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Wednesday 31st MarchEdit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Swallows (Wood Green Res), calling Water Rail (Con Pond), 2 singing Blackcaps, 3 singing Chiffchaffs, Little Grebe (David Callahan).
  • Avenue House Estate (Finchley) 2 Siskins - site tick - amongst flock of Long-tailed Tits (Donald Lyven)
  • Battersea Park Lake: 1 Swallow (site 1st), 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 10+ Grey Heron nests with young (Michael Mac).
  • Crossness: 1+ Common Tern, 2 Swallows, 3 Sand Martins (John Archer & Ian Miller).
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 1 Little Grebe; 15 (10m,5f) Tufted Duck; 2 Stock Dove; 3 Ring-necked Parakeet; 2 male Great Spotted Woodpecker; 1 Song Thrush; 1 Redwing; 1 Mistle Thrush; 2 singing male Goldcrest; 1 singing male Coal Tit; 2 Nuthatch; 1 Treecreeper; 2 Long-tailed Tit; 1 Jay; 4 Goldfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showing well (Des McKenzie, Ben Andrew), 6 Swallow, 2 House Martin, singing Chiffchaff, also 9 Egyptian Goose, 5 Mandarin Duck (2pr/1m), 2 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 10 Red-crested Pochard (4pr/2m), 23 Herring Gull, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, fem Grey Wagtail, m Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush, singing Treecreeper, Jay http://hpkg.blogspot.com (DMc).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Swallow,17 Sandmartin,15 Teal,4 Yellow Hammer,Shelduck,4 Mute Swan.(Shaun Harvey)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Common Snipe, 6 Redshank, 4 Swallow, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff (LWC website).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Grebe, 10 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 singing Blackcap & 1 Chiffchaff. (Jon Ridge).
  • Willows Farm Puddle: 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall (Steve B).

Tuesday 30th MarchEdit

  • Crossness: Stone-curlew in paddocks till 09.30, when flew towards Southern Marsh but not relocated; also 3 Swallows (Kev Jarvis,John Archer).
  • Lancaster Rd, N4: Red Kite over North, 2pm (Gabriel Jamie)

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Stock Doves (on ground south side of reservoir), singing Blackcap, 2+ Chiffchaffs (David Callahan). Male Tufted Duck x Pochard & drake Shoveler Boating Lake, 1+ Willow Warbler singing Top Field, 3+ further Chiffchaffs (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: 8 Snipe, 1 Swallow N, 7 Singing Chiffchaff, 1 singing Willow Warbler (Roy Beddard)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: singing Willow Warbler present all day, 2 male Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Sand Martin, 8 Teal, Little Grebe in River Lea, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3+ Stock Dove, 2 Grey Wags, 2 Linnet, imm Great Black-backed Gull south (S Fisher)
  • Bunhill Fields Burial Ground: drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, leucistic Blackbird, Wren, Dunnock, Greenfinches & tits on the feeders (Charlie Farrell)
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: 2 Black Redstarts still, female Wheatear, 4 Yellowhammer, Common Buzzard (KJM/RDW).
  • Downing Street: Peregrine Falcon tussling with Carrion Crow as they jinked over Horse Guards parade ground, disappearing over the roof of Admiralty building, seen from back room of Number 10 (Donald Lyven).
  • Fisher‘s Green: (Holyfield Hall Farm) 2 Little Owl. (Langridge Scrape) 4 Swallow, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 2 White Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail. (Goose Field) 2 Shelduck. (Mike Oakland)
  • Horsenden Hill (Paradise Fields): 1m1f Gadwall (David Howdon)
  • Hampstead Heath: 4+ each singing Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, but no Willow Warblers heard across East Heath. 20+ Redpoll in birches at Kenwood, 5 Swallows, incl 3 feeding over Parliament Hill at 1230. 2 Sparrowhawks, 6 Great Crested Grebes, incl 1pr already nesting, 1 Gadwall, c.20 Shoveler (Sash Tusa)
  • Lake Farm CP: Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Meadow Pipits, Reed Bunting, 4 Skylarks, Sparrowhawk (Pete Naylor)
  • Lee Valley: (South Basin KGV Res), 1 White Wagtail, 1m Reed Bunting, (Seventy Acres Lake) 10 Swallows, 2 Sand Martin. (Holyfield/Goosefield) 1f Wheatear, 1 Mipit. (N.Smith)
  • London Wetland Centre: Late afternoon, after shower, 3 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow and 1 House Martin (first site record this spring) (Martin Honey).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir LNR a.k.a. Leg 'o Mutton Nature Reserve: 1 Swallow (season 1st), 1 singing Chiffchaff, singing Song Thrush, pr Kestrels, pr Egyptian Geese, 2 Grey Herons sitting on nests, 1 Great-crested Grebe, 3 pr Teal, pr Gadwall, 18 Tufted Duck, pr Mute Swans (Michael Mac).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 7 Swallow (earliest ever date at this site), 1 Little Grebe on the main pond & a female Wheatear at 18:30. (Jon Ridge, Peter Elton). Also 1 Sparrowhawk over & 19 Meadow Pipit on the southwest fields. (JR).
  • Ruislip Lido: 2 Swallows, singing Blackcap and Chiffchaffs, 3 calling Nuthatches. ( Martin Smith)
  • Sewardstone Marsh (Cob Meadow): 2 Swallows. (Field North of KGV) 4 Stock Dove, 18 Pied Wags huddled close together sheltered out the wet/windy weather (unlike I was) not one of them a White! (N.Smith)
  • South Norwood Country Park: 5 Swallows at 18.50, 7 Shovelers, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 male Kestrel, 4+ Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Pheasant. (John Birkett)
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Swallow over Lake then flew N/NW, 2 Redwing, pair Great Crested Grebe (at nest) 3 Mute Swan, 20+ Tufted Duck, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 4 singing Chiffchaff, 3 singing Dunnock, 2 singing Chaffinch, 2 singing Coal Tit, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush( 2 singing) 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, pair Nuthatch (at nesthole), 25 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Stocker's Lake & Farm: 1 pr Little Grebe, several pr Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan on nest, 4 Greylag Goose, c20 Wigeon (Farm), 1 m Gadwall, c6 Teal (Farm), Pochard, c6 Swallow, 3 singing Blackcap, c6 Chiffchaff, 1 m Reed Bunting. (Roger Dewey)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 1 female Brambling, in Allotment hedgerow, 14:40 BST(first of the year here!); 2 Fieldfare (Robert Callf).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap (m), Little Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, 3 Snipe, Wheatear (f), 6 swallow, 2 Sand Martin (Steve B)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 4 Swallows (D Barrett)
  • Wanstead, my garden: Swallow SW at 13:20 (J Lethbridge)
  • Willows Farm Puddle: Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, Ruddy Shelduck, 2 Pied Wagtail. (Steve Blake)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 singing Willow Warbler heard - 1st for the spring, 1 male Wheatear, 1 Reed Bunting heard singing, c3 Chiffchaff, c5 Meadow Pipit including a singer, 5 Greylag over plus c600 Rose-ringed Parakeets leaving their roost. (David Lindo).
  • Town Park, Enfield: 2(m&f) Mandarin Duck, Carr's Basin; 7(2m,5f) Pochard; 3(2m,1f) Tufted Duck; 1 Green Woodpecker (Robert Callf).
  • River View, Enfield Town: 1'1st-winter' male Blackcap, singing in garden (still with brown cap with a few black flecks) (Robert Callf).


Monday 29th MarchEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher across Station Road to tunnel res 17:10 pm (David Callahan).
  • Finsbury Park, N4: 1 singing Chiffchaff, pr Little Grebe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 19 Tufted Duck; also pr Egyptian Geese (TeRNS)
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: Water Rail showed briefly at NW corner of Longwater, both ad Tawny Owl and 4 owlets showing well, 5 Meadow Pipit over, singing Blackcap, 5 singing Chiffchaff, singing Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Redpoll in alder, fem Bullfinch (Flower Walk); also 13 Egyptian Goose, 9 Shoveler, 8 Red-crested Pochard, pr Tufted Duck copulating, 6th Great Crested Grebe nest, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 drumming and m excavating), singing Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 4 singing Treecreeper (Des McKenzie);. Swallow north over Tawny Owl trees at 2pm (all owls still showing) and 2 Mandarin Duck on Longwater (Simon Papps)
  • Leyton Flats: 2 Shoveler, 7 singing Chiffchaffs, 2 singing Blackcaps. ( Gary A James).
  • London Wetland Centre (Barnes WWT): Garganey (pair Grazing Marsh), Peregrine (pair), Common Buzzard 1 NNW, Common Snipe 8, Redshank 5, Common Swift 1 over then east, Sand Martin 5, Water Pipit 1, Willow Warbler 5, Chiffchaff 10, Blackcap 2, Cetti's Warbler 3 singing (BENHG/WWT)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 14 Meadow Pipit mainly northwest, 13 Fieldfare, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Little Grebe & 1 Sparrowhawk. (Jon Ridge).
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe (at nest) 25+ Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1fem Kestrel, 1 singing Willow Warbler, 5 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Dunnock, 2 pair Long-tailed Tit, 1 singing Coal Tit, 3 singing Chaffinch, 1 Song Thrush, pair Nuthatch + 2, pair + 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, 15 + Ring-necked Parakeet, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: female Goosander, 3 singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap pair, 2 Green Woodpecker (Peter Warne).
  • Trent Park: Swallow, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Chiffchaff ( in song), 9 Tufted Duck (5f,4m), Mandarin (m), 4 Canada Goose ( Pete Lowman).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Swallow (my 1st this year), 4 Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, (Steve B)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood from house): Male Pheasant this evening escorting 6 hens (7 tomorrow?); 2 Swallows (1st of year), 4 Shelduck, single f Goosander (Lol Bodini).

Sunday 28th MarchEdit

  • Brent Res: Red Kite flew east at 09.32, also Red-legged Partridge behind dam at 19.00 plus singing Blackcap, Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler (Andrew Self).
  • Cowley (Uxbridge): 1 Red Kite soaring over my garden @ 13.40 ( ... I thought it was only a matter of time) (Roger Dewey).
  • Motspur Park: Red Kite drifting SW 11.30 (B.J.Laverick).
  • Rainham Marshes: male Ring Ouzel present til 08.30 around sea wall close to Aveley Bay car park; not seen for at least one hour subsequently but may still be in area. Also ad Yellow-legged Gull drifting upriver off stone barges on incoming tide (Dominic Mitchell et al); Ring Ouzel still present 13:30 tho elusive + Wheatear, Common Buzzard, 3 Peregrine, 7 Water Pipits at stone barges at high tide, 4 Oystercatcher (Paul Hawkins pic on blog http://www.hawkysbirdingblog.blogspot.com/) Marsh Harrier; 4 Little Egret, 60 Golden Plover, 15 Common Snipe, Curlew, 100 Redshank, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 6 Corn Bunting (ELBF).

  • Alexandra Park: 2 immature GBB Gulls with 5 LBB Gulls, Egyptian Goose north, Peregrine east, 2 imm GBB Gulls, 4 Willow Warblers, 5+ Chiffchaffs, male Blackcap singing Conservation Area, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Water Rail Conservation Pond, 9 Jackdaws, 10 Mipits, R N Parakeet Grove (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener, Gareth Richards, Gabriel Jamie).
  • Battersea Park Lake: Peregrine flew east at 3:30pm, Great-crested Grebe on nest but no eggs, over 6 pairs of Grey Herons feeding young in nests, pr Lesser-black Backed Gulls, about 8 perched Cormorants and only 1 Coot constantly sitting so far, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet performing some form of flight display high in the sky (Michael Mac).
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: singing Willow Warbler, several Chiffchaff, Woodcock. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Brentford: large falcon species with apparent jesses over elevated section of M4 late am from moving vehicle (FJM) .
  • Bushy Park: (west side) 1 fem Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in Canal Plantation, 3 Little Owls (2 from Iron Bridge, 1 in Canal P),4 singing Chiffchaffs, 1 fem Sparrowhawk over. (Roger Unite)
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: 2 Black Redstarts (both fems) near Canon's Farmhouse (DKC/KJM), 7 Common Buzzards, 4 Pheasants, 3 Cormorants (1 south, 2 west), drake Mallard, Blackcap (m), 2 Meadow Pipits, 11 Skylarks, 3 Lesser Redpolls, 5 Chiffchaffs, 6+ Yellowhammers, 25+ Linnets, 3 Grey Herons, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch, 4 Kestrels, 7+ Green Woodpeckers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, pair of Bullfinches, c.32 Stock Doves, 6 Rose-ringed Parakeets, singing Mistle Thrush, 1 Fieldfare (DKC/KJM/SG /MS et al)
  • Crossness: Common Tern at the Golf Centre this morning + Willow Warbler singing (John Archer, Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock area: Egyptian Goose (new site bird), 4 Peregrines (in the air together!), 2 Chiffchaffs, 13+ Shelduck (David Callahan, Gary A James, Nick Tanner).
  • Edwardes Square W8 (private access): 2 Tawny Owlets, singing Chiffchaff, singing Coal Tit (Des McKenzie).
  • Gillespie Park (Highbury): two Chiffchaffs singing. (David Bradshaw).
  • Hampstead Heath: 1 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (year tick) on Highgate No1 pond, 3prs of Green Woodpecker, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 1-2 singing Blackcaps across East Heath, 1 Woodcock over Vale of Health (Sash Tusa).
  • Holland Park: vocal Green Woodpecker (Des McKenzie).
  • Holmethorpe SP: fem Goldeneye, Little Egret (SBC).
  • Horsenden Hill: pr Gadwall (Paradise Field), f Sparrowhawk, pr Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove, 6 Great-spotted + 7 Green Woodpecker, 4 Redwing, pr Nuthatch, 9 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Blackcap, Jackdaw, 1 Linnet, 3 Reed Buntings (Neil Anderson) + 1 Woodcock flushed from lower covered reservoir 7.55BST and 1 Skylark east (Andy Culshaw).
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showing well, singing Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff (3 singing), singing Willow Warbler; also, 2 active Mute Swan nests, 5 Greylag Goose x Canada Goose, 11 Egyptian Goose, 4pr Mandarin Duck, 6 Gadwall (inc 2pr), 5 Shoveler, 6 Red-crested Pochard (5m), pr Little Grebe, 5 active Great Crested Grebe nests, hunting fem Sparrowhawk, 18 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit at fully-constructed nest (plus another carrying nest material), singing Coal Tit, Nuthatch, 3 singing Treecreeper, 100+ Carrion Crow, 3 singing Goldfinch ~ the feral Emperor Goose seen here over the last couple of years was found dead on 24/03 http://hpkg.blogspot.com (Des McKenzie).
  • Kensal Green Cemetery and St Mary’s Cemetery: v vocal Green Woodpecker (probably the same as Little Wormwood Scrubs bird), pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Misttle Thrush, 5 Redwing, Jay, Kestrel hunting over Harrow Road. Also Goldcrest, 12 Meadow Pippit, 2 Dunnock, 6 House Sparrow in St Mary's Cemetary (Charlie Farrell)
  • Kew: Blackcap singing Pagoda Avenue early a.m. (Franco J. Maroevic).
  • KGV Res, South Basin: 58 Sand Martin, 1 White Wagtail. 18.30. (N. Smith)
  • Knockholt: 3 Song Thrush, 1 Kestrel, 4 Green Woodpecker, 7 Skylark, 3 Linnet, 5 Jay, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff. (Josh J Shaw).
  • Lea Valley: Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Wigeon Hook's Marsh; 2 Goldeneye Friday Lake; Brambling, Little Egret, Buzzard, Seventy Acre Lake. (David Bradshaw)
  • Little Wormwood Scrubs: v vocal Green Woodpecker (probably same bird seen later on Scrubs and in Kensal Green Cemetery) calling, 5 singing Dunnock, singing Wren, pr Sparrowhawk seen circling over Martin Bell Woods then heading down railway line towards Shepherds Bush. (Charlie Farrell).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2s Mediterranean Gull west, Water Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail north (Birdguides), 3 singing Cettis Warbler, 4 Willow Warblers, 9 Chiff Chaffs, 1 Blackcap. Redshank, Jack Snipe, C Snipe, Sitting Lapwings, 2 Ringed Plovers Nth 9 Sand Martins, 1 male Wheatear, Peregrine, 2 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Redpoll sp 2 Goldcrests (BENGH, LWC per Angus Innes);
  • Mayesbrook Park: Egyptian Goose (very wary!) (Paul Hawkins).
  • Osterley Park: 3 Mandarin (1 drake, 2 females) on pond, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk over meadows (Anand Ramesh)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 singing Blackcap, 1 Little Grebe on the main pond, 16 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing & 1 Meadow Pipit. (Jon Ridge, Peter Elton).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 1 swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Shelduck, 4 Snipe, fem Sparrowhawk 10.00. (N Smith)
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe + 1, 26 Tufted Duck, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 6 singing Chiffchaff, pair Goldcrest, 2 pair Long-tailed Tit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Green Woodpecker, pair + 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 singing Dunnock, pair Nuthatch + 2 (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood).
  • Southgate, Chase Road, N14: 1 Woodcock, flew over gardens, 13:24 BST (Robert Callf).
  • Staines Reservoir: Black-tailed Godwit on N basin early am. (Bob Warden) & 7 Black-necked Grebes on S basin. 3 Red Kites over Windsor Castle area mid am and 2 Common Buzzards. OUTSIDE LNHS RECORDING AREA (FJM)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Little Egret flew over N at 11:00 (Quentin Given)
  • Walthamstow Marsh: singing Blackcap Horseshoe Thicket elsewhere 3 singing Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler. (frogandlisa)
  • Walthamstow Res (N end of Lockwood): cock Pheasant with no less than 5 hens in tow! (Lol Bodini).
  • William Girling Res: Great Northen Diver N/E corner. Viewed from M Park, 2 BN Grebes, 1 Sand Martin. (N. Smith)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Woodcock seen twice & last seen heading north west towards Harlesden. Also 2 Great Black-back, a pair of Reed Buntings, c3 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Collared Dove, c3 Jackdaw & c 12 Meadow Pipit including 3 singers. (David Jeffreys, David Lindo & Roy Nuttall) Green Woodpecker (calling), Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), Mistle Thrush, Kestrel hunting over scrub before being mobbed by crows (Charlie Farrell).

Saturday 27th MarchEdit

  • Kelsey Park Beckenham : 6+ Greylag Goose (Origin unknown), 27 Grey Herons with 26 young so far with serveral still breeding, 3 Mandarin Duck, 4+ Mute Swan, 1 Chiffchaff singing. (Ernie Thomason)
  • Crossness: ALPINE SWIFT over golfcourse 8:10 until 11am when it flew east (Kev Jarvis (finder), John Archer, Richard Bonser, David Bradnum, Chris Gibbard, Gary Howard, John Pegden, Dave Willis et al); also 2 Buzzards, Willow Warbler.

