December 31, 2010

Dec 31st 2010

Valentines Park:
  • flock of 60+ Siskin
  • 6 Redwing with the starling flock
  • Kingfisher in his usual place (John Crick)

December 29, 2010

December 29th 2010


Hatch Forest:
  • 1 male Merlin on the hunt.
  • 1 Little Egret low up the river
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers calling
  • 2 small parties of Long Tailed Tits totalling 10+ birds, with 3 Goldcrest and a Coal Tit in 1 of em. also c10 Blue Tit and 3 Great Tit
  • Jay, Song Thrush, c20 Magpie, Blackbird (DEH)

December 28, 2010

December 28th 2010


Hainault Farm:
  • Kestrel on Hainault Road
South Park:
  • c100 Canada Geese and 2 Greylag Geese
  • c40 Mallard, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 male Pochard, 3 male unmentionables
  • c40 Coot, 25 Moorhen
  • 1 Grey Heron on the wall of the southern outflow into Seven Kings Water
  • Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Blackbird, 3+ Mistle Thrush, 3 Robin, Blue Tit, 3 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, nuff Feral Pigeons & Wood Pigeons, c12 Collared Dove (DEH)
Woodford Green:
  • Woodford Green garden: 40+fieldfare, 20+ redwing,
  • 6 siskin, 1 female blackcap,
  • 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (2m,1f)
  • 20 starling, 3 carrion crow, 2 jackdaw, 3 jay, 2 magpie,
  • many greenfinch, 4 chaffinch, 2 goldfinch, 2 dunnock, 2 robin, blue and great tits + 1 coal tit. - Peter Warne

December 27, 2010

December 27th 2010

Clayhall:
  • Green woodpecker seen in Clayhall garden, 12.20 approx. (MScott)
Fairlop Gravel Works:
  • 6 Moorhen were the only 'wildfowl' as it was totally frozen over
  • 1 Grey Heron on the field east of the gravel works
  • c50 Lapwing,
  • grand total of 38 Snipe flushed from the restored field south of the gravel stock pile (site record)
  • 2 male Kestrel having a sparring match mid air - 1 hit the floor, then flew up into a tree, where it joined a Peregrine that was in the tree. after a while the Peregrine flew off low over the site, then into another tree in Hargreaves Scout camp
  • c10 Skylark over
  • also: 1 male Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, c30 Starling, 40 Fieldfare, few Redwing, Magpie and 100 Carrion Crows (DEH)
Fairlop Waters:
  • 250 Canada Geese flew onto the ice (boating lake), landed very poorly, taking out gulls like skittles. It was jokes!. (24 Greylag Geese among them)
  • 2 Little Grebe on the fishing lake with 22 Gadwall
  • 1 adult Greater Black Backed Gull, 22 Lesser Black Backed Gull, c150 Common Gull, c400 Black Headed Gull, 5 (or so) Herring Gull
  • c60 Coot mostly by the southern outflow, c20 Moorhens scattered about (including in trees).
  • 21 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 6 Pochard, 10 Tufted Duck, c20 Mallard,
  • 7 Golden Plover, flock of Lapwing on the field behind St. PeterS Church
  • Sparrowhawk
  • c50 Fieldfare, c20 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Blackbirds, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, 2 Pied Wagtail, c10 Blue Tit, c20 Long Tailed Tit in 2 parties, one of which contained 4 Goldcrest, Pheasant on the gravelled island, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker,
  • 3 Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit (DEH, TLachhar, AThomas, NTwford) (let me know if i forgot any of your species guys...)
  • House Sparrow, 2 Collared Dove, 5 Greater Black Backed Gulls (Emma Charles)
  • Also: 30 Wigeon; Sparrowhawk; Buzzard; Kestrel; 170 Fieldfare; 95 Redwing (BJ)
Wanstead Flats:
  • 66+ Fieldfare (se), 6 Redwing, 24 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 30+ Jackdaw, 2 Pied Wagtail, 14 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, Goldcrest etc. (Tim Harris/Nick Croft)
Wanstead Park:
  • m Goshawk (west through Res Wood - NC), Sparrowhawk,
  • 5 Lesser Redpoll, 30+ Siskin, 18 Linnet, Reed Bunting, 2 Snipe, 8 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, Teal (1 on R Roding - TH, 1 the Dell - NC), Shoveler, Gadwall, Tufted Duck (1 on the R Roding - unusual!), 3 Egyptian Goose (juvenile getting the brush off from the resident pair), Pochard, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, Water Rail and a cast of many more (45sp [51 in all] - NC/TH)
Woodford Bridge Pond:
  • 12 Canada Geese
Woodford Green, Broadmead Estate:
  • Mistle Thrush telling 2 Blue Tits to get out of his tree.

December 26, 2010

December 26th 2010

Fairlop Waters:
  • c20 Waxwing on the rough stuff, south of Main lake
  • Water Rail
  • 4 Wigeon (Alan Bell)
  • 74 Lapwing in the field behind St. Peter's Church
  • Lesser black blacked gulls.
  • 2 pair of Pochard
  • 2 Grey Heron Fishing all on Boating Lake
  • Fishing Lake: 10 pair of Gadwall
  • 2 Little Grebe
  • Fairlop Plain: Lots of Redwing (Christine Poutney)
Hainault Farm:
  • c50 Redwing on the A1112 (Romford Road)
Ilford, Tavistock Gardens:
  • 2 Mistle Thrush, 20 Fieldfare, 2 Jackdaw, Goldcrest (HV, PV)
Valentines Park:
  • Snipe flushed from the Alder corridor
  • flock of Goldfinch & Siskin (Barbara J)
Wanstead Park:
  • 1 Snipe (Nik Borrow)
Woodford Green:
  • male Blackcap (Tony Brown)

Fairlop, Painter Road - Christmas Day (Mahinder Bhakar)

Redwing

Fieldfare


c25 Waxwing!

