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London Bird News April 2005

Apr 30 Alpine Swift over Walton Res at 10.00, also Greenshank & 5 Wheatears (Steve Spooner) Quail at Beddington SF, also Arctic Tern & 3 Whinchats (Birdguides) Little Tern, 5 at QE2 Res, also 2 Whimbrel, 19 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, 2 Arctic Tern & 7 Wheatears (Dave Harris, Neil Morris) Little Tern, 2 at Staines Res (Birdguides) Red Kite over Ruxley at 12.25 (Birdguides) Avocet at Barnes WWT, also Whimbrel, Greenshank & 10 Whinchats (Birdguides) Curlew over Brent Res, also Arctic Tern, 5 Dunlin, 4, Wheatears, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 39 Blackcaps & Mandarin (Brent Birders) Grasshopper Warbler at Minet CP, also 8 Wheatears (Birdguides) Ring Ouzel at Morden Hall Park, also 2 Whinchats see photo (Malcolm Riddler) Scaup, drake at Hyde Park (Birdguides) Wood Warbler at Regent's Park on Chester Road (Dave Johnson) Wood Warbler at Weald CP (Birdguides) Grasshopper Warbler at Rammey Marsh, also Nightingale (Martin Shepherd) Waxwing, 10 at Perivale, next to Perivale Library TQ163837 (Andy Culshaw) Whinchat, 6 at Wormwood Scrubs (Roy Nuttall) Whinchat, 2 at Horsenden Hill (Andy Culshaw) Whinchat at Sewardstone Marsh (Martin Shepherd) Whinchat at Alexandra Park (Gareth Richards)

Apr 29 Red Kite over Uxbridge at 11.15 (Birdguides) Little Tern at King George VI Res, also at Staines Res (Pete Naylor, Ken Purdey) Waxwing, 15 at Hatton Cross (Pete Naylor) Waxwing, 14 at Perivale, next to Perivale Library TQ163837 at 08.00 (Andy Culshaw) Waxwing, 13 at Chafford Hundred on Saffron Road (Birdguides)

Apr 28 Whimbrel, 3 over Staines Res, also Bar-tailed Godwit (Ken Purdey) Whimbrel at QE2 Res, also Sanderling (Dave Harris) Ring Ouzel, 2 at Barnes WWT (Birdguides) Little Egret over Brent Res, also Mandarin (Andrew Self) Waxwing, 14 at Perivale, next to Perivale Library at 12.30 (Martin Smith) Nightingale, 3 at Cornmill Meadows, also 22 Willow Warblers (David Callahan) Ring Ouzel at Dagenham Chase LNR in Fels Field enclosure (Birdguides) Grasshopper Warbler at Minet CP, also 2 Wheatears (Birdguides) Scaup, drake at Hyde Park on The Serpentine (Birdguides)

Apr 27 Green-winged Teal at Staines Res, also Whimbrel, Turnstone & Bar-tailed Godwit (Birdguides, Ken Purdey) Garganey, drake at Kensington Gardens (Des McKenzie) Red Kite over Bedfords Park, west at 13.25 (Birdguides) Little Egret over Regent's Park, also 2 Wheatears (Birdguides) Cuckoo at Cornmill Meadows, also Nightingale (David Callahan) Firecrest at Abney Park NR (Garry James) Wheatear at Alexandra Park, also Lesser Whitethroat (Andrew Gardner, Alan Gibson)

Apr 26 Green-winged Teal at Staines Res, also Arctic Tern, Turnstone & 12 Little Gulls (Birdguides) Arctic Tern, 10 at KGVI Res, also 7 Little Gulls & 4 Wheatears (Pete Naylor) Waxwing, 46 at Hatton Cross Underground Station (Pete Naylor) Waxwing, 100 at Chafford Hundred on Drake Road (Birdguides) Scaup, drake at Hyde Park, also 20 House Martins (Steve Arthur) Wheatear, 2 at Richmond Park (Hugh Bradshaw)

