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May 31st 2007

  • Crossness Southern Marsh (formerly Erith Marsh): Squacco Heron still present at the wader scrape at the western end of the marsh up to 21:15hrs at least (Birdguides) (Alan Lewis); also, 1 Little Egret but no sign of Purple Heron by 08:30hrs at least (John Archer). No sign of Purple Heron until dusk; pair of Stonechats and Chiffchaff also present (David Callahan).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 22 Canada Goose, 40 Shelduck, 22 Mallard, 2m Garganey, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 23 Little Egret, Spoonbill still present up to 20.00hrs at least (Paul Hawkins), 19 Grey Heron, 2 Avocet, 30 Ringed Plover, 17 Lapwing, 15 Dunlin, 8 Redshank, pr Turtle Dove through, m Cuckoo, 3 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail, Stonechat, Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Common Whitethroat, pr Bearded Tit, 38 House Sparrow, 12 Reed Bunting,
  • Paddington Green: pr Goldfinch with 2 young (Des McKenzie).
  • River Thames, Tower Bridge: 12+ House Martins, Sand Martin (John Archer).
  • Wimbledon Common: Alas, the Tree Pipit that sang for three days appears to have moved on, but two pairs of Spotted Flycatcher are still present and a Skylark was up singing this morning (D Wills).
  • Canary Wharf: 2 Common Tern, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mallard, all in the dock between CW & Heron Quay DLR stations (J Lethbridge)
  • WWT London Wetland Centre: Wader Scrape LR Plover(3 - 1 pair appear to be nesting again), Redshank (6 + 3 chicks), Main Lake - Lapwing (both nesting and with chicks); Common Tern (nesting) [Angus Innes]. Also an interestingly dark female-type Yellow Wag on the wader scrape (Jonathan Dean)
  • Hornchurch: Calling Whimbrel over at 10.57pm.(Dave Morrison)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: c20 House Martin, 12 Sand Martin, Lesser & Common Whitethroats feeding young (Mark Pearson)

May 30th 2007

  • Crossness: Squacco Heron still present on southern marsh (formely Erith Marsh) in trees by boating lake a.m. (Dave Lambert per Chris Langsdon); still present to 19:55hrs at least and back in the original area at the west end of Crossness Southern Marsh. From the A2016 take A2041 south to the first roundabout and take the 4th exit back north to the T-junction with Sewell Road and turn right; park on Belvedere Rd then walk past the boating lake (Southmere Lake) to the horse fields; cross the horse fields, keeping to the left side, until you reach a kissing gate; go through the gate and continue down the path for 150 yards to view the marsh from the screen hide adjacent to boardwalk (Birdguides/RBA etc). Purple Heron reported again in flight at 20:10hrs when it flew NE over western end of marsh, possibly landing in sewage works (per JA/DMc/RBA); at 21:00hrs the Squacco Heron, having been alarmed by a fox a few minutes previously, flew off strongly south over the boating lake and out of sight behind some trees (Dave de Silva). Pair of Stonechats (S Connor/A D Wilson)
  • Rainham Marshes: 21 Little Egret, Spoonbill, pr Teal, 2m Garganey, singing Quail in out of bounds area, pr Bearded Tit (ELBF).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: Little Stint, Common Tern (Birdguides/HertsBirding).
  • Walthamstow Res: Redshank, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Cuckoos, c450 Swifts (David Callahan).
  • Alexandra Park: 150+ Swift, 1 Little Grebe Wood Green Res (Bob Watts).
  • London Wetland Centre: 7 Lapwing chicks (LWC website). One Common Sandpiper, pair Shelduck and juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker late pm (Martin Honey).
  • Beddington SF: Cuckoo (Dip or Glory).

May 29th 2007

  • Crossness Southern Marsh (formerly Erith Marshes): Squacco Heron and Purple Heron reported showing well, SW of A2016 at 2.30pm (RBA); Squacco showing extremely well both on the deck and in flight up to dusk at the 'wader scrape' at the west end of the marsh, no sign of Purple Heron, Gadwall with young, Barn Owl in the area, Redshank (Des McKenzie et al); 12 Little Egret west at 2030 (Bob Watts, John Archer).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Spoonbill again at Aveley Pools, also m Teal, m Garganey still from visitor centre, 81 Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderling, 32 Dunlin, pr Bearded Tit (ELBF).
  • Beddington SF: Little Egret, Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, Cuckoo (Dip or Glory).
  • Walthamstow Res: Little Egret, Garden Warbler singing, Red-legged Partridge, Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper, 2 Egyptian Geese, 75 Common Terns inc. one 1st summer, drake Shoveler (David Callahan).
  • Aldenham CP/Estate: 5 Mandarin, (1 drake & only 1 surviving young from 12), 6 Common Tern, 1 Skylark, 5 Common Whitethroat, a good number of Swift, Swallow and House Martin (Steve Blake).
  • Clissold Park: 3 House Martins, 2 Blackcaps, family party of Goldcrests, 2 Herring Gulls, pairs of Pochard, Little Grebe and Canada Goose all with broods of 3; also 2 Blackcaps, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 occupied GS Woodpecker holes in Abney PC, juv Goldcrests in garden (Mark Pearson).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Little Owl (Shaun Harvey and Dave Morrison).

May 28th 2007

  • Queen Mother Resr: 13 Kittiwake flew south this morning; also Turnstone mid-morning (Birdguides).
  • Walthamstow Res: Brownish (immature, bit early?) Peregrine. Hundreds of Swifts & many Sand Martins low over water in light rain. Singing Lesser Whitethroat. A few Arctic Terns in with 50ish Common Terns on the Lockwood (Paul Whiteman).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper (SBC).
  • Crossness: Arctic Tern flew west @ 0840, 2 Turnstones briefly at outfall 0915, Peregrine, 3 Common Terns, 2 Oystercatchers, Cuckoo (John Archer).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: Dunlin, Little Stint (HertsBirding).
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 Black Terns, 3 Arctic Terns, 2 Common Terns and a Grey Plover west along River Thames by 9.30. No sign of Spoonbill by 9.30am.(Les Harrison, Dave Morrison and Howard Vaughan); 13 Little Egret, m Garganey, 35 Ringed Plover, 18 Dunlin, Greenshank, Turnstone, 100 Swift, 70 House Martin (ELBF).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 69 Mute Swan, 57 Greylag Goose, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 10 Pochard, 5 Herring Gull, 12 Stock Dove, 5 Swift, 1 Pied Wagtail (Paul Bruty).
  • Beddington SF: Little Egret, 8 Ringed Plover flew west, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern (Dip or Glory).
  • Wimbledon Common: despite the appalling weather and an army of dog walkers, the Tree Pipit of the 26th is still present and continues to sing in what is a former breeding area, last bred in 1990. First breeding pair of Mute Swans for over 50 years (D Wills).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: pair Bullfinch, many Swift and House Martin, Garden Warbler, Cuckoo, 4 Gadwall and a Lapwing brood of 3 (Shaun Harvey and Dave Morrison).
  • Paddington Green: 4 'Commic' Tern high west at 13:17hrs, thought to be Arctic but ID not clinched (Des McKenzie).
  • Barnes WWT: 1 drake Shoveler, 24+ Gadwalls (90% drakes), 1 Dunlin, at least 5 Lapwings pairs incubating plus one pair with 1+ young, Redshank mobbing LBBGull so may still have young, no sign of LRP young but weather atrocious (Ian Bradshaw).
  • Staines Res: Drake Ferruginous Duck present this evening on the S basin. Same bird as on 14th. Close views showed it to have a little too much black on the bill tip to be considered a pure F Duck. It seems likely to be the long-term resident bird from E Berks, which is thought to be of captive origin and with some hybrid genes. Otherwise very quiet (Rob Innes, Ken Purdey).

May 27th 2007

  • Queen Mother Resr: Arctic Skua flew north late afternoon (Birdguides)
  • London Wetland Centre: 5 Tundra Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone present for 30 minutes (LWC website). Also, 1 Shelduck, 6 Little Ringed Plover (2 chicks), 6 Redshank (2 chicks), 3+ juv Pied Wagtail (Paul Bruty).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Little Stint, 4 Redshank with 3 fledged young (Birdguides/HertsBirding).
  • Rainham: Spoonbill still present to 1.45pm at least, drake Garganey, Greenshank (Matthew Palmer); Little Stint, Common Tern, 43 Arctic Tern, Tawny Owl, 2 Bearded Tit (ELBF);{Shaun Harvey} also, early a.m. 15 Arctic Terns up river at 06.03, Little Stint Sanderling, Grey Plover, 22 Ringed Plover and 15 Dunlin in one flock in the Bay, 200 Swift over marsh and Shelduck brood of 5 in Bay (Dave Morrison).
  • Crossness: Grey Plover off the outfall, 2nd summ Yellow-legged Gull off Golf Course, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Lapwings, 2 Common Terns, Cuckoo (John Archer).
  • Beddington SF: 2 Shelduck, f Ruddy Duck, Common Sandpiper, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (Dip or Glory).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Ringed Plover through early a.m., 2 Sanderling (SBC).
  • West Thurrock Marshes: Brood of 9 Shelduck ducklings (Dave Morrison).

May 26th 2007

  • Leyton: Red Kite soaring above the house for c10 minutes @ 11:30 (Paul Whiteman) Late report due to no broadband sorry!
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Bullfinch (male feeding female) and 2 Swallows (feeding over meadow with swifts then flying north) (Steven Robinson).
  • Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill, Little Stint, drake Garganey, Greenshank, Turnstone, 2 Grey Plovers, 12+ Little Egrets, 3 Stonechats, 3 Cuckoos, Lesser Whitethroat, Kingfisher (David Callahan); also pair of Bearded Tit (Paul Hawkins, Shaun Harvey). And a female Yellow Wagtail (Andrew Thomas)
  • Kew Gardens: 1 male Garganey on the main lake (Thomas Galewski and Fred Veyrunes).
  • East India Dock NR: 1 Ringed Plover, 11 prs Common Terns, 1 Swallow, 3 Whitethroats.(Gary A James & Mike Messenger).
  • Wimbledon Common: singing Tree Pipit; 23rd Great Spotted Woodpeckers' nesting hole containing audible young (D Wills).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Buzzard / Honey Buzzard over at about 3.55 pm. Circling at a distance and flying away, always on flat wings. 5 singing Willow Warblers at least, 4 on Crowfoot Marsh and 1 in the old allotments. (Vince Halley-Frame). Could not access the site on Sat 26th.

