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Bird of the Month: Iberian ChiffchaffEdit

June 3rd 1972 is an historic date for the Brent Reservoir bird list as it was the day that two regulars (John Wood and Leo Batten) found a most unusual warbler. It turned out to be the first ever record of Iberian Chiffchaff, not just at Brent or even in London, but in the UK.

While there have subsequently been many more records of this species in the UK, and indeed, it has actually bred once, there haven't been any in London. We've had several possible birds that appear to have just been Common Chiffchaffs singing aberrantly but with the increasing number of records seen each year, it was only a matter of time before another put in an appearance.

However, Sod's Law meant the next one turned up during the Covid-19 lockdown and apart from those few people who lived close enough to walk or cycle there and back within an hour it was strictly off-limits. It was solely for this reason that news of this bird at Ponders End Lake which was found on May 2nd was not released to the wider birding community, and indeed, the birding news services had a policy of not putting out news of rarities.

All this changed during May with the first phase of easing the lockdown restrictions. With people now able to travel further in England (although technically only to 'exercise') it meant that it was legally possible to travel to Ponders End from further afield as long as social-distancing was observed. So, despite the lack of news, the first few people arrived at Ponders End at the crack of dawn and were relieved to discover the Iberian Chiffchaff was still present, and just as importantly, actually was a real one this time - recordings of the song have verified its identity.

It was still considered prudent not to fully publicise the news of this bird as that would most likely have led to a large scale twitch that may have made social distancing a problem. It was not seen after May 30th. Hopefully, there won't be a wait of 48 years before the next one.

The lockdown HobbyEdit

With the gradual easing of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions during May, London birders were able to venture further from home and revisit some of their favourite birding sites. This comparative freedom may explain a big reduction in garden sightings and nocturnal migration reports compared with April.

But one notable phenomenon this month was an unusual number of sightings of Hobby hunting over the streets and rooftops of residential areas within London. These low-flying suburban raptors included one bird that may well have spent a whole day hunting around the streets of Lewisham. In other areas, reports of Hobby on consecutive days may also have meant a single bird hanging around for a while rather than different birds passing through daily. A quick look at our wiki archives suggests that in previous springs Hobby have generally been recorded over London only as they overfly the metropolis on the way to their usual, and more rural, summer haunts. In May last year there was just one report of a low-flying Hobby in a suburban street.

So is this year’s increase in urban sightings a consequence of lockdown? Has the comparative quietness of London’s streets this spring made them more attractive to a migrant raptor? Or is it just that birders stuck at home have been more likely to notice an annual occurrence not hitherto acknowledged? I don’t know the answer; I just ask the question.

Other raptors Edit

On the 20th a White-tailed Eagle was spotted over the Glebelands allotments in North Finchley. On investigation, the observer learnt that it was not one of the tagged eagles released on the Isle of Wight last year by the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation, and so it must have been one of the handful of continental birds that have roamed southern England this spring. (According to Rare Bird Alert, there was also a London sighting at Ilford four days later.)

Another wanderer from the continent was Black Kite. A bird seen over Stoneleigh on the 3rd ticked the right boxes, with wings that showed the six long, splayed primary “fingers” of a Black Kite rather than the five of a Red Kite. But other reports were less clear-cut: a couple of sightings were reported only as “probable” Black Kite, and two others were re-identified from photographic evidence as Red Kite.

Among other notable raptors this month were Osprey seen over Walthamstow, Ponders End and West Drayton and Honey-buzzard over Woodford Green and Bexleyheath.

Everything else Edit

  • The only noteworthy noc-mig report in May was a small flock of Common Scoter heading east over a Berrylands (Surbiton) garden on the evening of the 23rd.
  • On 7th May a pair of Egyptian Goose with a brood of 18 goslings was spotted on the Thames at Tagg’s Island, near Bushy Park. There is no evidence that the brood had been enlarged by fostering, and apparently the species has been known to lay clutches of up to 22 eggs.
  • The only record of Cattle Egret this month was one over Harefield on the 24th. And the only Great Egret was one that briefly visited Richmond Park on the 28th.
  • A Spoonbill was at the RSPB's locked-down Rainham Marshes on the 14th (seen distantly from the river wall). Sightings of either one or two birds were made at Walthamstow Wetlands on four dates later in the month.
  • Larid sightings early in the month included Little Gull (one downriver at Crayford Marshes on the 3rd), Kittiwake (three over the Thames Barrier on the 4th) and Sandwich Tern (one at Walthamstow Wetlands on the 7th).
  • A Turtle Dove over Chingford on the 9th was the first reported in London since 8th Feb, when Ilford's unusual wintering bird was last seen.[I think Dominic Mitchell reported/tweeted one over his Wood Green garden the day before - A.Middleton]
  • On 20th May, the National Trust announced that a Cuckoo heard at its Osterley Park site was the first for 20 years. But our 90 or so reports so far this spring suggest that Cuckoo have been passing through the London area in numbers, with some apparently stopping off to do their dirty deeds in some sites on the capital's fringes.
  • On the 26th, a Nightjar’s wing — presumably left over from a Peregrine’s supper — was found in the City of London.
  • A Bee-eater heard flying northwest over Ewell on the 18th was one of a number recorded across southern and eastern England in the middle of the month.
  • On the 27th a Golden Oriole was briefly heard singing and calling near Grimston’s Oak in Epping Forest.
  • London’s first Spotted Flycatcher of 2020 was seen on the 5th at Picketts Lock.
  • London’s first Crossbill this year was reported flying north over Hampstead Heath on the 13th.

(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.)


Sunday 31st May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Buzzard, 1s Black-headed Gull, Peregrine, 2 Little Egret (APOG Birders)
  • Aimes Green: Skylark singing (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Brent Reservoir: resident Common Buzzard, 2 Northern Shoveler pr (Andrew Self)
  • Bushy Park: Shoveler pair, 2 Common Whitethroat including one at brew house, 17 Blackcap, 16 Chiffchaff, 3 Swift, 5 Reed Bunting, 3 Grey Wagtail, Treecreeper, Mute Swan brood of 6 Leg of Mutton Pond, 4 Skylark (Spencer Neal)
  • Chiswick W4: 40 Swift feeding in large group along Thames 2035-2050 (Cara Atkinson)
  • Danson Park: 20+ Egyptian Goose 6+ new juvs, 10+ Tufted Duck, 4+ Great Crested Grebe, Black-headed Gull 1st summer, c10 Swift, 2+ Blackcap, Reed Warbler singing, Chiffchaff {3+ Azure Damselfly, 100+ Common Blue Damselfly, 200+ Blue-tailed Damselfly, 10+ Red-eyed Damselfly, Emperor, m Black-tailed Skimmer all damselfly counts on the conservative side, there could have been several hundred of each species} (Ian Stewart)
  • Gallions Reach: 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Shelduck, 12 Common Tern, 4 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 4 Egyptian Goose (JW Davies)
  • Harefield Moorhall Road GPs: Great Crested Grebe, 2 Red Kite, 7 Swift, Swallow, Green Woodpecker, Common Tern (Nigel Barratt)
  • Harolds Park Riding Centre (Bumbles Green): 5 prs Swallow, Ring Necked Parakeet (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Ickenham Marsh: Hobby, Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, Little Egret, 4 Swift (Nigel Dodd, Andrew Peel, Toni Menezes)
  • Lamorbey Park: 5 Egyptian Goose 4 juv, Peregrine, 3+ Swift, 2 Kingfisher, 4+ Blackcap inc juv calling, 3 Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, {4+ Banded Demoiselle all female, 2 Large Red Damselfly, c10 Red-eyed Damselfly, 10+ Azure Damselfly, 2+ Common Blue Damselfly, 20+ Blue-tailed Damselfly, Emperor Dragonfly, prob Broad-bodied Chaser} (Ian Stewart)
  • Penhill Park DA15: Whitethroat singing in allotments (Ian Stewart
  • Sidcup DA15: Hobby NE 15.34, Swallow S (Ian Stewart)
  • Southall: Grand Union Canal, 2 Egyptian Goose, Cormorant, Red Kite (Barry Wilson)
  • Swanscombe Marsh “08.30-10.00 warm sunny East wind”: 4 Cuckoo (1 f calling), 1 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Reed Warbler h, 3 Blackcap 2h, 2 Canada Goose, 3 Greylag Goose (over East), 12 Whitethroat, 3 Song Thrush (Roger Keith)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 3 Pheasant heard, 2 Grey Heron, 2+ Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Lapwing, Little Owl, 8  Stock Dove, 10+ Swift, 8 Skylark, 2 Swallow, singing Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 2 Rook 1ad,1 juv, 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Linnet, {7 Meadow Brown, 8 Small Heath,  2 Large Skipper, 2 Common Blue, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, Yellow Shell, 2 Emperor, Southern Hawker, 10+ 4-spotted Chaser, m Broad-bodied Chaser, m Banded Demoiselle, 3 newly emerged Common Darter} (Neil Anderson)
  • Thames Barrier: 11 Common Tern, Red Kite, m Sparrowhawk, 3 Swift, 9 Shelduck, Oystercatcher (Ian Ellis)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 2f Mandarin Duck + 8 ducklings (2 broods), Collared Dove, Swift, Coot, 3 Lapwing, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, Little Owl, 15 Rook, 6 Swallow, 12 House Martin, Willow Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 19 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 17 Common Whitethroat, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, 6 House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch, 3 Linnet, {4 Large Skipper, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 50+ Meadow Brown, 2 Gatekeeper} (Samuel Levy); also male Firecrest (Tony Clancy)
  • Totteridge Fields: m Cuckoo same as Denham Farm individual (probably the same bird I saw over Whitings Hill yesterday Samuel, David ); 10 Swift, Grey Heron, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Peregrine, 3 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 7 Common Whitethroat, {10+ Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Common Blue, Emperor Dragonfly} (Samuel Levy)
  • Upper Dollis Valley: Denham Farm - m Cuckoo at the bottom of Horseshoe Lane before flying towards Totteridge Fields, 9 Swift, 2 Cormorant, 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 8 Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff, 5 Common Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 3 Mistle Thrush, {3 Chimney Sweep, 2 Common Blue, 15+ Meadow Brown, 10+ Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper} (Samuel Levy)
  • Waltham Abbey: Buzzard (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: imm Spoonbill circled over E Warwick @1045 then headed off high SW (Pete Lambert per Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: Hobby, 2 Skylark, 20+ Swift, 6 House Martin, sub-ad Black-headed Gull (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: 5-7 Kingfisher (first brood fledged), Little Egret, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe on nest, 3 Black-headed Gull north, 6 House Martin, 40+ Swift, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, 3 singing Reed Warbler (1 possibly carrying food back to a nest) (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 2 Swift, 5 singing Whitethroat, c30 House Sparrows scattered over meadow, also nests on Old Oak Lane, a few small signs warning of nesting Meadow Pipits in an area where couple with a tent and woman with labrador walking through long grass - so much for conservation? Why not put fences around nesting areas? (Michael Mac). Unfortunately, the conservation at The Scrubs has been left to rack-and-ruin. Further, there seems to be nobody willing to fight for the ecology on the site. (David Lindo)

Saturday 30th May 2020Edit

  • Angel Pond, Mill Hill: 4 Swift {7 Broad-bodied Chaser, 3 Emperor Dragonfly, Azure, Large Red & Blue-tailed Damselfly} (Samuel Levy)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Stock Dove, 4 Swift, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Brunswick Park N11: m Common Whitethroat singing, first I've seen and heard in the park, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Wagtail, adult and juvenile on the brook in the usual place by Osidge Lane (D Bates)
  • Bushy Park: Cetti's Warbler, 4 Common Whitethroat, 6 Mistle Thrush incl juv, 5 Skylark, Reed Bunting, Nuthatch, 9 Green Woodpecker, 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Swift, 2 Grey Wagtail incl juv (Spencer Neal)
  • Clapham Common: 1 Parrot species, 20.00; clearly not Rose-ringed Parakeet as stubby-tailed and chunky, seen in flight past paddling pool. Does anyone know what species this would have been? I have seen what is presumably the same species, recently in Brockwell Park - (Matthew J. Bradbury) Need a better description than that in order to help you with ID (LB). Thanks LB, I just thought there might be a particular resident species (other than R-r P) in SW London parks I wasn't aware of. I wasn't birding at the time and had no bins. It was green, that I know! Rosy-faced Lovebird? One seen with parakeets at Danson Park last year (Ian Stewart) There are Monk Parakeets at Mudchute Farm or maybe an escapee (Paul Francis)
  • Crossness: 2 Mediterranean Gull [adult & 2cy] at the outfall, 325 Black-headed Gull, 2cy Common Gull, 2cy Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Egyptian Goose, 4 Sand Martin (Richard Bonser)
  • Hampstead Heath: Hobby, Kestrel & 2 Common Buzzard in West Meadow late afternoon. Buzzards showing frequently and very well! {Also Painted Lady Butterfly} (Jamie Cedar)
  • Ingrebourne Valley/Hornchurch Country Park: Red-legged Partridge at Hacton Meadows, 1 singing Willow Warbler at Berwick Glades, 3 singing Cuckoo, pr Teal, 2 Jackdaw, 12 Lapwing, 2 Common Tern, 2 Buzzard, 15 Chiffchaff, 9 Cetti's Warbler, 25 Common Whitethroat, 17 Blackcap, 13 Reed Warbler {m Lesser Emperor by Pill Box at Hornchurch CP} (Niall T Keogh)
  • Lamorbey Park: 6 Egyptian Goose incl 3 juvs, 2 Swift, Jay (Mike Amos); still 4 juv Egyptian Geese pm, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff {Broad-bodied Chaser, 6 Red-eyed Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, 5+ Blue-tailed Damselfly} (Ian Stewart)
  • Purfleet: Turnstone, 8 Ringed Plover (Fraser Simpson)
  • Putney Heath: 2 Firecrest singing (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Thames Barrier: same 3 Mediterranean Gulls as yesterday (2 ad plus a 2cy) on river 1700 - 1830 (Ian Ellis)
  • Thamesmead: 4 Yellow-legged Gull [2 3cy, 2cy], 400 Herring Gull, 50 Lesser Black-backed Gull off Greenhaven Drive (Richard Bonser)
  • Totteridge Valley "Belmont Farm":4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 4 Rook, 4 Swallow, 4 Swift {3 Meadow Brown, Common Blue Damselfly, Speckled Wood} (Samuel Levy); "Totteridge Common": 4 Nuthatch {2 Speckled Wood, 2 Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell} (Samuel Levy); "Woodridge": Little Egret upstream along the Folly Brook (Samuel Levy)
  • Tulse Hill: 5 Swift (Matthew J Bradbury)
  • Upper College Farm "Bexley": 10 Swift, 18 Swallow, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Skylark, 7 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 8 Whitethroat, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Linnet, 15 Herring Gull, 13 Canada Goose, 4 Greylag Goose, Cormorant, m Pheasant (Bernie Weight)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: m Cuckoo singing and flew W across River Lea 0700 (Quentin Given); Oystercatcher all day on East Warwick; 2 broods of Shelduck - pair with 3 young on H Maynard, pr with 11 young on no3 res (Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: Cuckoo in south copse (Wanstead Womble)
  • Whitings Hill/Arkley South Fields: m Cuckoo singing flying south towards Totteridge fields circa 0830 (David Martens)

Friday 29th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Swallow NE 1307, 2 Peregrine (APOG Birders)
  • Brayside Farm "Enfield": 5ad Mistle Thrush, m Lesser Whitethroat singing (Robert Callf)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Greylag, 2 Egyptian Geese, 5 Pochard, 100+ Swift, 2 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Tern, Kestrel, 3 Reed Warbler, 16 House Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 12 Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Greenfinch (Samuel Levy)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 4 Grey Wagtail together incl juv, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Kestrel, 2 Treecreeper together, Reed Bunting (Spencer Neal) Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Great-Spotted Woodpecker, Greenfinch, 2 Green Woodpecker, Little Owl, 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Skylark, 9 Swift, Treecreeper , 3 Whitethroat (Ian R watson)
  • Chiswick W4: 6 House Martin, inc one seen entering one of four nests on house overlooking Thames (Cara Atkinson)
  • Clapham Old Town "Maritime House": Swift (Michael Mac)
  • Cranham Marsh: Red Kite, 8 Swift, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 10 House Sparrow (Harry Harrison)
  • Dagenham Chase: Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Tern, 3 Lapwing, 8 Swift, 5 Swallow, 3 House Martin, Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 7 Greenfinch, 4 Linnet (Harry Harrison)
  • Enfield EN2 "private site": m Cuckoo singing 1650 - 1705 - for third day (Robert Callf)
  • Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge, Thames: Canada Goose nesting in plant pot on deck of large boat hatched 4 young, after some reservations all four followed their mother in leaping from deck into the water 0740-0747, joining both parents (Spencer Neal)
  • Harefield, surrounding fields and back garden: Common Buzzard, at least 5 prs Common Whitethroat, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 1st juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker of the season, {Brown Argus, Meadow Brown, good numbers of Small Tortoiseshell} (Wendy Marks)
  • Hilly Fields Park "Enfield": Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker ad m & juv, Nuthatch (Robert Callf)
  • Limetrees Park Golf Course, Northolt: Little Grebe calling, 7 Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, c60 Herring Gull arriving for wash, 2 Stock Dove, 6 Swift, Swallow, singing Reed Warbler, {Downy Emerald, 15 Four-spot Chaser, Small Heath, Mother Shipton} (Neil Anderson)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 2 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, 6 Swift, Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson)
  • Pinner HA5: 4 Swift, 2 Coal Tit ( Nigel Barratt)
  • Rotherhithe: Hobby over Rope Street 1525, Common Buzzard S 1610 (Richard Bonser)
  • St Paul's Cray: Common Buzzard low NE over Homebase (Jack Headley)
  • Stoke Newington N16: Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, Hobby, Peregrine (Niall T Keogh, Chris Farthing, Garry James)
  • Swanscombe Marsh “06.30-09.15”: 2 Grasshopper Warbler 1h, 17 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Common Tern (over E), 4 Reed Warbler 3h, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Hobby, 2 Little Egret, 4 Egyptian Goose, 3 Gadwall, 6 Lapwing, 1 Buzzard, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Swallow, 1 Skylark, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting, 4 Cettis Warbler h, 1 Kestrel, 7 Mallard, 37 Greylag Goose (inc juv’s), 5 Shelduck, 6 Jackdaw, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cormorant (over), 3 Tufted Duck (m over) {3 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell} (Roger Keith)
  • Thames Barrier: 3 Mediterranean Gull (2 summer ads plus a 2cy) on river 1700-1800+; Oystercatcher, 5 Common Tern (Ian Ellis)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: singing Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaff, 18 Blackcap, 21 Whitethroat, also Swift, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, pair Coot, usual Rooks at nesting site (John Colmans)
  • West Dulwich: Cuckoo flying low over Dulwich College sports fields towards Dulwich Golf Club at 1900 (Paul Collins)

