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Saturday 30th April 2016 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Saturday 30th is our Spring Bird Count Day. All birders welcome. Cold morning.
  • Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries:1m Common Redstart, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch 2 Chaffinch, 21 Wrens, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Dunnock, 1 Sparrow (Phil Laurie)
  • Brookmill Park: Sparrowhawk bathing in Ravensbourne, singing Lesser Whitethroat (Conrad Ellam)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs/Marsh AWPW4 4th Annual Walthamstow Patch Watch. If you can't make it to Brent, we would be happy to see you. See the Walthamstowbirders blogspot for the area we cover. Northerly winds for a week not helping and we have 83 Species to beat, so any help gratefully received. All news to @birdingprof or #AWPW4 (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 2 Shelduck, 1 male Whinchat, 4 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Nick Senior)
  • East India Dock Basin: 5 Shelduck, 4 Tufted, Sparrowhawk high N, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Tern, 2 Sand Martin, 6 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet (Nick Senior)
  • Fishers Green, Lee Valley: Nightingale, Garden Warbler, 1-2 Sedge Warblers, Common Sandpiper, 2 Willow Warblers, up to 5 Common Terns, up to 7 Blackcaps (6m,1f), Chiffchaff, 3 Pochards, Jay, 3 Reed Buntings, LBB Gull, 2 Grey Herons (Alan Hobson).
  • Foots Cray Meadows: pair Mute Swan, Little Egret, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl flushed near info block after being mobbed by numerous thrushes, Skylark (heard from Upper College Farm), 1+ Swallow, 4+ House Martin, Grey Wagtail, 10+ Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat (Riverside Road), 8+ Chiffchaff inc brown/light but silent poss sibe on middle island in lake, 3+ Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 4+ Linnet, Siskin over, pair Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Gallions Reach: Osprey, Hobby, Swift (KJMcmanus)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Chiffchaff, pair Little grebe, 2 Reed warbler, 3 Sedge warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, 6 Common tern, Sparrowhawk flying west (John Bushell)
  • Hampstead Heath: Red Kite W at 10:45, 2 Common Buzzard NW 11:20 and 12:45, Common Tern at Men's Pond, 3 Swift, Common Whitethroat at 2nd hedge, Yellow Wagtail NW, 2 singing Willow Warbler at Sanctuary Pond, 4 Swallow NW, a single Black-headed Gull W, 3 Linnet, 2 House Martin NW (Frank Nugent).
  • KGV Reservoir: Whimbrel on the causeway 0735hrs (Neville Smith). Drake Pintail, 1st Summer Little Gull, 4 Arctic Tern, 2 White Wagtail, 3 Yellow Wagtail, c500 Swift at 08:15 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Lamorbey Park: Female Pied Flycatcher still on fence by all weather pitch briefly 08-20 not seen 09.00 - 09.40 but relocated 10.05 along path round school fields then back in yesterdays area, 11 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, Kestrel, Peregrine, c15 Blackcap, 2+ Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler singing and showed briefly on members bank (personal site first), 6+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 2 Jay, Jackdaw (Mike Amos, Ian Stewart)Also Sparrowhawk perched in tree (Mike Amos). Added 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Swift, Swallow in brief early pm visit (Ian Stewart)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Hey, come on over here & record your first ever Dunnock & Greenfinch : ) (JR). I had a good day it seems Jon on my impromptu visit hope it goes well DP
  • Rainham Marshes West: Wryneck along cycle track mid am in hawthorn and bramble hedge. (Hugh & Ian Bradshaw per FJM)
  • Richmond Park: 5 Greylag, 8 Pochard - four pairs, 2 Great Crested Grebe - pair, 20+ Grey Heron - including four nesting pairs, three broods comprising eight young, Peregrine male over, 2 Buzzard - high NW & N, 2 Water Rail heard, 5 Common Tern - including two pairs on rafts, 2 Black-headed Gull - chased off by terns, 3 Swift, male Wheatear, singing Sedge Warbler, singing Reed Warbler (J.Wilczur)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: singing Black Redstart, f Wheatear, m Yellow Wagtail, 2-3 Little Ringed Plover, pr Gadwall, Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 6 Common Whitethroat (Stuart Fisher)
  • Ten Acer Wood: Short-eared Owl, Wheatear, 2 Little ringed plover, 3 Buzzard, 6 Lapwing, ( G Westley ).
  • Thorney C.P.: 2 Common Whitethoats, 2 Common Terns. (Sue Giddens)
  • Trent Park: 42 Swift over Camlet Hill and Moat Wood 14:05 (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Sandwich Tern N over the paddocks, calling; 3 Wheatear rear paddocks (elder tree field) 14:30 - 15:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Whinchat (at last!), Garden Warbler (Motorcycle Wood), Sedge Warbler, 10 + Common Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 100 + Swift through, 5 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 3 House Martin, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, Common Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon, Sparrowhawk, Pochard, 4 Little Grebe (Tony Brown/Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Hobby, 2 Kestrel, Lesser Whitethroat, 10 + Common Whitethroat, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Little Egret, pr of Gadwall, pr of Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, Swift, Swallow (Nick Croft/bob Vaughan)
  • Woodford Green: 7 Swift NE over house at 12.13am, my earliest ever at home. (Ken Murray)

Friday 29th April 2016Edit

  • Belvedere: 4 Oystercatcher, Whimbrel (James Palmer)
  • Blackheath: m Wheatear (Joe Beale)
  • Brent Reservoir: Red Kite west 11.00, pair Shelduck, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 25 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff (Andrew Self)
  • Camden Town: male Pin-tailed Whydah flying around near Sainsbury's (Hawley Crescent) at 19:30, 2 Mandarin overhead also (Ian Ellis).
  • Canons Farm: Whinchat, 5 Wheatear (Surrey BC)
  • Claybury Park, Woodford Bridge: Lesser Whitethroat (heard only), 2 Whitethroats, Chiffchaff, Stock Dove, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Alan Hobson).
  • Crossness: 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 8 Common Tern, Peregrine, Kestrel, 10 Swift, 5 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 6 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam); also Common Sandpiper, 2 Skylark, 6 House Martin, 2 Wheatear (James Palmer)
  • Danson Park: approx 9 Swifts, several Swallows and House Martins. (Chris Rose)
  • Eltham Park North: Willow Warbler singing by pond (Ian Stewart)
  • Enfield Playing Fields: 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff in the small spiiney near end of Mafekin Road (Phil Rhodes)
  • Fairlop Waters: 3 Whinchats (Alan Bell)
  • Fishers Green: Spotted Flycatcher betw river & electricity substation 13:00 (BirdGuides)
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2-3 Willow Warblers, 2 Linnets over, Egyptian Geese with small young (2nd pair's attempt); evening - m Common Redstart,  Common Swift (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: male Whinchat in inner lake area, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler and male Blackcape in Alder Carr, 5 Whitethroat (4 males 1 female), Lesser whitethroat, 4 Sedge warbler, Reed warbler, 3 Swallow, 8 Common terns (John Bushell)
  • Hampton Court Park: Whinchat, Wheatear, 7+ Skylarks (Spencer Neal)
  • Lamorbey Park: Female Pied Flycatcher in scrub/trees near all weather pitches 19.35 - 20.00 at least (Ian Stewart, Phil Cliffe, Eric Brown)
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 4 Swallow ne, 1 singing Blackcap, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Sanderling late afternoon on Main Lake shingle island: found at closing time. Increased to 3 Wheatear on Grazing Marsh in pm and 3 Common Sand (Res Lagoon, Main Lake and Wader Scrape) (Rob Martin). 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1m Pheasant south route, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Swift, 5 Swallow, plantly of Sand and House Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat south route, lots of Blackcap, Sedge and Reed Warblers, 3 Reed Bunting, singing Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff (Martin Honey & others)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Willow Warbler, m Blackcap, pr Goldcrest, singing Mistle Thrush, House Sparrow calling on aerial in Claxton Grove (1st time in years) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • New River Walk, Canonbury: Pair Willow Warbler, 1 chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap (Eugene Dillon-Hooper)
  • Oxleas Wood: Hobby W, Cuckoo calling from Jack Wood area, pair Kestrel, 2 Swift W, 6+ Swallow NW, 8+ Blackcap, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 8+ Chiffchaff, 2+ Goldcrest, 4+ Nuthatch, 2+ Siskin Kenilworth Gardens (Ian Stewart); Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker (Ron Turner)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: ringtail Hen Harrier (BirdGuides)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Whinchat (BirdGuides); m Pheasant, Swift, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2f Redstart, 3 Wheatear (Twitter)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Whinchat, Wheatear (M.Lewis); another 3 Wheatear, Red Kite (Friday Group); male Redstart (gorse enclosures), 2 Willow Warbler (Hugh Bradshaw). Early evening: 8 Wheatear at an old traditional site near the Pen Ponds; male Whinchat with them. A few dozen House Martins over the Pen Ponds, with Swallows and a Swift or two (Stefan Czapski) female Redstart (J-M.Blake)
  • Sevenoaks KWT: Wood Warbler still singing on River Darent path at southwest corner of West Lake early-am till 1800 at least (BirdGuides) To the well-meaining, self-confessed pedant :), Wikia's predictive-text glitch (so bad that it kicks in when the edit is published, despite having been corrected beforehand) now corrected again (this time). I was going to wait till my next update till you weighed in. :)
  • South Ruislip/Rayners Lane, Roxbourne Park/Field End Rec: Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Little Egret, Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 3 Greenfinch (Tim Rymer)
  • Staines Reservoir: Common Scoter, 2 Black-necked Grebe still, Whimbrel, Sanderling, Iceland Gull 1w 20:20-20:30 (Surrey BC)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Kingfisher, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, 8 Warbler spp., Peregrine, Common Sandpiper (Chris Farthing)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 fem Redstart (1 for third day In hedge N of main pit & 1 by horse shelter in paddock Tyttenhanger Fm), Yellow Wagtail, 5 Redpoll, Egyptian Goose, 2 Common Tern, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Garden Warbler, mix of Hirundines + Swifts, Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, several Whitethroat & Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat (heard), Red Kite, 4 Buzzard. (Tyttenhanger Birders)
  • Vanbrugh Park SE3: Lesser Whitethroat and Willow Warbler singing (Joe Beale)
  • Vanbrugh Pits SE3 (Blackheath): Lesser Whitethroat (Joe Beale)
  • Victoria Embankment Gardens, Embankment Station, WC2: Willow Warbler singing, heard from tube station entrance. 10:00 (Kieron Palmer)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Shelduck, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, 5 SKylark, pr Linnet, f Reed Bunting, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Swallow, 4 Kestrel (Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: singing Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 5 singing Common Whitethroat, Siskin, 6 Stock Dove, pr Great Crested Grebe (reunited) (Nick Croft/bob Vaughan)
  • William Girling Reservoir, Lea Valley Road, Enfield: 10+ Swifts flying over and along the top of the reservoir 10:45am (Mick Charles)

Thursday 28th April 2016Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Saturday 30th is our Spring Bird Count Day. All birders welcome. North Arm - Singing Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (sang briefly by N Hide), 1 Swallow N, House Martin (heard only), 1 Siskin W; North Bank - 4 Swift, 1 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, 2+ House Martin (all W/NW c.16:00), singing Willow Warbler (Shrike Field) and Common Whitethroat singing briefly by Yacht Club (Bill Haines); 20+ Teal, 12 Pochard North Arm, 2 more Common Whitethroat dump, Garden Warbler North Bank, 12 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff (Roy Beddard); 2 Little Egret behind dam 17:30 (Andrew Self); 4-7pm 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, Reed Warbler singing in front of main hide, Great Black-backed Gull 4cy on raft, 2 Snipe, large flock of hirundines over water 30+ Swifts and Swallows and a few House Martins (Ben Epstein)
  • Brookmill Park: Stock Dove, 3 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: 1 Common Swift, 1 female Common Redstart, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Steve Gale)
  • Crossness Southern Marsh: m Whinchat in SW corner with f Wheatear (Peter Beckenham)
  • Dulwich Park: Kestrel and Peregrine overhead together (James Palmer)
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Common Tern, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (George Kalli); 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, 3+ Blackcap, 3 Shelduck (Paul Hyland)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Little Grebe, 6 Common Tern, 3 Blackcap (pair & 1 female), 2 Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler (alder carr), Mistle Thrush (alder carr), Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 3 Swallow. (John Bushell)
  • Gunpowder Park: Red Kite (Neville Smith).
  • Horton Country Park: 1 Wheatear (John Gordon)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Wheatear m f, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Common Snipe, 6 Redshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover, at least 10 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3m Reed Bunting, 4 Common Swift, 2 Swallow (Martin Honey)
  • Mile End Park (north): 1 Common Swift, 1 singing male Grey Wagtail, 1 singing Lesser Whitethroats, 1 displaying Common Whitethroat, Moorhen with 2 well-grown young, 2 singing Blackcaps, 1 Grey Heron, Starlings bringing food to young in nest (Joe Beale)
  • Minet CP: Common Redstart around central pond early-am (BirdGuides)
  • Mudchute: 1 male Common Redstart, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler (George Kalli) 
  • Oxleas Wood: Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Firecrest, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Stock Dove, Blackcap [m/fm], Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Pied Flycatcher [m], Swallow (Ron Turner) Where was Pied Flycatcher please?
  • Regent's Park London Zoo: female Common Redstart by the old disused penguin pool (Bob Cheke)
  • Richmond Park Pen Ponds area: 4 Wheatear, 1 Common Buzzard, good numbers of Sand Martin & House Martin, Drake Mandarin, Magpies & Jackdaws stealing fur from Fallow Deer, 1 Magpie even took a beakful from a Fox. (Phil Bull)
  • Roding Valley Meadows NR: 2 Swift, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat (Barry Jones) 
  • St James's Park: Common Whitethroat still (unusual to get one here let alone one that appears to be lingering), 7 Blackcap includes 6 males (Frank Nugent).
  • Sevenoaks KWT: Wood Warbler singing and showing well along Darent path behind W lake, pair Garganey still close to Tyler hide, 2 Shelduck, 4+ Egyptian Goose (2+ juv), pair Teal, Little Egret, Kestrel, Ringed Plover, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 6+ Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, 5 Greenshank, Kingfisher, 50+ Swallow, 100+ Sand Martin, 50+ House Martin, Grey Wagtail, 4+ Garden Warbler, 10+ Blackcap, Reed Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Garden Warbler (Neville Smith).
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: f Pheasant flushed from Court grounds, singing Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 8+ Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler (plus one mixed singer), 5 Chiffchaff, pr Shelduck, pr Peregrine NW, Mistle Thrush (Stuart Fisher)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: singing Lesser Whitethroat (Neil Batten).
  • Staines Reservoir: m Scaup, f Common Scoter north basin, Little Gull 1s still (BirdGuides)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: m. Whinchat, 2 Common Sandpiper, Garden Warbler, pair Shelduck, pair Red-crested Pochard (Chris Farthing)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Cuckoo, Nightingale, male Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, 2 Yellow Wagtail over, 22 Cetti's Warbler, 15 Sedge Warbler, 16 Reed Warbler, 32 Common Whitethroat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler & 2 Ravens (Andrew Self)
  • Tooting Common: singing - 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warblers, c6 Blackcaps, also Sparrowhawk, Goldcrest (Nick Moll) Hi Nick, where was the Lesser Whitethroat? Thanks James Hudson; male Whinchat 11:15 in the clearing in the small copse just SE of the pond (Phil Bull) Whinchat still present 18:20 (James Hudson) Apologies for delay in replying. The Lesser Whitethroat (seen and heard) was in trees not far from the pond by the path leading almost due east along the edge of the playing fields (c.9.00am) Nick Moll
  • Tottenham Marsh: Grasshopper Warbler still reeling and seen intermittently this morning 07.30-08.00 (Quentin Given) Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling intermittently 13.55 to 14.10 same location low bramble scrub middle Wild Marsh East (Jan Dobbie)
  • Tufnell Park: EXTREMELY large bird of prey, cream/pale coloured with dark trailing edges soaring/floating towards Lea Valley 0925 (Francis Tusa)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Hobby hawking over East Warwick - 12.40 - 1pm, Garden Warbler in scrub by Pylon (No.1/2), 5+ singing Reed Warblers, 4+ singing Sedge Warblers, 3 singing Lesser Whitethroats & 3 Cetti's Warblers heard (Davey Leach); also Short-eared Owl again over Wild Marsh East (just N of Lockwood res) at 19.00 (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Willow Warbler, 5 Common Whitethroat males, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 singing Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, pr of Linnet, f Reed Bunting, 2 Kestrel, 4 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: singing Willow Warbler, 6 singing Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, pr of Coal Tit, Nutchatch, 2 Great Crested Grebe (a pair but now on separate lakes), 3 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, Mink on Roding (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Watford: White Stork flew south over the M25 at 08:58 (BirdGuides)

Wednesday 27th April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Sand Martin, 3 Swallows (Alan Gibson, Dominic Mitchell, Bob Watts)
  • Barking Bay: 40 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 4 Oystercatcher, 6 Snipe, Caspian Gull 2cy, 1 presumed Caspian/Herring Gull hybrid 4cy, 1 Common Gull, c40 Common Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern E, 2 Swallow W, 4 Yellow Wagtail N, 1 male Wheatear race leucorhoa, 11 Whitethroat, 5 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Nick Senior)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 2 Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper & White Wagtail on enclosed lagoons (Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: Snipe, pair of Little Ringed Plover, adult Great Black-backed Gull rafts, male Peregrine 08:40 flying towards new 27-storey Tower Block by north res, 11 Swift, 2 Swallow feeding, Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, Sedge Warbler singing left of main hide; pair of Grey Wagtails R.Brent Staples (Andrew Verrall)
  • Cheshunt/Fishers Green area: 2 Red-legged Partridge (Goosefields), Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 4 Common Tern (from Grand Weir hide), 8 Swallow, Nightingale (electricity substation), Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting (James Palmer)
  • Clapton: 2 Swift over Lea Bridge roundabout heading NE 17:20 (Billy Tollemache)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Ring Ouzel in field next to industrial estate just past Erith Yacht Club (Tom Clarke)
  • Dagenham Chase: Osprey over 1700 (BirdGuides)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Blackcap (Pair), Little Grebe (Pair), 6 Common Tern, 3 Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler (John Bushell)
  • Hampton Court Park: Peregrine Falcon with prey (Spencer Neal)
  • Hyde Park: Sparrowhawk flying back and forth between several trees at back of police station, Swifts, House Martins and Swallows over Serpentine. A single Barnacle Goose with no rings on its legs near the flashy restaurant at eastern end of Serp, from one of the collections ? I also went owl hunting in Kensington Gardens but couldn't find either little or tawny. Can anyone help me with locations please ? (Toni Piccolo) try Ralph Hancock's blog for directions Thanks, Toni.
  • Lamorbey Park: pair Mute Swan, 14+ Canada Goose inc 3 juv, pair Egyptian Goose, 11 Tufted Duck, at least one Coot brood, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7+ Blackcap, Whitethroat (year-1st), 4+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe, 6 Redshank, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1m Brambling (see pictures), 6 singing Cetti's Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 singing Reed Warbler, 3 singing Willow Warbler, 2 singing Sedge Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap 3m f (incl one carrying food) (Martin Honey et al); Yellow-legged Gull 2cy, male Brambling - in almost complete summer plumage showing well at south route feeders (J.Wilczur, S,Woolfenden)
  • Mudchute: 1 Spotted Flycatcher SE corner, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler (Nick Senior)
  • Pinner (HA5): 4 Goldfinch, singing Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Song Thrush & male Pied Wagtail (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: Saturday 30th is my Spring Bird Count Day. Expect a rubbish total : 100?) - well, I hope to beat Mr Cassiobury's mouth watering total of 17 species set in 1996 :) (JR).
  • Rammey Marsh: male Bullfinch (James Palmer) also 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler at 6.15 am (Tony Clancy)
  • Redbridge Lakes, Woodford Bridge: 2 Common Terns (first of the year here), Linnet, 3 Blackcaps (2m 1f), Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrushes, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Sparrowhawk flew over later near the lakes seen from my flat (Alan Hobson).
  • Richmond Park: Common Sandpiper - pen ponds (S.Read)
  • Ruislip: Red Kite low over houses (Richard Francis).
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): 3 Mute Swan, Greylag, Gadwall, c30 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Common Buzzard, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, c20 Swallow, 10+ House Martin, Grey Wagtail, 20+ Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Jay, 4+ Bullfinch, Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • St James's Park: Sedge Warbler singing loudly from the Willow nearest West Island north side, Common Whitethroat again in the shrubs opposite, 3 possibly 4 singing Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (Frank Nugent).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: (f) Common Redstart north west corner (Neville Smith).
  • Staines Moor: 1f Whinchat, c. 10 blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 6+ Common Whitethroat, 3+ Sedge Warbler, many Chiffchaff too. (M Kirkland)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Common Scoter (BirdGuides) on north bank, also 2 Common Sandpiper and drake Scaup, 1s Little Gull on south basin, 100+ Swift above, along with smaller numbers of hirundines (M Kirkland); Whimbrel, 4 White Wagtail (BirdGuides)
  • Stockley Park: 2 Common Tern, 2 Egyptian Goose, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat ...and Ray Wilkins (Dan Pinkham)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Hobby SW at 08:05, Coal Tit, 3 Common Sandpiper, Whitethroat (Chris Farthing)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Cuckoo north 9.00, Little Grebe trilling, Tufted Duck pair, Mute Swan pair, Blackcap pair, singing Sedge Warbler (Conrad Ellam)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Grasshopper Warbler reeling but very elusive in same area as yesterday 7.30am, Same area - Raven by Chalk Bridge around channel (Monster next to mobbing Magpies), M Sparrowhawk low over grass, 3+ singing Lesser Whitethroats in area, Pr Kingfisher & Little Egret on River Lea, 4 Swallows, 8 Sand Martins & 12 House Martins by Banbury Reservoir 12.30 - 13.30 (Davey Leach) Hi Davey, where exactly was the Raven? Which side of the Lea was it, or did you see it from or over the WME? (Walthamstow Birders) It was around the Channel E of the River Lea Canal where they join by the shallow water. It was mobbing the Grey Heron t there and after perching for 2 minutes, it flew over the Bank to Banbury Reservoir.chased by 2 Magpies. Thanks, long awaited first (#248) for the patch, well done. [1] Nice to know. Popped back there at 16.40 and Grasshopper Warbler showing well near usual brambles.
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 3 singing Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 4 singing Whitehroat, 9 singing Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, Kestrel, 2 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck still on Long Pond and 3 Coot also (John Colmans)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Lesser Whitethroat male singing 0750 at least still present 1220 (Bob Watts)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Female Redstart (photo), Common Tern, 2 Oystercatcher, Egyptian Goose, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler (photo), Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat and Blackcap all singing, 4+ Tree Sparrow, Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, plentiful mixed Hirundines, Long-tailed Tits nest building (photo) (Jo Edwards); Swift, Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Lesser Redpoll, Meadow Pipit, 4+ Linnet (Steve Blake); Osprey ENE 1050 (BirdGuides)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Wood Warbler singing just south of Coppermill building on Coppermill Lane. found c.10:00 still this evening E17 7HG (Paul Whitman); Short-eared Owl on fence north of Lockwood - harried by crows over Tottenham Marshes then high N c1900, also 2 m Wheatear & Common Sandpiper (horse paddocks & nearby channel W'stow Marsh) plus good evening passage of hirundines - 100+ Sand Martins, 50+ House Martins & 8 Swifts over Lockwood (Lol Bodini). Fourth Annual Walthamstow Patch Watch (AWPW4) this Saturday 30th, dawn till dusk, or as long as we can stand. See Walthamstowbirders blogspot for the patch boundaries. Please feed significant news, migrants etc. via @birdingprof 83 species to beat
  • Wraysbury GPs: 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Common Tern, 2 Hobby, 1m Kingfisher, 1 Red kite, 3 Buzzard, 30 Blackcap, 16 Common Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Garden Warbler, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 11 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 3 Sedge Warbler (Thomas Gibson)

