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Sunday 12th January 2020

  • Alexandra Park: WeBS: 39 Mallard, 6 Mallard hybrid, 4 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 43 Tufted Duck, 6 Cormorant, Grey Heron, 30 Coot, 16 Moorhen, 31 Canada Goose, 576 Black-headed Gull, 54 Common Gull, 34 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Crested Grebe, also 2 Jackdaw N (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Greylag Goose, 28 Snipe (Andrew Self)
  • Chistlehurst Common: 2+ Treecreeper (Jack Headley)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 4 Egyptian Goose, 4 Mute Swan, 2 Water Rail, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6+ Goldcrest, 1-2 Little Egret, 12 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Mistle Thrush, 12+ Long-tailed Tit (Jack Headley)
  • Hampstead Heath: Water Rail, 3 Meadow Pipit in the grass near boating pond, Kingfisher showing well at bird sanctuary (Jamie Cedar)
  • Kew Gardens: 30 Greylag Goose (Peter Hart)
  • Lamorbey Park ,Sidcup: Little Grebe, Lesser Black- Backed Gull, Common Gull, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, Jay (Mike Amos).
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 Water Pipit, Bittern, Goldeneye, 3 Shelduck, 6 Pintail, 9 Common Snipe, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Peregrine, female Pheasant (WWT website)
  • Morden Hall Park: Red Kite NW 09:49, Kingfisher (Alan Wilkinson, Arjun Dutta)
  • Stave Hill: Yellow-browed Warbler 10:20, Peter Hills Bridge,10 Long-tailed Tit ( Allan Stewart)
  • Town Park "Enfield": Cormorant, Grey Heron, 4m Common Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck 5m 6f, 178 Black-headed Gull incl yellow darvic-ringed 2JBP, 11 Common Gull, Stock Dove (Robert Callf)

Saturday 11th January 2020

  • Battersea Park Lake: 1 pr Gadwall, 3 Mandarin, 20 Shovelor, 1 Great-crested Grebe approx 16 Grey Heron nests down 50% in 10 years, 60 Black-headed, 1 Common, 1 Lesser-black backed Gulls (Michael Mac)
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: Little Grebe, Reed Bunting (John Bushell & Conrad Ellam) + Siskin reported on the 8th
  • Lee Valley: Hall Marsh Scrape: 2 Cattle Egrets showing well (Ian Bradshaw)
  • London Wetland Centre: 1 Bittern and 2 Shelduck main lake, 1 Shelduck and 2 Pintail wader scrape, 2 Pintail reservoir lagoon, Goldeneye sheltered lagoon, 3 Water Rail main lake, South route and main reedbed, 16 Redwing sheltered lagoon and Q.E.Walk, 9 Snipe, 1 Water Pipit and 1 Jack Snipe grazing marsh, 1 Peregrine perched on Ch. X. hospital (WWT website, Martin Honey, et al.).
  • Lonsdale Rd Res (part of WeBS): Shelduck, 43 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler, 6 Stock Dove, several Redwing, singing Cetti's Warbler [Common Seal close to Surrey side on adjacent Thames] (Neil Anderson)
  • Oakwood Park: Sparrowhawk, m Kestrel, Stock Dove, 9 Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker (Robert Callf)
  • Boxer's Lake: 4 Grey Heron 2ad 2imm, Egyptian Goose, 4 Common Pochard 3m f, 8 Tufted Duck 4m 4f, 85+ Black-headed Gull incl yellow darvic-ringed (probably Polish bird - T8UC), 4 Common Gull 2ad 2nd-winter & 1st-winter, Jay, m Muntjac nearby in Lonsdale 'spinney' (Robert Callf)
  • Rainham Marshes: White-fronted Goose, 3 Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Golden Plover, 2 Ruff, Yellow-legged Gull, Water Pipit, 5 Stonechat, 3 Fieldfare (Andrew Self)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Peregrine, Buzzard, 4 Teal, 75 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, Mistle Thrush (John Colmans)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 2 Firecrest, Peregrine, m Kestrel, m Sparrowhawk, 4 Linnet, 4 Goosander, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Shelduck, Greater Spotted Woodpecker. (Walthamstow Birders)Common Sandpiper,13 Collared Dove,Grey Wagtail,Greenfinch,Little Egret, Kingfisher.(LNHS Walk)

