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London's October highlightsEdit

London’s star bird this month has to be the DUSKY WARBLER found near the stone barges at Rainham Marshes on Saturday 29th October. Since it was just before sunset when Shaun Harvey came across it, the bird was hardly twitchable that day, but luckily it was found again in much the same place at 7am the next morning and hung around into the afternoon, allowing other birders to catch up with it. Unfortunately, there was no sign of it on the Monday.

On average about half a dozen Dusky Warblers reach the UK each year, but they rarely penetrate the Metropolis. In fact, there have been only two previous London records: a twitchable bird at Walthamstow Reservoirs from 14th–21st February 2010 and a bird reported in Southwark in February 2015 but seen only by one observer. Let’s hope the Rainham bird reappears in November and stays long enough for more birders to enjoy it.

More sizzling seabirds Edit

Even a Dusky Warbler cannot compete with September’s cracking record of London’s first ever Cory’s Shearwater. But early October did manage to clock up some other good inland seabirds, beginning with four Great Skua circling Lonsdale Road Reservoir on the 2nd, a Gannet buzzing Chiswick on the same day, a Shag over Barnes on the 4th, a Guillemot riding the tide as far as Waterloo Bridge on the 5th, a Kittiwake at Purfleet on the 6th and an Arctic Skua in the same place on the 8th. Then on the 14th another Guillemot — or more likely the same wayward bird — was found at Teddington Lock, which is the limit of the tidal Thames. It was seen again slightly downriver the next day.

Wandering wetland birds Edit

Early in the month, flocks of up to 25 White-fronted Goose were reported from various East London sites. Then, on the morning of 19th October, 23 Barnacle Goose circled the London Wetland Centre, landing briefly to say hello to the site’s menagerie Barneys before flying on to who-knows-where. Brent Reservoir’s popular drake Ferruginous Duck hung around into October but was not seen after the 2nd.

London has hosted just a handful of Cattle Egret since its first accepted record in 1992, and one at Rainham Marshes from 23rd to 25th October was the first twitchable bird since another at the same place in August 2010. (The only other recent record was of two flying over Isleworth after dark in April 2014.) Other notable October sightings at Rainham included a Spoonbill from 5th to 8th October, a Great White Egret on the 7th & 8th and three more Great Whites on the 23rd. A Wood Sandpiper at Brent Reservoir from the 21st to the 23rd was London’s first since August. Single Curlew Sandpiper were seen at King George V Reservoir on the 8th and Purfleet on the 28th & 29th.

A plethora of birds of prey Edit

It was Rupert Kaye who spotted the four Bonxies at Lonsdale Road Reservoir on 2nd October, and on the same day he also recorded migrating raptors of no fewer than six species — 2 Marsh Harrier, a Hen Harrier, a Goshawk, 2 Common Buzzard, an Osprey and 2 Kestrel. Other October birds of prey included three Honey Buzzard (over Tottenham Marshes, Brent Reservoir and Totteridge Valley), five Merlin (at Raynes Park, Barnes, Brent Reservoir, Barking Bay and Rainham Marshes) and a second Goshawk (over Pinner).

Oodles of ouzels Edit

And so to passerines. Although not in the same league as Rainham’s dusk-found Dusky Warbler, noteworthy passerines in October included the first Ring Ouzel of the autumn at Chelsham on the 5th. After that, oodles of ouzels were reported elsewhere, with records from about 20 sites during the month. The single Yellow-browed Warbler that reached Regent's Park at the end of September was followed by birds throughout October at a couple of dozen London sites. And after just two records in late September, Firecrest appeared at a similar number of sites, with no fewer than six birds at Wanstead Park on the 18th. A report of a Wood Warbler at Banstead Woods on the 24th was a surprising three weeks later than London’s previous latest date. A Great Grey Shrike at Wanstead Flats on the 29th was London’s first since the spring’s long-staying bird at Bury Farm, Edgware, last seen on 29th April.

A Tree Sparrow in Hyde Park on the 5th was the first since Feb 2014 at any London site other than its regular haunts (Tyttenhanger and Beddington). A Serin at Leyton Flats on the 12th was London’s fourth in the past 12 months. Formerly a very rare vagrant in London, this species has in the 21st century become a near-annual visitor in autumn or spring, with several birds famously overwintering at Rainham Marshes in 2008–09 and 2009–10. London’s first Hawfinch since April was at Fryent Country Park on the 1st, the first Snow Bunting since March was at Rainham Marshes on the 29th and the year’s first Lapland Bunting (a near-annual passage migrant seen more often in October than any other month) passed over Barnes on Oct 19th.

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

Monday 31st October 2016Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Egyptian Geese, Little Egret, 3 Water Rail, 16 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 9 Fieldfare, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Roy Beddard, Steve Leeke); pm visit still 3 Green Sandpiper, 118 Carrion Crows gathering on trees pre-roost (Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 10 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing (Ian R Watson)
  • Chigwell Row: Buzzard, 2 Kestrels, 6 Linnets, 9 Meadow Pipits, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Little Grebes, Grey and Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker (Simon Worsfold)
  • East India Dock Basin: Snipe, 2 Little Egret, 8 Redshank in roost (Paul Hyland)
  • Kentish Town: 2 Skylarks low S over Gillies St this afternoon (Pete Mantle)
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley:2 Grey Heron one on nest, Little Egret, Shoveler, 6 Wigeon, 7 Gadwall, 2 Golcrest, Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail on river, 2 Jays, 2 Goldfinch, Chiffchaff, Great Crested Grebe. Buzzard circling (Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Water Pipit, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Fieldfare (SW), 2 Stonechat, 5 Snipe, 7 Meadow Pipit (S), 2 Siskin (WWT Website); 2 Water Pipits, Sparrowhawk very active (Nick Senior)
  • Oxleas Wood Complex: Firecrest 1 seen in the Terrace garden in Jack Wood, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Redwing (Richard Green)
  • Oxleas Wood: Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Chaffinch (f), Jackdaw, Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Kestrel, Redwing, Tawny Owl + two calling (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Lesser Redpoll, Linnet & Skylark over, Green Woodpecker, Jay, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Pied Wagtail & 5 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: NO further sign of yesterday's Dusky Warbler, according to RSPB centre staff at 10am this morning; Raven 08:20 very low in thick fog at Rainham North, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 32 Linnet, 2 Redwing, 6 Pied Wagtail, 10 Reed Bunting, 72 Redshank, 117 Teal, 10 Grey Heron, Fieldfare, 9 Stonechat, 8 Little Egret, Water Pipit, 155 Lapwing, 11 Meadow Pipit, 9 Skylark, 2 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 31 Snipe including flock of 26, 7 Kestrel, 20 Shelduck, Curlew, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, Rock Pipit, 70 Wigeon, 4 Pintail, 2 Avocet, 53 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 4 Pheasant (Samuel Levy); at dusk, lone Greenshank by barges, flock of 30+ Redshank flew west, then closer to RSPB centre low tide helped encourage a very large [1000+[ roost by river wall consisting of various gulls [mainly Black-headed unsurprisingly with some GBBG], waders [more Redshank, Black-tailed Godwits] and Shelduck, Teal, in addition to regulars Heron, Little Egret and Lapwing. Five + Reed Buntings between Coldharbour Lane and Rainham Station (T)  
  • Regent's Park: 1 Ring Ouzel and 3 Fieldfare in area 42, another Ring Ouzel in area 39, just after 4pm (Magnus Andersson)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Jack Snipe together on Upper Pen Pond along west bank at 1.30pm; also 1 Water Rail and Little Egret (Roger Unite); 17 Greylag Geese flew in to Upper Pen Pond (Nigel Jackman)
  • Trent Park: male Pochard, Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 5 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, male Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 12 Chaffinch NW, 3 Skylark W, 11 Redwing NW, 3 Stonechat, 8 Meadow Pipit, 3 Reed Bunting, 6 Fieldfare, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mute Swan. (Louis Freeland-Haynes)

Sunday 30th October 2016Edit

  • Barnet /Dollis Brook: Buzzard over King George playing fields. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Brent Reservoir: 1 Lapwing, 15+ Snipe, 3 Green sandpiper, 4 Water rail, 1 Cetti’s warbler. Vis mig (in thick fog): 1 Brambling, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Goldfinch, 59 Chaffinch, 10 Greenfinch, 3 Pied wagtail, 69 Starling, 1 Meadow pipit, 1 Skylark, 11 Mistle thrush, 35 Redwing, 11 Song thrush, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Blackbird (Brent Birders)
  • Collier Row: 2 Ring-necked Parakeets over NE at 9:30 (G J Francis)
  • Gunpowder Park: 2 Brambling, 2 Bullfinch (Neville Smith).
  • Greenway adjacent to London Stadium: large mixed flock 60+ Goldfinch and Linnets, roughly equal numbers with 3 Chaffinches, 2 Grey Wagtails, Chiffchaff and 30+ Redwing over (Harry Harrison)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Water Rail, Chiffchaff, 2 Redwing over (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Harmondsworth: Ploughed field near A 4, 10 Golden Plover, 75 Skylarks. (Dave Morris, per FJM)
  • KGV Reservior: (f) Pintail, 2 Goosander, 2 Common Snipe, 3 lapwing, 2 Rock Pipit (Neville Smith).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Water Pipit, 1 Pintail, 2 Stonechat, 3 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 42 Redwing (NW/S), 3 Meadow Pipit (SW) 3 Little Egret (pm) (WWT Website)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 12 Fieldfare over W, 2 Skylark over E, 2 Goldcrest 11:30-12:30 (Alastair Dent)
  • Ranelagh Gardens: Golden Plover S, 22 Skylark S, 4 Meadow Pipit W, 8 Pied Wagtail, 2 Redwing SW, 5 Song Thrush SW, Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 3 Coal Tit, 18 Chaffinch WNW, 1 Brambling WNW (Nick Senior)
  • Ponders End: Lake ~ Smew, Chiffchaff. Mill Stream ~ Cetti's Warbler, Firecrest (A.Middleton)
  • Purfleet: 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Avocet, 153 Golden Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 107 Dunlin, 145 Redshank, 212 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 10 Shelduck, 27 Teal, 28 Mallard, 13 Wigeon (Fraser Simpson)
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: DUSKY WARBLER still in hedge 100m east Barges cpk off Coldharbour Lane; still showing same place 15:20-17:20 (Neville Smith et al); also Merlin over landfill, 2 Brent Geese flying down Thames, Water Pipit Aveley Bay (Hugh & Ian Bradshaw)
  • Richmond Park: Red Kite over nr Pembroke Lodge, Little Egret Upper Pen Pond, 50+ Pochard, 50+ Shoveler, 4-5 Teal, Stonechat male in bracken east of Lower Pen Pond, 3 Red Crested Pochard (2m 1f) (Mat Hare) Little Owl, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Kingfisher, Barn Owl (P. Redmond)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Fog restricting sightings but Buzzard heard, perched Kestrel, f Sparrowhawk swooping in front flushing 2 Linnet, 21 Lapwing, 2 Snipe flushed, 6 Stock Dove, 2 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, pr Stonechat, 6 Redwing, 6 Goldcrest, 6 Reed Bunting, 4 Bullfinch, c35 Linnet, Muntjac (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood): Rock Pipit, 16 Skylark over, c10 Meadow Pipits, pr Stonechat, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper; East Warwick: 5 Wigeon (Lol Bodini/Graham Howie).
  • Wanstead Flats: Ring Ouzel (James Heal); 70+ Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 40+ Chaffinch, 15 Redpoll, 13 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, Blackcap, 6 Goldcrest, 6 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 1Pied Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel. Lapwing, 26 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 2 Shoveler, Wigeon (Nick Croft/James Heal/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Siskin, 30+ Chaffinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, Skylark, 22 Shoveler, 157 Gadwall, 30 Wigeon, 10 Teal (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Common: Dartford Warbler, 12 Reed Bunting, 8 Lesser Redpoll (S Woolfenden)

Saturday 29th October 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 35 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 40 Chaffinch, mostly NW, also 30 Woodpigeon SW, Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, 2 Pochard. Wood Green Res (Bob Watts)
  • Bow Creek: 3 Common Sandpiper, 15 Redshank, 60 Teal, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff (Frank Nugent).
  • Brent Reservoir: 1st-winter Yellow-legged Gull, Green Sandpiper, 19 Snipe, 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, Cetti's Warbler; vis-mig: 12 Woodpigeon, Skylark, 19 Chaffinch, Brambling (Brent Birders)
  • Grange Hill to Chigwell: Green Sandpiper, ad Yellow-legged Gull (water treatment works), Bullfinch, 3 Yellowhammer, 8 Skylark, Lapwing, 15 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare (Stuart Fisher)
  • East India Dock: Cetti's Warbler, 2 Little Egret, 70 Teal, 2 Common Gull, 1 Little Grebe, Peregrine (Frank Nugent).
  • Enfield (Lower Kenwood Ave, EN2): juv male Sparrowhawk perched on roof - seen from 377 bus (Robert Callf)
  • Fisher's Green: Bittern (BirdGuides)
  • Harefield: Cetti's Warbler calling on Grand Union Canal, Moorhall Rd, opp marina far end (Richard Francis).
  • Hampton Court Park: 1 Wigeon, 720 Black-headed Gull SE, 1700 Herring Gull SE, 5 Little Owl, 71 Woodpigeon (61 S/W), 22 Stock Dove (6 W), 13 Meadow Pipit, 10 Redwing (5 S), 6 Fieldfare (5E/NE), 161 Starling (14 5W/NW) 150 Jackdaw (124E), Siskin over, Cetti's Warbler at Dew Pond (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • King George V Reservoir: 5 Goosander, Grey Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, Puna Teal (category E) all on flood relief channel by Lea Valley Road. Male Kestrel and 1 Green Woodpecker also nearby (Chris Wright)
  • Leyton, Orient way: ad Caspian Gull, 10+ ad argentatus herring gulls, 2cy yellow legged gull, siskin over (Jamie Partridge)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1m Pintail, 5 Common Snipe, 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Stonechat, 6 Godcrest (5 Wildside, 1 Sheltered Lagoon), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Meadow Pipit Grazing Marsh, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Peregrine (Martin Honey et al.)
  • Mayflower Park: 2 Chiffchaff, Little Grebe (Bob Smith)
  • Purfleet: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Avocet, 129 Golden Plover, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 92 Dunlin, 148 Redshank, 185 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 7 Shelduck, 18 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 27 Mallard, 6 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham Marshes: DUSKY WARBLER  at Stone Barges (Shaun Harvey via twitter) 4 Curlew, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, Jacksnipe, several Common Snipe, Kingfisher, 2 Pintail, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Stonechats, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Barn Owl, Avocet, Water Pipit, Skylarks, Linnets, Redwing, Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrushes, Cettis Warbler, Golden Plover. (Simon Worsfold, Martin, John et al) Snow Bunting (Birdguides)
  • Richmond Park: Jack Snipe, Little Egret, 52 Shoveler, 63 Pochard (J.Wilczur)
  • Ruislip Lido/Woods: 4-5 Little Egret, Buzzard, c10 Golden Plover high S, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, c30 Redwing (LNR), c50 Lesser Redpoll feeding in dense area birch/sallow, pr Bullfinch, 2 Southern Hawker (Neil Anderson, Nigel Dodd + 11 other LNHS members)
  • Stockwell-Jeffreys Road: 30+ House Sparrows round feeders in garden (Michael Mac)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: 3 Water Rail, Chiffchaff, 8 Teal (Stuart Fisher)
  • Totteridge Valley: Chiffchaff ssp. abietinus (Scandinavian race) feeding in gardens in Woodside Park by Dollis Brook this morning (Ian Ellis)
  • Trent Park: Chiffchaff showing characters of Scandinavian race, 9 Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Forest, Firecrest (heard), 10+ Goldcrest, Bullfinch (Stuart Fisher)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Stonechat by the pond on Bomb Crater Field, then on Leyton Marsh, 3 Meadow Pipit over BCF, Kestrel (f), 2+ Goldcrest in shrubs along Flood Relief Channel 11:00-12:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Flats: Great Grey Shrike (Tony Brown); Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 2 Stonechat, 7 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 10 Linnet, 20+ Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 7 Reed Bunting, 4 Teal, 10+ Gadwall, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 8 Fieldfare (Wanstead Birders) Photo here
  • Wanstead Park: Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Kingfisher, 10 Lesser Redpoll (James Heal)
  • Wimbledon: 70+ Pied Wagtail at roost in plane tree outside station/ Centre Court, still arriving as my bus left (Andrew Kellett)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Red-crested Pochard, Water Rail, 2 Common Snipe, Coal Tit, 3 Teal, 2 Egyptian Geese (Chris Farthing)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Stonechat, c7 Meadow Pipit, c10 Fieldfare, c3 Redwing & Reed Bunting (David Lindo, Roy Nuttall & David Jeffreys)

Friday 28th October 2016Edit

  • Arnos Park: Kingfisher (James Palmer)
  • Barnes, Barn Elms Playing Fields: Tawny Owl, 740 Woodpigeon SW, 7 Stock Dove NW, 14 Redwing SW, 4 Song Thrush NW/SW, Mistle Thrush SW, Fieldfare SW, 3 Skylark SW, Chiffchaff, 100 Starling W, 26 Chaffinch NW, Brambling W, Siskin, 3 Lesser Redpoll SW/NE, 37 Linnet S, 3 Reed Bunting S/SW (R.Kaye)
  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler calling a lot but elusive, ie not seen but present, 2 singing Cetti's Warbler, North & Eastern Marsh & Heron Hide, 2 Chiffchaff, Green Sandpiper, 10+ Snipe 3 Little Egret; Vis-mig 08.00-10.45: Total 692 birds, 17 sp: 3 Ring Ouzels, 11 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, Skylark; 538 Woodpigeon; also Harlequin Ladybird and Buff-tailed Bumble-bee (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Fairlop Waters : 2 Kestrels, Sparrowhawk, 50+Lapwings, 3 Goldcrests, 3 Meadow Pipits, Chiffchaff, Stock Dove, 4 Skylarks, Chiffchaff, Redwing & Grey Wagtail. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Firecrest in usual place behind Rangers' Hut (James Palmer)
  • Hogsmill Water Treatment Works: 7 Shoveler, 3 Teal, ad Mediterranean Gull E, 810 Black-Headed Gull (680E), 120 Herring Gull E, 620 Woodpigeon (600S), 21 Stock Dove (14S), up to 150 Collared Dove flying back and forth towards Berrylands, 2 Redwing (1NW), 56 Starling over (42W), Meadow Pipit S, 6 Siskin over (3W), Linnet (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • Pinner: 05:20 Curlew calling. Heard while watching golf on the box. (Richard Francis).
  • Mayflower Park: 20 Fieldfare south west (Bob Smith, John McSweeney)
  • Purfleet: 1 Avocet, 2 Pintail, 93 Golden Plover, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 38 Dunlin, 89 Redshank, 301 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 7 Shelduck, 20 Teal, 22 Mallard, 7 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: Jack Snipe still, Water Rail showing well lower pen pond by causeway, Little Egret, 2 Buzzard (Friday Group)
  • Stratford - Westfield shopping mall - 1800 - 30-40 grey wagtail attempting to roost in potted olive trees in the crowded mall.  Totally surreal! (D. Beadle)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Woodlark over at 10:20, Water Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 2 Common Buzzard, 29 Redshank, Peregrine, Red-legged Partridge, 14 Cetti's Warbler, Bearded Tits heard (Andrew Self)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Little Egret, male Sparrowhawk, 9 Teal, 2 Bullfinch, c90 Woodpigeon WSW (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 11 Mandarin Duck 7 m 4 f, 14 Stock Dove, 3 Meadow Pipit Old Golf Course, Redwing, 11 Goldcrest, Siskin, 3 Bullfinch 1 m 2 f near Water Grdn (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: 14 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 10 Chaffinch, 5 Reed Bunting, Stonechat, Redwing, 5 Skylark, 7 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 5 Teal, Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel (Boob Vaughan/Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Wigeon, 30+ Gadwall, 20 + Shoveler, 5 Great Crested Grebe, Nuthatch (Bob Vaughan)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Short-eared Owl over SE, Green Sandpiper, 2 Stonechat, Lapwing, 70 Shoveler, (Paul Whiteman, David Bradshaw, Lol Bodini)

