Monday, 30 January 2012
Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on foreshore near Yacht club. 2 Water Pipit, 2 Avocet, 2 Little Owl, 52 Golden Plover, 2 Rock Pipit, Kingfisher, Green Sandpiper,3 Stonechat.Stockers Lake: 2 Male Smew in bay NE corner, 13 Red-crested Pochard,Bury Lake.
Over the last few days there have been daily sightings of an adult peregrine perched on the top of the gasometer at the NW of the West Marsh. Now Michael has sent me a text saying there were two peregrines there today This raises the possibility once again of peregrines trying to breed locally. Please do keep a lookout for peregrine on the gasometer. If people want to send me details of their sightings, I'm happy to collate them and circulate. This is the gasometer on which a pair of kestrels fledged young in 2011 and 2010, so maybe competition!
Does anyone know who owns the gasometer? Centrica? LB of Enfield or Haringey?
Sunday, 29 January 2012
Holmethorpe SPs 2.redhead.SMEWS still this morning: 1.at Water Colour Lagoon.1. +1.at Mercers West Pit. GOLDENEYE at Mercers West Pit still.Banstead Woods 2.Woodcocks flushed near Piddly Pond at 12.30pm.Beddington Farm male.CETTI'S WARBLER by west side of main lake still early afternoon.Beddington Farm ad.Med Gull flew over main lake late morning.Beddington Farm 2.Water Pipits at 100.Acre late morning.Canons Farm GREY WAGTAIL still near Legal & General. Staines Res shag still & GN Diver, 2 B-n Grebes, Scaup & Ruddy Duck.3 Smew Cheshunt GP at Hooks Marsh, Bittern at 70 Acres Lake & 13 Goosander Turnford Marsh GP.
Saturday, 28 January 2012
Friday, 27 January 2012
Ad Med Gull Beddington SF on main lake & 3 Water Pipits on 100 Acre.Bittern Thamesmere West, Thamesmead, still this a.m. (view from Morrisons car pk); 2nd 2w Iceland Gull Beddington SF.Yesterday male Firecrest greenwich park.Holmethorpe SPs redhead.SMEW at Water Colour Lagoon.1.still this morning. fem.GOLDENEYE at Mercers West Pit still.Spotted Redshank on Thames foreshore nr Erith Yacht Club, imm Marsh Harrier over the Thames.
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Red-breasted Goose Turf Devon, Old Hall Marshes Essex; Dark-eyed Junco Hawkhill Inclosure Hants; Spanish Sparrow Calshot Hants.Western Sandpiper Cley Norfolk; Lesser Scaup Slimbridge Somerset; Pallid Harrier Lake Corrib Galway.Lesser White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes Norfolk.Spotted Sandpiper Plym estuary Devon, Lyme Regis Dorset; Bufflehead Helston Loe Pool Cornwall.Wood Duck Arranmore Galway; Ross's Gull Ardglass Down. Buff-bellied Pipit Treraven Meadow Cornwall.
Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank on foreshore near yacht club.adult Mediterranean Gull, 60 Golden Plover, 124 Black-tailed Godwit, Cetti's Warbler, Green Sandpiper, Water Rail, 2 Stonechat.Thamesmere West Lake: Bittern still in reeds to right of steps by Morrisons at 10am but no sign of Ferruginous Duck by 10.15am. Also Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, Sparrowhawk, 30+ Linnets.Wraysbury GP: 4 Smew (3 m, 1 f), c20 Goldeneye, 3 f Goosander, Kingfisher, c50 Redwing, 14 Fieldfare.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Wednesday, 25 January 2012, 12:23
Started well with a single Redwing calling in the trees at the north of East Marsh which was my first record in 2012 here, as well as four Fieldfare calling from these trees. Possibly all these had been roosting overnight, as I didn't see them as I returned through the area going home. 2 Greylag Geese west over here too. Goosander briefly over NE from Lockwood Reservoir plus a second bird that might have been a Merganser or Goosander. Met Terry here and both saw little Egret fly NW from Res. Terry also saw Reed Bunting here which I missed. Little Grebe in channel north of Green Bridge plus Teal and Tufted Ducks. Rest of Marshes generally quiet, male Reed Bunting at Stinebridge Wood, just one Grey Wagtail in Pymmes Brook from Cetti Bridge and Chiffchaff plus Goldcrest near Gasometer. Female Goosander in channel by Banbury Res (just east of East Bridge). On Banbury Res (no access to public) Red-breasted Merganser, four Goosander. Counted 15 different Song Thrushes singing as I walked round Marshes between 8am and 10.15.
