Wednesday, 24 August 2016


Sandwich Terns with chick
Sandwich Terns with chick (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Sandwich Terns are named for the yell...
English: Sandwich Terns are named for the yellow tip of their bill which legend has came from dipping their bill in Mayonaise while making a sandwich. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A great day at the patch with a london record count of sandwich terns today 60+ and also 150+ Common terns also upriver.
 Good numbers of terns seen at Tilbury this am including single ROSEATE plus COMMON, LT, SANDWICH and ARCTICS (per P. Larkin) #essexbirding

Thursday, 7 July 2016


  • Walthamstow Marshes: m COMMON ROSEFINCH c1900-21:15 at least singing & showing Park at Lea Bridge Rd riding school E10 7QL. Walk North along concrete track on the West side of the paddocks, view from the North side of the railway bridge looking to the area to the South-east. This is an inaccessible piece of scrub but bird does perch up when singing. Now it's opposite Anchor & Hope pub and at railway underpass. Rosefinch    Still present today the 8th. Rosefinch  Showing Well

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Yet another london lifer today with SPOTTED SANDPIPER putting me on (278).
Brent Res.
Trust me the bird is on the right standing on a tern raft. Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted sandpiper London records: 
  • pre-1852: Brent Reservoir (Middx), one shot on an unknown date (Harting, 1866)
  • 1956: Hilfield Park Reservoir (Herts), one on September 2nd (LBR 56, Hardwick & Self)
  • 1988: Barn Elms Reservoir (Surrey), a summer plumaged bird on May 16th (LBR 56, Hardwick & Self)
  • 1989: King George V Reservoir (Essex), one from September 25th to October 6th (LBR 56, Hardwick & Self)

The specimen of the first record was among a collection sold in April 1852 and purchased by Frederick Bond "who traced it to the person who had received it in the flesh and stuffed it and fully satisfied himself of the truth of the statement" (Harting, 1866). The specimen is now in the British Museum.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

London WWT

London Wetland Centre: LITTLE BITTERN, seen in middle reedbed channel in Wildside at 2:35pm (Martin Parker); a stunning adult male in breeding plumage! Seen to fly back into middle of reedbed at 17.30 (Martin Honey); seen twice from Wildside channels and then from Dulverton Hide between 15.00-17.00 - one photo on my blog courtesy of Joe Davison (Wendy Marks)

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Gallions Reach

Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus)
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Buzzard over the Rheidol valley Both ...
English: Buzzard over the Rheidol valley Both buzzard and red kite find the rich and varied slopes of the Rheidol valley productive hunting grounds. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Falco subbuteo in Lasy Janowskie, Poland
Falco subbuteo in Lasy Janowskie, Poland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Red kite, Watlington Hill, Oxfordshire.
Red kite, Watlington Hill, Oxfordshire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Osprey @ Pallikaranai
English: Osprey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Gallions Reach: My raptor list this spring: 2 OSPREY, 4 RED KITE, 4 HOBBY, 40+ BUZZARD and also i had a new bird for the site GREAT WHITE EGRET.And only the second record of CUCKOO.

Sunday, 22 May 2016


Today i had my second london lifer of the year with IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF. 277

Saturday, 7 May 2016


Today i did not have to wait to long for the ORIENTAL TURTLE DOVE which is a lifer for me.And also it's a 1st for london.

Sunday, 10 April 2016


Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus)
Great White Egret (Casmerodius albus) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I had a good morning today when i see gallions reach 1st great white egret which was flying upriver @8.35.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Gallions Reach

Today i found my first summer migrant of the year SAND MARTIN that just bombed straight through.