News July 2008

From Londonbirders

Thursday 31st July

  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Black Kite NW 13:40hrs, 18 Little Egret, Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 9 Greenshank, 9 Common Sandpiper, 26 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Common Tern, Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Northern Wheatear, 9 Common Whitethroat, 2 Common Crossbill N 07:45hrs (ELBF).
  • Rotherhithe: juvenile Yellow-legged Gull off Greenland Pier (1st of the year) in the evng (Richard Bonser).
  • Grosvenor Park (Feltham): Hobby (Adam Cheeseman).
  • Alexandra Park: 2 Garden Warblers, 7+ Chiffchaffs (6 juvs in one group), 2 Whitethroats, Willow Warbler (all bar one Chiff in Cricket Scrub) (Bob Watts, John Murray).
  • St James's Park: 1 Egyptian Goose (Andrew Self).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Turnstone on island on main pit (Birdguides).
  • London Wetland Centre: Little Egret, Garganey, 29 Teal, 16 Shoveler, 2 Common Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, Garden Warbler (LWC website); plus Peregrine perched on flats NE of centre from at least 18.30 to 20.15 (Martin Honey).
  • Mayesbrook Park: Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, Kingfisher, Lesser Whitethroat, 4+ Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Paul Hawkins).
  • Staines Res: 2 Ringed Plover & 10+ Common Sandpiper late morning (Bill Haines).
  • Cowley (Uxbridge): Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawks (one with prey) & 2 Swallow E @ 08:30 (Bill Haines).
  • Trent Park: Nuthatch, 10 Song Thrush, 22 Goldfinch, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Blackcap (3m, 8f), 2 Garden Warbler, Stock Dove, 7 Mandarin (f) (Pete Lowman).

Wednesday 30th July

  • Beddington SF: Red Kite west, Hobby, Peregrine, Greenshank, 8 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper (Dip or Glory).
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: fem. Mandarin (Adam Cheeseman).
  • Tyttenhanger: 3 broods of Tufted Duck, juv Little Egret, c210 Lapwing, 2-3 Common Sandpiper (HertsBirding).
  • London Wetland Centre: fem Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Hobby, m Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 2 Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, small numbers of Chiffchaff and Blackcap amongst tit flocks, Black Tailed Skimmer, Emperor, Common Darter and Migrant Hawker (LWC website).
  • Brent Res: 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sands, Emperor Drfly (Andrew Verrall).
  • Mayesbrook Park: 3 Shoveler, Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Paul Hawkins).
  • M25/M1 interchange: Red Kite over at 18:50 (Phil Rhodes).
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: pair House Sparrow Scrapyard Meadow (2nd sighting this year), 2 Swift, House Martin (Bob Watts).
  • Nonsuch Park: 11 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c20 Jackdaw, 5+ Goldcrest, 40+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Jay, 3+ Sparrowhawk including juveniles, 5+ Long-tailed Tit, 11 Black-headed Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Greenfinch (David Campbell).
  • Rainham Marshes: 12 Greenshank, m Ruff, 25 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 23 Little Egret, 39 Grey Heron, Green Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 31 Lapwing, 42 House Sparrow, 23 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow (ELBF).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Peregrine, Ringed Plover (SBC).
  • Vicarage Farm, Parkside Farm and Park, Enfield: 2 Little Grebe, at Parkside Res; 1 Common Sandpiper, at Parkside Res., 20:40 BST; 1 juv Green Woodpecker; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 9 Goldfinch, together, at Park Farm; 1 male Yellowhammer, at Parkside Farm (Robert Callf).
  • Hall Marsh Scrape: 4 Little Egrets,Common Sandpiper,Lapwings & Little Grebe (Brendan Spooner)

Tuesday 29th July

  • Rotherhithe: 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 adults & 2nd summer) off Greenland Pier late evng plus 300+ Blk-headed Gulls on the river from here looking east to Greenwich (Richard Bonser).
  • Rainham Marshes: juv Marsh Harrier over, 19 Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, 2m Ruff, Knot, 11 Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, (Birdguides).
  • London Wetland Centre: no sign of Garganey a.m., 24 Teal, 9 Shoveler, 4 Common Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (LWC website).
  • Alexandra Park; juv Whitethroat Scrub (Bob Watts).
  • Beddington SF: m Ruddy Duck, Hobby, 2 Peregrine (m/f), Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank, 17 Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern (Dip or Glory).
  • Nonsuch Park: 1 Hobby, 20+ Ring-necked Parakeet, c200 Black-headed Gull, 3 juvenile Sparrowhawk, 6 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Moorhen (David Campbell)
  • Brazil Mill Woods (Hounslow): Dabchick with at least one chick on River Crane (Adam Cheeseman)

Monday 28th July

  • Rotherhithe: 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 adults & near-adult) off Greenland Pier in the evening plus a couple of adult Common Gulls. Quite a few juvenile LBB Gulls now present (Richard Bonser).
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Marsh Harriers (Birdguides).
  • Crossness: female Marsh Harrier present at NR mid-morning (Birdguides).
  • St James's Park: Egyptian Goose (Andrew Self).
  • Regents Park: Common Sandpiper present, Peregrine Falcon over at 6.00am (Tony Duckett).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: feral Barnacle Goose, Egyptian Goose with gosling, fem Mandarin, Peregrine (prob male) east 12:15hrs, 12 Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail, 4 Blackcap, 4 Treecreeper, c550 Starling, Essex Skipper, c20 Meadow Brown, 5+ Gatekeeper, Common Blue, aethalodes Rosy Minor, Ruby Tiger moth, c15 Black-tailed Skimmer (Des McKenzie).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Peregrine, juv Northern Wheatear (SBC).
  • Beddington SF: 4 Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, Common Snipe, Greenshank, 26 Green Sandpiper, 9 Common Sandpiper 1 adult 1 2nd summer 2 Yellow-legged Gull (ad/2s) (Dip or Glory).
  • London Wetland Centre: Garganey, 3 fem Red-crested Pochard, 4 Common Snipe, Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (Birdguides/LWC website).
  • Amwell GP: 3 Egyptian Goose, Common Buzzard, 2 Green Sandpiper (HertsBirding).
  • Nonsuch Park: c3 probable Common Crossbills briefly in flight and calling but couldn't locate afterwards, 3 Green Woodpecker, c20 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Jay (David Campbell).
  • Trent Park Area: 1 Red Kite, at Plumridge Farm, 18:45 BST; 1 Sparrowhawk, at Park Farm; 1 Common Buzzard, at Park Farm,18:30 BST; 1 Common Sandpiper, at Parkside Res, 20:25 BST; 3 Common Whitethroat; 1 White-letter Hairstreak; 1 Small Copper; 5 Peacock (Robert Callf & Bob Husband).

