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Sunday 20th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite, Hobby, 2 Common Buzzard 10-1215, also 2 Swallow north, 25+ Swift (APOG Birders) Where abouts in the park have the Hobbies been seen? Thanks (Mark Wardman) We stand close to fence just above the pitch n putt hut (Bob Watts)
  • East India Dock NR: Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Common Tern, Blackcap, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Shelduck, Collared Dove (Paul Hyland)
  • Greenford UB6 (home garden): pr Cormorant spiralling ever higher on thermal, 5 Swift. Totally unexpected record of female Beautiful Demoiselle sitting on flower + perching on ivy in shade. No known colonies nearby (Neil Anderson)
  • Hampstead Heath:2 Common Terns over Men’s Bathing Pond, 0710 (Matt Evans) Also Linnet N, Stock Dove S and Swallow NE (Pete Mantle)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 6 Pheasant, Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, c12 Stock Dove, Little Owl, Cuckoo called several times, 8 Swift, 7 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 11 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 3 singing Chiffchaff, min 5 Rook, m Reed Bunting, Linnet. Also Muntjac, Small Heath, Mother Shipton (Neil Anderson)
  • Yeading Brook meadows: m Pheasant, 2 Red Kite, Buzzard, 15+ Swift, singing Skylark, 4 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 19th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Hobby, female Sparrowhawk, Little Egret SE, Linnet flew to cricket scrub, 4 Barn Swallow north, 20+ Swift, 1-2 m Common Whitethroat (Bruce Carson, Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Egyptian Goose, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler, 7 Black-headed Gull including 3 1st-summer, 8 Common Tern, 3 Cetti's Warbler, c10 Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler (Andrew Haynes, Simon Worsfold). Have your say on proposals for the future of West Hendon Playing Fields
  • Brockwell Park: Jackdaw flying over calling (Stuart Hearne)
  • Broxbourne Woods: Cuckoo (Jon Agar)
  • Copped Hall Estate: 10 Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Cuckoo, 8 Yellowhammer, 10 Common Whitethroat, 7 Linnet, 7 Red-legged Partridge and 10 Hares (8 Leverets) (Chris Baldwin)
  • Crayford Marshes: Little Owl , 2 Cuckoo , c20 Common Terns , Bar-tailed Godwit briefly on Darent Mouth before flying across river, 3 Ringed Plover , 2 Dunlin, Oystercatcher , 4 Swift , 2 Little Egret , 2 Cetti's Warbler , 2 Greenfinch 9 -13.00 ( Mike Amos).
  • E3 Antill Road: Peregrine over garden being mobbed by 7/8 Carrion Crows (Harry Harrison)
  • Hampstead Heath: C Buzzard flew N at 1300 possible migrant? Swallow N, House Martin N, Reed Warbler at Highgate No 1 still, Whitethroat also singing occasionally (Pete Mantle)
  • Harefield Marina: Raven mobbed across by 2 Crows 7am (Dan Pinkham)
  • KGV Reservoir: Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, 30+ Common Tern (Neville Smith)
  • Queen’s Wood, N6/N10: Buzzard, drifting SW 1630 (Matt Evans)
  • Northolt Park: FA Cup people, plus Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 2 Swift, Blackcap (Dan Pinkham)
  • Oxleas Woods: 2 Buzzard, 8 Blackcap, Stock Dove, Chiffchaff, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Swift, 2 Jay (Tim Rymer)
  • Ponders End Lake: 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 41 Black Headed Gull nests, 45 Common Tern. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • QE2: 2 Sanderling early am. (Chris Turner)
  • Richmond Park: Little Owl (Richard Goodman)
  • Royal Albert Dock, UEL Docklands Campus: 3 House Martin (Charlie Clark)
  • Ruislip Lido/Poors Field: m Gadwall, 2 pr Great-crested Grebe, Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 4-5 Red Kite (1 at start of walk + 4 in air later), m Kestrel, Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern,, c10 Swift, c10 House Martin, 4+ Swallow, Sand Martin, 4 singing Garden Warbler, c15 Blackcap, singing Whitethroat, 3 singing Chiffchaff 2 Red-eared Terrapin, 9 spp butterfly including Brown Argus + Small Copper, c10 Broad-bodied Chaser (Neil Anderson + 6 LNHS members)
  • Shrewsbury Park, SE18: Nuthatch, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Swift, 3 Song Thrush (Tim Rymer)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Black Tern early am on N basin, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Ringed Plover over, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Bob Warden, Dom Pia et al per FJM)
  • Swanley Park: Reed Warbler (site first) (Andy Meaton)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Totteridge Fields: 33+ Swift, 2 Pied Wagtail, 11 Swallow, 27 Stock Dove, 20+ Blackcap, singing Treecreeper, 8 Chiffchaff, 6+ Common Whitethroat, 8 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, f Marsh Harrier high N, 5 Lapwing (1 Totteridge Fields, 4 Folly Farm), 1 poss 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Red Kite, 20+ Rook. Also Broad Bodied Chaser, Grass Snake. (RSPB NW London walk)
  • Trent Park: Kingfisher male perched lower lake, 2 singing m Garden Warbler (Robert Callf)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Main Pit: Wood Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Hobby, Tree Sparrows, 2 Red Kite, Great Black-backed Gull, 2+ Buzzard. (S Blake)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Little Ringed Plover, 8 Common Tern, Lesser Whitethroat, 4m Whitethroat, 1st cygnets of the year (4). Daniel Whitelegg
  • Warren Pond, Chingford: A distantly heard Cuckoo at 4.15pm, I haven't heard one from the immediate area in decades! (Ken Murray)

Friday 18th May 2018 Edit

  • Brixton garden: Hobby flying over 7.00pm (Stuart Hearne)
  • Hampton: Pochard, Swift, Swallow, Common Tern, Mandarin Duck, Interesting Greylag Hybrid been around a few days. Instagram Robswildlondon for photographs :-)
  • Alexandra Park: 3 Hobby sightings, Common Buzzard SW, male Peregrine nearly caught Feral Pigeon, 3+ Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 40+ Swift, 4 Swallow, House Martin, Greylag (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, male Reed Bunting, 8 Common Tern incl. mating pair, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing doing display flights, 2 Black-headed Gull mating on raft plus one 1st-summer bird, 80+ Swift, 10 House Martin, Barn Swallow, Sparrowhawk (Brent Birders)
  • Bushy Park: Red Kite circling north of Woodland Gardens at 1230 (Mike Foster)
  • Dollis Brook, Holders Hill: Common Buzzard drifting NW 15:07. (Samuel Levy)
  • Enfield - Jolly Farmers PH: singing m Grey Wagtail on roof (Robert Callf)
  • Enfield Lock: 2 Swift (Charlie Farrell)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Hobby W, 2 Common Buzzard NNW, 12+ Swift, Swallow N (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 12 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 2 Reed Warbler (Matthew F)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 23 Swift, 8 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Barn Swallow NW, Spotted Flycatcher flower walk, 3 Garden Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff (N.P.Senior)
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Swift, 1 Coal Tit, Pied Wagtail pair nesting (Neil Batten)
  • Limehouse E14: 6+ House Martin back in local nest site. (Paul Hyland)
  • London Wetland Center: 2 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper (Shailesh Patel)
  • Margravine Cemetery: pr Blackcap (1st evidence of breeding in many years) (Nathalie Mahieu, John Boorman).
  • Olympic Park: Common Buzzard (James Palmer)
  • Oxleas Wood: 4 Coal tit, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Songthrush, 3 Nuthatch, Hobby, Treecreeper, 5 Swift, Swallow, Kestrel, Goldfinch, 7 Stockdove, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, 2 Jackdaw (Ron Turner) (Prob Honey Buzzard heading SW then N, seen in two locations (Paul Moss, John Reid, Ron Turner and then Dave Strevens at 17.05 - 17.10).
  • Rainham RSPB: imm Spoonbill still, Curlew Sandpiper [Ldn foy] target pools late-am (BirdGuides)
  • Rammey Marsh: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Hobby, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Song Thrush, 6 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat. (Charlie Farrell)
  • Richmond Park: Red-legged Partridge still (Friday Bird Group); 2 Greylag Goose - pair without gosling, 9 Egyptian Goose - pair with brood of seven, 5 Pochard - 3m 2f, Little Egret flew SW, Red Kite, m Peregrine, Hobby, 6+ Buzzard, 6 Common Tern - 3 pairs including a nesting pair, 6 Black-headed Gull - 3 pairs including a nesting pair- first breeding record for Park, 6+ Sand Martin - at least 4 holes in nesting bank being visited (J.Wilczur, P.Pentek)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 2 House Martin, 6 Swift, 3 Common Buzzard. (Samuel Levy)
  • Staines Reservoir: 4 Turnstone, Dunlin, Ringed Plover 1300 but no sign 1400 (Ken Purdey per Dom Pia tweet)
  • Totteridge Valley: 1 Raven fighting with Common Buzzard, 3 Lapwing, 2 Swift, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 4 Herring Gull ( Tony Clancy) Also 7 Common Buzzard, 2 Coot + 4 Cootlings, 5 Lapwing (Folly Farm), 27 Stock Dove, 23+ Swift, Hobby, 20+ Rook with newly fledged young, Raven flew N at 17:20, 2 Swallow, Firecrest singing in the ivy behind Long Pond, Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, f Wheatear (Folly Farm), Pied Wagtail, 3 Greenfinch. (Samuel Levy)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: late Wheatear, Oystercatcher, Buzzard (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wimbledon Common: Skylark and Reed Bunting on the Plain c6.30am (Les Evans-Hill)

Thursday 17th May 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2+ Hobby including an altercation with a Peregrine, 60+ Swift, 3 House Martin, 2+ Sand Martin, Swallow (APOG Birders)
  • Bexley DA5 (Upper College Farm): Pheasant, Kestrel, Skylark, 4 Swallow, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, m Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Broomfield Park, Palmers Green: 7 Tufted Duck 4 m 3 f, 3 Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, m Pied Wagtail, 4 Mistle Thrush pr and two juvs, m Blackcap, singing Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch pr feeding yng in nest hole, m Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, Broad-bodied Chaser, Large Red Damselfly (Robert Callf)
  • Dollis Brook, Holders Hill: Osprey very low upstream 16:12, 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff. (Samuel Levy)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Skywatch 16:30 - 18:45: Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard, 83 Stock Dove S, 7 Swift, House Martin, Pied Wagtail. (Samuel Levy)
  • Holland Park: Hobby (Hugh Nicholson)
  • Lamorbey Park : 2 Egyptian Goose, 10 Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Singing Song Thrush, Singing Blackcap (Mike Amos). Pair Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Swift, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Lee Valley (70 Acre Lake area): Cuckoo (singing at dusk), 1 Nightingale (Fishers Green), 1 Hobby, 2+ Reed Warbler, 2 Swift. 1 Muntjac, 1 Red Fox (Charlie Farrell)
  • North Cray: 2 Common Buzzards, m + f Kestrel, 3 Pheasants, c4 Whitethroats, 10 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Linnet (Patrick English)
  • Notting Hill Gate Underground Station: 1130: pr Grey Wagtails delivering food to nest high in green cast iron beam at the western (open air) end of platform 2 - the north and east bound circle and district line platform. Upon returning at 1330, two rather wobbly fledglings were on the platforms, being attended to by alarm-calling adults (Shane Enright)
  • Olympic Park: Greenway - 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Sand Martin, Black Redstart (JW Davies)
  • Rammey marsh 2 grasshopper warblers stonking views 1 reeling 8 to 9 pm ( Brian Dawton )
  • Ridgeway Enfield lapwing just north Botany bay ( John Egginton )
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 11 Swift, Common Buzzard, Mistle Thrush, pr Mallard + 5 Ducklings (Sheepwash), pr Moorhen + 5 Ducklings (Sheepwash) (Samuel Levy)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Grebe, 2 Swift, 2 Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Tooting Commons: Common Buzzard NW, Swallow W, Sparrowhawk (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Trent Park: 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Common Swift, 5 Goldfinch,6 Blackcap. ( Pete Lowman ),
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 5 Sedge Warbler around the boardwalk (4 singing), 1 singing Reed Bunting Bomb Crater Field, 1 Reed Warbler singing BCF pond, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Pied Wagtail and 2 singing Linnet paddocks (Alastair Dent)
  • Whitehall, SW1: 1 Peregrine (Dave de Silva)
  • Wimbledon Common: Swift, Pied Wagtail (B Campbell); Buzzard, Kestrel, Red Kite and Sparrowhawk, Thatched Cottage (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Whitethroat, 6 Red-crested Pochard, Peregrine, c80 Swift, Swallow (Chris Farthing)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: c10 Whitethroat, 10 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Song Thrush (all singing) 1 Kestrel (Charlie Farrell)

