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Friday 30th AprilEdit

  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Whimbrel, 3 Little Gulls all 1st W, 15 Common Terns, 1 Great Northern Diver predominantly winter plum, N Basin, 4 Shelducks, 1 Wigeon, 3 Wheatear W banks early am. 500+ Swifts. 5 Swallows. (Bob Warden & FJM )
  • Richmond Park: 1 Whinchat male, Holly Lodge paddocks mid am. (Tim Howard per FJM)
  • Alexandra Park: 100+ Swifts north in small parties all morning (David Callahan), Wheatear cricket pitch 1pm, Whitethroat, Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 14 Swift (Wood Green Reservoir), Golcrest (Avenue Gardens). (Mike Benyon). Lesser Whitethroat near platforms W G Res, 5+ Swallows, Linnet (Andrew gardener, Bob Watts).
  • Brent Res: 24 Common Terns (15 on rafts), 100+ Swifts feeding, plenty of warblers (Andrew Verrall, John Gravatt).
  • Barnes WWT am: 1 Greenshank, 8 Redshank, 2 Dunlin, 1 second-summer & 1 fourth summer YL Gulls, 10 Common Terns, 360 Common Swifts NW, 9 Swallows, 4 House Martins, 50 Sand Martins, m Whinchat (Grazing Marsh), 12 Blackaps,1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, Reed & Sedge Warblers, 2 Linnets.(NPS)
  • Broadwater: Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, 400 Swift, lots of warblers including 11 Garden Warbler, Red Kite, Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Little Egret (Martin Sullivan).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: LRP over at 8am, same or another seen flying west at 09.30, 3 Barn Swallow east plus the usuals (S Fisher)
  • Chalk Wood, North Cray: male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (John Archer & Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: 6 Whinchats, Wheatear, House Martin, 100+ Swifts through north or east (John Archer, Kev Jarvis & Ian Miller).
  • Little Wormwood Scrubs: vocal Green Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Chaffinch, 50+ Starlings (Charlie Farrell)
  • Mitcham Common: Hobby (over hill to south of Seven Islands Pond heading in direction of Beddington SF), Peregrine (seen from hill to south of One Island Pond looking towards Croydon), 2 Kestrel, c70 Swift, 5 Swallow, 3 Grey Heron (all fly overs; one mobbed by Crow), 3 Greenfinch, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, 24 Canada Goose (plus 11 fluffy greenish-yellow goslings) at Seven Islands Pond, Ring-Necked Parakeet, lots of gulls and another Fox at Bidder's Pond out for a morning jog.. (Stuart M)
  • Nine Elms Estate Community Garden: 1st 2 Swifts of year over 12:45am (Michael Mac).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Red Kite (1 northeast at 09:27 & 1 north at 09:36), 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Owl, 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Cormorant, 2 Swallow & 1 Swift (Jon Ridge).
  • Ruislip Lido: 1 male Cuckoo showing well, 1 Common Sandpiper on the main raft, 1 Little Ringed Plover from the beer garden, 23 Swallow, 14 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin & 29 Swift over (Jon Ridge).
  • Ruislip: Hobby over Mad Bess Wood at 20.15 (Steve Pash et al)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: 2 Sand Martins (site tick), Swallow, 2 Swifts (Bob Watts).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs (0700-1000): 250+ Common Swifts, c25 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, c15 Reed Warblers, 1 Sedge Warbler (MJP)
  • St. Paul's Cathedral: pair Peregrines, 4 House Sparrows, 2 Common Swifts (MJP)
  • Ingrebounre Valley: Little Owl,Bullfinch,Yellow Hammer,cuckoo.(Shaun Harvey)
  • Banbury Reservoir: 2 Swift at 07.45 (Millicent Harper).

Thursday 29th AprilEdit

  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Greenshank at 08.30 then flew north, also Bar-headed Goose (Andrew Self & Roy Beddard)
  • Alexandra Park: Wheatear on Palace building late am, Linnet NE, sev Swallow, 52 Swift 1730 WG Res (Andrew Gardener, Bob Watts, Dominic Mitchell).
  • Forest Gate (sky watch): 23 Cormorant, 17 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Jay, Robin, House Sparrow, Feral Pigeon, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Starling, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Carrion Crow, 2 Swift (the resident pair might be looking for a new home after the church/mosque rennovated the tower), Blackbird, Heron, Blackcap, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Dunnock, Magpie, Greater-Spotted Woodpecker (Nick Croft)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 5 Common Terns, Reed Warblers, Little Grebe, Lesser Whitethroat singing, Common Whitethroat nearby (Joe Beale).
  • Isle of Dogs: 5+ Common Tern, 2 Oystercatcher upriver past the Dome (Richard Harrison).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2-4 Swift am then screaming party of 20-40 c17:30, f Great-Spotted Woodpecker at presumed nest, lots of demand for mealworms in past few days from Robins & Tits so chicks have started hatching (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Mitcham Common: (10:10 - 12:00, South Side) Hobby (over just south of Bidders Pond moving South; my first of year, lovely), 2 Kestrel (one mobbed by Crow), Swift, 2 Heron (both fly overs), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 4 Ring-Neck Parakeet, 2 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat plus 2 Foxes enjoying warm grass near Bidders Pond (Stuart M)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Hobby over, 2 Yellow Wagtail over, 1 Little Owl, 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Linnet over, 4 Swallow & 16 Swift over the football pitch (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham: Cuckoo over Upminster Road South @ 07:30 (Richard Harrison).
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Dunlin, 7 Whimbrel - all on south foreshore; 2 Sandwich Terns west at 05:55, 2 prob Arctic Terns also west later, up to 20 Common Terns, 3+ Wheatear (J Lethbridge)
  • South Norwood Lake:pair Great Crested Grebe (with 1 young) 1 singing Common Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotteed Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 singing Song Thrush, 12 Ring-necked Parakeet, 5 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Lake Farm CP (Hayes) : newly arrived:- male Whinchat in central scrub area, 4 Swifts overhead; mostly singing:- 18 Whitethroats, 7 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Linnets, 2 Meadow Pipits, 3 Reed Buntings and 2 Skylarks (Pete Naylor).
  • Regent's Park: Turtle Dove n 7.00am (also 1 yesterday), 9 Swifts, 2 Reed Warblers (Tony Duckett).
  • Ruislip Lido: 31 Swift, 2 Common Tern & 1 Grey Wagtail (Jon Ridge).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: Wheatear, Cuckoo, Little Rined Plover, 2 Ringed plover, 4 Redshank, Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 8 Common Tern, 4 Garden Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, (Steve B)
  • Mill Hill NW7: Red Kite over towards Brent Res 16.52 (Steve B)
  • Walton Res: Spotted Redshank (a stunning 'black job') & Dunlin (DMH).
  • Lower Clapton: Hobby low and west over garden, early pm, aswell as sparrowhawk, kestrel, 2 swallows and 2 house martins over. also c100 swifts throughout pm (Jamie Partridge)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: adult Yellow-legged Gull, 14 Reed Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers, 3 Common Terns, chiffys and Blackcaps, dead Zebra Finch, c170 Common Swifts, 3 Swallows, hybrid drake Tufted Duck x Common Pochard (back after presumed holiday at Ally Pally and also Clissold Park last week), drake Shoveler, c25 Common Pochards (MJP)
  • Wanstead Flats c16.00: Sparrowhawk with prey, Hobby, male Kestrel, c45 Swifts north east, 11 Swallow NW, 1 Sand Martin over Jubilee Pond, 6+ Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat (S Fisher)
  • Battersea Rise Cemetery: 1 singing Blackcap (site 1st), 1 Swallow, 3 pr Stock Dove - 1 bird taking twigs into a hole, 3 Woodpigeon nests, 1 Jay, 1 pr Mallard happily waddling amoungst the grave stones (Michael Mac).
  • Bolinbroke Stock Pond: 1 m Kestrel over, 1 Goldfinch, pr Ring-necked Parakeets at nest hole, pr Egyptian Geese apparently failed to hatch eggs so far in cemetery nest site, pr Mistle Thrush and 1 pr Coot, pr Moorhen, pr Mallard with 6 ducklings and a Canada Goose on nest (Michael Mac).
  • Rainham Thames pm Whimbrel 14,Oystercatcher 2,Shelduck 12,Common Tern 2,Sandwich Tern 1 (Steve Bacon)
  • Trent Park: Wheatear (f)-field east of water garden, 2 Hobby, 2 Garden Warbler, Chiff(s), Blackcap(s),Treecreeper, Nuthatch,2 Common Swift, 3 Swallow,2 Green Woodpecker, 2 GS Woodpecker, 7 Mandarin (6m,f), 4 Canada Geese. 5 Stock Dove, Lapwing. (Pete Lowman & Bob Husband).
  • Tooting Bec Common: 1 Little Grebe (patch tick), 3 Egyptian Geese (probably 2 pairs as 1 female sitting, first time 2 pairs here in season), Albino Mallard with 6 chicks, Mute Swans on nest, 6+ Swifts, pr Jays building, 2+ Blackcap (Michael Mac).
  • South Norwood CP (evening visit): 1 male Whinchat, 1 Hobby, 25+ Swifts, 5 singing Reed Warblers, 1 Willow Warbler, several each Chiffchaff, Blackcap & Whitethroat, pair Great Crested Grebes (displaying and have a nest), pair of Little Grebes still in suitable habitat, displaying Stock Dove, 2 Pheasants, 8+ pairs of Tufted Duck. (John Birkett)
  • Walthamstow marshes (12-13.45): 2 Sparrowhawks, c15 House Martins, 2 Yellow wagtails, Little Owl (on 5th attempt!), 2 Chiffchaff, 10+ Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, c8 Blackcap, c35 Stock Dove + 17 Linnet (both my highest counts here - L Bodini).
  • Lockwood res (7-8pm from house): 6 Arctic Terns N, c30+ Sand Martins, 10+ Swifts (Lol Bodini).

Wednesday 28th AprilEdit

  • Bromley-by-Bow: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat, 5+ Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, pr Mute Swan with nest and the usuals (S Fisher)
  • Cornhill Meadows: One Greenshank from the hide at dusk. (David Bradshaw)
  • Lee Valley: Langridge Scrape:Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail, 5 LRP's, 3 Lapwing, LittleGrebe, Skylark, Cetti's Warbler. Holyfield Lake: Red Crested Pochard, Kingfisher, c7 Common Terns, Seventy Acre Lake: 3 Swallows, c11 Common Terns, c4 Reed Warblers, Cuckoo, Cetti's Warbler. (James Anderson)
  • Ramney Marsh: At least one Grasshopper Warbler reeling and showing late evening. Cuckoos calling across the canal (David Bradshaw)
  • Surbiton:Whimbrel north west at 8.00am (john herbert).
  • Staines Res: 2 Little Terns, 4 Sandwich Terns, 3 Little Gulls, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Ringed Plover and one Dunlin (Bob Warden, Peter Naylor).
  • Regent's Park & Primrose Hill:(06:15-09:30): Possible female Pied Flycatcher. Seen only very briefly flying away from me by the old tennis courts N of the Hub Restaurant (where the NW corner of Zoo, south of the Outer Circle, meets the Park). Looked for but could not be relocated. 1 Swift S, 6+ House Martin feeding high over lake, 1 Swallow (playing fields), Chaffinch with 2 young (N end of the Broad Walk), 3+ House Sparrow on E side of Zoo, several Blackcap & 2 singing Chiffchaff. Also, 1 Swift N & 3 House Martin NE over Primrose Hill (Bill Haines).
  • Tower 42 (City of London): Arctic Tern high west along the Thames at 1200; totals of 15 Swifts, 9 Swallows, several omnipresent Peregrines (often very close), male Kestrel, 2 female sparrowhawks, 2 2nd year Black-headed Gulls (T42BSG)
  • Wimbledon Common: female Ring Ouzel on the Large Mound; 2 Northern Wheatears (Adrian Podmore, David Wills).
  • Central Park Dagenham: 1 Yellow Wagtail flew over calling at 7.10am. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Vauxhall: Peregrine on building (Michael Mac).
  • Alexandra Park: Hobby SE 0713, Garden Warbler Cricket Scrub (both 1sts for the year), 5+ Swifts, Swallow north (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Dunlin, 1 Comm Sand, 2 LRP, 3 Redshank, 5 C. Terns on new raft, 1 Yellow Wag (LWC website).
  • East India Dock: 4 Shelduck, 4 pochard (3m,1f), 4 singing Reed Warbler, 7 Mute Swan, Sand Martin, Blackcap, Pied Wagtail (Richard Harrison).
  • Leyton Flats: 1 Hobby north, 5 Swifts, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Swallows.3 Willow Warblers, 10 House Sparrow. (Gary A James).
  • Mitcham Common: (10:10 - 13:00) 2 Common Buzzard circling together, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel (female feeding on ground 25 feet away; amazing view, alas no camera!), Grey Heron, 5 Swift, Green Woodpecker, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Whitethroat, Lapwing (fly over), Dunnock, 2 Ring-Neck Parakeet, 3 Long-Tailed Tit, plenty of Canada Goose, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Tufted Duck and tadpoles at the ponds! (Stuart M)
  • Mortimer Street, W1: fem Black Redstart briefly, 1030am (James Astley)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Hobby, 1 male Wheatear, 1 Little Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Cormorant, 3 Swift & 2 Swallow (Jon Ridge, Peter Elton). Also 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat & 1 Linnet over (JR).
  • Wanstead Flats (05:00–11:00): Little Owl, 10 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, m Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Ring-Necked Parakeet, Lesser Redpoll (over west), Fieldfare (over south), Grey Wagtail, Tree Pipit, 2m Reed Bunting, 2m Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Little Grebe, 2 Foxes (one with no tail!!) (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Lethbridge's Turaco, Great Crested Grebe, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (Nick Croft)
  • Enfield: 1 White Wagtail, on ploughed field, 10:30 BST (Robert Callf).
  • Plumridge Farm, Enfield: 18 Swift, feeding flock, 10:00 BST - my first of the year! (Robert Callf).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Sand Martin, pair Great Crested Grebe (with 1 young) 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Common Whitethroat, 5 singing Blackcap, 5 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 4singing Chaffinch, 1 Pied Wagtail, 6 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Uxbridge, Brunel University Bicentenary Garden: Red Kite over at 13.15, 2 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 pair Linnet, Swift (Steve Pash & Ron Jackson)
  • Rotherhithe: Red Kite circled over Stave Hill (looking east) 1730-1735 before heading off SSW; also 5 Swift & 7 House Martin (Richard Bonser)
  • Trent Park: Wheatear (m) ...Old Golf Course, 2 Nuthatch, Chiffs a plenty, similarly Blackcaps, Common Whitethroat, 2 Ring Necked Parakeet, Green Woodpecker, GS Woodpecker, 2 Tufted Duck (m,f), 2 Canada Geese, Pied Wagtail.(Pete Lowman).
  • Crossness: Hobby high north at 15:05, Whimbrel roosting on flooded paddock this afternoon, Sand Martin west (John Archer & Ian Miller).
  • Hornchurch: Red Kite over about 4.50pm. ( Steve Smith per V H-F ).
  • Kentish Town/Malden Road: 1 Jackdaw with Feral Pigeons fed bread from person and flew off (Michael Mac).
  • Hampstead Heath - Sanctuary Pond: 1 singing Willow Warbler and Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat 1 Swallow and Green Woodpecker. 3 prs Great-crested Grebes at 3 ponds one pr in courtship. 1 Collared Dove (Highgate Side). Red Arches Pond has first brood of 10 Mallard ducklings on the heath (Michael Mac).
  • Kenwood: Hobby (Yr 1st), several Jackdaws, Pr Egyptian Geese with 4 young and another pr flying in the woods tried to land in top of a tree, 3 m Mandarins (Michael Mac).
  • Mayesbrook Park: Hobby thru early morning.(Paul Hawkins)
  • Cranford Park, Hayes: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Linnet, 4 Chiffchaff all singing. Several Ring-necked Parakeets in Horse Chestnut trees. Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Jackdaw and male Blackcap. Kingfisher flying back and forth along river - large shoal of Minnow in shallows. Numerous butterflies - mainly Peacock, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood, but also a Brimstone, Common Blue and Ringlet (Alan Hewlett).

Tuesday 27th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Female Ring Ouzel c 8.30 am by the 'Lonesome Pine' on the slope in front of the palace, then later by the monkey puzzle near the pitch'n'putt (per Andrew Gardener); 2 Common Terns WG Res, Swallow north (per Bob Watts); plus 8+ Common Swifts overhead first thing (David Callahan). 9 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Whitethroat, Kestrel (Mike Benyon). Viz mig 1800-1845: 5 Swifts, 5 House Martins (Bob Watts).
  • Rammey Marsh: 10:00 2 Grasshoppper Warbler, 1m Sparrowhawk. (N.Smith)
  • Regents Park: Garganey (drake) with collection birds (8 in total) and unringed (Birdguides).
  • Barnes WWT am:43 Pochard, 4 Common Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 6 Redshank, 2 Common Sands,5 Common Terns,7 Common Swift,22 Swallows N, c.50 Sand Martins,1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Garden Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats, 7 Blackcaps, 1 Willow Warbler,1 Chiffchaff, c.15 Reed Warblers,10 Sedge Warblers, 4 Linnets, 14 Goldfinches, 4 House Sparrows (NPS)
  • Battersea Power Station: 3 Common Buzzards together over east @ 10.38am.( D.Morrison)
  • Brent Reservoir: Red-legged Partridge North Marsh (3rd record since 28th March, res tick), 21 Common Terns (13 on rafts, pair mating), plenty of warblers, 7 species, flock 119 Carrion Crows on fields with 1 Jackdaw (Andrew Verrall).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: Willow Warbler, 3 Common Buzzard (2 together), 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby north, 2 Common Terns over, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, c10 Sand Martin, Great-spotted Woodpecker, 4 Mute Swan (pr building nest), 4 Great Black-backed Gulls, c20 Black-headed Gulls in and out fairly quickly, Mistle Thrush defending young from Magpies (S Fisher)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Tree Pipit 1100 (in trees to the left of the raised boardwalk just west of river Rom). 5 Common Terns south, very numerous Common Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2+ Sedge Warblers, c7 Reed Warblers, Garden Warbler (same area as the pipit), 2 Shelduck, 2 Swallows (Mark Pearson & LWT guided walk)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: Hobby north, 5 Common Terns,9 Mute Swans dock,4 Pochard dock, Whitethroat,5 Reed Warbers,4 Blackcaps,Jay.(Gary A James)
  • Fulham Reach: 1 Swallow (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Hogsmill SF: c40 Common Swift drifting SW late p.m. also first local House Martins of the year (Nick Tanner).
  • KGV Res South Basin: 07:00 5 Little Gull, 40+ Common Tern.(N.Smith)
  • Little Wormwood Scrubs: f Green Woodpecker calling from usual tree, 2 Common Whitethroat, pair of Linnets, pair of Greenfinch, several singing Wrens and Song Thrushes, several Wood Pigeon and Carrion Crows carrying nesting material, Lesser Black Backed Gull over (Charlie Farrell)
  • Langridge Scrape, Lea Valley: 19:15 1 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 5 LRPs, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting. (N.Smith)
  • Lonsdale Reservoir: 2 Common Tern, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, plus usuals. 7pm (M Bourne)
  • Mitcham Common: (South side Gun Site area, 11:00 - 12:00) Common Buzzard (mobbed by 10 Crows), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Canada Geese, Ring-necked Parakeet plus 3 rabbits and a very lively bees nest in an elm tree (Stuart M)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Hobby, 1 Little Owl, 4 House Martin & 6 Swallow. Later at 19:00, a superb adult male Whinchat & 2 female Wheatear fell out of the sky on to the main pond field, for a brief refuel. (Jon Ridge, Peter Elton).
  • Sewardstone Marsh:2 Common Tern one leaving one going to reservior, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Sedge Warbler, 8 Willow Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 1 Meadow Pipit, 7 lapwing 5 on res bank, pr Shelduck.(N.Smith)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Black Tern, 3 Whimbrel, Brent Goose, over early am.(Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Roding Valley Park: Little Egret, Whitethroat, 2 (male) Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, pr Long-tailed Tits (Alan Hobson).
  • Springwell Lake nr Harefield. Hobby, 2 Common Terns, 5 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed warblers, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaff. (Chris Bessant).
  • Tottenham Marsh: 11:45 Marsh Harrier (imm/female) high east over marshes (BirdGuides). Possibly seen circling over Jubilee pond (Wanstead Flats) c.12.40 viewed from Forest Gate station (Nick Croft) any witnesses?
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Male Whitethroat (1st of year) Scrapyard Meadow/Cantrell Field 810am (Bob Watts).
  • Tower Bridge/St. Katherine Docks: 6ish House Sparrows (more heard than seen), 4 male Mallard, 2 Tufties, 1 Goldfinch, 5 Blackbird, 1 Pied Wagtail (A Campbell)
  • Town Park, Enfield: 1 singing male Garden Warbler (Robert Callf).
  • Uxbridge: Brunel University, Common Buzzard NW over campus at 13.30, 2 Whitethroat in Bicentenary Garden (Steve Pash)
  • Walthamstow Filter Beds: (private site, no access) f Black Redstart (D Barrett)
  • Wanstead Flats: Yellow Wagtail (T Harris); 2 Hobby, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Swifts (J Lethbridge)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Little Egrets, 8 Song Thrush, (T Harris, J Lethbridge)
  • Withey Beds NR, Tolpits Lane, Rickmansworth: 1pr Stock Dove on owl nestbox, 1m Cuckoo, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch. (Roger Dewey)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: c3 Swift, c6 Swallow, c3 Jackdaw, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Stock Dove and the usuals. (David Lindo, Roy Nuttall & Anders Price).
  • St James's Park: 3 Singin' Blackcap, Black Swan nest failed I am told a fox killed the female?, Egyptian Geese with 7 goslings, pr of Herring Gulls and a pr of Lesser-black Backed Gulls, 1 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Great -crested Grebe visible no partner visible, Little Grebe seen and heard, Mute Swan on nest, Only one pr Coot with small visible young in nest and pr Mallards with 5 small young - this year water birds appear to be late (Michael Mac).
  • Tottenham marshes/Lockwood res: F/imm Marsh Harrier soaring high & to the East 11.40; 8+ Whitehroat, 10+ Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, f Sparrowhawk, 2 Lapwing S @ 18.30, Arctic Tern N @ 18.40 (+ 3 other 'probables'), also weasel & 5 sp of butterfly (Lol Bodini). http://walthamstowwildlife.blogspot.com
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe with (2 visiblle young) 10 tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 1 Common Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 singing Common Whitethroat, 6 blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson)