December 25, 2010

December 25th 2010

Fairlop, Painters Road:
  • c25 Waxwing on the hedges, and garage roof, drinking from the drains (Also Redwing (Mahinder Bhakar)
Wanstead Flats:
  • 15 Lesser Redpoll (north), 7 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 6 Reed Bunting, 25 Fieldfare (west), 6 Robin, 12 Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 4 Collared Dove, 4 Green Woodpecker, 4 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, 2 parties of Long-tailed Tit, 10 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, House Sparrow, Sparrowhawk and something going "hmp" repeatedly, in a very low register in a thicket (your Christmas quiz. NC).
Wanstead Park:
  • 2 Snipe, 11 Linnet (Nik Borrow)

December 24, 2010

December 24th 2010 - Christmas Eve

Fairlop Waters:
  • Fieldfare 40+, Redwing 20+, Blackbird 10+, Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Canada Geese (many), Greylag - 32, Gadwall 20,Mallard 15, Tufted Duck 12, Wigeon 3, 2 male Pochards, Black Headed Gulls (many), Common Gulls 30+, Lesser Black Backed Gulls, juvenile Great Black Backed Gull, Grey Heron, Blue Tits 8, Long Tailed Tits 5, Great tits 2. (Ian Shaw)

  • 10 Siskin (Bob Jenner)

  • Merlin (Groundsman)
Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • 2 Redwing (neighbours tree) (Tajinder Lachhar)
Wanstead Flats:
  • 28 Redwing (mainly north), 19 Fieldfare, 3 Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush etc.
  • 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Chaffinch, 4 Pochard (east), 7 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron, Great Black Backed Gull (Nick Croft)
Wanstead Park:
  • Woodcock (north of allotments R Roding), Snipe,
  • Kingfisher,
  • 3 Teal, 60+ Gadwall, 40 + Pochard, 20 + Tufted Duck, 30 + Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose,
  • Grey Heron,
  • 2 Linnet, Fieldfare, Redwing,
  • steady stream of Lesser Black-backed Gull going north up the Roding, 2 Linnet, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit (combined sp tally for park & flats of 54 Nick Croft)

December 23, 2010

December 23rd 2010

Fairlop, Painters Road:
  • 50+ Redwing feeding in the hedgerow (DEH)

Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:

  • Grey Heron over
  • imm Sparrowhawk over (Tajinder Lachhar)
Wanstead Flats:
  • 34 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 4 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal (north), Grey Heron, 3 Meadow Pipit, 4 Redwing (s), 2 Fieldfare, Kestrel (NC)
Wanstead Park:
  • Water Rail, Snipe,
  • 4 Teal, 29 Shoveler, 35 Pochard, 66 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose, 10 Little Grebe,
  • 6 Redwing, 15 Skylark (south), 12 Linnet, 30 + Siskin,
  • Sparrowhawk
  • and the Mink eyeing up a duck dinner on Heronry (NC)
Woodford Green, Broadmead Estate:
  • Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail (DEH)

December 22, 2010

December 22nd 2010

Hainault Forest:
  • Three different birds of prey in 5 minutes today...
  • Firstly a Kestrel sitting on top of a lampost when I passed. About an hour later when I came back it was still there. T
  • hen a Buzzard sitting with a Magpie in a small tree opposite Hainault golf course (along with about 20 redwings).
  • About 3 minutes later I saw a sparrowhawk going over the gardens! Great views of the Buzzard. (Peter Gordon)
Hainault Lodge Nature Reserve:
  • 4 Goldcrest, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Nuthatch, Greater spotted woodpecker, 20+ Long tailed tit, Great tit, Blue tit, Redwing, Kestrel. (Bob Abel)
South Woodford:
  • Garden today - 1 Great spotted woodpecker, 6 woodpigeon, 1 Dunnock fighting with a Robin, 3 Blue tit, 2 Great tit, 4 Starling, female blackbird chasing away a male, 2 Magpies and various gulls and crows over. Pied wagtail out the front of the house. (PGordon)

Wanstead Flats:

  • c100 White-fronted Goose north-east 14:55 (just as I had given up, cold, wet, bored and longing for a cuppa and having decided not go and flush Snipe from Reservoir Wood, as I stepped on to the flats on the way home ... awesome, bloody magical: so much so I stayed out for another hour and got wet, cold and bored again!), 4 Greylag Geese, 5 Tufted Duck, pr Pochard, 14 Shoveler, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk and 8 Goldfinch (NC/Birdguides).

Wanstead Park:

  • 50+ Lesser Black-backed Gull moving up the Roding valley in small groups all afternoon, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Teal, Gadwall, Egyptian Goose, Canada Goose, Little Grebe, 50+ Siskin, 10 Linnet (old sewage works), 6+ Goldcrest (NC)

Well done to Nick Croft - White Fronted Goose is the 159th species seen in the borough this year, equalling our tally for 2009... with 9 days left to beat it!

December 21, 2010

Valentines Park Egyptian Geese - Emma Charles

It appears that we now have 6 Egyptian Geese resident in the borough (2 pairs at Valentines Park, and the 5th bird has found a mate, and relocated to Wanstead Park, where they were seen mating (in the cold) today).







December 21st 2010

Fairlop, Hainault Road:
  • at least 4 Waxwing feeding in the hedges east of the Sailing Club entrance, with a flock of Redwings midday today (SBacon)

Roding Valley Park:

  • 3 Song Thrushes, Goldfinch, one lone Long-tailed Tit and flock of Long-tailed Tits, at least 2 Common Gulls among lots of Black-headed Gulls (AHobson)

Wanstead Flats:

  • 9 Mute Swan, 19 Mallard, 3 Coot, 31 Canada Goose (Jub), 2 Reed Bunting, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest (SSSI), Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 6 Shoveler (Alex) (J Lethbridge), Fieldfare, 2 Cormorant, Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit (NC).

Wanstead Park:

  • 1 Woodcock (over Dell wood NE), 2 Snipe (1 Res Wood - JL, 1 Dell - NC),
  • 41 Pochard, 55 + Gadwall, 22 Shoveler, 21 Tufted Duck, 2 Egyptian Goose (doing it!), 3 Teal (1f Res Wood - JL, 2 R Roding - NC), 3 Wigeon (2m, R Roding just below footbridge),
  • Water Rail (top of Perch showing nicely and earlier calling/screaming whatever!),
  • 11 Little Grebe (6 Heronry, 4 Roding and 1 Ornamental Waters),
  • possibly up to 60+ Siskin (2 or 3 flocks buzzing round the park), lots of Chaffinch, Bullfinch (OSW),
  • 10 Redwing, Song Thrush, Coal Tit and the other usuals, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk (49 sp NC/JL).

