  • Hornchurch: 3 Waxwing still at Airfield Way/Heron Way 1605 (Shaun Harvey via Twitter); 14 Waxwing Hornchurch Rd (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Islington: 25-30 Waxwing still in trees around junction Belitha Villas/Thornhill Rd 08.50 (S Osborn)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 7 Pintail, 3 Bittern, Caspian Gull 1w, 4s Song Thrush, 13 Meadow Pipit SE (WWT website)
  • Lord's Cricket Ground: Red Admiral (John Colmans)
  • Primrose Hill: Buzzard yr-1st W to southwest of Hill 1325, m Peregrine S to northeast of Hill 1410 - skywatch 12:30-14:30 (Twitter)
  • Rainham RSPB: 16 Pintail, Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, Peregrine, Avocet, 30 Golden Plover, 3 Curlew, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 42 Snipe, Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 3 Water Pipit (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Rayners Lane (Exeter Road): Red Kite over 14:00 (Tim Rymer)
  • St James's Park: Chiffchaff, 2 Peregrine and Red Admiral (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Reservoir: m Scaup & 2 Black-necked Grebe still (BirdGuides)
  • Thames Ditton: 15 Waxwing N over Greenwood Rd 1530 (Billy Dykes via Twitter)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: m Scaup & 8 Teal on No 4, 2 Common Sandpiper & 3 Goldeneye m 2f on No 5 - 12.15-13.10 (Davey Leach)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 singing Skylark, 3 singing Song Thrush, singing Mistle Thrush, Reed Bunting, 3 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 6 Teal, Little Grebe (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 12 Shoveler, 10 Teal, 10 Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, Goldcrest, 6 singing Song Thrush, singing Blackbird (Nick Croft)
  • Watercress LNR nr St Albans: Water Rail by pond willows, f Kingfisher, 5+ Siskin (Andrew Steele via Twitter)
  • Weald Park: 3 Buzzard over together (Andrew Stroud via EBwS News)
  • Weybridge, Surrey: Red Kite over Weybridge High St 1220 (Lee Dingain via Twitter)

Wednesday 15th February 2017Edit

  • Amwell NR: Caspian Gull 1w nr viewpt 1515 (Alan Ford via Herts BC)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cator Park: 20+ Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crouch End: 32 Waxwing in gdns betw Cecil Park & Elm Grove 0810 then S (BirdGuides) TQ303881
  • Cuddington GC: 3 Waxwing SW toward Nork, Banstead 1045 (Geoff Barter via Twitter) TQ244607
  • Enfield: Freezywater - Chiffchaff in rear garden (Brian Dawton)
  • Greenwich SE10: Blackcap 1 in back garden Woodlands Park Road (Richard Green)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Tufted Duck pair, Pied Wagtail, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting 2 females (John Bushall)
  • Hackney Marsh, River Lea: 20 Mallard, 52 Teal, 9 Gadwall, 9 Tufted Duck, 31 Coot, 21 Moorhen, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Kingfisher, 10 Song Thrush (5 singing), 4 Goldcrest (Marcin Kempa)
  • Heathrow: still c100 Golden Plover in field to left of Hyatt Place Hotel, Bath Rd at 08.30 (Wendy Marks); still there 15:45 but flighty (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Hertford Heath: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling nr Haileybury College but mobile (Roland Power via Herts BC)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 15 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, Kestrel, 2 Water Rail, 9200 Black-headed Gull E, 14 Common Gull E, 1550 Herring Gull E, 21 Lesser Black-backed Gull E, 24 Great Black-backed Gull E, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, 11 Linnet W, 16 Goldfinch (15 NE) (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Islington: c30 Waxwing still in tree junction Belitha Villas/Thornhill Rd N1 1NY at 12:30 (David Robinson) TQ311843
  • Iver Heath: 25 Red Kite (Chris Lamsdell)
  • Lee Valley, Bowyer's Water: Drake Smew at northern end of lake (Jess Clitheroe and Katy Thomas)
  • Lee Valley, Friday Lake: Red-head Smew, 25 Lapwing flying over (Jess Clitheroe and Katy Thomas)
  • Lewisham: Blackcap (f) garden Marsala Rd, SE13 (Tom Moulton)
  • London Wetland Centre: 6 Brent Goose SW, 1 Bittern, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Redshank, 3 Shelduck, 2 Stonechat, 5 Pintail, 21 Redwing (WWT Website); 2 Bittern, 1 Coal Tit, 1f Reed Bunting, 6 Common Snipe (Martin Honey); 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Bittern - the above (Arjun Dutta)
  • Ponders End: Chiffchaff in garden, 25 House Sparrows (A.Middleton)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 10 Pied Wagtail, 62 Coot, 5 Stonechat, 9 Reed Bunting, 18 Cormorant, 3 Curlew, 112 Redshank, 300+ Dunlin, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 90 Teal, 27 Gadwall, 1600 Lapwing, Grey Wagtail, 87 Shelduck, 65 Stock Dove, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 110 Meadow Pipit, 73 Skylark, 612 Starling, 321 Wigeon, Chiffchaff, 5 Kestrel, 34 Snipe, 4 Avocet, Short-eared Owl 12:05, 44 Shoveler, Little Grebe, 8 Pochard, 16 Tufted Duck, 16 Pintail, Sparrowhawk, 4 Brent Goose, 2 Rook, Buzzard (Samuel Levy); 8 Curlew, 60 Golden Plover, 2000 Starling, 2 Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier m 2f (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Rotherhithe: Stave Hill - Firecrest at the usual spot at 08:30 and at the end of the Long Meadow around 13:30, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush singing, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Staines Reservoir: Slavonian Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebe still south basin (Lee Evans via Twitter)
  • Surbiton Filter Beds: 17 Cormorant, 28 Gadwall, 13 Lapwing, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Pochard, 49 Tufted Duck (Nigel Jackman)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Drake Teal, 16 Tufted Duck, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Charlie Farrell)
  • Walton Res: Iceland Gull in evg roost, juv Glaucous Gull - permit only (BirdGuides)
  • Weald Park: 14 Goosander (per ELBF Facebook)
  • West Harrow: 5 Cormorant high to south 07.20 - very scarce here (Alex Massey)
  • West Hyde: 6 Yellowhammer in hedgerow along public footpath (Geoff Young via Herts BC)
  • William Girling Reservoir (Viewing from Mansfield Park) Slavonian Grebe still & 5+ Black-necked Grebes 4.30pm (Davey Leach).
  • Wimbledon Common: Dartford Warbler, 10 Meadow Pipit, 11 Reed Bunting (J.Wilczur)

Tuesday 14th February 2017Edit

  • Banstead Woods: Red Kite W, Buzzard, 12 Nuthatch, 8 Treecreeper, 8 Redwing, f Stonechat Holly Ln Meadow still, 10 Bullfinch, 50 Lesser Redpoll, 14 Siskin, Yellowhammer h over (David Campbell et al via CFBW blog)
  • Battersea New Cemetery Lower Morden: Little Owl (Bob Smith) TQ235673
  • Beddington Park: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Owl - heard not seen, 1 Red Kite S, c20 Teal, Goldcrests, Robins, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Greenfinch, 4 Little Grebe, lots of other small birds (Arjun Dutta) pics here
  • Bowes Park: 20+ Waxwing low over Bowes park train station N11 2QN at 8:26 and then into private gardens along Thorold road N22 where they could be heard but not seen (J.Murray)
  • Brent Reservoir: Drake Scaup still showing. Seen on East Marsh via the viewing platform after crossing the bridge (Simon Worsfold); Green Sandpiper, Litte Egret, Cetti's Warbler - Main Hide 16.30 (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Carshalton: R Wandle - Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (Ian Jones via Twitter)
  • Hainault Forest CP: Buzzard, Coal Tit, Nuthatch (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: pr Stonechat moors (Ray Baker via HSP blog)
  • Hornchurch: 26 Waxwing Airfield Way still (Tom Bell & John Ferguson per ELBF Facebook)
  • Islington: 30 Waxwing Liverpool Rd (BirdGuides)
  • Kensington Gardens: 5 Shoveler, 9 Pochard on Long Water, Nuthatch, singing Coal Tit (Charlie Farrell); 1 Little Owl showing well in trees behind Henry Moore Sculpture at 11:00, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker at Ranger's Hut (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Leatherhead: 2 Common Buzzard circling above M25 - viewed from Randalls Way (Neil Batten)
  • Oxleas Woods: Common Buzzard on roadside tree near Falconwood Station 09:30 (Patrick English)
  • Paddington W2: Edgware Rd - 2 Peregrine on Metropole Hilton ledge at 09:30 (Magnus Andersson)
  • Pinner (HA5): 3 Redwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Rainham RSPB: 30 Black-tailed Godwit (Tom Bell & John Ferguson per ELBF Facebook)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Bittern still fr kingfisher_hide am (RSPB twitter)
  • St Albans: 1 Waxwing briefly in gdn (BirdGuides)
  • Southgate: Bourne Hill - 8 Waxwing on top of tree on corner with Kerry Close N13 4LU 4.45pm (Davey Leach) TQ308936
  • Staines Moor: 2 Red Kite, 2 Kestrel, Peregrine, 8 Skylark, 4 Stonechat, 3 Water Pipit (Robert Martin via Twitter)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Slavonian Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebe, drake Scaup, 10 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 2 Red Kite (Magnus Andersson)
  • Stocker's Lake: 16 Goldeneye 3m 13f, Cetti's Warbler 20ft fr pulpit viewpt (Geoff Lapworth via Herts BC)
  • Thames Barrier Park: 2 Caspian Gull 1w & 3w (Dante Shepherd) Pictures here
  • Theydon Bois: 3 Stonechat, Bullfinch, Skylark (displaying), Reed Bunting, Buzzard, Little Owl (heard) (Joe Dickens)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest ringed male singing Sanctuary Wood 1300 (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: 4 Pochard 2m 2f, 9 Tufted Duck 6m 3f, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Coal Tit incl three together, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Treecreeper, male Siskin (Robert Callf)
  • Troy Mill Lake nr Maple Cross: 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (Paul Lewis via Herts BC)
  • Tufnell Park: Peregrine over the Tube 0820 (Francis Tusa); 8 Redwing still in trees on Brecknock Rd/Hilldrop Rd jn (Reuben Braddock)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Tytt Farm - 8 Tree Sparrow, 3 Reed Bunting; Fishing L - 3 Little Egret, Red Kite; Main GP - 468 Lapwing, Water Rail (TyttGP twitter)
  • Walton Res: 2 Caspian Gull 1w late-pm (BirdGuides)
  • Wanstead Flats: Lapwing, 18 Meadow Pipit, 7 Skylark (2 singing), 2 Reed Bunting, Stonechat, Little Egret, 4 Pochard, 10+ Tufted Duck, 15 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 2 Teal, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, c700 Common Gull (Nick Croft/Rob Sheldon/Sean Kerrigan)
  • Woodford Green: Blackcap f feeding on ivy berries in my garden (Steve Howey)
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret on horse fields (Bob Smith)

