NewsJune 2007

From Londonbirders

June 30th 2007

  • Trent Country Park: 1 Common Tern, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 3 Swift and 2 Nuthatch (James Arquette)
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant,2 Mute Swan, 15 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 m Bullfinch,6 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 1 mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, 20 +Swift, 4 House Martin, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Wodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, ( John Watson)
  • Rainham RSPB: Quail singing in middle of reserve, at the back of aveley pools , audible from footpath, also pair of Bearded tit, 3 Lesser Whitethroat.(Paul Hawkins)
  • Brent Res: Curlew over from 09.50-10.23 when flew south (Andrew Self)
  • Kensington Gardens: 3 Common Tern Long Water 8.15 am, singing Reed Warbler, singing Chiffchaff (David Jeffreys)
  • Finsbury Park: 1 Little Grebe + 1 young, 11 Pochards + 2 ducklings, pair Ruddy Ducks - boating pond, 2 singing Blackcaps, 1 singing Whitethroat - railway embankment (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Barking: Hobby, flew N/E c17.40 (Paul Hawkins)
  • Bramley Rd., N14: 1 male Pied Wagtail (Robert Callf).
  • Lake Side, N14: 1 female Tufted Duck + 4 ducklings (Robert Callf).
  • Trent Park Area: 3 (2'eclipse' male, 1 female + 2 ducklings) Mandarin Duck; 2 Common Tern, together, Lower Lake - perched on fallen Willow; 7 Stock Dove; 1 Green Woodpecker; 1 singing male Skylark; 1 singing male Garden Warbler; 1 singing male Willow Warbler; 2 Goldcrest,(1 singing male 'Three-bridges', 1 juv., Water Grdn.); 1 Nuthatch; 1 Treecreeper; 2(1ad male, 1 juv) Bullfinch, Water Grdn. (Robert Callf).

June 29th 2007

  • HMWT Amwell Nature Reserve: Black-tailed Godwit directly in front of the viewpoint at 17.00 (Tim Hill)
  • South Norwood Lake: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan,7 Tufted Duck, 10+ Herring Gull, 1 Grey Heron,3 Blackcap,2 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler,20+ Swift, 8 House Martin, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Pied Wagtail(John Watson)
  • Walthamstow Res: Little Ringed Plover (Lockwood), 3 Common Sandpipers (together), 3juv/1ad Little Egret (Nos1&2), c30 House Martins, 120+ Swifts, 45 Sand Martins, pair Black Swans, Shelduck (David Callahan).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Sparrowhawk over Hudson Memorial (Paul Bruty).
  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler still singing from Conservation pond, 8 L BB gulls, 1 Herring Gull on cricket pitch (Bob Watts).
  • Trent Park Area: 5 Little Grebe; 1 female Pochard; 2 Common Tern, Lower Lake; 1 singing Goldcrest, 'Three-bridges'; 1 singing Coal Tit, 'Three-bridges'; 1 White-letter Hairstreak; 11 Red Admiral; 2 Painted Lady; 8 Comma; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Ringlet; 10 Small Heath (Robert Callf).
  • Aldenham CP: Goldeneye (f) on Lake seen @8:20 am from road in traffic. Has anyone ever seen one in July in London? (Oliver Simms) (there are several records AS)

June 28th 2007

  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Common Terns, 1 Meadow Pipit, 8 Linnets, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Common Whitethroats, 20 House Martins, 8 Sand Martins, 5 Reed Buntings (Mark Pearson)
  • London Bridge: Little Egret west at 06:58 (Marcus Lawson)
  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler still singing from Conservation Pond (Bob Watts).
  • Walthamstow Res: Green Sandpiper (ragged from inner primary moult, so non-breeding adult), 2 Common Sandpipers, Lesser Whitethroat, 18 Shelducks (inc. brood of 14), pair Gadwall, 2 Collared Doves, 6 Stock Doves, Chiffchaff, 2 GSWoodpeckers (inc. a juv.); Little Egret news: 3 adults seen heading south over Lockwood, plus the three juvs still around No1 island. General: yesterday's very mimetic Reed Warbler is still present in Japanese Knotweed below the pylon between Nos 2 & 3, and does indeed have a broad repertoire delivered with great gusto! (David Callahan). PS - Also first Meadow Brown of the year.
  • Brent Res. Blackcap, L. Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed W., Sedge W. all singing. 21 Marbled White on Butterfly Transect (Roy Beddard).
  • Trent Park Area: 2 'eclipse' male Mandarin Duck; 2 Sparrowhawk; 3 Green Woodpecker; 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 juv., 1 ad female); 1 singing male Garden Warbler; 1 singing male Willow Warbler; 1 Nuthatch; 2 Treecreeper; 4(2 prs) Linnet, Vicarage Farm; 1 White-letter Hairstreak; 2 Purple Hairstreak; 2 Small Copper; 15 Comma; 3 Red Admiral; 2 Painted Lady; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 male Gatekeeper, (my first of the year); 6 Ringlet; 1 Marbled White, (my first of the year and first June record locally) (Robert Callf).
  • Wood Green: Common Tern (Des McKenzie, Dominic Mitchell).
  • Barbican Centre EC1: Sparrowhawk (Paul Bruty).
  • Barnes WWT: 1 Green Sand (2 reported), Redshank chick still alive and flying strongly, at least 4 fledged Common Terns + another 4 chicks, LRPs nesting again, also 4+ juv Lapwing plus one smallish (10 days old?) chick, Pochard with 6 chicks, Tufted with a brood of 4, 6 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 1 Hobby flying downriver (Matthew Palmer).
  • Tate Modern: at least two Peregrines around the tower at lunchtime, inc. a noisy presumed juvenile (no bins views - Rob Innes).

June 27th 2007

  • Walthamstow Marshes: Lesser Whitethroat, 5 House Martins, 7 Sand Martins, 3 Linnets (Mark Pearson)
  • Walthamstow Res: A juvenile Little egret on island of No.2, 4 seen earlier flying around No.1. A singing 'acro' between No.2 & 3 sung with much mimickry for over an hour before reverting to straight Reed Warbler. (Included; House Sparrow, Linnet, Curlew, Common Tern and Blackbird amongst other weird warblings.) Very skulking but eventually views revealed no pale tips to primaries, which were fairly evenly spaced, though 6-7 tips visible, and gape appeared orangey and bird fairly pale. On balance a Reed Warbler, perhaps a late unmated bird incorporating a bit of extra va-va-voom for the ladies! On the Lea a pair of Egyptian Geese, both rung, the female's ring being 1290135. Anyone know where she's from? (Paul Whiteman) You could try the on-line reporting form on (Martin). Thanks, already done, just wondered if anyone else had read it before, I will let everyone konw when I find out. (Paul Whiteman). Already reported this ring about 6 months ago, with no response. Was given a direct address to write to by Des, but forgot to do this, but will get on to it today. Shame on me! (David Callahan). Remember to credit my mom's christmas cake as our bait (MJP)
  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler singing from Conservation pond (new bird) (Bob Watts).
  • Enfield Town: 2 Canada Goose, bearing white darvics - UUV and UUX, Carr's Basin; 3(2m,1f) Pochard, Carr's Basin; 7 Jackdaw, Enfield Grammar Sch. Playing Field; 1 Red Admiral; 1 Large White (Robert Callf).
  • Launders Tip: Yellow Wagtail, 2 Black-tailed Skimmers, many Meadow Browns, Small Heaths and Small Skippers, 2 Cinnabars, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Peococks, 5 Spot Burnet, 4 Spotted Chaser, Ruddy and Common Darter and an Emperor Dragonfly.(Dave Morrison)
  • West India Quay: Probable male Ferruginous Duck seen twice in flight over West India Dock. This was seen by a colleague who was in work. He was unable to see if/where it landed. (Richard Harrison per James Deciacco).