Thursday 28th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret, House Martin, Peregrine, m Pochard, 2 juv Pied Wagtail (APOG Birders)
  • Barnet Gate: Skylark singing from fields off Barnet Gate Lane/ Mays Lane (Samuel Levy)
  • Bay Farm, Enfield: f Mandarin Duck & 6 yng, 2 Red Kite (Robert Callf/Helen Shore)
  • Bushy Park: Red Kite drifted in from W, Common Buzzard, Common Whitethroat (Spencer Neal)
  • Cray Valley BR5: {Beautiful Demoiselle female by Crayfields ind est} (Ian Stewart)
  • Dartford Marsh: 2 Buzzard, 3 Cuckoo, Barn Owl, Curlew, 12 Lapwing, 2 Common Tern (Phil Thompson)
  • Enfield EN2 "private site": m Cuckoo singing & seen briefly 1150 -1215 (Robert Callf)
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Buzzard, Peregrine over with prey, 2 Kingfisher, Common Tern [only one seen today], pr Gadwall back on Wood Pond (Reuben Braddock); also 2 Swallows N (Pete Mantle)
  • High Elms CP: Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Swift, Swallow, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Lamorbey Park: 5 Egyptian Goose inc 4juvs, 2 Stock Dove, Jackdaw, singing Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff [at least one fledgling observed being fed] (Mike Amos)
  • Pinner HA5: Red Kite drifting over, 2 Swift ( Nigel Barratt)
  • Pratts Bottom BR6: 1+ Yellowhammer along Fairtrough Lane (Ian Stewart)
  • Richmond Park: Great Egret - arrived Upper Pen Pond at 1040 then departed an hour later high to the west (J Wilczur)
  • Ruislip Lido/Woods: 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Hobby, 9 Common Tern [2-3 pr nesting on raft with pr Black-headed Gull], 6 Black-headed Gull, 8 Swift, Grey Wagtail, family Pied Wagtail 15+ House Martin, 3 singing Garden Warbler, 3 singing Common Whitethroat {only butterflies seen were 3 Small Tortoiseshell & 1 Speckled Wood!} (Neil Anderson)
  • Sidcup DA14 garden: Common Buzzard mobbed by 8 Crows 0915 (Bernie Weight)
  • Tottenham Marshes: Lesser Whitethroat, c15 Whitethroat (Adam Hudson)
  • Trent Park: Egyptian Goose, 2f Mandarin Duck & 2 broods of 4 & 1 yng, Kestrel, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch ad & juv, 5 Treecreeper 4ad & juv Rough Lot {m Broad-bodied Chaser, 5 Meadow Brown, Small Heath} (Robert Callf)
  • Upper College Farm "Bexley" 1015-1215: 2 Common Gull, Common Buzzard, 4 Swift, 4 Herring Gull, Cetti`s Warbler, 5 Skylark, 7 Blackcap, 10 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Canada Goose, 4 Goldfinch (Bernie Weight)
  • Worcester Park: Peregrine Falcon on pylons (Bob Smith)

Wednesday 27th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: m Common Whitethroat, m Pochard, Jackdaw (APOG Birders)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Cetti's Warbler, Common Whitethroat, 10 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Nuthatch, 8 Swift incl 6 scooping water at heron pond, 14 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Green Woodpecker, 24 Egyptian Goose, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Mistle Thrush, 8 Song Thrush, 4 Skylark, Goldcrest (Spencer Neal)
  • Bexleyheath: Honey-buzzard over high at 1100 harassed by a Crow then drifted SE (Phil Thompson); Amazing now - Black Kite over high at 1300, harassed by 3 Crows this time and headed NE (Phil Thompson)
  • Brockley (SE4): Large raptor, possibly buzzard species, soaring high and far off possibly towards Lewisham and Blackheath. Would be great if any other local birders saw anything that could help ID it. (D. Stephens) What time would that be? - would it relate to the Bexleyheath sighting? (Dave Burt). It was at about 1 30am, it’s possible and I considered it, but unfortunately will have to go into the ‘One that got away’ file. (D.Stephens)
  • Enfield EN2 "private sites": m Cuckoo singing 1645 - 1722 at least {2 Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle - my first of the year} (Robert Callf)
  • Epping Forest, Fairmead and Grimston's Oak: Golden Oriole [heard only, one burst of song and a couple of calls around 1100-1115, about 100 m W of Grimston's Oak], calling Tawny Owl, Nuthatch, 8+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, singing Garden Warbler, singing Lesser Whitethroat, 3 singing Common Whitethroat, 2 Linnet (Simon Papps)
  • Finchley "Garden N3": 14 Swift, juv Nuthatch, Great Tit, and Coal Tit broods as well (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenford "UB6": 2-3 Red Kite, 16 Swift (Neil Anderson)
  • Hampstead Heath "Kenwood": 2 Common Buzzard in west meadow, 3-4 buzzard high overhead, probable willow warbler, good numbers of Blackcap and Chiffchaff and Kestrel, also 2 Common Tern still present for at least a week now on Men's pond. There is certainly some very good birds somewhere in the Kenwood area since it's been closed. Now that it's open I'd suggest checking the area well (Jamie Cedar)
  • Leyton: 2 Stock Dove at Ive Farm (James Blake)
  • Meath Gardens: Singing Blackcap, 2 Mistle Thrush and lots of chirping House Sparrows in surrounding area (Harry Harrison)
  • Millfields Park, Clapton: Hobby at 2100 (Rhys Evans)
  • Perivale Park: 2 Stock Dove pr, 8 Swift, Grey Wagtail, 3 singing Whitethroat {Painted Lady, Large Skipper, largest new pond attracting Black-tailed Skimmer, 3 Broad-bodied Chaser, 12 Azure & 2 Common Blue Damselfly} (Neil Anderson)
  • Rainham Thames: 4 Avocet, Curlew, Oystercatcher, 8 Redshank ,28 Shelduck (Steve Bacon)
  • Richmond: 2 Lapwing, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard over garden (Alex Westenberger)
  • Richmond Park: 3 Common Terns, Willow Warbler (P Davies)
  • Sidcup: "The Hollies": Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 7 Swift, Swallow, 2 Stock Dove (Eric Brown)
  • Sidcup Place: 2 Red Kite high N/NW, 10+ Swift, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • St James's Park: 2 singing Reed Warbler, one at each end (Jack Hill)
  • Thames Barrier: 11 Common Tern (gleaning worms from mud), a Carrion Crow killed and carried off two fully fledged Starlings in separate attacks on a multi-brooded feeding group; 22 Mute Swan (Ian Ellis)
  • Totteridge Valley: Totteridge Green - 12 Swift, Nuthatch, Common Buzzard {Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Common Blue} (Samuel Levy) Totteridge Common - Red Kite, 6 Swift, 3 Blackcap {3 Emperor Dragonfly, Common Blue, Small Copper} (Samuel Levy) Belmont Farm - 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 4 Rook, 4 Swallow (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: Egyptian Goose, 7 Mandarin Duck 2m f & 4 yng, 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker inc three juvs, 2juv Nuthatch, 6 Treecreeper 2ad 4juvs (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 20 Pochard, 6 Egyptian Goose (2 adults + 4 young), 20 Cormorant, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, Reed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret, {fox} (Jon Agar); 10 Gadwall, 7 Shelduck inc female entering nesting cavity, Sparrowhawk, 2 Sedge Warbler, Goldcrest, Herring/Lesser Black-backed Gulls now with chicks (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2m Skylark, m Pochard (Nick Croft)
  • Wanstead Park: Common Tern, 4 Pochard 3m f, 2 Gadwall, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe pr, 2m Reed Warbler, Nuthatch, 2 Little Egret, young Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 10 House Martin collecting mud [highest count this year for the local colony], Swallow, 40+ Swift {Eel in Perch Pond} (Nick Croft)

Tuesday 26th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Whitethroat m (APOG Birders)
  • Berkeley Sq "Mayfair": Jay on bench (Matthew J Bradbury) [No Nightingales?]
  • Bow, Cody Wharf: 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Tufted Duck, 6 Shelduck, 5 Sand Martin, 4 Egyptian Goose (JW Davies)
  • Brent Reservoir: Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, Garden Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, 3 Swift, Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap 4m 1f (Conrad Ellam)
  • Crossness NR where accessible. Seen or heard: Barn Owl, Kestrel, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Grey Heron, Buzzard, 3 Greenfinch, Swallow, 9 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 6 Little Grebe, 8 + Whitethroat, 2 Skylark, 3 Reed Bunting, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 10+ Cetti`s Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 20 + Reed Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 14+9 yng Canada Goose, 12+22+yng Greylag Goose, 5 Lapwing, 4 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch, {Water Vole} (Bernie Weight); Thames and Foreshore low tide: 28 Shelduck, 3+1 yng Oystercatcher, 6 Mute Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose, 48 Gadwall, 25 Common Tern, Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Herring Gull, c100 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lapwing, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat (Bernie Weight).
  • Finsbury Park: 1m Red-crested Pochard on the New River opposite the park along Green Lanes (Niall T Keogh); Green Woodpecker, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatches feeding young still - Flower Garden (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: Swallow NE, 6+ Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2+ Chiffchaff {30+ Banded Demoiselle, 20+ Blue-tailed Damselfly, 10+ Azure Damselfly, 3 Emperor Dragonfly, 3 Grass Snake} (Ian Stewart) This location has been an absolute nightmare lately
  • Guildhall: wing of European Nightjar found, presumably a Peregrine victim (per Birdguides)
  • Hillingdon - Denziloe Avenue: 5 low-flying Swifts over suitable houses for nesting (Roger Dewey)
  • Limetrees Park Golf Course, Northolt: 10-12 Red Kite {4 over course as we arrived, 8 together across A40 while still at least 2 over course}, 2 Common Buzzard, Swallow {2 Large Skipper, Mother Shipton, 10spp Odonata including 4 Black-tailed Skimmer, 13 Four-spotted Chaser, Hairy Dragonfly, 5 Emperor, Downy Emerald & 3 Red-eyed Damsels} (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Mayflower Park: Peregrine, m Reed Bunting, 7 Reed Warbler territories (Bob Smith)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Pied Wagtail pr, Reed Warbler, 2m Reed Bunting (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Richmond Park: f Northern Wheatear (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Sidcup DA15: Red Kite W 1632 (Ian Stewart)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 5 Mandarin Duck, 13 Swift, 2 Coot, 15 Rook, Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Common Whitethroat, Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch {Large Yellow Underwing, Comma, Peacock, Blue-tailed Damselfly} (Samuel Levy). f Mandarin with 3 ducklings, Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly (Sue Widdowfield & Bob Husband)
  • Upper College Farm DA5: Pheasant, Common Buzzard, Hobby, 4+ Swift, 2+ Skylark singing, 3+ Blackcap, 10+ Whitethroat, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet, 3+ Bullfinch {Banded Demoiselle, Emperor Dragonfly, Broad-bodied Chaser} (Ian Stewart)
  • Yeading "Jolly's Lane": soaring Buzzard, Red Kite low over garden centre (Neil Anderson)
  • West Drayton: Osprey high above at about 1445, Red Kite was chasing it (David Jablonski)

Monday 25th May 2020 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Little Egret, 2m Common Whitethroat, Peregrine, 2 House Martin (APOG Birders)
  • Angel Pond, Mill Hill NW7: Common Buzzard, Collared Dove, 2 Swift, 2 Mallard + 11 ducklings (2 broods) {2 Broad-bodied Chaser, Blue-tailed & Azure Damselfly} (Samuel Levy)
  • Balham: Hobby hunting at rooftop level down residential street at 1930 (Nick Rutter)
  • Battersea Park Lake: 3 Swifts, 8 Blackcap, 3 singing Song Thrush, f Mandarin & 13 ducklings, 17 Greylag, 2ad Canada Geese & 9 goslings, Mute Swan 3 cygnets 3 dead eggs, pr Egyptian Geese 4 young (unable to fly) 5th pale one driven away on Saturday not seen today (Michael Mac)
  • Belair Park Gallery Road, Dulwich: 8 Swifts (Chris Elders)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Buzzard, Little Ringed Plover, Garden Warbler (Andrew Self), Cuckoo heard East Marsh (Dominic Mitchell per Bob Watts)
  • Bushy Park: Cetti's Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Pheasant, 10 Blackcap​, 4 Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 5 Song Thrush, 3 singing Skylarks in the early morning mist, 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker incl one visible in nest hole (Spencer Neal)
  • Dollis Brook/Frith Manor: Little Owl, Common Buzzard, 2 Swallow N, Swift, usual House Martins, 2 Blackcap singing, pair Mistle Thrush(John Colmans)
  • Fairlop Waters: Nightingale singing 6.15am , Cuckoo, Sedge Warbler, 2 Shoveler (Steve Bacon)
  • Greenwich Park: Red Kite (Ray Crouch)
  • Highams Park Lake : f Smew [bird is suspected to be individual that frequents N London throughout the year], 2 Gadwall pr, 3 Mute Swan pr w/ 1 cygnet, m Grey Wagtail, Black Headed Gull, 2 pr Lesser Black Backed Gull regularly trying to predate Coot chicks (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Horton Country Park: pair of Bullfinch (Bob Smith)
  • Ealing W13: 1+ Swallow high N over garden late morning - heard only (Bill Haines)
  • Lee Valley: Willow Warbler singing near William Girling Res, pair of Sand Martins still using nest hole south of Enfield Lock (Rhys Evans)
  • Leyton: Cetti's Warbler by Dagenham Brook at Ive farm (James Blake)
  • Lewisham: Swallow NW over Smead Way @ 1655, {Stag Beetle male flying up Marsala Road} (John Archer)
  • Limehouse BBS: 28 species incl Grey Wagtail, 3 Mistle Thrush, 47 House Sparrows highest count for years. (Harry Harrison)
  • Lower Clapton "E5": Common Buzzard E over Powerscroft Rd, then Red Kite over N (Alastair Dent) probably Alastair's Common Buzzard circling very low over Hackney Downs (Marcus Mitchell)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Red Kite mobbed by Peregrine Falcon, drifted NE 1525, 3 Nuthatch fledglings (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Pinner HA5: 4 Swift (Nigel Barratt)
  • Ponders End Lake: 2 Oystercatcher and 44 Common Tern on the island - and lots of Black-headed Gulls (James Palmer)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: Red Kite SW, 11 Swift (Neil Batten), Great Spotted Woodpecker in its nest - eye level (C Harrison).
  • Surrey Quays: 5 Swift feeding above Greenland Dock and South Dock Marina. Only ever seen them as fly overs or migrating out before, and generally very infrequently during the months they are here. (Tim Smith)
  • Totteridge Valley: Laurel Farm - 12 Mallard + 2 ducklings, 8 Canada Geese, 2 Moorhen + 4 chicks, Blackcap, 4 Swift {Large Red & Azure Damselfly} (Samuel Levy) Totteridge Green: 2 Red Kite (Samuel Levy) The Orange Tree: 7 Swift, 2 Greenfinch {Azure, Large Red, Blue-tailed damselfly, 2m,1f Broad-bodied Chaser} (Samuel Levy) Long Pond: 2 Canada Geese + 4 Goslings, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Moorhen + 6 chicks, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 7 Swift, Swallow {Red-eyed, Blue-tailed, Azure Damselfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, 3m Emperor Dragonfly} (Samuel Levy) Totteridge Common: Red Kite, 10 Swift, 2 Grey Heron, Common Buzzard, 2 Swallow {3 Small Copper, Common Blue butterfly} (Samuel Levy) Belmont Farm: Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 11 Swift, 2 Hobby, 5 Rook {Muntjac} (Samuel levy)
  • Upper College Farm Bexley: of 25 species - Red Kite, Common Buzzard, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 2 (possibly 3) Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 14 Common Whitethroat, Bullfinch, Greenfinch + 10 Small heath butterfies (Ralph and Brenda Todd)
  • Upper Walthamstow Pond: Tawny Owl in flight at dusk (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Victoria Park: Sedge Warbler (East Lake), 8 Swifts, 2 Pochard, 2 Red Crested Pochard, singing Chiffchaff and Blackcap (West Park) (Jan Dobbie)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: ad Spoonbill, Common Sandpiper (Chris Farthing)
  • Waterworks NR: Spotted Flycatcher (Chris Farthing)
  • Wimbledon Common: Cetti's Warbler, 3 Grey Wagtail along Beverley Brook (James Owen)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Spotted Flycatcher, 8 Common Whitethroat (Francis O'Sullivan)

Sunday 24th May 2020 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2m Common Whitethroat, Red Kite NW attacked by falcon probably Peregrine, Kestrel brood of four, 25+ Swift (APOG Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Blackcap 4m 2f (Conrad Ellam)
  • Beddington Farmlands: 20+ House Martin, 30+ Swifts, Hobby at 1550, Kestrel, Common Whitethroat (Martin Parker)
  • Berrylands garden: Little Egret over, female Kestrel, increase in numbers of Ring-necked Parakeets heading for roost c350 in 20 minutes from 2000 (Nick Tanner)
  • Bushy Park: Cetti's Warbler, Common Whitethroat heard inaccessible area, 8 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 11 Mandarin Ducks 10m 1f, Nuthatch, Treecreeper (Spencer Neal); Sparrowhawk (Mike Foster)
  • Clapham: Red Kite mobbed by Carrion Crow going south over Wandsworth Road/North Street area at 1700 (Ollie Stone-Lee)
  • Finsbury Park: Red Kite drifting NW over Seven Sisters Road 1500 (Steve Ripley)
  • Gutteridge Wood: Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Cuckoo, juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers calling from nest, 6 Swift, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler {mating swarm c30 Nemophora degeerella, Alabonia geoffrella} (Neil Anderson)
  • Hampstead Heath: Parliament Hill Red Kite drifting NW, mobbed by crows 0940; Common Buzzard (3 mins later), 3 Kestrels [about the largest count I can recall!], Whitethroat in hedge running uphill from Men's Bathing Pond (Francis Tusa)
  • Harefield Moorhall Rd GPS: 3 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Greylag Goose, Cattle Egret over [my first sighting here although Little Egret common on nearby Broadwater nr] Kingfisher, Blackcap, 2 Linnet, 2 Common Tern, 3 Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush (Nigel Barratt) birds recorded during fishing session.
  • Lewisham: Red Kite high NW over Smead Way at 1630 (John Archer)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: two pairs Common Tern (David Jeffreys)
  • Muswell Hill: 4 Red Kites N/NW 1421 to 1455, also Common Buzzard (Dominic Mitchell per Bob Watts)
  • Muswell Hill (Wood Vale): 2 Red Kites (heading N) 0920, 4 House Martin (W) (Matt Evans)
  • Queens Wood N10: Red Kite drifting W 0945 (Trevor Wyatt)
  • Raynes Park: Red Kite (James Owen)
  • Sewardstone: Great Spotted Woodpecker yng calling from nest-hole, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, f Bullfinch (Bob Husband et al)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: Red Kite SE, Kestrel W, 5 Swift, Grey Heron W 2123 (Neil Batten)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 3 Pheasant, 4 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 8 Stock Dove, c80 Swift, 9 Skylark [inc family group], Sedge Warbler, 12 Rook [7 feeding with Jackdaws in small paddock next to wood, 1 collecting food in throat, 3 ad & 2 juv on golf course development with Crows], 2 m Reed Bunting, 4 Linnet {Black-tailed Skimmer, Cinnabar, 2 Small Heath} (Neil Anderson)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: Collared Dove, 8 Stock Dove, 50+ Starling, 18 Blackcap, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Goldcrest, 13 Chiffchaff, 27 Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Little Egret (Darlands), 2 Coot, 15 Rook, 2 Red Kite, 15 Swift, 2 Linnet, Lesser Whitethroat, Pied Wagtail. (Samuel Levy)
  • Wanstead Flats: Spotted Flycatcher, 100+ Swift, 6 Swallow, 4+ House Martin, Hobby (taking a Swift), Kestrel, Red Kite, Buzzard grounded several times while being mobbed by 100+ crows, 4 Skylark (Wanstead Birders)
  • Woodford Green: Black Kite drifting W at 0951 [imaged], Red Kite and 2-3 House Martins before 1055. Just like London Buses what appears to be a 2nd Black Kite [feathers missing from wings] at 1540 on high (Ken Murray) Re-identified as Red Kites from images on Bird Forum
  • Worcester Park: Red Kite (Julie Drewett)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Lesser Whitethroat,10 Common Whitethroat, Red Kite [reported by another birder], m Blackcap feeding fledglings, 20 Swift, Swallow (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler (Neil Anderson)

