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Monday 30th May 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 6+ House Martin, 30+ Swift, Great Crested Grebes with 2 young Wood Green Res (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: drake Mandarin briefly, Oystercatcher on rafts until 08:40 when flew N, 5 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, c.600 Swift, 3 Swallow (Andrew Self)
  • Crossness Nature Reserve: Skylark, 22 Swift, 25 Common Turn, 20 Gadwell, 40 Shelduck, 4 Oystercatcher, Little Egret, 2 Lapwing, 5 adult Mute swan and 5 Cygnets, 6 Stock Dove, 14 Reed Warbler, 6 Goldfinch, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Green Finch, 5 Linnet, Blackcap, 2 Grey Lag Goose, Reed Bunting, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Pheasant. (Steve Carter) If you haven't already please take a look at this: https://www.change.org/p/london-borough-of-bexley-save-our-skylarks-do-not-build-on-breeding-habitat-adjacent-crossness-nature-reserve?recruiter=47468940&utm_source=petitions_show_components_action_panel_wrapper&utm_medium=copylink Thank you!
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Shelduck briefly over the Boating and Men's Ponds, Peregrine at 06:50 over Parliament Hill and environs for about 5 mins, 3 Swallow NW, singing Lesser Whitethroat and singing Willow Warbler still in situ as yesterday (Frank Nugent).
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Cuckoo (David Howdon)
  • Kentish Town NW5: Little Egret low over Murphy's Yard and Sanderson Close going NE at 16:40 (Frank Nugent).
  • London Wetland Centre: LITTLE BITTERN was seen just before 9 30am (Twitter); It flew between central channel in the main reed bed and the channel nearest to the two story hide and then back to the reed bed adjacent to the central channel about 7 mins later, at 9.25am - (Angus Innes). Just reported seen at 12.28 middle channel, standing at bottom of reeds and then in flight left to right from bridge at Wildside and back again (BirdGuides); and again c20 mins later, middle channel left to right.
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: 2 singing Black Redstart, Cetti's Warbler, 17 Reed Warbler, Grey Wagtail, Little Ringed Plover, 8+ Sand Martin (Stuart Fisher)

Sunday 29th May 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret E over Boating Lake am (Henry Wyn-Jones), 3m 1f Common Pochard Boating Lake (Bob Watts)
  • Balham: Red Kite drifting north-west over Fontenoy Road, SW12, c midday (Nick Moll)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Lapwing, 3 Little Ringed Plover, c500 Swift, Hobby & 4 Jackdaw north (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall, Dominic Mitchell); Garden Warbler singing by path to hides 1300 (Andrew Haynes).
  • Eastcote (Field End Road): Common Buzzard nonchalantly sitting in a tree next to Eastcote Library at 13:34 - unthinkable 20 years ago (Jon Ridge).
  • Greenford UB6: Hobby hunting low over roof tops 20.00 + then turned back + over Ruislip Rd allotments where a few Swifts (Neil Anderson)
  • Gutteridge Wood: Red Kite, Pheasant, Tawny Owl, Lapwing flying over, 10 Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker with noisy chicks in nest hole (Nigel Dodd)
  • Hampstead Heath: singing Willow Warbler still at Sanctuary Pond, singing Lesser Whitethroat still in hedges up from running track, 1 Swallow NW (Frank Nugent).
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Cuckoo (David Howdon)
  • Kingston: Sparrowhawk circling high over Canbury Gardens, 17:50 (Mike Foster)
  • London Wetland Centre: LITTLE BITTERN, seen in middle reedbed channel in Wildside at 2:35pm (Martin Parker); a stunning adult male in breeding plumage! Seen to fly back into middle of reedbed at 17.30 (Martin Honey); seen twice from Wildside channels and then from Dulverton Hide between 15.00-17.00 - one photo on my blog courtesy of Joe Davison (Wendy Marks)
  • Mudchute: 1 Shelduck E, female Peregrine, 2 Common Terns E, 4 Swifts W, 9 House Martins, 3 Swallows NW, 5 singing Blackcaps, pair of Whitethroats, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrests, 11 House Sparrow, 4 pairs of Greenfinches, 1 Linnet (Nick Senior)
  • Olympic Park: Greenway - Little Ringed Plover, 5 Sand Martin. River Lea from Old Ford Water Recycling Plant - Cetti's Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler (JW Davies)
  • Pinner (HA5): 122 Swift through, female Sparrowhawk, 4 Goldfinch (including one juvenile), singing Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail & 4 Herring Gull (Jon Ridge).
  • Rye Meads: Garganey (BirdGuides)
  • South Harrow: Red Kite seen from home (Michael Robinson)
  • St. James's Park: 2 singing Reed Warbler, singing Blackcap (Stuart Fisher)
  • Stockwell: Common Buzzard soaring low persued by 4 Carrion Crows at 13:55 (Stuart Fisher)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Pheasant, 4 Skylark, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing, Buzzard, male Kestrel carrying prey into the Wood, Nuthtach, Linnet, 5 Reed Bunting (Nigel Dodd)
  • Totteridge Valley: Lesser Whitethoats, Common Whitethroats, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker and chick, (f) Mandarin and 5 chicks, Reed Bunting, Nuthatch, 2 Lapwings, 4 Pheasants & One Deer. (Simon Worsfold & Magnus Andersson)

Saturday 28th May 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret E over Boating Lake 1123, 2+ House Martin between playing fields and Wood green Res (Bob Watts). little Egret E over Boating Lake 1930 (Henry Wyn-Jones)
  • Brent Reservoir: drake Teal, 2 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 100+ Swift after heavy shower, 2 Grey Wagtail, Willow Warbler singing, 5 Chiffchaff, 16 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, 6 Reed Warbler (Roy Beddard, John Gravatt, Andrew Verrall).
  • Bruce Castle Park: Nuthatch (James Palmer)
  • Burnt Oak: Little Egret feeding in the river (Deb Jackson).
  • East India Dock Basin: 5 Shelduck, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Common Tern, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Linnet ( 2 pairs of Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 1 pair of Herring Gulls nesting on nearby roofs) (Nick Senior)
  • Gallions Reach: 6 Shelduck, 1 Hobby n, 1 Marsh Harrier NE, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Dunlin, 7 Common Tern, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Linnet (Nick Senior); spent all day and got a late Sand Martin (KJMcmanus)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 13 Common Tern, pair Little Grebe, Sand Martin, Male Blackcap (John Bushell)
  • Hampstead Heath: Little Egret E and low over the slope opp running track at 07:00, where also still 1singing Lesser Whitethroat, Swifts mating (Frank Nugent).
  • Hornsey High st. Honey Buzzard drifting high overhead 16.00hrs, then diving N. towards Alexandra Park Conservation Area to escape mobbing Wood Green Herring Gulls (-whose calls had initially drawn attention to it; Jonathan Cooke).
  • North Sheen Rec: Osprey over, high, drifting SW 7:30 (Peter Hart)
  • Northolt +Greenford CP: Red Kite 14.00 mobbed by pr of Crows, 6 Swift, 5 singing Blackcap, singing Goldcrest in Leyllandii at edge Marnham Crescent, Reed Bunting, Brown Argus (hills), Red-eyed Damselfly, 2 flowering Bee Orchid (Neil Anderson)
  • Oakmere Park, Potters Bar: 2 Nuthatch pr feeding young in nest hole (Robert Callf)
  • Pinner (HA5): Common Buzzard over west at 14:37, 11 Swift, 5 Goldfinch, Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail & 2 Mallard south-east (Jon Ridge).
  • Royal Docks: 4 Shelduck, 6 Common Tern, 4 Skylark (singing city airport), 9 Sand Martin, male Black Redstart singing (Nick Senior)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Black-necked Grebe, Oystercatcher, Peregrine (Dominic Pia-Twitter); 2 Arctic Terns, 8 Lapwing, 1 Pochard (male), 1 Shelduck, 1 Common Buzzard (Paul Goodman)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Marsh Harrier, Whimbrel, adult Mediterranean Gull, Cuckoo, 2 Stonechat, 18 Pheasant, 18 Cetti's Warbler, 32 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 23 Common Whitethhroat & 3 Raven (Andrew Self)

Friday 27th May 2016 Edit

  • Brixton: Pair swift displaying over Coldharbour Lane behind tube station (Tony Stones)
  • East India Dock Basin: 4 Shelduck, 8 Tufted, Sparrowhawk, pair of Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 12 Common Tern, 2 Sand Martin, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 5 singing Reed Warbler (Nick Senior); Oystercatcher (Simon Worsfold)
  • Enfield Lock: Red Kite low over house at 10:00 (Cindy Knight)
  • Fairlop Waters: Garganey (BirdGuides), Reed Warbler, Skylarks, Lapwing, Kestrel hunting on 3 occasions, singing Willow Warbler (Simon Worsfold)
  • Gallions Reach: 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Common Terns, 3 Linnets (Simon Worsfold); 2 Peregrine moving through (KJMcmanus)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 10 Common Tern, Reed Warbler, male Blackcap, pair of Little Grebe, Sand Martin, 2 Linnet, male House Sparrow (John Bushell)
  • Hackney Marshes: Cuckoo heard calling a few times somewhere in the SW corner at 13:40, couldn't track it down afterwards on the marshes or in the filter beds (Alastair Dent)
  • Leatherhead, Common meadow: 1 medium sized falcon sp. hawking insects along river Mole briefly at 12:45 (possibly a sub adult Hobby - uniform browny grey upperparts and pale buff underneath with subtle streaking but no red leg feathers visible), also 1 adult summer Black-headed Gull, 1 Cormorant, 1 female Mandarin with 8 young, 2 Chiffchaf, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Neil Batten) 
  • Leyton, High Road: Hobby over (JW Davies) 
  • Monken Hadley Common: Pr Great Spotted Woodpecker and one fledged juv, still at least one young in nest hole, 5 Treecreeper pr and three juvs (Robert Callf) 
  • Plumstead/Winns Common area: 2 Common Buzzard (George Kalli)
  • Rainham Marshes: ad m Garganey on Purfleet Scrape (Twitter)
  • Rammey Marsh: Cuckoo, Skylark, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, Kingfisher, Reed Bunting (Martin Shepherd)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Black-necked Grebes still at 4:55pm, on scrape area, Main Pit (flooded footpath area) (David Booth et al)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: drake Garganey on east bank of East Warwick (Twitter); drake Garganey on East Warwick by Island - 12.35pm (Davey Leach as per David Bradshaw/Lol Boldini)
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, 20+ Swift, 5 House Martin, Little Grebe with 3 chicks, Pochard, 4 Skylark, 2 singing Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Reed Bunting, Linnet (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Shelduck, 3 singing Reed Warbler (4 birds), Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Swallow, 30+ Swift, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, Little Egret, Linnet (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Sean Kerrigan)

Thursday 26th May 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Mandarin drake still Boating lake am (Dominic Mitchell))
  • Crossness Nature Reserve: 2 Skylark, 150 Starlings,26 Reed Warbler, 12 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, 4 Greenfinch, 8 Linnet, 2 Teal, 2 Lapwing, 11 Gadwall, 4 Little Grebe, Egyptian Goose, 2 Pochard, Kestrel, 4 Pheasant (3 male 1 female), 4 Oystercatcher 4 Greylag Geese (2 adults 2 juvenile) 7 Mute Swan (2 adult 3 cygnets,) Reed bunting, 3 Herring Gull, 120 Black-headed Gull, 2 Swallow, 5 Stock Dove, Swift, Grey Wagtail, 20 Common Tern, 4 Grey Heron, 39 Shellduck, 12 Canada Geese (Donna Zimmer & Steve Carter). Save our Skylarks — please take a look at this. Thank you.
  • Colliers Wood (River Wandle): 1 Kingfisher towards Plough Lane, 1 Whitethroat territorial male, 2 Cormorant in the river. Also, long naturalised Purple Salsify and ample Yellow Rattle deliberately introduced 20 years ago both coming into flower (Keith Bates)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 10 Common Tern, Reed Warbler, Blackcap (male) Little Grebe (Pair) Sand Martin, 2 Linnet, House Sparrow (Male) (John Bushell)
  • Hampstead Heath: singing Willow Warbler still at Sanctuary Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • Horsenden Hill fields: (ringing visit) Little Grebe; Cetti's Warbler, pair present, male originally ringed at London Wetland Centre on 19/08/2014 and retrapped there on 30/06/2015 (this info from Bill Haines), female new; Reed Warbler, several pairs; Blackcap; Willow Warbler; Chiffchaff. (P J Belman)
  • Margravine Cemetery: poss Cuckoo (heard by neighbour 5:20am) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • New River nr Finsbury Park: Little Egret, PR House Sparrows flew down to houses (Michael Mac)
  • Northaw Great Wood: 2 singing male Garden Warbler, 10 Treecreeper including two family parties, 7 Speckled Yellow, 2 Brown Silver-line (Robert Callf)
  • Totteridge Valley: Little Owl, Red Kite, Reed Bunting, Whitethroats, Goldcrest,Mandarin (f) and 6 chicks, 2 Deer. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Wanstead Flats: Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Grebe with 2 chicks, Linnet, 2 singing Meadow Pipit, 2 singing Skylark, 30 + Swift, 4 House Martin (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 singing Reed Warbler (4 birds), Little Egret, 40 + Swift, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe (Nick Croft)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 2 Stock Dove, 5 Grey Heron, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Egyptian Goose. See my twitter @chris_farthing for a happy bird rescue story from this morning (Chris Farthing) singing Cetti's Warbler, 1 Little Egret (Michael Mac)
  • Woodford Green: 7 Swift, Nuthatch, Muntjac and singing Reed Warbler, over and in the garden (latter being a Spring garden 1st!) (Ken Murray)

Wednesday 25th May 2016Edit

  • Barnet: Little Egret flying over playing fields near brook (Simon Worsfold)
  • Battersea Park: Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Simon Worsfold)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, 4 Common Tern, 2 Egyptian Goose, Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Pied Wagtail, Stock Dove, 2 Little Grebe.c100 Swift, 7+ House Martin (Steve Blake). North Marsh: 3 Teal (a pair and a lone drake), Grey Wagtail: North Shore: Another or same Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker chicks calling from nest-hole nr. Dragonfly Pond, Willow Warbler still singing, 20+ House Martin (Bill Haines).
  • Bushy Park: Common Tern (flying east), 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch (calling), 60+ Starling (1 with white tail feathers)  (Ian R Watson)
  • Cheapside: Peregrine flew length of Cheapside at rooftop height heading E 18:30. (Kieron Palmer)
  • London Wetland Centre: large number of Swift (estimates up to as many as 200), 50+ House Martin and 50+ Sand Martin (the latter mainly local breeders, 30 nests), 1m 1f Shelduck, 1m 1f Shoveler, 1m Teal, 1m Kestrel hunting over Southern Route, lots of singing Reed Warblers plus some with young (adults collecting food), 2m 1f Reed Bunting in addition to three breeding pairs, probably the usual 6 Redshank but getting difficult to locate on the marsh (Martin Honey)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds At least 3 singing Reed Warblers in the beds at 08:30 - probably more present, but that's the most I've heard at any one time since they arrived. Nearby 1 Kingfisher fishing on the canal, dived in from the trunking that carries the power lines across the canal and caught a fish. 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing in the hedge between the MFB and Hackney Marshes yesterday morning at 07:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Nunhead Cemetery: Firecrest, singing male. 5.30pm (Andrew Birks)
  • Ruislip Lido: songswitching individual bursted 'chiff chiff chaffs' the finish then willow warbler left of pub, pied wagtail and new family, 30+ hirundines also swifts, Reed warblers, Little egret (Dan Pinkham)
  • Swanscombe Marshes: pm - 1 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall (+), 5 Tufted Duck (3m), 2 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Cuckoo, 40 Swift (+, feeding over reedbed), 1 Skylark (singing), 1 Swallow, 4 Reed Warbler (+, singing) (Peter Beckenham)
  • Tottenham Marsh: Grasshopper Reeling at 7.45 am south end of wild marsh east, heard from Lockwood (Jamie Partridge)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 12.35pm - Great White Egret flew low N over Lockwood then gained height NW towards Ikea area. Pr. Stock Doves, 1 Common Tern, 200+ Swifts over Lockwood & both Maynard Reservors. Grey Wagtail, 2 Little Egrets,4 Swallow, 2 House Martin & 6 Sand Martin (Davey Leach). Oystercatcher flew S over Lockwood 8am (Jamie Partridge)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Swallow and 2 House Martin amongst the usual 100+ Swift, 2 Little Egret (Chris Farthing)

