Friday, 24 October 2014


English: Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus i...
English: Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regents Park: At last i got to grips with YELLOW BROWED WARBLER for london putting me on 273.

Sunday, 19 October 2014


 Gallions Reach:Richards Pipit flushed from long grass near to radar tower 12.45. Circled landed again and then flew across to Armada Point into grassland. This area is fenced off next to the DLR depot, with no public access. The bird was not relocated.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014


English: arctic skua Français : Labbe parasite...
 arctic skua  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Great Skua
Great Skua (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today was my first good day at gallions reach with 4 GREAT SKUA & ARCTIC SKUA plus i also had nine Little Gulls and two common scoter 30+ redshank 15 lapwing and little egret.

Sunday, 28 September 2014


European Nightjar
European Nightjar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Middlesex Filter Beds: Nightjar roosting on branch of elderberry tree,and still there when I left. Good bino views. From the pond walk towards the Hackney Marshes exit past a black bench. After another ~20-30 yards there is a large elder tree to the left. Look for the broken horizontal branch to the right about 12 ft above the ground and the bird is on that.

Friday, 26 September 2014


English: Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni in...
 Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Wanstead Flats: Probable Olive-backed Pipit low west from Coronation Copse towards Long Wood, called twice and distinctly from Tree Pipit, at 09:10.

Sunday, 21 September 2014


London: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER 1 at Regent’s Park. In area 41. In Sallows behind brambles, 50m from main path.

Monday, 15 September 2014


One of the reasons i went to gallions reach was to try to get some target species that i needed for london and today i did that with a GUILLEMOT which was drifting upriver.
This bird putting me on 272 for london.

Monday, 25 August 2014


Parasitic Jaeger, Stercorarius parasiticus
 Stercorarius parasiticus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Arctic skua. Known as a scootie allan...
 Arctic skua.
QEII Reservoir: pale-morph ad Arctic Skua 07:35-07:45 then high NE.Queen Mother Reservoir: 2 dark-morph ad Arctic Skua till 0910 then SE.

Thursday, 7 August 2014


English: Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola at Bha...
English: Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola at Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Beddington SF: Glossy Ibis landed on lake 1058. Juvenile Caspian Gull on main lake then flew to tip 1140.Crayford Marshes: Glossy Ibis flew south at 9am.Dagenham Chase LNR: Wood Sandpiper still present.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Hen Harrier Day

English: A female Hen Harrier alarming at nest...
English: A female Hen Harrier alarming at nest site. Image taken in south Kintyre, Argyll and Bute, Scotland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) male Français : B...
Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) male Français : Busard Saint-Martin (Circus cyaneus) mâle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Saturday, 21 June 2014


I popped down to Ashdown forest today with my mate Roy Weller to have a look at the SHORT-TOED EAGLE which as been at the site for over a week.We even watched the bird catch a snake and swallow it in one go.I have seen these birds in spain but what a great bird for the UK.

Thursday, 29 May 2014


Blyth's Reed Warbler
Blyth's Reed Warbler (Photo credit: 57Andrew)
Blyth's Reed Warbler - Kazakistan_S4E0659
Blyth's Reed Warbler - (Photo credit: fveronesi1)
Today i successfully leeched the BLYTH'S REED WARBLER at wanstead flats which is the 1st twitchable record for london.And is only the 3rd record for london. (LONDON 271).
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014


Common Tern - adult
Common Tern - adult (Photo credit: Len Blumin)
Hi Kevin – thanks for your enquiry on 13th May, and my apologies for taking so long to get back to you, it’s hectic here at the best of times.

Where did you see the fishing line and dead, entangled tern? We have strict policies regarding fishing litter on our reserves – and will endeavour to prevent such littering, and educate those who cause this problem.

If you come across entangled birds again (and I hope you don’t) photographs can be very useful – both as an educational tool and as a prompt to stronger action for land owners.

With best wishes, Ian Tokelove

Ian Tokelove
Communications and Campaigns Senior Officer
London Wildlife Trust

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014


Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Temminck's Stint  - also seen there yesterday pm.

