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London's November highlights: Yet another rare seabirdEdit

What is it that attracts birds of the open sea into London? September saw London’s first ever Cory’s Shearwater and then October featured four Great Skua, an Arctic Skua, a Gannet, a Kittiwake and a Shag, plus a Guillemot at the upstream limit of the tidal Thames.

Litlte Auk (Barry Reed)

Little Auk, Amwell GP (Barry Reed)

And now November has produced another rare seabird — but this time well away from the Thames and actually on the very edge of the London recording area. At about 10am on 7th November Barry Reed, a regular at Amwell GP, saw a small bird drop down onto the water. To his surprise, it was a Little Auk. It only stayed for a minute or two, but he managed a record shot before it flew off again.

(Other Little Auk were seen along England’s North Sea coast around that date, but it is rare for one to venture so far inland. In fact, Barry’s Dovekie is the first for London since a small influx in November 2007, when eight popped in to Queen Mother Reservoir. The vast majority of London’s 70 or so previous records have also been in November.)

Grey Phal (Barry Reed)

Grey Phalarope, Amwell GP (Barry Reed)

And on the day before he snapped his Little Auk, Barry also managed a record shot of a Grey Phalarope at Amwell.

I’ve pinched a couple of Barry’s record shots to illustrate this article — and you don’t need a perfect image to prove that you have seen an exciting bird.

(Amwell can be a frustrating place for London listers because the boundary of the LNHS recording area bisects the site. November’s Dovekie and Grey Phal were both seen within the London sector, but in 2008 a Great Reed Warbler was found within 100m of the invisible line but was never seen to cross it to become the first ever London area record.)

Gannet (David Element)

Gannet, Kensington Gardens (David Element)

Another seabird sighting occurred earlier in the month, on the 2nd, when David Element photographed a Gannet over Kensington Gardens. It was clearly a juvenile, although it has been reported elsewhere as an adult. This is only the second recorded sighting of a Gannet at Kensington Gardens, after one in 1952.

Honkers and quackersEdit

On the afternoon of 7th Nov, eight adult Whooper Swan were at Stocker’s Lake until dusk, but at dawn the next morning only one was still to be seen, and that soon flew off. The only geese of any interest this month were the odd Brent Goose at Rainham. Wintering Goosander and Goldeneye have turned up here and there, along with the odd Red-breasted Merganser, red-head Smew and Common Scoter. A Ruddy Duck at Bowyers Water (Cheshunt GPs) on the 17th was the first in London since one in St James’s Park in spring 2015.

Loons and grebes Edit

A loon at King George V Reservoir on 2nd Nov was probably a Red-throated Diver, although some birders who examined photographs of it thought it was a Black-throat.

After his auk and phal, Barry Reed had further luck at Amwell on the 13th when he found a Slavonian Grebe. Another Slav turned up at KGV Reservoir on the 26th. Several Black-necked Grebe seem to have settled in for the winter at Staines Reservoir.

Herons and EgretsEdit

On 6th Nov a Cattle Egret flew high over Woodford Green, and on the 8th a Great White Egret was seen over Rainham. But then on 14th Nov a Great White arrived at Tyttenhanger GP and was joined by a second bird on the 21st. Both were still there at the end of the month. Some good photos have been taken (eg, Twitter @simonwest26), but it’s a shame that none have been uploaded to this wiki. Bittern turned up at their regular winter haunts and a Spoonbill flew over Cobham on the 26th.

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Hen Harrier, Walton Reservoirs (Chris Turner)

Birds of preyEdit

A few Hen Harrier were seen during the month, and Chris Turner managed a nice image of a ring-tail at Walton Reservoirs on the 13th. A male Goshawk was seen at Fishers Green on 22nd Nov. A Long-eared Owl was heard at Waltham Abbey on the 13th. Migrating Short-eared Owl were seen at various sites, and Barn Owl turned up in some unexpected places. 


WadersEdit

Reports of a Curlew Sandpiper from Rainham, Purfleet and Crayford Marshes in the first half of the month may all relate to the same bird. Woodcock were reported from various sites, including the almost inevitable bird found dead in central London after a window collision — in this case one found on the 9th below the Darwin Centre glass wall at the Natural History Museum.

PasserinesEdit

After a glut of sightings in October, Yellow-browed Warbler had disappeared by November apart from the Brent Reservoir bird, which stayed until the 4th. Dartford Warbler were seen several times at Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common and for one day only at Staines Moor and Rainham Marshes. And a Siberian Chiffchaff was at Bowyers Water (Cheshunt GPs) on the 17th (Barry Reed again). Plenty of Firecrest were still hanging around, and a few passing Ring Ouzel were seen up to the 21st.

Britain seems to be experiencing a welcome Waxwing irruption this autumn, but they have been slow to reach the south of England. Three or four birds flew over Greenwich Park on 5th Nov and another was seen at Rickmansworth on the 24th, but that is the sum total for the London area — so far.

(Contributed by Andrew Haynes, who accepts full responsibility for any errors. Historical information is mainly based on earlier reports on this wiki and on ‘The Birds of London' by Andrew Self.)’’

Wednesday 30th November 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Green Sandpiper flew from Wood Green Reservoir at 13:42, also pair Gadwall still, 5 Great Cormorants, 235 Black-headed Gulls, 25 Common Gulls, 7 European Herring Gulls, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Dominic Mitchell). A 3rd immature male Gadwall (Alan Gibson).
  • Beddington Farmlands: c500 Jackdaw flew over Wallington towards Beddington SF at 5:00. (Arjun Dutta)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard flew SE 08:42, Woodcock flushed 07:50 in North Marsh, 3 Redwing, 17 Fieldfare, 6 Common Snipe, Reed Bunting, Water Rail, 3 Muscovy Duck, Black Swan (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall, Magnus Andersson), 40+ Pochard, 100+ Teal (Northern Marsh), 3 Water Rail, Green Sandpiper, Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler (Main Hide), 4 Goldcrests (Roy Beddard).
  • Chelsea Bridge: 2 Peregrine + Grey Wagtail feeding in nearby water garden (Neil Anderson)
  • Fairlop Waters and surrounding farmlands : 40-50 Redwings, 8 Fieldfare, Song Thrush, 3 Pheasants, Lesser Redpoll, Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaffs, Lapwings, Shoveler, 6 Gadwalls, 2 Teal, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker (Simon Worsfold)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Tufted Duck, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, 5 Long-tailed Tit (John Bushell)
  • Hollow Ponds/Leyton Flats: 4 Great Crested Grebe, 18 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler (1f/2m), 5 Pochard (3f/2m), 1m Teal, 14 Mute Swan, 13 Tufted Duck (2m/11f), 2 Egyptian Geese, 5 Greylag Geese, 3 Common Gull, 7 Goldcrest, 5 Jay, 1 Song Thrush (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 11 Redwing, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey heron, 2 Nuthatch, 16 Black-headed Gull, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet (Neil Batten)
  • Leatherhead Station: At least 8 Redwing feeding on berry bushes in station car park (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: Caspian Gull 1cy, 2 Yellow-legged Gull - ad & 1cy different to those of 26th, 3 Little Egret flew W (J.Wilczur, S.Woolfenden) 2 Bittern, 1 Water Pipit, 1m 1f Stonechat, 4 Common Snipe, 1 Chiffchaff, 2m 3f Pintail, 2 Peregrinee on CH. X. Hosp. (Martin Honey)
  • Oxleas Wood: 2 Firecrest in holly near cafe, Redwing by Severndroog Castle (Conrad Ellam)
  • Rayners Lane: Blackcap (in garden), Sparrowhawk (Tim Rymer).
  • Richmond Park: Teal, Woodcock, Little Owl, 6 Stonechat, 4 Treecreeper (James Palmer)
  • Rotherhithe/Stave Hill:  2 Firecrest showing very well this afternoon in the evergreens at the entrance to Stave Hill. 4 Goldcrest, 2 Jay, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Fieldfare this morning, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Long Tailed Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Egyptian Goose on main pond. 1 Common Gull at Surrey Water. 6 Shoveler at Southwark Park ( John & Janet Cadera and Richard Page-Jones)
  • Ruislip Lido. 2 Jack Snipe and 1 Common Snipe on water's edge in SW corner, showing well this morning but can be elusive when moving into sallows, 9 Great crested Grebe a good count for the site also ( John Edwards and Dick Middleton)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Short-Eared Owl, 3 Peregrine Falcon (Roger Keith)
  • Tooting Common: 1 Little Owl (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park': Male Firecrest calling (Bob. Watts')
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Great White Egret (fishing lake tho mobile) 10 Little Egret, Kingfisher, Peregrine, Wigeon, 41 Teal, c30 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, c30 Tufted Duck, 7 Meadow Pipit (S Blake)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood: 2 f/imm Goldeneye, pr Goosander, Meadow Pipit, Great Black-backed Gull; High Maynard: c50 Teal (Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Meadow Pipit, 20 Shoveler, 10+ Gadwall, 10+ Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest, Fieldfare, Redwing, singing Mistle Thrush (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: 5 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 2 singing Mistle Thrush, 4 Goldcrest, m Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, 90+ Gadwall, 20 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 25 Tufted Duck (Nick Croft)
  • Whitewebbs Park: 34 Mandarin Duck 22m 12f on ornamental lake nr King & Tinker PH (Robert Callf)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Snipe, Reed Bunting, 2 Egyptian Geese, Chiffchaff, Goldcrests, 4 Teal (Chris Farthing)

Tuesday 29th November 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 44 species from 07:35-08:59, including pair Gadwall (Wood Green Reservoir), drake Northern Shoveler (Boating Lake), Little Grebe (New River), Eurasian Nuthatch (E Deer Enclosure), Fieldfare (perched near 2nd platform), 3 Redwings (Dominic Mitchell).
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting, 7 Starling, 5 Redwing, 16 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 131 Woodpigeon - vis mig 07:45-0945. Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Common Snipe from Main Hide, Black Swan, 3 Muscovy Duck by Cool Oak Lane bridge (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall, Magnus Andersson)
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: fem Mallard and a brood of two ducklings (soon reduced to one by marauding gulls) (Robert Callf)
  • Broadwater Lake Harefield: Goosander m, Redpoll above, Siskin, 2 Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaffs, 7+ Teal, Redwings, Fieldfares, Kestrel - all river not lake (Dan Pinkham)
  • Brookmill Park: Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chelsea Embankment, Roper's Garden: Grey Wagtail (John Colmans)
  • Hollow/Eagle Ponds (Leyton Flats): 20 + Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, Teal, m Pochard, 20 + Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Nuthatch, 5 Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern from Dulverton Hide, on corner of main lake towards Headley Hide, 2 Jack Snipe on grazing marsh, 2 Peregrine on Charing X Hospital - all pm (Mike Wheeler)
  • Richmond Park: Pen Ponds area - 40 Shoveler, 19 Gadwall, 14 Pochard, 8 Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, m Peregrine flew east, Buzzard, f Kestrel approached to within three metres to cache a vole it had caught, 95 Wood Pigeon flew N, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 6 Stonechat, Dartford Warbler, 15 Redwing, 6 Reed Bunting (J.Wilczur)
  • Rotherhithe: Stave Hill: 2 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail (Richard Page-Jones)
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: Hen Harrier reported on Facebook flying over Aveley Pools and the A13, Short Eared Owl and Bittern also reported.
  • Sutcliffe Park: Common Snipe, 4 Shoveler (briefly), Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (P Kite)
  • Trent Park: Drake Shoveller, Tufted Duck f, 7 Redwing, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch, 8 Pochard ( 6 m,2f ), Sparrowhawk ( Pete Lowman ).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs and Willows Farm: 2 Great White Egret (commuting between fishing lakes & main pit, surprisingly elusive for such big birds!), 9 Little Egret, Kingfisher, Peregrine Falcon, 2 Snipe, Water Rail, 19 Skylark, Tree Sparrow, 2 Little Grebe (Steve Blake et al)
  • Wanstead Flats: several Reed Bunting, Siskin, 6 Linnet, Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest, 10+ Gadwall, 2 Teal, 5+ Shoveler, f Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Sean Kerrigan)
  • Wanstead Park: 5 Little Egret, Great Crested Grebe, Kingfisher, 6 Goldcrest, Firecrest (Bush Wood), 150+ Gadwall, 16 Wigeon, 10+ Shoveler, 3 Teal (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wimbledon Common : Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (name of observer please).