Tuesday 24th May 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Mandarin drake again 1600-1710 at least Boating Lake (Henry Wyn-Jones, Dominic Mitchell, Bob Watts)
  • Barnes Riverside Pond: 4m, 1f Pochard, Sparrowhawk over, Common Tern briefly, singing Cetti's Warbler, 2+ Reed Warbler (1 singing) (Neil Anderson)
  • Brent Reservoir: male Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover display flight, 4 Common Tern (2 displaying on raft), Mute Swan still has its 7 cygnets, 21 Cormorant, Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 4 Reed Warbler (Andrew Verrall)
  • Charing Cross Hospital: 27d old m Peregrine Falcon ringed (public site) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Clerkenwell: 4 Swift north St John Street 19.00 pm (Tony Stones).
  • E3: House Sparrows bred locally and feeding young in my back garden (Harry Harrison)
  • Gallions Reach; 4 Red Kite, 8 Common Buzzard, Peregrine (KJMcmanus)
  • Hackney: Raven by Hertford Union Canal. On bank, then fence,then flew off W. It was huge and had like a "double chin". (Geoff Crabtree and Iain Lang). What time was your Raven? (NC) 1.00pm-- GC.
  • London Wetland Centre: 15+ Swift, Kestrel and Common Tern (Shailesh Patel); 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank (S.Barry)
  • Tooting Common: Red Kite high SW at 1212 (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: fem Mandarin + 6 ducklings at Darlands, Common Buzzard, Swallow, 4 House Martin, 6 Swift, singing Lesser Whitethroat (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: female Mandarin Duck and 4 ducklings lower lake (Robert Callf)
  • Vault Hill Wood, Enfield Chase: 5 Treecreeper pr and three juvs (Robert Callf)
  • Victoria Park: Red-crested Pochard - 4m, 1f and 3 ducklings (JW Davies); 2 House Martins over West Lake (Ernie Thomason)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, Reed Warblers, 3 Cetti's Warblers (singing), 4 Common Terns, Red-crested Pochard, Kingfisher, Kestrel, 2 Meadow Pipits, Shellducks, Great Black-backed Gull (Simon Worsfold)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 50+ Swift, 3 Shelduck, 2 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, singing Lesser Whitethroat, singing Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 3 Meadow Pipit (2 collecting food), 3 Skylark, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft/Peter Brinton)
  • Wanstead Park: Cetti's Warbler by Roding (Tim Harris); Raven north over Aldersbrook Estate, 3 Reed Warbler (2 singing), Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, 2 Little Egret, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 30+ Swift (Nick Croft)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Great Black-backed Gull, courting pair Great Crested Grebes. Burst main at Hornsey has resulted in huge rise in water level in New River and East Reservoir, with many nests at risk (Chris Farthing) oh dear (SBarry)

Monday 23rd May 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Mandarin drake until 2048 Boating Lake when flushed by pair of Mute Swan and no further sign by dusk (Henry Wyn-Jones)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, singing Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • East Barnet Library, EN4: Two pairs of Common Swift overhead. Hopefully they may use the Swift Boxes erected on the building in 2015 (Bob Husband)
  • Hackney Marshes: at 5.15 am, c200 Ring - necked Parakeet in flight (Marcin Kempa).
  • Hammersmith: Common Buzzard low over the street being mobbed by crows at 08.20 (Alex Bailey)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 5 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Swallow, 3 Common Swift, 2 Banded Demoiselle (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: Common Buzzard in tree by entrance gate (08.45) then mobbed by crows and headed towards river (Catherine Beazley)
  • Marban Rd W9:4 House Sparrows (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Oxleas Wood Common Buzzard [m] Sparrowhawk [fm] Mistlethrush [pair] Greatspottedwoodpecker Chiffchaff Goldcrest Coaltit Goldfinch Songthrush Blackcap Swift [Ron Turner]
  • Roding Valley-Woodford Bridge : Kingfisher, Little Egret, Grey & Pied Wagtail, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting & several Mallard chicks. (Simon Wo
  • Trent Park: 12 Common Swift, 2 Pied Wagtail, Garden Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 4 Common Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, drake Mandarin,Swallow, Common Tern.( Pete Lowman) 8 Mandarin Duck - 1 male lower lake, 2 females and two broods of 1 and 4 ducklings upper lake, 8 Treecreeper - two family parties (Robert Callf)
  • Walthasmtow Reservoirs: Oystercatcher East Warwick, 4 Jackdaw over N, pair of Shoveler still high Maynard, 5 Cettis, 100's Swift feeding low first thing (Jamie Partridge)
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Garden Warbler and Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 singing Skylark, 4 Pochard, Little Grebe, Kestrel, 2 Sand Martin, 5 + House Martin, 40 + Swift (Nick Croft/Peter Brinton)
  • Wembley: Little Egret flying near tube line near Wembley Park at c.16:00, Hobby over Barn Hill estate this evening (Joe Taylor)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 100+ Swift, Little Egret, 6 Grey Wagtail (Chris Farthing)

Sunday 22nd May 2016Edit

  • Barnes, Beverley Brook: Iberian Chiffchaff still in sycamores NW of footbridge at 08:30 (RBA), and showed briefly and silently 3 times 12:45-14:20 in same area but no further sign by 16:30 (John Archer)
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: 6 Egyptian Goose pr and four goslings, 9 Mandarin Duck female and eight ducklings, 4 Pied Wagtail female and three juvs (Robert Callf)
  • Brent Reservoir: male Lapwing displaying, 3 Little Ringed Plover (pair plus intruder), 4 Common Tern on rafts, Mute Swan pair with 7 cygnets, Chiffchaff, 6+ Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 5+ Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting (Brent Birders); Jackdaw, Stock Dove, singing Willow Warbler (Simon Worsfold & Magnus Andersson)
  • Bushy Park: Hobby, Nuthatch, 4 Stock Dove, Teal m (Mat Hare)
  • Chelsea Wharf: Grey Wagtail gathering insects along river wall and flying over onto railway sidings 3 times to nest?, Peregrine on tower (Michael Mac)
  • Harefield (Jacks Lane): 5 Red-crested Pochard flew over at 16:40, also 5 Hobby, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Red Kite & Cetti's Warbler (Simon Buckingham)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: Spotted Flycatcher (Surrey BC)
  • Island Barn Reservoir: 3 Oystercatchers, 30+ Swift. (Chris Turner)
  • Kingston Bridge: at least 20 House Martin hawking Mayflies from the roof of John Lewis at 17:00 (this is a regular hunting perch for them in May). Also 3 Common Swift and 2 adult Black-headed Gull (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: Swallow, Swift, Cetti's Warbler, Sand Martin, Reed Warbler (Shailesh Patel)
  • Muswell Hill Playing Fields: Common Buzzard flying north 1222 harassed by 3 crows (Bob Watts)
  • North Hillingdon: Raven over garden calling (G Westley).
  • Olympic Park, Greenway: Little Ringed Plover, 3 Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail (JW Davies)
  • Rainham RSPB: Montagu's Harrier f over Wennington for 5 mins around 2pm before off high west, 2 Whinchat f (M Parker, M Lewis, Clive, Nick S)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Honey-buzzard, Red Kite and 4 Common Buzzard N 1100, also Collared Dove N 0645 (Twitter & BirdGuides)
  • Sewardstone: Cuckoo calling, Willow Warbler, Swifts, Buzzard observer?
  • South Norwood CP: singing MARSH WARBLER seen southwest corner of lake 08:00-08:15 but no further sign (BirdGuides)
  • Staines Moor: 1 Peregrine S, 1+ Hobby, 1 Red Kite N, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Common Tern, 2 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck E, 2 Gadwall, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Egyptian Geese W, 1 Swift E, c. 200 Starling, 7 Reed Bunting, 1 Roe Deer (Lee Dingain)
  • St Pauls EC4: Little Egret flying SWW at 4.15pm. (Ken Murray)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 3 Pheasant (1 seen), min 4 Little Egret (2 together), Kestrel, 6 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Stock Dove, 5+ Swift, 4 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 5 Swallow, pr Sedge Warbler, 8 Rook low over (1 carrying food heading in Hayes direction), 5 Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet, 2 pr Bullfinch, basking Grass Snake, 2 Large Red Damselfly (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Tooting Common: Common Buzzard 1230 (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Wanstead Park: Short-eared Owl, Hobby, singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Little Egret, Swallow, 20+ Swift (Nick Croft)
  • Welling Way, Welling: Common Buzzard, Charms of Goldfinch, Blackcap [m] (Ron Turner)
  • Yeading Brook meadows: Pheasant heard, c15 Swift, singing Skylark, Meadow Pipit, singing Goldcrest in garden conifer backing on to reserve, 10 Whitethroat, singing Reed Bunting, Small Copper (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 21st May 2016Edit

  • Barnes, Beverley Brook: Iberian Chiffchaff briefly in low Sycamore near large Cherry NW of tarmac bridge 08.30 but not heard. Very elusive and not again by 09.45. (Franko J Maroevic et al.)
  • Brent Reservoir: Drake Teal, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 100+ Swift, 14 House Martin feeding by tallest of new small flats in Shearwater Drive, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler singing Main hide (Andrew Verrall, John Gravatt)
  • Clissold Park: Mute Swan, Pochard, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Egyptian Goose with 4 goslings, Canada Goose 8 goslings, Little Gerbe, Blackcap, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Starling.(Ernest Thomason)
  • Enfield Town: 2 Grey Wagtails adjacent to Southbury Road on the New River (Phil Rhodes)
  • Fulham Reach: Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap (Frank Canfield Park), Swallow, House Sparrow fledglings at 3 sites, Coal Tit fledgling(s) (Margarine Cemetery) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Hampstead Heath: Little Egret over at 08:40 looked like it might land but then away W, Peregrine SE at 08:55, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat [second hedge Parliament Hill Fields and first hedge up from cricket pitch], 1 singing Common Whitethroat at second hedge, 1 singing Willow Warbler still at Sanctuary Pond where also Kingfisher, 3 Common Tern, Reed Warbler at Highgate 1 Pond, c50 Swift, 2 House Martin NW, 7 Swallow NW, 2 Gadwall (pair) at Men's Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • Horsenden Hill & Perivale Wood: 2 Little Egret over mid-afternoon, Cetti's Warbler still present on Paradise Fields. observer?
  • Lamorbey Park: Mute Swan, 6 Tufted Duck, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Nuthatch, Song Thrush, 2 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, 2 singing Chaffinch, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Swifts 11-12 pm (Mike Amos).
  • London Wetland Centre: 6 Common Tern 3 pairs two of which appear to be nesting, 6 Redshank, 2 Shelduck m f, 1 Peregrine high over to N, 18 Reed Warbler (seen/singing) from Observatory to Peacock hide (i.e. just the southern part of reserve), 1 Kingfisher; 1 Yellow Wagtail and and 1 Little Ringed Plover seen by others (Martin Honey & B. Page)
  • Pinner (HA5): 6 Goldfinch, Coal Tit, Jackdaw north, Jay, Pied Wagtail & 6 Swift (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 6 Sanderling Target Pools then 3 still Aveley Bay when they flew off (Howard Vaughan, Bob Watts, Sean Huggins et al); Short-eared Owl still (BirdGuides)
  • Rotherhithe: Southwark Park - Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Little Grebe, Stock Dove, Collared Dove (Richard Page-Jones)
  • Ruislip Lido: 6-8 Common Tern 3 probably 4 pair sharing raft with Black-headed Gull, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff (Martin Smith)
  • Southfields, SW18: Reed Warbler 07.30 singing on-and-off in my garden for over 40 minutes until I left home. An unexpected garden first! Still singing mid-pm when I returned home and watched from 10ft away (Martin Honey)
  • Totteridge Valley: pair Treecreeper, Buzzard, 8-10 Swallow, singing Lesser Whitethroat, 3 adult Black-headed Gull SE (odd date), also Dollis Valley/Totteridge Fields, fem Kestrel, 2 Swift, second Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler (John Colmans/NW London RSPB group)
  • Trent Park: Red Kite, 12 Common Swift (Hadley Road), 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Common Whitethroat, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinch, 3 drake Mandarin, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (Pete Lowman).
  • Twickenham: Hobby around Eel Pie Island 15:00 (Mike Foster)
  • Wanstead Flats: 100 + Swift, singing Garden Warbler and Willow Warbler (James Heal)
  • Wanstead Park: Hobby, Cetti's Warbler, 2 singing Reed Warbler (James Heal/Tony Brown)
  • Wembley (Barn Hill estate): Hobby flew over this evening (Joe Taylor)

Friday 20th May 2016Edit

  • Arkley South Fields, Barnet Gate Lane, EN5 (LBB Barnet): Both Skylark and Lapwing back here again this Spring. Saw 3 Lapwing and Lark ascending to great heights, also pair of Linnets over (Geoff Crabtree)
  • Barking Bay: c.60 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 1 male Peregrine, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, c.70 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, passage of Swift West c.30, 15 singing Skylark, 4 Sand Martin, 21 Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 11 Whitethroat, 7 Reed Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Bunting (Nick Senior)
  • Barnes, Beverley Brook: Iberian Chiffchaff by tarmac bridge 07.49 via Birdguides. If anyone hears the bird calling or singing please video it on a smart phone, as no vocalisations yet recorded. Thank you and report any success here. (FJM)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, drake Shoveler, drake Teal, Great Black-backed Gull 3rdS, Chiffchaff, 3+ Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 30+ Swift, 5 House Martin (over West Hendon B/way) (Steve Blake); North Arm/Marsh - 3 Swallow N, 2 Egyptian Goose, c10 local(?) House Martin, 3 singing Reed Warbler, 1 drake Pochard, pair Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe 2pr; Willow Warbler still singing at N end of Shrike field (Bill Haines).
  • Canary Wharf (South Quay): 12 Great Crested Grebes 6 pairs with at least 12 very healthy offspring (Simon Robinson)
  • Coppetts Wood NR, Friern Barnet, N12: Great Spotted Woodpecker nest located for 'RSPB Woodpecker Watch' at Woodland Festival 1pm-4pm Sunday 22 May 2016. Helpers welcome. (Bob Husband & Tony Clancy) TQ2791
  • Hammersmith: pair of Swifts mating in mid air over Hammersmith Flyover 10.00 (Peter Hart)
  • Harrow Recreation Ground (HA1): Peregrine (Shailesh Patel)
  • Monken Hadley Common: 2 prs Bullfinch including pair courtship feeding - male feeding female (Robert Callf)
  • North Sheen Rec: lonesome m Reed Bunting still present 12.30 (Peter Hart)
  • Oxleas Wood: Hobby, Kestrel [m], Chiffchaff, Blackcap [m/fm], Goldcrest, Stock Dove, Swifts, House Martins, Swallows, Green Woodpecker, Jackdaw (Ron Turner)
  • Putney, Dryburgh Rd/Clarendon Drive: 11+ House Sparrow - including at least five males (J.Wilczur)
  • Rainham RSPB: belated report of BLACK KITE S 1315 (BirdGuides)
  • Richmond Park: Little Owl in old oaks next to Holly Lodge 19.00 (Peter Hart)
  • South Norwood CP: Red Kite, On 91 for the year. (R D Weller)
  • Swanley: [Black Kite] reported by motorist S over M20 at 1230 (BirdGuides)
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 40 + Swift, 2 Swallow, 5 + House Martin, 2 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 4 singing Reed Warbler (3 on Shoulder of Mutton), Lesser Whitethroat, Kingfisher, Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 2 presumed failed breeding Black-headed Gull south (Nick Croft)
  • Westminster: 2 Peregrine circling over Victoria St at 17:15 (Frank Nugent).
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, Garden Warbler (Chris Farthing); Sand Martin, 2 Shelduck, Reed Warbler, Blackcap 13:00 (Ben Epstein)
  • Woodford Green: Red Kite flying North over house at 8.45am also Little Egret over at 11.30am. (Ken Murray)

