Reports posted here can be added to the LNHS database for use in the London Birds Report. To make yours eligible, please send your email address to the London Bird Club Data Manager so you can be contacted if a problem arises. A scalable map of the London recording area can be found here. Please follow our standard format to assist automatic compilation of records into the database. (Note: there are some minor changes for records from 2019 onward.) Please list sightings alphabetically by site. Only report sightings of wide interest rather than listing all common birds (the latter should be recorded on Birdtrack or eBird). DO NOT post details of nesting by scarce breeding birds (those included in Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as amended). Any such reports will be removed; please submit them instead to the appropriate LNHS bird recorder.

See new page for Site access affected by coronavirus - this page will be kept up-to-date as much as possible.


Monday 10th May 2021[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Greylag Goose w/ 1 gosling, 2 Egyptian Goose w/ 6 gosling, Canada Goose w/ 4 gosling, 2 Grey Wagtail pair [Boating Lake] (Eduardo López Salas)

Sunday 9th May 2021[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 20+ Swift, 2 Peregrine, Canada Goose w/ 4 gosling (AP Birders)
  • Balham: 11 Swift over Fernlea Rd (Erik Charleson)
  • Battersea Park: 2 Tawny Owl, 3 Swift, 6m Mandarin Duck (Michael Mac)
  • Bedfont/Feltham border: 3 Red Kite, 6+ singing Skylark (Wendy Marks)
  • Blackheath: 5 Swift (Ray Crouch)
  • Broadwater GP: Black Tern, 20+ Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern (C Lamsdell)
  • Burgess Park: f Wheatear, 3 Linnet [both BMX track], Lesser Whitethroat (Steven Robinson)
  • Bushy Park: 6 Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Kestrel, 4 Skylark, Swallow, 4 Swift, 4 Whitethroat (Ian R Watson)
  • Crossness: f Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Hobby, Barn Owl (John Archer & Richard Bonser) Skylark, Dunlin 1000 (Isha Crichlow/Patrick Davies). Brief glimpse of possible Great Reed Warbler, reeds/pond in south east corner, near Asda. No vocals heard, and won’t list it unless someone else confirms, (Rod Blessitt).
  • Enfield area "private access": 2 Hobby, 9+ Swift, 2 singing male Skylark, 2+ Barn Swallow, House Martin [FOY], f Northern Wheatear [Greenland-type], f Whinchat, 2 singing male Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat, Linnet {m Orange-tip, Peacock} (Robert Callf/Bob Husband/Eugene Dillon-Hooper)
  • Gutteridge Wood: 2 Red Kite, Cuckoo, singing Nightingale, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler singing from scrub, f Lesser Redpoll perched near pool. Others reported Barn Owl, Hobby & Spotted Flycatcher (Neil Anderson)
  • Hackney Marshes: Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Swallow (Marcin Kempa)
  • Hackney Wick: singing Black Redstart (Marcin Kempa)
  • Hall Marsh Scrape: Wood Sandpiper & Greenshank still (David Bradshaw)
  • Hampstead Heath “West Heath”: Cuckoo [sang once early on but no sign later], Spotted Flycatcher; “Parliament Hill”: Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat [FOY], 5 Common Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler continuing, 4 Swallow, 10 Swift, 7 Black-headed Gull W (Hampstead Heath birders)
  • Hammersmith: first young House Sparrow (Charlie Fison)
  • Harefield Marina: Mute Swan pr and 9 cygnets (Nigel Barratt)
  • Harefield, Moorhall rd GPS: 2 Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Hobby, Kestrel, 7 Swift, 2 Swallow, 2 Common Tern, 2 Blackcap, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Egyptian Goose, Green Woodpecker, 2 Tufted Duck (Nigel Barratt)
  • Heathrow: c20 Linnet, 4 Skylark, Red Kite (Wendy Marks)
  • Hounslow Heath: Spotted Flycatcher along River Crane near the tunnel, Lesser Whitethroat (Iain Darbyshire)
  • Leyton "Jubilee Wood": Lesser Whitethroat singing (James Blake)
  • Richmond Park: 6 Wheatear [The Bog] at 0800(H Bradshaw); Wheatear [Lawn Field] (S Woolfenden); m Whinchat [Sawyers Hill], 4 Wheatear m 3f Greenland-types still afternoon [The Bog etc] (J Wilczur)
  • South Harefield: 8 Swift, Red Kite, Little Egret, {2 Vixens & 3 cubs} (Wendy Marks)
  • Southall: Red Kite 1755, 6 Swift (Phil Belman)
  • Southwark Park: Spotted Flycatcher (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Staines Moor: 2 Whinchat, 11 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Shelduck (Iain Darbyshire)
  • St Paul's Cray: 2 Swift N (Jack Headley)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 3 Pheasant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, 2 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, c10 Stock Dove, Cuckoo briefly singing, 3 Swift, c8 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 2 Swallow, 4 Greenland type Wheatear [3 together]. 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 21 Common Whitethroat, 18 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Bunting 3m f, 4 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 7 Northern Wheatear [upper corn field - possibly more], Grasshopper Warbler [very briefly], 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Swift, 2 Lapwing, Red Kite, 4 Common Buzzard, Little Owl, Skylark, 15 Whitethroat, 3 House Martin, 17 Swallow, 5 Rook, Linnet,3 Mandarin Duck w/ duckling, 16 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff (John Colmans & Tony Clancy)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 5 Wheatear, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 singing Garden Warblers (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wandsworth Common: 0620-0820 f Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Swallow (Nick Rutter); location of Spotted Flycatcher please, Nick? (Matt Bradbury) (At the Eastern end of the Boardwalk by the Lake Extension - Nick)
  • Woodmere Avenue football pitches, Croydon: Red Kite, Lesser Whitethroat (Steven Robinson)
  • Worcester Park: Whinchat on horse fields (Bob Smith)
