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Apr 30 White-spotted Bluethroat, 2 at Barnes WWT, also 5 Greenshanks, 3 Dunlin & 2 Whinchat (Barnes Birders) Iceland Gull, 1st summer at Staines Res (Birdguides) Black Tern, 3 at Brent Res, also 6+ Arctic Terns in evening (Ian Ellis, Andrew Self) Black Tern at Beddington SF (Johnny Allan) Wood Sandpiper, 2 at Fairlop Water CP (Birdguides) Little Egret at Hackney Marsh, adjacent to waterworks golf course (Birdguides)

Apr 29 Red-rumped Swallow over Regent's Park, NNE with 25 House Martins at 08.20 (Birdguides) White-spotted Bluethroat, male at Barnes WWT in evening (Birdguides) Grasshopper Warbler at Rammey Marsh, also Nightingale (Birdguides) Dunlin at Walthamstow Res, also 200+ Swifts (George Sawtell) Ring Ouzel at Radlett, in field by footpath near primary school TQ165997 (Birdguides) Wood Sandpiper at Fairlop Water CP, also Blue-headed Wagtail, 26 Yellow Wagtails, 5 Wheatears, Tree Pipit & Whinchat (Birdguides) Ring Ouzel at Belvedere, in paddock East of flood, also Greenshank & 5 Wheatears (Birdguides) Kittiwake at Queen Mother Res (Birdguides)

Apr 28 Hen Harrier over City of London, NE in evening (Birdguides) Wood Sandpiper at Belvedere, on flood (Birdguides) Wood Sandpiper at Fairlop Water CP (Birdguides) Marsh Harrier over Beddington SF, also Ruff & Hobby (Johnny Allan) Ring Ouzel at Alexandra Park, in scrub around sports pavilion, also Tree Pipit (Dominic Mitchell) House Martin, 100+ at Brent Res, also 50+ Swifts (Andrew Self) Hobby over Morden at 19.50 (Birdguides) Black Redstart at Tate Modern in evening (David Darrell-Lambert)

Apr 27 Hoopoe at Rainham Marshes RSPB, along river wall from Tankhill Road, Purfleet (Birdguides) Ring Ouzel at Alexandra Park, in scrub around sports pavilion (Birdguides) Ring Ouzel at Radlett, along track opposite primary school TQ165997 (Birdguides) Ring Ouzel at Belvedere, in paddock East of flood (Birdguides) Common Buzzard over Walthamstow Res at 14.42, also 13 Yellow Wagtails (Chris Langsdon) Lesser Whitethroat, 3 at Horsenden Hill (Andy Culshaw) Whimbrel, 2 at Beddington SF, also 100+ Swift (Johnny Allan)

Apr 26 Ring Ouzel at Alexandra Park, in scrub around sports pavilion (Dominic Mitchell) Grasshopper Warbler at Lee Valley, by Trinity Lane Crossing (Birdguides) Black Tern at KGV Res, also Goldeneye (Martin Shepherd) Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 at Staines Res (Frank Clark)

Apr 25 Hume's Warbler at Fairlop Waters CP, by golf range at TQ455908, 300 yards south of main sailing lake see photos (Birdguides) Little Tern, 2 at Lee Valley, Holyfield Lake, also 3 Little Gulls; Nightingale & Garden Warbler at Fishers Green (Birdguides, David Darrell-Lambert) Little Gull, 21 at Staines Res, also 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Whimbrel, Common Scoter, Greenshank & Hobby (Birdguides, Pete Naylor) Ring Ouzel, 2 at KGVI Res, also 5 Greenshank, Bar-tailed Godwit & 20 Little Gulls (Pete Naylor) Ring Ouzel at Alexandra Park, at NE of cricket pitch (Gareth Richards) Grasshopper Warbler at Croxley Common Moor TQ077946 (Birdguides)

