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Monday 31st March 2014Edit

  • Battersea Park: singing Chiffchaff and singing Blackcap, 4 Great Crested Grebes 2nd pr well out of human reach looks like 2 eggs smashed & deserted but 1st pr still sitting (Michael Mac).
  • Bow Creek: Sand Martin, Common Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck, 6 Teal, Reed Bunting, Collared Dove (John Archer)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Little Egrets S over res then to dam (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park: Blackcap, Chiffchaff, House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Broomfield Park, Palmers Green: 2 Little Grebe, pr Mute Swan f orange ring on left leg 048, Canada Goose ring no 5261285, 8 Tufted Duck 4m 4f, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Coal Tit, singing Chaffinch, singing Greenfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Coulsdon: Spoonbill low S over Wilhelmina Ave at 17:50 (Croydon Birders)
  • Crayford Marshes: Little Owl, Spotted Redshank, Corn Bunting, 2 Blackcap, m Peregrine, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Oystercatcher, 9 Cetti's Warbler, Green Sandpiper, 2 Curlew (Kev Jarvis)
  • Crossness: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Dulwich Park: 3 Chiffchaff singing, Willow Warbler singing fr trees nr lake boardwalk (Martin Stevens).
  • Dulwich & Sydenham Hill Woods: Willow Warbler singing nr golf club entrance, 4 Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch, 4 Stock Dove (Martin Stevens); Kestrels mating on Cox's Walk (Daniel Greenwood).
  • East India Dock Basin: 8 Sand Martin N at 17:00, 2 Shelduck, 38 Tufted Duck, 31 Teal, Reed Bunting, 2 Song Thrush (first this yr - presumably migrants) (John Archer)
  • Ewell Village (Lower Mill): 2 singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher; also corpse of headless Grey Wagtail floating in mill race (Neil Batten)
  • Finsbury Park: 6 Redwings and singing Goldcrest by bowling green, singing Grey Wagtail at Finsbury Park railway stn (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Hackney Marshes: 2 Collared Dove, Stock Dove, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Heron, 20+ Teal, 3 Gadwall (JW Davies); 2 Little Egret on Old R Lea at 1400 just below end of Flood Relief Channel, also 2 singing Blackcap (1 nr gate to Filter Beds & 1 nr canal towpath) (Alastair Dent)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Little Gull w ad (Derek Turner, Herts website).
  • King George V Reservoir: 5 Common Scoter (3m south basin & pr north basin), Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, Cetti's Warbler h singing again Mossops Creek Brimsdown, Swallow (Observer ?)
  • Lee Valley, Cornmill Meadows: Spoonbill and 2 Little Egrets am (Mike Messenger per MO); no sign of bird at 14.00, 4 Shelduck, Snipe (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Hall Marsh: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Little Egrets, Cetti’s Warbler (Mike Oakland)
  • Lee Valley, Holyfield: 2 Little Owl, 4 Common Buzzards, 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Linnets (Mike Oakland)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 18 Wigeon still, 7+ Redshank, 2 Blackcap singing (WWT website)
  • Mudchute: 2 singing Blackcap, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 13 Monk Parakeet, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Stuart Fisher)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Little Owl, Linnet over S, 13 Fieldfare, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, 22 Jackdaw, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, singing Chiffchaff & 8 Stock Dove (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Station: 2 Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: 3 Black-necked Grebe and 2 Slavonian Grebe (as per QMR log book)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 1-3 singing Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, 16 Cetti's Warbler w end of marshes, 50 Redshank, 22 Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher, Black-tailed Godwit, 20+ Snipe, 10 Pintail, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Redwing, 3 Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel (RSPB)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: juv Peregrine ESE over Hill toward Shard 0740, Great Black-backed Gull E, 19 Woodpigeon N, Jackdaw N, 4 Fieldfare NW, 48 Redwing (21 N/E & 27 area 40), Meadow Pipit NW - 0630-1000; also pr Grey Wagtail low over lake & area 5, 6 Mandarin 2pr & 2m Regent's Canal (birdman_euston)
  • Staines Moor: 16 Linnet, 12 Chiffchaff, Kingfisher, 13 Reed Bunting, Common Buzzard, 2 Shelduck, 8 Stock Dove, Peregrine over S, Red Kite, 5 Common Snipe; also 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Orange Tip and 6 Peacock butterfly (Keith Kerr); Brent Goose still (via Twitter)
  • Staines Reservoir: 13 Little Gull (BirdGuides).
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroats, Common Snipe (P Kite)
  • Tooting Commons: 4 Blackcap 3m f, 9 Chiffchaff inc 1 nest-building, 3 Egyptian Goose & 2 goslings, Stock Dove, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, Nuthatch, 25+ Tufted Duck, Jay (James Hudson)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 5 Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, 4 Linnet, Blackcap f, 6 Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush all in paddock; Reed Bunting m boardwalk, Kingfisher leyton marsh footbridge (JW Davies)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs, Lockwood: Ring Ouzel (KJMcmanus, Lol Cumming). pics
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Yellowhammer then E, 3 Reed Bunting, f Wheatear, 4 Fieldfare, 17 Tufted Duck, 14 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, m Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe, Kestrel (Wanstead birders)
  • Wraysbury GP: 3 Shelduck, Egyptian Goose, 2 Sedge Warbler and Cetti's Warbler (C Lamsdell)

Sunday 30th March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 5+ Blackcaps, m Teal still Boating Lake but no sign of red-head Smew since 3pm yesterday (Bob Watts); Greylag Goose with ring seen 12th Feb 2014 was ringed by PJ Belman as age 1+ yr/sex unknown on 10-Jul-2008 at Walton-on-Thames Surrey - info back fr BTO (Stephen Middleton)
  • Banstead Woods: Marsh Harrier NE at 09:23 and m Lesser Spotted Woodpecker nr estate (David Campbell/Ian Ward et al).
  • Barking Creek: Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 10 Redshank, Wheatear, Curlew and 3 Cetti's Warblers (Dave Morrison)
  • Bexley Park Woods: 5 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher, pr Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, pr Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 2 Jay (Ralph Todd)
  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-legged Gull 1s, 3 Sand Martin, 14 singing Chiffchaff, 9 singing Blackcap, 17 Snipe (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall, Roy Beddard); 2 Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock butterfly and Green-veined White (Shailesh Patel)
  • Brookmill Park: Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 4 House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Coldfall Wood: 2 Treecreepers probable pair one singing near southern entrance (Bob Watts).
  • Cranford CP: Merlin over woods by Information Centre, 4 singing Blackcaps, 4 Buzzards, Red Kite, Kingfisher, 6 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker excavating hole, m Kestrel, 8 singing Chiffchaff; Peacock butterfly, Comma, Holly Blue, Brimstone (W.Marks/S.Giddens/J.Giddens/T.James)
  • Crayford Marshes: Corn Bunting, 4 Blackcap, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher (Kev Jarvis)
  • Dartford Marshes: Caspian Gull reported 1045 (BirdGuides)
  • Elmers End: 3 Pheasant, Green Woodpecker, 4 singing Chiffchaff; Peacock butterflies (Phil Laurie) PL does this include gyratory green space &/or S Norwood CP ? thx [b_e]
  • Gallions Reach: 2 Wigeon, Curlew, Tree Pipit [Ldn yr-1st], 4 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Jackdaw (Gary A James & Paul Davis).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Oystercatcher on Thames (Richard Green)
  • Gutteridge Wood: 2 Pheasant h, Buzzard calling, m Kestrel, pr Little Owl, 2 Meadow Pipit over, 3 singing Blackcap, 4 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Peacock butterfly (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Hanwell: 2 Common Buzzard 15:10 - 1 to west being mobbed by 2 Carrion Crow soon returning to join 2nd & both thermalling N (Rob Mills)
  • Hayes Common: Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Jays; Comma, many Peacock butterflies (Phil Laurie)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Common Crossbill, first Willow Warbler singing, 14 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, Yellowhammer, Common Buzzard (Shaun Harvey)
  • Kensal Green Cemetery and St Mary’s Cemetery: singing Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, singing Coal Tit, 2 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare (Charlie Farrell)
  • King George V Reservoir: 6 Goosander on flood relief channel, 3 Sand Martin (Christopher Wright)
  • Manor House Gardens: 8 Grey Heron - 3 active nests (James Lowen) TQ 3940 7485
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 House Sparrow m&f (bringing nesting material to hole), m Peregrine (intruder chased E 11:20) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Motspur Park: Chiffchaff and Skylark (S. Haslem)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: pr Shoveler, 2 singing Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap; 6 Small Tortoiseshell (5 together), 5 Peacock butterfly, Comma, 2 Small White (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Red Kite over NE at 14:15, 2 Common Buzzards displaying, Little Owl, Snipe, Linnet over S, 11 Fieldfare, 2 Grey Wagtail, Jay, 20 Jackdaw, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, singing Chiffchaff, Grey Heron & 7 Stock Dove (Jon Ridge).
  • Queens Wood: pr Mandarin Duck on main pond (Stephen Middleton)
  • Rainham RSPB: Short-eared Owl again, Red Kite (RSPB blog)
  • Regent's Park: Egyptian Goose brood c3 wks still numbering 8 & 4th brood of yr recently fledged, 7+ Coots on nests, 3 Shelduck, 3 Mandarin, 100 Feral Pigeon on sandy sports pitch, Kestrel (Matt Reed).
  • Richmond Park: 2 Shelduck -pr prospecting rabbit burrows present c10 days (J.McCormick per JW); Red Kite E at 12.40, 3 Buzzard -displaying pr & one N, 9 Grey Heron -2prs with 5 yg, 8 Shoveler 6m 2f, Little Grebe (J.Wilczur); Blackcap singing and Buzzard perched in middle of Prince Charles Spinney 3pm (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Roding Valley Meadows NR: Goshawk 17.05 NNE (Barry Jones)
  • Rotherhithe: Sand Martin over, 3 Blackcaps singing, Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, 6 Ring-necked Parakeets Russia Dock Woodland (Richard Bonser)
  • Staines Moor: Spoonbill ESE at 15:17, 4 Sand Martin, Water Pipit, Green Sandpiper, 15+ Common Snipe, 20 Northern Lapwing, Redshank, 17 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 7+ Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Lee Dingain); 4 Little Egret (3 over at dawn & 1 feeding in R Colne) (Kevin Duncan); Brent Goose flew in fr KGVI res at 16:10, Peregrine, 2 Red Kite, 1-2 Wheatear (Jim and Tony Sweetland) Spoonbill pics here
  • Stanwell Moor: Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 5+ Chiffchaff and Grey Wagtail (Jim and Tony Sweetland); 2 Shelduck (Lee Dingain); Little Ringed Plover and 2 Cetti's Warbler (diff to above) (C Lamsdell)
  • Swanley Park: Little Owl calling 3am (site first) (Andy Meaton)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 3 Pheasant, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 8 Lapwing, Snipe, Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, c10 Stock Dove, 3 Skylark (1 singing), 2 Chiffchaff, Redwing, Nuthatch, 5 Rook, 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Linnet; Small Tortoiseshell (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Tottenham Marshes: 2 Peregrine (James Palmer)
  • Totteridge Valley: Red Kite, Common Buzzard and m Sparrowhawk at Folly Farm pm; 2+ Redwings overhead at dusk (Ian Ellis)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Avocet 8.39-18.50 at least, also 10 Pintail and drake Mandarin early am (HBC)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Common Buzzard SE, 3-4 Sparrowhawk, 10 Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting, 6 Meadow Pipit, 7 Skylark, 6 Stock Dove, 10 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: drake Mandarin Duck (first for 2 yrs), 2 Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Great Black-backed Gull, Kingfisher, 2 Common Buzzard E, Water Rail, 9 singing Blackcap, 10+ singing Chiffchaff (Wanstead Birders)
  • Waterworks NR: Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler (bed 15), Peregrine and Sparrowhawk over (Susan Huckle)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: c18 Meadow Pipit incl 6 singers, 5 Chiffchaff incl 4 singers, 6 Blackcap incl 4 singing m, 6 Linnets, 4 Mallard, Collared Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (Rob Ayers)

Saturday 29th March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Smew red-head again on boating lake, also m Teal there, Little Egret high SE, 5 Greylag, pr Shoveler Wood Green Res, Linnet, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, Redwing, 4 Jackdaw (Andrew Gardener, Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Bexley Park Woods: Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, Mistle Thrush (Ralph and Brenda Todd) Is this Bexley Park Woods? [Conrad Ellam] Yes Conrad the same place [RT] DT - it's a popular alternative site name for Bexley Woods [b_e]
  • Bexleyheath: Red Kite over A2 at 3pm mobbed by crows (Gus Wilson)
  • Brent Reservoir: m Wheatear, drake Shelduck, 18 Snipe, m Peregrine circling N Marsh, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff (Brent Birders).
  • Brookmill Park: Stock Dove, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam).
  • Crayford Marshes: m Wheatear, Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Rock Pipit, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew (Kev Jarvis); also Little Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 8 Wigeon, 27 Teal, 75 Redshank, pr Stock Dove, Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, Sparrowhawk, 2 Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker (Ralph and Brenda Todd).
  • Dulwich Wood: Common Buzzard low over trees mobbed by Crow (Steven Robinson)
  • Epping Forest: Blackcap and 4+ Chiffchaff singing (Aaron Clements-Partridge)
  • Epping Forest (Chingford Plain): Sparrowhawk (Aaron Clements-Partridge)
  • Epping Forest (Connaught Water): f Smew (Aaron Clements-Partridge)
  • Golders Hill Park: 2 Mandarin, Canada Goose, Green Woodpecker (Matt Reed)
  • Hampstead Heath: m Wood Duck on Sandy Heath ponds, paired with f Mandarin (Matt Reed).
  • Hatch End Playing Fields: 2 Little Egret, Coal Tit & Redwing (Jon Ridge).
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, Oystercatcher, 7 Redshank, Ringed Plover h in flight, singing Willow Warbler, singing Blackcap, 2 Sand Martin (WWT website); Green Sandpiper, 2+ Common Snipe (Fernley Symons)
  • Osterley Park: Chiffchaff singing, Cormorant, 4 Egyptian Goose, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, 35+ Jackdaw, Kingfisher, Little Owl, 4 Mandarin, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet, 5 Shoveler (Richard Woolley)
  • Pinner Park Farm: singing m Bullfinch, Little Egret, Little Owl, Sparrowhawk, 13 Fieldfare, 7 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 11 Goldfinch, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Long- tailed Tit, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 14 Stock Dove & 44 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 3 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, 4 Knot, 10+ Pintail, Marsh Tit reported in last few days (RSPB); Short-eared Owl (Nick Croft/Mike Messenger), Green Sandpiper (Nick Croft)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Rook N over Hill 0655 (v scarce here), 3+ Meadow Pipit N/S in early mist - 0550-0700; also 3 Jackdaw NE 0850, 4 Chiffchaff singing, 8 Blackcap singing, 2 Linnet over (birdman_euston); Common Sandpiper [site yr-1st], 9 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Little Grebes (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: m Lesser Spotted Woodpecker found dead (per J.Wilczur).
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Jack Snipe (BirdGuides)
  • Staines Reservoir: Black-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver (BirdGuides)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 5 Pochard, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, 2 Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap, 18 Redwing (TeRNS)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Pheasant, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 4 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, c10 Stock Dove, 5 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Blackcap, 2 Rook, 5 Reed Bunting; Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell (Neil Anderson/G. Westley).
  • Tottenham Marshes: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (per James Palmer)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 15 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Lapwing, 9 Teal, 3 Mistle Thrush, Coot (unusual here); also 4 Peacock butterfly , 3 Brimstone, 2 Comma (John Colmans).
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Reed Bunting, Linnet, 2 Redpoll sp, 5 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 26 singing Chiffchaff, 3 singing Blackcap, Little Egret (Dan Hennessy)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: 2 Skylark (1 singing), 5 singing Chiffchaff; 5m Brimstone, 2 Peacock butterfly, 2 Small White (Neil Anderson).

