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Highlights of the month Edit

Bury Farm’s Great Grey Shrike was February’s Bird of the Month and was perhaps also the most impressive March bird, showing itself again three times. Another intriguing March bird was a Hooded Crow: some birders seem to have had doubts about a report from Blackheath on the 19th, but then this bird (or another) turned up at Wanstead Flats four days later. Other March rarities include Great White Egret, with one seen at Beddington Farmlands on the 18th and another at Rainham Marshes on the 23rd.

Summer migrants began appearing in the middle of the month. They included the year’s first Willow Warbler (14th), Sand Martin (15th), Little Ringed Plover (19th), Swallow (20th), Wheatear (23rd), Ring Ouzel (24th) and House Martin (30th). The year’s first Common Tern were seen flying upriver at Rainham on Mar 30th and a Sandwich Tern passed Gallions Reach on the following day.

What else? Well, Siberian Chiffchaff were reported from three London sites, Firecrest were seen at a couple of dozen locations and a Snow Bunting flew north over Putney on the 6th. 

March sightings of anatids include a Ferruginous Duck at Staines Reservoir on the 3rd and a female Common Scoter that arrived on Southwark Park’s boating lake on the 21st and stayed into April. On the 25th, two Whooper Swans crossed over London and were seen from three different sites.

A Ring-billed Gull was at the London Wetland Centre on the 13th. Other larids recorded at various London sites included Mediterranean Gull, Iceland Gull, Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull and Kittiwake

And what about raptors? A Merlin was reported from Rainham Marshes on three occasions in early March. In the middle of the month, a birder tending his allotment garden in Finchley saw an Osprey passing over — and then another one four days later. Half a dozen more Ospreys crossed London later in the month. The 25th was a good day for Common Buzzard movement, with reports from various sites, including an astonishing 20-plus seen passing over Richmond Park. A Marsh Harrier over East India Docks on the 31st was a first for the site. And the Charing Cross Hospital Peregrines produced the year’s first egg on the 18th. 

Thursday 31st March 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Lesser Redpoll heard, 3 Greylag Geese by 0700, 2 singing Blackcap 1800 - Conservation Area & Pond (Bob Watts). Chiffchaff singing, woods, E. end of cycle path. 09.05 (Greg Smith)
  • Beddington Farm: 16 Common Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, Water Pipit, 4 Willow Warbler (Bedd Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard over Dump 3.15, male Peregrine circling over Shrike Field/Dam, pair of Kestrels, Little Egret all afternoon with Herons, 3 Snipe, 4+ Chiffchaff singing, male Brimstone, Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell (Andrew Verrall); Common Buzzard flew NW at 18:35 (Andrew Self); Green Sandpiper, Collared Dove (F.O'Sullivan)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 male Blackcap, one singing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Little Ringed Plover on Bob Dunn Way field, Red Kite over landfill 16.00, 13 Mute Swan, 3 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon, 30+ Teal, 4 Little Egret, 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 8 Redshank, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 4+ Skylark singing, 4+ Meadow Pipit singing, 8+ Pied Wagtail, 7 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff singing, Jackdaw, Corn Bunting singing (Ian Stewart)
  • Crossness: Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper (James Palmer)
  • East India Dock Basin: Marsh Harrier female drifted E at 13:25 (first site record), Little Ringed Plover, Little Grebe, 2 Shelduck, 52 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck (John Archer).
  • Gallions Reach: Sandwich Tern upriver, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Swallow (Gary A James); 8 Common Buzzard (KJMcmanus)
  • Greenwich Park: 2 Meadow Pipits, m Firecrest, Chiffchaff this morning (Joe Beale)
  • Horsenden Hill: 7 Chiffchaff (6 singing), 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Stock Dove (all singing/calling).(Martin Smith)
  • KGV Res: Wheatear (male) by causeway still, viewed from River Lea, yesterday evening (Neville Smith).
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: singing Firecrest near Court, singing Blackcap, 3+ singing Chiffchaff, 2 Siskin, 2+ Nuthatch, 2 1st yr Common Gull, 20 Black-headed Gull, Little Egret NW, 2 Great crested Grebe, Common Buzzard N, 2 Shoveler, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Kingfishers seen mating, Green Sandpiper on wader scrape, 5 Common Snipe, 4 Little Egret, several Willow Warbler (1 singing), several Chiffchaff (3 singing), Firecrest on E bund near Sheltered Lagoon (Martin Honey)
  • New River (nr. Green Lanes N4): Lesser Redpoll (Chris Farthing)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite low over the house at 16:14, 2 Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Coal Tit & 4 Mallard over; also Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming (M.Lewis per JW); Red Kite over (J.Few); 9+ Buzzard including a group of five and a displaying pair (J.Wilczur, S.Read); Female Goldeneye still, 2 Stonechat - pair singing and nest-building. With the help of excellent photos by John Few the male seems to show a few characters of "rubicola" - rump, underwing, wing and neck patches- but not underparts. (J.Wilczur); 2 Red Kite drifting east at c.10.15 (Nick Moll)
  • Rotherhithe - Stave Hill: 8 Chiffchaff, pr Jay, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, 3 Goldcrest, pr Song Thrush (Richard Page-Jones)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 6 Common Buzzard high north at 10:45, 10 Swallow north, singing Blackcap, Lesser Redpoll north, Little Egret at Knights Pit (Martin Shepherd)
  • Southwark Park: female Common Scoter still at south end of lake, singing Chiffchaff on island (Tom Smith); also singing Blackcap and singing willow warbler tree by café (Jo East)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Firecrest on south bank of East Res, drake Mandarin briefly and 4 drake Red-crested Pochard on West Res, singing Chiffchaffs and Cetti's Warblers, 3 Reed Bunting (Chris Farthing)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Before 7.30am - 2 Blackcaps singing on Territory, 2 Sand Martins over Lockwood, 8+ Chiffchaffs singing, Pr Kingfisher calling in Flood Channel near Tottenham Hale at 12.30 pm (Davey Leach)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 singing Chiffchaff, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, 5+ Brimstone, 9+ Small White (Bob Watts)
  • Wanstead Flats: Siskin, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 5 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 10 + Meadow Pipit, 9 + Skylark, 3 Chiffchaff (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Marco Johnson)
  • Wanstead Park: Red Kite, Swallow, 7+ Chiffchaff singing, singing Blackcap, Siskin, Redpoll, 11 Shoveler, 10 + Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, pr Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, Coal tit (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Mike Messenger)
  • Waterlow Park N6: 2 Chiffchaff singing by Lower Pond 0830 (Francis Tusa)

Wednesday 30th March 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Blackcap singing Conservation Pond also 2 singing Chiffchaff (Bob Watts); Singing Willow Warbler New River behind Filter Beds, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, Linnet & Siskin heard (Dominic Mitchell per Bob Watts)
  • Beddington Farm: 2 Swallow, 12 Sand Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Buzzard (Twitter)
  • Bow Creek: 3 Linnet, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 12 Teal (Mark Wardman)
  • Brent Reservoir: 14 Snipe, 13 Shoveler, 61 Teal, Chiffchaff singing, 2 Meadow Pipit N, Reed Bunting singing (Andrew Haynes, Steve Blake, Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: Male Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Deptford Creek: male Egyptian Goose fighting its reflection in the Laban centre glass, its mate was by the mouth of Creek, as were 2 (a pair) Mandarins probably the Brookmill Park drake having found a mate (Mike Paice)
  • Epping Forest, Chingford Plain: Red Kite; Buzzard; Short-eared Owl; 2 Chiffchaff (Billy Tollemache, Barry Jones)
  • Epping Forest, Connaught Water: 2 Mandarin; 4 Teal; 2 Pochard; Buzzard; Chiffchaff (Billy Tollemache, Barry Jones)
  • Ewell, Priest Hill: Pair of Common Buzzard, pair of Kestrel, 1 female Sparrowhawk, 10 Stock Dove, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark (Neil Batten)
  • Foots Cray: Little Egret in flooded field by Edgington Way, singing Grey Wagtail (Ian Stewart)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Pair Mute Swan, 6+ Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Water Rail heard at lake, Kingfisher, pair Grey Wagtail, singing Blackcap, 10+ Chiffchaff inc 4 singing, Goldcrest, 4+ Siskin, also silent Phylloscopus warbler in boggy area behind Ellenborough Road, prominent eye stripe and very light below but certainly olive green back, wings not seen clearly nor legs but looked very different to the Chiffchaffs I saw today. (Ian Stewart)
  • Gallions Reach: Common Scoter (KJMcmanus)
  • Hilly Fields Lewisham: 3 Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker (f), singing Chiffchaff (Tom Moulton/Sue Gore/Judith Simmons)
  • Hyde Park: 3 Treecreepers, 2 Coal Tits, several Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests, 2 Song Thrushes (Simon Worsfold)
  • Leg o' Mutton Reservoir: 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Teal (Michael Robinson)
  • London Wetland Centre: Siberian Chiffchaff still SE corner of sheltered lagoon, male Shelduck, 2 Pintail, 5 Wigeon, 4 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine circling overhead, 5 Redshank, 28 Lapwing, 271 Black-headed Gull - some paired up and displaying, 2 Kingfisher - presumably a pair by nest bank, 6 Sand Martin, female Brambling at south route feeders (J.Wilczur); 2 Willow Warbler (one singing), 5 Chiffchaff on eastern side of site, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Yellow-bellied Slider (terrapin) (Martin Honey)
  • Nunhead Cemetery: adult male Firecrest at north end, 2 Chiffchaff (D Haywood)
  • Pinner (HA5): singing Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker & 2 Goldfinch - disappointing to say the least (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 4 Wheatear (two adult male & 2 female), adult male Stonechat, (please don't delete my stats - they are important to me), at least 2 Buzzard, 2 Little Owl, 2 Snipe, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, Linnet over, 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, & 5 Long-tailed Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: 4 Common Tern upriver, Brent Goose, 3 Wheatear, Swallow, House Martin, Little Ringed Plover (Twitter)
  • Rye Meads: 2 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin (Herts web)
  • Scratch Wood Open Space: Buzzard over at 10am (Ben Epstein)
  • Sewardstone Marsh, Lea Valley Park: 3 Lapwing in flooded field with cows, 1 Chiffchaff singing nearby, 4 Gadwall (1m, 3f) on Knights Pits (Katy McGilvray); After 6pm, as above, also 1 Swallow flying North, 1 Kingfisher on River nearby and Pair Coot with 5 Young (Davey Leach)
  • Sidcup DA14 (Chalk Wood): Common Buzzard (possibly FCM bird of earlier/above), singing Skylark (north of wood), 2 Meadow Pipit NE, Pied Wagtail, singing Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Possible Osprey N 11.23 but distant and rear view only, 1+ Kestrel, 2 Peregrine, Cormorant circling area, Grey Heron to NE, 2 Mallard S, steady trickle of Meadow Pipits N, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup Place: Grey Heron over, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, 3+ Mistle Thrush, singing Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, c20 Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: 1m1f Wheatear (pair), 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Water Pipit (summer plumage), 2 Shelduck, 3 Grey heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Egret, 1 Stonechat, 8+ Skylark, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 8+ Reed Bunting, 5 Linnet, 3 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Grebe (Thomas Gibson)
  • Staines Reservoir: 6 Black-necked Grebe, Buzzard, 8 Goldeneye, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Pintail, 2 Red Kite, 4 Sand Martin through, White Wagtail (Jim Sweetland)
  • St James's Park: 2 singing Chiffchaff and 1 singing Blackcap this morning (Frank Nugent).
  • Southwark Park: fm Common Scoter still present at south end of lake this morning, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 3 Little Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker (John Cadera)
  • Stocker's Lake: pair of Blackcap, male singing (Herts web)
  • Ten Acre Wood environs: 6 Northern Wheatear off old Sharvel Lane. 11 Common Snipe nearby, 4 Common Buzzard and 2 Sand Martin (John Edwards)
  • Thorney CP: 3 Chiffchaff all singing, 2 Song Thrush, Canada Goose, 4 Wrens, 2 Redwing, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Cetti's Warbler. (Sue Giddens).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 6 singing Chiffchaff, 5 Common Buzzard, 6 Teal, Mistle Thrush (John Colmans)
  • Town Park, Enfield: 2 Nuthatch pr - female plastering mud around entrance to nest-hole (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs, East Warwick: 4 House Martin nw at 08:23 (G Howie) Walthamstow Birders Patch Year Bird #100, 1 Willow Warbler singing in thicket with pylon between No 2 & 3 (West side) 15.05-15.15. Lockwood: 1 Wheatear (m), 1 Barnacle Goose, 2 Goldeneye (m & f) am (Jan Dobbie); Small wader (looked certain to be a Dunlin) on the pool in the centre of the East Warwick island, 3 Buzzards over, Common Sandpiper on High Maynard. (Joe Dickens)
  • Wanstead Flats: Northern Wheatear (yay!), Yellowhammer, 2 Shelduck, 3 Swallow, Peregrine Falcon, 30 + Tufted Duck, Pochard, some Egyptian Goose, 3-4 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk, 30 + Meadow Pipit through (2 singing residents), 6+ Skylark, m Reed Bunting, 3 singing Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Redwing (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Marco Johnson/Jono Lethbridge)
  • Watford: Osprey over 11.55 (BirdGuides)
  • Wembley (Barn Hill estate): Osprey drifted over garden going west at 14:55; also Peregrine over (J Taylor).

Tuesday 29th March 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Blackcap heard 1730 near Conservation Pond (Bob Watts)
  • Battersea Park Lake: 1 drake Wigeon, 6 Gadwall (lowest count ever), 18 Shoveler, 2 pr Common Pochard, 5 Egyptian Goose, 20 active Grey Heron nests (down at least 5 nests), singing Blackcap, pr Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, f Sparrowhawk (Michael Mac).
  • Beddington Farm: Iceland Gull, 1st Red Kite of year W, Wheatear, 3 Sand Martin (Twitter)
  • Bexley DA5 (Upper College Farm): Singing Skylark, Common Buzzard W, singing Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, male Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Brent Reservoir: 12 Snipe, pair of Peregrines over 09.25, headed to Wembley Stadium then both landed on left end of main structure for few minutes, then male seen close 10.15 by Bridge, 3 Redwing, Mistle Thrush feeding, male Lesser Redpoll display flight seen, a lot of calling as Sunday bird in same location, Chiffchaff and Blackcap singing (Steve Leeke, Andrew Verrall, and Steve); 10 Meadow Pipit & 4 Stock Dove flew north in afternoon (Andrew Self)
  • Canons Farm: 1 Gadwall (a drake NW, site first), 3-4 Red Kite, 1 Peregrine, 1 Northern Wheatear, 1 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, 110+ Linnet (Steve Gale)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Pair Mute Swan (female on nest), pair Egyptian Geese, 10+ Tufted Duck, Common Buzzard, female Kestrel, Kingfisher, Skylark (same bird as UCF above), Meadow Pipit N, 10+ Song Thrush inc 3 having a noisy sing-off in single bush, 5 Mistle Thrush, 4 singing Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 5+ Jay, 7 Linnet, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Lime Street City of London: male Black Redstart (A La Pietra)
  • London Wetland Centre: Siberian Chiffchaff still in hedge near bat house, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Little Egret including the colour-ringed individual, 3 sand Martin, 2+ Siskin, several singing Chiffchaff (Bill Haines); 6 Redshank, 5 Common Snipe, 1f Brambling by feeders, 6 Wigeon, Peregrine on Ch X Hospital, Lapwing on nest (4 eggs), 1f Brambling by Explore feeders (Martin Honey)
  • Pinner (HA5): 25 Meadow Pipit north from 09:50 - 11:32, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Mallard south-east, Green Woodpecker, Jackdaw, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Goldfinch, Jay, 2 Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit & singing Goldcrest (Jon Ridge).
  • Pymmes Park, Edmonton: 2 Little Grebe, 6 Egyptian Goose pr and four goslings, Chiffchaff singing, 2 prs Nuthatch nest building (plastering mud around nest-hole and carrying dead leaves) (Robert Callf)
  • North Harrow: Dare I suggest Goshawk drifting north 12:15 calling? two other possibilities much much higher above it (Richard Francis).
  • Regent's Park: Wheatear (Twitter)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Northern Wheatear male on ant hills 300 Metres W of Holly Lodge 16.00 but not relocated. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • St James's Park: 2 singing Chiffchaff (Frank Nugent).
  • Tooting Common: Grey Wagtail (flew south over Dr Johnson Avenue towards ecology ponds), Blackcap (trees behind lake), 2 Chiffchaff (1 in trees behind lake, 1 in willows east side of triangle field), Mistle Thrush on nest, 2 Song Thrush, 4+ Great Spotted Woodpecker (James Hudson).
  • Wallington: Large Raptor flew overhead 3:00pm with male Sparrowhawk for size comparison then stooped down on Goldfinches. Possible Goshawk or very large Sparrowhawk?; Also 2 Goldcrest and 1m Kestrel. (Arjun Dutta)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs Lockwood: 2 Wheatear, 2 Sand Martin (Stuart Fisher, Graham Howie)
  • Wanstead Flats: 30 + Meadow Pipit through north (1 singing bird), 6-8+ Skylark, Linnet, 30 Egyptian Goose, 30 + Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk, 3 singing Chiffchaff (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Nuthatch, Coal Tit, singing Blackcap (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wembley Park: 2 Meadow Pipit flew north (Andrew Self)