Apr 25 Green-winged Teal at Staines Res, also 27 Little Gulls, 2 Black Terns, 12 Arctic Terns, 400 Swifts, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits & Whimbrel (Birdguides, Ian Ellis) Grasshopper Warbler at Tottenham Marsh, also possible Dartford Warbler (Birdguides) Waxwing, 100 at Chafford Hundred by Sainsburys (Birdguides) Marsh Harrier over Barnes WWT, at 17.50 also Ring Ouzel (Martin Honey, Birdguides) Turtle Dove at Amwell GP, also Common Buzzard (Martin Shepherd, Birdguides) Wheatear at Alexandra Park (Andrew Gardner) Whimbrel at QE2 Res, also 3 Little Gulls (Dave Harris) Arctic Tern at Island Barn Res (Dave Harris)

Apr 24 Green-winged Teal at Staines Res, also Black Tern & 30 Little Gulls (Michael Robinson, Birdguides) Waxwing, 100 at Chafford Hundred on Drake Road, also 60 by Sainsburys (Birdguides) Cuckoo at Brent Res, also 2 Wheatears, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Sands & 70 Swifts (Andrew Self) Ring Ouzel at Barnes WWT, also Whimbrel, 2 Jack Snipe & 2 Wheatears (Roger & Liz Ackroyd, Birdguides) Grasshopper Warbler at Fairlop Waters CP (Birdguides) Wheatear at Horsenden Hill, also 3 Lesser Whitethroats (Andy Culshaw) Common Buzzard, 2 over Shepperton at 13.00 (Steve Andrews) Hobby at Stanwell Moor, also 2 LRPs (Jim Sweetland) Grasshopper Warbler at Minet CP (Michael Robinson) Little Gull, 3 at Walthamstow Res (Birdguides) Whimbrel at QE2 Res (Dave Harris) Firecrest at Northwood, London School of Theology (Jenny Wallington)

Apr 23 Green-winged Teal at Staines Res, also 13 Arctic Terns, 15 Little Gulls, Hobby & 4 Whimbrel (Birdguides) Ring Ouzel at Barnes WWT, also Black Redstart, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Sandwich Terns, 2 Jack Snipe, Water Pipit & Caspian Gull (Birdguides) Scaup, drake at Hyde Park, on Serpentine (Birdguides) Waxwing, 100+ at Grays on Hogg Lane (Birdguides) Bar-tailed Godwit at QEII Res, also 4 Whimbrel (Dave Harris) Arctic Tern, 4 at Island Barn Res (Dave Harris) Nightingale, 6 at Lee Valley, Fishers Green, also Oystercatcher at Holyfield Lake (Martin Shepherd) Hobby, 2 at Brent Res (Andrew Self) Waxwing, 32 at Ruislip Manor, on Forbes Way (Tim Clark) Tree Pipit at Dagenham Chase NR, also 3 LRPs (Malcolm Riddler)

Apr 22 Little Gull, 45 at KGVI Res, also 2 Wheatears (Ken Purdey, Pete Naylor) Little Gull, 33 over Queen Mother Res, also Whimbrel (Birdguides) Cetti's Warbler at Springwell Lake, Harefield, also Garden Warbler Waxwing, 160 at Grays on Hogg Lane (Birdguides) Waxwing, 36 at West Thurrock on West Thurrock Way (Birdguides) Wheatear at Clissold Park, Stoke Newington (Laurence Pitcher) Black-necked Grebe, 4 at Staines Res, also Whimbrel & 7 LRPs (Jill Bracey, Tony Sweetland) Cuckoo at Wraysbury GPs, also 2 Garden Warblers (Jill Bracey, Pete Naylor) Scaup, drake at Hyde Park, also Blue-headed Wagtail by Marble Arch (Birdguides) Ring Ouzel at Barnes WWT (Birdguides) Wheatear at Stanwell Moor (Tony Sweetland) Greenshank at QEII Res (Dave Harris)

Apr 21 Red Kite over Queensway, north at 11.22 (Des McKenzie) Grasshopper Warbler, 5 at Minet CP, along Yeading Brook TQ113797 (Birdguides) Grasshopper Warbler at Rammey Marsh, also Nightingale (Mark Riley, Steve Connor) Ring Ouzel, 2 at Barnes WWT, also Black-tailed Godwit, Jack Snipe & Arctic Tern (Barnes Birders) Nightingale at Sewardstone Marsh, by Godwin Close (Brian Dawton) Wheatear, 2 at Alexandra Park (Gareth Richards) Little Ringed Plover at Dagenham Chase NR see photo, also 2 Wheatears (Jean-Patrick Elmes, Ron Cook) Whimbrel, 2 at Rainham Marsh RSPB, also 2 Greenshank (Birdguides) Waxwing, c20 at Hatton Cross at East Church Road (Birdguides)