  • Yeading Brook meadows: Little Egret, Red Kite, 2 Stock Dove pr, 3 Swift, 4 Common Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 8th May 2021[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: f Northern Wheatear 0609, 5 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 15+ Swift (AP Birders)
  • Alperton "Grand Union Canal near Sainsburys": Common Pochard, Grey Heron, 2 Tufted Duck pr with the Pochard (Barry Wilson)
  • Amwell GP: adult Mediterranean Gull (Adam Wilson)
  • Beddington: Marbled Duck [presumed escape] still on boating lake, 2 Little Egret (Richard, Rosie & Karen Bonser)
  • Blackheath: 3 Swift (Ray Crouch)
  • Brent Reservoir: Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 150 Swallow, Nightingale (Andrew Self)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Chiffchaff, Swift, 2 Wheatear, Whitethroat (Ian R Watson)
  • Crossness: Whinchat m, 2 Wheatear, Barn Owl (John Archer), 7 Dunlin Barking Bay, Common Sandpiper (Richard Bonser)
  • Dagenham Chase NR: Ringed Plover for c15mins then chased off, 2+ Common Sandpiper, Common Snipe, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 2 Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting, 4 Common Tern. Cuckoo, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, f Whinchat (Vince Halley-Frame)
  • Enfield area "private access": Common Buzzard, m Kestrel, Hobby, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 32 Stock Dove, 2 Barn Swallow N, m Northern Wheatear, singing m Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroat, 6 Linnet (Robert Callf/Tony Clancy/Bob Husband)
  • Erith Pier: 2cy Yellow-legged Gull, 10 Common Tern (Richard Bonser)
  • Hall Marsh: Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Snipe (Adam Wilson) both still present 14.10 from south hide (Quentin Given)
  • KGV Res: 3 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, White Wagtail (A Middleton)
  • Lamorbey Park: 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Peregrine, 4 House Martin N, 4+ Blackcap, Whitethroat singing on north side of lake, 4 Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • London Wetland Centre: RED-RUMPED SWALLOW over reservoir lagoon & wildside from 15:28 (BirdGuides/WWT website)
  • Mudchute Farm, Isle of Dogs: Wheatear in the paddocks briefly then flew S (Sean Huggins)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 2 Mute Swan pr, 2 Egyptian Goose pr, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk carrying Starling prey, Hobby, m Kestrel, 3 House Martin low W, 9 Swallow feeding low over Smith's Farm, 7 Blackcap, 4 Common Whitethroat, 3 Greenfinch (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Plumstead Common: 2 Common Swift over together, Cormorant (Patrick English)
  • Sidcup DA15: Red Kite mobbed by Herring Gull late am, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Swift, Blackcap (Ian Stewart)
  • Thamesmead: Black Swan, 50 Swallow, 150+ Sand Martin, 6+ House Martin, 2 Swift on Southmere (Richard Bonser)
  • Trent Park: Cormorant, 4 Egyptian Goose pr w/ two yng, 9 Tufted Duck 5m 4f, Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Tern pr [male caught & presented small fish to female], Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Garden Warbler pr (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Dunlin, Arctic Tern, Hobby, Yellow Wagtail (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wanstead Flats: Black-necked Grebe [still], 2 Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe, 3cy Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Sparrowhawk, Hobby, 2 Skylark, 23 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Whitethroat, Song Thrush, 4 Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Gadwall, 5 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Swift, Little Egret, 2 Hobby, Reed Warbler, Sand Martin, 50 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 4 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush (Wanstead Birders)
  • WaterWorks NR: 2 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 14 Reed Warbler, 5 Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Sand Martin, 2 Common Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe (G Howie) [1]
  • Wimbledon Park Lake : Peregrine and Hobby hunting over the lake, a few hundred Swifts, many Barn Swallows and House Martins.(Kevin Allen)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Common Sandpiper (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Woolwich Ferry: 2 Common Tern (George Kalli)
  • Worcester Park: f Wheatear on horse fields (Isaiah Rowe)

Friday 7th May 2021[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Gadwall, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Greylag Goose w/2 gosling, 2 Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 3 Swallow, 2 Egyptian Goose w/6 gosling (AP Birders)
  • Blackheath: Swallow (Ray Crouch)
  • Bow Creek Ecology Park: Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Common Sandpiper (Sean Huggins)
  • Burgess Park: Garden Warbler [feeding in Willow trees next to school/lake], Willow Warbler (Steven Robinson)
  • Bushy Park: Buzzard [mobbed by corvids], 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Kestrel, 2 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 7 Swift, Whitethroat (Ian R Watson)
  • Chessington South Golf Course/Training Center [disused]: 2 small ponds - Sedge Warbler, drake Teal, Little Grebe, 2 Canada Goose nests side by side, Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Greenfinch, 3 Linnet, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Swallow. Park Farm: Hobby, Chiffchaff, 9 Pied Wagtail, Teal from golf course seen with 2 Mallard over (Michael Mac)
  • Crossness: 0700-0830 m Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Swift (Tim Rymer)
  • Dagenham Chase: Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Shelduck, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 3 Gadwall, Rook, 4 Lesser Whitethroat (Steve Bacon/Sam Porter), also Sedge Warbler, 5+ Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Common Snipe, Little Egret, 5 Common Tern, Pochard, Bullfinch, Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard (Vince Halley-Frame)
  • East India Dock Basin: 2 Reed Warbler (Sean Huggins)
