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Bird of the Month: White-winged Black TernEdit

If it had been possible to identify it clearly, then a probable Melodious Warbler at Bentley Priory on 13th May would be Bird of the Month. Unless the analysis of a recording of its calls can prove that it was indeed Hippolais polyglotta, then the best species in London in May was probably White-winged Black Tern.

The WWBT is a scarce passage migrant that is particularly rare in London in spring, being mainly seen during the autumn passage. Two birds — well, they do say one good tern deserves another — were spotted among a flock of more than 20 run-of-the-mill Black Tern over the Thames at Rainham on the 21st. There were five other reports of Black Tern, all late in the month during a general movement across England.

May also produced 14 sightings of Arctic Tern, four of Little Tern and two of Sandwich Tern — all in the first 10 days of the month apart from a tardy Little Tern on 21st May. The only other larid of note was a juvenile Iceland Gull that was still hanging around in the Rainham area at the start of the month.

Waders Edit

The month’s best wader was a Temminck’s Stint at the London Wetland Centre on the 7th and 8th. The year’s first Wood Sandpiper and Curlew Sandpiper were seen at Rainham Marshes on the 10th and 18th, respectively. Another Wood Sand was at Tyttenhanger GP on the 19th.

Eighteen other wader species were reported within the London recording area during the month, but none was particularly rare (Avocet, Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Ruff, Sanderling, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank, Snipe).


Birds of Prey Edit

A Black Kite and London’s first Honey Buzzard of the year both passed over Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve early on the 11th. There were other reports of Honeybuzz over the next few days, although at least one sighting was disputed — with the suggestion that it was not a Honey Buzzard but a pale Bunny Hazard (Common Buzzard). The only Osprey this month was a bird seen on the 17th flying low upstream over Dollis Brook at Mill Hill East. (Last year, five Osprey were recorded in May.)

The rest Edit

Despite the first part of its name, the Common Crane is uncommon in the London area. One reported over Hertingfordbury on 8th May was the first since a sighting at Mitcham in March 2017. Previous sightings in recent years have been less than annual. (What about the one on the deck at Rainham on 21st - 22nd May 2017? - SL)

A Spoonbill was seen at Rainham Marshes on several dates between the 12th and the 28th (when a second bird was also seen, overhead). Another Spatula-face was briefly at Tyttenhanger GPs on the 22nd.

A Sidcup insomniac heard a Quail calling repeatedly as it flew over his house at 1am on the 26th.

On the evening of the 30th a pair of Black-necked Grebe were on the Long Water in Kensington Gardens.

Footnote: The late Jon Ridge

This may not be the ideal place to mention it, but I have just discovered that this wiki now includes a page named The Discussion Page. It was created on 4th July 2017 by Jon Ridge, who regularly contributed to Latest News with reports of his sightings in Pinner, and particularly at Pinner Park Farm, which he visited almost daily. Sadly, Jon died in January 2018 at the age of just 49. The only postings so far are Jon’s own whimsical musings, totalling some 2,600 words. His final contribution, on 28th December 2017, was intended to be the first part of an extended — and provocative — essay on "Birders, Listers, Twitchers & Dudes”. Birders may wish to suggest answers to some of the questions Jon raised or to add new discussion topics to the page. To honour Jon’s memory, perhaps all new contributions should be added at the end of the page rather than being interposed among his own words.

(Contributed by Andrew Haynes, who accepts full responsibility for any errors. Historical information is mainly based on archived reports on this wiki and on ‘The Birds of London' by Andrew Self.)


Thursday 31st May 2018Edit

  • Barking: Abbey Road Bridge over R Roding - Sand Martins collecting nesting material from roadside dried grass cuttings & many feeding over river (Tony Kennelly)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Common Tern, Kingfisher, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, singing Reed Bunting (Andrew Haynes, Stephen Branley)
  • E3 Antill Road: male and female Greenfinch in garden, both in good nick. (Harry Harrison)
  • Harrow: f Peregrine Falcon hunting above Morrisons 11:10, pr Swift (Charlie Farrell); Peregrine high above c9.30am (Dan Pinkham)
  • Headstone Manor: Sedge Warbler (Tim Rymer)
  • Isle of Dogs: 10 House Martins around regular nesting sites in Mariners Mews area by the Thames path (Sean Huggins)
  • Lamorbey Park: At least 5+ juvenile Goldcrests through Cedars by lake (Patrick English)
  • Leatherhead: Randalls Way - 22 Common Swift pm, 1 Kestrel hunting (Neil Batten)
  • Mudchute Farm: Reed Warbler singing (Sean Huggins)
  • Pinner: The Croft Park - 4 Goldfinch, Coal Tit, 4 Swift, Green Woodpecker, Red Kite drifting over 3.30pm, Sparrowhawk hunting, pr Blackbirds chasing a Jay (Nigel Barratt)
  • Plumstead Common: 6 Swifts swooping about houses in East View Avenue. Prospective nesting (Patrick English)
  • Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve: 1 Canada X Greylag Goose hybrid, 4 Grey Wagtail, 9 Egyptian Goose, 1 Mandarin Duck, 1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Stock Dove, 16 Swift, 3 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 6 Reed Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 6 Treecreeper (Calling) (Jack Headley)
  • Sydenham, Bell Green Pond: 15+ House Sparrows in bushes, 2 singing Blackcap, 2 fledged Robins with adults, Painted Lady (Keith Chambers)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: Turtle Dove flew low N over old gropper field 10:15 (100th Species in the valley this year) (Tony Clancy) 2 Cormorant, 8 Common Buzzard, 6 Lapwing, 29+ Stock Dove, 165+ Swift mainly N, Kestrel, 2 Hobby, m Peregrine, 35+ Rook, Sand Martin over old gropper field with mixed flock of House Martin and Swift, 21+ House Martin, 2 Swallow, Nuthatch, singing Treecreeper, 9 Chiffchaff, 14 Blackcap, Garden Wabler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Common Whitethroat, 2 Mistle Thrush, Tree Pipit N over Folly Farm, 2 Bullfinch, Greenfinch. Also 2 Southern Hawkers, lot's of Blue Damselfly and Large Red Damselfly, Small Copper, Common Blue, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Clouded Yellow, Small Skipper. (Samuel Levy & Tony Clancy)
  • Trent Park: 8 Swift, Green Woodpecker, Common Whitethroat, singing male Garden Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch pr, 12 Chimney Sweeper, 6 Mother Shipton, 3 Burnet Companion, 2 Silver Y, Straw Dot, 8 Common Blue, 7 Small Copper, m Meadow Brown, 23 Small Heath, 10+ Red-eyed Damselfly (Robert Callf): Also:4 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Common Whitethroat,4 Common Swift, Garden Warbler, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 m Mandarin, 4 Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, 2 Swallow, Large Skipper, 5 Small Heath,Small Copper. ( Pete Lowman ).
  • Worcester Park: gdn KT4 - 6 local Swifts 3pr, Coal Tit w fledgling, Goldcrests, Blue Tits & Robins have also fledged (Isaiah Rowe)

Wednesday 30th May 2018Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Egyptian Goose, Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 8 Common Tern, 2 Kingfisher, 300+ Swift, 25 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 4 Barn Swallow, Garden Warbler, Reed Bunting (Magnus Andersson, Andrew Haynes)
  • Crayford Marshes: Ringed Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit both on Thames shore, Cuckoo, Barn Owl, Little Owl (Mike Paice)
  • Finchley Centrel: Avenue Tennis Club - 40+ Swift over head. (Samuel Levy)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Great Crested Grebe pr, 8 Mute Swan pr and six cygnets, 2 Greylag Goose, 9 Egyptian Goose two prs and five goslings, 5 Mandarin Duck 2 m f & 2 surviving ducklings, m Common Pochard, m Tufted Duck, 5 Swift, 3 singing m Song Thrush, Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch, Straw Dot, 2 Silver Y, Common Blue (Robert Callf)
  • Hammersmith Grove W6: Hobby catching insects at 18:00 (Cara Atkinson)
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  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: pr Black-necked Grebe (went to roost just north of the Vista/Gravel Island), c6 Swift, 3 singing Blackcap, pr Little Owl (Leaf Garden) (Charlie Farrell)
  • Oxleas Wood: Sparrowhawk, Kestrel(fm), Common Buzzard, 3 Hobby, 2 Blackcap(m/fm), 2 Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, 9 Swift (Ron Turner)
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Sparrow hedge, Churchill Gardens, Pimlico, 30 May 2018 (© Michael Mac)

