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Jan 31 Waxwing, 64 at Banstead Heath, at junction A217/Lyme Regis Road/The Gables (Steve Gale) Waxwing, 60 at Waltham Cross, on Higher Street behind Temple Bar at midday (Steve Connor) Waxwing, 40 at Staines, between Staines and Thorpe by A320 behind Total garage, see photo, (Birdguides) Waxwing, 15 at Dartford, on Princes Road by roundabout opposite Leigh City Technology College (Birdguides) Green Sandpiper at Stoke Newington Res, on west reservoir, view from New River Public path (Garry James) White-headed Duck at Hilfield Park Res (Birdguides) Mealy Redpoll, 3 at Broxbourne Woods, also Hawfinch (Steve Connor, Adam Wilson) Caspian Gull, adult at Nazeing GP in roost (Steve Connor, Adam Wilson) Firecrest at Islington , one in the garden at 74 Highbury New Park (Birdguides) Avocet, 7 at West Thurrock, also 60+ Black-tailed Godwits & Knot (Pete Lambert)

Jan 30 Black-throated Diver at Queen Elizabeth II Res see photo, earlier on Walton Res & Island Barn Res (Dave Harris) Black-necked Grebe, 2 at Island Barn Res (Dave Harris) Waxwing, 65 at Staines, by A308 The Causeway, opposite Sainsbury's petrol station early morning (Birdguides, Jill Bracey) Waxwing, 59 at Banstead Heath, at junction A217/Lyme Regis Road/The Gables 60 metres south of the BP garage (Birdguides) Waxwing, 46 at Staines, between Staines and Thorpe by A320 south of Total garage in Craigwell Close see photo, (Andrew Moon) Waxwing, 36 at Waltham Cross, in High Street by Jobcentre (Adam Wilson) Waxwing, 36 at Cheshunt, outside Somerfield until 12:55 when flew off (Birdguides) Waxwing, 21 at St Albans, on the housing estate south of Verulamium Park (Birdguides) Waxwing, 14 over Rye Meads RSPB, NE at 10.15 (Birdguides) Shag at Sevenoaks Reserve, also 2 Buzzards (Birdguides) Smew, 6 at Thorpe Park, on lake opposite by A320 (Jill Bracey) Caspian Gull, adult & 3rd winter at King George V Dock, on stone pontoons, view from Woolwich Manor Way (Birdguides) Firecrest at Perivale Wood, Horsenden Hill (Andy Culshaw) Little Egret, 28 roosted at Broadwater Lake (Andrew Moon) Avocet, 14 at West Thurrock, also 63 Black-tailed Godwits (David Darrell-Lambert) Cetti's Warbler at Lee Valley, Fishers Green (Chris Langsdon) Smew, 11 at Thorpe Park by A320, also 7 Goldeneye (David Combes) Mealy Redpoll at Broxbourne Woods, also 4 Bramblings (Steve Connor)

Jan 29 Black-throated Diver at Queen Elizabeth II Res (Dave Harris) Great Northern Diver at King George VI Res (Pete Naylor) Black-necked Grebe, 2 at Island Barn Res (Dave Harris) Waxwing, 80 at Staines, by A308 The Causeway by Lokn'store warehouse (Birdguides) Waxwing, 40 at Banstead Heath, at junction A217/Lyme Regis Road/The Gables 100 metres south of the BP garage (Birdguides) Waxwing, 34 at Waltham Cross, in High Street by Jobcentre (Steve Connor) Waxwing, 36 at Waltham Cross, flew southeast over Edinburgh Crescent at 08.15 (Steve Connor) Waxwing, 20 at Highbury, flew northeast over Highbury Stadium late afternoon (Bob Watts) Jack Snipe at Amwell GP, also Smew, Med Gull & 11 Little Egrets (Birdguides) Red-breasted Merganser, female at Banbury Res (Steve Connor) Cetti's Warbler at Lee Valley, Seventy Acres Lake, in SW corner (Adam Wilson) Smew, 5 at Stocker's Lake, also 10 Goosander (Birdguides)

