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May 31 Wood Sandpiper at Stocker's Farm - see photo (Andrew Moon) Common Buzzard flew over Regent's Park, NE at 16.10 (Birdguides) Little Gull at Staines Res (Pete Naylor) Greenshank at King George VI Res, also 2 Sanderling & 2 Ringed Plover (Pete Naylor, Ken Purdey) Little Gull at QE2 Res, also Golden Plover over (Dave Harris)

May 30 Marsh Warbler, probable at Beddington SF (Johnny Allan) Sanderling, 6 at King George VI Res (Ken Purdey) Sanderling at QE2 Res (Dave Harris)

May 29 Little Gull at QE2 Res (Dave Harris)

May 28 Honey Buzzard over Dagenham Chase flew NW at 13.56 (Birdguides) Wood Sandpiper at Kempton NR (Birdguides) Green Sandpiper at Sevenoaks WR, also LRP (Birdguides) Greenshank at QE2 Res, also Little Gull (Dave Harris)

May 27 Cuckoo at Brent Res in evening (Andrew Self) Little Gull at Staines Res, also 6 Ringed Plovers, 2 LRPs & Yellow Wagtail (Ken Purdey) Little Gull at King George VI Res (Ken Purdey) Sanderling, 4 at QE2 Res (Dave Harris)

May 26 Red Kite over Chessington flew west at 12.50 (Birdguides) Whinchat at Brent Res (Andrew Self) Wheatear at QE2 Res (Dave Harris)

May 25 Red-backed Shrike at Bushy Park, - see photo, in bracken 150m south of Leg of Mutton Pond (Birdguides) Red Kite over Lee Valley, Holyfield Lake at 10.48 (Birdguides) Oystercatcher at QE2 Res (Dave Harris)

May 24 Sanderling at Queen Elizabeth II Res, also Dunlin (Dave Harris) Oystercatcher, 2 at Staines Res (Bill Fordham) Spotted Flycatcher at Walthamstow Res, also Common Sand & Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Stephen Harris) Little Gull at Staines Res, also Dunlin & Ringed Plover (Birdguides)

May 23 Dunlin at Barnes WWT, also 2 Ringed Plovers (Sacha Barbato) Sanderling, 7+ at King George VI Res, also Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Ringed Plover & LRP (Ken Purdey)

May 22 Red Kite over Streatham Cemetery at 12.00 (Birdguides) Little Gull at Staines Res, also Hobby (Birdguides, David Cleal) Sanderling, 2 at King George VI Res, - see photo also 2 Little Gulls, Ringed Plover & LRP (Ken Purdey) Little Ringed Plover at Beddington SF (Johnny Allan)

May 21 Osprey flew NW over Cricklewood at 12.30 (Jan-Paul Charteris) Honey Buzzard flew south over Bexleyheath GC at 11.10 (Birdguides) Little Gull at Staines Res (Birdguides) Egyptian Goose at Clissold Park (Chris Langsdon)

May 20 Common Sandpiper at St James's Park (Andrew Self) Sanderling, 4 at King George VI Res, also Turnstone & LRP (Andrew Moon) Turnstone at Staines Res, also Ringed Plover & Dunlin (Andrew Moon) Egyptian Geese, 5 at Stocker's Farm, - see photo also 5 LRPs (Andrew Moon) Wheatear at Greenwich Ecology Park (Birdguides) Hobby, 3 at Laleham Park, also partial Common Swift (David Combes)

May 19 Temminck's Stint at Kempton NR (Birdguides) Sanderling at King George VI Res, also Ringed Plover & LRP (Ken Purdey) Kittiwake at Queen Elizabeth II Res (Dave Harris) Hobby, 3 at Laleham Park (David Combes)

May 18 Sanderling, 3 at King George VI Res, also 2 Ringed Plovers, 5 Redshank, Little Gull & Yellow Wagtail (Pete Naylor) Cuckoo at Brent Res, also Hobby (Andrew Self) Hobby at Walthamstow Res, also 1300+ Swifts (David Darrell-Lambert)

May 17 Oystercatcher at Staines Res - see photo, also 2 Little Gulls & 1000+ Swifts (Andrew Moon) Dunlin at Ponders End Lake, also 4 LRPs (Birdguides) Ringed Plover at Stanwell Moor (Birdguides)

