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Archived News November 2011Edit

Wednesday 30th November 2011Edit

  • Bromley: Long-tailed Duck juv still 11:00am on small fishing lake viewable from track between Rookery Lane (hopeless parking) and George Lane (parking OK here!).(David Mercer)
  • Crayford Marshes: Short-eared Owl hunting near the flood barrier a.m. Golden Plover, Water Rail, Chiffchaff, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, male Stonechat, 2 Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, c700 Dunlin. (Kev Jarvis,Ian Stewart). hi, What sort of time are you getting the Short-eared Owl please?
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 3 Water Rails showing well, Chiffchaff heard, only 1 Teal on Thames mid pm, Grey Wagtail - photos on www.suburbanwildlife.blogspot.com (Joe Beale and Yu-Hsuan Lin)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Little Gull 1w from viewing platform (Joan Thompson, Derek Turner)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Pintail, 2 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 7 Redpoll, 2 Stonechat (R Bell and P Newmark).
  • Roding Valley Park: Little Egret, Goldfinch, flock of at least half a dozen Long-tailed Tits (Alan Hobson)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park : 150+ Woodpigeon NE in one flock 0815 (Bob Watts).
  • Trent Park: 70 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 2 Siskin, Bullfinch, Cormorant, 3 Tufted Duck (2f,m),4 Mandarin (2f,2m).(Pete Lowman).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Tundra Bean Goose, 2 eurasian White-fronted Goose, 2 Snipe, 2 Tree Sparrow, 2 Yellowhammer. (Steve Blake)
  • Uxbridge: Brunel University - No sign of Great Grey Shrike 7:30 - 8:30 (Steve Pash). Nor until 09:30. 3 Bullfinch, 2 Redpoll over, Kestrel Hunting, 7 Redwing, Fieldfare (Nigel Sluman). Still no sign by 10.25 in the Bicentenary Gardens or surrounding area but Little Egret landed by the river at 09.35 (Roger Morton). Still no sign 12:15-13:40 (Nigel Sluman, Steve Pash). No sign at 15.00. (Roger Dewey) FAO Steve Pash - plant was Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis). Thanks Nigel.
  • WC1 - The Strand - 1 Grey Wagtail over the demonstration (Nigel May - perhaps I should start a 'demo list'!).
  • William Girling Reservoir: Red-throated Diver still present at 8:00. Also 13 black-necked grebes and 2 Goldeneye (Ian Woodward)

Tuesday 29th November 2011Edit

  • Bromley Common: 11:00am Long-tailed Duck female still on fishing lake, viewable from track between Rookery Lane (zero parking this end!) and George Lane. (David Mercer)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher & Great-spotted Woodpecker (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: 6 Yellow-legged Gull, 65 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, c 1000 Dunlin, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew,16 Ringed Plover. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Epping Connoaught Water : 33 Mandarin Duck (18 drakes) also fem Hooded Merganser (unknown origin, un-ringed Paul Hawkins).
  • Stockers Lake: 11:00am. Yellow-legged Gull, Red Head Smew (Richard Francis)
  • Ten Acre Woods: c80 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, Little Egret, lots of small flocks of Wood-Pigeon/Stock Dove, Crow/Rook and mixed Tits. Very windy. (Nigel Sluman)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Tundra Bean Goose, 2 White-fronted Goose, Dunlin, Snipe, 26 Golden Plover, c100 Lapwing, 2 Tree Sparrows, Peregrine Falcon. (Steve Blake)
  • Uxbridge, Brunel University: Great Grey Shrike in Bicentenary Garden 13.15 - 14.00 hrs at least. Mobile & feeding on ground in cover. Restricted parking on campus (Steve Pash).To 15.15 hrs at least (Dick Middleton).
  • William Girling Reservoir: 8+ Black-necked Grebe, but no sign of Red-throated Diver 11.45-12.45. Viewed from Mansfield Park so part of reservoir hidden from view (Ian Woodward). Red-throated Diver still 1pm viewed from Mansfield Park & 14+ Black-necked Grebe (diver on closest bank half way along) (Paul Hawkins)

Monday 28th November 2011Edit

  • Abney Park Cemetery: 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit (TeRNS)
  • Bexleyheath, Broadway: 88 Feral Pigeon on former Woolwich building roof, 68 Starling, 2 Pied Wagtail (Chris Rose)
  • Bursted Woods (LB Bexley): 1 Treecreeper, 1 Jay, 1 Wren, at least 14 Ring-necked Parakeet (Chris Rose)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 131 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 116 Mallard, 1 drake Tufted Duck, 8 Long tailed Tit, Chiffchaff (nominate), Kingfisher, 4 Stock Dove, 10 Linnet etc (Stuart Fisher)
  • Christ Church Cemetery, Bexleyheath: Circa 14 Greenfinch and approx 16 Goldfinch in usual trees by Chapel of Rest, group of 10 Collared Dove feeding on ground, 7 House Sparrow (Chris Rose)
  • Crayford Marshes: Short-eared Owl hunting near the flood barrier at midday. Little Owl, Green Sandpiper, male Stonechat, c200 Fieldfare, 2 Rock Pipit, Goldcrest, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, c800 Dunlin, 40 Redshank (Kev Jarvis).
  • Greenwich Park: Woodpigeon flocks over S and W: 560, but picture confused by at least one large flock circling about, male Kestrel, 7 Fieldfares, Pheasant male, c 15 Redwings, some showing well, Firecrest, also Fox getting very annoyed with mobbing Crows; 1 male Blackcap and singing Song Thrush just outside Park (Joe Beale)
  • Martens Grove (LB Bexley): 1 or 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 70+ Wood Pigeon, 22+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Wren, 1 Tawny Owl called 16.55 (Chris Rose)
  • Stockers Lake: Redhead Smew, 1m / 6 or 7f Goldeneye, Kingfisher, 3 Egyptian Geese, 13 Lapwing (Martin Smith)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: m Pheasant, 12 Lapwing, 20 Stock Dove, 2 Skylark, 285+ Fieldfare (initially flock of 105 birds perched in willow + then feeding on haws + then joined by flock of another 180+), 13 Redwing, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 5 Goldcrest, Rook, 3 Bullfinch, 40 Linnets (Neil Anderson)
  • Thorney CP: Little Egret on a log middle of lake, Kingfisher, Treecreeper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Ring-necked Parakeets, 3 Redwing, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Common Gulls, Herring Gull (Sue Giddens).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Tundra Bean Goose reported still present (see Sun 27 Nov below) (Bob Husband).
  • Wanstead Flats: Brambling (SE over SSSI), 3 Fieldfare, singing Song Thrush, 2 Shelduck (west over park), 27 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 5 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck, f Pochard (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: Water Rail, Little Egret, Kingfisher, 20+ Song Thrush (old sewage works, many singers), Fieldfare, Redwing, singing Mistle Thrush, 43 Gadwall, 44 Pochard, 3 Shoveler, 60+ Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose, Bullfinch, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin (Nick Croft).
  • Yeading Brook meadows: Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, 15 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing, 11 Song Thrush (most singing), Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson).
  • William Girling Reservoir: Red-throated Diver, 6 Black-necked Grebes. Permit only, non-permit holders view from Mansfield Park, Chingford. ( RBA ).

Sunday 27th November 2011Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Jack Snipe still in east marsh from Heron Hide (per Roy Beddard)
  • Belair Park/Dulwich: Peregrine heading towards Brixton, alerted to it by 3 mobbing Ring-necked Parakeets (Michael Mac).
  • Bromley: Long-tailed Duck still on small fishing lake; access between Rookery Lane and George Lane. (RBA))
  • East Dulwich: Sparrowhawk circling over Upland Road (Tom Smith).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: At least 3 Water Rail, 2 Little Grebe & 1 Teal in the Ecology Park. Chiffchaff in Southern Park & by Beckham Academy. 4 Yellow-legged Gull by O2 Arena at low tide & 50 Linnet in wasteland nearby (John Bushell, Conrad Ellam & Richard Green)
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Buzzard E at 14.50, 1+ Sparrowhawk, 1m4f Bullfinch, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Pheasant, 1+ Chiffchaff (Andy Culshaw and David Howdon).
  • Leyton: Merlin flew South over Marsh Ln @15:30. (Paul Whiteman) Walthamstow Birding
  • Rainham Marshes: Jack Snipe on saltings by RSPB visitor centre (P. Hawkins)
  • Rainham Stone Barges: 40 Redshank, 415 Dunlin, 321 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Snipe, Water Pipit, Rock Pipit (Shaun Harvey).
  • Staines Reservoir: Juv. Shag (N. Basin), 2 Black-necked Grebe (S. Basin) (A.Luscombe). Grey Wagtail. 6 Teal (Sue Giddens).
  • Thorney CP: Kingfisher, Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Siskins, Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Grebes, Goldcrest (Sue Giddens).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Tundra Bean Goose, 2 Siberian White-fronted Goose with 4 Greylag (Seeds scattered by Tyttenhanger farmer on shingle to attract wildfowl prior to shoot! - fortunately birds still reported present Monday 28/11/2011), several (c.4) Tree Sparrows at feeding station, 28 Lapwings. 27 Great Crested Grebes on main fishing lake (Bob Husband & Fay Broom). NB Bean Goose is a fully protected species under the Countryside & Wildlife Act 1981 (as amended).
  • Wanstead Park and Flats: 3-4 Firecrest (Bush Wood, some kind of location map here) hard to find first thing then showed well c. 09:30, elusive in the evening two calling birds finally located. 10+ Goldcrest, 121 Gadwall, 40+ Tufted Duck, 13 Teal, 13 Egyptian Goose (The Basin), One Tufted Duck showing a bright pink piece of plastic on one side of its chest (see above link - don't know whether this is a tag or the bird is entangled) (Nick Croft/Stuart Fisher/Paul Davis et al).
  • West Thurrock: 3 Snow Bunting, Water Pipit, Woodcock, Yellow-Legged Gull.(P. Hawkins, D. Bradnum).
  • Woodside Park: 1 Lesser Redpoll and up to 8 Goldfinches coming to niger feeders in garden. Also male Blackcap, male Sparrowhawk, 2 Goldcrests and 2 Coal Tits, with a Kingfisher still present along Dollis Brook (Ian Ellis).

Saturday 26th November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Snipe, Lesser Redpoll (3), Woodpigeon (200), Fieldfare (30) (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener.
  • Barking Bay: 5 Curlew, 10 Redshank, 20 Shelduck, Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit (Shaun Harvey)
  • Brent Reservoir: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker again over the dump (4th time in 12 days), also 30 Fieldfare (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall).
  • Bromley: Long-tailed Duck still on the small fishing lake between George Lane and Rookery Lane 3pm (Richard Bonser).
  • Brookmill Park: drake Mandarin & male Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam).
  • Burgess Park: adult Mediterranean Gull still early a'noon (Richard Bonser).
  • Kensington Gardens: pr Stock Dove, 11 Great Tit, couple of Blue Tit feeding from hand also 3 Brown Rat attracted by this. Round Pond - 3 Shoveler, 250 Starling, some round pond feeding from hand and 2 mimicking Greenfinch and Mistle Thrush, 20+ Common Gull, 2 Herring Gull, numerous Black-headed Gulls, pr Egyptian Geese with 5 nearly grown young, would have hatched around mid October (Michael Mac).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Peregrine (1 male and 1 female) from Peacock Tower, 4/5 Lesser Redpoll, Bittern, drake Pintail (A Ramesh).
  • Margravine Cemetery: Buzzard (patch tick) mobbed by ~20 Crow at 14:30, picked up W over hospital, driven E, pr Peregrine Falcon (female went after Buzzard, late on the action) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, c40 Tufted Duck, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 8 Cormorant, 6 Jay, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2m 7f Lesser Redpoll, c20 Redwing, 1 Coal Tit, c20 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 1m Sparrowhawk, (1x Muscovy Duck) (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebe (S.Basin), 1 Little Grebe (N.Basin), 42 Lapwing (N.Basin). (A.Luscombe).
  • Stocker's Lake: 14 Goldeneye, including 5 males (Herts Bird Club website).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 2 White-fronted Goose, Bean Goose (Tundra), 8 Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 2 Red Kite (Steve Blake et al).
  • South Harrow: 31+ House Sparrows in my garden (Michael Robinson)
  • Wanstead Flats: 20 Lesser Redpoll, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 3 Goldcrest, 25 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, 2 Skylark, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (J Lethbridge/N Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Firecrest (Bush Wood - record shots here, 6 Goldcrest, 47 Pochard, 67 Tufted Duck, 61 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, Egytian Goose, 6 Lesser Redpoll, Little Egret, 6 Little Grebe (Nick Croft).

