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Wednesday 3rd June 2020

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite, 3 Little Egret fishing Wood Green Res 0730 with 4th bird 1229, Peregrine with Starling prey (APOG Birders)
  • Bushy Park: Red Kite 0930, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, Nuthatch, 3 Swift (Spencer Neal)
  • East Dulwich: Red Kite over garden (Steven Robinson)
  • Hollies, Sidcup: 3 Red Kite 1040 one, then two more towards Eltham, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Stock Dove, 8 Swift, Song Thrush. (Eric Brown)
  • Isle of Dogs: Red Kite low NW over garden 0955 (Sean Huggins)
  • Mudchute Farm: Reed Warbler singing (Sean Huggins)
  • Pinner HA5: 6 Swift ( Nigel Barratt)
  • Raynes Park "Garden SW20": Greenfinch (Paula Redmond)
  • Rainham Thames: 10 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Sanderling on mud east of mouth River Darent, 30 Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Avocet Aveley Bay (Steve Bacon)
  • Sidcup DA14 Garden 14.15 : Peregrine, Swift, (Bernie Weight)
  • Sidcup DA15: 6 Red Kite 3W 1026 1SW 1115 2W 1412 (Ian Stewart)
  • Teddington: Common Tern by Stevens Ait, Kingfisher ditto (Mike Foster)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Cuckoo singing 9.00 until at least 9.30 in area between Darlands Lake and Finchley Nurseries garden centre (Tom Stewart) Cuckoo still between 11.00 and 13.00 but very mobile, also 4 Mandarin Duck, 40+ Swift, 2 Lapwing, 2 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 5 Red Kite, Hobby, 6 Rook, 15 Swallow, 11 House Martin, Willow Warbler, 19 Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Common Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Nuthatch, 4 Starling, 5 Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail, 5 Bullfinch, 6 Linnet (inc pair with 2 recently fledged young). (Samuel Levy & Bob Husband)
  • Twickenham: Red Kite flying quite low north west over Stanley rd/Hampton rd at 1515 (Mike Foster)
  • Wanstead Flats: 4-6 Red Kite (judging by the numbers above–probably at the higher end!), 3 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 2 Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, 47 Black-headed Gull through (1 flock of 36 east), Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 3m Skylark, 2m Meadow Pipit, 3 Swallow, 2 House Martin north, 2 Sand Martin, 40+ Swift (Wanstead Birders)

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

  • Alexandra Park: Little Grebe Wood Green Res, House Martin, 20+ Swift, Peregrine (APOG Birders)
  • Barnes Cray: Cuckoo still singing, Blackcap, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2+ Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting {Banded Demoiselle, Azure Damselfly, several Blue-tailed Damselfly, Hairy Dragonfly} (Ian Stewart)
  • Battersea Bridge: 200 Starling- 2 hour period trickle of birds going into long established roost (Michael Mac)
  • Berrylands garden: Kestrel, c.300 Ring-necked Parakeet NW, 56 Stock Dove NW, 8 Swift {pipistrelle sp. hunting low over garden at dusk, no Bat Detector but vocal Robin in adjacent garden} (Nick Tanner)
  • Bromley (Shortlands): 14 Red Kites (all singles apart from one group of 4) all moving north-west between 5pm and 7pm - presumably part of the movement through Kent earlier in the day (Martin Birch)
  • Bushy Park: Cetti's Warbler, Chaffinch, 4 Chiffchaff, Dunnock, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Reed Bunting, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 17+ Swift, 2 Whitethroat (Ian R Watson)
  • Chelsea: Red Kite (high up looked very black apart from white patches) briefly mobbed by Peregrine, 3 Swifts (Michael Mac)
  • Dartford Marshes: 2+ Gadwall, 3 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Ringed Plover, 12+ Lapwing, summer plumaged Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 10+ Redshank, 2+ Common Tern 1 flying down Darent towards Thames with food, 2-3 Cuckoo, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15+ Skylark, 3+ Meadow Pipit, 4+ Blackcap, 15+ Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 10+ Cetti’s Warbler, 15+ Reed Warbler, 6+ Chiffchaff, 5+ Reed Bunting {Blue-tailed Damselflies, Emperor, Black-tailed Skimmer} (Ian Stewart)
  • Finchley "Garden N3": 2 Red Kite, 5 Common Buzzard, 8 Swift, Collared Dove. (Samuel Levy)
  • Finchley Golf Club: Red Kite, Kestrel (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenford UB6 "Garden": 2 fledged juv Goldfinch begging food (Martin Smith)
  • Hampstead Heath: Parliament Hill, 3 Crossbills NW at 0930, 2 Red Kites over (Pete Mantle)
  • Limetrees Park golf course, Northolt: 5 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, 4 Stock Dove 2pr, Reed Warbler, m Reed Bunting {2 Marbled White, 5 Large Skipper, 3 Brown Argus, Small Heath, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, 2 Cinnabar, 2 Mother Shipton, 12 Black-tailed Skimmer, 17 Four-spotted Chaser, 11 Emperor Dragonfly} (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Longfield: 4 Nuthatch [3juvs with ad], 1 Red Kite over W, 4 Buzzard over (Roger Keith)
  • Mayflower Park: Peregrine heard, 30 + House Sparrows (Bob Smith)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 4 Red Kite, 2 Reed Bunting pr {Clouded Yellow at Marnham Field-my first in London for c4 years} (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Red Kite, Cuckoo singing 0930-1030, 3 Swift, 13 Sand Martin, 2 Song Thrush, Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 21 House sparrow, 14 Greenfinch (Gatekeepers, Small Tortoiseshell) (Harry Harrison)
  • Shoreham: 2 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 2 Yellowhammer (singing), 1 Tawny Owl along Filston Lane (Richard Bonser)
  • Tottenham Marches: Peregrine Falcon on pylon 1300 (ADH)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Cuckoo singing continuously 0730 to at least 0845 but very mobile, Mandarin fem+2 ducklings, Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap, 13 Whitethroat, Little Egret, 3 Swift, Rooks around nesting site (John Colmans) m Cuckoo still at 17:00 at Totteridge Green, Red Kite {Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blue, Red Admiral} (Samuel Levy) Long Pond: 10 Swift, Collared Dove, Blackcap {Azure, Blue-tailed & Red-eyed Damselfly, 2 Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer} (Samuel Levy) Belmont Farm: 3 Blackcap, 11 Rook, 50 Swift, Common Buzzard, 2 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff {Speckled Wood, 15+ Meadow Brown, Large Skipper} (Samuel Levy) Oakfields: Hobby, Common Buzzard (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: m Cuckoo singing Triangular Wd (Helen Shore per RM Callf)
  • Wanstead Flats: 5 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, Sparrowhawk, 30+ Swift, 6 House Martin, Sand Martin, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Water Rail [first June record], 2 Little Egret, 2 Reed Warbler, 40+ Swift, 8 House Martin, Swallow, Sparrowhawk (Wanstead Birders)
  • West Putney SW15, Garden: 6 Red Kite all S, 7 Buzzard including pair displaying, m and f Kestrel. (R.Kaye)