Thursday 19th May 2016Edit

  • Barnes, Beverley Brook: Iberian Chiffchaff seen briefly 10.20 & 11.40 in Sycamores NW and above tarmac footbridge. Only called briefly twice. (Franko J Maroevic, Steve Woolfenden, Mike Wheeler) Not seen or heard during several hours pm (Martin Honey & W.Newnhan)
  • Brent Reservoir: Peregrine, Kestrel, Garden Warbler, Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Egyptian Goose - 12:00-15:00 (Ben Epstein)
  • Bushy Park: Buzzard harassed by Crow over Dukes Head Passage Gate at 14:00 (Mike Foster)
  • Colliers Wood (River Wandle): 2 Whitethroat territorial males (Keith Bates)
  • Crossness Reserve-Thamesmead: 2 Skylarks, Lapwings, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Shelducks, Pair of Teals, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Linnets, Several Cetti's Warblers, Reed and Sedge Warblers, Kestrel, Stock Doves, House Martins, Swifts, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroats and Water Vole (Simon Worsfold & Magnus Andersson)
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way area: 2 Common Buzzard distantly, 1 Swallow, 7 Common Swift, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 male Pied Wagtail (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Common Tern, 6 Redshank incl. one on the grazing marsh carrying and disposing of eggshell - hopefully indicative of breeding success, 4 Shelduck 2m 2f, 2 Shoveler 1m 1f, 5 Reed Bunting 4m 1f mainly collecting food, 2 singing Chiffchaff (Martin Honey)
  • Muswell Hill: Little Egret heading south 17.30 Second record in a month (Brian Milligan)
  • North Sheen Rec: Reed Bunting - a first for this site (Peter Hart)
  • Osterley over M4: 2 Common Buzzards 18.50 (Alex Randall)
  • Richmond: Common Buzzard flew S mobbed by 3 Carrion Crows over Kew Road 19.15. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • St James's Park: 2 Reed Warblers singing (Andrew Self)
  • Southwark Park: pair Little Grebe, pair Mute Swan with 6 young, Chaffinch, Collared Dove calling, 2 Reed Warbler, Blackcap (John Cadera)
  • Tooting Common and adjacent Heaver Estate: Red Kite SW (3:50), Peregrine (3:45), Sparrowhawk, Collared Dove, Garden Warbler (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Totteridge, Upper Dollis Valley: Lesser Whitethroat singing & feeding young, 2 Common Buzzards (Bob Husband)
  • Trent Park : Red Kite, c50 Common Swift (Hadley Road), Common Buzzard, 2 Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Common Whitethroat, Orange Tip. (Pete Lowman).
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 singing Meadow Pipit, 2 singing Skylark, 2 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Kestrel, 2 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 10 + Swift (Nick Croft/Peter Brinton)
  • Wanstead Park: Peregrine on pylon in Old Sewage Works (Rob Sheldon); 2 singing Reed Warbler (3 birds), Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 30 + Swift, Swallow (Nick Croft); 11 Grass Snake in OSW (Tim Harris)
  • Wapping: Hermitage Basin, several pairs of House Martin (four nests seen), Grey Wagtail, Coot on nest, several House Sparrow: Hermitage - Shadwell Basin, two Grey Wagtail: Shadwell Basin, Common Tern on raft, 1pr Great Crested Grebe, two pairs Coot with young (John Colmans)
  • Wimbledon Common: BEE-EATER photographed over windmill flying w/ Swallows for 5-10min c1300 (Magnus Andersson via Twitter) 7 photos posted on British Facebook Birders
  • Woodford Green: Red Kite over the back-wood and school field behind garden 8.45am (Ken Murray)

Wednesday 18th May 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 40+ Swift, Swallow, 6+ House Martin Wood green Res 1730 (Bob Watts)
  • Barnes, Beverley Brook: Iberian Chiffchaff Showed briefly 15.45-1600 called infrequently. In Sycamores NW of tarmac footbridge. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Egyptian Goose, drake Teal, 4 Little Ringed Plover (2 pr), 3 Lapwing (briefly 08:30), adult Great Black-backed Gull with a new 2nd summer young, c100 Swift, Kingfisher, 2 Swallow through with 4 later, 10+ House Martin, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Garden Warbler all singing near hide after rain, 2 Reed Warbler singing (Brent Birders incl Rob Ayers ex-watcher)
  • Chingford Plain: Reed Bunting, Kestrel, 2 Willow Warblers, Green Woodpecker (Simon Worsfold)
  • Fairlop Waters: 12 Arctic Terns on main lake early evening & Hobby (Alan Bell)
  • Ilford: 2 Little Egrets west over Redbridge Roundabout (Barbara Miller)
  • Mill Hill (off Marsh Lane): Kestrel hovering over the houses in search of a snack (Simon Worsfold)
  • Rainham Marshes: male Garganey, 5 Hobby (2 2cy) 1 Grey Plover East, 2 Sanderling Aveley Bay, c.50 Swift, 2 Grasshopper Warbler (N Senior)
  • St James's Park: Peregrine and 6 Swift (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Res: 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Shelduck, many Swift, 2 Canada Geese and 5 Goslings (Sue Giddens)
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 5 Swallow through n, 4 House Martin, 6 Swift, 2 Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Reed Warbler, Goldcrest, 2 Shelduck, 3 Little Grebe, 6 Swallow, 5 Swift, 2 Little Egret, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Peregrine NE at 07:30, 2 Shelduck, Garden Warbler (Chris Farthing)
  • Woodford Green: Tawny Owl, male & female Bullfinch, pair of Goldfinch, and male Greenfinch feeding on Sallow in the grdn - 8.30-9am (Ken Murray)

Tuesday 17th May 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: pair Common Tern Wood Green Res, Common Whitethroat singing Conservation Pond 0700 (Bob Watts)
  • Barnes, Beverley Brook: IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still near tarmac bridge in large cherry 06.30 but not calling or singing by 08.15 - also briefly after 07.35 but very elusive, also Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcaps, Grey Wagtail and Kingfisher. (Franko J Maroevic, Andrew Moon); Iberian Chiffchaff calling and showing quite well in sycamore just NW of bridge at 16.00, Swallow W, 6 House Martin, Whitethroat (R.Kaye, B.Whiskin, C.Wilkinson, S.Woolfenden, J.Wilczur); 3 Red Kite SW, m Peregrine (RK et al)
  • Battersea Park: 2 singing Blackcap (Charlie Schouten)
  • Brent Reservoir: Reed Warblers, Buzzard, 2 Common Terns, Gadwalls, Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Singing Sedge Warbler (Simon Worsfold)
  • Dollis Brook, Finchley: Hobby low west over the bridge on Waverley Grove at 12pm (Ben Epstein)
  • East Dulwich: Red Kite over Dawson's Heights at 16:30. Seen from garden for second day running (Martin Stevens)
  • Finchley Road Station: Grey Wagtail on ledge opposite northbound Met line platform 09.20 (Alex Massey)
  • Hampstead Heath: Greenfinch active by Highgate No 1 Pond, Chaffinch, 2 Herring Gull, Kestrel, pair Gadwall Viaduct Pond, 2 Kingfisher and Willow Warbler singing at Sanctuary Pond, heard several Chiffchaff (MH4BirdsMBS); Whitestone Pond - 2 Egyptian Geese (John Colmans)
  • Hyde Park: Red Kite over at 11:10 heading South (J&J Cadera)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 2 Mute Swan and 7 cygnets on canal, also Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Herring Gulls (Martin Smith)
  • One Tree Hill: Red Kite East to West over South London 18:30 (Michael Mac)
  • Potters Bar: singing male Firecrest in conifers at Morven House, The Causeway (Robert Callf)
  • Redbridge, River Roding: Spotted Flycatcher footbridge at TQ 416 889 (Barry Jones)
  • St James's Park: 2 singing Reed Warbler - east and west reedbeds - and 1 Swallow NW (Frank Nugent).
  • South Norwood Country Park: 2 Hobbies, Peregrine, Cetti's Warbler (heard) 11 swifts, 2 swallows, numerous whitethroats, chiffchaff. 19:00 for an hour. (Jo East)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Black-necked Grebe still 1930 (BirdGuides)
  • Tooting Commons: 8 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young, Jackdaw, Grey Heron (James Hudson)
  • Trent Park: Common Buzzard, 100+ Common Swift, 2 Swallow, 3 Common Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Wanstead Flats: Cuckoo north towards Alex (Peter Brinton), singing Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 30+ Swallow through, 5+ House Martin, 20+ Swift, singing Meadow Pipit, 3 singing Skylark, Linnet, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Kestrel, 2 Small Heath, and several dozen Green Hairstreak (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Reed Warbler (2 singing), 2 Little Egret, 3 Swallow, 10+ Swift, 4 Stock Dove, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, Kestrel, first male Banded Demoiselle (Nick Croft)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: pair Common Tern, pair Sedge Warbler, pair Stock Dove, pair Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, Whitethroat (Chris Farthing)

Monday 16th May 2016 Edit

  • Barnes, Beverley Brook: IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF seen & heard singing 15:35-16:00 (Andrew Self, Dominic Mitchell)
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Swallow N, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Reed warbler, 1 singing male Cetti's Warbler (Nick Senior)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Greylag Goose (Andrew Self, Steve Leeke); (evening) 1m Teal, pr Little Ringed Plover on raft, Kingfisher, only 2 Common Tern (Andrew Haynes).
  • Clapham Orlando Road, SW4: Collared Dove, 4 Swift, 4+ Starling 3+ House Sparrow nests (Michael Mac)
  • East Dulwich: pr Red Kite circling over Dawson's Heights at 1800 then headed west (Martin Stevens)
  • East India Dock Basin: 4 Shelduck, 2 Common Tern, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Swallow N, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 6+ Reed Warbler, 2 Linnet (Nick Senior)
  • Hampstead Heath: Willow Warbler singing at Sanctuary Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • Hackney Marshes: along river Lea Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young in nest hole, a family Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest singing, 2 active Parakeet nest (Marcin Kempa).
  • Hooks Marsh/Police Pit: 14+ Hobby in the air together early pm (Simon Papps)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 3 Common Buzzard, 6 Common Swift, 8 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitehroat, 1 Willow Warbler. 2 Nuthatch hawking Mayflies (Neil Batten)
  • Leg of Mutton LNR: 1 Common Tern, 1 Reed Warbler, 1+ Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Pochard, strong numbers of House Martins and 5 Swifts, 2 Collared Dove (Eugene Dillon-Hooper)
  • Middlesex Street E1: Black Redstart at 1230 (John Cadera) Where was this, and was it over or present? (Matthew Cunningham) no exact locations of rare sp in breeding season
  • Oxleas Wood: Cuckoo, Kestrel (f), Blackcap (m f), Chiffchaff, Stock Dove (pr), Swift, Swallow (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite north-west-west at 17:59, 3 Swallow north, 17 Swift north, 5 Goldfinch, Jackdaw over, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Pied Wagtail, singing Goldcrest & Ring-necked Parakeet (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Cuckoo, 4 Ringed Plover, ad Mediterranean Gull (flying w down river), 6 Hobby, Stonechat, Marsh Harrier, Little Egret, Teal, Wigeon, Greenshank, Short-eared Owl, Corn Bunting (on landfill) (Ben Epstein).
  • Rammey Marsh: Cuckoo singing in North West area close to road 1930hrs (Neville Smith).
  • Rickmansworth: 2 Arctic Tern on fishing lake before railway bridge on Ebury Way (BirdGuides)
  • Roding Valley: Woodford - 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Reed Buntings m f, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Wagtails, Great Crested Grebe by lake, Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, Wren, Dunnocks, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Swifts, Pheasant heard (Simon Worsfold). Simon, whereabouts in the valley did you hear the Grasshopper Warbler the other day? Thanks. (Alan Hobson).
  • St James's Park: 9 Swallow NW 14:30-15:00, 2 Grey Wagtail on roof of Duck Island cottage and a Reed warbler singing from the west reedbed (Frank Nugent).
  • South Harefield: 1 Common Buzzard landed on telephone pole in Harvil Road (Roger Dewey)
  • South Harrow: Common Buzzard seen from home (Michael Robinson)
  • Southwark Park: 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Little Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Collared Dove (John Cadera)
  • Trent Park: singing male Garden Warbler edge of Church Wood near Cemetery, 2 Mother Shipton (Robert Callf)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Hobby, Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 15+ Sand Martin, 10+ Swift, 2 Tree Sparrow, Garden Warbler, Kingfisher (Steve Blake)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 singing Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Linnet, 2 singing Meadow Pipit, 3 singing Skylark, 3 Swallow, 5+ House Martin, 10+ Swift, Kestrel (Nick Croft/Peter Brinton)
  • Wanstead Park: Cetti's Warbler by Gates of Mordor (Rob Sheldon), 2 Reed Warbler, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Little Egret (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • West Harrow: Red Kite drifted high NW 19.10 and another very high W 19.50 (Alex Massey)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Little Ringed Plover, Garden Warbler nestbuilding, Coal Tit, pair Red-crested Pochard, pair Shelduck, Great Black-backed Gull 2cy (Chris Farthing)
  • Wimbledon Common: Cuckoo at Ladies Mile (David Wills).

