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Tuesday 30 November 2010Edit

  • Bromley by Bow and Channelsea area: 9 Snipe, 6 Redshank, several Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, Chiffchaff plus the usuals (S Fisher)
  • Crayford Marshes: Dark-bellied Brent Goose on the Thames, 2 Avocet and 16 Grey Plover on Thames foreshore near creek barrier a.m. 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, Rock Pipit, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 16 Ringed Plover, c150 Wigeon, c80 Teal, 12 Gadwall. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Ruislip: Drake Smew, 66 Wigeon, 84 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, 25 Pochard and 10 Egyptian Geese on the Lido. Water Rail, Common Snipe, Little Egret, Kingfisher and 2 Teal on River Pinn. c20 Siskin and Sparrowhawk in Mad Bess Wood, Common Buzzard over Pinn Fields and 28 RN Parakeet in my garden (Steve Pash).
  • Alexandra Park: c20 Pintail over NE at 12.22 (tick no.67 on office list - any park records before?) (Ian Lycett, David Callahan)
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: Lesser Black-backed Gull graellsii (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Brent Reservoir: 20 Snipe, Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrests with Tit flock (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham) 2 Heron, 14 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 5 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 20+ Black-headed Gull, 10+ Woodpigeon, 2 Wren, 5 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch. (Conrad Ellam) couldn't use my bins on account of the heavy snow, I might try again later if it clears up.
  • Burgess Park: no sign of Ferruginous Duck from Monday - only Aythya was a single Tufted Duck. Also present: 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Greylag with the Canadas, 1 Grey Heron + the usual urban stuff. (Tom Smith).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: Golden Plover east 10.10, 6 Lapwings, 9 Shelduck. (Gary A James).
  • Harefield: Red Kite at Rubbish tip in New Years Green Lane (Steve Pash).
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: Wildfowl concentrated around the boat house this morning with Shoveler numbers of note. Limited numbers of gulls, mainly Black-headed but 1 Herring and 1 Lesser Black-backed. 80+fFeral Greylag Geese which perhaps explains why there were none around St James' Park this morning. (Richard Seargent). 1 fem Sparrowhawk (perched in tree close to where the Tawny Owls were roosting on sat, before flying off towards the Royal Albert Hall), 1 Redwing, 8 Long-tailed Tit + Chaffinch, Great Tit and Blue Tits on the feeders. (Charlie Farrell)
  • London Wetland Centre: Woodcock feeding in front of Wildside hide at dusk (via Martin Honey).
  • Paddington Green: Chiffchaff with tit flock, 5 small finches over (probably Siskin) (Des McKenzie).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 4 Golden Plover & 53 Lapwing on fields, the majority of which departed south at 14:25 leaving 13 Lapwing. Also: 1 Little Owl, 29 Jackdaw & 4 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10m 8f Shoveler, 25 Tufted Duck, c150 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser Blacked -backed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 3 Red-crested Pochards (2 males and a female) on East Res a.m., overdue first of year; Rock / Water Pipit over calling, possibly landed West Res; 2 Kingfishers, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Water Rails, Meadow Pipit; 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and near-ad Great Black-backed Gull in pre-roost; minus one Water Rail which became afternoon tea for Fox (Mark Pearson)
  • Waterlow Park: 1 Water Rail on the ice, bottom pond. 1 Tawny Owl, 4 Goldcrest, a few Fieldfares, Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrush. (P.A)
  • Valentines Park (Ilford): Little Grebe, 4 Egyptian Geese, 4 Pochard, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin (via London Birdwatching)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Shoveler going round in decreasing circles, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Redwing, 7 Skylark, 30+ Goldfinch in the London Plane at Capel Point, 50+ Wood Pigeon (south west), Cormorant, Black-headed Gull in breeding plumage (NC).
  • Wanstead Park: 12 Shoveler, 80+ Gadwall, 30+ Tufted Duck, 45+ Pochard, 3 Teal, 6+ Little Grebe, Grey Heron, 2 Redwing, Treecreeper (showing rather well), Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, 10+ Goldcrest, 2 Cormorant, 3 Green Woodpecker (NC)
  • Lake Farm CP: 3 Waxwings for 45 mins, 1 Little Egret flew E, 11 Lapwings - 46 yesterday (Peter Naylor).
  • Epping Forest: 7 Mandarins, 6 Shoveler, 4 Pochard and 12 Tufted Duck on a largely frozen Connaught Water, Woodcock in Great Monk Wood, and c70 Lesser Redpoll near Wake Arms Ponds (R Woodward).

Monday 29 November 2010Edit

  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 1 Firecrest, possibly 2, 15:03 - 15:55 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Merlin (London Birdwatching)
  • Little Britain: 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrests, Gt Spotted Woodpecker,(Sue Giddens)
  • Queen Mother Res: Red-necked Grebe along east bank beyond pier at 08:30 (LondonBirds Twitter).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: 1+ Firecrest still with mixed flock in Monument Glade 1245, also 1+ Goldcrest (Bob Watts).
  • Hampstead Heath: 0900-1030. 15 Lapwing NW, 1 male Teal on womens bathing pond, 2 Redpoll sp, 3 Goldcrest, 21 Goldfinch, 6 Chaffinch, 5 Nuthatch, 1 fem Kestrel, 5 Coal Tit, 24 Long Tailed Tit plus usuals. Also on ponds: 165 Black Headed Gull, 15 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser B B Gull, 3 Common Gull, 24 Tufted Duck, 10 Shoveler, 18 Moorhen, 68 Coot, 31 Mallard, 6 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant (Rob Ayers)
  • Valentines Park: 2 Egyptian Geese, Shoeveler, Pochard, Mediterranean Gull, 7 Siskin, Goldcrest, (London Birdwatching)
  • Belair Park (West Dulwich): Mixed flock of 60 Goldfinch and Siskin (Dave Clark)
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: 8 (2 drakes, 6 ducks) Teal - my first record at this site? 8 (5m, 3f) Mandarin Duck; 1 fem Pochard; 13 (7m, 6f) Tufted Duck; 1 female Kingfisher; 1 male Pied Wagtail; 1 Nuthatch; 6 Collared Dove, on island (Robert Callf).
  • Brent Reservoir: 16 Lapwing north at 9.05 & 2 west at 14.05 (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham) 2 Heron, 28 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 10+ Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wren, 7 Robin, 12 Blackbird, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 1 Jay, 4 Magpie, 3 Carrion Crow, 10+ Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 4 Chaffinch. (Conrad Ellam) + Peregrine perched on Citibank building.
  • Channelsea, Bromley-by-Bow: fem Shoveler in the river (rare here), 3 Gadwall, several Teal and Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Snipe, 17 Moorhen, 23 Coot, 6 Cormorant, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 Goldfinch, fem Brambling perched with 5 Chaffinch in trees SE of Abbey Mills pumping station (S Fisher)
  • Crayford Marshes: Turnstone, Grey Plover, 7 Yellow-legged Gulls, 6 Curlew, 54 Gadwall, Common Sandpiper, c180 Wigeon. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dulwich Park: 20 Redwing, 8 Mistle Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Gull, Herring Gull + Teal (First winter duck for 4 seasons) (Dave Clark), 2 Teal (m) at 12.30pm (Steven Robinson).
  • Hackney Marshes/ River Lea: 1 Green Sandpiper, same bird seen twice along exposed mud, not common here, 56 Lapwing Over (mostly following River NW) Kingfisher, 8 Meadow Pipit (one over, the rest down in contruction area) 1 Bar-headed Goose, with Greylags feeding on grass (presumed tame), 2 Chiffchaff along river bank. 100+ Teal, 50+ Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 11 Little Grebe (Jamie Partridge)
  • Harold Wood: Grey Heron perched on top of house roof along Avenue Road. Some larger gulls high over included 4 Great Black-backs, my first of the winter. Another search of many berry-bearing trees and shrubs in the area was unproductive and 2 tall rowans (had masses of berries) at Sackville Court have now been cut down! (CRJ).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Lapwing in fields - flew off south at 14:54, 1 Kestrel (first here for sometime), 4 Jackdaw, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Canada Goose & 5 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2m Gadwall, 12m, 8f Shoveler, 7f ,1m Pochard, 25 Tufted Duck, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Common Gull, 5 Cormorant, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Collared Dove, 4 Jay, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c20 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, c30 Goldfinch, 4 Dunnock, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls in the pre-roost, 2 Water Rails, plus the usuals (Mark Pearson)
  • Sutcliffe Park (Kidbrook) At least 7 Snipe + 1 Green Woodpecker, 30+ Greenfinch & a few Goldfinch (Conrad Ellam)
  • Uxbridge, Brunel University: 3 Lesser Redpoll, 15 Goldfinch, pr Bullfinch, 30+ Redwing, Goldcrest, Kestrel and Great Spotted Woodpecker in the Bicentenary garden (Steve Pash).
  • Wanstead Park: 8 Little Grebe, 16 Mute Swan, 10 Teal (4m 6f), 60+ Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 54 Pochard, 40+ Tufted Duck, 60+ Mallard, 2 Common Gull, Common Buzzard distantly over Ilford, f Sparrowhawk, 1 (poss 2) Treecreeper, 22 Goldcrest, 50+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldfinch, 6 RN Parakeet (J Lethbridge)
  • York Avenue (Sidcup): 3 Lapwing west, Siskin south, Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Jackdaw south. (Ian Stewart).G
  • Stockwell Hemans Estate Community Garden: 1 Common Gull flying low in garden (Michael Mac).

Sunday 28 November 2010Edit

  • Burgess Park: adult female Ferruginous Duck on lake this afternoon; also adult Mediterranean Gull still and 2 Egyptian Geese (Richard Bonser). All still present 15h55. Duck showing down to 3m at times (photos at http://www.pbase.com/image/130696413), though unclear whether this is due to limited availability of ice-free water or familiarity with Homo sapiens. That said, flew off (fully-winged) at one point, to other side of pond. Either way, a nice find, Rich! (James Lowen, Dominic Mitchell)
  • Crayford Marshes: Female Merlin on the deck. 4 Bearded Tit, Fem Goosander east along Thames. Turnstone on foreshore, 2 Grey Plover, 13 Pintail on Thames, Little Owl, Common Sandpiper. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Hackney Marshes / River Lea: Water Pipit, Common Snipe, 4 Meadow Pipits;119 Teal, 57 Gadwall, 18 Tufted Ducks, 2 Shovelers and 12 Mallards; 3 Grey Wagtails, Kingfisher, c30 Long-tailed Tits (Mark Pearson)
  • Abney Park Cemetery: c4 Goldcrest (viewed at close distance), 1 Jay, c6 Great Spooted Woodpecker, 4+ Stock Dove, 3 Coal Tit + plenty of commoner tits (Charlie Farrell)
  • Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford: Buzzard (London Birdwatching)
  • Battersea Rise Cemetery: pr Stock Dove, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 6+ Woodpigeon, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Long-tailed tit, 3 Black-headed Gulls over, 1 Jay, Magpies (Michael Mac).
  • Bolinbroke Stock Pond: 13 Starling, pr Egyptian Geese, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, 40 Feral Pigeons, 30 Black-headed Gulls (Michael Mac).
  • Bedfords Park LNR: (p.m.) 2 Firecrest, 6+ Goldcrest, 20 Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Treecreeper & 15+ Redwing (EWT car park - Bridleway), 3 Coot, 35 Black-headed Gull & at dusk 1m Mandarin with 3 Mallard standing on ice (completely frozen Lake); corvid roost - approx 300 Jackdaw, 150 Rook, 150 Carrion Crow (Deer Park). Also Little Owl (Wildflower Meadow), 8 Lesser Redpoll & 2m Bullfinch (Damselfly Pond), 3 Dunnock near the feeders, Visitor Centre (Colin Jupp).
  • Bookham Common: 2 Hawfinches (Rare Bird Alert).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Goosander briefly, also 6 Siskin & Lesser Redpoll over (Brent Birders).
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham) 1 Heron, 26 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 10 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 30+Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 10+Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 7 Robin, 16 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 3 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 10+Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 4 Chaffinch. (Conrad Ellam).
  • Canons Farm & Banstead Woods: 7.54am-2.56pm: Marsh Tit in Banstead Woods at grid ref TQ 26606 57569 and Woodcock flushed nearby, 5 Bullfinches (1 Canons Farmhouse, 4 Banstead Woods), 20+ Lesser Redpolls, Siskin, Meadow Pipit, c.15 Yellowhammers, Kestrel, Common Buzzard, c.40 Skylarks, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatches, 6 Goldcrests, c.30 Fieldfares, 25+ Redwings, c.10 Goldfinches, c.5 Greenfinches, c.20 Linnets, Pheasant, 20+ Common Gulls, 1+ Pied Wagtail, subsinging Blackbird, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 3+ Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 6+ Rose-ringed Parakeets (David Campbell). 2.30pm-4.10pm: Northern Lapwing, Grey Heron, 4 Meadow Pipits, Mistle Thrush, 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Common Gull, Sparrowhawk, 19 Rose-ringed Parakeets, several Fieldfares (Andy Harding per David Campbell).
  • Clapham Common: briefly as going dark 15 Egyptian Geese, 1 cob Mute Swan, pr Shoveler, Grey lag and Canada Geese (Michael Mac).
  • Crossness: 2 Water Pipits, 2 Rock Pipits, ad Yellow-legged Gull, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, 2+ Curlew, 28 Shoveler, 140 Gadwall (John Archer, Rich Bonser, Ian Miller)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: Black Redstart, male Blackcap (copse), Chiffchaff, 15 Lapwing south, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (Gary A James).
  • Gants Hill: Sparrowhawk, Coal Tit (London Birdwatching)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Third-winter and first-winter Yellow-legged Gulls on shore in front of O2 (Sean Huggins).
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 14 (8 males, 6 females) Shoveler; 1 Goldcrest; 1 female Firecrest, 12:48 - 13:06 hrs; 3 Nuthatch; 1 Treecreeper (Robert Callf).
  • Harold Hill (Sedgefield Crescent): 3 Ring-necked Parakeet in my garden a.m. (Colin Jupp).
  • Hatch End (New River Pinn): 1 Little Egret in trees along the River Pinn (JR).
  • Hampstead Cemetery & UCL Sports Grounds: 20 species, regulars including 1 Black-Headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, c6 Song Thrush, c12 Greenfinch, 2 Starling, c12 Redwing, Mistle Thrush (heard), 1 Goldcrest, House Sparrow (heard), 2 Fieldfare. 1030-1140 (Marcus Hunt).
  • Hillingdon Way (Ickenham Marsh to Ten acre wood) Little Egret, Common Buzzard, 3+ Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Skylark, 3+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Pheasant, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 4+ Goldcrest, 5 Lapwing, 1 Snipe. A lot of thrushes about, with Blackbirds particularly abundant almost everywhere. Scattered flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares. Also a Muntjac and 4 foxes seen (Joe Dickens).
  • Horsenden Hill: Water Rail, Woodcock. (Andy Culshaw & David Howdon)
  • Horton Country Park, Epsom: 5 Siskin, Sparrowhawk, Little Owl, 20 Redwing (Bob Smith)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 11 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, 4 Goldcrest, Brambling.(Shaun Harvey)
  • Kensal Green Cemetery (10.00-11.00): 3 Linnets, 4 Goldfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Goldcrest with flock of 23 Long-Tailed Tit and other common tits. Rob Ayers)
  • London Wetland Centre: (am) Black Redstart and Water Pipit showing well, viewed east from the Peacock Tower. At least 3 Bittern, 4 Lesser Redpoll. Certainly four Bittern (perhaps even 5), 1m Goosander early am on res. lag. (presumably same individual returned late pm), 1 Jack Snipe main lake, 20 Common Snipe, 1m1f Peregrine, 3 Cetti's Warbler (M. Honey)
  • New River Path - Barrowell Green to Carpenter Gardens, Winchmore Hill: 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron (who stole some food from the gulls - not a popular move!), 30+ Canada Goose, 2 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Greylag x Canada Goose hybrid still present, 30+ Black-headed Gull plus the usuals. (Katy M.)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Lapwing south, 1 Little Egret west (probably the Hatch End bird), 1 Little Owl, 11 Jackdaw & 7 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 1 Peregrine, 30 Bearded Tit (James Lowen)
  • Roding Valley Park: Little Egret, Kestrel GWP (London Birdwatching)
  • Rotherhithe: drake Pochard, 140 Tufted Duck on Canada Water (Richard Bonser)
  • South Ealing Cemetery LNHS trip:18 Lapwing W, Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 10+ Redwing (Neil Anderson, Andrew Peel et al)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 11 male 5 female Shoveler, pair Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, c230 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Common Gull, pair Collared Dove, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Siskin, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Dunnock, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin hawgood)
  • Springfield Park: Peregrine, 4 Goldcrests (Mark Pearson)
  • Valentines Park, Ilford: MEditerranean Gull, 2 Egyptian Geese (London Birdwatching)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Little Owl, 2 Common Snipe, Meadow Pipit (Mark Pearson)
  • Wandsworth Common Ponds: 12+ Siskin, Green, Gold and Chaffinch, 6+ Long-tailed Tit, 1 male Shoveler, 1 cob Mute Swan - been abscent all summer after mate killed on nest, 1 Wren - no Tufted Duck, 6+ Ring-necked Parakeet (Michael Mac).
  • Wanstead Flats: Woodcock (flushed from the SSSI @15:00, patch tick 121), Snipe (Dog and Cat pond), 12 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Redwing, 10 + Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 30 RN Parakeet (south to roost) (NC/Steve Thorpe)
  • Wanstead Park: pr Wigeon on Heronry, another on SOM (NC), 50 Pochard, 61 Gadwall, 12 Teal (10 in flight), 21 Shoveler (18 on Alex), 5+ Little Grebe, Woodcock (Bush Wood- SF), 3 Snipe over Heronry (+ 1 River Roding), 7 Lapwing over - 4 S (NC), 3 NW (SF), 15 + Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Steve Thorpe), Treecreeper near the Dell (Steve Thorpe/Nick Croft), 28 Jackdaw, 9 Siskin, 6 Greenfinch, 12 Stock Dove (8 in Park and 4 North), 1 Linnet 5 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher, Steve Thorpe and Nick Croft)