Friday 10th January 2020

  • Alexandra Park: Egyptian Goose, 3m Shoveler, Redwing, 5 Pochard (APOG Birders)
  • Balham: the male Blackcap that has been visiting my bird feeders and crab apple tree since early December was replaced by a hen bird this afternoon (Nick Moll)
  • Greenwich Park: 13 Redwing in Deer Enclosure (Peter Charles)
  • Ferny Hill Farm "private access": 9 Reed Bunting 8f/imm & m - Despite statements to the contrary in winter atlas', fem/imm out-number males in winter flocks - in recent winters (Robert Callf)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming, and a Meadow Pipit in the willow clump at Meg's Pond (Pete Mantle); 2 yellow-legged gull on cricket pitch again [when before? James Levy](Yesterday I think, around 2pm, sorry I didn't report it before- Jamie) , 2 kestrel over school. Also five redwing still outside the tescos next to the heath but no blackcaps there today. (Jamie Cedar)
  • Hemans Estate Community Garden/Stockwell: 1 f House Sparrow on feeder last few days, 10 over the Christmas period (Michael Mac)
  • Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: 11 Shoveler, 64 Pochard, Little Owl, vocal Green Woodpecker, Skylark over 11:22 (Des McKenzie).
  • Leatherhead, Randalls Way: 1 Common Buzzard ne, 2 Pied Wagtail, pair of Herring Gull roof prospecting at the old Food Research building (Neil Batten)
  • London Wetland Centre: Goldcrest, Goldeneye, several Cetti's warblers, 3 Shelduck main lake, 3 Bittern (1 reservoir lagoon,2 main lake) 15 Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe on grazing marsh, and Water Pipit grazing marsh (Simon Fogg)
  • Rainham Marshes: juv Iceland Gull Wennington Marsh 10.20 then flew towards tip (Sean Huggins); then at Coldharbour Point 11:00, also Ruff, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, Barn Owl, Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, 55 Rook, 2 Water Pipit, Rock Pipit (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Regent's Park: Water Rail showing well from usual viewpoint 08:45-08:55 (Des McKenzie).
  • Richmond Park: 1 Stonechat near Pembroke Lodge, 17 Pochard, 20 Shoveler, 4 Kestrel, 1 Coal Tit singing (Keith Bates); 40 Shoveler, 29 Pochard, 5 Herons at nest (9 Heron in total), 97 Common Gull, Little Owl calling, 5 Redwing (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull); 170+ Common Gull, Buzzard (Friday Bird Group) 2 Woodcock, at dusk (M Buckley)
  • Swanscombe Marsh “ 11.00-14.15, Botany Marsh / Meadow and Broadness, midday HT “: 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 22 Greylag Goose, 20 Magpie, 5 Stonechat [2pr 1m], 1 Marsh Harrier [m carrying food], 1 Raven h, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Cetti's Warbler h, 5 Rock Pipit, 2 Great Black-backed Gull [river r inc usual CR WF5T], 16 Reed Bunting [foreshore f], 9 Cormorant r, 6 Turnstone [Broadness lighthouse roost], 178 Black-headed Gull r, 1 Grey Wagtail f, 2 Common Gull r, 41 Teal r, 35 Mallard r, 22 Gadwall r, 32 Redshank f, 1 Curlew f, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose r (Roger Keith)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Peregrine, 5 Chiffchaff and Firecrest (next to main car-park) (Barry Jones) 3 Shelduck, Goldeneye, Water Rail, 2 Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, 8 Grey Heron nests occupied (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Stonechat, 4 singing Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 10 Meadow Pipit, Water Rail, Little Owl, 2 Stock Dove (@WansteadBirding)
  • Waterworks NR: pitch'n'putt - Treecreeper, 2 Stonechat, 5 Meadow Pipit, 3 Reed Bunting [Bold? double check?- It was Reed, sorry, my mistake in writing it out], Coal Tit, Little Owl on Hackney Marshes side of river (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: 3 Shelduck, 6 Teal, Common Snipe, Shoveler, 2 Coal Tit (Chris Farthing)

