January 31, 2009

January 31st 2009

Knighton Woods:
  • 6 Mandarin (4m 2f), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch.
South Park:
  • 2 Greylag Geese with the Canada Geese.
  • Pochard and Tufted Duck.
  • 3 Redwing and a Mistle Thrush on the field.
Fairlop Waters:
  • Shelduck, Gadwall, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe on the southern works site
  • 2 GCGrebe on the main lake,
  • Water Rail flushed from the landfill.
  • Lapwing, 20 Golden Plover, 13 Snipe, Green Sandpiper on the southern works site.
  • 14 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting and 4 Fieldfare around the works.
  • male Kestrel hunting.
  • 2 Great Black Backed Gulls with the Lesser Black Backed, Herring, Common and Black Headed Gulls.
  • 2 Brown Hare!
Woodford Green:
  • Kestrel flying over Beale School (JMak)
Hainault Recreational Ground:
  • Flock of about 50 Fieldfare and Redwing, near Forest Road.
  • Merlin around the green between Belmont Road and Winston Way in Ilford and being chased around by crows high above the high road near Linton House. (Brian Smith)
Wanstead Park:
  • Nuthatch heard in Resevoir Wood. (TH)
  • pair of Red Crested Pochard re-emerged.... must have been hidingfor a week!. (TH)

January 30, 2009

January 30th 2009

Ray Park:
  • 35 Black Headed Gulls and 20 Common Gulls on the playing field by Ray Lodge Primary School.
  • Song Thrush in full song.
  • Pied Wagtail and Blue Tits along the School perimeter.


  • Healthy number of House Sparrows around Manford Way shops, and 3 Pied Wagtails.

Hainault Forest CP:

  • 2 Mute Swans, 33 Mallard, 12 Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, 4 Shoveler, 14 Coot, 17 Moorhen on the lake
  • 91 Canada Geese and 1 Greylag Goose feeding on the field by the entrance.
  • Cormorant drying off its wings on the island.
  • Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jay, Chaffinch and Greenfinch around the lake edge.
  • 1 Meadow Pipit (over)

Goodmayes Park:

  • 2 Mute Swan, 55 Canada Geese, 8 Greylag Geese, 60 Mallard, 38 Tufted Duck, 27 Coot and 10 Moorhen on the lake.
  • Cormorant caught a large fish, then flew off with it...
  • 30+ Redwing on the field with a few starlings.
  • Severel hundred Black Headed Gulls, with about 50 Common Gulls and 4 adult Herring Gulls.

Wanstead Park:

  • 12 Little Grebe, Grey Heron, 4 Mute Swan, 7 Canada Goose, 26 Pochard, ~20 Gadwall, ~30 Mallard, ~50 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, ~80 Coot, 25+ Moorhen, 50+ Woodpigeon, 5 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Robin, Wren, 2 Dunnock, 8+ Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Goldcrest, Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, Chaffinch, 20 Jackdaw, 10 Crow, Jay, 13 Magpie in one party (J Lethbridge & M Blow)

January 29, 2009

Janaury 29th 2009

Woodford Green, Johnston Road Pond:
  • 12 Canada Geese, 2 Mallard, 3 Moorhen

Woodford Green, Links Road Pond:

  • 9 Mallard, 3 Moorhen

Woodford Wells, Pond (by the Police Station):

  • 2 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 1 Coot,
  • 2 Jay on a tree on the island, chasing off Magpies.
  • 3 Redwings and a Mistle Thrush by Woodford Library. (AH)

Eagle Pond:

  • 6 Mute Swan, 60 Canada Geese most of which were feeding on the grass in Snaresbrook Court, 65 Tufted Duck, 20 Mallard, 45 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 3 male Pochard, 1 Pair of Shoveler and 1 pair of Gadwall.
  • 1 Cormornant flew in and landed in the tree where about 40 Black Headed Gulls were roosting.
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming in the trees behind the lake.

Wanstead Flats:

  • at least 100 Canada Geese.
  • Mallard, Shoveler, Coot, Moorhen all present too.
  • 200 Black Headed Gull and 50 Common Gull on the playing field with a handful of Herring Gulls and a Lesser Black Backed Gull.

