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Feb 28 Waxwing, 18 at Friern Park, N12 (Roy Beddard) Black-necked Grebe at Brent Res, also Red-breasted Merganser (Roy Beddard) Waxwing, 12 at Rickmansworth, near dental surgery by Park Way (Birdguides) Waxwing, 12 at Dartford, in Joydens Wood on Joydens Wood Road by No. 59 (Birdguides) Smew, 3 at Stocker's Lake, also Goosander (Birdguides) White-headed Duck at Broadwater Lake (Birdguides)

Feb 27 Waxwing, 52 at Rickmansworth, by the Texaco Petrol Station on Park Way (Birdguides) Waxwing, 50+ at Friern Park, N12 near junction with Grove Road (Tony Clancy) Black-necked Grebe, 5 at Staines Res on south basin (Birdguides) Long-tailed Duck, female at Grangewaters OEC on scuba diving lake (Birdguides)

Feb 26 Little Bunting reported at Staines Res on causeway, also 5 Black-necked Grebes (Birdguides) Long-tailed Duck, female at Grangewaters OEC on scuba diving lake (Birdguides) Waxwing, 40+ at Staines, in Two Rivers car park opposite PC World (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe at Brent Res (Andrew Self) Dartford Warbler at West Thurrock, on saltings, also 29 Avocets, 28 Black-tailed Godwits & 15 Curlew (David Darrell-Lambert) Bearded Tit, 2 at Rainham Marshes RSPB, also 80 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Little Egrets & 2 Short-eared Owls (David Darrell-Lambert, Birdguides) Waxwing, 12 at Friern Park, N12 (Philip Dawton) White-headed Duck at Broadwater Lake, also 20 Little Egrets & Red-crested Pochard (Birdguides) Bittern at Amwell GP, also 2 Smew & 2 Little Egrets (Birdguides) Firecrest at Trent CP, also 3 Goosander (Birdguides)

Feb 25 Whooper Swan, 5 over Stoke Newington Res at 11.30 (Tony Butler) Little Egret at Iver, in Colne Brook (Roger Dewey) Waxwing at Hertford, on Willowmead (Barrie Stockwell) Avocet, 31 at West Thurrock, also Jack Snipe (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 4 at Staines Res on south basin (Birdguides) Waxwing, 20 at West Wickham, on Glebe Way opposite Somerfields (Birdguides) Firecrest at Perivale Wood, Horsenden Hill (Andy Culshaw) Waxwing, 50 at St Albans on Kingsbury Avenue (Birdguides)

Feb 24 Black-throated Diver at Island Barn Res see photo (Dave Harris) Waxwing, 120 at Dartford, at Carrington Road/Colney Road (Birdguides) Waxwing, 60 at Hoddesdon, outside Sainsbury's (Barrie Stockwell) Waxwing, 40 at Dartford, at Temple Hill Square TQ545747 (Birdguides) Waxwing, 7 at West Wickham, on Glebe Way opposite Somerfields (Birdguides) Bittern at Berwick Ponds (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 4 at Staines Res on south basin (Birdguides) Smew at Walthamstow Res, on Higher Maynard (David Callahan)

Feb 23 Waxwing, 60 at Dartford, at Carrington Road/Colney Road (Birdguides) Waxwing, 37 at West Wickham, off Glebe Road by Somerfields (Birdguides) Black-throated Diver at Island Barn Res (Steve Spooner) Waxwing, 7 over Vicarage Farm at 08.50 (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 5 at Staines Res on south basin (Birdguides) Smew, 4 at Stocker's Lake, also 5 Goosander (Birdguides) Little Egret, 7 over Hertford North Station at 07.15 (Birdguides)

Feb 22 Waxwing, 50 at West Wickham, opposite Somerfields and along Glebe Way (Birdguides) Waxwing, 45 at Hoddesdon, near the dump at Pindar Road Industrial Estate (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 5 at Staines Res on south basin (Ken Purdey)

Feb 21 Black-necked Grebe, 5 at Staines Res on south basin (Ken Purdey) Caspian Gull, adult at Woolwich Ferry (Birdguides) Waxwing, 30+ at West Wickham, along Glebe Way opposite Somerfields this morning (Birdguides)

