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)

November 27, 2010

27th November 2010

Claybury Park:
  • 3 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker heard, 2 Jay, also 20+ Meadow Pipit flushed from the grass area near Tomswood Hill (DEH)
Fairlop Waters;
  • female Goosander, and female Goldeneye
  • Canada Goose 200+, Greylag Goose 40+
  • Mute Swan, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen
  • Lapwing, Mallard, Little Grebe, Black-headed Gull, Pochard, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Fieldfare, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Redwing, Great Tit Cormorant, Reed Bunting, Carrion Crow, Great Crested Grebe, Common Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, House Sparrow, Wren, Long-tailed Tit, Robin (NTwyford)
Gants Hill Roll Gardens:
  • 1 Coal tit,13 Blue tits, 4 Great tits, 14 House Sparrows, 10 Green finches, 10 Chaffinches, 2 Goldfinches, 4 Blackbirds, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 2 Robins, 8 Starlings, 1 Magpie, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker - Heard yaffle, 1 Cormorant over - mid afternoon, 1 Grey Heron - Being mobbed over garden by two crows late afternoon, 10 Feral pigeons (Alan Thomas)

Roding Valley Park:
  • Kingfisher, Little egret, 2 cormorant, 1 green woodpecker (actually next to the river - a first), 3 goldfinch, wren, lots of robins, woodpigeons, crows, black headed gulls and lesser black backed gulls, magpies, dunnock, gt/blue/LT tits, several mallards, 3 moorhens. Weirdly, no jays at all which is unusual. (PGordon)

South Woodford:
  • Male Sparrowhawk over the garden at 9am this morning - luckily I was looking out from the top of the house so go a great view as he went past. Then again later in the afternoon being chased away by a gull. Other garden sightings today - Robin, Dunnock, Magpie, usual 5 crows, 15 starling, 12 sparrow, 6 woodpigeon, 2 blue tit, 1 great tit, 1 jay, poss 2 wren. (P Gordon)

Wanstead Flats:
  • (07:30-08:00): 3 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, pr Teal, 10 Ring Necked Parakeet, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, Great Black Backed Gull and very cold (NC)
Wanstead Park:
  • (08:30-13:00): Firecrest (The Grotto), 14 + Goldcrest, Treecreeper (h south of the Dell), 116 + Gadwall (split between the three main bodies of water in the few remaining ice free patches), 84 + Tufted Duck (mainly Heronry), 40 + Pochard (H), 12 Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose, 7 Little Grebe (H), 2 Grey Heron, Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 30 + Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Great Black Backed Gull.
  • Mink seen scooting along the ice west end of Perch (un-wanted yank patch tick) (NC)

November 26, 2010

26th November 2010

Gants Hill, ROll Gardens:
  • Coal Tit still showing daily (AT)
Roding Valley Park:
  • One single Long-tailed Tit and 2 flocks of Long-tailed Tits, 2 Song Thrushes, flock of Goldfinches, Jay (Alan Hobson)
Valetines Park:
  • Little Grebe (1), Great Crested Grebe (1), Grey Heron, Mute Swan (2 ad, 7 juv) ,Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose (2) , Mallard ,Tufted Duck, Common Pochard (6m 2f), Coot , Moorhen, Common Gull ,Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mediterranean Gull – aka Valentino, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon , Wood Pigeon , Collared Dove (2), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Wren (1), Robin , Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Blue Tit ,Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit (13), Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jay, Starling, House Sparrow (4), In / along the Brisbane Road hedges, Chaffinch (6), Greenfinch (3), Goldfinch (9), Siskin (3) (Mike Condon)

Wanstead Flats:
  • (07:00-09:30): 13 Shoveler (7m), pr Teal, 2pr Tufted Duck, pr Pochard, 7 Mute Swan over, 27 Fieldfare, Redwing, 7 + Song Thrush, 10+ Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, 10+ Robin, 3 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, 23 + Chaffinch, 10+ Goldinch, 8 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Greenfinch, Linnet, 4 Cormorant, Great Black Backed Gull, Goldcrest, possible Woodcock seen at distance over long wood towards the park, plus the usual extras (NC).
Woodford Green, Tesco:
  • Southend Road opposite Tesco Woodford Green: 1 Kestrel on a tv aerial.