June 26th 2007

  • East India Dock NR: 2 Reed Bunting (male & juv), 2 Sand Martin, LRP, singing Reed Warbler, 2 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch, (Richard Harrison).
  • Walthamstow Res: Cuckoo (N), Egyptian Goose, Kingfisher, pair Black Swans, 2 Shelduck broods (4 chicks on E Warwick, 13 on No.3); Little Egret news: both broods have now fledged (2 from No.2 nest, 3 from No.1) and are easily viewed from causeways on any side of the two reservoirs (David Callahan).
  • Barnes WWT: 1 Curlew over main lake @1123, 11 Teal, Little Egret, Hobby, Linnet, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull (Gabriel Jamie)
  • Osterley Park: Common Buzzard westward 11.30, mobbed by Corvids. Common Tern 1. Goldcrest 2 ad.,2 juvs. Ring-necked Parakeet 1 feeding 2 juvs. Stock Dove 1. Chiffchaff 2. Blackcap 2. (Keith Fisher)
  • Aldenham CP/Estate. Egyptian Goose, 4 Common Tern. Swift, Swallow, House Martin present + 1 Sand Martin. 3 Blackcaps, Mandarin with 1 young. 2 Buzzards, 1 Hobby. 1Goldcrest. (Steve Blake)
  • Trent Park Area: 8(6 males, 2 females) Mandarin Duck + 1 brood (2 ducklings); 2 (1 male, 1 female) Kestrel; 1 Common Tern; 1 Kingfisher, perched, Lower Lake; 1 singing male Spotted Flycatcher, Rough Lot - roaming widely; presumably an unpaired bird? 1 singing male Garden Warbler; 1 singing male Willow Warbler; 3 Nuthatch; 3 Treecreeper; 1 juv Coal Tit; 4 Jackdaw; 1 Purple Hairstreak (my first of the year) (Robert Callf).

June 25th 2007

  • East India Dock NR: 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Sand Martin, LRP, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch, Swallow, at least 13 Common Tern chicks (Paul Hyland).
  • Barbican EC1: Mallard Brood (3), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Paul Bruty).
  • Aldenham CP/Estate: Mandarin. Egyptian Goose. 4 Common Tern. 20+ House Martin. 4 Swift. 7+ Swallow. Reed Warbler (Observer?).
  • Butterfly Lane: Buzzard mobbed by Kestral. 2 Blackcap (Steve Blake)
  • Clissold Park: 3 Goldcrest (2 juv, 1 ad), 3 House Martins, Blackcap, 7 Pochards (Mark Pearson)

June 24th 2007

  • Mudchute Farm: Monk Parakeet displaying to Mistle Thrush! (Matt Reed)
  • Cromwell Ornamental Pond: 1 Common Tern fishing successfully on this very small pond and showing down to 6 feet (Matt Reed)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Black Tailed Godwits dropped in to Main Lake (WWF Hide) at 0900hrs for five minutes, these birds flew off, half an hour later six different birds flew in to same spot. (total 9 birds). 1+ Green Sandpiper Main Lake, 5 Lapwing juvs still also on Main Lake with 1+ small chick, 1 Redshank juv, 2 pairs of LRP (one pair incubating at least three eggs on the Wader Scrape), 8 Teal, 15 Pochard ducklings (2 broods of 9 and 6) 7 Common Tern chicks on raft + 2 fledged juvs. Yesterday (23rd) 3 Curlew SW at 06.00 (Martin Honey), Kingfisher, Hobby. (Dan Monk) 2 young Foxes hunting for the Redshank chick in front of Headley Hide.(ian Bradshaw)
  • West Thurrock Marshes: 4 Oystercatchers, Shelduck brood of 11, 2 Teal, 7 Common Terns, 11 Reed Warblers and a Lesser Whitethroat.(Dave Morrison)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 12 Little Egret, calling Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 14 Gadwall, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 23 Teal, 32 Lapwing and a Black Tailed Godwit.(Dave Morrison)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 9 Great Crested Grebe (+3 juv), 5 Cormorant over, 3 Grey Heron, 76 Mute Swan (+brood 6), 3 Egyptian Goose, 1 Emperor Goose, 1 Mandarin, 77 Mallard (+brood 6), 4 Pochard, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 52 Tufted Duck, 18 Moorhen, 112 Coot, 1 Herring Gull, 1 'Yellow-legged' Gull (per DMc), 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 64 Wood Pigeon, 12 Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 ad/3 juv), 60+ House Martin, 10 Wren, 1 Song Thrush, 21 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 10 Magpie, 9 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch (Paul Bruty).
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 4 male Mandarin Duck (3 'eclipse'); 1 female Kestrel, on Pitch & Putt Course; 1 female Ring-necked Parakeet; 1 juv. Green Woodpecker; 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker,(including 1 juv); 2(ad.,juv.) Goldcrest, adult feeding juv.; 1 ad Nuthatch; 1 singing male Treecreeper; 2(including 1 ad male) Bullfinch (Robert Callf).

