Highlights of the monthEdit

October’s only twitchable rarity was a Great White Egret that lingered around Tyttenhanger GP from the 7th to the 15th and reappeared on the 30th. On the 13th, Staines Reservoir had a visit from a Red-throated Diver and on the 15th the site’s Black-necked Grebes were joined by a Slavonian Grebe. On the same day a Red-necked Grebe visited Richmond Park. Early in the month a Guillemot ventured up the Thames as far as Lambeth Bridge and at the end of the month two Great Skua flew past the London Wetland Centre. Other LWC sightings included nine Spoonbill flying east on the 1st and the first wintering Bittern on the 7th. A Common Crane was seen over Hanwell on the 6th and on the 11th seven Whooper Swan dropped in at Amwell GP. The Long-tailed Duck of unknown origin was still in the Lea Valley early in the month, and last winter’s equally dodgy Hooded Merganser reappeared at Connaught Water on the 17th. Jack Snipe settled in at the London Wetland Centre and Brent Reservoir, and on the 19th, four were recorded at Rye Meads along with no fewer than 235 Common Snipe. Reports of Woodcock included an exhausted bird pottering about in Holborn on the 14th. At the end of the month a Grey Phalarope spent a couple of days at Hilfield Park Reservoir. A Swift (Common or Pallid) was seen over Totteridge Valley on the 25th and over three other London sites on the 27th. A Wryneck was found in Hyde Park on the 2nd. Two Yellow-browed Warbler were seen on the 3rd and an eastern race Lesser Whitethroat was reported at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park on the 29th. Wintering Firecrest turned up at various sites — most notably a pair that settled in at Grovelands Park. On the 3rd, a Red-throated Pipit passed over Rainham Marshes and on the 9th a probable Olive-backed Pipit was reported over Harringay. The 10th was a peak day for Redwing migration, with large numbers reported from various sites, including 2,750 passing high over Regent's Park. On the 18th, a Great Grey Shrike and four Bearded Tit were recorded at Rye Meads. We also learnt this month of a proposal to develop bird-rich farmland on the edge of Edgware into yet another golf course — petition here.

Thursday 31st October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 4 Redwing, 15 Starling W, Redpoll sp h, c100 grounded Woodpigeon (Bob Watts).
  • Bankside SE1: Jay flew in fr N side of river this morning - scarce here, also 2 Peregrine (Peter Beckenham)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Water Rails squealing North Marsh; 74 Woodpigeon S, 14 Redwings, 113 Starlings W all in dry hour (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Dunlin W, 13 Meadow Pipit NW, 8 Siskin, Kingfisher, 4 Linnet NW, 20 Redwing W, 4 Skylark NW; Bittern showing well from Peacock tower 11.30 (Adam Salmon).
  • Trent Park: Firecrest m displaying with Goldcrest in holly & laurel edge of Rough Lot 14:35-14:38, 20 Mandarin Duck 13m 7f, 3 Pochard 1m 2f, 6 Tufted Duck 2m 4f, 3 Treecreeper, 4 Goldcrest, 2+ Redwing, 2+ Siskin, Sparrowhawk (Robert Callf).
  • Wimbledon Common: 1+ Brambling with finch flock on Larger Mound (David Wills).

Wednesday 30th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Hawfinch W 0720, 5+ Siskin, 1100 Woodpigeon, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Fieldfare by 0730 (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones); m Teal (Tunnel Basin) (James Palmer)
  • Brent Reservoir: 12 Stock Dove S, 5850 Woodpigeons S, 39 Redwing W, Skylark S, 52 Starling W, Siskin S, 19 Chaffinch W, 2 Redpoll S (Andrew Verrall).
  • Enfield EN2 (Rectory Farm): 28 Collared Dove perched in dead tree (Robert Callf).
  • Ewell (Hogsmill Open Space): Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 2 Stock Dove, 7 Jay, 12 Black-headed Gull (Neil Batten).
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Treecreeper (Gilberts Slade), 1400+ Woodpigeon S/SW the majority betw 6.50-7.15am, 2 Linnet over, 3 Lesser Redpoll (singles), 10+ Chaffinch over, Skylark high overhead, 5 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 5 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 58 Tufted Duck, Fieldfare W, Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Great Skua N at dawn, Mandarin, 2 Pintail, 2 Little Egret NW, 5 Water Rail, 15700 Woodpigeon SW, 4 Redwing SW, 4 Fieldfare W/SW, 220 Starling W, 8 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Lesser Redpoll SW, 24 Greenfinch SW, 310 Chaffinch W, 14 Siskin 4 on site & 10 NW/W, 2 Linnet SW, 71 Goldfinch 60 on site & 11 SW, 7 Reed Bunting 2 on site & 5 SW (R.Kaye)
  • Mill Hill: 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers m&f in back gdn (Xav)
  • Oxleas Woods: Firecrest 15.18-15.32 foraging in Pyracantha & also attempting to bathe (unsucessfully) whilst mixed tit flock taking bath (John Reid) SE9 1YG
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 17000 Woodpigeon [site record] S/SW 0650-0800 (peak 0715 - c10000 in 20min on broader front & less unidirect'l than y'day), Chiffchaff area 26, prob Ring_Ouzel S 0720, c30 Fieldfare SW, 7 Redwing, 60+ Chaffinch S/SW, c10 Goldfinch over (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: 7800 Woodpigeon SW till 9.00 in broad front betw Sheen & Roehampton - as many if not more further east over Wimbledon Common - all these birds would have been viewable fr Barnes WWT, Buzzard, 24 Skylark- grounded, 20 Fieldfare W, c80 Chaffinch W, c250 Starling W (J.Wilczur).
  • Staines Moor: 500+ Woodpigeon S, Cetti's Warbler h, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Meadow Pipit, 300+ Cormorant E, Kestrel, Stonechat, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker - 0645-1115 (Keith Kerr).
  • Staines Reservoir: S Basin- juv Gannet 2.40pm, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Scaup (Jim Sweetland); still present up to 16:00 on south basin (John Edwards, Dick Middleton, JS).
  • Tooting Commons: Nuthatch, m Great Spotted Woodpecker, numerous Woodpigeon; at lake - c50 Black-headed Gull, Cormorant, Grey Heron, c10 Tufted Duck, m Shoveler (usual Egyptian_Geese not seen) (Nick Granger-Taylor).
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Grey Heron, 3 Jay, 5 Teal all in Darlands Lake area (Xav).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Great White Egret, Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, 21 Lapwing, 4 Tree Sparrow, Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 4 Skylark (Steve Blake)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood): Wheatear (Mike Messenger); 2 Kingfisher, 12 Shoveler, c10 Teal - much work taking place at present Mon-Sat 'til mid-Dec at the earliest (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: Stonechat, Linnet, Siskin, Reed Bunting, 5 Redwing, 6 Skylark (Dan Hennessy), Stonechat, Chiffchaff (Tony Brown)

Tuesday 29th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Meadow Pipits, c600 Woodpigeon to 0720 (Bob Watts).
  • Battersea Park: 3m Shoveler, 11 Teal, Great Crested Grebe, 5 Gadwall (Dave Timms); 13 Teal just before dusk (1st I've seen them here), 6 Egyptian Geese, 4 Greylag Goose flew in at dusk (Michael Mac)
  • Bexley Woods: 2 Kingfishers R Shuttle (Ralph Todd)
  • Brent Reservoir: 7 Stock Dove S, 3125 Woodpigeons S, 43 Chaffinch W (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall); East Marsh - 10 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing (Roy Beddard, Steve Blake)
  • Central Riverside Walk, Bexley: 2 Chiffchaff (Ralph Todd) TQ 479 737
  • Enfield EN2 (Parkside Farm): 2 f/imm Stonechat still present (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Yellowhammers betw Lido & slope up to hill - one perched briefly before going high SW 0845, Green Sandpiper 0903 high NW fr Parliament Hill towards Transmitter, also 1000+ Woodpigeons W/SW 0800-1030, 5 Skylarks W, 15 Linnets SW, 40 Goldfinches SW, 2 Fieldfares S, 25 Meadow Pipits SW (Pete Mantle)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Grey Phalarope still showing well fr Viewing Platform in Hog Ln off Dagger Ln, also Redpoll (Steve Murray, Tony Blake, Derek Turner et al)
  • King George V Reservoir: Brent Goose on causeway 13:00, 10 Goldeneye, Goosander, Stonechat f in horsefields by Lee Navigation (Andy Reid)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Brambling and 5 Chaffinch W together, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, 4 Meadow Pipit, Redwing, 500+ Woodpigeon leaving roosts, Kingfisher, Little Grebe on Eagle Pond early am (Stuart Fisher)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, 2 Siskin over, 4 Little Grebe, Common Gull, Sparrowhawk (Jonathan Nasir)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 16000+ Woodpigeon S 0655-0810 (peak 0725-0755) maj'y to west of Hill, f Blackcap wildlife gdn area 20 - 1st for 18 days so prob winter arrival fr continent (birdman_euston)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Brent Goose N/E fr north basin of KGV Reservoir 10:34, late Swallow low S, Common Buzzard low E over marsh (Neville Smith).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Pintail, 177 Shoveler, 90 Wigeon, 2 Siskin, Peregrine on Charing Cross Hospital (WWT website)
  • Lonsdale Reservoir: Goldcrest, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe on river (Rich Petley)
  • Oxleas Woods, Eltham SE9 1YG: Firecrest 12.40 (John Reid)
  • Staines MoorMerlin (via smutbadger on Twitter).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Eastern Lesser Whitethroat watched for 10 min in hedge adjacent to Lockhart field & Lockhart St gdns then flew into sycamore & shortly thereafter S over railway line & out of site - soft 'tuc' call & sandy brown mantle - no doubt one of the eastern forms, also m Blackcap alongside, Goldcrest Sanctuary Wood (Bob Watts).
  • Wanstead Flats: Brambling S, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 10+ Linnet, 7 Siskin, 10+ Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Blackcap, 15 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 2m Teal, 7 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 5 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 5 Pied Wagtail (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy/John Wheil)
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret, 130 Stock Dove (Bob Smith)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: c5000 Woodpigeon in straggling flocks SW and 10+ Stock Doves with them, c5 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat pr, Chiffchaff, c40 Jackdaw incl flock of c35, c4 Skylark, c20 Meadow Pipit, c25 Chaffinch over, c8 Linnet, c15 Fieldfare, c30 Redwing (The Scrubbers)