Wednesday 16th May 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 41 Swift, 8+ Swallow, 4+ Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, Little Egret N, Greylag, m Common Whitethroat (APOG Birders)
  • Bexley DA5 (Upper College Farm): 4 Blackcap, 10+ Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Brent Reservoir: Lapwing, 3 pairs of Common Tern around rafts, Coot with 2 colourful young, 2 Egyptian Goose flew off, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Andrew Verrall)- 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper (Simon Worsfold)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Stock Dove, 3 Swift, 2 singing Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - singing Firecrest early am (Samuel Levy)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 4 Egyptian Geese 3 tufted_duck sized juvs, Tawny Owl calling 21.10, c10 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 10 Common Tern, 3 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, Swallow, Reed Warbler (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Great Crested Grebe pr displaying, m Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, m Egyptian Goose, 18 Mandarin Duck 8 m f and a brood of 9 ducklings (reduced to 8 by Lesser Black-backed Gull), m Common Pochard, 3 m Tufted Duck, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Barn Swallow, singing Song Thrush, 4 Mistle Thrush 3 adults and recently fledged juvenile, 5 m Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 5 ad Nuthatch incl pr feeding yng in nest hole (Robert Callf)
  • Guildhall EC2: Black Redstart 2, one singing (George Kalli) 08:30-08:55
  • Islington: Little Egret flying over St Pauls Road N1 07:00.(Allan Stewart)
  • Morden: 3 Peregrine chicks being fed maybe 1st green Parakeet, taken from webcam (Hugo Rzhn - see Twitter feed for excellent photo of the scene)
  • Ruislip Lido: 7 Common Terns on raft, 2 Herring Gull on raft (north), 2 Black Headed Gull, Common Buzzard, House Martin and Swift (Martin Smith)
  • Southgate - High St, N14: Grey Wagtail flew over carrying food (Robert Callf)
  • Staines Reservoir: 6 Whimbrel landed on causeway bank of s basin 1430 (Dom Pia tweet)
  • Trent Park: Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Common Swift. ( Pete Lowman ).
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake:12 Canada Geese +5 Goslings, 2 Egyptian Geese, Mandarin Duck, 14 Mallard +29 Ducklings, Common Buzzard, 2 Coot +4 Ducklings, 2 Lapwing (Folly Farm), 42 Stock Dove, 9 Swift, 20+ Rook, 17 Swallow, 3 Goldcrest, 11 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Common Whitethroat, f Whinchat (Folly Farm), m+f Wheatear (Folly Farm), Mistle Thrush, Starling, 3 Pied Wagtail, Bullfinch, Linnet. (Samuel Levy)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: singing Willow Warbler main gp (TyttGP tweet)
  • Wandsworth Common: Sedge Warbler singing by lake 0720-1115 at least but elusive (Peter White tweets)

Tuesday 15th May 2018Edit

  • Amwell NR: Turtle Dove E over viewpt 0950 (Barry Reed tweet)
  • Ashtead Common: Cuckoo h 1235 (Frank Boxell via Surrey BN)
  • Brent Reservoir: 1st Green Sandpiper of month at 6pm, Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3rd LRP flew in 6pm, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Common Tern (3 pairs on rafts), 2 Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler; also Small Copper, 7+ Holly Blue (Brent Birders)
  • Bushy Park: Hobby, 2 Kestrel, Little Owl, Treecreeper. (Highlights of an evening stroll around dusk) (Ian R Watson)
  • Cranford CP: several Swift, 2 Red Kite, 5 Linnet, 3 singing Skylark, Swallow, c10 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat (Wendy Marks)
  • Crossness: 20+ Common Tern, 4 Grey Heron, 10+ Gadwall, Honey Buzzard, 4 Swift, Blackcap,Goldfinch, 3 Common Whitethroat, Cettis Warbler, 3 Redshank, 5 Lapwing, 15+ Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, Little Grebe, 8 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, Reed Bunting, Linnet, Peregrine, 3 Kestrel, Reed Warbler, 2 Pochard (pair), Green Woodpecker (Ron Turner, Sharon March)
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: 2 Common Whitethroat, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff singing, 2+ Blackcap, 2 Swallow N, Grey Wagtail (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Finchley Centrel: Avenue Tennis Club - 10+ Swift, Sparrowhawk, Pied Wagtail (Samuel Levy)
  • Fulham Palace Meadows: 8 Swift (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Greenford Station: Red Kite circling low over station at 19.00 (Neil Anderson)
  • High Barnet: Cuckoo calling in back garden 06.30 (Roy Beddard)
  • Lamorbey Park: Red Kite low N 20.06, 2 Swift (Ian Stewart)
  • Longfield: 4 Red Kite (Roger Keith)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 7 Long-tailed Tit fledglings (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Pinner The Croft Park Immature Red Kite low over the park and neighbouring houses.(Nigel Barratt)
  • Putney Heath: 4 Buzzard of which 3 high NE, Red Kite, 20 Swift, Swallow N, Sand Martin NE, 2 singing Garden Warbler, singing Whitethroat (R.Kaye)
  • Rainham: Spoonbill from serin mound, Common Sandpiper by stone barges, Cuckoo, Marsh Harrier, 3 Hobby 2 Swift, 3 Swallow, Green Hairstreak wennington marsh (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 3 Swift, Swallow (Samuel Levy)
  • St Paul's: Black Redstart singing near St Paul's Cathedral (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Southgate Chase Allot: 1st-summer male Common Whitethroat singing (Robert Callf)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 5 Common Swift, 1 Chiffchaff (Neil Batten)
  • Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve: 2 Hobby, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Shelduck, 2 Buzzard (Jack Headley)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker: (P Kite)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 11 Common Whitethroat, 5 Cettis Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 15 Reed Warbler, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Song Thrush, 8 Canada Goose, 25 Greylag Goose (inc 1 pr & young), 1 Little Egret, 18, Jackdaw, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Gadwall, 8 Shelduck, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Skylark, 2 Mute Swans (poss 2 pr), 6 Tufted Duck, 38 Swift, 3 Swallow, 2 Buzzard. Butterflies : 1 Green Hairstreak, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock, 3 Brimstone, 4 Wall Butterfly (Roger Keith)
  • Tooting Commons: Red Kite W at 1603 (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Red Kite high over then drifting west at 13:20 (Harringay Birder)
  • Wanstead Flats: Hobby, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 4 Swallow, 5 House Martin, Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 2 Linnet, 10+ Swift (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Shelduck, Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 2 House Martin, Hobby, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Little Egret, 2 Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 20+ Swift (Nick Croft)
  • West Harrow: Peregrine 06:55 Red Kite north 07:55 (Alex Massey)
  • Wimbledon Common - 3 swifts (B Campbell)

Monday 14th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Honey Buzzard NE 1213 and same dark morph bird possibly SE at 1240. Spotted Flycatcher briefly adjacent to Wood Green Res alighted in willow 0845 then flew high north, 2 Red Kites, large raptor sp, Peregrine, 17 Swallow north, 20+ Swift, 2 Sand Martin filter beds, 2 Greylag SE, pair Egyptian Geese Boating Lake then Wood Green Res (APOG Birders)
  • Dollis Brook, Holders Hill: 3 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, Grey Heron upstream (Samuel Levy)
  • Highams Park Lake/Epping Forest: 2 Great Crested Grebe (nesting), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (2 nesting holes in use), 5 Tufted Duck (3m 2f), 2 Grey Heron (juv), 7 Canada Geese (inc 5 chicks). (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • London Wetland Centre: Common Sandpiper and Redshank grazing marsh, 3 Lapwing chicks grazing marsh (viewed from Peacock hideclose to wildside hide), several Swift (mainly feeding over southern edge of main lake and above trees along QE walk), 1m Kestrel hunting south route, 1m Shelduck wader scrape, several singing Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Several 'blue' damselfy and 1m Banded Demoiselle (Martin Honey & B. Page)
  • Mayflower Park Wetlands: 5+ Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, 1-3 Blackcap, 2 Swift and Chiffchaff (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Oxleas Wood:Swallow,2Chiffchaff,2Treecreeper,Jackdaw,Stockdove,Nuthatch,5Swift,Goldcrest 2blackcap(m/fm),2Greatspottedwoodpecker,Greenwoodpecker,Songthrush(Ron Turner)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: Drake Mandarin Duck, 10 Swift, 3 Swallow, Hobby, Kestrel. (Samuel Levy)
  • St James's Park: Common Whitethroat in the shrubs in front of the Cafe, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Swift, Grey Wagtail (Frank Nugent).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Cuckoo heard, 2 Hobby , Peregrine stooping at an unidentifiable raptor NE, 6 Swallow, 9 Swift, Skylark, 5 Whitethroat, Red Kite, Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 3 m Reed Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Song Thrush, Little Egret, 8+ Pheasant, Mistle thrush (Deiniol Owen)
  • Tooting Commons: 1 Shelduck NE at 2055 (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Totteridge Valley: Very brief visit - m+f Wheatear (Folly Farm), Little Egret circled and then landed at Darlands, 7 Swift, 3 Lapwing (Folly Farm), 20+ Rook. (Samuel Levy)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Common Tern, Lesser Whitethroat, 1s Rook, Kestrel, Swallow, 10 + Swift (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: pr of Hobby, Kestrel, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (Nick Croft)

