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Wednesday 30th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 11+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Goldcrest (David Callahan).
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Wigeon, Lapwing, Snipe, Kingfisher, Reed Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest (Andrew Haynes).
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Kingfisher, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Claybury Park: 2 Chiffchaffs - so tame that they repeatedly came too close, in the bush next to me, to use bins! Also Grey Heron, Jay (Alan Hobson).
  • Hackney Marshes: 1 Little Egret on the river below the end of the Flood Relief Channel at 08:30, also 10+ Teal, 1 Little Grebe calling. Flock of 6+ Chiffchaff in trees W of the red bridge (Alastair Dent)
  • Houndsden Gutter, N21: 2 Grey Wagtail adult and first-winter (Robert Callf)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Little Egret, Hobby, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 9 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Tree Pipit (SE), 18 Meadow Pipit (SW), 12 Linnet (S/E/SW), 2 White Wagtails (on marsh), 3 Grey Wagtail, 5 Siskin, 5 Reed Bunting, 2 Swallow (S), 18 Chiffchaff (O.Dewhurst, R.Kaye).
  • Kensington Green W8 5 Cormorant(over) N/NE, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff (2 singing) (John Watson)
  • Regent's Park: Redwing, Kingfisher, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 3 alba Wagtails, 8 Chiffchaffs, Siskin, 3 Lesser Redpolls (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Green : Tawny Owl calling in trees around Green, West side, 9.00 PM (Gordon Shaw)
  • Worcester Park: 2 Little Owls Morden Cemetery (Bob Smith)

Tuesday 29th September 2015Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher Wood Green Res 0710 (Bob Watts)
  • Beverley Brook (Palewall Park): Chiffchaff singing! (James Dickerson)
  • Brent Reservoir: Redwing over (Andrew Self); 4 Wigeon, 8 Pochard, Little Egret, Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, Stock Dove, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff (John Gravatt).
  • Brimsdown to Enfield Lock: am, 17 Chiffchaff, Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest, Redpoll over, Common Buzzard (A.Middleton)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chingford Plain: 2 Whinchat, 1 Common Redstart (fem), 1 Hobby chasing 5 House Martins, 1 Goldcrest (Mark Braun) also 3 Stonechat, (Ken Murray).
  • Eastcote (Abbotsbury Gardens): Siskin over (Jon Ridge).
  • Gallions Reach: Kittiwake ad, Common Buzzard, 11 Lapwing. (Gary A James).
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern on grazing marsh (WWT), 1 Hobby, 1 Sedge Warbler and at least 21 Chiffchaff (Bill Haines).
  • Oxleas Woods (Crookston Road SE9 1YG) 2 Firecrest in garden also Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Coal tit and House Sparrow (John Reid)
  • Perivale - Wheatear in alley behind garden (Andrew Peel)
  • Purfleet: 4 Avocet, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Marsh Harrier (2-cy male), 1 Buzzard between Purfleet and Rainham Marshes (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Hobby,1 Buzzard over lower pen pond [ Les McCallum] 9 Wigeon - Upper Pen Pond, 5 Redwing over (R.Herbert per JW) 8 Stonechat - seven of these in Pond Slade area (J.Few per JW) Tree Pipit, 3 Skylarks at Lawn Fields, 4 Swallow at White Lodge (Michael Mac).
  • Richmond Park (Beverley Brook near golf course): Little Egret flying along brook 1630 (James Dickerson)
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-Necked Grebe, 2 Pintail on the north basin.( Jim Sweetland)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 2 Lesser Redpoll n. over The Glade and 1 Meadow Pipit s. 1 Nuthatch in gardens in Bradstock Road (uncommon here) (Neil Batten).
  • Wimbledon Common: Tawny Owl, male calling at 1800 near Wimbledon Rugby Club playing fields. (James Dickerson)
  • Woodford Green: 4 Individual Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, and my first Autumn party of 6 Redwing flying over. (Ken Murray)

Monday 28th September 2015Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3+ Chiffchaff, 2 Meadow Pipit [tel:0650-0715 0650-0715] (Bob Watts)
  • Chingford Plain: 2 Stonechat, Common Whitethroat, Mipit and a Whinchat. (Ken Murray) House Martin (JW Davies)
  • Eastcote (Field End Road): Grey Wagtail over (Jon Ridge).
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Little Egret juv, 2 Egyptian Goose, 50 Teal, 2+ Chiffchaff (John Archer)
  • Forest Hill (Dacres Road): 5 House Martin SE at 11:25 (Martin Stevens).
  • Lamorbey Park, Sidcup: 2 Mute Swan, Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay, Peregrine, Little Grebe(catching and eating fish), 5 Goldcrest, 8 Long-tailed Tit (Eric Brown)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Firecrest, Redwing E, 9 Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail S, 2 Linnet, Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 3 Coal Tit, 6 Gadwall (Stuart Fisher)
  • Pinner (HA5): 2 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Goldfinch & Green Woodpecker (Jon Ridge).
  • Sutcliffe Park: Little Grebe, 2 cormorant, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Chiffchaff, male Blackcap, 5+ Goldcrest (Bob Watts)
  • Wanstead Flats: Peregrine Falcon, 2 Kestrel, 13 Gadwall, Swallow, Reed Bunting, 2 + Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 5 + Meadow Pipit (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Hobby, Kestrel, Reed Warbler, 7 + Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 7 + Goldcrest, 20 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Kingfisher, Little Egret, 2 House Martin, 4 Siskin, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft)
  • West Harrow (HA1): 2 Chiffchaff in garden this morning (Alex Massey)
  • Whitings Hill/Arkley South Fields :Circa 15 Swallows fly catching over grass field top of Hill 5pm passing through and gone within 5 mins (David Martens)
  • Woodford Green: 4 Swallows South, 2 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, and a Garden Warbler through garden this am. (Ken Murray)

Sunday 27th September 2015 Edit

  • Blackwall Beach (below 02 Arena): 3 Peregrine Falcons, 6 Egyptian Geese, 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (1 adult, 4 1st cal. Year), passage of 560 mostly 1st cal. year Herring Gulls East, 3 Common Gulls, 1 Common Tern, 4 alba Wagtails S, 1 Rock Pipit West, 17 Meadow Pipits SW, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Lesser Redpolls SW (N P Senior)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, 10 Wigeon, 2 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 8 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (Roy Beddard).
  • Bushy Park: 1 Kingfisher on Waterhouse Garden (AYates,GKopacz)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chingford Plain: am, 2 Tree Pipits, 10+ Meadow Pipits, 2 Housemartin, 3 Bullfinch, Brambling over, 2 Stonechat (A.Middleton)
  • Gallions Reach: 6 Sandwich Tern, Little Gull (KJMcmanus) 1 Brent Goose downriver 11.00, 5 Wigeon, Pochard, 2 Little Egret, 2 Common Buzzard, 4 Redshank, 1 Arctic Tern, 28 Common Tern, 2 Sand Martin, Blackcap, 2 Siskin. (Gary A James & Paul Davis)
  • Green Lanes N13: Little Egret east at dusk. (Stuart Harrington)
  • KGV Reservoir: Peregrine (adult male), Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 12 Lesser Redpoll (feeding in paddocks on west bank of south basin, and alighting on overhead wires), 2 Reed Bunting (Neville Smith).
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 12 Wigeon (site tick for me, though I understand used to be regular), 1 Chiffchaff (Rich Petley) ( never a regular, a few each year, but now more common at this time of year) John Gordon
  • Newton Park West, South Harrow TQ129867: c6 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Long-tailed Tit (Tim Rymer)
  • Pinner (HA5): aberrant male Blackbird, Chiffchaff & Goldfinch (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Wheatear & 2 Swallows (Stone Barges) Green Sandpiper & Hobby (Purfleet Scrape) 7 Avocets, 2 Bar Tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshanks, 28 Black tailed Godwits, 6 Pintails, 3 Marsh Harriers (2f, 1m) (Aveley Flood & Wennington Marsh) (ian bradshaw)
  • Rammey Marsh: Hobby, Bullfinch (Neville Smith).
  • Richmond Park: 5 Wigeon on Lower Pen Pond, Little Egret, 2 Hobby, 2 Common Buzzard, Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 3 Stonechat (Frank Nugent).
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 2 Greenshank, 4 Redshank, Curlew, 11 Lapwing, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Sandwich Tern upriver, 6 Stonechat, Whinchat, 8 Cetti's Warbler, 26 Bearded Tit & 2 Raven (Andrew Self)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: juv m Pheasant, Buzzard, 19 Lapwing, 4 Skylark, Grey Wagtail, c30 Meadow Pipit, 4 Blackcap together feeding on haws, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Rook, c30 Jackdaw, 4 Reed Bunting, 24 Linnet, Painted Lady (Neil Anderson)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Siskin, 8 Chiffchaff (one singing), 3 Blackcap, 3 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Bullfinch (John Colmans)
  • Upney: early Redwing (Twitter)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, Red Kite over, 3 Wigeon (E Warwick), Goldcrest, Meadow Pipit, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Lol Bodini,Jamie Partridge); Goosander No 4 (per Pete Lambert)
  • Whitings Hill /Arkley South Fields : 3 Lapwing in Ploughed field (David Martens)
  • West Harrow (HA1): Siskin (Alex Massey)
  • Yeading Brook meadows: Pheasant heard, 2 Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail on brook, 2 Meadow Pipit (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)

Saturday 26th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 female type Reed Bunting west perimeter cricket pitch also 10 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Chiffchaff, 12+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Blackcap, pair Greylag flew south (Bob Watts)
  • Archway: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff in hospital garden area (present for 2 weeks) (Paul Angus)
  • Battersea Park Lake: 1 Common Buzzard below tree height over lake persued by 20 crows, landed and dissapeared 12:50pm then 10 mins visible high toward Hyde Park, f Pied Wagtail, pr Great-crested Grebe on nest with at least 1 chick (Michael Mac).
  • Brent Reservoir: Stonechat on Dump, Little Egret, 5 Wigeon, 4 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers over along with 4 Song Thrush, 8 Jay, 58 Starling, Redpoll & Siskin (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Conrad Ellam)
  • Fairlop Waters:male Stonechat,Kingfisher,5 Lesser Redpolls,2 Siskins.(Alan Bell)
  • Hampstead Heath: 5 Common Buzzard, 3 W and 2 NW slowly from 12:25, one pausing to hover, 16 Siskin on Parliament Hill and 4 feeding in trees by Mixed Pond, Linnet NW, 23 Meadow Pipit mainly NW, some feeding on the hill, 24 House Martin, 4 Swallow, 6 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 2 Grey Wagtail over, Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, Kingfisher (Frank Nugent).
  • Islington: 1 Common Buzzard NW over Upper Street @ 18.30. 3 Swallows (P.Angus, E.Avci)
  • KGV Reservoir: 2 Egyptian Goose, 5 Goosander, 1 Yellow Wagtail (over), Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 2 Skylark (over north), Willow Warbler (singing), Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Redpoll sp (over north}, 2 Siskin (over), 13 Linnet (Neville Smith).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1m Stonechat, 2 Common Snipe, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, 2 Peregrine (on Ch. X. Hosp.), 1 Buzzard low over site, 5 meadow Pipit dropped onto Marsh, 1m Reed Bunting, 4 Siskin, Chiffchaff numbers still in double figures. Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Kingfisher, Swallows also seen (Martin Honey) 9 Buzzard, Nuthatch, 21 Magpie moving, including a flock of 17 SW (R.Kaye)

  • Mandela Way SE1: m Sparrow Hawk mobbed by magpie 0915 (John Cadera)
  • Pinner (HA5): Stock Dove, Mistle Thrush, Coal Tit, Goldfinch & Goldcrest ( Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes: Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 2 Hobby, 2 Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, 6 Kestrels, 2 Avocets, 2 Golden Plover, 3 Snipe, 2 Greenshank, 15 Redshank, 13 Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 48 Black-tailed Godwits, Curlew, Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtails, Siskin, 200 Linnet, Reed Warbler, 10 Chiffchaffs, Kingfisher (Sean Huggins)
  • Richmond Park: Pen Ponds area - Little Egret, 2 Hobby, Buzzard, 2 Grey Wagtail, 11 Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, 3 Stonechat, Sedge Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, 12 Magpie in a flock, Linnet low over, 8 Reed Bunting (J.Wilczur)
  • Ruislip Lido/Woods: 22 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 30 Pochard, 3-4 Buzzard, Kingfisher, juv Swallow, House Martin, Chiffchaff, pr Blackcap, 2 Bullfinch (Neil Anderson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 3 Teal, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kingfisher, singing Cetti’s Warbler, singing Chiffchaff (TeRNS)
  • Stoneleigh Broadway KT17: 7 Meadow Pipit s. 65 Herring Gull and 4 Black-headed Gull n.e. 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Neil Batten).
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: Water Rail (Wetland Walk), Lesser Whitethroat, 2-3 Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 6 Meadow Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, Redpoll SW, Teal, Kingfisher, 19 Chiffchaff (Stuart Fisher)
  • Totteridge Valley: 3+ Linnet, 25+ Siskin, Bullfinch, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 20+ Rook, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk (Ian Ellis)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: At ~08:30 1 Cetti's Warbler singing north of the boardwalk, 5+ Meadow Pipits on Bomb Crater Field (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Flats: Stonechat, 10 + Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Redpoll sp, Reed Bunting, Swallow, 2 Egyptiaan Goose, Common Gull (Jono Lethbridge/James Heal)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Water Rail, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Little Grebe, singing Chiffchaff (James Heal/Bob Vaughan)
  • Waterworks NR: 08:39-09:30, 2 Sedge Warblers, 2-3 Spotted Flycatchers, 1+ Cetti's Warblers, few Chiffchaff & Blackcap. Buzzard & Peregrine early afternoon. (Paul Whiteman)Kestrel, Cetti's Warbler singing, Sparrowhawk small flock Goldfinches feeding just outside pm (Sue Barry)