Monday 13th February 2017Edit

  • Bounds Green: 16 Waxwing low E over tube station and then over the Tesco express N11 2PP (J.Murray) TQ301912
  • Brent Reservoir: drake Scaup Main Res. close to bridge behind houses (Steve Leeke per Roy Beddard)
  • Broadwater Lake: 14 Chiffchaff by River Colne - 2 singing, 2 Cetti's Warblers singing, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander in River Colne, Cormorants on nests (Roger Dewey)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Goldcrest, 4 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Eastcote (Abbotsbury Gardens): Red Kite over at 10:09 (Jon Ridge)
  • Fulham: Red Kite west over River Thames at 12:06 (Josh Jones)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 19 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 6400 Black-headed Gull (6200 E), 47 Common Gull (45 E), 300 Herring Gull E, 2 ad Yellow-legged Gull NE, 28 Lesser Black-backed Gull (25 E), 15 Stock Dove, 6 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: m Peregrine, Stonechat, 4 Crossbill incl 2+m E over Middle Farm (Ray Baker via HSP blog)
  • Home Park: 1 Little Egret, 7 Pheasant (2m and 5f) (Nigel Jackman)
  • Hornchurch: 26 Waxwing Airfield Way still (Shaun Harvey per ELBF Facebook)
  • Isle of Dogs: 16 Monk Parakeets on feeders in East Ferry Rd garden (Sean Huggins)
  • London Wetland Centre: Yellow-legged Gull 2cy (with aberrant bill - also seen in east London from August 2016 - February 2017), Water Pipit, 2 Peregrine, Common Buzzard high south at 11:49 (Josh Jones)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite over at 10:52 - while goofing around on the PC : ) (Jon Ridge)
  • Rainham RSPB: 4 White-fronted Goose still (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Redhill Common: Firecrest (per Surrey BC) TQ272496
  • Rotherhithe: Southwark Park: 3 Little Grebe, Grey Heron, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 1 Egyptian Goose,(John & Janet Cadera)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Bittern and Kingfisher from Kingfisher Hide, also Water Pipit, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Lapwing, Buzzard (Ben Epstein)
  • St. James's Park: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine probable male came in from NW and dived down near east end of Birdcage Walk at 16.45 (Colin and Thomas Brooks)
  • Staines Reservoir: m Scaup, Slavonian Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebe still 1205 (BirdGuides)
  • Stoke Newington: c20 Waxwing Queen Elizabeth's Walk in back gdns till 1610 at least - view fr Clissold Park or Acacia Hse (BirdGuides)
  • Thames Barrier Park: 1 third-winter Caspian Gull (Dante Shepherd)
  • Turnford: 7 Waxwing at [New River Arms] rbt EN10 6DB still 0715 (Roland Power via Herts BC) TL364047
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Stonechat m f still (per Walthamstow Birders blog)
  • Walton Downs: 17 Lapwing on ploughed field am (Steve Gale via Twitter)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Reed Bunting, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 15 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 20 Tufted Duck, 13 Herring Gull, Little Grebe (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: singing Siskin, Goldcrest, 4 Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 7 Gadwall, 33 Shoveler, Teal, 11 Tufted Duck (Nick Croft)
  • Wembley Park: Red Kite over Barn Hill area at 12:10, also Common Buzzard over (Joe Taylor)
  • William Girling Reservoir: Slavonian Grebe fr Mansfield Pk still, 7 Black-necked Grebe (BirdGuides)
  • Wimbledon Common: Jack Snipe (David Wills).
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Shelduck, 2 Teal, Water Rail, 4 Redwing (Chris Farthing & Tony Butler)

Sunday 12th February 2017Edit

  • Amwell NR: red-head Smew Gt Hardmead L south end (Allan Meadows vie Herts BC)
  • Banstead Woods: Red Kite over 1405 (Gloria Saunders via CFBW blog
  • Beckton SW: Turnstone, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Egyptian Goose, Pheasant (Dave Morrison via Twitter)
  • Belhus Woods CP: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Firecrest, 6 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 16 Siskin, Nuthatch, Yellowhammer, Skylark, 2 Bullfinch, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, Kingfisher, 4 Snipe, 3 Lapwing, 2 Water Rail, 28 Shoveler, 22 Gadwall, 35 Teal, 30 Pochard, 15 Wigeon (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Bow E3: Antill Rd - male Blackcap in garden, been present most weeks since beginning of December (Harry Harrison)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Snipe, Water Rail, 15 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare, m Scaup North Marsh opp. public hide & viewing platform 11:45, Red Kite NW 11:30 (Brent Birders) Scaup NOT relocated in the afternoon.
  • Broadwater: 4 Goosander 2m 2f on R Colne fr bridge, also 21 Goldeneye 4m 17f on lake (Chris Sharp via Twitter)
  • Buckhurst Hill: pr Bullfinch (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Chelsea Bridge: Mediterranean Gull ad east, Yellow-legged Gull 3cy (Nick Senior)
  • Creekmouth, Barking: 3 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Caspian Gull (Paul Hawkins via Twitter)
  • Dartford Marshes: Caspian Gull 1w mid-aft'n (BirdGuides)
  • Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield: f Stonechat Oakland Ln end (John Yates via Herts BC)
  • Epping Forest, Whitehall Rd: 9 Jays. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Fairlop Waters: 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Woodcock, 11 Snipe, 28 Pochard (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Greenwich Peninsula & Ecology Park: 2 Peregrine, Red Kite, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Grey Wagtail (George Kalli)
  • Gutteridge Wood: Firecrest (G Westley); Little Egret (Nigel Dodd)
  • Harrow HA1: Grafton Rd - Blackcap (m) in garden since December (Steve Shahbazian)
  • Highams Park/Woodford Green: 20+ Redwing in Vincent Rd open space, 75+ Redwing 30+ in The Highams Park and c44 on Woodford Rugby Club lower pitch (Mike Smith)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 8 Gadwall, 33 Teal, 4 Wigeon, 17 Shoveler, 33 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 7250 Black-headed Gull (6200 E), 14 Common Gull (13 E), 1100 Herring Gull (970 E), 32 Lesser Black-backed Gull (6 over), 10 Great Black-backed Gull E, 6 Grey Wagtail, 8 Pied Wagtail, 15 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki, John Gale)
  • Hornchurch: 37 Waxwing 26 Airfield Way & 11 'Gl' pub (Shaun Harvey per ELBF Facebook)
  • Isle of Dogs: 40 Redwing at Mudchute Farm, 2 Egyptian Geese at Great Eastern launch site (Sean Huggins)
  • KGV Res: Black-necked Grebe, 50 Linnets, 3 Meadow Pipits, 3 Goosander, Green Sandpiper in channel by Wharf Road (A. Middleton)
  • Lee Valley, Holyfield Lake/Hayes Hill Farm: 8 Goosander (3m 5f), 16 Shoveler, 85 Lapwing, 400+ Jackdaw. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Lee Valley, Friday Lake: 3 Smew (adult drake and 2 red-heads) (Simon Papps)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Bittern, 15 Redwing, 7 Pintail, 2 Snipe, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Shelduck (WWT Website)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Little Egret, 5 Chiffchaff, 12 Teal, 6 Gadwall, Pochard, Grey Wagtail, 14 Redwing and Peregrine (Frank Nugent).
  • Moor Park nr Rickmansworth: 2 Red Kite, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker h & seen briefly, Marsh Tit, c75 Redwing (Steve Carter via Herts BC)
  • Morden Park: Little Egret (Roger Bade)
  • Panshanger Park: 97 Siskin in alder & silver birch (Tim Hill via Herts BC)
  • Poulter Park: (as per recently) 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 vocal Firecrest and 6 Goldcrest in mixed flock with 13 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Sparrowhawk, Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Robin - all near wooden bridge by Wandle (Arjun Dutta)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 14 Avocet, 2 Short-eared Owl, Curlew all seen at noon-ish while tide was on the turn along the river and in Aveley Bay; inside the reserve 4 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, thousands of Lapwing and a sprinkle of Golden Plover (Terence Baker); R Thames Purfleet: Rock Pipit, 14 Avocet, 2 Grey Plover, 113 Golden Plover, 14 Curlew, 887 Dunlin, 661 Lapwing, ad m Marsh Harrier (Fraser Simpson via Twitter); 5 White-fronted Goose still, 200 Wigeon, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2000 Lapwing, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Raven (John McLaughlin via ELBwS website); Lesser Redpoll (Howard Vaughan via ELBF Facebook); Turnstone, 2ad Yellow-legged Gull (per ELBF Facebook); 14 Corn Bunting (per RSPB online sightings board)
  • Roding Valley Meadows NR: Kestrel, 2 Snipe, 12 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 6 Redwing, 2m Blackcap, 6 Rook, 6 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Ruislip Lido: 1 Jack Snipe from Boathouse (R. Middleton).
  • Rye Meads RSPB: 3 Bearded Tit 2m f (m&f ringed & 2nd m controlled), Water Pipit fr gadwall_hide (Vicky Buckel via Herts BC)
  • Staines Reservoir: Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, 2m Scaup, 11 Goldeneye, Redshank (Thomas Gibson); WeBS - 2 Black-necked Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 12 Great Crested Grebe, Mediterranean Gull, Redshank, 164 Pochard, 171 Tufted Duck, 39 Goldeneye, 282 Wigeon, 50 Teal (Allan Goddard via Twitter)
  • Surbiton Filter Beds: 16 Cormorant, 8 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Gadwall (Nigel Jackman)
  • Ten Acre Wood Area: Red Kite, Buzzard, 130 Lapwing 50 on site & another flock of 80 Lapwing flew over from west but didn't land, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rook (Nigel Dodd)
  • Thames (Putney-Barnes Bridges) WeBS: 24 Cormorant, 3 Heron, 3 Mute Swan, 138 Canada Goose, 4 Egyptian Goose, 315 Mallard. 282 Teal, 22 Gadwall, 22 Tufted Duck, c1750 Black-headed Gull, 28 Common Gull, 141 Herring Gull. 19 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail (Neil Anderson)
  • Thorndon CP: north section - 2 Nuthatch, 15+ Goldfinch, 100+ Lesser Redpoll in birches nr 2nd car park, 2 Bullfinch h (Andrew Cox via ELBwS website)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs, East Warwick: 1m Goldeneye. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wanstead Flats: WeBS - 593 Common Gull, 206 Black-headed Gull, 22 Mute Swan, 60 Greylag Goose, 221 Canada Goose, 77 Mallard, 18 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 15 Tufted Duck, 84 Coot, 36 Moorhen, also 11 Skylark, 19 Meadow Pipit, 7 Reed Bunting, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing, Stonechat (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Pheasant still in paddock, 22 Redwing (Rob Sheldon); Wigeon, Coal Tit (Tim Harris); Peregrine (Bob Vaughan)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: Jack Snipe (Nigel Dodd)