Jan 28 Waxwing, 107 at Staines, Endsleigh Centre car park (Pete Naylor) Waxwing, 40 at Banstead Heath, near to the BP garage on the A217 dual carriageway (southbound) near the B2219 (Birdguides) Waxwing, 24 at Waltham Cross, in High Street by Jobcentre (Birdguides) Waxwing, 10 at Enfield, along Lincoln Road, Ponders End late afternoon at TQ345957 (Birdguides) Caspian Gull, adult at King George V Dock (Birdguides) Goosander, 7 at Trent CP on lower lake (Bruce Taggart)

Jan 27 Waxwing, 33 at Ewell, at Territorial Army Centre (Mike Sheehan) Black-necked Grebe, 2 at Island Barn Res, also Red-crested Pochard (Steve Spooner) White-headed Duck at Hilfield Park Res (Birdguides) Firecrest at Trent CP in Moat Wood, also 8 Goosander on lower lake (Birdguides)

Jan 26 Great Grey Shrike at Kings Langley, Model Farm see photo (Birdguides) White-headed Duck at Hilfield Park Res (Birdguides) Waxwing at Waltham Cross, in High Street by Jobcentre (Steve Connor) Waxwing at Waltham Cross, outside 13 Gloucester Avenue (Steve Connor) Smew, 6 at Belhus Woods CP (Birdguides)

Jan 25 Great Grey Shrike at Kings Langley, Model Farm TQ065004. From Junction 20 of the M25 motorway drive south along the A41 for 1/2 a mile, turn right into Langleybury Lane at the traffic lights, then after 1/2 a mile turn right into an unmarked track (with a sign saying Model Farm on a tree). Park there on the left (do not drive across onto the bridge over the M25) and walk 1/2 a mile to the farm. The bird frequents hedgerows just beyound the house. (Andrew Moon) Waxwing, 22 at Ewell, around the Territorial Army Centre next to the Honda Garage, where the A240 (Ewell Bypass) meets the A24 (Birdguides) Woodcock at Regent's Park (Tony Duckett)

Jan 24 Waxwing, 38 at Waltham Cross, in High Street between Jobcentre & Vine pub (Steve Connor) Whooper Swan, 10 over Walthamstow Res, west at 07.30 (John Murray) Smew, 7 at Stocker's Lake, also 7 Goosander (Birdguides) Waxwing, 4 at Staines, by Staines Prep School, nr the station at 08.30 (Oliver Metcalf)

Jan 23 Waxwing, 17 at Waltham Cross, by Vine pub (Birdguides) Firecrest, 2 at Perivale Wood, Horsenden Hill (Andy Culshaw) Ring-necked Parakeet, c5,700 roosted at Esher Rugby Club (Fraser Simpson)

Jan 22 Black-throated Diver, probable at Wraysbury GP on the pit by the car park, also 4 Smew (Birdguides) Great Northern Diver at King George VI Res, also 3 Water Pipits (Birdguides) Waxwing, 13 at Waltham Cross, on High Street outside Jobcentre (Bruce Taggart) Bittern at Lee Valley, Bittern Watchpoint (Birdguides) Smew, 4 at Amwell GP, also Common Buzzard & 6 Little Egrets roosted (Fraser Simpson) Smew, 3 at Stocker's Lake, also 4+ Goosander & Red-crested Pochard (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 3 at Staines Res, also Water Pipit (Birdguides) Water Pipit, 4 at Rainham Marsh RSPB (Birdguides) Mealy Redpoll at Thorndon CP, also 3 Northern Bullfinches (Birdguides)

Jan 21 Waxwing, 10 at Waltham Cross, on High Street outside Jobcentre near Theobalds Grove station (Mark Riley) Little Egret, 3 at Stanwell Moor (Pete Naylor) Great Northern Diver at King George VI Res, also Black-necked Grebe (Pete Naylor, Lee Evans) Goosander, 4 at Lee Valley, Slipe Lane Pit TL371048 (Birdguides) Lesser Whitethroat at Chafford Hundred, down footpath past school at the end of Gilbert Road (Pete Lambert)