Friday 25th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Yellow Wagtail SW 0710, also 1+ Siskin, 4+ Chiffchaff, Linnet [tel:[tel:[tel:[tel:[tel:[tel:[tel:0645-0730 0645-0730] 0645-0730] 0645-0730] 0645-0730] 0645-0730] 0645-0730] 0645-0730] also 2 House Martin 1730 (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, Wigeon, Water Rail, 4 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 5 House Martins, 2 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff (Roy Beddard, John Gravatt)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Mandarin (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch (Neil Batten). 1 Large Marijuana field (Met. Police)
  • Fairlop Waters: 2 Stonechat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Blackcap, 2 Sparrowhawk, Swallow, House Martin, Goldcrest, Mistle Thrush (Neil Twyford)
  • Mudchute Park: 3 House Martins, 1 alba Wagtail SW, 4 Meadow Pipits W, 2 Blackcaps, 26 Chiffchaffs, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 28 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Linnet S, 7 Siskin and a few more heard (N P Senior)
  • Pinner (HA5): Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Goldfinch & 2 Jackdaw over (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park: Merlin S at 13.15, 3 Hobby, 3 Buzzard, 50+ House Martin S, 18 Swallow S, 2 alba Wagtail SW (J.Wilczur, O.Dewhurst) 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat (J.Few et al) All I could manage of note was a Grey Wagtail (Martin Honey)
  • St James's Park: Grey Wagtail at the fountain by West Island, 2 Siskin feeding in the trees close to, 3 Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and a single Meadow Pipit over (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Reservoir: 2 Black-Necked Grebe, 3 Little Egret, Red Kite, 2 Yellow Wagtail. North Basin now being filled.(Jim Sweetland)
  • Thames Road Wetland/Stanham Farm (Crayford): 3 or possibly 4 Cetti's Warblers calling from Wetland and farm land up to Maiden Lane. 1 Water Rail on Wetland. (Chris Rose)
  • Thorpe Park: Lapland Bunting SW over calling 08:04 (Twitter)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 5+ Goldcrest, 2+ Chiffchaffs in mixed tit flock (Bob Watts)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (viewed from Ferry Lane): female Goosander (James Palmer) 1 Fem type Wheatear having slight contretemps with resident Pied Wagtails, Common1 Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher on Lockwood/Maynards. (Quentin Given)
  • Wanstead Flats: Spotted Flycatcher, 25 + Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 10 + Meadow Pipit, 5 Pied Wagtail, 3 Skylark, 10 + Swallow, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 2 Linnet, Kestrel (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Woodlands Farm: 30+Song Thrush, 6 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)

Thursday 24th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 4 House Martin, 2 Jackdaw, 3+ Chiffchaff, Blackcap adjacent to Wood Green Res am (Gareth Richards). Siskin heard 0730, adult male Peregrine, 25+ House Martin, 3+ Chiffchaff 1745 (Bob Watts)
  • Bentley Priory: Buzzard, Ring Necked Parakeet, Grass Snake swimming across lake, first I've seen in 40 years on this site (Richard Francis).
  • Bexley DA5 (Upper College Farm): Whinchat and male Stonechat in SW corner of rough grass field, Sparrowhawk spooked both birds, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Siskin over (Ian Stewart)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Cetti's Warbler still present for 10th day, Little Grebe, Kestrel, 6+ House Martin, 20+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest, 4 Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Regent's Park: Firecrest at eastern end of lake this morning (Joe Taylor)
  • Richmond Park: Hobby, 2 Stonechat (James Palmer)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood LNR: 2 Firecrest between old folly & old Railway track heard only by myself but confirmed by Warden (Ernie Thomason)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Spotted Flycatcher flew in from south 1230 over Lockhart Field and not relocated, also 2 Blackcap (Bob Watts)
  • Wanstead Flats: Northern Wheatear, Common Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 15 + Swallow, 5 House Martin, 30 + Meadow Pipit, 2 Siskin, Linnet, Reed Bunting, 41 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 10 + Shoveler, 3 Egyptian Goose, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Common Gull, Kestrel (Nick Croft/Barry Chandler)
  • Woolwich Common: 3 Stonechat (Conrad Ellam)

Wednesday 23rd September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: late Wood Warbler with Blue Tits and Chiffchaffs in willows between Tunnel Reservoir and middle platform (8.40 am), but elusive, plus Meadow Pipit over pitch and fem-type Reed Bunting in Cricket Scrub (David Callahan). 2 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin heard, 3 Meadow Pipit 0700 (Bob Watts)
  • Ashtead, Farm Lane: 4 Raven, cronking and cavorting W towards the common, 12:15 (Dave Kiddell)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret, 13 Grey Heron, 2 Wigeon, Lapwing, 140+ House Martin, 2 Swallow, 14 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail (Andrew Haynes, Andrew Verrall)
  • High Elms CP: Common Buzzard, Hobby, 1+ Sand Martin, 300-500 House Martin, 20+ Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, Marsh Tit, 3+ Nuthatch, 2+ Treecreeper, 4+ Siskin, Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Kensington Gardens: singing Cetti's Warbler, flock of c.15 Siskin over 06:47, 3 singing Treecreeper (Des McKenzie-Twitter)
  • Lamorbey Park, Sidcup; 2 M Swan,3 Jay, Chiffchaff(Singing), Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Swallow, Kestrel, Peregrine. (Eric Brown)
  • London Wetland Centre: 9 Wigeon, 1 Hobby, 1 Little Egret, 9 Snipe, 36 Lapwing, 1 Greenland Wheatear, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 alba Wagtails SW, 9 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, 100 House Martin, 13 Chiffchaff, 114 Meadow Pipit S/SW, Rock Pipit W, 3 Siskin (R.Kaye) Plus Peregrine on Ch. X. Hospital (Martin Honey)
  • Mudchute Park: Firecrest hedge on North side of allotments this evening almost certainly present yesterday as heard calling though not seen, 6 Swallow West, 4 House Martin, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 5 Siskin (N P Senior)
  • Orpington (Priory Gardens): Chiffchaff, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Ian Stewart)
  • Pinner (HA5): Meadow Pipit over, Goldcrest & 4 Herring Gull (family party) (Jon Ridge).
  • Richmond Park. 3 Hobby over Pen Ponds c. mid day. 1 Buzzard flying over mobbed at one stage by a Sparrowhawk.1 Little Egret. (John T) Also 1 other buzzard, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Stonechat, 250 Swallow, 100 House Martin, 10 Sand Martin, 3 Chiffchaff (Oscar Dewhurst).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Common Swift at 0915 (Martin Shepherd).
  • Sidcup DA15: 2 Siskins SW over Appledore Cresent (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: 1 Spotted Flycatcher (NW corner), 1 Peregrine E, 6 Stonechat (mainly W side), 8+ Yellow Wagtail (around the livestock), 1 Redpoll sp. over (heard), 1+ Hobby, 3-4 Common Buzzard, 3 Red Kite, 2+ Siskin, 1 Sand Martin, 30 House Martin SW, 30+ Swallow (some SW, some lingering), 2 Little Egret, 8+ Skylark, 40+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Sparrowhawk (Lee Dingain).
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 2 Firecrest, 5-6 Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, m Shoveler, 6 Gadwall (Stuart Fisher)
  • Tower. hamlets Cemetery Park: 3+ Goldcrest in mixed flock but no Firecrest yet! (Bob Watts)
  • Tyttenhanger GP: Fem/Imm Marsh Harrier, imm Shelduck, c200 Lapwing, 16 House Martin, 5+ Swallow, 5 Buzzard on thermals. (Steve Blake)
  • Wembley: 2 Goshawk together over Barn Hill area heading west at 11:15; also Peregrine over gardens at 16:30 (Joe Taylor).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Large numbers of House Martins again this evening (Quentin Given)
  • Wanstead Flats: Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 17 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 40 + Swallow, 6 House Martin, 2 Linnet, 4 Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Redpoll sp, 50 + Goldfinch, 18 Gadwall, 2 Common Gull, 2 Kestrel, Snipe (Nick Croft)
  • Wimbledon Common : 2 Firecrest, 2 Sparrowhawk, Treecreeper (Questions? Who saw these? Where?)

Tuesday 22nd September 2015 Edit

  • Battersea Park Lake: 2 House Martins, then as storm clouds came flock 60+ hirundines very high up circled over rapidly before rain - 5:15ish, Great-crested Grebe still on nest, Sparrowhawk, 7 pr Gadwall, 1 Little Grebe + juv (Michael Mac).
  • Bow Creek: 3 Egyptian Geese (James Palmer)
  • Brookmill Park: Mandarin, Stock Dove, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • East India Dock Basin: Little Grebe, Kingfisher (James Palmer)
  • Gallions Reach: 5 Common Sandpiper, Chiffchaff (James Palmer)
  • Harrow Weald: 8 Siskin over High Street 8am (Dan Pinkham)
  • Lamorbey Park: Mute Swan, 1-2 Little Grebe, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Redpoll sp W, 10+ Siskin, Nuthatch, , 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, m Kestrel, Blackcap, 2 Great crested Grebe (Stuart Fisher)
  • Pinner (HA5): Sparrowhawk & Meadow Pipit over, 2 rather impatient juvenile Herring Gulls begging for food just beyond the garden, Jay & Long-tailed Tit. Also; my first (& probably my last) Painted Lady butterfly of the year - first here since 2009 (Jon Ridge).
  • Sidcup DA15: 30-40 House Martin SE over Woodside Road c08.15; (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Coot heard over 22.59 (Ian Stewart)
  • Streatham Common: 70 House Martins NW at 18.30 and, very unusually, 1 swallow hawking at ankle height for 10 minutes at noon (Peter Newmark)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs and Filter Beds: Hundreds of House Martins, a few Swallows, hawking at 08:45 (Quentin Given). Swift, no bins but prob common, c20 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Grey Wagtails (Dan Barrett)
  • Wanstead Flats: Tree Pipit, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 100 + House Martin north, 3 Swallow, 2 Stonechat, 18 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 20 Gadwall, 2 f Teal, m Shoveler, 4 Siskin, 2 SKylark, 2 Kestrel, 2 Common Gull (Nick Croft)
  • Leytonstone: 2 Siskin (Bob Vaughan)
  • Westminster: Peregrine soaring over Westminster Abbey at 15:00 (Frank Nugent)

Monday 21st September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Siskin, 5+ Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit, 50+ House Martin 1745 (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 6 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, Water Rail, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Chiffchaff, 9 House Martin, 1 still visiting nest in W/Hendon B/way. (Steve Blake); 25 Siskin behind dam in evening (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Mandarin, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, 6 Jackdaw flying south, 2 Siskin (Conrad Ellam)
  • Croydon: Viz mig of hirundines at lunchtime noted over South Norwood, Waddon Ponds, Purley and Sanderstead - 500+ (mainly Swallows, some House Martins) in half an hour over the latter before rain stopped play. (Croydon Birders)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Sparrowhawk, 2 Kingfisher, House Martin S, Meadow Pipits over, 2 Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, 6+ Chiffchaff 2 singing, 2+ Goldcrest, 50+ Jackdaw leaving roost, 4+ Siskin over (Ian Stewart)
  • Kentish Town: Arctic Street, Single Whitethroat - presumed to be same as 17th with 8 Chiffchaff this am (Pete Mantle)
  • London Wetland Centre: Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, 20 Chiffchaff, Hobby, 3 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 100 House Martin, 40 Swallow, 20 Sand Martin, Kingfisher, 15 Snipe, 15 Wigeon (Oscar Dewhurst).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Peregrine, 25+ House Martin W, 8+ Swallow S, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Snaresbrook Crown Court: Firecrest (Stuart Fisher)
  • Southfields: Chiffchaff in back garden feeding actively in Holm Oak, despite the rain (Martin Honey)
  • Tate Modern (Bankside SE1): Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff (Simon Fogg, Reuben Braddock)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 10+ Chiffchaff 0800 Scrapyard Meadow, also Meadow Pipit N (Bob Watts)
  • Walthamstow Res/Tottenham Marshes: Another major passage of House Martins drifting S this eve from around 5 til dusk. At least 1000+ birds seen with probably many more - and apparently no other spp - involved (Lol Bodini).
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Stonechat, 7 Swallow, 13 Chiffchaff, 10+ Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 6 Meadow Pipit, 8 Pied Wagtail, 3 Redpoll sp, 2 Siskin, 3 Kestrel, 30+ Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe (Nick Croft/Simon Raper/John Whele
  • Wanstead Park: 15 Siskin flew over east just west of Bush Wood (Tim Harris)
  • Woodford Green: Hobby over house and backwood at 11.10 am. (Ken Murray)

Sunday 20th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Siskins heard, probable Yellow wagtail heard, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 10+ Swallow, 15+ House Martin, Common Whitethroat, 2 Chifchaff, Blackcap (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 7 Little Egrets, Common Buzzard over at 11.05, Common Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail over plus 42 Meadow Pipit, 12 Siskin & 2 Lesser Redpoll (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard) Green Sandpiper(N. Marsh) 9 Little Egrets (main hide) 1 Little Egret (Heron hide) (FO'Sullivan)
  • Brookmill Park:Little Egret, Mandarin, 2 Kingfisher, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chingford Plain: Stonechat, Hobby, 3 Skylark 10+ Meadow Pipits, 2 Bullfinch, Spotted Flycatcher (A.Middleton)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Cetti's Warbler still present, Kingfisher, 2+ Meadow Pipit over, 5 Grey Wagtail, 2+ Blackcap, 12+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 2+ Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Gallions Reach: 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, Whinchat, Stonechat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff.(Gary A James & Paul Davis).
  • Greenwich Park: to mid morning - c 45 Meadow Pipits over (one on ground), 5 Yellow Wagtails south, Siskins heard/seen often, 2 Peregrines, 2 Chiffchaffs, Little Grebe, no hirundines (Joe Beale).
  • Kempton NR: 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Hobby (ad and juv), Kingfisher, 31 Lapwing, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Stonechat, 12 Swallow, House Martin (Peter Beckenham)
  • KGV Reservoir: 4 Goosander, Common Buzzard, Yellow Wagtail, Common Redstart, Stonechat, Whinchat, Redwing (feeding on the East bank of south basin), 4 Siskin over, 5 Linnet (Neville Smith).
  • Millbank: 2 Egyptian Geese on small patch of grass on Riverside Walk Gardens (Matt Reed).
  • Mudchute Park - Dawn to 10am: 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 12 House Martins W, 3 Swallow W, 23 Meadow Pipit W, 6 Alba Wagtails S, 2 Yellow Wagtails S, 5 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests, 1 Coal Tit, 11 Siskins West + 5 feeding in Birches, c40 Goldfinches West (N P Senior)
  • Pinner (HA5): 24 Siskin, 3 Swallow, 2 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Collared Dove, Jackdaw & 3 Jay (Jon Ridge).
  • Purfleet: 2 Avocet, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 76 Redshank, 9 Dunlin, 1 Oystercatcher between Purfleet and Rainham Marshes (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham Marshes: Little Stint (juv) on Aveley Pools (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, 6 Reed Bunting, 2 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail over - all Lawn Field (Steve Woolfenden). Also 1 Yellow Wagtail over, 3 Hobby, 4 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk (Oscar Dewhurst).
  • Richmond Park: Little Egret and Hobby in Pen Ponds area. 2 Kingfisher reported there also. (James Dee)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 25+ House Martin, 8+ Swallow, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Stoneleigh Broadway KT17: 1 juvenile Hobby again, 5 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove (Neil Batten).
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 m Pheasant, Buzzard, f Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 20 Lapwing, Snipe, 3 Skylark, min 21 Swallow over, 15 Meadow Pipit on ground + handful over, m Blackcap, 2 Nuthatch, 9 Rook, 5 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Theydon Bois: 5 Whinchat, 3 skylark, c15 Meadow Pipit, 4+Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and Grey Wagtail in fields North East of station. (Joe Dickens)
  • Totteridge Valley: several Siskin overhead, Meadow Pipit, 6 Teal and Kingfisher at Darlands Lake, Swallow, House Martin, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Ian Ellis)
  • Trent Park: 5 Shoveler 3m 2f, lower lake, Kingfisher, 2 female Bullfinch (Robert Callf/Robin White)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 07:30 - 08:30 Whinchat and Cetti's Warbler both N of the boardwalk, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 10 Egyptian Goose on the rear paddocks and a singing Chiffchaff nearby. Just a handful of House Martins overhead this morning. (Alastair Dent); 1 m, 2f Whinchat N of the boardwalk at 3pm (Adam Winstanley).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Spotted Flycatchers still on west side of Lockwood, 3 Meadow Pipits South, just 2 Swallows (David Bradshaw, Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Common Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 30 + Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 30 + Swallow, 40 + House Martin, 2 Snipe, 1st w Yellow-legged Gull, Common Gull, Willow Warbler, 10 + Blackcap, 15 + Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 10 + Siskin, Linnet, 11 Gadwall, 7 Egyptian Goose, Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel (Nick Croft/James Heal/Bob Vaughan/Barry Chandler)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Hobby, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 6 Meadow Pipit, 6 Gadwall, 9 Tufted Duck 5 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 10 + Swallow south, 5 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Redpoll sp (Nick Coft/James Heal)