Apr 20 Grasshopper Warbler at Rammey Marsh (Martin Shepherd) Grasshopper Warbler at Croxley Common Moor (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 4 at Staines Res, also Oystercatcher (Pete Naylor) Common Sandpiper, 2 at KGVI Res, also 12 LRPs & 2 Wheatears (Pete Naylor) Waxwing, 160 at Grays on Hogg Lane (Birdguides) Cetti's Warbler at Springwell Lake, Harefield (Steve Younger) Waxwing, 6 over Clissold Park, Stoke Newington (Laurence Pitcher) House Martin, 5 at Alexandra Park (Bob Watts) Cuckoo at Brent Res, also Reed Warbler (Andrew Verrall) Scaup, drake at Hyde Park (Birdguides) Short-eared Owl at Beddington SF (Birdguides) Sand Martin, 117 at Tottenham Marsh (David Callahan)

Apr 19 Little Gull, 28 at Staines Res, also 4 Black-necked Grebes (Ken Purdey) Waxwing, 63 at Grays on Southend Road and Lenmore Avenue (Birdguides) Cetti's Warbler at Springwell Lake, Harefield (Birdguides) Black Tern, 2 at Amwell GP (Birdguides) Common Redstart at Croydon, in Queens Road Cemetery (Steve Arthur) Wheatear, 2 at Walthamstow Res (David Callahan) Little Gull, 6 at Island Barn Res (Dave Harris)

Apr 18 Caspian Gull, 4 at Barnes WWT, also Ring Ouzel & Whimbrel (Birdguides) Wood Warbler at Chiswick Park (Birdguides) Waxwing, 160 at Lakeside Shopping Centre (Birdguides) Waxwing, 3 at Epsom in Wick's/Sainsbury's car park (Birdguides) Common Whitethroat at Mudchute Farm (Nick Tanner)

Apr 17 Swift at Brent Res, also 2 Wheatears (Andrew Self) Cetti's Warbler at Inn's Lake see photo (Andrew Moon) Cuckoo at Stocker's Lake, also 2 Reed Warblers (Liz & Roger Ackroyd) Ring Ouzel at Barnes WWT, also Waxwing, 4 Caspian Gulls & Jack Snipe (David Bradshaw, Birdguides)) Swift, 10 at Staines Res (Jim Sweetland) Waxwing, 160 at Lakeside Shopping Centre bus station (Birdguides) Waxwing, 20 at Lewisham in Kitto Road/Telegraph Hill Park (Birdguides) Waxwing, 6 at Regent's Park (Birdguides)

Apr 16 Great White Egret over Staines Res, north at 17.30 (John Warren & Leslie Wood) Osprey over Barnes WWT, NW at 08.45, also Common Redstart (Birdguides) Waxwing, 150 at Lakeside Shopping Centre (David Darrell-Lambert) Waxwing, 2+ over Brent Res, also 6 House Martins, 35 Sand Martins, 18 Swallows, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, 2 Whitethroats & Sedge Warbler (Andrew Self) Ring Ouzel at Regent's Park, at northeast end of lake behind St. John's Lodge (Birdguides) Common Redstart at Tottenham Marsh (Pete Lambert) Whimbrel at Staines Res, also 4 Black-necked Grebes, 5 Swifts, 46 Swallows, 31 Sand Martins, 10 House Martins & Curlew (Pete Naylor) Little Ringed Plover, 15 at King George VI Res, also 3 Wheatears (Pete Naylor) Green Sandpiper at Stanwell Moor (Pete Naylor) Whimbrel at Island Barn Res, also Swift & 2 Little Gulls (Dave Harris) Scaup at Hyde Park, also Goldeneye, 23 Blackcaps, 10 Willow Warblers, 4 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins & Swallow (Des McKenzie) Lesser Whitethroat, 2 at Horsenden Hill, also 2 Garden Warblers (Andy Culshaw) Swift at Alexandra Park, also 2 Wheatears (Andrew Gardner) Cuckoo at Rye Meads RSPB (Birdguides)