Saturday 23rd May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Swallow W, 2 Greylag Goose (APOG Birders)
  • Battersea Park Lake: Egyptian Geese still have 5 goslings but male went mad and attacked light plumaged one and nearly broke its wing, to limit injury I had to step in, the young bird was very frightened and would not rejoin its family, bizarre to see it walk away with passers by. Also Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, 8 Pochard (Michael Mac)
  • Berrylands garden: at least 3 vocal Common Scoter over heading E in a loose flock at 2250, also Kestrel, c. 35 Swift at dusk and a singing Greenfinch (Nick Tanner)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Lapwing (P Davies); 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 3 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 60+ Starling, Swift, Treecreeper (Ian R Watson); 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Shelduck (Spencer Neal)
  • Clissold Park: 3 broods of Pochards on ponds, Little Grebe (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Crossness: Spotted Flycatcher on former golf course, {2 Green Hairstreak} (John Archer)
  • Chelsfield Village: At least 3 pairs of House Martin attempting to breed (Jack Headley)
  • Friary Park: 2 Blackcap, Swift (Samuel Levy)
  • Greenford "UB6": m Marsh Harrier E fairly low & chased by Crow seen from garden 0955, 2 Red Kite, 7 Swift (Neil Anderson)
  • Greenhithe “river foreshore”: 2 Great Black-backed Gull (nesting on concrete dolphin jetty), 2 Oystercatcher (same location), 2 Egyptian Goose (same location), 1 Shelduck, 2 Cormorant (Roger Keith)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Great Crested Grebe pr incubating [ON], 9 Mute Swan pr & 7 cygnets, 5 Greylag Goose pr & 3 goslings, 14 Canada Goose 3prs & 3 broods of 4, 3 & 1 gosling, 6 Egyptian Goose pr & 4 goslings, 8 Mandarin Duck 2m 2f & 2 broods of 2 yng each, 3 Tufted Duck 2m f, 10 Coot pr & 8 chicks, 3 Stock Dove 2ad & juv, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, m Grey Wagtail, 2m Blackcap singing, 2m Goldcrest singing, 2 Coal Tit ad feeding juv, 10 Blue Tit 6ad 4juvs, 2 Nuthatch ad & juv (Robert Callf)
  • Hampstead Heath: Common Whitethroat on Pryor's Field, f Mandarin w/ 8 yng, and Kingfisher in Bird Sanctuary Pond, Swift & Common Tern over Model Boating Pond (Callum Farrell-Morris)
  • Isle of Dogs: singing Reed Warbler in Thameside reeds by Pierhead Lock (Sean Huggins)
  • Lamorbey Park: 5 Egyptian Geese 4 fully fledged juvs, Red Kite W 1933, 2 Blackcap, 2+ Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Plumstead Common SE18: A garden Common Swift over then Red Kite low over, several established House Sparrow colonies at this location, hovering Kestrel and then 10 House Martins all before rain showers (Patrick English)
  • Poplar Marina: 2 pairs of Canada Geese with broods of 2 and 3 goslings (Sean Huggins)
  • Putney Heath: 2m Firecrest singing (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Queen Mary Reservoir: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Gadwall, Permit only (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Queens Wood N10: Red Kite low W 12:15 (Pete Hollis)
  • Raynes Park "SW20 Garden": Grey Heron over NW at 1930, c.50 Starlings of which c.30 juveniles, 3 families of House Sparrow nesting in exterior wall, 5 Swift (Paula Redmond)
  • Romford, Collier Row: 4 Swift (G J Francis)
  • Sidcup DA15: 4 Swifts [up from 2] and Cormorant over Halfway St/Willersley Ave junction (Eric Brown)
  • Totteridge fields: Between Mays Lane/Totteridge Lane, 8 Swift,1 Swallow and 4 House Martin ahead of storm cloud about 1245, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing, 2 Linnet (David Martens)
  • Twickenham TW1: Kingfisher on River Crane (Patrick Parrinder)
  • Westboune Park to Ladbroke Grove, Grand Union Canal: Grey Wagtail, m Red-crested Pochard, Peregrine (Trelick Tower), 3 Coot families, Mallard with six young, Swan with four cygnets (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Woodberry Wetland: drake Scaup seen distantly from New River Path (Ian Bradshaw)

Friday 22nd May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Little Egret NW, 2 or 3 m Common Whitethroat, Peregrine, Jackdaw, Pochard or (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Cetti's Warbler (Andrew Self); Greylag, Egyptian Goose, m Pochard, 100+ Swift, 6 Common Tern, 17 Grey Heron, Reed Warbler, 2 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 4 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap (Samuel Levy)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Northern Shoveler pr canal plantation, Little Owl flew out of silver birch glade 0650, 2 Shelduck (Spencer Neal)
  • Clissold Park, Stoke Newington: Pochard broods of 9, 7 & 1 (Garry James)
  • Crayford Marshes: Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, Grey Heron, 3 Shelduck, Pheasant, 8 Lapwing, Redshank, Yellow-legged Gull, f Cuckoo, 50+ Swift, 4 Skylark 2pr, 2 Swallow, 6 singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 singing Reed Warbler, 20+ Common Whitethroat, 2 singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting morning visit in windy conditions (Mike Amos); 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 10+ Common Tern pm (Ian Stewart)
  • Hanwell "Brent corridor": Red Kite, Hobby, Kestrel (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Hilly Fields, Ladywell: Mistle Thrush, Hobby flying fairly low above tree line at 0830 (D Stephens)
  • Honor Oak Park SE23 "garden": m Great Spotted Woodpecker regularly visiting the feeder, constantly calling. (Paul Francis)
  • Lamorbey Park: Little Egret SE 2058 (Ian Stewart)
  • Pinner HA5: 3 Swift (Nigel Barratt)
  • Plumstead Common SE 18: 1600 f Marsh Harrier low heading E, Red Kite W (Patrick English)
  • Putney Heath: At least 2 Firecrest singing, 1 seen (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Queen Mary Reservoir: 4 Sanderling, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Permit only (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Richmond Park: Hobby, Willow Warbler, Red Kite, 4 Common Pochard 3m f (P Davies)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: 1 Common Kestrel over Stave Hill, 7 Blackcap (Richard Bonser)
  • Slade Green: Cetti’s Warbler, Whitethroat both singing by Bridge Road railway bridge (Ian Stewart)
  • Southall: Red Kite near Dormers Wells Junior School (Barry Wilson)
  • Southgate "Ivy Rd Rec Grnd": 41 Starling inc juvs (Robert Callf)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 12 Sanderling on N basin, 11 on E bank mid pm, 1 on W bank, 4 Dunlin, Whimbrel over (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Ten Acre Wood: 2 Grey Wagtail (Barry Wilson)
  • Trent Park: 7 Swift, 2ad Great Spotted Woodpecker & 2 nest-holes w/ yng calling (Robert Callf)
  • Upper College Farm: Red Kite W, Common Buzzard closely mobbed by Crows, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat (Ian Stewart)
  • Victoria Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding at nest hole. One of three nest sites reported. Min 12 Sand Martins skimming boating lake, 3 House Martins (Harry Harrison)
  • West Dulwich: Red Kite low W at 1930 over the Tesco at Croxted Road, my 1st seen here (Paul Collins)
  • Worcester Park: Hobby N at 0600 and one circling 1215 (Bob Smith)

Thursday 21st May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Swallow, 2 Pochard pr, Peregrine (APOG Birders)
  • Bexley Woods / River Shuttle: Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap (Mike Edwards)
  • Bloomsbury, Bedford Square: 2 Stock Dove (Francis O'Sullivan)
  • Brent Reservoir: Ringed Plover, Garden Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Swift, 3 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bromley BR1: Red Kite SE over town centre mobbed by local crows (Rob Tomalin)
  • Bushy Park: Chaffinch, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Little Egret, Little Owl, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Nuthatch inc juv, 2 Skylark, Song Thrush, 50+ Starling, 4 Swift, Treecreeper, Whitethroat (Ian R Watson) Reed Warbler singing iron bridge area 0900, 2 Common Whitethroat including one carrying food, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Swallow, Swift, Kestrel, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Skylark, Little Owl heard near barrack gate, 7 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, no sign of Egyptian Goose brood at heron pond, presumably have not survived (Spencer Neal)
  • Cowley, Uxbridge: Stock Dove in my small garden at c0530. A first for garden. (Roger Dewey)
  • Cray Valley BR5: 3 Tufted Duck, 3-4 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 12+ Swift, 3+ House Martin, Pied Wagtail, singing Cetti's Warbler, singing Lesser Whitethroat, singing Common Whitethroat (Jack Headley)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Collared Dove, 8 Swift (Samuel Levy)
  • Gladstone Park: 3 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Owl, Peregrine, Stock Dove (Dan Paling)
  • Greenford to Hanwell Zoo "Brent corridor": Cormorant, Grey Heron, Red Kite, Common Buzzard, 6 Stock Dove, Mistle Thrush collecting food, 2 Common Whitethroat {6 spp Odonata including 20 Banded Demoiselle} (Neil Anderson)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Common Tern men’s bathing pond (Jamie Cedar, Reuben Braddock) {Grass Snake swimming at men’s bathing pond - RB}
  • Kingston Bridge: 3 Red-crested Pochard (Spencer Neal)
  • Ladywell Fields: f Mandarin Duck (Conrad Ellam)
  • Perivale UB6 : Oystercatcher flew over house calling 9am (Andrew Peel)
  • Plumstead Common SE 18: Early morning and at times through day 6 Common Swift. Suppose a local breeding colony of 3 potential pairs [30 or so here in 1992]. Evening Common Buzzard mobbed by pair of Sparrowhawks f and m (Patrick English)
  • Richmond Park: Willow Warbler, Common Sandpiper, juv Pied Wagtail (Alex Westenberger); m Northern Wheatear (D Black)
  • Romford, Collier Row: At least 2 Swift (G J Francis)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, 9 Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail, 3 Song Thrush, Blackcap, 10 Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 House sparrow, 14 Greenfinch. (Harry Harrison)
  • Staines Reservoirs: Greenshank, Sanderling on N basin mid pm. 2 ad Mediterranean Gull evng (Dave Morris, Dom Pia per FJM)
  • Stoke Newington: Red Kite over SW 1314 (Garry James)
  • Teddington: Sparrowhawk over Langdon Park (Mike Foster)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 18 Whitethroat, 26 Blackcap, Sparrowhawk, 2 Coot pr, Rooks around nest site {Red Admiral} (John Colmans) Also Red Kite {8 sp odonata incl foy Black-tailed Skimmer at Long Pond} (Samuel Levy)
  • Upper College Farm Bexley 1030-1230 seen or heard : 3 Hobby together hawking over trees along River Cray, 3 Swallow, 12 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, Cetti`s Warbler, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Greenfinch, Chaffinch, 3 Linnet, 2 Jay, 2 Song Thrush 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 2 Banded Demoiselle m&f [FOY] (Bernie Weight)
  • Victoria Park, west lake - 3 Great Crested Grebe pr & yng (JW Davies)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 2 Spoonbill [ad & imm] spent all day on the various islands of reservoirs no. 1 & 2 (Chris Farthing), Peregrine, 6 Shelduck, Lesser Whitethroat, many Little Egrets feeding young in nests (Daniel Whitelegg
  • Wimbledon Park: 2 Red Kites flying N [over Leopold Rd] at 2007 - people were still outside clapping..!(Kevin Allen)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: m Scaup for 7th day - Reserve currently closed but can be viewed reasonably well from the New River path. Be warned it is very busy along there (Chris Farthing)
  • Worcester Park, Waitrose: 11 Swift, Blackcap, Grey Wagtail (Neil Batten)

Wednesday 20th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite S, 2 Comon Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine including Great Spotted Woodpecker kill (APOG Birders)
  • Arnos Park: 2 Blackcap, 6 Greenfinch, 6 Swift, Chiffchaff {Large Red & Azure Damselfly, Holly Blue} (Samuel Levy)
  • Bow, Cody Wharf: 7 Sand Martin, 4 Shelduck, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose (JW Davies)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 singing Garden Warblers (Andrew Self)
  • Brixton: Grey Wagtail, Blenheim Gardens Estate (Tony Stones)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Common Whitethroat, Treecreeper going to nest with food, Nuthatch, Kestrel, Swallow (Spencer Neal); f Tawny Owl calling at 2100 in Round Plantation (Mike Foster)
  • Clapham: Hobby, Clapham Common at 1630 with about 10 swifts (Tony Stones)
  • Dartford Marshes: Willow Warbler, 3 Avocet, 3 Cuckoo, Bullfinch, Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawk {Harbour Seal} (Phil Thompson)
  • Enfield Island Village: Cuckoo east over conservation area at 0905, Nuthatch heard from my garden at 0955 in riverside trees - my first record here since I moved in 23 years ago (Martin Shepherd)
  • Finsbury Park: m Gadwall, Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch pr feeding young in nest hole, Mute Swan pair wi/ 8 cygnets (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Gunpowder Park; Singing Willow Warbler on western ridge 0832, Reed Bunting, Garden Warbler (Martin Shepherd)
  • "The Hollies", Sidcup: Peregrine, Sparrowhawk with prey in talons, 4 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Swift, Swallow, Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Eric Brown). Hi Eric. I live close to Sidcup but not sure where The Hollies is. Can you give directions? Thanks. Mike Edwards The area of the former childrens’ homes bounded by Halfway St, Willersley Ave and Burnt Oak Lane (Ian Stewart). Mike: thanks so much Ian.
  • Hornsey N8 "Garden": Hobby low E 1838 (Bob Watts)
  • Kingston, Thames: A Canada Goose appears to be nesting in a rectangular plant pot on the deck of a boat, it has been lying in the plant pot for a few days at least (Spencer Neal)
  • Lee Valley, south of Enfield Lock: Sand Martin emerging from nest hole in canal side (Rhys Evans):
  • Limetrees Park Golf Course, Northolt: 6+ Red Kite, Common Buzzard, singing  Reed Warbler {Slow Worm, 9 spp Odonata including Emperor, several Four-spotted Chasers, Hairy Dragonfly, Downy Emerald} (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 3 Red Kite inc pr together, singing Reed Bunting {7 spp Odonata including 1st m Emperor of year, 7 Red-eyed Damselflies} (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • North Finchley: White-tailed Sea Eagle due south over my allotment N12 , 1720. Contacted Roydennis. org. in case it was one of Isle of Wight birds, wasn't one of them. But was informed that there are 4-5 continental birds roaming Southern England. So keep eyes on skies.
  • Oak Hill Park: 2 Blackcap, Swift, 2 Greenfinch {Azure, Blue-tailed & Large Red Damselfly} (Samuel Levy)
  • Osier Marsh, Sewardstone: Cuckoo, 2 Reed Warbler, Little Grebe with chick (Martin Shepherd)
  • Pinner HA5: 16 Swifts over the garden this am. Also 2 m Red Kites, Green Woodpecker (Sean Moore)
  • Pymmes Brook: Arnos Park - Brunswick Park: 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (Samuel Levy)
  • Rainham RM13 garden: Red Kite, Little Egret, 5 Swift, House Martin, Greylag Goose (Richard Harrison).
  • Rainham Thameside : Cuckoo, 4 Avocet, Marsh Harrier, 2 Stonechat, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Common Tern 23 Shelduck (Steve Bacon)
  • Richmond Park: Willow Warbler singing (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • St Paul's Cray: Kestrel S, 12+ Swift, Swallow N (Jack Headley)
  • Southgate "ASDA": {m Poplar Kitten - new species for the site - local & scarce in Middx} (Robert Callf)
  • Sydenham: Two harriers/kites [?] probably Common Buzzards soaring over Sydenham/Forest Hill 0812 Anyone getting a closer look? (Terence Baker) Hi Terence, I spotted two large black silhouettes thermalling and soaring over SE London flying in an Easterly direction this morning and managed to snap some pics just as they were flying off, not sure if this is them as I couldn't ID in time? (https://www.reddit.com/r/whatsthisbird/comments/gnarjc/spotted_over_se_london_this_morning_id_help/ Thanks, yes, those are cormorants; chatting to my butcher, a committed birder, yesterday and he said, before I mentioned anything, he had seen two Red kite on 21 May, early.
  • Upper College Farm: Pheasant, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 20+ Swift, 2+ Skylark, Sand Martin S, Swallow, 5+ Blackcap, 14+ Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff, Linnet (Ian Stewart)