  • Enfield area "private access": 2m Whinchat along hedgerows 1135-1145 & again in evening, m Lesser Whitethroat singing, 2 Raven pr (Robert Callf/Bob Husband)
  • Fisher's Green area: 3 Nightingale, Cuckoo, Garden Warbler, but no sign Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Gareth Richards)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Swallow, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail (Marcus Hunt)
  • Hall Marsh Scrape: Greenshank (James Palmer) 2 Snipe, Hobby, a Peregrine flushed and briefly pursued the Greenshank (Adam Wilson)
  • Hanwell "Boles Meadow": 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Long-tailed Tit, Song Thrush singing (Barry Wilson)
  • Holyfield Lake: 4 Hobby late am hawking low over water from Grebe Hide (Gareth Richards)
  • Horton Country Park: Hobby (Bob Smith)
  • Ickenham marshes: Barn Owl at 2015, Grey Wagtail, Willow Warbler (Steve Dungey and Julie Dungey)
  • Lamorbey Park: Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose, Canada Goose w/ 12 goslings, 8 Tufted Duck 6m 2f, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackcap 2m 2f, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Peregrine, 2 Jackdaw among 33 species (Eric Brown), Song Thrush singing, 8 Stock Dove, Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Jay, 3 Chiffchaff (Mike Amos) 3 Swift, Tawny Owl hooting 1835, 3 House Martin, Whitethroat at E end of lake (Ian Stewart)
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Red Kite, 2 Hobby, 6 Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, Common Gull, 2 Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, Common Myna (Andrew Self, John & Janet Cadera)
  • Richmond Park: Red Kite, 5 Buzzard, ad m Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk all raptors locals no movement, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler (R Kaye), Whinchat, Little Owl (Jon Reeves) 6 Wheatear, Garden Warbler, Common Sandpiper (RP Friday Bird Group)
  • Sidcup DA15: Red Kite SW 1619, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 2 Swallow, Blackcap (Ian Stewart)
  • Southall, Jubilee Park: Red Kite (s) over 1630 & 1655 (Phil Belman)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 6 Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Green Woodpecker, 2 Little Grebe pr (P Kite)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Cuckoo through N, Sand Martin W, 2 Swift, 3 House Martin, 11 Swallow, Little Egret, Little Owl, Lapwing, 4 Common Buzzard, m Sparrowhawk, Skylark, Willow Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Whitethroat,18 Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcap, Grey Wagtail, Linnet, 6 Rook, 3 Coot, f Mandarin Duck w/ two ducklings (John Colmans) 5 Wheatear [upper ploughed field], Whinchat [hedge between upper and lower ploughed fields] (Peter Cotgreave)
  • Trent Park: 2 Cormorant, 4 Egyptian Goose w/ two yng, 6m Mandarin Duck, 4 Tufted Duck 2m 2f, Red Kite, 2 Common Tern lower lake, Green Woodpecker, 4 Wren inc pr, Dunnock singing, 4 Robin 2ad 2juvs, Garden Warbler singing, 3 Coal Tit inc singing m, 4 Great Tit inc one nest building, m Chaffinch singing {2 Green-veined White, m Orange-tip} (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Yellow Wagtail, Hobby, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe [still], 7 Swift, 2 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 2 Hobby, Peregrine, 4 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 4 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, 19 Common Whitethroat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Stock Dove, Kingfisher, 3 Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler, 6 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Common Whitethroat, Mistle Thrush, 3 Song Thrush (Wanstead Birders)
  • Warlingham: Wheatear at Blanchman's Farm in horse field (John Birkett)
  • Wimbledon Common & Putney Heath: several Swallows just inches off the ground S of the windmill, 2 Swift, 2 Kestrel, 4 Common Buzzard, Peregrine (Martin Honey)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 3 Grey Wagtail ad w/ two fledglings by West res, c60 Swift, 3+ Sand Martin, Reed Bunting (Garry James)

Thursday 6th May 2021[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Common Whitethroat, 5 Swallow, 10 Swift, 11 Tufted Duck, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull WGR (AP Birders) 2 Greylag Goose w/ 2 gosling, 2 Egyptian Goose w/ 6 gosling, 2 Peregrine (Eduardo López Salas)
  • Brent Reservoir: Hobby, Nightingale, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Burgess Park: Sedge Warbler (Steven Robinson)
  • Bushy Park: 4 Chiffchaff, Little Egret, 2 Skylark, Wheatear (Ian R Watson)
  • Crossness NR : 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Peregrine Barn Owl, f Black Redstart, 2 Whinchat m f, Skylark, 4 Wheatear, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 3 Heron, Greenfinch, 14 Cetti`s Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 16 Reed Warbler, 5 Reed Buntng, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat 4 Little Grebe, 18 Swift, 4 Swallow, Song Thrush, 9 Gadwalll, 5 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck (Bernie Weight).Thames and foreshore,low tide : 3 Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 65 Gadwall, 32 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, Cetti`s Wabler, Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, Pied Wagtail, 8 Common Tern (Bernie Weight)
  • Crystal Palace Park: Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat [both on top terrace], 4 Swift over lower lake [FOY] (Nigel G Harris)
  • Dagenham Chase: Ring Ouzel M on crowfoot till 7.45am , 2 Shelduck, 1 Little Ringed Plover
  • Enfield area "private access": Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Hobby, 21+ Swift, Green Woodpecker, Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, m Whinchat along hedgerows 1616-1626 & 1750-1800 [FOY] - a 'stonking male', f Northern Wheatear, 3 Common Whitethroat singing, 35+ ad Starling, 6 Linnet (Robert Callf)
  • Grovelands Park: 3 Swallow (Marcus Hunt)
  • Gutteridge Wood: Nightingale singing from at least 0330 and occasionally joined by Lesser Whitethroat, small audio incl both here if permitted [2] (Dan Pinkham)