Wanstead Park:

  • 6 Little Grebe, Grey Heron, 4 Mute Swan, 78 Tufted Duck, 30+ Mallard, 20 Pochard, 20 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 80+ Coot, 20 Moorhen, and distant honks of Canada Geese somewhere over Wanstead! (JL)
  • 7 Black Headed Gulls. (JL)
  • 150+ Wood Pigeon from the gold course roost. (JL)
  • 5 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5-6 Song Thrush, 10+ Blackbird, 2 Dunnock, 4 Robin, 10+ Wren, Long Tailed Tit, gazillions of Blue Tits and Great Tits, 2 Chaffinch, Greenfinch, 50+ Jackdaw, 8 Carrion Crow and 12 Magpie. (JL)
  • 2 Nuthatch in St. Mary's Churchyard (JL)

Nuthatch in St. Mary's Churchyard: Photo by Jonathan Lethbridge

South Park, Ilford:
  • 146 Canada Geese feeding happily in the company of some massive and hugely fat Brown Rats.
  • 2 Greylag Geese and 4 Mute Swans.
  • 40 Tufted Duck, 30 Coot, 25 Mallard, and 20 Moorhen.
  • Mistle Thrush making a racket.
  • Greenfinches and Chaffinches.
  • Cormorant (over).

January 28, 2009

January 28th 2009

Its a bit wet for birding today!
River Roding, Redbridge:
  • Cormorant flying North at Redbridge Roundabout (up the A406!)

January 27, 2009

January 27th 2009

Claybury Park:
  • At least 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, and 1 drumming, and a Green Woodpecker heard calling.
  • A lot of small birds being very active in the wooded areas, especially Great Tit, Blue Tit and Long Tailed Tit.
  • Absolutely nothing on the pond!. Not a feather!
  • Chaffinches and a pair of Bullfinch in the Bushes near the Wensleydale entrance.
  • A very songfull Song Thrush singing at the entrance on Roding Lane North, and another in Hospital Wood.
  • Pair of Mistle Thrushes on the grass area near the entrance on Roding Lane North.
  • Also: Blackbird, Robin, Wren, Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove, Feral Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jay.
Valentines Park:
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, and 2 green Woodpecker (1 drumming)
  • Mistle Thrush being mobbed by Magpies.
  • at least 40 Carrion Crows betweel the Bethel Ave entrance and the pond.
  • Lots of Blue Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinches.


  • Sparrowhawk seen over Fairlop Primary School. (JMak)

Gants Hill:

  • Coal Tit in a Gants Hill Garden (Alan Thomas)

January 26, 2009

January 26th 2009


  • 1 Kestrel and 2 Sparrowhawk seen flying over Fairlop Primary School. 8.30am (JMak)
Woodford Bridge:
  • Green Woodpecker flying over Woodford Bridge. 8.40am
Fairlop Waters:
  • male Kestrel hunting over Hainault Road. 3pm

January 25, 2009

January 25th 2009

Fairlop Waters:
  • Shelduck still present on the landfill.
  • Also round the southern landfill: 400-500 Lapwing, 20 Golden Plover, Snipe and 1 Green Sandpiper, Gadwall, Coot, Tufted Duck, Teal, Shoveler, Pochard, Mallard, Green Woodpecker, Skylark and a Brown Hare!
Wanstead Park:
  • Kingfisher on Ormanental Water. (JL)