Tuesday 19th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Yellow Wagtail, adult Black-headed Gull, 2 Peregrine, 40+ Swift, Little Egret SE (APOG Birders)
  • Balham: 2 Hobby over at 1345, one heading SW, the other N (Nick Rutter)
  • Boxer's Lake: 7 Tufted Duck 4m 3f, 2 Swift, 2m Blackcap singing, 2 Chiffchaff carrying food [FF], 6 Long-tailed Tit 3ad 3juvs [FL] {m Orange-tip, Holly Blue} (Robert Callf)
  • Brook Farm, Whetstone: Barn Owl, hunting along the brook at 1130 (Beryl Roberts)
  • Bushy Park: Cetti's Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, 2 Swift, Grey Wagtail, Egyptian Goose brood at heron pond down to 2 (Spencer Neal)
  • Crossness NR where accessible: Barn Owl, 2 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine, Common Buzzard, 2 Heron, 14 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 13+ Reed Warbler, 6ad &1yng Lapwing, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, Pied Wagtail, Jackdaw, 10 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, 16 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 2 Skylark, Pheasant m, 6 Little Grebe,10ad Canada Goose & 9 young, 14 Greylag Goose+ 21 young, 2 Cormorant (Bernie Weight); Thames and Foreshore incoming tide: 30 Gadwall, 7 Shelduck, 7ad Oystercatcher &1 young, 14 Common Tern feeding mid-river, 4 Egyptian Goose, 35 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 3 Reed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Linnet, 2 Cormorant, Swallow {Common Seal} (Bernie Weight)
  • Dollis Brook/Frith Manor: 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Little Owl, Lapwing, usual House Martins, 2 Blackcap (John Colmans)
  • East Dulwich SE22: Kestrel after Sparrows in my small garden (Steven Robinson)
  • Finchley "Garden N3": Cormorant, 8 Swift {Rose Chafer} (Samuel Levy)
  • Fishers Green area: 2 Nightingale, probably 2 Cuckoo, Hobby, 4 Garden Warbler, 3 Snow Geese [escapees] in fields with Greylag/Canada Geese (Michael Mac)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 House Martins feeding over the Stone of Free Speech, Swallow N over Parliament Hill, plus Alba Wagtail N, all early morning (Pete Mantle)
  • Hornsey "New River Village": 2 Grey Wagtail pr (Patrick Parrinder)
  • Horsenden Hill: Buzzard, Kestrel (Martin Smith)
  • Kingston Bridge: 2 Sand Martins prospecting drainage holes (Spencer Neal)
  • Ladywell: Hobby north along Algernon Road, rooftop hight, 0710 (Conrad Ellam)
  • Ladywell Fields: Little Egret (Conrad Ellam)
  • Lewisham: Hobby SW over Smead Way at rooftop height @ 1835 presumably Conrad's bird has been hunting in the area all day (John Archer)
  • North Finchley: Sparrowhawk over garden (John Colmans)
  • Oakwood Park: 6 Swift, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker & nest hole w/ yng calling, 2 Nuthatch pr still feeding yng in nest hole, m Blackcap singing, 3 Chiffchaff singing {2m Common Blue, 3 Small Heath, 1 Orange Conch - Commophila aeneana - my earliest and first May record, 2 Burnet Companion, 9 Mother Shipton} (Robert Callf)
  • Plumstead Common SE18: In garden at sunrise, 6 Common Swift together screaming over rooftops, a pair apparently mating, 6 Jackdaws over; afternoon Sparrowhawk f, then Barn Swallow and later House Martin over garden, possibly over high several Yellow-legged Gulls (Patrick English) Are you sure these weren't Lesser Black-backed Gulls? I often see several from Shooters Hill over Woolwich/Plumstead (Tim Rymer)
  • Richmond Park: f Wheatear - probable 'Greenland-type' (J Wilczur, P Pentek)
  • River Pool Linear Park: Kingfisher (Conrad
  • Swanscombe Marsh “18.45-21.30 Botany Marsh& Meadow &”: 5 Cettis Warbler h, 7 Gadwall 6m, 6 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Mallard (at least), 4 Lapwing, 5 Shelduck, 2 Coot, 3 Raven, 1 Pheasant, 1 Stock Dove, 3 Reed Warbler h, 8 Canada Goose, 30 Greylag Goose (at least inc juv’s, 2 Med Gull (river) (RogerKeith)
  • Syon Riverside: 2 Little Egret, 303 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Black-headed Gull, 6 Mandarin Duck, 5 males and a female with 6 half-grown ducklings, incredible with over 100 Carrion Crows all feeding along river edge (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Thames Barrier: Hobby at 1930, 2 Swift, 15 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, {Grey Seal} (Ian Ellis)
  • Totteridge Valley: 2 Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Swift (Samuel Levy) Laurel Farm Pond: 12 Mallard + 2 ducklings, 2 Moorhen + 4 chicks {Large Red & Azure Damsels} (Samuel Levy) Totteridge Green: 2 Blackcap, 3 Swift {2 Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Rose Chafer} (Samuel Levy) The Orange Tree Pond: Nuthatch, 2 Swift {Azure, Large Red, Blue-tailed Damselflies, Broad-bodied Chaser, Emperor Dragonfly} (Samuel Levy) Darlands Lake: 11 Mallard + 11 ducklings, 2 Coot, 2 Mandarin Duck + 3 ducklings, 2 Swift, 4 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 5 Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap {Small Copper, Peacock, Broad-bodied Chaser, 2 Emperor Dragonflies} (Samuel Levy)
  • Upper College Farm DA5: Pheasant, 3 Red Kite 2W 1NW, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 4+ Blackcap, 14+ Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Linnet (Ian Stewart)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Garden Warbler, Barn Swallow (Rhys Evans); Little Ringed Plover, Red Kite, Kestrel, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (Lol Bodini)

Monday 18th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Marsh Harrier female type SE 1504 (Bob Watts, Bruce Carson), 3 Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, Peregrine, 7 Swallow N/NW, 2m Common Whitethroat (APOG Birders) Which direction did the harrier approach from? I ask because I think I saw it flying north over Camden about ten minutes before you report it at Alexandra Park - Robert Ulph. it appeared roughly over WoodberryWetlands and my best guess is that it may have come from Lee Valley/Walthamstow Wetlands so don't think it's the same bird you saw over Camden (Bob Watts)
  • Belvedere "Thames Foreshore": inc 4 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover (Mike Robinson)
  • Bushy Park: Cuckoo singing repeatedly at iron bridge 0845 and perched in willow plantation singing 0910 then water gardens area 0930-0955, singing Reed Warbler still, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Common Whitethroat, Common Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker nestling sticking its head out of tree hole as parent came to feed it (Spencer Neal)
  • Crystal Palace: 2 Swift-usually more, 10+ House Sparrow (Michael Mac)
  • Dartford Marshes: Grey Wagtail W, 3 Swallow W, Barn Owl, Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, 2 Cuckoo {Weasel} (Phil Thompson)
  • Farningham: Cetti’s Warbler singing by Darent N of M20, Swift, 2+ House Martin (Ian Stewart)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - 2 Common Buzzard, 6 Swift, Red Kite, Hobby. {Large Red Damselfly} (Samuel Levy)
  • Fir & Pond Woods NR: 2 Hobby pr, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush singing, 6 singing Chiffchaff, m Common Whitethroat singing, m Garden Warbler singing, 2 Treecreeper pr nest building [both sexes carrying nesting material - a website states that the female does most of the work - the male just building the foundation], Nuthatch, Jay, 2 singing m Chaffinch, 2 Reed Bunting pr {3+ Alabonia geoffrella, Silver-ground Carpet, m Brimstone, Green-veined White, Peacock, Holly Blue} (Robert Callf)
  • Hampstead Heath “Parliament Hill”: 5 House Martin N, 2 Swallow W, Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat (Reuben Braddock)
  • Hawley DA2: Common Buzzard, 2+ Swift, Swallow, Whitethroat, singing Corn Bunting on wires along Shirehall Road (Ian Stewart)
  • Horsenden Hill: 2-3 Common Buzzard [2 seen from lower fields circling high over Horsenden Lane; few minutes later a bird appeared low through the trees chased by 4 angry Crows], 2 Kestrel, Swallow, 3 Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting {5 Small Copper, m Common Blue, Hairy Dragonfly at Paradise Fields pond}
  • Horton Kirby: Skylark singing, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, singing Corn Bunting (Ian Stewart)
  • Howell Hill Nature Reserve, East Ewell: Bee-eater heard only, sounded like a single bird going NW, invisible in bright blue sky, 1030 (R Kaye)
  • Knights Hill-Norwood: Swallow, Peregrine, 2 Swift (Michael Mac)
  • Ladywell Fields: 10 Blackcap, 5 Stock Dove, 3 Mandarin, 2 Grey Wagtail ad feeding juv, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Large Red Damselfly, Beautiful Demoiselle (Tom Moulton/Conrad Ellam/Anita Gwynn)
  • North Finchley: Common Buzzard, 3 Swift (John Colmans)
  • Oakmere Park "Potters Bar": m Mandarin Duck (Robert Callf)
  • Richmond Park: f Northern Wheatear (Alex Westenberger)
  • Sidcup DA14 : 4 Swift, Kestrel, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull on school playing field at rear of our garden (Bernie Weight)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 3 Sanderling on N basin, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Black-necked Grebe (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: Swallow W, 5 Swift, singing Chiffchaff, f Kestrel (Neil Batten)
  • Sutton SM1: Coal Tit, Song Thrush, male Kestrel (Andrew Kellett)
  • Sutton-at-Hone: Cuckoo singing, 6+ House Martin, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Thames Barrier: 3 Sand Martin, Common Tern, Oystercatcher {Harbour Seal at 1930} (Ian Ellis)
  • Totteridge Valley "Laurel Farm Pond": 6 Moorhen pr & 4 chicks, 10 Mallard & 2 duckling, 2 Blackcap. {Large Red Damselfly} (Samuel Levy) Totteridge Green: 4 Swift, Blackcap {Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue} (Samuel Levy) Orange Tree Pond: {Emperor Dragonfly, Azure, Large Red, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Broad-bodied Chaser} (Samuel Levy) Long Pond: 4 Canada Geese + 4 Goslings, 2 Mallard + 7 Ducklings, Treecreeper, Chiffchaff, 6 Swift, 2 Blackcap, Nuthatch, Rook, Common Buzzard {Red-eyed, Large Red, Blue-tailed & Azure Damselfly, 2 Emperor Dragonfly, Holly Blue} (Samuel Levy)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: f Wheatear [distant but looked 'Greenland-type'], Garden Warbler, Common Buzzard S (Jamie Partridge)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 2 Spoonbill, ad & imm, circling for a few minutes from 1225 (Chris Farthing), 1 Common Sandpiper (Rhys Evans)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Wheatear, 4m Skylark, m Meadow Pipit, Swallow, House Martin, m Pochard (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 2m Reed Warbler, Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 10+ Swift (Wanstead Birders)
  • Yeading Brook /Ten Acre Wood / Gutteridge Wood: 2 Hobby, 4 Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Nightingale, Yellow Wagtail, Cuckoo, 4 Swifts, 3 Swallows (Andrew Peel, Toni Menezes) Is the nightingale in the scrub by the boardwalk near the pond? Thought we heard it for a second but couldn't be sure ... (Leo Reich)

Sunday 17th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: ad Black-headed Gull, 2 Peregrine, m Common Whitethroat, 2 pairs Pochard (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: 6 Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler (Andrew Self). Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover (Bob Husband)
  • Bromley BR5 garden: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Greenfinch (Jon Mills)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, 3 Swift, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Reed Warbler, 4 Common Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, Shelduck, 12 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Reed Bunting, 8 Skylark, 3 Mistle Thrush, newly fledged Long-tailed Tit (Spencer Neal)
  • Gorse Road "TQ492656": 2 Common Buzzard, 2-3 Kestrel, 10+ Swift, 8+ Skylark, 5+ singing Common Whitethroat, 30+ Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer (Jack Headley)
  • Crossness: 2 ReBacon d Kite west @ 1045 and 1055, Barn Owl, Common Buzzard, 5+ Lapwing including a chick, 2 Swallow, 5 Sedge Warbler singing, 4+ Shoveler (John Archer)
  • Edgwarebury Lane: Linnet, Swallow, Swift, Green woodpecker, Buzzard, Skylark (Mark Mulrooney)
  • Fairlop Waters: Cuckoo, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Buzzard ( Steve Bacon )
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Cormorant, juv Greenfinch, 6 Swift, 8 Common Buzzard together art 1405, Red Kite, Swallow (Samuel Levy)
  • Finsbury Park: pair of Egyptian Geese with 2 small goslings, 2 Nuthatch chasing each other (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Gillespie Park, Highbury: Spotted Flycatcher in big hedge bordering top meadow, Red Kite (David Bradshaw); Common whitethroat singing railway embankment (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Gutteridge Wood: Cuckoo heard by another observer, Willow Warbler, Treecreeper, no sign of Nightingales (Neil Anderson)
  • Hackney Marshes: Cetti's Warbler, Grey Wagtail, 2 Jay, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 nests holes with young (Marcin Kempa)
  • Holyfield Weir: 8 Hobby hawking insects at 1450 (Simon Papps)
  • Lee Valley, Holyfield Hall Farm: 3 Snow Geese. Birds flew over Holyfield Lake at midday and landed in the fields next to the farm. Flew off north at 1345 (Mike Oakland).
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 2 singing Reed Warbler (Marcin Kempa)
  • Parndon Wood [maybe slightly out of LNHS area]: Cuckoo, 2 Treecreeper carrying food, Great Spotted Woodpecker nest and adults further 4 individuals, Green Woodpecker, 5 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap (Brian Dawton) — Parndon Wood NR is about 2km inside the LNHS recording area (AH).
  • Pinner HA5: 2 Red Kite, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Nigel Barratt)
  • Queen's Park (NW6): 4 Swift (Callum Farrell-Morris)
  • Richmond: Pair Grey Wagtail carrying food just E of Richmond Bridge late pm (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Richmond Park: pair Whitethroat, Swallow (J & M Penberthy)
  • Rotherhithe: 2cy Caspian Gull showing well on Greenland Dock early pm; also 2cy Yellow-legged Gull still there (Richard Bonser)
  • Ruislip Lido: 2 Common Tern, 5 Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Egyptian Goose, c15 Swift, 10 House Martin, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcap (Nigel Dodd)
  • Seventy Acres Lake: 2 singing Cuckoo, singing Willow Warbler (Simon Papps)
  • Sidcup DA14 Garden: Red Kite drifting NW 0950, 10 Common Swift (Bernie Weight)
  • Stoke Newington West Reservoir: f Cuckoo seen alighting in large Ash behind reed-bed on far bank 0910 (Chris Farthing)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: Common Buzzard,  4 Swift  (Neil Batten)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 4 Pheasant, 2 Hobby together low over marsh, Kestrel, 2 Red Kite, 6 Stock Dove, c6 Swift, 4 Skylark, 6+ Swallow, m Wheatear, 2 Rook, m Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, Sedge Warbler, Little Egret, Little Owl, 2 Grey Wagtail ad feeding juvenile {Fox, Small Heath} {Neil Anderson/Nigel Dodd)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: Greenfinch, 2 Collared Dove, 7 Stock Dove, 2 Little Owl, 10 House Sparrow, 7 House Martin, 6 Swallow, 2cy Great Black-backed Gull (Frith Riding Stables) (FOY?), 18 Chiffchaff, 3 Starling, 23 Common Whitethroat, 21 Blackcap, 3 Swift, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2 Coot, Treecreeper, 3 Mandarin Duck + 3 Ducklings, Grey Heron, Linnet, 5 Lapwing, Bullfinch (Samuel Levy)
  • Upper College Farm DA5: 1+ Pheasant, Red Kite W 19.13, 10+ Swift, 2 Skylark singing, 4 Swallow, 2 House Martin N, 2+ Blackcap, 9+ Whitethroat, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet, 4 Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Victoria Park: Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding young at two separate nest holes, 7 Swift, 18 House Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail ad feeding juvenile, 8 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 3 House Sparrow, 3 Linnet feeding with Goldfinches in unmown grass.
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 4 prs Common Tern nesting, 2 prs Black-headed Gull nesting, Red Kite, Buzzard, Peregrine, Sedge Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Pheasant, 4 Swift, 3 Grey Wagtail (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Worcester Park "Waitrose": singing m Grey Wagtail, singing m Blackcap (Neil Batten)
  • Woodland off Woodford New Road, Walthamstow - Does this wood have a proper name? - can't see one on any maps: 2 Nuthatch pr, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker nest holes with chicks heard inside, 2 Jackdaw (Rhys Evans)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 10 Common Whitethroat, 6 Swallow N/NW, 30+ Swift, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Reuben Braddock)

Saturday 16th May 2020 Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Little Egret N, m Common Whitethroat, pair Pochard (APOG Birders)
  • Berrylands garden: Little Egret S at 1935, c20 Swift (Nick Tanner).
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Cetti's Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Common Whitethroat, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker taking food to yng heard begging inside nest hole (Spencer Neal)
  • Burgess Park: Singing Reed warbler by the fishing area on the pond (Jack Hill).
  • Crossness: 1st-summer Caspian Gull, 1 Cuckoo (singing), 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Lapwing, c5 Sedge Warbler, 2 Sand Martin (Richard Bonser)
  • Crystal Palace "Farquhar Road area": only 4 Swifts at 6pm (Michael Mac)
  • Edmonton "Lee Park Way": Sedge Warbler, 4 House Martin, 2 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 45 Starlings including many juveniles (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Fryent CP: 2 Gadwall, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker nests, 21 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff (Andrew Self)
  • Fulham Reach, Thames: colour-ringed Black-headed Gull (ringed as nestling Jun 19 in Fishers Green) (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Hampstead Cemetery: 3 singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff, singing Goldcrest (Bob Watts)
  • Hogsmill Open Space: Little Egret, Kestrel (C Harrison)
  • Horton Country Park: 6 House Martin (Bob Smith)
  • Lamorbey Park "Sidcup" : Grey Heron, c12 Herring Gull , Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow (personal foy) , Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush pr, 2 singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff, Jay, Jackdaw , Greenfinch (Mike Amos)
  • Lee Valley, Friday Lake: Smew. Third year in a row a female Smew has been present in the area during spring/summer (Mike Oakland) [Same bird as Grovelands Park, KGV Res etc, presumed suspect origin]
  • Muswell Hill "Wood Vale": 1205-1210 Probable 2 BLACK KITES, high and slowly thermalling and drifting west - can’t be certain, but they were stockier than a usual Red Kite, with less pronounced fork and no floppy/bent wings. Am familiar with both species from multiple birding trips in continental Europe (Matt Evans). Did you manage to count the primaries? Didn’t think to, sorry.
  • Northolt "Grand Union Village": Red Kite, Peregrine, 6 Swift, Pied Wagtail (Neil Anderson)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP "Marnham Field/Birch Wood only": Grey Heron over, 3-4 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 5 Swift, Grey Wagtail (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Old Isleworth (by Thames): 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret (Peter Gray)
  • Ponders End Lake: [Webs Count] pr Oystercatcher nesting, 30 Common Tern [15 pairs nesting], Peregrine, 2 pr Gadwall, 5 Reed Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 180 Back-headed Gull [69 pairs nesting], 20 Tufted Duck, 7 Coot nests, 3 Great Crested Grebe nests, 2 Mute Swan pr with 5 cygnets (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Purfleet: Turnstone (Fraser Simpson)
  • Putney Heath: Hobby (Les Evans-Hill)
  • Queen Mary Reservoir: 2 Avocet, 7 Sanderling mid am, earlier seen at Staines Reservoirs, Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Common Tern, 5 Shelduck, 13 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Permit only (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Queen's Park NW6: f Blackcap, Green Woodpecker (Callum Farrell-Morris)
  • Rainham RM13 garden: Red Kite (Richard Harrison).
  • Richmond Park Pen Ponds: 15+ Tufted duck flying as a group, 12+ Swift, many Sand Martin, Stonechat [heard not seen], Skylark [heard not seen] (J & M Penberthy) Hobby circling over Holly Lodge with Kestrel (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 9 Whimbrel north calling following river 0827 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Sidcup DA15: 3 Red Kite 2W 1S, Swallow low W (Ian Stewart)
  • Staines Reservoirs: 9 Sanderling, flock of 7 flushed by a Hobby early am, later at Q. Mary Res, 2 remaining, yellow ring on one till mid pm at least, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Yellow Wagtail (Dom Pia, Dave Kenrick, Dave Carlsson, Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Swanscombe Marsh “9-12”: 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 18 Whitethroat (at least), 4 Blackcap h, 4 Reed Warbler h, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Raven, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Little Egret, 4 Gadwall, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Mallard, 32 Greylag Goose (at least inc juv’s), 5 Shelduck, 2 Coot, 6 Cettis Warbler 5h, 4 Canada Goose, 2 Lapwing, 1 Song Thrush h, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Bearded Tit, 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Pochard 4m, 3 Grey Heron (2 juv’s), 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Skylark, 1 Tufted Duck m, 20 Swift (at least), 1 Swallow, 10 Sand Martin (at least), {Bumble Bee’s 2 Humilis (Brown Banded Carder), 1 Hortorum (Garden Bee), 1 Pascuorum (Common Carder). 1 Seal sp hauled up on Gray’s Essex mud (Roger Keith)
  • Thames Barrier: Jay at Barrier Park (FOY), Oystercatcher (Ian Ellis)
  • Trent Park: Egyptian Goose, 7 Mandarin Duck 5m f & 1 yng, 6 Tufted Duck 3m 3f, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Song Thrush inc four singing m, 3 Mistle Thrush together, 2 singing m Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Long-tailed Tit, singing Coal Tit (Robert Callf)
  • Upper College Farm DA5: Red Kite W 17.25, Kestrel, 3+ Swift, singing Skylark, Swallow, House Martin N, Blackcap, 4+ Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, Linnet, Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • West Norwood Cemetery; Red Kite very low, behind trees, 3rd year round this time (Michael Mac)
  • William Girling Reservoir "Flood Relief Channel": Common Sandpiper, 2 Shelduck, c50 Sand Martin inc 15+ prs nesting in holes in walls of flood relief channel, 4 Linnet, pr Gadwall, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2+ pr House Sparrow nesting, 5 Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Whitethroat, c10 House Martin (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Winchmore Hill "New River Path near Fords Grove entrance": 5 Pied Wagtails pr feeding 3 juvs on riverside (Fran Shipp)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Common Whitethroat, 3 Linnet, Kestrel, 6 Swift (Francis O'Sullivan)