May 25th 2007

  • Gillespie Road N5: Red Kite over west at 1900. (Peter Langsdon)
  • Addlestone: 14 Glossy Ibis flew east over the Addlestone Moor roundabout at 07:20 (Birdguides)
  • Rainham Marshes: 3 Spoonbills and Little Stint 0715 hrs at least (Howard Vaughan/Paul Hawkins per Dominic Mitchell). 2 Spoonbills flew strongly west at 8am; 1 still remaining. Little Stint also flown off (Howard Vaughan per David Bradnum)
  • Tower Bridge: ad Kittiwake over HMS Belfast drifting upstream with Black-headed Gulls at 0840 (John Archer).
  • Walthamstow Res: Peregrine (S), Hobby (N), Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, Chiffchaff (David Callahan).
  • St Paul's Cathedral: two singing Reed Warblers 0730-0800 hrs (Reuben Braddock)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 4 Grey Heron, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Red-crested Pochard (3m/1f), 1 Mandarin, 1 Gadwall, 10+ Pochard, 6 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, c.10 Swift, 2 Blackcap, 2 Greenfinch, 7 Chaffinch (singing) (Paul Bruty).
  • Lake Side, Oakwood, N14: Coal Tit, family party (1ad feeding 3 juvs); 1 singing male Goldcrest; 1 male Emperor Dragonfly (Robert Callf).
  • Trent Park Area: 1 Sparrowhawk; 1 Kestrel; 1 pr Great Spotted Woodpecker, feeding young in nest-hole ( 7th active nest-hole found this year - 5 Trent Park, 1 Parkside Farm, 1 Vicarage Farm) (Robert Callf).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery - breeding records - Long-tailed Tits (probably two pairs, one brood seen so far), Chaffinch (one male on territory), Blackcap (two males on territory), Dunnock (juvenile bird - probably one pair), Wren (at least 5 singing males), Stock Dove (pair earlier in year) (Bob Watts).
  • Enfield Town: 4(1 male, 3 juvs) Grey Wagtail,ad feeding young, New River at Southbury Road (Robert Callf).
  • Wimbledon Common: Spotted Flycatcher (D Wills)

May 24th 2007

  • Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill still present to 10:30hrs at least (Birdguides).
  • Beddington SF: 2 Shelduck, Ruff (Dip or Glory).
  • Paddington Green: singing Blackcap at 06.40hrs (first heard here this spring) (Des McKenzie).
  • Gardens around St Pauls: Acrocephalus warbler heard singing from 0810-0815 at least. Sounded too high pitch and lively for Reed, sounded most like Sedge. Brief view from c8m without binoculars made it look like small unstreaked Acrocephalus though. Also heard at 1120 (Gabriel Jamie).
  • Holland Park: singing Sedge Warbler, also 3-4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, singing Goldcrest (David Jeffreys).
  • Trent Park Area: 2 prs Little Grebe + 1 brood (5 young), 1 Kestrel, 2 prs Great Spotted Woodpecker, feeding young in nest-holes (4th & 5th active nest-holes for the Park this year), 4 Swallow, 2 singing male Lesser Whitethroat, 2 singing male Goldcrest, Williams Wood; 1 (f) Yellowhammer (Robert Callf).
  • Barnes WWT: LRPs still with 4 chicks, 6+ Blackcaps (Matthew Palmer)

May 23rd 2007

  • Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill present to 08:20hrs at least (Birdguides); also Spotted Flycatcher (Ruth Barnes per Dominic Mitchell); also Turtle Dove thru, 5 Ring-Necked parakeet, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Greenshank, 15 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Avocet, 8 Little Egret, Spot Fly and Spoonbill still early evening (Paul Hawkins); 22 Little Egret, ad Mediterranean Gull (ELBF).
  • Chobham Park: Honey Buzzard drifted NW at 14:25hrs (SBC).
  • Beddington SF: Shelduck, Red Kite, Ruff, Redshank (Dip or Glory).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: 22 Shelduck, 2 Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Common Sandpiper (SBC).
  • Totteridge Valley: Singing Sedge Warbler at Darlands Lake (site tick), 2 Mandarin ducklings (four on 20th but probably predated by Herons), Lesser Whitethroat (Ian Ellis).
  • Walton on the Hill: Red Kite west at 18:30hrs (SBC).
  • Paddington Green: vocal Common Tern south toward Paddington Basin at 08:10hrs and present at the basin to 11:25hrs at least (Des McKenzie).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 female probable 'Greenland' Wheatear, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Jackdaw over, c2 Swallows through, a pair of Tufted Duck (a comparative rarity here!), c5 Lesser Whitethroat territories (adults seen with food), c5 Meadow Pipit territories, several Blackcap including 1 mimicking a Reed Warbler, 1 singing Garden Warbler & 2 Stock Dove (David Lindo & Roy Nuttall).
  • Parkland Walk, Finsbury Park end: 4 Jackdaws west (Gabriel Jamie).
  • Trent Park: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, near Cockfoster's entrance; 2 singing male Garden Warbler (1 near Oakwood entrance and 1 near Cockfoster's entrance); 2 singing male Willow Warbler, ( 1 near Triangular Wood; 1 Williams Wood) (Robert Callf).
  • Bankside: Wren feeding young (Alan Lewis).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Mute Swan (2 cygnets), 2cy Black Swan (esc), pr Mandarin, pr Gadwall, Mallard (brood of 6), m Red-crested Pochard, Great Crested Grebe (brood of 2), Coot (brood of 2), 2s type Great Black-backed Gull (Fisherman's Keep), Common Tern (moored boats to 13:30hrs at least), 3 Stock Dove (1 singing), 5+ Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c10 House Martin, singing Sedge Warbler (Police Station/Ranger's Lodge), 2m Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit (4 broods), 4 juv Magpie, good numbers of juv Starling (no count made), Common Blue Damselfly, 2 Small White, 2 Red Admiral, Holly Blue (Des McKenzie).
  • East India Dock NR: Mistle Thrush, Willow Warbler, 3+ Reed Warbler, m Reed Bunting, 16 Common Terns, 4 Sand Martin (Paul Hyland)
  • St James's Park: 3 Egyptian Goose, also GC Grebe down to 2 metres (Andrew Self)
  • Vicarage Farm and Parkside Farm, Enfield: 4 Little Grebe + 1 brood ( at least 4 young ); 1 pr Great Spotted Woodpecker, feeding young in nest-hole; 9 Stock Dove, together; 1 singing male Garden Warbler; 2(m+f) Broad-bodied Chaser; 2(m+f) Common Blue (Robert Callf).
  • Lake Side, Oakwood, N14: Long-tailed Tit, family party ( at least 2 juvs )(Robert Callf).

May 22nd 2007

  • New Southgate: Hobby flying low over my garden, new record! (Tom Clarke).
  • Richmond Park: 2 (m) Northern Wheatears (1 at least a Greenland) at riding ring (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Rainham Marshes: Red Kite through at 11.45am and Wood Sandpiper on new scrape in afternoon, but Spoonbill flew off in morning and again no sign of Cattle Egret (Ruth Barnes per Dominic Mitchell); Bearded Tit (ELBF); 16 Little Egret, Spoonbill relocated near information centre at dusk, 3 Oystercatcher, 19 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, summer-plumaged Sanderling, 2 Whimbrel, Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper present toward dusk, Cuckoo, f Northern Wheatear (Des McKenzie, Dominic Mitchell).
  • Amwell GPs: Black Tern (Birdguides).
  • Walthamstow Res: (1720-1930) m Greenland Wheatear, Common Sandpiper, m Linnet, 93 Common Terns, 10 Shelducks, Kingfisher (David Callahan).
  • Forty Hall, Enfield: Spotted Flycatcher, 4 pr Swallows breeding, 10 Chiffchaffs, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcaps, 6 Willow Warblers (all singing), 8 prs Jackdaw (Mark Pearson).
  • St James's Park: 2 Egyptian Geese, also singing Reed Warbler (Andrew Self). Also brood of 12 red-crested pochards, 2 little grebes and flock of c15 long-tailed tits (Neil Millar).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Greenshank (SBC).
  • Laleham Park: 1 Common Buzzard over towards SE 12:45pm (David Combes).
  • Trent Park Area: 1(f) Whinchat, at Vicarage Farm; 1 pr Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young (3rd active nest-hole found here this year); 4 Little Grebe with 1 brood; 1 Kingfisher; 1 Cuckoo; 1 singing male Garden Warbler, 1 singing male Lesser Whitethroat; 1 Red-legged Partridge; 1 singing male Willow Warbler near Triangular Wood (Robert Callf).
  • Beddington SF: m Cuckoo (Dip or Glory).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: up to 20 Sanderling including flocks of 9 and 3 through early morning and 11 present during afternoon, Little Gull, Black Tern, 2 Northern Wheatear (SBC).
  • Walton Res: 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Gull, Black Tern (gull and tern same as QEII Res birds) (SBC).

May 21st 2007

  • London Wetland Centre: Red Kite (LWC website).
  • Beddington SF: Shelduck, 2 Cuckoo (Dip or Glory).
  • West India Quay: 1 Common Tern (Matt Reed)
  • Rainham Marshes: Cattle Egret still present at Aveley Marsh to 12.00 but not since; also, imm Spoonbill, 17 Little Egret, m Peregrine, Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat (Paul Hawkins, Andrew Self).
  • Barbican Centre EC1: 1 Grey Heron, 9 Mallard, Coot brood (2) (Paul Bruty)
  • Pymmes Park, Edmonton: 1 Little Grebe; 1 male Pochard; 1 male Grey Wagtail, nearby in Pymmes Brook (Robert Callf).
  • Walton Res: 1s Little Gull (SBC).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: 2 Dunlin (SBC).
  • Enfield Town: 4 (2m,2f) Pochard, Carr's Basin; 5 Stock Dove, near Enfield County School; Coal Tit, family party (2ads,3juvs) Gentleman's Row (My second family party for the Town this year); 2 singing male Goldcrest (1 Gentleman's Row; 1 St.Andrew's Church) (Robert Callf).