Friday 28th March 2014Edit

  • Bow Creek: Peregrine, Kestrel m, 3 Common Sandpiper, Chiffchaff (John Archer)
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: m Shoveler, 15 Tufted Duck 8m 7f, 9 Black-headed Gull all 2cy, m Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Chiffchaff (Robert Callf)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Green Woodpecker, 7 Meadow Pipit, 4 Mistle Thrush, Red Kite, Reed Bunting, 2 Shelduck (Ian R Watson)
  • Crayford Marshes: Corn Bunting, 4 Cetti's Warbler, Green Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 24 Skylark, 28 Meadow Pipit (Kev Jarvis)
  • Croxley Common Moor: Willow Warbler (BirdGuides)
  • Dulwich Park: 3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Little Grebe, 3 Egyptian Goose (Dave Clark)
  • East India Dock Basin: 6 Shelduck, 14 Tufted Duck, 59 Teal, 2 Jay (John Archer)
  • Finsbury Park: Chiffchaff singing, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Mistle Thrush collecting food (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Hackney Marsh: 14 Teal, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (Tom Stuart) NB as my first post am assuming Wick Woodlands is included within Hackney Marsh site name - not on gazetteer separately [TS] Thx TS - I can confirm Wick Woodlands is grid-referenced in London Bird Club's more-comprehensive 'Sites List' database fr which LBR gazetteers are derived so by all means do post Woodlands sightings separately - regards [b_e]
  • London Wetland Centre: 5 Redshank, 6 Snipe, Meadow Pipit, 3 Sand Martin, Siberian Chiffchaff (WWT website)
  • Mayflower Park: Chiffchaff, Little Grebe, Water Rail (Bob Smith)
  • Mill Hill: 2 Yellow Wagtail [Ldn yr-1st] behind Mill Hill Broadway (Xav) Is this Lyndhurst Pk Xav ? [b_e]
  • Motspur Park: 4 Chiffchaff, m Sparrowhawk (Bob Smith)
  • Northwood: 2 Red Kite (Shailesh Patel)
  • Oakwood Park: 3 Redwing, singing Blackcap, 4 singing Chiffchaff (Robert Callf).
  • Pinner Park Farm: ad m Swallow fr 14:40, singing Blackcap & Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, 18 Fieldfare, 17 Jackdaw, 7 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Coal Tit & 11 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Sedge Warbler [Ldn yr-1st] (RBA/BirdGuides)
  • Rainham Village: 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Song Thrush - all singing (Richard Harrison).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: Snipe, Little Egret, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jays (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park: 3 Shelduck pr prospecting Bandstand Is area 7, 6 Mandarin 5m f, 10 Shoveler 8m 2f, 6 Little Grebe, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap singing (birdman_euston)
  • St James's Park: Great Crested Grebe (Andrew Self)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Great Northern Diver South basin, 2 Common Scoter still present on North, Dark-bellied Brent Goose on bank of South basin at 06.40 - presumed Staines Moor bird (Glyn Nicholson-Ross)
  • Stoke Newington East Reservoir: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Reed Bunting m&f, 7 Shoveler (Peter Beckenham)
  • Wanstead Flats: 21 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe, 6 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 3 Linnet, singing Stock Dove, 4-5 singing Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff (4 singing) (Nick Croft)
  • Worcester Park: Black Redstart f/imm in gdn 15.00 (Simon Osborn)

Thursday 27th March 2014Edit

  • Canary Wharf: Mute Swan nesting on Ecology barges in Middle Dock - clear views of eggs am (Phil Laurie)
  • Clissold Park: 2 Little Grebes main lake (Sue Barry)
  • Crayford Rough: Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff, 32 Carrion Crow in one tree (Ralph Todd)
  • Crossness: Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher, Chiffchaff, 4 Cetti's Warbler (Kev Jarvis)
  • Finsbury Park: pr Shovelers, pr Red-crested Pochards but no Little_Grebes & no singing warblers, Green Woodpecker, 2 Stock Doves and Song Thrush collecting food (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Grovelands Park: Little Grebe, pr Great Crested Grebe, imm Cormorant, pr Egyptian Goose & 1 gosling, 4 Mandarin Duck 2pr, f Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck 13m 7f, f Smew - usual suspect, 2 singing Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woopecker, pr Mistle Thrush, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 4 Nuthatch, singing Treecreeper (Robert Callf).
  • Hall Place - Bexley: Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, 7 Greenfinch incl pr, 7 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch (Ralph Todd) RT is this the Gdn &/or N Field? - thx [b_e] This is the southern fields along R Cray as far as Crayford Rough (see above), not the gardens or north field (RT)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Grey Wagtail (now m&f together) Hampstead No 1 pond, Kingfisher on usual stick, 2 Black-headed Gulls still, Blackcap and Chiffchaff in song West Heath (Jo Edwards)
  • Mayflower Park: Little Grebe, 2 Reed Buntings, 2 Chiffchaffs (Bob Smith)
  • Morden Cemetery: 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps (Bob Smith)
  • Mudchute: 10 Monk Parakeet, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, Chiffchaff (Stuart Fisher)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Little Owl, Great Black-backed Gull over, Cormorant over S, 24 Fieldfare, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 10 Jackdaw, Grey Heron & 15 Canada Goose (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: no sign of Great White Egret c0900 (BirdGuides)
  • Redbridge Lakes and surrounding scrub: 2 Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff, Grey Heron (Alan Hobson).
  • Roehampton SW15 5PY (Clarence Ln/Priory Ln): pr Grey Wagtail m still singing & displaying on top of school bldg (D Benton)
  • St James's Park: drake Ruddy Duck (Andrew Self); pr Mute Swan on nest, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe (James Hudson)
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: m Northern Wheatear, Fieldfare, Redwing (Robert Callf/Robin White).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebes and Great Northern Diver on south basin, 2 Common Scoter on north basin (Jim Sweetland)
  • Streatham Common: Meadow Pipit N 1500 (Peter Beckenham per Tony Wileman)
  • Tottenham Marshes: 4 Sand Martin, Whitethroat singing in same place as on Monday, 5 singing Chiffchaff and now 3 singing Blackcaps, Green Woodpecker (Davey Leach)
  • Totteridge Valley: m Peregrine W over Woodside Park/Frith Manor at 13:25, 12 Common Gulls (90%+ reduced in number since last wk), Rook, Meadow Pipit (Ian Ellis)
  • Trent Park: 5 Bullfinch 2m 3f (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Park: Coal Tit, pr Kestrel, pr Nuthatch in Bush Wood (Tim Harris); Little Egret, pr Egyptian Goose (Bob Vaughan)
  • Warren Gorge: Great White Egret left roost at 06:40 then W (ELBF)
  • Wraysbury GP: Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Geese, Red Kite, Buzzard, 100 Sand Martin and Willow Warbler (C Lamsdell)

Wednesday 26th March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Reed Bunting singing 0700 betw 1st & 2nd platforms by Wood Green Res but no sign at 9:00am, 2 Greylag Goose, 5 Shoveler WG Res (Bob Watts, Gareth Richards).
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard SE 10.40, 16 Snipe (Andrew Verrall).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Cetti's Warbler, m Peregrine, Green Sandpiper, Curlew, Little Egret (Kev Jarvis).
  • Hilly Fields, Lewisham: 2 Jays, Mistle Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Chiffchaff (Tom Moulton)
  • Hooks Marsh: Red-legged Partridge, Common Buzzard (Graham Howie).
  • Kensington Gardens: Swallow Round Pond (KG&HP Birds blog)
  • Ladywell Cemetery: 8 Jays in one group, 2 singing Chiffchaff (Phil Laurie).
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 3 Nuthatch, 6 singing Chiffchaff, 4 singing Blackcap, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 18 Shoveler, pr Gadwall, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5+ Redwing over, 5-6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, 2 Coal Tit, Goldcrest, c6 Stock Dove, Little Egret SE (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Green Sandpiper, 5 Redshank, Siberian Chiffchaff, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Sand Martin, Peregrine (WWT website)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Great White Egret 0845 (BirdGuides); present till 1715 then E (RSPB blog).
  • St James's Park: drake Ruddy Duck, singing Chiffchaff (Andrew Self). Hi, I've looked for the Ruddy Duck several times but no joy. Where have you seen it? Is it definitely a wild bird? Thanks. It usually hangs out opposite Horseguards Parade & it seems to be wild (AS).
  • Staines Moor: Brent Goose, 2 Red Kite, Little Egret and 3 Water Pipit (C.Lamsdell)
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver, 2f Common Scoter, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Shelduck, Mediterranean Gull (ad on raft displaying) and 4 Little Ringed Plover (C.Lamsdell)
  • The Warren - Bexleyheath: 2 singing Chiffchaff, pr Nuthatch prospecting (Ralph Todd)
  • Thorpe Park: 2 Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, 8 Egyptian Geese incl breeding pr & 3 small goslings), 3 Goldeneye m 2f (Kevin Duncan)
  • Trent Park: f Mealy Redpoll and f Lesser Redpoll blackthorn along bridle-path betw Merryhills Brook & Shaws Wood (Robert Callf).
  • Valentines Park: Fieldfare, 2 Grey Heron - 1+ chick on nest being fed by ad, pr Egyptian Geese with 6 ducklings still surviving (Barbara Miller).
  • Victoria Park: 6 Red-crested Pochard 4m 2f West Lake (Bob Watts).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 5 Sand Martins (3&1&1) N, 5 Reed Buntings West Warwick, 8-12 Little Egrets on nests, Common Sandpiper No4, 3 single Meadow Pipits N, singing Blackcap N end of East Warwick in old orchard, Cetti's Warbler still singing occasionally by Beam House bridge, 30+ Shelduck No5&No3, 2 Kingfishers (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Reed Bunting, 5 singing Chiffchaff, 7 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 2 Shoveler, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Heron (Wanstead Birders).
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Great Crested Grebe (Heronry) (Dan Hennessy).

Tuesday 25th March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Rook 1s cricket pitches 0700 then flew to Conservation Area, 6 Shoveler Wood Green Res (Bob Watts).
  • Battersea Park: Peregrine, pr Red-crested Pochard, 5 Egyptian Geese, 4 Shoveler, 4 Great Crested Grebe 2pr on nests - first time I can recall 2 pairs here (Michael Mac).
  • Crayford Marshes: Grey Plover, Spotted Redshank, Little Owl, 10 Curlew, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Cetti's Warbler, Green Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatcher (Kev Jarvis)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: pr Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck 3pr, Green Woodpecker, pr Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher, 5 singing Chiffchaff, 3 singing Blackcap, Nuthatch (Ralph Todd)
  • Hampstead Heath: Green Woodpecker, 4 Nuthatch, Tawny Owl (Steve Mercer).
  • Harrow (Brook Drive): Grey Wagtail along Yeading Brook drainage channel (Jon Ridge).
  • KGV Reservoir: Little Gull reported 0900 - permit only (BirdGuides)
  • King's Cross NW1 (British Library): Peregrine N at 12.30pm (Colin Brooks).
  • London Wetland Centre: Siberian Chiffchaff calling & singing fr cover nr Explore playgrd (Lee Smith, Adam Salmon); 3 Mandarin, 3 Jack Snipe, 10 Snipe, 5 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 20+ Lapwing 10+prs, Yellow-legged Gull 1w, 7 singing Cetti's Warbler and just 1 ordinary Chiffchaff - Sibe Chiff found yesterday by Bernie Whiskin (R.Kaye)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 3 singing Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Egyptian Goose, 14 Pochard (Rich Petley)
  • Pinner (Marsh Road): Grey Wagtail over River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: Common Buzzard over, Little Owl, 18 Fieldfare, 3 Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, 11 Jackdaw, 10 Stock Dove, Lesser Black-backed Gull & Herring Gull (Jon Ridge).
  • St James's Park: Buzzard NE at 1:30pm, Sparrowhawk (James Hudson).
  • Staines Moor: Chiffchaff singing, Cormorant, Curlew over, Grey Heron, 2 Lapwing displaying, 2 Little Egret, 20+ Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 6+ Reed Bunting, 2 Skylark in song flight, 2 Wheatear (Richard Woolley).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2f Common Scoter reported 1950, 5 Little Ringed Plover, Great Northern Diver (BirdGuides)
  • Stanwell Moor: Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 2 Grey Wagtail and 2 Red-legged Partridge (C Lamsdell).
  • Victoria Park: 2 Red-crested Pochard m&f main boating lake 1:00 (Sue Barry).
  • Wanstead Flats: 9 Shoveler, 5 Little Grebe, 6 Chiffchaff (5 singing), singing Blackcap, Kestrel, 5 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 5 Skylark, Reed Bunting (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy).
  • Wanstead Park: Kingfisher, pr Teal (Bob Vaughan).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff, c18 Dunnock, c7 Meadow Pipit (David Lindo).

Monday 24th March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park 5 singing Chiffchaff, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe - 08:15-9:15 (Tony Wileman); also m Blackcap (Bob Watts); freshly dead Woodcock in gdn just N of Park 08.45 - missing head & wing (GPS)
  • Amwell GP: Osprey over Grt Hardmead L 1610 (BirdGuides)
  • Brent Reservoir: Water Rail, 11 Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher (Andrew Haynes).
  • Brockley Cemetery: Green Woodpecker, Moorhen (patch tick) (Phil Laurie).
  • Bushy Park: pr Common Buzzards displaying (Tony Duckett).
  • Crayford Marsh: 6 Oystercatcher, Spotted Redshank, 100 Redshank, 6 Fieldfare (James Palmer)
  • Crossness: Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpipier, Wheatear, Blackcap, 2 Reed Bunting (James Palmer)
  • East India Dock Basin: Little Ringed Plover, 15 Tufted Duck, c30 Teal, Collared Dove, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Shelduck (Paul Hyland).
  • Forest Gate: 2 Jackdaw - house tick (Nick Croft).
  • Hampstead Heath: Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing east of Bird Sanctuary Pond (Liz Valentine)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Swallow (Steve Murray per DT)
  • Hornsey: m Blackcap singing 0700 in gdn adj to Hornsey Bowls Club (Bob Watts).
  • Kensington Gardens: m Tawny Owl in usual area (Roger Morton)
  • London Wetland Centre: Buzzard, 3 Redshank, 5 Chiffchaff (WWT website); 2 further Buzzard S, Jack Snipe, 2 Sand Martin (R.Kaye); Siberian Chiffchaff (Bernie Whiskin per R Kaye)
  • Mudchute: 2+ Monk Parakeet, 3 Chiffchaff, pr Long-tailed Tit at nest site (Stuart Fisher)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Little Owl, 2 Snipe, Linnet SE, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 13 Jackdaw, 2 Jay, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit, 12 Goldfinch & 11 Stock Dove (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham: Common Buzzard over gdn then SE 12.45 (Richard Harrison).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: Snipe, Little Egret, Chiffchaff, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, pr Herring Gulls, Grey Heron (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park: singing Chiffchaff nr Prince Albert Rd (John Colmans)
  • Richmond Park: 5 Buzzard together at 11.30, Peregrine over (J.Wilczur); Tawny Owl active in daylight at c4.30pm betw Pen Pond Plantation & QE2 Plantation - mobbed by Jackdaws and Crows (S Czapski); Water Rail, 2m Sparrowhawks, Bar-headed Goose (Tony Duckett).
  • St James's Park: no sign of recently reported m Ruddy Duck, but m White-headed Duck was present (Roger Morton) - there's several prs of W-H Ducks in collection [AS]
  • South Ealing Station: m Blackcap singing in tree above platform (Catherine Beazley).
  • Stoneleigh: singing Chiffchaff in Bradstock Rd early am (Neil Batten)
  • Streatham Cemetery (Tooting): Does anyone have any further info on m Lesser Spotted Woodpecker seen here sometime in February? Thank you [JH] (no data)
  • Tooting Commons: 7+ Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, 4 Egyptian Geese & 3 goslings, Nuthatch in nest hole, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Jay, Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Coal Tit, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Cormorant 8:15 high SW - 6:30-8:15 (James Hudson). Whereabouts was Nuthatch seen please? [DP] Nest hole is nr top of oak tree next to cafe (JH)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Whitethroat in sub-song nr Chalk Bridge, 4 singing Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap, Grey Wagtail and f Peregrine (Davey Leach)
  • Trent Park: f Mealy Redpoll with m Lesser Redpoll blackthorn along bridle-path nr Merryhills Brook, f Bullfinch (Robert Callf/Robin White).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs Lockwood: 2 Red Kite (Lol Cumming); 12+ Sand Martin at N end flew NW 13.00 (Davey Leach)
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 singing Chiffchaff, pr Blackcap, 3 Linnet, 4 Reed Bunting, 6 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 2 Sparrowhawk, 5 Little Grebe (incl 2 now on Angel - a bad move), Mistle Thrush collecting nesting material (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan).
  • Wanstead Park: 8 Lesser Redpoll, 6 singing Blackcap, 8 singing Chiffchaff, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft/Mike Messenger).
  • Wimbledon Common: 3 Buzzard (J.Wilczur).