Monday 28th November 2016Edit

  • Blackheath: in copse between Charlton Way and St Johns Park/Vanrugh Terrace, 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest (Mike Paice)
  • Brent Reservoir: vis-mig, 07:30-10:15: 203 Woodpigeon, 11 Stock Dove, Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 8 Fieldfare, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 8 Chaffinch; couple of Common Snipe noted and 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Muscovy Ducks, a Black Swan all still present around Cool Oak Lane bridge (Magnus Andersson, Andrew Verrall, Steve Leeke, Roy Beddard, Patrick Hagglund)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chingford Plain/Connaught Waters : Female Smew, Male Pintail, 43 Mandarins, 17 Shovellers, 9 Teals, 3 Redwings, Song Thrush, Kestrel, Buzzard, 3 Goldcrests. (Simon Worsfold)....Drake Goosander at 1.15pm (Ken Murray)
  • Claybury Park: 40+ magpies going in to roost at dusk, 2 nuthatch, 16 ring-necked parakeet (Brandon Anderson).
  • Hampstead Heath: Female plumage type Goosander now on pond 18 (lowest Highgate pond). Several mixed Blackbird and Redwing flocks on main Heath and West Heath, Song Thrush in full song East Heath Road. (Jo Edwards)
  • Hogsmill SWT Nature Reserve: 3 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 6250 Black-headed Gull (6000 SE), 20 Common Gull (18 SE), 741 Woodpigeon (617 NE), 39 Stock Dove (20 SE), Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit, 6 Redwing over (5 E), 2 Fieldfare (1 NW), 5 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Lamorbey Park : Firecrest still in holly by old toilet block 08:00 - 08:45 showed well on and off (Mikey Amos). No sign 14.45 - 15.40, Greylag, Egyptian Goose, Kingfisher, 10+ Goldcrest, Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite north at 12:35 (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: 4 Avocet, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Curlew, 50-60 Dunlin, 1 Golden Plover, 1m Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 10 Pintail, Green Woodpecker, 1 Water Pipit (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Redbridge Lakes, Woodford Bridge: Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, half a dozen Fieldfares, 8 Linnets, up to 9 Ring-necked Parakeets, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Long-tailed Tits (Alan Hobson).
  • Richmond Park: Stonechat (Grey variant) in bracken near Cambrian Gate, going towards Conduit Wood late am.Presumably same bird as near Hawthtorn Valley in October.Common Buzzard flew thover Sidmouth Wood late am. (Franko J Maroevic) Dartford Warbler, Peregrine (R Dunne et al)
  • Ruislip Lido: 6 Little Egret, calling Water Rail. (Martin Smith)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Short-eared Owl, Grey Wagtail, 2 Little Egret, 2 Skylark, 47 Fieldfare, Kestrel. (Roger Keith)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park : male Firecrest calling (Bob Watts)
  • Town Park, Enfield: 13 Shoveler 9m 4f Carr's Basin - my joint highest count here (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park: Kingfisher, 25 Redwing, Goldfinch, Goldcrest, G S Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 6 Pochard ( 5m,f), Tufted Duck f , Song Thrush. ( Pete Lowman ).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Great White Egret, 10 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, c250 Lapwing, 10 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, Buzzard, 3 Tree Sparrow. (Steve Blake) 15.30pm 4 Green Sandpiper and 10 Snipe flushed by something from 'quicksand' area. (Jo Edwards)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Merlin mobbed by crow south over Alex towards Manor Park, 2 Kestrel, 2-3 Sparrowhawk, Reed Bunting, 25 Gadwall, 19 Shoveler, 14 Teal, 3 Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 4 Water Rail, 3 Little Egret, 253 Gadwall, 22 Shoveler, 24 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 20 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Wagtail, Siskin, 7 Goldcrest. 2 Nuthatch, Common Buzzard, Kestrel (Nick Croft/BobVaughan)
  • Westminster, St Ann's Street: Grey Wagtail 9.30am (Tim Rymer)
  • Woodford (Snakes Lane East): Buzzard overhead, initially being mobbed by a Crow, then soaring. First one I've ever seen round here (Alan Hobson).

Sunday 27th November 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Chiffchaff platform 1 adjacent south end Wood Green Res, pair Gadwall Wood Green Res, Little Grebe New River (Bob Watts, Alan Gibson, Gareth Richards).
  • Brent Reservoir: 15 Snipe, Cetti's Warbler singing North Marsh, Chiffchaff (Brent Birders)
  • Broomfield Park, Palmers Green: 2 Mute Swan male and female (orange darvic 4BJU), 8 Shoveler 4m 4f, 11+ Greenfinch went to roost in rhododendrons circa 15:00 (Robert Callf)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Little Grebe, Gadwall, Sparrowhawk, Redwing, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Tufted Duck m, 34 Mallard, Sparrowhawk f, Chiffchaff, 7 Long-tailed Tit (John Bushell )
  • Lamorbey Park: Firecrest by The Dell in Holly etc by old toilet block, Greylag, 2 Egyptian Geese, large female Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Grey Wagtail (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: 6 Snipe, 1 Water Pipit, 5 Pintail, 1 Stonechat, 1 Peregrine (WWT Website); 2 Dunlin, 3 Peregrine, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 possibly 2 Water Pipit, 6 Pintail, 1 Kingfisher (Mat Hare)
  • Richmond Park: Common Snipe, c50 Siskin, Sparrowhawk,5 Stonechat (S Woolfenden)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, 4 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 4 Siskin, Kestrel, 3 Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush, 2 Goosander, 5 Meadow Pipit, Skylark (Martin Shepherd)
  • Sutton: 2 Peregrine (residents) on Quadrant House, 5 Redwing and 1 Fieldfare N. (Arjun Dutta)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Little Egret, 3 Kestrel (2 together, 1 catching vole), 38 Lapwing, 6 Skylark, 6+ Meadow Pipit, 10 Song Thrush (some greyer continental birds), 3 Redwing, Rook, 4 Reed Bunting. Reliable local dog walker saw Barn Owl at dawn in the week. (Neil Anderson)
  • Thames Barrier Park: 1cy Caspian Gull (Dante Shepherd) Pictures here
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Red legged Partridge, 6 Pied Wagtail, 6 Robin, 20 Canada Geese, 2 Dunnock, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, 2 Moorhen, 4 Blackbird, Pheasant, 3 Redwing, 8 collared doves, 80+ jackdaw, 2 Common Gull, 30+ Carrion Crow. (Samuel Levy)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Great White Egret. Best viewed from here (TL193 054). (via @Hertsbirds Twitter)
  • Yeading Brook meadows: 3 Little Egret (2 in low flight together), Sparrowhawk , 6 Stock Dove, 8+ Redwing, 2 Lesser Redpoll (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 26th November 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Gadwall pair again Wood Green Res, also 11 Redwing, Meadow Pipit (Bob Watts)
  • Banstead Woods: c150 Redwing, 6 Siskin, 7 Bullfinch (David Campbell et al via CFBW blog)
  • Barking Bay: 60 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 177 Teal, Peregrine, 5 Kestrel, 2 Water Rail, 39 Lapwing, 142 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 80 Redshank, 39 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Curlew, 7 Snipe, 1 Caspian Gull 3cy, 4 Yellow-legged Gull 2 1cy & 2 3cy, 1 Short-eared Owl, 16 Skylark, 1 White Wagtail ad female/1w, c30 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 4 Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, c90 Linnet; 2 Common Seal & Otter scats at The Gores flood relief channel (Nick Senior)
  • Bow Creek: 20 Redshank in the high tide roost, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Shelduck (Frank Nugent).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Egyptian Geese, Black Swan, 3 Muscovy Ducks, 40+ Pochard, 130 Tufted Duck, 16 Common Snipe, 4 Water Rail, Sparrowhawk, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Linnet (Brent Birders)
  • Bury Lake: 23 Red-crested Pochard 17m 6f (Geoff Lapworth & Chris Sharp via Herts BC)
  • Canons Farm: 5 Lapwing, Woodcock, Barn Owl, 2 Little Owl h, Tawny Owl h, 8 Yellowhammer (David Campbell et al via CFBW blog)
  • Charing Cross Hospital: 3 Peregrine Falcon inc juv - 7month old today and still around (Nathalie Mahieu) pics
  • Cheshunt Lake: 5 Goosander 4m f (Maureen Lead via Herts BC)
  • Cobham: Spoonbill low SE over A3 1130 (Amy Niloc via Twitter)
  • East India Dock: Water Rail showing well, 6 Reed Bunting, just 2 Tufted Duck and 270+ Teal (Frank Nugent).
  • Ewell: Large flock of at least 200 plus Chaffinch feeding on stubble fields surrounding DW Fitness, Banstead Road (13:00 to 15:00 at least) Also 2 Common Buzzard (Neil Batten)
  • Ewell Village: 223 Black-headed Gull, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail (Neil Batten)
  • KGV Res; 2 Slavonian Grebes calling at times, Green Sandpiper, 40 Linnet, 10 Meadow Pipit (A.Middleton) SGrebe pic
  • Lamorbey Park: Pair Mute Swan, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Kingfisher, c10 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 3 Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay (Mike Amos).
  • London Wetland Centre: Avocet, Dunlin, 5 Pintail, 126 Wigeon, Water Pipit, 3 Stonechat (M.Andrews per JW); 2 Yellow-legged Gull ad & 1cy, 195 Carrion Crow (J.Wilczur); 2 Water Pipit, 8 Common Snipe, 2 Peregrine on Ch. X. (M. Honey et al.)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Redwing (1st I see this winter, called for a while and left) (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Motspur Park: Little Egret (Bob Smith)
  • Rainham RSPB: 3 Avocet Aveley Bay, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Water Pipit (Max Hellicar via Twitter)
  • Richmond: 3 Little Grebes 2 by Glovers Ait and 1 by Buccleugh Gardens 11:30 (Mike Foster)
  • Richmond Park: Dartford Warbler (Nigel Jackman); 3+ Grey Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5+ Grey Heron, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Cormorant (Mat Hare)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Water Pipit still fr Draper hide pm (RSPB twitter)
  • Sevenoaks WR: 2 Bullfinch (James King via Kent OS)
  • Staines Moor: Short-eared Owl east side from 1515, 2 Little Egret, Red Kite, 2 Snipe, Kingfisher, 6 Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, Water Pipit iris channels, 46 Linnet (Lee Dingain blog)
  • Staines Reservoir: Black-necked Grebe, 4 Water Pipit (Surrey BC)
  • Stocker's Lake: red-head Smew & 5 Goosander (m 4f) fr riverside bench at south end am (Chris Sharp via Twitter)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 3 Common Snipe and 2 Little Egret (Frank Nugent).
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 2 Water Pipit, Marsh Harrier, 12 Avocet, 7 Curlew, 2 Golden Plover, 4 Turnstone, 4 Stonechat, 5 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Bearded Tit (Andrew Self)
  • Tottenham Marsh: 4 Goosander 1m 3f in relief channel near Banbury Res (Stuart Fisher)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, Bullfinch, 5 Teal, Sparrowhawk (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 6 Pochard 5m f, 11 Redwing, Nuthatch, 2 Mandarin m f, Song Thrush. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Great White Egret, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Peregrine Falcon. (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Water Rail h, singing Cetti's Warbler, 27 Chaffinch (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: 6 Reed Bunting, 5 Skylark. 12 Teal (Tony Brown); Stonechat, Great Black-backed Gull (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 3 Coal Tit, 12 Goldcrest, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 3 Little Grebe, up to 467 Gadwall, 35 Shoveler, 34 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 18 Tufted Duck, 4 Stock Dove (Nick Croft)
  • Connaught Water (Epping Forest) Male Gosander, female Smew (Jean-Patrick Elmes.
  • Higham Park area Firecrest (Jean-Patrick Elmes)

Friday 25th November 2016Edit

  • Banstead Woods: Buzzard, Rook over, 2 Stonechat, f Brambling, 3 Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, 6 Bullfinch (David Campbell, Paul Goodman & Duncan Jennings via CFBW blog)
  • Brent Reservoir: Song Thrush, Blackbird, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 11 Chaffinch, 5 Woodpigeon - vis-mig 09:30-12:00 (finish 30th Nov); 4 Common Snipe, Cetti's Warbler heard Main hide, 2 Egyptian Goose, 18 Teal N.Marsh (John Gravatt, Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: 2 Buzzard, 6 Common Gull, 5 Rook, 40 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 150 Linnet, Yellowhammer (David Campbell, Paul Goodman & Duncan Jennings via CFBW blog)
  • Colney Heath: c20 Siskin (Steve Blake/Richard Coombes via Herts BC)
  • Eastcote (Field End Road): at least 3 Grey Wagtail appeared to go to roost - I think this merits further investigation, but I was too weighed down with two rather large bags of groceries (Jon Ridge) Jon, I see Grey Wagtails quite often in the Yeading Brook between Field End Road and Rayners Lane, and occasionally in Newton Park West, South Harrow (Tim Rymer). Hi Tim, I think that there are more Grey Wagtails here than we think - both Pied Wagtail (highest count - at least 300+ roosting in Harrow Town Centre) & Yellow Wagtail (45 on 18/09/96 at Pinner Park Farm) have been recorded, which are both high counts. These guys flock together within themselves, so why not Grey Wagtail? - expect a double figure count before the year is out (JR)
  • East India Dock NR: Water Rail (east end of reeds), 2 Kingfisher, 2 Jay, 2 Grey Wagtail (Paul Hyland)
  • Fairlop Waters: Large flock of between 350 and 400 Lapwings (one of the biggest Lapwing flocks I've seen for many years) - An excellent record Alan (JR), (Thanks! AH); Kestrel, Reed Bunting, c8 Redwings, 3 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Pied Wagtails, Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls, 3 Cormorants, Sparrowhawk (Alan Hobson).
  • Finchley (Garden): 30+ Redwing W 16:20 (Samuel Levy)
  • Finsbury Park: female Teal (Chris Farthing)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: female Reed Bunting at E end by Riverside Road fields (just about annual here), 1+ Gadwall, Little Grebe, Water Rail (SW end of lake), 2 Kingfisher, 2+ Goldcrest, 10+ Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Tufted Duck (male), Chiffchaff, Kingfisher (John Bushell)
  • Hogsmill STW Nature Reserve: 3 Shoveler, 2 Sparrowhawk, 5300 Herring Gull SE, 3800 Black-headed Gull SE, 26 Lesser Black-backed Gull SE, 13 Common Gull (11 SE), 124 Woodpigoen (56 SW/SE & 53 E/NE), 11 Stock Dove (5 S/SE), Kingfisher, 18 Starling (16 NW), 4 Linnet over (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Jubilee Park, Leyton: c18 Redpoll spp. West then East, 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull (Paul Whiteman)
  • Ladywell Fields: Sparrowhawk (Tom Moulton/Sue Gore)
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Mute Swan, Greylag with c30 Canada Geese, 4 Egyptian Geese, Little Grebe, Kestrel, Grey Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 3 drake Goosander on R. Mole, 27 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Siskin, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 male Kestrel (Neil Batten)
  • Lee Valley, Bowyers Water: pair of Red-crested Pochard, 2 Little Egrets, Kingfisher. (Mike Oakland). Please be aware that as from 5th December the LVRP will be charging for parking at Pindar and the Cheshunt Country Walk car parks (these are over the railway line near Cheshunt Station and the nearest parking for Bowyers Water).
  • Lee Valley, Hall Marsh: male Stonechat. (Mike Oakland).
  • Lee Valley, Seventy Acres Lake: 2 Bitterns from Watchpoint, Kingfisher. (Mike Oakland).
  • Lee Valley, Sewardstone Marsh: Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 4+ Redwings (Nick Moll)
  • Lee Valley, Turkey Brook (nr Enfield Lock): 2 Little Egrets (Nick Moll)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Pintail, Bittern main lake N shore pm, 3 Peregrine incl ad f & juv feeding on a Lapwing, Chiffchaff wildside, 8 Blackbird SW, 11 Fieldfare NW, 20 Redwing NW/SW, Stonechat main lake/marsh edge, Water Pipit marsh, 2 Linnet NW, 5 Redpoll 1 sheltered lagoon & 4 NW (WWT website)
  • Queens Wood: Tawny Owls calling, Brambling h over (David Darrell-Lambert via Twitter)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Dartford Warblers, 12 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, Little Grebe and Stonechats everywhere (Friday Bird Group + M Lewis)
  • Rotherhithe/Southwark Park: Peregrine over at 08:55, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Mistle Thrush over, 2 Egyptian Goose, 12 Tufted Duck, 1m Shoveler, 60+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (John Cadera & Richard Page-Jones)
  • Ruxley GPs: (permit only) 30+ Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 10 Pochard, 150+ Tufted Duck, 5+ Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 10+ Redwing, Cetti's Warbler, 2+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Marsh Harrier fr Draper hide c1225, 2 Buzzard, Water Pipit still fr Gadwall hide 1220 (RSPB twitter)
  • Seven Kings: Sparrowhawk being mobbed by a flock of starlings (good bus tick, as I was on the 169 at the time!) (Alan Hobson).
  • Sidcup DA15 (River Shuttle path): Green Sandpiper back in Hollyoak Wood Park at Days Lane end, Little Egret in tree above river, Kingfisher showing well again, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest south end sanctuary wood 0800 with flock though arboreal (Bob Watts)
  • Tyttenhanger GP, Willows Fm & Colney Heath: 20+ Siskin, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet, Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe, drake Goosander, c150 Lapwing, Peregrine Falcon, 30 Linnet, Little Owl, Redwings and Fieldfare around site (S Blake/ R Coombes); 2 Great White Egrets (together) one flew right over my head from the fishing lake to the main sand spit (Geoff Crabtree).
  • Upminster: Short-eared Owl on nearby private land am (BirdGuides)
  • Wimbledon Common: Dartford Warbler, 2 Redpoll (S Woolfenden)

