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Monday 31st MayEdit

  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Ringed Plovers (Brent Birders) 1 Peregrine over c 12.30 then a Hobby at 12.55 (John Colmans); Little Egret landed behind dam 19.40 (Andrew Self)
  • Cranebank: Little Owl (Rob Solomon per Adam Cheeseman)
  • Crossness: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (near-ad + 1st summer), 5 Ringed Plovers, Cuckoo, 2 Swallows NE (John Archer & Kev Jarvis).
  • Limetrees Park golf course (Northolt): Pr Mute Swan + 5 young, 3 Dabchick, Little Ringed Plover, pr Stock Dove, 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 6 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Raynes Park - Red Kite over 19.14
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Pheasant, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk carrying tit being mobbed by GS Woodpecker, Lapwing, 6 Stock Dove, 2 Green + 2 families Gt-spotted Woodpeckers, 2 pr Ring-necked Parakeets, c40 Swift, 2 singing Skylark, 3 Swallow, 9 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 8 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 12 Linnet, singing Reed Bunting, 2 Jay. Also Red Admiral (Neil Anderson)
  • Trent CP: 1 ad Tawny Owl, being mobbed by Blackbirds and Jays, 11:55hrs; Great Spotted Woodpecker, three nest-holes with young calling; 5 Treecreeper, including adult feeding two juveniles (Robert Callf).
  • South Norwood Lake: Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Green Woodpecker, pair Great Spotted Woodpecker (at nest feeding young) 8+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Song Thrush, c70 Common Swift, 2 House Martin, 2 Nuthatch, c5 singing Blackcap, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 3 House Sparrow,10+ Goldfinch, c6 Greenfinch, c4 singing Chaffinch, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Stratford: Common Whitethroat foolishly loittering on platform 11 Stratford Station (Nick Croft)
  • Newham: Singing Black Redstart (location witheld, oh yeagh! finally got to write that... Nick Croft)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: low flying Hobby, Green Woodpecker, 2 Small Coppers (Neil Anderson)
  • Nine Elms Sainsbury's Car Park: while going in to shop at 14:14 - Kestrel on wall and posts etc, 4 Herring Gull on factory roof on way in and on way out about 15 gulls circling low over car park and Kestrel after insects on the roof (Michael Mac).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: singing Lesser Whitethroat (long overdue first of year), 7 Common Terns, c200 Swifts (MJP)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: c6 Sedge Warblers, 4 prs Reed Bunting, plenty of Whitethroats and Blackcaps etc; 18 occupied House Sparrow nests within Lea Valley Riding Centre (MJP)
  • (little) Wormwood Scrubs: singing Song Thrush, singing Chaffinch, singing Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, Blue Tit feeding young. 2 Ring Necked Parakeet (Charlie Farrell)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Great Spotted Woodpecker nest with young - 1 parent seen visiting the hole to feed. Another pair of birds seen in Scrubs Lane Woods. Green Woodpecker, several singing Song Thrush, 3+ singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Blue tits with young, Great tits with young. 1+ Meadow Pippit performing song flight. 20+ Swift (Charlie Farrell)

Sunday 30th MayEdit

  • Copt Hall Epping: very obliging little owl on post by house (Jean-Patrick Elmes)
  • Creekmouth: Sanderling in Barking Bay this a.m. (Birdguides).
  • Alexandra Park: 1st summer male Greenland Wheatear Pitch n Putt, 2 Reed Warblers singing (Cricket Scrub & Conservation Pond), 2 Sedge Warblers on territory (Cricket Car Park & Balancing Pond), Hobby SW 1310 (Andrew gardener, Gareth Richards, Bob Watts).
  • East India Dock Basin / Bow Creek Eco Park: 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Common Tern, 3 Sand Martin, 4 singing Reed Warbler, Jay, 4 House Sparrow (2m, 2f) (Nick Tanner).
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Hobby very quickly low, W @ 15.00 was a surprise (Joe Beale).
  • Hampstead Heath: Hobby Kenwood 1530, Egyptian Goose female with 3 well-grown young and female Mandarin scrounging from picnicers (Bob Watts).
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: 3ad Red-crested Pochard with single duckling, Hobby northwest 11:50, c50 Swift, 7 House Martin, 5 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher (nr. Hudson); also 2 broods of Mute Swan (4 and 3), ad Egyptian Goose, 2m Gadwall, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Stock Dove, ad Great Spotted Woodpecker with single juv, 5 singing Blackbird, 2 Treeceeper, 2 Nuthatch nest-sites, 7 Chaffinch, singing Goldfinch ~ Lepidoptera: Speckled Wood, 7 Silver Y, Burnet Companion (Des McKenzie). 1 sparrowhawk, 1 jay, 2 pied wagtail (R Bell)
  • Inner London (location witheld): singing Black Redstart (Des McKenzie).
  • Kew Gardens: Peregrine (probably female), Hobby; also Great Crested Grebe + pr Little Grebes, 2 broods Mute Swan (2+ 3 young), 11 Greylag + 4 broods (1,2,4,4), 5 Egyptian Geese, 5 m Mandarin, 14 Tufted Duck, pr Pochard, pr Stock Dove, f. Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding fully fledged juv, 3 House Martins, 3 singing Goldcrest singing Reed Warbler, 3 singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff. Also Downy Emerald, 6 Broad-bodied Chasers, 5 spp damsels, Red Admiral, 5 Common Blue, 6 Silver-Y + 3 Burnet Companion (Neil Anderson)
  • Nags Head Lane, Brentwood: Red Kite drifted over slowly NE at 19.30, mobbed by crow (Colin Jupp).
  • Park Hill Park: fem Peregrine Falcon 09:00 (CroydonBirders)
  • Paddington Basin: pr Pochard (unusual) (Des McKenzie).
  • Paddington Green: 1-2 Sparrowhawk, fairly pale Common Buzzard distantly east 09:25hrs, Kestrel, pr Grey Wagtail (m singing briefly), plenty of juv Starling (Des McKenzie).
  • Rainham Marshes: female Marsh Harrier (west marsh and silts 09:20 to 10:00 am), 2nd-summer Yellow-legged Gull (on Thames), Hobby, Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plovers, 10+ Cetti's Warblers, superficially Siberian-like Stonechat male still on west marsh near Rainham C2C station (David Callahan). Female Marsh Harrier over silt lagoons @12:30 then later pitched down in front of the visitors centre @18:30, Lesser Whitethroat, Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, Common Tern, 4 Little Egret, loads of Swallows, House and Sand Martins and Swift, Great Crested Grebe, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Stock Dove, 3 Rook (on the tip), Pochard etc. (Nick Croft)
  • Walton Res: drake Scaup (photo on SBC website) (DMH).
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 5 pairs Nuthatch (at least two pairs with fledged young) (Robert Callf).
  • Three Mills (Bow): Breeding Great Spotted Woodpecker with v noisy young.
  • River Thames - Broomhouse Road to PC World: Piebald (part Leucistic) m Blackbird gathering food,Canada Goose xHybrid that had strange barking call - seen previously at Wetland Center , 10+ chirping House Sparrows in bushes outside PC World/Wandsworth Bridge (Michael Mac).
  • Battersea Park Lake: Great Crested Grebe carrying at least 1 chick - 1st time for at least 2 years got to young stage, 2 new broods Grey-lag Geese (4,6), pr Mute Swan with 3 cygnets, 2 nearly fledged Mallard broods, 3 pr Gadwall, Grey Herons at various stages some still in the nest and 1 having a pecking battle with a Cormorant making some odd sounds, 2 singing Blackcap and 1 Song Thrush (Michael Mac).
  • Ruislip: Buzzard sp? flying high NW @ 13.40 (Steve Pash)
  • Wimbledon Park: Honey Buzzard flew low east at 19.35 (Martin Daniel)
  • South Norwood Lake: Mute Swan, Great Cresred Grebe, Tufted Duck, Canada Goose (with brood of 5) 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 pair at nest feeding young) 2 Song Thrush, c6 singing Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, c30 Common Swifts, Nuthatch, Goldfinch, c5 singing Chaffinch, Greenfinch, 4 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Mitcham Common: (15:40 - 16:50) 3 Swallow, 14 Swift, Jay, 4 Greenfinch, Tree Sparrow, 2 Whitethroat, singing Chiffchaff, 2 Great BB Gull, 4 Ring-Necked Parakeet and a rabbit. No Kestrels this visit..unusual (Stuart M)

Saturday 29th MayEdit

  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Ringed Plover & 1000+ Swifts (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Lee Valley: Red Kite drifting across view point @ 9am, also seen from here were Cuckoo, Yellowhammer, Whitethroat. Landgridge Scrape: 6 LRP's, Shelduck, Lapwing, Sparrowhawk, Cetti's Warbler, 100+ Swifts & Swallows. Seventy Acres Lake: Garden Warbler (first decent view this year), c24 Common Terns. (James Anderson)
  • Ingrebounre Valley: Cuckoo, 2 Cettis Warbler,Lesser Whitethroat. (Shaun Harvey)
  • Margravine Cemetery: c30 Starling inc many juveniles (also visiting my balcony nearby with up to 6 juv at once), 2 Jay, Goldfinches and Great Tits feeding young (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Common Terns, 2 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, fledged Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs (MJP)
  • Paddington Green: Kestrel (Des McKenzie).
  • EC3: singing Black Redstart (Nick Tanner).
  • W1: singing Black Redstart (Nick Tanner).
  • Sainsbury's Nine Elms Car Park: female Kestrel persueing Magpie around the car park, Magpie persistent in returning for a chase, disturbed a Pied Wagtail from hidden spot on roof (Michael Mac).
  • South Norwood Lake: Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, 15 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, c20 Swifts, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 5 singing Blackcap, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)


Friday 28th MayEdit

  • Clapton Garden, (Rushmore Road E5) Osprey low and west, heavily mobbed at 12.00 (Jamie Partridge)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Red Kite west at 12.10pm, also Turtle Dove straight through.(Dave Morrison)
  • Walthamstow: Osprey flew in from SE at 11:55, gained some Gulls and Crows and went of West. (found by Lol Bodini) Red Kite 12:35 came in from South and went West. (Paul Whiteman)

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Sedge Warblers still on territory, no sign Reed Warbler, Cockatiel landed looking exhausted after a long flight on football pitch and promptly fell asleep! (Bob Watts).
  • Camden Town - Gloucester Cresent and Oval Road: 3 Lesser-black Backed Gulls on nests on house chimney's and Regent's Park Road pr Herring Gulls with about 2 small chicks on chimney stack, female Mandarin in canal with 5 ducklings, Canada Goose and Moorhen on nests nr Pirates Castle (Michael Mac).
  • Canons Farm: 4 common buzzards, white wagtail,(KJM).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 male Corn buntings, Little egret, lesser whitethroat, Cuckoo, 12 reed warblers. (Kev jarvis).
  • Fairlop Gravel Works: Shoveler, Gadwall, c20 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, 4 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 2 Sand Martin, 10 Swift, 5 male Reed Warbler, 2 male Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Blackcap, 6 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting (DEH)
  • London Wetland Centre Barnes: 14 Common Tern, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 2 Shoveler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 11 Reed Warbler, 50 Swift, 40+ Sand Martin, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 1 Oystercatcher (downriver) (WWT Website + Louis Freeland-Haynes)
  • Peabody Hill, SE2: singing Willow Warbler, 3 prs Blackcap (MJP)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 male Cuckoo heard around farm buildings at 06:05 (reported by staff & now a rarity at this site). Also 1 Little Owl, 2+ Swallow, 8 Swift & 1 singing Whitethroat (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park: 2 Common Terns, 1m Grey Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, 9 Reed Warblers (Tony Duckett) 1 singing Reed Warbler, 6 Bar-headed Geese hi-up and landed on lake, part of collection? 1st time I've seen them up so high, 1 Kestrel, pr Great-crested Grebe, one carrying young, pr very excited Little Grebe, 1 grounded Carrion Crow chick, adults calling, a dog went for it, but I got to it and put it in a bush which it stayed in and adults calmed down, f Mandarin with 5, f Mallard with 4 - not much else (Michael Mac).
  • Rotherhithe: 1 Swallow west Stave Hill this a'noon; 2 Common Terns still Surrey Water and a couple of Reed Warblers singing at Canada Water still (Richard Bonser)
  • South Norwood Lake: Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe (on nest) 8 Tuftred Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Herring Gull, 12 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2pairs Great Spotted Woodpecker (feeding young) c10 Long-tailed Tit, 5 singing Blackcap, 2 singing Chiffchaff, Nuthatch (feeding young) 4 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Teddington: Red Kite heading south west over my house at 7.25pm (Roger Unite).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Swallow west, 2 Sand Martins, 5+ House Martins, 2 Swift (Bob Watts)


Thursday 27th MayEdit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Sedge Warblers (cricket scrub car park and overflow pond) and Reed Warbler (from within elms in scrub) @ 0700 (per Bob Watts).
  • Central London: Singing Black Restart, heard every morning this week (Paul Boult)
  • Clapton Pond, E5: 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Swift. (TeRNS)
  • Forest Gate (Roof top vigil 09:00-11:00): 28 Cormorant, 23 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Starling, H Sparrow, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Robin, Greenfinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Magpie, Swift, Wren, Blackcap... ...no Bee Eaters (Nick Croft)
  • Five Oaks Lane Scrubland, Hainault/Collier Row: 6 or 7 Cuckoo, 8 male Yellowhammer, 7 Linnet, 6 Swallow, 12 Willow Warbler, 10 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap (DEH)
  • Fulham Reach: up to 5 juv Starling on my balcony, up to 3 juv Goldfinch fed on wires in front of house (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 1 pr Great Crested Grebe; 1 pr Mute Swan plus 6 cygnets; 1 female Mandarin Duck plus 3 young; 6(3m,3f) Pochard; 7(5m,2f) Tufted Duck; 1 Sparrowhawk; 3 Stock Dove; 2 Ring-nkd Parakeet; 2 female Great Spotted Woodpecker, feeding young in nest-holes; 1 juv Robin; 5 Song Thrush, including three singing males; 2 Chiffchaff, including one carrying food; 4 Goldcrest, including adult feeding two juveniles; 4 Long-tailed Tit; 2 Coal Tit; 4 Nuthatch,(including adults feeding young in two nest-holes); 2 Jay (Robert Callf).
  • Hyde Park - Serpentine: 5 House Martins, 15+ Swifts, 3pr G C Grebes with young, pr Egyptian Geese with 6 nearly fledged young, 2 male Gadwall. Long Water: 2 pr G C Grebes with young and 1 on nest, 3 female Mandarins with 1,1,2 ducklings the 1 and 2 swimming together and chasing the 3rd one away, pr Mandarins some way off, pr Mute Swans with 4 cygnets, pr Gadwall, 1 adult and juvenile Grey Herons. Kensington Gardens - Round Pond: pr Egyptian Geese with 9, 2 week old young. Italian Fountains: 1 Coot on nest (Michael Mac).
  • London EC4: Singing Black Redstart still (15th day) (Neil Batten).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir LNR 17:00-18:30: 1 Peregrine low over W, 5 Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Little Grebe, 18 Tufted Duck, 2 (pair) Gadwall, 4 Reed Warbler singing, 1 Chiffchaff singing, 2 Blackcap singing, 4 Wren, c8 Long-Tailed Tit (c6 Juveniles), 6 Great tit (3 Juveniles), 5 Goldcrest (4 Juveniles, by the cigarette-butt bin on the road-side of the reservoir), c50 Swift, c10 Sand Martin. (Louis Freeland-Haynes)
  • Paddington Green: pr Peregrine Falcon 06:30hrs, pr Grey Wagtail (m singing), singing Blackcap for past week or so (less than annual) (Des McKenzie).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Hobbies, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Owl, 1 singing Whitethroat, 10 Swift, 2+Swallow & 141 Starlings (31 juveniles) (Jon Ridge).
  • St James's Park: 3 pr Red-crested Pochard with young, female with 8, pr with 5 and pr of free flyers with 2 all around West Island, f Pochard with 3 ducklings, f Mallard with 7, pr Mute Swans with 4, pr Egyptian Geese with 7, pr Greylags with 2, 1 Little Grebe (heard) and Great Crested Grebe that may have a well hidden nest? Only 1 visible brood of 3 Moorhens compared to a lot of Coots (Michael Mac).
  • South Norwood Lake: Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, 12 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c20 Common Swift, 2 Swallow, 1singing Willow Warbler, 3 singing Blackcap, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet, Nuthatch (feeding young) c70 Starling on playing fields, 6 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Staines Moor: Hobby, Sedge/Reed Warblers, 2 Egyptian Goose over (Nigel Sluman)
  • Pool of London: 08:30 Chiffchaff calling from trees adjacent to Tower Bridge and Tower of London, Buzzard over the Tower at 12:45. Black Redstart (same as yesterday? in vicinity) (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wandsworth Park Barges. Great Black-backed Gulls mating, and defending one barge as territory blog post - also in the area, Egyptian Goose (1), 4 Herons, Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe and a pair of busy Grey Wagtails. (Michael F)