Saturday 11th February 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Meadow Pipit, 40+ Redwing mostly near Rose Garden, Aythya hybrid Boating Lake, Kingfisher heard (Alan Gibson, Bob Watts)
  • Amwell: 1 Marsh Tit (by James Hide), 30 Siskin, 90 Lapwing, 3 Reed Bunting, 1m Sparrowhawk. (Daniel Whitelegg
  • Brent Reservoir: 240+ Tufted Duck, 70+ Pochard, 11 Common Snipe, Cetti's Warbler, Skylark on West Hendon Playing Fields (Roy Beddard)
  • Broadwater Lake: 2 Goosander on River Colne (Michael Robinson)
  • Broomfield Park, Palmers Green: 2 adult Mute Swan incl one with orange darvic 4AHK, 39 Canada Goose incl one metal ring no 5261285, 3 Shoveler 1m 2f, 5 Tufted Duck 3m 2f, 10 Moorhen, 7 Coot, adult Black-headed Gull yellow darvic ring 2BKT, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, 5 Redwing, 73+ Starling, 16 Goldfinch feeding in birches near crazy golf course (Robert Callf)
  • Creekmouth: 2 first-winter Caspian Gull (Dante Shepherd, Jamie Partridge) Pictures here; adult winter Mediterranean Gull and second-winter Yellow-legged Gull from east side (Sean Huggins)
  • Finchley N3: gdn - 2 Stock Dove (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: pair Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Snipe, 60+ Goldfinch (John Bushell)
  • Hampstead Heath: 22 Coot, 30+ Ring-necked Parakeets, 9 Shoveler, 127+ Black-headed Gull, 42 Tufted Duck, 15 Blackbird, 27 Goldfinch, 2 Nuthatch, Grey Heron, 20 Long-tailed Tits, Mistle Thrush, 2 Eygptian Geese, 3 Cormorant, 2 Coal Tit, 36+ Common Gull, 82 Redwing, 213 Starling, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Greenfinch, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, Chaffinch, 2 Stock Dove, 10 Siskin, Lesser Redpoll​, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 4 Canada Geese. 43 Species in Total (Samuel Levy)
  • Hogsmill STW Nature Reserve: 14 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 14350 Black-headed Gull (13600 E), 32 Common Gull (25 E), 3650 Herring Gull E, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull (18 E), 10 Great Black-backed Gull E, 10 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Holland Park: c30 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare sports field (David Jeffreys)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: Dark-bellied Brent Goose WC1 lagoon at dawn (Gordon Hay via HSP blog)
  • Hornchurch: 32 Waxwing still on South End Rd at junction with Airfield Way at c.11:30 though flighty also apparently eating snow on the wing (Joe Taylor); 23 Waxwing Osborne Rd - different flock (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Lamorbey Park: Little Grebe, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Cormorant, c9 Tufted Duck, Kingfisher (Mike Amos)
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley: Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Spottd Woodpeckers, 3 Treecreepers, 4 Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Wrens, Water Rail along river adjacent to the farm, 8 Grey Herons, Kingfisher Gadwall, 2 Red Kites (Sue Giddens).
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 (possibly 4) Bittern, 2 Water Pipit, 10 Mandarin 5pr, 7 Pintail, 1m Stonechat, 1m Reed Bunting, Cormorant caught and tried to swallow a 2ft eel (failed - eel injured), Grey Heron caught and ate a Short-tailed Field Vole, Moorhen eating a small Perch, Tufted X Pochard hybrid, 2 Peregrine, Kingfisher also seen (Martin Honey)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Short-eared Owl 3pm (Sean Huggins); 5 White-fronted Goose still, 2 Grey Plover (BirdGuides); R Thames Purfleet - 4 Gadwall, 15 Avocet, 1 Grey Plover, 62 Golden Plover, 219 Lapwing, 9 Curlew, 221 Dunlin, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (Fraser Simpson via Twitter)
  • Rammey Marsh: Stonechat (Neville Smith).
  • Richmond Park: 114 Shoveler, 11 Mandarin (Isabella), 11 Meadow Pipit, m Stonechat seen on quick visit (Neil Anderson); 133 Shoveler (S Woolfenden) More Shoveler must have flown in after my visit [NA]
  • Staines Reservoir: 2m Scaup north basin southeast section, Slavonian Grebe south basin east bank (per Dave Harris via Twitter); 2 Black-necked Grebe still (BirdGuides)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Marsh Harrier, 3 Green Sandpiper, adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Water Pipit, Raven (Andrew Self)
  • Trent Park: Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, Goldcrest, 2 Stock Dove, 5 Tufted Duck 3m 2f, 4 Pochard 3m f (Pete Lowman)
  • Victoria Park: Little Grebe, 19 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard, 25 Gadwall, 4 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Shoveler, Song Thrush, 193 Redwing (Harry Harrison)
  • Wanstead Park: Pheasant in OSW Paddock (Bob Vaughan)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Redwing (Chris Farthing)
  • Woodford Green: c112 Redwing on Woodford Rugby Club lower pitch (Mike Smith)