Woodford Green:

  • 25 Siskin in my garden (PWarne)

December 20, 2010

December 20th 2010

Roding valley Park:



  • north of chigwell road: Water Rail, 3 Little Grebes, 2 Linnets, Redwing, Grey Heron, Song Thrush, 2 Greenfinches
  • south of chigwell road: Tufted Duck [very rare on this stretch of the river], Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit, at least 3 Common Gulls, at least 3 Greenfinches, (AHobson)

Wanstead Flats:

  • 4 Woodlark (north along centre road and then on over SSSI c.09:00), 16 Skylark (west, bar 1 on Jub),
  • 41 Lapwing (south c. 15:32),
  • Snipe flew on to Alex,
  • 7 Reed Bunting (SSSI), 6 Goldfinch, 7 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 6 Fieldfare (n), 3 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush (s),
  • Goldcrest,
  • Sparrowhawk, Cormorant.
  • Jubilee still virtually all frozen but still accommodating 9 Mute Swan, 2 Mallard, 20 Canadas, 3 Coot and attending Common and BH Gull. Bit more of a squeeze at Alex where 100+ geese, 50+ Coot, 15 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 15 + Moorhen and Gulls are playing sardines (36sp NC oh! and patch tick tick)

Wanstead Park:

  • 5 Snipe (2 R Roding, 2 Dell, 1 Res Wood),
  • 13 Little Grebe (6 Roding, 6 Heronry, 1 Ornamental Water),
  • 1 Water Rail (Roding),
  • 5 Teal (4 Roding, 1 Dell), 20 Tufted Duck (Heronry), 23 Shoveler (8 Heronry, 15 OW), 170+ Mallard (100 + Heronry, 60+ Roding, 10 + OW), 39 Pochard (Heronry), 32 Gadwall (28 H, 4 OW), 2 Egyptian Goose, 10 Canada Goose, 9 Mute Swan,
  • 3 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant,
  • pr Bullfinch (old allotments east of Roding),
  • 30 + Siskin, 2 Coal Tit, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Pied Wagtail, 6 Redwing (45 sp Nick Croft).
  • Wanstead Park: 8 Ring Necked Parakeets, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 5 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Shovelor, Teal, Gadwall, Mute Swan, Grey Heron, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Coot, Moorhen, Mallard (Mark Wilson)

Woodford Green:

  • Snakes Lane East - 4 Redwings, Mistle Thrush (AHobson)

Mistle Thrush in Hainault - Kevin Greives

(just before the snow on saturday)

December 19, 2010

December 19th 2010

Claybury Park:


  • Woodcock [landed on the path around 30-40 yards ahead of me and then calmly strolled into the undergrowth],
  • up to 4 Lapwings [a one then a 3; only the second time I've ever seen them over Claybury],
  • Treecreeper [v.gd views], at least 4 Goldcrests,
  • Sparrowhawk [2 sightings, one with prey; presumably the same bird as a male in adjacent parts of the park],
  • Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Jay, flock of Long-tailed Tits, Common Gull, up to 4 LBB Gulls, Cormorant, 2 Greenfinches (AHobson)
Fairlop Waters:

  • 4 Little Grebe
  • Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron
  • 26 Greylag Goose, 130 Canada Goose
  • 18 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 16 Tufted Duck
  • 16Moorhen, 70 Coot
  • 64 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 8 Snipe
  • 177 Black Headed Gull, 78 Common Gull, 14 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 3 Herring Gull (Steve Bacon)

Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:

  • 2 Coal tits - 10th week completed now in garden also now with additional
    partner since last week.
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 11 Blue tits, 2 Great tits
  • 5 Goldfinches, 12 Greenfinches, 10 Chaffinches, 14 House Sparrows
  • c20 Starlings
  • 2 Robins, 2 Magpies, 1 Dunnock, 1 Female Blackbird, 1 Wood Pigeon, 11 Feral Pigeons (Alan Thomas)

Hainault Forest CP:

  • Common Gull, 85 Black Headed Gull
  • 8 Moorhen, 49 Coot
  • 15 Tuftefd Duck, 3 Pochard, 82 Mallard, 28 Canada Goose
  • 8 Cormorant, Little Grebe (SBacon)

Valentines Park:

  • Flock of 40+ Siskins near the Ornamental Water at 10.30am. (John Crick)

Wanstead Flats:

  • A brief sniff round the SSSI and west of Centre Road, 4 Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 9 Mute Swan, 3 Mallard, 2 Coot, 2 Skylark, Cormorant over (NC)

Blue Tit in Goodmayes, Alex Blackman


December 18, 2010

December 18th 2010

Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - Seen around 8.05am with an unsuccessful attack.
  • 2 Coal tits, 14 Blue tits, 4 Great tits
  • 16 House Sparrows
  • 11 Chaffinches, 14 Greenfinches, 10 Goldfinches
  • 3 Blackbirds
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckrs (Males)
  • 2 Robins, 2 Magpies, 1 Dunnock, c40 -50 Starlings flock in garden.
  • 3 Wood Pigeons, 12 Feral Pigeons
  • plus - 1 Dog Fox(Male) trying to catch any birds of which it did not succeed. (Alan Thomas)
Roding Valley Park:
  • Woodcock , Grey Heron, 2 Redwings, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5 Song Thrushes, 8 Goldfinches, 4 Common Gulls. (Alan Hobson)

Wanstead Flats:

  • 4 Reed Bunting (SSSI), 1 Coot (jub the rest have gone probably to Alex), 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark (east), 4 Redwing (north), 3 Fieldfare (n), Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush (JL), 2 Cormorant, 5 Gadwall, 27 Shoveler, hoards of Coot, Moorhen, Mallard, Geese and gulls on a patch of water no bigger than a tennis court, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit and others before the white-out and then not a lot (NC/J Lethbridge)

Wanstead Park:

  • 2 m Wigeon (R Roding), 6 Teal (Roding and 1 Reservoir Wood), 60 + Tufted Duck (including a flock of 18 trying to find water), c. 40 Gadwall, 34 + Pochard, c. 6+ Shoveler, 6 Little Grebe (2 on the Roding),
  • 3 Snipe (Reservoir Wood's little drainage stream),
  • Grey Heron,
  • Kestrel, Sparrowhawk,
  • Great and Green Woodpecker, Lesser Redpoll, 13 Siskin (NC/JL)

Woodford Station:

  • Carpark - mistle Thrush (AHo)

December 17, 2010

December 17th 2010

Roding Valley Park:
  • 5 Song Thrushes, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldfinches, small flock of Long-tailed Tits, flock of just over a dozen Common Gulls, Lesser Black Backed Gull (Alan Hobson)
  • party of 9 Long Tailed Tits moving along the trees opposite the firearms shop in Woodford Bridge, 2 Mute Swan on the river there, and a Cormorant over (DEH)

Woodford Green, Snakes Lane East:

  • Mistle Thrush
  • 2 Pied Wagtail (AHobson)
Woodford Green, Tesco:
  • 1 Fieldfare sitting in the same Rowan tree by the entrance, as mentioned on December 10th. (Emma Charles)

December 16, 2010

December 16th 2010

Wanstead Flats:
  • Woodcock, Snipe (flushed from the same patch of ground in the SSSI just north of the fairground),
  • 7 Skylark (fairground),
  • 4m Pochard (2 jub/2 Alex), 20 Shoveler, 14 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 4 Greylag Goose, 2 Grey Heron,
  • 6 Redwing (south-east), Song Thrush, 10 + Mistle Thrush, 2 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 40 + Jackdaw, Lesser Redpoll, 7 + Goldfinch, Sparrowhawk, Goldcrest\ (NC).
Wanstead Park:
  • Water Rail (top end of Perch),
  • 2 pr Wigeon (1 R. River Roding, 2nd pair ornamental waters), 57 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 27+ Pochard, 42 Tufted Duck (including one caught by fishing line on the ornamental waters, reported to the City Corp. - a dead duck I fear), 4 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron,
  • 7 Linnet (Old Sewage Works), Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Kestrel,
  • 2 Cormorants fighting over eels on the ornamental waters. 1 eel escaped while the one Cormorant probably wished it hadn't tried swallowing the other. It looked eye-wateringly uncomfortable as it tried to get the wretched eel down its throat (NC).