Tuesday 26th April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 2 singing Willow Warbler (Bob Watts); also 2 House Martin, Whitethroat (James Palmer)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 3 Wheatear (males), 3 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: male Common Redstart on north bank at 08:20, female Wheatear Woodfield Park 09:05 disturbed by prof. girl dog-walker with a record 16 dogs out of van, pair Little Ringed Plover, 3 Snipe, Common Sandpiper Jetty and mud, adult Great Black-backed Gull rafts, Swift, 3 Barn Swallow, Willow Warbler, 6+ Chiffchaff, 14+ Blackcap 12+ m 2f, 2+ Common Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler - 7 warbler sp. still missing Garden, Peregrine over dam 15:30 (Brent Birders)
  • Broadwater Lake: 2 Hobby diving tumbling over lake near boathouse (Dan Pinkham)
  • Bury Farm, Edgwarebury, Middx: Great Grey Shrike viewable from Upper Flood Relief Scheme embankment. Pedestrian access from roundabout on A41 (Fay Broom via Bob Husband),
  • Charing Cross Hospital: Peregrine Falcon hatching (public site) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Crayford Marshes: Ring Ouzel (Eric Brown per Ian Stewart)
  • Grovelands Park: 17 Barn Swallow perched in trees on island and around lake 14:35 (Robert Callf)
  • Hampton Court Park: Common Whitethroat (Spencer Neal)
  • Kingston upon Thames: Peregrine, with prey, low over Sury Basin/ Sainsburys (Phil Davies)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 singing Sedge Warbler and Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap 3m 2f, 1 singing Chiffchaff, 1 singing Reed Warbler, 1m Reed Bunting (Martin Honey); Caspian Gull 2cy on Main Lake (Matt Palmer) - dodgy record shots here
  • Margravine Cemetery: f House Sparrow (collecting feathers & flying back to colony in Bayonne Park), 2 more Blackbird fledglings (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • New River Walk, Canonbury: Firecrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Warbler (Eugene Dillon-Hooper)
  • Oxleas Wood: Firecrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Philip Lane, N15: Hobby flew low S over Lawrence House Surgery (Katy McGilvray)
  • Rainham Marshes: 4 Raven mobbed by Carrion Crows over Rainham West (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rammey marsh: Grasshopper Warbler, Short-eared Owl 6:45am (Brian Dawton)
  • Rayners Lane, Roxbourne Park: Little Egret, Willow Warbler 6:15am (Tim Rymer)
  • Richmond Park: Red Kite north at 12.00 (J.Wilczur)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Hobby over (P Kite)
  • Staines Reservoir: 5 Arctic Terns am, Channel Wagtail pm (BirdGuides)
  • Streatham Cemetery, Tooting: Ring Ouzel (Shaun Ferguson via Facebook)
  • Tottenham Marshes: m Grasshopper Warbler showing intermittently from small brambles towards middle of top end of Wild marsh east, still at 17:20 (Pete Lambert (finder), Stuart Fisher, Lol Bodini, Jamie Partridge, Graham Howie); bird still present and reeling loudly at 8:30 pm (Haringey Birder)
  • Tooting Commons: 2 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap (8m 2f), 9 Chiffchaff (minimum counts - lot's of warblers around the lake today), 4 Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush, Egyptian Goose (James Hudson)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Hobby flying N over Upper Maynard, 12+ Swift over No. 4, 55+ House Martin, 10+ Swallows & 30+ Sand Martins & 2 Common Tern over Lower Maynard, Kingfisher & 2 Grey Wagtails on Channel E of Lockwood Reservoir 12.30 - 13.30 (Davey Leach); Little Ringed Plover & f Wheatear 17.45 (L Bodini, J Partridge, G Howie); Oystercatcher at south end of Warwick East and Peregrine on pylon at south end of Reservoir no 3, flock of House Sparrow by no 4, f Reed Bunting 53 sp counted southern reservoirs 8:30 am - 1:30 pm (Haringey Birder)
  • Wanstead Flats: Sedge Warbler still singng on Alex, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, Swift, 6 Linnet, pr of Reed Bunting with nesting material, 2 Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Pochard, 3 Little Grebe (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: male Ring Ouzel between Heronry and Shoulder of Mutton before being flushed by non local beardy-birder, 3 singing Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 5 singing Common Whitethroat, 3 Little Egret, 2 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, Common Snipe (only the second record of the year) (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Woodlands Farm: female Ring Ouzel upper Old Coals near the new hedge, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)

Monday 25th April 2016Edit

  • Barking Bay: 82 Shelduck, 6 Teal, 3 Snipe, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Gull, c.30 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 11 Skylark, 5 Swallow W, 6 alba Wagtail W, 11 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, c. 50 Linnet (Nick Senior)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Snipe, pair Little Ringed Plover mating on mud, 6 Swift, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, Whitethroat singing on Dump, Reed Warbler singing on North Bank (Andrew Verrall); North Arm - Common Sandpiper briefly by Cool Oak Bridge, Grey Heron seen carrying a rat (that was still squeaking as it was swallowed alive kicking and fighting); North Shore - 3 Sand Martin, 2+ Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (in Shrike Field), 1 Willow Warbler (all warblers singing), 2 Egyptian Geese, male Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail (dam) (Bill Haines).
  • Beddington Farmlands: Single Whimbrel south, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit on main island, 1 Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper (Twitter)
  • Bloomsbury (University College London): Grey Heron, mobbed by Crow (Jon Agar).
  • Brookmill Park: Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Hyde Park: Spotted Flycatcher in Rangers Lodge rear garden at lunchtime (no public access) (D. Jordan)
  • Lake Farm CP, Hayes: 6 Skylarks 3 pairs displaying, c30 Linnets, c10 Common Whitethroat, 2 Reed Buntings, Green Woodpecker, House Sparrow, first Speckled Wood butterfly of the year (Wendy Marks) - some photos on my blog
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 Peregrine nw, 1 Cormorant, 7 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Goldcrest (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: Garden Warbler, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear (Twitter)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Ring Ouzel male Holly Lodge paddocks 17.50 (Ron Herbert) Not seen at 20.00. (FJM)
  • Rainham Marshes: m Ring Ouzel Coldharbour Lane (Fraser Simpson)
  • Roehampton: Oystercatcher flying over Danbury Avenue towards Richmond Park 9.30 (D Benton)
  • Ruislip Lido: C10 House Martin. (Martin Smith)
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): Brambling almost in summer plumage, Garden Warbler (seen before heard - quite unusual for me), 3 Mute Swan, 4 Greylag (1 nest), m Gadwall, c40 Tufted Duck, 3-4 Great Crested Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Kingfisher, 25+ Swallow, 20+ House Martin, Grey Wagtail, c20 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff, 2-3 Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • St James's Park: 1 singing Common Whitethroat visible in the shrubs just west of the bridge north side plus 1 singing Willow Warbler close by, 2 singing Blackcap (Frank Nugent, Jo Lawrence).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Common Redstart north east corner (Neville Smith).
  • Staines Reservoirs: Dunlin, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 6+ Yellow Wagtail, 1st Sum Little Gull, Arctic Tern, 3 Wheatear (Twitter); also Common Tern, 1 Common Sandpiper, Peregrine, c. 100 flock of mixed Hirundines (Tony Stones); m Scaup, 3 Little Gull 1s early-am (BirdGuides)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Common Tern, 2 Oystercatcher, Egyptian Goose, Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail (fem), Grey Wagtail, 6+ Pied Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 3+ Tree Sparrow, 3 Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Swift, c200 flock of mixed Hirundines (Steve Blake, Graham Knight).
  • Wanstead Flats: female Common Redstart still sw corner of Alex, singing Sedge Warbler, singing Willow Warbler (willow-chiff bird), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Common Whitethroat, Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 2 Teal, Pochard, Kestrel, Reed Bunting, pr of Linnet (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: fem common Redstart (Jamie Partrdge)

Sunday 24th April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Whitethroat singing Cricket Scrub, also 3+ Swallows north, some lingering Wood Green Res (Bob Watts); 2m Red-crested Pochard flew towards New River over north end Wood Green Res 2000 (Gareth Richards)
  • Brent Reservoir: Whimbrel 11:20-11:45, Greenshank heard calling, Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Buzzard over, 20 Swift (Brent Birders)
  • Bury Farm, Edgwarebury, Middx: No sign of yesterday's Great Grey Shrike near Upper Flood Relief Scheme. Pedestrian access from roundabout on A41, 2 Lapwings, pair of Kestrels, Common Buzzard, Common Whitethroat (Bob Husband, Fay Broom)
  • Canons Farm: 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Northern Wheatear (Steve Gale)
  • Chessington South: 1 Male Redstart, Pair Yellowhammer, singing Skylark (john gordon) TQ18834 63043
  • Crayford Marshes: Male Ring Ouzel opposite saltings in field next to ind est 11.05 to 12.30 at least, Whinchat on east side of landfill (probably 3 but only saw 1 clearly), Greenshank at saltings, 2 Greylags, 6+ Shelduck, 6+ Gadwall, c6 Teal, male Marsh Harrier N across Thames, Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 4+ Redshank, 5 Whimbrel, c30 Common Tern, 8+ Skylark, 5+ Swallow, 2+ House Martin, 7 Yellow Wagtail N, Wheatear, 3+ Blackcap, c20 Whitethroat, 4-5 Lesser Whitethroat, 6+ Cetti's Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, Jackdaw, 2 Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • East India Dock Basin: 4 Shelduck, 4 Teal, 2 Common Tern, 7 Black-headed Gull, 4 Blackap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Linnet (Nick Senior)
  • Fairlop Waters: male Whinchat, 4 Sedge Warblers, Reed Warbler, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Jack Snipe, 17 Snipe, Common Sandpiper ,4 Shelduck (Alan Bell)
  • Fryent Country Park:Lesser Whitethroat (F.O'Sullivan)
  • Gallions Reach: Roseate Tern downriver 11.50, 50+ Arctic Terns in one feeding flock, Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 House Martin, Wheatear (Gary A James & Paul Davis).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Shelduck 2, Oystercatcher 2, Jackdaw 1 N Over Southern Park towards Ecology Park new record for the site. Wheatear 1 female, Linnet 3, Whitethroat 3. Ecology Park: Little Grebe 1 pair, Common Tern 3, Blackcap , Whitethroat 2, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Song Thrush (Richard Green, John Bushall)
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Buzzard S at 10:30, Common Snipe flying round and round the excavated and out of bounds field opposite Boating Pond at 10:35 - looked to be landing but then away NW (Frank Nugent).
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Arctic Tern (BirdGuides)
  • Hyde Park: 5+ House Martins and 3 Swifts over Serpentine this morning and until 12 noon at least, Grey Wagtail by reed bed opp Diana's fountain thing, Cetti's Warbler sub-song heard in brambles in same grassy inlet on right of fenced path in Kensington Gardens as last year (the one with the tree stump) (Chris Holtby)
  • Ickenham Marsh: Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk (Nigel Dodd)
  • Island Barn Reservoir: 2 Wheatears, 11 Yellow Wagtails, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, c150 Swallows, 10 House Martin and 20 Sand Martin (Chris Turner)
  • KGV Reservoir: viewed from Enfield Lock - m Common Redstart near pump house at 08:50, 2 Barnacle Goose south, 2 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit (Martin Shepherd); Great White Egret flew north 13:40 from relief channel towards Gunpowder Park / relief channel (seen earlier by Ian Lycett), 1 Black-necked Grebe, Scaup, 38+ Arctic Terns 30+ & c.8 north, 5+ yellow Wagtails, 2 Wheatear, 20+ Swifts, 40+ House Martins (T.Clancy, A.Middleton).
  • Kingston Bridge: 4 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Black-headed Gull (Neil Batten)
  • Lamorbey Park: pair Mute Swan, 5 Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3+ Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • London WWT: 2 Jack Snipe, 7 Common Snipe, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Whitethroat (Gordon Shaw)
  • Osterley Park: Stock Dove, 50+ Woodpigeon, 8+ Robin, 6 Magpie, 3 Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Green Woodpecker, 2 Pochard (m), 5+ Coot, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Canada Goose, 6+ Tufted Duck, 5+ Mallard, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, 50+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Rook, 1 Kestrel, 2 Red Kite (Osterley Birding Group/Kish Woolmore)
  • Purfleet: 2 Turnstone, 1 Knot, 15 Arctic Tern, 55 Common Tern, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Marsh Harrier (ad m + imm m) 5 Ringed Plover, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Little Egret, 6 Shelduck, 6 Teal, 4 Gadwall (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 23 Knot Aveley Bay am (BirdGuides)
  • Richmond Park: female Redstart - Holly Lodge (M.Lewis) 
  • South Ruislip: Lapwing over RAF Northolt airfield seen from A40 (Tim Rymer)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Grey Phalarope coming into summer plumage South Basin (BirdGuides); Grey Phalarope still but distant on south basin mid morning, min 64 Arctic Tern 58 flew in from on high at 11:45 to join other terns over north basin, 1st S. Little Gull, 2 Whimbrel (south basin), 9+ Yellow Wagtail (north basin by towers), pr Scaup (north basin), 3 White Wagtail, 5 Shelduck, 30 Swift (John Edwards, Chris Hazell et al.); Grey Phalarope still but on N Basin, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Little Gull, 5 Arctic Terns, 1 Wheatear - 1915 to 2000 (Gordon Shaw); Bar-tailed Godwit briefly am, 2 Black-necked Grebe still (BirdGuides)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: Whinchat briefly, m Yellow Wagtail NE, Cetti's Warbler, 4-5 Reed Bunting, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Sand Martin, Peregrine, 4 Reed Warbler (Stuart Fisher)
  • Ten Acre Wood: Whinchat, Sedge Warbler (G Wesley); 5 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Teal, 2 Buzzard, 4 Pheasant, 6 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Nigel Dodd)
  • Thames Barrier Park: 14 Shelduck, 1 Caspian Gull 2cy, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Arctic Terns E, 1 Swift, 1 male Whinchat, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 8 Linnet (Nick Senior)
  • Thamesmere Lake: Osprey east !5.45 (Conrad Ellam & Anita Gwynn)  
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Common Tern fishing, Bullfinch pair, 2 White Wagtail, 4 Whitethroat singing with mates, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing, Sedge Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Blackcap, 5+ Swift, 1+ House Martin, c60 Swallow, c50 Sand Martin, 4 Tree Sparrow, Buzzard (Jo Edwards); Arctic Tern fishing lake 15:30 (BirdGuides)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 1 Wheatear, 4-5 Yellow Wagtail, Linnet, Chiffchaff (Nick Wild, Gavin Whyte)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs, Lockwood, very early am - Little Ringed Plover, 6 Common Sandpiper, singing Lesser Whitethroat, singing Cetti's Warbler (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Common Redstart, Hobby, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 2 House Martin (Wren/NE London RSPB Group); Peregrine Falcon, 2 Shelduck, 4 Pochard, 3 Shoveler, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, several pairs of Linnet (hopefully they might breed for the first time in many years), 5 + Lesser Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Little Egret, 3 Shoveler, 6 Stock Dove, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 fem Wheatear, 6 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 8 Whitethroat, Kestrel (Charlie Farrell)

Saturday 23rd April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Lesser Whitethroat Cricket Scrub (Alan Gibson per Bob Watts), 4 Swallow Wood Green Res 1730 (Bob Watts)
  • Barn Elms, SW13: Cetti's Warbler singing by angler's pond (J.Wilczur)
  • Beddington Farmlands: Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Swift, Yellow Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, House Martin (James Hudson); Hobby, Garden Warbler, Greenshank, White Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 2 Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat (BFBG) - more sightings here
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, Greylag Goose, 3 Snipe, Little Ringed Plover, 14 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler singing Heron Hide (Roy Beddard, Stephen Branley); pm visit - Red Kite north chased by crow 13.25, 3 Common Sandpiper flew in rafts then mud, 2 Green Sandpiper flew in Heron Hide calling, Lesser Whitethroat singing in gardens path to hide 12.35 feeding in sun - still singing at 15:00 (Andrew Verrall); 7 Swift early evening (Andrew Self)
  • Brockwell Park-Lambeth: Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 pair Blackcap territorial displays, 6+ pair breeding House Sparrow, Loud sound of Common Buzzard repeated about 9 times which turned out to be a Jay (Michael Mac)
  • Brookmill Park: Sparrowhawk, Coal Tit, 2 singing Blackcap (Conrad Elam)
  • Bury Farm, Edgwarebury, Middx: Great Grey Shrike viewable from Upper Flood Relief Scheme embankment. Pedestrian access from roundabout on A41, Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat, flock of c.100 Linnets (Bob Husband, Fay Broom, Marian Rastelli)
  • Bushy Park: several singing Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, Nuthatch, male Pheasant, pair Reed Bunting, pair Shelduck, Skylark, 2 Song Thrush singing, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Treecreeper (Mat Hare)
  • East India Dock Basin: 4 Shelduck, 6 Teal, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Nick Senior)
  • Ewell Village: 2 adult Mediterranean Gull low nw with flock of 19 Herring Gull at 12:25 (Neil Batten)
  • Fairlop Waters: Male Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Sedge warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Swift, Little Owl. (Neil Twyford/Alan Thomas)
  • Fishers Green Island: Nightingale (Martin Shepherd)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Song Thrush, Blackcap (Pair), Little Grebe (Pair), Common Terns (3), Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat. (John Bushell)
  • Harefield: 1 Pied Flycatcher in top of blossom tree nr stream at TQ045912 (Martin Searle)
  • Hampton Court Park: 2 Lesser Whitethroat - Thames path (Spencer Neal); 21 Egyptian Goose, courting pair Great Crested Grebe, Little Owl, male Pheasant, 7 Pied Wagtail, several Skylark, several Stock Dove in mixed flocks with Woodpigeons, 4 Swallow, Meadow Pipit (Mat Hare)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 5 ad Mediterranean Gull on Serpentine - arr'd fr SW 1132 & dep'd N 1144 (Des McKenzie via Twitter); 2-3 Tawny Owl calling near old nest tree at 20:30 (Charlie Farrell)
  • Kensal Green Cemetery and St Mary’s Cemetery: 2 singing Blackcap (Charlie Farrell)
  • London Wetland Centre: 5 adult Mediterranean Gull - briefly at 12.00 perhaps Hyde Park birds (S.Fogg et al); Little Ringed Plover, Common Tern, 375 Herring Gull, Swift, female White Wagtail still, 10 Yellow Wagtail, male Whinchat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (J.Wilczur et al); 1 Common Snipe, 3m Reed Bunting, at least 3 singing Reed Warbler (Martin Honey); Garden Warbler Wildside (Martin Parker), Little Egret, Whitethroat, 4 Redshank, 4 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Common Buzzard over 15.30hrs (Angus Innes); 2 House Martin c16:15 (Charlie Farrell)
  • Lonsdale Road Barnes: 1 sedge warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 willow warbler, 3 chiffchaff, Blackcap (John Gordon)
  • Mudchute: Cuckoo, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 12 Blackcap, 1 Garden warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 80 Starling, 2 Linnet, 4 Greenfinch (Nick Senior)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, female Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, 25 Jackdaw, Jay, Mistle Thrush, 4 Song Thrush, 5 Stock Dove & a rather bizarre record of 17 House Sparrow all huddled together in a tiny area (no more than 50 cm across) in a field (Jon Ridge).
  • Purfleet: 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 1 or 2 Male Marsh Harrier, Swifts, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Kestrel, 2 Cetti's Warbler (seen), several Sedge Warbler, 1 M Blackcap, also possible Short-eared Owl but a long way off over the reed beds (Eugene Dillon-Hooper); Hobby, Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 50+ Swift, 20+ Swallow, several House Martins, also Redstart Rainham West (Bob Watts, Paul Hawkins)); Caspian Gull 1s tip (Dominic Mitchell per Bob Watts), Male Whinchat tip (Dave Morrison per Bob Watts); 2 Whimbrels - foreshore, Short-eared Owl and 2 Cuckoos Rainham west (ian bradshaw); 2 Siskin NW Avelely Bay, 1 Sandwich Tern upriver, 6 Swift (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rammey Marsh: Short-eared Owl and Cuckoo 7am (Brian Dawton); and owl still present this evening at 19:30 (Phil Rhodes)
  • Richmond Park: m Ring Ouzel, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Stonechat (Steve Woolfenden) Where was the Ouzel? Thanks. - Lawn Field but repeatedly flushed by walkers - last time 11.30am ish north over the woods -SW; 1 Firecrest in Sidmouth Wood, 1 Little Owl, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcaps, 1 House Martin (Finn McClean)
  • South Ruislip/Rayners Lane, Field End Rec/Roxbourne Park: 2 Linnet (on the Rec amongst feeding Starlings), Little Egret, 3 Blackcap, 2 Mistle Thush, Jay, Red Kite (Tim Rymer)
  • Staines Moor: 3 Whinchat 2m 1f, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, sev Whitethroat, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sedge Warbler (Iain Darbyshire); 2 Hobby (mated and then flew east approx 16.30), 2 Little Egret, 5 Swallow, 15 Sand Martin (Thomas Gibson)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Common Tern, numerous hirundines, 100+ Swift, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail (Jim Sweetland); 4 Arctic Tern, 3 ad Little Gull, Channel Wagtail (BirdGuides)
  • Stanwell Moor: 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 3+ Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, numerous Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler (Iain Darbyshire).
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: Red Kite N then over Orient Way NW, Lesser Whitethroat, 5-6 Common Whitethroat, 2 singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Swallow, 12 Sand Martin, Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, Kingfisher (Stuart Fisher)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 2 Arctic Tern, 5 Common Tern, Cuckoo, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Nightingale, 2 Stonechat, Bearded Tit, 24 Cetti's Warbler, 17 Common Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Raven (Andrew Self)
  • Thames Barrier Park: Little Tern East, 2 Common Terns, 2 Whitethroat, 31 House Sparrow, 6 Linnet; nearby male Black Redstart (Nick Senior)
  • Tottenham Marshes/ R Lee: Linnet, Willow Warbler, several Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Pheasant (m), Kestrel, 4 Shelducks and 2 Kingfishers. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: f Common Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler, 4 singing Whitethroat, 12 singing Blackcap, 19 singing Chiffchaff, Swallow, 6 Bullfinch, Grey Wagtail, Linnet, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Kestrel, 6 Teal and pair Coot still at Darlands (John Colmans, Ian Ellis)
  • Twickenham: over Thames by Marble Hill - 1 Tern, probably Arctic from the bouncy movement of its body in flight (Mike Foster)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: paddocks 9+ Yellow Wagtail, pair Wheatear, Whinchat female by bomb crater pond. (Marcus Mitchell); 6 Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, Common Buzzard over, 2 Swift over, 34 House Martin N, several Sand Martin, 3-4 singing Sedge Warbler (Stuart Fisher)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting, Lesser Whitethroat, Swift, Sand Martins, Young Greylag Geese. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Wanstead Flats: Reed Warbler, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, 3 Siskin, pr of Linnet, Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 5 Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Hobby, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 3 Swift, 2 House Martin, 2 Teal, 3 Little Egret (Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: female Black Redstart again briefly (Stuart Fisher)
  • Woolwich Common: Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 male Bullfinch, 6 Blackcap - 4 singing males and one pair, 3 Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, male Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove (Gus Wilson)
  • Worcester Park: 2 Common Swift over The Hamptons (Simon Osborn)