Friday 10th February 2017Edit

  • Croydon: Ashburton Pk - c120 Redwing 1500 (Ian Young via Twitter) TQ347669
  • Dulwich Park: Siskin and Lesser Redpoll flock of 15, 6 Redwing, 4 Shoveler (Dave Clark)
  • Dulwich Sports Ground SE21: c280 Redwing (Dave Clark) TQ326736
  • Greenwich: Tunnel Ave - Blackcap male (Richard Green)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Common Snipe, Tufted Duck pair, Little Grebe pair, Kestrel, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting pair, 40+ Goldfinch (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Hainault Forest CP: 8 Tufted Duck, Pochard, 7 Shoveler, 4 Cormorant, Water Rail (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Heathrow: 141 Golden Plover in field next to Hyatt Hotel north of A4 (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Hogsmill STW Nature Reserve: 13 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, Sparrowhawk, 10500 Black-headed Gull (10150 E), 15 Common Gull (14 E), 1700 Herring Gull E, 24 Lesser Black-backed Gull (22 E), 6 Great Black-backed Gull (5 E), 11 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Hornchurch: 26 Waxwing still Airfield Way/South End Rd jn (BirdGuides) TQ527845
  • Ilford, South Park: Ad Mediterranean Gull. In response to a query on twitter, the bird was unringed, so unfortunately not Valentino (Adam Winstanley)
  • Isle of Dogs: ad Mediterranean Gull Saunders Ness on Thames foreshore 8am (Tom Speller via Twitter)
  • Lea Valley - Netherhall/Glen Faba: 1 Red Kite, 3 Bullfinch, 7 Siskin, 30 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Egret, 9 Pochard, 62 Tufted Duck (Nigel May)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Water Pipit, 2 Shelduck and 6 Pintail (Shailesh Patel); 2 Bittern main lake north shore & sheltered lagoon, Stonechat (WWT website)
  • North Met Pit: 4 Goosander m 3rh, Goldeneye, 2 Egyptian Goose, Siskin; Muntjac (Dave Morrison & Katy Thomas via Twitter)
  • Poulter Park: Siberian Chiffchaff again as 7 & 14 Jan by R Wandle nr wooden bridge on east side of Pk am (BirdGuides)
  • Rainham RSPB: Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, Little Egret, Buzzard, 14 Avocet, 18 Golden Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 8 Curlew, 600 Dunlin, 2 Caspian Gull 1w, 2ad Yellow-legged Gull, 78 Great Black-backed Gull, Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl (Howard Vaughan et al via ELBF Facebook)
  • Ravenor Park (Greenford): Green Woodpecker, 9 Redwing, Fieldfare (Kathryn Bull)
  • Richmond Park: m Peregrine, 99 Shoveler, 10 Reed Bunting (J.Wilczur, S.Woolfenden)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Caspian Gull (per RSPB online sightings board) The reserve is fully open tomorrow.
  • Stocker's Lake: Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Red-crested Pochard, Goldeneye, Siskin, Water Rail, Wigeon, Red Kite, Egyptian Goose (Chris Sharp via Twitter)
  • Trent Park: 2 Kestrel, m Sparrowhawk, 30 Goldfinch, 5 Pochard 3m 2f, 11 Mandarin 8m 3f, 7 Tufted Duck 5m 2f, m Teal, Song Thrush (Pete Lowman)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 3 Little Egret, Water Rail, Green Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, c25 Skylark, c200 Fieldfare, c10 Tree Sparrow, 27 Linnet (per TyttGP twitter)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: drake Scaup & 4 Goosander 2pr on No 4; pair of Goldeneye and 40 Fieldfare on Lockwood (David Bradshaw).
  • Wanstead Flats: 14 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, Stonechat, 2 Redwing, 16 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, Teal (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: m Pheasant in paddock for 3rd day, Kingfisher (Sean Kerrigan); 8 Goldcrest, Great Crested Grebe, 16 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 14 Tufted Duck (Nick Croft)
  • Weald CP: 12 Shoveler, 8 Goosander 2m 6f, Red Kite, pr Raven (Andy McGeeney per ELBF Facebook)
  • Whitton: Nelson School playing field - 25 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, 100+ Starling (Tony Leppard)

Thursday 9th February 2017Edit

  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Goldcrest, 5 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chipping Barnet: Fem. Blackcap feeding on Sunflower kernels in private garden, visiting daily for past month (Roy Beddard)
  • Chiswick Eyot: Caspian Gull 2cy, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Snipe (Louis Freeland-Haynes)
  • Creekmouth: 2 Caspian Gull ad 1w (BirdGuides)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Chiffchaff, 40 Goldfinch (John Bushell)
  • Hackney Downs: 20 Redwing in trees along Downs Road at 09:00 (Mike Harris)
  • Hoddesdon (Barclay Park): 25+ Fieldfare, 75+ Redwing incl adj fields, 25+ Siskin on alders nr lake (Julia McDonnell via Herts BC) TL369085
  • Hogsmill STW Nature Reserve: 2 Greylag Goose E, pair Shelduck, 9 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, Kestrel, 11200 Black-headed Gull (10800 E), 1140 Herring Gull E, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull (6 E), Great Black-backed Gull E, 10 Common Gull E, 8 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: 2 Little Egret, Stonechat, c20 Siskin (Ray Baker via HSP blog)
  • Hornchurch: Little Egret flew NW over Wingletye Lane at 11:30 (G J Francis)
  • Kensal Green and St Mary's Cemeteries: 70 Redwing, 30 Fieldfare, 5 Green Woodpecker (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Lewisham: Ashmead Rd SE8 - Male Blackcap in private garden (Conrad Ellam)
  • London Wetland Centre: Caspian Gull 2cy - also seen in January, 130 Herring Gull (J.Wilczur); 2 Water Pipit, only 2 Snipe located, 2 Shelduck m f, good views of Cetti's Warbler near WWF hide, 1 Peregrine in Charge. X (Martin Honey); 2 Bittern still (WWT website)
  • Merstham: 8 Waxwing feeding nr 33 Radstock Way RH1 3NF [belated report - berries now gone] (per Surrey BC) TQ296532
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 1 Little Egret on the river, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff at 0915 (Alastair Dent)
  • Pinner HA5: Coal Tit exploring the plants just under the kitchen windowsill (Jon Ridge)
  • Rainham RSPB: ad Little Gull (Howard Vaughan et al via ELBF Facebook); Black-bellied Brent Goose, Short-eared Owl (BirdGuides)
  • Regent's Park: ad. Yellow-legged Gull on lake this morning (Joe Taylor)
  • Snaresbrook: Eagle Pond - 33 Shoveler, 49 Gadwall at dawn (Stuart Fisher)
  • Staines Moor: Jack Snipe, Water Pipit by R Colne 1300 (BirdGuides)
  • Staines Reservoir: Scaup still N basin, Slavonian Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebe still S basin by causeway 0750 (Mark Elsoffer/Dan Pinkham via Twitter)
  • Thames Barrier: Caspian Gull 3w pm (BirdGuides)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest calling and seen briefly 0745 Sanctuary Wood (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: 2 Teal pair, 5 Pochard 3m 2f, 2 Goosander pair, Common Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Goldcrest, 4 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow FB: f Black Redstart still - view fr Coppermill Ln, 3 Grey Wagtail (per BirdGuides/ELBF Facebook)
  • Willesden Green Underground Station: a Grey Wagtail by the bike racks mid-pm (Les Burrows)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Water Rail, Coal Tit, 3 Redwing (Chris Farthing)
  • Yeading Valley (Minet CP): Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, c20 Linnet, c30 Goldfinch, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker (Dave Bookless)

Wednesday 8th February 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Palace: In garden half-mile north of park - 1 male Blackcap - regularly seen on bird table this week (Greg Smith); Peregrine flying low W along Alexandra Park Road 9am (Andrew Bailey).
  • Bentley Priory: Flock of 33 Redpoll at top end of Spring Common. Previous highest count 4 (Richard Francis).
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: 1 imm Grey Heron, Egyptian Goose, 3 Shoveler 2m 1f, 19 Tufted Duck 11m 8f, pair Collared Dove, 9 Siskin 7m 2f, 4 Goldfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Canons Farm: 6 Treecreeper, 70 Fieldfare, c400 Redwing, 150 Linnet, 17 Redpoll ruffett wd (David Campbell & Duncan Jennings via CF&BW blog)
  • Charing Cross Hospital: 3 Peregrine Falcon (last year young still present, seen trying to engage in courtship display with his mother) (public site) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Creekmouth: c340 Teal, 1 Turnstone, 1 Grey Plover, 60 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Caspian Gull 2 2cy Ad, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Rock Pipit early movers perhaps, 21 Chiffchaff, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff (Nick Senior)
  • Dungeon Hill: 9 Linnet yr-1st wheatear_meadow (per Dungeon Hill & Scratch Wood blog) TQ269595
  • Eastcote (Field End Recreation Ground): 50 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Tim Rymer).
  • Epping Forest (Highams Park/Woodford Green): Firecrest, loosely associated with c10 Long-tailed Tits, Sparrowhawk (Mike Smith)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Tufted Duck pair, 2 Chiffchaff, 30+ Goldfinch (John Bushell)
  • Hackney Downs: Little Egret amongst Common Gulls 10:10-10:25 before being chased off by dog (Sue Barry)
  • Heathrow: c100 Golden Plover in field opposite Compass Centre, Bath Rd (Wendy Marks); 150 Golden Plover present at 14:20 (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Hogsmill STW Nature Reserve: 9 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, Snipe, 5000 Black-headed Gull (4800 E), 775 Herring Gull E, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull over, 3 Great Black-backed Gull E, 6 Common Gull E, 4 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Hornchurch: 25+ Waxwing again Airfield Way; 6 Waxwing Roneo Cnr (Martin Blow per ELBF Facebook)
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 Bittern, 2 Peregrine, 6 Snipe, 3 Shelduck, 5 Pintail, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Redpoll, 1 Chiffchaff (WWT Website)
  • Lower Morden: Little Egret on Pyl Brook (Bob Smith)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 5 Redwing in treetops, 3 Goldcrest at 0830 (Alastair Dent)
  • Pinner (HA5): male Great Spotted Woodpecker - the red is just starting to come through on the back of the head, so I assume this must be a first-winter, Goldcrest, Coal Tit & Redwing (Jon Ridge)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, m Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 4 Avocet, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, Snipe, 200+ Dunlin, 9 Ringed Plover, 3 Rock Pipit, 25+ Meadow Pipit, 20+ Skylark, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 m Stonechat, 3 Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker, 20 Pintail (Nick Croft); R Thames Purfleet - Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 406 Lapwing, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, 558 Dunlin, Chiffchaff (Fraser Simpson via Twitter)
  • Rotherhithe: Stave Hill - Firecrest showing well around the entrance to the ecology park 11:30-13:30, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (one drumming), 7 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, Pied Wagtail, 4 Greenfinch (John Cadera & Richard Page-Jones)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Bittern arr'd fr Kingfisher_hide dir'n 1710 to roost in 'C6' (Vicky Buckel via Twitter)
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 110+ Redwing, Song Thrush (Robert Callf)
  • Southgate, Grovelands Park, N14: Female Smew (origin?), 14 Siskin feeding in Alders, 10 Mandarin Ducks 7m 3f, 11 Egyptian Geese (Golf area), No time to check for Firecrest(s) (Bob Husband & Mike Cawthorne)
  • Staines Moor: pm. Buzzard, Kestrel, 6 Meadow Pipits, 1 Water Pipit, 3 Cetti's Warblers, Snipe, 2 Stonechat, pair of Shoveler, pair of Little Grebe, a scattering of Redwing and Fieldfare (Nick Baker).
  • Staines Reservoir: m Scaup still North Basin, Slavonian Grebe & 2 Black-necked Grebe still South Basin 0740 (BirdGuides); 2m Scaup still (Dave Carlsson via Twitter); all the aforementioned plus 1 Shelduck, 2 Goldeneye 3.30pm (Nick Baker).
  • Stanwell Moor: Collared Dove and House Sparrows (Nick Baker)
  • Stave Hill EP: Firecrest still at entrance 0930 (BirdGuides) TQ361799
  • Thorndon CP: south section - 4 Buzzard (David Dunn per ELBF Facebook)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Skylark over, 2 Reed Bunting, 36 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, c200 Starling (one flock), Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, c150 Common Gull, 2 Egyptian Geese, Teal, first singing Chaffinch of year (John Colmans); also 2 Coots 15:25 on Sheep wash pond (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: adult Grey Heron, 3 Mandarin Duck 2m 1f, 2 male Teal, 4 Pochard 3m 1f, 6 Tufted Duck 3m 3f, fem Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove, male Kingfisher, singing male Song Thrush, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit (Robert Callf)
  • Tufnell Park N7: 50 Redwings and 1 Fieldfare in trees at junction of Brecknock Road and Hilldrop Road (Reuben Braddock)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, c200 Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 2 Wigeon, Red Kite, 13 Tree Sparrow (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 6 Goldeneye, 5 Goosanders (2 No 4 & 2 No 5 & 1 Lockwood), Scaup (Lower Maynard), 2 Common Sandpipers, female Stonechat, Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 22 Fieldfare (Katy Thomas and Dave Morrison)
  • Wimbledon Common: Firecrest in hollies north of Queensmere (Peter Carlill)
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret on horse field (different from Lower Morden bird) (Bob Smith)

