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Monday 3rd August 2020Edit

  • Bushy Park: Whinchat 0550 bracken south of Heron Pond, Willow Warbler, 6 Reed Bunting, 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Grey Heron pursuing and attacking another at Heron Pond, Common Whitethroat family unit still in bracken on west side of Chestnut Avenue (Spencer Neal)

Sunday 2nd August 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite SW 0819, 80+ Black-headed Gull, 12+ Swift {Clouded Yellow} (APOG Birders)
  • Balham: Hobby over S at 1300 (Nick Rutter)
  • Brent Reservoir: 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Willow Warbler (Andrew Self) Also 8 Egyptian Geese, 4 Shoveler, 23 Gadwall, 12 Teal, Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 50+ Swift, 13 Common Tern, Sparrowhawk, Hobby mobbing House Martins above cool oak lane bridge, 3 Reed Warbler, Sand Martin, 40 House Martin, Willow Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail. (Samuel Levy)
  • Brookmill Park: Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Whinchat in bracken south of Heron Pond at 1230 (Mark Wardman)
  • Chadwell Heath "Romford": {Jersey Tiger} (G J Francis)
  • Erith Pier: Caspian Gull 2cy, 35 Yellow-legged Gull [2 ad 3 2cy 30 1cy], Mediterranean Gull 1cy (Richard Bonser/Josh Jones/Jamie Partridge/Niall T Keogh)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 2 Egyptian Goose & 2 almost fully grown yg, f Tufted Duck with duckling brood, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 4 Swallow, 5+ Chiffchaff (Jack Headley)
  • Greenford "UB6": Red Kite, 4 Swift over garden [Gypsy Moth] (Neil Anderson)
  • Hampstead Heath: Red Kite over SW at 0840, 2 Reed Warblers at the Boating Pond, one singing, Also a few Willow Warblers in with 20 Chiffchaffs in Hedges 1, 2 and 3 (Pete Mantle)
  • King Henry's Wharf, Woolwich: Yellow-legged Gull 1cy, Common Gull ad (Richard Bonser)
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Tufted Duck 2 juv, Tawny Owl calling 2040, Kingfisher (Ian Stewart)
  • Mayflower Park: 4 Willow Warbler (Bob Smith)
  • Rotherhithe: 3 Yellow-legged Gull [ad 2cy 1cy], Common Gull ad (Richard Bonser)
  • Rowley Farm, Iver Heath: 3 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Hobby, 2 Kingfisher, Grey Heron, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, Green Woodpecker ( Nigel Barratt)
  • Sidcup DA15 (York Avenue): Sparrowhawk, Hobby low W 1730, Peregrine {2 Hedgehogs in early hours} (Ian Stewart)
  • Swanscombe Marsh “18.30-19.30 Botany Marsh” : 5 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, Grey Heron, Grasshopper Warbler h, Peregrine [atop of Thames crossing pylon], 2 Linnet, Greylag Goose, 12 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker h, Cettis Warbler h, Chiffchaff h (Roger Keith)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: Little Egret, 2 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Little Owl, 8 Stock Dove, 9 Swift, 9 Skylark, 11 Swallow,  singing Reed Warbler in scrub [presumed migrant], 4 Common Whitethroat, 8 calling Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Bunting, c25 Linnet {Jersey Tiger, 11 Small Heath, Purple Hairstreak} (Neil Anderson)
  • Thamesmead: Mediterranean Gull 2cy [regular bird, returning from last winter], 7 Yellow-legged Gull [2 ad 4cy 4 juv], Lesser Black-backed Gull 30 [including Belgian ringed 2cy], Herring Gull 150, Common Tern 2 (Richard Bonser)
  • Tufnell Park N7: 1445 2 [maybe three] young Goldcrests with one adult, by garden pond (Neil Bowman)
  • Upper College Farm DA5: 6+ Pheasant f with 5+ juv, 3 Sparrowhawk 2 juvs heard calling adult with prey, 1-2 Kestrel, 2+ Swift, 2+ Green Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, Willow Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 2 Hobby hunting high over No 4, 13 Common Sandpipers, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Worcester Park: 160 House Sparrows from roost on horse fields (Bob Smith)
  • Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets: 2 Nuthatch calling by Splash Pool, 2 Coal Tits and 5 Goldcrest from 0800-0900 (Adam Winstanley and Graham Howie).

Saturday 1st August 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Tawny Owl (2m & f) shortly after midnight, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 20+ Swift, Small Heath (APOG Birders)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Whinchat 0553 bracken south of Heron Pond- at one point both perched briefly on old dead tree stump before being disturbed by a Green Woodpecker and then lost to me, 2 Willow Warbler, Common Tern, new brood of 3 Tufted Duck at Heron Pond, Meadow Pipit carrying food in bracken, Goldcrest juv, 4 Common Whitethroat, 5 Reed Bunting, 13 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Kestrel, Nuthatch, Grey Heron tried to take Mallard duckling but parent defended it aggressively (Spencer Neal)
  • Cray Valley "TQ472696": Cormorant N, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 15+ Swift mostly S, Green Woodpecker, 2 House Martin, Grey Wagtail, 5+ Chiffchaff (Jack Headley)
  • Dartford Marshes: Great Egret, 7 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Greenshank, 11 Common Sandpiper, Whimbrel, 20+ Yellow legged Gull (Phil Thompson)
  • Edmonton "Church St N9": {f Lesser Stag Beetle} (Robert Callf)
  • Hampstead Heath: 9 Crossbill SW over Parliament Hill, 0625, 2 Reed Warbler (Matt Evans) Also at 0740, a Hobby flew SW (Pete Mantle) 3 Sand Martin pm (Jamie Cedar via Twitter)
  • Heman's Estate Community Garden "Stockwell": male Sparrowhawk on bird feeders - no prey (Michael Mac)
  • Kelsey Park "Beckenham": Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret, 10 Swift, leucistic f Mandarin, bloke feeding waterbirds with 3 Mandarins about his persons - this guy is doing what tourists do with parakeets in Kensington Gardens - with Mandarins here (Michael Mac)
  • King Henry's Wharf, Woolwich: Yellow-legged Gull [juv] (Richard Bonser)
  • Lamorbey Park : Egyptian Goose; 3 Tufted Duck [2 juv], Sparrowhawk , 2 Stock Dove , Swift, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, several Goldcrest. several Coal Tit, Treecreeper [personal site first], c8 Jackdaw (Mike Amos) nb Treecreeper breeds at this site but is very elusive
  • Rainham Marshes: 12 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 23 Avocet, Oystercatcher, 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, Green Sandpiper, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Willow Warbler {Southern Migrant Hawker, 4 Jersey Tiger} (Andrew Self)
  • Rotherhithe: 4 Yellow-legged Gull [ad 2cy 2 juv], 7 Egyptian Goose (Richard Bonser)
  • Ruislip Gardens "Stafford Rd Open Space": Red Kite nearby, 2 Swift, Common Whitethroat, Bullfinch heard {3 Brown Hairstreak on thistles, 4 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Brown Argus, 6 Small Copper, 10 Common Blue, 7 Gypsy Moth (All males, Neil?  1 female for sure)} (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Mediterranean Gull moulting juv early am, Dunlin juv, Whimbrel flew over, 2 Redshank (Dom Pia per FJM) Turnstone on tern rafts early evng, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover juv, 2 Dunlin, 7 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-necked Grebe, Peregrine (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Winchmore Hill: private garden Jersey Tiger moth (Fran Shipp)
  • Yeading Meadows: {Clouded Yellow} (Jim Fell)

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