December 15, 2010

December 15th 2010

Claybury Park:
  • A wet and miserable walk which only got worse as time passed. 18 species: Mallard, Moorhen, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, 3 Goldcrest Wren, Blackbird, Robin, Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch (PHart)

  • Snipe, Coal Tit, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Jay, Redwing, Common Gull, 5 Fieldfares (Alan Hobson)

Wanstead Flats:
  • 8 Shoveler (7m), pr Gadwall, 2m Pochard, 5+ Tufted Duck, 4 Greylag Goose, Grey Heron,
  • 3 Redwing (w), Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush,
  • Snipe (broom fields), Lesser Redpoll, 7 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin (Steve Thorpe), Sparrowhawk (ST), 3 Meadow Pipit (Capel Point) (NC/ST)
Wanstead Park:
  • Water Rail (top end of Perch),
  • Goldcrest, 40 + Siskin,
  • Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Grey Heron (NC/ST)

December 14, 2010

Waxwings at Snaresbrook Primary School, 14th Dec - John Snow




December 14th 2010

Roding Valley Park:
  • 2 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Song Thrushes, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Long-tailed Tits, Common Gull, Cormorant (Alan Hobson).
Snaresbrook Primary School:
  • 5 Waxwings stayed in grounds on birch tree for 15 mins until the pesky Mistle Thrush came and chased them off. (JSnow)
Wanstead Flats:
  • 14 Shoveler (5m), 2m Pochard, pr Gadwall, m Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 10 Greylag Goose (all Alex), 2 Reed Bunting (SSSI), 2 Linnet, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, (Jub), Fieldfare, Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 3 Skylark2 Goldcrest, House Sparrow (groups at Capel Pt., Jub, north of SSSI), Kestrel (first for over a month) (NC)
Wanstead Park:
  • pr Wigeon (R Roding), Teal (male SoM, 2 females still in the Dell), 45 Tufted Duck, 44 Pochard, 69 Gadwall, 2 Egyptian Goose, 9 Shoveler, 6 Little Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 30 Siskin (flocks of 10+ and 20+), Redwing, 2 Coal Tit, 6 + Goldcrest, Skylark (over north) et les autres (NC).

December 13, 2010

Goldfinch in a Goodmayes Garden - Alex Blackman

December 13th 2010


Barkingside, Registry Office:
  • Mistle Thrush (DEH)
Fairlop Waters:
  • Redbridge Nature Conservation Team guided walk: 9am-11.30 (42 species)
  • Merlin male hunting from the scrape over the fishing lake (only metres away from a lucky 'us'),
  • few Mute Swan, Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose pr Teal, 25 Gadwall, mShoveler, 10 Pochard, c10 Tufted Duck, Mallard, Coot a plenty, Moorhens
  • Cormorant, c50 Common Gull, c20 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 100s of Black Headed Gulls, 20 Herring Gull,
  • 8 Little Grebe,
  • 220 Lapwing (150 on the boating lake (ice), 60 on the field behind the fishing lake with 17 Golden Plover,
  • Snipe (over the boating lake), Green Sandpiper (flushed from edge of baoting lake,
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker,
  • 30+ Redwing, 30+ Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, a few Robin, Blackbirds, 3 Dunnock, Wren (heard)
  • 2 Pied Wagtail,
  • pr Great Tit, several groups of Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit (2 parties), Goldcrest,
  • 27 Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow colony in the old Als Adventure
  • Also: Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Feral Pigeon, Collared Doves to a total of 42 Sepcies (Daniel Erickson-Hull, Jan Martin-Ellis, Tajinder Lachhar, Griff & Sally Holliday, Jacque Millea and others..)
Snaresbrook, Primary School:
  • 8 Waxwing flew around 9.20am (JSnow)

South Woodford Garden:

  • 8.30am
  • Grey Heron over
  • Waxwing IN! (PGordon)
Wanstead Flats:
  • 6 Reed Bunting (SSSI), 11 + Goldfinch,
  • Snipe (Jub),
  • 3 Meadow Pipit (by Capel pt foraging on the verges),
  • 11 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler,
  • Skylark, 6 Mistle Thrush (1 singing),
  • Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker,
  • Sparrowhawk (NC)
Wanstead Park:
  • Water Rail (perch),
  • 45 + Tufted Duck, 54 + Gadwall, 30 + Pochard, 6 Shoveler, 5 Teal (3 River Roding, 2 the Dell), 5 Little Grebe,
  • 30 + Siskin (west of Perch in alders),
  • 3 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush,
  • Grey Wagtail,
  • 2 Grey Heron (NC)

December 12, 2010

December 12th 2010

Claybury Park:

  • Woodcock,
  • Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers,
  • Little Egret
  • Common Gull,
  • 3 Jays, 3 Stock Dove, flock of Long-tailed Tits, Goldfinch, 5 Fieldfares, 2 Song Thrush (AHobson)

Fairlop Waters:

  • 0930 - 1130: black-headed & common gulls, lesser black-backed (14), herring gull (1),
  • mute swan (2), grey heron, canada goose (c.20), mallard, coot, moorhen, tufted duck, pochard (3m), gadwall (11), little grebe, goosander (1f),
  • lapwing (27 on field east of country park), carrion crows, magpies, wood pigeons, mistle thrush (3), blackbird (2), blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit (4), pied wagtail, great spotted woodpecker, robin (MSevoir)
Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • 1 Female Sparrowhawk - Seen around 1.15pm then again roughly five minutes later trying to cause panic amongst the birds. 2 Coal tits, 9 Blue tits, 2 Great tits, 10 Goldfinches, 9 Greenfinches, 7 Chaffinches, 24 Starlings, 3 Blackbirds, 2 Robins, 2 Magpies, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male), 8 House Sparrows, 1 Wood pigeon, 12 Feral pigeon - 1 which a stray cat killed. (Alan Thomas)