Sunday 15th May 2016 Edit

  • Barking Bay: 1 Hobby N, 1 Knot E, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (1 2cy & 2 3cy), Short-eared Owl, 60 Swift, 36 Swallow N, 2 Sand Martin, 19 House Martin N (Nick Senior)
  • Barnes, Beverley Brook: IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF only seen twice this am.09.10 & 11.20 a.m. (Steve Connor per FJM); 10+ Ring-necked Parakeet - there were none at this location when it was surveyed seven years ago; IC was reported again 19.15 (BirdGuides) It is an elusive bird & could still be around?? (R.Colne) it was singing at 19:15 but wasn't seen (Nick Croft). I was stupid enough to leave a camera bag along the path some time after 5 PM. Grateful for any news! —Fernley Symons
  • Bentley Priory: 2 Mandarin (1 on Summerhouse lake with at least ten possibly twelve ducklings & 1 further up lake with possible - hidden from view - brood (Richard Francis).
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, Teal, 3 Shoveler, Lapwing, Turnstone, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 50+ Swift, Swallows, 10+ House Martin nests in use at W.Hendon colony, 2 Chiffchaff, 6+ Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 6+ Reed Warbler, 6+ Whitethroat, Peregrine, (Andrew Verrall, Shaliest Patel + NW London RSPB Walk)
  • Bushy Park: Little Owl (8.40pm) (Ian R Watson)
  • Collier Row, Romford: Buzzard circling high above Rex Close at 10:45 (G J Francis)
  • Dartmouth Park (NW5): Hobby heading low N over Laurier Road at 13:50 (Tim Blackburn)
  • East Dulwich SE22: Red Kite over my garden (Steven Robinson)
  • Hampstead Heath: Little Egret NW at 0815, 4 Common Tern over the Highgate Ponds for an hour after which three, Reed Warbler at Highgate 1 Pond, House Sparrows using hedges up from bandstand, c30 Swift, 12 Swallow NW, 1 House Martin NW, 3 Common Buzzard (Frank Nugent).
  • Harefield (Jacks Lane): Raven drifted NE at 16:15 also Peregrine, 2 Hobby, Buzzard & 4 Red Kite (Simon Buckingham)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 2 Reed Warbler 1 singing from reed bed east end of Serpentine with another in reeds near Diana memorial fountain (James Hudson)
  • Kentish Town NW5: Hobby hunting over Murphy's yard c18:25-c18:35 (Frank Nugent).
  • KGV Reservoir: Sanderling at 11:25 north basin west side (Martin Shepherd)
  • Ladywell Fields: Little Egret bathing in the river, 2 singing Song Thrush (Tom Moulton)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite west at 14:58, Hobby, 18 Swift, 2 Swallow through north, 4 Goldfinch, singing Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 2 Pied Wagtail & 9 juvenile Starlings; also 2 Holly Blue & a male Orange-tip butterfly (Jon Ridge).
  • Putney, Huntingfield Road: 2 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, 6 Swallow, Linnet S (R.Kaye, J.Wilczur)
  • Rainham RSPB: Garganey very elusive but visible from visitor centre (M Parker, M Lewis, Nick S, others); Great White Egret still (BirdGuides)
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park, Woodford Bridge: 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Common Terns, Little Egret, Kestrel, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, Reed Bunting, Blackcap, 5 Whitethroats, Chiffchaff (making 5 species of warbler), 3 Song Thrushes, Great Spotted Woodpecker, c12 Swifts, Mistle Thrush, c6 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Pied Wagtails, 1-2 Linnets, also 5 Orange-tips, Holly Blue and Brimstone. (Alan Hobson).
  • South Norwood CP: Short-eared Owl (R D Weller).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Turnstone (BirdGuides)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: m Mandarin, 2 calling Pheasant, Little Egret over, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 7 Lapwing, 8 Stock Dove, 7 Swift, 4 Skylark, 5 Swallow (3 at stables), 23 singing Whitethroat, 11 singing Blackcap, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 7 Rook low over, 4 Reed Bunting, Linnet, 4 Bullfinch (Neil Anderson)
  • Tooting Common: Red Kite SW at 2:20, 2 Hobby SE at 2:25, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Blackcap (Alan Wilkinson)

Saturday 14th May 2016 Edit

  • Barnes, Beverley Brook: IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still. Park near cemetery on Mill Hill Road. Or walk from Putney Bridge Station. c.300m along the brook from the Thames, favours the Cherry and Elder just inside the fence of the cricket pitch, just past the first bridge, also gets in first large Sycamore after bridge. Very elusive but heard often from 14:00-16:30 (Paul Whiteman, Rupert Kaye, Garry James, et al.)
  • Brent Reservoir: Turnstone on rafts late morning, pair of Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, single male Lapwing, Snipe (latest ever date 15th), Great Black-backed Gull 3rd summer, max 12 Common Tern, 100+ Swift, 6 Swallow, 10+ House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler (Brent Birders); Turnstone still present at 3 pm, single Jackdaw feeding around mud on North Marsh (Eddie Wang)
  • Clapton Square, E5: Buzzard overhead. (Marcus Mitchell)
  • Covert Way LNR: Hobby N 14:10 hrs (Robert Callf)
  • Crayford Marsh: (Landfill) Hobby, Cuckoo (Ralph Todd)
  • East India Dock Basin: 6 Shelduck, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, 1 male Grey Wagtail, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 9 Reed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff (1 lacking olive tones looking very brown but not tristis), 3 Linnet (Nick Senior)
  • Elm Park Road, N21: Hobby flew NE at 15:39 (Katy McGilvray)
  • Enfield Lock, Albany Park: 2 Linnet feeding with Starlings (Martin Shepherd)
  • Fairlop: Kestrel, 2 Common Terns, Skylark, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, several Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Whitethroats, House Martin, Sand Martins, Swifts, Swallow, 3 Mistle Thrushes, Linnets, Jackdaw, 2 Egyptian Geese, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Simon Worsfold); BirdsMBS Local Outing saw/heard most of the above & Magpie, Crow, Starling, Greylag with goslings, Canada Geese with goslings, Tufted Duck, Mallard, pair Gadwall, Mute Swan, Coot with young, Moorhen, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Robin, Wren, Woodpigeon, 2 Great crested Grebe, Green Woodpecker, Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Jay, House Sparrows, 2 Pied Wagtails and 1 Hobby. (MH4BirdsMBS)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, Swallow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Black Tern still (BirdGuides)
  • Kentish Town NW5:  Red Kite over low NW following the railway line heading towards Hampstead Heath at 17:35 (Frank Nugent).
  • Lamorbey Park: Great Crested Grebe, Pair Mute Swan, c10 Tufted Duck, 3 Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, 3+ Blackcaps singing, 2 Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Goldcrest, 2 Swifts (Mike Amos) .
  • Pinner (HA5): female Sparrowhawk, 13 Swift, a slightly unseasonal Black-headed Gull over the garden, 6 Goldfinch, Coal Tit, Pied Wagtail, singing Goldcrest & a handful of Ring-necked Parakeets still left (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 m Garganey (ad male & 1st Y), Marsh Harrier, Hobby, 4 Whimbrel first thing, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Yellow Wagtail (Neil Anderson/P+T. Rawlins); also Black Tern with Common Terns along the river between Aveley Bay and the Stone Barges (Alan Hobson); 12 Arctic Tern through (BirdGuides)
  • Staines Moor: 4 Hobbys, 1 Common Tern, 1 Redshank, 6+ Sedge Warblers (Paul Goodman)
  • Staines Reservoir: 6 Arctic Tern, 1 Black Tern, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher (Paul Goodman)
  • Stanwell Moor: 1 Spotted Flycatcher (along footpath from Hithermoor Road), 1 Reed Warbler (Paul Goodman)
  • Streatham High Road: 3 grey wagtail & probable nest behind block of flats' disused open air pool (A La Pietra)
  • Tulse Hill (SW2): 1 Little Egret 21.15 (flying over quite low SE). Garden tick (Matthew J. Bradbury)
  • Wathamstow Reservoirs: at least 2 poss 3 Red Kite over West, Hobby hunting in channel north of Lockwood, 2 Yellow wagtails briefly landed on east warwick bank, 100's of swifts, 2 Red-crested pochards (Jamie Partridge)
  • Wanstead Flats: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, displaying Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Great Spotted Woodpecker (J & J Cadera)
  • Wanstead Park: m Red-Crested Pochard, Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler, Hobby, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 10+ Common Whitethroat (James Heal, Bob Vaughan)
  • Welling Way: Common Buzzard over (Ron Turner)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 7 singing Reed Warblers, Single Sedge Warbler and Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret showing well on water edge and in trees, 75 swifts (Pete Mantle); Common Sandpiper at 06:30 at West Res, Common Buzzard over S, Common Whitethroat, Reed Bunting (Frank Nugent); 2 Swallow, m. Red-crested Pochard & regular Yellow-legged Gull 2cy present early a.m. (Chris Farthing)

Friday 13th May 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 12+ House Martin, 4+ Swift Wood Green Res 1730 (Bob Watts)
  • Amwell: 5 Hobby (Twitter)
  • Barking Bay: c.70 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 6 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel N, 95 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern upstream (2 ad 1 first-summer), 1 Turtle Dove N, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow W/N, 3 Yellow Wagtail; 4+ Harbour Porpoise (Nick Senior) Pics
  • Barnes, Beverley Brook: IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF 3rd day. Very elusive this afternoon in the wind, but calling. Take footpath W from Thames along brook, view sycamores beyond first footbridge (R.Kaye)
  • Brent Reservoir: Turnstone flew in 07:15 fed with 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, also 2 Lapwing, sub-adult Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Egyptian Goose, 18 Common Terns, male Peregrine 09:05, 70+ Swift, 6 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler (Steve Leeke, Andrew Verrall); Turnstone still present at 13:00 hrs on raft (Leo Batten); 1 Common Snipe appeared 11:30 (Leo Batten, Andrew Haynes).
  • Crossness: Summer plumage Knot (Conrad Ellam & Mike Robinson)
  • Dartmouth Park: at 11.30 am, a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the Hawthorn tree in my back garden (whose back garden?)
  • Fisher's Green: Honey Buzzard quite high and moving slowly but steadily into N. Wind up Lee Valley 12.00 hrs, 3-4 Hobbys, 3+ singing Nightingales and several Garden Warblers (Jonathan Cooke).
  • Hampstead Heath: 3 Common Buzzard N two of which just above treetops over Cohen's Field at 15:40, Peregrine NW (Frank Nugent).
  • Hilfied Park Reservoir: Black Tern seen from observation platform (Twitter)
  • Horsenden Hill: Garden Warbler singing on summit. (Martin Smith)
  • Kensington Gardens: fem Teal, Hobby over, c.10 Swift, Cetti's Warbler (Des McKenzie-Twitter)
  • Kentish Town: Red Kite flew WSW over Arctic Street at 1440 (Pete Mantle)
  • Mudchute: 3 Blackcap. 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff (Nick Senior)
  • Oxleas Wood: Chiffchaff, Blackcap [m], Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Stock Dove [pair], Kestrel [pair], Red Kite, Common Buzzard [pair displaying], Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Chaffinch [m], Mistle Thrush, Swallow, Nuthatch (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite north, Common Buzzard over, Swallow north-west, 4 Swift, 4 Goldfinch, Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest & Pied Wagtail (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Great White Egret still, Glossy Ibis Purfleet Scrape 1030 then high S over river 1145 (BirdGuides)
  • Regent's Park: f Common Scoter N 1830 (Dante Shepherd via Twitter - pics)
  • Roding Valley: (Woodford) Kestrel, Little Egret, Garden Warbler, 2 Reed Buntings, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, several Whitethroats and heard a Grasshopper Warbler. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 Black Tern, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Common Tern, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 80+ Swift, 30+ Swallow, 15+ House Martin, 3 Great Crested Grebe (Thomas Gibson)
  • Tooting Commons: possible Whitethroat singing (not seen) 5pm by railway sheds W of Triangle Playground (western apex of "Triangle Field") (Nick Granger-Taylor).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: M Garganey flew low over West Warwick then S towards Walthamstow Marshes - 7.35 am (looked to drop down S of Car Park), Kingfisher flew over Upper Maynard, 6+ Singing Reed Warbler on W. Warwick & 28 Common Terns there. (Davey Leach)
  • Wanstead Flats: Red Kite drifting south, 2-4 Garden Warbler in SSSI (2 singing and 2 sources of alarm calling from elsewhere), Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, singing Reed Bunting, Linnet, 3 Swallow, 4 + House Martin, 20 + Swift, Peregrine Falcon, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 5 Pochard, 2 Black-headed Gull, 3 Meadow Pipit (2 carrying food & another singing), 3 singing Skylark (Nick Croft/Sean Kerrigan/John Whele/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: singing Reed Warbler, Little Egret, Lesser Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe (Nick Croft/John Whele/Bob Vaughan)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Hobby SW at 07:35, Common Sandpiper (east res.), Peregrine flying amongst cloud of Swifts, pr Red-crested Pochard (New River), 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Swallow, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, Egyptian Goose; Great Black-backed Gull 2cy - 15:00 visit (Chris Farthing)

Thursday 12th May 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Hobby hunting between Cricket Scrub and lower car park 1828 and 1840 at least, also 20+ Swift, 4 House Martin (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: pair of Shoveler, Little Ringed Plover only wader present, 12 Common Terns, 2 Swift, Swallow flying north, 3 local House Martins, Chiffchaff Staples woods and Heron Hide, 4 Blackcap, 3 Reed Warblers - 2 singing Heron Hide 1 at Main (Steve Leeke, Andrew Verrall)
  • Colliers Wood (River Wandle): 1 Reed Warbler male, 1 Whitethroat male both towards Plough Lane, 1 Green Woodpecker (Keith Bates)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 6 Common Tern, House Martin, Sand Martin, Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 5 Reed Warbler, Jackdaw over, Oystercatcher on Thames foreshore (Conrad Ellam), 
  • Hampstead Heath: early am visit only - Hobby over Parliament Hill c8:00, 2 Common Tern NW, Reed Warbler at Highgate 1 Pond, singing Willow Warbler at Sanctuary Pond, where also 2 Kingfisher, c50 Swift, 2 Swallow NW, Linnet SE (Frank Nugent).
  • Kentish Town, Arctic Street: A Little Egret flew NW at 0740 (Pete Mantle)
  • KGV Res: 1 Black Tern (Tony Clancy)
  • London Wetland Centre: Iceland Gull (BirdGuides)
  • Otford: Oriental Turtle Dove showed at 5.55-6.05am (Simon Papps); [Lesser Spotted Eagle] reported, sent in 10,46 (BirdGuides) Details: I did not see it but was there just after. Apparently It drifted over heading west mobbed by crows. Observers present headed off to see if they could find it over nearby wetlands. However I understand there is some sort of eagle sanctuary nearby. (Jim Fell) There are at least 2 Falcon Flying Experience companies not far that also have eagles (Dan Barrett) & Eagle Heights birds of prey center is a few miles down the road (Skinner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Little Egret north-west at 17:24 & 4 Goldfinch on the feeders, Linnet east at 18:10, 5 Swift, 2 Swallow north-west & 3 Pied Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Great White Egret and 2 Black Terns (Aveley Pools), Stone-curlew from the Serin Mound at 1.30 pm (per Howard Vaughan); plus am - 3 Marsh Harriers, up to 10 Hobbys, Barn Owl, Bearded Reedling, Numerous Reed, Sedge Warblers, Whitethroats, Blackcaps, 4 Lesser Whitethroats (Nick B)
  • Regent's Park: Hobby flew over low at 09:57 (Joe Taylor)
  • Rotherhithe: Whimbrel calling over Rope Street at 00.05 (Richard Bonser)
  • St James's Park: 1 Reed Warbler singing in reeds at the Buckingham Palace end of the lake 0820, Whitethroat species in bushes behind small pond near Horse Guards Parade 1430. (Jo Lawrence)
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 20 Stock Dove 1530 (Robert Callf)
  • South Woodford: 5 swifts screaming through Derby Road 0900. Returning to last year's territory. (Steve Howey)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Bar-tailed Godwit still beside Colne 13:39, Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Hobby (Lee Dingain-Twitter) - godwits pics and video here)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Great Northern Diver, 4 Black Tern, 2 Sanderling (Twitter)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 1 Red Kite s. over The Glade at 19:00, also 10 Common Swift (Neil Batten)
  • Tooting Common: Nightingale singing in Bedford Wood 13:30 (Magnus Andersson via Twitter), Garden Warbler singing in usual location (James Hudson)
  • Totteridge Valley: Lapwing, Pheasant, Whitethroat, Treecreeper, Coal Tit, Young Fallow Deer, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Victoria Park: 4 Red-crested Pochard 3m 1f with 3 ducklings, 3 Common Pochard 2f 1m, pair Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 15+ Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 4+ Swift West Lake (Bob Watts)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Black-necked Grebes on Lockwood, m Garganey on West Warwick (Deiniol Owen)
  • Wanstead Flats: Common Sandpiper (Alex), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, singing Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 6+ House Martin, 10+ Swift, Brimstone and many Green Hairstreak (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: singing Reed Warbler (Shoulder of Mutton), singing Reed Bunting there too, Great Crested Grebe with one chick, Little Grebe, 2-3 Hobby, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)