January 24, 2009

January 24th 2009

Fairlop Waters:
  • 10 Mute Swans (some on the main lake, and some on the landfill site)
  • 160 Canada Geese and 3 Greylag Geese on the golf course.
  • 1 Shelduck on the landfill site (south of Painters Rd)
  • 50 Mallard, spread accross all the ponds
  • 10 Shoveler (all on the landfill site)
  • 98 Teal, 1/2 on the lagoon and 1/2 on the landfill
  • 58 Gadwall, 21 Pochard, 100 Tufted Duck, 42 Moorhen, 120 Coot.
  • 561 Lapwing, mostly on the landfill with 69 Golden Plover and 3 Green Sandpiper... Also 25 Snipe, groups of 11 and 6 on the southern landfill and 8 solitary ones flushed from the nature reserve/northern landfill.
  • 2 Great Crested Grebe on the main lake, and 1 Water Rail in the corner of the fishing lake by the island, also 8 Cormorant.
  • 3 Pheasant around the southern half of the landfill, one was nearly cight by a fox, that stalked it for some time!
  • Rabbit and Brown Hare both seen by the landfill site.
  • 397 Black Headed Gulls, 64 Common Gulls 14 Lesser Black Backed Gulls and 4 Herring Gulls... mostly roosting on the landfill.
  • A huge flock of over 500 Wood Pigeon and other smaller flocks, totalling 795! also, 4 Stock Doves, Collared Dove and 5 Feral Pigeon (over).
  • 29 Carrion Crow, 8 Jay and 27 Magpie, 19 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, 11 Robin, 8 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 13 Starling, 18 Blue Tit, 8 Great Tit, 16 Long Tailed Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 4 Green Woodpecker and 2 Goldcrest.
  • 5 Siskin feeding around the main lake.
  • Flock of small birds on the reserve that included: 5 Goldfinch, 16 Meadow Pipit, 5 Reed Bunting, and a male Yellowhammer.
  • 9 Skylark around the landfill, and a Pied Wagtail.
Knighton Wood:
  • 5 Mallard, 7 Moorhen, 3 Shoveler and 2 male Mandarin on the pond.
  • 1 Kingfisher on the larger pond, and Grey Heron (over).
  • 12 Blue Tit, 8 Great Tit, 6 Long Tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jackdaw, 5 Magpie.
  • Robin, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Jay, Carrion Crow.
Bush Wood, Wanstead:
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, 4 Goldcrest and Long Tailed Tits.
Wanstead Park:
  • Pied Wagtail feeding by the kiosk. Grey Heron also fishing there by Heronry Pond.
  • Pair of Red Crested Pochard still present on Heronry Pond along with 30 Pochard, pair of Mute Swan, lots of Tufted Duck and Mallard. (PF)
  • Grey Heron and 4 Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhens on Heronry Pond. (PF)
  • 2 Cormorants on Perch Pond, with Gadwall and Little Grebes (PF)
  • 3 Dunnock, singing Song Thrush and Green Woodpecker around the Sewage Works. (PF)
  • 5 Egyptian Geese on Heronry Pond in the morning, but had gone by lunchtime. (TH/PF)
  • Water Rail in the usual place in the corner of Perch Pond. (TH)
  • Kingfisher, Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush near Heronry Pond (JL)
Hatch Plain, Woodford:
  • Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow.
South Park:
  • c200 Black Headed Gulls and 9 Common Gulls. (IW)
  • Sparrowhawk (IW)
  • 4 Mute Swan, 122 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 18 Mallard, 28 Tufted Duck, 30 Coot, 16 Moorhen. (IW)
  • 4 Mistle Thrush. (IW)
Westwood Road Recreational Ground, Seven Kings:
  • 62 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 4 Canada Geese and a Mistle Thrush. (IW)
Little Heath:
  • Kestrel over Little Heath School, north side of the A12 east of Barley Lane. (IW)

Pics - January 24th 2009

Egyptian Geese on Heronry Pond, Wanstead Park. (Paul Ferris)
23rd Jan 2009

Cormorants on Perch Pond, Wanstead Park. (Paul Ferris)
24th Jan 2009

January 23, 2009

January 23th 2009

Egyptian Geese, Heronry Pond, Wanstead Park (23rd Jan09)
photo by Paul Ferris

Eagle Pond:
  • 9 Shoveler and a Cormorant on the pond, with the usual Tufted, Mallard, Swans, Canada Geese, Coot, Moorhen and Gulls...

Wanstead Park:

  • the pair of Red Crested Pochard are still present on Heronry Pond, along with Pochard, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, Coot, Moorhen, Little Grebe.
  • Grey Heron stationary at the corner of Perch Pond.
  • Song Thrush singing violently in a bush near the park entrance at Northumberland Avenue
  • Great Tit, Blue Tit and Chaffinch around that entrance too.
  • 5 Egyptian Geese on Heronry Pond (PF)

Wanstead Flats:

  • Kestrel over Long Wood (JL)

Forest Park Cemetery, Hainault:

  • 3 Jackdaws along with a few Wood Pigeons
  • A Mistle Thrush making a good meal of a large worm.