Monday 28th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: m Teal Tunnel Res 7am (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: Lapwing, Snipe, 110 Starling W (Andrew Verrall, Ian Ellis, Steve Leeke).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Danson Park: 4 Egyptian Geese, 126 Coot, 2 Grey Wagtail (Ralph Todd)
  • Enfield EN2 (South Lodge Farm): Barn Swallow S (Robin White per RM Callf).
  • Grovelands Park: Firecrest m calling & feeding in holly & ivy nr Seaforth Gdns (side-entrance) though mobile 11:20-11:50 (Robert Callf).
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Grey Phalarope on water to south of dam 17.07 then W over dam & prob left site though dark so hard to be sure (Tony Blake, Herts site)
  • Lea Bridge Road Riding Centre: 22 Pied Wagtail, 9 Linnets, Kestrel, Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets, 40 Starlings, 2 Green Woodpecker, 8 Blackbird, 14 Chaffinch (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Mill Hill: f Blackcap in back gdn (Xav)
  • Streatham: 2 Jays (gdn tick adj to high rd/rail stn) (R Bell). 
  • Wanstead Flats: c400 Gull - majority Black-headed Gull and Common Gull but 50+ Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull in mix, 11 Teal, 17 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Meadow Pipit, Skylark (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 110 Gadwall, 30+ Tufted Duck, Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 5 Little Grebe incl yg chick, Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: Grey Wagtail, Green Sandpiper, Little Grebe, 35 Teal, 2 Shoveler (Daniel Whitelegg).
  • Worcester Park: 130 Stock Doves -a record count (Bob Smith)

Sunday 27th October 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Little Egret, 150 Starling over, also Green Sandpiper and 17 Snipe (Brent Stormchasers)
  • Hornchurch: Pallid/Common Swift (BirdGuides).
  • King George V Reservoir: red-head Smew flew towards William Girling Reservoir, 6 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander (Tony Brown)
  • Leyton Jubilee Park: Firecrest still early am (Stuart Fisher)
  • Leyton: Jay over Midland Rd Stn (Matt Reed)
  • Muswell Hill Golf Course: Yellow Wagtail, Swallow over SW 08.00 (P.Angus) TQ 290 911
  • Pinner HA5: prob Pallid/Common Swift over my back gdn 16:20 - it all happened rather too quickly (Jon Ridge).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 imm Scaup still on S basin, 3 Black-necked Grebe, f Pintail, 5 Goldeneye (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Valentines Park: ad Mediterranean Gull (favouring eastern end nr small island), Little Grebe (trilling), f Pochard, juv Moorhen, Grey Heron (Matt Reed).
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Fieldfare W (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Nuthatch, Goldcrest (Bush Wood), small Sparrowhawk (Shoulder of Mutton), 3 Egyptian Goose (The Basin), 113 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 2 Pochard, 9 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 50 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe, 7 Heron, Fieldfare (Old Sewage Works), Kingfisher on Roding (Nick Croft)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Pallid/Common Swift 08.55 (BirdGuides)

Saturday 26th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: m Teal (Tunnel Basin) (James Palmer).
  • Barnes Pond: 2 Greylag x Canada Goose hybrids (Matt Reed). TQ 2188 7635
  • Barnet (Bells Hill Cemetery next to Hospital): Tawny Owl calling repeatedly c10pm (Geoff Crabtree). TQ 2358 9601
  • Brent Reservoir: 1y m Goldeneye, 2 Green Sandpiper, 15 Snipe, Lapwing, 210 Woodpigeon S, 127 Starling W, 12 Redwing, Meadow Pipit, Linnet (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard, Andrew Verrall, John Gravatt)
  • Chiswick Mall: 15 Teal betw Eyot & Pier, Little Grebe, Jay over river E (Matt Reed).
  • Grovelands Park: Firecrest singing m in holly nr ranger's hut 16:05 (Robert Callf & Bob Husband).
  • Hanwell W7: 2 Redwing my 1st of autumn, 2 Song Thrush, 12+ Goldfinch, Sparrowhawk (Rob Mills)
  • Knighton Wood Buckhurst Hill: 2+ Firecrest, 10 Mandarin Duck, Grey Wagtail (Tony Brown). F'crest photo here
  • Leyton Jubilee Park: Firecrest, Siskin over, Lesser Redpoll, Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: winter arrival of Bittern(s) has commenced - yesterday & today seen in flight during day dropping into main reed beds, Pintail, good buildup of Wigeon and Shoveler numbers, Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff, Water Rail vocal (per Angus Innes)
  • Oxleas Woods, Eltham SE9 1YG: Firecrest 11.13, f Blackcap 08.30, Sparrowhawk 09.00 (John Reid)
  • Staines Moor: 3 Cormorant over, 2 Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Jay, Kestrel, Little Grebe, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Skylark, Snipe (Richard Woolley).
  • Staines Reservoirs: Brent Goose, 2 imm Scaup, 3 Black-necked Grebe, f Pintail, Northern Wheatear - eve'g visit (Rob Innes per FJM)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Pheasant, Little Egret, m Kestrel, 17 Lapwing, 2 Skylark, c10 Meadow Pipit, 18 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, c35 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Kingfisher, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail (James Palmer).
  • Wanstead Flats: Stonechat (Louis and Gosia), 7 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Goldcrest (Nick Croft)

Friday 25th October 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 405 Starling 08.20-09.20 after rain, also 20 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 11 Song Thrush, 14 Chaffinch, Brambling S, 3 Pied Wagtail; East Marsh - Green Sandpiper, 10 Snipe, Lapwing, perched Kingfisher (Roy Beddard, Andrew Verrall, Steve Blake)
  • Cowley UB8 (Nursery Lane Allotments): 2 Red Kite (Roger Dewey)
  • Northaw Great Wood: Marsh Tit , 8 Coal Tit, 6 Nuthatch, 4 Treecreeper, 5+ Goldcrest, m Sparrowhawk (Robert Callf).
  • Oxleas Woods Eltham SE9 1YG: Firecrest 14.40, Tawny Owl calling 03.00 (John Reid)
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: Woodcock flushed fr woods in Court grds, 3 Wigeon 1m 2f on Hollow Pond, 53 Tufted Duck, 33 Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler pr, Grey Wagtail, c4 Redwing, Coal Tit, Kingfisher (Hollow Pond) (Stuart Fisher)
  • Totteridge Valley: Swift sp (Common or Pallid) N over Woodside Park towards Totteridge 17:25. Unfortunately only seen briefly & in poor light. (Ian Ellis)
  • Valentines Park: Mediterranean Gull back for 14th winter, 2 Shoveler, Grey Wagtail, Ring-necked Parakeet (Gideon Knight, Callum Church)
  • Waterworks NR: Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, Snipe, Teal, Grey Heron, Ring-necked Parakeet, Sparrowhawk (S Huckle)

Thursday 24th October 2013Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Rook S, 13 Jackdaw S, 86 Starling W, 10 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, 17 Chaffinch, Brambling S, Siskin S, 2 Pied Wagtail S, 148 Woodpigeon S, 2 Stock Dove S (Andrew Verrall); East Marsh - 2 Green Sandpiper, 8+ Snipe, Kingfisher, Lapwing (Steve Blake et al)
  • Enfield EN2 (Parkside Farm): 2 f/imm Stonechat - could possibly winter if farmer does not mow bank? (Robert Callf). 
  • Greenwich Park: Firecrest briefly but moved through quickly & not relocated, also Crossbill/s h over (Joe Beale).
  • London Wetland Centre: 32 Snipe, Bittern main lake, 2 Peregrine, Mealy Redpoll SW, 2 Redpoll SW, 85 Redwing W, 3 Song Thrush W, 200 Woodpigeon SW, 2 Meadow Pipit, 40 Chaffinch W/NW, Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff (Adam Salmon).
  • Osterley Park: 2 Barn Owl, Green Woodpecker (Rob Mills)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: c170 Redwing high W 0800-0820 incl flock of 120, late Yellow Wagtail low SE 0910 [site-latest 9 Nov '67 says here - thought I was seeing/hearing things last Fri till Scrubbers weighed in - Pk's huge playing-flds a brief magnet for migrant YWs], 5 Meadow Pipit over (birdman_euston)
  • Southall (Warren Farm): 5 Rook (Rob Mills)
  • Three Mills: 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Jay, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Pied Wagtail, 12+ Goldfinch (Neil Preston) 
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: E Warwick - 1+ Bearded Tit(s) SSE; No 5 - 2 Skylark W, f Long-tailed Duck; few Meadow Pipits blogging about (Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats: Brambling h, 2 Siskin, 3 Linnet, 10+ Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, 250+ thrush W (mainly Redwing also Song Thrush heard with them), Fieldfare, Chiffchaff, 1+ Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 6 Skylark, 3 Teal, 7 Gadwall, 10+ Shoveler, flock of 50+ Jackdaw, movement of 400+ Woodpigeon S (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Coal Tit (Bob Vaughan)

Wednesday 23rd October 2013Edit

  • Bow Creek: Common Sandpiper, 10 Redshank (James Palmer).
  • East Barnet, Herts EN4: Curlew h c12pm (Bob Husband)
  • East India Dock Basin: Little Egret still, 52 Teal (John Archer).
  • Enfield EN2 (Parkside Farm): 2 f/imm Stonechat still present (Robert Callf & Robin White).
  • London Wetland Centre: 95 Wigeon, 64 Teal, 2 Peregrine, 5 Snipe, c520 Black-headed Gull (WWT website)
  • Three Mills: 2 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Egyptian Geese, Chaffinch (Neil Preston)  TQ 3843 8301     b_e please note this site is in the LNHS gazetteer as Three Mills and therefore this is the preferred name [DT] 
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Little Grebe still present, c60 Redwing mostly W, 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Teal, 2 Common Gull; also a Small White (John Colmans)
  • Wanstead Flats: Oystercatcher (Tim Harris), Mediterranean Gull (TB), 2 Swallow, 15+ Lesser Redpoll, 5 Linnet, 7 Chaffinch, 11 Skylark, 15+ Meadow Pipit, 8 Pied Wagtail, 11 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Tony Brown/Nick Croft)
  • Westminster: f Peregrine swooping fr Central Tower up onto Elizabeth Tower 5.40pm (Matthew Cunningham)