Feb 20 Black-throated Diver at Island Barn Res see photo (Dave Harris) Waxwing, 103 at Rickmansworth in Uxbridge Road, next to Texaco Garage, also c90 on West Way and 25+ Waxwings at Tudor Lane/Bury Lane junction (Andrew Moon) Waxwing, 65 at Dartford, at Leigh City Technology College (Birdguides) Waxwing, 20 at Bromley, at Sainsbury's car park at West Wickham (Birdguides) Waxwing, 18 at Croydon, at Brickfields Meadow, Woodside (John Birkett) Glaucous Gull, 1st winter at Swanscombe Marshes, east at 10.30 (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 5 at Staines Res on south basin (Ken Purdey) Waxwing, 2 at Enfield, by 38 Manor Road (Birdguides) Common Redstart, male at Wormwood Scrubs, around buildings by southern paddocks (Birdguides) Bittern at Lee Valley, Bittern Watchpoint (Birdguides) Ring-billed Gull, adult at Isle of Dogs, opposite Lovell's Wharf (Birdguides) White-headed Duck, drake at Broadwater Lake (Andrew Moon)

Feb 19 Black-throated Diver at Queen Elizabeth II Res, see photo, earlier on Island Barn Res (Dave Harris) Great Northern Diver, at Walton Res, see photo, earlier on Island Barn Res (Dave Harris) Waxwing, 140 at Dartford, at Leigh City Technology College (Birdguides) Glaucous Gull, 1st winter at Rainham Marshes RSPB, on pools, access from New Tank Hill Road, view only from the river wall (Birdguides) Smew, 8 at Stocker's Lake, also 9 Goosander (Birdguides) Ring-billed Gull, adult at Isle of Dogs, opposite Lovell's Wharf (Birdguides)

Feb 18 Black-throated Diver at Island Barn Res see photo, also Common Scoter (Dave Harris) Glaucous Gull, 1st winter at Rainham Marshes RSPB, on pools by the river side car park at the refuse tip (Birdguides) Waxwing, 100 at Dartford, at Leigh City Technology College (Birdguides) Smew at Walthamstow Res, also 3 Goosander (David Callahan) Waxwing, 15-20 at Sevenoaks, in Marlborough Crescent, also 9 in New Ash Green (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 6 at Staines Res on south basin (Birdguides)

Feb 17 Waxwing, 135 at Dartford, at Leigh City Technology College (Birdguides) Waxwing, 16 at Bedfont Lakes CP by entrance (Adam Cheeseman) Firecrest at Regent's Park, in Inner Circle c50yds west of Rose Garden restaurant (Birdguides)

Feb 16 Waxwing, 20+ over Enfield Civic Centre at midday (Birdguides) Waxwing, 8 at Tooting Common by Dr Johnson's car park (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 6 at Staines Res on south basin (Birdguides) Caspian Gull, adult at Rainham Marshes RSPB (Birdguides)

Feb 15 Black-throated Diver at Island Barn Res (Dave Harris) Waxwing, 20+ at Dartford, at Leigh City Technology College (Birdguides) Waxwing, 2 at Waltham Cross, on Swanfield Road (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 3 at Staines Res on south basin, also Kittiwake (Ken Purdey) Red-crested Pochard, pair at Bedfont Lakes CP, also Cetti's Warbler (Adam Cheeseman)

Feb 14 Waxwing, 20 at Dartford, at Leigh City Technology College (Birdguides) Common Redstart, male at Wormwood Scrubs, by Scrubs Lane in southern paddock (Birdguides) Caspian Gull, 3rd winter at King George V Dock (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 3 at Staines Res on south basin (Birdguides)

Feb 13 Glaucous Gull, 1st winter at Rainham Marshes RSPB, on the pools, access from New Tank Hill Road, view only from the river wall, later at Aveley with Iceland Gull, viewed from Kennington Park (Birdguides) Waxwing, 34 at Dartford, at Leigh City Technology College by Apollo House (Birdguides) Waxwing, 24+ at Enfield, in Manor Road, present for several days (Mick & Lucy Nagle) Waxwing, 13 at Cheshunt, outside Somerfield (Chris & Pete Langsdon) Little Egret at Cassiobury Park, on watercress beds (Birdguides) Common Redstart, male at Wormwood Scrubs, in horse paddock at southern end of southern paddock (Birdguides) Green Sandpiper, 2 at Stoke Newington Res, on east reservoir, view from New River Public path (Garry James) Smew, 5 at Stocker's Lake, also 4 Goosander (Birdguides)

