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Saturday 30th November 2013Edit

  • Banstead Woods: m Brambling, c20 Lesser Redpolls by Piddly Pond (David Campbell); also 8 Bullfinches (Ian Ward/DC).
  • Brent Reservoir: 13 Redwings, 2 Fieldfares, 3 Chaffinches - no more vis-mig till next yr (Andrew Verrall).
  • Crossness: 2 Yellow-legged Gull ad & 1w, 500 Dunlin, 200+ Teal, 20 Wigeon (Richard Bonser).
  • Dartford Marshes: Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Curlew, 8 Golden Plover, 9 Ringed Plover, 30 Redshank, 50 Lapwing, 700 Dunlin, 2 Fieldfare, Bullfinch; Common Seal (Conrad Ellam.) 
  • Hampton Court, Long Water: Wigeon, Gadwall (GTW) full name? please also see standard format
  • KGV Reservoir: no sign of Black-throated_Diver; 3 Goosander, 13 Goldeneye, 37 Meadow Pipit (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Peregrine on hospital across river, 2m Pintail, 18 Common Snipe, Jack Snipe reported on wader scrape, 2 Bittern showing fr Dulverton on N side main lake (Martin Honey)
  • Ruislip Lido: 10 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron in Marsh at 1435 (Martin Smith)
  • Seething Wells: Little Grebe, Pochard, Gadwall, Lapwing (GTW full name please) TQ173674 please see standard format
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2m Pheasant, 2 Buzzard pr, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 35 Lapwing, 3 Meadow Pipit, c60 Redwing, 15 Fieldfare (Neil Anderson)
  • Trent Park: Firecrest feeding in laurel & holly SW edge of Moat Wood 14:33-14:40, 3 Goldcrest, 10 Mandarin Duck 6m 4f upper lake, 39 Mallard 27m 12f lower lake, 3f Bullfinch Old Golf Course (Robert Callf).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Reed Bunting, also in paddock 8 Pied Wagtail, 2 Egyptian Goose (Jon Agar)
  • Wanstead Flats: 19 Linnet, 12-14 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit police scrape (Nick Croft)
  • William Girling Reservoir: 5 Black-necked Grebe, pr Goosander (Stuart Fisher)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: 5 Teal (pr copulating in brook), 20+ Redwing, Rook feeding with a few Crows (Neil Anderson)

Friday 29th November 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Tunnel Basin - 3 Teal m 2f, Gadwall (James Palmer).
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: Great Crested Grebe, Kingfisher, 5 Common Gull (Robert Callf).
  • Brent Reservoir: 6 Fieldfare, 31 Starling W, 2 Jackdaw S, 2 Song Thrush (Andrew Verrall)
  • Broadwater Lake: 33 Little Egret roosting by dark, also a roost of c1000 Jackdaw (John Edwards); the pre-roost Little Egret gathering at Ruislip Lido roosts at Broadwater - 15 left Lido at 16.25 arriving at Broadwater 5min later, lge Redwing roost also around the old workings (John Edwards & Dick Middleton)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Mandarin, Kingfisher, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam).
  • Dulwich Park: 3 Shovelers 2m back after 2days' absence (Priscilla Macpherson).
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Black Redstart (Derek Turner, Peter Delaloye)
  • KGV Reservoir: red-head Smew on south basin, 4 Goosander [no luck with Black-throated_Diver again] (Debbie Burkett)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 7 Pochard, Little Grebe, Kestrel, Kingfisher, f Reed Bunting (TeRNS)

Thursday 28th November 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, 14 Common Snipe, Jack Snipe all by small hide 3pm (Jo Edwards)
  • Burgess Park: Jack Snipe - along southern perimeter of lake (Martin Birch).
  • Mill Hill: 2 Collared Doves, 16 Fieldfare, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Green Woodpecker, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets (Xav).
  • Staines Reservoir: south basin - 2 Black-necked Grebe, m Scaup (Jim Sweetland)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret (Conrad Ellam)
  • Wanstead Flats: 17 Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, 20+ Chaffinch, 12 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 51 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 10+ Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Goldcrest, Stock Dove, 9 Song Thrush (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Shoulder of Mutton - 2 Water Rail, 10 Gadwall, 2 Egyptian Goose, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)

Wednesday 27th November 2013Edit

  • Abney Park Cemetery: 2 Tawny Owl, Gt Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, Coal Tit, Goldcrest (TeRNS)
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: Bittern fr black hide 1100 (Richard Featherstone).
  • Bow Creek: 200 Teal, 4 Redshank, Common Sandpiper (James Palmer).
  • Brent Reservoir: flushed Woodcock 9.02 dead leaves under bushes nr path to dump, also 5 Snipe, 19 Fieldfare over, 4 Redwing 3 over & 1 sub-song fr wild cherry tree burnt picnic table (Andrew Verrall).
  • Broadwater Lake: 5 Goldeneye 3m 2f, Water Rail, Kingfisher, f Goosander along R Colne (Jennifer Gilbert)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Little Grebe, Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Canons Farm: Short-eared Owl drifted high S 9.42am (David Campbell).
  • Croham Hurst: 10 Redwing, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 15+ Long-tailed Tit, 10+ Great Tit, 10+ Blue Tit, 6 Coal Tit (J. Banes).
  • Heathrow: Tawny Owl at Heathrow Estate Earhart Way at 0600 flew fr roof & through estate under lights (Keith Kerr).
  • KGV Reservoir: Black-throated Diver again on south basin favouring western side, 6 Goosander 4m, 4 Goldeneye (Nick Croft et al).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 2 Mistle Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, m Sparrowhawk (Rich Petley)
  • Richmond Park: Little Egret on Beverley Brook at A3 end (A.Curtis per J.Wilczur).
  • Thorney CP: Kestrel on pylon at entrance, Kingfisher, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, 2 Siskin, Grey Heron, 15+ Redwing, 6 Great Crested Grebe, Song Thrush, 11 Pochard, Little Grebe (Sue Giddens).
  • Totteridge Valley (Darlands Lake area): Woodcock, Little Grebe, Reed Bunting, 4 Teal, Mandarin, Siskin, 30+ Goldfinch, 15+ Fieldfare, 30+ Redwing, 4 Goldcrest (Ian Ellis).
  • Trent Park: Firecrest feeding in laurel NE edge Rough Lot 14:17-14:21, 10 Mandarin Duck - 2m lower lake & 5m 3f upper lake, 3 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck (Robert Callf).

Tuesday 26th November 2013Edit

  • Banstead Downs: 2 Firecrests still along wooded footpath on west side of golf course (David Campbell).
  • Beddington FarmlandsCaspian Gull 1w on landfill site (David Campbell). pics
  • Bow Creek: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, Grey Wagtail (Neil Preston)
  • Brent Reservoir: 13 Common Snipe, 2+ Water Rail h calling (Steve Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Connaught Water: Smew (Lol Cumming). pics
  • Finsbury Park: 10 Gadwall (James Palmer).
  • Heathrow Airport: Woodcock, 2 Snipe (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Lee Valley RP (Holyfield Weir): Goldeneye (just below weir), Goosander S (Simon Papps) TL 3767 0418
  • Lee Valley RP (Hooks Marsh/Waltham Abbey Wds): 2 Red Kite E at 11.40am, Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin (Simon Papps); 2 red-head Smew on Friday Lake, Goosander over (Mike Oakland)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Coal Tit, 10 Fieldfare N, 3 singing Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, 15 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Goldcrest, 35 Lesser Redpoll, Stock Dove (Stuart Fisher)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir LNR: m Goosander on river (John Gordon)
  • Lord's Cricket Ground: Peregrine over mid-pm (John Colmans)
  • Ruislip Lido: 7 Little Egret at pre-roost before flying W at dusk, 2 drake Goldeneye ad & 1w on lake, Water Rail h in North Marsh (John Edwards, Patty Briggs, Dick Middleton)
  • St John's Wood: Egyptian Goose SE over Carlton Hill (Matt Reed).
  • South Kensington (Natural History Museum): 2 Mistle Thrush (Matt Reed).
  • Stocker's Lake: 5 Goldeneye (James Lowen)
  • Three Mills: Sparrowhawk, 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Egyptian Goose (Neil Preston)
  • Tottenham Marshes: f Goosander (James Palmer).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: boardwalk - 2 Stonechat m f; paddocks - Grey Wagtail, 30+ Pied Wagtail, 40+ Chaffinch, 7 Linnet (JW Davies)
  • Wanstead Flats: 6 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Linnet, 14 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Stock Dove, 21 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, f Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 4 singing Song Thrush, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Water Rail, Little Egret, Goldcrest, 157+ Gadwall, 65 Tufted Duck, c50 Pochard, 9 Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Shoveler 2pr, 4 Gadwall 2pr (Sue Barry).