Wednesday 11th May 2016Edit

  • Amwell: 4 Black Tern (Herts website)
  • Argos-Balham: 2 Swift local, 2 Swallow through (Michael Mac)
  • RT Barking Bay: 40 Shelduck, 5 Common Scoter (1 drake) on the river, 1 Little Egret, 4 Oystercatcher, 28 Ringed Plover mostly East with a few dropping in briefly, 11 Grey Plover (4 on flats and 7 East), 1 Turnstone, 3 Sanderling, 2 Greenshank, 4 Snipe, 1 Little Gull 2cy, 2 Sandwich Tern E, c80 Common Tern, 3 Black Tern NE, 1 Short-eared Owl lingering, 15 Swift, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear (Nick Senior) photos
  • Barn Elms Playing Fields: Todds or Lesser Canada Goose on the running track (R.Kaye)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 3 Black Tern flew north, Little Gull (1st summer), 6 Common Tern flew east, 8 Ringed Plover north, 3 Dunlin north, 4 Redshank (Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret off Res Staples Cnr, drake Scaup landed next to few Tufted and Pochard near rafts for 10 mins during heavy shower then swam off on own & took off north, new flock of 10 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, Snipe, 5 Common Sandpiper and pair of Little Ringed Plover, max 12 Common Tern 4 on rafts - mating seen, Garden Warbler singing near hide (Steve Leeke, Andrew Verrall)
  • Danson Park: Hobby, 3 Common Sandpiper, 8 Egyptian Geese (6 goslings), 3 Little Grebe, 4+ Great Crested Grebe (1 juv), c10 Swift, 2 Swallow, 2+ Blackcap, 2+ Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, 2 Jay, 2 Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Gallions Reach: 24 Arctic Tern downriver into Barking Bay, 15 Common Tern, 6 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper. (Gary A James).
  • Hampstead Heath: Parliament Hill - singing Skylark at 0745 soon flew N, Yellow Wagtail NW, 2 Linnets NW (Pete Mantle)
  • Homerton, Mabley Street: Red Kite (tatty plumage) 13.30 approx (Adam C)
  • KGV Reservoir: 6 Black Tern (Neville Smith).
  • London Wetland Centre: 15 Greylag, 2 Shelduck - pair, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret E, Buzzard N, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Lapwing - one new nest five more failures, 14 Common Tern - including 12 flew in from W and a pair scraping on island in front of obs, Black-headed Gull - 4 more nests on newly installed rafts, Sand Martin - 29 holes being used in nest bank, Yellow Wagtail (H.Bradshaw, D.Widdowson, J.Wilczur)
  • Otford: Oriental Turtle Dove still (Birdguides) Visible again at 18:55 but difficult viewing in conifer (James Hudson)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Wood Sandpiper on Purfleet scrape 06:48-07:35 at least, 4 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, c25 Dunlin over (Fraser Simpson); Grasshopper Warbler, Short-eared Owl, Hobby (J & J Cadera); Garganey on Purfleet scrape (BirdGuides); Ferry Lane - 3 Cuckoo in tandem, m Marsh Harrier, Grasshopper Warbler (J & J Cadera)
  • Sevenoaks WR: Sanderling (BirdGuides)
  • South Norwood Lake: Hobby hunting bats at dusk (Deiniol Owen)
  • Southfields, SW18: a first for the garden this morning at 7am - a singing Willow Warbler (Martin Honey).
  • Stocker's Lake: Black Tern, Hobby, drake Goldeneye (Twitter)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Blackcap, Whitethroat, 6 Reed Warbler (Conrad Ellam)
  • Tooting Commons: Garden Warbler singing in same location as yesterday (James Hudson); 2 Garden Warbler at 6pm, singing Chiffchaff (Michael Mac)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Greenshank on East Warwick at 0730 (Paul Whiteman, David Bradshaw); Ringed Plover, Redshank & 2 Black-necked Grebes on Lockwood (Dave Callahan); Little Tern flying around East Warwick with Common Terns 12.20 - 12.25pm then flew high towards No. 5, Greenshank still present, M Peregrine flew over West at 12.40pm, Garden Warbler in scrub by Canal (Davey Leach)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Dunlin (first for 2 years) on Alex (Bob Vaughan), Yellow Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Swallow, 8 House Martin, singing Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 4 Pochard, plastic fantastic Barnacle Goose, 3 Skylark, Linnet (Birthday Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: tatty or bedraggled Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, singing Reed Warbler, pr of Reed Bunting, 8 House Martin, 20+ Swift, Coal Tit (Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Sandpiper (west res), Garden Warbler, Yellow-legged Gull 2cy, Swallow (Chris Farthing)

Tuesday 10th May 2016Edit

  • Some superb wader records today - well done all.
  • Amwell: 2 Sanderling, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, Shoveler, Gadwall, 1 Little Egret, Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, also at least 10 Roman Snails N part of site (Nigel May); Little Tern seen (Herts website).
  • Beddington Farmlands: 10 Ringed Plover possibly gone down on lagoons, Dunlin, Short-eared Owl, Arctic Tern flew north, 2 Common Tern (1 main lake & 1 flew north), Sandwich Tern flew south, 6 Redshank, 3 Greenshank (Twitter).
  • Brent Reservoir: flock of 17 Ringed Plover 09:45-11.20 (2nd largest flock in history - highest count in 150 years), pair of Little Ringed Plover, 7 Common Sandpiper, Redshank (Steve Blake); saw 2 of Ringed Plover fly off East 12:15 and Redshank fly off East 12:10, pair of Little Ringed Plover mating on raft - male cleaner looking bird with much brighter yellow eye-rings, then 1 of Ringed Plover flock still feeding on mud, 12  Common Terns, 70+ Swift flock counted, Swallow, 2 House Martin - 11:45 visit with Steve Blake (Andrew Verrall and Steve Blake)
  • Broadwater GP: 3 Black Tern & Cuckoo (Simon Buckingham); Black Terns still present mid afternoon, plus a Common Sandpiper (John Edwards)
  • Bushy Park: f Mallard (with 9 ducklings), 2 Shelduck, Skylark (Ian R Watson)
  • Horsenden Hill: Cetti's Warbler still singing frequently and showing occasionally at Paradise Fields in willows and scrub adjacent Bullibrook and S of the tarmac path (Andy Culshaw).
  • KGV Res: am - Hobby, through drizzle looked like female Garganey hiding behind buoy (A. Middleton)
  • London Wetland Centre: 80 Redshank - including a flock of c.75 circling low for several minutes before flying off downriver at 11.10, Knot  - with Redshank flock, Whimbrel - grounded, 4 Arctic Tern flew E, 2 Common Sandpiper, Common Gull 2cy, 50+ Swift, 30+ House Martin, f Yellow Wagtail, m Pied Wagtail carrying food, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet - one entering nest-hole at visitor centre (J.Wilczur); 7 Godwit sp NE presumably Bar-tailed (LWC web-site); 5 Grey Plover E, 5 Ringed Plover, 6 Yellow Wagtail (P. Knox per LWC per JW)
  • Otford: Oriental Turtle Dove in tree in garden on The Old Walk viewable from The Butts 07:15 & 18:00 (BirdGuides)
  • Paternoster Square, City of London: Free flying Harris Hawk to deter pigeons (flying one to two days a week during Summer) (Alan Lewis)
  • Queen Mother Res: (permit only) Sanderling and 2 Greenshank (Twitter)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: COLLARED PRATINCOLE low E over river wall & Purfleet village at visitor centre 2005 but no further sign by 2100 (Fraser Simpson via Twitter); 2 Little Tern, 4 Black Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 24 Grey Plover, 7 Sanderling (BirdGuides)
  • Regent's Park: Common Tern, 30+ Swift, 30+ House Martin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ruislip Lido: 2 Common Tern, good view of singing Garden Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler and mixed flock of 40+ House Martins and Swifts (Martin Smith)
  • Ruxley GPs: (permit only) 2 Mute Swan, 13+ Greylag (6 goslings), 3 Gadwall (2m 1f), c30 Tufted Duck, 3+ Great Crested Grebe (f with 2+ juv on back), Green Woodpecker, 2 Garden Warbler, 3+ Blackcap, 3+ Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, 7+ Reed Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff (all warbler singing reduced today due to rain I guess but also many Blackcaps now paired), Long-tailed Tit family, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Southwark Park: 1 Collared Dove, 2 Little Grebe, Blackcap (John Cadera)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Little Tern early morning, 1 Black Tern, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatcher (Twitter)
  • Stocker's Lake: Cuckoo, 15 Arctic Terns (Paul Lewis - Herts website)
  • Tooting Commons: Garden Warbler still in small glade SE of lake singing and showing well with Blackcaps, Cormorant over (James Hudson).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Sanderling on Lockwood, plus Common Redshank (per A. Winstanley); also Turnstone on East Warwick (A. Winstanley); 7+ Common Sandpipers, 2 Common Redshank & pr Black-necked Grebes on Lockwood, fem Wheatear by NE Corner, 1 Yellow Wagtail flew over calling. Saw very small distant wader on Lockwood which then flew S over Upper Maynard towards No. 4. Worth a look... (Was near 1 of the Common Sandpipers & clearly smaller but didn't have my scope with me - probably the Sanderling do u think Davey? LB) 12.20 - 13.20 visit (Davey Leach); Black Tern West Warwick res (per A. Winstanley) still present at 13.25. (D Barrett), also Greenshank East Warwick 18.00, but no sign of Black Tern among 60+ Common Terns, Lockwood - Sanderling still 19.00, along with Little Ringed Plover & Redshank. Our best wader tally in years! (Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Greenshank low and calling east over Alex, Common Sandpiper, singing Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 10 + Whitethroat, 14 House Martin, Swallow, 20 + Swift, Little Egret, 7 Little Grebe, 3 Pochard, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, male Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: singing Reed Warbler (Shoulder of Mutton), Kingfisher, 3 Little Egret, 4 House Martin, Swallow, 20 + Swift, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: m. Northern Wheatear (among islands viewable from boardwalk), 2 Common Tern, 3 Common Sandpiper (West Res east bank) (Chris Farthing)

Monday 9th May 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Tern pair with fish display Wood Green Res, also 4 Swift, little Egret over station 0700 (Bob Watts)
  • Bow, Three Mills: 2 Common Tern, 4 Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail (JW Davies)
  • Brookmill Park: Common Sandpiper, 3 Blackcap 2m 1f (Conrad Ellam)
  • Hampstead Heath: brief am visit only - Reed Warbler back at Highgate 1 Pond, Common Whitethroat at 2nd hedge, Kingfisher at Sanctuary Pond, 4 House Sparrow using island hedge up from running track and taking food somewhere off site (approx 3 pair sparrows breed in Roderick Road NW3 just over railway line off the Heath (Michael Mac); c50 Swift, some of which mating (Frank Nugent)
  • Horsenden Hill: 11 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat (Martin Smith).
  • Lamorbey Park: Hobby (year 1st), Sparrowhawk, 2+ Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4+ Blackcap, Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Lee Valley CP: 3 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret and a Jackdaw on Hall Marsh Scrape and a Cuckoo calling in woods nearby (Harringay Birder)
  • Oxleas Wood: Chiffchaff, Blackcap (m), Firecrest, Common Buzzard, Stock Dove (pair), Hobby, Kestrel, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Ron Turner).
  • Rainham RSPB: Sanderling Aveley Bay (BirdGuides)
  • Richmond Park: Pen Ponds area - 9 Great Crested Grebe including brood of 3 young, Water Rail heard, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Common Tern including 3 pairs on rafts, Reed Warbler heard, Linnet, 11 male Reed Bunting (J.Wilczur)
  • Ruxley GPs: (permit only) 3 Mute Swan, 14 Greylag inc 4 goslings, pair Gadwall, c30 Tufted Duck, 6+ Great Crested Grebe inc 2+ fledglings on back of female, 2 Great Black-backed Gull S, Swift, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, c10 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 4+ Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, 16+ Reed Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Jay, 4+ Jackdaw over, 2+ Bullfinch, Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Shoreditch: Egyptian Goose west over junction of Shoreditch High Street and Commercial Street at 08.00 (Patrick Baglee)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Little Tern reported at 0636hrs (DM per Dominic Pia Twitter); 3 Turnstone (BirdGuides)
  • Tooting Commons: Garden Warbler in small copse SE side of lake (Will Rose via Twitter)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper on north end of East Warwick at 7.30 (David Bradshaw); Lockwood - 4 Black-necked Grebe 2pr moving from S end to middle at 12.40pm, Hobby over Upper Maynard & 1 M Shoveler & Little Egret on Lower Maynard (Davey Leach)
  • Wanstead Flats: 8 House Martin, Swallow, 5 Swift, Linnet, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Pochard, Skylark (Frank Nugent/Nick Croft); Common Buzzard NW (FN).
  • Wanstead Park: 1 possibly 2 Cetti's Warbler by Roding, 2 Little Egret, Hobby, 2 Kestrel, 2 Shelduck, 3 adult Great Crested Grebe, f Banded Demoiselle (Frank Nugent/Nick Croft/Marco Johnson)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Sandpiper, 3 Shelduck, 3 Red-crested Pochard, Great Crested Grebe courtship display (Chris Farthing).

