Saturday, 31 March 2012

Walthamstow

Dawn at lower maynard.

Walthamstow

Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler (Photo credit: Sergey Yeliseev)
I had the 1st willow warbler for the patch today. Early in the morning calling from the car park.
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LONDON NEWS

Croydon OSPREY near New Addington flew north over Forest Dale at c11.35am (Roy Weller).Beddington Farm 2.AVOCETS on main lake till c11.45am then flew east.Canons Farm Red Kite flew over late morning.South Norwood Lake: 09:28: Marsh Harrier S/NE gliding low over lake; Hobby, (over 10:30) Peregrine Falcon(over) displaying Sparrowhawk, 10:35: 2 Swallows 7 RedwingRainham Marshes: Iceland Gull and Garganey.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Walthamstow

Curlew
Curlew (Photo credit: Sergey Yeliseev)
No eagles today at the patch just a CURLEW and a sand martin
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LONDON NEWS

MEGA Wallington BLACK KITE flew north at c6.35pm.Chadwell St Mary, RM16 (just outside LNHS area): White-Tailed Eagle west at 13.25 - look up!Colne Valley, Longford: probable Osprey viewed distantly over Heathrow being mobbed by Carrion Crow. Crayford Marshes: Shag flew upriver with a cormorant at 08:37; Spotted Redshank on the Thames foreshore near the Yacht Club; 2 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull, Little Owl, 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Curlew, Cetti's Warbler.Eaton Park Road, N13: Red Kite drifted over heading NW at 13:40.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

london news

Red Kite flying over Berkshire in August 2008....
Red Kite flying over Berkshire in August 2008. One of a pair regularly seen in the area between Reading and Basingstoke. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Crayford Marshes: Marsh Harrier flew east; Spotted Redshank on the foreshore near Yacht Club; Grey Plover, male Corn Bunting, Little Owl, Green Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler, 5 Curlew, 33 Fieldfare.Hyde Park: Common Tern.Rainham Marshes RSPB: two Garganey on Aveley Pool mid-afternoon.
  • Walthamstow:lockwood Red Kite,2 black-necked grebe one in summer plumage (Kevin j mcmanus).
  • Waltham Cross: Red Kite at 11:30

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Lockwood res.

Podiceps nigricollis Deutsch: Schwarzhalstauch...
Podiceps nigricollis Deutsch: Schwarzhalstaucher English: Black-necked Grebe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Black-necked grebe
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Walthamstow

Today i string a summer plumaged BLACK-NECKED GREBE into a slav grebe but after seeing the bird close up it all fall into place.Sightings today:RED KITE,2 BLACK-NECKED GREBES,sand martin and a lapwing.Also of note a CURLEW on west warwick.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Walthamstow

Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) A declining res...
Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) A declining resident of northern Britain, closely related to the familiar Linnet, and known as 'Lintie' in Shetland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
 A picture taken from the internet of a TWITE
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LONDON NEWS

Beddington SF: Bittern.Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the foreshore near Yacht Club; 4 Avocet, male Corn Bunting, 2 Little Owl, Cetti's Warbler, 33 Fieldfare, 70 Black-tailed Godwit.Walthamstow:lockwood 3 Red Kites,4 common buzzards 6 sand martins (Kevin j mcmanus& lol.). Woodside Park: 3 Common Buzzards in the air together at 14:20, plus a female Sparrowhawk.Alexandra Park: Common Buzzard high north at 13.30, followed by Red Kite at 13.45

Walthamstow

Here's another shot of the TWITE

Walthamstow

This is the location were birding of the 'HIGHEST ORDER' takes place.Today at lockwood more raptors 3 RED KITES,4 BUZZARDS also half a dozen sand martins but nothing else.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Lockwood res.

It's been very slow the last couple of days just 6 sand martins today.

Walthamstow

Last week Kevin McManus discovered two Twite at Walthamstow Reservoirs, a new bird for the site - well done

There is a picture on his blog

http://londonbirder-birdman.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/first-for-walthamstow.html
 

Monday, 26 March 2012

LOCKWOOD RES.

Another shot of the falcon.

Walthamstow

The last two days i have not seen much yesterday had a CURLEW,and 3 buzzard,today just 2 buzzard and the moody falcon.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

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LONDON NEWS

Lake Farm Country Park: 2 Red Kite circling.Six other sites in london had singletons.

Walthamstow

Here's a another shot of the lower maynard scaup.

Friday, 23 March 2012

LONDON NEWS

Alexandra Park: Lapwing over Wood Green Res at 09.30 am, 4 singing Chiffchaffs (David Callahan). Great White Egret flying over Avenue Gardens at 8.20am coming from the direction of Wood Green Reservoir. Amwell GPs: two Little Gulls briefly AM.Crossness: adult Little Gull south at 12.25, drake Pintail still on flooded paddock,Rainham Marshes RSPB: 2nd-winter Iceland Gull again on Wennington Marsh; also Water Pipit on Purfleet Scrape and Spotted Redshank on Aveley Flash.Thorpe Park: Tundra Bean Goose on Manor Lake at 17:00 and Green Sandpiper.