Sunday 23rd March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite N 1008 (Gareth Richards).
  • Barking Bay: 6m Wheatear (BirdGuides)
  • Brent Reservoir: Red Kite E at 10.50, 2 Common Buzzard over 10.05, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 17 Snipe, Little Egret, 2 Blackcap, 11 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Buntings (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall, Roy Beddard)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Kingfisher, 4 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker incl pr, 4 Song Thrush, 10 Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap, 2 Bullfinch (Ralph Todd)
  • Hackney Marshes: wholly unconfirmed report of a possible Red-throated Diver on the Lea yesterday, apparently photographed. Anyone know who this was? (per Mike Messenger)
  • Hampstead Heath: Red Kite circled Parliament Hill Fields for 20 mins from 1115 (Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Hanwell: Sparrowhawk f low over back gdn followed by a Goldfinch on same flight line as if it was chasing it - would have made more sense the other way around (Rob Mills)
  • Hanwell, Grand Union Canal: 4 Coot nests not there a wk ago & a promising sign as last yr was not good for them here (Rob Mills)
  • Harringay N4 (Cavendish Rd): 2 Siskins NW 09.45am (Simon Bradley)
  • Holland Park: 2 Egyptian Goose, 4 Mallard, 2 Grey Herons, 5 Moorhen (Matt Reed).
  • Kensington Gardens: Little Owl (brief view - mature Sweet Chestnuts just south of Leafyard at 2.10pm) (D.Jordan)
  • Little Venice: 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Mute Swan, f Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, Moorhen, 2 Canada Goose (Matt Reed).
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 5 Redshank, 5 Snipe, 6 Chiffchaff, Sand Martin (WWT website); 5 Mandarin, 2 Lapwing sitting, Jack Snipe, 11 Snipe, Grey Wagtail N, 2 Sand Martin, 9 Chiffchaff, 5 singing Cetti's Warbler (R.Kaye)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 House Sparrow m&f, 2 Coal Tit, f Peregrine Falcon (intruder chased SE by resident tiercel at 11:20 - public site) (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Neasden: freshly dead m Pheasant on N Circular by Neasden Ln flyover at 3pm (Ian Ellis); still lying unclaimed at 6pm (James Levy).
  • Pinner Park Farm: Common Buzzard over, 7 Snipe, pair of Grey Wagtail, singing Blackcap, 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 12 Jackdaw, Jay, 11 Stock Dove, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Mistle Thrush & 2 Fieldfare (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 3 Marsh Harriers 2f & m, Buzzard, 12 Pintails; high tide roost on Purfleet/MDZ included 35 Curlews, 70 Redshanks, incl a Spotted Redshank - presumably the Crayford bird, Black-tailed Godwit (Ian Bradshaw); Marsh Tit reported (per RSPB blog)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: pr Little Owl (f calling) east side of Pk 0530, 11 Chiffchaff, 4m Blackcap, Lesser Redpoll over (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Crossbill S (J.Wilczur).
  • Rotherhithe: Yellow-legged Gull 1w on Greenland Dock early pm (Richard Bonser).
  • Rye Meads: m Marsh Harrier for 2nd day (Herts website).
  • Swanley Park: 3 Greylag, 30 Canada Goose, Coot, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap; also Slow Worm (Andy Meaton)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood/Dulwich Wood: 2 Jackdaw nest building in oak on border of two woods - sp not nested here in over 100 yrs (Daniel Greenwood, Michelle Batten & London Wildlife Trust volunteers).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Wheatear, Buzzard, Kestrel, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, 5 Lapwing, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch (Nigel Dodd)
  • Tooting Commons: 6 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 5 Nuthatch, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 7 Stock Dove (Nick Rutter); north end - 2 Jackdaw, Mistle Thrush, singing Chaffinch (Nick Granger-Taylor).
  • Totteridge Valley: Red Kite S over Frith Manor Farm at 09:00, 43 Fieldfare at Folly Farm (Ian Ellis).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 singing Blackcaps, (18 singing Chiffchaffs across Walthamstow & Leyton marshes am), Red Kite drifted W over Waterworks NR c11:20 (Paul Whiteman, S Huckle, Mike Messenger)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Common Buzzard, f Wheatear, 6 singing Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Bunting, 10 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 7 Shoveler, m Pochard, 20+ Tufted Duck (Wanstead Birders)

Saturday 22nd March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: m Northern Wheatear on cricket pitch 7.15am, pr Stock Dove, pr Fieldfare, 3 singing Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap (Davey Leach); 3 Northern Wheatear incl m on cricket pitch 16:40 (Katy McGilvray)
  • Battersea Park: pr Teal (Lady's pond) rare visitor here, 3 Shoveler pr & m, Grey Herons feeding 2 yg, 8 Gadwall 4pr (Michael Mac).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Greylag Goose, Shelduck, 75+ Tufted Duck, 21 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher, 2 singing Blackcap, 7 singing Chiffchaff (Roy Beddard, Andrew Haynes, Andrew Verrall); Little Egret behind dam (Andrew Self)
  • Broadwater GP: Little Egret, Red Kite, Buzzard and 2 Egyptian Geese (C.Lamsdell)
  • Bury Farm: m Wheatear (Fay Broom)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank, Corn Bunting, 6 Chiffchaff, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 30 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis)
  • Crossness: f Garganey still by outfall, 6 Green Sandpiper, 5 Wheatears 4m in paddocks, Greenshank, 18 Wigeon, Pheasant, Curlew, 10 Chiffchaff (Richard Bonser, Ralph Todd, Mike Robinson)
  • Dartford Marshes: Caspian Gull reported 1840 (BirdGuides)
  • East Barnet: Red Kite (D Bates)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: Little Ringed Plover, Grey Wagtail, singing Chiffchaff, 4 Shelduck (Charlie Farrell); m Wheatear (Pura site), 2 Greylag Goose (Gary A James).
  • Ewell: ad m Kestrel in grds of LA Fitness Banstead Rd early pm, also m Pheasant (Neil Batten)
  • Finsbury Park: Jackdaw (my first here after over 20 yrs of intermittent watching) (James Palmer)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 4 Rook E, Willow Warbler [Ldn yr-1st], 7 Chiffchaff, 2 singing Meadow Pipit (James Lowen)
  • Grovelands Park: Smew (unknown origin), 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Stock Dove, Chiffchaff singing (Phil Rhodes)
  • Hampstead Heath: Grey Wagtail showing well at Hampstead 1 Pond (Frank Nugent); Little Grebe, Egyptian Goose, 6 Mandarin 2pr incl displaying m at Wood Pond & pr at Bird Sanctuary Pond, 2 Shoveler at Hampstead 1 Pond, 3 singing Chiffchaff across site (Matt Reed).
  • Horsenden Hill: Blackcap, 1 Great Crested Grebe [first record from this site since 2006] (Andrew Culshaw and David Howdon)
  • Ladywell Fields: singing Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail (David Capper)
  • London Wetland Centre: 6 Redshank, 6 Snipe, Wheatear, Blackcap, 3 Sand Martin, Meadow Pipit, 12 Chiffchaff (WWT website); 2 Peregrine m&f passing prey, 2 Sparrowhawk m f, 9 Common Snipe, 4+ singing Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting (Martin Honey)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Chiffchaff, 2 House Sparrow m&f (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Osterley Park: 3 Common Gull, Cormorant, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Grey Heron nest building, 6 Herring Gull, 30+ Jackdaw, Kestrel, Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 7 Shoveler, Teal (Richard Woolley).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Snipe, 3 Meadow Pipit NW, 11 Stock Dove, 47 Jackdaw, 3 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Long-tailed Tit, singing Chiffchaff, Grey Heron, 3 Song Thrush & 2 Fieldfare (Jon Ridge).
  • QEII Reservoir: Red-throated Diver [Ldn yr-1st] reported 0750 - permit only (BirdGuides)
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: Slavonian Grebe 1430 - permit only (BirdGuides)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 6 Little Grebes 3pr, 11 Shovelers, 32 Red-crested Pochards, 3m Wheatears, 12 Chiffchaffs (Tony Duckett); W'tears still 0800 also 50 Egyptian Goose incl 10yg, 3 Shelduck, 4 Mandarin, 10 Gadwall, 85 Pochard, 163 Tufted Duck, 9 Great Crested Grebe 4pr, Woodcock Comm'y Gdn slope nr water-cascade area 14 (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: pr Shelduck, Grey Heron 2+ yg in 2nd nest, Kingfisher, 7 Skylark on rugby pitches (J.Wilczur)
  • Rye Meads: m Marsh Harrier 2cy (Herts website); 3 Redshank, 13 Chiffchaff, Stonechat (RSPB blog)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Little Egret, 2 Greylag over, pr Goosander, 7 Lapwing, f Sparrowhawk, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Northern Wheatear, White Wagtail, 10 singing Chiffchaff, Little Owl, Kingfisher, 4 singing Skylark, Ring-necked Parakeet SW, 2 singing Reed Bunting (Neville Smith).
  • Staines Moor: Water Pipit, 4 Wheatear, Brent Goose, 4 Lapwing, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Keith Kerr).
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver, Black-necked Grebe (BirdGuides)
  • Stockwell: Peregrine chasing Crow (Michael Mac).
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Raven, 2 Curlew, 20 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, White Wagtail, Peregrine, 10 singing Cetti's Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Thorney CP: 2 Kingfishers betw two bridges, Kestrel, 4 Chiffchaff, Song Thrush on nest, 3 Cormorants (Sue Giddens)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 9 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Meadow Pipit over, Rook over, Bullfinch, Kestrel, 3 Mandarin, 10 Teal, 3 Common Buzzard, 11 Lapwing (John Colmans/Ian Ellis)
  • Upminster: Common Whitethroat St Mary's Ln reported 0725 (BirdGuides)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 3 Northern Wheatear, 2 Blackcap (Jonathan Nasir); pale Buzzard NW, Reed Bunting and Siskin NW (Jamie Partridge)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - pr Wheatear still in SW cnr 7-8am, Peregrine (Stuart Fisher); Buzzard (KJMcmanus); 3 Wheatear 2m f moving north along Lockwood bank at 2.00pm; south side - Cetti's Warbler still singing by first bridge (David Bradshaw)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2m Northern Wheatear on police scrape then W, 2 Redwing, 6 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 8 Chiffchaff, pr Blackcap, Linnet, Reed Bunting, 20+ Tufted Duck, 17 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 4 Kingfisher, Little Egret, 12 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 30+ Tufted Duck, 3 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 6 Teal, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 5-6 Lesser Redpoll, probable Mealy Redpoll, 2 Redwing, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: Rook S, 1-2 Cetti's Warbler (1 h calling fr edge of relief channel & singing bird in bed 15) (Stuart Fisher)
  • Whitewebbs Park: 2 Woodcock, 5 Redwing, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 6 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper (Robert Callf).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: distant Northern Wheatear, singing Blackcap, c9 Chiffchaff inc c4 singers, 2 Redwing, c18 Meadow Pipit inc c4 singers (David Lindo & Roy Nuttall)

Friday 21st March 2014Edit

  • Amwell GP: Swallow [Ldn yr-1st) over Grt Hardmead L am (BirdGuides)
  • Brent Reservoir: Oystercatcher on mud - roosting/feeding/flying round calling 3 times 09.45-10.25 - often stay all day, also 20 Snipe, Blackcap singing (Andrew Verrall); 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Northern Wheatears, Little Egret, Kingfisher (Steve Leeke)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Northern Wheatear, Spotted Redshank, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Cetti's Warbler, Green Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 50 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis)
  • Crossness: Garganey f still at sewage outfall, 2 Wheatear in paddocks (Steve Carter & Mike Robinson per JA)
  • East India Dock Basin: Red Kite W at 12:55, Little Ringed Plover, Sparrowhawk m, 2 Chiffchaff singing, 4 Shelduck, 20 Tufted Dock, 21 Teal, 2 Linnet (John Archer)
  • Eltham: 4 Monk Parakeet at Leathersellers sports grd (James Lowen)
  • Ewell - Hogsmill Open Space: singing Chiffchaff, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Herring Gull W, ad Lesser Black-backed Gull W, Redwing (Neil Batten)
  • Finsbury Park: 4 Shovelers, 2 Red-crested Pochards, 2 Gadwall and Little Grebe on boating lake, singing Chiffchaff (my first of yr here), Green Woodpecker and pr prospecting Stock Doves (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Hampstead Heath: m Blackcap in hedge at top of Parliament Hill at 08:15 where singing away, 7 singing Chiffchaff, Tawny Owl calling at 10:00 & again at 13:00 at Viaduct Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Siskin E, 3-4 Meadow Pipit, 18 Shoveler on Eagle_Pond, pr Grey Wagtail, pr Pied Wagtail (both prs on crt site), Little Egret E, pr Stock Dove, pr Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch singing (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Green Sandpiper, 5 Redshank, m Wheatear, 2 Sand Martin, Peregrine, 8 Chiffchaff (WWT website)
  • Mayflower Park: Blackcap m, 3 Chiffchaffs (Bob Smith)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Red Kite NE, ad m Wheatear, Common Buzzard over, Little Owl, Rook, 42 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Jackdaw, Jay, 11 Fieldfare, Grey Heron & 7 Stock Dove (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: 6 Wheatear, Little Ringed Plover (ELBF)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: m Northern Wheatear briefly 0730 Marylebone Grn (Regent's Pk Birds blog); 7 Shoveler, 18 Chiffchaff, 5m Blackcap, c20 Redwing (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: 5 Wheatears former riding ring, 4 singing Chiffchaffs, 4 flyover Redpoll sp (Hugh Bradshaw); 2-3 Buzzard - 2 together high over golf course & later one flew in fr NE, pr Sparrowhawk displaying nr Roehampton Gate, 33+ Skylark - flock of 22 on rugby pitches (presumably mainly migrants - only 4 later) & 8 prs/singers elsewhere (J.Wilczur).
  • St James's Park: drake Ruddy Duck again, singing Chiffchaff (Andrew Self)
  • Totteridge Valley: f Northern Wheatear, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Common Buzzard, 150+ Common Gull - all nr Folly Farm c5pm (Ian Ellis)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - pr Wheatear, Skylark, 6-7 Meadow Pipit, Red Kite, 4-5 singing Chiffchaff, Peregrine; south side of complex - 5-6 Little Egrets at nests, Peregrine hunting, singing Reed Bunting and Cetti's Warbler, 3+ singing Chiffchaff, 2 Sand Martin (Paul Whiteman); W'tears still there 15:00 on west side, 4 Goldeneye (Stuart Fisher); Lockwood - Red Kite, Sand Martin (KJMcmanus)
  • Wanstead Flats: pr Northern Wheatear still on police scrape (Josh Selfe)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Kingfisher R Roding, 2 Redwing (James Palmer)
  • Waterworks NR: Cetti's Warbler bed 15 (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: m Wheatear, singing Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff incl 4 singers, c20 Meadow Pipit, c40 Greenfinch, 3 Stock Dove (David Lindo)