Thursday 27th October 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Tawny Owl calling 0640 west of cricket pitches (Bob Watts; Kingfisher, 2 Shoveler, 6 .Lesser Redpoll Boating Lake (Dominic Mitchell)
  • Brentford: Peregrine heading west above A4 ( Michael Robinson)
  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler calling repeatedly close in bushes by path as it reaches Dump (not seen for 3 days), 2 singing Cetti's Warbler, 1 in bushes west side of path to dump, heard from vis-mig spot, other round Main Hide, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Green Sandpiper, 10+ Snipe, 2 Greylag Goose; Vis-mig 7.30-10.30: 69 Fieldfare, 19 Redwing, 11 Song Thrush, 55 Greenfinch, 20 Chaffinch; also Harlequin Ladybird (Magnus Andersson, Andrew Verrall)
  • Cuffley (The Ridgeway): Tawny Owl calling at 07:00 (Robert Callf)
  • Foots Cray: juv m Sparrowhawk swoops through Council Recycling Yard 17:00 (Patrick English)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Little Egret, Gadwall pair (Conrad Ellam)
  • Gallions Reach: Short-eared Owl (KJMcmanus)
  • New Cross Gate NR: 2 Fieldfare (west), Linnet (west), Lesser Redpoll, 3 Sparrowhawk together (Peter Beckenham)
  • Northaw Great Wood: Firecrest seen briefly at 09:20, 4+ Marsh Tit four seen and possibly two others heard calling (Robert Callf)
  • Purfleet: 33 Golden Plover, 25 Dunlin, 117 Redshank, 289 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 3 Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 32 Mallard, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Ruxley: Female-type Black Redstart perched on roof of end house opposite Ruxley Garden Centre (Conrad Ellam)
  • St James's Park: Common Buzzard NW from 14:15 (Frank Nugent).
  • South Norwood CP: 2 Pochard putting me on 98, only needing 2 more birds to put me on the magical 100 for the year (Roy Weller)
  • Sidcup: Common Buzzard over Station Road 11:00 (Patrick English)
  • Staines Moor: ad Mediterranean Gull with 130+ Black-headed Gulls along Colne and hawking for insects over east side early afternoon (3rd site record - pic here), 3-5 (probably 5) Water Pipit, 1 Short-eared Owl hunting over the south end (both sides of Colne) late afternoon, 2 Little Egret, 8 Stonechat, 2 Snipe NW, 6 Red Kite, 1+ Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1f Blackcap, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Lee Dingain).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Black Redstarts N basin near tower at W end mid pm. (Dom Pia per FJM)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 3 Bullfinches, 3 Meadow Pipits, Treecreeper,Grey Wagtail, Buzzard being mobbed by 2 Crows, Flock of Rooks, 7 Teal, Redwing, Siskin (calling by the lake westwards), 2 calling Little Owls. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Wanstead Flats: 500+ Starling, 28 Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 20 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 5 Goldcrest, 30 Gadwall, 6 Teal, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: 12 Skylark north, 6 Siskin, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, Redwing, 6 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 49 Wigeon, 141 Gadwall, 23 Shoveler, 14 Teal, Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft)
  • Wembley Park: Firecrest along Forty Avenue near junction with Bridge Road this morning (Joe Taylor)

Wednesday 26th October 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 1 Stonechat (SW perimeter 1700); 5 Linnet (Brian Milligan); Tawny Owl heard 0640 around cricket pavilion (Bob Watts)
  • Barnes, Barn Elms Playing Fields: Lapwing SW, 2 Snipe SW, 2 Collared Dove S, Kingfisher, 5 Jackdaw NE, 5 Magpie NE/SE, 460 Starling W/NW, 5 Mistle Thrush NW/SW, 5 Song Thrush SW, 55 Redwing SW, 30 Fieldfare SW, 3 Blackbird SW, 5 Skylark SW/SE, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, 13 Goldfinch SW, 103 Chaffinch NW/W, Brambling W, 2 Siskin SW, 6 Linnet S, Reed Bunting S. (R.Kaye)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 1 Barn Owl, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat, 8 Reed Bunting, 20+ Blackbird (pics here[1]) (Peter Alfrey, BFBG)
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 13 Redshank at high-tide roost at 11.30, Kingfisher (Alex Massey)
  • Brent Reservoir: Water Pipit flew over Dump 08:15, also Skylark, Cetti's Warbler singing in North Marsh & Little Egret behind dam (Brent Birders); (East Marsh) Little Egret, 3 Water Rail, Green Sandpiper, Pied Wagtail, >2 Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler singing in Eastern Marsh, (Andrew Haynes); pm visit: 21 Snipe, 5+ Chiffchaff (Roy Beddard, Andrew Verrall)
  • Chelsea Bridge Wharf: Peregrine low over flats (Neil Anderson)
  • Epping Forest: Woodford Green/Higham's Park (that area where Mike Smith reported the YBW yesterday - I think - it doesn't appear to have a name!). Firecrest, 15+ Goldcrest, 4 Coal tit, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Redwing, 2 Teal on a tiny pond - could not locate Yellow-Browed Warbler (Joe Dickens) Walthamstow Forest [2]. Sightings here? [3] As shown on map, yes, but just North of Oak Hill(JD). Yes, that's the area I was referring to yesterday (YBW and Firecrest were halfway along path to first open area on Tues, at eye level in ivy covered Ash tree. Didn't have time for a hunt today, could hear a lot of Goldcrest activity in the denser areas and high canopy though!) (MS)
  • Grovelands Park: Canada Goose with BTO ring No 5261419 - reported, 3 Mandarin Duck 2 m 1 f, 11 Shoveler 7 m 4 f, 27 Tufted Duck, Redwing, 4 Goldcrest (Robert Callf)
  • KGV Res: Dunlin, Goosander, Goldeneye, Rock Pipit, c75 Linnets, 50 Meadow Pipits, Chiffchaff, Stonechat on Sewardstone Marsh, Short-eared Owl drifted north 1pm first seen by Mike Messenger (A.Middleton)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Pintail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 24 Redwing (SW), 1 Skylark (SW), 1 Peregrine, 2 Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail (WWT Website)
  • Pinner (HA5): 2 Coal Tit & 4 Goldfinch on the feeders (JR)
  • Purfleet: 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 53 Golden Plover, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 37 Dunlin, 132 Redshank, 238 Lapwing, 3 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 27 Mallard, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 10 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Egret (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Brambling over Rainham North (Fraser Simpson); also 14 Cormorant, 25 Redwing, 89 Lapwing, 39 Redshank, Sparrowhawk, 2 Curlew, 5 Pied Wagtail, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, 6 Reed Bunting, 11 Stonechat, Barn Owl, 75 Teal, 7 Kestrel, 15 Grey Heron, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 47 Shoveler, 26 Shelduck, 50 Wigeon, 9 Snipe, 3 Marsh Harrier, 4 Avocet on Averley Pools, 3 Common Gull, Tufted Duck, 10 Skylark, 2 Bearded Tits, Buzzard, 60 Stock Dove, 2 Gadwall (inc a truly stunning full plumage male), 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Pintail (Samuel Levy); German yellow-ringed 1cy Caspian Gull X307 - the same bird Jamie Partridge had at Thames Barrier Park on 25/09/16. Pictures here (Dante Shepherd)  
  • Richmond Park: Pen Ponds - 62 Shoveler, ad m Peregrine flew SW, Jack Snipe, Firecrest (J.Wilczur); Woodcock (S.Read)
  • Rotherhithe: Russia Dock Woodland - Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest; Southwark Park - 4 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe (Richard Page-Jones)
  • Ruislip Lido: 13/15 Little Egret in marsh and west bank (Martin Smith)
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: Meadow Pipit, 17 Pied Wagtail, 5 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, 26 Linnet (Robert Callf)
  • Stocker's Lake: Great White Egret present on one of the islands opposite the tern hide for most of the afternoon (Andrew Moon)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher (Frank Nugent).
  • Victoria Park: west lake - 6 Red-crested Pochard 5m/1f, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe (JW Davies)
  • Wanstead: Little Egret flying south over the station at around 8am (Simon Worsfold)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Red-crested Pochard, Great Black-backed Gull (with unreadable black ring with white writing, Yellow-legged Gull, 12 Common Gull, Reed Bunting (Chris Farthing)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Stonechat, 112 Redwing, 30 Fieldfare, 30+ Chaffinch, 2 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 10 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 8 Pied Wagtail, 5 Lapwing, Common Snipe, 100+ Common Gull, 18 Shoveler, 45 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 15 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff (Nick Croft/John Whele/Simon Worsfold)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 14.30, Bomb crater 1f,1m Stonechat, 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Kestrel (Marcin Kempa).

Tuesday 25th October 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Meadow Pipit, Common Snipe, Pied Wagtail, (Bruce Carson); 1 Stonechat at 17.30. Sw perimeter of cricket pitch (Brian Milligan) Probably 1w Stonechat still feeding actively 1752 (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 18 Common Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, Water Rail heard, male Peregrine flying to Colindale 08:30, 169 Woodpigeon, 9 Fieldfare, 29 Redwing, 14 Chaffinch (Steve Leeke, Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Charing Cross Hospital: 4 Peregrine Falcon at 2:15pm as a visitor was escorted away E by residents (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Cornmill Gardens: Little Egret, 2 Grey Wagtail (Tom Moulton)
  • Enfield Lock: dead Red-tailed Hawk reported on the railway line at the station by my wife (Martin Shepherd)
  • London Wetland Centre: Peregrine on Ch. X Hospital, 3 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Snipe all grazing marsh. Sparrowhawk seen (Martin Honey, Bruce Page, Wendy Newnham).
  • Purfleet: imm m Marsh Harrier, 53 Golden Plover, 39 Black-tailed Godwit, 47 Dunlin, 127 Redshank, 134 Lapwing, 6 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 27 Wigeon, 43 Teal, 34 Mallard, m Tufted Duck, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 10 Great Black-backed Gull 43 Magpie (Fraser Simpson)
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: Cattle Egret Still visible from butts hide this morning. (Facebook/Twitter); Cattle Egret only seen by one person as far as I am aware and not seen from 10am despite extensive searching throught day(Nick S) Also 3 different Caspian Gull from yesterday (2 3cy + 1 2cy) (Dante Shepherd) Caspo pics here
  • Rotherhithe: pair Shoveler, 6 Egyptian Goose, 1 Jay, 2 Grey Heron at Southwark Park. 1 Common Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail, 46 Tufted Duck at Canada Water. (John Cadera)
  • Staines Moor: Short-eared Owl at 16.30, plus Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail. (Mike Wheeler)
  • Teddington: Sparrowhawk over Park road flying west 8.00am (Ian R Watson)
  • Totteridge Valley : Firecrest behind St Paul's Church plus Goldcrest, Nuthatch and Treecreeper. Coal Tit, 4 Skylarks, Siskin, 9 Fieldfare, Redwing flock, 2 Missle Thrush, Meadow Pipit footpath behind the farm going towards Totteridge Lane. Kingfisher, 3 Teal at Darlands Lake area. 2 Little Owls, Sparrowhawk, 2 Bats (Simon Worsfold)
  • Tower Hamlets. Cemetery Park: 10 Redwing, Song Thrush NW in 15 minutes between 0730 until 0745 (Bob Watts)
  • Walthamstow Forest: 2 Jay, 3 Magpie, 10+ Goldcrest, Firecrest, Yellow-browed Warbler (10.30am, initial sighting a trio of goldcrest, firecrest and YBW, YBW then appeared on its own, slightly separate from a group of c.6-7 goldcrest), 3 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 14 Starling over (Mike Smith) [I was taking Walthamstow Forest as being the area of Epping Forest bounded by the A406 in the south and The Charter Road in the north]
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood, pm): pr Wigeon flew off high N, pr Peregrines 'talon-locking', 2 Green Sandpipers relief channel, pr Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler, Kingfisher (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: 1-2 male Stonechat, 49 Redwing, 18 Fieldfare, 11 Song Thrush, 37 Chaffinch, 41 Goldfinch, Siskin, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 23 Linnet, 5 Reed Bunting, 33 Skylark, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 f Blackcap, 9 Goldcrest, 28 Gadwall, m Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 13 Teal, 23 Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Kestrel (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Woodlark over Shoulder of Mutton, 3 Firecrest together in Bush Wood, 10+ Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Coal Tit, 4 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Little Egret, 162 Gadwall, 53 Wigeon, 36 Shoveler, 10 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 10+ Little Grebe (Nick Croft)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 3 Stonechat, 14 Skylark (9 NW, 1 S, 4 in grassland), 4 Reed bunting, c50 Goldfinch, 9 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Song Thrush, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Kestrel (Louis Freeland-Haynes)

​Monday 24th October 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher, reservoir, 13.15. Good view. (Greg Smith)
  • Barking Bay: c150 Shelduck, 392 Teal, 1 female Merlin SE, 6 Kestrel, 2 Water Rail, 2 Ringed Plover, c45 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 56 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Curlew, 10 Common Snipe, 1cy Caspian Gull & 12 Yellow-legged Gull in roost at dawn, 1 Short-eared Owl, 16 Skylark, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 16 alba Wagtail ESE, 4 Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, c. 60 Linnet, 27 Reed Bunting including 11 W/SW (Nick Senior)
  • Banstead Woods: 1 Wood Warbler - called twice distinctively at top of oak tree near Elizabeth Estates at 4:17pm, seen briefly. 2 Common Buzzard, 26 Goldcrest, 1 Peregrine, 5 Jay. (Arjun Dutta) - the latest date for Wood Warbler in London was 5/10/1947 until today - one can argue with plumage, but rarely with calls - Outstanding : ) (JR) - I wasn't sure until it gave two brief calls then flew towards Canons Farm, and as it was a bird I had always wished to see as soon as it called it confirmed the ID. I didn't think it too much as it said that the previous Banstead record was last year on its website.(AD) - Well done & keep going Arjun (JR) You're too ready to accept other birders claims (ANON). & You're too gutless to even leave your name - We are all here (I hope), because we love birds & should support each other no matter what - what has happened here lets the whole side down (JR) Makes you wonder the point of reporting sometimes if people can say, from a computer terminal, "you didnt see what you reported". Its odd, yes, but did you ("anon") see the bird in question? (IS) ANON is typical of that unfortunate breed of birdwatcher who doesn't believe the sightings of others because he/she didn't see them (ANON 2) Yes, I have made an idiot of myself in the past in that way but it is an issue to take up individually rather than publicly question a birder's credibility? (Ian Stewart)
  • Barnes, Barn Elms Playing Fields: 26 Pied Wagtail and 5 Meadow Pipit on playing fields, 24 Redwing mostly SE, 11 Fieldfare S, Chiffchaff, 14 Linnet S, Brambling W, Reed Bunting S (R.Kaye)
  • Brent Reservoir: Jack Snipe, 19 Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2+ Water Rail calling, Chiffchaff on Dump, YBW not found, Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, 27 Chaffinch, 16 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch (Tim Rymer, Roy Beddard, Andrew Verrall)18.00 m.Sparrowhawk tried to catch 2 bats nr.Frog pond(F. O'Sullivan)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cornmill Gardens: 2 Little Egret being hassled by Black-headed Gulls (Tom Moulton)
  • Cowley, Uxbridge: 16 Fieldfare flying W. 08.35. (Roger Dewey)
  • Hampstead Heath: 18 Shoveler on Highgate No.1 pond (Pete Mantle)
  • Leytonstone Green Man Roundabout: Sparrowhawk flew over O' Neil's Pub whilst I was waiting for my bus. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Pinner (HA5): Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, 2 Jay, 42 Goldfinch & 74 Ring-necked Parakeet - more boring than the 'Test Card' (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: No sign of pale variant Stonechat late am in Hawthorn valley. (Franko J Maroevic) There was a pale coloured female Stonechat in the Rowans on Lawn Field at 3:30ish yesterday afternoon. (Phil Davies & Paula Redmond)
  • Rainham Marshes, RSPB: Cattle Egret (BirdGuides); Cattle Egret moving between Wennington Marsh and Aveley Pool at least until 14:00 (Quentin Given); Cattle Egret at 10:10 seen on Wennington, then at 13:30 on Aveley Pools, and then 15:15 back onto Wennington, also 9 Cormorant, 8 Pied Wagtail, 18 Robin, 3 Kingfisher, 150 Great Black-backed Gull, 34 Lapwing, 15 Grey Heron, 3 Curlew, 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 156 Golden Plover, 34 Redshank, 8 Linnet, 29 Fieldfare, 6 Reed Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff, 13 Stonechat, 41 Wigeon, 41 Shoveler, 15 Shelduck, Dunlin, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Marsh Harrier, Raven 10:15 on Wennington, 18 Skylark, 6 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 2 Avocet, 4 Rock Pipit, 4 Meadow Pipit, Redwing, Cetti's Warbler, 23 Teal, 2 Water Pipit, Snipe, 2 Pintail, 2 Bearded Tits (Samuel Levy); Cattle Egret showing well, with cattle, at 16.30 on Wennington Marsh, from 'Serin Mound' (Mike Wheeler); 3 Caspian Gull (2 1cy + 1 2cy) (Dante Shepherd) Caspo pics here
  • Redbridge Lakes, Woodford Bridge: Kingfisher, up to 4 Snipe, Teal (first one seen here in around 3 years), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Grey Heron, Goldcrest, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 1-2 Jays, plus still over a dozen Pied Wagtails on the adjacent S. Woodford cricket pitch (Alan Hobson).
  • Roxbourne Park, Rayners Lane: Grey Wagtail, 2 Little Egret (Tim Rymer).
  • Russia Dock Woodland: 3-4 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5+ Long Tailed Tits (J & J Cadera)
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): Brambling NW calling, 9 Lapwing high W, Fieldfare (year-1st), Egyptian Goose, c30 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, m Teal, 6 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 3-5 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 5 Water Rail, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Meadow Pipit E, 2 Pied Wagtail E, 2 Grey Wagtail, 20+ Redwing, 6+ Chiffchaff (1 singing), 2-3 Cetti's Warbler, 10+ Goldcrest, 200+ Jackdaw low N (from local roosts), c300 Starling inc roost of 150+, 2+ Linnet SE, 2 Redpoll (pres Lesser), 2+ Bullfinch. 59 species 07.05 - 10.00 (Ian Stewart)
  • Sewardstone: m. Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Goldcrest, Kestrel (Martin Shepherd)
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 32 Stock Dove, 4 Meadow Pipit, 20 Pied Wagtail, 13 Linnet (Robert Callf)
  • Tottenham Marshes: 12.10pm: 2 Bramblings flew low calling NW over Allotment. (Davey Leach).
  • Town Park, Enfield: male Kingfisher perched Carr's Basin (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: Stonechat, 2 Bramblings, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, 40+Chaffinches, 300 Starlings, 60 Fieldfare, 6 Meadow Pipits, 6 Redwing, 4 Reed Bunting, Siskin, 2 Skylark, 3 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 5 Common Gulls, 5 Pied Wagtails (Nick Croft/Simon Worsfold)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Kingfisher, Red-crested Pochard, 8 Common Gull (Chris Farthing)