Tuesday 7th February 2017Edit

  • Bank Junction: Sparrowhawk calling above Bank of England 09:20. Heard, then seen. (Kieron Palmer)
  • Barking: f Tawny Owl Longbridge Rd (Paul Hawkins per ELBF Facebook)
  • Belhus Woods CP: 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Redwing, 3 Jay, 9 Long-tailed Tit, Stock Dove, Common Gull, 30 Lapwing, 5 Gadwall, 12 Pochard, 8 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 9 Cormorant & Weasel (Bruce Carson)
  • Brookmill Park: Song Thrush, 12 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cheshunt: Brookfield Retail Park - Flyover c25 Waxwings disappeared behind trees heading N.East towards Turnford/Broxbourne at 12.25 (Ken Murray)
  • Cheshunt: Cedars Pk - m Goosander over 1400 (Roland Power via Herts BC) TL355009
  • Eastcote (Deane Croft Road): Red Kite over at 14:52 (Jon Ridge)
  • Ewell: Hogsmill river - 2 Little Egret, 4 Kingfisher (Geoff Barter)
  • Fairlop Waters: Kestrel, flock of c200 Lapwings, flock of c125 Fieldfares (one of the largest Fieldfare flocks I have seen), 3 Linnets, 4 Redwings, 4 Shovelers 2 pr, pr of Gadwall, 4 Common Gulls, 4 Ring-necked Parakeets, 4 Long-tailed Tits, Cormorant. Right, that’s my lot. After 16 years in London, I am moving back up north. LB Latest News has been excellent – I have found so many posts extremely useful. I’m glad that a number of my posts have been found useful, too. Two quick things: 1) There is a widely held view that people down south are not as friendly as people up north. Could I just say that in relation to birding, I have found the opposite to be true: by and large, birders down south (and northerners in exile here!) have been considerably more friendly & helpful than birders up north 2) Cherish your Green Woodpeckers! A few birders here are a bit blasé about them. However, I have only ever seen about 2 up north - so do make the most of yours down here in London (Alan Hobson). Good luck Alan :) [JR] Your regular reports from Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park, Woodford Bridge, have been much appreciated. The woodlark was very special. Best of luck up north. [Barry Jones]; Go well Alan, I hope that it'll be as fulfilling as it was for those 3 special years at Uni [Frank N]. Thanks for the kind comments. Barry, I'm hugely impressed that you remembered the Woodlark from 2012! Frank, yes, Uni years special - for both of us [AH] I love Woodpeckers. Always good to see the Yaffle and G.S. Has there ever been Wryneck or Lesser Spotted on the patch? [Simon Worsfold] Never seen either on my local patches, alas. I am worried that once I move back up north, I might well be saying that about Green Woodpeckers too! [AH].
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Chiffchaff old Sainsbury Eco park (Richard Green)
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Buzzard drifted low W over Ladies Pond at 1500 mobbed by a horde of Crows, also heard 2-3 Siskins in birch tops at Sanctuary Pond (Pete Mantle)
  • Hayes Hill Farm: 14 White-fronted Goose in crop field am (per BirdGuides)
  • Heathrow: fem. Smew, 3 Goldeneye, Cetti's Warbler (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Hogsmill STW Nature Reserve: 2 Greylag Goose W, 2 Shelduck E, Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, Little Egret S, 12 Redwing over, 9 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Hornchurch: 3 Waxwing still Abbs Cross SC RM12 4YB (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Bittern still (Les Harrison per ELBF Facebook)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Bittern, 8 Common Snipe, 2 Water Pipit, 1m Stonechat, 7 Pintail, 2 Shelduck and 2 Peregrine on Ch. X. Hospital (Martin Honey)
  • Oxleas Wood: Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Song Thrush, Goldfinch, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jackdaw, Stock Dove, Chaffinch (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite over at 14:22, Cormorant west at 16:55, Pied Wagtail & Coal Tit (Jon Ridge)
  • Primrose Hill: c90 Redwing feeding below viewpt 15:30-15:40 (Twitter)
  • Regent's Park: Water Rail in rail ditch nr Hanover Br (area 2) still 1630, c15 Lesser Black-backed Gull & c220 Herring Gull on playing fields 1700, m Tawny Owl h Leaf Yard Wd (a40) 1720 then 1 NE fr wood 1740 (Twitter)
  • Rotherhithe: Red-crested Pochard (Surrey Water), Firecrest (Stave Hill), Blackcap (James Palmer)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: 2 Shelduck, Green Sandpiper & Water Pipit all fr Gadwall_hide, 6 Cetti's Warbler singing (David Booth via Herts BC)
  • Staines Reservoir: Slavonian Grebe & 3 Black-necked Grebe together south basin 11:00-11:30 at least, also Scaup still (Robert Martin via Twitter); 2m Scaup N & S basins pm (Dominic Pia via Twitter)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Caspian Gull the 'duller' 1w again 10:30-11:10 (Bill Pegram via Herts BC)
  • Walton-on-Thames: no sign of Med Gull at Walton Wharf pm (Dave Harris via Twitter)
  • Wanstead Flats: 7 Skylark, 2 Redwing, 5 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck - Sadly the City of London Corporation has been clearing more habitat, supposedly to create more acid grassland (which it won't), it will severly impact ground- and low-nesting birds. Shouldn't effect migrants if we get any, but overall it is very depressing (Nick Croft); Sorry to hear this Nick. Did the Corporation consult local interest groups/birders etc? [JanW] Their workers said there was consultation, presumably the WREN Group was involved, but I usually get asked my opinion before work is carried out – otherwise I have no idea who was talked to [NC] probably nobody, i worked as a gardener for the corporation in the late 70s, many people spoke to me about work i was asked to do and expressed concern that their misgivings were being ignored, i always tried to pass this on to my 'superiors' with the usual response being, do as you're told, don't rock the boat, I lasted about 6 months because I got a reputation as an 'agitator' [Nick Tanner].
  • William Girling Reservoir: Slavonian Grebe still & 5+ Black-necked Grebe - no public access but viewable fr Mansfield Pk (BirdGuides)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Kingfisher (first for 3 months) (Chris Farthing)
  • Wraysbury GPs: 3 Smew 1m 1f 1imm fr Douglas Ln 1000 (M Hunt via Berks BN)