May 20th 2007

  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: m Common Scoter, 2 Avocet flew in at 06:12hrs, Sandwich Tern between 05:34hrs and 07:00hrs (SBC).
  • London Wetland Centre: Little Ringed Plover pair now with a brood of 4 (LWC website).
  • Walton Res: 2 Avocets on the causeway (same as the QEII Res birds), 1s Little Gull (SBC).
  • Chepstow Road, W2: Female Northern Wheatear at 1pm down to 12 inches through back window perched on mini football goal in tiny concreted back garden!! Was it the same one at the Cup Final yesterday? (David Lindo).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB:11:35 Cattle Egret on Aveley Marsh (Paul Whiteman per Howard Vaughan); Spoonbill still present, 7 Little Egrets, 3 Oystercatchers, Northern Wheatear, Garden Warbler (Dominic Mitchell); also f Marsh Harrier seen, Golden Plover (Des McKenzie); also 17 Little Egret, f Common Scoter, 2 Hobby, 30 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Greenland Wheatear, 4 Grasshopper Warbler (ELBF).
  • Theydon Mount: m Yellowhammer (ELBF).
  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite flew SSW over cricket pitch 0913-0918, Common Sandpiper filter beds/Wood Green Res (1st for year & 100th site species), 3 Jackdaw (Andrew Gardener & Bob Watts).
  • Brent Res: Turtle Dove north at 08.00, also LRP & 2 Lapwings (Andrew Self), Hobby, 2 LRPs 12 noon (Roy Beddard)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1, perhaps 2, Spotted Flycatcher, 1 singing Sedge Warbler, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, c2 Swallow, c13 Jackdaw over & 3 Collared Dove (David Lindo & Roy Nuttall).
  • Walthamstow Res: 4 Jackdaws (N), 2 Cuckoos, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, Willow Warbler singing, 3 Chiffchaffs, 31 Reed Warblers, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, 9 Sedge Warblers, 17 Shelducks, 4 Egyptian Geese, 60 Common Terns (David Callahan); Spotted Flycatcher in alders along Coppermill S end of E Warwick 10.55 (Quentin Given).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: pr Mute Swan copulating, 4 Greylag x Canada Goose, Emperor Goose (esc), Egyptian Goose, 2 Mallard broods (4/7), m Red-crested Pochard, ad 'Yellow-legged' Gull (formerly streaky-headed bird), 13 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, Common Whitethroat singing briefly near Magazine, 3m Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 singing Treecreeper, 3 Jackdaw S/SW 07:50hrs (Des McKenzie).
  • Paddington Basin: Moorhen brood (2), Common Tern at 06:46hrs, Grey Wagtail (Des McKenzie).
  • Aldenham CP: 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern, Cuckoo, 2 Bullfinch, Skylark, 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Mandarin (m), 8 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail (Steve Blake).
  • Elstree Aerodrome: Cuckoo, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Linnet, m Gadwall, several Skylark heard (Steve Blake).
  • Waterworks NR: 1 Hobby, 1 Common Tern, 1 Wheatear (f), 1 Swallow (Gary A James & Mike Messenger).
  • Battersea Power Station: 2 Swifts, male Grey Wagtail and 4 male Linnets.(Dave Morrison)
  • Barking Outfall: Oystercatcher, 4 Sand Martins, Common Sandpiper and 2 Grey Wagtails.(Dave Morrison)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Bullfinch, Hobby, 6 Banded Demoseilles, Small Heath, Brown Argus, 4 Common Blues and a 4 Spotted Chaser.(Dave Morrison)
  • Walthamstow: 2 Red Kites soaring west of my garden at 10.35, presumably over Walthamstow Res which then went high and drifted west across Tottenham Marsh (Pete Lambert).
  • Trent Park Area: 4 Little Grebe + 1 brood (5 young); 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, including a pair feeding young in nest-hole(different from 19th); 2 singing male Lesser Whitethroat; 2 singing male Garden Warbler, along tube-line between Oakwood entrance and Cockfoster's entrance; 2 Red-legged Partridge; 1 Cuckoo; 2 Nuthatch, feeding young in nest-hole; 1 singing Treecreeper; 2 Grey Wagtail, adult feeding juv.; 1 singing male Reed Warbler, near Triangular Wood; 1 singing male Willow Warbler, near Triangular Wood; 10 Small Copper; 32 Small Heath; 2 Peacock; 1 male Common Blue; 1 Mother Shipton; 2 Small Yellow Underwing; 2 Harlequin Ladybird; 1 Eyed Ladybird; 9 Fourteen-spot; 11 Twenty-four Spot; 1 Ten-spot; 1 Pine Ladybird (Robert Callf).
  • Enfield Town: 1 Grey Wagtail, along New River at Southbury Road (Robert Callf).
  • West Drayton by M4 Heathrow: Midday Kestrel diveboming Peregrine both drifting east bound (MGoodall)
  • Northaw Great Wood: Cuckoo (Tom Clarke).

May 19th 2007

  • Wembley Stadium: Northern Wheatear on the pitch during the Cup Final at 16.25hrs (RBA), undoubtedly the most exciting thing to have occured there during the course of the game.(This must have been the bird I saw prior to kick off which appeared to fly from the upper seats into the Man United end. I am amazed it survived! Pete Lowman)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Common Scoter, Peregrine, 3 Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin (SBC).
  • Walton Res: f Scaup, Hobby, 2 Dunlin, Turnstone, 1s Little Gull, 4 Arctic Tern (SBC).
  • Beddington SF: Hobby, m Peregrine, 4 Yellow-legged Gull (2ad/ 2 2s), Common Tern, m Cuckoo, m Northern Wheatear (Dip or Glory).
  • Hampstead Heath (West, near Hill Garden): Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Peter Jones).
  • Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill (a different bird to that of the 5th) (per Paul Hawkins); also c.10 Little Egrets, 2 Avocets, 2 Oystercatchers, Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Grey Plover, c.20 Dunlin, second-summer Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Cuckoos, c.20 Swallows, Northern Wheatear, plus five Small Heaths and one Green-veined White (Dominic Mitchell, Andrew Gardener); 4 Greenland Wheatear (ELBF).
  • Crossness: Little Egret, Hobby, Sand Martin, Greenland Wheatear (John Archer per DMc).
  • Broadley Street NW8: esc Peach-faced Lovebird (Des McKenzie).
  • Trent Park Area: 4 Little Grebe + 1 brood (4 young); 1 female Sparrowhawk; 1 Common Buzzard; 1 Kestrel; 2 Red-legged Partridge; 1 Grey Partridge; 2 Stock Dove; 1 Kingfisher; 1 Green Woodpecker; 9 Great Spotted Woodpecker, including 1 pr feeding young in nest-hole; 1 male Pied Wagtail; 1 singing male Lesser Whitethroat; 3 singing male Garden Warbler; 2 singing male Goldcrest, Williams Wood; 1 Nuthatch; 2 Treecreeper; 2 Small Copper; 1 male Common Blue; 3 Small Heath,'Old Golf Course'; 1 Red Admiral; Large White; Small White and Green-veined White (Robert Callf).
  • Barnes WWT: Jackdaw, 2 LRP + 3 chicks, Barnacle Goose (in flight so rings, if any, not seen, assumed escape rather than one of the Beds birds) (Mattthew Palmer); Lapwing + 2 chicks, Common Pochard f sitting on eggs in rehabilitated Coot nest, 8 Common Tern, Sedge and Reed Warblers singing and visible across site (Angus Innes).
  • Aldenham Park: (Tykes Water Lake) 2 female Mandarin + 2 Broods, one with 3 young, the other with 9 and a Male Mandarin that has adopted a female Mallard & her brood of 7 ducklings, been with them for over 2 weeks (Steve Blake).
  • Stockers Lake/Farm: Red-rumped Swallow @ 2:57pm over flooded field which held LRP, 5 Lapwing , Mistle Thrush family feeding young. On lake: Cetti's Warbler, Sandwich Tern @ 1:47, 3 RC Pochard, Bar-headed Goose (Oliver Simms).
  • LVRP (Holyfield Farm): Female Northern Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Yellowhammer (Mike Oakland).
  • LVRP (Hall Marsh Scrape): 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Redshank (Mike Oakland).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 p Common Tern, Garden Warbler, Wheatear, 4 Willow Warbler, 11 Stock Dove, drake Shoveler, 9 Gadwall and Kingfisher(Dave Morrison).
  • Fishers Green: Red Kite (Ian Rose).
  • Brunel University Uxbridge campus: 2 Common Tern at pond, Cleveland Road (Roger Dewey).