Monday 28th March 2016 Edit

  • Amwell: Osprey N 12.00 (BirdGuides)
  • Beddington Farm: 2 Golden Plover W, 2 House Martins, Swallow on lagoon (Twitter)
  • Connaught Water Chingford: 2 Swallow (Tony Brown)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Snipe, male Peregrine, 2+1 Redwing, 2 Meadow Pipit N (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall)
  • Dagenham Chase: Willow Warbler (BirdGuides)
  • Dulwich Park: 1 Tree Pipit, seen and heard singing 2:20pm by College Road entrance driveway, in treetops on right-hand side. Should add that I saw this species in France on weekend, and am very familiar with its appearance and song (Paul Collins).
  • East India Dock Basin late aft: 1 Little Grebe, 12 Greylag Geese dropped in during a squall including one colour ringed in the Netherlands, 10 Tufted, 6 Shelduck, 94 Teal, 1 male White Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Linnets (Nick Senior)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Redwing, 3 or 4 Chiffchaff (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Hampton Court Park: Little Egret at 7.20am (Spencer Neal)
  • Island Barn Res: 1 adult and 2 1st w Little Gulls, 1 Black-necked Grebe, c 20 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins and 2 Swallows, (Chris Turner/ Chris Wilkinson)
  • Lamorbey Park: Pair Mute Swan seemingly at nest site, 13 Tufted Duck, Peregrine, Kingfisher, 2+ Mistle Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff 2 singing, Goldcrest, Jay, 2 Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Lea Valley, Hall Marsh Scrape : barn owl hunting from 18:30ish, pair of bullfinches beside path on way back from scrape to car park (Toni Piccolo, John Emerson)
  • London WWT: Siberian Chiffchaff still, 2 Kingfisher (M.Parker) 2 ad sum plum Mediterranean Gull (S.Fogg, J.Wilczur) Iceland Gull 2cy briefly (anon et al) 1m 1f Pintail, Peregrine over, Kestrel male, Curlew - marsh, 7 Redshank, 3 Snipe, Caspian Gull 2cy briefly, 330 Herring Gull, White Wagtail, 3 Swallow (J.Wilczur, S.Woolfenden, M. Honey), small group of 5 Sand Martin through and at least a pair on site entering nest bank, 1m 1f Mandarin entering Shelduck nestboxes, Jack Snipe - near SW corner of marsh (M.Honey) 3 Little Egret [one ringed in Lincolnshire as a nestling in 2013], 1 Lapwing on 4 eggs (Twitter)
  • Northolt +Greenford CP: Buzzard S mobbed by 2 Crows, 10 Snipe (scrape Smiths Farm) (Neil Anderson./K. Bull)
  • Pinner (Cannon Lane): 2 Grey Wagtail over the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner (HA5): Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest & 4 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 3 Little Egret, Common Buzzard, 2 Snipe, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Fieldfare, Redwing, 6 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 5 Long-tailed Tit & 44 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Blackcap, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Marsh Harrier, Skylark, Short-eared Owl (RSPB NW London Local Group)
  • Roxbourne Park, Rayners Lane: 4 Siskin (Tim Rymer).
  • Rye Meads: Osprey ?time may be Amwell one? (BirdGuides)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Cetti's Warbler sang three times from relief channel west of Nights pits 15:50-16:05 (Neville Smith)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 4 Greylag Geese E, 2-3 Mallard, 2 Peregrines, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Southwark Park: Common Scoter (female) southern end of boating lake, Little Grebe 11.00am (Tim Rymer). also singing Chiffchaff and pair Grey Wagtail ( J & J Cadera). Also 4 Shoveler (2 pr), pr Egyptian Goose with young, 2 Little Grebes, Goldcrest mid afternoon. Scoter fed at southern end of lake for some time then joined Tufteds to sleep at SW lake edge near Coot nest (Joe Beale and Frank Nugent).
  • Stocker's Lake, 14 Little Egret, from heron nest view point (G Lapworth-Herts web)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Red Kites flew SW over Woodside Park at 14:30, plus a male Blackcap on feeders there and Redwing over. This evening 2 Egyptian Goose and Little Owl at Folly Farm and 2+ Siskins at Highwood Hill. (Ian Ellis)
  • Thames Barrier Park late aft: 1 adult Little Gull lingered then off East, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 1 Swallow, 22 House Sparrows, 8 Linnets (Nick Senior)
  • Tooting Bec Common: Chiffchaff singing in Bedford woods (Will Rose)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: female Wheatear (Jamie Partridge).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: male and female Wheatear on Lockwood; 12 Sand Martins, 2 Goldeneye (Graham Howie, David Bradshaw).
  • Wanstead Flats: m Stonechat still, 6-8 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 11 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 8 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe, Kestrel, m Reed Bunting (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Buzzard west, Peregrine Falcon, m Sparrowhawk, Siskin, Redpoll, 8 singing Chiffchaff, m Blackcap, Coal Tit, 48 Shoveler, 15 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 27 Tufted Duck, 5 Grey Heron, pr Great Crested Grebe, 2 x pr Little Grebe, 2 Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft/bob Vaughan)
  • Wick Wood E8: Kestrel, 2 Song Thrush (Harry Harrison)

Sunday 27th March 2016 Edit

  • Blackheath, Vanbrugh Pits: singing Chiffchaff, singing Greenfinch and Chaffinch (Joe Beale)
  • Blackwall Beach (below 02 Arena): 6 Yellow-legged Gulls (3 2cy, 2 3cy, 1 4cy), 420 Herring Gulls, 53 Lesser Black-backed Gulls including 9 presumed intermedius types, 3 Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 Common Gulls, just 6 Black-headed Gulls (Nick Senior)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, 14 Snipe, Peregrine, 6 singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler & lesser Redpoll (Brent Birders); 2 Green Sandpiper and Water Rail (Frank Nugent).
  • East Dulwich: 2 Swallow west (Steven Robinson)
  • Greenwich, Hyde Vale: singing Chiffchaff (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Female Black Redstart behind Yacht Club, Little Grebe, pair of Gadwall, singing Chiffchaff in Ecology Park, Peregrine over (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • London Wetland Centre: Siberian Chiffchaff  16:45 (Same place as yesterday I think), 10 Siskin flew into Wildside over Res Lag., 5+ Sand Martins, 3 Little Egret, Cetti's Warblers singing everywhere (S.Barry)
  • Pinner (HA5): Common Buzzard over at 09:46, Siskin over at 09:20, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit & 5 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: Swallow, House Martins and Sand Martins (Phil Davies).
  • Southwark Park: fm Common Scoter still present on south part of the lake, also Chiffchaff singing and Blackcap singing briefly (John Cadera)
  • Surbiton, Raven's Ait: 8 Sand Martin over the Thames (Spencer Neal)
  • Teddington: Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming on plastic junction box of TV arial; seemed pleased wiith higher pitch and volume (Mike Foster)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 3 Pheasant together, Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, min 6 Lapwing, 5 Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, Jack Snipe, 8 Stock Dove, 6 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, singing Chiffchaff, pr Goldcrest, 2 Rook, 6 Reed Bunting, 24 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Theydon Bois: Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaff singing, 2 pr Lapwing, c8 pr Skylark, pr Kestrel, pr Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Reed Bunting, 5 Linnet, c200 Redwing, 2pr Stock Dove. (Joe Dickens)
  • Tooting Common: 1 Little Owl seen and heard north of the railway line at 5:30 pm (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Totteridge Valley: pair Tufted Duck (Long Pond), 4 Common Buzzard, f Sparrowhawk, 9 Teal, 20+ Stock Dove, 4 Chiffchaff, Bullfinch (Ian Ellis).
  • Yeading Brook meadows: Greylag over (scarce here), 2 Red Kite (both very low, 1 c20 ft above me scaring everything), 5 Snipe, 4 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, Redwing, 2 singing Chiffchaff, min 6 House Sparrow in hedge near houses (Neil Anderson)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: front paddocks- 3 Redwing; rear paddocks- f Brambling still with mixed flock of 30+ Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Linnet, Little Egret, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Meadow Pipit; 7 Chiffchaff singing throughout Marshes; Peregrine with prey on Coppermill Lane pylon; Peregrine on pylon southern end of Walthamstow Reservoirs (Jan Dobbie)
  • Wanstead Flats: 1w Mediterranean Gull, m Stonechat (Tony Brown)
  • Woodford Green: Fem. Bullfinch in neighbour's garden, 8 Siskin, 2 Goldfinch and 7 Legrets over the house going to roost SSW. (Ken Murray)

Saturday 26th March 2016 Edit

  • Bow Creek: 30 Teal, 1 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Chiffchaff (Nick Senior).
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, 11 Snipe, Common Buzzard N 11.45 Staples Cnr area, Sand Martin, 5 Chiffchaffs singing, male Blackcap, 18 Meadow Pipit N, 2 Siskins over (Brent Birders)
  • Brunswick Park, Barnet: Grey Wagtail singing near Osidge Lane for several days (D Bates).
  • East India Dock Basin: 6 Shelduck, 60 Teal, 14 Tufted, 1 2w/3cy Caspian Gull and 1 1w/2cy Yellow-legged Gull sheltering with c60 mostly Herring Gulls, 1 male Wheatear dropped in, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrests, 4 Linnets, 8 Greenfinches, 1 Reed Bunting (Nick Senior)
  • Fairlop: Skylark, 2 Reed Buntings, Chiffchaffs, 6 Gadwalls, 2 Swallows and 2 Little Grebes (Simon Worsfold)
  • Gallions Reach: Short-eared Owl (KJMcmanus).
  • Greenwich Park: Red Kite SW early morning, Linnet over, 3+ Redwings (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Little Grebe & Chiffchaff in Ecology Park.Shellduck pair & 2 pair ofTeal on foreshore. 2 Redwing & Mistle Thrush in Southern Park (John Bushell )
  • Isle of Dogs: 1w/2cy Caspian Gull Saunders Ness, 1 Little Ringed Plover over East (Nick Senior)
  • KGV Reservoir: 11 Sand Martin viewed from Sewardstone Marsh (Martin Shepherd)
  • London Wetland Centre: Siberian Chiffchaff - at back of Sheltered Lagoon c20 metres S of bat house - was present yesterday (C. and O.Dewhurst via J.Wilczur) Smew - red head main lake near obs (anon per JW). Also 1 Swallow, 8 Sand Martin, 3 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, 1 Peregrine (O. Dewhurst) Caspian Gull 4cy - different to that of 24th (J.Wilczur, P.Knox) 190 Herring Gull, Lapwing sitting on nest (JW)
  • Lonsdale Road Barnes: 1 Centi's Warbler, Kingfisher, 4 Chiffchaff (John Gordon)
  • Olympic Park: White Wagtail (JW Davies)
  • Pinner (HA5): Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush, Redwing & Coal Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 3 Little Ringed Plover on Target Pools briefly, flew SW c.12.50 (Sean Huggins)
  • Richmond Park: pr Greylag, f Goldeneye, 2 Buzzard, 2 Redwing (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Roxbourne Park, Rayners Lane: 1 singing Chiffchaff, Roxbourne Rough NR, singing Nuthatch in park, Little Egret over brook, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Stock Dove (Tim Rymer).
  • Staines Moor: m Northern Wheatear, 1 Sand Martin S, 2 Water Pipit, 2 Shelduck, 3+ Redshank, 1 Peregrine S, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 6 Fieldfare, 1-2 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet, 2 Coot, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 2 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard S, 3 Red Kite, and 4 Greylag Goose E (Lee Dingain) pics
  • Thorney C.P: c20 Redwing, First singing Chiffchaff of the year, Pied Wagtail, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Mute Swans. (Sue Giddens)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Chiffchaff singing, c60 Redwing, Fieldfare, Treecreeper, 4 Bullfinch, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, drake Mandarin, 5 Teal and pair of Egyptian Geese (John Colmans)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs and Willows Farm: 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, Little Egret, 2 Grey Wagtail, 9 Redpoll, 2 Chiffchaff, 5+ Tree Sparrow, 10+ Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, Buzzard (Tyttenhanger Birders)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Swallow, Peregrine, 100+ Redwing west, 2 Redpoll, 12 + Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 23 Egyptian Goose, 17 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 3 Little Grebe, 8 Shoveler (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Nuthatch, pr of Great Crested Grebe, pr of Little Grebe, m Pochard, 3 Shoveler (Bob Vaughan)
  • Woodford Bridge: Charlie Brown's roundabout - Red Kite over. (Joe Dickens and Laura White)