Sunday 13th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Wheatear briefly playing fields (21st of Spring), Little Egret NNE (APOG Birders)
  • Bentley Priory: Putative MELODIOUS WARBLER 09:30 in Hawthorns at top end of Spring Common area. Calling, alarm call. Elusive. Calls while stationary. Moves if clear view is obtained. Managed to record the sound. Seems close to recordings on web (Richard Francis). Apart from that - no idea what it is. 10:24. I'm going back; no sign of bird 12:30 (RF); no sign pm (Andrew Self tweet) Can you give a more precise location, please? MA Or even better, upload the recorded sound to here/twitter/xeno-canto or similar? Post restored - already tagged as 'putative' so pls don't remove pending confirmation
  • Blackheath, Vanbrugh pits: Whitethroat 1st for me there this year (Mike paice)
  • Brent Reservoir: male Whinchat main hide, Sedge Warbler, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 16 Reed Warbler, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper, male Reed Bunting, Garden Warbler, Hobby, 8 Common Tern, 60+ Swift, 5 House Martin, 2 Barn Swallow, 2 Black-headed Gull, Kingfisher, drake Teal, 4 Egyptian Goose (Brent Birders) Garden Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler (Tim Rymer)
  • Chiswick Marina: 2 House Martin, Common Tern - Barnes side of the river (Charlie Farrell)
  • Crayford: 1st-winter Yellow-legged Gull at Jolly Farmers (Richard Bonser, Dante Shepherd)
  • Crossness: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing (plus 2 chicks), 2 Skylark, 6 Swifts and 12 Swallows (mainly west) (Richard Bonser, Dante Shepherd)
  • East Acton: 2 Swift over station (Charlie Farrell)
  • Greenwich Park: 6 Swift (Ray Crouch)
  • Harrow: Peregrine perched on crane opposite Morrison’s again 07:00-08:50 at least (Alex Massey)
  • Holly Hill Farm, Enfield: 2 Common Whitethoat pr, 2 singing male Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch pr, 2 Yellowhammer pr (Robert Callf)
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Whitethroat in scrub on Pryors field at 1550 (Callum Farrell-Morris) Short recording here
  • London Wetland Centre: Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail, 25+ Swift, 2 Shelduck, 2 Redshank, Peregrine, Kestrel, Little Egret, Pheasant, 3 Lapwing chicks (WWT website)
  • Hampton Court: Common Sandpiper on river's edge between Ravens Ait and Thames Dutton Island at 0900 (Mike Foster)
  • Mayflower Park: Reed bunting (Julie Drewett), Spotted Flycatcher(Bill and Janis Reid per Bob Smith)
  • Richmond Park: Singing Lesser Whitethroat (Hawthorn Valley) Pair of Grey Lag Goose with 1 gosling (Pen Ponds) 1 Red Kite (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Spoonbill giving good scope views from Serin Mound, Also 4 Hobby, Greenshank, Wheatear, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 50+ Swift, 27+ Common Whitethroat, 2 Cuckoo & Harbour Porpoise (Jack Headley tweet) Does anyone know why the Serin Mound car park has been closed - and whether the closure is permanent? Thanks - HarringayBirder
  • Springwell Lake: 3 Goldeneye f w 4yg [was 7 on 10th] & 2 other f (G. Lapworth)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: min 10 Pheasant, 2 Little Egret over, 1-2 Buzzard, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Hobby together (1 mobbed by 2 Jackdaw), Peregrine sitting in dead tree whole 2 hrs I was on site, but briefly made several dives towards ground near tree as if mobbing something (tall hedge prevented me seeing what it was- fox?), Little Owl, Cuckoo calling at edge of wood (my second record, eventually brief flight view back into wood), 15+ Swift, 4 Stock Dove, 7-8 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 7 Swallow (1 perched by regular nest site at stables), 11+ Whitethroat, 11 singing Blackcap, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Totteridge Valley, Belmont Farm: 2 Egyptian Geese, 7 Canada Geese with 7 Goslings (Sheepwash), 5 Red-legged Partridge, 6 Common Buzzard, 6 Moorhen with 8 Ducklings (4 Sheepwash, 4 Belmont Farm pond), Curlew calling over head 13:35, Mediterranean Gull W in full sum plum 17:36, 34 Stock Dove, 51 Swift, Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 14 Swallow, Singing Treecreeper, Blackcap, Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch. Also Muntjac (Samuel Levy) Little Owl (Belmont Farm Staff per Samuel Levy)
  • Walthamstow Marshes 4 Sedge Warbler S of boardwalk (2 singing, 2 nesting), 2 Reed Warbler singing along Bomb Crater Field ditch, Kestrel (m) flew across BCF and perched on blue crane across canal, 6 Sand Martin Leyton Marsh/canal, 9 Linnet & 10 Stock Dove rear paddocks (Alastair Dent) Femaie Wheatear in paddock with short grass. (Ann Feltham)
  • Wanstead Flats: pr of Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 20 + Swift (Nick Croft/Jono Lethbridge)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Reed Warbler, Kestrel, 20 + Swift (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Common: Skylark on the Plain c7.17am; Hobby over Thatched Cottage c2.00pm; Buzzard over Inner Windmill Road late pm. Various fair on the organised Bird Walk led by Adrian Podmore and assisted by me including Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Greenfinch and Whitethroat. Hopefully Adrian will fill any gaps! (Les Evans-Hill), Cobb Swan vs brown Labrador altercation on Queensmere this am - dog offlead in water and dad defending nest attacked and nearly drowned the dog - v scary and upsetting to witness - no harm done but it’s dogs on leads from 1 April for breeding season and appears the majority are totally ignoring the signs, throwing sticks into ponds for dogs to fetch, chasing terrified ducks, etc. no respect for nesting waterfowl evident, 2 Buzzard over Gravelly Ride mid-pm, 3 Swift, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Coat Tit (P. Redmond)

Saturday 12th May 2018Edit

  • Hampton: 10+ Tern, Swallows, Canadian geese with goslings, 1 Hobby (high), Mandarin ducks, 1 Buzzard (high) and Heron
  • Ashtead: Cuckoo calling 05:45 West Farm Avenue. (Dave Kiddell)
  • Brent Reservoir: Garden Warbler, 30 Swift, House Martin, 8 Common Tern, Reed Bunting, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper (Brent Birders)
  • Clapham Old Town - Maritime House: c12 Swift some low in private courtyard area - I think this is long established (un-recorded) colony, they nest in the numerous vents in the walls. 8 House Sparrows in Grafton Square round the back (Michael Mac)
  • Clapton Square E5: Peregrine hunting overhead. (Marcus Mitchell)
  • Crayford: 1st-winter Yellow-legged Gull at Viridor recycling centre late a'noon (Richard Bonser)
  • Crossness: 4 Dunlin, 25+ Swift and 2 Wheatear in the paddocks (Richard Bonser)
  • Gladstone Park: Hobby flew over SW corner of park this morning 09:50. (Dan Paling)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - 4 Swift, Grey Heron, m Blackcap. (Samuel Levy)
  • Fulham Reach: 7 Swift (screaming party near inner London nesting site - 1 seen going in) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Harrow: Peregrine perched on crane opposite Morrison’s 07:00-07:10 & again 08:20 (scoped from my house in West Harrow - added to the house year-list!) (Alex Massey)
  • KGV Reservoir: Turnstone, Sanderling am (Neville Smith tweet)
  • Lamorbey Park: 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Peregrine, singing Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, 5 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Jackdaw (Mike Amos)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, Redshank, 5 Swift, Swallow, 2 Sedge Warbler (WWT website)
  • Longfield: 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Wheatear, 2 Buzzard, 15 Skylark, 5 Linnet (Roger Keith)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 9+ Long-tailed Tit 7+ fledglings & 2 parents (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Priest Hill: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Pheasant, 69 Herring Gull (27e 42 w), 1 Kestrel, 6 Swallow (Neil Batten)
  • QE2: Sanderling (Chris Turner)
  • Rainham RSPB: imm Spoonbill target pools & 2 Greenshank c1200 (Howard Vaughan tweet)
  • Richmond Park: 12 male Skylark - a Park-wide survey. A notable decline in territories from last year, especially at the main breeding area which happens to be next to an event 'village' installed for a major running event tomorrow (J.Wilczur) Cyclists will always be put before wildlife in the park, general decline over the years is so sad! Dogs and sports events always come second in all London Parks - Regents Park is only one that has specific bird areas! (Michael Mac) Birds last! 1 fem Whinchat and singing Lesser Whitethroat still (Hugh Bradshaw); m Garden Warbler (S.Read) Worth appealing to owners/authority of Richmond Park to set aside a few wildlife areas for the good of all naturalists in London, and birders too.
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 6 Swift, Cuckoo calling c11am in trees surrounding Top field presumably the same as the Totteridge Bird. (Samuel Levy)
  • Staines Reservoir: Oystercatcher, Sanderling circled north basin then NW toward KGVI Res c0700, Common Sandpiper (Dom Pia tweet); 2 Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover (Dave Kenrick tweet)
  • Stockwell (outside my front door): Common Buzzard soaring high up, 2 Swifts (Michael Mac)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Cuckoo, 8 House Martin collecting mud, Nightingale, 4 Raven (Andrew Self)
  • Ten Acre Woods area: Hobby, f Wheatear, Little Owl, Swallow, 4 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Mistle thrush, 7 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, Little Egret, 5 Song Thrush, Heron, 8 Pheasant (Deiniol Owen)
  • Thamesmead: 1st-winter Caspian Gull off Princess Alice Way early a'noon (Richard Bonser)
  • Totteridge Valley: Cuckoo calling E of path from Long Ponds to Folly Brook, 3 singing Lesser Whitethroat, pair Linnet, 8 Rook plus young seen of Canada Goose, Mallard and Moorhen (John Colmans) 3 Mandarin Duck, 2 Coot, 2 Lapwing (Folly Farm), 31+ Stock Dove, 22 Rook, Goldcrest, 12+ Blackcap, 2f Wheatear one of presumed Greenland race and one of Eurasian (Folly Farm), Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch (Samuel Levy)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Wheatear (f-type) and Reed Bunting (m) rear paddocks, Reed Warbler singing in Bomb Crater Field ditch, 6 Sand Martins Leyton Marsh/canal (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Flats: Hobby, Sparrowhawk, m Pheasant, 3 House Martin, 10 + Swift, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, Willow Warbler (Nick Croft) Male Wheatear (Tony Brown)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Reed Warbler (Nick Croft)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Tern, Little Egret, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Goldcrest, 2 Red-crested Pochard. 52 spp. seen in fairly brief morning visit (Chris Farthing)

Friday 11th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler singing between lower and middle platforms, pair Egyptian Goose filter beds, 10+ Swift (APOG Birders)
  • Ashtead Common: Cuckoo (Jon Agar)
  • Brent Reservoir: Hobby, 5 Common Tern, 3 Reed Warbler, 40 Swift, Garden Warbler 06.00-07.15 (Simon Worsfold)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 10+ Swift, 5+ Swallow, 2 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 10 Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Farthing Downs: Wheatear (John Birkett tweet)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 4 Sand Martin (Mike Paice)
  • Grovelands Park: 3 Little Grebe incl pr, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, m Egyptian Goose, 4 m Mandarin Duck, male Common Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrid, 2 Tufted Duck m f, f Sparrowhawk, imm Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 singing m Song Thrush, 5 m Blackcap, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch pr feeding yng in nest hole, 42 ad Starling flock, 2 Jay courtship feeding (Robert Callf)
  • Hampstead Heath: Red Kite low over Parliament Hill Cafe at 07.35 (Tim Blackburn)
  • Harrow: Peregrine Falcon hunting above Morrisons 9.20am (Dan Pinkham)
  • Lee Valley, Friday Lake: Female Smew still there. Seems to be feeding okay diving regularly and coming up with the occasional fish. Flapped its wings a couple of times, no obvious signs of damage. I guess it just likes it there (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Langridge GP: pair of Shelduck (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Seventy Acres Lake: 1 Hobby early morning, 1 Cuckoo (Mike Oakland)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 2 Redshank, 2 Common Tern, Kestrel, 45 Swift (WWT website)
  • Mile End Park: Sparrowhawk, 5 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap (Charlie Farrell)
  • Millwall Docks: Red Kite north 12.10pm (Sean Huggins)
  • Oxleas Woods (Shooters Hill Cafe lookout): 2 Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard sp, c12 Swifts and c 5 Swallows through (John Reid, Dave Strevens)
  • Panshanger Park: Hobby hunting over small lake ((per Herts BC)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Red Kite, 13 Buzzard - several moving S & SE, Red-legged Partridge still, m Wheatear, m Lesser Whitethroat (J.Wilczur, P.Pentek); Peregrine, Hobby, f Wheatear (Friday Bird Group)
  • St Pauls Cray, The Brook: 1 Kestrel rare here, 2 Canada Goose with goslings (Jack Headley)
  • Sevenoaks WR: Honey-buzzard [Ldn foy] S 0525, BLACK KITE NNW 0515 (Rupert Evershed tweet)
  • Sidcup DA15: Whimbrel over calling 23.13, Dunnock in full song 00.44, Coot circling and calling c01.30, Moorhen over calling 21.30, 3 Red Kite W 1 at 10.06 2 at 10.22, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Peregrine, Swallow N, 10+ Swift (Ian Stewart)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: Sparrowhawk pair circling, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Herring Gull (Neil Batten)
  • Summerstown: 1 Common Whitethroat singing along the River Wandle - none found in nearby Colliers Wood this spring (Keith Bates)
  • Tooting Commons: Peregrine over the lake at 1250 (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 22 Canada Geese & 7 goslings, Mandarin Duck, 21 Mallard & 15 ducklings, Drake Teal, Cormorant, 6 Moorhen & 5 ducklings, 2 Coot, 5 Lapwing (Folly Farm), 55 Stock Dove, 3 Swift, Kestrel, 22 Rook, 3 Swallow, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Common Whitethroat, m Whinchat (Folly Farm), f Wheatear (Folly Farm), 4 Starling, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Linnet; also Yellow Dung fly at Folly Farm (Samuel Levy)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: main gp - 10+ Swift, m White Wagtail beach (Steve Pearce via Herts BC)
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 20+ Swift, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, pr Pochard, Sparrowhaw, Kestrel,(Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Swallow, 20+ Swift, Hobby, Kestrel, Little Egret (Nick Croft/Mike Messenger)
  • Winchmore Hill - Church Hill N21: 2 Swift pr (Robert Callf)
  • St James’s Park: Common Sandpiper horseguards end island c1300 (R Butlin)