November 25, 2010

Shoveler, Knighton Woods 24th Nov (PWarne)

November 25th 2010

Claybury Park:
  • Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrests, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5 Jays, Common Gull. (Alan Hobson)
Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • Coal Tit still (AT)
Valentines Park:
  • Valentino the Mediterranean Gull showing well
  • 11 Pochard,
  • 7 Pied Wagtails on the cricket pitch (PHopkins)
Woodford Green:
  • Sparrowhawk in the garden
  • regular finches, crows and 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (PWarne)

November 24, 2010

video

by N Samymuthu, Ilford

November 24th 2010

Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • Coal Tit still present (2 months now), 6 Blue tits, 2 Great tits, Great Spotted Woodpecker - Heard calling in back of garden, 1 Blackbird ( Male), 2 Goldfinches, 3 Chaffinches, 2 House Sparrows, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Magpie, 1 Woodpigeon, 6 Feral Pigeons (Alan Thomas)
Knighton Woods:
  • 3 volubale Nuthatch
  • c10 Long Tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest
  • pr Mandarin, 2 Shoveler, 6 Mallard (PWarne)
South Woodford, Station:
  • Goldcrest singing this morning (TBrown)
Valentines Park:
  • Little Grebe (1), Great Crested Grebe (1)
  • Grey Heron,
  • Mute Swan (4 ad, 7 juv) ,Greylag Goose (1 - hybrid) ,Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose (4) , Mallard , Northern Shoveler (3m 3f) Tufted Duck, Common Pochard (6m 3f),
  • Sparrowhawk – Flying west towards Wanstead Park @ 12.01 hr’s
  • Coot , Moorhen
  • Common Gull ,Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mediterranean Gull – aka Valentino
  • Feral Pigeon , Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove (3)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker (1)
  • Pied Wagtail (1), Grey Wagtail (1)
  • Wren (1), Robin , Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Blue Tit ,Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit (5)
  • Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling
  • House Sparrow (12), In / along the Brisbane Road hedges
  • Chaffinch (7), Greenfinch (2), Goldfinch (c12), Siskin (5) (U3A Birding Group)
Woodford Green:
  • garden sightings: 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 starling, 1 jay, 1 wren, 2 chaffinch, 6 great tit, 10 blue tit, 3 dunnock, 3 greenfinch, 2 magpie. (PWarne)

November 23, 2010

November 23rd 2010

Roding Valley Park:
  • 2 flocks of Long-tailed Tits, Pied Wagtail, 2 Common Gulls (alan hobson)
Valentines Park:
  • Little Grebe (1), Great Crested Grebe (1) Great Cormorant (1) boating lake, Grey Heron (2), Mute Swan (4 ad, 7 juv) ,Greylag Goose (2) (1 - hybrid) ,Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose (4) , Mallard , Northern Shoveler (1m 1f) Tufted Duck, Common Pochard (8m 4f) Common Coot , Common Moorhen, Common Gull ,Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, European Herring Gull ( 1 juv), Mediterranean Gull – aka Valentino, Feral Pigeon , Common Wood Pigeon ,Eurasian Collared Dove (5), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Green Woodpecker (1), Pied Wagtail (5), Grey Wagtail (1), Eurasian Wren (1), Robin , Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Blue Tit ,Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit (7), Eurasian Jay (1), Eurasian Magpie, Carrion Crow, Common Starling (c35) House Sparrow, Chaffinch (7), Greenfinch (4), Goldfinch (7), Siskin (5) (MCondon)
Wanstead, garden:
  • Coal Tit on the feeders for the first time (JLethbridge)

Great Spotted Woodpecker - P Warne


with his tongue showing!...