  • Alexandra Park: 2+ Willow Warblers & male Blackcap Top Field, 5+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Greylag W G Res flew off 0705, male Tufted Duck x Pochard hybrid Boating Lake, Water Rail Conservation Pond, Mipit, Linnet (Bob Watts) plus Redwing Top Field and Little Grebe Boating Lake (Dominic Mitchell).
  • Banstead Downs: Willow Warbler singing, 3+ Bullfinches, 3+ Chiffchaffs, 1+ Mistle Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrushes, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (David K Campbell).
  • Battersea Park Lake: quick 20min walk 10:25am - 1 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Mistle Thrush, 1 singing Chaffinch, Wren on path, 7 pr Gadwall, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Grey-lag and Canada Geese, 17 Grey Herons at nest, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 1st winter Black-headed Gull (Michael Mac). At 2:30pm pr Peregrines flew from east to west over the lake. (Michael Mac).
  • Bushy Park: Poss. female Wheatear on second pond after Heron, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Mistle Thrush (Billy Dykes)
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (f) Ruffet Wood, singing Blackcap, Cormorant flew north east, 3 Common Buzzards, 1 Little Owl, 4 Meadow Pipits, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Pheasants, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Linnets, 3 Mistle Thrushes, 4 male Yellowhammers, 5+ Skylarks, 3 Fieldfares, 1 Redwing, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 7+ Jays, 1 Kestrel, 2+ Rooks, 2 Grey Herons, 1+ Coal Tit, 8 Nuthatches, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Sparrowhawks, 19+ Stock Doves (CFBW).
  • East India Dock Area: Great Crested Grebe, 1 Wheatear (Pura Foods site), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Willow Warbler (Ecology Park),2 Chiffchaff. (Gary A James).
  • Holland Park: singing Blackcap, pair Green Woodpecker courtship display (David Jeffreys)
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Red Kite west at 08.00 pursued by crows, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Little Owl, 1 Snipe (Andy Culshaw).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens (LNHS field trip): both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showed well, Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff (3 singing); also 3 Greylag Goose x Canada Goose, 7-9 Mandarin Duck, c10 Stock Dove, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 singing Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, 3 Treecreeper ~ thanks to the 22 people that turned up (Des McKenzie).
  • Knockholt: 1 Willow Warbler singing, Rushmore Hill a.m. (Josh J Shaw)
  • Lee Valley: Langridge Scrape; 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Lapwing, Buzzard overhead, Goose Fields; c25 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 2 Shelduck, footpathbetween Hooks Marsh Lake & Flood Relief channel; 3 Blackcaps (2m, 1f), c9 Lesser Redpolls, single Chiffchaff. Sad sight of a dead Tawny Owl hanging upside down from a tree branch, looked like it had got tangled up in fishing line. 6 Goldeneye on Friday Lake (James Anderson) ('Where exactly is Langridge Scrape? - Mike Benyon) '''''Langridge Scrape is a site created last year by the Park. It has several shingle islands, and when the water level eventually drops, will have an extensive muddy shoreline. It is located east of Holyfield Lake (map ref: TL382047). Easiest access is probably from the Fisher’s Green overflow car park, down to Fisher’s Green Sailing Club and follow footpath along the field down the east side of Holyfield Lake. (Mike Oakland)
  • London Wetland Centre: 5 Sand Martin, 5 Redshank. 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Water Pipit, 4 Common Snipe and 3 Cetti's Warbler (Lee Dingain).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Pair Willow Warblers, 3 singing Chiffchaffs, f. Reed Bunting. (frogandlisa)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Grebe on the main pond,1 Little Owl, 1 singing Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Meadow Pipit over, 7 Jackdaw & 1 Greylag Goose flew in, late in the afternoon. (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: Buzzard low over Hamcross Plantation 9.45, also pr Great-crested Grebe, pr Dabchick, 7 Cormorant over, 7 Egyptian Geese, 30 Mandarin, 33 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, m Red-crested Pochard x Tufted Duck (smart bird!), 20 Stock Dove, 15 Great-spotted + 12 Green Woodpeckers, pr Pied Wagtail, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Buntings (Neil Anderson)
  • Rotherhithe: 2 Jackdaw flew east over Stave Hill 1.30pm (Richard Bonser)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 1 Swallow, 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Snipe, 4 Lapwing. On the Cob Meadows, 26 Meadow Pipits, 9 Skylark. Relief channel, 5 Goosander, 1 Goldeneye. 12 Sandmartin over North/East corner of the KGV Res, also 3 Meadow Pipits and 2 Green Woodpecker feeding on the res bank. (N. Smith)
  • South Norwood CP: Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and Sparrowhawk (Steven Robinson).
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 possibly 3 singing Willow Warbler, 5 singing Chiffchaff, 1 singing Blackcap, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 great Spotted Woodpecker (1drumming) pair Nuthatch (at nesthole) 2 Pied Wagtail, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 House Sparrow, 3 singing Chaffinch, pair Long-tailed Tit, pair Coal Tit + 1 singing, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Trent Park: 1 singing male Blackcap, Water Grdn (Robert Callf).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 10 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 2 Shelduk, Ruddy Shelduck, 4 Little Grebe, 24 fieldfare, 2 Buzzard, (Steve B)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 2 Barn Swallow, flew W, Hog Hill, 08:59 BST (my earliest record by one day - previous earliest here was on March 28th 1981!); 1 Budgerigar (blue), Sidhil's Field (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Egyptian goose, 17 Shoveler, 10 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 2 Goldeneye, 9 Meadow pipits (Ian Woodward)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Yellowhammer (briefly before flying south), 1 Stock Dove displaying, 1 Snipe east (S Fisher); m Pheasant, 4+ Chiffchaff singing, 3 Reed Bunting, 12+ Skylark, 10+ Meadow Pipit (J Lethbridge, S Fisher).
  • Wanstead Park: Singing Blackcap, Singing Willow Warbler, 4+ singing Chiffchaff, 7 displaying Jays, 10 Stock Dove, (S Fisher)

Friday 26th MarchEdit

  • Rainham Marshes: Garganey (female), Peregrine Falcon (adult), Water Rail, Little Ringed Plover, Glaucous Gull (2cy), Yellow-legged Gull (3cy), Water Pipit, Cetti's Warbler (two), Common Chiffchaff (four) (Dominic Mitchell).
  • Alexandra Park: 3 singing Chiffchaffs, pair Grey Wagtails (David Callahan). 3+ Willow Warblers & Swallow Top Field by 0950, Hybrid Tufted Duck male x Pochard female boating lake (Gabriel Jamie, Andrew Gardener); Red Kite over Duke of Edinburgh pub c14:30 heading towards the palace (David Callahan).*Leytonstone: Red Kite flew SSE at 2:20pm (Paul Whiteman)
  • Morden Hall Park: 1 Willow Warbler First sighting this year, (List = 73), 3 Blackcap, 4 or 5 Chiffchaff, All singing early 6.30am, 3 Reed Bunting, Also c(24) Heron (10 active nests with 11 Chicks - one brood very advanced almost fledged), 1 Little Egret, 1 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 1 Snipe, 1 Woodcock (First sighting at the park this year, List = 74). Surprisingly no Martins or Swallows and saddly again Kingfisher absent with picture on blogs of trashed and abused nest bank. More damning evidance against the National Trust... (Malcolm Riddler)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Red Kite, gliding South above Sewardstone Road @ 11.00 am, also fem Sparrowhawk, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler singing by Nights Pits, 5 Goosander, 1 drake, 2 fem, 1 fem Goldeneye, 12 Sand Martin inspecting holes in releif channel banks accompanied with a Swallow. On the Patty Pools, 4 Lapwing, 3 Common Snipe and 2 Shelduck. North bank of the KGV Res, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Water Pipit, 3 Meadow Pipit. Cob fields, 3 Green Woods, 2, G.S Woods, 5+ Skylark, 7+ Meadow Pipit (N.Smith)
  • South Norwood Country Park: 08.26 1 Common Swift (my earliest ever) present for at least 15 minutes, 6+ Chiffchaffs, 2 singing Willow Warblers, pair of Kestrels, pair of Sparrowhawks (female being harrased by Ring-necked Parakeets), at least one pair of Stock Doves, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Grebe. (No sign of Tawny Owlet that had been reported 2 days ago.) (John Birkett)
  • Wanstead, my garden: Red Kite S/SE pursued by Crows at 2:25pm. Then flew over Wanstead Flats (J Lethbridge)

  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: Blackcap, Yellowhammer, Redpoll, 2 Common Buzzards (KJM).
  • Battersea Park Lake: quick walk through - 3 pr Gadwall, 2 Egyptian Geese, Approx 27 Heron nests in 3 areas, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 immature Black-headed Gull, 9 Greylag Geese plus usual water birds, 1 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 1 Chaffinch all singing (Michael Mac).
  • Brent Reservoir: 7 singing Chiffchaffs (Andrew Self)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 5 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 10 Common Gull, 3 Kestrel south, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Mistle Thrush and distant view from Greenway of a Red Kite south-east at 14.35 (same bird as the Wanstead Flats) (S Fisher)
  • Hanwell Park: Black Headed Gull, Blackbird, Blue, Carrion Crow, Collared Dove, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Egyptian Geese, Feral Pigeon, Goldfinch, Great, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Greater Black Backed Gull, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Magpie, Mallard, Mandarin, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Ring Necked Parakeet, Robin, Song Thrush, Starling, Wood Pigeon, Wren (Bill Keith)
  • Horsenden Hill (Paradise Fields). 1m1f Gadwall (David Howdon), Hill and Fields: 9 singing Chiffchaffs, 4 Goldcrests, 4 Song Thrush, Nuthatch, 2 Jackdaw, Bullfinch, 2 Green and 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, singing Mistle Thrush ( Martin Smith), 1 Rook NW at 8.30 and then SW 8.35, 1 Blackcap, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker 'sapsucking' at Hornbeam sap (Andy Culshaw).
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: one ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showing well (David Howdon). Second adult 60 metres south. Treecreeper feeding on owlets' tree at 7.50am (David Bradshaw). Still there being buffeted by strong winds at lunchtime - before the heavy rain (Martin Honey).
  • Little Britain Lake: Heronry status - 5 occupied nests (1 with 3 young), pr Mute Swan, 2 occ Coot nests, Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker, pr Grey Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackcap. (Roger Dewey)
  • Little Wormwood Scrubs: 1 singing Chiffchaff, 3 Wren (2 singing), 2 Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Ring-necked Parakeet, Sparrowhawk (over and drifting towards Hammersmith Hospital), Heron (over) + various tits testing out nestboxes (Charlie Farrell)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Sparrowhawk (over from SW to NE), 1 Grey Heron (E to W), 3 Cormorant (E to W), pr Long-tailed Tit (prob. feeding young at nest) (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Oakwood Park, N14: 1 Green Woodpecker; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 1 Fieldfare, on Pitch & Putt Course; 7 Redwing, on Pitch & Putt Course; 2 Song Thrush, including one singing male; 2 Mistle Thrush; 1 singing male Chiffchaff; 1 male Nuthatch; 1 male Greenfinch; 3(1m,2f) Chaffinch (Robert Callf).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 male Wheatear in reception garden field, 1 Little Grebe on the main pond, 1 Kingfisher very briefly along the River Pinn, 3 little Owl, 2 Meadow Pipit over, 1 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Linnet flew north & 1 Cormorant flew into Headstone Moat (viewed from the farm). (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park: 3 Peregrine Falcons, 2 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs and 6 returning Bar-headed Geese (Tony Duckett)
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe (nest building) 2 Cormorant, 1 imm Herring Gull, 15 Tufted Duck, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 pair Long-tailed Tit, pair + 1 Goldcrest, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 singing Willow Warbler, 5 singing Chiffchaff, pair Nuthatch (at nesthole) 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Staines Reservoir: Sanderling, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Swallows, 5 Black-necked Grebes and 2 Scaup (Pete Naylor, Ken Purdey et al.)
  • Totteridge Valley: Nine singing Chiffchaff; 1 Lapwing, 7 Jays together; also close encounter with a Muntjac (John Colmans)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 5 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, Ruddy Shelduck, 9+ Shoveler,81 Common Gull, Chiffchaff, Buzzard. (Steve Blake)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Mediterranean Gull, c30 Common Gull, c10 Herring Gull, 1 singing Dunnock, Redwing, 2 singing Meadow Pippit. (Charlie Farrell & Anders Price)

Thursday 25th MarchEdit

  • Prince's Lakes, Bedfont: male Smew. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Marsh Harrier female flew S.S.E between 3.18 and 3.25 pm. Also 21 Sand Martins and a Swallow came in from W at 4.18pm and several stayed over South basin. Also pair of sub ad Scaup still. (Franko J. Maroevic). Earlier White Wagtail, 5 B-N Grebes, 3 Sand Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Shelduck and 2 Redshank (Martin Sullivan).
  • Alexandra Park: singing Willow Warbler at north end of Conservation Pond 0705-0805 at least but not 0845 (Bob Watts, Gareth Richards).
  • Bunhill Fields Burial Ground: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Charlie Farrell)
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: 2 Lesser Redpolls (1 singing), c.50 Linnets, 3 Pheasants, 2 Little Owls, 4 singing Chiffchaffs, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 singing Goldcrest, c.20 Stock Doves, 4 Treecreepers, 1 Coal Tit, 5 Nuthatches, 4+ Green Woodpeckers, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, c,30 Fieldfares, 1+ Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtails (CFBW).
  • Crossness: Brent Goose (1st winter) on Thames briefly then flew east @ 10.05 a.m., Willow Warbler singing on Ridgeway just south of golf course, Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 2 Curlew, 11 Oystercatchers, 10 Wigeon (Kev Jarvis & John Archer).
  • Fairlop Gravel Works: 3 Shelduck, 25 Tufted, 13 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, Cormorant, 11 Snipe, 2 Redshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 7 Redwing, 20 Pied Wagtail, 4 Linnet (Redbridge Birdwatching)
  • Hanwell Park: Black Headed Gull, Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Egyptian Geese, Feral Pigeon, Goldfinch, Great, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Long Tailed, Magpie, Mallard, Mandarin, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Ring Necked Parakeet, Robin, Song Thrush, Starling, Wood Pigeon, Wren (Bill Keith)
  • Hounslow Heath LNR: Willow Warbler singing and Wheatear. (Chris Slack per Adam Cheeseman)
  • Horsenden Hill: 9 singing Chiffchaffs, pr Gadwall still on Canal Ponds, 7/8 Great spotted woodpeckers ( Martin Smith) Wheatear & Mistle Thrush (David Pierrepont)
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showing well, 2 singing Blackcap, 2 singing Chiffchaff; also 10 Egyptian Goose, 3 Gadwall, 18 Shoveler, 12 Red-crested Pochard, Little Grebe (trilling), c10 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pied Wagtail, Redwing, 2 singing Coal Tit, Nuthatch, 2 singing Treecreeper, 9 Goldfinch (2 singing), Red Admiral (Des McKenzie, Rob Barker, Noel Lever).
  • Leyton Flats: 1 singing Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, singing Mistle Thrush. (Gary A James).
  • Nine Elms - Estate Community Gardens: 1 Peregrine seen on building in distance, 1 Greenfinch on birdfeeder and Dunnock singing (Michael Mac).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Egret flew west at 16:07, 1 Wheatear (first-summer male) in the field behind the yard, 1 Little Owl, 1 Greylag Goose, 3 Chiffchaff (inc two singing males), 1 Grey Wagtail flew over & 10 Meadow Pipit. (Jon Ridge).
  • Railway Fields LNR, N4: 1 Chiffchaff. (TeRNS)
  • Sewardstone Marsh 0700:1 Swallow with 12 Sand Martin North of KGV Res,1 White Wagtail and 3 Meadow Pipits on grass bank. On the Marsh there were,8 Common Snipe, 6 Lapwing two displaying and two 2 Shelduck. Relief channel, 1 Little Egret flying South, 1 fem, Goldeneye, with 1 male Goosander and 5 fem Goosander. Cob fields, 7 Singing Skylark, 1 fem Stonechat, 5 Green Woodpecker, 3 G.S Woodpecker, 4 Meadow Pipit, also noted 8 Chiffchaff. (N.Smith)
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Tufted Duck, 6 Song Thrush (5 singing) 12 Ring-necked Parakeet, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Green Wodpecker, pair + 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, pair Long-tailed Tit, 1 singing Coal Tit, 6+ Greenfinch, 3 singing Chaffinch, pair Nuthatch + 1, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Stockers Lake: Swallow on wires at Stockers Farm, 9 Goldeneye and 4 Red-crested Pochard (Martin Sullivan).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: White-cheeked Pintail (esc), Ruddy Shelduck, (esc), 2 Shelduck, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Oystercatcher, 4+ Redshank, 2 Chiffchaff, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk. (Steve B)
  • Trent Park: 8 Lesser Redpoll, feeding in Larches, Camlet Moat (Robert Callf).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: R N Parakeet still Hurricane Woods nest prospecting! (never bred here before), 2 Redwing (Bob Watts).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Common Sandpiper, Red-legged Partridge, 30 odd Shelduck (Dan Barrett)