Saturday 19th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Yellow Wagtail, 5+ Siskin, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, 5+ Meadow Pipit, 40+ Swallow mainly NE, 100+ House Martin SW' 5+. Goldcrest (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts). 8 Jackdaw Boating Lake (Henry Wyn-Jones)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 4 Yellow Wagtail, 13 Buzzard together, 81 House Martin, 470 Swallow, 21 Sand Martin (Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret, 2 Wigeon, 3 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 200 Swallow, 245 House Martin, Sand Martin, 11 Mistle Thrush over, 2 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, 15 Siskin (Roy Beddard, Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: Eclipse Mandarin, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 6 Siskin (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness : 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Lapwing, 50 Redshank, 50 Swallow, 250 House Martin, at least 1 Sand Martin, 20 Meadow Pipit, 6 Chiffchaff, 7 Cetti's Warbler (Conrad Ellam)
  • Danson Park: 11 Greylags, 12 Egyptian Geese, Teal, Little Grebe, 4-5 Great Crested Grebe, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Eastcote (Abbotsbury Gardens): Siskin & Meadow Pipit over (Jon Ridge).
  • Ewell Village: 1 Common Buzzard circling low over London Road at mid-day (Neil Batten).
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Tree Pipit flew NE calling (first personal record here), Spotted Flycatcher at end of avenue of trees leading S from old Foots Cray Place building, 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen eating a shrew, Kingfisher, 4+ Swallow high SW, 4+ Meadow Pipit over, Grey Wagtail, 4+ Blackcap, 10+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest, 5+ Jay, 4 Lesser Redpoll S, 30+ Siskin inc 8 in small birch near St Mary's Church (Ian Stewart)
  • Hampstead Heath: 10 Common Buzzard over NW 12:00-13:30 included 5 together, Peregrine, 2 Stonechat, several hundred Swallow, c100 House Martin, 50 + Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, at least 10 Siskin, 6 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, drake Pochard (Frank Nugent).
  • Hemans Estate Community Garden/Stockwell: 20+ House Sparrows resident but don't breed (attracted by constant seed supply), but 11 holes used on nearby estate filled up this year and another local site also filled up - approx. 16 established nest sites in total, so how long will they remain? Lambeth Council/residents association refuse to put up nest boxes to replace lost sites. Starling nest sites also filled up (extensive external refurbishment of brickwork) driving out about 6 pairs with no where to breed (Michael Mac).
  • King George V Reservoir: 1 Common Redstart, 2 Yellow Wagtails (A. Middleton)
  • London Wetland Centre: juv Buzzard again on Grazing Marsh until 12.30 when flew N chased by 5 Carrion Crow, Peregrine on Ch. X. Hospital., 2 Common Snipe, 20+ Chiffchaff, some singing, several Blackcap (Martin Honey)
  • Mudchute Park: 1 m Peregrine, 2 Common Buzzard NW, flock of 470 House Martins & Barn Swallows lingering early am then off SW (mostly House Martins), a further 80 House Martins & 165 Barn Swallows SW, 10 Meadow Pipits SW, 1 Yellow Wagtail S, 8 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 14 Siskins feeding in Birches Globe Rope Walk and 63 over West including a single flock of c.38, 22 Monk Parakeet (N P Senior)
  • Pinner (HA5): Lesser Redpoll over south at 15:41, 32 Siskin, 2 Common Buzzard, 82 Swallow south-west, 10 House Martin, 2 Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay & Pied Wagtail (Jon Ridge).
  • Plumstead: 3 Siskins over maxey Road (Joe Beale)
  • Purfleet: Black Tern (ad) on mud east of Dartford Creek mouth, opposite Purfleet at 1310, then flew downriver; 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham Marshes: Honey Buzzard (BirdGuides)
  • Richmond Park: 4 Gadwall, 2 Kingfisher, 280 Swallow flew W then SW in an hour early morning, 220 House Martin in an hour early morning, 10 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, 3 Stonechat - including a male, Sedge Warbler, 23 Siskin W, 4 Reed Bunting (J.Wilczur)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, 5+ Swallow high S/SE, 3+ Meadow Pipit NE, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Coal Tit. Also Common Buzzard over Longlands Road rec 14.00- not one of the earlier York Ave birds (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: Wryneck showing well 14.50pm (Wendy Newnham)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Black Tern (BirdGuides) Ruff x2 South Basin (east side), Black-necked Grebe x2 South Basin, Yellow Wagtail (x1) and Wheatear (x1) along causeway with Pied Wagtails (all 3.30-4.30pm) (Mike Wheeler)
  • Stoneleigh Broadway KT17: 1 juvenile Hobby, 20 Meadow Pipit 44 Swallow and 18 House Martin s.e. 13 Siskin w. in one flock, 53 Herring Gull 3 Black-headed Gull and 2 Grey Heron n.e. 2 Chiffchaff and 6 Stock Dove (Neil Batten)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 2 Little Egret, Curlew, 2 Turnstone, Tree Pipit, 10 Meadow Pipit, Common Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 10 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, Bearded Tit, & 9 Siskin over (Andrew Self)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Sky full of Swallows and House Martins again by 07:30 this morning, about 50 of each in a 30 minute period, mostly heading N and W. Nearby a Peregrine on the pylon by the paddocks (probably wishing it was a _Hobby), an Egyptian Goose on the rear paddocks and a singing Chiffchaff (Alastair Dent)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 350+ Swallows, 200 House Martins, 30 Sand Martins (NW passage stopped by 9am),3 Yellow Wagtails, 25 Meadow Pipits, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Siskins (David Bradshaw, Lol Bodini, Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: several thousand hirundine through between 07:00–10:00 mainly Swallow, but 100s of House Martin and a handful of Sand Martin (an amazing spectacle), Tree Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 40 + Meadow Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Common Redstart (3 f and 1w), Redpoll sp, 21 Siskin, 2 Linnet, Reed Bunting, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Reed Warbler, 20 + Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, 10 + Blackcap, 2 Teal, 4 Gadwall, Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 16 Siskin, Grey Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, Sparrowhawk, Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 10 + Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap (Nick Croft)

Friday 18th September 2015 Edit

  • Albert Embankment SE1: 2 Great Black-backed Gull on shingle by Tamesis Dock pub (Richard Woolley).
  • Alexandra Park: 2W-type Great Black-backed Gull (patch rarity!) plus several Chiffchaffs, and c500 hirundines (ratio of about 1 Swallows to 4 House Martins) inc 3+ Sand Martins; obvs been a bit of a clear-out overnight (David Callahan). 14 Siskins , 3 Swallows, Yellow Wgatail, 2 alba Wagtails, 3 Chiiffchaffs, Willow Warbler in mixed tit flock 1730 (Bob Watts)
  • Bexleyheath Horsham Road - 152 swallows south west between 10am-10.15 (Ralph Todd)
  • Blackheath Vanrbugh Park: Male Common Redstart, Siskins over (Joe Beale)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chingford Plain: 4 Spot.Flys, 2 Stonechat, Tree Pipit, Bullfinch, circa 70+ mixed flock of Hirundines and Hobby. (Ken Murray)
  • Danson Park: 16 Greylag Geese (14 flew in), 7 Egyptian Geese, pair Gadwall, eclipse male Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, near adult Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, c1000 Ring-necked Parakeet for roost, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart, Chris Rose)
  • Dartford, Hawley Rd: 10.00-11.00 Large movement of 500+ Swallows & 50+ House Martin SW (Andy Meaton)
  • East India Dock Basin: 46 Teal, 1 Common Snipe, 2 Kingfisher, 177 Barn Swallow SW, 20 House Martin SW, 26 Meadow Pipit S, 6 Blackcap, 4 Reed Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Siskin SW, 3 Linnet, 5 Greenfinch (N P Senior)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Cetti's Warbler again sang once, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Kingfisher, 1+ Sand Martin, 80+ House Martin, 120+ Swallow (numbers on conservative side, hard to tell which birds were feeding or moving), 3+ Blackcap, 10+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Goldcrest, 1+ Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenwich Park: 1,550+ Swallows and House Martins through form mid-morning in about two hours, probably more were missed, also at least 3 Sand Martins. Majority House Martins at first, later Swallows predominated. Also f Kestrel, high Common Buzzard, Meadow Pipit heard, Siskins heard and one seen (Joe Beale).
  • Hackney Marshes: at least 100 Swallows feeding low over the football pitches at ~11:00, probably at least 100 more + 100 House Martins in the sky over the Marshes, Millfields and Lower Clapton until the rain came at ~13:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Hampton Court Palace: 3 Black-tailed Godwit feeding along the main water feature at 1.30 pm (Keith Bates)
  • Leyton: 100+ House Martins/Swallows on passage 09.00-10.00 (JW Davies)
  • Mudchute Park: in 2 hours late morning prior to rain - 740 Barn Swallow S/SW + 40 lingering, 420 House Martin S/SW + 60 lingering, 38 Sand Martin S/SW, 10 Meadow Pipits SW, 5 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, 8 Siskin SW (N P Senior)
  • Pinner (HA5): 363 House Martin south-east (passage ceased at 11:35), Sand Martin, 96 Swallow mainly south-west, 121 Siskin (including a single flock of 118 in a Silver Birch) - the highest London count so far I think for 2015, Meadow Pipit over, Jay, Sparrowhawk, 2 Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit & 2 Goldcrest (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner: Passage of hirundines on and off all day. Picture of Woodpigeon attacked by Sparrowhawk on the gallery (Richard Francis).
  • Plumstead: big passage of hair undies 10 to 11:30 500 Swallows, 200 House Martin, 50 Sand Martin heading West. (Gus Wilson)
  • Putney SW15, Dryburgh Road: 23 House Sparrow - a flock flew out of a thick bush - the largest flock seen in this part of Putney for nearly twenty years (J.Wilczur)
  • Selsdon Wood: Osprey, Hobby, House Martin 800+, Swallow 200+ (Roy D Weller)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Common Buzzard to NW 11.45, Peregrine, 300+ Swallow and 150+ House Martin over (movement started N-NW-W then went E from about noon), Mistle Thrush S, 2+ Siskin W (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: Wryneck still present this morning though it had a very lucky escape from becoming a Sparrowhawk's breakfast. Also 4+ Whinchat, 3+ Stonechat, Spotted Flycatcher, small numbers of Swallow moving SW, 10 Redpoll sp. over and 2+ Siskin over (Bill Haines) - Any sigtings of the Barred Warbler today? Thanks. Black Stork over mid-afternoon and photographed (Lee Dingain via Twitter). That man is smokin' hot at the moment! Ha ha, many thx indeed! - stork pics here, Lee. Also, Green Sandpiper (Colne), Whimbrel over (Twitter). 7 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 15 Yellow Wagtail (around the livestock), 2 Hobby, 2 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, Little Egret, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroat, Kingfisher, c47 Meadow Pipit, lots of Swalllows, House Martins and Sand Martins through SW (Lee Dingain)
  • Snaresbrook: Firecrest, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 12 Siskin, Treecreeper (Stuart Fisher)
  • Redbridge IG4 (near Redbridge roundabout): steady passage of Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin throughout morning, moving north or north east (?) (Malcolm Hibberd)
  • St James's Park: Hobby, 240 Swallows & 2 Sand Martins over at lunchtime (Andrew Self)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 House Martin, 5 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 24 Siskin (Conrad Ellam)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Swallows, then 150+ House Martin SW 1230-1255 before deluge also Sand Martin identified, Chiffchaff & Goldcrest mixed flock (Bob Watts& Dan)
  • Trent Park: female Common Redstart at 'Old Golf Course' 14:17 hrs, Common Whitethroat,Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow, Low Hall: 26 Yellow Wagtail, 70+ Pied Wagtail, 6 Chiffchaff (JW Davies)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: rear paddocks - 8 Yellow Wagtail at 15.45, then flew off SW, 35 Linnet (JW Davies)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Spectacular passage of Swallows and House Martins (with a few Sand Martins) over Lockwood running at well over 100 birds a minute at their peak going north-west between 10 am and 10-30. Stonechat - East Warwick, Reed Warbler - West Warwick, Lesser Whitethroat and Willow Warbler - central path. Siskin over Ferry Boat Inn. Still at least 2 Common Terns. (Paul Whiteman, David Bradshaw)
  • Wanstead Flats: m Common Redstart still enclosure, 3 Whinchat, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 50+ Meadow Pipit, c. 1000 Swallow, 100+ House Martin and handful of Sand Martin through (east first thing and then north-west later), 16 Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Linnet, Reed Bunting, 10+ Chiffchaff, 2 Common Whitethroat, 5+ Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, Skylark, Yellow-legged Gull (1w), 4 Pochard (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan
  • Wanstead Park: 150+ Swallow, House Martin, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Hobby, 10 Siskin (Bob Vaughan/Tim Harris)
  • Westminster: 5 House Martin & 5 Siskin over Westminster Abbey at 08:50; 100 Swallows over 10:45-11:00 (Andrew Self)
  • Whitechapel, Jubilee Road: 150+ Swallow, 50 House Martin W at 10:45-11:00, many around Royal London Hospital (Rob Martin)
  • Uxbridge Oxford Road: Field Farm area Barn Owl, Tawny Owl call (Dan Pinkham)