Tuesday 22nd October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Redshank N calling over Wood Green Res 0845 (Dave Callahan per Bob Watts).
  • Battersea Park: Peregrine on gasometer, 3 Egyptian Geese, 50+ Ring-necked Parakeet heading out of pk at dusk must be to some larger roost elsewhere (Michael Mac).
  • Brent Reservoir: dense flock of 130+ Jackdaws leaving winter roost N Marsh; vis-mig - Snipe W, 76 Starling, 21 Redwing, 17 Greenfinch, 6 Chaffinch, Brambling S, 2 Goldfinch, Redpoll (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall); East Marsh - 11 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, Grey Wagtail (Steve Blake).
  • East India Dock Basin: Little Egret still, 37 Teal, 8 Chaffinch W (John Archer).
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Kingfisher 0740 (Richard Green)
  • Grovelands Park: m Firecrest feeding in holly in wooded area southeast of lake, 5 Goldcrest, singing Treecreeper, 2 Egyptian Goose, 19 Mandarin Duck 11m 8f, 4 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck (Robert Callf). 
  • London Wetland Centre: 104 Shoveler, 93 Wigeon, 9 Snipe, Peregrine (WWT website)
  • Three Mills: 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Kingfisher 2nd one heard further up tow path, no sighting of Egytian Geese for a few days now (Neil Preston)
  • Trent Park: Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pochard m 2f, 2 Tufted Duck 2f, Shoveler m, 2 Mandarin 2m (Pete Lowman)
  • Wanstead Park: poss Ring Ouzel west end of Long Wood, 24+ Siskin W, Lesser Redpoll, Linnet, 14+ Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, 15+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, 7 Skylark, Chiffchaff h, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 11 Shoveler, 18 Gadwall, 3 Teal (Nick Croft)

Monday 21st October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Redpoll sp over Top Field, 3 Shoveler Boating Lake, Chiffchaff, 9 Ring-necked Parakeets (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Emerson Park, Havering RM11: Swift sp S 10am (RBA).
  • London Wetland Centre: Peregrine, 4 Siskin, 8 Song Thrush W, 2 Chiffchaff, Kingfisher (Adam Salmon); Jack Snipe (Wader Scrape), 90+ Wigeon, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler still singing, 25+ Robin along South Route (Matt Palmer)
  • Osterley Park: Common Buzzard on grd in horse paddock (Rob Mills)
  • Thorney CP: Whinchat still present in field, Grey Heron (Sue Giddens).

Sunday 20th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: c100 Redwing W incl flock of 80, 80+ Starlings NW, 3 Meadow Pipits, Siskin h, 20+ Chaffinch, 20+ Greenfinch (Alan Gibson, Gareth Richards, Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: vis-mig betw storms - 385 Starling W, 3 Redwing, 12 Chaffinch, Siskin (Andrew Verrall).
  • Dawson's Heights, East Dulwich SE22: c105 Starling W 10:45-11:40 (Martin Stevens).
  • Fairlop Waters: WeBS - 2 Grey Heron, Little Egret, 12 Cormorant, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Little Grebe, Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 26 Lapwing, 50 Mallard, 12 Teal, 11 Shoveler, 15 Gadwall, 40 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 30 Linnet (Steve Bacon)
  • Grovelands Park: m Blackcap, Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail (Phil Rhodes).
  • Hampstead Cemetery: m Sparrowhawk noisily mobbed by lone Black-headed Gull, 2 Jays (Matt Reed).
  • Hampstead Heath: Peregrine m NW over Parliament Hill 1130, 4 Skylark NW, Siskin, 15 Fieldfare and 25 Redwing over, 25 Chaffinch NW, 10 Meadow Pipit, 10 Gadwall, Common Gull and f Wigeon on Highgate 1 pond, 27+ Mandarin at Stock Pond (Pete Mantle, Frank Nugent).
  • Pinner Park Farm: 3juv Hobby out (Jon Ridge).
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher in SE corner hugging perimeter of island nr fountain (Matt Reed).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 9 Shoveler, 17 Pochard, Little Grebe, ad Great Black-backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4+ House Sparrow, Grey Wagtail (TeRNS)
  • Uxbridge: Sparrowhawk mobbed by Carrion Crow over fmr RAF Uxbridge 16.05 (Alex Randall)
  • Waterworks NR: Little Egret, Grey Heron, flock of Long-tailed Tits (Sue Huckle).

Saturday 19th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 192 Redwings, 46 Fieldfare, 7 Skylarks, 3 Meadow Pipits, c90 Starling incl c60 Filter Beds, 23 Pied Wagtails football pitches, Linnet, 20+ Greenfinch, 20+ Chaffinch, 4+ Song Thrushes, 8 Mistle Thrush, Common Teal Wood Green Res (Andrew Gardener, Alan Gibson, Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Brent Reservoir: Woodcock flew past up to North Marsh 06.55 and 70+ Jackdaw roost flock circled once, Wigeon, Jack Snipe, Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, 12 Snipe; 51 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, Pied Wagtail, 35 Starling, 9 Chaffinch - vis-mig 07.00; also Chiffchaff (Andrew Haynes, John Gravatt, Andrew Verrall)
  • Cowley UB8: m Sparrowhawk on gdn fence for 30+min (Roger Dewey)
  • Gallions Reach: Kingfisher Marina Point (Neil Preston)
  • Hemans Estate Community Garden: Magpie taking large twig to nest (Michael Mac); likewise on Wimbledon Common (David Wills).
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: 2m Mandarin on Long Water, 5 Mistle Thrush, 2+ Coal Tit, 14 Pochard, c45 Egyptian Geese - no time to check The Serpentine (Charlie Farrell)
  • Liverpool Street Station (Broadgate area): 1+ Peregrine Falcon over early am (Charlie Farrell)
  • London W1 (Harley St): Sparrowhawk low over rooftops (Charlie Farrell)
  • London Wetland Centre: 21 Pink-footed Goose flew upriver 07.30, Water Pipit, Brambling S, Mealy Redpoll [Ldn season-1st], Lapland Bunting and Skylark W together 11.40 (R.Kaye); 2 Mealy Redpoll feeding in birches by rain gdn, 3 Pintail 2m1f (M. Honey)
  • Rye Meads: Water Pipit, 235 Common Snipe, 4 Jack Snipe (Tweets). 235 Common_Snipe - is this correct? Wow. Lagoon 1 very good at the moment - 150+ Snipe, also 113 Shoveler, Pintail & the Water_Pipit (Observer?)
  • Thorney CP: m Whinchat, 2 Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Common Gull, 2 Pied Wagtails, 50+ Redwing (Sue Giddens).
  • Totteridge Valley: late Yellow Wagtail, 5 Skylark, 9 Siskin, 39 Fieldfare, 103 Redwing; Darlands Lake - juv Little Grebe still, 7 Teal, Mandarin (Ian Ellis)
  • Wanstead Flats: Tony's Tree Pipit still present SSSI, 3 Reed Bunting, 200 Redwing and 60 Fieldfare through, Siskin, 2 Linnet, Snipe, Chiffchaff, Wigeon and 3 Teal Alex (Dan Hennessy, Bob Vaughan)

Friday 18th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Tawny Owl h Grove, Meadow Pipit S (Gerry Rawcliffe, Bob Watts).
  • East India Dock Basin: Little Egret again, Sparrowhawk m, 2 Meadow Pipit S, 92 Teal, Cormorant (Estonian-ringed bird still on pier) (John Archer).
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Firecrest behind ranger's hut (James Palmer).
  • Hampstead Heath: 9 Siskin feeding in alder Sanctuary Pond 12:00, 2 Skylark NW (Frank Nugent). 
  • London Wetland Centre: 62 Wigeon, 2 Water Rail, 5 Redwing, 14 Song Thrush W, 10 Meadow Pipit, 5 Siskin, 50+ Goldfinch, 3 Blackcap (WWT website); 2 Fieldfare SE (Thom Shannon).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 32 Shoveler, Common Gull, 179 Woodpigeon high S in migr'n mode 0735 but none after, 4 Chiffchaff, 21 Fieldfare SW, 36 Redwing, 2 Yellow Wagtail 1S&1h, 3 Pied Wagtail, 7 Meadow Pipit S (birdman_euston) Postscript re loss of rodent/invertebrate habitat Wed - to their credit Pk mgt responded but only to offer spurious rationale that it wd help breeding K'strels nearby by making grass grow faster - next spring. Haven't seen this yr's remnant family m&juv since [b_e]. (birdman_euston)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Great Grey Shrike, 4 Bearded Tit (RBA).
  • Three Mills: 2 Grey Wagtails, 9 Pied Wagtails, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Song Thrush (Neil Preston)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Meadow Pipit SW (Bob Watts).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: paddocks - Northern Wheatear, 30+ Linnet, 30+ Pied Wagtail, Little Egret over, Great Spotted Woodpecker (JW Davies)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff (Bob Vaughan)
  • Waterworks NR: 2 Snipe, 6 Teal, Buzzard, 2 Jay, Green Woodpecker (Sue Huckle)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 4 Yellow Wagtails S, c4 Pied Wagtail over, c100 Redwing, Skylark, c10 Meadow Pipit, m Reed Bunting, f Bullfinch (David Lindo & Stephen Rutt)