June 23rd 2007

  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 House Martin, 10+ Swift, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Dunnock, 3 Jays (John Watson).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 12 Great Crested Grebe (plus 3 broods of 3, 2 and 1 at least), 2 Grey Heron, Mute Swan brood (6), Emperor Goose, Mandarin, Red-crested Pochard, 5 Pochard, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (Paul Bruty).
  • Aldenham CP: Egyptian Goose, 2 Common Tern, Swift, House Martin & Swallow present, 1 Mandarin, 29 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Bullfinch (m&f), 2 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler (at last!!) (Steve Blake).
  • Aldenham Park Estate: Little Owl with 2 young, Swallow, Swift, 2 Blackcap. (Steve Blake)
  • Elstree Aerodrome. (Hogg Lane) m&f Bullfinch, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, Skylark, Blackcap (Steve Blake).
  • Tyttenhanger: Green Sandpiper, 3 Redshank + 1 Young, Common Tern + 2 young, 3 Teal (m), 1 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 6 Sand martin, Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Skylark, 10+ Lapwing (Steve Blake).
  • Regents Park: Kingfisher present for 2nd day, pr Common Terns, C.Whitethroat, 3m Reed Warblers, 2p Reed Bunting one with young, 2 Chiffchaffs, Kestrel 2p - one with 4 fledged young, the other pairs have not fledged yet (Tony Duckett).
  • Kensington Gardens: Common Tern on Long Water 8.30 am (David Jeffreys)
  • Battersea Power Station: 9 House Sparrows, 2 male Linnet, Black-tailed Skimmer, Emperor Dragonfly, Small Skipper, Painted Lady and Meadow Brown.(Dave Morrison)
  • Enfield Town: 2 male Pochard, Carr's Basin; 2(m,f) Grey Wagtail, carrying food, Conservative Club Bowling Green; 1 Red Admiral; 1 Holly Blue; 1 male Meadow Brown; 2 Speckled Wood (Robert Callf).

June 22nd 2007

  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Pied Wagtail, 5 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Swift, 4 House Martin, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Song Thrush carrying food, 1 Mistle Thrush, 6 House Sparrow, (John Watson).
  • Walthamstow Res: Common Sandpiper, 2 Egyptian Geese, c200Swifts (David Callahan).
  • East India Dock NR: 2 Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail (with no tail!). (Paul Hyland).
  • Horsenden Hill: 1 Little Owl, 1 Nuthatch (Perivale Wood - 1st this year). Also 19+ White-letter Hairstreak (plus 2 more Perivale Wood), 1 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Marbled White, 2 Painted Lady (Andy Culshaw).
  • Stockers Farm: Large numbers of Swallows around farm;4 occupied House Martin nests on lock cottage; 4 Canada Goose; 2 Common Terns; House Sparrows very abundant (Roger Dewey)
  • entrance to parking at Brent Cross shopping centre: Common Tern (Gabriel Jamie)
  • Enfield Town: 1 pr Mute Swan + 2 cygnets; 2 female Pochard, along New River at Gentleman's Row; 2(m,f) Tufted Duck, Carr's Basin; 4(2 ads., 2 juvs.) Magpie; 1 singing male Coal Tit; 1 singing male Chaffinch; 3 White-letter Hairstreak; 2 Holly Blue; 1 Comma (Robert Callf).

June 21st 2007

  • Walthamstow Marshes: 3 Linnets, 3 prs Reed Bunting breeding, 3/4 prs Sand Martin breeding (drainage pipes) plus 5 others, 1 Swallow, c20 House Martins, c100 Swifts, Lesser Whitethroat (Mark Pearson).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Tufted Duck, 10:10am: single Common Tern N/NW over Lake, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Swallow N/over lake, 4 House Martin, 8 Swift, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Pied Wagtail, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Nuthatch, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Greenfinch (John Watson).
  • Walthamstow Res: Lesser Whitethroat singing, pair Egyptian Geese (inc. pale-headed bird), 11 Shelducks (inc. pair with 4 chicks on E. Warwick), 3 Little Egrets (2 nearly-fledged chicks on No.2 nest; No.1 nest not visible today), 32 House Martins around the Coppermill Filter Beds colony, 120+ Swifts, 349 Canada Geese (mostly non-breeders), 89 Greylag Geese, juv. Grey Wagtail, pair Black Swans, 21 Black-headed Gulls (inc. 3 in winter plumage) (David Callahan).
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: 3 Common Terns, 12 Black-headed Gulls, 3 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, c25 Reed Warblers, 7 Sedge Warblers, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Gadwall, Pochard with 2 young (Mark Pearson).
  • Wood Green: Common Tern thought to be commuting between here and Stoke Newington Res a couple of times during the day (Des McKenzie, Dominic Mitchell).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Mute Swan brood (6), Mandarin, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 House Martin, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (still singing North East Longwater), Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch, 4 Chaffinch singing (Paul Bruty).
  • Trent Park Area: 4 'eclipse' male Mandarin Duck; 1 Common Tern; 1 Kingfisher, perched, Lower Lake; 1 singing male Skylark; 1 singing male Song Thrush; 3 Common Whitethroat, including 2, adult and juv., together, 'New Fields'; 2 singing male Garden Warbler; 1 singing male Willow Warbler; 2 Bullfinch, (1ad male, near Triangular Wood, 1 heard calling only - probably juv., Water Grdn.) (Robert Callf).
  • Greenhalgh Walk: Crow with a large amount of white on wing (possible Carrion and Hooded Crow Hybrid) (OBSERVER?).
  • Paddington Green: pr Lesser Black-backed Gull and 23 Herring Gull (inc 1 young) at local colony this evening, productivity almost non-existent this year (Des McKenzie).
  • Barnes WWT: 8 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 2 Redshank + 1 juv, at least 2 Lapwing broods (one half grown juv and one very small chick), 4 LRP (one pair look like they're trying to nest again), 10prs of Common Tern with at least 6 chicks (Matthew Palmer).
  • Enfield Town: 2(m,f) Pochard, Carr's Basin; 1 juv Grt Spd Wood., feeding on ground, Enfield County Sch. Playing Field; 2 juv Grey Wagtail, Conservative Club Bowling Green (Robert Callf).
  • Stanmore Common: Hobby over Wood Farm (John Palmer).
  • Osterley Park: Little Owl 1. Mandarin c30. Pochard 1. Nuthatch 2. Skylark 1. (Keith Fisher)

June 20th 2007

  • Beddington SF: 2 Green Sandpiper (Dip or Glory).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 singing Reed Warbler (2nd June record highly unusual here during the summer), 1 Stock Dove & c30 Linnets in the grassland (David Lindo).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, 10 House Sparrow, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Goldcrest,2 Chaffinch, 1 Pied Wagtail (John Watson),
  • East India Dock NR: Peregrine overhead (Paul Hyland).
  • Tate Modern: Peregrine back on the tower (Alan Lewis). Adult and juv Peregrine present 5pm. Adult flew north over the river (Jonathan Dean)
  • Trent Park Area: 1 pr Kestrel, female carrying prey; 1 Red-legged Partridge; 1 ad Green Woodpecker; 1 juv Great Spotted Woodpecker; 3 Nuthatch; 1 Treecreeper; 2 Common Whitethroat, including ad male carrying food; 2 singing male Willow Warbler; 2 Goldcrest, (1 singing male, Parkside Farm, 1 juv, in Enfield Rd garden); 1 Brown Hawker; 7 Red Admiral; 2 Painted Lady (Robert Callf).
  • Town Park, Enfield: 1 Sparrowhawk, carrying prey; 4(m,f,2 juvs) Grey Wagtail, adults feeding very recently fledged young, along New River- presumably a different pair to that seen along Southbury Rd in late May; 2(m,f) Pied Wagtail, carrying food, on Conservative Club Bowling Green; 4 ad Goldfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Islington: 1 Common Tern, flew along canal from Kingsland Rd. bridge to City Road Basin (followed by me on bike!) (Paul Cook).