Friday 22nd April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Swallow still 1730, 2 House Martin through earlier (Dominic Mitchell, Bob Watts)
  • Beddington Farmlands area: Tree Pipit over Mile Road Bridge (Twitter)
  • Bexley Park Woods: 4 Nuthatch, 5 Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail, 3 Blackcap, Song Thrush (Ralph Todd)
  • Bexley - River Shuttle Riverdale Road: 2 Grey Wagtail, 140 Woodpigeon, Kingfisher, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Ralph Todd)
  • Brent Reservoir: Pair of Little Ringed Plover calling flight display by male then rejoined the female - someone has observed them mating on mud earlier in week, flock of 18 Swifts feeding over North bank, 4 Swallows, 12 House Martins, 6 Sand Martins, Willow Warbler singing from Willows opposite Heron Hide, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap (Andrew Verrall)
  • Brimsdown: 3 Yellow Wagtail (James Palmer)
  • Brookmill Park: Stock Dove, 2 singing Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Danson Park: 5 Yellow Wagtail, 60 Swallow, 20 House Martin (Donna Zimmer & Steve Carter)
  • East India Dock Basin: Little Ringed Plover, 3 Shelduck, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron. 4 Teal & 4 Shelduck on nearby Bow Creek (Alex Massey)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Pair Blackcaps, 3 Common terns, pair Little grebes, 2 Whitethroats, Lesser whitethroat. (John Bushall)
  • Kentish Town: Peregrine over Highgate Road low and E at 18:35 in the rain (Frank Nugent).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, numbers of Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers, 10 Yellow Wagtail, 1m Whinchat, 21 Swallow, some House Martin and plenty of Sand Martin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Snipe, 6 Redshank and 4 Stock Dove (Martin Honey); 7 Stock Dove, 2 Whinchat approx. 4:30pm (Mat Hare); Garden Warbler (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Mudchute: 2 Swallow, 12 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Siskin (Nick Senior)
  • Netherhouse Farm, Sewardstone: Hobby at 08:55 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Oxleas Wood: Blackcap[fm/m], Firecrest, Stock Dove [pr], Nuthatch, Kestrel. Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Song Thrush, Blackcap [m/fm], Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Tawny Owl [calling], Jackdaw (Ron Turner)
  • Rammey Marsh: Short-eared Owl hunting 06:15-06:30 (Martin Shepherd); also Grasshopper warbler, lesser whitethroat mid morning (Tony Clancy, Brian Dawton)
  • Ruxley GPs: (permit only) 3 Mute Swan, 3+ Greylag, 2+ juv Canada Goose, m Gadwall, c40 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Kestrel, 2+ Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 1+ Sand Martin, 15+ House Martin, 20+ Swallow, Grey Wagtail, c20 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, 1-2 Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, 2 Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • South Norwood CP: Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Roy Weller)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Common Sandpiper, 7 Warblers - Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap (Chris Farthing)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Curlew (over south), 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Egyptian Goose, Cuckoo, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3+ Sedge Warbler, 2+ Chiffchaff, many Blackcap, 2 Swift, c30 House Martin, c30 Swallow, 10+ Sand Martin, Red Kite, Little Egret, 4 Tree Sparrow, 4+ Buzzard (Tyttenhanger Birders)
  • Victoria Embankment Gardens, Embankment Station, WC2: Nightingale singing intermittently and showing occasionally in shrub border behind Robert Burns statue 8.45am to 9.30am at least, also 1 Whitethroat and Blackcap (Hugh Bradshaw, Ian Bradshaw)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: m Whinchat, m Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail (3m 1f/imm) on the paddocks, Lesser Whitethroat singing along the Flood Relief Channel, mixed flock of c18 House Martins and Sand Martins over the stables, 6+ Sand Martins Leyton Marsh/R Lea All 09:00 - 09:45. The Whinchat is a stunner - feeding on the grass near the back right hand corner of the rear paddock with the elder tree, if anyone's having a look (Alastair Dent); still 11:30 showing well, thanks (Paul Whiteman - photo); M Whinchat and M Wheatear still showing well 12.30pm (You're right, nice looking bird, many thanks!); more than 20 Yellow Wagtails in the Paddocks and 6 Sand Martins over, fem Kestrel nearby & 20+ Swifts viewable over both Warwick Reservoirs from the Car Park (Davey Leach)
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 singing Common Whitethroat, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 4 Swallow, singing Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Coal Tit, pair of Linnet, 2 Kestrel, 3 Little Grebe (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: 4 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 5 singing Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2 Little Egret, 2 Teal, Shoveler, pr Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Reed Bunting, White-cheeked Turaco going strong, 2 Grass Snake (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Tim Harris)

Thursday 21st April 2016Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret behind dam late afternoon (Andrew Self); Little Egret feeding on mud, Egyptian Goose, Common Sandpiper, pair of Little Ringed Plover calling flight display by male then pair feeding within inches of each other, Swallow feeding, Chiffchaff singing along path to hide very tame - 17.30pm visit (Frank O'Sullivan, Andrew Verrall).
  • Brimsdown: 3 Yellow Wagtail (James Palmer)
  • Cornmill Meadows: 8 Teal, 2 Redshank, 5 Lapwing, Cuckoo, Cetti's Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 8+ Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat (Simon Papps)
  • Frays Farm Meadows: 2 Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler alarm, 2+ Lesser Whitethroat, m Reed Bunting, 2 Kingfisher, pair Egyptian Goose plus young put back on Frays by horses, very brief Cuckoo heard (Dan Pinkham)
  • Harrow Lodge Park, RM12: Swallow feeding over lake, Grey Heron and Little Egret flying over, group of House Sparrow jumping for flies from the brambles (K Midgley)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: male Common Scoter still (BirdGuides)
  • Lee Valley Riding Centre paddocks: 10+ Yellow Wagtails, 6 Linnet, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Stock Dove, many Blackcaps and Sand Martins (Chris Farthing)
  • Leyton Flats: Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler (Stuart Fisher)
  • Little Woodcote: Firecrest in trees nr Oaks Park GC (BirdGuides) TQ272610
  • Mudchute Farm: Yellow Wagtail in horse paddock (Richard Harrison)
  • Orchard Estate, SE13: 2 Swallow n 14.35 (Conrad Ellam)
  • Oxleas Wood: Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Blackcap [m/fm], Kestrel [fm], Sparrowhawk [fm], Hobby, Stock Dove, Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Treecreeper (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Common Buzzard, Swallow low north-west, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 38 Jackdaw, 5 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker & 3 Long-tailed Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Spotted Redshank and Short-eared Owl still (BirdGuides)
  • Rammey Marsh: Short-eared Owl, Grasshopper Warbler 20:00hrs, Redwing over East (Neville Smith).
  • Sheen Common: Firecrest (J.Savage per J.Wilczur)
  • South Ruislip/Rayners Lane, Field End Rec: Little Egret (Tim Rymer)
  • Stanwell Moor: 2 Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler (Jim Sweetland)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret, Red Kite, 2 Sedge Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, male Whinchat (Jim Sweetland); 1f Ring Ouzel (early morning only), 2 Short-eared Owl, m Whinchat, 3 Barnacle Geese over S, 1 Common Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 House Martin, 21 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow, 2 Gadwall, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Common Tern, m Stonechat, 5 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Lapwing, 3 Shelduck, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Redshank, 1 Little Egret (Lee Dingain) - couple of pics).
  • Staines Reservoirs: Whimbrel flying E over big raft high 11:00 calling, male Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtails, 8 Pied Wagtails, Common Buzzard circling chased by crow over trees in NW corner, female Sparrowhawk, 3 Common Terns 2 settled on pipe sticking out of water displaying to each other & the third sat on water, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper (Andrew Verrall); m Scaup still on S basin (BirdGuides)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Coal Tit, 2 Swallow, Little Egret (Chris Farthing)
  • Totteridge Valley: 1 Fieldfare, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Common Whitethroat, 3 Swallow (Tony Clancy)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Rook south, c15 Swift, 2 Lapwing North, White Wagtail still, 2 Barnacle Geese North (Jamie Partridge); male Peregrine with prey low over West Warwick, 3 Swift & 2 Common Terns over East Warwick, 2 singing Sedge Warblers & Whitethroat along Railway Line, 3+ singing Reed Warblers - 12pm - 1pm (Davey Leach).
  • Wanstead Flats: f Common Redstart (Peter Brinton); 2 Swift, 4 Swallow, 2-4 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Shelduck, 5 Pochard, 4 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe, singing Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, singing Linnet, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 House Martin, 3 Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 singing Common Whitethroat, Little Egret, 4 Great Crested Grebe 2pr, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great Black-backed Gull (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Waterworks NR: Siberian Chiffchaff still on east side of car park pm (BirdGuides)
  • William Girling Reservoir: (seen from River Lee Navigation towpath) 30-40 Swift (James Palmer)
  • Woodside Park: Swallow, Nuthatch, Blackcap (Saul Goodman)

Wednesday 20th April 2016Edit

  • Amwell: Greenshank fr viewpoint, Bar-tailed Godwit Gt Hardmead Lk 08:35 (Herts web, BirdGuides)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, 3 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Six butterfly species incl. male Orange-tip - 2 seen in day before in Log (Roy Beddard, Ron Churchill, Steve Leeke); 3 Little Ringed Plover incl. a displaying pair calling and courting, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, Little Egret feeding on mud - eve visit 17:25 (Andrew Verrall); Male Wheatear on playing fields - pm (Bill Haines).
  • Gallions Reach: Oystercatcher, Kestrel, Whitethroat, Linnets. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Harrow Lodge Park, RM12: Male Sparrowhawk circling above, male Blackcap singing, heard Chiffchaff and both Greater Spotted Woodpecker & Green Woodpecker (K Midgley)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Garganey, also m Common Scoter still (BirdGuides)
  • KGV Reservoir: 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, drake Scaup, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Common Tern, 2 Common Buzzard, 8 Common Whitethroat (Tony Clancy)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 Common Buzzard, 1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Adult Herring Gull, 1 Pheasant, 4 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff (Neil Batten)
  • Leyton Flats: 3 Willow Warbler, Common Whitethroat (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 6 Green Sandpiper, 10 Redshank, 3 Snipe, Common Gull 2cy, 335 Herring Gull, female White Wagtail (J.Wilczur); 7 Green Sandpiper seen by many observers from top of Peacock Hide counted & photographed by several people 4 in one pool & 3 in next (Andrew Verrall, mo)
  • Mudchute: 1 Red Kite E, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Greenfinch (Nick Senior)
  • Oxleas Wood: Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Nuthatch, Little Grebe [flew over], Kestrel, 3 Mistle Thrush [1pair], Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, 5 Stock Dove, Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner Park Farm: singing Lesser Whitethroat - surprisingly the first record here for about three years, 3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 5 Stock Dove, 52 Jackdaw & Long-tailed Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: from Thames bank only - 2 Pintail, Osprey high SE 07.10, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 7 Green Sandpiper dropped in, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Caspian Gull 2cy Coldharbour Pt, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls 2cy, c.160 Common Tern 0700 with fewer later, 2 Arctic Tern, male Cuckoo, 2 Short-eared Owl, 8 Swallow W, 12 Sand Martin W, 4 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 3 Grasshopper Warbler (Nick Senior); 2 Spotted Redshank, Ring Ouzel on Mound, Redstart (BirdGuides); Great White Egret low over Aveley Pools then landed 20:10, Short-eared Owl and Grasshopper Warbler Rainham West (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rammey Marsh: 2 Short-eared Owl at 09:15, (Martin Shepherd); one SEO at 19:32hrs, Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler (Neville Smith).
  • Richmond Park: male Ring Ouzel briefly (J.Few); Hobby south of Isabella in the old oaks (Keith Aspen)
  • Scadbury Park: 2 Pheasant, Green Woodpecker, 3 Swallow low over hillside paddocks, Pied Wagtail, 5+ Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 5+ Chiffchaff, 3+ Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 2 Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • South Ruislip/Rayners Lane, Field End Rec: Little Egret, Blackcap (Tim Rymer)
  • Staines Moor: 10+ Blackcaps, 2 Collared Doves, Sedge Warbler, 4 Cetti's Warblers, 7 Sand Martins, 8 Swallows, Hobby over, 2 Kestrels, Red Kite, 2 Reed Buntings, 3 Linnets, 4 Meadow Pipits, 6 Skylarks, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Pheasant, Common Tern, Song Thrush, 5 Wrens, Many Greenfinch, Chiffchaff. (Sue Middens); Swift, 5 House Martin, Peregrine, Stonechat, Pied Wagtail, 3 Common Tern, Buzzard, 2 Redshank (Thomas Gibson)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebe still (BirdGuides)
  • St James's Park: Blackcap singing from bushes between Horse Guards Parade and cafe (James Hudson)
  • Stocker's Farm: Greenshank (Herts web)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Swift, House Martin, Sand Martin, Red-crested Pochard (Chris Farthing)
  • Tooting Commons: 5 Blackcap (4m 1f), 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Jackdaw, 5 Mistle Thrush, 8 Song Thrush, Egyptian Goose, Grey Heron (James Hudson); Buzzard (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Totteridge Valley: Grasshopper Warbler, Whitethroat, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Chiffchaffs, Swallows by pond, Green Woodpecker, Pheasants, Lapwings & Teals. 'observer?
  • Tyttenhanger: Cuckoo, Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Tree Sparrow, 6 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Shelduck, Barnacle Goose, Egyptian Goose, 2 Buzzard (Tyttenhanger Birders); Black Redstart (BirdGuides) Further information on this sighting, if available - exact location - time, would be very much appreciated. (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Lee Valley Riding Centre Rear Paddocks - 2 Yellow Wagtail, 8+ Linnets, 20+ House and Sand Martin low over, Grey Wagtail; Coppermill Lane area 2 Singing Sedge Warblers, Blackcaps (Jan Dobbie)
  • Wanstead Flats: 6 Swallow, Sand Martin, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 singing Common Whitethroat, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, Pochard, 3 Shoveler, 10 + Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Skylark, 3 Linnet (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: f Black Redstart central well head am (M. Messenger); Siberian Chiffchaff East side of car park in afternoon (Paul Whitman)
  • Worcester Park: 2 Northern Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Sand Martins north west (Bob Smith)

Tuesday 19th April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler Conservation Pond 0655 (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 7 Snipe, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 38 singing Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat; no sign of Yellow-browed Warbler for 2nd day (Andrew Self); 2 Common Tern, Kingfisher (Steve Blake); 4 Sand Martin, Buzzard 3-4pm (Ben Epstein); Ben, can you give a rough time for the Buzzard, e.g. 3.30, and approx direction -- trying to work out exactly when we get the most, for any large raptors, cheers (Andrew Verrall) No problem Andrew, the Buzzard was circling low over Woolmead Ave at 4.20pm and headed west, driven off by crows and gulls (BE); Main Hide 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Little Egret, 3 Snipe Heron Hide, 2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe - 17:00 (F.O'Sullivan, Steve Leake)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Ring Ouzels (m & f) opposite saltings from 11am to c12.30 but no sign 17.00, Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, 20+ Common Tern, Swallow low W, 11 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, 4 Yellow Wagtails, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, pair Gadwall, 4 Skylark, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Reed Bunting, 7 Greenfinch, 3 Little Egret, 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine (Ralph Todd, Ian Stewart)
  • Crossness: 50+ Gadwall, c90 Teal, 3 Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, 3 Peregrine, 4 Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, 2+ Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, 7 Redshank, Green Woodpecker, 14 Sand Martin, Swallow, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Blackcap, 4+ Whitethroat, c10 Cetti's Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart, Ralph Todd)
  • Finsbury Park: m. Wheatear still on running track with 10 Pied Wagtails, singing Goldcrest by bowling green (HarringayBirder); Wheatear in same place at 12:30, 3 Little Grebe on lake (Chris Farthing)
  • Grand Union Canal, north of Camley Street Park: 4 Mandarins 3m f 2.30pm (Colin Brooks).
  • Ham Lands: female Common Redstart at southern edge of large open area north of Thames Young Mariners lake at 4pm (Mike Wheeler)
  • Hampton Court Park: Common Sandpiper by Long Water 7.00-7.30am, Yellow Wagtail (Spencer Neal)
  • Hoddesdon, Trident Industrial Park: Yellow Wagtail over, Common Buzzard over pursued by Herring Gulls, singing Blackcap (Stuart Fisher)
  • Lamorbey Park: Sparrowhawk pair display overhead, Nuthatch, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, several Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, 1 Great Crested Grebe (Patrick English).
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Swallow, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 female Sparrowhawk, 1 male Pied Wagtail, orange tip and peacock butterflies (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: Green Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull 2cy, Common Tern, 2 Buzzard over, Peregrine mobbing Buzzard, 16 Lapwing males - territories, 41 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 270 Herring Gull (J.Wilczur); male Ring Ouzel still (Y.Simmonds); 2 Yellow Wagtail m f, 1 singing Sedge Warbler, 2 singing Reed Warbler, 5 singing Chiffchaff, 3 singing Willow Warbler, 1f Wheatear, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, 9 Blackcap 4m 5f, 2 Little Egret (Martin Honey)
  • Oxleas Wood: Goldcrest, Firecrest, Chiffchaff (pair nesting), Blackcap (m/fm), Kestrel (m/fm), Nuthatch (pair nesting), Jackdaw (pair), Stock Dove, Common Buzzard, Coal Tit, Treecreeper (pair), Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, Little Egret, 5 Swallow high north, first-summer male Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Stock Dove, 35 Jackdaw, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Linnet over & the first Bullfinch here for two years (Jon Ridge).
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: 3 Wheatear (1m, 2f) grass area to NW corner of Park (Jan Dobbie).
  • Rainham Marshes: Cuckoo singing Aveley Bay, 2 Grasshopper Warbler singing (Fraser Simpson); m Bearded Tit, 2 Whimbrel, Wheatear, c20 Common Tern, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 16+ Whitethroat, Greenshank, 2 Hobby, 3 Short-eared Owl (well 2 on Rainham & one Kent side), m Marsh Harrier (Matt Palmer); 1 Grasshopper Warbler singing and seen at Ferry Lane, 2 Common Sandpiper along river, 2 Common Buzzard, Peregrine over reserve (John Cadera)
  • Richmond Park: Oystercatcher briefly (S.Read); 4 Wheatear - paddocks (M.Lewis)
  • St James's Park: 4 Common Buzzard SE at 14:15, Peregrine at 14:30, Swallow N at 14:40 (Frank Nugent);  Brimstone and orange tip butterflies c.1.45pm (Jo Lawrence).
  • Totteridge Valley: Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Teal, 2 Coot, Reed Bunting over (Ian Ellis)
  • Walthamstow, Low Hall: M Pied Flycatcher at 11.00 then couldn't re-find, Kestrel, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Shelduck over, 2 Common Whitethroat, 10+ Blackcap, 5+ Chiffchaff, Linnet, 15+ House Martin (JW Davies); PiedFly reported again 12:55 in bushes at top end of Low Hall football pitches over drainage channel just south of Coppermill Lane waterworks (BirdGuides)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Common Shelduck, Yellow Wagtail, 5 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler and mixed singer Willow Chaff, Common Buzzard, Wheatear, Green Hairstreak (Bob Vaughan/Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Little Egret, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Swallow, 8 Teal (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead (Nightingale Lane): Singing m Blackcap in garden early this morning, Tawny Owl also heard last two evenings probably coming from old Wanstead hospital grounds at Hermon Hill (G. Gram).
  • Waterlow Park N6: 3 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 2-3 Chiffchaff, 5-6 Greenfinch several carrying nest material, 2 Sparrowhawk and 1 Buzzard overhead (Francis Tusa)
  • Woodmansterne, Surrey: m Ring Ouzel still 09:00 (BirdGuides)