Monday 25th November 2013Edit

  • Hampstead Heath: ad Herring Gull with red ring on left leg am Highgate 1 pond (Pete Mantle).
  • Heathrow Airport: f Smew, 2 Redshank, Buzzard, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk (Adam Cheeseman).
  • Lewisham SE13: Peregrine (Steven Robinson).
  • Roding Valley Meadows NR: juv dark-bellied Brent Goose (Barry Jones).
  • Ruislip Lido: 11 Little Egret, Water Rail in marsh mid-pm (Martin Smith). 
  • Staines Moor: 12 Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit (Keith Kerr).
  • Swanley Park: Shoveler f, Greylag, Herring Gull, 20 Fieldfare E, 40+ Goldfinch (Andy Meaton)
  • Trent Park: 9 Mandarin Duck 5m 4f upper lake, 3 Pochard, 16 Tufted Duck lower lake, Woodcock, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet feeding Water Gdn (Robert Callf/Robin White).
  • Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster: 2 Peregrine both showing well on Victoria Tower (Frank Nugent).
  • Wanstead Flats: Woodcock, Snipe, 11 Linnet, Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 19 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Egyptian Goose, Kestrel (Nick Croft).
  • Waterworks NR: 60 Magpies, 2 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck, 35 Ring-necked Parakeets, Pochard, 5 Coot (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • William Girling Reservoir: viewed fr Mansfield Pk - ad Mediterranean Gull on water with black-heads seen again flying between here & KGV Reservoir, 18 Black-necked Grebe, 11 Goosanders 6 red-heads 5 males, 5 Goldeneye, 21 Shoveler (Jamie Partridge).

Sunday 24th November 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 405 Tufted Duck, 29 Pochard, 15 Snipe, 3 Water Rail, Kingfisher (Brent Birders)
  • Burgess Park: ad Mediterranean Gull pm (back for sixth winter), 2 Egyptian Geese (Richard Bonser).
  • Claybury Park: up to 2 Nuthatches, 2-3 Goldcrests, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jays, 7-8 Long-tailed Tits, Common Gull (Alan Hobson).
  • Croham Hurst: f Sparrowhawk hunting low again, 12 Redwing, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Great/Blue/Coal tits (J.Barnes)
  • Croydon: m Peregrine h calling & then seen twice flying in town centre fr Nestlé bldg to opp bldg (J.Barnes); 2 Peregrines pr seen flying & calling around same area at 16.15 (P. Sell)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 28 Gadwall, 5 Little Grebe, 60+ Redwing, 15+ Fieldfare, 2 Shoveler, 2 Grey Wagtail, 12+ Redpoll (P Kite)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Little Grebe, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting (Conrad Ellam).
  • Hampstead Heath: Peregrine NW over field adj to Ladies Bathing Pond at 10:00, 6 Redwing in holly in same field (Frank Nugent).
  • Horsenden Hill: Woodcock Perivale Wd, Lesser Redpoll, 4 Teal, 2 Pheasant, 25+ Redwing (Andy Culshaw, David Howdon).
  • Ickenham Marsh: Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Jackdaw, Rook, Bullfinch, gd nos of Redwing & Fieldfare (Nigel Dodd).
  • Lee Valley, Friday Lake: 2f Smew against east bank at 1210 (Martin Shepherd).
  • Leyton, Jubilee Park/Orient Way: Snipe, c500 Ring-necked Parakeet E fr roost, 25 Great Black-backed Gulls (most N with 2-3 on tip), 2 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing over, 6 Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit N, Jackdaw on tip (Stuart Fisher)
  • King George V Reservoir: viewed fr Pick's Farm - Goldeneye (James Palmer).
  • Ladywell Fields: Little Egret pm (David Capper).
  • London Wetland Centre: Pintail, Bittern, Peregrine, 11 Redwing, Siskin (WWT website)
  • Lonsdale Road Barnes: Great Crested Grebe, 6 Pochard, 12 Shoveler, 5 Redwing (John Gordon).
  • Mansfield Park: Sparrowhawk (James Palmer).
  • Mayesbrook Park: Goosander, Goldeneye, Yellow-legged Gull, Peregrine, 2 Lttle Egret (Paul Hawkins)
  • Osterley Park: 2 Common Gull, Cormorant, 6 Gadwall, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Grey Heron, 15+ Jackdaw, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Mandarin, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, 3 Pied Wagtail, 44 Ring-necked Parakeet, 34 Shoveler, Treecreeper (V Williamson, R Woolley).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 35 Gadwall, 3 Goosander 1m 2f, 10 Teal, Little Grebe, 3 Chiffchaff, Shelduck, Sparrowhawk (James Palmer).
  • Staines Reservoir: 8 Goldeneye 2m 6f, Scaup (Alan Lewis)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Buzzard, f Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 42 Lapwing, Snipe, 13 Stock Dove, 4 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, c50 Redwing (feeding on haws), 105 Fieldfare mainly SW (few coming down), Rook (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Little Grebe, 3 Teal, c100 Common Gull, 2 Rook, c30 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare (John Colmans)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 3 imm/fem Goldeneye (on No 1), Little Egret (on No 2), Kingfisher (Coppermill stream), 4 Egyptian Goose (2 on Warwick East & 2 over) (Jon Agar)
  • Waterworks NR: Teal, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tits (Sue Huckle)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: 5 Teal, Little Egret, 6 Stock Dove, 35 Fieldfare over, c60 Redwing (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 23rd November 2013Edit

  • Barnet (Dollis Valley): Little Egret, Common Gull, Fieldfares, 2 Mistle Thrushes singing, Song Thrush singing (Mr. Crabtree).
  • Battersea Railway Bridge over River Thames: Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, Moorhen (Matt Reed).
  • Brent Cross: 6 small Egret sp (unable to see eye/bill colours) had just gathered on canal 4.10pm (James Levy). Up to 4 Little Egrets have been seen this wk around Brent Cross Shopping Centre & Brent Reservoir, last Sunday a record 9 Little Egrets were noted heading low N so they were definitely the same Little Egrets [Andrew Verrall].
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, 15 Snipe, Lapwing, 2 Water Rail 1 feeding in open & 1 calling; 132 Starlings, Fieldfare and 6 Redwings feeding in wild cherry tree (Brent Birders).
  • Brookmill Park: 3 Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cremorne Gardens: Thames - 22 Gadwall, 12 Teal, 28 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, Little Grebe (unusual here), 2 Peregrine (Matt Reed).
  • Croham Hurst: 12 Redwing, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 3 Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, f Sparrowhawk hunting low, 8 Great Tits, 9 Blue Tits, Coal Tit (J.Barnes)
  • Dulwich Park: 4 Shoveler 2pr on lake 2 days running (P.Macpherson)
  • Harmondsworth Moor: 2 Common Gull, Cormorant, Gadwall, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Green Woodpecker, Little Grebe, Jay, 2 Meadow Pipit, 34 Pochard (Richard Woolley).
  • KGV Reservoir: Goldeneye m, 4 Meadow Pipit (Chris Kennington); 6 Goosander, 17 Goldeneye, Teal, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, flock of 50+ Goldfinch, 8 Lapwing, no sign Black-throated_Diver (Nick Croft/Stuart Fisher)
  • Lea Valley navigation between Tottenham & Ponders End: 2 Kingfisher, Goosander f, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Fieldfare, plenty of Song Thrush and Blackbird, Little Egret (Nick Croft/Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Pintail, 53 Wigeon, 3 Water Rail, 19 Fieldfare, 2 Siskin, Peregrine (WWT website); 2 Peregrine m f, 2 Sparrowhawk m f, Common Snipe, 2 Bittern (reported), Kestrel, Chiffchaff (Martin Honey)
  • Nazeing Meads: 15 Siskin, 3 Jackdaw, 5 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, Goldeneye m, 2 Common Buzzard (G Howie)
  • Rainham Marshes: RSPB - f Merlin in hot pursuit of prey over Wennington 12:40 (Frank Nugent); Aveley Bay - 175 Dunlin, 105 Redshank, 13 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew (Steve Bacon)
  • Richmond Park: Little Egret, f Teal (H.Bradshaw); juv f Peregrine hunting upper pen pond then injured (unable to fly) Woodpigeon found - possibly the victim of an attack (J.Wilczur).
  • Ruislip Lido/Woods: 12 Wigeon, 27 Gadwall, 18 Cormorant (my highest count here), 7 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 13 Redwing (Neil Anderson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Little Grebe, 15+ Common Gull, Chiffchaff (wintering?), Song Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail, 8 Chaffinch (TeRNS)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 3 Rock Pipit, 107 Lapwing, 50 Redshank, 10 Turnstone, 3 Snipe, Curlew, Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare (Andrew Self)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Woodcock (picked up flying low over cowfield then ditched down other side of raliway bridge), Snipe over, 2 Meadow Pipits, Chiffchaff (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: 22 Gadwall, m Teal, 7 Shoveler, 10+ Tufted Duck, Fieldfare, 3 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit (Nick Croft)
  • Whitewebbs Wood: 18 Mandarin Duck 11m 7f on ornamental lake, Woodcock, 5 Goldcrest (Robert Callf).
  • William Girling Reservoir: 4 Goosander, prob Black-necked_Grebe but too dark to tell, many thousands of gulls moving through & roosting, 4 Song Thrush (Nick Croft/Stuart Fisher)