Friday 25th March 2016Edit

  • Ashtead Common: Swallow, Chiffchaff singing, 14 Lapwing Rushett Farm, c10 Pheasant, c50 Redwing, c 20 Fieldfare, 18 Siskin. (Dave Kiddell)
  • Beddington Farm: 2 Whooper Swans flew east 0649, juv Iceland Gull, Wheatear & Common Sandpiper (Surrey website)
  • Bexley (Hall Place): Common Buzzard circling c14.50 (Ian Stewart)
  • Blackheath, Vanbrugh Park: 4 Blackcaps together (2m 2f), Sparrowhawk over, Comma (Joe Beale)
  • Bow Creek: 23 Teal, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper (Nick Senior)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard over 10.00, pair of Peregrines around at 9.15, male Sparrowhawk, 6 Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaffs singing, Redwing (Andrew Verrall, Michael Robinson); also Woodcock & 12 Redwings north side of small football pitch (Michael Robinson); 2 Jack Snipe from main hide at 6pm (Nigel Biggs and Thom Shannon).
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Song Thrush, singing Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam) At least 2 bats seen at dusk, almost certainly Pipistrelles, both Common & Soprano have been recorded at this site.
  • Bury Farm, Edgwarebury, Middx: Great Grey Shrike on hedgerow North of EA track leading to Upper Flood Relief Scheme. Pedestrian access from roundabout on A41 (Bob Husband, Fay Broom, Robin Morden)
  • Bushy Park: Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 4 Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker heard, Mandarin Duck, Egyptian Goose, Mistle Thrush (Oliver Kennedy)
  • Crayford: Sparrowhawk hunting roosts near railway station c18.55 (Ian Stewart)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2-3 Marsh Harrier, Spotted Redshank at Darent mouth, 2nd CY Caspian Gull on Viridor roof, Short-eared Owl seen three times seeming to do a large circle around the industrial estate and spending most time near Ray Lamb Way, 2 Bearded Tit in reeds along Cray creek, 9 Mute Swan, 15+ Gadwall, 20+ Wigeon, 20+ Teal, 4 Little Egret, 3-4 Common Buzzard (1 or 2W, 1 to south, 1 over Dartford side low and sparring with male Marsh Harrier briefly), Sparrowhawk, pair Oystercatcher, Lapwing, 25+ Redshank, 3 Curlew, 10+ Skylark, 6+ Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Redwing, 7+ Cetti's Warbler, singing Chiffchaff, 4 Jackdaw, 3+ Reed Bunting, singing Corn Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Crossness: 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Green Sandpipers on the paddocks, 4 Buzzards through, 4 Curlews and 6 Oystercatchers, Chiffchaff (John Archer and Richard Bonser)
  • Cranford CP: 2 Kestrel, Buzzard, several Goldcrests, Little Owl heard, Nuthatch heard, Chiffchaff heard, first Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Comma butterflies of the year seen (Wendy Marks)
  • Dartford Marshes: Pair Pintail on lake by Bob Dunn Way, seen from Crayford side of Darent (Ian Stewart)
  • East India Dock Basin: 6 Shelduck, 83 Teal, 16 Tufted, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Siskins, 2 Linnets (Nick Senior)
  • Greenwich Park: Siskin heard over, pr Coot, pr Egyptian Geese but no young anymore, Goldcrest, Redwings heard (but most have left), 2 Blackcaps singing, female Sparrowhawk over, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 2 singing Nuthatch, singing Stock Doves (Joe Beale)
  • Footscray Meadows: Pair Mute Swan, pair Egyptian Geese, Mallard, 12 Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 3+ Mistle Thrush, 2 Singing Chiffchaff, 2+ Goldcrest, 2+ Long tailed Tit, 13+ Jackdaw, 2 Goldfinch (Mike Amos)
  • Gunpowder Park: singing Reed Bunting, pair of Bullfinch, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Redwing, Linnet, 2 Pheasant, 4 Greenfinch, 6 Skylark (Martin Shepherd)
  • Hampstead Heath: 3 Chiffchaffs this morning, 2 singing, also 80 Starlings in bushes south of Parliament Hill and a Kingfisher at the Sanctuary Pond (Pete Mantle); also 2 Red Kite W, 15 Common Buzzard, includes 4 together, 1 Rook SE, 1 singing Blackcap, 1 Linnet NW, 1 Sand Martin N, 8 Meadow Pipit NW, 4 Siskin, c30 Redwing, Brimstone (Frank Nugent). 1 nuthatch.
  • Isle of Dogs: skywatch 11-2 - 4 Common Buzzards W/SW, 1 Red Kite SW, Sand Martin W (Nick Senior)
  • KGV Reservoir: m. Wheatear at 15:15 on west side north of causeway (viewed from Brimsdown) (Martin Shepherd)
  • Leyton Flats: 2 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, singing Reed Bunting (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Red Kite NE, 8 Buzzard (5 SW, 3 NE), Little Ringed Plover, 6 Sand Martin, 2 Meadow Pipit, Blackcap, 2 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, Kingfisher, 6 Redshank, 2 Little Egret (Oscar Dewhurst, Jan Wilczur, Mark Andrews, Martin Parker). 2 Snipe, 3 Siskin, 3 m Brimstone, 3 Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Marylebone: Common Buzzard drifted SE over Salisbury Street 13:53 (Des McKenzie-Twitter)
  • Mudchute: 1 Skylark W, 2 Alba Wagtais N, 23 Redwings, 2 singing Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests, 4 Siskins (Nick Senior)
  • Oxleas Wood: Common Buzzard Kestrel [f] Sparrowhawk [f], 5 Jackdaw, 2 Chaffinch, [f] Siskin, Coaltit [pr], Goldfinch, Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, Stock Dove, 2 Song Thrush. Gold crest, Green Wwoodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff observer?
  • Pinner (HA5): 39 Redwing (a few singing), Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, singing Goldcrest, 5 Goldfinch & 3 Jackdaw over (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: 9 Common Scoter flew upriver past concrete barges at 12.20pm; singing Chiffchaff, 2 probable migrant Common Buzzards (Sean Huggins)
  • Regent's Park: Red Kite circling low before heading south at 12:30 (J & J Cadera)
  • Richmond Park: 20+ Buzzard - moving WNW including two groups of seven and a lingering bird, female Goldeneye, male Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 9 Stock Dove, 2 Redwing, 2 Reed Bunting. Plus Comma, Peacock (J.Wilczur, S.Woolfenden, Friday Group)
  • Rotherhithe: Green Woodpecker, 5 Redwings, Chiffchaff and Buzzard over Russia Dock Woodland (Richard Bonser and Richard Page-Jones); Little Grebe Canada Water (Richard Page-Jones)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 7+ Common Buzzard (3N 11.24, 1NW 13.07, 3 high to NW 13.20 also probs W 10.44 and N 10.48 but distant), 2-4 Sparrowhawk (1 in garden, 1 or 2 pairs displaying to E and NE), Peregrine, Cormorant NE, Grey Heron NW, 37+ Herring Gull W, 3 Stock Dove E, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Jackdaw, Siskin over (Ian Stewart)
  • Southwark Park: female Common Scoter still present, 10.40 - 11.25 a.m., showing well in the centre of the lake. Also Little Grebe, 3 Shovelers, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, Goldcrest, Lesser Black-backed Gull, and a Brimstone butterfly (Alan Hobson). Common Scoter still 5.00pm and 2 Stock Doves by athletic stadium (Richard Bonser). There were 3 Little Grebe on the lake earlier, a couple swam off with the Scoter and a single was diving along the white floats - the most I've seen there. (John Cadera)
  • Staines Reservoir: Avocet; Buzzard, 6 Black-necked Grebe,3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, Red Kite, (Jim Sweetland); 2 Whooper Swans seen in flight (see Beddington above) and QE II Res (Twitter)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Peregrines, Cetti's Warblers, singing Chiffchaffs, pr Reed Bunting, pr Teal (Chris Farthing)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: Osprey N at 08.00 then picked up at 8.07 over Lockwood by Paul Whiteman et al, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Stuart Fisher)
  • Sutcliffe Park: pr Little Grebe, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Cormorant, 12 Tufted Duck 6pr, Common Buzzard over, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush (P Kite)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Common Buzzard over, Marsh Harrier, 30 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 6 Turnstone, Stonechat, Raven & 22 singing Cetti's Warblers; also Brimstone, Peacock & Small Tortoiseshell butterflies (Andrew Self)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2-3 Pheasant calling, 2 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard talons interlocking, Red Kite, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 8 Lapwing, 3 Skylark, singing Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Redwing, 2 Rook, 6 Reed Bunting, 23 Linnet (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Tooting Common: Firecrest in trees behind lake (Will Rose), Woodcock (flushed near Bedford Wood), 4+ Sparrowhawk, 2 Redwing (James Hudson)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: White Wagtail, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, Little Owl, 3 Chiffchaff, Red Kite, 4 Buzzard, 20+ Redwing, 40+ Fieldfare (Simon West)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Osprey heading NW at 0807 with 2nd 10 minutes later, 2 Red Kite, 4 Buzzard, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Dunlin on E Warwick island, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 15 Redwing, 8 Goldeneye (J Partridge, P Whiteman, G Howie, D Bradshaw, L Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Buzzard, 3 Red Kite, 2 Rook, 3 Sand Martin, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 10 + Meadow Pipit, 7-8 Skylark, 2 Redpoll, Siskin, Coal Tit, displaying pr of Sparrowhawk, (+ 1-2 more). Gadwall, Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, 8 Redwing (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: unidentified large raptor north (all the others were heading the other way), Peregrine Falcon, 3 Sparrowhawk, Little Egret, calling Water Rail, 6 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 18 Teal, 18 Tufted Duck, 15 Shoveler, 10 + Redwing (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wraysbury Gps: 11 Goldeneye, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Great Crested Grebe (Thomas Gibson)

Thursday 24th March 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 30 Redwing & Lesser Redpoll east 0655 (Bob Watts)
  • Beddington Farm: 1st-W Iceland Gull, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Sand Martin N (Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Jack Snipe from Main Hide, 12 Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper (Steve Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: Singing Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chigwell: The M11 buzzards are back - great views of pair circling overhead (Barbara Miller)
  • City of London, EC2: Singing m Black Redstart, Peregrine over twice, Carrion Crow, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Tony Kennelly).
  • Crayford Marshes: 3-5 Little Egret, 22 Wigeon, 5 gadwall, 322 Woodpigeon, 4 Stock Dove, 13 Skylark, 2 Bearded Tit, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Stonechat (female), 3 Song Thrush, Redwing, 2 Greenfinch, Reed Bunting (Ralph Todd)
  • KGV Res: Oystercatcher, Rock Pipit (A.Middleton)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 male Ring Ouzel (WWT website); Short-eared Owl N, Red Kite SW, 1f Sparrowhawk (O.Dewhurst) m Shelduck, 1m 1f Pintail, 1m 1f Reed Bunting, m Peregrine low over marsh, 2 Little Egret, 6 Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, Swallow, 13 Sand Martin, 1m 1f Stonechat, 6 Chiffchaff (M.Honey et al); Caspian Gull sub-adult probably 4cy, Yellow-legged Gull 2cy, c200 Herring Gull (J.Wilczur)
  • Petts Wood: Pair Buzzards circling, 3+ Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit N, pair Grey Wagtails, 70-150 Redwing (flocks seen in two locations, possibly some duplication), male Blackcap, 12+ Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 6+ Jay, 50+ Jackdaw, 10+ Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Marsh Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Curlew, Snipe, Redshank, Lapwing, Water Pipit, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler, Saker-type hybrid falcon, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Pintail, Little Egret (Ben Epstein)
  • Scadbury Park: Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, Meadow Pipit over, Pied Wagtail over, 10+ Goldcrest, 2+ Nuthatch, Treecreeper (Ian Stewart)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 5 Sand Martin over Patty Pool Mead, 2 Common Buzzard (Martin Shepherd)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: Woodcock on east side near perimeter fence, 12.05 (Stuart Fisher)
  • Southwark Park: Common Scoter, Grey Wagtail, 24 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, Little Grebe, 1 Black-headed Gull, pr Mute Swan (John Cadera)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Kittiwake, Common Scoter (BirdGuides)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: Rock Pipit with Meadow Pipit near mountain bike track, Little Ringed Plover (Stuart Fisher)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: ~09:30 2 Reed Bunting (1m 1f) and 1 Cetti's Warbler north of the boardwalk, m Sparrowhawk hunting over Leyton Marsh (Alastair Dent); Coal Tit in alders near filter bed (Stuart Fisher)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: female Common Scoter on Thames drifting downriver (Birdguides); also 6 Sand Martin over Black Duck Marsh c1500 then N, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 singing Skylark, 1 singing Chiffchaff (Peter Beckenham)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 1 Swallow, 1 Redwing, 9 Goldeneye (David Bradshaw); pr Red-crested Pochard on East Warwick, Cetti's Warbler, 2 m Pheasant on bank of Lockwood (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3-5 Sand Martin, 2 Red Kite, Rook, 2 Woodcock, m Stonechat, 9 Fieldfare, Redwing, Redpoll, 4 Siskin, 2 Linnet, singing Chiffchaff, 27 Egyptian Goose, 23 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 10 Shoveler, 10+ Meadow Pipit through north, 7+ Skylark, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 3 Little Grebe (Nick Croft/Peter Brinton)
  • Welling [Welling Way]: Common Buzzard (Ron Turner)

Wednesday 23rd March 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Chiffchaff singing N of Conservation Pond 09.00 (Greg Smith); 2nd Chiffchaff New River near Filter Beds, also Lesser Redpoll, Meadow Pipit (Dominic Mitchell per Bob Watts)
  • East Dulwich: 2 Siskin in my garden (Steven Robinson)
  • East India Dock Basin: 6 Shelduck, 32 Teal, 1 Redshank, 3 male Pied Wagtails, 1 Swallow through, 1 Chiffchaff, 8 Greenfinches, 4 Siskins (N Senior)
  • Enfield Lock: Swallow flying around outside my house at 09:45. Handy. (Martin Shepherd)
  • Holmethorpe SP: Male & female Bearded Tit, in reeds at Watercolour Lagoons 11.30 (Paul Sell)
  • Ladywell Fields: Little Egret, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, Goldcrest (Tom Moulton)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 Kingfisher, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Pheasant, 1 Mute Swan (Neil Batten)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: singing male Firecrest, singing Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, Redwing, Fieldfare, 18 Meadow Pipit N, singing Reed Bunting on Leyton Flats in rush pasture, Grey Wagtail, 4+ Siskin, pr Shoveler, Lesser Redpoll over, Pied Wagtail, 5 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 107 Carrion Crow, 4 Jackdaw (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Little Egret (for second day; the colour-ringed bird was ringed by Mid-Lincs Ringing Group as a nestling, sex unknown, on 10 June 2013 at 19:30 at North Cotes, Lincolnshire), 1m Northern Wheatear, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Redshank, 2 Siskin, 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 11 Common Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1m 1f Sparrowhawk (Martin Honey); also 1 Red Kite SW pm (Oscar Dewhurst); 2 Swallow (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Mudchute Park: 3 Redwings, 4 Song Thrushes high NE, Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrests, 6 Siskins (N Senior)
  • Rainham Marshes: Great White Egret into Wennington 9.45, no further sign (Twitter)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Coot over c01.00, 4 Canada Geese NW, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, singing Goldcrest, 2 Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 1 singing Blackcap again am (Neil Batten)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret over, 2 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Redwing, 4+ Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Thames Barrier Park: 16 Shelduck, 41 Teal, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Curlew East, 4 intermedius in a flock of 35 Lesser Black-backed Gulls which dropped in, 28 House Sparrows, 6 Greenfinches, 3 Siskins (N Senior)
  • Thames Road Wetland, Barnes Cray: 1 Swallow over low, heading west 17.47, Marsh Harrier (over) at 17.40 heading north to marshes, 2 Cetti's Warblers calling (also one nearby on Stanham Farm, another by River Cray at Maiden Lane, and a first for the Footpath 106 section of the Cray near Barnes Cray Rd), 1 Water Rail, 2 Teal (Chris Rose)
  • Wanstead Flats: HOODED CROW on tree at Alex (Bob Vaughan/Twitter) shunned by the other crows it remained aloof and skittish moving around the trees and then flew south west after about 30 minutes, 10+ Meadow Pipit through north (2-3 singing birds), Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, 5+ Skylark, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Redpoll, 5 Linnet, Siskin, 2 Redwing, 6 Pochard, 10+ Tufted Duck, 8+ Shoveler, 15+ Egyptian Goose, 3 Little Grebe (Bob Vaughan/James Heal/Nick Croft); some of the above plus Peregrine W, 4+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, 3+ Coal Tit (Ian Stewart).
  • Wanstead Park: 16 Teal, 18 Shoveler, 4 Chiffchaff, Siskin, Coal Tit, Little Egret (Bob Vaughan)
  • Waterworks NR: Siberian Chiffchaff, occasionally singing! by entrance from bridge (Jamie Partridge)
  • Woodford Green: Smew present again today. (Joe Dickens)

Tuesday 22nd March 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 28 Ring-necked Parakeet east 1730 (Bob Watts)
  • Bexley River Shuttle: 2 Kingfishers, 2 Song Thrush (pair), 2 Greenfinch (Ralph Todd)
  • Bexleyheath - The Warren: 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Jay (Ralph Todd)
  • Brent Reservoir: 8 Common Snipe (Steve Blake); Blackcap singing behind dam (Andrew Self)Green Sandpiper,m.Pheasant,6 Redwing (F.O'Sullivan)
  • Broadwater Lake, Harefield. The overwintering Chiffchaffs here have now departed and 3 singing birds today were away from the river Colne so probably new arrivals. A non singing Blackcap also probably new in as feeding well. 10 Wigeon and 4 Goldeneye still lingering . Also here 3 Cetti's Warbler, Pr Grey Wagtail and several Redwing. ( John Edwards).
  • Bushy Park: 3 Redwing (Ian R Watson)
  • Charing Cross Hospital: intruding Peregrine Falcon chased off by resident pair at 2pm (public site) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Cheshunt GP (Friday Lake): female Goldeneye and red-headed Smew (James Palmer)
  • Crayford: Maiden Lane/River Cray - 8 Little Egret (to roost), Cetti's Warbler, 8 Teal (Ralph Todd)
  • Enfield - Boxers Lake: Red kite circling. Seen at 3pm. (CPF)
  • East Barnet: Over Osidge Lane - Osprey, flying NE around 18.00. (P.Angus)
  • Fishers Green (Seventy Acres Lake): Oystercatcher (James Palmer)
  • Gallions Reach: Common Buzzard, Sand Martin. (KJMcmanus)
  • Hall Marsh: pair of Redshank (James Palmer)
  • Hampstead Heath: Red Kite Parliament Hill going W, Brimstone butterfly (1015 M.Hill for MBS); Parliament Hill - 2 Common Gulls, 20 Meadow Pipits, 6 Linnets, 2 Chaffinch, Siskin and 3 Alba wagtails all going N 11:30-12:30 (Pete Mantle)
  • Harrow Cemetery (HA1): 1 Small Tortoiseshell (Shailesh Patel)
  • Harrow Recreation Ground (HA1): 4 House Sparrow, 1 Coal Tit (Shailesh Patel)
  • Hayes, North Hyde Gardens: Red Kite W, Blackcap (Stuart Fisher)
  • Heron Quay: Great Crested Grebe pair in courtship display (from DLR) (Michael Rank)
  • Horsenden Hill: My first fully singing Chiffchaff of the year, 4 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Coal Tit (Martin Smith)
  • Isle of Dogs: early am skywatch - Marsh Harrier SW, just small numbers of Black-headed Gulls ENE after thousands through in the last few days, 4 Chaffinches NW, 3 Alba Wagtails E (N Senior)
  • Leyton Flats: singing Firecrest (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1m and 2f Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard at 12.05 headed W, 1m Kingfisher, 6 Redshank, 10 Common Snipe, 2 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret (1 colour-ringed, details sent to ringing scheme), 20 Wigeon, 1m Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Martin Honey and Bruce Page) 1 Comma reported, 2 Brimstone, 3 Shelduck (I went back to check if the Waderscrape 1 was still there 16:30) 1 Water Rail, 1 Redwing, 4 Goldcrests (S.Barry)
  • Mudchute DLR station: Brimstone butterfly (Michael Rank)
  • Newton Park West, South Harrow: c.20 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare (Tim Rymer)
  • Richmond Park: Red Kite low N at 15.45 (S.Read); 10+ Buzzard - including a group of five, fem Goldeneye still, 15 Pochard, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Grey Heron - three nesting pairs with five young, alba Wagtail N, 2 Stonechat (J.Wilczur)
  • Southwark Park: female Common Scoter still at the southern end of the lake near to the sports pitches at 07:15 (Charles Kitchen) Still at 12 noon (Nick S)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs - Lockwood: pr Goldeneye, 4 GBB Gulls, Sand Martin. 2 Meadow Pipits + Comma & Small T'shell butterflies (Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: 30 + Meadow Pipit through north (2 singing birds on territory), 4-5 Skylark, Reed Bunting, Linnet, 2 Kestrel, 27 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 16 Shoveler, 8 Egyptian Goose, 8 Little Grebe, small flocks of Black-headed Gull moving through high SE (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Large raptor circling over Bush Wood (seen from flats) showing a fair amount of white on underside (most likely pale Buzzard), 3 Sparrowhawk, 6 singing Chiffchaff, Redpoll, Little Egret, 6 + Little Grebe, 2 pr of Great Crested Grebe (2nd on Basin), 2 Coal Tit, 47 Shoveler, 13 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose, singing Mistle Thrush and Goldcrest, 8 Stock Dove (Nick Croft/James Heal/Bob Vaughan)
  • Waterworks NR: 2 poss 3 Rook, over w, few siskin and c35 redwings over north, 2 water rail, 2 cettis, 2 shelduck, snipe (J Partridge, P Whiteman)
  • Woodford Green: 4 Treepers, Legret, Lesser Redpoll, 8 Siskin, 2 Grey Wag, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Grt.Spotted Wdpckrs., Brimstone and 2 Comma Butterfly (Ken Murray)
  • Kew Gardens: 2 house sparrows (Karen J-P)