Thursday 24th November 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Gadwall pair Wood Green Res the first site record since 2014 (Alan Gibson)
  • Boston Manor Park: 9 Mandarin Duck (7m 2f) recently arrived (Michael Robinson)
  • Brent Reservoir: 19 Goldfinch, 7 Greenfinch, 9 Chaffinch, 1 Pied Wagtail, 128 Starling, 19 Redwing, 33 Fieldfare, 4 Mistle Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Stock Dove, 17 Woodpigeon - vis-mig 07:40-10:20; 3 Common Snipe from Main Hide, Black Swan, 3 Muscovy Duck (Andrew Verrall, Magnus Andersson)
  • Burnt Oak HA8 - Deansbrook Road Brook (Silk Stream): Little Egret (Alan Lewis)
  • E3: male Blackcap in garden (Harry Harrison)
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: 1 Little Egret perched in trees above Hogsmill river near to railway 08:32 (Neil Batten)
  • Finchley (Garden): 100+ Redwing over calling, Also what is seemingly more and more likely an Ortolan Bunting, it gave one sharp call and then a faint second. i Have been listening to calls all evening and Ortolan is a best fit, but something tells me it is a little late for one to come through now. In the very unlikely event that someone was in the area and heard it then please tell me. It came over at around 6pm. (Samuel Levy)
  • Hyde Park: 2 Grey Wagtail and Redwing (Bill Haines per Conrad Ellam)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: f Common Scoter, Brent Goose on Thames 11am (Howard Vaughan via twitter)
  • Rickmansworth: Waxwing 1w between Ebury Way & R Chess flew off NW (Graham Clark via Herts BC)
  • Sidcup DA15 (River Shuttle path): Green Sandpiper flushed in Willersley Park -my first Sidcup record in at least 4 years (with thanks to Phil Cliffe), 2 Little Egret and very showy Kingfisher in Hollyoak Wood Park (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): adult Yellow-legged Gull low NE (year-1st), Sparrowhawk (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 f/imm Common Scoter north basin (per Dave Harris via Twitter)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Greylag, 2 Little Egret (Conrad Ellam)
  • Thorney CP: Barn Owl low E over M4/M25 J15 toward Thorney Park GC apparently hunting c5pm (Keith Kerr via Twitter) NB Sp not previously recorded on Wiki from this part of Colne River Valley [incl Old Slade Lakes and Harmondsworth Moor CP]
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 2 Great White Egret still main pit am but mobile (Gordon Cox via Twitter)
  • West Thurrock Marshes: 11 Avocet, 191 Lapwing, 5 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 700 Dunlin, 2 Jack Snipe, 8 Snipe, ad Kittiwake upriver, 5 Yellow-legged Gull - WeBS (David Darrell-Lambert via Twitter)
  • Whitewebbs Park: 30 Mandarin Duck 18m 12f on ornamental lake at TQ 327 997 nr King & Tinker PH at 15:30 (Robert Callf)

Wednesday 23rd November 2016Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 11 Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 8 Chaffinch, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 37 Starling, 7 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stock Dove, 6 Woodpigeon - vis mig 08:00-10:20, Black Swan, 3 Muscovy Duck, 2 Egyptian Geese, Common Buzzard 09:35-09:39 chased off W by Carrion Crow probably the same as A. Massey's sighting below (Andrew Verrall, Magnus Andersson)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 3 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe, Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare, 10+ Goldcrest, Bullfinch (Ian Stewart, Phillip Cliffe)
  • Great Amwell: Brambling over (Jonathan Braggs via Herts BC)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Great Crested Grebe adults, 5 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, Mute Swan 1st-winter, 7 Mandarin Duck 4m 3f, 10 Tufted Duck 5m 5f, 8 Common Gull 7 adults & 1 2nd-winter, 10 Stock Dove pre-roost gathering at 15:10, 98+ Ring-necked Parakeet at 16:00, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Wren including one singing, Grey Wagtail at roost 16:10, Mistle Thrush singing male, Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper (Robert Callf)
  • Hogsmill STW Nature Reserve: 7 Shoveler, 3050 Black-headed Gull SE, 1510 Herring Gull SE, 32 Stock Dove (27 SE), Kingfisher, 8 Pied Wagtail (5 SW), 24 Redwing (18 N), 43 Linnet SE (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • How Wood nr Bricket Wood: 2 Stonechat m f nr M25 end of site (P Kirby via Herts BC)
  • Hyde Park: Woodcock flew into 'Lookout' Building but recovered and flew off again (per Bill Haines via Conrad Ellam).
  • Leatherhead Station: 5+ Redwing in yews (one in song) (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: 5 Pintail, 4 Stonechat 2m 2f, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Pipit, 7 Common Snipe, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, several Cetti's Warbler (Martin Honey); 1 Bittern seen briefly from Headley Hide late am, 7 Water Rail calling, Redwing S (Bill Haines); 90+ Shoveler, 8 Snipe, ad Yellow-legged Gull main lake, 33 Redwing (3W am & 30SW pm), 9 Meadow Pipit W (WWT website)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 3 House Sparrow 2f 1m, c40 Goldfinch (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 8 Ring-necked Parakeets, 60 Black-headed Gulls, 10 Redwing, 4 Blackbird. (Samuel Levy)
  • Rotherhithe (Stave Hill): 2 Firecrest showing very well most of the morning around entrance to Ecology Park and 1 seen at 15:40 in willows, 1 Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Greenfinch, 4 Mistle Thrush, 2 Fieldfare over at 10:00, 4-6 Goldcrest, 8+ Long-tailed Tit (John Cadera & Richard Page-Jones)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher showing nicely; flying, fishing, bathing and preening 14:20-15:00 (Frank Nugent).
  • Sidcup DA15 (River Shuttle path): Green Sandpiper near Days Lane (Phillip Cliffe per Ian Stewart)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: m Goosander arr'd main GP c11:30 (Steven Pearce); 2 Great White Egret still main pit on sandspit but mobile, Green Sandpiper, Common Snipe, 2 Kingfisher, Little Egret, c150 Lapwing, c50 Shoveler, 2 Liitle Grebe, 2 Tree Sparrow, Little Owl, tailless Peregrine Falcon (Steve Blake et al)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lesser Redpoll in view on hedge before you get to Warwick Res, 3 Stonechat m 2f, Meadow Pipit, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff. (Simon Worsfold)
  • West Harrow: Common Buzzard drifted over west 9:50, singing Mistle Thrush 9:45 (Alex Massey)

Tuesday 22nd November 2016Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 120 Tufted Duck, 43 Pochard, 2 Water Rail, 10 Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper (Roy Beddard, Steve Leeke)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Fishers Green area: male Goshawk over c1pm, 15 Linnets, 10 Chaffinch, Stonechat on Hall Marsh Scrape; finally a White-letter Hairstreak egg on elm twigs after casual searching over a few years - usually easy (A.Middleton)
  • Greenland Dock: 45 Cormorant (poss'y blown in by the strong winds - previous highest I had seen here was 15 - common bird but impressive sight in such numbers), 170 Black-headed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck (Tim Smith)
  • Hyde Park: Little Owl in view NW of Albert Memorial, 2 Coal Tits, Nuthatch (Simon Worsfold)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern, 7 Pintail, 1 Water Pipit, 4 Snipe, 1 Peregrine, 6 Fieldfare (WWT Website)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 4 Carrion Crow, Raven where exactly please? It was mixed in with the Crows on Private Property seen at 0725 inside Mill Hill School boundaries, 40 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, 8 Redwing, Pied Wagtail (Samuel Levy)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: Firecrest around front of court first heard in woods east of Annex, Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: male Firecrest 0725 south end Sanctuary Wood 70 yards from gate in Holly on left (Bob Watts)
  • Turnford Lakes (Cheshunt GPs): pr Goosander on Ashley pit (Barry Reed via Herts BC)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: (Fishing Lake) Great White Egret flying N along fishing lake, 11 Little Egret (Steve Blake); 2 GWE seen later am 1 flew N at 11:05 (Terry Wood)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 3 Goldeneye, Black-necked Grebe W Warwick far end, Peregrine, Common Sandpiper, Little Gull 1w No4 Res c2pm, Stonechat (David Morrison via Twitter)
  • Wanstead Flats: 16 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 8 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck, f Pochard, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 280+ Gadwall, 40+ Wigeon, 40 Shoveler, 31 Teal, 11 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 11+ Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft/Mike Messenger)
  • Woodford Green: 4 Little Egret, c25 Ring-necked Parakeets, 3 Mistle Thrush and 3 Redwings over all before 8.15am (Ken Murray)
  • Worcester Park: 4 Little Egrets on horse field (Bill and Janice Reid)

Monday 21st November 2016Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Redwing, 7 Goldfinch, Ring Ouzel, 5 Starling, 7 Chaffinch, Song Thrush, Bullfinch female perched and calling by Dump at 09:18 - vis mig 08:10-09:40; 3 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Water Rail (Magnus Andersson, Jo Edwards)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Pintail, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Snipe, 2 Stonechat, 6 Mandarin, 2 Chiffchaff (WWT Website); 4 Pintail, 4 Common Snipe, 2 Bittern (Martin Honey)
  • Pimlico, Tachbrook Street: Red Admiral flying around in light rain c 12.15 (John Colmans)
  • Pinner: 2 m Blackcap in garden, 1 Grey Wagtail. The visitors of last winter appear to have returned (Richard Francis).
  • Rainham RSPB: Turnstone, Knot (BirdGuides)
  • Rotherhithe (Stave Hill): 2 Firecrest in bushes and trees near main entrance to Eco Park, Kingfisher, 6 Goldcrest, 6 Greenfinch (Richard Page-Jones); 7 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Egyptian Goose at Southwark Park (John Cadera)
  • Stocker's Lake: 20 Wigeon, 2 Goldeneye, m Goosander, 3 Redwing (Ephraim Perfect via Herts BC)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Great White Egret, 4 Little Egret, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, c200 Lapwing, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Tree Sparrow, Peregrine Falcon (Steve Blake et al)

Sunday 20th November 2016Edit

  • Battersea Park: 4 Little Grebe, 8 Shoveler, c80 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 2 Red-crested Pochard, Kingfisher, Redwing, 6 Goldcrest, 5 Coal Tit, 2 Siskin over (Nick Senior)
  • Brent Reservoir: Golden Plover flew over 09:27, also 130 Tufted Duck, 45 Pochard, 6 Snipe (Brent Birders)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Kingfisher, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ilford garden: 3 Grey Wagtails around our garden pond! (Barbara Miller)
  • Lea Valley: 5 f Goosander on flood relief channel at Chingford, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret on Reservoir #5, 2 Egyptian Goose, Pochard, Kingfisher, Long Tailed Tit, Green Woodpecker (Chris Wright)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern, 1 Curlew, 1 Water Pipit, 4 Snipe, 7 Pintail, 1 Peregrine, 2 Stonechat, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (WWT Website)
  • O2: 2 Caspian Gulls both 1cy (Dante Shepherd and Jamie Partridge) Casp pictures here and here
  • Stanstead Abbotts Lakes: 3 Cetti's Warbler north lake (Jane Free via Herts BC)
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: Blackcap, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 7 Linnet, 430 Starling, 12 Meadow Pipit, 12 Gadwall, 14 Pheasant, 2 Common Gull, 16 Shelduck, 16 Great Black-backed Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, 20+ Herring Gull, 219+ Lapwing, 50 Redshank, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 Curlew, 514 Teal, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 11 Snipe, 5 Stonechat, 7 Pied Wagtail, 5 Kestrel, 10 Dunlin, 18 Wigeon, 34 Greylag, 100 Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Reed Bunting, Barn Owl, Green Sandpiper, 29 Shoveler, Marsh Harrier, 3 Pintail, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, Song Thrush (Samuel Levy, Joan Arnold, Tom Heinersdorff); also 2 Avocets, Green Woodpecker and 2 Water Pipits (Sean Huggins).
  • Thames Barrier Park: 2 Caspian Gulls 1cy (including a German rung bird, X090) (Dante Shepherd and Jamie Partridge) Casp pictures here and here
  • Thames Vauxhall-Chelsea Bridges: Peregrine, 160 Herring Gull, 11 Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 24 Common Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull 2cy, 1 presumed hybrid Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull 3cy; also 1 bull Grey Seal swimming downriver (Nick Senior)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Great White Egret still on main pit 1430 (BirdGuides)
  • Wanstead Flats: 40 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Reed Bunting, 40+ Goldfinch, Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 45-60 Wigeon, 268 Gadwall, 29 Shoveler, 30 Teal, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, 25+ Goldfinch (James Heal/Bob Vaughan)