Friday 22nd November 2013Edit

  • Belvedere/Erith (by the Thames): 250+ Black-tailed Godwits, Knot, Rock Pipit, 10+ Ringed Plovers, c200 Dunlins, 40+ Redshanks (Mike Robinson)
  • Bexleyheath (Broadway): 292 Pied Wagtails roosting in scarlet oak Market Sq 4.10-4.25pm, 186 House Sparrows roosting in shrubs adj to Family Crts/Sainsbury car pk entrance 3.45-4pm (Ralph Todd)
  • Finsbury Park: 8 Gadwall, m Mandarin (James Palmer).
  • Harefield: 2 Red Kite (Patty Briggs)
  • KGV Reservoir: Black-throated Diver still (RBA)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 10+ Lesser Redpoll, Grey Wagtail, Egyptian Goose, 85 Tufted Duck, 6 Song Thrush, 10 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe (Stuart Fisher)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: no sign Bewick's_Swan at 07:30; f Merlin briefly going over the tip W, m Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, late Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 150+ Dunlin, 50+ Golden Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, 4 Curlew, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Redshank, 7m Pintail, Chiffchaff, Stonechat (RSPB/Nick Croft)
  • Staines Moor: 60+ Fieldfare, 4 Green Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Redwing, 2 Common Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, Common Snipe, Kestrel, Little Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest (Keith Kerr).
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret, Jackdaw, Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 3 Grey Wagtails (P Kite)
  • Thorpe Park: Red-necked Grebe (RBA)

Thursday 21st November 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 11 Redwing, Fieldfare, Siskin, 9 Pochard, Kingfisher (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern main lake N shore, Little Egret NW, 12 Fieldfare W, 4 Redpoll (WWT website)
  • Oxleas Woods: Firecrest in Pyracantha then yew 14.40, Tawny Owl calling early am (John Reid)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 Bewick's Swan [Ldn season-1st], 3f Red-breasted Merganser [Ldn season-1st], 2 Goldeneye pr (BirdGuides/RBA); 4 Grey Plover, 2 Mediterranean Gull and Caspian Gull both on Thames (fide RSPB blog)
  • Thorney CP: Buzzard over, 2 Little Grebes, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Pochards, Red Kite over, Song Thrush (Sue Giddens)
  • Woodlands Farm: 20 Lapwing W, 10+ Redwing (John Bushell per Conrad Ellam)

Wednesday 20th November 2013Edit

  • Amwell: red-head Smew (Twitter).
  • Brent Reservoir: 10 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing (Steve Blake); 21 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare (Andrew Verrall)
  • Connaught Water Epping Forest: f Smew, escaped f Hooded Merganser, m Pintail, 2 Gadwall, 40+ Teal, 30+ Mandarin Duck, 3 Ring-necked Parakeeet, Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest (Simon Papps)
  • King George V Reservoir: viewed fr Pick's Farm Sewardstone - Black-throated Diver, f Goosander, 2f Goldeneye, 100+ Cormorant (Simon Papps); BtDiver also visible fr Mill Lane Sewardstone (Phil Rhodes)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 80+ Fieldfare W, 3 Goldcrest, 13 Gadwall, drake Shoveler (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Pintail, 2 Peregrine, 56 Lapwing (WWT website)
  • Motspur Park: Peregrine on gas holders, 50 Stock Dove on fields (Bob Smith)
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: 4 Snipe, Grey Heron, flock of 6-8 Long-tailed Tits, 4+ Goldfinches (Alan Hobson).
  • Stocker's Lake: 14 Red-crested Pochard 9m, 2 Goldeneye (Jeff Bailey).
  • William Girling Reservoir: viewed fr Mansfield Pk Chingford - 8-10+ Black-necked Grebe, 30+ Teal, 30+ Great Crested Grebe, 3 Goldeneye (Simon Papps)
  • Woodlands Farm: 10+ Redwing, Goldcrest, f Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)

Tuesday 19th November 2013Edit

  • Barbican: dead Woodcock in nearby office private area (Alan Lewis)
  • Brent Reservoir: new loc'n - Tea Stall entrance Staples Cnr Ind Est - Little Egret flew up fr R Brent & off SE, Grey Wagtail around river, Pied Wagtail, dump - 73 Starlings W (Brent Birders).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cranford CP: Red Kite over, Grey Wagtail on reeds along river, Chaffinch, Grey Heron, 3 Little Grebes, Kestrel (Sue Giddens).
  • Enfield EN2 (Vicarage Farm): Jack Snipe, Common Snipe (Robert Callf/Robin White).
  • Ewell Village: 2 Kingfisher, Goldcrest, 160+ Black-headed Gull incl Lithuanian-ringed bird (Neil Batten).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit (Richard Green)
  • Harefield: Red Kite over village grn 08.15 (Alex Randall)
  • Harlington Corner (near Heathrow): 70+ Lapwings  (Sue Giddens)
  • Heathrow Airport: Little Owl (airport tick), Buzzard, Bullfinch (Adam Cheeseman)
  • KGV Reservoir: Black-throated Diver on south basin (H Lacey per R Woodward).
  • Little Britain Lake: Little Grebe, Little Egret (Roger Dewey)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest (called frequently & seen briefly), 4+ Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, Little Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Jay (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Mill Hill: Common Buzzard N mobbed by two crows (Xav)
  • Oxleas Woods: Firecrest with group of blue, great, coal and long-tailed tits feeding in holly beside footpath running behind Crookston Rd & in gdn of possibly no 169 (Eric Brown, Phil Cliffe, Peter Graham).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Sparrowhawk, 185 Woodpigeon W/SW 0750-0820, 13 Starling W - scant vismig 0740-0840, Redwing (birdman_euston); f Peregrine, 14 Siskin W 0910 (Regent's Pk Birds blog)
  • Roding Valley Park and Redbridge Lakes: 2-3 Snipe, Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Common Gull, Herring Gull, 3 Long-tailed Tits (Alan Hobson)
  • Stocker's Farm: Little Owl sitting nr owl box (Dale Ayres)
  • Stocker's Lake: 8 Little Egret into roost by 4:30pm, Woodcock over viewpoint late pm, 12 Red-crested Pochard 7m (Joan Thompson); 2 Goldeneye pr (G Lapworth).
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret, Grey Heron, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Snipe (James Lowen)
  • Thorney CP: Kingfisher (Roger Dewey)
  • Wanstead Flats: Tawny Owl Long Wd 06:00 (Josh Selfe); ad Mediterranean Gull still Alex, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Linnet, 12 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 15 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: Common Snipe, Reed Bunting, Skylark (Jonathan Nasir)

Monday 18th November 2013Edit

  • Amwell: Curlew landed on island before flying S into L Area at 8:15am (Phil Ball)
  • Bow Creek: Common Sandpiper, Redshank (Neil Preston)
  • Brent Reservoir: worst vis-mig ever - 5 Stock Dove, Greenfinch S, 18 Starling, 6 Chaffinch W (Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bury Lake nr Rickmansworth: 6 Goldeneye 1m 5f 9.30am (Dale Ayres).
  • East India Dock Basin: Common Snipe (Neil Preston)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Teal (Richard Green)
  • Grovelands Park: 18 Mandarin Duck 12m 6f 15:30 (Robert Callf).
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley: Kingfisher, 34 Gadwall, 3 Grey Heron, Common Gull (Sue Giddens).
  • London Wetland Centre: Pintail, 86 Black-headed Gull, Redpoll, 15 Goldfinch (WWT website)
  • Rainham Marshes: Bittern again am landed on Target Pools (R. Hughes).
  • Stocker's Lake: Goldeneye f (G Lapworth}.
  • Thorney CP: Little Egret by wooden bridge, Kestrel on pylon at entrance (Sue Giddens).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Woodcock flushed, Little Grebe again on Lake and with 6 Teal, c30 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, m Bullfinch (John Colmans)
  • Wanstead Flats: ad Mediterranean Gull still in with gull roost by Alex (6-700 gulls on site today incl 400+ Common Gull, 300 Black-headed Gull, with a few Lesser Black-backed Gull and Herring Gull, 25+ Song Thrush, 40+ Blackbird, Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 8 Skylark, 14 Meadow Pipit, 5 Pied Wagtail, 8 Linnet, 10+ Chaffinch, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Stock Dove, 23 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, 7 Shoveler, f Pochard, 2 Teal, 5 Egyptian Goose, 50+ Mallard (Nick Croft)