Thursday 17th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Teal f/imm again Wood Green Res 7am, also Little Grebe Tunnel Res (Bob Watts); c25 Redwings N (David Callahan).
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Wigeon, Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 12 Snipe; vis-mig 17 Redwing, 112 Starling, Meadow Pipit, 23 Chaffinch, 2 Linnet (John Gravatt, Andrew Verrall); also 3 Chiffchaff, Little Egret (Derek Turner).
  • Canons Farm, Banstead: 200 Linnet, Brambling (Steve Gale)
  • Colley Hill, Reigate: 2 Common Crossbill (Steve Gale)
  • Connaught Water, Epping Forest: 22 Gadwall, 14 Teal, Shoveler, 2 Mandarin, Hooded Merganser - presumed escape returning for a second winter (Ian Woodward).
  • Crossness: 200 Teal, 100 Redshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Snipe, 4 Skylark, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler calling (James Palmer).
  • Enfield EN2 (Parkside Farm): 2 f/imm Stonechat (Robert Callf).
  • Enfield EN2 (Vicarage Farm): f/imm Stonechat (Robert Callf & Robin White). 
  • Grovelands ParkFirecrest still calling by ranger's hut nr Broad Walk entrance (Katy McGilvray); m Teal on north side of boating lake feeding nr edge (Sally McGilvray)
  • Holmethorpe SPs, Redhill: 29 Wigeon, 18 Gadwall, 2 Red-crested Pochard m&f - all on Watercolours 1 (Steve Gale)
  • Horsenden Hill: Common Buzzard W over Home Mead 1410 (Martin Smith) 
  • London Wetland Centre: Peregrine, 11 Linnet SW, 35 Chaffinch SW/W, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Rock Pipit N, 13 Meadow Pipit SW, Kingfisher (Adam Salmon).
  • Norwood Grove: Firecrest (Peter Newmark).
  • Staines Moor: Kingfisher, Stonechat (Jim Sweetland)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebes south basin, 10 Goldeneye north basin (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stanwell Moor: Cetti's Warbler, Little Owl (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stockers Lake, Bury Lake & Batchworth Lake: Buzzard, Little Egret, Pochard, Wigeon, Gadwall (David Howdon).
  • Strawberry Hill Ponds, Epping Forest: 26 Mandarin (Ian Woodward).
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 4 Cetti's Warblers, 3 Stonechats; viz-mig - 24 Chaffinch, 21 Meadow Pipit, 32 Linnet, 7 Pied Wagtail, 8 Song Thrush, 6 Skylarks incl 1 singing (Andrew Self) 
  • Trent Park: flock of c25 Siskin southern end of Moat Wood, Pochard m, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pete Lowman).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Whinchat in 'owl' field - a late bird, Swallow, c15 Redwing N, 7 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, Bullfinch, 5 Teal (John Colmans)
  • Wanstead Flats: Stonechat, 2 Wigeon, 2 Reed Bunting, 45 Redwing over (Dan Hennessy).

Wednesday 16th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Brambling m&f in gdn bordering allotments (Andrew Gardener's father per Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: 253 Teal, 190 Shoveler, 168 Gadwall, 5 Wigeon, 35 Redwing, 140 Tufted Duck, 705 Coot, 2 Green Sandpipers, 9 Snipe, 6 Lapwing, 6 Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Skylark, 11 Chaffinch, also 3 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcap (Roy Beddard, Andrew Verrall).
  • East India Dock Basin: Little Egret still, 3 Linnets S, Grey Wagtail, Cormorant (Estonian-ringed bird again on pier) (John Archer).
  • Grovelands Park: Firecrest singing m in trees around ranger's hut 16:30, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 20+ Redwing (Robert Callf). 
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: Little Grebe, Kingfisher (& Franco - nice to meet you today) (Rich Petley)
  • Rainham Marshes: Honey Buzzard 8.55 (BirdGuides).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Chiffchaff, 17 Redwing feeding on berries (birdman_euston) Bad news for migrant & wintering finches as RoyalPks mowed long-grass borders incl chat bush (4-day Frieze Art Fair starts here tomorrow - no coincidence I fear) - should've waited till next growing season - voicemailed my complaint to staff-mgt responsible [b_e] Maybe buy some big bags of wild bird seed fr Pet Stores & scatter it nearby early am so nobody complains? To be fair RP maintain three feeders but monopolised by residents - costs nothing to leave seed-plants [b_e] (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Red-necked Grebe 8.45 (BirdGuides).
  • Sidcup DA15: Great White Egret SW over York Ave 08:33 (Ian Stewart per JA)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 14 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, c140 Coot, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail (TeRNS)
  • Wanstead Flats: Tree Pipit (late record ), 2 Wigeon, Siskin, 10+ Redwing (Tony Brown) - a few images here
  • Worcester Park: 100 Stock Doves (Bob Smith)

Tuesday 15th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 10 Fieldfare N, Common Teal f/imm Wood Green Res, 50 Redwings over nr boating lake 0730 (Dave Callahan & Henry Wyn-Jones per Bob Watts).
  • Battersea Park Lake: 2 Red-crested Pochard pr (only present infrequently even though feral sp), 3 Egyptian Geese, 8 Gadwall 4pr, 4 Shoveler, 2 Jay (1st of yr), Song Thrush over (Michael Mac).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Swallows S, 132 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 194 Starling, 8 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 19 Chaffinch, 2 Siskin - vis-mig 07.00 (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall); 9 Snipe, 8 Wigeon, 11+ Common Gull, Lapwing 10:15-11:45 (Steve Blake)
  • Broadwater Lake: c40 Redwing overhead, 4 Wigeon, Kingfisher calling (Roger Dewey)
  • East India Dock Basin: Little Egret (rare here), Meadow Pipit W, 2 Chiffchaffs (John Archer).
  • Enfield EN2 (Parkside Farm): 2 f/imm Stonechat together on barbed wire fence (Robert Callf & Robin White). 
  • Kensington Gardens: Dunlin Round Pond (Alan Gibson per Bob Watts).
  • London Wetland Centre: Red-crested Pochard f high SW, Jack Snipe, Rock Pipit W, 3 Bullfinch SW (R.Kaye); f Stonechat, 50+ Redwing 0915-1015 most over but c12 dropping in, 7 Linnet SW (Matt Palmer).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 6 Gadwall, 24 Shoveler, 29 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Kestrel, 7 Common Gull, 3 Chiffchaff, 17 Fieldfare W 0840, 47 Redwing W 0815-0920, Meadow Pipit, 10 Chaffinch SW (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Red-necked Grebe Upper Pen Pond till mid-am at least (Mike Lewis identified from a photograph taken by Graham Russell per FJM) Can you upload the photo? Still present 12.50pm (Steven Robinson); still there, contentedly 15.30 (Nigel Jackman); as the light went at 6:30 the RNG was still on Upper Pen Pond fast asleep, Wheatear on Pond Slade and Kingfisher on Upper Pen Pond 6pm (Phil Davies); juv Honey Buzzard over SE 12:00 (Chris Sutton) Tony Duckett's RnG pics here - cd be b&w photos but for day-glo bill.
  • Sewardstone E4: c120 Fieldfare W, c60 Redwing W, 3 Skylark, 7 Meadow Pipit, c20 Linnet, 5 Chiffchaff - 0915-1030 (Martin Shepherd).
  • Staines Reservoirs: Slavonian Grebe [Ldn season-1st] S basin early am, Black-necked Grebe, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 4 Goldeneye (Bob Warden per FJM)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: juv Swallow S 0830, also 22 Starlings N, Redwing N, Chiffchaff singing (Bob Watts).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Great White Egret still present till 1030am at least (James Palmer).
  • Wanstead Flats: Northern Wheatear and 2 Wigeon Alex, 2 Fieldfare and 50 Redwing over, 5 Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail (Bob Vaughan)
  • Whitechapel: Yellow Wagtail E over Commercial St 12.45, came down on roofs behind Christ Church (Matthew Cunningham)

Monday 14th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Shoveler boating lake, also 40 Redwings (Henry Wyn-Jones per Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: m Ring Ouzel 08.46 low over Dump SW, 64 Redwing W, 3 Fieldfare W, 7 Song Thrush W, Pied Wagtail S, 110 Starling W, 29 Chaffinch W, 2 Siskin S - vis-mig 07.00-09.30 (Andrew Verrall).
  • Claybury Park: flock of 12 Fieldfares, Grey Heron, 2-3 Jays (Alan Hobson).
  • Enfield EN2 (Parkside Farm): f/imm Stonechat - my first of yr! (Robert Callf).
  • Holborn: Woodcock reported by my wife on Red Lion St at lunchtime (Gareth Richards). Injured/dead did she say? [b_e] Hi Birdman - weak, pottering about in full view, so clearly knackered, but at least around a hedge. Workman had to pick it up at one point as they were pruning hedge. I suggested it be moved to a bigger area of greenery nearby. My wife was teaching all afternoon/evening, so she's not sure if it was moved. [GR]
  • London Wetland Centre: Jack Snipe on the scrape, 7 Linnet SW, 2 Chiffchaff, Skylark W, 22 Redwing W, 3 Siskin SW, Kingfisher, 3 Meadow Pipit (Adam Salmon); Water Pipit, 3 Brambling S (R.Kaye)
  • South Norwood CP: juv Gannet SE 8.33am (Croydon Birders)
  • Staines Moor: Gannet juv flew over then SE 10.50 (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Staines Reservoirs: ad Little Gull and Black-necked Grebe (Surrey website).
  • Totteridge Valley: flock of 100+ Chaffinch, 3 Pied Wagtail (Folly Farm area), juv Little Grebe (Darlands Lake - first I've seen there), Sparrowhawk eating kill on grd in stubble field north of footpath (12-20 crows keeping it company!), 4+ Teal m&f on Darlands Lake (Xav) Nice one - never had a Little Grebe there in 5 yrs regular birding there in 1980s as a kid [Gareth Richards] (Xav)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Great White Egret, Little Egret, 74 Lapwing, c40 Redwing (Steve Blake).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 40+ Linnet, 70+ Starling, 30 Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch in long paddock, 20 Pied Wagtails, Song Thrush, Blackbird in London Riding Centre front paddock, 3 Little Egret in east channel (Matthew Cunningham)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - Rock Pipit; No 5 res - Long-tailed Duck (KJMcmanus).
  • Waterworks NR: 5 Linnet, 3 Redwing, Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, Dunnock, 17 Long-tailed Tit, 30 Starling, 9 Ring-necked Parakeet, Buzzard - very high / long neck & tail / stark contrast betw underside & back / suggesting Honey Buzzard but cannot confidently ID / mobbed by 12-15 Crows / headed ENE (Matthew Cunningham) I'm pretty positive I saw a Honey Buzzard being mobbed by crows on Hackney Marshes last week. Didn't have binoculars on me to confirm. It was also heading NE [JW Davies] (Matthew Cunningham)