Roding Valley Park:
  • Grey Heron, 5 Jays, flock of Long-tailed Tits, 5 Common Gulls (Alan Hobson)

Valentines Park:
  • Mediterranean Gull showing well, 13 Pochard, 4 Egyptian Geese, 2 Goldcrest (PHopkins)
Wanstead Park:
  • 10 Siskin (THarris)

December 11, 2010

December 11th 2010


Ilford, Ingleby Road:
  • female Sparrowhawk surveying feeders from tree this morning – the finches, tits and Great Spotted had all made themselves scarce though. We've noticed when the Great Spotted is on the feeder it always seems to be nervously looking skywards (JCrick)

Roding Valley Park:
  • Snipe (flew over Redbridge Lakes),
  • Jay, small flock of Long-tailed Tits,
  • 2 Mute Swans (first time I've seen them on this stretch of river for many months),
  • flock of around 20 Common Gulls (AH)
Valentines Park:
  • 20 Siskin with the goldfinch flock along the alder coridor (BarbaraJ)
Wanstead, my garden:
  • Teal over ENE (JL)
Wanstead Flats:
  • 5 Pochard (jub), 9 Tufted Duck (2 jub, 7 Alex), 9 Shoveler, 5 Greylag Goose (west),
  • Barnacle Goose (really wary allowed me to within 2 feet, which I think is the norm),
  • Yellow-Legged Gull, Greater Black-backed Gull,
  • Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 20 + Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush,
  • Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Snipe (SSSI), 7 Skylark (east), Collared Dove, 9 Stock Dove (north), Goldcrest etc. (46sp NC)
Wanstead Park:
  • 2 Water Rail (Ornamental Waters - Tim Harris, 1 Perch),
  • 44 Pochard, 34 Tufted Duck, 9 Shoveler, 54 Gadwall, 4 Teal (including JL's garden tick), 2 Egyptian Goose, 7 Little Grebe,
  • 5 Lesser Redpoll, 28 + Siskin,
  • 15-20 Redwing (north), Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush,
  • 4 Grey Heron,
  • Coal Tit, 10 + Goldcrest, Chiffchaff (46 sp [57 sp in total] TH/NC).
Woodford Station:
  • Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Goldfinch, Greenfinch in the station car park (AH)

December 10, 2010

December 10th 2010



Roding Valley Park:

  • Redwing Song Thrush, flock of Long-tailed Tits, 5 Common Gulls, Cormorant (Alan Hobson)

South Woodford:

  • 2 big events this morning - Firstly a blue tit was inspecting the nest box and pecking around the hole - 2 months earlier than last year! Secondly, as I left the house a sparrowhawk flew low right past me and then up over the house over the road. After years of seeing sparrowhawks around here this was the first time I've actually seen one with a catch!! A sparrow. (PGordon)
Wanstead Flats:
  • 20+ Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, Brambling, Lesser Redpoll, 3 Meadow Pipit, 6 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, 10 Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit etc. 2 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove, (Snipe seen by the Central London RSPB group) (NC).
Wanstead Park:
  • 10 Lesser Redpoll, 16 Siskin, 13+ Goldcrest, 6 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 3 f Teal, 15 Shoveler, 49 Tufted Duck, 53 Gadwall, 49 Pochard, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Pied Wagtail, Coal Tit, 2 Cormorant, m Sparrowhawk (NC).
Woodford Green:
  • Tesco Woodford Green - Sitting in the Rowan tree by the entrance, 1 Fieldfare feeding. (Emma Charles)

December 09, 2010

Dead Waxwings - Look away now




Tragic pics of the 3 Waxwings that tried to join the 'other group', not realising that the other group were their own reflection in the window... Quick thinking of J Snow 'saved' the remaining 8 birds from the same feat.
(Snaresbrook School, Dec 8th 2010)


December 9th 2010

Claybury Park:
  • Coal Tit, 2 Redwings, 2 Common Gulls, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 flocks of Long-tailed Tits and one lone one, Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Lesser Black Backed Gull (AH)
Hainault Farm:
  • 100+ Lapwing flying over to the gravel works
  • 2 female Kestrel on A1112 Romford Road, 1 opposite Hainault Golf club, the other about 1/2 mile south. (DEH)

Redbridge, Ridgeway Gardens:

  • Coal Tit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Woodpigeon, Blackbird (MAW)

Snaresbrook School:

  • no sign of any Waxwings today, onlu 1 Mistle Thrush (JSnow)
Wanstead:
  • Wanstead village: Waxwing flew NNW over Ashbourne Avenue at approx 10.30am (J Lethbridge)

December 08, 2010

Fairlop Waters - 7th Dec (Alex Blackman)

Fieldfare

December 8th 2010

Claybury Park:
  • At least 2 Goldcrests, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay (AH)
Snaresbrook, Snaresbrook School:
  • 14 Waxwing in the cherry tree outside my office 10.30 this morning, (first time I have ever seen then, and first time there has been any at this site). Unfortunately one of them flew into the school window and died instantly (John Snow)
Wanstead Flats:
  • 4 Lapwing (north), Snipe (SSSI),
  • 4 Meadow Pipit,
  • 4 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush,
  • 3 Lesser Repoll,
  • Reed Bunting,
  • Pochard (jub), 9 Shoveler (1 jub), 11 Mute Swan (8 jub),
  • Stock Dove (NC)
Wanstead Park:
  • 2m Wigeon (R Roding), 4 Teal (m on Roding + 3 f The Dell), 52 Pochard, 32 Tufted Duck, 14 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 8 Mute Swan, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron,
  • 3 Siskin, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 4 + Goldcrest,
  • 3 Fieldfare, 4 + Redwing (NC)
Woodford Green:
  • Woodford Green garden; 4 great spotted woodpecker (3m, 1f) with much fluffing of feathers between them, 4 jackdaw, 1 jay, 10 greenfinch, 5 goldfinch, 1 coal tit, blue and great tits, 1 wren, 3 chaffinch, 2 blackbird, 3 dunnock, 2 carrion crow and 4 magpies. Oh and many, many starlings ! (Peter Warne)

  • male Goshawk (KMu)

December 07, 2010

Valentines Park - 7th Dec (Russ Sherriff)

Tufted Duck

Robin

Blackbird

Valentino the Mediterranean Gull

Grey Heron

male Pochard

male Gadwall

Egyptian Goose

Gadwall

female pochard

male Shoveler

Roding Valley Park - Peter Gordon (5th Dec)


December 7th 2010

Aldborough Hatch:
  • 7 Long Tailed Tit in the garden (CPoutney)

Claybury Park:

  • Treecreeper, mixed flock of around 20 Siskins and Lesser Redpolls, 3 Coal Tits, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 3 Jays, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stock Dove (first one I've seen here for months), and an extraordinary murder of around 350 Carrion Crows around the new play area. (AH)
Fairlop Waters:
  • Flock of Fieldfare (70+)
  • Long tailed tits (6+)
  • Blue tits (5+), Great tits (4)
  • Blackbirds (8+)
  • Kestrel
  • Group of female and male chaffinches (15+) (Alex Blackman)

Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • Coal Tit commnecing 10th week in the garden! (AThomas)
Valentines Park:
  • Valentino the Mediterranean Gull showing today (after an absence of a few days, this was a welcome relief)
  • Egyptian Geese, Shoveler, Pochard, Gadwall
  • Grey Heron
  • 5 Mistle Thrush and 5 Blackbirds feeding together in 1 yew tree
  • Robin (RSherriff)
Wanstead Flats:
  • 13 Waxwing (west),
  • 11 Lapwing (south), 6 Shoveler,
  • 2 Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit,
  • 7+ Goldfinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Goldcrest, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush etc (Nick Croft).
Wanstead Park:
  • Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail (Steve Thorpe),
  • 13 + Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, 2 Coal Tit,
  • 30+ Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, 4 Bullfinch,
  • 3 Skylark (1 north, 2 south),
  • 3 Stock Dove, 17 Ring-necked Parakeet,
  • 51 Tufted Duck, 10 Shoveler, 43 Gadwall, 54 Pochard, 20+ Teal (R Roding), 4 Little Grebe,
  • 3 Grey Heron,
  • Sparrowhawk (NC).

December 06, 2010

Valentines Park - 5th Dec (Emma Charles)


Robin (above), Great Tit (below)

December 6th 2010


Fairlop Waters:

  • 9 Golden Plover,
  • f Goosander, Tufted x Scaup hybrid, (APe)

Roding Valley Park, Woodford Bridge:

  • Snipe (sports pitches)
  • 2 Song Thrush (AHobson)

Wanstead Park:

  • Water Rail on Perch Pond,
  • Kingfisher at Perch Pond
  • Woodcock flushed on Ornamental Waters near the grotto (Steve Thorpe)

Woodford Green:

  • 20 starlings, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (2m,1f), 3 goldfinch, 4 greenfinch, blue and great tits, blackbird, 3 dunnock, 2 chaffinch (Peter Warne)

December 05, 2010

Wanstead Park - 5th Dec (PGordon)

Ring Necekd Parakeet

Egyptian Geese

December 5th 2010


Fairlop Waters:
  • female Goosander still present on the Boating lake
  • 8 Waxwing present along the path that leads from the Golf course, to Barkingside station, then flew off in the direction of Painters Road
  • 12 Golden Plover on the field behind the fish pond
  • Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Wren, House Sparrow, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon. Moorhen, Coot, Shoveler, Mallard, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Gadwall, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lapwing. Blackbird, Redwing, 200 Fieldfare (200+ in one flock), Mistle Thrush, Kestrel. (Neil Twyford/Ian Shaw)
Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • 1 Female Sparrowhawk seen around 1.25pm yet again another unsucessful attack, this time trying to single out a Starling which just about got away. 1 Coal tit, 11 Blue Tit, 3 Great tit, 7 Greenfinches, 6 Chaffinches, 2 Goldfinches, 12 House Sparrows, 3 Blackbirds, 2 Male Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 2 Magpies 11 Starlings, 1 Woodpigeon, 11 Feral Pigeons (Alan Thomas)

Roding Valley Park, South Woodford:
  • Very good morning at the River Roding SW section. 1 Kingfisher (seen twice), 2 sparrowhawk sightings - not sure if the same bird or not. First time I was trying to take a picture of a wren when there was flurry of starlings and a hawk was about 10 metres above me right over my head. Complete failure to get a picture with the bird showing very well in the blue sky! Later on I found another sparrowhawk - possibly the same one - by the river again. It was in a bush and lots of tits and finches were flying around the bush making a big noise. Eventually the hawk flew off. I was about to go home when I saw Great spotted woodpecker in the small wood. So a very good morning. Also saw 4 cormorant, a Jay bathing in the river, gt, blue and Long Tailed tits, crows, magpies, robins, wrens, chaffinches, woodpigeons, starlings, blackbirds, song thrush. (Peter Gordon)

Roding Valley Park, Woodford Bridge:
  • Kestrel (JMakengo)
Valentines Park:
  • 150+ Black-headed Gulls, 15 Common Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Wren, Moorhens, Coots, Mallards, 3 Canada Geese, 1 Grey Heron, Numerous Carrion Crows, 4 Mistle Thrushes, 1 Group of Starlings, Several Blue Tits, Several Robins, Several Great Tits, Medium group of Long-tailed tits, 8 Mute Swans (Boating Lake), 2 Mute Swans (Fish Pond), 100+ Feral Pigeons, 10 Wood Pigeons, 2 Muscovy Ducks (introduced), 3 Shoveler, introduced Mandarin Ducks (male and female) and Wood Ducks (male), Female Blackbird, 6 Tufted Ducks, 4 Magpies. (Emma Charles)

  • Little Grebe (2), Mute Swan (4 ad, 7 juv) ,Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose (4) , Mallard , Shoveler (8m 3f) Tufted Duck, Pochard (5m 2f), Coot , Moorhen, Common Gull , Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon , Wood Pigeon ,Eurasian Collared Dove (3), Green Woodpecker (1), Great Spotted Woodpecker (2), Pied Wagtail (3), Grey Wagtail (2) – moving along the Cranbrook Cut, Wren (1), Robin , Mistle Thrush, Blackbird (9), Redwing (1) – in tree over looking Long Water, Blackcap – in the Dell,Blue Tit (7) ,Great Tit (5), Long-tailed Tit (5), Eurasian Magpie, Carrion Crow, Common Starling (c12), House Sparrow (11) – Sitting in / on the Brisbane Road hedge, Chaffinch (5), Greenfinch (2), Goldfinch (6), Siskin (4) (Mike Condon)

Wanstead Park:
  • 2 Egyptian Geese perched on the top of an old tree by the pond by the ruin. Possible nest?, 5 Ring Necekd parakeets in 2 small groups. Plenty of swans, ducks (mallard, tufted, gadwall, shoveller, pochard) and the Egyptian geese. May post pics later of the geese on top of the tree and the parakeets. Lots of corvids, pigeons and gulls (PGordon)