January 22, 2009

January 22nd 2009

Fairlop Waters:
  • No Mute Swans today, perhaps they are all on the landfill site, they have been incresingly frequenting that area....
  • However, there were 139 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 40 Mallard, 30 Pochard, 47 Tufted Duck, 27 Gadwall, at least 55 Teal plus loads of Moorhen & Coot.
  • 4 Little Grebe, (2 on the main lake, and 2 on the fishing lake) and 1 Great Crested Grebe.
  • 4 male Shoveler on the pond on the farmland.
  • There were a few adult Herring Gull on the golf course with over 100 Common Gull, over 200 Black Headed Gull and a few Lesser Black Backed Gulls.
  • 27 Lapwing on the jetty, (didnt have time to check the fields or the landfill)
  • 1 female Pheasant on the edge of the main lake, then flew over to the island.
  • 1 male Pheasant by the stables.
  • large flock of 95 Fieldfare and a single Redwing by the lagoon.
  • 4 Green Woodpeckers, 5 Goldcrest, 10 Goldfinches, 5 Chaffinch, 8 Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Skylark,
  • also: Cormorant, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jay, Starling, House Sparrow, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Long Tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Pied Wagtail, Collared Dove.

Valentines Park:

  • 4 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 113 Mallard, 45 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, 89 Coot and 20 Moorhen.
  • 2 Little Grebe on the lake.
  • 2 Grey Heron on the pond.
  • pair of Mistle Thrush on the playing fields, also Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Wood Pigeon and a flock of over 50 Starling.
  • 5 Chaffinches near the pond, also Blue Tit, Great Tit and Goldcrest.
  • 21 Siskin around the pond.
  • ad Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Grebes, 2 Grey Wagtails, Pied Wagtails, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, 2 Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare, Goldfinch, Shoveler, Pochard, , Tufted Duck, Teal, Goldcrest, Mallard, GreyHeron, Canada Geese, Jay, Magpie (Mark Wilson)

Wanstead Park:

  • the pair of Red Crested Pochard are still present on Heronry Pond for their 14th day now.
  • Sparrowhawk flew over Heronry Pond (PF)

January 21, 2009

January 21st 2009

Woodford Bridge:
  • at least 10 Moorhen on the pond by St. Pauls Church

Woodford Green:

  • pair of Mistle Thrush on Broadmead estate, also, Blue Tit, 2 Robins, Pied Wagtail.

Roding Valley Park:

  • Grey Heron (over) near Charlie Browns Roundabout.

Whitehall Plain, Epping Forest:

  • Green Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Goldcrest
  • Nuthatch in the trees along River Ching.

Claybury Park:

  • Treecreeper, Nuthatches, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bullfinch, 3 Long Tailed Tit, 2 Jay, 4 Stock Dove, Common Gull, 2 Goldfinch and 4 Redwing. (AH)

January 20, 2009

January 20th 2009

Bush Wood, Wanstead:
  • Lesser Redpoll at the west end of Bush Wood (heard) (JL)

Roding Valley Park:

  • In the Woodford Bridge area, Kingfisher, Grey Heron and 4 Long Taled Tits (AH)

Gants Hill:

  • Coal Tit in a Gants Hill garden (Alan Thomas)

January 19, 2009

January 19th 2009

Hainault Forest:
  • 35 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, 21 Shoveler on the lake. (SBacon)

Fairlop Waters:

  • 5 Mute Swan, 48 Tufted Duck, 23 Pochard, 22 Gadwall, 28 Mallard, 17 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 63 Coot, 27 Moorhen. (SBacon)
  • 63 Lapwing, 2 Cormorant, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (SBacon)
  • 12 Common Gull, 41 Black Headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls. (SBacon)
  • A few of the Black Headed Gulls are already in full summer plumage!

Woodford Green:

  • male Blackcap on Snakes Lane East. (AH)
South Woodford:
  • Hawfinch over. (KM)

January 18, 2009

January 18th 2009

Fairlop Waters:
  • Kestrel hunting over Painters Road.
  • Large flocks of Lapwing, Golden Plover, Wood Pigeon, Fieldfare and Redwing on the fields around Hainault Road, put up by a female Marsh Harrier, which then landed on the ground (out of site).