Monday 6th February 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Stock Dove mixed in with group of Woodpigeon on trees behind Grove Café, Greenfinch, Nuthatch, 20+ Redwing, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Jay, Coal Tit, Common Gull, Pochard-like hybrid in Boating Lake, Green Woodpecker (Eduardo López-Salas) 
  • Beddington: Jack Snipe, 2 Stonechat, Skylark, Rook, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, 16 Lapwing (Nick Croft)
  • Belhus Woods CP: 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Siskin, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Water Rail (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Coal Tit, 8 Redwing (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Crayford Marshes: 5 White-fronted Goose observed feeding over on Dartford Marshes (Video and photos Twitter), 60 Fieldfare, 25 Linnet, 3 Skylark, Kestrel, 3 Stonechat, 6 Gadwall, Sparrowhawk, 8 Reed Bunting, 25 Collared Dove. Landfill and surrounding area only. (Donna Zimmer, Steve Carter et al)
  • Epping Forest (Highams Park/Woodford Green): Buzzard, Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Nuthatch, Treecreeper (Mike Smith) 
  • Fairlop Waters: Kestrel, 23 Fieldfare, 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Teal, 9 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 2 Lapwing (Simon Worsfold)
  • Finsbury Park, N4: Still c100 Redwing, also 2 Mistle Thrush and a Fieldfare (Ann Feltham) 
  • Fulham: Yellow-legged Gull 3cy on River Thames off Lysia Street 14:45 (Josh Jones) 
  • Highams Park Lake: 2 Pochard, 10 Shoveler 7m 3f (Mike Smith) 
  • Hogsmill STW Nature Reserve: ad m Shelduck, 5 Shoveler, 6 Cormorant over, 11 Stock Dove, Redwing, 7 Linnet, also post-roost flock of Jackdaw at the western end of the water treatment works (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Hornchurch: 20 Waxwing still Abbs Cross SC RM12 4YB (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Lee Valley, Friday Lake: 4 Smew (drake and 3 red-heads), female Goldeneye (Simon Papps)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern, 2 Shelduck, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (2nd W), 9 Pintail, 6 Snipe, 1 Water Pipit (WWT Website)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 Long-tailed Tit with nesting material going into usual nesting bush, 28 Redwing (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Motspur Park: no sign of Cattle Egret 0730 (Shaun Ferguson via Twitter) or by 3:00 but there was a Little Egret which is apparently a regular in the horse field, 30+ Redwing, Stock Dove (Nick Croft) Surrey Bird News has confirmed it was a Little Egret
  • Oxleas Wood: Redpoll, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Jackdaw, Stock Dove, Nuthatch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Ron Turner)
  • Primrose Hill: 2 Collared Dove over singly but no northward movement like y'day (Twitter)
  • Regent's Park: Little Owl Cumberland Grn north end (area 25) 0720 (Twitter); possible Ring-billed Gull (adult or 2nd-w plumage) on lake near cafe at c.09:30 (Joe Taylor, without bins); No sign of poss R-b Gull pm, Water Rail in reed bed opposite Cafe (Bob Husband)
  • Roehampton, SW15: ad Peregrine - perched, I think a female (J.Wilczur)
  • Rotherhithe: Stave Hill - Firecrest (calling and showing well by chalk pond), Kingfisher, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redwing, Song Thrush, Greenfinch (Richard Page-Jones)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Water Pipit still fr draper & gadwall_hides (RSPB blog)
  • Scratch Wood: Firecrest still, Skylark yr-1st, f Stonechat Dungeon Hill (DH&SW blog)
  • Sevenoaks WR: 3 Waxwing car park 0855 then N (BirdGuides)
  • Shepherd's Bush: 2 Waxwings briefly in rowans at west end of Gayford Road 12:30. Lots of berries here so may well come back (Josh Jones)
  • St Pauls: fem Peregrine soaring overhead at 12:30 (Charlie Farrell)
  • Staines Reservoir: 3 Black-necked Grebe in SW corner of S Basin at 0800 (Alastair Dent); Slavonian Grebe in NW corner of S Basin 08:30 close in near tower - then drifted out and south along western shore, also ad Drake Scaup on N basin with Tufties and Pochard (Bill Haines)
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  • Stocker's Lake: Jack Snipe flushed, 2 Water Rail, pr Reed Bunting (Chris Sharp via Twitter)
  • Trent Park: 2 Teal pr, 2 Gadwall pr, 4 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, Siskin (Robert Callf)
  • Turnford: 28 Waxwing in small trees on A1170 to south of [New River Arms] rbt but flew W at noon (Clifford Smout via Herts BC)
  • Twickenham: Red-crested Pochard male on Thames by bridge to Eel Pie Island (Tony Leppard)
  • Walthamstow Reservoir:2m.Goldeneye 1 fm.Goldeneye,pr Stockdove,46 Fieldfare (Francis O'Sullian on MBS Walk)
  • Walton-on-Thames: Mediterranean Gull ad/wp Walton Wharf by Swan Pub (Mark Elsoffer via Twitter)
  • Watercress LNR nr St Albans: Water Rail, Kingisher, Chiffchaff h (Tony Kavanagh via Herts BC)
  • West Kilburn: Marban Rd - m House Sparrow, m Blackcap (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • William Girling Reservoir: 3 Black-necked Grebe 1415 - no public access but viewable fr Mansfield Pk (BirdGuides)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Snipe, 2 Teal, also unconfirmed but very plausible-sounding account from an LWT volunteer of a Bittern flying from the north to east reed-bed at 10:30am (Chris Farthing)
  • Worcester Park: Peregrine E over The Manor Drive 0805 (Lee Dingain via Twitter)