Friday 25th November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Drake Gadwall Tunnel Res (Bob Watts).
  • Colney Heath. c30 Siskin (Steve Blake)
  • Crossness: Woodcock flushed in protected area late morning (Steve Carter per JA).
  • East India Dock area - Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Cormorant at riverfront, 93 Teal, 10 Mallard, 2 Shelduck, 3 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, several Black-headed Gull in dock basin. (Chris Rose)
  • Finsbury Park (N4) : Mistle Thrush in full song 7.30am (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Frank's Park (Erith): From 17.12 - 18.22. One Tawny Owl called once at 18.02. Birch Walk also tried for a quarter of an hour, no Owls heard. (Chris Rose)
  • Lonsdale Road Res: 18 Shoveler, 90 Teal, 6 Pochard, 2 Stock Doves (Neil Anderson)
  • Oakwood (Sheringham Ave., N14): 1 Red Kite, flew low, NE, mobbed by Carrion Crow, 11:57 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Oxleas Woods: 2 Male Blackcaps together 9.00am (John Reid)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Great Crested Grebe, c20 Tufted Dock, 2m Shoveler, c60 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 singing Mistle Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Jay, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 7 Lesser Redpoll, c30 Goldfinch, Chaffinch, c10 Long-tailed Tit, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: 71 Woodpigeon, 3 Mistle Thrush (Bob Watts).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 2 White-fronted Goose, (Steve Blake
  • Walthamstow res:(M)MERLIN,Was watched on the ground on the left bank of lockwood res for 15 minutes giving stunning views. (Kevin J Mcmanus).
  • Wanstead Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Perch pond), Water Rail (Steve Thorpe), 4 Firecrest (Bush Wood)
  • Thames (Putney- Barnes Bridges, late WeBS count due to Sunday's fog): 9 Mute Swan, 21 Canada Geese, 3 Egyptian Geese, Shelduck, 430 Mallard, 335 Teal, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Great-crested Grebe, 55 Cormorant, 14 Heron, 11 Moorhen, c1280 Black-headed Gull, 22 Common Gull, 22 Herring Gull, 24 Lesser Blacback, 10 Great Blackback (Neil Anderson)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Great Spotted Woodpecker ... and not much else (Charlie Farrell)

Thursday 24th November 2011Edit

  • Crayford area: River Cray behind Barnes Cray Rd - 21 Mallard, 2 Mute swan; By-way 105 - Long-tailed Tits; Thames Road Wetland - 20 Black-headed Gulls on lake, 1 Moorhen, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (over), 1 grey Wagtail (over), 2 Blackbird, several Carrion Crow (over), 56 Canada Geese (over, heading south). (Chris Rose).
  • Crayford Marshes: Short-eared Owl hunting near the flood barrier a.m. 12 Golden Plover, 5 Avocet, Water Rail,60 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, 45 Wigeon, 40 Teal. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dulwich Park Lake: 2 x Shoveler male (Dave Clark).
  • Ruislip: Pied Wagtail roost in tree - birds arriving @16.00. High Street/junction Ickenham Road. (Roger Dewey)
  • South Norwood Lake: Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, c20 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Cormorant, c50 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Nuthatch, 6 Jay, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Goldcrest, c30 Goldfinch, 2 Coal Tit, c12 Long-tailed Tit, 3 House Sparrow, ( 1x Muscovy Duck) ( John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)

Wednesday 23rd November 2011Edit

  • Cranford CP (J3 off M4): c80 RN Parakeet, 10 Song Thrush on the short grass all feeding at same time. In the ancient woodland - 4 Nuthatches, 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Treeceepers, 9 Goldcrest. Resident Kestrels down to just 2 from the 6 seen in July. No sign of the Little Owls today (W.Marks). I want to complain about how my sightings were edited, who do I refer to ? (WM - and by the way I was not the one responsible for putting a Sony link to the Song thrushes I'd seen)
  • Gospel Oak: 2 very vocal Blackcaps in backgarden at Estelle Rd (Pete Mantle)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir: Grey Phalarope 1010-dusk off the north bank (DMH)
  • Little Britain Lake: Grey Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Shoveler, 11 Wigeon, 22 Gadwall, 2 Grey Heron, c30 Mute Swan, 7 Domestic Goose (?), numerous Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen, Canada Goose & Black-headed Gull, 10 Crow, 6 Wren, c40 Wood-Pigeon, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 4 Blackbird, 2 Goldfinch, 6 Blue Tit, 4 Robin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, 9 Magpie, Jay. Also 3 Rabbit, c10 Grey Squirrel & 2 Weasel (Nigel Sluman)
  • Maple Lodge NR, Maple Cross: 1 Little Egret, 12 Common Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Fieldfare, c 20 Siskin. (Roger Dewey)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Mealy Redpoll amongst 55 Lesser Redpolls feeding in birches along central track in Sidmouth wood 12.00. 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: White-fronted Goose, Pintail (fem), 7 Tree Sparrow, 3 Yellowhammer. (Steve Blake)
  • Trent Park: 2 Goosander(f),40 Fieldfare,4 Redwing,Pochard(f),2 Mandarin(m,f), Song Thrush ( in song),3 Cormorant (in flight over OGC), Kestrel ( Hadley Road). ( Pete Lowman).
  • Wanstead Flats: 22 Shoveler, 4 Teal (male), 2 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, 8 Skylark, 4 Mistle Thrush, 3 Song Thrush (1 still singing Long Wood), 2 Fieldfare, Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 4 Shoveler, 44 Pochard, 56 Tufted Duck, 48 Gadwall, Water Rail, 50 + Siskin, 40 + Lesser Redpoll, 10 Linnet, Bullfinch, 3 Goldcrest, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Grey Heron, 6 Stock Dove, 2 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare (Nick Croft) Firecrest still in Bush Wood yesterday

Tuesday 22nd November 2011Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 66 Redwing, 18 Fieldfare, 19 Chaffinch over when fog cleared (Andrew Verrall); 1 Little Egret, 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Water Rail, 1 Peregrine, Ad Med Gull (Roy Beddard).
  • Battersea Park Lake - 3pm to 3:45pm 1 Magpie chasing a small bat and doing acrobatics in daylight, 9 Gadwall, 13 Shoveler, 3 Red-crested Pochard and pr Egyptian Geese first winter both feral species present, 1 Great-crested Grebe, 7 Mute Swan including 2 adults flew in and out, 60 Cormorants in roost, few Black-headed gulls others mainly flying over (Michael Mac).
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 2 Firecrest, together, feeding in Holly, 13:25 - 13:30 hrs; 4 Goldcrest; 2 Coal Tit; 2 Nuthatch; 1 Treecreeper; 1 Grey Wagtail; 5(4m,1f) Siskin, feeding in Alders; 2 Goldfinch, feeding in Alders; 2 Little Grebe; 8 Cormorant, roosting on island; 40(27m,13f) Mandarin Duck, 15:50 hrs; 3(2m,1f) Shoveler; 7(4m,3f) Tufted Duck; 41 Coot; 5 Stock Dove; 2 Green Woodpecker; 1 fem Great Spotted Woodpecker; 1 singing male Song Thrush; 1 Mistle Thrush (Robert Callf).
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail and Kingfisher at the Bird Pond (1300) 20+ Fieldfare. 10 Redwing. Pair Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler and Pochard on High 1. Several large tit flocks. c. 60 Long t tits and 10+ Goldcrests. Few Song Thrushes going North ( Pete Mantle)
  • Highgate, Waterlow Park: 2 White-fronted Goose very low just outside the park.Suddenly loomed out of the fog, both calling loudly just above tree tops.(P.Angus)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Goldcrest, 1 pr Peregrine (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • New River Path, Farm Road - Firs Lane: 1 Kingfisher flew over sharp bend to Beaulieu Gardens (Katy M.)
  • Tower Hamlets cemetery Park: 3 Fieldfare NE 1235, Goldcrest (Bob Watts).
  • Walthamstow Filter Beds: m Merlin, Grey Wagtails (D Barrett)
  • Wimbledon Common: 1 Woodcock, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Fieldfare (on Large Mound, David Wills).

Monday 21st November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park - Sparrowhawk flew in through the low trees, landed in front of us, head height, then darted away, Wooded strip below the south slope. Also in the area a Gem-studded puffball and a ring of fly agaric. Nice. (Dawn Painter)
  • Boxer's Lake (Enfield): 1 male Kingfisher, perched in Alders, 14:00 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 redhead Smew to mid-morning only, also Jack Snipe & adult Mediterranean Gull (Brent Birders). 19 Common Snipe - North Marsh (Derek Turner)
  • Crayford Marshes: 6 Avocet,7 Golden Plover, 8 Egyptian Geese, Little Owl, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 6 Rock Pipit, c45 Fieldfare, Curlew, 12 Ringed Plover, c700 Dunlin.(Kev Jarvis).
  • Erith Cemetery (east side) and environs: 1 Sparrowhawk (over), 7 Ring-necked Parakeet (over), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard, Hollyhill direction), 4 Goldfinch, 3 (+?) Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 or 2 Coal Tit, 3 Blue Tit, Great Tit, 3 (+?) Blackbird, 1 Mistle Thrush, c14 House Sparrow, 4 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, approx 100 Starling flying between cemetery, adjoining dairy and Poplars behind Carlton Rd., approx 100 Wood Pigeon took flight over south end of nearby former Erith Quarry site (Chris Rose).
  • Ladywell Fields: 1 Kingfisher, 1Grey Heron, flocks of Goldfinches & Long Tailed Tits and also a Great Spotted Woodpecker (Jake Stillar)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 redhead Smew, with photo on website, look like the 3 from Brent earlier in morn; also Jack Snipe, Bittern, Woodcock, Mealy Redpoll (LWC Website).
  • Northumberland Heath Recreation Ground: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker calling from top of large conifer, 27 (+?) House Sparrow, 17 Carrion Crow (Chris Rose)
  • Redbridge Lakes and surrounding area: 2 Snipe. Also 6 Ring-necked Parakeets in a tree right outside my flat! The best views I have ever had of them locally - normally they are just fly-overs (Alan Hobson).
  • Streatham (my back garden): 1 GS woodpecker, 2 ring neck parakeets, 7 starling, 1 magpie, 3 carrion crow, 9 feral pigeon, 1 great tit, 3 blue tit, 1 blackbird. (R Bell)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Chiffchaff (colybita) & Goldcrest in mixed tit flock Sanctuary Wood, 2 Goldcrest Monument Glade (Bob Watts).
  • Wanstead Flats: 11 Pied Wagtail, 12 Meadow Pipit, 2 Lesser Redpoll,3 Siskin, 3 Goldcrest, 22 Shoveler, 2 Teal, Pochard f, 2 Tufted Duck, 7 Gadwall, 14 Mute Swan, Heron, 2 Cormorant, 4 Song thrush (1 singing in Long Wood), 2 Mistle Thrush, Kestrel (Nick Croft).