Wednesday 26th MayEdit

  • Kidbrooke: as far as I can see, there is no public access to the allotments where yesterday's Hoopoe was present. You can view a tiny (stress) bit of the area from an adjacent road and you can probably view from within the Thomas Tallis School (but getting permission to enter is unlikely). I checked the nearby Blackheath High School playing field and a couple of other Blackheath areas 08h30-10h, but no sign. (James Lowen)
  • Crayford Marshes: Little owl, male Corn bunting, 4 Cuckoo, Cetti's warbler, 3 Little egrets, c 80 swifts, Lesser whitethroat. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Fulham Sands End (Thames): 3 (including1yo A6LK) Herring Gull, 3 Greylag, 3 Egyptian Goose, 1 Dunnock, plenty of House Sparrow activity, 1 racing pigeon with feral flock (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Lonsdale Road Res: At least 50 Swift swirling low over the reservoir, Reed Warbler (3 singers), Chiffchaff (1),plus usuals (M Bourne) - Afternoon visit 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Common Tern, 3 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 3 Gadwall (M & O Bourne)
  • London WWT: 2 R**** Duck, 2+ LRP, 4+ Redshank, 2 Shoveler, Heron swallowing whole Water Vole (M Bourne)
  • Mitcham Common: (13:30 - 14:50) 2 Kestrel, 26 Swift, 2 Jay, Long-Tailed Tit, Greenfinch, 4 Whitethroat, singing Chiffchaff (Stuart M)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 female Common Redstart in hedges & calling along the Wakehams Hill bridleway track 17:05-17:34 at least (latest ever spring record at this site), 2 Hobby, 1 Little Owl, 1+ singing Whitethroat, 12 Swift, 2+ Swallow, 4 House Martin & 2 Canada Goose with 6 goslings (Jon Ridge).
  • St James's Park: brood of Red-crested Pochard (from captive parents) & brood of well-grown Egyptian Geese (Andrew Self)
  • Thorney CP: Cuckoo, Sparrowhawk flew over, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Mute Swans one on nest, 20+ Common Terns, 5 Reed Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Gt Crested Grebes, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Greenwoodpecker, (Sue Giddens).
  • Town Park, Enfield: 1 pr Great Spotted Woodpecker, feeding young in nest-hole (Robert Callf).
  • Pool of London area: Singing Black Redstart this p.m. (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead, my garden: White-cheeked Turaco again (J Lethbridge)
  • Wanstead Flats (07:00-11:00): Great Crested Grebe (still Alex), Coal Tit (by cemetry), squirrel swimming to island on Alex being attacked by coots, 4 House Martin, loads of Swift, 1 imm Common Gull (Jub), Ring Necked Parakeet, 4 Cormorant, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 3 Mistle Thrush, Reed Bunting and stuff (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Reed Warbler still by Shoulder of Mutton, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Heron, 1 imm Herring Gull, 3 Great Crested Grebe on Perch, Ring Necked Parakeet, even more loads of Swift (Nick Croft)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Willow Warbler (1 singer), Chiffchaff (5+), Blackcap (8+), Whitethroat (8+), 5 Stock Dove on the pitches, GS Woodpecker (M Bourne)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Sedge Warbler, 4 Common Terns, 200+ Swifts (MJP)
  • Hampstead Heath: Hampstead Pond No 1: pr Mute Swans with 5 cygnets, though started with 6. Great-crested Grebe on nest, pr Egyptian Geese, lot of Coot young gone as Lesser-black Backed and Herring Gull takeaway - out of about 10 nests only 2 Coot chicks just hatched. In woods above ponds 3 prs of Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding young at nests (1st shown by Ron Vester, 2nd by Ray and 3rd I found myself) pr Kestrels. Kenwood, 2 broods Mallard ducklings (3,5) f Egyptian Goose with 3 well grown young but flight feathers still not grown, another pr of this species on 2nd pond, lots calling Jackdaw and Ring-necked Para's (have the young left the nest round this time as they seem to be starting flocking?) numerous Blackcap, couple of Chiffchaff - over all not much going on (Michael Mac).

Tuesday 25th MayEdit

  • Kidbrooke: Hoopoe: one in allotments on Kidbrooke Park Road by Thomas Tallis School at 8.25pm before flying towards Blackheath Park road (Daisy Cairns per JA).
  • Alexandra Park: 2 singing Sedge Warblers and a Reed Warbler (scrub) (news per Andrew Gardner); Grey Wagtails feeding two almost fledged chicks (Wood Green Res) (David Callahan). Swallow & c10 House Martins Wood Green Res 1845 (Bob Watts).
  • Wanstead Flats (07:30-11:00): Carrion Crow (c.90 on the flats west of Alex, c.100 evicted birds by Jubilee pond); 3 Pied Wagtail, 14 Cormorant, 11 Lesser Black-Backed Gull (2 imm), 5 House Martin, c. 6 Sand Martin (Jub), 3 Swallow, 5 Little Grebe (2 chicks on Alex), Great Crested Grebe (first for a long time), 2 imm Common Gull, 1 imm Herring Gull, 1 Ring Necked Parakeet, Stock Dove, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Blackbird etc. (Nick Croft)
  • Stockwell, Lambeth: Peregrine falcon flew over my flat at 12:20 (Michael Mac)
  • Crayford Marshes: Turnstone, Little owl, 2 male Corn buntings, male Wheatear, Cuckoo, Common buzzard, 4 Little egrets, Rook, 12 House martins. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Greenford (Beechwood Avenue): 14 Ring-necked Parakeets noisily chasing Sparrowhawk (Neil Anderson)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Hobbies, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 singing Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Swift, 2+ Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Grey Heron & 2 Green Woodpecker (Jon Ridge).
  • Archway, 1 Little Egret over east 09.30, 1 Grey wagtail (P.Angus)
  • Willows Farm Puddle: 2 Oystercatcher with 2 Chicks, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, 3 Lapwing, 2 Shelduck, Ruddy shelduck, Pied wagtail, 10+ Greylag Goose. (Steve Blake)
  • Smithfield Market: pair of Grey Wagtails feeding young (Ed Keeble)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Red Kites - one low and south 1335, one low and south-east 1350; several Hobby sightings, 2 Sand Martins, c250 Swifts (Mark Pearson et al)
  • Mitcham Common: (10:30 - 12:30, South Side) Wheatear (f), 2 Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, c25 Swift, 3 Jay, Greenfinch, Long-Tailed Tit, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Tree Sparrow, Ring-Necked Parakeet (Stuart M)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir (15:30-1700): pair Gadwall, 1 Sparrowhawk, pair Egyptian geese, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Song thrush, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap singing, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Greater Black-backed gull, 3 Common tern (2 Prospecting raft) + the usuals (Louis Freeland-Haynes)
  • Brockwell Park Ponds: House Sparrow colony on bottom pond, 7 dust bathing on island, up to 20 more in bushes, fledged Starlings, singing Blackcap, Chiffchaff about 5 Swifts, Grey Heron harrangued by about 15 Crows (Michael Mac).
  • Belair Park: Blue Tits fledging out of life saving ring case, f Mandarin with 6 duracell ducklings, pr Canada Geese with 7 goslings, 1 Little Grebe and Sparrowhawk (Michael Mac).
  • Crystal Palace Park Lake: brood of Nuthatches coming out of nest, single Great-crested Grebe still waiting for mate which hasn't turned up yet - bred successfully last 2 years at least, 1 Common Tern literally turned up briefly, many Gulls over heading towards Dartford, G S Woodpecker and 5+ Swifts (Michael Mac).
  • Wanstead Park: Reed Warbler singing on Shoulder of Mutton Pond (rare here), 6 RN Parakeets over Heronry, 30+ Swifts, Swallow, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 GS Woodpecker, 3 Mute Swan pains with 7-4-4 Cygnets respectively (J Lethbridge)
  • Forty Hall, Enfield: 2 female Mandarin Duck, plus two broods (1+1 ducklings) (Robert Callf).

Monday 24th MayEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Sedge Warbler song flighting at Cricket Pavillion car park still (per Bob Watts).
  • Canons Farm: Red Kite (photos via link), Little Owl, 2 House Martins, Common Buzzard, 4 Blackcaps, 2+ Common Whitethroats, 10+ Stock Doves, 3 Yellowhammers, 2+ Linnets, Swallow, Green Woodpecker, 4+ Rose-ringed Parakeets, Pheasant, several Common Swifts (David Campbell).
  • Crayford marshes: Red Kite flew west at 8:00, 2 Male Corn Buntings, Peregrine, 7 Little Egrets, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 House Martins, 5 Swallows, 7 Ringed Plovers. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: 2 Sanderlings with 4 Ringed Plovers in Barking Bay 8:15 - 8:50 at least, Swallow west (John Archer).
  • Petticoat Lane Market, E1: singing Black Redstart (per EssexBirders Yahoo site).
  • London W1: Singing Black Redstart 755am (James Astley)
  • Cavendish Square W1: Red Kite low NNW at 1313 (James Astley)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Red Kite initially low then gained height high and NW, 1315-1318; Hobby several times early on, plus the usuals (MJP)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Garganey drake early am. (Bob Warden) per FJM
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Hobbies, 1 Little Owl, 1 singing Whitethroat, 2+ Swallow, 2 House Martin & just 5 Swift (Jon Ridge).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: 2 Sand Martins feeding with 5+ Swifts 0815 (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Lapwings, 2 Hobbies & Common Sand (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Tooting Broadway: 19:00 sky watch from back garden whilst listening to the Archers (highly recommended combination) 2 Common Buzzard (over St Georges Hospital area), Kestrel (f) fast over travelling S, c10 Swift, Ring-Necked Parakeet, c10 gulls, several feral pigeon and 2 regular friendly Wood pigeon sitting on my fence enjoying Ambridge by proxy.. (Stuart M)
  • Chiswick, Netheravon Rd: 1 Peregrine circling 18:00 (so nearly over garden airspace!) (Louis Freeland-Haynes)
  • Larkhall Park, Lambeth: 3 pairs Blue Tit feeding young in nest boxes, 3 Woodpigeon nests - 2 with fledging young, 1 Mistle Thrush feeding fledgling and 1 occupied nest (Michael Mac).
  • Richmond Park: 1 f Reed Bunting, 1 Treecreeper, 1 singing Garden Warbler, pr Mute Swan on small pond 6 eggs, pr Canada Geese with 13 goslings ( only because Mute Swans dissapeared this year) on Lower Pen Pond, pr Mute Swan on Upper Pen Pond seem to have failed hatching eggs this year?, 7 Egyptian Geese - no sign of any young, small Falcon driven high up by a Jackdaw, probably a Kestrel but not 100% sure due to sunlight, Woods between Roehampton Gate and Adams Pond full of fledged Starlings (Michael Mac).

Sunday 23rd MayEdit

  • St. Paul's: Red Kite W over tube station 19:04 (Stuart Harrington).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Red Kites (1st site record) at midday. One high and east, the other low and south. 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Skylark, 1 Garden Warbler (Martin Bell's Wood), 5 common warblers, Swifts and Swallows (D Lindo, R Nuttall, R Spencer, A & S Price, Bob..., M Bourne, et al).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Spoonbill 8:20 north-east (Birdguides); plus Red Kite south 08:00, Red Kite over silts 10:40, pr Marsh Harrier, 7 Hobbies, 2 Buzzard, m Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler (from ELBF website).
  • Grays: Spoonbill east at 12:28 (Dave Morrison per ELBF website)
  • Alexandra Park: Sedge Warbler still, Swallow west, Hobby NE over cricket pitch 0745 (Bob Watts)
  • Ealing Broadway Station: Grey Wagtail singing on roof (Neil Anderson)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Hobbies, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Owl, 1 singing Whitethroat, 2+ singing Blackcap, 3 House Martin, 2+ Swallow, 5 Swift & 4+ Great Spotted Woodpecker (Jon Ridge).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Hobbies, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, 10 Tufted Duck, c12 Common Swift, c8 singing Blackcap, 5+singing Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker(pair at nest feeding young) Nuthatch (feeding young) Goldfinch, Greenfinch, 4+ House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 2 broods Mandarin Duck,(3+13 ducklings) (Robert Callf).
  • Finchley: Peregrine high over at 4.10pm. (Oliver Simms)
  • East India Dock area: 2 House Martins (hard here), 2 House Sparrows (my Ist record here for over 3 years) 2 Ring-necked Parakeets( my Ist site record), 4 Swifts. (Gary A James & Nick Tanner).
  • Cheshunt Station: 1 Turtle dove 13.00, 1 Cettis warbler nr Sailing club. 1 Hobby over 19.30 (P.Angus)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 4 Black Terns early am (John Gates) per (FJM) Ad Hobby flew E 7.30pm. Ferruginous Duck drake still S basin with 5 Tufted Duck drakes late evening. Returned y.day (Rob Innes) per FJM
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs (1230-1930) v quiet but for 2 Common Sandpipers on tern raft, a trickle of hirundines, 6 Common Terns; also 4 Small Tortoiseshells (1st of year) among commoner leps, and earliest ever Four-spotted Chaser (MJP et al)
  • Enfield Playing Fields: Single Sedge Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat singing. A Buzzard flew over. A Kingfisher seen on the nearby Turkey Brook. No House Martins on Capel Road yet.
  • Acton (nr Uxbridge Road): 1 Hobby heading West 20:00. (Louis Freeland-Haynes)
  • Woolwich Common: Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 2 ChiffChaff, Reed Warbler, Kestrel, (Dave Clark)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: brief visit in am, very quiet, just the usuals (Rich Petley).
  • Dagenham: 3 Common Buzzard over our garden, 1 at 2.40 pm, 1 at 5.45 pm and 1 at 5.50 pm. ( V.Halley-Frame )
  • Bentley Priory: Mandarin duck; tufted duck, grey heron, 5 chiffchaffs (singing); Orange tip and common blue. (Alan Lewis)

