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Bird of the Month: a Little Bunting in E17Edit

January’s Bird of the Month has to be the Little Bunting found at Walthamstow Reservoirs on the 19th. It lingered in the same small area through into February, obligingly favouring one bush in particular.

This rare vagrant has been recorded in London only about a dozen times. The first report was 62 years ago in 1956 and, so far as I am aware, this month’s record is the first since 2007, when a bird loitered at Amwell GP from the end of January to mid-April.

Other notable passerines Edit

Apart from the Little Bunting, most of January’s more interesting sightings were also passerines.

The New World Horned/Shore Lark found at Staines Reservoir in November reappeared on 22nd Jan and stayed into February. It is not clear whether this female bird is a Northern American Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris alpestris), a Hoyt’s Horned Lark (E. a. hoyti) or a Prairie Horned Lark (E. a. praticola), but it remains a good candidate for a future armchair tick should the taxonomists decide to split the species.

It’s sad that a definite identification was not possible, but a hirundine flying south through Mill Hill on the 15th was reported as probably a House Martin. If so, it was the latest ever in London. A few Swallow are already overwintering in southern England, so it is not impossible for them to be joined by the odd House Martin.

New Year’s Day produced the only record so far this year of a Yellow-browed Warbler, seen at Fairlop Waters. Richmond’s eastern race Lesser Whitethroat, found by Franko J. Maroevic in mid-December, continued to hang around the same few back gardens throughout January — narrowly escaping a Sparrowhawk on the 5th. Franko is to be thanked for providing regular updates and advice for birders, and it’s good that he eventually managed to clock the bird in his own back garden on 27th Jan.

The Beddington Farmlands Twite was reported infrequently in January but was still around on the landfill on the 27th.

Broxbourne’s three Parrot Crossbill (my Bird of the Month for December) disappeared after 18th Jan. Then, on the 28th, two males and one female — presumably the same birds — were in Regent's Park. On the 30th a male was seen briefly back at Broxbourne Woods before flying off north.

The spectacular Hawfinch irruption continued, with records from more than 40 sites across the London reporting area. The most reliable places for spotting this species were Ruislip's various woodlands and Tyttenhanger's Garden Wood. Until late in the month the most seen at any one site was 30+ at Garden Wood, but then Juniper Hill, near Dorking, got in on the act with 50+ birds on the 28th, 70+ on the 29th and an amazing 200+ on the 30th.

And the rest Edit

Noteworthy sightings of anatids included Bewick’s Swan, Brent Goose, Barnacle Goose and Dark-bellied Brent Goose. The Common Scoter that arrived at Hilfield Park Reservoir in mid-December stayed right through January, as did London's two long-staying drake Scaup, at Walthamstow Reservoirs and King George V Reservoir. Ditto KGV’s Slavonian Grebe. A Great Northern Diver was at Staines Reservoir from the 1st to the13th.

The Great White Egret at Fairlop Waters since late November was last seen on the 3rd, but the month also featured reports from four other sites. Apart from the birds that have settled in at Greenwich Ecology Park and London Wetland Centre, both of which stayed all month, only three other Jack Snipe were reported — all on New Year’s Day. Juvenile white-winged gulls were sighted a dozen times during the month — three Glaucous Gull and nine Iceland Gull.

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

Wednesday 31st January 2018Edit

  • Amwell NR: Water Rail below viewpt & Barn Owl hunting both at dusk (William Bishop/Ron Cousins via Herts BC)
  • Canons Park: 70 Redwing (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Cheshunt Lake: m Firecrest in bramble beside Small R Lea opp YHA (Alex Farris via Herts BC) TL36740249
  • Finchley: garden N3 - m Blackcap (Samuel Levy)
  • Hogsmill Open Space: 1 Little Egret stood on grass near to railway line am (Neil Batten)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: pr Shelduck, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Brambling, 2 Lesser Redpoll (Dave McGough per ELBF FB)
  • KGV Reservoir: N basin north end. 9 Wigeon, 10 Goldeneye, 9 Goosander, 3 Buzzard, 10 Lapwing, 3 Stonechat 13:00-16:00 (Neville Smith via Twitter)
  • Ladywell Fields: 50 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush (Tom Moulton/Sue Gore/Judith Simmons)
  • Leatherhead: 4 Goosander on R Mole (J Ford via Surrey BN)
  • Lewisham: Silk Mills Path - Chiffchaff & Goldcrest in shrubs near Maggie's Cafe (Conrad Ellam)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, Peregrine, Goldeneye, 42 Pochard, 8 Siskin, 2 Shelduck, 5 Pintail (WWT website)
  • Motspur Park: 600 Jackdaws roosting in gasholder wood, Peregrine on gasholders (Bob Smith)
  • Oxleas Woods: 2 Sparrowhawk m f, Stock Dove, Nuthatch, Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest (Ron Turner)
  • Pinner: 12 Blackbird [two with rings] on back lawn. Oats and sultanas favoured (Richard Francis)
  • Ponders End Lock: f Brambling w/ mixed Chaffinch/Goldfinch flock in muddy paddock, also 5 Redwing & Grey Wagtail in area 1.30pm (Davey Leach)
  • Pymmes Park: Mediterranean Gull (James Palmer)
  • Rainham RSPB: 4 Egyptian Goose, 40 Gadwall, 931 Wigeon, 33 Pintail, 43 Pochard, 23 Tufted Duck, m Sparrowhawk, 5 Marsh Harrier 2m3f, 31 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, 2 Jay, 7 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, Bullfinch (per ELBF FB)
  • Rammey Marsh: Red Kite drifted low S 0915hrs (Neville Smith)
  • Richmond: Eastern race Lesser Whitethroat still in back gardens of Selwyn and Pagoda Avenues. Alleyway access alongside 90 Selwyn Avenue. Parking charges apply weekdays and Saturdays. Scratch parking vouchers available from Spar shop at end of Pagoda Avenue. Park only on visitors bays. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Ruislip Woods: 3 Hawfinch at Fore St/Salisbury Rd entrance 10:15 (Richard Francis)
  • South Lodge Farm: male Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 25 Fieldfare, 24+ Redwing (Robert Callf)
  • Staines Reservoir: AMERICAN HORNED LARK still 1035 & 1420 (RBA); Black-necked Grebe still, the AHL had disappeared by 4 - it seems to leave to roost early or move somewhere else in the late afternoon (Thomas Gibson)
  • Stave Hill/Russia Dock Woodland: 10 Long-tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 38 Black-headed Gull, 2 Chaffinch, 6-8 Greenfinch, 23 Redwing, Grey Wagtail, 1 Greylag & 1 Canada Goose - these seem to have paired and have been around for c3wks (John Cadera)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 266 Herring Gull ne, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Coal Tit (Neil Batten)
  • Totteridge and Whetstone Station: m Sparrowhawk 14:20 (Samuel Levy)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Coal Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Redwing (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: 19 Mandarin Duck 13m 6f, 3 Common Pochard 2m 1f, 3 Tufted Duck 1m 2f, Green Woodpecker, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 3+ Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, Treecreeper (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park Golf Course: 15 Magpie together at 16:00 (Robert Callf) TQ293966
  • Tufnell Park: Firecrest in my front garden hedge Huddleston Rd N7 9am (Reuben Braddock)
  • Turnford Marsh GPs: 5 Goosander 2m 3rh Ashley Pit (Alex Farris via Herts BC)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: LITTLE BUNTING in usual bush at 10.30 (James Palmer); Scaup still on No4 (Alan Wilkinson)

Tuesday 30th January 2018Edit

  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret behind dam (Andrew Self)
  • Broxbourne Woods: 10+ Hawfinch arr'd at pre-roost 14:00-15:30, PARROT CROSSBILL m pre-roost for 2min then N (Laurence Drummond via Herts BN)
  • Danson Park: 2 Egyptian Geese, 10 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Greenfinch (Eric Brown)
  • Dollis Brook: Grey Wagtail, singing Goldcrest (Samuel Levy)
  • Edmonton: Church St RG - 37 Common Gull incl three first-winter - no sign of juvenile bird from Sunday (Robert Callf)
  • Finchley: garden N3 - m Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Samuel Levy)
  • Garden Wood: 2 Hawfinch at top of sweet chestnut 1400 (Brian Lawton & Geoff Crabtree via Herts BC)
  • Hampstead Heath: 40 Siskin feeding in trees by bird sanctuary pond, 100 Redwing feeding by bandstand (Allan Stewart)
  • Juniper Top, Surrey: 200+ Hawfinch. Loose flock [140] moved south, not seen for an hour. 60 still in area (Steve Gale) Details of today's sighting plus directions here TQ183525
  • KGV Reservoir: drake Scaup, 25+ Goldeneye, drake Smew, 16 Goosander, Slavonian Grebe, 10 Lapwing, Peregrine, Kingfisher, Buzzard, 25+ Fieldfare, Skylark, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 15 Linnet, 2 House Sparrow (Chris Farthing & Tony Butler)
  • Ladywell Fields: Kingfisher, Nuthatch (Judith Simmons via Tom Moulton)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 2 Pintail, Peregrine, Coal Tit, Bittern, 2 Stonechat, Water Pipit (WWT website)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Teal & 4 Gadwall 2pr on River Lea, 2 Firecrest pr in holm oak on filter bed side nr lookout point, Chiffchaff (Ernest Thomason)
  • Pymmes Park: Little Grebe, 5 Egyptian Goose, 6 Shoveler, Mediterranean Gull adult wearing yellow darvic ring until 14:25 at least favouring NE corner of playing field, 7 ad Common Gull, Grey Wagtail, 55 Redwing feeding on playing field, Goldcrest (Robert Callf)
  • Raynes Park: 1 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush in garden (P. Redmond)
  • Regent's Park: f Reed Bunting foy Wetland Pen northwest cnr [area 32] 1135 (Twitter)
  • Primrose Hill: 61 Woodpigeon high NW/N 08:30-09:30 (Twitter)
  • Richmond: Eastern race Lesser Whitethroat still in back gardens of Selwyn Avenue. Favouring second garden on right with feeders, beyond corner of alleyway, alongside 90 Selwyn Avenue. Parking charges apply. (Oliver Metcalf, Franko J Maroevic)
  • Ruxley GP: Great White Egret again [also 9 Jan] (Martin Watts)
  • Staines Reservoir: AMERICAN HORNED LARK mobile both sides of causeway at east end, Black-necked Grebe S basin, 8 Goldeneye, Water Pipit reported (Dominic Pia via Twitter)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 2+ Hawfinch (SP FOSP twitter)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Sparrowhawk, c15 Siskin, 12 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, singing Mistle Thrush, 5 Mandarin, 5 Teal, c160 Common Gull, also singing Song Thrush and Chaffinch (John Colmans)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: LITTLE BUNTING showed at dawn incl 35m west of usual spot (Jamie Partridge via Twitter); LB showing regularly am in its favourite bush, m Scaup still No4 (David Bradshaw via Twitter)
  • Wimbledon Chase: 14+ House Sparrows m & f flock nr Nelson Hospital (P. Redmond)
  • Wimbledon Common: 2 Kestrel [f thatched cottage & m memorial ride], Lesser Spotted Woodpecker thatched cottage, c12 Redwing memorial ride (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 4 Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull, Water Rail, Stock Dove (Chris Farthing)

Monday 29th January 2018Edit

  • Amwell NR: 2 Raven displaying Gt Hardmead L (Alan Ford via Herts BC); eve'g - 3 rh Smew still, 20 Great Black-backed Gull, Caspian Gull 1w pre-roost, Barn Owl 1720 (Ron Cousins via Twitter)
  • Bonnett's Wood: Woodcock (Dave McGough per ELBF FB)
  • Brookmill Park: 4 Redwing, Song Thrush, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cassiobury Park: Red Kite (Geoff Young via Herts BC)
  • Clissold Park: 2 Mistle Thrush (Kirsten Foster via Twitter)
  • Crayford Marshes: Little Egret, 28 Avocet, 30 Lapwing, 3 Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Dunlin, 45 Redshank, Kestrel, 10 Redwing, Song Thrush, Stonechat m, 5 Meadow Pipit (Donna Zimmer via Twitter)
  • Dollis Brook: Holders Hill to Finchley TC - drake Teal rocklands pond, f Sparrowhawk, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail (Samuel Levy)
  • Garden Wood: 3+ Hawfinch still but elusive (Steve Blake via Herts BC)
  • Hogsmill Open Space: 1 Little Egret close to railway line a.m. (Neil Batten)
  • Juniper Top: 70+ Hawfinch v vocal (Steve Gale via Twitter)
  • London Wetland Centre: Water Pipit, 2 Jack Snipe, Bittern, 2 Stonechat, 14 Redwing, 3 Shelduck, 8 Pintail, Siskin, Grey Wagtail (WWT website/Twitter)
  • New River Path: Enfield to Theobalds - 7 Mandarins 4m 3f north of Carterhatch Ln, 5 Goosanders 3 [1m 2f] w/ Mandarins flew off as I approached & 2 [pair] nr Bullsmoor Ln. Though anxious at my presence, surprisingly they remained on the water and I was able to pass by within 20ft. Presumably over time they have got used to the frequent joggers, dog walkers, hikers etc. that use the path. (Mike Oakland)
  • Nutfield, Surrey: 4+ Brambling w/ Chaffinches, Bullfinch, many Yellowhammer, 3+ Reed Bunting in stubble field nr Nutfield church ('Wildlife and Words' twitter)
  • Millfields 30+ Common Gull & 4 Stock Dove feeding on Cricket field (Ernest Thomason)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff in Holm Oak along river,(Ernest Thomason)
  • Rainham RSPB: Little Egret, m Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 13 Avocet, 5 Curlew, 4 Snipe, 5 Yellow-legged Gull (RSPB via ELBF FB)
  • Richmond: Eastern Race Lesser Whitethroat still in back gardens of Selwyn and Pagoda Avenues. Directions below. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Richmond Park: 233 Common Gull upper pen pond (J.Wilczur); Kingfisher ham pond (Twitter)
  • St James's Park: 2 Lesser Redpoll this a.m. includes one nice m both feeding on the lone birch tree south side of the lake betw bridge & Horse Guards Rd. One bird still there p.m. (Frank Nugent).
  • Staines Moor: 2 Water Pipit 1100 (Allan Goddard via Twitter)
  • Staines Reservoir: AMERICAN HORNED LARK showing well (Paul Hackett via Twitter)
  • The Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 10 Canada Geese & Coot sheepwash, 5 Redwing, Pied Wagtail (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: 2 Hawfinch together perched in oak at E edge of Shaws Wd 11:35 (Robert Callf); also Hawfinch in the 'new clump' 15:30-16:00 when it flew east, 20 Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush (Pete Lowman)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: LITTLE BUNTING showed well in usual bush 10.45, Scaup still on No4, Stonechat, Common Sandpiper (David Bradshaw, Dominic Mitchell, Terry Rawlings)
  • Worcester Park: 2 Little Egrets in Beverley Brook opposite the end of Lincoln Rd (Julie Drewett)

Sunday 28th January 2018Edit

As the nesting season begins, please observe the guidance on reporting scarce breeders highlighted in bold at the top of this page.

  • Alexandra Palace: Treecreeper [my first in park] (Greg Smith)
  • Amwell NR: rh Smew fr gladwin hide still (Mike Ilett via Twitter); 3 rh Smew fr gladwin hide (Clifford Smout via Herts BC)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret, 23 Snipe, male Peregrine Staples, 17 Redwings Cycle Track (Andrew Self, Andrew Verrall); 2 Nuthatch, 2 Bullfinch m f, Coal Tit (Simon Worsfold)
  • Broxbourne Woods: female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at 10:05 in canopy south east corner of Highfield Wd (Martin Shepherd); 2 Woodcock, 2 Raven (per Herts BC)
  • Canons Farm & Banstead Woods: CF - Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, Buzzard, 4 Little Owl, Kestrel, 17 Rook, 3 Skylark, 40 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, 80 Linnet, Yellowhammer; BW - Collared Dove, 2 Mistle Thrush, 12 Meadow Pipit, 4 Bullfinch, Redpoll over (David Campbell et al via CFBW blog)
  • Coopers Green GPs: Green Sandpiper flying toward Stanborough GP from Ellenbrook Fields (Steve Blake via Herts BC)
  • Crayford: 1st-winter Caspian Gull porning it on Jolly Farmers mid a'noon, along with 1st-winter Yellow-legged Gull before I inadvertently flushed the lot (Richard Bonser)
  • Deptford Creek: Kingfisher over (Carole Wright via Twitter)
  • Edmonton: Church St RG - 26+ Common Gull incl individual in full juvenile plumage perhaps suggesting race L. c. heinei (Robert Callf)
  • Ellenbrook Fields: Woodcock, Stonechat (per Herts BC)
  • Fairlop Waters: f Bullfinch (Steve Bacon per ELBF FB)
  • Friday Lake: Smew rh (James Palmer)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: incl Jack Snipe showing well, 8 Siskin (Donna Zimmer via Twitter)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Egyptian Geese, 6 Mandarin Duck into roost, Mute Swan, 2 Gadwall, 41 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 398+ Black-headed Gulls, 23 Common Gull, 13 Stock Dove, Little Owl calling at dusk from trees nr bird feeders at Bird Sanctuary Pond, Kestrel, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Fieldfare, 32 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, 104 Starling, Hawfinch 1 flew from Model Boating Pond towards Parliament Hill, Greenfinch, 5 Siskin [1 Highgate Pond No1 & 4 Bird Sanctuary Pond] (Samuel Levy); Heath Extension - pr Mandarin, Sparrowhawk, singing Song Thrush (HarringayBirder)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: f Common Scoter still fr Hoggs Ln viewing platform (per Herts BN)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Sparrowhawk pr displaying, 75+ Lapwing over, 5+ Green Woodpecker, 4+ Yellowhammer, 3+ Reed Bunting (Andrew Cox via EBwS BN)
  • Juniper Top: 50+ Hawfinch (per Surrey BC News twitter) TQ182525
  • Kentish Town: Falkland Rd/Fortess Rd - 30+ Golden Plover N, 2 Peregrine m & f hunting low for c15min 1530 (Francis Tusa)
  • KGV Reservoir: 3 Egyptian Goose, 6 Wigeon, Scaup, 19 Goldeneye, Smew, 11 Goosander, 2 Slavonian Grebe, Buzzard, 6 Lapwing, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, Kestrel, 3 Peregrine together, 2 Skylark, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Stonechat, Greenfinch singing, 85 Linnet (Neville Smith via Twitter)
  • Leyton, Orient Way: Leyton Tip - juv Glaucous Gull briefly 14.40 (Jamie Partridge) pics here
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 6 Pintail, Goldeneye, 3 Bittern, 3 Water Rail, Jack Snipe, 2 Peregrine, Kestrel, Grey Wagtail (WWT Twitter/website)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest (Jon Agar); pair Teal & pair Gadwall on river, also 15 Redpolls on trees along river bank (Ernest Thomason)
  • Millfields: 30 Common Gulls (Ernest Thomason)
  • Osterley Park: 12 Cormorant, 2 Egyptian Goose, 7 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 10+ Jackdaw, Little Owl, 7 Mandarin, Mistle Thrush, Pochard, 20+ Ring-necked Parakeet, 28 Shoveler, 2 Teal (Richard Woolley).
  • Perivale Wood: 1046 Carrion Crow at the annual roost count (Fiona Barclay, Nic Ferriday, David Howdon, Deborah Worsley)
  • Rabley Park nr Shenley: 2 Hawfinch (per Herts BC)
  • Rainham RSPB: 15 Pintail, 45 Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Sparrowhawk, 3 Marsh Harrier, 4 Curlew, Ruff, 8 Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull, Barn Owl, 2 Kestrel, Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 4 Stonechat, 2 Water Pipit, 8 Rock Pipit (Martin Jordan per ELBF FB); Thames Purfleet - 8 Shelduck, 3 Gadwall, 41 Wigeon, 37 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 32 Avocet, 638 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 217 Dunlin, 17 Redshank, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Jackdaw, 4 Linnet (Fraser Simpson via Twitter)
  • Regent's Park: a park 1st, 3 (2m,1f) Parrot Crosbills flew from the area 31 at 1.50pm; bill, body structure and call all point to this species (Tony Duckett via Twitter)
  • Richmond Park: 1 Little Owl, 2 Stonechat, 8 Lesser Redpoll (Neil Stocks)
  • Roding Valley Meadows LNR: 2 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Goldcrest, Bullfinch (Andy Tweed via ELBF FB)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: 4 Shelduck, 4 Green Sandpiper, Water Pipit fr gadwall_hide still (Mike Ilett via Twitter)
  • Sevenoaks WR: 5 Egyptian Goose, 25 Wigeon, 8 Little Grebe, 16 Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe east lake nr clay spit still, Sparrowhawk, 2 Red Kite, 30 Snipe, 25 Common Gull, 30 Redwing (per Kent OS)
  • Shrewsbury Park: c20 Redwing, Sparrowhawk over, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest (Tim Rymer)
  • Southridge, Shenley: 29 Golden Plover (per Herts BC)
  • Staines Reservoir: AMERICAN HORNED LARK showing well (Twitter)
  • Teddington: Little Egret flying upstream along Thames 1645, Tawny Owl Normansfield Ave 2315 (Mike Foster)
  • Tooting Commons: LNHS walk incl Red Kite SE, Peregrine, c30 Redwing; Red Admiral (Peter White via Twitter)
  • Tufnell Park: Brecknock/Southcote Rd area - 1 vocal Firecrest, 3+ Goldcrest, 5 Redwing, 2 male Blackcap (Francis Tusa)
  • Turnford Marsh GPs: Ashley Pit - 15 Goosander 7m 8f, Red Kite over (Jan Dobbie)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs and Willows Farm: 2 Little Egret, 3 Water Rail, Caspian Gull 2w again, Kingfisher am (Rupert Evershed via Twitter); c150 Fieldfare over Willow Fm (Steve Hughes via Herts BC)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 10 Redwing in tree in front paddock, 2 Egyptian Goose side paddock, 5 Fielfdare rear paddock (Jon Agar)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: LITTLE BUNTING still 0945 (Graham Howie via Twitter); LB showed well in the open 14.00-14.10, long-staying drake Scaup on No4 reservoir (Andrew Lyburn)
  • Waterworks NR: 2 Firecrest, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 4 Redwings, 2 Song Thrush, Pochard, Teal, Gadwall, Little Grebe, Kingfisher 9-10.30am (Geoff Gram)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 1 Peregrine on Hospital incinerator flue with prey, 1 m Stonechat, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 singing Mistle Thrush, pair of Bullfinch (first sighting here in a few years), 2+ Goldcrest (Charlie Farrell, David Darrell-Lambert)