Friday 15th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Common Whitethroat, Peregrine, m Sparrowhawk carrying Starling SE (APOG Birders)
  • Boxer's Lake: 8 Grey Heron 2ad, juv & 5 yng, 2 Mute Swan pr, Greylag Goose, 3prs Canada Goose w/ broods of 9, 8 and 1 yng, 11 Egyptian Goose pr & 9 yng, m Common Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck 3m 3f, 2prs Moorhen nesting, 8 Coot pr & 6 yng (Robert Callf)
  • Brent Reservoir: singing Garden Warbler in shrike field (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker (Joshua O'Donnell)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Common Whitethroat, Little Egret, new Egyptian Goose brood of 6 small yng at heron pond, Swallow, 2 Swift (Spencer Neal) Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Greenfinch, 4 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 4 Mistle Thrush, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Skylark, 2 Song Thrush, Shelduck, Swift, 2 Treecreeper , 2 Whitethroat (Ian R Watson)
  • Chislehurst Ponds: 7 Egyptian Goose 5 juv, Blackcap (Ian Stewart)
  • Clapham "Abbeville Rd": Kestrel hunting over the church (Alex Bayley)
  • Cornmill Meadows: Red Kite, Buzzard, 2 Hobby (James Palmer)
  • Stockwell "Crewdson Rd": Swift went into nest...1st observation this season (Michael Mac)
  • Dartford Marshes: m Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin, 3 Cuckoo, Red legged Partridge, 2 Buzzard, Garden Warbler (Phil Thompson)
  • Elmstead Woods: Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff (Ian Stewart)
  • Fulham Broadway: House Sparrow [heard Vanston Pl opposite church] (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Fulham Reach Thames: 6 Tufted Duck, Coot, Gadwall (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • Greenford "UB6": Peregrine low over garden 07.10, Red Kite, 7+ Swift (Neil Anderson}
  • Gutteridge Wood: 1-2 Cuckoo males; 1 Nightingale singing; 1 Willow Warbler singing; Common Whitethroat. (Roger Dewey)
  • Hampstead Heath. 2 Reed Warbler in reeds at north end of Boating Pond (Liz Valentine) 2 Common Whitethroat. City Corporation depressingly using a hedgecutter vehicle to remove vegetation at the side of pathways on the grounds that the odd bramble or stem might overhang the path. No regard to nesting birds in the hedges and woodland verges being pruned (Matt Evans)Where was this please Matt? (Pete Mantle) Along the path that runs from between the Boating Pond and Sanctuary Pond heading towards Hampstead. I stopped the driver to ask if it was really necessary. He said they intended to do all areas adjoining footpaths. Ridiculous! (Matt Evans) I also saw that they had cut grass adjoining paths on my evening exercise walk, as well as right next to the Common Whitethroat‘s favourite bush next to Hedge 2, am hoping it didn’t disturb them too much (Reuben B)
  • Harold Park Farm, Nazeing: 2f Northern Wheatear - one at 0720 & another showing characteristics of 'Greenland race' at 0930, Cuckoo 0715 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Hollyfield Marsh Weir: 5 Hobby interacting over the weir at 1315 also a probable Harrier sp working the field opposite in a Northerly direction same time (Ken Murray)
  • Horton Country Park: Hobby (Bob Smith)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 3 Red Kite [2 quartering low with c6 Herring Gull over adjoining back gardens], Swift, Grey Wagtail collecting insects {Birch Wood stream}, 9 Blackcap, 2 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler (Neil Anderson)
  • Pinner Lloyd Court: Are building contractors total idiots? Came home to find my wife had dealt with a guy up a ladder fitting a new soffit board which would have blocked the hole where one brood of Starlings were still in situ! The soffit board remains un-fitted! (Richard Francis)
  • Purfleet: Turnstone (Fraser Simpson)
  • Raynes Park "garden": several families of Starling with fledglings visiting the garden all day (Paula Redmond)
  • Richmond to Ham (Thames): 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Tern (Peter Gray)
  • Richmond Park: m Wheatear (RPBG) 2 Wheatears, Peregrine (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Rotherhithe: 2 Common Buzzard circled Rope Street 1200 (Richard Bonser)
  • Scadbury Park: 2 Pheasant, 2 Buzzard, 2+ Swift, Swallow, 10+ Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 8+ Chiffchaff, 2+ Treecreeper, 3+ Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Southfields, SW18: Coal Tits in garden frantically collecting food, so hopefully have bred again locally, probably at the bottom of the garden (Martin Honey)
  • Southgate "Ivy Rd Rec Grnd": m Goldcrest singing (Robert Callf)
  • Staines Moor: Northern Wheatear, 4 Lapwing on ground, Peregrine, Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, 20+ Blackcap, 10 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Cettis Warbler, 30 + Linnet, 6 Reed Bunting, 8 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 3 Pheasant, 2 Common Tern, plus many other usual birds (Nick Baker)
  • Stoke Newington West Res: Common Sandpiper (Garry James)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 2 Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 8 Swift, possible Sedge Warbler only had briefest of views in scrub by lake (P Kite)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Common Whitethroat, 13 Chiffchaff, 19 Blackcap, Lapwing, 6 Rook, 5 House Martin, pair Coot, 5 singing Goldcrest {Muntjac} (John Colmans) Also 31 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, 7 House Martin, 4 Swallow, Little Owl, Mistle Thrush, 26 Common Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch, Willow Warbler, 2 Mandarin Duck + 3 ducklings, Common Buzzard, Linnet, 3 Lapwing, Hobby displaying over Folly Farm [FOY], 2 Tufted Duck [Long Pond], 5 Swift. (Samuel Levy) Belmont Farm: Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap, 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Swift {Red Admiral, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly} (Samuel Levy)
  • Totteridge Fields: 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Common Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap, 2 Swift, 2 Common Buzzard (Samuel Levy)
  • Upper Dollis Valley: Denham Farm - 12 Blackcap, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Swallow, 6 Chiffchaff, 12 Swift, 5 Common Whitethroat, Collared Dove, 2 Red Kite, 4 Common Buzzard. {Small Copper, Peacock} (Samuel Levy)
  • Virginia Water. Marginally outside the formal area for records, but there was a first summer male Common Scoter there with a Tufted Duck male, c.12 noon from the South path about half way down, Hobby (T Donegan/B Huertas/Lucas DH)
  • West Dulwich: 1 Swift going into nest repeatedly on Alleyn Park Road (Paul Collins)
  • Woodberry Wetlands: m Scaup (Chris Farthing)

Thursday 14th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Swallow, Little Egret N, Common Buzzard NE, Peregrine, m Common Whitethroat (APOG Birders)
  • Brookmill Park: Little Egret, Song Thrush, 3 singing Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)  Hi Conrad could you give any tips or advice about seeing the Kingfisher? We have been trying to spot it for a while now but haven’t seen one for about a year here (Dan Stephens) The Kingfisher has been elusive recently, I've only seen it twice this month and only once in April. All three sightings were glimpses as it flew past. Hopefully it will be more obliging later in the year, in the meantime its a question of luck (Conrad Ellam) Although I have not been there for a while, there was at least 1 Kingfisher at Ladywell Fields, which I have seen both sides of the bridge over the Ravensbourne. In case that's any help (Paul Francis)
  • Bushy Park: 3 Common Whitethroat, Shelduck, 4 Swallow, 4 Swift, Reed Bunting, 9 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Kestrel, 4 Skylark, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Spencer Neal)
  • Cockfosters "Chalk Lne, EN4": 4 House Sparrow f & 3juv (Robert Callf)
  • Covert Way LNR: m Lesser Whitethroat singing, m Common Whitethroat singing, m Blackcap singing, Chiffchaff singing (Robert Callf)
  • Cray Valley BR5: 2 Gadwall, 5+ Common Buzzard, 20+ Swift, Kingfisher, 12+ House Martin, singing Cetti's Warbler, 1+ singing Reed Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch. 44 species in Cray Valley today (Jack Headley)
  • Frays Farm Meadows LWT: Grasshopper Warbler still as previously (Dan Pinkham)
  • Greenford "UB6": 2-3 Red Kite, 2+ Swift over garden (Neil Anderson)
  • Greenford to Hanwell Zoo "Brent corridor": m Mandarin, Grey Heron, 6 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 11 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, singing Goldcrest {m Banded Demoiselle} {Neil Anderson)
  • Hampstead Heath: probable f Wheatear but very distant, Reed Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat (Reuben Braddock)
  • Ladywell Fields: Kingfisher, Blackcap (Tom Moulton)
  • Lamorbey Park "Sidcup" : Tufted Duck pr, Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 singing Blackcap (Mike Amos)
  • Mile End Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 House Martin, 2 singing Blackcap (Harry Harrison)
  • Pauls Cray Hill Park BR5: Common Buzzard, Kestrel, singing Skylark, Whinchat, Whitethroat, 4+ Linnet, 2 Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Pinner HA5: Red Kite harried by crow, Coal Tit , Goldfinch (Nigel Barratt)
  • Ponder's End Lake: Osprey , was headed north , then mobbed and i lost it looking west @ 19.00 pic here (Jamie Patridge)
  • Rainham "Thames Riverside": Little Gull ad flew east 0810, 8 Common Tern, Spoonbill distantly on Target Pools view only from river wall, 2 Corn Bunting on south side of 'greened tip mound' , 1 Hobby , 100+ Swift (Steve Bacon) 2 Cuckoos together on local reserve south of A13 (Patrick Parrinder)
  • Richmond, Selwyn Avenue: 2 Hobby together overhead 1800 (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Richmond Park: Grey Wagtail pair, 2 Pied Wagtail pairs, large numbers of House Martins (Alex Westenberger)
  • Rotherhithe: 2cy Common Gull, 14 Black-headed Gull (Richard Bonser)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: 1 Collared Dove, 7 Blackcap (Richard Bonser)
  • Sidcup: "The Hollies": Blackcap 2m 1f, Chiffchaff, Stock Dove, Buzzard [performed barrel-rolls and flew upside down to escape attention from mobbing crow], Peregrine, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Swift [descended to 10ft to feed over newly cut grass], Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (Eric Brown).Hi Eric. Can you tell me where "The Hollies" is? Is this it: https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Hollies+Countryside+Club/@51.440268,0.0968693,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d8aeadf5a8eec3:0xecd479e336655b5e!8m2!3d51.440268!4d0.099058. Thanks, Mike Edwards
  • Thames Barrier: Common Buzzard, Great Crested Grebe, 55 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull (Ian Ellis)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 15 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, Peregrine, Goldcrest, 4 Swallow, 6 House Martin, Nuthatch, 38 Stock Dove, 22 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Mistle Thrush, 7 Swift, Common Buzzard, Bullfinch, 2 Coot, 2 Mandarin Duck & 4 ducklings, 32 Rook, Kestrel, 3 Lapwing, 2 Pied Wagtail, Little Owl (Samuel Levy)
  • Watermeadows Open Space: 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Swallow S, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff (Jack Headley)
  • Jeffreys Road-Stockwell: c40 House Sparrows along road, some at nests.Bumper year here (Michael Mac)

Wednesday 13th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Swallow, Little Egret, 2 Greylag Goose (APOG Birders)
  • Beddington Farm: c70 Swifts, 2 Swallow (Michael Mac)
  • Brent Reservoir: 3 Common Sandpiper north marsh (Andrew Self) 100 - 150 Swift, 2 Egyptian Geese, 26 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, Little Grebe, 4 Stock Dove, 4 Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Tern, 25 Cormorant, Kestrel, 7 Reed Warbler, 4 Swallow, 10 House Martin, Cetti's Warbler, 16 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Greenfinch. (Samuel Levy)
  • Bushy Park: 3 Mandarin Duck small yng ducklings led by their mother across lime avenue to overflow pond nr hampton gate, Common Whitethroat, Swallow, Kestrel, Nuthatch, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Skylark, 8 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Green Woodpecker, 2 Red-crested Pochard, Great Crested Grebe (Spencer Neal)
  • Gillespie Park, Highbury: Red Kite west, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Whitethroat (David Bradshaw)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Great Crested Grebe pr incubating, m Mute Swan, 3 Greylag Goose, m Egyptian Goose, m Common Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck pr, 10 Stock Dove together, 2 Green Woodpecker, ad m Grey Wagtail, 3+ Treecreeper ad feeding 2juvs [FL], 12ad Starling (Robert Callf)
  • Gutteridge Wood: Little Egret (Barry Wilson)
  • Hampstead Heath: Crossbill flew N 0631 [London FOY?] (Jamie Cedar)
  • Harold Park Farm, Nazeing: 3 Northern Wheatear, Mistle Thrush, 10 Red-legged Partridge, 7 Linnet, 12 House Sparrow, 8 local Swallow (Martin Shepherd)
  • Hemans Estate Community Garden: pr Great Tits feeding young in box on dried mealworms, c8 House Sparrows eating same, Goldfinch. All eating 160g dried meal worms a day, £1 per 100g from Poundland but RSPB £4 100g in Sainsburys (Michael Mac) 900g for £6.50 in Wilko....500g for £5 now ,just checked (MM) Yes, but if you get the 900g box for £6.50, it works out cheaper per unit weight...I've bought what you mention last year in a bag, yesterday shelf was marked £5 for 500g-but sold out.
  • Mitcham Common: 17 Swift some very low down, enter Hobby, Swallow, Willow Warbler, 3 singing Greenfinch, only 2 singing Whitethroat {Speckled Wood} (Michael Mac)
  • Motspur Park: Cuckoo singing in Joseph Hood Park(Vici Reid per Bob Smith)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 3 Red Kite [1 very high], Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 7 Swift, 10 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, m Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet pr (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Oaks Golf Course "Banstead": 2 Firecrest, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush (Arjun Dutta)
  • Oakwood Park: 2 Nuthatch pr still feeding yng in nest hole [NY] {Small White} (Robert Callf)
  • Perivale: Red Kite low over garden [UB6]; Horsenden Hill East: Kestrel, Kingfisher, 2 Reed warblers, Reed Bunting, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Swift, Greenfinch, Song Thrush (Andrew Peel/Toni Menezes)
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  • Pinner Lloyd Court: 20+ Magpies together, some pictured, fledged Starlings and Blackbird (Richard Francis)
  • Purfleet: 4 Dunlin, Curlew, 3rd-s Yellow-legged Gull (Fraser Simpson) *Southgate "Ivy Rd Rec Grnd": 17ad Starling - still awaiting the first juvs (Robert Callf)
  • Wandsworth Common: Hobby circling over at 1600 (Nick Rutter)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Hobby, c200 Swift, c100 House Martin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Tern, 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Winchmore Hill "Houndsden Gutter, N21": 3 Grey Wagtail pr & juv [FL], 2 Mistle Thrush pr (Robert Callf)

Tuesday 12th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Garden Warbler singing from near Redston Pond, Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 20+ Swift, Common Buzzard E, pair Pochard, 2m Common Whitethroat, Peregrine (APOG Birders)
  • Barham Park, Wembley: 2 Swallow, 5 Swift, Blackcap and Chiffchaff (Shailesh Patel)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Common Sandpiper north marsh (Andrew Self)
  • Brockley “SE4”: Peregrine high over towards Brookmill Park (D Stephens)
  • Bromley "BR2": Greenfinch m - first seen in garden since early August 2019 (Martin Draper)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, Stock Dove, Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap (Conrad Elam) Hi Conrad could you give any tips or advice about seeing the Kingfisher? We have been trying to spot it for a while now but haven’t seen one for about a year here (Dan Stephens)
  • Bushy Park: Common Whitethroat (Spencer Neal) Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Greenfinch, 2 Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, 5 Mistle Thrush, 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Skylark, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Swallow (Ian R Watson)
  • Crayford Rough: 28 species incl Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 14 Swift, 2 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 12 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch {Green Hairstreak} (Ralph Todd)
  • Crossness NR seen or heard : 12 Cetti`s Warbler, 18 Reed Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Cuckoo, 12 Swift, 4 Grey Heron, Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 3 Lapwing, Skylark, 2 Song Thrush, 9 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck,2 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 12 Greylag Goose & 29 young, 6 Canada Goose & 6 young, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Linnet, Cormorant, 2 Water Vole, (Bernie Weight) Thames & Foreshore low tide : 51 Shelduck, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, 48 Gadwall, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, Great Black-backed Gull, c 350 Black-headed Gull (Bernie Weight)
  • Dollis Brook/Frith Manor: 2 Common Buzzard, 6 - 8 House Martin, 2 Swift, 2 Blackcap, Mistle Thrush {Muntjac} (John Colmans)
  • Finchley "Garden N3": 10+ Swift (Samuel Levy)
  • Gunpowder Park: Buzzard, 4 Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, 3 Song Thrush, Blackcap, singing Reed Warbler, singing Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 10 House Sparrow (Harry Harrison)
  • Gutteridge / Ten Acre Woods: Nightingale, 2 Cuckoo, Whitethroat, Swallow, Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Buzzard, Red Kite (Jim Fell)
  • Hampstead Heath: Parliament Hill, Garden Warbler briefly at 0700, 2 Yellow Wagtails over (Pete Mantle/Jamie Cedar)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: 2 Reed Warblers singing in the beds, Little Egret on river, Common Tern flew S down Lee Navigation (Alastair Dent)
  • Mudchute Farm: Garden Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Sean Huggins)
  • Oakwood Park: m Tawny Owl hooting 0010, 5 Swift, m Pied Wagtail, 2 Nuthatch pr feeding yng in nest hole, 13+ Jackdaw, f Chaffinch carrying white hair [nesting material], 2 Goldfinch pr {Small Heath} (Robert Callf)
  • Perivale Park: Red Kite high E, 2 Swift, Grey Wagtail (R. Brent), Pied Wagtail, 4 Common Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff {Cinnamon Bug} (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Purfleet: 5 Hobby (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: 3 Red Kite, 6+ Buzzard, 12 Black-headed Gull - 6 pairs five of which nest-building, 0 Common Terns, 16 Greylag - 4 pairs and two broods of 5 & 3 young (J Wilczur/ S Woolfenden/ P Pentek/ H Bradshaw)
  • Rotherhithe: Common Tern, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Blackcap (Richard Bonser)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: Collared Dove, 20 House Sparrow, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap (Richard Bonser)
  • Seventy Acres Lake: imm m Marsh Harrier at 0800, Hobby, 20+ House Martin, Cuckoo, 3+ Garden Warbler (Simon Papps)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Shelduck, Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Lapwing over, 25+ Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 3 Song Thrush, Garden warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 12+ House Sparrow, 8 Greenfinch. (Harry Harrison) c350 Swift, 250 House Martin, 50 Swallow, 30 [non-resident] Sand Martin between 0705 and 0745 over relief channel/KGV Reservoir north east bank (Martin Shepherd)
  • Sidcup "The Hollies": Chiffchaff singing, 4 Blackcap singing, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Peregrine, 4 Stock Dove, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit (Eric Brown)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 16 Blackcap, 16 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, Bullfinch, 2 Nuthatch, 21 Stock Dove, 2 Treecreeper, Collared Dove, 6 Swallow, Little Owl, 28 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Pied Wagtail, 32 Rook, 3 Lapwing, 2 Tufted Duck [Long Pond], 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Linnet, 2 Mistle Thrush, Willow Warbler, Grey Heron, 2 Mandarin Duck & 4 ducklings, 2 Coot, 19 Swift. (Samuel Levy)
  • Wandsworth: 2 House Martin past Northcote Road (Mark H)
  • West Harrow: Grey Heron over 0830 - my FOY locally, 2 Buzzard thermalling 1040-1045 - one mobbed by Peregrine & Herring Gull. Whilst watching the raptors a passing Blackbird relieved itself all over my bins - the highs and lows of lockdown birding! (Alex Massey)
  • West Putney, SW15 from loft: 2 Shelduck NE, 2cy Shag E downriver cutting off the Barnes loop 1115, 6 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, juv Peregrine, Kestrel, Song Thrush NW my first for lockdown (R Kaye)