Thursday 9th January 2020

  • Alexandra Park: Firecrest again Conservation Area, 4m Shoveler (Bob Watts)
  • Brookmill Park: 3 Redwing, Blackcap m (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: 1 Little Egret 08:45 (Neil Batten)
  • Ferny Hill Farm "private access": 9 Reed Bunting 8f/imm & m (Robert Callf)
  • Foots Cray Meadows : Little Egret, 2 Grey Wagtail, Common Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 4 Song Thrush singing, 8 Little Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose,Common Gull, 90 Black-headed Gull, 2 Jay, 6 Long-tailed Tit ( Bernie Weight)
  • Kensington Gardens: Tawny Owl vocal 06:50 (Des McKenzie).
  • Kenwood : Wood Pond 3 Siskin 2m f feeding in Alders ,Goldcrest, 3 Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush (David Martens).
  • Kings Cross, Camley Street Cettis Warbler, singing in scrub opposite Coroners Court, early a.m. (Paul White)
  • London Wetland Centre: 4 Goldcrest, 1 Goldeneye, several Cetti's warblers (Martin Honey) 1 Shelduck and 2 Pintail main lake, 1 Bittern reservoir lagoon, 8 Snipe and 2 Water Pipit grazing marsh, 1 Siskin wildside (LWC website)
  • Pymmes Park: ad Mediterranean Gull again on E side of Playing Field - 2.30pm, 8 Redwing, Nuthatch, Pr. Shoveler on Lake (Davey Leach)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Scaup (No. 4 Reservoir), Firecrest (next to main car-park) (James Palmer)
  • Wandle Park, Colliers Wood: 1 Little Egret (Keith Bates)

Wednesday 8th January 2020

  • Alexandra Park: 5m Shoveler, 3m 2f Pochard, 35 Common Gull, 350 Black-headed Gull, Kingfisher, 15 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest (APOG Birders)
  • Hackney Marshes from Friends Bridge to Homerton road: 43 Mallard, 56 Teal, 12 Gadwall, 16 Tufted Duck, 2 Canada Goose, 25 Coot, 24 Moorhen, 4 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Little Owl, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest (Marcin Kempa)
  • Kentish Town: m Blackcap feeding on kiwi fruit (growing semi-wild) in Gaisford Street (Pete Mantle)
  • Lee Valley, Holyfield: c200 Chaffinches with at least 2 Bramblings in the wild bird seed crop. (S.E. Herts RSPB 'Wednesday Walkers')
  • Lee Valley, Holyfield Lake: c10 Goosander, drake Pintail just above the weir (S.E. Herts RSPB 'Wednesday Walkers')
  • Pinner, Lloyd Court: 4 Pipistrelle Bats around the tree tops 15:45 onwards. Bat detector at hand. (Richard Francis)
  • Rainham Marshes: 135 Shoveler, 40 Pintail, 31 Pochard, Water Rail, 93 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 300 Dunlin, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (2cy), Caspian Gull (adult on Wennington), Caspian Gull/hybrid (2cy on the river), Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier (1 ad f 1 2cy), Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Barn Owl, 4 Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 31 Jackdaw, 67 Rook, Chiffchaff, Firecrest (woodland area), 10 Redwing, 21 Fieldfare, 8 Stonechat, 4 Water Pipit (river bank and Aveley Bay), 4 Rock Pipit (Niall T. Keogh, Sam Jones, João de Brito)
  • Regent's Park: m Shelduck, 3 Wigeon 2m f, Little Owl, m Tawny Owl h 0735, m Kestrel, 2f Blackcap, {2 bat sp} (Twitter)
  • Stave Hill: Yellow-browed Warbler at 10:40 Peter Hills Bridge, 15+ Redwing, 2 Coal Tit, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (John & Janet Cadera)
  • Sydenham Hill Woods: Buzzard, Kestrel, Firecrest on monthly count (Dave Clark)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 2 Firecrest next to main car-park, 3 Goosander, Common Sandpiper, 2 Stonechats, 5 Shoveler, 4 Goldeneye (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Woodford Green: Sign of the times, Pipistrelle Bat hawking insects above bedroom window 16.30-16.35pm. (Ken Murray)