Wednesday 24th MarchEdit

  • Harrow Lodge Park: Red Kite circling over at 10:10hrs (Birdguides).
  • Walthamstow Central Station: Red Kite, Peregrine and Sparrowhawk all through in the space of ten minutes between 17:10 and 17:20! (Ian Lycett via David Callahan)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Little Gulls ad W, 6 Sand Martins briefly 9am. 1 Wheatear, 7 Black-necked Grebes, pair of sub ad Scaup, 1 Common Sandpiper. (Bob Warden & Franko J. Maroevic)
  • NB. the Great White Egret reported recently from Green Lane, Feltham has turned out to be a near albino Grey Heron. Double check your west London Egrets folks. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Queen Mother Res (permit access): Great Northern Diver still this a.m. (Birdguides).
  • Abney Cemetery: Tawny Owl, adults with at least 3 chicks, plus 2-3 singing Chiffchaff. (Tony Butler, Laurence Pitcher)
  • Alexandra Park: Water Rail (con pond), 3 singing Chiffchaffs, pair Long-tailed Tits (David Callahan). Viz mig 7-9am: 5 Mipits, also R N Parakeet h, and large female Sparrowhawk (Bob Watts). 2 Goldcrests in Avenue Gardens (Mike Benyon)
  • Banstead Downs: 4 singing Chiffchaffs (David Keith Campbell).
  • Brent Res: Sand Martin 2 up res then North 9.25, 2 Chiffchaff singing (Roy Beddard and Andrew Verrall).
  • Bunhill Fields Burial Ground: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Charlie Farrell)
  • Dagenham - Lodge Avenue: 6.30am. Male Pheasant in back garden.
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 70 Teal. 2 Sand Martins, 1 male Blackcap (copse). Linnet. (Gary A James).
  • Osterley Park: 2 (perhaps 3) Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (1+ male drumming and a female seen in a different area), Common Buzzard over N at 09:27, 2 Little Owl, pair Egyptian Geese with 7 goslings (+ several other pairs of Egyptians knocking around), 2 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Linnet, 1 singing Reed Bunting, 1 singing Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, 20+ Redwing, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Nuthatch, c8 Stock Dove (including some displaying), 6 Green Woodpecker, 6+ Great Spots, 4 Pied Wags and the commoner stuff (Bill Haines).
  • Fairlop Waters: Willow Warbler singing this evening ( RBA ).
  • Forty Hall (Enfield): 4 Green Woodpecker, including three together; 3 Nuthatch; 2 Treecreeper, together (Robert Callf).
  • Hanwell Park: Black Headed Gull, Blackbird, Blue, Carrion Crow, Collared Dove, Common Gull, Cormorant, Dunnock, Feral Pigeon, Goldfinch, Great, Greater Black Backed Gull, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Magpie, Mallard, Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail, Ring Necked Parakeet, Robin, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Wood Pigeon Bill Keith
  • Hatton Farm Fields: 2 Wheatear, 25 Fieldfare, 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, Reed Bunting. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showing well; 6 Egyptian Goose, 3pr Mandarin Duck, 3 Gadwall (pr/1m). 15 Shoveler, 6 Red-crested Pochard (2pr/2m), sinensis type ad Cormorant, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Chiffchaff, singing Goldcrest, 3 Jay (including 1pr, 1 of which was 'singing') (Des McKenzie).
  • Margravine Cemetery: singing Chiffchaff, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Common Buzzard over, 2+ Sparrowhawk, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Meadow Pipit over, 1 singing Chiffchaff, several GSW, 8 Fieldfare & just one Redwing. (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park: 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Woodcock, 1 Water Rail, 1 Hobby, 4 Sand Martins, 3 Chiffchaffs (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: Black Redstart female. Holly Lodge, riding sand pit, till dusk. (Mike Lewis et al).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: 4+ Redwing, Chiffchaff singing (Bob Watts).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: 6 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 9 Shoveler, 3 Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Sand Martin (Steve B)
  • Walthamstow: A few singing Chiffchaffs around the marsh today, also a few Little Egrets seen at Walthamstow Reservoirs, including a bird standing in the Heronry. At least 7 Sand Martins around the Lockwood, perhaps a few more passing through. 2 Wheatears and a Green Sandpiper on the West bank and a pair of Goosander flew in from the High Maynard. Another Green Sandpiper in the overflow channel to the North. No sign of the previously reported Black Redstart however. At c16:30 whilst scanning the forest ridge over Woodford (around Woodford G.C. - Highams Park area), from the bottom of the Lockwood a probable m Goshawk seen briefly. Originally I assumed it to be a Buzzard, as I had been looking specifically for them in the reasonably good weather but when it flipped over onto its side, it was obviously an Accipiter, it looked greyish, so maybe a male? It was a big bird and had a broad body with deep chest, long necked (compared to Sparrowhawk, which I had seen earlier) broad wings with bulging secondaries and a longer and wider tail. Underparts looked quiet pale at that distance but no real plumage marks visible i.e. supercillium or undertail coverts. It never came up very high and was on show for less than 30 seconds but was clearly an interesting bird and worth looking out for if you are local. Walthamstow birders please use the blogspot at: http://walthamstowwildlife.blogspot.com/ there is now a full list of birds recorded on this patch. (Paul Whiteman )
  • Tottenham Marshes: Singing Willow Warbler on Wild Marsh East at 9.30am (P Lambert per L Bodini).
  • Trent Park: A minimum of 15 singing Chiffchaff, Stonechat (f) - Old Golf Course, Green Woodpecker, 4 Mandarin (3m,f). ( Pete Lowman)
  • Wanstead Flats: Wheatear flew from Bush Wood Flats over Lake House Road onto Centre Road Flats, into the SSSI north of Jubilee Pond at 9:50am, passing approx 20ft in front of my car, Little Owl at dusk (J Lethbridge)
  • Whitewebbs Wood: 3 Green Woodpecker; 4 Nuthatch; 8 Treecreeper, including three singing males (Robert Callf).
  • Willows Puddle: 2 Wheatear, 2 Oystercatcher, Pied Wagtail. (Steve B)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 male Wheatear, 1 male Reed Bunting, c21 Fieldfare, c5 Redwing, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Jackdaw, 1 singing Chiffchaff & c15 Meadow Pipit including c3 singers. (David Lindo).
  • Buckingham Palace: Great Spotted Woodpecker flew from St James's Park directly over the Palace at 5:30pm (Michael Mac).

Tuesday 23rd MarchEdit

  • King George V Res (permit access): imm male Velvet Scoter on South Basin this a.m.(same bird as on William Girling Res recently), also 6+ Sand Martin, Little Ringed Plover, 5 Goosander, 2 Shelduck, c30 Goldeneye (H Lacey, S Hamilton, B Bishop, R Woodward).
  • London Wetland Centre: Marsh Harrier over; also 52 Teal, 24 Lapwing, 5 Redshank, Greenshank south along the Thames, 12 Sand Martin nth & 5 lingering, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Redpoll (LWC website).1 first-winter Caspian Gull, 1 ad YL Gull, 2 Swallows north, 1 Water Pipit assuming summer-plumage, 19 Fieldfares north, 6 Redwings east, 1 Willow Warbler, 8 Redpoll sp, 2 Linnets (BENHG).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: m Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Goosander (SBC).
  • Rainham: Short-eared Owl flew across road from landfill site at lorry checkpoint 14.50 (Jon Clark)
  • Alexandra Park: Reed Bunting calling flew NE at 7am, also 2 Mipits (Bob Watts). Large female Sparrowhawk circling north, displaying Stock Dove, 3 singing Chiffchaffs (David Callahan).
  • Beddington SF: Firecrest (Dip or Glory).
  • Bedford's Park: Common Snipe (ELBF).
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: Peregrine, 4 Common Buzzards, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Kestrel, 100 Redwings, 50 Fieldfares, several Bullfinches (KJM). male Pheasant, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Yellowhammers, 1 Little Owl, 1 Skylark, 1 Kestrel, 3 Mistle Thrushes, 1 Linnet, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, c.20 Fieldfares, 1 Redwing, 2 Rose-ringed Parakeets, 4 Common Gulls (DKC).
  • Cranham Marsh: 3 Chiffchaff (ELBF).
  • Crossness: 3 Swallows north @ 10.25am (Kev Jarvis per JA).
  • East Dulwich: Common Buzzard flew over from S to W at 13.42 pursued by Crow - a completely unexpected flat tick! (Tom Smith)
  • Fairlop Gravel Works: 2 Shelduck, 40 Shoveler, 25 Tufted Duck, 10 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 5 Lapwng, Snipe, 2 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 4 male Pheasant, Stock Dove, Sand Martin, Skylark, Mipit, 20 Pied Wgtl, 2 Linnet (Redbridge Birdwatching). Save this site
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 3 Teal, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Sand Martin (James Lowen)
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 2 (m&f) Mute Swan; 1 female Sparrowhawk, perched; 5+ Stock Dove, including two singing males; 3 Green Woodpecker; 2 male Great Spotted Woodpecker; 1 singing male Song Thrush; 3 Redwing, together; 1 Goldcrest; 2 Long-tailed Tit; 4 Nuthatch; 1 singing Treecreeper; 2 Jay (Robert Callf).
  • Hanwell Park: Black Headed Gull, Blackbird, Blue, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Feral Pigeon, Goldfinch, Great, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Long Tailed, Magpie, Mallard, Mandarin, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Ring Necked Parakeet, Robin, Song Thrush, Starling, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Bill Keith
  • Isle of Dogs: Buzzard East over Crossharbour, also Chiffchaff, 2 Long-tailed Tits (Richard Harrison).
  • Kensal Green: 1 singing male Song Thrush, 5 House Sparrow, 1 pair of Dunnock (Charlie Farrell).
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens (a.m.): both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showing well (DMc, David Howdon, Andrew Harding); m Red-crested Pochard (DH) ~ (p.m.): Oystercatcher heard 3 times NW over Italian Gardens/Buck Hill 14:10hrs (first record since September 1934), Jackdaw east over Dell; also 71 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag x Canada Goose, Emperor Goose (esc), 8 Egyptian Goose, 5 Mandarin Duck, pr Gadwall, 23 Shoveler, 4 Red-crested Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 4pr Great Crested Grebe attending nests, pr Herring Gull prospecting Serpentine Island, c10 Stock Dove (2 singing), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, 3 singing Mistle Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff (1 singing), Goldcrest, 2 singing Coal Tit, Nuthatch, 4 Treecreeper (3 singing), 1-2 Jay, 12 Magpie, 5 Chaffinch, 2 singing Greenfinch, singing Goldfinch (DMc); 4 Tawny Owlets visible top of tree near half built crows nest and adult nearby at 5pm and 2 Egyptian Geese flying around and perching clumsily in tops of trees (Michael Mac) ~ LOST: Blackberry 8700 mobile phone, may have lost it near owl trees, if anyone comes across it I'd appreciate an email at onebluegull@ntlworld.com thanks (DMc).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 5 Skylark, 6 Sand Martin, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, Yellowhammer (ELBF).
  • Lake Farm CP: Woodcock flew NE at 09.05, Chiffchaff, pair of Reed Buntings, 2 Skylarks (Pete Naylor).
  • Paddington Basin: Chiffchaff (Des McKenzie).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl, 3 Chiffchaff (including one ringed) around the main pond, 1 Greylag Goose & 4 Coot (the population has just doubled) (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: 5 Little Ringed Plover, 50 Golden Plover, 3 Curlew, Jack Snipe, 4 Northern Wheatear, 4 Redwing, 8 Corn Bunting (ELBF). Stone Barges: 2 Water Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wag. (TeRNS).
  • Regent's Park: 3 Woodcocks, 3 Sparrowhawks, 4 Teal, 26 Redwings, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Lesser Redpolls, 1 Jackdaw (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: Woodcock near Prince Charles Spinney at 6.15 pm. (Franko J, Maroevic)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 2 Shelduck, 40 Sand Martin, Swallow, 7 Meadow Pipit, 150 Fieldfare north, 5 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler (ELBF).
  • St James's Park: Black Swan still on nest, pr Little Grebe trilling and solo male Egyptian Goose appears to be waiting for eggs to hatch (Michael Mac),
  • Staines Res: 4 Smew (including 1 drake), 7 Black-necked Grebes, White Wagtail, Swallow (John Archer).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: male Peregrine over at 0815 (Bob Watts).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, 2 Sand Martin. 2 Chiffchaff. (Steve Blake)
  • Valentine's Park: 11 Greylag Goose, m Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, 2 Long-tailed Tit (ELBF).
  • Vauxhall: Peregrine perched on railings high up at 1pm (Michael Mac).
  • Walpole park Ealing: 1 Chiffchaff (Jim Fell).
  • Walthamstow Res: Black Redstart on the east side of Lockwood this a.m. (Pete Lambert ); no sign late morning, however 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Peregrines around Lockwood (J.Murray). 12.15pm: f Black Redstart still on concrete fence by flood relief channel on E side of Lockwood (just N of high Maynard Res), also 2 Wheatears (am), 2 singing Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, Meadow pipit, 8 Teal (& late pm) 4 Goldeneye & 12 Sand Martins in one group heading...err...South!? (Lol Bodini).
  • Walton Res: Black-necked Grebe (SBC).
  • Wanstead Flats: Little Owl, 25 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 6 Fieldfare, Chiffchaff, 6 Reed Bunting (ELBF).
  • Waterworks NR: 2 Sand Martins, Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, Cetti's Warbler, Grey Wagtail, f Bullfinch, 20 Fieldfares, 2 Redwings, Chiffchaff (Dan Barrett).
  • Willows Farm Puddle: Redshank, Sand Martin, 2 Pied Wagtail (Steve B).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Woodcock flew into the grassland - 2nd ever, 1 male Stonechat, c3 Chiffchaff, c5 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, c16 Linnet & c15 Meadow Pipit (David Lindo, Anders Price & Roy Nuttall).

Monday 22nd MarchEdit

  • Crossness: Red Kite west along the Thames 08:40hrs (Ian Miller & Kev Jarvis).
  • Leyton Flats: Alpine Swift showing well over Hollow Pond 09:30 am (Gary A James); no sign 10:20 (RBA), but back again over Whipps Cross and Hollow Pond briefly at 11:40 (Lol Bodini via DC); and again briefly at 12:25 (J Lethbridge, Gary A James, Lol Bodini, Mike Messenger, Steve West); also 3 Sparrowhawk & a Kestrel (JL).
  • Alexandra Park: Peregrine west over palace 0850, Water Rail conservation area pond, fem Blackcap (Gabriel Jamie); singing Chiffchaff (Mike Benyon), 3 singing Chiffchaffs lunchtime (David Callahan).
  • Beddington SF: 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 72 Tufted Duck, Peregrine Falcon, 6 Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, Water Pipit, Chiffchaff (Dip or Glory).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: pair of Shelduck north (07.30), 2 Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaffs, 6 Stock Doves, Kingfisher, 12 Teal, 2 Snipe, 2 Redwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Linnet, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 2 Jays, 2 Mistle Thrush (S Fisher).
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: 2 Northern Wheatears (male and female), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Stonechat (male), 5+ chiffchaffs,2 Common Buzzards (Kevin J McManus); 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Skylarks, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Kestrels, 2 Bullfinches (Pauline & Greg).
  • East India Dock Basin (16:15): 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Chiffchaffs (on ground just feet away) (G.Harding).
  • Finsbury Park N4: 1 Chiffchaff, c20 Redwing, 11 Pochard, also 1m Mandarin, 1f Egyptian Goose (TeRNS).
  • Golden Square W1: at least 3 possible Redpoll feeding high in budding tree. Not massively bigger that the accompanying Blue Tits with quite thin tails. No bins and against a grey sky (David Lindo).
  • Holland Park: male Blackcap (silent) Wildlife Enclosure (David Jeffreys).
  • Holmethorpe SPs: Goldeneye, Northern Wheatear (SBC).
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showing very well this a.m.; 10 Egyptian Goose, 6 Mandarin Duck, 10 Shoveler, 2m Red-crested Pochard, pr Little Grebe, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Meadow Pipit over, singing Chiffchaff, pr Nuthatch, 3 singing Treecreeper (Des McKenzie); both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showing very well this lunchtime, viewable from the path, and a Goldcrest near Peter Pan statue (Martin Honey). Single Green Woodpecker & Mistle Thrush late afternoon (Jon Clark)
  • London Wall: 1-2 Grey Wagtail (Des McKenzie).
  • London Wetland Centre: Water Pipit, Swallow, 2 Northern Wheatear (Birdguides).
  • Old Farliegh Road CR6: 3 Common Buzzard soaring over 12:45hrs (CroydonBirders).
  • Park Wood, Ruislip: 5 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Long-tailed Tit & 1 Coal Tit. (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl in usual tree & 1 Greylag Goose in main pond field. (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Peregrine Falcon, 2 Water Rail, 2-3 Little Ringed Plover, Ruff, 30+ Golden Plover, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Sand Martin, Swallow, 8 Northern Wheatear, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff (EssexBirders / Birdguides)
  • Regent's Park: Blackcap (in sub-song), 2 singing Chiffchaff, female Sparrowhawk, 3 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and up to 7 Ring-necked Parakeet. 2 Fieldfare on NW side of Primrose Hill (Bill Haines).
  • Rotherhithe: male Wheatear and 4 Linnets on wasteground by Redriff Primary School early evening (Richard Bonser).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: 2 Wheatear (m+f), 2 Sand Martin, 5+ Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, Ruddy Shelduck, 2 Tree Sparrow, Buzzard (Steve B).
  • Walton Res: Black-necked Grebe (SBC).
  • South Norwood CP: Common Buzzard low over north part of park, then high and north (Steven Robinson).

Sunday 21st MarchEdit

  • Byng Road, Conservation Centre, Barnet: Firecrest (photos by Liz Barrett), 2 Chiffchaffs, Sparrowhawk (Bob Husband (RAH), Fay Broom & Mike Cawthorne)
  • Betchworth: Raven south over the downs 09:47hrs (SBC).
  • Brickfields CP (Cranham): Red Kite over 07:45hrs (ELBF).
  • Broadwater Lake: 1 Little Egret, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff & 3 Lesser Redpoll (Simon & Melissa Buckingham). 3 Little Egrets and 1 2nd yr Yellow-legged Gull roosting (didn't stay until dusk so could have been more) (Martin Sullivan).
  • Cely Woods (Thames Chase): 2 Red Kite SW 09:00hrs (ELBF).
  • Crossness: Spoonbill flew downriver @ 17:20 (Gus Wilson per JA); 30 Waxwings flew west over incinerator at 10:32 (John Archer). Singing Cetti's Warbler by incinerator 10:20-10:40 at least (Ian Miller, Kev Jarvis, John Archer).
  • Ealing Common: Red Kite briefly seen overhead behind Fordhook Ave (Anand Ramesh)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: Red Kite 08:45hrs, 2 fem Goldeneye (SBC).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: still 2 White-fronted Goose, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Water Rail, 20 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 5 Wren, 5 Dunnock, 2 Northern Wheatear, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Long-tailed Tit, Yellowhammer, 5 Reed Bunting (ELBF).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: m Red-breasted Merganser (SBC).
  • Regent's Park: redhead Smew, 2 Red Kite, probable Osprey SW mid-morning, Common Buzzard, 3 Great Black-backed Gulls, 18 Stock Doves, 48 Redwings, pr Firecrests, 2 Chiffchaffs (Tony Duckett).
  • Staines Res: still 2 Scaup, Great Northern Diver still on South Basin (Birdguides), also Common Sandpiper, BN Grebe starting to come into summer plumage and 22 Goldeneye (Martin Sullivan).
  • Alexandra Park: Male Wheatear between cricket/football pitches and helipad 0745-0750 only before flying west (Bob Watts). Wheatear perched in trees near 3rd viewing platform. Chiffchaff near con pond and also near golf course, Water Rail from bridge. Kestrel, Green and GS Woodpeckers (Andi Hill). Common Buzzard flew north 17.00 (Gareth Richards).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Common Buzzards flew west high at 11.15-11.20, also 3 Lesser Redpolls, Chiffchaff & pair of GBB Gulls (Brent Birders).
  • Brunel University (Uxbridge): 1 female Sparrowhawk soaring (Roger Dewey).
  • Church Road, Cowley (Uxbridge): 1 Buzzard flew south 11.15 (Alex Randall)
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: 1 Sand Martin flew west, 1 Siskin, 9 Common Buzzards, 3 male Pheasants, 1 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 1+ Mallard, 2 Grey Herons, 40+ Meadow Pipits (possibly up to or above 50), 4+ Chiffchaffs, 4 Little Owls, c.4 Lesser Redpolls, c.4 Yellowhammers, 2+ Sparrowhawks, 9+ Skylarks, 1 Bullfinch, up to 10 Linnets, 2 Kestrels, 3 Goldcrests, 4 Treecreepers, 1 Coal Tit, 7 Nuthatches, 4+ Mistle Thrushes, 5+ Rooks, much reduced numbers of Redwings and Fieldfares, c.9 Stock Doves, 9 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gulls over, 11 Common Gulls, 1 Pied Wagtail (Kevin J McManus/David K Campbell/Mark Stanley).
  • Dagnam Park (Harold Hill): Chiffchaff, pr Nuthatch (ELBF).
  • East India Dock Basin and area: 3 Wheatear (2 males, 1 female), Black Redstart (prob migrant), 2 Sand Martin, Peregrine, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Chiffchaff (1 singing), 9 Lesser Redpoll (new site record for Nick and myself), 15+ Goldfinch, 4 Jackdaw (north) rare here, 2 Reed Buntings (Gary A James & Nick Tanner).
  • Greenford CP: 2 Sparrowhawk, Woodcock NW over A40 at 7.00, 3 Snipe, Grey Wagtail, M' Pipit, 2 Chiffchaff, 27 Redwing over; Senegal Parrot with xanthistic Ring-necked Parakeet feeding in sallows, 120+ Common Frog (Neil Anderson)
  • Hampstead Cemetery & UCL Sports Ground: amongst 17 other species - Green Woodpecker (1), Jay (2), Song Thrush (1), Long-Tailed Tit (4), Greenfinch (~5), Starling (2), Redwing (1) 11:50am-12:50pm (Marcus Hunt).
  • Hatter's Wood (Harold Hill): Grey Wagtail, 2 pr Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, 3 pr Nuthatch (ELBF).
  • Hornchurch: Common Buzzard north west @ 3.10am.(Dave Morrison)
  • Kensington Gardens: both ad and all 4 Tawny Owlets showing well (Des McKenzie, Ian Lycett); Egyptian Goose, 2 pr Mandarin Duck, pr Gadwall, 13 Shoveler, 3 Great Crested Grebe on seperate nests, Common Buzzard NW 14:15hrs, 10+ Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Song Thrush, Redwing, singing Chiffchaff, pr Nuthatch, 3 singing Treecreeper, 2 Jackdaw low north, Linnet over (DMc, Paul Dale et al).
  • Lewisham Shopping Center: pr Peregrine Falcons flying round and landing on the office block just before dusk (Michael Mac).
  • London Wetland Centre: Little Ringed Plover, 6 Common Snipe, Jack Snipe, Woodcock, 5 Redshank, 20 Redwing, 12 Sand Martin, 4 singing Cetti's Warbler, 4 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 redpoll sp. (LWC website), plus Fieldfare, Reed Bunting and 3 Lesser Redpoll feeding in alder tree (Steven Robinson).
  • Lonsdale Reservoir: 2pr nesting Grey Heron, Tawny Owl, 2-3 Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, 2 Little Grebe, pr Mandarin, 4 Pochard, 1 Kestrel (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Muswell Hill: Common Buzzard circling towards Bounds Green (P.Angus).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl in usual tree, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Chiffchaff, Green & GS Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron. (Jon Ridge, Peter Elton). Also 9 Meadow Pipit over & 1 Rook south at 13:11 (JR).
  • Rainham Marshes: Little Ringed Plover, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, Northern Wheatear (Birdguides).
  • Rotherhithe: 3 Linnet (2 singing males) on derelict land adjacent to Holyoake Footpath near Redriff Primary School (Richard Bonser).
  • Royal Observatory Greenwich: Robin building a nest, Wren sunbathing, Green and Great-spotted Woodpecker (Michael Mac).
  • Ruislip: male LS Woodpecker (Copse Wood), 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Coal Tit, 5 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper (Park Wood), Buzzard, Kestrel, & 2 Sparrowhawk over Poors Field (Steve Pash).
  • Sharvel Lane (Hillingdon): low-flying Buzzard E 13.00, 3 singing Skylark, pr Linnet, m Brimstone (Neil Anderson).
  • Staines: 6 Goosanders (4 redheads/immature and adult male early a.m on Colne) also Woodcock, 67 Snipe, Jack Snipe, Common Buzzard from roost, 2 Little Owls, 5 calling Chiffchaff and 4 Wheatears (Dave Morrison and Greg Holland).
  • Ten Acre/Gutteridge Woods (Hillingdon): 2 high Buzzards in thermal 14.30, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Rooks in field with 85 Crows + 14 Jackdaw, m Small White (Neil Anderson).
  • Totteridge Valley: 6 Common Buzzard, 6+ Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Little Owls + Tawny Owl calling, Snipe (flushed), Woodcock, 6 Lapwing, 14 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 5 Mandarin, 3+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Chiffchaff, 59 Fieldfare, c40 Redwing, c250 Common Gull, c40 Black-headed Gull, 4 Rooks (John Colmans / Ian Ellis).
  • Trent CP: 3 pairs Long-tailed Tit, nest building (Robert Callf).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 9 Common Buzzard, together, 10:00 GMT (Robert Callf).
  • Walton Res: Black-necked Grebe (SBC).
  • Windmill Lane (Ealing): 4 male Wheatear in horse paddocks opposite Wolsey Close mid afternoon (Bill Haines).
  • Bushy Park (Woodland Gardens): 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 3 Wheatear - 2 males & 1 female/poorly marked male, c3 Chiffchaff, 1 Skylark, c12 Meadow Pipit incl c5 singers, c4 Snipe, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Stock Dove, c8 Linnet & 2 Jackdaw. (David Jeffreys, David Lindo & Roy Nuttall).