​Sunday 23rd October 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Brambling north 0812 with 2 Chaffinch giving typical nasal call, 38 Jackdaw including flock on c30 west, 8 Redwing NW, 5 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 20 Chaffinch, 8 Starling, several Alba and Grey. Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff (Bob Watts)
  • Bow Creek: Little Egret feeding at low tide, viewed from train (Frank Nugent).
  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler still on Dump, Wood Sandpiper present until 10.15 when seen to fly SW, adult Mediterranean Gull from main hide; vis-mig - 4 Little Egret, Skylark, 145 Woodpigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 60 Jackdaw, Siskin, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, Water Rail, Snipe, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 2 Green Sandpiper, Redwings, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit and Cetti's Warbler (Brent Birders). 11.45 - 12.25 Yellow-browed Warbler heard to call - but not seen. Noon: Peregrine over northern marsh & Dump (Bob Husband, Mike Cawthorne, Pete Lowman).
  • Charing Cross Hospital: f Peregrine Falcon feeding her 6 month old young (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Chelsea Hospital/Ranelagh Gardens: 2 Common Buzzard S, 2 Skylark W, 6 'Alba' Wagtail S, 3 Redwing, 130 Starling WSW, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 3 Jay, 1 Lesser Redpoll (Nick Senior)
  • Finchley (Garden): 2 Goldcrest 08:15 (Samuel Levy)
  • Crossness: 45 Black-tailed Godwits, Rock Pipit, 2 Shelduck, half a dozen Great Black-backed Gulls, 100+ Lapwings, 100+ Teal, 4 Redshank, Grey Heron, Ring-necked Parakeet (Alan Hobson).
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Water Rail seen from park gatehouse (John Bushell)
  • Gunpowder Park: Water Rail, Common Buzzard, 2-4 Stonechat, Brambling over (Neville Smith).
  • KGV Reservoir: Grey Plover 08:19-08:34 then flew off high north, 2 Dunlin, 3 Stonechat, Brambling (Neville Smith).
  • Lamorbey Park: Little Grebe, Kestrel, Kingfisher, 2 Skylark over, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Fieldfare S, 15+ Redwing, 10+ Goldcrest, Lesser Redpoll (Ian Stewart)
  • Netherhouse Farm: Woodcock at 09:40 flushed from side of path, 2 Stonechat (Martin Shepherd)
  • Putney, Huntingfield Road: 65 Woodpigeon SW, Grey Wagtail, 2 alba Wagtail SW, 3 Blackbird SW, Ring Ouzel SW 10.10, 20 Redwing NW, 6 Fieldfare NW, 2 Song Thrush SW, 3 Mistle Thrush NW/E, 2 Magpie SW, 77 Starling NW, 4 Meadow Pipit NE, 2 Skylark, 31 Chaffinch NW/NE, Brambling NE, 9 Goldfinch SW, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin SW, 19 Linnet SW, House Sparrow (R.Kaye); Buzzard W, Peregrine (J.Wilczur)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite north at 13:46 & the same (or another) east at 13:49, 10 Siskin north, 33 Chaffinch north-west, 34 Goldfinch in one charm, 8 Redwing, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail over, 11 Pied Wagtail (8 east towards the Harrow roost), Jay, 3 Jackdaw & a paltry 152 Ring-necked Parakeet (Jon Ridge)
  • Purfleet: 1 Rock Pipit, 59 Golden Plover, 33 Dunlin, 52 Redshank, 177 Lapwing, 4 Curlew, 3 Ringed Plover, 217 Wigeon, 52 Teal, 58 Mallard, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, Stonechat (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham Marshes: Cattle Egret on Aveley Pools then Wennington Marsh from Serin Mound (Birdguides) Flew back to between Aveley Pools and Butts Hide, viewable from Butts Hide and sometimes from North Boardwalk. Also Water Pipit from Butts Hide (Matt Palmer); 2 Cattle Egret, 3 Great White Egret (Facebook)
  • Richmond Park: An interesting fem Stonechat (associating with a normal male), just east of the Hawthorn Valley- Almost completely devoid of any warm colour. It looked almost Spotted flycatcher-like in appearance, very pale breast and flanks with light grey brown back and head. However its rump was heavily streaked. Photos (and video) were taken to view the rump. (Hugh Bradshaw et al) - sounds interesting Hugh (JR)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Common Snipe E 09.08 (home and Sidcup year-1st), Green Woodpecker, 17+ Skylark W, Meadow Pipit NE, 2 Pied Wagtail 1S 1E, 30+ Fieldfare 28N 2+S, 9+ Redwing 4W 3NE more heard, 2+ Song Thrush, 2+ Goldcrest, 2 Jay, 585+ Starling most W, 40+ Chaffinch W/NW, 12+ Linnet 4W 6SE, 2+ Redpoll sp (calls sounded different), Greenfinch W, 5+ Siskin N/NE (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (Willersley Avenue/Halfway St junction) 23 Redwings over towards Lamorbey(Eric Brown)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: m Pheasant, Buzzard, 1-2 Sparrowhawk, f Kestrel, 22 Lapwing, 9 Stock Dove, c10 Skylark, 15+ Meadow Pipit, f Stonechat, 32 Redwing N, 8 Song Thrush, 65+ Starling SW, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Rook, 4 Reed Bunting, c30 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch (Neil Anderson )
  • Totteridge Valley: Kestrel, Moorhen, 18 Canada Geese, 2 Stock Dove, 70+ Jackdaw, 30+ Carrion Crow, 33+ Pied Wagtail, 5 Robin, 2 Black Bird, 14:50 Honey Buzzard S, 14:55 2 Common Buzzard S, Also Wren, 3 Dunnock, 8 Collared Dove, 2 Pheasent, 2 Egyptian Geese, 10 Redwing, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Chaffinch. (Samuel Levy) 
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 21 Linnet, 20 Pied Wagtail, rear paddocks (Jon Agar) 

​Saturday 22nd October 2016Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 0910 to 1040, 11 Egyptian Geese south (site record & likely to be same 11 seen yesterday evening arrive at Grovelands Park at 1630, a female and 10 juvs), Skylark heard, 20 Fieldfare, 33 Redwing, mostly NW, also 4+ Meadow Pipits, 70+ Chaffinch mostly N or NW, Chiffchaff, 10 Alba Wagtails, 4 Grey Wagtail, Siskin heard (Bob Watts)
  • Amwell NR - Great Hardmead Lake, Crossbill, flew west, 2 Raven, Brambling, Herts web (Barry Reed)
  • Avenue House Park (Finchley): 3 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Great Tit, Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, Moorhen, 4 Robin, 10 House Sparrow, 2 Blackbird. (Samuel Levy)
  • Battersea Park: Firecrest still near Rowen Gate, 5 Redwing SW, 66 Chaffinches NW; nearby 1cy Caspian Gull on barges east of Chelsea Bridge (Nick Senior)
  • Belvedere, Thames (off Crabtree Manorway North): 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, 1 Meadow Pipit. 3 Redshank, 11 Ringed Plover, 16 Teal plus a Seal swimming downstream (Mike Robinson)
  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler in trees by Dump, Wood Sandpiper & Jack Snipe from hides in East Marsh, Cetti's Warbler, Green Sandpiper, 24 Snipe; also vismig: 6 Skylark, 163 Redwing, 8 Fieldfare, Brambling, 165 Starling, 109 Chaffinch (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard et al); 1300hrs, Wood Sandpiper still (from Heron Hide), 2 Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Water Rail (Andrew Haynes)
  • Danson Park: 14+ Egyptian Goose, 6 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 2 m Pochard, Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Meadow Pipit NW, Grey Wagtail, 3 Fieldfare W, Chiffchaff, 5+ Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, Jackdaw, 2 Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway): 50+ Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Gull, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Lapwing, 1 Linnet, 40+ Redshank, 2 Rock Pipit, 27 Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • Ewell: 1 Common Buzzard circling low over DW Fitness, Banstead Road p.m. Also at least 25 Stock Dove but maybe 4 times as many in immediate area (Neil Batten)
  • Hampstead Heath. Over the top after 7am.Redwing c70, Fieldfare c50, chaffinch c30,starling one flock of c 70. Then fog. (Greengrandad),
  • Lamorbey Park : Pair Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Tufted Duck, 6 Cormorant, Kingfisher, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jackdaw, 15+ Pied Wagtails (Mike Amos) Redwing, 4+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Stonechat, Kingfisher, 6 Siskin (Shailesh Patel) 2m 1f Stonechat (at least), 2 Reed Bunting, Redshank, Great Spotted and Green Woodpaeckers, several Chiffchaff, 8 Cettis Warbler, Water Rail, Sparrowhawk near Explore feeders, Peregrine on Ch. X Hospital. Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Redwing, Fieldfare, Redpoll, Siskin and Grey Wagtail also seen (Martin Honey).
  • Oxleas Wood Raven 2 Common Buzzard[pair] Kestrel[fm] Sparrowhawk Goldcrest Coaltit Goldfinch Chaffinch Redwing[over] 3 Mistlethrush Songthrush Great Spotted Woodpecker Nuthatch [Ron Turner]
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite north at 12:10, 40 Redwing over, Fieldfare north-west, 41 Chaffinch north-west, 18 Goldfinch, Linnet over, Meadow Pipit north-west, 4 Pied Wagtail, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, Jackdaw, Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit & Goldcrest, what sounded exactly like a Coot was heard several times - however, I have since become suspicious of this record & have decided to remove it from my list. Later: 427 Ring-necked Parakeet south-south-east between 17:00 & 17:40 - (a record count here) (Jon Ridge)
  • Purfleet: 1 Rock Pipit, 39 Golden Plover, 29 Dunlin, 107 Redshank, 181 Lapwing, 7 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover, 42 Wigeon, 47 Teal, 61 Mallard, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, Stonechat (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: Pen Ponds area - 53 Shoveler, 13 Teal, 42 Pochard, 3 Water Rail heard, Peregrine perched with prey, 28 Common Gull, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 25 Fieldfare over, 5 Stonechat, 2 Redpoll over (J.Wilczur) Linnet, 10 Skylark over (S.Woolfenden)
  • Roxbourne Park/Field End Rec, Rayners Lane/South Ruislip: Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, 9 Pied Wagtail, Common Gull, Song Thrush, Redwing (over).
  • South Norwood Country Park: 1 Kestrel. 20 Fieldfare, 1 Sisin, 1 m Gadwall, 1 Chiffchaff abietinus?, 3 Grey Herons, 9 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Little Grebes. 2 Mute Swans, 3 Shovelers, 2 Teal, 13 Canada Geese, 6 Tufted Ducks, Cormorant, 20 Coots, 15 Moorhens. There were also several Red Darters and lots of insects about.(Rob Wyllie). NB The observer has now withdrawn the reported Serin and is happy that it was a Siskin (John Birkett - Croydon Birders admin)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, 10+ Skylark over (year 1st), Pied Wagtail over, Goldcrest, 2 Jackdaw, 200+ Starling W, 40+ Chaffinch most W, 4 Linnet SE (year 1st), 2 Siskin W (Ian Stewart)

  • Staines Moor: 1+ Water Pipit, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Short-eared Owl, 5 Lapwing N, 7 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Kingfisher, 1+ Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Siskin NW (Lee Dingain)
  • Stoneleigh Broadway KT17: 143 Redwing w a.m. (Neil Batten)
  • Swanscombe Marshes: Black Redstart (Peter Beckenham per Roger Keith)
  • Tottenham Marshes: 157 Chaffinch, Brambling west, 2 Redpoll NE, 2 Siskin N, 32 Blackbird, 56 Fieldfare, 94 Redwing over, 8 Song Thrush, 5 Reed Bunting, Skylark N, 2 Jackdaw SW, f Stonechat, 9 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff (including 2 singers at least), Peregrine, Kingfisher (Stuart Fisher)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Firecrest (St Paul's churchyard, Mill Hill), Common Snipe (owl field), Chiffchaff, 19+ Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2+ Reed Bunting, Little Owl, 36 Rook, 40+ Fieldfare, 65+ Redwing (7 in trees), 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Siskin, 3 Redpoll, 60+ Chaffinch, 50+ Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, Grey Wagtail, 6 alba wagtail, 12 Teal, 2 Common Gull (Ian Ellis & John Colmans)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Caspian Gull, Dunlin, 4 Snipe, Little Egret, c100 Lapwing, Kingfisher, Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk (Steve Blake et al)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Reed Bunting (f/imm) Leyton Marsh, 2 Meadow Pipit over, Sparrowhawk (f) over rear paddocks, Kestrel (f) over Bomb Crater Field 11:00-12:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Flats: Jack Snipe, Common Snipe (TB), 3 Lapwing, 520+ Chaffinch, 8 Brambling, 40+ Linnet, 3 Siskin, 5 Reed Bunting, 2000+ Starling, 146 Fieldfare, 54 Redwing, 60 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 20+ Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 4 Teal (Tony Brown/James Heal/Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Common Buzzard over garden (Bob Vaughan)
  • Wembley Park: Little Egret flew over garden going west this afternoon (Joe Taylor)

​Friday 21st October 2016Edit

  • Barnes, Barn Elms Playing Fields: usual 6 hours. 2 Little Egret NW, 2 Snipe, 6 Lapwing NW, 2 Collared Dove W, 29 Pied Wagtail on deck, 3 Grey Wagtail 1 local 2 NE/NW, 10 Meadow Pipit mostly N/NW, 337 Redwing NW, 54 Song Thrush NW, 47 Fieldfare NW, 7 Skylark W/NW, 1,490 Starling W, 168 Chaffinch NW, 14 Brambling W/NW, 6 Linnet SE/SW, 3 Siskin N/SW, Reed Bunting SW, Red Admiral SW (R.Kaye)
  • Brent Reservoir: Yellow-browed Warbler heard calling Dump, not refound, Wood Sandpiper came in front of Main hide, feeding late afternoon, male Merlin SW 11.01 then Common Buzzard NNE 11.09, also the 3 common BOPs, 305 Redwings, 45 Fieldfares, 48 Chaffinch, 1st Skylark of Aut. (Brent Birders)
  • Belvedere, Thames (off Crabtree Manorway North): 2 Dunlin, 3 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, 8 Ringed Plover plus a Seal with a fish midstream (Mike Robinson); also Common Sandpiper (James Palmer)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Redwing over, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness: Peregrine, 100 Lapwing, 120 Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, 60 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, Rock Pipit (James Palmer)
  • Erith: 90 Black Tailed Godwit, 60 Redshank, Raven (on Essex side of the river) (James Palmer)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Cetti's Warbler calling in boggy area at SW end of lake (first this year), 2 Little Grebe, Little Egret, Water Rail (autumn 1st), Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 2+ Redwing, 6+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest, 4+ Linnet, Siskin. Late afternoon visit but still a few Chaffinches going over (Ian Stewart)
  • Grovelands Park: 9 Cormorant, 12 Egyptian Goose male, female and ten juvs, 15 Mandarin Duck 9 m 6 f, fem Wigeon - my first record for this site? 23 Tufted Duck 14 m 9 f, fem Great Spotted Wodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 2 Nuthatch (Robert Callf)
  • Gunpowder Park: Brambling in low flight and calling at 09:15. Also 100+ Redwing in small groups, Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch, Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest (Martin Shepherd)
  • Heathrow: 2 singing Cetti's Warblers (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Lamorbey Park: Egyptian Goose, Little Egret (lower lake), Sparrowhawk, 20+ Redwing over, 10+ Goldcrest, 20+ Chaffinch over, 4 Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 1st w Ring Ouzel briefly, Siskin over, Reed Bunting NE (Stuart Fisher)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 4 Fieldfare over N, Little Egret on Old River Lea ~0930 (Alastair Dent)
  • Mill Hill, The Ridgeway: 60 Redwing W 0900 (Samuel Levy)
  • Primrose Hill: 2 Skylark, 465 Starling (1st big influx), 65 Fieldfare, 15+ Song Thrush, 175 Redwing, 70 Chaffinch, 50 Goldfinch all N/NW, 11 Linnet SW - vismig 07:20-09:50; also Northern Wheatear briefly 0830 (Twitter)
  • Purfleet: 2 Rock Pipit, 101 Golden Plover, 56 Redshank, 81 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 52 Mallard, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 13 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham: 2 Caspian Gulls and 33 Yellow-legged Gulls near the stone barges, Brambling in hedge along landfill boundary fence east of stone barges, Raven flew W (2 seen earlier at the Serin Mound overlooking Wennington Marshes by Ruth Barnes), nearby flock of c220 Linnets with c10 Skylarks, 7 Reed Buntings, Chaffinch and Goldfinch among them (Dominic Mitchell), 2 Stonechat at Rainham North (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: Peregrine, 2 Buzzard, 39 Lapwing over, 6 Skylark, 50 Fieldfare WNW, 70 Redwing WNW, 265 Starling WNW, Redpoll over, 5 Linnet S, c40 Goldfinch - in 90 min skywatch mid morning (J.Wilczur); 3 Stonechat in brambles N of Kingston Gate, 15 Siskin over (Billy Dykes).
  • St James's Park: Common Buzzard over low N at 14:50 (Frank Nugent).
  • St Paul's Cathedral (Paternoster Row): f Kestrel - on northeast side of the cathedral, spotted by me from the end of the one new change rooftop (Brandon Anderson).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 3 Brambling NW, Grey Wagtail E, 20+ Redwing W, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Jay, 2 Jackdaw, 50+ Chaffinch W, Siskin heard, Sparrowhawk (Ian Stewart)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Water Pipit on salt marsh, Marsh Harrier over Thames, 22 Redshank, Curlew, 10 Stonechat, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Bearded Tit, Raven; vis-mig: 1010 Starling, 25 Skylark, 57 Chaffinch, Brambling, 4 Lesser Redpoll (Andrew Self) Additions: 2 Common Sandpiper, 22 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret E, 51 Redshank at HT, 3 Snipe (1 deceased), Marsh Harrier at 1640 (Peter Beckenham)
  • Theydon Bois (Coopersale Lane) : 4 Siskin, flock of Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush flock, Song Thrush, Skylark, Kestrel (Simon Worsfold)
  • Tottenham Marshes: 12.15 - 13.00pm - fem Stonechat N of mowed area N of allotments, 1 Rock Pipit calling flew N over and 2+ mobile Meadow Pipits in area (Davey Leach).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest male still Sanctuary Wood, also 4+ Goldcrest, Chiffchaff and an incredibly late juvenile Willow. Warbler still in the mixed tit flock (Bob. Watts)
  • Trent Park: 2 m Gadwall ( uncommon here), 2f 1m Pochard, m and 2 f Tufted Duck, 6m and 3 f Mandarin, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, Grt Spotted Woodpecker, c 30 B H Gull.( Pete Lowman).
  • Tyttenhanger GP: fem Goldeneye, Wigeon, 3 Little Egret, Kingfisher, c180 Redwing, 6 Skylark, c40 Linnet, Little Owl. (Steve Blake)
  • Wanstead Flats: 500+ Starling, 260+ Chaffinch going north, 32 Lesser Redpoll, Brambling, 2 Siskin, 30+ Goldfinch, 30 Linnet, 4 Reed Bunting, 60 Skylark mostly west), 23 Meadow Pipit, 33 Lapwing (west), Common Snipe, 42 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 58 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat, Peregrine Falcon, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, and large hawk, some distance away, flying slowly and then doing some display moves (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/Marco Johnson/Peter Brinton/Sean Kerrigan)