Saturday 19th November 2016Edit

  • Banstead Woods: Buzzard, 6 Siskin, 6 Bullfinch (David Campbell et al via CFBW blog)
  • Barnes, Lonsdale Road Reservoir: at dusk - Pochard, 36 Tufted Duck, 11 Teal, 17 Shoveler, 5 Egyptian Goose, Dabchick, pair ad Great Black-backed Gull appeared to roost, Water Rail, Tawny Owl mobbed by Wrens, Cetti's Warbler. (R.Kaye)
  • Bow Creek: 17 Redshank in the high tide roost (Frank Nugent)
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: Cetti's Warbler (Frank Nugent)
  • Brent Reservoir: 17 Snipe, Cetti's Warbler, also 108 Woodpigeon over (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard); fem Reed Bunting, fem Sparrowhawk, Black Swan (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 20 Stock Dove, Firecrest Pages Acre still, c60 Skylark, 13 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, Meadow Pipit, 3 Siskin over, 70 Linnet, 3 Yellowhammer (David Campbell et al via CFBW blog)
  • East India Dock: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Kestrel hunting between the reedbed and the road, 4 Reed Bunting feeding mid afternoon, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Common Gull, 61 Teal (Frank Nugent)
  • Fairlop Waters and surrounding fields: Water Rail, Little Egret, 4 Red-legged Partridge, Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Little Owl, Kestrel, 2 Stonechat, 2 Kingfisher, Reed Bunting, Redwing, Fieldfare. (Alan Thomas/Neil Twyford)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 7 Shoveler, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2260 Black-headed Gull (1860 E), 920 Herring Gull E, 350 Woodpigeon (324 S/SW), 38 Stock Dove (24 SE), Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit, 5 Grey Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare (1 E), 158 Starling (139 NW), 3 Linnet, 47 Greenfinch (30 E, 10 NW) (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Ladywell Fields: Little Egret this morning (Frank Nugent)
  • Lamorbey Park: Kingfisher, pair Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, c40 Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Grey Heron, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, c100 Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Mike Amos).
  • London Wetland Centre: Sparrowhawk, 8 Pintail, 2 Stonechat 1m 1f, 5 Common Snipe (Sparrowhawk took one and was then chased by crows - it dropped prey which was then killed and eaten by one of the crows), 2 Green Sandpiper on wader scrape (flew off west at 14.30), 1 Water Pipit, 1 Peregrine (Martin Honey)
  • Petts Wood: 1+ Firecrest in area between Riverwood Lane and Manor Park footpaths showing well- if high up- in Beech possibly another in nearby Holly, Sparrowhawk, 20+ Redwing, 10+ Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 2+ Rook, 2+ Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Richmond Park: Dartford Warbler, 4 Stonechat, Kingfisher, 2 Buzzard (S Woolfenden)
  • Sevenoaks WR: 5 Siskin W toward Willow hide (James King via Kent OS)
  • Staines Reservoir: 10 Goldeneye, 2 Black-necked Grebe (Dominic Pia via Twitter)
  • Stanstead Abbotts Lakes: 3 Siskin north lake (Jane Free via Herts BC)
  • Thames, Lyle Park: 1st Winter Caspian Gull, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls, Common Sandpiper (Jamie Partridge) casp pics here
  • Tottenham Marshes: f Stonechat and Kestrel on Clendish Marsh, Peregrine on sub-station, Grey Wagtail at Tottenham Lock (Quentin Given)
  • West Finchley tube: 3 Coal Tit, Blue Tit (Samuel Levy)

Friday 18th November 2016Edit

  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm & Banstead Woods: 3 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, Barn Owl, 2 Firecrest m f at north end of east flank of Pages Acre, 8 Skylark, 4 Treecreeper, 20 Fieldfare, 55 Redwing, 2 Meadow Pipit, Brambling h over Fames Rough, 55 Linnet, Redpoll over, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Yellowhammer (Geoff Barter & David Campbell via CFBW blog)
  • Clayhall (Unicorn Pub): Grey Wagtail in the car park (Brandon Anderson).
  • Cranford CP: 2 Kingfishers, Pied Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail on Stable block roof, Little Grebe, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 3 Fieldfares, Mistle Thrush, large c30 mixed Tit flock including 5 Goldcrests (Wendy Marks)
  • Crossness: Buzzard, 200+ Dunlin, 100+ Redshank, 50+ Lapwing, 30+ Black-tailed Godwit, Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper (James Palmer)
  • Finchley (Garden): 20+ Long-tailed Tit biggest flock of the year (Samuel Levy)
  • Kensington Gardens: Woodcock over Italian Gardens toward Buck Hill 0700, 2 Little Owl calling (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • Kilburn: Woodcock flew over Kilburn Station at dusk (Pete Mantle)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern - in front of Headley Hide 1.15pm, 1 Water Pipit - Grazing Marsh, 3 Peregrine - Charing X Hospital (Mike Wheeler)
  • Oxleas Wood: Goldcrests, Firecrest, Coal Tit, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Ron Turner)
  • Redbridge Lakes, Woodford Bridge: up to 11 Snipe (incl 9 together), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1-2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Common Gulls, Jay, Pied Wagtail (Alan Hobson).
  • Richmond Park: Dartford Warbler (M.Lewis).
  • Ruxley GPs: (permit only) c50 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 15 Pochard, 10 Little Grebe, Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 2 Kingfisher, 20+ Redwing on site, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 6+ Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2+ Bullfinch, Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 46 Lapwing, 300 Dunlin, 83 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 3 Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Water Pipit, Rock Pipit, 4 Stonechat, 5 Cetti's Warbler, Bearded Tit, Raven, 40 Linnet (Andrew Self)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: male Firecrest still Sanctuary Wood (Bob Watts). How far in from main gate is that Bob? I was there today and trying to find 9.5cm of bird in very tall trees is difficult. Saw a pair of Mistle Thrush though :-) Struggling to find the firecrest at Stave Hill too. Would be a first for me.... (Tim). Seen it 730ish in holly close to main path three quarters way down - walk in where a grave is open. Roves more later on but call useful to locate. Thanks Bob. I will learn the sound from xeno canto and try to find. Tim
  • Town Park, Enfield: 10 Shoveler 6m 4f Carr's Basin (Robert Callf)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Great White Egret still on scrape 0925 (BirdGuides)
  • Upminster: Swallow S early-am (BirdGuides)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 3 Green Sandpiper in overflow channel north of Lockwood (David Bradshaw via Twitter)
  • Wanstead Flats: 9 Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 3 Common Pochard, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 50+ Wigeon, 200+ Gadwall, 37 Shoveler, 16 Teal, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (Bob Vaughan)
  • Willows Farm: c70 Linnet (Steve Blake & Richard Coombes via Herts BC)
  • Wimbledon Common: Dartford Warbler, 41 Mandarin Duck & 4 Shoveler - Kingsmere, Grey Wagtail, f Stonechat, 16 Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting (J.Wilczur)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Goldeneye, Stonechat & Wigeon. (David Bradshaw)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: female Goosander flew off NNE at 07:35, Coal Tit, 2 Reed Bunting (Chris Farthing)

Thursday 17th November 2016Edit

  • Barking Bay: 120 Shelduck, 380 Teal, 11 Wigeon, male Red-breasted Merganser, 19 Lapwing, 1 Golden Plover, 12 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Curlew, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Dunlin, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 9 Skylark, 2 Rock Pipit, 5 Stonechat, c30 Linnet, 10 Reed Bunting (Nick Senior)
  • Borehamwood (Old Habs ground): 56 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 45 Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Gull. (Alan Lewis)
  • Bowyers Water (Cheshunt GPs): f Ruddy Duck, Siberian Chiffchaff, Chiffchaff (Barry Reed via Herts BC)
  • Brent Cross: Little Egret (Alan Lewis)
  • Broomfield Park: 11 Egyptian Goose (James Palmer)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Water Rail (John Bushell)
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 1 Common Buzzard circling distantly to the east (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern, 5 Pintail, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Pipit, 10 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 60 Lapwing (WWT Website)
  • Millfields E5: 56 Common Gull on SE & SW quadrants (Alastair Dent)
  • Oakwood Park: juvenile Mute Swan (James Palmer)
  • Rainham RSPB: imm Iceland Gull Aveley Bay 0800 then to landfill (Alasdair Wilcock per Howard Vaughan via RSPB blog)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: c120 Black-headed Gulls, no commons today obviously deciding to stay on the other side of the road. (Samuel Levy)
  • Rotherhithe (Stave Hill): Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush (Richard Page-Jones); also 10+ Long-tailed Tit, Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail at Russia Dock Woodland; 4 drake Shoveler and 1 Little Grebe, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker at Southwark Park (John Cadera)
  • Stanstead Abbotts Lakes: Yellow-legged Gull north lake (Barry Reed via Herts BC)
  • Stanwell: Mediterranean Gull (adult) on roof in Town Lane 10.50 (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stoneleigh Broadway KT17: 312 Herring Gull ne over towards Beddington Farmlands a.m. (Neil Batten)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Egret, Green Woodpecker (Conrad Ellam)
  • Tottenham Marshes: 2 Stonechat m f in usual spot N of Allotments, Kingfisher in Concrete Channel, Grey Wagtail & Meadow Pipit flew over - 12.15-13.00pm (Davey Leach).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Little Egret, 17 Fieldfare, 17 Redwing, Bullfinch, 9 Rook, Common Buzzard, c250 Common Gull (first big winter flock), 6 Teal (John Colmans)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: male Firecrest still Sanctuary Wood, also Chiffchaff in mixed tit flock, 36 Woodpigeon west (Bob Watts)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Great White Egret still (Herts BC)
  • Wanstead Flats: 34 Gadwall, 17 Shoveler, 10 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Meadow Pipit (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 340 Gadwall, 50+ Wigeon, 35 Shoveler, 21 Teal, 31 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 11 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, 2 ad Great Crested Grebe (Nick Croft) Goosander (Mike Messenger)
  • Withey Beds LNR: Woodcock flushed from boardwalk side (Anna Marett/Jillian Christensen via Herts BC)

Wednesday 16th November 2016Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Muscovy Duck, 2 Water Rail, 11 Common Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler North Reservoir (Roy Beddard, Andrew Haynes); Redwing, Song Thrush, Pied Wagtail, 14 Chaffinches, female Peregrine S high in direct line - vis-mig missed best 2 hrs 09:00-11:00 (Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: Female Sparrowhawk with freshly killed Feral Pigeon, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bury Lodge Gardens, N9: Grey Wagtail at 15:20 (Katy McGilvray)
  • Dollis Brook (Holders Hill): 3 Redwing (2 + 1 (pm) - first non migratory birds of the autumn) (Resident?- normally a small number of birds winter in this part of the brook with last year 31 recorded), 7 Black-headed Gull S, 3 Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Magpie (Samuel Levy)
  • Ewell: Common Buzzard W (Colin Manville)
  • Grand Union Canal Westbourne Park: 2 Peregrine (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Kestrel, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff (John Bushell)
  • Grovelands Park: 4 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron - one carrying a Perch, Great Crested Grebe, 10 Mandarin Duck 5m 5f, imm male Shoveler, 15 Tufted Duck 7m 8f, fem Smew - tame bird, 2 ad Common Gull, 42+ Ring-necked Parakeet pre-roost gathering 16:00, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper (Robert Callf)
  • Ladywell Fields: Little Egret (Conrad Ellam)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Jack Snipe, 6 Snipe, 6 Siskin, 3 Pintail, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Stonechat, 1 Peregrine (WWT Website); 3 Jack Snipe, 12 Common Snipe, Water Pipit, 6 Pintail 3m 3f, 2 Stonechat 1m 1f, 2 Peregrine, 1 Fieldfare, 300 Starling E at dusk (Martin Honey)
  • Richmond Park: Peregrine bathing (completely immersed at times), Little Egret both at UPP (Nigel Jackman); Kingfisher, 3m Teal, Water Rail heard (P. Redmond)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 4 Redwing (first non migratory birds of the autumn), 120 Black-headed Gulls 20 + 100 (pm), in a flock with 4 Common Gulls, 7 Goldfinch, 15 Jackdaw, 4 Carrion Crow, Greenfinch, 70 Woodpigeons S, 2 Goldcrest, Blackbird, Ring Ouzel 0745 (heard only). (Samuel Levy)
  • Teddington Lock: 3 Redwings (Simon Worsfold)
  • Tottenham Marshes: m Brambling showing and calling in bush S of Allotments with 4 Chaffinch then chased off with flock S by fem Sparrowhawk, 3 Goldcrest in hedge nearby, fem Stonechat in normal spot N of Allotment, fem Kestrel hunting, Stock Dove - 12.20-13.00pm (Davey Leach)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: male Firecrest still Sanctuary Wood (Bob Watts)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, c250 Lapwing, 2 Peregrine Falcon, Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, fem Wigeon (Steve Blake et al)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Stonechat nr the pond on Bomb Crater Field, Kestrel (f) BCF, Cetti's Warbler singing N of boardwalk, c15 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, c25 Linnet paddocks - 09:00-10:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Park: 61 Wigeon (new record for site), 154 Gadwall, 19 Teal, 16 Shoveler, 30 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Wagtail (Rob Sheldon)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Water Rail, Reed Bunting (Chris Farthing)