Walthamstow

Three 3 RED KITES today and 3 finders lol,terry,and i.Also the scaup was still on lower maynard.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

LONDON NEWS

Holmethorpe Sand Pits: juvenile Rough-legged Buzzard flew southeast this afternoon.Westminster: Osprey north over Houses of Parliament at 12.44. Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the foreshore near Erith Yacht Club; Knot, Ruff, 2 Little Owl, 8 Curlew, Green Sandpiper, 30 Fieldfare.Beddington SF: 2nd-winter Kumlien's Gull still this morning; also adult Iceland Gull.Barking Bay: 74 Black Tailed Godwits, 26 Redshank, Grey Plover, 2 Curlew, Green Sandpiper and 3 pair Oystercatchers.

Walthamstow

Walthamstow Res: Lockwood: 2 Twite (pics here), Red Kite, Common Buzzard; the two Twite were a first for Walthamstow (Kevin J. McManus et al). Bearded Tit (prob fem.) flew out of Reeds on the East side of West Warwick @ 09:05, climbed high and flew off South-east. 2 Jackdaw, M Scaup Low Maynard, Red Kite and Buzzard in afternoon over Lockwood also esc. Saker/Lanner c/w jesses.

Walthamstow

Another shot of the TWITE.

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After hearing about missing the Bearded Tit that had flown off earlier at West Warwick, I was on a bit of a downer so I decided to go up the bank to have another cigarette when I saw a bird flash up onto the bank and start feeding on the seed - it finally popped its head up, showing me its stumpy yellow bill and warm brown tones around the breast and head. My first reaction was BLOODY HELL: TWITE!!! Then I ran down and got my scope, I came back up and noticed two of them by the water's edge... I started to take some shots and after fifteen minutes they flew off and there was no further sign despite looking hard. (WALTHAMSTOW LIFE 124).Walthamstow main list 244.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Walthamstow

Not much happening today but i did have the escaped saker mobbing a buzzard and a single lapwing over lockwood.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Walthamstow

Here is some great shots of the bittern that i dipped at the patch.It's the only bird that i missed this year.(NOT HAPPY).

Walthamstow

Here is a shot of the first wheatear for the year found at lockwood res.

Walthamstow

It was just me and lol today birding at the patch today we had nice surprize when we got onto a swallow flying over lockwood.( a nice early one). Also we had 3 common buzzards.The lanner/saker showed very well giving great views on a pylon.

Monday, 19 March 2012

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Not much today: 2 Common Buzzard,Curlew heard but not seen and a single sand martin.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Walthamstow

I love it when a plan comes together i was out looking for RED KITE and at 11.00am i see one.A classic date for red kite on any patch.Also today 3 wheatear,sand martin,chiffchaff.(WALTHAMSTOW LIFE 123).

Saturday, 17 March 2012

LONDON NEWS

London Wetland Centre: Sandwich Tern, 2 Sand Martins (LWC website). 4 Sand Martin, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 6 singing Cetti's Warbler, 8 Common Snipe, 5 Shelduck, 8 Pintail, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, 3 Siskin. Staines Reservoir: 4 Black-necked Grebe (S. Basin), 1 drake Scaup (S. Basin), 1 Common Redshank (S. Basin), 1 juv. Shag (N. Basin), 1 Mediterranean Gull (N. Basin),30 Goldeneye (S.Basin).Crayford Marshes : Spotted Redshank on the foreshore near Yacht club; 5 Wheatear, Corn Bunting, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Oystercatcher.Tyttenhanger GP: Wheatear (fem), 6 Snipe, 5 Redshank, Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, Shelduck, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Red Kite.

Walthamstow

I have not had a good day see nothing and got wet,pete got the birds of note today SAND MARTIN m&f wheatears.

Friday, 16 March 2012

LONDON NEWS

South Norwood, Pittville Gardens, SE25 (1.30pm): Red Kite flying SW very low over house, plus fem Sparrowhawk circling low then flying SW soon after.Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on the foreshore near the Yacht Club; 3 male Wheatear, male Peregrine, Green Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Curlew, Rock Pipit, 110 Fieldfare, 180 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Oystercatcher.Rainham Marshes RSPB: second-winter Kumlien's Gull by the stone barges mid-morning; also 2nd-winter Iceland Gull and 2nd-winter Caspian Gull; adult Iceland Gull in afternoon.Walthamstow: lockwood wheatear,oystercatcher,buzzard (KJ MCMANUS/LOL). Pinner Park Farm: 4 male Wheatear together from the main bridleway, 3 Teal (inc one drake) on the main pond, Meadow Pipit over west, 23 Jackdaw, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfare & Redwing.

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Walthamstow

I found the 1st WHEATEAR (f) for walthamstow today and i also had a oystercatcher on higher maynard. I texted these birds straight out and after a short time LOL turned up getting both birds.While we were chatting lol picked up a early BUZZARD 8.30am.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

london news

MEGA - 2 Glossy Ibises Walton-on-Thames circled QEII Res at 6:10pm then flew west.