June 19th 2007

  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Common Terns, now 4 pairs of Sand Martins breeding in drainage pipes, otherwise all the usual warblers etc. (Mark Pearson)
  • Clissold Park: Common Tern, 2 Blackcaps, 3 House Martins (Mark Pearson)
  • Battersea Park: 2 m Pochard still (Matt Reed)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Peregrine, 2s Mediterranean Gull (SBC).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Little Egret (LWC website).
  • Walthamstow Res: 2 Little Egrets, 2 Lapwings, 53 Pochard, Chiffchaff, 2 Shelducks (David Callahan).
  • Wood Green: Linnet over at 08:40hrs (Des McKenzie).
  • Harrow on the Hill: Garden Warbler (John Palmer).
  • Totteridge Fields: 1 singing male Lesser Whitethroat (Robert Callf).
  • Arkley: 1 singing male Lesser Whitethroat (Robert Callf).
  • Laleham Park: 1 Hobby (David Combes).
  • Beddington SF: Shelduck, 2 Ruddy Duck (m/f) (Dip or Glory).
  • Enfield Town: 5 female Pochard (2 Carr's Basin, 3 New River at Gentleman's Row); 3(2m,1f) Tufted Duck, Carr's Basin; 1 ad Lsr. Blk-bkd Gull, Carr's Basin; 2(m,f) Grey Wagtail, carrying food, along New River at Gentleman's Row (Robert Callf).
  • M25 southwestern section: 1 Common Buzzard ca. 1 mile east of J10 (Andy Culshaw).

June 18th 2007

  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Peregrine (SBC).
  • Beddington SF: m and f Ruddy Duck, 2 Green Sanpiper (Dip or Glory).
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Red-crested Pochard (LWC website); also, 2 Green Sandpipers (Y.Simmonds)
  • Greenway Plaistow: M Sparrowhawk with prey (Pete Fallan).
  • Brent Res: Green Sand still present in SE Arm (Bill Haines).
  • East India Dock: Pochard (m), Reed Bunting (m), Reed Warbler, 13+ Common Tern (plus 9+ chicks), at least 2 of the adults took great pleasure in dive bombing me, the 1st time I've seen this here (Richard Harrison).
  • Poplar Dock/Blackwall Basin: Female Tufted Duck with 7 ducklings (Richard Harrison).
  • Bramley Rd N14: 1 male Pied Wagtail, on pavement outside bookies (Robert Callf).
  • Trent Park Area: 6 (3 prs) Little Grebe; 2 'eclipse' male Mandarin Duck, Lower Lake; 1 Common Buzzard;1 Common Tern, Lower Lake; 2 Red-legged Partridge; 9 Stock Dove;1 female Pied Wagtail; 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 1 Nuthatch; 3 Treecreeper; 2 singing male Willow Warbler; 1 singing male Goldcrest near Hadley Rd. Pumping Station; 1 pr Moorhen + 7 chicks; 2 Linnet, at Parkside Farm; 2 Ringlet, 'freshly emerged' (Robert Callf).
  • Lake Side N14: 2 juv Moorhen; 1 singing male Goldfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Chelsea Harbour: 2 Jackdaws over (Dave Morrison).
  • Broadley Street NW8: singing m House Sparrow 07:00hrs (Des McKenzie).
  • Town Park, Enfield: 1 'eclipse' male Mandarin, Carr's Basin; 1 female Pochard; 2(m,f) Tufted Duck; 1 Kingfisher; 1 Red Admiral (Robert Callf).

June 17th 2007

  • Rainham Marshes: 10 Little Egret, m Garganey, 5 Hobby, Greenshank (ELBF).
  • Brent Res: Green Sand, also 10 Marbled Whites (Andrew Self & Roy Beddard)
  • Paddington Green: Ring-necked Parakeet toward Regent's Park 09:11hrs and 1 over Hall Place W2 at 12.59hrs, presumably from HP/KG (Des McKenzie, Nick Tanner).
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 singing Reed Bunting (1st singer ever), Collared Dove, c15 Meadow Pipit (including 2 singers), c25 Linnets with plenty of juvs. (David Lindo & Roy Nuttall).
  • London Wetland Centre: f Red-crested Pochard (LWC website).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Red-crested Pochard, pr Mandarin, 1 Common Tern, 1 singing Song Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler (Paul Bruty).
  • Barnes WWT: Barnacle Goose (no darvic rings visible, presumably the same bird as previously), c20 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 2 LRP, 4 Redshank, 2 Collared Dove, Garden Warbler, 3+ singing Reed Bunting. RC Pochard also reported am (Matthew Palmer).
  • M25 journey from Staines to Waltham Abbey; 2 Buzzard, 1 between jct 20 & 21l 1 between Jct 24 & 25. Who would have thought a few years ago that you could end up seeing more Buzzards than Kestrels on a journey around the M25? (Nigel May).
  • Belhus Woods CP: 10 Mute Swan, 119 Greylag Goose, 117 Canada Goose, 3 Gadwall, 45 Mallard, 5 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 36 Tufted Duck, 4m Ruddy Duck, Sparrowhawk, 2m Kestrel, 4 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Little Grebe, 13 Morhen, 60 Coot, 8 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 5 Common Tern, 3 Green Woodpecker, Skylark, 2 Song Thrush, 7 Reed Warbler, 5 Common Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 15 Magpie, m Reed Bunting (ELBF).
  • Grand Union Canal, Abbots Langley, M25 Bridge: 1 Common Sandpiper (John Palmer).
  • Chase Rd., N14: 1 pr Goldfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Trent Park Area: 3 'eclipse' male Mandarin Duck, Lower Lake; 1 male Kestrel, perched, Williams Wood; 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 2 singing male Willow Warbler; 1 ad Nuthatch, Nature Trail; 2 White-letter Hairstreak; 1 Small Copper; 39 Small Skipper (Robert Callf).
  • Enfield Town: 2 singing male Goldcrest, ( 1 Enfield County School, 1 St. Andrew's Churchyard ) (Robert Callf).