Apr 15 Avocet at Barnes WWT, also Ring Ouzel, Caspian Gull & Jack Snipe (Birdguides) Ring Ouzel at Stanwell Moor, alos 3 LRPs & Green Sand (Birdguides) Brambling at Dagenham Chase NR (Birdguides) Waxwing, 50+ at Chafford Hundred on Saffron Road (Birdguides) Waxwing, 6 in Erith in private garden (Janis Tremain) Willow Warbler at Lincoln's Inn Fields (Hugh Bradshaw) Black Redstart at Lower Marsh SE1 (Nick Tanner) Black-necked Grebe, 4 at Island Barn Res, also 2 Little Gulls & Oystercatcher (Dave Harris) Garden Warbler at Horsenden Hill (Andy Culshaw)

Apr 14 Osprey over Sunbury, NE at 11.15 (Tony Sweetland) Arctic Tern, 2 at Island Barn Res, also 3 Little Gulls, Kittiwake & Oystercatcher (Adam Cheeseman, Dave Harris) Garganey at Fairlop Waters CP (Birdguides) Sedge Warbler, 2 at Bedfont Lakes CP, also Reed Warbler (Adam Cheeseman) Waxwing, 6 at Regent's Park at 08.25 (Birdguides) Waxwing, 13 at Chafford Hundred station (David Darrell-Lambert) Waxwing, 22 at Dartford, just east of junction 1A of the M25 by the Holiday Inn Express (Birdguides) Waxwing, 22 at Hounslow on Spitfire Way Ind Est (Birdguides) Waxwing, 6 at Bexley Woods on The Drive (Birdguides) Waxwing, 60 at Grays on Hogg Lane (Birdguides)

Apr 13 Waxwing, 200 at Iver (Birdguides) Waxwing, 160 at Chafford Hundred, on Drake Road (Birdguides) Waxwing, 13 over Hayes, Lake Farm Urban CP at 10.40 (Pete Naylor) Black-tailed Godwit, 37 over Barnes WWT, also Caspian Gull, Greenshank & 3 Yelow Wagtails (Birdguides)

Apr 12 Waxwing, 160 at Chafford Hundred, on Drake Road along cycle path (Birdguides) Waxwing, 100 at Grays, along Lodge Lane and Nutberry Ave (Birdguides) Whimbrel over Kempton Park NR (Adam Wilson) Common Redstart at Tottenham Marsh, on north section (Pete Lambert) Willow Warbler at Streatham Common (Peter Newmark) Rock Pipit at Walthamstow Res (Birdguides) Serin, 3 reported over Barnes WWT, also 16 Waxwings east at 12.25 (Birdguides)

Apr 11 Red Kite over Banbury Res, also Common Buzzard over Walthamstow Res (Pete Lambert) Waxwing, 160 at Chafford Hundred, on Drake Road play and Hogg Lane (Birdguides) Kittiwake at Island Barn Res, see photo, also 3 Common Terns and Wheatear (Geoff Barter) Pied Flycatcher at Croydon, Farthing Down (Malcolm Riddler) Hobby over Alexandra Park (Dominic Mitchell) Hobby over Southgate at 12.10 (Dave Morrison) Common Redstart at King George V Res, on Sewardstone side (Birdguides) Common Redstart at Hyde Park, in trees c100 metres South of Albion Gate (Des McKenzie) Willow Warbler at Kensington Gardens, also 5 Blackcaps (Des McKenzie) Willow Warbler at St James's Park (Andrew Self) Cetti's Warbler at Springwell GP, Rickmansworth also Sedge Warbler (Paul Lewis) Sedge Warbler at Horsenden Hill, also 3 Willow Warblers (Andy Culshaw) Cuckoo at Ruislip, Pinn Fields (Steve Pash) Common Buzzard over Brent Res at 12.30 (Roy Beddard) Wheatear at Richmond Park, also 2 Willow Warblers (Hugh Bradshaw) Garganey at Walton Res (Dave Harris)