Sunday 27th July

  • River Thames (between Millenium Dome and Waterloo): 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls on mud by Hilton Hotel, Rotherhithe plus 2 adult Common Gulls; 2nd summer Yellow-legged Gull on mud by Millenium Dome plus Reed Wblr; near adult Yellow-legged Gull on barges by Oxo Tower (Richard Bonser).
  • Beddington SF: Greenshank, 23 Green Sandpiper, 8 Common Sandpiper (Dip or Glory).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Peregrine through, Oystercatcher (SBC).
  • Alexandra Park: first Garden Warbler of the year, north of the Conservation Pond - 107th species for the year (A.Gardener), no sign this evening but good number of juv Blackcaps (J.Murray & B.Watts).
  • Brent Reservoir: juvenile Garganey briefly, also 2 Green Sands, 4 Common Sands, 2 Snipe & a Nuthatch; 12 species of butterfly including Marbled White & Purple Hairstreak (Andrew Self)
  • Sutton: 1 Peregrine again on the Reed building mid morning (David Campbell).
  • Nonsuch Park: 4+ Green Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Collared Dove (rare for site), 2+ Goldcrest, c30 Black-headed Gull, 20+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 3+ Mistle Thrush, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Jackdaw, 10+ Greenfinch, no sign of the probable Common Crossbill (David Campbell).
  • M11/M25 Junction: Common Buzzard (J Lethbridge).
  • Regents Park: 1st migrant Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs, several juv Reed Warblers, juv m Sparrowhawk. Yesterday Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher and report of 2 kite sp circling above The Snowden Aviary at 2.35pm (Tony Duckett).
  • Barking Outfall (high tide): 3 Common Tern, 14 Common Sandpipers, 3 Oystercatchers, 3 Grey Wagtails, Brown Argus, Common Blue and a Small Copper (Dave Morrison).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 71 Lapwing, 2 Brown Hawkers, 5 Migrant Hawkers, 2 Brimstone, Comma and good numbers of the commoner butterflies no Small Tortoiseshell though (Dave Morrison).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Little Owls (per TeRNScache).
  • Rainham RSPB: 9 Greenshank, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 10 Common Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Oystercatcher, c100 Swift through + c20 Sand Martin, 20+ Little Egret (Paul Hawkins, Shaun Harvey), Hobby, Swallow, Painted Lady (Bob Watts), 46 Little Egrets 47 Grey Heron, 5 Whimbrel, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, Golden Plover, 32 House Sparrow, 21 Greenfinch (ELBF).
  • London Wetland Centre, Barnes: 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Common Snipe, 1 Garganey, 1 Wigeon and a few Teal and Shoveler, plus a few Banded Demoiselle damselflies (Martin Honey).
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Great Crest Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, 34 Tufted Duck + 1 brood of 7, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 House Sparrow, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet, 12 Herring Gull over (John Watson).
  • Southgate N14: 1 Common Sandpiper, heard calling, 01:47 BST (Robert Callf).

Saturday 26th July

  • Beddington SF: m Peregrine, 2 Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 22 Green Sandpiper 7 Common Sandpiper (Dip or Glory).
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cprmorant, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Swift, 4 Greenwoodpecker (2juv) 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 House Sparrow, 4 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff,Goldfinch, Chaffinch3 Ring-necked Parakeet, (John Watson Gavin Hawgood)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Hobby, Peregrine over river SE of reserve, 4+ Common Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 16 Swift, Kingfisher, 60 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, butterflies seen included Comma, Gatekeeper and Painted Lady, Common Lizards still basking on wooden panels of the Dulverton and WWF hides and the fences and bridges along the paths in Wildside, recent odonata include (in order of abundance) Blue-tailed Damselfly, Azure and Common Blue Damselfly, Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Emperor Dragonfly, Migrant Hawker, Red-eyed Damselfly and Four-spotted Chaser (LWC website).
  • Rainham RSPB: 3 Greenshank, 10 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 3 LRP, 2 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, c30 Little Egret (inc strange probable hybrid bird??) Water Rail, Lesser Whitethroat, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Paul Hawkins).
  • Crossness: juv Mediterranean Gull on foreshore by outfall mid-morning (Birdguides).
  • Brent Reservoir: Crossbill south at 06.25, also 2 Green Sands & 5 Common Sands (Andrew Self).
  • Paddington Green: singing Chiffchaff a.m. (Des McKenzie).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 4 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Common Gull, 2 Teal (Steve B).
  • Hornsey (Nightingale Lane): Hobby chasing flock of c 35 House Martins @ 1345 then drifted east (Bob Watts).
  • Walton on Thames: Red Kite drifting high north 1505 (DMH).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Oystercatcher through & Peregrine (munching a BH Gull) (DMH).
  • Nonsuch Parkcache: 1 probable Crossbill, 1 Hobby, 1 Common Gull, 4+ Green Woodpeckers showing well including juveniles, 4 Jackdaw, 3 Jay, c30 Ring-necked Parakeets (David Campbell).
  • Banstead Downscache: 1 Green Woodpecker (David Campbell).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (north side): 4 Red-crested Pochard (females/imms in a tight group, Low Maynard), Hobby, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 38+ Common Tern (Paul Cook).
  • Alexandra Park: 12 Common Terns patrolling Wood Green Res @ 1730 (Bob Watts).

Friday 25th July

  • Rotherhithe SE16: adult Yellow-legged Gull on groynes by Greenland Pier mid evening plus 2 adult Common Terns east (Richard Bonser).
  • Staines Res: 3 Black-necked Grebe, Turnstone, 3 Dunlin, 6 Common Sand (KLP).
  • Paddington Green: Common Buzzard east 11:14hrs, fem/imm Kestrel, Hobby SW 12:10hrs, 2 Grey Wagtail (ad/juv), 14 Goldfinch (8 juvs) (Des McKenzie).
  • Staines Res: Turnstone on North Basin to 10:00hrs at least (Birdguides).
  • London Wetland Centre: Garganey, Hobby, Peregrine, Little Egret, 6 Common Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, ad Mediterranean Gull (Thames), Kingfisher, Hummingbird Hawkmoth reported from World Wetlands area (LWC website).
  • Beddington SF: m Peregrine, Little Egret, Greenshank, 22 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, juv Mediterranean Gull (Dip or Glory).
  • Holmethorpe SP: Little Egret (SBC).
  • Cowley (Uxbridge): Peregrine over S @ 09:41. (Bill Haines).
  • Canary Wharf/Heron Quays: Seal in the dock at 15:30 - any idea likely species? Dark grey (J Lethbridge) - probably, though not certainly, the 'resident' Common Seal that comes to fish scraps at Billingsgate Market, present c5 years (Nick Tanner per DMc).
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Great Grested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Tufted Duck(+1 brood of 7) 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff,4 Ring-necked Parakeet, 6 Black-headed Gull, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Jay, 1 Collard Dove (John Watson).
  • Trent Park: Common Buzzard harassed by a crow over Ride Wood, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Common Swift, 5 Mandarin (f), Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, 2 Common Blue, Small Skipper, 6 Gatekeeper, 4 Meadow Brown, Comma, 4 Large White (Pete Lowman).
  • Trent Park: 1 Common Sandpiper, Lower Lake (Robin White per RMC).