Saturday 27th January 2018Edit

  • Amwell NR: 2rh Smew fr gladwin hide still am (William Last via Twitter)
  • Beddington Farmlands: Twite on Landfill, Dartford Warbler, ad Glaucous Gull and Caspian Gull 2w reported among a few thousand gulls [c7000 LWHGs per Lee Evans via Twitter], 2 Tree Sparrow, c15 Meadow Pipit, 4 Snipe, 10 Skylark, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Little Egret, 2 Rook, 12 Reed Bunting, c30 Linnet, Song Thrush, f Kestrel, 20+ Lapwing (Arjun Dutta et al.)
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: m Smew still pm (Matt Moreton via Twitter)
  • Belvedere, River Thames: foreshore - incl 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Gadwall, 2 Lapwing, 20+ Linnet, 2 Redshank, 8 Ringed Plover and 24 Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • Brent Reservoir: male Tawny Owl hooting 06:52 Allotments by Dump, 3 Egyptian Goose left NW early, 14 Common Snipe, Water Rail, 3 Redwing, Coal Tit, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Brent Birders)
  • Bushy Park: 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, 3 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush (Ian R Watson)
  • Canons Farm: 5 Bullfinch nr Legal & General (Ian Magness via CFBW blog)
  • Cassiobury Park: 30 Siskin am (George Moreton via Twitter)
  • Essendon: 4 Red Kite, Hawfinch behind school TL277086, 8 Siskin (per Herts BC)
  • Finchley: garden N3 - 4 Stock Dove, 3 Jay, 4 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, Goldcrest, m Blackcap, Song Thrush, 4 Greenfinch, 6 Chaffinch, m Siskin (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Jack Snipe showing well fr far hide am (Richard Green via Twitter); also Water Rail, Sparrowhawk m (P Kite)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: f Common Scoter still fr Hogg Ln viewing platform (William Last via Twitter) TQ156962
  • Hollow Pond: sizeable group of Lesser Redpolls again - I only seem to see them in dire conditions (J-P Elmes)
  • Howe Green nr Essendon: Stonechat (per Herts BC)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Shelduck, 3 Pintail, Goldeneye, Bittern, 72 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, Chiffchaff, 16 Redwing, Fieldfare (WWT website); 5 Pintail, Pochard X Tufted hybrid, 5 Common Snipe (Martin Honey et al.)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest (Jon Agar)
  • Moor Park nr Rickmansworth: Marsh Tit heard (Steve Carter via Herts BC)
  • Mudchute Farm: 27 Redwing (Sean Huggins)
  • Richmond: Eastern race Lesser Whitethroat still in back gardens of Selwyn Avenue and finally in my back garden of Pagoda Avenue. Alleyway access from alongside 1 Selwyn Avenue to view first garden beyond garage on right. Usually in garden with feeders on other side of street alongside 90 Selwyn Avenue. Directions below, no parking charges on sunday. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Ruislip Woods: Fore St/Salisbury Rd entrance. Hawfinch atop large tree at entrance on arrival at 7.45am flew S (Nigel Barratt); 2 Mistle Thrush, Treecreeper, 6 Siskin, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker on the Lido side, c12 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall on the reservoir, 2 Coal Tit, Buzzard, c200 Redwing north end of Mad Bess Wood (Charlie Farrell)
  • Sevenoaks WR: Black-necked Grebe east lake nr clay spit still, Barn Owl east lake far end by fields 1145 (Susanna Clerici via Kent OS)
  • Staines Reservoir: AMERICAN HORNED LARK showing well c1030 (Archie Archer/Steve Richards et al via Twitter); Black-necked Grebe on north basin (Conrad Ellam)
  • Stanborough Lakes: c10 Hawfinch over (Andrew Haig via Herts BC)
  • Thorney CP: N section - Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 6 Coal Tit, 7+ Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing, Grey Wagtail, 9 Meadow Pipit, 15+ Hawfinch widespread & mobile including NE & SW of WT Old Pk / Childerditch Wd / old deer pk betw centre & 2nd car pk, 11 Siskin (Andrew Cox via EBwS BN)
  • Vauxhall Bridge: Yellow-legged Gull ad, 270 Starlings in pre-roost murmuration then dispersed and 70 roosted, 2 Grey Wagtail (N P Senior)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Egyptian Goose in side paddocks, 5 Fieldfare in rear paddocks, 10 Redwing in tree in front paddocks (Jon Agar)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: LITTLE BUNTING showed well 0857 (Adrian Kettle via Twitter); Scaup still on No4 (Jon Agar)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 5 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull, Peregrine, Kingfisher, 3 Teal (Chris Farthing) [Should I still be calling these Redpoll 'Lesser Redpoll'? CF] Use 'Redpoll' if not ID'd to species (per BOU: Lesser/Common/Arctic) level. [Thanks, I recall talk of Lesser and Common being lumped for 2018 due to DNA similarity but maybe that didn't happen- CF]

Friday 26th January 2018Edit

  • Bentley Priory: pr Hawfinch viewed just over the north perimeter fence 12:15, 3 Common Buzzard (Richard Francis)
  • Brookmill Park: 4 Redwing (Conrad Ellam); 2 Firecrest foy (Conrad Ellam via Twitter)
  • Bury Lake: Kingfisher (Charlie Ramsay via Herts BC)
  • Dagenham Chase: 90+ Gadwall, 42+ Wigeon, Snipe, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Fieldfare, Grey Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, m Bullfinch, 2 Reed Bunting m f (Vincenzo Halley-Frame per ELBF FB); belated report of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in private gdn nr YMCA (per VH-F via Twitter)
  • Danson Park: incl Water Rail, 100+ Redwing, Grey Wagtail (Chris Gibbard via Twitter)
  • Ealing: f Blackcap in garden W5 - my first of the season (C.Beazley)
  • Eastcote: Field End RG - 20+ Redwing, 8 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Greenfinch (Tim Rymer)
  • Fairlop Waters: Stonechat (Steve Bacon per ELBF FB)
  • Finchley: garden N3 - Tawny Owl calling 18:04 (Samuel Levy)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 3 Little Grebe, Little Egret, 4 Mute Swan, 8 Tufted Duck, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 42+ Redwing [2 then 40+ to roost], Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 3 Jay, 10+ Jackdaw (Mike Amos)
  • Garden Wood: 8+ Hawfinch mobile & often elusive (TyttGP twitter) TL194045
  • Greenwich: Woodlands Park Rd - Blackcap pair, 1 Grey Wagtail (Richard Green)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Jack Snipe still present, 6 Redwing, Goldcrest (Richard Green, Joe Beale)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Great Crested Grebe pair, 56 Mandarin Duck 34m 22f at 16:30 (Robert Callf)
  • Heathrow: m Smew (Adam Cheeseman)
  • KGV Reservoir: m Scaup on S basin, 3 Goosander m 2f, 13 Goldeneye incl 3m, 15+ Little Grebe, Skylark on causeway, Green Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit 1-2pm (Davey Leach)
  • Ladywell: Blackcap male in gardens in Ermine Rd (Keith Chambers)
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 Shelduck, 4 Pintail, 2 Stonechat m&f, f Goldeneye (Shailesh Patel); 6 Shelduck, 5 Pintail, Bittern, Kingfisher entrance bridge, Fieldfare (WWT website)
  • Mayflower Park: 4 Little Egrets flew southwest (Danny Ramsay per Bob Smith)
  • Pinner: Lloyd Crt - Tawny Owls very vocal 02:30-3:00 (Richard Francis) The activity has been more apparent over the past few nights [RF]
  • Rainham RSPB: Mediterranean Gull ad, Iceland Gull juv, Caspian Gull 1w, Caspian x Herring hybrid 1w, 4+ Yellow-legged Gull (Dominic Mitchell via Twitter) NB gulls on landfill should only be viewed fr riverside path beyond Coldharbour Pt. Please do not trespass.
  • Richmond: Eastern race Lesser Whitethroat still in back gardens of Selwyn Avenue. Directions and parking charges below. (Dom Pia, Franko J. Maroevic)
  • Richmond Park: 20+ Lesser Redpoll (P. Redmond)
  • St James’s Park: no sign of Lesser Redpoll but Peregrine Falcon circling at 14:10 high over park - 13:50-14:10 (HarringayBirder); I was at the park around 11 and found the 3 Lesser Redpoll in the tree described previously by Frank Nugent i.e. the single silver birch on the lake side of the main path on south side of lake between the blue bridge and the pelican_rocks - thanks Frank (Toni Piccolo)
  • Sevenoaks WR: Black-necked Grebe still by fishing bay 29 (Mike Amos via Twitter); 53 Snipe, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Redpoll (per Susanna Clerici via Kent OS)
  • South Woodford: 56 Fieldfare over George Ln shopping centre 16:00 (Christopher Wright)
  • Southern Park: Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 20+ Redwing (Richard Green)
  • Staines Reservoir: AMERICAN HORNED LARK showing well all morning on concrete bank of S basin often feeding in moss or at water's edge nr west end but flew much further towards east end at one stage, also pair of Peregrines over SW corner of site (many observers); also 20+ Goldeneye, Black-necked Grebe still (Tony Sweetland via Twitter)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 2 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush [uncommon here], 22 Ring-necked Parakeet (Neil Batten)
  • Thorney CP: N section - 6 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 25 Hawfinch, 6 Bullfinch, Siskin (Martin Jordan per ELBF FB)
  • Tooting Commons: Great Crested Grebe still (James Hudson via Twitter); Little Owl (Alan Wilkinson via Twitter)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 32 Canada Geese 20 horse field & 12 sheepwash, 4 Teal 3 johns field & 1 darlands, Cormorant [3rd different individual this year], Little Egret, Common Buzzard, 3 Woodcock 1 low over darlands & 2 circling lower end of cow field, 115+ Black-headed Gull, 180+ Common Gull, 8 Stock Dove, 4 Little Owl, 72+ Rook, 6 Goldcrest, 54+ Fieldfare, 37+ Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 100+ Starling, 3 Pied Wagtail, 58 Meadow Pipit owl_field, 5 Bullfinch 2 owl_field & 3 old gropper field, Coot, 2 Egyptian Geese sheepwash (Samuel Levy)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest male Monument Glade 1300, also 1-2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Redwing, pair Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker female (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: Hawfinch in trees just east of garage and station and in the 'new clump' [possibly two birds present here], 6 Greenfinch, Bullfinch, 10 Redwing, Kestrel, Song Thrush, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gulls, 2 Common Gull, Common Buzzard (Pete Lowman)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs and Willows Farm: main GP - 2 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 27+ Snipe, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret, c10 Tree Sparrow; Willows Fm - Red Kite, 4+ Buzzard, Little Owl, Stonechat, c30 Linnet (TyttGP twitter)
  • Upminster Bridge: Grey Wagtail (G J Francis)
  • Victoria Station: Peregrine over stn (Oliver Simms-Twitter)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: LITTLE BUNTING showed in its usual bush for around a minute at 09:30 (Twitter); 2 Peregrine incl 1 carrying prey over Low Maynard (James Palmer); also 2 Shelduck, 7 Goldeneye 3m, pr Goosander, Water Rail, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher (Dave Morrison & Julia Richards via Twitter)
  • West Putney: 2 ad Bewick's Swan flew NE 10.55 (Rupert Kaye)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Snipe, 2 Shelduck, 4 Teal (Chris Farthing)

Thursday 25th January 2018Edit

  • Amwell NR: 2f Smew opp gladwin hide 16:30-16:50 (Murray Orchard via Twitter)
  • Belhus Woods CP: incl 16 Shoveler, 25 Gadwall, 35 Wigeon, 33 Teal, 21 Pochard, 7 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 18 Cormorant, Water Rail, 147 Lapwing, Kingfisher, 84 Ring-necked Parakeet, Cetti's Warbler, 8 Goldcrest, 43 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 16m Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Bullfinch, 6 Greenfinch, Reed Bunting (Alan Shearman via ELBF FB)
  • Greenwich: Woodlands Park Rd gdn - Blackcap female, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, Ring-necked Parakeet (Richard Green)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: 10 Redwing, 4 Chaffinch (Richard Green)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: 10 Chaffinch, 6 Siskin, water levels high so Jack Snipe was not seen by us but someone did claim they had seen the bird (Richard Green, John Bushall)
  • Hampstead Heath: Stock Dove N Parliament Hill 1250, also 12 Common Gulls resting on Men's Pond, Kingfisher at Sanctuary Pond, 30 Redwings - very low total (Pete Mantle)
  • Harlow: Red Kite over Harlow Hospital, 2 Coal Tit (Karl Kennedy via EBwS BN); f Blackcap, 2 Redwing, 22 House Sparrow, 36 Linnet, Brambling -Harlow area TL450020 (Roger Emmens via EBwS BN)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Egyptian Goose, 8 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Buzzard, Woodcock, 3 Common Snipe, 4 Kestrel, 35 Skylark, 5 Fieldfare, 5 Meadow Pipit (Dave McGough via ELBF FB)
  • Joydens Wood Bexley: 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Treecreeper, 6+ Coal Tit, 6+ Goldcrest, 5 Siskin, Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker (Ralph Todd - RSPB Bexley Group).
  • Lamorbey Park: 8 Redwing, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 2 Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, Little Grebe, 9 Tufted Duck 5m (Eric Brown)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Water Pipit, 1 Bittern, 2 Stonechat, 5 Pintail, 3 Shelduck (WWT website)
  • Morden Hall Park: Little Egret & Kingfisher fr boardwalk, Water Rail & Song Thrushes h (Jane White via Twitter)
  • Nuffield Ridge: c10 Brambling in mixed flock of finches & buntings (Ken Noble via Surrey BN) TQ310510
  • Primrose Hill: Hawfinch site-foy low S 1405 (Twitter)
  • Rainham RSPB: Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk m f, 6 Marsh Harrier 4f 2m, Red Kite, 1200 Lapwing, 5 Ruff, 300 Dunlin, 3 Peregrine juv f & pr, 40 Rook (per ELBF FB)
  • River Cray: 16 Moorhen, 12 Blackbird, 12 Wren, 11 Robin, 42 Mallard, 12 Siskin, 14 Great Tit, 21 Blue Tit, 46 Woodpigeon, 2 Dunnock, 10 Starling, 4 Black-headed Gull, 11 Canada Goose, 4 Coot, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Little Egret, 18 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Redwing, 2 Magpie, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Herring Gull, 6 Carrion Crow, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Collared Dove - 09.45-11.00 (Jamie Fletcher) Any particular stretch of the River Cray Jamie? I guess Footscray Meadows? [Mike Amos].
  • Ruislip Woods: Hawfinch still present in vicinity of Wiltshire Ln entrance 9:10 (Richard Francis). Just back from Jon Ridge's funeral and wake. Nice to meet family and friends. He was 49 years old, and will be greatly missed [RF].
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Shelduck, 2 Green Sandpiper, Peregrine, 3 Stonechat, Water Pipit (per Herts BC)
  • St Albans: Hawfinch St Michaels churchyard still - perched in bare trees on boundary then flew into yew again (Tim Hill via Herts BC) TL135072
  • St James's Park: 3 Lesser Redpoll still feeding on a birch tree am; there again 14:30-15:00 (Frank Nugent, Jo Lawrence); also there 12.25-12.35 (Paul Hyland)
  • Sevenoaks WR: 3 Bullfinch 2f m nr goat paddock eating buddleia seeds (Susanna Clerici via Kent OS)
  • Sidcup: 9 Redpoll feeding in birch tree Maple Leaf Dr 9.50-10.15am (Eric Brown)
  • Staines Reservoir: AMERICAN HORNED LARK showing well am on concrete bank of S basin 100m from west end. Feeding on seeds. (John Edwards); also Goldeneye, Black-necked Grebe still (Tony Cummins via Surrey BN)
  • Stocker's Lake: 12 Red-crested Pochard 9m 3f, 9 Goldeneye 3m 6f, Cetti's Warbler seen & heard (Geoff Lapworth via Herts BC)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 179 Herring Gull ne, 1 Sparrowhawk, 15 Ring-necked Parakeet, 7 Collared Dove (Neil Batten)
  • The Ridgeway, Mill Hill: Coot & 2 Egyptian Geese sheepwash, 20 Redwing, Sparrowhawk, 2 Fieldfare, 7 Starling, 12 Goldfinch (Samuel Levy)
  • Tooting Commons: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Shoveler, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jackdaw (Alan Wilkinson, Peter White)
  • Trent Park: 2 Grey Heron incl leucistic bird, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Buzzard, Peregrine soaring over Camlet Hill 13:10, male Kestrel, male Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Fieldfare, 3 singing Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush incl one singing, 2 Coal Tit, Nuthatch, f Bullfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Victoria Park: 3 Red-crested Pochard (JW Davies)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 6 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 6 Mistle Thrush on paddocks, 94 Black-headed Gulls on paddock flood; 2 Stonechat m & f Bomb Crater Field at E end of boardwalk, 1 Meadow Pipit nearby all 09:00-10:00 (Alastair Dent)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: LITTLE BUNTING showed on and off 09:00-13:00 at least. Feeding in weedy strip north of East Warwick. Occasionally perching up in bushes but often partially obscured, Scaup still on No4 (Dave Bradshaw, Paul Whiteman)
  • Wanstead Park: Great Egret again Perch Pond then flew toward ornamental gdns early-am (Jonathan Lethbridge via Twitter/blog)

Wednesday 24th January 2018Edit

  • Brookmill Park: 2 Kingfisher, 4 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Golders Hill Park: 55+ Redwing, Mistle Thrush, 13 Moorhen at western end (James Levy)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 5 Pintail, 65 Teal, Bittern, Snipe, Grey Wagtail (WWT website); 6 Common Snipe, 1-2 Jack Snipe, 2 Stonechat m f, 1f Reed Bunting on wader scrape, 2 Fieldfare southern route, 20 Redwing over entrance lake (Martin Honey & B. Page)
  • Rainham RSPB: 3 Marsh Harrier 2f m, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruff, juv f Peregrine (RSPB per ELBF FB)
  • St James's Park: 3 Lesser Redpoll still feeding on a birch tree (Frank Nugent). Whereabouts is the birch please? South side of lake betw bridge & Pelican_rocks by the path [FN]
  • Staines Moor: 1+ Water Pipit by Colne still (Ian Jones via Surrey BN)
  • Staines ReservoirsAMERICAN HORNED LARK still - saw it 12noon c300yd along causeway from tower on S basin on shingle and in moss (Jim Fell)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 60 Canada Geese, 8 Mandarin Duck, 22 Mallard, 7 Teal, Cormorant, Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 146+ Common Gull, 26 Stock Dove, Little Owl, 37 Rook, 3 Goldcrest, 269+ Fieldfare, 99+ Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 111+ Starling, 2 Pied Wagtail, 8 Bullfinch (Owl_Field); also Muntjac, Fox (Samuel Levy).
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 1m Scaup, 4 Snipe on E.Warwick, 8 Great Black-backed Gulls (Daniel Whitelegg)