Sunday 17th November 2013Edit

  • Battersea: 7 Gadwall on Thames by St Mary's Church (Matt Reed).
  • Brent Reservoir: Jack Snipe, 19 Common Snipe, 3 Little Egret, ad Mediterranean Gull all in East Marsh; 138 Starling W/NW, 10 Redwing, 9 Fieldfare, 8 Pied Wagtail, Bullfinch, 21 Chaffinch (Brent Birders).
  • Brockley Cemetery: 2 Goldcrest with grp of LT Blue & Great_Tits, Ring-necked Parakeets (Phil Laurie)
  • Burnt Oak Brook area: Grey Wagtail, f Sparrowhawk flying along line of brook, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Fieldfare W 14:50 (Deb Jackson).
  • Chelsea Creek: 11 Teal (Matt Reed). TQ 2649 7700
  • Cranford CP: 5 Little Grebes, 4 Jay, 50 Redwing, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wrens, Dunnocks, 3 Moorhens, 10+ Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Song Thrush (Sue Giddens)
  • Hanwell W7 (Conolly Dell): 2 Goldcrest (Rob Mills)
  • Lambeth SE1 (Lower Marsh): ad Yellow-legged Gull flew in & chased Black-headed Gull landed then departed over rooftops c12:50, Grey Wagtail over Waterloo Rd (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, 48 Wigeon, 47 Lapwing, 2 Redpoll NW (WWT website); 2 Bittern (main lake N&S shores), m Sparrowhawk, m Pintail, 4+ singing Cetti's Warblers (Martin Honey); Little Egret S at 3.15pm (Oscar Dewhurst)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 220+ Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, 10+ Pintail, f Peregrine, 12 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Water Rail, Stoat and a late Common Lizard; also Bearded Tit and f Merlin reported by others (David Bradnum); Great White Egret over (fide RSPB blog)
  • Richmond: Jay on TV aerial on Marlborough Rd (Matt Reed).
  • Ruislip Lido: 6 Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Goose, Norwegian colour-ringed Black-headed Gull (first seen winter 2012-13) (R. Middleton).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Little Owl, 31 Lapwings, Little Egret, 4 Skylarks (G Westley)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 160 Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, 6 Lesser Redpoll, Linnet (James Palmer).
  • Wandsworth SW11 (Cotton Row): 30 Cormorant perched on jetty stanchion by Thames (Matt Reed).
  • Wanstead Flats: ad Mediterranean Gull still on Alex, Woodcock over Long Wd (first returning bird), 5 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 3 Redwing, 2 singing Song Thrush, 9 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, Egyptian Goose over, 10+ Chaffinch, m Sparrowhawk with prey, m Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 11 Lesser Redpoll, Mealy Redpoll old sewage works, 2 Water Rail sharming to each other on Shoulder of Mutton, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, f Teal, 173 Gadwall, 50 Tufted Duck, 12 Shoveler, 29 Pochard, Egyptian Goose, 4 Little Grebe, 9 Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Woodford Bridge: Roding Ln N & field margins - Chiffchaff, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 50+ Common Gulls, 6 Long-tailed Tits (Alan Hobson). 
  • Woodlands Farm: 20+ Redwing, Fieldfare, Lesser Redpoll (Conrad Ellam)

Saturday 16th November 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 15 Common Snipe, 2 Lapwing, Kingfishers, Water Rails calling; 2 Stock Dove, 112 Woodpigeon S, 53 Starling W, 3 Fieldfare, 13 Redwing, Siskin - vis-mig 07.10 (Roy Beddard, Andrew Verrall).
  • Chessington: Black Stork N at 11am (BirdGuides, RBA) TQ180635
  • Claybury Park: Treecreeper, Reed Bunting, 3 Goldcrests, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, 6 Long-tailed Tits, Common Gull (Alan Hobson).
  • Enfield EN4 (Fernyhill Wood): Woodcock flushed (Robert Callf/Robin White).
  • Enfield EN2 (Town Park): 36 Ring-necked Parakeet pre-roost gathering 15:30 (Robert Callf).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Water Rail, Little Grebe, Reed Bunting (Conrad Ellam et al)
  • Gunpowder Park: 3 Little Grebe, Water Rail, Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite N 09:20hrs, Stonechat, 3 Redpoll spp over, 60+ Fieldfare, 30+ Redwing, 21 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 40+ Chaffinch in 1 flock, 2 Bullfinch, Linnet over, 3 Reed Bunting (Neville Smith/Hayley Lynes)
  • King George V ReservoirMarsh Harrier 1300 (Brian Dawton)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Bittern (main lake N&S shores), 2 Pintail, 24 Fieldfare NW, 2 Siskin, Lesser Redpoll over, 2 Kingfisher (Oscar Dewhurst, WWT website)
  • Osterley Park: Barn Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker (Rob Mills)
  • Primrose Hill: Jay (Matt Reed)
  • Rainham RSPB: Merlin, 2 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 6 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stonechat, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Dunlin, 60+ Redshank, 3 Curlew, 6 Snipe, 200+ Golden Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 17 Pintail, Barn Owl, Lesser Redpoll, 8 Cetti's Warbler (RSPB/Nick Croft/Mike Messenger)
  • Richmond Park: Dartford Warbler in bracken next to southwest cnr of cattle enclosure (Hugh Bradshaw); Little Egret briefly Upper Pen Pond, Buzzard (J.Wilczur). Hi Hugh, is the cattle enclosure still nr Holly Lodge? Yes just southwest of Holly Lodge.
  • Sidcup: Hen Harrier m N over York Ave at 10.35am (BirdGuides, RBA) TQ465725
  • St John's Wood: Jay over Abbey Rd level crossing (flying that is, not walking....) (Matt Reed)
  • Thorney CP: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Little Grebes, 7 Cormorants, Grey Heron, 2 Dunnock, 2 Jays, 14 Pochards, 9 Long-tailed Tits, Wren (Sue Giddens)
  • Trent Park: Woodcock flushed (Robert Callf/Robin White).
  • Valentines Park Ilford: Little Egret in channel north of boating lake, 3 Grey Wagtails (Barbara Miller)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Water Rail calling behind entrance to marina (N end), 2 Stonechat - bomb crater field & field behind ice rink, 4+ Chiffchaff (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 10 Egyptian Geese, 215 Fieldfare NW, c845 Woodpigeon W, c1040 Starling mainly NW, 5 Redwing, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Skylark, 22 Chaffinch, Lesser Redpoll all W - vismig 07.00-09.30; on deck 27 Fieldfare into Chat's Paddock then W with Starl'g flock, 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet, 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Sparrowhawk (Rob Ayers/Dan Burgess)

Friday 15th November 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: m Common Teal still Conservation Pond, Shoveler Wood Green Res (Bob Watts).
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: m Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck 2m 3f, 5 Common Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail (Robert Callf).
  • Brent Reservoir: 130 Woodpigeon S, Stock Dove, 39 Starling W, 13 Fieldfare, Redwing (Andrew Verrall).
  • Broomfield Park: Little Grebe (James Palmer).
  • Camley St NP, Kings Cross: Snipe by pond pm (Peter Beckenham per Helen Burton)
  • Canary Wharf: Common Buzzard drifted over S 09:10 (Richard Harrison).
  • Cowley, Uxbridge: 3+ Blackcaps 2+m & f - winterers have been in gdn for c2wks (Roger Morton)
  • Croham Hurst: flock of 15-20 Waxwings [Ldn season-1st] feeding in rowan trees.  Weren't here yesterday.  Were feeding for a good hr before being attacked by a sparrowhawk. Soon came back & were feeding until I left. (Jack Barnes) At what time pls Jack? [b_e] I arrived at woods at 14:00 & was there until 16:00 at which time I had to leave.  They were active the whole time flying around & being very noisy. (Jack Barnes) TQ337632 TQ337632 In LNHS Gazetteer as 'Croham Hurst' [DT]
  • Finsbury Park: m Mandarin, 4 Gadwall, 2 Egyptian Goose (James Palmer).
  • Hornsey (Priory Park): 2 Lesser Redpoll (James Palmer). TQ300890
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 7 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Water Rail, Kingfisher, Wigeon, 64 Fieldfare, 22 Redwing, Goldcrest, Bullfinch and 4025 Woodpigeon S 7.00-8.00am (Dave Morrison)
  • Leyton Flats/SnaresbrookHawfinch S at 7.25ish (picked up by call - veered to SW then lost to sight), 1+ Firecrest, Grey Wagtail, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Pied Wagtail (Stuart Fisher)
  • Motspur Park: Peregrine on pylons (Bob Smith).
  • Oxleas Woods: Firecrest in Pyracantha 08.50 (John Reid). Which part of Wds is Pyracantha in? [Conrad Ellam] Hi Conrad, the Pyracantha is in my back gdn Eltham SE9 1YG which backs onto Wds. If you check yew & ivy along woodland edge behind Crookston Rd, hopefully you will come across it. (It often loosly associates with a mixed tit flock & I have most often seen it feeding in yew) (John Reid)
  • Rainham Marshes: Bittern dragonfly pool (RSPB website)
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: Snipe, Grey Wagtail, Jay, 4 Common Gulls, Long-tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker; Speckled Wood still flying (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: m Wigeon season-1st Longbridge area 35/36, 11 Common Gull season-high, 4220 Woodpigeon S/SW 0710-0815 (peak 0755) most well east of Pk, 4 Blackbird high W, 23 Redwing W, Pied Wagtail (birdman_euston)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 2 Little Egret, 2 Common Snipe, Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 5 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (P Kite & Conrad Ellam) 
  • Three Mills: 2 Redshank (JW Davies)
  • Totteridge Valley: Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, 2 Meadow Pipit, 6 Fieldfare, Redwing (Ian Ellis).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: c400 Woodpigeon W 0800-0825 (Bob Watts).
  • Wanstead Flats: ad Mediterranean Gull, Wigeon, 15 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 2-4 Linnet, 10+ Chaffinch, Lesser Redpoll, 18 Fieldfare, Redwing (Nick Croft).
  • Wimbledon Park Lake: 4 overseas-ringed Black-headed Gulls in the last three days. The long-staying Polish colour-ringed bird still present today. On Wednesday a Lithuanian-ringed bird with only a metal ring present. Today a Belgian-ringed bird with only a metal ring & another with only a metal ring that included the word Holland, but the full code & location on the ring not read. All viewed at close range with the rings read through a scope. Evidence of cold weather movements in fr continent? (Martin Daniel)