  • Pimlico: Churchill Gardens Housing Estate - c30 House Sparrows mainly round Chaucer House. Only 2 nests left in the hedge that means c10 bulky nests have vanished since last visit on 6th February. Is this first sign this colony on the way out. One of the few Inner London colonies left (Michael Mac) This colony is extremely vulnerable and maintained only by feeding. Please readers keep your distance from it. In the context of central London this is equivalent to a red-listed species. I have deliberately never mentioned it publicly and frankly I wish you hadn't [Ralph Hancock] I have 20 sparrows in community garden and know 5 more sites in my area. Creating more suitable habitat is the way forward for Sparrows in London parks like at this site not pretending they don't exist. Also I rarely visit this hedge perhaps once a year, I am pointing out that 10 nests have disappeared in 4 months. [Michael Mac]
  • Ruislip Lido: 12 Common Terns on rafts (Martin Smith)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: late Yellow Wagtail on Lockwood, 2 Swallows, already three broods of Pochard (David Bradshaw, Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Park: pair of little Grebes summer plumage, Blackcap, Greenfinch, Nuthatch (J-P Elmes)
  • Westbourne Park: Grand Union Canal - 2m Red-crested Pochard, Common Tern, Grey Wagtail, Lesser Blac-backed Gull, 4 Swift (Francis O'Sullivan)

Tuesday 29th May 2018Edit

  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Common Tern diving for fish in Whitestone Pond c11a.m before flying E (John Colmans); Whitethroat on Priors Field (MBSgroup)
  • Harefield - Moorhall rd Gravel Pits: Common Tern, Red Kite, Buzzard chased by crows, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Swallow, House Martin, 4 Swift, pr Mute Swans, Coot with 3 chicks, Mallard pr female fawn coloured with 2 young, pr Tufted Duck (Nigel Barratt)
  • Lamorbey Park: Recently fledged Coots, Blackcaps, Robin and Coal Tits, singing Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Leytonstone: Kestrel on lamppost on Green Man Interchange on slip road to A12 (Harry Harrison)
  • South Norwood Lake (8am): 1 Common Tern diving for fish for c2 mins, then flew N/NW (John Watson)
  • Southwark Park: 5 Red Crested Pochard, Grey Wagtail, Stock Dove (John Cadera)
  • St Paul's: Black Redstart singing from NW tower of the cathedral at 12:45 (Stephen Younger)
  • Stave Hill: 1 Reed Warbler on Downtown Pond (John Cadera)
  • Walthamstow E17 (Hale End): 2 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch inc 1 juv, 10+ fledged House Sparrows, 2 Swifts. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Worcester Park; Garden KT4- 2 Swallow W late spring influx (Isaiah Rowe)

Monday 28th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: House Martin north, 20+ Swift (Bob Watts)
  • Amwell; Good views of Turnstone (Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: sum-plum Grey Plover still, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, Silver Bahama Pintail (!) (Andrew Haynes, Magnus Andersson)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - 15+ Swift, Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard E, Red Kite SE (Samuel Levy)
  • Foots Cray: Hobby flying around Tesco car park 04.45 (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenford UB6: Red Kite over garden (Neil Anderson)
  • Kentish Town: Swallow W along Gaisford Street at 1230 (Pete Mantle)
  • London Wetland Centre; 2 Great Black-backed Gulls, went to collect Scope repair, heard that a pair of Oystercatchers were there, hides were closing, could they breed? (Andrew Verrall) post restored
  • Mayflower Park: Common Buzzard soaring(Bob Smith); 2 pair Blackcap, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff singing (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Cetti's Warbler singing in Bed 3 at 1100 - for bed numbering see site page (Alastair Dent)
  • Muswell Hill, Wood Vale: 2 Hobby, Common Buzzard (1315), Red Kite (1420) 2 House Martin N (1735) Kestrel (1855) 2 Swallow N (1915) (Matt Evans)
  • Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill flew off high 12:40, 13 Little Egret, Common Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Hobby, Peregrine, 6 Ringed Plover, 3 Cuckoo, 16 Cetti's Warbler, Corn Bunting (Andrew Self, John & Janet Cadera) drakes Teal, Wigeon and Mandarin, Ruff (Ian Bradshaw) 2 Spoonbill - one still on marsh when viewing another high overhead, also Rook in flight over our heads (Bob Husband, Shailesh Patel et al)
  • Raynes Park: 2 Greenfinch (m&f pair) on feeder at 1730 - first ever for garden - looked healthy, no disease on feet, 2 Swift - pair screaming daily low over garden (P. Redmond)
  • Regent's Park; Spotted Flycatcher (used to breed there in 60's) (Twitter)
  • Rye Meads: Drake Garganey on the Draper (Twitter)
  • St Georges Wharf SW8: Caspian Gull 2cy, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls 2cy, 112 Herring Gulls, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 7 Great Black-backed Gulls, 6 Black-headed Gulls (N.P.Senior)
  • Stoneleigh Broadway KT17: 14+ Common Swift - summer resident birds (Neil Batten)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 05:00 - 08:15: 31 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, 18 Stock Dove, 12 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet, Singing Treecreeper, 35+ Rook, 3 Swift, Grey Heron, Egyptian Goose, 3 Lapwing, Tawny Owl, m Cuckoo (Old Gropper Field), 2 Goldcrest, Garden Warbler (path to Laurel Pond), 2 Coal Tit. Also Muntjac (Samuel Levy, Dilshan Muthalib)
  • Woodford Green: Chiffchaff singing, Swallow, 4 Swift, Hobby over 1.23pm, Honey Buzzard high drifting North 1.33pm, Little Egret 2.10 pm + male and female Sparrowhawk at 2.50pm. (Ken Murray)
  • Woolwich Pier (Thames) 2 Black Swan (John Mead)
  • Worcester Park; Garden KT4- 2 Swallow N at 1750, latest spring record (Isaiah Rowe) possible ? Black Tern high W at 20:00!!! (Isaiah Rowe)

Sunday 27th May 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Peregrine (APOG Birders)
  • Battersea Power Station: Common Buzzard over, Peregrine sitting flat, with wings stretched out on corrugated metal roof in full sun, for about 15 mins then flew (Michael Mac)
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Grey Plover in full summer plumage, Brent Reservoir, 27 May 2018 (© Andrew Haynes)

  • Brent Reservoir: sum-plum Grey Plover (from morning till 18:00 at least), 2 Little Ringed Plover, Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler (Brent Birders)
  • Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries: Hobby hunting for insects over Ladywell end 18.30, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, singing Blackcap in gardens nearby (Keith Chambers)
  • Churchill Gardens Estate - Pimlico: House Sparrow colony nests in hedge down to 2 from 12 back on 6th February - how do 10 bulky nests vanish?, 1 nest in broken vent behind the pub plus numerous fledged Starlings (Michael Mac)
  • Clapham Common: Reed Warbler singing at Mount Pond 15:30 (Nick Rutter)
  • Crayford: 1st-summer Caspian Gull on wasteground at Jolly Farmers early afternoon (Richard Bonser)
  • Crossness: Sanderling viewable distantly in Barking Bay 10am; also adult summer Mediterranean Gull upriver 10.55am, Buzzard high east and singing Lesser Whitethroat (Richard Bonser)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Common Tern 17, Swift 2, Sand Martin 2 , Swallow 2, Reed Warbler 4, Chiffchaff 1 (John Bushall, Richard Green, Conrad Ellam)
  • Mayflower Park Wetlands: 2(pair) Whitethroat, 2m Blackcap and Reed Warblers singing (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Millfields Park: 5 Sand Martin (at least 3 nest burrows), 1 Hobby flying over (Rhys Evans)
  • Oakwood Park: m Kestrel, 8 Swift, 2 singing m Song Thrush, singing m Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Four-spotted Chaser, 3 Broad-bodied Chaser, Emperor Dragonfly, 11 Common Blue, 2 Small Copper, 8 Mother Shipton, 2 Burnet Companion, 2 Silver Y, Blood-vein (Robert Callf)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: min 9 (1 f) Pheasant (5m together), 2 Buzzard, Red Kite, m Sparrowhawk, Hobby, 2 Lapwing, 9 Stock Dove, Cuckoo called couple of times from dead tree + eventually dropped to ground to eat something + then returned to wood where it remained silent, 8+ Swift, 5-6 Skylark, 3 Swallow (2 by stables), 10 singing Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat (2 singing), 3 singing Chiffchaff, 12 Rook feeding on short turf, m Reed Bunting, Linnet, 2 calling Bullfinch. Also disturbed from vegetation Small Heath, 4 m Common Blue, Snout, Green Carpet + 2 Silver-ground Carpet (Neil Anderson)
  • Totteridge Valley, Belmont Farm: Red Kite, 10+ Common Buzzard, 18 Stock Dove, 17 Swift, 2 Hobby, 15+ Swallow, singing Treecreeper, 2 Blackcap, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch (Samuel Levy)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 3 Common Tern, 1 Little Egret, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, Pochard with 5 chicks (Rhys Evans)