Thursday 24th July

  • Rainham Marshes: 46 Little Egret, 47 Grey Heron, Golden Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 32 House Sparrow, 21 Greenfinch (ELBF).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Common Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Tern, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff (LWC website); Little Egret (reported) plus 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Garganey (Martin Honey).
  • Beddington SF: 2 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, 24 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern (Dip or Glory).
  • Broxbourne Woods: Hobby, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, GS Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, + butterflies included 1 F Purple Emperor at 13.30hrs 120m along main ride, 1 White Admiral, and 5+ Purple Hairstreaks (Nigel May).
  • Staines Res: 2 Turnstones on North Basin early afternoon (obs?).
  • Walton Res: Black Tern until 0625 only when flew off east with two Common Terns (DMH).
  • Old St EC1: 2 Peregrine (Laurence Pitcher).
  • Brent Res: 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sands, no sign of yesterday's Little Egret (Andrew Verrall and Andrew Haynes).
  • Regents Park: 3 Common Crosbills flew NE at 8.15am, Great Black-backed Gull juvenile perched on boat at 8.05am, Little Owl in garden 12.05am. Yesterday...Peregrine female NW at 8.10am, pr Common Terns, 4 Chiffchaffs in mixed tit flock containing at least 65 Long-tailed Tits (Tony Duckett).
  • Canon's Farmcache: 1 Little Owl, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Linnet, 2 Kestrel (David Campbell)
  • Suttoncache: 1 Peregrine on Reed building again this evening (David Campbell)
  • Alexandra Park: 1 Swallow over the scrub late am (John Murray).

Wednesday 23rd July

  • Rainham Marshes: 56 Little Egret, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper (ELBF).
  • Beddington SF: 2 Little Egret, Peregrine, Greenshank, 20 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, ad Yellow-legged Gull, ad Mediterranean Gull, Common Tern (Dip or Glory).
  • Rotherhithe SE16: juvenile Mediterranean Gull on River Thames off Greenland Pier 6.40-7pm with large numbers of Blk-h Gulls (lots of juveniles now) plus c.5 Common Gulls, near-adult Yellow-legged Gull off Old Salt Quay Pub 8pm plus 1 Sand Martin, 3 House Martins. Common Tern, 2 Greylags at Greenland Dock, Reed Wblr singing Canada Water (Richard Bonser).
  • London Wetland Centre: 4+ broods of Pochard, Peregrine x Saker hybrid (esc), 3+ Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher (LWC website).
  • East India Dockcache: 2 Sand Martin, 2 Common Tern (with chicks on different raft to usual), 2 Reed Warbler, 7 Long-tailed Tits, Oystercatcher (Thames), Common Sandpiper (creek) (Paul Hyland), Kestrel, 2 House Sparrow at c7pm (J Lethbridge).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Oystercatcher. 6 Wigeon, 1 Teal (Steve Blake).
  • Brunel University (Uxbidge): male Redstart still present in Bicentenary Garden (Steve Pash).
  • Mill Hill NW7: Ring necked Parakeet over 0830 (Steve B).
  • Trent Park: 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 4 Common Whitethroat, 4 Goldfinch, Garden Warbler, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Stock Dove, Common Swift, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Mandarin (f), 50+ Gatekeeper, c20 Meadow Brown, c20 Large White, Large Skipper, 3 Purple Hairstreak, Comma (Pete Lowman).
  • Alexandra Park: 4 Common Terns on res, slight increase in duck numbers this p.m. (J.Murray).
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 1 Whinchat (Robin White per RMC).

Tuesday 22nd July

  • Rotherhithe SE16: adult & 1st summer Common Gull on River Thames off Greenland Pier plus 300+ Blk-headed Gulls (Richard Bonser).
  • London Wetland Centre: Hobby, Peregrine x Saker hybrid (esc), 2 Green Sandpiper, 80 Swift, 2 Swallow, 60 Sand Martin, 11 species of butterfly including a White-letter Hairstreak, at least 10 Gatekeepers, Brimstone, Red Admiral, Holly Blue, many Six-spot Burnets, several Common Lizard, Grass Snake (LWC website).
  • Walton Res: fem Red-crested Pochard, 1s Little Gull (SBC).
  • Lonsdale Rd Res: Pochard with 8 new young (1st breeding here for some years) (Neil Anderson).
  • Hogsmill SF: Hobby over (Nick Tanner).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Peregrine (SBC).
  • Beddington SF: Little Egret, 14 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper (Dip or Glory).
  • East India Dockcache: 3 Sand Martin, 4 Greylag, 3 Canada, 2 Common Tern, 3 Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, 6 Goldfinch (inc 4 juv), Oystercatcher and 2 GBBG (on Thames) (Paul Hyland), 9 Swifts, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 LRP (Gary A James).
  • Wanstead Flats: 16 Whitethroats in family groups, 7 Jackdaws SE (J Lethbridge).
  • Suttoncache: 1 Peregrine (probably 2nd-year female) on building next to Reed building this morning and again on the Reed building this afternoon for at least 1.5 hours (David Campbell).
  • Harrow Lodge Park: 125 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag Goose (ELBF).
  • Paddington Green: c30 House Martin in the area p.m. (Des McKenzie).
  • Abney Park Cemetery: Peregrine over, Sparrowhawks feeding young, plus the usuals (Mark Pearson Hackney Wildlifecache)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: 10 Swift, 2 House Martin (1st for year - 40th species at site for year) (Bob Watts).
  • Alexandra Park: 3 Common Terns Filter Beds, 30+ Swifts, 30+ House Martins 1800-1815 (Bob Watts).
  • Little Venice: brood of Tufted Ducks (Andrew Self)
  • Vicarage Farm and Parkside Farm, Enfield: 2 Little Grebe, at Parkside Res; 1 male Kestrel; 1 Tawny Owl, flew over allotments, 21:30 BST; 2 juvs Green Woodpecker; 4 juvs Swallow; 2(m&f) Yellowhammer, at Parkside Farm (Robert Callf).
  • Brunel University (Uxbridge): male Redstart present at 13.30 in the Bicentenary Garden. Hobby over (Steve Pash)
  • Hanwell: Grey Wag running around on the pavememnt by the Clock Tower @ 06:35 (Bill Haines).