Monday 26 AprilEdit

  • Barnes WWT 20.00 : 10 Common Tern on or around the rafts on the main lake (M. Honey).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: Reed Warbler (Channelsea), 4 Mistle Thrush vigorously protecting 2 fledglings from attacks by a pair of Magpies, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Jackdaw north east (only 2nd sighting since 2008), 4 GBB Gulls (S Fisher)
  • Alexandra Park: morning - Common Sandpiper (WG Res), 3 Ring-necked Parakeets, singing Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, Little Grebe; lunchtime - high Common Swift, 3+ Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warblers, plus my first Brimstone, Orange Tip and Wall Brown (was this Meadow Brown? Wall now very local in London) of the year (David Callahan). [unlikely to be Meadow Brown in April - Speckled Wood is the more likely confusion species] - my mistake - the ol' butterfly memory's a bit rusty - it was indeed a Speckled Wood, having now reviewed my photo; it's shame helpful posters don't use their names though! (DC). 5 Swallows NW 1800-1900 (Bob Watts).
  • Aldenham CP: 1 Common Tern visible over the lake from my lunch table in the highly recommended Fishery pub (Andrew Haynes).
  • Fulham Reach: 1-2 Swift (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Common Terns, Reed Warbler singing, 2 Whitethroats, House Martins, displaying Meadow Pipit. Also 2 Shelducks on nearby Thames. (Joe Beale)
  • Hornsey High Street (New River): Common Sandpiper, Grey Heron (James Palmer)
  • KGV res South Basin: 5 Little Gulls @ 08:00. Oystercatcher over north end of N.Basin @ 08:30 (N.Smith)
  • Mitcham Common: 14:30 - 16:15 North East side - Sparrowhawk (mobbed by Crow), Kestrel (male), Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, Blackcap, Long tailed tit, Dunnock, Ring-Necked Parakeet, Jay, Wren plus a Fox (not sure who was more startled; it or me!). P.S. saw male Whinchat here on Saturday. (Stuart M)
  • South Harrow (Roxeth Rec), 8.30-8.45am: 2 Swallows through (1st for year on patch), Whitethroat (1st for year), Garden Warbler (patch tick), Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, 2 Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail, 2 Ring-Necked Parakeets, 2 Herring Gulls, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers heard. NB: Northern Wheatear in Roxeth Allotments and 2 Mallards over yesterday afternoon 3-4pm (both allotment patch ticks) (Alex Massey)
  • Wanstead Park, Old Sewage Works: 7 Song Thrush, Garden Warbler, 10+ Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Jay (J Lethbridge), Ring Necked Parakeet, 2 Kestrel, 2 Little Egret (over west) (N Croft). Hobby, 7 Swift (S Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Whinchat (N Croft, JL), 1 Wheatear (female), 2 Tree Pipits, 3 Swift, 6 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Heron, Sparrow Hawk, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Linnet, Reed Bunting and the Pheasant etc. (N Croft)
  • Brent Res: Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, 11 Common Terns, some displaying on rafts, partial albino Swift 3rd day with flock of c25 screamers, Lesser Whitethroat (Andrew Verrall).
  • Crayford Marshes: Greenshank, Green sandpiper, 3 Wheatears, 10 Common terns, Lesser whitethroat, 10 Reed warblers,3 Sedge warblers, Cetti's warbler, 12 swallows, 4 House martins,Black-tailed godwit. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 male Wheatear (probable Greenland on size, though showing strong colours as well) on Wakehams Hill (Jon Ridge), 1 male Yellow Wagtail in cattle (Peter Elton), 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Little Owl (JR, PE). Later: 2 Sparrowhawk, 22 Jackdaw & 7 Swallow (JR).
  • Rammey Marsh: 3 Grasshopper Warbler, south end @ 10:00 (N.Smith)
  • Roding Valley Park: Little Egret (Alan Hobson).
  • St James's Park: pair of Egyptian Geese with brood of 7 (Andrew Self)
  • South Norwood Lake: Great Crested Grebe (with 2 young) 1 Cormorant, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Swalow, 1 singing Whitethroat, 1 singing Wilow Warbler, 4 singing Blackcap, 5 singing Chiffchaff, 3singing Song Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 singing Coal Tit, 18 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Horsenden Hill: 3 Common Sandpipers west along Grand Union Canal, Greylag Goose, 2 singing Reed Warblers and 2 Reed Buntings (m)., 2/3 Lesser Whitethroat singing intermittently, numerous Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Whitethroat, 11 Herring Gull over Paradise Fields. (Martin Smith)
  • Trent Park, Cockfosters, Enfield: Garden Warbler seen & Heard singing from bushes just north of Lower Lake, also male Bullfinch nearby. Bob Husband (RAH) & Pete Lowman (DPL)
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: 3 Common Tern, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 5 Redshank, Oystercatcher, 7 Shelduck, Ruddy Shelduck. Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, 11 House Martin, 5 Swallow, c30 Sand Martin, 2 Cuckoo. (Steve B)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Little Owl (Shaun Harvey)
  • Rainham RSPB: drake Garganey on ave pools late evening, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, Common Sandpiper, 2 LRP, 20+Swift, Water vole, Stoat.(Paul Hawkins)
  • Walthamstow Marsh: 2 Common Tern North along the Lea Navigation 7.45 (frogandlisa)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 6 Swallows, 4 House Martins, 4 Reed Warblers etc (MJP)
  • Stoke Newington Church Street: 12 Swifts low over 1905 (MJP)
  • Wimbledon Common - Queensmere: 1st time seen Egyptian Goose here and been here many times in last 2 years, also first time I've seen Canada Geese here could relate to lack of Mute Swans this year, also 17 Tufted Duck, pr Coots feeding 4 downy young, on the Common away from water, Mallard on nest in fork of birch tree with abnormal bole (Michael Mac).

Sunday 25 April:Edit

  • Rainham Marshes RSPB (pm): 1 Whinchat (m) (Photo Taken), 4 Wheatear, 1 Common Lizard basking on boardwalk, 6-10 Sand Martins, Swallow, Reed & Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, No sign of Garganey, Brimstone & Peacock Butterflies (Ernie Thomason & Tom Stone)
  • Barnes WWT: 2 Hobby, Peregrine, LRP, 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear (Ian Ellis). Also 20+ Swift, 2 House Martin, White Wag (Main Lake), 3 Common Sand, 3 Common Tern, m Wheatear, 8-10 Swallow, 2 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 8 warbler spp in total (Matt Palmer) late pm 3 Arctic Terns NE (NPS).
  • Bedfords Park: Cuckoo, Nuthatch with young, GS Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker (P Fallan)
  • Brent Reservoir: same aberrant Common Swift as yesterday, also Common Sand, 8 species of warbler inc Garden & Lesser 'throat (Brent Birders)
  • Byng Road, Countryside Centre, Barnet, Herts (North London). At the Dawn Chorus (led by Bob Husband, Leader, NW London RSPB Group) a Willow Warbler sang it's normal song and then proceeded to include chiffchaff notes in an alternative song. Common Chiffchaff also present, Cuckoo (heard), Swallow (over) - approx 30 species noted including Goldcrest (but no sign of last months Firecrest). Bob Husband.
  • Crossness: drake Garganey, Greenshank, 21 Arctic Terns downriver 10.05-10.10, 4+ Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 LRPs, 2 Ringed Plovers, 4 Common Sandpipers, Dunlin, 3 Redshank, Cuckoo, 3 Wheatears (including male Greenland), 6 Swifts NW, 9 Swallows NW (John Archer, Ian Miller, Kev Jarvis, Steve Carter, Paul Moss).
  • Richmond Park: 8 Wheatears Holly Lodge area (Hugh Bradshaw).
  • Canons Farm and Banstead Woods: Whinchat (m), Common Swift, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Hobbies, 4 Greylags, 3 Northern Wheatears (2m, 1f), c.400 Herring Gulls, 2+ House Martins, 5+ Common Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs, 3+ Sparrowhawks, 3+ Swallows, 3 Black-headed Gulls, 8+ Mallards, 6 Skylarks, c.2 Pheasants, Kestrel, 2+ Stock Doves, 1+ Pied Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatches, 2+ Linnets, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Grey Herons, Cormorant, 3+ Rose-ringed Parakeets (DKC/RDW/KJM/PW).
  • Bushy Park: 2 Wheatear, 6 Stock Dove, Meadow Pipit, Skylark (Billy Dykes)
  • Ferme Park (Crouch End): 2 Red Kite circling over Crouch End, seen distantly from Ferme Park 1445, then presumably one of same (missing inner primaries on both wings) drifted W over Ferme Park 1515 (James Lowen)
  • Hilfield Park Res, (Public Viewing Platform): 4 adult Little Gull over reservoir, departed north at 16:35. Also, 23+ Common Tern, 7 Swift, 7 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin & 1 Lapwing over late afternoon (Jon Ridge).
  • Lee Valley: Brief visit this morning produced first Wheatear patch tick for this year (At Last) perched on low bush near Farm car park, Whinchat(m) in hedgerow near the sailing club,Also Common Buzzard being mobbed by crows, then seen perched in tree in same area. 2 Linnet in farm area, Langridge Scrape: Greenshank, 4 LRP's,Lapwing, Shelduck, Little Grebe. (B Anderson, J Anderson) Where is Langridge Scrape? (James Palmer) The Scrape is at the back end of Holyfield Lake, It's best reached by taking the footpath alongside Fisher's Green sailing club, then continue walking until you reach a large Oak tree in the corner of the first field. You can view the scrape from here. There is a small ditch which you can cross to get a closer view of the scrape, but I am not sure if entering this field is permissable or not, but you would get much clearer views of the whole area from within this field. (James Anderson).
  • Mid Lea Valley - Cornmill Meadows: Grasshopper Warbler in similar area to yesterday's observation (ie in scrub next to relief channel near weir), Greenshank and Little Ringed Plover in scrape (Chris Kennington).
  • Pool River: Possible Cetti's Warbler at Bellingham Pond. on the west side of the Pool River, just a bit north of Bell Green Sainsbury's. Also, several Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Song Thrush.
  • 70 Acres Lake: 3 Hobby, c3 Swift, 2 Buzzard, c5 Sedge Warbler & c4 Common Tern. (David Lindo, Russell & Yvette Spencer).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 female Wheatear, c5 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 singing Sedge Warbler, c2 Willow Warbler & 3 Swallow. (Charles Ferrall, David Jeffreys, David Lindo & Roy Nuttall).
  • Limetrees Park Golf Course (Northolt): Pr Little Grebe (site tick), nesting Mute Swan, 6 Collared Dove over, pr Ring-necked Parakeet, m Wheatear, 4 singing Blackcap, singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 5 Linnet, pr Bullfinch (Neil Anderson)
  • Alexandra Park: 2 Common Tern 710 W G Res, Reed Warbler singing Cricket Scrub (both 1sts for year) also Common Sand Tunnel Res, 2 Swallow, sev Swift, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener)
  • East India Dock Basin area: 1 Arctic Tern (west).9 Common Terns, Green Woodpecker (rare here) 1 W5heatear,Blackcap,3 Reed Wartblers,Whitethroat. (Gary A Jmaes & Nick Tanner).
  • Horsenden Hill: Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Greylag Goose, Common Tern (Andy Culshaw and David Howdon)
  • Wanstead Flats: Little Ringed Plover (landed briefly by Alexandra Lake before heading East), fem Whinchat, pr Yellow Wagtail (on the deck), male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, c8 Wheatear, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, male Garden Warbler (S Fisher, T Harris)
  • Sharvel Lane/Ten Acre Wood area: Pr Buzzard (near aerodrome ), Sparrowhawk, 2 m Kestrel, 2 Pheasant, pr Lapwing, 3 singing Skylark, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Swallow, 1 poss 2 Wheatear, 12 singing Blackcap, 6 singing Whitethroat, pr Willow Warbler, 6 singing Chiffchaff, 5 Linnet, singing Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson) Field north of Ten Acre 3 LRP, 2 Green Sand ( G Westley )
  • Wanstead Park: Nightingale singing briefly north-east of Perch pond at 07.30 (blimey!), male Willow Warbler (S Fisher)
  • Waterworks NR; 2 Common Buzzards east 13.25, Peregrine, 20+Swift,15 Sand Martin,2 Lesser Whitethroats,20+Blackcaps,6 Reed Warbler,1 Willow Warbler,1 Chiffchaff. (Gary A James & Nick Tanner).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: Sandwich Tern (missed it), 4 Common tern, Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, Wheatear. (Steve B)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Red-breasted Merganser drake briefly mid am then flew SW. 23 Little Gulls, 20 Common Terns, 3 Dunlin over mid am, 1 LRP, 1 Great Northern Diver S basin E side, 250+ Swifts, 6 Swallows, 3 Sand Martins. (FJM & many observers.)
  • Lonsdale Res: 1 Swift, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Mandarin plus usuals (M Bourne)
  • Teddington: Buzzard south over Bushy Park 11am
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 1 Yellow Wagtail; 2(m&f) Northern Wheatear, together (Robert Callf).
  • Totteridge Valley: 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, Mandarin (Ian Ellis).
  • Trent CP: 2 singing male Garden Warbler (Robert Callf).
  • Park Farm, Enfield: 2 singing male Lesser Whitethroat (Robert Callf).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 female Wheatear, 6 grounded Linnets (inc 1 summer male), 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Little Owl, 4 Swallow & 2 House Martin (Jon Ridge, Peter Elton).
  • Rainham RSPB.Early a.m. Nightingale, 12 Common Terns, 1 Arctic Tern, 11 Whimbrel, 5 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers, Drake Garganey on river at 7.30am.(D.Morrison) Adult Little Gull, 6 Wheatears, 20 Swifts and Greenshank, Garganey up river mid morning + 3 + Acrtic Terns, Garganey ave pools (Paul Hawkins, Martin Blow, Jono Lethbridge) pm visit 3 Garganeys (incl 2 drakes), 5 Wigeons, 1+ Little Ringed Plover on new islands, 5 Yellow Wagtails with white cattle and a dog Fox eating Lapwing clutch of eggs (ian Bradshaw)
  • Ingrebounre Valley: Hobby,2 Buzzard,3 Swift,Cuckoo and common lizard.(Shaun Harvey)
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Great Crested Grebe (with 3 young) 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Swift, 3 Swallow, 1 Common Whitethroat, 7 singing Blackcap, pair + 6singing Chiffchaff, 5 singing Song Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker (1 at nesthole) 2 great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 12 Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 jay, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Farthing Downs: 4 Wheatears, 2 Swifts. (John Birkett)
  • Claybury Park: 8+ Whitethroat, 8+ Willow Warbler, 16+ Green Woodpecker, 6 Blackcap, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, 4 Jay (Mike Benyon)
  • KGV Reservoir: 21 Little Gulls, 120+ Common Tern, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, c150 Swifts, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 6 Wheatears - at least 3 (but probably all) Greenland race (R & I Woodward & N Twyford). Also a few House Martins (L Bodini).
  • Fishers Green Island: 5 Nightingales, several Garden Warblers, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Swifts, 2 Egyptian Geese + x2 Hobby over lake + 1 Galley Hill Wood (R Woodward & L Bodini) .
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Garden Warbler (1st of year), 3 Reed Warblers, 12 Swifts, 15 Swallows, 2 GBB Gulls, Common Buzzard N 1509 (MJP)
  • Walthamstow res: 1 adult Little Gull (East Warwick), 2 Yellow Wags over, Egyptian Geese with brood (Pete Lambert per L Bodini); 1 Common Sand (Banbury), Peregrine over, good numbers of Common Terns back now, numerous Swallows, Sand Martins & Swifts (Lol Bodini).
  • St. Albans (City Centre by market): Red Kite 16:00 (Gareth Richards).
  • Colney Heath Lane (north of A414): Little Egret flying towards Tyttenhanger GPs 19:30 (Gareth Richards)

Sat 24 April:Edit

  • Richmond Park: 3 Wheatears, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Hobby (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Little Gulls (later flew east 09.20), 1+ Arctic Tern, 7 Common Tern, 50 Swifts (inc. one with white rump & underparts!); Peregrine, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Greenland Wheatears, 3 Reed Warblers & plenty of Whitethroats, Blackcaps & Chiffchaffs, small passage of hirundines (Brent Birders)
  • Crossness: Red Kite west @ 11.30, Common Buzzard NE @ 12.10, female Redstart, 4 Arctic Terns east, Yellow Wagtail, 5 Wheatears, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 26 Whitethroats, 5 Sedge Warblers, 11 Reed Warblers, 12 Blackcaps, Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs, 9 Sawllows NW, c20 Common Terns, LRP, 2+ Whimbrel, Dunlin north, 3 Redshanks, Shoveler (John Archer & Kev Jarvis)
  • Rainham Marshes: 1 Jackdaw, 20+ Common Whitethroat, c5 Sedge Warbler, 2 ChiffChaff, c8 Linnet, 1 Kestrel, c12 Shelduck + 100s of Gulls and Carrion Crows (Charlie Farrell on walk from station to reserve). Goshawk (Birdguides). Nightingale, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 6 + Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern, House Martin, Swift, 2 Common Buzzard, m Peregrine.(Paul Hawkins) Garganey and Spotshank other observers.
  • King George V Reservoir (access by permit only): 51+ Little Gulls (47 adults), drake Garganey (south end), 2 Arctic Terns, Whimbrel (Ian Lycett). Garganey and Whimbrel and Terns still showing well @ 11:30, 1 male Wheatear, 3 Whitethroats (in scrub over westren edge of south basin), several Sand Martins, two Swallows (over east relief channel of south basin) (Chris Kennington)
  • Mid Lea Valley, Cornmill Meadows: 2 Grasshopper Warbler, Greenshank, Little-ringed Plover, brown morph Cuckoo, Swift (Martin Shepherd)
  • Canons Farm and Banstead Woods: Red Kite, 2 Hobbies, House Martin, 4+ Northern Wheatears (3+m +1+f), 2 Common Whitethroats, 8+ Mallards, Common Buzzard, 3+ Sparrowhawks, 2 Cormorants, Kestrel, 3 Willow Warblers, 3 Yellowhammers, male Pheasant, 1 Little Owl, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3+ Grey Herons, Blackcap, 2 Skylarks, 3+ Linnets, 6+ Rose-ringed Parakeets, 3+ Stock Doves, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, male Pied Wagtail. Also 3 Green Hairstreak butterflies (KJM/DKC/PM/SG/PGo/PW/P&G et al).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Black Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 15+ Common Terns, 30 Little Gulls, 7 Whimbrel thru early am, 2 Dunlin, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Wheatear, 30+ Swifts, Yellow Wagtail heard only.( Rob Innes, Ken Purdey, Franko J. Maroevic. )
  • Alexandra Park: 2 Greenland Wheatears Pitch n Putt including male, 8+ Swift, 20+ Swallows, 4 House Martins, 3 Willow Warblers singing between Cricket Scrub and Circus car park, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3+ Whitethroats, 2 Greylags (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener, Gareth Richards).
  • Blackheath: 2 Common Swift, 1 Swallow, 1 Whitethroat (subsinging 1st s male), 2 Blackcap (singing), 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff (James Lowen): envisaging a decent migrant arrival today...
  • Bury Lake, Rickmansworth: 3 Red-crested Pochard including two drakes still (Jon Ridge).
  • East India Dock NR: Sedge Warbler (east reedbed), Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat (Bow Creek by substation - singing), Reed Warbler (Paul Hyland,Gary A James)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens (06:15-10:00): 3 Swallow through (2 N & 1 E), 2+ House Martin (heard over the Serpentine but not seen), 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap. 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Goldcrest (all singing), 2 Grey Wags (1 singing), 3 Grey Heron, 1 RC Pochard, 2 Green & 2 Great Spot 'peckers and far too many Parakeets (!) + the regulars (Bill Haines).
  • Lonsdale Reservoir: 3 Sedge Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 1 Reed Bunting plus usual Chiffchaffs/Willow Warblers and common species (Richard Petley)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 male Whinchat in the middle hedge, 4 Wheatear (3 female & 1 male), 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellow Wagtail over, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Linnet over, 1 Little Owl, 2 Swallow & 1 House Martin (Jon Ridge).
  • Rotherhithe: (0700-1600) Red Kite circled fairly low over Stave Hill heading off north at 1530 mobbed by a couple of Herring Gulls; Buzzard high east 1415. 1 Reed Warbler (migrant singing in Russia Dock Woodland early morning), 3 Common Terns, 12 Swallow, 3 House Martin & 2+ Sand Martin thru NW at Stave Hill, 2 Collared Dove, 12+ Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Heron (Richard Bonser)
  • Stocker's Farm: 2 Oystercatcher, 1 male Wheatear, 2 Lapwing, 3 Teal, 1 drake Wigeon all on the flooded field, 6 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Swift over & 1 Egyptian Goose on the hill (Jon Ridge).
  • Stocker's Lake: 1 singing Reed Warbler, 2+ singing Sedge Warbler, 1 singing Garden Warbler, 2+ singing Chiffchaff, 7+ singing Blackcap & 5 Common Tern (Jon Ridge).
  • Sutcliffe Park: 1 Yellow Wagtail (male eventually off N, 0730), 1 Reed Warbler (singing), pr Reed Bunting, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Meadow Pipit (James Lowen)
  • Wanstead Flats 07.00-09.30: male Lesser-spotted Woodpecker, 9 Common Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Common Swift through NE, 21 Swallows through NW, fem Wheatear, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Yellow Wagtail low West, 15+ Skylarks, 2 Green Wood, 3 Great-spotted Wood(S Fisher, J Lethbridge et al)
  • Trent CP: 1 adult Peregrine, flew low W over Shaws Wood, 10:15 BST; 2 singing male Willow Warbler,(1 by Lower Lake, 1 Shaws Wood) (Robert Callf).
  • Parkside House, Enfield: 1 singing male Willow Warbler (Robert Callf).
  • Lea Valley CP: Nightingale(seen singing by car park near Bittern Hide),Chiffchaff,Cuckoo, 30+ Blackcap(only 3 females), Reed Warblers, Cetti's Warblers,Willow Warbler,Reed Buntings, 4 Gt Spotted Woodpecker, Green woodpecker,Kingfisher (B.Paul) Langridge Scrape: Yellow Wagtail, Greenshank, Redshank, 4 LRP's, 2 Swallows, Lapwing, Skylark. Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling from scrub along flood relief channel towards weir. Seventy Acres; 2 Swallows over lake, Cuckoo in tree outside Bittern Hide, At least 5 singing Nightingales along path towards sub station.(James Anderson)
  • Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow, Common Buzzzard low and circling, headed WNW, at 14.55 also party of 5 common swifts through. (Jamie Partridge)
  • Tottenham Marsh. Garden Warbler (just N of boat moorings), Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, some Sedge and many Whitethroats, Reed Bunting, 3 Common Terns over reservoirs. (Quentin Given)
  • Tyttenhanger GP,s: Redstart (f), Whinchat (f), wheatear (m), 2 Cuckoo, 8 Redshank, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler
  • Barking Outfall: 5 Oystercatchers, 6 Great Crested Grebes, Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Common Terns, 8 Swallow through, 2 Wheatears and a Cuckoo.(Dave Morrison)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Terns, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 25 House Martin, 1 Swift, Common Buzzard and Hobby through.Also 4 OrangeTips, 11 Small Whites, 12 Peococks, 2 Green Hairstreak, Brimstone and 2 Commas.(Dave Morrison)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Common Whitethroat (first of year finally), Reed Warbler, 35 Common Swifts, 5 Swallows; also odd Swifts dotted around over SN late eve (MJP)

Friday 23rd April:Edit

  • canons farm: Hobby, 2 Red kites,2 common buzzards.(KJM).
  • KGV Res South basin: (0730)1 Black Tern, 1st Summer Little Gull, 20+ Common Tern, 30+ Swift, (N.Smith, Stewart, Barry and Harry)1 Grasshopper Warbler, in reedbed between R.Lee and res west bank of North basin by the causway @ 10:15. (Harry Lacey)
  • Crossness: 2 Arctic Terns off Golf Centre this afternoon with c10 Common Terns, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Common Buzzard north @ 1350, Lesser Whitethroat, 27 Whitethroats, 4 Sedge Warblers, 9 Reed Warblers, 3 Wheatears, Willow Warbler, 13 Swallows NW (John Archer).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Osprey flew west about 6.25pm, a site first( Shaun Harvey)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 58 species recorded in 2.5 hrs.Osprey at 6.35pm ( same as above, cheers Shaun ) then circled gradually north towards Chadwell Heath, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4+ Common Whitethroat, 3+ Willow Warbler, Common Swift, House Martin, Sand Martin & Swallow in variable numbers. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Greenwich park: 1 Wheatear (f) (Joe Beale)
  • Mid Lea Valley: Cornmill Meadows; Reeling Grasshopper Warbler in thicket along Cornmill stream, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, LRP, (James Anderson)
  • Marble Hill, Twickenham: Red Kite low South West at 19:15 (Peter Gray).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 female Common Redstart in the middle hedge at 17:02, 1 female Wheatear, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Linnet over & 4 Swallow (Jon Ridge). Also, at least 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat in the middle hedge & 1 Little Owl in the usual tree (JR, Peter Elton).
  • Rammey Marsh, Enfield Lock: 2 Grasshopper Warbler until 08.40 at least - one south end, the other reeling in full view on dry bush on the east side 800 yards north west of the northernmost canal cottage (Martin Shepherd) 1 Grasshopper Warbler still present @1545 half way up marsh reeling in Hawthorn bush, also 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, Blackcaps and Willow Warblers. (N.Smith)
  • Regent's Park: drake Garganey, 2 House Martins, Northern Wheatear, Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler (Tony Duckett).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 male Ring Ouzel, c4 Lesser Whitethroat, c3 Jackdaw, 1 Collared Dove + the usuals. (David Lindo & Roy Nuttall) Afternoon vizmig: 1 Marsh Harrier heading south, 1 Buzzard & 4 Swift. (Roy Nuttall).