Saturday 26th May 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Swallow north, Tufted Duck x Pochard male hybrid Filter Beds, 15+ Swift (Bob Watts)
  • Balham: Buzzard circling over at 11:30 (Nick Rutter)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Turnstone, Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Broomfield Park, Palmers Green: 5 Egyptian Goose pr and three goslings, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Song Thrush including one carrying nesting material, ad Mistle Thrush, 2 Nuthatch pr feeding yng in nest hole (Robert Callf)
  • Clapham Common Old Town: c16 Swifts round Maritime House and some in streets near by (Michael Mac)
  • Crossness: 5 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow north, 4 Lapwing, 2 Skylarks but generally pants (Richard Bonser)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - 15+ Swift, Goldcrest, Blackcap, Kestrel. (Samuel Levy)
  • Gipsy Hill/Norwood: c20 Swifts over houses (Michael Mac)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Common Tern 13, Grey Wagtail, Reed Warbler, Swift 2, Sand Martin 2 (Matthew F)
  • Kingston KT2: House Martin building nest (P Pentek)
  • London Wetland Centre: Caspian Gull 2cy, Yellow-legged Gull 2cy, 70+ Herring Gull, 25+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Lapwing flew high E (J.Wilczur) 2 Ringed Plover on long shingle island in front of observatory (Martin Parker & Mat Hare) 1 Lapwing chick wader Scrape, 2 Common Tern main lake, 10 Swift heading N, 1 Chiffchaff singing sothern route, 1 Common Blue butterfly, 1m Banded Demoiselle wader Scrape (Martin Honey & B. Page) Hobby main lake (Les & Angela Evans-Hill)
  • Oxleas Wood:3Nuthatch,2Coaltit,2CommonBuzzard,Goldcrest,Greatspottedwoodpecker,Songthrush, Greenwoodpecker,4Stockdove,4Jackdaw,2Kestrel(fm),15+Swift,Chiffchaff,Hobby,Swallow,4Blackcap, (Ron Turner)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Drake Pintail, Turnstone, Greenshank & 6 Ringed Plovers (Target Pools), Singing Corn Bunting (landfill - riverside) (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Roehampton, Priory Lane: 14 Stock Dove on playing fields (J.Wilczur)
  • Sidcup DA15: Quail flew NW calling 00.58, 2 bursts of 4 calls heard as it flew over my house a day under a year after my first here, Moorhen 00.59 (Ian Stewart) : Many years ago post mid-night I had the same experience, as did another birder at the same time further North up the Lee Valley to where I live. well done! (Ken Murray)
  • Sidcup Place: Hobby over Foots Cray rec 15.45 (Ian Stewart)
  • Stockwell a Community Garden: House Sparrows at least 1 brood appeared in garden even though before this, number decreased, they have bred somewhere else then come to the garden were 3 separate people have feeders up (Michael Mac)
  • Stockwell along Wandsworth Road: Lesser-black Backed Gull, second time I've seen this bird dodging vehicles trying to get food out the road, 1st time it was for chips and this time for dead pigeon (Michael Mac)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Oystercatcher, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, 16 House Martin collecting mud on foreshore, Nightingale, 10 Cetti's Warbler; also Small Heath, Brimstone, 8 Common Blue butterflies (Andrew Self)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 48 Swift, Nuthatch, 2 Lapwing, Common Buzzard with Vole, 8 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 7 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Grey Heron, 15+ House Martin, Goldcrest, 3 Swallow, 35+ Rook (Samuel Levy, Nicola Goldsmith, Mark Goldsmith)

Friday 25th May 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler singing Cricket Scrub, pair Egyptian Geese, 20+ Swift (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Egyptian Geese, Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler (Andrew Self); later only added Redshank (1st of month) seen feeding from Heron Hide at c8.10, then heard calling half way to Main Hide, so almost certain it flew off (Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cheshunt Moor: Willow Warbler, pr Bullfinch (James Palmer)
  • Danson Park: Cuckoo calling (Chris Gibbard tweet)
  • East Barnet: 14 Common Swift- two weeks later than usual. ( Pete Lowman).
  • East Dulwich: Buzzard circling over my garden for approx 5 minutes (Steven Robinson)
  • Eastcote (Field End Rec): Jackdaw, Green Woodpecker, 4 Swift, Blackcap, 3 Greenfinch (Tim Rymer)
  • Eltham Park(North):Greywagtail,Chiffchaff,5Stockdove,Greyheron,Greatspottedwoodpecker,Goldfinch Blackcap(fm),Treecreeper,Songthrush,Goldcrest(RonTurner)
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: Kingfisher, Nuthatch, 5+ Grey Wagtails, Whitethroat, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff singing (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Great Crested Grebe pr nest building, 8 Mute Swan pr and six cygnets, 2 Greylag Goose, 11 Egyptian Goose pr and nine goslings, 6 Mandarin Duck m f & 4 ducklings, m Tufted Duck, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet, 15 Swift, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush incl three singing males, Mistle Thrush, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch feeding yng in nest hole (Robert Callf)
  • Hackney Marshes: Cetti's Warbler singing by the red bridge at 1000 (Alastair Dent)
  • Ladywell: Buzzard sp with small head, light colouring and long wings held straight soaring and being mobbed by Carrion Crow. My immediate thought was Honey Buzzard but I am far from sure. 14.30 (Keith Chambers) Did it have a Cuckoo like head & a long tail while flying? (Jack H) It was directly above but cuckoo like head could describe it. Tail did not look long however but was fanned out (Keith).
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 16 Swift circling overhead am (Neil Batten)
  • Northolt: 15 Swift (Deiniol Owen)
  • Oxleas Wood:2Greatspottedwoodpecker,Hobby,20+Swift,5Jackdaw,Kestrel(fm),Goldcrest,Nuthatch Songthrush,7Stockdove 3Greenwoodpecker(RonTurner).
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 40+ Swift, Mistle Thrush, Swallow (Samuel Levy)
  • St James's Park: Reed Warbler, more than a month later than last year (Frank Nugent)
  • Southfields (SW18): first Swifts for the year over the flat this morning (Martin Honey)
  • Sunbury : Pair of Herring Gull nest building on rooftop. (Tony Sweetland)
  • Surbiton Cemetery: circa 250 Starling this evening, mostly juveniles, between 30 and 40 broods all feeding together in short grass (Nick Tanner)
  • Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve: 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper (Jack Headley)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 14 Common Tern, 2 Shelduck, 10 Greylag Goose, 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Cettis Warbler, 4 Linnet, 3 Ring necked Parakeet ( flew across river ), 4 Gadwall, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroat, 1 Swallow (Roger Keith)
  • Wilson's School, Wallington: singing male Sedge Warbler- crazy thing to see singing on a hedgerow with house sparrows this am! (Arjun Dutta)
  • Walthamstow E17 (Buxton Road): Swift nesting in cavity on a house. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 6 Common Sandpipers including five together on Lockwood, 3 Swallows north, plenty of Swifts but few House and Sand Martins (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Worcester Park: Reed Warbler singing in observer's garden - garden tick (Bob Smith)