Saturday 22nd MayEdit

  • Alexandra Palace: Honey Buzzard flew E with Common Buzzard at 12.47, plus 2 Little Egrets thermalling one hour later; also Hobby, 4 Swallow N and Spotted Flycatcher in large fenced oak in Grove (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener, Dominic Mitchell and Gareth Richards).
  • North Hillingdon. Afternoon in garden Common Buzzard @ 12.00, 2 Red Kite's. Hobby. Honey Buzzard @ 18.45. Sparrowhawk to finish. (G Westley)
  • Crossness: Red Kite west at 11:15, 2 Hobby's, 2 swallows. Kev Jarvis, AW.
  • Rainham Marshes: Red Kite west over Wennington Mound at 11 am, plus Cuckoo, 9 Ringed plovers, 8+ Hobbies, Whimbrel, 3 Grasshopper Warblers, Peregrine (David Callahan).
  • London W1T: singing Black Redstart (David Callahan - news from an old friend).
  • London W1F: another different singing Black Redstart photographed on the chimney pots (David Callahan per same old friend and her Facebook page).
  • Debden Campsite (Epping Forest): 3 Common Buzzard thermalling (PF)
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Common Buzzard SSE (approximately) @ 13.00. Perhaps the same one as at Waterworks NR earlier? (Joe Beale).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: (08.00) 1 Lesser Whitethroat in Chats padock, 1 Chiffchaff, also Willow Warbler with incorporated Chiffchaff verses in song, 12 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 5 Linnet, 6 Greenfinch, 5 meadow Pipit 1 singing, 1m Reed Bunting, 1f Sparrowhawk, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail flew East, 1 G.S. Woodpecker. (N.Smith).
  • Brent Res: Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed, 4 Lapwings, a lot of Tern activity, Mute Swan 7 cygnets (Andrew Verrall).
  • Harefield village centre: 1 Red Kite over @ 11.15, soaring low over escarpment. (Roger Dewey).
  • Green Lane allotments, Cowley (by Brunel University): c 6 Linnet. (Roger Dewey).
  • Mitcham Common: (15:00) Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 4 Long-Tailed Tit, 3 Jay, c20 Swift, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, Ring-Necked Parakeet (Stuart M)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern, c.30 Swift, 3 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 GC Grebe, 5 Reed Warbler, plus usuals (M Bourne and Louis Freeland-Haynes)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2+ Hobby, 1 Common Buzzard east at 12:12, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Owl, 1 singing Whitethroat, 4 Swallow, 2 House Martin & 8+ Swift (Jon Ridge).
  • South Norwood Lake: 3 Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe (on nest) 2 Greylag Geese, 4 Cormorant, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Wodpecker (pair feeding young) c6singing Blackcap, 4 singing Chiffchaff, c10 Common Swift, House Martin, Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Jay, 8+Greenfinch, c12 Goldfinch, 1Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 4 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Waterworks NR: Common Buzzard S @ 12.50, Little Egret,5 Swallow. (Gary A James).
  • Mayesbrook Park: Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat. (Paul Hawkins)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 3 Buzzard sp. together v high and way to the north c1305 (unIDable), Hobby, Peregrine, 4 Common Terns, plus the usuals (MJP)
  • Sainsbury's Nine Elm's Car Park: male Kestrel on lamp fittings, nest site close by but not been seen last few days (Michael Mac).
  • Hampstead Heath: 0745- 1245 : Turtle Dove (N), 2 Yellow Wagtails (N), 2 Common Buzzards (1 N, 1 E), 2 Hobbies, 6 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, Lesser Whitethroat heard not seen (Pete Mantle)
  • Staines Res: in the evening, drake Ferruginous Duck S basin (this is the long-term resident escape/backcross from E Berks, with quite extensive black bill tip); also Knot N basin W bank, Turnstone through, three Sanderling, second-summer Little Gull, etc (Rob Innes, Ken Purdey).

Friday 21st MayEdit

  • Harrow-on-the-Hill: singing Wood Warbler in wooded area N of church at 5.50am (Andy Culshaw).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Intermediate-type Honey-buzzard west pursued by crows 10.50 am; Kittiwake east 12:00 (first site record); second Honey-buzzard west (also pursued by crows) at 12:10 (different bird on account of missing inner primaries); 3rd year Great Black-backed Gull on East res early a.m.; unID'ed buzzard sp. very high and north 1620 (prob Common); 2 House Martins, 10 Swallows, c150 Swifts (Mark Pearson & Tony Butler et al Hackney Wildlife).
  • Wood Green: Intermediate-type Honey Buzzard high from west heading east, then turning north towards Lea Valley 11.10 am - probably same bird as Stoke Newington, returning (David Callahan, Ian Lycett).
  • Rotherhithe: Turtle Dove low northwest over Stave Hill heading towards Bermondsey 4.50pm; also a Swallow. 3 Common Terns Surrey Water (no breeding appears to be taking place on Canada Water as Southwark council failed to sort out the position of the tern raft after last year's vandalism) (Richard Bonser).
  • Forest Gate (too lazy to go to Wanstead so skywatching again 08:30-11:00: No Honey Buzzard, quiet really: 20 Cormorant, whole heap of Gulls over Bow direction, but too hazy to ID, 4 Lesser-Black Backed Gull, 4 Mallard pitching down on the round pond Wanstead Flats, numerous Swift, Kestrel, Sparrow Hawk, 2 Pied Wagtail, Greater Spotted Woodpecker (h), Blackcap (h), 2 Jay collecting nesting material 1 twig at a time, the Great Tits have chosen someone's foul drain to nest in (wonder how the chicks will get out of that!) now I wish I'd gone to the flats (Nick Croft)
  • Willows Farm Pool: 2 Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 5 Canada Goose, Common Buzzard (over). (Steve B)orn
  • Crayford Marshes: fem Black redstart, Greenshank, Corn bunting, Cetti's warbler, Dunlin, 3 House martins, 4 Swallows, Lesser whitethroat, 4 oystercatchers, Rook. (Kev Jarvis).
  • London EC4: Singing Black Redstart (9th day). Neil Batten
  • Pinner Park Farm: (Afternoon skywatch): 1+ Hobby, 1 female Kestrel, 8 Swift, 3 House Martin, 4+ Swallow & a handful of Lesser Black-backed & Herring Gulls. Also 1 Little Owl back in the usual tree & 1 singing Whitethroat around the rubbish tip (Jon Ridge).
  • Sainsbury's Nine Elms Car Park: odd sight of a House Sparrow persueing a Feral Pigeon flying round the car park (Michael Mac).
  • Holyfield area, Langridge Scrape: 1 Dunlin, LRP’s, Egyptian Geese with 3 young, Little Owl (same area as last week, seems to favour the line of uprooted trees). Egyptian Geese with 6 young on Goosefield. (Mike Oakland)
  • Mitcham Common: AM (South side) 2 Common Buzzard (over), 4 Kestrel (two of each, hens easily distinguishable from each other as one has moulting tail feathers) - super morning spent watching them hunting in the glorious sunshine; one flew up to mob the buzzards then crows took over duties, Green Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, Jay, Long-Tailed Tit, lots of Swifts, Whitethroat and Greenfinch (Stuart M, bit sunburned)
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Great Crested Grebe, 10 Tufted Duck, Mallard (with brood of 8) 2 Herring Gull. 1 Cormornt, 2 Green Wooddddpeecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker,(pair feeding young) 7 singing Blackcap, (pair feeding young) 5 singing Chiffchaff, 4 singing Chaffinch, Nuthatch (feeding young) 6 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Ring-necked Parakeet, Greenfinch, Goldfinch. 6 House Sparrow, (John Watson)

Thursday 20th MayEdit

  • Canons Farm: Honey-buzzard flew over at 11.30am also Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (f.), 2 Common Buzzards (resident pair) (KJM).
  • Rainham Marshes: Raven over A13 at RSPB at 13:40 pm (Brian Churches per Howard Vaughan).
  • South Norwood Lake, Red Kite 10:35am N/NW circled Lake for about 45 sec then drifted S/SW, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Greylag Geese, Great Crested Grege (on nest) 2 Green Woodpecker 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch (at nest feeding young) 4 Common Swift, 2 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 singing Blackcap, 6 singing Chiffchaff, c8 House Sparrow, (John Watson).
  • Tower 42 (City of London): dark-morph Honey-buzzard slowly west 1030-1036hrs, lost to view towards Wembley Stadium; second Honey-buzzard ('medium-morph') west 1215-1218, dropped dramatically in height past Houses of Parliament and then appeared to land in either grounds of Lambeth Palace or Imperial War Museum; Common Buzzard west 1230hrs; various Peregrines etc - report and photos on the blog (http://t42bsg.blogspot.com/) - NB the second Honey-buzzard in fact crashed into an office window on Lower Marsh by Waterloo Station at 1220, recovered after several minutes and flew off south-east (Nick Cooper per MJP)
  • London Wetland Centre WWT: Honey Buzzard 14.00 (Birdguides).
  • Barnes Common: 2 Honey Buzzard south 14:00 with 3 Common Buzzards. Otherwise quiet with 3 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 m Peregrine, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Swallow SW the highlights. (Dan Monk).
  • Wimbledon Common: Turtle Dove, one singing in woods on the northside of Memorial Ride (southern end) 0730 (David Wills). Probable Honey Buzzard c1630-45, first seen circling over Richmond Park then drifted south-eastish over Windmill area. Also Peregrine circling high overhead and 5 Swallows through (SWLS, South-west London Stringers).
  • Regent's Park: Marsh Harrier female low north at 10.45am, 2 Hobby's, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Skylark, Wheatear(greenland race), 2 Swallows, 6 Reed Warblers (Tony Duckett).
  • Barbican: probable Honey Buzzard west and descending c12:00 (Ed Keeble) - see Tower 42 above - second bird the same as this?
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 3 Common Tern south plus the usuals and someone's put a plastic Peregrine on their flat balcony, so throughout the morning at least 30 Lesser Black backed (mainly) Gulls have been dive bombing it (S Fisher)
  • Alexandra Park: Sedge Warbler (4th day) still Cricket Pavilion car park amongst cow parsley @ 0700 (Bob Watts), still there 1330 (Mike Benyon) Viz mig 1750-1900 just 6 Swallows north, 3 House Martins low over south end houses (Bob Watts).
  • Forest Gate (roof top vigil 09:30-11:30); No H. Buzzards but check out the quality here: 32 Cormorant, 20-30+ Black-Headed Gull hawking riverwards, 5 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, c.50-100 Swift, 1 Heron (over Wanstead Flats), 3 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, family of 5 Mistle Thrush, 2 Mallard (east down river), 2 Jay, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Blackcap (H), Collared Dove, Pied Wagtail and the list goes on... ... a bit (Nick Croft)
  • King George V Reservoir: buzzard sp drifted north up the valley, distantly to the west of the reservoir (Ian Lycett)
  • London EC3: Singing Black Redstart (James Astley)
  • London W1: 2m 1f Black Redstart - having a good day for these! (James Astley)
  • Mitcham Common: Kestrel (f), 2 Heron (both over), Lapwing (over), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, c20 Swift, Jay, Dunnock, 4 Greenfinch, Tree Sparrow, 3 Chiffchaff, 10 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Canada Goose + 4 Goslings (One Island Pond), 4 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 6 Ring-Necked Parakeet plus 2 Rabbits and 4 Foxes (Stuart M)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Little Owl remain in the disaster area with 4 Swallow (two breeding pairs). Also, 3 House Martin, 8 Swift, 2 Whitethroat (pair), 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 singing Blackcap & 2 singing Chiffchaff (Jon Ridge).
  • Staines Moor: Cetti's Warbler (possibly 2), 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, Shelduck & Lapwing over, c10 Swallow (Nigel Sluman)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Sand Martin north 1240 & then same or another south 1310 (Bob Watts).
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 1 pr Mute Swan plus 6 cygnets (Robert Callf).
  • Brent Res: Ringed Plover feeding with LRP and Lapwing. 4 Lapwings, 2 LRPs, pair Shoveler (Andrew Verrall),
  • Leytonstone: Common Buzzard over station, west at 16.55. (Gary A James).
  • Battersea Park Lake: from 7pm - 2 Common Sandpiper (site tick) perched on boats piping, 3 singing Blackcap on 3 islands, 1 singing Song Thrush, 4 pr Gadwall, 4 pr Common Pochard, numerous Tufted Duck, 3 broods Mallards, Great-crested Grebe still sitting - last year failed to raise young, pr Grey-lags with 5 big goslings, cob Mute Swan chasing geese, 5+ tree perched Cormorants, 23+ occupied Coot nests some cleaned out by the fledging Grey Herons - no Buzzards seen. (Michael Mac).

Wednesday 19th MayEdit

  • Berrylands: Red Kite drifted slowly east at 11:00hrs (Nick Tanner).
  • Orsett Fen: m Quail singing 08:50hrs (Birdguides).
  • Wanstead 07:00-11:00: So little going on I counted things; 100 Carrion Crow on playing fields west of Alex pond, 40 Cormorant, 6 Lesser Black-Backed Gull (the coots survived today), 3 Ring Necked Parakeet, 3 Swallow, couldn't count the Starlings they were so numerous, 1 Heron (no trouble there!), 1 Stock Dove, 5 singing Meadow Pipits, 1 f Kestrel and other stuff. Yesterday someone emptied a bucket load of ornamental fish into the Alex... (Nick Croft); Turtle Dove singing from copse west of Long Wood 12:30-12:45 (J Lethbridge)
  • Canons farm: Cuckoo, 3 Common Buzzard. (KJM).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 1 LRP flew over towards Olympic site, Pair of Shelduck north plus the usuals (S Fisher)
  • Alexandra Park: Hobby east over Birdwatch office 09:10 (Ian Lycett). Sedge Warbler still (3rd day) singing from hogweed north part of Cricket Pavilion car park 0700 (Bob Watts).
  • Chiltern Street W1: singing Grey Wagtail on old fire station (Des McKenzie).
  • Crossness: 2nd summer Med Gull by outfall @ 12.09 (Ian Miller per JA).
  • Mitcham Common: (South side am) Common Buzzard (mobbed by 6 Crow), 3 Kestrel (smashing views all morning of one hen in particular hunting successfully around Bidders Pond), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Jay, c20 Swift, 6 Greenfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Ring-Necked Parakeet, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Canada Goose (Stuart M)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Little Owl in & around the disaster area, 1+ Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, 5 Grey Heron, Jay, several pairs of Stock Dove & 1 Green Woodpecker. Quiet again. (Jon Ridge).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: early a.m. - Yellow Wagtail east, 2 Common Terns, 'movement' of 7 Grey Herons west (all heavily mobbed); breeding passerines include 3 pairs Chiffchaff, 4 pairs Blackcap, 12 Reed Warbler territories, 1 Sedge Warbler territory, 3 pairs Reed Bunting (MJP)
  • Rush Green: Common Buzzard Circling and then gliding South towards Dagenham Chase at 11.35am (Paul Ewin).
  • Ruislip: Common Buzzard over at 10.20, Cuckoo at Golf course (Steve Pash).
  • London W2 (location witheld): singing Black Redstart (Des McKenzie).
  • Oxford Circus: 2 Peregrine Falcon over (Des McKenzie)
  • Crayford marshes: 2 male Corn buntings, 2 Little egret, Cetti's warbler, 5 House martins, 5 Swallows, 2 Cuckoo, 4 Ringed plovers, 5 Dunlin, 3 Lesser whitethroats. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Trent Park: 1 pair Treecreeper, feeding young in nest (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • River Avenue, N13: Very probable Hobby flying east low and fast - put the frighteners on the local Swifts. (Katy M.)
  • London EC4: Singing Black Redstart - 7th day (Neil Batten)
  • Elephant and Castle: pair Shelduck over east @ 5.50am.( Dave Morrison )