December 4th 2010

Fairlop Gravel Works:
  • 2 juvenline Mute Swan, 3 Greylag Geese and a small skein of Canada Geese over, also a few Mallard over.
  • few Coot on the ice (north side, Painters Road)
  • c70 Lapwing in a few small groups, the main group was in the meadow with 16 Golden Plover, 2 Jack Snipe and c6 Snipe
  • few Meadow Pipits, 1 Skylark 1 Linnet and 1 Goldfinch moving around
  • Sparrowhawk perched on a small bush, then flew to the mound and sat pon the ground for a while.
  • 1 Little Egret over (west)
  • Gulls were mostly Black Headed with a few Common Gulls
  • flock of about 200 Fieldfare and Redwing
  • Also: Wood pigeon, 2 Grey Wagtails (east), Pied Wagtail, Robin, Starlings, House Sparrows, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tits, Blackbird, Great Spotted Woodpecker heard (2), Green Woodpecker, Jay heard, Pheasant (heard) and tracks seen.
  • 2 Brown Hare, Fox, Rabbits (Daniel EH/Mike Condon/Alan Hobson)
Fairlop Waters:
  • 2 Goosander still present (1 female was near the wooded island, the other presumed male, flew to the otehr side of the lake, and could not be relocated).
  • 6 Mute Swan, 100+ Canada Geese in to roost with over 10 Greylags, Mallard, c20 Tufted Duck (none of which looked anything like a Scaup hybrid today), 6 Shoveler, 3 Teal (2m, 1f), 6 Gadwall, (4m, 2f),
  • 100+ Coot, few Moorhen
  • 6 Little Grebe (no Great Crested Grebes)
  • Gulls were mostly Black Headed Gulls, Common Gulls were less Common!.. few Lesser Black Backed too.
  • c10 Lapwing on the gravelled island, 1 Snipe flushed from the bank near the clubhouse
  • Skylark over, Meadow Pipit too
  • Redwing scattered, Blackbird, Robin, 2 Song Thrush (DEH/Alan Hobson/Mike Condon/Bob Jenner)
Five Oaks Lane Scrubland:
  • Bullfinch on arrival, (2nd was heard calling later)
  • 4 Little Egret over (west), 3 together, and 1 singleton
  • 4 Snipe flushed from a brook near the stables (south end)
  • Sparrowhawk over the stables
  • 12 Skylark (south), 10 Meadow Pipit by the horse manure pile)
  • 2 male Yellowhammers,
  • 2 Greenfinch, few Goldfinch and Chaffinch
  • Lesser Black Backed, Black Headed and Herring Gulls flying by
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker, probably 3 Green Woodpecker (certainly 2)
  • Long Tailed Tit flock (6+), Blue Tits, Great Tits, 3 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Jackdaw (heard), Carrion crow, Magpie, few Jay, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Pheasant
  • 50+ Redwing, and less Fieldfare
  • Muntjac and Red Deer tracks seen, and an actual Fox (MC/AH/DEH)
Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • Coal Tit still present daily, 8 Blue tits, 3 Great tits, 7 House Sparrows, 4 Chaffinches, 5 Greenfinches, 5 Goldfinches, 3 Blackbirds, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Male Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, 6 Starlings, 6 Feral Pigeons (AThomas)
Hainault Recreational Ground:
  • Lapwing near Forest road (AHobson)
Ilford, Westbury Road:
  • 2 blackbird, 6 starling, 2 blue tit, 1 great tit, 2 long-tailed tits, 1 robin, 1 wren (first one seen for months), 1 carrion crow. 2 juvenile common gulls (on roof of house opposite). (MSevoir)
Seven Kings Park:
  • Little Egret flew up out of Seven Kings Water (Jonathan Makengo)
Wanstead Flats:
  • 2 Egytian Goose (west @7:30), 13 Shoveler (6m, Alex), 5 Tufted Duck,
  • 3 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail,, 4 Mistle Thrush, 12 Redwing (north), 20+ Blackbird, Fieldfare (north), 2 Skylark (s), Siskin, 4 Chaffinch, 10+ Goldfinch, (east), 20 Lesser Redpoll, Reed Bunting, 2 Cormorant, 150+ Wood Pigeon (south), Green and Great Spot Woodpecker, 2 Ring Necked Parakeet (NC)
Wanstead Park:
  • 43 + Pochard, 44 Tufted Duck, 46 + Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 6 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 7+ Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 20 + Redwing, Song Thrush, Siskin, Goldfinch, Snipe (south), Green and Great Spot Woopecker, 10+ Ring Necked Parakeet, 2 Sparrowhawk (NC)
Woodford Green:
  • Lapwing over (TBrown)

December 03, 2010

December 3rd 2010



Aldersbrook:
  • I've had a Coal Tit visiting my Wanstead garden regularly - it's here now. Also Lesser Redpoll in mixed flocks last week. (Sally Hammond)
Fairlop Waters:
  • 2 Goosanders sill present 8am. female only by 1pm
  • 17 Bewicks Swan flew over in formation NW at 1pm (SBa)
Roding Valley Park:
  • Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Jays, Great Spotted Woodpecker, up to 4 Song Thrushes, flock of Long-tailed Tits, flock of Chaffinches, flock of over a dozen Common Gulls, Cormorant, Green Woodpecker, Woodcock low over the park (AHobson)
Wanstead Park:
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
  • 2 Egyptian Geese (Sally Hammond)

December 2nd 2010

Fairlop Waters:
  • no sign of Red Breasted Merganser, but she has been replaced by a female Scaup!
  • 2 Goosander (1m, 1f) (via SBacon)
Ilford, Westbury Road:
  • blackbird, starling, magpie, 2 blue tits, 2 great tits, 8 long-tailed tits (MSevoir)
Valentines Park:
  • Little Grebe (1), Mute Swan (4 ad, 7 juv) ,Greylag Goose (1 - hybrid) ,Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose (2) , Mallard , Shoveler (7m 4f) Tufted Duck, Pochard (3m 1f), Coot , Moorhen, Common Gull ,Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Feral Pigeon , Common Wood Pigeon ,Collared Dove (2), Green Woodpecker (1), Wren (1), Robin , Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Blue Tit (4) ,Great Tit (3), Long-tailed Tit (7), Magpie, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch (3), Greenfinch (1), Goldfinch (3), Siskin (2) (MCondon)
Wanstead, Gordon Road:
  • Saw my first goldfinch for ages today (they didn't come last year); didn't stay long, but I've put out a feeder with niger seed, so I hope he - and his friends - will return. (Ann Williams)