Thursday 24th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Common Sandpiper flushed from West Bank high east by Thames Water workers 1033, Reed Warbler singing from reed bed between two lower platforms, Egyptian Goose pair Wood Green Res, Little Egret harassed by 2s Herring Gull and flew north over Res, 50+ Swift, 3 House Martin, Swallow (APOG Birders)
  • Balham: Hobby flying low and fast NE past my back garden 10.45; maximum half a dozen swifts over Bedford Hill so far this year - Balham population declining (Nick Moll)
  • Berrylands: Hobby chasing Swifts in the rain (Nick Tanner).
  • Bexley: Common Buzzard on temporary fence near A2/Bexley gravel pits (Ian Stewart)
  • Brent Reservoir: Grey Plover 07:25 (photo on Twitter), also Dunlin on mud and Oystercatcher East past hide 12:07 (Magnus Andersson via Twitter + Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chiswick (Devonshire Rd) W4: min 12 Swifts feeding over houses (Neil Anderson)
  • Clapham Common: Green Sandpiper at Mount Pond at 2100 (Ian Ellis)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Grey Plover at Darent mouth one in full summer plumage, 2 Avocet, Barn Owl, 6 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 10+ Pheasant, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 2+ Common Sandpiper, 6+ Common Tern, 3 Cuckoo inc female calling, 20+ Swift, 8 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 5 Blackcap, 20+ Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Cetti’s Warbler, 23+ Reed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Crystal Palace Park: 2 Mistle Thrush feeding on grass near playground (Paul Francis)
  • Dulwich Park: 1 Sedge Warbler reeling by boardwalk reeds at 14:15, 1 Cormorant, 1 Shoveler (Paul Collins)
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Tern (no nesting), Reed Warblers carrying food to nest, 5 Shelduck. (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Enfield Town - Chase Green Grdns: m Sparrowhawk 19:50 (Robert Callf)
  • Ecology Centre, Mile End Park: Singing Chiffchaff and Blackcap (Harry Harrison)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - 12 Swift, m Blackcap, m Goldcrest (Samuel Levy)
  • Forty Hall CP: Little Egret feeding along Turkey Brook (Robert Callf)
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Red Kite NW, 7 Swifts, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker nests located so far (Joe Beale)
  • Holloway (Landseer Road) - 17 Swifts (Rhys Evans)
  • Kentish Town: Little Egret flew low W over Harmood Street at 1515 (Pete Mantle)
  • King George V res: 2 Black Tern northern end of southern basin 18:00 (A Farris)
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 Black Tern - three soon flew off at 1310, 2 Greenshank flew off NE at 0945, 7 Mute Swan - pair with 5 young, 4 Greylag Goose - 2 pairs, 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Shelduck - pair and singleton, 6 Shoveler - 5m f, 10+ Gadwall, 16 Pochard - 13m 3f, 0 Little Grebe - a noteworthy lack since a dozen pairs used to breed, Great Crested Grebe, Red Kite over, 33 Lapwing - 12 pairs 3 males and 6 young in three broods, 2 Common Tern, 62+ Black-headed Gull - including 31 nesting pairs a decline from the 42 pairs last year, 45+ Herring Gull, 10+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Stock Dove, 140+ Swift, 15 Swallow, 5+ House Martin, 40+ Carrion Crow (J.Wilczur)
  • London Zoo; Mandarin Duck 15 (1m 2f and 12 ducklings of two broods 5/7 chicks respectively- on Regents Canal), 16 Swift, 2 Sparrowhawk, Blackcap (Sam Jones)
  • Oxleas Wood:30+Swift,Heron,4Songthrush,7Blackcap(2fm),Swallow,Sparrowhawke,2Kestrel(fm) Greenwoodpecker,8Goldfinch,TawnyOwl,2Coaltit,2Goldcrest,Nuthatch,5Jackdaw,2Stockdove. (Ron Turner)
  • Palmers Green: Hobby chasing a Swift over Eaton Park Road, N13 at 11:23 (Katy McGilvray)
  • Pinner The Croft Park 2 Coal Tit 4 Swift, Red Kite harried by a Crow 2.30pm (Nigel Barratt) Rayners Lane, HA2 (Torbay Road): 10 Swift (Tim Rymer)
  • Pinner Lloyd Court: Group of Starlings feeding young in back garden. Three adults with rings on legs (Richard Francis)
  • Richmond Park: Swan family on Pen Ponds with 6 cygnets - cobb appears to have a left leg injury and is wobbling and having problems keeping up with the family when on land - reported to Swan Sanctuary 01932 240790 - please contact them if situation becomes urgent but they are cautious about separating a parent whilst they have such young babies. Egyptian Goose pair with 8 young - male has club foot could be constriction/fishing line injury - also reported (hope ok to list here as they need monitoring) (P. Redmond); Red-legged Partridge still (J.Bostock)
  • West Norwood Cemetery: female Kestrel over circling higher, then slowly dived east, Swift - highest count over 2 hours - 4,there should be many more than this with the expanse of houses around this location, 1 Blackcap, 4 Jackdaw over (Michael Mac)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Whitethroat, c150 Swift, House Martin, Sand Martin, Little Egret (Chris Farthing)
  • Another picture of the honey buzzard seen in Kew on 17th May (Colin Aldridge). From your two photos, I think that looks like a pale Common Buzzard, Colin (Rob Innes) Agree Common Buzzard (Neil Anderson)
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Wednesday 23rd May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite SW 1155, 60+ Swift, 4 House Martin, 3 Swallow, 2 Sparrowhawk, pair Egyptian Goose Boating Lake (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: Evening visit 6.45pm; pair of Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 8 Common Terns all took off from rafts together, looks like 4 pairs, mating seen again, 2 Cetti's Warbler, only 4 Swifts, only 2 House Martins? (Andrew Verrall) Have your say on proposals for the future of West Hendon Playing Fields Hendon Wetlands anybody? We are going to lose the Wheatear fields, what a pity. Plans by Phoenix Canoe Club and Yachting – want all tall trees and bushes cut down on North Bank for more wind in their sails, with huge loss of nesting sites, google their plans, ruins the place ! Seems in Brent and Barnet BIRDS just don't matter. LONDONBIRDERS SHOULD APPEAL TO THE MAYOR. The online consultation closes JUNE 3 https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/GaB0t4 - (G. Lonergan) With all the new flats built by the reservoir they now need to build sports facilities for all the new residents, council tenants who lived there before were moved out as many couldn't afford the rents of the new flats, but most were sold not rented. (Michael Mac)
  • Crayford Marshes: m Marsh Harrier in evening (Mike Paice)
  • Eastcote (Field End Rec): Little Egret, 8 Swift, 2 Blackcap, 2 Greenfinch, Jay, Swallow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Collared Dove (Tim Rymer)
  • East Barnet: Hobby (Pete Lowman).
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - 2 Collared Dove, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Starling, m Blackcap, 12 Swift (Samuel Levy)
  • Hogsmill SF: two pairs of Black-headed Gull breeding, first breeding record for site? I was alerted to their presence last evening when I saw them mobbing a Hobby over Lower Marsh Lane (Nick Tanner).
  • Grovelands Park: 11 Egyptian Goose pr and nine goslings, 11 Mandarin Duck 6 m f and 4 remaining ducklings, m Common Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck 2 m 2f, 5 Swift, 3 Grey Wagtail pr and one juv, 4 Nuthatch 2 prs (Robert Callf)
  • Kensal Green: Red Kite (Charlie Farrell)
  • King George V: 1 Black Tern, 50 Common Tern, 100 Cormorant (Tony Clancy)
  • Ladywell Fields: Kingfisher, 8 Blackcap, 6 Swift, 2 Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush (Tom Moulton/Sue Gore)
  • Oakwood Park: singing m Lesser Whitethroat (Robert Callf)
  • Oxleas Wood; 12 House Martin, Common Buzzard, Hobby. 3 Goldfinch, 4 Jackdaw, Nuthatch, Goldcrest Blackcap (pr), 4 Stock Dove, Coal Tit, Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thush, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Ron Turner)
  • Raynes Park: Grey Heron flying S at 0913 (P. Redmond)
  • Richmond Park: Swan family on Pen Ponds with 6 cygnets - cobb appears to have a left leg injury and is wobbling and having problems keeping up with the family when on land - reported to Swan Sanctuary 01932 240790 - please contact them if situation becomes urgent but they are cautious about separating a parent whilst they have such young babies. Egyptian Goose pair with 8 young - male has club foot could be constriction/fishing line injury - also reported (hope ok to list here as they need monitoring) (P. Redmond)
  • Sidcup DA15: 2 Red Kite W 11.43 - 11.47 (Ian Stewart)
  • South Kensington, Natural History Museum: 1 Red Kite seen from the Wildlife Garden where also 5 newly-fledged Long-tailed Tits fed by parents, Moorhen with chick, 5 Swifts overhead (Joe Beale)
  • Tottenham Hale: Red Kite over retail park 18:15. f Peregrine perched above Hale Village Tesco 18:30.
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 7 Canada Geese + 6 goslings, 12 Mallard + 21 Duckling, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, 3 Moorhen + 5 chicks, 2 Coot + 4 chicks, Lapwing (Folly Farm), 30 Stock Dove, 122+ Swift through mainly NE, 3 Kestrel, Hobby, 30+ Rook, Sand Martin over Long Pond with flock of Swift then NE, 13 Swallow, 17 House Martin, singing Treecreeper, 11 Chiffchaff, 18 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Common Whitethroat, Pied Wagtail, 4 Bullfinch, 2 House Sparrow (Samuel Levy)
  • Wimbledon Common: Firecrest singing on edge of Plain near Parkside (S Riley per A Evans-Hill), 6 Swift (B Campbell)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Little Ringed Plover, Black-headed Gull, Whitethroat, c250 Swift, House Martin, Linnet (Chris Farthing)