Walthamstow

A great day at the patch when i got a much needed wader (AVOCET).The bird come in from the north calling and was very low giving stunning views.Also on lockwood redshank and 9 common buzzards over. 4+3 and two singles.On the southside which pete was working he had a oystercatcher and a dunlin.(Walthamstow life 122).

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

UK BIRDING

MEGA:  A report of a  Female Rock Thrush Trewallard Cornwall apparently seen 3 times in flight.

Walthamstow

A good day at the patch getting a bird back that i missed in February (GREY PLOVER) watched this bird for a hour before it got up calling going south-east.This all happened at the bunker on lockwood res. WALTHAMSTOW LIFE 121.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Walthamstow

Here's a pair of the locals at the patch who come around looking for a bit of my cake.

LONDON NEWS

Amwell GPs: Avocet from the watchpoint.Crayford Marshes: 4 Bearded Tit in reed bed near Yacht Club early a.m; Spotted Redshank on foreshore near Yacht Club; Water Pipit, Siskin, Avocet, Ruff, Little Owl, 2 Rock Pipit, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher. Queen Mother Res: 2 Great Northern Divers.Rainham Marshes RSPB: juvenile Iceland Gull on the pier at Coldharbour Point.Tyttenhanger GP 4 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Snipe, 2 Shelduck.

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Today at the patch: Just two common buzzards, but the escaped falcon was buzzing everything today scaring all the birds away.It had a go at carrion crows,coot,canada geese and putting up all the gulls.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

LONDON NEWS

South Norwood Ctry Park SHORT-EARED OWL flew low over 9.05am-9.10am.Barn Owl watch today at Rye Meads Reserve, Hoddesdon. Arrive before 5pm for Barn Owls at dusk.Red Kite Amwell GP from viewpoint at 14:15.Barking Outfall: 23 Black Tailed Godwits (many changing to S/Plume), 26 Redshank, 4 Oystercatchers, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Curlew, 3 Bearded Tits, 330 Teal and 82 Shoveler.Staines Reservoir: 4 Black-necked Grebe (S.Basin), 2 Scaup (1 male, S.Basin, 1 female, N.Basin), 1 Redshank (S.Basin), 25 Goldeneye (S.Basin).

UK BIRDING

MEGA Short-toed treecreeper in Kent this afternoon at samphire hoe CP.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Walthamstow

A couple of shots of black-necked grebes seen at walthamstow.The small image is this year's bird.

Walthamstow

Here is a shot of the escaped walthamstow falcon?.Any comments please.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Walthamstow

Dont you just love raptors i do.So today was great getting 5 different birds of prey.(M) MERLIN mobbing a kestrel,Common Buzzard,Peregrine,Sparrowhawk (Displaying).Not just happy with above i also got a patch tick (M) STONECHAT,Black-n grebe,(M) Goosander,and 4 Green Sandpipers.On the raptor front i did see a escaped LANNER/SAKER Falcon with both feet jessied.A bird i need is red kite but no sign of one today.(Walthamstow Life 120).

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

LONDON NEWS

Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on foreshore near Yacht Club; 6 Curlew, Green Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher, 12 Black-tailed Godwit.Walthamstow:Black-Necked Grebe.









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Monday, 5 March 2012

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LONDON NEWS

Canons Farm 2.MEALY REDPOLLS at small Legal +General car park this morning (+9.Siskins 20.Lesser Redpolls).Beddington Farm 3.CURLEWS still this morning. 1w.ICELAND GULL on main lake (2.Water Pipits in SE corner still).

Sunday, 4 March 2012

LONDON NEWS

Staines Reservoir: 4 Black-necked Grebe (S.Basin), 4 Smew (2 male, 2 female) (N.Basin), 1 juv. Shag (N.Basin), 9 Goldeneye (S.Basin), 3 Little Grebe (N.Basin). 06.50-08.15am. In the evening a 2CY Mediterranean Gull on the N basin.
 Brent Reservoir: pair of Shelduck in east marsh, also Bittern again.

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Saturday, 3 March 2012

LONDON NEWS

Staines Reservoir: 11 Black-necked Grebe (1 North Basin, 10 South Basin), 2 female Smew (N.Basin), 1 juv. Shag (N.Basin), 15 Goldeneye (S.Basin), 1 Egyptian Goose (N.Basin, tern raft).

Friday, 2 March 2012

Walthamstow

Walthamstow Res. 12.45 2 probable Common Terns high and calling going towards Lockwood etc, no bins so did anyone else see them?.(DB).I was on site early in the morning but could not see anything because of the dense FOG.(KJM).

Thursday, 1 March 2012

LONDON SITES

Here's my 6 top birding sites in london. RAINHAM,CRAYFORD,BEDDINGTON,STAINES,WALTHAMSTOW,WALTON COMPLEX.