Bird of the Month: the not-so-common Common Crossbill[edit | edit source]

The first half of 2020 offered little excitement for London area birders, and July has sadly continued the trend.

In the absence of anything likely to have attracted twitchers and toggers, I scrabbled to find something to nominate as my Bird of the Month — until I noticed that one of July’s more interesting features has been an unusual passage of Common Crossbill. I therefore award the accolade to that species.

After one report in May and seven in June, London birders produced 21 records of Common Crossbill during July. Not only were these the first July records since a single report in July 2016, but the total number of sightings this month exceeded the yearly totals for each of the past six years and was the highest total of any month since 22 sightings in August 2012, 20 in October 2011 and 23 in July 2010. However, as might be expected for this species, the July sightings have all been flyovers rather than lingering twitchable and toggable birds.

And where were these birds headed? Well, the reports show no uniformity whatever in their trajectory: if you include the May and June sightings, there are four records of birds heading north, three heading east, two heading south, three heading south-west, seven heading west and four heading north-west. This all reminds me of the Stephen Leacock story in which “Lord Ronald . . . flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.”

July also produced 10 sightings of Siskin — again an unusual number for the time of year.

Midnight waders[edit | edit source]

Comparatively little noc-migging activity has been reported since the flurry of reports during early lockdown in April. But one birder who has been monitoring migrants over his Ealing garden recorded a Greenshank at 0142 on the 10th followed on later nights by Whimbrel, Oystercatcher and Greenshank. These were recorded on three different nights but always at about half past midnight.

Also mid-month, a birder who was noc-migging “naked” (ie, without recording equipment) heard a Whimbrel over his Sidcup home on the 18th — again at half past midnight. Late in the month a Curlew was recorded over a Finchley garden at 0438 on the 27th and two calling Oystercatcher flew south-east over a Sidcup garden at midnight on the 29th.

(For birders who would rather encounter their waders during daylight, all these species obligingly showed themselves at various wetland sites during the month.)

Quackers[edit | edit source]

A drake Scaup was at Staines Reservoir on the 3rd and 4th, and single Garganey were seen at Brent Reservoir on the 12th and 14th) and at Rainham Marshes on the 19th. A few Common Scoter at Staines Reservoir (19th, 21st) may have been some of April’s many noc-mig migrants stopping off on their way back to the English Channel.

Long-leggedy beasties[edit | edit source]

Early on the 12th, four Cattle Egret were spotted high in trees on an island at Walthamstow Wetlands, probably after roosting overnight; but they had gone by mid-morning. On the morning of the 22nd, two were seen flying off from the same roost. The month’s only records of Great Egret were a bird at Dartford Marshes onhe 24th, 26th and 27th. A White Stork was seen circling over Rainham Marshes on the 23rd and again on the following day.

Bye-bye Cuckoos[edit | edit source]

Working from home during the CoViD-19 lockdown, a Chiswick birder looked up from his desk on 1st July and was surprised to see a Cuckoo flying low over his garden. Several later reports of Cuckoo were almost all identified as juveniles — not surprisingly, since BTO research shows that most adults have already left the UK by the beginning of July, having spent no more than two months in this green and pleasant land before dashing home to sub-Saharan Africa.

Bunting hunting[edit | edit source]

Last month the only Corn Bunting reported were birds found in double figures at a previously unknown hotspot near Dartford. This month there have been more reports from the same site, plus further records from another site nearby, where three chicks fledged, and also from Rainham Marshes and Crayford Marshes.

And the rest . . .[edit | edit source]

  • A Quail was heard in a Shoreham barley field on the 24th and possibly again very briefly on the 26th.
  • A Spotted Redshank was at Ruislip Lido on the 11th.
  • Sandwich Tern were seen at the Isle of Dogs (1st), Rainham Marshes (7th) and Woodberry Wetlands (22nd). Then two Little Tern and an Arctic Tern were recorded at King George V Reservoir on the 28th.

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


Friday 31st July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: Common Tern, 80+ Black-headed Gull, 3 Peregrine - pair chased a third bird off SW, 45+ Swift, 60+ House Sparrow, {female Clouded Yellow [FOY] cricket scrub} (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 42 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 4 Teal, Willow Warbler (Sam Jones); also Hobby NE at 1045, Little Egret up to 3, c7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Swift, Egyptian Goose, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel {Jersey Tiger} (John Colmans/Steve B/Shailesh Patel), House Martin, 1 Purple Hairstreak butterfly (Shailesh Patel).
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Stock Dove, 2 Kingfisher, Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Collier Row, Romford: Red Kite drifted SW at 10:50 (G J Francis)
  • Eastcote: Common Buzzard circling (Nigel Barratt)
  • Enfield "private access": Stock Dove, 2 Kestrel (Pete Lowman)
  • Greenford Stn: Red Kite mobbed by Crow & 2 Swift (Neil Anderson)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 singing Reed Warblers on south edge of Highgate No1 pond, and 2 Kingfishers very early am (Pete Mantle)
  • Orpington BR5 4 Crossbill over flying north west 1630 (Charlie Carpenter)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 25 Stock Dove, 73 Swift, 18 Black-headed Gull, 5 Sparrowhawk, 3 Red Kite, 5 Common Buzzard, Little Owl, Hobby, 2 Rook, Coal Tit, 54 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 32 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Nuthatch, 4 Treecreeper, 3 Yellow Wagtail [earliest autumn record] Folly Farm, Greenfinch. (Samuel Levy & Bob Husband)
  • Trent Park: 3 f/imm Blackcap, c30 Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, 110 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Hobby over Williams Wood, Sparrowhawk, Common Whitethroat (Pete Lowman)

Thursday 30th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 130+ Black-headed Gull, 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 20+ Swift, Willow Warbler, 2 Peregrine (APOG Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Stock Dove, 2 Swift, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Whinchat 0600 but then not seen again until 0700 approx as had moved into taller bracken possibly spooked by 2 foxes in the area, Willow Warbler singing, c10 Meadow Pipit in bracken, 6+ Reed Bunting, 4 Common Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff 5 Blackcap, Nuthatch, Pheasant (Spencer Neal)
  • Crossness: 50+ Shelduck, 10+ Gadwall inc juv, 20+ Teal, Pochard, 4+ Little Grebe, 8 Little Egret together on SE scrape, 2 Peregrine, 4+ Oystercatcher, c40 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 2+ Common Tern, juv Cuckoo, 10+ Swift, 3+ Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10+ Sand Martin, Swallow, Skylark, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, 4+ Whitethroat, 5+ Cetti’s Warbler, c10 Reed Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Linnet {Banded Demoiselle, 3+ Willow Emerald, 2+ Blue-tailed Damselfly, 4+ Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 2 male Southern Migrant Hawker N end of old golf course, Brown Hawker, 3 Emperor, Lesser Emperor flushed from dipping pond near GB lagoon then relocated at SE scrape, f Black-tailed Skimmer, 1+ Ruddy Darter} (Ian Stewart)
  • Forest Hill Road SE22: 12 Swift still over the houses east of the road this evening (Paul Francis)
  • Greenford "UB6": 1-2 Red Kite, m Sparrowhawk, 15+ Swift over garden (Neil Anderson)
  • Hackney/Clapton "junction of Brooke and Evering Road" c 20 Swifts - just before dusk 2 went into 2 houses, indicates still young in the nest (Michael Mac)
  • Kew Gardens: 45 Black-headed Gulls, 8 Herring Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull circling over Lion Gate catching flying ants, joined by a flock of 40 migrating Swifts which were much higher initially, 1 Hobby hunting (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Kingston: 2 Common Tern by Stevens Ait (Mike Foster)
  • Mill Hill NW7: {Jersey Tiger — my first garden sighting} (Andrew Haynes)
  • North Finchley: 6 Swift still (John Colmans)
  • Pinner HA5: Hobby, Buzzard, Red Kite all over garden. Green Woodpecker also (Sean Moore)
  • Rowley Farm, Iver Heath: 4 Red Kite, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Hobby, Green Woodpecker ( Nigel Barratt)
  • Ruislip Gardens "Stafford Open Space & surrounds": Little Egret, 1-2 Sparrowhawk { 5+ Brown Hairstreak with 3 nectaring on thistles with Andrew Middleton & Liz Goodyear, 4 Purple Hairstreak, 3 Small Copper, Brown Argus, 5 Common Blue. Also 2 Brown Hawker} (Neil Anderson/Dick Middleton)
  • Surbiton Filter Beds: Common Sandpiper (Mat Hare)
  • Shoreham area: 10+ Yellowhammer (Jack Headley)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 2 Mandarin Duck, 9 Stock Dove, 130 Swift, 3 Black-headed Gull, Little Egret, 6 Sparrowhawk inc 4 juv, 4 Red Kite ad & 3 juv, 5 Common Buzzard, Little Owl, 3 Kestrel, 3 Hobby, 8 Rook, 2 Coal Tit, 29 Swallow, 8 House Martin, Willow Warbler, 30 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, 16 Goldcrest, 4 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail, {Large Red-eyed Damselfly, Common & Ruddy Darter, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Large & Small White, Common Blue, Speckled Wood} (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: Greylag Goose, 9 Egyptian Goose pr & 7 juvs, 5 Mandarin Duck, 2 Kestrel, 2 Green Wodpecker inc juv, 3 Blackcap {Jersey Tiger, Ruby Tiger, Red Admiral, 3 Holly Blue, Small Heath} (Robert Callf); also Chiffchaff, Stock Dove, 7 Goldfinch, 26 Canada Goose, 9 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull,10 Swallow, 2 Common Whitethroat (Pete Lowman)
  • Tufnell Park Playing Fields: Red Kite, perched and briefly flying 1535 (Neil Bowman)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 3f 2m Shoveler, Buzzard S, 4 Common Sandpiper, 40 Common Tern, 5 Willow Warblers (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wimbledon Common: 2 Crossbill N over Mounds, 15 Egyptian Geese at Rushmere (Adrian Podmore)
  • Worcester Park: 160 House Sparrows leaving roost on horse fields (Bob Smith)

Wednesday 29th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Common Tern, Little Egret, 65+ Black-headed Gull, 20+ Swift, Tufted Duck brood of 4 Boating Lake (APOG Birders)
  • Battersea Park: 10 Gadwall, 14 Pochard, Great-crested Grebe carrying 2 young 1st of year, juv Black-headed Gull (Michael Mac)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret, 4 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Andrew Self)
  • Brixton: 8 Swift high over Winslade Road 20.30 (Tony Stones)
  • Crayford Marshes: 3 Pheasant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 4 Kestrel, Peregrine, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper, 15+ Yellow-legged Gull incl juvs & 1cy birds, Little Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2+ House Martin, 2-3 Meadow Pipit, Cetti's Warbler singing, Sedge Warbler, 10+ Reed Warbler, 8+ Common Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 350+ Starling, 10+ Linnet (Jack Headley)
  • Dagenham Chase: 3 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover juv, 2 Little Egret, 2 Gadwall, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Steve Bacon)
  • Finchley "Garden N3": f Blackcap, Willow Warbler [foy], 5 House Martin S, Sand Martin S, 27 Cormorant W [inc flock of 23], Kestrel, f Sparrowhawk, 15 Swift (Samuel Levy & Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Finsbury Park: Little Egret over the park, E (Simon Bradley)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 5 Egyptian Geese, Pheasant, 2 Little Grebe, 200+ Swift swarming very high, Swallow, 2+ Blackcap, juv Whitethroat, juv Sedge Warbler personal site first, Reed Warbler FOY, c10 Chiffchaff, 2+ Nuthatch {10+ Banded Demoiselle, 8 Willow Emerald, Azure Damselfly, 25+ Blue-tailed Damselfly, Brown Hawker, Emperor, 2+ Ruddy Darter, Small Copper} (Ian Stewart)
  • Fulham Reach: Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • North Finchley: 6 Swift at dusk (John Colmans)
  • Oakwood Park: 2 Tufted Duck f & juv, juv f Sparrowhawk calling & being tormented by Magpie, 5 Moorhen 2 ad 3 juvs, 6 Coot 2 ad 4 yng {m Brimstone, 3 Holly Blue} (Robert Callf)
  • Pinner HA5: Large mixed flock of gulls drifting over 5pm, some birds very high ( Nigel Barratt); 86 over Rayners Lane 8.30pm and 39 last night so definitely movement (Tim Rymer)
  • Ruislip Lido: Common Sandpiper (Sean Moore)
  • Sidcup DA15 "York Avenue": 2 Oystercatcher SE calling at midnight, Kingfisher low NE through my garden 0930 3rd site record in 36 years, Chiffchaff {2 Hedgehog, Purple Hairstreak} (Ian Stewart)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Red Kite, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Mandarin, Willow Warbler, 10 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 2 Bullfinch, 15 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 42 Canada Goose, 7 Egyptian Goose, Greylag Goose, 6 Mandarin 2f, juv, 3 m eclipse, Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat (Pete Lowman)
  • Walthamstow 'Garden' E17: 110 Ring-necked Parakeet SW, 30 Black-headed Gull N, 40 Swift (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wandsworth Common: 2 Sand Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, 25 Swift (Nick Rutter)