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Monday, 23 January 2012
Ross's Gull Ardglass Down; Dark-eyed Junco Hawkhill Inclosure Hampshire; Spanish Sparrow Calshot Hampshire.Bufflehead Helston Loe Pool Cornwall; Western Sandpiper Cley Norfolk; Desert Wheatear Bempton East Yorkshire.Lesser White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes Norfolk; Lesser Scaup Lough Gill Kerry; Gyr Falcon Stromness Mainland Orkney.Norfolk pretty hot at the mo: 3.Coues's Arctic Redpolls Western Sand, Lesser White-front GG Shrike R-l Buzzard Shorelark Snow + Lap Buntings.
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Still very slow at the patch just 12 goldeneye.LONDON NEWS:Mealy Redpoll Muswell Hill in private garden. Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Beddington SF on park side with tit flock, Goldcrest and Chiffchaff. Great Northern Diver KGV Res at S end of N basin, 12+ Black-necked Grebes William Girling Res.Canons Farm BARN OWL still at 8.30am; park by Canons Farmhouse, walk 330yds east +left 60yds at derelict barn to view thru large barn door.Holmethorpe SPs reported 1w.drk.Scaup y'day at Mercers West Pit (+still present today) is thought to be a hybrid.
Saturday, 21 January 2012
Holmethorpe SPs 1w.drk.SCAUP at Mercers West Pit still at 3.45pm +2.fem.SMEW still +fem.GOLDENEYE still (+Green Sand).w Iceland Gull Crayford Marshes at Virador tip off University Way & ad Med Gull.Staines Reservoir: Great Northern Diver and Black-necked Grebe on south basin. Shag and drake Scaup on north basin.Wraysbury GPs: 3 drake, 1 red-head Smew on pit just south-west of the Station, also 15 Goosander on various other pits, Blackcap calling.Bedfont Lakes: 5 Smew (2 drakes, 3 red-heads) on the lakes immediately east of Ashford station - only seen from the train heading to London from Ashford.
Lesser Scaup Slimbridge Gloucestershire.
Western Sandpiper Cley Norfolk; Lesser White-fronted Goose Cantley Marshes Norfolk; Hume's Warbler Wyke Regis Dorset.
Desert Wheatear Bempton East Yorkshire; Spanish Sparrow Calshot Hampshire; Ross's Gull Ardglass Down.Bufflehead Helston Loe Pool Cornwall.MEGA Brünnich's Guillemot - photographed in Burghead Harbour Moray & Nairn 17th November.
Friday, 20 January 2012
Thursday, 19 January 2012
Croftdown Road NW5: Red Kite drifting over Dartmouth Park, going North at 12.30pm.Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank feeding on the foreshore near Erith Yacht Club. 3 Avocet, 2 Grey Plover, 104 Golden Plover, 568 Black-tailed Godwit, c500 Dunlin, Curlew, Cetti's Warbler.
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Reported Ross's Gull Ardglass Antrim.Glossy Ibis Newport Wetlands Gwent, Chapel Amble Cornwall, Exminster Marshes Devon, Marloes Pembrokeshire, Fingringhoe Wick Essex.Blue-winged Teal St Marys Scilly. Spanish Sparrow Calshot Hampshire.Desert Wheatear Bempton East Yorkshire.Northern Long-tailed Tit Luddendon Dean West Yorkshire. LB Dowitcher 2 The Cull Wexford. LWF Goose Cantley Marshes Norfolk.
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Tuesday, 17 January 2012, 20:08
A very cold morning when I started out at 7.40am. Started well when I caught up with the female( Red-breasted Merganser) that Terry and Kevin have both seen recently. It flew up (with 2 male Goosander) from the channel that runs west of the Banbury Res but was south of the path there, so inside Walthamstow Res. Didn't see it close but from Terry and Kevin's description it does have the distinctive dark patches round the eyes so is the "usual" bird. This has been returning every winter since at least 24 Dec 2005. But it may have been coming here longer than that.