Sunday 20th November 2011Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Egyptian Goose in the fog & 4 Green Sandpiper behind dam (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall), adult Mediterranean Gull (Roy Beddard)
  • Brunel University Bicentenary Gardens: 2 male Blackcaps this morning, plus 5 Bullfinches. Also 3 Blackcaps (2 males) in my nearby Cowley garden (Roger Morton)
  • Beech Farm / Hatfield Aerodrme: 2 Short Eared Owls at least, from 3:15pm (J.Murray).
  • Boxer's Lake (Enfield): 6(4m,2f) Mandarin Duck; 9(4m,5f) Tufted Duck; 1 male Shoveler; 1 Kingfisher, perched (Robert Callf).
  • Connaught Water: f Pintal, 5 Teal, 2 Mandarin, Goldcrest, 2 Ring-necked parakeet, 3 Grey heron, 2 Greylag geese, 3 Shoveler, 30 + Black-headed gulls, 20+ Canada geese, 7 Mute swan, 6 Gadwall (Brandon Anderson). Also Little Egret, 5+ Mandarin 2pm (Bob Watts).
  • Croxley Common Moor: Woodcock flushed near Moor Lane Crossing access point at 13:17 but quickly lost in dense fog, 3 Stock Dove, Skylark over, Grey Wagtail, at least 25 Song Thrush, c30 Redwing, 11 Jay, 15+ House Sparrow, 15+ Greenfinch, 8 Siskin, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Bullfinch (3 male), 4 Reed Bunting (D. McKenzie).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Short-eared Owl on travellers field 1.25-1.40pm, then flew off being mobbed, 24+ Redpoll, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw, 8 Stock Dove, 78 Lapwing and 4-5 Reed Bunting . ( Phil Street & V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Dulwich Park: 2 Goldcrest, 2 Jay and flock of 8 Long-tailed Tit (Charlie Kitchen & Paul Collins)
  • Grays Riverside: 2 Peregrines, Great Crested Grebe (James A)
  • Highbury (Highbury New Park N5) Green Woodpecker 8am (Adrian Platt)
  • London Wetland Centre: pm Bittern showing from Dulverton Hide before flying into reedbed, Pintail, Shelduck, 4 Stonechat - then the fog rolled in (Martin Honey).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 Avocets in Aveley Bay with the regular waders - Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew, etc. No sign of SEOs (James A).
  • Redbridge Lakes: 2 Snipe. Excellent views. An impressive bird to be found here considering that reports and surveys these days say that Snipe are mostly only found on nature reserves (Alan Hobson).
  • Ruislip: Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and 2 Little Egret on the River Pinn (between Woodville Gardens & Breakspear Rd). 2 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, 5 Fieldfare, 4 Goldcrest & Sparrowhawk along a stretch of the Cellandine route near Ruislip GC (Steve Pash).
  • Wanstead Flats:13 Teal, 30 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, Pochard, Tufted Duck, 18 Mute Swan (all Alex), 18 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Goldcrest, singing Song Thrush (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 3-4 Firecrest Bush Wood (Sally Hammond/Helen Hewland/NC et al), 16 + Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Lesser Redpoll (15 old sewage works - Mike Messenger), Siskin, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 25 Common Pochard, 70 Tufted Duck, 47 Gadwall, 6 Teal, Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Kingfisher, Grey Heron, 3 Redwing, 13 Fieldfare, c.30 Song Thrush inc. 3 singers (Old sewage works - Mike Messenger) (Nick Croft)
  • Watford (Cardiff Road): Tawny Owl calling after dark, Siskin over a.m. (D. McKenzie).

Saturday 19th November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 32 Fieldfare NE, 3/4 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin (h) (Andrew Gardenere, Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: Jack Snipe & adult Mediterranean Gull both roosting in east marsh (Brent Birders).
  • Brentford (Transport Avenue): 2 Firecrest with roving flock of Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit and Blue Tit plus Goldcrest (Stuart Fisher)
  • Cassiobury Park: Nuthatch, 4-5 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll (D. McKenzie).
  • Charing Cross Hospital (Fulham): 1 Grey Wagtail (by fish pond), up to 4 Pieg Wagtail (on roof) (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Common Buzzard, Little Egret, 78 Lapwing. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Water Rail showing well in front of visitors centre + Yellow-legged Gull on jetty by Thames Barrier & Great Crested Grebe on Thames (Conrad Ellam & John Bushell).
  • Horsenden Hill: 3 Blackcaps in bushes adjacent to Grand Union Canal outside Perivale Wood.
  • Lea Valley - Netherhall/Glen Faba: 2 Cetti's Warbler singing, Bullfinch, Skylark, c30 Redwing (+ a few Song Thrush), 14 Wigeon, 33 Gadwall, 43 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 7 G C Grebe (Nigel May).
  • London Colney Retail Park: pm 20+ Siskin feeding in London Plane trees alongside path crossing car park - also Pied Wagtail roost (Nigel May).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern showing from Dulverton Hide (BirdGuides) a..m. before flying into reedbed. Kingfisher on wader scrape, Pintail, Shelduck, Grey Wagtail, 4 Stonechat, Sparrowhawk and Peregrine (Martin Honey).
  • Richmond Park: 11 Egyptian Geese, 41 Wigeon, 46 Gadwall, pr Shoveler, f Teal, 11 Pochard, f Red-crested Pochard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Kingfisher, many hundred Wood Pigeons, Red Admiral (Neil Anderson).
  • South Norwood Country Park: 8:30-10.30 am. Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2-3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pheasant, c12 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, Lesser Redpoll (David Mercer).
  • Staines Reservoir: Immature Shag north basin, also 17 Goldeneye (5 males), 21 Lapwing on tern raft on north basin, 2 Red Admiral (Nick Tanner).
  • Stoke Newington East Reservoir: 11.30: 7 Cormorant, 40 Coot, 60 Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, 3 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 2 Mallard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Shoveler, 35 Tufted Duck (Jon Agar).
  • Stoke Newington West Reservoir: 10.45-11.45. 2 Magpie, 2 Rose-ringed Parakeet, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Mallard, 4 Canada Geese, 10 Cormorant, 230 Black-headed Gull, 6 Mute Swan, 8 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Herring Gull, 2 Heron, 25 Coot, 10 Woodpigeon, 5 Gadwall, 10 Starling, 2 Blackbird, Robin, Great Tit, Kestrel (Jon Agar).
  • Wanstead Flats: 41 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, Chiffchaff, 8 Meadow Pipit, 5 Pied Wagtail, 5 Skylark, 24 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 6 Teal (males displaying again), 2 Tufted Duck (Nick Croft/Jonathan Lethbridge)
  • Wanstead Park: Firecrest (Steve Thorpe), 20 Redwing, Stock Dove (Nick Croft).
  • Wimbledon Common: Woodcock flushed from the forest floor at dusk (one nearby also last Sunday,13th), Tawny Owl calling (Marcin Sek).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: (am) 3 (1m & 2f) Bullfinch in Chats paddock still, 3 Goldcrest in Scrubs Lane wood, 25 Fieldfare, 3 GS Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker (Neville Smith).

Friday 18th November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Lesser Redpoll, 2 Redwing (Bob Watts).
  • Beech Farm (Hatfield Aerodrome): 2-3 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Pheasant, c100 Golden Plover over, 87 Lapwing over, Short-eared Owl showed well (a dark individual - 3 paler birds seen by other observers), 10 Meadow Pipit, c150 Redwing, 200+ Fieldfare, at least, 3 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting (A. Maratt, D. McKenzie, J. Thompson et al).
  • Beddington SF: 1st-winter Caspian Gull, Water Pipit (Birdguides).
  • Brent Reservoir: Vis-mig 07.15-09.00: 292 Fieldfare, 53 Redwing, 310 Woodpigeon, 19 Chaffinch, also Chiffchaff singing by dump (Andrew Verrall). 11 Snipe, 4 Water Rails (Roy Beddard). Jack Snipe (Steve Leeke).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: male Blackcap plus the usuals (Stuart Fisher)
  • Canon's Farm: Grey Plover over (Birdguides).
  • Croxley Common Moor: Little Egret, Woodcock flushed twice around 10:52 (same bird) and flew toward Croxley Business Park, Skylark over, Fieldfare, 14 Song Thrush (3 singing), c20 Redwing, c15 Chaffinch, at least 5 Siskin, 2 Linnet, c13 Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting (D. McKenzie).
  • Oakwood Park,N14: 1 Cormorant,flew NW, 08:48 hrs; 1 Sparrowhawk,flew over; 2 ad Moorhen, Conservation Pond; 4 Blackbird; 1 Song Thrush; 2 Redwing,flew over calling; 1 male Blackcap, feeding in Ivy, 09:00 hrs; 4 female Chaffinch; 1 Goldfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Roding Valley Park and Redbridge Lakes: Blackcap, flock of at least 30 Redpoll, Sparrowhawk, flock of at least half a dozen Long-tailed Tits, Goldfinch (Alan Hobson).
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe (S.Basin), Juv. Shag (N.Basin), 4 Goldeneye, 34 Lapwing (N.Basin). (A.Luscombe).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 1W Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit, 4 Chaffinch, high-flying Dunnock 0810-0845 (Bob Watts).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 07.00-09.00: 1 Grey Wagtail over, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 22 Fieldfare west plus 4 on deck, 3 Redwing in Braybrook woods, 320 Woodpigeon north and south-west, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Heron and 14 Canada Geese over towards canal. (Rob Ayers)
  • South Norwood Lake: 09:00-11:00hrs, Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, c20 Tufted Duck, 8 Cormorant, c60 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Jay, Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, party of c40 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Collared Dove, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Wanstead Flats: 91 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush (one singing), 3 Mistle Thrush, 8 + Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 14 Skylark, 23 Lesser Redpoll, 3 goldcrest, 500 Wood Pigeon south, Stock Dove, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 29 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Pochard (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Firecrest (Bush Wood), 4 Goldcrest, 57 Gadwall, 21 Pochard, 46 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, Little Grebe (Nick Croft), 3 Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 6 Fieldfare (Steve Thorpe).