Tuesday 28th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 4 Common Tern, 92 Black-headed Gull, Little Egret, Willow Warbler, 3 House Martin, 15+ Swift (APOG Birders)
  • Brixton: 5 Swift, Rush Common, Brixton Hill (Tony Stones)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Whinchat together in the bracken 0718, Sparrowhawk with prey, new brood of 7 Egyptian Goose at heron pond [8th brood in the park this year, 51 goslings so far, though large majority have been 'unsuccessful' in making it to adulthood- two broods of six each have been successful, five broods totalling 32 have died], Common Tern, 2 Barn Swallow, Willow Warbler, 6 Common Whitethroat, Goldcrest, 12 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Nuthatch, 5 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Reed Bunting (Spencer Neal). Whereabouts in the park have you been seeing the Whinchat Spencer? (MW) Bracken south of Heron Pond, of the four paths cutting through the bracken in the direction of Church Grove Gate the two nearest Royal Paddocks through the bracken are generally the ones to take to see them though I have also seen them a number of times from the other two west-east paths through the bracken. There is a new road system so if you are driving and are not local then go through Hampton Court gate to reach the car park near the bracken. SpN
  • Crossness NR: Barn Owl, 3 Kestrel, Peregrine, Buzzard, 22+ Swift, 3 Swallow, Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 6 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, f Pheasant, 42 Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Heron, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Pochard, 6 Whitethroat, 14 Linnet, 40+ Goldfinch, 10+ Reed Warbler, 3 Cetti`s Warbler, Reed Bunting. Thames and Foreshore outgoing tide, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Oystercatcher, 17 Shelduck, 40 Common Tern, 29 Cormorant, 16 Lapwing, 10 Gadwall, 41 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Teal, m Southern Migrant Hawker (Bernie Weight/Rob Todd)
  • Dagenham Chase: Green Sandpiper, 6 Lapwing, Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Common Tern, Bullfinch (Steve Bacon)
  • Finchley "Garden N3": Tawny Owl 0430, at least one Crossbill sound recorded over garden at 0700 (Samuel Levy)
  • Gorse Road BR5: 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 30+ Swift, 3 Swallow, 15+ Linnet (Jack Headley)
  • Heman's Estate Community Garden "Stockwell": only pr House Sparrows on 3rd clutch, 4 Goldfinch (Michael Mac)
  • KGV Reservoir: [S Basin - brief evening visit 2000-2030] 2 Little Tern by sailing Club, Arctic Tern, 28+ Common Terns, Common Sandpiper (Davey Leach)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 13 Redshank, 7 Common Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Black-necked Grebe (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • St Mary Cray "Riverside Gardens": Kestrel, 2 Swift, Blackcap singing, 2 Treecreeper (Jack Headley)
  • Swanscombe Marsh “0630-0930”: Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, 5 Grey Heron [4 juvs at nests], Peregrine [atop Thames pylon], 5 Linnet, m Reed Bunting, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Marsh Harrier, 5 Whitethroat [plus several juvs], 8 Gadwall, 4 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, Little Egret, 4 Stock Dove, Tufted Duck f & 4 juvs, 10+ Sand Martin, 10+ House Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 147 Starling [one flock], 24 Greylag Goose {Wall, Jersey Tiger} (Roger Keith)
  • Trent Park: Greylag Goose, 28 Canada Goose, 9 Egyptian Goose pr & 7 juvs, 9 Mandarin Duck, juv Sparrowhawk calling Shaws Wd, 8 Black-headed Gull, m Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Whitethroat, Nuthatch {Peacock} (Robert Callf); also leucistic Grey Heron ( upper lake). ( Pete Lowman).
  • Waterlow Park: Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 3/4 Treecreeper together (James Palmer)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Shoveler eclipse m, 17 Gadwall including brood of 6 juvs, Pochard x Tufted Duck hybrid female plus 3 ducklings, Common Gull ad, Yellow-legged Gull 1cy, 4 Common Tern, Kestrel, Hobby 2cy, 21 Reed Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, 50 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 3 Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting (Niall T Keogh)

Monday 27th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Common Tern, Willow Warbler, 62 Black-headed Gull, 3 Pochard, Peregrine, House Martin, 2 Swift (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 4 Little Egret at hampton hill pond 0600 (Spencer Neal)
  • Camden: Pr Herring Gull protecting juvenile in middle of the street, Judd Street, 2130 (Tony Stones)
  • Dagenham Chase: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, 12 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 1 Teal, 1 Bullfinch (Steve Bacon)
  • Dartford Marshes: 2 Pochard, Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, Great White Egret roosting in tree on N end of larger island viewable from Joyce Green Lane, 5 Little Egret, 3 Kestrel, 8 Lapwing, 20+ Swift, Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail, 5+ Cetti’s Warbler inc juvs, 3+ Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Enfield "private access": Common Redstart seen in flight briefly, twice 0833 [my first July record locally and earliest autumn record ever] (Robert Callf)
  • Finchley "Garden N3": Tawny Owl, Curlew sound recorded over at 0438 (Samuel Levy)
  • Hampstead Heath: Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat both at hedge 3, Willow Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Kingfisher (Reuben Braddock)
  • Shadwell: Peregrine, flying low north over Watney Market, calling loudly around 10.00am after rain stopped (Dan Fletcher)
  • Sevenoaks WR: 3 Mandarin, juv Peregrine, 20+ Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, 20+ Black-headed Gull incl 2 juvs, 2 Common Tern & 2 yng, 10+ Swift, 8+ Chiffchaff, 3 Treecreeper (Jack Headley)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 3 Mandarin Duck, 38 Stock Dove, 4 Collared Dove, 8 Swift, 2 Lapwing [1ad, 1 fully winged juv], Black-headed Gull, 3 Juv Red Kite, Tawny Owl, 2 Coal Tit, 45 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 30 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 2 Greenfinch. (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: juv Stonechat old golf course but elusive (Pete Lowman)
  • Upper College Farm DA5: Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 8 Black-headed Gull, 10+ Swift, 3+ Green Woodpecker, Swallow, 5 House Martin, Blackcap, 3+ Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, 2+ Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 2 Common Sandpiper, 300 Cormorant, 5 Green Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, 400+ Swift, 120 Sand Martin, 70 House Martin, 30 Common Tern, 35 Goldfinch (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Worcester Park: 25 House Sparrows, Peregrine on pylon, 15 Swifts south-west (Bob Smith)

Sunday 26th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Common Tern, 34 Black-headed Gull (APOG Birders)
  • Braeburn Park "Bexley": Common Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 4 Swift, Blackcap [family group], Whitethroat [family groups], Garden Warbler, 2 Song Thrush (Ralph and Brenda Todd).
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Black-tailed Godwit north marsh, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper (Brent Birders)
  • Brent Lodge Farm "EN5 2AE": 2 Little Owl late pm (Samuel Levy)
  • Bluewater "Kent": 2 Egyptian Goose, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Kestrel, 2 Peregrine, 2 Swift, 3+ Pied Wagtail, 2+ Reed Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff (Jack Headley)
  • Brixton Tube Station: 5 Swifts above (Michael Mac)
  • Broadwater Lake: 2 Ruddy Shelduck, Mandarin, 3 broods Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret (C Lamsdell)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Kingfisher, Stock Dove, 2 Swift, 3 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Whinchat 0710, Peregrine 0720, Willow Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 5 Barn Swallow, 3 Meadow Pipit, 9 Reed Bunting, Great Spotted Woodpecker perched on Hampton Wick cricket club practice cage, 2 Nuthatch, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Kestrel (Spencer Neal); Car parks closed today SpN
  • Crossness: 20 Yellow-legged Gull [2 ad, 6 4cy, 9 3cy, 1 2cy, 2 juv], 80 Common Tern, 44 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Little Egret, Lesser Whitethroat (John Archer)
  • Dartford Marshes: Great White Egret, 5 Sand Martin S over University Way (Jack Headley)
  • Gutteridge Wood: 2 Red Kite, Hobby, 5 Common Whitethroat, 2 Greenfinch, Swallow, 5 Swift, Green Woodpecker, flock of c200 Starling alongside the A40 (Nigel Dodd)
  • Lullingstone CP: 5+ Green Woodpecker, Swallow, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, 4+ Goldcrest, 3+ Bullfinch, Yellowhammer {Dark Green Fritillary} (Ian Stewart)
  • Shoreham area: possible Quail in barley field by Darent path between village and Castle Farm heard but only one syllable- busy in the area though, 10+ Swift, 4+ Green Woodpecker, 10+ Skylark, 15+ Swallow, 2 House Martin in village, Grey Wagtail, 5+ Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Linnet, 4 Crossbill NW over Fackenden Down, 5+ Yellowhammer {Prob Grizzled Skipper, Small Blue, 6+ Brown Argus, 20+ Chalkhill Blue, Red Admiral, Marbled White, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns all at Fackenden Down} (Ian Stewart)
  • Southwark Park: 2 Stock Dove, Little Grebe, Blackcap, Grey Heron (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Swanscombe Marsh “0730-1000”: 9 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, Grey Heron, Oystercatcher, 1 Great Black-backed Gull (with large flatfish), 2 Linnet, 3 Blackcap, 2 Cetti's Warbler h, 2 Peregrine (atop Thames crossing south Pylon), 3 Stock Dove, 9 Whitethroat, 3 Mallard, 3 Song Thrush h, Chiffchaff h {Black-tailed Skimmer} (Roger Keith)
  • Rainham Marshes: Cuckoo, Sedge Warbler, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, Marsh Harrier, 2 Bearded Tit, Hobby, Kestrel, Buzzard, c. 15 Little Egret (Oliver Flory)
  • Rowley Farm, Iver Heath: 3 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Kingfisher, Swallow, 6 Long-tailed Tit, Green Woodpecker 20+ Rook (Nigel Barratt)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: m Pheasant, Little Egret, 4 Red Kite, imm m Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 6 Green Woodpecker, 7 Stock Dove, 30+ Swift, 7 Skylark inc one carrying food, 2 Swallow, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting {Small Heath} (Neil Anderson)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: Mandarin Duck, 11 Stock Dove, 148 Swift, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 4 Red Kite 1ad 3juv, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Little Owl, 2 Kestrel, 3 Coal Tit, 30 Swallow, 18 House Martin, 24 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 4 Common Whitethroat, 7 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, 7 Greenfinch, Siskin [over Folly Farm - my first here in summer...]  {Muntjac, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Purple Hairstreak, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown} (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: juv Stonechat Old Golf Course then flew into Gully (Pete Lowman)
  • Wimbledon Common: Bluegate Gravel Pit - Little Egret at 0820, Common Tern at Rushmere 0930 (Kevin Allen)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Willow Warbler, Little Egret, 30 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Common Tern, 40 Swift (Chris Farthing)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: 2 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk carrying small bird in talons, 6 Swift, juv Common Whitethroat (Neil Anderson); Kingfisher, 12 Black-headed Gull, Peregrine, Buzzard, 2 Greenfinch (Nigel Dodd)

Saturday 25th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: Common Tern, 76 Black-headed Gull, 35 Swift, 2 Pochard (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, Dunlin, Greenshank briefly, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Sand Martin, Willow Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Stock Dove, 8 Swift, 2 Kingfisher, 4 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chessington: Red Kite circling westward of Hook Parade (Nigel Jackman)
  • Crossness: Little Egret, 30 Shelduck, 5 Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 10 Teal, Kestrel, 4 Oystercatcher, 20 Lapwing, 45 Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Common Tern, 10 Swift, 5 Sand Martin, Blackcap, Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Finchley "Garden N3": f Sparrowhawk, House Sparrow (Samuel Levy)
  • King George V Reservoir: 3 Dunlin, 12 Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Kestrel, 15 Common Tern (Jeff Gooding)
  • Lee: Peregrine over South Circular at Burnt Ash Hill (Tom Smith)
  • Minet CP, Hayes: Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, Red Kite, 8 Swift, 7+ Greenfinch {Jersey Tiger} (Neil Anderson)
  • Pinner, HA5: Gull chasing female Sparrowhawk (Nigel Barratt)
  • Purfleet "River Thames": 5 Mediterranean Gull, 42 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Greenshank (Fraser Simpson)
  • South Lodge Farm: 4 Red-legged Partridge, Barn Swallow, 14 Pied Wagtail (Robert Callf)
  • Staines Reservoir: in the rain Swifts + some Sand Martins flying v low over south basin so could look down on them. One pale Swift stood out until the rain eased and they all flew higher. Might be worth checking for possible Pallid? (Adam Hartley)
  • Trent Park: 19 Mandarin Duck, Kestrel, 26 Black-headed Gull, 3 Green Woodpecker, Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: c300 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 5 Common Sandpiper, 35 Linnet (Rhys Evans)
  • Waterworks Nature Reserve: f Kestrel, 10 Little Grebe 3 ad & 7 juvs, Peregrine, juv male Green Woodpecker (Rhys Evans)
  • Watermeadows Open Space BR5: Grey Heron, 3 Grey Wagtail, 3 Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap (Jack Headley)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Yellow-legged Gull 1cy 1440 to 1450 then flew north (Niall T Keogh)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Linnet pair summer plumage (Francis O'Sullivan)