Chadwell Heath:

  • Sparrowhawk being mobbed by Black Headed Gulls near Chadwell Heath Station, then flying off in the direction of Freshwater Lane. (JMak)

January 17, 2009

January 17th 2009

Fairlop Waters:

  • Good numbers of Waterfowl: 7 Mute Swan, 132 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 26 Mallard, 39 Teal, 29 Gadwall, 40 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 85 Tufted Duck, 38 Moorhen, 91 Coot, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe.
  • 1 Shelduck on the private lake on the farm, and another (or the same one) later, on the landfill site on Painters Road.
  • 512 Lapwing! with 4 Golden Plover and 2 Snipe (on the Landfill site). Another Snipe was flushed on the nature reserve.
  • 191 Black Headed Gull, with a few Common Gulls.
  • 8 Cormorant and a Grey Heron.
  • 194 Wood Pigeon, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Feral Pigeon and 2 Collared Doves.
  • 22 Carrion Crow, 18 Magpie and a Jay.
  • 10 Blackbird, 6 Robin, 3 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 20 Rewing, 32 Fieldfare, 1 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail and a few Starling.
  • 5 Green Woodpecker! and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
  • 2 Kestrel, (1 over the reserve and one on Hainault Road)
  • 1 juvenile Peregrine Falcon hunting over the landfill site, taking a pigeon.
  • 9 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 12 Long Tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch. (DEH)

Hainault Lodge Nature Reserve:

  • Pretty quiet, except for a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a few Long Tailed Tits and Goldcrests... oh, and loads of Jackdaw and Wood Pigeon.

Hainault Forest:

  • Mute Swan, Canada Goose, 10 Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, c30 Shoveler, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen.
  • A flock of 47 Meadow Pipit on the field to the east of the lake.
  • Goldcrest, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jackdaw.

Wanstead Park:

  • Pair of Red Crested Pochard still present on Heronry Pond, with 34 Pochard. (TH)
  • 2 Teal on Shoulder of Mutton Pond. (TH)
  • Nuthatch still present around St. Mary's Churchyard. (TH)

January 16, 2009

January 16th 2009

Woodford Green:
  • family of Long Tailed Tit feeding around Orchard Estate, Broadmead Road.

South Woodford:

  • Large flock of Long Tailed Tit flying from St. Aubyns School accross the road toward Epping Forest.

Wanstead Flats:

  • At least 4 male Shoveler on Alexandra Lake (noticed while driving by)

Wanstead Park:

  • 6 Little Grebe on Heronry Lake (TH)
  • 15 Siskin on the north side of Perch Pond (TH)
  • Red Crested Pochard pair still present.

January 15, 2009

January 15th 2009

Wanstead Park:
  • the pair of Red Crested Pochard are still present on Heronry Pond. (JL)
  • Water Rail seen along the bank of Perch Pond. (JL)

Fairlop Waters:

  • 5 Mute Swan, 42 Tufted Duck, 40 Teal, 20 Pochard, 23 Gadwall along with the regular Mallard, Coot and Moorhen.
  • 3 Cormorant on the main lake.
  • 4 Little Grebes and 6 Great Crested Grebes on the main lake. (DEH/JM)
  • 42 Lapwing on the jetty.
  • 1 Woodcock flushed from the long grass on the reserve.
  • 7 Skylark playing about on the field behind the fishing lake.
  • 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker.
  • Goldcrest present in good numbers.
  • 6 Chaffinch by the main car park, with a few Greenfinches too.
  • Snipe, Grey Heron and 2 Pheasant. (JM)
  • Kestrel, Kingfisher, Reed Bunting, Mistle Thrush, 40 Long Tailed Tit. (JM)

Bush Wood, Wanstead:

  • 3 Lesser Redpoll flying SW over the western margin of Bush Wood (Tim Haris)
  • 7 Linnets in the sewage works (Pete Saunders)

January 14, 2009

January 14th 2009

Wanstead Park:
  • pair of Red Crested Pochard still present on Heronry Pond.

January 13, 2009

January 13th 2009

Woodford Bridge:
  • 64 Mallard and 11 Moorhen on the pond by St. Pauls Church

Roding Valley Park:

  • 1m & 1f Blackcap feeding on the trees between Charlie Browns Roundabout and Broadmead Road.
  • 4 Goldcrest, flock of Long Tailed Tit
  • Grey Wagtail at the northern end of Ray Park, and a few Jays.
  • 1 Teal on the river.