May 18th 2007

  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Common Scoter, Dunlin, 8 Sanderling, f Bar-tailed Godwit present 06.05hrs-06.11hrs (SBC).
  • Walton Res: f Scaup still present (SBC).
  • Beddington SF: 3 Yellow-legged Gull (ad/ 2 2s), 2 Cuckoo (Dip or Glory).
  • Alexandra Park: Pair of Shelduck flew low SE over Wood Green filter beds @ 0657 - 3rd site record for the year, also Common Tern (Bob Watts).
  • Rainham Marshes: 12 Little Egret, 9 Ringed Plover, 35 Dunlin, Whimbrel (ELBF).
  • East India Dock: 1 Pochard, 20+ Tufted Ducks, 5 Sand Martins, 5 Starling, 10 Common Tern, 4 Cormorant, 2 Great Tits, 4 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 4 Mallard, 2 Canada Geese + 3 young (J. Lethbridge); also, Whitethroat, 4 Reed Warblers, LRP (Paul Hyland).
  • Hertford Union Canal (Lee end): 2 Grey Wagtail (J. Lethbridge).
  • Camley Street Natural Park: 1 male Reed Bunting, 1pr Reed Warblers, 1 singing Whitethroat (Tom Clarke).
  • Edmonton N18 River Lea: Hobby (N) (David Callahan).
  • Walthamstow Res: hepatic fem Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper (David Callahan); also pr Canada Geese with brood of 18! (J Lethbridge).
  • Tottenham Marshes: male Whinchat (N end of South Marsh) (David Callahan).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Spotted Flycatcher briefly also a Kestrel dust-bathing (Vince Halley-Frame).
  • Finsbury Park: 15 Pochard (+ 4 young), Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Pied Wagtail (Gabriel Jamie).
  • Trent Park: Whinchat (f), 3 Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Blackcap(s), c100 Swift, 20 Jackdaw, 4 Common Whitethroat, Pair Tufted Duck. ( Pete Lowman ).
  • Barnes WWT: male 1s Yellow-legged Gull, 3 LRP, Jackdaw (Matthew Palmer).
  • Trent Park: 1 singing male Garden Warbler, near Cockfoster's entrance; 1 singing male Willow Warbler, near Triangular Wood; 1 singing male Treecreeper, Triangular Wood; 9 Small Copper; 31 Small Heath; 2 Speckled Wood; 2 Peacock, including a female egg laying on underside of nettle leaf; 1 Eyed Ladybird; 1 Cream-spot; 9 Twenty-Four Spot (Robert Callf).
  • Lake Side, Oakwood, N14: 1 pr Moorhen + 3 young; 1 adult Coal Tit; 1 male Broad-bodied Chaser (Robert Callf).
  • Vicarage and South Lodge Farms, Enfield: 1 singing male Cuckoo; 1 singing male Lesser Whitethroat; 1 male Orange Tip; 1 Painted Lady; 1 female Common Blue; 1 Brown Argus; 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Mother Shipton (Robert Callf).
  • Enfield Town: 1 male Mandarin Duck, Carr's Basin; 1 pr Tufted Duck, Carr's Basin; 1 pr Pochard, New River opposite Gentleman's Row; 2 prs Coot with 2 broods (4+3 young); 2 ad Mistle Thrush, Town Park; 3 Jackdaw, Enfield County School Playing Field (Robert Callf).

May 17th 2007

  • Walton Res: f Scaup (SBC).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Cuckoos, Garden Warbler (singing from north scrub), 1 Common Tern, at least 13 singing Common Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Sedge Warblers, 10 Sand Martins, 5 Blackcaps, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, c200 Swifts, 5 Linnets (Mark Pearson). Early a.m. the pale-headed pair of Egyptian Geese from Walthamstow Res flew north along River Lea (David Callahan).
  • Tottenham Marshes: evening - Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, c10 Whitethroats, 10+ Blackcaps, Pheasant, Kingfisher (David Callahan).
  • Clissold Park: 3 Swallows, 3 Blackcaps , Chiffchaff, 13 Pochard (exc. 5 young), c50 Swifts, juv 'crests again (Mark Pearson).
  • Beddington SF: 2 Egyptian Goose, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 2s Yellow-legged Gull, m Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail, f Northern Wheatear (Dip or Glory).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Sanderling on new scrape today (Birdguides); also, Common Tern on Aveley pools, Golden Plover (Paul Hawkins); also, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Little Egret, 15 Grey Heron, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 16 Lapwing, 87 Dunlin, 16 Redshank, Greenshank, 250 Swift, 6 Skylark, Northern Wheatear, 4 Sedge Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 5 Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 2m Blackcap, Chiffchaff (ELBF).
  • Laleham Park: 1 Red Kite over towards Chertsey 8:30am (David Combes).
  • Walthamstow Res: Hobby, 3 Jackdaws (NW), 15 Shelducks, 27 Reed Warblers (most singing), 3 Sedge Warblers, 2 Egyptian Geese (having lost all 6 chicks) (David Callahan).
  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite, drifted north to south over Wood Green High Street and over Haringey Steps at 9:30, Sand Martin in with about 50+ Swifts hawking over filter beds (Andrew Gardener); also; Ring-necked Parakeet south over Wood Green shopping centre at c08.55hrs (Des McKenzie).
  • East India Dock NR: Black Redstarts (nearby), 2+ Sand Martin, 12+ Common Terns, 2 Oystercatcher, Whitethroat, 4+ Reed Warblers, Pied Wagtail, Goldfinches feeding young (Paul Hyland).
  • St James's Park: 3 Egyptian Geese (including pale-headed bird) at lunch-time (Andrew Self).
  • Dagenham Chase: Common Tern on the slack (Paul Hawkins).
  • Regents Park: 1 Hobby at 1.30pm, 2 male Greater Whitethroats, one holding territory; 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 14m Blackcaps, Pr Reed Buntings, 6 Liitle Grebes, fresh juv Pied Wagtail (Tony Duckett).
  • Trent Park: Red Kite @4.50pm Flew low NE landing briefly in Moat Wood then flew east pursued by corvids, c120 Common Swift, 2 Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 8 Common Whitethroat, Blackcap(s), 2 Green Woodpecker, G.S. Woodpecker, 3 Cuckoo, two of which flew low overhead with one calling, Muntjac. (Pete Lowman).
  • Finsbury Park: Hobby, drake Ruddy Duck, 2 Stock Dove (Gabriel Jamie).
  • London Wetland Centre: Honey Buzzard flying north, low over the Peacock Tower at 17.20hrs. Also, Cuckoo. (Steve Pash, Graham Noble and many observers); Garden Warbler (LWC website).
  • Trent Park Area: 1 male Green Woodpecker, Williams Wood; 4 Jay; 1 male Pied Wagtail; 1 singing male Lesser Whitethroat; 1 Red Admiral and 1 Small Tortoiseshell (Robert Callf).
  • Enfield Town: 2 Stock Dove, near Enfield County School; 1 Grey Wagtail, carrying food, New River at Southbury Road; Great Tit, family party; 1 singing male Goldcrest (Robert Callf).

May 16th 2007

  • Beddington SF: 2 Mediterranean Gull (ad/2s), 2 2s Yellow-legged Gull, 1s Caspian Gull, Cuckoo (Dip or Glory).
  • Canary Wharf: No Acro song between 05.30hrs and 05.50hrs this morning. Typical Reed Warbler song heard yesterday evening, nothing out of the ordinary (Nick Tanner).
  • Walthamstow Res: 670+ Common Swifts, 2 Barnacle Geese south (down the wooden hill from Bedfordshire? Cheshunt?), Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Sandpipers, 2 fem Sparrowhawks, pair Cuckoos (w/ hepatic fem), 5 Swallows, 4 House Martins, 8 Shelducks (David Callahan).
  • Edmonton N18: 1445 - 3 large raptors circling and drifting NE, probably buzzard sp., but too high and distant to ID (David Callahan).
  • Alexandra Park: Common Tern patrolling Wood Green Res 0700 (Bob Watts).
  • Capel Road, Enfield: now 11 active House Martin nests; also pair Jackdaw now breeding, Chiffchaff, Blackcap (Mark Pearson)
  • Rainham RSPB: 1 Sanderling in with flock of c75 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, Stonechat pair with brood of four young, 1 Ring-Necked Parakeet, 2 Garden Warbler.(Paul Hawkins)
  • Paddington Green area: 15+ Swift, 10 House Martin (Des McKenzie).
  • Walton Res: f Scaup (SBC).
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 Dunlin (SBC).
  • Clissold Park: 2 House Martins, 2 Blackcaps, 12 Pochard (exc. young), 2 juv Goldcrests with adult (Mark Pearson)
  • Trent Park: Common Buzzard ( low over lakes pursued by corvids), 2 Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap,10 Common Whitethroat,3 Swift, 2 Mandarin. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Trent Park Area: 1 female Mallard + 13 ducklings; 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Ride Wood; 1 male Kestrel; 1 singing male Garden Warbler; 1 singing male Willow Warbler; 1 singing male Goldcrest, Williams Wood; 4 Linnet; 1 singing male Reed Bunting; 1 Silver Y moth; 1 Mother Shipton; 1 male Orange Tip; 2 Large White; 1 Small White; 1 Green-veined White; 1 Cream-spot; 1 Ten- Spot; 1 Fourteen-spot ( Robert Callf ).
  • Lake Side, Oakwood, N14: 1 pr., Tufted Duck; 2 Goldcrest (Robert Callf).