Friday 24th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: {Jersey Tiger Moth Boating Lake} (Eduardo López Salas); 2 Common Tern, 3 Pochard, 59 Black-headed Gull including 3 juveniles, 25+ Swift, {Jersey Tiger filter bed 2}, (APOG Birders)
  • Bushy Park: Peregrine Falcon with prey [swift possibly] 0840 over bracken south of heron pond, Whinchat 1st w 0815, 51 Pied Wagtail on King's Field 0800, Willow Warbler, 4 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff (Spencer Neal)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Stock Dove, 4 Swift, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cray Valley "TQ472696": 2 Cormorant S, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 3 House Martin, 4+ Chiffchaff (Jack Headley)
  • Dartford Marshes "River Darent mouth": 36 Yellow-legged Gull, juv Mediterranean Gull (Fraser Simpson); Great Egret, Little Egret, 2 Pochard at lake by motorway/Darent path. To Thames - Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, 4 Kestrel, Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Swift, 3 Collared Dove, 1,000 Starling {Stoat} - someone flying loud remote-controlled planes (Michael Mac)
  • E3 Antill Road: 17 House Sparrows feeding in garden, mainly juveniles (Harry Harrison)
  • Enfield "private access": juv Whinchat 1859-1905 - at different site to the one last Friday 17th July [only my third record of one in this plumage] (Robert Callf)
  • Hampstead Heath: Reed Warbler singing at Highgate No1 pond, Lesser Whitethroat in hedges uphill from running track, Swallow N over Parliament Hill am (Pete Mantle)
  • Hillingdon: Peregrine high above Uxbridge Road (Dan Pinkham)
  • Old Kent Road, Tesco carpark: 6 Swift over, 3 Pied Wagtail ( John Cadera)
  • Rainham Marshes: White Stork circled over 0955, 7 Little Egret, Hobby, 2 Oystercatcher, 9 Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, Yellow-legged Gull, Yellow Wagtail, 6 Bearded Tit (Andrew Self)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Whinchat (Hugh Bradshaw); Red Kite over Pond and Isabella Slades (P Davies)
  • Shadwell: Peregrine low south over Watney Market at 11:20am. Probably a juvenile (Dan Fletcher)
  • Shoreham : Quail calling in barley field, 2 Yellowhammer (Bernie Weight)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 8 Common Sandpiper, Dunlin (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Totteridge Valley: Red Kite, Willow Warbler [in brief song], 2 Swallow, 2 Linnet, 21 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, Whitethroat (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 12 Mandarin Duck, 19 Black-headed Gull, Common Tern, Song Thrush carrying food, Common Whitethroat, 2 f/imm Blackcap, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, juv Jay, 6 Goldfinch {Comma, Red Admiral} (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 2 family parties of Sedge Warbler, 3 Common Sandpipers, 30 Goldfinch, 130 Greylag Goose (Walthamstow Birders)

Thursday 23rd July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Common Tern, Little Egret, 48 Black-headed Gull, Peregrine, Common Buzzard, 45+ Swift (APOG Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: 1st Black-headed Gull of the autumn, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Whinchat 1st w still present obs 0825-0925, 61 Pied Wagtail incl 56 on King's Field 0800, Willow Warbler, 3 Meadow Pipit, 5 Common Whitethroat, 6 Reed Bunting, Kestrel, 6+ Chiffchaff (Spencer Neal)
  • Chingford Plain: 3 juv Sparrowhawks calling repeatedly, Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Swift, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Nuthatch, Chiffchaff (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Dartford Marshes "River Darent mouth": 33 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 juv Mediterranean Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Enfield "private access": 3 Common Buzzard pr & juv [FL] (Robert Callf)
  • Erith Pier: juvenile Caspian Gull [first juvenile in London, second in Britain], 10+ Yellow-legged Gulls [adult & 9 juvs], 2 Common Gull (Richard & Rosie Bonser)
  • Greenford "UB6": Red Kite, 25+ Swift, f Greenfinch on feeder [1st for over a year!] (Neil Anderson)
  • Greenford to Hanwell "Brent corridor": Little Egret, Red Kite, Kestrel, probably 3 different Hobby [pr together, 1 with Swift in talons & both mobbing passing Red Kite], Stock Dove, 4 Green Woodpecker (at least 1 a juv), 10+ Swift, 3 Common Whitethroat {12 butterfly spp 5 Brown Argus, Small Copper & Purple Hairstreak. Southern Hawker & Migrant Hawker (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Mill Hill NW7: Red Kite quartering recently mown hay meadows between Lawrence Street and Birkbeck Road 1330 — my first locally that was not just passing through (Andrew Haynes)
  • Putney Heath: Dark Crimson Underwing, at 'sugar', progeny of last year's immigrants? (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Rainham Landfill "Thames foreshore": WHITE STORK 1158 to 1210 appeared over landfill circled high and headed off SSW over Crayford area, 2 Caspian Gull [ad & 3cy], 55+ Yellow-legged Gull [10+ ad 1 4cy 8 3cy 6 2cy 30+ 1cy], Yellow Wagtail (Josh Jones/Niall T Keogh/Richard Bonser)
  • Rotherhithe: 2 Yellow-legged Gull [adult & 2cy], 4 Common Gull [including 1st juv of the year in London?], 150 Black-headed Gull (Richard Bonser)
  • St Paul's Cray: Sparrowhawk, House Martin (Jack Headley)
  • Upper College Farm DA5 brief visit late a.m. : 3+ Green Woodpecker, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Whitethroat, Chaffinch, 2 Kestrel, 3 Chiffchaff, Jay, 11 + Swift, 14 + Swallow, "HOPE I`M NOT COMPROMISED" (Bernie Weight)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Turnstone circled East Warwick island before heading off high south at 0752, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper (Walthamstow birders)
  • Watermeadows Open Space BR5: 3 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap singing, 2 Goldcrest (Jack Headley)
  • Wimbledon Common: 2 Common Tern at Rushmere Pond (James Owen)

Wednesday 22nd July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: Common Tern, 2-3 Little Egret, 60 Black-headed Gull, 20+ Swift, 2 House Martin (APOG Birders)
  • Beddington Farmlands: Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 juv Little Ringed Plover, 2 Peregrines, Reed Bunting, 12 Swift, 3 Common Whitethroat, 3 Kestrel, 2 Lapwing, 3 Blackcap (Arjun Dutta/Ethan Chak/Zach Pannifer)
  • Brixton: 6 Swift, Brockwell Park [Water Lane end], 13 Starling, Lesser Black-backed Gull; 6 Swift, Concanon Road, including pair going into presumed air brick nest site at number 13 (Tony Stones)
  • Bushy Park: no sign of yesterday's Whinchat 0530-0645, 9 Reed Bunting, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, Tufted Duck brood of 7 [thanks to GS], Barn Swallow, 8 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Kestrel, 16 Pied Wagtail on Hampton Wick cricket pitch 0915 (Spencer Neal)
  • Dartford "crop field between Hawley Road and A2": Yellow Wagtail, 20 Linnet, 20+ House Sparrow, 2+ Skylark. Field by River Darent [this was part of Black Dale Farm but has been used for some form of quarrying since the 80s-now over grown and size of Wormwood Scrubs]: 3 Corn Bunting fledged from nest, Little Egret along River (Michael Mac)
  • Erith Pier: 5 Yellow-legged Gulls (Richard Bonser)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 7 Egyptian Geese, 3 Tufted Duck 2 juv, m Pheasant, Little Grebe, c10 Swift, Kingfisher, 4+ Swallow, Grey Wagtail, 5+ Blackcap inc singer & juvs, 2+ Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, Willow Warbler, 5+ Chiffchaff, Coal Tit {10+ Banded Demoiselle, 10+ Willow Emerald Damselfly, many Azure Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, 15+ Blue-tailed Damselfly, 2 Brown Hawker, 2 Emperor, 2+ Ruddy Darter, c10 Common Darter} (Ian Stewart)
  • Rotherhithe: 1 Yellow-legged Gull [adult off Greenland Pier] (Richard Bonser)
  • Sidcup DA15 "York Avenue": {2+ juv Hedgehog in my garden} (Ian Stewart)
  • St Paul's Cray: 2-3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 25+ Stock Dove, 30+ Swift (Jack Headley)
  • Stave Hill: 1 fm Tufted duck with 6 young, 2 Grey Heron, 5 House Martin, 4+ Blackcap, 6+ House Sparrow, Goldcrest ( John & Janet Cadera)
  • Southwark Park: 2 Peregrine, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Jay, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Black Headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black Back Gull (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Stoke Newington West Reservoir: Crossbill over west at 1417 (Niall T Keogh)
  • Thamesmead: 1 Mediterranean Gull [2cy at Greenhaven Drive], 300 Black-headed Gull (Richard Bonser)
  • Trent Park: 4 Sparrowhawk together inc at least 3 juvs conifer plantation nr Oakwood ent (Robert Callf); also 17 Canada Goose, Goldfinch, 20 Black-headed Gull, Kestrel, 3 Mandarin, Swallow, Common Tern, 2 Comma, Gatekeeper(s), 2 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Peacock. ( Pete Lowman )
  • Upper College Farm DA5: Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 5+ Swift, 5+ Swallow, 3+ Blackcap, 20+ Whitethroat inc many juvs an excellent breeding season this year , 5+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 3+ Bullfinch {Banded Demoiselle, 3 Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker} (Ian Stewart)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 2 Cattle Egret - flew off SE from No 5 at 9-30, Little Ringed Plover, 5 Common Sandpipers, 2 Willow Warblers (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern (Chris Farthing)
  • Woodford Green: 50+ Swift moving West circa 9pm. (Ken Murray)
  • Worcester Park: Hobby over observer's garden at 0630 (Bob Smith)

Tuesday 21st July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 40+ Black-headed Gull, 25+ Swift, 50+ House Sparrow cricket scrub, Peregrine, up to 4 Common Whitethroat inc at least one juvenile cricket scrub (APOG Birders)
  • Brixton: 16 Swift, Brockwell Park Water Lane End, 15 Swift, Brixton Tube Station (Tony Stones)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Swift, Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Whinchat 0600 1st w, Tawny Owl heard 0500, Willow Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 17 Pied Wagtail in king's field (Spencer Neal)
  • Cornmill Gardens: Kingfisher (Tom Moulton)
  • Crayford Marshes: 3+ Pheasant, 3 Little Egret, Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, c20 Lapwing, 4+ Yellow-legged Gull, 3+ Common Tern, Barn Owl, Swift, 3 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Whitethroat, 6+ Cetti’s Warbler inc juv, c20 Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Crewdson Road "Stockwell": 4 Swifts around, 3 nests in this street and it's in the Inner London zone (Michael Mac)
  • Embankment, WC2: Common Gull (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Forest Hill Road SE22: 35+ Swift over the houses east of the road this evening (Paul Francis)
  • Gorse Road BR5: 2 Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel, 60+ Swift, 10+ Swallow, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2+ Linnet, 3 Yellowhammer (Jack Headley)
  • Honor Oak Park SE23 "garden": juvenile/1st winter Long-tailed Tit first time I have seen one in the garden (Paul Francis)
  • Orpington Boating Pond: 7 Egyptian Goose, 2 Swift, 2 Blackcap (Jack Headley)
  • Richmond Park: 12 Stonechat, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Little Owl, 1 Common Tern (Tim Vine)
  • Rotherhithe: 210 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Tern, 5 Egyptian Goose (Richard Bonser)
  • Sidcup DA15 (Longlands Road Rec): 2 Swift, House Martin, 2 Collared Dove; also York Avenue Sparrowhawk, 3 Peregrine, Green Woodpecker (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 6 Common Scoter on S basin mid-am. (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • St Paul's Cray: 2 Sparrowhawk (Jack Headley)
  • Thames at Cremorne Gardens: Grey Heron, Moorhen, 15 Common Gull, c150 Black-headed Gull, Grey Wagtail (Des McKenzie)
  • Totteridge Valley: 3 Common Buzzard, Swift, c15-20 House Martin, 18 Swallow, Mistle Thrush, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 3 Sparrowhawk inc two juvs conifer plantation nr Oakwood ent (Helen Shore per RM Callf)
  • Upper College Farm DA5: 2+ Kestrel, Hobby, Swift, 6+ Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, 5+ Chiffchaff, 3 Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Spotted Flycatcher, juv Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, 2 Common Sandpipers, Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 7 Grey Wagtail (Walthamstow Birders)