Thursday 14th November 2013Edit

  • Barnet (Monken Hadley Common): Common Buzzard, Woodcock, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, c5 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 5 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 3 Jay (Robert Callf).
  • Brent Reservoir: 125 Starling W, 95 Woodpigeons S, 31 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, Linnet, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, 10 Chaffinch (Andrew Verrall); Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, 11 Snipe, 250+ Tufted Duck (Roy Beddard).
  • Brockley Cemetery: Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest (Phil Laurie)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam).
  • Connaught Water: red-head Smew, m Pintail, 24 Mandarin 15m 9f (James Palmer). Were smew&pintail feral or pure wild? [Daniel Whitelegg] There was an odd-looking male P'ntail here last winter which looked pure at a distant but head & breast were off-colour when it was closer, possibly suggesting some sort of hybrid influence. I have only seen a P'ntail once so far this winter (last Monday) when it was too far away to tell whether or not it was the same bird as last yr [Ian Woodward]. Both birds looked OK as far as I could tell - I had very good & prolonged views (James Palmer).
  • Ewell Village: 2 Gadwall pr at Bourne Hall Lake - 1st personal site record, also 150+ Black-headed Gull incl one with white leg ring EAA8, Kingfisher (Neil Batten).
  • Greenwich Park: 14 Moorhens 4 ad & 10 1w, 5 Egyptian Geese still (Joe Beale).
  • Highgate: 3 Little Egret low SE over Highgate School 8am (Henry Wyn-Jones per Bob Watts).
  • London Wetland Centre: 22 Fieldfare W, 2 Linnet SW, 30 Redwing W, 2 Meadow Pipit W, 5 Redpoll am (Adam Salmon).
  • Walthamstow: c150 Ring-necked Parakeets SW over Wood St Library at 16:00 - by far the biggest flock I've seen in this area (Ian Woodward) The roost is growing at Waterworks NR area, over 450 now, they might have been going there [SF]
  • Wanstead Flats: Mealy Redpoll, Snipe, 26 Fieldfare, 300+ Starling W, 2 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Bush Wd/Reservoir Wd - Firecrest north of old pond, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper & yes they do make a sound like a Lesser_Spotted_Woodpecker when riled [really? - RC] though faint compared with the voluble noise on Sunday, 2 Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk, 6 Redwing, Stock Dove (Nick Croft) There are some similar calls of birds alarming on xeno-cano.org under similar circumstances noted by the recordists [SF] (Nick Croft)

Wednesday 13th November 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: drake Teal still Conservation Pond, 3 Shoveler Wood Green Res, 7 Redwing W 0700 (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2272 Woodpigeon and 5 Stock Doves S, 300 Starling W, 65 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, Skylark, Brambling, Reed Bunting SW (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall)
  • Bury Farm (Edgware): Please join other birders in objecting to the proposed development of a golf course on this bird-rich farmland site. To see the proposal and comment on it, go to the planning applications section of the Barnet LBC website and key in ref no H/04377/13. Also see RSPB letter of objection.( xxx )
  • Crayford Marshes: 3 Little Egret, Little Owl, 2 Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Skylark, 12 Chaffinch, Water Rail; also Clouded Yellow and Peacock butterfly (Ralph & Brenda Todd).
  • Crayford Ness: 428 Dunlin, 213 Golden Plover, 11 Ringed Plover, 164 Redshank, Spotted Redshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 200 Lapwing, 12 Wigeon 6pr, 11 Teal (Ralph & Brenda Todd).
  • Finchley N3: injured Quail picked up today in Crescent Rd. We (Dianne Murphy, Paul Salt & Bob Husband) took it to Finchley Veterinary Clinic, 20 Falkland Ave N3 (020 8346 0217). It appeared to have blood on one side of its neck; left my details with Veterinary Nurse; originally notified by Dianne Murphy & Paul Salt. (Bob Husband).
  • Gallions Reach: owl sp poss Long-eared_Owl flew fr south side mobbed by Black-headed Gulls, also Shoveler, Snipe, 2 Kestrel, Great Crested Grebe, Rock Pipit (Neil Preston)
  • Greenwich Park: Chiffchaff singing, 5 Egyptian Geese (site record count), 10 Redwings feeding on holly berries plus others h; also 1+ Brambling h among 7 finches headed S/SE (Joe Beale)
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: 2 Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Redwing, f Blackcap, Coal Tit (James Palmer); Lesser Spotted Woodpecker briefly glimpsed at Tawny_Owls' nest tree (Andy Sunters per Ralph Hancock)
  • London Wetland Centre: Pintail, 100 Teal, 60 Wigeon, 1000 Woodpigeon SW, Kingfisher, 40 Goldfinch, Siskin (WWT website); Buzzard, 9 Water Rail, Water Pipit, 9 Redwing NW, 562 Fieldfare W/NW, 540 Starling W, 8 Lesser Redpoll, Mealy Redpoll SW (R.Kaye)
  • Rainham: m Blackcap adj to stn platform (Richard Harrison).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 7 Gadwall, 14 Shoveler, 7 Common Gull, 9 Stock Dove over, 1080 Woodpigeon S/SW 0715-0815, m Blackcap feeding on yew avils QM Gdns area 19, 29 Redwing W, 17 Fieldfare W, 7 Chaffinch S (birdman_euston)
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest in crt grds, Brambling perched with 40+ Lesser Redpoll before heading SW, Linnet over, 2 Siskin over, Grey Wagtail, 29 Fieldfare thru, 5 Redwing over, 3 Stock Dove, Kingfisher (Eagle Pond) (Stuart Fisher)
  • Surbiton Filter Beds: 19 Lapwing, 12 Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Mute Swan, Moorhen and gd nos of Coot, Tufted Duck and Black-headed Gull at 12.00 (Nigel Jackman) TQ17396757
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Kingfisher, 3 Teal, c20 Rook, Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, 2 singing Song Thrush (John Colmans)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Stonechats in cow field (Jamie Partridge)
  • Wanstead Flats: 6 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, 30+ Greenfinch, Linnet, 4 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Fieldfare, Redwing, singing Song Thrush (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Firecrest Bush Wd, 2 Goldcrest Res Wd, 2 Treecreeper (no associated w'dpecker calls today), Nuthatch, 24 Fieldfare W, 2-3 Redwing, Stock Dove, 4 Chaffinch (Nick Croft)
  • West India Quay: Grey Wagtail, 5 Great Crested Grebe (Richard Harrison).

Tuesday 12th November 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: ad Mediterranean Gull, 15 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing (Steve Blake & Roy Beddard)
  • Canons Farm: c45 Skylarks, c70 Fieldfares (David Campbell).
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 7 Gadwall (Conrad Ellam) 
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Goosander W, Bittern, 2 Dunlin, Chiffchaff, Mealy Redpoll (R. Kaye)
  • Motspur Park: Peregrine on gas holders (Bob Smith)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Woodcock season-1st over Wetland Pen area 32, Chiffchaff QMG lake area 18, 2 Siskin over (Regent's Pk Birds blog)
  • Rye Meads NR: Glossy Ibis again (LBC Twitter)
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: Firecrest in ivies east of Eagle Pond in crt grds (as last yr), 50+ Lesser Redpoll, 15 Blackbird incl 5W, 2+ Goldcrest (Stuart Fisher)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 4 Pochard, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (TeRNS)
  • Totteridge Valley: Peregrine c10am (Andrew Bailey)
  • Trent Park: Woodcock, 2 Mandarin Duck, 5 Pochard 3m 2f, 8 Tufted Duck 2m 6 f/imm, 1 Skylark, 12 Redwing, 7 Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch, c20 Redpoll sp over (Robert Callf). 
  • Wanstead Flats: 13 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 9 Song Thrush, 5 Mistle Thrush, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, 20+ Goldfinch, 9 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2-3 Pochard, 32 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 10+ Tufted Duck, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: Grey Wagtail 1w, 3 Wrens, 20 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 12 Blackbirds (Daniel Whitelegg).