November 22, 2010

November 22nd 2010

Ilford, Westbury Road:
  • Blue tit (2), Chaffinch (3), Blackbird, Starling (5), Wood pigeon, Carrion crow (MSevoir)

Valentines Park:
  • Little Grebe (3), Great Crested Grebe (2), Grey Heron (1), Mute Swan (4 ad, 7 juv) ,Greylag Goose (2 hybrid) ,Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose (4) , Mallard , Northern Shoveler (1 m 1f) Tufted Duck, Common Pochard (10m 2f), Coot , Common Moorhen Common Gull ,Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon , Common Wood Pigeon , Collared Dove (9), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Eurasian Wren (1), European Robin, Mistle Thrush (5), Blackbird, Blue Tit ,Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit (7), Eurasian Jay (1), Carrion Crow, Magpie, Common Starling (c60) Chaffinch (7), Greenfinch (2), Goldfinch (5) (MCondon)

  • Mediterranean Gull (Valentino!) - PHopkins

November 21, 2010

November 21st 2010

Fairlop Waters:
  • Black-headed gulls, common gulls (c.30), lesser black-backed (3), Cormorant (1), Little grebe (2), great crested grebe (1), Canada geese (c.40), greylag Goose (c.20), lapwing (c.10), mallards, coots, moorhens (2), gadwall (3), shoveler (1), pochard (1), mute swan (6), tufted duck (c.25), wood pigeons (c.20), magpies, carrion crows, starlings (12), great tit (2), blue tit (3), long-tailed tits, greenfinch (1), blackbird (2) (MSevoir)

Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • BTO Garden Bird survey - Sunday 21/11/10 between 10.05am to 11.05am
    3 Chaffinches ( Females)
  • 8 Blue tits, 3 Great tits
  • 1 Robin
  • 10 House Sparrows, 15 Starlings, 1 Magpie
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers ( both males)
  • 1 Sparrowhawk - Flying through
  • 6 Feral Pigeons
  • Plus adttional sightings
  • 2 Blackbirds ( both males), 2 Goldfinches, 1 Dunnock, 1 Magpie, 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Chaffinch ( Male), 1 Cormorant ( over) (AThomas)

Valentines Park:

  • Little Grebe (3), Great Crested Grebe (2)
  • Cormorant (4) in trees around Long Water, Grey Heron (1)
  • Mute Swan (4 ad, 7 juv) ,Greylag Goose (1 hybrid) ,Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose (2) ,
  • Mallard, Shoveler (1 m 1f) Tufted Duck, Pochard (4m 1f),
  • Coot, Moorhen
  • Common Gull ,Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull – aka Valentino, European Herring Gull,
  • Feral Pigeon , Wood Pigeon ,
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker (1),
  • Grey Wagtail (2) – 1 on the Cranbrook cut, the other around the South Grotto
  • Wren (1), Robin, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Redwing (2) – 09.01 hr’s the Wilderness – flew towards Gants Hill.
  • Blue Tit ,Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit (9),
  • Jay (1), Carrion Crow, Magpie, Starling (c60), House Sparrow (11) In / on Brisbane Road Hedge.
  • Chaffinch (7), Siskin (4), Goldfinch (c12) (MCondon)

Wanstead Flats:

  • (07:00-08:30):13 Shoveler (10 Alex 7m, 3 Jub 2m), 10 Tufted Duck (9 Alex 7m, 1 Jub), 6 Teal (Alex 4m), 5 Pochard (pr Alex, 2m Jub), 4 Cormorant (3 Jub - and don't they look ridiculous when they walk!),
  • 4 Meadow Pipit (numbers right down since mowing - same for Skylark), 3 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 60 + Wood Pigeon (south), Greater Black-backed Gull + usuals, Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest, Lesser Redpoll, 4 Goldfinch, Grey Heron (NC)

Wanstead Park:

  • (08:30-13:00): 123 + Gadwall, 48 Tufted Duck, 51 Pochard, 2m Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose (no rings on the 3 legs I could see), 12 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 10 + Goldcrest, Firecrest (h - Stuart Fisher), 2 Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit etc., Skylark (over east), 4 Siskin, 4 Lesser Redpoll, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, 2 Stock Dove, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush etc., 5 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, House Sparrow (NC)

November 20, 2010

November 20th 2010


Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • Coal Tit sill showing daily (AThomas)
Ilford, Westbury Road:
  • Blue tit (2), Great tit (2), Long-tailed tit (5), Starling (20), Wood pigeon, Magpie (MSevoir)

Knighton Woods:
  • no sign of Firecrest today, a lot of dog walkers tho, so probably wary
  • 4male and 1female Mandarin (female seems wto have chosen her male, and is ignoring advances from the other 3 males)
  • Shoveler, Mallard etc (PWarne)
Valentines Park:
  • Valentino the Mediterranean Gull and the Kingfisher both showing well (PHopkins)
Wanstead Park:
  • 133 Gadwall (most on ornamental waters), 34 Pochard, c60 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, c150 Coot, 11 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest calling east side of OW, 2 Egyptian Geese (The Basin), 2 Redwing, c15 Siskin (S Fisher).