Monday 11th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Swallow, House Martin, m Common Whitethroat, Peregrine, 12+ Swift, 2 Egyptian Geese SE (APOG Birders)
  • Bushy Park: 30+ Swift (Paula Redmond)
  • Clapham Common: Reed Warbler singing, Mount Pond. Very windy and cold! (Mark H)
  • Cray Valley BR5: Cormorant N, f Kestrel, 30+ Swift, 3 Swallow, 4 House Martin, singing Cetti's Warbler, singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch (Jack Headley)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Coot over at 21:40 (Samuel Levy)
  • Hollyoak Wood Park, Sidcup DA15: Cormorant NE, Little Egret towards Lamorbey, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4+ Blackcap 3m 1f, 2 Nuthatch pr with yng in nest (Ian Stewart)
  • Mayflower Park: 2 Egyptian Geese with four goslings (Bob Smith)
  • Palfrey Place-Stockwell: 30+ House Sparrows round feeders/shrubs, possible nest in tall shrub (Michael Mac)
  • Pinner Lloyd Court: 16+ Starlings collecting food on back lawn, 3 with rings (Richard Francis)
  • Pepys Park, Deptford: Song Thrush, Blackcap, 10 House Sparrow (Richard Bonser)
  • Purfleet: 380 Swift N/1h (Fraser Simpson)
  • Ravenor Park, Greenford: Red Kite, Green Woodpecker, pr Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Richmond Park: Short-eared Owl in flight - photographed (Sam ? per P.Redmond); Little Owl, m Stonechat - 6:30pm N of Lower Pen Pond (Tim Vine)
  • Rotherhithe: 3 Black-headed Gull W, Peregrine over (Richard Bonser)
  • St Paul's Cray: Common Buzzard circling Chapmans Ln early evening (Jack Headley)
  • Thames Ditton: {Grey Seal feeding on perch 1447} (Paula Redmond)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 15 Chiffchaff, 16 Blackcap, Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest, 20 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Bullfinch, 2 Coot, 2 Mandarin + 4 Ducklings, Grey Heron, Willow Warbler, 7 Swallow, 5 Stock Dove, 32 Rook, 3 Lapwing, 2 Pied Wagtail, Nuthatch, Greenfinch, Common Buzzard. (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: Egyptian Goose, 5m Mandarin Duck, Red Kite, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 singing m Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush carrying food, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Long-tailed Tit pr still feeding yng in nest {f Small Copper} (Robert Callf)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Yellow Wagtail, Garden Warbler (Mark Wardman)

Sunday 10th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 3 Red Kite, 3 Swallow E, 2 pairs Pochard, Peregrine (APOG Birders)
  • Bermondsey: 2 Swift west at 0830 (John Cadera)
  • Brent Reservoir: Common Sandpiper (Andrew Self)
  • Brookmill Park: Stock Dove, 3 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Common Tern, Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, Kestrel, 2 Swallows perched on the stockyard weathervane, 7 Swifts, 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Red-crested Pochard, Reed Bunting (Spencer Neal)
  • Cray Valley BR5: 2 Tufted Duck S, Red Kite NW 1345, f Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Black-headed Gull N, 30+ Swift, 16 Swallow [1 N & 15 SE], 2 singing Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2+ Common Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch (Jack Headley)
  • Dartford Marshes: Hobby, Buzzard, 4 Lapwing, Common Sandpiper (Phil Thompson)
  • Deptford: 2 Shelduck flew S over Deptford Creek 0600 (Richard Bonser)
  • Denham Quarry: 2 pairs Great Crested Grebes, Common Tern, 3 Black-headed Gulls, lost count of all the Swallows, Swifts and House Martins skimming over the boating lake (Wendy Marks)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Canada Geese over at 10:33 2nd garden record (Samuel Levy)
  • Finsbury Park: Hobby flew low west at 0837 (Chris Farthing)
  • Foots Cray Meadows: 4 Gadwall 3m&1f (Jack Headley)
  • Greenford to Ealing Hospital "Brent corridor": m Mandarin, 2 Grey Heron, Red Kite, Kestrel, 11 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12+ Swift, Swallow, 16 Blackcap, 4 Common Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff (Neil Anderson)
  • Gutteridge Wood: Hobby, 2 Red Kite, Kestrel, Buzzard, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 6 Common Whitethroat (Nigel Dodd)
  • Harefield "back garden": Hobby, Red Kite, plus Cetti's Warbler calling from nearby Grand Union Canal (Wendy Marks)
  • Priest Hill: 8 Common Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Kestrel, Grey Heron, 2 Pheasant (Neil Batten)
  • Pymmes Park: Mandarin pr & 6 chicks (James Palmer)
  • Richmond Park: 3 Common Tern (Philip Briggs)
  • Rotherhithe: 2cy Yellow-legged Gull Greenland Dock, 70 Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Peregrine (Richard Bonser)
  • Sidcup DA14 garden: 1145 Red Kite S then climbed and drifted N [FOY], 4 Swift high N (Bernie & Sylvia Weight)
  • Streatham Common: 1345 Red Kite heading W, 27 Blue Tits nesting, of which 24 in nest boxes.
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 23 Blackcap, 8 House Martin, 10 Swallow, 10 House Sparrow, 14 Chiffchaff, 30 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Grey Heron, Willow Warbler, 4 Mandarin Duck 2 broods of duckling 4 & 2 at Darlands, 2 Coot, 13 Swift, 2 Black-headed Gull (rare May record), 6 Stock Dove, Bullfinch, 32 Rook, Red Kite, 3 Lapwing, Pied Wagtail, Common Buzzard, Nuthatch, Collared Dove. (Samuel Levy)
  • Upper College Farm: 2-4 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 5+ Swift, 4+ Skylark, Swallow, 5+ Blackcap, 18+ Whitethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, 2+ Chiffchaff, 2+ Linnet, 2+ Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Buzzard (James Palmer); Cuckoo heard at 715 and 745, Garden Warbler (Marcin Kempa)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 7 Whimbrel, c200 Swift, c50 House Martin, c20 Sand Martin, Swallow (Rhys Evans); 2 Hobby at 1650 and 1705 heading S just E of Lockwood (Lol Bodini)
  • Wanstead Flats: 102 Herring Gull, 60 Egyptian Geese, 2m Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Canada Goose broods (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wanstead Park: 5 Tufted Duck, pr Great Crested Grebe nesting, 2 Canada Goose broods, Greylag Goose brood, 2 pr Mute Swan inc one with 7 cygnets, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, 7 pr Coot nesting [Perch Pond only] (Daniel Whitelegg)

Saturday 9th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 2 Common Tern circled Wood Green Res then E [FOY], Garden Warbler singing from NW perimeter playing fields, Willow Warbler, m Common Whitethroat, 2 Greylag Goose, Peregrine (APOG Birders)
  • Battersea Park Lake: m Sparrowhawk, 4 Gadwall, pr Pochard, 16 Greylag and 2pr Canada Goose with broods, brood of Mallard, 7 Mandarin Duck, 10 Egyptian Geese [5 young], singing Song Thrush, 6 Blackcap. 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull (Michael Mac)
  • Blackheath: m Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, Swift, Egyptian Goose [pair with 5 young], House Sparrow, Jackdaw. (D Stephens)
  • Brookmill Park: 2 Little Egret, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Swift, 4 Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam); Song Thrush, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, Red Kite [flying very high overhead due west at 1700] (D Stephens)
  • Bushy Park: 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, 10 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 8 Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, Egyptian Goose- two successful broods of 6 each, close to adult size [Leg of Mutton Pond and Triss's Pond], another two broods in the park failed, - no sign of Red-crested Pochard brood of 1, presumed to have failed (Spencer Neal); Common Buzzard (Mike Foster)
  • Chingford: Turtle Dove flew fast & fairly low, NE between Pole Hill and Yardley Hill into distance at 1650 (A Middleton)
  • Enfield EN2 "private site": f Whinchat (Stephen Witherford per RM Callf)
  • Finchley "Garden N3": 7 Swift, Common Buzzard, Hobby {Holly Blue} (Samuel Levy)
  • Hampstead Heath: 6 Greylag Goose, new Reed Warbler Highgate no1 pond, Kestrel (Jamie Cedar)
  • Harold Park Farm, Nazeing: f Whinchat 0735, 4 Wheatear, 30 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer, 8 Skylark, 3 Red-legged Partridge, Brown Hare (Martin Shepherd)
  • Highgate Cemetery: Hobby, 2 Common Buzzard over seen from flat (Jamie Cedar)
  • Hornsey: Garden N8 - Hobby NW 1636, Peregrine, Kestrel, Little Egret NW (Bob Watts)
  • Isle of Dogs: 3 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 3 Common Sandpiper, pair Egyptian Geese with 5 small young. All along Thames between Saunders Ness and Poplar rowing club (Sean Huggins)
  • Lamorbey Park "Sidcup": Cormorant over, 6 Egyptian Goose [4 juv], Herring Gull over,  3 Stock Dove, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush pr, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Jackdaw, 5 singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff, 4 Swifts over my garden this evening (Mike Amos)
  • Limetrees Park Golf Course, Northolt: 5 Red Kite, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Common Whitethroat {Brown Argus, 2 Common Blue, 2 Small Copper, Hairy Dragonfly} (Neil Anderson)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 7 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, both broods still 5 & 6 ducklings, 2 Gadwall a pair, Common Tern, 30 Black-headed Gull catching insects over trees, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 8 Reed Warbler, 4 Robin inc 1 fledged young, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Swift including a pair copulating in mid air, 5 House Martin (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Oakwood Park: 6 Tufted Duck 3m 3f Conservation Pond, m Lesser Whitethroat singing, m Common Whitethroat singing, m Blackcap singing, Chiffchaff {7+ Mother Shipton, Small Heath} (Robert Callf)
  • Plumstead Common/Winns Common: 3 Swift, Red Kite at 1745 (George Kalli)
  • Purfleet: 2 Grey Plover, 10 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 3rd-s Yellow-legged Gull, 3rd-s Caspian Gull, 2 Arctic Tern, 4 Hobby, (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham RM13 garden: Hobby, Cuckoo, Common Buzzard, 5 Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Sparrowhawk, Mistle Thrush, Ring-necked Parakeet (Richard Harrison)
  • Richmond Park: Pen Ponds - 5 Black-headed Gull- none appear to be nesting; 0 Common Tern; 0 Cormorant - none nesting (There was one Common Tern at Pen Ponds early this morning (Alex Westenberger)) (There were at least 5 Common Terns present at dawn (Ben Chapple); 6 Greylag Geese - no goslings seen; 3 Great Crested Grebe (J.Wilczur)
  • Rotherhithe: 2 Common Tern Greenland Dock, 2cy Yellow-legged Gull Durand's Wharf/Greenland, 18 Black-headed Gull, 2cy Common Gull, Sparrowhawk, Blackcap, 2 Egyptian Goose (Richard Bonser)
  • Ruislip Lido: Reed Warbler [near outdoor gym], Grey Wagtail, 4 Common Tern, 2 Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Sean Moore)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: 5 Collared Dove, 7 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Jay, 25 House Sparrow (Richard Bonser)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: drake Common Scoter off KGV Reservoir at 0705 and appeared to fly NW, Little Egret N, 2 Kingfisher, 18+ Sand Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail, singing Cetti's Warbler, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat (Simon Papps)
  • Stockwell: Red Kite over N 1500, 3 Swift (Jack Hill)
  • Swanscombe Marsh: singing Nightingale, 3 reeling Grasshopper Warbler (Jack Headley)
  • Thames Barrier: Red Kite north at 1250 (Ian Ellis)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 5 Swift, 2 Coot, Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 32 Rook, 2 Swallow, Willow Warbler, 19 Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 24 Common Whitethroat, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Linnet. {Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Orange-Tip, 6 Peacock, Common & Azure Blue, Blue-tailed & Large Red Damselfly, 2 Emperor Dragonfly} (Samuel Levy) 
  • Turnford Lee Valley: 5 Hobbies, i Cuckoo heard (J-P Elmes) 
  • TW12 2HA Tagg's Island: Egyptian Goose brood of 18 is now down to 17, feeding at St Albans Riverside with parents, Mute Swan brood, Canada Goose brood (Spencer Neal)
  • Upper College Farm "Bexley", seen or heard: 12 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Skylark, Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Greenfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Pheasant m, 2 Linnet, {Small Heath (foy)}, (Bernie Weight); Sparrowhawk, 10+ Swift, 2+ Swallow, Reed Warbler singing, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2+ Bullfinch (Ian Stewart)
  • Waltham Abbey church: 2 Hobby, 2 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, 4 Swift, 2 Grey Wagtail (Simon Papps)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 adult Mediterranean Gull north at 0700, Garden Warbler (Jamie Partridge, David Callahan); Cuckoo north at 0810 (Mark Wardman)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Cuckoo N over Lockwood, 2 Mediterranean Gull N, 12 Common Tern, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Sand Martin, 21 Black-headed Gull, Lesser Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker, 33 Lesser Black-backed Gull nests, 19 Herring Gull nests (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wanstead Flats: 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, 25 House Sparrow, 4 Mistle Thrush, 3 Skylark, Song Thrush, 2 Swift, 17 Common Whitethroat. (Harry Harrison)
  • Woodford Green: Honey-buzzard over heading SE at 1243 [imaged just!] (Ken Murray)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Common Whitethroat, Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpeckers nesting, plus green Common Lizard Little Scrubs area - first personal record of lizard in this area (Francis O'Sullivan)

Friday 8th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Reed Warbler [FOY], 2m Common Whitethroat, Peregrine, 20+ Swift (APOG Birders)
  • Balham: Barn Swallow south over Fontenoy Road [SW12] 1630; at least two pairs of Swifts intermittently present over Bedford Hill this afternoon (Nick Moll)
  • Belsize Park: 2 Swift circled low over twice, calling at 1245 - my first local sighting this year (K Duke)
  • Bushy Park: Common Whitethroat dukes head passage gate, Cetti's Warbler (Spencer Neal)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2-3 Shoveler, 2 Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, 2 Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, Firecrest singing in Hawthorns by mouth of Cray personal site first (Ian Stewart)
  • Crossness: 2 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing inc juv, 6+ Common Tern, Cuckoo, 2+ Sand Martin, Swallow, Lesser Whitethroat {Hairy Dragonfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly} (Ian Stewart)
  • Dartford Marshes: Buzzard, Little Owl, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Common Sandpiper, 11 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Reed Bunting, Garden Warbler, 26 Commic Tern (Phil Thompson)
  • East Barnet: probable Black Kite 1055 gliding NW very dark looking in good light, only slightly forked tail (D Bates)
  • Edgwarebury Lane: Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Swallow, House Martin, Collared Dove, Mistle Thrush, Buzzard, Kestrel (Mark Mulrooney)
  • Finchley "Garden N3": 4 Common Buzzard, 3 Mallard N, 10 Swift, 4 Swallow, 8 Red Kite E/SE, Sparrowhawk. {Large Red Damselfly} (Samuel Levy)
  • Fryent CP: Tawny Owl called 0930, 2 Swift, Reed Warbler singing in hedgerow, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat (Andrew Self)
  • Greenwich: 8 Swift (Ray Crouch)
  • Grovelands Park: 2 Great Crested Grebe including one on nest [ON], 4 Cormorant, Grey Heron, m Mute Swan w/ orange darvic 4EIT, 2 Greylag Goose, m Egyptian Goose, 2m Mandarin Duck, m Common Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck 6m 3f, 3+ Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4m Blackcap singing, 3 Chiffchaff singing {2 Mother Shipton, Holly Blue, 2 Speckled Wood} (Robert Callf)
  • Gutteridge Wood: 2 Nightingale, Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat (Jim Fell); Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Cuckoo [initially heard but then seen flying over pool calling towards Ten Acre Wood], Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler {Hairy Dragonfly over pool outside wood} (Neil Anderson)
  • Hampton Hill GC: Cuckoo calling (P. Woolliams per A. Self)
  • Hogsmill Riverside Open Space: f Green Woodpecker, heard but not seen (C Harrison)
  • Isle of Dogs: 2 Grey Wagtails Millwall Docks, 2 Grey Wagtails near Blackwall Basin [breeding pairs], pair of Egyptian Geese with 4 small young by the Blue Bridge (Sean Huggins)
  • Kempton Nature Reserve: Cuckoo heard calling at 1100 (Jude Wardman and Phil Wardman)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 4 Mallard,1 pair with 5 ducklings, not yesterday's birds, Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red Kite WNW 1000, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 5 Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting male at N end, pair of Song Thrush feeding a fledged young bird, so bred successfully despite all Crows, Magpies, Jays & Squirrels in area Amazing (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Mile End, Antill Road: My first 2 Swift over house. 4 House Sparrow daily on feeders (Harry Harrison)
  • Mill Hill, private pond near Nan Clark's Lane: single Whooper Swan - maybe domesticated? (Mark Mulrooney)
  • Motspur Park: Nightingale in Joseph Hood Park (Chris Northwood and Charlie Alpera per Bob Smith)
  • Muswell Hill: Turtle Dove NE 0654 a garden tick (Dominic Mitchell per Bob Watts)
  • Norwood Country Park: Yellowhammer [song recorded onto Chirpomatic with exact location, 07.19] (Caroline Brown)
  • Pinner HA5: 2 Red Kite, 3 Swift, Coal Tit (Nigel Barratt)
  • Purfleet: Yellow Wagtail (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: Lesser Whitethroat, Common Tern, Northern Wheatear and at 1020 possibly the same Black Kite spotted in East Barnet, seen flying East from Pen Ponds - Forked tail and overall dark (Alex Westenberger); Oystercatcher low over Pen Ponds heading NE (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Richmond to Ham (Thames): 3 Common Tern, 1 Common Sandpiper (Peter Gray)
  • Rotherhithe: 1st-summer Yellow-legged Gull Greenland Dock/Durand's Wharf, 50 Herring Gull, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Black-headed Gull, 10 House Martin (Richard Bonser)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap (Richard Bonser)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 6 Pheasant, 2 Little Egret, Common Buzzard, 5 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, c15 Stock Dove, 3 Cuckoo [Gutteridge bird seen flying back there calling with second bird & chased by 3 Jackdaw. When I went round the opposite side of Ten Acre Wood another bird was heard from the end of Yeading Brook meadows], 3 Skylark, Grey Wagtail, 5+ Swallow, Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Rook feeding with Crows, 4 Linnet (Neil Anderson)
  • Thames Barrier: 3 House Martin, 4 Swift, 3 Greylag, 4 Common Tern, 3 Oystercatcher, 55 Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull (Ian Ellis)
  • Tooting Common: 2 Red Kite over at 0925 and 1015 (Alan Wilkinson)
  • Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 14 Chiffchaff, 20 Blackcap, 20 Whitethroat, Coot, Rook [around nesting area but not counted] {plus 8 Rabbit} (John Colmans) Also Red Kite, 6 Swift, Common Buzzard, Treecreeper, Collared Dove. {Plenty of Large Red Damselfly, Ashy Mining Bee, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Emperor Dragonfly} (Samuel Levy)
  • Wanstead Flats: Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 20+ Swift, 8 House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 3m Skylark, 3 Pochard, Yellow-legged Gull, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Wanstead Birders)
  • Woodford Green: 2 Swift over 1215 [first local sighting this year] (Steve Howey)