Monday 11th November 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: drake Common Teal still Conservation Pond, also 9 Redwing W 0705 (Bob Watts).
  • Bow Creek: 43 Teal, 3 Redshank, Grey Wagtail (James Palmer).
  • Brent Reservoir: 235 Woodpigeon S, 157 Starling W, 14 Redwing, 13 Fieldfare, 2 Skylark (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • East India Dock Basin: 50 Teal (James Palmer).
  • Gallions Reach: 42 Redshank, 44 Teal, 3 Shelduck (James Palmer).
  • London Wetland Centre: Jack Snipe, Bittern, 11 Snipe incl birds arriving am fr west, Brambling, 6 Siskin, 3 Redpoll, 3 Meadow Pipit W, 120 Redwing W/SW (Adam Salmon).
  • Pinner Park Farm: I am looking forward to coming back, after a terrible illness JR
  • Postman's Park EC1: Woodcock flushed at 13:15, after few laps of Pk flew SW (Steve Mason).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs and Willows Farm: 2 Snipe, 2 Tree Sparrow, Goldeneye f, 2 Wigeon, Kingfisher, c30 Linnet, 10+ Redwing (Steve Blake)
  • Union St, SE1: dead Woodcock outside Southwark tube stn am, immaculate cond'n but presumaby collided with bldg (Peter Beckenham/Julie Cox et al)
  • Wanstead Park: Bush Wd - 2 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, Coal Tit (Jonathan Lethbridge). Jono thinks what we thought was a Lesser_Spotted_Woodpecker may have been a Treecr'per, though obviously I don't know what he heard! I have checked Xeno-Canto & found no such similar calls, he will check tonight.  Anyone heard Treecr'per giving such a call? To the three of us it was classic LSW, but it only called once each time the lure was played & we couldn't find it (still quite a lot of foliage) & it only responded to Treecr'per! [Nick Croft]. (Jonathan Lethbridge)

Sunday 10th November 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 109 Woodpigeon SW, 3 Stock Dove W 0730-0915, also Common Snipe, Common Teal Wood Green Res and 3 new juv Mute Swans before flew NE (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Brent Reservoir: 10594 Woodpigeon S/SW, 4 Stock Dove, Redwing, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, 9 Little Egrets (site record) N in groups 3&5&1 (Brent Birders).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cheshunt: A10 next to white footbridge just past A10/B198/A121 roundabout - 170+ Golden Plover in field next to layby viewable fr layby & footbridge (Katy McGilvray). map
  • Crossness: Caspian Gull ad off golf centre late am, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls ad & 3w, Greenshank, 3 Curlew, 5 Dunlin, 100 Lapwing, 8 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 70 Gadwall, 500 Teal, Little Egret, Rock Pipit, Chiffchaff (John Archer).
  • Fairlop Waters & GPs: WeBS counts - 4 Grey Heron, 6 Mute Swan, 17 Cormorant, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Little Grebe, 30 Mallard, 8 Shoveler, 35 Gadwall, 33 Teal, 41 Tufted Duck, 19 Pochard, 188 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, Kestrel, 3 Green Woodpecker, 15 Linnet, 8 Skylark, 4 Redwing (Steve Bacon).
  • Greenwich Park: Redwing, 3 Egyptian Geese (Conrad Ellam); 1600+ Woodpigeons S/SW above & east of Pk, 6 Fieldfares S, Meadow Pipit N (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: c30 Linnet, 2 Meadow Pipit by O2; Ecology Pk - 2 Chiffchaff (Richard Green)
  • Heathrow Airport: Common Buzzard low over nr Earheart Way (Keith Kerr).
  • Leyton: Short-eared Owl seen distantly chased by crows in direction of Wanstead 08:00, 3500+ Woodpigeon W incl flock of c1000 (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, Red Kite SE, Peregrine, Kingfisher, 950 Woodpigeon SW, 350 Starling W, Skylark N, 3 Redwing S, Linnet S, Siskin, Redpoll sp (WWT website)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: Peregrine between reserve & river, few duck- only 1 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 5 spp gull - WeBS (Neil Anderson)
  • Mill Hill: Common Buzzard, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay (Xav)
  • Osterley Park: Barn Owl at one point perched out in open where it was shown some unwelcome attention by 4 Magpie that don't usually bother - 2nd bird almost certainly seen briefly (Rob Mills)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir: Black-throated Diver 1520-1550 when flew off high NW, 3 Brent Goose all day, 2 Curlew (DMH) Full name pls? Some birds at long last.
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Bearded Tit dragonfly pool (RSPB website)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Sparrowhawk m, 2 Kestrel m f, 450 Woodpigeon SW 0700-0755 - only c40 left in Pk, Skylark W, 7 Fieldfare W, Redwing (birdman_euston); Brambling NW, 3 Siskin W (Regent's Pk Birds blog)
  • Richmond Park: c5500 Woodpigeon SW up to 8.45, c350 Starling W, Stock Dove high SW, 5 Fieldfare SW, 25 Meadow Pipit grounded (J.Wilczur).
  • Rickmansworth: Raven N calling over Highfield Way at 08.04 (Andrew Moon)
  • Rye Meads RSPBGlossy Ibis fr lapwing_hide 8am, had a fly around c10.30 visited draper hide for a wash then tern_hide. Back on the meadow now. (Vicky Buckel per Herts site)
  • Staines Moor: Great White Egret on Colne at 12:23 for 3 minutes flew high W, 7 Whooper Swan over E, 3 Water Pipit on southern flood, 3 Stonechat, 11 Common Snipe, 4 Common Buzzard S, Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail (Lee Dingain) GWE pics here
  • Staines Reservoir: 7 Whooper Swan still on south basin at 1640 (Jim Sweetland)
  • Streatham Common: c9600 Woodpigeons S/SW south of Croydon 7.30-8.15 (Peter Newmark).
  • Totteridge Valley: 50+ Rook and 30+ Stock Dove on maize stubble, also 2 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 2 Siskin (Ian Ellis)
  • Turnham Green: Sparrowhawk low N mobbed by 4 Black-headed Gull (Rob Mills)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Stonechat (very tame m&f in ditch opp Anchor & Hope pub), 5 Lesser Redpoll in birches nr ice centre, 1100 Woodpigeon SW, 5 Redwing, Lapwing E, Siskin N, 2 Skylark E, Kingfisher in relief channel, 2 Meadow Pipit in bomb field, 6 Chiffchaff - 07.00-09.20am (Jamie Partridge)
  • Wanstead Flats: ad Mediterranean Gull still on playing fields by the Alex (Bob Vaughan); still at 14:20 (Richard Rae); 16 Pied Wagtail police scrape, 2 Meadow Pipit, 8 Skylark police scrape, Reed Bunting SSSI, Chiffchaff, Kestrel, Sparrowhwak (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [? - but see next day's post] calling in response to Treecreep'r tape (only second confirmed record this yr), 2 Treecreeper also responding to tape (first for 2 yrs), Firecrest (first returning bird of winter) - all Bush Wd, Goldcrest, Water Rail SE cnr of Shoulder of Mutton (first returning bird), 11 Gadwall there too (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy/Bob Vaughan/Richard Rae).
  • Wimbledon: not quite the Red Arrows but flight of 12 Redwings in tight form'n over Village War Memorial at c40ft as official procession approached at 10.40am for service of remembrance, Sparrowhawk over south side of Parkside at 11.10am (Angus Innes)