Monday 18th April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Willow Warbler singing 1715 middle platform Wood green Res (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Snipe - Snake's Head Fritillary flower - West Hendon Playing Fields (Bob Husband, Matt Kirkland, Patrice Pittman)
  • Brixton Town Centre: Jackdaw outside library same one seen about 10 mins later flying over Brockwell Park (Michael Mac)
  • Brockwell Park: m Common Redstart, Jackdaw (not resident), Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Nuthatch at nest-seeing off Blue Tits etc (Michael Mac) - Hi Michael, where did you see the redstart? (Charles Kitchen) It was in that copse round the back of the top pond, in the field - it disappeared quickly due to influx of dog walkers, hope you find it. (Michael Mac)
  • Cornlill Gardens: Sedge Warbler singing (John Archer)
  • Coulsdon: Red Kite over Coulsdon flying west 11.40 (Paul Sell)
  • Finsbury Park: m. Wheatear (inside athletics track at 1pm), Willow Warbler, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Red-crested Pochard (Chris Farthing).
  • Hogsmill SF: Red Kite high NW at 10:30 (Nick Tanner).
  • KGV Reservoir: viewed from Sewardstone Marsh 17:40: 6 Common Swift, 7 Yellow Wagtail, c110 Swallow, c40 Sand Martin (Martin Shepherd); Sewardstone Marsh - 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 singing Cetti's Warbler c10:00 (Stuart Fisher)
  • Lee Valley Riding Centre: 1 female Wheatear (front paddocks), 6 Yellow Wagtails (rear paddocks). (Richard Hack)
  • Lincoln's Inn Fields WC2: 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley: Kingfisher along river, 2 Nuthatch, 17 Greylags, 2 Egyptian geese both in field behind river, Garden Warbler, 2 Song Thrush, Swallow over, Buzzard, and many Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. (Sue Giddens).
  • London Wetland Centre: m Ring Ouzel still on bank near staff car park (Deiniol Owen). Still there 10.45am (Rich Petley). Still at 14.15; also reported - 6 Yellow Wagtail briefly, 1 Wheatear, 4 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck (Nick S, M Lewis); 4 Common Tern flew NE early morning, 2 adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Reed Warbler (1 singing), 2 singing Sedge Warbler, 3+ singing Willow Warbler, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, (Bill Haines); apparently there was a male Pied Flycatcher present yesterday as reported on the LWC web-site. Does anyone have further details please? (J.Wilczur) . The bird was apparently photographed by a visitor who did not know what it was, somewhere on the Wildside, and showed the picture to a birdwatcher who did, but the bird was not relocated (Nick S) Thanks Nick (JW) Male Common Redstart at top of hill at gate near Water Scrape hide at c. 15:15. (MMcL)
  • Mayflower Park: Reed Warbler -first for year (Bob Smith)
  • Merton: 1 Common Redstart female present in back garden since yesterday (Julie Hillman via Keith Bates)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 4 Yellow Wagtail, m Wheatear, m Common Redstart horse paddock hi JR (Dan Pinkham)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Whinchat am, 6 Arctic Tern Avely Bay & 2 Short-eared Owl eve'g (BirdGuides); 3 Avocet on Aveley Pools, Willow Warbler singing Rainham West (Fraser Simpson)
  • Ruxley GPs: (permit only) 3 Mute Swan, 4 Greylag, 20+ Canada Goose inc several nests, 50+ Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Sand Martin, 10+ Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler singing, 2-3 Willow Warbler, 5+ Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • St James's Park: 2 Grey Wagtails 0850 (Jo Lawrence)
  • St Paul's: singing Blackcap in churchyard (Nick Rutter)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: male Common Redstart at 18:15 in bushes in NW corner of Pattypool Mead (Martin Shepherd)
  • Slade Gardens - Stockwell: visible singing Blackcap, 5+ House Sparrows, pr Mistle Thrush (Michael Mac)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Common Redstart (fm) Botany Marsh, 8 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 5 Linnet, 4 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Kestrel, 6 Greylag goose + 2 with young, Sparrowhawk, 4 singing Skylark, 5 Shelduck, 4+ Cetti's Warbler (Roger Keith)
  • Totteridge Valley: Cuckoo singing by Darlands Lake, Linnet over, but no sign of last night's Ring Ouzel 06:40 - 07:20; this evening a male Common Redstart, 2 Egyptian Goose, female Peregrine eating a Woodpigeon at Folly Farm (Ian Ellis); Mandarin Duck on Totteridge Long Pond (Bob Husband)
  • Victoria Park: Redwing feeding on grass with 3 Mistle Thrush and Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk (f), pair of Great Crested Grebe nest building (Jan Dobbie)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: m Whinchat bottom of Lockwood first thing. (Jamie Partridge); 1 Common Sandpiper on Lockwood, 5 Swallows over Upper Maynard & 5 Common Terns on No. 4 Reservoir 12-1pm (Davey Leach)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Northern Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swallow, singing Willow Warbler, 5 Pochard (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wimbledon Common: west side by A3 - Red Kite south at 10.25 - perhaps the Hogsmill bird, Peregrine west, Swallow NW, 4 Pied Wagtail - including a pair, 235 Jackdaw SSE in an hour in a sustained local movement presumably from Richmond Park (J.Wilczur)
  • Worcester Park: Northern Wheatear on horse field (Bob Smith)

Sunday 17th April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Swallows north (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts)
  • Bermondsey: Sparrowhawk soaring over Southwark Park Rd at 1130 (John Cadera)
  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler in sallows by contractors' car park at 11.20 and again 11:35-11:40 about 40m from Cool Oak Lane (photographed by Richard Jones, Tony Blake and Dominic Mitchell) and again 14.30-1500 hrs (15th day) (so show us the photos please), 5 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Tern, Kestrel pair, Common Buzzard S at 11.30, Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin, Common Swift, Common Whitethroat, 12+ Blackcap, 10+ Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Male Reed Bunting (Brent Birders, Dominic Mitchell, Pete Lowman, NW London RSPB Group - Bob Husband et al, & visitors)
  • Blackheath: Yellow Wagtail and Linnet over (Joe Beale)
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: Sparrowhawk, Blackcap (m), Grey Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler singing. (Dave Timms)
  • Cheam: Marsh Tit calling in evergreens heard clearly and seen (16.11 - 16.17) then flew north, also singing male Chiffchaff, 3 Song Thrush, 6 Greenfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker and 2 Blackcap. Pellet found near woodland patch, but not sure what it was. (Arjun Dutta)
  • Cranford CP: pair Buzzard, pair Kestrel, possible Hobby (unconfirmed), Common Whitethroat, many Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, pair Mistle Thrush, 3 Song Thrush, Swallow over (Wendy Marks)
  • Dartmouth Park (NW5): Peregrine over heading south at 10:30, 2 Common Buzzards north (10:55 and 11:35). (Tim Blackburn)
  • East India Dock Basin: evening - 1 Little Grebe, 3 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 12 Tufted, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Swallow W, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Grasshopper Warbler flushed in the copse, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet (Nick Senior)
  • Epping Forest (Theydon Bois): 2 Red-Legged Partridge, 2 Common Whitethroat, 15 Swallow, 4 Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, 5+ Buzzard, 2 Linnet, 4 Lapwing, Kestrel. (Joe Dickens)
  • Fairlop Waters: Green Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Little Owl, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin (Neil Twyford) where was the Green Sand please Neil? It was viewed from the permissive footpath going through to the stables in the wet patch at the back of the fenced paddock.
  • Fray's Farm Meadows: Grasshopper Warbler (Michael Robinson)
  • Greenway, adjacent to Olympic Stadium: Little Ringed Plover for 3rd consecutive year, 2 Sand Martins, 2 Swallows, Whitethroat and Willow Warbler (Harry Harrison)
  • Greenwich Park: Linnet over, Willow Warbler (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Tern, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Grey Wagtail and 2 singing Linnets; Ecology Park - 2 Little Grebe pair, 3 Common Tern, 5 Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, singing Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, Linnet, also had a reappearance of the Siberian Chiffchaff from last week showing well in the reeds, with 2 Willow Warblers (Richard Green, John Bushell)
  • Hampton Court Park: Yellow Wagtail by Long Water (Spencer Neal)
  • Hampstead Heath: Little Egret NW over Parliament Hill at 07:40 (an uncommon flyover), 7 Linnet NW 2 of which on a tree on the Hill at 07:15 (an uncommon stopover), 4 Swallow NW, 2 Meadow Pipit (Frank Nugent).
  • KGV Reservoir: Scaup, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 8 Common Tern, Arctic Tern, 6 White Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, 6 Swift, 29+ House Martin, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler (Neville Smith).
  • Ladywell Fields: 1 Little Egret, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush (David Capper)
  • Lamorbey Park: Great Crested Grebe, pair Mute Swan, 10+ Canada Geese, c10 Tufted Duck, 6+ Moorhen, 4 Coot, Great Black-backed Gull 3y, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Jackdaw, Greenfinch, Chaffinch (Mike Amos).
  • Lewisham: 1 Grey Wagtail near Glass Mill (David Capper)
  • Lewisham Park: 2 Stock Dove, 1 Swallow N, 2 Blackcap (David Capper)
  • Leyton Flats: 1 Willow Warbler (Luca Robinson)
  • Little Venice: Chiffchaff seen & heard. 1st for here. (Barbara Harrison)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Ring Ouzel male, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 20 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear male, 6 Stock Dove, pair Kingfishers, mixed hirundine flock - Sand Martins, few House Martins and 1 Swift - around 11am, 1 Swallow afternoon (Mat Hare); 1 Ring Ouzel (male) showing well on bank by staff car park at closing time (17.30hrs), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Swallow (Matthew J. Bradbury)
  • Mudchute: 2 Egyptian Geese over, 1 Yellow Wagtail N, 9 Swallow W, 1 late Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Greenfinch (Nick Senior)
  • Oxleas Wood: 4 Mistle Thrush [2pairs], Blackcap [m/fm], Chiffchaff [nesting], Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Goldfinch, 2 hirundines over (Ron Turner)
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: 3 Grey wagtail, 20 Sand Martins, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Little Grebe, Cormorant, 2 Reed Bunting m f (Luca Robinson)
  • Railway Fields NR: 3 Little Egrets over at 6am (Chris Farthing)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: m Montagu's Harrier S 13:40, 2 Sandwich Tern W, Whinchat (BirdGuides); plus 3 Short-eared Owls, Ringed Plover, singing/showy Grasshopper Warbler, 9+ Wheatears, Hobby, 3+ Yellow Wagtails, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Avocets, Barn Owl, 2 Swifts, (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Regent's Park: Pied Flycatcher still (BirdGuides)
  • Richmond Park: female Goldeneye still, Red Kite, 2 Common Tern - displaying pair, 2 Collared Dove NW, 3 Wheatear (J.Wilczur)
  • Staines Reservoir: m Scaup, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Little Gull (BirdGuides)
  • Sutcliffe Park: pr Reed Bunting, 3 Willow Warblers. 2 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, pr Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail (P Kite)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Nightingale singing Botany Marsh loop, 2 Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 2 Yellow Wagtail over, 20 singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Common Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler & 3 Raven (Andrew Self)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Buzzard, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Red Kite, 4 Sedge Warbler (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stonard Road, N13: Swallow flew N at 15:27 (Katy McGilvray)
  • Ten Acre Wood: 3 Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 6 Skylark, 6 Lapwing, 5 Reed Bunting, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, Kingfisher (G Wesley); 5 Blackcap, 10 Linnet, Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Treecreeper, Kingfisher, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Buzzard, 4 Lapwing, 4 Kestrel, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Swallow, 5 Skylark (Deiniol Owen & Clara Lowbridge)
  • Totteridge Valley: Female Ring Ouzel, Red-legged Partridge and 3 Little Owls at the 'owl'_field this evening; 3 Wheatear, 2 Egyptian Goose, Whitethroat, 2 Little Owls at Folly Farm; Redwing, 2 Treecreeper and a freshly killed Tawny Owl (on road) at Highwood Hill; Linnet and Lapwing at Frith Manor; 8 Tufted Duck on Totteridge Long Pond (Ian Ellis)
  • Twickenham: 2 Treecreepers by towpath at Marble Hill (Mike Foster)
  • Vanbrugh Pits, Blackheath: m Lesser Whitethroat (Joe Beale)
  • Walthamstow, Lockwood: 3 Wheatear 2m f, 4 Common Sandpiper (Stuart Fisher); North side Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 3 Common Tern, Swallow, 10+ Sand Martin, c20 House Martin, Meadow Pipit and Linnet N 10:00-12:15 (Peter Beckenham, additions from LWT group walk)
  • Wanstead Flats: m Redstart, m Wheatear, 6 Swallow, 11 Sand Martin, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 3 Common Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 2-3 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 5 Linnet, 3 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: House Martin, 8 Swallow, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 3 m Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Egret, 3 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Wanstead Birders)

Saturday 16th April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 20+ Swallows, 3 House Martins 0930; still 10+ Swallow, 4 House Martin 1700 (Alan Gibson, Bob Watts)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Iceland Gull (1w 2w), 1 male Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 100+ Swallow, 15 House Martin, 8 Sand Martin (Peter Alfrey and BFBG) (pics here)
  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler in usual sallows, Common Buzzard over at 09:30, c.500 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 5 Sand Martin, 4 Common Snipe, Sedge Warbler, 19 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Sparrowhawk, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Sparrowhawk circling couple of hundred feet above north western part of park at 15:45 (Mike Foster)
  • Cockfosters: Red Kite & Buzzard (Simon Worsfold)
  • Crossness: 2 Little Grede, at least 15 Cettis Warblers (most heard 1 seen), Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 10 Swallow feeding, 2 Little Egret, Common Tern, 30+ Gadwall, 5 Shellduck. (Phil Laurie) 2+ Common Tern, 9 Swallow NW, 5 House Martin NW, 1 Sand Martin W, 1 Common Snipe, 3 Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, 3 Egyptian Goose, 6 Oystercatcher (John Archer)
  • Dagenham Chase: Ring Ouzel (BirdGuides)
  • Dartford Marshes: Short-eared Owl perched on river wall at 1922 (Fraser Simpson)
  • Fairlop Waters: Little Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Little Egret (Members of LNHS)
  • Finsbury Park: 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff singing. (Alastair Rae)
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Firecrest, singing Chiffchaff, feathers of predated Egyptian Goose (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Common Tern, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler in Ecology Park; Arctic Tern, 2 Common Tern upriver 1.35 (John Buhell & Conrad Ellam); Blackwall Beach - 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (2cy 3cy), 1 Arctic Tern NE 17.30 (Nick Senior)  
  • Grovelands Park: 2 older Great Crested Grebe chicks with 2 adults, 2+ Chiffchaff, Pied Wagtail on pitch & putt, 3 Stock Dove feeding together on pitch & putt, male Blackcap calling and feeding by Inverforth Gate, Swallow and 2 unidentified 'black and white' hirundines hawked briefly over lake before moving on - 16:48 to 18:10 (Katy McGilvray)  
  • Hampstead Heath: male Ring Ouzel showing well on the ground next to Hedge 2 on Parliament Hill from 08:05 - still there at 09:05 being harangued by a pair of Mistle Thrush. Might have flown to or beyond Hedge 1 at 09:30 but no sign of thereafter, Rook NW at 07:55 [5th one since 25th March], 2 Swallow NW, Meadow Pipit NW, Siskin NW (Frank Nugent, Greengrandad et al).
  • Home Park: male Blue-headed Wagtail on S side of Long Water with 8 Yellow Wagtail and 30+ Pied Wagtail, 20 Swallow, 3 singing Skylark, 2 singing Meadow Pipit, 2 Kestrel, Little Owl (Nick Tanner).
  • KGV Reservoir: Scaup (drake), Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Arctic Tern, 3 Common Tern, 110+ Swallow, 5 House Martin, 25+ Sand Martin, 8 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, 3 Northern Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler (Neville Smith).
  • Lamorbey Park: Great Crested Grebe, Pair Mute Swan, 7 Tufted Duck, 6 Moorhen, 4 Coot, 2 Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Jackdaw, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Song Thrush, 4 Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Long-tailed Tit, 3 Stock Dove (on school playing fields) (Mike Amos); Common Buzzard 18.35, Great Crested Grebe still, 2 Blackcap, Willow Warbler by all weather pitches, 3 Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, 2+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: Ring Ouzel (male) (WWT Website) Still present at 16:45 (S. Markowitz)
  • Queen's Park NW6: Ring Ouzel on playing fields (via A. Self)
  • Purfleet: 1st-s Little Gull (Rainham bird) at 1909 (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham Marshes: Swift over Aveley Pools (Fraser Simpson - Twitter); 1s Little Gull, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Avocet, Grasshopper Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Arctic Tern, 40 Common Tern, 3 Wheatear, 6+ Swallow (Sean Huggins, Howard Vaughan, Bob Watts et al); Male Cuckoo near stone barges 17:45, 3+ common whitethroat, Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl, 6+ House Martin (Matt Kirkland); 3 Short-eared Owl late-aft (BirdGuides)
  • Regent's Park: Pied Flycatcher (BirdGuides)
  • Richmond Park: Hobby (J.Wilczur et al); female Redstart (P.Davies, M.Lewis); 2 Wheatear (many)
  • Rotherhithe: Common Tern Greenland Dock (Richard Bonser)
  • Roxbourne Park, Rayners Lane: Willow Warbler, 2 Stock Dove (Tim Rymer)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Peregrine (Ian Stewart)
  • Southwark Park: 4 Little Grebe, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, pair Stock Dove, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Greylag, pair Mute Swan, Goldcrest (John Cadera)
  • Staines Reservoir: 4 Arctic Terns on south basin sat on water late morning, 6 Common Terns, Whimbrel, 6+ White Wagtails, 2 Dunlin and Little Ringed Plovers. (Roger Morton)
  • Stocker's Farm: Raven flew over kronking (Herts website)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 3 Swallow nw over Stoneleigh Broadway at 19:00. Also 2 singing Blackcap in The Glade (Neil Batten)
  • Totteridge Valley: Brambling over W, Fieldfare, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Starling, 2 Teal, 2 Lapwing; Redwing at Woodside Park (Ian Ellis)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: fem Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, c100 Swallow, c20 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, Yellowhammer, 7+ Tree Sparrow, 4+ Blackcap, Grey Wagtail, Redpoll, 2 Buzzard, Red Kite, Tern sp, 2 Egyptian Goose. (Tyttenhanger Birders)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: rear paddocks - 16 Linnet, 2 Stock Dove, c10 Pied Wagtail (no alba), m Wheatear on the wettest field; reedbeds N of railway line - Reed Bunting, 2 Common Snipe, Cetti's Warbler singing, probable Sedge Warbler. 10:00 - 11:15 (Alastair Dent)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Black Tern on no4, 3 Swift, 10+ Common Tern, Yellow-legged Gull 2cy, c300 Swallows feeding over channel north of Lockwood (Jamie Partridge) photos here
  • Wanstead Flats: Sedge Warbler, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Shelduck, 8 Shoveler, Pochard, pr of Teal, 3 Swallow, 2 House Martin, Common Buzzard, 10+ Meadow Pipit north, 5 Skylark, 3 Linnet (Nick Croft/James Heal)
  • Wanstead Park: 9 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, singing Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, f Common Whitethroat, Kingfisher, Little Egret, pr Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe (Nick Croft/James Heal)
  • Winchmore Hill Green: Swallow flew N at 16:32 (Katy McGilvray)

Friday 15th April 2016Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler (13th day) showing well and calling 10:15-10:20 in Birch just beyond usual Sallows, singing Reed Warbler near main hide (Andrew Haynes); 6 Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper from hides, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush all singing between hides (Steve Blake); later c.12:00-13:00 (after a torrential storm that led to a rapid loss of exposed mud) 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 27 Cormorant, small flock of Hirundines (mainly Swallow, some Sand Martin, possible House Martin) and the Yellow-browed Warbler back in same Birch c.13:00 (Ian Ellis, Andrew Haynes & others); 7 House Martins fed North Bank after pm cloudburst almost no mud rain stopped 5 mins (Andrew Verrall)
  • Chipstead, Surrey: belated report of Hoopoe in private gdn y'day but no sign today (BirdGuides)
  • Dagenham Chase: 3 Ring Ouzel briefly 13:45, also Common Sandpiper (BirdGuides)
  • Danson Park: House Martin over the mansion, 2-3rd cy Yellow-legged Gull on rafts at dam end briefly, pair Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, 8 Egyptian Geese (6 juv), 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe (1 on nest), 6 Grey Heron inc 2 juv, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtail, 8+ Blackcap inc 2 female, 4 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, 2 Jay, 2 Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Dollis Brook, Finchley: m Pied Flycatcher still in oaks over bridge on Waverley Grove 14:30 (BirdGuides)
  • East India Dock Basin: 3+ Common Tern, 3 Shelduck, 12 Tufted Duck, 11 Teal (John Archer)
  • Finsbury Park: male Pied Flycatcher in large willow corner of boating lake by entrance to athletics track 8.00am (Ian Bradshaw) Present at 11:15 but not seen in next hour (Chris Farthing) Showing well on island opposite willows near entrance to athletics track at 5:45pm. (Dante Shepherd)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Garden Warbler, first Reed Warbler of the year, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Common Tern (John Bushell and Conrad Ellam)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: m Common Scoter still fr public viewing platform on Hogg Ln (BirdGuides)
  • Isle of Dogs: 1 2cy Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Common Terns, 2 Wheatears Saunders Ness (Nick Senior)
  • Lamorbey Park: Mute Swan on nest, 10+ Tufted Duck, Little Egret on golf course by Shuttle, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, 3 Mistle Thrush, 6 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Mudchute: 3 Common Tern over, 5 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Garden Warblers, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Linnets (Nick Senior)
  • Oxleas Wood: Goldcrest, Firecrest, Blackcap (m/fm), Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): 6 Herring Gull & a Coal Tit - a rubbish week (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Arctic Tern, Short-eared Owl (BirdGuides); from Thames bank only - 4 Avocet briefly Aveley Bay, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover dropped in, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Whimbrel 4N & 1 on marsh, 6 Curlew, 8 Arctic Tern N, c40 Common Tern, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Swift, a few hirundines, 2 Stonechat, 2 male Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 male Ring Ouzel (landfill hill), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 reeling Grasshopper Warblers (photo) (Nick Senior); Firecrest, Water Pipit still (BirdGuides)
  • Redbridge IG4: Common Buzzard over garden (Malcolm Hibberd)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler (all Hawthorn Valley) (Hugh Bradshaw); Little Ringed Plover 6.45am, Redshank 7.20am, Common Tern 7.37am, Lapwing 8.25am plus Yellow Wagtail, 2 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins and 4 Swallows (Tony Puckett); 3 Wheatear, Firecrest (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Sidcup DA15 (Penhill Park): Swallow N (Ian Stewart)
  • St James's Park: 2 Grey Wagtails (Andrew Self)
  • Staines Reservoir: m Scaup, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 5 Little Gull still (BirdGuides)
  • Tooting Commons: Willow Warbler (behind lake), 5 Blackcap (4m 1f), 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Mistle Thrush, 6 Song Thrush, 4 Egyptian Goose, Grey Heron (James Hudson)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Arctic Tern north, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 10 Meadow Pipits, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroats, 2 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Common Tern No.4, London 1st Swift, big push of all three Hirundines, 4 Whimbrel west, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Paul Whitman, Dave Bradshaw, Jamie Partridge)
  • Wanstead Flats: Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Siskin, 3 Linnet, 4 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 3 Meadow Pipit north, 5 Skylark (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Rook, singing Willow Warbler, 3 Sand Martin, 13 Swallow,, 2 House Martin, Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, Little Egret, 6 Shoveler, 10 + Tufted Duck, pr Great crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe (Wanstead Birders)
  • Woodford Green: 3 Bullfinch (2m/f), 3 Lesser Redpoll and my earliest ever Hobby flicking over adjacent wood at 6.45pm (Ken Murray)
  • Woodmansterne, Surrey: m Ring Ouzel still Dungeon Hill 08:45 (BirdGuides)

Thursday 14th April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Siskin north 0735 (Bob Watts)
  • Algernon Road, Lewisham: Blackcap pair in Garden (Conrad Ellam & Anita Gwynn)
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: Whitethroat singing, Willow Warbler singing, Cetti's Warbler singing, 2 Blackcap singing, Chiffchaff singing (John Archer).
  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler (photos) 12th day still in sallows & gardens by builders' car park 7.24-9.30am, along with singing Goldcrest & 5+ Blackcaps (Simon West & Andrew Verrall) also Bill Haines heard it calling in trees by the res mins before and heard the Yellow-browed singing a quiet sub-song, also he found Yr 1st for res Whitethroat SE corner Woodfield Park and Sedge Warbler singing there later; Main Hide - 2 Snipe, pair of Little Ringed Plover full flight display and ground posing, Greylag Goose (Brent Birders); Little Egret behind dam (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap 3m 1f (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank still present at saltings and quite dark looking, 2 Whimbrel at saltings, 5 Wheatear on landfill NE corner, 2 Sand Martin N, 3 Whitethroat, 14 Mute Swan, 10+ Shelduck, pair Gadwall, c10 Teal, 2 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, Peregrine, 3 Oystercatcher, 5 Dunlin, c25 Redshank, c10 Common Tern, 10+ Skylark most on development-threatened landfill, 6 Meadow Pipit, 4 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, 2 Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Chipstead, Surrey: Hoopoe in private gdn early-am (BirdGuides)
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Pied Flycatcher, Dollis Brook (Ben Epstein)