Thursday 17th November 2011Edit

  • Barking Bay: Lapland Bunting, female Common Scoter (Paul Hawkins per JA).
  • Barnehurst, 'hospital path' along railway from Bursted Wood: 1 Jay, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Carrion Crow (Chris Rose).
  • Bexleyheath, railway-side footpath (between Belvedere Rd and Church Rd): 1 Goldcrest (Chris Rose)
  • Blackfen (LB Bexley): Marlborough Park - 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail (both in River Shuttle), 10 Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Blue Tit, 5 House Sparrow. Willersley Park: 2 Collared Dove, 26 Starlings, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Carrion Crow (Chris Rose)
  • Brent Reservoir: Vis-mig 7.15: 51 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, Skylark, 28 Chaffinch; Chiffchaff (Andrew Verrall).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Bearded Tits in reedbed behind Erith Yacht Club (Kev Jarvis per JA). Red-headed Smew on the Thames then flew east. Little Owl, Kingfisher, Stonechat,Cetti's Warbler, 6 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Rock Pipit, c600 Dunlin, 3 Curlew, c280 Redshank, 16 Ringed Plover. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Danson Park (Bexleyheath): 26 Canada Geese, 5 Carrion Crow, 18 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, Moorhens, Coots, lots of Mallards, 2 juvenile Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, several Black-headed and Common Gulls, Blue Tit, Wood Pigeons, Magpies (Chris Rose).
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls on south foreshore by O2, 179 Teal (John Archer).
  • Ewell Village: approx. 60 Siskins in vicinity of Chessington Road/Spring Street at 08.30 but very flighty (Neil Batten)
  • Frays River (Uxbridge): 2 Moorhen, Coot, 3 Crow, 5 Magpie, 11 Black-headed Gull, Jay, 26 Wood-Pigeon, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, Blackbird, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, Wren, pr Mallard over. Also 2 Grey Squirrel. (Nigel Sluman)
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 2(m&f) Firecrest, feeding in Holly, 13:25 - 13:28 hrs and 14:08 - 14:10 hrs; 1 Goldcrest; 1 Grey Wagtail, water-outlet; 1 imm male Shoveler; 1 male Pochard; 17(7m,10f) Tufted Duck; 4 Stock Dove, near Priory Hospital; 1 Green Woodpecker; 1 male Great Spotted Woodpecker; 1 singing male Song Thrush; 4+ Long-tailed Tit; 1 Treecreeper; 1 Jay; 2 Goldfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Hampstead Heath: Dark-bellied Brent Goose (1st winter) feeding on grass now being mowed (Dave Porritt).
  • L.B. Bexley/Greenwich, Tawny Owl hunting - 1 calling tonight 21.04, by lower path, eastern end of Martens Grove, Bexleyheath. 1 calling 17.08 NW corner Bostall Woods, L.B. Greenwich (near Bastion Rd) 2/11/11, 1 calling 18.00 50m SE of Abbey ruins, Lesnes Abbey Wood, LB Bexley, 2/11/11. Since 2/11 negative records (all LB Bexley) have been (visits) - Bexley Wood (2), Bursted Wood, Barnehurst (4), Franks Park, Erith (1), Hall Place North / Biggs Hill (2), Hollyoak Wood, Blackfen (1), Martens Grove (on 1 prev visit), Old Orchard [Braeburn Park], Crayford (1), Parish Wood Park, Blackfen (1), Sidcup Colf Course (1), The Warren, Bexleyheath (1). (Chris Rose)
  • Paddington Green: Peregrine Falcon a.m. (D. McKenzie).
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: Great Bustard (of unknown origin but most likely a wandering Wiltshire bird) flew NE at 11:38 but no sign in nearby fields by 14:40 (Chris Heard per JA).
  • Thorney C P: Little Egret by wooden bridge, Greenfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, 46 Pochards, 2 Chaffinch, 5+ Siskins, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Flocks Long Tailed Tits. (Sue Giddens).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: c150 Fieldfare: 15 Redwing: c45 Siskin (two separate flocks): 4 Rook: 1 fem Reed Bunting: 1 Skylark over: 4 drake Teal: 3 Mandarin (1 drake): Song Thrush singing well on very mild morning.(John Colmans)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: White-fronted Goose, Dunlin, 29 Golden Plover, c200 Lapwing, 4 Tree Sparrows. (Steve Blake)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Rock Pipit (over Alex south), 23 Meadow Pipit, 11 Pied Wagtail, 39 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 40 Ring-necked Parakeet, 64 Goldfinch (flock of c. 40 Capel Point in plane trees), 23 Lesser Redpoll (north east), 14 Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, 5 + Skylark, Common Snipe (south over Long Wood), 4 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, m Pochard, 23 Shoveler, Little Grebe, 2 Goldcrest, Kestrel (NIck Croft)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, c20 Tufted Duck, 35 Coot, 11 Cormorant, c50 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Goldcrest, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Pied Wagtail, 6 Jay, 3 Collared Dove, c10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Firecrest (Bush Wood), Great Crested Grebe, 7 Egyptian Goose (the Basin) (J Lethbridge).

Wednesday 16th November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 0705-0720: 2 Greylag Wood Green Res, Water Rail (h) Conservation Pond, Lesser Redpoll (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Snipe. 11 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Adult Mediterranean Gull, Grey Wagtail (Andrew Verrall, Roy Beddard)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: 28 Linnet, 5 Stock Dove, 2 collybita Chiffchaff, no sign of the controversial Chiffchaff, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Chaffinch, 30 Teal, Kingfisher, 112 Mallard, Song Thrush etc (Stuart Fisher).
  • Canons Farm: Golden Plover flew south (David Campbell).
  • Claybury Park: Bullfinch, 3 Goldcrests, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Pied Wagtail (Alan Hobson).
  • Crayford Marshes: immature Marsh Harrier south-east. Avocet, Little Owl, Kingfisher, 2 Rock Pipit, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Stonechat, 21 Ringed Plover, c700 Dunlin, 2 Curlew, c250 Redshank. (Kev Jarvis)
  • Crossness: male Black Redstart by stables (Steve Carter per JA).
  • East India Dock Basin: adult Yellow-legged Gull, 124 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck (John Archer).
  • Ewell Village: Female/Juvenile Wood Duck consorting with pair of Mallard on R. Hogsmill between Upper and Lower Mills, Kingston Road 09.00 to 09.15. Also two Fieldfare over south east. (Neil Batten)
  • Gordon Road N11: 9 Fieldfare NW 0840 (Stuart Harrington).
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler (all on Highgate No.1), 8 Fieldfare (Hedge 2), c20 Redwing (Kenwood), 24 Siskin (Viaduct Pond) (Chris Bird)
  • Sutcliffe Park (Kidbrooke) 1 Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Gull, 1 Song Thrush. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: 6 adult Egyptian Goose with 5 goslings, 5 Teal (Longwater), 6 Shoveler, pair of Red-crested Pochard, Sparrowhawk, trilling Little Grebe, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 39 Cormorant, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Mistle Thrush (1 singing) (D. McKenzie).
  • Romford: Ringtail Hen Harrier west at 11.15am being mobbed by Crows,(Dave Morrison)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, c20 Duck, 2m 2f Shoveler, 10 Cormorant, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1,imm Herring Gull, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, 6 Jay, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c30 Goldfinch, Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 10+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Collared Dove, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Pied Wagtail, (Johnn Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • New River Village, Haringey : flock of 30 Little Gulls on/over the New River, 1.30pm (Observer? - this is an extraordinary record)

Tuesday 15th November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Lesser Redpoll (Bob Watts), Snipe Conservation Pond (Dave Callahan).
  • Brent Reservoir: 1 male Pintail, 3 Wigeon, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 51 Lapwing (Steve Leeke)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: no sign Chiffchaff ssp., 1030-1140. 1 Reed Bunting (James Lowen). tristis Chiffchaff heard calling at c14:45, plus Common Snipe, 22 Teal, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher, 2 Linnet over, Song Thrush, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Moorhen on the island, 3 Stock Dove (Stuart Fisher)
  • Grays riverside, RM17: Brent Goose downriver 7.05 with 2 Shelduck (James A)
  • Hammersmith Bridge: pr Peregrine Falcon calling while circling (found Lapwing & Woodcock as prey early morning) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 14 Woodpigeon NE, Siskin (h), 4 Chaffinch, 2 Alba Wagtail, Grey Wagtail 0815-0845 (Bob Watts).
  • Vauxhall; 2 Peregrines at 7:45am (Michael Mac).
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Gadwall, Pochard, 22 Shoveler, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, 10 Skylark, 14 Pied Wagtail, 14 Meadow Pipit, 5 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 4 Song thrush, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, Reed bunting, Kestrel (Nick Croft) Yesterday Oystercatcher heard calling overhead in the fog (J Lethbridge)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan( + 2 Over S/SE) Great Crested Grebe, 20 Tufted Duck, 60 Black-headed Gull, 6 Cormorrant, 6 Reddwing (over) 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c30 Goldfinch, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 House Sparrow, (John Watson)

Monday 14th November 2011Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Green Sandpiper (Roy Beddard), Jack Snipe (Derek Turner) 1 Little Egret (Barrie Hicks)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: Siberian Chiffchaff showing well above path 150 metres from Greenway at 14:45, 56 Teal, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Redwing early am plus usuals (Stuart Fisher). [Comment: how convinced are people who have seen this bird that it is tristis? Are there any photos? Chat at http://www.surfbirds.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9789 and on Stuart's recording on xeno-canto imply that the call is nearer abietinus (or, at least, is not classic tristis). I saw the bird (poorly) on Sat and was surprised at the apparently milky-tea colouration to the upperparts and pretty whitish underparts, and at the clearly inflected call and had a few niggling doubts which have been exacerbated by the above posts (James Lowen)]
  • Crayford Marshes: female Lesser-spotted Woodpecker in the willow tree's 07:10 briefly. Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Rock Pipit's, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, Grey Wagtail,2 Curlew, 10 Redwing, 7 Fieldfare, Goldcrest, c650 Dunlin, 250 Redshank,Goldcrest. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Crossness: Avocet flew E at 12.40, adult Mediterranean Gull flew E at 14.25, male Black Redstart on river wall by new incinerator (for 2nd day), 2 Peregrines Ian Miller & Steve Carter per JA).
  • Dulwich (Village): Woodcock, flew through upstairs window, thankfully not injured then released. (Dave Clark)
  • East India Dock Basin: 122 teal, 2 Greylags (John Archer).
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 2(m&f) Firecrest, feeding in Holly near Ranger's Hut, 13:25 - 13:30 hrs and 14:40 - 14:50 hrs., at times too close to focus bins on; 6 Goldcrest; 1 Great Crested Grebe; 29(20m,9f) Mandarin Duck, 15:45 hrs; 2 male Shoveler; 21(12m,9f) Tufted Duck; 2 Stock Dove, Pitch & Putt Course; 1 Green Woodpecker; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 2 Fieldfare, flew over calling; 1 Redwing, flew over calling; 2 singing male Song Thrush (Robert Callf).
  • Highgate N6 - Highgate Golf Course: 45 Lesser Redpoll flock in high trees. (Rob Ayers)
  • Mudchute (Isle of Dogs) Woodcock, Male Blackcap, 6 Greylag north. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 4 juv Red-breasted Merganser (Aveley), 4 Pintail, 60 + Black-tailed Godwit, 100+ Dunlin, 20 + Snipe, Spotted Redshank, 100+ Redshank, Green Sandpiper (h), 10 + Curlew, 200 + Golden Plover, Ruff, Marsh Harrier, 2 Stonechat, 6 singing Cetti'sWarbler (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe et al)
  • Redbridge Lakes: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Heron (Alan Hobson).
  • Walthamstow Filter Beds: Mediterranean Gull, 3 Grey Wagtails (DBarrett)
  • Wimbledon common (Inner Park Rd) 1 Marsh Tit on feeder (M Waller).