  • Alexandra Park: Common Sand (1st for year) Wood Green Res 7am, also male Whitethroat and singing Willow Warbler Cricket Scrub (Bob Watts); Common Buzzard north at 10:45 over Ally Pally, harassed by crow, plus poorly-seen swift sp (David Callahan). 4 Swift above cricket pitch 10.00 (Andi Hill).
  • Little Wormwood Scrubs: Swallow, Chiffchaff, 3 singing Song Thrush, Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, Grey Heron (over) (Charlie Farrell)
  • Crayford Marshes: Tree pipit flew west calling, 3 Whimbrel, Yellow wagtail, 2 Swifts,Lesser whitethroat, Common tern, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Cuckoo, 5 Swallows, 5 Reed warbler,6 Sedge warblers, Black-Tailed godwit, Dunlin, Common sandpiper (Kev Jarvis).
  • Fairlop Waters:Buzzard SE 1pm,4 Swift ,Chiffchaff 2,Willow Warbler 3,Common Whitethroat 2,Linnet 30(Lagoon Area only lunchhour visit) (Steve Bacon)
  • Forest Gate, my roof: 28 Cormorant, 16 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 13 Swallow, 3 (imm) Herring Gull, Heron, Jay, and very little else (Nick Croft)
  • Horsenden Hill: 27 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Common Whitethroat, 2 Common Tern, 4 Greylag Goose E (Andy Culshaw).Green Sand
  • Holyfield area: 2 Hobbies, Buzzard, Little Owl. Yellow Wagtail and LRP’s on Langridge Scrape. (Mike Oakland)
  • Mayesbrook Park: Swift, 8 Sand Martin , Swallow, 5 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, pair of Gadwall.(Paul Hawkins)
  • Ruislip Woods: Woodcock 1 roding over Bayhurst Wood 21:00-22:30. (F. Barclay, A. Culshaw, D. Howdon)
  • Sewardstone Marsh 20:00: 1 Green Sandpipier, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Lapwing. (N.Smith)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: brief p.m. visit - Common Buzzard north, Hobby, Peregrine, Reed Warbler (1st of year...), 8 Black-headed Gulls through (Mark Pearson, Lol Bodini & Tony Butler)
  • Streatham Common: 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush,1 Pied Wagtail, 5 Stock Dove,1 Common Buzzard (over), 1 Nuthatch, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard), plus commoner species (R Bell)
  • Thorney Country Park: 3 Common Terns, 1 Cuckoo heard, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Cormorant, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting,1 Jay (Sue Giddens).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: 2 Linnets (one singing from ash) Scrapyard Meadow before flying north (year patch tick), also Song Thrush singing near Soanes Centre & Mistle Thrush (Bob
  • Trent Park: Wheatear (f)- Old Golf Course, 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff(s), Blackcaps(s), Common Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, Song Thrush, 4 Mandarin, 2 Canada Geese. ( Pete Lowman & Bob Husband).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 2 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck, Ruddy Shelduck, 3 Redshank, Wheatear (f), 3 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff,, 2 Willow Warbler Sedge Warbler, 2 Buzzard. (Steve B)
  • Little Britain Lake: Heronry has c10 occupied nests, 4 Egyptian Goose, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, 1 Nuthatch calling, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Swallow. (Roger Dewey)
  • Walthamstow Marsh: 2 Lesser Whitethroats along main drag, 3 Sedge Warblers, Reed Bunting by the boardwalk, at least 15 Common Whitethroats, Blackcaps everywhere, Chiffchaffs, the odd Willow Warbler but no Reed Warblers. 6 Linnets in the Horse Paddock, 5 singing Song Thrushes still and the 3 daily Sand Martins. (frogandlisa)
  • Wanstead Flats: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Shelduck N at 06:00, Lesser Whitethroat (J Lethbridge)
  • Willows Puddle: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 2 Greylag goose. (Steve B ).

Thursday 22nd AprilEdit

  • Chase LNR: 2 Shelduck, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing (2 displaying), 4 Shoveler, 1 Water Rail (heard briefly at Hooks hall pond), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 kestrel (hunting), 1 singing Skylark (Dominic Allen)
  • Crossness: 5 Arctic terns east down Thames, fem Marsh Harrier north over Southern Marsh, Common Buzzard, 3 Wheatear, m Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swifts, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 5 Reed Warblers, 4 Sedge Warblers, 6 Swallows, Sand Martin, Rook, Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpipers, Ringed Plover, 3+ Common Terns (John Archer, Kev Jarvis).
  • Barking Bay: 2 Arctic terns east down Thames, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Oystercathers, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Common sandpipers, 1 Green sandpiper, 3 Wheatear, 1 Cuckoo (Ian Woodward).
  • Broadwater Lake: 2 Common Tern, c.12 Common Swift (Simon Buckingham).
  • Canons Farm: male Whinchat along fence opposite barns behind Canons Farmhouse, Hobby flew NE, also Blackcap, Skylark, 2 Linnets, Pied Wagtail (David Campbell).Whinchat still there 6.15 (PGo). 4 Northern Wheatears (3m+1f), 2 Blackcaps, 3 Swallows, 1 Common Buzzard mobbed by crows, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Skylarks, 4 Chiffchaffs, 6 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Nuthatches, 2 Pheasants, 1 Rose-ringed Parakeet, 2 Jays (P&G).
  • London Wetland Centre early am: 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe (scrape), 1 Common Sandpiper (main lake) plus 3 Swift (in from South feeding high over main lake), usual Cetti's, Reed, Sedge and Willow Warblers, Blackcap and Chiffchaff (Martin Honey).
  • Queen's Gate Gardens, SW7: singing Chiffchaff (Martin Honey).
  • Fairlop Waters CP: 17 Mute Swan, 11 Greylag Geese, pr Gadwall, mShoveler, 11 Tufted Duck, GCGrebe, 4+ Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, Common Sandpiper, GWP, 3 Skylark, 2 Mipit, 18 Whitethroat, 8 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 4 Reed bunting, 4 Linnet (Redbridge Birdwatching)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 1 female Wheatear, 4 Common Tern, 2 singing Reed Warbler, 1 singing Sedge, 1 singing Whitethroat, 1 displaying Meadow Pipit, Swallow 1, Song Thrush 1, Mistle Thrush 1 (James Lowen)
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Peregrine E, 1 Swallow, 1 Redstart (f), 1 Pied Flycatcher (m), 1 Wheatear (m) (Joe Beale)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Wheatear on the playing fields + 2 Pied Wagtail, Singing Mistle Thrush, c3 singing Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler (Charlie Farrell)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Black Redstart (female type), in the Wakehams Hill hedge from 10:15, still present at 14:30, but can be mobile (Jon Ridge). The bird has now moved to a nearby Oak at 15:40 (Brian Leech). No sign of bird at 19:00 (JR). Also 2 Wheatear (male), 1 Little Owl, 5 Swallow northwest & 3 Linnet over. (JR). Note: This side of the farm has public access, but no parking (JR).
  • Richmond Park : 2 Wheatear Holly Lodge riding ring early am. (FJM)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 fem Wheatear: 2 Common Tern: 2 G B-B Gull: 4 Swallow: 5 House Martin: singing warblers were Blackcap (18): Chiffchaff (12): Whitethroat(2): Willow Warbler (2); also Orange -Tip, Comma, Peacock (IJohn Colmans)
  • Horsenden Hill: 21 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Swallow, 3 displaying Sparrowhawk, 1 Nuthatch (Andy Culshaw).
  • Little Britain Lake: 3 Greylag Goose, 7 Egyptian Goose, 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (Nigel Sluman)
  • Staines Reservoir: 14:00 -15:30. c20 Little Gull, 17 Arctic Tern and Great Northern Diver (all south Basin). Little Ringed Plover (N. Basin). Also "some" Common Swift through earlier though not seen during my visit (Bill Haines). In the evening, c15 Common Terns and one Arctic (Rob Innes, Ken Purdey).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: 3 Wheatear, (horse paddock, Tyttenhanger Farm. (Terry Smith) - Steve Blake
  • Uxbridge: 7 Swift high over Bicentenary Gardens at 13.40. Also, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler and pair Linnet (Steve Pash).
  • Wanstead Flats (06:00–11:00): Probable Ring Ouzel, Tree Pipit, 2 Wheatear (Tim Harris), Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers copulating, 3 Swallow, 4 Ring Necked Parakeet, 5 Linnet, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard (south–thanks to JLe for the heads up), Sparrow Hawk (Nick Croft); also prob Ouzel 06:50 east of Long Wood, (not counting it!), Yellow Wagtail north, prev mentioned Buzzard, both from my garden (J Lethbridge)
  • Willows Farm: 2 Grey Partridge. (Exact location to be verified)' (name of observer not Known) - Steve B
  • West End Rec (Esher): Great spotted woodpecker, Singing Chiffchaff, Great Crested Grebe (x2), Greenfinch
  • Trent Park: Wheatear (f) - University Sports Field, Goldfinch(s), 2 Pied Wagtail, Chiffchaff(s), Blackcap(s), 3 Mandarin (m), 2 Canada Geese, Jackdaw(s), Nuthatch. ( Pete Lowman)
  • Lockwood res (Walthamstow) Group of c30 Swifts through N @ around 2pm, plus at least 2 Swallows (L Bodini).
  • Battersea Rise Cemetery: 1 Wheatear (patch tick) flew from ground to high top of tree showing distinct white rump, very fast, then dissapeared, unusual for this habitat (Michael Mac).

Wednesday 21st AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Ring Ouzel, male showed for less than a minute in NE corner of football pitches east of cricket pavilion 0702, also Whitethroat (1st of year-at last!), 1-2 Rook east 0715 (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts); 2 Swallows N, singing Lesser Whitethroat; plus ouzel reported again at 12:45, and Garden Warbler reported in scrub - no such luck myself! (David Callahan); Meadow Pipit in bush at south side of cricket field at 7:30 and I saw the Whitethroat - but I didn't see the Ring Ouzel!! (James Palmer)
  • Blackheath: 1 Female Wheatear (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Park: 3 Swallows, 1 Pied Flycatcher (male), 1 Redstart female (Joe Beale)
  • London Wetland Centre: Hoopoe on bank south of Headley Hide; still present at 10.15 (Nick Senior + 2 other observers, presumably the same, Barnes Common 6.30 pm Charlie Archer - invidious blogspotters please note).
  • Leyton: Yellow Wagtail North (Paul Whiteman)
  • Lee Valley CP: 84 species seen between 06:00 - 13:30 including 1 Raven low over Galley hill with Buzzard at 09:55 and 2 Yellow Wags over. Grasshopper Warbler, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Snipe, White Wagtail & Cuckoo at Cornmill Meadows. Whimbrel, Greensandpiper, 2 L.r.plovers, Yellowhammer & 2 House Martins at Langridge scrape. 3 Nightingales by substation (J.Murray).
  • Banstead Downs: Lesser Whitethroat singing, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap (David Campbell).
  • Belmont: Garden Warbler in garden showing well (David Campbell).
  • Fairlop Gravel Works/Fairlop Waters: 17 Mute Swan, 2 Shelduck, 6 Teal, 2 pochard, 2 Gadwall, 20 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 2 Great CGrebe, 8 Little Grebe, Grey Heron, 6 Lapwing, 6 Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, 2 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, Dunlin (summer plumage), 2 GWP, male Sparrowhawk, male Whinchat, female Redstart, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, 28 Linnet, 3 Pheasant, 9 Lesser Black Backed Gull (Redbridge Birdwatching)
  • Tower 42 (City of London): 0800-1515 - 3 Common Buzzards (including two involved in aerial dogfight with Peregrines above Holborn / West End - photos on site later), Oystercatcher E, Rook N, Swift N, 4 Swallows N, House Martin N, pipit sp. N, omnipresent Peregrines, plus Kestrel, Sparrowhawk etc. (T42BSG)
  • Walthamstow Res: Arctic Tern through Lockwood at 15:00 heading towards Banbury res, 3 Common Sandpipers & F Wheatear (J.Murray). Also Yellow wagtail N over East Warwick at c14:30, 2 Swifts, c30 House martins and 1 Common tern north through Lockwood c16:00 (Ian Woodward).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshanks, 1 Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler, Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear, Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warblers,3 Sedge Warblers, 4 House Martins, 4 Swallows, Common Sandpiper, pr Stonechats, Rook, 4 Jackdaws. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Finsbury Park: pair of Egyptian Geese with 6 newly hatched goslings (1st breeding record?), singing Willow Warbler (Ian Bradshaw) Yes probably as I've checked breeding water birds there for last 2 years and Egyptian Geese only occasionally seen there (Michael Mac).
  • Hampstead Heath: Yellow Wagtail and 4 Swallows NW, 6 Meadow Pipits and 4 Linnets over. Whitethroat heard. (Pete Mantle). Stock Dove on Pryors Field, m. Whitethroat displaying at bottom of No2 hedge, 3 Greylag Geese on Conservation Pond (patch tick), Willow Warbler, numerous Blackcaps (Sash Tusa)
  • Headstone Moat: 2 Common Buzzard over at 14:04. Probably the same two birds seen earlier over Pinner Park Farm (Jon Ridge).
  • Isle of Dogs: Common Swift, Swallow, 3 Blackcap, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Mistle Thrush, singing Song Thrush, 3 pairs Great Crested Grebe, 1 with 2 chicks (Richard Harrison).
  • KGV Res: 50+ C.Swift, 24 Yellow Wagtail 1 Blue-headed Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 20 House Martins. 30 C. Tern. 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Wheatear (Tony Clancy)
  • Little Wormwood Scrubs: 3 Green Woodpecker (inc 1m, 1f), singing Chiffchaff, 3 Dunnock (1 singing), Goldfinch, Chaffinch, c5 singing Wren, 4 Ring Necked Parakeet (Charlie Farrell)
  • Lea Valley Park. Holyfield Island: 7 displaying Nightingales, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Cuckoos, 8 Bullfinch (Francis Tusa)
  • Lonsdale Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper (roosting on tern raft), 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Greylag, 2 Grey Wagtail (Rich Petley)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 4 Yellow Wagtail during the course of the day (Jon Ridge, John Edwards, Peter Elton), 1 singing Willow Warbler (JE,JR), 1 Little Owl & 1 Sparrowhawk (JR,PE). Also 2 Common Buzzard over at 12:05, 2 singing Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Linnet over, 2 Mipit north & 2 Swallow (JR).
  • Richmond Park: 7 Wheatear NW area. 3 in Bog, 4 along cattle enclosure fence.(FJM)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Buzzard, Cuckoo, Lapwing, Whitethroat, Swallows, Sand Martins (D Barrett) 1730-1930 1m Wheatear, 11 Yellow Wagtails 1 over east at 1745 and 10 over north at 1915,12+ House Martin,1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 3 Lapwing, 9 Meadow Pipit, 1m Reed Bunting, pr Shelduck, 1f Sparrowhawk, 1 Stock Dove over north, 3 Linnet, 1 little Egret south, 1 G.S Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, also Cuckoo singing till 1930, Sedge, Willow W, Blackcap, Whitethroat and Chiffchaff present. (N.Smith)
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 3 male Northern Wheatear - still present (Robert Callf).
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Great Crested Grebe, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, pair + 2singing Willow Warbler, 7 singing Blavckcaps, 5 singing Chiffchaffs, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 singing Song Thrush, 8singing Chaffinch, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Houae Sparrow (John Watson)
  • Staines Reservoir: 13 Arctic Terns, 13 Little Gulls, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, (Bob Warden) per FJM. Also f Goldeneye, 6 Shelduck, 5 Common Tern, c12 House Martin (Nigel Sluman)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Willow Warbler singing from Memorial Glade/Poplar Wood (2nd record of year) (Bob Watts).
  • Walthamstow Marsh: 3 Wheatear (2M, 1F) in Horse Paddock late afternoon, plus a meagre 3 Linnets (20+ last weekend). Elsewhere 8+ Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, 3 Common Whitethroats, Willow Warbler. (frogandlisa)
  • Wanstead Flats: Dunlin (Jubilee Pond, showing rather well–a patch mega by all accounts), Common Redstart, 2 Wheatear (female), Pheasant, 4 Herring Gull, 6 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Little Owl, Sparrow Hawk, Buzzard (heard), 3 Swallow, 1 House Martin, Coal Tit, 5 Mistle Thrush, Lesser Whitehroat, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap (Nick Croft). Dunlin still there at 15.00 but not seen at 17.10, Yellow Wagtail over (heard), Swallow through (S Fisher)
  • Wanstead Park: Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Ring Necked Parakeet, Little Egret (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Common: 4 Wheatear, 1 singing Garden Warbler, 1 Common Sandpiper at Rushmere, plus notable influx of singing Willow Warblers today (David Wills).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Jay (over), 1 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Charlie Farrell - quick visit) 1 Black Redstart, 1 Wheatear, c3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Stock Dove & c5 Swallow. (David Lindo)
  • Hackney: pair of Firecrests (MJP, TB, JP)
  • Clissold Park: Red Kite very low and north, 1850 (TB per MJP)
  • King George VI Res: Grasshopper Warbler singing on bank in NW corner.midam. (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Regent's Park: Common Buzzard, 4 Sparrowhawks, House Martin, Common Whitethroat, 9 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Lesser Redpolls, hybrid drake Tufted/Pochard (Tony Duckett)