Monday 21st July

  • East Ham (Central Pk): Peregrine over north (possibly a second) (P Fallan).
  • Ruislip Road (Greenford): Hobby over (Neil Anderson).
  • Rotherhithe,SE16: 2 Common Terns South Dock Marina (Richard Bonser).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 49 Mute Swan, 358 Greylag Goose, 93 Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose with gosling (first breeding record to my knowledge), 2 fem Mandarin, 85 Mallard, 16 Pochard, 50 Tufted Duck, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 17 Moorhen, 111 Coot, 148 Black-headed Gull, 10+ House Martin, juv Blackcap, Coal Tit with 4 dependent young, Treecreeper, 2 Large Skipper, many Small Skipper, 15+ Meadow Brown, 15-20 Gatekeeper, Small Heath (Des McKenzie).
  • Beddington SF: Little Egret, 11 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 juv Mediterranean Gull (1 with green ring) (Dip or Glory).
  • London Wetland Centre: 7 Teal, 2 Shoveler, Hobby, 38 Lapwing, 12 Common Tern, 3 singing Chiffchaff, Wasp Spiders along walkway from WWF hide to Peacock Tower, mainly amongst mature Bird's Foot Trefoil, Water Vole feeding regularly on lawn on the way to the Reed Swamp exhibit in World Wetlands (also noted from North American exhibit), large Grass Snake seen yesterday afternoon at entrance lake with a Marsh Frog in its mouth, butterflies seen over the weekend included Essex Skipper, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and Comma, lots of Six-spot Burnets in the taller grassland (LWC website).
  • Fulham: Yellow-legged Gull still around Wandle Creek on either side of the River Thames this morning (Birdguides).
  • East India Dockcache: LRP, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Common Tern, 2 Greylag (Paul Hyland).
  • Walton Res: 1st/s Little Gull (very worn). No sign Red-necked Grebe Island Barn (DMH).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, 215+ Lapwing, C70 BHGull (Steve B).
  • Alexandra Park: 5 Common Terns inc juv, 15+ Swift, c20 House Martins, some clearance of scrub in Sea Scouts area where White-letter Hairstreaks have been seen in past (no sign this eve) 1830-1940 (Bob Watts).
  • Banstead Downscache: 2 Bullfinch, several Black-headed Gulls and Swifts over. Very quiet today with no warblers other than 3 unidentified Phylloscopus warblers huitting (David Campbell)
  • Vicarage Farm and Parkside Farm, Enfield: 2 Sparrowhawk; 1 ad female Kestrel; 3 Red-legged Partridge, together, at Parkside Farm; 1 juv Green Woodpecker; 1 ad male Great Spotted Wodpecker; 3 Sand Martin, over Vicarage Farm; 5 Common Whitethroat; 3 Chiffchaff; 13 Linnet,(8 Parkside Farm, 5 Vicarage Farm); 1 male Yellowhammer, at Parkside Farm (Robert Callf).

Sunday 20th July

  • Roding Valley NR: 33 Black-headed Gull, Common Tern, 2 Grey Wagtail, 11 Pied Wagtail, Common Tern, m Bullfinch (ELBF).
  • Rotherhithe SE16: 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls east of Greenland Pier mid evening plus Common Tern (Richard Bonser).
  • Island Barn Res: ad/s Red-necked Grebe (sailing today) (DMH).
  • Greenwhich: Sandwich Tern, at Deptford Creek/River Thames @06.40-06.50 before flying down river, 1 Common Gull, Oystercatcher (Paul Hawkins).
  • Mayesbrook Park: Hobby (juv) flew west (Paul Hawkins).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Whimbrel & Curlew through (DMH).
  • Barking Outfall: 12 Ring-necked Parakeets north, 6 Common Terns, 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 Oystercatchers (1 pair with 2 young), 4 Great Crested Grebes, Hobby, 20 Pied Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 imm G B B Gulls, 7 Meadow Browns and 3 Gatekeepers (Dave Morrison).
  • Hornchurch: 3 Crossbills over my garden @ 12.20 going north.(Shaun Harvey).
  • Stoke Newington Res: WeBS - 93 Tufted Duck, 52 Pochard = typical of late winter counts. 48 sp. recorded (TeRNScache). West Reservoir: 9 Common Tern inc.2 Juveniles, 4 Sand Martin (Laurence Pitcher, Graham Gordon).
  • Rainham RSPB: 6 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, Great Crested Grebe on river (Paul Hawkins), Curlew, 32 Black-headed Gull, Hobby, 30 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Common Whitethroat, Stonechat, Sedge Warbler, 2 Oystercatcher (ELBF).
  • Southgate: 1 female Sparrowhawk (Robert Callf).

Saturday 19 July

  • Crossness: 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult + 2 2nd summ), 50+ Common Terns, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 11 Oystercatchers (John Archer)
  • Rotherhithe,SE16: adult Yellow-legged Gull on River Thames east of Greenland Pier mid evening plus 150 Blk-h Gulls (Richard Bonser).
  • Staines Reservoirs: 1st-summer Kittiwake by tern rafts on north basin for 2 minutes at 14.37, then flew off east (Andrew Moon).
  • Langham Ponds, Runnymede: hunting Buzzard mobbed by Crow (Neil Anderson)
  • Surbiton: probable Goshawk flew high towards Hampton Court Park at 10:30am (Birdguides).
  • Brent Reservoircache: Hobby, 3 LRPs & 2 Common Sands (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard & Andrew Verrall).
  • Hogsmill SF: Hobby (Nick Tanner).
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Great Creted Grebe, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Swift, 6 House Martin, 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Green Woodpecker (2 juv), 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Dunnock, 2 Jay, 1 Collard Dove, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 House Sparrow (1 Red Admiral, 2 Ringlet) (John Watson).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, Dunlin. Little Owl. (Steve B)
  • Nonsuch Parkcache: 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, several Green Woodpeckers including juveniles (David Campbell)
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 1 pair Great Crested Grebe with 2 young; 1 female Tufted Duck with 4 ducklings (Robert Callf).