Sunday 13th November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Rook east 0930, 20 Lapwing SE 0935, 3 Jackdaws, 3 Skylark, 4+ Lesser Redpoll, 2 Linnet, 25 Woodpigeon SW (Andrew Gardener, Bob Watts).
  • Beech Farm: 2 Short-eared Owl betwen 15:30 and 16:25 (Gareth Richards et al).
  • Brent Reservoir: 1,400 Woodpigeon SW, also adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Green Sandpiper; 20 Lapwing over at 08.00, 70+ at 12.25 (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall, Roy Beddard).
  • Burgess Park: adult Mediterranean Gull again late morning; the lake is being drained and there is no direct access. However it is possible to view the area from Cobourg Road (Richard Bonser).
  • Canons Farm: Short eared Owl, Buzzard, c200 Woodpigeons over, c12 Stock Doves, (Ernie Thomason & Tom Stone)
  • Claybury Park: 10 Lapwings [very rare here], Ring-necked Parakeet [ditto], Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrests, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Green Woodpecker, flock of Long-tailed Tits, Jay (Alan Hobson).
  • Grange Waters: 22 Wigeon, 5 Lesser Redpoll, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Siskin, 41 Red-legged Partridge, Brambling, 3180 Woodpigeon over South west between 7.45 - 10.30am, 3 Bullfinch, 5 Goldcrest, 4 Golden Plover, Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, 108 Fieldfare and 18 Redwing (Dave Morrison)
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 1 Grey Wagtail in the flood relief/waterfall thing in the woods (a site tick for me), 12 Mandarin Duck, 1 drake Shoveler, 50+ Woodpigeon through. (Katy M.)
  • Hornsey: Male Peregrine south 1540 (Bob Watts).
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Skylark over, 1 Chiffchaff. (Andrew Culshaw and David Howdon)
  • King George's Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail on flood relief channel (Millicent Harper)
  • Leyton Sidmouth Park: Crossbill flew east c8:45, Little Egret low south east, 2500 Woodpigeon (mostly south west, some going back north east), 2 Stock Dove (1 south, 1 south east), 2 Siskin over, handful of Chaffinch, c12 Goldfinch (10 south), c3 Linnet over, 6 Long-tailed Tit, Ring-necked Parakeet south, 2 Fieldfare over, Redwing, Song Thrush over (Stuart Fisher).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern showed briefly from Dulverton Hide, pair of Peregrines showing really well from Peacock Tower and Oservatory (photos on WWT London facebook page), Jack Snipe, c6 Common Snipe, Kestrel, c20 Shoveller, c 40 Teal (W.Marks)
  • Rainham Marshes, Coldharbour Lane: 2 Short-eared Owls (Alan Hobson et al).
  • Roding Valley Meadows Lake: 7 Wigeon, 1 Buzzard (Tony Brown).
  • Sewardstone area, Lea Valley. 4 Raven, heading west together over the Cobb Fields @ 0824 (Neville Smith)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: m Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, pr Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Meadow Pipits, pr Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, 12 Linnets (Neil Anderson), Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Reed Bunting and 14 Linnets (Steve Pash).
  • Trent Park: 1 Woodcock, flushed, 13:25 hrs; 1 Chiffchaff, still present - feeding and calling in Sallows along 'Gully' at 'Old Golf Course' (Robert Callf).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 24 Linnet, pre-roost gathering in Hawthorn, Sidhil's Field, 15:45 hrs; 8 Lesser Redpoll; 1 Fieldfare, flew over calling; 1 Redwing; 2 Goldcrest; 14 Long-tailed Tit, along Leeging Beech Gutter near Stables (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: Mediterranean Gull over Alex (PD), 7 Gadwall (1 Jubilee), 22 Shoveler, 3 Teal, f Wigeon, 11 Greylag Goose, 50 Coot, 12 Moorhen, 20 + Meadow Pipit, 10 Pied Wagtail (9 on new mown grassland), Grey Wagtail, singing Song Thrush, f Blackcap (TH), 3 Goldcrest, Reed Bunting, Linnet, 2 Siskin, 7 Lesser Redpoll (30 Richmond Rd - TH), Heron, 6 Skylark, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Tim Harris, Paul Davis, Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 52 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 61 Tufted Duck, 32 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kestrel, 8 Fieldfare, 8 Siskin, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff (Tony Brown). 2 Firecrest (Bush Wood in with party of tits and goldcrest), Water Rail, 2 singing Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 20 + Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Skylark (over), Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)
  • Watford: 2 Skylark over, male Bullfinch at Cardiff Road Allotments; also several Blackbird and Redwing over after dark (D. McKenzie).
  • Woodside Park: single Crossbill over NE at 15:45, also male Blackcap and Kingfisher (Ian Ellis).
  • Yeading Brook: f Sparowhawk, m Kestrel, 91 Common Gulls, Kingfisher, 5 Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Fieldfare, 7 Jackdaw, 2 Bullfinch (Neil Anderson).

Saturday 12th November 2011Edit

  • Beddington SF: Yellow-legged Gull, 1st-winter Caspian Gull on main lake 10:55 looking remarkably like a pale headed 1st winter LBB judging by the published photos, Short-eared Owl flew east late a.m., Water Pipit (Birdguides).
  • Brent Reservoir: adult Med Gull all morning, also female Peregrine over, 25 Lapwing, 20 Snipe, Green Sand & 400 Woodpigeons over (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall & Roy Beddard)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: Siberian Chiffchaff calling and showing well c100 metres south of Greenway 08:00 (Birdguides); still 1545, but viewing difficult as bird on opposite side of razor wire-topped fence (James Lowen)
  • Canons Farm: Short-eared Owl flushed from grassy field, Crossbill over, 2 Common Snipe, 46 Lapwings, 50+ Lesser Redpolls (David Campbell, Ian Jones, Roy Weller & Paul Goodman).
  • Cassiobury Park: at least 2 Siskin (D. McKenzie).
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 1 Little Grebe; 1 Great Crested Grebe; 10 Cormorant, roosting on island; 1 imm Grey Heron; 31(21m,10f) Mandarin Duck, 16:15 hrs; 3(2m,1f) Shoveler; 12(7m,5f) Tufted Duck; 1 Woodcock, flushed, 13:59 hrs - only my third record for the site! 20+ Ring-necked Parakeet; 1 Grey Wagtail; 2 singing male Song Thrush; 1 Mistle Thrush; 3 Goldcrest; 1 Firecrest, feeding in Holly, 15:25 hrs; 3 Nuthatch, including two together; 2 Treecreeper; 1 Jay; 3 Goldfinch, in Alders; 2 Siskin (Robert Callf).
  • Larkhall Park/Stockwell: 5 Black-headed Gulls on grass - no Redwing as yet (Michael Mac).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, Jack Snipe (Birdguides), Dunlin, Numerous C Snipe, Pintail (female), Shelduck, singing Cetti's Warbler, Stonechat, Sparrowhawk (Angus Innes), Peregrine (M. Honey).
  • Loughton - Park Road: 3 Lesser Redpoll flying around silver birches near Loughton Station (Nigel May).
  • Nine Elms Sainsbury's: female Kestrel usual perch for about 2 hours (Michael Mac).
  • Queen Mother Res (permit access): Common Scoter still present (Birdguides).
  • Rainham Marshes: first-winter Caspian Gull, 8 Whooper Swans south at 8.45, 8+ Yellow-legged Gulls, ad Mediterranean Gull (possibly a second bird also), 30 Black-tailed Godwit west (David Callahan, Paul Hawkins, Shaun Harvey, North Thames Gull Group); 2 adult and 1 juv White-fronted Goose in sedgey field by cordite wood with feral geese flocks, Brambling east with finch flock and Spotted Redshank on Aveley Pools, Rock Pipit, Whimbrel (foreshore at high tide), 21 Curlews, 100+ Dunlin, 40+ Redshank, 100+ Golden Plover, 56 Ring-necked Parakeets flying to roost before dusk; also Grey Seal close to shore, in and out with tide (David Callahan). Also Knot, 2 Great black-backed gulls, Linnet, 3 Rock Pipit, Marsh Harrier, m and f Peregrine, 2 Pintail, 3 Bearded tit, 70 Black-tailed godwit (Brandon Anderson).
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 Juv. Shag (N.Basin), 4 Black-necked Grebe (S.Basin), 1 Little Grebe (N.Basin) 06.50-09.00 (A.Luscombe).
  • Thorney CP: 3 Juv Smew, Kingfisher, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Common Gulls, Green Woodpecker, Dunnock, 10+ Goldfinch, 15+ Siskins. (Sue Giddens).
  • Tottenham Masrhes. Green-veined White feeding on dandelion. (Quentin Given)
  • Totteridge Valley: 7 Teal and 16 Mandarin (12 drakes) at Darlands Lake, also Tawny Owl and Little Owl this evening (Ian Ellis).
  • Walthamstow Res: Little Gull,2 Goldeneye. (Kevin J Mcmanus/pete lambert).
  • Watford (Cardiff Road): Common Buzzard, Skylark and Meadow Pipit over a.m. (D. McKenzie).
  • Woodland's Farm (Shooter's Hill) female Bullfinch, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 50+Chaffinch, Goldcrest, 30+Redwing, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch (Conrad Ellam & John Bushell) + Common Darters mating.

Friday 11th November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 22 Common Teal on Wood Green Res - probably the largest flock this century - average 1/2 birds per year (Bob Watts, James Palmer, Dave Callahan).
  • Brent Reservoir: adult Med Gull roosting in east marsh, also 18 Snipe; 3 Skylark over (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: Siberian Chiffchaff heard but not seen Abbey Creek just south of Greenway by 1130. Showed well 12:10-12:30 at least. (Paul Whiteman per BW). No sign at 15:00 but 1 Water Rail on island, 18+ Teal, 2 Redwing over, 2 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher (during the day) (Stuart Fisher)
  • Crayford Marshes: juvenile Dark-bellied Brent Goose still near the flood barrier, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Green Sandpiper, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Rock Pipit, Kingfisher, Goldcrest, 2 Cetti's Warbler 30 Wigeon, 40 Teal, c 650 Dunlin, 300 Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew. (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 216 Teal (John Archer).
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Water Rail (Mick Wheatley) 2 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Teal (Conrad Ellam & John Bushell)
  • Horsenden Hill: A male Peregrine drifted west over the lower fields at 2pm. Also 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Redpoll sp over and perhaps of interest, 20+ Ring-necked Parakeets feeding on Wild Service fruit (Andy Culshaw).
  • Leyton: Ad. Winter Mediterranean Gull c.15:00 from Marsh Ln. For 5 minutes flew N. (Paul Whiteman)
  • London Zoo: Grey Wagtail feeding along the Tapirs' moat. (S. Javes)
  • Redbridge Lakes: 5 Teal [site tick] (Alan Hobson).
  • Roding Valley Park: Blackcap [female], 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, Goldcrest, 3 Goldfinches, flock of a dozen Greenfinches, Pied Wagtail (Alan Hobson).
  • Thorney C P: Dunnock, Chaffinch, Lesser Black Back Gull, 2 Common Gulls, 40+ Siskins, 15+ Goldfinch, Little Egret by wooden bridge, Egyptian Goose on raft, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mute Swans, 3 Pochard, 5 Cormorants.(Sue Giddens)
  • Walthamstow res: Little Gull,Goldeneye.(Kevin J Mcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: 23 Lapwing (north east over Alex), 13 Teal (10 Alex 6m 4f, 3 east), 24 Shoveler (1 jub), 1 Gadwall, Tufted Duck, f Wigeon, 68 + Ring-necked Parakeet (north), 8 Meadow Pipit, 12 Pied Wagtail (7 on new mown area in grassland), 9 Skylark, 3 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, 5 Mistle Thrush, 2 Lesser Redpoll (SSSI flock flown off north), 2 Siskin, 20 Greenfinch Sparrowhawk, 300 + Common Gull (Nick Croft)