Monday 21st March 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher 1735 (Bob Watts)
  • Battersea Park Lake: 14 Shoveler, Great Crested Grebe on nest, Egyptian Goose trying to squeeze into a small crack in base of a willow tree obviously looking for nest site (Michael Mac).
  • Beddington Farm: 1w Iceland Gull on main lake (Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: Red Kite circling south 12.00, male Peregrine appeared below it, earlier 11.20 a pair of Peregrines circling over hide, 8 Snipe, 7 Meadow Pipit north, Chiffchaff singing (Andrew Verrall). Common Buzzard high over N @ 12:09, 2 alba Wagtails N, Green Sandpiper (North Marsh), Little Egret (E Marsh) and a Water Rail calling from N shore E of Yacht Club (Bill Haines).
  • Bunhill Fields, City Road: 2 House Sparrow (Roger Dewey) 
  • Bushy Park : Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 50 + Redwing (Ian R Watson)
  • Dollis Brook, Finchley: Little Egret fishing in the Brook between Waverley Grove and Bridge Lane, seems to have taken up residence. Also Grey Heron, Nuthatch, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Grey Wagtails, Goldfinch, Stock Dove, Moorhen (Ben Epstein)
  • Enfield Town: 2 Red Kite flew NE over Enfield Grammar School Playing Fields 16:20 (Robert Callf)
  • Foots Cray: Little Egret in flooded field by Edgington Way (Ian Stewart)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Pair Mute Swan, 6+ Tufted Duck, 2+ Little Grebe, Common Buzzard circling, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Water Rail (end of Water Lane), Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 3+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 4+ Mistle Thrush, singing Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 8+ Siskin (Ian Stewart, Steve Carter, Donna Zimmer)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Common Scoter (BirdGuides)
  • Hyde Park: Woodcock flushed from Nursery compound area (D.Jordan)
  • KGV Reservoir: Ringed Plover, Red Kite, 2 f. Smew, 4 Common Buzzard, c20 Wigeon, c35 Redwing (Martin Shepherd/Stuart Hamilton)
  • Lamorbey Park: Pair Mute Swan, pair Egyptian Geese, 13 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, Peregrine, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 3 Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, 2 Jackdaw, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 2 singing Chiffchaff, 31 Redwing, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Wagtail (Neil Batten)
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley: c30 Redwings, Kingfisher, 2 Egyptian Geese, Buzzard, Red kite, Kestrel, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtails, Gadwall along river, Little Egret, Treecreeper, Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Goldcrests, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Greylags, 5 Grey Herons, Common Gull (Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: Jack Snipe, 20 Common Snipe, 5 Redshank, Redwing,Coal Tit, pair Pintail, Shelduck (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Ruislip Lido: Kingfisher, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Buzzard calling, 8 Gadwall, Goldcrest, Stock Dove.(Martin Smith)
  • Sidcup DA14 (Chalk Wood and Parsonage Lane): 4+ Common Buzzard inc 1 flying within the wood and 1 high NE, 2+ Green Woodpecker, 2+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark singing on NW side of wood, 6+ Pied Wagtail, c70 Redwing, c40 Fieldfare (Stonehill farm area), 10+ Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin. No sign of Firecrest at the cemetery (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup Place: Green Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, 30+ Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, pair Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Southwark Park: f Common Scoter feeding close to the ornamental gardens, pr Little Grebe, Stock Dove, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, pr Egyptian Goose still with 5 young, pr Mute Swan (John Cadera)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Firecrest in Holm Oak overhanging New River near LWT garden, Peregrines, Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Reed Bunting, Chiffchaffs, Cetti's Warblers, Kingfisher, pr Teal (Chris Farthing)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 1 singing Blackcap again. Also 1 Siskin over and another 3 birds still in The Glade (Neil Batten)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest in boardwalk, Chiffchaffs entrance to the hide, 4 Fieldfare, 6 Shovelers, 1 Redwing, 4 Teal (John Sellar).
  • Richmond Park: 1f Goldeneye, c60 Common Gull, 5 Siskin, 2 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat, Water Rail, 2 Skylark, 6 Reed Bunting, 22 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, 3 Little Owl (Oscar Dewhurst).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Buzzard, Meadow Pipit, c30 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 12 Teal (John Colmans)
  • Tower Bridge: summer-plumaged Great Crested Grebe off Traitor's Gate at c.08:30, later it, or another, in St. Saviour's Dock c.14:30. (Paul Whiteman)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: male Peregrine circling low just north of site, also 4 Redwing, Chiffchaff (Bob Watts)
  • Town Park, Enfield: 2 Coot pr incubating six eggs (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park: Woodcock, 33 Redwing, 5 Siskin (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Rear paddock - f Brambling, m & f Reed Bunting 8:00 (G Howie)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - m & f Goldeneye, 2 Green Sandpiper 16:00 (G Howie)
  • Wanstead Flats: Buzzard, pr of Peregrine Falcon, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 13 Meadow Pipit through north (2 singing residents), 5+ Skylark, 12 Shoveler, Little Grebe (James Heal/Peter Brinton)
  • Wanstead Park: singing Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, 17 Teal, 2 Shoveler, pr of Great Crested Grebe, pr Little Grebe, Stock Dove (James Heal)

Sunday 20th March 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher. Conservation Pond. Good views for 20mins+. 11.30. (Greg Smith)
  • Bexleyheath - Horsham Road - Red Kite over west 10.35 (Ralph Todd)
  • Bow Creek: 4 Shelduck, 40 Teal, 2 Common Sandpiper (N Senior)
  • Brent Reservoir: 26 Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff, 12 Siskin & 122 Redwing (Andrew Self) Water Rail, Green Sandpiper, Pheasant, Reed Bunting (London Natural History Society Members)
  • Crayford Marshes: 4 Avocet flew east past radar c10.40, 14+ Gadwall, c20 Wigeon, Cetti's Warbler (Ian Stewart)
  • Crossness: 5 Common Scoter drifting on Thames mid-river c11.30, pair Egyptian Geese (Southmere), 30+ Shelduck, 25 Shoveler, 34 Wigeon, 50 Gadwall, 2 female Pochard, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Kestrel, 4+ Oystercatcher, 1+ Green Sandpiper, 2+ Curlew, 10 Redshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, Kingfisher, 3+ Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 45 Redwing, 1000+ Black-headed Gull NE, Common Seal (Ian Stewart & John Archer)
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Shelduck, 56 Teal, 1 Chiffchaff, 23 Siskin (N Senior)
  • Erith riverside: 75+ Black-tailed Godwit, pair Oystercatcher (Ian Stewart)
  • Finsbury Park: 20 Redwing, 3 Red-crested Pochard. (Alastair Rae)
  • Gospel Oak: Common Buzzard glided NW over Queens Crescent at 1600 (Pete Mantle)
  • Gunpowder Park: Tawny and Little Owl, 5 Skylark, 1 house sparrow, 1 Teal and Little Grebe courtship call. (Harry Harrison)
  • Hampstead HeathRed Kite NW at 07:20, Peregrine at 09:40, Water Rail is still at Sanctuary Pond (Frank Nugent).
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: 1 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush, 3 Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker (drumming), Stock Dove, 5 Mandarin, 2 Gadwall (Charlie Farrell)
  • Island Barn Res: 1 summer plum Black-necked Grebe. (C Turner)
  • Isle of Dogs: 1 Little Egret East, 2 Shelduck East, 5 Gadwall & 1 1w/2cy Yellow-legged Gull Saunders Ness, c.30 Siskin Millharbour in Alders (N Senior)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Dunlin, 1f Brambling, 7 Redshank, 8 Snipe, 1 Shelduck, 1m 1f Pintail, Peregrine, 1f Sparrowhawk, 1 Redwing (Oscar Dewhurst).
  • Oxleas Wood: Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Pied Wagtail, Grey Heron, Jackdaw, Nuthatch, Stock Dove (pair), Great Spotted Woodpecker, female Sparrowhawk & female Kestrel (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, Coal Tit & 4 Goldfinch (Jon & Valerie Ridge).
  • Putney Bridge: Eurasian White-fronted Goose E 09:05 (BirdGuides)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest (Arjun Dutta)
  • Rainham RSPB: 5 Common Scoter 300 yards east of Stone Barges 1325 then flew east, 2 Water Pipits nearby just west of red light house, also Spotted Redshank & Water Pipit on reserve (Bob Watts) The Common Scoter (4 drakes) still 4pm in Aveley Bay, Jack Snipe on Purfleet Scrape and 7 Water Pipits on pools and foreshore (Sean Huggins)
  • Staines Moor: 1 Swallow, 4 Water Pipit, 1 Little Egret, 6-8 male Reed Bunting, 2+ Stonechat, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2+ Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff (Iain, John & Kath Darbyshire) 5 Redshank, 1 Water Rail, 2 Snipe (Thomas Gibson - after dark)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: pr Peregrine, f Blackcap, Snipe, Little Egret, 6 Grey Wagtail, 7 Shoveler, 2 Teal, Kingfisher, Reed Bunting, Cetti's Warbler (Chris Farthing)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet, Grey Wagtail, 6 Little Grebe, 20 Teal (Frank Nugent).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: f Mandarin, Little Egret, Buzzard, 4+ Lapwing, 8 Stock Dove, 13 Meadow Pipit, 12 Redwing, Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Reed Bunting, 38 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Thames Barrier Park: 23 Shelduck, 60 Teal, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (1w/2cy, 3w/4cy), 2300 Black-headed Gulls, littoralis Rock Pipit, 28 House Sparrows, 8 Siskins (N Senior)
  • Thames Wharf E16: 1 3w/4cy Caspian Gull and 1 2w/3cy Yellow-legged Gull at waste recycling centre (N Senior)
  • Trafalgar Square: Kestrel (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Walthamstow Marsh: f Brambling, 20+ Goldfinches, 20+ Linnets, 30+ Chaffinches, 10+ m Reed Buntings, 20+ m Pied Wagtails, 2 Meadow Pipits, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 6+ Redwings in rear paddocks at 12:00 (Quentin Given).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 3 Sand Martin , Little Ringed Plover, 2cy Yellow lkegged gull. (Jamie |Partridge, Pete lambert Lol bodini paul whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats: 16 Shoveler, 16 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 7 Egyptian Goose, 3 Little Grebe, 7 Linnet (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Water Rail (one seemingly carrying nesting material!), Little Egret, 59 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 20 Tufted Duck, 2 f Pochard, 2 Goldcrest, singing Coal Tit, Siskin, pr of Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe (Nick Croft)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 singing Chiffchaff, 3 Mistle Thrush, 8 Redwing, Grey Heron (over), Great Spotted Woodpecker (male drumming), 3 Pied Wagtail (Charlie Farrell)

Saturday 19th March 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Chiffchaff singing, also 10 Redwing, c20 Common Gull (Bob Watts). Chiffchaff also heard around cricket pitch perimeter, south. 11.40 (Greg Smith)
  • Antill Road E3: A pair of Goldcrests and Chaffinches in back garden as well as a pair of House Sparrows, Blackbirds, Starlings, Great Tits and Collared Doves. Must be breeding time. (Harry Harrison)
  • Blackheath: HOODED CROW with Carrion Crows 14:00 (BirdGuides). No sign 1700-1730 (John Archer). Can observer put more details on wiki or can Birdguides contact records committee (Bob Watts)
  • Borehamwood Football Club: Buzzard (Simon Worsfold)
  • Bow Creek: 1 Common Sandpiper and just 1 Redshank in the high tide roost, 48 Teal, 2 Shelduck, 2 Linnet feeding (Frank Nugent).
  • Brent Reservoir: adult Kittiwake flew in 9.18 landed, seen from Heron Hide, watched for about 5 mins till 9.23 when flew off, 14 Snipe, Water Rail seen, Redwing, fem Pheasant Shrike Field (Andrew Verrall, John Gravatt, Steve)
  • Bushy Park: Pheasant (f), 10 Redwing (Ian R Watson)
  • East Wickham Opern Space Welling: 3-4 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Mistle Thrush, 8-10 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, Long-tailed Tits, 3 Goldcrests, 6 Chaffinch, 6-8 Siskin (Ralph and Brenda Todd with RSPB Bexley Group).
  • Foots Cray: Little Egret in flooded field by Edgington Way, pair Grey Wagtail (Ian Stewart)
  • Gallions Reach: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher (Frank Nugent).
  • Hampstead Heath: c40 Redwings on Parliament Hill (Greengrandad)
  • Highams Park Lake: 2 Pr Mandarin, c25 Shoveler, 5+ Goldcrest, Little Egret over. (Joe Dickens)
  • Hockenden BR8: Brambling, 3 Common Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2+ Skylark singing, Grey Wagtail, 50+ Fieldfare, 30+ Redwing, c100 Linnet, poss heard Yellowhammer song once only (Ian Stewart)
  • Hogsmill River Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 1 Little Egret, 1 Song Thrush - my first of the year (Mat Hare)
  • Hogsmill STW: 4 Shelduck (Mat Hare)
  • Kensal Green Cemetery:Green Woodpecker,Great Spotted Woodpecker,Nuthatch,Chiffchaff (F.O'Sullivan)
  • Leyton Marshes: f Brambling still on back paddocks with many Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet and 2-3 Reed Buntings. A few Redwings. Big increase in Pied Wagtails, Peregrine on pylon (Paul Whiteman)
  • London Wetland Centre: 6 Redshank, 8 Common Snipe, 1f Brambling, 3 Chiffchaff (one probable new arrival), 1m 1f Pintail (Martin Honey, B. Page) At least 14 Siskin in Wildside, 2 Sand Martin through 15.45 and 16.10 heading N, 1f Sparrowhawk hunting (unsuccessfully) a Fieldfare through Wildside (Martin Honey)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 Green Woodpecker, 15+ Redwing, 1st egg last night for Peregrine Falcon on hospital (public site) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Mudchute Park: female Peregrine over, 8 Redwings, 2 Fieldfares, 5 Song Thrushes, 16 Chaffinches, 1 male Brambling (N Senior).
  • North Cray - Parsonage Lane (St James's Cemetery): Common Buzzard over mobbed by crow, 3 Redwings, Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit, Greenfinch (Mike Amos); Firecrest showed briefly about noon, silent and much more elusive than yesterday, Lesser Redpoll, 2+ Siskin (Ian Stewart, Phil Cliffe) The Firecrest favours the area of woods on the north side of the cemetery (opposite the road) and has usually been seen near the blue bench. It doesn't favour any particular type of trees and has been seen low and high but can disappear further north into the wood (IS)
  • Pinner (HA5): 45 Redwing (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: Jack Snipe, Water Pipit, Barn Owl, Kingfisher ( J & J Cadera)
  • Roding Valley Park at Redbridge: Little Egret (plus one recently dead in the river), 6 Teal (3 pairs), 2 Kingfisher (Malcolm Hibberd)
  • Romford: Osprey 11.45 (BirdGuides)
  • Seventy Acres Lake: Bittern showing well from hide at 2pm (Simon Papps)
  • Sidcup DA14 (Chalk Wood): Common Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4+ Pied Wagtail, large mixed flock of Fieldfares and Redwings in trees on south side of wood making a lot of noise plus at least 30 Fieldfare on fields, 10+ Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Jay, 20+ Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 3 Canada Geese S, Grey Heron SW, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • St Mary's Cemetery:10 Redwing,13 Linnet (F.O'Sullivan)
  • St Pauls Cray BR5 (Chapmans Lane): Female Yellowhammer along lane by Cray Valley GC, Common Buzzard (one from Hockenden I think), pair Sparrowhawks, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark singing, 20+ Redwing, Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Little Ringed Plover on W Side of S basin, 2 Rock Pipits, 5+ Black-necked Grebe (M.Lewis per FJM); 2 Redshank, 1 male Scaup (Paul Goodman)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff, 3 Water Rail, singing Cetti's Warbler, singing Goldcrest, 14+ Siskin, 2 Linnet, 14 Meadow Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, Little Egret, Peregrine (Stuart Fisher)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Firecrest nr west reservoir fountain, 4 Shoveler, Reed Bunting, several Cetti's Warblers, 2 Grey Wagtail pairs, Teal (Chris Farthing)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Marsh Harrier, 9 Avocet, 2 Curlew, 107 Redshank, 6 Turnstone & 2 Scandinavian Rock Pipits in summer plumage (Andrew Self)
  • Walthamstow: Coppermill Lane FB, c.6 Fieldfare, Redshank flew South. (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats: 1 f Stonechat, 9 Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, 2 Peregrine (Tony Brown) 5 Skylark, 10+ Meadow Pipit, Sparrowhawk, 7 Linnet, 5 Redwing (James Heal)
  • Wanstead Park: Kingfisher, 5+ Redwing, Sparrowhawk (James Heal)
  • Whitton: pair Stock Dove inspecting tree hole outside Kneller Hall, early am (Iain Darbyshire).
  • Woodford Green: f Smew still, Grey wagtail, Bullfinch, Redwings, Greenfinche (Joe Dickens)