Tuesday 23rd January 2018Edit

  • Abney Park: Firecrest (Chris Farthing & Tony Butler)
  • Beddington Farmlands: Twite still this morning on landfill but no general access.
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: m Smew still (Robin Stride via Twitter)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 2 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Clapham Common: 10 Redwing, 6 Shoveler (JSL) [again, full name pls?]
  • Connaught Water: 7 Mandarin 6m f, 14 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 11 Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck, pr Goosander, 4 Great Crested Grebe, f Tawny Owl h, pr Great Spotted Woodpecker, pr Nuthatch, pr Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest (Howard Vaughan via ELBF FB)
  • Creekmouth: 2 Peregrine pair mating at top of pylon, Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 44 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 7+ Chiffchaff (James Palmer) [more fun than standing around not seeing the Little Bunting]
  • Dollis Brook: Sparrowhawk hunting nr Finchley TC (Samuel Levy)
  • Enfield Chase: St Mary Magdalene's Church - 1m Blackcap very approachable down to less than 1ft, 15 Redwings (Paul Collins)
  • Hayes: Red Kite circling over Fremantle Drive area (Neil Anderson) Is that Hayes Middlesex or Hayes Kent? [Dave Burt] Middx [NA] Thanks Neil - thought south of Thames was unlikely - but you never know! (DB)
  • Hogsmill Open Space: 1 Little Egret feeding in Hogsmill river viewed from train 08.25 (Neil Batten)
  • Honey Lane Quarters: 3m Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, m Coal Tit, 4 Goldcrest, pr Nuthatch, pr Treecreeper (Howard Vaughan via ELBF FB)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 10 Mandarin, 3 Pintail, Bittern, 3 Snipe, Peregrine, 7 Redwing, 2 Stonechat (WWT twitter)
  • Pymmes Park: Little Grebe, 3 Greylag Goose, male Egyptian Goose, 2 Shoveler m f, male Common Pochard, 4 f Tufted Duck, Mediterranean Gull adult with yellow darvic ring favouring NE corner of playing field until 14:05 hrs at least - Could someone with a 'scope read this bird's ring and pass on details to NTGG please?, 8 Common Gull incl one first-winter, Grey Wagtail with metal ring on right leg, 2 Pied Wagtail, 43+ Redwing, Goldcrest singing male (Robert Callf)
  • Rainham RSPB: 4 Ruff (Bernard Bradshaw per ELBF FB)
  • Raynes Park: Grey Heron over garden 16:30 (P. Redmond)
  • Ruislip Woods: c10 Hawfinch in part of woods south of Wiltshire Ln entrance 09:00 (Andrew Self)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: 4 Green Sandpiper & Water Pipit [island 1] still fr gadwall_hide, Stonechat in meadow (Jeff Bailey via Herts BC)
  • St Albans: Hawfinch St Michaels churchyard still 1330 in limes then flew into yew (Tim Hill via Herts BC) TL135073
  • St James's Park: 3 Lesser Redpoll as yesterday feeding in a birch tree (Frank Nugent).
  • Scadbury Park: 2 Lesser Redpoll, 20+ Siskin (Conrad Ellam)
  • Sevenoaks WR: Black-necked Grebe east lake nr clay spit still, 3 Redpoll over (per Susanna Clerici via Kent OS website)
  • South Weald: 5 Goosander 4m f (David North via EBwS BN)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Little Egret, Buzzard, Barn Owl, 2 Kestrel, 12 Skylark (Robert Martin via Twitter)
  • Staines Reservoirs: AMERICAN HORNED LARK still midway along causeway on S Basin early afternoon (BirdGuides); showing well (mo)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Firecrest in ivy, Nuthatch, Redwing, Song Thrush (SHW twitter)
  • Thorndon CP: N section - Nuthatch, 7 Hawfinch (Ian Plume per ELBF FB)
  • Totteridge Valley: Coot still at Sheepwash Pond (Samuel Levy)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: LITTLE BUNTING still between Engine House and East Warwick Reservoir this afternoon. Seen twice in its usual bush this afternoon. View from concrete track by No.1 Reservoir. Seed put down on mud mound by East Warwick where it appeared at weekend. (David Bradshaw, Steve Woolfenden, David Darrell Lambert, Ed Imber, HarringayBirder); m Scaup on No4 still east side (David Bradshaw via Twitter); also Peregrine flying low over Bunting scrub, 20 Fieldfare and 6 Goldeneye on No5 (HarringayBirder)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 2 Lapwing over (David Bradshaw via Twitter)
  • Wandsworth Common: Greylag, 3 Shoveler, 2 Cormorant, Kestrel over, 2 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 10-15 Siskin - 32 spp (Peter White via Twitter)
  • Whitehouse Plain: 5 Hawfinch (Barry Jones per ELBF FB)
  • Woodford Green: Hawfinch over at 8.05 and 7 Siskin on feeders (Ken Murray)

Monday 22nd January 2018Edit

  • Battersea Park Lake: 33 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 100 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 40 Woodpigeon, 30 Magpies. Historic records for this park include Marsh Tit, Turtle Dove, Barn and Little Owl, Bullfinch, breeding Rook and Swallow but I suppose back in 1920's this was case all over Inner London (Michael Mac) 1920s ref: [1] Note to moderator: for some odd reason.my post today seemed to have vanished earlier, when I went into edit, my post was still there and I had to republish, then latter I had to repeat that again, because it vanished again! why is this? (Michael Mac) MM - I'm not the moderator but fwiw the site history says your Battersea post first appeared at 17:59 and was not deleted subsequently; this suggests any previous attempts to publish failed.
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: drake Smew still on South Lake this morning (Bill Haines)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Redwing, Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bury Wood: area - Hawfinch Black Bush Plain adj to Green Ride, Treecreeper, 4 Nuthatch, Kestrel, Buzzard (Chris Baldwin)
  • Ellenbrook Fields: Hawfinch flew from Home Covert into Round Wd (Rupert Evershed via Herts BC)
  • Finsbury Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker (Ann Feltham)
  • Forty Hall CP: 2 Goosander m & f, male Kingfisher perched (Robert Callf)
  • Garden Wood: 4+ Hawfinch still am (Steve Blake/Terry Smith via Herts BC) TL194045
  • Guy Lodge Farm: Mediterranean Gull 1st-winter 12:41-12:55 hrs at least TQ332998, 20+ Common Gull incl 3+ 1st-winter (Robert Callf)
  • Highbury Fields: 50-60 Redwing in the top fields by the sports pitches - present for the last few days, also Mistle Thrushes and Song Thrushes in the same area (Ricky Blackman)
  • Kensal Green: 2 Redwing over, 1 Goldcrest (Charlie Farrell)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern, 3 Snipe, 16 Siskin, 1 Peregrine, 2 Shelduck, 4 Pintail (WWT website); 7 Common Snipe on wader scrape mainly around the edge, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Stonechat m f, 5 Pintail, 1 Peregrine hunting over main lake (Martin Honey)
  • Lower Chingford: Flood Relief Channel - Goosander, 19 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, 2 Fieldfare (James Palmer)
  • Mayflower Park: Peregrine on pylons (Bob Smith)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Kingfisher on River Lea, Firecrest still showing got a nice close view possibly 2 in scrub on Filter Beds side, flock of 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Redpoll (Ernest Thomason)
  • Morden Cemetery: Little Owl (Bill Reid per Bob Smith)
  • Oxleas Wood: Sparrowhawk f, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Firecrest (Richard Green via Twitter)
  • Primrose Hill: pr Greenfinch in high-flying display - m chasing f & then singing as both dived to earth (Twitter)
  • Ruislip Woods: c20 Hawfinch in part of woods south of Wiltshire Ln entrance 10:30. Calling and moving about. (Richard Francis)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: f Kingfisher back on downtown pond ('WorgInfo' twitter)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 5 Green Sandpiper, Water Pipit all fr gadwall_hide (David Booth via Herts BC)
  • St James's Park: 3 Lesser Redpoll in the Park this morning (Frank Nugent).
  • Snaresbrook, Eagle Pond: Caspian Gull 3w still (Stuart Fisher)
  • Staines Reservoirs: AMERICAN HORNED LARK again [last seen 28 Nov] on causeway at W end early pm on shingle shore near Linnet flock. Till 14.00 at least. (Dom Pia per FJM); feeding at shingle edge 100yd east of south tower (DP via Twitter); reported again at causeway midpoint 1525 (per DP via Twitter) Maybe bring some seed? [AV]
  • Tooting Commons: Great Crested Grebe juv on lake 4pm (Nick Granger-Taylor)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 2 Goosander m f, 10 Goldeneye 4m 6f, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel (Daniel Whitelegg); LITTLE BUNTING reported still 10.30am (RBA) This one report was seen by Lee Evans, possibly 1 or 2 others, most of us didn't get onto bird only visible for c2 mins, so 8 hours watching Reed Buntings for most. [mo] Maybe bring some seed? [AV]
  • Wanstead Park: Hawfinch again briefly Old Sewage Works am before heading towards cemetery (Rob Sheldon via Twitter); Water Rail shoulder of mutton pond, Firecrest Bush Wd still (Tim Harris via Twitter)
  • Warren Pond: Hawfinch in trees just south of pond at 8.10 (Ian Lycett)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Teal, 6 Egyptian Geese - my joint highest count here, Reed Bunting (Chris Farthing)
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret on horse field (Bob Smith)

Sunday 21st January 2018Edit

  • Amwell: 2rh Smew (Duncan Hilliard via Herts BC)
  • Beckton SW: Egyptian Goose, 335 Teal, Curlew, Green Sandpiper, 33 Redshank, 12 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest (Dave Morrison via Twitter)
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: m Smew still present 13:00 on south lake (Catherine Beazley)
  • Brent Reservoir: 56 Pochard, 209 Tufted Duck, 21 Common Snipe, Water Rail calling, 3 Redwing, Cetti's Warbler seen, Siskin (Brent Birders)
  • Brookmans Park: f Blackcap, 2 Brambling gdn (per Herts BC)
  • Broxbourne Woods: m Hawfinch by Monks Grn entrance 08:10 but no sign of any Parrot Crossbills by crossroads 08:15-09:45 (Kevin McManus & David Campbell) TL335084
  • Crayford: juvenile Iceland Gull, 1st-winter Caspian Gull (Dante Shepherd, Richard Bonser, Jamie Partridge)
  • Fairlop Waters: 2 Woodcock, 1 Common Snipe, 3 Common Buzzard, 3 Golden Plover, 160 Lapwing, 29 Gadwall, 27 Teal, 18 Shoveler, 1 Water Rail, Pochard, 53 Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Heron, 5 Mute Swan (Steve Bacon)
  • Fishers Green: Water Rail, 350+ Chaffinch & 2+ Brambling roosting nr bridge by power stn 1500 (Adam Winstanley via Twitter)
  • Garden Wood: 9+ Hawfinch still early-am (Rick Flesher via Twitter)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Jack Snipe, Common Snipe east hide, Water Rail, Song Thrush, 15 Redwing, Little Grebe (John Bushell, Conrad Ellam, Pat Lipscombe) closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Common Scoter f still present (Tony Blake)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 8 Red-legged Partridge, Little Egret, Kingfisher, 40+ Skylark, Goldcrest, 2 Brambling, Bullfinch (Shaun Harvey via Twitter); also f Sparrowhawk, 80 Lapwing, Cetti's Warbler, 8 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 200 Chaffinch, 20 Linnet, 3 Yellowhammer, 50 Reed Bunting (per ELBF FB)
  • Kentish Town: NW5 - 19 Siskin 7 & flock of 12 briefly, 2 Blackcap m & f using balcony feeder and gardens all day (Frank Nugent).
  • KGV Reservoir: Shelduck through S, 11 Wigeon, 60+ Teal, 2 Shoveler, drake Scaup, 20+ Goldeneye, drake Smew, 4 Goosander, 6 Lapwing, Little Egret, Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Meadow Pipit, Treecreeper heard, Cetti's Warbler, Goldcrest, 87 Linnet [highest count this winter] (Neville Smith).
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Bittern, 2 Jack Snipe, 9 Snipe, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Fieldfare, 10 Siskin, 2 Stonechat, 1 Peregrine, 1 Shelduck, 5 Pintail, 62 Wigeon, 61 Lapwing, 1 Sparrowhawk (WWT website)
  • Morden Hall Park: juv Iceland Gull over 0825, Water Pipit on marsh (BirdGuides)
  • Rainham RSPB: Great Crested Grebe, 4 Marsh Harrier 3f m, 21 Avocet, 100 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, 150 Dunlin, 13 Snipe, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (per ELBF FB)
  • Richmond: Eastern race Lesser Whitethroat still in back gardens of Selwyn Avenue. Directions below. (Andy Roberts)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: 65 Great Black-backed Gull, 265 Herring Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gull [two 2w & two 3w], 53 Lesser Black-backed Gull all in roost fr gadwall_hide (Alan Harris per RSPB twitter)
  • Sevenoaks WR: WeBS count - 123 Canada Goose, 93 Greylag, 2 Egyptian Goose, 5 Shoveler, 16 Wigeon, 15 Gadwall, 71 Mallard, 37 Teal, 6 Pochard, 116 Tufted Duck, 10 Little Grebe, 18 Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 18 Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, 19 Moorhen, 85 Coot, 196 Lapwing, 55 Snipe, 115 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 68 Herring Gull, 4 Jay, Mistle Thrush, 7 Song Thrush, Nuthatch, f Bullfinch, 20 Goldfinch, 50 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting; also m Goosander E (per Susanna Clerici via Kent OS website)
  • Snaresbrook Eagle Pond: Caspian Gull 3w again 12:30 - WeBS in snow (Debbie Burkett)
  • Swanley Park: drake Shoveler, 3 Cormorant (Andy Meaton)
  • Thorndon CP: N section - incl 11+ Redwing, Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 5+ Bullfinch, 13 Yellowhammer; S section - incl 3 Teal on private pond, 30+ Redwing (Andrew Cox via EBwS BN)
  • Totteridge Valley, Belmont Farm: Coot, 180 Redwing, Pied Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail and snow (Samuel Levy)
  • Verulamium Park: c70 Fieldfare on football pitches at dusk (Bill Free via Herts BC)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: LITTLE BUNTING still as y'day - showing a few times by 1030 (James Heal via Twitter); LB not seen again till 1:50pm and then not for at least next 60min when I departed (Terence Baker); no further sign of LB 2pm-3.45pm, Redshank flew into No1 (Ian Bradshaw); m Scaup, 4 Goldeneye pr No4 & pr No5, Peregrine f on pylon betw No2 & No3, m Sparrowhawk, 8+ Linnet, 5+ Reed Bunting, Kingfisher on channel behind café (Davey Leach)
  • Wanstead Park: Old Sewage Works - Hawfinch perched in poplars then willow at 11:00 (Tim Harris); f Bullfinch in brambles by heronry lake still (Tony Brown blog); Little Egret heronry lake, 2 Great Black-backed Gull E (Jonathan Lethbridge blog)

Saturday 20th January 2018Edit

  • Bowyer's Water: rh Smew still (Chris Ruis via Herts BC)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Little Egrets [2 & 1] flew W towards dam, Chiffchaff calling from shore willows S of Shrike Field, 8+ Redwing, 2 Water Rail calling 1 North Marsh & 1 N Shore near dam, 44 Pochard (Bill Haines)
  • Bury Lake: 11 Red-crested Pochard (Anna Marett via Herts BC)
  • Canons Farm & Banstead Woods: CF - 2 Buzzard, Collared Dove, Barn Owl late-pm, Tawny Owl & 3 Little Owl h, 2 Kestrel, Rook, 3 Treecreeper, 3 Fieldfare, 35 Redwing, Mistle Thrush; BW - Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, 6 Bullfinch harholt plant'n, Redpoll over (Paul Goodman & Ian Ward via CFBW blog)
  • Finchley: garden N3 - m Blackcap, 3 Stock Dove (Samuel Levy)
  • Friday Lake: rh Smew still (Chris Ruis via Twitter)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 1 Little Grebe, 1 Song Thrush, no sign of Jack Snipe today (Charlie Farrell)
  • Hogsmill Open Space: 1 Little Egret on grass next to river briefly, with Grey Heron (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 3 Brambling still (Shaun Harvey via Twitter)
  • Kentish Town: 7 Siskin and 2 Blackcap m & f using balcony feeder and gardens NW5 (Frank Nugent)
  • Lamorbey Park: Little Grebe, 30+ Redwing, Goldcrest (Mike Amos)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 9 Mandarin, 4 Pintail, 2 Bittern, 2 Snipe, 17 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, Redpoll, 12 Siskin (WWT website); 2 Bittern main lake 1 on N shore opp WWF hide & 1 in SE corner, Jack Snipe mid-am on wader scrape, 1 Peregrine on Ch. X hospital, 6+ Snipe 1 on wader scrape & 1 on main lake plus several in front of Headley hide, Water Rail on main lake nr grazing-marsh sluice, 5 Pintail, TuftedXPochard hybrid on sheltered lagoon (Martin Honey, A. Innes & B. Page); also Grey Wagtail (Shailesh Patel via Twitter)
  • Lonsdale Rd Res: pr Shelduck on raft, 39 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall (Neil Anderson)
  • Ludgate Plain: 6+ Hawfinch, 5 Mandarin, 1 Sparrowhawk (Joe Dickens) [new site for LNHS gazetteer TQ397961]
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 1 Firecrest on E bank of river in evergreen oak, also 1 Water Rail on detritus below the [sadly recently stolen] generator crossed to beneath the big willow opposite - both c11:45 (Alastair Dent) PS I'm in touch with LVP about the generator; without this to pump water from the river, the site's already parlous status as a wetland is probably doomed. AD
  • Millfields: E5 - decent flock of 40 Common Gull next to Clapton Pk estate at 11:00, also 1 Goldcrest in scrub next to substation and 1 Pied Wagtail nearby (Alastair Dent)
  • North Finchley: Peregrine flying E around 15.10 (John Colmans)
  • Oxleas Woods: Hawfinch in garden SE9 1YG at 11.35 (John Reid)
  • Rainham RSPB: incl 23 Avocet, Grey Plover, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, pair Peregrine, 5 Stonechat, 6 Rock Pipit, Lesser Redpoll - 62spp (Dave Morrison via Twitter); 2 Common Sandpiper on river betw stone barges & reserve pm (Jonathan Wasse via Twitter); 3 Marsh Harrier, 5 Ruff, 113 Black-tailed Godwit, 650 Dunlin, 116 Redshank, ad Mediterranean Gull, 95 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, Fieldfare (Howard Vaughan via ELBF FB)
  • Regent's Park: Water Rail showing well in area 2 ditch, also the northern-type Long-tailed Tit in same area (Jim Fell)
  • Roding Valley Meadows LNR: 2 Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Hawfinch, 2 Bullfinch (Andy Tweed per ELBF FB)
  • Ruislip Woods: 2 Hawfinch, Treecreeper, Mistle Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker 08:30-09:00 all in area behind paddock at Fore St/Salisbury Rd entrance (Tim Rymer)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: juv Peregrine on pylon (RSPB twitter); Yellow-legged Gull fr gadwall_hide (Emily Leonard via Twitter); Water Pipit still am (BirdGuides)
  • Sevenoaks WR: Black-necked Grebe still (Peter White via Twitter); also 9 Little Grebe, Water Rail behind willow hide, 62 Snipe, flushed by f Sparrowhawk, 10 Goldcrest, 4 Redwing, 3 Redpoll, 75 Siskin (per Susanna Clerici via Kent OS website)
  • Southgate: male Blackcap in neighbours garden Dalrymple Close N14 (Robert Callf)
  • Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N lake: 12 Egyptian Goose, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 10 Siskin (Jane Free via Herts BC)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 112+ Common Gull, 32 Black-headed Gull, Little Egret, 187+ Redwing, 70+ Starling, 202+ Fieldfare, 8 Stock Dove, 70+ Blackbird, Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 19 Mallard, 10 Teal, 79 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag & 3 Farmyards, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 18 Mandarin Duck, 47 Meadow Pipit & Reed Bunting owl_field, 2 Siskin southern end of owl_field nr Darlands, Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 55+ Rook into roost (Samuel Levy)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: LITTLE BUNTING still early-am (Jamie Partridge per Paul Whiteman via Twitter); not visible 1120 (David Darrell-Lambert via Twitter); showed briefly c1150 (Neville Smith / Tony Brown via Twitter); LB first sighted on bare mud pile next to road seen from reservoir bank c0930hrs. Also appeared another three times during my visit 09:00-14:00 in front of yellow and black tape favoring weedy grass area. Bird becomes visible when it retreats with Reed Buntings from weeds to scrub mainly an Elderberry, also 2 Shelduck, 2 Egyptian Goose, drake Scaup still on No 4, Peregrine, Common Snipe on East Warwick island, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, 5+ Reed Bunting (Neville Smith); RB showed 4x [0905 1135 1232 1318] w/ 7 Reed Bunting - rarely left weed patch [location-map included in tweet] (Lee Evans via Twitter); possible Caspian Gull (very clean & slim adult 'Herring' gull with dark eye and long dark primaries) on East Warwick (Rhys Evans); also 5 Goldeneye 4m 1f, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Nick S [NB I am not Nick Senior] OK then so break the suspense - what's your surname pls?, Simon Worsfold)
  • West Finchley: c50 Redwing on Moss Hall field (Samuel Levy)
  • Wimbledon Common: Reed Bunting at Bluegate Pond, Kestrel at Thatched Cottage (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Worcester Park: 2 Little Egrets on horse fields (Bob Smith); garden KT4- 1 male Blackcap still, 1 fem Chaffinch and a flyby Sparrowhawk with prey (Isaiah Rowe)