Monday 20th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Acton Park: 2 Sparrowhawk - male sitting in tree devouring a small bird, joined by another sparrowhawk briefly before both departed together
  • Alexandra Park: 40+ Black-headed Gull including 2 juveniles, 30+ Swift, 2 House Martin (APOG Birders)
  • Beckton Creekside Nature Reserve: 2 Peregrine, 2 Oystercatcher, Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 100+ Starling (James Palmer)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, Willow Warbler [first of autumn] (Andrew Self)
  • Bushy Park: 9 Common Whitethroat, 2 Common Tern, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Barn Swallow, 5 Reed Bunting, 3 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 3 Nuthatch (Spencer Neal)
  • Chislehurst Common: 2 Greylag Goose, 35+ Canada Goose, 7 Egyptian Goose 5 juv, c60 Mallard inc 11 juv, 8 Tufted Duck 7 juv, Grey Heron, Black-headed Gull, 4+ Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, Chiffchaff, 2+ Goldcrest, Firecrest, Nuthatch, 4+ Treecreeper {2 Purple Hairstreak} (Ian Stewart)
  • Cray Valley "TQ472696": Cormorant NW, Kestrel, 2+ Black-headed Gull N, 12+ Swift, Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker, f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 House Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail, Reed Warbler singing, Common Whitethroat, 7-8 Blackcap, 4+ Chiffchaff (Jack Headley)
  • Charing Cross Hospital: Kestrel (playing briefly with juvenile Peregrine Falcon) (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Holyfield Weir: Common Sandpiper, 40+ Gadwall (Simon Papps)
  • Pinner Park Farm: Little Owl, 2 Stock Dove (Sean Moore)
  • Plumstead Common: 12 Common Swift over, some passing SW, but others, about 3 pairs, lingering and probabl y breeding locally {Yesterday on the garden's Buddleia, among regular Commas, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and odd Red Admiral, Holly Blue Speckled Wood, yesterday a Ringlet (Patrick English)
  • Rotherhithe: juv Mediterranean Gull Greenland Pier in the evening (Richard Bonser)
  • Sidcup DA15: At least 1 House Martin nest with 3 adults seen (Ian Stewart)
  • Southwark Park: juv Green Woodpecker around the rose garden, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Collared Dove, Coal Tit, 2 Blackcap (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Tooting Common: Hobby (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Trent Park: 3+ Lesser Whitethroat ad feeding two juvs [FL] (Robert Callf); also 5 Blackcap, 12 Goldfinch,4 Swallow, 2 Common Whitethroat. ( Pete Lowman ).
  • Tufnell Park: 1 ad Hobby low NE over Laurier Road at 1820 (Tim Blackburn)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Little Ringed Plover (Walthamstow Birders)

Sunday 19th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 60+ Black-headed Gull including juvenile, Common Whitethroat (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, Lapwing, 5 Common Sandpiper (Andrew Self); 3 Little Ringed Plover 2 ad & juv, Green Sandpiper (Bob Husband per RM Callf)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, 2 Swift, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 7 Common Whitethroat, Common Tern, 6 Reed Bunting incl juv, Nuthatch, Kestrel, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 8 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff (Spencer Neal)
  • Clapham Old Town area: 30-40 Swift in group before scattering, 30mins before dusk (Michael Mac)
  • Delorme Street (Fulham): 11 screaming Swift by nests (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Erith Pier: 2 Mediterranean Gull [both 1cy], 20+ Yellow-legged Gull [2 ad, 1 3cy, 17+ 1cy], 2cy Common Gull (Richard Bonser, Josh Jones)
  • Greenford "UB6": 2 Red Kite pr, 15+ Swift, 20+ House Sparrow {Hummingbird Hawkmoth feeding at Hemp Agrimony & Buddleja in front garden, 2 Peacock, Red Admiral, 3 Gatekeeper} (Neil Anderson)
  • Lambeth Hospital area: c20 Swift in tight group before dispersing (Michael Mac)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 20 Swift (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: f Mandarin with 6 almost fully grown juv [only my 2nd record here after a male a few years back. Fishing manager said they bred at Mill Pond, Greenford Rd], Grey Heron, Cormorant, 4 Red Kite, 16 Swift (Neil Anderson)
  • Rainham Marshes: eclipse male Garganey showing well for second day from Ken Barrett Hide, breeding plumage Turnstone at Darent River mouth, 8 Avocet, 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 45 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, juv Mediterranean Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gull [2 ad 1 3cy 1 juv], 15 Little Egret, 2 Hobby, 2 Bearded Tit, 40 Sand Martin, 15 House Martin, 2 Stonechat [fem & juv] (Niall T Keogh)
  • Richmond Park: Redshank briefly at Pen Ponds (Alex Westenberger)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 5 Common Scoter 4 males, on S basin pm. (Ed Martin per DJM & FJM)
  • Swanscombe Marsh “1030-1130” : 2 Marsh Harrier [1 m with food and probable juv], 1 Lapwing, Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 12 Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, 2 Greenfinch {Great Diving Beetle m} (Roger Keith)
  • Thamesmead: 1cy Mediterranean Gull Princess Alice Way, 4 Yellow-legged Gull [3 ad 1 1cy], 250 Black-headed Gull (Richard Bonser, Josh Jones)
  • Trent Park: 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Stock Dove, 3 Goldfinch, 15 Canada Goose, 13 Black-headed Gull, 6 Mandarin, Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker. ( Pete Lowman )
  • Upper College Farm DA5: Pheasant, Common Buzzard, 3 Kestrel 2 juv, c10 Swift, juv Green Woodpecker, 1+ Swallow, 4+ Blackcap 2+ juv, 6+ Whitethroat 4+ juv, 5+ Chiffchaff, Linnet, 2 Bullfinch {2 Migrant Hawker} (Ian Stewart)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Dunlin at 1040, Redshank (Walthamstow Birders); 8 Black-tailed Godwits high south at 14:00 (HarringayBirder)
  • Wanstead Park: juv Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker family (J-P Elmes)
  • Woolwich "King Henry's Wharf": 1cy Mediterranean Gull [French/Belgian ringed], 1cy Yellow-legged Gull, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull [including juv], 100 Black-headed Gull (Richard Bonser/Josh Jones)

Saturday 18th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Bushy Park: 3 Common Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 16 Green Woodpecker, c30 Goldfinch together, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 5 Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Nuthatch (Spencer Neal)
  • Alexandra Park: Family Party of 4 Whitethroat inc 2 juvs {Jersey Tiger moth, car park near cricket club; Fritillary sp, not settling for definitive ID but most resembling Silver-washed, anthill meadow 1700} (Jonathan Cooke). 42 Black-headed Gull including 5 juveniles, 10+ Swift, 2 House Martin (APOG Birders).
  • Cray Valley "TQ472696": Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 10+ Swift, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2+ House Martin, Grey Wagtail, 4+ Chiffchaff (Jack Headley)
  • Crossness: 500 Black-headed Gull [including 40+ 1cy], Little Egret, 2 Sand Martin, Reed Warbler (Richard Bonser)
  • Dartford "1st 2 fields south of the town along Darent Way before A2": Corn Bunting taking food to nest, Common Buzzard, 2 Hobby, f Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Skylark singing, 4 Whitethroat, 3 singing Blackcap, moulting Chiffchaff, Linnet, Kingfisher 5 Swift and 4 Swift in town centre (Michael Mac)
  • Dartford Marshes "River Darent mouth": Greenshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, 14 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Ealing W13: flock of at least 2 Greenshank over garden at 0027 last night - noc-mig recording. Most of the waders seem to be passing through soon after midnight at the moment (Bill Haines)
  • Erith Pier: 7+ Yellow-legged Gull [2cy, 6+ 1cy] (Richard Bonser)
  • Greenford "UB6": Red Kite, circling Sparrowhawk mobbed by 2 Magpie, 20+ Swift (Neil Anderson)
  • Kempton Park NR: Permit only, 2 Green Sandpiper, 10 Lapwing, 3 Whitethroat inc 2 juv, Red Kite low over late am, 3 Little Grebe 2 Juv (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Kew Riverside: 2 Little Egret, Grand Union Canal & Syon, 4 Great Crested Grebe 1 Juv, 15 Mandarin Duck, 85 Herring Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 97 Black-headed Gull feeding in river, {1 Common Seal swimming downriver at Kew 2007} (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Kingston garden: Peregrine over {Hummingbird Hawkmoth} (Bob Smith)
  • Lamorbey Park: Egyptian Goose, Peregrine, 100+ Black-headed Gull over seemed to be anting, 10+ Swift, Blackcap, 3+ Chiffchaff {2 Banded Demoiselle, 20+ Blue-tailed Damselfly, 2 Southern Hawker} (Ian Stewart)
  • Rainham Marshes: 7 Little Egret, 6 Marsh Harrier, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Yellow-legged Gull, Yellow Wagtail, Stonechat, 4 Bearded Tit (Andrew Self)
  • Richmond Park: juv Cuckoo, Kingfisher and family of Lesser Whitethroat (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Ruislip Lido/Woods: 3 Egyptian Geese, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, Red Kite, 2 Sparrowhawk, Common Sandpiper, c90 Black-headed Gull, 14 Herring Gull, no terns present, Kingfisher, juv Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, c15 House Martin, 2 Treecreeper {Fox; 17 butterfly spp incl f Purple Emperor by pub, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, 14 Purple Hairstreak, 14 Peacock, also 5 Brown Hawker, 2 Southern Hawker, 4 Migrant Hawker, 4 Emperor Dragonfly} (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Sidcup DA15 "York Avenue": Whimbrel over 0029, Moorhen over 0105 no equipment used, naked nocmig, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 4+ Swift (Ian Stewart)
  • Southwark Park: 4 Egyptian Goose, 1 Stock Dove, 5 Black Headed Gulls, Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Peregrine, 3 House Martin, 1 Blackcap (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Stoneleigh Broadway KT17: 7 Crossbill low sw calling 1022 (Neil Batten)
  • Trent Park: 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 4 Goldfinch, 10 Black-headed Gull, 14 Canada Goose, 10 Mandarin, 2 juv Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat, ( Pete Lowman)
  • Tufnell Park “Huddleston Road”: c50 Swift this evening (Reuben Braddock)
  • Twickenham: Red Kite over Wellesley Rd at 1300 (Mike Foster)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 1m Whinchat (Rhys Evans)
  • Wanstead Park: Juvenile Cuckoo, Cetti's Warbler, Common Tern (Tim Harris, Tony Brown)
  • Woolwich: juv Yellow-legged Gull, juv Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2cy Common Gull King Henry's Wharf (Richard Bonser)
  • Worcester Park: 50 House Sparrow on horse fields (Bob Smith)

Friday 17th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 50+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Swift, 2 House Martin (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard west 1255 (Andrew Self)
  • Cray Valley "TQ472696": Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 20+ Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, Common Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff (Jack Headley)
  • Deodar Road "Putney": 1- 2 House Martin active nests, 8 years ago about 20 broods, 2 House Sparrow nests in Martin nests, 5 Swifts low down street not seen before in previous years so might be relatively new to the road? (Michael Mac)
  • Devonshire Road SE23: 12+ Swifts feeding over the road/surrounding area again (Paul Francis)
  • Ealing W13: Oystercatcher over garden at 0019 - noc-mig recording (Bill Haines)
  • Enfield "private access": juv Whinchat perched on fencing & bushes - white bases to tail clearly seen 1933 - 1948 [only my second record of juv Whinchat in the Enfield area] (Robert Callf)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: Red Kite, Kestrel, 20+ Swift, fledged family Reed Warblers {100+ Small Red-eyed Damselfly} (Neil Anderson)
  • Pinner, HA5: Red Kite, 6 Swift, Green Woodpecker calling ( Nigel Barratt), Buzzard low over garden again (Sean Moore)
  • Rainham Marshes: 16 Yellow-legged Gull [5 ad 1 4cy 10 juv] on river, 3 Yellow Wagtail south over Serin Mound, Corn Bunting singing, 8+ Bearded Reedling, Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher, 7 Avocet, Hobby, 2 Egyptian Goose, 48 Shoveler, 76 Gadwall, 21 Teal (Niall T Keogh) {RSPB Reserve now open, Thursday to Sunday only 0930-1700, Shooting Butts and Ken Barrett Hides open, all other hides closed for now, toilets open but not cafe or shop}
  • Stoke Newington: 3 Crossbill low W over Queen Elizabeth Walk at 0955, may have gone into Clissold Park (Pete Mantle)
  • Totteridge Valley: Common Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, 18 Swift, 2 House Martin, Swallow, 10 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 2 juv Mandarin Duck, Common Tern, 5 Green Woodpecker 3 ad 2 juvs, Great Spotted Woodpecker {11 Peacock, Comma, 2 Small Copper, Six-spot Burnet} (Robert Callf)
  • Troy Mill Lake. 15 little Egret in trees along the west bank (John Edwards)
  • Upper College Farm DA5: 4 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, Peregrine, 3+ Black-headed Gull over, 15+ Swift, 2+ Green Woodpecker, 5+ Blackcap, 5+ Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 3 Bullfinch {Banded Demoiselle, 2 Brown Hawker, Common Darter} (Ian Stewart, Bernie Weight)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Wheatear, Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, 2 Common Sandpiper, {Clouded Yellow} (Walthamstow birders) Age of Wheatear, please? - RM Callf