Feb 12 Waxwing, 42 at Cheshunt, outside Somerfield (Birdguides) Garden Warbler at Stocker's Lake, around pumping station and Tern Hide with mobile tit flock, also 2 Smew (Birdguides) Waxwing, 4+ at Dartford, at Leigh City Technology College by Apollo House (Birdguides) Green Sandpiper, 2 at Stoke Newington Res, on east reservoir, view from New River Public path (Garry James) Caspian Gull, 3rd winter at Woolwich Ferry (Birdguides)

Feb 11 Iceland Gull, 1st winter at Aveley Tip, earlier at Rainham Marsh (Birdguides) Waxwing, c90 at Cheshunt, outside Somerfield (Martin Shepherd) Smew, 5 at Belhus Woods CP (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 3 at Staines Res on south basin (Birdguides)

Feb 10 Ring-billed Gull at Greenwich, adult on grass by the Royal Military Academy (Birdguides)

Feb 9 Bewick's Swan, 4 at Bury Lake, Rickmansworth at 10.45 (Bill Shepherd) Black-throated Diver at Island Barn Res (Steve Spooner) Waxwing, 110 at Waltham Cross, in High Street (Birdguides) Waxwing, 153 at Cheshunt, outside Somerfield (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 3 at Staines Res on south basin (Birdguides) Mediterranean Gull, 2 at Rainham Marshes RSPB, also 5 Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Little Egrets, 2 Water Pipits and 65 Black-tailed Godwits (Birdguides) Little Egret, 2 at Sevenoaks, at Otford Road (Birdguides)

Feb 8 Waxwing, 26 at Kingston-Upon-Thames, on The Keep (Paul Manville) Waxwing, 21 at St Albans, in Samian Way/Mayne Avenue (Birdguides) Waxwing, 4 at Staines, in Two Rivers car park (Birdguides) Great Northern Diver at King George VI Res (Pete Naylor) Black-necked Grebe, 5 at Staines Res on south basin (Pete Naylor) Smew at Lee Valley, Bowers Water (Mark Riley)

Feb 7 Waxwing, 150 at Staines, behind Sainsbury's, earlier 100 west over the Magna Carta school (Oliver Metcalf, Birdguides) Waxwing, 50 at Dartford, at the Priory Mews nursing home along Watling Street between the cemetery and the fire station TQ560735 (Birdguides) Waxwing, 30 at Kingston-Upon-Thames, on The Keep (Birdguides) Waxwing, 30 at Waltham Cross, in High Street by the job centre (Birdguides) Waxwing at St Albans, in Mayne Avenue opposite Lindum Place (Birdguides) Black-throated Diver at Island Barn Res (Dave Harris) Little Egret, 2 at Hornchurch CP (Birdguides)

Feb 6 White-fronted Goose, 76 over Beddington SF at 10.20 (Johnny Allan) Adam Wilson) Waxwing, 90+ at Cheshunt, near The Old English Gentleman Pub in Cheshunt town centre TL356026 (Birdguides) Waxwing, 62 at Waltham Cross, in High Street between the Vine pub and the job centre (Fraser Simpson) Waxwing, 57 at Dartford, along the B260 Greenstreet Green Road between Apollo House and the City Technology College (Birdguides) Waxwing, c50 at Staines, in Two Rivers shopping centre (Birdguides) Waxwing, 36 at Dartford, at the Priory Mews nursing home along Watling Street between the cemetery and the fire station TQ560735 (Birdguides) Waxwing, 25+ at St Albans, in rowan at the end of Samian Gate at the junction of Mayne Avenue/Glevum Close (Birdguides) Black-throated Diver at Queen Elizabeth II /Walton/Island Barn Res (Geoff Barter) Short-eared Owl, 2 at Beech Farm GP (Birdguides) Smew, 11 at Thorpe Park (Birdguides) Black-tailed Godwit, 62 at West Thurrock, also 14 Curlew & Med Gull (David Darrell-Lambert)