Thursday 7th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, probable Hobby, 2 Peregrine, Common Buzzard, 2 Greylag Goose, 25+ Swift, LIttle Egret (APOG Birders)
  • Beddington Farmlands "fr public footpath": Common Sandpiper, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Cetti's Warbler, 28 Common Swift, Song Thrush, Kestrel, m Peregrine, 8 Little Grebe, 10 Sedge Warbler, 3 Linnet, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Chiffchaff, many Reed Warblers, Blackcaps, Common Whitethroat (Arjun Dutta)
  • Brent Reservoir: Northern Lapwing, Common Sandpiper (Andrew Self)
  • Blackheath: Sedge Warbler singing in bushes by army cadet building (Conrad Ellam)
  • Brookmill Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush juv, 5 Blackcap 3m 2f (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Cetti's Warbler, 1-2 Common Buzzard, Kestrel, 5 Barn Swallow, Swift, Common Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, Great Crested Grebe (Spencer Neal)
  • Collier Row, Romford: 2 Swift (G J Francis)
  • Edgwarebury Lane: Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, Collared Dove, Mistle Thrush (Mark Mulrooney)
  • Finchley "Garden N3": 9 Swift, House Martin, Kestrel, Peregrine, Grey Heron, Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby (Samuel Levy)
  • Harold Park Farm, Nazeing: 2 'Greenland' Wheatear at 0940 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Honor Oak Park SE23 "garden": Red Kite harassed by 3 crows to the E, heading N towards Brockley, m Great Spotted Woodpecker on suet feeder, called 4 times (Paul Francis)
  • Home Park: Red Kite high up harassed by Carrion Crow at 1115 (Mike Foster)
  • Kingston Bridge: Common Tern (Spencer Neal)
  • Limetrees Park Golf Course, Northolt: min 14 Red Kite [3 low over course & at one point 11 circling away from site], 2 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel [across A40], 43 Herring Gull {3 spp damselfly, 2m1f Hairy Dragonfly, Downy Emerald, 5 recently emerged Four-spotted Chaser, 2 Small Heath, Burnet Companion} (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull/Martin Musselwhite)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 25 Black-headed Gull catching insects near tops of willows, 2 Gadwall pair, 4 Pochard 2 pairs, 7 Mallard, inc a brood of 5 ducklings, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 House Martin nearby (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Long Lane Pasture: Singing Reed Warbler on main pond (Mark Fairless)
  • Malden Rushett: 2 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk (Nigel Jackman)
  • North Finchley: 3 Swift, Sparrowhawk, Greenfinch all over garden (John Colmans)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: 2 Red Kite [from Limetrees direction], 2 Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Swift, Swallow, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Orpington BR5: Cuckoo calling this morning, seen briefly, very scarce in this district (Charlie Carpenter)
  • Richmond to Ham (Thames): 2 Common Sandpiper at 0615 (Peter Gray)
  • Plumstead Common/Winns Common: Hobby1530 (George Kalli)
  • Purfleet: 2 Yellow Wagtail (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rotherhithe: 3 Common Sandpiper off Durand's Wharf 0830, 2 2cy Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Blackcap (Richard Bonser)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: 7 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff (Richard Bonser)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: Cuckoo calling at 1200 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Sidcup DA14 Garden 12.45: 5 Common Swift high, Sparrowhawk ( Bernie Weight)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: Hobby NE over 1505, 14 Swift, 4 Greenfinch (Neil Batten)
  • Sydenham SE26: First 2 Swift of the year seen - a small handful always comes to this postcode for the season (Terence Baker)
  • Sydenham, Bell Green Pond: incl. singing Song Thrush, singing Blackcap, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Keith Chambers)
  • Thames Barrier: 2 summer ad Mediterranean Gull over W at 1630; Peregrine (Ian Ellis)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 16 Chiffchaff, 26 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Swallow, Nuthatch, 2 Mistle Thrush, 32 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Stock Dove, Willow Warbler, 32 Rook, 2 Coot, 2 Bullfinch, Linnet, Red Kite, 3 Northern Lapwing, 2 Pied Wagtail, Collared Dove, Swift (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: 5m Mandarin Duck, 3 Stock Dove inc singing m, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 singing m Song Thrush, singing m Mistle Thrush, 5 singing m Common Whitethroat, m Garden Warbler singing, 7 singing m Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff inc seven singing, m Goldcrest singing, Treecreeper singing, m Chaffinch singing {Comma, 3 Peacock, 5 Small Copper, Small Heath, 3m Orange-tip} (Robert Callf)
18 Egyptian Goose young 7.5.20 Taggs Island by S. Neal

Egyptian Goose pair with brood of 18 goslings, Tagg's Island, 7 May 2020 (© Spencer Neal, 2020)

  • TW12 2HA, Tagg's Island: Brood of 18 Egyptian Goose very young small goslings with parents, plus another brood with parents further upriver, 3 Barn Swallow (Spencer Neal) *I went back at 5pm to double-check my count up close and there are 18, presumed to be one brood after reading the species is not thought to crèche and can lay up to 22 eggs. (Brood of 18 recorded in Kenya). No sign of co-parenting. Goslings appear to be same size. I have uploaded two photos onto the photo page. There was a case of brood amalgamation documented in Groningen (2014),-the first time it has been observed- so ultimately difficult to be certain on whether a single brood or amalgamation . SpN
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Cuckoo heard briefly around 0715 around Lockwood Res, Hobby, Redshank EW still, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroat (Lol Bodini/Quentin Given); Sandwich Tern around 1200 flying north from Lockwood Reservoir (Rhys Evans)
  • West Dulwich SE21: over garden 1m 1f Peregrine, 1 Buzzard mobbed by crows, 1 Swallow, 15 Swift (Paul Collins)

Wednesday 6th May 2020Edit

  • Abney Park Cemetery: m Tawny Owl calling 2147-2149 (Garry James)
  • Alexandra Park: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 30+ Swift, Swallow N, House Martin, 2 Greylag Goose, Little Egret W, Peregrine (APOG Birders)
  • Brockley, Barriedale Allotments: 9 Swift, singing Chiffchaff 1815 (Keith Chambers)
  • Bushy Park: Common Buzzard, Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret, 2 Common Whitethroat, 7 Swift (Spencer Neal)
  • Dartford Marshes: Yellowhammer W, 30+ Commic Tern downriver inc at least 4 Arctic Tern, 2 Little Egret, Cuckoo, 9 Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, 5 Swallow W, c15 Swift (Phil Thompson)
  • Upper Dollis Valley "Denham Farm": 11 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Swift, 14 Common Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Swallow, Common Buzzard, Kestrel (Samuel Levy)
  • Finsbury Park: Jackdaw over N, 60 Swift, 5m Red-crested Pochard, 2 Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk, Coal Tit singing, 3 Goldcrest singing, 2 Chiffchaff singing, 3 Blackcap singing (Niall T Keogh)
  • Finchley "Garden N3": Sparrowhawk, 8 Swift, Cormorant, Swallow (Samuel Levy)
  • Foots Cray Meadows 1 hr Walk PM: 12+ Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch,14 Tufted Duck, 3 Gadwall, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail (Bernie Weight)
  • Greenford to Hanwell Zoo "Brent corridor": m Mandarin, Grey Heron, Common Buzzard, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 7+ Swift, Nuthatch, 2 Common Whitethroat (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Greenwich: 10 Swift, 6 House Sparrow (Ray Crouch)
  • Hampstead Heath: 6 Swallows N, 1 2cy Black-headed Gull NW (Pete Mantle)
  • Hermitage Road-Upper Norwood: pr Collared Dove calling on roof, Swift-1st time walked down this road so not sure if doves long established (Michael Mac)
  • Highams Park Lake: 13 nesting pairs Coot, 2pr Tufted Duck, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Grey Wagtail, Stock Dove, Chiffchaff, 2 Swifts, f Mandarin with 3 chicks (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Hilly Fields, Lewisham: 12 Swift, Nuthatch 1700 (Keith Chambers)
  • Honor Oak Park SE23 "garden": immature 1st winter Sparrowhawk over N, seen again shortly after mildly harassed by 5 Goldfinch, and then carrying prey, presumably a Goldfinch (Paul Francis)
  • Horton Country Park: 2 Common Buzzard (Nigel Jackman)
  • Keston: Willow Warbler singing (Martin Draper)
  • Kingsbury, Roe Green Park: Swifts [first sighting of the year], Green Woodpecker (Mark Mulrooney)
  • Lewisham Park: 22 Swift at 1820 (David Capper)
  • Oakwood Park: 3 Coot pr & 1 chick, 4 Swift, m Lesser Whitethroat song-flighting, 11 Jackdaw {2 Large Red Damselfly mating, 5+ Mother Shipton, m Common Blue, Small Copper} (Robert Callf)
  • Orpington BR5 Red Kite over garden mobbed by the resident pair of crows (Charlie Carpenter)
  • Perivale UB6: 8-9 swifts over garden pm (Andrew Peel and Toni Menezes)
  • Pinner HA5: 5 Swift (Nigel Barratt)
  • Plumstead Common SE18 8 Common Swift over together heading N with purpose 1800 (Patrick English)
  • Purfleet: 2 Little Tern, 1st-s Mediterranean Gull, 2 Whimbrel (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rainham RM13 garden: Hobby, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 7 Swift, House Martin, Cormorant (Richard Harrison)
  • Richmond Park: Common Sandpiper at Upper Pen Pond, Meadow Pipit, Lesser Whitethroat, small passage of Swallows (Hugh Bradshaw)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 5 Arctic Tern north at 0610, Cuckoo calling at 0805 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Sidcup: The Hollies: 4 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 3 Swift, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Peregrine, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch; Lamorbey Park - 2 Grey Wagtail (feasting on huge insect hatch), Coot [with 2 juvs], Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush (Eric Brown)
  • Southfields, SW18: pale Common Buzzard high over garden heading S at 1530, 7 Common Swift (Martin Honey)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 12 Swift interacting over The Glade 1445 (Neil Batten)
  • Sydenham, Bell Green Pond: incl. Song Thrush, Greenfinch, 2 singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff (Keith Chambers)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 20 Chiffchaff, 27 Blackcap, Bullfinch, 2 Little Owl, 30 Common Whitethroat, 13 Stock Dove, Goldcrest, Willow Warbler, 2 Coot, 6 Mandarin Duck, 32 Rook, Collared Dove, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Lapwing, 3 Swallow, 2 Tufted Duck (Long Pond), Skylark [In song flight over Long Pond], 4 House Martin (Samuel Levy) Belmont Farm: 2 Blackcap (Samuel Levy)
  • Totteridge Fields: 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Swift, 5 Common Whitethroat, 2 Swallow, 2 Common Buzzard (Samuel Levy)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 2 Common Tern, 5 Common Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, Swallow, 40 Swift (Mark Wardman); Wheatear, 2 Canada Goose, 3 Linnet [rear paddocks] (Jon Agar)
  • Walthamstow Reservoirs: Common Redshank [East Warwick], 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern [No 4] (Alastair Dent); 2 Swallow N, 8 Reed Warbler singing, 4 Common Whitethroat singing (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Wanstead Flats: Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 20+ Swift, 4 Pochard, n Wheatear, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: pr Hobby, pr Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Egret, Coal Tit,  30+ Swift (Wanstead Birders)
  • Waterworks Reserve: 5 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Cetti's Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler (3 singing), Blackcap, Whitethroat, Grey Wagtail (Tom Stuart)
  • Worcester Park : 15 Swift interacting above Waitrose 1230 (Neil Batten)

Tuesday 5th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Hobby, Common Buzzard, 2 Perine, 30+ Swift, Sand Martin, House Martin, 3 Swallow, 4 Greylag Goose, Common Whitethroat (APOG Birders)
  • Barham Park,Wembley (HA0): 2 Swallow, 2 Swift, Chiffchaff and Blackcap (Shailesh Patel)
  • Berrylands: female Peregrine over garden before stooping down into Hogsmill NR, 9 Swift (Nick Tanner)
  • Brookmill Park: Blackcap, Chiffchaff (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: singing Willow Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, Swift, Pheasant (Spencer Neal)
  • Cornmill Gardens: Blackcap singing, hybrid Mallard with 9 chicks (Tom Moulton)
  • Ealing W13: 3 Swift E, Swallow N over garden (Bill Haines)
  • Edgwarebury Lane: Grey partridges, swallows, skylarks (Mark Mulrooney)
  • Greenford "UB6": 2 Red Kite, Common Buzzard (different to nearby country park bird which had several tail feathers missing), Peregrine, 3 Swift all over garden (Neil Anderson)
  • Highams Park Lake: Willow Warbler singing, f Mandarin with 4 chicks, pr Gadwall, 2 Stock Dove, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, 3 Tufted Duck (Daniel Whitelegg)
  • Home Park: about 20 Swift, about 20 Sand Martin, Skylark over Rick Pond at 1130 (Mike Foster)
  • Horton Country Park: Tree Pipit (Bob Smith)
  • Lamorbey Park "Sidcup": 8 Egyptian Goose [4 yng], Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Tufted Duck [pr], 2 Stock Dove, 100+ Woodpigeon, 2 Grey Wagtail [pr], singing Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush [pr], 3 singing Blackcap, 3 singing Chiffchaff (Mike Amos)
  • Lewisham, Orchard Estate, SE13: 7 Swift n, Blackcap singing in nearby garden (Conrad Ellam)
  • Lewisham Park: 2 Swift, Stock Dove (David Capper)
  • Malden Rushett: 3 Red Kite (Bob Smith)
  • North Finchley: 2 Swift over garden (John Colmans)
  • Northolt & Greenford CP: Common Buzzard, 4 Swift, Swallow, f Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Whitethroat, 14 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, 5 Linnet (Neil Anderson/Kathryn Bull)
  • Picketts Lock: Spotted Flycatcher in willows briefly (A Middleton)
  • Plumstead Common, SE18: Common Swift so far (Patrick English)
  • Plumstead Common/Winns Common, SE18: 4 Common Swift (George Kalli)
  • Purfleet: 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Yellow Wagtail (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Northern Wheatear and 2 Whinchat - also what seemed to be a possible White Stork flying over the northern edge of the park at 0940 - unconfirmed (Alex Westenberger)
  • Rotherhithe: 4 Gadwall upriver at Durand's Wharf 0745, Egyptian Goose, Peregrine, Black-headed Gull E, Common Gull [1st-summer], 2 Blackcap (Richard Bonser), Common Sandpiper, Lesser Whitethroat Surrey Water (Richard Page-Jones)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: 8 Swallow low W, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 2 Jay (Richard Bonser), Willow Warbler Stave Hill (Richard Page-Jones)
  • St Paul's Cray: 9+ Swift mostly N over Sevenoaks Way (Jack Headley)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: singing Lesser Whitethroat am, 2 Swift, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Black-headed Gull E (Neil Batten)
  • Swanley Park: 7 Canada Goslings, first breeding success since 2011, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Song Thrush feeding young, 4 Grey Wagtail, Swift, Swallow, House Martin (Andy Meaton)
  • Syon Park, River Thames: Kingfisher flew downriver 1850 (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Thames Barrier: 3 Common Tern, 3 Oystercatcher, Great Crested Grebe (Ian Ellis)
  • Upper College Farm "Bexley" seen or heard: 6 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 10 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 5 Skylark, 4 Black-headed Gull, Cetti's Warbler, 5 Canada Goose, 3 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, Grey Heron, 2 Goldfinch, (Bernie Weight)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Swallow, 6 Linnet rear paddocks, Lesser Whitethroat on Flood Relief Channel nearby (Alastair Dent)
  • Wanstead Flats: Willow Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, c20 Whitethroat territories, 20+ Swift, 4 Swallow, 4 House Martin, Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 7 Pochard [4m], 2 Gadwall, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon (Wanstead Birders)
  • Woodford Green: 2 Swallow, and 2 Swift distant and on high momentarily buzzed by a NW bound Yellow Wagtail (Ken Murray)
  • Watermeadows Open Space: 4 Greylag Goose S, 2 Egyptian Goose, Cormorant, 2 House Martin N 06.40, 3 Song Thrush, 7 Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff (Jack Headley)