Thursday 20th March 2014Edit

  • Crayford Marshes: m Northern Wheatear, Sand Martin, Spotted Redshank, Corn Bunting, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Curlew, 38 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: Little Ringed Plover 09.55 on Island, 2 Chiffchaff copse & NW cnr, 4 Shelduck (Paul Hyland).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit, Ring-necked Parakeet (Richard Green)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 7 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Common Buzzards and 2 Lesser Redpoll (Dave Morrison).
  • Lee Valley, Cornmill Meadows: 2 Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Shelduck, 20 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 7 Lapwing (Simon Papps).
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 Sand Martin NW, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Shelduck, 7 Snipe, 6 Redshank, Kestrel, 27 Wigeon, 39 Shoveler (Adam Salmon).
  • Osterley Park: Red Kite at 09.30 likely to be same bird at Richmond, 3 singing Chiffchaff (K.Fisher)
  • Pinner Park Farm: f Wheatear, Little Owl, Sparrowhawk, Snipe, m Pheasant, 61 Jackdaw, Jay, 11 Stock Dove, 10 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch & 3 Meadow Pipit (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Station: Grey Wagtail on platform (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: Sand Martin, Wheatear (RSPB blog)
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: Linnet, 2 Snipe, Chiffchaff (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Canal: Grey Wagtail nr Pollitt Dr (Matt Reed).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 12 Meadow Pipit and 3 Linnet NW 0625-0725; also 10 Chiffchaff - widespread influx, 2m Blackcap singing, 7 Redwing (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Red Kite low S over Pembroke Lodge 10.00 (J.Wilczur).
  • St James's Park: Chiffchaff singing on Duck_Is (Andrew Self).
  • Southfields: Chiffchaff in gdn - no wintering birds have been present, now getting 2-3 regular House Sparrows (Martin Honey).
  • Staines Moor: Brent Goose, 2 Wheatear (Jim Sweetland).
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver 1500 (BirdGuides)
  • Stocker's Lake: 12 House Martin reported 1205 (BirdGuides)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, c20 Lapwing, 11 Common Snipe, Red Kite, Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Tree Sparrow (Steve Blake).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs Lockwood: Wheatear (KJMcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2m Northern Wheatear (Tim Harris/Jono Lethbridge/Bob Vaughan/Barry Bishop); still at 18:00 (Dan Hennessy/Nick Croft), 6 Meadow Pipit, 20+ Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, Little Grebe flying across brooms in twilight; bat sp (Nick Croft)
  • Victoria Embankment Gardens: Chiffchaff singing nr York Water Gate at 08:20 (Frank Nugent).

Wednesday 19th March 2014Edit

  • Bow Creek: Kestrel m, 2 Shelduck, 17 Teal, Grey Wagtail, 3 Linnet (John Archer)
  • Claybury Park: pr Nuthatches, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Stock Doves, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, up to 8 Jays (Alan Hobson).
  • Crayford Marshes: Sand Martin, Spotted Redshank, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Redwing, 42 Fieldfare, 3 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher (Kev Jarvis)
  • Crossness: Garganey f still by sewage outfall (Steve Carter per JA)
  • Grovelands Park: itinerant f Smew present am (James Palmer)
  • Harrow on the Hill: Nuthatch investigating nest-hole in brick wall - if it is occupied this will be fourth consecutive yr this unusual nest site has been used (Alex Massey)
  • East India Dock Basin: Kestrel m, 4 Shelduck, 46 Teal, 23 Tufted Duck (John Archer)
  • Enfield: m Northern Wheatear on farmland (Robert Callf/Robin White).
  • Finsbury Park: 6 Shovelers, 2 Red-crested Pochards, Little Grebe all on boating lake. Blackcap singing (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 Siskin over, 12 Meadow Pipit over, 3 Grey Wagtail by Eagle Pond, 13 Shoveler, singing Nuthatch on Leyton Flats & in court, 2 Goldcrest, 4 singing Chiffchaff, 4 Redwing (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Jack Snipe, 7 Snipe, Green Sandpiper (WWT website)); 2 Peregrine m&f passing prey, 2 Sparrowhawk m f, 9 Common Snipe, 4+ singing Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting (Martin Honey)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 House Sparrow m&f (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Pinner Park Farm: Red-legged Partridge, m Pheasant, Common Buzzard, Little Owl, Snipe, singing Skylark, Meadow Pipit NW, 18 Jackdaw, 16 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail & 16 Fieldfare (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 7 Woodpigeon N, Pied Wagtail NW, 10 Meadow Pipit NW, 2 Linnet NW - 0610-0710; also 5 Mandarin 4m f (m perched on owl nestbox Leaf Yd Wd area 40), 1 Black-headed Gull left on lake, 3m Blackcap all (sub)singing for last 5-12 days a13&31&40 (birdman_euston) Nice to meet you today birdman_euston - my account of my visit here http://winowendyswildlifeworld.blogspot.co.uk/ [Wendy Marks]
  • Roehampton SW15 5PY (Clarence Ln/Priory Ln): pr Grey Wagtail - m still singing & displaying on top of school bldg (D Benton)
  • Staines Moor: Brent Goose, 2 Wheatears, 4 Buzzards over, Snipe, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Reed Buntings, Jay, Red Kite over, 3 Little Egrets, Goldcrest, 2 Gadwalls, 3 Redshank, Lapwing, 4 Wrens, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 3 Dunnocks, Grey Heron and many Skylarks and Meadow Pipits (Sue Giddens)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Scaup, Slavonian Grebe (Jim Sweetland)
  • Walthamstow: single Sand Martin S at 17.30 over allotments east of Lockwood res (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: 20+ Meadow Pipit (17 migrant birds in SSSI), 4 Chiffchaff (3 singing & presumed f calling Long Wd), Kestrel, 4 Mistle Thrush & nothing approaching a Wheatear - evg (Nick Croft)
  • Worcester Park: 2 singing Blackcaps (Bob Smith); singing Grey Wagtail on Beverley Brook Green Lane (Simon Osborn)

Tuesday 18th March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: m Teal (Boating Lake), Wheatear on pitch & putt at 9.40 (James Palmer); still present 1750 at least also 7 Shoveler Boating Lake (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Banbury Reservoir: Wheatear reported 1020 (BirdGuides)
  • Blackwell Tunnel (A12 Approach): House Martin [Ldn yr-1st] across carriageway (Geoff Harding)
  • Bushy Park: Red Kite over 13.00 (Croydon RSPB)
  • Crayford Marshes: Raven, Spotted Redshank, Corn Bunting, 7 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper (Kev Jarvis)
  • Finchley Road, NW3 (TQ263846): Grey Wagtail, Ring-necked Parakeet over - my first record here (Alex Massey)
  • Hackney Marshes: Common Whitethroat f (JW Davies)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 23 Shoveler on Eagle Pond, pr Grey Wagtail, 3+ Meadow Pipits over (Stuart Fisher)
  • Pinner (Marsh Road): Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 3 Common Buzzard, Skylark W, 16 Meadow Pipit (nine NW), 11 Stock Dove, 19 Jackdaw, Green Woodpecker & 4 Fieldfare (Jon Ridge).
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: 2 Snipe, Chiffchaff (Alan Hobson).
  • Richmond Park: m Pheasant crossed rd by Ham Cross (S.Read).
  • St James's Park: Chiffchaff singing at 14:30 (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Moor: 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, Wheatear nr Rifle Butts, pr Lapwing displaying, 3 Chiffchaff, plenty of Skylark and Meadow Pipit (Roger Dewey); Brent Goose, 2 Goosander m f, Little Egret and 3 Redshank (Kevin Duncan).
  • Sutcliffe Park: Common Whitethroat (James Lowen).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 4 singing Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 4 singing Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap, Linnet, 3 Pochard, 9 Shoveler, 10+ Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 8+ Skylark, Sparrowhawk (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 8 singing Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap, 4 Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Redpoll sp, 10 Redwing (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: Cetti's Warbler, 18 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Redwing over (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Chiffchaff incl 1 singer, 45 Redwing NW, 15 Meadow Pipit incl c6 singers (The Scrubbers)

Monday 17th March 2014Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Shelduck, Lapwing, 13 Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher together, 2 singing Chiffchaff (Andrew Haynes).
  • Brookmill Park: Redwing, 2f Blackcap (Conrad Ellam).
  • Canary Wharf: Common Buzzard soaring SE at 14:00, pr Great Black-backed Gulls (Stuart Fisher)
  • Charing Cross Hospital (public site): 2 Peregrine Falcon m chased off f at 2:35pm - went N, Common Buzzard drifting W 2:45pm (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Crayford Marshes: Common Whitethroat [Ldn yr-1st] most likely a wintering bird, Spotted Redshank, 7 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Green Sandpiper, Blackcap, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew (Kev Jarvis); Raven over at 15:40 (Ian Stewart per Kev Jarvis)
  • Denham: Buzzard and 2 Red Kite fields adj to M40 - 8.30am (Birderman).
  • East India Dock Basin: Peregrine, pr Kestrel, 2 Shelduck, 72 Teal, 21 Tufted Duck, Grey Wagtail, 2 Linnet (John Archer).
  • Hampstead Heath: hovering Kestrel, Chiffchaff, 2 Shoveler and Tawny Owl hooting nr Viaduct pond 12noon (Dawn Painter)
  • Mayflower Park: Chiffchaff, 2 Little Grebes (Bob Smith).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: pr Kingfisher (James Palmer)
  • Motspur Park: Joseph Hood Pk - 2 Chiffchaffs (Bob Smith).
  • Mudchute: 10 Monk Parakeet, Siskin NW, Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Chiffchaff (Stuart Fisher); also 6 Long-tailed Tit 3pr (Richard Harrison).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 3 Common Buzzard, m Pheasant, 43 Jackdaw, singing Chiffchaff, 11 Stock Dove, Fieldfare & 14 Meadow Pipit (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 16 Black-headed Gull N (15 left on lake), Stock Dove and 72 Woodpigeon N, Pied Wagtail N, 10 Meadow Pipit NW, 2 Fieldfare over - 0615-0715; also 3 Shelduck, 5 Sparrowhawk 3m 2f at 1330, 3 Kestrel pr & m, 2 Peregrine m f, Great Black-backed Gull W, Jackdaw NE, 3 Chiffchaff 2 singing, 6+ Blackcap 4m 2f, c10 Redwing (birdman_euston & Regent's Pk Birds blog)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Little Egret and Water Pipit (C.Lamsdell); Brent Goose reported 1840 (BirdGuides)
  • Stanwell Moor: Jack Snipe (C. Lamsdell) Any further info as to where on Stanwell Moor please? Thanks [Keith Kerr]. An area with no public access - but Staines Moor is a better bet [CL]
  • Swanley Park: 2 Greylag, Coot, Chiffchaff singing, Long-tailed Tit nest, 2 Mistle Thrush nests, 20 Magpies, 30 Crows; also Red-eared Terrapin, Brown Rat, Wood Mouse, and Brimstone, Comma, Peacock butterfly and Speckled Wood butterflies (Andy Meaton)
  • Tottenham Marshes: 7 singing Chiffchaff (James Palmer)
  • Totteridge Valley: 182 Common Gull, 4 Little Owls calling, m Sparrowhawk - all nr Folly Farm (Ian Ellis).
  • Trent Park: f Smew lower lake - usual suspect (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 9+ Snipe, c30 Lapwing, Chiffchaff (Steve Blake)
  • Vicarage Farm: Common Snipe, 2 singing Skylark, 13 Meadow Pipit, 2m Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 18 Linnet, m Yellowhammer (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: horse paddock - Fieldfare, 2 Linnet (James Palmer)

Sunday 16th March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Buzzard N 0955-1000 pursued by 4 crows, Meadow Pipit, Brambling and 9 Jackdaws over Boating Lake, where m Teal still and Greylag, pr Shoveler Wood Green Res (APOG).
  • Brent Reservoir: f Merlin E at 10.00, Common Buzzard over at 10.10, Peregrine, 4 Greylag Geese, 2 Little Egrets behind dam, 81 Meadow Pipit N, 23 Snipe (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard & Andrew Verrall)
  • Brentford Ait: virtually opposite Brentford Gate of Kew Gardens - lots of chicks in heronry (Andy Sunters)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Redwing, Song Thrush, Blackcap, 4 House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam).
  • Clapham Common: Great Crested Grebe on Mount Pond; Chiffchaff singing fr nearby Council yard (Nick Rutter)
  • Cranford CP: pr Kestrel on nest, many Ring-necked Parakeets, Green Woodpecker, 3-4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Buzzard over, Chiffchaff h, 12+ Jackdaw (T James)
  • Crayford Marshes: Siberian Chiffchaff in hedges along Moat Ln, Ruff, Corn Bunting, Green Sandpiper, Chiffchaff, 3 Curlew, 5 Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: Garganey f still at sewage outfall, 26 Wigeon, 5 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank (John Archer).
  • Hatfield: Osprey [Ldn yr-1st] SW over A414 towards Tyttenhanger GPs 11.45 (HBC website).
  • Leyton, Jubilee Park: Red Kite W c13:15 (presumably later seen at Waterworks NR then Stoke Newington Res), Great Black-backed Gull over - probably regular but rarely seen well/low enogh to confirm (Paul Whiteman)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 2 Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Susan Huckle)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, 7 Stock Dove, 4 Jackdaw, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Fieldfare & 11 Meadow Pipit (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Red Kite, Buzzard, Ruff, 5 Snipe, 30+ Redshank, 2 Curlew, 3 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, 17 singing Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 3 Redwing, 9 Fieldfare, Bearded Tit reported, pr Kingfisher, 10+ Pintail (RSPB)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Common Buzzard, Woodcock, f Lesser Spotted Woodpecker briefly 8.30am [first site record since 21 Feb 2008], Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Tony Duckett); 2 Stock Dove and 69 Woodpigeon N, 14 Meadow Pipit NW, Linnet N - 0625-0725; also Lesser Redpoll W 0955, 5 Redwing (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: m Reed Bunting, Kingfisher - Upper Pen Pond; also Brimstone, Peacock butterfly, Small Tortoiseshell (Steve Woolfenden).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: pr courting Great Crested Grebe, Red Kite over 13.40, 2 singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch (TeRNS)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 2 Raven, 11 Turnstone, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew (Frank Nugent).
  • Thorpe Park: Snipe, Blackcap m, Reed Bunting (Kevin Duncan)
  • Uxbridge: 4 Jackdaw over gdn in Church Rd Cowley mid-am - first I have seen here (Observer ?)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - 5 Sand Martin (KJMcmanus); Cetti's Warbler, Common Sandpiper (High Maynard), 25 Meadow Pipit (passage N), Pied Wagtail low N, 34 Shelduck (both sides), 2 Green Sandpiper, Reed Bunting N, 2 Linnet over, 7 Goldeneye, 8 Chiffchaff (Stuart Fisher).
  • Wandsworth Common: steady passage of c60 Woodpigeon N 06.50-07.50, 9 Stock Dove (3 over & 3pr on Common), 6 Redwing W; 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Shoveler (Nick Rutter).
  • Wanstead Flats: Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 singing Meadow Pipit, possibly 7 singing Skylark, Fieldfare, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Little Egret and Kingfisher along Roding; 15 Jay together in very noisy group moving round park (Barbara Miller); Woodcock (Tim Harris)
  • Waterworks NR: Kestrel, Buzzard, Red Kite all over (Susan Huckle); Sparrowhawk, Little Egret flying toward Walthamstow Marshes 3:00ish (Sue Barry); Cetti's Warbler, 5 Meadow Pipits over; also Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock butterfly, Brimstone, Comma (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Worcester Park: singing Blackcap in gdn (Bob Smith).