December 01, 2010

December 1st 2010



Claybury Park:
  • Treecreeper, up to 6 Goldcrests, Meadow Pipit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Common Gulls, flock of Long-tailed Tits (AHobson)
Fairlop Waters:
  • 3 female Goosander
  • 1 female Red Breasted Merganser (SBacon)
Redbridge, Ridgeway Gardens:
  • 2 Coal Tits, 6 Blue Tits, 4 Great Tits, Greenfinch, Robin, 11 Starling, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Blackbird, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Woodpigeon, 7 Feral Pigeon, Magpie (MAW)
Valentines Park:
  • Little Grebe (1) Mute Swan (4 ad, 7 juv) ,Greylag Goose (1 - hybrid) ,Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose (4), Mallard, Shoveler (5m 2f) Tufted Duck, Pochard (3m 1f), Coot, Moorhen, Common Gull ,Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Feral Pigeon , Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove (3), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Pied Wagtail (2), Grey Wagtail (1), Wren (1), Dunnock (1), Robin , Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Blue Tit ,Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit (5), Magpie, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch (5), Greenfinch (2), Goldfinch (4), Siskin (4) (MCondon)

Wanstead Park:
  • 1 Lapwing on the Basin (JLethbridge)

November 30, 2010

November 30th 2010

Valentines Park:
  • Little Grebe (1), Grey Heron, Mute Swan (2 ad, 7 juv) ,Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose (4) , Mallard ,Tufted Duck, Pochard (3m 1f), Coot , Moorhen, Common Gull ,Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull – aka Valentino, Lesser Black-backed gull, Feral Pigeon , Wood Pigeon , Collared Dove (2) Kingfisher – In the fenced off section of the Cranbrook cut – seen for 3mins, Green Woodpecker (1), Grey Wagtail (1) – in the fenced off section of the Cranbrook cut, Robin , Mistle Thrush (1), Blackbird (4), Blue Tit ,Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch (3), Greenfinch (2), Goldfinch (6), Siskin (2) - All moving along the Cranbrook cut (MCondon)

Wanstead Flats:
  • 3 Shoveler going round in decreasing circles, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Redwing, 7 Skylark, 30+ Goldfinch in the London Plane at Capel Point, 50+ Wood Pigeon (south west), Cormorant, Black-headed Gull in breeding plumage (NC).
Wanstead Park:
  • 12 Shoveler, 80 + Gadwall, 30 + Tufted Duck, 45 + Pochard, 3 Teal, 6+ Little Grebe, Grey Heron, 2 Redwing, Treecreeper (showing rather well), Coal Tit, L T Tit, 10 + Goldcrest, 2 Cormorant, 3 Green Woodpecker (NC)
Woodford:
  • Sparrowhawk attacked tits on feeders in my backgarden in Woodford close to Knighten Woods (Ian Palmer)
Woodford Green, Broadmead Estate:
  • 2 Mistle Thrush (DEH)

November 29, 2010

29th November 2010


Valentines Park:
  • Little Grebe (2), Grey Heron, Mute Swan (4 ad, 7 juv) ,Canada Goose, (2) , Mallard ,Tufted Duck, Pochard (3m 1f), Shoveler (7m 3f), Egyptian GooseSparrowhawk (1) – Over the fish pond moving west @ 12.31 hr’s, Coot , Moorhen, Common Gull ,Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull – aka Valentino, Feral Pigeon , Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove (4), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Green Woodpecker (1), Wren (1), Pied Wagtail (1), Dunnock, Robin , Mistle Thrush (3), Blackbird (5), Goldcrest (1) – moving along the ha-ha near the “Cedar” tree, Blue Tit ,Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit (7), Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jay, Jackdaw (3), Starling, House Sparrow (16), In / along the Brisbane Road hedges, Chaffinch 11), Greenfinch (3), Goldfinch (12), Siskin (7) (Mike Condon)

Wanstead Park:
  • 8 Little Grebe, 16 Mute Swan, 10 Teal (4m 6f), 60+ Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 54 Pochard, 40+ Tufted Duck, 60+ Mallard, 2 Common Gull,
  • Buzzard distantly over Ilford, f Sparrowhawk,
  • 1 (poss 2) Treecreeper, 22 Goldcrest, 50+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldfinch, 6 Ring Necked Parakeet (J Lethbridge)

November 28, 2010

28th November 2010

Ashton Playing Fields:
  • Buzzard (JMakengo)
Aldborough Hatch:
  • over 100 Lapwing on the field behind St. Peter's church (CPoutneyP
Bush Wood:
  • Woodcock (SFisher)
Claybury Park:
  • 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Jays (AHobson+1)
Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - seen around 2pm crashing into tree with a surprise unsuccessful attack. 1 Coal tit, 1 Long tailed tit, 2 Great tits, 10 Blue tits, 11 Greenfinches, 8 Chaffinches, 6 Goldfinches, 11 House Sparrows, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Male), 2 Blackbirds ( Male & Female), 25 - 30 Starlings, 1 Magpie, 1 Wood pigeon, 12 Feral pigeons (Alan Thomas)

Roding Valley Park:
  • Little Egret again. Green Woodpecker again. Male Kestrel - presumably the same one that has been there since September, so looks like he is staying for the winter. Also a chiff chaff, and several Goldfinch, gt tit, blue tit, LT tit, moorhens, jays, mallards, wrens, robins, woodpigeons, BH gulls, LBB gulls, crows, magpies, chaffinch (PGordon)

Valentines Park:
  • Grey Heron, Mute Swan (4 ad, 7 juv) ,Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose (2) , Mallard ,Tufted Duck, Pochard (7m 2f), Shoveler (5m 3f), Coot , Moorhen, Common Gull ,Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull – aka Valentino, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon , Wood Pigeon ,Collared Dove (4), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Pied Wagtail (2) - overflew calling, Wren (1), Robin , Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Blue Tit ,Great Tit, Coal Tit (1) – In the Wilderness, Long-tailed Tit (4), Magpie (6), Carrion Crow, Jay(2), Starling (10), House Sparrow (9), In / along the Brisbane Road hedges, Chaffinch (7), Greenfinch (5), Goldfinch (3), Siskin (4) (Mike Condon)

Wanstead Flats:
  • Woodcock (flushed from the SSSI @15:00, patch tick 121), Snipe (Dog and Cat pond), 12 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Redwing, 10 + Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 30 Ring Necked Parakeet (south to roost) (NC/Steve Thorpe)

Wanstead Park:
  • pr Wigeon on Heronry, another on SOM (NC), 50 Pochard, 61 Gadwall, 12 Teal (10 in flight), 21 Shoveler (18 on Alex), 5+ Little Grebe, 3 Snipe over Heronry (+ 1 River Roding), 7 Lapwing over - 4 S (NC), 3 NW (SF), 15 + Goldcrest, Coal Tit (Steve Thorpe), Treecreeper near the Dell (Steve Thorpe/Nick Croft), 28 Jackdaw, 9 Siskin, 6 Greenfinch, 12 Stock Dove (8 in Park and 4 North), 1 Linnet 5 Green Woodpecker, 5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail (Stuart Fisher, Steve Thorpe and Nick Croft)