Jan 20 White-headed Duck at Hilfield Park Res (Birdguides)

Jan 19 Marsh Harrier, male at Rainham Marsh RSPB at 12.00 (Birdguides) Waxwing at Harold Wood, Romford on New Hall Drive TQ554909 (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 3 at Staines Res, also 5 Water Pipits (Pete Naylor)

Jan 18 Black-necked Grebe, 3 at Staines Res (Birdguides)

Jan 17 Smew, 9 at Thorpe Park by A320 (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 3 at Staines Res (Birdguides)

Jan 16 Great Northern Diver at King George VI Res (Birdguides) Smew, 3+ at Amwell GP (Birdguides) Green Sandpiper at Stoke Newington Res, on west reservoir, view from New River Public path (Tony Butler) Goosander, 6 at Lee Valley, Holyfield Lake (Chris Langsdon) Mediterranean Gull, adult at Walthamstow Res (Pete Lambert) Smew, 16 at Thorpe Park by A320 (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe, 3 at Staines Res, also 6 Water Pipits (Birdguides)

Jan 15 Waxwing, 20 at Islington, Elmore Street (Birdguides) Smew, 17 at Thorpe Park by A320 (Birdguides) Mediterranean Gull, adult at Brent Res on rafts in morning - see photo (Andrew Self) Water Pipit, 1+ at Staines Moor (Andy Culshaw) Smew at Wraysbury GP, on Blenheim Angling Pit, also 8 Goosander (Andy Culshaw) Common Redstart, female at Rainham Marsh RSPB, at small fleet south of lagoons (Birdguides) Smew, 2 at Stocker's Lake, also several Goosander (Birdguides) Smew, 5 at Amwell GP, also 4 Little Egrets (Fraser Simpson) Firecrest at West Ham Park in wildlife area (Birdguides)

Jan 14 Waxwing, 12 opposite Hatfield Leisure Centre on Travellers Lane outside Oxlease House (Birdguides) Great Northern Diver at King George VI Res, also 2 Black-necked Grebes (Pete Naylor) Green Sandpiper at Stoke Newington Res, on west reservoir, view from New River Public path (Birdguides) Smew, 3 at Shepperton GP (Birdguides) Smew at Belhus Woods CP (Birdguides) Smew, 14 at Thorpe Park by A320 (Birdguides)

Jan 13 Great Northern Diver at King George VI Res (Pete Naylor) Waxwing, 12 opposite Hatfield Leisure Centre on Travellers Lane outside Oxlease House (Birdguides) Dartford Warbler at Osterley Park, on east side of A3005, in large area of rough pasture near school playing field with 2 Stonechats (Birdguides) Smew, 4 at Bedfont Lakes CP, also Cetti's Warbler (Frank Clark, Adam Cheeseman) Black-necked Grebe, 3 at Staines Res (Birdguides)

Jan 12 Waxwing, 11 opposite Hatfield Leisure Centre on Travellers Lane (Birdguides) Smew, 2 at Bedfont Lakes CP, also Cetti's Warbler (Adam Cheeseman)

Jan 11 Waxwing, 4 at Harold Wood on New Hall Drive (Birdguides) Waxwing at Hatfield Leisure Centre on Travellers Lane (Birdguides) Smew, 2 at Stocker's Lake, also Red-crested Pochard (Birdguides)

Jan 10 'Northern' Bullfinch, 6 at Thorndon CP (Birdguides)

Jan 9 Dartford Warbler at Mercers GP, present since late December (Sacha Barbato) Black-necked Grebe, 3 at Staines Res (Birdguides) Smew, 4 at Stocker's Lake, also 15 Goosander & Red-crested Pochard (Birdguides) Greenshank at Tyttenhanger GP, also Green Sand & 20+ Tree Sparrows (Birdguides) Green Sandpiper at Stoke Newington Res, on west reservoir, view from New River Public path (David Bradshaw) Green Sandpiper, 2 at Walthamstow Res, on flood relief channel also 2 Goosander (Fraser Simpson, Nigel Willits)