Thursday 16th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: c70 Black-headed Gull including 4 juvs, Common Tern for c10 minutes, 15+ Swift, 2 House Martin (APOG Birders)
  • Bushy Park: Kingfisher, 15 Mandarin Duck on the canal incl new brood of one (Spencer Neal)
  • Devonshire Road SE23: 10+ Swift flying low overhead [a few going up to feed youngsters in nest, I think - no wing-slapping, and unlikely to be looking for a nest this late?] (Paul Francis)
  • Eliot Bank SE23: 10+ Swift as Devonshire Road feeding above at 1000 (Ernest Thomason)
  • Perivale Park: Red Kite, Kestrel {12 butterfly spp incl 15 Brown Argus, 2 Small Copper, Purple Hairstreak, 5 Red Admiral, 25 Gatekeeper} (Neil Anderson)
  • Petts Wood: Pheasant, Common Buzzard, 4+ Swift, 4+ Green Woodpecker inc juv, 2+ Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2+ Nuthatch, 2+ Treecreeper inc juv, 3 Bullfinch {11 Beautiful Demoiselle, Large Red Damselfly} (Ian Stewart)
  • Ravenor Park, Greenford: Red Kite (Neil Anderson)
  • South Lodge Farm: 20 Pied Wagtail inc 14 juv/1st-winter (Robert Callf)
  • Trent Park: Common Buzzard, 3 Black-headed Gull inc one w/ yellow darvic ring North Lawn, Common Tern lower lake, juv Green Woodpecker, Treecreeper {10+ Gatekeeper} (Robert Callf)
  • Valentines Park Ilford: 2 Common Tern over boating lake (Barbara Miller)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: rear paddocks - 6 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Linnet (JW Davies)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Whimbrel W at 1212, Oystercatcher, 3 Common Sandpiper, first Willow Warbler of the autumn (Walthamstow Birders)

Wednesday 15th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret, 31 Black-headed Gull, 10+ Swift, 2 House Martin (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: juv Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper, Common Tern chicks (Bob Husband per RM Callf)
  • Bushy Park: 6 Common Tern, 7 Common Whitethroat, Barn Swallow, 3 Nuthatch, 14 Green Woodpecker plus remains of a predated juvenile, 9 Reed Bunting, 8 Swift, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 194 Black-headed Gull (Spencer Neal)
  • City of London, St Dunstan-in-the-West: f/imm Black Redstart (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Ealing W13: Whimbrel over garden last night at 0038 - noc-mig recording (Bill Haines)
  • Forty Hall CP: Cormorant, 41 Canada Goose, 7 Mandarin Duck, 50+ Mallard, Black-headed Gull, 2 Green Woodpecker ad & juv, 2 Barn Swallow, 2+ Treecreeper, 2 Jay {Ringlet} (Robert Callf)
  • Forty Hill "Myddelton Ave EN1": m Sparrowhawk carrying prey 1715 (Robert Callf)
  • Guy Lodge Farm: juv Kestrel, 3 Pied Wagtail m & 2 juvs, 7 juv Jackdaw, 15 Rook 14 ad & 1 juv (Robert Callf)
  • Hook Green DA2: {Migrant Hawker} (Ian Stewart)
  • Kingston Bridge: 4 House Martin (Spencer Neal)
  • Southwark Park: 3 Egyptian Goose, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit, 2 House Martin, (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Swanscombe Marsh “0645-1000”: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Raven, 2 Peregrine Falcon [atop Thames south pylon], Little Egret, Curlew, Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet, 3 Bearded Tit, 14 Gadwall f, 2 Pochard m f, 2 Tufted Duck [+4 juvs], 3 Grey Heron [+2 juvs in nest], 7 Coot inc 4 juvs, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush, Ring-necked Parakeets, 10 House Martin [at least], 10 Sand Martin [at least], 7 Swift, 22 Greylag Goose, 4 Reed Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, Blackcap, Stock Dove {Grey Seal, Black-tailed Skimmer, Southern Hawker, 2 Gatekeeper} (Roger Keith/Paul Larkin)
  • Thames Barrier: c500 Black-headed Gull inc c20 juvs at low tide, c150 Herring Gull, c50 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, c25 Common Tern, Oystercatcher (Ian Ellis)
  • Upper College Farm DA5: Kestrel, Skylark, Swallow, Blackcap, 4+ Whitethroat, 10+ Chiffchaff inc juvs, Linnet, Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Wandsworth Common: Cuckoo over W at 0745, Red Kite over E at 0710 (Nick Rutter)
  • Watermeadows Open Space: Egyptian Goose, 2 Cormorant, 2 Kingfisher, 6 Blackcap, 2+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest (Jack Headley)
  • Wilmington "Barnend Farm": 6 Greylag Goose into Darent valley, Grey Heron E, 2+ Kestrel, Peregrine landed on ploughed field, Black-headed Gull NE, 100+ Swift, 2-3 Great Spotted Woodpecker inc ad & juv on ground, 5+ Skylark inc 2 juv, 6+ Swallow, 2+ Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Great Tit incredibly my first tit here in ten visits, 40+ Rook inc juvs, 50+ House Sparrow, 25+ Linnet, 4 Corn Bunting singing (Ian Stewart)

Tuesday 14th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 80+ Swift [conservative estimate], Little Egret, Peregrine, Common Whitethroat feeding young Cricket Scrub, 18 Black-headed Gull (APOG Birders)
  • Balham: 65 Swift over at 1100 (Nick Rutter)
  • Bexley "Black Prince": 2 Grey Wagtail (Ian Stewart, Jack Headley)
  • Braeburn Park "Crayford": Common Buzzard W mobbed by Crow, Blackcap, 2+ Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart, Jack Headley)
  • Brent Reservoir: Garganey still from main hide, Little Egret, 2 Common Sandpiper (Andrew Self)
  • Bushy Park: Tawny Owl calling 0615, 3 Common Whitethroat, 4 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Nuthatch (Spencer Neal)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2 Egyptian Goose, 20+ Shelduck, 2 Pheasant, 8 Little Egret, f Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, 4+ Kestrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Avocet, 44 Lapwing, 5 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Curlew, 25+ Yellow-legged Gull inc 18 ad, 4+ Common Tern, 10+ Skylark, 6 Sand Martin, 3+ Meadow Pipit, 6+ Blackcap, 20+ Whitethroat, 2+ Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 20+ Reed Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 20+ Linnet, 7+ Reed Bunting, 2-3 Corn Bunting {Black-tailed Skimmer, blue-looking hawker sp prob Emperor} (Ian Stewart, Jack Headley)
  • Crewdson Road "Stockwell": 9 Swifts, 1 went into nest (Michael Mac)
  • Crossness NR : 2 Skylark singing, 2 Peregrine, 4 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 14 Swift, 2 Little Egret, 7 ad & 3 yng Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 4 ad & 5 yng Tufted Duck, 5 Shoveler, Reed Bubting, 6 Cetti1s Warbler, 2 Pochard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Chaffinch, 6 Linnet, 4 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 14+ Reed Warbler, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Heron, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Sand Martin {8 Gatekeeper, 4 Meadow Brown, 3 Common Blue} (Bernie Weight) Thames And Foreshore : 28 Teal, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Heron, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Dunlin Redshank, 2 Yelllow-legged Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 51 ad & 21 yng Shelduck, Curlew, 7 Lapwing, 9 Oystercatcher, Cetti`s Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 19 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 14 Gadwall, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, c600 Black-headed Gull, 35 Common Tern (Bernie Weight)
  • Dagenham Chase: Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover (Steve Bacon)
  • Rainham Marsh Thames: 2 Curlew, 4 Avocet on Averley Bay, 3 Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 24 Linnet, Little Grebe Wennington Marshes viewed from serin mound (Steve Bacon)
  • South Lodge Farm "Enfield": juv Kestrel, 2 Barn Swallow, 13 Pied Wagtail 3 ad 10 juvs (Robert Callf)
  • Upper College Farm DA5: Grey Heron N, 2-3 Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, juv Stonechat same bird as Foots Cray Meadows yesterday, Blackcap, 7+ Whitethroat, 2 Linnet (Jack Headley, Ian Stewart)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Whimbrel off East Warwick raft at 1030, Shoveler, 3 Common Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 20 Black-headed Gull chicks, 1,130 Tufted Ducks and 108 Pochard in full site count except West Warwick (Walthamstow Birders)

Monday 13th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 31 Black-headed Gull, 10+ Swift, 2 House Martin (APOG Birders)
  • Alexandra Palace station: Crossbill E from direction of Alexandra Park 1115 (Henry Wyn-Jones per Bob Watts)
  • Brent Reservoir: 0745-0950 - FOY Eurasian Curlew heard calling 4-5 times at 0822 [sounded as if heading W high overhead], Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Northern Lapwing, 23 Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler, Common Pochard, 212 Black-headed Gulls, pair Common Tern with chick, Grey Wagtail, but no sign of yesterday's Garganey (Dominic Mitchell); a third Common Sandpiper, also Little Egret, 4 Swift, 3 Egyptian Goose (John Colmans)
  • Brixton: Brockwell Park 17+ Swift, Water Lane end (Tony Stones)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Kingfisher, 3 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bury Farm, Epping: Yellowhammer (Rhys Evans)
  • Bushy Park: Kingfisher, 7 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Barn Swallow, 10+ Goldfinch incl at least 4 juvs, Kestrel (Spencer Neal)
  • Clissold Park, Stoke Newington: new Tufted Duck brood of 5 (Garry James)
  • Denham Country Park: 2 Crossbill (C Lamsdell)
  • East Dulwich: Crossbill flew E calling over my house (Steven Robinson)
  • Eynsford: 3 Pheasant, 5 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Skylark singing, 2 Swallow, 12+ House Martin, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, Common Whitethroat, 3+ Chiffchaff, 8+ Linnet (Jack Headley)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Mute Swan, 7 Egyptian Geese 6 juv, 12+ Tufted Duck 5 juv, Pheasant, 2 Little Grebe, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 100+ Black-headed Gull SW, 10+ Swift, Green Woodpecker, 2+ Swallow, juv Stonechat on embankment forming border with Upper College Farm, c10 Blackcap, c10 Whitethroat, 10+ Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, 2+ Nuthatch, 2 Linnet {20+ Banded Demoiselle, 2 Emerald Damselfly, 6 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 30+ Azure Damselfly, 4+ Common Blue Damselfly, 20+ Blue-tailed Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly, Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 2 Brown Hawker, 3 Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, 4+ Common Darter} (Ian Stewart)
  • Galleyhill Wood: 2 Spotted Flycatcher ad feeding juv, 4+ Treecreeper [a family party?], Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch (Rhys Evans)
  • Greenwich Park: Linnet (Ray Crouch)
  • Hall Marsh, Cheshunt: 2 Green Sandpiper (Rhys Evans)
  • Nazeingwood Common: 5+ Yellowhammer, Red-Legged Partridge, Buzzard (Rhys Evans)
  • Orpington BR5: c12 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 4+ Linnet, Yellowhammer all Crockenhill Rd (Jack Headley)
  • Pinner Green HA5: Buzzard circling this morning (Sean Moore)
  • Pinner HA5: 2 Red Kite, 3 Swift (Nigel Barratt)
  • Plumstead "Winns Common": 25 Swift, Sparrowhawk (George Kalli)
  • Raynes Park SW20: adult male Kestrel carrying prey out of neighbour's garden, later adult male Kestrel hunting along A3 Kingston bypass (Paula Redmond)
  • Regent's Canal "Between Victoria Park and Angel": 2 Canada Geese broods, f Tufted Duck (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • St Paul's Cray: Common Buzzard, 6+ Swift (Jack Headley)
  • Southwark Park: 1 Stock Dove, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Whimbrel S at 0835, 5 Common Sandpiper, juv Yellow-legged Gull, juv Common Tern (Walthamstow birders)
  • Worcester Park: juvenile Peregrine (Bob Smith)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: two Red-and-green Macaws (@marklevesley) (Not my sighting, but they tend to be flown on the playing fields closer to the prison - Oliver Flory) Thanks - so your saying they are flown by a person, not permanent escapees?