Friday 19th January 2018Edit

  • Belvedere, River Thames: foreshore - incl 9 Ringed Plover (Mike Robinson)
  • Bonnetts Wood: 16 Lesser Redpoll (Dave McGough per ELBF FB) [new site for LNHS gazetteer ref TQ555845]
  • Boston Manor Park: 7 Mandarin 5m 2f - highest number so far this winter, 2 Redwing (Michael Robinson)
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 48 Teal, 19 Redshank, 1 Kestrel (Charlie Farrell)
  • Bowyer's Water: 50+ Wigeon, rh Smew, Goldcrest, 12+ Redwing, Bullfinch; Muntjac (Dave Morrison & George Siskos via Twitter)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, 3 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Dollis Brook: Finchley TC to Sussex Ring - no sign of LSW, 30 Redwing, Grey Wagtail, m Sparrowhawk, 8 Starling, 6 Stock Dove, Goldcrest (Samuel Levy)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 8 Shelduck, 40 Teal, 2 Common Gull (Charlie Farrell)
  • Erith: Thames foreshore - incl 300+ Black-tailed Godwit, 500+ Dunlin, Grey Wagtail, 30+ Linnet, 60+ Redshank, Rock Pipit, 6 Shelduck and 51 Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • Esher: 24 Barnacle Goose (T Waller via Surrey BN) TQ140640
  • Fairlop Waters: 10 Golden Plover, 60 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel, 8 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 18 Tufted Duck (Steve Bacon)
  • Finchley: garden N3 - m Blackcap still (Samuel Levy)
  • Garden Wood: 4+ Hawfinch mobile & elusive - view fr TL193045 (Tyttenhanger Birders via Herts BC/Twitter)
  • Gobions Wood: Hawfinch still (per Herts BC)
  • Golders Hill Park: 55+ Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 10 Long-tailed Tits all on central slope (James Levy)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Redwing, Siskin in alder carr, no sign of Jack Snipe today (John Bushell)
  • Hall Place Gardens: 448 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Common Gulls, 3 Herring Gulls, Little Grebe, Redwing, Greenfinch, plus 33 Greylag Geese, 30 Canada Geese, 10 Mallard, 7 Moorhen in formal garden area (Ralph Todd)
  • Harefield Common: 2 Stonechat m f am (Chris Sharp via Twitter) [new site for LNHS gazetteer ref TQ053906]
  • Kelsey Park: loads of Mandarin and Tufted Duck looking splendid on lakes, also 2 male Wood Duck on lower lake, 3 Little Grebe, 4+ Egyptian Geese (Andrew Skinner)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 2 Water Rail, 7 Pintail, 8 Snipe, Peregrine, 2 Stonechat, 4 Redpoll (WWT website)
  • Mayflower Park: 2 Lesser Redpolls (Bill Reid per Bob Smith)
  • Primrose Hill: 2 Grey Heron S, 2 Cormorant over, Sparrowhawk, 47 Woodpigeon NW/N, 3 Stock Dove over, Collared Dove site-foy WSW 0750, 2 Kestrel m f, m Peregrine site-foy SE hunting 1125, 6 Jackdaw over, 8 Redwing [6N], 2 Song Thrush over, 2 Mistle Thrush, 7 Chaffinch over, 3 Greenfinch SW, Goldfinch W (Twitter)
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Marsh Harrier, 8 Avocet, 10 Golden Plover, 5 Ruff, 300 Black-tailed Godwit, 500 Dunlin, 60 Redshank, 3 Kestrel (per ELBF FB)
  • Richmond Park: 3 Peregrine - pair and a juv with Ring-necked Parakeet prey (P.Pentek, P.Redmond)
  • Ruislip Woods: Hawfinch in same areas as past two days (Richard Francis)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 110 Herring Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 60 Lesser Black-backed Gull all in roost fr gadwall_hide (Alan Harris per RSPB twitter)
  • Sevenoaks WR: Black-necked Grebe still (David Burbridge via Twitter)
  • Southfields: resident Song Thrush in full song in back garden (Martin Honey)
  • Stanwell Moor: f Bullfinch along f/p from Hithermoor Rd by KGVI Res pm (Dominic Pia via Twitter)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 1 female Sparrowhawk, 21 Ring-necked Parakeet (Neil Batten)
  • Tooting Commons: Kestrel, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Owl (Alan Wilkinson); also Common Gull, 2 Coal Tit, Goldcrest, 6 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush (Peter White via Twitter)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Egyptian Geese flew towards Sheepwash (Samuel Levy)
  • Tufnell Park: very vocal Firecrest c75m down Brecknock Rd N19 from Tube (Francis Tusa)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: main GP - incl 3 Red Kite, 2 Green Sandpiper, Caspian Gull 2w again (TyttGP twitter)
  • Verulamium Park: Kingfisher again (Bill Free via Herts BC)
  • Walthamstow Res: LITTLE BUNTING [first for site and first in London area for 5+ years] found 1030 photographed and news out by 1050 - frequenting weedy area between Engine House and East Warwick with a few Reed Buntings; 1115 - give the birds a bit of space - viewable fr north bank of East Warwick or the concrete track alongside No.1 res; 1215 - feeding in weeds w/ Reed Buntings betw café and East Warwick 1340 - back in same area after being elusive for 2 hours; 1605 - still present (Paul Whiteman, David Bradshaw [finders]); Scaup still, Yellow-legged Gull (David Bradshaw via Twitter)
  • Wanstead Park: Bullfinch by heronry (Rob Seldon per Bob Vaughan)
  • Wimbledon Common: m Kestrel and m Sparrowhawk, Treecreeper thatched cottage (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Woldingham: Red Kite, c15 Buzzard, Kestrel fr ridge above village (John Birkett via Twitter)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: single flyover Lesser Redpoll, 2 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 2 Sparrowhawk (Chris Farthing).

Thursday 18th January 2018Edit

  • Bedfont Lakes CP: Smew still am (Jim Sweetland via Twitter); still present mid-afternoon on South L fr viewing platform (Roger Morton)
  • Bramble's Wood: Woodcock, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin (Lee Evans via Herts BC)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret behind dam 08:00 (Andrew Self)
  • Broxbourne Woods: 3 PARROT CROSSBILL still betw gate & cross track halfway down east side but v mobile 09:30-09:50 (Andrew Miller via Herts BC) TL334083
  • Bush Hill Park Golf Course: 7 Blackbird, Song Thrush, 50+ Redwing (Robert Callf)
  • Cassiobury Park: 2 Little Egret on river (Geoff Lapworth via Herts BC); Little Owl nr new café (Chris Sharp via Herts BC)
  • Ellenbrook Fields: 3+ Red Kite, Kingfisher at pond in woods TL200089 (Rupert Evershed via Herts BC)
  • Enfield Town River View: EN2 - male Blackcap feeding on block of fat, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Jackdaw, 8 Goldfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Friday Lake: red-head Smew (Simon Papps)
  • Greenwich: Grey Wagtail in garden for its daily visit Woodlands Park Rd SE10 (Richard Green)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Jack Snipe still close to hide on left in open with great views, 1+ Siskin 1.30 (Simon Osborn); up to 2 Siskin, Greenfinch, Goldcrest, 3 Redwing and Kingfisher also present (John Bushell, Richard Green, David Darrell-Lambert)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Chiffchaff, Mistle Thrush, 6 Chaffinch (Richard Green, David Darrell-Lambert)
  • Headley Heath: f Peregrine, Hawfinch (Steve Gale via Twitter)
  • Hyde Park: Little Owl in london plane tree opp serpentine boating house before flying S towards lookout at c7.45am, Redwings, Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush numbers have increased significantly in the last two weeks (Malachi Y)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 6 Pintail, 6 Snipe, 6 Lesser Redpoll world wetlands birch trees, 15 Siskin [8 south route & 7 W/NW] (WWT website)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 1 Firecrest in scrub on E bank opp platform over river 08:55 plus a probable second, also Stock Dove calling in Millfields orchard nearby (Alastair Dent)
  • Panshanger Park: 40+ Siskin in birches & alders nr Mimram Kennels (Allan Meadows via Herts BC)
  • Rainham RSPB: Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Egyptian Goose, 4 Marsh Harrier, 7 Avocet, 19 Golden Plover, 11 Ringed Plover, 18 Great Black-backed Gull, Caspian Gull 1w, 2ad Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, 2 Water Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit (per ELBF FB)
  • Ruislip Woods: Hawfinches still present am (Richard Francis).
  • St Albans: Hawfinch still St Michaels churchyard (Jenny Sherwen via Herts BC) TL135072
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Common Buzzard, 7 Lapwing, Kingfisher, 3 Stonechat, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, Siskin (Neville Smith)
  • Staines Reservoir: f Goosander over toward KGVI Res, Peregrine, unconfirmed report of Merlin midday (Dominic Pia via Twitter)
  • Stocker's Lake: 12 Red-crested Pochard 8m 4f, 8 Goldeneye 4m 4f, Great Black-backed Gull (Geoff Lapworth via Herts BC); 12 Wigeon fr causeway, 2 Woodcock nr feeders (Steve Carter via Herts BC)
  • Totteridge Valley: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker along Dollis Brook where it meets Fursby Ave, Little Egret, Bullfinch, c100 Fieldfare, c80 Redwing (John Colmans); also 13 Canada Geese early am over Belmont Fm (Samuel Levy)
  • Town Park, Enfield: Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan pr, 14 Mandarin Duck 8m 6f Carr's Basin, 2 Shoveler m f, 3m Common Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck 4m 5f, 108 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull 2ad & 1 2nd-w, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull (Robert Callf)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: main GP - 3 Little Egret, Great Black-backed Gull ad (Steve Blake via Herts BC); Water Rail, 5 Golden Plover flew off at dusk, 16 Snipe, Kingfisher (per Herts BC)
  • Waltham Abbey: town centre [Cornmill] - female Blackcap, male Brambling (Simon Papps)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 1m Scaup, 7 Goldeneye 4m 3f, 42 Teal, 1 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler 2m 2f, 2 Peregrine, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 43 Common Gull, 343 Black-headed Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 hybrid Greylag/Canada Goose (Daniel Whitelegg); also 4 Shelduck, 2 Grey Wagtail (Dave Morrison & Julia Richards via Twitter)
  • Wanstead Park: singing m Firecrest Bush Wd early-am (Tim Harris via Twitter)
  • Watercress LNR: 7+ Lesser Redpoll, 20+ Siskin (Andrew Steele via Twitter)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 5 Lesser Redpoll, Yellow-legged Gull, Water Rail, Reed Bunting (Chris Farthing) Hi Chris where did you see the Redpoll? Gary. Small birches along the New River [CF]
  • Woodoaks Farm: 625 Fieldfare, 245 Redwing, Stonechat (Lee Evans via Herts BC)
  • Worcester Park: garden KT4- 1 male Blackcap still for over a week now and 1 female Chaffinch (Isaiah Rowe)

Wednesday 17th January 2018Edit

  • Canons Farm & Banstead Woods: incl Woodcock over green belt field, 6 Bullfinch harholt plant'n (Ian Ward via CFBW blog)
  • Bedfont Lakes CP: drake Smew, 35 Shoveler (Thomas Gibson)
  • Bowyer's Water: 3m Wigeon, fem/imm Smew southwest end c1030 (Alan Gardiner via Twitter)
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, 10 Common Snipe, Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler (Magnus Andersson, David Darrell-Lambert)
  • Brockwell Park: 2 Little Grebe - first time a pair has been seen here (Twitter)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret (Conrad Ellam)
  • Broxbourne Woods: no sign Parrot Crossbills 09:30-11:45 (Twitter); 3 PARROT CROSSBILL 2m f showing well at SW cnr of Highfield Wd a few metres north of cross tracks c13:10-13:25 (Pete Waldron via Herts BC)
  • Finchley: garden N3 - m Blackcap, Stock Dove (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Water Rail, Jack Snipe back in front of east hide, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Redwing, Siskin (John Bushell) The park is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10.00-15.30
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern, 2 Shelduck, 1 Goldeneye, 6 Pintail, Buzzard, 59 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat, 5 Snipe, 1 Peregrine, 8 Redwing (WWT website); 2 Peregrine [female with prey] on Ch. X, 2 Shelduck m f (Martin Honey & B. Page); Jack Snipe (Mike Wheeler)
  • Mad Bess Wood: Hawfinches still [no count provided] (HawfinchesUK twitter)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Peregrine, Firecrest (Adam Winstanley via Twitter)
  • Oakmere Park: 3 Mandarin Duck 2m 1f, 18 Moorhen, 8 Collared Dove incl 2 singing, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Fieldfare, 40+ Redwing, Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 6 Jackdaw (Robert Callf)
  • Ponders End Lock area: 1 Stonechat briefly nr NW cnr of William Girling, 4 Redwing in same field, 6 Fieldfare, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, 120+ Starling in area 1-2pm (Davey Leach)
  • Rainham RSPB: 1100 Wigeon, Red Kite, 5 Marsh Harrier 3f2m, 19 Avocet, 6 Curlew, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, 4 Sanderling [Ldn foy], Common Sandpiper (per ELBF FB)
  • Richmond: Eastern race Lesser Whitethroat still in back gardens of Selwyn Avenue. Directions below. (Franko J Maroevic, Justin Quail)
  • Ruislip Woods NNR: Park Wd - 2 Hawfinch around the paddock 20m left of entrance track at Fore St/ Salisbury Rd jn (John Edwards); also half a mile away 400yd down hill from Wiltshire Ln entrance - c10 Hawfinch in an area at jn of Lido fence and golf course (Richard Francis).
  • Sevenoaks WR: Black-necked Grebe still east lake at far end nr goose fields, Buzzard, 30 Snipe, Treecreeper, Bullfinch ('Sidcupareabirds' twitter); 49 Snipe, Tawny Owl h fr car pk (Susanna Clerici via Kent OS website)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 269 Herring Gull ne, 3 Redwing, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Coal Tit, 16 Ring-necked Parakeet (Neil Batten)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 3 Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Bob Watts)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: drake Scaup still No4 nw cnr, 2 Common Sandpipers No4 & No5, 6 Goldeneye incl 3m (David Bradshaw, Conrad Ellam)
  • Wanstead Park: Great Egret still Perch Pond 0800 (Jonathan Lethbridge via Twitter)
  • Wildhill: Hawfinch again (per Herts BC)
  • Wimbledon Common: 1 Peregrine overflew Thatched Cottage (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Woodoaks Farm: m Stonechat along main track (Geoff Lapworth via Herts BC)

Tuesday 16th January 2018Edit

  • Amwell NR: Bittern (Twitter) [NB Bittern watchpt is outside LNHS recording area]; no gulls in roost, Barn Owl past viewpt 5pm (Ron Cousins via Twitter)
  • Bowyer's Water: no sign of Smew (per Herts BC)
  • Brent Reservoir: 1 Little Egret; 555 Jackdaw & 250 Carrion Crow roosted in North Marsh (Andrew Self)
  • Broxbourne Woods: 3 PARROT CROSSBILL 2m f still 2mi west of Hoddesdon (per Kevin McManus); in Bramble's Wd still showing to 20m - usual site (per Herts BC)
  • Crayford: Jolly Farmers - Iceland Gull still present at lunchtime (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crayford Marshes: Please sign this petition to protect breeding Corn Bunting and Skylark.
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Woodcock, 28 Redwing, 20 Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, 7 Linnet, 3 Meadow Pipit, Little Egret, m Sparrowhawk, 25 Tufted Duck (Vincenzo Halley-Frame per ELBF FB)
  • Danson Park: 4 Egyptian Goose, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3+ Water Rail giving excellent views, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, Fieldfare, 200 Redwing, 5+ Song Thrush (Chris Gibbard via Twitter)
  • Dollis Brook: Holders Hill - Finchley Tennis Club - 5 Redwing, Coal Tit, 2 Treecreeper (Samuel Levy)
  • Erith: Thames foreshore - incl 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 500+ Dunlin, Grey Wagtail, 25+ Linnet, 90+ Redshank, Rock Pipit and 50+ Teal (Mike Robinson)
  • Finchley: garden N3 - Tawny Owl calling 06:54, also m Blackcap (Samuel Levy)
  • Finsbury Park: c20 Redwing with Starling flock and 2 Mistle Thrush on grass sloping down from children's playground (Ann Feltham)
  • Garden Wood: 3 Hawfinch flew from trees by footpath towards Tyttenhanger Hse (Simon West via Herts BC) TL193045
  • Grays Gorge: incl 8 Lesser Redpoll (Alan Shearman per ELBF FB)
  • Hampstead Garden Suburb: Red Kite flew low SW along Temple Fortune Ln NW11 am (Pete Mantle)
  • Hayes: 2-3 Red Kite 2 low over Church Rd & 1 [possibly one of earlier birds] foraging over Fremantle Way 30min later (Neil Anderson)
  • Heathrow: 2 Buzzard hunting close to M25 (Neil Anderson)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 90 Lapwing, 11 Skylark, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Brambling, 2 Bullfinch, Lesser Redpoll (Paul Hawkins per ELBF FB)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: 3w Caspian Gull still, pr Tawny Owl calling nr pedestrian entrance to Court early am, 20+ Lesser Redpoll, Treecreeper (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, Goldeneye, 5 Pintail, 4 Snipe, 7 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 9 Redpoll (WWT website); 7 Pintail 1130 (P Mattos via Surrey BN)
  • Mad Bess Wood: & Fore Street - Hawfinch still present in respective areas 10:30 & 11:00 (Richard Francis) Hi Richard I want to come down and see the Hawfinches. I will be coming on the Piccadilly line. What's the best stop to get off would it be Uxbridge?. What's the best part of the woods to see them. Best wishes Gary. Hi Gary, for Mad Bess I'd say Ruislip Station would be best. The woods are 2km north of that point. The best place to see the birds is from the solid path heading north for 400m from the Scout field. The Hawfinches are moving around that area, mainly near the top. Fore Street is easier. Northwood Station is closest. The Hawfinches are barely into the woods, indeed I've seen them from the road.
  • Morden Cemetery: Little Owl, 30 Redwings (Bob Smith)
  • Orsett Fen: incl 5 Red-legged Partridge, 10 Pheasant, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 13 Lapwing, 31 Great Black-backed Gull, Kestrel, Peregrine, 105 Rook, 22 Skylark, 330 Starling, 165 Fieldfare, 163 Redwing, 12 Meadow Pipit, 33 Linnet, 21 Yellowhammer, 5 Reed Bunting (Alan Shearman per ELBF FB)
  • Pymmes Park: ad Mediterranean Gull still on playing field, 6 Redwing, pr Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker 1.20-1.40pm (Davey Leach)
  • Staines Moor: Water Pipit still by R Colne mid-moor (Tony Cummins via Surrey BN)
  • Staines Reservoir: Black-necked Grebe south basin still (Dominic Pia via Twitter)
  • Thorndon CP: N section - f Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper (Den Cameron per ELBF FB)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 4 Redwing (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: 24 Mandarin Duck 16m 8f, 2 Common Pochard m f, 2 f Tufted Duck, Common Buzzard, 11 Moorhen, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Treecreeper, f Bullfinch; golf course - Little Egret along Merryhills Brook (Robert Callf)
  • Tyttenhanger Farm: 8+ Tree Sparrow (Simon West) TL198051
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 1m Scaup, 2 Goosander m f, 4 Goldeneye 3m f, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 26 Pochard 13m 13f on No1, 36 Cormorant nests occupied on No5 (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Skylark (Bob Vaughan per ELBF FB)
  • Wanstead Park: Great Egret again as 8 Jan on Perch Pond west end 1455 (Bob Vaughan via Twitter)
  • Warren Gorge: incl 11 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 3 Pochard, Little Egret, Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Grey Heron, 77 Cormorant, Water Rail, 18 Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Redwing (Alan Shearman per ELBF FB)

Monday 15th January 2018Edit

  • Amwell NR: ad Yellow-legged Gull in small roost eve'g (Ron Cousins via Twitter)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Song Thrush, 6 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cassiobury Park: Kingfisher flew upriver (Geoff Young via Herts BC)
  • Gallions Reach: Pochard, Water Rail, 3 Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Bearded Tit, 36 Fieldfare (Kevin McManus via Twitter)
  • Hackney Marshes: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Tufted Duck on Old R Lea (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: Common Scoter still (Steve Blake via Herts BC)
  • Ladywell Fields: Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 24 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch, 11 Long-tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 57 Black-headed Gull (Keith Chambers)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Caspian Gull 3w still, m Tawny Owl h in court at dawn, 27 Shoveler, 11 Gadwall, 20+ Lesser Redpoll, 2 Egyptian Geese, Nuthatch (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Bittern, Jack Snipe, 5 Pintail (David Bradshaw); also 3 Shelduck, 6 Pintail, Goldeneye, 2 Bittern, 5 Snipe, 32 Redwing, 7 Redpoll (WWT website)
  • Mad Bess Wood: 8 Hawfinch nr scout field 10:15 (Richard Francis)
  • Mayflower Park: 2 Egyptian Geese (Danny Ramsay per Bob Smith)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds NR: 1m Firecrest, 1 Kingfisher (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Olympic Park: 2 Meadow Pipit N of stadium (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Pymmes Park: 2 Little Grebe pair, 4 Egyptian Goose, 3 Shoveler 2m 1f, Mediterranean Gull adult wearing yellow darvic ring on left leg 13:14-14:40 hrs at least, 19 Common Gull incl two 1st-winter, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker chasing & drumming, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 2 Jackdaw (Robert Callf)
  • Rainham RSPB: Sparrowhawk, 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Ringed Plover, 8 Curlew, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Dunlin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, 2 Raven, pr Stonechat (per ELBF FB)
  • Redhill Common: 2 Firecrest initially in mixed woodland beside Sandpit Rd entrance (Gordon Hay via Surrey BN)
  • Ruislip Woods: 4+ Hawfinch still at entrance to the woods at junction of Fore Street & Salisbury Road 14:00. Mainly in thicket to left of path. Dare I say the easiest Hawfinch I've come across, I assume it's on account of them being used to the hordes of people using the path (Richard Francis).
  • Sevenoaks WR: Black-necked Grebe still [5th day] on east lake by fishing bays 27-28 past willow hide, also 1 Shelduck, 20 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall, 25 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 1 Treecreeper, 5 Siskin nr tyler hide, 1 Lesser Redpoll fishermen’s car park, 6 Little Grebe 5 in a group fr eric sutton hide, 1 Little Egret, 15 Snipe, 2 Goldcrest in a mixed tit flock, 20+ Jackdaw (Jack Headley & Mathew Bournat both via Twitter)
  • The Ridgeway, Mill Hill: Coot sheepwash pond, also Hirundinidae sp probably House Martin flew low and South at 14:25 (Samuel Levy)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 8+ Hawfinch very mobile high in oaks 150m east of Tyttenhanger Hse 13:30-14:30 (Andrew Miller via Herts BC)