Tuesday 15th November 2016Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Siskin, 8 Chaffinch W, 9 Greenfinch, 18 Goldfinch S, Pied Wagtail, Fieldfare, Chiffchaff on Dump, 2 Chaffinches seen flycatching midges - thought they ate seed - very little vis-mig 08:00-10:00; also 2 Green Sandpiper (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall)
  • Brixton Hill: 2 Little Egrets S 09:45 (John Newton)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, small Bat (almost certainly a Pipistrelle) feeding at dusk (Conrad Ellam)
  • Hampstead Heath: Redhead Goosander Sanctuary Pond 11am, two sightings of Kingfisher Mixed Bathing Pond and Hampstead No 1 for one of group on way home (MBS group)
  • Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens: 22 Shoveler, 1 Fieldfare West, 1 Chiffchaff, 17 Chaffinch WNW, male Bullfinch seen and calling near Henry Moore arch (Nick Senior)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Pintail, 4 Snipe, 1 Peregrine (WWT Website); 1 male Blackcap south route am, 1 Water Pipit (flying over Grazing Marsh pm) (Sue Barry); Grey Wagtail (fritillary_meadow behind Dulverton Hide pm) (Mike Wheeler)
  • Richmond Park: Kingfisher, Little Grebe, Water Rail heard, several Tawny Owls (m&f), 4 small bats not sure what kind sorry but not seen any for ages) (P.Redmond)
  • Rye Meads: 2 Bearded Tits nr Warbler_hide (Twitter)
  • Rotherhithe: 5 Shoveler at Southwark Park, 2 Jay, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail at Russia Dock Woodland (John & Janet Cadera); 2 Firecrest calling and showing well in usual place in bushes near the main Stave Hill entrance, 2 Chiffchaff, Song Thrush (Richard Page-Jones) 
  • Ruxley GPs: (permit only) 6 Mute Swan, 15+ Mallard, 45+ Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 12 Pochard, 130+ Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 3+ Water Rail, c250 Coot, 2-3 Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 10+ Redwing, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff inc singer, 6+ Goldcrest, Rook SW, 3 Linnet, 30+ Goldfinch, 2+ Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: Woodcock (Stuart Fisher)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Water Pipit, 2 Jack Snipe (Twitter)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 31 Redwing w over 08:35, 2 Grey Wagtail, 12 Ring-necked Parakeet (Neil Batten)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemeters Park: make Firecest still Sanctuary Wood (Bob Watts)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Great White Egret likes to fly around so in different locations (Twitter) pics
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Common Sandpiper High Maynard south end (Steve Ayers via Twitter)
  • Wanstead Flats: Stonechat still, Redpoll, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, dead Jack Snipe found on Belgrave Road (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Common: Dartford Warbler, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 7+ Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, Skylark over, 30 Redwing (S Woolfenden)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Water Rail, Common Snipe, Teal, c40 Common Gull (Chris Farthing); 4 Little Grebe, 32 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, Common Snipe (Robert Callf)

Monday 14th November 2016 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 35 Chaffinch, 23 Goldfinch, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 7 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, Linnet - vis-mig 07:15-09:30; Water Rail calling N. Marsh, One Redwing landed in allotment tree, scoped, saw it had pure white secondary feathers, one on each wing, view from back, with left wing 1 and quarter inch length white, right wing only 1 inch white, nearly got digi-pic but bird flew (Andrew Verrall) - Hi Andrew, the pure white secondaries are retained juvenile feathers - therefore the bird is now first-winter after the post juvenile moult - as for the difference between feather length, autumn moult is often asymmetric - a bit like my feet - one is longer than the other! (JR). Many thanks JR for this, had no idea about it, got a shock to see it zoomed x50, the devil is in the detail, at last I've learnt something (AGV)
  • East India Dock Basin: Shelduck, Little Grebe, 120 Teal incl 5 on River Lee (Simon Worsfold)
  • Hampstead Heath: fem/imm Goosander again on Sanctuary Pond at 11.30, 2 Little Grebe still on pond 11 (Jo Edwards); still there at dusk preening and wing flapping (Pete Mantle)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 9 Cormorant (8 SE), Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 41 Woodpigeon (20 S/SW), 79 Stock Dove (59 S/SE), Fieldfare SE, 8 Redwing (6 S), 61 Starling (55 NW) (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 4 Fieldfare over, Redwing, 15 Siskin W, 14 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, Shoveler, Treecreeper, 10+ Goldcrest (Stuart Fisher)
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley: 3 Little Grebes, 21 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Siskin with 15 Goldfinch, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail (Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Water Pipit, 8 Snipe, 2 Stonechat, 1 Pintail, 6 Siskin, 1 Grey Wagtail (WWT Website); 3 Jack Snipe, 4 Pintail 2m 2f, Goldcrest, 10 Mandarin, Bittern in middle reed bed channel at 15.45 (Martin Honey); 3m Pintail (R Dunne)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 2 Little Egret, 4 Teal (3m 1f) on Old River Lea, 2 Goldcrest at 08:30 (Alastair Dent)
  • Oxleas Wood: 13 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Redwing, Song Thrush (Ron Turner)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Grey Wagtail, Siskin, Kingfisher (R Dunne)
  • Rotherhithe: No sign of Firecrests this morning, 1 Song Thrush, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff at Russia Dock Woodland, 1 Collared Dove over Greenland Dock, 1 Little Grebe at Southwark Park (John & Janet Cadera)
  • St James's Park: Chiffchaff (Frank Nugent).
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 40 Pied Wagtail feeding flock 15:30 (Robert Callf)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 2 Cormorant NE over 08:23 (Neil Batten)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Firecrest both unringed Lodge Wood 1330 one very bright male the second could have been a female (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: Little Grebe upper lake, 2 female Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Tyttenhanger Fishing Lake: 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, Peregrine Falcon, Grey Wagtail, c50 Linnet, 4+ Skylark (S Blake)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Great White Egret flew from Scrape to Main Pit 12:25, 6 Golden Plover, Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, 3+ Little Egret, c150 Lapwing, 2 Kingfisher (Steve Blake/Simon West)
  • Wanstead Flats: 36 Gadwall, 14 Shoveler, 11 Teal, 10 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 400+ Starling, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Goldcrest (Nick Croft)

Sunday 13th November 2016 Edit

  • Amwell NR: Slavonian Grebe fr Gladwin hide 1510 (Barry Reed via Twitter)
  • Beddington Farm: Hen Harrier (Twitter)
  • Bentley Priory: Rook, my first record on this site (Richard Francis). - never an easy species in Harrow now - well done mate (JR). Thanks J. It was flying south over Old Lodge Common at 07:50. (RF.)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard over 11:25-11:30, Sparrowhawk being taken on by Pied Wagtail at 11:45, 11 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Cettis Warbler,one singing on North Marsh by flats the other in East Marsh, 2 Reed Bunting outside main hide and Kestrel by Wembley hovering; also vis-mig - 112 Woodpigeon, 100 Starling, 69 Chaffinch, Siskin, Skylark (Brent Birders); 2 Goldcrest, 3 Muscovy Duck (origin unknown?), Fox in North Marsh, (NW London RSPB Group monthly Birdwalk, Roy Beddard, John Colmans, Bob Husband, et al)
  • Broadwater Lake: 3 Egyptian Geese, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Red Kite, 3 Water Rail, 10 Chiffchaff, 6 Siskin (Simon Buckingham)
  • Brookmill Park: 50+ Herring Gulls, 5 Mistle Thrush flying east, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cole Green Tip: Short-eared Owl, 10+ Fieldfare, 8 Stonechat, 10+ Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer (Keith Smith/J Smith via Herts BN)
  • Ewell: Kingfisher Ewell Court Lake, 2 Little Egret Hogsmill open space (Colin Manville)
  • Figges Marsh, Tooting (SW17): 32 Jackdaw landed briefly in tall trees then flew south-east at 16:00 (James Hudson)
  • Greenford: Red Kite drifting N at 1310 (P J Belman) TQ1382
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Water Rail, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff (John Bushell)
  • Gunpowder Park: Stonechat (Neville Smith)
  • Hampstead Heath: fem/imm Goosander still on Sanctuary Pond at 15:30 (Nigel Biggs and Thom Shannon); Vale of Health - Treecreeper at 10.30am ( Matt London)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 8 Egyptian Goose, 3 Wigeon, 8 Shoveler, 27 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 900 Black-headed Gull, 2 Meadow Pipit over, 16 Grey Wagtail, 9 Pied Wagtail, 113 Woodpigeon (88 S/SW), 11 Stock Dove, 12 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare N, 12 Goldcrest, 370 Starling (350 W), 18 Chaffinch (2 SW), 43 Linnet (7 W), 5 Siskin W (Andrew Skotnicki, John Gale)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: Pintail SW w/ Mallards over Spynes 0855 (Ian Kehl & Gordon Hay via HSP blog)
  • Ickenham Marsh: m Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, Redwing, Fieldfare (Nigel Dodd)
  • KGV Res: 116 Mute Swans, 10 Goosanders (4 drakes), Goldeneye, Sparrowhawk, Juv Peregrine, 2 Skylarks, Fieldfare, Grey Wagtail, 17 Meadow Pipits, 52 Linnets (Sean Huggins)
  • Ladywell Fields: Kingfisher (Tom Moulton)
  • Lamorbey Park: pair Mute Swan, c40 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose, Egyptian Goose, pair Tufted Duck, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12+ Common Gulls, c100 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Kingfisher, Mistle Thrush (Mike Amos)
  • London Wetland Centre: Jack Snipe, Snipe and Stonechat and beautiful Spindle Tree pic (Twitter); 4 Jack Snipe, 12+ Snipe, 3 Peregrine, 2 Pintail, 2 Stonechat, 1 Water Pipit, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark (SE), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaff (WWT Website/WWT London Twitter)
  • Netherfield Farm: Short-eared Owl, Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest and Red Admiral (Harry Harrison) Hello Harry, can you give a post code for this site if not to much bother please. The only Netherfield Farm I can find is in Scotland, thank you Neville Smith. Sorry to mislead but it's Netherhouse Farm E4. The best access is at top of Daws Hill at point where it becomes Bury Lane. There is a place to park at top of hill. Liittle, Tawny and Barn Owl also seen at site in recent years. Harry
  • Osterley Park: Coal Tit, 3 Common Buzzard, Common Gull, Cormorant, 3 Egyptian Goose, 8 Fieldfare, 25 Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Grey Heron, 22+ Jackdaw, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, 7 Pied Wagtail, 9+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 11 Shoveler, Teal (Richard Woolley).
  • Pinner (HA5): female Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, Jackdaw, Coal Tit, & 3 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Primrose Hill: flock of c50 subadult Herring Gull N - unusual movement, 6 Stock Dove N, 160 Woodpigeon SW, 45 Starling NW/W, 6 Fieldfare SW 0825, 65 Redwing SW 0815, 30 Chaffinch NW/N, 2 Linnet W 0715 - vismig 06:45-09:15 (Twitter)
  • Putney, Huntingfield Road SW15: 4 Stock Dove SW, 2 Fieldfare NW, 12 Redwing NW, 5 Song Thrush S, 8 Mistle Thrush E/NW, 10 Blackbird in garden, Grey Wagtail, 52 Starling NW, 2 Linnet S, 3 Brambling NW, 2 Siskin SW (R.Kaye)
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Short-eared Owl (Paul Hutchison); 8 Bearded Tit (Shaun Harvey, Mark Vale, RSPB); 2 Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Avocet, 633 Lapwing, 537 Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Curlew Sandpiper pools still, 300 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 313 Redshank, 5 Yellow-legged Gull, Barn Owl, 4 Kingfisher, 26 Skylark, 2 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, 9 Stonechat, Water Pipit (Pete Alfrey, Sue Healey, HTV, PRH, JWa, RSPB) (Howard Vaughan via RSPB blog)
  • Richmond Park: Pen Ponds area - Hen Harrier ring-tail - quite low mobbed by crows gained height then flew SW at 11.35-11.40, 4 Buzzard, 2 Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 22 Meadow Pipit, 11 Stonechat, 20 Redwing N, c200 Starling NW, Linnet, 10 Reed Bunting (J.Wilczur, S.Woolfenden); Late pm - Grey Wagtail, Peregrine, 2 Little Grebe, Treecreeper, 3 male Teal, Water Rail heard, 2 Little Owl (perched and flying), 2 Tawny Owl flying, several heard calling v vocal at least 4 female 3 male at dusk (P. Redmond/P. Davies)
  • Rickmansworth: 15 Siskin in Salters Close (Graham Clark via Herts BN)
  • Rotherhithe: 2 Firecrest Russia Dock Woodland at entrance (Kevin Duncan via Twitter); Firecrests showing really well pm, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest (Richard Page-Jones) Which entrance Kevin ?
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Shelduck & Water Pipit fr Gadwall hide (RSPB twitter)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Woodcock (Neville Smith).
  • Staines Res: 287 Wigeon, 54 Gadwall, 40 Teal, 128 Shoveler, 25 Pochard, 16 Goldeneye, 146 Tufted Duck, 79 Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, Dunlin - WeBS (Allan Goddard via Twitter)
  • Thorpe Park: red-head Smew on Manor Lake (Kevin Duncan via Twitter)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, f Sparrowhawk, 7 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 30 Lapwing, Grey Wagtail, Treecreeper, Lesser Redpoll, Linnet (Nigel Dodd)
  • Trent Park: Woodcock, Firecrest feeding in laurel NE edge of Rough Lot 13:05-13:08, 2 Bullfinch male and female (Robert Callf)
  • Waltham Abbey: Long-eared Owl heard nr Sewardstone Rd 2115 (BirdGuides)
  • Walton Reservoirs: Ringtail Hen Harrier (Chris Turner) What time was it Chris, please? JanW 11.55. Flew around a bit and then landed out of site. Thanks Chris, so probably the Richmond bird.
  • Wanstead Flats: WeBS 106 Mallard, 38 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 11 Teal, 19 Egyptian Goose, 17 Tufted Duck, 1 f Pochard, 410+ Common Gull, 123 Black-headed Gull, Kingfisher, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, 6+ Skylark, Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 3 Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Firecrest, 6 Goldcrest (Bush Wood) raptor gliding east with closed fingers on wing, hung for a few seconds then moved on, dark with no obvious underwing structure, but a slightly forked tail (too late surely for Black Kite!) (Nick Croft); WeBS 299 Gadwall, 49 Wigeon, 37 Teal (new record), 38 Shoveler (Tim Harris/WREN Group)
  • Watercress LNR nr St Albans: c4 Siskin (Alan Gardiner via Herts BN)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Jack Snipe, Buzzard, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Egyptian Geese (Chris Farthing & Tony Butler)
  • Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross: Stonechat at rubble heap (Geoff Lapworth via Herts BN)