​Thursday 20th October 2016 Edit

  • Black Park: 2 Crossbill and Yellow-browed Warbler (called twice early am - not seen - in the middle of the heath area) (C. Lamsdell)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Green Sandpiper,7 Snipe, singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 Egyptian Geese (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted  Woodpecker, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Elephant and Castle: Kestrel hovering over Victory Community Park at dusk (Tony Stones)
  • Finchley (Garden): Pied Wagtail over W (Second ever garden record) (Samuel Levy)
  • Frays Farm Meadows LWT: 2 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaffs, Treecreeper, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat, 2 Snipe river edge, 5 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, really quite large number of Redwings would have to be 100 + 12 Fieldfare, Little Egret, Skylark over, 2 Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, Red Kite, Siskin 7 +, Meadow Pipit 1 + heard (Dan Pinkham)
  • Greenwich Park: 15 Redwings over, Firecrest am (Joe Beale)
  • Gunpowder Park: Common Buzzard (hovering), Peregrine, 3 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, Swallow S/W, 30+ Fieldfare dropped into distant farmland. 2 Stonechat (female type) 17:54, 9 Skylark 9+ Reed Bunting all on the mound. 3 Lesser Redpoll over, 5 Siskin feeding in Alder's N/W of park, 2 Bullfinch (Neville Smith).
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 juvenile Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 juvenile Mute Swan, 61 Black-headed Gull (Neil Batten)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 Little Egrets, 2 Pochards, 3 Goldcrests by Eagle Ponds, 3 Siskins, 10 Meadow Pipits, Redwings flying over the flats by Hollow Ponds area, Skylark, 2 Gadwall, 3 Great Crested Grebes.8:30-9:30 (Simon Worsfold)
  • Little Britain Iver/Cowley: 3 Little Egrets, 5 Fieldfare, Skylark over, 2 Wigeon, 2 Kingfishers, Grey Wagtail, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Herons. 7 Gadwall.(Sue Giddens)
  • London Wetland Centre: 82 Redwing S/SW, 27 Song Thrush S/SW, 1 Redpoll SW, 2 Skylark W, 1 Rock Pipit, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 5 Snipe, 2 Peregrine, 1 Pintail, 25 Pochard (WWT Website)
  • Mill Hill, The Ridgeway: Nuthatch, 2 Goldfinch, Fieldfare over W. (Samuel Levy)
  • North Finchley: 9.30 c50Redwing W (John Colmans)
  • Pinner (HA5): 20 Fieldfare north-west, 5 Redwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit & 11 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Primrose Hill: 105 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 195 Redwing & 60+ Goldfinch all W, 10 Linnet S - vismig 07:30-09:35 (Twitter)
  • Purfleet: 34 Golden Plover, 61 Redshank, 151 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 2 Dunlin, 12 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 36 Mallard, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 9 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Redbridge IG4: Common Buzzard circling, harassed by two crows (Malcolm Hibberd)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Water Rail in relief channel, 2 Rook over E, 89 Fieldfare over N/W, Stonechat (fem type) 16:22, 2 Lesser Redpoll over, 5 Siskin (Neville Smith).
  • South Norwood CP: A 1st today with RAVEN being mobbed by 20 jackdaws. (Roy Weller)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Moor: 2 Short-eared Owl, 6 Stonechat, 2 Kestrel, there were a couple of falconers with some Gyrfalcons (Thomas Gibson)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebe (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stoneleigh Station: 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Redwing w, 1 Meadow Pipit w, 48 Herring Gull ne (Neil Batten)
  • Tottenham (Broadwater Farm): Buzzard (James Palmer)
  • Tottenham Marsh: Filedfare (James Palmer)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 321 Redwing (record for site), Fieldfare NW 0725-0800, also male Firecrest still Sanctuary Wood, 4 Goldcrests (Bob Watts); Skylark over Fairfoot Road then site (John Archer)
  • Trent Park: Common Buzzard, Bullfinch, Grey Wagtail, Goldfinch, 3 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, 11 Mandarin( 9m,2f), 3 f Tufted Duck, c50 Jackdaw. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow (Folly Lane): 20 Lapwing north-west (James Palmer)
  • Wanstead Flats: 300+ Redwing, 80+ Fieldfare, 3 Stonechat, 6 Lapwing, Brambling, 2 Siskin, 10+ Linnet, 20+ Chaffinch, Lesser Redpoll, 7+ Reed Bunting, 10+ Skylark, 15+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 4 Teal, 10+ Gadwall, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel (Nick Croft/Peter Brinton)
  • Wanstead Park: 25 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 20 Gadwall, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe, Little Egret, 4 Meadow Pipits, 5 Goldcrest 4pm (Simon Worsfold)

​Wednesday 19th October 2016 Edit

  • Barnes, Barn Elms Playing Fields: 23 Barnacle Geese circled LWC for 3 minutes at 11.20 nearly landing then flew W, 2 Greylag including one very high SE surely no kind of local, Merlin S 11.50, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Peregrine, Green Sandpiper S 12.25, 29 Woodpigeon SW, Stock Dove SW, 3 Collared Dove SW, Kingfisher, Swallow W, 15 Pied Wagtail on deck plus 17 alba mostly SW, 3 Grey Wagtail 1 local 2 W, 10 Meadow Pipit mostly SW, 2 Fieldfare S, 2 Redwing SE, 4 Song Thrush SW, 3 Mistle Thrush local, Chiffchaff, m Stonechat S, 2 Skylark NW, 23 Linnet SW, 14 Chaffinch SW, 2 Siskin SW, 4 Reed Bunting SW/NW, Lapland Bunting SW 12.10 (R.Kaye)
  • Belvedere, Thames (off Crabtree Manorway North): 6 Lapwing, 1 Peregrine Falcon (resting on the side of the nearby Waste Incinerator), 7 Redshank, 18 Ringed Plover, 4 Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • London EC1 2 Grey Wagtails behind my office Charterhouse st, been here around 2 weeks. (Bob Beaumont)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat, 3 Redpoll, 11 Siskin W, 1 Peregrine, 3 Snipe (WWT Website); 23 Barnacle Geese circled site 11:20 (LWC staff); Apparently landed briefly with the captive birds but flew off, 3+ Stonechat 2m 1f on grazing marsh (Martin Honey)
  • Mill Hill, The Ridgeway: 2 Mediterranean Gull, (Where exactly and age please? - Both on the Mill Hill School fields (private land). There was also possibly a hybrid med/black headed gull on sheep wash pond. It had very dark wing tips (BHG feature), but at the same time a very pale body colour (MG feature) and it only had a dot on the head. (BHG feature)). (BHG usually only shows a black dot on the side of the head at this time of year. MG shows a larger smudge. Also check for larger blood red bill and legs. Were the primaries all white? It had the black dot on the side of the head, however it had a red bill, but the legs weren't visible, I haven't seen it since, but it had been around for a couple of days. The Primaries where mainly white but it was quite hard to tell.) 12 Redwing over S, 6 Goldfinch. (Samuel Levy)
  • Pinner (Cannon Lane): 2 Siskin south-west, Coal Tit & 2 Jackdaw west (Jon Ridge)
  • Petts Wood: Firecrest in Pond Wood, 2 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, 20+ Redwing, 10+ Goldcrest, 2+ Nuthatch, 5+ Rook, 2 Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Pinner (HA5): Sparrowhawk, 7 Goldfinch, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker & 3 Pied Wagtail (Jon Ridge).
  • Primrose Hill: little vismig - Skylark & Reed Bunting h over before dawn, 4 Redwing SW, 3 Linnet S (Twitter)
  • Purfleet: 31 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 43 Redshank, 85 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 28 Teal, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham RSPB: Mealy Redpoll (BirdGuides)
  • Redbridge Lakes, Woodford Bridge: Snipe (Alan Hobson).
  • Richmond Park: 3 Hawfinch 7:40 (BirdGuides)
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): 5+ Greylag and c100 Canada Geese roosted, 50+ Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 1 Wigeon, 3 Pochard, 60+ Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 1+ Water Rail, 2+ Kingfisher, 4+ Meadow Pipit S, 6+ Pied Wagtail over, 2+ Grey Wagtail, 6+ Redwing, 3+ Cetti's Warbler, 5+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Goldcrest, c60 Jackdaw N from roosts, 5+ Linnet over, 5 Lesser Redpoll E, Siskin, 4+ Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Yellow-browed Warbler 3rd day bottom of Godwin Close staying rather elusive today but calling intermittently till at least 15:15 [Whilst observing the YBW yesterday a Sparrowhawk flew into the Sallow, I suspected the worst but to my amazement then saw YBW hopping just inches above the hawks head], 21 Wigeon and 21 Gadwall on Nights pits, 2 Water Rail calling by YBW, Peregrine over North, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Common Buzzard, 3 Rook over, Redwing and Fieldfare in low double figures, 3 Skylark over, 7 Siskin over, 7 Lesser Redpoll over, 4 Bullfinch (Neville Smith); Chiffchaff/Willow Warbler, 2 Red Kite circling to South East around 11.30 (Mike Smith); YBW again in large Sallow at 17:50 (G.J.& Neville Smith).
  • Snaresbrook/Leyton Flats: Hawfinch heard calling in oaks near Court within perimeter of Leyton Flats at c8am, 90 Fieldfare over during the day, Firecrest (Snaresbrook Road just west of Eagle Pond), Green Sandpiper heard heading W at dawn, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 8+ Goldcrest, 17 Redwing, Kingfisher, Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Siskin, Skylark on the Flats, 3 Meadow Pipit, c8 Goldfinch, 3 Grey Wagtail, 5+ Song Thrush, 3+ Chiffchaff (Stuart Fisher)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 6 Redwing se over(Neil Batten).
  • South Lodge Farm, Enfield: 9 Meadow Pipit, 25 Pied Wagtail (Robert Callf)
  • South Woodford Cricket Club, Woodford Bridge: 21 Pied Wagtails all feeding on one cricket pitch [a local record], also 2 Jays, 2 Ring-necked Parakeets (Alan Hobson).
  • Tottenham Marshes: 1st-winter male Ring Ouzel 12.50pm on S edge of Allotments in hedge, male Grey Wagtail in Concrete Channel, No Stonechats on Marsh as per last week, only a Pair of Reed Buntings in S. area. (Davey Leach)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest in Holly bushes in Sanctuary Wood - my thanks to B.Watts for locating bird enabling me to get a pic between 9-10oc (G.Gram).
  • Trent Park: 28 Mandarin Duck 18 m 10 f lower lake, 4 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, Treecreeper (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: Hawfinch, 14 Siskin, 20+ Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, 5 Chaffinch, 4 Reed Bunting, 8 Redwing, 32 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, m Stonechat, 4 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 7 Pied Wagtail, 30+ Gadwall, 4 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Kestrel, Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross: Black Redstart still showing well on roof of Tithe barn and adjacent silo despite aggression shown by local Robin 09.40-10.00 (Bruce Carson) (Dan Pinkham also good fun BC)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Common Buzzard, 3 Chiffchaff 1 singing, m Stonechat calling (Francis O'Sullivan)

​Tuesday 18th October 2016 Edit

  • Belvedere, Thames (off Crabtree Manorway North): 1 Dunlin, 3 Lapwing, 2 Peregrine Falcon (resting on the side of the nearby Waste Incinerator), 3 Redshank, 14 Ringed Plover, 1 Wigeon (Mike Robinson)
  • Bentley Priory: Red Kite, f Wigeon on lake - first ever record on this site (Richard Francis).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egrets on canal feeder behind dam at 17:00 (Andrew Self); 2 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Egyptian Geese (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • North Sheen Rec: 3 Redwing heading SW 07.45 (Peter Hart)
  • Pinner (HA5): 2 Sparrowhawk, Coal Tit & 4 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Primrose Hill: 50 Fieldfare 07:45-08:30, 6 Song Thrush, 11 Redwing 0900 & Mistle Thrush (w/ Song_Thrush) all SW, 10 Chaffinch & 5 Linnet S - vismig 07:00-09:30 (Twitter)
  • Purfleet: 65 Golden Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Redshank, 116 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 18 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: Pen Ponds area - 15 Wigeon, 9 Gadwall, 31 Shoveler, 9 Teal, 38 Pochard, Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 2 Buzzard, Jack Snipe, Kingfisher, 13 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 4 Chiffchaff, c500 Starling - in grassland, 5 Reed Bunting (J.Wilczur)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Yellow-browed Warbler 2nd day still in same area as yesterday till 14:05 at least (Neville Smith).
  • Staines Moor: Short-eared Owl, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher all at dusk (Thomas Gibson)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 2 Redwings over and 1 female Sparrowhawk (Neil Batten)
  • Thorney Country Park: Firecrest by the wooden bridge (Sue Giddens)
  • Tottenham Marshes: first-winter male Common Redstart feeding in brambles in burnt areas at N end of W marsh but elusive (Terry Rawlings/Pete Lambert/Lol Bodini).
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Yellow-browed Warbler at 13.15 in trees alongside Folly Brook opposite Woodside Park Sports & Social clubhouse in Southover, N12, calling vigorously then seen well but briefly: very briefly seen again at 15.10 when it had moved c50 yards N along path by brook but did not call this time(NB this path is both muddy and slippery): Also 2 Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, 6 Teal, Common Buzzard (John Colmans)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 17 Redwing SW 0825, also 3 Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: 13 Mandarin Duck 9 m 4 f lower lake, 4 Pochard 1 m 3 f, 2 f Tufted Duck, Common Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, 5 Goldcrest, male Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park: 2 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, 16m and 8f Mandarin, 1m and 3f Pochard 2 f Tufted Duck, Green Woodpecker. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Stonechats, Reed Bunting, 3 Meadow Pipits, 80+ Shovelers, 70+ Pochards, Kingfisher (Warwick reservoirs); Wheatear, Meadow Pipit and 8 Teal (Lockwood reservoir) (Simon Worsfold and GJ)
  • Wandsworth Common: Firecrest in bushes by bridge between lakes (Peter White via Twitter); still present at 10.30 (Nick Rutter)
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Stonechat, 15 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 15 Linnet, Reed Bunting, 3 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 14 Teal, 20+ Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 6 Firecrest (Bush Wood), 10+ Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaff, Water Rail, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Little Grebe, Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, Siskin, 3 Grey Wagtail, 110+ Gadwall, 35 Shoveler, 34 Wigeon, 2 Teal, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and unidentified large raptor south down Roding (Nick Croft)
  • Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross: Black Redstart still (BirdGuides)

​Monday 17th October 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret still Wood Green Res 1750 (Bob Watts)
  • Barnes, Barn Elms Playing Fields: House Martin S, 3 Swallow S, 4 Skylark NW, Siskin SW, Lesser Redpoll SW, 93 Linnet S, Red Admiral N (R.Kaye)
  • Belvedere, Thames (off Crabtree Manorway North): 1 Common Gull, 3 Lapwing, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Teal plus a Seal swimming upstream (Mike Robinson)
  • Brent Reservoir: Vis-mig 07.20 flock 10 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 12 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 21 Chaffinch, 24 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch; 2 Little Egret, 12 Snipe, 5+ Chiffchaff, Red Admiral south, Migrant Hawker (Francis O'Sullivan, Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, 3 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway): 86 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Gull, 3 Dunlin, 1 Little Egret, 38 Redshank, 33 Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • Fairlop: Wheatear (golf course) (James Palmer)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Common Buzzard and Kestrel soaring over together 11:15 (Patrick English)
  • Lewisham: Firecrest in trees by Bell Green Pond 1520 (BirdGuides) TQ372722
  • London Wetland Centre: 5 Stonechat, 1 Pintail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 70 Wigeon, 3 Snipe, 2 Peregrine, 4 Meadow Pipit S (WWT Website)
  • Pinner (HA5): Red Kite over at 13:42 - departed north-west, Common Buzzard over at 12:24 - heavily mobbed by three Carrion Crows before departing north, Green Woodpecker, 7 Goldfinch, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Pied Wagtail & Redwing (Jon Ridge)
  • Primrose Hill: vismig c120 Fieldfare - most high SW 08:30-09:30 (Twitter)
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Yellowhammer in hedgerow just east of the Serin Mound (Fraser Simpson)
  • Redbridge Lakes, Woodford Bridge: 4 Snipe, Chiffchaff (still singing in mid-October Also showing well), Redwing, Green Woodpecker, 2 Jays, flock of around half-a-dozen Long-tailed Tits (Alan Hobson).
  • Ruxley GPs (permit only): Possible Yellow-browed Warbler heard call twice on west side of area may be worth checking Cray valley area, 40+ Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, 7 Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, 3+ Water Rail, 2+ Kingfisher, 2 Skylark SW, 1+ Meadow Pipit over, 5+ Pied Wagtail over, Grey Wagtail, 15+ Redwing, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff inc poss Siberian variety at south lake, 8+ Goldcrest, 60+ Carrion Crow, 30+ Chaffinch W, 4+ Linnet, Redpoll sp over, Siskin W, 3-5 Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Jack Snipe fr Gadwall Hide 1140 (BirdGuides)
  • Selsdon: After seeing reports of Yellow-browed Warbler at 64 Harts Croft (Not Heartscroft as previously said) over last few days – went and investigated. Bird heard singing and flitting and brief confirmatory glimpse in conifers at back of close by steps. 16: 25. Also Dunnock, Robin, 2 x coal tits, 2 x blue tits, G S woodpecker (Jo East) Note: Householders of 64 came home and confirmed not them posting sitings. House is on corner with good fruit trees and low clipped conifers and on popular cut through estate (Jo East)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Yellow-browed Warbler along path in Sallows at the bottom of Godwin Close 10:15-11:00 at least showing well in large sallow to the left of path just past Ash tree 12:00 and again at 17:00, 2 Water Rail, 10 Skylark over, 2 Blackcap, 4 Bullfinch (Neville Smith); YBW still in same spot by entrance gate at 2pm (Simon Papps)
  • Thames Ditton (KT7): Skylark over heading north - 1st garden record (Billy Dykes). 
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest male replete with leg iron Sanctuary Wood, also 3 Goldcrest, Meadow Pipit SW 0800 (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: 4 Common Pochard 1 m 3 f, Red Kite, 50+ Black-headed Gull, Common Gull 2nd-winter, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 3 Stonechats on West Warwick, 1 on East Warwick (Quentin Given); Lockwood (am) - 2 Wheatear, 2 Meadow Pipit, f Wigeon, 4 Teal, Cetti's Warbler, Jackdaw (L Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: 24 Fieldfare, 7 Skylark, 20+ Linnets, male Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Kestrel, Buzzard, Song Thrush, Siskin, Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat, 25 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 6 Meadow Pipits, 4 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Great Crested Grebe (Bob Vaughan, Nick Croft, Simon Worsfold et al)
  • Wanstead Park: 115 Gadwall, 29 Wigeon, 23 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, 7 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest, 3 Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft)
  • Woodford Green: Swallow South over grdn. and forest at 7.56am, c30 Fieldfare North (my 1st for the Autumn), with immature Greenfinch and Chiffchaff in grdn. (Ken Murray)
  • Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross: Black Redstart still on roof of grain silo by old barn (BirdGuides)