June 16th 2007

  • Brent Res: 6 Marbled Whites & first Small Skipper of year (Andrew Self)
  • Paddington Basin: Common Tern at 11:20hrs (Des McKenzie).
  • Battersea Power Station: Brood of Linnets and Hairy Dragonfly (Dave Morrison)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1, Nuthatch, 4 Blackcap, 2 Singing Garden Warbler,3 Chiffchaff,2 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Dunnock,(John Watson)
  • Aldenham CP: Egyptian Goose, 4 Mandarin, 14 Pochard(m). 2 Common Tern, 2 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat. 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff. (Steve Blake)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 5 Redshank+ 1 young. 1 Ringed Plover. 2 Shelduck+ 1 young. 1 Shoveler. Sand Martins Swallows & Swifts, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap. Reed Buntings, Skylarks. (Steve Blake)
  • Rainham RSPB: Garganey, Teal, Shoveler, Pochard, Curlew, Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat,(Paul Hawkins)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 3 Egyptian Goose, Grey Wagtail (fem at The Dell), Reed Warbler (Paul Bruty).
  • Netherhall (Glen Faba) - Lea Valley 3 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 3 singing Skylark, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 20+ Whitethroat, 3 Reed Bunting (Nigel May).
  • Barnes WWT: Barnacle Goose, different to fully-winged individual that's been with the captive geese, at least 3 LRP (main lake), 2 well-grown Lapwing chicks and one Redshank chick (wader scrape), 2 full-grown Lapwing chicks plus 2 or more others reported (main lake), Hobby over reedbed then hunting Martins over Barnes, female Sparrowhawk, possiby 9 pairs Common Tern nesting with at least 6 chicks so far (Martin Honey).
  • Horsenden Hill: 2 Little Owl - adult feeding fledged juvenile (Andy Culshaw).
  • Trent Park Area: 3( 2 'eclipse' male, 1 female ) Mandarin Duck, Lower Lake; 2 Song Thrush; 1 singing male Garden Warbler; 1 singing male Willow Warbler; 4 White-letter Hairstreak; 2 male Small Skipper (Robert Callf).

June 15th 2007

  • River Thames, Tower Bridge: 1 Common Tern, 15+ House Martins (John Archer).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 8 Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 12 House Sparrow, 20+ Swift, 10 House Martin, 2 Song Thrush (John Watson).
  • Trent Park Area: 1 juv Common Crossbill, seen in flight calling 'jip-jip-jip' - perched in bare branches of Lime Tree between Upper and Lower Lake, 14.35 hrs., heavy streaking on breast, bill clearly seen, flew off calling NW towards Rough Lot, 14.40 hrs., (my first mid-summer sighting in the Park!); 1 Kestrel; 2 singing male Garden Warbler; 2 singing male Willow Warbler; 2 (ad female and juv) Reed Bunting, female on ground feigning injury and luring me away from very recently fledged young (my first confirmed successful breeding here!); 3 Red Admiral;1 Small Tortoiseshell (Robert Callf).
  • Clissold Park: Common Tern, 2 House Martins, Sparrowhawk (Mark Pearson).
  • Osterley Park: Common Tern 1. Greater Whitehtroat 1. Skylark 1. Curlew 1 south-east. Goldcrest 4. Nuthatch 2. Gadwall 1. Ruddy Duck 1 male. Grey Wagtail 1. Coal Tit 4. Mandarin 30+. (Keith Fisher)

June 14th 2007

  • Beddington SF: Red Kite NW, Green Sandpiper (Dip or Glory).
  • London Wetland Centre: singing Turtle Dove (LWC website).
  • Queen Elizabeth II Res: Hobby, Oystercatcher (SBC).
  • Walthamstow Res: 10 Lapwings, 11 Shelducks, Egyptian Goose, Black Swan, still many singing common warblers (except Willow); Little Egret news - both nests getting close to fledging, plus 2 adults north (David Callahan).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Common Tern, c40 House Martins, c10 Sand Martins, c300 Swifts, Lesser Whitethroat, c30 Common Whitethroat inc. juv's (Mark Pearson).
  • Stoke Newington Common: RR Parakeet over (Mark Pearson).
  • East India Dock: Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, 2 Shelduck, 2 Sand Martin, 15 Cormorant, Little Ringed Plover, juv Pied Wagtail, 15+ Common Tern (plus 8+ chicks) (Richard Harrison).
  • River Thames, Tower Bridge: Common Tern flew upstream this evening (John Archer).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Herring Gull over lake, 5 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Song Thruch, 1 mistle Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchff, 1 Garden Warbler (singing), 6 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 10 Swift, 6 House Martin, 9 House Sparrow (John Watson).
  • Alexandra Park: 15 Herring Gulls SE (Bob Watts).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 1 Common Tern, 2 Mandarin drake, 10 House Martin, 9 Swift (Paul Bruty).
  • Trent Park Area: 1 'eclipse' male Mandarin Duck, Lower Lake; 1 Common Tern, Lower Lake; 2 (1ad,1juv) Magpie;1 adult Grey Wagtail, Salmons Brook at Enfield Road;1 ad Green Woodpecker; 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker; 1 Treecreeper; 5 singing male Garden Warbler;2 singing male Willow Warbler; 6 Red Admiral; 1 Painted Lady (Robert Callf).

June 13th 2007

  • Blackstock Road: 4 Common Buzzard over at 0944 (Pete Langsdon)
  • Beddington SF: Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover (Dip or Glory).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Turtle Dove (present to 1215, then over the fence into trees at SW end of Walth. Res), 300+ Swifts, 20 House Martins, 15 Sand Martins (inc. pair breeding in drainage pipe), common warblers and broods everywhere, group of 16 Linnets (mainly juv's, suggesting more than the confirmed two pairs have bred) (Mark Pearson).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 35 Canada Geese, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 20+Swift, 4 House Martin, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 7 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Greenfinch, 8 Chaffinch, 4 Ring-necked Parakeet, 1 Goldcrest, 15 House Sparrow (John Watson).
  • Bush Hill Grdns., N21: 1 adult Coal Tit; 1 male Broad-bodied Chaser (Robert Callf).
  • Enfield Town: 4 'eclipse' male Mandarin Duck, Carr's Basin; 2 (m,f) Pochard, Carr's Basin; 1 female Grey Wagtail, carrying food along New River at Gentleman's Row; 1 Coal Tit, Gentleman's Row; 1 Large White; 2 Holly Blue (Robert Callf).
  • Barbican Centre EC1: Grey Wagtail (Paul Bruty).
  • M25, southwestern section: 1 Common Buzzard south over carriageway just east of J9 at 4.45pm (Andy Culshaw).

June 12th 2007

  • East India Dock: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Shelduck, 2 Sand Martin, 15 Cormorant, 17+ Common Tern (plus 7+ chicks) (Richard Harrison).
  • Trent Park Area: 2 Stock Dove, at South Lodge Farm; 1 Green Woodpecker; 3( including 1 m,1 juv) Great Spotted Woodpecker; 70+ Swift; 2 Red Admiral; 1 Painted Lady; 1 Peacock;1 Small Tortoiseshell (Robert Callf).
  • Town Park, Enfield: 2 Cormorant; 1 singing male Chaffinch; 1 Goldfinch (Robert Callf).
  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher on Tunnel Res at 1845 (Bob Watts).
  • Aldenham CP. Scaup at 8:30 am. (Steve Blake)
  • Regents Park: Little Owls have bred for the first time, possibly also the first Inner London record. 4m Reed Warbler, 2m Reed Buntings?, 2 juv Grey Wagtails, 1 Cinnabar Moth also probably a first park record, 1 Painted Lady (Tony Duckett). Couldn't prove it but fairly sure Little Owls bred in Battersea Park when I was young...mid 80s (Neil Millar).