Saturday 12th November 2016 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, 11 Snipe; also 35 Starling & 2 Redwing over (Andrew Self); later 139 Tufted Duck, 43 Pochard, 13 Little Grebe, 17 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Water Rail, 2 Cetti's Warbler singing during rain (Brent Birders)
  • Chiswick, W4: Woodcock low S at 14.30 (Louis Freeland-Haynes)
  • Fairlop Waters: Goosander, 4 Little Egret, Kingfisher, Redwing, Fieldfare, Blackcap (Alan Thomas/Neil Twyford)
  • Hogsmill STW: 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Green Sandpiper, c200 Black-headed Gull (Mat Hare)
  • Leatherhead (Common Meadow): m Goosander on R Mole, Little Egret, Cormorant, Kingfisher, c30 Siskin (David Stubbs via Twitter)  TQ155567
  • London Wetland Centre: am - 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Water Pipit, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 m Pintail (grazing marsh), 2 Water Rail (from Headley Hide) (Mike Wheeler)
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: highlights - Hen Harrier, f Black Redstart, Sanderling, TurnstoneAvocet (Facebook)
  • Ranelagh Gardens: Woodcock, 4 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing (Nick Senior)
  • Stockwell: 30+ House Sparrows in Jefferys Rd singing happily in bushes a variety of calls (Michael Mac).
  • Totteridge Valley: Woodcock seen at dusk near Finchley Nurseries (Samuel Levy)
  • Wanstead Flats: 1200+ Starling west, 180+ Fieldfare, 54 Redwing, 11 Linnet, 5 Reed Bunting, 46 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler, 11 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Meadow Pipit, Skylark (Tony Brown/James Heal/Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 40+ Wigeon, 229 Gadwall, 19 Shoveler, 30+ Teal, 2 Pochard, 15+ Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 10+ Goldcrest, Chiffchaff (Nick Croft/James Heal)
  • Woodford Green: flyover Little Egret and Hawfinch c10.30am (Ken Murray)

Friday 11th November 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 5 Meadow Pipit, 6 Jackdaw, Kingfisher Wood Green Res, 13 Shoveler Boating Lake (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 10 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 35 Starling, 47 Goldfinch, 12 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 25 Woodpigeon, 3 Stock Dove - Vis mig at The Dump 07:00-09:00 (8 spp, 141 birds); 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Water Rail, 7+ Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff - Main & Heron hide 09:30-11:00 (Magnus Andersson)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Song Thrush, Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ellenbrook Fields nr Hatfield: 3+ Stonechat (David Wheatcroft via Herts BN)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Water Rail (John Bushell)
  • Gunpowder Park: Woodcock flushed from edge of path at 09:02 just north east of Osier Wood (Martin Shepherd)
  • Hackney Marshes: Reed Bunting in scrub outside Middlesex Filter Beds at 08:30 (Alastair Dent)
  • Hampstead Heath: red-head Goosander on Bird Sanctuary Pond, 3 Teal, Meadow Pipit over, 18 Shoveler (Pond 1) & 3 Gadwall (Oliver Simms); still there at 3:50 and Firecrest in trees right side, 25 Redwing (Michael Mac).
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 Kingfisher, 4 Redwing, 67 Black-headed Gull (Neil Batten)
  • Leyton Flats/ Hollow Ponds: 3 Goldcrests, Meadow Pipit and Little Egret. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Millfields E5: 20 Common Gull on football pitch at 09:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Oxleas Wood: Goldcrests, 2 Firecrest, Pied Wagtail, Coal Tit, Song Thrush, Nuthatch, 5 Mute Swan [over], Great Spotted Woodpecker (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): 2 Little Egret flew in from the west at 13:59 & circled over the house for three minutes before departing north-east (Jon & Valerie Ridge); also 2 Coal Tit, 4 Goldfinch & 2 Pied Wagtail (JR).
  • Richmond Park: Pen Ponds area - m Goldeneye, 3 Little Grebe, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, juv m Peregrine perched by UPP, Buzzard, Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Lapwing NE, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 14 Meadow Pipit, 19 Stonechat - (Outstanding for November ~ JR), 2 Reed Bunting (J.Wilczur, Friday Group); 2 Lapwing by UPP early morning (B.Atherton, J.Few per JW)
  • Rotherhithe: Stave Hill - Firecrest in bushes near Stave Hill entrance calling and showing well, Goldcrest, Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaff, Kingfisher, 5 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush (Richard Page-Jones)
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): 11 Mute Swan (5 over), 2 Greylags, 4 Canada Geese, 12 Mallard, 44+ Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, 11+ Pochard, 145+ Tufted Duck, 10+ Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, Little Egret N 16.17, 2 Grey Heron, Peregrine low N 16.17, 5+ Water Rail, 35+ Moorhen, c250 Coot, 120+ Black-headed Gull, 10+ Common Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 20+ Redwing, 15+ Fieldfare inc 10+ SE, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest, poss Firecrest, 3+ Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • St James's Park: 17 Fieldfare roving the Park at 14:00 (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Moor: Dartford Warbler SE corner, 10 Stonechats, Peregrine, 2 Red Kite, 2 Buzzards, 10 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher, 3 Snipe (Nick B et al).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebe, 14 Goldeneye (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stocker's Lake: f Goosander pm till 1440 then high NW (Joan Thompson via Twitter)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Grey Plover, 55 Lapwing, 120 Dunlin, 6 Curlew, 65 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 5 Turnstone, 9 Skylark, Water Pipit, Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 9 Cetti's Warbler, Bearded Tit (Andrew Self)
  • Tottenham Marsh: female Stonechat on Clendish Marsh (Quentin Given).
  • Trent Park: 6 Pochard 4 m 2 f, 10 Tufted Duck 2 m 8 f, Common Darter and Migrant Hawker (Robert Callf); as above plus Kestrel, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Mandarin 4m and 2 f (Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (N side): 2 Lapwing, 1 Grey Wagtail on Lockwood; 2 Green Sandpipers on Flood Relief; Kingfisher on High Maynard. (Quentin Given).

Thursday 10th November 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Little Grebe Tunnel Res, 13 Shoveler Boating Lake, 2 Redwing, Chiffchaff Top Field, Meadow Pipi (Dominic Mitchell, Gareth Richards, Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Muscovy Duck, c100 Tufted Duck, 20+ Pochard, 8 Little Grebe, 3 Water Rail, 2 Green Sandpiper, 12 Snipe, Cetti's Warbler (Heron Hide) (Roy Beddard, Bob Husband).
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: Pheasant, Buzzard, 4 Common Gull, 3 Goldcrest, 40+ Fieldfare, 100+ Redwing, 3 Yellowhammer, 12 Linnet (Paul Goodman via CFBW blog)
  • Kew Bridge: Peregrine over low then landed on Steam Museum tower (Tom Smith)
  • Lee Valley, Friday Lake: Red-head Smew Northern end of the lake. (Mike Oakland)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Water Pipit, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pintail, 1 Peregrine, 6 Water Rail, 8 Snipe, 2 Siskin (WWT Website); 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Chiffchaff (Martin Honey)
  • Rainham RSPB: 3 Barn Owls in full view on tree behind cordite area, Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrels, Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Water Pipit, Meadow Pipits, Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler, 5 Stonechats, Linnets, 3 Skylarks, 3 Common Snipe, 2 Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper, 2 Curlews, Dunlin flock on sea-wall near Landfill site, Redshanks, Lapwings, Shelducks, Wigeons, Teals, 2 Kingfishers, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull. (Simon Worsfold, Tom Bell, John Ferguson, John Humble and John Heal)
  • Richmond Park: 1 m Goldeneye (Lower Pen Pond), 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Common Snipe, 2 Little Egret (Upper Pen Pond) (Nigel Jackman)
  • Ridegway, Mill Hill: 6 Redwing, 40 Black-headed Gull, 10 Common Gull (Samuel Levy)
  • Rotherhithe: 4 Shoveler 2pr, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Egyptian Goose at Southwark Park, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2–3 Great Spotted Woodpecker including one drumming, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Kingfisher at Russia Dock Woodland, 3 Egyptian Goose at Greenland Dock (John Cadera)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 5 Reed Bunting in `owl' field, Chiffchaff, fem Bullfinch, Mistle Thrush, 5 Teal (John Colmans)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Male Firecrest Sanctuary Wood (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: 4 Common Pochard 2 m 2 f lower lake (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: Jack Snipe, Stonechat, 500+ Common Gull, 19 Shoveler, 24 Gadwall, 16 Teal, 11 Tufted Duck, Pochard, 2 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 50+ House Sparrow, 8 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 30 Fieldfare (Bob Vaughan)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Water Rail, Snipe, 3 Wigeon, 2 Egyptian Geese (Chris Farthing)
  • Worcester Park: 2 Peregrine falcons on pylons (Bob Smith)
  • Wraysbury GPs: 9 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 55 Gadwall, 35 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 30 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Tawny Owl, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 7 Grey Heron, 16 Shoveler, 11 Pochard, 250 Tufted Duck (Thomas Gibson)

Wednesday 9th November 2016 Edit

  • Brimsdown: 2 Stonechat (James Palmer)
  • Brookmill Park: 20+ Fieldfare west (Conrad Ellam)
  • Grovelands Park: 9 Cormorant, 11 Egyptian Goose m f 9 1st-winter, 7 Mandarin Duck 3 m 4 f, 30 Tufted Duck 19 m 11 f, fem Smew - tame returning bird of captive origin, 4 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Goldcrest, Treecreeper (Robert Callf)
  • London WWT: Yellow-legged Gull 1w, Water Pipit still (WWT website)
  • Natural History Museum: dead Woodcock found below Darwin Centre glass wall. Hope this not a regular problem with bird kills on this wall...not sure if its brightly lit at night...you probably know more Martin. (R.Kaye)
  • Oxleas Woods (SE9 1YG): 2 Firecrest (male & female) in Ivy, Yew and Pyracantha, also Coal tit and Goldcrest (John Reid)
  • Pinner (HA5): female Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail north-east, Lesser Redpoll heard, 16 Goldfinch, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Jay & 9 House Sparrow (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: 110 Wigeon, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose on river, 7 Red-breasted Merganser 6f 1 imm m on river 1040, 7 Knot N, Kent foreshore - 90 Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper still, 3 Grey Plover, 97 Golden Plover, 110 Lapwing, Avocet, 2 Curlew, 58 Redshank, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Aveley Bay - 2500+ Black-headed Gull, ad Mediterranean Gull, ad Iceland Gull, 34 Great Black-backed Gull, 13 Yellow-legged Gull, Grey Wagtail (Howard Vaughan via RSPB blog)
  • Richmond Park: 2 drake Goldeneye Lower Pen Pond, Kingfisher, 4 Stonechats, Reed Bunting, 2 Kestrels, 2 Little Egrets (Simon Worsfold); Pen Ponds area - 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Little Egret, juv male Peregrine at waters edge then in tree UPP, Pied Wagtail, 15 Meadow Pipit, 65 Fieldfare, fem Brambling (J.Wilcur).
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher at 14:20 (Frank Nugent).
  • Surbiton: 3 Lapwings, 3 Little Grebes, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush around small reservoirs on Portsmouth Road. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Trent Park:18 Redwing, 3 m Tufted Duck, Kestrel, 3m and 2f Pochard, 2 G S Woodpecker, 8m and 3 f Mandarin, Cormorant. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Wanstead Flats: 8 Shoveler, 9 Teal, 15 Gadwall, Little Egret (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Redwing, 45 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 30 Shoveler, 320 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 2 Kingfisher, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, 4 Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Wigeon, 2 Egyptian Geese, Coal Tit (Chris Farthing)