Thursday 10th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Swallow N, Peregrine high W, 10+ Swift, 3 Grey Wagtail New River incl recently fledged bird, m Common Whitethroat singing cricket scrub (APOG Birders)
  • Ardleigh Green: Red Kite, Hobby (Paul Hawkins per ELBF FB)
  • Battersea Power Station: Red Kite & 2 Buzzard SW 1130-1230 (Dave Morrison tweet)
  • Blackfen: Red Kite drifted over towards Eltham and A2 9.20am (Eric Brown)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Grebe, 10+ Gadwall, 5-6 Swifts over, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Whitethroats & Blackcaps singing nr dam, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 singing Reed Warblers and 2 Stock Doves (Brent Birders)
  • Canons Farm: 6 Red Kite S/W singly, Sand Martin W am (Steve Gale tweet)
  • Dollis Brook: Kingfisher flew along Dollis Rd from finchley central towards viaduct (Samuel Levy)
  • Eastcote: Field End Rd RG - Red Kite, 2 Blackcap, 2 Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Tim Rymer)
  • Fishers Green Island: incl Cuckoo, 5m Garden Warbler, 2m Nightingale (Gill Price, Andy Reid per ELBF FB)
  • Gallions Reach: Red Kite, Common Buzzard (Kevin J McManus)
  • Greenwich Park: Royal Obs'y - 4 Swifts 1pm (Mel Raw)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Whitethroat old meantime nursery site, Reed Warbler singing in reed bed on river (Richard Green)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 14 Common Tern, 4 Sand Martin, Spotted Flycatcher, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtail (Richard Green)
  • Hackney Marshes: 1 Common Whitethroat singing by red bridge, 1 Little Egret, 2m Gadwall still on Old River [unusual this late in the year here] (Alastair Dent)
  • Hampstead Heath: Reed Warbler h & seen Highgate No1 Pond 18.30 (M E Hill)
  • Heathrow: behind Polar Pk - 1 Hobby, 1 Red Kite, 3 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 singing Skylark (Wendy Marks)
  • KGV Reservoir: pr Common Scoter (Neville Smith per ELBF FB)
  • Leatherhead: Randalls Way - 6 Common Swift, 3 Swallow, 1 House Martin (Neil Batten)
  • Lincoln's Inn Fields: [WC2] 2 Grey Wagtails on lawn (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Lapwing chicks, Common Sandpiper, 16 Swift, Hobby, Yellow Wagtail NE (WWT website)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 2 singing Reed Warblers Bed 3 and Bed 4 - see site page for numbering, singing Grey Wagtail by weir, Green Woodpecker feeding by the stones (Alastair Dent)
  • Mudchute Farm: Common Buzzard circling over paddocks 8.50am (Sean Huggins)
  • Orpington: 9 Red Kite all w inner-primary moult NW 1930 (Stuart Williams tweet)
  • Rainham RSPB: Arctic Tern (Howard Vaughan, Jamie Smith via ELBF FB); 4 Marsh Harrier 2pr, 4 Oystercatcher, pr Ruff, Wood Sandpiper [Ldn foy], 80 Swift (Howard Vaughan et al via ELBF FB); 4 Great Crested Grebe 2pr, 3 Buzzard, 7 Oystercatcher, 3 Dunlin, Greenshank, 60 Common Tern, 4 Hobby, Garden Warbler, Corn Bunting (Martin Jordan per ELBF FB); 3 Cuckoo, 6 Bearded Tit 3pr, 5 Swallow (RSPB per ELBF FB)
  • Richmond Park: 11 Greylag, m Gadwall, Collared Dove W, Kingfisher, 5 Swallow NW, 25+ Swift, 4 Sand Martin (J.Wilczur); Buzzard, Wheatear (N.Jackman); 3 Red Kite, Whinchat (S.Read)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 2 Swift, Kestrel perched on St Paul's Church (Samuel Levy)
  • St James's Park: Common Buzzard getting buzzed relentlessly by Crows then SW at 08:45, 10 Swift N (Frank Nugent); 4 House Martin N 12:30, Grey Wagtail, brood of 6 Mute Swans (Andrew Self)
  • Sevenoaks WR: Hobby over sheepfield evg (Mathew Bournat tweet); 2+ Little Ringed Plover, Garden Warbler, 10+ Swift, Sand Martin, 10+ House Martin, 3+ Swallow, 5 Reed Warbler (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup: [DA15] Red Kite SW 15.05, 15+ Swift W/NW (Ian Stewart)
  • Trent Park: 2 Garden Warbler pr - male wing-shivering before dropping out of sight and reappearing with mate (Robert Callf); Also 3 Garden Warbler ( a pair in bushes near Water Garden and a single singing bird), 5 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Common Buzzard, 2 m Mandarin, 2 Mistle Thrush, Jackdaw(s).( Pete Lowman).
  • Uxbridge: 1 Grey Wagtail on Hale Hamilton factory R Frays - sometimes a breeding site (Roger Dewey)
  • Verulamium Park: 4 Little Egret, 20+ Swift (Andrew Steele via Herts BC)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Lesser Whitethroat singing along Lea Bridge Rd fence of front paddocks (Alastair Dent); Pheasant rear paddocks (JW Davies)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 3 Whimbrel on causeway betw No4 & No5. View from gate. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wandle Creek: Grey Wagtail flew close overhead singing perched very close indicated well hidden nest - 2 years ago nest contents visible from bank but that site not used this year (Michael Mac)
  • Wanstead Flats: m Wheatear, 2 Shelduck, pr Pochard, Egyptian Goose & 3 ducklings, Little Egret, 7 House Martin, 3 Swallow, 10+ Swift, Willow Warbler [willow-chiff songster], 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Hobby, m Yellow Wagtail, 4 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 20+ Swift, singing Reed Warbler, singing Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Common: 3 Red Kite [photos show different birds] & Buzzard over Thatched Cottage (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Red Kite drifted over at 06:20 and again at 06:40, Whitethroat, recently-fledged Grey Wagtail, c50 Swift (Chris Farthing)

Wednesday 9th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Swallow N, 30+ Swift, 3+ Grey Wagtail pr has fledged 1+ yg New R (APOG Birders)
  • Archbishop's Park: Chiffchaff singing (John Colmans)
  • Ardleigh Green: Buzzard, Common Tern, Hobby (Paul Hawkins per ELBF FB)
  • Blackheath Vanbrugh pits: 7 Swifts, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff (Mike Paice)
  • Brent Reservoir: Garden Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, 4 House Martin, 2 Swift, 4 Reed Warbler, 5 Common Tern (Simon Worsfold)
  • Brookmill Park: singing Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap 2f & 1m (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: Cormorant, Red Kite, 8 Swift, 12 Swallow & House Martin N (Steve Gale tweet)
  • Dagenham Chase: 2 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 2 Hobby, Peregrine, 3+ Rook, 2 Sand Martin, 3 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler (per ELBF FB)
  • Deptford high street: 1 Swift (Mike Paice)
  • Dollis Brook, Holders Hill: 7 Swift, 4m Blackcap (Samuel Levy)
  • East Tilbury: [RM18 8RH] Hobby, 2 House Martin, Whitethroat (Richard Green) outside LNHS recording area
  • Eastcote: Field End Rd RG - 4 Swift, 5 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Kestrel, Song Thrush, Greenfinch (Tim Rymer)
  • Farthing Downs: Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Linnet, Yellowhammer (John Birkett tweet)
  • Finchley: gdn N3 - 6 Swift, m Blackcap (Samuel Levy)
  • Foots Cray: 4 Common Swifts apparently back a bit late high over but can they find nesting sites in Ellenborough Estate buildings as in 2016 beside The Meadows (Patrick English)
  • Gallions Reach: Little Ringed Plover, Whimbrel upriver, 8 Swift (Kevin McManus blog)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 13 Common Tern, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Reed Warbler (John Bushell)
  • Grovelands Park: pr Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Egyptian Goose, 2m Mandarin Duck, 8 Tufted Duck 4m 4f, 3 Stock Dove, Swift, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 7 singing m Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 singing m Goldcrest, singing Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper; Large Red Damselfly, Peacock, Comma, 16 Holly Blue, 12 Speckled Wood (Robert Callf)
  • Hall Marsh Scrape: 3 Hobby (Dean Williamson tweet)
  • Harrow: Peregrine calling from roof of Morrison’s (Alex Massey)
  • Hooks Marsh: area - Nightingale singing (Dean Williamson tweet)
  • Lamorbey Park: Little Egret flew in c19.45, 2 prob Sand Martin W (Ian Stewart)
  • Lewisham: 3 Swift over police stn 06.45 (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Lincoln's Inn Fields: [WC2] 1 Goldcrest singing and 1 Chaffinch singing (Hugh Bradshaw)  
  • London Wetland Centre: no sign of Temminck's Stint, Kittiwake main lake then NW, Common Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck, 3 Redshank (WWT tweet); also Snipe, 2 Swallow (WWT website); Buzzard high over reservoir lagoon, c10 Swift, 2 Hobby on islands in wader scrape (Martin Honey)
    Hobby imm. on wader scrape LWC 9.v.2018
  • Mayflower Park: Northern Wheatear on bldg (Bob Smith)  
  • Millwall Park: f Wheatear nr bowling club 8am (Sean Huggins)
  • Putney Heath: Red Kite, Garden Warbler; m Emperor Moth (R.Kaye)
  • Rainham RSPB: 4 Marsh Harrier, Whimbrel, 4 Hobby, Swift, 8 Bearded Tit (RSPB per ELBF FB)
  • Raynes Park: f Sparrowhawk and c10 Swift 2 over 1130 then small screaming group c7-8 heading fast NW 1337 more later possibly same, 3 Collared Dove - breeding pair returning regularly & another chased out, singing m Goldcrest, singing m Coal Tit, 2 Goldfinch, Red Kite circling high 1300-1335; Holly Blue, Brimstone, Large White butterflies - all sightings in/over observer's garden (P. Redmond)
  • Richmond Park: Isabella Plantn - Reed Warbler Peg's Pond, Merlin; Common Pipistrelle (J. Francik)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 4 Swift, Swallow, Mistle Thrush, 2m Blackcap, 2 Nuthatch (Samuel Levy)
  • Rye Meads NR: 7 Hobby hawking over HMWT meadow TL387106 still (Jeff Bailey via Herts BC)
  • St James's Park: 2 Red Kite together drifting SW from 08:30 (Frank Nugent); Coal Tit singing in trees adj to Birdcage Walk 14:45 (HarringayBirder)
  • South Norwood CP: 5 Common Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, c20 Swifts, c10 Swallows through (Paul Moss, Dave Strevens, John Reid)
  • Southwark Park: 5 Red-crested Pochard 4m 1f (Janet Cadera)
  • Stave Hill/Russia Dock Woodland: pr Mistle Thrush, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 1 House Martin (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Tooting Commons: Red Kite W 10:00 (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Trent Park: 2 Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel, 9 singing Blackcap, 3 singing Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Swallow, 5 Stock Dove, Pied Wagtail, 3 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush (Pete Lowman)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: singing Garden Warbler main gp (Alan Gardiner via Herts BC); Red Kite, Hobby (Steve Blake via Herts BC)
  • Whitechapel: tube stn eastbound platform - Yellow Wagtail scolding a crow
  • Wimbledon Common: singleton Sand Martin c4.19pm over Thatched Cottage (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Peregrine, Whitethroat, Little Egret, 2 Red-crested Pochard (Chris Farthing)
  • Worcester Park: Buzzard S over observers garden (Bob Smith)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Swallow, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Jay, 1 Kestrel, c20 Blackcap, c10 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2+ Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Linnet, 2 Little Egret over (David Lindo, Charlie Farrell)