Monday 4th May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Red Kite, 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 2 Greylag Goose, Linnet N, 10+ Swift, 2 Swallow N, House Martin (APOG Birders)
  • Beam Valley Country Park: Cuckoo m, 13 Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler (Matthew See)
  • Berrylands garden: 6 Swift E at 2030, two screaming, 4 silent [FOY] (Nick Tanner)
  • Blackwall Way E14: Common Whitethroat singing near Radisson Hotel (Sean Huggins)
  • Brent Reservoir: 4 Greylag Goose, Red Kite, Common Buzzard, 4 Common Tern, Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler (Andrew Self)
  • Brockwell Park: 7 Swifts over top pond - 2 joined/mated in flight (Michael Mac)
  • Bromley "BR2": Stock Dove on garden fence 0750 (Martin Draper)
  • Brookmill Park: Kingfisher, 3 Blackcap (Conrad Ellam)
  • Bushy Park: Red-crested Pochard brood of 1 still, 7 Skylark, 2 Shelduck (Spencer Neal)
  • Clapham Old Town: Swift around Maritime House nest site, hour before dusk-foy? (Michael Mac)
  • Crown Point/Norwood: 2 Jackdaw displaying highup-circling, then suddenly started stooping at high speed and not sure if a Peregrine involved as display went behind buildings (Michael Mac)
  • Dagenham Chase: Nightingale singing 1420-1530 at least (Matthew See)
  • East India Dock Basin: Reed Warbler singing, 4 Shelduck (Sean Huggins)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - 45 Swift (34N in tight spiralling flock 1130, 11 Local), 2 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 10 Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Hobby, 2 House Martin (Samuel Levy)
  • Gillespie Park: Red Kite high west at 0915 (David Bradshaw)
  • Greenford to Hanwell Zoo "Brent Corridor": Grey Heron, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, Hobby, posing m Kingfisher, 5 Swift, 2 Swallow, 2 Common Whitethroat (Neil Anderson)
  • Greenway: 3 Sand Martin, f Common Whitethroat, 2 singing Blackcap (Harry Harrison)
  • Hampstead Heath: 2 Reed Warbler boating pond, 2 Common Tern men's pond and 3rd over cohens field, 4 Linnet over, 4 Swift, 2 Buzzard, possible Sand Martin (Jamie Cedar); “1200-1315” Hobby N, 2 Buzzard E, 2 Swallow, 7 Swift, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler still (Reuben Braddock) [Saw the Hobby after speaking to you about it Ben! Reuben]
  • Honeydale Farm "Ruxley": Greenland Wheatear, 20+ House Martin, 5 Swallow, 25+ Linnet, 15 Pied Wagtail, 2+ singing Skylark (Jack Headley)
  • Lamorbey Park "Sidcup": 6 Egyptian Goose [4 yng], 100+ Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 singing Blackcap, Chiffchaff in evening visit (Mike Amos)
  • Lewisham: Common Buzzard NE over Smead Way 1743, 3 Swift (John Archer)
  • Margravine Cemetery: Stock Dove, 12 Long-tailed Tit [9 fledglings & 3 adults] (Nathalie Mahieu)
  • North Finchley: Swift [first here this year - three days earlier than last year] (John Colmans)
  • Pinner HA5: Red Kite harried away from crow nest site, Common Buzzard, 3 Swift, Coal Tit (Nigel Barratt)
  • Purfleet: Whimbrel, 8 Dunlin, Hobby (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park: fem Wheatear, 2 Whinchat [including a fully leucistic bird], Lesser Whitethroat, Peregrine (Hugh Bradshaw); Stonechat, Hobby [first of year] - north of Pen Ponds 1915 (Tim Vine)
  • Rotherhithe: Lesser Whitethroat singing Durand's Wharf, Common Tern Greenland Dock, 3 Black-headed Gull W, Chaffinch (Richard Bonser)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: 4 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, Common Tern over (Richard Bonser)
  • Sewardstone: Greenshank north calling at 0610, Mistle Thrush (Martin Shepherd)
  • Sidcup: The Hollies: 10 Swifts, first I've seen here this year appeared in group of three [very high], then lower group of five, then two — Swifts first seen here on exactly the same date last year, singing Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Stock Dove, Peregrine {3 Holly Blue, Peacock, Large White} (Eric Brown)
  • Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Red Kite, 30+ Swift, Sand Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail (Garry James)
  • Stoneleigh Broadway KT17: 3 Common Swift, male Sparrowhawk hunting local Starlings, male Grey Wagtail singing from roof of shops. Noticeable increase in House Sparrows over entire Stoneleigh area (Neil Batten)
  • Sutcliffe Park: 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler (P Kite)
  • Swanley Park: pr Egyptian Goose & 8 almost fully grown goslings. Also, Grey Wagtail (Jack Headley)
  • Teddington: 3 Swift (Ian R Watson)
  • Thames Barrier: 10 Whimbrel flew upriver in 3 groups [4 at 0954, 3 at 0956, 3 at 1008]; 3 adult Kittiwake circling then drifted high NW at 1735; 2 Swallow, 40 Black-headed Gull, 2 Linnet, Grey Wagtail (Ian Ellis)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 17 Chiffchaff, 20 Blackcap, 3 Coal Tit, 7 Swift, 19 Stock Dove, 3 Goldcrest, 39 Common Whitethroat, Pied Wagtail, 32 Rook, 4 Lapwing, 2 Mandarin Duck, Yellow Wagtail over Cow Field, m Firecrest, Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Coot, Common Buzzard, House Martin, Mistle Thrush. (Samuel Levy)
  • Trent Park: 13 Canada Goose 8 ad & 5 yng, 4m Mandarin Duck, 2 Red Kite together, m Garden Warbler singing, 1+ m Firecrest singing [mobile & elusive - possibly two birds], 2 Long-tailed Tit pr carrying food (Robert Callf)
  • Victoria Park: 7 Linnet, 5 House Sparrow, first of both species for a while perhaps because grass is unmown (Harry Harrison); 5 Swifts, 2 Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, 3 singing Blackcap, 1 singing Chiffchaff (Jan Dobbie)
  • Kilburn: Red Kite 1050 circling high tending south (Gavin Johnson)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Canada Goose, 3 Linnet, Little Egret (Jon Agar)
  • Worcester Park: Northern Wheatear female (Charlie Alpera per Bob Smith)

Sunday 3rd May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Whimbrel heard flying N 0840, m Common Whitethroat, 2 Greylag Goose, Peregrine, 4+ Swift (APOG Birders)
  • Barham Park, Wembley (HA0): 2 Swift, 2 Mistle Thrush and Chiffchaff (Shailesh Patel)
  • Beckenham Place Park: female Mandarin with duckling (Ed Bennett via A. Self)
  • Bromley "BR2": Common Buzzard 1318-1320 drifting SE (Martin Draper)
  • Bushy Park: Cetti's Warbler, 5 Swallow, 2 Common Whitethroat, 13 Chiffchaff, 19 Blackcap, 5 Song Thrush, 4 Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail, 3 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 4 Skylark, 7 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Green Woodpecker (Spencer Neal)
  • Brent Reservoir: 6 Greylag Goose, Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern, Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting (Andrew Self)
  • Crayford Marshes: 2cy Little Gull downriver in evening, 40+ Swift, 2 Egyptian Goose, 7+ Common Whitethroat, singing Lesser Whitethroat, Whimbrel, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Avocets in Aveley Bay, 21 Common Tern, 2 Cuckoo Marsh Harrier, 3+ singing Skylark, 6+ Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Common Sandpiper (Jack Headley)
  • Dartford Marshes: Grasshopper Warbler singing, 4 Cuckoo, at least 9 Skylark, 2 Whimbrel, Lapwing displaying, Little Ringed Plover displaying over gravel works, 10+ Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Common Sandpiper (Phil Thompson)
  • Denham Lock Wood: Cuckoo (Dan Pinkham)
  • Foots Cray Meadows pm: 14 Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 7 Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Black-headed Gull, 19 Tufted Duck, 3 Gadwall 2m 1f (Bernie Weight)
  • Gutteridge Wood: 2 singing Nightingale, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler (Neil Anderson); also Bullfinch, Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Egret, 2 Swallow (Nigel Dodd); Cuckoo, Reed Warbler, Red Kite, Buzzard, 4 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker,  2 Stock Dove (Deiniol Owen) 
  • Hampstead Heath: Cuckoo, calling 0612-0615, not heard afterwards (Matt Evans); Where was the cuckoo? Jamie - Hi Jamie, I [and other walkers and dog walkers] heard it when I was by the Men’s Pond, it was south-west of there - Matt; 3 Common Terns mobile across various ponds early morning, 1 Common Whitethroat (Tom Jordan); 15 Swift over and 3 Common Terns still mid-morning (Jamie Cedar)
  • Pinner HA5: Red Kite (Nigel Barratt)
  • Purfleet: Greenshank, Whimbrel, Avocet, 6 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 2 Arctic Tern, 1st-s Mediterranean Gull, Hobby (Fraser Simpson)
  • Rotherhithe: 1 Oystercatcher upriver past Old Salt Quay 1445, 2 House Martin (Richard Bonser), Reed Warbler singing at Canada Water (Richard Bonser, Richard Page-Jones)
  • Richmond Park: 11 Northern Wheatear [including 7 together at Holly Lodge Paddocks], Lesser Whitethroat, 2 pairs of Stonechat with fledged young (Hugh Bradshaw); Common Tern, Red Kite, 3 Swallow, Swift, Whinchat, 3 Common Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Skylark, 4 Reed Bunting (Andrew Boylan)
  • Ruislip Lido: 2 Common Tern, Grey Wagtail, Grey Heron, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker (Sean Moore)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: 1 Lesser Whitethroat (singing), 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap (Richard Bonser, Richard Page-Jones)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: Black Kite E 1650 about 600 feet up all dark six primary fingers triangular tail (Neil Batten)
  • Ten Acre Wood area: 8 Pheasant [inc 3 seen], Sparrowhawk, 10 Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 7 Skylark, 2 Wheatear, 22 Blackcap, 18 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff, singing Goldcrest, 4 Rook, 4 Reed Bunting, 3+ Linnet {2 Fox} (Neil Anderson); also 2 Swallow, Sedge Warbler, m Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, Red Kite (Nigel Dodd); Little Egret (Deiniol Owen)
  • Thames Barrier: 19 Mute Swan, 5 Swift (Ian Ellis)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 2 Mandarin Duck, 15 Stock Dove, Collared Dove, 3 Swift, Coot, 4 Lapwing, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 2 Common Buzzard, 32 Rook, Coal Tit, 4 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 21 Chiffchaff, 28 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 40 Common Whitethroat, 4 Goldcrest, m Firecrest [Owl Field], Nuthatch, 6 Starling, 3 Mistle Thrush, 4 House Sparrow [Frith Riding Stables], 2 Grey Wagtail with fledged young near Substation, Pied Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Linnet, 2 Greenfinch, m Reed Bunting (Old Gropper) (Samuel Levy)
  • Walthamstow Marshes: 2 Whinchat Bomb Crater Field, Garden Warbler singing Horseshoe Thicket, 16 Sand Martin Leyton Marsh/Lee Navigation (Alastair Dent)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: Arctic Tern, 10 Common Tern, 40 Swifts, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3m Reed Bunting, 5 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Great Black-backed Gull inc 2 prs, 10 House Martin, Northern Wheatear (Walthamstow Birders)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, 7 House Martin, 8 Swift, 3 Skylark, 3 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, pr Hobby, 4 Pochard (3m), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Linnet (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 2 Reed Warbler, 9-10 m Whitethroat, 30+ Swift, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine Falcon, Hobby, Rook (Wanstead Birders)
  • Worcester Park: Wood Warbler (Chris Northwood per Bob Smith)
  • Wormwood Scrubs: 5 Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Meadow Pipit collecting nesting material, Red Kite briefly 1000 before going north (Francis O'Sullivan)

Saturday 2nd May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: Common Buzzard, Willow Warbler, 2m Common Whitethroat, 3 Swift, Linnet, 2 Greylag (APOG Birders)
  • Balham: Hobby W over Thornton Ave at 1215, 2 Buzzard W at 1620 (Balham Birder); Red Kite, 19 Swift, Swallow, House Martin, 2 Sand Martin over W 1230-1430 (Nick Rutter)
  • Brent Reservoir: 62 species including 4 Greylag Geese, 2 Little Egret, Common Buzzard, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Tern, 50+ Swift, 6 House Martin, Swallow, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Common Whitethroat, 31 Blackcap, 12 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting (Brent Birders)
  • Bushy Park: 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Shelduck, 6 Skylark, 13 Swift, Whinchat, Whitethroat (Ian R Watson)
  • Clapham Common-Eagle Pond area: 3 Swift, m House Sparrow, at dusk still no swifts at Clapham Old Town nest sites (Michael Mac)
  • Dalston: 2 Swift (Jon Agar)
  • Finsbury Park: 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls circling high N and calling (Ian Bradshaw)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - 4 Swift, 2 Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Grey Wagtail (Samuel Levy)
  • Frays Farm Meadows LWT: Grasshopper Warbler still near main Wood entrance (Dan Pinkham)
  • Fulham/Putney - two Shelducks flying up-river on Thames at circa 11am (Thomas Donegan).
  • Greenwich Ecology Park: 2 Swift, Swallow, 6 Sand Marting, 2 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting pair, Whimbrel flew upriver after circling, flew over a corner of the Ecology Park (Conrad Ellam & Richard Green)
  • Gutteridge Wood: Nightingale singing mid-afternoon (Steve Dungey)
  • Hampstead Heath: Hobby circling South Meadow then W, Lesser Whitethroat (Jamie Cedar & Ben Gibb); also 2 Common Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, House Martin N (Jamie Cedar).
  • Highgate N6: Hobby N [first flat record!], 3 Buzzard over, Linnet N, 50+ Swift, Blackcap, 4 Greenfinch over, Sparrowhawk over (Jamie Cedar)
  • Larkhall Park-Stockwell: House Sparrow chicks in tree hole, singing Blackcap (Michael Mac)
  • Middlesex Filter Beds: Reed Warbler singing in the bed nearest the Marshes gate - just hanging on here despite there hardly being any water any more, 2 Grey Wagtail on the river [adult feeding juvenile], Common Buzzard overhead mobbed by crows (Alastair Dent)
  • Mitcham Common (Golf Course): 3 Swift, Common Buzzard, f Pheasant running like roadrunner, 150 Jackdaw roost I assume non-breeding. 50 Starling; Scrub area- 8 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, Chiffchaff - in less than half common (Michael Mac)
  • Mudchute Farm: Sedge Warbler singing (Sean Huggins)
  • Pinner Green HA5: Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, 6 Swift (Sean Moore)
  • Priest hill: 1 singing Yellowhammer, 13 Common Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail,  2 Common Buzzard,  2 Sparrowhawk,  9 Skylark. Absolutely no Gulls for first time I can remember! (Neil Batten)
  • Purfleet: Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 6 Arctic Tern, 3rd-s Yellow-legged Gull, 1st-s Mediterranean Gull, Hobby (Fraser Simpson)
  • Ravenscourt Park W6 - one light-phased Common Buzzard over at circa 1530 flying west and being mobbed by Carrion Crows - first time seen at this site or in this area (Thomas Donegan)
  • Richmond Park: Lesser Whitethroat still near Cambrian Gate, Northern Wheatear on Lawn Field (Alex Westenberger)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: 1 Willow Warbler (singing) at Russia Walk/footpath to Greenland Dock 0815, House Martin, Buzzard E 1800, 4 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap (Richard Bonser); Reed Warbler Stave Hill (Richard Page-Jones)
  • Sewardstone Marsh: 2 Barnacle Goose north calling at 0728, 2 Cuckoo further south, Hobby south down reservoir bank at 0855 (Martin Shepherd)
  • Stoneleigh KT17: 5 Common Swift, Common Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, Coal Tit, 15 Common Swift over 1900 (Neil Batten)
  • Thames Barrier: 2cy Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 14 Shelduck, Chiffchaff, Linnet, pair Mistle Thrush with hatched young in nest (Ian Ellis)
  • Totteridge Valley/ Darlands Lake: 29 Blackcap, 25 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, House Martin, 7 Swallow, 20 Stock Dove, Little Owl, 41 Common Whitethroat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch, Garden Warbler, 3 Grey Heron, 32 Rook, Coot, Willow Warbler, 2 Linnet, 2 Swift (FOY), Lapwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail. (Samuel Levy) 3 Lapwing, 2 Common Buzzard (Nigel Taylor)
  • Upper College Farm "Bexley" Seen or heard: 12 Common Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 4 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, 6 Skylark, 2 Chaffinch, Grey Heron, Swallow, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Linnet, Kestrel, 8 Canada Goose (Bernie Weight).
  • Walthamstow E17: Osprey over West at 1215 (Kirsty McNeil per Lol Bodini)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 3 Arctic Terns, Hobby, 2 Common Buzzard, 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Walthamstow Birders).
  • Wanstead Flats: sub-adult m Whinchat and f Whinchat still, 6 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 10 Swift, 5 Meadow Pipit [2 possibly from first fledged brood], Yellow Wagtail, 2 Skylark, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow-legged Gull, Buzzard, Kestrel (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: 3m Pochard (Tony Brown)

Friday 1st May 2020Edit

  • Alexandra Park: 5+ Swift, 4+ Swallow, Sand Martin, Common Buzzard, Peregrine, 2 Little Egret, 3m Common Whitethroat (APOG Birders)
  • Brent Reservoir: 2 Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet (Andrew Self)
  • Brixton Road: Swift (Michael Mac)
  • Bushy Park: Red-crested Pochard duckling with parents still, 5 Swallow, 2 Common Whitethroat, 13 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, 6 Skylark, 6 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Spencer Neal)
  • Lake Farm Country Park, Hayes: Whinchat m in song (Dave Morris per FJM)
  • Lonsdale Road Reservoir: 2 Common Tern, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap (Franko J Maroevic)
  • Pepys Park, Deptford: Common Sandpiper on River Thames off Pepys Park/Convoys Wharf, 2 Blackcap (Richard Bonser)
  • Fryent CP: Little Egret, Red Kite, Kestrel, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Nuthatch (Andrew Self)
  • Finchley: Garden N3 - Moorhen 0432, 2 Canada Geese 0553 [1st Garden Record] (Samuel Levy)
  • Hackney Marshes: 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Grey Wagtails (Marcin Kempa)
  • Honeydale Farm "Ruxley": 2 Greenland Wheatear in horse paddocks, 3+ singing Skylark, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5+ Linnet, 1st returning breeding Swallow of year (Jack Headley)
  • Poplar, E14: Peregrine, 6 House Martin nests [not all occupied] Dunbar Wharf (Sean Huggins)
  • Purfleet: 1st-s Caspian Gull, 3rd-s Yellow-legged Gull (Fraser Simpson)
  • Richmond Park, Ham Cross 0745: 8 Swift moving west flying low & feeding, also 5+ Thrush variously around same area (J & M Penberthy); Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Terns, Red Kite (P Davies)
  • Rotherhithe: 3 Shelduck east along River Thames 0840 from Greenland Pier, 1st-summer Yellow-legged Gull Greenland Dock, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Willow Warbler singing Pearsons Park/Durand's Wharf, Chaffinch, Common Tern, 8 Black-headed Gull, 1st-summer Common Gull (Richard Bonser)
  • Ruislip Lido: Grey Wagtail, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Egyptian Goose, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Little Egret, Grey Heron (Sean Moore)
  • Russia Dock Woodland: 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenfinch (Richard Bonser)
  • St Paul's Cray: Swift N 1740 FOY (Jack Headley)
  • Thames Barrier: Whimbrel over at 1545; 6 Swift [FOY], Peregrine, 5 Oystercatcher (Ian Ellis)
  • Totteridge Valley "south of Darlands": Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff, 13 Blackcap (John Colmans)
  • Trent Park: m Firecrest singing & preening in holly edge Rough Lot nr Obelisk 1303-1319 (Robert Callf); also observed between 1040-1130 at same location (Pete Lowman/Bob Husband)
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: f Wheatear, Green Woodpecker, 10 Common Tern, 3 Lesser Whitethroat (Rhys Evans)
  • Wanstead Flats: f Whinchat still, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 5 Swift, 2 Meadow Pipit [inc one carrying either food or a faecal sac], Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 5 Skylark, 2 Linnet (Wanstead Birders)
  • Wanstead Park: Hobby, 2 Swift, 2 Reed Warbler, Grey Wagtail (Rob Sheldon)
  • West Dulwich: Swift (Paul Collins)
  • Wimbledon Common: Garden Warbler, m Wheatear (Jon Reeves)
  • Yeading Brook Meadows: 2 Little Egret, 2 Red Kite, Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Swift, Skylark, Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler, 8 Common Whitethroat, 23 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 7+ Greenfinch (Neil Anderson)
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