Tuesday 20th AprilEdit

  • KGV Res: male Yellow Wagtail showing characteristics of iberiae race (Spanish Yellow Wagtail) near west side of causeway, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 1 Arctic Tern, 15+ Common Tern, c25 Common Swifts through in small groups, 1 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, no sign of yesterdays Hoopoe (R Woodward et al - wagtail found by B. Bishop, H. Lacey & S. Hamilton)
  • Alexandra Park: Ring Ouzel (M) seen 0650-0657 & 0755 in North East corner of playing field (found by Bob Watts). Ouzel reported again flying from conservation area wood towards cricket pitch at 15:10 (from Dianne Andrews via Gareth Richards). Also Lesser Whitethroat found in Cricket scrub and then later in bushes along playing field (J.Murray). Lesser Whitethroat Conservation Pond 1pm (Mike Benyon)
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Common Swift & 3 Wheatear; also influx of high-flying jets, at least 7 seen (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 5 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2-3 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Black-backed Gulls, Sparrowhawk, Yellow Wagtail East, 12+ Sand Martin, 2 Linnet, 7 steam powered pigeons over at approx 30,000 feet (S Fisher)
  • Canons Farm: Red Kite flew low SW towards Burgh Heath at 5.50pm (record shot on linked page), 1 Swallow, 2 Common Buzzards, 3+ Mallards, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Skylarks, c.5 Yellowhammers, 7+ Linnets, 1 Blackcap, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5+ Stock Doves, 1 Pied Wagtail (m), 4+ Rose-ringed Parakeets (David Campbell).
  • Cornmill Meadows: Grasshopper Warbler reeling c.100 yds east of hide (6.40-7.25am at least), 2 Shelduck, 17 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 2 Little Ringed Plover (flew off north), 2 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Sand Martin, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Linnet (Simon Papps).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: Firecrest (copse), Lesser Whitethroat (NE scrub), 2 Whitethroats, 2 common Terns, Willow Warbler (copse), 4 Blackcaps, 2 Teal, 40 Tufted Duck, Common Sandpiper. (Gary A James).
  • Crossness: 2 Arctic terns off golf centre, 2 Common terns, Cuckoo, Blackwit, Common sandpiper, 5 Swallows north-west, 6 Whitethroats. (John Archer).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Arctic Terns, 8 Common Terns, 14 Little Gulls, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 36 Common Swifts, 1 Wheatear, (Oliver Metcalf, Dave Morris, John Archer, Franko J. Maroevic. )
  • Fairlop Gravel Works: 4 Shelduck, 2 Little Ringed Plover (Redbridge Birdwatching)
  • Hounslow Heath LNR: m. Lesser Whitethroat, several Common Whitethroat and Willow Warbler and plenty of Blackcap and Chiffchaff (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Little Britain Lake: 7 DEAD PIGEONS IN CARRIER BAGS, 3 Swallow, 5 Egyptian Geese, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (Nigel Sluman)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 3 Wheatear (2 male & 1 female) on Wakehams Hill & the reception garden field, 1 Swallow (Jon Ridge, Peter Elton, Jon Reveley). Also 1 Mipit over (JR). Later: 1 Little Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk over, 2 singing Blackcap, 1 singing Chiffchaff & 2 Cormorant west at 19:10. The 3 Wheatear still present at 19:15 (JR).
  • Wanstead Flats: Hobby, m Lesser Spot (Nick Croft), 3+ Wheatear, m Whinchat (stunning!), Tree Pipit, 3 Lesser Whitethroat (J Lethbridge). Also Pheasant, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, 2 Mistle Thrush, Reed Bunting, Linnet, 3 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 2 Swallow, 13 Sand Martin, Kestrel, Sparrow Hawk, Heron (Nick Croft); c75 Sand Martin and a few House Martin over the Basin at 4pm (JL)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Common Whitethroat (1 singing), 3 singing Chiffchaff, 1 singing Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 calling Reed Bunting, c8 Meadow Pippit, Sparrowhawk being mobbed by a crow over East Acton (Charlie Farrell)
  • Rainham: 2 House Martins at nest site in Upminster Road North (Richard Harrison).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Whimbrel, 4 Wheatear, Common tern, Cetti's warbler, Green sandpiper, Little egret, 3 Lesser whitethroats, 5 House martin, 1 Sandmartin, 6 Swallow, 3 Sedge warblers,1 Reed warbler, 12 Whitethroats, m Stonechat. (Kev Jarvis).
  • South Norwood CP: Swallow and Sand Martin feeding over lake, 4 Common Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Little Grebe and Painted Lady (Steven Robinson).
  • Cowley, Brunel Bicentenary Gardens: Lesser Whitethroat (singing), also Common Whitethroat, Blackcaps (2 singing), Willow Warblers (3 singing) and Chiffchaffs (3 singing). Also pair of territorial Linnets. (Roger Morton).
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 12 Tufted Duck, 3 singing Willow Wabler, 2pair + 5 singing Blackcap, pair + 6singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Song Thrush, c6singing Chaffinch, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Jay, pair Long-tailed Tit, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Springfield Park (Hackney): 15 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, a few hirundines through, 3 Coal Tits, 4 Goldcrests; one passenger jet over, 1340 (Mark Pearson)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Tufted Duck, 3 LBB Gull, 1 singing Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting inc singing male, 25 Starling (James Lowen)
  • Tower Bridge: Singing Blackcap in the hedge on the south-east edge of Potter's Field this a.m. (Paul Whiteman)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Common Swifts, small numbers of all three hirundines, 3 Willow Warblers, 3 chiffhcaffs, 2 Blackcaps; two passenger jets over, 1620 (MJP)
  • Chiswick: C. Buzzard (NW) over Temple Road at 1320 (Pete Mantle)
  • Trent Park Area: 2 Common Buzzard, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Yellowhammer (m), 2 Linnet, 3 Swallow, 3 Wheatear (m) - South Lodge Farm fields, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Skylark, 6 Stock Dove. Also passenger aircraft sp. ( Pete Lowman, Bob Husband).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Cuckoo in paddocks,Swallows and Grey Heron over, Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpeckers.(BP) 1800, 3 Norther Wheatear 1f, 2m, 2 White Wagtail in field north of KGV res, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, pr Shelduck, 1m Reed Bunting, 2 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Stock Dove over north. (N.Smith)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 5.05pm-6.45pm after work jaunt, 4 Common Swift, 2 House Martin, 5+ Swallow, 3+ Sand Martin, 1 f Wheatear, 8 or 9 singing Willow Warbler, 7+ singing Common Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting, 25+ Tufted Duck, 1 drake Pochard, 2 Shelduck, 2 Lapwing, 2 LRP, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Rook and superb cock Common Pheasant. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Walthamstow E17: 1 Common Buzzard (with crow attached) W @16.40 (Lol Bodini).
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: 2 ad Tawny Owls and 4 owlets in usual spot - young owls flying between trees at dusk, Grest Crested Grebe, Mistle Thrush, Egyptian Geese with young, Grey Heron, c12 Mute Swan + Pipistrelle bats (Charlie Farrell)
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: 6 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 9 Swallow, 24+ Sand Martin, Common Tern, 3 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Willow warbler, Sedge warbler, Oystercatcher. 3 Tree Sparrow. (Steve B)
  • Willows Farm Puddle: 2 Little Ringed Plover. (Steve B)

Monday 19th AprilEdit

  • KGV Reservoir/Chingford: Hoopoe seen at 16.25 in meadow north of flats and north east of sailing club, south basin. (Martin Shepherd) Went down into fence/hedgeline half way up meadow. First seen by Thames Water employee at 14.45 half way up east side of south basin.19:30 Seen heading into Silver Birches in flat gardens North/East of sailing club. (N.Smith). Also Oystercatcher, Dunlin, White Wagtail, Little-ringed Plover, 2 Wheatear.
  • KGV Res (PERMIT ONLY): Hoopoe (see above) originally reported by TW employee Steve Martin - thanks for the call Steve from London Birders (MJP)
  • Hersham: Ring Ouzel in hedgerow between ember relief channel and horses field 7.15 pm (John Herbert)
  • London Wetand Centre am: 2 Hobbies, 9 Redshanks, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 LRP's, 1 Ringed Plover,4 Little Gulls SE, 22 Swallows NE, 16 Sand Martins, 3 Yellow Wagtails N, 1 Tree Pipit (East Bank) male Ring Ouzel (playing Fields), 6 Northern Wheatears, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Sheltered Lagoon), 3 Cetti's Warblers, 7 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 12 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Willow Warblers, pair Firecrests behind Dragonfly pond again, 6 Linnets SE (BENHG/WWT). Ringed Plover still there at 18.00 plus 1 Common Sandpiper main lake (Martin Honey).
  • Crossness: male Ring Ouzel in island field this afternoon, 2+ Whimbrel, Dunlin east along Thames, 2 Sand Martins north, 6 Swallows north-west, SEdge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroats (John Archer, Ian MIller & Kev Jarvis).
  • Crayford Marshes: male Ring Ouzel, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Little-ringed plovers, 2 Green sandpipers, Cetti's warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Fieldfare, Reed warbler, Sedge warbler 10 Sand martin, 2 House Martins, 12 Swallows, Dunlin, (Kev Jarvis).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Female Ring Ouzel low N over East Res 0720, 6 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Meadow Pipits N, Jackdaw N, Peregrine, 2 Shelduck S, Blackcap, male Bullfinch 200m south of Res (Bethune Rd) 0650 - first in area for years; Common Buzzard N 1010 (Mark Pearson Hackney Wildlife). 2 Common Swifts north 1107, Yellow Wagtail NE 1109, 34 Swallows & 20+ Sand Martins through; 3 Linnets down by Obs platform 1500 (MJP); a further 2 Common Buzzards 1600 (SE) and 1620 (N - first ever actively hovering bird - hunting for what? Bull Terriers?), 5 House Martins another 5 Sand Martins (MJP, TB) another Common Swift, over East Res, 1750 (MJP)
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: Black Redstart (m). Ring Ouzel (m) Wheatear, Common Tern, 5 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff. Swallow, Sand Martin present with a couple of House Martin. (Steve Blake)
  • Abney Park Cemetery: all five Tawny Owls active, 12 Blackcaps, 4+ Chiffchaffs, Red Kite low N 1320, Green Woodpecker at nest hole (Mark Pearson)
  • Banstead Downs: Lesser Whitethroat singing, Common Buzzard over NW, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2+ Blackcaps, 1 female Kestrel (David Campbell).
  • Staines Reservoir: 13 Little Gull, Great Northern Diver, Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover, Common sand, 5+ Common Tern, 2 Buzzard and Peregrine distantly + small trickle of all 3 sp. of hirundines through 2.15-3.30pm (Oliver Metcalf)
  • Lonsdale Res: 1 Reed Bunting, 4 Pochard, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 GS Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 GC Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, plus the usuals (Rich Petley) also Sedge Warbler 6pm (M Bourne)
  • Leyton Flats: 2 Wheatears (male & female, Swallow, 6 Blackcaps,2 Williow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs. (Gary A James).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Wheatear (first-summer male) behind the yard, 8 Linnet over, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Cormorant & 1 singing Swallow (Jon Ridge).
  • Wanstead Flats: 20 Cormorants, m Pheasant calling frequently, 14 Mallard, 4 Canada Goose, Stock Dove, 20+ Woodpigeons, 12 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Skylark, 4 Wren, 2 Robin, 6 Dunnock, 7 Blackbirds, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Mipit, 6 Greenfinch, 5 Reed Bunting, 5 Magpie, 60+ Crow, 3 Jay (J Lethbridge); and in/from my garden, Common Buzzard WNW at 11:51, Peregrine N at 13:39, 3 Sparrowhawk, singing m Blackcap, Coal Tit (h), 6 Sand Martin NE. Wanstead Flats 15.15pm: 5 male Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat (S Fisher)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 0830-1100 (n/e corner of KGV res) 1 f Northen Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 f Kestrel, 4 Meadow Pipit. (Marsh) 4 Sedge warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1m Reed Bunting, Cuckoo, 1 Stock Dove, pr Shelduck in relief channel. (N.Smith)
  • Tower Bridge/St Katherine Docks: 1 Robin, 6 House Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch (heard), 6 Blackbirds, 4 Wood Pigeons, 1 Mallard, 2 Coots, 1 Cormorant, 2 Carrion Crows, Starlings, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls (A Campbell)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Jackdaw N 0805 (1st for site) (Bob Watts).
  • Finsbury Park: a Blackcap and Willow Warbler heard singing in brief morning visit (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 female Wheatear, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, c17 Blackcap, c8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 male Reed Bunting, 2 Greylag, c20 House Sparrow in the grassland & 1 Jackdaw. (Roy Nuttall) Swallow, c5 singing Song Thrush, c20 Linnet, c7 Meadow Pippit (Charlie Farrell)
  • Horsenden Hill: First Whitethroats of the year(2) - long time coming!,Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps in profusion.1 Willow Warbler, Nuthatch, Stock dove, Green woodpecker(3) Great Spotted Wood pecker(6) all singing, calling and hammering. (Martin Smith) + 1 male Wheatear early evening (Andrew Culshaw, David Howdon).
  • Harrow School Farm: 2 Jackdaw (settled), 1 Linnet (settled), 1 Blackcap (John Palmer).
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Jackdaw (over) pair Geat Crested Grebe, 20+ Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, c8 House Martin, c4 Sand Martin, 1 Collared Dove, 2pair Blackcap + 4 singing male, 1 pair + 5 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch, 3 singing Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 House Sparrow (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Willows Farm Puddle: 2 Little ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 2 Pied Wagtail. (Steve B)
  • Regent's Park: 4 Swallows, 5 House Martins, 5 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs, 7 Blackcaps, 4 Sparrowhawks, late news for yesterday Redwing am, 2 Common Buzzards and 1 Red Kite 4.15pm (Tony Duckett).
  • Lee Valley CP: (Holyfield area) At least 4 Buzzards, Little Owl, 2 Yellowhammer, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, House Martin. (Langridge Scrape) 2 summer plumage Dunlin. (Mike Oakland)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Egyptian geese on lake near cafe among the usual (Katy M.)
  • Walthamstow Res: Tree pipit on East Bank of Lockwood; also Greenland Wheatear, 2 Northern Wheatear, Green Sandpiper & Peregrine. 40+ swifts late evening over Low Maynard (J.Murray). 13-14.30 (S sector): Pair Sparrowhawk, Reed, Sedge & Willow warblers, otherwise quiet (L Bodini).
  • Rainham Marsh: 5m Wheatear on sea wall mid afternoon, sparrowhawk over the rubish tip, whitethroat singing along with sedge warblers (BP) 2 LRP, 9 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, 2 Buzzard, 4 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 3 Swallow, approx 16 Sand Martin, Little Egret (S Haslem). Also 5 Common Swift, Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Wheatear on reserve (Richard Harrison).
  • Tottenham Marshes (11-1pm): Cetti's Warbler (h in wooded area N of Picket's Lock), 6 Whitethroats, c10+ Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1st Common Swifts of the year (party of 6+ NE incl 2 'screamers'), c15 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, f Sparrowhawk, 3 Jays (Lol Bodini).

Sunday 18th AprilEdit

  • Wraysbury GPs: Red-rumped Swallow north at 3.45 with 2 Swallows(Oliver Metcalf and FJM )
  • Canons Farm: fem Goshawk over (KJM), Tree Pipit NW of Canons Farmhouse (DKC), male Yellow Wagtail NE, Egyptian Goose flew to Burgh Heath, 3 House Martins, 1 Sand Martin, c.10 Swallows, 4 Northern Wheatears (3 males), 3 Sparrowhawks, 3 Common Buzzards, 6+ Mallards, 2 Cormorants, c.3 Grey Herons (RDW/DKC/KJM).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 male Common Redstart along main pond field hedge (Jon Ridge, Peter Elton, Brian Leech), 5 Wheatear (4 male & 1 female), 7 Linnet (mainly over), 2 Mipit north, 9 Swallow northwest, 1 Little Owl & 1 Sparrowhawk (JR).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 20 Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Willow warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Linnet, 1 Snipe, 1 Shelduck, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stock Dove. (N.Smith)
  • Alexandra Park: 3 Rooks, 3 Swallows, 2 willow warblers (Andrew Gardener, Bob Watts, Alan Gibson, Gerry Rawcliffe, Gabriel Jamie).
  • Berwick Ponds: Male Marsh Harrier at 13:15; also Cuckoo (Nick Croft)
  • London Wetland Centre: 22 Greyalgs, 2 Wigeon, 2 LRP's, 12 Common Snipe, 9 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 3 Common Terns, 2 Terns sp NE probably Arctic tho views brief and distant, 30 Herring Gulls, 8 LBB Gulls, 6 GBB Gulls, 14 BH Gulls, 16 Stock Doves, 5 Swallows NE, c 16 Sand Martins, 1 sp Water Pipit, 1 f White Wagtail, 3 m Northern Wheatears, 1 m Common Redstart (entrance area), 4 singing Cetti's + a female, 8 Blackcaps, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 5 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, pair of Firecrests (in birches behind Dragonfly Pond Wildside; NPS et al), 6 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Linnets, 8 singing Reed Buntings (BENHG/WWT et al). Also Yellow Wag around cattle from Peacock Hide (Matthew Palmer)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Water Pipit, summer plumage at W end of S basin till mid am. Also 23 Little Gulls, 1 Common Tern, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-necked Grebes,1 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Redshank, 1 Wheatear. 1 Peregrine Falcon and 5 Common Buzzards 2 miles S of S basin early evening. (Rob Innes, Oliver Metcalf, Franko J. Maroevic, Andrew Moon, Pete Naylor Ken Purdey, Bob Warden.)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 6 Willow Warblers, Wheatear fem, male later, 5 Sand Martins, 4 Swallows & 3 Jackdaws over (Brent Birders)
  • Crossness: 2+ Whimbrel, 2 Green Sandpipers, 5 singing Whitethroats, 6 Swallows north-west (John Archer, Kev Jarvis & Andy Wardell).
  • Gutteridge Wood (Hillingdon): soaring Buzzard, calling Little Owl, Stock Dove, 5 singing Blackcap, singing Lesser Whitethroat, singing Chiffchaff, singing Willow Warbler (Neil Anderson)
  • KGV Res S.Basin: 1 Common Tern (N.Smith)
  • Limetrees Park Golf Course (Northolt): Buzzard drifting E putting up flock 20 Herring/LBB Gulls, 3 Singing Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 17 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Mitcham Common and Beddington SF: c3 Whitethroat, c5 Chiffchaff, c10 Blackcap, 2 Tree Sparrow, 5 Snipe, 5 Lapwing, 5 Jay, 3 Song Thrush, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mallard, Shoveller, Tufted Duck, Egyptian Goose, Canada Goose, Moorhen, Coot, Grey Heron, Comorant, (plus commoner species, 35 species in total). (T Forster)
  • Perivale Wood: Garden Warbler (David Howdon, Fiona Barclay, Max Whitby - and various LNHS members).
  • Rainham Marsh: 2 Yellow wagtail (in cow field on reserve) 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit, Skylark,Linnet, Shelduck, Teal, Redshank. (BP) Black Tailed Godwit (Target Pools), 2 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 6+ Swallows, 30+ Sand Martins, Peregrine (17:00–18:30 Nick Croft) Ring Ouzel (m) still 14:30, 5 Yellow Wag, big arrival of Whitethroat. (Paul Hawkins)
  • Sharvel Lane/Ten Acre Wood area: Greylag over, f. Spr'awk, m Kestrel, 3 Pheasant, pr Lapwing, Green Sandpiper (on brook), 5 Stock Dove, 4 Green + 3 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 4 singing Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 4 Wheatear, 10 singing Blackcap, 2 singing Whitethroat, singing Willow Warbler, 4 singing Chiffchaff, 7 Linnet, 4 Bullfinch, 2 male Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 14 Blackcap, 5 Swallow, 3 Teal, Meadow Pipit, Buzzard, Lapwing (Ian Ellis).
  • Wanstead Flats: male Ring Ouzel (last seen on path south of Lakehouse Rd and north east of Fairground Green), 4 Wheatear (3 males and poss female), 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 1 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, male Pheasant, Sparrowhawk, 2 Reed Bunting, 6 Meadow Pipit, 16 Skylark, 4 Mistle Thrush, 2 Little Grebe (S Fisher)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: c3 Lesser Whitethroat incl. 2 singers, 1 Whitethroat, c22 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, c9 Chiffchaff, 1 male Wheatear, 1 Rook east, 2 Jackdaw, 2 collared Dove, c16 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting & 2 Redwing. (David Jeffreys & David Lindo)
  • Lee Valley CP: Fisher's Green Island: Nightingale ( showing well from time to time), Langridge Scrape; 5 LRP, Lapwing, 8 Teal, Shelduck 5 Tufted Duck, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Skylark + 2 Redshank. Farm Area; 4 Yellowhammer, 2 Linnet, Little Owl, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Lapwing, plus many Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs. Cornmill Meadows; Redshank, Teal, Gadwall, 6 Snipe, Treecreeper, 2 House Martins (James Anderson) also 1 sp Water Pipit, 1 Little Egret and drake Shoveler 19.00hrs (Ian Bradshaw) Hall Marsh: LRP, 2 Snipe, Cuckoo (Mike Oakland)
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Great Crested Grebe, 20+ Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 1 Nuthatch, 3 singing Willow Warbler, 3 pair Blackcap + 4 singing male, 7 singing Chiffchaff, 1 singing Coal Tit, 4 Jay, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 singing Song Thrush, 1 Collared Dove, c12 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Kensal Green Cemetery and St Mary’s Cemetery: f Green Woodpecker, pair of G S Woodpecker, 2 singing Chaffinch, 2 Blackcap (1 singing), Jay, c10 Ring Necked Parakeet (all in K G Cemetery). Flock of c20 Linnet (St Marys) (Charlie Farrell)
  • South Norwood CP: 3 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting and Snipe (Steven Robinson).
  • Gun Site Allotments, Dulwich: 3 Sparrowhawk over allotments at same time (Steven Robinson).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Common Buzzard N 1253, 4 Swallows through, 2 singing Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs. 2 Blackcaps (MJP)
  • Regent's Park: Little Owl, 6 Swallows, 2 House Martins, Grey Wagtail, Sedge Warbler, 3 Chiifchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, Jackdaw, of interest an asulapian snake was in my garden this afternoon (Tony Duckett).
  • Springfield Park (Hackney): Red Kite east and over Walth Res southern group 1808hrs, Peregrine male, 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps; wildfowl over the park and valley within a five-minute period included m & f Goldeneye (sw then SE, 1800), pair of Shelduck, Gadwall, Shovelers and Tufted Ducks (presumably as a result of disturbance to a reservoir up the valley) (Mark Pearson)
  • Ickenham marsh (Hillingdon way) little egret, lesser whitethroat, two little owls calling, numerous blackcaps and chiffchaffs. Also Female Muntjac.(Joe Dickens)
  • 10 acre wood (near Northholt) Around meadows close to wood; 2 Little ringed plover, 1 Green sandpiper, 8 Lapwing, 1 Wheatear (male), Kestrel(m), 1 Snipe, 3 Whitethroat, several singing Skylarks and Meadow pipits. (Joe Dickens)
  • Staines Res; (morning) 22 Little Gulls, Common Tern, 2 Black-necked Grebes and Great Northern Diver on south, single Dunlin, Greenshank , Redshank, and Oystercatcher on north, also 4 Wheatears on banks of Staines and KGVI reservoirs and a Yellow Wagtail (Andrew Moon, Peter Naylor).
  • Walthamstow Res, Lockwood: m/f Northen Wheatear of Greenland race on west bank @1300 also Common Sanpiper, 3 Little Egret. (N.Smith). *17.30-19.00: 3 Northern Wheatear (2 m incl a probable Greenland race bird, 1f), m Yellow Wagtail, 1 Common Sand still, pr Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, 4 Shelduck, 10+ Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 4 Stock Dove, pr Peregrine circling high over Tottenham Marsh (L Bodini).
  • Heathrow Airport - South Perimeter Road. Skylark singing (Michael F.)
  • Bentley Priory: Kestrel, Buzzard, Blackcap. (Alan Lewis)