Friday 18 July

  • Rotherhithe,SE16: 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls on River Thames looking east from Greenland Pier mid evening plus 1st summer Common Gull, 2 GBB Gulls (Richard Bonser).
  • Cowley Rec Ground (Uxbridge): at least 2 Hobby this morning, one carrying prey (looked like a Swift) (Bill Haines).
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Nuthatch, 30+ Swift, 6 House Martin, 8 Blackcap (4 singing), 1 Chiffchaff, 4 House Sparrow (John Watson).
  • Alexandra Park: 7 Common Terns including first non-local bred juv of the year on the main res, 21 Tufted Duck and 4 Pochard also (J.Murray).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: 3 Little Egret (2 on Willows Farm Puddle, 1 Main Pit), 2 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 196+ Lapwing (Steve B).
  • East India Dockcache: 2 LRP, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Common Tern. Yard next door being prepared for Red Bull Air Race 2nd & 3rd August. Reserve was shut this time last year (Paul Hyland).
  • Banstead Downscache: 3 Bullfinch, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Kestrel, 1 male Sparrowhawk, 1+ Willow Warbler, 20+ Herring Gulls over, 10+ Black-headed Gulls and several Swifts over | 1 Gatekeeper(David Campbell)

Thursday 17 July

  • Brent Reservoircache: presumed aberrant Common Swift - narrow curved white rump, plumage pale brown, second sighting in a week (AGV per AS).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: c135 Black-headed Gull (9 juvs), juv Green Woodpecker, juv Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 House Martin, 2 juv Song Thrush, family party of 5 Treecreeper, c400 Starling, several Small Skipper, 6 Small White, c20 Meadow Brown, 5 Common Blue Damselfly, 3 Black-tailed Skimmer (Des McKenzie).
  • Wandsworth Park: Yellow-legged Gull on moored boats this p.m. (Birdguides).
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Coal Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Collard Dove, 4 House Sparrow, 20+ Swift, 6 House Martin (John Watson).
  • Chandlers Hill (Iver Heath): 1 Common Buzzard - a.m. (Roger Dewey).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 1 C. Sandpiper (TeRNScache).
  • Staines Res: 3 Dunlin, 8 Common Sand, adult Med Gull in roost (KLP).

Wednesday 16th July

  • Uxbridge Town Centre: Red Kite over, flying west at 12.25 (Steve Pash).
  • Dartford Marshes: possible Black-winged Stilt seen from a moving car just south of the west end of the A206 Bob Dunn Way (formerly University Way) at 8:30am but no further sign subsequently (Birdguides).
  • Beddington SF: fem Peregrine, 17 Green Sandpiper 3 Common Sandpiper (Dip or Glory).
  • Canary Wharf: Grey Heron (patch tick) mobbed by LBB gulls (J. Lethbridge).
  • East India Dockcache: LRP, Common Sandpiper, 3 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, Grey Heron, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Tern, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Reed Warbler (Paul Hyland).
  • Blackwall Basin: 4 House Sparrows (Paul Hyland).
  • Staines Res: 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, LRP, adult Med Gull. 30+ Yellow-legged Gull viewable on east pier at KG VI Res (KLP,REI).
  • Trent Park Area: 2 Little Grebe, at Parkside Res; 2 'eclipse' male Mandarin Duck, Lower Lake; 1 male Sparrowhawk; 1 Little Owl, at Vicarage Farm; 1 Tawny Owl, at Vicarage Farm, 21:30 BST; 2(ad., juv) Green Woodpecker, at Parkside Farm; 1 juv Great Spotted Woodpecker, at Parkside Farm; 1 adult male Whinchat, on wheat field, at Vicarage Farm, 19:43 - 19:50 BST; 2 singing male Song Thrush, Sidhil's Field; 4 Common Whitethroat, at Vicarage Farm; 1 Treecreeper; 8 Goldfinch, at Park Farm; 7 Linnet, on overhead wires, at Parkside Farm; 2(m&f) Yellowhammer, carrying food, at Parkside Farm; 12+ Purple Hairstreak; 1 Muntjac (Robert Callf).

Tuesday 15th July

  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 hunting Hobby and 'Chocco' the Nutcracker-coloured Carrion Crow has re-appeared! (David Lindo)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Mute Swan broods, 4+ Pochard broods, 15+ Tufted Duck broods, Common Sandpiper, 50 Black-headed Gull, 14 Common Tern, 100 Swift, 60 Sand Martin, several broods of Reed Warbler (LWC website).
  • Alexandra Park: 12 Common Terns on Main Res, Lesser Whitethroat in brambles by Tunnel Res & 1 Willow Warbler in the Cricket Scrub (J.Murray).
  • Beddington SF: juv Little Egret, Curlew, 15 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, ad Mediterranean Gull, Common Tern (Dip or Glory).
  • East India Dockcache: LRP, Common Sandpiper (creek), Peregrine (dome), 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Sand Martin (Paul Hyland).
  • Oakwood Park, N14 (06:50 - 07:50 BST): 1 Stock Dove, singing; 2 Ring-necked Parakeet; 1 ad male Green Woodpecker; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 4 Song Thrush; 21 Mistle Thrush, on Pitch & Putt Course (Robert Callf).
  • R.Thames at Tower Bridge: Yellow-legged Gull (near-adult) on a buoy 300m downstream of the bridge @ 12:50. Also 2 pairs of Greylags with total of 6 well-grown young in St Saviour's Dock (John Archer).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Lapwing and 1 Kingfisher (Vince Halley-Frame).
  • Staines Res (evening): Med Gull, a ringed juvenile on N basin; Dunlin, Redshank, 10 Common Sandpipers. No young Common Terns to be seen. At KGVI Res, up to 35 Yellow-legged Gulls (one juvenile) on the east pier (Rob Innes).
  • Hampstead Heath: 1 Common Tern over model boating lake, Great Crested Grebe sitting on second clutch, 1 Blackcap singing, 1 Kingfisher (Reuben Braddock)

Monday 14th July

  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 4 Common Sandpipers, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 24 Little Egrets (ELBF) [earlier report of 3 Great White Egrets was erroneous].
  • Paddington Green: Silver-washed Fritillary in childrens play area along Adpar Street at 07:00hrs, present for 5 minutes or so before flying toward St. Mary's churchyard (Des Mckenzie).
  • Beddington SF: Hobby, 2 Peregrine (m/f), Little Egret, Dunlin, 14 Green Sandpiper 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (ad/1s) (Dip or Glory).
  • Thames @ Limehouse: 08.12 Peregrine East, Kingfisher West. 1.45pm Hobby chasing 4 Swift (Paul Hyland).
  • Trent Park: 5 (2 ads, 3 juvs) Kestrel, 1 ad female Great Spotted Woodpecker; 3 Lesser Whitethroat; 1 Common Whitethroat; 1 male Blackcap; 1 Nuthatch; 2 Treecreeper (Robert Callf).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Little Egret, 2 Oystercatchers, Green Sandpiper, 148+ Lapwing, 50+ Black headed Gull (Steve Blake).
  • East India Dockcache: 2 LRP, Common Sandpiper (2 in Creek also), 3 House Sparrow (site tick!), Peregrine (dome), 200+ Swifts moving South in 30 minutes, 3 GBBG Thames foreshore, Long-tailed Tit (Paul Hyland).
  • Vicarage Farm, Enfield: 1 adult female Whinchat, at 'Barracks', 16:17 BST (Robert Callf).
  • Regents Park: Crossbill female perched 8.50am, 7 Common Terns, 3 Grey Wagtails, 2 Chiffchaffs (Tony Duckett).
  • Trent Park: 8 Crossbill, alighted briefly in Williams Wood, before flying off W (Robin White per RMC).