Saturday 27 November 2010Edit

  • Woodlandsfarm Tust Flocks of Green,Gold,Chaffinch,1 Snipe on pond,7 Lapwing flew over,14 Gulls on fields Lesser black backed and Blackheaded 4 Moorhen on pond,Many flocks of Long tailed tits,Green and Spotted Woodpeckers,Female Kestrel. R.Turner
  • Barking Bay: Brent Goose (Birdguides).
  • Beddington SF: 2 Waxwing over (Birdguides).
  • Bedfords Park LNR: 2 Firecrests together in holly & ivy in small wood between EWT car park and bridleway up to 16.00, also 10+ Goldcrest in general area including Nursery Wood (Colin Jupp).
  • Broadwater Lake: Imm male Velvet Scoter, also 2 Egyptian Geese, 15 Goldeneye (5m,10f), 5 Goosander (2m,3f), 114 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 60+ Siskin & 1 Bullfinch (Simon Buckingham).
  • Crossness: 10 Brent Goose (1 west @ 10.30 landing briefly on mud in Barking Bay, 9 inc 3 juvs on foreshore off Golf Centre @ 12.00 then flew west), ad Caspian Gull on Thames foreshore by golf club 10.15-12:00, drake Goosander flew west @ 12.00, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 ads, 2nd winter, 1st winter), Herring x Lesser Black-back hybrid (with red colour ring DH6T), 66 Blackwits, 3 Curlew, 2 Oystercatchers, 101 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 163 Redshank, 185 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 3 Wigeon, 20 Shoveler, 98 Gadwall, 690 Teal, Water Pipit (+ at least 2 more Water/Rock Pipits) (John Archer & Andy Wardell).
  • Fairlop Waters CP: female Goldeneye (info), female Goosander (info) (London Birdwatching)
  • Franks Park (Belvedere): 2 (probably 3) Firecrest in mixed flock of tits and goldcrest, also 1 chiffchaff (AW).
  • Hampstead Heath: Yellowhammer flew low NW over south side of Parliament Hill at 0940. ( Pete Mantle)
  • Hertford: 5 Waxwing along Tanner's Crescent a.m. at least (Birdguides).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Nuthatch, Tawny Owls at roost, c5 G.S. Woodpecker, c8 Jay, numerous tit flocks, c300 Greylag Geese, c20 Egyptian Geese, c20 Canada Geese, c30 Mute Swan + Sparrowhawk and Mistle thrush by another observer (Charlie Farrell)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Female Merlin on Farm Trail.(Dave Morrison)
  • Rainham Marshes: Short-eared Owl (west marsh), fem-type Marsh Harrier over silts, c20 Bearded Tits (Dragonfly Pool area), Jack Snipe flying at head height along Thames and then south over river, 6 Water Rails, c10 Yellow-legged Gulls, 3 Cetti's Warblers, Fieldfare, 13 Redwing, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Curlew, c40 Dunlin, 8 Snipe, 13 Rock Pipits, 2 pairs Stonechat, drake Pintail, Peregrine (David Callahan). Brent and 2 Pink-footed Goose on grazing marsh near Marshland Discovery Zone (David Bradnum)
  • Rotherhithe: 3 Pochard and 105 Tufted Ducks on Canada Water (Richard Bonser).
  • Walton Res (permit access): Velvet Scoter for 2nd day (Birdguides). This is the long-staying Island Barn bird having a change of scenery (DMH).
  • Wanstead Park (08:30-13:00): Firecrest (The Grotto), 14 + Goldcrest, Treecreeper (h south of the Dell), 116 + Gadwall (split between the three main bodies of water in the few remaining ice free patches), 84 + Tufted Duck (mainly Heronry), 40 + Pochard (H), 12 Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose, 7 Little Grebe (H), 2 Grey Heron, Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 30 + Siskin, L Redpoll, GBB Gull. Mink seen scooting along the ice west end of Perch (un-wanted yank patch tick) (NC)
  • Wimbledon Common: Short-eared Owl quartering the Ladies Mile area this morning at 1020, observed for 10 minutes (David Wills, per B Covill).
  • Abney Park Cemetery: 2 Tawny Owls, Chiffchaff, 2 Siskins, 6 Goldcrests; nothing of interest at SNR (Mark Pearson)
  • Brent Reservoir: adult Mediterranean Gull, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Siskin, Meadow Pipit (Brent Birders).
  • Crayford Marshes: Turnstone, Grey Plover, Common Buzzard, 4 Pintail, 8 Yellow-Legged Gull 18 Black-Tailed Godwit, 26 Snipe, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Little Egret. (Kev Jarvis).*Channelsea River, Bromley-by-Bow/West Ham: 150 Teal, 147 Mallard, Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 6 Redshank, Water Rail, 6 Tufted Duck, Kestrel, 2 Linnet, 2 Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff (S Fisher)
  • Claybury Park: 3 Stock Dove, 2 GSWP, 2 Jay, 20+ Meadow Pipit (London Birdwatching)
  • Gants Hill, Ilford: Coal Tit in garden for over 3 months now (London Birdwatching)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2+ Yellow-legged Gull (ad, 1 perhaps 2 1st w), 33 Teal, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, Rock Pipit, 6 Reed Bunting (James Lowen) + Snipe in Ecology Park & Chiffchaff nearby(Conrad Ellam)
  • Harold Wood: Common Snipe flew over Juniper Way (CRJ).
  • Kensington Green W8 c30 Long-tailed Tit, (John Watson)
  • Limetrees Park Golf Course (Northolt): m Sparrowhawk, 15 Lapwing (adjacent playing field), Green Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 20 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, Goldcrest, 19 Linnet (Neil Anderson),
  • London Wetland Centre am: At least 2 Bittern, possibly 3, 2 Chiffchaff, Water Pipit, Black Redstart, 3 Cetti's Warbler (Martin Honey).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Goldcrest, 1pr Peregrine Falcon in area late pm (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Mayesbrook Park: f Wigeon, 2 Little Egret, all yesterdays Teal gone! (Paul Hawkins)
  • Maylands Golf Course: Little Egret over A12 then dropped down to Weald Brook on E side of GC at 12.30 (Colin Jupp).
  • Paddington Green: Peregrine Falcon a.m., ad type Great Black-backed Gull south 09:05 (Des McKenzie).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Lapwing over, 1 Little Owl, 5 Fieldfare, 4 Jackdaw & 4 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Roding Valley Park: Kingfisher GWP (London Birdwatching)
  • Wanstead Flats (07:30-08:00): 3 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, pr Teal, 10 RN Parakeet, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, GBB Gull and very cold (NC)
  • Yeading Brook: f Sparrowhawk, Fieldfare,80+ Redwing (Neil Anderson).
  • Lee Valley CP: 2 Water Rails in the channels viewed from Bittern hide, 4 Reed Bunting in the reedbeds, 100+ Lapwing on Seventy Acres Lake, Goldeneye (f)at Holyfield weir, 14 Egyptian Geese feeding on farm field, 8 Red-legged Partridge feeding in field east of farm house, mixed group of 200+ Canada & Greylag geese, c100+ Coot at Langridge (majority of scrape was iced over), Buzzard perched in tree in top farm field, flocks of 20+ Redwing & Fieldfare around the farms and Holyfield areas. (J Anderson)

Friday 26 November 2010Edit

  • Banstead Downs Golf Course: Firecrest along wooded path at west side c.60 yards before post 678; access via Burdon Lane, Belmont (David Campbell).
  • Crayford Marshes: Turnstone on foreshore, 6 Bearded Tit in reedbed near landfill site, Brambling, Little Owl, 4 Green Sandpiper, Rock Pipit, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Water Rail, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Goldcrest (Kev Jarvis, Ian Stewart).
  • Hertford: 4 Waxwing along Tanner's Crescent (Birdguides).
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 134 Shoveler, 3 Bittern, 4 Little Egret arrived 10:40, 3 Sparrowhawk, 7 Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe, 14 Common Snipe, 3 Skylark west, Water Pipit, Black Redstart, 2 Chiffchaff, 9 Siskin, 2 redoll sp north (LWC website).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Kingfisher, 10 Bearded Tits, Stonechat m&f (photo), Weasel (P Fallan).
  • Regent's Park: 1 Water Rail, 2 Firecrests (Tony Duckett).
  • Ruislip: Woodcock along Breakspear Rd South at 6.55. Panicked in car headlights and dropped in hedge south of Crows Nest Farm (Steve Pash).
  • Brook Green (Hammersmith): Skylark over a.m. (Des McKenzie).
  • Bromley-by-Bow (Channelsea): 2 Water Rail, Redshank, 100+ Teal, several Mallard, Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 5 Stock Dove (hard to find at the moment), and other stuff (S Fisher).
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham): 1 Heron, 20 Mallard, 10 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 20+ Black-headed Gull, 10+ Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 7 Robin, 14 Blackbird, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 1 Starling, 1 Jay, 3 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 10+ Goldfinch, 8 Greenfinch, 6 Chaffinch (Conrad Ellam).
  • Harold Hill: Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail at Paines Brook near A12, 2 Goldcrest & 10+ Long-tailed Tit in willows along brook, Sparrowhawk over (Colin Jupp).
  • Lloyd Park: Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch, Jackdaw, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Bullfinch (Croydon Birders).
  • Mayesbrook Park: 25 Teal on main lake (highest count ever) (Paul Hawkins).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl, 10 Jackdaw, 25 Greenfinch & 8 Grey Heron. 1 Mute Swan still on Headstone Moat (JR).
  • South Norwood CP: 2 Teal, 3 Pheasant, Little Grebe, Water Rail, 7 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull over, Grey Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, 6 Siskin (Croydon Birders).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Cetti's Warbler, Water Rail, Lesser Redpoll (MJP)
  • Valentines Park, Ilford: Mediterranean Gull, Little Grebe, GCGrebe, 8 Pochard, 2 Egyptian Geese, GSWP, 13 Long Tailed Tit, 3 Siskin (London Birdwatching)
  • Wanstead Flats (07:00-09:30): 13 Shoveler (7m), pr Teal, 2pr Tufted Duck, pr Pochard, 7 Mute Swan over, 27 Fieldfare, Redwing, 7 + Song Thrush, 10+ Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, 10+ Robin, 3 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 23 + Chaffinch, 10+ Goldinch, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Greenfinch, Linnet, 4 Cormorant, GBB Gull, Goldcrest, possible Woodcock seen at distance over long wood towards the park, plus the usual extras (NC).
  • Woodford Green Tesco: Kestrel perched (via London Birdwatching)
  • Wormwood Scrubs (inc Little Scrubs): 3 Jay, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Song Thrush (Charlie Farrell).

Thursday 25 November 2010Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Firecrest still by Network Rail depot at eastern entrance with 2+ Goldcrests at 08:45, plus 3 Gadwall on Wood Green Res (David Callahan).
  • Headley Heath: still 2+ Mealy Redpoll with 80+ Lesser Redpoll but mobile (Birdguides).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 33 Egyptian Goose (site record), Tawny Owl very briefly, Kingfisher (has been up to 2 present per RH), Firecrest showing intermittently in shrubs and ivy-covered trees at the west side of Hudson Memorial 13:50-14:00 (occasionally vocal and regularly chased by Coal Tit); also 69 Mute Swan, m Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, Little Grebe, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 26 Cormorant, c535 Black-headed Gull, 95 Common Gull, ad Lesser Black-backed Gull tried drowning a Feral Pigeon (a regular occurrence at this site), 27 Herring Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 2-3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 10 Mistle Thrush attending Mountain Ash, 5-6 Goldcrest, c40 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Coal Tit, c40 Great Tit, Nuthatch, 7 Jay, 9 Chaffinch (at least 4 with diseased feet) (DMc). A brief walk in the cold and overcast conditions at lunchtime missed most of the above (!) but did have 2 Coal Tit in trees behind Peter Pan statue (Martin Honey); took me almost 3 hours to note that lot (DMc)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 2 Pintail, Bittern, Jack Snipe, 11 Common Snipe, 16 Siskin (LWC website).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Water Rails; v.m. from lincoln Court 0730-0830 produced zip; p.m. - hybrid presumed Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull again, 3 Goosanders circled then flew east 15:49 (second record in a month, second record this century...); adult colour-ringed Black-headed Gull photographed yesterday ringed in central Poland in late May (details of all recent gull controls, including Danish and Norwegian birds, on the site later) (Mark Pearson Hackney Wildlife)
  • Barnet/Arkley Fields: No sign of my Rough-legged Buzzard (?) today - ploughing activities may have scared it off although it often frequented the tall trees on the North side. Thanks, Messrs Beddard and Husband for "checking the area" yesterday but I assure you that on three separate days recently I have seen a paleish buzzard with a lovely white tail and a black edge so what else could it be? (Geoff Crabtree).
  • Brent Res: Cetti's Warbler by hide, giving 2 different calls, 26 Snipe (John Gravatt, Andrew V, Lydia W).
  • Broadley Street Gardens (NW1): c15 Goldfinch (Des McKenzie).
  • Bromley (Queen's Mead Recreation Ground) - Little Egret - still present this morning feeding on the football pitch (!) with a couple of Black-headed Gulls and then in the culveted stream. Thanks to whoever posted yesterday's sighting. Almost a garden tick (Martin Birch). Little Egret - Delighted someone else got to see the bird ( Martin). Very surprised myself, hence wanting to post it somewhere. Spotted while out running. Single Kingfisher, same place two weeks ago. Must be a healthy urban river.
  • Central Park (Harold Hill): Little Egret chased over the leisure centre by BH Gulls (Millicent Harper).
  • Claybury Park: Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrest,4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5 Jays, Common Gull. (London Birdwatching)
  • Chiswick Eyot - Duke's Meadows: 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 7 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, c15 Long-tailed Tit, 9 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 3 Goldcrest (adults), 2 Wren, 3 Robin, c80 Canada Geese, 5 Herring Gull, 1 GBB Gull, 7 LBB Gull, 5 Common Gull, c150 Black-Headed Gull (Louis Freeland-Haynes).
  • Crayford Marshes: Turnstone, 3 Avocets, Water Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 6 ad Yellow-Legged Gull, 6 Curlew, 62 Fieldfare (Kev Jarvis).
  • Finchley Central Tube station: Tawny Owl hooting in trees by station at 20.00hrs (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Greenwich Park: Brambling over, Redpolls heard, Cormorant circling high up (Joe Beale).
  • Paddington Green: Sparrowhawk, Peregrine Falcon a.m., Pied Wagtail (DMc).
  • St James's Park: 83 feral Greylag Geese adjacent to Inn the Park (Richard Seargent).
  • South Norwood CP: Little Grebe, Pheasant, Water Rail, Lapwing, 2 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Wagtail, 8 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Siskin (Croydon Birders).
  • Sewardstone: 4 fem/imm Goosander on River Lea flood relief channel late afternoon (Martin Shepherd).
  • Trent Park: 6 fem/imm Goosander, Lower Lake (Robert Callf).
  • Valentines Park (Ilford): Valentino thge Mediterranean Gull showing well, 11 Pochard, 6 Pied Wagtail (London Birdwatching)
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 1 Common Snipe, flushed, 'Barracks', 10:42 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Wellington Barracks (SW1E): 3 Grey Wagtails at the pond at the Guards Chapel (Richard Seargent).
  • West Ealing: 4 Blackcaps (2 pairs together), 3 siskin, 6 long tailed tits, a flock of 15 magpies and for what it's worth a Pied Wagtail which is new to this garden (London Birdwatching)
  • Woodford Green: superb Sparrowhawk in the garden (photo) (London Birdwatching)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay (over Erconwald street), 4 Goldfinch, c6 Common Gull, c6 Blue Tit, c4 Wren, 2 Robin, 6 Blackbird, c70 Carrion Crow, c8 Magpie, c30 Starling (Charlie Farrell).

Wednesday 24 November 2010Edit

  • Allens Gardens (N16): Firecrest, 3 Goldcrests, 3 Coal Tits (Mark Pearson)
  • Banstead Downs Golf Course: Firecrest (David Campbell).
  • Canon's Farm and Banstead Woods: Mealy Redpoll in Banstead Woods with 40+ Lesser Redpolls (Mark Stanley per David Campbell).
  • Epsom: 14 Waxwing at Shawley Crescent 11:57 - 12:05 when flew off (Birdguides).
  • London Wetland Centre: 59 Wigeon, 159 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, 6 Common Snipe, Collared Dove, 3 Redwing west, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Mealy Redpoll (LWC website). Bittern, Jack Snipe, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Pintail (BE).
  • Rainham Marshes: Bearded Tits still present (Video taken today) (London Birdwatching)
  • Abney Park Cemetery: Tawny Owl, 2 Lesser Redpolls, 10+ Goldcrests, 2 Chiffchaffs, c30 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Coal Tits, 4 Jackdaws, Redwings (h), c20 Stock Doves (Mark Pearson et al)
  • Alexandra Park (WG Reservoir and surrounding): 2 Greylag Goose, 3 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Mistle Thrush, large numbers of Long-tailed Tits in several flocks (Mike Benyon).
  • Beckton Park: male Sparrowhawk, 20 House Sparrow, 56 Blackbird, Chaffinch, c10 Long-tailed Tit (London Birdwatching).
  • Barnet: no sign of reported probable (or more accurately, possible) Rough-legged Buzzard (BirdGuides)
  • Roy Beddard & I checked out the area - Barnet Common now referred to as Arkley South Fields or Arkley Fields South - Ploughed Fields north of Mays Lane / Barnet Gate Lane between 11.00 & Noon. Common Buzzard distantly to the north over Barnet Road, drifted east (Bob Husband).
  • Bromley (Queen's Mead Rec Ground): Little Egret feeding in the Ravensbourne (observer?).
  • Bushy Park (Heron Pond): 1 Stonechat, 1 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 1 Pochard (Billy Dykes)
  • Channelsea River: Water Rail (h), 75+ Teal, 111 Mallard, 3 Gadwall, Snipe (S Fisher)
  • Church Street area (NW8): 5 House Sparrow (I'm amazed this little colony still persists) (Des McKenzie).
  • Claybury Park: Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrests, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5 Jays, Common Gull (Alan Hobson).
  • Crayford Marshes: Turnstone still present on Thames foreshore east of Erith Yacht Club. 3 Avocet, 6 Yellow-legged Gulls, Little Owl, 2 Siskin, 1500 Dunlin, 5 Curlew, 21 Fieldfare, 2 Rock Pipit, 4 Stonechat. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Ealing (W13): 2 Blackcap (both adult males) caught and ringed in the garden this morning (Bill Haines).
  • Fulham Sands End: 44 Mallard, 5 Common Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 60 Black-headed Gull, 6 House Sparrow - 74 Cormorant on Battersea Reach wharf (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Harold Hill (Duck Wood): 3 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Jay (Colin Jupp).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens (15.15): Kingfisher seen in flight by bridge, from main road through park by a colleague (T. Simonsen, via Martin Honey).
  • Ilford: Sparrowhawk eating a Woodpigeon in the garden (video) (London Birdwatching)
  • Knighton Woods (Woodford), 3 Nuthatch - all voluble, 3 Goldcrest, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 pr Mandarin, 2 Shoveler, 6 Mallard (London Birdwatching)
  • Little Venice: m Kestrel over (DMc).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Jay, pr Great Spotted Woodpecker (feeding together), c40 Goldfinch flocking to roost + 2 Greenfinch & 3 Chaffinch, pr Peregrine Falcon (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • New Street Square (EC4): Grey Wagtail flew over calling at 13.45 (Neil Batten).
  • Nine Elms (Sainsbury's car park): pr Kestrels on chimney at 8:45am, 2 Common Gull at 12:45pm were 1st of the winter (Michael Mac).
  • Northaw Great Wood: 3 male Great Spotted Woodpecker; 4 male Blackbird, feeding on Holly berries; 3 Fieldfare, flew over calling; 2 Redwing, flew over calling; 17 Goldcrest; 7+ Coal Tit; 3 Marsh Tit (very quiet today despite the sunny weather!); 6 Nuthatch; 5 Treecreeper; 1 Lesser Redpoll (Robert Callf).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Teal on the main pond, flew off north-east, 1 Little Owl back in the usual tree, 6 Grey Heron, Jackdaw, Jay & 45 Ring-necked Parakeet over south-east at 15:59 (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park: Water Rail, 16 Fieldfares, 4 Siskins, 2 Lesser Redpolls, 1 Rook 1.30pm first of the year (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park (Pen Ponds): 110 Siskin, 6 Fieldfare S, pr Wigeon, drake Shoveler, pr Mandarin, 46 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard (Andrew Skotnicki).
  • Romford Golf Course: 1+ Firecrest calling, pre-roost, up to 16.15 at least - only glimpsed in poor light (Colin Jupp).
  • South Norwood CP: pr Teal, 12 Shoveler, Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Green Woodpecker, 4 Siskin (Croydon Birders).
  • South Woodford Station: Goldcrest singing this morning (via London Birdwatching* ).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs : 2 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Water Rails, plus the usuals (MJP)
  • Valentines Park (Ilford): 4 Egyptian Geese, Lil Grebe, GCGrebe, 12 Pochard, 6 Shoveler, TDuck, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, 5 Siskin, 12 Goldfinch & Valentino the Mediterrenean Gull (London Birdwatching)
  • West Acton (W3): 4 Siskin, 1 female Blackcap - male previously seen but not observed today (NM)

