December 05, 2010

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)

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