Thursday 10th November 2011Edit

  • Blackheath: Pair of Egyptian Geese, Meadow Pipit heard over, 4 Pied Wagtails (Joe Beale)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: Siberian Chiffchaff still by Abbey Creek path just south of The Greenway at 7.40am, also Reed Bunting south (Bob Watts per JA). Still present midday (Graeme Spinks per JA). Still present at 14:55 plus Green Sandpiper, 25 Teal, 3 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 6 Stock Dove, Lesser Redpoll (S Fisher).
  • Canons Farm: 5 Crossbills flew high north (David Campbell).
  • Crayford Marshes: 3rd Winter Caspian Gull along the creek at 07:10, Juvenile Dark-bellied Brent Goose feeding near the Creek Barrier. 2 Golden Plover. 7 Pintail, Water Pipit, 7 Rock Pipit, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Yellow-legged Gull. (Kev Jarvis, Phil Cliffe).
  • East India Dock Basin: huge falcon (possibly a grey phase Gyr but presumably a falconer's hybrid) tussled with a male Peregrine over nearby business estate for 5 minutes at 13:10 then drifted NW towards central London. Also 223 teal, 7 Long-tailed Tits (John Archer).
  • Fairlop Waters: Chiffchaff, 5 Jays, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldfinches, a dozen Teal, 3 Common Gulls (Alan Hobson).
  • Greenwich Park: Quiet, but 250+ Starlings went NW, 6 Redpolls over, Siskins heard, 4 Meadow Pipits over, small number of Redwings hanging around, 1 Fieldfare, 2 migrant Blackbirds W, m Firecrest (Joe Beale)
  • Hayes Town, Middlesex: from my lounge window - 14 Redwings on the berry bushes along the bus lane off Pump Lane, 2 Kestrels on the BT building East Avenue, mixed tit and finch flock (blueys,long-taileds and at least three Goldcrests)) and one Red Kite over at 1400 (W.Marks)
  • Highgate, Waterlow Park: 1 Kingfisher- Lower Pond, 1 Rook nr Highgate high st entrance. Yesterday 1 Tawny Owl harrassed by Magpie.(P.Angus)
  • Margravine Cemetery area: 1 Grey Wagtail on buildings on hospital grounds, 1m Sparrowhawk (attempted to snatch bird at window feeder), 1f Peregrine Falcon, 1 Mistle Thrush, numerous Goldfinches (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Nine Elms Sainsbury's Car Park: 2 Common Gull 2nd year with 20 Black-headed Gulls first of season (Michael Mac).
  • North Mymms:- TWO Buzzards this morning soaring and calling well near FP7.One being chased by Jackdaws. (virtually nothing else unfortunately) (Geoff Crabtree).
  • Osterley Park: 56 sp recorded, a PB here. Including Firecrest 1, long overdue and possibly a first for Osterley (?). Barn Owl 1 06.55 perched and giving superb but brief views. Common Teal 3, Kingfisher 2, Stonechat 3, Sparrowhawk 2, Pochard 1, Grey Wagtail 2, Skylark 7 west, Goldfinch flock of c50. (Keith Fisher). Keith - hope you're well and nice one on the Firecrest and Barn Owl! I have two records of Firecrest in Osterley Park from "the old days", the more recent of which was one on November 12th 2002. ATB, Rob Innes. (Thanks Rob, KFr)Hi Keith any chance of the exact location of the Firecrest and barn Owl please many thanks (N.Smith)
  • Paddington Green (a.m): Sparrowhawk carrying prey, Peregrine Falcon, Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail (D. Mckenzie).
  • Ravenscourt Park: Nuthatch (Michael Robinson)
  • Regent's Park: 12 Fieldfares, 25 Redwings, 3 Lesser Redpolls, 6 Siskins, 2 Grey Wagtails, 250 Wood Pigeons, 1 Chiffchaff (Tony Duckett).
  • South Norwood Country Park: 2 Redpoll, 3 Fieldfare, Water Rail, Grey Wagtail late morning.(Short-eared Owl reported earlier). (David Mercer).
  • South Norwood Lake: Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, 35 Tufted Duck, 43 Coot, 8 Cormorant, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 8 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1f Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 8 Jay, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Collared Dove, c60 Goldfinch, 10 Chaffinch, c20 Long-tailed Tit (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 Short-eared Owl hunting along banks on top of reservoirs prior to 06.30. Also Imm Shag still on rafts and 4 Black-necked Grebes. (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Woodcock flew N at 08:25 and may have landed, 23 Woodpigeons SW, 9 Chafinch, 2 Goldcrest (Bob Watts per JA).
  • Trent Park: 8 Common Crossbill, flew W, calling, 11:05 hrs., over Water Garden; 1 Grey Wagtail, water outflow, Lower Lake; 26 Fieldfare, Moat Wood; 2 Redwing; 1 Chiffchaff, in 'The Clump' at 'Old Golf Course'; 12 Goldcrest; 3 Nuthatch; 3 Treecreeper; 3(1m,2f) Bullfinch, together, in 'The Clump' (Robert Callf, Bob Husband & Robin White).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 25+ Lesser Redpoll, feeding in Birches - Robin reported two Mealy Redpoll as well; 2 Meadow Pipit, perched in Birches with Redpoll flock; 3(1m,2f) Bullfinch (Robert Callf, Bob Husband & Robin White).
  • Walthamstow res: Little Gull still. (Kevin J Mcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Snipe, 200+ Common Gull, 3 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 40 + Lesser Redpoll (SSSI), Siskin, Linnet, 10 Gadwall (south), 2 Teal, f Wigeon, 17 Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Chiffchaff (SSSI), 4 Skylark, 23 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 51 Tufted Duck, 35 Gadwall, 22 Pochard, Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Heron, 17 Fieldfare (north east), 4 Mistle Thrush, Kingfisher, 7 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Bulfinch, Siskin, 3 Lesser Redpoll (Nick Croft).

Wednesday 9th November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Bullfinch in cricket scrub, 1 Redpoll sp over, 2 Jackdaw feeding between the two reservoirs, 2 Fieldfare N (Gareth Richards).
  • Barking Bay: 6 Curlew, Siskin, 5 Snipe, 24 Lapwing, Short Eared Owl being mobbed by Crows, Cetti's Warbler, 160 Linnet, 2 Brambling, 59 Shelduck, Avocet flew towards Crossness roost at just after 12.00pm, 2 Sparrowhawks and a rather late Red Admiral.(Dave Morrison)
  • Barking Outfall: 3 Curlew, 61 Redshank, Rock Pipit, 18 Dunlin, 23 Black Tailed Godwit and 3 Common Sandpipers.(Dave Morrison)
  • Brent Reservoir: Great Skua 11.28 seen flying from dam end (from SW) towards bridge, about twice tree height, very good close view at first, then it flew round above houses, back over res towards bridge, then off towards North Marsh, where all the gulls flew up in distance, c200, not sure if caused by Bonxie or hawk? then headed north, not on water when checked. Also adult Med Gull, 14 Snipe, Chiffchaff (Andrew Verrall, Lydia Willocks).
  • Bromley, Hayes Farm: Long-Tailed Duck (f) still present on trout fishing lake (Ginger Skinner)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: Siberian Chiffchaff still along Abbey Creek path, c100 yards south of The Greenway, at 11.45am, calling frequently for several minutes (had earlier been on the island in Abbey Creek), also 3 Fieldfares SW, Mipit N, Grey Wagtail, 6+ Teal, Jay (John Archer).
  • Crayford Marshes: 7 Dark-bellied Brent Goose on the Thames. 6 Rock Pipit, Water Pipit, 2 Goldcrest, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Grey Plover, 3 Snipe, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, c600 Dunlin, 12 Ringed Plover, c230 Redshank. (Kev Jarvis).
  • East India Dock Basin: 186 Teal (highest count this autumn) (John Archer).
  • Ewell Village: 3 Skylark high South East over at 13.10. Also 7 Redwing on Hogsmill Open Space (Neil Batten).
  • Grays riverside: high tide roost of c40 Redshank and 7 Dunlin, also fem Peregrine, 2 Little Egret, 2 Lapwing and 12 Linnets. Single Brent Goose downriver at 1525. (James A)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir::Common Scoter imm/♀, Short-eared Owl, Chiffchaff (Mark McManus, Joan Thompson, Derek Turner)
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: no sign of recent Whooper Swan - 83 Mute Swan, 5 Greylag Goose x Canada Goose, 4 adult Egyptian Goose with 5 relatively new goslings, 11 Shoveler, 30 Cormorant, male Blackcap (D. McKenzie).
  • Staines Reservoirs: four dark-bellied Brent Goose flew E at 1102hrs, then another single (a well-marked juvenile) flew E at 1215hrs (seen from KGVI Res). Otherwise still the immature Shag N basin and three Black-necked Grebes S basin (Rob Innes).
  • Stockers Lake: Cetti's Warbler 11:50am, on causeway by notice board. Close views obtained, call also recorded (Richard Francis)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 9 Common Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail, pr Egyptian Geese. (TeRNS)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, c40 Tufted Duck, 5 Cormorant, 1f Kestrel, c50 Black-headed Gull, 6 Redwing, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Pied Wagtail c10 Jay, c40 Goldfinch, Chaffinch, 3 Collared Dove, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, c30 Long-tailed Tit, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Walthamstow res: Black Redstart,Little Gull,Peregrine,4 Lapwing (Kevin J Mcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: 60 + Lesser Redpoll (SSSI - including the grey rumped bird, which appears larger than its dowdier cohorts, more work needed), Siskin, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 20 + blackbird, singing Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Teal, 20 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, f Wigeon still, 2 Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, Little Grebe (Nick Croft)
  • Woodside Park: male Blackcap, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Goldfinch, Coal Tit, Jackdaw, all in/from garden (Ian Ellis).

Tuesday 8th November 2011Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Wigeon, 1 Lapwing, 16 Snipe, 1 ad. Mediterranean Gull, 10.15am (Roy Beddard)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: tristis Chiffchaff still present in scrub along Abbey Creek between Greenway and 3 Mills Lock at 10:30am - link to recording on Xeno Canto http://www.xeno-canto.org/89982 (Stuart Fisher).
  • Crayford Marshes: Snow Bunting over south calling ealy a.m, 10 Dark-bellied Brent Goose on the Thames foreshore near the flood barrier, Red-breasted Merganser flew down river midday. Woodcock, Water Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 2 Grey Plover, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 18 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, female Stonechat: (Kev Jarvis).
  • Enfield Chase area: green parakeet with red beak has been feeding off the peanut bird feeder in garden since the 5th November. It appears to be on its own and arrives for breakfast each morning. (That'll be a Ring-necked Parakeet) I agree with it being a feral Ring-necked Parakeet. There is a small population in Enfield, largely centred in Grovelands Park. (Katy M.)
  • Roding Valley Park and surrounding area: Grey Wagtail, 3 Jays, 2 Pied Wagtails, Long-tailed Tit, Goldfinch, 2 Song Thrushes, Ring-necked Parakeet, 10 Common Gulls (Alan Hobson).
  • South Norwood Lake area: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, c30 Tufted Duck, 6 Cormorant, 1 imm Common Gull, 50 Black-headed Gull, 15 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 6 Jay, c40 Goldfinch, 30+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Collared Dove, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 20 Brent Goose flew over then landed on KGVI Res late morning, then flew off W from there after about 20 minutes; also at Staines the immature Shag (N basin) and three Black-necked Grebes (S basin) (Ken Purdey, Rob Innes).
  • Stocker's Lake: Cetti's Warbler 12:30pm. One call, blasted from about 6 feet away. Unseen, the culprit refused to repeat the performance during next 45 mins. Located on river side of lake adj to lifebelt (Richard Francis).
  • Thames Ditton (garden): 1 Swallow over at 11.30am, re-appearing briefly at midday. My latest record of this species (Billy Dykes).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake; 1m Blackcap seen but also heard in sub-song: c70 Redwing: c15 Fieldfare: 2 Grey Wagtail: 1pr Mandarin: 1drake Teal (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 1 Chiffchaff, feeding in Sallows, along 'Gully' - 'Old Golf Course'; 4 Fieldfare, Moat Wood; 4 Mistle Thrush, 'Old Golf Course'; 5+ Song Thrush; 25+ Redwing; 20+ Siskin, feeding in Alders; 7 Goldfinch; 3 Bullfinch, several Goldcrests, 9 Ring-necked Parakeets, pair Mandarin Ducks (Robert Callf, Bob Husband & Mike Cawthorne).
  • Wanstead Flats: Mediterranean Gull in gull roost, 8 Teal (4 displaying males), 4 Gadwall, Wigeon still, 10 + Shoveler, Little Grebe, 40 + Ring-necked Parakeet, 11 Madow Pipit, 7 Pied Wagtail, 2 Fiedfare, 4 Redwing, 8 Song Thrush, 4 Mistle Thrush, 60 + Lesser Redpoll (SSSI feeding on birch seeds, 1 with grey rump and very much greyer/paler than the rest), 52 + Goldfinch (large flock of 38 + birds feeding in trees north of flats), 9 Greenfinch, 9 Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, 2 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Blackcap (Nick Croft)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: 57 Common Gulls, Stock Dove, c15 Redwing, Goldcrest, 3 Bullfinch (Neil Anderson).