Sunday 13th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Blackcaps - m Conservation Pond & f gdn nr Boating Lake, Little Grebe New River (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Brent Reservoir: Greylag Goose, Snipe, 36 Redwings, Song Thrush, 2 Meadow Pipits W (Andrew Verrall); 9 Wigeon, 6 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing (Roy Beddard, NW London RSPB)
  • Canons Farm: Brambling, 27 Fieldfares, 28 Skylarks, 150+ Linnets, 2+ Redwings (David Campbell et al).
  • Gunpowder Park: 2m Yellowhammer, 5 Siskin N, 2 Sparrowhawk m&f, 4 Reed Bunting 10+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark (Neville Smith).
  • Ladywell Cemetery SE4: Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tits (Phil Laurie)
  • London Wetland Centre: WeBS count highlights - 93 Wigeon, 63 Gadwall, 158 Teal, 196 Mallard, 3 Pintail, 64 Shoveler, 2 Mandarin, 12 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 36 Lapwing, Jack Snipe (wader scrape), 23 Common Snipe, 147 Black-headed Gull, also 4 House Martin, 16 Redwing SW (WWT website)
  • Pinner HA5 (East Towers): 60 Redwing over (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Woodcock [Ldn season-1st] in gloom & drizzle, 4 Common Scoter (Twitter).
  • Rye Meads: Short-eared Owl (BirdGuides); 152 Common Snipe (Herts website).
  • Southall (Warren Farm): 14 Rook, 20+ Pied Wagtail (Rob Mills)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Red-throated Diver on S basin till 15.20 at least (Ken Purdey)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Great White Egret (Herts website); seen mid-pm on small marshy area separated fr main pit by short causeway (Gareth Richards).
  • Wanstead Flats: Yellow-legged Gull (Josh Selfe); Ring Ouzel, Yellow Wagtail (Dan Hennessey); 2 Swallow, 50+ Redwing, distant chat sp in flight (Bob Vaughan)
  • Westbourne Green W2: Common Buzzard landed on my balcony - have lost 5+ pigeon chicks this yr (Observer?)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Tree Pipit flushed 4x in grassland - our 98th species, also c10 Meadow Pipit, c10 Redwing, Skylark, 2 Jackdaw (David Lindo)

Saturday 12th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 1-2 Brambling, 35 Redwing mostly W, 5+ Meadow Pipits, 2 Chiffchaffs (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: 60 Redwing over, also 2 Little Egrets in East Marsh (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canons Farm: 7+ Bramblings by Reads Rest Ln betw Canons Farmhouse & Reads Rest Cottages (David Campbell).
  • Crossness: Green Sandpiper, 12 Song Thrush, 9 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff (James Lowen); 16 Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Curlew, Mediterranean Gull 1w, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Stonechat, Brent Goose flew downstream (Conrad Ellam & Mike Robinson)
  • Hampstead Heath: m Stonechat thistles & brambles in field adj to Ladies Pond 10:30, also 18 Gadwall, 14 Mandarin, 4 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, Skylark, 25 Meadow Pipit, 100+ Redwing W, m Ring Ouzel flew c15:00 to top of oak tree in Hedge 3 Parliament Hill Fields where it stayed for c5min before flying to Hedge 2 where I failed to relocate it (Frank Nugent).
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Little Gull 1w, Dunlin (Herts website).
  • Horsenden Hill: 270+ Redwing mostly SW, Fieldfare, 2 Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, Blackcap (Andy Culshaw).
  • Kentish Town: 3 Chiffchaffs at Arctic St this morning (Pete Mantle)
  • Lee Valley - Holyfield Hall Farm viewpoint: 590+ Redwing, 35+ Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird, 150+ Chaffinch, 6 Linnet, 30+ Goldfinch, 10+ Reed Bunting, 30+ House Sparrow, 200+ Jackdaw, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 20+ Skylark, 5 Common Buzzard, 4 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, 3 Snipe, 5 Lapwing, 100+ Wigeon, Red-legged Partridge, 7 Egyptian Goose, Cetti's Warbler (Holyfield Lake), Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest - 10.45-11.45am (Simon Papps).
  • Lee Valley - Netherhall/Glen Faba: 6 singing m Cetti's Warbler (1 seen), 2 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, f Sparrowhawk, 2 Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, 98 Tufted Duck, 32 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe (Nigel May). 
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Jack Snipe, 11 Water Rail, Tawny Owl, m Ring Ouzel, Rock Pipit (R.Kaye).
  • Osterley Park: Barn Owl 5.30-6.00pm, Green Woodpecker (Kish); Osterley Lane - Little Owl (Rob Mills)
  • Pinner HA5 (Field End Rd): 30 Redwing over (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Ring Ouzel, 200+ Redwing over, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap (David Capper)
  • Redbridge Lakes: Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pied Wagtails (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 2 Kestrel, 4 Common Gull SW [patch autumn-1st], 5 Chiffchaff, 80 Redwing W, 10 Fieldfare NE (birdman_euston)
  • Southall (Warren Farm): 5 Rook (Rob Mills)
  • Staines Moor: Common Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, ringtail Hen Harrier flushed fr grd flew low S 1245, 2 Jay, 3 Meadow Pipit, c125 Starling (V Williamson, R Woolley)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3ad Little Gull, 5 Goldeneye, Greenshank, 3 Northern Wheatear (Bob Warden)
  • Streatham Common: c10 Redwing in treetops 3.00pm (Peter Newmark).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Sparrowhawk, 7 Skylark, 24 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rook, 33 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Great White Egret on scrape (Alan Lewis); 2 Raven over (Herts website).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Jackdaw E over front paddocks 08:15, Grey Wagtail, c30 Linnet, 3 Mistle Thrush, juv Reed Bunting, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap m&f, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tawny Owl mobbed by Jay Carrion_Crows & Magpies in Horseshoe Thicket 10:40 then flew E (G Howie)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: W Warwick - f Goldeneye, E Warwick - 30+ Shoveler, No 5 res - f Long-tailed Duck presumed Banbury bird, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Meadow Pipits over (Lol Bodini); Lockwood - Water Pipit (KJMcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: ad Yellow-legged Gull (Bob Vaughan), 3 Ring Ouzel incl flyover (Dan Hennessey), m Stonechat, 5 Snipe (Dan Hennessey), Yellow Wagtail, c100 Redwing, 5 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (Wanstead birders); 15 Jay, 6 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Sparrowhawk soaring over Aldersbrook, f Kestrel mobbed for a prolonged spell by Crows (Matthew Cunningham); f Whinchat Broom fields (Matt Reed).
  • Waterworks NR: Little Egret, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard, 5 Redwing, c20 Teal, f Shoveler, Grey Wagtail (P Whiteman, G Howie)
  • Wilderness Island, Hackbridge: 2 Grey Wagtail on R Wandle (Marcin Sek)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: m Ring Ouzel present in grassland till 0900 at least, also 8 unidentified dark geese SE 08.23, 1-2 Snipe, Lapwing E, c55 Redwing c40 over & 15 on deck, 16 Fieldfare down into Braybrook Woods, 2 Jackdaw S, c20 Meadow Pipit, Stock Dove, m Blackcap and Chiffchaff with tit flock, Sparrowhawk, 3 Pied Wagtail (The Scrubbers) 

Friday 11th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 139 Redwing W, 2 Fieldfare W by 0800 (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones).
  • Amwell: 7ad Whooper Swan on lake then flew S towards Rye Meads (Twitter).
  • Brent Reservoir: vis-mig - 360+ Redwing W, 3 Fieldfare W, 5 Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail S (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery: 5 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Hanwell W7: 20-30 Goldfinch in a single flock - always a few around but not usually this many together (Rob Mills)
  • London Wetland Centre: 8 Snipe, Kingfisher, 3 Pintail 1m 2f, c55 Wigeon, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine (Matt Palmer); 6 Pintail 1m 5f, 2 Mandarin, 2 Peregrine, 34 Snipe, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Ringed PLover NW, 3 Water Rail, 2 Skylark NW, 23 Redwing S, 5 alba Wagtail NW, 6 Rock Pipit 1 NW 09.50 & 5 NW 13.50, 3 Chiffchaff, 9 Siskin, 13 Brambling N/NW, Hawfinch low W 12.25 (R.Kaye)
  • Rainham Marshes: Kittiwake [Ldn season-1st] W, 2 Little Gulls also Common Scoter [Ldn season-1st] m (Twitter).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 220 Redwing W/NW 08:40-12:45, 2 Fieldfare NW 10:00 (birdman_euston)
  • Swanley Park: 30 Redwing (Andy Meaton)
  • Totteridge Valley: Buzzard being mobbed by 12+ Crows, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Teal (Darlands Lake) (Xav)
  • Tyttenhanger GPsGreat White Egret still (BirdGuides).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - Short-eared Owl (KJMcmanus, Lol Cumming).
  • Wanstead Flats: m Ring Ouzel still broom fields early morning showing well, 400+ Redwing, Fieldfare, 20+ Song Thrush, 6 Skylark, 10+ Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 3 Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, Reed Bunting, 2 Wigeon pr, 10+ Gadwall, 10+ Shoveler, 4 calling Chiffchaff, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Sally Hammond)
  • Worcester Park: 70 Redwing W 1045, Swallow, 75 Stock Doves on field (Bob Smith)