Thursday 17th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Stonechat on SW of cricket pitch permieter, Whinchat, 3+ Common Whitethtroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 12+ Chiffchaffs in cricket scrub, 20+ Meadow Pipits, Swallow, House Martin, Siskin heard, Linnet (Bob Watts); lunchtime: 2 Stonechats, 2 Whinchats, 50+ Swallows, 5+ House Martins, 6+ Whitethroats, 10+ Chiffchaffs in reservoir cherries and willows, Lesser Whitethroat, Jackdaw (David Callahan). All 4 'chats still present 1800 - 1w male & female type stonechats, 1w Whinchats (Bob Watts) 50+ Swallow in waves so 300+ Swallow, 500+ House Martin from 0930 (Jonathan Cooke)
  • Amwell: Red Kite, Hobby, 2 Swallow, 8 House Martin, Whinchat (James Palmer)
  • Bloomsbury (UCL campus): Grey Wagtail (site tick, Jon Agar)
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Lapwing, male Peregrine, 30 Swallow, 178 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, Meadow Pipit, 6 Siskin (Andrew Verrall)
  • Brockwell Park/Lambeth: m Common Redstart 5pm in copse behind BMX track, spooked by constant dog walkers. Odd looking blackbird with orange staining round breast? possible infection? (Michael Mac).
  • Coulsdon: 4 Common Buzzard circling high over North Coulsdon, briefly mobbed by Sparrowhawk, then drifted west. (Paul Sell)
  • Gallions Reach: 2 little Egret, 4 Common Buzzard, Common Tern, 1 Swift, 150 Swallows, Willow Warbler. (Gary A James).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 10+Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Kentish Town: Arctic Street,10+ Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler this morning, also 2 Swallows N, 2 Meadow Pipits N (Pete Mantle) . . . And a Whitethroat in the laden grapevine!
  • London Wetland Centre: Merlin south 10.55, Hobby, 3 Buzzard including juvenille again on the grazing marsh, 8 Snipe, Ruff m grazing marsh, 2 Skylark south, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 37 Meadow Pipit marsh and south, 200 House Martin, 20 Sand Martin, 400 Swallow mostly south, 1 Linnet south, 35 Siskin (R.Kaye) 1 Sedge Warbler (Martin Honey)
  • Olympic Park: Greenway/Old Ford - Kestrel, Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Linnet, 10 Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat. Waterden rd pond - 2 Little Egret. Tennis courts - Wheatear, 6 Linnet, Kestrel, Common Whitethroat, Jay (JW Davies)
  • Pinner (HA5): 6 Siskin, 16 Swallow through, 4 House Martin, Coal Tit, singing Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker & 28 Ring-necked Parakeet over (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park: m Common Redstart, Stonechat, 4 Whinchat, m Common Whitethroat, all in "Chat Bushes" at NE end of lake (Joe Taylor et al.); all still present in evening, plus Grasshopper Warbler showed briefly at c.18:20 (Joe Taylor).
  • Richmond Park: Pen Ponds area- Little Egret, 2 Gadwall, 2+ Buzzard, 3 juv Hobby, 3+ Sparrowhawk - seven sightings - more than usual, Kingfisher, 330+ Swallow - part of a sustained movement S/SE also 6 juvs on hawthorns being fed, c100 House Martin - lingering, c10 Sand Martin, 2 alba Wagtail through, 2 Grey Wagtail, 29 Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat (J.Wilczur)
  • Riddlesdown: Whinchat pair, trickle of swallows through (Peter Newmark).
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Common Swift south at 0915 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Staines Moor: Barred Warbler and Wryneck (BirdGuides), Barred Warbler seen regularly between 13.20 and 15.00 also Hobby, 4 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, Redstart, Tree Pipit, good nos. of common warblers plus steady passage of Swallow and House Martin (Roy Beddard, Bob Husband) Wryneck showed briefly c16.20, under the bush the Barred Warbler was in (Mike Wheeler)
  • St James's Park: Swallow over (Andrew Self)
  • SouthBank: c40 Siskin west up thames infront of tate modern(Jamie Partridge)
  • Tatem Park, N13: 2 Swallows flying low south, female Sparrowhawk hunting but mobbed by corvids and flew north (Katy McGilvray)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: South Marsh 1 Wheatear and 3 Yellow Wagtail on Cow Field E boundary fence 17.35; 2 Whinchat viewed from boardwalk 17.50; Cetti's Warbler by Lee Navigation; Kestrel; 4+ Sand Martin (Jan Dobbie)
  • Wanstead Flats: m Common Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail, 50 + Meadow Pipit, 300 + Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, 30 + House Martin, Willow Warbler, 20 + Chiffchaff, 5 Common Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, Linnet, 2 Skylark, 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull, Common Gull, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 2 Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Pochard (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/James Heal)
  • Waterworks NR: 1 Spotted Flycatcher; Chiffchaff; Grey Wagtail; 10+Teal; 4 Pochard (Jan Dobbie)
  • West Harrow: 30+ Swallow & c10 House Martin through - the swallows were all singles or in small groups, seen throughout the day - it seems every time I looked out of the window they were passing, so the real number must have been much higher. Perhaps a large general movement in the nice weather? (Alex Massey)

Wednesday 16th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 11 Siskin south over cricket scrub plus others heard in vicinity, also Common Whitethroat, 5+ Chiffchaffs, 2 House Martin south 0700 (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, Lapwing, 5 Wigeon, 15 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret. 2 House Martin (visiting nest, West Hendon B/Way) + a few House Martin & Swallow through reservoir. (Steve Blake).
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chingford Plain: 2 Stonechat, 1 Whinchat, 6+ Meadow Pipits, 2 Reed Buntings, 15 Swallows, 25 Goldfinch, Bullfinch ( A. Middleton)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Bar-tailed Godwit at Darent mouth, c200 Teal, 7 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 10+ Ringed Plover, 21 Lapwing, 13+ Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, c30 Redshank, Yellow-legged Gull, 4+ Common Tern W, Kingfisher E along Thames, 10+ Swallow inc 4 low E along Thames, 25+ Meadow Pipit inc 20 SE, Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler singing, Chiffchaff, several Siskins heard (Ian Stewart)
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Common Buzzard South, 74 Teal, 3 Common Snipe, 1 1stcy Yellow-legged Gull over river, 6 Blackcap, 4+ Reed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff. Polish and Lithuanian colour ringed Black-headed Gulls in recent days. Nearby 2 1w Black Redstart along Orchard Place presumably the birds from Blackwall Yard (N P Senior)
  • Gallions Reach: Merlin, Arctic Skua across river west @ 08.55, 12 Common Terns, Little Egret, 24 Swallow, 3 Siskin. (Gary A James)
  • Heathrow Airport: Whinchat. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Jamestown Way E14: male & female Black Redstart at west end and in Blackwall Yard male singing briefly from one of adjacent buildings (N P Senior)
  • London Wetland Centre: In grim weather conditions - c.100 Swallow, 150 House martin and 100 Sand Martin. 6 Meadow Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Snipe, 1 Mandarin, 1 Hobby hunting Swallow (without success) plus 12 Wigeon (R. Kaye & M.R. Honey)
  • Mudchute Park: 120 + Swallows mostly SW, 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Siskin Globe Rope Walk (N P Senior)
  • Pinner (HA5): Siskin over at 12:58 & Coal Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park: 1m Peregrine, 4 Golden Plovers SW at 9.45am, 4 Whinchats, 5 Spotted Flycatchers, 4 C.Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 70+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers (Tony Duckett).
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 14+ Swallow 4E 2N 8SE, 2 Coal Tit, Chiffchaff, Jay, Siskin over (Ian Stewart)
  • South Norwood Country Park: Osprey 07.40 (BirdGuides)
  • Staines Moor: Barred Warbler (15th day - Twitter)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Common Redstart (m&f), 2 Whinchat, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, c. 50 Meadow Pipit, Sand Martin, 17 House Martin (+ 15 heading north), + Swallow, 5 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 + Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 15 + Chiffchaff, Linnet, Reed Bunting, 22 Gadwall, 400 + Starling (Nick Croft/John Whele)
  • Woodford Green: circa 60+ House Martins 8.30 am slowly Hawking over house, previous best count was perhaps 12 plus also Firecrest briefly in garden Ivy hedge 1pm ish. (Ken Murray)

Tuesday 15th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Whitethroat in ditch along western perimeter, also 3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap (h) in dire conditions 0700, 8+ House Martin 1800 (Bob Watts)
  • Battersea Park Lake: f Sparrowhawk in stoop and soaring, no sign of Kingfisher this afternoon (Michael Mac).
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret behind dam & c600 House Martins early morning (Andrew Self) 1700 3 Green Sandpiper 3 Lapwing 1 Snipe 5 Egyptian Geese c 40 House Martin over (F O'Sullivan)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Danson Park: 13 Egyptian Geese, pair Gadwall, 4+ Great Crested Grebe, 14 Cormorant, Kingfisher, 4+ Sand Martin skimming the lake, 50+ House Martin around trees on north side of lake, 20+ Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, 6+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Eastcote (Deanecroft Road): Sparrowhawk over at 12:52 (Jon Ridge).
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Cetti's Warbler singing at boggy (SW) end of lake 07.30- my second record here, Little Egret, Kestrel, 2 Kingfisher having a dispute, Swallow NW, Meadow Pipit S, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2+ Blackcap, c30 Chiffchaff, 4+ Goldcrest, 5 Jay. Also Hobby just off-patch over Mount Culver Avenue 07.10 (Ian Stewart)
  • Gunpowder Park: 3 Whinchat, 2 Whitethroat (James Palmer)
  • Jamestown Way E14: Male Black Redstart still present this morning in open space over wall at west end.(Quentin Given)
  • London Wetland Centre: 14 Wigeon, 5 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 120 House Martin, 20 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 27 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 3 Siskin (R.Kaye)
  • Rammey Marsh: 30 House Martin, 8 Swallow (James Palmer)
  • Roding Valley Meadows NR: c60 House Martin over high, SW, 09.45 (Barry Jones)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 2 House Martin N (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: Wryneck feeding on anthill at base of barred warbler bush! (Twitter) The Wryneck appeared at 13.20Hrs.at the Barred Warbler bush and showed for fifteen minutes feeding on an ant hill. It then flitted left behind the bush and was not seen again during my visit. I left at 14.30 by which time the Barred Warbler (14th day) was out sunning itself amongst the Blackberries. Up to 30 Yellow Wagtail around horses at the south end of the moor plus up to 6 Green Woodpeckers on the ant hills. Siskins heard overhead plus a good number of Sand Martins. ( John Edwards).Others still looking for the Wryneck as I left. Also today: 4 Whinchat (NW corner), 1 Redstart, c50 Yellow Wagtail, 13 Siskin, 2 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Red Kite, 1 Barn Owl (dusk, NE corner), 1 Tawny Owl (after dark, south end), 4 Common Snipe, 2 Linnet, 37 Meadow Pipit, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Cetti's Warbler (Twitter)
  • Staines Reservoir: 5 Ruff on far side of South Basin 11.30 and 1 Ruff on causeway earlier so possibly 6, 1 Common Sandpiper, Little Stint reported on W end of causeway, many hundreds of House Martin (Simon Osborn)
  • Stanwell Moor: 1 ad. m Common Redstart in first horse paddock, 30+ House Martin S (Lee Dingain)
  • Wanstead Flats: m adut Common Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 3 Spotted Flycatcher. 20 + Swallow, Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 10 + Chiffchaff, 10 + Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, 3 Siskin, 4 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 4 Common Gull, 1st w Yellow-legged Gull, 1st w Herring Gull, 5 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 2 Teal, 17 Gadwall, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan/James Heal)
  • Woodlands Farm: 30+Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Woolwich Common: Wheatear flushed at the East end of the common and headed towards the fun fair. (Gus Wilson)

Monday 14th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 1w Spotted Flycatcher also Reed Warbler Cricket Scrub, Yellow Wagtail over 0641, also few Chiffchaffs & Blackcaps (Bob Watts).
  • Battersea Park Lake: 1 Kingfisher (only 2nd I've seen here since 2008 but don't check likely spots on all visits), 2 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, Great-crested Grebe on nest, 10 Egyptian Geese, f Sparrowhawk (Michael Mac).
  • Chingford Plain: 2 Stonechat and Tree Pipit c5pm. (Ken Murray)
  • Danson Park: 9 Egyptian Geese, pair Gadwall, imm Teal, Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1-2 Yellow-legged Gull ad and poss 1st winter, 5+ Sand Martin, 100+ House Martin, 30+ Swallow (Martins swirling around trees to south of lake, Swallows mainly over and around lake itself), 2+ Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Eastcote (Abbotsbury Gardens): Red Kite over at 13:46 (Jon Ridge).
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 10+ Swallow, 2+ House Martin, Grey Wagtail, 5+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenwich Park: Eclipse m Gadwall (only second Park record), also Willow Warbler, 6 Swallows, 35+ House Martins, Siskins and Yellow Wagtail over (Joe Beale)
  • ~~ Gunpowder Park: Wheatear, 4 whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Siskin, 3 Reed Bunting (Neville Smith)
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Mute Swan inc ringed 4AOC back for third winter at least, Peregrine, 2 Swallow,2 Blackcap, 3+ Chiffchaff, 6+ Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch (Ian Stewart)
  • Oxlease Woods: Possible Willow Tit reported yesterday (by Ron Turner) I'm going to attempt to relocate it today (Conrad Ellam). Did observer comment on why he thought Willow rather than Marsh? Last confirmed London record September 2013.
  • Rammey Marsh: Hobby over N/E (Neville Smith).
  • Richmond Park; Little Egret, c300 House Martin - included a flock of 200 between showers, Tree Pipit - lawn field, 2 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, c10 Chiffchaff, 11 Reed Bunting (J.Wilczur) 4 Spotted Flycatcher (J.Few, JW) Sedge Warbler, another 2 Stonechat (B.Murray) Wheatear, 3 Meadow Pipit (S.Read)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, 16+ Swallow mainly low W, 2 House Martin N, 10 Siskin low W. Also over nearby Longlands Road rec Sparrowhawk and 12 Siskin low W (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup Place:10+ Swallow low NW, 2 House Martin W, 2 Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: Wryneck (BirdGuides)
  • Wanstead Flats: ad m Common Redstart (possibly 1-2 other), 6 Whinchat, Wheatear, 5 + Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 10 + Meadow Pipit through, Skylark, 15 + Chffchaff, 5 + Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, 7 Sand Martin, 20 + House Martin, 20 + Swallow, 10 + Siskin, 1st w Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Herring Gull, Kestrel (Nick Croft/James Heal/Barry Chandler)