Sunday 12th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Brent Reservoir: Garganey from hide; Greenshank, 2 Lapwing, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper (Andrew Self)
  • Berrylands garden: c1200 Ring-necked Parakeet NW between 2015 and 2050, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, c12 Swift, 2 House Martin (Nick Tanner)
  • Bushy Park: Common Tern, 5 Common Whitethroat, 8 Reed Bunting incl f carrying food, Barn Swallow, 5 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 9 Green Woodpecker, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Kestrel (Spencer Neal)
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital: 12 Common Swift a.m. (Des McKenzie).
  • City of London "Barbican": 3 Peregrine including one carrying a Blackbird, House Sparrow (James Palmer)
  • Dagenham Chase: 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 250 Black headed Gull on slack (Steve Bacon0
  • Durnsford Park N22: Nuthatch in oaks along north boundary of Sunshine Garden Centre and Siskin over at 1002 - both apparently first site records (Dominic Mitchell)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 6+ Egyptian Goose, 14+ Tufted Duck 4 juv, Little Grebe, m Blackcap, 2+ Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Greenford "UB6": 1+ Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, hunting Sparrowhawk mobbed by 20 Swift, c30 Swift all over garden {9 butterfly spp incl m Brimstone, 4+ Gatekeeper) (Neil Anderson)
  • Hampstead Heath “Parliament Hill 0625-0820”: 9 Crossbill W, 4 Siskin over hedge 3, Little Egret ENE over model boating pond, 2 Lesser Whitethroat [presumed early returning birds], Common Whitethroat singing still, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Gadwall on Highgate no1 (Reuben Braddock); 1st year Common Redstart very briefly seen at Spaghnum bog with c20 Chiffchaff, 2 singing Common Whitethroat, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Jamie Cedar)
  • Joydens Wood: Hobby, 4+ Swallow, Chiffchaff singing, 2+ Goldcrest (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre WWT Barnes: Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Common Tern {Marbled White} (James Owen)
  • Mill Hill NW7: Common Buzzard low over Bunns Lane mobbed by 4 noisy Carrion Crow 1515 (Andrew Haynes)
  • Old Isleworth "Thames": 2 Kingfisher (Peter Gray)
  • Plumstead Common "SE18": Sparrowhawk f closely mobbed by 10 Common Swift (Patrick English)
  • Ruislip,West End Road:Red Kite (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Sidcup DA15 "York Avenue": Red Kite W 1702 pursued and attacked by Peregrine, Common Buzzard NW 1216, Sparrowhawk, 2 Blackcap juv in garden + m singing, juv Coal Tit {Hedgehog, Purple Hairstreak, Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Hummingbird hawkmoth all in garden} (Ian Stewart)
  • Tate Modern: Oystercatcher upriver at 1040 (James Palmer)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 2 Pheasant, Little Egret over, 3 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Lapwing, m Kingfisher perched about 3 metres from me, c10 Stock Dove, 5 Green Woodpecker, c30 Swift, 5 Skylark, 6+ Swallow, Goldcrest, Sedge Warbler carrying food, 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Linnet {16 butterfly spp incl. 8 Brown Argus, 2 Small Copper, 3 Brimstone, 9 Comma, 13 Peacock, 3 Red Admiral, 20 Gatekeeper, 8 Ringlet, 8 Marbled White, a.lso Brown Hawker} (Neil Anderson); "dead Green Woodpecker, at same location where I saw 3 yesterday", Common Buzzard, Jay (Barry Wilson)
  • Upper College Farm DA5: Pheasant, 2+ Kestrel, 5+ Black-headed Gull NE, 5+ Swift, Skylark singing, 2+ Blackcap, 4+ Whitethroat, 5+ Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet, 1+ Bullfinch {Common Lizard, Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Marbled White, Ringlet, Roesel’s Bush-cricket} (Ian Stewart)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 4 Cattle Egrets in trees on W island of No 5 reservoir from 08:46 (Peter Lambert) but no sign from 11:00-11:30 (Dominic Mitchell) and not reported subsequently
  • Worcester Park: Whinchat on horse fields (Chris Northwood per Bob Smith)

Saturday 11th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: Siskin heard over Anthill Meadow, Common Buzzard NW, Sand Martin, 4+ House Martin, 16+ Swift, 27 Black-headed Gull {White-letter Hairstreak Blandford Hall - new site} (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Whinchat pr on dump, 2 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 1,500 Swift (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 70 Carrion Crow in corner of cricket field plus thirty more nearby (Mike Foster)
  • Crossness: 75+ Shelduck inc 23 juv, 16+ Gadwall, Shoveler, 7 Teal, 10+ Tufted Duck 2+ juv, 6+ Little Grebe 4+ juv, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Buzzard, 2+ Kestrel, Peregrine, 4 Oystercatcher, 7 Lapwing, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Yellow-legged Gull 3cy, 20+ Common Tern, 2 Barn Owl, 7+ Swift, 6+ Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail, 5 Mistle Thrush, 3+ Blackcap, c10 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 6+ Cetti’s Warbler, 20+ Reed Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff, c10 Linnet {Willow Emerald, Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 2 Brown Hawker, 3+ Emperor Dragonfly, 3+ Ruddy Darter, 10+ Gatekeeper} (Ian Stewart)
  • Denham: Crossbill S 0930 (Dan Pinkham)
  • Frank’s Park, Belvedere: Sand Martin N, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Fulham Reach: Yellow-legged Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Swift over Delorme St [4 nests used] (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Great Crested Grebe pr incubating [ON], Cormorant, 8 Mute Swan pr & six cygnets, 9+ Mandarin Duck, 2 m Common Pochard, 21+ Tufted Duck 14m 3f & 4 yng, 11 Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Stock Dove, Swift, Green Woodpecker, m Grey Wagtail, 3 Blackcap, Chiffchaff singing, Treecreeper {m Common Blue, 2+ Small Skipper, m Gatekeeper, Ringlet, 2+ Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small White, 3 Large White} (Robert Callf)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: 3+ Crossbill - flew over west at 14.05 (Tony Blake)
  • Knockholt Station: area of hawthorn scrub near station - Nightingale, Whitethroat, singing Chiffchaff and Song Thrush, 4 Linnet. Broke Hill Golf Course [derelict], Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Swallow, 2 Spitfires ones seen on TV (Michael Mac)
  • Lancaster Road, N4: Siskin flew over heading west calling at 0815hrs (Gabriel Jamie)
  • London Wetland Centre: 8 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, 4 Common Tern, 5 Crossbill N 1100 (Oscar Dewhurst)
  • Marble Hill, Twickenham: 5 Crossbill S 1415 (Peter Gray)
  • Muswell HIll: Crossbill SW 1410 (Matt Evans)
  • Pinner, HA5: Red Kite, Coal Tit, Swift (Nigel Barratt)
  • Richmond Park: 2 ad Common Tern, Skylark, 15 Sand Martin, 6 Swift, 5+ Common Whitethroat in family, 4 Kestrel {Marbled White, Small Copper, Small Heath} (Keith Bates); f/juv Shoveler Lower Pen Pond (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Ruislip Woods and Lido: Red Kite, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Swift, House Martin, Siskin {Common Lizard}; 2 Egyptian Goose pr, Spotted Redshank (Andrew Peel/Margaret Blackburn/Toni Menezes)
  • Staines Reservoirs: juv Mediterranean Gull, 3 Black-necked Grebe pair on S basin at W end, 2 Little Egret on S basin till early pm, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2 juv Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Peregrine attacked a Kestrel over Heathrow T 5 (Franko J Maroevic)
  • St Paul's Cray: 50+ Black-headed Gull mostly S 1800-1930 (Jack Headley)
  • Teddington: 2 Little Egret flying downstream along Thames by Steven's Ait at 1330, Lesser Black-backed Gull persistently attacking nesting Coot and finally carrying off chick (Mike Foster)
  • Ten Acre Wood "Area": Barn Owl, 3 Green Woodpecker (Barry Wilson)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 45 Mute Swan plus 7 and 1 cygnet, Peregrine, 25 Linnet inc many juvs (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wandsworth Common: Yellow Wagtail over S at 0700 (Nick Rutter)

Friday 10th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret, 13 Black-headed Gull, 8+ House Martin, 5+ Swift, 2 Common Whitethroat (APOG Birders)
  • Bushy Park: 4 Common Whitethroat in bracken area, 2 Barn Swallow, 4 Reed Bunting, 6 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Skylark incl ad carrying food (Spencer Neal)
  • Crossness: Shelduck, 12+ Gadwall, 2+ Shoveler, 11 Teal, 7 Pochard 5 juv, 6+ Tufted Duck, 5+ Little Grebe 2 juv, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Peregrine, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 1+ Yellow-legged Gull, c30 Common Tern, c20 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 juv, 6+ Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail, 6 Mistle Thrush low N over old golf course, 4+ Blackcap, 6+ Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, c10 Cetti’s Warbler, 20+ Reed Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Linnet {Gatekeeper} (Ian Stewart)
  • Dalston: 2 Sparrowhawk, circling and crying (Jon Agar)
  • Ealing W13: Greenshank over at 0142 - noc-mig record (Bill Haines)
  • Fairlop Waters: Bar-headed Goose with large mixed flock of Greylag and Canada Goose (Geoff Crabtree/Iain Lang)
  • Greenford "UB6": 2 Red Kite {Gatekeeper} (Neil Anderson)
  • Gutteridge Wood: Barn Owl (Barry Wilson)
  • Hainault Forest: Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard, 5+ Stock Dove, 2 Swift, 3 Swallow, 7 Mistle Thrush [family party], 6 Treecreeper, 6+ Nuthatch, 10+ Green Woodpecker, 7+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Blackcap, 8 Siskin {2 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Ringlet} (Simon Papps)
  • Hayes "Uxbridge Road/Springfield Road": Red Kite (Barry Wilson)
  • Lambeth "Hargwyne Road": Swift in nest and 6 over, 2 House Sparrow nests, 2 Swallow and Peregrine over hi-up (Michael Mac)
  • Ecology Centre, Mile End Park: Hobby over, 2 House Martin, 2 juv Blackcap, Song Thrush (Harry Harrison)
  • Mundania Road SE22: 16+ Swift coming to roost 2115-2130, highest number seen this year so far (Paul Francis)
  • Richmond to Ham (Thames): 1 Common Sandpiper at 06:30.
  • Sidcup DA15 "York Avenue": 2 Common Buzzard SE 1124, Kestrel, 2 Peregrine (Ian Stewart)
  • Teddington: 3 Little Egret flying downstream along Thames by Steven's Ait at 2100 (Mike Foster)
  • Trent Park: 12 Mandarin Duck inc 5 juvs, Kestrel, Common Tern, 2 singing Song Thrush, 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Treecreeper {5 m Gatekeeper] (Robert Callf); also 5 Kestrel (family group), Common Tern. ( Pete Lowman )

Thursday 9th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 15 Black-headed Gull (APOG Birders)
  • Crossness: Mediterranean Gull juv, 2 Yellow-legged Gull both 3cy, Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 11 Teal, 100+ Swift, c5 Sand Martin, 50+ Common Tern (John Archer)
  • Crossness: Mediterranean Gull adult summer plumage, upriver at 1300, 12 Oystercatcher between Golf Course and Tesco distribution centre {2 Common Seal} (Gus Wilson)
  • Foots Cray Meadows : 6 Swallow, Mistle Thrush, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 11 Swift, Chaffinch, 7 House Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Grey Wagtail, 7 Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe, 7 Tufted Duck ad & 4 yng (Bernie Weight)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Great Crested Grebe pr incubating [ON], Cormorant, Grey Heron, 8 Mute Swan pr & 6 cygnets, 8 Greylag Goose 6 ad, juv & yng, 33 Canada Goose, 6 Egyptian Goose pr & 4 juvs [f with metal ring no 1420736], 14 Mandarin Duck 10 eclipse m, f & 3 juvs, 2 m Common Pochard, f Tufted Duck & 4 yng, 2 Grey Wagtail ad f feeding juv, 5 Treecreeper inc at least two juvs (Robert Callf)
  • Hollow Ponds, Leytonstone: Common Tern, 2 Grey Wagtail, 130 Canada Geese, 16 Greylag Geese, 18 Mute Swan, 2 Chiffchaff pr feeding young in nest, 3 Great Crested Grebe pr nesting & with fledged yng, 2 Tufted Duck pr (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Lavender Hill "SW11": Hobby over 0830 (Oliver Flory)
  • Lamorbey "Sidcup" DA15 : 2 Jackdaw pr W over my garden calling 1130 (Mike Amos)
  • Lewisham: Common Buzzard over Algernon Road, being chased by Herring Gulls 0800 (Conrad Ellam)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 1-2 Red Kite, c65 returning Black-headed Gull, 10+ Swift, 5 Pied Wagtail inc 2 juv, couple bursts of singing Lesser Whitethroat, singing Reed Warbler, feeding flock c200 Starling, 6+ Greenfinch (Neil Anderson)
  • Pinner HA5: Buzzard over chased by Herring Gull, juv Nuthatch in garden for third day running (Sean Moore); Red Kite over low, 2 Coal Tit (Nigel Barratt)
  • Richmond Park: 3 Common Tern over Pen Ponds, Common Buzzard over Richmond gate area (Mike Foster)
  • St Paul's Cray: Peregrine low N 16.18 (Jack Headley)
  • Southwark Park: 2 Peregrine, 2 Jay, 1 Stock Dove, 1 House Sparrow, 4 Egyptian Goose (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Upper College Farm "Bexley" :3 Blackcap, 11 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Skylark, 3 Kestrel 2 yng, Little Egret, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 11+ Whitethroat, 23 Swift, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Linnet (Bernie Weight)