Tuesday 23 November 2010Edit

  • Barnet Common (mostly ploughed fields) off Barnet Gate Lane: Rough-legged Buzzard (?) again today on same patch; white upper tail showing clearly in flight. Two sightings, first being harassed by Black-headed Gulls, second being chased by crows (Geoff Crabtree).
  • Crayford Marshes: Jack Snipe flushed from creek, Turnstone on Thames foreshore nr Erith Yacht Club. 3 Avocet, pr Pintail, 8 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Rock Pipit, c80 Wigeon,c 800 Dunlin. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Epsom: still 11 Waxwing at Shawley Crescent, off Tattenham Way 10:30 (BirdGuides).
  • Headley Heath: 300+ Lesser Redpoll and double figures of Common Redpoll (Johnny Allan).
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 59 Wigeon, 58 Teal, 142 Shoveler, 2 Bittern, 60+ Lapwing, Rock Pipit, Water Pipit, Chiffchaff, 3 Mealy Redpoll; also a Woodcock flew toward Headley Hide at dusk yesterday (LWC website / BirdGuides).
  • Rainham Marshes: 6 Bearded Tits and no sign of Black Redstart this morning (Shaun Harvey).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: 2 Firecrest in tit-flock north of High Glade Pond 2pm (Bob Watts).
  • Vicarage Farm (Enfield): 50+ redpoll sp., including several at least which showed characteristics of Common (Mealy) Redpoll (Robert Callf).
  • King George V Reservoir: Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, 15 Goldeneye info, 1 Goosander, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Moorhen, Coot, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, 3 Green Woodpecker, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, 3 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Goldfinch, Linnet. (via London Birdwatching)

  • Bedfords Park: 2 Woodcock over towards Upper Bedfords Farm 16.37 & 16.40, Firecrest W end of Nursery Wood, 4+ Song Thrush (2 singing), 14 Meadow Pipit and Yellowhammer near Lake (Colin Jupp).
  • Broadwater Lake: 1 Little Grebe, 6 f Goldeneye, , 60 Greylag Goose, 60 Siskin, 1 Goldcrest. (Roger Dewey).
  • Bromley-by-Bow and Channelsea: 3 Common Snipe, Water Rail, c12 Teal, 135 Mallard, 3 Gadwall (S Fisher)
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham): 1 Heron, 20 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 8 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 10+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Wren, 5 Robin, 12 Blackbird, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Jay, 4 Magpie, 5 Carrion Crow, 10+ Goldfinch, 10+ Greenfinch (Conrad Ellam).
  • Hampstead Heath: 45+ mixed finch flock by feeders (mostly Siskin, some Redpoll, 2+ Goldfinch), Pochard (f) and Red-crested Pochard (m) on Conservation pond (Chris B).
  • Harmondsworth Moor: Buzzard being mobbed by 2 crows, Kestrel, 2 Little Grebes, Grey Heron, Pheasant in field by lake, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls (Sue Giddens).
  • Hatch End Playing Fields: 1 Little Egret along the River Pinn & later sitting up high in trees (JR).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens (p.m): Tawny Owl showing well, fem Blackcap (Hudson Memorial), 2 Siskin ranging between Alders around Old Police House; also 3 Greylag x Canada Goose, 21 Egyptian Goose, 5 Shoveler, Little Grebe, 19 Cormorant, several small flocks of Black-headed Gull heading west just prior to dusk, 88 Common Gull, 19 Herring Gull, 40+ Ring-necked Parakeet, Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, singing Coal Tit, Jay, 10 Magpie, c350 Starling (Des McKenzie).
  • Lloyd Park: Common Gull, Nuthatch, 5 Lesser Redpoll, m Bullfinch (Croydon Birders).
  • New River Path - Barrowell Green to Carpenter Gardens (N13): 30+ Black-headed Gulls (including one in full summer plumage still), 1 Greylag x Canada Goose hybrid, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (observer?).
  • Paddington Green: Peregrine Falcon south-west 08:10 (DMc).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Jackdaw, 9 Goldfinch, 10 Chaffinch, 15 Greenfinch, 1 Goldcrest, 11 Grey Heron & (1 Little Egret) - the Hatch End bird is viewable just beyond the Garden Centre. The Mute Swan from 21/11/10 is now residing on Headstone Moat (Jon Ridge).
  • Romford Golf Course: 20+ Lesser Redpoll, no sign of any firecrests or the Long-tailed Tit flock mid pm (CRJ).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Tufted Duck, 22 Cormorant, 75 Black-headed Gull, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Coal Tit, c20 Long-tailed Tit, c30 Goldfinch, 3 Redwing (over) 1 Song Thrush, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Siskin and 3 Redpoll over, otherwise quiet; plenty of Redwings going over Stoke Newington last night (MJP)
  • Ten Acre Wood area (Hillingdon): Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Goldcrest, 65+ Fieldfare, 17 Redwing, 15 Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson).
  • Town Park (Enfield): 2 (m&f) Egyptian Goose, Carr's Basin; 3 (1m,2f) Shoveler, Carr's Basin; 1 male Pochard; 27 (23 males, 4 females) Tufted Duck, Carr's Basin; 3 Ring-necked Parakeet; 1 male Kingfisher, caught & swallowed a small fish (Robert Callf).
  • Trent Park: 4 fem/imm Goosander, Lower Lake; 1 male Kingfisher, Lower Lake; 8 Siskin, by Lower Lake (Robert Callf).
  • Valentines Park (Ilford): 4 Egyptian Geese, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Shoveler, 12 Pochard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Valentino the Mediterranean Gull info, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin (London Birdwatching).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard), 1 Chaffinch, c20 Common Gull on the playing field ... and not much else! (Charlie Farrell).
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: Little Egret, 64 Common Gull, Green Woodpecker, 42 Redwing (Neil Anderson).

Monday 22 November 2010Edit

  • Battersea Power Station: Peregrine 1, 08h (James Lowen).
  • Crayford Marshes: Red-breasted Merganser flew east along Thames at 09:31. Dark-Bellied Brent Goose on Thames foreshore near creek barrier, 3 Avocet, Grey Plover, Golden Plover, 4 Egyptian Geese, Little Owl, 2 ad Yellow-Legged Gull, Cetti's Warbler, Peregrine. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Headley Heath: several Common (Mealy) Redpoll with c300 Lesser Redpoll p.m. (BirdGuides).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Bittern,2 Jack Snipe, Bearded Tit, 2 Pintail (LWC Website)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Firecrest by the eastern fence of the American ambassador's residence a.m. (BirdGuides).

  • Brookmill Park, Lewisham: 1 Heron, 22 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 8 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 10+ Black-headed Gull, 8 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 7 Robin, 12 Blackbird, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Jay, 4 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 20+ Goldfinch, 8 Greenfinch, 6 Chaffinch. (Conrad Ellam).
  • Bedfords Park LNR: Firecrest in Nursery Wood, fem Brambling with c35 Chaffinches Wildflower Meadow, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Green Woodpecker, Fieldfare, Redwing, singing Mistle Thrush, 8+ Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, singing Treecreeper, c30 Long-tailed Tit, 18 Siskin and 5+ Lesser Redpoll (Colin Jupp).
  • Ealing Broadway: Peregrine Falcon (juv), on the spire of Christ the Saviour church (north side) at 11.30am. Woodcock has been on the menu, the head and wings of the recently deceased found at the base of the tower. (Andrew Birks).
  • East India Dock area: (13:30-15:00) Little Grebe, plus 4 Common Sandpipers and 6 Redshank in the high tide roost opposite the Esso garage, and Teal numbers over 200 already (David Callahan).
  • Ilford, Valentines Park: Mediterranean Gull, Sparrowhawk, 3 Little Grebe, 2 GCGrebe, 4 Egyptian Geese, 2 Shoveler, 12 Pochard, 7 Long-tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker (London Birdwatching)
  • Enfield Island Village: Water Rail on River Lea flood relief channel late morning (Martin Shepherd).
  • Fairlop Waters CP: 20 Greylag Geese, 10 Lapwing, Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard (London Birdwatching)
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 1 Firecrest, at least, seen intermittantly, 10:29 - 13:58 hrs., including a male; 6 Goldcrest; 2(male and female) Blackbird, feeding on Holly berries (Robert Callf).
  • Margravine Cemetery (shortly before 4pm): flock of c50 Goldfinches getting ready to roost +1 Chaffinch & 2 Greenfinch, 2+3 Egyptian Goose over (towards Hyde Park), pr Peregrine Falcon in area, pr Great Spotted Woodpecker (earlier) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Northolt (West London Shooting Grounds) (09:10 - 10:45): 7 Snipe, 6 Skylark, 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, 10 Redwing, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker & 1 Pheasant (JR).
  • Northolt, Yeading Brook Meadows (Hillingdon side): 1 Green Sandpiper & 26 Snipe in flooded area, 10 Teal along the Yeading Brook, 2 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit & 23 Goldfinch (JR).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 11 Long-tailed Tit, 9 Jackdaw, 7 Grey Heron, Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker & 2 Meadow Pipit (Jon Ridge).
  • Paddington Green: 2 Grey Wagtail, 19 Goldfinch (Des McKenzie).
  • Richmond Park: 17 Gadwall, pr Wigeon, 5 Red-crested Pochard, Snipe, 2 Grey Wagtail, 45 Fieldfare NE, 20+ Lesser Redpoll (birches Pen Pond enclosure), c15 Siskin, Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Cetti's Warbler, 3 Water Rails, plus the usuals (Mark Pearson); Little Egret north over SN Church St mid-morning (per MJP)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Tufted Duck, 21 Cormorant, 75 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush (1 singing) c20 Long-tailed Tit, 14 Ring-necked Parakeet, 20+ Goldfinch, 12 Chaffinch, 1 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • Stratford High Road (near River Lea): Woodock found dead on pavement, road kill or died after hitting a window (c05:30) (S Fisher)
  • Thorney Country Park: 2 Red Kites flew over, 5 Siskins, Little Egret by wooden bridge,2 Ring Necked Parakeets, Pochard, Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swans, 2 Common Gulls, 50+ Black-headed Gulls, 9 Cormorants. (Sue Giddens)
  • Totteridge Fields NWT/Barnet Common: Possible Rough-Legged Buzzard seen three times. Bird has longer wings, is paler than Common Buzzard and white glimpsed on tail or rump. Will continue to visit the location. (Geoff Crabtree & Brian Dawton).
  • Trent Park: 5 Goosander (f), Tufted Duck(f),2 Pochard (m), Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mandarin (m,f). (Pete Lowman).

Sunday 21 November 2010Edit

  • Barking Bay: 160 Linnet, Stonechat, Brent Goose, 87 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 150 Dunlin, 153 Redshank, 4 Ringed Plover , 47 Shelduck, Common Sandpiper, Chiffchaff, Rock Pipit, 63 Lapwing and an Oystercatcher on Crossness side.(Dave Morrison)
  • Crossness: ad Caspian Gull on Thames 09:40-09:50 then flew NW over Ford's; redhead Red-breasted Merganser flew low E at 10:20, presumed same bird flew high W @ 10:55 then high E @ 11:25. Also 2+ Yellow-legged Gulls (1+ ads, 2nd winter), 66 Blackwits, 2 Curlew, 60+ Dunlin, 3 Wigeon (John Archer).
  • Dagenham Riverside: 142 Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, 214 Lapwing, 38 Teal, Lesser Redpoll and a record count of 14 Curlew at roost. Also unusual sight of 19 Stock Doves roosting together in with the Lapwings.(Dave Morrison)
  • Epsom: 11 Waxwings at 9am flew into favoured tree for about 10 minutes. (via Neil Randon - not seen by me but by another birder. Five dips so far - starting to get personal...) - time was 9.40 a.m., a slammed door spooked them and they flew off in a north-east direction. Had not returned by 10.30 a.m.
  • Holyfield Hall Farm: 2 Lapland Bunting calling and heading north at 14.55 - seen above field north of Hayes Hill Farm and east of the farm road. Also 8 Red-legged Partridge, Buzzard, and Yellowhammer (Martin Shepherd).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern (Birdguides) - 2 possibly 3 different individuals, 2 Jack Snipe, f. Peregrine, 1 Water Pipit (Martin Honey).
  • Northolt: Short-eared Owl quartering the rough fields SW of West London Shooting grounds at 10.10. Also, Little Owl, Sparrowhawk, 5 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit and 2 Linnet (Steve Pash).
  • Pinner Park Farm: Black Redstart (female type) still along the middle hedge showing well today, 1 Little Owl & 7 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge, Joe Dickens). Please note there is no parking on the farm without an appointment - nearest station: Headstone Lane (JR). Also: 1 Mute Swan (probable adult pen - first this year) dropped on to the main pond from 13:17 onwards, 2 Mipit over, 21 Jackdaw, 2 Jay, 17 Chaffinch & 1 Goldcrest (JR).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Black Redstart showing very well still late morning near shooting butts, 4 Stonechat, Lesser Redpoll over, 3+ Bearded Tits showing well (along perimeter dyke near new exit turnstile) 2 Avocets aveley bay along with 160+ Black-tailed Godwit, 120+ Redshank, 2 Curlew, 100+ Dunlin, 120+ Golden Plover, imm male Marsh Harrier over Wennington (Paul Hawkins, Shaun Harvey); Lapland Bunting (h) west over seawall toward dump 10:05, eclipse drake Red-breasted Merganser in Aveley Bay 13:50-13:55, 2 Pink-footed Geese on reserve with Canada Geese, 3 Avocet (one on Kent side, 2 Aveley Bay), Water Pipit, 3 Rock Pipits, male Marsh Harrier west over silts, c2500 Dunlin (Kent shore), 5 Ringed Plover, c250 Black-tailed Godwitsand c270 Redshank (barges roost), 260 Golden Plover (reserve), 3 drake Pintail, Water Rail (h), 2 Grey Wagtails, 140+ Stock Doves (Wennington), 800+ Lapwing, Curlew, 9 Ring-necked Parakeets (David Callahan). Great White Egret flew from just west of the silt lagoons south, right past me and low (only c.15-20 yards off the ground), passing over the tip and towards the Thames, at 10.00. Also, in addition to the above (Black Redstart, etc.), saw Jack Snipe [channel parallel to Coldharbour Lane], 2 Common Snipe, Stonechat, and 3 Avocets in Aveley Bay (a third having evidently joined the 2 reported above) (Alan Hobson).
  • Valentines Park, Ilford: 2 Egyptian Geese, GSWP, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Redwing, Mediterranean Gull (via London Birdwatching)

  • Abney Park Cemetery: Woodcock flushed just north of chapel, c10 Siskins, c20 Redwings, Chiffchaff with large passerine flock includinc c35 Long-tailed Tits and 3 Coal Tits, c8 Goldcrests (Mark Pearson, Amity Dunn & Jill Quinn)
  • Alexandra Park: Tufted x Pochard hybrid drake, 3 Gadwall, pair Greylag Tunnel Res, Pheasant with substantial Japanese Green Pheasant gene content racetrack showing down to 5 feet! Lesser Redpoll (h) (Bob Watts).
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham): 2 Heron, 26 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 10 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 30+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 4 Robin, 10 Blackbird, 2 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 1 Starling, 1 Jay, 2 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 6 Goldfinch, 20+ Greenfinch (Conrad Ellam).
  • Chiswick House Grounds: 8+ Song Thrush, c10 Redwing, 4 Blackbirds, 1 Mistle Thrush all feeding together in small group of Yew Trees. Also 7 Redwing N, 2 Mistle Thrush S, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Goldcrest, c6 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 9 Goldfinch, 2 Mixed tit flocks totalling c40 Long-tailed Tit, c20 Blue Tit, c15 Great Tit, 4 Coal Tit. (Louis Freeland-Haynes)
  • East India Dock Basin area: 1 Dunlin, 6 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpipers (all Bow Creek), 230 Teal, 6 Redwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Linnet (Gary A James & Nick Tanner).
  • Harold Hill (Sedgefield Crescent): Sparrowhawk (large female) low over garden a.m.(Colin Jupp).
  • Hatch End Railway Station: m Kestrel, Chiffchaff in Buddleia c13.15 (Des McKenzie).
  • Hillingdon: Ten Acre Wood - 40+ Fieldfare, Reed Bunting, 8 Linnet, 4 Rook, 3 Meadow Pipit, 12+ Skylark, Little Owl, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Pheasant in meadows north and west of wood. Little Egret, 8 Teal & 4 Grey Heron on Yeading Brook (Steve Pash).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: Highlight was large mixed tit-flock including 3 Goldcrests; plus Grey Wagtail, 4 gull species (Black-headed, Lesser Black-backed, Greater Black-backed and Common), Chaffinch, numbers of duck building up but nothing unusual in with them (Rich Petley).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Mistle Thrush, 1pr Peregrine Falcon in area (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Queen Mother Res (permit access): Rock Pipit on north bank 12:15 (Birdguides).
  • Richmond: 1 female Goldeneye on River Thames by Petersham Meadows at 13.00 (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Tufted Duck, c40 Mallard, 18 Cormorant, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Redwing (over), 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, c30 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Collared Dove, c10 Ring-necked Parakeet, c20 Goldfinch, 2 House Sparrow (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: v.m. from Lincoln Court 07:20-09:30 - ad Yellow-legged Gull west, 2 Reed Buntings, 4 Lesser Redpolls, 5 Siskins, 8 Fieldfares, Skylark, 2 Song Thrushes. East Res: Lapwing (attempted to put down, predictably chased off by gulls), Cetti's Warbler, 2 Water Rails (Mark Pearson)
  • Watford (Cardiff Road): singing Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, c50 House Sparrow, minor numbers of Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch (DMc, Joanne Biscomb).
  • Wanstead Flats (07:00-08:30):13 Shoveler (10 Alex 7m, 3 Jub 2m), 10 Tufted Duck (9 Alex 7m, 1 Jub), 6 Teal (Alex 4m), 5 Pochard (pr Alex, 2m Jub), 4 Cormorant (3 Jub - and don't they look ridiculous when they walk!), 4 Meadow Pipit (numbers right down since mowing - same for Skylark), 3 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 60 + Wood Pigeon (south), Great Black-backed Gull + usuals, Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest, L Redpoll, 4 Goldfinch, Grey Heron (NC)
  • Wanstead Park (08:30-13:00): 123 + Gadwall, 48 Tufted Duck, 51 Pochard, 2m Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose (no rings on the 3 legs I could see), 12 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 10 + Goldcrest, Firecrest (h - Stuart Fisher), 2 Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit etc., Skylark (over east), 4 Siskin, 4 Lesser Redpoll, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, 2 Stock Dove, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush etc., 5 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, House Sparrow (NC)