Tuesday 8th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite SE 0940, 12+ Swift, Greylag, Jackdaw (APOG Birders)
  • Amwell NR: Gt Hardmead L - 2 Oystercatcher flew from viewpoint toward stanstead lock, Cuckoo calling, 3 Hobby (Chris Holtby via Herts BC); 4 Common Tern gt hardmead lake (Jenny Sherwen via Herts BC)
  • Battersea Park: Red Kite W 5pm, 2 Great Black-backed Gull barge on river, Swallow, Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap singing, 5 Gadwall [down by 95 per cent], 2m Pochard, pr Greylag chased by Canada Goose, Grey Heron egg laid on metal grill on raft, Great Crested Grebe on nest at 3rd site attempt, m Mandarin on its own - f could be on nest (Michael Mac)
  • Canons Farm: 2 Red Kite, 6 Swift (Steve Gale tweet)
  • Dagenham: 2 Red Kite, Kestrel, Hobby (Alan Shearman per ELBF FB)
  • Dungeon Hill: Whinchat pm (Graham Hill via DHSW blog)
  • Eastcote: Field End RG - Swallow, 7 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Collared Dove, Jackdaw, Song Thrush (Tim Rymer)
  • Enfield: Salmon's Brook Horse fields - 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Peregrine 5pm (E.Sapatsch) Records collator - This is a Vicarage Farm record - R Callf
  • Finchley: gdn N3 - 6 Swift, m Blackcap, Goldcrest, Common Buzzard NE, Hobby E 19:52 (Samuel Levy)
  • Finchley Central: Avenue T/C - 12 Swift, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite NW 18:55 (Samuel Levy)
  • Forest Gate: Stn - Grey Wagtail singing (Wanstead Birding tweet)
  • Gallions Reach: Little Ringed Plover, 2 Swallow (Kevin McManus tweet)
  • Hampstead Heath: Reed Warbler Highgate No1 Pond (MBS walk following alert from Dave Porritt)
  • Heathrow: 2 Swallow, 2 Wheatear evg (Paul Lewis tweet)
  • Hertingfordbury: COMMON CRANE fairly low N over Lower Hatfield Rd nr Riverside Gdn Centre TL314111 toward Panshanger Pk c1235 (Stuart Reynolds via Herts BC/Herts BN tweet)
  • Hillingdon: Hospital - 1 Peregrine perched on comms. aerial on roof of 7-storey tower block. It called & stretched a wing but remained perched, also 1 Grey Wagtail. (Roger Dewey)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Common Tern, 2 Cuckoo mf, 8 Swallow (Dave McGough per ELBF FB)
  • London Wetland Centre: Temminck's Stint still present view from Peacock Tower looking back on islands in front of Headley Hide; still present 13:30 showing well fr WWF Hide, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern, Green Sandpiper (WWT website/WWT London tweets); Yellow-legged Gull 3cy, 55 Lesser Black-backed Gull mostly adults and including an intermedius, 370+ Herring Gull (J.Wilczur); 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Martin Honey et al.); 2 Buzzard over, Hobby thru (Jonathan Nasir tweet)
  • London Zoo: 26 Swift (Sam Jones)
  • Mayflower Park: 5 Reed Warbler territories (Bob Smith)
  • Oxleas Woods SE9 1YG: Redstart f in garden bird bath seen via garden CCTV (John Reid)
  • Polhill: Red Kite flying low nr Garden Centre 18:30 (Jack Headley tweet)
  • Rainham RSPB: 15 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Wheatear (Andy Tweed per ELBF FB); 2m Cuckoo, 6 Hobby, m Garden Warbler, Corn Bunting (Howard Vaughan via ELBF FB)
  • Raynes Park: Grey Heron E parallel with Coombe Ln c1000, 2 Swallows W at 1845, 2 Collared Dove (P. Redmond)
  • Richmond Park: Curlew landed briefly (J.Few)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 2 Swift, 3m Blackcap (Samuel Levy)
  • Rye Meads NR: 9 Hobby over HMWT meadow 1355 (Jenny Sherwen tweet)
  • St James's Park: Common Sandpiper on Duck Is south side (Frank Nugent); Grey Wagtail (Tom Jordan)
  • Southwark Park: 5 Red-crested Pochard 4m 1f (John Cadera)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 6 Black-necked Grebe 3 at e end of s basin & 3 at w end of n basin, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing, 1 Peregrine male bathing, Hobby over (Ken Purdey, Franko J Maroevic)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 12 Common Swift hawking insects over The Glade pm (Neil Batten)
  • Tooting Commons: Red Kite W 1105 (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Trent Park: Mother Shipton (Robert Callf) ???? Moth I would assume (G J Francis) Well, it wouldn't be the witch - she has long departed this world - R Callf
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: pr Shelduck on sand spit (Tytt GP tweet); 2 Hobby & 2+ Yellow Wagtail main pit (Rupert Evershed tweet)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Whimbrel (TG per W'stow Birders)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Hobby over (Josephine Wheeler tweet)
  • Wimbledon Common: 2 Red Kite c11.15am circling high to sw of Common (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Sandpiper, Whitethroat, Red-crested Pochard (Chris Farthing)

Monday 7th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Black Redstart female filter bed 4 and on roof until 1030 at least, Linnet heard, 2 Swift, Greylag (APOG Birders)
  • Amwell NR: Cuckoo low over viewpt (Allan Meadows via Herts BC)
  • Brent Reservoir: pr Little Ringed Plover, now 8 Common Terns, 5-6 House Martins at West Hendon colony (Roy Beddard, via phonecall)
  • Brockley Nature Reserve: Sparrowhawk, singing Chiffchaff (Keith Chambers)
  • Canons Farm: incl 3 Buzzard, Skylark, 4 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 4 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 7 Linnet, Yellowhammer (Ian Ward per CFBW blog)
  • Cassiobury Park: 2 Whitethroat singing in reserve by rigby club (Ralph Darvill tweet/WWT website)
  • Clapham Common: southside - 5 Swift (Alex Bailey)
  • Clissold Park: 2 Swift (Rhys Evans)
  • Copped Hall Estate: 11 Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Cuckoo, 4 Linnet, 5 Yellowhammer, 8 Common Whitethroat, 9 Red-legged Partridge; 8 Hares (Chris Baldwin)
  • Finchley: gdn N3 - 6 Swift, m Blackcap, Grey Heron W, Swallow E (Samuel Levy)
  • Fishers Green: 3+ Nightingale at least 3 singing, Willow Warbler singing, Garden Warbler 3 singing, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, 5 Common Buzzard; Banded Demoiselle, Hairy Dragonfly, (Shailesh Patel, Bob Husband, NW London RSPB Group)
  • Fishpond Wood LNR: Garden Warbler, 4+ singing Blackcap, 4+ singing Song Thrush (P. Davies, P. Redmond)
  • Gallions Reach: Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Tern downriver 0835, 10 Common Tern, 2 Sand Martin, Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat (Gary James via EBwS BN)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 14 Common Tern, 3 Sand Martin, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtail (John Bushall)
  • Hampton: gdn TW12 - Raven [confirmed by call] seen in trees behind Sainsburys, mobbed by crows and magpies. Flew off towards Hanworth 1450. (Huw Williams)
  • Hampstead Heath: Hobby calling from tree (Klemens Felder)
  • Hogsmill Open Space: 2 Treecreeper, Kingfisher, 3+ Whitethroat, 3m Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail and Common Buzzard NE (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Kelvedon Hatch: Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, Cuckoo calling at Navestock boundary 1015 (David Jobbins via EBwS BN)
  • KGV Res: Turnstone on buoy (Neville Smith tweet)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 2 Red-crested Pochard w collection birds, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, Common Tern, Wheatear, Buzzard NW (WWT website); Hobby over 1200 (T Donegan, Lucas Donegan Huertas); Temminck's Stint main lake fr WWT hide late-pm (Simon D, Jake Klavins)
  • Longfield: 1 Red Kite (Roger Keith)
  • Mayflower Park Wetlands: 1-2 Whitethroat, m Blackcap, 4+ Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff; 2 Red-Eared Sliders (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Morden Hall Park: 20+ Swift screaming at 11:30 for 2min then gone (James Hudson)
  • Palmers Green: Common Buzzard low over River Ave 12:44, mobbed by crows then E (Katy McGilvray)
  • Purfleet: Marsh Harrier ad m, Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull 3cy, Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Little Tern, 8 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Cuckoo, Barn Owl, 5 Hobby, Peregrine, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Corn Bunting (Fraser Simpson tweet)
  • Rainham RSPB: 4 Marsh Harrier 2pr, 2 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, Curlew, 2 Ruff, 12 Hobby, Peregrine, 4m Cuckoo, 6 Swallow, Garden Warbler (Howard Vaughan et al via ELBF FB); also f Wheatear foreshore (HarringayBirder tweet)
  • Raynes Park: Mute Swan W over Coombe Lane 1939 (P. Redmond)
  • Richmond Park: 9 Greylag, m Gadwall, 4m Red-crested Pochard attempting to mate with f Common Pochard, Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Tern, Collared Dove high N, 2 Sand Martin, m Wheatear, m Sedge Warbler (Richmond Park Bird Group); Red-legged Partridge still (P Pentek)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Sandwich Tern fr draper hide (Roger Cave via Herts BC)
  • Sevenoaks WR: Kingfisher, 2 Sand Martin (per Susanna Clerici via Kent OS)
  • Staines Reservoir: Black-necked Grebe s basin, 3 Oystercatcher am (Dom Pia tweet)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, Peregrine, Cuckoo, 2 Stonechat, Grasshopper Warbler, 9 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Raven; 2 Clouded Yellow & 2 Wall Brown butterflies (Andrew Self, John & Janet Cadera); 1 Red Kite, 3 Little Egret; 6 Speckled Wood & Comma butterflies (Roger Keith)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Cormorant, 4 Sparrowhawk, 3 Red Kite, 11 Common Buzzard, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Stock Dove, Swift, Kestrel, Hobby, 22 Rook, 16+ Swallow, 8+ House Martin, singing Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, 12 Chiffchaff, 14 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Common Whitethroat, 2 Whinchat m&f owl_field, 9 Starling, m Reed Bunting, Linnet, Mandarin Duck, Teal (Totteridge Valley Birders)
  • Trent Park: 8 singing Blackcap, Common Buzzard, 6 Swallow, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, Stock Dove(s), Sparrowhawk, Garden Warbler, 3 m Mandarin, Pied Wagtail, G V white, Speckled Wood. Common Blue, Orange Tip, Peacock. ( Pete Lowman ).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: main gp - Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Tern, pr White Wagtail am (Rupert Evershed tweet); 5+ Garden Warbler (Rupert Evershed via Herts BC)
  • Wanstead Flats: Common Sandpiper alex, Hobby over osw, Peregrine over cricket scrubs, Willow Warbler long wd incorporating chiffchaff into song (James Heal tweet)
  • Wimbledon Common: Common Buzzard, 2m Firecrest, 4+ singing Blackcap and 4+ singing Song Thrush (P. Davies & P. Redmond)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Sandpiper, Whitethroat (Chris Farthing); 1 Swift, 2 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin (Alastair Rae)
  • Worcester Park: Whitethroat and 1 probable Linnet on horse fields (Isaiah Rowe); Peregrine Falcon over (Bob Smith); 10 Swift high W over gdn (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Swift briefly, c17 singing Blackcap, c5 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 1 pair Green Woodpecker & 4 Linnet 2 pairs (David Lindo)