Wanstead Park:

  • Mute Swan, 30 Mallard, 53 Pochard, 50 Tufted Duck, 10 Gadwall, 8 Little Grebes and the pair of Red Crested Pochard on Heronry Pond. (JL/DEH)
  • Chiffchaff heard near Heronry Pond (via JL)
  • 10 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler on Ornamental Waters.
  • 4 Stock Dove on Lincoln Island.
  • male Sparrowhawk feeding on the ground in Resevoir Woods.
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10+ Goldcrest, 1 male Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, 8 Chaffinch.
  • Great Tit far outnumbering Blue Tit, and very vocal...
  • Kingfisher on Heronry Pond (PF)

Wanstead Flats:

  • 1 Shoveler on Jubilee Pond and 21 on Alexandra Lake (JL)
  • 480 Common Gulls on the playing field and 3 Lesser Black Backed Gulls (JL)
  • 2 Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Song Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Goldcrest, 8 Long Tailed Tit, 4 Greenfinch, 11 House Sparrow, Goldcrest and 50+ Jackdaw. (JL)
  • 150 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese on Alexandra Lake. (JL)

Eagle Pond, Snaresbrook:

  • 4 Coot, 60+ Canada Geese, 5 Mute Swan, 2 Moorhen, 7 Mallard, 1 male Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck.

Knighton Woods, Woodford Green:

  • 2 Greater Spotted Woodpecker and at least 5 Nuthatches.
  • 2 Stock Doves, quite a few Jay, and Goldcrest.
  • 1 pair of Mandarin Duck on the pond with a few Mallard and Moorhen.
  • Great Tit far outnumbering Blue Tit here too.

Fairlop Waters:

  • 3 Cormorant, (2 on the main lake, and 1 on Fairlop Landfill)
  • 2 Grey Heron on the landfill site.
  • 7 Mute Swan, (3 on the main lake, 2 on the fishing lake and 2 on the Landfill site)
  • 92 Canada Geese feeding on the golf course.
  • Ducks: 25 Mallard, 35 Teal, 18 Gadwall, 35 Tufted Duck, 40 Pochard, plus 89 Coot and 34 Moorhen.
  • 2 Little Grebe and 3 Great Crested Grebe on the main lake.
  • 187 Lapwing and 37 Golden Plover.
  • 1 Snipe, flushed from the landfill site.
  • 159 Black Headed Gull, 18 Common Gull, 3 Herring Gull and 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls.
  • 2 Pheasant on the fields behind the fishing lake.
  • 1m Kestrel on the lamp column by the main entrance, (usual place)
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Green Woodpecker, both near the Riding Stables.
  • 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Robin, 4 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 27 Blackbird, 34 Redwing, 22 Fieldfare, 37 Starling, 20 House Sparrow, 152 Wood Pigeon, 10 Feral Pigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Collared Dove, 29 Carrion Crow, 12 Magpie, 12 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 13 Long Tailed Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 5 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Lesser Redpoll.
  • 1 male Yellowhammer by the Riding Stables.

January 12, 2009

January 12th 2009


Photograph by Paul Ferris.

Wanstead Park:
  • pair of Red Crested Pochard still on Heronry Pond. (JL)

January 11, 2009

January 11th 2009

Hainault Forest:
  • Pheasant. (spotted while driving down Romford Road)
Fairlop Waters:
  • 300+ Lapwing, spread really thin all over the farmland, quarry, and even on the 5 a side football pitches.
  • Kestrel hunting above Hainault Road.
South Park:
  • 2 Mute Swans, 25 Canada Geese and loads of Gulls on the frozen lake.
  • Mistle Thrush making a lot of noise in South Park Primary School Green.