Very cold with most of the Lee Navigation frozen, so not many birds on that, but Teal and Tufted Duck in the channels. Probably two Water Rails, as I saw one just east of Stonebridge Lock at 8.30 and then one at the Green Bridge at 10am (thanks to Terry who had seen this one earlier). As I walked on to Stonebridge Wood, a large falcon flew NW over my head. When I got to the NW of the West Marsh there was an adult Peregrine sitting on the Gasometer, which I presume was this bird. it flew off NE.
Had a shouting conversation across the Lee Navigation with Terry - he'd seen a couple of groups of Fieldfare that I didn't see (27 in total?).
When I left at 10.30, the (Red-breasted Merganser) was asleep on the west edge of the Banbury Res with four Goosander. A Lapwing flew south over Banbury and then Walthamstow Res as I left.
Pete (Nice to see that you got up early for a change). lol kjm.
Monday, 16 January 2012
Today's mystery bird for you to identify |
@GrrlScientist gu.com/p/34yqx/twvia @guardian LONDON NEWS:Crayford Marshes: Spotted Redshank feeding along the creek; adult Caspian Gull on the foreshore near the creek barrier; 14 Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew upriver; Grey Plover, Little Owl, 2 Avocet, 2 Golden Plover, Common Sandpiper, 62 Black-tailed Godwit, Rock Pipit.Wraysbury GPs: three drake Smew on Heron Lake mid-afternoon; also 14 Goosanders.
Sunday, 15 January 2012
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Friday, 13 January 2012
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Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Today i finally got to grips with the overwintering (WHITETHROAT).Showed very well just up from the dusky warbler site.Also today had 3 more (GOOSANDERS) one being a male.On lockwood was 5 goldeneye,4 shelduck and 3 green sandpipers on lockwood channel.
Monday, 9 January 2012
Sunday, 8 January 2012
Went to the deepest wilds of surrey today to look for the GREY PARTRIDGES that david my mate told me about but did not see them.But i did manage to see 2 red-legged partridges.After this poor show we went onto canons farm for the BARN OWL but no sign of it.(A day to forget).
Saturday, 7 January 2012
Northern Waterthrush St Marys Scilly. Possible adult Thayer's Gull Lough Swilly Donegal. Greater Yellowlegs Loch Fleet Highland. Hume's Warbler Wyke Regis Dorset. Dark-eyed Junco Hawkhill Inclosure Hampshire. Western Sandpiper Cley.Norfolk.Lesser White-fronted Goose Buckenham Marshes Norfolk. Desert Wheatear Bempton East Yorkshire. Bufflehead Helston Loe Pool Cornwall. LB Dowitcher Wexford Wildfowl Reserve Wexford, Wigtown Cumbria. Ross's Goose Holkham Norfolk. Lesser Scaup Cardiff Bay Glamorgan.BW Teal Longham Lakes Dorset. Spotted Sandpiper Plym Estuary Devon. Lesser Yellowlegs Burnham Somerset.Bonaparte's Gull Ballygalley Antrim.
Still very poor at the patch today just a GREEN SANDPIPER, and 3f goldeneye.LONDON NEWS:Canons Farm Brambling at Ruffett Wood/Green Belt Field with Chaffinches c12.45pm.Yesterday 2w Iceland Gull Island Barn Res at 14:50, 1w Little Gull Hilfield Pk Res still, 2 Bitterns Amwell.1w Kumlien's Gull Beddington SF on Main Lake this am. 2 ad Kittiwakes flew upriver at Rainham, then 1w flew downriver at 10:30.
Friday, 6 January 2012
Thursday, 5 January 2012
1w Caspian Gull Beddington y'day. Common Whitethroat Walthamstow from public footpath opposite 33 Waterfall Close E17 (PL).1w Kittiwake Crossness W past golf centre at 11: 10, ad & 1w Kittiwakes W at Rainham RSPB by 09:30 & 7+ Yellow-legged Gulls.