Sunday 6th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: m Greenland Wheatear filter bed 3, 3 Sand Martin, 3 Swift, m Common Whitethroat singing from hawthorn NW perimeter playing fields (APOG Birders)
  • Amwell NR: Redshank below viewpt pm (Beck Davies tweet)
  • Banstead Woods: incl 2 Red Kite N 0945, 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Swallow, 12 Chiffchaff, 22 Blackcap 21 singers, 4 Whitethroat, 6 Nuthatch, Treecreeper (David Campbell et al via CFBW blog)
  • Battersea Power Station: Common Sandpiper on jetty (Dave Morrison tweet)
  • Berrylands: 2 Common Buzzard drifted W at 18:55, Sparrowhawk mobbed by Starlings (Nick Tanner)
  • Canons Farm: incl 4 Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Skylark, m Wheatear poultry field still, 7 Whitethroat, 8 Linnet, 3 Yellowhammer (David Campbell et al via CFBW blog)
  • Cornmill Meadows: Cuckoo, 4 Garden Warbler, Shelduck, singing Reed Warbler, Blackcap, singing m Reed Bunting; foreshore 2 Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, 2 Egyptian Goose. Count 30. (Richard Green, John Bushall, Conrad Ellam, et al)
  • Crayford Marshes: 15 Shelduck, 3 Gadwall, Little Egret, Kestrel, Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, Redshank, Greenshank, Cuckoo, 3 Skylark, 5 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Linnet, Greenfinch (Mike Paice)
  • Gallions Reach: Buzzard, 2 Common Sandpiper, 'Mediterranean Gull 2s, 18 Common Tern, 7 Arctic Tern, Swallow, Wheatear (Gary James via EBwS BN)
  • Hampstead Heath: Red Kite N at 12:12, 2 Common Buzzards over (Pete Mantle)
  • Harold Hill: Barn Swallow N low over HH Bowls Club 10:00 (G J Francis)
  • Honor Oak Park SE23: Brockley NR: Buzzard flying over SE harrassed by 2 Carrion Crow. (P Francis)
  • Hornsey: 2 Hobby towards Muswell Hill 1845 (Bruce Carson per Bob Watts)
  • Kew Gardens: Cuckoo calling (Neil Oldham tweet)
  • KGV Res: Little Tern south basin 6-7pm (A.Middleton)
  • London Wetland Centre: m Shoveler, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail N (WWT website); 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern (Shailesh Patel)
  • Loughton: Common Buzzard over R Roding (Keith Chambers)
  • Mudchute Farm: f Whinchat (Sean Huggins)
  • New Malden: Common Buzzard, seen off towards Kingston by a couple of crows (Colin Williams)
  • Palmers Green: 3 Swifts E over River Ave 12:45 (Katy McGilvray)
  • Panshanger Park: Hobby, Cuckoo (Keith Smith via Herts BC)
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Marsh Harrier, 14+ Hobby, 3 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, 3 Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Turnstone, Iceland Gull, 10 commic tern, 2 Cuckoo, Corn Bunting (Tom Jordan)
  • Richmond Park: Yellow Wagtail over (S.Woolfenden)
  • Rye Meads RSPB; 14+ Hobby fr draper hide most feeding high (Toby Spall)
  • Sevenoaks WR: 4 Shelduck, Kingfisher, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Reed Warbler, 2 Bullfinch (per Susanna Clerici via Kent OS)
  • Staines Moor: 3 Garden Warbler by boardwalk & in moor, 3+ Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Tufted Duck R Colne, Little Egret, 3 Redshank, Kingfisher (B & J Francik); 2 Little Egret, 2 Red Kite, 5 Buzzard, Common Tern, 2 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, Kingfisher (Robert Martin tweet); also 2 Lapwing, 3 Little Egret, 1+ Common Tern, 5 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 6 Reed Bunting, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Lee Dingain tweet)
  • Staines Reservoir: Red Kite, Buzzard, Raven (Roy Weller per KJM)
  • Stanwell Moor: Little Owl, Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler (Dom Pia tweet); 2+ Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 6 Whitethroat (Robert Martin tweet)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: first 2 Common Swift of returning breeding birds (Neil Batten)
  • Thames Chase: Tawny Owl (Keith Chambers)
  • Totteridge Valley: Belmont Fm - 2 Egyptian Geese, Red-legged Partridge, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 5 Common Buzzard, 3 Coot 2 w yg Long Pond & 1 Angel Pond late-pm, Lapwing N 08:05, 27 Stock Dove, 3 Swift, 2 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 10+ Swallow, 2 Goldcrest, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Mistle Thrush, 5 Pied Wagtail (Samuel Levy)
  • Town Park, Enfield: imm Cormorant, m Common Pochard, m Tufted Duck, 10 Coot incl brood of six chicks, singing Goldcrest (Robert Callf)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Greenshank main pit 0820 (Rick Flesher tweet)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: patch count day best birds - Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, Common Tern, 2 Linnet, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, Whitethroat. Final tally 57 species. Thanks to all who helped. (Chris Farthing et al)
  • Worcester Park: 2 Linnets on horse fields (Bob Smith)

Saturday 5th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Budgerigar tunnel basin (James Palmer); m Gadwall wood green res mid-pm, m Common Whitethroat (Gareth Richards per Bob Watts), f Wheatear playing fields am (Alan Gibson per Bob Watts)
  • Banstead Woods: incl Buzzard, Whitethroat, 4 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Bullfinch (David Campbell et al via CFBW blog)
  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Egyptian Goose, Lapwing, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Common Tern, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 13 Reed Warbler (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Swift, Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: incl 4 Skylark, 10 Whitethroat, Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, m Wheatear poultry field, 2 Bullfinch, 9 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer (David Campbell et al via CFBW blog)
  • Clapham Old Town: Sparrowhawk flying at noon. Like Michael Mac seen no swifts here yet.
  • Claybury Woods & Park: 5 Buzzard (per ELBF FB)
  • Crouch End: Swift from Maynard Arms beer garden 1900 (Bob Watts)
  • Enfield: gdn EN3 Hobby over 1930 (Brian Dawton)
  • Ewell: 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Common Whitethroat in the grounds of DW Fitness pm (Neil Batten)
  • Finchley: gdn N3 - 35 Stock Dove N, Coal Tit, m Blackcap, 2 Common Buzzard N, Collared Dove, 2 Swift S, Kestrel, 2 Nuthatch (Samuel Levy)
  • Finsbury Park: Swifts are back on patch on usual date (G Sawtell)
  • Hampstead Heath: Reed Warbler singing at High No.1 (Pete Mantle)
  • Hyde Park: Wheatear on the Parade Ground briefly at 7am (Dave Jordan)
  • KGV Reservoir: 2 Hobby (Neville Smith per ELBF FB)
  • Lambeth: Psychiatric Hospital - 20 House Sparrows, old Swift boxes on hospital building - Starling taking food in and also used by sparrows, don't know if ever used by Swifts but erected for them. Still no Swifts at established nest sites in Clapham Old Town so far (Michael Mac)
  • Lamorbey Park: 4 Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, 3 Stock Dove, 4+ singing Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, singing Goldcrest (Mike Amos)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 4 Redshank, Sparrowhawk displaying, Buzzard NW, 2 Common Tern, Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail NE, 11 Reed Bunting (WWT website); 1 Common Sandpiper (Shailesh Patel)
  • Nazeing: Harolds Park Farm and surrounds. 10 Buzzard, 4 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2m Wheatear, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Cuckoo, 7 Yellowhammer 1 singing, 4 Linnet, 11 Red-legged Partridge; 5 Hares (Chris Baldwin) 
  • North Finchley: 3 Swift N mid-am (John Colmans)
  • North Weald Flood Meadows LNR: North Weald Common - m Turtle Dove, m Cuckoo (Martin Redfern per ELBF FB)
  • Norwood: High St - 2 House Sparrows taking food into nest on house and c5 birds in bushes (Michael Mac)
  • Orpington: 1 Hobby over town centre 13:20 (Jo East)
  • Pinner: The Croft Park - Green Woodpecker, Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, Coal Tit, 4 Swift circling - seen for the first time this year (Nigel Barratt)
  • Ponders End Lake: Black-tailed Godwit flew off S 12:15, Oystercatcher (A.Middleton)
  • Priest Hill: 1 singing Yellowhammer, 1 Rook w, 1 Reed Warbler, 9 Common Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Buzzard w, 1 Swallow. Also late report of a Hoopoe present on 12 April (Neil Batten)
  • Rainham RSPB: Greenshank aveley bay, 3 Arctic Tern stone barges, 4 Hobby wennington (Sean Huggins tweet); second-summer Iceland Gull, 2 first-summer Caspian Gull, second-summer Yellow-legged Gull, 7+ Hobby, 11 Common Buzzard, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Cuckoo, Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear, Corn Bunting (Dante Shepherd)
  • Richmond Park: Tree Pipit (flyover calling) (Alex Bailey)
  • Rickney's Quarry nr Hertford: pr Grey Partridge (Laurence Drummond via Herts BC)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: 5 Hobby hawking insects over reserve (Roland Power via Herts BC)
  • Sevenoaks WR: 2 Shelduck, Little Grebe, 5 Little Ringed Plover, Swallow, 6 Reed Warbler, 6 Garden Warbler, Grey Wagtail (per Susanna Clerici via Kent OS)
  • Sewardstone: Grasshopper Warbler 08:00, Cuckoo, Willow Warbler (Martin Shepherd)
  • Southwark Park: 5 Red-crested Pochard 4m 1f, 1 Stock Dove, pr Tufted Duck, pr Herring Gull (John Cadera)
  • Staines Reservoir: Black-necked Grebe, Oystercatcher early-am (Dom Pia tweet)
  • Stave Hill: f Sparrowhawk, 4 Tufted Duck, 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff (John Cadera & Richard Page-Jones) 
  • Surrey Water: 2 Common Tern, 2 House Martin, 18 Tufted Duck, pr Lesser Black-backed Gull (John Cadera & Richard Page-Jones)
  • Thorndon CP: n section - 4 Grey Heron, Buzzard, Cuckoo nr childerditch pond, Garden Warbler (David Dunn via EBwS BN)
  • Totteridge Valley: 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Common Whitethroat, 2 Teal, Reed Bunting (Ian Ellis)2 Rook,Hobby,Common Buzzard,Red Kite,2 Treecreeper plus 2 Beefly(LNHS Walk)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Greenshank e warwick early-am (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Walton: 2 Little Ringed Plover, Wheatear (Chris Turner tweet)
  • Wanstead Flats: 1-2 Red Kite, 4 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Rook W then S, Willow Warbler, Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Swift, singing Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 2 Linnet, 2 Shelduck (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: pr Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 5 Little Grebe, Reed Warbler, singing Reed Bunting, 4 Swift (Wanstead Birders)