  • Ickenham marshes: Barn Owl at 2000 (Julie Dungey and Kathryn Dungey)
  • Leyton "Dagenham Brook": Sedge Warbler singing (James Blake)
  • London Wetland Centre: 6 Kittiwake briefly p.m then off NW, m Whinchat, Wheatear, 2 Ruff, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 12 Swallow, 20 Swift, 2 Common Tern (WWT website)
  • Mayfair: Black Redstart singing [heard only] from rooftops of Avery Row [connects Brook St with Grosvenor St] 1700 (Matt Bradbury)
  • Peckham: 5 Swift, Colegrove Road (Tony Stones)
  • Plumstead Common: 2 Peregrine 1145 (George Kalli)
  • Queen Mary Reservoir: 1 Wheatear 1st yr m, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Richmond "Lock and Weir": 4 Egyptian Goose two pr, 5 Mandarin Duck 4m f, Cormorant, Red Feral Pigeon (Barry Wilson)
  • Richmond Park: 2 Hobby and 2 Common Tern (Isaiah Rowe) 2 Cormorant pr w/ two juv in nest, Red Kite, Common Buzzard, 2 Swift, Swallow, 20+ Sand Martin (Neil Anderson) (whereabouts did you see the hobbies? - Jack Waddington)
  • St James' Park: Grey Wagtail, Willow Warbler (Jack Hill)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Red Kite, Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat, m Whinchat, c15 Common Tern, c100 Swift, c50 Swallow, c50 Sand Martin (Bryan Waters) 7 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 9 Common Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plover (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wanstead Flats: Black-necked Grebe still present 1130, 3+ Little Grebe [5 -N Croft] (Malcolm Hibberd), 5 Little Grebe, Osprey over NW [FOY], 34 Swift, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Stock Dove, Skylark, Sedge Warbler, 2 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Common Whitethroat, Song Thrush, Wheatear, Linnet (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Tern sp, 4 Great-crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Little Egret, Kingfisher, 23 Swift, Stock Dove, Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 4 Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail (Wanstead Birders)

Wednesday 5th May 2021[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Little Egret, 4 Swift, Sand Martin, 2 Swallow (AP Birders) 2 Greylag Goose w/ 2 gosling, 2 Egyptian Goose w/ 6 gosling (Eduardo López Salas)
  • Brixton: 1 Swift, Blenheim Gardens Estate (Tony Stones)
  • Burgess Park: 4 Common Sandpiper, Whitethroat, Cetti`s, 3 Reed Warbler 0645-0715 (Dave Clark). Spotted Flycatcher 0830 [Sycamores, S of Astro Turf, nr bridge] (Graeme Wright), Spotted Flycatcher 1815-1835 at least in double sycamore with brick in between trunks on the other side of bridge from this morning (Steven Robinson), - thanks I was about to leave, it just flew over into one of the limes! Swift's [up to 25], 2 Cetti's Warbler [in different places] Collared Dove singing then flew South East over factories 1825 (Michael Mac),
  • Crossness NR: 3+ Sedge Warbler, 20+ Reed Warbler, 15+ Cetti's Warbler, 2m Blackcap, 2m Reed Bunting, Linnet, Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron, 8+ Starling, Whitethroat, Whinchat, 5 Barn Swallow, Barn Owl at hide nest box entrance (Paul Francis - total numbers shown. Seen: 1 SW, 3 RW, 3 CW, 2 RB, 2 Bcap 1 all else except stated)
  • Dagenham Chase NR: 70sp recorded. m Ring Ouzel, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, 2 Hobby, Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, Buzzard, Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 2m Reed Bunting, 2 Little Grebe, Little Egret, 2 Common Tern, Shelduck, 5 Gadwall, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, m Bullfinch (Vince Halley-Frame)
  • Enfield area "private access": 2 Northern Wheatear m f (Robert Callf)
  • Fisher’s Green: 2 singing Nightingale, Hobby, Kingfisher (Leo Reich); Cuckoo, 3 Willow Warbler (Fernley Symons) [52 spp]
  • Fulham: Common Buzzard mobbed by m Peregrine Falcon 1415 (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Furzedown "Tooting": Red Kite west 1640 (Steve Woolfenden)
  • Gladstone Park: Swift (Andrew Peel)
  • Grovelands Park: Red Kite, Grey Wagtail, m Pochard (Marcus Hunt)
  • Holyfield Lake: 9 Hobby [feeding together low over the lake] (Steven Robinson)
  • London Wetland Centre: 11 Sedge Warbler sheltered lagoon, main lake, reedbed, wildside, 40+ Reed Warbler mainly reedbed, also main lake, reservoir lagoon, south route, wildside, sheltered lagoon, Common Whitethroat wildside, Willow Warbler wildside, 8 Blackcap wildside, south route, sheltered lagoon, 5 Chiffchaff wildside, sheltered lagoon, 3 Ruff marsh, Common Sandpiper main lake, Whimbrel flew up river, 2 Oystercatcher main lake, 4 Redshank wader scrape, marsh, Common Tern - over sheltered lagoon (WWT website). Sparrowhawk summer route, Buzzard high over N part of reserve {Large Red Damselfly wildside} (Martin Honey, T Wright & B Page)
  • Mayflower Park: 7 singing Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler (Mark Bravery & Bob Smith)
  • Queen Mary Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Tern, m Whinchat (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Queen's Wood "Wood Vale, N10": Willow Warbler (Matt Evans)
  • Rainham Marshes: 2 Egyptian Geese, Whimbrel, 8 Sanderling, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3cy Glaucous Gull, 4 Common Tern, Common Buzzard, Yellow Wagtail (Andrew Self)
  • Richmond Park: Common Sandpiper, Cuckoo, 7 new Mute Swan cygnets, 2 Red Kite, 4 Wheatear, Whinchat (S Read/ P Pentek/ D Black/ N Jackman) (whereabouts did you spot the cuckoo? - jack waddington)
  • Southall: Red Kite over 1335 (Phil Belman)
  • Southwark Park: m Mandarin Duck [new patch bird], 6 Tufted Duck, Stock Dove, Common Sandpiper, Garden Warbler, 2 Jay, Mistle Thrush (John & Janet Cadera, Richard Page-Jones)
  • Staines Moor: Raven, 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear (C Lamsdell)
  • Staines Reservoir: Goldeneye, Black necked Grebe, 2 Hobby, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel, Turnstone, 14 Dunlin, Arctic Tern, Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail (R Kaye)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 1 Common Swift low W over the Broadway(Neil Batten)