Tuesday 18th MayEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawks, Kestrel drifting east at the same time, 11:15; also Sedge Warbler still present and singing in hogweed by scrub car park 08:45 (David Callahan et al). Lesser Whitethroat singing in cricket scrub, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Common Tern, 16 Swift, 6 House Martin - Wood Green Reservoir (Mike Benyon) 2 Jackdaw 7am (Bob Watts).
  • Bushy Park: Turtle Dove purring in Oval Plantation till 10.30 at least. Patch tick for me! (Roger Unite)
  • Hornsey: Female Siskin at feeder Nightingale Lane 2015 (is the species breeding in the area?) (Bob Watts).
  • Isle of Dogs: Sedge Warbler (singing opposite McDonalds), Oystercatcher, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 5+ Common Tern, (Richard Harrison).
  • London EC1: singing Black Redstart (Ian Bradshaw) - do we really need to be so cloak and dagger about these? That would be down to the judgement of the individual observer. Nationally It's a rarer breeder than Golden Eagle (Eds)
  • London EC4: Singing Black Redstart (present since 13 May). Also Buzzard Sp. very low north over at 12.55. Underwing pattern, size, etc. suggested Honey Buzzard (viewed wthout optics). Briefly mobbed by Kestrel before drifting north in direction of Alexandra Palace (Neil Batten)
  • London W1: singing Black Redstart, also Great Tit - patch tick, mega! (James Astley).
  • London W2 (location withheld): singing Black Redstart (Des McKenzie).
  • London NW1: Male Black Redstart - also seen Sunday singing. (David Bradshaw)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Teal, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 14 Common Tern, Kingfisher, White Wagtail, Northern Wheatear, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (LWC website).
  • Lonsdale Road Res: Swift 50+, Gadwall 2, House Martin 2, Swallow 10+, 1 Common Tern, plus usuals (M Bourne)
  • Mitcham Common: Kestrel (male), 4 Grey Heron (all over), Green Woodpecker, 6 Whitethroat, c15Swift, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Ring-Necked Parakeet, Jay, 2 Long-Tailed Tit (adult + juvenile), 3 Dunnock, 2 Song Thrush, 19 Canada Goose + 24 Goslings, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard, 4 Coot and a rabbit (Stuart M)
  • Paddington Green: 5 Little Egret SW 12:56hrs (Des McKenzie).
  • Pinner Park farm: 1 Little Owl on buildings in the disaster area, 2 Whitethroat, 6 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Green Woodpecker & 7 Swift (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: 4 Sanderling visible distantly on the Kent side of the Thames at midday (Andy Tweed et al).
  • Richmond Park: Turtle Dove flying around early morning between the Riding Circle and Hawthorn Valley, male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker + the usual suspects (Bill Haines).
  • Staines Moor: Cuckoo, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 6+ Sedge Warbler, Wheatear, 3 Lapwing, 2 Common Tern, Whitethroats/Chiffchaffs galour! (Nigel Sluman)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 6 Common Tern, 2 Swan + 7 cygnets, 3 Buzzards, 3 Garden Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler 3 Blackcap. (Steve B)
  • Uxbridge, Brunel University Bicentenary Garden: Cuckoo, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Linnet, Kestrel, 4 Swallow and 6 Swift over (Steve Pash)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Lapwing east at 7am. Rock and Roll. (J Lethbridge); Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woddpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, loads of Mistle Thrushes, House Martin, Canada Goose (1 pair with 20 gossers), c.12+ Long Tailed Tit family, Linnet, Reed Bunting etc. Coot update (pair with 6 new targets on Alex, and pair with 4 gull snacks on Jubilee), 5 Cormorant over, possible White Wagtail (small pond - JL not so convinced) other deffo Pied Wagtail (Nick Croft)
  • Crayford Marshes: Wood Sandpiper on the flooded area to the east, 2 Corn Buntings singing, Hobby, Whimbrel, Peregrine, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Little Egrets.12 Swallows (Kev Jarvis).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Common Buzzard medium height thermalling then south 1420, Hobby, plus the usuals (MJP)
  • Fulham: Drake Pintail on the Thames. Very unseasonal for here. (Michael F)
  • Regent's Park: Whinchat, Northern Wheatear(Greenland race), 6m Reed Warblers (Tony Duckett).
  • Hyde Park - Serpentine - Long Water: 1 Common Tern, Lesser-black Backed Gull had chinese takeaway!: f Mandarin with 5 ducklings put in a good fight but unable to stop the maurader take one, another f Mandarin with 1 duckling, 7 Great-crested Grebe nests 5 have young, Mute Swan with one egg, woman feeding 16 Grey Herons on the tarmac, pr Egyptian Geese flying around and pr with 6 chicks, Red-crested Pochard with 1 duckling, pr Grey-lag and pr Canada Geese with 1 gosling each, noticable lack of Swifts/House Martins? (Michael Mac).

Monday 17th MayEdit

  • Canons Farm: Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard (KJM).
  • Alexandra Park: Sedge Warbler (year tick for the site on the edge of the scrub by car park, found by Bob Watts), 6+ Blackcaps singing, Red Kite westish over filter beds at 09:10 (David Callahan, Dominic Mitchell); Sedge Warbler still singing lunchtime, plus Jackdaw with main crow flock still (DC).
  • Rainham Marshes: Red Kite west, fem Marsh Harrier, 4 Hobby (Birdguides)

  • Crayford Marshes: Corn Bunting, Whimbrel, 2 Little Egrets, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 10 Swallows, 4 Sedge Warblers, 10 Reed Warblers, 6 Common Terns, male Sparrowhawk (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: Common Buzzard north @ 0800 (having roosted by the Engines), 1st summer Common Gull, c70 Common Terns, 7 House Martins & 14 Swallows NW (John Archer).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Hobby purposefully north-east, 5 Red-crested Pochard (plus 1 duckling), Collared Dove (Parade Ground), 2 Tawny Owl, c15 Swift, 2 House Martin, singing Reed Warbler, singing Lesser Whitethroat (Lido), 10 Blackcap, Chiffchaff; also 63 Mute Swan (plus a brood of 5 cygnets), 2pr Egyptian Goose with broods (6 and 1) plus a further ad, 5 Mandarin Duck (2pr / 1m), 4 Gadwall (pr / 2m), 3 broods of Great Crested Grebe, 6 Grey Heron (3 juv), 5 Black-headed Gull south-west, c10 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush (1 singing), Coal Tit, Nuthatch attending nest-hole, 2 Treecreeper, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch ~ no sign of recent injured m Pheasant (Des McKenzie, David Jeffreys).
  • London W1: pair Black Redstarts (James Astley)
  • London W2 (location witheld): singing Black Redstart (Des McKenzie).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shoveler, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing chicks on the scrape, Redshank, 13 Common Tern, 2 Swallow, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff (LWC website).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 3 Common Tern, 2 Shoveler, 1 Egyptian Goose, 20+ Swift, 10+ Swallow, Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff (M Bourne)
  • Mitcham Common: Kestrel (male), Cormorant (fly over), Grey Heron (fly over), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Greenfinch, 17 Swift, 2 Swallow, 8 Ring-Necked Parakeet, 2 Chiffchaff, 13 Whitethroat and a Michael Mac ;-) (Stuart M)
  • Riddlesdown (corner behind Attwood School): 2 Song Thrush, Common Whitethroat, several Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warblers (all singing) (CroydonBirders).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Turtle Dove 1140 flying between oaks around East Res (not relocated) - a welcome first for site at last; Hobby successfully catching Swift West Res, four Black-headed Gulls, 2 House Martins, plus the usuals (MJP); p.m. - pair of Hobbys, steady trickle of Swallows, large unID'ed raptor distant and north, unID'ed sterna sp. v high and east (MJP)
  • Totteridge Valley: 1 Cuckoo calling persistently, 2 House Martins through, plus the usuals and a Fox carrying a rabbit (John Colmans)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Collared Dove (1st for year), 6+ Swifts, 2 House Martins (Bob Watts).
  • Regent's Park: Unidentified raptor 1.30pm pictures on www.regentsparkbirds.blogspot.com, 8 Swallows, 5 Reed Warblers, 4 Jackdaws plus the usual (Tony Duckett) TONY: it's hard to tell from the images but the tail shape, and the suggestion that it was twisted from side-to-side make me wonder whether you eliminated Black Kite? (James Lowen)
  • Coppetts Wood: Red Kite north at 12.00 ( Tony Clancy)
  • Stockwell: m Sparrowhawk flying towards Brixton (Michael Mac).
  • Mitcham Common: m Peregrine circling slowly north, hovering male Kestrel, 4 pr Canada Geese with goslings and Stewart M (Michael Mac).
  • Beddington Park: another Peregrine gliding towards Sutton, 2 Egyptian Geese, pr Little Grebe that are together but don't seem to have attempted breeding, 1 Swift, 1 House Martin, 2 pr Canada Geese with young (Michael Mac).
  • Beddington Sewage Farm: as walking by 6 Shelduck, flock of fledged Starlings calling for food, 100's of gulls of various species more than I've seen at any time so far this year (Michael Mac).
  • Wanstead Park: singing Reed Warbler by the Roding, found by Tim Harris (J Lethbridge)

Sunday 16th MayEdit

  • Canons Farm: 3 Red Kites, White Wagtail, 2 Garden Warblers (David Campbell and Kevin McManus)
  • Horsenden Hill: Red Kite 13:25, Greylag Goose, 2 Garden Warbler. (Andy Culshaw & David Howdon)
  • London Wetland Centre, Barn Elms: Red Kite approx 12.20pm flew NW. Possibly same bird as above. (E.Brodie) per FJM. 4+ Little Ringed Plovers. 1 Dunlin. Pair of Shoveler.

  • Alexandra Park: Pair Greylag Geese, 3 Dabchicks Boating Lake, Swallow (Bob Watts).
  • Belair Park: singing Chiffchaff, pr Mandarin Duck, 1 Little Grebe, Blue Tit nest of about 7 in obvious place, pr Canada Geese with 7 young (Michael Mac).
  • King George V Reservoir: 2 Hobbies (excellent views of 1 perched), pr Shelducks, 2 Gadwalls, pr Reed Buntings, 2 Reed Warblers, Grey Heron, dozens of Common Terns, 100s of Swifts (Alan Hobson).
  • Lee Valley, Langridge Scrape and Goosefields: 6 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 families of Egyptian Geese, 2 Lapwings (Alan Hobson).
  • Lonsdale Road Res: 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff (M Bourne)
  • Paddington Green: Peregrine Falcon, singing Goldfinch x Canary (Des McKenzie).
  • Pinner Park Farm: female Northern Wheatear (different to yesterday's bird) along the main bridleway, 3 Swallows & 10 Swifts (Jon Ridge).
  • Selsdon Wood (Croydon): 1 Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, (Ted Forsyth & Ernie Thomason)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Gull, near ad early am. (FJM)
  • Sydenham Wells Park: (1st ever visit) Spotted Flycatcher, singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Song Thrush, pr Collared Doves (Michael Mac).
  • Town Park, Enfield: 4(3m,1f) Mandarin Duck plus a brood of 10 ducklings, Carr's Basin - my first breeding record for this site! (Robert Callf).

Saturday 15th MayEdit

  • Lee Valley: Langridge Scrape; Temminck's Stint, viewed from middle strip on shingle islands until chased off by LRPs, when it flew to small rocky area in front of middle stony bank. Best viewed from the back of the scrape, NOT the front area. (James Anderson). Common Buzzard, seven Hobbies, four Little Ringed Plovers, female Yellow Wagtail, Garden Warbler, Yellowhammer (Dominic Mitchell and Jonathan Lethbridge).

  • Alexandra Park: 5 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 40+ Swifts (Bob Watts).
  • Blackheath: 1 Lesser Whitethroat rattling near Princess of Wales pub (James Lowen)
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Lapwings on mud (mating seen), 1 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Brent Birders).
  • Canons Farm and Banstead Woods: White Wagtail (f) mated with Pied Wagtail (also f Pied Wagtail present), 3 Northern Lapwings, 4 Common Buzzards, 3 Cormorants, 7 Common Whitethroats, c.20 Common Swifts, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Skylarks, 3 Yellowhammers (2m, 1f), 2 Swallows, 3 Mallards, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Blackcaps, up to 20 Rose-ringed Parakeets, c.60 Stock Doves, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, 2 Pheasants (both m), 6 Mistle Thrushes (family group 2 ad, 3 imms +singing male), ad Lesser Black-backed Gull, juv Grey Heron, 3+ Linnets (David Campbell and Kevin McManus).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Common Cuckoo. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Greenwich (Point Hill): 2 Peregrines over circled roughly West, around 4pm (Joe Beale)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens (brief visit): at least 5 Egyptian Goose, 2m Mandarin Duck, pr Gadwall, pr Red-crested Pochard, m Pochard x Tufted Duck (06:00hrs Serpentine Island ~ appears to be the same bird as that seen at Regent's Park), 2 Common Tern, several Stock Dove, c25 Swift, Tawny Owl, 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, singing Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Treecreeper (DMC, JA, DC, MP for Oystercatcher Bird Race).
  • King George V Reservoir: Yellow Wagtail in horse field east of north basin, from Sewardstone Hill (Dominic Mitchell). f. Black Redstart, 4 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Common Sandpiper. Waltham Abbey: Hobby (Martin Shepherd)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Dunlin, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 18 Common Tern, 4 Redshank, several broods Lapwing, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap. On the exotic front, 1m Ruddy Duck and 1 Bar-headed Goose (Martin Honey).
  • Nine Elms - Sainsbury's Car Park: male Kestrel on floodlights and roof (Michael Mac).
  • Paddington Green: Peregrine Falcon (Des McKenzie).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 female Whinchat & 1 female Northern Wheatear around the rubbish tip, 1 Little Owl, 4 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Linnet over, 1 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Coot chicks on the main pond & 6 goslings still (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: drake Eurasian Wigeon, Common Buzzard, Peregrine, Hobby, Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover, ad intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull, ad and two 2s Yellow-legged Gulls, colour-ringed albino Herring Gull, 3 Common Terns, Cuckoo, female Northern Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, 8 singing Cetti's Warblers (Dominic Mitchell, David Callahan, John Archer and Mark Pearson); also Yellow Wagtail, 4 Ringed Plovers, 2 Whimbrel, Punkbirder-style Black-headed Gull with superficially Grey-headed Gull-ish type wing pattern near barges, and a male otherwise typical Stonechat with pure white rump and huge white wing patches near Rainham railway station (DC, MP, JA).
  • Regent's Park: Hobby, 3 Peregrines, pr Little Owls, pr Grey Wagtails, 50+ Swifts, 30+ House Martins, 8 Swallows, Whinchat, 4 Reed Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 7 Blackcaps, 4 Bar-headed Geese dropped in at 5.50am, cracking drake Tufted x Pochard photos at www.regentsparkbirds.blogspot.com (Tony Duckett).
  • South Norwood CP: Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 11 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 1 Reed Bunting (Steven Robinson).
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Great Crested Grebe: 3 Mute Swan, 2 Herring Gull, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, pair Nuthatch (at nest feeding young) 6 Common Swifts, 2 House Martin, 1 Swallow, c7 singing Blackcap, 6 singing Chiffchaff, 6 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 1 Grey Heron, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Swift, 1 Jay, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Grey Wagtail (James Lowen)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: (brief visit for Oystercatcher Bird Race) Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Peregrine, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1-2 singing Lesser Whitethroats, Sparrowhawk (DC, MP, JA).
  • Wandsworth Road, SW8: House Sparrow colony round back of houses over 4 males chirping and 4+ nests (Michael Mac)

Friday 14th MayEdit

  • Ingrebourne Valley: Spoonbill over towards A13 11.35 (Birdguides).