Saturday 20 November 2010Edit

  • Broadwater Lake: imm male Velvet Scoter still present at 10:15, also 1 Little Egret, 7 Goldeneye, 2 Water Rail, 50+ Lapwing, 3 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff & 50+ Siskin (Simon Buckingham).
  • Brent Res. 27 Snipe. 227 Tufted Duck, 3 Water Rail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Redpoll (Brent Birders)
  • Chafford Hundred: Firecrest at Warren Gorge EWT (Birdguides).
  • Crayford Marshes: male Marsh Harrier viewed distantly from Rainham Marshes RSPB centre 07:54 (Dominic Mitchell via Twitter). 2 Avocet, Siskin, Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Owl, 3 Rock Pipit, 20 Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Epsom: 11 Waxwing at Shawley Crescent, off Tattenham Way 10:05 at least (Birdguides).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Black Redstart along the middle hedge, but very mobile & viewing can be awkward - present until 12:15 at least. Please note that access to this side of the farm is limited & there is no parking available. Also 2 Lesser Redpoll over, 1 Little Owl, 4 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 2 Mipit over, Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker & 8 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: second-winter Iceland Gull, apparent third-winter Caspian Gull and 8+ Yellow-legged Gulls on tip, viewed from public footpath alongside silt lagoons (Dominic Mitchell); 2 Marsh Harriers (including adult male which flew over from Crayford Marshes), Sparrowhawk, Common Chiffchaff and foreshore counts of 400 Northern Lapwing, 800 Dunlin, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Eurasian Curlew, 30 Redshank and 8 Yellow-legged Gulls (Dominic Mitchell). Black Redstart and Northern Wheatear still on reserve (Ruth Barnes). Bearded Tit, Black Redstart still present and mobile around shooting butts/Target Pools area at 15:30hrs also Northern Wheatear present at Northern Broadwalk. (Ernie Thomason).
  • Wanstead Park: 133 Gadwall (most on ornamental waters), 34 Pochard, c60 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, c150 Coot, 11 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest calling east side of OW, 2 Egyptian Geese (The Basin), 2 Redwing, c15 Siskin (S Fisher).
  • Alexandra Park: 7 Shoveler Boating Lake, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Gadwall & 2 Greylag Tunnel Res (Bob Watts).
  • Bedfords Park LNR: 9 Lesser Redpoll in birches, 2 Bullfinch (Damselfly Pond); 25-30 Siskin feeding in alder near Bridleway; 10 Goldcrest, 3 Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Coal Tit with mixed tit flocks Deer Park & Car Park area; 45 Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, f Tufted Duck Lake + Yellowhammer over (CRJ); also Little Egret (Pam D).
  • Burgess Park: adult Mediterranean Gull on lake in northeast corner of park on the lake at midday (Richard Bonser).
  • Canary Wharf, Westferry Circus: 2+ Lesser Redpolls wth c5 Goldfinches feeding in trees at 14:25 (Mark Pearson)
  • Dagnam Park LNR: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in Hatter's Wood, several Goldcrests + other woodland regulars; Grey Wagtail Green Lake (Colin Jupp).
  • Enfield Lock: Chiffchaff calling and feeding at Swan & Pike Pool at 08.45-10.45 at least (Martin Shepherd).
  • Gants Hill: Private Garden: Coal Tit again (daily for 7 weeks now) (via London Birdwatching)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 5 Wigeon,6 Water Rail,Kestrel,2 Jackdaw.(Shaun Harvey)
  • Knighton Woods, Woodford: 5 Mandarin (4m, 1f) (photo), Shoveler, no sign of Firecrest today (London Birdwatching)
  • Lee Valley: 2 Tawny Owls calling, 1 very vocal opposite side of flood relief channel near Hooks Marsh Lake, Goldeneye (f) on Friday Lake, Treecreeper in trees by Friday Lake; Goldcrest in with flock of Long-tailed Tits near overflow car park at Fisher's Green, 40+ Wigeon on Goosefields, 35+ Lapwing, 4 Linnets, single Meadow Pipit, 7 Goldfinch, plus double figures of Redwings & Fieldfares around Langridge scrape (J Anderson)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 56 Wigeon, 224 Teal, 4 Pintail, 70+ Shoveler, 10 Common Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff (LWC website), Water Pipit (Angus Innes).
  • Paddington Green: m Peregrine Falcon in the area a.m (excellent views of it chasing a pigeon at 09:10; didn't catch it), c25 Herring Gull on local rooftops, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail (m / f) (Des McKenzie).
  • Rotherhithe: 1+ Redpoll, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 5 Goldcrests Russia Dock Woodland; Little Grebe and 72 Tufted Duck Canada Water; pair of Pochard and 5 drake Shoveler Southwark Park (Richard Bonser).
  • Ruislip: c60 Redpoll, 5+ Goldcrest, Bullfinch and Fieldfare on Poors Field. 21 Wigeon and c134 Gadwall on the Lido (Steve Pash & Chris Bessant).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: c25 Blackbird, c50 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush including a singer, 12 Robin, Fieldfare, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Goldcrest, Skylark (Martin Shepherd).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Tufted Duck, 19 Cormorant, 2f Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 singing Song Thrush, c15 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Ring-necked Parakeet, 20+ Goldfinch, Greenfinch, 3 Pied Wagtail 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Valentines Park, Ilford: Mediterranean Gull and Kingfisher showing well (via London Birdwatching)
  • Watford: several Redwing heard passing over after dark (Des McKenzie, Joanne Biscomb).
  • Woodford Green: GSWP snapped with his tongue sticking out (via London Birdwatching)

Friday 19 November 2010Edit

  • London : 46 Firecrests in London so far this Autumn, (DEH)
  • Alexandra Park: Firecrest male again just west of the station in the conservation area, Water Rail (h) Conservation Pond (1st of autumn) seen briefly dashing across reeds yesterday am, also 3 Gadwall and pair of Greylag Wood Green res (Bob Watts).
  • Broadwater lake. Imm m. Velvet Scoter still present at north end. 3 Chiffchaff. (J.Edwards, C. Bessant, R Moreton.)
  • Bromley-by-Bow: Water Rail, 50+ Teal, 120+ Mallard, 21 Moorhen, Green Sandpiper (Channelsea River), Siskin West 9.30, Linnet over, fem Sparrowhawk mobbed by Lesser Black-backed Gulls (c12 including a juvenile still being cared for by a parent), 3 Meadow Pipit over Channelsea path from industrial estate area, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2-3 Pied Wagtail, 5 House Sparrow (S Fisher).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Avocet on Foreshore, 5 Bearded Tit in reed bed near landfill site. Little Owl, Water Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 18 Snipe, ad Yellow-Legged Gull, c700 Dunlin. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Epsom: 5 Waxwings at Shawley Crescent off Tattenham Way (Rare Bird Alert).
  • Footscray Meadows: 2 Firecrests at Kelsey Park Farm on woodland trail, Little Egret (Ian Stewart per JA).
  • Knighton Woods, Woodford: 1 Firecrest (photo), 1 Nuthatch (very voluble), 5 long tailed-tits, blue and great tits, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, several jay and magpie, mandarin pair on lake, 1 shoveler, 7 mallard, 5 coot, 3 moorhen (via London Birdwatching)
  • Hatch End (New River Pinn): 13 Siskin, 4 Goldfinch, 5 Long-tailed Tit & 2 Goldcrest all in Silver Birch & Alders behind Supermarket. Also: Green Woodpecker, 3 Jackdaw over & 1 Redwing (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner (Private Address): 1 male Tawny Owl calling at 21:59 (JR).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Woodcock flushed by the Park View allotments at 16:02 - flew towards railway line, 2 Teal (one drake) on the main pond, 2 Little Owl, 3 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Bullfinch. Also: 7 Siskin over the railway line - from the New River Pinn site (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Avocet on Aveley Pools, Black Redstart 150 m south of new Butts Hide, 30 Bearded Tits (mainly in reeds along ditch on south side of RSPB reserve), four dark-bellied Brent Geese reported on river, plus 223 European Golden Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 22 Dunlin from Butts Hide, 14 Common Snipe, Jack Snipe for 20 mins in fron of Ken Barrett Hide, several Northern Pintail, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 3 European Stonechats, a very late Northern Wheatear at western end of Aveley Pools boardwalk, 15 Redwings in the woodland, 2 Cetti's Warblers (Dominic Mitchell, Howard Vaughan, Andy Tweed, Phil Street, Paul Whiteman, Rare Bird Alert et al).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs (0715-1230): early a.m. from Lincoln court roof - Lapland Bunting north (close and at eye level), 0817hrs; 18 redpolls mainly west, 19 Chaffinches, 3 Siskins, Linnet (heard), 5 Stock Doves, 11 Meadow Pipits, Tawny Owl heard, calling from reservoir area at dawn (first site record). Rock Pipit flushed from southern perimeter of East Res (first since 2006 here), 4+ Water Rails, 2 Chiffchaffs and many common passerines in the reedbed (Mark Pearson Hackney Wildlife)
  • Brookmill Park, Lewisham: 1 Heron, 23 mallard, 1 Mandarin, 9 Moorhen 2 Coot, 20+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Woodpigeon, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 6 Robin, 16 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great tit, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 3 House Sparrow, 10 Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 4 chaffinch. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Dulwich Park: 15+ Lesser Redpoll around birches (Dave Clark)
  • Richmond Park (Pen Ponds): Brambling heard, c.50 Siskin, Fieldfare and Redwing heard, 1 Redpoll N, 1 male Shoveler, 71 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 9 Gadwall, 6 Mandarin, 78 Coot (Andrew Skotnicki).
  • Roding Valley Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldfinches, flock of Long-tailed Tits, 2 Song Thrushes, Pied Wagtail, Common Gull (Alan Hobson).
  • Romford Golf Course: 2 (possibly 3) Firecrests on N side of GC 15.45-16.30; I had definite views of 2 & possible 3rd heard when pre-roost calls increased towards dusk; also 3 Goldcrest, 11 Lesser Redpoll, Redwing and Bullfinch (Colin Jupp).
  • South Norwood Lake, 4 Mute Swan (2 flying over SE) 1 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Tufted Duck, 20 Cormorant, 40 Black-headed Gull, 5 Siskin, 1 Kestrel, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, c20 Long-tailed Tit, 30 Goldfinch, 2 Dunnock, 9 Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 Jay, 1 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • St James' Park: Mixed flock (30+) of Siskin/Lesser Redpoll in trees west of 'Inn the Park', 3 Little Grebe and 5 Common Gull at south end of Lake. Flock of Tits included at least 6 Goldcrest. (Richard Seargent).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Water Rail from Dulverton hide, 6 Redpoll sp 2 birds did appear larger and showed obvious pale wing-bar and rump, suggesting possible Mealy's, and 6+Siskin Feeding in Birch and Alder trees near the bird feeder's. 2 Chiffchaff. (N.Smith)
  • Wanstead Flats (07:00-12:00): Well foggy hence not much seen. Heard: Robin, RN Parakeet, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jay, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Wren, Dunnock, some gulls somewhere! Later: 3 Tufted Duck, Jackdaw, 2 Goldcrest, Long Tailed-tit, GS Woodpecker, 8 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush (NC)
  • Wanstead Park: Treecreeper (again east of the dell, associating with Goldcrest, and tit flocks), 102 + Gadwall, 66 Tufted Duck, 30 Pochard, 3 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose (sitting on pollarded tree 30 foot up), 3 Little Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, Siskin, Goldfinch, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, singing Song Thrush (old sewage works), Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Kingfisher (h), 15+ Goldcrest, 10 + RN Parakeet (NC)
  • Wellington Barracks: 2 Grey Wagtail on the pond next to the Guards Chapel. (Richard Seargent).
  • Sainsbury's Nine Elm's Car Park - Inner London: 2 singing Robins at 5:55am (dark) not resident at this site (Michael Mac).
  • Stockwell Hemans Estate Community Garden: 4 Greenfinch on bird feeder (Michael Mac).
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 2 Firecrest, feeding in Holly, 15:10 - 16:15 hrs; 1 singing male Song Thrush (Robert Callf).
  • Regent's Park: 1 drake Goldeneye the first since the mid 1980's, 48 Mandarin, 56 R C Pochards, 18 Shovelers, 12 Gadwall, 2 Siskins and 65 Long-tailed Tits (Tony Duckett).
  • Totteridge Fields (LWT Site):- Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (our first on this patch); chased off its branch by a Greater Spotted. Also Song Thrush singing and Buzzard on Barnet Common (now fields) being harrassed by magpies and a jay. Geoff Crabtree and Brian Dawton.
  • Gidea Park: Grey Wagtail on pond in private garden Links Avenue (CRJ)
  • Sheringham Avenue, Oakwood, N14: 1 singing male Blackcap (Robert Callf).

Thursday 18 November 2010Edit

  • Crayford Marshes: Dark-bellied Brent Goose. Water Pipit, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Rock Pipit, Common Sandpiper, 2 Ad Yellow-Legged Gull, 2 Rook, c550 Dunlin, 83 Black-Tailed Godwit, 300 Lapwing. (Kev Jarvis).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern (BirdGuides)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Firecrest heard Linden Graves 1245, also 4+ Goldcrest (Bob Watts).
  • Abney Park Cemetery: Tawny Owl, Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrests, 3 Coal Tits (Mark Pearson)
  • Alexandra Park (WG Reservoir and surrounding): Nuthatch, Little Grebe, Pochard, 2 Greylag Goose, Chiffchaff (Mike Benyon)
  • Bedfords Park LNR: Little Egret at the Lake early p.m. (Pam D).
  • Brookmill Park, Lewisham: 2 Heron, 25 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 10 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 10+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Woodpigeon, 2 Kingfisher (male & female) 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 10 Robin, 18 Blackbird, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 4 Magpie, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Holland Park: Fieldfare (near Abbotsbury Road tennis courts), goldfinch, nuthatch calling (David Jeffreys)
  • Lambeth Tate Library: 1 Blackbird singing but subdued - 15:15 (Michael Mac).
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 2 (male and female) Firecrest, feeding in Holly, 12:32 - 13:40 hrs; 26 Siskin (Robert Callf).
  • Maylands Golf Course: Sparrowhawk, 3 Green Woodpecker, Dunnock, 12 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, Goldcrest, Treecreeper (with small flock of Long-tailed Tits), 3 Jay, 10 Jackdaw, 6 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch, m Bullfinch, plus Yellowhammer over calling (Colin Jupp)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 drake Teal on the main pond, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 3 Canada Goose over & 5 Grey Heron (JR).
  • Ray Park: Around a dozen Common Gulls, 3 Mistle Thrushes, Goldfinch (Alan Hobson).
  • Roding Valley Park: Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker, flock of Long-tailed Tits, 2 Goldfinches, 2 Jays, Green Woodpecker (Alan Hobson).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 27 Lesser Redpolls (northern perimeter), 2 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Water Rails, presumed hybrid LBB x Herring Gull again, 2 Egyptian Geese north (Mark Pearson)
  • Totteridge Valley: 1 Little Owl: 1 Sparrowhawk: c25 Redwing: 1 Meadow Pipit: 2 Bullfinch (John Colmans)
  • Vauxhall Park - Inner London: 1 male Sparrowhawk at 9:55am (Michael Mac).
  • Wanstead Flats (07:00-11:30): 9 Teal (6m, 3f), 9 Shoveler (6m, 3f), Gadwall (2pr), 4 Cormorant, 14 + Song Thrush, 20+ Blackbird, 13 Redwing, 6 Mistle Thrush, Little Owl, Lapwing (w), 350 + feeding Starling, Greater Black-backed Gull 2 or more in the hundreds of feeding gull, 10 RN Parakeet, 2 + Goldcrest, Chiffchaff (Alex), Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 L Redpoll, 3 Skylark (47 sp NC)
  • Wanstead Park: f Wigeon still, 117+ Gadwall, 50 Tufted Duck, 37 Pochard, 6 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 8 Little Grebe, 10 + Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 3 Grey Heron, Siskin, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Grey Wagtail, Skylark, Kingfisher, House Sparrow (45 sp NC total 57 sp)
  • Canary Wharf: Presumed Woodcock/Snipe picked up dead outside Bank of America 5, Canada Square. Described to me by a security guard as 'like a Quail with a long bill'. ( V.Halley-Frame ).
  • Northolt & Greenford Countryside Park, Northala Field: Lapland Bunting 'seen and photographed by Parks and Countryside Rangers' (Martin Smith)

Wednesday 17 November 2010Edit

  • Barking Road Rec Grd: Sparrowhawk (via London Birdwatching)  London Birdwatching
  • Broadwater Sailing: Velvet Scoter & Slavonian Grebe (birdguides)
  • Brookmill Park, Lewisham: 2 Heron, 24 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 8 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 10+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, 4 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Tit, 6 Blue tit, 2 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 12 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch.(Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Adult Med Gull, Grey Plover, 4 Pintail, 230 Black-Tailed Godwits, 510 Redshank, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Ad Yellow-Legged Gull, c50 Wigeon. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dagnam Park LNR: Common Buzzard over at 12.15, mobbed by 3 crows (CRJ).
  • Ealing Broadway: Peregrine Falcon on the church spire still at 12pm. Head and wings of a recently consumed lapwing at the base. (Andrew Birks)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 180 Teal, 3 Common Sandpipers. (Gary A James).
  • Fulham Sands End: 1pr Egyptian Goose mating(!), 1 Great Black Backed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Creasted Grebe, 6 House Sparrow, lots Black-headed Gull (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Ilford, Valentines Park: 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 11 Mute Swan, 4 adult, 7 juv), 2 Greylag Goose, 5 Egyptian Goose, Mallard, 2pr Shoveler, 5 Pochard (3 male), Coot, Moorhen, 5 Common Gull, Valentino the Mediterranean Gull (Belgian ringers records for this bird), Herring Gull (juv), Black Headed Gull, Feral Pigeon, 3 Collard Dove, Kingfisher, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Robin, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, c80 Starling, 7 House Sparrow, 7Chaffinch, Siskin, 4 Goldfinch (via London Birdwatching)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern (Birdguides)
  • Noak Hill: fem Bullfinch, Priory (rather scarce throughout the local area this year), 2 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail (Colin Jupp).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 3 Little Owl, 8 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 16 Goldfinch, 7 Long-tailed Tit, several Jackdaw, Jay, 3 Meadow Pipit (over-wintering) & 8 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: first-winter Wheatear plus 2 Bearded Tits still (RBA)
  • Richmond Park (Pen Ponds): 1 male Pintail, 60 Siskin, 1 Fieldfare W, 44 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 4 Teal, 13 Gadwall, pair Mandarin (Andrew Skotnicki).
  • Royal Albert Dock: Sparrowhawk (via London Birdwatching)
  • Tate Modern: 2 Peregrines on the tower this morning (MJP)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Firecrest in Sanctuary Wood 0740 just south of Soanes Centre (Bob Watts)
  • Walthamstow Filter Beds: juv Swallow, 3 Grey Wagtails (DBarrett)
  • Wanstead Park: Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Gadwall (c70), Wigeon (female), Shoveler (4), Pochard (33), Tufted Duck (c40), Grey Heron (2), Little Grebe (3), Sparrowhawk (1), Water Rail (1), Moorhen, Coot, Black- headed Gull, Common Gull, Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove (1), Ring-necked Parakeet, Kingfisher (1), Great Spotted Woodpecker (3), Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush (2), Mistle Thrush (2), Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest (4), Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Jay (7), Starling, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch (1), Siskin (19) (via London Birdwatching)
  • Lambeth Tate Library - Inner London: 7 Blackbirds in a berry tree - no Redwing as yet probably no cold enough (Michael Mac).
  • Lockwood res, Walthamstow (from house): single Curlew flew SSW at 10.20 (patch/house first for me - Lol Bodini).