Sunday 13th July

  • Bookham Common: Raven flew northeast over the car park off Bookham Road at 11:55 (Birdguides).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: family parties of Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat and Blackcap plus one of our breeding Bullfinches seen (Kim Dixon, David Jeffreys, David Lindo & Roy Nuttall).
  • Rotherhithe/Surrey Quays,SE16: 2 Yellow-legged Gulls (adult & 2nd sum) on barges on River Thames off Old Salt Quay Pub early a'noon plus 4 1st summer Common Gulls, 6 Sand Martins, 3 Swifts, 4 (3 juv) Common Terns & 3 GBB Gulls. adult Yellow-legged Gull on River Thames east of Greenland Pier 3.30pm plus 2 Common Terns, 4 GBB Gulls. 2 juvenile Common Terns Surrey Water & adult + juv Common Tern Surrey Quays plus 9 Tufted Ducks (Richard Bonser).
  • Brent Reservoircache: 2 Little Egrets briefly, also juv Peregrine, Green Sand, 2 LRPs, 2 Common Sands, Lapwing & Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Andrew Self)
  • Rainham RSPB: 3 Hobby, 2 Whimbrel, Curlew, Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Tern, 10+ Rook (Paul Hawkins).
  • Crossness: juv Med Gull off main outfall, 85+ Common Terns, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret (John Archer)
  • Dartford Marshes: eight Yellow-legged Gulls (Andrew Lawson).
  • East India Dock Basin area: early a.m - 5 Common Sandpipers (creek), Common Tern, pair Sand Martins, Grey Wagtail (creek), adult G B B Gull, 2 groups of Oystercatchers going up river, opposite Dome, 5 in each group, very noisy, possibly family groups? (Dave Morrison).
  • Barking Outfall: 4 Oystercatchers, 42 Shelduck, 3 Common Tern, 2 Great Crested Grebes, Yellow and Grey Wagtail, Peacock Butterfly, 5 Meadow Browns and a Gatekeeper (Dave Morrison).
  • Mayesbrook Park: Common Tern for 5mins before flying south, 3 Green Woodpecker (2juvs), 2 Blackcap (Paul & Jack Hawkins).
  • Oakwood Park, N14: 7 Ring-necked Parakeet, flew over; 2 Stock Dove, including a singing male; 1 juv Green Woodpecker; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 3 Song Thrush; 15 Mistle Thrush, on Pitch & Putt Course; 2 ad Goldfinch (Robert Callf).

Saturday 12th July

  • Rotherhithe/Surrey Quays,SE16: Common Gull (1st summer) Greenland Pier plus 3 Common Terns. 4 Tufted Ducks Canada Water but no Common Terns (looks like one pair successfully fledged one young this year). 1 Sand Martin Old Salt Quay Pub - good numbers of juv Blk-h Gulls in the area (Richard Bonser).
  • Glen Affric Slipway, Isle of Dogs: adult Common Gull, 2 GBB Gull & 3 Common Terns (1 juv) (Richard Bonser).
  • Brent Reservoircache: 7 LRPs & 2 Common Sands (Brent Birders)
  • Mayesbrook Park: Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 30 Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk.(Paul Hawkins)
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 8 Tufted Duck, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 15+ Swift, 12 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, Long-tailed Tit,5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 House Sparrow,(John Watson Gavin Hawgood)
  • East India Dockcache NR: 3 LRP, 2 Sand Martin, Long-tailed Tit, 4+ Reed Warbler, 2 Stock Dove. 6+ Common Tern (Paul Hyland)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Little Egret. 3 Oystercatchers. Green Sandpiper. Common Sandpiper. 2 Hobby. Little Owl. (Steve Blake)
  • Trent Park Area: 1 Common Buzzard; 1 Kestrel; 2 Green Woodpecker; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 2 singing male Skylark; 9(ad male, 8 juvs) Pied Wagtail, at South Lodge Farm; 10 Common Whitethroat; 1 juv Dunnock, at Barracks; 3 Linnets, at Barracks; 2 male Yellowhammer,(1 Vicarage Farm, 1 Parkside Farm); 1 Red Admiral; 4 Comma (Robert Callf).
  • Lakeside, Oakwood, N14: 2 Ring-necked Parakeet (Robert Callf).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 1 Hobby, 1 Common Tern, 3 Lesser Whitethroat ( 1 singing ), 1 singing Song Thrush (Vince Halley-Frame).
  • Staines Res: 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Sanderling, 8 Common Sands, Little Egret through > south, late evening (KLP).
  • Nonsuch Park: 1 Hobby, 2 Kestrel, juvenile Mallard + usual stuff (David Campbell)

Friday 11th July

  • Brent Reservoircache: 7 LRPs & 1 Common Sand (Andrew Self)
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 15+ Swift. 4 House Martin, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch (John Watson, Gavin Hawgood)

Thursday 10th July

  • Newbury Park (Horns Road 08.45hrs): Hobby low over (Nigel May).
  • Finsbury Park: Hobby late PM hunting swift. (Seen whilst counting 375 Soprano Pipistrelle Bats emerge from the eaves of my house!!) (Laurence Pitcher)
  • East India Dock NR: LRP, 2 Sand Martin, 10 Common Tern (inc young), Long-tailed Tit, Grey Wagtail, Common Sandpiper + the usual (Paul Hyland).
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck,2 Cormorant,3 Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 20+ Swift, 4 House Martin, 3 House Sparrow, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch,( John watson)
  • Trent Park Area: 2 Little Grebe, at Parkside Res; 11 Mandarin Duck,(7 Upper Lake, 4 Lower Lake); 1 ad male Kestrel, at Park Farm; 2 Green Woodpecker; 10 Swallow,(7 at Uni-lawns, 3 at South Lodge Farm); 8(1 ad male, 7 juvs) Pied Wagtail, at South Lodge Farm; 8 Common Whitethroat,(1 at Trent Park, 5 at Park Farm, 2 at Vicarage Farm); 8 Linnet,(6 at Parkside Farm, 2, m&f, at Vicarage Farm); 2(m&f) Bullfinch, together, at Vicarage Farm; 1 female Yellowhammer, at Parkside Farm (Robert Callf).