Wanstead Park:

  • Red Crested Pochard pair still on Heronry Pond. (PF)
  • 30 Male Pochard on Heronry Pond. (PF)
  • Greater Spotted Woodpecker near Pump House. (PF)

January 10, 2009

January 10th 2009

Wanstead Flats:
  • Skylark, Stonechat & Reed Bunting on Wanstead Flats (JL)
  • 3 Lapwing on the northern playing field (SFisher)
  • Cockatiel flew over! (SF)
Wanstead Park:
  • Red Crested Pochard pair still on Heronry Pond (JL)
  • 2 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll (S Fisher)
Claybury Park:
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in Claybury Woods (DBa)
  • 2 Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, 29 Meadow Pipit, 37 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, House Sparrow, Medeterranean Gull, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, 8 Goldfinch. (JM)

January 09, 2009

January 9th 2009

Wanstead Park:
  • 2 Red Crested Pochard (pr) on Heronry Pond, also Mute Swan, 8 Little Grebe, 43 Pochard, 40 Tufted Duck, 6 Gadwall (JL)
  • 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (long walk), 2 Chaffinch, 2 Jay in Wanstead Park. (JL)
  • Song Thrush near the Cafe in Wanstead Park (JL)
  • Nuthatch (heard) in St. Marys Churchyard. (JL)
  • 10 Long Tailed Tits around the golf course, (JL)
  • Over 100 Jackdaw between Shoulder of Mutton pond and Heronry Pond. (JL)
  • Water Rail at Perch Pond (Tim Harris)

Fairlop Waters:

  • Though the lakes were mostly all frozen over, there was still a good number of ducks on the small unfrozen bits... 120 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose, 39 Mallard, 20 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 3 Little Grebe, 119 Coot, 28 Moorhen, 3 Cormorant. (No Mute Swans)
  • 5 Teal on the stream!
  • There were 41 Lapwing on the Island and a further 50 on the field east of Hainault Road with 82 Golden Plover
  • Quite a few birds on the reserve: 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Jay, Green Woodpecker, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Lesser Redpoll, 3 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 7 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 5 Wren, 26 Blackbird, Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 23 Fieldfare,
  • 2 male Kestrels near the golf course, and a female Sparrowhawk hunting by the stream.
  • 1 Pair of Pheasant on the farmland behind the fishing lake
  • Also: 100+BHGull, 50+Common Gull, LBBGull, 26 Carrion Crow, 15 Magpie, 8 House Sparrow, 2 Starling, 8 Feral Pigeon, 226+ Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove.

January 08, 2009

January 8th 2009

Wanstead Park:

  • 'The Basin' was about 75% frozen, but in the available water there were Mute Swans, a Canada Goose, plenty of Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen and Pochard, a few Shoveler and Gadwall and 4 Little Grebes! (DEH)
  • Solitary Grey Heron and Cormorants flew over. (DEH)
  • Goldcrest, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Robin and Wren seen around the edges of the Basin, and at least 3 Greater Spotted Woodpeckers. (DEH)
  • Between the Basin and St. Mary's Church there was a small flock of Redwing, less than 20. (DEH)
  • Jays, Jackdaws, Magpies and Carrion Crows all making a lot of noise in the large trees. (DEH)
  • Around St. Mary's Churchyard there was a Greenfinch and at least 2 Nuthatches. (DEH)
  • Also saw LBBGull, BHGull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Mistle Thrush, Starling. (DEH)
Wanstead Flats:

  • 162 Canada Geese by Alexandra Lake, with Mute Swans, Shoveler, Mallard and over 200 Feral Pigeons. (DEH)
  • 2 Pied Wagtails around the 'shore' of Alexandra Lake (DEH) also 1 at Jubilee Pond (JL)
  • 100s of Gulls on the flats, most of which were Common Gulls.
  • 6 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, Dunnock and 2 Green Woodpeckers on Wanstead Flats. (JL)
  • Grey Heron flying over the Flats, near Centre Road. (JL)

South Woodford:

  • Firecrest seen opposite St. Aubyns School (DBa)

January 07, 2009

January 7th 2009

Claybury Park:
  • 2 Cormorant flying over
  • 1 Common Gull with Black Headed Gulls on the frozen pond
  • Song Thrush and 2 Meadow Pipits around the pond
  • 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Jay, Dunnock

January 06, 2009

January 6th 2009

Bush Wood, Wanstead:

  • 1m & 1f Sparrowhawk (JL)
  • Greater Spotted Woodpecker(JL)
  • Goldcrest and 5 Long Tailed Tit feeding(JL)
Wanstead Flats:
  • 5 Redwing in the Dell (PF)
  • 20 Skylark on the flats (PF)
  • Cormorant flying over the flats (PF)