  • Dollis Brook, Finchley: Male Pied Flycatcher in oaks over the bridge on Waverley Grove N3 (Ben Epstein). Still present and showing well in the tall trees either side of the Brook at 13:00. (John Edwards, Pete Lowman, John Fordham, Bob Husband). Still here 7pm, photos uploaded (Ben Epstein)
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Common Buzzard (1 very high NE 13:15 & 1 south 13:30), Little Ringed Plover, 3 Shelduck, 9 Tufted Duck, 18 Teal (John Archer)
  • KGV Reservoir: 2 Common Scoter (pair), Scaup (drake), 6 Shelduck (2 pair), Peregrine, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Little Ringed Plover, 4 Common Tern, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear (m&f), Common Redstart (f), Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 (m) Reed Bunting (Neville Smith).
  • Gants Hill: Red Kite flying SW at 12:26 (Alan Thomas)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Female Blackcap, pair of Little Grebe (at last - single grebe calling for 5 months), 6 Common Terns (2 settling on tern raft) (John Bushell)
  • Gunpowder Park: 2 Common Buzzard, Little Owl, (f) Northern Wheatear, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 singing Skylark, 7 singing Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Linnet, Lesser Redpoll (Neville Smith).
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Common Scoter (BirdGuides)
  • Kensington Green W8: Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail (John Watson)
  • Lavender Hill Cemetery: 2 Green Woodpecker pair copulating (Robert Callf)
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 2 Common Buzzard, 1 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 male Pied Wagtail (Neil Batten).
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, several singing Reed and Sedge Warbler, 2 Yellow Wagtail on grazing marsh following the cows, 2 Common Snipe, Grey Heron caught and ate a large eel, 1 Red-eared and 1 Yellow-bellied slider (Martin Honey)
  • Rainham Marshes: Purfleet Scrape area 0710 - m Whinchat, Arctic Tern downriver, Grasshopper Warbler singing, Whimbrel over, Short-eared Owl, 4 Oystercatcher, 5 Dunlin, 14 Curlew, Redpoll west (Fraser Simpson)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 2 Greylag Goose, Snipe, 2 Rook, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler (Neville Smith).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sand Martin N, 5 Mallard 4N 1S, at least 2 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Goldcrest singing (Ian Stewart)
  • St James's Park: free-flying Pelican soaring around over lake (that is one of the park birds that has the ability to fly around and does occasionally - Michael Mac) & buzzed by a Peregrine (Andrew Self)
  • Staines Moor: 1 Curlew W, 2f Northern Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 House Martin N, 10 Barn Swallow, 9 Sand Martin, 2 Lapwing, 11 Chiffchaff, 2m Blackcap, 2 Stonechat, 2 Redshank, 23 Linnet, 7 Reed Bunting, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Red Kite, 2 Little Egret, 4 Common Buzzard (Lee Dingain - pics here).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Common Tern, Dunlin, 4 Little Gull, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Red Kite, drake Scaup, White Wagtail (Jim Sweetland)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Ring Ouzel (m), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Stonechat (M&F), Green Woodpecker, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, 6+ Cetti's Warbler, 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Green Sandpiper (Roger Keith)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Grasshopper Warbler singing briefly in 'owl'_field, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 19 singing Chiffchaff, 9 singing Blackcap, male Bullfinch, Kestrel, 5 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck on Totteridge Long Pond still plus Coot (also two at Darlands); also Peacock butterfly (John Colmans); Fieldfare early this morning at Folly Farm (Ian Ellis)
  • Walthamstow Filter Beds: Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover. (Dan Barrett)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 3 singing Common Whitethroat (side paddocks/Lammas Meadow/Bomb Crater Field), m Reed Bunting Lammas Meadow, Cetti's Warbler singing N of the boardwalk, 11 Sand Martin over Leyton Marsh ~09:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Oystercatcher from Lockwood south at 8.25, Sedge Warbler singing, 2 Barnacle Geese over. (David Bradshaw)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 singing Lesser Whitethroat, singing Willow Warbler (of the chuff-willow variety), 10+ Chiffchaff, 10+ singing Blackcap, House Martin, Swallow, 8 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, 10+ Meadow Pipit (9 north), 7 Skylark, 3-5 Linnet, 4 Kestrel (Nick Croft/Marco Johnson)
  • Woodmansterne, Surrey: 2 Ring Ouzel m f Dungeon Hill (BirdGuides)

Wednesday 13th April 2016Edit

  • Beddington Farm: Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, male Wheatear and 2 Little Ringed Plover (Twitter).
  • Bexley DA5 (Upper College Farm): Red-legged Partridge flushed from manure pile by old bowling green (my first LBBexley record), singing Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap (Ian Stewart)
  • Brent Reservoir: (see 12th updates) Yellow-browed Warbler in sallows by builder's car park before 10:00 (BirdGuides) Seen most of afternoon [also 1 in garden Essex Gidea Pk], 4 Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Snipe, 8+ Blackcap, 4+ Chiffchaff, Brimstone (Andrew Verrall)
  • Claybury Park, Woodford Bridge: Lesser Whitethroat (heard it singing then saw a flash of movement in the bushes), Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, up to 7 Stock Doves, Green Woodpecker. Five species of warbler here on 13 April is pleasing. Also 3-4 Brimstones, and a Peacock butterfly attempting to mate with a Tortoiseshell (is this normal behaviour?) (Alan Hobson).
  • Cornmill Meadows: 2 Redshank, 2 Red-legged Partridge in ajacent farm field, Yellow Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler (with silver ring on right leg), Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler (Neville Smith).
  • Crayford Marshes: Short-eared Owl over fields south of industrial estate, ad Mediterranean Gull flew upriver, Lesser Whitethroat singing near concrete stables inland of saltings, Whimbrel flew from rocks at Crayford Ness and across Thames, Reed Warbler singing along Cray creek, 12+ Common Tern off saltings, Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, Common Buzzard (probably one bird seen four times lastly heading high W), c10 Redshank, Snipe in Cray creek, 4+ Skylark, 4+ Meadow Pipit, 3+ Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 10+ Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Crossness: Lesser Whitethroat singing near Golf Centre, 3 linnets here also, 3 Cetti's Warblers between Golf Centre and reserve, 21 Redshank, 51 Gadwall, 40+ Teal at outfall, 2 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Little Ringed Plover at pool east of reserve. (Jo East & Alan Pearson)
  • East India Dock Basin: Whitethroat, Blackcap singing, Little Grebe, 12 Shelduck including 8 high NW, 9 Tufted Duck, 25 Teal (John Archer)
  • Enfield Town (St Andrew's Church): 2 male Goldcrest dispaying to one another (Robert Callf)
  • Fairlop Waters: 2 Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler (Alan Bell)
  • Finsbury Park: pair Gadwall on boating lake, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 3+ singing Blackcaps (prob territorial males), we have been invaded by Ring-necked Parakeets this spring with a roving flock of 16+ (Ian Bradshaw) A common sight and sound in the park I'm afraid. The Blackcaps don't overwinter here as far as I know. HarringayBirder
  • Fishers Green: Brambling, Cuckoo, Oystercatcher, Peregrine, 2 Swallow, 3 Lapwing, 2 Rook (Chris Farthing)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: pair Mute Swan, 5 Common Buzzard soaring and displaying to south, 2+ Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Swallow NE, 4+ Blackcap, 3+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest singing, Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Gallions Reach: 2 Arctic Tern, 28 Common Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Common Buzzard (KJMcmanus & G A James); Goshawk, 8 Swallow (Gary A James).
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 7 sightings of Common Tern - 1 landed on tern raft, 1 female Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Redpoll, 1 Chiffchaff (John Bushell)
  • Heathrow: scrub land next to Airport Gate, Bath Rd at 1910 - 8 Linnet, 9 Goldfinch, 1m Stonechat (Wendy Marks)
  • KGV Reservoir: (adult) Little Gull, 6 Common Tern, (drake) Scaup - all on the south basin, 4 Skylark, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting (Neville Smith); 1 Hobby, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Arctic Tern (Tony Clancy, Geoff Crabtree)
  • Lamorbey Park: pair Mute Swan, pair Egyptian Geese, 18 Tufted Duck (possibly my highest count here), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2+ Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 Little Egret, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, pair of Mandarin, 1 Pheasant, 1 Pied Wagtail (Neil Batten)
  • Leyton: Swallow over the High Road (JW Davies)
  • Leyon Flats: Sparrowhawk, Willow Warbler, Blackcap (f) and several Chiffchaffs & Greenfinches (Simon Worsfold)
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 male Yellow Wagtail briefly, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Linnet (O.Dewhurst)
  • Mile End Park: Hobby low calling over 5-a-side pitches 19:08 for a few minutes then flew NW (Bob Watts)
  • Oxleas Wood: Common Buzzard, Hobby, Kestrel, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap [m/fm], Goldcrest, Firecrest, Chaffinch, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Coal Tit (Ron Turner).
  • Panshanger Park: Osprey flew over field by Osprey_Lake 19:45 (BirdGuides)
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Brent Geese on river, 1 imm male Marsh Harrier, Stone Curlew on Aveley Marsh, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Curlew (photo), 3 Whimbrel east, 1 adult Little Gull and 1 2cy Yellow-legged Gull Stone Barges, 26 Common Terns, 2 Short-eared Owls (photo), 2 male Yellow Wagtails, 2 Wheatears, plentiful Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats, 2 Grasshopper Warblers (Nick Senior); 2 Arctic Tern, 3 Short-eared Owl, continental ater Coal Tit, Firecrest, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, f Ring Ouzel, Water Pipit (BirdGuides)
  • Rainham West: Grasshopper Warbler reeling, Short-eared Owl (Fraser Simpson)
  • Regent's Park: Sedge Warbler singing (J Taylor).
  • Roslyn Road, N15: Little Egret flew N at around 15:10 (Katy McGilvray)
  • Savay Lake Harefield: Cuckoo - "in April come he will" (Dan Pinkham)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): light headed Common Buzzard SW 12.34, Peregrine (Ian Stewart)
  • Southwark Park: 2 Little Grebe, Willow Warbler, Mistle Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, pair Stock Dove displaying (John Cadera)
  • Spa Fields EC1: Blackcap singing (F.O'Sullivan)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Red-legged Partridge on S basin feeding on grass on top of W bank till 18.00 at least, 9 Dunlin 8 on causeway of N basin in evng, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Pheasant, Swallow, Sedge Warbler (Chris Farthing)
  • Tooting Commons: 3 Blackcap (2m 1f), 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Jackdaw, Grey Heron (James Hudson)
  • Totteridge Valley: f Ring Ouzel and Little Owl nr Folly Farm 19:30 - 20:00; 2 Red-legged Partridge at Frith Manor (Ian Ellis)
  • Tottenham Marshes: M Pied Flycatcher - 11.35am in N. Area Scrub - flushed by Dog Walker & flew N near Lea Navigation, 1 Lesser Whitethroat near Car Park, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Singing Willow Warbler, 14+ Blackcaps & 10+ Chiffchaffs singing (Davey Leach)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Swallow N 0750 (Bob Watts)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: m Ring Ouzel still 16:10 (BirdGuides)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 5 Sandwich Tern circled West Warwick Res 13:00 (BirdGuides)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Common Redstart, Shelduck, 1-2 Lesser Whitethroat, singing Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, House Martin, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 4 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 2 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Linnet, 5 Redpoll (Nick Croft/John Whele)
  • Wanstead Park: singing Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 7 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, pr of Great Crested Grebe, singing Coal Tit (Nick Croft/John Whele)
  • Westbourne Park Grand Union Canal: Peregrine (F.O'Sullivan)
  • Worcester Park: cock Pheasant - first one for many years (Bob Smith)

Tuesday 12th April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 6 Little Egret north 0655 record flock for site also Swallow north, 2 Willow Warbler, adult male Wheatear Golf Course 1755 at least (Bob Watts)
  • Bexley: Lesser Whitethroat singing in Thistlefield Cl. (Patrick English)
  • Bookham Common: 2 Red Kites, 2 Buzzards, Peregrine high over, Sparrowhawk, 2 Willow Warblers, pr Little Grebes, pr Tufted Duck, Nuthatch, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, also 6 species of butterfly; non-birding visit (Joe Beale)
  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler in sallows by builder's car park 07.26 & still at 16:00 (10th day), 2 Little Egret, Wheatear on mud from hide, another Wheatear top of Silver Birch behind M.Hide then flew north, Peregrine, Common Buzzard circling over New Tower Block, 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Snipe, 4 Sand Martin, 28 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warblers; 3 male Wheatears on playing fields at 16:30 (Brent Birders)
  • Broadwater Lake, Harefield: A 1st S. Little Gull this morning plus 1 Common Tern, 3 Mandarin Duck on R. Colne, 4 Red-crested Pochard and on the adjacent on Moorhall Lake a singing Reed Warbler ( the first one in London so far this spring ?? ). (John Edwards) No. Reed Warbler already reported from Waterworks NR on 6th April and Rainham Marshes 3rd April.; 6 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Snipe, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Redpoll & 3 Reed Bunting (Simon Buckingham).
  • Bushy Park: 2 Gadwall, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Reed Bunting (pair), 2 Shelduck, 2 Skylark, Treecreeper, Wheatear (In bracken area south of the Boating Pool). (Ian R Watson)
  • Canons Farm: 1 Goshawk (female flew low north), 5 Swallow, 2-3 Common Redstart (1-2m 1f), 5 Northern Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler (Steve Gale, Geoff Barter, Duncan Jennings)
  • Carlisle Park Hampton: Willow Warbler singing (J.Wilczur)
  • Colliers Wood, River Wandle: 2 male Willow Warbler (stopped breeding annually here in the 1990s), 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Cormorant in the river (Keith Bates)
  • Crayford Marshes: 4 Little Egret, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Oystercatcher, 27 Redshank, Lapwing, Whimbrel, 21 Common Tern, 4 Stock Dove, 254 Woodpigeon, 12 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, female Stonechat, 4 Northern Wheatear, 3 Fieldfare, male Ring Ouzel, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Blackcap, 4 Common Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 9 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Corn Bunting (Ralph Todd)
  • Cranford CP: first Swallow of the year over at 1915 (Wendy Marks & Sue Giddens)
  • East India Dock Basin: 3 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler singing, 1 Chiffchaff singing, 1 Cetti's Warbler singing, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Shelduck, 11 Tufted Duck, 14 teal, 1 Grey Wagtail (John Archer)
  • Fairlop Waters: Oystercatcher again this evening on 9 hole got course (Alan Bell)
  • Gallions Reach: 2 Buzzard, Arctic Tern upriver. Very slow because of SW wind direction. (KJMcmanus)
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Common Redstart male in bushes and cedar by Henry Moore sculpture 1915hrs (Mike Paice)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Peregrines, 3 Common Buzzards and a Red Kite at Parliament Hill, also 3 Swallows NW (Pete Mantle)
  • Hounslow heath: 6 wheatear in Heather enclosure. Several adders. (Jim Fell) Jim - where is the best place to see the adders please ? Wendy Marks
  • KGV Reservoir: (drake) Scaup, Common Tern, Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, 9 Northern Wheatear, (m) Ring Ouzel, 2 White Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler (Neville Smith) RO Still present at 1430hrs (Neville) from the north basin in the paddock with small red brick building (NS).
  • Leyton, Jubliee Park: Wheatear (JW Davies)
  • London Wetland Centre: Grasshopper Warbler (per Bill Haines), 4 Wheatear on grazing marsh (2m 2f), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Snipe, 1 Buzzard over, 1m Kestrel, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1m 1f Reed Bunting, 3 singing Willow Warbler, 3m 1f Blackcap, 5 Cetti's Warbler east side of reserve, 3 singing Chiffchaff (Martin Honey)
  • Mile End Park: Common Buzzard circling over Art Pavilion 1445 (Bob Watts)
  • Motspur Park: Common Buzzard flying north (Bob Smith)
  • Newton Park West, South Harrow: Little Egret over heading east 0645 (Tim Rymer)
  • Oak Avenue NR, Hampton: Willow Warbler singing, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Linnet (J.Wilczur)
  • Oxleas Wood: Nuthatch, Goldcrest, 8 Stock Dove [4pairs], Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap [m/fm], Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel [m/fm], Song Thrush, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 4 Swallows, Firecrest (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): male Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch calling, singing Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinch, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit & Pied Wagtail (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Stone Curlew on Ouzel_field, Sandwich Tern, Grasshopper Warbler (ELBF); 2+ Wheatear, 3+ singing Reed Warbler, 4 singing Sedge Warbler, c20 Common Tern, 2 Common Scoter (initially on Kent side then mid-channel heading upriver), 6+ singing Blackcap, 3+ Willow Warbler, Water Pipit from Purfleet Hide, 2 Pintail, 4 Wigeon. Stoat (Matt Palmer)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Common Redstart male briefly 100 m W of Holly Lodge 10.30 and a Northern Wheatear flew over earlier (Franko J Maroevic); 6 more Northern Wheatear, 7 singing Willow Warbler (M.Lewis, S.Read, N.Jackman); female Goldeneye, Red Kite, 7 Buzzard, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 8 more Northern Wheatear - total 15, 8 Meadow Pipit north, light hirundine passage (J.Wilczur); At least 10 Northern Wheatear on eastern side of Saw Pit plantation at 3pm, plus two more at Lawn Plantation and one west of Holly Lodge (Mike Wheeler); I counted 12 Wheatear near Barn Wood Pond (the group reported by Mike Wheeler - thanks Mike) and at least 5 in Lawn Field, also a single swallow feeding over the Flying Field and 2 Sand Martins over the Lower Pen Pond (Stefan Czapski); probably 27+ Northern Wheatear in Park today (JW).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 2 Northern Wheatear, Cetti's Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler (Neville Smith).
  • St James's Park: Common Whitethroat (uncommon here - just one bird for one day last year) in the shrubs and a tree between the Cafe and Horse Guards Parade at 08:15, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Peregrine over and a ridiculously tame Fox walking uninhibitedly among commuters (Frank Nugent); Brimstone on the wing at lunchtime (James Hudson); plus Peacock, Comma and Small White (FN).
  • Southwark Park: No sign of Common Scoter at 17:30, Willow Warbler singing on main island (John Cadera)
  • Staines Moor: Grasshopper Warbler (northern boundary hedge), 2 Wheatear (Western side) (Peter Carlill). Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Common Redstart (2m, 1f), Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Willow Warbler, 4 Northern Wheatear (1m, 3f), 10 blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff, 13 Sand Martin, 1+ Swallow, 1 Peregrine N, 6 Red Kite, 6 Common Buzzard, 2 Redshank, 2 Stonechat (1m, 1f), 1 Little Egret (Lee Dingain - pics here). Hi Peter, What time did you have the Grasshopper Warbler? Was it still around in the evening?
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Common Tern, 1 Dunlin, 5 Little Gull, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Goldeneye, drake Scaup, 1 White Wagtail (Jim Sweetland)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Ring Ouzel (fm), Common Redstart, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 5 Wheatear. (Roger Keith)
  • Totteridge Valley: 8 Wheatear inc one female, Flock of Fieldfare, 4 Teal, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Pheasants, Green Woodpecker. (Simon Worsfold). Redwing at Woodside Park (Ian Ellis)
  • Trout Lane, Yiewsley: 2 Willow Warbler. (Roger Dewey)
  • Upper College Farm, Bexley: Whinchat, Northern Wheatear. (Jim Butler)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: rear paddocks - 6 Wheatear, Buzzard, Little Egret (JW Davies) 
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Common Redstart (3m/1f), 7 Northern Wheatear (5m/2f), Yellow Wagtail, Willow Warbler singing, House Martin, Red Kite, 6 Meadow Pipit, 7 Skylark, 10 + Chiffchaff, 10 + Blackcap, 2 Pochard, 10 + Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Kestrel, 2 Redpoll (Nick Croft/Jon Lethbridge/Peter Brinton)
  • Wanstead Park: singing Willow Warbler (Tim Harris)
  • Waterworks NR: Reed Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, field - Pheasant, Redwing, pitch'n'putt - Wheatear (JW Davies)
  • Worcester Park: Northern Wheatear (Bob Smith)

Monday 11th April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret SE 0645 (Bob Watts)
  • Beddington Farm: 8 Little Gull east (Twitter)
  • Bloomsbury (University College London): Kestrel. First bird of prey I've seen on site (Jon Agar). (In the 1980s and 90s a pair regularly nested on a windowsill of the Waterhouse building in Grafton Way. On one occasion I picked up a fallen chick from the pavement (rather gingerly) (Jo Edwards).
  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler for 9th day in usual place 09:45-10:00 (Andrew Haynes, Daniella Litterpicker [organiser of monthly litterpick 10am-noon at the reservoir]); plus 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe (and 1 Brimstone) (AH); YBW still knocking about usual Sallows at 13:00-14:00hrs (observer?); North Arm / Marsh: 1 Green Sandpiper (2 have been around for a few days), 1 Common Buzzard over straight through low N at 12:44, 1 singing male Reed Bunting, 1 Water Rail heard calling (Bill Haines). Afternoon visit: Yellow-browed Warbler watched for 10 mins 12:30-40 with Roger Morton and NM of Balham (who had seen another Common Buzzard at 11.30 playing fields and a res yr 1st Reed Warbler singing Heron Hide), the 2 Green Sands flew back in after rain started 2.25, 3 Snipe came out to feed (Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: m & f Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Claybury Park, Woodford Bridge: 5 m Blackcaps (all seen as well as heard!), Redpoll, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Stock Doves, Bullfinch, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1-2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Jays, Ring-necked Parakeet, Grey Heron, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Long-tailed Tits (Alan Hobson).
  • Cornmill Meadows: Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 2 Red-legged Partridge, Sedge Warbler, Cetti's Warbler (Martin Shepherd)
  • Enfield Island Village: Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk (Martin Shepherd)
  • Fairlop Waters: Lesser Whitethroat singing eve'g (BirdGuides)
  • Finsbury Park: Little Egret SE, Green Woodpecker and 3 singing Blackcaps (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Foots Cray: Hobby over Ruxley Corner, 3 Northern Wheatear Honeydale Fm (Patrick English)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: pair Mute Swan, 10 Tufted Duck, Kingfisher, 3+ Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark heard singing from Upper College Farm, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 5+ Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, 10+ Linnet (Ian Stewart)(Hi Ian where do you see Linnets here anywhere ? (Mike Amos) Mike, 8 Linnets at Kelsey Park Farm and at least 2 Riverside Road
  • Gallions Reach: Osprey, Ringed Plover (KJMcmanus)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2 Oystercatcher (Mark Wardman)
  • Gunpowder Park: 3 Willow Warbler singing, 2 Skylark singing (Neville Smith).
  • Hampstead Heath: Red Kite soaring over Parliament Hill at midday (Pete Mantle)
  • Hampton Court Park: 3 Wheatear together, 2 Shelduck, 2 Red-crested Pochard, Kestrel, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpeckers, Meadow Pipit, 4+ Skylark, with 9 Sand Martin over the adjacent Thames (Spencer Neal)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: 4 Little Gull am (BirdGuides)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: singing Firecrest, Treecreeper, Nuthatch (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1m 1f Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Snipe, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Whimbrel briefly on grazing marsh before departing NE, 4m 3f Blackcap, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 1m White Wagtail, at least 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, 2 Swallows NE, 1m Pochard x Tufted hybrid, (Martin Honey); Iceland Gull (BirdGuides)
  • Lloyd Park, Croydon: 3 Ring Ouzel 2m f (Croydon Birders)
  • Mudchute: 2 Swallows E, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap (Nick Senior)
  • Muswell Hill: late Siskin over N (Dominic Mitchell-Twitter)
  • Oxleas Wood: pair of Firecrest, Goldcrest, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, male & female Blackcap, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Jackdaw (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest, 4 Goldfinch, resident Starling with ring on right leg & nest building Song Thrush (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Ring Ouzel by visitor centre on foreshore 10.00, also 6 Common Scoter settled on the river briefly (Jo Edwards).
  • Richmond Park: Osprey - mobbed by Red Kite then high NE over Pen Ponds 11.45, 2 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, male Peregrine, female Goldeneye still, 13 Meadow Pipit - flock, 2 Stonechat - pair (J.Wilczur); 2 Ring Ouzel - Sidmouth Slope 08.20 (M.Lewis); male Ring Ouzel - Lawn Field briefly 09.45 (J.Few); 3 Wheatear - Bog (N.Jackman); Wheatear - 16 acre (S.Read); Lesser Whitethroat (F.Maroevic, M.Delpy)
  • St James's Park: 2 singing Willow Warbler, 2 singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Swallow N (Frank Nugent); Sedge Warbler singing on western point of duck island at lunch time (Andrew Self)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Yellow Wagtail in paddocks, 3 Lesser Whitethroat singing, Sedge Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler, Wheatear and second Yellow Wagtail on the KGV Res, Common Snipe on Pattypool Mead (Martin Shepherd & Neville Smith)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Little Gull, Ring Ouzel, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Little Egret, 8 Lesser Redpoll. (Steve Blake/Graham Knight/ Brendon Fagen)
  • Walthamstow marshes: Osprey over NE 19.00, also had Red Kite south an hour or so earlier over Lockwood Reservoir, Wheatear in paddocks, 10+ Sand Martins (Jamie Partridge)
  • Wanstead Flats: Ring Ouzel (Twitter), 2 m Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 10+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Blackcap, singing Willow Warbler, 4 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 6 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 5+ Linnet (Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft/Marco Johnson)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 3 Wheatear (2m & 1f), c3 singing Chiffchaff, c2 singing Blackcap, 1pr Linnet & c3 displaying Meadow Pipit (David Lindo & Vanesa Palacios)

Sunday 10th April 2016Edit

[This day in 1773: A pair of Dartford Warbler shot at Bexley Heath near Dartford - the specimens that gave the species its name.] [Twitter - will delete later, but so interesting] - In terms of classification, does anyone know what Dartford Warblers were identified as before this date? (JR). The Bexley Heath birds were the first ever to be described (by Thomas Pennant) and so the species was unknown before this date (Lee Dingain). [Hi Lee, I've put my bit back as it refers to the formal description and is perhaps relevant/interesting] Not sure but the species, Sylvia undata was not described by Boddaert until 1783 (as Motacilla undata) and subspecies Sylvia undata subsp.dartfordiensis was described by Latham in 1787, some years later (Martin Honey) - thanks all, but what then were they known as on the continent, where they are more widespread before they colonised here? - no need to answer in French : ) (JR). Boddaert assigned the name Motacilla undata to an earlier illustration by Buffon, who used the vernacular "Le Pitte-chou de Provence" (MRH) - Merci mon maitre (JR).