June 11th 2007

  • Clapham Common: 1 Egyptian Goose on Eagle Pond. (Matt Reed)
  • Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill present to 09:15hrs at least (Birdguides).
  • Aldenham CP: Scaup (Birdguides).
  • Paddington Green: local Herring Gull colony with first young, c30 Swift in the area, 5 House Martin, singing Grey Wagtail (Des McKenzie).
  • Trent Park Area: 3 Little Grebe (lost all young); 1 female Mandarin Duck; 1 Red-legged Partridge; 1 Grey Partridge; 1 adult female 'hepatic- phase' Cuckoo, seen in flight and on overhead wires at Parkside Farm - the first such bird of this phase I have seen in adult plumage; 1 Green Woodpecker; 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, including 2 juvs.; 1 Grey Wagtail, along Salmons Brook at Enfield Road; 1 singing male Garden Warbler, Dew Pond; 1 singing male Willow Warbler, near Triangular Wood; 1 singing male Goldcrest, near Hadley Road Pumping Station; 3(2m,1f) Linnet; 4 Red Admiral; 1 Painted Lady; 8 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Narrow-bordered Five-Spot Burnet; 29 Chimney Sweeper; 1 Orange Ladybird (Robert Callf).
  • Horsenden Hill: 2 Shelduck flew NE at approx 20.00 (Andy Culshaw, David Howdon).

June 10th 2007

  • Teddington Locks: 4 Egyptian Geese - incl 1 white headed bird. (Matt Reed)
  • Bermondsey/Borough: White Stork south over Swan Street SE1 at mid height 6:45pm-6:47pm before drifting towards Elephant & Castle being mobbed by corvids (Richard Bonser).
  • Brent Res: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 2 Garden Warbler, 40+ Swifts, 4 Shoveler, Teal, 25 Pochard, c40 juv Starlings (Ian Ellis).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: pr Mandarin, Kestrel, 'Yellow-legged' Gull (per DMc), Reed Warbler (Paul Bruty).
  • Hampstead Heath: Kingfisher, Common Tern, Mute Swan with two young and 2 Jackdaw (Oliver Simms).
  • Crossness Southern Marshes: Stonechat (pr), Linnet (fine male in br plumage), Reed Warblers (abundant), Whitethroat (7), Chiffchaff singing, Blackcap - no Squacco Heron to 0930 (Angus Innes).
  • South Mimms (M25 just E of J23 - 12.15): 1 Buzzard low over central reservation (Nigel May).
  • Alexandra Park: 8+ White-letter Hairstreaks at tops of ashes in the Seascouts area, opposite the allotments 1 Painted Lady Conservation Area (Bob Watts, Gareth Richards, Andrew Gardener).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: Turtle Dove,Bullfinch.(Shaun Harvey)
  • Grovelands Park, Southgate: 1 adult female Green Woodpecker; 1 Goldcrest, carrying food; 1 Nuthatch; 1 singing male Coal Tit; 1 Holly Blue; 1 female Broad-bodied Chaser (Robert Callf).

Hurlingham Park: Kestrel around most of the afternoon; also Hobby intermittently. Thames at Putney: pair of Common Terns flying East c1930 (Neil Millar)

June 9th 2007

  • Aldenham CP: Egyptian Goose. 2 Mandarin With 1 young (Steve Blake).
  • Tyttenhanger: Scaup. 6 Redshank. 2 Ringed plover. 2 Shelduck with 1 young. 2 shoveler (m) (Steve Blake).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Spoonbill, Garganey, Hobby, Ring-necked Parakeet (Matt and Paul Bruty); also, Mediterranean Gull (Andy Culshaw, David Howdon).
  • Paddington Green: singing Grey Wagtail (Des McKenzie).
  • Trent Park Area: 1 'eclipse' male Mandarin Duck, 1 singing male Cuckoo, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 singing male Garden Warbler, 2 singing male Willow Warbler, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, 1 mating pair Adonis Ladybird (Robert Callf).
  • Chelsea Harbour: Painted Lady (Dave Morrison).
  • Battersea Power Station: Lapwing, Common Whitethroat, 6 Swifts, Common Blue, 2 male Linnets, Grey Wagtail and Broad-bodied Chaser (Dave Morrison).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Mute Swan brood (6), pr Mandarin, pr Red-credted Pochard, 2 Mallard brood (6/6), 'Yellow-legged' Gull (per DMc), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, singing Song Thrush, 8 House Martin, 4 Swift, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Greenfinch (Paul Bruty).
  • Paddington: Great spotted Woodpecker male feeding juv on feeders (Paul Bruty).
  • Horsenden Hill: 2 White-letter Hairstreaks and 2 Painted Lady but birding fairly dull (Andy Culshaw, David Howdon).
  • Crossness Southern Marsh: 1 Green Sandpiper, no sign of Squacco Heron until 9.45am at least (Andy Culshaw, David Howdon).
  • WWT London Wetland Centre: 2 Common Tern nesting, rafts full of chicks and feeding parents - probable nesting Common Tern on shingle island in Reservoir Lagoon, Cuckoo (adult male) R Lagoon area PM, 2 well developed juv Lapwings and 3 Redshank chicks + adults in Wader Scrape, Gadwall, Pochard, Ruddy Duck, Tufted Duck, Great Crested and Little Grebe, Little Ringed Plover (Angus Innes).
  • Enfield Town: 1 'eclipse' male Mandarin Duck, Carr's Basin; 1 male Pochard; 2(m,f) Tufted Duck; 20 Jackdaw, including juveniles, Enfield County School Playing Field (Robert Callf).