​Sunday 16th October 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Snipe flushed SW perimeter cricket pitch 1st of year, also Little Egret Wood Green Res, Kingfisher Boating Lake, 3 Chiffchaff (Bob Watts, Sarah Wyn-Jones)
  • Belvedere, Thames (off Crabtree Manorway North): 2 Dunlin, 4 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Rock Pipit plus a Seal swimming upstream (Mike Robinson)
  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Little Egret, 16 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Redpoll over (Brent Birders)
  • Claybury Park: 2 Sparrowhawk - 1m 1f being mobbed by crows, 1 Buzzard, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Jay, Grey Heron, Great Spotted woodpecker (Brandon Anderson).
  • Dulwich Woods: 1 Firecrest close to College Road entrance (Matthew J. Bradbury).
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway): 81 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Linnet, 23 Redshank, 48 Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • Kew Bridge: 2 Teal (m/f) by small island at dusk. Also two darvic ringed Black-headed Gulls read/reports sent at 1730 (Sam Jones)
  • Kilburn NW2: Woke up in night, Tawny Owl hooting, big tree in garden Fordwych Rd area, then fem ki-wicking 05.30 back again, didn't hear much for 3 years (Andrew Verrall)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Stonechat, 1 Peregrine, 70 Wigeon, 1 Wheatear, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Sparrowhawk, 5 Snipe, 1 Pintail (WWT Website)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 2 Jackdaw overhead at 0945 (Alastair Dent)
  • South Norwood CP: 5 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 10 Stock Dove, 2 Mistle Thrush, Reed Bunting, Grey Wagtail (Roy Weller)
  • Pinner (HA5): Goshawk south at 13:12 (Jon Ridge) Great record there JR. That must be the source of the commotion the gulls were making at around that time (RF). Thanks mate - not quite a Golden Oriole though! : ) (JR)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 18 Gadwall, 233 Eurasian Teal, 29 Mallard, 6 Northern Pintail, 96 Northern Shoveler, drake Common Pochard, Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Avocet in Aveley Bay, 160 Northern Lapwing, 2 Eurasian Curlew, 72 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 96 Common Redshank, 15 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl flew E 08:55 (first of season), 2 Goldcrest, 22 singing male Cetti's Warbler (with only one seen), 3 Common Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Ring Ouzel on river wall near reserve centre 13:00, Rock Pipit foreshore, 2 Water Pipit on Aveley Pools (first of season) (Dominic Mitchell); 50 Greylag, 200 Canada Goose, 91 Wigeon, 6 Pheasant, 3 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 16 Snipe, Common Gull, 100 [??] Great Black-backed Gull (8:15 on opposite side of river and rainham side), 8 Skylark, Willow Warbler, Ring Ouzel 13:30 seen in short stints on the sea wall - it did briefly fly into the reserve but almost immediately came out again and back onto the sea wall, 2 Song Thrush, 16 Redwing, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting (Samuel Levy); 2 Raven (per Howard Vaughan via Twitter); also adult Caspian Gull, large pipit calling loudly south over Ferry Lane (Dante Shepherd) Caspo pics here Dominic & Samuel thx for sightings - fyi where sp has been repeated the lower total has been removed to avoid double-counting
  • Staines Moor: 2 Short-eared Owl (fighting briefly 5.45pm), 7 Snipe (along Colne in the dark) (Tom Gibson)
  • Tottenham Marshes: 5 Stonechat, 5 Goldcrest, Siskin over, 3 Reed Bunting, Cetti's Warbler (Stuart Fisher)
  • Trafalgar Square: male Sparrowhawk above National Gallery, 16:00 (Mike Foster)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Ring Ouzel 1 over Alex 0750 & 1 SSSI 0920 (Tony Brown via Twitter)
  • Woodford Green: Swallow West low over the house 12.30 (Ken Murray)
  • Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross: Black Redstart still (BirdGuides)

​Saturday 15th October 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 6 Redwing, 5 Jackdaw, Siskin heard, 2 Kingfisher Wood Green Res, 1 Boating Lake, Little Egret Wood Green Res, 5 Chiffchaff, 5+ Goldcrest (Bruce Carson, Gareth Richards, Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones); Little Egret flew onto the Boating Lake island at c17:40 to roost there again (Frank Nugent).
  • Battersea Park: 9 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 11 Meadow Pipit W, 12 Alba Wagtail S, Yellow-browed Warbler loosely associating with tit flock just S of bowling green though mobile, 2 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, male Firecrest nr Rowen Gate, 6 Coal Tit, c30 Chaffinch WNW (Nick Senior)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 15 Jack Snipe (Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: Jack Snipe, 2 Water Rail, 4 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Pintail, Peregrine, 4 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 13 Snipe; vis-mig 29 Redwing, 24 Song Thrush, Lesser Redpoll, 3 Siskin, 2 Linnet (Brent Birders)
  • Bushy Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Mistle Thrush, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stonechat. (Ian R Watson)
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway): 90+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret, 23 Teal ~ arrived as the tide was covering the last of the mud (Mike Robinson)
  • Greenwich Park: Chiffchaff, Firecrest, 6+ Goldcrests, 2 Skylarks over, 5+ Meadow Pipits over, 2 Redwings, Collared Dove over (Joe Beale)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff in Ecology Park, Yellow-legged Gull roosting on barge opposite park (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ham Lands LNR: Guillemot still on Thames east of Eel Pie Is (BirdGuides) TQ168732
  • Hampstead Heath: 5 Common Buzzard S 12:30-15:00 (Frank Nugent).
  • KGV Reservoir: Goldeneye (drake), Peregrine, m Stonechat (South basin West side), White Wagtail, 4 Rock Pipit (3 over South together another feeding on Southside South basin), 7 Skylark over (Neville Smith).
  • Lamorbey Park: Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Cormorant, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stock Dove, 2 Jackdaw, Nuthatch, Chiffchaff (Mike Amos).
  • LWC - WWT, Barnes: 2 Pintail pr, 70+ Wigeon, 3 Common Snipe, 3 Stonechat, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Cetti's Warbler (several singing), Chiffchaff (Angus Innes, Martin Honey).
  • Pinner (HA5): Green Woodpecker & Song Thrush sparring on the lawn while 2 Goldfinch & a Coal Tit were enjoying the feeding apparatus (Jon Ridge)
  • Richmond Park: f Goldeneye, c150 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 7 Stonechat, Water Rail - all pen Ponds area ( Steve Woolfenden)
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: Ring Ouzel showing well in areas around the visitor centre - in bushes near feeders & river wall (Brandon Anderson).
  • Rye Meads: Jack Snipe (Twitter)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Drake Pintail on river, Swallow, Peregrine carrying Feral Pigeon, 11 Skylark in small groups, 10 Linnet, 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Mistle Thrush (Martin Shepherd)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: Firecrest, f Black Redstart, 2 Redpoll NW, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Water Rail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 22 Pied Wagtail, 60+ Goldfinch, Redwing, 4 Song Thrush (Stuart Fisher); Wheatear (Greenway, Pudding Mill Lane) (Jan Dobbie)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest Male trapped and ringed in Sanctuary Wood during public Ringing Demonstration organised by Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, small numbers of migrant thrushes (Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing) over W or SW. (Bill Haines).
  • Trent Park: 2 Shoveler m and f, 2 Common Pochard m and f, Chiffchaff (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Wheatear rear paddocks, Grey Wagtail side paddocks, 2 Stonechat (1m 1f) Bomb Crater Field (at the pond), Kestrel (f) near boardwalk, Skylark W over Leyton Marsh. 09:45-10:30 (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Flats: Short-eared Owl (seen from the Old Sewage Works), 2 Ring Ouzel, 3 Stonechat (Twitter), Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, f Blackcap, 6+ Goldcrest, 5 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, 20+ Linnet, 30+ Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 5 Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (James Heal/Jonathan Lethbridge/Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Short-eared Owl returned north over park, Ring Ouzel (f), 10 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 10+ Goldcrest, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, 14 Teal flushed by Peregrine Falcon, 33 Wigeon, 50+ Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Little Grebe (James Heal/Nick Croft) Grey Wagtail - SW Perch Pond (Brandon Anderson).
  • Woodoaks Farm nr Maple Cross: Black Redstart at old tithe barn am (BirdGuides)

​Friday 14th October 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret 08.00 (Wood Green reservoir), Chaffinch, 6+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldfinch, 7 Greenfinch, Meadow Pipit, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Siskin. (Bruce Carson)
  • Beddington Park (Grange Area:) 1 Firecrest with 4 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Redwing flew towards Beddington Farmlands, 1 Little Egret fishing on River Wandle (Arjun Dutta)
  • Belvedere, Thames (off Crabtree Manorway North): 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, 4 Redshank, 14 Ringed Plover, 3 Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • Brent Reservoir: 1 Ring Ouzel flew in from East 09.32 perched top of bare tree then flew down prob off as searched for c20 mins, 24 Redwings, high count of total 72 Song Thrush most in 1st hour, 12 Mistle Thrush, 2 male Ring Ouzels flew up from beside path close by North Obs Platform dashed around fast together through trees on both sides of path high in trees - vis-mig 07.00-10.58; also Cetti's Warbler singing both sides Main Hide, 1 Jack Snipe, 18 Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, a single Dunlin at H.Hide Pool (Roy Beddard, Magnus Andersson, Andrew Verrall)
  • Burgess Park, Southwark: 22 Pied Wagtail feeding in same area- at least 3 alba, 25 Egyptian Geese (Michael Mac)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Knot near Darent mouth on west side among Black-headed Gulls, 2+ Brambling on east side of landfill one showed v.well in area of burnt brambles with at least another one further up the hill, 22+ Wigeon, 40+ Teal, Pochard (on Dartford side farm lake), Little Grebe, 4 Little Egret, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 70+ Lapwing, Dunlin, c100 Redshank, Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, 10+ Yellow-legged Gull, Skylark, 3+ Rock Pipit, 5+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, Jay, 4 Jackdaw, Rook, 6+ Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Dagenham Chase: Short-eared Owl flew off W (BirdGuides)
  • Enfield Island Village: f. Stonechat at 10:45 in scrub at south end (Martin Shepherd)
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway): 45 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Collared Dove, 1 Common Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Little Egret, 31 Teal ~ a fleeting a.m. visit (Mike Robinson)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Sparrowhawk m, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 4 Chiffchaff (John Bushell)
  • Harrow: minimum 335 Pied Wagtail into roost Headstone Road / Junction Road intersection 18.10-18.25 (Alex Massey)
  • Leyton Flats/Hollow Ponds: 2 Kingfishers, 1 Little Grebe (First one I have seen here), 8 Pochards, 6 Gadwalls, Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaffs. (Simon Worsfold)
  • London Wetland Centre: (pm) 2 Common Snipe wader scrape, 3 (possibly 5) Stonechat (mobile), 4 Reed Bunting, 74 Wigeon, 2 Peregrine on Ch. X plus this year's juvenile (red leg ring) hunting low over site, Carrion Crow attacking Woodpigeon in flight resulting in loss of feathers by pigeon (Martin Honey)
  • Primrose Hill: 6 Stock Dove N, 0 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 11 Pied Wagtail, 50 Chaffinch, 26 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 3 Linnet N, Reed Bunting (autumn-1st) N - vismig 06:50-09:20 (Twitter)
  • Purfleet: 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 61 Redshank, 96 Lapwing, 9 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 26 Teal, 12 Yellow-legged Gull, 17 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: Adult male Sparrowhawk drinking at water's edge and Jack Snipe both at Upper Pen Pond (Nigel Jackman & Friday Group)
  • Ridgeway (Mill Hill): 12 Greenfinch at the roost today a recent time record. (Samuel Levy)
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: 4 Avocet in Aveley Bay (Facebook)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher showing nicely at 14:30 (Frank Nugent).
  • Selsdon: 64 Hartscroft Forestdale Yellow-browed Warbler (Roy Weller)
  • Sewardstone: Yellow-browed Warbler with Chiffchaff at 09:20 in sallow/hawthorn clump along river fenceline to east of KGV reservoir north basin (Martin Shepherd)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Pintail on river, Curlew, 35 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 5 Stonechat (Andrew Self); 4 Grey Wagtail, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dartford Warbler, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Ring Ouzel, 11 Stonechat, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 2 Skylark (Roger Keith)
  • Sidcup: m type Peregrine Falcon gliding about Police Office 11:30 seen from King George's Rec. (Patrick English)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood: 2 Firecrest (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Teddington: Guillemot swimming downstream from lock around 0930 swooped on every so often by Black-headed Gulls (Mike Foster)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Now 5+ Stonechat 3+ m & 2 f in S Area N of Allotment by mowed area, also 2 Goldcrests in mixed Tit flock by Allotments. - 1pm (Davey Leach)
  • Totteridge Valley: Little Owl by Folly Farm area plus 3 others calling, Tawny Owl, Kestrel and 2 Bats (Simon Worsfold)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest male Sanctuary Wood, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit, 6 Chaffinch, few migrant Blackbirds (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: 2 Chiffchaff incl one wearing metal ring, 3 Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: Woodlark, Ring Ouzel, 40 Fieldfare, 10+ Song Thrush, 6 Stonechat, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 28 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 25+ Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 5 Pochard, 10+ Tufted Duck (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: 39 Wigeon, 26 Shoveler, 90+ Gadwall, 11 Teal, 9 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, 9 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 7 Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Meadow Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)
  • Waterworks NR: 2 Swallow, 2 Wigeon, 40+ Teal, 5 Gadwall, Snipe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Jackdaw (S Huckle, JW Davies)

Thursday 13th October 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret Wood Green Res 1730, also 2 Chiffchaff (Bob Watts); Little Egret at roost on Boating Lake island (Henry Wyn-Jones); Kingfisher (sheltering from rain Boating Lake island), 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Mistle Thrush, Sparrowhawk chasing 20+ Starling pitch n' putt course - 07.30 (Bruce Carson)
  • Brent Reservoir: Greenshank flew in calling 3.30 (none seen in 2015) (SL, then AGV), fed, incl. small fish, flew round, calling flew off N later, ?may've doubled back to E.Marsh? Also 2 Jack Snipe feeding side by side, 12 Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, ecl m Pintail N.Res. Going out North end saw flock Jackdaws going to roost, counted them 5.15 to 6pm, total 338 Jackdaws - 2-6pm (Steve Leeke, A.Verrall). Forgot to mention male Peregrine flew c. NNE, over roost, towards c. Colindale. (AGV)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway): 48 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret, 2 Redshank, 1 Rock Pipit, 12 Shelduck (flying upstream), 42 Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • Finsbury Park: 19 Gadwall (James Palmer)
  • KGV Res: 3 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 2 Rock Pipits, Pintail, c60 Linnet, 40 Meadow Pipits, 5 Chiffchaffs, 5 Egyptian Geese, 2 Stonechat on Sewardstone Marsh (A.Middleton)
  • Lea Valley Road: Puna Teal, Grey Wagtail, Little Egret on flood relief channel 17.00 (Chris Wright)
  • London Wetland Centre: 5 Stonechat, 4 Siskin, 9 Snipe, 3 Meadow Pipit (Twitter)
  • Primrose Hill: 2 Swallow E 1355, 4 Fieldfare over (Twitter)
  • Purfleet: m Marsh Harrier, 29 Golden Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 91 Redshank, 184 Lapwing, 9 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 13 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Raynes Park in suburban garden: Merlin male (Jae Henderson)
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher (Frank Nugent).
  • Snaresbrook: Tawny Owl (Stuart Fisher)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood: Firecrest (Steven Robinson)
  • Tottenham Hale (Bridge over River Lea): 1 Sand Martin circled low over then off SE towards Walthamstow Reservoirs - 12.45pm, 3 Swallows flew S 5 minutes later, Male Peregrine over River & Usual pair of Grey Wagtails showing well by Bridges. (Davey Leach.
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest male Sanctuary Wood with tit flock 1300 also Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: f Pochard, 4 f Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow, Lockwood: 2 Wheatear (Stuart Fisher)
  • Walthamstow Marsh: 30 Pied Wagtail, 30 Linnet (James Palmer)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Swallow, 7 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 6 Stonechat, 5 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting, 20 + Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 3 Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 34 Wigeons, 12 Teals, 2 Little Egrets, Grey Wagtail, 2 Little Grebes, Great Crested Grebe and her young family, Common Gull. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Waterworks NR: 2 Wigeon, 25 Teal (James Palmer)
  • Wraysbury GPs: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Heron, 1 Red Kite, 2 Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 7 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 18 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff, 85 Tufted Duck (Thomas Gibson)