Saturday 20th MarchEdit

  • Amwell GPs: 2 Ospreys over 4.00pm-4.15pm (R.B.A.), Egyptian Goose, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 8 Sand Martin, Swallow, 9 Lesser Redpoll (HertsBirding).
  • Cheshunt: Red Kite low over Bread and Cheese Lane 13:00hrs (HertsBirding).
  • Crossness: Osprey over this a'noon (Andrew Lawson).
  • Fairlop Gravel Works: 20 Shoveler, 20 Tufted Duck, Shelduck, male Goshawk, Redshank, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 5 Skylark, 2 Mipit, 11 Linnet (SITE ENDANGERED - PLZ HELP) Redbridge Birdwatching
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 White-fronted Goose still present, Red-crested Pochard (Berwick Res), 2m Northern Wheatear in field by top paddock (Birdguides), 4 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 18 Tufted Duck, 2 Water Rail, 45 Common Snipe, Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Skylark, 4 Sand Martin, Swallow, fem Siskin, 8 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Yellowhammer (ELBF).
  • Rainham Marshes: Osprey west, sub-ad Glaucous Gull, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Water Pipits (Stone Barges) (ELBF).
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Osprey north 16:05hrs (Birdguides).
  • Staines Res: 2 Scaup, 6 Black-necked Grebe (Birdguides).
  • Wimbledon Common: Common Swift over Kingsmere Pond at 16.05 ~ earliest Surrey record by 15 days (Birdguides/SBC).
  • Alexandra Park: 3 Water Rail Conservation Pond, Mipit, Skylark (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener).
  • Beddington SF: 2 Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Peregrine Falcon, 16 Sand Martin through, Swallow (Dip or Glory).
  • Brent Res. 31 Snipe, 2 Lapwings, 3 Water Rail, 12 Redwing, 15+ Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Redpoll (Brent Birders).
  • Burgess Park: 1 Egyptian Goose (Richard Bonser).
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: Woodcock flushed at south west end of Banstead Woods (PGo), 2 Mallards circled then west, 20+ Meadow Pipits (most flew either west or north), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Heron, 1 male Pheasant, 2 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Treecreepers, 2 Little Owls, 4 Skylarks, 4 Nuthatches, 3+ Mistle Thrushes, 10+ Linnets, 3 Coal Tits, c.40 Jackdaws, 27 Common Gulls, 2 Pied Wagtails, 7 Rose-ringed Parakeets, 5+ Green Woodpeckers, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 7+ Stock Doves, c.5 Song Thrushes (DKC/KJM), 4 Yellowhammers, 1 Song Thrush and 2 Roe Deer (P&G).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 2 Sand Martin at 2.25pm over main pits, also 3 Chiffchaff (2 singing ), 1 male Blackcap (not singing ),13+ Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 4+ Reed Bunting, 12 Golden Plover flew high NW at 12.40pm (V.Halley-Frame).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 1 Oystercatcher (Dome mud), Peregrine, Redshank (Gary A James).
  • Horsenden Hill: Pr Gadwall (canal ponds), 209 Common and Black-headed Gulls (60/40 split Home Field), 40 Redwing, 2 Green Woodpeckers (Martin Smith).
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: ad Yellow-legged Gull, both ad Tawny Owl and all 4 owlets showing well, 3 Meadow Pipit over, m Northern Wheatear (Buck Hill), 2 Chiffchaff (1 singing); also 4 Egyptian Goose, 3 Mandarin Duck (pr/1m), 3 Gadwall (pr/1m), 24 Shoveler, 6-8 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, 4 Treecreeper (3 singing) (Des McKenzie, Nick Tanner).
  • Island Barn Res: 2 Sand Martin (SBC).
  • Lee Valley: Goose Fields; 4 Black-tailed Godwits, pair of Shelduck, c30 Wigeon, 12 Teal, Friday Lake; 5 Goldeneye (3m & 2 F), Hall Marsh Scrape; 1 Black-tailed Godwit (presumably one of the birds seen earlier at Goose Fields), 20+ Wigeon, Cetti's Warbler (James Anderson).
  • London Wetland Centre: 36 Pochard, 5 Common Snipe, 3 Redshank, 7 Sand Martin, Water Pipit, 9 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Lesser Redpoll (LWC website).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 2 Mandarin (no wings clipped as far as I can see...), 4 Pochard, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Little Grebe, plus the usuals (M Bourne).
  • Paddington Green: at least 32 Herring Gull at local colony (Des McKenzie, Nick Tanner).
  • Roding Valley NR: Little Egret, 10 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, Chiffchaff (ELBF).
  • Sharvel Lane + Wood, Hillingdon: f Sparrowhawk, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Green + Great-spotted Woodpecker, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Skylark (1 singing), M'Pipit, 10 Redwing, m Bullfinch, Linnet, 20 Greenfinch, m Reed bunting, 2 Jay, 16 Jackdaw (Neil Anderson)
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, c20 Tufted Duck, c50 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 30 Black-headed Gull, 4 Chiffchaff (3 singing) 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, pair Nuthatch, 10 Ring-necked Parakeet, Long-tailed Tit, 2 singing Coal Tit, c6 Greenfinch, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 House Sparrow, 85 Carrion Crow, c50 Starling (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood).
  • Southwark Park: 5 Shoveler, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Richard Bonser).
  • St James's Park: Black Swan on nest but no eggs, quite vulnerable area. Out of the 2 pairs here at least one bird has full use of wings (Michael Mac).
  • Thornton Heath Recreation Ground: 2 Stock Dove, 2 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, 2 singing Chaffinch (CroydonBirders).
  • Tyttenhanger: 2 Oystercatcher, Northern Wheatear (sheep field north of Main Pit) 08:45hrs and a fem at Willows Farm puddle late a.m., 3 Yellowhammer (HertsBirding).
  • Vauxhall: Peregrine perched (Michael Mac).
  • Walton Res: Goosander, Black-necked Grebe (SBC).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Wheatear, other birds irrelevant (J Lethbridge); 19 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 11 Ring-necked Parakeet, 10 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing, Chiffchaff (ELBF).
  • Wanstead Park: Water Rail (ELBF).

Friday 19th MarchEdit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 drake Garganey flew low SW at 0653 (from direction of Wood Green Res), also singing Chiffchaff near entrance to Network Rail (Bob Watts), also Peregrine circling over palace, then over WG reservoir 0812 (Gabriel Jamie).
  • Fairlop Gravel Works: female Garganey, 28 Shoveler, 30 Tufted, 10 Gadwall, 8 Pochard, 4 Lil Grebe, 2 Little Owl (seen copulating), GWP, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe SITE ENDANGERED - PLEASE HELP Redbridge Birdwatching
  • Isle of Dogs: Firecrest at Mudchute Farm along nature trail by NE corner of playing field 10.15am; also two Chiffchaffs and 16 Redwing (Sean Huggins)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Male Firecrest singing from yews in Monument Glade 0805, still present 1240, also singing Chiffchaff, 4 Greylag, 10+ Redwing, R N Parakeet (heard - 3 seen yesterday and excavating nest holes), Mallard pair (year tick) (Bob Watts).
  • Staines Res: 2 Slavonian Grebe, 6 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Scaup, Common Sandpiper, Stonechat (Staines Birders).
  • Wanstead Park: Red Kite (over 3.30pm) via Redbridge Birdwatching
  • Brent Reservoir: 1 male Wheatear (playing fields 08.10), 11 Snipe, 20 Fieldfare (Andrew Verrall).
  • Hounslow Heath: 2 m Wheatear. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Kensington Gardens (Hyde Park not visited): ad Tawny Owl and 4 owlets showing in a single tree close to Lancaster Walk 11:30hrs ~ please do not venture into the taped-off area (Des McKenzie, Joe Dickens, Helen Babbs); 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 pr Mandarin Duck prospecting nest-holes, 24 Shoveler, fem Red-crested Pochard, 10-12 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, singing Coal Tit, pr Nuthatch, 2 singing Treecreeper (DMc et al).
  • London Wetland Centre: 77 Shoveler, 6 Common Snipe, Redshank, Kestrel, 8 Redwing, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (LWC website).
  • Oakwood Park, N14: 1 Stock Dove; 1 Ring-necked Parakeet; 1 female Green Woodpecker, feeding; 3 Song Thrush; 1 Redwing; 2 Mistle Thrush, together; 1 singing male Coal Tit; 1 male Nuthatch; 4 Goldfinch; 1 singing male Greenfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Oakwood N14 (St Thomas's Church): 2 Coal Tit (Robert Callf).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Little Owl showing well in usual tree, 3 Chiffchaff around main pond, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Goldcrest, 40+ Fieldfare & 30+ Redwing. (Jon Ridge).
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, 30 Black-headed Gull, 4 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 pair Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Houae Sparrow (John Watson)
  • St. Paul's: Woodcock flew S from Farringdon towards Thames at 07:59 (Stuart Harrington).
  • Waterworks NR, Leyton: Lesser Redpoll, Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 30 Fieldfare, m Reed Bunting, Grey Wagtail (Dan Barrett)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 male Wheatear, c3 Skylark, c10 Meadow Pipit including 1 singer, 1 Collared Dove, 3 Stock Dove, c20 Redwing, c5 Linnet including a singer & 1 Chiffchaff (David Lindo).
  • Nightingale Lane, SW12: 2+ House Sparrows chirping around house (Michael Mac).
  • Regent's Park: 1 Water Rail at feeding station 5:45pm (Michael Mac).
  • Clapham Common: Mount Pond - 7 Egyptian Geese. Eagle Pond - 1 Egyptian Goose and 1 hidden on nest (Michael Mac).
  • Wandsworth Common: 17+ Redwing, 1 m Shoveler, pr Egyptian Geese, pr Mute Swans (Michael Mac).
  • Larkhall Park/Stockwell: 2 very tame Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush near nest (Michael Mac).

Thursday 18th MarchEdit

  • Finchley: Waxwing still opposite 116 Regent's Park Road, near Total garage a.m. (Birdguides). Latest berry census: @ 4pm there were two red berries left and half a dozen wizen black ones. With change in weather, hopefully bird is on way home. (Donald Lyven)
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: Little Egret east over Round Pond 06:38hrs (Bill Haines), Red Kite drifted west over Round Pond 12:00hrs (Des McKenzie); 65 Mute Swan, 5 Egyptian Goose, 5 Mandarin Duck (2 prs, 1m), 2m Gadwall, 19 Shoveler, pr Red-crested Pochard, 36 Pochard (peak count for 2009 was 32 in November), 156 Tufted Duck, m Ruddy Duck, 76 Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull south a.m., 5 Tawny Owl (both ads and 3 owlets showing well, in fact the owlets were showing too well), Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit north, 2-3 Pied Wagtail, c20 Redwing, 4 Chiffchaff (2 singing), Treecreeper, 3 singing Goldfinch http://hpkg.blogspot.com (DMc, CB, RB, BH, NL et al).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 White-fronted Geese, Red Crested Pochard, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, calling Chiffchaff, pair Ring Necked Parakeets, Common Buzzard over and 2 Peocock Butterflies.(Dave Morrison)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Red Kite over 13:10, drifted southwest until lost from view at 13:19 (several secondaries were missing in both wings), 3 Wheatear (inc 2 adult males) along bridleway, with 1 male Stonechat. Also 1 Little Owl, 2 Chiffchaff (inc one singing), 8 Meadow Pipit, 60+ Fieldfare, 40+ Redwing & 1 Sparrowhawk. (Jon Ridge).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: Brent Goose, 2 Shelduck, 4 Redshank, 2 Snipe, Oystercatcher, 3 Buzzard, 6 Skylark, 8 Yellowhammer, 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch (pair) (Steve Blake).
  • Ruislip Lido: 1 Little Egret flew southwest at 17:53. Also 10 Shoveler (inc seven drakes), most of which seem to fly in, late in the afternoon. (Jon Ridge).
  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher south end WG Res at 7am (Bob Watts).
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: 2 Chiffchaffs, Marsh Tit, 2 Common Buzzards, 5 Little Owls, 3 Grey Herons, 6 Lesser Redpolls, male Pheasant, 16+ Yellowhammers, 2 Kestrels, 2 Sparrowhawks, a handful of Bullfinches, 3 Pied Wagtails, 2 Skylarks, Nuthatch, 40+ Fieldfares, c.100 Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 8 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Stock Doves, 2 Rose-ringed Parakeets (Kevin J McManus/David K Campbell).
  • Crossness: male Wheatear in paddocks early morning only (Kev Jarvis per JA), also 6 Chiffchaffs (3 singing) along Thames between Crossness lighthouse and nature reserve (John Archer).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 2 Little Ringed Plovers (Island), 3 Greylags, Redshank, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Reed Buntings (Gary A James). 2 Sand Martin, 6 Shelduck, Common Sandpiper (Marco Johnson, Nick Tanner).
  • Fairlop Gravel Works, 15 Tufted, 21 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 4 Teal, Redshank, 12 Lapwing, 3 Snipe,2 Green Sandpiper, 21 Pied Wagtail, Skylark, Mipit, 2 Linnet Redbridge Birdwatching HELP SAVE THIS SITE
  • Horsenden Hill East: singing Chiffchaff, male Brimstone (Martin Smith).
  • Little Britain: Goldcrest, 5 Grey Heron, Chiffchaff, 3 Egypian Geese (2 with 7 chicks), 8 Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush,, Dunnock, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers.(Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: 5 Sand Martin, 2 Northern Wheatear (Birdguides).
  • Rainham: 50+ species including 2 LRP, Avocet, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Snipe, 3 Kestrel, f Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 12 Reed Bunting (J Lethbridge) 2 ad Med Gulls (Paul Hawkins) Willow Warbler (P + V Merchant)
  • Paddington Green: 3 Collared Dove west 08:20hrs, pr Grey Wagtail, 4 singing Goldfinch in wider area (Des McKenzie).
  • Parliament, Victoria Gardens: calling Chiffchaff early a.m.(Dave Morrison).
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, 25 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 4 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Geen Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 pair Long-tailed Tit, 2 singing Coal Tit, 6 Jay, 4 House Sparrow (John Watson).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Sand Martins in at 1350; also Peregrine, Brambling, 2 Kingfishers (MJP, LP).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: singing Chiffchaff Monument Glade, RN Parakeet Hurricane Wood (Bob Watts).
  • Trent CP: 1 pr Long-tailed Tit, nest-building (almost completed); 1 Kidney-spot Ladybird - first of the year! (Robert Callf).
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 2 male Northern Wheatear, together, along track, 12:45 - 12:52 GMT (my earliest record for the site?); 1 female Stonechat, Barracks; 2 Chiffchaff, including one singing male, Sidhil's Field (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamstow Res: 3 Wheatear on bank of Lockwood early p.m., plus Brent Goose at 14.15 (flew N 14.30), also still 3 Goldeneye (Lol Bodini). Lockwood at 16:45, f/1st w Black Redstart, Wheatear, 3 Sand Martins, 12 Fieldfares, 3 Mistle Thrush (Dan Barrett)
  • Wanstead Flats: m Pheasant again (6am), 2 Reed Bunting (J Lethbridge)
  • Wanstead Park, The Basin: 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 2 Mute Swan, Canada Goose, 23 Coot (J Lethbridge)
  • LVRP, Holyfield: 1 Red Kite, 2 Shelduck. Langridge Scrape, 2 Redshank, 1 Grey Wagtail (Mike Oakland
  • Bury Farm, Edgwarebury, Edgware, Middx Wheatear (Fay Broom via Bob Husband per AS)
  • Alexander Palace, Raven flew SW over garden centre at 1310 then a Common Buzzard also SW at 1320 (Pete Mantle)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Northern Wheatear & a singing Chiffchaff. (Anders Price)
  • Vauxhall: 1 f Peregrine flew east (Michael Mac).
  • Kenwood: pr Kestrels displaying, 1 Egyptian Geese waiting for the eggs to hatch, 3 Mandarin, 1 Nuthatch gathering seed and storing in tree bark, usual species (Michael Mac).