Monday 7th November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: c30 Lesser Redpoll in willows by Wood Green Res at lunchtime, inc one bird showing underside and profile features of Mealy Redpoll but could not see rump and mantle - easy to pick out though! (David Callahan).
  • Brent Reservoir: Vis-mig: 76 Redwing, 21 Chaffinch, 690 Woodpigeon; also 7 Egyptian Geese (Andrew Verrall).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: tristis Chiffchaff along Abbey Creek path (calling) plus Bunting sp east calling (probable Lapland) c10:35, 1 Fieldfare north alarm calling, Common Sandpiper, 37 Teal, 5 Mistle Thrush feeding in car park in floodlight (c6am), 20 Goldfinch, Peregrine south (09:35), 2 Meadow Pipit south, Kingfisher (Stuart Fisher)
  • Bromley Common: 1 juv/fem Long-tailed Duck on trout fishing lake (escape?) 3:30 - 4:30pm, Tawny Owl (calling), (Ernest Thomason/ T Stone)
  • Cassiobury Park: Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, 2 Lesser Redpoll (D. McKenzie).
  • Crayford Marshes: c400 Redwing, 100 Fieldfare, Common Sandpiper, c300 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 2 Curlew, c 380 Redshank, 34 Wigeon. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Fulham Reach: 1 colour-ringed Cormorant (black Z4, ringed in Norway in 2001), 5 Common Gull (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Hampstead Heath: probable Snipe at Highgate 1 Pond plus 3 Gadwall, Teal on Stock Pond, 20 Redpolls, 10 Siskin, 30 Redwing, 6 Goldcrests (many more heard), 3 Coal Tit (C Bird)
  • Kensington Gardens: Whooper Swan on Round Pond to 09:00 at least (Matt Reed / Birdguides). Still present at 4pm (per MB).
  • London Wetland Centre - 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (1st-winter), c. 600 Woodpigeon, 1 Rock Pipit, 61 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, 24 Song Thrush (LWC website)
  • Rainham Village skywatch - my garden: 15-20 Fieldfare, 50+ Redwing (both 1st of Autumn), 200+ Wood Pigeon, 200+ Starling, 2 Pied Wagtail, Canada Goose, Cormorant, Jackdaw (Richard Harrison).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Tufted Duck, 53 Coot, 30 Black-headed Gull, 3 Cormorant, 20 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 1 Kestrel, 4 Lesser Redpoll, c20 Goldfinch, 6 Jay, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Tooley Street SE1: female Sparrowhawk flew SW over rooftops, chased by Carrion Crow
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 180+ Woodpigeon NE 0800-0830 (Bob Watts).
  • Trent Park: 1 imm/eclipse male Wigeon, Lower Lake; 1 male Gadwall; 2(m&f) Shoveler, Lower Lake; 7+ Mandarin Duck; 1 Woodcock, flushed, 12:41 hrs - first of the autumn (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 28 Lesser Redpoll, feeding in Birches, Sidhil's Field (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: 1st winter f Snow Bunting (calling as it flew north from grassland east of centre path), Yellowhammer (west), 50 + Lesser Redpoll, possible Brambling in with Redpoll, 12 Chafinch, 13 Goldfinch, 10 Greenfinch, 116 Fieldfare, 65 Redwing (both mostly north), Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush, many Blackbird, 14 + Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, Stock Dove, 5 Collared Dove, several thousand Wood Pigeon west and north, 3 Teal 21 Shoveler, f Wigeon still Alex, 20 Lapwing (north), Kestrel, 5 Skylark (Nick Croft).

Sunday 6th November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Female Yellowhammer calling alongside Wood Green Res initially in company of male Chaffinch, flew to hawthorn on south perimeter cricket pitch then mound before flying east over res at 0905, also Lapwing 0805-0815 over Wood Green Res, 20 Fieldfare N, 23 Redwing, Skylark NE, 2 Mipits, 10+ Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 50 Woodpigeon west, 5 R N Parakeets (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener, Alan Gibson). Dunlin heard calling after dark c 10 times flying south into park near Deer Enclosure Gate at 18:00 hrs (Dominic Mitchell).
  • Barking Outfall: 2 Rock Pipit, Water Pipit, Curlew, 385 Teal, 34 Redshank in roost, Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 7 Great Crested Grebes and 204 Mallard.(Dave Morrison)
  • Beddington SF: 1 Brent Goose southwest, 5 Red-breasted Merganser over, 1 Woodcock, 1550+ Woodpigeon south, 12 Wigeon, 11+5 Pochard, 500+ LBB Gull W, Redshank and Cetti's Warbler skywatching pics(PA)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 drake Goldeneye, 15 Snipe & 10 Lapwing (Brent Birders).
  • Canons Farm: 39 Brent Goose flew SW at 8.35am, 13 Lapwings (David Campbell & Jim Hall).
  • Canons Park & Lake, Edgware, Middx: Great Crested Grebe, 3 Redwings, Grey Wagtail, Common Pochard, (NW London RSPB Group, Bob Husband)
  • Crossness: 16 Brent Goose west (10 at 13:20, 6 at 14:30), Water Pipit off Golf Centre, 7 Yellow-legged Gulls (3 adults, near-adult, 2 2nd winter, 1st winter), 159 Blackwits, 220 Dunlin, 7 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, c700 Woodpigeons south in a single flock (John Archer & Rich Bonser).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Siskin over, 1 Redpoll over, 39 Lapwing on the slack and then on playing fields, 22 Teal, 2 Snipe, several Redwing, 16 Stock Dove and 2-3 Jackdaw. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • East India Dock Basin area: 1 Gadwall, 35 Lapwing (west|), 8 Redshank, 22 Redwing, 500+ Starlings. (Gary A James).
  • Enfield Lock: 4 Crossbill NW over garden calling at 09.50 (Martin Shepherd).
  • Hayes Farm (Bromley): Female Long Tailed Duck on Trout Lake (Derek Pezet)
  • Leyton: Sidmouth Park: c2500 Woodpigeon in various directions (most ended up going south), 3 Fieldfare over, couple of Redwing over, 2 Meadow Pipit over, Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll SW, 11 Chaffinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail over (Stuart Fisher)
  • Osterley Park: Common Buzzard 1, Stonechat 2, Reed Bunting 5, Wood Pigeon flock of c400 moving west (K.Fisher)
  • Rainham Marshes: 7 Pintail, 1-2 Marsh Harriers, Common Buzzard, 320+ Black-tailed Godwits, 70+ Redshank, 100+ European Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper, 1w Little Gull, 2 ad Yellow-legged Gulls, Short-eared Owl (flew south from reserve across river to Dartford Marshes), 2 Rock Pipits, 2 Siskins SW, 2 Corn Buntings on Aveley Bay saltings (Dominic Mitchell); Ruff and Spotted Redshank also reported.
  • Redbridge sports centre: 2 Snow Bunting over calling and flew East (Shaun Harvey)
  • Richmond Park: 19 Lapwing flying low north over Pen Ponds, 1 Snipe, 20 Redpoll Pen Ponds plantation (Hugh Bradshaw, Andrew Westenberger)
  • Staines Reservoir: 07.00-08.45 3 Black-necked Grebe (South Basin), juv. Shag (North Basin), 8 Goldeneye (A.Luscombe).
  • Stocker's Lake: 22 Shoveler, Common Buzzard, 23 Lapwing, Little Owl (Stocker's Farm), at least 20 Siskin (D. McKenzie).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 1 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Kestrel, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Linnets, 12 Teal, no sign of Little Gull or Knot at 16:00. (Quentin Given) Little Gull,Knot,2 Golden Plover, 3 Redpoll.Lots of Lapwings. (pete lambert/kevin j mcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2000 + Wood Pigeon west, 41 Fieldfare, 28 Redwing, 16 + Song Thrush, 40+ Blackbird, 10 Mistle Thrush, 24 Lapwing north, 2 Snipe (TH), 11 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 70 + Lesser Redpoll (45+ in the SSSI - TH), 23 Chaffinch, 20 + Goldfinch, f/juv Bullfinch, Linnet, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 30 Herring Gull south in one flock (Nick Croft/Tim Harris/Steve Thorpe)
  • Wanstead Park:100+ Lesser Redpoll, 30 + Siskin, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, 55 Lapwing north, Water Rail, Kingfisher, 3 Wigeon, Shoveler, 20 + Gadwall, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 10 + Goldcrest (Nick Croft/Tony Brown/Tim Harris/Steve Thorpe)
  • Wimbledon Common: 75+ Lesser Redpoll north of the windmill, 25+ Goldfinch on the mound, Grey Wagtail on small pond next to Wimbledon Parkside (Guy Bradley).

Saturday 5th November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 6 Fieldfare SW, 7 Redwing SW, 30+ Lesser Redpoll (flocks of 10 in Cricket Scrub joined by 20 from Wood Green Res direction), 2 Meadow Pipits (Bob Watts, Andrew Gardener).
  • Cassiobury Park: Little Egret fishing in River Gade 11:00, Grey Wagtail, several Redwing, singing Mistle Thrush, c35 Jackdaw (D. McKenzie).
  • Cheshunt - Bury Green: c12.45pm - flock of at least 100 Golden Plover on field W of A10 & N of B198 (Nigel May).
  • Clapham Common: 4 Siskin feeding in alders near bandstand. 6 Redwing over. Good numbers of Goldfinch, Greenfich, Chaffinch + 4 Goldcrest scattered. 3 Shoveler on Mount Pond. (Mark H)
  • Croxley Common Moor: Little Egret, 3 Meadow Pipit, at least 12 Song Thrush, Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, c40 Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 25+ Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch; also a single Small Copper (the latest I've ever seen) (D. McKenzie).
  • Greenwich Park: f Teal briefly (first of autmn), c350 Woodpigeons over, 1 m Pheasant, 35+ Redwings, surprisingly the briefest of glimpses of a Hawfinch flying over S/SE and helpfully calling around 8am, my first here (Joe Beale)
  • Hampstead Heath: Woodcock flew over Priors field at 1330hrs (Greengrandad) 5 Snipe early morning (per D. Porritt).
  • Harefield: Barn Owl in dead tree opposite New Years Farm, New Years Green Lane. Red Kite at refuse site and Little Egret over field west of Bayhurst Wood (Martin Gibbons, Steve Pash & Dick Middleton).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 32 Lesser Redpoll, 11 Siskin, 7 Egyptian Geese, 5 Goldcrest, Snipe, 71 Teal, 22 Fieldfare, Bittern, Chiffchaff and 18 Redwing.(Dave Morrison); 12 Redpoll sp, 4 Bullfinch, Fieldfare, Kestrel, 4 Water Rail, c400 Woodpigeon going south (Shaun Harvey)
  • Leyton, Sidmouth Park early am: Viz mig: 40 Redwing North, c60 Woodpigeon North, 4+ Lesser Redpoll, Skylark south east, Meadow Pipit South, plus Grey Wagtail and common stuff (Stuart Fisher)
  • Ruislip: Short-eared Owl, flying NW over the Lido at 10:20, Common Buzzard, Water Rail, 20+ Wigeon, 35 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 6 Redpoll, 5 Siskin and 3 Skylark (Steve Pash).
  • Richmond Park: Common or Pallid Swift, between Hawthorn valley & Richmond gate, early am (J.Murray & J.Murray Snr) also male Goldeneye Upper Pen Pond, 60 Siskin and 20 Lesser Redpoll (Hugh Bradshaw).
  • Staines Moor: 0730-1030hrs- 5 Water Pipit (1 by the river and 4 on small pools in the s/e corner), 5 Common Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 15 Fieldfare, 30+ Redwing, 1 GS Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 14 Skylark, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Pagtail, 10+ Redpoll, 5 Siskin, 5 Linnet, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest,1 Cetti's Warbler, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting. (Neville Smith)
  • Staines Reservoir: 07.00-09.00 2 Black-necked Grebe (S.Basin), 1 juv Shag (N.Basin), 7 Goldeneye, 4 Mistle Thrush, Wigeon, Pochard, Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 20 Linnet, 80 Goldfinch (A.Luscombe)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Green Sandpiper, c100 Lapwing, 4 Wigeon,Tree Sparrow, c60 Siskin. (Steve Blake).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: (f) Snow Bunting, on the deck @ 8.05., Green Sandpiper,Snipe (Kevin J Mcmanus). p.m. 1st year Little Gull Low Maynard, Common Sandpiper Lockwood, 2 Green Sandpiper overflow channel to the North. Hybrid Ferruginous x Pochard No.5 (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats: Calling Ringed Plover south over flats/Capel point (17:00), Adult Mediterranean Gull (judging by my pictures a different bird from Monday), f Wigeon, 4 Teal (3m), 12 + Shoveler, 7 Egyptian Goose, 30 + Redwing (north west), 22 Fieldfare (west), 10 Song Thrush, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 12 Skylark, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Reed Bunting (Nick Croft/J Lethbridge)
  • Wanstead Park: Woodcock (flushed from the dell (15:30), Water Rail (west end Perch), f Wigeon (Perch), 55 Gadwall, 33 Tufted Duck, 13 Pochard, 3 Teal (2f), 2 Egyptian Goose, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (flying from cemetry to stables, first since c. May), 13 Mistle Thrush, 4 Redwing, 10 + Song Thrush (osw), Kingfisher, 11 + Goldcrest, 2 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch (Old sewage works), 15 Lesser Redpoll, 7+ Siskin, 3 Lttle Grebe, 6 Grey Heron, Stock Dove, Peregrine Falcon (unsuccessfully stooping on a small bird behind the little tea shop of happiness), Sparrowhawk - 55 sp (Nick Croft).