Friday 4th May 2018Edit

  • Ardleigh Green: 2 Common Tern (Paul Hawkins per ELBF FB)
  • Bexley: [DA5] Garden Warbler singing nr Pelham Cottages, Buzzard over Upper College Farm, 6+ Swallow, 21+ Blackcap, 11+ Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler singing Upper College Farm, 10+ Chiffchaff, 2 Skylark, 2 Bullfinch Braeburn Park covered areas from Riverside Road to Crayford station on south side of railway (Ian Stewart)
  • Coopers Green Lane: Hobby (Keith Smith via Herts BC)
  • Cowley: 2 Swift (Roger Dewey)  
  • Crayford Marshes: 9 Shelduck, 2 (1pr) Gadwall, 1m Sparrowhawk, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-headed Gull, 2nd summer Iceland Gull, 2 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Blackcap, 5 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chaffinch, 5 Linnet, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting (Mike Paice)  
  • Crossness: Little Egret, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Redshank, 2 Lapwing, 3 Arctic Tern, 10 Common Tern, Sand Martin, 4 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Reed Warbler, 4 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 6 Linnet, Reed Bunting (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)  
  • Dalston: Swift (Jon Agar)
  • Edgwarebury: 2 Lapwing - female defending unseen young from predators, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, m Kestrel, Common Whitethroat singing, Lesser Whitethroat singing, Blackcap singing, Skylark singing (Fay Broom, Bob Husband)
  • Elthorne Waterside: R Brent - Red Kite over 11.05, 5 Swallows N (Phil Belman) [new site for LNHS gazetteer TQ156791] It's TQ1578, main ringing area is bramble and thin scrub on old landfill. (PB)
  • Fairlop Waters: f Whinchat, f Wheatear (Dan Barrett tweet)
  • Fishers Green Island: Nightingale singing (Simon Papps)
  • Gallions Reach: ad Kittiwake upriver am (Kevin McManus tweet)
  • Hammersmith: St Peter’s Sq W6 - Blackcap clearly visible and singing (George Webber)
  • Holly Hill Farm: 2m Yellowhammer (Robert Callf)
  • Hooks Marsh: singing Garden Warbler (Simon Papps)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 2 Buzzard W 0910, 4 Redshank, Common Tern, 2 Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear marsh (WWT website); 2 Hobby W 1030, Wheatear f (Shailesh Patel); 4 Wheatear 3m 1f on W edge of grazing marsh (Martin Honey)
  • Mayflower Park: 3 Common Whitethroat territories, 3 Reed Warbler territories (Bob Smith)
  • Motspur Park: Common Buzzard N (Bob Smith)
  • Natural History Museum: Wildlife Garden - 1 Lesser Whitethroat first for the site (Joe Beale)
  • Northolt: Red Kite circling 1030 (Deiniol Owen)
  • Orchard Estate: [SE13] 7 Swallow w 08.00-08.15 (Conrad Ellam)
  • Oxleas Wood: 3 Kestrel, 2 Common Buzzard, Common Whitethroat, 4 Goldfinch, 5 Blackcap, 5 Stock Dove, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Coal Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Jackdaw, Sparrowhawk, 2 Swallow, 2 Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Grey Heron, Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper (Ron Turner)
  • Pimlico Gardens: Yellow-legged Gull 3cy, 12 Great Black-backed Gulls, 50 Black-headed Gulls E, Common Sandpiper; Common Seal downriver (N.P.Senior)
  • Rainham RSPB: 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 3 Oystercatcher, 9 Whimbrel, Snipe, Greenshank, 2 Common Tern, Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 3 Hobby, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear (per ELBF FB)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Common Sandpiper (M.Lewis); Red-legged Partridge, Hobby, Red Kite, 2 Wheatear (P Pentek)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard, 2 Lapwing, pr Kestrel pylon, 7 Hobby all in 15min fr c/p late-am (RSPB tweet)
  • Seventy Acres Lake: Hobby, 6+ Common Tern, 2 Cuckoo 1 singing, 7+ singing Reed Warbler, 4+ singing Sedge Warbler, singing Willow Warbler (Simon Papps)
  • Staines Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin (Dom Pia tweet)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 5 Chiffchaff, 17 Common Whitethroat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 12 Greylag Goose inc pr w yg, 15 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Stonechat m, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Canada Goose, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 8 Linnet, 12 Shelduck, 1 Hobby, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Wheatear, 7 Gadwall, 1 Grey Heron; reptiles - Grass Snake, 1 Lizard; butterflies - 5 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Brimstone. 09.00-13.00 (Roger Keith)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: m Teal, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, 2 Coot & 5yg, 52 Stock Dove, Kestrel, 22 Rook, 9 Swallow inc 6N, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Common Whitethroat, 67+ Starling, 2 Linnet; also 2 Fox, and plenty of Orange Tip. (Samuel Levy)
  • Tufnell Park: 5 Swifts 2 and then a flight of 3 c0830 (Francis Tusa); 5 Swift over Huddleston Rd at 19:00 (Reuben Braddock)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs and Willows Farm: fishing lake - Oystercatcher; main gp - 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4+ Common Tern, Hobby, 3 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, f White Wagtail; willows fm - Little Owl, Wheatear (per Herts BC)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 4 Shelduck, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Linnet, 8 Swift (Chris Farthing)

Thursday 3rd May 2018Edit

  • Aldenham CP: Common Sandpiper yacht club (Paul Lewis via Herts BC)
  • Alexandra Park: m Greenland Wheatear filter beds, Swallow, Greylag (APOG Birds)
  • Barnes Waterside pond: new brood Mallard, 2 Reed Warbler, singing Cetti's Warbler, singing Blackcap; 2m Brimstone, Holly Blue (Neil Anderson) NA - is this the pond in the 'wildlife corridor' at grid ref TQ2283077456 ?
  • Canons Farm: 8 Wheatear, Grey Wagtail (Steve Gale per CFBW blog)
  • Crayford Marshes: m Wheatear, Corn Bunting, 18 Reed Warbler, Little Owl, 25 Common Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, 5 Blackcap, 14 Common Tern, 3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff (Kev Jarvis)
  • Croxley Common Moor: 8 Whitethroat (Geoff Lapworth via Herts BC)
  • Croxley Green: Cuckoo over New Rd calling 0740 (Geoff Lapworth via Herts BC)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 5 Egyptian Geese 3juv [prob first confirmed breeding here], 3 Kestrel, Peregrine, 10+ Swallow, 5+ Whitethroat, singing Cetti’s Warbler [first such record in breeding season], Treecreeper (Ian Stewart)
  • Gallions Reach: Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, House Martin (Kevin J McManus)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park; 3 Common Tern, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff (John Bushell)
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Swallow through, 2 Garden Warblers, pr Sparrowhawks, 2 Redpoll, House Martin, 1 Common Buzzard over, Swifts (Joe Beale)
  • Heathrow: 5 Wheatear evg (Paul Lewis tweet)
  • KGV Reservoir: 3 Arctic Tern, 1 Little Ringed Plover on causeway, 34+ Common Tern, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 80+ Swift, singing Garden Warbler, plenty of all hirundine. 6.30-7.30am (Davey Leach)
  • Lakeside, Enfield: [EN2] 8 Moorhen pair and six chicks (Robert Callf)
  • Leatherhead: Randalls Way - 1 House Martin, 1 Blackcap, 1 Common Buzzard. 1 Red Kite high w 16:20 (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck & 4 Redshank wader scrape, Common Sandpiper reservoir lagoon, 2 Mediterranean Gull & 2 Common Tern main lake, Garden Warbler & Lesser Whitethroat wildside, 2 Whinchat & Wheatear grazing marsh (WWT website)
  • Mitcham Common: 3 Common Buzzards one displaying, Garden Warbler g/c, 7 Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, 3 Swift, 4 Swallow, Kestrel (Michael Mac)
  • Motspur Park: Peregrine on gas holders - non-breeding bird (Bob Smith)
  • Olympic Park: c5 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Charlie Farrell)
  • Pinner: The Croft Park - 2 Coal Tit, 2 Greenfinch, Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, Green Woodpecker, Ring-necked Parakeet, single Jackdaw [unusual for park] (Nigel Barratt)
  • Primrose Hill: pr Tufted Duck N 0705, 2 Stock Dove NW, Swift SE, Jackdaw S commuting to Inner Ldn from Hampstead Heath 0720, 2 Swallow W 0645, House Martin S prob local, Wheatear low N 0700, Linnet low W 0715 - vismig 0530-0730 (Twitter)
  • Rainham Village: 2 Swift, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Sparrowhawk, Long-tailed Tit, Blackcap (Richard Harrison)
  • Regent's Park: Hobby foy SE down lake 1050, 2 House Martin over playing fields mid-am [prob local returnees], Garden Warbler Ready Money Fountain plant'n [area 28] east side 0950, Spotted Flycatcher in leaf yd wd [a40] 0850 (Twitter)
  • Richmond Park: Red Kite, Common Sandpiper, 9 Common Tern, Grey Wagtail, 2f Wheatear incl 1 Greenland type, 5 Swift, Sand Martins using nest bank, young Grey Herons leaving the nest, m Gadwall, 4+ Buzzard 2+pr displaying, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Little Owl (Friday Group, P.Redmond, P.Pentek, S.Read)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 3 Common Buzzard, Swallow w, 2 Hobby, 2-3 Raven circling and gaining height before heading N, Sparrowhawk W, Moorhen & 5yg Sheep Wash Pond, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap (Samuel Levy)
  • Sevenoaks WR: 4 Grey Heron & 4yg, 6 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 10 House Martin, 4 Reed Warbler, 4 Garden Warbler (per Susanna Clerici via Kent OS)
  • South Harrow: Swifts returned for the summer (Michael Robinson)
  • Staines Moor: Hobby, 2 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, Garden Warbler by boardwalk, 4 Whitethroat (Jim Sweetland tweet)
  • Stocker's Lake: incl Cuckoo h colne side, 8 Swift, 6 Swallow (Steve Carter via Herts BC)
  • Swaines Green: incl Red Kite, Kestrel, Skylark, 5 Swallow, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch (Roger Emmens per ELBF FB)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 3 Red-legged Partridge, Marsh Harrier, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Nightingale, Yellow Wagtail, 13 Cetti's Warbler, 29 Reed Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 19 Common Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Raven (Andrew Self)
  • Tottenham Marshes: f Whinchat (J.Murray); 2 Whinchat m & f in n section, singing Lesser Whitethroat 1.20pm (Davey Leach).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 3 Swallow, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Linnet incl 2 males in 'owl' field, 3 Teal at Darlands [very late],4 Tufted Duck 2pr at Long Ponds, plus pr Coot & 2yg, Buzzard, 7 Rook, Bullfinch, plus common warblers (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 5m Mandarin Duck lower lake, 2 Tufted Duck m f, 2 Stock Dove pr, Green Woodpecker, 3 Common Whitethroat incl pr nest building, Garden Warbler singing m, 6 Blackcap 5m f, 5 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch pr (Robert Callf)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 2 Wheatear horse paddocks (David Booth via Herts BC)
  • Undisclosed site: 4 singing Firecrest (R.Kaye) NB This is a Schedule One species.
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Red Kite, 2 Arctic Terns, 2 Wheatears (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Tree Pipit brooms (Marco Johnson); 4 Swalllow, House Martin, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, singing Reed Bunting, Linnet, 3 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 singing Reed Warbler (Nick Croft)
  • West Norwood Cemetery: Red Kite circling 11:05, 2 House Martin, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 singing Blackcap, singing Coal Tit (Michael Mac)
  • Wimbledon Common: 1f Kestrel stooping, 1 each of Buzzard and Red Kite over Thatched Cottage (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Peregrine, 2 Linnet, 18 Swift (Chris Farthing) 
  • Woodoaks Farm: Wheatear main track, 6 Linnet rubble heap (Geoff Lapworth via Herts BC)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: c8 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 2 Swallow, 1 Mute Swan over (Charlie Farrell)