Sunday 13th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 1w Spotted Flycatcher cricket scrub' also Kingfisher Wood Green Res, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Siskin over Boating Lake, 4 House Martin (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts)
  • Bankside: Egyptian Goose by Founders Arms. (Matt Reed)
  • Barnes Common: 1st winter m Redstart, 10 Siskin, 2 Chiffchaff (A.Podmore) Hi Adrian, could you please give directions for the Redstart, thanks, Jan W)
  • Battersea Park Lakes: 2 Kingfisher (Nick Rutter)
  • Blackwall Yard E14: 4 Black Redstart (ad male, ad female, 2 juveniles) again in picnic area at West end of Jamestown Way (N P Senior) 2 Black Redstart (ad male and female/juvenile) still at 18:15. No public access to or close views of this site that I could find. Poor views from Blackwall Way, viewed through three fences across a locked car park. Massive thank you for the sightings though! Also Great Black-Backed Gull on nearby jetty on the Thames. (Katy McGilvray) Best site to view is the west end of Jamestown Way (Thames path)the male favours this area & sporadically pops up onto the wall and buildings (Nick)
  • Brent Reservoir: Female Goshawk, large (buzzard sized) Accipiter watched for 5 mins at 10.20 am slowly circling NW over West Hendon Playing Fields. Also 14 Siskin and calling Water Rail (Roy Beddard, Bob Husband). 3 Wigeon, 2 Snipe, 2 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap & 10 Chiffchaff (Brent Birders)
  • Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery SE4 6 or so Swallows feeding over the Cemetery then moved South West at about 6.00pm. (Phil Laurie)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Kingfisher, Stock Dove, Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chingford Plain: Common Redstart, Stonechat & Spotted Flycatcher (A.Middleton, H.Bantock)
  • Cowley, Uxbridge: 1 Tawny Owl calling @ 04.50 - Ferndale Crescent. (Roger Dewey)
  • Danson Park: 12 Egyptian Geese, pair Gadwall, imm Teal, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Swallow E, 2+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • East Dulwich SE22: c50 House Martin feeding over Dawson's Heights late afternoon (Martin Stevens)
  • East India Dock Basin: 71 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 female Peregrine, male Kestrel, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (ad, juvenile) over the river, 1 Kingfisher, 14 Swallow SW, 51 House Martin SW, 4 Blackcap, 5 Reed warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Siskin over West (N P Senior)
  • Fairlop Waters:juv Spotted Redshank on island on main lake flew off south at 9.17am,1st win male Redstart,2 Lesser Whitethroats,2 Whitethroats.(Alan Bell,Neil Twyford,Steve Bacon)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, c450 Swallow mainly NW, 50+ House Martin mainly W, Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, 3+ Goldcrest, 6+ Linnet, 12+ Siskin, Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Gallions Reach: Guillemot, Short-eared Owl (KJMcmanus) [1] 41 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, Lapwing, 2 Whinchat. Yellow-legged Gull. (Gary A James & Paul Davis).
  • KGV Res: Goosander, 12 Shoveler, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 30 Sand Martin, 2 Grey Wagtails, 5 Yellow Wagtails, Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat (Sean Huggins)
  • Lamorbey Park: Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: 12 Wigeon, 65 Shoveler, perched Buzzard juv, Green Sandpiper, 11 Snipe, Kingfisher, Whinchat (WWT website) 7 further Buzzards including 6 together SW, Hobby SE, Swift NE, 175 Swallow W, 350 House Martin W, 10 Sand Martin W, Tree Pipit SE, 2 Siskin NW (R.Kaye)
  • Lonsdale Rd Res: part of WeBS- 2 Wigeon (irregular here), 7 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 13 Teal, Water Rail showing well in open between 2 small reedbeds at water's edge (Neil Anderson)
  • Pinner (HA5): adult Great Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit & Long-tailed Tit (Jon Ridge).
  • plumstead: Common Buzzard, Hobby, 4 Swallows heading West (Gus Wilson)
  • Richmond Park: Little Egret, 4 Hobby - 3 juvs showing well Lower Pen Pond and an adult, 6 Buzzard, Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat (R.Dunne, P.Davies, H.Bradshaw, J.Wilczur et al) 3 Stonechat, 2 Whinchat, also white passerine twice over Lawn Field 4.30pm - jizz a bit like a white skylark but gave an odd flight call so likely an escapee of some sort?? -(Steve Woolfenden)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Kestrel hovered briefly, 61+ Swallow 50+ W/NW 10+ N 1E, 5+ House Martin NW, 4 Chiffchaff in garden, Goldcrest, Jay, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: BARRED WARBLER, Still (Birdguides). Barred Warbler Showing briefly at c. 14.30 but observer movement may have alarmed it. Showed well again (barred rear flanks, undertail V pattern and uppertail marks all visible) at 15.45 feeding in a different hawthorn bush for about 5 minutes - when observes were stood well back. Also 2 Whinchats, Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Bob Husband & Sergio Calderon). We've received reports of birders and photographers approaching too closely to the Barred Warbler - please stand well back and keep your distance! When I visited; 5 observers were already about 10 metres from a bush containing the warbler which was visible on and off for about 15 mins, I didn't have to go looking for it. (Michael Mac)
  • Staines Reservoir: Little Stint still, 5 Ruff including 3 on causeway, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Reed Bunting, 7 Egyptian Geese, 1 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Wheatear, 1 Common Buzzard. (Chris Turner)
  • Stanwell Moor: Little Owl in horse paddock (Bob Husband & Sergio Calderon).
  • Stoneleigh Broadway KT17: 1 Hobby n. 1 Swallow and 19 House Martins s.e. 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail w. 2 Grey heron, 3 Stock Dove, 21 Herring Gull, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Red Admiral Butterfly (Neil Batten).
  • Ten Acre Wood: Raven heading west at 08:50, 6 Swallow, Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 10 Linnet, 15 Lapwing, 2 Teal, 2 Pheasant, Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, LIttle Owl, KIngfisher (Nigel Dodd)
  • Waterworks NR: 1st Snipe of the autumn, bed 16, 2-3 Cetti's Warblers heard, c.30 Goldfinch & 10 Greenfinch (Paul Whiteman, Mike Messenger, J W Davies)
  • Walthamstow marsh: 12 Chaffinch front paddocks, 25 Linnet, 2 Wheatear back paddock, Spotted Flycatcher South marsh, 9 Siskin plus odd singles flying over, Lesser (presumably) Redpoll flying over North marsh, trickle of Swallows, a few Chiffchaff, singing Willow Warbler, Buzzard. (Paul Whiteman, Mike Messenger)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Whinchat seen distantly on Tottenham Marsh, Green Sandpiper on drainage channel to the north of Lockwood, 2W and 1W Yellow-legged Gulls on No4, plus overall 43+ Chiffchaffs, 7 Common Sandpipers (David Callahan). Wheatear on East Warwick; 8 Siskin in trees to west of Lockwood (David Bradshaw)
  • Wanstead Flats: 6 Common Redstart, 8 Whinchat, Wheatear, 7+ Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, Skylark, 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull, c. 200 Swallow south then north in the afternoon, Sand Martin, 20 + House Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, 20 + Chiffchaff, 10 + Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat, 4 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 37 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 10 Little Grebe, 50 + Siskin (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Spotted Flycatcher, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Little Egret, Kingfisher, 33 Gadwall (Tim Harris/James Heal)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 female Common Redstart, c8 Whinchat, c5 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, c10 Chiffchaff, c60 Swallow, c10 House Martin, c4 Common Buzzard & 1 Meadow Pipit. (David Lindo, Roy Nuttall et al)

Saturday 12th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Adult male Peregrine N 0930, also 30+ Swallow S, 5 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin Wood Green Res, 4 Chiffchaff (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 1,580 House Martins flew SW, 3 Sand Martin, 37 Swallow, 9 Siskin over, 7 Wigeon, 7 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff & 3 Blackcap (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall & Roy Beddard)
  • Clapham Common: This time of year any local birders should regularly check the reseeded area, where the last concert was. Festivalgoers churn up the mud, then it gets fenced off and reseeded. Particularly very early morning before dog walkers. I've had Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear every year since they did it - a perfect 'migrant trap'! (Mark H)
  • Crossness:drake Common Scoter off golf centre 8.25-8.35am, Buzzard, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, Ringed Plover, Yellow Wagtail over paddocks, 11 Siskin west over golf centre (John Archer, Richard Bonser)
  • Frays Farm Meadows: Barn Owl (Dan Pinkham)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Siskin m, 2 Blackcap, at least 4 Chiffchaff in Ecology Park: Plenty of Chiffchaff elsewhere on the Peninsula, Common Gull by O2 Arena, 7 Mute Swan flying downriver 8.45 (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam)
  • Gunpowder Park: 5 Whinchat (Neville Smith)
  • KGV Reservoir: Black-necked Grebe, 3 Goldeneye, Goosander, Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat, Wheatear, 2 Mistle Thrush (Neville Smith).
  • London Wetland centre: juv. Buzzard again on grazing marsh eating some carrion and hunting invertebrates despite the attentions of a few Carrion Crow, Whinchat, 10 Wigeon main lake, small groups of House and Sand Martin through, 2 Common Snipe on grazing marsh, 1 Common Sandpiper on wader scrape. Still plenty of Chiffchaff calling from shrubbery, a few Willow Warbler. Wheatear also seen.(Martin Honey/Angus Innes)
  • Mill Hill NW7: Red Kite over Page Street 14:30 (Andrew Haynes).
  • Pinner (HA5): Common Buzzard over at 16:47, Sparrowhawk, House Martin, 6 Swallow, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit & singing Goldcrest (Jon Ridge).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Marsh Harrier, 20 Ringed Plover, 13 Dunlin, 5 Avocets, 19 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 2 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail (Sean Huggins)
  • Richmond Park: 3/4 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat (Steve Woolfenden) 2 Teal, Little Grebe, Buzzard, Sedge Warbler (J.Wilczur) a third Stonechat at The Bog (H.Bradshaw per JW). 2 juv Hobby showing very close catching darters over Lower Pen Pond, Buzzard low by Isabella Car Park 2 Whitethroat (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Rotherhithe: 2 Swallows south over Greenland Pier 5.30pm and adult Common Gull (Richard Bonser)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Goldcrest (Neville Smith).
  • Staines Moor: Barred Warbler; Willow Warbler, Wryneck (Harringay Birder);, Redstar (Twitter)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Little Stint was still present on south basin at 1245hrs (Twitter-Dominic Pia)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: Black Redstart (on roof tops between park and Sugar House Lane), Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 22 House Martin, Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, 15 Mistle Thrush, Little Egret, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Jay, f Shoveler, 15 Pied Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher)
  • Tottenham Marshes: 3 Whinchat (J.Murray).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Wheatear, 2 Common Sandpipers, 11 Swallows, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warblers singing (David Bradshaw)
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Whinchat, 1st winter m Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull, Common Gull, 20 + Siskin, Yellow Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 50 Swallow, 30 + House Martin, Sand Martin, 10 + Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 5+ Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Teal, 17 Gadwall, 4 Kestrel (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, 27 Gadwall, Pochard, 3 Shoveler, 5 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 20 + Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 6 + Siskin, 4 Goldcrest, Hobby, 3 Swallow, House Martin, Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft)

Friday 11th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 1w Spotted Flycatcher still in elms at Cricket Scrub 0700, also 2+ Chiffchaff, Common Whiethroat flew from SW perimeter ditch, Blackcap heard (Bob Watts).
  • Beckenham Place Park: Kestrel, 2 Hobby calling from Summerhouse Hill Wood (Ernest Thomason)
  • Beddington Farmlands: Osprey (BirdGuides)
  • Blackwall Yard E14: 4 Black Redstart - adult male, adult female and 2 first-winter - partial to the picnic area adjacent to the yard and the west end of Jamestown Way but are mobile.(Probably the pair which bred elsewhere in E14) (N P Senior). At least 2 of the Black Redstarts (including the adult male) back at the picnic area, showing intermittently well, 2.15 - 2.30. Our thanks to N P Senior! Also 8 Pied Wagtails in the area (Alan Hobson and Conrad Ellam). (My pleasure - NPS)
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 2 Egyptian Geese, 17 Teal, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Siskin over (N P Senior)
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: 6 Shoveler 3m 3f/imm (Robert Callf)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret, 4 Wigeon, 4 Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Snipe, 46 Swallow, 26 House Martin, 15 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 5 Siskin over (Leo Batten, Roy Beddard, Pete Lowman, Andrew Verrall)
  • Brookmill Park: Stock Dove, 2 Song Thrush, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Little Egret, 29 Teal, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, 7 Siskin over West (N P Senior)
  • Fairlop Waters: Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whinchat, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Little Owl, Swallow, House Martin, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Gadwall, Shoveler. (Neil Twyford)
  • Hackney Marshes: Buzzard, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (JW Davies)
  • Lower Sydenham (River Pool Linear Park): 1 Unidentified warbler possible Willow in scrub along river (Ernie Thomason)
  • Pinner (HA5): Hobby over at 17:47, Siskin, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Coal Tit & a small unidentified Chiropetra species at 19:48 - probably Pipistrelle (Jon Ridge).
  • Pinner Park Farm: dark morph Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Little Owl, 6 Stock Dove, 2 immature Swallow, singing Chiffchaff & several Jackdaws (Jon Ridge).
  • Regent's Park; 4 Shovelers, Pied Flycatcher, 3 Crossbills, 16 Siskins (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: Cuckoo in flight near White Ash Lodge (R.Herbert per JW) Red Kite (M.Delpy et al per JW) Wigeon, Little Grebe, 3 Hobby, 2 Buzzard, 60+ Swallow through then passage seemed to stop c.14.30, 3 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat (J.Wilczur)
  • Staines Moor: Barred Warbler (Birdguides) good views at 3:55 - 4:15 [Photo http://londonbirders.wikia.com/wiki/File:Barred_Warbler_Staines_Moor.JPG] last seen 6pm and m Redstart, 5 Yellow Wagtail (Michael Mac).
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 2 Sandwich Tern upriver at 10.19, 2 Whinchat, Curlew, 9 Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail, 5 Cettis Warbler, Bearded Tit & Raven (Andrew Self)
  • Walthamstow Res: Redstart on west bank Lockwood Res, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Whinchat, Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtails, Hobby, Green Sandpiper also Lockwood; Spotted Flycatcher and 3 Lesser Whitethroats between No 2 and 3; 70 Swallows south during the day (Paul Whiteman, Jamie Partridge, Lol Bodini, David Bradshaw)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Red Kite at 11:15 - flying over from West Marsh towards East Marsh, mobbed by two crows (Debbie Burkett)
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Whinchat, 100+ Swallow south, 14 + House Martin, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 3 Skylark, 20 + Siskin, Linnet, 10 + Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitehtroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 4 Gadwall (Nick Croft)
  • Whitings Hill/Arkley South Fields: Male Redstart in hedge bordering ploughed field and sports ground (David Martens)
  • Woodside Park: Yellow Wagtail south over Dollis Brook / Westbury Road gardens at 11:10 (Ian Ellis)