Friday 4th November 2011Edit

  • Crayford Marshes: 7 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Stonechat, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Snipe, c640 Dunlin, 2 Curlew, 12 Ringed Plover, c300 Redshank (Kev Jarvis).
  • Hendon NW4: Pheasant at side of Colindeep Lane, not far from previous day's sighting (Michelle Haynes).
  • Mudchute (Isle of Dogs) 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Lesser Redpoll. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 2 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Water Rail, 10 Golden Plover, 100+ Lapwing, Little Grebe (Steve Blake).
  • Wimbledon Common: one male Brambling with ground-feeding Chaffinches on the Large Mound (David Wills).

Thursday 3rd November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Egyptian Geese (Wood Green Res) (Bob Watts); c15 Lesser Redpoll (Cricket Scrub) (David Callahan).
  • Brent Reservoir: Vis-mig 07:00-09:00: 69 Fieldfare, 87 Redwing, Skylark, 3 Siskin (Andrew Verrall).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: not much apart from 2 falconers hybrids, first a Lanner type early am heading South (which appeared last year) and at 2pm a huge Gyr type falcon flying north over Bromley-by-Bow station, this has shown up several times in the past month, huge, very pale, long tailed and rounded winged, anyone else seen this bird? (Stuart Fisher).
  • Crayford Marshes: Dark-Bellied Brent Goose on the Thames early a.m. 8 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Rock Pipit, 6 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Curlew, c400 Dunlin, 24 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Hendon NW4: Pheasant crossing slip road from Colindeep Lane to southbound A41 (James Levy).
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 1 Little Grebe; 1 adult Great Crested Grebe; 7 Cormorant; 2(m&f) Egyptian Goose; 48(30m,18f) Mandarin Duck, 16:00 hrs; 1 male Common Teal; 2 male Shoveler; 4(2m,2f) Pochard; 25 Tufted Duck; 2(ad & imm) Grey Heron; 5 Goldcrest, including three together; 1 Firecrest, feeding in Holly, 14:50 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Tooley St SE1: Grey Wagtail - 1 female has been a regular visitor (4-5 tmes a day, methodically searching rooftop pools & matting) to an office roof (5th floor) since the start of October (G Sutton).
  • Wanstead Flats: 26 Skylark (21 NE), 8 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 101 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 21 Lesser Redpoll, 21 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 3 Goldcrest, 30 Long-tailed Tit, 25 + Shoveler, m Teal, 600 + Wood Pigeon (south), 2 Greater Black-backed Gull (Nick Croft/TimHarris).

Wednesday 2nd November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 35+ Lesser Redpoll circket scrub 7.40 am, male Yellowhammer west 7.45 (2nd record this year), 3 Skylark east, several Siskin, 670+ Woodpigeon west 0715-0750 (Bob Watts); Lesser Redpoll, Skylark and Redwing over c8.30 (David Callahan).
  • Brent Reservoir: Vis-mig 06:45-9:00 1,310 Woodpigeon, 2 Skylark, 15 Jackdaw, 21 Fieldfare, 27 Redwing, 41 Chaffinch, 5 Redpoll; also Ad Med Gull, 7 Lapwing (Andrew Verrall).
  • Bromley-by-Bow (3 Mills Studios): viz mig early am: 4 Yellowhammer South (1st site record), 5 Lesser Redpoll South west, c500 Woodpigeon SW, plus Rock Pipit north over my shed at 10:30 (2nd site record), Kingfisher, 270 Mallard, only 8 Teal (boo!), 2 Great Black backed Gull, Common Gull etc (Stuart Fisher).
  • Crayford Marshes: 6 Lesser Redpoll, 12 Yellow-legged Gull, c1500 Woodpigeon, Grey Plover, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Redwing, Fieldfare, c680 Dunlin. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Croydon area (viewed from top of Streatham Common) 7.10-7.50 am: 1330 Wood Pigeons over heading SW in flocks of 10 to 150. Also 9 ring-necked parakeets mobbing a sparrowhawk and a flock of c30 goldfinches on the common (Peter Newmark).
  • Euston Station: 1 Redwing over at 07.45 (Andrew Self).
  • Greenwich Park: 2700 + Woodpigeon, mainly S/SW but some flocks W, until 09.15, small no. of Redwings, Fieldfares, 2-300 Starling W, 1 Redpoll, Skylark and Meadow Pipit over, plus Firecrest (Joe Beale).
  • Hampstead Heath: Viz mig of 5000+ Woodpigeon heading west 7.15-7.40 flocks ~500, also flock of 600 Starling (Dave Porritt).
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir LNR (Restricted access): Pines area where "pale warbler" sighted 2.10pm 31/10 & 12.15pm 1/11 searched from 9.30 to approx. 2.00pm as well as the nearby plantation where the EC Warbler was netted on Sunday - No sign just Goldcrests, Wrens, Tits & Tree Creeper (Bob Husband).
  • Rainham Village: 1250+ Wood Pigeon over heading SW in flocks between 50 and 250 from 07.10 to 08.25 (Richard Harrison).
  • Trent Park: 2(m&f) Mandarin Duck; 2(m&f) Shoveler; 3(1m,2f) Pochard; 4(2m,2f) Tufted Duck; 1 male Kingfisher, perched, 13:20 hrs; 1 Siskin, Water Grdn; 1 Bullfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 13 Lesser Redpoll, feeding in Birches, Sidhil's Field, 09:50 hrs; 18 Greenfinch, along Merryhills Brook (Robert Callf).
  • Wanstead Flats: Yellowhammer (07:15-ish: west, presumably to Ally Pally), 2 Reed Bunting, 30 + Goldfinch, 4 Linnet, 28 Fieldfare, 64 Redwing (south west), 5 SongThrush, 10 Skylark, 12 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, several thousand Wood Pigeon (south), 3 m Teal, 10 Shoveler, Kestrel (Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 23 Siskin, 9 Linnet, 2 Skylark (north), 23 Redwing (east), 20 Fieldfare (north), 51 Tufted Duck (Heronry/Perch), 16 Pochard (Heronry), 17 Gadwall, Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, Heron, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft).

Tuesday 1st November 2011Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Reed Bunting (h), 260 Woodpigeon, sev Mipits 0715-0740 (Bob Watts).
  • Battersea Park Lake: 4pm 1 hunting Sparrowhawk taking dives at prey, 1 Blackbird alarm calling as hawk went into bushes but a miss, then 5 mins later male Peregrine over on to Gasometer (Michael Mac).
  • Cranford CP (J3 M4): c30 Redwing, c30 Fieldfare, 5 Goldcrest, Kestrel, Red Kite and Buzzard over, Little Owl flying over short grass, c100 RN Parakeet (W.Marks)
  • Crayford Marshes: female Bearded Tit in the reedbed near the Landfill site.30 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Yellow-legged Gull, Water Rail, male Peregrine, 2 Grey Plover, 12 Black-tailed Godwit,14 Redwing, c440 Dunlin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Snipe. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: still no sign of Sunday's Eastern Crowned Warbler up to 12:00 - Common Buzzard, Woodcock flushed from scrub near castle 10:45, Brambling and redpoll sp over (G. Bailey, B. Haines, B. Husband, D. McKenzie, J. Thompson, D. Turner). Possible Eastern Crowned Warbler NE of Bushey at Hilfield Park Reservoir in pine belt on north side briefly c1.20pm but no further sign by 2.40pm. Walk west along footpath on south side of Elstree Aerodrome from west end of Hogg Lane (RBA) This sighting of a warbler with white underparts (one of the observers thought he saw yellowish undertail coverts) was actually at 12.15 pm. The bird was high in a pine tree and could only be viewed briefly from underneath.
  • Lake Farm CP (Hayes): Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, c20 Chaffinch, c20 RN Parakeet (W.Marks)
  • Mudchute (Isle of Dogs) Sparrowhawk, 2 Male Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Crossbills, 26 Fieldfares, 320 Redwings, 8 Siskins, 4 Lesser Redpolls, 165 Chaffinches, 760 Wood Pigeons, Water Rail (Tony Duckett).
  • Roding Valley Park: Blackcap [female], Jay, flock of around half a dozen Goldfinches, Long-tailed Tit, Ring-necked Parakeet (Alan Hobson)
  • South Norwood Lake: Mute Swan, 2 Grest Crested Grebe, 20 Tufted Duck, 6 Cormorant, c40 Black-headed Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 6 Jay, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Coal Tit, c10 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Collared Dove, c40 Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, Chaffinch (John Watson)
  • Staines Reservoir: Brent Goose S basin early am. Still 09.30 SE corner S basin. (Bob Warden, Rob Innes)
  • Thorney CP: 50+ Siskins, Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 3 Pochards, 4 Ring Necked Parakeets, Common Gull, 3 Herring Gulls over, 3 Buzzards circling, 3 Goldfinch, Song Thrush, 4 Great Crested Grebes.(Sue Giddens).
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Bullfinch (patch mega - first I've seen here), 17 Goldfinch, 9 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Siskin, 19 Chaffinch, 16 Greenfinch, 6 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 110 Redwing, 91 Fieldfare (all west), 16 Song Thrush, 40 Blackbird, 3 Mistle Thrush, 9 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark, m Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 100 + Common Gull, 23 Shoveler, 2 Teal, f Wigeon, 1 Wigeon/Teal cross, 7 Gadwall, Red-breasted Goose, Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk (54 sp) (Nick Croft/Tim Harris/Steve Thorpe)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Skylark over, 7 Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker (Charlie Farrell)

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