Friday 18th March 2016 Edit

  • Battersea, Great Eastern Wharf: 2 Grey Wagtail (Charlie Schouten)
  • Blackwall Beach: 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (4 1w/2cy, 1 2w/3cy), 60 Common Gulls, 11 Great Black-backed Gulls (N Senior)
  • Beddington Farm: (Twitter) Great White Egret flew south, Avocet, Iceland Gull
  • Bexley DA5 (Coldblow field): Common Buzzard calling, c50 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30+ Redwing, c20 Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Bowyers Water: 4 Red-crested Pochard (3 drakes), Yellow-legged Gull, Chiffchaff (Simon Papps)
  • Brent Reservoir: Sand Martin 09.00 (M Kirkland); Little Egret, 13 Snipe, 2 Redshank (Andrew Haynes).
  • Bushy Park: 50+ Redwing, Reed Bunting, Treecreeper. (Ian R Watson)
  • Dartford (Brooklands lakes): 12+ Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Chiffchaff, 6+ Goldcrest, 2 Jay. Also, along Darent Valley path just to south of the lakes, a Little Egret in field E of the river and two pairs of Rooks at nests (Ian Stewart)
  • Dartford fresh marsh: 2 Water Rails calling, Kingfisher, 5 Cetti's Warbler, Jay, Reed Bunting. Also Grey Wagtail on Darent Valley path near Dartford station (Ian Stewart)
  • Foots Cray: Little Egret flew SW over Edgington Way (Ian Stewart)
  • Friday Lake: red-head Smew (Simon Papps)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Siskin ( male), Redpoll (2 x 1st winter), Teal (pair), Goldcrest, Little Grebe (John Bushell)
  • Hall Marsh: 30+ Wigeon, 40+ Shoveler, 6 Teal, 3 Goosander (on adjacent Horsemill Stream), Buzzard, Little Egret, Snipe, Lapwing, 2 Grey Wagtail, 15 Siskin (Simon Papps)
  • Kensal Rise: 3 Meadow Pipits NE, 3 Redpolls NE, 10 Chaffinches N and 3 Siskins N mid afternoon over Wrentham Avenue (Pete Mantle)
  • Leyton Flats: 2 Firecrest, singing Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, Great crested Grebe, m Shoveler (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: In addition to the species reported on the LWC website, 2 Water Pipit, 1 Jack Snipe and a Woodcock were reported today (Martin Honey). Any news of the Iceland Gull?
  • Oakwood Park: 49 Redwing (Robert Callf)
  • Rotherhithe Stave Hill: 4 Firecrest, 4 Siskin, calling Green Woodpecker, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher (Richard Page-Jones)
  • Sidcup DA14 (Parsonage Lane St James cemetery): Firecrest showing well and singing (with thanks to Stephen Gatley), Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, 36 Fieldfare, 28 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, Jay, 8 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin (Ian Stewart, Ralph Todd) ( Hi Ralph any ideas where to look for Firecrest Mike Amos ) Mike- walk in Look in the corner near the bins/flowers.
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Firecrest, Redshank, pr Grey Wagtail, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Reed Bunting (Chris Farthing)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret, pr Little Grebe, 6 Stock Dove, 2 Reed Bunting,Jack Snipe (P Kite)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 3 Redshank - 1 on Lockwood, pair on East Warwick; Rock Pipit on East Warwick, same or another North over No.4; 4 + Goldeneye (David Bradshaw, Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats: Woodcock west over Esso Copse, singing Meadow Pipit (+4 others north), 3-4 singing Skylark, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Mistle Thrush, singing Goldcrest, 7 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 3 trilling Little Gebe (Nick Croft/John Weil/James Heal)
  • Wanstead Park: pair of Great Crested Grebe nest building Perch, 2 Little Grebe, 8 Gadwall, 66 Shoveler, 10 Teal, 24 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 2 Egyptian Goose,  30+ Siskin, 20+ Greenfinch (including 16 in one bush), Goldcrest, 15 Fieldfare north, 40+ Redwing, 3 Grey Wagtail, Little Egret (Nick Croft/John Weil/James Heal)
  • Wilmington DA2: 3 Skylarks singing in field north of Clement Street, Sparrowhawk (Ian Stewart)

Thursday 17th March 2016 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Green Sandpiper(Heron Hide),(F.O'Sullivan)
  • Eastcote (Field End Road): singing Grey Wagtail (Jon Ridge).
  • Dagenham Chase: Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Red Legged Partridge, 2 Shellducks, Wigeons, Song of Black Cap, Teals, Little Egret, Redwings, both Woodpeckers. Simon Worsfold.
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Pair Mute Swan, male Gadwall, 9+ Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Little Egret (flew SW to roost 17.55), Water Rail at end of Water Lane, pair Kingfisher (male bashing a fish for about 2 minutes before eating it while female sat above calling), 4 Mistle Thrush, 4+ Redwing (at least 200 on fields on opposite side of North Cray Road), Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Friday Lake: red-head Smew, 2 Goosander (100m to E on Horsemill Stream), 2 Buzzard, singing Chiffchaff, Siskin (Simon Papps)
  • Grovelands Park: Firecrest, 3 Siskin (James Palmer)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Siskin (1 male/2 female), Chiffchaff, Little Grebe
  • Harrow Cemetery (HA1): Small Tortoiseshell (Shailesh Patel)
  • Harrow Recreation Ground (HA1): Redwing (Shailesh Patel)
  • Joydens Wood: Kestrel, c100 Redwing, 10+ Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 10+ Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • KGV Reservoir: Oystercatcher, 15 Meadow Pipit, red-head Smew (Martin Shepherd)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Iceland Gull on grazing marsh, seen 15.00 flew off NW 15.10 prob 1W/ 2CY as looked the same as yday's bird (my apologies for first saying 2W, the Wed post below clarifies this well), 1 Brambling f under feeders, 5+ Siskin, 1 Redwing (Simon Osborn) Just missed the gull but had 3 Shelduck, 8 Common Snipe, 1f Stonechat, 3 Redwing near feeders, 1m Kingfisher, about 6 Siskin, 2m Reed Bunting, c.8 Cetti's Warbler (Martin Honey)
  • North Finchley: Osprey over my allotment Summers Lane (Tony Clancy)
  • Oxleas Wood: Common Buzzard, Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Nuthatch (observer?)
  • Pinner (HA5): 62 Redwing, Coal Tit & 7 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • St James's Park: Common Buzzard SE at 14:15 (Frank Nugent)
  • Scadbury Park: Common Buzzard soaring, seen from Queen Mary's roundabout 15.00 (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA14 (Chalk Wood), also Stonehill Woods area: c250 Fieldfare, c50 Redwing on paddocks with another c50 Redwing in the wood, 4+ Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, c10 Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoir: 4 summer-plumaged Black-Necked Grebes on South basin. Also Scandinavian Rock Pipit reported by another observer. J.Murray & Snr.
  • Staines Moor: 4 Water Pipits along river colne, one in near summer plumage. J.Murray & Snr. 6-8 Water Pipit (3 moulting into summer plumage), Jack Snipe (Colne), Water Rail (Colne), 2+ Little Egret, Kingfisher, 2 Redshank, 2-4 Lapwing 3+ (perhaps as many as 10) Red Kite, 3+ Common Buzzard, 7 Fieldfare, 7 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1+ Kestrel (Lee Dingain)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Firecrest in Holm Oak nr LWT garden, Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting (Chris Farthing)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 1 Common Buzzard n.e. over The Glade 15:45. Also still at least three Siskin coming to garden bird feeders (Neil Batten)
  • Thorney C P: Kingfisher, Little Egret, 4 Greenfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, 3 pairs of Long Tailed tits building nests, Song Thrush. 1st Butterfly of the year a Peacock. (sue Giddens)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Brimstone (Riding Centre front paddocks), 6+ Redwing with 12+ Chaffinch flock rear paddocks, Common Buzzard and Kestrel each mobbed by Crows, Sparrowhawk, Stonechat(m) on east boundary fence to Cow Field (Jan Dobbie) 30+Redwing front paddock 16:00 (SBarry)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 singing Meadow Pipit (+ 4 others), 5 Pied Wagtail, 3 singing Skylark, Kestrel, 18 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, Pochard, 13 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Grebe (Nick Croft/Peter Brinton)
  • Waterworks Nature Reserve (Lea Valley) 2 Chiffchaff singing loudly, 2 Shoveller, several Teal (S.Barry)
  • London W1W: 8 Siskin feeding in trees junction of Clipston/Gt Titchfield Streets (Steve Woolfenden)

Wednesday 16th March 2016 Edit

  • Foots Cray Meadows: Pair Mute Swan with female at nest site, pair Greylags over, 15 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Kestrel, Water Rail showing well at end of Water Lane just east of bridge, Kingfisher, c30 Redwing, 3+ Goldcrest, 50+ Jackdaw leaving for roost in Joydens Wood, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Kensington Gardens & Hyde Park: 48 species recorded this morning; highlights include Red Kite (one E at 08:30 being mobbed by crows), singing Cetti's Warbler, several Siskin, 2 pairs Nuthatch, 2 singing Treecreeper, & 1+Meadow Pipit (Bill Haines). Also Little Owl, 24 Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 75 Egyptian Geese (more than I’ve seen at one site since Holkham Hall 16 years ago!), Green Woodpecker (very confiding), 13 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 7 Pochards, Shoveler, 2-3 Coal Tits, 3 Grey Herons, around 30 Ring-necked Parakeets, 4 Goldfinches, around a dozen Common Gulls (Alan Hobson).
  • Kensington High Street: Singing Grey Wagtail on Building opposite Tube station entrance early morning (Bill Haines).
  • Kew Gardens: Red Kite drifting NE 10:55 (Peter Hart).
  • London Wetland Centre: Iceland Gull grazing marsh, 1f Brambling, 2 Redshank, 10 Common Snipe, 2 Shelduck, 8 Mandarin (Martin Honey, B. Page). Iceland Gull listed on the LWC website as 2W but seems to be 1W/ 2CY based on primary shape and eye colour. Showed fairly heavy marking on scaps, coverts and tertials, very (very) pale brown primary wash, plus a well defined, fairly plain, tail band and secondary bar but primary pattern Iceland. Also a 2CY Yellow legged Gull on Grazing Marsh (Matt Palmer)
  • Pinner (HA5): 43 Redwing, 7 Goldfinch, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit & a Stock Dove over (Jon Ridge).
  • Plumstead SE18: pair of Peregrine north over Kirkham St at 08:00 (Gus Wilson).
  • Ravens Court Park (Ginko garden centre) : Firecrest showing well in plant standing (Neville Smith)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 2 Greylag Geese E 06.36 (year first), Peregrine, Stock Dove high W, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Redwing (Ian Stewart)
  • Southall TQ1280 Red Kite over at 1130 (P J Belman).
  • St James's Park: Blackcap, singing (Frank Nugent).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Firecrest in trees both sides of New River around East Res, 7 Red-Crested Pochard (6m 1f), Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk (Chris Farthing)
  • Trent Park: male Firecrest feeding in laurel SW edge of Rough Lot (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Marsh: Fem Brambling with mixed Finch flock in Rear Paddock N of Riding School, 2 Meadow Pipits with Mixed Linnet & Reed Bunting Flock & Stock Dove in N Paddock. 2 Chiffchaffs singing near Car Park - 12.00 - 13.00 pm (Davey Leach).
  • Wanstead Flats: Singing Meadow Pipit, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 50 + Shoveler, 16 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 10 + Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 10 + Siskin, 2 Redpoll, pr of Reed Bunting, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Grey Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit north, Water Rail (SoM), 10 + Redwing (Nick Croft/Mike Messenger)

Tuesday 15th March 2016 Edit

  • Borehamwood: Buzzard over Football pitch- Simon Worsfold
  • Brent Reservoir: 26 Common Snipe, Water Rail, Green Sandpiper. 2 Shelduck, pair North Marsh (Steve Blake) 17.00 2 Shelduck East Marsh (main hide) -(F.O'Sullivan)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Song Thrush, 5 Jackdaw over (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: 1,000 Chaffinch, 175 Linnet, 2 Brambling (Steve Gale)
  • Cornmill Meadows and Breaches Farm: 2 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 11 Red-legged Partridge, Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 10 Lapwing, Snipe, 80+ Common Gull, 20+ Stock Dove, 8+ Skylark, 80+ Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 250+ Starling, male Blackcap, 2 Grey Wagtail, 20+ Siskin (Simon Papps)
  • Eastcote (Abbotsbury Gardens): Grey Wagtail over, 5 Redwing & 5 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Enfield Road, EN2: Little Egret flew S 15:37 (Robert Callf)
  • Greenford (Ravenor Park): 18 Redwing (K. Bull)
  • Hackney Downs: Chiffchaff flying on railway embankment (L.Barry)
  • Hackney Marsh: 58 Teal on River Lea (James Palmer)
  • Hammersmith W6 0PG: Blackcap in full song (Neville Smith)
  • King George V Reservoir (permit only): Sand Martin, Smew, 6 Goosander, 8 Goldeneye, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Wagtail, 70 Redwing, Pheasant, 8 Lapwing (Chris Farthing)
  • Lamorbey Park: Pair Mute Swan, 12 Canada Goose, 20+ Mallard, 11 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, 8+ Moorhen, 6+ Coot, pair Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail over, singing Song Thrush, 3+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • London Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge: Between 19.45 and 20.00, over 50 Common Gulls very active, possibly moving through ?(John Colmans)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1f Brambling, 1 Avocet, 2 Redshank, 7 Common Snipe, 2 Shelduck, great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 1m 1f Pintail. Peregrine on Ch. X Hospital, 1m Kingfisher (two Kingfisher reported frist thing). 1f Bullfinch reported on E bund (Martin Honey)Cettis Warbler outside observatory (L.Barry) 3 Redpoll, 11 Siskin (Matt Palmer)
  • Mudchute Park: 2 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing,1 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrests, 43 Chaffinches ( N Senior)
  • Pinner (HA5): 31 Redwing, female Sparrowhawk low through the feeding apparatus, male Green Woodpecker, male Pied Wagtail, 2 Coal Tit & 4 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, singing Mistle Thrush (year first), 3 Redwing, Goldcrest singing, 2 Jackdaw. Lots of singing from common species today, bit of a surprise in the conditions perhaps (Ian Stewart)
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 53 Redwing (Robert Callf)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Firecrest near start of still-to-be-opened boardwalk (James Palmer) Firecrest in low Holly bushes near fountain on West Reservoir at 7:50am, 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Teal, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting, Little Egret (Chris Farthing)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 1 singing male Blackcap showing very well am (Neil Batten)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret, Chiffchaff, 8 Stock Dove, 4 Reed Bunting (3m 1f), pr Mute Swan, pr Little Grebe, Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay (P Kite)
  • Swanscombe Marshes (1545-1800, HT): Mediterranean Gull on foreshore w/600 Black-headed Gull between river and marsh; also 35 Gadwall, 85 Teal, 32 Mallard, 10 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 60 Redshank (+), 1 Green Sandpiper, 16 Turnstone, 14 Common Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull (imm), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Jay, 30 Chaffinch (Peter Beckenham)
  • Trent Park: Little Grebe summer-plumaged lower lake, f Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, Woodcock, Firecrest feeding in laurel SW edge of Rough Lot, 6 Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch, 5 Treecreeper, Siskin (Robert Callf)
  • Uxbridge (Whitehall School): c20 Redwing (Roger Dewey)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: female Brambling in horse paddocks (James Palmer)
  • Wanstead Flats: singing Meadow Pipit (+ 3 others in brooms and 8 north), 4 Pied Wagtail, 3 Skylark (1 singing), m Redpoll, Siskin, 8 Chaffinch north, 15 + Goldfinch, 6 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, 22 Tufted Duck, 9 Pochard, 15 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Egyptian Goose, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Tim Harris)
  • West Harrow: Red Kite drifting north 07.05, male Blackcap in garden 07.20 and Canada Goose over north 08.00 (Alex Massey)
  • Woodford Green: f Smew still present today on the small pond by the High Road (Joe Dickens)