May 15th 2007

  • Elder Gardens, London E1: Reed Warbler singing at 15.20 from depths of flowering shrub next door to a restaurant. Must have dropped in for rest (Martin Shepherd).
  • Crossness: 3 Little Egret through, Hobby, Little Ringed plover (in area), 5 Common Tern (John Archer per DMc).
  • Beddington SF: Shelduck, Little Ringed Plover, Cuckoo (Dip or Glory).
  • Trent Country Park and Vicarage Farm: Cuckoo, 2 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 5 Linnet, Swift, Pheasant, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler (James Arquette).
  • Canary Wharf: RBA reporting a singing Marsh Warbler by McDonalds opposite Billingsgate Fish Market 16:15 (RBA); no sign of any singing Acrocephalus by 18.30hrs but Common Whitethroat present (Chris & Pete Langsdon per DMc). An Acro singing again intermittently from 1930-2000, but with consistent unhurried rhythm and lacking significant mimicry beyond one or two slightly more melodic phrases than typical Reed Wabler. Not seen well enough to comment on visible ID features. I'd call what I heard a Reed Warbler, but would love to be proven wrong!(David Bradnum)
  • London Wetland Centre: Peregrine, Hobby this afternoon (LWC website).
  • Walthamstow Marsh: c300 Swift over the Filter beds also c80 House Martins and a handful of Swallows during a shower, 1 Shelduck, 3 Egyptian Geese, 2 Sand martins over marsh itself and a few Swallows going north, 3+ Territorial Reed Buntings, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed & Sedge Warbler, Blackcap and Whitethroat all multiple singing birds, 1 m Peregrine South over the house (Leyton) yesterday evening carrying prey. (Paul Whiteman); much as above, plus Yellow Wagtail again in Bombcrater Field, 20+ Sand Martins and 8 Linnets in south field (not the breeding pair) (Mark Pearson).
  • Hampstead: Female Sparrowhawk east of Kenwood House scaring starlings; Kestrel and c. 10 swifts over Frognal last night (Peter Jones).
  • Alexandra Park: Male Bullfinch flew from cricket scrub towards conservation pond at 0705. 1st record for the site this year (99th species) (Bob Watts) Hobby (Andrew Gardener).
  • Stockers Lake: Osprey heading southwest at 7.10am (RF), 1 Hobby pm. Stocker's Farm: 3 LRPs (Andrew Moon, Richard Francis)
  • Bankside - Thames: Swifts c.6, heading north (Alan Lewis).
  • East India Dock NR: Singing Reed Bunting, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 2 Shelduck, 12+ Common Tern, Song Thrush, 5+ Sand Martin (Richard Harrison).
  • St. John's Wood: -30 Swift (Des McKenzie).
  • Clissold Park: Blackcap, Chiffchaff, pr Kestrel, pr LBB Gulls (gorging on Mallard & Moorhen young...) (Mark Pearson).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Turtle Dove briefly in flight twice, also 2 Common Terns on the Slack (Paul Hawkins & Vince Halley-Frame).
  • Thames at Limehouse: 2 House Martins (Paul Hyland).
  • Thames at Tower Bridge: 2 Collared Doves flew south, 8 Greylags (John Archer)
  • Rainham Marsh: 11 Little Egrets, 1 Curlew, Redshank,4 Dunlin, Kingfisher, 63+ Shelduck, Gadwall, Little Grebe, pr Great Crested Grebes, 3 Wheatears, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, many Swifts with a few House Martins & Swallows (Brendan Spooner).
  • Trent Park: 3 Common Tern, 7 Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, C60 Swift, Kestrel (Pete Lowman).
  • Staines Res: during an evening visit, no Ferruginous Duck, but a drake Garganey on the N basin, also drake Wigeon on the S basin, plus two first-summer Little Gulls and two Arctic Terns on the N basin (Rob Innes); 10+ Arctic Tern late afternoon (SurreyBirders).
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 2 Red-legged Partridge; 1 male Cuckoo; 1 Kingfisher; 3 Linnet; 1 Small Heath (Robert Callf).

May 14th 2007

  • QEII Res: 12 Sanderling, 2 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin & 2 Redshank (DMH); also, Little Egret, 2 Yellow Wagtail (SBC).
  • Island Barn Res: Little Tern 14.00hrs to 14.25hrs at least (DMH).
  • Canada Water: Reed Warbler, Mute Swan on nest, Great Crested Grebe with 4 well-grown young (Matt Reed).
  • Chiswick House: 2 Egyptian Geese (Matt Reed).
  • East India Dock Basin: summer plumaged Dunlin, 11 Common Tern, singing Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler and Common Whitethroat (Nick Tanner); also nearby, female Wheatear adjacent to East India DLR station, Peregrine over East India DLR station, and singing Black Redstart (won't say exactly where) (Richard Harrison); also 2 LRP at 1900h (J Lethbridge)
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: Great Tit, Blue Tit, 2 Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackbird, 20+ Starling, Magpie, 2 Crow, Oyster Catcher, 4 Heron, 3 Sand Martin, 5 Cormorant overhead, 20+ Mallard, 5 Black Headed Gull, 4 Canada Goose + young, Lesser BB Gull, 2 Common Tern (J Lethbridge).
  • Aldenham CP/Estate: 2 Cuckoos, 5 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, (can't buy a Lesser!!), 5 Common Tern, 2 Mandarin, c40 Swallow & c20 House Martin but only 3 Swift seen this morn (Steve Blake).
  • Stoke Newington: Clissold Park - Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps, 10 Pochard (exc. brood of 8 young, inc. 1 f on nest); Abney PC - Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcaps, 7 Jays, Sparrowhawk (Mark Pearson).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Hobby, 1 singing Garden Warbler, 1 Common Tern and 3 Reed Warblers singing away from normal habitat (Vince Halley-Frame).
  • Fairlop Waters: 1 Osprey circled the scrape at 4.22pm then flew south (Alan Bell posted by Vince Halley-Frame).
  • Rainham Marshes: 12 Little Egret, 30 Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, 110 Dunlin, Spotted Redshank, 100 Swift, Yellow Wagtail, 3 Greenland Wheatear (ELBF).
  • Rainham (Tesco): Greenland Wheatear in the cafe (ELBF).
  • Wood Green: c25 Swift over Station Road at 08.55hrs (Des McKenzie).
  • Beddington SF: 2 Shelduck, Common Sandpiper, Cuckoo, 3 Northern Wheatear (m/2f) (Dip or Glory).
  • Walton Res: f Scaup (SBC).
  • Staines Res: Turnstone, Black Tern (Birdguides/SBC); drake Ferruginous Duck found (by KLP) about 1900hrs, on Staines North by the Stanwell (east) bank in the SE section of the basin, associating and displaying with three drake Tufted Ducks. Present till dusk. Appeared to have a good suite of Ferruginous Duck features (Rob Innes, Ken Purdey, Franko Maroevic).
  • St. John's Wood: c30 Swift 20.00hrs (Des McKenzie).
  • Walthamstow Res: 5 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Hobby, Wheatear, Cuckoo, 10 Shelduck (Pete Lambert).
  • Enfield Town : 6 Stock Dove, Mandarin, Pochard, Green Woodpecker, G.S.Woodpecker, Coal Tit ( 2 adults, 3 juveniles, in Holly near St. Andrew's Church Hall ) Pymmes Park (Edmonton): 8 Pochard (6m,2f), pair Tufted Duck (per Robert Callf).

May 13th 2007

  • Queen Mary Res: Skua sp. flew SW at 10.50hrs (SBC).
  • Rainham Marshes: 14 Little Egret, 2 male Pintail, 166 Dunlin, 24 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 9 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, first-summer Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Northern Wheatear, Garden Warbler (Dominic Mitchell); also, 8 Oystercatcher, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Cuckoo, Whimbrel, many Swallows through and 2 male Stonechat (Paul Hawkins and Dave Morrison).
  • Brent Res: 2 Dunlin from hide (Andrew Self).
  • Leytonstone: 150 Swallows over the house, flying east to west, 08.00 to 09.00 (Gary A James).
  • Beddington SF: 2 Ruddy Duck, Hobby, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, Turtle Dove, 3 Northern Wheatear (m/2f) (Dip or Glory).
  • Holmethorpe SP: 2 Little Egret over, 2 Dunlin (SBC).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Garden Warbler, 60 House Martin, many Swifts, 3 Willow Warbler, Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 12 Sand Martins and 7 Shelduck (Dave Morrison); 3 Nightingale (ELBF).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 57 Mute Swan, 2cy Black Swan (esc), 5 Greylag x Canada Goose, m Mandarin, 3 Red-crested Pochard (2m/1f), 6 Pochard, 58 Tufted Duck, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 2s type Great Black-backed Gull (Fisherman's Keep), Coot (2 broods), Common Sandpiper (Rabbit Paddock), c40 Swift, 40+ House Martin (mainly Round Pond), Song Thrush, singing Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit (2 broods), singing Treecreeper, 3 singing Chaffinch (Des McKenzie, Geoffrey Hawthorn).
  • Belhus Woods CP: 5 Mute Swan, 69 Greylag Goose, 62 Canada Goose, 2 Gadwall, 34 Mallard, Pochard, 33 Tufted Duck, Ruddy Duck, 8 Little Grebe, 13 Moorhen, 35 Coot, 8 Lapwing, Redshank, 2 Common Tern, 24 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 5 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, Song Thrush, 12 Reed Warbler, 6 Common Whitethroat, 2 Garde Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Bunting (ELBF).
  • Crossness: 3 Little Egret north, 9 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, 10 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Tern, Garden Warbler, 2 Wheatears (John Archer, Roger Taylor per DMc).
  • Walton Res: f Scaup, 13 Dunlin, Black Tern (seen later at Queen Elizabeth II Res) (SBC).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Dunlin, Whimbrel, Yellow Wagtail, 4 Northern Wheatear (SBC).
  • Tyttenhanger: 5 Greylag Goose, 6 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 11 Tufted Duck, Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, Cuckoo, 30+ Swift, 50 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow, 20 House Martin, Grey Wagtail, 2 Northern Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 6+ Common Whitethroat, 3+ Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Bullfinch (HertsBirding).
  • London Wetland Centre: Caspian Tern reported to the information services but no mention of it on the LWC website (DMc); Grey Plover, 2 Turnstone briefly (SBC) also 6 Common Tern, 2 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, f Yellow Wagtail, f Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush (Paul Bruty); Shelduck, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Caspian Gull, 2 Dunlin, 2 Greenland Wheatear, Garden Warbler (LWC website).
  • Tottenham Marshes: Whinchat on Glendish Marsh at 11.15 (Quentin Given).
  • Stocker’s Farm: Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Hobby, Little Owl and pair of Greenland Wheatears. Stocker’s Lake: 3 male Red-crested Pochards, 200+ Swifts, 100+ House Martins (Stuart White).
  • near Stoke Newington Common: 13 Swallows and a male Reed Bunting over the house, 1900-1930 (Mark Pearson).
  • Bushy Park (eastern side): 2 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 70+ House Martins (Roger Unite).
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 m Northern Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Owl (Andy Culshaw, David Howdon).