Sunday 8th May 2016 Edit

  • Amwell GP: Black Tern through (BirdGuides)
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing with some display flying, 11 Common Tern, Swift, 6 House Martin at West Hendon colony, male White Wagtail on mud, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, Reed Warblers both hides; Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Red Admiral and Large White (Roy Beddard, Andrew Verrall)
  • Bushy Park: Tawny Owl (calling 9.10pm) (Ian R Watson)
  • Claybury Park, Woodford Bridge: Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (good/very good views of all 4 species of warbler), Kestrel, Song Thrush (Alan Hobson).
  • Crossness: Serin flew low E over paddocks calling at 08:20, 4 Sanderling briefly in Barking Bay then flew E at 09:55, Grey Plover 1st summer off outfall, Hobby north at 08:35, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Teal, 3 Lapwing, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 2 Swallow E, 2+ Sand Martin (John Archer & Richard Bonser)
  • Dartford Marshes: Short-eared Owl 0730 viewed fr Purfleet (BirdGuides)
  • Dulwich Park: Reed Warbler singing from reed bed on bend of lake (Martin Stevens per. Dave Clark)
  • E3 Antill Road: Blackcap singing in back garden and our Great Tits have fledged at least 5 fledglings, trying to protect the smallest which is being attacked by male Blackbird! (Harry Harrison)
  • Farningham Woods: Nightjar flushed by dog at 10 am (Lee A)
  • Greenway adjacent to Olympic Park: 2 Swift, 5 Sand Martin, Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Linnet and 1 House Sparrow the first for ages (Harry Harrison)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Linnet Ecology Park, 4 Common tern Pairs, Collard Dove, 4 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Linnet (John Bushall, Richard Green)
  • Horsenden Hill fields: Cetti's Warbler (1st I've heard on site), 6 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 5 Song Thrush, 2 Greenfinch, 17 Herring Gulls on Plough, plus 2 Stock Dove, Coot with 6 juv on canal (Martin Smith); Cetti's still present mid afternoon, also Reed Warbler (David Howdon)
  • KGV Reservoir: Turnstone at 11:50 on causeway north side, Oystercatcher (Martin Shepherd)
  • Margravine Cemetery: (monthly count) 28 Blackbird, 13 Robin, 4 Wren, 3 Dunnock, Greenfinch, Goldcrest, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits & Starling feeding young at nests, m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Crow 2pr on nests, 4 Swift over CXH (Nathalie Mahieu, Ruth Savery).
  • Mote End (Private) Farm, Mill Hill, NW7: Swallows have returned but staff say in low numbers. I only counted max. 3 in flight, Stock Doves displaying, male Pied Wagtail on stables roof, Pair of Common Buzzards towards Arkley (Bob Husband MHPS / RSPB Boardwalk).
  • Mudchute: Peregrine which predated a Monk Parakeet, 2 Common Tern, 4 Swift, 1 Swallow E, 9 singing Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 11 House Sparrow, 1 Linnet (Nick Senior)
  • Oakwood Park, N14: first-summer male Common Whitethroat in sub-song 1015 (Robert Callf)
  • Otford: WESTERN RUFOUS TURTLE DOVE still 0540 & 1855 (Bob Watts et al)
  • Pinner (HA5): Hobby, 2 Swallow over north-west, 7 Swift, 4 Goldfinch & singing Goldcrest; also a male Orange-tip & Large White butterfly (Jon Ridge).
  • Purfleet: 2 Sanderling, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Whimbrel, 12 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 19 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret (Fraser Simpson)
  • Queen's Woods, Wood Vale, Muswell Hill: 3 Red Kites, 1 Common Buzzard drifting south east all at 1140-1145, Hobby (Matt Evans)
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 Mediterranean Gulls briefly on pools, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Turnstone, 3+ Ringed Plover, several Cuckoo, 3+ Hobby, usual selection of warblers and other small birds (Nick S, M Parker)
  • Roxeth Rec, South Harrow: Red Kite drifted over south-east (site first for me), singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat (Alex Massey).
  • Ruxley GPs: (permit only) 2 Mute Swan, 10 Greylag (4 goslings), pair Gadwall, c20 Tufted Duck, Swift, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow S, 3-4 Garden Warbler, 5+ Blackcap, 3+ Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, c10 Reed Warbler inc 3+ trapped and ringed by Dartford ringing group, 4+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Jay, 7 Jackdaw over, House Sparrow (my first inside the complex), 2 Lesser Redpoll S, 1-2 Bullfinch and thanks to the DBRG (Ian Stewart)
  • Stocker's Lake: Arctic Tern am (BirdGuides)
  • Swanscombe MarshNightingale, 2-3 Cuckoo, Marsh Harrier mobbed by one of 3 Raven, 2 Stonechat, 2 Little Egret among myriad Warblers and best of all 2 Wall Butterfly (Frank Nugent).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 4 Pheasant (2 heard only), 2 Little Egret (1 high over), probably 4 Buzzard (3 soaring together), Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Little Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing, c12 Stock Dove, 4+ Swift, 2-3 singing Skylark, Swallow, 30 Whitethroat, 13 Blackcap, singing Garden Warbler (scrub near Gutteridge pool), 3 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler (1 chasing off Linnet), min 6 Rook over, 5 Reed Bunting, m Linnet, 5 Bullfinch (2m 1f feeding in sallows south of wood & pr by Gutteridge pool); Small Copper, 5 Orange Tip (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Tooting Commons: 8+ Swift, Swallow NE, Coal Tit (James Hudson); Male Sparrowhawk, Egyptian Goose with 3 young (Peter White via Twitter)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Little Tern 10.30-12.30, Oystercatcher (East/West Warwick (Pete Lambert/David Bradshaw/Lol Bodini/Jamie Partridge/Gary James) http://walthamstowbirders.blogspot.co.uk
  • Wanstead Flats: Yellow Wagtail, Skylark, singing Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Whitethroats, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 10+ Swift, 3 Swallow, 6 House Martin (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Cetti's Warbler singing and showing early by the Gates of Mordor (Richard Rae), Lesser Whitethroat, 8+ Whitethroat, Goldcrest, 2 Gadwall, Kingfisher, 3 Little Egret, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, pr of Hobby, Grey Wagtail, 2 Swallow, House Martin, 10+ Swift (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Common: 14:45 Common Buzzard thermalling above windmill mobbed by crows (James Hudson)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Shelduck, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Egyptian Goose, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, 2 Sedge Warbler, 15+ Reed Warbler, c5 Cetti’s Warbler (Chris Farthing); also 2 Common Tern, Reed Bunting (ADH & Tony Butler)

Saturday 7th May 2016 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Teal lingering, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, 3 Common Tern, 4 Swift, Swallow, 4 House Martin, 4 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warblers both hides & Staples Corner end and north bank, also male Peregrine over scattered all large gulls; Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Brimstone and Speckled Wood (Brent Birders) 
  • Bushy Park: Skylark, Song Thrush, 2 Swift, Stock Dove, male Teal (Mat Hare); Buzzard, 2 House Martin, Kestrel, Skylark, 4 Swallow, 4 Swift, 2 Whitethroat. (Ian R Watson)
  • Covent Garden: House Sparrows present in both Long Acre/Neal Street and Drury Lane/Russell street areas (John Colmans) 
  • Cranford CP: Hobby, Buzzard, Red Kite, c10 Stock Doves, c10 Common Whitethroat, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Song Thrush plus the usual woodland birds, butterflies - Brimstone, Comma, Peacock, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White (Wendy Marks)
  • Crossness: 2 Arctic Tern downriver 11:35, 1 Wheatear f, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 2+ Oystercatcher, Buzzard high NE 13:00, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Sand Martin, 3 Swift, 1 Skylark singing, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Little Egret (John Archer). 
  • East India Dock Basin: 5 Shelduck, 2 Egyptian Geese, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern E 15.23, 1 Yellow-legged Gull 2cy, 3 Blackcap, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff; nearby 1 male Black Redstart singing (Nick Senior)
  • East Molesey: (by river) 2 Arctic Tern, 3 Common Tern, 2 Chiffchaff, 7 Swift, 1 Blackcap (Arjun Dutta) 
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Mute Swan on nest, 4+ Tufted Duck, Kestrel, Swift, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Swallow, Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Fulham, Craven Cottage: Buzzard over at 12.30 (J.Wilczur) 
  • Greenford UB6 (River Brent Ruislip Road Bridge): 3 Mandarin Ducks 2m 1f (Martin Smith) 
  • Hampton Court (Home) Park: Garden Warbler, 2 Common Tern stood on small raft on Hampton Wick Pond (Spencer Neal); dozens of Sand Martins, 2 House Martin, 2 Swift, 10+ Swallow, 29 Egyptian Goose, 2 Meadow Pipit, several Stock Dove, Skylark, male Blackcap, singing Skylark, Song Thrush (Mat Hare)
  • Hanwell W7: Little Egret over West 06:40 first for me in the area. (Rob Mills)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: f Scaup (BirdGuides)
  • KGV Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, Short-eared Owl flew from inside the North basin at 0825hrs circled off high East, Cuckoo (Neville Smith/Martin Shepherd); Whinchat (m), Spotted Flycatcher (Neville Smith).
  • Lamorbey Park: Great Crested Grebe, female Mute Swan on nest, pair Egyptian Geese, 4 Tufted Duck, Coot with chick, pair Stock Dove, pair Collared Dove, Song Thrush, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch (Mike Amos); Spotted Flycatcher still present N side of lake c11am (Eric Brown per Ian Stewart); Buzzard distant to SE c12.30, 2 Peregrine, 2 Swift, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Whitethroat singing, Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, 30+ Lapwing - 16 territories (no young 2 nests raided today by Crows 8 other birds sitting on nests 16+ nest failures several pairs have failed twice a few making their third attempt), 4 Redshank, 125+ Black-headed Gull - including 58+ nests, Little Egret, 5 Egyptian Goose, 6 Greylag Goose, m Teal, m Shoveler, 10 Gadwall - including 3 pairs, 2 Stock Dove, Cetti's Warbler singing from cafe pond - new location? (been singing there all week and moving from there to Pond Zone/Duck Tales (MRH), 5 singing Reed Bunting, 12 Jackdaw, 81 Carrion Crow (J.Wilczur); Spotted Flycatcher and 1f Redstart reported first thing but not relocated, common Sandpiper main lake, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull pr seen mating on Grazing Marsh (Martin Honey)
  • Oak Hill Woods LWT NR, East Barnet / Cockfosters, Herts EN4: Blackbird (NE corner of wood) with most unusual song - assumed mimicry, 5 Swifts overhead, Common Buzzard high overhead, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Pied Wagtail with food on Pavilion, Grey Wagtail on Pymmes Brook East Barnet (Bob Husband, Fay Broom, Elspeth Chaplin, Trevor Wyatt)
  • Otford: ORIENTAL TURTLE DOVE reported early morning (Birdguides).
  • Pinner (HA5): 3 Swallow through, 7 Swift, 4 Goldfinch, singing Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Song Thrush & 2 Pied Wagtail; also 2 Holly Blue butterflies (Jon Ridge).
  • Purfleet: 1 Turnstone, 1 Whimbrel, 11 Ringed Plover, 2, Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull (1st-cy), 1 Arctic Tern (Fraser Simpson)
  • Queen's Wood, Wood Vale, Muswell Hill: 2 Hobbys 11.15 - still around at 1920 (Matt Evans)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Turnstone Target Pools, Grey Plover Aveley Bay, Little Tern upriver early-am (BirdGuides)
  • Richmond: Common Sandpiper flying by Flowerpot Island on Thames (Mike Foster)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Meadow Pipit - in last year's breeding area, 10 singing Skylark - first survey of the spring (J.Wilczur)
  • Rotherhithe: Buzzard high over Rope Street at 17.10 (Richard Bonser)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: 1 Chiffchaff singing, 2 Blackcap, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Heron, House Sparrow (John Cadera)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Hobby hawking over Patty pools, Garden Warbler singing for second week along relief channel East side of Nights pits (Neville Smith).
  • Sidcup: Buzzard sp over Lansdown Rd. (Patrick English)
  • Sidcup DA14 (Chalk Wood): 6+ Swift, Green Woodpecker, Skylark singing, 10+ Swallow, 4 Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Red Kite drifting W 14.10 (year 1st), Buzzard E, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Grey Wagtail S, Blackcap singing, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Southwark Park: 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, pair Mute Swan, Blackcap, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, 2 Egyptian Goose with 4 young – lost one in the last two weeks?, pair Canada Goose with 1 young, pair Mallard with 6 young, pair Coot with 1 young, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, Grey Heron (John Cadera)
  • Tooting Bec Common: Sedge Warbler heard briefly (but not seen) from glade on east side of pond 11.00am (Nick Moll)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Lesser Whitethroat singing and showing well in scrub along the Black Path, near the N end of the paddocks, 3+ singing Sedge Warbler and 1 singing Reed Bunting from the Boardwalk 10:00 - 11:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Arctic Tern on W Warwick Res aft (BirdGuides)
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 15+ Whitethroat, Redpoll, Linnet, 10+ Swift, 8 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Skylark, 2 Pochard, 5 Little Grebe, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Cetti's Warbler 05:40 in Old Sewage Works (Jonathan Lethbridge); Spotted Flycatcher (Tony Brown); 5 Little Egret, 5 Common Buzzard, 2 Hobby, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Great Crested Grebe with 3 chicks, 3 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Black-headed Gull (Wanstead Birders)
  • William Giriing Reservoir: Black Tern (Neville Smith).
  • Woodberry Wetlands: (Stoke Newington Res as was) 2 Shelduck, Sedge Warblers and Reed Warblers (seen and heard), Cetti's Warbler (seen and heard), 3 Reed Buntings 2f m, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, 10+ Swifts (Sue Barry); Glad to hear reports from the site other than from me!, Was that a definite Common Gull? (Yes certain it was SB)(CF)

Friday 6th May 2016 Edit

  • Barking Bay: 2 Egyptian Geese, 82 Shelduck, 8 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover E, 2 Grey Plover E, 3 Knot, 5 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, 6 Whimbrel (4 on mudflats & 2E), 3 Snipe, 1 Mediterranean Gull 2cy, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, c60 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 13 singing Skylark, 4 Swallow E, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Reed Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler (Nick Senior)
  • Brent Cross Shopping Centre: Little Egret flying E up River Brent oblivious to masses of people, traffic, many buses (Andrew Verrall)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, Kingfisher, 3 Common Tern (Stephen Branley); pm Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Reed Warblers both hides, Orange Tip, Holly Blue and 2 Speckled Wood (Andrew Verrall)
  • Crayford Marshes: Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, 2 Common Buzzard plus another looking a bit different, Kestrel, Peregrine, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 3 Common Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Cuckoo, Swift, Green Woodpecker, 8+ Skylark, 2+ Swallow, 10+ House Martin, Meadow Pipit, c10 Pied Wagtail, 5+ Blackcap, c20 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 6+ Cetti's Warbler, 10+ Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Jay, Corn Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Dartford Marshes: 11 Ringed Plover at River Darent mouth - viewed from Purfleet (Fraser Simpson)
  • East India Dock Basin: 4 Shelduck, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Blackcap, Garden warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler (Nick Senior)
  • Eaton Park Road, N13: Common Buzzard flew NW at rooftop height pursued by 4 Carrion Crows at 16:22 (Katy McGilvray)
  • Foots Cray: 3 m Common Whitethroats singing and displaying in Foots Cray Meadows. 1 Barn Swallow about stables along Parsonage Lane, Common Buzzard high over Chalk Wood, 20 Common Swifts spiralling high over Foots Cray (Patrick English)
  • Lower Hampstead: Common Buzzard circling over my house then departing N. At 8.00 pm. Bit late observer?
  • Hackney: my first year sighting of 5 Swifts over Colverstone Crescent/Ridley Rd Market 18:00 (Sue Barry)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: Wood Sandpiper briefly over Water Colour Lagoon 1 then N 05:30 (BirdGuides)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Cuckoo, Wood Sandpiper, Little Egret, Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Common Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Lapwing (Jon Agar); m Garganey still fr viewing area late-pm (BirdGuides)
  • Islington Ecology Center: 2 Swift, singing Blackcap & Lesser Whitethroat (Conrad Ellam)
  • Lamorbey Park: Spotted Flycatcher feeding from trees on private side of lake, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk (Ian Stewart)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 Common Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff (Neil Batten)
  • Limehouse E14: 4 Common Sandpiper 08.30 (Paul Hyland)
  • London Wetland Centre: many Blackcap, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 2 Dunlin, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, pair Shelduck, 2 Stock Dove, several Swift, 2 terrapins - presumed to be red-eared and yellow-bellied sliders (Mat Hare)
  • Otford: Oriental Turtle Dove in garden on The Old Walk viewable from The Butts TN14 5PR. Appeared this evening at 18:26 after being absent since early morning, showed well for at least ten minutes (Nick Tanner).
  • Oxleas Wood: 3 Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, 2 Swift, Stock Dove [pair], Jackdaw, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Swallow north-east, 9 Swift, Green Woodpecker, 4 Goldfinch, singing Goldcrest, Jackdaw & 2 Pied Wagtail (Jon Ridge).
  • Putney, Huntingfield Road SW15: 2 Red Kite 13.10, 4 Buzzard, Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 40 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, House Martin, 3 Swallow, Linnet NE (J.Wilczur, R.Kaye)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Grey Plover over calling at 00.01, site and Sidcup first (Ian Stewart) - brilliant & I just want to lunge my bins into the middle of Ruislip Lido now! (JR).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 6 Black Tern (see pics from today on Twitter); 3 Grey Plover (BirdGuides)
  • Teddington: Sandpiper (I assume Common) flying around Thames by Stevens Ait 11:00, Sparrowhawk circling above Normansfield Avenue 12:30 (Mike Foster)
  • Thames Barrier Park: early aft - 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Black Tern lingering, 4 Common Tern, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Willow Warbler, 25 House Sparrow (Nick Senior)
  • Tooting Bec Common: 1 Garden Warbler (in bushes behind playground) (Nick Moll)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Grasshopper Warbler, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, singing Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, 18 Common Whitethroat, 14 Blackcap (Stuart Fisher)
  • Town Park, Enfield: Garden Warbler Carr's Basin - superb views (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 3 Black Tern on East Warwick then flew high over to No. 4 - 12.20pm, Fem Peregrine on Pylon, Fem Sparrowhawk over Railway Line, Usual Warblers including 1 Cetti's Warbler (Davey Leach)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Shelduck east over Alex, 5 Pochard, Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 10 + Whitethroat, Linnet, singing Reed Bunting, 2 Hobby tag-teaming a Swift (don't fancy its chances), 8 House Martin, Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 5 Swift, 2 Kestrel, Yellow Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Cetti's Warbler relocated to the Roding, 4 Little Egret, Common Kingfisher and a report of a 'partridge' north at new allotments (Bob Vaughan)