Saturday 17th AprilEdit

  • Brent Res: Goshawk over at 12.40; Little Ringed Plover briefly, Sedge Warbler, 23 singing Blackcaps, 12 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, 3 Swallows & 2 Sand Martin (Brent Birders)
  • Broadwater: Little Ringed Plover and 5 Common Tern on Harefield Lake shingle spit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, Red Kite, House Martin and c 5 Swallow over (Martin Sullivan). Also 1 Kingfisher (Jon Ridge).
  • East India Dock Basin : 2 Oystercatchers,3 Sand Martin,5 Blackcap (4 males,1 Female),Reed Bunting. (Gary A James)
  • Fairlop Waters/Gravel Works: 9 Mute Swan, c100 Canada Geese, 12 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck, 9 Shoveler, 7 Teal, 47 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, c40 Mallard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Little Grebe, Coots, Moorhens, 6 LBBGull, 1 Herring Gull, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 6 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 2 Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Pheasant, 6 Green Woodpecker, 8 Stock Dove, c100 Wood Pigeon, 4 Swallow, 11 Pied Wagtail, 3 male Yellow Wagtail, 11 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, 12 Skylark, 3 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 15 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, (Redbridge Birdwatching)
  • Ferny Hill Farm, Enfield: 27 Fieldfare (Robert Callf).
  • Highgate: a Cuckoo flew across the A1 near Highgate tube station at 09:20 this morning (Ian Ellis).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Grasshopper Warbler showing to 6ft but not reeling near viewpoint mid morning. ( Steve Smith per VH-F ).
  • Hornchurch: Red Kite over at 4.10pm, not seen at Dagenham Chase despite tip off. ( Steve Smith per V H-F ).
  • Horsenden Hill: 20+ Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler (Andy Culshaw).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 4 Shelduck, 2 LRP, 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing briefly but not seen, several Willow Warbler singing and a few Sparrowhawk sightings. ( V.Halley-Frame ), 1 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge warbler, 2 Swallows through, 1 Rook (Ian Woodward).
  • Dagenham, Beam Valley CP: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1m Sparrowhawk (Ian Woodward)
  • Kensal Green Cemetery and St Mary’s Cemetery: Sparrowhawk, 2 f Green Woodpecker, f G S Woodpecker, 3 singing Chaffinch, 3 singing Wren, Jay, 2 Stock Dove, c 20 Ring Necked Parakeet (all in K G Cemetery). Flock of c 30 Linnet (St Marys) (Charlie Farrell)
  • Lonsdale Road Res: Reed Bunting, 3 Pochard, 2 Teal, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (M Bourne) 3 young Heron on 1 nest, 1 Mute Swan on previous other Heron nest, Canada Goose on eggs, 1 Tawny Owlet & 1 adult at day roost (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Linnet over, 1 Mipit over & 1 singing Blackcap. The struggle continues (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler, Whimbrel, Reed Warbler, 3 Common Buzzards, Peregrine, large Saker-or-hybrid-type falcon high over Cordite, Curlew, Short-eared Owl, plus numerous Sedgies, Cetti's and Whitethroats; also Black Redstart and Ring Ouzel reported (David Callahan)
  • Redbridge, Roding Valley: 4 Little Egret, 10 Blackcap, male Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk (S Fisher)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Whimbrel, 2 Ringed Plovers, mid am W bank S basin. Also 2 Greenshank flew over early am and 2 Redshank. 1 Great Northern Diver 2 Common Terns, 4 Swallows S basin. No sign of pair of Garganey. (Bob Warden Don Nicholson and Franko J. Maroevic. Evening: 7 Little Gulls, Green Sand, Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Great Northern Diver still on the south basin (REI, KLP).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Cuckoo, 15 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, m Kestrel, pr Meadow Pipit, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 GS Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Snipe, 4 lapwing. (N. Smith)
  • Lea Valley - Netherhall / Glen Faba: 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 16 Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff (Nigel May).
  • St Katherine Docks E1: 2 Goldfinches, Heron
  • Stocker's Lake: 2 Common Tern, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Cuckoo, Nuthatch, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Ring Necked Parakeet, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Swallow. Plus 1 Orange Tip and 3 Brimstone. (Andrew Thomas)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Red Kites, together and NNW, 1528; Common Buzzard NW, 1430; Swallow, 2 Sand Martins (Phil Saunders, Tony Butler & Mark Pearson Hackney Wildlife)
  • Totteridge Valley: singing warblers: Blackcap (13): Chiffchaff (8): Whitethroat (2): Lesser Whitethroat (1). also 1 fem Sparrowhawk, plus Peacock and Comma (John Colmans)
  • Tyttenhanger GP,s: Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, 3 Shelduck, Snipe, 5 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, Wheatear (m), 10+ Buzzard. (Steve B)
  • Walthamstow Filter Beds: Goshawk circling at 9.45am then towards reservoirs (D Barrett)
  • Willows Farm Puddle: Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 8 Shoveler, 7 Greylag. (Steve B)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat heard - 1st for spring, 1 female Northern Wheatear briefly, a pair of Reed Bunting & a bizarre flock containing 2 Cormorant, 1 Greylag and an Emperor Goose! (David Lindo) 2 Linnet, 2 singing Chiffchaff, m G S Woodpecker, Jay, Sparrowhawk + 1 Swallow on Little Scrubs (Charlie Farrell)
  • Vicarage Farm: 2 Whitethroat, 1m Yellowhammer, 2 Stock Dove over south, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit 28+ Linnet. (N.Smith)
  • WWT London Wetland Centre: Green Sandpiper, L.R. Plover, Redshank (9), C Snipe, Lapwing (several sitting on eggs), Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, Chiff Chaff (all multiples and singing), Reed Warbler singing, Reed Buntings, Wigeon (2), many C Pochard, Sand Martins at nesting bank, Swallow through, Pr Sparrowhawks copulating, Mallard and Coot newly hatched young (LWC and BENHG per Angus Innes);
  • Wanstead Flats: m Pheasant still. 2 Whitethroat, 11 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, pr Reed Bunting (J Lethbridge)

Friday 16th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Firecrest in Top Field near birches behind cafe for 10 seconds & calling then flew to tall trees in deer enclosure 0925 and not relocated by 1030, also Rook north 0820 (Andrew Gardner). 2 Greylag Wood Green Res 0700 (Bob Watts).
  • Broadwater GP: 1 Arctic Tern over pit in the late afternoon & 1 Oystercatcher over (Jon Ridge).
  • Bury Lake, Rickmansworth: 1 drake Red-crested Pochard on lake & 1 Rook flew over southeast at 14:55 (Jon Ridge).
  • Cornmill Meadows: Grasshopper Warbler reeling next to hide (06.15-07.30 at least), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 11 Common Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3+ Willow Warbler, 1 Coal Tit, 5+ Blackcap, 44 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 1 Shelduck, 14 Fallow Deer (Simon Papps). 1 Redshank, 2m/f Reed Bunting 10:00 (N.Smith).
  • Lee Valley Cp: Marsh Harrier late morning over police pit. 3 Swallows, L.Spot & 2 R.L.Partridge near Cornmill, plus the above less gropper (J.Murray).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Whimbrel, 2 Cetti's warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Whitethroats, Swallow, 2 Curlew, pr Sparrowhawk, 2 Oystercatchers. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: Short-eared Owl, Common Buzzard, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Sedge Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers, Stonechat, Snipe, Curlew (Ian Miller, Roger Taylor & John Archer).
  • Goodmayes Park & Rec Ground: 2 Mute swans, 43 Tufted ducks, 1 Blackcap, 3 Linnets (Ian Woodward).
  • Holyfield Farm: Black-tailed Godwit on goose field pools @ 19.00 also Peregrine low over farm heading N/E, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Little Owls in seperate locations, pr Red-legged Partridge, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Stock Dove. Langridge Scrape: 2 Green Sands, 3 LRPs, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Shelduck. (N.Smth)
  • Ilford, South Park: 2 Great-crested grebes, 23 Tufted ducks, 2 Mute swans, 1 Redwing, 3 Mistle thrushes, 1 Stock dove, 1 Goldcrest (Ian Woodward).
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Yellow Wagtail, 30+ Sand Martin (most collecting mud for nesting along with House Martins digging tunnels), 2 Eygptian Geese, 2 Snipe, 2 LRP, 4 Redshank. (s Haslem) 2 Cetti's Warblers, 1 Lesser-spotted Woodpecker drumming (Michael Mac).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl, 2 Cormorant over, 1 Linnet over, 1 Mipit over & 2 Swallows north. Very quiet. (Jon Ridge). Also 1 Common Buzzard over (Peter Elton).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 2 Sedge Warbler, m Reed Bunting, Grey Wagtail 09:00. (N.Smith).
  • Staines Res: 16:50-18.30 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Arctic Tern, 6+ Little Gull, pr. Garganey distant on N. basin (Andy Culshaw).
  • Stocker's Lake: 2 singing Sedge Warbler in reeds on northwest bank, 1 singing Willow Warbler along the river Colne, 4+ singing Chiffchaff & several singing Blackcap (Jon Ridge).
  • Stocker's Farm: 3 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 3 Lapwing on the flooded field & 6 Swallow over (Jon Ridge).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: R N Parakeet, Speckled Woods out this week in small numbers, also 2 recent Small Tortoiseshell sightings (Bob Watts).
  • Wanstead Flats: Stonechat, Mistle Thrush, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Heron, 11 Sand Martins (over North) (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR, Leyton: 2 Cetti's Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaffs, 2 Jays (D Barrett)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 6 Blackcap (3 singing males), Reed Bunting, 3 Meadow Pippit, c10 Linnet, c6 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 3 Song Thrush (1 singing), Green Woodpecker calling, c6 singing Wren, Dunnock, 2 Cormorant over, 2 R N Parakeet. (Charlie Farrell) 1 Yellow Wagtail heading east, 1 Swallow & 2 Jackdaw. (David Lindo).
  • Uxbridge: Red Kite NW over Brunel University at 13.30. Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Linnet in Bicentenary Garden (Steve Pash)
  • Stoke Newington reservoirs: Red Kite low and SW, 1327; Common Buzzard NE, 1311; Yellow Wagtail E, 1310; 7 Swallows, House Martin, 3 Chiffchaffs (MJP)
  • Streatham: Common Buzzard circling low over A23, then heading SW at 16.10 (Peter Newmark).
  • Lonsdale Reservoir: 1 adult Tawny Owl flying in daylight and owllet perched, 2 Great-black Backed Gulls, 1 singing Blackcap, 1 Egyptian Goose, Grey Herons with 2 young, 2 Stock Doves, 10+ Ring-necked Parakeets (Michael Mac, Rick James).

Thursday 15th AprilEdit

  • Amwell GPs: 2 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, 1 LRP, at least 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Buzzard (Andrew Thomas)
  • Alexandra Park: 2 Greylag south over Wood Green Res 1910 (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: Whimbrel flew off east at 07.35 (Andrew Self).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 1 Shelduck north (07.20) definately on the increase, singing Lesser Whitethroat (Channelsea), 3 Great Black-backed Gulls (1 ad, 2 1st yrs), 65 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (a record number), 6 Herring Gull, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 singing Blackcap, c10 Grey Heron in flight (max 4 together), 9 Sand Martin, Mallard with brood, Green Woodpecker (S Fisher)
  • Cornmill Gardens, Lewisham: drake Mandarin again on River Ravensbourne (John Archer).
  • Crayford Marshes: Whimbrel, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, Cetti's Warbler, 2 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, Swallow. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: Cuckoo, Reed Warbler, 3 Sand Martins, Whitethroat, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Terns, Curlew (John Archer).
  • Hackney: Common Buzzard drifted N over Riverside Close at 17.00 (frogandlisa)
  • Hammersmith Bridge: Kestrel (Tom Smith)
  • Leyton Flats: 2 House Martin (1st of year), 5 Sand Martins, 6 Sparrowhawks, 3 Blackcaps, 1 Willow Warbler. (Gary A James).
  • London Wetland Centre (Barnes WWT): 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1m Yellow Wagtail, 4 Redshank, many Sand Martins, singing Cetti's Warbler (Tom Smith, v short visit). + Wetland Centre website: 2 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, etc. evening: 1 Hobby N, 2 Ad YL Gulls, 1 m White Wagtail, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 3 singing Cetti's, 2 Willow Warblers, 8 Blackcaps, (BENHG)
  • Park Wood, Ruislip: 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard at 14:10, not far from the Lido (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Common Buzzard over at 10:43, 1 Little Owl in the usual tree, 4 Grey Heron & 3 Linnet (singles over at 10:04 & 10:49 & 18:28) (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner High Street: 1 Hobby over the Queens Head public house at 18:57. My earliest London record of this species. (Jon Ridge).
  • Ruislip Lido: 2 Little Ringed Plover on the raft in the corner of the reservoir. (Jon Ridge).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 1 Wood Sandpiper @ 17:55 on the Patty pools,1 Common Buzzard flew low over marsh chased by crows, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Lapwing, 1 Green Woodpecker. (N.Smith)
  • Staines Res: pr Garganey, 4 Arctic Terns, 3 Little Gull, Great Northern Diver (Tom Smith). In the evening, 15 Arctic Terns, 1 Common Tern, 6 adult Little Gulls, GN Diver flew over in addition to the S basin bird, redhead Smew (S basin) and 41 Goldeneye still - a fair indicator of the migration-inhibiting conditions! (Rob Innes, Ken Purdey)
  • Tooting Common: Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, Blackcap (R Bell)
  • Walthamstow Res: quick circuit of south side - 13 Shelduck, 12 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, 10 Common pochard, 6 Shoveler (MJP)
  • Wanstead Flats 07:00–11:00: Tree Pipit (East of Lake House Road/North of Fairground site, in silver birch), Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff (more than in previous visits), Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 4+ Reed Bunting, 2 Sand Martin over, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (female) in East Copse. Yesterday's Blue-Headed Wagtail of the race thunbergii (grey headed wagtail)! (Nick Croft)
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 1 male Shoveler; 1 female Sparrowhawk; 9 Stock Dove; 1 Ring-necked Parakeet; 1 male Green Woodpecker; 5 Song Thrush; 3 singing male Goldcrest; 3 male Nuthatch; 1 Treecreeper; 1 Great Tit, carrying moss (Robert Callf).
  • Waddon Ponds: 5 prs Collared Dove 1 with eggs (in and around the area), 2 pr Little Grebe 1 on nest, 2 pr Canada Geese on eggs, 1 Herring Gull, 2 pr House Sparrow, 3 Mistle Thrush chasing each other. 18 prs Coots at nests (Michael Mac).
  • Beddington Park Lake: 1 pr Teal, Pr Nuthatch calling, pr Stock Dove, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Herons feeding young, 8 Rooks, 1 Kingfisher, 7 pr Coots at nests (Michael Mac).
  • Beddington Sewage Farm: 2 Shellduck (Michael Mac).

Wednesday 14th AprilEdit

  • Canons Farm and Banstead Woods: probable adult Shag flew fairly high NE over Banstead Woods near car park at c.1.15pm showing all black plumage, small and compact build and shorter neck than Cormorant; also male Stonechat near Canons Farmhouse, c.30 Fieldfares, up to 10 Redwings, 2 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 4 Meadow Pipits, 4+ Skylarks, 3+ Linnets, Pied Wagtail, 3 Yellowhammers, 8+ Nuthatches, 1 Rose-ringed Parakeet, 3+ Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 male Pheasants, 3 Treecreepers, 5+ Chiffchaffs, male Mallard, 2 singing Goldcrests, 3 Coal Tits, Grey Heron, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Bullfinches, 2 Willow Warblers, Collared Dove singing in the Woods, 3-4 Mistle Thrushes. Also 2 Roe Deer (buck +doe) (David Campbell).
  • Battersea Reach (wharf observed from other side of Thames): up to 8 Egyptian Goose having a go at 2 Canada Goose, 8 Cormorant (not involved) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Brent Reservoir: Willow Warbler, 8+ Chiffchaff, 8+ Blackcap, 1st Common Tern 11.00 over rafts then North (Brent Birders).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 2 Great-Black-backed Gulls (1 ad through and later a 1st year eating a dead carp), 1 Swallow SW, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 3 Great-spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Mistle Thrush, 15 Cormorants (13 in flight), 4 Grey Herons in flight, 5+ Sand Martin, 4 Stock Doves, 2 Pied Wags and 2 Grey Wags (S Fisher)
  • Denham Lock Wood and Frays Farm Meadows SSSI's: 1 Cuckoo singing, 1 Yellow Wagtail over flying north, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker. also Water Vole. (Tony Wileman)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: Sparrowhawk, 4 Oystercatchers, Collared Dove, Chiffchaff, Blackcap (Gary A James).
  • Enfield, Boxer's Lake: 4 Shoveler (3m, 1f), 1 Pochard (f), 16 Tufted duck, 6 Mute swan, 1 Grey heron, 2 Ring-necked parakeets (Ian Woodward).
  • Finsbury Park: 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Blackcaps (all on boating pond island) Grey Lag Geese pair with 6 newly hatched goslings, flyover drake Mandarin! (Ian Bradshaw).
  • Forest Gate, Tower 42' (feet): 50 Cormorant (between river and Lee Valley reservoirs), 20 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, numerous Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Feral Dove, 3 Common Gull, c.10 Collared Dove, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Blue Headed Wagtail, 4 Jay, 3 Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk (m&f), Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Dunnock, Wren, Magpie, Starling, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, Great Black-Backed Gull, Blackcap (singing North), House Sparrow, 3 Canada Goose (North), 7 Mallard, Stock Dove, Linnet (8 over North), Herring Gull, 2 Greylag Goose. Size is not everything (N Croft)
  • Fulham Sands End (Thames and path): Canada Goose on eggs & mate, 3 Egyptian Goose (out of the 8 from Battersea Reach), 5 Greylag, 2 Coot, 8-10 Herring Gull (immature of various ages), numerous House Sparrow (very vocal) (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: 9 ad Egyptian Goose (plus 2 new broods of 9 and 7), pr of displaying Sparrowhawk, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 singing Stock Dove, both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets, singing m Grey Wagtail, 5 Blackcap (4 singing and first fem of the spring), singing Chiffchaff, singing Willow Warbler, also 4 Mandarin Duck, 8 Gadwall, 2m Shoveler, 11 Red-crested Pochard, first-summer Black-headed Gull, singing Goldcrest, 2 singing Coal Tit, Nuthatch, singing Treecreeper, 4-5 Goldfinch (Des McKenzie).
  • (Little) Wormwood Scrubs: Kestrel, vocal Green Woodpecker, singing Chiffchaff, singing Chaffinch, singing Song Thrush, Ring-neck Parakeet, c20 Starling, Lesser Black-backed Gull over (Charlie Farrell).
  • Lea Valley - Lea Flood Relief by William Girling Res.: 60+ Sand Martin, 2 Shelduck (Nigel May).
  • Lea Valley - Sewardstone Marsh: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Lapwing, 2 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 1 Buzzard, 50+ Sand Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (Nigel May).
  • Little Britain: 3 Greylag, 1 Egyptian Goose, 7 Grey Heron of which 6 are still on nests,1 Jay, Sparrowhawk flew over, 3 Swallows, 2 Grey Wagtails (Sue Giddens).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Wigeon, Sparrowhawk, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 30 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (LWC website).
  • Margravine Cemetery: Sparrowhawk (morning), Kestrel hunting inside cemetery (afternoon) (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 singing Whitethroat around the main pond, 1 Little Owl in usual tree, 1 Cormorant & 4 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge). Later: 1 Common Buzzard over at 16:53 for 10 minutes (JR).
  • Ruislip: 2 LRP on 'middle raft' on Lido at 18.30. Willow warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap on Poors Field (Steve Pash).
  • Staines Reservoir: @1630 m/f Garganey, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Common Tern, c8 Little Gull, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper. (N.Smith) In the evening 3 Oystercatchers N basin, and the Great Northern Diver still on the S basin (Rob Innes, Oliver Metcalf).
  • Trent Park: 1 adult male Sparrowhawk, perched close-by (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: The usuals plus 2 Wheatear. Wanstead Park River Roding area: singing Lesser Whitethroat (S Fisher)

Tuesday 13th AprilEdit

  • Epsom Common: drake Eider over heading north towards the Stew Ponds and Barnes (Birdguides)
  • Tower 42 (City of London): Red Kite east (roughly along the river, 1045hrs); 2 Common Buzzards (one over Alexandra Palace 1125, one close and NE, straight into Hackney! 1436), various Peregrine sightings including 3 together, 2 Sparrowhawks, Painted Lady on roof 1500 - full report and photos on the blog later (T42BSG).
  • Staines Reservoir: Arctic Tern at 08:00, m/f Garganey, 2 Common Tern, Little Gull, 2 Black-necked Grebe, f Sparrowhawk (Nigel Sluman). Late morning - Great Northern Diver, Garganey still, 3 Black-necked grebes, Reed bunting (Peter Newmark).
  • Alexandra Park: Common Buzzard SE 1710 (Bob Watts).
  • Chalfont Viaduct (BTO BBS transest) nr M25: 1 Common Buzzard,1 pr displaying Sparrowhawk, 1 LS Woodpecker, 1 pr Rn Parakeet at nest hole, 1 Nuthatch, several Swallow @ Isle of Wight Farm (Roger Dewey).
  • Cornmill Gardens, Lewisham: drake Mandarin on River Ravensbourne (John Archer).
  • Crossness: Common Tern, Curlew, 1st-winter male Peregrine north @ 0900, 3 Jackdaws east, singing Whitethroat (John Archer & Kev Jarvis).
  • Dagenham Chase: 2 Little-ringed plovers, 2 Lapwing, 2 Shelduck, 14 Shoveler, 8 Teal, 5 Gadwall, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Willow warbler (Ian Woodward).
  • Essex Filter Beds Nature Reserve: Green Sandpiper, 3 Sand Martin, Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler (heard), Sedge Warbler (heard) (James Palmer).
  • Kensal Green Cemetery and St Marys Cemetery: 3 Linnet, pair Goldfinch, singing Dunnock, Heron over (Charlie Farrell).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bar-headed Goose (esc), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Snipe, 5 Redshank, 30 Sand Martin, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler (LWC website).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds Nature Reserve: Buzzard (James Palmer).
  • Paddington Green: 3m Red-crested Pochard low south 12:40hrs, singing Grey Wagtail, 6 Goldfinch (Des McKenzie).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 White Wagtail, 1 Little Owl, 1 singing Skylark over rubbish tip (couldn't see it) & 1 Green Woodpecker (Jon Ridge, Jon Reveley).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, several Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Buzzard over to NW, presumed Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrid (David Bradnum).
  • River Roding, Woodford Bridge: Little Egret (Alan Hobson).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 1 Little Egret, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Linnet, m/f Reed Bunting, 14 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, pr Shelduck, f Sparrowhawk, m/f Kestrel, 9 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 G.S.Woodpecker, 4 Green Woodpecker (N.Smith).
  • South Norwood Lake: Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, imm Herring Gull, 2 Cormorant, 10 Tufted Duck, 1m Sparrowhawk, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet, pair + 1 Nuthatch, 2 singing Song Thrush, 1 singing Willow Warbler, 2pair Blackcap + 3 singing male, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 singing Coal Tit, 1 pair Chiffchaff + 3 singing male, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 House Sparrow (John Watson).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Black-tailed Godwit on Main Pit (Birdguides), no sign of godwit p.m. fem Ruddy Shelduck, m White Wagtail (Birdguides).
  • Wanstead Flats and Park: 3 Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Sparrowhawk (N Croft).
  • Wanstead, my garden: 2 Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, 24 Sand Martin NE (J Lethbridge)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: pair Linnet, singing Willow Warbler, 2 singing ChiffChaff, 3 Blackcap, pair Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Song thrush (inc 3 pairs), 4 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Greenfinch, Cormorant over (Charlie Farrell).
  • Vicarage Farm/Enfield: Common Buzzard at times hovering, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Skylark, 1 Dunnock and pr Goldfinch, 2 Peacock Butterflies (Michael Mac).