Tuesday 22nd May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Red Kites (4 sightings - E @ 1020, N @ 1135, 2 SW @ 1143), Little Egret N, 2 House Martin, 30+ Swift, 2 Jackdaw west, Common Gull over filter beds (APOG Birders)
  • Arkley Fields: Skylarks again this year; 3 sightings in the wheatfield, one on ascent (Geoff Crabtree)
  • Bexley DA5 (Upper College Farm): Red Kite NW 7pm, 3+ Pheasant, Kestrel, Peregrine, 10+ Swift, 6 Skylark, 15 Swallow, 2 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch. Also Rook low N over Albany Park station (Ian Stewart)
  • Belvedere: Ringed Plover, 3rd-yr Caspian Gull on foreshore (James Palmer)
  • East Barnet: 6 Swift, returning to breeding area, near East Barnet Library (Bob Husband)
  • E3 Antill Road: Buzzard high over house, first 2 Swifts over garden. (Harry Harrison)
  • Erith: Yellow-legged Gull (James Palmer)
  • Finchley Central: 20+ Swift, Swallow low N 17:55 (Samuel Levy)
  • High Barnet: Red Kite N over Mays Lane (Roy Beddard)
  • Mayflower Park: 8 Reed Warbler territories(Bob Smith)
  • N10 - Hobby (Matt Evans)
  • Oxleas Wood: 4 Goldfinch, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Blackcap (1fm), 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Stock Dove, Kestrel (fm), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jackdaw (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner The Croft Park 3 Goldfinch,Collared Dove, 4Swift circling, 1 House Martin (Nigel Barratt)
  • Shrewsbury Park, SE18: 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swift, Song Thrush, Cormorant over (Tim Rymer)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 26 Greylag Goose, 2 Little Egret, 19 Reed Warbler, 3 Cettis Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch, 10 Jackdaw, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Shelduck, 2 Canada Goose, 3 Common Whitethroat, 4 Common Tern, 1 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Roger Keith)
  • Trent Park: 11 Mandarin Duck 3 m f & 7 ducklings Lime Ave Pond, m Tufted Duck lower lake, f Sparrowhawk, m Broad-bodied Chaser, Emperor Dragonfly (Robert Callf)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Greenshank 0650, Spoonbill 0950-10:08, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Caspian Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Little Ringed Plover, Little Owl (Steve Blake, Rupert Evershed)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Sanderling and Dunlin on East Warwick island 19.00 (Lol Bodini, Daniel Whitelegg).
  • West Finchley Station: Sparrowhawk, 10+ Swift (Samuel Levy)
  • West Dulwich: 1 Peregrine male chasing a flock of Parakeets by Dulwich College at 20:00 (Paul Collins)
  • Wimbledon Common: Peregrine, Hobby and Buzzard high over Thatched Cottage (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Shoveler, Red Kite N at 07:30, 2 Common Tern, Black-headed Gull, Whitethroat, c50 Swift, Sand Martin, Little Egret (Chris Farthing)
  • Woodford Green (Churchill Statue) 2 Swifts; first of the year here (Steve Howey)
  • Woodford Green: Swifts between 2-9 (present since 8th.) Tawny Owl chivied from roost tree by Magpie. Kestrel over, then male and female Sparrowhawk followed by a male Bullfinch over at 9.44, plus a Red Kite over at 16.06. (Ken Murray)
  • Worcester Park: Peregrine on pylon (Bob Smith)
  • Wormwood Scrubs:Whitethroat,Chiffchaff,Blackcap plus m.Brimstone,Speckled Wood,Small Tortoiseshell (Francis O'Sullivan)

Monday 21st May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret SE, Black-headed Gull in amongst 20+ large gulls catching insects, 1+ House Martin, 30+ Swift, 2 female Sparrowhawks (APOG Birders)
  • Barnes waterside: Painted Lady (Neil Anderson)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Swift, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Enfield Lock, River Lee: Reed Warbler singing in willow scrub - 'from the garden' tick! (Martin Shepherd)
  • Enfield Wash, Turkey Street: 16 Swift low over houses (Martin Shepherd)
  • Forty Hall CP: f/imm Beautiful Demoiselle (Robert Callf)
  • Hilly Fields Park, Enfield: 2 Nuthatch pr feeding yng in nest hole (Robert Callf)
  • Oxleas Wood: Common Buzzard, 2 Swallow, 7 Goldfinch, Kestrel (f m), 3 Jackdaw, 3 Coal Tit, Green Woodpecker Nuthatch, 5 Blackcap (2 fm), 2 Goldcrest,4 Songthrush, Chiffchaff, 4 Stock Dove (Ron Turner)
  • Plumstead, SE18: Mistle Thrush in and Swallow, 3 Swift over garden (Tim Rymer)
  • Queen Mary Reservoir: 1 Turnstone, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 small waders too distant to id. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Rainham / Thames: 2 White-winged Terns confirmed (Howard Vaughan tweet & pic)
  • Richmond Park: m Whinchat, Red-legged Partridge, Common Sandpiper, Hobby, Red Kite (P Pentek)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: 2 Greenshank fr draper hide 0930 (Allan Meadows tweet)
  • Shrewsbury Park, SE18: Tawny Owl, Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush (Tim Rymer)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Black Tern through by 09.35, 3 Little Tern briefly on S basin prior to 09.35. (Dave Morris per FJM) 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Black-necked Grebe on S basin in evening.(Franko J Maroevic)
  • Southwark Park: 2 Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Little Grebe,  1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 1 Collared Dove, pair Tufted Duck, 7 Egyptian Goose (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 2 Swift, 2 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler (Conrad Ellam)
  • Wandsworth Road Station: Red Kite soaring over head. (S Elvin)
  • Wimbledon Common: 2 Red Kite over Thatched Cottage (Les Evans-Hill)