Wednesday 8th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler singing from conservation pond (Mark Wardman)
  • Alperton "near white footbridge over canal": 2 Cormorant, Pied Wagtail (Barry Wilson)
  • Balham "Ravenstone Street": Sparrowhawk chased by Magpie (Oliver Flory)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Swift, Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 19 Mistle Thrush in King's Field 1130, Common Whitethroat in bracken area, 18 Barn Swallow at Diana Fountain, 4 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 6 Reed Bunting, 5 Swift, Red-crested Pochard (Spencer Neal)
  • Dagenham Chase: 2 Wigeon, 8 Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 10 Lapwing (Steve Bacon)
  • Freezywater: ad Hobby flying low SW Park Rd (Brian Dawton)
  • Perivale "near tube station": Red Kite, 2 Swift (Barry Wilson)
  • Plumstead: Little Egret over Kirkham Street. First over the garden in 15 years (Gus Wilson)
  • Trent Park: 10 Mandarin Duck inc three juvs, 25 Mallard, 2 Common Tern inc one caught small fish, 3 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Treecreeper (Robert Callf)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 2 Black-necked Grebe causeway early pm, Whimbrel heard only 1100, Little Ringed Plover, 440 Swift, 140 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, Swallow, 6 juv Shelduck still on S basin (Franko J Maroevic)
  • St Paul's Cray: 60+ Swift in evening (Jack Headley)
  • Wimbledon Common: 3 Reed Bunting on the Plain, 40 Swifts over the Mounds (Adrian Podmore)

Tuesday 7th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite WNW 0941, 2 Little Egret, 18 Black-headed Gull, 20+ Swift, 2+ House Martin (APOG Birders)
  • Alperton "Grand Union Canal": Grey Heron, 2 Swift (Barry Wilson)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, 4 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • City of London: Black Redstart seen atop old Barclays bank building opposite High Ct (Jack Hill)
  • Cray Valley "TQ472696": Grey Heron, 40+ Swift, 2 Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3+ House Martin, 3-4 Chiffchaff, Nuthatch h, 2 Goldcrest (Jack Headley)
  • Crossness NR:2 Barn Owl, 4 Kestrel 2 ad 2 juv, Peregrine, 6 Cetti's Warbler, Marsh Harrier, 14+ Reed Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Skylark interacting, Grey Heron, 6 Linnet, 21 Swift moving west, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Greenfinch, 7 Blackcap, Buzzard, Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush, 5 Little Egret 4 over west, 6 &1 yng Little Grebe, 5 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 15 Canada Goose, 6ad & 27 yng Greylag Goose, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Pheasant, Lesser Black-backed Gull, {3 Brimstone, Gatekeeper, Water Vole} (Bernie Weight). Thames and Foreshore low tide: 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 66 Shelduck, c450-500 Black-headed Gull, Blackcap, 27 Herring Gull, 9 Teal, Common Sandpiper, Curlew 2 Heron, 3 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, Pied Wagtail, 12 Cormorant, 35 Gadwall, Cetti``s Warbler, 45 Common Tern west mid river (Bernie Weight)
  • Dagenham Chase: ad Mediterranean Gull, Common Sandpiper, 8 Little Egret, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Gadwall, 10 Lapwing (Steve Bacon and Vince Halley-Frame)
  • Embankment, WC2: 2 Oystercatcher flying upriver (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Fulham Palace Meadows Allotments: 5+ House Martin (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Islington "N1": Siskin flew NW over garden in New North Rd late morning, also Peregrine with prey overhead (Pete Mantle)
  • Pinner, HA5: Red Kite, 2 Swift, male Sparrowhawk circling after briefly chasing Goldfinch (Nigel Barratt)
  • Rainham Marshes "river walk": 5 Siskin flew W past visitor centre at 0840, Sandwich Tern flew E past Coldharbour Point at 1100, 2cy Caspian Gull on river off Coldharbour Point, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (2 ad 1 3cy), ad Mediterranean Gull, Hobby, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 8 Avocet, 2 Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher, 15 Common Tern, 28 Sand Martin, 50 Swift (Niall T Keogh)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Red Kite NE 1642 (Garry James)
  • Swanscombe Marsh “0645-1015 LT”: 3 Raven, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Lapwing, 19 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose flew W, Water Rail, Little Egret, Little Grebe, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 3 Cetti's Warbler, Grey Heron, 3 Swift, 2 House Martin, 9 Stock Dove [over N], Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Linnet, 2 m Reed Bunting {2 Red Admiral, Black-tailed Skimmer, Stickleback} (Roger Keith)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 3 Mandarin Duck, Swift, 10 Swallow, 8 House Martin, Whitethroat, 13 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: 7 eclipse m Mandarin Duck, m Tufted Duck, 2 ad 'summer-plumaged' Mediterranean Gull on ploughed field E of Icehouse Wd 1416-1440 [my first multiple record & first in July for the site], 38 Black-headed Gull inc 3 juvs, 28 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Song Thrush singing, Treecreeper {Purple Hairstreak} (Robert Callf); also pm Med Gulls still present in field to NE of Water Garden and old University lawn, Common Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, Red Kite, Common Tern . ( Pete Lowman )
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 7/8 nesting prs Common Tern; 4 with chicks, 1 pr Shelduck with 9 ducklings, 4 pr Tufted Duck with ducklings (Daniel Whitelegg)

Monday 6th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret, 22 Black-headed Gull including juv, 6 House Martin, Swift (Bob Watts)
  • Battersea Park Lake: singing Chiffchaff, Swift, 4 f Pochard with ducklings [1,2,3 & 5] - probably most on record to date, 15 Mandarin, 13 Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe sitting, seriously attacked juvenile Grey Heron that crept up on it (Michael Mac)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Little Egret, 2 Stock Dove, Swift, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Chelsea Bridge Wharf: Peregrine, Pied Wagtail (Neil Anderson)
  • City of London, St Dunstan-in-the-West: m Black Redstart singing (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Cornmill Gardens: Little Egret, Blackcap, Grey Wagtail (Tom Moulton)
  • Crossness Nature Reserve and Thames Foreshore: of 35 species 40 Shelduck, 22 Teal, 12 Gadwall, Curlew, 9 Oystercatcher, c455 Black-headed gulls inc 5 juvs, Common Buzzard, Peregrine and 2 Kestrel (Ralph and Brenda Todd)
  • Fulham Reach: Yellow-legged Gull (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Hatch End: 3 Crossbill W 1000 (Dan Pinkham)
  • Pinner, HA5: Red Kite, Green Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest ad feeding juv (Nigel Barratt)
  • Purfleet "River Thames": 6 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Avocet, ad m Common Scoter (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: Red-crested Pochard, Whinchat (Alex Westenberger)
  • Southwark Park: 3 Egyptian Goose, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Peregrine, 2 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Blackcap (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Trent Park: 7 Mandarin Duck 2 eclipse m, f & 4 juvs, 10 male Mallard, f Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel ad f & juv, 4 Common Sandpiper flew E low over lower lake1242 [my joint highest count for site, after 4 on 22nd June 1998], Common Tern, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush carrying food [FF] (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 260 Canada Goose, 45 Greylag Goose, Sedge Warbler singing, 92 Cormorant S to roost on No5 island, 8 Linnet, {Marbled White} (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wanstead Flats: Hobby, Sparrowhawk, 4 Skylark, 20+ Swift, 5 House Martin, 4 Black-headed Gull (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 13 Crossbill [7 over Jono Lethbridge's garden at 0700, 6 over Wanstead Park at 1420], Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, Reed Warbler, Sand Martin, 7 House Martin, 30+ Swift, 2 Common Tern, 4 Great Crested Grebe [2 young], Kestrel (Nick Croft)
  • Worcester Park: Common Buzzard W (Bob Smith)

Sunday 5th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 14 Black-headed Gull, 10+ Swift, 4+ House Martin, Peregrine (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 600 Swift (Andrew Self); 130 Black-headed Gull, Common Terns nests with 1 and 2 chicks, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Lapwing, m & f Teal (Roy Beddard/Bob Husband/Mike Cawthorne/Haydn Coe)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Stock Dove, House Martin, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Sparrowhawk dragging prey 0545, 3 Common Whitethroat, 3 Kestrel together inc juv, 4 Skylark, 2 Barn Swallow, Treecreeper (Spencer Neal)
  • Fairlop Waters: circa 400 Common Swift east end main lake, 70 Sand Martin, 40 House Martin, 45 Swallow, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Barnacle Goose, 227 Canada Goose, 231 Greylag, 6 Mute Swan, 10 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 88 Mallard, Shoveler (Steve Bacon)
  • Fishers Green, Lee Valley: 7 prs Common Tern nesting, many fledged Black-headed Gull (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Greenford "UB6": 2 Red Kite pr over garden {7 butterfly spp inc Gatekeeper, 2 Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Red Admiral} (Neil Anderson)
  • Holyfield Farm, Lee Valley: Red Kite (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Iver Heath, Rowley Farm: 2 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Common Tern (Nigel Barratt)
  • Northolt, “Polish War Memorial”: 4 Red Kite circling (Nigel Barratt)
  • Richmond Park: Red Kite; 22 Black-headed Gull - eleven nesting pairs (J.Wilczur, S.Woolfenden)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Turnstone mid pm (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Little Egret, c4 Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, f Peregrine chasing Crow [suspect Crow had mobbed her while she was perched], Kestrel, 10+ Stock Dove, 8 Swift, c7 Skylark, 6+ Swallow, 3 Reed Bunting, 12-14 Linnet {16 butterfly species inc first Gatekeeper, 11 Ringlet, 10 Marbled White, 2 Common Blue, 4 Essex Skipper} (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 4th July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 10+ Black-headed Gull including juvenile, 6 Swift, 6+ House Martin (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 broods of Common Tern (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, 4 Blackcap m & 3 juvs (Conrad Ellam)
  • Cray Valley "TQ472696": Grey Heron, 30+ Swift, Kingfisher, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest (Jack Headley)
  • Edmonton "Church Street Recreation Ground": f Pied Wagtail carrying food [FF] (Robert Callf)
  • Enfield Town "St Andrew's Church": 7 Blackbird 2m 2f & 3 juvs (Robert Callf) Appreciating juv Blackbirds is a very underrated activity - RM Callf
  • Erith Pier: ad Mediterranean Gull and 2 [2cy & ad] Yellow-legged Gulls (Richard Bonser/Jamie Partridge/Dante Shepherd)
  • Fulham Reach: Yellow-legged Gull (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Greenford to Hanwell Zoo "Brent corridor": 2 Grey Heron, Cormorant, m Sparrowhawk, 2 Hobby together, Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15+ Swift, 2 Grey Wagtail inc juv, Common Whitethroat with fully grown juv (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Common Tern, Kingfisher, 3+ Treecreeper, Whitethroat singing still, 2 Black-headed Gull (Reuben Braddock)
  • Kelsey Park "Beckenham": 3 Little Egret fledged [first year bred here], 6 Swift, Black-headed Gull (Michael Mac)
  • Mabley Green, Hackney E9 5HW: Red Kite soared over from 1533 for 4-5 mins then drifted south (Tom Stuart)
  • Queen Mary Reservoir: Little Ringed Plover, 4 Shelduck including large juv, 44 Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret on W gravel pit, 25 Swift, 6 Sand Martin (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Ravenor Park, Greenford: Red Kite (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Richmond Park: Cuckoo (juvenile) still present (Nigel Jackman)
  • Rotherhithe: 5 Little Egrets downriver at Pageant Crescent 0735 [largest ever Inner London count?](Richard Bonser)
  • Staines Reservoirs: drake Scaup still on S basin early am, 4 Little Ringed Plover incl 2 juvs, 3 Black-necked Grebe (Dom Pia, Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Black-tailed Godwit south early morning (David Bradshaw)
  • Woolwich: adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Redshank King Henry's Wharf (Richard Bonser)