Thursday 5th May 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Ring Ouzel flushed from ditch at south side of cricket pitch at 0845 (James Palmer); Common Sandpiper on reservoir, Whitethroat singing on east side of cricket pitch (Brian Milligan)
  • Bentley Priory: Hobby, (1) Common Whitethroat. Must be the slowest spring passage on record, almost nothing about (Richard Francis).
  • Blythe Hill Fields: Red Kite heading slowly south, 10+ Swifts, Swallow 1115am (Andrew Birks)
  • Brayside Farm, Enfield: Sand Martin E 1649 (Robert Callf)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, 8 Common Tern, 3 singing Garden Warblers (Andrew Self); 23 Common Tern at dam end mid-afternoon, singing Common Whitethroat nr North Hide, no Teal seen on north Marsh today - must have all gone, pair Pochard N Marsh, singing Reed Warbler North Marsh (Bill Haines).
  • Brixton: 1 Swift (Michael Mac).*Bushy Park: 2 Green Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, 2 Shelduck, 2 Swallow (flying west) (Ian R Watson)
  • Crystal Palace Park: f Wheatear on stonework opposite path down from bus station at 1635, feeding happily on grass in fenced off area - first for the site and for my local patch (Martin Stevens).
  • Dartford Marshes: Short-eared Owl at 0730, Whimbrel on river viewed form Purfleet (Fraser Simpson)
  • Dulwich: m Wheatear on Alleyn's playing fields, first local swifts over (Tom Smith)
  • East Barnet, EN4: Swifts screaming near Library - Swift Box installed on rear of building in 2015, also Goldcrest calling (Bob Husband) Is that a corporal work of mercy, Bob?
  • Gallions Reach: Cuckoo, Common Buzzard (KJMcmanus)
  • Greenford UB6: c20 Swifts high east over garden 1325 (Martin Smith)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe pair, 8 Common Tern, Blackcap, Whitethroat pair, 3 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler (John Bushell).
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: Reed Warbler singing in reeds next to Diana fountain, also 2 Swift, 4 House Martin there (James Hudson)
  • Islington Ecology Center: 4 Swift, singing Blackcap & Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Leatherhead: 32 Common Swift circling above train station at 18:15 (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck m f, 2 Little Ringed Plover displaying and scraping, Buzzard over high N at 11.45, 1f Sparrowhawk same direction, 16 Swift high over Reservoir lagoon, 1 Swallow, usual warblers (Martin Honey)
  • North Finchley: 4 Swifts over (John Colmans)
  • Otford: ORIENTAL TURTLE DOVE (meena) still N of Sevenoaks on S side of Otford in tree on The Old Walk viewed from The Butts early am TN14 5PR
  • Pinner (HA5): male Tawny Owl heard (albeit distantly) at 0255 - I almost smiled; later, Common Buzzard over, Swallow north-east, 5 Swift, 5 Goldfinch & singing Goldcrest (Jon Ridge)
  • Putney, Huntingfield Road, SW15: 5 Barnacle Goose high E 0845, hesitant, searching for a route, 2 Hobby N, Peregrine, 2 Buzzard S, 5 Collared Dove NW, 12 Swift, Swallow N, Linnet SE (R.Kaye, J.Wilczur)
  • Richmond Park: m Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Hobby - pen ponds area (J.Few, B.Murray per JW)
  • Ruislip Lido: 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern (Dan Pinkham)
  • St James's Park: male Common Whitethroat still at the shrubs and trees west of the bridge, north side (Frank Nugent).
  • Scadbury Park: Pheasant, pair Moorhen with 2+ chicks, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 20+ Blackcap, 9 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 10+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Treecreeper; also Common Buzzard seen from N of park along A20 13.10 (Ian Stewart)
  • Smithfield area: Black Redstart calling (Francis Tusa)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 6 Black Terns on S basin prior to 0900 (Ken Purdey per FJM) BTs still present also on N basin until at least 1209 - still present 1435; 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank flew over KG VI res late am (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Strayfield Road, EN2: 4 Pied Wagtail pr and two juveniles (Robert Callf)
  • Tooting Commons: (Bedford Woods) Garden Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swift, Stock Dove, 2 Jackdaw (Phil Bull)
  • Totteridge Valley: singing Garden Warbler, singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Swallow N, pair Bullfinch, 15 singing Whitethroat plus good numbers of Chiffchaff and Blackcap, 3 Kestrel incl a pair, Common Buzzard, pair Coot still at Darlands, butterflies included a Painted Lady, also a Muntjac (John Colmans); 2 Lapwings, singing Goldcrests, Pheasants (Simon Worsfold)
  • Walthamstow: 3 Swift screaming low over Higham Hill Road at 0815 (Andrew McCafferty)
  • Wanstead Flats: Short-eared Owl SW over Forest Gate, Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 10+ Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, Reed Bunting, Linnet, 7 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, Little Egret, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 3 Swallow, up to 6 House Martin, 5 Swift (Nick Croft/Tim Harris)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Little Egret, 30+ Swift, 2 Swallow, 10+ Common Whitethroat, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Common: 3 Common Sandpipers feeding on the north shore of Kingsmere (David Wills).

Wednesday 4th May 2016 Edit

  • Barn Elms, SW13: Buzzard over, Cetti's Warbler singing by pond (J.Wilczur)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 2 Red Kite, 6 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover (yesterday evening 2 Wheatear, 30+ Swift) (Peter Alfrey) BFBG pics here [1])
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Little Ringed Plover (until c0800), Dunlin, 5 Common Tern including 2 pairs displaying on rafts (Andrew Haynes).
  • Clapham Common: 2 Swift through (Michael Mac).
  • Cranford Park: Wryneck heard only 1400 (C.Smart)
  • East India Dock Basin: 5 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 2 Oystercatchers E, pr Little Ringed Plovers, 5 Common Terns, 1 Swallow N, 3 Wheatear on island then pushed by LRPs to nearby waste ground, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warblers, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Linnets (Nick Senior)
  • Finsbury Park: local Swifts returned this morning (George Sawtell)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe pair, 8 Common Tern, 2 Sand Martin, Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff (John Bushell) 
  • Home Park, Long Water: 2 Wheatear m f, 1 Stonechat, 1 Meadow Pipit, several Skylarks (Nigel Jackman)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Wood Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • Island Barn Reservoir: 0700 2 BLACK-WINGED STILT (not present 0730) (Dave Harris via Twitter). Stilts reported again [tel:1500 1712 1808 [tel:2015 1500 1712 [tel:1808 2015 1500 [tel:1712 1808 2015 [tel:1500 1712 1808 [tel:2015 1500 1712 [tel:1808 2015 1500 [tel:1712 1808 2015 [tel:1500 1712 1808 [tel:2015 1500 1712 [tel:1808 2015 1500 [tel:1712 1808 2015 1500 1712 1808 2015 1500] 1712] 1808] 2015] 1500] 1712] 1808] 2015] 1500] 1712] 1808] 2015]; Little Tern south basin 1950 (BirdGuides)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 female Wheatear, 2 Little Egret, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Common Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff (Neil Batten)
  • Limehouse E14: Oystercatcher east 0935 (Paul Hyland)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Whinchat m f, 1f Wheatear, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, several Swift, 1 Swallow, lots of House Martin & Sand Martin, 6 Redshank, 2 terrapin (red-eared and yellow-bellied sliders), plenty of Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow and Cetti's Warblers (Martin Honey); 1m Black Redstart reported near Peacock hide but not relocated (BirdGuides)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler, several Blackcaps and Whitethroats (Toni Piccolo)
  • Northolt/Ruislip: 28 Swift, Buzzard towards RAF Northolt (Deiniol Owen)
  • Otford: 16:10 ORIENTAL TURTLE DOVE (Western, race meena) ex Rufous (Birdguides)
  • Parkland Walk, N4: singing Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (Harringay Birder)
  • Pinner (HA5): Sparrowhawk mobbed by Carrion Crows, House Martin north-west, 11 Swift, singing Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail & 4 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Putney SW15: 3 Little Egret flew S along Roehampton Lane (J.Wilczur)
  • Rainham Marshes: 3 Whimbrel Aveley Bay / Coldharbour Point / concrete barges, 2 Cuckoo concrete barges / Rainham West (Fraser Simpson)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Little Egret, 2 Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Cuckoo, Spotted Flycatcher (Twitter)
  • Richmond Park: 3 Whinchat (S.Read, F.Maroevic); f Wheatear - Greenland type, Linnet over (J.Wilczur); Lesser Whitethroat (M.Lewis)
  • Roxbourne Park/Field End Rec: Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff (Tim Rymer)
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): 3 Mute Swan, 4 Greylag, c30 Tufted Duck, 2+ Great Crested Grebe, Common Buzzard, Water Rail, 5+ Swift, pair Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, 1+ Garden Warbler, 15+ Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, 7+ Reed Warbler, 5+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2+ Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • South Norwood CP: Whinchat (R D Weller)
  • Staines Reservoir: 6 Shelduck, 4 Ringed Plover, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Heron, 3 Swallow, 2 Swift (Thomas Gibson); 1 Little Tern 8.00 PM (Gordon Shaw)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Common Sandpiper, Garden Warbler, Coal Tit, 3 Shelduck, few Swift, 10+ Reed Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Sedge Warbler, c5 Cetti's Warblers (Chris Farthing)
  • Tolworth: 6 Swift, first sighting away from water this year (Mat Hare)
  • Tooting Common: Pond area Green Woodpecker, f Kestrel, Grey Heron, Jackdaw (Phil Bull)
  • Upminster: Honey Buzzard low N 1515 (BirdGuides)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Whinchat still, Cetti's Warbler called once (Alex), Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 10+ Whitethroat, 5 Swift, 4 House Martin, pr Reed Bunting, Linnet, 2 singing Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 3 Kestrel, pr of Sparrowhawk, 2 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 5+ Green Hairstreak (Nick Croft/Peter Brinton)
  • Wanstead Park: Spotted Flycatcher (between Shoulder of Mutton and Heronry–showing well), singing Garden Warbler, 10+ Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Redpoll, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, Great Crested Grebe with one young, 20+ Swift, Nuthatch, Painted Lady (Nick Croft)
  • West Harrow: first Swift of the year back on site 1915 - four days earlier than 2015, but four days later than my earliest local record (30th April 2012) (Alex Massey) - The earliest London record appears to be 20th March in 2010, an unthinkably early record (JR).
  • Woodford Green: Blackcap in my garden ivy (second appearance this week) (Steve Howey)

Tuesday 3rd May 2016 Edit

  • Barnes Cray (Stanham Marshes): Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 4+ Blackcap, Whitethroat, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 5 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Sparrowhawk, 2 singing Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Camden: Red Kite drifting slowly NW over Camden Road NW1 at 17:40 (Frank Nugent).
  • Chelsea Wharf: pr Gadwall (Michael Mac).
  • Crayford Marshes: Whinchat along path round landfill, seen from Dartford side of Darent (Ian Stewart)
  • Colliers Wood (River Wandle): 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing at the Pumping Station, 1 Goldcrest towards Plough Lane, 1 Green Woodpecker (Keith Bates)
  • Dalston: 2 Swift. Swift arrival dates: 3 May (2016), 4 May (2015), 5 May (2014), 7 May (2013), 6 May (2012) (Jon Agar) (I noted 5 over Graham Road on 1 May, FWIW - Matthew Cunningham)
  • Dartford Marshes: pair Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit (sumplum), 3 Whimbrel, 1S Yellow-legged Gull, Cuckoo, 20+ Swift, 4+ Swallow, 20+ House Martin, 2+ Blackcap, 10+ Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 5+ Cetti's Warbler, 5+ Reed Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff, 3+ Corn Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Elephant & Castle: 3 Swallow north near BP garage on New Kent Road at 7am (Richard Bonser)
  • Enfield Chase: 5 Red Kite together 12:45 (Robert Callf)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: pair Mute Swan, 4 Tufted Duck, 4+ House Martin, Grey Wagtail, 10+ Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Linnet, 3 Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenwich: Lesser Whitethroat singing Greenwich High Road opposite Greenwich Station (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Swallow north, 10 Swift circling high up (Mike Paice)
  • Hampstead Heath: Red Kite over Parliament Hill at 0900, Common Buzzard and Peregrine over Kenwood House mid morning, also 10 Swifts and 5 Swallows through (Pete Mantle)
  • Hounslow Heath: pair Redstart by enclosure (Jim Fell)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Garganey fr viewing area 2020 (BirdGuides)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Common Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail (Neil Batten)
  • London Zoo: Lesser Whitethroat singing by Regent's Canal at 13.10 (Colin Brooks)
  • New Covent Garden Market: 5 Swallows west (Michael Mac)
  • North Finchley: 20.25 2 Swift, first local birds and five days earlier than 2015 (John Colmans)
  • Northolt: f Sparrowhawk in my garden, 3 Swallow & 1 Swift overhead (Deiniol Owen)
  • Otford: ORIENTAL TURTLE DOVE (Western, race meena) ex Rufous, see yesterday times updates. Oriental Turtle Dove still Otford (near Sevenoaks) in back gardens of street names Old Walk/The Butts (Twitter); seen 05:25, 07:31 (BirdGuides)
  • Oxleas Wood: Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Nuthatch, Firecrest, male Kestrel, Chiffchaff, Blackcap (m/fm), Stock Dove, Swallow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Goldfinch, Chaffinch (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Common Buzzard over, 7 Swallow through west, 5 Swift, 7 Goldfinch, singing Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail & 3 Long-tailed Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham: Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff singing at the railway station (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham Marshes: f Redstart Aveley Bay buddleias, Whimbrel Coldharbour Point, 3 Wheatear Aveley Bay, 70 Swift (Fraser Simpson); 6 Little Egret, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Hobby from Serin Mound, 1 female Peregrine, 1 Sanderling, 33 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 8 Whimbrel, c.40 Common Tern, c180 Swift lingering & light passage W, 13 Wheatear (just 2 males), 1 male Stonechat (Nick Senior); 9 Wheatear (5m), 4 Greenshank, 8+ Lapwing chicks on Ouzel Field plus 2 more on marsh. 1 male Whinchat, 2 singing Grasshopper Warbler one showing very well, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Arctic Tern upriver with c40 Commons at around 1430, Cuckoo (Matt Palmer)
  • Rammey marsh: 2 Short-eared Owl 1752hrs (Neville Smith).
  • Regent's Park: Reed Warbler singing near Boathouse Cafe by the lake at 13.40 (Colin Brooks); 2 by area 2 at 19:00 also 2 Swallows N (Sam Jones)
  • Roxbourne Park/Field End Rec: Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat (Tim Rymer)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Dunlin N calling 23.10 - site and Sidcup first for me, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, 4 Swift, Swallow, 3+ House Martin, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart) - the Dunlin is a superb record (JR). It did me the favour of calling 7 or 8 times, once directly overhead. I've had several wader species over at night but this is my first this year (IS)
  • South Kensington: Natural History Museum wildlife garden 1 Common Whitethroat feeding (likely 1st record, I'm told), male Kestrel, pair Blackcap (territory) (Joe Beale)
  • Stockley park Hayes: Lesser whitethroat (Jim Fell)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 6 Greylag Geese & 1 Hybrid, 2 Sparrowhawk, Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 6 Swift over, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Yellowhammer briefly calling (1st for site) (P Kite).
  • Tottenham Marshes: (Southern end - 13.00 - 13.30) Hobby drifting over Lockwood, Garden Warbler in Allotment Hedge, Singing Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Singing Sedge Warblers (Pr. seen mating), M Kestrel hunting over Allotment, AT least 6 Whitethroats holding territory, Weasel ran across Cycle Path (Davey Leach).
  • Totteridge Valley: f Whinchat in `owl' field, Lapwing, 3 Swift, 2 Swallow, 3 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Coot still, good numbers of singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Whitethroat; also 2 m Orange-Tips (John Colmans)
  • Wanstead Flats: Common Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler (all on Alex), Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 16+ Whitethroat, Willow (Chiff) Warbler, 20 + Swallow, 3 House Martin, 20 + Swift, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 3 Kestrel, 3 Reed Bunting, Linnet, 3 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Peter Brinton)
  • Wanstead Park: Little Egret (Bob Vaughan)

