Saturday, 31 August 2013


Patch **MEGA** SPOTTED CRAKE at Dagenham Chase on the slack.Walthamstow:Lockwood - Osprey south throught (KJMcmanus). Alexandra Park: Wryneck relocated 0735 flushed from ditch south end cricket pitch first seen yesterday pm and still present in Cricket Scrub 2pm at least.Brent Reservoir: Autumn Bird Count: 69 species inc. 4 juv Garganey.
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Thursday, 29 August 2013


English: Young male european pied flycatcher (...
English: Young male european pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) in spring.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Banstead Woods: PIED FLYCATCHER just in from Reads Rest Lane entrance 5pm.Ingrebourne Valley: 7 Whinchat.Sewardstone E4: 2 Whinchat flycatching from the same hawthorn, Yellow Wagtail.Wanstead Flats: 5 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Common Redstart, 1-2 Spotted Flycatcher,Garden Warbler.Brent Reservoir: 2 juv Garganey, drake Wigeon, 6 Green Sandpipers, 4 Common Sandpipers.
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Wednesday, 28 August 2013


Canons Farm:Whinchat
22804 Draaihals / Wryneck
22804 Draaihals / Wryneck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
King George V: two Wrynecks on west side; one north of causeway and one in southwest corner of South Basin. Rainham Marshes: Curlew Sandpiper.Wanstead Flats: 2 Pied Flycatcher (one pub scrub, 2nd Esso Copse), Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Whinchat (brooms), Common Redstart (SSSI).Brent Reservoir: 2 juv Garganey Main hide.Canons Farm:Common Redstart,Spotted flycatcher,Whinchat.(DKC).
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Monday, 26 August 2013


Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Woodford Green IG8: Greenish Warbler singing Claybury Pk [TQ435912] in elms at paved circle 300yds from Roding Ln N / Vicarage Rd jn 08.45; 'not found' reported 11:21.Staines Reservoirs: 4 Little Gull.Brent Reservoir: juv Garganey and juv Mediterranean Gull from main hide.King George V Reservoir: 1 Little Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe centre of S basin, 4 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 15+ Common Sandpiper, 75 Shoveler, 35 Pochard, 1 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1000+ Tufted Duck, 1 Hobby, 6 Yellow Wagtail over, 1 Wheatear, 7 Whinchat.Hilfield Park Reservoir: Sandwich Tern reported 13:34.Hampstead Heath: Spotted Flycatcher on dead tree near small ponds on Heath Extension at 11.30.Beddington SF: male Goshawk SW 09.27.
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Sunday, 25 August 2013


KGV RES:RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.Photographs by Lol Cumming.
Lockwood: 2 Turnstone,oystercatcher,16 wigeon (KJM).Rainham Marshes: 4 Sabine's Gulls in Aveley Bay this morning.London Wetland Centre: 1 Black Tern (fishing all morning), 1 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Garganey juv.Staines Reservoirs: 06.15 - 09.20  flock of 30-35 Dunlin through both basins then east at 07.18, 2 Black-necked Grebe (S. Basin), 2 Little Gull (S. Basin), 2 Hobby.

Friday, 23 August 2013


English: Red-necked Pahalarope in northern Ice...
English: Red-necked Pahalarope in northern Iceland, June 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
King George V Reservoir, Chingford: Red-necked Phalarope  on S basin this morning til 0950 at least - access for permit / key holders only still at 11:00 + 2 juv Black Tern, 3 Common Sandpiper. London Wetland Centre: Garganey scrape,Snipe,Swift.Rainham MarshesWood Sandpiper.Ham Lands LNR: Pied Flycatcher at 10.15am (area immediately to north of BMX track), 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Kestrel.Lockwood res:3 Common Buzzards.(KJM).
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Thursday, 22 August 2013


BLACK TERN   (Chlidonias niger)
BLACK TERN (Chlidonias niger)
Walthamstow Reservoirs:Lockwood:2 juv Black Terns,Curlew,2 lapwing throught. (KJMcmanus). Regent's Park: 1 Spotted Flycatcher also c50 Phylloscs through Cricket Pen area 31 at 0835, 1 Pied Flycatcher OGS pen a39 at 0910 Swift, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, Common Redstart.Wanstead FlatsPied Flycatcher in Long Wood, Spotted FlycatcherTree Pipit, 4 Meadow Pipit, juv Whinchat still in brooms, 2 f Northern Wheatear.London Wetland Centre: Garganey juv.RSPB Rainham: 2 Green Sandpiper, Tree Pipit south, 6 Yellow Wagtail.Staines Reservoirs: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 5 Common Snipe, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 15.05-1630 single Greenshank,3 common sandpiper on south basin, 5 Black Tern on north basin.
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013


A female European Pied Flycatcher in Gran Cana...
A female European Pied Flycatcher in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Leyton Flats: Pied Flycatcher and Spotted Flycatcher by burnt scrub south of Hollow Ponds.Rainham Marshes RSPB: Wood Sandpiper.Wanstead: possible Pied Flycatcher on a poor view and not entirely convinced after seeing Spotted Flycatcher with a fairly pronounced wing bar at the east end of Long Wood, but possiby 2 birds! and juv Whinchat.
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It as taken me until the 21st to find something of note 2 BLACK TERNS juv's dancing around lockwood res today.
Here's one of the black terns, sorry about the crappy picture but it was taken with my phone i watched this bird  for about 15 minutes preening on the break water.

Friday, 9 August 2013


King George V Reservoir: Wood Sandpiper North basin frequenting the cusway and east bank between 0800 and 1100hrs at least. Also 1 Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 20+Common Sandpiper.Wanstead Flats: f Common Redstart (possibly Monday's bird still), f/juv Northern Wheatear, Redshank (heard calling flying south over Alex towards Manor Park - Mega! first record (unbelievably) for the patch!).

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Thursday, 8 August 2013


Today I had a real taste of return migration with 8 GREENSHANK low over lockwood + that great call they make.If the water level was not so high they would have landed.

Monday, 5 August 2013


Staines Reservoirs: 77 + Knot flew over for 5 mins @ 05.30 then departed.Wanstead Flats: f Common Redstart (Long Wood).