Wednesday 12th October 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Little Egret (Wood Green Reservoir) (James Palmer); Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher 10.30 (Boating Lake island) 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Mistle Thrush, 10 Siskin, 150+ Wood Pigeon (Bruce Carson)
  • Amwell: 2 Swallow prob S? (Herts website)
  • Barnes: Raven low over Castelnau towards LWC at 11.55 (R.Kaye)
  • Barnet: Little Owl calling near Dollis Brook in George V playing fields at 7pm. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Brent Reservoir: 178 Redwing, 19 Fieldfare, 15 Song Thrush, 8 Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 32 Greenfinch, 31 Goldfinch, 21 Chaffinch, migrant Sparrowhawks 2 high W 08.40 challenged by local male which went up to chase, then started doing a full, frantic display, another female high W and a big female high W later 12.14 - Vis-mig 07:00-10:30; Water Rail seen well edge of S.Bank reeds, 10+ Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper, c10 Chiffchaffs (Magnus Andersson, Andrew Verrall); Green Sandpiper 17.00 (Frank O'Sullivan)
  • Chingford Plain and Connaught Waters: 3 Nuthatches, Kestrel, 2 Teals, 10+ Mandarins. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Finchley (garden): Redwing, Pied Wagtail (first garden record), 2 Mistle Thrush (first garden record). (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenwich Park: 1 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaffs, 8 Redwings over, Green Sandpiper over (first for 50+ years) (Joe Beale)
  • Hampstead Heath: 7 Pied Wagtails (seemed a family party) dropped in at Kenwood (Ray)
  • Hounslow (garden): 1 Sparrowhawk eating a bird (Michelle Murphy)
  • London Wetland Centre: fem Goldeneye, 1cy Yellow-legged Gull (J.Wilczur); 4 Stonechat, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Snipe, 2 Siskin (WWT Website); 3 Stonechat (family group?) active around grazing marsh but always together, 1 Meadow Pipit dropped on to marsh but flew off almost immediately, 2 Peregrine 1m on hospital 1f flying over Reservoir lagoon chased by gulls, 5 Chiffchaff calling Sheltered lagoon (Martin Honey)
  • Leyton Flats: juv/1st w SERIN S at c 8:30 calling, 21 Redwing W/NW, 3 Song Thrush, c8 Goldcrest, 17 Goldfinch (14 S), 12 Chaffinch NW, Wigeon, 28 Mute Swan (26 Hollow Pond), Kingfisher (Stuart Fisher)
  • North Greenwich: ad Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Gull, fm Kestrel, Grey Wagtail (John Cadera)
  • Oxleas Woods (SE9 1YG): Firecrest in Hollies, Blackcap, Coal Tit - 07:30-08:00 (John Reid)
  • Pinner (HA5): Grey Wagtail north-east, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 alba wagtail over, 5 Redwing north-east, 4 Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit & 14 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge)
  • Primrose Hill: 15 Fieldfare and 55 Redwing over, 25 Chaffinch NW - vismig 10:15-12:15 (Twitter)
  • Purfleet: 7 Golden Plover, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 93 Redshank, 153 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 2 Curlew, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 17 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • queen elizabeth olympic park by the aqua centre: sparrowhawk deliberately & successfully placed kill off all smaller birds including blackbirds, pigeons, sparrows, bluetits, etc etc (apparently this is a fortnightly event...blah)
  • Regent's Park: 4cy Yellow-legged Gull (Dante Shepherd) Pics here
  • Richmond Park: 60 Meadow Pipit at Lawn Field (Nigel Jackman)
  • Sidcup: 8 Redwing flying around Longlands Road / Little Birches (Conrad Ellam) 
  • St James's Park: Kingfisher showing nicely at 08:30 (Frank Nugent).
  • Tottenham Marshes: Pr Stonechat showing well N of cut grass in south section, Rock Pipit flushed from concrete channel calling and flew over to Lockwood, 4 Meadow Pipit circling around, Pr Stock Dove 12.30 to 13.15. (Davey Leach); 2 Skylark over, 2 Redwing, 3-4 Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, Peregrine, 2-3 Kingfisher (Lol Bodini)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 2 Fieldfare N, 10 Redwing, 2 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, 13 Rook, 8 Teal, Kestrel (John Colmans)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: presumed Willow Warbler in large mobile tit flock but views brief though orange on bill and yellow face upper breast seen, also Chiffchaff (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park:3 Redwing, 1f and 3m Mandarin, Bullfinch, 50 plus Ring n Parakeet, 30 B H Gull also 7 robust Finches flew from s edge of Moat Wood to Ride Wood. V. reminiscent of Crossbill but too distant to be definitive.( Pete Lowman).
  • Trent Park: Firecrest feeding in Oak & Sallow & Scots Pine NE corner of Rough Lot 10:40, 5 Chiffchaff incl two showing characteristics of Scandinavian race (4 Dew Pond 1 Old Golf Course) (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Res (Lockwood): 9 Fieldfares over - 4 N & 5 E around 16.30 (Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Stonechat, 10 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 3 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 37 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 7 Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Swallow through (Nick Croft/Sean Kerrigan)
  • Wanstead Park: 40 Wigeon, 60+ Gadwall, 17 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 3 Little Egret, Kingfisher, 7 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Little Grebe (Nick Croft)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Snipe, Peregrine, 2 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 4 Common Gull, Sparrowhawk, 12 Mute Swan (usually 6) (Chris Farthing)

Tuesday 11th October 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Stonechat m & f still 17340, 2 Little Egret Wood Green Res, 2 Chiffchaff (Dominic Mitchell, Bob Watts)
  • Amwell: pair of Stonechats from viewing mound (Herts website)
  • Bankside SE1: 1 Chiffchaff at east end of Tate Modern (Simon Fogg, Reuben Braddock)
  • Barnes, Barn Elms Playing Fields: 20 Wigeon in from West onto LWC, Peregrine, 2 Kestrel including a migrant high W, Snipe, 2 Tawny Owl, Collared Dove N, 10 Woodpigeon SW, Kingfisher, 12 alba Wagtail SW/NW, 3 Grey Wagtail 1 local 2 NW/S, 4 Meadow Pipit SW, Song Thrush N, 5 Redwing W, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, 11 Magpie high NE/SW, Long-tailed Tit with much reduced head markings, 12 Linnet SW, 7 Chaffinch SW/NW, Siskin SW, 8 Crossbill NE 07.50, Mealy Redpoll S 08.40 (R.Kaye)
  • Brent Reservoir: Few migrants 12 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 15 Greenfinch, migrant male Peregrine high SSW 07.50 in straight line; A.M. Water Rail, 12+ Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest (Roy Beddard, John Gravatt, Andrew Verrall) P.M. Little Egret, 21 Common Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe (from Main Hide 14.30), 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler (singing either side of Main Hide 14.25), 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Green Woodpeckers and 2 Swallows (Roy Beddard, Simon Worsfold)
  • Battersea Park: Ring Ouzel calling and glimpsed as it flew into cover near bowling green probably a 1st winter male, 6 Redwing dropped in, 7 Song Thrush, 4 Chiffchaff, 12 Coal Tit, 2 Siskins over (Nick Senior) I saw this Sunday evening similar area glimpse as it flew into high tree and vanished (Michael Mac); Yellow-browed Warbler heard calling only, in L.t.tit flock between entrance just over Albert bridge and the red phone box 14:30 (J.Murray).
  • Brixton Hill: 1 Grey Wagtail (Tony Stones).
  • Chingford Plain: 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Stonechat, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Swallows going South at 3.40pm. (Ken Murray).
  • Edmonton London Waste: Yellow-browed Warbler day 3, I arrived 2pm, sun came out 2.17, called and showed well in ditch sallows, west of road, south of sycamores. Best views, worst site, although scrub in this area looks generally good for eastern vagrants. (A.Middleton) To clarify after someone's recent edit of my report - I didn't call and show well in ditch, one can get arrested for that.(AM)
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway): 31 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Common Gull, 1 Lapwing, 4 Linnet, 8 Redshank, 1 Rock Pipit, 44 Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Water Rail in Ecology Park showing well from visitors centre Please note; the park is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays., Sparrowhawk, 2 Chiffchaff in Meantime Nursery, Common Seal in river (Conrad Ellam)
  • Hampstead Heath: Stonechat on
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    thistles west of ladies' swimming pond, Redwing movements over (Jo Edwards)
  • Isleworth: Red Kite heading west 1.15pm, Sparrowhawk over (Les McCallum)
  • Kelsey Park, Beckenham: During the monthly bird count found 2 Firecrests 11:45 (Jo East)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 Kestrel, 1 Redwing (but few other thrushes present), 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 juvenile Little Grebe, 1 Nuthatch (Neil Batten)
  • Mayflower Park: 20 Redwing NW, Chiffchaff (Bob Smith)
  • Oxleas Wood: Song Thrush, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Jackdaw, Goldfinch, Tawny Owl [calling] (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): Linnet over, 14 Goldfinch, Meadow Pipit north-west, 32 Redwing [21 grounded], female Sparrowhawk, 6 alba wagtail over, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest & a Grey Heron (Jon Ridge).
  • Primrose Hill: Tree Pipit [latest record here by 3 days] briefly in hawthorn below viewpoint 0830; few other migrants - 5 Redwing, 2 Meadow Pipit (Twitter)
  • Purfleet: 1 Avocet, 1 Rock Pipit, 42 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 121 Redshank, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: 29 Wigeon, 16 Gadwall, 10 Teal, Shoveler, 43 Pochard, Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, ad m Peregrine, 4 Water Rail, Common Gull, 10 Skylark, c65 Meadow Pipit, 3 'alba' Wagtail over, 42 Stonechat - in park-wide survey (a London record?) (JR), 11 Redwing W, Chiffchaff, c60 Goldfinch, 9 Reed Bunting, Emilia Fox (J.Wilczur)
  • Staines Moor: 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Stonechat, 1 Buzzard, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Kestrel (Tom Gibson)
  • Trafalgar Square: Kestrel at the top of Nelson's Column (Frank Nugent).
  • Trent Park: 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 8 Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail, 24 Starling, Coal Tit, Chiffchaff, 250 B H Gull, 12 Common Gull. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Westbourne Park Grand Union Canal: 2 Peregrine (Francis O'Sullivan).
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Ring Ouzel (female-type, in trees both sides of New River 100yds NE of main entrance), Mandarin (sub-adult male), 2 Common Snipe, Jackdaw, 5 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 4 Common Gull, Sparrowhawk, Blackcap m & f (Chris Farthing); Brief views of Ring Ouzel 1215-25 feeding in berry trees a bit further down New River (Francis Tusa)

Monday 10th October 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Stonechat (2M 1F) at 10.30 - showing well SW perimeter to cricket pitch, Coal Tit, 10+ Chiffchaff, 30+ Goldfinch, 10+ Greenfinch, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush (Bruce Carson); Little Egret reservoir 12.10, Common Buzzard soaring over cricket pitch before heading NE 12.30 (Greg Smith)
  • Brent Reservoir: 121 Redwing, 18 Song Thrush, Blackbird, 6 Pied Wagtail, also saw 2 White alba Wagtails low over with sharper call than Pied (checked on phone app) snow white birds in sunshine close flew past us over Dump off N over Bunds, 6 Siskin, 48 Chaffinch - Vis-mig 06:45-10.45; Jack Snipe North Hide 10.50; Main Hide - 10+ Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaffs; Fox, Grey Squirrels, Brown Rat around bridge + dead Brown Rat middle of bridge, Red Admiral (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall, Magnus Andersson, Steve Leeke); pm 3 Green Sandpiper (1 E Marsh 2 N Marsh), 26 Common Gull (mainly N Marsh), Kingfisher, Water Rail, Red Admiral (Andrew Haynes)
  • Croham Hurst, Croydon: 1 Firecrest with long-tailed tit flock on top ridge (West of viewpoint) 16:40 (Jo East & Alan Pearson)
  • Dollis Brook (Holders Hill): 3 Redwing S 0705 (Samuel Levy)
  • Eastcote (Abbotsbury Gardens): Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • Edmonton, Lea Valley, London Waste: Yellow-browed Warbler briefly at 5:00pm location as yesterday, then in shrubs nearby, east of canal by boats 5:20, not very vocal (A.Middleton)
  • Finsbury Park: Stonechat 5:15, Goldcrest, Red-crested Pochard, 10 Gadwalls, Shoveler (Simon Worsfold)
  • Gunpowder Park: Coal Tit at 07:55 in viewpoint hedgerow - my first site record, notable influx - 15 Song Thrush, 10 Chiffchaff, 12 Goldcrest, and 30 Teal on the River Lea relief channel (Martin Shepherd)
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Buzzard W, 2 Reed Buntings W, Collared Dove W, 30 alba wagtails N, 75 Chaffinch N, 25 Goldfinch N, 5 Siskin over, 10 Linnet W/NW, 30 Meadow Pipits N/NW, 10 Song Thrush N, 5 Redwing over, Skylark W - Parliament Hill 08:45-10:45, on the ground there were 15 Chiffchaff, 5 Robins and the 2 Stonechats on South side above the running track (Pete Mantle); Grey Wagtail Hampstead no1 12.00 (Meg Game)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: Yellow-browed Warbler along railway embankment by The Moors am (Surrey Bird News; entered on BirdGuides news page as Lesser_Yellowlegs)
  • Leyton Flats: 5 Wigeon, 20 Pochard on Hollow Pond, 30+ Redwing W, Grey Wagtail, 3 Song Thrush over, 2 Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher (Stuart Fisher)
  • Northolt + Greenford CP: 12 Meadow Pipits on Northala hills (Kathryn Bull)
  • Oxleas Woods (SE9 1YG): Firecrest, Redwing, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Chaffinch - 07.30-08.00 (John Reid)
  • Oxleas Wood: 2 Common Buzzard (pair), Kestrel, Jackdaw, 3+ Firecrest, Song Thrush, Peregrine Falcon, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Redwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Warbler (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5): 2 Red Kite over at 11:32 (immature) & 13:50 (probable adult), Peregrine Falcon north at 11:34, female Sparrowhawk, 2 Skylark north-east, 4 Meadow Pipit north-west, 47 Redwing north-west, 3 Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, singing Goldcrest, 2 Jay, Jackdaw south, 4 Pied Wagtail & 12 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Primrose Hill: 2 Skylark NW, 34 Redwing W, Yellow Wagtail E, 2 Meadow Pipit NW, 117 Chaffinch NW (steady passage from 07:45), 37 Siskin NW (all but a few before 08:15) - vismig 06:45-09:15 (Twitter)
  • Purfleet: 1 Rock Pipit, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 69 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Crested Grebe (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham Marshes: 2+ Bearded Tit at Crake Pool, m Marsh Harrier at Rainham West (Fraser Simpson)
  • Ridgeway (Mill Hill): 5 Redwing NW 0720, 8 Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail back on sheep wash after a long absence (Samuel Levy)
  • Rotherhithe: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Egyptian Goose at Southwark Park, Kingfisher, 3-4 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker at Russia Dock Woodland (J & J Cadera)
  • Trent Park: Stonechat (f), Common Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Mandarin (two drake 1 duck), 25 Ring-necked Parakeet, 25 Black-headed Gull, c10 Common Gull (Pete Lowman)
  • Vincent Square SW1: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull with 104 Herring Gull (Nick Senior)
  • Wanstead Flats: Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 4 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet, Great Crested Grebe, Pochard, 3 Meadow Pipit, Skylark (Nick Croft)
  • Whitewebbs Park: female Firecrest calling and feeding in holly near North Lodge at approx TQ325998 11:38-11:43, 10+ Goldcrest, 3 f Shoveler on ornamental lake (Robert Callf)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Ring Ouzel, Meadow Pipit, 14 Redwing (10 over SW & 4 down), 2 Teal, 3 Wigeon, Common Gull (Chris Farthing & Tony Butler)

Sunday 9th October 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 1 Meadow Pipit on vacant football pitch adjacent to noisy games 11.50 (Greg Smith)
  • Barking Bay: 15 White-fronted Geese SE, c170 Shelduck, Ruddy Shelduck type back-cross, 2 Pintail, 2 Wigeon, 416 Teal, 3 Golden Plover SW, 7 Lapwing, 9 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 16 Snipe + 5 high S, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 15 Skylark, 85 Meadow Pipit 60 + 25 W, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 alba Wagtail S, 14 Robins (usually less than 5), 11 Song Thrush, 85 Redwing W, 2 Ring Ouzel (ad male & 1st w male), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 40 Linnet, 23 Reed Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer S - in 7 hrs (Nick Senior)
  • Brent Cross: 2 Little Egret on the River near the Shopping Centre (Frank Nugent).
  • Brent Reservoir: Honey Buzzard 12.10-12.15 seen by most of RSPB group + RAH, RB, AGV, MA; all gulls flew up, Roy said 'raptor straight out, mobbed by 2 crows', circled short while, then most got out of hide to see it going towards bridge, then out on the path to see it going Northish, gained height after it had passed North New Tower area, prob N/NE? 1st impression long tail, cuckoo-like 'projecting' head and long wings, intermediate plumage, not dark, not light, also noticeable were the wings held flat, never in V shape; 71 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Siskin, 38 Chaffinch - Vis-mig 07:00-09.30; 3 Little Egret, 2 Jack Snipe Main Hide afternoon till c15.30 (1 in N. Marsh late morning), 16 Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, drake ecl Pintail, 8 Chiffchaffs (Bob Husband & NW London RSPB group walk with Roy Beddard, Andrew Verrall, Magnus Andersson)
  • Brookmill Park: Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Stonechat, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Kingfisher, 8 Red-crested Pochard (Keith Bates)
  • Bushy Park: Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, 3 Redwing, Stonechat (Ian R Watson)
  • Chingford Plain: 2 Ring Ouzels over flushed by bellowing dog walkers, good numbers of Song Thrush, Blackbird and Redwing, 15 Greenfinch, Redpoll, Skylark, 3 Reed Buntings, 3 Stonechat 7.30-9am. (A.Middleton)
  • Croham Hurst, Croydon: c15 Fieldfares, 3 Redwings, 1 Song Thrush over, 168+ Feral Pigeons flew SE in half an hour. (John Birkett)
  • East Finchley: Redpoll, 24 Redwing, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Jackdaw - brief vis-mig watch 08:35-08:50 (Oliver Simms)
  • Edmonton, Lea Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler 10.30-11am at least, south end of Picketts Lock Lane (now called Lee Park Way) adjacent to London Waste chimney and canal, a few 100ms from North Circular, favoured roadside sycamore, row of poplars and hedgerow, vocal at times, also several Chiffchaffs etc (A.Middleton)
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway): 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Common Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Little Egret, 15+ Linnet, 1 Redshank, 51 Teal, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (Mike Robinson)
  • Fryent Country Park: Ring Ouzel (1st w), 2 Redpoll, 2 Common Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff (Joe Taylor).
  • Goffs Oak Silver Street: probable Yellow-browed Warbler in with loose tit and nuthatch flock early afternoon (Brian Dawton)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Water Rail, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff (Richard Green, John Bushell)
  • Hampstead Heath: 1500+ Redwing NW, 30+ Meadow Pipit N/NW, 100+ Chaffinch NW, 4 Swallow NW, 2 Linnet NW, 1 Skylark S, 1 Redpoll NW, 5 Siskin NW, 6 Song Thrush NW, 12 alba Wagtail NW, 40 Goldfinch NW, Common Buzzard S from 10:35, singing Chiffchaff top of Hill, Red Admirals S - from Parliament Hill 'til 11:00 (Frank Nugent).
  • Hornchurch: Ring Ouzel over calling 0840 (BirdGuides)
  • Hyde Park: Ring Ouzel alarm calling from trees on east side of West Carriage Drive (opposite Buck Hill) 0645 (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Pintail, 2 Stonechat, 5+ Meadow Pipit, 5 Snipe, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Peregrine (WWT Website)
  • Mill Hill East station: 10 Redwing over W at 0815 (Samuel Levy)
  • Morden Hall Park: Hawfinch SE 0735 (BirdGuides)
  • Oxleas Wood: Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Redwing, Song Thrush, Blackcap (f), Jackdaw, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Nuthatch (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner (HA5); 68 Redwing west, 18 Fieldfare flew off west, 5 Song Thrush, Skylark west, 7 Meadow Pipit north-west, 8 Cormorant north-east-east, Grey Wagtail over, 6 alba Wagtail through, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Jay, 2 Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest & 15 Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Primrose Hill: pr Kestrel, 7 Stock Dove N, Skylark (scarce here) NW, 3 Swallow SW, 2 Starling W, 2 Ring Ouzel (1 low W 0845 - prob flushed fr nearby grove - & 1 SW 0905), Song Thrush N, 560 Redwing (most W 07:30-08:15 but non-stop), Yellow Wagtail & 6 Meadow Pipit SE, 15 Chaffinch & 4 Siskin N - vismig 07:05-09:15 (Twitter)
  • Purfleet: c25 White-fronted Goose N, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 134 Redshank, 64 Lapwing, 3 Curlew, 33 Teal, Wigeon, 23 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 36 Wigeon (no sign of possible American Wigeon), 1 male Marsh Harrier, 1 juv male Ruff, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 78 Redshank, 16 Golden Plover, 4 Snipe, Curlew, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, Kingfisher, Tree Pipit over E end of tip calling, 4 Rock Pipit, 5 Chiffchaff (Sean Huggins)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Egyptian Goose, 18 Tufted Duck, pair Great Crested Grebe + 1juv, 23 Cormorant, male Sparrowhawk (John Watson)
  • Staines Moor: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still with tit flock in Willows in NE section N of River Colne early pm (Chris Hazell per FJM); Spotted Flycatcher (Dave Carlsson); Short-eared Owl (showing well hunting over the east side at dusk), 12 Stonechat, 2-3 Siskin (around Butts Pond), 2 Common Snipe, 6 Goldcrest, 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Kingfisher, 9 Linnet (Lee Dingain)
  • Stoneleigh Broadway KT17: 8 Cormorant high e over together at 09:35 (Neil Batten)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: Stonechat, Snipe, 55 Redwing West, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Siskin over, Skylark S, 2 calling Water Rail, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Jackdaw SE, 9 Meadow Pipit, 5 Chiffchaff, 6 Reed Bunting (Stuart Fisher)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 3 Pheasant, Little Egret, 1-2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 16 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 14 Skylark, 5 Grey Wagtail (3 over), 7 alba Wagtail over, c30 Meadow Pipit, 4 Stonechat, 9 Redwing high S, 4 Song Thrush dropped in, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Rook, 8+ Reed Bunting, min 13 Greenfinch (most this year), c50 Linnet (flocks c35 + 16 up at same time), 2 Red Admiral on ivy (Neil Anderson)
  • Theydon Bois: Red Kite, 2 Stonechat, c12 Snipe, 14+ Linnet, Skylark, 15+ Meadow Pipit, Redwing, Chiffchaff, 3 Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Black-backed Gull (Joe Dickens)
  • Totteridge Valley: c150 Redwing over between 8:30 and 10:30 heading SW mainly in flocks of around 15 however the largest flock was 40 - there have been no more flyover since, also 15 Long-tailed Tit, 50 Jackdaw, 23 Canada Geese, Grey Heron (Samuel Levy); also Red-legged Partridge (Dave W)
  • Trent Park: Drake Teal,f Tufted Duck, 1m and 3f Mandarin, Common Buzzard, 8 Starling.( Pete Lowman)
  • Trent Park: Little Egret over NE c15:00 (Stuart Harrington)
  • Waltham Cross: Red Kite over Innova Park industrial estate at 14:40 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Probable Yellow-browed Warbler at 0900 in hedge along path at W edge of the paddocks, just N of the hedge between Leyton Marsh and Bomb Crater Field. Heard only, called repeatedly for 30 secs then disappeared (Alastair Dent)
  • Waterlow Park: Common Buzzard S (Frank Nugent)