Sunday 20th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite, Hobby, 2 Common Buzzard 10-1215, also 2 Swallow north, 25+ Swift (APOG Birders) Where abouts in the park have the Hobbies been seen? Thanks (Mark Wardman) We stand close to fence just above the pitch n putt hut (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 9 Common Tern, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 2 Shoveler, 2 Teal, Garden Warber, 9 Terrapin (Brent Birders)
  • Busbridge Lake Kingfisher,Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker and 2 juveniles, Greater Spotted Woodpecker pr, Goldcrest,Common Tern, Stock Dove, Egyptian Geese pr, Mandarin Duck pr (Nigel Barratt)
  • Coppetts Wood NR Friern Barnet: Goldcrest carrying feather (nest lining?) singing Coal Tit, 6 singing Blackcap, singing Common Whitethroat, Swift, alarming Mistle Thrush, Speckled Wood, Orangetip, Holly Blue Butterflies (Bob Husband, RSPB NW London), Common Buzzard (Tony Clancy)
  • Crayford: adult Mediterranean Gull at Viridor recycling centre mid a'noon (Richard Bonser, Dante Shepherd)
  • Crayford, Stanham Farm/Thames Road Wetland area, male Cuckoo heard calling from distance about 18.45. (Chris Rose, per Lewis Paterson)
  • East India Docks NR: Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Common Tern, Blackcap, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Shelduck, Collared Dove (Paul Hyland)
  • Greenford UB6 (home garden): pr Cormorant spiralling ever higher on thermal, 5 Swift. Totally unexpected record of female Beautiful Demoiselle sitting on flower + perching on ivy in shade. No known colonies nearby (Neil Anderson)
  • Greenway: 4 Sand Martin, 3 Singing Blackcap, 3 Singing Whitethroat. (Harry Harrison)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Shelduck 2, Linnet 4, Whitethroat 1, Reed Warbler 1 (Richard Green)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Common Tern 12, Swift 3, Sand Martin 4, Reed Warbler 4, Lesser Whitethroat 1 (Richard Green)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Common Terns over Men’s Bathing Pond, 0710 (Matt Evans); also Linnet N, Stock Dove S and Swallow NE (Pete Mantle)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 3 Blackcap fledglings (a first for the cemetery), 4 Swift (Nathalie Mahieu, Ruth Savery, John Boorman).
  • Richmond Park: Common Sandpiper, Hobby, Egyptian Goose family still intact ( P Pentek)
  • Shrewsbury Park, SE18: Buzzard, 8+ Swift, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush (Tim Rymer)
  • Stoneleigh KT17, The Glade: 1 Common Buzzard s. 1 Red Kite s. 12 Common Swift, 2 singing Goldcrest (Neil Batten)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 6 Pheasant, Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, c12 Stock Dove, Little Owl, Cuckoo called several times, 8 Swift, 7 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 11 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 3 singing Chiffchaff, min 5 Rook, m Reed Bunting, Linnet; also Muntjac, Small Heath, Mother Shipton (Neil Anderson)
  • Thamesmead: 1st-winter Yellow-legged Gull off Princess Alice Way early evening (Richard Bonser, Dante Shepherd)
  • Totteridge Valley, Belmont Farm: 11 Canada Geese + 12 Goslings, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Mandarin Duck, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Red Kite, 11 Common Buzzard, 11 Stock Dove, 34 Swift, 15 Swallow, Singing Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail. (Samuel Levy)
  • Wandsworth Common: 3 Swift, 1 Jay (B Campbell)
  • Yeading Brook meadows: m Pheasant, 2 Red Kite, Buzzard, 15+ Swift, singing Skylark, 4 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 19th May 2018Edit

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

Friday 18th May 2018 Edit

  • Brixton garden: Hobby flying over 7.00pm (Stuart Hearne)
  • Hampton: Pochard, Swift, Swallow, Common Tern, Mandarin Duck, Interesting Greylag Hybrid been around a few days. Instagram Robswildlondon for photographs :-)
  • Alexandra Park: 3 Hobby sightings, Common Buzzard SW, male Peregrine nearly caught Feral Pigeon, 3+ Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 40+ Swift, 4 Swallow, House Martin, Greylag (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, male Reed Bunting, 8 Common Tern incl. mating pair, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing doing display flights, 2 Black-headed Gull mating on raft plus one 1st-summer bird, 80+ Swift, 10 House Martin, Barn Swallow, Sparrowhawk (Brent Birders)
  • Bushy Park: Red Kite circling north of Woodland Gardens at 1230 (Mike Foster)
  • Dollis Brook, Holders Hill: Common Buzzard drifting NW 15:07. (Samuel Levy)
  • Enfield - Jolly Farmers PH: singing m Grey Wagtail on roof (Robert Callf)
  • Enfield Lock: 2 Swift (Charlie Farrell)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Hobby W, 2 Common Buzzard NNW, 12+ Swift, Swallow N (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 12 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 2 Reed Warbler (Matthew F)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 23 Swift, 8 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Barn Swallow NW, Spotted Flycatcher flower walk, 3 Garden Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff (N.P.Senior)
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Swift, 1 Coal Tit, Pied Wagtail pair nesting (Neil Batten)
  • Limehouse E14: 6+ House Martin back in local nest site. (Paul Hyland)
  • London Wetland Center: 2 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper (Shailesh Patel)
  • Margravine Cemetery: pr Blackcap (1st evidence of breeding in many years) (Nathalie Mahieu, John Boorman).
  • Northolt (Carr Road reedbed TQ1484) Red Kite over 1040 hrs. (Phil Belman)
  • Olympic Park: Common Buzzard (James Palmer)
  • Oxleas Wood: 4 Coal tit, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Songthrush, 3 Nuthatch, Hobby, Treecreeper, 5 Swift, Swallow, Kestrel, Goldfinch, 7 Stockdove, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, 2 Jackdaw (Ron Turner) (Prob Honey Buzzard heading SW then N, seen in two locations (Paul Moss, John Reid, Ron Turner and then Dave Strevens at 17.05 - 17.10).
  • Rainham RSPB: imm Spoonbill still, Curlew Sandpiper [Ldn foy] target pools late-am (BirdGuides)
  • Rammey Marsh: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Hobby, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Song Thrush, 6 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat. (Charlie Farrell)
  • Richmond Park: Red-legged Partridge still (Friday Bird Group); 2 Greylag Goose - pair without gosling, 9 Egyptian Goose - pair with brood of seven, 5 Pochard - 3m 2f, Little Egret flew SW, Red Kite, m Peregrine, Hobby, 6+ Buzzard, 6 Common Tern - 3 pairs including a nesting pair, 6 Black-headed Gull - 3 pairs including a nesting pair- first breeding record for Park, 6+ Sand Martin - at least 4 holes in nesting bank being visited (J.Wilczur, P.Pentek)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 2 House Martin, 6 Swift, 3 Common Buzzard. (Samuel Levy)
  • Staines Reservoir: 4 Turnstone, Dunlin, Ringed Plover 1300 but no sign 1400 (Ken Purdey per Dom Pia tweet)
  • Totteridge Valley: 1 Raven fighting with Common Buzzard, 3 Lapwing, 2 Swift, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 4 Herring Gull ( Tony Clancy) Also 7 Common Buzzard, 2 Coot + 4 Cootlings, 5 Lapwing (Folly Farm), 27 Stock Dove, 23+ Swift, Hobby, 20+ Rook with newly fledged young, Raven flew N at 17:20, 2 Swallow, Firecrest singing in the ivy behind Long Pond, Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, f Wheatear (Folly Farm), Pied Wagtail, 3 Greenfinch. (Samuel Levy)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: late Wheatear, Oystercatcher, Buzzard (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wimbledon Common: Skylark and Reed Bunting on the Plain c6.30am (Les Evans-Hill)