  • Tooting Common: Common Sandpiper (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Mandarin Duck, 6 Lapwing, 12 Herring Gull, 16 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Owl, 6 Wheatear, 5 Pied Wagtail, Linnet (Tom Stewart)
  • Trent park: 3 Blackcap, 2m Tufted Duck, 12 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose with 2 young, Red Kite, 6 m Mandarin, 2 Raven, Garden Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 3 Green Woodpecker. ( Pete Lowman ).
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Whinchat, Hobby, 10 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wandle Park, Croydon: Spotted Flycatcher (Croydon Birders)
  • Wanstead Flats: Black-necked Grebe still on Alex Pond (Conrad Ellam) Hobby over in Alex area at 1000 (Harry Harrison)
  • Wimbledon Common: Cuckoo heard coming from the direction of the Caeser's Camp on the golf course. (James Dee)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 5 Swift at 0920 present for 10 minutes (Helen Bantock), several Cetti's Warblers and Reed Warblers, Greenfinch
  • Worcester Park: Red-legged Partridge (Chris Westwood per Bob Smith)


Tuesday 4th May 2021[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Pochard, 2 Greylag Goose w/ 5 gosling, 20+ Swallow, 12+ House Martin, 3 Swift (AP Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: Hobby, 3 Dunlin, Nightingale, 2 Sedge Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Foots Cray Meadows : Kingfisher, 6 Blackcap, 8 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 4 Chiffchaff, Heron, 10 Tufted Duck, 3 Gadwall, Whitethroat, Barn Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, House Martin, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cetti`s Warbler (Bernie Weight)
  • Catford "River Ravensbourne": Hobby (Paul Moss)
  • Dagenham Chase: Hobby, Common Sandpiper, Wheatear, Bullfinch, 5 Gadwall, 127 Herring Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Steve Bacon/Vince Halley Frame/Sam Porter)
  • Dartford Marsh: Grasshopper Warbler, 1+ Hobby still near barrier (Steve Nixon).
  • East End Green: f Common Redstart (Adam Wilson)
  • Fishers Green: 7 Hobby, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Arctic Tern, Cuckoo, 5 Nightingale (Tony Clancy/Brian Dawton)
  • Grovelands Park: 6 Swallow, House Martin, m Common Pochard (Marcus Hunt); 2 Great Crested Grebe pr incubating [ON], 2 Mute Swan pr incubaing [ON], 11 Greylag Goose 6ad 5yng [FL], 9+ Canada Goose 4ad 5yng [FL], 5 Egyptian Goose pr w/ three yng [FL], 3 Mandarin Duck 2m f, m Common Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck 4m 2f, Red Kite, m Kestrel, 2ad Black-headed Gull, 2ad Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Herring Gull ad & 4imm, 3 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7+ Barn Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail pr, Mistle Thrush carrying food [FF], 3m Wren singing, 2 Long-tailed Tit pr carrying food [FF], Nuthatch singing, 2 Treecreeper pr (Robert Callf)
  • Hampstead Heath: Spotted Flycatcher continuing at Sanctuary pond (per MBS)
  • Ickenham marshes: Cuckoo singing (Steve Dungey)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Ruff grazing marsh, 2 Oystercatcher main lake, 4 Redshank wader scrape and grazing marsh, Common Sandpiper main lake, Kingfisher wildside (WWT website)
  • Mayfair: m Black Redstart singing on Bonhams rooftop [viewed on private area of Bonhams at close range from 3rd floor office window; best places to view it as last year, South Molton Street, New Bond Street, Blenheim Street, Woodstock Street and Haunch of Venison Yard] 1010 (Matt Bradbury)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 2 Egyptian Goose pr, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Pied Wagtail, Blackcap, Long-tailed tit, 2 Mute Swan pr, Greenfinch f (Barry Wilson)
  • Pinner: 3 newly fledged Starlings, Lloyd Court. One brood out of seven pairs feeding young in the vicinity (Richard Francis)
  • Plumstead Common "Slade Pond": f Pied Flycatcher 1300 (George Kalli)
  • Putney Heath: 3 Linnet, Ladies Mile (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Tooting Common: Hobby (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: 2 Mandarin Duck, 9 Stock Dove, 3 Lapwing, 18 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Red Kite, Swallow, 6 Wheatear, 7 Pied Wagtail, 2 Linnet (Tom Stewart)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 7 Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 250 Swift, 80 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow, 20 House Martin (Walthamstow birders)
  • Wanstead Flats: Black-necked Grebe on Alex [identified from pictures by Mary Holden, for 2nd day], 4 Little Grebe, 7 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Common Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear, Chaffinch (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Swift, Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, 5 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler, 6 Common Whitethroat (Wanstead Birders)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 2 Common Tern, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Swallow (Chris Farthing)

Monday 3rd May 2021[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: Willow Warbler, 4 Common Whitethroat, Greylag Goose, 11 Swallow, Little Egret (AP Birders)
  • Battersea Park Lake: Swift, Peregrine Falcon, 6 Gadwall, 15 Pochard, 8 Mandarin Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe pr & two juveniles (Michael Mac)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Sandpiper, ad Great Black-backed Gull, m Yellow Wagtail in flight, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Swift (Roy Beddard/Bob Husband/Mike Cawthorne/Frank O'Sullivan)
  • Burgess Park: Linnet, Reed Warbler [in scrub behind Cobourg Rd, but different spot to yesterday. This area must be good for migrating RWs, as I recorded another one there on the 21/04], 4 Swift {RedFox} (Steven Robinson)