Tuesday 16 November 2010Edit

  • Bromley-by-Bow and Channelsea River: Woodcock, 60+ Teal, c140 Mallard, pr Gadwall, Little Grebe, 2 Water Rail, 14 Moorhen, c200 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, 5+ resident Lesser Black-backs including a juvenile, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 16 Long-tailed Tit, c6 Mistle Thrush (S Fisher)
  • Brookmill Park, Lewisham: 2 Heron, 25 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Mandarin, 9 Moorhen, 2 coot, 10+ Black-headed Gull, 8 Woodpigeon, 2 male Kingfishers fighting, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 8 Robin, 16 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Great Tit, 15 Blue Tit, 1 Starling, 1 Jay, 4 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 4 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 6 Chaffinch. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm, Banstead: 2-3 Bramblings (Mike Harding, Jeremy Floyd and David Campbell), 18 Meadow Pipits, 3 Mistle Thrushes, 20+ Fieldfares, 12+ Redwings, Little Owl, 2+ Yellowhammers, Nuthatch, Goldcrest. Pheasant heard Banstead Woods (David Campbell et al).
  • Crayford Marshes: Avocet on Thames foreshore early am. (via London Birwdatching) Water Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, Little owl, 2 Ad Yellow-legged Gull, Siskin, 2 Brambling, Cetti's Warbler, Common Sandpiper, (Kev Jarvis).
  • Dagnam Park LNR: Grey Wagtail Green Lake, 6 Siskin, Goldfinch, Redpoll (h), 8+ Goldcrest, 4 Coal Tit, 4 Treecreeper, 6 Nuthatch in Hatters Wood. Also 2 Tawny Owls calling at 16.40hrs (Colin Jupp).
  • Ealing Broadway: Peregrine Falcon (young female) on the spire of the Christ the Saviour church at 1.30pm, flew south at 2. The same bird that has been present since early October, although less often now.(Andrew Birks)
  • East India Dock: Kingfisher, 2 Common Sandpiper, Mute Swan, Teal (Phil Laurie)
  • Fairlop Waters: 110 Golden Plover, 150 Lapwing (Hainault Farm Fields); 8 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 45 Lapwing (Main Lake) (Steve Bacon)
  • Hampstead Heath: Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe (Highgate No.1 Pond), Coal & other tits on feeders, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Dunnock, c5 each of Redpoll, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch (CB)
  • Kempton Park NR: Bearded Tit three from boardwalk at 8.30am (PERMIT ONLY) (via Birdguides).
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 5 Common Snipe, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Redpoll (LWC website).
  • Noak Hill - Lower Noke Close & Priory: 4 Goldcrest, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Treecreeper (1 singing), Nuthatch, 5 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Grey Heron, fem Pheasant (Colin Jupp).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 4 unidentified duck sp. bolted from the main pond off into thick fog & were lost from view instantly, 2 Fieldfare, Jackdaw, 11 Greenfinch & 1 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: v.m. from Lincoln Court 07:15 - 09:00: 305 Woodpigeons, 78 Redwings, 260 Starlings, 14 Fieldfares, 3 Skylarks, 4 Meadow Pipits, 4 redpolls, (yet another) unID'ed bunting sp. west, Teal west with two Common Pochards, 2 Shelducks south. East Res: Redshank in from the north (second ever), Woodcock flushed from northern perimeter (first this year, finally), 2 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Water Rails, 4 Wigeon (2m, 2f) watched coming in from the north-east and onto ER, Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrests, 3 Reed Buntings, upsurge in wildfowl numbers (Mark Pearson)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: 18 Redwing NW, 2 Song Thrush NW 0820, Chiffchaff Monument Glade with tit flock, 4+ Goldcrest (Bob Watts).
  • Wanstead Flats (07:30-12:00):7 pr Shoveler, 1 pr Teal, 1 pr Gadwall, 1 pr Tufted Duck (Steve Thorpe), 5 Cormorant, 15 + Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Skylark, 8 Chaffinch, Linnet, L Redpoll, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Redwing, Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 8 + Blackbird, 4 Goldcrest (and associated tit flocks), Green and Great Spot Woodpecker, RN Parakeet and not much else sooooo to the park... NC)
  • Wanstead Park:... Treecreeper (only the 2nd or 3rd record this year - only my second in 20 years - and a patch tick tick woo hoo! 120 for the year) in with a host of Goldcrest (+ 20) Coal Tit and the usuals, Firecrest (heard in the grotto), f Wigeon (ornamental waters), 82 Gadwall, 62 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 19 Pochard, 2 G Heron, 16 Siskin, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher (NC/Steve Thorpe)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Egyptian Geese on SoM (JL)
  • Valentines Park, Ilford: Valentino the Mediterranean Gull showing very well today (via London Birdwatching)

Monday 15 November 2010Edit

  • Bedfont and Princes Lakes: 244 Coot, 119 Tufted Duck, 51 Black-headed Gull, 46 Mallard, 13 Mute Swan, 4 Herring Gull, 18 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 49 Pochard, 18 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Kingfisher, 31 Moorhen, 6 Grey Heron, 31 Cormorant, 7 Canada Goose, 5 Dabchick, 4 Wigeon, 3 Common Gull, 2 Siskin, 1 Lesser Redpoll, Sparrowhawk (Adam Cheeseman).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Redshank on mud, 21 Common Snipe, 3 Goldcrests (Andrew Verrrall).
  • Bromley-by-Bow and Channelsea area: 3 Siskin over, 2 Redpoll sp over, 10 Chaffinch, 2 Skylark North-east (mid morning), Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, Linnet, Kingfisher, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit, Little Grebe, fem Sparrowhawk, 50+ Teal, 84 Mallard etc (S Fisher)
  • Brookmill Park, Lewisham: 1 Heron, 26 Mallard, 9 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 10+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 10 Robin, 14 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Great Tit, 10 Blue Tit, 1 Jay, 5 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 8 Chaffinch. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Merlin at 7.30am flew north-west, 4 Bearded tit in reed bed near landfill site, Little owl, 2 Brambling, 2 Cetti's Warblers, Green Sandpiper, Water Rail, c 550 Dunlin, 70 Black-tailed Godwits (Kev Jarvis).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: adult Yellow-legged Gull on foreshore in front of O2 but no sign of ad Caspian Gull 11.50 to 2pm (Sean Huggins).
  • Kempton Park Nature Reserve: 3 Bearded Tit, Redshank, Green Sandpiper (Chris Slack per Adam Cheeseman).
  • Lake Farm CP: 11 Lesser Redpolls in Silver Birch, female Blackcap, 2 Great Black-backed Gull (Pete Naylor).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Shelduck, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Siskin (LWC website).
  • Nags Head Lane S.W.: Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 80 Pied Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, 10 Long-tailed Tit (Colin Jupp).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Shoveler (one drake) & one drake Teal on the main pond, 14 Jackdaw, Jay, Fieldfare & 4 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Roding Valley Park: Bullfinch [male], Kingfisher, Little Grebe, flock of Goldfinches, flock of Long-tailed Tits, 4 Pied Wagtails, Great Spotted Woodpecker, flock of 20 Canada Geese flew in and landed on Redbridge Lakes - I have never seen so many in RVP before - 2 Greenfinches (first ones here for weeks) (Alan Hobson).
  • Sewardstone - Blind Lane: Brambling over calling at 10.17 (Martin Shepherd).
  • Sewardstone - Green Lane: 25 Lesser Redpoll at 11.00, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Redwing (Martin Shepherd).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 20 Lesser Redpoll at 12.00 in silver birches, Treecreeper (Martin Shepherd).
  • Sewardstone - Netherhouse Farm: m Peregrine, 3 Yellowhammer, 5 Meadow Pipit, Fieldfare, Kestrel, 4 Pheasant (Martin Shepherd).
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 1 adult-winter Mediterranean Gull, feeding on fields with Black-headed and Common Gulls, 14:00 - 14:02 hrs (Robert Callf & Robin White)
  • South Norwood CP: Fieldfare, 4 Redwing S, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Siskin feeding with Goldfinches and Chaffinches in alder, 4 Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, Jackdaw, Little Grebe and 4 Common Gull (Steven Robinson).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 f Pochard, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Cormorant, c60 Black-headed Gull, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Song Thrush(2 singing) 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, c20 Long-tailed Tit, 16 Ring-necked Parakeet, c30 Goldfinch, 8 Greenfinch 2 Collared Dove,, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson)
  • St James's Park: WeBs Count from 12 - 14:00 1 Great White Pelican sitting on bench and regurgitated a dead feral pigeon, 1 Great White Pelican in free flight pursued by Black-headed Gulls, singing Mistle Thrush, 5 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 8 Mute Swan - highest number in recent years, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron (Michael Mac).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Water Rails, 1 (probably 2) Cetti's Warbler, 5 Goldcrests, Brambling at the feeders with Chaffinches, Great Black-backed Gull (MJP)
  • Strawberry Hill Pond, Epping Forest: 8 Mandarin, 12 Mallard, 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch (J Lethbridge)
  • Thorndon Country Park: 30+ Redpoll sp never landed, 4 Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker (JL)
  • Town Park, Enfield: 2 Egyptian Goose; 1 male Pochard; 17(15 males, 2 females) Tufted Duck; 1 male Kingfisher, perched, Carr's Basin; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Robert Callf).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Firecrest Cherry Glade 0825 and again 1230 Linden Graves (very quiet and unobtrusive), also 6+ Goldcrests spread across site (Bob Watts).
  • Warley Place EWT: 6 Moorhen, 6 Chaffinch, 4 Blue Tit, 10+ Great Tit, Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tit (JL)
  • Woodford Library: at least 3 Coal Tits, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrushes (Alan Hobson).

Sunday 14 November 2010Edit

  • Beddington SF: 2 Bearded Tits overhead, 1 Short-eared Owl Bearded Tit photos here
  • Brent Reservoir: Lapland Bunting flew over low 09.00 calling North, towards Shrike Field, last seen at res 1961 (Roy Beddard); 2 fem type Goldeneye all morning, flew off 12.20; 30 Snipe, 7 Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler seen, calling in front of hide; Chiffchaff, Siskin, Linnet over; no sign of Firecrest heard on Friday, seen Saturday pm (Brent Birders).
  • Broadwater Lake: Imm male Velvet Scoter still present at 09:30 (Simon Buckingham).
  • Island Barn Reservoir: Velvet Scoter still present in SE corner but no sign of Red-necked Grebe or Red-breasted Merganser (DMH). Velvet Scoter and Red-breasted Merganser present at 12:30. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • King George VI Res : full WeBS count - Mute Swan 2, Wigeon 11, Gadwall 23, Teal 22, Mallard 35, Shoveler 5, Tufted Duck 62, Common Scoter 1 (fem/1w), Velvet Scoter 1 (fem/1w), Goldeneye 7, Great Northern Diver 1, Little Grebe 4, G.C. Grebe 15, Cormorant 3, Little Egret 2, Grey Heron 1, Coot 116, Common Sandpiper 1,Water Pipit 2, Rock Pipit 1 (Andrew Moon, Pete Naylor, Ken Purdey).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Jack Snipe showing well from Ken Barrett hide early afternoon (video), also 2 Cetti's Warbler, Stonechat, 100 Golden Plover, 3+ Rock Pipit, 6 Pintail, 250+ Teal. (David Bradnum) Water Pipit by stone barges this morning (Birdguides) 8+ Bearded Tit (video)
  • Thorndon Country Park North: at least 5 Mealy Redpoll with roving flocks totalling c150 Lesser Redpoll and c30 Siskin. Birds are in the fenced area with no access immediately south of the 2nd car park (approx TQ612913). Also Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker. (David Bradnum)
  • Worcester Park: Swallow south at 1100.(Bob Smith).
  • Bedfords Park LNR: Woodcock, 15+ Lesser Redpoll, pr Mute Swan, m Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail, 6 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, 250+ Jackdaw pre-roost (Colin Jupp, John Millar).
  • Belhus Woods CP: Bearded Tit, Marsh Tit, 40 Blue Tit, 30 Great Tit, 20 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 26 Siskin, Brambling, 17 Goldfinch, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Goldcrest, 15 Robin, 6 Dunnock, f Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Green Woodpecker, 40 Fieldfare, 105 Redwing, 8 Blackbird, Kingfisher, Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 37 Canada Goose, 39 Wigeon, 9 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 37 Tufted Duck, 185 Black-headed Gull, 9 Common Gull, 59 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Herring Gull (via ELBF)
  • Connaught Water (Epping Forest): 5 drake, 3 fem Mandarin, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Teal, 8 Pochard, 6 Shoveler.(Paul Hawkins)
  • Corbetts Tey, Parklands: 20 Canada Geese, 12 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 15 Moorhen, 5 Coot, 6 Black-headed Gull,
  • East India Dock area: 4 Little Grebe, 2 Common Sandpipers, 13 Redshank (Bow Creek). (Gary A James).
  • Epping Forest, Connaught Water: 5m 3f Mandarin, 2 Great crested grebe, 20 Teal, 12 Shoveler. (via ELBF)

Cormorant, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail. (via London Birdwatching)

  • Hampstead Heath: Still 40+ Redpolls in birches S of Kenwood, Teal & 4 Shoveler on High No.1 pond (CB)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: adult Caspian Gull on foreshore by O2 arena at low tide (Conrad Ellam, John Bushel & John Tilbrook) apparently it was also present yesterday (Martin H) + 1 Yellow-legged Gull nearby.
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Jack Snipe showing well, plus usuals (M Bourne) Pintail, Water Pipit
  • Orsett: 3 lesser redpoll (JA)
  • Rotherhithe: Little Grebe and drake Pochard Canada Water (Richard Bonser).
  • St James's Park: aborted WeBs count due to rain - 1 Grey-lag (limping) with blue ring IBV anyone know what that means?, 5 Little Grebe, 2+ Shoveler, pr Gadwall, 2 Sooty and Sweep (Ring-necked Parakeets), pr Egyptian Geese - (Michael Mac).
  • Snaresbrook, Eagle Pond: Mute Swan 3, Canada Goose 16, Mallard 21, Gadwall 2, Pochard 2, Tufted Duck 24, Great Crested Grebe 1, Grey Heron 1, Cormorant 3, Moorhen 5, Coot 35, Black-headed Gull 93, Common Gull 2. (via London Birdwatching)
  • South Norwood Lake: 4 Lesser Redpoll, 1 f Pochard, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 49 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 19 Cormorant, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Ring-necked Parakeet, c12 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Collared Dove, Goldfinch, c8 Greenfinch, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood))
  • South Norwood Country Park: 7.45-11.00am. 40 species: Water Rail showing at Harrington Road, 2 Siskin, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Fieldfare, 12 Cormorant, 104 Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Little Grebe, Pheasant, pr. Kestrel (via Croydon Birders)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Cetti's Warbler, Brambling, Water Rail; v.m. early a.m. from Lincoln Court very quiet (Mark Pearson)
  • Thames Chase, Bonnets Wood: 40 Goldfinches, 2 Great spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 12 Long tailed Tits, 5 Blue Tits, 4 Great Tits, 8 Blackbirds, 5 Chaffinches (via London Birdwatching)
  • Valentines Park, Ilford: Kingfisher (via London Birdwatching)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 1 Lapwing on Lockwood Reservoir at roughly 15:30. Possible interesting ducks but they were all flushed up by fireworks. (Katy M.)*
  • Wanstead Flats (07:30-11:00): 2 Great Black-backed Gull, several hundred Common and Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, House Sparrow, 9 Meadow Pipit, 5 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 12 + Skylark, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 11+ Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet, 4 Greenfinch, Siskin, Reed Bunting, 25 Ring-necked Parakeet, Fieldfare,14 Redwing (west), 11 + Blackbird, Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 + Goldcrest, 2 Collared Dove, 4+ Teal (3f 1m),4 Shoveler (3f 1m), 4 Gadwall (all Alex), 3 Tufted Duck, 1 f Pochard (Jub), Sparrowhawk, Grey Heron, 8 Cormorant (NC/ Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Park: Mute Swan 18, Canada Goose 2, Egyptian Goose 2, Gadwall 84, Mallard 73, Shoveler 6, Pochard 30, Tufted Duck 67, Little Grebe 7, Great Crested Grebe 3, Cormorant 8, Grey Heron 2, Water Rail 1, Moorhen 41, Coot 175, Black-headed Gull 76, Common Gull 1, Kingfisher 1, Pied Wagtail 1, Green Woodpecker 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Siskin 35, Goldfinch 2 (via London Birdwatching)
  • Watford: 3 Siskin north over Cardiff Road 12:35 (Des McKenzie).
  • Wormwood Scrubs (08.00-10.00) 14 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Skylark, 3 Linnet, 1 Redwing, 5 Meadow Pipits, 1 Jackdaw, 4 Pied Wagtail, 4 Cormorant. 3 Goldcrest with 12 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Blue Tit and 4 Great Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 42 Common Gull (pitches) with 85 Black-headed Gulls, 56 Herring Gull (north). (Rob Ayers)