Wednesday 17th MarchEdit

  • Finchley: Waxwing present 0730 at least in usual tree in front of Total petrol station opposite veterinary surgeon at 116 Regents Park Road (Bob Watts). Still at 1300 - birch on corner of Allandale Ave. (Tom Smith)
  • Minet Country Park: male Ring Ouzel in scrub near conifers in northeast corner at c.TQ113807 late afternoon (Birdguides).
  • Staines Res: 2 Scaup, 6 Black-necked Grebe on South Basin (Birdguides).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Dark-bellied Brent Goose still west of Fishing Pit with Greylag and Canada Geese (Birdguides).
  • Regent's Park: female Smew, 9 Teal, Water Rail, Blackcap (Tony Duckett).
  • Pinner Village Gardens (Whittington Park): 1 Red Kite flew west at 11:32. The overcast conditions were unsuitable for ageing the bird. (Jon Ridge).
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: Marsh Tit (Ruffet Wood), 3 Common Buzzards, 2 Little Owls, 2 Pheasants, 30+ Lesser Redpolls, 2 Meadow Pipits, 4 Linnets (1 singing), male Stonechat still, 2 Yellowhammers, 2 Kestrels, 4 Skylarks, 6 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 30+ Fieldfares, 6 Redwings, 20+ Common Gulls, 2 Coal Tits, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Rose-ringed Parakeet (Kevin J McManus/Pauline & Greg).
  • Crossness: male Wheatear in paddocks this evening (John Archer).
  • St James's Park: singing Chiffchaff (Andrew Self)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Song Thrush (Bob Watts).
  • East India Dock Basin area: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Shelduck, 72 Teal, 4 Redshank (Nick Tanner).
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: 2 adult Tawny Owl with 2 owlets (at least); Emperor Goose (esc), 9 Egyptian Goose, pr Mandarin Duck, 28 Shoveler, 6 Red-crested Pochard (5m), m Ruddy Duck, pr Little Grebe (lots of trilling), 2-3 Sparrowhawk comprising a pr displaying and a female unsuccessfully attacking Starling, 8 ad Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit NW, 5 singing Mistle Thrush, 2 singing Goldcrest, pr Nuthatch (mobbing owls), 2 singing Treecreeper, 5 Jay (mobbing owls), singing Goldfinch http://hpkg.blogspot.com (Des McKenzie).
  • Little Britain: 1 Little Egret, 4 Green Woodpeckers,1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreepers, 2 Mistle Thrush,5 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 5 Ring Necked Parakeets, 2 Jays,6 Grey Herons(Sue Giddens).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl, 3 Snipe, 2 Meadow Pipit over, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Coal Tit, Redwing & Fieldfare still present in high numbers. (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner, The Croft: 2 Lesser Redpoll over southwest at 11:19. Also 10 Goldfinch. (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: Long-Eared Owl (early morning only), Chiffchaff, 8+ Cetti's Warbler, 2 Great spot, 1 Green Woodpecker, m+f Blackcap, 2 Water rail, 6 Little Egret.(Paul Hawkins), 2 Little Ringed Plover, Kingfisher (Robin Sinden).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: (from 0630) - 3 Lapwing (2 west, 1 south), Linnet, 2 Egyptian Geese, Meadow Pipit north, 2nd W Great Black-backed Gull, male Brambling singing briefly, Jackdaw east, 2 Water Rails, 2 pairs Sparrowhawks displaying simultaneously (Mark Pearson & Jamie Partridge Hackney Wildlife)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Mistle Thrush, 7 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, male Pheasant (mega, in case I had not mentioned it), 57 Common Gulls, 7 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Jay (J Lethbridge). 7 Fieldfare (one in song), 29 Redwing (S Fisher)
  • Wanstead Park pm: Water Rail (The Dell), 25 Linnet (near old Sewage works), 23 Gadwall, Great-crested Grebe (S Fisher)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: M Peregrine, 38 Teal, Kestrel, Green Sandpiper, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Siskin west, ad Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Song Thrush, 10+ Redwing, 1 Rook south, Green Woodpecker, 6 Stock Dove, 2 Mistle Thrush, singing Chiffchaff (S Fisher)
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe (nest building) 20 Tufted Duck, c60 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 Grey Heron, c60 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 8 Jay, 3 singing Dunnock, 2 singing Chaffinch, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Ring-necked Parakeet, (John Watson)
  • Morden Hall Park 15 Heron (10 occupied nests Young recorded in two others still incubating), 4 Water Rail. 15 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 2 Common Snipe, 2 Reed Bunting (Male Singing), 1 Bullfinch, new site tick. 12 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 2 males singing + 1(f), 2 Chiffchaff (Singing), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Drumming, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Coal Tit, 15 Long-tailed Tit (Nest Building) 1 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch. 4 Mistle Thrush (2 Singing), 3 Kestrel (Displaying / Calling), 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Goldcrest. 58 species recorded - 9 Hours surveying (Malcolm Riddler)
  • Ravensbury Park 6 Blackcap (4 singing Males), 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Little Grebe. 6 Teal. (Malcolm Riddler)
  • Tyttenhanger Gp's: Brent Goose (1st W), 4 Redshank, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 2 Tree Sparrow, Chiffchaff. (Steve Blake)
  • Willows Puddle: 2 Egyptian Geese. (Steve B)
  • LVRP, Hall Marsh: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck (Mike Oakland)
  • WWT Barnes; 1 Little ringed plover, 3 Redshank, 9 Snipe, singing Chiffchaff, singing Cetti's warbler (Martin Smith)
  • canons farm: marsh tit, 3 c buzzard, 30+lesser redpoll. KJM.

Tuesday 16th MarchEdit

  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: Raven flew south west at 5.43pm, Grey Heron south east (David K Campbell). 3 Stonechats (male and female) near Lunch Wood, 4 Common Buzzards, 30+ Lesser Redpolls, male Pheasant, 3 Little Owls, 3 Yellowhammers (2 singing), 1 Rook, 2 Bullfinches, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 singing Goldcrest, 4 Skylarks, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail, 100+ of both Redwing and Fieldfare, 20+ Common Gulls, 1+ Rose-ringed Parakeet, 1 Treecreeper, 2+ Coal Tits, 4 Nuthatches, 3 Song Thrushes, 4+ Green Woodpeckers, 4+ Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 6+ Stock Doves (Kevin J McManus/David K Campbell/Pauline & Greg).
  • Alexandra Grove N4: Great Northern Diver, 5:40 pm, initially flying South over Finsbury Pk toward Emirates, but turning East (D Holden).
  • Rainham Marshes: Long-eared Owl in Cordite wood @ 14.15 then moved to roost out of view, also male Blackcap in Cordite wood, 172 Golden Plovers on Aveley Pools (John Archer & Kev Jarvis).
  • Fairlop Gravel Works: 17 Shovler, 13 Tufted, 13 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, Jack Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, Kestrel, 21 Pied Wagtail in to roost (DEH)
  • Berwick Reservoir, Ingrebourne Valley: 2 White-fronted Geese still with Greylags late afternoon + female Red-crested Pochard (John Archer & Kev Jarvis).Also 5 Snipe,Wigeon,2 Water rail,(Shaun Harvey)
  • Regent's Park: female Smew, pr Sparrowhawks, 3 Kestrels, 1m Stonechat, Skylark, Lesser Redpoll, Linnet (Tony Duckett).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Red Kite (immature) over at 13:34, drifted off west at 13:38 - second primary missing from right wing, 1 Stonechat (female type) flycatching in the middle hedge, 1 Little Owl, 1+ Sparrowhawk, 1 Meadow Pipit over, 3 GSW (1 drumming), 2 GNW, 1 Nuthatch, 75+ Fieldfare & 55 Redwing. (Jon Ridge).
  • Belmont: Blackcap calling at Hulverstone Close c.08:07 (David K Campbell).
  • Bushy Park (Woodland Gardens): Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker x 2, Green Woodpecker x 4, Treecreeper x 2, Nuthatch x3 (Mark B)
  • Richmond Park: 20 Lesser Redpolls flew N over Cambrian Gate at 6.35am and a singing Blackcap. (Mike Lewis and FJM)
  • Brent Reservoir: singing Chiffchaff behind dam; also Green Sandpiper & Wigeon (Andrew Self)
  • Alexandra Park: Lapwing on est bank W G Res 0700-0850 at least (Bob Watts, Dave Callahan).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Common Buzzard in low from E 1435 (photos on site later), plus the usuals (including four singing Reed Buntings, double previous breeding numbers) (Mark Pearson, Laurence Pitcher & Jamie Partridge Hackney Wildlife)
  • Hackney Downs, E5: 53 Redwing, 1 Goldfinch. (TeRNS).
  • Hampstead Heath: 3+ Redpoll in tumulus, 1x 1W Stonechat in bushes on Parliament Hill Fields, 1x Pochard, 2x Sparrowhawk (Sash Tusa). Hampstead Number 1 Pond - dusk, pr Great-crested Grebe displaying, 4 Shoveler (3m,1f), 6 Egyptian Geese - 1st time seen them at this pond, would seem start of influx into this park, 1 Falcon - bad lighting possibly male Peregrine? pr Mute Swans, pr Mandarins (Michael Mac).
  • Myddelton House Gardens, Bulls Cross: 1 singing male Blackcap (Robert Callf & Andrew Turvey).
  • Roding Valley Park and surrounding area: Blackcap (female), 5 Song Thrushes, 2 Long-tailed Tits, Common Gull, 2 Greenfinches (Alan Hobson).
  • Higher Denham: 1 Tree Creeper - Slade Oak Lane. (Roger Dewey)
  • M25 Chalfont Viaduct: 1 pr Buzzard + 3 individuals in distance nr. Gerrards Cross. (Roger Dewey)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 11 Teal: 2 drake Mandarin: c20 Redwing: 3 Lapwing: 2 Meadow Pipits NE: 1 Skylark S; 1 Chiffchaff calling: also first butterfly of the year, in flight only and high, but looked like a Comma (John Colmans)
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: (1stw) Brent Goose, 2 Shelduck, Oystercatcher. (Steve B)
  • Wanstead Park: Ring-necked Parakeet, Great Crested Grebe, 5 Goldfinch (J Lethbridge)
  • Wanstead Flats: Dead Coot, 17 Tufted Duck, 8 Shoveler, 20+ Skylark, many songflighting, 8 Meadow Pipit, 5 Cormorant, 2 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush (J Lethbridge)
  • Wimbledon Common: 3 male Stonechat; 1 Woodcock (the seventh this month) David Wills
  • Horsenden Hill: Pr Gadwall ( Canal ponds 5th day), singing Reed Bunting also there, 5 Green woodpeckers calling , 7/8 Great Spotted woodpeckers. Flight of 8 Mute Swan over Horsenden Lane North flying east ( Martin Smith)
  • Kenwood: male Mandarin sitting in tree by hole and a pr on pond, 1 Nuthatch, Great Tit and Blue Tit feeding, 10 Jackdaw, 1 Egyptian Goose - mate on nest (Michael Mac, Tony and Len).
  • Gough Park, Forty Hill: 2 Nuthatch, together (Robert Callf).
  • Brookmill Park, Lewisham: drake Mandarin (Richard Bonser).
  • Blackheath: 7 Jackdaw late afternoon (Richard Bonser(.

Monday 15th MarchEdit

  • Gladstone Park (not far from Brent): Great White Egret 07.40 (Birdguides).
  • Minet Country Park: Wheatear (Birdguides).
  • Roehampton, Danbury Avenue (Priory lane end) Lesser Spotted Woodpecker male calling and feeding in trees at 9.30 am (D Benton)
  • William Girling Reservoir (view from Mansfield Park): Velvet Scoter still present afternoon (RBA).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Penduline Tit early pm behind Albion Pub Rainham Road (per RBA) - confusing RBA message alert - Albion pub is just south of Ingrebourne Valley (DC) no sign 2pm onwards but Jack snipe (Paul Hawkins)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2+ White-fronted Geese still with Greylags and Canada Geese on Berwick Reservoir 10.00am then walked behind bank (David Campbell/Phil Wallace).
  • Hampstead Heath: Firecrest. Male feeding on edge of wooded area W of the tumulus (TQ272864) at 10:00 (Bill Haines).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 6 Black-necked Grebes S basin and pair of sub adult Scaup still at W end. (Bob Warden, FJM)
  • Alexandra Park: Chiffchaff calling from railway embankment (David Callahan).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 male Pheasant (very scarce here), 2 Little Owl in usual tree, 2 Snipe, 110+ Fieldfare, 95 Redwing & 7 Meadow Pipit. (Jon Ridge).
  • Roding Valley Park and surrounding area: a dozen Redwings, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Song Thrush, 3 Jays, Long-tailed Tit, LBB Gull, 2 Greenfinches (Alan Hobson).
  • Thorney CP: 2 Little Egrets, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Goldfinch,5 Common Gulls, 2 Canada Geese flew over,2 Greenfinch, 2 Cormorants, Gt Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker.(Sue Giddens)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Brambling, Jackdaw, Kingfisher, c30 Redwings (MJP)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: 12 Redwings, 3-4 Brimstone Sanctuary Wood (Bob Watts).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: Ringed Plover, 2 Shelduck, Ruddy Shelduck, 2 Snipe, 11 Redwing, Coal Tit. (Steve Blake)
  • Parkside Farm/Res., Enfield: 1 Common Snipe, flushed, flew off calling, 10:04 GMT (Robert Callf).
  • Riddlesdown - Peregrine calling and then seen chasing a Buzzard over the quarry at 1215 LMT ( Brendan O'Brien)
  • Battersea Rise Cemetery: 1 Egyptian Goose in nest hole other in tree near by, 1 Gt Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stock Dove (Michael Mac).
  • Wandsworth Common: 25+ Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 pr Egyptian Geese, 1 m Shoveler, 2 Long-tailed Tit carrying feathers (Michael Mac).

Sunday 14th MarchEdit

  • Willian Girling Reservoir (viewed from Mansfield Park): Velvet Scoter flew north before 08:15 with Tufted Ducks (Bob Watts); Great Northern Diver, 7+ Black-necked Grebes, Little Egret (N), 18+ Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, but dipped on scoter (d'oh!) at 08:20 (David Callahan); Velvet Scoter present at 16.20 -16.40hrs, as was GND, also 2 Black-necked Grebes, and 3 Goosander (Nigel May) .
  • Brent Reservoir: female Scaup, Pintail, 3 Skylarks & 3 Jackdaws over (Andrew Self & Roy Beddard)
  • East India Dock Basin / Bow Creek Eco Park: 5 Greylag W, 2 Shelduck, c155 Teal, 26 Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, 8 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, 61+ Greenfinch flew in to roost in trees behind Esso garage, Reed Bunting (Nick Tanner).
  • London Wetland Centre: 21 Waxwing reported flying E at 09.58 (LWT website via M. Honey).
  • Lonsdale Rd Res WeBS: 2 Dabchick 3 Cormorant, 2 nesting Herons, 1 Mute Swan, pr Canada + 1 Egyptian Geese, 59 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, 72 Teal, 78 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 11 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 84 Black-headed + 7 Common Gull (Neil Anderson)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 or 2 Sparrowhawk (c1pm & c5.30pm), 56 Redwing, 50 Woodpigeon, 2 Jay (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl in reception garden, 1 Snipe, 20+ Redwing & 50+ Fieldfare. The Greylag Goose has moved to Headstone Moat & appears to be the first record here. (Jon Ridge)
  • Thames (Putney-Barnes Bridges)WeBS: 1 Great-crested Grebe, 14 Cormorant, 7 Mute Swan, 44 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 3 Egyptian Geese, 203 Mallard, 353 Teal, 26 Gadwall, 59 Tufted Duck, f Mandarin, 14 Coot, 9 Moorhen, c1600 Black-headed, 45 Common, 50 Herring,30 LBB + 2 GtBB Gulls, 2 Grey Wagtails (Neil Anderson)
  • Thorney CP: 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 3 Common Gulls, 2 Greenfinch,(Sue Giddens)
  • West Finchley: Common Buzzard flying slowly SW at around 11.30 (John Colmans)
  • Kentish Town (Arctic St) : 8 Woodpigeons (N or NW), 4 Jackdaws (N), 4 B-H Gulls (N), Grey Wag over 0830 ( Pete Mantle)]
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 3 White Fronted Geese and Red Crested Pochard still present.( Dave Morrison) Red kite @2.00 pm plus Buzzard,Little Egret,5 Redpoll,Goldcrest(Shaun Harvey)]
  • Battersea Power Station: 24 Linnets, 2 Ring Necked Parakeet, 3 Grey Wagtail, 3 Kestrels displaying and a pair of Sparrowhawks.(Dave Morrison)
  • Fairlop Gravel Works: 16 Tufted, 23 Shoveler, 10 Teal, 8 Wigeon, male Shelduck, Green Sandpiper, 9 Snipe, Skylark, GWP, 15 Linnet, 100 Fieldfare (DEH) please help save this site
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Snipe, c40 Redwing, c30 Fieldfare, 2 singing Chiffchaffs-1st for spring, c3 Stock Dove, 1 Jackdaw, c8 Meadow Pipit inc 1 singer & c8 Linnet inc c3 singers. (David Jeffreys, David Lindo & Roy Nuttall).
  • Staines Res: Black-necked Grebes have increased to at least 12 today, all on the S basin; also still the immature pair of Scaup on the S basin, plus Common Sandpiper (Rob Innes).
  • Walthamstow Marsh: At least 2 Snipe leaving Bombcrater Field after dusk but too dark to count properly. Arond 50 each of Fieldfare and Redwing around the Riding School still plus 2 Little Owls. 5 singing Song Thrushes. (frogandlisa)
  • Totteridge Valley: 350+ Jackdaws in a pre-roost gathering this evening, also 3 Mandarin, 4 Redwings, plus Lapwing, Tawny Owl and Little Owl calling. (Ian Ellis)
  • Vauxhall: Pr Peregrines and 1 after dusk on building (Michael Mac).