Sunday 5th February 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 125+ Redwing, drake Aythya hybrid still Boating Lake, with 11 Pochard 6m 5f & 50+ Tufted Duck (Bob Watts)
  • Arnos Park: 2 male Nuthatch, 10 Goldfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Brent Reservoir: 70 Pochard, 5 Snipe, Little Owl, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Brockwell Park: 100 Redwing (feeding on grass, Norwood Rd side), 1 Stock Dove (Matthew J. Bradbury)
  • Brompton Cemetery: c30 Redwing, singing Goldcrest (David Jeffreys)
  • Canons Park, Edgware, Middx HA8: 20+ Redwings, 2 Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming, also on Seven Acre Lake (Private access) 2 Goosander m f, 2 Little Egrets, 6 Shoveler 4m 2f, 2 Great Crested Grebes, Tufted Ducks and Common Pochards (Robin Morden, Shailesh Patel, Bob Husband with NW London RSPB regular Birdwalk)
  • Chiswick Eyot: usual 2cy Caspian Gull on Thames briefly 1345 then flew upriver; earlier seen by Hammersmith Bridge (Josh Jones)
  • Colliers End: Barn Owl hunting alongside A10 at 1520 (Derrick Ling via Herts BC)
  • Cranford Park: 2 Sparrowhawks calling, Bullfinch f, 2 Skylarks, Little Grebe, Kestrel (Sue Giddens); 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Stock Doves, c10 Goldcrest nearly all calling, 1 Little Owl heard (Wendy Marks)
  • Creekmouth: 2 Caspian Gulls (both 1w), Turnstone, Common Sandpiper, Curlew (Sean Huggins)
  • Crossness: Oystercatcher, Yellow-legged Gull ad, Common Sandpiper, 50+ Redwing, Common Seal (John Archer)
  • Ealing Green: 6 Redwing (Richard Woolley).
  • Epping Forest (Highams Park/Woodford Green): 2 Lesser Redpoll, in flock of c20 Goldfinch (Mike Smith)
  • Fairlop Waters and surrounding fields: 2 Short-eared Owls, Little Owl, Common Buzzard, Stonechat, 2 Treecreeper, Reed Bunting, Skylark (Neil Twyford)
  • Finsbury Park (Regina Road N4 3PT): 15 Waxwings at 1330, 30 Redwing (G Sawtell)
  • Footscray Meadows: 3+ Little Grebe, Cormorant (in tree unusual here normally fly overs), Little Egret, Grey Heron over, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Geese, c10 Gadwall, c20 Tufted Duck, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 4 Redwing, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, Nuthatch, c50 Siskin (Mike Amos).
  • Greenwich O2: 1 first-winter Caspian Gull (Dante Shepherd)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Chiffchaff, Fieldfare 2, Redwing 4. Ecology Park Little grebe, Tufted Duck 2, Snipe, Reed Bunting 1 male (John Bushall, Richard Green)
  • Hertford: 2 Waxwing in tree outside The White Hart Salisbury Sq SG14 1BW 1110-1120 then N (Graham Knight) TL326126
  • Highams Park, The: 4 Mistle Thrush, 5 Redwing, c30 Starling (Mike Smith)
  • Hogsmill STW Nature Reserve: Greylag Goose, 8 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck, 11 Cormorant over, Little Egret S, 7300 Black-headed Gull (6500 E), 420 Herring Gull E, 17 Great Black-backed Gull E, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull (10 E), 11 Stock Dove, Skylark over, 4 Fieldfare (3 E), 9 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: c11 Siskin Chilmead Pits (Ian Kehl & Gordon Hay via HSP blog)
  • Horton Country Park: 300 Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, 2 Bullfinch (Bob Smith)
  • Kentish Town: Common Buzzard drifting S from 14:05 (Frank Nugent)
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 Bittern, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Peregrine, 5+ Snipe, 2 Shelduck, 7 Pintail (WWT Website), 2 Caspian Gull [4cy, 2cy] (Josh Jones)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 8 Waxwing east side 1310 (Mike Messenger per Paul Whiteman via Twitter)
  • Mill Hill NW7: male Blackcap on feeder & Goldcrest on peanuts (very odd), 6 Goldfinch, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit (Steve Blake); female Blackcap & 1 Fieldfare in garden, Great Spotted Woodpecker f on TV aerial (Xav Fleming)
  • Motspur Park: Cattle Egret [NB re-ID'd later as local Little Egret] w/ horses at Green Lake Stables 1630 (BirdGuides) TQ228669
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite west at 13:23, Great Spotted Woodpecker & Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Primrose Hill: first obvious if modest northbound passage - 2 Stock Dove, 10 Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Dove (observer's 1st multiple patch sighting - landed briefly 0900 but harried by Magpies so continued N), Fieldfare, 6 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch all N - 08:15-09:45 (Twitter)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 31 Coot, 9 Mute Swan, 15 Cormorant, 86 Linnet, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Fieldfare, 53 Mallard, 2 Redwing, 18 Reed Bunting, 98 Redshank, 48 Shelduck, 47 Gadwall, 152 Teal, 54 Dunlin, 21 Meadow Pipit, 396 Wigeon, 1508 Lapwing, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 231 Starling, 19 Skylark, 10 Avocet, 3 Kestrel, Buzzard, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Pheasant, 54 Shoveler, Barn Owl, 110 Greylag, 11 Pochard, 10 Tufted Duck, 12 Snipe, Little Egret, 18 Pintail, 60 Stock Dove, Golden Plover, Stonechat (Samuel Levy); 5 Russian White-fronted Goose still (John Ferguson & Tom Bell per ELBF Facebook); R Thames Purfleet: 5 White-fronted Goose arr'd 1640 & landed in Dartford Marshes, 12 Avocet, 660 Lapwing, 23 Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, 527 Dunlin, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, Barn Owl (Fraser Simpson via Twitter); Bearded Tit (RSPB online sightings board)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Bittern still, 2m Bearded Tit fr draper hide, Brambling in trees beyond toll gate am (Graham White via Twitter)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 4 Snipe, 2 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch (Neville Smith).
  • South Croydon: 4 Waxwing still Goodwin Rd nr school 0925 (Ian Jones via Twitter); 3 Waxwings until 15:15 at least (Croydon Birders)
  • Southgate Chase Allotments: 16 Waxwing 1550 - 1600 at least TQ295946 (Robert Callf)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2m Scaup north basin still 0900 (Dominic Pia via Twitter)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 1 Common Gull coming to bread in The Glade (Neil Batten)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: m Pheasant, Kestrel, c40 Lapwing, 13 Snipe, Jack Snipe, 10 Stock Dove (1 singing), 5 Skylark, 6 singing Song Thrush, singing Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Thames Barrier Park: 1 first-winter Caspian Gull upriver 1030 (Dante Shepherd)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: pair Mandarin, 8 Teal, Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Redwing, several singing Song Thrush (John Colmans)
  • Turnford: 33 Waxwing still in large oak by [New River Arms] rbt EN10 6DB visiting central island to feed on berries am (Graham Higgins via Herts BC) TL364047
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Water Rail, 2 Teal, Shelduck (Chris Farthing)
  • Woodford Green: 54 Redwing on Woodford Rugby Club lower pitch (Mike Smith)
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret on the horse field which later decamped to the Beverley Brook at Green Lane (Frank Nugent).
  • Yeading Brook meadows: pr Teal, Little Egret, 106 Common Gull, Little Owl, 2 Redwing, 3 singing Song Thrush, 9 Greenfinch (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 4th February 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 80+ Redwing mostly top of Golf Course before flushed by helicopter, also 2 Fieldfare, male Pochard x Tufted Duck with 8 Pochard Boating Lake (Bob Watts); 5 Common Gull in Boating Lake, Jay, Coal Tit, Mistle Thrush singing at sunset from top of a tree by NW corner of reservoir (Eduardo López-Salas)
  • Borehamwood: 2 Red Kites over playing fields near Football club (Simon Worsfold)
  • Brent Reservoir: 50+ Pochard, 200+ Tufted Duck, 12 Common Snipe, 3 Water Rail, 48 Redwing (feeding on Playing Fields with 100+ Starling), Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting m f (Roy Beddard, Joe Taylor).
  • Colney Heath: 2 Little Egret, 30+ Siskin (per TyttGP twitter)
  • Crossness: 2 Bearded Tit in protected area, Water Rail, Yellow-legged Gull ad, Common Sandpiper, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 4 Stonechat 2pr, Chiffchaff (John Archer)
  • Dartford Marshes: Caspian Gull 1w by Bob Dunn Way (BirdGuides)
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk (Neil Batten)
  • Finchley N3: gdn - 2 Stock Dove, 10 Long-tailed Tits as well as all the regulars, also M Blackcap (Samuel Levy)
  • Forty Hall CP: 2 Goosander pr incl male saluting, Tawny Owl hooting 1545 (Robert Callf)
  • Fryent Country Park: 4 Gadwall, 21 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing (Joe Taylor)
  • Greenwich O2: 1 Caspian Gull 2cy - thanks to Jamie Partridge's photos (Charlie Farrell)
  • Greenwich Square: Outside the new library 1 Chiffchaff in the handful of planted trees by Trafalgar Rd, also pair of Robins (Joe Beale)
  • Hogsmill STW Nature Reserve: 7 Shoveler, Pochard, Peregrine E, Kestrel, 6400 Black-headed Gull (6300 E), 690 Herring Gull E, 34 Great Black-backed Gull E, 24 Lesser Black-backed Gull (17 E), 10 Stock Dove, Redwing SW, 25 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Hornchurch: 48 Waxwing Abbs Cross SC RM12 4YB (Dick Jefree et al per ELBF Facebook)
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorant, Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, c12 Tufted Duck, Peregrine, c100 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Common Gull, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, c20 Redwing, Goldcrest, probable Firecrest (Mike Amos)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2+ Bittern, 11 Common Snipe, 3 Water Pipit, 1 Peregrine, 2 Shelduck, 6+ Pintail (Martin Honey)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir (St Paul's Playing Fields): c35 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare (David Jeffreys)
  • Neasden: roost of 50+ Ring-necked Parakeets by Iron Bridge (Andrew Self)
  • Oxleas Wood: Redpoll, Siskin, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Coal Tit, Stock Dove, Song Thrush (Ron Turner)
  • Park Royal: Powersgate (private site) 1 Common Chiffchaff by entrance, no sign of Waxwings sighted here on the 3rd (Charlie Farrell)
  • Pinner (HA5): 57 Redwing, Fieldfare, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 7 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Rainham RSPB: R Thames Purfleet - Caspian Gull 1w (Fraser Simpson via Twitter)
  • Sewardstone Marsh, Pattypool Mead: 2 Chiffchaff, Siskin, singing Mistle Thrush, late afternoon (Martin Shepherd)
  • South Croydon: 4 Waxwing still Denning Ave/Crowley Cresc 1020 (Jo East per John Birkett via Twitter); 1 still 1350 (Ian Jones via Twitter); 4 present in Goodwin Road until at least 16:30 (Croydon Birders)
  • South Harrow (Newton Park West): 40+ Redwing, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Moorhen, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 100+ mixed flock of Common and Black-headed Gull (Tim Rymer) is that 100+ each? sorry, no, now clarified (TR)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2m Scaup north basin, Black-necked Grebe (Dominc Pia via Twitter); 4 Ruddy Duck (BirdGuides)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 1st-winter Caspian Gull, male Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Avocet, Grey Plover, 130 Lapwing, 250 Dunlin, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Turnstone, Water Pipit, 4 Stonechat, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Raven, 33 Magpies (Andrew Self)
  • Thames Barrier Park: 4 Caspian Gull [2 first-winters (including a German ringed individual X319) and 2 third-winters] (Dante Shepherd and Richard Bonser) Pictures here
  • Turnford: 35 Waxwing still Turnford rbt in tall trees till 1000 then flew to estate behind New River Arms pub down Academia Ave (Tom Speller via Twitter); 20 Waxwing 1315 on rosehip bush along footpath betw Longlands school EN10 6AG & Felton Close (Stephen Middleton via Herts BC)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 30 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 2 Egyptian Goose, Pied Wagtail rear paddocks (Jon Agar); Common Sandpiper, Shelduck, 3 Gadwall, Kingfisher (Pat Critchley)
  • Waterloo Bridge: belated ID of Ring-billed Gull 2nd-winter seen & photographed y'day (BirdGuides)
  • Whitewebbs Park: male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker observed feeding in hornbeams 1407 - 1429, Firecrest 1429 - 1432 (Robert Callf)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Teal, 3 Reed Bunting, Shelduck, 2 Redwing, Fieldfare, Yellow-legged Gull, Cetti's Warbler (Chris Farthing)
  • Woodford Green: Male Blackcap in my garden (Steve Howey)
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret, 100 Redwing, Peregrine (Bob Smith)
  • Wraysbury GPs: 2 Smew m f, 16 Goldeneye, 3 Kingfisher, 1 Red Kite, 10 Fieldfare (Thomas Gibson)

Middlesex: Purple Emperor A.iris map for Middlesex (Andrew Middleton, Liz Goodyear)