Thursday 10th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Siskin, Common Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher in cricket scrub, Willow Warbler in sub-song near southern watch point by reservoir (Gareth Richards).
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Little Egret, 3 Wigeon, Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, Snipe, 6 Lapwing, Hobby E with H Martins @ 11.15, Peregrine soaring over E Marsh at 12.15, 3 Swallow, 34 House Martin, 15 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 3 Reed Warbler, Linnet over (John Gravatt, Andrew Verrall, Roy Beddard)
  • Brockwell Park/Lambeth: Little Owl (dusk) (Michael Mac).
  • Crayford Marshes: Sandwich Tern on mud at saltings 19.00, Grasshopper Warbler flushed from long grass at saltings, 1 Teal, 3 Little Egret, Kestrel, Water Rail, c25 Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing, c20 Dunlin, 4+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, several Yellow-legged Gulls, Great Spotted Woodpecker, c20 Swallow (reedbed roost much reduced), 5+ House Martin, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Danson Park: 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Little Grebe, 2+ Great Crested Grebe, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, 4+ Goldcrest, 3 Jay, Jackdaw, Siskin over (Ian Stewart)
  • East India Dock Basin: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Chiffchaff, 35 Teal (John Archer).
  • Gallions Reach: RAZORBILL going downriver @11.45 (KJMcmanus 275 et al)
  • Hampstead Heath : Parliament Hill, Redstart briefly by the lamented birch, Buzzard S at 0915, Peregrine over 1030, 6 Swallows E and S, 3 House Martins and Sand Martin S. 3 Kingfishers at the Sanctuary Pond, 3 Shoveler here too and 8 Gadwall asleep on Ham No2. 2 Meadow Pipits S (Pete Mantle)
  • Highams Park Lake: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (JW Davies)
  • Horsenden Hill: Single group of 21 Little Egrets flew SW at 06.22. Also Siskin E (Andy Culshaw).
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Hobby over SW, Yellow Wagtail S, 45 Siskin, Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 7 Pochard, Gadwall, 6 Egyptian Goose, Sparrowhawk, 2 Nuthatch (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Buzzard over low at 11.20 one of which appearred to drop down. Relocated sitting on the sluice between reservoir lagoon and grazing marsh where it stayed for an hour or so before dropping onto the marsh to feed. Eventually left to the east at 15.00, 2 Peregrine on Ch. X. Hopsital, Kerstrel over wader scrape to river bank, 4 Common Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, still lots of Chiffchaff and some Blackcap (Martin Honey)
  • Panshangar Park, Herts: Osprey again (BirdGuides)
  • Rainham Marshes: Pied Flycatcher (Birdguides)
  • Richmond Park: Wood Sandpiper - briefly, 2 Sandwich Tern - 07.10-08.20 on raft Upper Pen Pond, Snipe, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker heard, Linnet over (T. Duckett per JW) 2+ Little Egret - one on Pen Ponds later 2 on Brook, Red Kite, Buzzard, 4 Hobby, Kingfisher, 110+ Swallow SW mainly high, 5 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 3 Sedge Warbler (J.Wilczur, J.Few, B.Murray, S.Read et al) 3 Spotted Flycatcher - Ham Cross (C.Roscorla per JW)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Coots heard calling soon after midnight, Cormorant over, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • Stanwell Moor: 2 Little Owl, 2 Willow Warbler. (Jim Sweetland)
  • Staines Moor: Barred Warbler still 9th day (Birdguides) Barred Warbler still at 15.30, Cetti's Warbler, Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat, Kingfisher, Redstart, Stonechat, 2 Whinchat, (Jim Sweetland)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Willow Warbler (James Palmer)
  • Stokes Field (KT7): Spotted Flycatcher in blackthorn bushes before hill this afternoon (Bill Dykes)
  • Victoria Park: 2 Gadwall, 6 House Martin (James Palmer)
  • Walthamstow Marsh: 2 Whinchat (James Palmer)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood): male Wheatear on west bank, singing Willow and Cetti's Warblers plus Kingfisher on western relief channel, 21 (16 together) Little Egrets, 11+ Chiffchaffs (David Callahan).
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, 15-20 Blackcap, 5 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 20 + Chiffchaff, 40 + Swallow, 20 + House Martin, 20 + Siskin, 10 Gadwall, f Pochard, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)

Wednesday 9th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Spotted Flycatcher, 1 or 2 Common Whitethroat, 5+ Blackcap, 2+ Chiffchaff in cricket scrub, Siskin over, Whinchat between 1st and 2nd filter bed (Gareth Richards) Jackdaw heard (Alan Gibson). Siskin NE 0700 (Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 8 Wigeon, Little Egret, 8 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Reed Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler (Roy Beddard). North Marsh: 1 Common Sandpiper, 22 Shoveler, 20+ Teal & a colour-ringed Black-headed Gull thought to be from Norway (according to cr-birding). Also, a Common Buzzard low N over dam at 15:40 being mobbed by crows (Bill Haines)
  • Brockwell Park/Lambeth: Whinchat, Green Woodpecker (Michael Mac).
  • Claybury Park: Treecreeper, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrests, Jay, Sparrowhawk (Alan Hobson)
  • Fishers Green/Chestnut GP: Hobby, Green Sadnpiper, Garden Warbler (James Palmer)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Sparrowhawk, Hobby, Kingfisher, 5 House Martin, 2+ Chiffchaff, 1+ Goldcrest, 40+ Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: 100 Shoveler, Wigeon, 8 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher (WWT website)
  • Mudchute Park: 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Swallow SW, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Siskin SW, 1 Lesser Redpoll SW (N P Senior)
  • Panshangar Park, Herts: Osprey taking Trout (Herts website)
  • Rammey Marsh: Little Egret, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (James Palmer)
  • Richmond Park: Little Egret on Upper Pen Pond island a1330. Hobby hawking NW of Pen ponds. (James Dickerson)
  • Staines Moor: Barred Warbler still, 8th day (Twitter). Also at least 3 Tree Pipit, Whinchat, Redstart (Matt Kirkland). 1 Short-eared Owl through and a Barn Owl at dusk, 2 Hobby, 4+ Whinchat (Twitter)
  • Stanwell Moor: 3 Little Owls sojourning in a large pile of dung in the horse paddock seen from the access path (Matt Kirkland).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 8 Shoveler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, singing Cetti's Warbler (TeRNS)
  • Totteridge Valley: Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 6 House Martin, 5 Mistle Thrush (John Colmans)
  • Wembley: Red Kite over going south at 09:00 (Joe Taylor)
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, 20 + Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, 10 + Blackcap, 10 + House Martin, 2-4 Skylark, Kesstrel, Sparrowhawk, 40 + Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, 3 Pochard (Nick Croft)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: A Buzzard being furiously mobbed by a gang of corvids and parakeets. Also, 2 Whitethroat, c10 Blackcap, c7 Chiffchaff, 1 Jackdaw & 2 Meadow Pipit. (David Lindo)

Tuesday 8th September 2015 Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Wigeon, 2 Snipe, 4 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Swift, 41 Swallow, 42 House Martin, 21 Sand Martin, Siskin (Andrew Self, John Gravatt, Andrew Verrall)
  • Bushy Park: Tree Pipit, Whinchat, 2m Cetti's Warblers, 4 Siskins (Tony Duckett).
  • Dartford Marshes: No sign of Wryneck, Avocet near Darent mouth, Whinchat along Thames path, 2+ Gadwall, 40+ Pochard, 40+ Tufted Duck, c10 Little Grebe, 4+ Little Egret, 6+ Kestrel, Hobby, Water Rail S of Bob Dunn Way, 13 Ringed Plover, 5 Lapwing, 7 Dunlin, 6+ Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, c60 Yellow-legged Gull, c20 Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit N, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 4+ Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 12+ Chiffchaff, Jay, Siskin over (Ian Stewart)
  • Hackney Marshes: 1 Little Egret in the Old River Lea below the end of the Flood Relief Channel, 10 House Martins overhead at 10:30 (Alastair Dent)
  • Heathrow Airport: Red Kite, Cetti's Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher x2. (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Panshangar Park, Herts: Osprey over 13.46 (BirdGuides)
  • Regent's Park: 2m Redstarts (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: 2 Greenshank flew off NW from Upper Pen Pond (M.Lewis per JW)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Whinchat at 0840 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Kestrel, Peregrine, Coal Tit (Ian Stewart)
  • St James's Park: Red Kite approached from W at 14:37, soaring a little over the park before gaining height then SE (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Moor: Barred Warbler still present for seventh day (BirdGuides). Directions: Park at the end of Hithermoor Road in Stanwell Moor village. Walk south along the Colne Valley Way (following the west bank of KGVI Reservoir), turn right through the kissing gate and follow the path, cross the boardwalk and over the bridge onto Staines Moor. Then walk south following the Colne and then turn right cross the concrete bridge, follow the path north-westwards and go across the first wooden bridge, turn right before the second wooden bridge and view the hawthorns and bramble to the right (please do not approach too closely). Showing well but spasmodically from11.10 to 12.30 at least. Also Tree Pipit, 2 Whinchat, 1 Little Egret, and Little Owl reported near paddock (Nick S). Barred Warbler feeding and flying between the bushes. Blackcap & Common Whitethroat also present. Kestrel attempted to take one of the two Whinchats. 3 Little Owls in Horse Paddock beside path on return to Hithermoor Road (Bob Husband & Brian Hunter) Snipe, 2 maybe 3 Skylark (Dan Pinkham)
  • Staines Reservoir: Black-Necked Grebe, 2 Hobby (Jim Sweetland)
  • Wanstead Flats: Juv Common Redstart (surely 1st-winter?) Noticed a trend of autumn passerines being described as juvenile rather than 1st-winter - R Callf (correct of course- NC I'll give Bob a good kicking), Whinchat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 40 + Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap. Siskin, 10 + Swallow, House Martin, 2 Pochard, 16 Gadwall (Nick Croft/Bob Vaughan)
  • Woodlands Farm: Common Buzzard, Hobby, 2 Swallow, Stonechat, Blackcap, Siskin (Conrad Ellam)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Common Redstart (1 briefly), 1 Yellow Wagtail south, c5 Whinchat (8 yesterday), c9 Swallow north, c3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, c10 Siskin west, 2 Collared Dove (scarce here) & 2 Snipe north. (The Scrubbers)

Monday 7th September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Whinchat 12.30 Cricket Scrub, Kingfisher Wood Green Reservoir (Mike Benyon). Kingfisher Wood Green Res 0700 & 1800 Boating Lake, also Lesser Redpoll, 1+ Spotted Flycatcher cricket scrub, juv Willow Warbler with flock NE hedge cricket pitch perimeter (Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones)
  • Beddington Farmlands: Honey Buzzard flying south 08.24, Marsh Harrier W 10:20 (BFBG Twitter)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Canary Wharf: a male Kestrel headed East over the Crossrail site this morning (Ian Ellis)
  • Crayford Marshes: Grasshopper Warbler flushed from long grass near Erith yacht club, Yellow Wagtail at saltings, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, Peregrine, c25 Ringed Plover, 6+ Lapwing, 9 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 5+ Common Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, Whimbrel, 27 Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, 20+ Swallow, 10+ House Martin, 2+ Blackcap, 2+ Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 2+ Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, 2+ Chiffchaff, 2 Rook, 2+ Siskin over (Ian Stewart)
  • Dartford Marshes: 4 Kestrel, Hobby, Water Rail, Common Sandpiper, Swallow, House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat, 3+ Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, 6+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Jay, Siskin all south of Bob Dunn Way (Ian Stewart) also Wryneck found by S.Nixon c13.30 and seen again c18.30 by Andy Lawson, 30+ Pochard on lake N of Bob Dunn Way (Ian Stewart)
  • Hackney Marshes/Middlesex Filter beds: Buzzard (I've just looked at my photographs) 15:30 flew past low over River Lea, landed in trees by railwayline. Kestrel, Female Sparrowhawk (Sue Barry)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Whinchats (Pryors Field and Running track thistles. C. Buzzard flew N at 1340 hrs. 3 Chiffchaffs.(Greengrandad)
  • KGV: female Goosander, 2 flocks of Siskin north, Wheatear, Hobby (Martin Shepherd)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Whinchat, 8 Siskin, Yellow Wagtail S, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 18 Swallow N, Sand Martin, 2+ Buzzard (4 sightings of at least 2 birds, one high N, the other one disturbed from roost N of Gilberts Slade at dawn and presumably the same bird seen soaring low over court during the day), Peregrine, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Gadwall, 2 Pochard (Stuart Fisher)
  • Lower Chingford: 6 Green Sandpiper James Palmer)
  • Purfleet: 1 Turnstone, 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit between Purfleet and Rainham Marshes (Fraser Simpson)
  • Regent's Park: 7+ Buzzards, 250+ Swallows, 24 House Martins, 6 Sand Martins, 4 Grey Wagtails, Yellow Wagtail, Common Redstart, 2 C.Whitethroats, 8 Blackcaps, 13 Chiffchaffs, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 12 Siskins (Tony Duckett). Also Whinchat at cricket pen 1745. (Matt Kirkland)
  • Richmond Park: 7+ Buzzard, male Peregrine, 4 Hobby, 130+ Swallow - mainly S & part of a moderate movement (J.Wilczur)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Kestrel, Peregrine, Great Black-backed Gull W, Swallow SE, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 2 Jackdaw, Whimbrel heard calling 23.05 (Ian Stewart)
  • South Norwood Lake: (08:50) 6 Redwing (over) S/SW) (John Watson)
  • Staines Moor: Barred Warbler still present for sixth day (BirdGuides). Still present late evening and showing well from time-to-time until 7.20pm at least. Also 45 (forty five!) Yellow Wagtails, 2 Whinchat, 1 Hobby, 1 Barn Owl (Andy Culshaw and David Howdon). Directions: Park at the end of Hithermoor Road in Stanwell Moor village. Walk south along the Colne Valley Way (following the west bank of KGVI Reservoir), turn right through the kissing gate and follow the path, cross the boardwalk and over the bridge onto Staines Moor. Then walk south following the Colne and then turn right cross the concrete bridge, follow the path north-westwards and go across the first wooden bridge, turn right before the second wooden bridge and view the hawthorns and bramble to the right (please do not approach too closely).
  • Stokes Field (KT7): 7 Siskin over. Also 1 Brown Hairstreak by entrance (Bill Dykes)
  • Totteridge Valley: Sedge Warbler still present in `owl' field, 11 Yellow Wagtail with cows at Folly Farm, 2 Sand Martin, 12 House Martin, c65 Swallow, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Rook, Bullfinch, Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff including 3 singing (John Colmans)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3-4 Whinchat, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, Reed Warbler, 20 + Chiffchaff, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, no Common Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, Tree Pipit, 6 Meadow Pipit through, 3 Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, 25 + Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, 10 + House Martin, 13 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 6 Gadwall, Shoveler, Pochard, 8 Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel (Nick CCroft)
  • Woldingham: c600 Woodpigeon, c150 Swallows/House Martins, 40 Goldfinch, 5 Red Kite, 8 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 2 Kestrel (J.Barnes)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Whinchat (3) in scrub (Paul Ward)