Saturday 13th MarchEdit

  • Brent Reservoir: Short-eared Owl flew ESE high over at 09.15, also Pintail & 2 Greylag Geese (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Great White Egret at 8.31, flew off soon after but photos taken (Birdguides); Penduline Tit at 3.30pm (RBA); 2ad Med Gulls, juv Glaucous Gull (#5), 2 Water Pipit, 9 Rock Pipit, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 26 Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 8 Little Egret, 8 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 32 Snipe, 37 Redshank, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Ruff, 3 Water Rail, Little Ringed Plover (1535), 16 Ringed Plover, f Peregrine (EssexBirders Yahoo group).
  • Finchley: Waxwing still present at 15.25 (Bob Husband via AS)
  • William Girling Reservoir (and Mansfield Park): fem Velvet Scoter still present (last seen south end of Res), Great Northern Diver, 8 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe (north east corner), 5 Little Grebe, c15 Great-crested Grebes, 15+ Goldeneye, 2 Shelduck, 5 Meadow Pipits north, 1 Goldcrest (S Fisher, Ian Woodward and Roy Woodward)
  • Limetrees Park Golf Course, Northolt: Green Sandpiper, sev. Redwing, Goldcrest, 5 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Bittern in the reedbed showing intermittently (based on plumage a different bird from earlier in the month, and the fourth of the season here - photos on the site later), Common Buzzard high and west (missing outer secondary in left wing), 3+ Water Rails, 80 Tufted Ducks, 27 Common Pochard; male Brambling in song in the LWT garden p.m. (Mark Pearson & Tony Butler Hackney Wildlife)
  • Fairlop Waters/Gravel Works: Grey Heron, 6 Mute Swan, 80 Canada Goose, 14 Greylag Goose, c40 Mallard, c40 Shoveler, c25 Teal, 12 Wigeon, Shelduck, c110 Tufted Duck, c20 Pochard, c25 Gadwall, c50 Coot, c30 Moorhen, 32 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 4 Green Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 4 Pheasant, 5 Mipit, 12 Skylark, 10 Green Woodpecker, 10 Linnet, 3 Chaffinch, (DEH) Please Help Save This Site
  • Staines Reservoirs: Pair of Scaup at W end of S basin, also 4 Black-necked Grebes, Common Sandpiper(FJM)
  • Clissold Park: male Brambling still at feeders; Tawny still in Abney (TB per MJP)
  • Furnivall Gardens (Hammersmith): 1f Mandarin (pinioned) by barges (Nathalie Mahieu),
  • Margravine Cemetery: pr Great Spotted Woodpecker mating (male drumming on aerials prior), at least 30 Redwings, 13 Carrion Crow in 1 tree (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk (f), 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Snipe, 1 Lesser Redpoll over southeast, 1 Meadow Pipit over, 52 Fieldfare & 20+ Redwing. (Jon Ridge).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: 3 Shelduck, Ruddy Shelduck, Oystercatcher, 2 Tree Sparrows, 224+ Fieldfare, 6+ Redwing, Red Kite, 6 Buzzard. (Steve Blake)
  • Lee Valley: 3 Shelduck, 30+ Wigeon 6 Teal & 12 Shoveler on Goose Fields, 3 Skylark, Yellowhammer 2 Green Woodpeckers in field east of Holyfield Lake, Common Buzzard perched in tree in farm area along with a Little Owl, Single Barnacle Goose with large flock of Canada Geese, 30+ Goldfinch, A pair of Goosander were on Holyfield Lake.(James Anderson) 5 Smew (2 male) on Hooks Marsh GP, 15-20 Lesser Redpoll with Siskins along flood relief channel just south of Hooks Marsh carpark. Goldeneye on Friday Lake and North Met Pit, Black Swan on Bowyers Water (Roy Woodward)
  • Trent CP: 2 Firecrest, together, feeding in Holly, Williams Wood, 14:51 - 15:09 GMT (Robert Callf).
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 2 Woodcock, flushed, Sidhil's Field, 12:18 GMT (Robert Callf).
  • Broadwater Lake: Goosander (2m,1f), Goldeneye (2m), 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 singing Reed Bunting (Michael Robinson)
  • Barnet: Red Kite flew NW over Underhill at 14.50 (Oliver Simms).
  • M25: 1 Buzzard near Chalfont Viaduct, Gerrards Cross, 1 Buzzard near J19 (M1), 1 Red Kite near J18 Rickmansworth (Nigel May).
  • Netherhall - Lea Valley: 7 Goldeneye (4m, 3f), 83 Wigeon, 1 Snipe, 1 Reed Bunting (Nigel May).
  • Beddington Park: 8 Rooks at about 7 nests, 5 Little Grebe (3 in territorial battle), 2 Egyptian Geese (Michael Mac).
  • Mitcham Common: 500 Jackdaw roost in trees along railway track at dusk (Michael Mac).
  • Crystal Palace Park: 2 Nuthatch, 40 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 GS Woodpecker, Pr Grey Herons at 1 nest, 1 pr Shoveler, 14 Tufted Duck,pr Great-crested Grebe,10 Canada's, 101 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Common Gull, 1 Lesser-black backed Gull (Michael Mac).
  • Crossness: 13 Oystercatcher, 'many' Dunlin, Teal, Gadwall and Wigeon, Peregrine (P. Grin).
  • Wanstead Flats: Little Grebe, Grey Heron, 8 Mute Swan, ~120 Canada Geese, 8 Greylag, 30+ Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 30+ Coot, 6 Moorhen (+ 1 died), 4 Meadow Pipit, 15 Skylark, GS Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 500+ Common Gull, 200+ BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 40 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 8 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 180 Starling, 95 Crows, 2 Jackdaw, Jay, 15+ Magpie, Reed Bunting (J Lethbridge)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern on Reservoir Lagoon, 2 Dunlin on Main Lake, 21 Common Snipe, 10 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 3 Pintail, 32 Lapwing, 20 Gadwall, 31 Wigeon, 24 Pochard, 118 Shoveler, 130+ Teal and 186 Tufted Duck (Lee Dingain).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Great Spotted Woodpecker (in Central Woodland Copse), c30 Redwing, 2 Common Gull, Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, Wren, c80 Starling (Charlie Farrell)

Friday 12th MarchEdit

  • Finchley: Waxwing reported 16.15 (Birdguides).
  • Clissold Park: male Brambling at the feeding station, singing Blackcap, c70 Redwings, 12 Common Pochard, 3 Goldcrests (Mark Pearson & Tony Butler Hackney Wildlife)
  • Abney Park Cemetery: Tawny Owl, two singing Blackcaps, Coal Tit, 4 Goldcrests (MJP, TB)
  • Alexandra Park: 4 Siskin, Kestrel, 4 Redwing (by conservation pond), Water Rail (by bridge in conservation area again), 3 Pochard (Mike Benyon)
  • Brent Reservoir: 1 fem Scaup: 2 Grey-lag Geese: 2 adult G B-B Gulls: 1 Shelduck: 17 Snipe: 17 Redwing (John Colmans)
  • Crayford Marshes: Little egret, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Curlews, c180 Dunlin, 3 Jackdaw, 6 Skylarks, 6 Wigeon, 30 Gadwall, 3 Mistle thrush, c65 Redshanks, 30 Lapwing. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Woodcock flew low E, 50+ Redwing, 4 Nuthatch (2 singing), 7 GS Woodpecker (2 drumming), 1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Jackdaw, plus usual tits, and common stuff (Bill Haines).
  • Harmondsworth Moor: 1 Kestrel, 6 Bullfinch 3m 3f all flocked together in the same tree.(Sue Giddens).
  • Hoirsenden Hill: Pr. Gadwall (CanalPonds), 7 Redwing (Paradise Fields), Nuthatch,Stock Dove, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker (all calling /hammering in Horsenden Wood). (Martin Smith)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 Sparrowhawk mobbed by what looked like all the smaller birds from the cemetery, mostly goldfinches, they left South, Redwings (at top of trees, no time to count) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Pinner Park farm: 2 Little Owl in usual tree, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Greylag Goose, 80 Redwing & 10+ Fieldfare. Also 1 migrant Meadow Pipit flew northeast over Headstone Lane. (Jon Ridge).
  • Roding Valley Park and surrounding area: 45 Redwings, 7 Song Thrushes, Mistle Thrush, 2 Jays, 3 small flocks of Long-tailed Tits, 6 Common Gulls, Cormorant, Jackdaw, 3 Greenfinches (Alan Hobson).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: 12 Redwing (Bob Watts).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, Ruddy Shelduck. (Steve B)
  • Mayesbrook Park: Little Egret, Green and Great spot, long tailed tits nest building, 20 Redwing inc 3 singing, 12 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler.(Paul Hawkins)
  • Ruislip: Blackcap (male) in garden in Heathfield Rise at 6.50 (Steve Pash)
  • Cowley: Magpie pair nest building in ivy- covered tree. (Roger Dewey)
  • Uxbridge, R. Frays: Moorhen nest buidling. (Roger Dewey).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: White Wagtail (news from London and EssexBirders Yahoo groups).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Peregrines, 2 Water Rails, 3 pairs of Reed Buntings, c50 Redwings, 32 Common Pochard, 43 Tufted Ducks, 9 Gadwall (Mark Pearson)
  • Battersea Park: 5 pr Gadwall, 18+ Shoveler, 20+ Tufted Duck, 70+ Cormorant roost, Grey Herons at several nests, 30 Greenfinch, pr Mute Swans, 6 Grey-lags, no Egyptian Geese (oddly very rare here) (Michael Mac).

Thursday 11th MarchEdit

  • William Girling Reservoir (view from Mansfield Park): Velvet Scoter, Great Northern Diver and 5 Black-necked Grebes early morning (Roy Woodward & Steve Bacon). 16:30 all still present (Paul Whiteman, Roy Beddard et. al.)
  • Black Park: 4 Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tits, 15+ Mandarins, 3 Common Crossbills, 4 Pochards,3 Chaffinch,1 Buzzard flew over,(Sue Giddens)
  • Finchley: Waxwing still feeding this morning on berries in tree outside Total garage (Bob Husband via AS)
  • Fairlop Gravel Works/Farm: male Merlin, Buzzard, mShelduck, 3 Teal, 41 Shoveler, 6 Tufted, mPochard, pr Gadwall, 36 Lapwing, 24 Golden Plover, 4 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Skylark, Mipit, 4 m Pheasant, 2 GWP, GSWP, Linnet. (DEH)

  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: 15+Yellowhammers 2 Lesser Redpoll (KJM).2 male Pheasants, 1 male Stonechat still near Lunch Wood, 1 Little Owl, 3 Rooks, 1 Kestrel, 26+ Pied Wagtails, 2 Skylarks, 1 Linnet, 3 Mistle Thrushes, 4 Bullfinches, 4 Stock Doves, 5+ Green Woodpeckers, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3+ Rose-ringed Parakeets, 40+ Fieldfares, only 1+ Redwing, 40+ Common Gulls (David Keith Campbell/Pauline & Greg).
  • Alexandra Park: Woodcock over Alexandra Park Road 1750 (Gaz Richards).
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Common Buzzards: 1 Grey-lag Goose over (first for site): 3 Lapwings: 8 Fieldfares; 3 Redwings, plus female Blackcap still intermittently present in North Finchley garden (John Colmans)
  • Ruislip Lido: 2 2nd w Gt Blk Backed gulls, 3 lesser blk backed gulls ,little grebe, water rail calling ,3 great spotted woodpeckers hammering, great crested grebe nest building, 3 nuthatch ( Martin Smith)
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, 18 Tufted Duck, 80+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 2imm Herring Gull, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, c40 Redwing, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 4 singing Dunnock, 2 singing Chaffinch, 4 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Larkhall Park: brief walk in grey - 2 calling Greenfinch, pr Mistle Thrush, 17 Black-headed Gulls, 40+ Feral Pigeons (Michael Mac).
  • Abney Park Cemetery: Tawny Owl, singing Coal Tit, Goldcrest and Blackcap (MJP)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Chiffchaff (h) Sanctuary Wood (Bob Watts).
  • Lavender Hill Cemetery, Enfield: 1 Woodcock, flushed, 09:58 GMT (Robert Callf).
  • Wildwoods Lake, Enfield: 4(2 males, 2 females) Goosander (Robert Callf).
  • Whitewebbs Wood/Lake, Enfield: 3 Firecrest, including two singing males, feeding in Holly, 11:15 - 12:10 GMT; 3 Goldcrest; 24(14m,10f) Mandarin Duck; 3 Green Woodpecker; 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 7 Nuthatch; 3 singing Treecreeper; 1 Redwing (Robert Callf).
  • Brayside Farm Pond, Enfield: 2(m&f) Shoveler (Robert Callf).
  • Park Wood, Ruislip: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming (Dick Middleton).]
  • Pinner Park Farm: 105 Fieldfare, 80+ Redwing & 6 Meadow Pipit. (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Stone Barges high tide roost- 117 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers and a Rock Pipit.(Dave Morrison)]
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 3 Whitefronted Geese with Greylag flock along with Red Crested Pochard.(Dave Morrison)
  • Wanstead Park: Great Crested Grebe (Perch Pond), 8 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck, Ring-necked Parakeet (J Lethbridge)

Wednesday 10th MarchEdit

  • Belhus Woods CP: 2 Pink-footed Geese [on field then on Huntshill Lake], Yellowhammer, 5 Snipe, 2 Green Woodpeckers, mixed flock of over 100 Fieldfares and Redwings, 3 Long-tailed Tits (Alan Hobson), both Pink-footed Geese still present until 16.20 when they flew off south (Andrew Moon)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: male Marsh Harrier & adult Mediterranean Gull (Birdguides)
  • Ruislip Lido: male Smew (Nigel Sluman), also 2nd year YL Gull, 3 2nd year GBB Gulls and a Little Grebe (Martin Sullivan).
  • William Girling Reservoir (view from Mansfield Park): 2 cranes flew over the northern end at moderate height and heading NW (towards Enfield) at 07.15. Only seen from the car (but with bins briefly when stopped at traffic lights). female/1st year male Velvet Scoter and Great Northern Diver still present on reservoir. Also at least 6 Black-necked Grebes and 24 Goldeneye (Roy Woodward). Scoter showing well up to 1515; 1x Slavonian Grebe with group of Black-necked at N. end of reservoir (Sash Tusa)

  • Battersea Reach: 61 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron on wharf (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 4 Redshank, 16 Teal, 10 Gadwall, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great-spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 4 Siskins east, 2 Mute Swan, Starlings nest building, 9 Greenfinch, Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, male Peregrine (S Fisher)
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: 2 Common Buzzards, 12+ Lesser Redpolls, 8+ Yellowhammers, Stonechat (m), 3 Coal Tits. (KJM). In addition to the aforementioned: 6 Skylarks, 1 Kestrel, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 30+ Common Gulls, 30+ Fieldfares (P&G).
  • Fulham Sands End (Thames): 1 Pintail, 2 Coot, 3 Greylag, 9 Common Gull, 3 Great Black-Backed Gull, House Sparrows calling in bushes (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 2 Firecrest, including a singing male, feeding in Holly & Rhododendrons, 14:35 - 16:07 GMT; 7 Goldcrest,including two singing males; 2 Ring-necked Parakeet; 5 Stock Dove, including one singing male; 2 Green Woodpecker; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 1 Song Thrush; 21 Redwing, feeding in leaf litter; 3 prs Long-tailed Tit; 1 Nuthatch; 2 Treecreeper, together; 38 Chaffinch, feeding in leaf litter; 2 Goldfinch, feeding in Alders (Robert Callf).
  • London Wetland Centre: probable hybrid drake Blue-winged Teal x Northern Shoveler (or Australasian / New Zealand Shoveler - thanks DC) with a group of the latter directly in front of WWF hide (Mark Pearson and Shapla Primary School (!))
  • St James's Park: 1st-winter Med Gull at 13.15 (Andrew Self)
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair + 1 Great Crested Grebe, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Common Gull, c100 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2pair Long-tailed Tit (nest building) 3 singing Chaffinch, 2 singing Dunnock, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • St Jude's Court, Woodford Bridge: Grey Heron on a neighbour's roof (excellent views from my second floor flat), braving the mobbing by a group of corvids, and dropping down into the garden (in which presumably there is a pond and fish!) (Alan Hobson).

Tuesday 9th MarchEdit

  • Belhus Woods CP: Still 2 Pink-footed Geese on the island on Huntshill Lake; also 60+ Wigeon, 10 lapwing, c12 Snipe, 3 Green Woodpeckers, c50 Fieldfare & c30 Redwing there (L Bodini & N Cendron with thanks to Dave Morrison for site gen).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 6 Stock Dove, 7 Redshank, 17 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Siskin over (S Fisher)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Still 3 White-fronted Geese with Greylags in paddocks next to Berwick pond & the f Red-crested Pochard on the lake there.
  • Thamesmere: 1st winter drake Scaup still viewable from Morrisons car park this afternoon but no sign of female (John Archer).
  • William Girling Reservoir (view only from Mansfield Park): female Velvet Scoter (several observers, finder was S Hamilton). Imm Shag in North west corner, Great Northern Diver,1 Red Breasted Merganser, 2 Goosander, Black Necked Grebe & 2 Green Sandpipers seen early morning, Scoter not seen although news broke after I left the site. (John Murray). Female Red-breasted Merganser with a pair of Goosander, 32+ Goldeneye, 20+ Black-necked Grebe, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Shoveler. Scoter, diver and possibly Shag still present at 12.00 (R Woodward). Velvet Scoter still present 14.00. (TeRNS). Scoter, Diver, Shag, Merg all still 15:40 (birdguides) Scoter still 16:20 in North East section (J.Murray).

  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: 1 Siskin, 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Pheasant, 8 Lesser Redpolls, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 6 Rose-ringed Parakeets (KJM). In addition to the aforementioned: 1 male Stonechat still near Lunch Wood, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Little Owl, 32+ Pied Wagtails, 8 Yellowhammers (2 singing), 6 Mistle Thrushes, 40+ Common Gulls, 5 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit, 5+ Rose-ringed Parakeets, 2 Stock Doves, 1+ Skylark, 4+ Fieldfares, 20+ Redwings (DKC/P&G).
  • Crayford Marshes: ad Yellow-legged Gull, Green Sandpiper, Little egret, c45 Fieldfare, c75 Redwing, Jackdaw, Jay, Little Grebe. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Hanwell Park: Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Coot, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Feral Pigeon, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Dunnock, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Redwing, Robin, Wren, Blue, Great, Long Tailed, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Ring Necked Parakeet, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Coal, Goldcrest, ‘’’ p Egyptian Geese’’’ (Bill Keith)
  • Isleworth: Black Redstart still in the location of Borough Road. Has been feeding in the garden frequently yesteday and today (Dennis Berry)
  • Leyton Flats: 10 Shoveler, 16 Pochard, Common Snipe, Song Thrush, 20 Greenfinch. (Gary A James).
  • Little Britain Lake: 5 Mute Swans, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Egyptian Gosse, Little Egret, 9+ Grey Herons, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Ring Necked Parakeets, Kingfisher,Chaffinch, 15+ Fieldfare, 15+ Redwings, 2 Song Thrush,(Sue Giddens)
  • Margravine Cemetery: drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, at least 30 Redwing, 1 Kestrel flying East South of cemetery (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Northaw Great Wood: 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Tit, 100+ Redwing, 1 Treecreeper. (TeRNS).
  • Parkside Farm/Res., Enfield: 2 female Stonechat, together, on Res banking (Robert Callf).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl, 144 Redwing, 95 Fieldfare & 1 Meadow Pipit. Also 112 Redwing & 6 Mistle Thrush at Headstone Manor. (Jon Ridge).
  • Area around Roding Valley Park: 6 Redwings, 5 Jays, 3 Song Thrushes, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Goldfinches (Alan Hobson).
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 20 Tufted Duck, c100 Black-headed Gull, female Sparrowhawk, 20+ Redwing, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20+ Goldfinch, 3 singing Chaffinch, 3 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls in pre-roost gathering, 3 Water Rails (Mark Pearson Hackney Wildlife)
  • Thorney Mill Country Park: 1 Little Egret, 3 LBBG, 16 Common Gull, 6 Pochard (Nigel Sluman)
  • Trent Park: 6(4m,2f) Mandarin Duck, Lower Lake; 2 male Pochard, Lower Lake; 7 Tufted Duck,(4, 2 males, 2 females, Upper Lake, 3, 2 males, 1 female, Lower Lake); 3 Common Buzzard, together, overhead, calling; 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 8 Nuthatch,(2 Camlet Moat, 3 Rough Lot, 3 Williams Wood); 5 Treecreeper; 15+ Siskin, Williams Wood; 12+ Lesser Redpoll, feeding in Larches,(9+ Moat Wood, 3 Williams Wood) (Robert Callf).
  • Vauxhall - Sainsbury's Nine Elms: Swan (adult) over car park, probably Mute Swan but not 100% sure as too fast, first time seen swan of any species over here (Michael Mac).
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 19 Stock Dove,(12+7); 1 Green Woodpecker; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, drumming; 2 singing male Skylark; 1 female Stonechat; 65+ Fieldfare; 25+ Redwing; 2 Nuthatch, together, Allotments; 1 singing male Yellowhammer (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Little Grebe, 7 Greylag, 60+ Canada Geese, Pochard, 8 Shoveler, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, ~200 Common Gull, ~250 Black-headed Gull, Snipe, 34 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 5 Meadow Pipit, ~20 Skylark, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 5 Wren, 8 Dunnock, 3 Reed Bunting, Jackdaw, 8 dead Crows together (details on blog ), 50+ live ones (J Lethbridge)
  • Wanstead, George Green: 2 Mistle Thrush (JL)
  • Waterworks NR, Leyton: Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, Chiffchaff, 30+ Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing (Dan Barrett)

Monday 8th MarchEdit

  • Beddington SF two first winter Glaucous Gulls, 1 adult Med Gull, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull (Beddington Farm Bird Group).
  • Belhus Woods CP: 2 Pink-footed Geese still this morning on Huntshill Lake. (RBA).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 42 Teal, 12 Gadwall, 38 Mallard, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Linnet, 5 Redshank (S Fisher)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 3 White-fronted Geese & fem Red-crested Pochard still on Berwick Reservoir. ( RBA ).