  • Alexandra Park: Hobby over Wood Green Res 7am, also Common Tern, 40+ Swifts, 2 Jackdaw, singing Lesser Whitethroat Cricket Scrub (Bob Watts).
  • Oakwood Park, N14: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 4 Swift; 1 singing male Blackbird; 1 juv Song Thrush; 1 ad Mistle Thrush; 4(3m,1f) Blackcap; 1 singing male Willow Warbler; 2 Dunnock; 3 ad Long-tailed Tit (Robert Callf).
  • Holyfield area: (Langridge Scrape) 1 Dunlin, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 6 LRP’s, 1 Little Owl, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Shelduck with 4 flying over and a pair of Egyptian Geese with 3 young. (Goosefield) 2 Oystercatchers, pair of Egyptian Geese with 6 young. (From Holyfield Viewpoint) 2 Yellowhammers, Greenshank flying over (heard). Little Egret seen in amongst the cormorant nests on Holyfield Lake (Mike Oakland)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Whimbrel, Corn bunting, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Little egrets, 2 Common sandpipers,6 Oystercatchers, 3 Lesser whitethroats, 4 House martins, 6 Swallows, c80 swifts (Kev Jarvis).
  • Paddington Green: pr Peregrine Falcon in area (Des McKenzie).
  • W2 (location witheld): singing Black Redstart (Des McKenzie).
  • South norwood Lake: pair Great Crested Grebe (nest building) 2 Cormorant, 2 Herring Gull, 8 Tufted Duck, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 pairs Nuthatch, family of 8 Long Tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 6 singing Blackcap, 6 singing Chiffchaff, c20 Swifts, 8 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Spotted Flycatcher (intermittently singing), female Common Redstart (both first spring records in many years), Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat, drake Shoveler, 4 Common Terns, plus the usuals (MJP)
  • Parkside Farm, Enfield: 1 male 'Greenland race' Northern Wheatear (Robert Callf).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl, 1+ Sparrowhawk, 10 Swift, 4 House Martin, 2 Swallow & 5 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Trent CP: 1 singing male Lesser Whitethroat; 2 singing male Garden Warbler; 1 male Bullfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Red Kite, 2 Hobby, 2 Buzzard, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, c60 Sand Martin, Swift, Swallow present. (Steve B)
  • Wanstead Flats: Peregrine (south at 11:30), Kestrel, Reed Bunting, House Martin, Sand Martin, Swallow, Swift (Nick C)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Common Sandpiper (J Lethbridge & Tim Harris), one still at 10:44, also Sparrow Hawk, Great Crested Grebe, Heron, Willow Warbler (Nick C)
  • Brent Reservoir 2 Lapwings, 2 LRPs, 2 Common Sands (Patrick Hagglund). Pair of Lapwings mating 3pm (Andrew Verrall).
  • Gallows Corner, Romford. 1 Cormorant over heading N (G Francis)
  • Staines Res: 3 Avocets, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Ringed Plovers and second-summer Little Gull on North basin during early afternoon (Peter Naylor).
  • Rainham: 3 Kestrel, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Common Tern (J Lethbridge)

Thursday 13th MayEdit

  • Alexandra Park (Wood Green Reservoir): 5 Greg Wagtail, Common Tern, 16 Swift, 2 House Martin, Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk over (Mike Benyon) Red Kite distantly from east to west 1755, also 80+ Swifts, 4 House Martins (Bob Watts)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Red Kite over northwest, 1 Common Buzzard over northeast, 1+ Hobby, 1 Sedge Warbler (rare at this site) in the middle hedge, 1 Little Owl, 2 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 30 Swift, 2 singing Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff & 1 singing Whitethroat around rubbish tip (Jon Ridge).
  • Regents Park: Honey Buzzard SE 1247 (RBA).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: dark morph Honey-buzzard very low and north 1646 (MJP)
  • Mitcham Common: Hobby (10:35 over hill to S of One Island Pond), 2 Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 22 Swift, 3 Grey Heron (circling over), 12 Whitethroat, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Ring-Necked Parakeet, Greenfinch, Dunnock and four rabbits (Stuart M)
  • Horsenden Hill: 2 Little Egret flew low E over Paradise Fields at 6.15am (Andy Culshaw).
  • Erith: Nightingale singing opposite the old Erith library at 05:20 hrs. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: 3 Sanderling on Thames foreshore, ad Med gull, Common buzzard north-east at midday. (Kev Jarvis,John Archer).
  • Staines Moor: 2 Hobby, 2 Shelduck over, Redshank, 4 Lapwing, Common Tern, 4/5 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler heard, Willow Warbler, lots of Whitethroat & Reed Warbler (Nigel Sluman)
  • Streatham Rail Station: 5 swifts - our residents have finally arrived, very late (RB).
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Lapwings on mud, 1 Common Sand, later pair of LRPs displaying, 5 Jackdaws North (John Gravatt, A. Ramesh, Andrew Verrall); evening - Little Ringed Plovers still displaying, plus 3 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Greylag (Andrew Haynes).
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Great Crested Grebe (nest building) 3 Mute Swan, 2 Cormorant, 2 Herring Gull, pair Collared Dove, c20 Swifts, 4 House Martin, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2pairs Nuthatch (both at nest sites feeding young) 5 singing Blackcap, 5 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, 3 House Sparrow, ( John Watson)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: House Martin north (50th species for year), Sand Martin SW (Bob Watts).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 4 cuckoo, 3 hobby, nightingale (scrub by Berwick car park, where the farm trail/paddock ends) 3 lesser whitethroat, numerous blackcaps/common whitethroats/chiffs/willow/reed/sedge warblers, 8 green woodpeckers, 3 GS woodpeckers. (James Astley).
  • Holyfield area: (Langridge Scrape) 6 LRP’s, 1 Shelduck and a pair of Egyptian Geese with 3 young on the smaller, west, pool. Also, 2 Turtle Dove on the track and bare ground next to the west pool. At least 12 Hobbies seen from Holyfield Viewpoint, plus 2 Yellowhammer in the fenced off scrub. (Mike Oakland)
  • Paddington Green: Common Buzzard south 12:40hrs, pr Peregrine Falcon (Des McKenzie).
  • W2 (location witheld): singing Black Redstart (Des McKenzie).
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 1 Little Grebe; 2(m&f) Egyptian Goose, Pitch & Putt Course; 1 female Mandarin Duck plus eight ducklings; 4(2m,2f)Pochard; 4 Stock Dove; 1 Green Woodpecker; 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, including four females carrying food; 2 Blackbird (singing male, 1 juvenile); 3 Song Thrush; 2(m&f) Blackcap; 2 Goldfinch; 10 Long-tailed Tit, including 4 juvs being fed; Pair Nuthatch, feeding young in nest-hole; 3 Jay (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (south of road): 1 feral Barnacle Goose, 4 singing Reed Warblers, 4 Whitethroats, 2 Little Egrets nesting in heronry, Ring-necked Parakeet calling from island, 4 Shelduck, 1 2nd/3rd winter Great Blacked-Back Gull, 10 Common Tern, 5 Swifts over road (Katy M.). 3 Arctic Terns N over lockwood @ 17.30 (Lol Bodini).
  • St James's Park: pr Red-crested Pochard with 4 young, pr Grey-lag Geese with 3 young, 30 occupied Coot nests, many with young and 1 in daffodil stubbs on grass with 1 egg (fox food?), 1 Great-crested Grebe (didn't see a nest?), pr Egyptian Geese with 7 well grown young, Great-spotted Woodpecker alarm calling and drumming, Mute Swan sitting on a very large nest see photos, White-fronted Goose type hybrid? Has white forehead with Grey-lag plumage, possible Grey-lag/Canada hybrid? (Michael Mac).
  • West Ham Park(08:00-09:00): Blackbird, Robin, 6 Mistle Thrush, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Starling, Pied Wagtail, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren, c.10 Swift, House Sparrow, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Chaffinch and that's yer lot (Nick C)
  • Wanstead Flats (09:30-12:00): Hobby over south (may have been the same bird seen later over Forest Gate station at 1:20), Buzzard being mobbed by @20 crows, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, numerous Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, c.20 Swift, 1 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, 6 Black-headed Gulls (first for a long time) plus the usuals.For Coot lovers everywhere Wanstead Flat's breeding update: Round Pond; 1 occupied nest (gull food); Alexandra Pond: 2 nests I could see, 3 coots with 1 chick, 2 with larger chicks (singles), two with 2 chicks, c. 20 idle; Jubilee Pond: 2 nests, 1 pair with 1 chick (probable gull food) (Nick C)
  • Boston Manor Park (19:00): 2 Common Terns, 2 pairs of Canada Geese with 4 Goslings, 3 pairs with nests. c6 Tufted Duck. Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Goldcrest singing. No sign of recent Pochard population (which had peaked at 7 birds). (Michael F).

Wednesday 12th MayEdit

  • Crayford Marshes: Wood sandpiper, Turnstone Feeding on Thames foreshore early a.m, 3 Lesser whitethroats, 2 Common sandpipers, Little egret, 2 oystercatchers. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Alexandra Park: 4 Ring-necked Parakeets (slope), 3 Lesser Whitethroats (inc . pair in scrub) (David Callahan). Pair of Egyptian Geese displaying on Wood Green Res until 815pm at least (Bob Watts, Gareth Richards).
  • Brent Reservoir Peregrine male East, 3 Common Sands, 1 Lapwing on mud, 3 pairs of Teal, 50+ Swifts (Andrew Verrall). Kingfisher, 6 warbler species (A Ramesh)
  • Fulham Reach (Thames, c7:30-8:30): 4 Pochard, 27 Tufted Duck, 12+ Swift (some screaming), 8 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin, fledged House Sparrows in 2 spots, Starling bringing food to nests in wharf piles, 3 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 13 Herring Gull (various ages) INathalie Mahieu)
  • Fulham Sands End: 1 Great Black Barck Gull, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, many very active House Sparrows (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Harmondsworth Moor: 1 Cuckoo, 5 Reed Buntings, 2 Reed Warblers,17+ Common Swifts,2 Common Whitethroats, 3 L B B Gulls,2 Chiffchaff,2 Blackcaps, 1 Gt Sp Woodpecker, 4 Lapwings in field,1 Cormorant,2 M Swans one on nest,15+ House Martins.2 Pochards,1 Gt C Grebe,(Sue Giddens).
  • Harold Court, Thames Chase: Nightingale singing well, also Whimbrel over calling at 23.00 (Colin Jupp).
  • Mile End Stadium: 30+ Swifts 1830 (Bob Watts).
  • Nags Head Lane S.W., Brentwood (private, no access): 80+ Swallows, 60 House Martins & 1 Sand Martin low over filter beds and over trees adjacent to the fishery early evening,also 40+ Swifts high overhead, pair Common Terns (Colin Jupp).
  • Paddington Green: Peregrine Falcon (Des McKenzie).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 70+ Swift, 5 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat & Chiffchaff, 1 Cormorant & 3 Long-tailed Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: 1 Wheatear. Bog area early am. (FJM)
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Great Crested Grebe, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 2 Herring Gull. pair Collared Dove, 1m Sparrowhawk, c30 Common Swift, 2 House Martin, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great spotted Woodpecker (at nest feeding young) 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, 3 singing Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, pair Nuthatch (at nest feeding young) 4 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Staines Res: Sanderling, Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 2 first-summer Little Gulls, drake Goldeneye and Shoveler, many Swifts (Peter Naylor).
  • Tooting Common: 2 mistle thrush, 3 chiffchaff, 1 blackcap, 1 Egyptian goose (RB)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 1 female Chaffinch, collecting nesting material (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamstow Filter Beds: (private, no access) f Black Redstart, m Greenland Wheatear, Kingfisher (D Barrett) Lockwood: sum. plum. Turnstone (finder Lol Bodini, Paul Whiteman)
  • Warley: 2 + Whimbrel flew N, heard calling at 21.25hrs (Colin Jupp).
  • Potter's Field, City Hall: Swift, Sparrowhawk both only seen once in 2009 (Paul Whiteman)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Hobby, Peregrine, 4 Comon Terns, plus the usuals (MJP)
  • Rotherhithe: 2 Whitethroats singing on wasteground adjacent to doctor's surgery at end of Downtown Road (Richard Bonser)
  • Hampstead Heath: Singing Garden Warbler and Song Thrush, numerous Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 20+ Swifts, Magpie feeding fledged chick, 2 Lesser-black Backed Gull maurauding on Hampstead No 1, male Mute Swan killed by Rotweiller last Thursday on Vale of Health, news from Ron Vester, 3 prs Great-crested Grebe, Sparrowhawk coming off the heath into residential area at dusk (Michael Mac).
  • Kenwood: 1 Swift, 1 f Kestrel at hole, 3+ pr Jackdaw feeding young, f Egyptian Goose now down to 3 young and male gone probably killed by a dog? another pr Egyptian Geese moved in near by, Tawny Owl calling in daylight (Michael Mac).
  • Trent Park: Hadley Rd (Plumridge Farm area ) a Marsh Harrier in direct flight east at c 16.00hours.( Pete Lowman).

Tuesday 11th MayEdit

  • Bushy Park: 2 Common Cranes drifting east very high over Hampton Hill at 13.10, seen from the park. Presumably same ones as seen near Maidenhead at 12.00 (www.berksbirds.co.uk). (Roger Unite)
  • Dagenham: possible Black Stork 12:35 (RBA) (any details anyone?) [One seen Mote Pk, Kent 10.40 (Birdguides).

  • Alexandra Park: no sign of yesterday's Black Redstart nor Whinchat. Hobby low over Wood Green Res 0710 (Bob Watts); singing Lesser Whitethroat 08:40 (David Callahan).
  • Bellingham Pond: Cetti's Warbler in reeds at Bellingham Pond, west of Pool River, south of Winsford Road (Philip Lowden).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: Little Ringed Plover over at 08.00, Swallow, 10+ Sand Martin, 5 Stock Dove (S Fisher)
  • Canons Farm and Banstead Woods: Whinchat (m) at south west corner of Big Field, 2 Lapwings (displaying m, +f), Bullfinch, 2 Treecreepers, 4 Swallows, Common Swift, Willow Warbler, fledgling Robin, 5 Common Whitethroats, c.5 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs, 2+ Yellowhammers, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1+ Green Woodpecker, singing Mistle Thrush, Pheasant, Skylark, good numbers of Stock Doves (David Campbell). Garden Warbler, 2 Common Buzzards (Kevin McManus).
  • Crayford Marshes: Hobby, Corn bunting, Bar-tailed godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Lesser whitethroats, Cetti's warbler, 12 swallows, 3 House martins. (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin / Bow Creek Eco Park: singing House Sparrow (local mega), Common Swift NE, 5 Swallow NW, 6 Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, 6+ Blackcap (Nick Tanner).
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 2(m&f) Grey Wagtail; 1 Swallow, flew E, 09:42hrs; Nuthatch, at nest-hole; 1 Treecreeper (Robert Callf).
  • Kensal Green Cemetery: f Green Woodpecker, Jay, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap. Family of Blackbird with 4 young, Robin with 1 juvenille. 4 pairs of Canada Geese all with 4/5 goslings, 3 Mallard with 2 young (all on Regents Canal) (Charlie Farrell).
  • Langridge Scrape, Lee Valley CP: (0930-1100) 1 Greenshank, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow Wagtail. (TeRNS)
  • Mitcham Common: 2 Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, 9 Swift, Green Woodpecker, 3 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Dunnock, 4 Greenfinch (adult feeding juvenile) plus 4 rabbits and a lone fox cub (Stuart M)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl, first two Coot chicks noted on the main pond, GSW, 1 Swallow & 1 juvenile Robin along the main bridleway. Epic stuff. (Jon Ridge).
  • Potter's Field, City Hall: Singing Reed Warbler in hedge on the South side by the Grassy bank. (Paul Whiteman)
  • Regent's Park: Little Owl, Common Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs (Tony Duckett).
  • Ruislip: Hobby, 2 Common Tern, 40+ Swift, 35+ Swallow, 10+ House Martin over Lido early evening. Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and Whitethroat on Poors Field (Steve Pash).
  • Totteridge Valley: 1 Red Kite E at around 10.55: 5 Swifts and 1 Swallow through: singing Garden Warbler and Willow Warbler plus at least 5 singing Lesser Whitethroats, as well as the usuals (John Colmans)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Swift, pr Meadow Pipit, 8 Skylark, 12+ singing Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap (J Lethbridge)
  • Wanstead Park 15.10 - 16.00: Common Tern over Heronry Pond, Red Kite soaring and drifted high NE towards Ilford, 24 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat (S. Fisher)
  • W2 (location witheld): singing Black Redstart (Des McKenzie).
  • Walthamstow res (Lockwood from house): 4 Arctic Terns N @ 18.45 + another 18.55, 30+ Swallows, m Shoveler, vixen with 5 cubs + usual suspects (Lol Bodini).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: interesting hirundine with an arrival of Swallows and martins late eve (photos on site); otherwise the usuals (MJP Hackney Wildlife