Thursday 17th May 2018 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2+ Hobby including an altercation with a Peregrine, 60+ Swift, 3 House Martin, 2+ Sand Martin, Swallow (APOG Birders)
  • Bexley DA5 (Upper College Farm): Pheasant, Kestrel, Skylark, 4 Swallow, Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, m Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Broomfield Park, Palmers Green: 7 Tufted Duck 4 m 3 f, 3 Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, m Pied Wagtail, 4 Mistle Thrush pr and two juvs, m Blackcap, singing Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch pr feeding yng in nest hole, m Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, Broad-bodied Chaser, Large Red Damselfly (Robert Callf)
  • Dollis Brook, Holders Hill: Osprey very low upstream 16:12, 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff. (Samuel Levy)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Skywatch 16:30 - 18:45: Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard, 83 Stock Dove S, 7 Swift, House Martin, Pied Wagtail. (Samuel Levy)
  • Holland Park: Hobby (Hugh Nicholson)
Buzzard and crow
  • Kew, Pensford Avenue: Common Buzzard mobbed by crow (Colin Aldridge)
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Egyptian Goose, 10 Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Singing Song Thrush, Singing Blackcap (Mike Amos); pair Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Swift, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Lee Valley (70 Acre Lake area): Cuckoo (singing at dusk), 1 Nightingale (Fishers Green), 1 Hobby, 2+ Reed Warbler, 2 Swift, 1 Muntjac, 1 Red Fox (Charlie Farrell)
  • North Cray: 2 Common Buzzards, m + f Kestrel, 3 Pheasants, c4 Whitethroats, 10 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Linnet (Patrick English)
  • Notting Hill Gate Underground Station: 1130: pr Grey Wagtails delivering food to nest high in green cast iron beam at the western (open air) end of platform 2 - the north and east bound circle and district line platform. Upon returning at 1330, two rather wobbly fledglings were on the platforms, being attended to by alarm-calling adults (Shane Enright)
  • Olympic Park: Greenway - 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Sand Martin, Black Redstart (JW Davies)
  • Rammey Marsh: 2 Grasshopper Warblers - stonking views 1 reeling 8 to 9 pm (Brian Dawton)
  • Ridgeway Enfield: Lapwing just north Botany Bay (John Ignition)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 11 Swift, Common Buzzard, Mistle Thrush, pr Mallard + 5 Ducklings (Sheepwash), pr Moorhen + 5 Ducklings (Sheepwash) (Samuel Levy); Moorhen are rails, not ducks, so shouldn't their young be railings? But I call them moorchicks (Andrew Haynes)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Grebe, 2 Swift, 2 Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Tooting Commons: Common Buzzard NW, Swallow W, Sparrowhawk (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Trent Park: 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Common Swift, 5 Goldfinch,6 Blackcap (Pete Lowman)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 5 Sedge Warbler around the boardwalk (4 singing), 1 singing Reed Bunting Bomb Crater Field, 1 Reed Warbler singing BCF pond, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Pied Wagtail and 2 singing Linnet paddocks (Alastair Dent)
  • Whitehall, SW1: 1 Peregrine (Dave de Silva)
  • Wimbledon Common: Swift, Pied Wagtail (B Campbell); Buzzard, Kestrel, Red Kite and Sparrowhawk, Thatched Cottage (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Whitethroat, 6 Red-crested Pochard, Peregrine, c80 Swift, Swallow (Chris Farthing)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: c10 Whitethroat, 10 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Song Thrush (all singing) 1 Kestrel (Charlie Farrell)

Wednesday 16th May 2018 Edit

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

Tuesday 15th May 2018Edit

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

Monday 14th May 2018Edit

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

Sunday 13th May 2018Edit

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

Saturday 12th May 2018Edit

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

Friday 11th May 2018Edit

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

Thursday 10th May 2018Edit

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

Wednesday 9th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Swallow N, 30+ Swift, 3+ Grey Wagtail pr has fledged 1+ yg New R (APOG Birders)
  • Archbishop's Park: Chiffchaff singing (John Colmans)
  • Ardleigh Green: Buzzard, Common Tern, Hobby (Paul Hawkins per ELBF FB)
  • Blackheath Vanbrugh pits: 7 Swifts, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff (Mike Paice)
  • Brent Reservoir: Garden Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, 4 House Martin, 2 Swift, 4 Reed Warbler, 5 Common Tern (Simon Worsfold)
  • Brookmill Park: singing Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap 2f & 1m (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: Cormorant, Red Kite, 8 Swift, 12 Swallow & House Martin N (Steve Gale tweet)
  • Dagenham Chase: 2 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 2 Hobby, Peregrine, 3+ Rook, 2 Sand Martin, 3 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler (per ELBF FB)
  • Deptford high street: 1 Swift (Mike Paice)
  • Dollis Brook, Holders Hill: 7 Swift, 4m Blackcap (Samuel Levy)
  • East Tilbury: [RM18 8RH] Hobby, 2 House Martin, Whitethroat (Richard Green) outside LNHS recording area
  • Eastcote: Field End Rd RG - 4 Swift, 5 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Kestrel, Song Thrush, Greenfinch (Tim Rymer)
  • Farthing Downs: Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Linnet, Yellowhammer (John Birkett tweet)
  • Finchley: gdn N3 - 6 Swift, m Blackcap (Samuel Levy)
  • Foots Cray: 4 Common Swifts apparently back a bit late high over but can they find nesting sites in Ellenborough Estate buildings as in 2016 beside The Meadows (Patrick English)
  • Gallions Reach: Little Ringed Plover, Whimbrel upriver, 8 Swift (Kevin McManus blog)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 13 Common Tern, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Reed Warbler (John Bushell)
  • Grovelands Park: pr Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Egyptian Goose, 2m Mandarin Duck, 8 Tufted Duck 4m 4f, 3 Stock Dove, Swift, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 7 singing m Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 singing m Goldcrest, singing Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper; Large Red Damselfly, Peacock, Comma, 16 Holly Blue, 12 Speckled Wood (Robert Callf)
  • Hall Marsh Scrape: 3 Hobby (Dean Williamson tweet)
  • Harrow: Peregrine calling from roof of Morrison’s (Alex Massey)
  • Hooks Marsh: area - Nightingale singing (Dean Williamson tweet)
  • Lamorbey Park: Little Egret flew in c19.45, 2 prob Sand Martin W (Ian Stewart)
  • Lewisham: 3 Swift over police stn 06.45 (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Lincoln's Inn Fields: [WC2] 1 Goldcrest singing and 1 Chaffinch singing (Hugh Bradshaw)
Hobby imm. on wader scrape LWC 9.v.2018

Immature Hobby on wader scrape, LWC (Martin Honey)

  • London Wetland Centre: no sign of Temminck's Stint, Kittiwake main lake then NW, Common Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck, 3 Redshank (WWT tweet); also Snipe, 2 Swallow (WWT website); Buzzard high over reservoir lagoon, c10 Swift, 2 Hobby on islands in wader scrape (Martin Honey)
  • Mayflower Park: Northern Wheatear on bldg (Bob Smith)  
  • Millwall Park: f Wheatear nr bowling club 8am (Sean Huggins)
  • Putney Heath: Red Kite, Garden Warbler; m Emperor Moth (R.Kaye)
  • Rainham RSPB: 4 Marsh Harrier, Whimbrel, 4 Hobby, Swift, 8 Bearded Tit (RSPB per ELBF FB)
  • Raynes Park: f Sparrowhawk and c10 Swift 2 over 1130 then small screaming group c7-8 heading fast NW 1337 more later possibly same, 3 Collared Dove - breeding pair returning regularly & another chased out, singing m Goldcrest, singing m Coal Tit, 2 Goldfinch, Red Kite circling high 1300-1335; Holly Blue, Brimstone, Large White butterflies - all sightings in/over observer's garden (P. Redmond)
  • Richmond Park: Isabella Plantn - Reed Warbler Peg's Pond, Merlin; Common Pipistrelle (J. Francik)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 4 Swift, Swallow, Mistle Thrush, 2m Blackcap, 2 Nuthatch (Samuel Levy)
  • Rye Meads NR: 7 Hobby hawking over HMWT meadow TL387106 still (Jeff Bailey via Herts BC)
  • St James's Park: 2 Red Kite together drifting SW from 08:30 (Frank Nugent); Coal Tit singing in trees adj to Birdcage Walk 14:45 (HarringayBirder)
  • South Norwood CP: 5 Common Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, c20 Swifts, c10 Swallows through (Paul Moss, Dave Strevens, John Reid)
  • Southwark Park: 5 Red-crested Pochard 4m 1f (Janet Cadera)
  • Stave Hill/Russia Dock Woodland: pr Mistle Thrush, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 1 House Martin (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Tooting Commons: Red Kite W 10:00 (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Trent Park: 2 Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel, 9 singing Blackcap, 3 singing Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Swallow, 5 Stock Dove, Pied Wagtail, 3 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush (Pete Lowman)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: singing Garden Warbler main gp (Alan Gardiner via Herts BC); Red Kite, Hobby (Steve Blake via Herts BC)
  • Whitechapel: tube stn eastbound platform - Yellow Wagtail scolding a crow
  • Wimbledon Common: singleton Sand Martin c4.19pm over Thatched Cottage (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Peregrine, Whitethroat, Little Egret, 2 Red-crested Pochard (Chris Farthing)
  • Worcester Park: Buzzard S over observers garden (Bob Smith)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Swallow, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Jay, 1 Kestrel, c20 Blackcap, c10 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2+ Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Linnet, 2 Little Egret over (David Lindo, Charlie Farrell)