  • Catford-Lower Sydenham River Pool area: Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Sedge Warbler [singing behind Sainsbury's], pr of Mandarin, lots of Stock Doves and Greenfinches (Dave de Silva (Paul Moss pers comms)
  • Dartford Marshes: Grasshopper Warbler, Corn Bunting, 2 Wheatear, 2 Cuckoo, Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Avocet, 5 Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Hobby, Peregrine, 9 Lesser Whitethroat (Phil Thompson); Bar-tailed Godwit (Jack Headley)
  • Enfield "Enfield Rd EN2": 2 Coal Tit pr feeding young in hole of lintel above door [ON] (Robert Callf)
  • Gutteridge Wood: Nightingale singing intermittently, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, also Cuckoo reported by another observer (Nigel Dodd)
  • Hampstead Heath: Spotted Flycatcher [FOY] at Bird Sanctuary pond [apparently first seen on Friday 30 April], Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, Wheatear [seen by another observer] (Reuben Braddock)
  • Hollies, Sidcup: Kestrel, Swallow [both unusual here], Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch, 4 Stock Dove, 2 singing Blackcap, Swift 1720 (FOY here). (Eric Brown)
  • Holyfield Lake: m Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Nightingale 3m f (Adam Wilson)
  • Home Park, Long Water: Red Kite low over W end mobbed by 2 Carrion Crow at 1150, Common Tern, 20+ Swift, 60+ Sand Martin, c10 Swallow, c5 House Martin, 3 singing Skylark (Nick Tanner)
  • Horsenden Hill:2 Egyptian Geese pr on hill golf course (Martin Smith)
  • London Wetland Centre: 3 Ruff, f Whinchat, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Common Whitethroat, 42 Reed Warbler, 20 Sedge Warbler (WWT website)
  • Newton Park West: Swallow through W, f Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Tim Rymer)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 2 Red Kite, Green Woodpecker, Swift, Sand Martin [site tick], 9 Blackcap, 4 Common Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Greenfinch (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull) ; "Smith's Farm" Grey Heron, 2 Pied Wagtail (Barry Wilson)
  • Perivale Park: 2 Egyptian Geese pr, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, 16 Blackcap, 6 Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff (Neil Anderson)
  • Plumstead Common: Barn Swallow over NW at 11:45 and 2 Raven together S towards Woodlands Farm and Oxleas Wood at 1200, Red Kite over heading S 1600 (Patrick English)
  • Priest Hill "0700 - 0830": 3 Wheatear m 2f, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Common Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Swallow N, 3 Common Buzzard distantly circling (Neil Batten)
  • Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Wheatear, 3 Ruff, 3 Whimbrel, Willow Warbler, Common Sandpiper (Hugh & Ian Bradshaw)
  • Roxeth Recreation Ground: Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Tim Rymer)
  • Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve: Common Tern, Grey Wagtail, Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Swift, 10+ Swallow, 15+ Sand Martin, 5+ House Martin (Jon Mills)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Grasshopper Warbler [very brief reeling], 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Lapwing, Red Kite, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 13 Common Whitethroat, 11 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, Linnet, 7 Rook, 2 Coot (John Colmans & Tony Clancy); 2 Raven, 11 Stock Dove, 3 Lapwing, 2 Kestrel, 2 Coal Tit, Willow Warbler, 3 Mistle Thrush, 11 Song Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch (Tom Stewart)
  • Upper College Farm Bexley : 6 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Whitethroat, 3 Skylark, Pheasant, (Bernie Weight)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Whinchat, Wheatear, 5 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, Barn Swallow, 10+ Common Whitethroat, 20 Swift, Sparrowhawk (Mark Wardman)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Pochard, Little Grebe, Common Gull, 406 Herring Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Hobby, 2 Skylark, Sedge Warbler, Swallow, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Common Whitethroat, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Common Sandpiper [FOY], 3 Swift, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, Kestrel, Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Common Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush (Wanstead Birders)
  • Woodford Green: Swallow low N 1025, Hobby low S over House at 1735 (Ken Murray)

Sunday 2nd May 2021[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: Common Sandpiper, Egyptian Goose WGR, 2 Pochard NR, Greylag Goose N, 5 Swallow, 7 Swift [FOY], Peregrine Falcon, Common Buzzard viewed from raptor point (AP Birders)
  • Amwell GP: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2cy Caspian Gull, 2cy Yellow-legged Gull (Adam Wilson)
  • Blackwall Way, Poplar: Common Whitethroat singing behind Radisson Hotel [also one singing here last year] (Sean Huggins)
  • Bow Creek: Common Sandpiper (Sean Huggins)
  • Brent Reservoir "Neasden Recreation Ground side": Common Buzzard 1020, 2 Common Tern, 60+ Swift, singles of Swallow & House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail over, 1-2 Garden Warbler, Nightingale singing in vicinity of third large flowering Hawthorn east of information boards (Des McKenzie); sings louder in the evening and can be heard from the paths (MM); Reed Warbler, Blackcap; Nightingale heard (it was so close in the shrub, just couldn't see it) (Norbert Jakab); 6 Grey Heron, 6 Great Crested Grebe, Greylag Goose, Pied Wagtail (Barry Wilson); showed briefly at 1900, Hobby (Nigel Biggs)
  • Burgess Park: Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler - as well as several round the lake there was one in the Cetti’s scrub, 4 Swift (Steven Robinson). 6 Swift, Sand Martin [Only slightly later; that is weird habitat for Reed Warbler 34 spp] (Fernley Symons)
  • Crossness: 2cy Iceland Gull on far foreshore from outfall mid-morning, 2cy Caspian Gull off golf centre, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Common Sandpiper (Richard Bonser/Gus Wilson)