May 12th 2007

  • Netherhall GP: 2 Stock Dove, 3m Cuckoo, 15 Common Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warbler (ELBF).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 pair Whinchat, 1 singing Sedge Warbler & c50 Swift (Roy Nuttall).
  • Walton Res: 2f Scaup, Dunlin (SBC).
  • Alexandra Park: female Northern Wheatear on cricket pitch 0745 hrs only, 2 singing male Common Whitethroats, 4 singing male Blackcaps, 2 singing male Common Chiffchaffs, drake Pochard (Dominic Mitchell).
  • London Wetland Centre: 8 Dunlin (5 of these briefly); 2 Ringed Plover; 2 Whinchat; Wheatear male 'Greenland' type; probably 9 pairs Common Tern; still only 1 nesting pair Little Ringed Plover + unmated male; c.10 pairs Lapwing, no young so far; 4 Redshank (J.Wilczur).
  • East India Dock NR: 1 Dunlin,1 f.Wheatear,1 Mistle Thrush,1 Garden warbler,6 Reed Warbler.(Gary A James & Mike Messenger).
  • Crossness: Whimbrel (John Archer per DMc).
  • Lea Valley: 3 Nightingales singing along river near power station, 2 Hobby hawking over 70 acres. also 2 calling Cuckoo & 2 Redshank from Bittern Hide (John Murray).
  • Cornmill Meadows LVRP: 4 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, Turtle Dove, 2 Little Egrets flying south, 25 Gadwall, all drakes, with some already starting to moult (Mike Oakland).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: 7 Dunlin (SBC).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Common Terns (Vince halley-Frame); Cuckoo, Little Owl (Paul Hawkins).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: m Mandarin, c40 Swift, Sand Martin (Round Pond), c30 House Martin, Chiffchaff (Geoffrey Hawthorn per DMc).
  • Bushy Park (western side): Hobby 1, Whinchat 1, Wheatear 1, Common Whitethroat 3 singing males (Roger Unite).
  • Beddington SF: m Ruddy Duck, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 2m Northern Wheatear (Dip or Glory).
  • Rainham RSPB: 3 Wheatear, 3 Avocet, c60 Dunlin, c20 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank , 16 Little Egret, Garden Warbler, Kingfisher (Paul Hawkins, Shaun Harvey).
  • Trent park Area: Whinchat(f), Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Cuckoo, 6 Linnet, 4 Little Grebe, 18 Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher,Goldcrest, family party of L.T.Tits ( 2 Adult +7 Young), Small White, Mother Shipton. ( per Robert Callf).
  • Horsenden Hill: 1-2 f Northern Wheatears, 1 Little Owl, 32 Swift, 18 Whitethroat, 2 Swallows, m Grey Wagtail feeding fledged juvenile (Andy Culshaw, David Howdon).

May 11th 2007

  • Norbury Station: Osprey S/SW 18.40hrs (SBC).
  • Beddington SF: Red Kite SW, 3 Dunlin, Turtle Dove (SBC).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin (SBC).
  • London Wetland Centre: 7 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper on main lake (RK); also, Shelduck, Wheatear, Jackdaw, Whitethroat, 2+ Willow Warbler (Matthew Palmer). Yesterday (10th) 30 Dunlin in groups of 10 and 20 dropped in during showers through the day (various observers), 2 Greenland Wheatear, 1 Hobby.
  • Stockers Lake: Red-rumped Swallow to 10.20 but not subsequently; at Stockers Farm on wires around farm buildings. Park by water board and walk to farm buildings (Birdguides), also, 2 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 1-2 Hobby, Little Owl (Des McKenzie, Chris Langsdon); plus pr Garganey, 2m Red-crested Pochard (tame), Dunlin and at least 2 LRP's.
  • Fairlop: Dunlin (ELBF).
  • Rainham Marshes: European Bee-eater flying around visitor centre, calling, at 10:40am before heading south across the river (Howard Vaughan et al); also Garganey, 36 Ringed Plover, 27 Dunlin, 3 Greenshank, 60 Swallow east (ELBF).
  • Crossness: Turnstone at main sewage outfall 1720, 2 Little Egrets NE over sewage works, male Greenland Wheatear, 2 Sedge Warblers, 6 Oystercatchers (John Archer).
  • Alexandra Park: m Greenland Wheatear flew low south over cricket pitch 0700 (Bob Watts), female Northern Wheatear on pitch and putt course at 1030 hrs, two Herring Gulls (Dominic Mitchell).
  • North Farm (Loughton): Hobby (ELBF).
  • Walthamstow Res: 4 Arctic Terns (Lockwood), Cuckoo, fem Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, Collared Dove, c160 Swifts, c100 Sand Martins, 68+ Swallows, 96+ House Martins, Common Sandpiper, drake Ruddy Duck, 60 Common Terns, 13 Shelducks, 2 pairs Gadwall. 1800 hours: Sanderling (found by Pete Lambert) plus fem Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 300+ Swifts, 2 Egyptian Geese (David Callahan).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Cuckoo still present (J-P Elmes).
  • Regents Park: pr Greenland Wheatears, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, pr Reed Buntings, pr Common Terns, Swallow passage, 1 Sand Martin (Tony Duckett).
  • Staines Res: 5 Arctic Terns, 1 Black Tern, 1000+ Swifts and Hobby (Peter Naylor).
  • Clissold Park: Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcaps, c50 Swifts, 9 Pochards, pr Little grebe & 3 young (Mark Pearson)
  • Trent Park Area: Yellow Wagtail, 2 Garden Warbler, Kingfisher, Yellowhammer, Cuckoo, 2 House Martin, 20 Stock Doves, 4 Little Grebe, many Swift . ( per Robert Callf).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Hobby,1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Grey Wagtail. ( Vince Halley-Frame and Paul Hawkins ).

May 10th 2007

  • Buckingham Palace: Hobby over at 11.27hrs (R.F. Sanderson per DMc).
  • Seventy Acres Lake: 13 Hobby, 500+ Swift (ELBF).
  • Island Barn Res: Dunlin, Black Tern, 300 Swift (inc. 1 that drowned) (SBC).
  • West Heath Hampstead: 2 Buzzards circling.(J-P Elmes)
  • Round Pond, Kensington Gardens: Pair of Red-crested Pochard. 60 Swift, 40 House Martin + several Sand Martins and Swallows. Also 1 Stock Dove to east of pond (Michael Robinson).
  • Beddington SF: Little Ringed Plover (Dip or Glory).
  • London Wetland Centre: Curlew, Caspian Gull (LWC website).
  • Brent Res: f Whinchat, Dunlin, LRP, Common Sand, Hobby, 200+ Swifts & c75 Swallows (Andrew Verrall, Andrew Self).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: 8 Dunlin (SBC).
  • Alexandra Park: f Whinchat cricket pitch perimeter 0700, 2 Swallows north 0700, 8 Swallows 1800 (Bob Watts); (reservoir): 2 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow (Des McKenzie, Dominic Mitchell).
  • Kingsland Road E8 (Shoreditch): 7 Swallow west 18.54hrs (Des McKenzie).
  • Laleham Park: 1 Cuckoo calling 7:45am (David Combes).
  • Walthamstow Res: fem Cuckoo, 5 Swallows, c100 Swifts, Common Sandpiper (David Callahan).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Yellow Wagtail, 2 Shelduck, 2 Sand Martins, 1 House Martin, Lesser Whitethoat, 8 Common Whitethroat territories (in southern half alone), 3 Sedge Warblers singing, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap (Mark Pearson).
  • Manor Farm Road, Enfield: now 6 pairs of House Martins nest-building (Mark Pearson).
  • Chelsea Harbour: 4 Swifts, pair Grey Wagtail feeding young and 4 Ring-necked Parakeets (Dave Morrison).
  • Rainham RSPB: 1 drake Garganey, c25 Dunlin, c20 Ringed Plover, 1 Turnstone, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sand, 1 Curlew, 9 Little Egret, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Ring-Necked Parakeet (Paul Hawkins, Shaun Harvey).
  • Staines Res (evening): Hobby, Dunlin 26 (all through, in groups), Little Gull 1, Yellow-legged Gull 1, Common Tern 70, Arctic Tern 3+, Swift 1000+, Swallow 987 (count by FJM), House Martin 250 (Rob Innes, Franko Maroevic, Ken Purdey).

May 9th 2007

  • Island Barn Res: Little Tern present 15.10hrs to 15.25hrs at least (SBC).
  • Alexandra Park: 2 Grey Wagtail (ad m & juv) near filter beds (Dominic Mitchell, Des McKenzie), 2 Common Terns south 0650 (Bob Watts).
  • Walton Res: still 2f Scaup (SBC).
  • Walthamstow Res: 2 Arctic Terns (N), Oystercatcher (N), Redshank, 3 Cuckoos (inc. hepatic female), Lesser Whitethroat, Common Sandpiper, Chiffchaff, cock Pheasant, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 23 Shelducks, 2 Egyptian Geese, drake Shoveler, 4 House Martins, Black Swan (David Callahan).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Hoopoe by the target pools at 11.35am then flew west, 10 Little Egret, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, Curlew, 5 Greenshank, drake Garganey, Whinchat (ELBF).
  • Regents Park: Hobby flew south at 8.30am, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1st sum Yellow-legged Gull, Pr Common Terns, Grey Wagtail (Tony Duckett).
  • Holmethorpe SP: m Garganey (SBC).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Common Tern, pair of Shoveler on the Slack, Cuckoo heard only (Vince Halley-Frame).
  • Trent park Area: 2 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Stock Dove, 4 Little Grebe, Cuckoo, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Small Copper (per Robert Callf).
  • Trent Park: Common Tern, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 2 Mandarin (m), Cuckoo (Pete Lowman).