Tuesday 8th November 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher perched next to wood green res 12pm (Dawn Painter); Chiffchaff still adjacent to Wood Green Res 0650 (Bob Watts)
  • Barn Elms Playing Fields: 7 Greylag 3N 4W, 40 Lapwing on playing fields, Dunlin SW, 22 Song Thrush NW, 19 Redwing NW, 213 Fieldfare NW, Meadow Pipit NW, Skylark NW, 170 Starling W, Linnet S, 32 Chaffinch mostly NW, 2 Reed Bunting SW (R.Kaye)
  • Brent Reservoir: Jack Snipe (from Main Hide), 11 Common Snipe, 3 Chiffchaff, vis-mig - 925 Woodpigeon, 339 Starling, 16 Redwing, 147 Fieldfare, Brambling (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, 5 Fieldfare (Conrad Ellam)
  • Fairlop Waters and surrounding fields: 80 Lapwings, 17 Redwings, 9 Fieldfare, 2 Pheasants, 2 Kestrels, 2 Gadwall, 3 Teal, Kingfisher, Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Cormorants, Song Thrush, Goldcrest, 5 Linnets, 5 Stock Doves, Common Gull (Simon Worsfold)
  • Harmondsworth: field between village and A4 - 21 Golden Plover, 72 Lapwing, many Skylark prior to 09.30 (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Heathrow: 3 Little Egret, 2 Common Sandpiper. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Lake Farm Country Park, Hayes: 1 Woodcock flew into clump early am, 1051 Woodpigeon W prior to 09.00, 162 Fieldfare, 22 Redwing, 10 Lapwing over (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Woodcock flushed from edge of gorses near Hollow Pond early morning, Treecreeper, 14 Fieldfare over, 300+ Woodpigeon S at dawn, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, 300+ Starling SW at dawn, Skylark over, Little Egret on Hollow Pond (Stuart Fisher)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 2 Sparrowhawk, 1640 Herring Gull E, 1070 Black-headed Gull (960 E), 483 Woodpigeon (460 SW), 35 Stock Dove (27 SE), Skylark over, Meadow Pipit, 7 Redwing (6 NW), 2 Fieldfare NW, 332 Starling W, Bullfinch (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 2 Pied Wagtail (1st time on ground), Fieldfares over, Mistle Thrush (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Oxleas Wood: Woodcock, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Coal Tit, Jackdaw, Redwing, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Sparrowhawk, Fieldfare, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest, 2 Jackdaw over & 9 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Primrose Hill: Lapwing (patch yr-1st) circled viewpt then SE 0655, 360 Woodpigeon SW, 2 Skylark NE, Ring Ouzel SW 0800 - dropped into reservoir area but not found an hour later, 3 Blackbird over, 95 Fieldfare & 23 Redwing NW, Song Thrush W, Meadow Pipit SW, Siskin N - vismig 06:35-09:05 (Twitter)
  • Rainham RSPB: Great White Egret S over Thames 1040 (BirdGuides)
  • Richmond Park: Dartford Warbler by UPP (B.Atherton, J.Few per JW)
  • Rotherhithe: Russia Dock Woodland - 2 Kingfisher, Jay, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, Teal (Richard Page-Jones) 
  • Ruxley GPs: (permit only) Crossbill NW calling 08.42, c50 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 16 Pochard, c150 Tufted Duck, 7+ Little Grebe, 3+ Water Rail, 3 Kingfisher, Skylark NW, Meadow Pipit NE, Grey Wagtail, 10+ Redwing, 60+ Fieldfare most N/NW with one or two on site, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2+ Chiffchaff inc one with short straight call but not seen, 4+ Goldcrest, Rook W, Linnet E, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 3+ Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Ridgeway, Mill Hill: Raven over SW 0855, (Confirmed) Black Redstart at 10:55 (on private property). (Samuel Levy)
  • Stocker's Lake: Only 1 adult Whooper Swan this morning & it flew off at 7.20 a.m. over Bury Lake heading NE. (Simon West)
  • Totteridge Valley: male Peregrine with prey item over Woodside Park (briefly pursued by 2 Magpies) at 15:20 (Ian Ellis)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Blackcap male in mixed tit flock, also Meadow Pipit NW 0655 (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: 5+ Bullfinch at least 2 males 3 females bushes near Water Grdn (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park: Little Grebe, 2 m Pochard, m Tufted Duck, 5 Redwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Mandarin 5m 3f, 2 Song Thrush, 30 Black-headed Gull (Pete Lowman).
  • Wembley Park: Woodcock flew over gardens this morning (Joe Taylor)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Flock of c50 mixed Fieldfare/Redwing SSW at 07:20, 3 Wigeon, 3 Teal, Sparrowhawk, 3 Egyptian Geese, 2 Jackdaw (Chris Farthing)

Monday 7th November 2016 Edit

  • Amwell NR: LITTLE AUK briefly 1005 (within the London recording area) (Barry Reed) tweet
  • Barn Elms Playing Fields: 141 Fieldfare NW, 5 Linnet SW (R.Kaye)
  • Brent Reservoir: Turnstone East Marsh flew towards dam (Steve Leeke)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam); Peregrine over at 13:10 and c50 Fieldfare at 14:00 (Frank Nugent).
  • Connaught Waters, Essex: Flyover Hawfinch going South at 9.55am. (Ken Murray)
  • Hammersmith: Peregrine on nest near the top of Charing Cross Hospital. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 5 Shoveler, 3500 Black-headed Gull (3000 E), 12 Common Gull (9 E), Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 150 Woodpigeon (123 SW 21 E/NE), 19 Stock Dove E, 20 Fieldfare W, 128 Starling (123 W/NW) (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • KGV Res: 8 Goosander, 25 Meadow Pipits, 35 Linnets, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers flew N together, several flocks of Starling heading NW (A.Middleton)
  • London Wetland Centre: Cetti's Warbler with a small fish in its bill - wildside area (Catherine Beazley)
  • Mayflower Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Bob Smith)
  • Northolt + Greenford CP: c100 Woodpigeon S, Stock Dove over (unusual here), 8 Fieldfare N, 10 Redwing, Chiffchaff (Neil Anderson)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite over at 13:39 (50th day over garden this year), Fieldfare north-west, Coal Tit, Goldfinch & 7 House Sparrow (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham RSPB: Bittern, m Hen Harrier, 7 Water Pipit (BirdGuides)
  • Stocker's Lake: 8ad Whooper Swan 15:00-16:35 at least (Paul Lewis & Steve Carter per Herts BC)
  • The Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 6 Redwing (Samuel Levy)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood): 3 Goldeneye - 1 drake 2 fem - at 07.45 (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: 34 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, 13 Teal, 2 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, 6 Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 215 Gadwall, 40 Wigeon, 34 Shoveler, 14 Teal, 12 Tufted Duck, Water Rail, 2 Little Egret, 6 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 170+ Black-headed Gull, 12+ Goldcrest, Redwing, Common Buzzard (Nick Croft)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 15 Fieldfare low W, 3 Wigeon, 4 Teal, Blackcap (Chris Farthing)

Sunday 6th November 2016 Edit

  • Amwell NR: Grey Phalarope towards dusk (Phil Ball [finder], Barry Reed via Twitter) twitter pic seen fr Gladwin hide per Herts BC so presumably in London Recording Area - flew off later per BirdGuides
  • Banstead Woods: Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, m Brambling at Hither Field edge (Paul Goodman via CFBW blog)
  • Bow Creek: Woodcock over at 15:10, Little Egret, Kingfisher, 12 Redshank in the high tide roost, 3 Common Sandpiper (Frank Nugent).
  • Brent Reservoir: 5575 Woodpigeon, 24 Stock Dove, 6 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 7 Starling, 2 Linnet, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 7 Greenfinch, 7 Chaffinch, 10 Goldfinch, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail - Vis mig 07:00-09:30 (12 sp. 5649 birds); notables on the res - 1 Cetti's Warbler, 7+ Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greylag Goose, 3 Muscovy Duck and 22 Pochard (Brent Birders)
  • Burgess Park: 20 House Sparrows, 23 Egyptian Geese, 21 Greylag Geese, Grey Wagtail, 130 Carrion Crows (Michael Mac)
  • Bushy Park: 1120 Woodpigeon (1070 SW & 47 NE), Sparrowhawk, 580 Ring-necked Parakeet NE, 5 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit (2 W/SW), Fieldfare SW, Song Thrush NE, 8 Mistle Thrush (4 W/SW & 3 NE), 105 Starling (55 W), 3 Linnet over (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Claybury Park, Woodford Bridge: Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrests, Grey Heron, 3 Jays, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Alan Hobson).
  • Crayford Marshes: Caspian Gull 1w at Viridor Recycling Centre (Michael Southcott via Twitter)
  • Crayfordness/Thames/Darent: 42 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 42 Mallard, 35 Redshank, 14 Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew Sandpiper, 12 Dunlin, Common Gull, 25 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 21 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Ralph and Brenda Todd)
  • East India Dock: Delighted to find a Water Rail here this pm, also 146 Teal at high tide, just 2 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe (Frank Nugent).
  • Gallions Reach: Ring Ouzel (BirdGuides)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: male Teal on inner lake (first of the autumn), Snipe flying off north 15.23 over the park (John Bushell)
  • Grovelands Park: Great Crested Grebe adult, 3 Cormorant, 13 Mandarin Duck 6 m 7 f, 2 Shoveler, 32 Tufted Duck 17 m 15 f, 7 Stock Dove Pitch & Putt Course, Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail (Robert Callf)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: Little Egret Spynes am (Ian Kehl & Gordon Hay via HSP blog)
  • KGV Reservoir: 2 (drake) Goosander, 3 Goldeneye (1 drake), Peregrine hunting over North basin, 3 Lesser Redpoll over (Neville Smith).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Pintail, Water Pipit, 2 Peregrine, 2 Siskin, 3 Redpoll, 40+ Goldfinch (WWT Website)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite over at 13:10, Green Woodpecker, 7 Herring Gull, Common Gull, Coal Tit, 4 Jackdaw & 5 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Purfleet: Grey Plover, Great Crested Grebe, Snipe, 10 Yellow-legged Gull, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Curlew, 54 Wigeon, 31 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson via Twitter)
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Water Pipit, 1 Tree Sparrow over Ferry Lane (Dante Shepherd)
  • Richmond Park: Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Little Egret, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Wigeon, 9 Teal (UPP), drake Goldeneye (LPP), 2 Kestrel, Common Buzzard, Stonechat, 3 Meadow Pipit (Alex Bayley); Little Owl, 2 Little Egret (both UPP one in deer sanctuary other on island), Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Water Rail heard calling, Pied Wagtail (Pembroke Lodge) (P. Redmond); Peregrine (P. Davies)
  • Ruxley GPs: (permit only) 2 female Goosander on south lake, 60 Gadwall most main lake, 6+ Shoveler, 10+ Pochard, 6+ Little Grebe, Little Egret, 2+ Water Rail, 3 Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit NW, Redwing, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 8+ Goldcrest, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin S, Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Water Pipit still fr Ashby hide (BirdGuides)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Buzzard, 1-2 Kestrel, 12 Lapwing, c200 Woodpigeon S, Skylark, Grey Wagtail over, 2 Meadow Pipit, 14 Fieldfare, Redwing, 11 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch (Neil Anderson)
  • Woodford Green: CATTLE EGRET flying high and South at 10.20am over forest ride and gardens (Ken Murray)

Saturday 5th November 2016 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, 19 Common Snipe, 27 Pochard; Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 20 Chaffinch, 33 Goldfinch - vis-mig 07:30-10:30 115 birds (BrentBirders); Cetti's Warbler (Roy Beddard, Pete Lowman).
  • Chigwell: Green Sandpiper, 8 Wigeon, Brambling NW, 24 Chaffinch, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Skylark, 25 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Little Grebe (Water treatment works) (Stuart Fisher)
  • Fairlop Waters and surrounding fields: Red Kite, Little Egret, Stonechat, Red-legged Partridge, Sparrowhawk, Fieldfare, Redwing (Alan Thomas/Neil Twyford)
  • Greenwich Park: Fieldfare, Brambling over, Skylark over, 3 Waxwings low west (possibly a fourth bird) (Joe Beale)
  • Purfleet: Ad m Merlin, Caspian Gull 2nd-w, Short-eared Owl, Grey Plover, imm Marsh Harrier, 76 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 83 Dunlin, 62 Redshank, 257 Lapwing, 10 Curlew, 9 Shelduck, 32 Teal, 25 Wigeon, 9 Yellow-legged Gull, 19 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Little Egret (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham RSPB: Dartford Warbler by path nr Serin_mound 0945 (Shaun Harvey via Twitter); Short-eared Owl, 2 Jack Snipe, Avocet, Grey Wagtail (RSPB Rainham); Curlew Sandpiper, 50 Dunlin & Avocet Aveley Bay pm, 2 Water Pipit Aveley Pools, Peregrine, Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier (Jonathan Wasse via Twitter)
  • Richmond Park: Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Peregrine, Little Egret (UPP), male Goldeneye (LPP), Buzzard (R Dunne); also 2 Grey Wagtail, 13 Redwing W, m Stonechat Lawn Field (Neil Anderson); 16 Teal, 19 Shoveler, 17 Gadwall, Wigeon, Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe, Kingfisher, 2 Fieldfare over (J.Wilczur); also Water Rail and 64 Common Gull at UPP late pm and Little Egret feeding at Beverley Brook at noon which was probably not the bird which appeared to spend all day at UPP (Frank Nugent).
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Bittern, Water Pipit [not Rock_Pipit] both fr Ashby hide (Herts BN via Twitter)
  • Southgate (Chase Road, N14): Red Kite low over 12:55 (Robert Callf)
  • Staines Moor: 3+ Water Pipit, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Common Snipe, 9 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler (showed very well along Bonehead Ditch), 2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail (Lee Dingain)
  • Staines Reservoir: 4 Black-necked Grebe still (BirdGuides)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Water Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 10 Mute Swan, 150 Dunlin, Curlew, 41 Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Stonechat, Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Raven (Andrew Self)
  • Thames Barrier Park: 138 Teal, 5 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 21 House Sparrow (Nick Senior)
  • Wanstead Park & Flats: Firecrest in Bush Wood, Little Egret on Heronry, c80 Gadwall, c20 Wigeon, c15 Teal, 20 Egyptian Goose on ponds (James Heal); Woodcock from Long Wood (Bob Vaughan); Reed Bunting (Tony Brown)