Saturday 13 November 2010Edit

  • Broadwater Lake: Velvet Scoter; also 5 Egyptian Goose, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Chiffchaff and several Siskin (Simon Buckingham). Scoter present up to 15:50 at least (John Gates, Jon Ridge, Joan Thompson).
  • Burgess Park: adult Mediterranean Gull again on lake in NE corner of park (Richard Bonser).
  • Crossness: 2 Bearded Tit .Water Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Cetti's warblers, Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Water Rail, 3 Yellow-Legged Gulls. (Ian Stewart, John Archer, Kev Jarvis, Ian Miller).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Bittern, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Water Rail, 3 Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker.(P Hawkins)
  • Island Barn Reservoir: Red-necked Grebe & Red-breasted Merganser. (DMH). Velvet Scoter still/again present mid-pm (SJS). Spotted Redshank also reported today.
  • Knighton Woods, Woodford: Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tit, 4 Mandarin, pr Shoveler (via londonbirdwatching)
  • Lea Valley - Netherhall / Glen Faba: 1 Little Egret (first time recorded on WeBs Count here), 3 Goldeneye, 80 Redwing, 60+ Blackbird (Nigel May).
  • Leyton Flats: Short-eared Owl over, circled 3 times before flying east @ 09.55, 20 Fieldfare, 8 Lesser Redpoll. (Gary A James). Same bird seen from Leyton at 09:10-09:25, having been tipped off by Roy Woodward, [thanks Roy, house tick] who had it over Walthamstow Res at 09:05. (Paul Whiteman)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 50+ Wigeon, 80+ Teal, 100+ Shoveler, 2 Water Rail, Water Pipit, 8 Fieldfare south-west, 4 Cetti's Warbler (LWC website). 15:30hrs 1 (m) Bearded Tit, 1 Jack Snipe. (N.Smith), 2 Beared Tit (pair) (male in main reedbed from peacock tower, female in reeds by wwt hide), 16 Lesser Redpoll (O Dewhurst)
  • Rainham Marshes: second-winter Caspian Gull, 13 Bearded Tit (Birdguides).
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver flew over S at 1315hrs (Rob Innes).
  • Alexandra Park: 10 Fieldfare N, 10 Shoveler Boating Lake, 3 Meadow Pipit, pair Gadwall Tunnel Res, pair Greylag Wood Green Res (Bob Watts).
  • Canons Farm, Banstead: Woodcock (Steve Gale per David Campbell).
  • Chiswick House: 4 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrest (all adults), c20 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Coal Tits, c10 Blue Tits, c10 Great Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, c6 Robin, 3 Wren, 9 Blackbird, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, 11 Canada Geese, c20 Tufted Duck, 3 Jackdaw. (Louis Freeland-Haynes)
  • Enfield Lock: Common Buzzard circling over Ordnance Road at 14.15, then headed off east (Martin Shepherd).
  • Fairlop Waters: Goosander 1 fem Pochard 7 Tufted Duck 52 Gadwall 13 Teal 29 Shoveler 8 Mallard 49 G C Grebe 2 Little Grebe 7 Lapwing 73 Golden Plover 5 Green Sandpiper 1 (Steve Bacon)
  • Fulham Reach: (Thames) 2 Gadwall, 33 Teal, 51 Mallard, 17 Tufted Duck, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Moorhen, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Cormorant, 188 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Egyptian Goose (the young one which developed slowly, left behind by rest of family weeks ago, now full size and fully feathered) - (Margravine Cemetery) 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1pr Peregrine Falcon (Frank Banfield Park area: 17+ House Sparrow (some at nests) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Hampstead Heath: 80 Redpolls feeding in large birch. Little Grebe on High No.1 pond. ( Pete M) c40 Finch sp around Vale of Health, 5 Goldcrest, Dunnock (Chris B)
  • Harold Hill (Sedgefield Crescent): Grey Heron over, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, 3 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Jay, 8 Jackdaw, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, Goldfinch - total 25 species seen in or from garden today (CRJ).
  • Lee Valley: Hall Marsh Scrape; 20+ Lapwings, 4 Teal, 6 Wigeon, single Snipe, Goldcrest (patch tick for year) in with Great, Blue & Long-tailed Tit flock in trees by David Stoker gates, Bowyers Water; Mixed flock of 35+ Redwing & Fieldfare, 5 Redpolls in scrub alongside Bowyer's Water. (J Anderson)
  • Paddington Green: Peregrine Falcon in area a.m., Grey Wagtail, c10 Goldfinch (Des McKenzie).
  • River Avenue, N13: V-shaped flock of 15+ Cormorants flew over heading south-east at 15:50. (Katy M.)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Cormorant, 22 Tufted Duck, c50 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c20 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Ring-necked Parakeet, c15 Goldfinch, 8 Greenfinch, (John Watson)
  • South Woodford, Chigwell Rd Allotments: Goldcrest singing (1st one in the area this yr) (London Birdwatching)
  • Valentines Park, Ilford: 3 Lil Grebe, 2 GCGrebe, mShoveler, and 3 introduced (pinioned) Bahama Pintail (photo) so dont think you've found a rarity! (via London Birdwatching)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Shelduck, Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler, 4 female Goldeneye, Short Eared Owl, RNParakeer, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Brambling, Siskin, Redwing (via London Birdwatching)
  • Watford: several Redwing over Cardiff Road after dark (Des McKenzie).
  • Orsett Fen: male Merlin, 8 Yellowhammers, 8 Lapwing, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Meadow Pipit, skylark, 2 Ring-Necked Parakeet, large numbers of common finches and winter thrushes (James Astley)
  • Greenway: Movement of Mallard, 143 flying north over Olympic Stadium in small groups, 1 Little Egret flying east (Harry Harrison)
  • Kings Cross: Station:- Bittern at 8.00 a.m. (60019) Well worth seeing. Geoff Crabtree.

Friday 12 November 2010Edit

  • Beaverwood (Chislehurst): 2 Firecrest at the North end of Kemnal road a.m (Ian Stewart).
  • Beckton Park: Mistle Thrush, 2 Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tits, flock of 30+ Pied Wagtails on the football pitches (London Birdwatching)
  • Blackheath: Nice array of birds that suddenly appeared all at the same time included 3 Redwings, 3 Song Thrushes and 5 or 6 Blackbirds, 2 (1 male and 1 female) Blackcaps, 2 f Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Wren, Dunnock, Robins, Jay, Goldfinches, Blue, Great and L-Tailed Tits etc.(Joe Beale).
  • Brent Reservoir: adult Med Gull, 3 Water Rail, 5 Snipe, 12 Wigeon, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Chiffchaff (Brent Birders)
  • Crayford Marshes: 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, 4 Rock Pipits, c110 Black-tailed Godwits, c450 Dunlin, 3 Stonechats, 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew, Little Egret (Kev Jarvis).
  • Harold Hill (Sedgefield Crescent): 6 Redwing a.m.(CRJ).
  • Hornsey (New River): Kingfisher (James Palmer).
  • Island Barn Reservoir: Red-necked Grebe & Velvet Scoter (DMH).
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 53 Wigeon, 110 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, 2 Water Rail, 7 Common Snipe, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Siskin (LWC website).
  • Margravine Cemetery: c40 Goldfinch, singing Blackbird, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Jay, 1pr Peregrine Falcon (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Regent's Park: Water Rail, 14 Redwings, Fieldfare, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskins (Tony Duckett).
  • Romford Golf Course: fem Firecrest on N.side GC (very elusive, at least till 16.00 when more vocal), 10 Goldcrest, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Blackbird, 12 Redwing, 38 Magpie (pre-roost gathering), 2 Jay (Colin Jupp).
  • Rotherhithe: 3 Egyptian Geese on Greenland Dock 7am (Richard Bonser).
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 f Pochard,2 Mute Swan 2 Great Crested Grebe, 79 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Blacked-backed Gull, 9 Cormorant, 6 Fieldfare, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet, c30 Goldfinch, 1 House Sparrow (John Watson).
  • Staines Reservoir: ad Kittwake flew S over N basin at 10.10 (Pete Naylor).
  • Stocker's Lake: 1f Goldeneye, 1 odd goose (http://ispot.org.uk/node/98271) either a leucistic Canada Goose or a cross between a Canada and something else (David Howdon)
  • Teddington Lock: ad Yellow-legged Gull (SBC).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Firecrest at Sanctuary Wood 07:50 (Bob Watts).
  • Wanstead Flats (07:30-11:30): 9 Shoveler (7m, 2f), 4 Teal (2m, 1f, 1 flyover), 13 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 10 Chaffinch, 5 L Redpoll, 5 Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Goldcrest, 11 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Skylark, Sparrowhawk, Great Black-backed Gull and not a lot else (40sp NC).
  • Wanstead Park: 79+ Gadwall (mainly ornamental waters), 64 Tufted Duck, 17 Pochard, 5 Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose (same 2 as Tim Harris got on the Basin probably), 6 Canada Goose, Great Crested Grebe (2 on Basin - TH), 11 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 8 + Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 4 Siskin, 3 Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redwing, Ring-necked Parakeet, House Sparrow (42 sp - 52 sp in all NC).

Thursday 11 November 2010Edit

  • Beddington SF: Shelduck, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, ad Caspian Gull (Dip or Glory).
  • Brookmill Park (Lewisham): 2 Heron, 24 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 7 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 10+ Black-headed Gull, 8 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 7 Robin, 9 Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch (Conrad Ellam).
  • Crayford Marshes: 6 Grey Plover, 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Curlew, Little Egret, Snipe (Kev Jarvis).
  • Grovelands Park (Southgate): 1 Little Grebe; 19 Cormorant roosting on island 16:15 hrs, 18 (11 males, 7 females) Mandarin Duck, 1 female Pochard, 1 adult Herring Gull, 8 Moorhen, 2 Grey Wagtail together, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Treecreeper (spreading tail - 10 or 12 feathers visible), 1 Goldfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Island Barn Reservoir (permit access): fem / imm Velvet Scoter still present (SBC).
  • Kensington Green (W8): Grey Wagtail (John Watson).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Peregrine Falcon, Water Pipit, Fieldfare south-west, 13 Redwing west, 3+ Cetti's Warbler, at least 2 Bearded Tit a.m. (Birdguides).
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1pr Peregrine Falcon, flock of 19 finches (1 Greenfinch, 1 Chaffinch, 17 Goldfinch) to roost, mixed tit flock of 17 (mostly Long-tailed) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Paddington Green: second-winter Mediterranean Gull south-west with 18 Black-headed Gull 08:22; a first from my window, Grey Wagtail (Des McKenzie).
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Pink-footed Geese, m Marsh Harrier, second-winter Caspian Gull, 3+ Bearded Tit, ad Mediterranean Gull west , 7+ Rock Pipits, 10+ Yellow-legged Gulls, 25+ Ring-necked Parakeets being strafed by a Peregrine (David Callahan).
  • Queen Mother Reservoir: Black Redstart still south of Sailing Club 09:30 (Birdguides).
  • Staines Reservoir: Scaup on west side of North Basin (Dominic Mitchell).
  • Sutton: A single calling Waxwing, low over B&Q building. Initial sweep of area failed to locate it. Plenty of berry-bearing shrubs in nearby Sutton Court Lane (Steve Gale).

Wednesday 10 November 2010Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 9:15-9:45 am - 1 Redwing south, 2 Chiffchaff in small tit flock by WG Res, 2 L.Grebe and pair Gadwall Tunnel Res. (GJR)
  • Archway/Hornsey (what's the area halfway between - Hornsway?) - Anyway, a large mixed flock: long-tailed tit, great tit, bluetit, coal tit, goldcrest, chaffinch marauding their way through the back of the gardens. Marvellous it was. 10am. (DPainter) Several of the same in Tufnell Park at 7am - 'twas also good (C Bird)
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: 1 female Kingfisher, perched, 08:25 hrs (Robert Callf).
  • Brent Reservoir: Viz-mig 07.00-08.15: 430+ Wood Pigeon South, 410+ Starling West, 32 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing, 16 Chaffinch, Meadow Pipit (Andrew Verrall).
  • Bromley-by-bow: 94 Teal, 100 Mallard, 4 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Channelsea), also Siskin over, 1 Chiffchaff, fem Sparrowhawk and Kestrel (S Fisher)
  • Canons Farm, Banstead: Short-eared Owl hunting over field NE of farmhouse at dusk with Barn Owl; Black Redstart, 3 Little Owls, 2 Common Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 5+ Fieldfares, 1+ Redwing, 4 Rose-ringed Parakeets, Green Woodpecker (David Campbell and Paul Goodman).
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Bearded Tit in reedbed by landfill site. 2 ad Yellow-Legged Gulls, 4 Rock Pipits, 15 Black-tailed Godwits, 444 Dunlin, 4 Little Egrets, 3 Curlew, 3 Stonechat.(Kev Jarvis).
  • Dagnam Park LNR: (Hatter's Wood 10.45-12.30) 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 10 Goldcrest, 25 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 6 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 3 Jay, 10 Chaffinch (Colin Jupp).
  • Fairlop Waters CP: female Goosander still present, 4th day much better photo (via London Birdwatching)
  • Fulham Sands End (Thames, c2pm): 15 Common Gull, 2 Herring Gull, c150 Black-headed Gull, 1 Dunnock, a few House Sparrows - 42 Cormorant on wharf on Battersea Reach side (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Greenwich Park: Not much vis mig, just c40 Starlings, 3 Redwings, Meadow Pipit heard, also Redpoll/s heard and 2 Firecrests still in Flower Gardens (Joe Beale).
  • Ilford, Valentines Park: 5 Egyptian Geese, mWigeon, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail (London Birdwatching)
  • Island Barn Reservoir: fm/imm Velvet Scoter present until dark on south side of res (DMH).
  • Lewisham: Firecrest in yew trees by the main gate of Ladywell Cemetery on Brockley Road early afternoon (BirdGuides)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 pr Peregrine Falcon (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 Little Owl, 3 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 38 Greenfinch, 5 Jackdaw & 3 Grey Heron (JR).
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Pink-footed Goose still, plus Marsh Harrier (BirdGuides).
  • Ruislip Lido: c15 Lesser Redpoll, good numbers of ducks (Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveller) and gulls (Greater-black Backed, Common, Black-headed, Herring) (Nigel Sluman)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: 2 Firecrest south end Monument Glade 1255 contact calling and showing extremely well. Also c50 Starling north 745-8am, 12 Redwing north 1215 (Bob Watts).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 9 Pochard, 4 Teal, 4 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Sparrowhawk, Redwing Fieldfare present, (Steve B)
  • Wanstead Flats: 07:00 - 11:30: Yellowhammer (south), 2 Reed Bunting, 12 Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch, 7 L Redpoll, Greenfinch, Linnet, 5 Redwing (north), 3 Fieldfare (north), 3 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackbird, Robin, 9 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 300 + Starling, 1 Skylark, 2 Cormorant, pr Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, Greater Black-backed Gull, House Sparrow. Not a lot moving at all, to the park then... (NC)
  • Wanstead Park: 11 Goldcrest (in with mixed tit flocks including 1 Coal Tit), 9 Little Grebe (1 SoM, 7 Heronry, 1 Ornamental), 64 Tufted Duck (1 SoM, 30 Heronry, 8 Perch, 15 + Ornamental), 22 Pochard (Heronry), 3 Shoveler (Perch, Ornamental), 79 + Gadwall (ornamental), 6 Teal (4m, all ornamental), 9 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Siskin and some other stuff (NC)
  • Willows Farm: 2 Brambling, c50 Linnet, 16+ Greenfinch, Yellowhammer, (Steve B)