Thursday 10th October 2013Edit

  • Blackheath: Chiffchaff in Dips (James Lowen)
  • Brent Reservoir: 13 Grey Herons, Jack Snipe, 10 Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, 2 Chiffchaff, big Redw'g movement 07.00 to after 12.00 with vis-mig - 753 Redwing W, 5 Fieldfare W, 86 Starling W, 21 Greenfinch (Andrew Verrall, John Gravatt, Derek Turner).
  • Camden: 50 Redwings W over Camden Garden Centre 1100 (Pete Mantle)
  • Dollis Hill NW2 (Gladstone Park): Common Buzzard soaring 1400 (Pete Mantle) TQ 223858
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate N14: 2 Firecrest m&f calling & feeding in holly along wooden fencing nr ranger's hut 12:35-12:45 (Robert Callf).
  • Holborn: 400+ Redwing over New Oxford St 7.40-8.30am (Jamie Partridge)
  • London Wetland Centre: 35 Meadow Pipit W, 24 Redwing SW, Siskin SW, 2 Chiffchaff, Yellow-legged Gull 1w (Adam Salmon).
  • North Finchley: c20 Redwing W mid-am (John Colmans).
  • Paddington Green: c375 Redwing SW before 08:00 (Twitter).
  • Rainham Marshes: 300 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, Water Pipit [Ldn season-1st], Marsh Harrier (Tweets).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 12 Shoveler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2750 Redwing [site record] W/SW c100m-high 0920-1100 (peak 0950-1050) most along south side of Park, 43 Fieldfare low W 1025-1040 (birdman_euston) Largest R'wing flock c170 - much higher c300m & heading more due-S than others [b_e] (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: c880 Redwing WNW-WSW 11.00-12.00 after which passage ceased, Buzzard low (J.Wilczur); Red Kite (S.Read per JW).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Brent Goose [Ldn season-1st] till 07.20 when flew off NW, 2 Black-necked Grebe, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 2 Little Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 House Sparrow (Conrad Ellam)
  • Thorney CP: 28 Redwing, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Red Kite, Jay, 3 Great Crested Grebes, Chiffchaff, 3 Mute Swans (Sue Giddens).
  • Thorpe Park: c1700 Redwing over till 10.30 (David Darrell-Lambert via Twitter).
  • Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster: juv Common Tern patrolling river betw Westminster & Lambeth bridges 14:45 then E (Frank Nugent).  
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - 1100+ Redwing, 3 Fieldfare (KJMcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: Ring Ouzel pitched down south of Long Wood 07:50, 1650+ Redwing, 30+ Fieldfare, 10+ Song Thrush, 4 Mistle Thrush, 5 Brambling (Long Wood/Esso Copse), 4 Siskin, 10+ Chaffinch, 3 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 15+ Meadow Pipit, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark, 8 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 10 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, m Pochard, 2 Common Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, 2-3 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, Common Snipe (Nick Croft/Barry Bishop/Harry Lacey)
  • Wimbledon Common: c220 Redwing W in 15 mins c9.30 (J.Wilczur).

Wednesday 9th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: negligible viz mig just 2 Meadow Pipits, Siskin h 0700-0740 (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, Jack Snipe, 10 Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, Chiffchaff, 18 Redwing W (Andrew Verrall); 5 Wigeon, f Pintail, 254 Teal, 12 Common Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper - 11.00am (Roy Beddard).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, Fieldfare W (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 20+ Lapwing, 40+ Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Peregrine, Kingfisher, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam & Mike Robinson)
  • Fairlop Waters:  Boating Lake - 6 Lapwing settled briefly on island, Grey Wagtail, f Gadwall 10:30am-11:30am (Mick Charles)
  • Greenwich Peninsula SE10: Ring Ouzel m [Ldn season-1st] 8.00am on Thames foreshore by Soccer Dome (Richard Green)
  • Grovelands Park: f Firecrest calling in holly tree (approx TQ308942) opp hut along entrance path fr Broad Walk 12.15pm (Simon West)
  • Harringay N4 (Green Lns/Turnpike Ln): prob Olive-backed Pipit reported N over Duckett's Common 0915 (per RBA) Anyone have more details on this???
  • KGV Reservoir: f Smew, 4f Goosander flew in from north & went straight to sleep, m Goldeneye, Red Kite N, 2 Buzzard over Chingford, 18 Meadow Pipit (Paul Whiteman, Mike Messenger, Kieth)
  • London Wetland Centre: Wheatear, Shelduck, Garganey juv, 2 Pintail, 153 Shoveler, 14 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher (WWT website)
  • Pinner HA5 (Abbotsbury Gardens): Red Kite, Meadow Pipit and 2 Jackdaw over (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Redwing over, Wheatear, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit S, Siskin h (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Northern Wheatear Holly Lodge old riding ring west of horse paddocks (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Snaresbrook: Swallow S, Siskin N, Reed Bunting h, 8+ Goldfinch over, 7 Chaffinch various dirs, 9 Redwing over, 3 Song Thrush, 6 Meadow Pipit S, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Gadwall, Kingfisher, 2 Coal Tit, Goldcrest, 7 Jay (Stuart Fisher)
  • Southwark St SE1: Jay (D. Charman)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Black-necked Grebe, 5 Goldeneye, Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper (Bob Warden)
  • Swanley Park: Buzzard W 11.10am (Andy Meaton)
  • Three Mills: 6 Pied Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Wren, Kingfisher, 2 Egyptian Goose, poss Ringed Plover (Neil Preston)
  • Tottenham Marshes: f Peregrine, Little Egret, Kingfisher on old Lea River, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard over Banbury Reservoir - 12.30-13.15 (Davey Leach)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2+ Chiffchaffs (Bob Watts).
  • Wanstead Flats: 1-2 Lesser Redpoll, 9 Linnet, 25+ Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 20+ Blackbird, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 21 Gadwall, 14 Shoveler, 2m Teal, 2 Skylark (Nick Croft)
  • Woolwich Ferry: juv Common Tern early pm (Conrad Ellam).

Tuesday 8th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Reed Bunting SW 0715 (& then same or another heard 0730 - site first for yr), also 4 Redwings & small finch & wagtail movements (Bob Watts); 2 Meadow Pipits on grd southwest perimeter of cricket pitch 09.30 (Jonathan Cooke); 5+ Chiffchaffs 1745 (Bob Watts).
  • Battersea Park: Gasometer - Peregrine; Lake - 3 Egyptian Geese (1 fledged juv) must have flown in, Cormorants coming in to roost from cNW, 3+ Grey Herons going out the same way (Michael Mac).
  • Brent Reservoir:  Hawfinch [Ldn season-1st] W, 33 Greenfinch, 21 Chaffinch, 9 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 9 Pied Wagtail, 13 Meadow Pipit S - vis-mig 07.00-08.45; f Peregrine flying to Colindale (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall); Little Egret 11.00am, Lapwing, 12 Common Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper (Roy Beddard).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • East India Dock Basin: Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, 70 Teal (John Archer).
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Firecrest m&f displaying, calling & feeding in holly nr ranger's hut 11:27-11:35 (Robert Callf).
  • London Wetland Centre: Garganey juv, 2 Jack Snipe, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 21 Snipe, 4 Siskin (WWT).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: m Kestrel, juv Hobby (yr-tick at last) high S 07:35 east of Hill then dove back toward Heath - seen 07:50 flapping SW eating prey on the wing, Jackdaw 10:10 first I've seen on grd here - tried for 20+min to join 30 c_crows & m'gpie eating oak & ash mast nr playing fields a37 but rebuffed so left reluctantly Nish, 12 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Redwing over, Grey Wagtail SW, Meadow Pipit over (birdman_euston)
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton FlatsFirecrest in hollies north of Gilberts Slade early am, 6 Meadow Pipit, 10+ alba Wagtails over, 4 Song Thrush, 15 Redwing through, 3 Gadwall, 4 Coal Tit, Goldcrest (Stuart Fisher)
  • South Norwood CP: Common Buzzard, Hobby, Kingfisher (Steven Robinson)
  • Swanley Park: Little Grebe (first site record) (Andy Meaton)
  • Three Mills: Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail, 2 Egyptian Goose (Neil Preston)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Great White Egret flew off S 7.15 (Alex Lewis Herts site); seen again 11.30 with 3 Little Egrets and Heron - caught & ate 7-in fish at South Lake along causeway (Geoff Crabtree).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - 27 Little Egret, Snipe (KJMcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Yellow Wagtail, 15+ Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, Reed Bunting, 6 Linnet, 7 Redwing, 8 Song Thrush, 4 Mistle Thrush, 8 calling Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 10 Gadwall, Teal, 10 Shoveler (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/John Whele)
  • Worcester Park: Northern Wheatear, Kingfisher, 60 Stock Doves (Bob Smith)

Monday 7th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Teal Tunnel Res, Chiffchaff (Bob Watts).
  • Blackheath: 6 Redwing W at dawn (James Lowen)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret, f Pintail North Marsh; 152 Redwing, 6 Mistle Thrush, Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 104 Starlings, few finches - vis-mig 07.00 (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crystal Palace Park: TV Transmitter - m Peregrine 100m vertical dive (like a stone) off girder behind bushes & came up with small passerine; Lake - 3 Shoveler, Collared Dove, 3 Cormorants flew off before dusk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 27 (low) Starling roosting on football lights (Michael Mac).
  • Grovelands Park: singing m Firecrest in holly - wooded area SE of lake nr playground 17:33-17:50, 5 Great Crested Grebe 2ad 3juv, 2 Shoveler (Robert Callf). 
  • Heathrow Airport: steady trickle of Redwings over today (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Leyton (Orient Way): Whinchat, 2 Chiffchaff (JW Davies)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 50+ Redwing W, 6 Song Thrush, 15 Meadow Pipit (viz mig), 5 Mistle Thrush, 11 Chaffinch, 3 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, f Tawny Owl calling in Gilberts Slade early am in dark, 4 Gadwall on Eagle Pond (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern [Ldn season-1st] middle reedbed channel, Stonechat, 3 Siskin, 16 Redwing W, 14 Song Thrush W, 12 Meadow Pipit, Swallow, 22 Snipe (Adam Salmon). 
  • Lower Clapton E5: c20 Redwing NW over Rushmore Rd/Almack Rd 0815 - my first of the autumn (Alastair Dent)
  • Osterley Park: Barn Owl, Kingfisher, c30 Redwing (KFr)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 8 Chiffchaff - Sylvia warblers vanished overnight, Redwing feeding pm wildlife gdn area 20 (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Stonechat m in hawthorn valley, 65 Meadow Pipit on Bog area - evng (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Sewardstone: 15 Fieldfare [Ldn season-1st] NW 1020, 190 Redwing W 0940, 2 Swallow SW 0935, 7 Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff (Martin Shepherd).
  • Staines Reservoirs: Greenshank S Basin/W bank, Yellow Wagtail causeway railings, Common Sandpiper N Basin/E bank, Meadow Pipit causeway, Little Grebe N Basin - 17.20-18.10 (A. Luscombe).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Great White Egret and Little Egret still present on scrape & viewable fr causeway 5.30 pm; Green Sandpiper and 5+ Wigeon on main GP (Simon West)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - Rock Pipit, 15+ Redwings W (KJMcmanus); Banbury - f Long-tailed Duck still present 11am, also Kingfisher, 6 Little Egret, 7 Meadow Pipit, 4 Little Grebe, Chiffchaff (Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: 140+ Redwing S/W, 6 Song Thrush, 20+ Blackbird, 5 Mistle Thrush, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 6 calling Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 5 Skylark, Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, f Pochard, 8 Linnet, 15+ Common Gull (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Park Lake: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Northern Wheatear, Grey Wagtail (Martin Daniel)