Apr 24 Hume's Warbler at Fairlop Waters CP, by golf range at TQ455908, 300 yards south of main sailing lake (Birdguides) Common Scoter, 3 at Brent Res - see photos, also 2 Arctic Terns at 05.30, Common Sand, 28 Common Terns & 30+ Blackcaps (Andrew Self) Smew at Belhus Woods CP, also 2 LRPs (Birdguides) Common Sandpiper, 4 at Banbury Res (David Darrell-Lambert) Cuckoo, 2+ at Lee Valley, Fishers Green, also 3 LRPs & 2 Nightingales (George Sawtell, Birdguides) Cuckoo at Barnes WWT, also Jack Snipe, Common Sand & 10 LRPs (Martin Honey) Hobby, 2 at Wraysbury GPs (Jim & Tony Sweetland) Ring Ouzel at Alexandra Park, at NE of cricket pitch (Gareth Richards) Little Gull at Staines Res, also Whimbrel & Common Scoter (Pete Naylor) Nightingale, 3 at Sewardstone Marsh, also 2 Cuckoos & Garden Warbler (Martin Shepherd)

Apr 23 White Stork over Whipps Cross, south at 11.45 (Birdguides) Arctic Tern, 3 at Staines Res, also Common Scoter (Birdguides) Ring Ouzel at Alexandra Park, also 2 Wheatears (Dominic Mitchell) Ring Ouzel at Wormwood Scrubs, also Common Redstart, Nightingale & 20 Whitethroats (David Lindo) Wood Warbler at Horsenden Hill, also Common Redstart (Andy Culshaw) Common Scoter, 3 at Brent Res (John Johnson) Tree Pipit at Walthamstow Marsh, also Oystercatcher at Walthamstow Res, + Greenshank & 13+ Swifts (David Darrell-Lambert) 'Northern' Long-tailed Tit at Lee Valley, Cornmill Meadows by stone obelisk TQ384015 (Birdguides) Willow Warbler, 2 at St James's Park (Andrew Self)

Apr 22 Hume's Warbler at Fairlop Waters CP, by golf range at TQ455908, 300 yards south of main sailing lake (Birdguides) 'Northern' Long-tailed Tit at Lee Valley, Cornmill Meadows by stone obelisk TQ384015, also Mealy Redpoll; 4 Nightingales at Fishers Green (Birdguides) Long-tailed Duck at Walton Res, also 5 Wheatear (Adam Cheeseman) Nightingale at Stanwell Moor (Adam Cheeseman) Wheatear, 9 at Barnes WWT (Birdguides) Wheatear, 8 at Wormwood Scrubs (Roy Nuttall) Nightingale at Sewardstone (Martin Shepherd)

Apr 20 Ring Ouzel at King George VI Res - see photo (Rob Innes) Black Redstart at King George V Res by sailing club (Martin Shepherd) Common Redstart, female at Wormwood Scrubs (Roy Nuttall) Common Redstart, male at Barnes WWT (Martin Honey) Black-necked Grebe at Staines Res, also Common Scoter (Birdguides) Long-tailed Duck at Walton Res (Steve Spooner)

Apr 19 Hume's Warbler at Fairlop Waters CP, by golf range at TQ455908, 300 yards south of main sailing lake (Birdguides) Red-necked Grebe at Wraysbury GP at north end of village pit by railway station - see photo, also Hobby & 4 Whimbrel over (Birdguides) Little Ringed Plover, 4 at Lee Valley, Bittern Watchpoint, also 7 Nightingales in area & Cuckoo at Goosefield (Jeff Butcher) Garden Warbler at Beddington SF, also Swift & Common Sand (Johnny Allan) Rook over Horsenden Hill, also 6 Willow Warblers & 15 Chiffchaffs (Andy Culshaw)

Apr 18 Hume's Warbler at Fairlop Waters CP, by golf range at TQ455908, 300 yards south of main sailing lake, also Whinchat (Birdguides) 'Northern' Long-tailed Tit at Lee Valley, Cornmill Meadows by stone obelisk TQ384015 (Birdguides) Common Scoter, 3 at Brent Res, also 6 House Martins (Andrew Self) Sandwich Tern, 3 over Barnes WWT, also Whinchat & 2 Common Sands (Birdguides, Hugh Bradshaw) Reed Warbler at Bedfont Lakes CP, also 4 Whitethroats (Adam Cheeseman) Red-necked Grebe at Wraysbury GP at north end of village pit by railway station (Birdguides) Lesser Whitethroat at Island Barn Res, also c50 House Martins & c40 Swallows (Steve Spooner) Cuckoo, 3 at Sewardstone Marsh, also 6 Willow Warblers (Chris & Pete Langsdon) Reed Warbler at Lee Valley, Bittern Watchpoint, also 4 LRPs (Chris & Pete Langsdon) Common Redstart at Horsenden Hill, also 17 Blackcaps & Lesser Whitethroat (Andy Culshaw)