June 8th 2007

  • Crossness Southern Marsh (formerly Erith Marshes): Squacco Heron present again to 11:50hrs at least (Birdguides); still present by the wader scrape 1830-1915hrs (Rob Innes).
  • Walthamstow Res: 3rd sum Yellow-legged Gull (E Warwick), Common Sandpiper, Cuckoo, 3 Chiffchaffs, 8 Shelducks, 365+ Swifts, pr Little Grebes (David Callahan).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Blackcap,5 Chiffchaff, 10 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Pied Wagtail (2 Juv), 1 Nuthatch, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Linnet, 8 House Sparow, 2 Song ThruSh (John Watson).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Spoonbill still present (RBA).
  • St James's Park: 2 Egyptian Geese (Andrew Self).
  • Clissold Park: Common Tern (fishing on Beckmere), 2 House Martins, 50+ Swifts (Mark Pearson)
  • Chelsea Harbour: 3 high flying Terns down river at 9.35am, also 6 Swift, Cinnibar and Large White (Dave Morrison).
  • Ashbridge Street NW8: singing m House Sparrow this eve, my first here since 2005 (Des McKenzie).
  • London Wetland Centre: Common Sandpiper, Cuckoo (LWC website).
  • Tyttenhanger GP's: Scaup (Birdguides).
  • East India NR & Bow Creek: 20 Common tern, 18 Tufted Duck, 12+ Sand Martin, Blackcap, 3 Blackbird, 2 Chaffinch, Pochard, 8 Heron, 2 Swift, 4 Wren, Reed Warbler, 3 Greenfinch, Moorhen, 4 Coot, 30+ Mallard, 2 Canada Goose, 7 BH Gull, 10+ Cormorant, Shelduck, GS Woodpecker, 6 Magpie, LBB Gull, Woodpigeon, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 3 Crow (J Lethbridge).

June 7th 2007

  • Crossness Southern Marsh (formerly Erith Marshes): Squacco Heron present again (Birdguides).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Spoonbill still present (Birdguides).
  • Walthamstow Res: 3 Cuckoos, 2 Chiffchaffs, Swallow, 450+ Swifts, 9 Shelducks, Black Swan (David Callahan).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Egyptian Geese SW, Sand Martins again accessing drainage pipe, 350+ Swifts (Mark Pearson)
  • St James's Park: 2 Egyptian Geese, also brood of Pochard (Andrew Self)
  • Brunel University, Uxbridge Campus: 1 Common Tern "prospecting" for goldfish in pond this evening (Roger Dewey)

June 6th 2007

  • Crossness Southern Marsh (formerly Erith Marsh): Squacco Heron present to 19:50hrs at least (Frank White per AS).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Spoonbill still present (Birdguides).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: drake Scaup still on Main Pit this morning (Birdguides).
  • Walthamstow Res (Lockwood only): 2 unringed feral Barnacle Geese, a Swallow with bright orangey-buff underparts (N), 9 Shelduck, 210+ Swifts (David Callahan).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 3 Grey Heron, 8 Great Crested Grebe (1 attempting to eat whole crayfish, 1 later found dead), 2 Mute Swan broods (6/1), 2 Egyptian Goose, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Mallard broods (7/4), pr Mandarin, 14 Pochard, 1 Gadwall, 59 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Sandpiper (flying up and down The Serpentine 06:45), 2S type Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 2 Black-headed Gull, 16 Stock Dove, 3 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male feeding juv), 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Jay, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Wren (9 singing), 5 Chaffinch, 1 Coal Tit (juv), 1 ringed Starling (Paul Bruty).
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Tufted Duck, 7 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Pied Wagtail (3 Juveniles), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Song Thrush, 20+ Swift, 8 House Martin, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 10 Chaffinch, 6 House Sparrow, 1 Collard Dove (John Watson).
  • Ealing: Hobby over at 09:00hrs (Birdguides).
  • Selsdon Wood LNR, Croydon: Single Hobby flying above large L-shape meadows heading to Addington; 1st for the site (Ernie Thomason).
  • Town Park, Enfield: 1 'eclipse' male Mandarin Duck; 2 female Pochard (Robert Callf).

June 5th 2007

  • Crossness Southern Marsh (formerly Erith Marshes): Squacco Heron present again to 17:10hrs at least; also Redshank, 7 Ring-necked Parakeets, female Stonechat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Chiffchaff (Dominic Mitchell).
  • Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill still present to 13:15hrs at least, also 22 Little Egrets, 17 Grey Herons, drake Garganey, 9 Teal, 4 Shoveler, first-summer Common Gull, Cuckoo, 100+ Common Swifts, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and Weasel with Moorhen chick (Dominic Mitchell) but no sign of Marsh Warbler (A Self). 3+ Hobbies (Paul Hawkins)
  • Woolwich Ferry: first-summer Common Gull at 17:50 hrs (Dominic Mitchell).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: drake Scaup still showing well on main pit (Birdguides)
  • Clacket Lane: Red Kite over M25 1/2 mile west of Clacket Lane services 7:30 am (Chris Wilkinson).
  • Reigate Hill area: Common Buzzard south over M25 between junctions 7 and 8 at 10:15 am (Dominic Mitchell).
  • Walthamstow Res: Little Egrets confirmed to have two nests this year on two different islands, hatching at least four young! Also, Hobby (S) mobbed by LBBGulls, Lapwing, 10 Shelducks, Lesser Whitethroat singing, Black Swan (David Callahan).
  • Stoke Newington east reservoir: Peregrine, carrying prey. (TeRNS)
  • South Norwood Lake: 2 Great Crested Grebe,8 Tufted Duck,1 Cormorant,5 Great Spotted Woodpecker,2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch,3 Song Thruch,6 Blackcap,4 Chiffchaff,4 Ring-necked Parakeet,10 Common Swift, 4 House Martin,6 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch,10 House Sparrow,(John Watson).
  • Walthamstow Marshes: second pair of Linnets now confirmed breeding, also a pair of Sand Martins repeatedly entering a narrow drainage pipe (about 60cm above water level) in the concrete canal bank. otherwise, the usual warblers etc. (Mark Pearson).
  • Trent Park: 1 male Kestrel; 2 Green Woodpecker; 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, including 2 juvs.; 1 Nuthatch; 1 singing male Willow Warbler, near Triangular Wood; 3 female /imm. Black-tailed Skimmer; 32 Chimney Sweeper (Robert Callf).
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 5 Black Tailed Skimmers, 2 Comma's, 2 Holly Blues,1st Painted Lady of the year, Meadow Brown, 4 Spotted Chaser, Hairy Dragonfly and many Small Heath's.(Dave Morrison)
  • Elstree Aerodrome: 1 Lesser Whitethroat. (Steve Blake)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery: Painted Lady - 1st for year (Terry per Bob Watts).
  • Horsenden Hill: 2 Sand Martin north at 19.45, also 1 Painted Lady (Andy Culshaw).