Saturday 15th March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Linnet, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Shoveler 2pr Wood Green Res, m Teal Boating Lake, 46 Redwing (APOG).
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, 32 Snipe, Lapwing, Lesser Redpoll and Meadow Pipit over, 3 singing Chiffchaff (Brent Birders)
  • Bromley-by-Bow (Three Mills): Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Stock Dove, 8 Teal (Abbey Creek), Little Grebe, singing Grey Wagtail, 2 Linnet (Stuart Fisher/Marco Johnson)
  • Cranford CP (J3 M4): resident pr Kestrels mating, 4 Green Woodpeckers (one pr checking last yr's nest hole), 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 6 Redwings over, Buzzard being mobbed by both K'strels, 4+ singing Chiffchaffs (Wendy Marks)
  • Crayford Marshes: Raven, 3 Ruff, Spotted Redshank, 8 Cetti's Warbler, Green Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Little Egret, Curlew, 110 Redshank, 8 Redwing, 24 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis)
  • Crossness: f Garganey at outfall 0830, 26 Wigeon, 300+ Teal, Curlew, 15 Redshank, 3 Green Sandpipers in paddocks, 2 Grey Wagtails, Song Thrush (Richard Bonser)
  • Fairlop Waters/Bretts GPs: WeBS counts - Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Snipe, 4 Lapwing, 6 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 4 Shelduck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 70 Tufted Duck, 38 Mallard, 3 Grey Heron, 34 Coot, 13 Moorhen, 2 Reed Bunting, Stonechat, 30 Linnet, 85 Fieldfare, 3 Chiffchaff (Steve Bacon)
  • Finsbury Park: boating lake - m Red-crested Pochard (Aaron C-Partridge)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2 Little Grebe and singing Reed Bunting in Ecology Park, 2 Oystercatcher on barge on Thames (Conrad Ellam)
  • Grovelands Park: f Smew of unknown origin on lake (very tame), pr Mandarin, pr Treecreeper, displaying Nuthatches, Stock Dove, plenty of Great Spotted Woodpecker and Green Woodpecker drumming (Davey Leach).
  • Gutteridge Wood: Tawny Owl, 2 Chiffchaff (G Westley)
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail showing very well at Viaduct Pond, feeding openly, intermittently harangued by a Moorhen (Frank Nugent).
  • Hanwell, Grand Union Canal: Stock Dove perched in tree - unusual here (Rob Mills)
  • High Elms CP: 3 Buzzards soaring high drifting N, 2 Chiffchaff singing (Ray Tuck)
  • Ladywell: Common Buzzard over (Dave Capper per James Lowen) TQ377745
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, 6 Snipe, Sand Martin, Red Kite SE 1045 (WWT website); also Brambling (Martin Honey)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: pr Kingfisher, singing Chiffchaff, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker (Jonathan Nasir) K'fisher pics
  • Osterley Park: 2 Common Buzzard circling in distance to north (Rob Mills)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 3 Little Egret, Common Buzzard over, 2 Snipe, singing Blackcap, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 11 Jackdaw & 9 Stock Dove (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Woodcock again Leaf Yd Wd border area 40, 2 Blackcap singing a14&34, 13 Redwing (birdman_euston/Eric Barlow); 20 Egyptian Goose includes 10 goslings fr 3 broods (Matt Reed).
  • Richmond Park: m Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Lesser Redpoll - Prince Charles Spinney (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Southall UB2 (Osterley Ln): Sparrowhawk, Skylark in song flight (Rob Mills)
  • Staines Reservoir: Black-necked Grebe and 5 Goldeneye on South Basin; Little Grebe, 3 Shelduck, c15 Goldeneye, c10 Wigeon on North Basin (Charlie Farrell)
  • Stoke Newington West Reservoir: Chiffchaff singing (Jon Agar)
  • Ten Acre Wood: 2 Pheasant, Buzzard, Kestrel, 8 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 7 Stock Dove, probably 2 different Kingfisher, 2 Skylark, c15 Redwing, 7 Fieldfare, 2 singing Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, c20 Linnet (Neil Anderson/Gordon Westley)
  • Upminster Hall Playing Fields: Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Jackdaw (Richard Harrison).
  • Waltham Abbey: Red Kite over low just to east (Jean-Patrick Elmes)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 6 Chiffchaff incl along canalside, 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 12 Shelduck on Lockwood displaying, 3+ Grey Wagtail, 2 Linnet, 4+ Redwing, Little Egret (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Sand Martin W over Alexandra Lake first thing (Tony Brown), 6-7 singing Skylark, 11-12 Meadow Pipit (3-4 singing), 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 singing Chiffchaff, Linnet, Siskin, 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, 48 Redwing N, Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe (Wanstead Birders)
  • Waterworks NR: Cetti's Warbler seen well fr Bay 16, 2 Shelduck over, 14 Teal, 6 Pochard, 7 Shoveler, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Wimbledon Common: 2 Woodcock, Common Snipe, Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, Skylark, Blackcap, singing Reed Bunting (David Wills).

Friday 14th March 2014Edit

  • Abney Park Cemetery: Tawny Owl, Jay, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Redwing, 11 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch (TeRNS)
  • Alexandra Park: Fieldfare W chalking in fog 0710 (Bob Watts).
  • Brentford: Peregrine Falcon spooking 2 pigeons atop Allianz bldg at jn of A4 & Boston Manor Rd, then proceeding to chase x1 around bldg. Didn't see the outcome (Rob Mills)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam) Volunteers have started clearing brambles in park despite my explaining to them last yr that some birds are nesting in March. I was particularly annoyed because they destroyed a Long-tailed Tit's nest [CE]. Isn't that a criminal offence? [JH] Only if they knew it was there [CE] Any chance you can let us know the group responsible - maybe some polite, informative emails might help? [JB] I believe you are correct & maybe your local/regional wildlife liason officer (police) can help to enforce law in this situation. I've challenged Woodland Trust/Natural England (as was) on this matter in the past, but on reflection should have contacted the relevant law enforcment agency. Not sure, I thought it was a group called 3 rivers clean up & tweeted them a couple of wks ago. 2 yrs ago I saw the group working & stopped them before they cleared the brambles where the tits were nesting. Last yr I missed my chance & they removed the scrub where I had seen the birds with nest material. A wk later I met the group leader & told her that they had destroyed a nest & that they shouldn't be clearing brambles in March (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Park: Buzzard circling on thermals (Neil Anderson)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank, Blackcap, 2 Rock Pipit, Green Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 54 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis)
  • Eltham Palace Gardens: Chiffchaff (Peter Charles)
  • Holyfield: Red Kite, 8+ Common Buzzards, Little Owl, 2 Shelduck, 7 Goosander m 6f loafing on island north of Grand Weir Hide (Mike Oakland)
  • Hooks Marsh Lake: 2 Smew drake & red-head at 11.30 feeding around islands - viewed fr footbridge betw this & 70 Acres Lake, also Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler fr Bittern Hide (Alastair Dent)
  • Ladywell Fields: Nuthatch, singing Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush (Tom Moulton)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 1-2 singing m Blackcap, 3 singing Nuthatch (2 Epping Forest side & 1 Leyton Flats), pr Grey Wagtail, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher, 8 Shoveler, 10+ Redwing, 2 singing Chiffchaff, Lesser Redpoll over, 11 Ring-necked Parakeet (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 7 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, Brambling, 6 Cetti's Warbler (WWT website); Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 5 Redshank - pm (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 Sparrowhawk, 2-3 House Sparrow, 2 Mistle Thrush, Redwing (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Mayflower Park: singing Blackcap (Bob Smith)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Buzzard over at 16:45, Little Owl, 18 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing (Jon Ridge, Jon Reverley); Also: 3 Little Egret, pair of Shoveler, m Pheasant, 5 Jackdaw, 6 Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker 4 Stock Dove & 2 Coal Tit (JR).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 19 Woodpigeon N, 2 Pied Wagtail over, 7 Meadow Pipit NW/W, 12 Chaffinch E - smoggy vismig 0625-0825; also Shelduck, Mandarin, 9 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 112 Pochard, 187 Tufted Duck, 89 Black-headed Gull left, 2 Common Gull, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, c10 Redwing (birdman_euston)
  • River Pool Linear Park: 2 Redwing, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Kingfisher m f, Green Woodpecker, singing Song Thrush (Tom Moulton)
  • Roehampton SW15 5PY (Clarence Ln/Priory Ln): Grey Wagtail singing & displaying for last two wks on top of school bldg (D Benton)
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver, Scaup (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stanmore Place: Red Kite low over trees (Neil Anderson)
  • Tarn Park, Mottingham: Northern Wheatear 1030 - on adj golf course, m Blackcap (Peter Charles)
  • Thorpe Park: Little Ringed Plover [Ldn yr-1st] reported 0750 (BirdGuides)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 4 singing Chiffchaff, Fieldfare, still c170 Common Gull, 5 Lapwing, m Kestrel, 7 Teal (John Colmans)
  • Victoria Park: Kingfisher West Lake, Chiffchaff nr Regents Canal (Bob Watts).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: No 5 - 3 Green Sandpiper, Jackdaw and Rock Pipit over SW; Lockwood - Red Kite W, Rock Pipit S, 2 displaying Peregrines (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 singing Chiffchaff, 3-4 singing Meadow Pipit, 5 singing Skylark, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, 5 Reed Bunting, 5 Little Grebe incl the first on Angel pond, 3 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft/Tim Harris)
  • Wanstead Park: 4 singing Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap, Lesser Redpoll, Little Egret, 3 Kingfisher, Water Rail, Redwing, Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft/Tim Harris)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Common Buzzard N at 0640, also c20 Redwing, 2 Jackdaw, 4 Jay, c25 Greenfinch, c10 Meadow Pipit incl 1 singer (The Scrubbers)

Thursday 13th March 2014Edit

  • Banstead: Red Kite E at 13.25hrs (Steve Gale)
  • Blackheath Dips: Chiffchaff, 7 Greenfinch (Joe Beale).
  • Bow Creek: Kingfisher, Kestrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, Shelduck, 16 Teal, Reed Bunting m (John Archer)
  • Brent Reservoir: m Wheatear on playing fields, 3 Chiffchaff (2 singing), Redshank, 23 Snipe, Water Rail (Brent Birders)
  • Coppetts Wood: Eastern Rosella - escapee (James Palmer)
  • Crossness: Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Rock Pipit, 4 Oystercatcher, Curlew (Kev Jarvis)
  • East India Dock Basin: Cormorant - Estonian-ringed bird again on pier, 15 Tufted Duck, 10 Teal, Grey Wagtail (John Archer)
  • Enfield Town: singing m Blackcap in St Andrew's Churchyard 13:30hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Ewell Village: singing Blackcap in Cheam Rd (Neil Batten)
  • Finsbury Park: Buzzard NE at 18.00 (ASmith)
  • Greenwich Park: 5 Meadow Pipits Nish late am, 13 Black-headed Gulls N (Joe Beale)
  • Hatch End Playing Fields: Grey Wagtail along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Goldcrest flitting in trees by bridge Kensington Gdns side (Sue Barry)
  • KGV Reservoir: Little Egret, 45 Goldeneye, 20 Wigeon, 17 Goosander, m Wheatear (Neville Smith).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, 8 Snipe (WWT website)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Redwing, Mistle Thrush, third egg for pr Peregrine Falcon (public site) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Morden Cemetery: singing Chiffchaff (Bob Smith)
  • Mudchute Park: 5 Monk Parakeet, Chiffchaff (non singing), Grey Wagtail over (Stuart Fisher)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Red-legged Partridge (first record for 10yrs), m Pheasant, Common Buzzards, m Kestrel, 5 Teal over, 2 Little Owl, 2 Little Egret, 8 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 6 Meadow Pipit NW, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Stock Dove & 9 Goldfinch; also m Brimstone butterfly (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: f Wigeon off Heron_Is area 8 then over [site yr-1st], ad Yellow-legged Gull a8 then SW, Woodcock Leaf Yd Wd border a40, Blackcap singing since 8 Mar Deadmans Cnr a34 but visiting fdrs, 3 Redwing (birdman_euston)
  • Staines Moor: Jack Snipe, 3 Water Pipit and 2 Egyptian Geese (C.Lamsdell)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Fieldfare betw river & athletics track - flew off over river 1030 (Peter Charles); presumably same bird along river at 15h; also Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Common Snipe (James Lowen); 2 Common Snipe, 2 Redwing, singing Reed Bunting - 08.00 (Conrad Ellam) People may not be aware of proposed development of new sports facilities in park. Although not encroaching on LNR it is adjacent & locals are concerned about impact on park & LNR. Full details of plans & how to object can be accessed through Friends of Sutcliffe Park Facebook page [PC].
  • The Tarn, Mottingham: Blackcap, 2 Redwing (Conrad Ellam) DT - 'The Tarn' is official Greenwich LBC site-name cf 'Tarn Park' in db [b_e]
  • Trafalgar Square: 4 Kestrel circling over sq 1647-1705, Peregrine through briefly at 1650 (Peter Beckenham)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 14 Common Snipe, c30 Lapwing, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel (Steve Blake)
  • Wanstead Flats: pr Teal, 30 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Linnet, 6 Skylark, 7 Meadow Pipit, 3 singing Chiffchaff ('Foggy' Bob Vaughan/Nick 'misty' Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Kingfisher, 2 Pochard, Great Crested Grebe (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: drake Shoveler over - 3rd-ever record, also 4 Redwing NE, f Reed Bunting (David Lindo, Nick Prentice & Paul Thomas)