Monday 12th AprilEdit

  • Fishers Green: 3 Common Cranes circled at 14:35 before heading north (RBA). Viewed from Holyfield Viewpoint @ 14.45. Seen heading east over Galley Hill Wood. (Mike Oakland); seen later going over the A12 near Chelmsford! (RBA); Earlier that day: "c8.30am 3 Common Cranes flew north/northeast over the A120 about half way between Frating roundabout and the Severalls exit. They appeared to be dropping down and may well have landed in fields not too far away" (EssexBirders Yahoo group).
  • Old Street: Red Kite west at 12:10 (RBA).
  • Broadwater: Red Kite and 15 Sand Martin over, also 13 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Little Egret and a Great Black-backed Gull (Martin Sullivan).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: a female Marsh Harrier and 2 Ruff (Birdguides), Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Curlew, 3 Swallow, Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and 4 Cetti's Warbler (Steven Robinson).
  • Staines Reservoirs: drake and female Garganey; also an Arctic Tern briefly, 3 Black-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Tern and a Little Gull (Birdguides) also 19 Goldeneye still (M Bourne)
  • Alexandra Park: 3 Greylag at 7:05 (Bob Watts), 5 Greylag at 7.25. (James Palmer), 2 flew from W G Res @ 7:45 (Dominic Mitchell).
  • Amwell GPs: Grasshopper Warbler with Reed Warbler, 5 Sedge Warblers and a Little Egret (Birdguides)
  • Claybury Park: Blackcap (v. gd views singing, and acrobatically catching and eating an insect, then supping some bud nectar as dessert!), Chiffchaff (Alan Hobson).
  • Crossness: Egyptian Goose by Southmere Lake, Common Sandpiper and Curlew off Golf Centre (John Archer, Kev Jarvis & Ian Miller).
  • Fulham Reach: 7 Housemartin (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Hammersmith (Thames by Furnival Gardens): nesting Mute Swan (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: 8 Shoveler, both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showing well, 3 Meadow Pipit flushed from Buck Hill, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler (all warblers singing), pr Nuthatch, Carrion Crow feeding on decapitated fem Mallard head! (Des McKenzie).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Mandarin, 4 Pochard, 4 Jay, plus usuals (M Bourne)
  • Paddington Green: Common Buzzard low toward Regent's Park 12:30hrs, mobbed by Sparrowhawk, Herring Gulls and Carrion Crow and lacking some tail feathers (Des McKenzie).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 male Whitethroat (earliest ever site date) showed well around the main pond with 1 Blackcap (Jon Ridge, Peter Elton), although 1 Reed Bunting (female) wasn't so obliging showing briefly twice (JR). Also 1 Little Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mipit & 3 Swallows (JR).
  • Raynes Park Train Station: 1 Male Kestrel, 8 RNP eating blossom of nearby tree, pair of Blackcap (late afternoon). (S Haslem)
  • River Roding, Woodford Bridge: Little Egret (Alan Hobson).
  • Roehampton Danbury Avenue/Priory Road end : Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 1 at 7.20 am
  • Rotherhithe: Stock Dove west over Stave Hill 2pm; 5 1st-summer Common Gulls on River Thames (Richard Bonser)
  • Ruislip Lido : Red Kite NW at 18.30, also 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap and 2 Swallows (Steve Pash)
  • Westminster: Peregrine over Thames at 13.00 (Andrew Self).
  • South Norwood Lake: Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 15 Tufted Duck, 1f Sparrowhawk, 12 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Mistle Thrush (over) 3 singing Song Thrush ( 1 with nesting material,) 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 singing Coal Tit, 6 singing Blackcap, 7 singing Chiffchaff, 5 singing Chaffinch, (2 nest building) 6 House sparrow, (John Watson)
  • London Wetland Centre: Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 3 Redshank, Sand Martin, Little Ringed Plover (NC)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: male Peregrine, Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Black-headed Gulls NE, Common Gull E, c15 Swallows through (MJP)
  • Tower Bridge / St. Katherine Docks: 12-14 House Sparrows approx. (all males as far as I could pick out), 8 Mallard (inc. 1 Female and her 5 very cute Ducklings), 1 Dunnock, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Cormorants, 4 Tufties (2m, 2f), loads of Starlings (A Campbell)Peregrine early a.m., 2 Greylag Geese flew up Thames and through gap in buildings to St. Katherines Dock at c.13:00. (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1st summer Black Redstart, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (M Bourne and R Nuttall)
  • Langridge Scrape: 6 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Redshank, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler. (Mike Oakland)
  • Golders Green NW11: Common Buzzard soaring overhead @14.20 (Lol Bodini).

Sunday 11th AprilEdit

  • Barnet: Stork species flew over high nw mid-afternoon (per AS)
  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite low south at 0813, Little Egret NW 0943, 2 Buzzards N 1-130pm, Rook SE 0840, also 3 Linnets, 2 Willow Warblers (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener, Gareth Richards, Alan Gibson).
  • Cheshunt: female Marsh Harrier north 13:06 (Roy Woodward).
  • Fitzrovia area: Red Kite drifted south-west 12:07-12:11hrs (seen from Paddington Green) (Des McKenzie).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 4 Common Scoter early a.m,.also Marsh Harrier, Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Grey Plover, Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Reed Warbler and 2 Yellow Wagtail.(Paul Hawkins and Dave Morrison); Goosander (Andy Tweed); Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff all in full song, Sand & House Martins, Marsh Harrier,1 Yellow Wagtail & White Wagtail, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit one with red & yellow leg tags (Ernie Thomason & Croydon Local RSPB group)
  • Richmond Park: Hawfinch in Hawthorn Valley nr Cambrian Gate early a.m. (Birdguides).
  • Staines Res: 2 Garganey still present, Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-necked Grebe, Red Kite, Little Gull (Birdguides).
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard over at 8.25, also 6 House Martins & 2 Sand Martins (Brent Birders).
  • Crossness: drake Goosander east along Thames @ 0820, Grey Plover, 2+ Whitethroats (John Archer, Ian Miller & Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Area: 1 Common Buzzard over south 09.50, 1 Little Egret north, Great Crested Grebe, 4 Oystercatchers, 4 Peregrines,Stock Dove, 1 Backcap, 500+ Ravers (Gary A James). 2 Common Sandpiper in high tide roost (Nick Tanner).
  • Enfield Road, EN2: Pair Goldfinch (male displaying) (Robert Callf).
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: 2 Sparrowhawk high north, 10+ Stock Dove, both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showing well, singing Grey Wagtail; singing Common Whitethroat, 10 Blackcap (9 singing), 3 singing Chiffchaff; also 5 Egyptian Goose, 5 Mandarin Duck, 6 Gadwall, 2m Shoveler, 7 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (2 drumming), singing Song Thrush, 6 Mistle Thrush (4 singing), singing Goldcrest, 2 singing Coal Tit, 2 singing Treecreeper, 4 lecking Jay (Des McKenzie). Swallow over playing fields by speakers corner mid-morning. Gadwall on Serpentine. 3 singing chiffchaffs (Neil Millar).
  • London Wetland Centre : 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, a Wood Sandpiper, plenty of Cetti's Warblers and c25 Sand Martins (Thom & Nigel, Photos @ Comic Terns ). Also 2 Wigeon, 3 Common Buzzards SW, 7 Lapwings sitting, 4 LRP's (2 high W), 1 Curlew E, 8 Redshank, 8 House Martins, 6 Swallows, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Reed Warblers, 4 Sedge Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, 4 singing Cetti's Warblers, 4 Redpolls sp NW, 2 Linnets (BENHG/WWT). Late pm 3 Little Ringed Plover on wader scrape (Martin Honey).
  • Park Wood, Ruislip: 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard calling twice, then glimpsed flying into gardens in Broadwood Avenue at 19:05 (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Egret dropped in at 10:35, then vanished (JR), 2 Little Owl, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Swallow over & 2 female Mallards squabbling over the custody of 12 ducklings on the main pond. (Jon Ridge, Peter Elton). Also 2 Sparrowhawk & 1 Linnet over (JR).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 1630-1800, 2 Little Egrets, f Sparrowhawk, 1 Cuckoo (N.Smith)
  • South Harrow: Roxeth Rec. Allotments (10.30am-1.30pm, whilst digging spuds). Lesser Whitethroat singing and showing well at end of plot for 5 mins before up and off W. Also, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Great Spot Woodpecker, Pied Wag, Lesser Black Back, lots of Crows, Magpies, Starlings, House Sparrows, singing Wrens and Dunnocks, Greenfinch, Goldfinch (Alex Massey).
  • South Norwood CP: Sedge Warber, Common Whitethroat, 4 Swallow, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting, 7 Linnet, 2 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk and Little Grebe (Steven Robinson).
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, 2m 2f Shoveler, 3 Cormorant, 3 Herring Gull, 1m Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 20 Tufted Duck, pair Nuthatch, + 1, 3 singing Song Thrush, 3pair Blackcap + 3singing male, 1 pair Chiffchaff, + 5 singing male, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spoted Woodpecker, 2 singing Coal Tit, pair + 3 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Jay, 2 House Sparrow (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood).
  • Totteridge Valley: 3 Redwing, 11 singing Chiffchaff, 11 singing Blackcap, 1 Treecreeper, also 1 Peacock butterfly (John Colmans). At Folly Farm: 4 Lesser Redpoll and Meadow Pipit over, 2 Rook, Swallow, 2 Sparrowhawks (Ian Ellis).
  • Falconwood: Common Buzzard soaring over A2. 13.00 hrs (Laurence Pitcher)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 4 male Common Whitethroat ( new in ), 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, strangely NO House Martin yet. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Tyttenhanger (Willow's Farm Pool): 2 LRP, 2 Oystercatcher, 2+ Redshank, 3 Gadwall (Gareth Richards)
  • Shenley (adjacent to Arsenal training ground): c.100 Golden Plover, Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover (Gareth Richards)
  • Welham Green: Red Kite over A1 at 19:45 (Gareth Richards)
  • Wanstead Flats: Whitethroat, first of the year, 3 Blackcap, 5+ Chiffchaff, Swallow, and the White-cheeked Turaco (photos here) (J Lethbridge)
  • Wanstead, my garden: 2 House Martin, Sand Martin, Sparrowhawk, and....White-cheeked Turaco! (J Lethbridge)
  • Bentley Priory: Buzzard flying over, Chiffchaff (5 singing); Willow warbler (1); number of peacock butterflies, orange tip. (Alan Lewis)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: skywatch 1230-1730 - 3 Common Buzzards (all east, all between 1230 and 1315), c12 Sand Martins, plus the usuals (MJP, LP)

Saturday 10th AprilEdit

  • Lee Valley CP: Goshawk (F) at 10:30am mobbed by crows over hill adjacent to Cornmill Meadows, before gaining height and out of view. Also 7 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks & Kestrel there. 2 Red-legged Partridge in nearby field. 9 Snipe, 2 Redshank & 1 Green sandpiper at Cornmill. Cuckoo & 2 Whitethroat around Bowyers water & Goldeneye on lake. Cetti's Warbler by Friday Lake. (J.Murray, J.Murray Snr, C.Freddi). Nightingale singing at Fishers Green this afternoon. (David Bradshaw)
  • Horsenden Hill: Goshawk (F) late afternoon also Short Eared Owl over (Birdguides).
  • Broadwater Lake 3 Common Tern, 12 Goldeneye ( John Edwards )
  • Brent Reservoir: Red Kite flew east at 11.48, also 15 singing Blackcaps & 10 Chiffchaffs (Brent Birders)
  • Rainham Marshes: imm Marsh Harrier, Green Sandpiper (Target Pools), Common Buzzard (west marsh), Swallow, numerous Sedgies and Whitethroats (David Callahan); fem Black Redstart (RSPB); Ring Ouzel (Birdguides).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Common Buzzard SE @ 1pm (Bob Watts).
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Swallow, several Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • East India Dock Basin & Area: 1 Little Egret north, 3 Sand Martins, Blackcap, Linnet, 2 Common Sandpiper (roost), 3 Teal. (Gary A James & Nick Tanner).
  • Sewarstone: Cuckoo, Sedge Warbler, 2 Lapwing, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker. (James Palmer)
  • Footpath off Russell Road E4: 7 Green Sandpiper, lots of Sand Martin, Little Egret, 2 Jay, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gull. (James Palmer)
  • Cornmill Meadows: 7 Snipe, 2 Redshank. (James Palmer)
  • Battersea Park Lake area: 5 singing Blackcap, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Song Thrush, 1 Peregrine, 1 f Sparrowhawk, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 m Great Spotted Woodpecker making a hole, pr Blue Tits building a nest (Michael Mac).
  • Northolt Aerodrome: Buzzard soaring low just to west over A40, active Rookery with c18 nests in small wood in compound, many Jackdaws too (Neil Anderson)
  • Sharvel Lane/Ten Acre Wood: 2 Greylag over (site tick), 4 Pheasant, Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, 4 Stock Dove, 4 Green + 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 singing Skylark, m Wheatear, singing Willow Warbler, 8 singing Chiffchaff, 12 Jackdaw, 4 singing Blackcap, 7 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Great Crested Grebe on Alexandra Lake, 4 Shelduck north west plus the usuals (S Fisher)
  • Wanstead Park River Roding area: male Bullfinch (Tim Harris), male Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff (pair building nest), 6 male Blackcap, 4 Linnet, 5 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush (S Fisher)
  • Alexandra Park: Rook NE over deer enclosure 0905, Meadow Pipit cricket pitch 0800, Willow Warbler, hybrid Tufted x Pochard Boating Lake (Bob Watts, Gabriel Jamie, Andrew Gardener, Dominic Mitchell, Alan Gibson)
  • Harrow Weald Common: 2 Tawny Owl including a male calling at 20:25. (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl in usual tree, 1 Blackcap & a female Mallard with 8 ducklings around the main pond. (Peter Elton, Jon Ridge). Also 1 grounded Linnet flew off northwest (JR). A visit from 21:00 hours proved unproductive, but a clear & calm night. Fingers crossed for tomorrow. (JR).
  • South Norwood Country Park: female Black Redstart (Paul Moss per JA).
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, 3 Corrmorant, 15 Tufted Duck, 3 singing Song Thrush, pair Blackcap + 3 singing male, 5 singing Chiffchaff, 7 Jay, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, pair Nuthatch + 1, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 House Sparrow, 1 Peacock Butterfly ( John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 4 Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Common Whitethroats, 2 Reed Warbler, House Martin, Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, 3 Common Buzzards together north at 12.22pm and then 2 further Common Buzzards west together at 2.10pm.Also 19 Peocock Butterflies, 2 Commas, 2 Small Whites, Brimstone and a Damselfly sp.(Dave Morrison)
  • Hornchurch CP: Little Egret, abundant Chiffchaff, Kestrel. (Millicent Harper)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 4pm-6.45pm, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 1 Common Buzzard, 5+ Willow Warbler & 10 Sand Martin. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Walthamstow Marsh: Common Whitethroat 08.00, many Blackcap. (frogandlisa)
  • Staines Res: Two Arctic and one Common Tern S basin, plus several adult Little Gulls; also Garganey pair still present (N basin), Great Northern Diver and four Black-necked Grebes (S basin), three Oystercatchers (N basin), Little Ringed Plover, two Ringed Plovers, etc. (Rob Innes, Ken Purdey). 3 Shelducks, 1 Teal (Sue Giddens)

Friday 9th AprilEdit

  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: no sign of Black-winged Stilt (Birdguides). Peregrine Falcon, Sparrow Hawk, Kestrel, singing Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Cetti's and Whitethroat (a Grasshopper Warbler reported on west marsh 07:00), also 2 Wheatear on the sea wall, 1 Rook and 1 Swallow (NC) Common Buzzard over tip c15.30. Also Ferry Lane area: Common Sandpiper along beach, male Whitethroat, 3 singing Cetti's Warblers, male Blackcap in bushes by cycle track, 2 singing Sedge Warblers (S Fisher)
  • Walthamstow Res: Large raptor, possible Vulture sp SW 1240 (Lol Bodini per Bob Watts)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: unidentified Heron sp. south-west, chased by Lesser Black-backed Gull, 0907hrs (photos on site); Hobby high and north 1500; 7 Common Buzzards (2, 3 sparring together, 1 & 1) 1030-1300 - record day count, 2-3 Peregrines intermittently all day, plus various other bits and pieces in nine-hour sky-watch (Mark Pearson 0730-1630, also Jamie Partridge and Tony Butler 0730-1000 Hackney Wildlife)
  • Alexandra Park: 1+ Willow Warbler just south of Conservation Pond, Viz mig 1730-1900: male Redstart dropped in at obs briefly 1805, also 5 Swallows north (Bob Watts).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Grasshopper Warbler still singing at edge of reedbed below bench on hill (David Campbell/Phil Wallace).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Singing Willow Warbler (1st of year) Monument Glade/Poplar Wood (8am), 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, R N Parakeet (h) (Bob Watts).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: Common Buzzard soaring high to the north west at 12.15, Peregrine, Kestrel, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 12 Sand Martin, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 4 Grey Heron flew south together c12.45, Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay (S Fisher)
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Sand Martin, 1 Blackcap, the only birds of note, very quiet. (Gary A James). 2 Blackcaps at lunchtime, singing Linnet, Buzzard over going South. 2 female Black Redstart nearby. (Paul Whiteman)
  • Fairlop Gravel Works: 2 prs Mute Swan, 8 prs Canada Geese, Greylga Geese, 2 Shelduck (pr), 4 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 12 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard (3m, 2f), 2 Teal, Mallards (really?), 3 Lil Grebe, pr GCGrebe, Moorhens, Coot dem, Little Owl, Lapwings, 3 Snipe, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Greed Sandpiper (maybe 3), 2 Redshank, Swallow, 2 GWPecka, 2mPheasant, 18 Magpies 2getha, White Wagtail, 30 Pied Wagtail, 3 Yellow Wagtail (2m, 1f), 2 Mipit, singing Skylarks, c10 Linnet, 2 male Reed Bunting (Redbridge Birdwatching)
  • Finsbury Park: singing singles of both Blackcap and Willow Warbler and 6 Little Grebes having a domestic row(Ian Bradshaw)
  • Holyfield Farm: 3 Linnet, 6 Yellowhammer, 6 Red-Legged Partridge 3 pairs in seperate fields. (Langridge Scrape) Cetti's Warbler (seen and heard) 5 LRPs, 2 Reed Bunting m/f. (Goosefield) 1 Green Sandpiper. (N.Smith)
  • Little Britain: 3prs Egyptian Geese, 2 Dunnocks, 2 Ring Necked Parakeets, 2 Gt Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green woodpeckers,1 Sparrowhawk & 2 Common Buzzards flew over,1 Reed Warbler, Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Jays, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Greylag, 3 wren (Sue Giddens).
  • Margravine Cemetery (skywatch c8am): 6 Jackdaw over to NE (3 then 2 then 1), 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Grey Heron, many Parakeets (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Paddington Green: probable (but too high to be sure) Marsh Harrier NE 13:50hrs, singing Grey Wagtail, fully-grown juv Blackbird, Jay over, 6 Goldfinch (Des McKenzie).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 singing Blackcap. (Peter Elton, Jon Ridge). Also 1 Common Buzzard over at 15:01 for ten minutes, 1 Linnet over & 2 Sparrowhawk (JR).
  • Richmond Park: 1 Common Buzzard east, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Sparrowhawk while out running (Lee Dingain).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-necked Grebe on south basin, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 2 Shelduck on north basin, also 22 Goldeneye early evening (Lee Dingain)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Grebe 1, Tufted Duck 3, Starling 10, Greenfinch 2, Green-veined White 1 (James Lowen).
  • Roding Valley Park: Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrushes, 2 Jays (Alan Hobson).
  • St Jude's Court, Woodford Bridge: Sparrowhawk, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush (Alan Hobson).
  • Sewardstone Marsh:1 Cuckoo, 3 Buzzards over towards Epping, 2 Redshank, 5 Lapwing, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap (N.Smith)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Sedge Warbler, almost singing. Cetti's Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 4+ Blackcaps, 4+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Song Thrush. (frogandlisa)
  • West Norwood: escaped African Grey Parrot found, if anyone knows who's lost it please contact Andrew Self
  • Cowley, Brunel Bicentenary Gardens: Male Common Redstart in the NW corner, between 11.30 and 11.45, when it flew into the fenced off area by the River Pinn. (Roger Morton). Willow Warbler, 2 Blackacap, 2 Chiffchaff, pair Linnet, Red Kite over heading NE at 13.20 and Common Buzzard circling at 13.35 (Steve Pash).
  • Pages Wood: 4 singing Chiffchaff, 1 singing Willow Warbler, Long Tailed Tit, Jay. (Millicent Harper)
  • Crossness: female Ring Ouzel flew west along Thames path early a.m (Kev Jarvis).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: Black-necked Grebe (Broken wing) Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, Snipe. (Steve Blake)
  • Willows Farm: Little ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, Redshank, 2 Shelduck, Ruddy Shelduck, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail. (Steve Blake)
  • Trent Park: Cuckoo (h) Moat Wood, 3 Common Buzzard, 10 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, Green Woodpecker. ( Pete Lowman).
  • KGV Res: 9 White Wagtail, 1Yellow Wagtail, 1LRP, 1Common Buzzard ( T. Clancy, A. Middleton )
  • Nine Elms Sainsbury's Car Park: pr Kestrels on a building, female with prey (Michael Mac).