Jan 8 Green Sandpiper at Stoke Newington Res, on west reservoir, view from New River Public path (Birdguides)

Jan 6 Green Sandpiper at Stoke Newington Res, on west reservoir (Garry James) Goosander, 7 at Lee Valley, Holyfield Lake (Mark Riley) Long-tailed Duck at Staines Res (Birdguides) Firecrest, 2 at Trent CP, at Camelot Moat TQ288982, also 6 Goosander (Birdguides)

Jan 5 Smew, 5 at Thorpe Park (Pete Naylor) Goosander, 3 at Wraysbury GP (Pete Naylor) Black-necked Grebe, 2 at King George VI Res (Pete Naylor) Smew, 2 at Lee Valley, Holyfield Lake, also one at Seventy Acres GP (Birdguides) Little Egret, 3 at Sevenoaks, at Otford Road, also 3 Green Sands (Birdguides) Smew, 2 at Amwell GP, also Med Gull & 7 Little Egrets (Birdguides) Hawfinch at Broxbourne Woods (Birdguides) Greenshank at Tyttenhanger GP, also 2 Green Sand & 26 Tree Sparrows (Birdguides)

Jan 4 Iceland Gull, 1st winter at Beddington SF, also Caspian Gull, 6 Med Gulls & 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (Johnny Allan) Waxwing over Waltham Cross, Edinburgh Crescent (Steve Connor) Long-tailed Duck at Stubbers OPC, NB. Sign in at reception (Birdguides) Black-necked Grebe at Staines Res (Birdguides) Scaup, 3 at Fairlop Waters CP on main lake (Birdguides)

Jan 3 Green Sandpiper at Stoke Newington Res (Birdguides) Smew, 4 at Belhus Woods CP (Birdguides) Smew, 2 at Stocker's Lake, also 7 Goosander & 7 Little Egrets flying over (Andrew Moon) Goosander, 6 at Trent CP (John Murray) Smew, 3 at Amwell GP, also Med Gull (Birdguides) Smew at Lee Valley, Hooks Marsh, also one at Holyfield Lake with 10 Goosander (David Darrell-Lambert, Ross Facer) Firecrest at Horsenden Hill (Andy Culshaw)

Jan 2 Waxwing, 3 over Trent CP (Birdguides) Smew at Amwell GP, also Bittern (Chris Langsdon) Black-necked Grebe, 2 at William Girling Res (Chris Langsdon) Smew at Lee Valley, Grebe Hide, also 3 Goosander at Holyfield Lake (Birdguides) Smew, 3 at Belhus Woods CP (Birdguides) Scaup, 3 at Fairlop Waters CP on main lake (Birdguides) Little Egret at Sutcliffe Park, Eltham (John Anderson) Common Redstart, male at Wormwood Scrubs, in southern paddock (Birdguides) Water Pipit, 8 at Staines Moor (Birdguides) Smew, 8 at Chertsey, on pit opposite Thorpe Park (Tony & Jim Sweetland) Smew at Wraysbury GP (Tony & Jim Sweetland) Firecrest at Gillespie Park, Highbury (David Bradshaw)

Jan 1 2005 Little Egret, 2 at Stanwell Moor (Ken Purdey) Water Pipit, 8 at Staines Moor (Ken Purdey) Smew, 6 at Belhus Woods CP (Birdguides) Scaup, 3 at Fairlop Waters CP on main lake (Birdguides) Little Egret, 34 at Broadwater Lake at dawn (Birdguides) Smew, 7 at Stocker's Lake (Birdguides) Smew, 5 at Amwell GP, also Med Gull, Cetti's Warbler & 8 Little Egrets (Birdguides) Greenshank at Tyttenhanger GP, also Green Sand (Birdguides) Common Redstart, male at Wormwood Scrubs, in southern paddock (Andrew Moon) Golden Plover, 600+ at Maple Cross, Woodoaks Farm (Andrew Moon)

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