Monday 10th MayEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Black Redstart 1st summer male 1820 at least from 1st platform south end Wood Green Res on Thames Water building (Bob Watts). Whinchat (1st for year) flushed from cricket pitch to scrub, then gone after two minutes, then again 1750 at end of elms in Cricket Scrub (Bob Watts) plus 2 singing Lesser Whitethroats (Cricket Scrub) am, 5+ House Martins, 3+ Swallows, 20+ Swifts (all WG Res) (Dave Callahan). Common buzzard, descending NE from high above Palace mast at 09.55 (J. Cooke). 8+ House Martins W G Res 1820 (Bob Watts). Black Redstart still present at 1930. 4 Swallows at 1730. Also a Hobby over at about 1900 (James Palmer).
  • Dagnam Park, Harold Hill: male Firecrest singing and showing well near the round pond in yew, holly and ivy-covered sycamores 15.45-16.15 at least. Also singing in area - Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, Treecreeper + pr L-t Tits and pr Nuthatch (not seen with food; in nearby Hatter's Wood pair feeding young at nest hole); 30 Swifts feeding low over trees, 4 R-n Parakeets,now well established in park (Colin Jupp).
  • Holyfield Farm, Lea Valley: Turtle Dove in paddocks of educational farm at 09:55 (RBA); Heard near Carpark entrance at 11ish, but not found (J Lethbridge) Turtle Dove seen feeding on road opposite Young Calf Barn @5.45pm, before flying off behind 1st young cow barn. At 6pm 2 Turtle Doves seen feeding on the concrete area in front of the 1st young cow Barn. Also seen in this area were 2 Yellowhammer, and single Little Owl, Linnet and Red-legged Partridge. (James Anderson)

  • Bromley-by-Bow: Arctic Tern N at 13.20, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 male Reed Warblers (one singing from suburban garden near Abbey Mills), drake Pochard in Channelsea (S Fisher)
  • Canons Farm and Banstead Woods: Lesser Whitethroat (m) singing at Canons Farmhouse, 2 Common Buzzards, c.74 Stock Doves, 3 Mallards, 1 singing Goldcrest, 2 Pheasants, Kestrel, 6 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Common Whitethroats, 6+ Blackcaps, 4+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Skylarks, Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatches, 3+ Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 14 Rose-ringed Parakeets (David Campbell).
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 1 Little Grebe; 2(m&f) Egyptian Goose, on Pitch & Putt Course; 10(9m,1f) Mandarin Duck; 5(3m,2f) Pochard; 10 Stock Dove, together, on lawn; 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, together; 2 Great Spotted Woopecker; 2 Pied Wagtail; 4 Song Thrush; 1 singing male Mistle Thrush; 3 Barn Swallow; 1 singing male Chiffchaff; 2 Nuthatch; 6 Goldfinch, together (Robert Callf).
  • Kensington Gardens: 1 injured male Pheasant by Lancaster Gate 7pm. (Colin Flapper & David Lindo)
  • Margravine Cemetery: at least 2m House Sparrow calling and eating insects at edge (not seen/heard HS there for years) (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Mitcham Common: 3 Kestrel, 3 Grey Heron, Swallow, 5 Swift, 10 Whitethroat, 2 Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, 2 Long-Tailed Tit, Jay, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Ring-Necked Parakeet, plus the usuals and sadly a Vixen lying dead at side of road between Bidder's & One Island Ponds (Stuart M)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl, 15 Swift, 10 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 14 Jackdaw & 4 GSW. Very quiet. (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park: of interest yesterdays Nightjar was observed hawking at 8.45pm. Today 4 Reed Warblers, pr Grey Wagtails, (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: 1 Wheatear 1st Yr male probably Greenland race. Bog area early am. (FJM)
  • Roundwood Park (Harlesden): f Green Woodpecker, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Whitethroat, family of Mistle Thrush inc 2 young birds, 3 Swift and 3 Swallow. (Charlie Farrell)
  • Stanmore Spring Ponds (Grove) 16.30 Mandarin Ducks 3 M+1 F+1 Duckling (Mike Johnson)
  • Streatham Common: one swift over Nettlefold Field (first seen for the year), 2 nuthatches, 4 stock doves, 2 great spotted woodpeckers, plus commoner species (RB)
  • Walthamstow Filter Beds: (private, no access) 2 m Greenland Wheatears, Grey Wagtail (Dan Barrett)
  • Wanstead Flats and Park: c100 Swift, 33 Sand Martin (The Basin), Swallow, f Whinchat, 4 f Wheatear, Sparrowhawk (S Fisher)
  • Willows Farm: Black Redstart (m). (Mark Reynolds/Steve Blake)
  • (little) Wormwood Scrubs: Green Woodpecker, singing Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Chaffinch, Song Thrush + usuals. Grey Heron, Cormorant & 2 Swift over (Charlie Farrell).

Sunday 9th MayEdit

  • Beddington: Curlew Sandpiper (Birdguides).
  • Crossness: 4 Wood Sandpipers still on flooded West Paddock all day, 7 Barwits, 3 Grey Plovers, Knot, 2 Turnstone, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, female Black Redstart, male Wheatear, c70 Common Terns (Kev Jarvis, Ian Miller & John Archer).
  • Holyfields Farm 11.25: 1 Turtle Dove feeding on road leading to farmhouse adjacent to calf barns, reports of up to 4 birds near by @ 10.30. (Goosefield pools) 1 Green Sandpiper. (N.Smith)
  • Langridge Scrape, Lee Valley CP: (08.30) 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Yellow Wagtail. (James Palmer) Wood Sandpiper still at 16:00, 5 Little Ringed Plover (Nick Croft)

  • Lee Valley: 2 Nightingales, Garden Warbler, Sedge, Reed, Willow, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Hobby, loads of Swift, Swallow and House Martin, 3 Cuckoo, Little Egret. Sadly dead Tawny Owl tangled in fishing gear. (Nick C)
  • Canons Farm: Red Kite, Rook, Northern Wheatear, 51 Common Swifts, Blackcap, Cormorant, 3 Mallards, Common Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Linnet, 2 Rose-ringed Parakeets, Skylarks, Yellowhammer, 2 Grey Herons, 7 Stock Doves, Common Whitethroat (KJM/DKC/RDW).
  • Rainham Marshes: ad summer Knot, 13 Whimbrel, Curlew, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, four Redshank, 16 Ringed Plover, several Northern Lapwing, six Dunlin, four Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Common Snipe, three Little Ringed Plover, Turnstone, three Little Egrets, 10 Common Terns, two Cuckoos, two Yellow Wagtails, three Northern Wheatears (Dominic Mitchell, Ruth Barnes et al).
  • Warlies / Upshire 11.10am: 1 Little Owl - flew from trees and along road (Nigel May).
  • Alexandra Park: Lesser Whitethroat Ckt Scrub, 15+ Swifts, 3 House Martins, Swallow, Common Tern, 15+ R N Parakeets (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener, Gareth Richards).
  • Battersea Park Lake: 6 pr Gadwall, pr Egyptian Geese, pr Grey Lag Geese and 5 young, 20+ Swifts circling over the area, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet in old woodpecker hole, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 1 cob Mute Swan being territorial, Great-crested Grebe on nest, first Coot chicks starting to reveal themselves (Michael Mac).
  • Battersea Power Station: Oystercatcher up river at 7.10am, also Common Tern and pair Gadwall.(Dave Morrison)
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: 22+ Reed Warbler, 3+ Willow Warbler, 6+ Blackcap, 6+ Whitethroat, 3+ Garden Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, 4+ Common Tern, 4 Herring Gull. 48 species to 12:30 (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Brent Res: 3 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 35 Common Terns, Aberrant partial albino Swift back with flock of 20+ Swifts (seen 24th to 26th Apr), 24 Swallows (Nigel Biggs, Andrew Verrall). White Wagtail (male feeding on mud opposite main hide 14.30 hours (Bob Husband (RAH), Fay Broom. Mike Cawthorne.
  • Coppetts Wood: 2 Rooks on playing field. (P.A)
  • Cowley (Frays Island): 1 m Cuckoo heard. (Roger Dewey)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Dunlin on the slack in the afternoon, 1 Hobby hunting, 2 Rook over & a pair of Shelduck. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • East India Dock Basin area: 3 Arctic Terns up river 07.50,, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Swift, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat. (Gary A James & Nick Tanner).
  • Fulham Reach (Thames): Oystercatcher (flying up river just before 8am), c20 hirundines mostly Swallow with at least 2 Sandmartin & 2 Housemartin, 2 Swift,21 Tufted Duck, 1 Gadwall, 2 Black-headed Gull (flying down river), first House Sparrow fledglings (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Greenford (Beechwood Avenue): Hobby hunting low over rooftops 7.05 (Neil Anderson)
  • Hampstead Heath: Gadwall & 2 Egyptian Geese on Highgate no.1 pond, also Blackcap and Chiffchaff. (Anon) m Kestrel (seen eating prey in a tree and also hunting), Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Coal Tit, Swift, pair of Green Woodpecker, c5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, several singing Common Whitethroat (Charlie Farrell)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 6 Wheatear in top paddock and top ploughed field (Shaun Harvey,Dick Jeffries)
  • Limetrees Park Golf course (Northolt): Pr Dabchick, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Swallows feeding low over pond, singing Lesser Whitethroat (Neil Anderson).
  • London Wetland Centre WWT: Common Sandpiper, LRP, Yellow Wagtail (M Bourne). Oystercatcher, LRP, 3 Common Sands,3 Peregrines,10+ Common Terns (KJM/RDW).
  • Lonsdale Road Res: 6 Reed Warbler, 7 Swift, plus usuals (M Bourne). 20+ Swift, 2 Swallow and 1 GS Woodpecker at 7pm (Rich Petley).
  • New Covent Garden Market: 20 Herring Gull of various ages and 4 Lesser-black backed Gull scavenging off market left overs (Michael Mac).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl, 10 Swift, 2 Swallow, 5 Grey Heron & still 6 young Canada Goose in the main pond field (Jon Ridge, Brian Leech).
  • Staines Res 11.00 1 Black Tern, 1+ Arctic Tern, 3 Little Gulls (2 juv and 1 adult), 1 sum plum Grey Plover (Andy Roberts)
  • Town Park, Enfield: 1 ad Mistle Thrush (Magpie feeding on dead juv); 1 Goldcrest (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamstow: 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Common Sandpipers on Lockwood. 1 Turtle Dove flushed from north bank and flew North, 2 Yellow Wagtails over. 9 Yellow Wagtails, including at least 4 Blue-headed Wagtails (or hybrids though not 'channel' types) on the West bank of the East Warwick. (Paul Whiteman). Also Hobby over @ 8am (Lol Bodini). http://walthamstowwildlife.blogspot.com/

Saturday 8th MayEdit

  • Crossness: 8 Wood Sandpipers: 4 on flooded West Paddock till 15:00 at least and 4 more flew NW @ 06:30 (Kev Jarvis per JA). 2 Yellow wagtail, Turtle Dove, LRP, Cuckoo (AW, KJ)
  • Langridge Scrape, Lee Valley CP: (13.00) 1 Wood Sandpiper, (report from Harry Lacey to N.Smith) was joined by a second bird around 14.00 but then one dissapeared after ten mins. (N.Smith)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 31 Whimbrel (27 over NE, 4 on main Pit), 3 Sanderling (flew 0730), Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, Hobby, Buzzard, Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, (Tyttenhanger Spring Bird Count day - recorded 73 Species) (Steve Blake/Ricky Flesher/Terry Smith))

  • Alexandra Park: 4 Common Terns W G Res (Gareth Richards).
  • Barking Outfall: 53 Whimbrel flew downriver in a single flock @ 07:15 (Dave Morrison per JA).
  • Canons Farm: 2-3 Northern Lapwings, 2 Northern Wheatears (both f), 2 Pied Wagtails (both m), Blackcap, 25+ Stock Doves, Mistle Thrush, c.20 Linnets, 4+ Skylarks, 4+ Yellowhammers, 3 Common Whitethroats, 3 Mallards, 2 Sparrowhawks, Kestrel (m), Cormorant, 5+ Goldfinches, Grey Heron (juv) mobbed by 2 Carrion Crows (DKC/KJM).
  • Ferny Hill Farm, Enfield: 1 Greylag Goose, flew N, 10:20hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Hillingdon: Meadows adjacent to Ten Acre Wood, 3 - 4 pair Lapwing breeding (2 young seen) and LRP on scrape created by GC developmnent. 10+ Whitethroat, 4+ Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 4+ Reed Bunting, 2 -3 pairs Skylark, Wheatear, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Rook, RN Parakeet and Pheasant (Martin Gibbons & Steve Pash).
  • Horsenden Hill: 16 Whimbrel flew low NW just before 8am; also 26 Whitethroat, 25 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 5 Reed Warbler, 3 Swift (Andy Culshaw).
  • KGV Res 16.00: Peregrine hawking hirundines over south basin, also on pylons, viewed from Sewardstone Road.(N.Smith)
  • Larkhall Park: pr Mistle Thrush seeing off a Carrion Crow near their nest, 2nd pr Mistle Thrush feeding at least 2 fledged young, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 House Sparrow (Michael Mac).
  • Lea Valley CP: m Marsh Harrier hunting over Seventy Acre at 8:30am this morning chased off north by a crow, sighted again from Bittern hide flying south, again mobbed by crows @ 15.30 (N.Smith) 2 Hobbies, 6 common tern, Nightingale singing,5 Whitethroat, good numbers of reed and sedge warbler, Kestrel. (B.Anderson)
  • Lincoln's Inn Fields: 1 singing Blackcap and 1 singing Goldfinch (John Colmans)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 female Wheatear on the cricket pitch, 2 Hobby, 1 Little Owl & just 2 Swift (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB (11:00-21:00): Ring-Tailed Harrier sp (Monty I reckon: narrow wings, er, it was quite a long way off over Purfleet going East while being mobbed by a crow, which wasn't too much smaller), Hobby, 10+ Whimbrel, 6 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Wheatear (1 a cert for a Greenland type), Lesser Whitethroat, 2 reeling Grasshopper Warblers, Cetti's, Reed, Sedge etc.6 Ring Necked Parakeet, Common Tern and some more besides... (Nick Croft)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Hobby flew N at 6pm. (FJM))
  • Staines Res: 51 Whimbrel through prior to 0600hrs (38, 13), plus two feeding W bank of N basin; 3 Grey Plovers -> W at 0903hrs. Also Black-necked Grebe, 4 Little Gulls, Black Tern, 2 Arctic Terns, 6 Dunlin through, etc. (Rob Innes, Ken Purdey).
  • Trent CP: 1 male Garden Warbler, singing; 1 male Reed Bunting, by Lower Lake (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (permit required): Three Common Sandpipers (south edge of West Warwick Reservoir) (Chris Kennington) Common Sandpiper on fish cage No.5. 3 Common Sandpipers and a Greenshank Lockwood, latter flew off North-west. Yellow Wagtail and Hobby also Lockwood. (Paul Whiteman, Lol Bodini) http://walthamstowwildlife.blogspot.com/
  • Wanstead: 2 Turtle Doves (over Alexandra pond) (Tim Harris)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Song Thrush, Whitethroat, 2/3 Lesser Whitethroat (Charlie Farrell)