Claybury Park:

  • Sparrowhawk & Kestrel (JM)
  • Grey Heron, Moorhen (JM)
  • Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker (JM)
  • 5 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock (JM)
  • Mistle Thrush, 78 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing (JM)
  • Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Long Tailed Tit, Coal Tit, House Sparrow (JM)
  • Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, Reed Bunting (JM)
Fairlop Waters:
  • 130 Lapwing, 2 Woodcock, 38 Golden Plover. (JM)
  • 36 Pochard, 16 Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Grey Heron. (JM)
  • Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit, Fieldfare, Goldcrest. (JM)


  • Coal Tit seen feeding in a garden in St. Francis Way, Loxford Lane. (JMak)

January 05, 2009

January 5th 2009

Fairlop Waters:

  • Teal, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, Grey Heron
  • 100 Lapwing.

Wanstead Park:

  • Water Rail in the corner of Perch Pond, (JL)
  • 2 Gadwall on Perch Pond, and Little Grebe. (JL)
  • 2 Green Woodpecker in Warren Wood. (JL)
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker in Resevoir Wood. (JL)
  • Larger than usual number of Pochard on Heronry Pond, due to the other waters all being frozen over. (JL)
  • Snipe flushed from the side of Ornamental Waters. (PS)

Woodford Bridge:

  • Chiffchaff and 6 Long Tailed Tit (AH)

Gants Hill:

  • male Sparrowhawk seen in a Gants Hill garden (Alan Thomas)

January 04, 2009

January 4th 2009

Fairlop Waters:
  • Female Gooseander (AAB)
  • Lesser Redpoll (AAB)
  • Sparrowhawk (AAB)
  • female Stonechat (Tony Leaderman)
Bush Wood, Wanstead:
  • 3 Stock Dove and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in Bush Wood (JL)

January 03, 2009

January 3rd 2009

Fairlop Waters:

  • m Goldeneye still on the main lake.
  • 4 Shoveler, 21 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck onthe main lake
  • Kestrel perched on the lamp column by the main entrance
  • 100s of Lapwings and over 100 Golden Plover on the field to the east of Hainault Road
  • Fieldfare and Redwing a plenty.
  • Woodcock flying out of the reserve.
Valentines Park:

  • Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, 2mShoveler, Gadwall.
Woodford Bridge:

  • Sparrowhawk gliding over Manor Rd, near junction with Tomswood Rd (3pm)
Wanstead Park:
  • 52 Siskin in Wanstead Park (SFisher)

January 02, 2009

January 2nd 2009

Fairlop Waters:
  • Male Goldeneye still present on the main lake, near the club.
  • 30 Gadwall, 30 Teal, 21 Pochard, 40 Tufted Duck, 4 Greylag Geese, 50 Canada Geese,
  • 2 Little Grebe on the main lake, and a Great Crested Grebe on the fishing lake.
  • 20 Cormorant, 50 Common Gulls, 10 Herring Gulls, 100s of Black Headed Gulls
  • Male Stonechat, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2x Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker.
  • At least 3 Skylark on the field behind the fishing lake.
  • On the field to the east of Hainault Road there were about 100 Golden Plover and over 500 Lapwing, with a further 45 Lapwing on the main lake.
  • 30+ Fieldfare, and smaller numbers of Redwing feeding around the reserve.
  • An abundance of Long Tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Wren, Dunnock and Goldcrest.
  • 2 Kestrels hunting (unsuccessfully as far as I could see)
Bush Wood, Wanstead:
  • Tawny Owl in Bush Wood (evening) (JL)

January 01, 2009

January 1st 2009

Fairlop Waters:

  • male Goldeneye on the main lake (AAB)
  • Woodcock over, near the lagoon (AAB)
  • Water Rail feeding on the edge of the main island (AAB)
  • Stonechat (AAB)
  • Great Crested Grebe on the main lake.
  • Jackdaw seen over the main entrance.
  • Mute Swan, Pochard, Tufted Duck on the main lake, and a few Lapwing and Cormorant on the jetty. (DEH)
  • Kestrel (Tony Leaderman)