Wednesday 12th March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Common Buzzard (Dave Callahan).
  • Banstead: 4 Common Buzzard E at 14.00hrs (Steve Gale)
  • Brent Reservoir: singing Chiffchaff Field Studies Centre, Mistle Thrush sitting on nest Churchyard (Harry Mackie per Roy Beddard)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Sparrowhawk, 2 Redwing, Chiffchaff, 7 House Sparrow; Comma (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: f Marsh Harrier, Little Owl, Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Oystercatcher (Kev Jarvis)
  • East India Dock Basin: 78 Teal, 11 Tufted Duck (John Archer)
  • Grovelands Park: red-head Smew of unknown origin early afternoon still on boating lake - showing down to a few metres fr pebbled section of path (Katy McGilvray)
  • Hampstead Heath: Woodcock -presumably flushed- flew towards transmitter just before midday fr P Hill, also 10 Meadow Pipits N, 5 Pied Wagtails N, 9 Shoveler on Highgate 1, 2 Redpolls feeding nr 'ploughed field', Linnet N, 5 Redwings all points, Kingfisher at Sanctuary pond (Pete Mantle)
  • Headstone Moat: Sparrowhawk, 2 Goldcrest, Green Woopecker & 7 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Heathrow Airport: Yellow-legged Gull (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Kensington Gardens: lunchtime - despite hordes of people out enjoying the spring sunshine one of the Tawny Owls gave great views in usual tree, 2 Treecreeper in same tree hunting insects, pr Long-tailed Tits still nest building; Comma butterfly sunning itself in flower bed north of Albert memorial statue (Martin Honey); 2 Little Owls in oak tree 30ft south of intersection of bicycle path & path leading fr Kensington High St to Serpentine Bridge -- this is a different pair from the usual ones nr leaf yard (Ralph Hancock)
  • London Wetland Centre: 33 Wigeon, 4 Redshank, 3 Snipe, Mediterranean Gull still, 2 Chiffchaff (WWT website)
  • Mayflower Park: singing Blackcap, Little Grebe, pr Reed Bunting (Bob Smith)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Common Buzzard alighted a large Oak briefly at 14:15, 2 Little Egret, m Pheasant, singing Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit, 8 Redwing, 7 Fieldfare, 9 Jackdaw, 2 Jay, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, Long-tailed Tit & 7 Stock Dove (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: Ruff, 2 Curlew, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, Ringed Plover, Blackcap and 28 Little Egrets (Dave Morrison)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Chiffchaff Leaf Yd Wd area 40, 2 Blackcap m f a34&40, 14 Redwing a40, Pied Wagtail NW, 71 Chaffinch incl 42 NE 0630-0750 (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: 3 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker -Thatched House Lodge area (M.Lewis) [Where is Thatched House Lodge - not shown on park map. Thanks, D Palmer 500m N of Kingston Gate], Red Kite 13.00, 2 Buzzard - one N & one poss'y local, Grey Heron - 3 yg in 1st nest (J.Wilczur).
  • Totteridge Valley: pr Kingfishers along Folly Brook, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Pheasant, 3 Little Owl, 11 Lapwing, 14 Teal, 4 Mandarin, 9 Meadow Pipit, 20+ Fieldfare, 60+ Redwing, 6 Rook; Pipistrelle sp (Ian Ellis)
  • Trent Park: 5 Common Buzzard over Nature Trail 12:20hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: 4-5 Chiffchaff singing, 6 singing Skylark, 14 Meadow Pipit (4 singing), Pied Wagtail, 4 Reed Bunting, Linnet, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Shoveler, 20 Tufted Duck, 4 Redwing, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft/Tim Harris)
  • Wanstead Park: 16 Lesser Redpoll behind tea hut (Dan Hennessy); singing Blackcap in Bush Wood (Tim Harris)
  • Worcester Park: Green Sandpiper, singing Blackcap Green Lane (Bob Smith)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Stonechat, up to 5 displaying Meadow Pipit, 2 Redwing; Small Tortoiseshell (Paul Anderson & Charlie Farrell); Whinchat [Ldn yr- 1st] (finder James Palmer) I'm not doubting the record but isn't this a very early unusual sighting? [M. Honey] - It has happened before -March 9th if I remember correctly & about ten yrs ago two Whinchats over-wintered at Taplow in Berkshire - slightly outside London recording area [JR]. Very likely to have been the Stonechat. I saw the photograph & it's a female that quite possibly be confused for a Whinchat at a distance [David Lindo] I was aware of the very early date & the possibility of confusion with Stonechat so I took the trouble to have prolonged views - it was definitely a Whinchat - nice peachy breast. white wing patches & a clear broad cream supercilium (James Palmer) Thx for details JP & congrats - not disputing but were you also able to see diagnostic white at base of tail? [b_e]. Fantastic! [David Lindo] I can't honestly say I saw the white at the base of the tail but the combination of the white wing patches which I saw very clearly plus the cream supercilium meant it had to be Whinchat - it would seem to have been a 1st winter male. It couldn't have been a male Stonechat (no resemblance whatsoever) & a female Stonechat wouldn't have shown the white on the wing. Plus the supercilum was too pronounced for female Stonechat (James Palmer).

Tuesday 11th March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: pr Shoveler Wood Green Res, 8 Redwing (Bob Watts).
  • Battersea Park: pr Red-crested Pochards (though feral not resident), pr Great Crested Grebe on nest showing egg, Grey Herons - c3 nests with calling yg & 2 new nests being built, pr Egyptian Geese, Ring-necked Parakeet going in old woodpecker hole (Michael Mac).
  • Beddington SF: Northern Wheatear [Ldn yr-1st] reported 0730 (BirdGuides)
  • Black Park: 5 Crossbill, 4 Mandarin (C Lamsdell)
  • Blackheath: Redwing at dawn, 2 Blackcap (James Lowen)
  • Brent Reservoir: singing Chiffchaff Field Studies Centre (Harry Mackie per Roy Beddard)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank, 4 Rock Pipit, 3 Corn Bunting, 2 Yellow-legged Gull 1w & 2w, Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher (Kev Jarvis)
  • Danson Park: 4 Egyptian Goose 2pr (2 recently-hatched yg), Water Rail, 3 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 18 Robin, 9 Redwing, Mistle Thrush and Blackbird with nest material (Ralph Todd)
  • East India Dock Basin: Grey Wagtail, 11 Tufted Duck, c100 Teal, 6 Linnet, 9 Redshank on Bow Creek roost (Paul Hyland).
  • Greenwich Park: singing Redwing (James Lowen)
  • Grovelands Park: f Smew 16:30hrs, pr Great Crested Grebe, pr Mute Swan, 3 Egyptian Goose, 7 Mandarin Duck 5m 2f, 3 Pochard 2m f, 18 Tufted Duck 10m 8f, 5+ Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, 26 Redwing pitch & putt, singing Mistle Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper (Robert Callf).
  • Hampstead Heath: Chiffchaff (David Matthews); Water Rail Viaduct Pond (M.Hill with MBS group)
  • Harrow (Brook Drive): pair of Grey Wagtail along drainage channel (Jon Ridge).
  • Lee Valley Riding Centre: 13 Linnet (James Palmer) DT - official site name for RC cf 'Lea Br Rd' [b_e]
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: singing Grey Wagtail, 15+ Redwing, 6 Shoveler, 58 Tufted Duck, Kingfisher, Nuthatch, Stock Dove, 10 Ring-necked Parakeet, singing Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Stuart Fisher)
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley: 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Siskins, 2 Egyptian Geese, 15 Greylags, 20+ Redwing, Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush, Chaffinch, Red Kite over, Great Crested Grebe, 7 Gadwall; Muntjac nr canal (Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 6+ Redshank, Mediterranean Gull The MedGull shows some black on P9 P8 & a very small amount on P7. The hood & bare parts look very adult like, so I'd guess this bird is moulting into third summer, although I suppose a very advanced second summer isn't impossible. I have some pics I'll post shortly (Matt Palmer). 2 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bearded Tit, Pheasant, 39 Redwing W/NE, Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff (WWT website)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: Water Rail - only my 2nd for site (Rich Petley)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 Coal Tit (pr nest prospecting), 2nd egg for pr Peregrine Falcon on hospital (public site) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Mayflower Park: Buzzard E (Bob Smith); f Reed Bunting in reedbed (Simon Osborn)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: pr Kingfisher (James Palmer)
  • Pinner (Marsh Road): Grey Wagtail along River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: Red Kite N at 15:05, Kestrel, m Pheasant, Little Grebe, Little Owl, 8 Snipe, 31 Meadow Pipit, 11 Jackdaw, 32 Redwing, 24 Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 5 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: 2m Ruff scrape early am, Bittern (RSPB blog)
  • Richmond Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker -Ham Cross Plantation, pr Stonechat -Pond Slade (M.Lewis).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 51 Tufted Duck, Water Rail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, 9 Redwing, Grey Wagtail (TeRNS)
  • Twickenham Riverside: 11 Red-crested Pochard 8m 3f (Bill Budd)
  • Victoria Park: pr Red-crested Pochard (James Palmer); 2 Little Grebe pr West Lake (Bob Watts).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Rock Pipit High Maynard (KJMcmanus)
  • Walthamstow Forest: Chiffchaff h singing (D.Briggs)
  • Wanstead Flats: 4-5 singing Chiffchaff, 11 Linnet, 5-6 Reed Bunting, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 7 Skylark, 25+ Redwing, 35 Tufted Duck, 6 Shoveler, pr Teal, 6 Little Grebe, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: 16 Lesser Redpoll (& 2-3 possible Mealy), 3 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 6 Shoveler, Gadwall, Sparrowhawk, 30+ Redwing (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Dan Hennessy)
  • Waterworks NR: Cetti's Warbler calling (James Palmer)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 4 Redwing N, c10 Meadow Pipit incl 1 singer, 3 Common Gull, c300 Rose-ringed Parakeet, c8 House Sparrow (David Lindo & Roy Nuttall)

Monday 10th March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming nr Muswell Hill entr 11.00 (Brian Price); Chiffchaff singing Conservation Area, Meadow Pipit N 7am (Bob Watts).
  • Blackheath: Redwing at dawn, 2 Blackcap (James Lowen)
  • Bow Creek: 3 Redshank (James Palmer)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Redwing, 2 House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Buckhurst Hill: m Lesser Spotted Woodpecker feeding in back gdn am (I Lycett)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Chiffchaffs, 36 Redwings (Tony Duckett).
  • Camden N1C 4BE (Canal Reach): 8-10 Jackdaw 0740-0810 rendezvous on hi-rise roof - cf c70 on 26 Feb (birdman_euston)
  • Crayford Marshes: Caspian Gull 1w, Spotted Redshank, 8 Corn Bunting, Green Sandpiper, 8 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Little Egret, Kingfisher, 4 Oystercatcher (Kev Jarvis)
  • Croydon: Park Ln derelict office bldgs - m Sparrowhawk, pr Peregrine (with a very noisy food exchange & prey feathers flying from plucking) (Tony Kennelly)
  • Deptford: Peregrine soaring high over Stn early pm (Patrick English).
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Greylag Goose, 100 Teal, 27 Tufted Duck, 10 Goldfinch, 5 Linnet (James Palmer)
  • Gallions Reach: Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 14 Redshank, 2 Stock Dove (James Palmer)
  • Kensal Green Cemetery and St Mary’s Cemetery: c8 Fieldfare, c20 Linnet, 3+ Meadow Pipit (Charlie Farrell)
  • Kensington Gardens: lunchtime - no sign of either owl sp but pr Nuthatch being fed nr leaf yard, pr Long-tailed Tit with half-completed nest (Martin Honey)
  • London Wetland Centre: Mediterranean Gull ad still present on main lake am, 3 Redshank, 26 Lapwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Redwing (Adam Salmon); 6 Redshank mid am, 9 Snipe, 36 Wigeon (Matt Palmer)
  • Margravine Cemetery: m House Sparrow (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest showing well by canal entrance, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Little Grebes (Sue Barry); pr Kingfisher performing display flight, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Jay (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Mudchute Farm: 4 Monk Parakeet (Stuart Fisher)
  • Pinner: Starling with ring on leg has returned to gdn for 3rd successive yr. Curious to where it was rung (Richard Francis) Richard has it got colour rings if so what combination as up until 2011 we were colour ringing starlings in Surrey but ironically only 2 sightings since out of over 300 ringed [Glyn Nicholson-Ross] Ans: The starling has only a single metal ring. It's odds on to be nesting in roof of a nearby bldg. It's the second starling with a ring on its leg I've found. The other nested for 2 yrs in bldg at Northwick Park Hospital. It could be caught. Spends half the time hanging on a bird fdr out the back. (Richard Francis)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Red Kite NE at 14:25, 2 Common Buzzard (one calling) at 13:45, 3 Little Egret, 153 Redwing, 54 Fieldfare, 15 Jackdaw, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit, Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 58 Pochard and 140 Tufted Duck (cf 125 & 225 on 5 Mar), 5 Little Grebe pr bldg nest in reedbed opp Goose Pen area 33, Red Kite [site yr-1st] NE 1140, 4 Kestrel, 3 Common Gull (18 on 8 Mar), 210 Black-headed Gull (450 on 5 Mar), c300 Woodpigeon N, 3m Blackcap, 6 Fieldfare NE 0650, 28 Redwing incl 12 NE 0705, 3 Pied Wagtail over, 58 Chaffinch incl 38 N/NW - first signif't if modest passerine spring vismig here 0640-0840 (birdman_euston)
  • Stanmore Place: Buzzard over mobbed by 2 Crows (Neil Anderson)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 2 Ravens on pylon, 1 of which mobbed a passing Common Buzzard, Yellowhammer, Rock Pipit, Curlew, 7 Turnstone, 8 Cetti's Warblers singing, 3 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff (Andrew Self)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 4 Redwings - totally lacking through winter so presumably migrating birds (Bob Watts).
  • Town Park, Enfield: f Smew Carr's Basin 16:40 hrs - presumably the same escaped tame bird which has frequented Alexandra Pk & Grovelands Pk (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Rook patch tick (NC), 25+ Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 5-6 singing Chiffchaff, c20 Chaffinch N, 9 Linnet, 6 singing Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit 2 singing & 8 others, 25 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, c100 Woodpigeon N, 6 Stock Dove (Wanstead Birders)
  • Woodside Park: 1+ Kingfisher along Dollis Brook am (Ian Ellis).