Friday 7th MayEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Golden Oriole heard (4x) at 10:57 in the Grove but no further sign by 1320 (1st record for patch). Also Reed Warbler NE corner football pitches (Andrew Gardener). Lesser Whitethroat in cricket scrub (Mike Benyon). 2 Hose Martin, Swallow Wood Green Res 1815 (Bob Watts).
  • Crossness: 3 Wood Sandpipers flew NE @ 11.00 (one had been in the flooded paddock, but flew off to join 2 which flew over calling), 2 Yellow Wags north, LRP, 2 Common Sands (John Archer).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (permit required): Grasshopper Warbler (singing in channel alongside west edge of East Warwick Reservoir) (Chris Kennington)

  • Belmont: Yellow Wagtail NE over Hulverstone Close. Coal Tit and Blackcap near The Belmont (DKC).
  • Canons Farm: White Wagtail, Hobby, 2 Northern Wheatears (both f), 3 Common Buzzards, male Pied Wagtail (KJM). 4 Swallows, 3 Mallards, Pheasant, 2+ Yellowhammers, Skylark, 4 Common Swifts, 2 Common Whitethroats, Blackcap, 19 Rose-ringed Parakeets, c.6 Stock Doves, c.10 Linnets (DKC).
  • Crayford Marshes: Bar-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Corn Bunting, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Whimbrel, Cuckoo, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Little Egrets. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Forest Gate (Sky watching 09:30–10:30): 25 Cormorant, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Swift, 4 Herring Gull, 2 Jay, 2 Heron, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Chaffinch, Pied Wagtail, Garden Warbler (h) and the usual residents (N Croft)
  • Lee Valley: Goosefields; 2 Oystercatchers, Pair of Egyptian Geese with 7 young, Lapwing, Langridge Scrape; 4 LRP's, 2 Lapwing, Cetti's warbler, High counts of swallow & Swift, c12 House Martins, Lesser Whitethroat, Bar-Headed Goose in field before Langridge Scrape, & had moved to field alongside farm buildings on my return. (James Anderson)
  • Mitcham Common: (09:40 - 11:00) 2 Kestrel, 2 Swift, 4 Whitethroat, Greenfinch, Ring-Necked Parakeet, Mistle Thrush (thanks Desmond), lots of Crow, Mags & Starling; a chilly, quiet morn.. (Stuart M)
  • Oakwood Park, N14: 1 singing male Willow Warbler (Robert Callf).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Hobby & 1 Little Owl (Jon Ridge).
  • Queensmere - Wimbledon Common: 3 Egyptian Geese, pr Canada Geese with 3 goslings - not bred here for at least 2 years because of swans which have now gone. Noticed warblers very quiet (Michael Mac).
  • Richmond Park Golf Course: 1 Tawny Owl calling in daylight (Michael Mac).
  • Sainsbury's Nine Elms Car Park: pr of House Sparrows (Michael Mac).
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Great Crested Grebe, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Collared Dove, c30 Common Swifts, 6 Swallows, 2 House Martin, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, pair Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 singing Song Thrush, 7 singing Blackcap, c3 singing Common Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, pair Nuthatch (at nest feeding young) 8 House Sparrow,(John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Arctic Terns east 1530 (finally), 4 Common Terns, singing Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, plus the usuals (MJP)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 6+ Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 4+ Blackcap (Lol Bodini)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 3 Sanderling, Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, Marsh Harrier, 2 Red Kite, 3 Hobby, 7 Common Tern, 3+ Buzzard. (Steve B)
  • Walthamstow Filter Beds: (private, no access) LRP, 3 m Greenland Wheatears (D Barrett)
  • Walthamstow res (Lockwood, from house) 2 Arctic Terns North @ 19.10, 3 Little Egrets in flood relief channel, 2 Shoveler, 4 Shelduck, Peregrine, f Sparrowhawk (Lol Bodini).
  • Willows Farm Pool: 2 Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Shelduck, 4 Greylag Goose (Steve B)


Thursday 6th MayEdit

  • East India Dock Basin NR: Osprey drifted over slowly NE 09.50, 1 Swift, 2 Common Sandpipers, Whitethroat, 2 Blackcaps. (Gary A James).

  • Brent Reservoir Pair of Little Ringed Plover displaying, 3 Common Sands, 33 Common Terns, 100+ Swifts, all 8 common warblers singing (Patrick Hagglund, Andrew Verrall).
  • Fulham Reach (Thames at high tide): 4 Pochard (3m&1f, patch tick) (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Greenwich Park: Swift, 1 Swallow, also male Whitethroat feeding in nearby gardens just outside park (Joe Beale).
  • Holyfield area: 2 Yellowhammers, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Hobbies. Bar-headed Goose in amongst the Greylags. Langridge Scrape: 6 LRP’s, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Shelduck, Cetti‘s Warbler. 3 Greenland Wheatear together, in the garden of Langridge Farm. (Mike Oakland)
  • Hounslow Heath LNR: m. Whinchat in heather pen. (Adam Cheeseman and Chris Slack)
  • Isle of Dogs: 2 Common Sandpiper flew from North to South bank of Thames, 6 Common Tern (Richard Harrison).
  • King George V Reservoir: 25+ Arctic Terns, 2 Hobbies, 3 Wheatear by 13:00 (Ian Lycett).
  • Mitcham Common: Hobby (wonderful show hunting field behind Mill House Ecology Centre 14:14 - 15:15, twice mobbed by Hen Kestrel), 4 Kestrel (two M, two F), 3 Grey Heron, 10 Swift, Green Wooodpecker, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Long-Tailed Tit, 6 Ring-Necked Parakeet and a Fox (Stuart M)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Swift & 2 Swallow (Jon Ridge, Jon Reveley). Earlier: 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cormorant, 18 Jackdaw, 1 Linnet over & 1 Nuthatch (JR).
  • Rammey Marsh 1600: 1 Little Egret feeding in brook west of marsh,1 Cetti's Warbler calling nea R.Lee side, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1m Reed Bunting, 4 Linnet, 3 singing Greenfinch. 2 Mistle Thrush. (N.Smith)
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Great Crested Grebe, 2 Hering Gull, 1 Cormorant, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 singing Whitethroat, 6 singing Blackcap, 4 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Sewardstone Marsh 18.00: 1m Northen Wheatear of "Greenland" race, on the north of KGV res. 10 Arctic Terns leaving res heading northwards, 10+ House Martin, 1 Cuckoo singing. (N.Smith)
  • Staines Res (early afternoon): 1 Black Tern, 3 (all sub-adult) Little Gull, 10+ Arctic Tern, 15+ Common Tern (all on S Basin). Also, 150+ Common Swift and some distant hirundines - prob House Martin. (Bill Haines).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Hobby, Peregrine, pr Egyptian Geese, 3 singing Sedge Warblers, c15 Reed Warblers, 230+ Swifts, 2 House Martins, 1 Swallow, 2 Sand Martins, plus the usuals (MJP).
  • Walthamstow Filter Beds (private, no access) m Greenland Wheatear (D Barrett)
  • Walthamstow res (Lockwood, from house 18.30-19.15): 10+ Arctic Terns low North (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats (05:00–10:00): Reed Warbler (Alexandra pond), Tree Pipit (west of East Copse), Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, 6 Jay, Magpie, Mallard, Tufted Duck, 6 Shoveler (over NE–Tim Harris), Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, 12 LBB Gull (one who made off with a Coot chick), 1 Common Gull, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, possible Peregrine, 13 RN Parakeet, 10 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 4 Swift, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 30+ Cormorant (over), Linnet, Chaffinch etc. (Nick C)
  • Westminster Bridge: Peregrine, approx 1715 hours

Wednesday 5th MayEdit

  • Canons Farm: Osprey over north, 4 Northern Wheatears (KJM).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Red Kite over ne/e at 12:45, 1 male Whinchat in the Wakehams Hill hedge, 90+ Swift seemingly over north, 12+ House Martin, 1+ Sand Martin & 2 Swallow (Jon Ridge).

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Hobbies circling north at 13:25 (Ian Lycett and Birdwatch staff).
  • Crayford Marshes: Turtle Dove in bushes north of Howbury moat, 3 Greenshanks, 8 Whimbrel, female Wheatear, 11 Dunlin, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, c 80 Swifts, 10 Reed Warbler, 5 Sedge Warblers. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Cornmmill Meadows 17.00: 15-20 House Martins collecting mud at south end of meadows, Garden Warbler, 1 LRP,
  • Hampstead Heath - Model Boating Pond: 3 Common Tern (yrs 1st for me) 2 landed on raft, 3 m and 1 f Mandarin bobbing in a tree where Kestrel nest box installed to replace hollow branch, traditional Kestrel nest site that snapped last year, will Mandarins use it? 1 Kestrel, 5+ Swifts on Parliament Hill, 3 pr Tawny Owls - 2 with audible young. Kenwood: 1 Egyptian Goose with 4 young and another 3 adults nearby having some territorial shin dig. Chiffchaff and Blackcap. 2 pr Mute Swan and 3 pr Great-crested Grebe apparently had nests flooded out over the weekends rain (Michael Mac)
  • Harold Court ,Thames Chase: Turtle Dove flew into trees along boundary with fishery ,1 Nightingale(singing occasionally 19.45 onwards), 1 Garden Warbler, 5+ Blackcap, 6+ Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Swift, 3 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Jay, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, pr Bullfinch. Also pair of Common Terns over fishery + distant Hobby (Colin Jupp).
  • Holyfield Farm Area 19.00: (goosefield pools) 2 Oystercatcher, Greenshank, (Langridge Scrape) 6 LRPs, Cetti's warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Chiff and Willow Warbler all present. (N,Smith)
  • Mitcham Common: Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Grey Heron, 7 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker (present), 5 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, Jay, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 9 Ring-necked Parakeet, Wren, 4 Canada Goose, 7 Rabbits and a Fox (Stuart M)
  • Rammey Marsh 09.00: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 18 Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 8 Sedge Warbler, 7 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1f Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker. (N.Smith)
  • Sewardstone Marsh 07.00: 20+ House Martin, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 8 Sedge Warbler, 21 Common Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 12 Blackcap, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2m Reed Bunting, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Linnet, 4 Lapwing, 2 G.S. Woodpecker. (N.Smith)
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Herring Gull, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 1 singing Common Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch (at nest feeding young), 3 singing Song Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, C20 Swift, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 House Sparrow (John Watson)
  • Staines Moor: Cetti's Warbler, Cuckoo, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Wheatear, 3 Common Tern, Common Snipe, Whitethroats, Reed Buntings, Linnets, Blackcaps, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits. (Nigel Sluman)
  • Staines Reservoir: Late pm: 1 Black Tern, 3 Little Gulls, 1st yrs. 2 Common Sandpipers, ( Ken Purdey & FJM ) c15 Common Tern, 100 Swift, Sand Martins. (Nigel Sluman)
  • Tower 42 (City of London): Common Buzzard N 1350, Hobby W, 2 Peregrines, Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawks, c60 Swifts mainly N (T42BSG)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 2 Egyptian Goose, Oystercatcher, Shelduck, 9 Common Tern, Wheatear (m), Garden Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler. (Steve B)
  • Wanstead Park: Little Egret, 2 singing Goldcrests from suburban gardens, 1 Buzzard SW pursued by Crow 15.55 (S Fisher)

Tuesday 4th MayEdit

  • East India Dock: 2 Common Cranes distantly towards Crystal Palace c13:25, Common Buzzard, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 6 Pochard, Sedge Warbler, 2 Sand Martin, 3+ Common Tern, Shelduck (Richard Harrison).
  • Harold Court Woods: Nightingale on east side of Thames Chase - Forestry Commission site; full song sounded magnificent between 22.50-23.30hrs (Colin Jupp).

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Hobbies north to park, and then south again, circling, just after 11 am (Dominic Mitchell et al); 13:35 - kite sp. (presumed Red - very distant), while scanning for reported cranes (Birdwatch staff).
  • Bedfords Park LNR: 1 calling Cuckoo, 6 Garden Warbler, 2 singing Goldcrests, m Linnet, 1 singing Yellowhammer (Colin Jupp).
  • Brent Reservoir: Bar-tailed Godwit still present (Andrew Self); Barwit present to at least 12.30pm, plus 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Andrew Haynes)
  • Fairlop Gravel Works: 5 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 20 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, GHeron, 10 Lapwing, 4 LRPlover, 2 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 5 Linnet, 2 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warber (Red Bird)
  • Mitcham Common: 2 Kestrel, Grey Heron (mobbed by 2 Crows), 8 Swift, 2 Swallow, 2 Green Woodpecker (present), 2 Greenfinch, 3 Whitethroat, Blackcap (male), 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, Dunnock, 2 Jay, Ring-necked Parakeet (Stuart M)
  • Little Britain Lake & Yiewsley GPs: 1 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, a few Sand Martins, Swallows, Whitethroats, 6-8 Garden Warblers, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, 1m Reed Bunting. (Roger Dewey)
  • North Hillingdon: 6 Rook south across A40 6.20am and dropped into fields west of Gutteridge Wood. Possibly commuters from the recently discovered rookery? (Andy Culshaw).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Rook on the River Pinn field with 12 Jackdaw, 1 Little Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Cormorant, 7 Swift over north, 2 Swallow & 2 Canada Goose with 6 goslings in the main pond field (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 6 Wheatear, 9 Sand Martin and a Swallow (Steven Robinson).*South Norwood Lake: pair Great Crested Grebe, 20 Tuftrd Duck, 1m Sparrowhawk, 1 singing Reed Warbler, 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 30+ Swift, c10 Swallow, c10 House Martin, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Pied Wagtail, 8 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Rammey Marsh 15:00: 2 Grasshopper Warbler one in same small Elderberry bush half way up marsh, the other further North 150 yards from M25, Cetti's Warbler calling in N/E corner of marsh close to River Lee. 1f Wheatear, pr Bullfinch, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 18 Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Mipit Singing, 4 Linnet, 1m Reed Bunting, 3 Green Woodpecker. (N.Smith)
  • Regent's Park: Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail (Tony Duckett)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Garden Warbler singing at Holly Lodge paddocks in trees nearest riding ring late pm. (FJM)
  • Sewardstone Marsh 12:00: 50+ House Martins, 200+ Swifts about, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 11 Whitethroat, 17 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Mipits, 2 Pied Wag's, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Shelduck, 4 Linnet, 2 GS Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, Fox with 4 cubs, 1 Mink. (N.Smith)
  • Staines Reservoir: 500+ Swift, c20 Arctic Tern, c40 Great Crested Grebe (Nigel Sluman)
  • Thorney Country Park: 12 Common Tern; 6 Swift, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Kingfisher (Nigel Sluman)
  • Town Park, Enfield: 2(m&f) Pochard, copulating, Carr's Basin; 12 Long-tailed Tit,(3 adults, including one bearing a metal ring on right leg and 2 adults feeding 7 recently fledged juveniles) (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 3 Whinchats together, 7.45 am. (Jean-Patrick Elmes)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, Common Terns (D Barrett)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Swift + usual singing birds (Blackcap, Song Thrush, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, ChiffChaff, Chaffinch, Wren), 2 Canada Geese, 5 Meadow Pipit (Charlie Farrell)