Apr 10 Kittiwake at Island Barn Res, also 2 Little Gulls (Dave Harris) Waxwing, 120 at Chafford Hundred, on Drake Road (Birdguides) Waxwing, 40 at Grays, on Southend Road (Birdguides) Common Redstart at Sewardstone Marsh, also Whitethroat (Chris Langsdon) Reed Warbler, 2 at Rainham Marsh, also Goosander on Thames (RSPB) Willow Warbler at Laleham Park, also 3 Blackcaps (David Combes) White-headed Duck at Broadwater Lake (Birdguides) Black-tailed Godwit at Cornmill Meadows (Chris Langsdon) Common Redstart at Regent's Park (Birdguides) Willow Warbler, 16 at Dagenham Chase NR, also 16 Chiffchaffs, 3 LRPs & House Martin (David Callahan) Willow Warbler at Totteridge Valley, also 8 Blackcaps (John Colmans) Little Ringed Plover, 6 at Tyttenhanger GP, also Greenshank (Birdguides)

Apr 9 Waxwing, 120+ at Chafford Hundred, at Drake Road (David Darrell-Lambert) Common Redstart at Regent's Park (Birdguides) Willow Warbler, 6 at Hampstead Heath, also 11 Blackcaps (Dave Porritt) Willow Warbler, 4 at Brent Res, also 11 Blackcaps (Andrew Self) Reed Warbler at Island Barn Res on River Mole (Dave Harris) Wheatear at Hillingdon, Gutteridge Wood (Steve Pash) Waxwing, 6 at Richmond Park on Bessborough Road (Birdguides) Little Ringed Plover c12 at King George VI Res (Pete Naylor) Waxwing, 50+ at Heathrow Terminal 4 (Dave Morris) Whitethroat at Stoke Newington Res (Laurence Pitcher)

Apr 8 Waxwing, 160 at Chafford Hundred, at Drake Road play area and 14 on Saffron Road (Birdguides, David Darrell-Lambert) Common Redstart at Regent's Park (Birdguides) Hobby at Hogsmill SF (Nick Tanner)

Apr 7 Little Tern, 2 at Rainham Marshes, also Yellow Wagtail, 60 Black-tailed Godwits & 3 LRPs (Howard Vaughan) Whimbrel at Walton Res, also Oystercatcher, LRP & 2 Green Sands (Anthony Quinn) Waxwing, 40 at Harold Hill, on junction of Gooshays Drive and Melksham Drive (Bob Flindall, CRJ) Wheatear at Brent Res (Andrew Self) Common Tern, 20 at Aldenham Res (Birdguides)

Apr 6 Arctic Tern at Rainham Marshes, also 60 Black-tailed Godwits (RSPB) Short-eared Owl at Staines Res, also 2 Little Gulls, Oystercatcher, Ruff, Ringed Plover, LRP, Wheatear, Yellow Wag & Swallow (Ken Purdey) Birdguides) Waxwing, 50 at Lakeside Shopping Centre, by bus station (Birdguides) Rock Pipit at Walthamstow Res, also Hobby, House Martin, Wheatear, 30 Sand Martins, 3 Common Sands & Green Sand (David Callahan, Chris Langsdon) House Martin at Island Barn Res (Dave Harris)

Apr 5 Hobby, 2 over Alexandra Park (Dominic Mitchell) Waxwing, 60 at Chafford Hundred, opposite Cannantynes Health Club and 40 on Rainbow Road (Birdguides) Waxwing, 50 at Stoke Newington, in Allens Gardens, Bethune Road, N16 (Annie Woodhouse) Little Gull, 2 at Island Barn Res, also Common Tern (Anthony Quinn) Yellow Wagtail at Tyttenhanger GP, also 3 LRPs, 2 Sand Martins & Swallow (Birdguides)

Apr 4 Red Kite over Holmeforthe SP, south at 11.15 (Birdguides) Waxwing, 50 at Stoke Newington, in Allens Gardens, Bethune Road, N16 (Annie Woodhouse) Waxwing, 44+ at South Ockenden on Stifford Lane (Birdguides) Wheatear, 2+ at Walthamstow Res, also 67 Sand Martins & 2 Sedge Warblers (David Callahan) Water Pipit over Regent's Park at 07.45 (Birdguides) Common Tern, 14 at Aldenham Res, also 4 Little Gulls (Birdguides) Little Gull, 14 at Island Barn Res (Dave Harris)