Monday 14th March 2016 Edit

  • Brockley & Ladywell Cemetery: 20 Redwing (Conrad Ellam & Anita Gwynn)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, 60+ Redwing, 2 Song Thrush. (Ian R Watson)
  • Canons Farm: 1,100 Chaffinch, 150 Linnet, 3 Brambling (Steve Gale)
  • Claybury Park, Woodford Bridge: Redpoll, Treecreeper, 3 Goldcrests, 2 Stock Doves, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Long-tailed Tits (Alan Hobson).
  • Dorset Square, Marylebone: singing Goldcrest (John Colmans)
  • EC2R: m Black Redstart - 7th consecutive year at least at this site (Tom Smith)
  • Epsom Downs: 1 Red Kite, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Stonechat (Steve Gale)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Chiffchaff 1 0730hrs (Richard Green)
  • Gunpowder park: Short-eared owl again hunting from 1730hrs (Neville Smith).
  • Hackney, top of Amhurst Rd: Grey Wagtail flicking around St Paul's car park before flying onto Stoke Newington High St (S.Barry)
  • Ham (KT2 5BH): Chiffchaff feeding in Riverside shrubs (Phil Davies)
  • Hanwell W7 - above Boston Road: 7.45am Red Kite being mobbed by Crow and a Gull (Kish Woolmore)
  • Harrow Recreation Ground (HA1): Red Kite, Redwing (Shailesh Patel)
  • Lamorbey Park: Pair Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, 6 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe (s/p), Cormorant, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Firecrest, singing Treecreeper, 4 Redwing, 2 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, 8 Stock Dove (Stuart Fisher)
  • Little Wormwood Scrubs: singing Chiffchaff (and showing well) (David Jeffreys)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 2 Redshank, 4 Snipe, 1f Brambling, 1 Redwing, 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming and at feeders, several Fieldfare Sheltered Lagoon, Willow Warbler east bund - two short bursts of song (Martin Honey, Bernie Whiskin)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest far side riverbank, Goldcrest nearside (Gavin Whyte)
  • North Finchley: Osprey over my allotment near Summers Lane (Tony Clancy)
  • Oxleas Wood: Firecrest, 20+ Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, fem Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, pr Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinch (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): 9 Redwing, 7 Goldfinch, Coal Tit, Jackdaw & singing Goldcrest (Jon Ridge).
  • Roding Valley Park at Redbridge: 9 Teal (Malcolm Hibberd)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk into garden, pair Peregrines, Coot (heard from Lamorbey Park after dark, first this year), Stock Dove W, 2 Redwing high NW, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Southfields: 1m Blackcap singing in the garden this morning - singing and seen this afternoon (Martin Honey)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Firecrest in trees between New River & West Reservoir opposite fountain, Peregrine, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting, Mistle Thrush, Little Egret, new influx of Chiffchaffs. (Chris Farthing)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Little Egret, 12 Teal (7m), 2 Mandarin and a Kingfisher at Darlands Lake this evening (Ian Ellis)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Coal Tit Monument Glade, Small White (Bob Watts)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: (Lockwood) 2cy Caspian Gull, 2 Goldeneye (Paul Whiteman/Lol Bodini)
  • Woodford Green: Female Smew on pool adjacent to High Road and close to Chestnut Walk at 18:00. Perhaps the bird seen at Connaught Water recently? Was diving for food with no real indication of origin. (Joe Dickens)
  • Worcester Park: Common Buzzard flew east (Bob Smith)

Sunday 13th March 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Woodcock south on heavy mist 0845 at south end Wood Green Res also Chiffchaff so hinging New River (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: Pair Shelduck (Leo Batten) Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, 19 Snipe & Pheasant, singing Chiffchaff (Brent Birders)
  • Burnt Oak: Little Egret, Jay & pair of Long-tailed Tits at a feeding station (unusual for the area) all seen along Burnt Oak Brook (Deb Jackson).
  • Bushy Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, c20 Meadow Pipit, 3+ Skylark singing (Mat Hare)
  • Cranford CP: female Kestrel, Little Owl, c10 Goldcrests, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (2 drumming), 2 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipits, 6 Stock Doves (Wendy Marks)
  • Crayford Marshes : 2 Marsh Harrier (1male) , 8 Mute Swan , c20 Wigeon , Gadwall , c30 Teal, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret , 6 Grey Heron, 4 Little Grebe , several Redshank , 1 Curlew , 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck , Goldfinch , Long-tailed Tit , Meadow Pipit ,Skylark (Mike Amos) 
  • Crosness: 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Lapwing, 20 Redshank (Conrad Ellam & Anita Gwynn)
  • East India Dock Basin: 6 Shelduck, 23 Teal, 10 Tufted, 2 Egyptian Geese, gulls (Nick S, M Lewis)
  • Foots Cray: Redwings heard over Tesco 00.15 also singing Song Thrush (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenway, adjacent Olympic Stadium: A pair of small dark waders with decurved bills landing and flying around stadium, a bit early but I'm sure they were Whimbrel (Harry Harrison)
  • Greenwich: male Blackcap heard singing in garden in Woodlands Park Road this morning (Richard Green)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Redshank and 2 Teal on river foreshore; Chiffchaff, 2 Redpolls, Goldcrest, Little Grebe in Ecology Park; Peregrine Falcon flying west over park (John Bushell, Richard Green)
  • Gunpowder Park: Short-eared Owl till at least 10:50hrs and again hunting at 17:20, Red Kite over east 11:40hrs, 3 singing Skylark, 5 Bullfinch, (Neville Smith).
  • Hampstead Heath: male and female Chestnut Teal, Bird Sanctuary Pond (Klemens Felder)
  • Home Park: 20+ Egyptian Goose including 1 pair with 7 chicks & 1 pair with 2 chicks, 1m 1f Pheasant, 2m 1f Wigeon (Mat Hare)
  • Ickenham Marsh: 2 Little Egret, Grey Heron, 4 Teal, Coot - unusual here on a seasonal pool, Buzzard, Red Kite, 2 Rook, pr Bullfinch, 10 Redwing, 20 Fieldfare (Nigel Dodd)
  • Kensal Green Cemetery:Nuthatch,2 Green Woodpecker,Stockdove (F.O'Sullivan)
  • Lamorbey Park: Pair Egyptian Geese, 6 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1-3 Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: ad RING-BILLED GULL reported on WWT website. Observer was 'K Harris' according to LWC sightings book.
  • Mill Hill NW7: 3 Siskin 2♀ 1♂ on garden feeder (Kate Blake)
  • Oxleas Wood: 2 Firecrest, Goldcrest, 30+ Coal Tit, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Jackdaw, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Siskin (fm). Great Spotted Woodpecker (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner: Oystercatcher calling over the house 10:06pm (Richard Francis). excellent record - I can't find any for the London Borough of Harrow & certainly not Pinner (JR).
  • Pinner (HA5): 27 Redwing, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Green Woodpecker, Collared Dove & singing Goldcrest (Jon Ridge).
  • Queen's Woods, Muswell Hill: Woodcock, singing Blackcap (Matt Evans)
  • Kensington Gardens: Firecrest Leaf Yard, 1 Cettis Warbler, 12 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare (Patrick Baglee)
  • Rainham Marsh: at least 3 Water Pipits, one showing start of breeding plumage. Marsh Harriers. Many Snipe, Black- tail Godwits, 2 Dartford Warblers showing. No sign of SEOs despite many observers. (Quentin Given) 3 Short-eared Owls showed well after 5.30 pm from Serin Mound and Female Merlin roosting nearby. Barn Owl after 6pm near RSPB Centre (Davey Leach) Saker Falcon or hybrid Saker/Gyr (?) sitting on Peregrine's pylon (Ian Bradshaw) .
  • Roding Valley Park, Woodford Bridge: Kestrel (excellent views; perched v. close), Linnet, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Alan Hobson).
  • Roxbourne Park, Rayners Lane: 2 Nuthatch, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Common Gull (Tim Rymer).
  • St Mary's Cemetery: Meadow Pipit (F.O'Sullivan)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Mallards heard just before midnight (helpful wind direction means I can hear birds from Lamorbey Park), Peregrine, male Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Stockwell (Hemans Estate Community Garden): male Pheasant in garden, then flew over into private garden, only noticed in last 30 mins may have flown here at night? (Michael Mac).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: m Teal, 2 or 3 Pheasant heard, Red Kite, Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 7 Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, Little Owl, 17 Stock Dove, Kingfisher, singing Skylark, 13 Meadow Pipit, c45 Redwing, 6 Reed Bunting, 8 Linnet (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Theydon Bois: Red Kite, 6+ Buzzard, Stonechat, Kestrel, Linnet, 4 pr Skylark, 2 Rook, 9 Stock Dove. (Joe Dickens)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 2 Egyptian Geese perched on a tree (first site record for me, Not sure if I should be pleased), c600 Common Gull, 6 Lapwing, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, c30 Redwing, Bullfinch, 6 Teal, drake Mandarin (John Colmans)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 4 Goldcrest, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, 3 Long-Tailed Tits, but no sign or sound of Firecrests (Nick S, M Lewis)
  • Wanstead Flats: Firecrest (still Long Wood), Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 2 Linnet, Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark,, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, singing Stock Dove WeBS 5 Pochard, 24 Tufted Duck, 9 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 9 Egyptian Goose, 4 Little Grebe, 534 Common Gull, 60 + Black-headed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker calling from Lincoln Island (Ornamentals), Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Siskin, Redpoll, WeBS: 58 Shoveler, 16 Teal, Little Egret, 6 Little Grebe, pair of Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret (Wren Group/Nick Croft)

Saturday 12th March 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 9 Greylag (largest flock at this site in past decade), also Little Grebe, pair Great Crested Grebe displaying Wood Green Res, singing Chiffchaff mid platform alongside res, Siskin heard (Bob Watts)
  • Belair Park (Dulwich): Little Owl (E.Dare).
  • Blackheath Vanbrugh Pits: F Stonechat in gorse (rare here), also 2 singing Greenfinch, Song Thrush (Joe Beale).
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, 20 Common Snipe & 2 Little Egret (Brent Birders)
  • Bury Farm, Edgwarebury, Middx. HA8: Great Grey Shrike at A41 end of EA track but not located on return. Pedestrian access only from A41 along Environment Agency track. Please do not trespass on the Farm (displaying Lapwings) or disturb horses or riders (Bob Husband, Fay Broom, et al.)
  • Enfield Town (River View, EN2): fem Siskin feeding on sunflower hearts in garden (Robert Callf)
  • Ewell: 1 male Pheasant, 50 Redwing and 13 Fieldfare in the grounds of LA Fitness, Banstead Road pm (Neil Batten)
  • Greenwich: male Blackcap heard singing in garden in Woodlands Park Road from 6.30 this morning (Richard Green)
  • Greenwich Park: 70 Redwing in deer enclosure (Conrad Ellam)
  • Greenwich, Vanbrugh Hill: Possible Black Redstart seen in a garden by Rod Beale - convincing description but not seen by me (Joe Beale)
  • Harrow Recreation Ground (HA1): 4 Jackdaw, 5 Mistle Thrush, 19 Redwing (Shailesh Patel)
  • Kensal Green Cemetery:fem.Sparrowhawk resting on branch mobbed by Chaffinches, Goldfinches,Mistle Thrushes and finally Crows(F.O'Sullivan)
  • Lamorbey Park : Pair Mute Swan, pair Egyptian Geese, 4 Tufted Duck c30 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Common Gulls, Grey Heron, Stock Dove showed well on ground (Mike Amos), Little Grebe, Goldcrest, Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Lea Valley riding school: 12 Redwing, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Stock Dove  Front paddock (S Barry)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3m 1f Shelduck, 4m 1f Red-crested Pochard, 6 Common Snipe, 4 Redshank, 1f Stonechat, 7 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1m 1f Great Crested Grebe investigating potential nest sites, 1m Reed Bunting singing, 1f Sparrowhawk over towards Fulham, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Stock Dove (Martin Honey, B. Page, E. Garcia)
  • Lonsdale Road Res: pr Shoveler, 3 Pochard, several well grown juv herons in nests, singing Chiffchaff, parakeets pushing pr of Jackdaws away from potential nest holes (Neil Anderson)
  • Middlesex filterbeds: Firecrest flitting along River Lea, Chiffchaff (S. Barry)
  • Morden: possible Northern Long-tailed Tit reported (RBA)
  • Pinner (HA5): 14 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, Goldfinch & Coal Tit (Jon Ridge)
  • Plumstead, Thames' Foreshore: incl. 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Linnet and 9 Teal (Mike Robinson).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 3-4 Short-eared Owls (Serin Mound/Northern route), Dartford Warbler showing very well in sun (North route), 3 Avocets (Aveley Bay), Green Sandpiper (landfill), 76 Golden Plovers, 5 Curlews (Purfleet Scrape) (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Richmond Park: 4 Skylark, Snipe, 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Meadow Pipit, Water Rail, 8 Siskin, 80 Redwing (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Rotherhithe: Kingfisher, 10 Siskin and Mistle Thrush Russia Dock Woodland this a'noon (Richard Bonser).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing. Redwings also heard over Woodside Road 22.00 (Ian Stewart)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: male Firecrest still present in trees near boardwalk, singing, displaying to and chasing Goldcrests; Water Rail, Little Egret, 3 Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, Cetti's Warblers (Chris Farthing)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 14 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll in Ash Trees in The Glade all day (Neil Batten)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: Lapwing, Common Snipe, 2 Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 14+ Siskin in alders, 2 Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 11 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare (Stuart Fisher)
  • Surbiton: 1-2 male Blackcap, several Redwing (Mat Hare)
  • Thames (Putney- Barnes Bridges): some WeBS highlights - 133 Teal, 15 Gadwall, 3 Mandarin, 2nd Y Caspian Gull, pr Grey Wagtail (Beverley Brook outflow), singing Cetti's Warbler at LWC border (Neil Anderson)
  • Totteridge Valley: Firecrest at Oakfields and a Red Kite over; at Folly Farm 5+ Common Buzzards, male Stonechat, 3 Skylark over, 200+ Fieldfare, 100+ Redwing, c300 Common Gull, Siskin and a Lapwing back on territory nearby (Ian Ellis)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest in Ash Wood area (Ian Strickland).
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Reed Bunting, 5 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 7 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 6 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark (James Heal/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: pair of Great Crested Grebe, pair of Little Grebe, Little Egret, 8 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 19 Teal, 3 Pochard, 3 Siskin, 2-3 Redwing, 5 singing Song Thrush, 3 Goldcrest, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff (James Heal/Bob Vaughan); 40+ Redwing in the City of London Cemetery (Rose Stephens)
  • Whitewebbs Park: female Firecrest foraging in holly along bridle-path (Robert Callf)
  • Wimbledon Common: 1 Jack Snipe, 5 Skylark, 1 Fieldfare (David Wills).