Saturday 9th November 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Teal m still on Conservation Pond, also Little Grebe New R, family party of 5 non resident Mute Swans briefly Wood Green Res; 73 Starling mostly NW, 32 Woodpigeon mostly W/SW, 18 Redwing W, 14 Chaffinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll - vizmig 0730-0915 (Bob Watts).
  • Banstead Downs: 2 Firecrests c60yd beyond post 657 along wooded footpath on west side of golf course (David Campbell).
  • Brent Cross: 2 Little Egret on river (Alan Lewis).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2750 Woodpigeons SW, also Brambling, Skylark, Peregrine over carrying prey (Andrew Self & Andrew Verrall)
  • Isle of Dogs: Norwegian-ringed ad Common Gull on Thames shore at Saunders Ness. Ringed 15/7/2012 at Byparken, Bergen, Hordaland. White ring JA4L (Sean Huggins).
  • Leyton, Jubilee Park: m Brambling with Chaffinch in Ive Lane Sports Ground, 480 Woodpigeon W, c450 Ring-necked Parakeet fr roost nr Waterworks NR, 330+ Starling N, 30+ Blackbirds, Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Bittern main lake, 9 Common Snipe, m Sparrowhawk, 2 Siskin, Redpoll, small groups of Redwing and Fieldfare (Martin Honey et al)
  • Mickleham, Juniper Bottom: Firecrest, 2 Marsh Tits (David Campbell).
  • Osterley Park: Barn Owl, Woodpigeon no more than a handful compared to the good number that are usually around the area I guess they've all gone S/SW with all the others reported here (Rob Mills); 10+ Cormorant, 2 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Grey Heron, 11 Jackdaw, 2 Jay, 2 Little Grebe, Little Owl, 34 Mandarin, 2 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 3 Redwing, 2 Shoveler (V Williamson, R Woolley).
  • Oxleas Woods: Firecrest foraging in yew bush & loosely associating with tit flock 9.57-10.18hrs, m Blackcap 9.45hrs (John Reid)
  • Rainham RSPB: Merlin f, 2 Marsh Harrier m f, 7 Pintail, Barn Owl, 98 Golden Plover, 2 Stonechat, Peregrine m, Barnacle Goose (John Richardson)
  • Richmond Park: c2500 Woodpigeon S, c850 Starling W, 16 Fieldfare W - vis mig 7.45-8.45 (J.Wilczur).
  • Rotherhithe: 3 Tufted Duck, Grey Heron on Canada Water; Grey Heron, Song Thrush, 3 Goldcrest, Firecrest, 5 Redpoll sp (in flight & not small) in Russia Dock Woodland (James Lowen)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Glossy Ibis imm still present 2pm (Alan Lewis)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 30 Lapwings, 6 Skylarks, 8 Linnets, Buzzard, Woodcock (G Westley)
  • Wanstead Flats: ad Mediterranean Gull, 18 Pied Wagtail on police scrape, 2 Skylark, 2000+ Woodpigeon SW, 300+ Starling W, 6 Redwing, 26 Fieldfare, 13 Lesser Redpoll, 10+ Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, 20 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 10 Tufted Duck (Dan Hennessy/Nick Croft)

Friday 8th November 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 420+ Woodpigeon W/SW, 14 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare 0700-0725, also drake Common Teal and Water Rail h Conservation Pond, 5 Shoveler boating lake (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Amwell NR: Glossy Ibis at 9.40am then flew off (RBA).
  • Brent Reservoir: 5740 Woodpigeon S, 48 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 269 Starling, 13 Chaffinch W (Andrew Verrall).
  • Cornmill Gardens, Lewisham: Kingfisher on R Ravensbourne (John Archer).
  • East India Dock Basin: Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, Little Egret (Paul Hyland); 3 Little Egrets, Meadow Pipit, 23 Teal, Pied Wagtail (John Archer).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 3 Chiffchaff (2 in trees behind football academy & 1 behind Costa nr O2) (Richard Green)
  • Hainault CP: Kingfisher on main lake (Steve Bacon)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 60+ Lesser Redpoll on Leyton Flats, Kingfisher, 9 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 2 Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit over, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest (Stuart Fisher)
  • Oxleas Woods: f Blackcap 10.40hrs (John Reid)
  • Purley: Red Kite (plus accompanying crows) W over gdn c9.45am (Croydon Birders)
  • Rainham Marshes: late Swallow S over Thames (Jonathan Wasse per RSPB blog)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: m Kestrel, 2850 Woodpigeon 0715-0820 - W (unlike prev days) to north of Hill till 0730 then SW/S as usual, 25 Fieldfare W, grounded migrant Song Thrush, 43 Redwing W, 2 Grey Wagtail SW, 9 Chaffinch SW (birdman_euston)
  • Riddlesdown: 294 Woodpigeons mainly SW, 150+ Starlings W, 13 Skylarks, 6 Meadow Pipits, 9 Jays, 5 Redwings, 2 Song Thrushes in partial song, alba wagtail over, 4 Stock Doves, 5 Bullfinches (John Birkett)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Glossy Ibis imm still present 12.34pm viewed fr Lapwing_Hide (RBA).
  • Staines Moor: 1-2 Water Pipit along R Colne, 5 Common Snipe, 5 Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, 4+ Pied Wagtail, 16+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Redwing, Fieldfare, Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe (Lee Dingain).
  • Stoke Newington, East Reservoir: Water Rail h, Common Gull, Reed Bunting, Song Thrush over, 2 Teal, 7 Pochard, 9 Gadwall (Peter Beckenham)
  • Surbiton Filter Beds: 9 Lapwing 13.00hrs (Nigel Jackman) TQ 1739 6757
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 50800 Woodpigeons, 385 Starlings over by 10.00am; also Curlew, 16 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 5 Cetti's Warblers, Rock Pipit (Andrew Self) please confirm that number is not a typo (confirmed AS)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Kingfisher (James Palmer).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 30 Starling NW 0820, also 2 grounded migrant Song Thrush (Bob Watts).
  • Wanstead Flats: ad Mediterranean Gull, Snipe, 2500+ Woodpigeon SW, 300+ Starling W, 18 Meadow Pipit, 5 Pied Wagtail, 3 Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, 10+ Chaffinch, Goldcrest, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2+ Siskin, 30+ Goldfinch incl flock of 26, Linnet, 10+ Song Thrush, 16 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 5 Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, 12 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel (Tony Brown/Dan Hennessy)

Thursday 7th November 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 660 Woodpigeon S, 12 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, 13 Chaffinch W (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Fieldfare W, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam) 
  • Crayford Marshes: 65 Lapwing, 70 Dunlin, 70 Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Ringed Plover (James Palmer).
  • Crossness: 250 Redshank, Stonechat (James Palmer).
  • East India Dock Basin: Little Egret, 3 Meadow Pipits, Tufted Duck m, 40+ Teal (John Archer).
  • Lee Green SE12: f Sparrowhawk over vicinity of Manor House Gardens - particularly lge individual (Patrick English).
  • London Wetland Centre: Rock Pipit main lake, 8 Meadow Pipit W, Skylark W, 11 Fieldfare W, 3 Redpoll (Adam Salmon).
  • Mile End Park: Chiffchaff singing (John Archer).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 890 Woodpigeon S 0755-0815, Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 12 Redwing (birdman_euston)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Glossy Ibis imm again in flooded field north of car pk; still present 2.07pm viewed fr Lapwing_Hide (RBA).
  • Staines Moor: 2 Song Thrush, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Goldcrest, Little Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler (Keith Kerr).
  • Swanley ParkRed Kite SE 09.00 site first, 4 Cormorant (Andy Meaton).
  • Trent Park: 15 Lesser Redpoll along nature trail (Robin White per RM Callf).
  • Waltham Cross: 250+ Golden Plover in field (approx TL351014) beside A10 just north of A10/A121/B198 r/about viewed fr layby at TL352013 (Simon West)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 1st-w Mediterranean Gull, ad Yellow-legged Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 9+ Lesser Redpoll, Linnet, 2 Chiffchaff, Stock Dove, 7+ Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 5 Shoveler, 10+ Gadwall (Wanstead Birders).
  • Worcester Park: Kingfisher, Peregrine on pylons (Bob Smith & Peter Trew).

Wednesday 6th November 2013Edit

  • Brent ReservoirRuff SW low, Stock Dove, 1190 Woodpigeon S, 35 Redwing, 12 Chaffinch, 3 Linnet - 06.45-08.45 (Andrew Verrall); East Marsh - 11 Common Snipe, Kingfisher, Lapwing (Steve Blake)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: Yellow-browed Warbler at Watercolour Lagoons footpath entrance with tit flock early am but no sign 8.30-9.45, Little Gull Mercer's Lake then flew to Watercolour Lagoons (RBA).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, Yellow-legged Gull 1w, 9 Snipe, 67 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 6 Redpoll, 290 Starling (WWT).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir: juv Gannet E 07.31 (Dave Harris per FJM)
  • Rainham Marshes: f Merlin, Barnacle Goose (fide RSPB blog)
  • Redbridge Lakes & adj playing fields: Snipe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Common Gulls, Jay, Song Thrush, 2 Goldfinches (Alan Hobson).
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: Firecrest in hollies SW of Eagle Pond, 18+ Lesser Redpoll, Nuthatch, Treecreeper (Gilberts Slade), 2 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, 28 Pochard, 62 Tufted Duck, 5 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 2 Chiffchaff (one with an eastern-type call), Grey Wagtail, 7 Meadow Pipit (Stuart Fisher)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Green Sandpiper, Pintail f on N basin early am (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Trent Park: m Teal Lower Lake (Robin White per RM Callf).
  • Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster: drake Red-crested Pochard on Thames by Lambeth Bridge at 08:30 (Frank Nugent).
  • Walthamstow Filter Beds: f Merlin, 3 Grey Wagtails (Dan Barrett)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Mealy Redpoll over SSSI, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Linnet, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 30+ Blackbird, Mediterranean Gull, 41 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, f Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 7 Pied Wagtail, 3 Skylark (Nick Croft)