Sunday 14th January 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 5 Egyptian Geese between Tunnel & Wood Green Res (Bob Watts)
  • Amwell NR: Barn Owl by level crossing 0730 (Mike Ilett via Twitter)
  • Beckton: Pochard, Water Rail, 3 Curlew, Common Sandpiper, 1 Bearded Tit male, 36 Fieldfare (Gary A James & Paul Davis)
  • Bedfords Park: Hawfinch ('PS' per ELBF FB)
  • Bentley Priory: 16 Hawfinches feeding on lawn in grounds of Bentley Priory Mansion at 11.30am. View from north end of Spring Meadow TQ154931 and look north through fence, associating with c40 Redwings and mixed finches, c40 Goldinches, 6 Greenfinches, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Redpoll, c10 Chaffinches, 2 Kingfishers Summerhouse L (Tony Blake)
  • Bexleyheath: Horsham Road - 10 Lesser Redpoll in garden silver birch (Ralph Todd)
  • Bowyer's Water: red-head Smew still (Steve Hughes via Herts BC)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Greylag Geese, 13 Snipe, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 15 Siskin (Andrew Self); Little Egret, 2 Water Rail (Brent Birders)
  • Brockwell Park: 20 Redwing (Tony Stones)
  • Broxbourne: 3+ Goosander on R Lee Navigation am (Nick Croft via Twitter)
  • Broxbourne Woods: 2 Lesser Redpoll, 3 PARROT CROSSBILL still by crossroads from Monks Grn entrance showing well & calling in flight (Richard Holdsworth via Herts BC)
  • Canons Farm: 2 Red-legged Partridge still Infront George East, 2 Buzzard, Barn Owl h by Tart's Field, 2 Little Owl h, 6 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, 30 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 14 Meadow Pipit, 80 Linnet (Paul Goodman & Ian Ward via CBFW blog)
  • Canons Park: 2 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, 2 drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 singing Song Thrush, c6 Redwing [c20 reported recently & 56 in Dec 2017]; nearby private site Seven Acre L - Mediterranean Gull 2w, with 62 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, Herring Gull 2w, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Cormorant, 3 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Gadwall m f, Kingfisher (Bob Husband, Fay Broom, Marian Rastettli, Mike Cawthorne, Ken Brook et al NW London RSPB Birdwalk - next Canons Park Birdwalk Sunday 4 February 2018) Med Gull flew off but worth checking gull flocks in the area including The Basin, Canons Drive.
  • Crayford Marshes: juvenile Iceland Gull again around Jolly Farmers and Viridor this morning, also 2 Caspian Gulls both 1w and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls ad & 1w (Richard Bonser)
  • Epping Forest area: 7 Hawfinch Ludgate Plain, 5 Nuthatch Hawk/Bury Woods, 4 Bullfinch Yardley Hill, 25 Redwing Trueloves (A Middleton)
  • Finchley: garden N3 - m Blackcap, 2 Jay, Collared Dove, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Starling, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Samuel Levy)
  • Gallions Reach: Pochard, Water Rail, 3 Curlew, Common Sandpiper, ad Yellow-legged Gull, m Bearded Tit, 36 Fieldfare (Gary James via EBwS BN)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Jack Snipe still 1000 (BirdGuides)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: 1 Common Scoter f still, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls in roost (Tony Blake)
  • Hilly Fields Lewisham: Sparrowhawk f (Rachel Mooney via Tom Moulton)
  • Kentish Town: 5 Siskin feeding all day on a balcony feeder NW5, m Blackcap in adjacent garden, where also 2 House Sparrow m & f briefly - only my third record here (Frank Nugent)
  • KGV Res: 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Goosander south basin, drake Scaup north basin, 15 Goldeneye (Ian Lycett); also Smew, 5 Goosander, Common Sandpiper am (Lol Cumming via Twitter)
  • Letty Green: 2 Hawfinch S over Cole Green Way (Alan Winn via Herts BC)
  • London Wetland Centre: Shelduck, 7 Pintail, 2 Bittern, Goldeneye, 7 Snipe, Peregrine, Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, 15 Redpoll (WWT website)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds NR: 1-2 Firecrest still in Holm Oaks along old R Lea, 4 Hawfinch S calling 8.50am, 6 Goldcrests, 4 Teal river, 2 Jay, Grey Wagtail (Davey Leach)
  • Oxleas Wood: 2 Nuthatch, 7 Goldcrest, Pheasant m, 4 Jackdaw, 6 Redwing, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel fm, Firecrest, 5 Stock Dove (Conrad Ellam/Ron Turner)
  • Pinner: Tawny Owl calling behind house Lloyd Crt 6:00am (Richard Francis)
  • Rainham RSPB: EBwS field trip - Dark-bellied Brent Goose purfleet scrape, 3 Marsh Harrier, 20 Avocet on river, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff target pools, 24 Snipe, Barn Owl in box on edge of woodland, 2 Kestrel, m Peregrine on pylon, 5 Cetti's Warbler h, 2 Chiffchaff in reeds along northern footpath, Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 6 Stonechat, Water Pipit briefly on target pools, m Bullfinch in woodland (Steve Grimwade et al via EBwS BN); also Brent Goose flew from reserve to river at dusk, 5 Golden Plover, 8 Curlew, Barn Owl fr serin_mound at 16:15, 2 Water Rail, Little Egret; Aveley Bay - 24 Avocet, 98 Black-tailed Godwit, c50 Dunlin (Tom Jordan); 2 Bearded Tit & Yellowhammer Coldharbour Ln (Fraser Simpson via Twitter)
  • Regent's Park: 1 Water Rail, Goldcrest (Charlie Farrell); m Lesser Redpoll in birches southeast of Broad Walk fountain [area 28] 1025, 2+ Siskin foy in tall alders London Zoo 1020 (Twitter)
  • Richmond: Eastern race Lesser Whitethroat still in back gardens of Selwyn Avenue. Alleyway access alongside 90 Selwyn Avenue. View from just beyond first corner. Often in second garden on right with feeders or flowering Vibernum. No parking charges on Sunday. (Franko J Maroevic et al)
  • Rotherhithe: 64 Tufted Ducks on Greenland Dock (Richard Bonser)
  • Ruislip Woods: 4 Hawfinch found 'while out running' at entrance to woods at junction of Fore Street & Salisbury Road 8:45. Saves me running all the way over to Mad Bess. Yes the guy who finds Hawfinches in Mad Bess Woods while running is me. Just back from another look. The birds are still there 14:45. Single bird giving great views while calling in particular. I also had a pair fly over me while in Coniston Gardens around three years back. (Richard Francis) TQ100891 Hi Richard, As far as I know this is the first time they have been seen in these woods of the Ruislip Woods complex. Clearly well spread out and worth further searching here [John Edwards/ Ruislip NHS]
  • Sevenoaks WR: Black-necked Grebe still on main lake by fishing spot 27 nr spit (Mathew Bournat via Twitter); showed well 1625 East Lake in bay W of Clay Spit viewed fr fishermen's swims opp Long L (James King via Twitter)
  • Staines Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe at western end of S Basin, up to 10 Goldeneye, 3 Shelduck, Great Northern Diver reportedly on S basin E end but sighting not corroborated (Bill Haines)
  • Stanborough Lakes: 270+ Ring-necked Parakeet incl 1 white bird flying in groups to roost 16:00-16:30 (Tom Speller via Herts BC) TL227109
  • Stanwell Moor: Little Egret, 2 Stonechat, 5 Water Pipit (C. Lamsdell)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 10 Teal, Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Water Rail [patch lifer], Woodcock [2 sightings probably same bird], 4 Snipe, 33 Lapwing, singing Stock Dove, 8+ Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 8 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, Rook, 2 Lesser Redpoll (Neil Anderson)
  • Thames Chase Forest Centre: 10 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 6 Bullfinch, Lesser Redpoll, 3 Siskin (Andrew Cox via EBwS BN)
  • Thamesmead: Yellow-legged Gull 3w and 20 Pochard (Richard Bonser)
  • Thorndon CP: 25+ Hawfinch am (Shaun Harvey via Twitter); N section - 7 Hawfinch, 10 Yellowhammer [flock nr Thorndon Hall Fm] c11am (David Dunn via EBwS BN)
  • Totteridge Valley, Belmont Farm: 60+ Redwing, 2 Nuthatch, Coot sheepwash pond, Pied Wagtail, 26 Stock Dove N, 3 Starling, Grey Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, 32 Canada Geese, 82 Common Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 8 Black-headed Gull, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Egyptian Geese, 40+ Fieldfare (Samuel Levy)
  • Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits: 10+ Hawfinch in Garden Wd near the public road (Jo Edwards); 22+ Hawfinch mobile flock around treetops in Garden Wd fr public f/p 10am (Tom Speller via Twitter)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Stonechat m & f on south marsh around fence by bomb crater (Dick Pictures); 8 Redwing on front paddocks, 2 Fieldfare, pair of Egyptian Goose rear paddocks (Jon Agar)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: drake Scaup and pair of Goldeneye on No 4, Peregrine on nearby pylon (J.Murray); 5+ Goldeneye incl 2 displaying drakes (Twitter)
  • Wandsworth Common: LNHS walk incl 2f Teal, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 60 Redwing, 10+ Siskin (Peter White via Twitter)
  • Watercress LNR: Bullfinch pr, 15+ Siskin (Alan Gardiner via Twitter)
  • Wimbledon Common: 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 6 Mandarins (OSL) [expanded name pls?]
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: m Teal, Little Egret, Water Rail showing well on patch of mud along brook, with 3 Moorhen & Teal [probable 2nd Water Rail seen poorly/briefly along ditch], f Kestrel, drumming f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Redwing (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 13th January 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 120+ Redwing incl 80+ golf course, 7 Pochard 4f 3m boating lake (Bob Watts)
  • Banstead Woods: Buzzard, 2 Woodcock, 2 Rook, 13 Meadow Pipit, 3 Lesser Redpoll (Ian Ward via CFBW blog)
  • Beech Farm GP: Woodcock (Rupert Evershed via Herts BC) TL201097
  • Bow Creek: 8 Redshank, 100 Teal, Kestrel (Jon Agar)
  • Bowyer's Water: red-head Smew south end pm (Chris Ruis via Twitter)
  • Brent Cross: Little Egret (Alan Lewis)
  • Brent Reservoir: 190 Tufted Duck, 45 Pochard, 20 Common Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, Water Rail, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Fieldfare (Andrew Verrall, Roy Beddard); Lesser Redpoll (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, 2 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ealing: Little Owl heard 'singing' in garden and surrounding area W13 at 00:30 (Bill Haines)
  • Eastcote: Field End RG - 50 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Jay (Tim Rymer)
  • Erith: by the small lake beside Church Manorway incl the overwintering Stonechat (Mike Robinson)
  • Fishers Green: 2 Water Rail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, 4 Lesser Redpoll, Brambling, c70 Redwing, 50 Fieldfare, Kingfisher (Chris Baldwin)
  • Friday Lake: red-head Smew still pm (Chris Ruis via Twitter)
  • Garden Wood: c20 Hawfinch 09:10 - view fr public f/p accessible from Willows Activity Fm / Car Pk 1 (per Herts BN); 30+ Hawfinch (Brendon Glynn via Herts BC)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Jack Snipe still on opp side of water from East Hide to right of duck nest-box, 2 m Teal, Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Goldcrest (John Bushell); 13 Siskin (Joe Beale)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Red-legged Partridge, f Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 21 Snipe, 8 Skylark, 2 Brambling, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Redpoll (Shaun Harvey per ELBF FB); also Woodcock (Paul Hawkins via Twitter)
  • Kensington Gardens: Water Rail h Long Water east side at noon (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • KGV Reservoir: m Smew, 11 Goosander, 2 Slavonian Grebe, but no Scaup (David Darrell-Lambert & Neville Smith via Twitter)
  • Lamorbey Park: Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose, 18 Canada Goose, 16 Tufted Duck, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush, 3 Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Goldfinch (Mike Amos)
  • Lilly's Wood, Orpington: 2 Bullfinch, 1 Redpoll sp, 1 Common Buzzard, 19 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Jay (Jamie Fletcher) [new site for LNHS gazetteer ref TQ481649]
  • London Wetland Centre: Marsh Harrier [prob 1w] overhead then N 1230 (E F Garcia via Surrey BN); 2 Shelduck, 2 Pintail, Bittern showing well fr WWF hide, Curlew over, 2 Stonechat (Andrew Self - Twitter); 2+ Bittern, 1 Jack Snipe seen, Peregrine on Ch. X hospital, 13 Redwing Sheltered Lagoon, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Siskin with small flock of Goldfinch entrance lake, Goldeneye main lake, 5 Pintail (M. Honey et al.); Goldcrest wildside, Reed Bunting (Barbara Francik); 97 Wigeon, 6 Pintail, 3 Bittern – main lake SE cnr & N shore, 3 Snipe, 4 Redwing, 2 Stonechat (WWT website)
  • Mad Bess Wood: 8 Hawfinch west side of woods - flighty (Michael Robinson)
  • Manor House Gardens: 7 Redwing, 8 Goldfinch, Grey Wagtail, 2 Tufted Duck (Keith Chambers)
  • Marylebone: 110+ Goldfinch at roost site pm (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • Mickleham Downs: 13+ Hawfinch (Steve Gale via Twitter) [new site for LNHS gazetteer ref TQ178537]
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 2 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Redwing (Marcus Mitchell); 2 Collared Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Jay, 3 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck (Marcin Kempa)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: pr Egyptian Geese, Sparrowhawk, 10 Meadow Pipit, 7 Fieldfare, 6 Mistle Thrush, 24 Redwing (Neil Anderson)
  • Oxleas Wood: 18 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 7 Stock Dove, 3 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker, 2 Firecrest, Kestrel fm, 12 Goldfinch (Ron Turner)
  • Paddington: Peregrine atop Metropole Hotel again am (Chris Gibson via Twitter)
  • Queen's Park: 400+ Ring-necked Parakeet in pre-roost (Jamie Dunning via Twitter)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 28 Avocets, 21 Ringed Plover, 4 Golden Plover, 2 Curlew, Ruff, Snipe, 3 Marsh Harriers, Water Pipit, 6 Stonechats (Sean Huggins); stone barges - 450+ Black-tailed Godwit roosting, 50+ Dunlin, Water Pipit (Jonathan Wasse via Twitter); also 300 Dunlin, 22 Redshank, Great Crested Grebe, f Bullfinch, Firecrest, 8 Skylark, Barn Owl (per ELBF FB)
  • Regent's Park: Tawny Owl prob f heard briefly 06:30 Leaf Yd Wd northeast cnr [area 40] (Twitter)
  • Primrose Hill: flock of 5 Mistle Thrush (Twitter)
  • Richmond: Eastern race Lesser Whitethroat still in back gardens of Selwyn Avenue. Alley access from alongside 90 Selwyn Avenue. View from just beyond first corner. Bird favours second garden on right with feeders or flowering Vibernum. Park only in visitors parking bays, with vouchers available from Spar shop at end of Pagoda Avenue. Thanks to Franko J Maroevic for today’s sighting (J.Murray)
  • Richmond Park: ad m Peregrine, 4 Buzzard, Snipe, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 11 Stonechat, 3 Fieldfare, 5 Dartford Warbler, Reed Bunting (J.Wilczur, S.Woolfenden) Are Dartfords at Lawn Field? Thanks. Didn't see any there- the others were scattered around the Park- but there is one 100m SW of Pen Ponds car pk [JW]
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Yellow-legged Gull (per Gail Ashton via Twitter); 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 3 Green Sandpiper (per Herts BC)
  • St James's Park: Water Rail. Present since at least 21st November (Frank Nugent); WeBS count incl 14 Egyptian Goose, 17 Red-crested Pochard, 133 Tufted Duck, 259 Coot, Grey Wagtail (Max Hellicar via Twitter)
  • Staines Reservoir: ad Great Northern Diver flew from N basin to S basin 1420 & showed very close by causeway (Dominic Pia via Twitter)
  • Stanwell: 2 Red Kite over 1pm (Jim Sweetland via Twitter)
  • Stockers Lake: 3 Goldeneye 2m f, Water Rail (Charlie Ramsay via Herts BC)
  • Stockwell: 20+ House Sparrows Methodist Church (Michael Mac)
  • Sutcliffe Park: Water Rail, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, c30 Redwing (Richard Green)
  • Thorndon CP: S section - Treecreeper, 7 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing, 12+ Hawfinch in hornbeam plantation on SW side of Old Pk nr Rookery Wd, Bullfinch, c50 Yellowhammer Old Thorndon Pastures SW of Rookery Wd - mobile; N section - Kestrel, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail over Childerditch Wd, 8 Bullfinch 7 nr pond in NE of Old Pk & 1 west of Hatch Fm, 1+ Lesser Redpoll (Andrew Cox via EBwS BN)
  • Tooting Commons: Great Crested Grebe, Coal Tit (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Trent Park: Hawfinch perched up in trees nr 'New Clump' 14:02-14:05 (Robert Callf)
  • Turnford Marsh GPs: 16 Goosander 7m 9f Ashley Pit (Chris Ruis via Twitter)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 25+ Snipe, Water Rail, Little Grebe, Green Sandpiper (Rick Flesher via Twitter); Tyttenhanger Fm - 4 Hawfinch over New Plantation Wd (Rick Flesher via Twitter); Caspian Gull juv (Callum Mckellar via Twitter)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Stonechat, 17 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, 7 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 14 Linnet, 4+ Redpoll, Goldcrest, 10+ Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, Kestrel, Little Owl (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, 5 Coal Tit, 9 Siskin, 2 Water Rail, Woodcock, 2 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 4 Teal, 10+ Shoveler, Pochard, 10 Redwing, Little Egret (Nick Croft/James Heal)

Friday 12th January 2018Edit

  • Amwell NR: 4 Goldeney 2m 2f, Woodcock (Jeff Bailey via Herts BC)
  • Bow Creek: 8 Redshank, 100 Teal, Kestrel (Jon Agar per ELBF FB)
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, 23 Common Snipe, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail, 7 Redwing, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming (Magnus Andersson)
  • Broomfield Park, Palmers Green: 35+ Greenfinch pre-roost gathering in trees 15:30 (Robert Callf)
  • Broxbourne Woods: 6 Hawfinches at 14:30 TQ333073 but mobile (Quentin Given) Don't you mean TL333073?
  • Canons Farm & Banstead Woods: CF - c15 Yellowhammer & m Reed Bunting along hedge nr Reads Rest Cottages (Geoff Barter via Twitter); BW - 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Redwing, 7 Nuthatch, 3 Bullfinches (Geoff Barter & Paul Goodman via CFBW blog)
  • Colliers Wood: 2 Little Egret 1 in Wandle Pk & 1 on R Wandle, 1 Chiffchaff (Keith Bates)
  • Connaught Water: 6 Goosander, 15 Mandarin, 4 Pochard, 5 Teal, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch. 4pm (Chris Baldwin)
  • Cornmill Gardens: Kingfisher (Tom Moulton)
  • Dulwich Park: c25 Redwing, 10 Redpoll, 2 Jackdaw (Martin Stevens)
  • Finsbury Park: flock of 95 Redwing feeding on ground near play area (Chris Farthing)
  • Golders Hill Park: 30+ Redwings, with pr Egyptian Geese on lawns north of deer enclosure; pregnant-looking cat stalking rat by Lily Pond shadowed by Mallards and Moorhens. One of rats by the pond showed mutilated tail yesterday (James Levy)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Jack Snipe still present left hand side of east hide (Conrad Ellam)
  • Highfield Park: 100+ Fieldfare (Alan Gardiner via Herts BC) TL182062
  • Kempton NR: 1 Great Egret briefly mid-am (Tony Quinn per FJM)
  • Kentish Town: male Blackcap Arctic St 0830 (Pete Mantle)
  • KGV Reservoir: Slavonian Grebe N Basin nr causeway, m Scaup S basin, 18+ Goldeneye incl 7m, f Goosander, 9 Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail, Little Egret, 2 Meadow Pipit 1-2pm (Davey Leach); m Smew, 2 Slavonian Grebe (Neville Smith per ELBF FB)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Caspian Gull 3w Eagle_Pond still, 22 Shoveler, pr Wigeon on Hollow Pond, Great Crested Grebe (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Bittern main lake N shore southeast cnr, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Water Pipit, 5 Common Snipe, 1 Reed Bunting and 2 Stonechat m f all on wader scrape, Peregrine on Ch. X hospital, 5 Pintail (Martin Honey et al.); 5 Shelduck, TuftedxPochard male hybrid, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls, 4 Cetti’s Warblers, Chiffchaff, 25 Siskin (Nick Senior); albino Egyptian Goose (Shailesh Patel via Twitter); Goldeneye main lake (WWT website)
  • Mad Bess Wood: 20+ Hawfinch scout chapel still (per HawfinchesUK twitter)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 2 Firecrest in Holm Oak on west bank old River Lea south of LVRPA sign feeding 15.10-15.45 still, 2 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, 3 Song Thrush singing (Jan Dobbie)
  • Oval: Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker car park Ashmole Place (Keith Chambers)
  • Oxleas Wood: 4 Nuthatch, 13 Goldcrest, 5 Jackdaw, 12 Goldfinch, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, 3 Firecrest, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Song Thrush (Ron Turner)
  • Paddington: m Peregrine on Metropole Hotel ledge late-am (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • Pinner: Just to let people know of the sad news that one of the regular contributors to this page, Jon Ridge, has passed away. (Roger Morton) Rest in Peace sir - thank you Roger (Dan Pinkham) Very sorry to hear that (Tim Rymer, Rayners Lane). We have lost a champion (Richard Francis, Pinner).
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: Common Gull, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Golden Plover, Great Crested Grebe, pair Peregrine on pylon, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, c20 Linnet, Reed Bunting m, Stonechat f, c20 Redwing, Little Egret, a few Pintail, good numbers of Wigeon, a few Pochard, Gadwall, Teal and Shoveler, Shelduck, singling Song Thrush, Wren and Cetti’s Warbler (Harringay Birder)
  • Richmond Park: Peregrine caught a Ring-necked Parakeet (J.Wilczur); Dartford Warbler, Red Kite (Friday Bird Group); 3 Woodcock, Little Owl (Colin Williams)
  • River Thames: Tower Bridge to Vauxhall Bridge - Shelduck high E over Westminster Bridge, 2 Peregrine on chimney at Tate Modern, 2 Coot at Gabriel's Wharf, where c25 House Sparrow also (John Colmans)
  • Sevenoaks WR: Black-necked Grebe still west lake, Water Rail willow hide area (per Susanna Clerici via Kent OS website)
  • Spa Fields Park, Islington: Goldcrest, 7 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 5 Blackbird, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Goldfinch over (Dan Fletcher)
  • Staines Moor: Water Pipit still 1330 (DJ Cox via Surrey BN)
  • Staines Reservoir: Black-necked Grebe S basin still 1500 (DJ Cox via Surrey BN)
  • Stanborough Lakes: Kingfisher (John Coleman via Herts BC)
  • Stanwell Moor: 3 Stonechat, 1 Dartford Warbler, 9 Water Pipit (c. Lamsdell)
  • Stockwell: 22 House Sparrows 20 in ivy Mawbey St & 2 on feeder Hemans Estate (Michael Mac)
  • Stoneleigh Station KT17: 390 Herring Gull ne, 2 Redwing, 11 Ring-necked Parakeet (Neil Batten)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 36 Lapwing, 3 Meadow Pipit, 31 Teal, 26 Redshank, 6 Turnstone, 1 Wigeon, 19 Gadwall, 4 Shelduck, 6 Dunlin, 26 Mallard, 15 Great Black-backed Gull 13.30-16.30 (Roger Keith)
  • Tooting Commons: Great Crested Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Redwing, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Song Thrush (Peter White via Twitter)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Coot sheepwash pond, roost counts - 38 Mallard, 7 Moorhen, 46 Redwing, 17 Fieldfare, 68 Common Gull, 2 Goldcrest, Bullfinch, 12 Teal, 11 Mandarin Duck, 80+ Rook, 43 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag [& 3 Farmyards], also 2 Little Owl, Tawny Owl, Song Thrush singing (Samuel Levy)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest male still in lone holly opposite Soanes Centre fence and behind war memorial 1355, also Goldcrest and Redwing in same tree (Bob Watts)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs and Willows Farm: 20+ Hawfinch Garden Wd late-am (per Herts BN twitter); 8+ Hawfinch in tree tops of Garden Wd 3.25-3.55pm (Simon West); main GP - 3 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, 48+ Snipe, ad Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Kingfisher; Tyttenhanger Fm - 7+ Tree Sparrow; Willows Fm - Little Owl, Stonechat (Tyttenhanger Birders via Herts BC)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Snipe, 2 Teal, Reed Bunting (Chris Farthing)
  • Wraysbury GPs: 23 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander (Thomas Gibson)