Wednesday 9th July

  • East India Dock NR: LRP, 2 Sand Martin, 8 Common Tern + 4-5 young, 2 Long-tailed Tits + the usual (Paul Hyland).
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 chiffchaff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, 30+ Swift, 8 House Martin,1 Blackcap.( John Watson)
  • Trent Park: Bullfinch (m), 2 Common Whitethroat, Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Mandarin (f). Also v.rare visit of House Sparrow(m) to my garden in E.Barnet.(Pete Lowman).
  • Brent Reservoircache: 2 Lapwing, 2 Common Sand, 2 Green Sand, & 6 LRP (AGV per Andrew Self).

Tuesday 8th July

  • Rotherhithe/Surrey Quays,SE16: adult Yellow-legged Gull east of Greenland Pier on River Thames late evng. 2 adult Common Terns + 1 juvenile on raft on Canada Water late evening. 2 Sand Martins Old Salt Quay Pub plus 60 Blk-h Gulls (3 juvs) (Richard Bonser).
  • Victoria Park: juv Green Woodpecker, Mistle thrush 10+, Kestrel.
  • London Wetland Centre am: 1 Hobby, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Oystercatcher till 9:40 then flew off south, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP, 3 Black-Tailed Godwits through, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 first-summer Y.L. Gull, 6 ad & 8 juv Common Terns, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Chiffchaffs (NPS)
  • Abney Park Cemetery: Common Buzzard 1350hrs (after heavy storm), driven into cemetery from the north by local breeding LBB Gulls, perched briefly before being driven off by resident female Sparrowhawk, stayed below tree-top height but not refound; also Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcaps, five Stock Doves (Mark Pearson Hackney Wildlifecache)
  • Stoke Newington West Reservoir: 250+ Swifts, c35 Sand Martins, c15 House Martins, 1 Swallow, 3 Grey Wagtails, 6 Common Terns (Mark Pearson)
  • East India Dock NR: Grey Wagtail, LRP, 2 Sand Martin, 8 Common Tern + 4-5 young, Large number of gulls by the Dome including 5+ GBBG (Paul Hyland).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs (North Side; 1200-1500hrs): 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Green Sand, 2 Common Sand, 120 Sand Martins, 200+ Swift, 2 prs Shelduck (1 with 4 chicks), 1 Egyptian Goose, 40+ Common Terns (at least 12 juveniles) (Paul Cook).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs, east basin: Green and GS Woodpeckers (TeRNScache).

Monday 7th July

  • Rotherhithe/Surrey Quays,SE16: 2 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 120 Black-headed Gulls on The Thames east of Greenland Pier 9pm. 2 Sand Martins, 15+ House Martins, 2 Common Terns, 75 Blk-headed Gulls (3 juvs) off Old Salt Quay Pub 8.45pm (Richard Bonser).
  • Paddington Green: 36 Black-headed Gull east 06:50hrs (Des McKenzie).
  • Parkside Farm, Enfield: 41 Mistle Thrush, mostly juveniles; 16 Linnet, including 5 juvs (Robert Callf).
  • Stoke Newington Church St: 13 Sand Martins and 2 House Martins south, 1500hrs (Mark Pearson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: c250 Swift, 2 House Martins (TeRNScache).

Sunday 6th July

  • Rotherhithe,SE16: 4 1st summer Common Gulls, 2 Common Terns & 1 Sand Martin off Old Salt Quay Inn early a'noon. Pair of Common Terns feeding 1 fledged young on raft in middle of Canada Water plus 7 Tufted Ducks (Richard Bonser)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Eco Park: esc 'Streaked Seedeater' present again this a.m. - poor plumage condition, injured leg (Nick Tanner per DMc). The escaped bird still present mid a'noon - most likely an eclipse male bishop sp. Please email me [email protected] for photos if you can help with the i.d. 1st summer Common Gull, 1 Peregrine, 20 Swifts plus 6 fledged juvenile Common Terns also mid a'noon (Richard Bonser).
  • Lower Lea Valley: Hobby hunting over Lea Navigation & Walthamstow Marshes, 1500hrs; 5 Sand Martins (inc. breeding pair again in drainage pipe, Lea Navigation), 4 singing Linnets, Lesser and many Common Whitethroats, Walth. Marshes; 2 Common & 20 Black-headed Gulls, Millfield Park South; Common Whitethroats breeding, Hackney Marshes (Mark Pearson & Paul Robinson Hackney Wildlifecache)
  • Brent Reservoircache: Hobby, 8 LRP, 3 Green Sands, 2 Lapwings, Redshank & Common Sand (Andrew Self, Roy Beddard).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Hobbies, 2 LRP's, 2 Green Sand,1 Common Sand, 1 ad Yellow Legged Gull, 146 B.H.Gulls inc 1 juv, 8 ad & 7+ juv Common Terns, c. 180 Swifts, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 juv Willow Warbler (NPS).
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 Hobby, Peregrine, 2 ad Yellow-Legged Gull, ad Med Gull, 8 Common Tern, Common Sand, Cuckoo.(Paul Hawkins); Greenshank, Garden Warbler (J Lethbridge).
  • Paddington Green: 2 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, 109 Swift SW in 10 minutes (storm clouds in area) (Des McKenzie).
  • Amwell GP: Common Sandpiper, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Grey Wagtail (J Lethbridge).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 300+ Swift, c15 Sand Martin (TeRNScache).
  • Oakwood Park, N14: 2 Black-hd Gull; 3(adult male feeding two juveniles) Green Woodpecker (Robert Callf).