November 19, 2010

November 19th 2010

Ilford,Westbury Road:
  • Blue tit, Great tit, Chaffinch, Starlings, Carrion crow, Wood pigeon, Grey heron (flying over)

Knighton Woods:
  • Knighton Woods, Woodford: 1 Firecrest (photo), 1 Nuthatch (very voluble), 5 long tailed-tits, blue and great tits, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, several jay and magpie, mandarin pair on lake, 1 shoveler, 7 mallard, 5 coot, 3 moorhen (via London Birdwatching)(PWarne)
Roding Valley Park:
  • Roding Valley Park: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldfinches, flock of Long-tailed Tits, 2 Song Thrushes, Pied Wagtail, Common Gull (Alan Hobson).
Wanstead Flats:
  • (07:00-12:00): Well foggy hence not much seen. Heard: Robin, Ring Necked Parakeet, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Jay, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Wren, Dunnock, some gulls somewhere! Later: 3 Tufted Duck, Jackdaw, 2 Goldcrest, Long Tailed-tit, GS Woodpecker, 8 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush (NC)
Wanstead Park:
  • Treecreeper (again east of the dell, associating with Goldcrest, and tit flocks),
  • 102 + Gadwall, 66 Tufted Duck, 30 Pochard, 3 Teal, 7 Shoveler, (sitting on pollarded tree 30 foot up), 3 Little Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 2 Egyptian GooseSiskin,
  • Also: Goldfinch, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, singing Song Thrush (old sewage works), Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Kingfisher (h), 15+ Goldcrest, 10 + Ring Necked Parakeet (NC)

November 18, 2010

November 18th 2010


Forest Farm, Fairlop:
  • 2 very tame obliging Dunnock on the pallets outside the farm shop (DEH)
Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • 1 Coal tit, 7 Blue tits, 4 Chaffinches, 1 Dunnock, 4 Goldfinches, 2 Great tits, 2 Greenfinches, Great Spotted Woodpecker - Heard calling at back of garden, 6 House Sparrows, 1 Magpie, 1 Robin, 7 Starlings, 1 Woodpigeon, Wren - Heard singing within garden, 2 Feral Pigeons (AThomas)

Ray Park:
  • Herring Gull (AHobson)
Roding Valley Park:
  • Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker, flock of Long-tailed Tits, 2 Goldfinches, 2 Jays (Alan Hobson).
Wanstead Flats:
  • (07:00-11:30): 9 Teal (6m, 3f), 9 Shoveler (6m, 3f), Gadwall (2pr), 4 Cormorant,
  • 14 + Song Thrush, 20+ Blackbird, 13 Redwing, 6 Mistle Thrush,
  • Little Owl,
  • Lapwing (w),
  • 350 + feeding Starling,
  • 2 Greater Black-backed Gull or more in the hundreds of feeding gull,
  • 10 Ring Necked Parakeet,
  • 2+ Goldcrest, Chiffchaff (Alexandra Lake),
  • Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Skylark (47 sp NC)
Wanstead Park:
  • f Wigeon still, 117+ Gadwall, 50 Tufted Duck, 37 Pochard, 6 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 8 Little Grebe,
  • 10 + Goldcrest, Coal Tit,
  • 3 Grey Heron,
  • Siskin, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Grey Wagtail, Skylark, Kingfisher, House Sparrow (45 sp NC total 57 sp)
Woodford Library:
  • 2 Jackdaw (AHobson)