May 8th 2007

  • Walton Res: 2f Scaup on Bessborough (SBC).
  • Island Barn Res: 74 Common Tern (SBC).
  • Beddington SF: Greylag Goose, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (1s/2s), 1s Caspian Gull (Dip or Glory).
  • Alexandra Park: male Whinchat on reservoir fence (still present 1810 hrs per Bob Watts), Hobby (1650 hrs and again at 1800 hrs), Sparrowhawk, 40 House Martins, 3 Swallows, 5 Common Whitethroats (Dominic Mitchell)
  • Stoke Newington Res: Whitethroat, Blackcap also 2 Common Terns (Chrishead - The Philosopher).
  • Walthamstow Res: 4 Arctic Terns at 0700 only, plus hepatic Cuckoo, 2 Dunlin, male Wheatear, 3 Common Sandpipers, 7 Egyptian Geese (chicks now down to 3 from 6!), male Linnet (David Callahan).
  • Chelsea borders (in garden west of Hortensia Road a.m.): 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing (Martin Honey).
  • London Wetland Centre: Ringed Plover, 8 Common Tern, 64 Sand Martin nest-chambers occupied (LWC website).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 5 House Martins, 3 Linnets, 3 Reed Buntings, all the usual warblers (Mark Pearson).
  • Clissold Park, Stoke N'ton: 3 House Martins, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Pochard, pr Little Grebe (with 3 chicks) (Mark Pearson).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Whimbrel on the slack briefly at 4.23pm, it was chased off by a Lapwing, 2 Carrion Crows eating a dead rat in the road (gruesome!) (Vince Halley-Frame).
  • Aldenham CP/Estate: 4 Common Tern, 3 House Martin & a good number of Swift & Swallow passing through, Common Sandpiper, Linnet, 3 Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 drake Mandarin (Steve Blake).
  • Grovelands Park: 4 Little Grebe, Ruddy Duck (m), 7 Mandarin (6m,1f), 4 Pochard (m), also two broods of Mallard and one of Coot. ( per Robert Callf)

May 7th 2007

  • Beddington SF: 2 Egyptian Goose, 4 Shelduck, Hobby, m Peregrine, Little Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, Yellow Wagtail, Fieldfare (Dip or Glory).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Sanderling, Hobby (SBC).
  • Walton Res: 2 Scaup (Birdguides).
  • Walthamstow Res: 8 (possibly 11) Arctic Terns on Lockwood and Low Maynard until 1230 at least; also 2 Dunlin, Swallow; 1455 to 1555: White Wagtail, Little Egret, 3 Swallows, 6 House Martins (David Callahan).
  • KGV Res: 2 Arctic Tern at 1pm. Also 2 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper (David Bradnum).
  • Amwell: Hobby, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Turnstone, Arctic Tern, plenty of hirundines, Sedge and Reed Warblers (HertsBirding).
  • Fishers Green Island: 2 Hobby, 2 Buzzard, 3+ Nightingale, 4 Garden Warbler, 8 Pochard, Ruddy Duck, Cuckoo (David Bradnum)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Common Tern, 30+ Herring Gull flying N/NW over lake, 15 Common Swift, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 singing Blackcap, 1 singing Garden Warbler, 3 Singing Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Black-headed Gull, 4 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 8 House Sparrow, 40+ Starling (John Watson).
  • Tyttenhanger: 2 Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 2 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 6 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow (HertsBirding).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 8 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 61 Mute Swan, Black Swan, 20 Canada Goose, 28 Greylag Goose, 5 Canada x Greylag Goose, 6 Red-crested Pochard, 8 Pochard, m Ruddy Duck, m Mandarin, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Jay, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 19 House Martin, 4 Swift, 1 Pied Wagtail, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch, 5 Chaffinch (Paul Bruty); c10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, ad 'Yellow-legged' Gull (formerly streaky-headed bird), Green Woodpecker, c40 Swift, Swallow, c50 House Martin, 3m Blackcap (Geoffrey Hawthorn per DMc).
  • Rainham Marshes: Cuckoo, Red-legged Partridge, drake Garganey, Pintail, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Wheatear, 5 Little Egrets, 2 Ringed Plover and Garden Warbler (Dave Morrison); Curlew (ELBF).
  • West Thurrock Marshes: 3 Lesser Whitethroats, Garden Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Willow Warbler, 5 high flying Arctic Terns east at 8.28am, Cuckoo and Common Tern (Dave Morrison).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Hobby chasing hirundines at 5.55pm (Vince Halley-Frame).
  • East India Basin: -80 BH Gulls, -20 Tufted Duck, 2 Shelduck, 3 Mallard, 3 Common Tern, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackbird, 1 Carrion Crow, 5 Cormorant, 2 Coot, 2 Canada Goose, 5 LBB Gull overhead, 1 Heron overhead from Thames to Lower Lea river (Observer?).
  • Barnes WWT: single Little Tern at 4pm over Main Lake (Matthew Palmer).
  • Trent Park Area: 2 Common Tern, Cuckoo, 4 Garden Warbler, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Tufted Duck, Hairy Dragonfly, 4 Small Heath, Large White, Small White. ( per Robert Callf)
  • Staines Res: Little Gull 2, Arctic Tern 3, Whimbrel 5, all in the evening (Rob Innes, Oliver Metcalf).

May 6th 2007

  • Walton Res: f Scaup, f Common Scoter (SBC).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Sanderling, Dunlin, Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper (SBC).
  • Rainham Marshes: 10 Little Egret, 2 Teal, m Garganey, f Goshawk west, Hobby, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 2 Grey Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank, 2 Greenland Wheatear (ELBF).
  • Beddington SF: 2 Egyptian Goose, 2-3 Hobby, Little Ringed Plover, Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, Cuckoo, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, Fieldfare, Spotted Flycatcher (Dip or Glory).
  • Holmethorpe SP: m Garganey (SBC).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs (west): Common Sandpiper, Swallow; (east): Lesser Whitethroat. (TeRNS) 0550-0830: 2 Shelduck, 4 Common Terns, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Linnet over, 1 Canada x Greylag Goose, 1 Sedge Warbler, 13 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin, c100 Swifts, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail (Mark Pearson).
  • Battersea Power Station: Hobby west (Dave Morrison).
  • Barking Outfall: 3 p Gadwall, 4 Oystercatchers, Yellow Wagtail and 18 Shelduck (Dave Morrison).
  • London Wetland Centre: Wood Sandpiper, 1s Caspian Gull (SBC).
  • Brunel University campus, Uxbridge: 1 Cuckoo flying over (Roger Dewey).
  • Holland Park: 4 Swift, 5-6 Song Thrush, c5m Blackcap, 1-2 Chiffchaff (Des McKenzie).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: m Ruddy Duck (bubbling), Common Sandpiper (Fisherman's Keep), ad 'Yellow-legged' Gull (formerly streaky-headed bird), c40 Swift, 6m Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (Des McKenzie).
  • Queensway W2: singing Grey Wagtail (Des McKenzie).
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 m Stonechat, 1 House Martin, 28 Swallow, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Little Owl (Andy Culshaw).
  • South Norwood Country Park: 1 Willow Warbler(Singing),Numueous number of Whitethroat(Singing & displaying) Swallows flying over,Reed Warbler(Singing), Blackcap,1 pr Shovler on lake.(Ernie Thomason)

May 5th 2007

  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Black-necked Grebe, Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper (SBC).
  • Beddington SF: 3 Shelduck, Hobby, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 1s Glaucous Gull, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, m Ring Ouzel (Dip or Glory).
  • Rainham Marshes: 10 Little Egret, sub-adult Spoonbill present all day, 4m Garganey, 5 Hobby, 26 Ringed Plover, 7 Grey Plover, 8 Dunlin, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank, 3 Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, 2 Grasshopper Warbler (Ferry Lane) (Birdguides/ELBF).
  • Holmethorpe SP: Whimbrel west 07.52hrs (SBC).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Little Egret over at 6.10am heading NE. (Roy Nuttall).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: m Ruddy Duck, 2 Swift, Common Whitethroat at 08.30hrs, 4-5 Blackcap, Chiffchaff (David Jeffreys per DMc).
  • Brent Res: Green Sand & 5 Common Sands from hide (Andrew Self).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 10 Tufted Duck, 20+ Herring Gull over lake, 2 Common Tern, 1 Grey Heron, 25+ Common Swift, 1 Swallow, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Chaffinch, 5 Dunnock, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 8 House Sparrow (John Watson, Gavin Hawgood).
  • Lower Bedfords Road: Whinchat, Wheatear (ELBF).
  • Tylers Hall Farm: 14 Stock Dove, m Wheatear (ELBF).
  • Trent Park Area: 8 Stock Dove, Wheatear (f), 8 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Tufted Duck (2m,1f), 2 Red-legged Partridge, 15 Swift, 3 Swallow, Large White, Small Copper, G.V.White, Small Heath (per Robert Callf).

May 4th 2007

  • Rainham Marsh: sub-adult Spoonbill flew south over Thames at 14.55, 7 Little Egret, 4m Garganey, 5 Hobby, 2 Avocet, 21 Ringed Plover, 7 Grey Plover, 9 Dunlin, 25 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 7 Greenshank (ELBF).
  • Gunpowder Park: Nightingale (ELBF).
  • Brent Res: 4 Common Sands at 07.30 (Andrew Self).
  • Stoke Newington Res: 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, c60 Swift, 4 Blackcap, 10 Reed Warbler, c5 Reed Bunting, 4 Ruddy Duck, 1 Stock Dove (Laurence Pitcher); also, (west) Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern (TeRNS).
  • East India Dock NR: 2 Reed Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Common Tern, 3 Shelduck, GBB Gull (Paul Hyland).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Cuckoo, Hobby (chasing hirundines), 5 Sand Martins, 1 Swallow, c40 Swifts, 15+ Common Whitethroat, 7 Blackcaps, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Sedge Warblers, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Linnets, 3 Reed Buntings, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Kestrels (Mark Pearson).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Emperor Goose (esc), pr Red-crested Pochard, ad 'Yellow-legged' Gull (formerly streaky-headed bird), c80 Swift, 15+ House Martin, Grey Wagtail, Garden Warbler, 6m Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 2 Treecreeper (Des McKenzie, Lynn Strandberg); Lesser Whitethroat (Judy Copeland per DMc).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Sanderling, Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank (SBC).
  • Richmond Park: Firecrest (SBC).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 5 Tufted Duck, 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch (John Watson).
  • Clissold Park (Stoke Newington): Lesser Whitethroat (singing, NW corner), 3 Blackcaps, c60 Swifts, pr Little Grebe, 9 Pochard (inc. pair mating), pr Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (plus broods of Moorhen, Coot & Mallard) (Mark Pearson).
  • Crossness: 6 Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, 2 Turtle Dove west over sewage works 08.35hrs, Cuckoo (John Archer per DMc).
  • Trent Park Area: Kingfisher, Yellowhammer, 2 Swift, 2 Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler (Per Robert Callf).
  • Alexandra Park: Sedge Warbler, Yellow Wagtail ne @ 0723 (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener).
  • Beddington SF: m Red-crested Pochard, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, 2 Common Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Dip or Glory).