Apr 17 Hume's Warbler at Fairlop Waters CP, by golf range at TQ455908, 300 yards south of main sailing lake, also Swift (Birdguides) 'Northern' Long-tailed Tit at Lee Valley, Cornmill Meadows by stone obelisk TQ384015, also 2 Mealy Redpolls, plus 2 Nightingales at Fishers Green & one at Enfield Lock (Birdguides) Red Kite over QE2 Res (Dave Harris) Whimbrel, 8 at Walton Res (Dave Harris) Common Redstart at Brent Res, also Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warblers, Whitethroat & 9 Common Terns (Andrew Self) Ring Ouzel at Stanwell Moor, also Wheatear & 2 Swifts (Birdguides, Pete Naylor) Common Redstart at Staines Res, also 8 Swift, Common Scoter, Sanderling, Knot & Oystercatcher (Birdguides, Jim Sweetland, Pete Naylor) Sedge Warbler, 2 at Bedfont Lakes CP, also Whitethroat (Adam Cheeseman) Wheatear at Kempton NR, also 12 House Martins (Stephen Moss) Redstart at Richmond Park, also 6 Wheatears (Hugh Bradshaw)

Apr 16 Slavonian Grebe, 2 at Dagenham Chase NR on White Hart East Lake - see photos, also Garganey & 3 LRPs (Birdguides) Avocet over Staines Res, also Common Scoter (Birdguides) Swift over Barnes WWT (Birdguides) Common Redstart at Waterworks NR, also Whitethroat & Lesser Whitethroat (Birdguides) Grasshopper Warbler at South Norwood CP (Birdguides) Whinchat at Richmond Park, also 7 Wheatears (Hugh Bradshaw)

Apr 15 Little Gull, 20+ at Staines Res, also Black Tern & 2 LRPs (Birdguides) Common Crossbill in SW19, in private garden (Tom Clayton) Red-necked Grebe at Wraysbury GP at north end of village pit by railway station (Birdguides) Swift over Barnes WWT, also Greenshank & Dunlin (Martin Honey) Cuckoo at Sewardstone Marsh, also Sedge Warbler & Whitethroat (Martin Shepherd) Little Gull at Queen Mother Res, also 2 LRPs & 5 Wheatears (Birdguides) Wheatear, 2 at Richmond Park, also 12 Fieldfares (Hugh Bradshaw) Lesser Whitethroat at Horsenden Hill (Andy Culshaw) Sedge Warbler, 2 at Bedfont Lakes CP (Adam Cheeseman)

Apr 14 Hume's Warbler at Fairlop Waters CP, by golf range at TQ455908, 300 yards south of main sailing lake (Birdguides) Whimbrel at Sevenoaks WR, also Little Egret, Green Sand & 4 LRPs (Birdguides) Lesser Whitethroat at Horsenden Hill, also 9 Blackcaps (Andy Culshaw) Little Gull at Staines Res, also 4 LRPs (Ken Purdey)

Apr 13 Slavonian Grebe, 2 at Dagenham Chase NR on White Hart East Lake (Birdguides) Pied Flycatcher at Wanstead, in private garden (Steve Swaby) Lesser Whitethroat at Connaught Water (Birdguides) Cuckoo at Poors Field, Ruislip, also 3 Willow Warblers (Steve Pash) Ring Ouzel at KGV Res, on causeway (Birdguides) Black Redstart at Barnes WWT, also Sedge Warbler, Water Pipit, Wheatear & Jack Snipe (Martin Honey) Little Gull, 3 at Staines Res, also 3 LRPs (Ken Purdey)