Tuesday 8th May 2018Edit

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

Monday 7th May 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Black Redstart female filter bed 4 and on roof until 1030 at least, Linnet heard, 2 Swift, Greylag (APOG Birders)
  • Amwell NR: Cuckoo low over viewpt (Allan Meadows via Herts BC)
  • Brent Reservoir: pr Little Ringed Plover, now 8 Common Terns, 5-6 House Martins at West Hendon colony (Roy Beddard, via phonecall)
  • Brockley Nature Reserve: Sparrowhawk, singing Chiffchaff (Keith Chambers)
  • Canons Farm: incl 3 Buzzard, Skylark, 4 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 4 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 7 Linnet, Yellowhammer (Ian Ward per CFBW blog)
  • Cassiobury Park: 2 Whitethroat singing in reserve by rigby club (Ralph Darvill tweet/WWT website)
  • Clapham Common: southside - 5 Swift (Alex Bailey)
  • Clissold Park: 2 Swift (Rhys Evans)
  • Copped Hall Estate: 11 Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Cuckoo, 4 Linnet, 5 Yellowhammer, 8 Common Whitethroat, 9 Red-legged Partridge; 8 Hares (Chris Baldwin)
  • Cornmill Meadows: Cuckoo, 4 Garden Warbler, Shelduck, 2 displaying Lapwing, c12 Sedge Warbler territories (Martin Shepherd) post restored
  • Finchley: gdn N3 - 6 Swift, m Blackcap, Grey Heron W, Swallow E (Samuel Levy)
  • Fishers Green: 3+ Nightingale at least 3 singing, Willow Warbler singing, Garden Warbler 3 singing, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, 5 Common Buzzard; Banded Demoiselle, Hairy Dragonfly (Shailesh Patel, Bob Husband, NW London RSPB Group)
  • Fishpond Wood LNR: Garden Warbler, 4+ singing Blackcap, 4+ singing Song Thrush (P. Davies, P. Redmond)
  • Gallions Reach: Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Tern downriver 0835, 10 Common Tern, 2 Sand Martin, Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat (Gary James via EBwS BN)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Whitethroat (Richard Green) post restored
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: dawn chorus highlights - eco park 14 Common Tern, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail pr, up to 5 singing Reed Warbler, Blackcap, singing Reed Bunting; foreshore 2 Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, 2 Egyptian Goose. Count 30. (Richard Green, John Bushall, Conrad Ellam, et al) [post restored
  • Hampton: gdn TW12 - Raven [confirmed by call] seen in trees behind Sainsburys, mobbed by crows and magpies. Flew off towards Hanworth 1450. (Huw Williams)
  • Hampstead Heath: Hobby calling from tree (Klemens Felder)
  • Hogsmill Open Space: 2 Treecreeper, Kingfisher, 3+ Whitethroat, 3m Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail and Common Buzzard NE (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Kelvedon Hatch: Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, Cuckoo calling at Navestock boundary 1015 (David Jobbins via EBwS BN)
  • KGV Res: Turnstone on buoy (Neville Smith tweet)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 2 Red-crested Pochard w collection birds, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, Common Tern, Wheatear, Buzzard NW (WWT website); Hobby over 1200 (T Donegan, Lucas Donegan Huertas); Temminck's Stint main lake fr WWT hide late-pm (Simon D, Jake Klavins)
  • Longfield: 1 Red Kite (Roger Keith)
  • Mayflower Park Wetlands: 1-2 Whitethroat, m Blackcap, 4+ Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff; 2 Red-Eared Sliders (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Morden Hall Park: 20+ Swift screaming at 11:30 for 2min then gone (James Hudson)
  • Palmers Green: Common Buzzard low over River Ave 12:44, mobbed by crows then E (Katy McGilvray)
  • Purfleet: Marsh Harrier ad m, Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull 3cy, Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Little Tern, 8 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 2 Cuckoo, Barn Owl, 5 Hobby, Peregrine, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Corn Bunting (Fraser Simpson tweet)
  • Rainham RSPB: 4 Marsh Harrier 2pr, 2 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, Curlew, 2 Ruff, 12 Hobby, Peregrine, 4m Cuckoo, 6 Swallow, Garden Warbler (Howard Vaughan et al via ELBF FB); Ferry Ln - Cuckoo singing on wennington marsh, Kestrel, Cetti’s Warbler, Pheasant, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Whimbrel mobile nr stone barges, f Wheatear on aveley bay foreshore, 3-4 Common Whitethroat, Skylark, Oystercatcher downstream, 4-5 prob Common Tern feeding at stone barges (HarringayBirder) latter post restored
  • Raynes Park: Mute Swan W over Coombe Lane 1939 (P. Redmond)
  • Richmond Park: 9 Greylag, m Gadwall, 4m Red-crested Pochard attempting to mate with f Common Pochard, Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Tern, Collared Dove high N, 2 Sand Martin, m Wheatear, m Sedge Warbler (Richmond Park Bird Group); Red-legged Partridge still (P Pentek)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Sandwich Tern fr draper hide (Roger Cave via Herts BC)
  • Sevenoaks WR: Kingfisher, 2 Sand Martin (per Susanna Clerici via Kent OS)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, Peregrine, Cuckoo, 2 Stonechat, Grasshopper Warbler, 9 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Raven; 2 Clouded Yellow & 2 Wall Brown butterflies (Andrew Self, John & Janet Cadera); 1 Red Kite, 3 Little Egret; 6 Speckled Wood & Comma butterflies (Roger Keith)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Cormorant, 4 Sparrowhawk, 3 Red Kite, 11 Common Buzzard, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Stock Dove, Swift, Kestrel, Hobby, 22 Rook, 16+ Swallow, 8+ House Martin, singing Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, 12 Chiffchaff, 14 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Common Whitethroat, 2 Whinchat m&f owl_field, 9 Starling, m Reed Bunting, Linnet, Mandarin Duck, Teal (Totteridge Valley Birders)
  • Trent Park: 8 singing Blackcap, Common Buzzard, 6 Swallow, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, Stock Dove(s), Sparrowhawk, Garden Warbler, 3 m Mandarin, Pied Wagtail, G V white, Speckled Wood. Common Blue, Orange Tip, Peacock. ( Pete Lowman ).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: main gp - Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Tern, pr White Wagtail am (Rupert Evershed tweet); 5+ Garden Warbler (Rupert Evershed via Herts BC)
  • Wanstead Flats: Common Sandpiper alex, Hobby over osw, Peregrine over cricket scrubs, Willow Warbler long wd incorporating chiffchaff into song (James Heal tweet)
  • Wimbledon Common: Common Buzzard, 2m Firecrest, 4+ singing Blackcap and 4+ singing Song Thrush (P. Davies & P. Redmond)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Sandpiper, Whitethroat (Chris Farthing); 1 Swift, 2 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin (Alastair Rae)
  • Worcester Park: Whitethroat and 1 probable Linnet on horse fields (Isaiah Rowe); Peregrine Falcon over (Bob Smith); 10 Swift high W over gdn (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Swift briefly, c17 singing Blackcap, c5 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 1 pair Green Woodpecker & 4 Linnet 2 pairs (David Lindo)

Sunday 6th May 2018Edit

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

Saturday 5th May 2018Edit

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

Friday 4th May 2018Edit

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

Thursday 3rd May 2018Edit

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

Wednesday 2nd May 2018Edit

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

Tuesday 1st May 2018Edit

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