May 3rd 2007

  • Wormwood Scrubs: 7.30 - 8.45pm c500 Rose-ringed Parakeet at evening roost, 1 Swallow & 1 Skylark (David Lindo, Roy Nuttall et al).
  • Beddington SF: Shelduck, 1s Glaucous Gull, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Redshank (Dip or Glory).
  • Chiswick: 3 Red Kites over at 18.50hrs, Hobby over at 19.05hrs (Birdguides).
  • Richmond Park: 4 Curlew over Pen Ponds (per FJM).
  • Brent Res: Nightingale still, also LRP & 3 Common Sands (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Wood Sandpipers, 1 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Swallow (Hugh Bradshaw); also, 1 Dunlin and 1f (Greenland) Wheatear (David Fox).
  • Regent's Park: Sandwich Tern flew north @ 6.30am, Common Sand (RBA).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 3 drake Garganey (RBA) 29 Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, 18 Ringed Plover, LRP, 6 Greenshank, Little Egret (David Bradnum). 2nd winter Iceland Gull during afternoon, but no sign in evening. Also abberrant Swift with white rump (RSPB)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Hobby (present for several minutes before heading N over Walth Res's), Cuckoo (apparently present for last ten days), large falcon - Saker type, no jesses, south @ 1210 towards waterworks LNR, 21 Common Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler (again singing from same place, in northern copse), 12 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, 5 Reed Buntings, pr Linnets (now breeding), 3 Swallows, c50 Swifts (Mark Pearson).
  • Walton Res (permit access only): 2f Scaup (SBC).
  • Walthamstow Res: Little Egret (N), Red-legged Partridge, 2 Wheatears, 2 Cuckoos, 10 Swallows, 9 House Martins, 6 Common Sandpipers, 14 Shelduck (David Callahan).
  • Alexandra Park: 40+ Swifts, 20+ House Martins, Sand Martin 1630-1700 (Bob Watts).
  • Greenhalgh Walk (Golders Green): Glaucous Gull flew west at 19:05 (Oliver Simms).
  • Thames at Limehouse: Red-crested Pochard east @18.45 (Paul Hyland).
  • Trent Park Area: 5 Stock Dove, 4 Swallow, 6 Common Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Willow Warbler, Cuckoo, Swift, ,Broad Bodied Chaser, Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small Copper, 4 Small White (per Robert Callf).
  • Stoke Newington Common: Bar-headed Goose over (mark Pearson)

May 2nd 2007

  • Alexandra Park: Yellow Wagtail @ 0810 n over cricket pitch, 3 Swallows (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener).
  • Chingford Plain/Epping Forest: 1+ Nightingales singing in scrub at edge of Plain near Connaught Water, 3 singing Meadow Pipits around model plane airfield but no sign of Tree Pipits, Mandarins all over the place (Ian Bradshaw)
  • King George V Res: 2 Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper, 25 Common Tern (ELBF).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: c465 Rose-ringed Parakeets at newly discovered evening roost (9pm), plus singing Sedge Warbler this morning (Roy Nuttall).
  • Beddington SF: Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2s Little Gull, 1s Glaucous Gull, 'Commic' Tern, Yellow Wagtail (Dip or Glory).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 4 drake Garganey from visitor centre, Sanderling, 8 Arctic Terns at Aveley Bay (Birdguides); 7 Grey Plover, 73 Bar-Tailed Godwit, Little Gull (Paul Hawkins); 6 Little Egret, 2 Hobby, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Avocet, 9 Dunlin, Common Snipe, 9 Whimbrel, 9 Greenshank, partially albino Swift (ELBF).
  • Brent Res: Nightingale singing again in SE corner of Woodfield Park, also Little Egret, 4 Common Sands & LRP from hides & Yellow Wagtail over (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Wood Sandpipers, also Grey Plover, Whimbrel, Curlew & Oystercatcher (via FJM).
  • Warley Place: Cuckoo (ELBF).
  • Holmethorpe SP: Bar-tailed Godwit (SBC).
  • Walthamstow Res: 4 Black Terns (Lockwood), Rook (N), 3 Cuckoos, 2 Egyptian Geese, 17 Shelduck, 2 Common Sandpipers, 11 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Linnets, Willow Warbler (David Callahan).
  • Fairlop: m Whinchat (ELBF).
  • Aldenham CP/Estate: Common Sandpiper at CP... HABADASHERS SCHOOL: (10:25): 3 Cuckoo together (thanks to Herts Birder, Steve Murray). Apparently the first for years at this site (Steve Blake).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 2cy Black Swan (esc), 2 Egyptian Goose, m Mandarin, m Ruddy Duck, f Sparrowhawk, Whimbrel heard passing over Round Pond 08.22hrs, ad 'Yellow-legged' Gull (formerly streaky-headed bird), Cuckoo west over Parade Ground at 09.00hrs and into trees near Police Station, 11 Swift, 10 House Martin, Yellow Wagtail NW 08.28hrs, Garden Warbler, 6m Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, singing Treecreeper, 2 Jackdaw NE 09.40hrs (Des McKenzie).
  • Amwell GP: Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, c30 Common Tern, Cuckoo, 3 Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler (HertsBirding).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: 4 Whimbrel early a.m. only (SBC).
  • Island Barn Res: Arctic Tern, 2 Black Tern (SBC).
  • Clissold Park: 3 Blackcaps, Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker, pr Little Grebes, 5 Pochard, c40 Swift (Mark Pearson).
  • Abney Park Cemetery: 4 Blackcaps, 5 Stock Doves, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 GS & 1 Green Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk (Mark Pearson).
  • West Hendon Bdy: 9+ House Martins back to nest over the shops (S. Blake).
  • Rye Meads: m Garganey from Draper Hide (HertsBirdClub).
  • Trent Park: Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Common Whitethroat,Willow Warbler, 3 Jackdaw, Small Heath, Small Copper, 4 Peacock, 3 Small White, G.V.White (Pete Lowman).
  • Borehamwood: 2 swifts in evening

May 1st 2007

  • Island Barn Res: 1st/s Glaucous Gull roosted (seen about an hour before over 'The Farm') (Dave Harris).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: f Marsh Harrier (ELBF).
  • Bulphan Fen: Osprey north over at 09:00 (Birdguides).
  • Beddington SF: Oystercatcher (Dip or Glory).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, Black Tern, Yellow Wagtail, Greenland Wheatear (LWC website); also, 1 Greenshank, 2 Wood Sandpiper still present to 6.10pm at least (Matthew Palmer).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Whimbrel low flying (below treetops) along the northern edge of site heading east, seen well; 1 Common Tern over, 1 Sedge Warbler singing, c2 Willow Warbler heard singing, 1 Swallow, 1 Stock Dove and c8 Jackdaw all told (David Lindo).
  • A40 Westway: whilst stuck in southbound traffic had Hobby over heading northeast at 8.45am (David Lindo).
  • Walthamstow Res: 4 Black Terns (Lockwood), 3 Cuckoos, 2 Jackdaws (E), 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Teal, 17 Shelducks, pair Egyptian Geese with 5 chicks, 13 House Sparrows, Black Swan (David Callahan).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs (East-West basins): 1 Common Tern, 2 Stock Dove, c10 Reed Warbler in song, 3 Blackcap. 1 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin through, 100's Swift (Laurence Pitcher).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: 3 Sandwich Tern east at 11.50hrs, 2 Black Tern early a.m. (SBC website).
  • Island Barn Res: 60 Common Tern, 2 Black Tern (probably same as seen at QEII Res) (SBC website).
  • Holmethorpe SP: Bar-tailed Godwit (SBC website).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 2cy Black Swan (esc), 2 Egyptian Goose, 3pr Red-crested Pochard, m Ruddy Duck, Coot (first brood), 8 Swift, 5m Blackcap (inc. a competent Garden Warbler mimic), singing Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit (first brood), Jay (singing briefly) (Des McKenzie).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 3 drake Garganey still; also Spotted Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit and 5 Greenshanks (Birdguides).
  • Paddington Green: c20 Swift, Jackdaw west 18.50hrs (Des McKenzie).
  • King George's Park, Wandsworth: 4 Swift and 1 House Martin (probably local breeders), 1 Swallow flying north (Martin Honey).
  • East India Dock NR: 1 Arctic Tern (flew up river), 1 Hobby (my 100th species at the site), 2 LRP, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Swallows (Gary A James).
  • Harrow Civic Centre: 2 Swift (John Palmer).
  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler NE corner football pitches found 10am (Andrew Gardener) and still present but virtually not vocal at 1630 (Bob Watts) - 1st for site this year; also, 3 Swallows, 10 Swifts, 25 House Martins.
  • Regents Park: 2 Bar-tailed Godwits flew SE over the lake at 7.30am, just above tree height, 2 Common Terns perched on boats 6.30am-815am, 2 Swallows (Tony Duckett).
  • Trent Park Area: Reed Bunting, Cuckoo, 3 Swallow, 6 G.S.Woodpecker, 3 Sparrowhawk, 7 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Common Whitethroat, 2 Nuthatch, Willow Warbler, 4 Treecreeper, Hobby, Goldcrest, 2 Red-legged Partridge, Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Orange Tip, 3 Peacock ( per Robert Callf).
  • Abney Park Cemetery: 7 Blackcaps, 5 Stock Doves, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Green and 3 GS Woodpeckers (Mark Pearson).
  • Aldenham CP: Hobby at 20.30hrs (Birdguides).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB :3 drake Garganey,40+ Bar-tailed Godwits,Snipe,Greenshank,3 Whimbrel,Wheatear,Stonechat,Little Egret & a Hobby (Brendan Spooner)

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