Thursday, 22 October 2015

Glossy Ibis: Wikipedia
Rainham Marshes: Glossy Ibis circled 0930 then South 0938 over dartford Marsh. Selsdon Wood: Short-eared Owl, Common Buzzard (Roy Weller).

Friday, 16 October 2015


Enfield Lock: Twite at 0935 south of Enfield Island Village circling overhead and continually calling for two minutes: then flew SSE down River Lea relief channel and across Pattypool Mead.Staines Reservoirs: juv Gannet on south basin 3.50, off SE at 3.59.Gallions Reach: 2 Short-eared Owl east @ 08.39, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Swallow.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Saturday, 10 October 2015


London Wetland Centre; 2 Firecrest - including a fem found dead yesterday. Regrettably this is my last post from this site after sixteen years of passionate recording. I have been bullied and humiliated out by the senior wardens. As many of you know, they care little for birds (unless they are pinioned or stuck in the revolting upcoming aviary) and even less for birdwatchers. Clearly all is not well at "the nation's favourite nature reserve" , indeed it is rotten to the core. I feel a campaign coming on... (R. Kaye) What's the problem? I'm a WWT member and SBS financial supporter. I never feel unwelcome at LWC? (S Enright) - This comes as no surprise as one time I was refused admission, despite being a fully paid up member - the reason? - because they were running a wedding reception!! - all they seem to care about is the money : ( (JR). Some problems pertaining to scarce and Schedule one breeding species may be found in the paper "The Breeding Birds of London Wetland Centre" published in the London Bird Report for 2013 (JW). I recognize the bullying culture (DM).

Rainham Marshes: Great White Egret.Stoke Newington Reservoirs: Yellow-browed Warbler.Swanscombe Marsh: Ring Ouzel.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015


Kent: Empidonax flycatcher sp at Dungeness around fishing boats mid-morning and showing well.

Sunday, 13 September 2015


Today was a bit sad to see a sick GUILLEMOT which was by the concrete bank at Gallions let's hope it will survive.
And on a brighter note i did find a nice SHORT-EARED OWL being mobbed by 4 carrion crows.

Thursday, 10 September 2015


What a outstanding day at the patch with a bird i have been chasing for years RAZORBILL which flew pass me going downriver.My london list is now on 275.

Sunday, 6 September 2015


HONEY BUZZARD,Common Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, 10 Common Sandpiper, Little Egret.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015


Staines Moor Barred Warbler - from north cross colne & 1st wooden bridge at 2nd (western) wooden bridge walk north & view hawthorns on right.Barred Warbler Link Wanstead Wryneck.Crayford Marsh Wryneck.Finders blog post:Barred Warbler Post.

Friday, 28 August 2015


Brent Reservoir: female MONTAGU'S HARRIER flew over NE at 08.45, Tree Pipit over 07.36, Common Redstart on Dump.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015


Alexandra Park: 2 Common Redstarts, including 1 ad male, in cricket scrub, 2 Whinchats along southern and western perimeter. Wryneck flew up from perimeter into small oak then into Cricket Scrub, plus still 2 Whinchats, female Common Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, Wryneck still present in cricket scrub mid-afternoon.

Monday, 24 August 2015


Chimney Swift
Chimney Swift (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A White Stork flying over Münster Zoo, Germany.
A White Stork.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rainham RSPB: White Stork going east towards Dartford 8.09am.
MEGA Highland CHIMNEY SWIFT c3mls off Staffin Bay flew south at sea at 10.08am.

Friday, 14 August 2015


English: Wood sandpiper at the lower ford on K...
 Wood sandpiper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today i found a local mega at Gallions reach a GREEN SANDPIPER.
Amwell: 2 Little Stint, Turnstone.London Wetland Centre: Wood Sandpiper.Staines Reservoirs: 5 Wood Sandpiper.Tyttenhanger: Wood Sandpiper.

Thursday, 13 August 2015


Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis)
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Gallions Reach: 1 Little Tern upriver @10.55, 18 Sandwich Tern, 9 Arctic Tern, 170 Common Tern, 2 Kittiwake (1ad 1 1st year).Brent Reservoir: 2 Little Egret, Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing, Avocet KGV Reservoir: Smew, Pintail, Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill, Turtle Dove. Staines Reservoirs: Black Tern. Wanstead Flats: Whinchat still pub scrub, 2 Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher.Amwell NR - 2 Little Stints still present from viewpoint.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015


Not much happening in london today but canons farm a couple of goodies today with TREE PIPIT and 2 CURLEW.

Sunday, 2 August 2015


Not much happening today but did have a tired black-tailed godwit drop in and a common buzzard.

Saturday, 11 July 2015


Great-White Egret at Dagenham Chase LNR.Still on site at 3.15 pm

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Pagham Harbour

Made the trip to pagham harbour yesterday and waited about two hours and finally got to grips with the HUDSONIAN WHIMBREL.

Saturday, 6 June 2015


Today I took and little trip to
Titchfield haven to get a lifer GREATER YELLOWLEGS which showed well from one of the hides & the main road.