Thursday 11th January 2018Edit

  • Bayhurst Wood CP: 6 Hawfinch nr pond am (Chris Sharp via Twitter)
  • Bowyer's Water: m Smew still am (David Booth via Twitter); 4 Wigeon, Kingfisher, 30 Redwing (Lee Evans via Herts BC)
  • Collier Row: Great Spotted Woodpecker in garden Ferndale Rd (G J Francis)
  • Dulwich Park: 1 Bullfinch calling near the little bridge, 2 Shoveler m f, 40 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Chaffinch, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit (Paul Collins)
  • Hainault Forest CP: 2 Hawfinch ('PS' per ELBF FB)
  • Heathrow Airport: m Black Redstart night-feeding on insects attracted to signage lighting (Paul Lewis via Twitter)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: 2 Shelduck, f Common Scoter still at dawn (Lee Evans via Herts BC)
  • Hollow Pond: 10+ Redpoll (J-P Elmes)
  • Leatherhead: R Mole west of town - 2m Goosander, 2 Little Egret (Paul Goodman)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Caspian Gull 3w on Eagle_Pond - not seen late in afternoon, 40+ Lesser Redpoll, Fieldfare over, Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, Coal Tit, Nuthatch (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: Dark-bellied Brent Goose main lake, 2 Shelduck, 6 Pintail, Goldeneye, Bittern, 2 Stonechat, 2 Redpoll, 26 Siskin (WWT website)
  • Mad Bess Wood: c20 Hawfinch nr scout chapel am (Chris Sharp via Twitter); 5-6 still from 14:10 onwards (Deiniol Owen)
  • Millwall Docks: 5 Egyptian Geese (Sean Huggins)
  • Regent's Park: Water Rail showing very well in Area 2, 1st-winter Great Black-backed Gull, female type Blackcap, 8 Redwing (Magnus Andersson); Little Owl still Cumberland Grn north end [area 25] 0720 (Twitter)
  • Richmond: Eastern race Lesser Whitethroat still in back gardens of Selwyn Avenue. Alley access from alongside 90 Selwyn Avenue. View from just beyond first corner. Bird favours second garden on right with feeders or flowering Vibernum. Park only in visitors parking bays, with vouchers available from Spar shop at end of Pagoda Avenue. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Ruislip Lido: Poor's Field - 2 Bullfinch, 6 Teal on pond in fenced-off conservation area (Deiniol Owen)
  • St Albans: Hawfinch still at top of tree bordering St Michaels churchyard (Tim Hill via Herts BC) TL135073
  • Stanwell Moor: Water Rail, 2 Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Water Pipit (C. Lamsdell)
  • Swanley Park: 3 Tawny Owls calling 2am Top Car park area (Andy Meaton)
  • Tooting Commons: 1 Great Crested Grebe on lake, Little Owl (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Totteridge Valley: 8 Redwing, 2 Little Owl calling from over grown field next to Quakers house 20:45 (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: 3 Mandarin Duck 2m 1f, 7 Common Pochard 4m 3f lower lake, 2 f Tufted Duck, f Kestrel, f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: m Scaup, 5 Goosander 2m 3f, 8 Goldeneye 3m 5f, 6 Shelduck, 6 Egyptian Goose, 60+ Gadwall, 4 Shoveler 2m 2f, Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Little Egret, 2 Goldcrest, 18 Linnet, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Redwing, 13 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush (Daniel Whitelegg/David Bradshaw)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: f Mandarin, 7 Red-crested Pochard 6m1f, Water Rail, 6 Shoveler (Chris Farthing)

Wednesday 10th January 2018Edit

  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: 35 Redshank high-tide roost (Tom Speller via Twitter)
  • Bowyer's Water: drake Smew (J.Murray) TL367014
  • Brockwell Park: 12 Redwing, 3 Greenfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 25 Mallard, 16 Tufted Duck, Peregrine W over Blenheim Gardens Estate (Tony Stones)
  • Buckhurst Hill: 6 Goosander (Andy Tweed per ELBF FB)
  • Cassiobury Park: Little Owl (Dilshan Muthalib via Twitter)
  • East India Dock Basin NR: 12 Shelduck, 34 Mallard, 67 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, Redshank, Kingfisher (Tom Speller via Twitter)
  • Epping: 213 Pied Wagtail in High St roost 2130 (Roger Emmens via EBwS BN)
  • Erith: Thames path towards Belvedere. 61 Linnet [2 flocks one of 35 birds another of 26], Peregrine, 2 Chiffchaff, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Lapwing, Stonechat [thanks to Mike Robinson], Grey Wagtail; 2 seals one dead the other very much alive (Eric Brown)
  • Fairlop Waters: 100+ Lapwing, Yellow-legged Gull, Little Owl (James Palmer); 30 Golden Plover over 14:40 (Barry Jones)
  • Finchley: garden N3 - Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Stock Dove, m Blackcap (Samuel Levy)
  • Forty Hall CP: 2 Cormorant, 12 Mandarin Duck 8m 4f, 2 Shoveler, Song Thrush singing, Mistle Thrush singing, Treecreeper; Muntjac Deer buck (Robert Callf)
  • Friday Lake: red-head Smew still (J.Murray)
  • Garden Wood: 5+ Hawfinch still (Alan Gardiner via Herts BC)
  • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park: Jack Snipe still present, 2 Tufted Duck m&f, 2 drake Teal (John Bushell); also Water Rail and Chiffchaff (Mike Paice) The Jack Snipe is still in front of the east hide usually the left hand end. It is often directly in front of the hide so please approach quietly.
  • Hainault Forest CP: 5 Hawfinch ('PS' per ELBF FB)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: f Common Scoter still (Pete Waldon via Herts BC)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: m Marsh Harrier, 6 Water Rail, 90 Lapwing, 8 Yellowhammer (Dave Morrison via Twitter)
  • Juniper Top: 2 Hawfinch (Steve Gale via Twitter) [new site for LNHS gazetteer ref TQ182525]
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Bittern seen, also 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Peregrine on Ch. X., 5 Common Snipe 4 wader scrape plus 1 flew to Res. Lag., 2 Stonechat m f, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail on E. bund (Martin Honey & B. Page); Iceland Gull present at 10:30 in front of WWF Hide before flying off East (pic on WWT London Twitter); 8 Pintail, Caspian Gull 4cy, 2 Fieldfare, 18 Siskin (WWT twitter); also 2 Shelduck, 2 Sparrowhawk, Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe fr headley hide, Peregrine, Water Pipit, 50 Redpoll (WWT website)
  • Mad Bess Wood: 25+ Hawfinch this morning. A flock of 20+ on the west side of the wood and a different group of 5 by the Scout Memorial on the east side (John Edwards)
  • Mickleham: 6 Hawfinch as y'day (Steve Gale via Twitter)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 1 Firecrest in scrub on W bank of the old river at 10:55 heading upstream, 1 Goldcrest nearby (Alastair Dent); 3+ Firecrest present mid-afternoon (Marcus Mitchell)
  • Oxleas Wood: 8 Chaffinch, 4 Treecreeper, 4 Coal Tit, 15+ Goldcrest, 4 Goldfinch, 8 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Firecrest, Stock Dove, Jackdaw (Ron Turner)
  • Panshanger Park: Water Rail & Cetti's Warbler h (Murray Brown via Herts BC)
  • Primrose Hill: 250+ Woodpigeon high N 08:30-09:45 at least, m Kestrel (Twitter)
  • Ruxley GP: 9 Little Egret roosted eve'g (Sidcup Area Birds twitter)
  • Rye Meads NR: 2 Shelduck & 3 Green Sandpiper fr gadwall_hide, 3 Stonechat m 2f on meadow, Woodcock over HMWT reserve 1555 (per Herts BN)
  • Sevenoaks WR: 9 Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, 22 Wigeon, 10 Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe nr clay spit, Little Egret, 37 Snipe; monthly transect - incl Sparrowhawk alder carr wood, Water Rail h Long Lake western end, 4 Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 82 Jackdaw, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Bullfinch warden’s cottage, Lesser Redpoll, 25 Siskin, Reed Bunting h fr slingsby hide (per Susanna Clerici via Kent OS website)
  • Snaresbrook (Eagle Pond): Caspian Gull still (James Palmer)
  • Staines Moor: am - 4 Little Grebe, Cetti's Warbler, Bullfinch, 4 Redpoll, 40+ Fieldfare, 30+ Redwing, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard, Pheasant, 4 Stonechat, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 16 Linnet, House Sparrows; 2 Roe Deer (Nick Baker)
  • Stanstead Abbotts Lakes - N lake: Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Jane Free via Herts BC)
  • Stave Hill: 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker [a lot of drumming during the day - one used a spotlight casing to drum on], 10 Long-tailed Tits, Grey Wagtail, 1 Greylag, 1 Canada Goose on Globe Pond, 1 Goldcrest, fm Sparrowhawk (John Cadera)
  • Stocker's Lake: 5 Goldeneye incl 2 displaying drakes (Steve Carter via Herts BC)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 2 Little Egret, 3 Mandarin, 4 Teal, 40 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose plus the three 'farmyards', c180 Common Gull, male Kestrel, c75 Fieldfare, c20 Redwing, 3 Bullfinch (John Colmans)
  • Wallington: Wilson's School - 5 Siskin briefly then onto Roundshaw Downs, 1 Hawfinch flew over towards RD, also 1 probable Yellow-legged Gull flew off North from playing fields (Arjun Dutta)
  • Wandsworth Common: 2 Collared Dove, Coal Tit h, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 2 Chaffinch, c15 Siskin (Peter White via Twitter)
  • Willows Farm: c15 Linnet (Alan Gardiner via Herts BC)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Reed Bunting (Chris Farthing)
  • Worcester Park: 2 Little Egret on horse field (Bill Reid, Bob Smith)

Tuesday 9th January 2018Edit

  • Bankside: 2 Chiffchaff in birches outside Tate Modern SE1 (Reuben Braddock)
  • Belmont Open Space Cockfosters / East Barnet Herts: male Sparrowhawk hunting around flower pots & feeders in our garden (Bob & Anna Husband)
  • Boxer's Lake, Enfield: 2 Egyptian Goose pr, 5 Mandarin Duck 3m 2f, 3 Common Pochard 2m 1f, 18 Tufted Duck 10m 8f, 4 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Robert Callf)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, 2 Common Gull, singing Song Thrush, 6 Redwing (Conrad Ellam)
  • Footscray Meadows: Water Rail, Gadwall, Egyptian Goose, Little Egret, Goldcrest (Andy Meaton)
  • Garden Wood: 6+ Hawfinch still (Steve Blake via Herts BC) View fr public f/p. Accessed from Willows Activity Fm or through Garden Wd from Main Pit. Woods are private property. [per TyttGP twitter w/ map]
  • Guildhall: EC2 - Chiffchaff (Nick Senior)
  • Hampstead Heath: pm - 75 Redwing and 100+ Starlings feeding on cricket pitch, 22 Herring Gulls and 10 Common Gulls feeding on Dukes Field, increase in Greenfinches up to 25 seen in London Planes along Highgate Rd entrance, Song Thrush singing, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming (Pete Mantle)
  • Headley Heath: 2 Hawfinch 1515 (D J Cox via Surrey BN)
  • Heathrow: Green Sandpiper (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Hemans Estate - Stockwell: 1 House Sparrow on feeder just before dawn (Michael Mac)
  • Kensington Gardens: 2 Tawny Owl & 2 Little Owl h eve'g (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • KGV Reservoir: 30 Goldeneye, 15 Goosander, Slavonian Grebe still, 7 Lapwing, Green Woodpecker, Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit ('PRH' per ELBF FB)
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Mute Swan, 16 Mallards, 13 Tufted Duck 7m 6f, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 45 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Common Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls, 3 Goldcrest, also 20 Redwings 15 in trees Marlborough Pk Ave/Burnt Oak Ln jn & 5 in Maple Leaf Dr The Hollies (Eric Brown)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Caspian Gull 3w, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 15 Lesser Redpoll, 22 Shoveler (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Bittern in reeds on N shore main lake, 6 Pintail 4m 2f, 2 Shelduck m f wader scrape, 2 Stonechat m f E bund, 13 Fieldfare and 3 Redwing south route, 2 Goldcrest, 12 Long-tailed Tit (Martin Honey & P. Knox); 15 Siskin south route (WWT website)
  • Mad Bess Wood: 8+ Hawfinch ground-feeding amongst freshly-coppiced hornbeams next to outdoor chapel (Michael Hammond)
  • Mickleham: c20 Hawfinch around wooded slopes east of village (Steve Gale via Twitter)
  • Morden Cemetery: 90 Redwing (Bill Reid)
  • Oxhey Woods: 30 Lesser Redpoll (Joan Thompson via Herts BC) TQ106923
  • Oxleas Wood: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Coal Tit, 4 Siskin, 10 Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Stock Dove (Ron Turner)
  • Primrose Hill: 2 Teal low NNW 0900, 19 Stock Dove N 0925 (Twitter)
  • Rainham RSPB: Barnacle Goose, 500+ Wigeon, 14 Pintail, 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Water Rail heard, 27 Avocet, 500+ Lapwing, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 2ad Yellow-legged Gull, Barn Owl, 13 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 2f Bullfinch (Max Hellicar via Twitter)
  • Regent's Park: 2 Water Rail (John & Janet Cadera); Yellow-legged Gull 2w on lake fencepost briefly 1100 (Twitter)
  • Richmond Park: Dartford Warbler, Grey Wagtail (Peter Carlill)
  • Ruxley GP: Great Egret (BirdGuides)
  • St Albans: 3 Hawfinch St Michael's churchyard still midday (Jeff Bailey via Herts BC) TL135072
  • Satines Moor: 3 Stonechat, 3 Water Pipit (C Lamsdell)
  • Stocker's Lake: c50 Siskin still (Steve Carter via Herts BC)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: Water Rail, 37+ Snipe (Rupert Evershed via Herts BC)
  • University College London: 3 Goldcrest 1 in South Quad & 2 in Medawar Gdns (Jon Agar)
  • Wanstead Park: Little Egret, but no sign Great Egret (Bob Vaughan via Twitter)
  • Wimbledon Common: Firecrest (Peter Carlill)

Monday 8th January 2018Edit

  • Brixton: 15 House Sparrow on feeders and 1 Redwing Blenheim Gardens Estate (Tony Stones)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Cormorant, Song Thrush, 2 Redwing (Conrad Ellam) 6 Collared Dove, Little Egret, Chiffchaff (Keith Chambers)
  • Cassiobury Park: 2 Mandarin, Little Egret (Steve Rogers via Twitter)
  • Collier Row: Ring-necked Parakeet W over Hayden Way 8:45 (G J Francis)
  • Connaught Water: 2 Greylag Goose, 7 Canada Goose, 5 Mute Swan, 18 Mandarin, 6 Shoveler, 111 Mallard, m Pintail, 19 Teal, 5 Pochard, 36 Tufted Duck, 4 Goosander, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Moorhen, 15 Coot, 90 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, 2 Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Wren, Goldcrest, 2 Robin, 3 Blackbird, Starling, 2 Dunnock (Dominic Mitchell per ELBF FB)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: f Common Scoter still fr Hoggs Ln viewpt (Geoff Young via Herts BC)
  • KGV Reservoir: 142 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, Slavonian Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 75 Coot, 5 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Magpie, Fieldfare (Dominic Mitchell per ELBF FB)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern, 4 Pintail, 2 Shelduck, 10 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 1 Peregrine, 2 Stonechat, 1 Skylark, Tawny Owl calling from western perimeter 1650 (WWT website); Marsh Harrier fem east at 13.05 (Simon Fogg); 2 Great Black-backed Gull (Shailesh Patel via Twitter); 5 Pintail, Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, Cetti's Warbler, 30+ Redwing, 19 Siskin (Matt Palmer via Twitter)
  • Mad Bess Wood: 8+ Hawfinch am but mobile (Paul Lewis via Twitter)
  • Primrose Hill: Skylark foy [becoming ever scarcer here in recent yrs] W before dawn 0750, 25 Fieldfare W/NW 07:40-08:40 (Twitter)
  • Rammey Marsh: Woodcock in flight NW corner heading SE 10:02 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Roundshaw Downs: 1 Firecrest w/ Long-tailed Tits & Goldcrests, Skylark, c30 Redwing, c15 Common Gulls, 5 Herring Gull. The only way how to enjoy a cross country run (Arjun Dutta)
  • St Albans: 2 Hawfinch again St Michael's churchyard (Murray Brown via Herts BC)
  • Staines Reservoir: 16 Goldeneye, Black-necked Grebe on S Basin still nw cnr (Dominic Pia)
  • Stocker's Lake: 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Wigeon, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Red Kite, 2 Kingfisher, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, c50 Siskin (Steve Carter via Herts BC)
  • The Ridgeway, Mill Hill: 8 Fieldfare, 2 Teal, 11 Redwing (Samuel Levy)
  • Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest male still Sanctuary Wood 1245 with small mixed flock (Bob Watts)
  • Trent Park: 6 Mandarin Duck, 4 Pochard 3m 1f, Red Kite, Common Buzzard, f Kestrel, 4 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, Nuthatch, Treecreeper (Robert Callf)
  • Valentines Park: returning ad Mediterranean Gull (Peter Hopkins per ELBF FB)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Scaup still on No4, 4 Goosander on High Maynard early, 3 Wigeon and Oystercatcher [chased unsuccessfully by Peregrine] on East Warwick, Lapwing on Lockwood, Snipe on No1, 6 Goldeneye including 3 drakes (David Bradshaw, Mike Messenger)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Nuthatch bush wood, 6 Wigeon & 10 Pochard the basin, Great Egret perch pond, Water Rail shoulder of mutton (Tim Harris); 2 Canada Goose, 3 Mute Swan, 4 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 31 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorant, Grey Heron, Moorhen, 51 Coot, 94 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 48 Feral Pigeon, 2 Woodpigeon, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, Jay, 2 Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Robin, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch (Dominic Mitchell per ELBF FB)
  • Worcester Park: 2 Fieldfare, 1 Little Egret, 100 Redwing on horse fields (Bob Smith)