Friday 3rd February 2017Edit

  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 7 Redshank, c25 Teal (Charlie Farrell)
  • Bulphan/Orsett Fen: 30+ Red-legged Partridge, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 50+ Fieldfare, 40+ Redwing, 2 Goosander, 30+ Skylark, 10+ Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft/Marco Johnson)
  • City of London - Cheapside: Lively Pied Wagtail dodging lots of City workers (Simon Robinson)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: Pied Wagtail, 8 Shelduck, 4 Teal (Charlie Farrell)
  • Grays Riverside: Avocet, Curlew, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Turnstone, 3 Grey Plover (Nick Croft/Marco Johnson)
  • Greenwich O2: 2 Caspian Gulls 2cy (Jamie Partridge) photos etc here
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Snipe, Reed Bunting (male) (John Bushal)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Firecrests (responded to XenoCanto), F Smew on lake (Quentin Given)
  • Hogsmill STW Nature Reserve: 4 Greylag Goose NE, 24 Canada Goose, 9 Shoveler, 22 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Peregrine flying low over trees giving cacking calls, Kestrel, Water Rail, Snipe, 6900 Black-headed Gull (6650 E), 24 Great Black-backed Gull E, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull (12 E), 17 Stock Dove (9 over), 2 Skylark SE, 16 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Horton Country Park: 2 Raven (John Gordon)
  • Lee Valley, Cornmill Meadows: male Stonechat showing well on fence in front of Wake Hide (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Friday Lake: male Smew has returned to its usual haunt after a brief excursion over the county border to Bowyers Water (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Seventy Acres Lake: male Goldeneye, female Goosander, Water Rail (Mike Oakland)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Bittern (1 seen & 1 reported), 9 Common Snipe, 1 Water Pipit, 7 Pintail, 6 Mandarin and 1 Peregrine on Ch. X Hospital (Martin Honey); Caspian Gull 4cy grazing marsh 12:25 (Josh Jones); 2 Water Pipit still (BirdGuides); 148 Shoveler (site count), 6 Black-tailed Godwit circled then E, Stonechat grazing marsh (WWT website)
  • Moneyhole Lane Park: 2 Red Kite in dead tree (Lee Fitz via Herts BC) TL271125
  • Park Royal: Powersgate (private site) c12 Waxwing flew in and perched on tree on site (Stuart Fisher)
  • Rainham RSPB: 5 White-fronted Goose 1200-1600 then E, Water Pipit still (BirdGuides)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: 2 Green Sandpiper & Water Pipit still fr gadwall_hide 1250 (Pete Waldron via Herts BC)
  • Scratch Wood: 3 Goldcrest, Firecrest still am (Graham Harris via DH & SW Facebook)
  • South Croydon: 1 Waxwing heard apparently from large dense conifer outside Fairhaven Court Warham Road CR2 6LF at 10:50; 4 Waxwings in Goodwin Road at 11:30, 2 Sparrowhawks hunting Warham Road area around 10:00 (Peter Phillips/Croydon Birders)
  • Stocker's Lake: Little Owl farm, Kingfisher, Blackcap, Siskin (Chris Sharp via Twitter)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 8+ Redwing, Little Egret, Common Snipe, Drake Teal (P Kite)
  • Swanley Park: Barnacle Goose (not ringed. Site First) (Andy Meaton)
  • Thames Barrier Park: Caspian Gull 4cy still (Jamie Partridge)
  • The Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 2 Coot on sheep wash pond 15:40 (Samuel Levy)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: m Firecrest trapped & ringed (BirdGuides)
  • Trent Park: 2 Goosander, 4 Pochard 2m 2f, 8 Mandarin 5m 3f, 3 Tufted Duck m 2f, 2 Teal m f (Pete Lowman).
  • Turnford: 23 Waxwing commuting betw Turnford rbt & Canada Fields estate EN10 7NL (Roland Power via Herts BC)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs and Willows Farm: 4 Little Egret, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, Caspian Gull 1w main pit still, 2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 2 Kingfisher, 5+ Tree Sparrow Tytt Farm, c60 Linnet Willows Farm, Yellowhammer h (Tyttenhanger birders via Herts BC)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: No sign of Black Redstart this morning (Quentin Given); Black Redstart on Walthamstow Filter Beds 12:00 best viewed from SW corner looking West along the base of the green slope which runs parallel to Coppermill Lane (Paul Whiteman, Lol Bodini)
  • Waterloo Bridge: Ring-billed Gull 2w (BirdGuides)
  • Yeading Valley (Minet Country Park): 1 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, 3 Little Egret, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, 30+ Linnet, 20+ Goldfinch (Dave Bookless)

Thursday 2nd February 2017Edit

  • Amwell GP: 2 female Smew from Gladwyn Hide (Quentin Given)
  • Aveley (Mardyke Valley): Great White Egret flew S fr Aveley end of valley toward QEII Bridge 1010 (BirdGuides); Bearded Tit (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: Bittern sitting on reeds opp black hide 0800 (BirdGuides)
  • Brent Reservoir: Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Common Snipe, 68 Pochard, 4 Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 Redwing, Black Swan (in flight), Cetti's Warbler calling around Main Hide, 2 Goldcrest (Magnus Andersson & Simon Worsfold)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, 5 Redwing {Conrad Ellam}
  • Canons Farm & Banstead Woods: Red Kite W yr-1st, 50 Fieldfare, c300 Redwing (David Campbell via CFBW blog)
  • Cheshunt GP: 2 Woodcock (Adam Wilson)
  • Cowley, Uxbridge: Raven low north over the garden at 09.13 mobbed by the local pair of crows (Roger Morton)
  • Croydon: 4 Waxwing Warham Rd CR2 6LB feeding on 3 small berry trees in front gdn by rbt c1:30pm (Jack Barnes via Twitter) TQ319643
  • Eastcote: Field End RG - 80+ Redwing, 5+ Fieldfare, 300+ mixed flock of Black-headed Gulls and Common Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mistle Thrush, c40 Starling, Roxbourne Pk - Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush, 6+ singing Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, Moorhen, 2 Long-tailed Tit (Tim Rymer).
  • Enfield Town (River View,EN2): fem Blackcap,15 Goldfinch, 9 House Sparrow (Robert Callf)
  • Grays Gorge: Firecrest again (per ELBF Facebook)
  • Greenford UB6: While in garden topping up feeders 15.50 Starling gave alarm & Peregrine flew low over garden (garden first) (Neil Anderson)
  • Heathrow: 40 Golden Plover in field north of A4 by Hyatt Hotel (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Hogsmill STW Nature Reserve: 3 Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck, 11250 Black-headed Gull (11050 E), 280 Herring Gull E, 18 Lesser Black-backed Gull E (16 E), 15 Great Black-backed Gull E, 4 Stock Dove, Fieldfare SE, 9 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Lee Valley, Bowyers Water: drake Smew still in north-east corner of lake (Simon Papps)
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 Water Pipit fr purfleet hide (Brenda & David Hale via EBwS News); 3m Blackcap (Howard Vaughan via ELBF Facebook); Great White Egret reported (RSPB online sightings board)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Brent Goose on N basin along E bank late pm (Franko J Maroevic)
  • The Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 1 Coot on sheep wash pond 16:55. Also large Gull and corvid movement E, but nothing unusual. (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: 2 Goosander, 2 Teal (m f), f Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard (m 2f), m Mandarin (Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow, Lockwood Reservoir: Peregrine, Kestrel, m Goosander, 2 Goldeneye, 8 Meadow Pipit, Little Egret (Chris Farthing)
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Skylark, 3 Linnet, Reed Bunting, Stonechat, 26 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 29 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 3 Teal, singing Song Thrush, Ruby Tiger caterpillar (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 48 Shoveler, 28 Teal, 17 Gadwall, 19 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, singing Song and Mistle Thrush, singing Stock Dove, Kestrel, and Eel in Ornamental Waters (Nick Croft/Sean Kerrigan)
  • Warley CM14: 4 Waxwing in Headley Chase gdn on rose hips briefly 0945 (David Dunn via EBwS News)
  • Warren Gorge EWT: Bittern 0820 (BirdGuides)

Wednesday 1st February 2017Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 30 Redwing perched on trees N of Rose Garden, 5 Common Gull on football pitch (Eduardo López-Salas); 2m Blackcap one alarming persistently in tree near Priory Rd main entrance and another within minutes in garden further along Priory 16.30 hrs (Jonathan Cooke).
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: m Smew again on south lake fr wooden pier 1545 (BirdGuides) TQ075725
  • Belhus Woods CP: 2 White-fronted Goose E 0935, 27 Pochard, Water Rail, 2 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, Barn Owl, 7 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2m Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Nuthatch, 8 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, 18 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Reed Bunting ('RB' per ELBF Facebook)
  • Bernards Heath: 5 Waxwing h Lancaster Rd but not relocated (Luke Massey via Herts BC)
  • Brent Reservoir: Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Roy Beddard, Neale Hider)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, 4 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cely Woods: pr Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Ken Copleston per ELBF Facebook) Where is Cely Woods? site info
  • Collier Row: 48 Waxwing Chase Cross Rd still (BirdGuides)
  • Dagnam Park: m Lesser Spotted Woodpecker seen well feeding in Harold Hill street trees then flew toward moat in Park 1110-1115 (Colin Jupp via EBwS News)
  • East India Dock Basin: Blackcap female in copse (John Archer)
  • Ewell: R Hogsmill pm - 3 Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Grey Wagtail - no winter thrushes (Geoff Barter via Twitter)
  • Finsbury Park, N4: c100 Redwing plus a Fieldfare and a Mistle Thrush; 7 Red-crested Pochard 6m f on lake (Ann Feltham)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Goldcrest, Water Rail, Little Grebe, Song Thrush, 2 Tufted Duck pair (John Bushell)
  • Grovelands Park: Little Grebe, 11 Egyptian Goose, male Pochard, 32 Tufted Duck 17m 15f, fem Smew - very tame, Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, 2 Goldcrest including singing male, Firecrest feeding in holly near Rangers Hut 1311-1338 (Robert Callf)
  • Kensington Gardens: 2 Great Crested Grebe (Pair displaying), 1 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 2 Redwing (Charlie Farrell); m Kingfisher still Long Water (Ralph Hancock blog)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Bittern main lake (N & S shores), 10 Common Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe (grazing marsh), 6 Pintail (main lake) (Martin Honey); 3rd Bittern, 2 Water Pipit (BirdGuides); 8 Pintail, 2 Yellow-legged Gull 1w 2w marsh, 40 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing, Stonechat (WWT website)
  • Muswell Hill: Buzzard mobbed by crows near North Circular road 15.15 (Andrew Bailey)
  • Pinner (HA5): Redwing, Coal Tit & 7 Goldfinch - not too great today (Jon Ridge)
  • Rainham RSPB: m Waxwing 1w by visitor centre still (Max Hellicar via Twitter)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Water Pipit still (RSPB twitter)
  • Stoneleigh Station: 163 Herring Gull ne, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Neil Batten)
  • Trent Park: 2 Goosander (m f), 4 Pochard (2m 2f), pair of Mandarin (Pete Lowman).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 10 Tree Sparrow, 5+ Bullfinch, Green Sandpiper, Little Owl, Kingfisher, 5 Little Egret, c250 Lapwing, c60 Linnet, 12 Redwing, Peregrine (TyttGP twitter)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Black Redstart Coppermill Ln filter beds still (Jason Ward via Twitter) Where does it most frequent/ Any news on the Glaucous Gull or Swallow? Black Redstart has been all over site. Swallow departed, last seen 28/1. Glauc last seen 31/1. Dan Barrett
  • Woodford Green: Firecrest plus fem.Sprawk, fem Peregrine, and Goshawk over house before 10.30 am. (Ken Murray)

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