Sunday 9th March 2014Edit

  • Banstead Woods: m Firecrest nr Piddly Pond pm (Paul Goodman et al).
  • Beckenham: gdn - Blackcap singing, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, Green Woodpecker; Comma and Peacock butterflies (Bob Beaumont)
  • Brent Reservoir: 29 Snipe, Reed Bunting, Little Egret, Water Rail; also Brimstone and Peacock butterflies (Brent Birders).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank, 2 Corn Bunting, 8 Cetti's Warbler, Green Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Chiffchaff, Curlew, 48 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis)
  • Crossness: Garganey [Ldn yr-1st] f at sewage outfall, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 3 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, 15 Shoveler, 21 Wigeon (John Archer).
  • Fortis Green: 4 Mealy Redpolls (2 photographed) and c20 Lesser Redpolls in gdn - one Mealy had BTO ring & 2 Lessers with rings (Henry Wyn-Jones). TQ280896
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2 Shelduck, Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Linnet (Richard Green)
  • Hackney Downs Park: 135 Common Gull, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail showing well at Viaduct Pond, 2 Chiffchaff 1 in Pryors Field & 1 singing at Vale of Heath, where also Peregrine over at 12:20, 13 Shoveler, 2 Kingfisher, Wood Duck of unknown origin on Wood Pond Kenwood, where also 2 Little Grebe; also Comma, Peacock butterfly and Brimstone (Frank Nugent).
  • Hanwell: 2 Coal Tit actively feeding unusually in my back gdn (Rob Mills)
  • Harrow: Brimstone butterfly (Shailesh Patel).
  • Headstone Moat: pr Green Woodpecker in courtship 'dance' (Jon Ridge).
  • High Elms CP: Buzzard soaring & calling eventually landing on top of conifer, Tawny Owl calling 13:00, 6+ Nuthatch calling (Ray Tuck)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: 2 Little Grebe on Mercers Lake; Brimstone, 3 Tortoiseshell (A La Pietra)
  • Ilford: gdn - Blackcap singing (Barbara Miller)
  • London Wetland Centre: Mediterranean Gull ad, 36 Wigeon, 4 Redshank, 9 Snipe, 6 Reed Bunting, 3 Chiffchaff, Siskin, 2 Redpoll (Adam Salmon); 6 singing Cetti's Warbler (one displaying to f), Brambling seen by fdrs; also Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone butterflies (Martin Honey)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: Tawny Owl, 9 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 16 Teal, 2 Mistle Thrush, 8 Redwing, 2 Greenfinch (John Gordon)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest, Kingfisher, Red Kite S, Chiffchaff; Peacock butterfly, Comma, Tortoiseshell, Brimstone (Susan Huckle)
  • Motspur Park: f Ring Ouzel [Ldn yr-1st] on playing fields early am but flew off W (S. Haslem) Where was this -it's my local patch [Bob Smith] Noticed it in the tall trees directly behind Marina Ave first then flew towards playground in park but flew off (S Haslem)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 3 Little Egret, m Pheasant, singing Skylark, Cormorant over, 26 Jackdaw, 34 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, 5 Stock Dove, Grey Heron; Peacock butterfly and 6 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: White Wagtail [Ldn yr-1st] (RSPB blog)
  • Richmond Park: m Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and singing Chiffchaff in Prince Charles Spinney; 4+ Brimstone, 4+ Peacock butterfly (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Ruislip Woods: 2 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, f Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Nuthatch (1 plastering nest cavity); Grass Snake, 5 Brimstone, 4 Peacock butterfly, 3 Comma, Small Tortoiseshell (Neil Anderson)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Sparrowhawk one with prey, Buzzard, Lapwing, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Redwing (Nigel Dodd)
  • Thorney CP: Bullfinch m, Jay, Sparrowhawk over, 2 Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Siskins; also 2 Comma, Brimstone, 2 Peacock butterfly (Sue Giddens)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Chiffchaff, pr Treecreeper, pr Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 3 Redwing, Fieldfare, 8 Teal, drake Mandarin; also Small Tortoiseshell (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 5 Common Buzzard; Brimstone, 3 Comma, Red Admiral (Pete Lowman).
  • Twickenham: Buzzard being mobbed by single j'ckdaw, Red-crested Pochard on Thames by Marble Hill Park (Tom Gillard)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Redwing nr Riding School (David Collins)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: singing Cetti's Warbler, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll over, f Stonechat (W Warwick), Water Rail, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kingfisher, 12+ Goldeneye, 19 Fieldfare, c30 Shelduck, 20+ Teal, 7 Gadwall, 2-3 singing Chiffchaff (Stuart Fisher/Paul Whiteman)
  • Walthamstow E17 - Garden. Long eared tawny owl. Been here since 8am. [which is it? Where? And who?]
  • Wanstead Flats: Common Buzzard drifting N, c4 singing Chiffchaff, Skylark, Meadow Pipit; Brimstones (David Lindo, Geoff & Kim Gramlick)
  • Waterworks NR: singing Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk; Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell (David Collins)
  • West Harrow: 1+ Red Kite 1 drifted over to N 11:35 & same or another seen 14:35; also Brimstone, Peacock butterfly, unidentified white butterflies seen (Alex Massey)

Saturday 8th March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Siskin Grove (Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Beddington Farmlands: f Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 0945-1015 after long wait - only called once, drummed very briefly, good views but mobile - seen fr path fr Goat Rd (F Tusa)
  • Brent Reservoir: 120+ Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, Little Egret, Peregrine, Green Sandpiper, 24 Common Snipe, Reed Bunting, singing Blackcap (Roy Beddard, Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall)
  • Cowley Peachey: Red Kite over High Rd (Roger Dewey) DT - alternate spelling for site list [b_e]
  • Crayford Marshes: Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, 3 Rock Pipit, 7 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Oystercatcher, Curlew, c70 Redshank, c20 Skylark, c34 Meadow Pipit (Kev Jarvis)
  • Ewell Village: Common Buzzard low N over London Rd Rec Grd at mid-day; also 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Neil Batten)
  • Grovelands Park: any sign of the Smew anyone? Yes it was on boating lake early evg Thanks Katy, also 15 Redwing and 7 Stock Dove on pitch & putt (Katy McGilvray)
  • Gutteridge Wood: Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, mixed flock of 200+ Redwing & Fieldfare (G Westley)
  • Hampstead Heath: 7 Shoveler, 2 Kingfisher, 6 Greylag Goose on Boating Pond, drake Pochard (Frank Nugent).
  • Highams Park: Chiffchaff (Joe Dickens)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: WeBS Count - 7 Grey Heron (2 nests occupied), 52 Greylag Goose, 54 Canada Goose, 79 Mallard, 88 Coot, 55 Moorhen, 6 Water Rail, 16 Gadwall, 26m Cetti's Warbler, 62 Teal, 8 Little Grebe, 10 Mute Swan, 6 Cormorant, 17 Pochard, 47 Tufted Duck, 80 Black-headed Gull, 7 Common Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Shoveler, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Lapwing, Little Egret, 3 Red-crested Pochard 2m f, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5m Chiffchaff, 2m Yellowhammer, 40+ Fieldfare bottom paddock, 2 Redwing, 2 Jackdaw, Kestrel, Stock Dove - all resident common spp singing now - tot 57 spp (Tony Kennelly).
  • London Wetland Centre: ad Mediterranean Gull, 7 Common Snipe, Sparrowhawk, m Kestrel, pr Pintail, m Shelduck, 4 singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank, 3-4 singing Reed Bunting - am (Martin Honey)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: pr Egyptian Geese, 17 Shoveler, pr Gadwall, 11 Pochard, 3 Stock Dove, pr Jackdaw; pr Grey Wagtail nearby Barnes Bridge (Neil Anderson)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 5 Shoveler, Kestrel, 3 Snipe, Redwing, Reed Bunting, 40+ mating Common Frog (Neil Anderson)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 4 Little Egret, Little Owl, Common Buzzard over, m Kestrel, 16 Meadow Pipit, 21 Jackdaw, 9 Stock Dove, 26 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, Green Woodpecker, 2 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: Brent Goose (RSPB blog)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 17 Shoveler (38 winterers 2days ago - most have prob'y migrated), f Peregrine over QM Gdns area 19 at 1135, 2m Blackcap 1 subsong a1 & 1 at Wetland Pen fdr a32 (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Grey Heron- 1st pair have hatched 2 yg, 9 singing Skylark recently, singing Chiffchaff, m Stonechat, 5 singing Reed Bunting (H. Bradshaw, J.Wilczur).
  • Southfields: singing (overwintering) Blackcap, pr House Sparrow at gdn fdr (first record for gdn) (Martin Honey)
  • Staines Moor: Short-eared Owl flew in high fr N c17.55hrs, 2 Water Pipit, 3-5 Goosander (pr landed briefly on Colne/3 flew over/2m c10min later), 8 Lapwing, 2 Buzzard, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Little Egret, c50 Redwing and c50 Fieldfare coming into roost; also 1 small bat probable Pipestrelle sp at 18:20hrs (Jim and Tony Sweetland); 2 Red Kite, Peregrine and 2 Goosander (Andrew Peel, Toni Menezes and Shailesh Patel) Great to hear of a bat record - very rare here [Lee Dingain].
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver and Scaup still (Frank Nugent).
  • Stockley Park, West Drayton: Skylark singing, Egyptian Goose, Cormorant (Roger Dewey)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 8 Lapwing, 6 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, Little Egret, Buzzard, 3 Mute Swan, 3 Kestrels, 2 Reed Bunting (G Westley)
  • Totteridge Valley: f Peregrine over southeast section/Woodside Pk 09:25-09:30 then glided off towards Mill Hill East (Ian Ellis).
  • Trent Park: 7+ Redpoll sp incl 2+ m&f showing characteristics of Mealy Redpoll feeding in larches Williams Wd, also 3 Siskin 2m f here, f Bullfinch, 2 singing m Goldcrest (Robert Callf).
  • Uxbridge: Grey Wagtail R Frays at Hale Hamilton factory (regular nest site) (Roger Dewey)
  • Vicarage Farm: 2 Little Egret over, 3 Common Snipe (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: singing Cetti's Warbler by bridge, Curlew S calling, Skylark over, 12 Goldeneye, 3 Grey Wagtail, 7 Stock Dove, 2-3 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Kingfisher, Little Egret, 13 Gadwall (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: Curlew SSSI 0700 (h only), 2 Chiffchaffs, Reed Bunting, c6 Linnet and Pied Wagtail police scrape (Bob Vaughan)
  • West Harrow: Common Buzzard over 16:10 (Alex Massey)

Friday 7th March 2014Edit

  • Beddington Farmlands: f Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in old oaks at north of site again - seen fr footpath betw A237 & railway footbridge 09.20 (Paul Sell). Grateful for more precise instructions fr Hackbridge Stn if local birders have a moment to jot them down [MPB] Fr Hackbridge Stn go north up the A237 until you pass Mill Green, where Goat Rd meets A237 there is a footpath on right hand side of road leading through wooded area (this is the south side of Mitcham GC). The LSW is seen in oak trees along this path. I saw it half way down. It would be quicker to get to this path by heading south down A237 fr Mitcham J'n train stn [P Sell] This path continues over footbridge to Beddington Ln tram stop. It's marked as a footpath on OS map (see Bing maps). There are usually scrambler bikes on adj field at weekends but if you go early you should miss them & have the best chance of connecting with the woodpecker [J Hudson]
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Redwing, House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Caspian Gull 1w, Sand Martin, Spotted Redshank, 2 Corn Bunting, Chiffchaff, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Oystercatcher, Curlew (Kev Jarvis)
  • Hampstead Heath: pr Kingfishers at sandbank in Bird Sanctuary Pond for second day (Liz Valentine)
  • Hyde Park: Grey Wagtail back on territory Dell waterfall (KG&HP Birds blog)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: m Firecrest, 30 Redwing, Nuthatch, 8 Shoveler (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Redshank, Brambling (Catherine Beazley); also 3 Redpoll, Redwing, 5+ Snipe (Nick S) full surname pls Nick? Senior?
  • Putney Lower Common: singing Blackcap (David Wills)
  • Rammey Marsh: singing Skylark (James Palmer)
  • Richmond Park: singing Chiffchaff (S.Read); 7 Egyptian Goose pr & 5 yg Lower Pen Pond, 4 Grey Wagtail 2pr Beverley Brook (M.Lewis); f Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling & showing well - fr Robin Hood gate follow rd toward pen ponds carpark - approx half way is a sandy track on left & bird was in large trees by roadside at 8am, Peregrine over, Little Egret and pr Mandarin on Beverley Brook fr Roehampton gate (J.Murray & J.Murray Snr). Hi, whereabouts were the wagtails on the brook? At both ends. (M.Lewis)
  • Staines Moor: 5 Goosander, 4 Skylark, 34 Fieldfare, 6 Reed Bunting, 2 Little Egret, 13 Meadow Pipit, 7 Lapwing, Little Grebe, 3 Shelduck over, 4 Shoveler over, 7 Redwing, 98 Starling, 3 Linnet (Keith Kerr).
  • Stoke Newington Res: Peregrine soaring over West Reservoir at midday (Pete Mantle)
  • Trent Park: singing m Firecrest SW edge of Moat Wood, 2f Siskin Rough Lot, m Bullfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Twickenham Riverside: 6 Red-crested Pochard 4m 2f (Bill Budd)
  • Vicarage Farm: 5 Common Snipe - my highest count here since 23rd March 1996 when there were 9, 3+ Skylark incl two singing m, 3 Yellowhammer incl singing m (Robert Callf); Little Egret over (Robin White).
  • Wanstead Flats: pr Pochard, 20+ Tufted Duck, Shoveler, 3 trilling Little Grebe, Linnet, 7 Skylark 3 singing & 4 others, 2 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, 5 Redwing (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: 40 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, f Sparrowhawk (Daniel Whitelegg).

Thursday 6th March 2014Edit

  • Beddington Farmlands: f Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in old oaks at north of site again - seen fr footpath betw A237 & railway footbridge 7:00-7:50. Quite a show this morning; calling, drumming, 'butterfly dancing' & aggressively chasing away Great_Spotted_Woodpeckers. Also noticed a ring on the bird. (James Hudson & Nick Gardner)
  • Bushy Park: Common Buzzard, 11m Skylarks, 220+ Redwings, pr Mealy Redpolls, 14 Lesser Redpolls, 14 Siskins, 11 Reed Buntings (Tony Duckett).
  • Crayford Marshes: Caspian Gull 1w, Ruff, Spotted Redshank, 2 Corn Bunting, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Green Sandpiper, Curlew (Kev Jarvis).
  • Golders Green: Song Thrush singing 12.25-12.31am Woodstock Ave during illumination of offensively bright security lights (James Levy).
  • Hampstead Heath: Little Grebe on Kenwood Lake, Kingfisher on usual stick, mixed spring chorus of Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Starling and Redwing (subsong) along hedge betw Highgate Ponds 1 & 2 (Jo Edwards)
  • Holland Park: Chiffchaff trapped & ringed am - probably 1st of yr at this site as I don't think they generally overwinter here (Bill Haines)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: singing m Firecrest, singing m Blackcap, singing Nuthatch nr Gilberts Slade, 2 Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, 22 Redwing many in subsong, Siskin over, 8 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 2 Egyptian Geese over, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 5 Stock Dove - 0720-1000 (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, Brambling (WWT website)
  • Lordship Rec Grd: Reed Bunting (James Palmer) DT this is correct site name [b_e]
  • Muswell Hill N10 (Colney Hatch Ln): Sand Martin over wasteground adj to N Circular at 07.10 (Paul Angus)
  • North Sheen Rec Grd: 2 Blackcaps 7.15am (Peter Hart)
  • Osterley Park: Chiffchaff, 30 Fieldfare (K.Fisher)
  • Pinner: male Tawny Owl calling at 19:40 (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 Kingfisher m digging nest hole (RSPB blog)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 52 Egyptian Goose incl 19yg - coming soon to a water-feature nr you, 11+ Mandarin, 20 Grey Heron incl 1st nestling h Bandstand Is area 8 SE tip, Stock Dove and 50 Woodpigeon straggling N 0710-0745 (birdman_euston)
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver (South Basin), 2 Scaup (1 on N Basin & 1 seen by another observer on S Basin), 10 Goldeneye, 2 Shelduck, Common Buzzard (Steven Robinson)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Water Rail, Chiffchaff (James Palmer)
  • Trent Park: singing m Firecrest laurel Rough Lot, 20 Chaffinch, m Bullfinch (Robert Callf); 3 Common Buzzard, Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker h drumming & calling Personally not recorded any singing or drumming in Trent Park since 2009 when the last pair attempted to breed [R Callf] Keep your ears open then Robert [PL], Green Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Tufted Duck 3m f (Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood- pr Pintail; No1 res- Cetti's Warbler (KJMcmanus & Lol Cumming).
  • Wanstead Flats: Chiffchaff, 6 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 6 Skylark, 10 Linnet, Reed Bunting, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe, pr Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft)