Sunday 7th January 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 80 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, c300 Gulls, including c35 Common Gull, 5 Pochard (Bob Watts)
  • Battersea Park Lake: 34 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall [lowest count ever], 3 Pochard, 35 Tufted Duck - 1 pale variety, 4 Egyptian Geese, pr Mute Swans still with last year's only cygnet, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Goldcrest, 150 Black-headed Gulls [the only gull species], 30 Cormorants. Over all this park is getting worse for birds (Michael Mac)
  • Bower Wood: Hawfinch (per ELBF FB)
  • Brent Reservoir: pair of Goldeneye, 2 Common Buzzard over [at 10:12 & 11:40], 2 Lapwing, 13 Common Snipe, 90 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Siskin, Water Rail, 2 Egyptian Goose, Little Egret (Brent Birders)
  • Brockley Cemetery: 29 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Keith Chambers)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Little Egret, 2 Redwing, Blackcap m, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cassiobury Park: 3 Little Egret (Ralph Darvill via Twitter)
  • Erith Reach: Thames Pathway / Church Manorway - 300 Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Redshank, 2 Peregrine, Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit, 100 Linnet (Donna Zimmer via Twitter)
  • Fairlop Waters: 2 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, Buzzard, 14 Golden Plover, Little Owl, Kestrel, Kingfisher, 2 Reed Bunting (Steve Bacon, Neil Twyford per ELBF FB)
  • Finchley: garden N3 - m Blackcap, f Siskin, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Stock Dove (Samuel Levy)
  • Friday Lake: red-head Smew (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: pr Gadwall, Jack Snipe still showing well (Richard Green via Twitter)
  • Hainault Forest CP: 3 Buzzard, 140 Fieldfare, 35 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, 60 Chaffinch (Barry Jones per ELBF FB)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Redwing betw Highgate Men's Bathing & No. 1 Ponds (Callum Farrell-Morris)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: 1 Common Scoter f still present for its 25th day (Tony Blake).
  • Holyfield Lake: 2 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, Little Egret, Water Rail, 30+ Siskin (Simon Papps); Woodcock in recently coppiced scrub by hide (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Horton Country Park: 300 Redwing, Treecreeper (Bob Smith)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Shoveler pr, Kestrel, 13 Lapwing, 30 Fieldfare, 5 Lesser Redpoll (Andrew Cox via EBwS BN); Brambling (Shaun Harvey per ELBF FB)
  • Kentish Town: NW5 - 3 Siskin and 2 Blackcap, m & f still in a garden (Frank Nugent).
  • KGV Reservoir: 30 Goldeneye (highest count this winter), Scaup, Slavonian Grebe S basin, Water Rail, 3 Lapwing, 3 Stonechat, Chiffchaff, 20+ Siskin (Neville Smith).
  • Limehouse Marina: Kingfisher (Roman W) [full surname too, pls?]
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 2 Pintail, Goldeneye, Bittern, 14 Redwing, Brambling low over toward wildside, 17 Siskin south route in alder trees (WWT website)
  • Morden Hall Park: Grey Heron, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail, 4+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (MHP NG twitter)
  • North Met Pit: Bittern & Cetti's Warbler fr pochard_hide (Simon Papps)
  • Primrose Hill: minor thrush movement - Greylag NE, 2 Egyptian Goose S, Sparrowhawk, Common Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50+ Starling most NW, 17 Fieldfare [11 W 0855 & 6 WNW 0935], 4 Song Thrush NE [2 & 2], 17 Redwing most NE, Mistle Thrush - skywatch 08:00-10:00 (Twitter)
  • Regent's Park: m Firecrest by Hanover Grn [area 4] in laurel under ash tree just behind US Ambassador's high fence at base of hill (Twitter) TQ274828
  • Rise Park: Sparrowhawk flew across A12 towards Petits Boulevard 10:15 (G J Francis)
  • Rushett Farm: 12 Lapwing, 24 Meadow Pipit, 21 Fieldfare, c65 House Sparrow, c30 Linnet (J.Wilczur, S.Woolfenden)
  • Shandy Park E1: 10 Redwing, 6 House Sparrow (Harry Harrison)
  • Snaresbrook, Eagle Pond: Caspian Gull 3w still pm (David Darrell-Lambert via Twitter)
  • Staines Moor: Water Rail, 3 Snipe, Little Owl, Water Pipit (Dominic Pia via Twitter)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Great Northern Diver, Black-necked Grebe, Goldeneye all N basin (Tim Rymer)
  • Syon Park: 3 Little Grebe on lake (Jo Francis via Twitter)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 6 Teal, 2m Pheasant, 1-2 Buzzard, Red Kite hunting low over grasslands, Kestrel, 4 Lapwing, Woodcock flushed near brook, 5 Snipe, 18 Stock Dove 11 in field, flock of 19 Skylark 11 flew in earlier, 70+ Redwing many around pasture, c80 Fieldfare flocks of 25 & 40 through, 8 Song Thrush loosely together, 6 Reed Bunting, 4 Linnet, 11 Lesser Redpoll, 12+ Greenfinch (Neil Anderson)
  • Tottenham Marsh: m Stonechat, Lesser Redpoll (Stuart Fisher)
  • Totteridge Valley, Belmont Farm: 215+ Redwing, 9 Stock Dove, 2 Egyptian Geese, Cormorant high S 10:29, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Common Buzzard, 44 Canada Geese, Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 5 Mandarin Duck into roost (Samuel Levy) TQ225928
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 5 Bullfinch, 30 Fieldfare, 7 Teal, Kestrel (Simon Worsfold)
  • Turnford Lakes (Cheshunt GPs): 5 Goosander 3m 2f (William Bishop via Herts BC) TL369038
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 18+ Hawfinch Garden Wd am, Peregrine main GP (Rick Flesher via Twitter)
  • Waltham Abbey: town centre [Cornmill] - 2 Blackcap m f, male Brambling still (Simon Papps)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 40 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare on front paddocks (Jon Agar); Stock Dove, 5 Redwing on rear paddocks (Quentin Given); pr Egyptian Goose on Paddocks & 3 Lesser Redpoll W over cycle path calling 1.45pm (Davey Leach)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: 1 Lapwing flying North at 12:45 (Daniel Whitelegg); 2 Goldeneye and 7 Little Egret on High Maynard, 5 Fieldfare (Jon Agar); m Scaup & pr Goldeneye on No4 - 1pm (Davey Leach)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Goldeneye, 2+ Little Grebe (Luke Turner via Twitter)
  • Wanstead Flats: 45 Fieldfare, Stonechat (James Heal, Jonathan Lethbridge per ELBF FB)
  • Wanstead Park: Nuthatch, Treecreeper (James Heal, Jonathan Lethbridge per ELBF FB)
  • Waterworks NR: Lea Bridge Rd - 1+ Firecrest still w/ several Goldcrests and Long-tailed Tits fr boardwalk at 11am (Quentin Given); Chiffchaff at 12.50 from boardwalk (Jan Dobbie)
  • York Square: E14 - 16 House Sparrow (Harry Harrison)

Saturday 6th January 2018Edit

  • Beddington Farm: 2 Iceland Gull 1w 2w, 2 Caspian Gull 1w 3w & 3 ad Yellow-legged Gull; Twite on landfill (Twitter) Pics here
  • Belvedere, River Thames: foreshore - incl Curlew, 60+ Dunlin and 11 Ringed Plover (Mike Robinson)
  • Bencroft Wood: Marsh Tit (Steve Hughes via Herts BC) TL328061
  • Bonnett's Wood: Kingfisher, 2m Brambling, 8 Lesser Redpoll (Dave McGough & Steve Smith per ELBF FB)
  • Bramble's Wood: Woodcock (Chris Ruis via Herts BC)
  • Brent Reservoir: 7 Common Snipe, Water Rail, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Coal Tit singing in garden conifers (Andrew Verrall, Stephen Branley); later 2 Egyptian Goose, 130+ Tufted Duck, 32 Pochard, 10 Snipe, 20+ Redwing, fem Blackcap (Roy Beddard)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Broxbourne Woods: no sign of Parrot Crossbills by 11am (Andrew Self)
  • Burgess Park: 3 Pochard (Richard Bonser)
  • Cassiobury Park: 3 Siskin, 2 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker (Charlie Farrell)
  • Crayford Marshes: juvenile Iceland Gull on Jolly Farmers 12.15pm (Richard Bonser); also adult Mediterranean Gull [yellow-ringed], 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and a slightly stinky looking adult Caspian-type Gull (Richard Bonser, Andrew Lawson)
  • Enfield Town River View: EN2 - 2 Blackcap m f in garden (Robert Callf)
  • Finchley: garden N3 - m Blackcap, Stock Dove (Samuel Levy)
  • Fishers Green: Little Owl sailing club (James Palmer)
  • Fulham Reach: Rannoch Rd - 4 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 6+ House Sparrows; Thames - 35 Teal, 11 Gadwall, 7 Common Gull, 174 Black-headed Gull, Grey Wagtail, Great Black-backed Gull; Bayonne Pk - 21+ House Sparrow (Nathalie Mahieu, John Boorman).
  • Greenwich: Woodlands Park Rd SE10 - Grey Wagtail, Blackcap male in garden (Richard Green)
  • Harrow on the Hill: Sparrowhawk (Charlie Farrell)
  • Ickenham Marsh: Hawfinch perched briefly, 4 Bullfinch, Little Egret, Buzzard, Red Kite, Grey Wagtail, 30 Fieldfare (Nigel Dodd)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 6 Egyptian Goose, m Marsh Harrier over berwick ponds, 2 Brambling (Shaun Harvey via Twitter & blog); 2 Bewick's Swan Berwick Reservoir pm, Woodcock, Brambling, Bullfinch, Redpoll (Paul Hawkins [finder] via Twitter, Shaun Harvey, Dave Morrison et al)
  • Island Barn Res: 1 Iceland Gull 2nd w, 3 Yellow-legged Gulls all 1st w, Green Sandpiper (Chris Turner)
  • Langley Park: Mediterranean Gull ad briefly am, also Orange-winged Amazon w/ Ring-necked Parakeets above rhododendron gdns (Paul Lewis via Twitter)
  • Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: Caspian Gull 3w Eagle_Pond, 38 Lesser Redpoll, Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Siskin over, 5 Redwing, singing Mistle Thrush, 6 singing Song Thrush, 11 Shoveler (Stuart Fisher)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern, 2 Stonechat, 4 Pintail, 2 Shelduck (Shailesh Patel); 2 Bittern, 2 Stonechat m f, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Water Pipit, 17 Redwing, 1 Tufted x Pochard hybrid, 2 Peregrine on Ch. X Hosp. (Martin Honey)
  • Mayesbrook Park: Great Egret (BirdGuides)
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, 2 Ruff, 10 Snipe, Barn Owl, Peregrine, 2 Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 4 Stonechat, 2 Water Pipit (Mark Gregory / Oliver Mann per ELBF FB); 4 Ruff (per RSPB/BirdTrack)
  • Richmond: Mediterranean Gull adult w/ Black-headed Gulls on flood by Thames alongside A316 nr Twickenham Br, 7 Stock Dove mid-pm; Eastern race Lesser Whitethroat still in back gardens of Selwyn Avenue. No parking charges on Sunday. Directions below. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Richmond Park: Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, pr Stonechat, Fieldfare over, Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson); 1 very pale Stonechat nr Pembroke lodge (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: Green Sandpiper fr gadwall_hide, Peregrine over (Steve Hughes via Herts BC)
  • Sevenoaks WR: 4 Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, 6 Little Grebe, Water Rail willow hide area, 128 Lapwing, 28 Snipe, 24 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Mistle Thrush, Bullfinch fishermen’s car pk, 30 Siskin (per Susanna Clerici via Kent OS website)
  • Staines Moor: Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, Red Kite, Stonechat, Redpoll (Lee Dingain via Twitter); 15 Meadow Pipit, 5 Water Pipit favouring isolated pool 80yd southeast of first bridge north of bypass (Lee Evans via Twitter). 4 Stonechat, 9 Water Pipit on flood (C Lamsdell)
  • Staines Reservoir: juv Great Northern Diver & Black-necked Grebe S basin still but elusive, 'Scandinavian' Rock Pipit (Lee Evans via Twitter)
  • Stocker's Lake: 20 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Egyptian Goose, 7 Goldeneye, Little Egret (Sean Moore via Twitter)
  • Ten Acre Wood Area: 30 Lapwing, 6 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 5 Reed Bunting, Linnet, 4 Lesser Redpoll, Pheasant, Rook, Little Egret, 4 Teal, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Nigel Dodd)
  • Thorndon CP: N section - 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Mandarin Duck over, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Coal Tit 1 singing, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 20+ Fieldfare, 50+ Redwing, 2+ Song Thrush, 4 Mistle Thrush 2 singing, c25 Meadow Pipit 2nd meadow southwest of Hatch Fm, 25+ Hawfinch area of copses west of Old Pk pond w/ Redwings & Starlings then many flew S to Thorndon South, 2 Bullfinch Old Pk pond area, c30 Yellowhammer 2nd meadow SW of Hatch Fm; S section - Nuthatch, Treecreeper (Andrew Cox via EBwS BN)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: c6 Hawfinch Garden Wd beside paddock 9am flew toward causeway (Chris Barber via Twitter); also Caspian Gull 2w (Rick Flesher w/ Steve Blake via Twitter); 14+ Tree Sparrow (Andrew Steele via Herts BC)
  • Wanstead Park: Bush Wood - Nuthatch, Firecrest & Coal Tit singing (Wanstead Birders)
  • Worcester Park: Little Egret on horse field (Bob Smith); garden KT4- 1m Blackcap still - no sign of female (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: Peregrine, 2 Little Egret, 2 Teal, Bullfinch, 50 Common Gull & 40 Redwing on playing fields (Nigel Dodd)

Friday 5th January 2018Edit

  • Batchworth Lake: Cetti's Warbler canal lock by museum (Anna Marett via Herts BC)
  • Beckton SW: 2 Buzzard, Curlew, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 45 Redshank, 5 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest am (Dave Morrison via Twitter)
  • Belvedere, River Thames: foreshore - incl 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 80+ Dunlin, 11 Lapwing, 6 Redshank, 7 Ringed Plover (Mike Robinson)
  • Brent Cross: Little Egret feeding in river under street lighting opposite bus station Brent Cross shopping centre at 18:00 (Allan Stewart)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Cetti's Warbler, 41 Redwing, Fieldfare, 5 Common Snipe, 2 Water Rail (Magnus Andersson)
  • Brickendon: Brambling along footpath, Hawfinch in tree by Celtic Harmony car park (Allan Meadows via Herts BC)
  • Broxbourne Woods: 3 PARROT CROSSBILL 2m f showing well on west side of crossroads c500m SE of Monks Grn entrance 09:05-09:55 (Niall Keogh/Jim Anderson via Twitter); 3 Parrot Crossbill 2m f again & calling in flight briefly c1030 (Jon Cook via Twitter); Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 3 Buzzard, Kestrel, 4 Coal Tit, 3 Siskin, no sign Parrot Crossbills 11:00-15:15 (Harringay Birder via Twitter)
  • Bushy Park: 40 Redwing (J. Francik)
  • Canons Farm: Red-legged Partridge broadfield, Kestrel, 30 Skylark, 6 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing (Paul Goodman via CFBW blog)
  • Crossness: Thames path Crabtree Manorway north to Crossness outfall - 11 Canada Geese, Pied Wagtail, 9 Long-tailed Tit, Robin, Kestrel, Peregrine, Woodpigeon, Cormorant; Outfall - 12 Wigeon, Mallard numerous, 22 Gadwall, 44 Teal, 40 Shelduck, 36 Shoveler, 45 Lapwing, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 220+ Dunlin, 32 Redshank, 2 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 280 Black-headed Gull - 11.05am-12.20pm (Eric Brown)
  • Croxley Common Moor: Kingfisher Grand Union Canal (Geoff Young vie Herts BC)
  • Danson Park: Little Grebe, 23 Cormorant roosted pm, 3+ Water Rail, c3000 Ring-necked Parakeet roosted pm, 300+ Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail (Chris Gibbard via Twitter)
  • Erith: incl Stonechat overwintering by small lake beside Church Manorway; Thames foreshore - incl. 350+ Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Dunlin, 30+ Linnet, 60+ Redshank, Rock Pipit (Mike Robinson)
  • Eastcote: Field End RG - 15 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker (Tim Rymer)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 10 Red-legged Partridge, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Kestrel, 2 Rook, 20 Skylark, Cetti's Warbler, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2m Brambling, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 20 Yellowhammer (Dave McGough / Paul Hawkins per ELBF FB)
  • Kensington Gardens: Kingfisher am (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Shelduck, 2 Pintail, Bittern, Kingfisher, 9 Redwing, 11 Siskin (WWT website)
  • Neasden: 2 Redwing grange rbt (Neil Jackson)
  • Ongar Park Wood: 3 Hawfinch (per ELBF FB)
  • Paddington: pr Peregrine flushed fr Metropole Hotel by contractors 1125 then S toward Hyde Park (Des McKenzie via Twitter)
  • Pinner HA5: 1m Tawny Owl hooting at 1915 (Michael Hammond)
  • Rainham RSPB: Water Pipit fr purfleet hide (Brenda & David Hale via EBwS BN); 2 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Marsh Harrier, 23 Avocet, 42 Golden Plover, 3 Ruff, 3 Peregrine pr & juv m, 2 Kestrel (per ELBF FB)
  • Richmond: Eastern race Lesser Whitethroat still present at 12.00 when a female Sparrowhawk tried for a Chinese takeaway - fortunately it missed. Also a special thank you to the very tolerant residents of Selwyn Avenue. (Roger Morton)
  • St Albans: 10 Redpoll in gdn (Rupert Evershed via Herts BC)
  • Sanderstead Plantation: Raven heard at 08:22 TQ342618 (Croydon Birders)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 5 Goosander, Pintail drake & Water Rail all in the relief channel, Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest (Neville Smith).
  • Snaresbrook, Eagle Pond: Caspian Gull 4cy still pm (Dominic Mitchell via Twitter)
  • South Norwood Country Park: 40+ Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush singing, Mistle Thrush, 14 Shoveler, 10+ Tufted Duck, Teal, 2 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker (Keith Chambers)
  • Southwark Park: 17 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Mistle Thrush (John Cadera)
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver still on N basin in extreme NE corner, Black-necked Grebe on S basin, 500 Pochard N basin (John Edwards)
  • Stocker's Lake: 4 Egyptian Goose, 2 Wigeon, 4 Red-crested Pochard, Kingfisher, 20 Siskin (Steve Blake via Herts BC)
  • Stoneleigh Station: 207 Herring Gull ne a.m., 1 Redwing, 3 Pied Wagtail (Neil Batten)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 100 Lapwing, 150 Dunlin, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Yellow-legged Gull 1st-winter, Water Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 5 Stonechat, 21 Cetti's Warbler, Bearded Tit, 2 Raven, Bullfinch (Andrew Self)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 2 Sparrowhawk, 5 Goldcrest, 8 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 21 Redwing, 39 Fieldfare, Reed Bunting owl_field, 53 Canada Geese into roost, 112 Rook into roost, 3 Little Owl, 7 Mandarin Duck into roost. 28 species on first trip of the year. (Samuel Levy)
  • Troy Mill Lake: 4 Chiffchaff on R Colne (Lee Evans via Twitter)
  • Turnford Marsh GPs: 16 Goosander incl 9m Ashley Pit (Lee Evans via Herts BC)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs and Willows Farm: 10+ Hawfinch Garden Wd TL193046 [7+ at 1140 then 10+ in treetops behind Tyttenhanger Hse - v flighty & calling constantly], Stonechat on fence over maize stubble by Willows Fm Lake, main GP - 2 Little Egret, Water Rail, 12+ Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Caspian Gull 2w pm, Peregrine, 8+ Tree Sparrow, 1+ Brambling, 1+ Lesser Redpoll, c30 Siskin (Tyttenhanger Birders via Twitter/Herts BC)
  • Waltham Abbey: town centre [Cornmill] - Blackcap female, Redwing, Brambling male (Simon Papps)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Scaup on No4, 6 Goldeneye, 2 Snipe on No1, c35 Fieldfare by No5 (Walthamstow Birders); 8 Goldeneye 2m 6f, 288 Tufted Duck, 52 Pochard, 63 Gadwall, 31 Teal, 22 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Little Grebe, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Kingfisher, 25+ Goldfinch, 30 Common Gull (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wimbledon Common: Marsh Tit nr Kingsmere, 2 Reed Buntings at Ladies Mile (Adrian Podmore)
  • Woodford Green: Little Egret flyover, c20 Siskins on feeders, 3 Redpolls 1 then 2 more (Ken Murray)
  • Worcester Park: 2 Little Egrets, 80 Redwing on horse fields (Bob Smith)

Thursday 4th January 2018Edit

  • Amwell NR: 2 Red Kite, 4 Goldeneye 2m 2f TL380124, 30+ Siskin betw river & railway (Rober Buxton via Herts BC)
  • Batchworth Lake: Kingfisher (Anna Marett via Herts BC)
  • Brickendon: 2+ Brambling w/ Chaffinches by path betw Brickendon & Monks Grn TL329083, 30+ Siskin Bourne Orchard by pond (David Booth via Herts BC)
  • Brook Farm, Upminster: 4 Little Egret, Barn Owl, Kestrel, 38 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, Stonechat, 42 House Sparrow, Grey Wagtail, 13 Pied Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 26 Greenfinch, 2 Yellowhammer (Alan Shearman via ELBF FB)
  • Broxbourne Woods: 3 PARROT CROSSBILL still nr cross tracks (David Booth via Herts BC)
  • Highfield Farm: 2 Woodcock flushed from Knight's Wd TL186055, 100+ Fieldfare TL181060, 200+ Redwing TL181060, 30+ Yellowhammer in field TL180062 (Rupert Evershed via Herts BC)
  • Howell Hill NR: Woodcock, 150 Stock Dove, 1000 Woodpigeon (Steve Gale via Twitter)
  • Ladywell Fields: 45 Redwing, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Grey Wagtail, Carrion Crow with white on back and tail (Keith Chambers)
  • London Wetland Centre: Caspian Gull 3w, Bittern, 18 Siskin and 2 Fieldfare (Twitter); 20+ Siskin, 16 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare on grazing marsh, 1 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe on wader scrape, 1 Water Pipit on wader scrape, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldeneye f on reservoir lagoon, 2 Pintail m f (Martin Honey, S. Fogg et al.); 5 Mandarin, 2 Coal Tit (WWT website)
  • Oxleas Wood: 4 Jackdaw, Sparrowhawk f, Kestrel m, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, Stock Dove (John Bushell, Ron Turner)
  • Rainham Marshes: Iceland Gull 1st w c15.00 on Wennington after flying past centre window (Howard Vaughan-Twitter); incl Barnacle Goose, c300 Canada Goose, 36 Shelduck, 34 Pochard, 33 Tufted Duck, 20 Cormorant, 113 Black-tailed Godwit aveley bay, 39 Snipe [18 coldharbour pt & 11 river walk & 10 Ken Barrett hide], c2000 Black-headed Gull, 10 Common Gull, c400 Great Black-backed Gull, c300 Herring Gull incl 20+ ssp. argentatus, Caspian Gull 1w, 6 Yellow-legged Gull 1w 3w & 4 ad, 40+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 38 Collared Dove visitor centre, 6 Jackdaw, 35 Rook wennington, 100 Crow, 12 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 6 Skylark, c500 Starling, 17 Blackbird, 4 Stonechat, 50 House Sparrow vc, 36 Meadow Pipit, 2 Water Pipit river walk nr vc, 4 Rock Pipit river walk nr vc, Bullfinch m vc - 69 spp (Max Hellicar & Niall Keogh via Twitter/eBird); Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 23 Avocet, 3000 Black-headed Gull, pr Peregrine (per EBWS FB)
  • Ravenor Park, Greenford: c100 Redwing (Kathryn Bull)
  • Richmond: Eastern race Lesser Whitethroat still in back gardens of Selwyn Avenue. Access from alley alongside 90 Selwyn Avenue. View from just beyond first corner. Bird favours second garden on right with feeders or flowering Viburnum. Parking vouchers available from Spar shop at end of Pagoda Avenue. Parking charges from 10 am. Park only in visitors bays. (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Sanderstead Plantation: Raven h over woods (J Birkett)
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver N basin still early-am, Black-necked Grebe S basin still early-am (Dave Kendrick via Twitter)
  • Stanstead Abbotts Lakes: Goldeneye N lake (Jane Free via Herts BC)
  • Town Park, Enfield: Carr's Basin [TQ323962] - 2 Cormorant, 13 Mandarin Duck 8m 5f, 2 Shoveler m f, 2 Common Pochard males, 7 Tufted Duck 3m 4f, 3 Stock Dove (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park: Buzzard, Kestrel, Red Kite, 15 Siskin (Nicholas Beswick)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: 5 Hawfinch Garden Wd 1130 TL193046 (TyttGP twitter)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Scaup still No4, 6 Goldeneye No4 No5 & Lockwood, 2 Water Rail No3 & No1 (David Bradshaw)
  • Wanstead Flats: Great Black-backed Gull ad brickpit, Stonechat brooms (Tim Harris/Bob Vaughan)
  • Wanstead Park: Water Rail shoulder of mutton, Nuthatch reservoir wood, m Lesser Redpoll old sewage works (Tim Harris)
  • Wildhill: 12+ Red Kite (per Herts BC)
  • Woodford Green: Redpoll male, 12 Siskins, 2 Song Thrush 1 subsinging, 2 Chaffinch, Collared Dove (Ken Murray)
  • Woodside: Woodcock, 3 Hawfinch (per Herts BC)
  • Worcester Park: 2 Little Egret on horse fields, Peregrine on pylons (Bob Smith)