Monday 2nd May 2016 Edit

  • Bow, Fish Island (E3): Black Redstart singing on rooftops (Jan Dobbie)
  • Brent Reservoir : Dunlin from Main hide, 100+ Swift, 16+ Common Tern, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper (Oliver Simms)
  • Fairlop Waters: Wheatear (male), Kestrel, 3-4 Skylarks, 2+ Linnets, 20+ Swifts, 2 Sand Martins, half a dozen House Martins, 3+ Swallows, 4 Green Woodpeckers, Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe, Gadwall, half a dozen Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Jay, Meadow Pipit (Neil Twyford, Mike Messenger and Alan Hobson).
  • Fisher's Green: 3-4 Nightingales but subdued because of the chill, Cuckoo, 3-4 Garden Warbler, 2-3 Lesser Whitethroat (Francis Tusa)
  • Gallions Reach: 3 Common Sandpipers, 10 Common Terns 13.30 (Peter Hart)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe pair, 10 Common Tern, House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Long-tailed Tit pair (Joe Beale & John Bushell)
  • Greenwich Park: Reed Warbler (first of year), 2 lesser Whitethroats (one singing), Common Whitethroat territory, Willow Warbler (silent), Chiffchaff territory, 2 Common Swifts, Linnet over (Joe Beale)
  • Hall Marsh Scrape: Nuthatch in copse next to south end at 07:45 (Martin Shepherd)
  • KGV Reservoir: Little Gull (adult), 2 Artic Tern, 5+ Common Tern, 5+ Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Sanderling, Hobby, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear (Neville Smith).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Snipe, 12 Common Swift, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, 5 Wheatear, 1m Whinchat, 1m Yellow Wagtail, usual warblers (Martin Honey)
  • Mill Hill NW7: att Bob Husband - returning pair of breeding Swift noted this am. (Steve Blake)
  • Mudchute: male Peregrine, 11 Common Tern East, 2 Swallow North, 1 male Common Redstart (briefly on south side of Globe Rope Walk), 10 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Redpoll South; late aft Hobby West, 6 non-singing Willow Warblers (Nick Senior)
  • Orpington: HOOPOE in garden (Birdguides)
  • Otford: ORIENTAL TURTLE DOVE (Western, race meena) still present on The Butts at 08:15 (Andrew Self); long wait, 7 hours for some, lucky with only 3 hours, but bird re-appeared c4.55 and showed to about 50 observers for 15 minutes, then a heavy rain shower scattered the mob, but bird re-appeared after shower and more pics were taken, also Hobby overhead, then dashed by later; local resident served tea or coffee to birders, would accept no payment, the tea arrived at same time as bird so was too excited to think of any drinking (Andrew Verrall + very many observers)
  • Pinner (HA5): Robin in full song at 03:38 - woke me up, 5 Goldfinch, singing Goldcrest, Song Thrush, 2 Swift & 2 Pied Wagtail (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Whinchat on Wennington Marsh, 4 Grasshopper Warbler singing (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rammey Marsh: Grasshopper Warbler reeling quietly south end, 2 Lesser Whitethroat NE end (Francis Tusa); displaying Skylark (Neville Smith).
  • Richmond Park: Cuckoo (A.Buxton); 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern, m Redstart, Whinchat (RPBRG)
  • Ruislip Lido/Poor's Field: 2 Buzzard, 2 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 4 Swallow, c10 House Martin (4 birds collecting mud in front of Water's Edge Pub), 12+ Blackcap, 2 singing Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, singing Willow Warbler, 5 singing Chiffchaff, pr Bullfinch (LNR); recently killed young Badger on main road opposite Athletics Club (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Sanderling, 5+ Arctic Tern, Little Gull, Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Dominic Pia-Twitter); 2 Whimbrel, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin and 1 Oystercatcher (Chris Turner)
  • Stanmore CP: Whinchat at new Wood Farm extension 1550 (BirdGuides) TQ169936
  • Stroud Green: very vocal Cuckoo heading north at 5.40am observer?
  • Swanscombe Marshes: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 15 House Martin N, 8 Swift N (P Beckenham, R Keith)
  • Ten Acre Wood: Lesser Whitethroat, several Whitethroat, Little Egret, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker pair, Greenfinch pair (Tim Rymer)
  • Tottenham Marshes; singing Grasshopper Warbler still, plus Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Lol Bodini)
  • Victoria Park: Wood Warbler singing in East Park (Jan Dobbie)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Lesser Whitethroat singing in the scrub on the E side of the Flood Relief Channel opposite the (very quiet) paddocks, 4 Swallow N up the R Lea 07:30 - 08:30 (Alastair Dent)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 5 Arctic Tern 3 in mixed flock ahead of showers & 2 other on No4 briefly, Hobby, 700+ Swift and lots of hirundines, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Cetti's Warblers, 7 Sedge Warbler, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail N (Stuart Fisher); also White Wagtail & Black-tailed Godwit no 4 res (Lol Bodini/Jamie Partridge).
  • Wanstead Flats: Cetti's Warbler (first on patch since 2009), Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 13 + Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Whinchat, 10 + Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, 10 + Swift, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 2 Pochard, 2 singing Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, 4 Skylark. 2 male Reed Bunting, pr Linnet (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Cuckoo singing by Shoulder of Mutton, Peregrine Falcon, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 5 singing Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Great Crested Grebe with 1 chick, 4 Little Grebe, 5 Swift, 3 House Martin, 10 + Swallow, 2 Little Egret, Grass Snake (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Common: Spotted Flycatcher (David Wills).
  • Woodford Green: 1 solitary Swift (first sighting this year) over my garden 1200, Blackcap (a garden first) on ivy berries (Steve Howey)
  • Woodlands Farm E4: Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 5 Swallows, 5 Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Garden Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Linnets and lots of singing Song Thrushes. (Harry Harrison)

Sunday 1st May 2016 Edit

  • Barnet Environmental Centre, Herts. EN5: Dawn Chorus highlights - Bullfinch pair, Goldcrest, distant Cuckoo, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler with unusual song ending in "chiff chiff chiff" (Bob Husband)
  • Brent Reservoir: female Wheatear on playing fields, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Terns, Peregrine, 3 Sparrowhawks, pair of Kestrels, also prob 80+ Swift, Willow Warbler still centre oakwood, Garden Warbler still not far from northbank pond, 2 Lesser Whitethroat around, then Holly Blue, Green-veined White, Small White, Peacock & 30th Apr males of Orange Tip and Brimstone (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall)
  • Burnt Oak: male Linnet feeding on the ground at 14:30, also Grey Wagtail and Mallard pair present on garden pond for last two days (Deb Jackson)
  • Bushy Park: pair Blackcap, Chiffchaff, male Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, Kestrel, 2 Mistle Thrush, Skylark singing, Song Thrush, 2 Stock Dove, male Tufted x Red-crested Pochard hybrid, no gulls (Mat Hare); Goldcrest, House Martin, Kestrel, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Swallow, 3 Swift. (Ian R Watson)
  • Dartmouth Park (NW5): 1 Red Kite heading S at 11:35, also 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Swift, 6 Swallows and 3 House Martins (Tim Blackburn)
  • Eaton Park Road, N13: Swallow flew N at 13:00 (Katy McGilvray)
  • Greenwich Park: Common Whitethroat nest-building, Redpoll over, Egyptian Geese still with at least 7 small young, 8 Common Swifts over, 3 Goldcrest territories - plenty breeding bird activity many migrants moved on but 37 species recorded a.m. (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher on foreshore, Sparrowhawk over dome, Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 7 Common Tern, House Martin, at least 2 Reed Warbler in Ecology Park, Blackcap in Southern Park, 3 Common Whitethroat in meadow next to Southern Park (Conrad Ellam et al) 
  • Home Park: Chiffchaff, 37 Egyptian Geese, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Mistle Thrush, Pheasant, many Sand Martins, Short-eared Owl mobbed by crow 16:30, Skylark, Song Thrush, 5 Stock Dove, several Swallow, 7+ Swift, no Black-headed Gulls (Mat Hare)
  • KGV Reservoir: 7 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank, 4+ Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Northern Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail (Neville Smith et al).
  • Lamorbey Park: No sign of Pied Flycatcher am, pair Mute Swan, at least 9 Canada goslings, c10 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebes attempting a nest, Sparrowhawk plucking prey, 2 Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, pair Great Spotted Woodpeckers at nest hole, 2 Pied Wagtail, Swallow W, 9+ Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Goldcrest, Nuthatch (Ian Stewart, Mike Amos)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2cy Iceland Gull, 225 Herring Gull (J.Wilczur); 2 Shelduck - pair, 2 Shoveler - pair, Little Egret, 3+ Common Sandpiper, 1+ Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, 6 Redshank, 3 Common Tern, 14 Swift, f Lesser Redpoll (M.Andrews, M.Caiden, JW)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Swift, 2 House Martin (Rich Petley)
  • Mudchute: 2 Yellow Wagtail N, 5 Swallow W, 1 Wheatear, 12 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff; later 1 Garden Warbler, 7 Greenfinch (Nick Senior)
  • Otford: ORIENTAL TURTLE DOVE still early am. (Dominic Mitchell et al via BirdGuides - photo here) and again late afternoon (BirdGuides)
  • Oxleas Wood: Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel [pair mating], Sparrowhawk, Hobby, Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap [m/fm], Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Swallow, Goldfinch, 2 Stock Dove [pair], Nuthatch (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): 2 Swallow over (north-west at 16:59 & west at 18:46), 2 Swift, 2 Jackdaw north, singing Goldcrest, 4 Goldfinch; Also male Orange-tip, male Brimstone & 2 Holly Blue butterflies (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: 3 Cetti's Warblers (excellent views of one in the bushes by the main car-park), 1-2 Hobbys (landfill), Cuckoo (woodland), 5 Wheatears (landfill), Buzzard, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 14 Whitethroats, Chiffchaff (making 7 species of warbler I saw here today), 2 Dunlin, 3 Little Egrets, Red-legged Partridge, Oystercatcher (in Aveley Bay), 3 Swallows, 5 Reed Buntings, 3-4 Grey Herons, Wigeon, 9 Pochard, 30+ Shelduck, around 20 Redshank, 3 Snipe, around half a dozen Linnets, 10 Skylarks, 40+ Lapwings (Alan Hobson); Wryneck still just east of small bridge at west end 0840 (BirdGuides)
  • Sevenoaks KWT: Shelduck, pair Teal, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing, Greenshank, 4+ Swift, 50+ Sand Martin, 20+ House Martin, 20+ Swallow, 5+ Garden Warbler, 10+ Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 4 Treecreeper, Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 2 Hobby over, Buzzard E, Sparrowhawk, 5+ Swift, 2 Peregrines, 4+ Swallow, 3+ House Martin, singing Blackcap (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: 3 Cetti's Warbler, 20+ Whitethroats, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 30 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs, 3 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler (all singing), 2 Pheasant (m), 2 Hobby - one catching dragonflies, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrels, 3 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Sand Martin, 20+ House Martins, 50+ Swift - in a huge spiral above the reservoir, 20+ Swallows, Linnets, Meadow Pipits, Skylark, 3 Little Egrets, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Redshank (Nick B).
  • Staines Reservoirs: Black-necked Grebe and Little Gull still (BirdGuides)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: (East Reservoir now known as Woodberry Wetlands is fully open to the public from today) Common Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck, displaying pair of Great Crested Grebes, Whitethroat, Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers, Cetti's Warblers, Reed Buntings, Grey Wagtail, 3 Swift (Chris Farthing)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Reed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, 11 Common Whitethroat, Peregrine over, 10 Blackcap (Stuart Fisher)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Pheasant m f, Kestrel, 8 Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, 8 Stock Dove, Swift, 6 Skylark, 3 Swallow (pr sat by stables where they usually breed), Meadow Pipit, 14 Whitethroat, 4 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, 4 singing Chiffchaff, c5 Rooks back & forth (1 carrying food in throat headed south over wood so not headed for Ickenham rookery), 6 Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Thorney C.P.: 6 Common Terns on Raft, Cetti's Warbler. (Sue Giddens)
  • Tooting common: 2 swift circling over the common (Will Rose)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Linnet on ground, Rook, 2 Swift over (Ian Ellis)
  • Tufnell Park: 6 Swift, 2 Swallow over the Tube (F Tusa)
  • Victoria Park: 2 Sparrowhawk m f, pair Little Grebe, pair Great Crested Grebe, 7 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Grey Wagtails, Chiffchaff, Swift and 12 Mistle Thrush. 39 species total (Harry Harrison)
  • Walthamstow - Wildmarsh East: Grasshopper Warbler still singing very enthusiastically this evening, thanks to ProfW on Twitter for directions (Andrew McCafferty) Recording here
  • Wandsworth Common: Wheatear, 3 Swift, Swallow, 8 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff (Nick Rutter)
  • Wanstead Park: Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Greylag Goose, pair Gadwall (Ian Ellis)
  • Yeading Brook meadows: 2 Little Egret, 3 Swift, 3 Skylark (2 singing), 5 Whitethroat, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap (Neil Anderson)


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