Wednesday 5th March 2014Edit

  • Beddington Farmlands: f Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in patch of woodland at north of site - seen fr footpath betw A237 & railway footbridge 7:30 (James Hudson).
  • Bushy Park: f Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [site yr-1st] Round Plantation am but no drumming heard (Regent's Pk Birds blog)
  • Crayford Marshes: Raven SW 10:45 (Andy Sayer per Kev Jarvis); Common Buzzard, Spotted Redshank, Little Owl, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Corn Bunting, 2 Rock Pipit, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 6 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew (Kev Jarvis).
  • Grovelands Park: red-head Smew unknown origin still catching fish at end of boating lake nearest to pitch & putt, Firecrest in holly behind ranger's hut, 15 Redwing and Stock Dove on pitch & putt (Katy McGilvray)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Lesser Redpolls Heath Extension, Kingfisher Seven Sisters Pond, m Wood Duck Wood Pond (Klemens Felder)
  • Kensington Gardens: Round Pond- 43 Egyptian Geese, nearby 4 Mandarin in treetop, nr Tawny Owl which showed well, calling Nuthatch, 2 Jackdaw over (Neil Anderson)
  • Mayflower Park wetlands: Kingfisher (Bob Smith).
  • North Sheen: Rec Grd - Blackcap singing at 7.10am - first sighting in 5yrs (Peter Hart) TQ192760
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Buzzard over 1505, 2 Peregrine, m Blackcap subsong Hill north gate, 30 Redwing (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: 4 Buzzard (J.Wilczur & S.Read).
  • South Mimms: Bignell’s Cnr M25/A1 jn - Red Kite drifted S low over rbt at 12:15 (Andrew Haynes).
  • Streatham Common: Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker, 4 Jackdaw over, 9 Redwing some singing, 4 Stock Dove (Peter Beckenham)
  • Thorney CP: Bullfinch m, 2 Redpoll, Siskin, Jay, Mistle Thrush, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, Green Woodpecker, 3 Ring-necked Parakeets, Dunnock, 3 Wrens, Buzzard over (Sue Giddens)
  • Trent Park: Firecrest, Common Buzzard, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 4 Mandarin 3m f, 10 Jackdaw (Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood- 6+ Common Buzzard (KJMcmanus & Lol Cumming); S side- Cetti's Warbler (1 seen/h singing along channel W of No 1 res), Kingfisher; East Warwick- 8 Goldeneye (2 drakes), 10+ Gadwall, pr Grey Wagtail; No 3 res- 26 Shelduck (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: 10 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit (1 singing), 10 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Reed Bunting, Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 4 Shoveler, pr Stock Dove (Nick Croft/Tim Harris).
  • Wanstead Park: Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2+ Lesser Redpoll, Kingfisher, pr Common Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 10+ Redwing, 6 Stock Dove (Nick Croft/Tim Harris).
  • Wimbledon Common: f Stonechat, cock Pheasant (David Wills).
  • Woodside Park: first Blackcap back on territory, Cormorant over; also Comma and Peacock butterfly (Ian Ellis).

Tuesday 4th March 2014Edit

  • Beddington Farmlands: f Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in old oaks at north of site - seen fr footpath betw A237 & railway footbridge 7:10-7:30 (James Hudson); 2 Raven (4th record for site), m Mandarin (14th site record), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Common Buzzard (Peter Alfrey, BFBG) pics here
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Redwing, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam).
  • Crayford Marshes: Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Corn Bunting, Spotted Redshank, 2 Rock Pipit, 5 Cetti's Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 48 Fieldfare, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin/Bow Creek: 3 Shelduck, 24 Tufted Duck, 58 Teal, 3 Redshank (John Archer).
  • Grovelands Park: red-head Smew still (BirdGuides).
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher (Dawn Painter).
  • Kensington Gardens: 2 Buzzard over (KG&HP Birds blog)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 11 Shoveler, 40 Tufted Duck, Kingfisher, Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Redwing, f Kestrel over (Stuart Fisher).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Redshank, 5 Snipe, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Cetti's Warbler all singing (WWT website).
  • Mayflower Park wetlands: first returning Little Grebe trilling (Bob Smith).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 2 singing Chiffchaff, m Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, pr Teal on river (A Smith)
  • Redbridge Lakes: Snipe, Song Thrush, 2 Goldfinches (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Buzzard soaring high over area 28 at 1255 then gliding NW, 6 Great Black-backed Gull chevron NE 1555, 15 Redwing (birdman_euston)
  • Staines Moor: 24 Common Snipe, 2 Red Kite (display flying), 7 Reed Bunting, 5 Skylark, Stonechat, Buzzard, 2 Jay (Thomas Gibson)
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver (S Basin), Scaup, Slavonian Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 4+ Great Crested Grebe (pr displaying), Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Skylark over (Roger Dewey).
  • Stoke Newington Res: Kingfisher 1300h, Sparrowhawk and 10 Redwings pm on West R (Pete Mantle)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 2 Common Snipe, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Conrad Ellam); Little Grebe, 2 Water Rail, Blackcap (P Kite)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Stonechat, 7 Tree Sparrow, 2 Chiffchaff (Steve Blake).
  • Vicarage Farm: Jack Snipe, 200+ Redwing (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: 13 Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 4-5 Reed Bunting, 8 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 20 Tufted Duck, Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Blackcap (1 singing Belgrave Rd & pr off Capel Rd), 4 Stock Dove (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Rose Stephens).
  • Woodford GC: Little Egret (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Worcester Park: Green Sandpiper still on Green Lane floods (Bob Smith).
  • Wraysbury GPs: 11 Goldeneye, Pochard, 3 Great Crested Grebe (Thomas Gibson)

Monday 3rd March 2014Edit

  • Brookmill Park: 2 Kingfisher, Stock Dove, Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, Goldcrest, House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam).
  • City of London: Grey Wagtail, Magpie with nesting material (Alan Lewis)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank, 3 Corn Bunting, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 2 Rock Pipit, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 52 Fieldfare, 70 Redshank, c250 Dunlin (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dagenham Chase: Sand Martin [Ldn yr-1st] (Birdguides/RBA/Twitter)
  • Ealing: Blackcap singing in neighbours garden am - also h briefly yesterday (Bill Haines).
  • Enfield Lock: singing Grey Wagtail on lock house roof (Martin Shepherd).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Green Woodpecker, 4 Redwing, 2 Meadow Pipit (Richard Green)
  • Grovelands Park: f Smew very approachable - of suspect origin, 12 Mandarin Duck 7m 5f, 20 Tufted Duck 14m 6f, 3 Pochard 2m f, pr Great Crested Grebe displaying & nest-building (Robert Callf); Smew also coming to bread as per Alexandra Palace bird (observer?).
  • Hampstead Heath: Chiffchaff Pryors Field (Klemens Felder)
  • High Barnet: Red Kite circling to gain height then gliding off high SW at 12.15 (Roy Beddard)
  • Horton: 6 Little Egret (C.Lamsdell)
  • London Wetland Centre: Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 230 Black-headed Gull (WWT website); 4 Snipe island on main lake fr Observatory (Catherine Beazley)
  • Mayflower Park wetlands: pr Reed Bunting, Water Rail h (Simon Osborn).
  • Redbridge Lakes: 4 Snipe, pr Reed Buntings, pr Tufted Ducks (unusual round here), Jay, Long-tailed Tit (Alan Hobson).
  • Rickmansworth: 2 Raven SE calling & 'tumbling' at 10.01 (Andrew Moon). Was that an addition to your London list Andrew? Gav Haig thought you might not have had one. [Richard Francis]
  • Sewardstone Marsh: singing Reed Bunting on Patty Pool Mead (Martin Shepherd).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 53 Tufted Duck, ad Great Black-backed Gull, Redwing, Grey Wagtail, singing Reed Bunting (TeRNS)
  • Wandsworth Common Station: Redwing singing at 7am in poplar; in nearby gdn singing Blackcap, pr Goldcrest (Neil Anderson)
  • Wanstead Flats: 10 Linnet, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 15 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 8 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 3 Sparrowhawk, 4 Stock Dove, 30 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Heron W (Nick Croft).

Sunday 2nd March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Blackcap m singing in gdn fr The Grove, also 2 Mute Swan incl new 1s with ad, 17 Shoveler (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: c180 Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, Lapwing, 16 Common Snipe, 2 Water Rail (Roy Beddard).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Corn Bunting, 2 Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Rock Pipit, 4 Cetti's Warbler, Green Sandpiper (Kev Jarvis)
  • Crews Hill: 2 Yellowhammer in field next to stn, c20 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare (Frank Nugent).
  • Crossness: 2 Yellow-legged Gull ad & 2cy, 15 Wigeon, 200+ Teal, Chiffchaff (Richard Bonser)
  • Grovelands Park: f Smew (maybe the one that was in Alexandra Park last month) (James Palmer)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 2 Pintail, 3 Mandarin, Bittern, 4 Peregrine 2pr - local pr plus pr circling to NW - all in air together - no aggression, Redshank, 5 Snipe, 2 Caspian Gull both 1w, 2 Great Black-backed Gull local pr display-flying very high over site, Blackcap the wintering bird, 4 Lesser Redpoll, Brambling (R. Kaye).
  • Mayflower Park wetlands: Kingfisher 4pm (Simon Osborn).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest nr R Lea in wooded bed c50 yds downriver of end of cross-path at 13.30 (Alastair Dent).
  • Oakwood Park: Nuthatch, 4 Siskin (James Palmer).
  • Regent's Park: Kingfisher flew across QM Gdns lake 0830 [site yr-1st] (Regent's Pk Birds blog)
  • Stanwell Moor: 3 Jack Snipe, 2 Shelduck (C. Lamsdell).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 4 Pheasant, 2 Little Egret (1 feeding in horse field), 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel (m doing active aerial displays before joining f where he entered tree cavity), 5 Sparrowhawk (f appeared low over edge Gutteridge Wd then 2m came low towards her quickly followed by another 2), 22 Lapwing (flock 10 & 12), Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 7 Stock Dove, Kingfisher, 2 singing Skylark, f Stonechat, c55 Redwing, c25 Fieldfare, 2 Rook, 4 Reed Bunting (2 singing), 2m Bullfinch, 25+ Linnet (flock 5 by wood/20+ horse field) (Neil Anderson/G. Westley).
  • Tooting Common: 27 Redwing, 3 Jackdaw, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Shoveler, pr Egyptian Goose with goslings (Nick Rutter).
  • Victoria Rec Grd: ad Mediterranean Gull (in almost full breeding plumage but with white forehead), 28 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull - pm (Bob Husband). TQ266964
  • Wanstead Flats: pr Peregrine Falcon, f Kestrel, 5 Linnet, Reed Bunting, 5+ Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Redwing, 8 Shoveler, m Teal, Little Grebe, 100+ Starling (on police scrape) (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, 6 Gadwall, Shoveler, 20+ Tufted Duck, Kingfisher, Siskin, 2 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Nick Croft).
  • Wraysbury GPs: 2 Goosander, Woodcock, 5 Shoveler, 5 Common Snipe, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Buzzard, 5 Heron (2 on nest), 45+ Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, Kestrel (Thomas Gibson).

Saturday 1st March 2014Edit

  • Alexandra Park: f Common Teal Wood Green Res (Bob Watts).
  • Black Park: Brambling, Redpoll, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite and Buzzard over, Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Nuthatches, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Chaffinches (Sue Giddens)
  • Brent Reservoir: 16 Snipe, Water Rail seen, Kingfisher, later 17 Redwing flew to treetop Cycle Track (Brent Birders).
  • Brookmill Park: Peregrine, 6 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Yellow-legged Gull 2w, Spotted Redshank, 6 Corn Bunting, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew, Rock Pipit, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat (Kev Jarvis)
  • Cricklewood NW2 (Cricklewood Broadway): Grey Wagtail m flying around Beacon Bingo rooftop (Andrew Verrall).
  • Hampstead Heath: 3 Siskin and 3 Lesser Redpoll feeding in alders at Sanctuary Pond am, c30 Redwing, Tawny Owl calling at 10:30am nr 'Bird Bridge' (Frank Nugent)
  • High Barnet: Tawny Owl calling at midnight nr Barnet Hospital bus stop (Geoff Crabtree)
  • Leyton, Jubilee Park: (prob m) Black Redstart on top of tallest tree on east side of park at 1715 - patch yr tick but more importantly a house tick (Paul Whiteman)
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 Cetti's Warbler, Bittern N shore main lake, 2 Pintail m f, Redshank, 6 Common Snipe, 3 Buzzard circling c2pm NE of site somewhere over Ch X Hospital (see below), 6 Redpoll, Brambling, Peregrine (Martin Honey)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Buzzard c2pm, chased off N by m Peregrine (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: f Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, 3 Kestrel, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 30 Pintail, 100 Golden Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 100+ Dunlin, 4 Oystercatcher, 100+ Redshank, 14 Curlew, 10+ Little Egret, 4 sharming Water Rail, 2 Chiffchaff, 10+ singing Cetti's Warbler, 6 Rock Pipit, Water Pipit, Kingfisher (RSPB); f Bearded Tit fr boardwalk, m Stonechat (Neville Smith).
  • Regent's Park: juv Peregrine low S hunting over lake 0815, Woodcock, 9 Redwing, 27 Goldfinch (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: 2 singing Skylark on Bog (H.Bradshaw); Skylark singing Lawn Field (P.Burrowes-Smith); 18 Meadow Pipit on Lawn Field, Little Owl hooting nr Pen Ponds (J.Wilczur); Kingfisher on brook, 6 Redwing Holly Lodge (Neil Anderson/K. Bull); Buzzard low over Isabella plantation 10.30am - heavily mobbed, 2 Stonechat north of Lower Pen Pond (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Staines Moor: Short-eared Owl, 3 Little Egret, 4+ Water Pipit - 1pm (Catherine Beazley & Simon Nicholls)
  • Staines Reservoir: Scaup, Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, 2 Golden Plover, 2 Redshank, 3 Lapwing, 2 Shelduck - 4pm (Catherine Beazley, Simon Nicholls & another birder)
  • Stockers Lake: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker h drumming & then seen n/e cnr 5.30pm (Tina Stafford).
  • Streatham Hill: High Rd - Grey Wagtail on flat roof of block of flats (A La Pietra)
  • Swanley Park: Cormorant, Coot, 25 Redwing, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Stock Dove (Andy Meaton)
  • Trent Park: Firecrest in holly on ride to obelisk, 5 Treecreeper, 4 Nuthatch, 3 Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk over (Stephen Witherford)
  • Uxbridge UB8 (Trumpers Way): Sparrowhawk soaring over (Roger Dewey)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - 7 Goldeneye (2 drakes- ad & imm), pr Teal, m Green Woodpecker; High Maynard- 4 Goosander (3 drakes courting f), 4 Shelduck, c10 Teal (Lol Bodini); south of Ferry Lane- Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, Water Rail, 9 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher (Joe Dickens).
  • Wanstead Flats: 10 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 20 Linnet (Tim Harris, Kathy Hartnett)

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