Sunday, 11 May 2014


Andorinha Dáurica //Red Rumped Swallow
Andorinha Dáurica //Red Rumped Swallow (Photo credit: jvverde)
Southmere Lake, Thamesmead: Red-rumped Swallow  9:45 till 12:50 when flew off and no further sign by 3:00.King George Reservoir: 3 Arctic Tern.
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Saturday, 10 May 2014


Some good news today when i moved to 5th place in patchwatch challenge.
My earliest RING OUZEL 31st of march.

Sunday, 27 April 2014


Common Crane pair in flight
Common Cranes (Photo credit: Lip Kee)
Amwell NR: 2 Common Cranes south 1055.Rye Meads RSPB: 2 Common Cranes in field opposite Draper hide 1100.Staines Reservoir: 10.00hrs-12.30hrs: 1 Eider imm male (flew in from S tried to land but mobbed by at least four Pochards, circled south basin before flying off N over Heathrow 5th Terminal), 1 Little Gull (adult, south basin), 1 Black Tern, 10 Arctic Tern, 15 Common Swift (flew over north basin heading E), 1 House Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail (flew SE), 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Oystercatcher. (Neil Randon, Chris Hazell). 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (western edge of north basin, flew N at 9.30.Tyttenhanger GP: 2 Sanderling 9:10 - 9:41. 2 Little Ringed Plover.Hampstead Heath: Whimbrel circling over Parliament Hill then away E at 09:30.Gallions Reach: Arctic Tern, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Oystercatcher.Brent Reservoir: 10 Arctic Terns flew East at 07.30, Whimbrel at 07.15 and 09.22.
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Saturday, 26 April 2014


Beddington: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Red Kite, 1 Hobby (first for year), 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Swift (first for year), 30+ Swallow N, 1 Sedge Warbler (first for year), 6 Reed Warbler, 10 Whitethroat, 15 Blackcap, 9 Wheatear, 1 Pheasant (BFBG, Peter Alfrey). (Cackling Goose not present today)  pics here
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)  whimbrel-bird-mo...
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) (Photo credit: mikebaird)
Brent Reservoir: Today is our annual dawn-to-dusk Spring Birdcount Day. Total at 16.40: 74 species.. Great White Egret east 09.12, also singing Nightingale North Marsh, Bar-tailed Godwit over 08.02, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, Common Sandpiper, Cetti's Warbler, Peregrine, Hobby & Common Buzzard over at 15.05.Walthamstow:Lockwood WHIMBREL (KJM).
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Monday, 21 April 2014


Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (Photo credit: Rainbirder)
Today i had the shock of my life when i was walking out of the patch at low maynard reservoir when i flushed a SHORT-EARED OWL which was no more than six feet from my face.The bird then proceded to give me a dirty look as it flew over to lockwood reservoir.Also it was my 1st spring record at the patch.
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014


A slight improvement for march moving up just one place.I have to get some 3 pointers to advance on the leaders.

Thursday, 3 April 2014


Today i found myself yet another patch tick with a nice pair of (COMMON SCOTER) putting me on 151.

and also a nice pair of GARGANEY

Monday, 31 March 2014


I had a nice surprize today when i found my earliest RING OUZEL at the patch.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Patch Birding & London News

Chiffchaff (Photo credit: Joe Pell)
Had my 1st migrant of the year today at the patch.(5 SAND MARTINS).And also this message come on twitter today.MEGA IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF at Ruislip Lido. Seems to be a lack of info on this bird so is it true or not !!!!.Surprize Surprize it was a CHIFFCHAFF as stated on twitter today.17/3/2014.
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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Patch Birding

English: Cettis Warbler (Cettia cetti) Taken i...
English: Cettis Warbler (Cettia cetti) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pintail (Anas acuta)
Pintail (Anas acuta) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today had a great day at the patch with two ticks CETTI'S WARBLER and a pair of PINTAIL on lockwood  these birds puttting me on 150 for the site.
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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Patch birding

At last some movement of birds at the patch today 6+ Common Buzzards.And a nice pair of displaying  peregrines + a local parakeet.