Monday 1st June 2020

  • Barnes Cray: Cuckoo singing near Thames Road Wetland, Blackcap, 2+ Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting {3 Banded Demoiselle, 20+ Blue-tailed Damselfly, Broad-bodied Chaser} (Ian Stewart)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Stock Dove, 2 Swift, 3 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Red Kite at 1000 hampton hill newgate, 3 Common Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, 3 Barn Swallow, 4 Skylark - Can anyone coming to see or take photos of the Skylarks please do so from recognised paths as they are ground-nesting birds and you could well be stepping on their eggs or fatally scaring them off their eggs by leaving the paths in the Skylark Area. Thanks, SpN (Spencer Neal)
  • Dartford Marshes: Egyptian Goose, 3+ Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 2 Oystercatcher, 9 Ringed Plover, 16 Lapwing, 5 Redshank, 2-3 Cuckoo, Barn Owl, Swift, 10+ Skylark, Swallow, 4+ Meadow Pipit inc juv, 4+ Blackcap inc juv, 15+ Whitethroat 5+ juv, Sedge Warbler, 15+ Cetti’s Warbler, 10+ Reed Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 4+ Reed Bunting {Azure Damselflies, 50+ Blue-tailed Damselfly, Emperor} (Ian Stewart)
  • Epping Forest: Cuckoo (H), Kestrel, c20 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler. Insane numbers of squirrels, the place is literally overrun... (ADH)
  • Ewell: BEE-EATER heard calling several times as it drifted eastwards over farmland between Priest Hill and Howell Hill at 1445 (Steve Gale)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Common Buzzard, Red Kite, 8 Swift, f House Sparrow {Meadow Brown, Green Viened White} (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenford "UB6": daily 2+ Red Kite, circling Kestrel [unsual over garden], 6+ Swift (Neil Anderson)
  • Greenwich, Vanbrugh Park area SE3: Osprey north at 1400 (Joe Beale).
  • Millfields Park; 2 Hobby over at 0900 (J-P Elmes)
  • Perivale Park: singing Lesser Whitethroat, Moorhen with at least one young on nest Coston's Brook.(Martin Smith); Red Kite mobbed by Crow Argylle Rd side of park, 13 Swift (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Sidcup DA15: Tawny Owl hooting 2356 (Ian Stewart)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: Kestrel, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Neil Batten)
  • Thames Barrier: m Tufted Duck [foy] flew downriver 1840; ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1cy Great Black-backed Gull, Swallow, 11 Common Tern (Ian Ellis)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: f Mandarin Duck + 5 ducklings, 3 Collared Dove, m Cuckoo (Hawfinch Hill), 10 Swift, Grey Heron, 3 Common Buzzard, 15 Rook, Swallow, 2 House Martin, Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Common Whitethroat, Greenfinch. {15+ Meadow Brown, 15+ Large Skipper, 15+ Speckled Wood, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Holly Blue, Comma, 4 Spot Chaser (Hawfinch Hill), 3m Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Broad-bodied Chaser, Azure & Blue-tailed damselfly, also a large Grass Snake} (Samuel Levy)
  • Uxbridge Golf course: Cuckoo (Dan Pinkham)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Osprey over at 1730 then N, 1 possibly 2 Spoonbill flew onto No1 at 1600, 30 Black-headed Gull, 27 Gadwall, 3m 1f Teal, 2pr Shelduck with broods of 5 and 9, 3 Pochard broods of 1, 3 and 6, Lesser Whitethroat, Swallow, Song Thrush singing  (Rhys Evans, Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wanstead Flats: Red Kite, Buzzard, Hobby, 6 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, lots of fledged Whitethroat, 50+ Swift, 6 House Martin (Nick Croft)
  • Worcester Park: Hobby flew north (Bob Smith)

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