Saturday 5th July

  • Alexandra Park: 4 Crossbill flew east over deer enclosure at 10.55, also 7 Common Terns, my personal highest count at the res at 10.20-1028, but down to 2 by mid-day. The park year list now stands at 106 v best ever of 113 in 2007 (John Murray).
  • Beddington SF: 2 Curlew (one over, one appeared to settle out of sight), adult summer Med Gull, male Peregrine, Common Sandpiper (Kev McManus, Josh J Shaw, Grant Prater, David Campbell etc)
  • Brent Reservoircache: 5 LRPs, 2 Lapwings, 2 Common Sands & 30 Marbled Whites (Andrew Self, Leo Batten & Andrew Verrall).
  • Coppetts Wood: 2 Crossbill North over early pm (G.Harper).
  • Hogsmill SF: Hobby over (Nick Tanner).
  • Southbury Road, Enfield Town: 1 Grey Wagtail (Phil Rhodes)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Hobby SW 15.10, (2nd site record this year), 200+ Swifts, c18 Sand Martin (TeRNScache).
  • Paddington Green: ad Yellow-legged Gull in area mid-afternoon (Des McKenzie).
  • Greenwich Peninsula Eco Park: possible 'Streaked Seedeater' (esc) this a.m. at least (Nick Tanner per DMc).
  • Barking Outfall: Yellow Wagtail, 3 Oystercatchers, 39 Shelduck, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 12 Pied Wagtails, Curlew, 4 Common Terns and 2 Grey Wagtails.(Dave Morrison).
  • WWT London Wetland Centre,Barnes: single Green & Common Sandpipers (all day); Little Ringed Plover(1); 1 Lapwing chick; C Tern 2-3 chicks still on rafts, 6+ fledged juveniles on islands; Peregrine, Hobby & Kestrel(Angus Innes), Curlew over early (reported Martin Honey)
  • Parkside Farm, Enfield: 1 ad Green Woodpecker; 1 juv Great Spotted Woodpecker; 35 Mistle Thrush, post-breeding flock, 19:25 BST (Robert Callf).

Friday 4th July

  • Rotherhithe,SE16: 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull (as well as several LBB Gulls & a few Herring Gulls) on River Thames off Old Salt Quay Pub 8.15pm plus 1 Sand Martin, 120 Black-headed Gulls (3 juveniles) & 3 Common Terns (adults). 5 Common Terns (adults) late evening off Greenland Quay plus 1 Grey Heron (Richard Bonser).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Hobby chasing Starlings over the grassland, 2 Swallow, a Lesser Whitethroat plus the usual stuff. (David Lindo)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 2 Green Sandpiper. Ringed Plover. Redshank (Juv). Hobby. (Steve Blake)
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 12+ Swift, 2 House Martin, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 3 House Sparrow, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, (John Watson)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 24 Common Terns (29 yesterday - highest ever counts), 31 Pochard, Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 1 Swallow, 12 Sand Martins, 5 House Martins, 8 Black-headed Gulls, c80 Swifts, Little Grebes with young, Sparrowhawk, plus all the usuals. Also 2nd year Common Gull & 3 Shoveler yesterday (Mark Pearson & Tony Butler Hackney Wildlifecache). 0900 - 1200: 9 C. Tern, GC Grebe + chick (TeRNScache).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, several Sand Martin (Vince Halley-Frame).
  • River Thames @ Mortlake: 1 Oystercatcher flew W @ 0740. (Dan Monk)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Green Sand, 1 Common Sand, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Hobby, 4 Pochard broods, 1 Common Gull. (Dan Monk) Also 1 Curlew flew W @ c 0800 (Martin Honey)

Thursday 3rd July

  • Wimbledon: 2 flocks of Crossbills over the tennis this lunchtime, 7 over Centre Court at 12.05 and 11 over Court 8 at 12.25 (RBA).
  • Beddington SF: Peregrine, 11 Green Sandpiper, Common Tern (Dip or Glory).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 ad and 8 juv Common Tern (LWC Website).
  • Rainham RSPB: 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 5+ Ringed plover, 13 Ring-necked Parakeet, 12 Little egret, 50+ Swift (Paul Hawkins, Shaun Harvey, Howard Vaughan).
  • Leytonstone/Bush Wood: 30-40 Swifts circling at 8am - highest number I have seen here in one go (J Lethbridge).
  • St James's Park: brood of Ruddy Ducks (Andrew Self).
  • Paddington Green: at least 6 juv Herring Gull at local colony (Des McKenzie).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 3 Ringed Plover (inc 1 juv), 3 Green Sandpiper, Hobby, Buzzard (Steve Blake).
  • Willows Farm Puddle: Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, Mallard with 8 young (Steve Blake).
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: 13+ Black-headed Gull, 3+ Common Gull, several Lesser Black-backed Gull, 30+ Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Jackdaw (Vince Halley-Frame).
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 m Sparrowhawk, 10 Swift, 3 House Martin, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Coal Tit, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, 5 Dunnock, 2 Jay (John Watson).

Wednesday 2nd July

  • Rainham Marshes: 26 Shelduck, 8 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 30 Little Grebe, 21 Little Egret, 25 Grey Heron, Water Rail, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 12 Little Ringed Plover, 73 Lapwing, 7 Curlew, Black-Tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Stock Dove, Ring-Necked Parakeet, Cuckoo, Kingfisher, 40 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 30 House Martin, 5 Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler, 30 Reed Warbler, 30 Greenfinch, 30 Reed Bunting (ELBF).
  • Molesey Res: family of 7 (feral) Barnacle Geese, 1 LRP, 1 Redshank (Adam Cheeseman).
  • Northfields (Ealing): Hobby, one high over Midhurst Road, feeding on insects and drifting slowly north @ 0940 (Bill Haines).
  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher, Wood Green Res (Tunnel Res) 0658 (Bob Watts).
  • Osterley Park: 07.45 Cuckoo superb views for 5+ mins, Herring Gull c150, LBBGull c12, Whitethroat c12, Stock Dove c15, Sparrowhawk M, Reed Bunting M, Skylark 5, Linnet 1 juv, Little Owl 1, Kestrel 2, Blackcap 4, Kingfisher 2, Common tern 1, Swallow 1, Pochard 2F, Goldcrest 3, 53 sp. in total (Keith Fisher).

Tuesday 1st July

  • Rainham Marshes: summer plumaged Spotted Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 5 Oystercatcher, 70 Lapwing, 2 Avocet (ELBF).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 6 Little Egret, Common Snipe, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Cuckoo, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Green Sandpiper, Green Woodpecker, Lesser Whitethroats, Long Tailed Tits, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler (ELBF).
  • Clissold Park, Stoke Newington: adult Hobby (high and slowly SW, 1515hrs - our third in a week in the area), Common Tern (Laurence Pitcher, Mark Pearson Hackney Wildlifecache)).
  • Greenwich Park (Deer Enclosure): Ring Necked Parakeet + 3 Fox (Pete Fallan).
  • Wanstead Park: Kingfisher (J Lethbridge).
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Great Grested Grebe, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 House Sparrow, 10+ Swift, 2 House Martin (John Watson).
  • Paddington Green: Grey Wagtail with 2 dependent juveniles, Poplar Hawkmoth (Des McKenzie).
  • Beddington SF: Green Sandpiper (Dip or Glory).
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Green Sand, 1 Common Sand, 1 Hobby, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (entrance lake bushes). Yesterday: 1 Med Gull (ad) on wader scrape @ 1550 (rpt by visitor)+ imm Peregrine, Hobby, 1 Green Sand, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in wildside (Dan Monk, Adam Salmon).
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