Sunday 6th October 2013Edit

  • Amwell & Rye Meads: Osprey S Amwell, later Rye Meads for 30 mins (Herts website).
  • Brent Reservoir5 Little Egret most ever, 7 Wigeon, Jack Snipe briefly, 12 Common Snipe, 2 Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Whitethroat; Rock Pipit, 38 Meadow Pipit, 5 Siskin, Reed Bunting - vis-mig 07.00 (Brent Birders).
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Conrad Ellam)
  • Camden Town: 2 Chiffchaffs singing in trees along Hawley Rd 0845 (Francis Tusa).
  • Dalston (Ramsgate St): 2 Grey Wagtail 10am (G Howie) pics
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Sparrowhawk f, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting f 09.55 (Richard Green); Common Snipe, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 3 Chiffchaff, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 12 Linnet (Richard Green)
  • Grovelands Park: Firecrest associating closely with Goldcrest in conifers off path behind ranger's cottage 11.45, also poss Yellow-browed Warbler nr stick fence along same path 11.15 - only seen briefly after which I couldn't relocate it but it looked a good bet - it would be worth a look if you live in vicinity (I. Darbyshire).
  • Hampstead Cemetery: Jay (Matt Reed).
  • Hampstead Heath: Skylark over Parliament Hill 08:30, also 30+ Meadow Pipit, 8 Swallow and Linnet 08:00-09:15 (Frank Nugent).
  • Hanwell W7: 4 Common Buzzard 2 W 13:20 & 2 E 13:34, Common Crane gliding N at a good height 13:45 (Rob Mills)
  • Hanwell W7 (River Brent): 3 Common Teal f, Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail (Rob Mills)
  • Harmondsworth Moor: Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler h, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Green Woodpecker, Jay, Pochard, Sparrowhawk (V Williamson, R Woolley)
  • High Holborn: Common Buzzard low 14.00, also 2 Peregrine (Jamie Partridge)
  • Leyton (Jubilee Park/Orient Way): Whinchat and m Stonechat in Ive Lane Sports Ground TQ373867, Redwing over, 5 Song Thrush, 4 Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting over, Yellow Wagtail, 17+ Meadow Pipit (mostly SW), 2 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler and f Whitethroat in scrub on island at jn of Orient Way & Ruckholt Rd (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Red-crested Pochard m, Pintail m, 16 Snipe, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 6 Meadow Pipit S, 4 Swallow S, Linnet S (J.Wilczur).
  • Oxleas Woods, Eltham SE9: 2 Common Buzzard circling with one hovering at one point 14.10-14.20 then both headed SE (John Reid)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Garganey, 4 Greenshanks, 10 Pintails - Aveley Pools, Hobby, 3-4 Kestrels (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: m Kestrel, 8 Chiffchaff 1 subsong, 7 Blackcap, fresh-plumaged Lesser Whitethroat sunning in OGS Pen area 39 at 0900 [latest-ever here by one day - prev'y 1967], Redwing over, 6 alba Wagtail SW c0810 (birdman_euston)
  • Richmond Park: Short-eared Owl over Pond Slade 7.50am - first saw it when overhead flying N then circled before turning back & flying S; also 2 Reed Bunting, Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 30+ Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail over, Redwing all Pond Slade (Oscar Dewhurst); 18 Buzzard 12.00-16.00 mainly SW & SE, Red Kite, juv Hobby (J.Wilczur).
  • Staines Moor: Firecrest with big Long-tailed Tit flock in hawthorns by R Colne, 5 Chiffchaff, Yellow Wagtail, Peregrine, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Buzzard, Kingfisher (Jim & Tony Sweetland)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Sparrowhawk, Lapwing, Kingfisher, c60 Meadow Pipit, 18 Skylark 13 on site & 5 high over together, f Blackcap, Nuthatch, 11 Rook, 3 Reed Bunting, c45 Linnet (Neil Anderson) 
  • Walthamstow Marshes: paddocks - 7 Meadow Pipit, 20+ Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 3 Mistle Thrush; north marsh - 2 Chiffchaff 1 singing (JW Davies)
  • Wanstead Flats: Spotted Flycatcher (different bird to yesterday), Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5+ Pied Wagtail, 8 calling Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 6 Linnet, Siskin, 8 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, f Pochard, Kestrel, 8 Skylark (Nick Croft/Dan Hennessy/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: 4 calling Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, 4 Meadow Pipit, 14 Gadwall, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Park Lake: Polish-ringed Black-headed Gull TTH8 again present 0845, 3 Meadow Pipits (Martin Daniel)
  • Woolwich Ferry: no sign Little Gull 930am (James Lowen)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Short-eared Owl 0910 that appeared to be flushed fr grassland - slowly gained height tailed by crows before heading north - minutes later it reappeared low over grassland being mobbed by Crows & Kestrel - headed N for final time; also Yellow Wagtail over, c6 Pied/alba Wagtail over, Redwing, c14 Chiffchaff, m Blackcap, 2 Jackdaw, c4 Reed Bunting, c40 Meadow Pipit (The Scrubbers)

Saturday 5th October 2013Edit

  • Barking Bay: Guillemot drifted into Bay 3:06pm then swam strongly towards Crossness diving to escape gull above it (V.Halley-Frame & P.Hawkins).
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 40 Teal, 6 Redshank, 2 Cormorant, Tufted Duck (Matt Reed).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret, m Mandarin, 2 Wigeon, 9 Common Snipe, Lapwing, m Peregrine flushed 200+ Woodpigeons on Fields/Bunds, 3 Chiffchaff; vis-mig 07.00 incl late Hobby high S, 6 Redwings, 2 Meadow Pipits, 3 Pied Wagtails, 26 Chaffinch, 58 Greenfinch (Pete Lowman, Andrew Verrall).
  • Broadwater GP: 2 Raven high N cronking 13.50 (Roger & Sylvia Morton)
  • Crayford Marshes: 6 Greenshank, 4 Ruff, 100+ Redshank, Little Stint, Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 70+ Dunlin, 35+ Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, Snipe, Curlew Sandpiper (P Kite, J Foot)
  • Crossness: Guillemot on Thames off Golf Centre 8.30am then swam/drifted upriver, 2 Sandwich Tern downriver 8.05am, Ruff on foreshore off Golf Centre, 2 Common Tern, Whinchat, 4 Wigeon, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Snipe, Kingfisher, 6+ Chiffchaff (John Archer, Richard Bonser, Mike Robinson et al).
  • East India Dock Basin: Peregrine (dome), House Sparrow, Jay, Grey Wagtail, 6 Long-tailed Tit (Paul Hyland)
  • Enfield Playing Fields EN1: Wheatear - almost a gdn tick (Phil Rhodes).
  • Epsom Downs: 2 Golden Plover N (Steve Gale)
  • Fairlop Waters: 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 10 Red-legged Partridge (Neil Twyford, Alan Thomas)
  • Gallions Reach: Guillemot on Thames 14:00 (Frank Nugent).
  • Hackney (nr Hackney Central Stn): 2 Grey Wagtail, Jay (Nigel May).
  • Hampstead Heath: 3 Wigeon, 12 Gadwall at Highgate 1 pond, 5 Shoveler, Common Gull at Hampstead 1 pond, 2 Linnet, 20+ Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, 3 Swallow over Parliament Hill (Frank Nugent).
  • Hendon (Peel Centre): 2 Peregrine - pr present most days recently (presumably hunting round Brent Reservoir as well as on playing fields) (kw)
  • Kensal Green Cemetery and St Mary’s Cemetery: Buzzard over heading NW (site tick), 1+ Coal Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, c10 Jay (Charlie Farrell)
  • Kilburn: Jay over Kilburn High Rd (Matt Reed).
  • King George V Reservoir: m Pintail, f Mandarin, 5 Goosander, red-head Smew, 8 Little Grebe, 9 Little Egret, Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 3 Common Buzzard, f Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, m Kestrel, Wheatear prob 'Greenland', 11 Meadow Pipit, 8 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler (N. Smith, H. Lynes & S. Hamilton). What time did you see the Sme? A friend described a similar bird on Thames at noon opp Teddington & at 4pm Richmond (Phil Davies). KGV Smew first reported 27 September (Martin Shepherd).
  • Leyton (Ive Farm Lane Sports Ground): Whinchat still early am (Stuart Fisher) Can you supply a grid ref for this site if poss pls? [b_e] This is at TQ 373867 and it's 'Ive' not 'Ivy'. [DT] Thx [b_e]
  • Lower Chingford: 2 Green Sandpiper, 10 Meadow Pipit (James Palmer).
  • Northfields W5 (Blondin Park LNR): Kestrel (V Williamson, R Woolley)
  • Notting Hill W10 (Portobello Rd): Marsh Harrier S 1350 (David Lindo)
  • Oylers Farm: 47 Golden Plover, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Gadwall (Brian Dawton)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Skylark, Lesser Redpoll over, 2 Siskin over, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting Pond Slade (Oscar Dewhurst); also Wheatear Riding Ring (Hugh Bradshaw).
  • St John's Wood (Church Gdns LNR): Jay (Matt Reed).
  • Sewardstone E4: Curlew S along King George V Reservoir north basin east side 1050, Brambling [Ldn season-1st], 3 Lesser Redpoll, 15 Mistle Thrush, 6 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Stock Dove, 2 Little Egret (Martin Shepherd). Where in Sewardstone was the B'bling pls - or do you mean the Marsh? [b_e] Further south of marsh - at the stile, with a few other finches, opp footpath up to Sewardstone Rd (a few hundred yds SSE of KGV Res causeway). [MS] Thx [b_e]
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 2 Swallow S, Common Snipe (James Palmer).
  • Staines Reservoir: Black-necked Grebe, Greenshank, Yellow Wagtail (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stanwell Moor: Little Owl, Hobby (over village), Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, 4+ Chiffchaff, Kestrel (I. Darbyshire)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 1w Mediterranean Gull upriver 10.30, also 2 Stonechat, 4 Cetti's Warbler, Rock Pipit, 23 Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 6 Skylark, 33 Meadow Pipit; Grey Seal (Andrew Self)
  • Wanstead Flats: Spotted Flycatcher (latest bird for site), Wheatear, 6+ Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 7 Song Thrush, 10+ Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, Swallow (Wanstead Birding)
  • Woolwich Ferry: Little Gull, Common Tern and Kingfisher 4.30pm (Richard Bonser); ad Mediterranean Gull halfway to Thames Barrier on north side 11:40am (V.Halley-Frame).