Friday, 15 May 2015


Neasden Rec (Brent Reservoir): 1 Ad Male Red Footed Falcon circled low over Sailing Club-2.20 to 2.24.King George V Res: 2 Turnstone, 1 Dunlin.Staines reservoir. Single black tern, c. 10 sanderling, 1 turnstone, 6 dunlin between 6 and 7.30am.

Friday, 1 May 2015


Today I was checking all records for April in london and GALLIONS REACH as come out on top with PUFFIN.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015


Pectoral Sandpiper Esperanto: Striokalidro Suo...
Pectoral Sandpiper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rainham Marshes: Pectoral Sandpiper on target pools c13.35.Barking Creek: Adult Iceland Gull (at creek mouth then on filter beds), 1st summer Med. Gull, c.40 Common, 1 Black and 2 Arctic Terns - most of terns flying upriver.London Wetland Centre: 3 Kittiwake NE, 3 Dunlin - 2 west & 1 grounded, female Blue-headed Wagtail.Staines Reservoirs: 1 Great Northern Diver summer plumage early am at least. Little Tern and 7 Arctic Terns.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015


Today i tried to turn this into a Serin but it was no good it turned out to be a CANARY which is a 1st for Gallions Reach.LOL

Thursday, 16 April 2015


Eurasian Hoopoe
Eurasian Hoopoe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca)
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Waterworks NR: Hoopoe feeding on paths near the visitor centre at 10:30 but flew into shrub by railway line. Link
Gallions Reach: Lesser Whitethroat (KJMcmanus)

Monday, 13 April 2015


English: Sandwich tern, photo by Matt Edmonds ...
English: Sandwich tern Wikipedia)
 Amwell: White-spotted Bluethroat front of watchpoint.
 Gallions Reach: Sandwich Tern, Arctic Tern, 20+ Common Tern, 2 Whimbrel, Curlew, Wheatear. Beddington SF: 3 Ring Ouzel, 2 Garganey, Common Redstart,
 Wormwood Scrubs: 1 female Ring Ouzel in Central Copse, 1 Nightingale briefly singing.

Bluethroat 1

Thursday, 9 April 2015


So the puffin seen drifting upriver at gallions reach turned up in SW london and was taken into care lets hope the bird is Ok.And here is the link to the photo of the bird.…/585835855752880128
Also found this interesting link

Wednesday, 8 April 2015


A Eurasian Stone-curlew in central India. Penc...
A Eurasian Stone-curlew  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
London Wetland Centre: Grey Plover - winter plumage on grazing marsh Little Ringed Plover and Jack Snipe on wader scrape, 2 Buzzard over (a dark one east, and a pale one west, Stone Curlew - grazing marsh 15.45.Rainham Marshes: Spoonbill, 2 Marsh Harriers, 2 Greenshanks.Greenwich Park: 2 Brambling, 1 Osprey flying high and northwards.Gallions Reach: Raven east @ 10.38.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Gallions Reach

Puffin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: A lonely Puffin, perhaps it was the f...
 Puffin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today I was totally blown away when two of the local birders started jumping up and down and waving so being at the other end of Gallions reach I just got my gear and started running.I arrived and said what have you got and the answer was PUFFIN.I scope it straight away and watched it drift upriver. My london list is now. (274)

Sunday, 5 April 2015


Common Buzzard
Common Buzzard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rainham Marshes: 34 Common Buzzard, 11 Marsh Harrier, male Hen Harrier, Raven, pair Garganey, Whimbrel, Ruff, Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover, Bearded Tit.Hampstead Heath:  10 Common Buzzard, first one high S at 11:10.Gallions Reach: Red Kite, 6 Common Buzzard (all east), Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 7 Swallow.Staines Moor: 5 Red Kite, 1 Common Buzzard.

Saturday, 4 April 2015


Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) male Français : B...
Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Queen Mother Reservoir: Hen Harrier.Gallions Reach: Swallow, Common Tern.KGV Reservoir: Avocet on causeway at 0720, 2 Red Kite at 0745 and 0810, Common Snipe, 5 Sand Martin, 3 Meadow Pipit.Staines Moor: 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler.Walthamstow Res - male Merlin over Lockwood.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Gallions Reach

At last birds are on the move at Gallions reach with a nice ADULT KITTIWAKE going upriver and my first Common Tern of the year.

Sunday, 8 March 2015


English: Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)...
English: Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) Male Whiteworks, Dartmoor, Devon, England (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
King George VI Reservoir: 1 Northern Wheatear, 1 fem Black Redstart.Rainham Marshes: Sand Martin
Staines Reservoirs: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Water Pipit near tower S basin, 2 Pintail, 3 Redshank, 1 Red Kite over prior to 10.35. N basin. 1 Northern Wheatear.

Gallions Reach

Today london got 2 migrants a Sand Martin at Rainham and a Wheatear at KG6 Reservoir. As for me just a single Curlew.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Gallions Reach

Today no migrants and just a few of the usual suspects:2 Oystercatchers,6 Redshank,8 Linnet.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Gallions Reach

Today went out birding for a couple hours at Gallions Reach and had 50+ Black-Tailed godwits and a single Curlew and also lots of Redshanks.