Tuesday 7th January 2020

  • Alexandra Park: 4m Shoveler (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret behind dam, 1000+ Jackdaw at roost (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, Goldcrest (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness NR: 2 Barn Owl, 2 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard 1 being harassed by 8 Crows, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Pochard, 6 Cetti`s Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Pied Wagtail,( Bernie Weight). Crossness Thames low tide : 2 Little Egret, 2 Curlew, 48 Shelduck, 97 Shoveler, 10 Wigeon, c 70 Gadwall, Tufted Duck, 12 Cormorant, 12 Redshank, c 120 Dunlin, 16 Greylag Goose, 6 Canada Goose, 145 Lapwing, c500 Teal, Many Gulls. Not counted, out of time.(Bernie Weight)
  • Ewell, Hogsmill Open Space: 1 Little Egret on riverbank 08:40 (viewed from train) (Neil Batten)
  • Hall Marsh: 2 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret (Simon Papps)
  • Hyde Park: Little Owl in lime tree near Henry Moore sculpture, male Red-crested Pochard, 51 Egyptian Goose, 6 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 36 Pochard, 98 Tufted Duck, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Peregrine (Niall T. Keogh, João de Brito)
  • Kentish Town: Peregrine circling over the station at 07:50 (Reuben Braddock)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest on river bank behind old generator cage, 3 Goldcrest (Alastair Dent)
  • Mildmay, Islington: 5 Redwing (Jon Agar)
  • Pinner “HA5”: Kestrel (Nigel Barratt)
  • Pymmes Park: ad Mediterranean Gull back on E side of Playing Field - 1400, f Peregrine nearby on Tower Block, 4 Redwing, 2 Nuthatch pr, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Davey Leach)
  • Seventy Acres Lake: 2 Smew, Cetti's Warbler (Simon Papps)
  • Staines Reservoirs. Fem/imm. Long-tailed Duck on south basin and 7 ( all together) Black-necked Grebe on North basin this morning ( John Edwards)
  • Stave Hill: Yellow-browed Warbler vocal and showing very well in Salix and Holm Oak near Peter Hills Bridge 10:48-11:00 at least (Des McKenzie). Again at 11:30 and a Sparrowhawk flew through nearby at 11:38. (John Birkett)
  • Swanscombe Marsh “Black Duck Marsh 14.30-16.00 LT”: 2 Stonechat pr, 3 Marsh Harrier [at least] 2f1m. 3 Reed Bunting f, 2 Cettis Warbler h, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Mistle Thrush (Roger Keith)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Firecrest along the stream by the main entrance car park, 2 Goosander (1m 1f), 2 Goldeneye (1m 1f), 2 Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit (Niall T. Keogh)
  • Wanstead Flats: Water Rail still on Jubilee, f Pochard, 15 Tufted Duck, 14 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 64+ Egyptian Goose, Reed Bunting, 9 Linnet, Grey Wagtail, 8 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 11 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Little Owl (@WansteadBirding)
  • West Thurrock “foreshore 15.00 LT viewed from Greenhithe”: 22 Avocet, 1 Curlew, 8 Shelduck (Roger Keith)
  • Whitehall Gardens: Firecrest singing 07:50, 2 Goldcrest (N Senior)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: Water Rail, Shelduck, 8 Teal (6m 2f), 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Bunting (Niall T. Keogh, Chris Farthing, Tony Butler)

Monday 6th January 2020

  • Abney Park Cemetery: Firecrest at scare.frog.swear, same location as yesterday (Chris Farthing)
  • Alexandra Park: 2m 2f Shoveler, 3m 2f Pochard, Peregrine, 25+ Redwing, 47 Common Gull (APOG Birders)
  • Barbican, City of London - 1 Peregrine chased by crows down Aldersgate Street (Rhys Evans)
  • Boston Manor Park: 11 Mandarin Duck, Common Buzzard pursued low east over lake 08:33, 4 Collared Dove over, Linnet (Des McKenzie).
  • Bushy Park: 4 Stonechat (Spencer Neal)
  • Cassiobury Park: 2 Treecreeper, 2 Mandarin Duck (Charlie Farrell)
  • Clapham Common: adult Mediterranean Gull (Nick Rutter)
  • Copper mills, just passed railway line from marshes 50+Linnets on railway wire, Goldcrest very near path. 13:00 (S.Barry)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - 2 Blackcap m&f (Samuel Levy)
  • Honor Oak Park: "garden SE23"; m Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeder (Paul Francis)
  • Mudchute: 9 Monk Parakeet at Thermopylae Gate (Niall T. Keogh)
  • Pinner “HA5”: Red Kite,7 Goldfinch,2 Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet (Nigel Barratt)
  • Staines Moor: Water Pipit between 2 bridges (Peter Carlill)
  • Stave Hill Ecological Park: Yellow-browed Warbler vocal and showing well by Peter Hills Bridge TQ3617980087 from 10:40 to 10:50. 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 10 Redwing, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker also present (Niall T. Keogh)
  • Sydenham Hill Wood: Firecrest (Steven Robinson)
  • Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits: Atlantic Canary at Willows Farm car park still chirping, and posing for photos today. 2+ Rook behind 'pumpkin field' with Jackdaws. 2 Water Rail calling. 6 Tree Sparrows at feeders, otherwise quiet with high water level on all pits (no Goldeneye seen).(Jo Edwards)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose late morning to early afternoon only (David Bradshaw et al) Kingfisher perched up on low bush by stream next to main car park 13:45 (S.Barry) 2 Goosander, Green Sandpiper, Chiffchaff (Daniel Whitelegg) Firecrest in car park (Terry Rawlins)
  • Wanstead Flats: 3 Skylark, 2 Sparrowhawk, Meadow Pipit (@Wansteadbirders)
  • Wanstead Park: 8 Pochard, 3 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 2 Teal, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Golldcrest, Siskin, Grey Wagtail, 45+ Redwing, 6 Stock Dove (@Wansteadbirders)