Tuesday 9 November 2010Edit

  • Beddington SF: Shelduck, Wigeon, fem Goosander south, Harris's Hawk (esc), Little Egret, 10 Dunlin through, 2 Jack Snipe, 8 Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Gull south-east, 2 ad Yellow-legged Gull, ad Caspian Gull (Dip or Glory).
  • Brent Reservoir: Cetti's Warbler calling, seen by hide, Water Rail seen, Viz-mig 07.00-08.30: 880 Starling, 72 Wood Pigeon, 28 Redwing, 13 Chaffinch, Meadow Pipit (Andrew Verrall).
  • Canons Farm, Banstead: male Hen Harrier left roost in field NE of farmhouse off Canons Lane at 6.56am and flew purposefully east (Steve Gale, Mike Spicer and Neil Randon per David Campbell). Barn Owl and Little Owl at dusk, Rook, Skylark, 3 Yellowhammers, 25+ Fieldfares, 1+ Redwing, Sparrowhawk, Greenfinch, Pheasant, Meadow Pipit, 2+ Pied Wagtails, 4+ Rose-ringed Parakeets (David Campbell).
  • Crayford Marshes: Short-eared Owl hunting nr creek entrance 07:15. male Hen Harrier south-west. Little Gull, 2 Grey Plover, 3 Rock Pipits, pr Pintail, 6 Gadwall, c 300 Dunlin, 2 Curlew, Black-Tailed Godwit. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Fairlop Waters CP: female Goosander still present, 3rd day photo (via London Birdwatching)
  • Hampstead Heath: 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Pied Wagtail (William G)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens (a.m): 17 Egyptian Goose, 4 Shoveler, 27 Pochard, 73 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 15 Cormorant, c425 Black-headed Gull, 20 Common Gull, first-winter Yellow-legged Gull, fourth-winter argentatus type Herring Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail, c20 Blackbird, 7 Song Thrush, 12 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, c250 Starling (8 ringed); no overhead passage to speak of (Des McKenzie).
  • Ilford, Valentines Park: 2 Egyptian Geese (info), 2 male Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Kingfisher, 17 Collared Dove, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, 3 Siskin, 20+ Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch (via London Birdwatching)
  • Larkhall Park/Inner London: 30 Starling, no Redwing yet (or Waxwing), 4 Black-headed Gull over, Magpies and Carrion Crows (Michael Mac).
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 81 Shoveler, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, 40+ Lapwing, 11 Common Snipe (LWC website); Water Pipit (Birdguides).
  • Paddington Green: Peregrine Falcon in area a.m. (DMc).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 4 Teal (one drake) on the main pond, 2 Little Owl (inc one in the Wakehams Hill area), Green Woodpecker & 5 Grey Heron (JR).
  • Queen Mother Res: first-winter Little Gull, Rock Pipit, Water Pipit (Birdguides).
  • Rainham Marshes: 15 Brent Goose flew west along Thames 10:08, fem, and later male Red-breasted Merganser east, male Hen Harrier over Crayford side at 2:10-2:40pm, juv Little Gull west (PSt, ATw, JL et al). Six Bearded Tits, 14 Rock Pipits, six Yellow-legged Gulls, 80 Dunlin, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 15 Curlew, 120 Redshank, one Snipe, nine Pintail and three Stonechats on the reserve. Probable Water Pipit flushed at the Stone Barges. (S. Huggins); also Woodcock flushed on silts, and probable 2W Caspian Gull on dump visible from road (but flushed by bulldozer before nailed), 15+ Yellow-legged Gulls (David Callahan).
  • South Croydon: Brambling over Melville Gardens 07:15 (Croydon Birders).
  • St. James' Park: 5 Egyptian Goose, 7 Little Grebe (2 trilling), 84 Moorhen, Coot on nest (DMc).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: v.m. from the tower block roof 07:00-09:00 - 2960 Starlings, 222 Redwings, 2 redpolls, 24 Chaffinches, all west (before rain stopped play); 2 Yellow-legged Gulls on East Res, also presumed hybrid Herring x LBB Gull again, Water Rail (overdue first of season) (Mark Pearson et al)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Firecrest calling from Monument Glade 8am, also 3 Goldcrests (Bob Watts).
  • Trent Park: 15 Siskin, 12 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 30 Redwing, Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, GS Woodpecker. 100s of Wood Pigeon and mixed Corvids (Pete Lowman).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 2 Goldeneye, 2 Sparrowhawk. (Steve Blake)
  • Wanstead Flats: 07:00 - 10:45: Common Buzzard (07:30, slowly moving east along the south edge of the flats, unattended by crows), Kestrel, 2 m Sparrowhawk, 9 Lapwing (north then west along Centre Road), 2 Snipe (broom fields), 25 Goldfinch (22 in trees by Capel point, easily the largest flock I have seen on the flats or in the park), 12 Chaffinch, 14 Greenfinch, 30 + Redwing (mostly north west), 4 Fieldfare, 20 + Blackbird, 12 + Song Thrush, 8 Mistle Thrush, not many Robin, 800 + Starling (no particular direction but favouring west) + 200 on the deck, c.100 Wood Pigeon (south), 2 Collared Dove, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Goldcrest (associated Tit flocks), 3 Skylark, 10 + Meadow Pipit, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, m Teal, 3m & 2f Shoveler, Mute Swan cygnets are now getting moved on by their parents (NC).
  • Wanstead Park: Mute Swan (Heronry, Ornamentals), Mallard (Heronry, Perch, Ornamentals), Gadwall (Perch, Ornamentals), Tufted Duck (Heronry, Perch, Ornamentals), Pochard (Heronry and Perch), Cormorant (3 Rookery Island, 1 Perch), Grey Heron (1 Perch), Common Buzzard (E over north arm of Ornamentals, towards pumping station), Coot and Moorhen, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Goldcrest (4), Great, Blue and Long-tailed Tits (good numbers with crests around the Grotto), four species of corvids, Chaffinch, Goldfinch (1 by Perch) (Tim Harris)
  • Westminster: 2 Waxwing on wires between Admiralty Arch and The Royal Society early p.m. (note this is along The Mall and is not in the City of London as reported on Birdguides); no sign between 14:25 and 15:40 (DMc).
  • Whipps Cross (Hollow Ponds: Tawny Owl calling around 5.30pm (Jean-Patrick Elmes).

Monday 8 November 2010Edit

  • Canons Farm, Banstead: male Hen Harrier showing well 4.13pm-4.40pm when roosted in field just NE of farmhouse/barns, also Barn Owl hunting at dusk and 1+ Little Owl calling, 4 Mallards over and Goldcrest (David Campbell, Johnny Allan, Mike Spicer)
  • Fairlop Waters: female Goosander still present 1pm photo , Lapwing. (viaLondon Birdwatching)
  • Greenwich Park: c150 Starlings W, c 50 Redwings S, 2 Fieldfares S, thrushes around, a handful of Chaffinches W but I admit the weather conditions deterred me from serious observing (Joe Beale)
  • Leyton Flats: Goldeneye male (Hollow Ponds), 6 Redwing, 11 L. Redpoll. (Gary A James)
  • Pinner (Private Garden): 540 Starling south-west, 1 Grey Heron & 8 Goldfinch over (JR).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Teal (one drake) on the main pond, 2 Little Owl, 1 Grey Wagtail, 11 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, Green Woodpecker & 10 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: v.m. from Lincoln Court tower block 07:00 - 09:00 - male Ring Ouzel west at eye level with small Fieldfare flock, 5190 Starlings, 980 Redwings, 296 Fieldfares, 115 Chaffinches (plus many unIDable finches), 15 Blackbirds, Brambling heard, Peregrine dispatching migrating Chaffinch and then briefly landing c3 metres away on roof; 27 Woodpigeons (!); full details on the site later (Mark Pearson Hackney Wildlife)
  • Wanstead Flats: 07:00 - 08:45: 150+ Redwing (south and west), 120 + Fieldfare (south/west), 100 + Wood Pigeon (south in small dispersed groups and singles), 600 Starling (south/west), 20 + Skylark (south), 2 L Redpoll, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Meadow Pipit, Cormorant - rain and a grumpy disposition stopped play as my baccy was in danger of getting wet (NC/Tim Harris)
  • Wanstead Park: m Teal (SoM), 3 Little Grebe, f Teal, 21 Pochard, 32 Tufted Duck (Heronry), Grey Heron, m Shoveler (Perch), Firecrest in yews near Grotto with Goldcrests and Long-tailed Tits (nr top south arm OW) 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gadwall (Basin) (J Lethbridge)
  • East Finchley Allotments - Whilst waiting the arrival of a pile of manure spotted 4-5 Chaffinch 11am feeding in the orchard (DPainter)

Sunday 7 November 2010Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Viz Mig 0715-0900: 10 Lapwing NW 0845, 1090 Woodpigeon mostly W or SW, 155 Starling mostly N, 51 Redwing N, 39 Fieldfare N, c50 Chaffinch N, 6 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Meadow Pipit, also 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, imm Herring Gull playing with green tennis ball, 2 drake, 1 duck Gadwall Tunnel Res (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: viz-mig 07.10 - 09.10: 4,115 Woodpigeon, 356 Starling, Brambling, 30 Lapwing, 3 Goldeneye, 3 grey geese sp & 2 Green Sandpiper behind dam, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Brent Birders)
  • Canons Farm: Black Redstart still near farmhouse (Johnny Allan/Steve Gale per David Campbell).
  • Crossness: drake Goldeneye flew high west upriver @ 10:30, also 40 Blackwits, 3 Dunlin, Curlew, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (near-ad, 2nd winter), pair Stonechat (John Archer).
  • East India Dock Basin area: 570 Woodpigeon (SW), 325 Starling, 97 Redwing, 1 Lapwing, Mistle Thrush, 2 Skylark, 10 Chaffinch, Sparrowhawk, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets. 3 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper (high tide roost), c140 Teal, Kingfisher (Gary A James & Nick Tanner).
  • Grange Waters: 2580 Wood Pigeons mostly south west, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 44 Chaffinch, Yellowhammer, Brambling, 121 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 52 Skylark, Wood Lark, 2 Little Egret, 129 Lapwing, 5 Ring-necked Parakeets, 33 Red-legged Partridges and Common Buzzard. (Dominic Mitchell and Dave Morrison)
  • Greenwich Park: c1500 Woodpigeons SW ish, a few Stock Doves in with them, 68 Redwings, mainly W, c50 Fieldfares W and c25 thrush sp., 5 Meadow Pipits, 70 Chaffinch/finch sp. W, 16 Siskins, 8 Redpolls,45 Starlings W, 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Firecrest (Joe Beale).
  • Hampstead Heath: 0745- 0915 : c.2,000 Woodpigeons most SW, House Martin SW, 25+ Lapwing W, 20 Fieldfare N, 20 Redwing N, 2 Song Thrush S, 150 Starlings over (Pete Mantle)
  • Harold Hill: Firecrest showing well in my garden 13.15-13.20 at least, loosely with tit flock moving through along the edge of adjacent Hatter's Wood (Colin Jupp).
  • Horton Country Park, Epsom: Migration 1130-1200: 1000 Starlings in groups west, also 20/30 Redwings around feeding (Bob Smith)
  • Kew Gardens: 12 Egyptian Geese, 34 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, m Mandarin, 1 Little Grebe, c100 Redwing SW (Neil Anderson)
  • London Wetland Centre: (08.00-09.30): Little Egret over SW at 08.00, Bittern main lake, 4 Cetti's warbler, 2 Siskin, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Fieldfare, 1 Water Pipit (Martin Honey).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Teal on the main pond, 1 Little Owl in the disaster area, 1 Skylark over, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Fieldfare, 25 Chaffinch, 25 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch, 10 Jackdaw & 9 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: S E Owl, 4 Corn Bunting, 2 Bearded Tit, 2 Stonechat, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel @3.30pm (Shaun Harvey)
  • Rotherhithe: 3 Egyptian Geese and 5 Ring-necked Parakeet Southwark Park; 2 Pochard Canada Water (Richard Bonser)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1m 1f Shoveler, 1f Pochard, c25 Tufted Duck, 44 Coot, 20 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, c60 Black-headed Gull, 1 Chiffchaff, c40 Redwing, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c30 Goldfinch, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 8+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Collared Dove, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Totteridge Valley: 15:30 - 17:15: c60 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare (over), 4 Meadow Pipit, Red-legged Partridge, 2 Little Owl, 16 Mandarin, 6 Teal, Bullfinch, Siskin (over), Redpoll (over) - (Ian Ellis).
  • Wanstead Flats: 07:00 - 09:15: 2400 Woodpigeon over (mostly south, south-west), 5 Siskin, 7 Brambling, 45 Chaffinch, 40 Fieldfare, c105 Redwing, 200 Starling, 2 Stock Dove south, 3 Linnet, 20 Skylark (18 NW), 15 Blackbird, 2 Reed Bunting (S Fisher)
  • Fairlop Waters: female Goosander photo. Also Gadwall, Pochard, lots of Fieldfare & Redwing (via London Birdwatching)
  • Gants Hill: Peregrine, Coal Tit, 2 GSWP (via London Birdwatching)
  • South Park, Ilford: 2 GCGrebe, 4 Cormorant, Grey Heron, 3 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Greylag Geese, Mistle Thrush, Jackdaw2 Goldcrest, 2 parties of LTTit, 2 Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail (via London Birdwatching)
  • Valentines Park, Ilford: Mediterranean Gull (aka Valentino), 4 Egyptian Geese (info) Pochard, GCGrebe, Lil Grebe, 2 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher (via London Birdwatching)
  • KGV Reservoir: Pheasant, 56 Canada Goose, 12 Mute Swan, 4 Gadwall, 20 Wigeon, 26 Mallard, 17 Shoveler, 45 Teal, 48 Pochard, 320 Tufted Duck, 4 Goldeneye, Goosander, 12 Little Grebe, 15 Great Crested Grebe, Black Necked Grebe 8 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 20 Cormorant, 720 Coot, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, 60 Woodpigeon, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, Magpie, 75 Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, 5 Grey Wagtail, 20 Pied Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 25 Chaffinch, Brambling, 20 Goldfinch, 45 Linnet,(London Birdwatching)
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate, N14: 75(43 males, 32 females) Mandarin Ducks, 16:45 hrs; 1 Little Grebe; 1 Firecrest, feeding in Holly; 4 Goldcrest; 3 Grey Wagtail, flew over calling; 1 singing male Song Thrush (Robert Callf).
  • Lockwood res (Walthamstow): First drake Goldeneye of the season today plus 40+ Teal (L Bodini).

Saturday 6 November 2010Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Viz mig 0740-0900: c160 Woodpigeon SW, Skylark, 2 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 6 Siskin, Blackcap (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: 1,250 Woodpigeons over, adult Med Gull, female Cetti's Warbler by main hide & 19 Snipe (Brent Birders)
  • Charterhouse Sq, Barbican: Suspected Blackbird/Ring Ouzel hybrid in Dawson Hall green. Was basically a blackbird with a non-uniform white ring around its neck...but had the call of a Ring Ouzel. I have photos on my phone.
  • Crossness: Snow Bunting flew NE @ 09:25 (Kev Jarvis per JA). Water pipit, Rock pipit, Cetti's warbler, Peregrine, 30 Dunlin.(Kev Jarvis).
  • Dartford Marshes: Stone Curlew flew towards Pig Farm this morning, then flew low west towards Crayford Marsh (Andy Lawson & James Hunter per JA)
  • Banstead Downs Golf Course: 2 Firecrests along wooded footpath on west side by post 1, then 1 later just before post 678 - probably another bird; 3+ Goldcrests (David Campbell).
  • Canons Farm & Banstead Woods: Corn Bunting till 9.06am between farmhouse and last residential houses along Canons Lane, 2 Black Redstarts, Brambling, c.10 Yellowhammers, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, 2 Little Owls, 3 Mistle Thrushes, 3+ Siskins, 5 Lesser Redpolls, 7+ Skylarks, 3 Meadow Pipits, 2 male Pheasants, 1+ Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Common Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Green Woodpecker, 5+ Rose-ringed Parakeets, 2 Nuthatches, 3+ Pied Wagtails (David Campbell, Paul Goodman, Johnny Allan, Paul Manville, John Hughes, Alan Wingrave, Geoff Barter, Graham Osborne et al).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: v.m. from adjoining Lincoln Court tower block 06:50 - 09:40: 6,180 Woodpigeons, mostly west (full counts and photos on the site later), unidentified bunting south-west 0810, either Snow or Lap on call, but views too poor; 2 Cetti's Warblers, East Res (one NE corner, one SW corner), Yellow-legged Gull, Siskin, 3 Coal Tits and 2 Reed Buntings at the feeders, 2 Common Buzzards west (one 1310-1321, one 1340-1344, first for a long while - NB, one was particularly pale with bicoloured tail), plus the usuals (Mark Pearson Hackney Wildlife)
  • Pinner Park Farm: 2 Teal (inc one drake) on the main pond, 1 Little Owl, 35 Greenfinch, 1 Bullfinch by the railway bridge, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jackdaw & 3 Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Queens Park, NW6. 1200+ movement of Woodpigeon west over garden 0730-0900. (Rob Ayers)
  • Brookmill Park, Lewisham: 2 Heron, 27 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 11 Moorhen 2 coot, 8 Black-headed Gull, 2 Woodpigeon in park and 50+ flying west, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wren, 10 Robin, 18 Blackbird, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch. (Conrad Ellam).
  • Rainham : Kingfisher over Tesco carpark, Jackdaw on Chafford School roof, Goldcrest + Chiffchaff in garden (Richard Harrison).
  • Rainham Marshes: Short-eared Owl and Bearded Tit,Bullfinch,Green Sandpiper.(Shaun Harvey/LondonBirds Twitter). 2 Pinkfeet on Averley Marshes (Conrad Ellam & John Bushel)
  • Thames(Putney- Barnes Bridges) early WeBS count: 5 Mute Swan, 2 Canada + 6 Egyptian Geese, 364 Mallard, 166 Teal, 70 Tufted Duck, f Mandarin, 4 Great-crested + 1 Little Grebe, 61 Cormorant, 8 Heron, 2 Coot, 11 Moorhen, c1020 Black-headed, 8 Common, 59 Herring, 33 LBB + 4 Great BB Gulls; also 3 Grey Wagtail (Neil Anderson)
  • Greenwich park: 760 Woodpigeon basically SW, 56 Chaffinch/finch sp., 4 Redwing, 2 Collared Doves, 9 Starlings W, 1 Peregrine chasing a pigeon distantly (didn't succeed), 4+ meadow Pipits, 3 Firecrests, female Teal on lake in Flower Gardens was a good record (Joe Beale).
  • Hampton Court Park (06:45-09:00): 1600 Woodpigeons (nearly all S between 07:30 and 08:30), Brambling heard, 1 Siskin S, 5 Fieldfare (including 4 SW), 4 Redwing (including 3 SW), 141 Jackdaw E from roost (Andrew Skotnicki).
  • Wanstead Park and Flats: 16 Brambling south (15 together over Shoulder of Mutton), 3 Siskin, 19 Chaffinch, 14 Fieldfare West, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing, 10 Goldfinch, 17+ RNP, 15 15 Meadow Pipit, Linnet over, Kingfisher (Perch), 580 Woodpigeon over in small flocks, 195 Coot, Stock Dove, 2 ad Great Black-backed Gulls west, Chiffchaff, 4 Green Woodpecker (one giving territorial call) + others (S Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: 364 Woodpigeon south, Yellowhammer (finally) north, 21 Fieldfare west (J Lethbridge)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Firecrest, Berwick Ponds with Long Tailed Tit flock, Goosander drake over, 7 Goldcrest, 9 Fieldfare, 44 Redwing, Woodcock at dawn, 4 Siskin, 8 Redpoll sp over,2 Little Egrets, Red Legged Partridge and 22 Yellowhammer.(Dave Morrison)
  • Willows Farm: Lesser spotted Woodpecker (f), 22 Linnet, 20+ Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush. (Steve Blake)
  • Tyttenhanger Gp's: 4 Wigeon, 7 Pochard, 2 Teal, 23 LBB Gull, 44+ Common Gull. c350 BH Gull, 11 Greylag Geese, Water Rail, 2 Skylark, Sparrowhawk. (Steve B)
  • WWT LWC Barnes: Jack Snipe (2), Water Pipit, Bearded Tit (2), Cettis Warbler (3+), Fieldfare (over), Siskin, Reed Bunting, Water Rail, Bittern (Angus Innes)
  • Town Park, Enfield: 1 Kingfisher, Carr's Basin (Robert Callf).
  • Mayesbrook Park: 3 Little egret, 6 Shoveler, Teal, Great spotted woodpecker, 15 long tailed tit.(Paul Hawkins)
  • South Norwood Lake: Peregrine, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Tufted Duck, 9 Cormorant, c50 Black-headed Gull, group of 4 Goldcrest, 4 Collared Dove, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Jay, c20 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 House Sparrow, (John Watson & Gavin Hawgood)
  • Kings Road South Norwood se25 14:15hrs2 Lapwing over NW SE (John Watson)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 80 Chaffinch, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Siskin, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Skylark (Martin Shepherd)
  • Vauxhall BT: f Peregrine present all day (Michael Mac).
  • Battersea Park Lake: 6 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker and all usuals (Michael Mac).
  • Horsenden Hill: vis mig 0745-0900; 475 Woodpigeon, 30 Chaffinch, 16 Goldfinch. Later 1 Common Buzzard NE 1315, 1+ Nuthatch, 4 Skylark, 1 Redpoll (Andy Culshaw + LNHS group).
  • Rainham A13: Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (via London Birdwatching)
  • Knighton Woods, Woodford: 7 Mandarin, male Shoveler (via London Birdwatching)
  • Weald Park: 2 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, pr Mute Swan, 5 Tufted Duck, c70 Black-headed Gull, 10 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Goldcrest, 25+ Long-tailed Tit (several mixed tit-flocks), 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 3 Jay, 12+ Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch, 20+ Siskin. Plus Brambling heard over (called once) & probable firecrest calling in laurels Lincolns Lane car park, just wouldn't show. Also 2 Red Admiral (Colin Jupp, Havering EWT group).