  • Enfield area "private access": Hobby, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 4 Barn Swallow N, 6 Pied Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare [latest record ever, beating previous record of a single on 1st May 1995], Song Thrush, 5 Common Whitethroat, 2 Raven pr, 5 Linnet (Robert Callf)
  • Gutteridge Wood: Common Buzzard, Cuckoo, singing Nightingale [probably returning bird as similar area to one of last year's birds] Regular dog walker here showed me photo of Tawny Owl taken on 15/4/21 (Neil Anderson)
  • Hogsmill NR: Hobby, Common Sandpiper, Shelduck, 3+ Swift, 10+ Sand Martin, 2 House Martin gathering mud, singing Common Whitethroat (Nick Tanner)
  • Kensington Gardens: Green Woodpecker (in the Palace garden) (Sebastien Mercier)
  • Limehouse BBS: 30 species incl. 2 Blackcap, 44 House Sparrow (numbers are increasing year on year), singing Whitethroat, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Grey Wagtail building nest in canal wall, but only 9 Blackbirds, when I first did survey in 1994 there were a barely believable 92! (Harry Harrison)
  • London Wetland Centre: ad Kittiwake main lake then off high E, m Whinchat, Little Ringed Plover, 5 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Snipe, 2 Yellow Wagtail (WWT website)
  • Margravine Cemetery: 4 Swift, m Blackcap (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Morden Hall Park: m Reed Warbler (Keith Bates)
  • Mudchute Farm, Isle of Dogs: f Whinchat in the paddocks (Sean Huggins)
  • Regent's Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Whitethroat, Greenfinch, 5 Reed Warblers, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Moorhen with 2 chicks, 6 Goldfinches, 2 Cetti's Warblers, Great Crested Grebes pr w 3 chicks being fed on the back (Sebastien Mercier)
  • Richmond Park: Garden Warbler, Hobby, 6 Lesser Redpoll, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Egret, Peregrine, Redwing, Wheatear amongst the 72 species recorded on the annual Spring Bird Count (Richmond Park Bird Group)
  • Rowley Farm, Iver Heath: 4 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, 5 Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Blackcap f, 2 Grey Wagtail, Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose and 3 young, 2 Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, 6 Rook, Swallow, Stock Dove, 2 Mandarin Duck m, 2 Lapwing [ Muntjac] (Nigel Barratt)
  • Staines Moor: Hobby, Grasshopper Warbler [heard], 3-4 Lesser Whitethroat [heard], Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Goldcrest (Simon Cumming); 2 Whinchat m f, 5+ Wheatear (S Hill)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: poss. Osprey very high W 0955, Red Kite very high E 1217, Common Buzzard displaying over The Glade 1610, singing Chiffchaff (Neil Batten)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 3 Pheasant heard, Grey Heron, 2 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 2 Hobby pr, m Kestrel, Cuckoo [2 seen by other birders], Little Owl mobbed by pr Song Thrush as close to their nest, 6 Stock Dove, 8+ Skylark, 2 Swallow, Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, m Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, 22 Common Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Rook, 4 Reed Bunting 2pr, Bullfinch heard, 3 Linnet [pr collecting material for nest in brambles] (Neil Anderson); f Ring Ouzel seen in the early evening (Kabir Kaul)
  • Totteridge Valley: Grasshopper Warbler (Tony Clancy)
  • Trent Park: imm Corrmorant, imm Grey Heron, 4 Egyptian Goose pr w/ two yng, 5m Mandarin Duck, 2 Tufted Duck pr, m Kestrel, 2cy Black-headed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtail pr, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warbler inc two singing males (Robert Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: 4 Stock Dove, 12 Swift, 3 Black-headed Gull, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Peregrine, 3 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Common Whitethroat, Song Thrush, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Linnet (Wanstead Birders) Garden Warbler - FOY (Adrian Pearson)
  • Waterworks NR: Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Pochard 7m 3f (James Blake)
  • Watford: Barn Owl flew SW over M1 a few miles SE of Watford, probably around Hilfield Park Reservoir area but can't be certain (21:00) (Finley Hutchinson)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper, Common Snipe, 2 Common Tern, Reed Bunting, Common Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 12 Reed Warbler, 10 Swift (Chris Farthing & Tony Butler) [Hi, whereabouts did you see the cuckoo? - Jack Waddington]
  • Worcester Park: Peregrine, Red-legged Partridge [patch tick] (Chris Northwood/Bob Smith)
  • Woolwich Common: c20 Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit, 9 Linnet, Green Woodpecker, 3 Greenfinch, Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Stock Dove, Cormorant over, Mallard over (Tim Rymer)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: Kestrel, 8+ Swift, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap [inc one singing with much mimicry], 4 Chiffchaff (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 1st May 2021[edit | edit source]

  • Alexandra Park: Whinchat [FOY], 2 Common Whitethroat, Peregrine, Gadwall, Grey Wagtail, 8 Swallow, Sand Martin (AP Birders)
  • Barking Bay: [viewed from Crossness lighthouse] Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper (John Archer)
  • Beddington Park Lake: Escaped Marbled Duck [though it can fly strongly, its right wing does not look quite right, which surely belies human interference at some point] (R Kaye); same one that's been at Brockwell and Dulwich Parks? (Michael Mac)
  • Blackheath: Wheatear and Swallow Goffers Road (Richard Bonser)
  • Brent Reservoir: [74 species on Spring Birdcount] Hobby, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Yellow Wagtail, Nightingale, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (Brent Birders); Is Nightingale on Neasden Recreation Ground side of reservoir? Yes, try 100 metres along from the dam — but don't disturb it.