May 16 Temminck's Stint at Ponders End Lake to 08.45 only (Birdguides) Black Tern at Queen Elizabeth II Res (Dave Harris) Grey Plover at King George VI Res, also Yellow Wagtail (Ken Purdey) Little Gull, 2 at Staines Res (Ken Purdey) Hobby, 3 at Laleham Park (David Combes)

May 15 Possible House Crow flew off from Walthamstow Res early morning (David Darrell-Lambert) Temminck's Stint at Ponders End Lake (Birdguides) Little Gull, 2 at Staines Res, also Oystercatcher (Birdguides, Dave Cleal) Hobby, 4 at Laleham Park (David Combes) Hobby over Woolwich Common, also Lesser Whitethroat (Birdguides)

May 14 Red Kite over Barnes WWT at 17.35, also Dunlin (Martin Honey) Red Kite over Hogsmill SF at 14.08 (Birdguides) Little Gull, 2 at King George VI Res, also 2 Hobbies, Dunlin, LRP & Ringed Plover (Ken Purdey) Little Gull at Staines Res (Ken Purdey) Hobby, 4 at Laleham Park (David Combes) Spotted Flycatcher at Amwell Quarry NR, also Lesser Whitethroat (Mark Hows) Nightingale, 6 at Lee Valley, Fishers Green (Chris Page) Nightingale, 3 at Sewardstone (Jeremy Gaskell, Andrew Middleton) Cormorant, 340 pairs nesting at Walthamstow Res (Stephen Harris)

May 13 Temminck's Stint at Brent Res at 10.00 only (Roy Beddard) Sanderling, 2 at King George VI Res, also 10 Dunlin, LRP, 2 Hobbies & Yellow Wagtail (Ken Purdey) Hobby at Amwell Quarry NR (Birdguides) Hobby at Laleham Park (David Combes)

May 12 Golden Oriole at Hainault Forest CP, in SW corner (Birdguides) Black-tailed Godwit at Cornmill Meadows, also 2 Redshank (Chris & Pete Langsdon) Hobby, 4 at Amwell Quarry NR (Birdguides) Turnstone, 2 at Staines Res, also Pintail (Birdguides, Dave Cleal) Hobby, 2 at Trent Park (Pete Lowman) Hobby at Walthamstow Res (David Darrell-Lambert)

May 11 Quail at Hainault Forest CP, between here and Havering CP in wheatfield by River Rom near Foreberry Wood North (Birdguides) Red Kite at Amwell GP at 17.25, also 2 Hobbies (Mark Hows) Black Tern at Staines Res, also Little Gull, 2 Hobbies & 4 LRPs (Ken Purdey, Pete Naylor) Ringed Plover at King George VI Res, also Common Sand & LRP (Pete Naylor) Little Egret at Stanwell Moor (Dave Morris) Red-crested Pochard at Beddington SF, also LRP & Common Sand (Johnny Allan) Hobby over Harrow Weald (Birdguides) Dunlin at King George V Res, also Redshank (Jeremy Gaskell)

May 10 Hobby at Brent Res, also LRP - see photo (Andrew Self) Hobby at Horsenden Hill, also 2 Lesser Whitethroats (Andy Culshaw) Hobby, 2 at Beddington SF (Johnny Allan) Redshank, 4 at Staines Res, also 3 LRPs (Pete Naylor) Sanderling, 2 at King George VI Res, also Common Sand (Pete Naylor) Wheatear at King George V Res, also 2 Common Sands (Phil Vines) Nightingale at Rammey Marsh (Phil Rhodes) Spotted Flycatcher at Weald Park (per Colin Jupp)

May 9 Osprey over Dagenham, Ford Plant at 07.45 (Birdguides) Hobby, 5+ at Wraysbury GP (Birdguides) Hobby at Laleham Park (David Combes) Nightingale at Lee Valley, Bowyers Water, also Lesser Whitethroat & Garden Warbler, plus 2/3 Nightingales at Fishers Green (Chris & Pete Langsdon)

May 8 Oystercatcher, 2 at Walton Res, also Whimbrel (Steve Spooner) Wheatear at Queen Elizabeth II Res (Steve Spooner) Lesser Whitethroat at New Cross Station (Bob Watts) Hobby, 6 at Amwell GP (Jeff Butcher)