Feb 5 Waxwing, 88 at Cheshunt, near The Old English Gentleman Pub in Cheshunt town centre TL356026 (Birdguides) Waxwing, 70-80 at Staines, opposite MacDonalds car park, Two Rivers shopping centre (Lucia do Rosario) Waxwing, 50 at Dartford, opposite Apollo House on Green Street (Birdguides) Waxwing, 21 at St Albans, in rowan at the end of Samian Gate at the junction of Mayne Avenue/Glevum Close (Birdguides) Greenlands Road (Birdguides) Waxwing, 20 at Rickmansworth on Church Lane (Birdguides) Waxwing, 3 at Orpington, at 59 Charterhouse Road (Birdguides) Smew, 6 at Belhus Woods CP (Birdguides) Short-eared Owl, 2 at Beech Farm GP (Birdguides) Green Sandpiper, 3 at Stoke Newington Res (Birdguides) Firecrest at Perivale Wood, Horsenden Hill (Andy Culshaw)

Feb 4 Waxwing, 150 at Orpington, on Charterhouse Road off Sevenoaks Road (Birdguides) Green Sandpiper, 2 at Stoke Newington Res (Birdguides) Waxwing, 82 at Staines, at the Sainsbury's Garage on The Causeway, A 308 (Ken Purdey) Waxwing, 60 at Kingston-Upon-Thames, on The Keep (Bob Snellgrove) Waxwing, 21 at St Albans, in rowan at the end of Samian Gate at the junction of Mayne Avenue/Glevum Close (Birdguides) Waxwing, 9 at Kingston-Upon-Thames, northern bank of the Thames at Hampton Court Bridge (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 5 at Staines Res on south basin (Ken Purdey) Common Scoter at Walton Res (Steve Spooner) Bittern, 2 at Amwell GP at dusk (Birdguides)

Feb 3 Black-throated Diver at Queen Elizabeth II Res earlier on Island Barn Res (Dave Harris, Steve Spooner) Waxwing, 78 at Cheshunt, outside Somerfield (Adam Wilson) Waxwing, 70 at Staines, around the railway station (Birdguides) Waxwing, 70 at Kingston-Upon-Thames, on The Keep (Birdguides) Waxwing, 65 at Waltham Cross, in High Street (Birdguides) Waxwing, 22 at Wimbledon at Kingston Road/Mostyn Road junction (Birdguides) Waxwing, 21 at St Albans, on Mayne Avenue beyond Glevum Close (Birdguides)

Feb 2 Waxwing, 76 at Kingston-Upon-Thames, on The Keep (Birdguides) Waxwing, 21 at St Albans, at the junction of Mayne Avenue and Glevum Close before flying off towards Verulamium Park (Birdguides) Waxwing, 20 at Orpington, on Charterhouse Road opposite Abingdon Way (Birdguides) Waxwing, 16 at Regents Park (Birdguides) Waxwing at Kidbrooke, at Broad Walk (Birdguides) Short-eared Owl, 2 at Rainham Marshes RSPB (Birdguides)

Feb 1 Black-throated Diver at Queen Elizabeth II Res see photo, (Steve Spooner) Waxwing, 60 at Kingston-Upon-Thames, on Acre Road (Birdguides) Waxwing, 57 at Cheshunt, outside Somerfield (Adam Wilson) Waxwing, 43 at Banstead Heath, at Lyme Regis Road TQ247589 near A217 junction (Birdguides) Waxwing, 5 at Dartford, just off Princes Road behind Leigh City Technology College (Birdguides) Waxwing, 5 at Kidbrooke, at 16 Broad Walk (Birdguides) Mealy Redpoll, 5+ at Broxbourne Woods, among 16 redpolls, just South of the footpath along the stream, in birches at TL344079, also 3 Hawfinch (Steve Connor) Firecrest at Cassiobury Park, southwest of River Gade, in wood southwest of play area by green metal bridge by nestbox number 34 (Birdguides) Water Pipit, 4 at Rainham Marshes RSPB (Birdguides) Caspian Gull, adult at King George V Dock (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 3 at Staines Res (Ken Purdey)

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