  • Burgess Park: Common Sandpiper - excellent views as it fed round lake edge, Lesser Whitethroat in trees near polytunnels towards Wells Way (Steven Robinson); did Sandpiper fly away? (MM); - it was still there when I left, but that was around 0800 and was present for at least 20 minutes; Common Sandpiper still present on raft at 1400 (L Smith); Sandpiper still roosting on the raft 1900, 10 singing Blackbirds (Michael Mac)
  • Chiswick Eyot; 3 Common Sandpiper along the banks of the Thames (Nigel Dodd)
  • Crossness: Peregrine, 2 Common Sandpiper, c40 Common Tern, Barn Owl, 10 Swallow NE, f Wheatear, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler (Jack Headley)
  • Enfield area "private access": Little Grebe, Little Egret, 2 Red Kite, 2+ Common Buzzard, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Skylark, f Northern Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat singing [FOY], 2 Common Whitethroat singing, 2m Siskin [first May record for many years] (Robert Callf/Eugene Dillon-Hooper)
  • Finchley "Garden N3": Collared Dove, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Stock Dove. Also Swallow hawking insects over junction of Brent Way/ Fursby Avenue (Samuel Levy)
  • Fulham Palace Meadows Allotments: House Martin, Song Thrush (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Gladstone Park: Peregrine Falcon, Lesser Whitethroat (Andrew Peel, dawn chorus birdwalk)
  • Hampstead Heath: 3 Yellow Wagtail over, 8 Swallow, 2 Swift, House Martin [FOY], Lesser Redpoll over, 2 Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler [for 7th day], 2 Kingfisher pr (Hampstead Heath birders)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 4 Mandarin Duck 3m f, 2 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, Swifts, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtail (Sebastien Mercier)
  • Lower Sydenham: 1+ Swift (Paul Moss)
  • Malden Rushett Farm: 5 Lapwing (Nigel Jackman)
  • Rainham RSPB: 52 Shelduck, m Pintail, m Wigeon, Marsh Harrier, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, 5 Common Snipe, 19 Avocet, 80+ Swift, 15+ Swallow, 10+ Sand Martin 2 Bearded Tit, 8 Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 15+ Cetti's Warbler (Neil Anderson); Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper, 9+ Dunlin, 20+ Common Whitethroat (Simon Cumming); Jack Snipe showing well MDZ, Greenshank, Hobby, 2+ singing Lesser Whitethroats, 4+ Fieldfares still Rainham Marsh West (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Staines Moor: Whinchat, 7+ Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Shelduck on Colne, Kingfisher, all 1630-1830 (Iain Darbyshire)
  • Swanley A20 turnoff M25: Osprey 0720 (George Kalli)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: f/imm Black Redstart [Wheatear Corner], 3 Wheatear, f Mandarin Duck with 5 ducklings, 20 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Coot, 2 Lapwing, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Red Kite, 8 Common Buzzard, 2 Little Owl, Kestrel, 28 Rook, Coal Tit, Skylark, m Grasshopper Warbler, 11 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 24 Chiffchaff, 27 Blackcap, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 30 Common Whitethroat, 3 Goldcrest, 40 Starling, 4 Mistle Thrush, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll [first May record for sometime...] (Totteridge Valley Birders)
  • Trent Park: 7 Blackcap, Common Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Cormorant, 5 Stock Dove, 6 Tufted Duck 4m 2f, 8 Canada Goose, 4 Egyptian Goose pr w/ two young, Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, Kestrel, 4 m Mandarin, Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat (Pete Lowman)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Whinchat [FOY], Garden Warbler, 7+ Yellow Wagtails, Wheatear, 5 Common Sandpipers (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Stock Dove, 23 Swift, Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, Little Owl, Hobby, 2 Rook, 2 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 3 House Martin, Sedge Warbler [FOY], 6 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Common Whitethroat, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 6 Yellow Wagtail, Linnet (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Gadwall, Pochard, Stock Dove, Little Egret, 12 Chiffchaff, Cetti’s Warbler, 14 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Common Whitethroat, 9 Song Thrush (Wanstead Birders)


Archived News[edit | edit source]

Link to previous months

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.