Friday 5 November 2010Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2+ Brambling in trees along railway lines with other finches, then flew south-west at 10.15 am (Dominic Mitchell et al).
  • Beckton Park: Sparrowhawk, Mistle Thrush, 6 Pied Wagtails (London Birdwatching)
  • Brent Reservoir: Adult winter Med Gull, Viz-mig 08.45-09.45: 1 Brambling West with 33 Chaffinch, 11 Redwing, 9 Fieldfare, 1 Siskin (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park, Lewisham: 1 Heron, 16 Mallard, 1 Mandarin, 7 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 8 Black-headed Gull, 6 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Wren, 7 Robin, 7 Blackbird, 4 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow, 4 Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 5 Chaffinch. (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Brambling, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Rock Pipit, ad Yellow-Legged Gull, Common Sandpiper, 3 Stonechats,4 Shoveler, 93 Dunlin, 114 Lapwing. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 2 Firecrest, together, 13:58 - 14:09 hrs; 4 Goldcrest (Robert Callf).
  • Harold Hill (Sedgefield Crescent): Brambling calling in trees near my garden at 08.45 (Colin Jupp).
  • Hornsey (New River): Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (James Palmer).
  • London Wetland Centre WWT: Bittern (Birdguides)
  • Muswell Hill: 1 Brambling over Sydney Road, Sparrowhawk circling, 7 or so House Sparrows. 08.00(P.A)
  • Paddington Green: pr Peregrine Falcon in area all morning and into early p.m. (Des McKenzie).
  • Pinner Station: 1 Grey Wagtail over in the rain (JR).
  • Regent's Park: Water Rail, 48 Mandarins, 56 Red crested Pochards, 50 Redwings, 2 Jackdaw, Chiffchaff, 4 Siskins (Tony Duckett).
  • Roding Valley Park and surrounding area: Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, small flock of Goldfinches, Long-tailed Tit, Jay, Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail (Alan Hobson).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1f Sparrowhawk, 23 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Common Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c60 Black-headed Gull, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c20 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Pied Wagtail, c50 Starlings (on playing fields) 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Jay, (John Watson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls on East Res, Brambling with Chaffinches southern perimeter, 4 Goldcrests, 2 Coal Tits (Mark Pearson)
  • Valentines Park, Ilford: 5 Egyptian Geese (JM).
  • Wanstead Flats (06:30-11:30): 200+ Wood Pigeon south, 3 Stock Dove north, Collared Dove, 21 + Meadow Pipit, 5 Pied Wagtail, 12 + Skylark, 18 Chaffinch, 10 Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 14 L Redpoll, 16 Siskin, 5 Linnet, Yellowhammer south, 5 Reed Bunting, 12 Redwing west, 3 Fieldfare, 15 Mistle Thrush, 4 Goldcrest, 4 + Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 f Tufted Duck, 2 pr Shoveler, f Teal (51sp NC and latterly Sally Hammond)

Thursday 4 November 2010Edit

  • Alexandra Park Firecrest still present in Conservation Area early morning, with 4+ Goldcrests and numerous common tits (David Callahan).
  • Amwell NR: 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Siskin. (TeRNS)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, 7 Common Snipe, 220+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (LWC website).
  • Brent Reservoir: female Peregrine close by hide, adult Winter Mediterranean Gull (John Gravatt, Andrew Verrall).
  • Dagnam Park LNR: Grey Wagtail, 4 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest, 12 Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit (Colin Jupp).
  • East India Dock Basin NR: Black Redstart, 230 Teal, 6 Pied Wagtail. (Gary A James).
  • Fairlop Waters CP: 20 Tufted Duck, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 30 Lapwing, Dunnock, Meadow Pipit (London Birdwatching)
  • Five Oaks Lane, Chigwell: Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Stock Dove, 40+ Redwing, 4 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat (pr), Dunnock, 11 Linnet, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch (London Birdwatching)
  • Roding Valley Park: 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, flock of Long-tailed Tits, Jay, Common Gull (Alan Hobson).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 18 Cormorant, c60 Black-headed Gull, 15 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, c15 Goldfinch, 10 Greenfinch, 12 Ring-necked Parakeet, c20 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Pied Wagtail, (John Watson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls in pre-roost gathering, otherwise quiet (MJP)
  • Tower Bridge: Grey Wagtail on riverwall by Thames Clippers pier (Sean Huggins).
  • Wanstead Flats (06:30-11:30): The large grey falcon again today scattering the gulls, appears to be larger than a Peregrine, but even with better views of its disappearing back end I cannot make out any distinguishing features in its uniformly grey (like Common Gull grey) plumage, slight fingering at end of wing (any ideas?), barring that not a lot else: 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, juv Yellow-legged Gull over Alex, Great Black-backed Gull in with the 100s of other gulls, 13 Ring-necked Parakeet, 5 Shoveler (4m), 3 Pochard (2m), 3 Skylark, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (NC)
  • Wanstead Park: Mandarin Duck (reported yesterday from the Groto part of Ornamental Waters, Pete Suanders), no sign today but: 86 Gadwall (all bar one on Ornamental Waters), 53 Tufted Duck (1 SoM, 28 Heronry, 2 Perch, remainder OW), 6 Shoveler (4m Perch, pr OW), pr Teal (OW), 18 Pochard (mainly Heronry), 6 Heron, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Chiffchaff (by SoM, one in song), 20+ Goldcrest (1 singing), usual tit flocks, Coal Tit, Siskin, 6 L Redpoll, 6+ Goldfinch, Grey Wagtail, 2 Cormorant (but hey a patch tick is a patch tick! NC)

Wednesday 3 November 2010Edit

  • Allens Gardens (N16): male Firecrest, 5 Goldcrests, 3 Coal Tits (MJP)
  • Archway - small long-tailed tit flock 11am (DPainter)
  • Battersea Park Lake: 1 drake Pintail (patch tick - but possibly escapee or feral), Shoveler down to 3, f Sparrowhawk, 5 Mute Swans - 2 adults and juveniles, 5 Ring-necked Parakeets, 5+ Grey Herons and all the usuals - 11:30am to 12:30pm (Michael Mac).
  • Beckton Park: Goldcrest singing in the carpark (Stansfeld Rd), Sparrowhawk (low S over Royal Albert Dock) (via London Birdwatching),
  • Brent Reservoir: Viz-mig 07.00-09.30: Jackdaw 11 W, Wood Pigeon 375 S, Redwing 16, Fieldfare 6, Mipit 2, Chaffinch 64, Redpoll 1 (Andrew Verrall).
  • Crayford Marshes: 4 Yellow-Legged Gulls, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Rock Pipit, Little Egret, 3 Stonechat, 3 Snipe. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Croydon: Firecrest calling in grounds of Ruskin House at 16:15 (John Birkett)
  • Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens: 20 Egyptian Goose, c40 Common Gull (RH per DMc).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Brambling in scrub behide viewing area (Shaun Harvey)
  • London Wetland Centre: 80 Teal, 26 Wigeon, 4 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff (LWC Website)
  • Ruislip: c100 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Siskin, pair Bullfinch, 4 Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 50+ Redwing, 5 Fieldfare on Poors Field. 14 Wigeon, 25+ Gadwall, 6 Shoveler & 10+ Teal on Lido (Steve Pash).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: v.m. from Lincoln Court tower block, 07:00-10:00 - 3,460 Woodpigeons (almost all west, almost all along Thames flightline; most prior to 0800 - record site count), 230 Starlings, 109 Chaffinches, 50 Redwings, 56 Fieldfares - further counts and photos on site later; adult Yellow-legged Gull on East Res, 4 Goldcrests (Mark Pearson Hackney Wildlife)
  • Thames Barrier Park: c40 Teal, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, (via London Birdwatching)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Firecrest Monument Glade 1pm, also Coal Tit heard (Bob Watts).
  • Trent Park: Sparrowhawk, perched, Rough Lot; Siskin, a few, including a nice view of a female in Water Grden, perched in Ash (Robert Callf). 25 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Pochard, Kestrel. ( Pete Lowman)
  • Totteridge Valley: 1 Common Buzzard: 1 Sparrowhawk: 11 Redwing: 3 Meadow Pipits and 2 Skylark over: 1 fem Bullfinch: 1 singing Goldcrest (John Colmans)
  • Town Park, Enfield: 1 adult-winter Mediterranean Gull, feeding on lawn with Black-headed and Common Gulls, 15:40 - 15:53 hrs; 1 Grey Wagtail, flew over calling (Robert Callf).
  • Valentines Park, Ilford: Mediterranean Gull aka Valentino, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Egyptian Geese, 3 Pochard, Kestrel, Kingfisher (via London Birdwatching)
  • Wanstead Flats (06:30-11:30):+ 200 Wood Pigeon (south), 3 Stcok Dove, 34+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 10+ Skylark, 26 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, 7 Greenfinch, 5 Siskin, 6 L Redpoll, 2 Linnet, 3 Brambling, 2 Reed Bunting, 20 + Blackbird, 14 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, many Robin, 4 Mistle Thrush, Little Owl (being mobbed by Chaffinch and small birds in Long Wood, possibly a new bird as the resident usually roosts in one of the smaller copses!), Great Black-backed Gull, 2 juv Yellow-legged Gull, Goldcrest and the usual Tits, 2m Shoveler, 1 f Teal and the others (48sp NC)
  • Wanstead Park :4 Goldcrest, 2 Sparrowhawk, 5 Gadwall (2 SoM, 3 Perch), 36 Tufted Duck (1 SoM, 32 Heronry, 3 Perch), Pochard (23 Heronry, 1 Perch), m Shoveler (Perch), Great Crested Grebe (H), 2 Little Grebe (1 SoM, 1 H), 2 Heron, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare, 4+ Siskin, 1 Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, 3 Brambling, 6 Redpoll, Reed Bunting, Kingfisher, G and GS Woodpecker (NC)

Tuesday 2 November 2010Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Only two Goldcrests with tit flock today, but a bonus adult Yellow-legged Gull at Wood Green Reservoir until flushed by Carrion Crow from 'water feature' (David Callahan). 6 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 2 Shoveler drakes, 2 Greylag, 2 Chiffchaffs but no sign of Yellow-browed Warbler (Bob Watts, Gareth Richards)
  • Beddington SF: Caspian Gull (BirdGuides)
  • Brent Reservoir: Adult Mediterranean Gull back for 4th year opp. main hide 10.00. Viz-mig 07,00-08.30: Siskin, 3 Redpoll, 27 Chaffinch, 2 Meadow Pipit, 119 Starling, 17 Redwing (Andrew Verrall).
  • Crayford Marshes: Water Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, Little Owl, Water Rail, Peregrine, 4 Yellow-legged Gulls, pr Stonechat, c130 Lapwing, 28 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Hampstead Heath: 3 Fieldfare, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Siskin, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel (Chris B); 2+ wren, 1 shoveler (William G)
  • High Beach Church: Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Long-tailed Tits (via London Birdwatching)
  • Ilford, Valentines Park: Mediterranean Gull (Valentino), 3 Egyptian Geese, Kingfisher, Goldcrest (via London Birdwatching)
  • Roding Valley Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, flock of Goldfinches, flock of Long-tailed Tits, Jay (Alan Hobson). Woodford Library: Mistle Thrush (Alan Hobson).
  • Greenwich Park: 2 Fieldfares, 1 Redwing, 2+ migrant Blackbirds, 3 or 4 Song Thrush migrants, 1 Brambling, 2 Meadow Pipits and up to 2 Firecrests (rather elusive) in Flower Gardens late morning (Joe Beale).
  • Hyde Park: 7.30am - kingfisher flying low over Serpentine towards SE corner of the lake (Neil Millar).
  • Isle of Dogs: Firecrest briefly at Mudchute Farm mid-pm along high path c100yds N of entrance by DLR station (Sean Huggins).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 drake Teal on the main pond, 1 Little Owl, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing & 13 Grey Heron (JR).
  • Staines Moor: Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Common Buzzard, Stonechat, 40+ Fieldfare, Skylark, 2 Redwing, 4 Green Woodpeckers, Gt Sp Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipits,(Sue Giddens).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls; checks of Abney, Clissold etc. quiet but for good sprinkling of Goldcrests (Mark Pearson Hackney Wildlife)
  • Wanstead village: Swallow heading south at 8:45am (JL)
  • Wanstead Flats (06:30-11:30): 500+ Starling (west, 700 on playing fields - Tim Harris), 30+ Chaffinch, Brambling, 11 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, 15 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting, 13 UFOs (unidentified finches over), 29 Redwing, 9 Fieldfare, 10 + Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, many Robin, 4 Mistle Thrush, 16 + Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 23 Skylark, 6 Goldcrest, 3 large mixed Tit flocks, 3 Mallard (w), 5 Mute Swan (east), 5+ Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet, House Sparrow, Sparrowhawk, Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler (3m, 1f), 1 Pochard, 2 m Teal (Tim Harris) and small change to the sum of 51 sp (NC/TH). Redbridge Borough October Highlights

Monday 1 November 2010Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Yellow-browed Warbler with Long-tailed Tit-flock at western edge of reservoir 08:45, Firecrest in Conservation Area, plus drake Gadwall on Wood Green Reservoir and several Goldcrests (David Callahan); YBW and Firecrest still present 10:30 am, plus Goldcrest heard, Siskin, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, numerous Ring-necked Parakeets, and 2 Greylag Geese on reservoir (Dominic Mitchell, Roy Beddard); YBW still in Blandford 12:15, just north of park entrance, plus 4 Lesser Redpoll (Bob Watts). Viz mig 0650-0745: 10 Fieldfare N, 8 Redwing N, 130 Starling N, c 40 woodpigeon west, c 30 Chaffinch N (Bob Watts); lunchtime - no sign of YBW after BW's sighting until 14:00 pm at least (DC et al). 2 Greylags on New River at 7.20 a.m. (James Palmer). 13.30-15.10 no sign YBW. 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Siskin. (TeRNS). A couple of us saw a Warbler sp. in the trees north of the road running through the park at 15.30. However, it was high up and breast-on views, so couldn't see either the flanks or crown (Alan Hobson).
  • Bromley-by-Bow: Woodcock, 45 Teal along Channelsea plus the usuals (S Fisher)
  • Blackheath: 9 Lapwing N were, surprisingly, my first of the autumn. Also c16 Fieldfare W (Joe Beale)
  • Brent Reservoir: 1 Rock Pipit on rafts, 1 Redshank, 22 Common Snipe (Andrew Verrall, John Gravatt). Viz-mig 07.00-09.15 145 Wood Pigeon South, 285 Starling, 39 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, 2 Siskins, Redpoll mostly West).
  • Chafford Hundred: c40 possible Waxwing west 08:32 (London Birders Yahoo Group).
  • Crayford Marshes: Lesser Redpoll, 2 Brambling, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Rock Pipit, 5 ad Yellow-Legged gulls, c110 Dunlin, 5 Curlew, 3 Wigeon, c100 Redshank. (Kev Jarvis).
  • Ealing Garden (W13): 1 Brambling heard over NW this morning (garden tick). Also 1+ Fieldfare (heard), small but steady passage of Chaffinch NW, 2+ Siskin, several Redwing W (Bill Haines).
  • Fairlop Waters CP: 60+ Fieldfare (DEH,London Birdwatching )
  • Grovelands Park (N14): 1 Firecrest feeding in Holly, 08:18 - 08:21 hrs; 6 Goldcrest (Robert Callf).
  • Hyde Park: 2 Lapwing east (Simon Papps per DMc).
  • Kelsey Park, Beckenham: Kingfisher (first site record for me); Mandarin (40 - highest personal count at this site) and American Wood Duck still in residence and very vocal this morning (Martin Birch)
  • London Wetland Centre:100+ Teal, Bittern flew from main reedbed to north shore of Main Lake a.m., first-winter Ring-billed Gull on Main Lake 08:10 then flew north-east toward Thames; may return with Black-headed and Common Gull flock, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Water Pipit, 5 Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff with tit-flock, 3 Brambling south-west, 17 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll west (LWC website).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 1 drake Shoveler on the main pond, 1 Little Owl in the disaster area, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Skylark over, 33 Greenfinch & 13 Jackdaw (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: 3 Pink-footed Goose still present (Birdguides).
  • Regent's Park: Water Rail, female Wigeon, 74 Redwings, 32 Fieldfares, 38 Chaffinches, 36 Goldfinches, 4 Siskins (Tony Duckett) incase anyone is interested a Ring Ouzel male spent two days in the park last week.
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: v.m. from Lincoln Court 07:00-09:30 - c55 Golden Plovers north 09:01 (only second site record this decade), 490 Redwings, 370 Starlings, 6 Jackdaws, 3 Bramblings, 56 Fieldfares, plus small number of finches etc.; Chiffchaff with tit flock in LWT garden (Mark Pearson & Jamie Partridge Hackney Wildlife)
  • Wanstead Flats (06:30-11:30): f Merlin (south, low along the main path across broom fields), large unidentified falcon (appearing uniformly light grey, with fairly rounded wing tips, the size of a Peregrine) along the south side of Long Wood and then west), Ring Ouzel (alarm call heard only, in with Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Chaffinch, tits and Magpie mobbing some unfortunate bird of prey - presumably a Tawny Owl) tried to find it for an hour and only could find possible first winter bird in scrub east of Alex, 85 Redwing, 138+ Fieldfare, 15+ Blackbird, 10 + Song Thrush (including one singing in Long Wood), 4 Mistle Thrush, 1,300+ Starling (west), 60+ Chaffinch, 20 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 4 L Redpoll, 5 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting and 50 unidentified finch (north/nw), 7 Goldcrest, 17 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 12 Skylark, 2 m Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, Greylag Goose and les autres (54 sp NC); + 2 Brambling and 1 Siskin over my garden (JL)

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