Sunday 5th January 2020

  • Abney Park Cemetery: Firecrest just south of Isaac Watts monument (Tony Butler per Chris Farthing)
  • Dollis Brook: Argyle Road - Finchley Tennis Club: Kingfisher, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, Starling, 4 Redwing, 12 House Sparrow (My first in this area for at least 3 years), Grey Wagtail. (Samuel Levy)
  • Crayford: 1st-winter Caspian Gull at Viridor recycling centre mid a'noon (Rich, Rosie and Karen Bonser).
  • Erith: 1st-winter Caspian Gull at Erith Pier early a'noon; also 4 Yellow-legged Gulls (3rd-winter, 2 x 2nd-winter and 1st-winter) (Rich Bonser, Dante Shepherd).
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - 2 Blackcap (m&f), Green Woodpecker, 4 Coal Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit. (Samuel Levy)
  • Fulham Palace Meadows Allotments/Fulham Palace: ca 25 Redwing (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Hampstead Heath: 9 Mandarin Duck (5m 4f), 6 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 40 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Stock Dove, 255 Black-headed Gull, 1 Kingfisher (possibly 2), 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 10 Jackdaw, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 2 Redwing (Niall T. Keogh)
  • Leyton Flats: 2 Kestrel, Herring Gull, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Grey Lag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 105 Black-headed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Jay. (Matt Williams)
  • Moorhall rd Gp Harefield: 3 Common Buzzard, Red Kite, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorant, Song Thrush, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Chaffinch, Grey Heron (Nigel Barratt)
  • Oakwood Park: 3 Canada Goose, 4 Moorhen, Stock Dove, 5 Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, m Nuthatch, Treecreeper - my first here for a few years, 4 Jay, 14 Goldfinch (Robert Callf)
  • River Lee: pr Goosander, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Chiffchaff on channel by Costco. (Allan Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoir: female Long-tailed Duck, 10 Black-necked Grebe, 15 Goldeneye (Andrew Self)
  • Stave Hill: Yellow-browed Warbler still by Albion Bridge in Holm Oak (Rich Bonser, Conrad Ellam) and then by Peter Hills bridge, showing well 13.00 (Jon Agar); Firecrest at TQ36127976 13:35 (Alan Wilkinson) and 2+ Coal Tits.
  • Ten Acre Wood area: c14 Teal, m Pheasant, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 3 Common Snipe, 5 Skylark, flock 34 Meadow Pipit (Neil Anderson)
  • Thamesmead: adult-type Caspian Gull (or most likely hybrid) off Princess Alice Way late morning (Rich Bonser).
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 96 Canada Geese, 3 Teal, Reed Bunting, 15 Stock Dove, Collared Dove, 20 Black-headed Gull, 9 Common Gull, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, Little Owl, 8 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 10 Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch, 40 Starling, 160 Redwing, 40 Fieldfare, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Siskin, 2 Bullfinch. (Totteridge Valley Birders)
  • Wandsworth Common: Little Owl (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Watermeadows Open Space BR5: 5+ Little Grebe, 3+ Redwing, 2 calling Goldcrest, Egyptian Goose, Song Thrush (Jack Headley)
  • Waterworks NR: 14 Gadwall, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Water Rail, 2 Little Egret, Little Owl (pitch & putt), 3 Treecreeper (pitch & putt), Cetti's Warbler, 5 Goldcrest. (Graham Howie) [1]
  • Woolwich: 2nd-winter hybrid Caspian x Herring Gull (ringed X90A, yellow) King Henry's Wharf late morning (Rich Bonser).
  • Yeading Brook meadows: 3 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 46 Common Gull, 24 Redwing (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 4th January 2020