Tuesday 5th November 2013Edit

  • Battersea: Red Kite N just west of Queenstown Rd Stn at 0740hrs (Rob Innes).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • East India Dock Basin: Little Egret, Tufted Duck, 115 Teal, Cormorant (the Estonian-ringed bird again on pier) (John Archer).
  • Fishers Green: Glossy Ibis reported 1207 (Colin Murtagh)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 2 Chiffchaff 0745 (Richard Green)
  • Harringay N4 (Cavendish Rd): Chiffchaff singing (!) in gdn 9am (Simon Bradley)
  • Little Britain: 11 Siskins, 5 Mistle Thrush, Kingfisher, 20 Gadwall, 2 Jays, 5 Greylags, 15 Goldfinch, 2 Pied Wagtails (Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Mandarin, 6 Pintail, 3 Red Kite 2N 1S, 37 Lapwing, Redshank, 11 Snipe, 1+ Bearded Tit, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll (R.Kaye).
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Glossy Ibis 1356; reported 1454 (BirdGuides)
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: Little Egret NW over crown crt at 9 am (Harringay Birder); 35 Lesser Redpoll nr Hollow Pond, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Redwing over, Kingfisher (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: 9 Teal, 18 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 10+ Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 3 Skylark, 11 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Chaffinch, Fieldfare, 7+ Song Thrush, 20+ Blackbird, 5 Mistle Thrush (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 50+ Gadwall, 40+ Tufted Duck, 20 Pochard, 4 Shoveler, 6 Little Grebe, Pied Wagtail (Nick Croft)
  • West Drayton UB7: 100+ Ring-necked Parakeets over (Sue Giddens).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Red Kite forced down into Braybrook Wds 08.05 by c200 corvids then flew SE (Twitter)

Monday 4th November 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: (water level high - no mud) Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe (Brent Birders); 3900 Woodpigeon S, 7 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare - 7.20 dry - 9.00 blue sky (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • East India Dock Basin: Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Long-tailed Tit (Paul Hyland).
  • Grovelands Park: 6 Cormorant on island, imm Grey Heron, 4 Mute Swan 2ad 2juv, Egyptian Goose, 21 Mandarin Duck 15m 6f 16:20 hrs - much reduced numbers in recent autumns/winters - late aft is best time to count them as they come out to display before they roam into wds to feed at dusk, 4 Pochard, 23 Tufted Duck, f Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5+ Redwing, Goldcrest (Robert Callf).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bearded Tit calling in reedbed then flew SW (WWT website)
  • Staines Moor: Buzzard, Little Egret, Stonechat (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stanwell Moor: Cetti's Warbler, Little Owl (Jim Sweetland)
  • Swanley Park: 2 Buzzard SE, Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 120 Black-headed Gull, 20 Common Gull (Andy Meaton)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 62 Woodpigeon mostly W/SW, 6 Redwing N, 5 Fieldfare landed briefly then N - vizmig 0755-0835 (Bob Watts).
  • Trent Park: Firecrest calling & seen in holly Rough Lot 12:15 (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Wanstead Flats: Lesser Redpoll, Linnet, Reed Bunting, 6 Redwing, singing Song Thrush, Blackcap, 4 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 5 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 8 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)

Sunday 3rd November 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 440 Woodpigeon W/SW by 0945, c50 Starling, also small finch movements incl 2 Redpoll sp, Redwing, 4 Jackdaw, prob Common Teal Wood Green Res, Water Rail h Conservation Pond 1630 (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones);
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Green Sandpiper, 9 Snipe, Lapwing, Peregrine m, also 15100 Woodpigeons S/SW, 3 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, Linnet, 2 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall, Roy Beddard); also Kingfisher, Little Egret (Andrew Haynes).
  • Canons Park, Edgware, Middx: 3 Redwing, Sparrowhawk (Robin Morden, Bob Husband - NW London RSPB Group) 
  • Crossness: Little Egret, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Redshank, 50 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 40 Stock Dove, Rock Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting (Conrad Ellam)
  • Gallions ReachGreat Northern Diver upriver 13.55 (Paul Davis & Gary A James).
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap f (Richard Green)
  • KGV Reservoir: north basin - Black-necked Grebe, 2f Goosander, 3 Goldeneye, Wigeon, 50+ Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff (Jamie Partridge).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Peregrine pr - f finally attacked woodpigeon having let 14000 go past...it got away, Little Egret, 35 Lapwing, 8 Snipe, 14900 Woodpigeon SW, 2 Chiffchaff, Bearded Tit by Dulverton hide, Brambling SW, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Linnet SE (R.Kaye)
  • Mill Hill: c5000 Woodpigeons S/SW 6.50-7.45 (Xav)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 3600 Woodpigeon S/SW 0655-0800 (peak 0720-0750), Little Owl h, 2 Blackcap m f wildlife gdn area 20, Redwing a20 (birdman_euston)
  • Southgate N14 (Chase Rd): c200 Woodpigeon SW 07:30-07:45 whilst waiting for bus (Robert Callf).
  • Staines Moor: 3 Water Pipit, Hen Harrier (Twitter)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Little Egret, Buzzard low at 7.45 & same or other hunting over Wd 90min later before eventually drifting toward Ickenham Marsh, Kestrel, 23 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 22 Stock Dove, 600+ Woodpigeon SW, 6 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 19 Redwing, 8 Rook, 2 Reed Bunting, c30 Linnet (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Totteridge Valley: Reed Bunting, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4+ Siskins and 1-2 Lesser Redpolls over, 4 Teal (Ian Ellis)

Saturday 2nd November 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: c300 Woodpigeon W/SW, 3 Meadow Pipits, 2 Siskin, 20 Chaffinch, 52 Goldfinch, 19 Greenfinch - vizmig 0700-0845, also m Teal S over New R (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Green Sandpiper, 19 Snipe, Lapwing, also 1080 Woodpigeons, 29 Fieldfare, 16 Redwing, 46 Chaffinch, Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall & Roy Beddard).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Hall Marsh: Stonechat south of scrape, Cetti's Warbler h & showing briefly north of scrape (Neville Smith & Hayley Lynes).
  • Leyton Jubilee Park: Firecrest again southwest end of raised area nr steps early am, 3 Lesser Redpoll over, 16 Redwing over, 570+ Woodpigeon most W, Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern flew fr N shore main lake into reeds west of WWT hide on S shore, Pintail, Snipe, Kingfisher (WWT website); 6 Common Snipe grazing marsh, 2 Siskin by feeders, also Water Rail crossing path nearby, 4+ Cetti's Warblers singing (Martin Honey); Water Pipit briefly on grazing marsh & main lake then flew S (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • North Finchley: c30 Redwing W c8.30am (John Colmans)
  • Richmond Park: 65 Wigeon, 2 Little Owls calling to each other nr Holly Lodge, 10 Redwing (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 6 Skylark, Little Egret, 21 Lapwing, Rook, 10+ Redwing (G Westley)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 2 Tree Sparrow, Red Kite, c30 Redwing (Steve Blake)
  • Waterworks NR: Sparrowhawk, Grey Heron, 2 Shoveler m f, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Teal (S Huckle)
  • Woolwich: Peregrine Falcon over & on mobile mast above Mellish Estate SE18 (L Leadbeater)

Friday 1st November 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: c140 Woodpigeon W/SW and 6 Chaffinch NW by 0720 (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: 1520 Woodpigeon S 6.50-8.30, 64 Starling W, 15 Chaffinch W (Andrew Verrall); 2 Wigeon m f, 7 Snipe, 2 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 4 Goldcrest (Roy Beddard).
  • Grove Park SE12: f Hobby SW 12.20 over Coopers Ln (Patrick English).
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 15 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Redwing, 5 Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting over, Kingfisher, 200+ Woodpigeon, 10 Shoveler (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Bittern main lake N shore, 2 Water Rail grazing marsh, 9 Redwing SW, 3 Siskin (WWT website).
  • North Finchley: Red Admiral in back gdn (John Colmans)
  • Rainham Marshes: imm Arctic Skua over river wall (Russ Sherriff per RSPB blog)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Water Rail h and 4 Wigeon in Osier Wd, Little Gull 1w flew low over marsh & headed N/W 14:20hrs, 2 Common Buzzard, (Neville Smith & Hayley Lynes); Whitethroat at 10.30 in hawthorns at southwest cnr of Pattypool Mead (Martin Shepherd).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 17 Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, c110 Black-headed Gull, 3 Mistle Thrush, 6+ Goldfinch (TeRNS)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Green Woodpecker, Jay, 5 Redwing, 4 Teal 2m 2f on Darlands Lake (Xav)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush N, 2 Greenfinch S, 9 Ring-necked Parakeets W 1250 (Bob Watts).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - Swallow (KJMcmanus).

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