  • Barn Elms, SW13: 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove (J.Wilczur)
  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler showing on and off to at least 12:00 20m south of Cool Oak Lane in sallows opposite builder's yard then 14:00 to 14.15, Common Buzzard over at 11:50, 5 Swallows, 6 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcap, Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, Redwing & Siskin over, 3 Brimstone, (Brent Birders+visitors)
  • Cranford CP: pair Common Buzzards, male Sparrowhawk, 5 Stock Doves, Mistle Thrush with nesting material, 2m & 1f Blackcap, Pheasant heard, 3 Green Woodpecker calling, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 singing Chiffchaff, 4 Jay, several Goldcrests (Wendy Marks)
  • Crossness: Ring Ouzel female in Paddocks, Yellow Wagtail east, c30 Sand Martin, Willow Warbler singing, 3 Blackcap singing, 3 Chiffchaff singing, 2 Common Buzzard, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk male, Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 15 Redshank, 3+ Oystercatcher, 2 Shoveler, 70 Gadwall (John Archer & Richard Bonser)
  • Danson Park: Mute Swan, 4 Egyptian Geese, Canada Geese, Coot , Moorhen, Male Blackcap 2+ Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, pair Stock Dove, c10 Herring Gulls (Mike Amos).
  • Epping Forest: Theydon Bois, Probable Rough-legged Buzzard flew low North at 12:30 after briefly associating with 8 local Common Buzzards (broad white rump, whitish head and longer wings and tail all seen well but didn't really get a good view of underside of tail), also Green Sandpiper, 4 Yellowhammer 2pr, 4 Lapwing, 10+ Skylark 5+ pr, pr Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Snipe, c40 Stock dove, 4 Swallow, 2 Linnet, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Muntjac (Joe Dickens)
  • Gallions Reach: Great White Egret (P Davies & KJMcmanus)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, House Martin, Chiffchaff (John Bushell, Conrad Ellam & Richard Green); probable Siberian Chiffchaff seen around 8.30am bird may have seen later in the day By CE and JB have posted photo's on FB and Twitter. (Richard Green)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Linnet (Richard Green)
  • Hampstead Heath: Rook [making a total of 4 seen since 25th March] North at 07:05 (Frank Nugent).
  • Hither Green: Kestrel and at least 9 fledgling herons in Manor Park Gardens (Simon Robinson)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 2 Shelduck W, pair Gadwall, 6 Teal, 65 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Green Sandpiper, 205 Herring Gull (mostly E), 20 Collared Dove, 180 Woodpigeon, 10 Grey Wagtail, 1 Sand Martin E, 5 Swallow N, 5 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 150 Carrion Crow, 27 Greenfinch, 4 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • KGV Reservoir: (drake) Scaup, Little Ringed Plover, Cetti's Warbler (Neville Smith); 1 male White Wagtail, 24 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 1 Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper (Tony Clancy)
  • Kingston upon Thames: 1 Red-crested Pochard at Raven's AIT, 5 Great Crested Grebe above Kingston Bridge, 4 Sand Martin below Kingston Bridge (Nigel Jackman). Pair of Mandarin asleep on boat gangway immediately below bridge on Hampton bank at 16:50 (Neil Batten)
  • Ladywell Fields: 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff (David Capper)
  • Lamorbey Park: Pair Mute Swan, 8 Tufted Duck, c30 Herring Gull on school fields with a possible 3CY Yellow-legged Gull and 1S Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming softly, 4+ Blackcap, Willow Warbler singing in private grounds, 10 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 2 Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Lewisham Park: 2 Stock Dove, Goldcrest, House Sparrow (David Capper)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Shelduck, 2 Pintail - pair, m Tufted Duck hybrid thing, Buzzard over 11.25, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Snipe, 6 Redshank, Common Gull 1cy, Yellow-legged Gull 2cy, 130 Herring Gull, 2 Kingfisher, House Martin, m White Wagtail, Meadow Pipit - marsh, 2 Willow Warbler - lagoon (J.Wilczur, O.Dewhurst); 1 pair Shoveler, Chifchaff, 4+ Blackcap, 2 Reed Bunting, 2p Teal, 2 Wren, 1 Green Woodpecker, male chaffinch, 2 Jay (BirdermanKish)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Willow Warbler (sang briefly), Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk N at 10:45 (Nathalie Mahieu, Ruth Savery).
  • Middlesex Filter beds. Swallow flying towards Walthamstow 14:00, Kingfisher flying down River Lea towards Lea Bridge Rd (S.Barry)
  • Mud chute: 3 Common Buzzards W/SW, 2 Collared Doves, 1 male White Wagtail briefly on the Paddocks then N, 3 alba Wagtails NE, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 5 Greenfinches, male Orange Tip; evening - male Common Redstart SW corner and 3 continental Song Thrushes on Paddocks (Nick Senior)
  • Osterley Park: Chiffchaff singing, 4 Egyptian Goose, 2 Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebe (1 on nest), Greenfinch, 3 Grey Heron (1 on nest), 56+ Jackdaw, 2 Jay, Kingfisher on Garden lake, Little Owl, 4 Mandarin, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Pochard, 6+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Shoveler, 8 Stock Dove (Richard Woolley).
  • Pinner (HA5): 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Goldfinch, singing Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail, Coal Tit & 2 Long-tailed Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • Pymmes Park: Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler (James Palmer)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Razorbill still from Ken Barrett Hide early a'noon (Richard Bonser); also reported a Hobby (Twitter), Jack Snipe, 3 Common Snipe, Greenshank, 2 Oystercatcher, Curlew, Whimbrel, 7 Pintail, 8 Wigeon, Water Pipit, 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, 3 Wheatear, Corn Bunting, Swallow (RSPB); Also 10+ Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Common Whitethroat, several Sedge Warbler & Reed Warbler (Bob Watts)
  • Richmond Park: m Redstart still hawthorns north of road on Sawyer's Hill, also 2-3 Buzzard and a pair of Stonechat (Hugh Bradshaw); 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Red Kite (S Woolfenden)
  • Seventy acres Lake: Sedge Warbler singing in n/w corner, Treecreeper (Neville Smith).
  • Southwark Park: female Common Scoter still on lake and 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Little Grebes (Richard Bonser)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Sandwich Tern c.08.20, 2 Common Terns. Little Gull (Surrey website)
  • Staines / Stanwell Moor: Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Shelduck, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Redshank, 2 Little Egret, lots of Skylark and Meadow Pipit, 5 Reed Bunting, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Lapwing, Linnets, 5 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose 06:00-09:00 (T James)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: f. Pied Flycatcher in Oaks on South bank of East Res at 8:30am - this area not fully accessible until May 1st, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Cetti's Warblers and a single Blackcap singing (Chris Farthing)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Common Redstart, Chiffchaff (Botany Marsh), 2 Greylag Geese with 8 young, 5 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 2 Kestrel (Botany Meadow). (Roger Keith)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 5 Pheasant (3 together), Buzzard, m Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 6 Lapwing, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, 12 Stock Dove, min 2 Kingfisher (1 flew over scrub + later 2 chasing along brook), 6 Skylark, c12 Meadow Pipit, Swallow, 8 singing Chiffchaff, singing Willow Warbler, 8 Blackcap (6 singing), 5 Rook, Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch (probably 2), 25 Linnet, Peacock (Neil Anderson/G. Westley/ K. Bull)
  • Totteridge Valley: Grasshopper Warbler and Whitethroat (owl field) and a Hobby N over Folly Farm at 09:58, also Willow Warbler, Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 2 Egyptian Goose, 9 Teal, 3 Coot (all Darlands area), 6 Tufted Duck (Long Pond, a record count), 2 Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Lapwing, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel (Ian Ellis)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: early am Siberian Chiffchaff calling frequently and seen in hedgerow near paddocks, singing Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, 4 singing Cetti's Warbler, calling Water Rail, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Shelduck (Stuart Fisher)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: White Wagtail, 2 m wheatear, Meadow Pipit north, 2 swallows, sand martins back on territory, 3 buzzards all over sw, sedge warbler, intermedium Lesser Black-backed Gull (Jamie Partridge)
  • Wandsworth Common: Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail (pair), Siskin, 2 Pochard, 4 Shoveler, 4 Mute Swan (Nick Rutter)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 male Common Redstart, m Wheatear, Rook, 2 House Martin, 3 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 5 + Linnet (Wanstead Birders)
  • Yeading Brook meadows: Little Egret, Kingfisher, singing Skylark, 2 singing Chiffchaff, Small Tortoiseshell (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)

Saturday 9th April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3+ Willow Warblers, 7m Chiffchaff, 6m Blackcap, Red Kite reported last week (Bob Watts & Alan Gibson)
  • Amwell: Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, Snipe, 3 Red Kite, 8+ Common Buzzard. Also 2 Marsh Tit and a Sedge Warbler beyond the 20-mile boundary (members of LNHS)
  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler 10.20 in Woolmead Avenue (Roy Beddard) and then in usual Sallow (Bob Husband, Conrad Ellam, Pete Lowman) again at 12.45 and 13.45 in Sallow by site storage car park (near bridge Cool Oak Lane), Jack Snipe, 6 Common Snipe, 3 Little Ringed Plover (2m, 1f), 2 Green Sandpiper, Water Rail (from hides), also 12 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 2 Swallow (Oliver Simms), 2 Sand Martin (Brent Birders plus visitors, 14+ birders saw Y-bW today), Willow Warbler (Conrad Ellam); Red Kite over east when I was watching the YBW at 14:30. Not sure if this is a notable bird for the site ? (John Edwards)
  • Brookmill Park: Singing Blackcap & Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam).
  • Canons Farm: Hawfinch (by Canons Farmhouse at about 12.30ish), 6 Yellowhammer, 2 Siskin, Nuthatch, Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit, Jay, Chiffchaff. (Phil Laurie)
  • Clapham Common: Red Kite circling over at 12.30 p.m. (Nick Rutter)
  • Claybury Park, Woodford Bridge: 2 Chiffchaffs, Ring-necked Parakeet, male Sparrowhawk (Alan Hobson).
  • Cranford CP: Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Linnet, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Kingfisher heard calling (Wendy Marks)
  • Ewell, DW Fitness, Banstead Road: 1 singing Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Pheasant, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 10 Stock Dove (Neil Batten)
  • Fairlop Waters: Male Redstart (Neil Twyford/Alan Thomas)
  • Finsbury Park: one Red-Legged Partridge merrily marching its way down Regina Road (Rob Reddy)
  • Foots Cray: Little Egret on Hales Field by Edgington Way, Grey Wagtail (Ian Stewart)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Pair Mute Swan, c10 Tufted Duck, 3+ Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow low SW during rain, 2+ Blackcap, c10 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler singing north of Five Arches, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Gallions Reach: 3 male Common Redstart, Curlew, 2 Common Tern, 2 Sand Martin, Swallow, 3 Wheatear. (Gary A James & Paul Davis).
  • Harmondsworth Village: 3 House Martins (Sue Giddens)
  • Harlesden: Great Black-backed Gull flying around the clock tower this afternoon (Mike Amos).
  • KGV Res: am 2 Wheatear, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Goosander (A.Middleton)
  • Lamorbey Park: Swallow briefly, 2+ Blackcaps, 3+ Chiffchaff, Pair Mute Swan, 2 Cormorant, 10+ Tufted Duck, c10 Canada Geese, Mallard, 4+ Coot, 4+ Moorhen, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker plus 1 drumming, Jackdaw, pair Starling, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Long-tailed Tit (No sign of any Willow Warblers today) (Mike Amos); White Wagtail just inside gate on private fishing bank c16.40, Nuthatch, Greylag Goose (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: Hoopoe (Peter White via Twitter, B.Kilby); 1m Wheatear grazing marsh, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Shelduck, 1 Common Snipe, 1 House Martin, 6 Redshank (Martin Honey and others); male White Wagtail (J.Wilczur, S.Woolfenden)
  • Mudchute: 1 Little Egret E, 1 m Peregrine, 1 m Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtails NW, 4 Blackcaps (1 female), 1 Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaffs including 5 in one tree, 5 Greenfinches, 2 Linnets, 1 male Reed Bunting, 8 Monk Parakeets (Nick Senior)
  • Oxleas Wood: Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Jackdaw, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stock Dove (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Little Egret over north-west at 17:10, Common Buzzard over north at 17:07, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldfinch, singing Goldcrest, 3 Pied Wagtail, Jackdaw & Collared Dove (Jon Ridge) Also: Linnet over - (a slight clerical oversight on my part) (JR).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: RAZORBILL 16:15 Aveley Pool on path beyond perimeter fence (Jonathan Nasir via Twitter), flew onto water visible from Ken Barrett Hide 18:15 (BirdGuides); f Serin 08:00 - seen again at rear of car park 15:40 (BirdGuides)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Blackcap m, 2-3 male Wheatear, pair Reed Bunting, 5+ Chiffchaff singing, surprisingly no gulls on Pen Ponds (Mat Hare); male Redstart - Sawyer's Hill hawthorns (H.Bradshaw)
  • Ruislip Lido/Poors Field: pr Greylag over (rare here), 12 Shoveler, 3 Buzzard (pr PF + third seen from garden centre over Mad Bess Wood), displaying m Sparrowhawk high over, Buzzard pair, 8 Black-headed Gull (potential breeding behaviour from pr), 7 Chiffchaff (6 singing), 2 singing Willow Warbler, 3 singing Blackcap, young Muntjac swimming in Lido (probably escaping dogs + followed by pr Coot + flock of 10 BH/Herring Gulls circling low over it) (Neil Anderson)
  • Sidcup Place: Common Buzzard, Pied Wagtail, Willow Warbler singing in field south of Cray Wanderers FC, Chiffchaff, c20 Jackdaw, c20 House Sparrow at Cray Road end (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebe, 5 Little Ringed Plover, drake Scaup, 5 Swallow, Yellow Wagtail (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Pied Flycatcher by East Reservoir 16:15-16:40 (BirdGuides) showing well 17:35-17:45 in SE oaks (TeRNS via Twitter)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Red Kite over at 11:55 mobbed by Raven, 30 Redshank, Curlew, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, 13 Turnstone, 3 Swallow, 2 Stonechat, 22 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff & 2 Willow Warbler (Andrew Self); m Common Redstart showing well in the Botany/KWT reserve from 1600 by bench and cinder path nearest marsh, also Meadow Pipit (singing), Sparrowhawk and Yellow Wagtail over (Peter Beckenham)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Sparrowhawk, pr Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, Red Kite, 3 Lapwing, 3 Little Ringed Plover, m Wheatear, 30 Linnet, 25 Meadow Pipit, 5 Reed Bunting, pr Bullfinch, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap (Nigel Dodd)
  • Totteridge Valley: Fieldfare, Linnet, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Swallow, 4 Tufted Duck at Long Pond, 2 Coot, 5 Teal (2m, 3f) at Darlands Lake (Ian Ellis)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Redshank, Little Egret, 3 Yellow Wagtail (males), Wheatear (male), 2 Tree Sparrow, Willow Warbler, c30 Swallow, 4+ Sand Martin, 5 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Redpoll, 7 Buzzard, 3 Red Kite. (Steve Blake, Richard Coombes, Steve Pearce)
  • Wanstead Flats: Redstart still in SSSI, Sand Martin (Tony Brown), Swallow (James Heal) Lesser Redpoll (Stuart Fisher) 4 other Common Redstart (4m 1f all told), Yellow Wagtail, 3 Swallow, 10 + Chiffchaff, 5 + Blackcap, singing Willow Warbler, 5 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, Red Kite, Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 2 Shoveler, 5 Little Grebe, Goldcrest, Greet Black-backed Gull (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 m Common Redstart, 10+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Blackcap, 3 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 9 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 2 Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, pr of Great Crested Grebe, Nuthatch (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: m Common Redstart, Reed Warbler, 3 singing Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Shelduck (Stuart Fisher); Siberian Chiffchaff singing near entrance (Jamie partridge)

Friday 8th April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Buzzard drifting W. across Conservation Area and Palace 16.45 hrs (Jonathan Cooke).
  • Amwell: Osprey N over viewpoint (BirdGuides)
  • Beddington Farmlands: Siberian Chiffchaff, Long-eared Owl (not viewable from public path) (Twitter)
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, 1m Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler singing, Greenfinch, Song Thrush, 2 Linnet (Mark Wardman)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Lapwing, 8 Common Snipe, Jack Snipe 12.30, Water Rail heard, Cetti's Warbler heard (All Main Hide), Green Sandpiper (Heron Hide), Yellow-browed Warbler seen several times 11.00- 12.45 usual Sallow by car park 30m from Cool Oak Lane, 3 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, m Brimstone, Fox out on mud (Roy Beddard, Steve Blake, Andrew Verrall & others);17.00 on 2 Green Sandpiper,2 Lapwing,Little Ringed Plover,Snipe,Little Egret, Kingfisher(F.O'Sullivan)
  • Dulwich Park: 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler (Martin Stevens).
  • Finsbury Park: 3 singing Willow Warblers, 2 singing Blackcaps, 3 Little Grebes and pair of Shovelers (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Gallions Reach: 4 Common Tern, Snipe, Buzzard (KJMcmanus); 2 Whimbrel, Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher, Redshank, Yellow Wagtail (Gary A James).
  • Greenford UB6: female Siskin on my feeders- 1st garden record. (Neil Anderson)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler (John Bushell per Conrad Ellam)  
  • Hampstead Heath: Morning ramble - 8 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs and 3 Willow Warblers, Kingfisher posing on post Sanctuary Pond. Chilly. (Greengrandad e
  • KGV Reservoir: White Wagtail, m. Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Siskin, Common Buzzard (Martin Shepherd)
  • Lamorbey Park: Pair Mute Swan, 2 Greylag Geese, 3+ Egyptian Geese, 10+ Tufted Duck, Little Egret over, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 4+ Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 6+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 2 Jackdaw, Siskin (Ian Stewart, Steve Carter, Donna Zimmer)
  • Leg o' Mutton Nature reserve: 2 Cetti's Warbler (1 heard, 1 seen), 2 Blackcap M (1 singing), c.5 Willow Warbler, lots of chiffchaff, 1 Cormorant over, 2 Egyptian geese, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 3 Terrapin sunning next to a nesting Canada goose. (Eugene Dillon-Hooper) 
  • London Wetland Centre: Garden Warbler (BirdGuides), also Firecrest around Sheltered Lagoon (Charles Dewhurst), 3 Little Ringed Plover 2m f (males display flight) but only 2m located pm, 2 Pintail m f wader scrape, 2 Common Snipe, Firecrest showing well mid and late afternoon (Martin Honey)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Willow Warbler (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Mudchute: 2 House Martins, male Wheatear, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 7 singing male Blackcaps, 2 Redpoll sp over NE (Nick Senior)
  • Petts Wood: 4 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4+ Chiffchaff, Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Pinner (HA5): singing Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, singing Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinch, pair of Pied Wagtail & a single Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Redbridge Lakes, Woodford Bridge: Willow Warbler (first one I've seen locally for several years) - sang occasionally, and intermittent very good views, also 2 Chiffchaffs, Green Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit, Song Thrush (Alan Hobson).
  • Richmond Park: pm visit only, mainly Pen Ponds area - 3 Red Kite, 6 Common Buzzard (4 together plus 2 lingerers), 6 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Swallow, female Goldeneye still, Kingfisher (Frank Nugent).
  • Rotherhithe: male Redstart still Russia Dock Woodland in cairn meadow below Stave Hill, also singing Willow Warbler, 5 singing Chiffchaff and 6 Blackcaps (Richard Bonser)
  • Rye Meads: Lesser Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler (Herts website)
  • Scadbury Park: Pheasant calling, 3+ Green Woodpecker, 2+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, 8+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 4 Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: (m) Common Redstart in same area as Tuesday 0950 hrs (Neville Smith via Harry Lacey).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Common Buzzard high E, Sparrowhawk (Ian Stewart)
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: Swallow NW, 9 Linnet N, f Reed Bunting, 2 Willow Warbler (one on territory in birches), 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Sparrowhawk (Stuart Fisher)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 White Wagtail, 3 Redshank, 2 Shoveler, 10 billion flies (Nick S, M Lewis); also Little Gull seen by M Lewis
  • Sutcliffe Park: Mute Swan pair rebuilding last years nest, trilling Little Grebe, Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler (Conrad Ellam)
  • Swanscombe Marshes: 1m Ring Ouzel briefly in scrub near old Sewage Works at 1525, viewed from footpath by Botany Marsh, 1 Wheatear (P Beckenham, R Keith)
  • Trent Park: 4 Bullfinch 2m 2f together near Oakwood entrance (Robert Callf)
  • Teddington: Red Kite, 2 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Kestrel (Simon Worsfold)
  • Vanbrugh Park SE3: 2 Common Buzzards over late afternoon, 3 Sparrowhawks (2m competing for a displaying female), Blackcap, also Willow Warbler (Joe Beale)
  • Victoria Park: 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 4 Little Grebe, pair Great Crested Grebe West Lake (Bob Watts)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 11:00- 5 Sand Martin Leyton Marsh/R. Lea, Willow Warbler still singing along Flood Relief Channel, Cetti's Warbler still N of boardwalk, 2 Egyptian Geese on the riverside path at Middlesex Wharf (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Flats: male Common Redstart still (relocated to cleared area in birches SSSI), singing Firecrest, singing Willow Warbler, 10 + Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, Swallow, 3 unidentified hirundine west, 6 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 2 Shoveler, Little Grebe, Redpoll, 5 + Linnet, 2 Kestrel (Wansted Birders); Common Redstart still approx 3.45-4.00 but now in two small hawthorn near brooms path. (G. Gram).
  • Waterworks NR: Siberian Chiffchaff singing for at least its 18th day from Willows just SE of entrance bridge (Paul Whitman); also 2 Willow Warblers (Richard Bonser).
  • West Dulwich: Unidentified medium-sized raptor flying high northwest at 1310. No visible plumage variation. Powerful wingbeats and direct flight. Heading in direction of Battersea. (one for Vague Bird News, I think)
  • Worcester Park: Northern Wheatear (Bill Reid)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Common Redstart (BirdGuides)