Friday 4th October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 8 Swallow over The Grove c10.00am (James Palmer).
  • Blackheath: 7 House Martin W, singing Chiffchaff (James Lowen)
  • Brent Reservoir: Jack Snipe, 7 Common Snipe, Little Egret 6:00-7:00pm fr Heron Hide (Steve Torpey)
  • East India Dock Basin: Meadow Pipit S, Sparrowhawk, 70 Teal, Chiffchaff singing, 35+ Cormorant incl Estonian-ringed bird still on pier (John Archer).
  • Gallions Reach: Guillemot flew upriver 8:54am, Little Tern, 2 Little Gull, Arctic Tern all on Thames betw Gallions & Woolwich Ferry early pm (Gary A James per JA).
  • London Wetland Centre: 79 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 18 Snipe, 2 Water Rail, Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit S, 5 alba Wagtail S/SE, 500 House Martin lingering then S, 18 Swallow S, 5 Chiffchaff, Kestrel, 2 Buzzard 1juv S 11.05 & 1 W 11.55 (Rupert Kaye)
  • Osterley Park: Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Barn Owl (Rob Mills)
  • Richmond Park: 41 Wigeon, 17 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, f Red-crested Pochard, Buzzard mobbed by 2 Crows, 2 Hobby (juv mobbed by Black-headed Gull over Lower Pen Pond as it hunted), Grey Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, c20 House Martin, 5 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff (1singing) (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Romford: Little Egret feeding in R Rom seen fr Exchange St 4:10pm (G J Francis)
  • Three Mills: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch m, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Egyptian Goose tow path to Bow Locks (Neil Preston).
  • Wanstead Flats: 35+ House Martin SE, 7 Swallow, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, 5 Grey Wagtail, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 10+ Meadow Pipit, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, m eclipse Teal, 6 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, f Pochard, 20 Common Gull, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20+ Herring Gull (Nick Croft/Tony Brown)

Thursday 3rd October 2013Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Siskin h 7am, also Chiffchaff race track (Bob Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: Jack Snipe roosting opp Main Hide 09.45-10.30 prob disturbed by reed-cutter boat noise, 9 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, 3 Chiffchaff (John Gravatt, Andrew Verrall).
  • East India Dock Basin: 50 Teal, Linnet S, 2 Jay, Grey Wagtail (John Archer).
  • Finsbury Park: 2 Red-crested Pochard, Mandarin (James Palmer).
  • Gallions Reach: Little Tern, juv Arctic Tern, ad Little Gull, ad Mediterranean Gull (Paul Davis)
  • Highgate (Waterlow Park): f Wigeon arrived with Mallard & departed shortly after alone 07.40 (Paul Angus)
  • Lambeth Bridge: Guillemot (Hugh Nicholson) posted 15:54
  • Lavender Gardens EN2 (nr Gordon Hill Stn): Yellow-browed Warbler calling & feeding in lime tree 08:36 (Robert Callf).
  • London Wetland Centre: Jack Snipe on the scrape, 19 Snipe, 4 House Martin, 4 Linnet, 6 Meadow Pipit, 82 Wigeon (Adam Salmon).
  • Mile End: Meadow Pipit S 0840 (Bob Watts).
  • Osterley Park: Barn Owl 18:45-19:05 - came & went 4x with prey (Rob Mills) Hi Rob - is the Owl favouring a particular area? Thanks [Matt Reed]
  • Paddington Green: Firecrest moving through Honey Locust & birches along Hall Place with tit flock 11:50, also Peregrine Falcon took pigeon 20ft above Church St market stalls (Twitter).
  • Queen Mary Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler - ringed am (BirdGuides, RBA)
  • Rainham Marshes: Red-throated Pipit high N calling over Visitor Centre 11.27 (H Vaughan).
  • Staines Moor: Yellow Wagtail, Stonechat (Jim Sweetland).
  • Stanwell Moor: Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Little Owl (Jim Sweetland).
  • Tarn Park SE9: 10 Swallows SW 1630 (Peter Charles)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - 2 Sandwich Tern (KJMcmanus).
  • Wanstead Flats: 8 Swallow E, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 13 calling Chiffchaff, Skylark, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 7 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 2 Linnet, 20+ Goldfinch, 10+ Common Gull (Nick Croft/Richard Rae/Tim Harris).
  • Wimbledon Park Lake: 8 Siskin through 0830 (Martin Daniel)

Wednesday 2nd October 2013Edit

  • Beddington Farmlands: ad Caspian Gull, 2 Pintail, 10 Wigeon, 150+ House Martin, 30+ Swallow, Ruff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 8 Snipe (BFBG) pics
  • Brent Reservoir: East marsh - Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 8 Common Snipe, 2 Lapwing, Wigeon (Steve Blake)
  • East India Dock Basin: Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Canada x Greylag Goose hybrid, 4 Teal, Cormorant (Estonian-ringed bird still on pier in Thames) (John Archer).
  • Heathrow Airport: 30+ Linnet (Rob Mills)
  • Hyde Park: Wryneck Rose Gdn (Sandy Sorkin per RH) pic
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 12 migrant Song Thrush, Siskin N, 18 Mistle Thrush (7 went SE), 2 Swallow SW, Meadow Pipit over, c4 alba Wagtails over, 3 Grey Wagtails, 32 Pochard, 2 Teal, 40+ Tufted Duck, 2m Gadwall, 1 Chiffchaff only (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Jack Snipe, m Pintail, Shelduck, Nuthatch, 22 Snipe, Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 150 House Martin S, 20 Swallow S (J.Wilczur).
  • Osterley Park: Barn Owl 18:40-19:00 - came & went 5x with prey (Rob Mills)
  • Regent's Park: m Firecrest with tit flock nr NE gate of QM Gdns area 17 (Regent's Pk Birds blog) Worth checking evergreens nr this gate for winterer[s] Oct-Feb but more in hope than expect'n [b_e]
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Great Crested Grebe, 74 Black-headed Gull, Kingfisher (W along New River), Grey Wagtail (TeRNS)
  • Swanley Park: Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 65 Canada Geese, Greylag, Greyl'g x Canada hybrid, Mandarin, Wigeon, 57 Mallard, 20+ House Martin, Green Woodpecker, 27 Magpies (Andy Meaton)
  • Three Mills: 2 Song Thrush, Kingfisher, Grey Heron, 2 Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, 2 Egyptian Goose tow path (Neil Preston)
  • Victoria Park: Common Redstart, 40+ Goldfinch, 20+ Pochard (JW Davies)
  • Wanstead Flats: 21 Swallow E, House Martin, 15 calling Chiffchaff, 15+ Meadow Pipit, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 6 Mistle Thrush, 20+ Goldfinch, Linnet, 10 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 2 Pochard, 10+ Gadwall, 13 Common Gull, 15+ Herring Gull, 7 Skylark (Alex), Lapwing E (Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft).

Tuesday 1st October 2013Edit

  • Battersea Park: 2 Peregrines pr on & round Gasometer, 6 Gadwall 3pr, 3 Little Grebe pr & fledged chick, no Egyptian Geese - my theory why this species doesn't seem to have taken to this site could be because of distance from edge of lake to cover, as they like to stand on the edge of water & have good vision of predators approaching - dogs can get very close to them without being seen so they don't like it (Michael Mac).
  • Battersea Power Station: 101 Starlings wheeling (Michael Mac).
  • Beddington Farmlands: 2 Jack Snipe (BFBG)
  • Iver Heath: 2 Raven (C Lamsdell)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Little Grebe in Eagle Pond early am, Reed Bunting over, 2 Meadow Pipit over, 2 Swallow NE, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Shoveler (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 9 Spoonbill E 12.50 (BirdGuides) (photo here), 116 Shoveler, 74 Wigeon, 4 Cetti's Warbler (WWT website)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: Little Grebe otherwise very quiet (Rich Petley); f Goldeneye pm (John Gordon)
  • Oxleas Woods, Eltham SE9: 2 Hobby chattering excitedly 17.45 (John Reid)
  • Redbridge Lakes and Roding Valley Park: Chiffchaff, Jay, Mistle Thrush, 4 Pied Wagtails (Alan Hobson).
  • Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: Kestrel, 4 Chiffchaff, Blackcap - warbler exodus overnight after small influx y'day (birdman_euston)
  • Sewardstone E4: 3 Siskin, 4 Chiffchaff, Little Egret, Blackcap, Meadow Pipit (Martin Shepherd).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Black-necked Grebe, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail (Bob Warden); Rock Pipit on SW corner of north basin betw 3pm-4pm at least (Neil Randon)
  • Swanley Park: Grey Heron, Greylag, 63 Canada Goose, Granada (Greyl'g x Canada hybrid), Wigeon (site 1st), Cormorant (Andy Meaton)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 9 House Martin, 7 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (1 singing), Bullfinch, 6 Teal (John Colmans)
  • Valentines Park Redbridge: 200+ Woodpigeons incl c50 juv, 5 Grey Wagtail (Barbara Miller)
  • Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster: Grey Wagtail over W; also a bat flew onto plane tree & stayed there clearly visible half way up trunk 08:30 still there 09:00 (Frank Nugent).
  • Wanstead Flats: Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, Reed Bunting, 10+ Song Thrush, 6 Mistle Thrush, 10+ Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 3 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Common Gull, 10 Little Grebe, 10+ Shoveler, Common Pochard, 8 Gadwall (Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Park Lake: the Polish-ringed Black-headed Gull (TTH8 White Ring) first seen on 25 August 2013 was back this evng 17.30. Not seen in the interim but could have been around as bands on distant gulls would not be easily visible with bins. Acc'g to Ornithological Station Museum & Institute PAS, Nadwiślańska 108, 80-680 Gdańsk, the bird was ringed on 11 May 2013 while nesting 1249 kilometers away at Bydgoszcz-Myslecinek, Kujawsko-Pomorskie. I have the details if anyone wants them (Martin Daniel)
  • Wraysbury GP: Lesser Whitethroat and Willow Warbler (C Lamsdell)

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