May 7 White Stork over South Mimms, M25 Junction 23 flew east at 15.00 (Birdguides) Arctic Tern at Island Barn Res (Dave Harris) Hobby, 2 at Lambeth Res, also Ringed Plover & 2 LRPs (Steve Spooner)

May 6 Marsh Harrier over Wraysbury GP at 13.41, also 11 Hobbies (Birdguides) Red Kite over Queen Elizabeth II Res at 18.16 (Dave Harris) Wood Warbler at Hampstead Heath, between Women's Bathing Pond & Kenwood (Jan-Paul Charteris) Brent Goose at Tyttenhanger GPs for its 2nd day (Birdguides)

May 5 Alpine Swift over Brent Res at 13.50 (Ian Ellis) Montagu's Harrier over Rainham Marsh at 07.40 (Birdguides) Cuckoo, 2 at Lee Valley, Holyfield Goosefields (Chris & Pete Langsdon) Hobby, 2 at Amwell GP, also 2 Garden Warblers & Ringed Plover (Birdguides, Chris & Pete Langsdon)

May 4 Whimbrel, 4 at Staines Res, in evening, also Hobby, LRP, Dunlin & Wheatear (Ken Purdey, Birdguides) Cetti's Warbler, 2+ at Walthamstow Reservoir/Marsh, also Hobby, Common Sand & Stonechat (Stephen Harris) Woodlark over Rainham GPs at 09.25 (Birdguides) Wood Warbler at Watford, Bricket Wood, Garston, follow bridleway from Bucknalls Lane towards Mount Pleasant Lane, 0.25 miles past Wood End (Birdguides) Sanderling at Belvedere, in flooded paddock by Thames, also 2 Greenshank, 2 LRPs & 4 Wheatears (Birdguides)

May 3 Hoopoe at Watford, over Junction M25/A41 at 14.30 (Birdguides) Woodchat Shrike at Langley Park TQ011810 - see photo, also Spotted Flycatcher (Birdguides) Wood Warbler at Watford, Bricket Wood, Garston, follow bridleway from Bucknalls Lane towards Mount Pleasant Lane, 0.25 miles past Wood End (Birdguides) Hobby, 2 at Staines Res, also 2 Dunlin & Ringed Plover (Birdguides) Greenshank at Stanwell Moor (Birdguides) Wheatear, 3 at Dagenham Chase, also 2 LRPs (Birdguides) Wheatear at Brent Res, - see photo, also Common Sand & 2 Lesser Whitethroats (Andrew Self) Whinchat at Essex Filter Beds (Birdguides) Grasshopper Warbler at Lee Valley, SE of Bowyers Water (Birdguides) Nightingale at Rammey Marsh East Whinchat at Epping Forest, Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge area, also 2 Tree Pipits, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, nearby Hobby at Copped Hall (Fraser Simpson) Sanderling at Walton Res (Dave Harris)

May 2 Woodchat Shrike at Langley Park (Birdguides) Bar-tailed Godwit, 38 at Staines Res, also Grey Plover, Sanderling, Turnstone, 3 Little Terns, 2 Sandwich Terns, 2 White Wagtails & 2 Hobbies (Birdguides) Bar-tailed Godwit, 19 at Island Barn Res, flew east at 06.31 (Dave Harris) Cetti's Warbler at Walthamstow Marsh (David Darrell-Lambert) Swift, 40+ over Paddington Green (Des McKenzie) Whimbrel at King George V Res, also 6 Wheatears (Andrew Middleton)

May 1 Woodchat Shrike at Langley Park (Birdguides) Little Tern at Staines Res, also Hobby, 1000+ Swifts & 3 LRPs (Jim Sweetland) Little Egret at Stocker's Lake (Birdguides) Wood Warbler at Watford, Bricket Wood, Garston, follow bridleway from Bucknalls Lane towards Mount Pleasant Lane, 0.25 miles past Wood End (Birdguides) Lesser Whitethroat at East India Dock, also Common Whitethroat & LRP (Bob Watts) Hobby at Walthamstow Res, also 1000+ Swifts (David Darrell-Lambert) Hobby at Trent Park, also 3 Lesser Whitethroats (Robert Callf, Robin White) Nightingale, 4 at Sewardstone, also 5+ Garden Warblers (Andrew Middleton)

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