Wednesday 3rd January 2018Edit

  • Amwell NR: 2 Yellow-legged Gull ad 2w in roost eve'g (Ron Cousins via Twitter)
  • Bushy Park: Little Owl 7.20am (Ian R Watson)
  • Canons Farm: Merlin male again hunting along hedgerows nr canons farmhouse mid-am (Geoff Barter via CFBW blog)
  • Fairlop Waters: Great White Egret on the fishing lake at 12:00 (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 3 Mute Swan 2 juvs, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, 3 Little Egret, 4 Jay, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, 60 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, Woodpigeon, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 10 Redwing, Blackbird, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Chaffinch, 14 Goldfinch, 2-3 Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, Bullfinch m nr Rectory Lane Church, mixed flock inc Great Tit, Blue Tit, 16 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, also Robin, Starling, Kingfisher. Total 35 species. (Eric Brown)
  • Friday Lake: red-head Smew (Simon Papps); pochard_hide - Bittern, Water Rail, c40 Linnet, 50 Chaffinch (A. Middleton)
  • Greenwich Peninsula: Jack Snipe, Little Grebe, Siskin in Ecology Park, 2 Redwing Southern Park, Stonechat, 10+ Linnet east of O2 Arena (John Bushell, Conrad Ellam & Richard Green)
  • Grovelands Park: 6 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Mute Swan m f  & 3 first-winter, 2 Egyptian Goose, 19 Mandarin Duck 14m 5f, 8 Shoveler 5m 3f, male Pochard, 29 Tufted Duck 19m 10f, 5 Stock Dove, Tawny Owl hooting 16:23 (Robert Callf)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: 2 Grey Partridge, Snipe, 4 Jay, Skylark, 7 Fieldfare (Dave McGough per ELBF FB)
  • King George V Reservoir: Slavonian Grebe, 4 Goosander, 18 Goldeneye (Dante Shepherd, Jamie Partridge) Slav pic here
  • London Wetland Centre: 29 Greylag Goose, 3 Pintail, Bittern, Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 5 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, Grey Wagtail (WWT website)
  • Mardyke, Stifford-Aveley: incl 22 Gadwall, 43 Teal, Buzzard, 4 Stock Dove, 11 Collared Dove, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Kestrel, 3 Jay, 43 Jackdaw, 2 Goldcrest, Fieldfare, 5 Redwing (Alan Shearman per ELBF FB)
  • Netherhouse Farm: Red Kite (Lesley Harrison)
  • North Met Pit: 2 Goldeneye, 4 Siskin, Water Rail and Treecreeper (Dave Morrison via Twitter)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: c10000 Black-headed Gull upriver (Samuel Levy and Howard Vaughan); 18 Pintail, 400+ Canada Geese, 300+ Greylag, 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Curlew, 31 Gadwall, 6 Greenfinch, 2 Kestrel, 25 Linnet, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Little Grebe, 34 Shoveler, 850+ Wigeon, 250+ Teal, 600+ Lapwing, 2 Pied Wagtail, 6 Skylark, Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Marsh Harrier, 5 Fieldfare, 50 Dunlin, 33 Snipe, 2 Avocet, 3 Jackdaw, 2 Water Pipit, 11 Pochard, 2 Rock Pipit, 4 Goldcrest, 17 Redwing, Song Thrush (Samuel Levy, Toby Levy, Joan Arnold et al); 3 Marsh Harrier, 13 Avocet, 9 Curlew, 500 Dunlin, Peregrine (per ELBF FB)
  • Rotherhithe: Jamaica Rd SE16 - Peregrine W over Bermondsey Stn, 1 Goldcrest (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Sevenoaks WR: 2 Mandarin, 7 Shoveler, 14 Wigeon, 7 Little Grebe, Buzzard, Water Rail fr slingsby hide, 50 Snipe, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Collared Dove, Treecreeper, 32 Redpoll, 4 Goldfinch, 30 Siskin, 10 Reed Bunting (per Susanna Clerici via Kent OS website)
  • Snaresbrook, Eagle Pond: Caspian Gull 3w still 1030 (Adam Winstanley)
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver still on N basin, Black-necked Grebe on S basin (Allan Goddard via Twitter); Redshank N basin sw cnr (Dominic Pia via Twitter); 4 Shelduck (Tony Cummins via Surrey BN); 4 Ruddy Duck 2m 2f still (BirdGuides)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: main GP - 5 Little Egret & 3 Snipe, Tyttenhanger Fm - 7+ Tree Sparrow (Steve Blake via Herts BC); Glaucous Gull over horse paddocks (BirdGuides)
  • Walthamstow: 2 Goosander pr N over Ferry Lane 14.20 (Stuart Fisher)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Stonechat on Bomb Crater Field [1m & 1 f-type on fence at E end of boardwalk], 1 Meadow Pipit heard nearby, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Stock Dove and 6 Redwing on rear paddocks, c100 Black-headed Gulls on floods in this general area, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. All 08:30-09:30 (Alastair Dent)
  • Wandsworth Common: incl 4 Shoveler, Common Gull, Mistle Thrush, 2 Siskin lake extension - 27 spp (Peter White via Twitter)
  • Wanstead Park: Mediterranean Gull 2w The Basin 11:45-12:15 (Tim Harris)
  • William Girling Reservoir: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Goosander [no public access - view fr Mansfield Pk] (Dante Shepherd, Jamie Partridge)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 3 Snipe, Peregrine, Yellow-legged Gull, Great Black-backed Gull 2cy, 9 Shoveler (Chris Farthing)
  • Woodford Green: 2 Common Buzzard, Little Egret perched forest edge, 12+ Siskin, Redpoll male (Ken Murray)
  • Worcester Park: 2 Little Egret 1 on horse field & a different bird on Beverley Brook (Bob Smith)

Tuesday 2nd January 2018Edit

  • Belhus Woods CP: incl 2 Egyptian Goose, 11 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 35 Wigeon, 26 Teal, 35 Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, Little Egret, 20 Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 2 Water Rail, 9 Lapwing, Woodcock, Barn Owl, 2 Kingfisher, Kestrel, 51 Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 Jay, 12 Jackdaw, Cetti's Warbler, Firecrest, 8 Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 44 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 2 Meadow Pipit, 7 Bullfinch, Lesser Redpoll, 24 Siskin (Alan Shearman via ELBF FB)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Grebe, Kingfisher, 10 Redwing, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Broxbourne Woods: 3 PARROT CROSSBILL east of cross tracks 10:00 (per RBA); still present east side of cross tracks in trees nearest to gate 11:30-12:30 (Anders Grey Fia Herts BC); 2 Raven over, 20+ Brambling in tree behind scaffold co. Monks Grn Fm TL333085 (S Blake/R Evershed/R Coombes via Herts BC)
  • Canons Farm: 20 Skylark (Ian Magness via CFBW blog)
  • Crayford: 2 first-winter Caspian Gulls [though one probably German/hybrid origin] and Yellow-legged Gull 1st-winter on waste ground at Jolly Farmers (Richard Bonser and Dante Shepherd)
  • Fairlop Waters: Great White Egret still (Shaun Harvey via Twitter)
  • Finchley: garden N3 - 7 Siskin 4m 3f [first record since late Jan 2017] (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenwich Park: Tawny Owl (Ray Crouch) Hi Ray, where did you see/hear the owl and also the Rook from the other day? Thanks [Joe Beale]
  • Hampstead Heath: incl Shoveler, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Redwing (MBS twitter)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: c60 Snipe over fields nr Glades c1100 (Lee Brown via Twitter)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Yellow-legged Gull - subad & 3cy (J.Wilczur); 3 Pintail, Goldeneye, Bittern, 3 Stonechat, 20 Siskin (WWT website)
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 Firecrest & Hawfinch h cordite (Howard Vaughan via Twitter); also incl 37 Pochard, 19 Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, 4 Marsh Harrier, 13 Avocet, 3 Golden Plover, Grey Plover, 3 Ruff, 500 Dunlin, 13 Snipe, 121 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Yellow-legged Gull, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 2 Peregrine pr, 3 Goldcrest, 27 Blackbird, Fieldfare, 22 Redwing, 2 Water Pipit, Rock Pipit (per ELBF FB)
  • Richmond: Eastern race Lesser Whitethroat still in back gardens of Selwyn Avenue. Access from alongside 90 Selwyn Avenue. Directions below. (Michael McCarthy per FJM)
  • St George's Fields: Connaught St W2 - 1 Red Admiral (Catherine Beazley)
  • St James's Park: Water Rail (Frank Nugent)
  • Staines Moor: Little Egret, 4 Skylark, 2m Stonechat, 12 Meadow Pipit (Robert Martin via Twitter)
  • Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver still N basin northeast cnr am (Jim Sweetland via Twitter); Black-necked Grebe still S basin, Water Pipit (Dominic Pia via Twitter)
  • Stanwell Moor: Cetti's Warbler, 20 Redwing (Robert Martin via Twitter)
  • Theobalds Park/Oylers Farm: Treecreeper, Goosander m, Buzzard, 8 Ring-necked Parakeet (Brian Dawton)
  • Thorndon CP: 5+ Hawfinch am (Shaun Harvey via Twitter)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Stonechat m just N of allotment, Fieldfare nearby (Quentin Given)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Scaup still on No 4, Goosander female on High Maynard, 3 Fieldfare (David Bradshaw)

Monday 1st January 2018Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 40+ Common Gull still but gull flock about half size of yesterday, 35+ Redwing (Gareth Richards, Bob Watts)
  • Amwell NR: 2 Stonechat pr fr viewpt 1315 (Ron Cousins via Twitter)
  • Barnes Cray: 4 Little Egrets to roost, Peregrine Falcon, Cetti's Warbler (Ralph Todd)
  • Bayhurst Wood area: Little Owl, Tawny Owl, Redwings, 3 Teal 7.10am - no HS2 today take the rest of the decade off chaps (Dan Pinkham)
  • Beddington Farm: Twite on landfill (Twitter)
  • Beech Farm GP: Woodcock, Green Sandpiper (S Chalmers via Herts BC)
  • Bookham Common: 2 Hawfinch behind Bookham stn still 1000 (E Sames via Surrey BN)
  • Bow Creek: 5 Common Sandpiper, 43 Redshank, Kestrel, Cetti's Warbler (Frank Nugent)
  • Brent Reservoir: 58 species including Little Egret, 7 Snipe, Tawny Owl, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 40 Redwing, Fieldfare, 2 Nuthatch (Brent Birders)
  • Brompton Oratory Gardens: Firecrest occasional bursts of song (Nick Senior) TQ270791 [new site for LNHS Gazetteer]
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, 10 Redwing, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Broxbourne Woods: 3 PARROT CROSSBILL still by cross tracks early-am (Mike Ilett via Twitter); not seen between 10.30am-3.30pm but 10+ Bramblings feeding with chaffinches in game strips from footpath between Monks Green and Brickendon (Ian Bradshaw); Glaucous Gull imm S (Laurence Drummond via Herts BC)
  • Canons Farm: Merlin male SE over Infront George (Paul Goodman via CFBW blog)
  • Connaught Water: 7 Goosander still 5m 2f, Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Redwing, Treecreeper, Kestrel, Buzzard, Common Gull (Geoff Gram)
  • Dagenham Chase LNR: Yellowhammer, Treecreeper, Stonechat f, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 10 Meadow Pipit, 10 House Sparrow, 4 Bullfinch, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 11 Redwing, 8 Jackdaw, 7 Stock Dove, Pochard, 47 Gadwall, 20 Wigeon, 5 Shoveler, 69 Lapwing, 5 Snipe (Vincenzo Halley-Frame per ELBF FB)
  • Eastcote (Roxbourne Park): 40 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, Little Egret, 2 Moorhen, Song Thrush (Tim Rymer)
  • Fairlop Waters: incl surrounding fields - Yellow-browed Warbler in willows at back of lagoon early-pm per BirdGuides, 2 Great White Egret, Hawfinch, Little Egret, 2 Little Owl, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Woodcock, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Redwing, Fieldfare, Chiffchaff, Linnet, Stock Dove, Shoveler, Wigeon (Alan Thomas, Steve Bacon, Neil Twyford)
  • Fishers Green: Bittern roosting at watchpt 4pm; Chinese Water Deer by birdfeeders (Davey Leach)
  • Friday Lake: Smew f still (Davey Leach)
  • Gobions Woods nr Brookmans Park: Hawfinch still Leach's Fields area (per Herts BC)
  • Greenland Dock: 20+ House Sparrow at Plover Way, 1 Goldcrest, 26 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Gull, 4 Great Crested Grebe (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Greenwich Park: Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest, Rook (Ray Crouch)
  • Gutteridge Wood: 2 Egyptian Geese pr low over, Little Egret, 19 Stock Dove 16 in field, Nuthatch, 3 Fieldfare, pr Bullfinch in scrub, Hawfinch perched in willow sapling by pool for c3 minutes before flying towards scrub in field behind- patch tick (Neil Anderson)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: 1 Common Scoter f still present at 3.40pm (Tony Blake)
  • Holmethorpe SPs: Jack Snipe The Moors, Brambling w/ Chaffinches between Glebe Lake & Nutfield Church (Gordon Hay via Surrey BN)
  • Holyfield Lake: Goosander f, Shelduck (Davey Leach)
  • Ingrebourne Valley: incl Egyptian Goose, 7 Red-legged Partridge, Red Kite W 0935, Woodcock, Snipe, 3 Great Black-backed Gull over, 2 Tawny Owl, Little Owl, 3 Rook, 5 Yellowhammer - 61 spp (Dave Morrison via Twitter/blog); 2 Brambling (Lee Brown per ELBF FB); Buzzard (Dave McGough per ELBF FB)
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Peregrine, 3 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, Song Thrush, 22 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare [EB only], Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch, Jay, 2 Jackdaw (Mike Amos & Eric Brown)
  • Lea Valley: Buzzard, Peregrine f (Davey Leach) DL - for geographical accuracy your other sightings have been listed under their site names
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Bittern, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Water Pipit, 4 Pintail, 4 Snipe, 2 Stonechat, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 1 Peregrine (WWT website); 1 [and a half] Caspian Gulls [nice 4cy plus 3cy ringed 'G0UT' - looking pretty horrific], Yellow-legged Gull 3cy (Josh Jones)
  • Morden Cemetery: c100 Redwing - an influx (Bob Smith)
  • Rainham RSPB: Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 215 Canada Goose, 217 Greylag Goose, 4 Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, 26 Shelduck, 61 Shoveler, 107 Gadwall, 516 Eurasian Wigeon, 100 Mallard, 31 Pintail, 422 Teal, 26 Pochard, 19 Tufted Duck, 9 Pheasant, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Grey Heron, 18 Cormorant, 6 Marsh Harrier 4f 2m, 2 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 7 Water Rail, 10 Moorhen, 51 Coot, 13 Avocet, 1200 Lapwing, 45 Golden Plover, 10 Curlew, 64 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 350 Dunlin, Woodcock, Jack Snipe, 23 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 49 Redshank, 1302 Black-headed Gull, 8 Common Gull, 79 Great Black-backed Gull, 48 Herring Gull, Caspian Gull 1st-w, 4 Yellow-legged Gull ad, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Stock Dove, 240 Feral Pigeon, 73 Woodpigeon, 19 Collared Dove, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Ring-necked Parakeet, 5 Kestrel, Merlin f, 4 Peregrine 2adm 1adf 1juvf, 23 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 19 Rook, Jay, 28 Carrion Crow, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 7 Bearded Tit, 17 Skylark, 9 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Blackcap m, 2 Firecrest, Goldcrest, 8 Wren, 570 Starling, 9 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, 32 Redwing, 11 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 16 Robin, 2 Stonechat, 65 House Sparrow, 9 Dunnock, 10 Pied Wagtail, 13 Meadow Pipit, 3 Water Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 24 Chaffinch, 5 Bullfinch 4f m, 11 Greenfinch, 93 Goldfinch, 53 Linnet, 14 Reed Bunting (per ELBF FB)
  • Ravenor Park, Greenford: Sparrowhawk, 101+ Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush (Neil Anderson/K. Bull)
  • Richmond: Eastern race Lesser Whitethroat still in back gardens of Selwyn Avenue (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk m, Common Snipe, 3 Stonechat, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Mandarin Duck, Pochard, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe (Colin Williams)
  • Russia Dock/Stave Hill: 14 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Rye Meads RSPB: incl Shelduck, Pochard, Water Rail, Snipe, Kingfisher, Peregrine, Goldcrest, Redwing - 46 spp (RSPB twitter); 2 Water Rail, 2 Cetti's Warbler (David Booth via Herts BC)
  • Scotsbridge Mill Watercress Beds: Little Egret, 3 Water Rail, Snipe (Geoff Lapworth vie Herts BC)
  • Sevenoaks WR: 2 Mandarin, 20 Shoveler, 13 Wigeon, 54 Pochard, f Goosander sast lake, 5 Little Grebe, 24 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, Little Egret, Water Rail snipe_bog lake, 243 Lapwing, 71 Snipe, 18 Common Gull, 23 Herring Gull (per Susanna Clerici via Kent OS website)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 1 Stonechat, 2 Water Rail showing well by River Bridge, flock of 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch pr, 2 Goosander pr briefly on river then flew off to KGV, Siskin f, Kestrel f 11.30-12.30 (Davey Leach)
  • Snaresbrook, Eagle Pond: Caspian Gull 3w still, Red Kite NW, 2 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 57 Tufted Duck, c45 Lesser Redpoll flew over and back towards Leyton Flats (Stuart Fisher)
  • Southwark Park: Peregrine, 3 Little Grebe, 14 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, Grey Wagtail, 2 Egyptian Goose pr, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Blackbird m with white head markings still present for its 4th year at least, 1 House Sparrow calling just outside the park (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Staines Reservoir: Brent Goose south basin east side, 10 Goldeneye 6m 4f, Redshank, Water Pipit (Dominic Pia via Twitter); 5 Ruddy Duck, Great Northern Diver on N basin early pm (per RBA); Black-necked Grebe on S basin (Franko J Maroevic); 20 Goldeneye, Great Black-backed Gull (Mark Elsoffer via Surrey BN)
  • Surrey Water: Peregrine [not the Southwark Park bird], 2 Egyptian Goose pr, 50 Tufted Duck (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 8 Teal, Pheasant f, 3 Little Egret [1 paddock by wood & 2 in paddock by Sharvel Lane], Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel, 33 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, Treecreeper, c40 Redwing, 11 Fieldfare, 4 Rook, 8 Reed Bunting 7 together, 3 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch m (Neil Anderson)
  • Thorndon CP: S section - 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 2+ Hawfinch incl m, 2 Bullfinch pr; N section - 4 Shoveler 3m f, 3 Green Woodpecker, Fieldfare, 30+ Redwing, Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Nuthatch (Andrew Cox via EBwS BN)
  • Tooting Commons: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker h, Nuthatch, 3 Redwing, 2 singing Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush - 30 spp (Peter White via Twitter)
  • Tottenham Marshe: Stonechat m just N of allotment, Fieldfare nearby. (Quentin Given)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 10 Fieldfare, 17 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Mandarin drake , 8 Teal before heavy rain (John Colmans)
  • Turnford: c30 Siskin (David Booth via Herts BC) TL371054
  • Turnford Marsh GPs: 7+ Goosander Ashley Pit (David Booth via Herts BC)
  • Tyttenhanger GPs: main GP - 4 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher (Steven Pearce via Herts BC)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Scaup drake still on No 4, 4 Goldeneye, Fieldfare, 7 Reed Buntings north end of No 1 (David Bradshaw, Paul Whiteman)
  • West Thurrock Marshes: Marsh Harrier, Grey Plover, 25 Ringed Plover, 109 Black-tailed Godwit, 500 Dunlin, Jack Snipe, 20 Snipe, 115 Redshank, 40 Great Black-backed Gull, 983 Herring Gull, 5 Yellow-legged Gull (David Darrell-Lambert via Twitter)
  • Worcester Park: garden KT4 - 1 Green Woodpecker m feeding on ground, 1 Chaffinch still (Isaiah Rowe)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Stonechat pair (David Jeffreys)

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