Friday 4th November 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher Wood Green Res 0650 (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler heard on Dump close - hid in thick veg so not seen (Magnus Andersson, Christian Cogley, Andrew Verrall); male Ring Ouzel over our heads from NW into deepest allotments, 82 Fieldfare, 41 Chaffinch, 16 Pied Wagtails - vis-mig 08:00-11:00 271 birds; also Green Sandpiper, 12 Snipe, Water Rail seen well, 3 Chiffchaff (above 3 watchers+Roy Beddard)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chingford Plain/Connaught Waters: 43 Mandarins (38 on the small pond off Rangers Road before you get to the Butlers Retreat cafe), 18 Goldcrests, 3 Redwings, 2 Song Thrushes, Teals, Gadwalls, Shovelers, Grey Wagtail on Connaught Waters pond. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Crayford Marshes: Curlew Sandpiper east of Darent mouth (same as Fraser's bird below), 20+ Wigeon, 2 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, c100 Lapwing, c100 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 20+ Dunlin, 4+ Yellow-legged Gull, Skylark, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart); plus 2 Marsh Harriers, numerous Redwing (Mike Amos) .
  • Field End Rec, Rayners Lane/South Ruislip: 35 Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker (Tim Rymer).
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 5 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 850 Woodpigeon (820 SW 23 NE), Meadow Pipit E, 210 Redwing W, 10 Fieldfare W, 7 Song Thrush (3 S), Chiffchaff, 90 Starling W, Siskin W (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Primrose Hill: Snipe low E over viewpt 0650, 620 Woodpigeon SW 07:35-08:05, 95 Fieldfare & 9 Redwing mostly W/NW - vismig 06:30-09:00 (Twitter)
  • Purfleet: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 60 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 121 Dunlin, 51 Redshank, 133 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 13 Shelduck, 28 Teal, 12 Wigeon, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 34 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Redbridge Lakes and surrounding area, Woodford Bridge: 2 Snipe, Teal, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Pied Wagtails, 2 Long-tailed Tits (Alan Hobson).
  • Richmond Park: 2 Jack Snipe Upper Pen Pond, 6 Meadow Pipit, 5 Stonechat (N.Jackman, P.Redmond per JW); m Goldeneye Lower Pen Pond, Little Egret, Buzzard, Common Snipe (Friday Group)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Water Pipit fr Draper Hide (Mary Smith via Twitter)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher showing nicely this morning (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebe, Goldeneye. (Jim Sweetland)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Male Firecrest 0820 in Holly at entrance to Horse Chestnut Glade (new bird-no ring), 12+ Goldcrest, 21 Redwing N 0800 (Bob Watts)
  • Wanstead Flats: Short-eared Owl (Bob Vaughan)
  • Woodberry Wetlands 2 Snipe, Water Rail, 3 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 12 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, pr Blackcap (Chris Farthing)

Thursday 3rd November 2016Edit

  • Battersea Park Lake: 1 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 100+ Gadwall, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, no sign of Firecrest near Rowan Gate?, Grey Wagtail near Zoo, 100+ Carrion Crow (Michael Mac)
  • Bexley Village to Foots Cray Meadows: Kingfisher and 2 Grey Wagtail, f Sparrowhawk, several Green Woodpeckers and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Meadow Pipit, 10 Linnets, 30 Redwings and a few Fieldfares in treetops, 80 Fieldfares low SW (Patrick English)
  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler on Northbank near Phoenix Canoe Club (may have a feeding circuit as far as rifle-range field and oakwood in this new location), 8 Goldcrest, Redwing, 3 Snipe, 2 Collared Doves, Siskin flew westward by Dump at 10:30 (Simon Worsfold); Common Buzzard circling S 09:40-09:47 chased by 7 Carrion Crows, 754 Woodpigeon, Brambling over calling, 1st Reed Bunting of autumn W - vis-mig 08:20-10:45 (Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Fir & Pond Woods NR: 11 Teal 2 m 9 f Old Pond, 4 Common Buzzard (Robert Callf)
  • Hook Wood, Northaw: Woodcock flushed, Tawny Owl heard hooting (Robert Callf)
  • Oxleas Wood: Goldcrest, Firecrest, Coal Tit, Redwing, Fieldfare, 11 Jackdaw, Common Buzzard, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): 3 Red Kite (12:05 -12:22), female Sparrowhawk, Green & Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Redwing north-west, Coal Tit & 5 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Purfleet: 1 Grey Plover, 1 Snipe, 39 Golden Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 69 Dunlin, 28 Redshank, 152 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 2 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham:  2 Tree Sparrows with 25 Chaffinch in hedgerow along Coldharbour Lane (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: Jack Snipe and Common Snipe Upper Pen Pond (B.Whiskin via JW); Little Owl, same Jack Snipe and Common Snipe, Little Egret, Kingfisher heard, Grey Wagtail, Water Rail heard, 2 Tawny Owls m & f calling and seen flying (P Redmond)
  • Ruxley GPs: (permit only) Woodlark NW calling, Snipe (year-1st), c35 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 2 Wigeon, c15 Pochard, c150 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 3-4 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 6+ Water Rail, 3+ Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit over, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Mistle Thrush, 6+ Fieldfare SW, 10+ Redwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest, 3+ Linnet over, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, 2+ Bullfinch, Reed Bunting. A day-record 62 species for the patch (Ian Stewart, Mike Amos) - Woodlark is a very good record Ian & well done (JR) Cheers, pure luck (IS)
  • Tooting Common: c30 Fieldfare dropped into treetops at dusk, 300+ Ring-necked Parakeets roosted in their regular Poplar (Alan Wilkinson).
  • Tottenham Marshes: Fem Stonechat in Mown area N of Allotments (Pr. seen yesterday near Car Park), 13 Fieldfare circling around then flew off S, 2 Meadow Pipit in area - 12.10-13.00pm (Davey Leach).
  • Wanstead Flats: 250+ Woodpigeon s, 40+ Fieldfare, Redwing, 17 Chaffinch, 9 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1-2 Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 9 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 32 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 50 Wigeon, 193 Gadwall, 44 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 3 Little Egret, Kingfisher, 10 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Redpoll (Nick Croft)
  • Woodberry Wetlands 2 Wigeon, Teal, Reed Bunting, Coal Tit, c70 Fieldfare heading W, huge numbers of Woodpigeon visible to the E heading S, my guesstimate 15,000 between 7:15 and 8am (Chris Farthing)

Wednesday 2nd November 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Fieldfare, Chiffchaff, passage of Woodpigeon evident pre 7am (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 8790 Woodpigeon SW, 10 Stock Dove, Yellowhammer, 24 Chaffinch, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Lapwing on mud, Green Sandpiper, 10 Snipe (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Finchley (Garden): 30 Ring-necked Parakeets SW. (An Autumn garden record. My record count is 505 from the end of May this year.) (Samuel Levy)
  • Crayford Marshes: c40 Wigeon, 20+ Teal, f Pochard SE over Darent mouth, 3+ Little Egret, male Marsh Harrier along Darent creek, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 30+ Lapwing, 6+ Redshank, Curlew, Rock Pipit, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 15+ Fieldfare, 4+ Redwing, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Crossness: 2 Little Egret, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing (Ralph Todd)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: pair Gadwall, 2 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler heard briefly 3 times, 4+ Chiffchaff, 15+ Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 5+ Siskin, 2+ Bullfinch (Ian Stewart, Mike Amos)
  • Greenwich: 2 Peregrines seen over Woodlands Park Road 0730, female circling low and calling then the male flew by heading to the woods behind Maze Hill Station, the female headed off towards Greenwich Park (Richard Green)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Kingfisher, Blackcap f (John Bushell)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 8 Shoveler, 1000 Black-headed Gull (970 E), 1040 Herring Gull E, Buzzard, 530 Woodpigeon (500 SW), Skylark over, Meadow Pipit over, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll over, 10 Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • [Kensington Gardens]: Northern Gannet seen flying over by David Element - picture on my blog (Ralph Hancock)
  • King George V Reservoir: Red-throated Diver, Rock Pipit, Common Buzzard, Goldeneye, Peregrine, Barn Owl (Chris Farthing & Tony Butler)
  • Lamorbey Park: Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe, 2 Kingfisher (Ian Stewart)
  • Leatherhead: 1 Common Buzzard circling - viewed distantly from Randalls Way (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Water Pipit (Grazing Marsh), 3 Peregrine (Charing X Hosp.), 1 Stonechat (Wader Scrape), 1 Grey Wagtail (between WWF and Dulverton hides) - all 2.30-4pm (Mike Wheeler)
  • M25 Jct 17 ish: 3 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard (Samuel Levy)
  • Oakwood (Prince George Ave, N14): Red Kite 15:00 (Robert Callf)
  • Oxleas Wood: Goldcrests, 2 Firecrest, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, [fm], Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, Coal Tit (Ron Turner)
  • Purfleet: 1 Raven, 55 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 54 Dunlin, 42 Redshank, 168 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 2 Shelduck, 32 Wigeon, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 20 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Regent's Park: Firecrest - female trapped and ringed this morning in area with no public access (Bill Haines)
  • Richmond Park: Pen Ponds area - 13 Teal, 65 Pochard, Little Egret, ad m Peregrine perched, Buzzard, 4 Water Rail, Common Snipe, Kingfisher, 4 Skylark NW, 3 Stonechat (J.Wilczur)
  • St Cuthbert's Church Garden, Fordwych Rd NW2: Tawny Owl hooting in early morning (Andrew Verrall)
  • Streatham (looking over Croydon): c2000 Woodpigeons S/SW 07.15-08.00 (Peter Newmark)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 4 Greylag, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Gull, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting (Conrad Ellam)
  • Thamesmead Golf Course to Crossness Thames Foreshore: 425 Teal, 7 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 120 Lapwing, 25 Redshank, 62 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, 276 Black-headed Gulls, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, Cetti's Warbler, Grey Wagtail, Common Buzzard; 2 common Seal (Ralph Todd)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Chiffchaff (Bob Watts)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Rock Pipits by basin behind Lockwood, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush and Cetti's Warbler (latter 3 around Warwick reservoirs) (Simon Worsfold)
  • Barnes Wetlands: 2 Water pipits at wildside Hide observer?
  • Woodford Green: Song Thrush, Goldcrest, flyover Common Snipe (heading North), Common Buzzard framed by 20+ Ring-necked Parakeets and Red Kite drifting West all am (Ken Murray)

Tuesday 1st November 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 fem Goldeneye found 0645 then flew at 0718 possibly to 2 additional birds - the first site record for 5/6 years, also Fieldfare & Redwing heard (Bob Watts, Gareth Richards).
  • Battersea Park: 9 Shoveler, 125 Gadwall, 2 Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 3 Skylark S, 2 alba Wagtail S, 9 Fieldfare SW, 4 Redwing, 46 Blackbird, Firecrest near Rowen Gate, 13 Goldcrest, 2 Redpoll sp SW (Nick Senior) did you see Snipe/Water Rail round pond area with low water-level? I haven't been to look (Michael Mac) hi Snipe seen in flight, Water Rail on north side of main lake viewed from south side (NPS)
  • Brent Reservoir: [3 Muscovy Ducks]; 85+ Fieldfare in one big flock, 14 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 11 Song Thrush (most ever totals this year), 38 Greenfinch (prob highest totals ever also), 21 Goldfinch, 56 Chaffinch, 2nd Green Sandpiper of Autumn migrating high calling towards west then into fog - total 280 birds Vis-mig 07.30-11.30; Green Sandpiper feeding North Marsh (Magnus Andersson, Andrew Verrall)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: Cetti's Warbler nr WC2 bridge (Gordon Hay via HSP blog)
  • Judd Street, Kings Cross: Marsh Harrier mobbed by Crows east at 07:33am. (Dante Shepherd) Pictures on Twitter @wildinLDN - photo looks very good - well done : ) (JR)
  • Lamorbey Park: Pair Mute Swan inc ringed 4AOC back again, Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe, 6+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Water Pipit, 2 Siskin, 3 Stonechat, 1 Pintail, 5 Snipe, 9 Redwing (S), 4 Water Rail, 1 Sparrowhawk (WWT Website)
  • Rainham RSPB: 3 Marsh Harrier, 4 Pintail, 1 Avocet, 2 Curlew on Aveley Bay, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk at Ferry Lane (John Cadera)
  • Redbridge Lakes, Woodford Bridge: Kingfisher, up to 2 Snipe, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, Fieldfare, 4 Ring-necked Parakeets, Great Spotted Woodpecker, up to 3 Jays, 2 Long-tailed Tits, Tufted Duck (uncommon here), also 2 Green Woodpeckers, 5 Pied Wagtails on adjacent cricket pitch (Alan Hobson).
  • Richmond Park: Jack Snipe with Common Snipe west side upper pen pond - view either from east side or causeway, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (J.Wilczur)
  • Petts Wood: Firecrest with Goldcrests in hollies by bridle path at end of Riverwood Lane, 2+ Redwing, 500+ Ring-necked Parakeet pre-roost c16.20 (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Grey Heron N, Sparrowhawk in garden twice, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher and 9 roving Redwing (Frank Nugent).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 4 Redwing, 2 Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, 8 Teal (John Colmans)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Male Pheasant still also 8+ Goldcrest (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: Meadow Pipit, 8 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 3 Bullfinch 1 m 2 f feeding on bramble and nettle seeds, Weasel Old Golf Course (Robert Callf) Where were the Bullfinch Robert? HB The Bullfinches were along 'The Gully' at the 'Old Golf Course' at approx TQ 288 977, who is HB? - R Callf. Sorry - where is the "Old Golf Course"? I only know the new one. Thanks Robert. Harringay Birder (HB) The 'Old Golf Course' is the area N of the lakes in Trent Park - grid ref already provided - R Callf. Thanks Robert.
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Woodcock flushed from Chat's Paddock, 3 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 1 Skylark S, c40 Goldfinch, 2 Stonechat, 14 Meadow Pipit, 1 Sparrowhawk, (Louis Freeland-Haynes)

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