Apr 12 Little Egret, 4 over Paddington Green, NE at 07.08 (Des McKenzie) Slavonian Grebe, 2 at Dagenham Chase NR on White Hart East Lake (Birdguides) Red-necked Grebe at Wraysbury GP at north end of village pit by railway station (Andrew Moon) Black-necked Grebe at Staines Res, also 6 LRPs (Birdguides) Sedge Warbler at Bedfont Lakes CP, also 3 Willow Warblers Greenshank at Tyttenhanger GP, also 2 Green Sands & 10 LRPs (Birdguides) Common Tern, 2 at KGV Res, also 6 White Wagtails, 3 Yellow Wagtails, Wheatear & 2 Green Sands (Martin Shepherd)

Apr 11 Slavonian Grebe, 2 at Dagenham Chase NR on White Hart East Lake (Birdguides) Sandwich Tern, 2 over Brent Res at 09.50, also Pintail, Common Tern, 50+ Swallows, 39 Sand Martins & 3 House Martins (Ian Ellis) Red-necked Grebe at Wraysbury GP at north end of village pit by railway station (Birdguides) Cuckoo at Tyttenhanger GP, also Green Sand & 4 LRPs (Herts BC) Water Pipit, 3 at Beddington SF (Johnny Allan)

Apr 10 Hume's Warbler at Fairlop Waters CP, by golf range at TQ455908, 300 yards south of main sailing lake, also 4 Willow Warblers & Wheatear (Birdguides, Ian Ellis) Yellow Wagtail, 2 at Brent Res, also 2 Wheatears, 13 Swallows, 10 Sand Martins, 3 Willow Warblers & Green Sand (Andrew Self) Slavonian Grebe, 2 at Dagenham Chase NR on White Hart East Lake (Birdguides) Sandwich Tern at Beddington SF, also Yellow Wagtail & Wheatear (Johnny Allan) Yellow Wagtail, 8 at King George VI Res, also 5 White Wagtails, 2 Water Pipits, Common Scoter & c10 LRPs (Pete Naylor, Ken Purdey) Little Gull at Staines Res, also Black-necked Grebe, 2 LRPs, Wheatear & Yellow Wagtail (Ken Purdey) Jack Snipe at Barnes WWT, also 2 Wheatears & 2 Yellow Wagtails (Birdguides) Red-breasted Merganser, 2 at King George V Res, also 4 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Wheatears, Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper & House Martin (Martin Shepherd)

Apr 9 Hume's Warbler at Fairlop Waters CP, by golf range at TQ455908 (Birdguides) Yellow Wagtail at Brent Res, also Water Pipit, 5 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, 17 Chiffchaffs & 7 Blackcaps (Andrew Self, Ian Ellis) Little Egret at Morden Hall Park, also 2 Brambling (Malcolm Riddler) Common Buzzard over West Ewell, east at 09.30 (Neil Batten) Red-necked Grebe at Wraysbury GP at north end of village pit by railway station - (Mike Sheehan) Slavonian Grebe, 2 at Dagenham Chase NR on White Hart East Lake (Birdguides) Little Gull at Staines Res, also Black-necked Grebe (Pete Naylor, Birdguides) Yellow Wagtail, 10 at King George VI Res, also Common Scoter, Wheatear, Water Pipit & 3 LRPs (Pete Naylor) Little Egret at Stanwell Moor (Pete Naylor) Water Pipit, 2 at Staines Moor (Birdguides) Willow Warbler, 2 at Tyttenhanger GP, also White Wagtail, Common Tern & LRP (Michael Robinson) Osprey NW over Barnes WWT, also 3 Sedge Warblers, Water Pipit, 5 LRPs, 4 House Martins & 3 Swallows (Birdguides, Neil Anderson)

Apr 8 Slavonian Grebe, 2 at Dagenham Chase NR on White Hart East Lake (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 3 at Staines Res (Birdguides) Little Egret, 2 at Rainham Marsh (Birdguides)

Apr 7 Slavonian Grebe, 2 at Dagenham Chase NR on White Hart East Lake (Birdguides) Red-necked Grebe at Wraysbury GP at north end of village pit by railway station (Birdguides) Little Gull at Staines Res (Birdguides) Swallow over Middle Temple EC4 (Hugh Bradshaw) Little Ringed Plover at Lee Valley, Hall Marsh scrape (Birdguides)