  • Alexandra Park: m Shoveler, Kingfisher, 5 Redwing (APOG Birders)
  • Brockley Cemetery: Fieldfare, Coal Tit, Wren, 15 Long-tailed Tit (Mike Edwards)
  • Hall Marsh: Cattle Egret, 2 Common Buzzard (Andrew Self); 2 Cattle Egret with Little Egret, Sparrowhawk [2 Muntjac] (Neil Anderson)
  • Fairlop Waters: 16 Golden Plover, 2 Snipe, Pochard, Shoveler, Gadwall, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Red-legged Partridge, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit (Alan Thomas/Neil Twyford)
  • Ferny Hill Farm "private access": 6 Reed Bunting 4f/imm & 2m (Robert Callf)
  • Footscray Meadows: 9 Little Grebe, Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Goose, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Water Rail, 3-4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Song Thrush (Mike Amos)
  • Greenwich O2: 1 Chiffchaff (Mike Paice)
  • Hilfield Park Reservoir: 1 Great Black-backed Gull in roost (Tony Blake)
  • Holyfield Farm: 2 Common Buzzard, pr Stonechat (Neil Anderson)
  • Holyfield Lake: 3 Red-crested Pochard [2 drake + female], female Goosander (Andrew Self); also 3 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret (Neil Anderson)
  • Horsenden Hill West: C90 Linnet, C80 Redwing (Martin Smith)
  • Kentish Town: m Blackcap at Gaisford Street this morning (Pete Mantle)
  • Margravine Cemetery: singing Mistle Thrush, ca 5 Redwing (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Rainham Marshes: Caspian Gull 1 ad Wennington,3 Short-eared Owl Averley Bay, 2 Ruff, 8 Common Snipe, 2 Curlew, 3 (Steve Bacon)
  • Ruxley GP's "permit only": 12 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 10+ Redwing, Fieldfare, 30+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pheasant, 3+ Goldcrest, 2 ad Lesser-Black-backed Gull, 20+ Gadwall, 3 Pochard, Cetti's Warbler, Water Rail h, Little Egret (Jack Headley)
  • Seventy Acres Lake: 2 Smew [drake & red-head], 2 Raven (Andrew Self); 2 Red Kite, Water Rail from hide, 2 Treecreeper in mixed tit flock [10+ Fallow Deer in field south Fishers Green Lane] (Neil Anderson}
  • Stave Hill: Yellow-browed Warbler at 12:00 and 12:45 by Peter Hills bridge (Steven Robinson); Firecrest in Holm Oak, near southern end of park (Conrad Ellam)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 2 Goosander, Shelduck, 23 Gadwall, c20 Teal, 5 Goldeneye, Common Sandpiper, 67 Common Gull, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, 2 Water Rail, 2 Pheasant (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wanstead Flats: pr Stonechat, m Pochard, 7 Gadwall (@Wansteadbirding)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Woodcock (@Wansteadbirding)

Friday 3rd January 2020

  • Alexandra Park: Firecrest still but highly elusive, 2 Redwing, Shoveler, Peregrine, Pochard (APOG Birders)
  • Borehamwood: 2 Red Kite (Charlie Farrell)
  • Brookmill Park: 1 m Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Redwing (Mike Paice)
  • Lammas Park "2:15pm": 25+ Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Great Tit
  • Rainham Marshes: Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, 7 Avocet, Water Rail, adult & 1st-winter Caspian Gull, adult & 1st-winter Yellow-legged Gull, Water Pipit, Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 20+ Rook (Andrew Self) 5 Marsh Harrier, 3 Water Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, juv White-fronted Goose (Wennington,) 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, 2 Golden Plover, Kingfisher, 105 Redshank, 3 Stonechat. (Arjun Dutta, Sam Levy et al.)
  • Ravenor Park, Greenford: local Red Kite slowly wheeling over, 17 Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush (Neil Anderson)
  • Richmond Park: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Little Owl, 6 Redwing, numerous Nuthatch & Treecreepers (FRPBG, P Davies, P Redmond)
  • Stave Hill: Yellow-browed Warbler still at 1030, by Albion bridge - elusive (Alastair Dent); briefly at 12:00 at Peter Hills Bridge (Richard Page-Jones). Also Kingfisher, c50 Redwing, Chiffchaff (Des McKenzie).
  • Swanscombe Marsh “ 11.00-13.45 Black Duck Marsh to Broadness: 2 Marsh Harrier mf, 3 Cettis Warbler h, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Reed Bunting m, 6 Coot, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Pochard, 1 Tufted Duck m, 1 Grey Heron [at nest], 2 Stonechat pr, 19 Jackdaw, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon [ on south cross river pylon], 1 Rock Pipit [foreshore], 19 Teal [river r], 32 Gadwall r, 12 Mallard r, 1 Common Sandpiper [foreshore], 4 Cormorant r (Roger Keith)
  • Walpole Park "1:45-2pm": 2 Nuthatch calling, 1 Goldcrest, 11+ Long-tailed Tit, 40+ Redwing feeding, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit (Terry Jones)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Firecrest, 3 Goosander, 6 Goldeneye, Common Sandpiper (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wanstead Flats: 1000+ Common Gull, 300+ Black-headed Gull, 8 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 13 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, Water Rail, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Little Owl (@Wansteadbirders)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Bullfich (2f), 2 Nuthatch, 7 Pochard (4m), 5 Teal (all male), 3 Goldcrest, 3 singing Stock Dove (@Wansteadbirders)
  • West Thurrock “11.30 foreshore all viewed from Swanscombe”: 16 Avocet, 6 Curlew, 23 Shelduck (Roger Keith)