Monday 3rd MayEdit

  • Alexandra Park: Marsh Harrier (fem/imm) pursued by 3 crows from southern end playing fields @ 0945, fairly low heading towards Queens Wood (1st record for site), also 3 House Martin, 3 Swallows, Lesser Whitethroat & Willow Warbler singing from Cricket Scrub, Buzzard sp west noon (Bob Watts, Gareth Richards, Andrew Gardener). Honey buzzard viewed closely as it crossed Garden Centre W., mobbed by crows @11.57; cuckoo-face, carpal pattern, long banded tail and flexible wingbeats as it avoided crows all clearly seen (Jonathan Cooke).
  • Brent Reservoir: Bar-tailed Godwit from hide all morning, also Turtle Dove through (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard & Andrew Verrall). Bar-tailed Godwit still present at 18:45, many thanks. Also 4 Common & 1 Green Sandpiper from Heron hide (Jon Ridge).
  • Fisher's Green: Red Kite ( a very tatty individual) west at 1345. (David Bradshaw)
  • Rainham Marshes: ad fem Marsh Harrier west marsh, Hobby west (dump), 4 Greenland Wheatears (2 foreshore, 2 dump), 8 Wheatear (3 foreshore, 5 dump - together with the Greenlands, so ...), 5 Whimbrel, (foreshore), 39 Dunlin (two separate flocks Thames-side) plus tons of hirundines but sadly no RR Swallow! (David Callahan)

  • Cowley: 3m & 1f Mandarin on R Frays at Cowley Business Park; 2 Common Swift flying under fascia board, Cowley House. (Roger Dewey)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Hobby hunting during the afternoon. ( V.Halley-Frame)
  • Hillingdon: Ten Acre Wood, meadows north and east of wood: Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 3+ Lesser Whitethroat, 6+ Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Hobby, Kestrel, Little Owl, Skylark, Linnet, 4+ Reed Bunting, Swifts, LRP and 3 pair Lapwing on GC development scrape (Steve Pash).
  • Hillingdon, Gutteridge Wood & meadows: Hobby, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5+ Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, Stock Dove & RN Parakeet (Steve Pash).
  • Hornsey: Male Siskin again bird feeder Nightingale Lane (Bob Watts).
  • King George V Reservoir: Arctic Terns, Common Terns, Yellow Wagtail, Shelduck, 4 Gadwall, Grey Heron, 100s of Swifts, Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows (Alan Hobson).
  • Lonsdale Road Res: 1 Green Sandpiper (on tern raft), 1 Common Tern, 5 Swift, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, plus usuals (M Bourne). Could not find the Sandpiper at 6pm, but 2 Common Terns and the regular species were present (Rich Petley)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Dunlin, 4 LRP, 4 Yellow Wagtail (inc. male Blue-Headed Wagtail) (M Bourne) Also Common + Green Sandpiper, Peregrine across river (Neil Anderson) + 11 Arctic Terns thru north (NPS). 6 Yellow Wagtail (incl. 1 ad and 1 imm male Blue-headed), male and female Peregrine and 3 Common Tern on rafts (Martin Honey).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl & 2 Swift. Very quiet (Jon Ridge).
  • Rotherhithe: Arctic Tern on River Thames east of Greenland Pier at 7.10pm before gaining height and heading NW over Canary Wharf (Richard Bonser)
  • Ruislip: LRP (on shore by pub) & 2 Common Tern at Lido, Cuckoo on Poors Field and Lesser Whitethroat in field west of Lido car park (Steve Pash).
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Great Crested Grebe, 2 Herring Gull, 1 singing Reed Warbler, 1 singing Lesser Whitethtoat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, c40 Swift, 10 Swallows, c8 House Martin, 1 Nuthatch, 2+ Long-tailed Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c4 singing Song Thrush, pair Mistle Thrush, 10 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Pied Wagtails, 4+ singing Chaffinch, 3 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Staines Res, South basin 10:00: 1 Kittiwake, 1 Black Tern. (N.Smith). Also 2+ Little Gull around 19:00 (Andy Culshaw and David Howdon)
  • Staines Moor 12:00: 5 Whinchat grouped together, 9 Northern Wheatear together 1m probabal Greenland race, at the North end of marsh. 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, Cettis calling, Cuckoo. Little Egret, 3 Stock Dove. (N.Smith). 18:00 At least 6 Whinchat in group, 1 Common Sandpiper (Andy Culshaw and David Howdon)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Common Sandpiper, Hobby, pair of Peregrines, 140+ Common Swifts, 12+ Swallows, 10 House Martins, 5 Sand Martins (MJP)
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 1 male Northern Wheatear (probably 'Greenland' race) (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs - East Warwick. 1 Oystercatcher at7am. Many swifts. (Quentin Given)
  • Little Wormwood Scrubs: 1 female Northern Wheatear, c2 Lesser Whitethroats on territory plus usuals. (Roy Nuttall).

Sunday 2nd MayEdit

  • London Wetland Centre: adult summer plumage PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER (Wendy Newnham via FJM); shows all black flanks at rest, identified by Bob Arnfield & Roger Riddington on primary projection (note not all observers present agree with this identification - NPS). Flew off high West at 10.37. Earlier seen flying NW at Beddington (Roger Browne, Pete Alfrey, Johnny Allan et al - see photos on [http://peteralfreybirdingnotebook.blogspot.com(details from FJM).Kindly phoned through by Johnny Allan to alert others. Also Yellow wagtail on the grazing marsh (M Bourne). Blue-headed Wagtail (1st Summer male) with 2 Yellow Wags, on grazing marsh with Highland Cattle (several observers). Arctic Tern through North (NPS/RK). Also 4 LRP, 3 Redshank, 1 Common Sand & 1 Dunlin. Needless to say the PGP did not reappear in the afternoon (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: RED-RUMPED SWALLOW 14h but not 1620 (Birdguides). 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Grey Plover, 30+ Dunlin, 2 Knot, 15+ Whimbrel, 6 Common Sand, several Swift through, 3 Black Tern, Arctic Tern, 2 Common Tern, female Marsh Harrier (near Ferry Lane), several singing Cetti's Warblers, Redshank, lots of hirundines, 9 Wheatear, Water Rail with chicks (S Fisher, J Lethbridge et al)
  • KGV Res: Arctic Skua until about 11.50 when it flew north, 1 Little Tern, 1-2 Black Tern, several Arctic Terns (Ian Lycett et al)
  • Seventy Acres Lake: singing Wood Warbler near bittern hide also 2 Hobbys, 2 Cuckoos (inc rufous female), 8 singing Nightingale nearby around electricity substation, c50 Swifts, c10 House Martins, various 'common' warblers (R Woodward + others).

  • Crossness: 7 Black Terns, c70 Common Terns, Common Sandpiper, 11 Dunlin (John Archer, Kev Jarvis & Ian Miller).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 2 Hobbies at 5.20 pm. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Hornsey: male Siskin again on bird feeder, Nightingale Lane (Bob Watts).
  • Hyde Park - 1 Hobby darted south east at 6.20pm. (David Lindo)
  • Lonsdale Road Res: Common Tern, Reed Warbler, GC Grebe plus usuals (M Bourne)
  • South Norwood Lake: pair Great Crested Grebe, 1 Greylag Goose, Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, c5 singing Blackcap, c6singing Chiffchaff, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stock Dove, Pied Wagtail. 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, c6 singing Song Thrush, Greenfinch, 5singing Chaffinch, Long-tailed Tit, c4 House Sparrow, (John Watson, Gavin Hawgood, & Ernest Thomason)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Common Sandpiper (1st of year), Willow Warbler, c30 Swallows, c80 Common Swifts, 2 drake Shovelers, plus the usuals (MJP)
  • Staines Res (prior to 1015hrs): Great Northern Diver immature still, waders thru: Ringed Plover 3, Grey Plover 2, Dunlin 20, Bar-tailed Godwit 1, Whimbrel 3, Redshank 7, Turnstone 5; ad Kittiwake lingering S basin; Little Tern 2 -> N at 0700hrs, Black Tern 1, Sandwich Tern 1 early on, Arctic Tern up to 40 S basin in the rain; in the evening max count of Arctic Terns 76, also Black Tern 4, Little Tern 3, Whimbrel 1 -> N, Turnstone 4, Dunlin 8, etc (Rob Innes).
  • Sutcliffe Park: 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting (Martin Hallam, James Lowen)
  • Wanstead (07:00): Tree Pipit (Birdguides). f Wheatear on the flats (Nick Croft)
  • Walthamstow Res - East Warwick. 100+ Swallows, 6+ Sandwich Terns battling wind and rain. (Quentin Given)

Saturday 1st MayEdit

  • Wimbledon Common: Wood Warbler, a singing male in the wood south of Somerset Ride at its junction with Bluegate Ride (Andrew Harding, David Wills).

  • Alexandra Park: Wheatear west over Top Field, Lesser Whitethroat between Cricket Scrub & Tunnel Res, 2 Willow Warblers, sev Swallow, 10+ Swifts, pair Common Terns (Andrew Gardener, Bob Watts, Paul Rawlins).
  • Brent Reservoir: Spring Birdcount, currently 69 species inc. Turtle Dove, 2 Common Buzzards, Peregrine, 2 Oystercatchers, c300 Swifts & 8 species of warbler (Brent Birders)
  • Brockwell Park: 1 Blackcap singing, 10 House Sparrows round the ponds plus other commoners. 1 Swift and 2 House Martin over the house (Michael Mac).
  • Bushy Park: 1 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff- Woodland Gardens, 5 Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylark, 2 Stock Doves by Heron Pond
  • Crossness: male Whinchat, Cuckoo, 150+ Swifts NE, 11 singing Sedge Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, c60 Common Terns, Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plovers, 1 Teal, 13 Gadwall (John Archer).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 1 Garden Warbler singing (Copse), 5 Sand Martins,Swallow, 3 Oystercatcher, 6 Common Terns,6 Reed Warblers, Blackcap,Whitethroat. (Gary A James).
  • Enfield - Town Park: 1 singing male Lesser Whitethroat; 2 singing male Blackap (Robert Callf).
  • Enfield Playing Fields: Tawny Owl(s) heard hooting and 'kewicking' a few nights ago (Tuesday evening- Phil Rhodes)
  • Fairlop Gravel Works: 5 Shelduck, Teal, 2 Gadwall, pr Shoveler, 8 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, LRP heard, Common Sandpiper, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 5 Swallow (RedBird)
  • Hornsey: Male Siskin on feeder in garden, Nightingale Lane (Bob Watts).
  • Lake Farm CP: 2 Hobbies soaring high for 30 minutes, 2 Sparrowhwaks together, one Kestrel, a large long-winged raptor too high to identify (kite/harrier shape) being mobbed by smaller bird for ten minutes, 50+ Swifts and 8 Swallows (Peter Naylor).
  • Lee Valley - Hall Marsh Scrape: 2 LRP's, Cetti's Warbler. Kingfisher along flood relief channel (James Anderson).
  • Lee Valley - Turnershill Marsh area: 2 Nightingale, 3 Bullfinch, + many Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps (James Anderson).
  • Lee Valley - Seventy Acres Lake: Common Sandpiper, c24 Common terns, 4 Reed Warblers, Cetti's warbler (James Anderson). 4 Hobbies, 6 Swifts, 3 Nightingales (heard!), many Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs. (Andrew Thomas). Nightingale (excellent views), 2 Garden Warblers (excellent views of one), 4 Hobby hawking low over the lake (Alan Hobson).
  • Lee Valley - Langridge Scrape: 4 LRP's, Yellow Wagtail, Swallow, Lapwing, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler (James Anderson).
  • Leyton - Orient Way: m singing Blackcap (in scrub by railway) (Graham Francis)
  • Leytonstone, Cann Hall Rd: f Sparrowhawk, Hobby SW (c13.30), 10+ Swift, 2 Sand Martin SW (S Fisher)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Common Buzzard high over the main pond with 70+ Swifts at 13:45, 1 female Wheatear, 1 Little Owl, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 male Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 singing Blackcap, 1 singing Chiffchaff, 21 Jackdaw, 2 House Martin & 2 Swallow (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Little Stint, 2 Sanderling, 8 Whimbrel, 4 Oystercatcher, 12+ Dunlin, drake Garganey, Cuckoo, 3 Whinchat, 6+ Wheatear, 2 Common Tern.(Paul Hawkins, Dave Morrison, Jono Lethbridge, Les Harrison) Common sandpiper, common buzzard, marsh harrier. 2 Yellow Wagtail,3 Wheatear(Shaun Harvey)
  • Rammey Marsh 12:00: 1 Grasshopper Warbler half way up marsh sitting in same small Elderberry bush as when last recorded earlyer in the week. (N.Smith)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Sparrowhawks, 25+ Swifts, 3 Swallows, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warblers, 14 Blackcaps, 3m Chiffchaffs, Linnet (Tony Duckett).
  • Romford RM1: Hobby over south, 1725. House tick! (James A)
  • Rotherhithe: stunning Hobby (my 1st for the site) low over end of Downtown Road by the doctor's surgery heading south 1750 (Richard Bonser)
  • Staines Moor 18:00: 1m Whinchat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Little Egret, 2 Stock Dove. (N.Smith)
  • Sewardstone Marsh 09:00: 2f Northern Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2m Reed Warbler,1 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler,15 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 3m Reed Bunting, 1 Meadow Pipit, at least 6 House Martin, abundant Swallow, Swift and Sand Martin. 5 Lapwing, 2 Green Woodpecker. 1m Kestrel. (N.Smith)
  • Sharvel Lane/Ten Acre Wood: 3 Buzzards together, m Kestrel, pr Pheasant, 3 Lapwing, 8 Stock Dove, 5 Great-spotted + 2 Green Woodpecker, c80 Swift, 2 singing Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 9 Swallow, 15 s Blackcap, singing Garden Warbler, 3 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 14 singing Whitethroat, 5 singing Chiffchaff, singing Willow Warbler 2 Wheatear, 7 Jay, 15+ Jackdaw, 8 Linnet, 2m 1f Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1 Turnstone, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Gull 1st W, 30 Common Terns, Great Northern Diver, 2 Wheatears, 400+ Common Swifts, 10 Swallows, 20 Sand Martins.( Bob Warden & FJM)
  • Stockers Lake: Male Goldeneye (1030am), Whinchat (male in weedy field north of R.Colne early am - Andrew Moon), Pheasant, Egyptian Goose, copulating Black headed Gulls on new tern raft, c 12 Common Terns, Reed, Sedge warblers, Blackcap, Chiffchaff plus usuals ( Martin Smith)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Little Egret, Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, Garden Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge warbler, Wheatear(f), (Steve B)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Whinchat, 11 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, male Garden Warbler, Yellow Wagtail NW, c8 Swift NW, 3 Swallow NE, f Wheatear. Wanstead Park, River Roding area: 3 Little Egret (S Fisher)
  • Willows Farm Pool: 2 Redshank, Shelduck, 2 Pied Wagtail, Greylag Goose, 2 Canada Goose. (Steve B)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Whinchat - our 1st for the spring, 1 female Northern Wheatear, 1 singing Sedge Warbler, c10 Swallow, c20 Swift, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Collared Dove + usuals. (David Lindo & Roy Nuttall)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: 3 Sparrowhawk in air together (1 much lower than other 2), 5 singing Blackcap, singing Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, singing Garden Warbler, singing Chiffchaff + Willow Warbler, m Bullfinch, Linnet (Neil Anderson)

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