Thursday 8th AprilEdit

  • London Wetland Centre late pm: Common Whitethroat, several Reed and Sedge Warblers plus usual numbers of Cetti's Warbler (at least 4 on site) (MArtin Honey).
  • Leyton: Hooded Crow landed in a tree in Marsh Lane E10 and then flew East towards Marsh Lane Fields at c15:40. Details see http://walthamstowwildlife.blogspot.com/ (Paul Whiteman)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: first-summer male Black-winged Stilt on Purfleet Scrape; also singing Whitethroat (David Callahan, Dominic Mitchell); present all day until dusk. Reserve reopens at 7.30 am. Thanks to Howard for the late access ( V H-F ).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Garganey, Great Northern Diver, 5 White Wagtail, 4 Black-necked Grebe (Nigel Sluman)
  • Stoke Newington Res: Red Kite north 16:50 (photos on site), 2 Common Buzzards (initially circling over Abney, then south) 1410, 4 House Martins (first of year here), 3 Sand Martins, 1 Swallow, 3 Willow Warblers, 6 Chiffchaffs (Mark Pearson Hackney Wildlife)
  • Brent Res. 2 Red Kites @11,00 (John Gravatt)

  • Alexandra Park: 3 singing Willow Warblers Wood Green Res (Dave Callahan).
  • Abney Park Cemetery: Tawny Owl, 5 Willow warblers, 8 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs (MJP, TB et al)
  • Battersea Park Lake: 3 singing Blackcap - 1st of season, 1 f Great-spotted Woodpecker, at least 2 fledging Grey Herons, Great Crested Grebe on nest, 1 Little Grebe, 1st pr Mallard with 8 ducklings, seems to be slight lateness in breeding water birds this year (Michael Mac).
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: 11 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Canons Farm and Banstead Woods: 3+ Northern Wheatears (2+m +f), 1 Siskin, 4 Swallows north west, 5 Common Buzzards, 1 Little Owl, 4 Mallards, 1 Willow Warbler, 4+ Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 3+ Yellowhammers, 11+ Meadow Pipits, 6+ Skylarks, 3 Bullfinches, 2 singing Mistle Thrushes, 2 Pheasants, 3+ Treecreepers, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Kestrel, 2 Coal Tits, 3 Nuthatches, 4 Stock Doves, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2+ Green Woodpeckers, 2+ Linnets (David Campbell/Kevin McManus).
  • Crossness: singing Whitethroat, male Wheatear, Common Buzzard, 2 Curlews (John Archer, Kev Jarvis, Ian MIller & Paul Moss)
  • Finsbury Park: 3 singing Willow Warblers and a Blackcap, 2 Jays, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Egyptian Goose and 2+ Little Grebes plus usual parkland birds (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Horsenden Hill: 3 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcap, 13/14 Chiffchaff all singing (Martin Smith)
  • Island Barn Res: Great Northern Diver (same as QE2) & Common Buzzard (AQ & DMH)
  • Leatherhead: 1 Common Buzzard low N over M25 J9 at 07.00 (Andy Culshaw).
  • Leyton Flats: 1 Common Buzzard, 1 male Wheatear, Snipe, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap. (Gary A James)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: I Green Woodpecker, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, plus usuals (M Bourne)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Kestrel (at last!), 1 Little Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Fieldfare, 1 singing Chiffchaff & 1 Linnet over. (Jon Ridge).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Great Northern Diver & Whimbrel (DMH)
  • Richmond Park: 3 Wheatears (2 males) still Holly Lodge/Riding ring area (Hugh Bradshaw).
  • Roding Valley Park: 3 Blackcaps [2 m, 1 f], 2 Chiffchaffs, Song Thrush, Jay, 2 Long-tailed Tits (Alan Hobson).
  • Roehampton: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 2, 1 male calling and drumming plus 1 female in trees near school on Danbury/Priory Road near roundabout (D Benton).
  • Romford, RM1: Common Buzzard west 1540 (James Astley).
  • Thorney Country Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Blackcap (5m) (3f),Grey Heron, Dunnock,6 L T Tits, Mute Swan, Chaffinch, Wren, 2 Reed Buntings, 4 Greenfinch, 2 L B B Gulls,Jay,5 Chiffchaff, 2 Cormorants. (Sue Giddens)
  • Totteridge Valley: 3 Common Buzzards: 1 fem Sparrowhawk: 1 fem Whitethroat: 1 Willow Warbler: 11 singing Chiffchaff: 7 singing Blackcap: also one Peacock butterfly(John Colmans)
  • Tower Bridge/St Katherine's Dock: 1 Blackcap (heard), 5 House Sparrow, 2 Wren, 2 Blackbird, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Mallard, 2 Coots, 5 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, the usual hordes of Starlings (Andrew Campbell)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs, R N Parakeet, 3 Stock Dove (Bob Watts).
  • Walthamstow Marsh: 3 female Wheatears, Mistle Thrush at the Riding Stables. 2 Buzzards over, 1 House Martin, 6 Sand Martins, Green Sandpiper, latter two on Waterworks N.R. ~10 Blackcaps, ~10 Chiffchaffs, ~5 Willow Warblers. http://walthamstowwildlife.blogspot.com/ (Paul Whiteman, Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: 1 Wheatear, Mistle Thrush, 3 male Chiffchaffs, 1 male Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Reed bunting, 2 Heron, Sparrow Hawk (male), Kestrel, Snipe
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Whitethroat - 1st for the spring, plus 1 female Northern Wheatear, c6 Willow Warbler, c8 Chiffchaff, 1 Swallow & c10 Linnet. (David Lindo)
  • Ingrebounre Valley: Grasshopper Warbler singing,2 LRP. (Shaun Harvey)
  • St Andrew's Church, Enfield Town: Pair Goldcrest, nest-building (Robert Callf).

Wednesday 7th AprilEdit

  • Alexandra Park: 4 Greylag until 710 at least plus 1 Swallow north (Bob Watts). 3 Sand Martins Wood Green Res & 2 ad Jackdaw with the nursey crow flock (David Callahan).
  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Swallow,1 House Martin, 22 Sand Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, Kingfisher + fish (Andrew Verrall, Roy Beddard).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 1 Wheatear, 2 Swallow west, singing Willow Warbler briefly, 9 Sand Martin, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 35 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Chiffchaff, male Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 6 Stock Dove (S Fisher)
  • Canons Farm and Banstead Woods: 5 Northern Wheatears (3 m +2f), 1 Swallow (m), 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (m), 1 Cormorant north, 1 juvenile Grey Heron, 30+ Lesser Redpolls, 2 Willow Warblers, 7 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, 2 Little Owls, 8 Yellowhammers, 8+ Meadow Pipits, 5 Skylarks, 7+ Linnets, 1+ Sparrowhawk (f), 1+ Pheasant, 4+ Goldcrests, 6+ Coal Tits, 5+ Treecreepers, 11 Nuthatches, 10 Rose-ringed Parakeets, 7 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Stock Doves, male Kestrel, singing Mistle Thrush (DKC/KJM/P&G).
  • Claybury Park: 2 Treecreepers, 2 Nuthatches, 6 Blackcaps, 4 Green Woodpeckers, Sparrowhawk, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Stock Doves, 3 Chiffchaffs, 12 Jays, 2 Long-tailed Tits (Alan Hobson).
  • Crossness/Belvedere: Common Buzzard south @ 0955, male Wheatear, 14 Sand Martins NW, 8 Swallows north, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Curlews, 2 Wigeon, 73 Gadwall, 17 Shoveler (John Archer, Kev Jarvis & Ian MIller).
  • Dorset Square NW1: Ring-necked Parakeet p.m. (unusual) (Des McKenzie).
  • Fairlop Gravel Works: 2 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 4 Pochard, 10 Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck, 16 Shoveler, Kestrel, 4 Pheasant, 3 Snipe, 2 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 5 Lapwing, 15-20 Pied Wagtail, 18 Mipit, 6 male Reed Bunting, 10 Linnet, 4 Siskin (RedBird)
  • Fulham Reach (Crabtree Wharf): 2 Redshank (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Gunnersbury Park: pr Egyptian Geese with 8 goslings, mating pr Mandarin, 40 Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 19 Herring Gull, c10 Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 Green + 1 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatch calling, singing Goldcrest, singing Blackcap (Neil Anderson)
  • Harrow on the Hill: Pheasant (f) on the pitch and putt! (John Palmer) - local or vagrant? Don't think it's local. So pheasants now migrate through suburbia. There is a marked dispersal of gamebirds in March & April throughout the London area (Jon Ridge).
  • Hounslow Heath: Wheatear, several Blackcap and Chiffchaff. (Rob Solomon and Adam Cheeseman)
  • Kensington Gardens: very brief visit, both adult Tawny Owls and all 4 owlets showing well. (1.15 - 1.30PM) (S West)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Little Owl ( Shaun Harvey)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Wheatear (female), in the field behind the yard, 2 Little Owl in the usual tree, 1 singing Blackcap & 1 singing Chiffchaff around the main pond. A flying visit. (Jon Ridge, Peter Elton). Later, female Wheatear still present at 17:20 & 2 Swallow around the main pond. (JR, Bob Beazley).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 1 Cuckoo, 3 House Martin, 2m Wheatear, 16 Meadow Pipit, 20+Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, pr Shelduck, 6 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 30+ Swallows and 70+ Sand Martin over N/E corner of KGV res. (N.Smith)
  • Staines Reservoir: Pair of Garganey still, also 6 Black-necked Grebe (nice summer plumage), 2 Shelduck and 2 Swallow. 2 Yellow Wagtail and 6 White Wagtail reported earlier (Martin Sullivan and Gary Clewley).
  • Ten Acres Wood: in field North of wood 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Wheatear (G Westley)
  • Tower 42, City of London (10:00-14:30hrs): weather not conducive to raptor or passerine visible migration at 600ft altitude but; 17 Cormorant (mainly east), fem Sparrowhawk SW (lacking central tail feathers), 2 Peregrine Falcon, 12 Black-headed Gull west, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull (mainly west and NW), 33 Herring Gull (mainly west and NW), 6 Great Black-backed Gull (north and NW); incidentals on the Thames included 2m Mallard, 4 Coot, 2 Common Gull, plus Woodpigeon and Blackbird noted Blog (T42BSG)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 2 Wheatear, c50 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow, Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Redshank. (Steve B)
  • Walthamstow: f Black Redstart half way up the East bank of the High Maynard. 3 Green Sandpipers in the overflow channel North of the Lockwood, 30+ Teal here and on the Maynard/Lockwood. Around 80 Sand Martin trickling North over about 45 minutes, 3 Wheatears and 6 Meadow Pipits on or over the West bank of the Lockwood, 2 Oystercatcher. Singing Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers aplenty. Blog (Paul Whiteman) 4 White Wagtails, 11 Pied & 2 Grey Wagtails on Lockwood (south east corner) Also Wheatear present this pm (John Murray).
  • Wanstead Flats: Redstart (male south of Long Wood 11:30–Nick Croft; still at east end of Long Wood mid-afternoon–Birdguides), Wheatear (1), Snipe (4), Skylark (18+ singers), Little Owl (heard), Swallow, Sand Martin, Blackcap (4 singers), Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler (2), Redpoll (2 over North), Pheasant, Kestrel, Heron (4), Little Grebe, Shoveler, Greylag, Ring-Necked Parakeet (3), Reed Bunting, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers (Nick Croft and Tim Harris)
  • Wanstead Park: Mistle Thrush, Gadwall (3 pairs on Shoulder of Mutton, 2 on Perch), Teal (2 pairs on Heronry), Blackcap (10+ singers), Willow Warbler (4), Chiffchaff, Linnet (3), Bullfinch, Kestrel (pair), Little Grebe, GreatCrested Grebe, Grey Heron, Little Egret (River Roding) (Nick Croft)
  • Whitewebbs Wood: 07:15 1 Little Egret, flushed out of Flash Lane aquaduct with a Grey Heron, also 1 Grey Wagtail, and 1m Bullfinch, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Coal tit, 1 Treecreeper. 3 Muntjack. (N.Smith)
  • Willows Farm Puddle: 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 3 Lapwing, 2 Swallow. (Steve Blake)
  • Wimbledon Common: 4 Wheatear on the Meadow, 2 on Rushmere Plain (David Wills).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Great Spotted Woodpecker, vocal Green Woodpecker, singing Chiffchaff, singing Dunnock, 4 Greenfinch, Goldfinch, singing Mistle Thrush, Grey Heron (over) being mobbed by crow (all on little scrubs). Singing Chiffchaff, singing Mistle Thrush (in Martin Bell Woods), 3 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 2 immature Herring Gull, 3 Canada Geese & around 100 Carrion Crow feeding on fields behind the prison churned up by the cavalry exercises. 12 Starling, 1 Meadow Pippit (Charlie Farrell)

Tuesday 6th AprilEdit

  • Sewardstone Marsh: Goshawk @ 09.50 circling over marsh whilst being attacked by resident female Sparrowhawk. Gained hight and headed off North/West (not north east as earlier reported) and circled very high over Rammey Marsh, continued to circle up until out of view. Other bits, 3 Snipe, 4 Lapwing, 1 Swallow,1m Reed Bunting, 3 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark over cob fields, 8 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, 30 Sand Martin and 1 swallow N/E corner of KGV res. (N. Smith)
  • Fairlop Gravel Works: male Goshawk @ 6.30pm (no jessies), hunting over the Gravel Pits - flew out of conifer trees. Also: 2 Shelduck, 2 Gdwall, 2 Teal, 12 Shoveler, male Pochard, Greylag Goose, 2 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 20 Pied Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Linnet, male Reed Bunting, 4 Swallow (Red Bird)

  • Abney Park Cemetery: all five Tawny Owls (2 ads, 3 young) safe and well after the 'challenges' of recent weeks, 2 Blackcaps, Coal Tit, Chiffchaff (MJP, TB)
  • Alexandra Park: Male Brambling still NE corner Top Field near owl box 705-720 & 815, 5 Willow Warblers (2 BL, 2 TF, 1 WG Res) also one in garden Nightingale Lane, Water Rail Conservation Pond, hybrid male Tufted Duck x fem Pochard Boating Lake (Gabriel Jamie, Bob Watts); a very ragged Common Buzzard north-west over Morrisons, Wood Green roughly towards the palace 17:08, mobbed by Lesser Black-backs (David Callahan); distantly over park shortly afterwards (Ian Lycett).
  • Broadwater: Red-legged Partridge in ploughed field on S side of Moorhall road, 2 Shelduck, Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing (displaying), 10 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin and 2 Common Buzzard (Martin Sullivan).
  • Canons Farm and Banstead Woods: 1+ Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Blackcaps, c.7 Chiffchaffs, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Pheasants, 5+ Yellowhammers, 7+ Meadow Pipits, c.5 Skylarks, 1+ fem. Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrels, 6+ Linnets, 4 Treecreepers, 6+ Nuthatches, 1 Coal Tit, c.35 Stock Doves, 1 Pied Wagtail, 8+ Green Woodpeckers, 2+ Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Mistle Thrush. Also the following butterflies present: 1 Comma, 5+ Peacocks, 15+ Brimstones (David K Campbell).
  • Crossness: adult Little Gull off Incinerator 0900-0930 but gone by 1030; also 2 Common Terns, 2 singing Sedge Warblers, 6 singing Blackcaps, Swallow, Curlew, 2 Ringed Plovers (John Archer & Kev Jarvis).
  • Dagenham Chase: 4 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 14 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 2 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 12+ Blackcap (10m,2f), 10+ Chiffchaff, 1 singing Willow Warbler (Ian Woodward).
  • East India Dock Basin area: 2 Greylags, 1 Swallow NW, Sand Martin. 3 singing Wiillow Warblers and 1 singing Blackcap (Eco Park), Reed Bunting. (Gary A James).
  • Ferny Hill Farm, Enfield: 27 Fieldfare (Robert Callf).
  • Greenwich Park: Male Redstart briefly (Joe Beale)
  • Hampstead Heath: Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 5 Shoveler (4m 1f), pr Mandarin, courting Great Crested Grebes (Leo Reich)
  • Harmondsworth Moor: House Martin flew over, 1 Chiffchaff.(Sue Giddens)
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Swallow, 1 f Sparrowhawk, 9 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap (Martin Smith)
  • Houses of Parliament: 1 large f Sparrowhawk flew over the building at 11:25am (Michael Mac).
  • Kenwood: Egyptian Geese have 5 young, 1 Kestrel and 2 Jays and several Blackbirds gave away Tawny Owl Roost (Michael Mac).
  • KGV Res: 3 Yellow Wagtails, 3 White Wagtails, 1pr Goosander in relief channel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 LRPs, 4 Shelduck. (N.Smith)
  • Kensington Gardens (brief visit): pr Shoveler, fem Ruddy Duck (2nd this year), 10-12 Stock Dove, both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showing well (please stay a respectful distance), singles of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler (all singing), pr Nuthatch (Des McKenzie).
  • Oakwood Park, N14: 1 female Great Spotted Woodpecker; 3 Mistle Thrush; 2 Dunnock, together; 3(1 singing male, 2 females, together) Blackcap, 2 singing Chiffchaff; 1 singing male Goldcrest; 1 pr Chaffinch, copulating; 1 Goldfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Paddington Green (seen from): Common Buzzard soaring high north-west 13:53-13:57hrs, mobbed by Peregrine Falcon (Des McKenzie).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Wheatear (first-summer male - not thought to be yesterday's bird), on the field behind the yard, 2 Little Owl showing well, 32 Jackdaw, 3 Fieldfare, 2 singing Blackcap & a ringed adult Herring Gull was noted on the cricket pitch. (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park: male Ring Ouzel still in NW corner beyond rugby pitch (RBA). still 12pm (Gabriel Jamie) No sign 12:30 - 16:00; Redwing, 2 Song Thrush and many Blackbirds only (J.Murray). Ring Ouzel feeding on ivy berries 17.30 plus Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush (Rob Bell); male Ring Ouzel seen from 14:15 to 15:05 on and off, last time for about 5 minutes perched in Ivy about 10 birders present at various times, also 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush (Michael Mac).
  • Romford, Raphael Park: 2 Great Crested Grebes, 19 Tufted Ducks, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1 Blackcap, 4 Stock Dove (Ian Woodward).
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Garganey (1m 1f) 1 Black-necked Grebe. (Sue Giddens)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: (skywatch 1000-1540 - arduous in the extreme) 15 Swallows, 12 Sand Martins, Chiffchaff, plus the usuals (MJP, TB, JP)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood): f Black Redstart, 2 Sand Martins, Little Egret, pr Reed Buntings (D Barrett). Singing Sedge Warbler in reeds, West Warwick (not seen); Willow warbler & Blackcap (h only W'stow marsh), min 4 singing Chiffchaff, min 6 Little Egrets, 1 Sand martin, min 10+ Shelduck, 6-8 Linnet (Lol Bodini).

Monday 5th AprilEdit

  • Chafford Hundred EWT: Alpine Swift still over Warren Gorge from 1049 (RBA) 13:40 still showing well (D Barrett), 3 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow by 11.30am (John Palmer)
  • Regent's Park: male Ring Ouzel still 14:00 in NW corner near rugby pitch (RBA), 1 Blackcap
  • Staines Reservoir: 12:00 - 2 Garganey (1M + 1F) south lake amongst Coots against central reservation. 1 Black-necked Grebe (1M full breeding plumage), >2 White Wagtail, 1 Common Tern. (Clayton B)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Black-necked Grebe, 6 Redshank, 3 Snipe, 3 Shelduck, Little Ringed Plover, 9 Tree sparrows, 40+ Swallow 3 House Martins 9 Sand Martins, 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Buzzard. (Steve B).
  • Rainham Marshes: no sign of Hoopoe by 07:30 (Pager); indeed - dull day all round with only a Swallow, 3 Sand Martins, 3 Sedge Warblers, a Curlew, a Stonechat and a Peregrine for comfort, and I obviously left five or ten minutes too early (David Callahan) because ... Alpine Swift 1650-1655, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 House Martins, 3 Swallows, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Water Pipit, Knot, Corn Bunting, 4 Skylark, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcap, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Song Thrushes, 6 Cetti`s Warblers, 13 Reed Buntings, 39 Shelduck, 24 Tufted Duck, drake Pintail, 3 Little Egret, Curlew, 2 Peregrine, pr Kestrel (ELBF) .

  • Alexandra Park: male Brambling NE corner of Top Field near owl box nasaly calling 0845, 2 Willow Warblers (Top Field & Boating Lake island), Male Tufted Duck x female Pochard with Pochards Boating Lake, 2 drake Shoveler, Little Grebe, 3 Swallow SW over cricket pitch 0950 (Andrew Gardener, Donal Gardener, Bob Watts, Alan Gibson)
  • Brent Reservoir: Peregrine north at 10.30, also 14 Sand Martins & a Swallow (Brent Birders)
  • (Enfield) Brayside Farm Pond: 2(m&f) Teal (Robert Callf).
  • (Enfield) Forty Hall: 1 male Shoveler (Robert Callf).
  • Hampton Court: 7 Sand Martin by river (Tom Smith)
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Treecreeper (David Howdon). 2 Nuthatch, 2 Jackdaw nest building [possibly first nesting record of this species from this site] (Andy Culshaw and David Howdon)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showed well (ads and young diurnal flying), 5 House Martin through, 2 singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler; also 4 Egyptian Goose, 8 Mandarin Duck, 2pr Gadwall, m Shoveler, 5 Red-crested Pochard, fem Sparrowhawk (lacking central tail feathers), 11 Black-headed Gull, 20+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10+ Stock Dove, m Great Spotted Woodpecker (2nd excavating bird), 3 Treecreeper, singing Goldfinch (Des McKenzie).
  • Kew Gardens: 3 Little Grebe, 2 nesting prs Mute Swan, 5 Greylag (2 nests), 8 Egyptian Geese, 6 Stock Dove, 2 Green + 3 Great-spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper (1 singing), 3 singing Chiffchaff, 3 singing Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest (1 nest building), 6 prs Long-tailed Tit, m Brimstone (Neil Anderson)
  • Limetrees Park Golf Course (Northolt): nesting pr Mute Swan, Little Ringed Plover flying high coming down, Sparrowhawk, singing Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, pr Linnets (Neil Anderson)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 Mistle Thrush over (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Mayesbrook Park: 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Pair of Pochards ( G.Harding )
  • Nine Elms Estate Community Garden: Robin singing havn't had a singing robin here in spring for many years (Michael Mac).
  • Nine Elms - Sainsbury's Car Park: 1 Peregrine near by, pr Lesser-black Backed Gulls scavenging in the car park (Michael Mac).
  • Osterley Park: Little Owl; 9 Mandarin, 8 Egyptian geese with broods of 5 and 3 goslings; 1m Blackcap and 3 Chiffchaff singing but no other migrants. (Tom Smith)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Wheatear (first-summer male) in reception garden field (Jon Ridge, Peter Elton, Jon Reveley). Also 1 singing Blackcap & 1 Chiffchaff around the main pond, 25 Jackdaw & 7 Stock Dove on the back fields behind the yard & 1 Linnet flew over north (JR, PE). Later, 2 singing Blackcap, 2+ GSW & 1 Nuthatch (JR, JRv). Also, 13 Meadow Pipit over mainly northwest throughout the afternoon in small numbers (JR).
  • Sharvel Lane (Hillingdon): Red Kite S (low over W. London shooting club 8am), Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, displaying Lapwing, pr Stock Dove, 3 singing Skylarks, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 17 Linnet, pr Bullfinch (Neil Anderson)
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, 1 Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 singing Chiffchaff, pair + 2 Blackcap, 23 Tufted Duck, 2 cormorant, 1fem Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 drumming) 2 Nuthatch, 1 singing Coal Tit, 9 Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 singing Song Thrush, 5 Pied Wagtail, 4 Jay, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Common Buzzard north 1515, 2-3 Peregrines constantly present, 30-40 Sand Martins, 15+ Swallows, Willow Warbler, Meadow Pipit, Common Gull (Laurence Pitcher, Mark Pearson & Tony Butler Hackney Wildlife)
  • Willows Farm Puddle: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing 6 Gadwall. (Steve B)
  • Wimbledon Park Lake: 1 Common Tern, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Blackcap, I Chiffchaff, 1 Jay (Martin Daniel)
  • Archery Wood, near Forty Hall, Enfield: 2 Treecreeper, together (Robert Callf).