Friday 3rd July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: Crossbill heard over Anthill Meadow 0945 (Bob Watts), 15 Black-headed Gull, Little Egret, 2 House Martin, 4 Swift, Peregrine, 3 Pochard Boating Lake {Silver-washed Fritillary again Anthill Meadow mid morning} (APOG Birders)
  • Broadwater Lake: 15 Egyptian Geese, 2 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Little Egret (C Lamsdell)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Swift, Kingfisher, Song Thrush (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: c45 Swift together, 4 House Martin, 12 Barn Swallow, 26 Mandarin Duck incl new brood of one on a stream and 6 from the main brood nearing adult size- I have followed with interest one of these which broke from the others on the 12th June and has survived by itself, 5 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 7 Reed Bunting, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Grey Wagtail, 9 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, Kestrel, 10 Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest (Spencer Neal)
  • Berkeley Square W1: 40 Starlings, including many juveniles feeding in the grass 0930 (Matthew J Bradbury)
  • Cray Valley "TQ472696": Black-headed Gull SW, 8+ House Martin, Chiffchaff (Jack Headley)
  • Cray Valley GC: 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Pied Wagtail, 7+ House Martin, 2 Common Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff (Jack Headley)
  • Dagenham Chase: 11 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 10 Gadwall, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 7 Grey Heron, 10 Egyptian Goose, 2 Cormorant, 7 Common Tern, 155 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 49 Black-headed Gull, 20 Tufted Duck, 1 Kingfisher (Steve Bacon and Sam Porter}
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Mistle Thrush, Swallow, 2 Speckled Wood (Eric Brown and Jim Butler).
  • Fulham Reach: Little Egret (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Greenford "UB6": 3rd garden record of Common Whitethroat feeding amongst tall stems in my wildflower patch, 2 Red Kite, 6+ Swift over {2 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell} (Neil Anderson)
  • Hollow Ponds, Leytonstone: Hobby, Green Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Common Tern (Roger Orwin)
  • Mitcham Common: Common Buzzard "golf course", Kestrel, 3 Blackcap singing, Whitethroat, 7 Island Pond - 2pr Little Grebe with 2 and 1, 5 Swift, {numerous Marbled White, Peacock, Comma} (Michael Mac)
  • Perivale Park: 2 Green Woodpecker, Wren, Swift, 12 Mallard f (Barry Wilson)
  • Rainham Marshes: [Rainham West & Riverwall] 14 Avocet, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, pair of Shelduck with 8 ducklings, 2 Little Egret, 4 Marsh Harrier, Hobby (Andrew Self)
  • Raephal Park: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cormorant, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Tufted Duck (Steve Bacon)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Cuckoo (both juveniles) seen together, Little Egret, Red-crested Pochard (FBG)
  • Staines Reservoirs: drake Scaup on S basin, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull ad late pm (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Swanscombe Marsh “08.30-12.00 incoming tide”: 2 Raven, 2 Little Egret, 8 Whitethroat, Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, Green Sandpiper, Lapwing (with chick), 2 Water Rail h, 2 Marsh Harrier, juv Grey Heron, 2 Linnet pr collecting nest material, 15 House Martin [at least + 7 nests], 3+ Sand Martin, 5 Cormorant, Kestrel, 3 Reed Warbler h, 13 Greylag Goose inc juvs, 12 Mallard, 2 Pochard & 3 juvs, 5 Tufted Duck & 3 juvs, 17 Gadwall, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Coot, Chiffchaff {Clouded Yellow, Essex Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Black-tailed Skimmer} (Roger Keith/Paul Larkin)
  • Trent Park: {Hummingbird Hawkmoth Pops Corner, Snakes Ln 1420, 13 Comma, 4 Red Admiral, 4 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Small Copper, 11 Ringlet, 4 Marbled White, Small Heath, Brown Hawker} (Robert Callf)
  • Tulse Hill: Grey Wagtail feeding on Perran Road [SW2] 0800; probably bred; a pair has been present since March (Matthew J Bradbury)
  • Upper College Farm DA5: Pheasant, 2 Kestrel, 6+ Swift, Kingfisher flew through punchbowl carrying fish, 2+ Skylark, House Martin W, 2+ Blackcap, 5+ Whitethroat, 3+ Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet, 3+ Bullfinch {Slow Worm, Banded Demoiselle, 3 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 2 m Black-tailed Skimmer, 5+ Marbled White among 12 butterfly sp} (Ian Stewart); also 3 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Swift {Small Tortoiseshell, 20 Meadow Brown, 6 Ringlet, 7 Small Heath, 2 Essex Skipper, Male and Female Banded Demoiselle} (Eric Brown and Jim Butler)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Common Sandpiper (Daniel Whitelegg)

Thursday 2nd July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite NW 1155, Common Tern, 15 Black-headed Gull, 4+ House Martin, 2 Swift, Silver-washed Fritillary afternoon Anthill Meadow (APOG Birders)
  • Bromley BR1: 2 Peregrine circling low over town centre 1.30pm (Rob Tomalin)
  • Bromley BR2: imm m Sparrowhawk in garden, 2 Swift above (Martin Draper)
  • Chiswick Business Park: Common Tern fishing on lake, brood of 6 Mallard young, Pied Wagtail (Neil Anderson)
  • Coulsdon Court GC: c20 Crossbills over at 1230 (Croydon Birders)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 5+ Egyptian Goose, Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel, Kingfisher, 5+ Swift, 16 Mistle Thrush on Loring Hall field, 5+ Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Forty Hall CP: 10 Mandarin Duck 8 eclipse m 2 f, 23+ Mallard 2 f 8 juvs & brood of 13 yng, 5 Swift, 6 Barn Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail ad m feeding juv along Turkey Brook, Treecreeper, 49 Jackdaw going to roost 2020 (Robert Callf)
  • Orpington BR5: Sedge Warbler singing in full view in a Sycamore, very scarce in Orpington especially in mid-summer (Charlie Carpenter)
  • Richmond Park: Cuckoo (juvenile) (Nigel Jackman),2 Peregrine, 5 Common Tern, 1 probable Sedge Warbler (Alex Westenberger)
  • Trent Park: Blackcap,2 Common Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, 9 Canada Goose, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Kestrel, 19 Mandarin, Common Tern, Song Thrush, Common Whitethroat. ( Pete Lowman).
  • Upper College Farm "Bexley": 2 Greenfinch, 4 Skylark, 2 Kestrel, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Green Woodpecker, Chaffinch, Cetti`s Warbler, 25 Swift moving S/w, 4 Herring Gull, 4 Goldfinch (Bernie Weight); 2 Kestrel, 4+ Swift, Blackcap, 4+ Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet, 3+ Bullfinch inc juv (Ian Stewart)
  • West Ealing W13 "garden": m Sparrowhawk sat in our prunus then flew to nearby holly where it hopped around and soon emerged possibly with prey 1015 (Irving and Terry Jones)

Wednesday 1st July 2020[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret, 20+ Swift, 4 House Martin, 15 Black-headed Gull, Common Whitethroat (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: 11 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, Common Tern chick (Andrew Self)
  • Bushy Park: 21 Barn Swallow low over grassland with many mobbing a Kestrel that came along- as soon as it appeared they flew over to it, 6 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 2 Nuthatch, 7 Reed Bunting, no sign of sixth and seventh broods of Egyptian Goose- of the 44 young within the park this year 12 have made it to adulthood, 2 Common Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff​, 7 Blackcap, 19 Swift (Spencer Neal)
  • Chiswick, W4: Cuckoo flew low E over garden 1130 - totally bizarre sight while I was working at my desk! (Oscar Dewhurst)
  • Cray Valley "TQ472696": 2 Grey Heron, Common Buzzard, 15+ Swift, Swallow, 6+ House Martin, Reed Warbler singing (Jack Headley)
  • Crayford Marshes: 4 Shelduck, 4+ Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Barn Owl hunting along Darent creek from 2118, 10+ Swift very low, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 4+ Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Crossness: 100+ Shelduck 10+ new juv, 20+ Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 25+ Teal, Great Crested Grebe, 2+ Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, Kestrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 10+ Lapwing, 5 Common Sandpiper, ad Mediterranean Gull, 3cy Yellow-legged Gull, Barn Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail, 2+ Blackcap, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 6+ Reed Warbler, 6+ Linnet, c10 Crossbill quite low SW 1957, Reed Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Clapham Common: Reed Warbler singing in reedbed at Mount Pond at 1100 (Nick Rutter)
  • Danson Park: 27 Egyptian Geese 21 juv, 10+ Tufted Duck, 5+ Great Crested Grebe, 20+ Swift, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap (Ian Stewart)
  • Epping Forest, Strawberry Hill Pond: 22+ Mandarin Duck [incl 18+ juvs - maybe 4 broods?], Common Buzzard, 10+ Swift, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Coal Tit, 5 Siskin W (Simon Papps)
  • Erith Riverside: 6 Egyptian Goose 5 juv, Great Crested Grebe, Peregrine, 2 Oystercatcher (Ian Stewart)
  • Hackney Marshes: Little Owl, Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, Jackdaw (JW Davies)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Common Terns again today, perched at the Men's Pond then later fishing successfully on the Boating Lake (Pete Mantle). Little Egret over Ladies' Bathing Pond c. 11 am (Liz Valentine via Jane Smith)
  • Isle of Dogs: 2 Sandwich Tern over Thames just W of Saunders Ness mid-pm (Sean Huggins)
  • Iver Heath, Rowley Farm: 2 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Hobby, 2 Swallow, Swift, Common Tern, Green Woodpecker, 2 Egyptian Goose, 4 Tufted duck (Nigel Barratt)
  • Kingston: Common Buzzard mobbed by 2 Peregrines over town centre (Bob Smith)
  • Lamorbey Park: Peregrine, Swift, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 4+ Goldcrest, 4+ Nuthatch {Banded Demoiselle, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Essex Skipper} (Ian Stewart)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Common Buzzard mobbed by Peregrine Falcon 1040 left high N (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Richmond Park: Cuckoo (juvenile) (Alex Westenberger)
  • Sidcup "Haddon Grove green chain path" aka Hollyoak Wood Park: 4 Grey Wagtail pr feeding 2 juvs, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap (Eric Brown)
  • Sidcup: The Hollies DA15: Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 4 Swift, Song Thrush (Eric Brown)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): 2 Cormorant high SE, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Mistle Thrush SE, juv Blackcap (Ian Stewart)
  • Stave Hill "Southwark": 10 House Martin all the time, Swift briefly, Blackcap (Michael Mac)
  • Thames Barrier: 49 Common Tern, 350+ Black-headed Gull, 80+ Starling, Great Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, Oystercatcher (Ian Ellis)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 4 Mandarin, Buzzard, 4 Swift, 13 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap, 11 Whitethroat {also small numbers of Ringlet and Marbled White} (John Colmans)
  • Upper College Farm: Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 6+ Swift, 2+ Skylark, 3+ Blackcap, 6+ Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, 2+ Linnet, 1+ Bullfinch {Banded Demoiselle, Painted Lady, 2 Marbled White} (Ian Stewart)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Greenshank, 12 Common Sandpipers including flock of 9 on Lockwood, 20 Linnets, Kestrel, f Sparrowhawk, Sedge Warbler singing, 2 Common Tern chicks, 8 Black-headed Gull chicks {at least 2 Marbled White}, 2 Jay (adult feeding juvenile) (Walthamstow Birders)
  • WaterWorks NR: Peregrine Falcon, Sparrowhawk, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Little Owl, Pochard, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Jackdaw (G Howie) [1] Common Buzzard mobbed by Gulls (Marcin Kempa)
  • Waterloo: 2 Swift over Waterloo Bridge / river headed north towards Savoy Place at 1930. Looked paired up (Tony Stones).
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Pochard brood of 3, 2 Common Tern, 40+ Swift, Peregrine, 2 Sand Martin, c5 House Martin (Garry James)
  • Wilmington "Barnend Farm": Red-legged Partridge, Black-headed Gull N, 20+ Swift, 10+ Skylark, 1+ Yellow Wagtail, Whitethroat, 10+ Rook, 6+ Linnet, 6 Corn Bunting {2 Black-tailed Skimmer} (Ian Stewart)
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