June 4 2007

  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Marsh Warbler singing still this afternoon by seawall footpath 0.5 mile west of visitor centre; also immature Spoonbill on Purfleet Scrape and Garganey (Birdguides). Also Oystercatcher, 2 YL Gulls, Cuckoo, Yellow Wag (Matthew Palmer)
  • Crossness Southern Marsh (formerly Erith Marshes): Squacco Heron still present (Birdguides).
  • Walthamstow Res: Cuckoo, Little Egret (N), 3 Egyptian Geese, 100+ Swifts (David Callahan).
  • Trent Park Area: 2 prs Little Grebe + 1 brood (2 young); 1 ad Green Woodpecker; 7 singing male Song Thrush; 2 Pied Wagtail; 2 singing male Willow Warbler; 3 Goldcrest, including 2 singing males, Williams Wood; 27 Long-tailed Tit,one flock; 2 ad Nuthatch; 2 Linnet; 1 singing male Yellowhammer; 1 Grass Snake (Robert Callf).
  • Chase Road, Southgate: 1 singing male Goldcrest (Robert Callf).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 2 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan broods (6/1), 2pr Red-crested Pochard, 3 Mandarin, 5 Pochard, 5 Herring Gull, 1 LBBG, 1 'Yellow-legged' Gull (per DMc) (Paul Bruty, Tamara Littlewood).
  • Paddington Green: 9 Goldfinch (2 juvs) (Des McKenzie).
  • Kensington Gardens: singing Reed Warbler (David Jeffreys per DMc).
  • Grand Union Canal, Southern end: 2 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush, 2 Mute Swan, Wren, Greenfinch, Common Tern, 10 House Martin, LBB Gull, Kestrel, 2 Crow feeding 3 big young in a nest, 2 Greylag, 2 Heron, 5 Moorhen, at least 10 House Sparrow, innumerable Coot, 20+ Starling, Swifts and 2 Cormorant overhead (J Lethbridge).
  • Higher Denham:1 Common Buzzard mobbed by Blackbirds and Starlings in small wood - during BTO BBS work, TQ 018882. Seen very near previously (Roger Dewey)

June 3rd 2007

  • Beech Farm: Gadwall (pair with 8 chicks), Shelduck, Hobby, Tawny Owl, Stonechat ( pair with 4 young), Grasshopper Warbler ( 1 Reeling). (Mark McManus).
  • Rainham Marshes: Marsh Warbler singing for its second day 12:28pm and still present at 6pm. Access from visitor centre during reserve opening hours, or off New Tank Hill Road and through Spider Park onto seawall at other times. Please do not leave the path.(Birdguides) Male Peregrine over the reserve at 3pm and the Spoonbill again, ( Vince Halley-Frame et al); also, 2 Hobby, Bearded Tit (David Bradnum, Chris Langsdon); Marsh Warbler still present to 6.45 pm at least, also drake Garganey and 11+ Little Egret (Jonathan Dean).
  • Crossness Southern Marsh (formerly Erith Marshes): Squacco Heron present to 20:17hrs at least (Birdguides).
  • East India Dock NR: Spotted Flycatcher in copse. (Paul Hyland).
  • Alexandra Park: Kingfisher (1st for year), Bullfinch, Reed Warbler, Common Tern (Paul Rawlins, Andrew Gardener, Bob Watts, Dominic Mitchell).
  • Amwell GP: Scaup (Birdguides).
  • London Wetland Centre: first Common Tern chicks hatched (LWC website). Still three Redshank chicks on wader scrape but keeping well hidden (Martin Honey).
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: Pr Mandarin, Reed Warbler (West side of Longwater near Serpentine Bridge), Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 6 Long-tailed Tit (Paul Bruty).
  • Walthamstow Res: Buzzard NW at 3pm (Pete Lambert).
  • M25 Junction 29: Common Buzzard; also, Common Buzzard and Hobby over Hornchuch (Dave Morrison).
  • Dagenham Dock rail station: Hobby overhead at 7.35pm (Jonathan Dean).
  • Connaught Water, Epping Forest: 9 Mandarin Duck + 2y, Red Crested Pochard, Ruddy Duck (J Lethbridge).
  • Bentley Priory: 4 Mandarin Ducks, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 5 chiffchaffs (Alan Lewis).
  • Paddington: 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch (Paul Bruty).
  • Trent Park: 2, female and juvenile, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Triangular Wood; 1 singing male Willow Warbler, near Triangular Wood; 1 Weasel; 4 male Large Skipper; 2 Small Copper; 1 Peacock; 2 Comma; 1 male Meadow Brown; 23 Small Heath; 4 Burnet Companion; 1 Mother Shipton; 1 Silver Y (Robert Callf).

June 2nd 2007

  • Crossness Southern Marsh (formerly Erith Marshes): Squacco Heron again present up to 19:30hrs at least (Birdguides); also pair Stonechat (Matthew Palmer); probable Purple Heron reported flying over nearby housing estate mid-afternoon (Richard Green per Nick Tanner).
  • Paddington Green: Common Buzzard drifted south at 10.16hrs (Des McKenzie, Nick Tanner).
  • Rainham: singing male Marsh Warbler present in scrub and reedbed along sea wall west of green gates til mid-evening; Spoonbill first-summer bird flew from direction of Thames towards silt lagoons at 12.20hrs; at RSPB res 2 Avocet on rifle pools & f Bearded tit in reeds near Aveley pool, also 2 Cuckoo and Hobby from visitor centre (John Murray), and Little Egret, drake Garganey and three drake Teal on scrape by visitor centre in evening, plus four Yellow-legged Gulls (ad, 3s and two 2s) on Dartford side of river (Dominic Mitchell).
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 4 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Shellduck, 3 Common Tern, good number of Sand Martin, 6 Skylark, 9 Reed Bunting (Steve Blake).
  • Camden: Singing Black Redstart in the area (Chris Wilkinson).
  • Trent Park Area: 2 prs Little Grebe + 1 brood (2 young); 1 male Cuckoo; 1 female Green Woodpecker; 1 singing male Lesser Whitethroat; 2 singing male Goldcrest, Williams Wood; 3 Swallow; 1 female Reed Bunting, carrying food; 1 male Meadow Brown (Robert Callf).

June 1st 2007

  • Crossness Southern Marsh (formerly Erith Marshes): Squacco Heron still present this evening. Also a Quail seen and heard intermittently in long grass around the gorse and bramble on the SE corner of the horse paddock east of Southmere Lake, still present 19.00; also Hobby and Stonechat (John Archer/Roy Beddard/Pete Lowman et al). No sign of Quail 1930 to 2100hrs (David Callahan).
  • Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill still present to 08.30hrs at least (Birdguides).
  • Canary Wharf: 6 Tufted Duck (5m, 1f) in West India Dock, 2 Common Tern (in fact nesting on raft), Woodpigeon, 5 Herring Gull, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Cormorant, 2 m Mallard (J Lethbridge).
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 4 Grey Heron, 15+ Mallard, 3 Coot, Moorhen, Cormorant, 2s GBB Gull, 5 LBB Gull, 3 Herring Gull, Black-Headed Gull, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Starling, 3 Magpie, 10+ Sand Martin, 1 Crow, 1 Greenfinch, Whitethroat, Blackbird, 2 Blue Tit, GS Woodpecker (J Lethbridge).
  • St James's Park: 2 Egyptian Geese (Andrew Self).
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