  • Abney Park Cemetery: Tawny Owl, male Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Mark Pearson, Laurence Pitcher & Amity Dunn Hackney Wildlife); nothing of note at SNR (MJP)
  • Avenue Gardens (by Alexandra Park Station): Goldcrest, Singing Blackcap, 2 Redwing (Mike Benyon)
  • Brent Reservoir, 1 Jack Snipe EM, 24 Common Snipe, 1 Lapwing, 25+ Redwing feeding in East Marsh, 1 female Scaup (Roy Beddard)
  • Hackney Downs, E5: c70 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush. (TeRNS)
  • Hanwell Park: Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Coot, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Feral Pigeon, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Dunnock, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Redwing, Robin, Wren, Blue, Great, Long Tailed, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Ring Necked Parakeet, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Coal, Goldcrest, p Egyptian Geese (Bill Keith)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 drake Shelduck, 5 Pintail (2 drakes), 120+ Teal, 85+ Shoveler, 93 Cormorant, 25 Lapwing, 13 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 1 Water Pipit & 18 Fieldfare. (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Little Owl, pair showing well in usual tree. Also 1 Kingfisher at Headstone Moat. (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Oystercatchers on opposite side, no sign of Bewick's Swans on Wennington at 9:30am (J Lethbridge)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 1 male, by car park at Kingston Gate briefly at 7.15am. ( RBA ).
  • Roding Valley Park: Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldfinches, flock of around a dozen Redwings, 3 small flocks of Long-tailed Tits, pr Mistle Thrushes, 4 Greenfinches; also, in nearby playing fields, nearly 50 Common Gulls (Alan Hobson).
  • St James's Park: 1st winter Mediterranean Gull still at 2.15pm, on grass NE of bridge over lake. (RBA).
  • Staines Reservoir: 5 Black-necked Grebe S Basin, 1 Redshank N Basin, 1 Fieldfare, Kestrel; couldn't find any Scaup. (Tom Smith)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Chiffchaff Sanctuary Wood (not calling and probably wintering individual), 3 Sparrowhawks simultaneously in flight 8am (Bob Watts).
  • Wanstead Park, The Basin: 3 Little Grebe, GC Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Goose, 1 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck, f Sparrowhawk over (J Lethbridge)
  • Willesden Lane / Dudden Hill Lane (a.m.): Pied Wagtail over, 8 singing Robin, Redwing over, at least 6 House Sparrow (Des McKenzie).
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 1 Little Grebe, acquiring summer-plumage; 1 Firecrest, feeding in Holly (Robert Callf, Christopher Hobbs & Robert Mendy).
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 1 female Stonechat, Barracks - first of spring (Robin White per RMC).

Sunday 7th MarchEdit

  • Amwell GP: 1 redhead smew, 2 pairs of goldeneye, 2 buzzard
  • London Wetland Centre: Little Ringed Plover 1 seen (on Barnes website).
  • Belhus Park: 2 Pink-footed Geese still at 1.30pm, on island on Huntshill Lake. (V.Halley-Frame & Dave Morrison). Still present at 15.00; also 19 Fieldfare, c8 Snipe, 1 GS Woodpecker. (TeRNS); still present 16:30 (David Callahan, Dominic Mitchell).
  • Finchley: Waxwing still feeding this morning on berries in tree outside Total garage or resting in tree outside 116 Regents Park Road 1030 - 11am at least (David Bradshaw)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 Bewick's Swans distantly on Wennington from "Serin Mound" late afternoon; still present 1820-1830, viewed from A13 (DBr, JLe, PHa, MBl); plus Little Stint on mud in front of barges 09:00 (later refound on reserve at 11:15 am), 3 Green Sandpipers, 3 Ruff (2 reserve, 1 Wennington), 3 Pintail, 3 Oystercatchers, c10 Ringed Plover, c10 Dunlin, first-winter Yellow-legged Gull, 5+ Snipe (David Callahan), Black-tailed Godwit, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, around 100 Golden Plovers, Reed Bunting (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park: Bittern N 6.25am, 1f Smew, 2 Water Rails (Tony Duckett).
  • Seymour Road Playing Field, Leyton E10: Snow Bunting flew over North-east at 11:00 called three times a clear ringing 'Pseeoo' or P'iuu' though not seen. (Paul Whiteman)
  • Thamesmere: 2 Scaup (1st winter pair) still showing well from Morrisons car park this afternoon (John Archer).

  • Alexandra Park: 80+ Redwing below Rose Garden, pair Shoveler & 2 adult Herring Gull Boating Lake (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: female Scaup again, Green Sandpiper in east marsh & 2 Jackdaws over (Brent Birders).
  • Broadwater: 2 Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper, male Goosander on the Colne, Water Rail, 4 Chiffchaff (2 singing), 2 Reed Bunting, Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk (Martin Sullivan).
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: Woodcock and 3 Common Buzzards (KJM).
  • Crayford Marshes: Little owl, Green sandpiper, fem Stonechat, c35 Fieldfare, c30 Redwing, Curlew, 12 Ringed plover, c80 Redshank, 8 Reed bunting, 12 Linnet. (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin area: (late afternoon visit), 6 Shelduck, 124 Teal, 9 Redshank in high tide roost, 40+ Greenfinch in roost behind Esso garage (Nick Tanner).
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 2(male & female) Firecrest, feeding in Holly, 13:06 - 13:08 GMT; 1 singing male Goldcrest; 1 Great Crested Grebe; 16(10m,6f) Mandarin Duck; 1 male Stock Dove, singing; 2 Ring-necked Parakeet; 3 Green Woodpecker; 1 female Great Spotted Woodpecker; 1 Nuthatch (Robert Callf).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 7 Egyptian Goose, pr Mandarin Duck, 10 Shoveler, 132 Tufted Duck, pr Little Grebe, c800 Black-headed Gull (c550 on site and c250 WNW), ad Yellow-legged Gull, Tawny Owl showing well, 11 Stock Stove, c35 Ring-necked Parakeet, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Mistle Thrush (3 singing), 2 singing Dunnock, Coal Tit, 4 singing Treecreeper, c200 Starling, singing Goldfinch (Des McKenzie).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 Mistle Thrush, at least 30 Redwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker calling (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Oylers Farm, Cheshunt: Golden Plover flock again present 14.50hrs - 16.00hrs (Nigel May).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Little Owl, presumed pair in usual tree showing well. Also 1 Kingfisher at Headstone Moat. (Jon Ridge).
  • Ruislip Woods NNR and Ruislip Lido: 4 Great-crested + 2 Little Grebe, 86 Mute Swan, 71 Canada Geese, m Shoveler, 18 Tufted Duck, pr Pochard, 119 Coot, 20 Moorhen, 460 Black-headed, 20 Common, 4 Herring, 3 LBB + 2nd Y GtBB Gulls, 2 Sparrowhawks chasing each other, 2 Kestrel, 3 Great-spottted Woodpeckers, 2 Nuthatch (Neil Anderson)
  • St George Wharf, Vauxhall (Thames): 2 pairs of Gadwall (Stuart Darbyshire)
  • South Norwood CP: Pochard, Snipe, Redwing and 15 Fieldfare (Steven Robinson).
  • Lockwood reservoir, Walthamstow (viewed from Billet Road E17): 2 displaying drake Goosander + 4 females, drake Goldeneye (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Park: Water Rail, 5 Ring-necked Parakeets, Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Stock Doves, 2 Song Thrushes, 2 Mistle Thrushes, Jay, Long-tailed Tit, Redwing, 2 Wrens, pr Gadwalls, 4 Cormorants (Alan Hobson).

Saturday 6th MarchEdit

  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: m Marsh Harrier thru @08:10, Green Sandpiper, Black-Tailed Godwit, Sparrowhawk, 2 Peregrine.(Paul Hawkins).
  • Regent's Park: female Smew, 14 Teal, Water Rail, 56 Redwings, Lesser Redpoll (Tony Duckett).
  • Finchley: Waxwing between 9.55 and 10.15 in tree near Total petrol station (Alan Hobson).

  • Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens: 2-3 Egyptian Goose, 3 pr Mandarin Duck (1 pr prospecting nest holes), 2 pr Gadwall, 16 Shoveler, m Red-crested Pochard, Tawny Owl showing well, 6 Stock Dove (2 singing, some aerial display), Collared Dove east, Green Woodpecker, drumming m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 singing Coal Tit, singing Treecreeper (Des McKenzie, Ceri Levy).
  • Alexandra Park: 80+ Redwing between Rose Garden and Deer Enclosures, Grey Wagtail over W G Res and Baoting Lake, 2w Herring Gull Pitch'n'Putt, Water Rail from bridge Conservation area, 22 Pochard Boating Lake (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener, Gareth Richards).
  • Brent Reservoir: female Pintail in north marsh & first singing Reed Bunting of spring (Andrew Self)
  • Broadwater GP: 2 Little Egret, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting (Simon Buckingham).
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Common Buzzards, 1+ Siskin, 1 male Stonechat, 1 Pheasant, 1 Little Owl, 15+ Yellowhammers, 2 Meadow Pipits, 1 Rook, 7 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Sparrowhawks, 3 Kestrels, 1 Goldcrest, c.45 Stock Doves, 1 Bullfinch, 6+ Skylarks, 5+ Green Woodpeckers, 3+ Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 50-100 Redwings, 100-150 Fieldfares, 3 Coal Tits, 6 Nuthatches, c.4 Rose-ringed Parakeets, up to 5 Linnets, 47 Common Gulls, 7 Jays (David K Campbell/Kevin J McManus/Mark Stanley/David Stanley/Pauline & Greg).
  • Forest Lane Park, Forest Gate: Pair Blackcap still present, 1 Bullfinch south, 2 Long-tailed Tits, c35 Redwing over from West Ham Cemetery and usual Chaffinch, Greenfinch and House Sparrows at feeders (S Fisher)
  • Wanstead Park: Water Rail (in the Dell still), 2 Great crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 50 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 7 Stock Dove, 28 Linnet (feeding on old goosefoot seeds near old sewage farm), 25+ Redwing, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest in Cemetery. Wanstead Flats: 16+ Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Snipe, 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Greylags, 1 Siskin (S Fisher)
  • Park Wood, Ruislip: 3 GSW, 2 Nuthatch & 1 Sparrowhawk. No sign of Tawny Owl at day roost. Also 1 Muntjac being chased by a dog. (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 8 Meadow Pipit, 70 Fieldfare & 12 Redwing. (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park:5 Egyptian Geese, 3 Shoveler, 9 Pochard, pr Red-crested Pochard, 9 Stock Dove, 6 drumming Great-spotted Woodpeckers, 48 Redwing (Holly Lodge) (Neil Anderson)
  • Scotch Common: 40+ Redwing (Neil Anderson)
  • Staines Moor: 3 Water Pipits and a Little Egret along the Colne (Martin Sullivan)
  • Staines Res: Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Scaup, 4 BN Grebes and 13 Goldeneye (Martin Sullivan)
  • King George VI Res: 5 Great Northern Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Andrew Moon)
  • Trent Park: 1 Firecrest, feeding in Holly & Rhododendrons, Williams Wood, 13:20 GMT; 1 Goldcrest, Rough Lot; 2(m&f) Mandarin Duck, Camlet Moat; 5(4m,1f) Pochard, Lower Lake; 2(m&f) Tufted Duck, Lower Lake; 10 Coal Tit,(7 Rough Lot, 3 Williams Wood); 4 Nuthatch; 3 Treecreeper; 5+ Siskin,(1m,3f, Rough Lot, 1+ Williams Wood; 1 Lesser Redpoll, feeding in Larch, Rough Lot (Robert Callf & Robin White).Also Goosander (f) Lower Lake,5 Mandarin (3m,2f) Lower Lake and 3 (2m,f) Upper Lake. (Pete Lowman)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 1 female Kestrel; 1 Green Woodpecker; 3+ Skylark, including two singing males; 1 Lesser Redpoll, feeding in Birch, Sidhil's Field (Robert Callf).
  • Oylers Farm, Cheshunt - adj A10, just N of J25 M25: at least 70 Golden Plover (Nigel May).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: 3 Shelduck, Ruddy Shelduck, Snipe, Water Rail, 2 Tree Sparrows, 5 Reed Bunting, 6 Yellowhammer, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk. (Steve Blake)
  • Thorney CP:Cetti's Warbler, 5 Pochard, 50+ Redwing,Song Thrush,3 Great Crested Grebes20+ B H Gulls, 12+ Tufted Ducks(Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: Pintail (2 pairs), Wigeon 34, Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal 250+, Shelduck, Greylag, Lapwing, C Snipe (numerous), Dunlin, Water Pipit, Lesser Redpoll 2, Goldcrest (Angus Innes);
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Interesting raptor over at 1.05pm, initial thought was Peregine, but now think it was an escaped falconers hybrid. Also 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Golden Plover. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Lee Valley: 3 Smew (2m,1 Redhead) on Bowyers Water, Snipe, 15 Lapwing, c30 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 7 Shoveler, on Hall Marsh Scrape, Kingfisher along river, c15 Lesser Redpoll in trees by Hooks Marsh lake, mixed flock of Fieldfare & Redwings, in fenced area alongside the Scrape, Common Buzzard at Farm area, Large mixed flock of Canada, Greylag & Egyptian Geese in fields around farms. Mistle Thrush & Song Thrush in goose fields along with Wigeon, Shoveler and pair of Shelduck. Also a mink was seen swimming across river and climbling Willow tree.(James Anderson)
  • Kensal Green/Willesden Junction: 2 Dunnock (singing), 2 Goldfinch (Charlie Farrell)
  • Finchley: Sparrowhawk soaring overhead (Charlie Farrell)
  • Hampstead Heath: 3 Great Crested Greebe (displaying), 16 Shoveller, 2 Mandarin Duck, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Geese, Herring Gull, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, Kestrel, Nuthatch, 2 Jay, 2 Wren, 10 Redwing, 3 long-tailed tit (Charlie Farrell)

Friday 5th MarchEdit

  • Fairlop Gravel Works: 14 Pochard, 33 Shoveler, 21 Teal, 16 Tufted Duck, Lil Grebe, 52 Lapwing, 10 Golden Plover, 5 Snipe, Skylark, 3 Linnet, Corn Bunting (DEHull)
  • Finchley: Waxwing am & 1225pm near Total petrol station opposite veterinary surgery @ 116 Regents Park Road (RBA). Waxwing present between 16.10hrs - 16.30hrs on berry tree beside Total Garage opposite College Farm on Regents Park Road (Dave Thrussell)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 3 Whitefronted Geese and Red Crested Pochard.(Dave Morrison)
  • Mollands Lane: Redhead Smew (Dave Morrison)
  • Regent's Park: female Smew, pr Water Rails, 9 Teal, 58 Redwings, 1 Siskin (Tony Duckett).

  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher (Conservation Pond); + the usual Jackdaw (James Palmer).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 1 Green Sandpiper, 5+ Linnet, flock of Redwing in subsong, 5 Stock Doves (males displaying), 2 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swan, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker calling, the lone drake Pochard (S Fisher)
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: 1 Red Kite flew west, 5 Common Buzzards, 10+ Yellowhammers, 1 Pheasant, 2 Meadow Pipits, 2 Bullfinches (KJM). 1 male Stonechat, 4 Skylarks, 8+ Yellowhammers, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 female Bullfinch (P&G).
  • Crayford Marshes: Turnstone feeding on Thames foreshore, 2 Rock pipits, 8 Ringed plover, Little egret, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Snipe. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Elstree Aerodrome, Ham Farm: 1 Little Owl & 1 GSW. (Jon Ridge).
  • Fairlop Waters: Little Owl, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Skylark, 2 Reed Buntings, pr Gadwalls, Little Grebe, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Fieldfares (Alan Hobson).
  • Hampstead Heath: 15+ Jackdaws at Kenwood, Cormorant over Highgate Ponds (Sash Tusa)
  • Hanwell Park: Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Coot, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Feral Pigeon, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Dunnock, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Redwing, Robin, Wren, Blue, Great, Long Tailed, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Ring Necked Parakeet, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Great Crested Grebe (Bill Keith)
  • Harrow Town Centre: 1 Jackdaw at Harrow College campus (John Palmer)
  • Margravine Cemetery: pr Great Spotted Woodpecker (calling, drumming, feeding), 2 Mistle Thrush, at least 28 Redwing (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Common Buzzard over @ 13:40 & 11 Jackdaw over railway track. (Jon Ridge).
  • Staines Res: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Scaup (KLP).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 5 Water Rails, Skylark, plus the usuals (MJP)
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: 2 Ringed Plover (Same two), 3 Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, (Steve Blake)
  • Wandsworth Common: c50 Redwing on playing field at dawn (Neil Anderson)
  • Willows Farm Puddle: 2 Ringed Plover, 60+ Fieldfare, 14 Redwing. (Steve Blake)
  • Vauxhall: f Peregrine on building (Michael Mac)
  • Richmond Park: Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Little Owl (heard), pr Egyptian Geese on Upper Pen Ponds, loads of Ring-necked
  • Parakeets cosying up next to nest holes (Michael Mac).
  • Tottenham Marsh: Water Rail, 10 Teal, 2 singing Little grebes, Mistle Thrush, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk calling from dense tree cover - Also my first weasel for the patch (Lol Bodini).