Sunday 6th September 2015Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Whinchat 1210 car park then cricket scrub, Hobby SW 1205, also 2+ Spotted Flycatchers, Lesser Whitethroat, juvenile Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaffs, several Blackcap cricket scrub, 2 Yellow Wagtails over, 4 Siskin, 2 Linnet briefly perched cricket scrub, Little Egret north, 4 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Meadow Pipit, pair Egyptian Goose SW(Bob Watts, Henry Wyn-Jones, Gareth Richards, Gerry Rawcliffe, Alan Gibson, Paul Rawlins, Jan Dobbie et al)
  • Beckton: Honey Buzzard (BirdGuides) Any timings or directions at all? 10.30 going south.
  • Beddington Farmlands: Short-eared Owl (BirdGuides)
  • Brent Reservoir: juv male Peregrine, Nuthatch, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Wigeon, Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, Swift, 42 House Martin, 13 Swallow, 7 Sand Martin, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 6 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff & 9 Siskin over (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher (Conrad Ellam)
  • Danson Park: Pair Gadwall, 3+ Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, similar numbers of common wildfowl to yesterday but no Teal, Common Gull, 3+ Chiffchaff, 8+ Goldcrest, 1+ Nuthatch, 3 Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Gallions Reach: Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, 10 Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, 2 Sedge Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff. (Gary A James & Paul Davis).
  • Hampstead Heath: 3 Whinchat together on the N slope at Parliament Hill, 2 Common Buzzard NW, 3 Siskin over, 24 Swallow all points, Grey Wagtail over, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Shoveler, 1 House Sparrow in a Hawthorn on Parliament Hill, Spotted Flycatcher by Men's Pond (Frank Nugent).10 Gadwall, 2 C. Whitethroats (Greengrandad)
  • Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens: 1 Little Owl, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Mandarin, 35 Red-Crested Pochard (Charlie Farrell)
  • Jubilee Park E14: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaffs (N P Senior)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Curlew, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine on Ch. X. Hospital, 1 Redstart, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk, 25 + Siskin, 5 Wigeon, 3 Willow Warbler (Martin Parker)
  • Mudchute Park: 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Siskin Globe Rope Walk in Birches and another 14 over West (N P Senior)
  • Petts Wood / Hawkwood: Spotted Flycatcher at Tongs farm, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, 6+ House Martin, 2+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Siskin over (Ian Stewart)
  • Richmond Park: UPP - 2 Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail heard. LF - 2 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, Tree Pipit (Steve Woolfenden) 4 Hobby, 2 Kingfisher, c20 Swallow, 2 Whinchat - so a total of 4, 9 Reed Bunting (J.Wilczur) male Redstart (R.Herbert per JW)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Common Buzzard N 15.00, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Stock Dove high SE, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 2 Siskin SW (Ian Stewart)
  • Springdale/West Middlesex GC, Brent River Park, Southall (TQ1480): Buzzard S at 11.00 (P J Belman)
  • Staines Moor: BARRED WARBLER still present for a 5th day, in same area of NW corner (Twitter). Also 3 Whinchat, 4 Siskin over, Kestrel, Hobby, 2 Buzzard, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, several Common Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit, 5 Whinchat around the Barred W. area plus Yellow Wagtail (John Edwards). 5+ Yellow Wagtail, 1m Stonechat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Red Kite, Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret, 2 Sand Martin, 17 Swallow (Lee Dingain). 3 Hobby, Kingfisher, 100+ Swallows, 100+ House Martins (Paul Goodman).
  • Staines Reservoir: Black Necked Grebe, 2 Hobby and 1 Wheatear (Paul Goodman)
  • Stanwell Moor: 3 Little Owl in first horse paddock on fence posts, 21 Lapwings over (Sue Giddens). 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Hobby, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Common Buzzard, Cetti's Warbler (Lee Dingain)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: m Common Redstart, Whinchat, Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Siskin, 3 Common Whitethroat, 8+ Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 40+ Linnet, 4+ Yellow Wagtail south, Cetti's Warbler, 60+ Goldfinch, Kingfisher, Kestrel, 5 Little Grebe, unidentified large raptor NE (Stuart Fisher)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 5 Pheasant (ad with 4 juv), 3 Buzzard (pr leaving roost 6.50 + again over wood soaring/mewing 10.50 + another bird), 2 Sparrowhawk, 2/3 Kestrel, 21 Lapwing, 8 Skylark, 19 Swallow S, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 18 Rook (over 90 minutes 2 + 5 + 10 low N/NW), 8 Reed Bunting,40+ Goldfinch, 25 + Linnet, c12 Siskin low W into Gutteridge Wood (Neil Anderson/G. Westley)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Whinchat, Sedge Warbler and a flock of c30 Siskin at the owl field, and Common Redstart near Folly Farm. Yellow Wagtail over, 15 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Blackcap, 20 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Meadow Pipit, 8 Rook, 40+ Swallow, 1 House Martin, Bullfinch, Little Owl, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Ian Ellis)
  • Wandsworth Common: Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit over calling, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, 2 Shoveler, 11 juvenile Tufted Duck, juvenile Egyptian Goose (Nick Rutter) That's a nice run for the Common, where were the two flycatchers? Thanks, Matt. Both flycatchers were in and about the tall poplar near the western end of the small boardwalk at the north end of the lake - Nick
  • Woodlands Farm: Hobby, Meadow Pipit, at least 2 Siskin with a Goldfinch flock, 4 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Wanstead Flats: Whinchat, Common Redstart, 7 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 14 Siskin, 15 + Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Common Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, Goldcrest, 4 Swallow, 10 + House Martin, Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 6 Gadwall (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park:3-4 Hobby (one juvenile) 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 10 + Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler on Shoulder of Mutton with 2nd brood fledged, 3 Goldcrest, 17 Siskin, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 6 Gadwall, 10 + House Martin, 2 Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)

Saturday 5th September 2015Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Female Common Redstart, 2 Spotted Flycatcher still in cricket scrub, 2 Siskin NW (Gareth Richards et al).
  • Brent Reservoir: Autumn Bird Count Day -- 70 species including Yellow Wagtail, Spotted Flycatcher, Wigeon, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Lapwing, 5 Swift, 230 House Martin, 25 Swallow, 20 Sand Martin, Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Common Whitethroat, 30 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler & 13 Siskin over (Brent Birders)
  • Crossness: 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 26 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 10 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret, 7 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitehtroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff (John Archer)
  • Danson Park: Juv Teal (rare here), 7 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 62 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid Greylag x Canada Geese, 11 Egyptian Geese, 50+ Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 8+ Moorhen, 70+ Coot, Kingfisher, Swallow, 2+ Blackcap, 3+ Chiffchaff, 2+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • East India Dock Basin & BCEP: 1 Kestrel, 14 Teal, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Pied Wagtails, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 13 Reed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 25 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet (N P Senior)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Hobby (year first), 4+ Swallow, 20+ House Martin, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff inc singer, c50 Goldfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Kingfisher, House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff (John Buhell, Conrad Ellam & Richard Green)
  • Hampstead Heath: Whinchat opp running track, 2 Tree Pipit over calling in the rain stopped off in a tree on Parliament Hill for 10 mins, 11 House Martin over, 1 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 4 Gadwall, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Siskin over (Frank Nugent) 1 Spotted Flycatcher in hedge 2, 1 Treecreeper and 3-4 Chiffchaffs with tit flock (Reuben Braddock). Rook over Parliament Hill running track 1625 (Henry Wyn-Jones)
  • Limehouse E14: Narrow St House Martin colony (now deserted) 11 nests this year, well up on previous counts (Paul Hyland )
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Wigeon, 1 Wheatear, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Yellow Wagtail, c.100 House Martin, about a dozen Sand Martin, similar numbers of Chiffchaff, at least 6 Blackcap, several Willow Warbler, Peregrine on Ch. X. Hopsital (Martin Honey/B. Page)
  • Mudchute Park: 2 Yellow Wagtails West, 4 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (N P Senior)
  • Richmond Park: Pen Ponds area- Little Egret briefly, Buzzard, Peregrine, 3 Hobby, 3 Water Rail heard, Kingfisher, c35 House Martin, c15 Swallow, Sand Martin, Wheatear, Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (J.Wilczur) also 2 more Whinchat, Lesser Whitethroat (H.T.Bradshaw per JW)
  • Ruislip Lido: 20 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 25 Pochard (high count for site), 6 Great-crested Grebe + 2 small chicks, c20 Swallow, c12 House Martin, 7 Sand Martin, 23 House Sparrow by Water's Edge Pub; woods eerily quiet for birds-4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Sidcup DA14 (Chalk Wood): Common Buzzard, Siskin (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Kestrel, Peregrine, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: Barred Warbler still, Barn Owl, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Hobby, Kestrel (Dan Pinkham). 7 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Whinchat (Twitter). Also 3 Lesser Whitethroat, sev. Blackcap, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Red Kite, 1 Grey Wagtail (Iain Darbyshire). Also 2 Little Egret and at least 3 Kestrel (Neil Batten). Directions: Park at the end of Hithermoor Road in Stanwell Moor village. Walk along the Colne Valley Way (following the west bank of KGVI Reservoir), turn right through the kissing gate and follow the path, cross the boardwalk and over the bridge onto Staines Moor. Walk south following the Colne and then turn right cross the concrete bridge, follow the path and go across the first wooden bridge, turn right before the second wooden bridge and view the hawthorns and bramble to the right.
  • Stanwell Moor Village: 1 very tatty Red Kite circling low over Horton Road 10:30am feeding on what appeared to be remains of a small bird held in talons, whilst being mobbed by numerous Swallows and Martins (Neil Batten)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 2 Spotted Flycatcher (TeRNS)
  • Totteridge Valley: Sedge Warbler at the 'owl field' this evening, first site record since 2007. This morning: 6+ Siskin and 2 Yellow Wagtail over, Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, Rook, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Ian Ellis)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 1 Wheatear, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Common Sandpipers, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Swifts, 20 Swallow, I Willow Warbler (David Bradshaw)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Common Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 5-6 Spotted Flycatcher, 14 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 2 Willow Warbler, 20 + Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 10 Common Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, Little Egret, 10 + Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 3 Egyptian Goose, Swallow (Wanstead Birders) 15 + Swallow through, House Martin, Common Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 10 Siskin, 2 Linnet (Jono Lethbridge/Nick Croft./Dan Hennessy) Hi, one of your group mentioned a ‘short tailed’ lark around 0930 – just to let you know that we found it near the car park with 2 skylarks at 1130. We only got a couple of quick views of it before losing it in the scrub. All the best. John Cadera - Skylarks are moulting at present and frequently show a short tail at this time of year - Robert Callf, Indeed they do, I was only try to ascertain whether it really had a white bar across the end of a stumpy tail - NC
  • Woldingham: dark morph Honey Buzzard circled valley and then flew east, 8 Buzzard, 6 Red Kite, 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel (J.Barnes)

Friday 4th September 2015Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Female Common Redstart, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, 2+ Common Whitethroat, Nuthatch all in cricket scrub, 6 Siskin in birches on pitch and putt, plus 1 W, Grey Wagtail N (Gareth Richards et al).
  • Barking Bay: 64 Shelduck, 1 juvenile Ruddy Shelduck (or hybrid!), 2 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher,5 Dunlin, 12 Common Sandpiper, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (2 juveniles, 1 3rd cal year), 3 Barn Swallow, 7 Yellow Wagtail West, 1 male Common Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, c330 Goldfinches some appearing to genuinely migrate West (N P Senior) Are you sure the Ruddy Shelduck was not a hybrid? There has been a hybrid (with Common Shelduck, perhaps a backcross) in the area recently (John Archer) .It may have been a backcross/hybrid as it did have atypical pale feathering on the breast area and more extensive white around the face than is normal for ferruginea. Shelduck backcross is a distinct possibility though ferruginea are extremely variable in juvenile plumage also the wing pattern looked good for ferruginea (NPS) a couple of record shots [2]Thanks for posting those photos. I think the head is far too dark for any plumage of Ruddy Shelduck. That looks like one of the hybrids which have been around on and off for a few years, since there was a female Ruddy Shelduck in the area in 2008 (JA)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6+ Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, adult Hobby perched on Dump, male Sparrowhawk hunting, Kestrel, 6 Swift, 11 Swallow, 136 total House Martin moving, 3 Sand Martin, Kingfisher (Andrew Verrall).
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cornmill Gardens: Kingfisher, Chiffchaff singing (Tom Moulton)
  • Crayford Marshes: No sign of Wryneck early pm, Yellow Wagtail heard at saltings, c8 Siskin low W past creek mouth, 3 Egyptian Geese in flight over Dartford Marshes, 25+ Teal, Great Crested Grebe, 4+ Little Egret, 2-3 Kestrel, 18+ Ringed Plover, 8+ Lapwing, 5 Dunlin, 13+ Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, Whimbrel, 10+ Sand Martin, 20+ Swallow, 10+ House Martin, 2 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4+ Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Jackdaw, 100+ Goldfinch (Ian Stewart and Eric Brown)
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: 1 female Kestrel, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Nuthatch (Neil Batten).
  • Gallions Reach: Barred Warbler in private fenced off area. 11.00. 6 Common Sandpipers. 2 Little Egrets. (Gary A James).well done Gary, I know how hard you work, totally deserved, hope to see you soon (Nick Tanner)
  • Kingston upon Thames: 12:20pm Common Buzzard being mobbed over Hawks Road/Bonner Hill Road (the most central location that I have seen them). (Phil Davies)
  • London Wetland Centre: Little Egret, Peregrine, 5 Snipe, 120 House Martins (website); flock of 54 Siskin noisily feeding in birch tree - wildside area (Catherine Beazley)
  • Mudchute Park: Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher both in Paddocks still, also 1 Meadow Pipit West, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 23 Long-tailed Tits (N P Senior)
  • Rainham RSPB: Juv Cuckoo, two Spotted Flycatchers, Wheatear (Sean Huggins)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: f Sparrow hawk, Blackcap, 4 House Martin (John Cadera)
  • Scadbury Park: Common Buzzard seemingly roosting, 2 Tawny Owls hooting 19.20, 2+ Blackcap, 2 Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, Coal tit, Jay (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: Barred Warbler still present and showing well until 12:30 at least, moving around in hawthorn and bramble in same area as yesterday, plus Whinchats, Swallows, Skylark, 100+ Goldfinches. Also 3 Little Owls perched on fenceposts in horse paddock on way from Stanwell Village. (Quentin Given)
  • Stratford, Olympic Park: Grasshopper Warbler in weeds at edge of large pond in Wetland Walk, alarm calling then chased by Chiffchaff into birch briefly with tit flock, then flew back to Purple Loosestrife and appeared to creep along edge of pond and in vegetation showing only occasionally thereafter, 2 Black Redstart (1 alarming on Olympic Village, 1 near Old Ford), 14 Pied Wagtail (Stuart Fisher)
  • Whitings Hill/Arkley South fields: Chiffchaff singing weakly, female Redstart in hedge by white panel Hobby over hunting swallows..and then Cuckoo! flying strongly low South about 10.20 am. Wheatear on ploughed field ...what a morning ! (David Martens)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Spotted Flycatcher in riding school front paddock, at least 3 Whinchat in Bomb Crater field, seen from boardwalk (N Verlander)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (Lockwood): Juv Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Sandpipers, plus good hirundine passage of 385+ House Martins, 7+ Swallows, Sand Martin and 5 Swifts (David Callahan).
  • Wanstead Flats: Female Common Redstart, Whinchat, f Wheatear, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail, 10+ Pied Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 14 Siskin, 40+ Swallow, 10+ House Martin, 20+ Gadwall, 3 f Pochard, 2 Egyptian Goose, 5+ Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 6+ Common Whitethroat, Goldcrest, m Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel (Nick Croft/Tony Brown)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Hobby, mixed flock of tits and warblers (30+ birds) in old sewage works (TIm Harris/Jordan Thomas)
  • Woodford Green IG8 0RS: Hummingbird Hawkmoth nectaring on Red Valerian between 6.35-7.50pm at least (Ken Murray).