Friday 11th March 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Siskin heard Nursey 0645 in heavy fog (Bob Watts)
  • Blackwall Beach (below 02 Arena) midday: 1 3w/4cy Caspian Gull, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 420 Black-headed Gulls including 1 1w/2cy German ringed bird, 4 Pied Wagtails, 2 Lesser Redpolls (N Senior)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Dartford Marshes: Pair Pintail on lake by Bob Dunn Way, 3cy Yellow-legged Gull, Green Sandpiper in Darent creek (Ian Stewart)
  • Foots Cray: Kestrel perched on top of lamp-post at Ruxley Corner, Little Egret in Hales Field, Edgington Way and another flying over, pair of Herring Gulls displaying, Grey Wagtail heard (Patrick English)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Pair Mute Swan, 15+ Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Water Rail showing well at end of Water Lane 13.00, Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Siskin f, Lesser Redpoll, 3 Teal on foreshore (John Bushell per Conrad Ellam)
  • Horsenden Hill: Woodcock flushed in Hill Wood am (Martin Smith)​
  • Kensington Garden: Firecrest near the feeders in the Peter Pan statue forest in the late afternoon; the Little Owl near the Albert Memorial was also quite active and visible (Scott Markowitz)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 3 Meadow Pipit, 8 Pied Wagtail, 6 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Mute Swan. Also numerous corvids exploiting the waterlogged conditions for feeding (Neil Batten)
  • Leyton Flats: Red Kite mobbed by crows at around 13.15 (Stuart Fisher)
  • Littlebrook lakes: Female Goldeneye on lake by Fastrack (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: male Stonechat, 2 pairs Shelduck, 1 Snipe, 1 Redshank, 2 Great Crested Grebe courting, 2m 1f Pintail, male Reed Bunting (Mat Hare)
  • Mayfair, Mill St: f Sparrowhawk successfully hunting a pigeon 13:00 (Alice Titshall)
  • Millfields E5: Jackdaw flying south calling at 09:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Mudchute Park: 1 Rook north, 7 Redwings, 3 Fieldfares, 18 Blackbirds, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrests, 1 Coal Tit, 8 Chaffinches (N Senior).
  • Pinner (HA5): 68 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit & Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: Lesser Redpoll in larches north of Kingston Gate, female Goldeneye upper Pen Pond (Keith Aspden)
  • Roxbourne Park, Rayners Lane: 2 Little Egret 16:00 north-east corner in stream (Tim Rymer)
  • Sidcup: f Peregrine Falcon flying and perched at regular spot along Station Road (Patrick English)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Pair Sparrowhawks, pair Peregrines (Ian Stewart)
  • St James's Park: Lesser Redpoll feeding in a birch tree near the bridge 08:15-08:45 (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Reservoir: 1m1f Pintail, 8 Black-necked Grebe (some in summer plumage, displaying), 3 Linnet, 25+ Shoveler, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Redshank (Thomas Gibson)
  • Staines Moor: Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret, 40+ Redwing, 3 Water Pipit (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Firecrest present all morning in trees near boardwalk, Little Egret, pr Grey Wagtail, pr Teal, several Cetti's Warblers, 3 Reed Bunting (Chris Farthing)
  • Stoke Newington Res: Firecrest still present this afternoon, inititally futher up the reservoir, then back to the boardwalk area - associating with a goldcrest, which was fantastic to get the comparison (Eugene Dillon-Hooper)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: flock of 10 Siskin again in The Glade am (Neil Batten)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Chiffchaff Scrapyard Meadow, 2+ Goldcrest (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: male Teal lower lake, 3 Common Buzzard, Woodcock, singing male Firecrest NE edge of Rough Lot, 4 Nuthatch 2 prs, 4 Treecreeper, 4 Lesser Redpoll 1m 3f (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead (Nightingale Lane): M Blackcap in garden, 6 Goldfinch (G.Gram).
  • Worcester Park: 120 Redwings on horse field, biggest flock this winter (Bob Smith)

Thursday 10th March 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Water Rail showed well 0650 Conservation Pond, also 2 Greylag flew towards Wood Green Res (Bob Watts)
  • Barnes Cray (Thames Road Wetland): Siberian Chiffchaff (seen well and made very short "heep" call, very light below and grey above, pronounced supercilium), 5+ Common Chiffchaff, female Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Peregrine on pylon to south then flew east, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, Goldcrest, Jay, Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, Water Rail, 21 Common Snipe. (M Kirkland)
  • Brixton Hill: 16 House Sparrows seemingly in 'garden roost' this am at 83, Kingswood Road (Tony Stones).
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: pr Goosanders west 8.10am, 200+ Redwings, 12 Meadow Pipits, Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Redpoll, 12 Siskins (Tony Duckett).
  • Bushy Park: 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 100+ Redwing, 2 Song Thrush. (Ian R Watson)
  • Cowley, Uxbridge, UB8: 1m Reed Bunting on feeder in my garden. (Roger Dewey)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2-3 Short-eared Owl one first over Essex side sea wall then another across river to Dartford side which was joined near the gun club by a second (or third) and another over Darent creek headed west and hunted the area near Ray Lamb Way, 3 Water Pipit along Darent creek, 2 Bearded Tit along Cray creek, 8+ Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, c40 Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 4 Little Egret, female Marsh Harrier (same bird seen over Thames Road Wetland later), Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, c30 Redshank, 7 Curlew, 2+ Yellow-legged Gull (Viridor), 5 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, female Stonechat, c40 Fieldfare, 5 Cetti's Warbler, Goldcrest, Jay, 2 Jackdaw, c30 Linnet, 6+ Reed Bunting, Water Vole along Cray Creek (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Gadwall pair, Teal pair, Little Grebe, Red Kite over @14.40, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, 2 Siskin m & f, Oystercatcher on Heartbreak Hotel Pier (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Leyton tip: 2cy Caspian Gull (jamie partridge)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Snipe, 1m 2f Reed Bunting, 2m 1f Pintail, 1 Water Rail, several Cetti's Warblers, a few Siskin (Martin Honey)
  • Pinner (HA5): 9 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit & 5 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham: at least 4 different Marsh Harriers, 2 Short-eared Owls, Water Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, Barn Owl (Matt Palmer)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 2 Curlew on the Patty pools from 09:15, flew off north at 09:50hrs. singing Chiffchaff, 3 Bullfinch (observer?).
  • Southfields (Granville Road): 20.10 Tawny Owl 'ke-wicking' from neighbour's garden, sitting on top of medium sized tree (Martin Honey)
  • Stanmore Hill: 2 Tawny Owls calling 1930 hr (Michael Thain)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Firecrest in trees near boardwalk, Common Buzzard chased SSE by crows at 8.30am, several Cetti's Warblers, 3 Reed Bunting, Teal, Kingfisher (Chris Farthing)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Male Firecrest still in usual holly Ash Wood 1315, also 2 male Peregrine chasing each other north, Coal Tit (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: female Wigeon lower lake - unusual for this site in spring, male Teal, 2 fem Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck 8m 4f, singing male Firecrest Rough Lot, 5 Nuthatch, singing Treecreeper, 7 Siskin (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: (Lockwood/High Maynard) 2 prs Goldeneye, drake Goosander, 6 Shelduck, singing Chiffchaff, Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpipers (flood channel), 2W Yellow-legged Gull; (East Warwick) Peregrine, small flock c8 Siskin, 2W Yellow-legged Gull (possibly same bird as on Lockwood - Lol Bodini/Jamie Partridge)
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Egyptian Goose, 7 Shoveler, 3 Mistle Thrush (Peter Brinton)
  • Wanstead Park: 14 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, m Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, Siskin, pr Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest (Bob Vaughan)
  • Woodford Green: male and female Bullfinch, 7 Siskins and a male Blackcap in grdn.am. (Ken Murray)

Wednesday 9th March 2016 Edit

  • Antill Road E3: Male Blackcap in back garden (Harry Harrison)
  • Bow Creek: 2 Shelduck, 51 Teal, 12 Redshank and 1 Common Sandpiper at roost (N Senior)
  • Brookmill Park: Greylag n, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Shelduck, 46 Teal, 13 Tufted, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Siskins 1 singing (N Senior)
  • Foots Cray: Kingfisher perched above river Cray by Edgington Way but no Egret today, Grey Wagtail at Ruxley roundabout (Ian Stewart)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Pair Mute Swan, 3-4 Gadwall, 10+ Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Water Rail showing well at end of Water Lane, Kingfisher or 2, Grey Wagtail, 10+ Song Thrush, 4 Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, c40 Magpie (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenford UB6: 3 Siskin on my garden feeders at 0730. (Martin Smith)
  • Harrow Recreation Ground (HA1): 34 Black-headed Gull, 54 Woodpigeon, 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 1 Common Gull. 1 Bat possible Myotis or Pipistrelles sp. (Shailesh Patel)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresrbook: Firecrest in hollies by path to Gilberts Slade, singing Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch, Siskin, Redwing calling, Green Woodpecker, 5 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck main lake, Kingfisher on Sheltered Lagoon in front of nest bank, 8 singing Cetti's Warbler, 4 Common Snipe (2 wader scrape, 2 in fron t Headley hide), probably 4 Reed Bunting (3m 1f?) including 2 singing males, 1m 1f Stonechat grazing marsh, 2m 1f Pintail, 25 Wigeon, 2 Water Rail seen, 1m 1f Mandarin on grazing marsh (behaving like Wigeon, i.e. grazing) (Martin Honey). Woodcock reported by a visitor on edge of W bund. 28 Wigeon, 115 Cormorant, 29 Lapwing  - many paired and some display, 195 Black-headed Gull, m Sparrowhawk, 4 Pied Wagtail, 39 Fieldfare flew NW (J.Wilczur)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds ~09:45 Little Egret feeding on the grass near the stones, Kingfisher flew up from the Old River and flashed through the trees towards the Waterworks. Nearby 2 male Siskin feeding from a puddle on the pavement near the w side of the green bridge from Hackney Marshes to Clapton Park (Alastair Dent)
  • Oakwood Park: 19+ Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush incl pair nest building, male Blackcap sub-singing (Robert Callf)
  • Pinner: Read today that Carrion Crows live for four years. My resident Crow is at least ten. Gets fed well enough (Richard Francis).
  • Pinner (HA5): Fieldfare & a single Redwing (Jon Ridge).
  • Purfleet: 1 Avocet, 1 Oystercatcher, 100+ Dunlin downriver (Fraser Simpson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Water Rail, Peregrine, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, 12 Pochard, pr Teal (Chris Farthing)
  • Wanstead Park: Water Rail, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Teal, 6 Shoveler (Bob Vaughan)
  • Whitehall, SW1: 1 Grey Wagtail singing from the buildings at the Trafalgar Square end of the road. (Dave de Silva)

Tuesday 8th March 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 50+ Redwing ground-feeding from trees in NE part of Golf-Course, spectacularly but unsuccessfully raided by male Sparrowhawk 16.15 pm (Jonathan Cooke).
  • Arnos Park: 5 male Siskin feeding in Alder (Robert Callf)
  • Black Park: Raven calling over car-park 11:30am. Out helping my sister walk her dog. She said, "Oh I wondered what that noise was, I hear it all the time around here"! (Richard Francis).
  • Beddington: 2 different 2CY Caspian Gulls on Main Lake at different times plus a possible adult, Water Rail, 23+ Snipe and 12 Lesser Redpoll. No sign of Iceland Gull 0800-1300 (Matt Palmer)  
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret behind dam (Andrew Self)
  • Connaught Water: 20+ Teal, 2 Goosander, red-head Smew (possibly the escape that was here last winter), 2 Common Buzzard (Simon Papps)
  • Foots Cray: Little Egret in flooded field by Edgington Way 7am (Ian Stewart)
  • Horton Country Park: 250+ Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, Little Owl, 4 Bullfinch (Colin Manville?)
  • Lamorbey Park: Pair Mute Swan, pair Egyptian Geese, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, singing Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 Little Egret, 4 Teal (2m 2f), 28 Redwing, 6 Goldcrest, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Nuthatch (Neil Batten)
  • Pinner (HA5): 55 Redwing (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Merlin at Wennington Marsh (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: Skylark in field beside Two Storm Wood at 1.30pm (Peter Hart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Peregrine (Ian Stewart)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Firecrest showing very well in deciduous trees around new boardwalk at 2pm, easily viewable from New River Path (Chris Farthing)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Drake Teal, Little Grebe, 2 Chiffchaff, Green Sandpiper, Blackcap(m/F) (P Kite); Little Egret, Common Snipe, 2 Stock Dove (Conrad Ellam)

Monday 7th March 2016Edit

  • Algernon Road, Lewisham: Male Blackcap in Garden (Conrad Ellam)
  • Armoury Road, Lewisham: Chiffchaff next to river (Conrad Ellam & Anita Gwynn)
  • Beddington, Restmoor Way: Little Egret (Colin Manville)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Mute Swan, Sparrowhawk (Conrad Ellam)
  • Coopers Lane Road nr Fir & Pond Woods: 60+ Redwing (Robert Callf)
  • Eaton Park Road, N13: Tawny Owl singing in back gardens at 00:28 (Katy McGilvray)
  • Enfield Lock: drake Pintail on river just below Rifles at 10:40. Singing Chiffchaff at Swan & Pike Pool (Martin Shepherd)
  • Foots Cray: Little Egret in flooded field by Edgington Way, Grey Wagtail around B&Q (Ian Stewart)
  • Hackney Marsh, Wick Woodland: 14.00-14.15 2 Goldcrest, c. 20 Redwings ( Marcin Kempa)
  • Horton Country Park: Firecrest, Pond Wood (Colin Manville)
  • Iver Heath: 'continental' Coal Tit ssp. ater w/ Belgium ring (Chris Lansdell via Bucks BN)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Common Snipe, 1m 1f Stonechat, 2m 1f Pintail, 1 singing Chiffchaff, 18 Wigeon, small flock of Siskin, Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeders (Martin Honey)
  • Mill Hill NW7: 3 Siskin 2♀ 1♂ on gdn feeders, a first! (Steve Blake)
  • Oxleas Wood: Firecrest, 10 plus Goldcrest, Kestrel, Treecreeper, Stock Dove (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): 13 Redwing, Goldfinch & 2 Coal Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • Russia Dock Woodland: Firecrest still present, on left of footpath from globe pond at 08:45 (John Cadera)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: f. Stonechat on Patty Pool Mead fenceline (Martin Shepherd)
  • Staines Reservoir: 20 Teal, 2 Redshank, 5 Meadow Pipits, 10 Black-necked Grebes, 50c Wigeon, 350c Pochard, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Gadwall, 20c Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker (Sue Giddens)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Firecrest showing well briefly in Ash Wood at 12.50, having also shown well briefly in neighbouring Linden Graves at 12.30; also 6 Siskins, up to 6 Goldcrests, Stock Dove, 1-2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 1-2 Long-tailed Tits, Jay (Bob Watts and Alan Hobson).
  • Totteridge Valley: Little Egret, Mandarin, Teals, Nuthatch, Female Pheasant (Simon Worsfold)
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret Beverley Brook (Bob Smith)

Sunday 6th March 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Palace: 10 plus Redwings in Grove, more in cricket scrub (Peter Corley). 25+ Redwing Grove 1430 (Bob Watts)
  • Blackwall Beach: late aft. 1 adult female Peregrine, 2 Caspian Gulls (1w/2cy, 2w/3cy), 4 Yellow-legged Gulls, 332 Herring Gulls, 24 Great Black-backed Gulls, 18 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 40 Common Gulls, 4 Linnets (N Senior)
  • Brent Reservoir: Jack Snipe still from Heron Hide, 19 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler & 2 Lesser Redpoll (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard)
  • Bury Farm, Edgwarebury, Middx. HA8: Great Grey Shrike viewable from Flood Relief Mound - if patient. Pedestrian access only from A41 along Environment Agency track. Please do not trespass on the Farm (displaying Lapwings) or disturb horses or riders (Bob Husband)
  • Canons Park, Edgware, Middx. HA8: Red Kite, Common Buzzard, c.40 Redwings, Fieldfare, 15 Starlings. Also Seven Acre Lake - Private Access - pair Goosander, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, 2 pair plus 1 female Common Pochard, pair Tufted Duck (Bob Husband, NW London RSPB Group regular Birdwalk)
  • Claverhambury Carp Lakes: Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Siskin, 2 Coal Tit, Treecreeper (Martin Shepherd)
  • Crossness: 8:00-11:00 Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Oystercatcher, 20 Lapwing, 200 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 30 Redshank, 10 Shelduck, 40 Wigeon, 30 Gadwall, 45 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Cetti's Warbler (George Kalli) Little Gull 1w flew SE over sewage works at 11:55 (John Archer).
  • Finsbury Park: 3 Red-crested Pochard (James Palmer)
  • Foots Cray: Little Egret on flooded field by Edgington Way - this looks a pretty good area for waders now and in the next couple of months (Ian Stewart)
  • Footscray Meadows: Pair Mute Swan, Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, c 50 Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull over, 2 Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), Green Woodpecker (heard only), Kingfisher (perched), Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch, Jay, c30 Jackdaw ( conservative estimate), Chaffinch, flock of Goldfinch, Greenfinch (h) ( Mike Amos).
  • KGV Reservoir: Slavonian Grebe South basin N/W corner, Red-legged Partridge, 5 Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Green Sandpiper, Common Snipe (Neville Smith); also redhead Smew SE corner of south basin, 10 Goosanders, 23 Goldeneye (Sean Huggins)
  • Lamorbey Park: Pair Mute Swan, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Green Woodpecker, 2+ Goldcrest, 3+ Coal Tit, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Nuthatch, 40+ Tufted Duck, 12+ Shoveler (James Heal)
  • Mudchute Park: male Sparrowhawk, 4 'alba' Wagtails NW, 2 Meadow Pipits, 3 Redwings, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests, 5 Greenfinches, 2 Siskins, 9 Chaffinches (N Senior)
  • Muswell Hill N10, Queen's Wood: 10:00 Common Redpoll (pair), 3 Stock Dove (Tony Jakeman)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite over west at 14:15, 36 Redwing, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, singing Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Jackdaw & 6 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Merlin Wennington Marshes mid-pm, 2 Short-eared Owls (Sean Huggins)
  • Rotherhithe: Firecrest in Russia Dock Woodland by footpath between Globe Pond and Downton Pond; also Kingfisher and Song Thrush (Richard Bonser, Richard Page-Jones).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Female Blackcap in garden, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Mediterranean Gull (James Palmer)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 10 Siskin and 4 Lesser Redpoll coming to bird feeders in The Glade all day (Neil Batten)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Pheasant calling, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 7/8 Lapwing (some displaying), Snipe, Kingfisher, 13+ Skylark (2 singing), singing Treecreeper, 3 Goldcrest, c80 Redwing (feeding in paddock beside wood), 7 Fieldfare, 7 Reed Bunting (2 singing), 25+ Linnet (1 singing in hedge) (Neil Anderson)
  • Totteridge Valley: Chiffchaff, 10 Lapwing, 14 Pied Wagtail at Frith Manor; 3 Tawny Owls (2m, 1f) calling near Darlands Lake (Ian Ellis)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Stonechat, 2 Egyptian Goose (Jon Agar), all 3 wintering Stonechat together on the east fence of Bomb Crater Field at 16:15 (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 singing Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, pr of Stock Dove, 9 Shoveler, 13+ Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 4 Egyptian Goose, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 1 Water Rail, 1 Siskin, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Egyptian Geese (G.Gram); 2 Water Rail SE corner Shoulder of Mutton, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 48 Shoveler, 26 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Goldcrest, 16 Redwing (Nick Croft); Nuthatch, 4+ Goldcrest in Bush Wood (James Heal) f Blackcap, Coal Tit (Bob Vaughan)
  • West Putney: Snow Bunting flew N calling 08.30 (R.Kaye)