Saturday 8th October 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 35 Redwing, Meadow Pipit, Siskin heard, 2 Grey Wagtail, Swallow south, Common Gull Wood Green res, 7+ Chiffchaff, 2 Greylag, 8 Song Thrush, 3 Blackbird (Bruce Carson, Gareth Richards, Bob Watts)
  • Battersea Park: 4 alba Wagtail SW, 3 Grey Wagtail, 7 Redwing, Reed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Firecrest, 8 Goldcrest, 6 Coal Tit; also near-adult Yellow-legged Gull river (Nick Senior); also 1 Kingfisher, 1 Wigeon and 3 Teal (Frank Nugent).
  • Beddington Farm: Jack Snipe 11:33, Water Pipit (BirdGuides)
  • Brent Reservoir: Snipe high west 08:20, 72 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 25 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackbirds (1st migrants) high west, 3 Meadow Pipit - Vis-mig 07:00-09.30; Little Egret, Jack Snipe not until 11:15, 20 Common Snipe, drake ecl Pintail, 7 Chiffchaffs, Common Sandpiper (Roy Beddard, Andrew Verrall. John Gravatt, Joe Taylor)
  • Barnes, Lonsdale Road Reservoir: Great White Egret SE 10.40, Short-eared Owl circled to the E then into cloud 10.15, Woodlark low S 09.55, at the N end Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler and 2 Reed Bunting (R.Kaye)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Gadwall,3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Grey Heron (inc 2 Juveniles), Little Grebe, 5 Meadow Pipit, Peregrine, 2 Reed Bunting, Stonechat (Ian R Watson)
  • Finchley (Garden): 30 Blackbirds (​a garden record), Redwing (​first of the autumn and the earliest garden record), Grey Heron over very low 0900 causing a commotion among the smaller birds (Samuel Levy)
  • Friern Barnet-Glebelands allotment: Yellow-browed Warbler with tit flock and 2 Chiffchaff (Paul Angus)
  • Hampstead Heath: c200 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Meadow Pipit Over the Hill till 0930 (Greengrandad)
  • Highams Park: Yellow-Browed Warbler in Highams Park near back gardens of Henry's Avenue in Tit flock with 2 Chiffchaffs and Goldcrest, also 3 Little Egrets and 3 Redwings over and 2 Wigeon, 5 Mandarin and c20 Gadwall on lake. Thanks to Gerry for road name and 2 of the egrets! (Joe Dickens)
  • Kentish Town: Arctic Street, 30 Rewings W at 0930 (Pete Mantle)
  • KGV Res: 5 Brambling, 75 Linnet, Skylark over, 2 Rock Pipits, c40 Meadow Pipits, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Snipe, 7 Wheatear, 2 House Martin, Stonechat on Sewardstone Marsh (A.Middleton)
  • Leyton Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler at 17:15, bird was located at the back of Snaresbrook Crown Court (Simon Worsfold)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Common Snipe, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Stonechat, several Meadow Pipit (Martin Honey); female Pheasant also reported.
  • Mayflower Park: 2 Chiffchaffs, female Blackcap, 2 Redwing over (Bob Smith)
  • Millfields (SE Quadrant) E5: Wheatear among trees near towpath/flats at 0945 (Alastair Dent)
  • Primrose Hill: 8 House Martin nests on corner of Regents Park Rd (junc. Glou. Ave) 4 of which still had calling young (Pete Mantle); Little Egret W, 3 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 235 Redwing (most W/SW 07:55-08:15), Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail - vismig 06:45-09:15 (Twitter)
  • Purfleet: juv Arctic Skua, m Ring Ouzel (Dartford Marshes river wall), 39 Golden Plover, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 138 Redshank, 98 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 36 Teal, 9 Wigeon, 26 Yellow-legged Gull, 17 Great Black-backed Gull, 14 Cormorant, Little Egret, m Stonechat, 3 Redwing (Fraser Simpson)
  • Putney Bridge: Common Seal hauled up on south foreshore (Neil Anderson)
  • Queen Mother Res: Yellow-browed Warbler (BirdGuides)
  • Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill, Ring Ouzel (BirdGuides); also Great White Egret (at 7am), Stonechat, Whinchat, Bearded Tit, Redwing, Fieldfare, Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, Buzzard, Kestrel, Wigeon, Pintails, Kingfisher, 1 Dunlin, Redshanks, 1 Greenshank, 1 Curlew, 5 Snipe, Black-tailed Godwits by sea wall, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, Oystercatchers, 1 Spotted Redshank and 7 Seals seen on Crayford side of the Thames (Simon Worsfold, Magnus Andersson); Ring Ouzel (M) still present and calling 3:45pm in woodland just north of cordite store (Harringay Birder)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Ring Ouzel, 3 Stonechat, Common Tern, Jack Snipe, 2 Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk - all Pen Ponds area (Steve Woolfenden;) Ring Ouzel - a third bird in the Hawthorn Valley (H.Bradshaw); Ring Ouzel - flew towards Isabella perhaps one of the above, 10 Stonechat - different to above (M.Lewis, S.Read)
  • Staines Moor: Yellow-browed Warbler with tit flock W of River Colne 10.20 (Rob Innes per FJM); also Short-eared Owl (Jim Sweetland)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Rock Pipits, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Lapwing (Paul Goodman)
  • Stoneleigh Broadway KT17: 28 Redwing over, 2 Meadow Pipit s, 2 Grey Wagtail, 9 Stock Dove, 35 Ring-necked Parakeet, 55 Goldfinch, 1 Chiffchaff (Neil Batten)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: Water Rail, 4 Song Thrush over, 2 Redwing over, Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 15 Meadow Pipit, 3 Kestrel, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, 12 Little Grebe, 12 Teal, Green Woodpecker (Stuart Fisher)
  • Ten Acre Wood: 2 Little Egret, 5 Stonechat 2m 3f, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 16 Lapwing, 30+ Linnet, 5 Redwing, 2 Skylark (G Westley).
  • Town Park, Enfield: male Kingfisher Carr's Basin (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park: male Common Pochard lower lake, 3 Fieldfare, Chiffchaff Shaws Cottages, 5 Goldcrest (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Meadow Pipit E over Leyton Marsh - same or 2 more over Bomb Crater Field, f Kestrel, 2 Stonechat BCF, Little Egret flying N up Flood Relief Channel, ca 40 Linnet rear paddocks - 10:00-11:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Walthamstow Res (Lockwood): 2 Rock Pipits, 2 Meadow Pipits, c20 Little Egrets, Redwing, 44 Teal, Kingfisher, Peregrine (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler calling and seen through the day boggy bit SSSI, also 4+ Ring Ouzel,15 White-fronted Goose flying East, Northern Wheatear, male Stonechat, 4 Swallow, 2 Redwing (James Heal, Jonathan Lethbridge, Tony Brown, Richard Rae) YBW photo here
  • Worcester Park: female Stonechat on horse field west (Bob Smith)
  • West Ham: Peregrine over station at 14:45 (J & J Cadera)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Teal, Wigeon, 2 Jackdaw (scarce here), 2 Common Gull (Chris Farthing)

Friday 7th October 2016Edit

  • Acton Park: Yellow-browed Warbler calling while moving through trees at Centre Avenue entrance at 7.50am. (G Coultrip).
  • Alexandra Park: 15 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit, 5+ Chiffchaffs 07:20-07:50 (Bob Watts)
  • Barnes, Barn Elms Playing Fields: 69 Wigeon, 7 SW onto Pen Ponds and 62 in high from the W onto LWC, Snipe, 14 alba Wagtail mostly S, Yellow Wagtail SE, 21 Swallow SE, 22 Song Thrush mostly W, 39 Redwing S, Nuthatch, 5 Chiffchaff (R.Kaye)
  • Battersea Park evening: 5 Song Thrush dropped in, Yellow-browed Warbler west end of main lake, male Firecrest 40 metres N of Rowen gate, 4 Chiffchaff (Nick Senior)
  • Brent Cross: Little Egret on River Brent near bus station (Joe Taylor).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Green Sandpiper high west 09:15, 31 Redwing, 26 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 8 Chaffinch, 6 Pied Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit - Vis-mig 07:00-09.30 (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall)
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway): 27 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Common Gull, 3 Gadwall, 1 Kingfisher, 12+ Linnet, 52 Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • Hyde Park: Probable Yellow-browed Warbler briefly around Rangers Lodge with tit flock, also Spotted Flycatcher still, Large mixed tit/warbler flock around lodge held at least 10 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest and a single female Blackcap, 4 Swallow, 1 Redwing and 5 Song Thrush south overhead (Daniel Langston)
  • Leatherhead Station: 1 Redwing se over calling 08:40 (Neil Batten)
  • London Fields: Carrion Crow uprighting a discarded can of K Cider then knocking it over, rolling it over till it sloshed out and then drinking the cider........flew off in a straight line ! (Marcus Mitchell)
  • Mayflower Park: Firecrest, 5 Chiffchaffs, male Blackcap (Bob Smith) Where was the Firecrest Bob? Thanks (Simon Osborn).Firecrest was in the scrub in old tennis court where there is a grass dump near the Hamptons side gate. Thanks Bob.
  • Oxleas Wood: 2 Redwing, Firecrest, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Blackcap, 6 Jackdaw, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl (calling) (Ron Turner)
  • Primrose Hill: ad Mediterranean Gull S 0745, 36 Redwing WNW 0740, Redpoll over (Twitter)
  • Purfleet: 19 Golden Plover, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, 95 Redshank, 48 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 25 Teal, 7 Wigeon, 4 Yellow-legged Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill still 09:00 (mo); 2 Ring Ouzel 12:50 (BirdGuides); also Great White Egret (Facebook)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Ring Ouzels headed east from Chat Enclosure, also over 12 Redwings, 16 Song Thrush & 20 Blackbirds (Twitter-Regent's Park Birds)
  • Richmond Park; 16 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, Shoveler, 4 Teal, 21 Mandarin, 33 Pochard, Little Grebe, Red Kite, Buzzard, 2 Water Rail heard, c420 Herring Gull over mainly SE, ad Common Tern, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Skylark, 4 House Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtail SW, 17 Stonechat - NB 6 were seen in different parts of the Park yesterday, 2 Ring Ouzel - in oaks west of Upper Pen Pond, 36 Song Thrush over, c80 Redwing over, 8 Chiffchaff, c50 Goldfinch (J.Wilczur & Friday Group); 11 Greylag Geese briefly on Upper Pen Pond (Nigel Jackman)
  • Rye Meads: c20 Redwing and 2 Fieldfare over, 50+ Common Snipe (Herts website)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Tawny Owl calling 00.47 (Ian Stewart)
  • Snaresbrook: male Tawny Owl heard 06.20 (Stuart Fisher)
  • Staines Moor: 3 Stonechat, Wheatear, 8 Skylark, 2 Green Woodpecker, several Pied Wagtail, many Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Red Kite, Kingfisher, Snipe, 2 Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler heard, several Chiffchaff, Blackcap (Alex Massey)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: Singing Blackcap 08:20 (Neil Batten)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Green Sandpiper on Flood Relief Channel north of Lockwood (Frank Nugent).
  • West Harrow: Tawny Owl calling 22.30-22.50 (Alex Massey)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Snipe, 2 Wigeon, Common Gull, 2 Teal, Sparrowhawk, Coal Tit, Stock Dove (Chris Farthing)

Thursday 6th October 2016Edit

  • Amwell: Stonechat, Siskin, 11 Redwing over (Herts website)
  • Beddington Farm: 30 Little Gull north (Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: ecl m Pintail, ecl m Wigeon, Common Sandpiper, 11 Snipe, 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Common Gull, 32 Redwing, Fieldfare, 12 Song Thrush, 5 Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail; Pipistrelle sp near bridge 06:50 (Andrew Verrall, John Gravatt)
  • Crayford Marshes: 3-4 Rock Pipit at Crayford Ness, 1 Gadwall, c50 Wigeon most on Essex side, 20+ Teal, 4 Little Egret, 2 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2+ Kestrel, 3 Ringed Plover, c30 Lapwing, 2+ Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, c100 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, Curlew, 4+ Common Gull, c10 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Skylark, 10+ Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat, 6+ Song Thrush prob migrants, 3 Cetti's Warbler singing, 4+ Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, 4 Rook on field near drive to Howbury Grange, 2-3 Common Seal (Ian Stewart)
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway): 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • Fairlop Waters: 2 Kestrel, 50+ Lapwings, Stock Dove, 3 Common Gulls, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail and Badger. (Simon Worsfold)
  • Gunpowder Park: Whinchat and 2 Stonechat on west ridge at 16:50 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 1 Swallow nw, 1 Cormorant n, 2 Kestrel, 2 Red Kite together e over then circling above M25 for several minutes mobbed by corvids (Neil Batten)
  • Leatherhead Station: Singing Chiffchaff (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Little Gull juv (feeding around main lake from 1220hrs), 1 Yellow-legged Gull 2ndW, 6 Siskin (W), 35 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Buzzard, 8 Snipe (WWT website)
  • Purfleet: 1 Kittiwake, 1 Grey Plover, 6 Golden Plover, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 71 Redshank, 98 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 26 Teal, 49 Wigeon, 7 Gadwall, 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 12 Great Black-backed Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill still (mo), 24 White-fronted Geese flew E and male Ring Ouzel with Redwings in woodland (Pete Merchant), flock of 17 Mediterranean Gulls flew downriver early pm (Andy Tweed, Phil Street and Pete Merchant), male Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, 10 Ringed Plover (opposite Rainham West foreshore), Ruff, Curlew, 97 Common Redshank, 37 Black-tailed Godwit, four Yellow-legged Gulls, five Common Gulls, Barn Owl, European Stonechat, Grey Wagtail (Dominic Mitchell, Roy Beddard), plus adult Arctic Tern feeding mid-river in front of visitor centre early afternoon, four European Golden Plover on south shore and two Ravens briefly on Aveley Marsh before flying E mid-pm (all five above observers). From Dominic Mitchell: in the wigeon flock on Aveley Pools this afternoon, I found a female/juvenile-type wigeon showing some characters suggesting American Wigeon: very orangey flanks, clearly grey neck and head with diffuse darker area around the eye, and scapulars with well-defined pale fringes ... however, it was only seen swimming (with a male Eurasian Wigeon in tow) and never with the wings outstretched during the brief period Roy Beddard and I watched it, and the bird was too distant for meaningful pics to clinch the ID either way. Unfortunately it flew off while we rushed round to the other viewing platform for closer looks and was not relocated, but on phoning Andy Tweed I learned that he too had noticed a wigeon with orangey flanks on Aveley Pools, though it was then asleep and giving even less away. Any observers visiting Rainham in the next few days are urged to look out for this bird and try and obtain decent images, especially of the axillaries and underwing pattern, to help resolve the ID.
  • Swanscombe Marsh: male Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, 3 Avocet, Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Cetti's Warbler, Raven & 33 Jackdaw flew over high (Andrew Self)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood: Firecrest by Crescent Wood Rd entrance (Steven Robinson)
  • Totteridge Vally/Darlands Lake: Jack Snipe flushed from southern end of `owl' field and dropped down there again but could not be re-located though no doubt lurking there somewhere, also 2 Stonechat, 9 Redwing, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Mistle Thrush, Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Grey Wagtail and 8 Teal (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 2 Common Buzzard, Hobby in direct flight south, Nuthatch, 20 Goldfinch, 2 Stock Dove, numerous Ring-necked Parakeet. (Pete Lowman).
  • Wilson's School, Wallington: 1 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull then flew to Roundshaw Downs calling, also 2 Sparrowhawk (Arjun Dutta) [really want to see a Yellow-Browed Warbler, but I guess I don't live in a place where I'm likely to see one!] they can turn up anywhere these days that hold tit/warbler flocks, always stay optimistic and keep your ears out for their distinctive 'tsoeest' whistle/call, good luck! [Neville Smith]. Thanks. I'm familiar with their call as 2 years ago I heard one calling at Wakehurst Place in Kent, but won't dismiss anything like a Chiffchaff! - Have faith & never give up Arjun (JR).
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 6 Wigeon, m Red-crested Pochard, Common Gull, Teal (Chris Farthing); Common Snipe and 6 Redwing (Frank Nugent).
  • Woodford Green: Yellow-browed Warbler imaged in garden at 8.33 am (Ken Murray) Don't know why?...this was deleted!!! The page history shows that the original entry was deleted, presumably accidentally, when the Purfleet sightings were added (AH). Ken, that is a brilliant record & your second in the garden this year! - Amazing (JR). Thanks for the explanation!...In fact it represented the second consecutive year of occurence in the grdn.(not the 2nd for the year) however what was 'almost' certainly the same bird seen 'badly' the following day very briefly in bad light at 7.30am (tiny, fast and frenetic!..making Crests look rather pedestrian by comparison). FWIW this constituted the 3rd record in consecutive years for me in London, the 1st being St.Botolphs Churchyard EC1, 24th-25th September 2014......they are certainly becoming more numerous in London, certainly so this year. Cheers