Thursday 3rd September 2015Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Wryneck still on lower slopes 8.30 am, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat, 6+ Chiffchaff, 3 Common Whitethroat, 5+ Blackcap cricket scrub, Swallow (Gareth Richards, Mike Benyon, James Palmer); also Northern Wheatear (perched on top of a dead tree just above the area of ant hills where the Wryneck was seen and then flew south towards the cricket field) (James Palmer). Four Siskin over north at 1.30pm (Simon Bradley). No sign Wryneck lunchtime up till 1pm, but 3 Spotted Flycatchers, female Common Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat; Wryneck again on lower slopes at 5.20 pm (David Callahan).
  • Blackheath: 3 female Wheatear by seasonal pond (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chingford Plain: Tree Pipit imaged (Ken Murray).
  • Claybury Park: 4 Sparrowhawks (presumably, since there is normally just one pair there, with the park forming one territory, the other two were this year's juveniles, now fully grown), 3 Stock Doves, 1-2 Blackcaps, 2-3 Chiffchaffs - and a Muntjac Deer (Alan Hobson)
  • Crayford: Peregrine over town centre c16.35, several hirundines heading NE over station (Ian Stewart)
  • Crayford Marshes: Wryneck still present 12.15 - 15.30 at least, preferred feeding area being the new grass at the east end of the reed bed closest to Erith yacht club often seen turning its head above grass level (pics on bexleywildlife website), 1-2 Whinchat on landfill from Moat Lane, Yellow Wagtail on old ammo works, 3 Siskin- first this year, 8 Teal, 9+ Little Egret, female Marsh Harrier W, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 25+ Ringed Plover, 8 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 8 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, 10+ Sand Martin, 50+ Swallow most low N, 10+ House Martin, 2+ Whitethroat, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 6+ Reed Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, Rook S, 4 Reed Bunting, 8 Common Seals (Ian Stewart, Steve Carter, Ralph Todd)
  • Ladywell Cemetary SE4: Spotted Flycatcher, 5+ Swallow (ASmith)
  • London Wall EC2: Nuthatch dead on pavement outside LGIM offices (Nick Rutter)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Hobby high E 17.33, 6+ Swallow low W inc 2 right through my garden, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: Barred Warbler still present early morning in the same area (via Rob Innes). From the north entrance, walk south along the Colne and cross the concrete bridge, following the path and cross the first wooden bridge, turn right before you reach the second wooden bridge and view the hawthorns and bramble to the right. 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Little Owls, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrels, 2 Common Buzzards, Red Kite , Little Egret,5 Blackcaps,70+ Goldfinch, Common Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker. 6 Chiff Chaff.(Sue Giddens). No sign of Barred Warbler in last two hours (Twitter). 2 Little Egret and Stonechat (C. Lamsdell)
  • Teddington Weir: two Common Sandpipers flying from weir upstream towards Ham bank of Thames at 07:45 (Mike Foster).
  • Twickenham: one Common Sandpiper opposite Thames Young Mariners flying downstream towards Radnor Gardens at 08:00 (Mike Foster).
  • Walpole Park W5: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Spotted Flycatcher West side (N P Senior)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: At least 11 Whinchat on the Bomb Crater Field this morning at 08:30 - five seen with Stuart Fisher from the boardwalk and a further six around the crater pond and south towards Leyton Marsh - and that was without trying too hard (Alastair Dent); 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Yellow Wagtail over, Lesser Whitethroat, singing Cetti's Warbler by railway embankment, Peregrine, 10 Egyptian Goose, 16 Blackcap (Stuart Fisher)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Cetti's Warbler briefly singing 50m north of fisherman's hut between Nos. 2 and 3 at 7.35 am, plus large flock of hirundines featuring 100+ House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, 2 Swallows, 3 Swifts (David Callahan); ad Yellow-legged Gull on Lockwood (Stuart Fisher)
  • Wanstead Flats: No sign of Wryneck by11:30. Pied Flycatcher (Tony Brown/Daniel Whitelegg), 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Whinchat, 2-3 Common Redstart, Wheatear, Tree Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, Skylark, 3 Little Egret, 14 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 3 Egyptian Goose, Hobby, 4 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, Peregrine Falcon, 10+ Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Linnet, Little Owl, 23 + Swallow, 10 + House Martin (Wanstead Birders)
  • Woldingham: 2 Little Owl, 5 Red Kite, 10+ Buzzard (J.Barnes)
  • Wraysbury GP: Buzzard, Red Kite, Grey Wagtail and Whinchat (C. Lamsdell)

Wednesday 2nd September 2015Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2+ Common Redstart, fly-over Tree Pipit, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 3 Swallow (David Callahan, Gareth Richards, et al).Wryneck around [briefly] at noon.[Peter Corley], Kingfisher again Wood Green Reservoir (Mike Benyon)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Hobby, Cuckoo (Bedd Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Yellow Wagtails over 07.15 (Andrew Self); 07.45 all morning: 3 adult Little Egrets hide and rafts, 4 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, Hobby south, Swift, 33 Swallow, 156 House Martin, 13 Sand Martin counted, Tawny Owl calling, 9 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 6 Reed Warbler (Roy Beddard, Andrew Verrall).
  • Brockwell Park: 6 Swallow - 4 mobbing f Sparrowhawk with a Magpie, 3 Willow Warbler (Michael Mac).
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfiher, 2 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Buckhurst Hill: Stonechat (imaged) at Nightingale stables paddock, (Ken Murray)
  • Crayford Marshes: Wryneck by east end of reed bed near saltings at 14:40, 2 Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, 8 Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 5+ Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 3 Hobby, 27+ Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, 12 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Curlew, Little Owl calling, Kingfisher, 6+ Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler singing, c10 Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Hampstead Heath: 50 Swallows, 30 House Martin, Wheatear, Whitethroat, 5 willowchiffs, 11 Egyptian Geese. Kingfisher. (Greengrandad)
  • King George V Res: 4 Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Common Sandpiper, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler (Tony Clancy)
  • Lamorbey Park, Sidcup: 2 Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff(singing), 6 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit. (Eric Brown)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Siskin, 7 Swallow, 4 Yellow wagtail, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Wigeon, 8 Snipe (website); 1 Wheatear, 2 Spotted Flycatcher - wildside area (Catherine Beazley)
  • Mudchute Park: Pied Flycatcher (fem/1w male) in trees between allotments and paddocks, Spotted Flycatcher by goat pen, 18 Monk Parakeets (Sean Huggins)
  • Richmond Park: Nightjar seen twice briefly at 20.20 over grassland near Isabella disabled car park and over car park itself (J.Wilczur) first seen yesterday evening (S.Read per JW) 40+ Siskin near Pembroke Lodge, 2 Whinchat - Pondslade (M.Lewis per JW)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Sand Martin W, Swallow E, 2 Coal Tit, 16 Siskin low W 19.15 after an earlier heard only record (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup Place: No sign of yesterday's Redstart but Peregrine, 2 Common Gull, Green Woodpecker, 30+ Swallow NW, 6+ Pied Wagtail, Blackcap, prob Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Moor: Barred Warbler 1st-winter showing well on and off in hawthorns near wooden bridges in northwest corner; also 2 Barn Owl hunting at dusk (east side), 1 Whinchat (SE corner), 2 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Hobby, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Little Egret, 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 9 Sand Martin (mainly S) and 33 Barn Swallow. (Lee Dingain - pics here).
  • Tower Bridge: 10 House Martin in south bank above East India Dock. There have been 2 or 3 on and off most of the summer but never seen that many at once. (Gus Wilson)
  • Trent Park, Cockfosters: female Kingfisher on Lower Lake, 36 Swallows (Bob Husband & Pete Lowman)
  • Whitings Hill/Arkley South Fields: 1 Male and 1 Female Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat 2 Yellow Wagtails,Kestrel Buzzard 4 Chiffchaff/Willow Warbler, numerous Swallow 3 Bullfinch (David Martens)
  • Wanstead Flats: Wryneck still present (via Twitter). Wryneck showing very well twice, 10.18 to 10.28, in n/e corner of brooms, viewed from beyond the n/e side. Also Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpeckers (Alan Hobson). 3 Common Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, Pied Flycatcher, 13 + Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Yellow Wagtail, Tree Pipit, Hobby, 2 Peregrine, 4 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 5 + Willow Warbler, unidentified large yellow warbler (so if you are in the vicinity please nail it!) 8 + Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Gadwall, 30 + Swallow, 10 + House Martin (Wanstead Birders et al) pic http://wansteadbirding.blogspot.co.uk/

Tuesday 1st September 2015 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Wryneck still present, flushed from anthills on scrubby slope above cricket pitch; also Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, 2+ Common Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat, 3+ Common Whitethroat, 2+ Chiffchaffs in cricket scrub, Common Buzzard over west mobbed by 7 Ring-necked Parakeets, 6 Swallow (David Callahan, James Palmer, et al); Wryneck still in Cricket Scrub 10.30 am (BirdGuides). Kingfisher, Wood Green Reservoir (Mike Benyon); Wryneck also seen briefly at 15.05 in Cricket scrub (Nick S)
  • Beddington Farmlands: Black-tailed Godwit 1, Ringed Plover 1, Dunlin 3, Snipe 2, Greenshank 3, Green Sandpiper 5, Common Sandpiper 3, Swift 1, Hobby 1, Sand Martin 5, Swallow 5, House Martin 25+, Yellow Wagtail 1, Grey Wagtail 3, Pied Wagtail 10+, Whinchat 2, Redstart 1, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Sedge Warbler 4, Reed Warbler 1, Blackcap 10, Lesser Whitethroat 3, Common Whitethroat 4, Chiffchaff 15+, Willow Warbler 5, Goldcrest 1. Also migrant Lepidoptera: 1 Painted Lady, 1 Vestal, 1 White-point , pics here: [3]
  • Borehamwood, A1 Barnet Bypass: queuing for Stirling Corner roundabout when adult Grey Wagtail flew across my car bonnet and landed on roof of car next to mine (Andrew Haynes).
  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 8 Common Sandpiper & 1 Swift (Andrew Self)
  • Crayford Marshes and Thames Foreshore: 8 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 7 Teal, 2 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Hobby, 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 12 Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Yellow-legged Gull, 30 Swallows, 22 House Martin, Sand Martin, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, c150 Goldfinches plus 1 Grey and 6 Common Seal (Ralph Todd).
  • Dreyden Road paddock, Welling: Spotted Flycatcher in Tit flock with at least 4 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, $ Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • East India Dock Basin: 4 Teal, Cormorant 1 sinensis metal ringed bird yesterday and today on the pier ringed as a pullus 30.05.2014 on Tyreholm Island East (Baltic) Denmark - 901km - 249 degrees WSW, 1 Sparrowhawk high South, 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (N P Senior) 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Garden Warbler, 1+ Willow Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat early evening (John Archer)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 1-2 Kestrel, Kingfisher, 4+ Swallow, 4+ House Martin, 15+ Blackcap, 4+ Whitethroat, c30 Chiffchaff in a bewildering variety of colours, 4+ Goldcrest, 5+ Bullfinch inc 2 juvs (Ian Stewart, Ralph and Brenda Todd)
  • Greenwich Park: Willow Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, all a bit elusive; also 5 House Martins (Joe Beale)
  • KGV Res: Redhead Smew, two Egyptian Geese, 3 Little Egret, two Common Terns, 15 Common Sandpipers, Kingfisher, Wheatear, 3 Grey Wagtail (Sean Huggins)
  • Lamorbey Park: juv Green Woodpecker, 1+ Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 8+ Goldcrest, Siskin over, 2 Jackdaw (Ian Stewart)
  • Leyton Flats: 5 Siskin (Pete Betts)
  • Leyton Waterworks NR: m & f Common Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, juv Pied Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Common Whitethroat all around wildlife garden (Stuart Fisher)
  • Mudchute Park: 2 Common Redstart still in paddocks/allotment hedge 9.20am, Spotted Flycatcher on nature trail (Sean Huggins) late afternoon - 3 Common Redstarts (2 males 1 juv./female) Paddocks, 4 Spotted Flycatchers (3 Paddocks, 1 Globe Rope Walk), 1 Pied Flycatcher - Paddocks, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs (N P Senior)
  • Oxlease & Castle Wood: Hobby & 2 Blackcap by Rangers' office. 2 Spotted Flycatcher in tit flock with several Willow Warbler & Chiffchaff, between Severndroog Castle and the car park (Conrad Ellam)
  • Purfleet: 21 Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Wheatear between Purfleet and Rainham Marshes (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham Marshes: m Common Redstart & juv Mediterranean Gull in Aveley Bay; Tree Pipit east over visitor centre at 0807 (Fraser Simpson)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Hobby's, 3m Common Redstarts, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroats, 7 Spotted Flycatchers, Pied Flycatcher (Tony Duckett).
  • Richmond Park: NW section - ad fem Peregrine low over, Hobby, 2 Skylark, Wheatear, 10 Mistle Thrush, Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, c20 Chiffchaff, also 8 Skylark at Crown Field (J.Wilczur)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Whinchat on west edge of Pattypool Mead at 0855 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Hobby seen twice firstly south with prey then circling high about 2 hours later, Peregrine, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtail SW, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, several unidentified hirundines E (Ian Stewart)
  • Sidcup Place: Common Redstart 1st winter male around scrub by allotments behind Suffolk Road (my first site record), Common Buzzard 14.30 went into steep dive into area of Cray Wanderers FC but not seen again, 2+ Swallow, 5 Pied Wagtail 2 juv, Garden Warbler, 2+ Blackcap, 4 Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Tower of London: House Sparrow family party in garden by Wharfinge's Cottage (Matt Reed).
  • Trent Park: 1st-winter male Common Redstart (Pete Lowman, Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Marsh: Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtail in paddocks, Whinchat North Marsh, 5+ Willow Warbler, 12+ Blackcap (Stuart Fisher)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Turnstone, Black-necked Grebe, Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, Dunlin (Lol Bodini, Mike Messenger, etc)
  • Woodlands Farm: Pied Flycatcher in willows next to pond, Whitethroat & several Chiffchaff behind wood pile, (Conrad Ellam) + Buzzard reported by farm staff
  • Woolwich Common: Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Whinchat, 3 Whitethroat (Conrad Ellam)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 4 Whinchat, 1 (possibly 2) Tree Pipit in Meadow, 12+ Blackcap, 4+ Whitethroat (Bill Haines).
  • Wanstead Flats: Wryneck (south of Long Wood in brooms); 11 Whinchat, 5 Common Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 8 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Tree Pipit, 6 Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 10 + Swalllow, House Martin, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 + Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, 25 Gadwall, Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, Little Owl, 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull (Wanstead Birders et al)
  • Wanstead Flats: Wryneck still present in brooms at 6.45pm ,4 Spotted Flyctcher,Kestrel, Song Thrush (G. Gram)

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