Apr 3 Red Kite, over Orpington, north at 12.45 (Birdguides) Marsh Harrier, female over Rye Meads RSPB at 10.30, also 8 Waxwings & a Sedge Warbler (Birdguides) Common Buzzard, 3 over Barnes WWT, also 9 Sand Martins, LRP, Greenshank, Jack Snipe & Rock Pipit (Birdguides, Frank Clark) Merlin at Rainham Marshes, also Garganey, 104 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 LRPs & 4 Little Gulls (RSPB) Common Tern, 2 over Brent Res, also Sand Martin, 3 Willow Warblers & 8 Blackcaps (Andrew Self) Common Tern, 7 at Aldenham Res, also Little Gull & Willow Warbler (Birdguides) Slavonian Grebe at Stoke Newington Res, on west reservoir viewed from the new river path (Garry James) Waxwing, 60 at South Ockenden on Stifford Lane (Birdguides) Waxwing, c50 at Uxbridge, on High Road, Cowley Peachy, TQ055825 (Roger Dewey) Waxwing, 25 at Grays on Lodge Lane (Ruth Barnes) Whitethroat at Sewardstone Marsh (Brian Dawton) Firecrest at West Thurrock, in bushes by the green/blue building west from the churchyard along the seawall, also 2 Oystercatchers, 85 Black-tailed Godwits & 30 Curlews (David Darrell-Lambert) Common Buzzard over Walthamstow Res, also 2 Wheatears & Sedge Warbler (Pete Lambert) Firecrest at Coppetts Wood (Tony Clancy) Oystercatcher at Walton Res (Davd Harris)

Apr 2 Avocet at Brent Res at 08.30, also Willow Warbler (Andrew Self) Avocet at Barnes WWT, also Sedge Warbler & LRP (Birdguides) Common Buzzard over QE II Res, also Oystercatcher (Dave Harris) Little Egret at Stanwell Moor (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 2 at Staines Res see photo (Birdguides) Common Tern, 5 at Aldenham Res, also Little Gull (Birdguides) Waxwing, 21 at Grays on Lodge Lane (Birdguides)

Apr 1 Marsh Harrier over Barnes WWT at 12.25, also Jack Snipe & Knot (Birdguides) Little Egret over Brent Res at 07.00 (Andrew Self) Scaup, drake at St James's Park see photo (Andrew Self) Waxwing, 15 over Romford (Birdguides) Little Gull, 3 at Staines Res, also 2 Common Scoter, 2 Red-breasted Mergs, LRP & 2 Yellow Wagtails (Birdguides, Pete Naylor) Common Scoter, 2 at Island Barn Res, also Golden Plover & Little Gull (Dave Harris) Oystercatcher at Walton Res, also 2 LRPs (Geoff Barter) Waxwing, 40+ at South Ockenden on Stifford Lane (Birdguides) Sand Martin at Hogsmill SF (Nick Tanner) Waxwing, 21 at Chafford Hundred by Sainsburys (Birdguides) Yellow Wagtail at Warren Gorge, also 2 Sand Martins (David Darrell-Lambert) Blackcap at Embankment Gardens (Louise Thomas) Redstart at Hayes, Lake Farm Urban CP (Pete Naylor) Common Scoter, 2 at King George VI Res, also 2 Wheatears & Yellow Wag (Pete Naylor) Avocet at Stanwell Moor, also Wheatear & LRP (Tony Sweetland) Waxwing, 25 at Finsbury Park on Prah Road N4 (Annie Woodhouse) Firecrest, 2 at Alexandra Park, also Brambling (Andrew Gardner, Dominic Mitchell) Waxwing, 40-50 over Bedfont CP (Adam Cheeseman) Sand Martin, 25 at Walthamstow Res, also 3 Wheatears (Chris Langsdon) Little Gull, 2 at Broadwater Lake (Birdguides) Little Gull, 3 at Aldenham Res (Birdguides)

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