Wednesday 5th October 2016 Edit

  • Bankside SE1: Guillemot 12:35 floating upriver, last seen just before Waterloo Bridge (Looking back on this site, Oct 3-5 seem to be good dates for Guillemot in London!) (Reuben Braddock) also seen from Port of London Health Authority launch near Tower Bridge (Nick Senior) picture on Birdguides of presumably the same bird seen in Greenwich.
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Egyptian Geese, eclipse Wigeon, eclipse Pintail, 190+ Tufted Duck, 24 Pochard, Teal (Number?), Shoveler (Number?), 2 Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, 18 Snipe, 11 Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail (Roy Beddard, Bob Husband, Steve Leeke)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret (Tom Moulton)
  • Chelsham (High Breach): 2 Ring Ouzel (Twitter)
  • Grovelands Park: 6 Cormorant, 12 Egyptian Goose male female and ten juvs, 11 Mandarin Duck 7m 4f, 2 Teal eclipse m and f, 6 Shoveler 5m 1f, 27 Tufted Duck, Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest (Robert Callf)
  • Hackney Marshes: Great Black-backed Gull at north end, Little Egret on Old River Lea (~0730), 2 Teal and 2 Little Grebe on Old River (~0900) (Alastair Dent)
  • Hyde Park: 1 Spotted Flycatcher in sycamore north of Serpentine briefly (~1130), 1 Tree Sparrow flew west calling over same location. (Daniel Langston)
  • Leatherhead Station: 1 Common Buzzard circling low overhead 08:40, 2 Swallow nw 12:45 (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Pintail, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Water Rail, 7 Snipe, 80+ Shoveler, 60+ Wigeon (WWT Website) 3 Meadow Pipit dropped onto grazing marsh (Martin Honey)
  • Purfleet: 1 Sandwich Tern, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 91 Redshank, 113 Lapwing, 37 Teal, 9 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 5 Yellow-legged Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Raven's Ait, Kingston: Little Egret N, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard mobbed over Home Park, 7 Lapwing dropped into the park from the W, 135 Stock Dove (63 S/SE, 72 left to SE from Home Park horse pasture), Redwing E (Andrew Skotnicki)
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill (Facebook)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: No sign of Yellow-browed Warbler at 7-7.30am, Siskin NE (Stuart Fisher)
  • Tottenham Marshes: (By Tottenham Hale Business Parks- far S End) - Honey Buzzard seen drifting low SW for 3 minutes from 13.01 to 13.04pm. Drifted off leisurely over the new Tottenham Hale flats/Station area - Classic Pale Type Bird with Cuckoo type head & long tail clearly visible. Is this the latest London record as never seen one in Europe in October before? (Davey Leach). Hi Davey, the latest record is 21 November 1976 at Barn Elms Reservoirs (Lee Dingain). Thanks for that, was wondering. (DL)
  • Telegraph Hill Park: House Sparrows - a few, Grey Heron eating a goldfish in pond (Michael Mac)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: juv Dunlin, Common Sandpiper on Lockwood, no sign of Grey Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper on Flood Relief Channel. (Quentin Given).
  • Waterfall Walk (Brunswick Park): 4 Sand Martin (James Palmer)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: First returning Common Gull, Sparrowhawk, 4 Teal (Chris Farthing)

Tuesday 4th October 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff 07:15-07:50 (Bob Watts)
  • Barnes, Barn Elms Playing Fields: 20 Wigeon onto LWC from W, Shag flew W 07.40 (excellent record) (JR), 3 Tawny Owl very showy here at dawn, 14 alba Wagtail S, 44 Meadow Pipit S/SE and in, 4 Redwing SW/N, 14 Song Thrush SE and in, 24 Linnet SE/NW, 4 Red Admiral SW. (R.Kaye)
  • Battersea Park: Firecrest behind estate agents at Rosary Gate very restless coincides with high wind from 4:10pm, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Coal Tit, Greenfinch feeding in Yew (noticed lot of yew trees stripped of berries already!), pr Grey Wagtail on lake, Teal and Shoveler, Peregrine on tower by Chelsea Bridge (Michael Mac)
  • Brent Reservoir: 20 Redwing, 4 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 15 Meadow Pipit, 8 Pied Wagtail - best of vis-mig 06:45-08:45, also male Peregrine over Dump (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall)
  • Brixton: Common Buzzard flying east (John Newton)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret (Tom Moulton)
  • Chingford Plain: Hobby catching invertebrates on the wing at c1.30pm, also 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Stonechat, Chiffchaff (Ken Murray)
  • Cranford Park, Hayes: Song Thrush, 2 Meadow Pipits, Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebes along river, 2 Jays, 2 Buzzards, Kestrel, Dunnock, Wren (Sue Giddens)
  • Finsbury Park: 7 Gadwall, Red-crested Pochard, Shoveler, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail. RSPCA in attendance to deal with Greylag Geese covered in red EPDM rubber from the re-laying of the athletics track (Chris Farthing)
  • Gunpowder Park: Yellow-browed Warbler with tit flock on western perimeter path, mid-morning (Neville Smith).
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Little Egrets E past Jack Straws Castle and over Vale of Health at 0955 (Pete Mantle)
  • Hampstead Garden Suburb: Red Kite low NE over Sheridan Walk 1350 (Pete Mantle)
  • High Barnet: Red Kite over low heading S at 15.30 (Roy Beddard)
  • Leatherhead, Common Meadow: 2 juvenile Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Whinchat m & f, 3+ Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting wader scrape 12:30-13:00 (S. Barry)
  • Oxleas Wood: Pair Common Buzzard (crabbing and displaying), Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Jackdaw (pair), Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tawny Owl (calling), Sparrowhawk (m/fm), Kestrel (fm) (Ron Turner)
  • Purfleet: 3 Golden Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Dunlin, 9 Ringed Plover, 43 Redshank, 29 Lapwing, 40 Teal, 12 Wigeon, 7 Yellow-legged Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Wigeon, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, 9 Meadow Pipit, 4 Swallow, m Stonechat, 2 low Rook over (1 calling) at tree top level Hawthorn Valley area (Neil Anderson)
  • Ridgeway (Mill Hill): 12 Redwing over heading East, also Coal Tit (Samuel Levy)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: Yellow-browed Warbler in trees on front lawn 07:10 (Stuart Fisher)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Peregrine (Chalk Bridge), Whinchat, 2 Stonechat (Clendish Marsh) (James Palmer)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Buzzard circling to the SW 10:30, Kingfisher, 3 Wigeon, Little Egret, 2 Teal (Chris Farthing)
  • Woodford Green: 3 different (brown/tan and olive backed) Chiffchaff at least through the garden this am, plus Song Thrush and Tawny Owl (Ken Murray)

Monday 3rd October 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Whinchat 08.30 cricket scrub, 5 Meadow Pipit over (Brian Milligan); 2 Redwing south 0655, also Meadow Pipit, Stonechat fem/1w around SW perimeter 1815 at least (1st of year), 5 Chiffchaffs in mixed tit flock, 65 Ring-necked Parakeets went to roost flying east over Wood Green Res 1810 - record for site (Bob Watts); Stonechat still 1845 (Gareth Richards); Grey Wagtail, Kestrel (Peter Corley)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Little Egret, Pintail, 6 Egyptian Goose, 2 Green Sandpiper, 13 Common Snipe, same juv fem Peregrine as yesterday 08:20, 21 Redwing, 1st 3 Fieldfare, 5 Chiffchaff (Andrew Verrall, Andrew Haynes); 75 Northern Shoveler, 114 Eurasian Teal, 153 Tufted Duck (but no sign of Ferruginous Duck), 44 Moorhen, 151 Eurasian Coot, 3 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Gull, 264 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Common Chiffchaff, and 2 Meadow Pipit and 2 Siskin over - 45 species 1158-1434hrs (Dominic Mitchell)
  • Cowley, Uxbridge: 4 Common Buzzards displaying/fighting over garden at 14.45 (Roger Morton)
  • Dollis Brook (Between Fursby allotments and Playground): Kingfisher, 3 Grey Wagtail (Samuel Levy)
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 97 Teal (John Archer).
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway): 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Gull, 1 Dunlin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Redshank, 13 Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • East Dulwich SE22: 5 Common Buzzard over my garden - 4 together in one group circled for a couple of minutes before drifting south (Steven Robinson)
  • Hampstead Heath: 15 Song Thrush, 4 Linnets, 4 Swallows (S), 30 Meadow Pipits, 10 alba Wagtails, 15 Chiffchaffs, Single Skylark and Siskin (Pete Mantle); also 2 Stonechats (G.Grandad)
  • Lake Farm Country Park, Hayes: 2 Redwing over, 36 Song Thrush, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (Dave Morris per FJM); juvenile Black Redstart on playing field fence S of school at 1600 (earlier reported on Birdguides) (Bill Haines).
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 3 Common Buzzard circling distantly to the east (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: 7 Snipe, 62 Wigeon, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 2 Peregrine, 3 Water Rail, 20+ Meadow Pipit (SW) (WWT Website)
  • Oxleas Wood: Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl (calling), Jackdaw, Whinchat (m), Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Mistle Thrush (Ron Turner)
  • Richmond Park: 11 Common Buzzard [includes 8 thermalling together at 13:45], 9 Stonechat (excludes Pond Slade and environs), Hobby still - hunting over Pen Ponds, Peregrine through, 3 Skylark and at least 50 Meadow Pipit on the Bog, 1 but probably 2 Kingfisher, 100+ Swallow and 20 or so House Martin noted afternoon, 6 Teal, 4 Gadwall, Reed Bunting, a Linnet lingered over Lawn Field, a charge of Red Admirals through, Small Copper and Small Heath still on the wing (Frank Nugent).
  • Rotherhithe: 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Egyptian Goose, 3 Jay at Southwark Park, Kingfisher, 10 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker at Russia Dock woodland (J & J Cadera)
  • Stoneleigh Broadway KT17: Redwing over calling at 19:00 (Neil Batten)
  • Thames Ditton, KT7: 1 Swallow flying south (Billy Dykes)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Water Rail, Stonechat, 3 Wigeon, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 2 Reed Bunting, Yellow-legged Gull (Chris Farthing)
  • Woodford Green: 3 Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, male Sparrowhawk through garden, with a Rook going South at 9.25am, plus 5 Common Buzzards passing over between 11.10-11.15am, and my first 36 Redwings of the Autumn - flights of 20 12 and 4 over (Ken Murray)

Sunday 2nd October 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 10 Meadow Pipit, Siskin top field, 6 Swallows SW, Jackdaw (Dominic Mitchell, Gareth a Richards)
  • Barnes, Lonsdale Road Reservoir: reposting after a deletion... 4 Great Skua circled 13.40 then up into cloud base, Osprey S 10.40, male Hen Harrier S 11.20, Goshawk circled then into cloud base 13.40, 2 Marsh Harrier S 11.45 and 15.05, 2 Buzzard S, 2 Kestrel S, Water Rail (R.Kaye)
  • Belvedere, Thames (off Crabtree Manorway North): 1 Lapwing, 1 Redshank, 18 Ringed Plover (Mike Robinson)
  • Brent Reservoir: drake Ferruginous Duck just south of Cool Oak Lane bridge, Pintail, Common Buzzard over at 10:09, 2 Peregrine, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 20 Snipe, 1st Brambling and Siskin of Autumn over, also Redwing, 264 House Martin, 46 Swallow (Brent Birders); 1 Little Egret and Jack Snipe showing well at 15:15 (Frank Nugent).
  • Bushy Park: 20-30 House Martin flying west 9.45 am (Ian R Watson)
  • Canons Park (& Seven Acre Lake - Private site), Edgware, Middx. HA8: 4 Common Buzzard migrating west, 18 Swallows briefly over lake, perched female Kingfisher, 4 Great Crested Grebe - 2 adults & 2 stripy young, 5 Cormorants, 3 Grey Heron (Bob Husband et al, NW London RSPB Group - regular Birdwalk)
  • Chiswick, W4: 2 Buzzard SW, 1 Hobby high over, 1 imm Gannet very low SW 14.06 was then picked up over Chiswick Bridge going SW by FJM at 14.08 (Oscar Dewhurst).
  • Crossness: Spoonbill flew high NE 12:00, probable_Red-footed Falcon fem circled then flew S 12:10, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 2 Stonechat male + female, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Yellow-legged Gull adult, 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap, 1 hybrid Shelduck (John Archer); 6 Little Egret, 3 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 150 Teal, 2 Buzzard (over Belvedere Station), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Redshank, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Cetti's Warbler - 10:00-13:00 (George Kalli)(LNHS)
  • Erith, Thames (off Corinthian Manorway): 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • Fryent Country Park: 2 Redwing, 2 Grey Wagtail, Common Buzzard (Joe Taylor).
  • Hackney E8: Buzzard circling high over Dalston area 13:20 (Sue Barry)
  • Hackney Marshes: Little Egret below end of flood relief channel 09:30-10:30, juv Stock Dove north end, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk near Middlesex Filter Beds (Alastair Dent)
  • Lake Farm Country Park, Hayes: 1 Black Redstart imm near school fence (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Pintail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Peregrine, 5 Snipe, 3 Swallow (SW) (WWT Website)
  • Lower Clapton E5: 4 Redwing over high east at 1315 (Alastair Dent)
  • Purfleet: 39 Dunlin, 14 Ringed Plover, 32 Teal, 7 Yellow-legged Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • RSPB Rainham Marshes: Caspian Gull 3cy (Dante Shepherd); 2 Whinchats, Marsh Harrier, 3 Greenshanks, 3 Ruffs, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits (Ian Bradshaw); also 2 Pied Wagtail, 308 Teal, Cetti's Warbler, 40 Lapwing, 405 Greylag, Marsh Harrier, 2 Bearded Tit, 42 Swallow, Peregrine, 6 Kestrel, Fieldfare, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Ruff, 21 Shovelers, 20 Gadwall, 5 Snipe, 3 Stonechat, 26 Linnet, 4 Pochard, Kingfisher, 2 Buzzard, 2 Redwing, 2 Sparrowhawk, Willow Warbler, 51 House Martin (Samuel Levy) Caspo pics here
  • Rammey Marsh: Buzzard (James Palmer)
  • Ruislip Lido/Woods: Little Egret, 37 Pochard, Meadow Pipit, 80+ House Martin (possibly many more drifting over), 10+ Swallow, Siskin over (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Sewardstone: Mott Street Trueloves - Yellow-browed Warbler calling several times 11:45-12:15 in pine belt TQ391976 (Andrew Middleton) and calling again & seen briefly along hedge near west end of belt at 14:35 (with Neville Smith).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Stonechat on Patty Pool meads (Neville Smith).
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: Wheatear, 21 Meadow Pipit, f Yellow Wagtail, 4 Redwing N (Stuart Fisher)
  • Totteridge Valley: 5 Teal, 4+ Redwing, 33 Swallow (inc. flock of 32 flying South at dusk 18:50), Linnet, 2 Chiffchaff, Tawny Owl (Ian Ellis)
  • Walthamstow: Lockwood - Grey Plover still (Stuart Fisher)
  • Woodford Green: Osprey high over forest at 9.40am heading SSW (Ken Murray)

Saturday 1st October 2016 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 1st w fem Common Redstart late pm on western perimeter of cricket pitches and edge of cricket scrub, Common Whitethroat am (Gareth Richards)
  • Battersea Park: late aft - 2 Yellow-legged Gulls on river ad/2cy, 14 House Martins SW, 3 Meadow Pipits W, Spotted Flycatcher (West Island Main lake), 3 Chiffchaff, male Firecrest (40m N of Rowen Gate), 12 Goldcrest, 7 Coal Tit, 38 Long-tailed Tit, 18 Goldfinch (Nick Senior)
  • Brent Reservoir: drake Ferruginous Duck, 2 Jack Snipe, Pintail, Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, 20 Snipe, 300 House Martin (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cowley, Uxbridge: 3 Yellow Wagtails in field north of Manor Farm off St. Peter's Road at 16.15 (Roger Morton)
  • Dollis Brook (Totteridge): Caspian Gull 3cy, 3 Herring Gull, 22 Black-headed Gull 1815 in flock on field between Brook Farm and Wyatt's Farm open spaces, also Green Woodpecker (Samuel Levy)
  • Fairlop Waters: 2 Stonechats, 2 Swallows (Alan Bell)
  • Finchley (Garden): 24 House Martins - an intermittent flow since 1710 produced 10 birds SW then 14 over 1835 SW, also Grey Heron N 18:35 (Samuel Levy)
  • Fryent Country Park: Hawfinch near Barn Hill Pond at 08:45 (Joe Taylor).
  • Fulham Reach (Thames): 12 Eurasian Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 136 Black-headed Gull, 21 Cormorant (Nathalie Mahieu).
  • Hackney Marshes: autumn arrivals - 6 Teal, 2 Little Grebe on the Old River Lea (Alastair Dent)
  • KGV Reservoir: 6 Goosander, Common Snipe, 2 Dunlin, Ringed Plover (Neville Smith).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Pintail, 1 Wheatear, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Water Rail, 8 Snipe, 2 Siskin, 40+ Wigeon, 15+ Meadow Pipit (NW/SW) (WWT Website)
  • Pinner (HA5): Chiffchaff at the end of the garden (Jon Ridge).
  • Purfleet: 89 Redshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 31 Dunlin, 14 Ringed Plover, 38 Teal, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: Wheatear, 3 Skylark, 50 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat and 10+ House Martin (all the Bog), 3 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff and Blackcap (Holly Lodge) (Hugh Bradshaw); Autumn bird count included 6 Teal, Little Egret, Buzzard, Hobby, 2 Water Rail heard, 2 Kingfisher, c120 House Martin, 17 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Wheatear, 6 Stonechat, 3 Redwing, 8 Chiffchaff, c100 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin - 62 species (RPBRG)
  • Rye Meads: Bittern (BirdGuides)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 m Pheasant, 2 Buzzard, 16 Lapwing, 13 Skylark, 15 House Martin, c20 Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, 3 Redwing, 5 Mistle Thrush, 7 local Rook low N, 8-10 Reed Bunting, c30 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Water Rail in relief channel, 3 Swallow, 20+ House Martin, Sand Martin, Siskin, Bullfinch (Neville Smith).
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 51 House Martin w, 23 Meadow Pipit s. (Neil Batten)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Swallow, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail before rain stopped play (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 14 Mandarin Duck 9 m 5 f, 2 Teal eclipse m and f, 3 Blackcap 2 m 1 f, 2 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Yellow Wagtail bomb crater field, 2 Whinchat at western end of boardwalk, Kestrel, House Martin south (Harringay Birder); also 1 Stonechat BCF, plus same or 2 more Yellow Wagtail side paddocks, 5 Swallows SW over stables (Alastair Dent); 4 Whinchat at 3.30 3 (f) 1 (m) (Marcus Mitchell )
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: juv. Grey Plover (for 2nd day) on the Lockwood though flew off to High Maynard briefly, 1 Common Sandpiper, few Meadow Pipits over, 4+ Cetti's Warblers mostly on South side, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls 3cy 2x 1cy, 3 Wigeon, few Swallows, 30+ House Martin, 2 Peregrine, Goldcrest. (A Winstanley, J Partridge, P Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Common Whitethroat, 10 Blackcap, 25+ Chiffchaff, c40 Swallow, 12 Sand Martin, 22 House Martin, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting (Tony Brown)
  • Wimbledon Common: Spotted Flycatcher, Stonechat, Common Buzzard (David Wills).
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Snipe, Kingfisher, 3 Teal, Wigeon, 3 Egyptian Geese (Chris Farthing)

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