Thursday 4th MarchEdit

  • Finchley: Waxwing still present this morning and yesterday morning at Total Garage opposite College Farm on Regents Park Road; close-up photographers and birdwatchers without binoculars welcome ;) (BE) According to a report in today's Hendon & Finchley Times, showing its usual expertise, the Waxwing is nesting, which is pretty clever of it. Male Blackcap in garden in North Finchley (John Colmans) Still 200+ berries on tree, yes I counted (Donald Lyven)
  • Hanwell Park: Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Coot, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Feral Pigeon, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Dunnock, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Redwing, Robin, Wren, Blue, Great, Long Tailed, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Ring Necked Parakeet, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Little Egret (very close view up from Mogden SW] (Bill Keith)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: 2 drake Red-breasted Mergansers early morning, with one bird still present late afternoon (DMH).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: juvenile Glaucous Gull again at west end of sea wall on Wennington Marsh; also adult Caspian Gull and adult Yellow-legged Gull on Aveley Pools this morning (Birdguides)
  • Rainham (Ferry Lane): 2 Great-crested Grebe, 1 prob littoralis Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 2 (pair) Cetti's Warbler, 2000+ Black-headed Gulls, 2 Redwing, Fieldfare, Peregrine with prey flew towards Crossness. Rainham Marshes: Pr Pintail near Visitor Centre, Curlew, ad Yellow-legged Gull past, Rock Pipit, you don't expect me to find the Glauc with my scope do you (S Fisher)
  • Regent's Park: female Smew, Water Rail, 3 Sparrowhawks, 8 Teal, 40 Redwings, Jackdaw (Tony Duckett)
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver, 6 Black-necked Grebes & 2 Scaup (FJM per AS)
  • St James's Park: 1st-winter Med Gull on north side of lake at 13.00 (Andrew Self)
  • Thamesmere: 1st winter drake Scaup still viewable from Morrisons car park this afternoon but no sign of female (John Archer & John Tilbrook).

  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: 6 Common Buzzards, 10+ Yellowhammers, 2 Bullfinches (KJM).
  • Abney Park Cemetery: Tawny Owl and singing Blackcap (Laurene Pitcher and Russel Miller per MJP); nothing of note at SN Reservoirs (MJP)
  • Battersea Reach (wharf on Thames): 75 Cormorant, then 32 flew from upriver (14 continued downriver, 18 went on wharf), 4 Grey Heron (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper behind dam at 07.00 (Andrew Self)
  • East India Dock Basin area: (brief late afternoon visit), 2 Greylag, 22 Shelduck (personal site best count), 31 Tufted Duck, 18 Redshank in high tide roost (Nick Tanner).
  • Fulham Sands End (Thames by supermarket): 1 Sparrowhawk mobbing/mobbed by Crow over; 165+ Black-headed Gull, 8 Common Gull (inc injured one, probably same seen all through winter), 1 Moorhen on wharf; at least 3 (1m, 2f) House Sparrow & 1 Dunnock in bushes (Nathalie Mahieu),
  • Hampstead Heath: Peregrine pair over Parliament Hill (year tick), pr Sparrowhawk, Mistle Thrush, Kingfisher (Hampstead No1 Pond), Gadwall (year tick), Green Woodpecker (Sash Tusa) Hampstead Number 1 pond: 18 Shoveler (12m), 3 Herring Gull, pr Great-crested Grebe, Kestrel hovering up in fields. Bird Bridge: pr Coal Tit, 10+ Great Tit, 5+ Blue Tit, Nuthatch - heard but not seen, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robins, maurading f Sparrowhawk, pr Mallard (Michael Mac and Ron Vester).
  • Margravine Cemetery: c50 Redwing, pr Great Spotted Woodpecker (m drumming on aerial, f calling while feeding), 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Jay (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Park Farm, Enfield: 1 Raven, flew NE, calling, 12:39 GMT (Robert Callf).
  • Pinner, Marsh Road: 1 singing male Blackcap, 50 yards southeast of railway bridge from Marsh Road. (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl in usual tree, 1 Greylag Goose on the main pond (very scarce at this site), 139 Redwing & just 1 Fieldfare. (Jon Ridge).
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull,1 Grey Heron, fem Sparrowhawk, c30 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 4+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Jay, 3 singing Chaffinch, 1 singing Dunnock, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Trent Park: 1 Firecrest, feeding in Holly, Williams Wood, 15:07 - 15:08 GMT; 3(1 male, 2 females) Mandarin Duck, Lower Lake; 5(4m,1f) Pochard, Lower Lake; 1 female Sparrowhawk, over Rough Lot; 1 Green Woodpecker, Rough Lot; 4(2m,2f) Great Spotted Woodpecker, Rough Lot; 7 Coal Tit, including four singing males; 3 Nuthatch, Rough Lot; 5 Treecreeper,(4 Rough Lot, 1 Williams Wood) (Robert Callf).
  • Wimbledon Common: Lake near the Windmill - Egyptian Goose 12:05 pm.

Wednesday 3rd MarchEdit

  • Mollands Lane: 2 redhead Smew, 1st w fem Scaup. (Paul Hawkins)
  • Rainham Marshes: juvenile Glaucous Gull on Wennington Marsh again, plus 2 Mediterranean Gulls (RBA)
  • Ruislip Lido: 2 Smew, Little Grebe, Bullfinch (Nigel Sluman)
  • Thamesmere: 2 Scaup (1st winter pair) still showing very well from Morrisons car park this afternoon (John Archer).

  • Broadwater GP: 1 Oystercatcher by the sailing club & 4 Lesser Redpoll. (Jon Ridge).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 4 Gadwall, 23 Coot, Peregrine, Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 12 Linnet, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing (S Fisher).
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: 1-3 Bramblings, 20+ Yellowhammers, 1 male Stonechat, 100+ Fieldfares, 30+ Chaffinches, 1 Jay, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 80+ Carrion Crows and 20 Magpies (P&G).
  • Crayford Marshes: Little Owl, 3 Little Egret, Rook, 8 Ringed Plover, 4 Curlew, 4 Wigeon, 3 Jackdaws, Oystercatcher, c80 Redshank, c50 Dunlin. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness/Belvedere: 2 Rock Pipits (including a summer plumage littoralis), 7 Ringed Plovers, 13 Oystercatchers, 142 Redshank (John Archer).
  • Eastcote Village: 1 Little Egret along the River Pinn, 1 Kestrel, 1 Nuthatch & 1 GSW drumming. (Jon Ridge).
  • Hanwell Park: Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Coot, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Feral Pigeon, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Dunnock, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Redwing, Robin, Wren, Blue, Great, Long Tailed, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Ring Necked Parakeet, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail (Bill Keith)
  • Little Britain Lake: Little Egret, Mistle Thrush, 2Redwing,2 Song Thrush.(Sue Giddens).
  • Kensington Gardens: 6 Mandarin Duck (4m, 2f), pr Stock Dove, Nuthatch (Des McKenzie, Rob Barker).
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, pair Greylag Goose, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull. male Sparrowhawk, 8+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Long tailed Tit, 8 Redwing, pair Mistle Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 drumming) 3 singing Chaffinch, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: male Peregrine three times during day, 2 adult Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 Jackdaws SE, 2 Water Rails (MJP)
  • Thorney Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker,2 Song Thrush, 2 Chaffinch, 2 L B B Gulls, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Gadwall, 2 Mute Swans,1 Common Gull, 6 Pochards,1 Dunnock, 2 Redwing, 5 Great Crested Grebes.(Sue Giddens)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Oystercatcher, Shelduck, 3 Siskin, Treecreeper. (Steve B)
  • Willows Farm: Shelduck, c100 Linnet. (Steve B)
  • Gun Site Allotments, Dulwich: small flock of Lesser Redpolls heading south (Steven Robinson).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 3 singing Song Thrush, Redwing, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, 7 Meadow Pippit, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, 6 Chaffinch, 5 Common Gull (Charlie Farrell)UU

Tuesday 2nd MarchEdit

  • Rainham Marshes: juv Glaucous Gull on Wennington 11am-12pm. I think it is a new bird, ie #5 this year (J Lethbridge, P Hawkins, K Rayment); also Common Buzzard south, 3 Oystercatcher foreshore.
  • Regent's Park: female Smew, 7 Teal, 1m Sparrowhawk, 4 Jackdaws, 70+ Redwings, 70+ Chaffinches (Tony Duckett).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Male Firecrest again south end Sanctuary Wood calling intermittently. Also 12 Chaffinch, Green Wood (h), Mistle Thrush (Bob Watts).

  • Abney Park Cemetery: Tawny Owl, 2 Lesser Redpolls, singing Blackcap (Mark Pearson)
  • Alexandra Park: Lapwing on east bank of Wood Green Res 7.05-8.25 at least. Rook over cricket pitch before landing on slopes. (Bob Watts, Gareth Richards, Stuart Harrington). No sign of Lapwing at 9:00 (Dominic Mitchell). Water Rail near bridge in conservation area (Mike Benyon)
  • Brookmill Park, Lewisham: Kingfisher, Grey Heron (Philip Lowden).
  • Bushy Park: around Canal Plantation: Common Buzzard over heading east at 4.35pm; 1 male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Fieldfare, 60+ Redwing, 1 Little Owl, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Reed Bunting, plus usual species. (Roger Unite) Could you give the exact location on the LSW and Little Owl, please? I'm hoping to catch up with them tommorow. Cheers (Billy Dykes)
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: 2 Tawny Owls (male showing well at dusk +nearby female calling), 2 Mallards, 1 male Stonechat, 3 Common Buzzards, 1 Little Owl, 1 Yellowhammer, 7 Meadow Pipits, 4 Rooks, 4 Bullfinches, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Skylarks, 1+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1+ Green Woodpecker, 2+ Coal Tits, good numbers of Nuthatches,1 Mistle Thrush, up to 8 Rose-ringed Parakeets, c.100 of both Fieldfare and Redwing (KJM/DKC).
  • Canada Water: 1 Little Grebe (Dave Morris)
  • Crayford Marshes: Cetti's Warbler, Little Owl, Little Egret, 2 Rock Pipit, pr Stonechat, 14 Fieldfare, c30 Redwing, 3 Curlew, Oystercatcher, c70 Redshank. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Danemead NR, Broxbourne: 1 Brambling, c12 Chaffinch, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker. (TeRNS).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: Black Redstart, 24 Great Black-backed Gull (my highest count here), 2 Reed Bunting. (Gary A Jmaes).
  • Greenwich Park: 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 55 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest (James Lowen).
  • Hanwell Park: Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Coot, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Feral Pigeon, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Dunnock, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Redwing, Robin, Wren, Blue, Great, Long Tailed, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Ring Necked Parakeet, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Common Buzzard [fly over to SE], Peregrine over Osterley (Bill Keith)
  • Hatch End Playing Fields: 1 Little Egret along the River Pinn (Jon Ridge).
  • Kensington Gardens: 2 Egyptian Goose, pr Mandarin Duck, 30 Shoveler, pr Little Grebe (1 trilling), Tawny Owl showing well, 2 Rook NE over Elfin Oak then 1 back south, 2 singing Greenfinch, Linnet flushed off Buck Hill - Hyde Park not visited (Des McKenzie). Also Treecreeper near Tawny Owl (which was showing very well in bright sunlight (Martin Honey).
  • Ladywell Fields, Lewisham: Willow Warbler (is this likely yet?) (Philip Lowden).
  • Mountsfield Park, Lewisham: pair Ring Necked Parakeets inspecting a nest hole (Philip Lowden).
  • Myddelton House Gdns, Bulls Cross: 1 Grey Wagtail, flew over calling (Robert Callf).
  • Osterley Park: 1 Female Blackcap, 1 Little Owl, 1 singing Skylark, 50+ Redwing (many in song), 6+ Fieldfare (some also singing), 2 Nuthatch, plus usual suspects (Bill Haines).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Shoveler (pair) on the main pond, 1 Little Owl, 2 Sparrowhawk, 11 Stock Dove & 1 Nuthatch (Jon Ridge).
  • Ruislip Woods: Common Buzzard, Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Redpoll and pair Bullfinch at Poor's Field (Steve Pash).
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe, 14 Tufted Duck, 20 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 2 singing Dunnock, 1 singing Song Thrush, 4 singing Chaffinch, pair Long-tailed Tit (nest building), 20+ Goldfinch.
  • Springfield Park (Hackney): Skylark, Rose-ringed Parakeets entering treehole, 2 Egyptian Geese (displaying), Canada x Greylag Goose (Mark Pearson).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Common Buzzard (dark bird) high and slowly south 1145-1204; male Peregrine 1220; total of 390 Woodpigeons, 52 Stock Doves, c90 Starlings and 200+ Carrion Crows throughout morning (most heading roughly north), Kingfisher; Red Admiral in LWT garden (Mark Pearson Hackney Wildlife)
  • Trent Park: 3 Common Buzzard over Moat Wood, Tawny Owl ( Calling) Nature Trail Wood, 5 Pochard (4m,f), 4 Mandarin (m, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 2 Goldcrest ( Pete Lowman).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Oystercatcher, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Snipe. (Steve Blake)
  • Vauxhall - Sainsbury's Nine Elms Car Park: male Peregrine in distance, 4 Magpies in central bush, several Black-headed Gulls (Michael Mac).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Peregrines, Kingfisher (Dan Barrett) Lockwood Res: Slavonian Grebe, 5 Goldeneye (2m 3f), 2 Shelduck, 2 pr Wigeon, 2 pr Teal, pr LBB Gulls on raft, 3 Fieldfare, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 immature Mute Swans (Michael Mac).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Great Crested Grebe on the Basin, Great Black-backed Gull south-east at 07:22, 3 Herring Gull, 2 ad Lesser Black-backed Gull east, 100s of Black-headed Gull and Common Gulls. 1m1f Reed Bunting, 18 Skylark (5 in song display flight), 2 Meadow Pipit, 12 Fieldfare. Also the SUN!(Other newspapers are available) (J Lethbridge).
  • Waterworks NR, Leyton: Green Sandpiper, 7 Snipe, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff (Dan Barrett)
  • South Norwood CP: Kestrels mating, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, 7 Fieldfare, Redwing and Red Admiral (Steven Robinson).

Monday 1st MarchEdit

  • Island Barn Res: Slavonian Grebe & 8 Redshank (DMH).
  • Regent's Park: female Smew, pr Sparrowhawks, Collared Dove, Jackdaw, 50 Redwings (Tony Duckett).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Bittern showing well in far reeds at East Reservoir from 10:15 to at least 13:30. NO ACCESS but viewable from Obs platform in LWT garden (open till dusk); also singing Blackcap, Jackdaw SE, 6 Egyptian Geese east (Mark Pearson et al Hackney Wildlife)
  • Thamesmere: 2 Scaup (1st winter pair) still showing well from Morrisons car park this afternoon (John Archer).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Slavonian Grebe, 7 Goldeneye and female Goosander on Lockwood Res. 3 Chiffchaffs but again no sign of the Dusky Warbler (Roy Woodward).

  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher (conservation pond), Kestrel, 14 Redwing (8 conservation area, 6 Avenue Gardens), Little Grebe, 3 Pochard, 14 Jays in close proximity (Mike Benyon). Male Siskin west over Boating Lake, and pair Shoveler (Bob Watts). Water Rail (Conservation Pond) (James Palmer).
  • Botany Bay, Enfield: 8 Common Buzzard, together, 11:45 GMT (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: 1 Tawny Owl, calling, 04:08 GMT; 2 male Shoveler (Robert Callf).
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: 1 male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 1 male Pheasant, 1 Little Owl, 2 singing Yellowhammers, 1 singing Skylark, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Bullfinches, 1-2 Kestrels, 2 Mistle Thrushes, between 80 and 100 of both Redwing and Fieldfare, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 6 Song Thrushes, 3 Coal Tits, 2 Nuthatches, 4 Stock Doves, 8 Rose-ringed Parakeets (David K Campbell/Phil Wallace/Pauline & Greg).
  • Fairlop Gravel Works (Area D): 34 Teal, 34 Tufted Duck, 54 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 12 Pochard, Little Owl, c180 Lapwing, 50 Golden Plover, 20 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, fReed Bunting - your assistance needed for this site Please help us lobby the councillors to save this wetland habitat (DEHull)
  • (Finchley: no sign of Waxwing at 11.30am, according to BirdGuides) As Andrew Haynes said Waxwing ate last berry on tree at 5pm on 28th February, while still some berries low on the tree, no sign of the bird on 1st March so his claim partially true?, 1 Common Gull in field, 1 Pied Wagtail, pr Dunnock in nearby gardens (Michael Mac). Decent number of berries left am (i.e. >50) (Bob Watts). I didn’t say the Waxwing ate the last berry, Michael - I said "one of the tree's few remaining berries". But I’m not surprised it has moved on, because some birders and photographers were standing too close to the tree and inhibiting it from getting at the berries left on the lower branches (Andrew Haynes).
  • Golders Green Station: Sparrowhawk being mobbed by Crow 4pm ish (Michael Mac).
  • Golders Hill Park: large bat probably Noctule? flying about in daylight, 1 f Kestrel (Michael Mac).
  • Hanwell Park: Black Headed Gull, Blackbird, Blue, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Feral Pigeon, Fieldfare, Goldfinch, Great, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Long Tailed, Magpie, Mallard, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Redwing, Ring Necked Parakeet, Robin, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Wood Pigeon, Wren (Bill Keith) , ,
  • Headstone Moat: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Mute Swan & 1 Cormorant (scarce here). (Jon Ridge).
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 pr Gadwall, 33 Shoveler, 3 Red-crested Pochard (1m), 2 Little Grebe (1 trilling), 2 Lapwing east 10:05hrs, Tawny Owl showing well, 5 Stock Dove, singing Song Thrush, 10+ Redwing, 2 Coal Tit (1 singing), 5 singing Treecreeper, Jay, c10 singing Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch (2 singing) ~ no sign of recent Cetti's Warbler (Des McKenzie).
  • Isle of Dogs: Green Woodpecker at Mudchute Farm, also Great Spotted Woodpecker and 25 Redwings (Sean Huggins)
  • Mayesbrook Park: 2 Little Egret, 2 Great Crested Grebe (Paul Hawkins)
  • Park Farm, Enfield: 2(m&f) Kestrel, together (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 5+ Common Buzzard, five together drifted south @13:45, one over @13:30 & two over 12:45. Also 2 Sparrowhawk. (Jon Ridge).
  • Rotherhithe: 1 drake Pochard (Surrey Water), 2 Song Thrush (Russia Dock Woodland), 2 Redwing (Lavender Pond Nature Reserve) (Mike Scott)
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, pair Great Crested Grebe (displaying) 2m 4f Lesser Redpoll, c60 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 singing Dunnock, 3 singing Chaffinch, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Jay, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Trent CP: 5 Common Crossbill, flew NW calling, Williams Wood, 14:20 GMT; 5(3 male, 2 female) Teal, Lower Lake; 8(6m,2f) Pochard, Lower Lake; 2 Coal Tit, including one singing male; 1 Nuthatch, Rough Lot; 3 Treecreeper, including one singing male; 1 Siskin, Icehouse Wood; 1 Lesser Redpoll, flew over calling, Camlet Moat; 1 female Muntjac, Williams Wood (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Water Rail, Oystercatcher, Red Kite, Buzzard, 2 Little Grebe, Bullfinch (f), 6+ skylark, 2 Yellowhammer. (Steve B)
  • Willows Farm Puddle: Shelduck. (Steve B)

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