Thursday 2nd January 2020

  • Alexandra Park: Treecreeper, 4 Redwing, m Shoveler, 3m & f Pochard, 63 Common Gull (APOG Birders)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Stonechat (Spencer Neal)
  • Canada Water: Peregrine over station (Samuel Levy)
  • Dagenham Chase: 2 Common Snipe,2 Little Egret,3 Bullfinch,Redwing,Mistle Thrush(Steve Bacon)
  • Edmonton "Church St RG": 21 Common Gull incl three first-winter - incomplete count (Robert Callf)
  • Finchley: garden N3 - 2 Blackcap m&f (Samuel Levy)
  • Foots Cray Meadows brief visit : Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, Little Egret, 2 Egyption Goose, 8 Tufted Duck, 9 Little Grebe, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Jay, Chaffinch, Lesser Black-backed Gull, c90 Black-headed Gull, ( Bernie Weight)
  • Hampstead Heath: Kingfisher again at Sanctuary pond, 10 Common Gulls around the Highgate ponds but very few ducks here at present (Pete Mantle)
  • Heathrow: 2m Smew (Adam Cheeseman)
  • Kensington Gardens: Red-crested Pochard, pair of Great Crested Grebe copulating, singing Cetti's Warbler (Des McKenzie).
  • Lamorbey Park 'Sidcup' : 2 Little Grebe, 8 Tufted Duck , Peregrine , Song Thrush , 2 Jackdaw (Mike Amos).
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Bittern,f Goldeneye, pr Pintail, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Water Pipit, singing Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Firecrest feeding in evergreen oak by the river, Cetti's Warbler singing nearby (Alastair Dent)
  • Nonsuch Park: 4 Teal, Kestrel and 20+ Redwings (Isaiah V. Rowe)
  • Northumberland Heath Brook Street: 20+ Redwings around School field (Harry Halstead)
  • Rainham RSPB: 2 Caspian Gull (ad & 1w) Wennington Marsh (Sean Huggins)
  • Snaresbrook, Eagle Pond: ad Caspian Gull still, 8 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 51 Tufted Duck. (Samuel Levy)
  • South Norwood CP: Treecreeper (Steven Robinson)
  • Stave Hill: Yellow-browed Warbler still present 11am, also Coal Tits, Goldcrests, drumming GS Woodpeckers (Quentin Given) Also 16 Redwing, Yellow-browed Warbler still present till 12:15 ranging quite some distance from the bridge. (Samuel Levy)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 2 Firecrest nr car park, 8 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 2 Green Sandpipers. (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wandle Park, Colliers Wood: 1 Little Egret (Keith Bates)
  • Wandsworth Common: 2 Little Owl 16:30-17:00 at least (Nick Rutter)