Saturday 5th March 2016Edit

  • Amwell NR: ad Kittiwake 09.05-09.10, also 2 1st-W Caspian Gull, Smew still (Twitter)
  • Barnes Common: Firecrest, SW corner near ponds; also 6 Redwing (Rich Petley)
  • Brent Reservoir: Jack Snipe from Heron Hide, 12 Common Snipe, Little Egret, 3 Water Rail, 5 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker & 1 Fieldfare (Andrew Self)
  • Ealing (W13): Male (un-ringed) Blackcap still in garden this morning and singing (Bill Haines).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll (John Buhell per Conrad Ellam)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Gadwall (1st Pond), 10 Redwing (Parl Hill), nearby front garden, female Blackcap on Magnolia Blossom. Aw! (Greengrandad)
  • Holland Park:remains of female Pheasant provisionally identified from feathers(F.O'Sullivan) 
  • Lamorbey Park: Mute Swan, 16 Canada Geese, pair Egyptian Geese, c40 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 10+ Moorhen, 6+ Coot, 5+ Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10+ Redwing (much chattering), Jay, 2 Jackdaw, 2+ Siskin. Unusually NO Goldcrest recorded today! (Ian Stewart)
  • Little Britain Cowley/ Iver: Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtails (Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Redshank, 1 Shelduck, 1 Buzzard high over main lake heading SE, c.160 Cormorant, several Pied Wagtail, Stonechat, 1 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, several Cetti's warbler singing (Martin Honey & B. Page) 2 Pintail, 2 Sparrowhawk (displaying), 2 Stonechat, 1 Common Snipe, 4 Siskin, 2 Redshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 34 Shoveler (Thomas Gibson)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: ~11:30: Reed Bunting calling in the bed nearest the Hackney Marshes gate, Little Egret perched in the bushes on the bank of the Old River Lea (Alastair Dent); 3.30 Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (Neil Verlander)
  • Oxford Street: Great Tit calling outside Selfridges (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Pinner (HA5): 42 Redwing, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, singing Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, Jackdaw over south & 6 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Caspian Gull (BirdGuides)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 2 Jackdaw, c10 Chaffinch, c10 Goldfinch and 12+ Greenfinch the largest number of finches in my garden for a while (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines reservoirs: Shoveler, Goldeneye, 7 Black-necked Grebe, Buzzard, Pochard, Wigeon, 6 Meadow Pipit (Eugene Dillon-Hooper)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting, 65 Common Gull (Chris Farthing)
  • Tooting Bec Common: Firecrest very vocal and still showing well in Bedford woods. 9 am (Will Rose)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Little Egret, c30 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 4 Bullfinch, male Kestrel, 9 Teal (John Colmans)
  • Victoria Park (dawn chorus bird walk): 3 Sparrowhawk, Firecrest, 2 Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 9 Red-crested Pochard, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush (Chris Farthing)
  • Wallington (TQ290631): Ad Male Blackcap in garden, also 2 Goldcrest (Arjun Dutta)
  • Wanstead Flats: Chiffchaff, 3 singing Skylark (Tony Brown); 8 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 16 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Linnet, 2 Grey Wagtail (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: 18 Teal (Heronry), Tufted Duck (Bob Vaughan)
  • Westbourne Park Grand Union Canal: 3 Grey Wagtail, Peregrine, 2 Greylag Geese (F.O'Sullivan).
  • Yeading (Glencoe Rd): 3 Fieldfare seen in bush from bus (Neil Anderson)

Friday 4th March 2016Edit

  • Blackwall Beach: late aft 1 2w/3cy Caspian Gull, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Grey Wagtails (N Senior)
  • Broadwater Lake, Harefield: 21 Chiffchaff along the R. Colne incl. one probable abietinus bird, 7 singing Cetti's Warbler between the yacht club and the causeway, 3 Goosander on the river also plus 9 Reed Bunting in the Dogwood and Willows which are the first of the March passage birds through the Colne Valley, 16 Wigeon on the lake but wildfowl numbers now reducing weekly ( John Edwards).
  • Forty Hall/Turkey Brook: Kingfisher, 2 Siskin (James Palmer)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Peregrine Falcon (adult female), Siskin (1 male/3 female), Tufted Duck (pair), Little Grebe, Goldcrest (John Bushell)
  • Hackney Downs: 15:30 4 Mistle Thrush, 2 being mobbed by Magpies (S. Barry)
  • Harrow Lodge Park, RM12: Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, pair of Great Crested Grebe (K Midgley)
  • Horton Country Park; 1 Firecrest in pond woods, also Little Owl (John Gordon)
  • Kensal Green Cemetery and St Mary’s Cemetery: 4 Stock Dove, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Redwing, Chaffinch (singing), Peacock Butterfly (Charlie Farrell)
  • Leyton: 5 Siskin over ASDA car park (JW Davies)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 Peregrine Falcon, c4 Goldcrest, c14 Redwing (Charlie Farrell)
  • Millwall Outer Dock: 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 male Peregrine, 1 1w/2cy Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Siskins (N Senior)
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail showing well on small pools by feeders Bird Pond also pair of Kingfishers (Allan Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: at least 3 Stonechat (1m 2f), 2 Common Snipe wader scrape, 1 Redshank and 2 Pied Wagtail grazing marsh, 2m 1f Pintail, 1 Pheasant (probable juv male), drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, displaying Lapwing and Black-headed Gulls, 2 adult Great Black-backed Gulls (Martin Honey)
  • Orpington: Cray River. Little Egret behind the bread factory,stirring up the silt by paddling. Grey wagtail further along back of Nugent. Very plump female blackcap by Halfords. 12:00 Jo East
  • Oxleas Wood: 2 Firecrest, 30+ Goldcrest, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Jackdaw, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Songthrush (R.Turner).
  • Petts Wood: 1+ Firecrest in usual area near the compost mound, more vocal than previous visits and often singing, 4 Canada Geese, Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 15+ Common Gull, 4+ Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 10+ Goldcrest, 2+ Nuthatch, 3+ Treecreeper, 50+ Jackdaw, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Pinner (HA5): 53 Redwing (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner (Marsh Road): Red Kite over the railway bridge at 12:49 (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: Peregrine Falcon, male Kestrel, 2 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Little Owl, 2 Little Egret, pair of Teal, 133 Redwing, 18 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, 11 Stock Dove, 35 Jackdaw, 3 Jay, 11 Goldfinch, 2 Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker & 2 Nuthatch (Jon Ridge).
  • Rammey Marsh: 3 Goosander (2 male and 1 female) (James Palmer)
  • Rotherhithe - Stave Hill Ecological Park: Firecrest (showing well in bushes opposite Downtown Pond), 4 Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 4 Siskin, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush (Richard Page-Jones)
  • Stockley Park, West Drayton: 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Kestrel. (Roger Dewey)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 10 Siskin again present in The Glade am, also 1 Grey Wagtail over and 3 Stock Dove (Neil Batten)
  • Tooting Bec Common: Firecrest in Bedford Woods about 3pm, location as yesterday (Steve Woolfenden & Alan Wilkinson)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Male Firecrest still in Holly Ash Wood 1225 at least singly continuously, Chiffchaff Scrapyard Meadow, 2 Goldcrest (Bob Watts)
  • Trent CP: Male Firecrest still (much more showy today, hints of song too), 2 Red-legged Partridge on nearby farmland just east of London Loop entrance to park, 6 Siskin, Mandarin on lower lake, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Common Buzzard (M Kirkland)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 08:30 - 09:30: 10 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush (front paddocks), 2 Egyptian Geese (rear paddocks), 3 Stonechat, 3 Meadow Pipit (Bomb Crater Field), 2 Jackdaw flying south down the flood relief channel (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Flats: Stonechat still Cat & Dog (JH), 4-5 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 2 Redwing, 9 Shoveler, 8 Egyptian Goose, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe (Nick Croft/James Heal)
  • Wanstead Park: Water Rail, 14 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, Gadwall, 10+ Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, singing Goldcrest, 14+ Siskin, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel (Nick Croft/James Heal)

Thursday 3rd March 2016Edit

  • Bexley DA5 (Coldblow field): mixed flock of 300+ Woodpigeon and Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, 1+ Rook, 50+ Jackdaw, 20+ Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam).
  • Cornmill Meadows: 4 Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Kingfisher, Common Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, singing Reed Bunting, 40+ Siskin, possible Mealy Redpoll (just N of hide - quite pale/grey and lacking buff tones, but could just be bleached Lesser Redpoll?) (Simon Papps)
  • Foots Cray: Little Egret in flooded field by Edgington Way (Ian Stewart)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Pair Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese over, pair Egyptian Geese, 15 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Redwing, Chiffchaff, 6+ Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 3+ Jay, pair Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Gallions Reach: 2 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 20+ Redshank (KJMcmanus)
  • Hackney Marshes: Wick Wood - 10+ Siskin in alder trees next to canal (JW Davies)
  • Hogsmill SF: Common Buzzard SW at 10:25 (Nick Tanner).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1m Pintail, 3 Common Snipe, 28 Wigeon, 1 Water Rail, 1 Redshank, 7 singing/calling Cetti's Warbler, 4 Stock Dove, 4 Fieldfare, 1m 1f Stonechat (Martin Honey); Pintail, Wigeon, Pochard, Teal, Redshank, Cetti's Warbler (heard), 4-5 Stonechat, Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing (Eugene Dillon-Hooper). pr Ring-necked Parakeet copulating, Cetti's Warbler (good views), Goldcrest, c40 Redwing (near entrance) (Charlie Farrell)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: singing Nuthatch in court grounds, Coal Tit, 2 Siskin, singing Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher)
  • Leyton Tip Area: Adult Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Siskin over, Common Buzzard over S, 7 Meadow Pipit, 5 Jackdaw (Jamie Partridge)
  • Maple Lodge NR, Maple Cross: 1 pr Great Crested Grebe at nest (Roger Dewey)
  • Oxleas Wood: 4 Siskin, 12+ Goldcrest, Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Tawny Owl (calling), Nuthatch (R.Turner]?)
  • Pinner (HA5): 82 Redwing, Fieldfare, Coal Tit & Goldcrest (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Short-eared Owl at Serin Mound (Fraser Simpson)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 3 Stock Dove E, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Jackdaw E (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoir: 6 Black-necked Grebe, 30+ Goldeneye, Pintail ( Jim Sweetland); Ferruginous Duck, among Pochard on west bank of North Basin (M. Kirkland).
  • Southwark Park: pair Egyptian Goose with 5 young, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Shoveler, 34 Tufted Duck (John Cadera)
  • Stockers Lake: Mealy Redpoll, pr. Siskin, probable Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (only heard drumming, c. 1.5 second bursts), 1m Red-Crested Pochard (3m, 1f reported by others), Oystercatcher, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove. 63 Wigeon on flooded field at Stockers Farm, Little Owl reported there too (M. Kirkland).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: pr Teal, 3 Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, Cetti's Warbler, Redwing, pr Great Spotted Woodpecker, pr Great Crested Grebe (Chris Farthing)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: Small flock of 10 Siskin again present in The Glade am (Neil Batten)
  • Tooting Bec Common: Firecrest still present in Bedford woods 8.20am . Try 3rd path in from bridge in tall trees covered by ivy near newly cleared area. (Will Rose)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Coal Tit vocal Ash Wood, Chiffchaff singing softly Scrapyard Meadow, 2 Goldcrest (Bob Watts)
  • Uxbridge: 1 Little Egret by R Frays, Cowley Road. (Roger Dewey)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Goldeneye (3m, including 2 displaying, 4f), Sparrowhawk f, Kingfisher, 3 Cettis warbler. (Matt Cunningham)
  • Wanstead Flats: 19 Shoveler, 8 Egyptian Goose, 17 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Redwing, singing Blackbird, 4-5 Skylark (3 singing), Meadow Pipit, Redpoll, 15 + Greenfinch, Kestrel (Nick Croft)

Wednesday 2nd March 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Siskin heard 0648 nursery (Bob Watts) Kingfisher (Dominic Mitchell per Bob Watts)
  • Barking Bay: 46 Shelduck, c.170 Golden Plover over and settled on south shore mudflats, 4 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, 1 1w/2cy Kittiwake flew downstream, 1 m Stonechat (N Senior)
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: 1 Tawny Owl (near old nest site before flying to the Leafyard) (Charlie Farrell)
  • Lamorbey Park: Mute Swan lower lake (probably 2), 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Kingfisher with small fish prey, Pied Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5+ Goldcrest, Coal Tit, singing Chaffinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Leyton Tip: Adult and 1st winter Yellow-legged Gulls. (Jamie Partridge)
  • Pinner (HA5): 41 Redwing, 2 Long-tailed Tit & 2 Coal Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • Purfleet: 2 Oystercatcher (Fraser Simpson)
  • Queens Park NW2: c40 Redwing (Charlie Farrell)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Grey Heron S chased by Herring Gull, m Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Jackdaw over (Ian Stewart)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Peregine, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Reed Bunting, courting pr Great Crested Grebe, Goldcrest (Chris Farthing)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 singing Skylark, 13 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Grebe, 100+ frogs in Angel pond (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 24 Teal, 30 Shoveler, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 10+ Siskin, 20+ Goldfinch, 20+ Redwing, 2 Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Boston Manor Park: 5-6 Reed Bunting, 3 Mandarin, 4 Shoveler, 15 Tufted duck, lots of Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, Parakeets, Blackbirds, Robins, Black-headed Gulls, a few Coot, Moorhen and Canada Geese. (Eugene Dillon-Hooper)

Tuesday 1st March 2016Edit

  • Acton Cemetery: Kestrel, c25 Redwing, Mistle Thrush (Charlie Farrell)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret behind dam (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Camley Street Park: 2 Lesser Redpoll briefly at 12.45 (Colin Brooks)
  • Erith: Thames Path from Corinthian Manorway to Crabtree Manorway: 2 Rock Pipit, 70 Redshank, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 4 Shelduck, 3 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover (Nick S)
  • Grovelands Park: 22 Shoveler 13m 9f, Firecrest in holly near Seaforth Grdns side entrance (Robert Callf)
  • Hampstead: Garden - Long-tailed Tit and male Blackcap dangling on my fat balls. Don't see that every day! (Greengrandad)
  • Hendon - Peel Centre: Peregrine Falcon on (soon to be demolished?) tower block overlooking tube line (K Watts)
  • Lamorbey Park: Great Crested Grebe (my first here this year after missing Mike's bird the other day, presumably a restless male from Danson), 2 Egyptian Geese (seems that the bird the other day was playing dead- part of a courtship ritual?), 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Peregrines, Kingfisher, Goldcrest, 4+ Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: Yellow-legged Gull, Bittern (Main Lake), 4 Pintail, Little Egret (Grazing Marsh) (S.Barry)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP ( Smith's farm scrape): PM 15 Snipe, 2 Male 1 Female Shoveler (Martin Smith)
  • Pinner (HA5): female Blackcap, Coal Tit & Goldfinch on feeding apparatus, Goldcrest, female Sparrowhawk & 2 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge); later, Long-tailed Tit & 31 Redwing (JR).
  • Purfleet: 1st-w Iceland Gull on opposite side of river at Darent creek mouth (Fraser Simpson)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Goldcrest, 3 Siskin in garden briefly (Ian Stewart)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Drake Teal, Green Sandpiper, Common Snipe (Conrad Ellam)
  • Trellick Tower: Peregrine (F.O'Sullivan)

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