Thursday 7th April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Willow Warbler still Conservation Pond 0700 (Bob Watts)
  • Battersea Park: 2m 2f Pochard, 20+ Tufted Duck, 2m 2f Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, Sparrohawk, Mistle Thrush, 2 Egyptian Goose, Great Crested Grebe on nest (Charlie Schouten)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper both pm Main Hide, 5 Snipe, Mistle Thrush feeding north bank, absent last year, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 House Sparrows path to hide for 2 days now, not there last year (Andrew Verrall, John Gravatt, Stephen Branley), Yellow-browed Warbler 15.00hrs usual sallow (Steve Leeke)
  • Broadwater Lake, Harefield: 200 Sand Martin, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap and 5 Chiffchaff this morning (John Edwards).
  • Danson Park: Pair Mute Swan at nest, pair Egyptian Geese + 6 juvs, male Tufted Duck, 3+ Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, ad Great Black-backed Gull over, Kingfisher heard, 2 Swallow briefly during shower, 6+ Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 2+ Blackcap, Willow Warbler singing, Chiffchaff (odd singing individual near playground), Coal Tit, 2 Jay, Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Fairlop Waters:Oystercatcher near lagoon on 9 hole golf course.(Alan Bell)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Peregrine circling, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (John Bushell per Conrad Ellam), 
  • Lamorbey Park: Firecrest singing at east end of main lake in ivy covered trees then seemed to head into golf course, Willow Warbler showing well, pair Mute Swan, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 2 Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Leg o' Mutton Nature Reserve: c.10 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Shoveler, lots of Tufted Duck and Pochard, 1 Greylag Goose, 3 Egyptian Geese, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinches, 1 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, a lot of Grey Heron and Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Teal, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, pair Mute Swan, and plenty of the usuals (Eugene Dillon-Hooper).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Shelduck, 1m 1f Pintail, 2 Stock Dove, several singing Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, 2m 2f Blackcap, 1f Kingfisher, singing Song Thrush, 3 singing Reed Bunting, more local Sand Martin (c.18) plus groups lingering to feed and flying through (c.24), 1 House Martin (Martin Honey)
  • Mudchute: 1 Redwing, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap (Nick Senior)
  • Lower Morden: Little Egret and Willow Warbler on Pyl Brook (Bob Smith).
  • Millfields (E5) 18:45: 8 Stock Dove feeding on the grass by the tree circle, most I've seen here for a while (Alastair Dent)
  • Pinner (HA5): Nuthatch, pair of Pied Wagtail, Coal Tit & 2 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Rammey Marsh: Kestrel, Sparrowhawk flying over, singing Willow Warbler near car park, Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming. (G. Gram).
  • Roding Valley Park, Woodford Bridge: Little Egret, Kingfisher, flock of 6 Goldfinches (Alan Hobson).
  • Rotherhithe: male Redstart still in cairn meadow at Russia Dock Woodland below Stave Hill (Richard Bonser)
  • Sidcup DA15 (Marlborough Park): Little Egret in tree by river Shuttle (Ian Stewart)
  • South Chingford (E4 9BB): 13:10: Red Kite half-heartedly mobbed by crow and seagull (Richard Ashen)
  • Southwark Park: Common Scoter, 17 Tufted Duck only 3 females, 3 Little Grebe pr Mute Swan, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, pr Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Herring Gull, male Blackbird with white cheeks and forehead around the play area (John Cadera)
  • Staines Moor: 3 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Lapwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 16 Linnet, 2 Little Egret, 2 Heron, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 alba Wagtail, 6+ Skylark, 2 Kestrel, 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Blackcap (Thomas Gibson)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Common Redstart (male) ( Roger Keith )
  • Tottenham Hale — The Paddocks NR: 12pm-1pm. 1 Sedge Warbler in sub-song by River behind the Pub, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 6 Singing Blackcaps (2 females seen), 5 Singing Chiffchaffs, 1 Singing Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrests, 1 Little Egret & pair Teal on River, 12 Sand Martins seen over nearby Lockwood Reservoir (Davey Leach)
  • Totteridge Valley: Linnet, 2 Lapwing (Frith Manor), 2 Red-legged Partridge, Swallow, Buzzard (Folly Farm) (Ian Ellis); singing Willow Warbler (Darlands), 14 singing Chiffchaff, 4 singing Blackcap, Swallow, Skylark N, pair Bullfinch, Mistle Thrush, 5 Teal (Darlands) (John Colmans).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Coal Tit pair still (Bob Watts)
  • Town Park, Enfield: sub-singing Willow Warbler Carr's Basin (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: ~08:30 singing Blackcap Leyton Marsh, 3 Sand Martin R. Lea nearby, singing Willow Warbler along the Flood Relief Channel, singing Cetti's Warbler N of the boardwalk (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Flats: m Common Redstart showing well on south side of Long Wood (Deiniol Owen); 3 singing Chiffchaff, singing Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 6 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: 26 Chiffchaff (mostly singers), 20 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, singing Goldcrest (+ 2 other birds), 20+ Jay, 2 Grey Wagtail, 15+ Stock Dove, pr of Little Grebe, pr of Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 32 Shoveler, 13 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 2 singing Mistle Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Siskin (Nick Croft)
  • Worcester Park: Northern Wheatear, Common Redstart on horse fields (Bob Smith)

Wednesday 6th April 2016Edit

  • Barnet: Red Kite flying low west towards Whitings Hill at 12.25 (Roy Beddard)
  • Beddington Farm: Iceland Gull, Water Pipit (BirdGuides)
  • Bow Creek: 4 Shelduck, 17 Teal, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Willow Warbler singing in the Ecology Park (Nick Senior)
  • Brent Reservoir: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER - 9-10am - location as yesterday(S Woolfenden, Den); also seen by 2 other birders up to 10.30, Y-bW heard singing only 3 times in succession followed by normal calls yesterday 9am, fairly quiet so maybe sub-song? (Andrew Verrall); male Wheatear on fields pm, 3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 5 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpipers (Andrew Verrall and Deiniol Owen)
  • Brixton Hill: Kestrel over Lyham Road near Brixton Windmill; 8 House Sparrows by allotments gate in Loats Road (Tony Stones)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Black-headed Gull (usually around 200), Chiffchaff (calling), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Peregrine, Song Thrush, 2 Swallow (flying south near Diana Fountain) (Ian R Watson)
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Shelduck, 21 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Linnets, 2 Greenfinches (Nick Senior)
  • Enfield Chase: Stoat - my first record in the area in 35 years of experience (seen many Weasels over the years, but never a Stoat, until today!) (Robert Callf)
  • Eynsford: 2+ Sand Martin, 15+ Swallow, Common Buzzard, 3+ Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2+ Chiffchaff near railway viaduct; Willow Warbler singing near Lullingstone Park visitor centre + 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, m Kingfisher, 4 more Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper in pond area (Ian Stewart)
  • Finsbury Park: 7 Red Crested Pochards, Little Grebe, Willow Warbler
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Common Tern, Little Grebe, Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff (John Bushell per Conrad Ellam) 
  • Hyde Park: No sign of the Brambling this morning, Willow Warbler singing nearby and a few Chiffchaffs & Blackcaps about (Conrad Ellam)
  • London Wetland Centre: Curlew on grazing marsh, 6 Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Snipe, 7 local Sand Martin plus one group of 12 and several 2s and 3s heading N, 1 Swallow heading N, 1m 1f Kingfisher, singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler and Willow Warbler (Martin Honey, B. Page)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Willow Warbler (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: ~08:00 2 singing Blackcap (Alastair Dent)
  • Otford: Red Kite c4pm, male Mandarin on fields opp VW garage, Common Buzzard along Pilgrims Way (Ian Stewart)
  • St James's Park: male House Sparrow in weeping willow near Horseguards Parade at 12:40, my first park record this century! (Andrew Self)
  • Sevenoaks KWT: Pair Garganey viewed from Tyler hide, Sedge Warbler from Slingsby hide, 2 Shelduck, Egyptian Goose, pale Common Buzzard, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10+ Sand Martin, 30+ Swallow, 1+ House Martin, 7 Pied Wagtail, 6 Blackcap inc 1 with very fast song, no pauses, just like a Garden Warbler but not, 5+ Chiffchaff, c70 Jackdaw to roost areas (Ian Stewart)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Yellow-legged Gull, Redwing, Sparrowhawk, Cetti's Warblers and Willow Warblers outnumbering Chiffchaffs, House Sparrows absent after their favourite building was demolished yesterday (Chris Farthing)
  • Tottenham Hale: (The Paddocks NR): 12pm - 1pm: Black Redstart Fem near Picnic Area, 6 Blackcaps singing (Plus 3 Females), 5 Singing Chiffchaffs, 1 Singing Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, Pr. Grey Wagtail on River Lea and 8 Sand Martins over River. (Davey Leach)
  • Tooting Common 3 Blackcap (2m, 1f), 6 Chiffchaff, Greylag Goose (fly-over), Grey Heron, Cormorant (fly-over), 3 Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush, Jackdaw, Nuthatch (James Hudson)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood 5 Jackdaw, 6 Meadow Pipit, 12 Linnet over. 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, few Sand Martins, Swallow, Willow Warbler, No.4 1cy Yellow-legged Gull, No. 5 2 Common Sandpiper, East Warwick m Mandarin, West Warwick 20-30 Sand Martin, at least 1 House Martin, a few Blackcaps around, m Peregrine seen doing food pass to f then both sat on pylon whilst she ate it (Racing Pigeon with red metal ring), Skylark seen by others on Lockwood earlier. (Paul Whiteman, Jamie Partridge)
  • Wanstead Flats: m Common Redstart still near Long Wood, singing Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, 3 singing Blackcap, 6 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 20+ Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 12 Shoveler, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: 14 Shoveler, 2 singing Blackcap (Bob Vaughan)
  • Waterworks NR: Reed Warbler (London 1st for year?) singing bed 15, Willow Warbler by entrance pylon, 2-3 Cetti's Warblers. (Paul Whiteman) (Reed Warbler reported by David Callahan at Rainham Marshes on Sunday. Sean H)
  • West Drayton: 1 Swallow outside station (Tony Stones)
  • Wraysbury Gps: 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker (Thomas Gibson)

Tuesday 5th April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Buzzard drifting high SE crossing reservoir area at 16.30 (Jonathan Cooke).
  • Beddington Farm: Curlew over, 8 Buzzards through, Red Kite over (Twitter)
  • Bermondsey: 2 Swallows NW 18.00pm on Pages Walk; House Sparrows present in at least 2 locations along Pages Walk (Tony Stones)
  • Brixton Hill: Male Northern Wheatear briefly on roof of residential building on New Park Road opp Richard Atkins Primary School at 13.45 (Tony Stones)
  • Brent Reservoir: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER in sallows by path to hide by builder's car park (30m from road) all morning but disappears for 20-30 mins (on a circuit?), Jack Snipe all morning (seen again 1330), 8 Common Snipe, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 2 Kingfishers chasing, one landed in tree heron hide, Sedge Warbler main hide, 4 singing Willow Warblers, 14 Chiffchaff & 8 Blackcaps, 3 females seen pm, 2 Swallows N, Holly Blue, Brimstone, 2 Commas (Brent Birders)
  • Canons Farm: male Ring Ouzel pm, female earlier, 1 Red Kite, 26 Common Buzzard (of which 18 were overflying migrants), 1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Swallow, 2 Redwing (Steve Gale)
  • Crossness/Thamesmead: 50+ Shelduck, Teals, Shovelers, Gadwalls, Little Egret, Pheasant, 2 Willow Warbler, several Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaffs, Linnets, 6 Oystercatchers, Redshanks (Simon Worsfold)
  • Dagenham, Lodge Avenue: Willow Warbler in Garden (G.Harding)
  • East India Dock Basin 7-9am: 1 Little Grebe, 2 Egyptian Geese, 31 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 2cy Yellow-legged Gull upriver, 1 alba Wagtail N, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1 m Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Greenfinches, 2 Linnets (Nick Senior)
  • Elstree: 10.30am Red Kite low over Elstree Studios and Elstree Way (Ben Epstein)
  • Foots Cray: Little Egret in flooded field by Edgington Way, Great Black-backed Gull in noisy row with Herring Gulls over industrial estate, Grey Wagtail Tesco car park, 2 singing Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Gants Hill: Red Kite drifting SW 18:00 (Neil Twyford)
  • Greenwich Park: Osprey over at 08:00 (Twitter)
  • Hampstead HeathRed Kite drifting SE at 10:00, Common Buzzard NW, 2 Rook SE over Parliament Hill at 08:00, 2 House Martin NW, 3 Linnet NW, 2 Meadow Pipit NW, 7 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Redwing,  2 Kingfisher (Frank Nugent).
  • Harlington Corner: 3 Chiffchaff feeding low in public manicured green space opposite Sheraton Skyline (Wendy Marks)
  • Harvington Woods, Beckenham: Red Kite drifting slowly W towards South Norwood Country Park at 14.45 (David Mercer)
  • Hyde Park: male Brambling showing very well still at Ranger's Lodge front garden at 11:40  (Frank Nugent, Ray Teale). it was still feeding at 16:50 (Michael Mac).
  • Lamorbey Park: Willow Warbler singing by lake 10.20, pair Mute Swan f on nest, 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Peregrines over, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, Mistle Thrush singing, 3 Blackcap singing, 4 Chiffchaff singing, 2+ Goldcrest, poss Firecrest heard but mobile and not relocated (song certainly rising quickly in pitch at the end), 2 Nuthatch on deck, also 3 Sparrowhawks, Chiffchaff singing and 2 male Blackcaps fighting at The Hollies (Ian Stewart). (Hi Ian this lot had come in today as I heard nothing on Monday pm probably due to the weather ) (Mike Amos). Firecrest confirmed Thursday 7th (Ian Stewart
  • London Wetland Centre: at least 7 singing Cetti's Warbler, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler singing near NW corner Sheltered Lagoon, first mentioned on website and seen and heard 14:00 by myself and another birder (Sue Barry); 2 Kingfisher, Kestrel over main lake, 2 Common Snipe grazing Marsh, 3 Wigeon, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, Willow Warbler singing near wader scrape hide plus 1m Blackcap, Reed Bunting singing near WWF hide, 7 Sand Martin over wader scrape plus others drifting N. 1 Yellow-bellied Slider (terrapin) (Martin Honey); Jack Snipe Grazing Marsh 16:45 nr main lake sluice (Sue Barry)
  • Pinner (HA5): Nuthatch, Coal Tit & 2 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Rammey Marsh: Buzzard, Willow Warbler (James Palmer)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Wheatear (cattle enclosure), 1 (m) Stonechat (gorse enclosures) (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 5 Canada Geese low SW, Cormorant high SE, Grey Heron low S, 6 Common Buzzard (1NE 2S 2N 1SE), 2-4 Sparrowhawk (displaying for much of the day), Kestrel, Peregrine, 3+ Stock Dove W, 10+ Woodpigeon high N, 15+ Meadow Pipit N, singing Goldcrest, Jay N, Jackdaw, also 2 Greylag Geese SE over Harland Ave 19.10 (Ian Stewart)
  • Southwark: Common Scoter still present Southwark Park Pond 19.00 pm (Tony Stones)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 2 pr Little Grebe, pr Mute Swan, 4 pr Tufted Duck, Reed Bunting, calling Blackcap, Grey Wagtail (P Kite)
  • Swanley Park: Common Redstart (male) (Andy Meaton)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 1900hrs - 2 House Martin with 15+ Sand Martin over N/E corner of KGV Reservoir, (m) Common Redstart in large Hawthorn N/W corner of marsh, Cetti's Warbler singing in relief channel, Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap (Neville Smith); 2 Yellow Wagtail in field just NE of marsh around noon (James Palmer)
  • Tufnell Park (Breakneck Rd close to Tube): Willow Warbler in gardens, 1-2 Chiffchaff (Francis Tusa)
  • Vauxhall, nr Black Dog pub: Willow Warbler singing from trees by playground (9am). Near my workplace of 2 years, only the second time I've seen one here (Andrew McCafferty)
  • Wanstead Flats: male Common Redstart (Long Wood area), Northern Wheatear still south of Alex in the Ditch of Despair, 6 Swallow, 5 Linnet, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 singing Skylark, Peregrine Falcon, 3 Kestrel, 20 + Tufted Duck, 10 + Chiffchaff (Tim Harris/Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft)
  • Wood Green N22: 2 Swallows flew N past the Birdwatch/BirdGuides office window in Clarendon Road at 14:24 (Dominic Mitchell via @birdingetc)

Monday 4th April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Willow Warbler singing near Conservation Pond 0700 (Bob Watts)
  • Amwell: 3 Greenshank on the deck (Twitter); Sandwich Tern (BirdGuides)
  • Beddington Farm: 4 Water Pipit, 4 Swallow and a Sand Martin (Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: no sign of Yellow-browed Warbler, 10+ Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Water Rail seen by reeds, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap (Andrew Verrall + 6 more birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Blackcap 1m & 2f, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bury Farm, Edgware: Male & female Wheatear, pair Grey Wagtails at (Lower Flood Relief Scheme and nest building near Edgwarebury Park), 4 Lapwing, 12 Linnet in flight (Bob Husband, Fay Broom per Roy Beddard)
  • East India Dock Basin: Little Ringed Plover, 44 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, Kestrel north at 13:10, Grey Wagtail (Mark Wardman & John Archer)
  • Enfield: female Brambling with flock of 5 - 6 Chaffinch - at site with no public access (Robert Callf)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Pair Mute Swan, 3 Greylags Loring Hall field, up to 9 Canada Geese over, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 39 Herring Gull Loring Hall, Kingfisher, 4+ Green Woodpecker, 3 Blackcap singing, 9+ Chiffchaff singing, 2+ Goldcrest, 2+ Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Redstart m in Central Park (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam), 1st-winter Yellow-legged Gull by the O2 (Richard Bonser)
  • Harlington Corner: first Blackbird fledgling of the year (Wendy Marks)
  • Hampstead Heath: Swallow W and 4 Shoveler at High No.1 (Pete Mantle)
  • Hyde Park: no sign of Brambling this morning, but male House Sparrow seen and heard calling loudly at 11.40 in Rangers Lodge and Rangers Cottage front gardens, the first House Sparrow I have ever seen in the park over the past 8 years (Dave Jordan); Brambling showed briefly at 12:00, got chased off by a Robin and returned about 10 minutes later showing very well (John Cadera)
  • Isle of Dogs: Saunders Ness - 2cy Yellow-legged Gull (Nick Senior)
  • Leyton, Jubilee Park: 2 Wheatear (JW Davies)
  • Little Britain Iver/ Cowley: 10 Greylags, Nuthatch, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, Kingfisher along river, Jay, Mistle Thrush, 3 Egyptian Geese, 2 Gadwalls, Little Egret, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtails, 3 Greenfinch, Chaffinch, 4 Wrens, Kestrel calling (Sue Middens)
  • London Wetland Centre: 6 singing Chiffchaff, 9 singing Cetti's Warbler, 5 singing Willow Warbler, 2 Kingfisher, 1m Blackcap, 1 Shelduck, 5 Wigeon, 6 Redshank, 1m 1f Pintail, 2 Common Snipe, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Swallow, 2m Reed Bunting, 2 Mandarin, at least 7 local Sand Martin plus several small groups passing through, 2 Jackdaw collecting nesting material (Martin Honey)
  • Mudchute: 1 Greenshank over East, 4+ Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Siskins (Nick Senior)
  • Orpington: Swallow flew past my bedroom window 14:20 (Jo East)
  • Southwark Park: Common Scoter female on lake still; also 3 Chiffchaff, Mistle Thrush and singing Blackcap (Richard Bonser)
  • Staines Reservoir: 4 Little Gull 4ad S basin 13:30, drake Scaup, 2 Red Kite, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Redshank (Rob Martin: eBird); also 4 summer-plumaged Black-necked Grebes on S basin (Simon Osborn), 4 Common Shelduck, 30+ Pied Wagtail, 4 Linnet, 1 Dunlin, 2 Swallow, 22 Shoveler (roosting on the far southern bank) (Thomas Gibson)
  • Tooting Common: Swallow, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Egyptian Goose (James Hudson)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: c15 singing Chiffchaff, 1 singing Blackcap, 2 Swallow, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 6 Teal, 2 Cormorant over (uncommon here) (John Colmans)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Blackcap singing, also 2 singing Chiffchaff (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: Bullfinch pair wrecking blossom by lower lake (Robert Callf)
  • Twickenham: Near bridge to Eel Pie Island, two Wigeon and a leucistic duck of unknown species (Gareth Simkins)
  • Victoria Park: 20+ Sand Martin over West Lake 1330 (Bob Watts)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: (Warwicks and No1,No3) 6 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 3m Blackcap, 8 Egyptian Geese, 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 10+ Chiffchaff, 2 singing Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 6 Meadow Pipit, 8+ Skylark, 20+ Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Kestrel, m Sparrowhawk, 2-3 Linnet (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Common: Marsh Tit, superb view, in tangled woodland, east end of Kingsmere pond (David Wills).