Wednesday 1st January 2020

  • Alexandra Park: Eurasian Teal m [first since 2018], m Shoveler, 57 Common Gull, Peregrine (APOG Birders)
  • Black Jack's Mill, Harefield: f/imm Goosander on the River Colne (John Edwards)
  • Broadwater Lake: m Red-crested Pochard. The gull roost held hardly any large gulls but many thousands of Black headeds. A Raven over west near dusk (John Edwards)
  • Bushy Park: Kingfisher, 3 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 3 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Kestrel, 3 Nuthatch, 7 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit, 3 Mistle Thrush, 5 Song Thrush (Spencer Neal)
  • Fairlop Waters: 1 Firecrest , 2 Bullfinch, 7 Golden Plover,1 Woodcock, 2 Common Snipe, 2 Mistle Thrush,1 Chiffchaff, 2 Teal, 2 Little Owl, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Redwing,3 Fieldfare (Steve Bacon/Neil Tyford/Alan Thomas)
  • Gunpowder Park: 2 Goosander, Water Rail, Peregrine, 2 Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch, 2 Reed Bunting (Simon Papps)
  • Hall Marsh: 2 Cattle Egret, 3 Little Egret, Water Rail (Simon Papps), Also 2 Snipe & Kingfisher at 1pm (Davey Leach)
  • Hilton Metropole W2: Peregrine Falcon on ledge to 10:15 at least (Des McKenzie).
  • Kensington Gardens: 44 species including 3 Wigeon (Round Pond), 13 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, Green Woodpecker, 2 Treecreeper (Des McKenzie).
  • KGV Reservoir: (S. Basin - 11am - 12pm) M. Scaup, 13 Goldeneye (6M, 7 Fem), 2 Meadow Pipit, Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, 2 Pairs Wigeon. (Davey Leach)
  • Lea Valley, Holyfield Lake: 1 White-fronted Goose on Flooded field S of Grand Weir Hide (Davey Leach)
  • London Wetland Centre: 2 Bittern, 3 Pintail, 4 Common Snipe, Chiffchaff, Goldeneye (WWT website)
  • Morden Hall Park: 19 Meadow Pipit into roost. Also 4 Cetti's Warblers, 3+ Water Rail and Snipe at dusk. (Arjun Dutta)
  • New River Walk, N1 : pr Blackcap, 10 Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, 6 Goldfinch, 6 Redwing, 8 Blackbird, 12 Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 Dunnock, 3 Wren, 4 Robin, 2 Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon on nest (Allan Stewart)
  • Oakwood Park: 2 Northern Shoveler pr, Stock Dove, 14 Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush incl singing m, Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush pr, 3 Nuthatch 2m f, 3 Greenfinch (Robert Callf)
  • Pinner, Lloyd Court: Tawny Owl m & f duet calling behind house 01:20. First birds heard this year (Richard Francis)
  • Rainham RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, 11 Avocet, 2 Ruff, 2 Snipe, 2 Barn Owl, 2 Water Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 22 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff (Andrew Self, John & Janet Cadera) Little Egret, 57 Redshank, 40 Shelduck, 8 Redwing, 6 Curlew, 87 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Rock Pipit, 4 Marsh Harrier, 518 Wigeon, 172 Shoveler, 16 Cetti's Warbler, 22 Pintail, 28 Gadwall, 84 Common Snipe, 397 Teal, 18 Tufted Duck, 3 Water Rail, Sparrowhawk, Barn Owl, 3 Water Pipit, 33 Pochard, 4 Stonechat, 2 Ruff, 7 Fieldfare, 11 Avocet, Great Crested Grebe, f Blackcap, 1438 Dunlin, common Buzzard, Kestrel, [Bar-headed Goose] (Samuel Levy)
  • Richmond Park: Flock of Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker - all in one tree, S of Pen Ponds (Tim Vine)
  • Seventy Acres Lake: f/imm Smew, Water Rail, Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler (Simon Papps)
  • Staines Railway Station: 1 male White Wagtail (John E. Warren)
  • Staines Reservoir: 4-6 Black-necked grebes, 1 Goosander, 10+ Goldeneye (John E. Warren)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 17 Teal, 2m Pheasant, 2 Common Buzzard, m Sparrowhawk, 5 Common Snipe, 3 Skylark, c18 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 13 Redwing, 2 perched Rook (Neil Anderson)
  • Troy Mill Lake, West Hyde. 4 Chiffchaff and a Male Goosander ( John Edwards). Wildfowl numbers in the Colne Valley at their lowest for many years due to the mild weather with very little of anything. ( John Edwards)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 1m 1f Bearded Tit in No1 Reedbed although only female showing well, 5 Reed Bunting, 2 Water Rail, Goosander, Common Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing N, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Stonechat, 2 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher. (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wandle Meadow Nature Park "Colliers Wood": 22 Redwing, 2 Coot unusual here (Keith Bates)
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Skylark, 25 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 8 Song thrush (5 singing), 3 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 9 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, Kestrel, f Pochard, 15 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, Water Rail (still on jubilee), Little Owl (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 3 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch, Coal Tit, 5 Stock Dove, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe Teal, 4 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, 6 Redwing, Nuthatch, 3 Goldcrest (Wanstead Birders)
  • Victoria Park: Nuthatch (only my 2nd record at this site) 2 Goldcrest, 10 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush incl one singing m (Harry Harrison)
  • Wraysbury GPs: 1 Goosander, 2 Egyptian geese, 20+ Goldeneye (John E. Warren)
  • Yeading Brook meadows: Red Kite, Kestrel, 69 Common Gull, 32 Redwing (Neil Anderson)


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