Apr 6 Hume's Warbler at Fairlop Waters CP, by golf range at TQ455908 (Birdguides) Slavonian Grebe, 2 at Dagenham Chase NR on White Hart East Lake (Birdguides) Red-necked Grebe at Wraysbury GP at north end of village pit by railway station (Birdguides) Black-tailed Godwit at Cornmill Meadows (Chris & Pete Langsdon) Little Egret over King George V Res (Chris & Pete Langsdon) Willow Warbler at Bedfont Lakes CP (Frank Clark)

Apr 5 Slavonian Grebe, 2 at Dagenham Chase NR (Birdguides) Black-tailed Godwit at Cornmill Meadows (Birdguides) Little Gull, 3 at Staines Res, also Water Pipit, Black-necked Grebe & 2 Swallows (Frank Clark, Birdguides)

Apr 4 Red Kite, 2 over Grange Waters, flew south at 09.34 (Dave Morrison) Slavonian Grebe, 2 at Dagenham Chase NR (Birdguides) Sandwich Tern at Barnes WWT, also 5 LRPs, 2 Ringed Plovers, 12 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins & 2 Swallows (Hugh Bradshaw, Martin Honey) Red-necked Grebe at Wraysbury GP at north end of village pit by railway station (Birdguides) Garganey, drake at Walthamstow Res, on No. 3 Res (Birdguides) Little Egret at Stanwell Moor, also Green Sand & 2 LRPs (Birdguides) Water Pipit, 3 at Staines Moor, also Little Egret (Andy Culshaw) Common Tern at Queen Mother Res (Birdguides) Swallow over Stanmore (Birdguides) Pintail at Broadwater Lake (Simon Buckingham) Little Egret at Ewell, roosting by Lower Mill, Hogsmill River (Neil Batten)

Apr 3 Little Gull, 3 at Bedfont Lakes CP (Adam Cheeseman) Sandwich Tern at Beddington SF (Johnny Allan) Swallow at Brent Res, also 15 Chiffchaffs & 5 Blackcaps (Andrew Self) Willow Warbler at Bedfont Lakes CP, also 3 Blackcaps (Adam Cheeseman) Swallow at Richmond Park, also 2 Chiffchaffs (Neil Anderson) Willow Warbler at Broadwater Lake (Simon Buckingham) Willow Warbler at Sewardstone Marsh (Martin Shepherd) Yellow Wagtail at King George V Res, also 10+ Swallows & Green Sand (Martin Shepherd) Yellow Wagtail at Staines Res (Roger & Liz Ackroyd) Water Pipit, 5 at Rainham Marsh (Birdguides) Sedge Warbler at Amwell GP (Herts BC)

Apr 2 Osprey north over Hampstead Heath in evening (Birdguides) Hume's Warbler at Fairlop Waters CP, by golf range at TQ455908 (Birdguides) Sandwich Tern, 6 at Queen Elizabeth II Res, also Red-breasted Merganser & Grey Plover (Dave Harris & Steve Spooner) Common Tern, 3 at Island Barn Res, also Little Gull & Long-tailed Duck (Steve Spooner) Sandwich Tern, 2 at Queen Mother Res at 12.00 (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe at Staines Moor, also Wheatear, Red-breasted Merganser & Water Pipit (Birdguides) Red-necked Grebe at Wraysbury GP (Birdguides) Willow Warbler at Laleham Park (David Combes) Common Buzzard over Paddington Green, W/SW at 12.30 (Des McKenzie) Red Kite over Haberdasher's School, west at 15.13 (Herts BC)

Apr 1 White Stork over Chertsey at 14.15 and Leatherhead at 18.30 (Birdguides) Common Scoter, 11 at Staines Res, also 3 Black-necked Grebes, Black-tailed Godwit, Swallow, Little Gull & Red-breasted Merganser (Ken Purdey) Little Egret over Richmond at 07.00, flew east (Hugh Bradshaw) Water Pipit at Beddington SF (Johnny Allan) Avocet at Tyttenhanger GP, also 4 LRPs (Herts BC)

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