Wednesday 2nd May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Male Greenland Wheatear briefly 0815 flew from fence into filter bed 3 and not seen again, 5 Swallow and Sand Martin Wood Green Res, Greylag playing fields (APOG Birders)
  • Amwell NR: 8 Arctic Tern flew low over Gt Hardmead L viewpt during shower then NW 1535 (Anders Gray via Herts BC)
  • Bankside SE1: Reed Warbler in birches by Tate Community Garden, 2 Blackcap m f, 1 Chiffchaff singing, Grey Heron by ponds in garden 13:30 (Reuben Braddock)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Arctic Tern at 05:40 for a few minutes, 2 Hobby together at 06:15, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Reed Warbler, male Reed Bunting, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 48 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 8 Common Whitethroat, 33 House Martin, 12 Swift, 11 Barn Swallow (Magnus Andersson, Simon Worsfold)
  • Brookmill Park: 3 singing Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Whimbrel, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Tern, 2 Blackcap, 10 Common Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, Oystercatcher, 3 Cetti's Warbler. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Dollis Brook, Holders Hill: 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 3 Cormorant low S 07:04, Grey Heron upriver 07:07. (Samuel Levy)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - m Garden Warbler, m Blackcap, 6 Stock Dove, 2 Starling (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 9 Common Tern, Sparrowhawk, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Reed Warbler (John Bushell)
  • Grovelands Park: 3 Little Grebe incl one pr, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Greylag Goose, Egyptian Goose, 3 m Mandarin Duck, f Mallard & 2 ducklings, 3 Common Pochard 2m f, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20+ Barn Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail pr, 3 Song Thrush incl two singing males, Mistle Thrush, 3 Blackcap 2m f, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest singing male, f Greenfinch carrying nesting material (Robert Callf)
  • Guildhall, City of London: 2 m mallard on ornamental pond outside main entrance (Simon Robinson)
  • Hampstead Heath: 10 Swallows, 1 Swift and 1 House Martin NW this afternoon (Pete Mantle)
  • Heathrow: 4 Wheatear (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Holyfield Hall Farm: Pink-footed Goose, hybrid goose (possibly Barnacle x Emperor), 4 Egyptian Goose, Red-legged Partridge, 20+ Swift W, 25+ Swallow W, 3 singing Skylark, Common Whitethroat, 5+ Reed Bunting (Simon Papps)
  • Horsenden Hill: Tawny Owl flying over fields being mobbed by Crows 14.40 (Martin Smith)
  • Kentish Town, NW5: Common Buzzard drifting SW from 17:15 (Frank Nugent).
  • London Wetland Centre: Yellow-legged Gull adult, 29 Lesser Black-backed Gull - 27 of these adult (J.Wilczur); 3 Swift, 3 Swallow, 2 Wheatear, 1 Common Snipe, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Shelduck, good numbers of Sand Martin and House Martin, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 4+ singing Reed Warbler and 4+ m Sedge Warbler, Blackcaps, Cetti's Warblers (Martin Honey, S. Fogg et al.); Little Ringed Plover heard, 2 Sandwich Tern SE 11.07, 6 intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Redstart 2cy male Towpath near QE Walk, Garden Warbler sheltered lagoon (N.P.Senior); Pheasant, Common Sandpiper & Common Tern main lake, 4 Redshank wader scrape, 7 Swallow, 20 House Martin, Whitethroat reservoir lagoon opp wildside hide, Whinchat & Yellow Wagtail grazing marsh (WWT website)
  • Mayflower Park: 12 Swifts (Bob Smith); 4+ Reed Warblers, 4+ Blackcaps and a Swallow (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Millfields E5: Peregrine plucking prey on pylon at 08:45, Green Woodpecker heard, 2 singing Mistle Thrush (Alastair Dent)
  • Orchard Estate SE13: 3 Swallow w 14.50 (Conrad Ellam)
  • Putney Lower Common: f Pied Flycatcher [Ldn foy] by creek northeast of common 1245 (Rich Sergeant tweet)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir: 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear. Permit access only. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Rainham Village: Hobby over garden, 2 Swift, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler (Richard Harrison)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Wheatear, 40 House Martin, 11 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, pair Common Tern (P Pentek); 2 Swifts over Pen Ponds, early evening (S Czapski)
  • Rush Green: Hobby (Jane Free via Herts BC)
  • Staines Moor: 1 Raven flew over W towards Wraysbury Reservoir 14.45, Hobby, 2 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 2 Redshank, 2 Little Egret (Alan Goddard per FJM) Only the second site record of Raven - Lee Dingain.
  • Staines Reservoir: Black-necked Grebe, Little Ringed Plover, Arctic Tern, 3 Wheatear 1300-1430 (Dom Pia tweet)
  • Stanborough: Hoopoe flew over Brocket Rd from houses to opp fields & back 14:30 TL2230811226 (Simon West via Herts BC)
  • Stanwell Moor: Lesser Whitethroat (Peter Carlill)
  • Stratford: Peregrine over Westfields (Phil Laurie)
  • Surbiton: Hobby NW 1625 (Andy Farr tweet)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 2 Egyptian Geese, Mandarin Duck, 2 Teal, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard, 4 Coot, 74+ Stock Dove, 2 Kestrel, 22 Rook, 9 Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, Wheatear path to Long Pond, Mistle Thrush, 107+ Starling, m Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch, 5 Linnet, Greenfinch (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: Common Buzzard, 4 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Goldfinch, Cuckoo calling - s end of Ride Wood, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2m Mandarin (Pete Lowman)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 2 Wheatear pr main gp in bean field nr high viewpt, White Wagtail main gp (TyttGP tweet)
  • Vicarage Farm: 2 Northern Wheatear, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Swallow (Pete Lowman)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 3 Linnet, 2 Stock Dove rear paddocks, 1 Sedge Warbler in song flight N of boardwalk, 1 Kestrel Bomb Crater Field 08:00-08:30. No sign of passage birds today. (Alastair Dent)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Cuckoo still calling early-am, m Marsh Harrier high NE, 8+ Arctic Terns on No 5, with c10 Common in heavy rain at lunchtime, 2 Wheatear, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpipers, m Yellow Wagtail, 70 Swallow, 150 Swifts (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Walton Res (Knight & Bessborough): 47 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern evg. Permit only. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Wanstead Flats: m Whinchat, m Wheatear, 2 Linnet, Redpoll, 2 Swallow, Peregrine Falcon, 3 Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, 4 Skylark (Nick Croft)
  • Westbourne Park,Grand Union Canal:Mallard with brood of 7,Grey Wagtail,Pied Wagtail,Peregrine (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Wimbledon Common: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker called the once c5pm while a Cormorant flew overhead (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Woldingham; 7 Red Kite, 4 Wheatear (Jack Barnes tweet)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Bar-headed Goose, 2 Linnet, 3 Swift, Little Egret, Willow Warbler (Chris Farthing)
  • Little Woodcote: 4 Whinchat from public footpath near Evergreen Nursery off Croydon Lane in evening (Richard Draper)
  • Woodoaks Farm: m Wheatear main track (Geoff Lapworth via Herts BC)
  • Worcester Park: Whinchat on horse fields and 12 Stock Dove (Isaiah Rowe)

Tuesday 1st May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Wheatear f Greenland filter beds 0810 & m Northern 1740, Greylag Goose (APOG Birders)
  • Battersea Reach: Chelsea side - Common Tern on river east of Imperial Wharf (Neil Anderson)
  • Beckton SW: 8m Cetti's Warbler (Dave Morrison per ELBF FB)
  • Camden Town: Red Kite mobbed by crows over York Way / Camden Park Rd jn N7 17:15 (Reuben Braddock)
  • Canons Farm: 3 Wheatear (Roy Weller per CFBW blog)
  • Chelsea: f Common Redstart private care home gdn SW10 am (Des McKenzie tweet)
  • Colne Valley: 21 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Crayford Marshes: Hobby, Cuckoo, 2 Swift, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Reed Warbler, 18 Common Whitethroat, 38 Common Tern, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Oystercatcher (Kev Jarvis)
  • Crossness: Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Arctic Tern, 5 Common Tern, Swift, 9 Swallow, Wheatear, 7 Reed Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting (Conrad Ellam)
  • Deptford: Margaret MacMillan Park - 1 Reed Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff singing quietly in bushes, pr Great Spotted Woodpeckers (Joe Beale)
  • Fishers Green Island: 3+ Nightingale singing at noon (Moris Heggs tweet)
  • Fairlop Waters: 2 Common Tern, 3 Barnacle Goose (Steve Bacon)
  • Gallions Reach: Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, Swift (Kevin J McManus)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Common Tern, Wheatear m, 3 Swallow NW, 3 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat (Richard Green) RG - many thx for sightings but for data purposes, pls put number before name, not after (per LNHS standard format)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 2 Common Tern, 2 Sand Martin, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap (Richard Green)
  • Ham Lands: 1 Ring Ouzel male on burnt ground near Thames Young Mariners 08.30 (John Gard per FJM)
  • Hayes, Middx: Waltham Ave - 1 Wood Warbler heard singing 7am (Gerald Griffin)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Marsh Harrier w damaged L primaries (Shaun Harvey tweet)
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Common Buzzards circling, Peregrine, 6 Swallow, 3 House Martin, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Song Thrush (Eric Brown)
  • Leatherhead: Randalls Way - 3 Common Buzzard 2 high e & 1 circling low over J9 of M25, 1 Sparrowhawk circling very high over stn, 1 Red Kite high nw 16:00 (Neil Batten)
  • Lee Valley Riding Centre: back paddocks - 7+ Wheatear, 15 Stock Dove, 2 Kestrel, 8 Linnet, 4 Common Whitethroat (Chris Farthing)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Yellow Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern, 25+ House Martin, 5 Swallow, 4 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 6 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Jack Snipe (Martin Honey, WWT website)
  • London Zoo: Garden Warbler [work mini patch tick], 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap (Sam Jones)
  • Mardyke Valley, Stifford-Aveley; incl 4 Gadwall, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, Turtle Dove, Kingfisher 2 Swallow, 6 Cetti’s Warbler, Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 7 Reed Warbler, 17 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Whitethroat, Treecreeper, 2 Reed Bunting (Alan Shearman per ELBF FB)
  • Oxleas Wood:2Jackdaw,2Blackcap(m/fm),Kestrel(fm),CommonBuzzard,Redkite,Greenwoodpecker Treecreeper,3Goldfinch,Greatspottedwoodpecker,Stockdove(Ron Turner),
  • Putney Heath: Garden Warbler west of Ladies Mile [S] (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Rainham: Thames Path - Hobby, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Cuckoo, 6 Common Sandpiper, Whinchat, 2 Wheatear (James Palmer)
  • Rainham RSPB: Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Common Sandpiper, Hobby, Cuckoo, Whinchat, 2 Wheatear (James Palmer per ELBF FB)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Firecrest singing nr Cambrian Gate (Mike Lewis); 2 Gadwall pr, Hobby, 2 Red Kite, 7 Buzzard, 4 Sparrowhawk, 4 Swift, 120+ House Martin most W, 10+ Swallow, 3m Whinchat, 6 Wheatear incl m Greenland type, 6 Stonechat (J.Wilczur); 3 Common Tern (S.Read); 1 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear lawn field, 1 Common Sandpiper (D Peers); 2 Mute Swan pr & 8yg (N.Jackman); Skylark singing, old 'riding-ring' site (the Bog); Skylark singing, Lawn Field (S Czapski)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: Buzzard SE 10:00, Sparrowhawk S 13:54 (Samuel Levy)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Cuckoo fr draper hide (Allan Meadows via Herts BC)
  • Spa Fields: Blackcap singing, Greenfinch singing (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Staines Moor: 7 Whinchat & 2 Wheatear just S of northern bridge in a group, Hobby (Franko J Maroevic); Hobby, Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler (Dom Pia tweet)
  • Staines Res: 1 Raven in wood at n end of n basin mobbed by crows then W 10.07, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit w/p flushed by grass cutters then E (Dave Morris per FJM); 15+ Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 10+ Swallow, 10+ Swift, 20+ House Martin, 2 Canada Geese & 4 chicks (Gordon Shaw); also Little Ringed Plover (Dom Pia tweet)
  • Stocker's Lake: incl c10 Little Egret on nests (Steve Carter via Herts BC)
  • Swaines Green: incl Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch (Roger Emmens per ELBF FB)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 5 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 15 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 30 Common Whitethroat, 1 Song Thrush, 12 Greylag Goose inc pr w yg still, 6 Canada Goose, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 26 Swallow, 4 Shelduck, 1 Common Redstart m, 1 Marsh Harrier m, 2 Wheatear, 1 Buzzard, 12 Jackdaw, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Gadwall, 8 Common Tern, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Kestrel (Roger Keith)
  • Tottenham Marshes: 3 Whinchat, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 1 Commic Tern over 9.30-11.00 (Lol Bodini)
  • Trent Park: Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Garden Warbler, Raven (Robert Callf)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: incl 2 Common Sandpiper, Cuckoo (Steve Blake via Herts BC)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Cuckoo seen three times in flight, reeling Grasshopper Warbler h, 11 Wheatear, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Common Sandpipers (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Redstart, m Wheatear with knackered foot, 17 Common Whitethroat territories, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 singing Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Linnet, singing Reed Bunting, pr Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Swallow (Nick Croft/Tim Harris)
  • Wanstead Park: Hobby, Sparrowhawk, 7 Common Whitethroat territories, Kingfisher (Nick Croft/Kathy Hartnett); 2 Green Hairstreak by Roding–a new area for them (Christian Moss)
  • Wimbledon Common: [see also Putney Heath] Snipe on the Plain, 2 Buzzard overhead Thatched Cottage (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Worcester Park: gdn KT4- 2 House Martin W (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Whinchat (Francis O'Sullivan)

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