Sunday 3rd April 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Wheatear 08:20-08:28 Golf course landed in tree then flew north, also Willow Warbler singing near conservation Pond, pair Shoveler Wood Green Res 1730 (Bob Watts)
  • Bow Creek: 4 shelduck, 18 Teal, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Chiffchaffs (Nick Senior) Ecology Park: Cetti's Warbler (JW Davies)
  • Brent Reservoir: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER seen well and calling at 12.40 but not seen at 15.00 (if same bird then not seen since 1st Jan) along path to hides in large sallow by corner of builder's car park found by Roy Beddard, male Common Redstart & male Wheatear on playing fields pm, Little Ringed Plover, 11 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, 3 singing Willow Warbler plus 1 later, 14 singing Chiffchaff, 7 singing Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler seen & Peregrine (Brent Birders); Sedge Warbler (briefly singing by main hide mid-afternoon though not seen), 7 Pochard (5M, 2F) North Marsh (Bill Haines); Yellow-browed Warbler still in same area, showing well 17:45 (Steve & Kate Blake)
  • Canons Park (HA8): Red Kite (RSPB NW London Local Group)
  • East India Dock Basin: 98 Teal, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 chiffchaff, 5 Greenfinches (Nick Senior)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Pair Mute Swan, pair Egyptian Geese, 16 Tufted Duck, Kestrel, Kingfisher, 4+ Blackcap, 10+ Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Gallions Reach: 6 Oystercatcher, Curlew, 2 Common Tern, Swallow, Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Common Redstart, 7 Wheatear (Gary A James).
  • Greenford UB6: Red Kite circling high over my garden c13.50 with 2 Herring Gulls circling in thermal above it (Neil Anderson)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Meadow Pipit, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest Ecology Park, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting (F) (Richard Green) Iceland Gull juvenile on mud by the O2 3.30pm to 6pm, 1st-winter Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Oystercatchers (Richard Bonser, Stephen Harris, John Archer, Richard Page-Jones)
  • Greville Place LWT LNR NW6: Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sparrowhawk plus Flowerbee Anthophora Plumipes 2 female 3 male (F.O'Sullivan)
  • Hampstead Heath: 3 Willow Warblers, 1 singing, 6 singing Chiffchaffs, 2 singing Blackcaps on Parliament Hill, m.Peregrine over at 1100, Collared Dove W, Stock Dove N (Pete Mantle); 4 Wheatear, 2 m 2f on the excavated field opp Boating Pond at 17:45 (Frank Nugent).
  • Hampton Court Park: Wheatear (Spencer Neal); 2 Short-eared Owls still present 3 - 4 PM, at least 6 Willow Warblers in the paddocks area (G Shaw)
  • Hemans Estate-Stockwell: Red Kite high north-east at 11:15am, first I've seen in Central London, mobbing gulls calling got my attention as I put out some laundry (Michael Mac)
  • High Elms CP: 4 Buzzards, 6 Chiffchaffs, 1pr Marsh Tit (Ray Tuck)
  • Hyde Park: Brambling again in Rangers Lodge front garden, viewable from front gates (D.Jordan)
  • Island Barn Reservoir: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Willow Warblers and many singing Chiffchaffs (Chris Turner)
  • Kingston: 4 Sand Martins over Thames by John Lewis (Mike Foster)
  • Leyton Jubilee Park: 3 Wheatear, Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap (Stuart Fisher)
  • Lower Chingford (off Russell Road): 12 Sand Martin, Wheatear (James Palmer)
  • Mayflower Park: Willow Warbler (Bob Smith)
  • Motspur Park: Red Kite flew south east (Bob Smith)
  • Mudchute: Common Buzzard W, pair of Peregrines displaying, m Sparrowhawk, 3 Swallows W, 4 alba Wagtails N, m Redstart (early am only NW corner of allotments), 2 Wheatears Paddocks, 1 Fieldfare, 2 m Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests, 12 House Sparrows, 1 Linnet E, 5 Greenfinches, 2 Siskins (Nick Senior)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch (Andy Cameron)
  • Nutfield, Surrey: m Redstart Nutfield Ridge am (BirdGuides)
  • Oxleas Wood: 2 Firecrest (fighting over territory), Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Stock Dove, Jackdaw. Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Buzzard (Ron Turner) Best not report breeding behaviour for RBBP birds. (Anon)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Yellow Wagtail over stone barges 1345, 12+ Common Tern mid river, Whimbrel foreshore, Greenshank reserve, Marsh Harrier silt lagoons (Bob Watts); 9 Wheatears (West Rainham Marsh), 5 Little Ringed Plovers (3 Target Pool 2 Butts Hide scrape) (ian bradshaw/sean Huggins) 1 Avocet, 5 Buzzard, Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, at least 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 House Martin (Fernley Symons/Linturn Hopkins)
  • Regent's Park: 3 Willow Warbler, 12 Wheatear (Twitter)
  • Richmond Park: 2 male Ring Ouzel - briefly west of Holly Lodge but flew off NE (H.Bradshaw per JW) 3 Wheatear 1m2f, 4 Lesser Redpoll, Little Owl, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 5 Reed Bunting, 3 Meadow Pipit (S Woolfenden); Red Kite high NW (P.Burrows-Smith); Buzzard (Phil Davies)
  • Rotherhithe - Stave Hill: Little Egret flew West at 10.00am, pr Sparrowhawk, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, 4 Chiffchaff, Jay (Richard Page-Jones)
  • Roxbourne Park, Rayners Lane: 2 Red Kite, 4-5 singing Chiffchaffs (Tim Rymer)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 4 Swallow, 20+ Sand Martin, House Martin over n/e corner of KGV Res, 3 Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap (Neville Smith)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Swallow low N pm (Ian Stewart)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Redwing, 1 singing Blackcap, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Willow Warbler (John Watson)
  • Southwark Park: Common Scoter, 20 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe – I have been looking for the 4th bird for ages!, pr Mute Swan, Stock Dove, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker called somewhere at the Jamaica Rd end of the park (John Cadera); pr Collared Dove, pr Grey Wagtail pm (Richard Page-Jones)
  • Staines/Stanwell Moor: 2 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Swallow, many singing Blackcap and Chiffchaff, 3 Bullfinch, 4 Song Thrush. (G Shaw) Hobby over, 2 swallows, 4 house martins, 1 stonechat, 2 wheatear -- 49 species in total. (Tony Clancy, Geoff Crabtree and Brian Dawton). For recording purposes, please would you be able to divide these sightings into either Staines Moor or Stanwell Moor? Many thanks, Lee Dingain
  • Staines Moor: 3 Swallows, House Martin, 2 Kestrels, Little Egret 15.30-17.00 (Tim Rymer). 5 (3m, 2f) Wheatear (NW corner), 1 Water Pipit in almost full summer plumage (along Colne near northern footbridge at dusk), 4 Shelduck, 3 Blackcap, 4 Sand Martin, shed loads of Chiffchaff, 1 Treecreeper (by the feeders), 3 Redshank, 6 Red Kite, 3 Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2+ Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat (1m, 1f) (Lee Dingain).
  • Stanwell Moor: Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 3 Blackcap, Swallow, Chiffchaff 15.30-17.00 (Tim Rymer).
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: 4 Wheatear, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Willow Warbler, Cetti's Warbler (Stuart Fisher)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 1 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck (pair), 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing (pair on Botany), 3 Snipe, 21 Redshank, 6 Turnstone, 2 Great Black-backed Gull (ads), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail (pair), 4 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 12+ Cetti's Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Firecrest (singing in trees near substation), 5 Jackdaw, 4 Reed Bunting (Peter Beckenham)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Pheasant heard, pr Teal, Little Egret, probably 4 Buzzard (3 seen together), Kestrel, 6 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Skylark (3 singing), 17 Meadow Pipit, m Wheatear (3 seen by GW yesterday), 5 Chiffchaff (3 singing), Rook, 5 Reed Bunting, 8 Linnet (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Thames Barrier Park: early evening - 34 Shelduck, c.50 Teal, juv/2cy Iceland Gull (presumably the same as at Blackwall Beach earlier), 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Terns East, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 25 House Sparrows (Nick Senior) 2 Great Crested Grebe on Thames, nr Anchor & Hope Lane (Matthew Clarke)
  • Totteridge Valley: m Common Redstart at Highwood Hill till at least 11:00 (being harassed by 2 Robins) with Yellow Wagtail over, 9 Wheatear (5m, 4f) Folly Farm, Fieldfare, 2 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Meadow Pipit, 10 Pheasant, Red Kite, 6+ Common Buzzard, 6 Teal, Greylag Goose over, and 3 local Swallows back at Frith Manor stables (Ian Ellis).
  • Trent Park: Treecreeper nest building in dead beech tree (Robert Callf)
  • Tufnell Park N19: Around tube 13:00-14:30 1 Peregrine soaring to the N, 2 Buzzards N/NW, 1 male and 1 female Sparrowhawk (Francis Tusa)
  • Vanbrugh Park area SE3: Sand Martin over, 7+ Meadow Pipits high N, Peregrine S, Common Buzzard N, Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing, f Sparrowhawk (Joe Beale)
  • Walthamstow (near Crooked Billet): Wheatear (James Palmer)
  • Walthamstow, field next to A406 near Crooked Billet Roundabout (opposite Sainsbury's): 1 male Kestrel hunting at 14:53, 2 Willow Warbler singing and calling at 16:10 (Katy McGilvray)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: ~10:00 1 Wheatear on rear paddocks, 1 singing m + 1f Blackcap and 1 singing m Willow Warbler in shrubs along Flood Relief Channel, 1 m Reed Bunting calling atop the reeds on Bomb Crater Pond, at least 5 Sand Martin along the river at Leyton Marsh prospecting nest sites (Alastair Dent) 2 Common Buzzard N c.13.20, 4 Reed Bunting by paddocks, Cetti's Warbler (Stuart Fisher)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 0700 to 1000 - 3 Wheatears, Willow Warbler, Common Sandpiper, 2 Meadow Pipits, 2 Sand Martins & a Swallow, 3 Blackcaps singing (Paul Whitman, David Bradshaw)
  • Wanstead Flats: Osprey c15:00, 6 Common Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, Peregrine Falcon, 4 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk, Common Redstart, Wheatear, House Martin, 3 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 singing Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap, 3 Linnet, Siskin, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 5 Pochard, 10 + Tufted Duck, Teal, 5 Little Grebe (Wanstead Birders)
  • Waterworks NR: 2 Common Buzzard W, 2 Peregrine W, 3 Sparrowhawk displaying, 2 Sand Martin, Cetti's Warbler singing, 2 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, singing Willow Warbler, Common Snipe (Mike Messenger/Stuart Fisher)
  • Whitton, TW2: Blackcap singing, gardens opposite Kneller Hall, Kneller Road (Iain Darbyshire).

Saturday 2nd April 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Willow Warbler, 5+ Chiffchaff, Blackcap (Bob Watts)
  • Beddington Farm: Avocet, Little Ringed Plover (BirdGuides)
  • Bentley Priory: 2 Raven, 4 Common Buzzard and a Tawny Owl calling at 13:20 (Richard Francis).
  • Blackwall Beach: late aft 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad & 2cy the latter colour ringed in Spain & of the West Iberian race lusitanius according to Euring), 1 Norwegian colour ringed Great Black-backed Gull, 3 NTGG ringed Herring Gulls, Sandwich Tern in from West during light rain then off high East (Nick Senior)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret in reeds N.Marsh +1 high W over Dump, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 12 Snipe, 2 Common Buzzard E over Dump 12.00, a 3rd (left wing feather missing) W 12.15, close perched view female Sparrowhawk, Egyptian Goose, Water Rail, 7+ singing Chiffchaff, Swallow N, singing Reed Bunting (Brent Birders).
  • Brookmill Park: Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Claybury Park, Woodford Bridge: Possible Black Kite gliding in thermals over the park, c.3.25–3.30pm. Kite-like but smaller than Red Kite (but larger than female Sparrowhawk), with angled, arched wings, tail less forked than RK, pale head, pale panel on inner primaries (but light grey/light brown panel rather than RK’s white), wide wing width (but smaller wing-span than RK), underwing colouring/marking very Black Kite-like, i.e. dark brown (with the paler panels) but no rufous; also Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Alan Hobson).
  • East India Dock Basin: 68 Teal, 2 Oystercatcher east, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 m Blackcap, 2 Goldcrests, 5 Greenfinches (Nick Senior)
  • Enfield Road, EN2: Red Kite low over 11:20 seen from 121 bus (Robert Callf)
  • Fairlop Waters: Yellow Wagtail, 2 singing Blackcaps, 4 singing Willow Warblers, 2 Buzzards (Alan Bell).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Chiffchaff, Redpoll, Siskin (John Bushell per Conrad Ellam)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Wheatear (f) Meantime Nursery (Richard Green, John Bushell)
  • Hampstead Heath: Yellow-legged Gull on Kenwood House lake (Alastair Rae)
  • Harrow Cemetery (HA1): Wheatear (m) (Shailesh Patel)
  • Hyde Park: Brambling (m) again this morning at Rangers Lodge as per yesterday's details - viewable from inside/outside main gate (low quality photo here) (D.Jordan)
  • KGV Res: Scaup (drake), 6 Sandwich Tern 0814, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, White Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 4 Sand Martin, Blackcap (Neville Smith & et al).
  • Lake Farm CP, Hayes, Middx: at least 10 calling Chiffchaff, Red Kite, pair Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 2 Skylark singing, 1 m Reed Bunting (Wendy Marks) - blog post from today here.
  • Leyton, Jubilee Park: 2 Wheatear, singing Willow Warbler, singing Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Shelduck (Stuart Fisher)
  • Leyton Flats: singing Firecrest (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Little Egret, 7 Redshank, 2 Wheatear (3 Wheatear website), 1m 1f Kingfisher, 6 Sand Martin visiting nesting bank, 5 Chiffchaff south route, 4 Willow Warbler south route, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Common Snipe, 3m Blackcap, 5 Cetti’s Warbler south route, 1m 1f Green Woodpecker, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2pr Long-tailed Tit (one pair collecting feathers), 6 Wigeon (Martin Honey, B. Page. A. Innes, E. Garcia)
  • Lonsdale Road Barnes: 1 Redwing, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Teal (John Gordon).
  • Otford: WESTERN ORIENTAL TURTLE DOVE 1w from 18 Feb until last week in garden with no access (RBA)
  • Petts Wood: Pair Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 5+ Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Sedge Warbler (BirdGuides); 8 Common Tern, 4 Avocet, Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, 8 Cetti's Warbler (Twitter); 2 pr Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, Red Kite, Curlew, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 24 singing Cetti's Warbler, singing Willow Warbler, 2 singing Blackcap (Neil Anderson)
  • Richmond Park: Short-eared Owl photographed (anon per JW) female Goldeneye, Little Grebe, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 3+ Red Kite, 5+ Buzzard, 6 Sand Martin, Swallow, 14+ Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 2 Redwing, plus Brimstone & Peacock (J.Wilczur, S.Woolfenden); 12+ Wheatear - the Bog so possibly 16 in total, 2 Stonechat - gorse, Willow Warbler - ladderstile (H.Bradshaw); Willow Warbler singing (S.Read)
  • Scadbury Park: 2 Common Buzzard, pair Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Blackcap, 6+ Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Southwark Park: Common Scoter, 24 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, pr Mute Swan, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk (John Cadera)
  • Staines Reservoir: 5 Black-necked Grebe, Scaup(m), 2 Wheatear (m- bank of KGVI), 2 Black-tailed Godwit (through at 16:15), Oystercatcher, 7 Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 5 Redshank, 2 Swallow, 7 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, 2 Red Kite, Buzzard, 10 Goldeneye (Jim and Tony Sweetland)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Avocet heading NE at 8.02am, singing Willow Warbler, f Wheatear, Reed Buntings, Cetti's Warblers (Chris Farthing)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: 4 Wheatear, 22 Sand Martin, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff, singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 Shelduck, 4 Reed Bunting (Stuart Fisher). Hi Stuart - can you let us know where the Wheatears were? (James Palmer) Hi James - Wheatears are on the grass at the NW corner of park, look for the bare area on the west of path and look around there, still there 3/4 (SF)
  • Surbiton Fishponds: at least 3m Blackcap, Chiffchaff singing, pair Stock Dove (Mat Hare)
  • Tooting Common: Red Kite low over houses Balham side on Huron road and then over common, Willow Warbler singing by lake, plenty of Chiffchaffs (Will Rose); Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, Comma, pm (Alan Wilkinson) Common Buzzard high SW over lake 2pm, 2+ Willow Warbler in trees north of lake (James Hudson)
  • Totteridge Valley: f Wheatear, Redwing, 2 Rook, Buzzard at Folly Farm 07:45 (Ian Ellis)
  • Trafalgar Square: male Kestrel (Malcolm Hibberd)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Fieldfare, 2 Swallow, 6+ Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap, 6+ Meadow Pipit, 6+ Skylark, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 5 Little Grebe, Linnet, Siskin, m Reed Bunting (Tony Brown/Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Wanstead Womble)
  • Wanstead Park: 1-2 Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 singing Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest, 10 Shoveler, 10+ Tufted Duck, pr Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, Linnet, Siskin, 6 singing Blackcap, 10+ Chiffchaff (Nick Croft)
  • Whitewebbs Park: Red Kite over 12:50, 2 fem Siskin (Robert Callf)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Kestrel,8 Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit -one display flying (F.O'Sullivan)

Friday 1st April 2016 Edit

  • Barnes Cray (Thames Road wetland): Cetti's Warbler seen in the open doing Wren impression with at least 3 singing, 2+ Chiffchaff singing (Ian Stewart)
  • Battersea Park (Boating Lake): 20 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 1m 1f Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe. Interestingly no gulls at all on the lake - usually 60+ Black-headed gulls throughout the day but none seen (Charlie Schouten)
  • Bexley A2 Red Kite seen flying low alongside A2 and towards Dartford Heath direction (Donna Zimmer)
  • Brent Reservoir: pair of Little Ringed Plover from 9.00 with some display/calling, Green Sandpiper, 9 Common Snipe, Kingfisher flypast, 2 Common Buzzard over Woodfield Park gliding S 1.15 circled higher, lower for 15 mins then high off, 3+ Chiffchaff singing (Andrew Verrall, John Gravatt, Stephen, Michael)
  • Brimsdown: 3 Reed Bunting, Siskin, 4 Lesser Redpoll in reedmace/drinking at water's edge, 4 Linnet (Martin Shepherd)
  • Bushy Park: Skylark singing high up, by Hampton Wick, 10:30 (Mike Foster)
  • Crayford Marshes: Male Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Ringed Plover Bob Dunn Way field, 13 Mute Swan, 5 Shelduck, 8 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 30+ Teal, 4 Little Egret, Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 8 Redshank, 2 Curlew, 2+ 1W Common Gull, 6+ Skylark, 5+ Meadow Pipit, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 4 Cetti's Warbler, singing Chiffchaff, Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Enfield Freezywadter Elliotts field allotments: red kite over ( Brian Dawton )
  • Fairlop Waters: 3 Swallow (Barry Jones)
  • Foots Cray: Little Egret in flooded field by Edgington Way, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (Ian Stewart)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Pair Mute Swan, Canada Goose (rare on deck here), 10+ Tufted Duck, Kestrel, Skylark (heard singing from Upper College Farm and seen as distant dot), Meadow Pipit over, Grey Wagtail, 6+ Chiffchaff (no sign of Wednesday's odd looking bird), Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Golders Green: Pair of Siskin using garden feeder through morning (Jo Edwards)
  • Horsenden Hill, UB6: Singing Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff near the brook. (David Pierrepont)
  • Hyde Park: (M) Brambling Rangers Lodge front garden beneath peanut feeder, no public access, photos to follow. (D.Jordan, M.Blackburn) Can it be seen from path or field?Front vehicle gates should be open around 9.30am to 3pm tomorrow (Sat 2nd) if you view from this location you should be ok -peanut feeder is about 20-25m across to the right.Good luck
  • King George V res: 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Swallow, 12 Sand Martin, 2 Common Buzzard (Tony Clancy)
  • Lamorbey Park: Pair Mute Swan (f on nest), pair Egyptian Geese, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, Kestrel, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, 4+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch (pair, another heard nearby at The Hollies), Jay, Jackdaw, Linnet low over (rare here), 4+ Siskin inc 1 singing. Also pair Sparrowhawks displaying over The Hollies (Ian Stewart)
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 5 Common Buzzard circling over M25 at approx. 13:30 (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: Very active 1m 1f Kingfisher, at least 3m 1f Blackcap sheltered lagoon/east bund, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 8 singing Cetti’s warbler, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Snipe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Shelduck, 6 Redshank, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Linnet, 1f Reed Bunting, 4 Greylag geese, 4 Sand Martin using nest bank plus 3 over (Martin Honey & others) 16.30 3 Little Ringed Plover (R Dunne) f Pintail still (Matt Palmer)
  • Mudchute: 1 Grey Heron high E, 3 Meadow Pipits NW, 1 Coal Tit (probably of the form ater), 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 14 Siskins W (Nick Senior)
  • Olympic Park (Greenway): 2 Little Ringed Plover (James Palmer)
  • Oxleas Wood: Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Jackdaw, Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Stock Dove, Goldfinch, Kestrel (Ron Turner)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Red Kite over, Skylark lawn field briefly (J.Few); 1st-winter female Goldeneye still, male Gadwall, 4 Greylag Goose, 14+ Grey Heron - 3 nesting pairs and 8+ young, 3 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail heard, Sand Martin (J.Wilczur); Willow Warbler (Friday Group) Woodcock, 2 Fieldfare (S.Read)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 2 Grey Heron 1S 1W, Sparrowhawk, pair Kestrels, pair Peregrines, Great Black-backed Gull E, 2 Stock Dove N, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Long-tailed Tit (1 without tail), Jay, Jackdaw N (Ian Stewart)
  • St James's Park: Common Buzzard drifted slowly S from 14:00 (Frank Nugent).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: House Martin at 08:40 over relief channel, several Sand Martin visiting drainage holes, 13 Swallow, 3 Reed Bunting (Martin Shepherd)
  • Staines Reservoir: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Redshank, at least 6 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Goldeneye m, pristine White Wagtail, winter ducks still (Nick S, Mike Lewis) 5 Black-necked Grebe, drake Scaup all on south basin (Jim Sweetland) Also 12+ Goldeneye, 2 Swallows over NE (Matt Palmer)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs (New River): Kingfisher (James Palmer)
  • Teddington: Swallow over Thames by Stevens Ait, 18:00 (Mike Foster)
  • Walthamstow Marsh (Lee Valley Riding Centre): Pied Wagtail successfully escaped from a Sparrowhawk, 2 Fieldfare (James Palmer)
  • Wanstead Flats: Large raptor to north being bothered by crows, possibly a second bird going south distantly over western flats, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Redpoll, 6 singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap singing briefly, 6 Meadow Pipit through north, 3 Pied Wagtail, 8+ Skylark, 20 + Tufted Duck, 8 Shoveler, m Pochard, 5 Little Grebe (Nick Croft/Marco Johnson/Bob Vaughan)

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