Sunday 4th AprilEdit

  • Holmethorpe Sand Pits: female Ferruginous Duck today. From Watercolour housing development (red flags at entrance) walk around lake and take footpath running along ditch, just before the footbridge - eventually this path follows a railway, keep walking and view flooded area at The Moors Surrey Wildlife Trust Reserve (multiple observers, see Holmethorpe website etc).
  • East India Dock Basin / Bow Creek Eco Park: drake Common Scoter on Thames but flew upstream at 10:25hrs after being flushed by a boat, 4 Shelduck, 30 Teal, Kestrel, Common Sandpiper, 3 Sand Martin, Chiffchaff (Gary A James, Nick Tanner).
  • Holyfield Farm: Male Ring Ouzel, top most field North of farm. In hedgerow to the East of field. Last seen @ 09:50 (N.Smith) reported in same field @ 14:20 (N.Smith per Mike Oakland)
  • KGV Res:Fem Black Redstart. Feeding on the West grass bank and perching on metal fence around reservoir. Viewed from blue footbridge over R. Lee at the end of Mossops Creak, Brimsdown @18:20. (N. Smith)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 adult Red Kite over southwest at 13:58 & 2 Kingfisher along the River Pinn at 14:34. (JR). Also 1 singing Willow Warbler around the main pond, 1 Little Owl, 12 Jackdaw & 1 Swallow. (Jon Ridge, Peter Elton).
  • Rainham Marshes: Hoopoe in NW corner of reserve by A13 bridge near lorry park (David Callahan and Nick Croft). Still showing 17:30 (Paul Hawkins, Shaun Harvey, Howard Vaughan et al); also 2 Common Buzzards north 11:15 am, fem/imm Marsh Harrier south 11:50 am, Water Pipit, 2 Sedge Warblers (DC); 2 White Wagtails, 4 LRP, 3W Yellow-legged Gull, transitional-plumaged Knot from reserve to river 18:00, 20+ Curlew, 5+ Swallows, 2 Wheatears, 2 Sand Martins (DC & NC). ALso 2 singing Cetti's warbler (M. Honey).
  • Regent's Park: 1m Ring Ouzel still present 4.00pm (details on www.regentsparkbirds.blogspot.com ) 2 Redwings, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, pr Sparrowhawks (Tony Duckett) Ring Ouzel still present in same location until 18:20 at least (Thom Shannon & Nigel Biggs of Comic Terns ).
  • Staines Reservoir: Garganey pair on S basin early pm. (Dave Morris) Also 4 Black-necked Grebes and Redshank early am. (FJM)
  • Thorndon Park/Tylers Common 15:00 Osprey flew low over the M25 from TP toward TC (going South-west) whilst I was enroute to Chafford Hundred where the Alpine Swift perfomed well at about 15:20 onwards. (Paul Whiteman)

  • Alexandra Park: Siskin over cricket scrub 0940, Willow Warbler boating lake island, Hybrid Tufted Duck x Pochard boating lake (Gabriel Jamie). 2 Sand Martin west over Wood Green Res 1620, also drake Shoveler Boating Lake, singing Blackcap Grove (Bob Watts).
  • Canons Farm and Banstead Woods: 2 Golden Plovers flew north west (RDW), 2 Swallows through (KJM), 2 Black Redstarts (1 imm. male, 1 female) still around barns behind Canons Farmhouse, 2 Cormorants, 2 Canada Geese, 4 Grey Herons, 6+ Yellowhammers, 6 Common Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 11 Meadow Pipits, 10+ Skylarks, 1 Pheasant, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Little Owl, 1 Nuthatch, c.5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls over, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pied Wagtails (RDW/KJM/DKC).
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 1 Great Cested Grebe; 1 Stock Dove; 2 Green Woodpecker; 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 1 Song Thrush; 1 singing male Mistle Thrush; 2 singing Blackcap; 2 Nuthatch (Robert Callf).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: pr Peregrine Falcon over Fisherman's Keep, Common Snipe (flushed from Hyde Park temporary 'lake' 12:00hrs), both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showing well, singing Blackcap, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 3 Siskin NW; also 7 Egyptian Goose, 2pr Mandarin Duck, 3 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 8 Red-crested Pochard, at least 10 Stock Dove, 1-2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Treecreeper (3 singing) (Des McKenzie et al).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Little Ringed Plover (on scrape), 1 House Martin, 4 Sand Martin and 7 Redshank in a brief visit (Lee Dingain).
  • Lonsdale Rd Reservoir: 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Tawny Owl, 2pr nesting Grey Heron, 1pr Kestrel mating, 1pr Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2+ Little Grebe, 1m Mandarin, 2 Pochard, Teals, 1 Mute Swan, c30 Tufted Duck, c20 Black-headed Gull, Cormorants (some fishing, mobbed by Gulls), 1 Egyptian Goose, Stock Doves (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Oakwood Park, N14: 1 Green Woodpecker; 1 female Geat Spotted Woodpecker; 1 singing male Blackcap; 2 singing male Chiffchaff; 1 singing male Chafinch; 1 male Nuthatch (Robert Callf).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: No sign of Ring Ouzel from 7am to 10am this morning
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, 32 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull + 1 Herring Gull (on playing fields) 1 Swallow N/NE, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Collared Dove, 6 singing Chiffchaff, 3 singing Wilow Warbler, pair + 4 Blackcap, 1 singing Coal Tit, 1 pair Long-tailed Tit, 6 Song Thrush (5singing) pair Goldcrest + 1, 12 Ring-necked Parakeet, 9 Pied Wagtail, 2 Nuthatch, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Walthamstow reservoirs: Osprey North at 16.55 (Pete Lambert, Lol Bodini).
  • Totteridge Valley: female Wheatear still at Folly Farm, singing Willow Warbler, 3 Mandarin, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit (Ian Ellis).

Saturday 3rd AprilEdit

  • Holyfield Farm: Red Kite, drifting South over Galleyhill Wood and beyond @ aprox 14:45, 5 Common Buzzard, 2 Little Owls. (Langridge Scrape) 2 LRPs, 1 Redshank, 3 Lapwing (5 more in nearby fields), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 White Wagtail. (Mike Oakland and N.Smith) other birds noted, 1m Yellowhammer, m&f Sparrowhawk, m&f Kestrel, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 6 Meadow Pipits, 4 Skylaks singing, 1 Fieldfare.(N.Smith)
  • River Lee Country Park: Osprey north over North Met PIt or Seventy Acres Lake at 13.25 (viewed from my flat in Cheshunt - thanks Mark!), also Peregrine south, 2 Common Buzzards (probably local ones) and Sparrowhawk over the valley + the first 3 Swallows of the year over the flat (R Woodward).
  • Regent's Park: cracking male Ring Ouzel 11.30am onwards, 2 Redwings, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler (Tony Duckett)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Male Ring Ouzel, still present, (06:45) same field as yesterday, and showing very well feeding along easten edge, close to hedgerow. (N.Smith) Still present (9.10 - 9.15). (S West) Still present 11-30 til noon, showing well. (Dan Barrett) Still present 13.15 and showing well. (John Stevens) still showing 15.30 (Robin Sinden) still showing @ 19.00. Other bits about were 2 Common Buzzards high over Epping Forest, at least 6 swallows and 20+ Sand Martin over N/E corner of the KGV res, 1m Reed Bunting, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Snipe, 4 Lapwing, 11 Mipits, 23 Pied Wag's at least, (N.Smith).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Osprey north at 1307hrs (presumably same bird that flew north over Beddington c25 mins earlier (thanks Johnny) and same over Lea Valley 18 mins later per Roy W - photos on site), Common Buzzard west 1225, Peregrine attacking Sparrowhawk, 4 Sand Martins, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs (Mark Pearson & Jamie Partridge Hackney Wildlife)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: a pair of Little Ringed Plover feeding around a puddle on a football pitch for c20 before flying north. Site tick! Also, 1 Greylag, 1 singing Reed Bunting, c3 Chiffchaff & C16 Meadow Pipit. (David Lindo & Roy Nuttall).

  • Battersea Park Lake: quick walk round - 1 f Sparrowhawk displaying, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, pr Great Crested Grebes, pr Egyptian Geese (seem to be sticking around this year, hopeful they will breed for 1st time), 4 pr Gadwall, 6 Greylag Geese and usual waterbirds (Michael Mac).
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard over at 15.35 (Andrew Self)
  • Canons Farm and Banstead Woods: 2 Black Redstarts (1 imm. male, 1 female), 10 Chiffchaffs, 5 Pheasants, 4 Mallards, 2 Blackcaps (males), 4 Common Buzzards, 2 Little Owls, 4 Yellowhammers, 3+ Meadow Pipits, 3 Skylarks, 4 Treecreepers, 7 Coal Tits, 5 Goldcrests, 5 Nuthatches, 2 Grey Herons, 1+ Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrushes, 4+ Pied Wagtails, c.9 Linnets, c.8 Rose-ringed Parakeets, c.7 Stock Doves, 5+ Green Woodpeckers, 4+ Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Also 1 Roe Deer (DKC/KJM). 1 Swallow, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Common Buzzards, 3 Little Owls, 36 Stock Doves, 6 Yellowhammers (SG). Blackcap (male), 2 Kestrels, 1 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1 male Pheasant (P&G). Late news Friday 26th March: 1 Firecrest in 'Tawny Wood' (wood opposite north side of Ruffet Wood) (PGo).
  • Crossness: Common Buzzard south @ 1645, 2 singing Blackcaps, Swallow (John Archer, Kev Jarvis & Andy Wardell).
  • Goodmayes Park: 2 Mute swan, 36 Canada geese, 7 Greylag geese, 28 Mallard, 24 Tufted duck, 9 Linnet by Rec Ground (Ian Woodward).
  • Horsenden Hill: Male Mandarin duck (Paradise Fields), 1 2nd winter Common Gull, 9/10 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcap.( Martin Smith)
  • Ilford, South Park: 1 Mute swan, 42 Canada geese, 22 Coot, 2 Great-crested grebes, 20 Tufted ducks, 1 Pochard, 1 Sparrowhawk (m), 3 Mistle thrush (Ian Woodward).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 40 Golden Plover, 5 Swallow, 1 Sandmartin, 6 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Sparrowhawk.(Shaun Harvey)
  • Inner London (location witheld): 2 Sparrowhawk, 2-3 Peregrine Falcon (superb views, larger than average looking fem) over 1.5hrs (Des McKenzie, Nick Tanner).
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 House Martins, 9 Swallows, 4+ Sand Martins, 8 Redshank, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Water Pipit (Lee Dingain) singing Chiff Chaffs, Willow Warbler, Cetti's Warblers; Little Ringed Plover, Linnet, Reed Bunting; Lapwing, Dabchick and GC Grebe nesting; brood 10 Mallard Ducklings (WWT/BENGH per Angus Innes).
  • New Covent Garden Market: m Kestrel very tame up 6 metres, Peregrine visible in the distance (Michael Mac).
  • Queen Mary Reservoir: Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck (Steve Chastell)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Little Grebe (inc one in summer plumage) on the main pond, 1 Little Owl, 14 Jackdaw, 3 Grey Heron & 1 Mipit over. (Jon Ridge, Peter Elton). Also 1 singing Blackcap (JR).
  • Rotherhithe: 3 Willow Warblers at Globe Pond, Russia Dock Woodland; also c.5 Chiffchaffs & 2 Linnet (Richard Bonser)
  • Ruislip: 22 RN Parakeet in my garden at 18.15 (2 more than my previous record). 2 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff on Poors Field (Steve Pash)
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 1fem Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, 1 Jackdaw (over) 3singing Willow Warbler, 6 singing Chiffchaff, 4 singing Blackcap + 1female Blackcap, 2 Green Woodpecker, 10+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Nuthatch, 3 singing Chaffinch, 5 Jay, 3 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Stocker's Farm: 1 Redshank on the flooded field at around 16:30, but vanished fifteen minutes later. Also 1 Egyptian Goose, 11 Wigeon (7 drakes), 7 Teal (3 drakes) & 2 Swallow. (Jon Ridge).
  • Stocker's Lake: 1 Kingfisher from the Tern hide at 17:02 & 1 along the canal at 18:14. Goldeneye & Red-crested Pochard still present on the lake & 1 Treecreeper along the causeway. (Jon Ridge).
  • Totteridge Valley: female Wheatear, Little Owl, pair of displaying Sparrowhawks, Meadow Pipit, Fieldfare, plus 2 Muntjac 'rutting' (Ian Ellis).
  • Trent Park: 2(m&f) Pochard, Lower Lake; 2(m&f) Tufted Duck, Lower Lake; 2(m&f) Sparrowhawk, displaying; 2(m&f) Great Spotted Woodpecker, copulating, Williams Wood; 7+ Redpoll sp., feeding in Larches, Moat Wood (one or more possibly Mealy?) (Robert Callf).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 5 Redshank, 4 Little Grebe, Wheatear (m), 5 Tree sparrows, c15 Yellowhammer, c10 Reed Bunting, Blackcap (m), Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 14 Swallow (Steve B)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: male Black Redstart, 9 Little Egrets (possibly three nests now occupied in heronry), 2 Oystercatchers (David Callahan).
  • Wanstead Flats am: 1 Egyptian Goose south east, 1 singing Willow Warbler, singing Blackcap, Sparrowhawk. Wanstead Park: 4 singing Willow Warblers, 9 Chiffchaff, 6 singing Blackcap, singing Goldcrest, 2 Lesser Redpoll, pr Grey Wag (S Fisher)*Willows Farm Pool. Ruddy Shelduck, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 5 Gadwall, 2 Pied Wagtail. (Steve B)

Friday 2nd AprilEdit

  • Hornchurch, Garden: Marsh Harrier west at 11.06am.(Dave Morrison)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Whitefronted Geese, Marsh Harrier, 10 Chiffchaff and 3 singing Blackcaps.(Dave Morrison)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 1 male Ring Ouzel feeding in field east of Knights Pits, 09.50-10.15. Also, 3 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 12 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 4 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 2 Shelduck. (Relief channel) 5 Goosander 1m & 4 Fem. (N.Smith). Ouzel still present around hedge at back of field at 5pm but out of sight for long periods. c30 Swallows, c40 Sand Martins (R. Woodward).
  • Wimbledon Common: Stone Curlew 09.00 flushed from heather patch east of the Windmill, viewed for some 30 seconds before it headed off SE (David Wills, per Adrian Podmore).
  • Abney Park Cemetery: 2 ad Tawny Owl (no sign of young after ill-timed pollarding), Chiffchaff, Redwing, Coal Tit (Mark Pearson)

  • Alexandra Park: Egyptian Goose North over WG res 0710, Swallow over boating lake 0840 (Gabriel Jamie). Aythya hybrid (L Scaup type) on Boating Lake 08:00 (Gareth Richards)
  • Bellingham, Pool River: Possible Cetti's Warbler (heard not seen) by the footbridge close to Bellingham Pond, between the recreation ground/playground at the end of Winsford Road and the railway footbridge leading to Broadmead in Bellingham estate. Not certain about this, I've never seen or heard one before, but this sounded like nothing else I've heard before and seems quite similar to recordings of Cetti's warblers (Philip Lowden).
  • Brent Park/Pond (Bottom of Bell Lane, NW4): Pintail (fem), Blackcap, pr. Nuthatch, Willow Warbler, Little Grebe, 2 Goldcrest, GS + Green Woodpecker, RR Parakeet (Neil Ross)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Swallow, 9 singing Chiffchaffs & 2 Blackcaps, 2 Lapwing (Brent Birders)
  • Canons Farm and Banstead Woods: 1 Cormorant low SSW, 1 Pheasant, 17 Fieldfares (including 7 high and purposefully north), 5 Redwings, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaffs, 4 Yellowhammers (1 singing), 3 Skylarks, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Nuthatch, 2 singing Treecreepers, 3 Coal Tits, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5 Stock Doves, 1 singing Linnet (DKC/KJM). 2 Kestrels, 3 Skylarks, 1 Nuthatch, 5 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Chiffchaffs (P&G).
  • Clapham Common: pr Egyptian Geese with 1 disabled or injured small gosling (Eagle Pond), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 35 Canada Geese, m Tufted Duck on the grass with Mallards (Michael Mac). Egyptian Geese originally had 5 babies 10 days ago. The one remaining was OK last Wednesday and being well guarded. (F Tew) Well it was hobbling on the right foot which seemed damaged yesterday (Michael Mac).
  • Crossness: Blackcap singing, Swallow, 2 Curlew, 88 Gadwall (John Archer & Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Area: 4 Oystercatchers east, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, Sand Martin ( Gary A James & Nick Tanner).
  • Fulham Palace Meadows Allotments: 1 Swallow (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Gillespie Park, Highbury: Blackcap singing. (David Bradshaw)
  • Headstone Moat: 2 Cormorant flew in at 14:08, with one residing on a lamp post in the car park. Also 9 Fieldfare nearby at Headstone Manor. (Jon Ridge).
  • Limetrees Park Golf Course (Northolt): Little Ringed Plover, singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff (Neil Anderson)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Common Pheasant, 9 Common Snipe, 1 LRP, 8 Redshank, 12 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 11 Sand Martins, 1 Water Pipit, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Cetti's Warblers, 5 Willow Warblers, 9 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Sedge Warblers, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Linnet. (BENHG/WWT)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Grebe, 18 Meadow Pipit on the southwest fields & 1 Greylag Goose flew in at 13:20. (Jon Ridge).
  • Poor's Field, Ruislip: 1 singing Willow Warbler, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 1 singing Blackcap, 3 Jay, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Long-tailed Tit & 1 Bullfinch. (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Male Marsh Harrier,2 Water Pipits,2 Wheatear(Shaun Harvey) fem Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, 2 LRP, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Wheatear, 4 Swallow, Blackcap, 9 Ring-necked parakeet.(Paul Hawkins)
  • Ruislip Lido: 3 House Martin (according to my records, my earliest ever at this site by six days), 2 Swallow & 1 Kingfisher flew over the reservoir. (Jon Ridge).
  • Sharvel Lane (Hillingdon): Pheasant, 3 displaying Lapwing, pr Stock Dove, 2 Green + 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 11 Linnet, pr Bullfinch (Neil Anderson)
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, 15 Tufted Duck, 1 male Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 5 Song Thrush, 7 Jay, 4 singing Blackcap, 8 singing Chiffchaff, 3 singing Willow Warbler, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 singing Coal Tit, 3 pair Long-tailed Tit, 8+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 1 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, singing Chiffchaff. (Laurence Pitcher)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Little Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, 4 Tree Sparrows, Yellow Wagtail, 30+ Swallow 2 Sand Martin. 3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap. (Steve Blake)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 1 Fieldfare (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Banbury, 3mm, 3ff Common Scoter, 1 Brent Goose, Green Sandpiper over, 5 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin. (Paul Whiteman, Pete Lambert, Lol Bodini)
  • Walthamstow Marsh: 5 Swallows South along Lea Navigation 11.25am (frogandlisa)
  • Wanstead Park am: 3 singing Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Little Egret in River Roding, 6 Lesser Redpoll (behind Cemetery), fem Sparrowhawk, 9 Linnet, 8 displaying Jays together, 4 Fieldfare north west, 1 Great-crested Grebe, 9 Stock Doves. Also 4 Shelduck seen flying south (S Fisher)
  • Willows Farm Puddle: 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover (briefly), Buzzard, 2 Shelduck, Ruddy Shelduck. 2 R L Partridges, Lapwing. (Steve B)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 White Wagtail, 1 female Northern Wheatear, 1 briefly singing Willow Warbler, c5 Chiffchaff, 1 or 2 singing Reed Bunting, 1 Jackdaw, 1 Stock Dove & c30 Meadow Pipit. (David Lindo).
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: 1 Swallow (Neil Anderson)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 2 singing Willow Warbler, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 18 Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, 2 Common Snipe, 1 Lapwing & 15 Common Gull. ( V.Halley-Frame ).


Thursday 1st AprilEdit

  • Crossness: Red Kite flew south west at 09:25, Swallow, Blackcap. (Philip Cliffe & Kev Jarvis).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Alpine Swift for 60 seconds over southern flank of West Res, then SW, 1000hrs; also 3 Willow Warblers (2 singing), 2 Chiffchaffs, Swallow and Sand Martin (Mark Pearson Hackney Wildlife)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Osprey over the fishing lake 11:10hrs (Birdguides).
  • Brent Reservoir: drake Mandarin early morning only, also 6 singing Chiffchaffs (Andrew Self)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: fem Stonechat (very briefly), singing Willow Warbler, c4 Chiffchaff, 5 Teal, pair Gadwall, Peregrine (mid morning), Green Woodpecker, Great-spotted Woodpecker, 7 Sand Martin (including 2 migrants south west) (S Fisher)
  • Fulham Reach, Thames (730-830): 7 Cormorant, 8 Teal, 12 Mallard, 28 Tufted Duck, 16 Gadwall (highest count of 'winter'), 1 Grey Heron, 2 Canada Goose, 2 Coot, a few Lesser Black Backed and Herring Gull soaring along (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Hampstead: Common Buzzard (patch tick) over at 1030, mobbed by 3 crows (Sash Tusa)
  • Harefield: Swallow and Blackcap (New Years Green Lane), Redshank in flooded field west of Bayhurst Wood (Steve Pash).
  • Headstone Manor: 15 Fieldfare & 3 Redwing. Also 1 Cormorant (seen earlier over PPF) nearby on Headstone Moat. (Jon Ridge).
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showing well (though young increasingly mobile), intermedius type ad Lesser Black-backed Gull, Swallow, singing Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (2 singing), 2 Willow Warbler (1 singing), also 4 Greylag x Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, pr Mandarin Duck, 2m Gadwall (inc 1 paired off with fem Mallard), 8 Shoveler, 2pr Red-crested Pochard, fem Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest (1 singing), 2 Coal Tit (1 singing), Nuthatch, 4 Treecreeper, (2 singing), 2 Jay, 3 Greenfinch, singing Goldfinch (DMc, RB, SB, CL, NL, MR et al); Reed Warbler reported (RH per DMc).
  • Little Britain: Little Egret, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Jay, Song Thrush, Dunnock, 3 Ring Necked Parakeets, 2 Goldfinch, Sparrowhawk. (Sue Giddens).
  • Lee Valley: (Langridge Scrape) 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 White Wagtails, 1 Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, two of which were displaying. (Holyfield farm) 3 Common Buzzard together, and a Barn Owl seen @ 18.50. (N.Smith)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 5 singing Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Swallow, 1 Goldcrest, plus usuals (M Bourne)
  • Margarvine Cemetery: 1 Redwing (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Perivale: 1000+ Ring-necked Parakeets (accurate count when we get round to counting all the blobs in the photographs) flying in to the roost in Perivale Park (Andy Culshaw and David Howdon).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Grebe, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Fieldfare, 1 singing Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff & 1 Cormorant over. (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park: 5 Great C Grebes, 6 Little Grebes, 26 Mandarins, 35 Red Crested Pochards, pr Teal, pr Sparrowhawks, 1 Rook, 4 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler (Tony Duckett). 1 free flying Barnacle Goose probably part of collection? But able to fly around also f Kestrel (Michael Mac).
  • Ruislip: 2 Blackcap singing and 2 Buzzard over Bayhurst Wood (Steve Pash).
  • Totteridge Valley: 10 singing Chiffchaff: 1 singing Blackcap: 1 fem Sparrowhawk (John Colmans)
  • Town Park, Enfield: 2 singing male Willow Warbler, along New River, 14:46, after heavy shower (my first of the spring!); 1 singing male Chiffchaff; 1 singing male Blackcap; 3 (1m,2f) Grey Wagtail; 2 (m&f) Pied Wagtail (Robert Callf).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Swallow west - our 1st this spring, 1 female Northern Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare north, c5 Chiffchaff & c25 Meadow Pipit including c3 singers. (David Lindo & Anders Price)
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: Ringed Plover, 3 Snipe, 6 Redshank, 2 Tree Sparrows. 20+ Swallow. (Steve B)
  • Willows Pool: Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose 2 Shelduck, Ruddy Shelduck, Osprey not seen by me. (Steve B)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Late evening visit, 2 Swallow, 11+ Sand Martin, singing Reed Bunting, 1 Lapwing, 3+ Chiffchaff singing & 4+ Pied Wagtail. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Streatham junction of Atkins Road/Poynders Road Male Pheasant at 18.20 1 (D Benton)
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: 2 male Shoveler (Robert Callf).

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