November 17, 2010

November 17th 2010

Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • Coal Tit (AThomas)
Valentines Park:
  • 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe
  • 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron (1 being mobbed my crows and magpies)
  • Mute Swan, 4 adult, 7 juv), 2 Greylag Goose, 5 Egyptian Goose, Mallard, 2pr Shoveler, 5 Pochard (3 male), Coot, Moorhen
  • 5 Common Gull, Valentino the Mediterranean Gull, Herring Gull (juv), Black Headed Gull flock
  • Feral Pigeon, 3 Collard Dove, Woodpigeon
  • Kingfisher - 3 second viewing in the fenced off section of the Cranbrook Cut
  • Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail on Cranbrook Cut
  • Robin, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, 5 Long Taield Tit, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, c80 Starling, 7 House Sparrow in Brisbane Road hedges
  • 7 Chaffinch, 1 Siskin, 4 Goldfinch (U3A Birding Group)
Wanstead Park:
  • Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Gadwall (c70), Wigeon (female), Shoveler (4), Pochard (33), Tufted Duck (c40), Grey Heron (2), Little Grebe (3), Sparrowhawk (1), Water Rail (1), Moorhen, Coot, Black- headed Gull, Common Gull, Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove (1), Ring-necked Parakeet, Kingfisher (1), Great Spotted Woodpecker (3), Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush (2), Mistle Thrush (2), Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest (4), Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Jay (7), Starling, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch (1), Siskin (19) (THarris)

November 16, 2010

November 16th 2010

Fairlop Waters:

  • 8 Gadwall 2 Shoveler 6 GC Grebe 45 Lapwing Main Lake (Steve Bacon)
Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • Coal Tit (AThomas)

Grange Hill, Long Gardens:

  • Coal Tit & Great Spotted Woodpecker visited this morning. The Coal Tit has been a regular visitor since the end of September. (Ian Shaw)
Hainault Farm:
  • 110 Golden Plover, 150 Lapwing (SBacon)

Ray Park:

  • Herring Gull and 10+ COmmonGulls on the field (AHobson)

Roding Valley Park:

  • 2 flocks of Long Tailed Tit,
  • flock of Goldfinch and a single bird elsewhere
  • 5 Common Gull, Cormorant
  • Jay
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Song Thrush
  • Little Grebe on the river in the northern section (north of Chigwell Road) (AHobson)
Valentines Park:
  • Valentino the Mediterranean Gull showing very well (PHopkins)
  • Short walk aong the Boating Lake/Crambrook Cut:
  • 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron
  • 9 Mute Swan (2 ad, 7 juv), Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, 2 male Pochard, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen
  • 2 Common Gull, Black Headed Gull flcok, Mediterranean Gull (Valentino), 1 juv Herring Gull,
  • Feral Pigeon, 1 Stock Dove, Woodpigeon,
  • Grey Wagtail on the southern outfall of the boating lake
  • Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush
  • Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, 7 House Sparrow on Brisbane Road hedges, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 5 Siskin 3 Goldfinch (Mike Condon)

Wanstead Flats:

  • (07:30-12:00):7 pr Shoveler, 1 pr Teal, 1 pr Gadwall, 1 pr Tufted Duck (Steve Thorpe), 5 Cormorant,
  • 15 + Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Skylark, 8 Chaffinch, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Redwing, Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 8 + Blackbird, 4 Goldcrest (and associated tit flocks), Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Ring Necked Parakeet and not much else sooooo to the park... NC)

Wanstead Park:

  • Treecreeper (only the 2nd or 3rd record this year - only my second in 20 years - and a patch tick tick woo hoo! 120 for the year) in with a host of Goldcrest (+ 20) Coal Tit and the usuals, Firecrest (heard in the grotto),
  • f Wigeon (ornamental waters), 82 Gadwall, 62 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 19 Pochard, 2 Grey Heron, 16 Siskin, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher (NC/Steve Thorpe)
    2 Egyptian Geese on SoM (JL)

November 15, 2010

November 15th 2010

Fairlop Waters:

  • Goosander, 16 Gadwall, Grey Heron, 36 lapwing, 20+ Fieldfare, 50+ Redwing, 7 Little Grebe, 6 Shoveler, 8 Goldcrest, Green Woodpecker, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Goldfinch (Peter Ross)

Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:

  • Garden sightings between 7.30am to 8.15am
  • 1 Coal tit ( Seventh week in garden now), 7 Blue tits, 2 Great tits
  • 3 Chaffinches, 3 Goldfinches, 4 Greenfinches
  • 1 Dunnock, 2 Robins, 5 House Sparrows
  • 1 Magpie, 7 Starlings
  • 1 Wood Pigeon, 7 Feral Pigeons
    Wren - Heard singing in garden. (AThomas)

Hainault Forest CP:

  • 2 Firecrest near Camelot Car Park(BJ)

Ilford, Westbury Road:

  • 6 long tailed tits, 1 great tit, about 8 starlings, 1 wood pigeon. (MSevoir)

Roding Valley Park:

  • Bullfinch [male], Kingfisher, flock of Goldfinches, flock of Long-tailed Tits, 4 Pied Wagtails, Great Spotted Woodpecker, flock of 20 Canada Geese flew in and landed on Redbridge Lakes - I have never seen so many in RVP before - 2 Greenfinches (first ones here for weeks) (Alan Hobson).

Woodford Library:

  • at least 3 Coal Tits, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrushes (Alan Hobson).

Woodford Green, Broadmead Estate:

  • 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, Robin

November 14, 2010

November 14th 2010


Barkingside, Clayhall Ave:
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker in the garden:

Eagle Pond:

  • Mute Swan 3, Canada Goose 16, Mallard 21, Gadwall 2, Pochard 2, Tufted Duck 24, Great Crested Grebe 1, Grey Heron 1, Cormorant 3, Moorhen 5, Coot 35, Black-headed Gull 93, Common Gull 2 (THarris)

Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:

  • BTO Garden survey between 10am to 11.00am as follows:
    1 Coal tit, 7 Blue tits, 3 Great tits
  • 4 Greenfinches, 5 Chaffinches, Goldfinch
  • 2 Blackbirds ( M&F), 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 6 House Sparrows, 14 Starlings, 2 Magpies
  • 1 Wood pigeon, 10 Feral Pigeons
  • Plus additonal garden sightings later pm
  • 4 Goldfinches, 2 Starlings, 6 Greenfinches, 3 Blue tits, 3 House Sparrows, Wren - Heard singing within garden somewhere. (AThomas)

Ilford, Westbury Road:

  • 2 blue tits, 2 great tits, 16 starlings, 1 wood pigeon, 2 carrion crows. (MSevoir)
Valentines Park:
  • 3 sightings of a Kingfisher, each about 20 mins apart (Helen)
Wanstead Flats:
  • (07:30-11:00): 2 Great Black-backed Gull, several hundred Common and Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, House Sparrow, 9 Meadow Pipit, 5 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 12 + Skylark, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 11+ Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet, 4 Greenfinch, Siskin, Reed Bunting, 25 Ring-necked Parakeet, Fieldfare,14 Redwing (west), 11 + Blackbird, Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 + Goldcrest, 2 Collared Dove, 4+ Teal (3f 1m),4 Shoveler (3f 1m), 4 Gadwall (all Alex), 3 Tufted Duck, 1 f Pochard (Jub), Sparrowhawk, Grey Heron, 8 Cormorant (NC/ Stuart Fisher)
  • Mute Swan 14, Canada Goose 229, Mallard 71, Shoveler 5, Pochard 1, Tufted Duck 2, Little Grebe 1, Cormorant 4, Moorhen 10, Coot 29, Black-headed Gull 112, Common Gull 204, Lesser Black-backed Gull 8, Herring Gull 7, Pied Wagtail 2, Meadow Pipit 3, Redwing 4, Greenfinch 4 (THarris Et al)

Wanstead Park:

  • Mute Swan 18, Canada Goose 2, Egyptian Goose 2, Gadwall 84, Mallard 73, Shoveler 6, Pochard 30, Tufted Duck 67, Little Grebe 7, Great Crested Grebe 3, Cormorant 8, Grey Heron 2, Water Rail 1, Moorhen 41, Coot 175, Black-headed Gull 76, Common Gull 1, Kingfisher 1, Pied Wagtail 1, Green Woodpecker 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Siskin 35, Goldfinch 2 (THarris et al)

November 13, 2010

November 13th 2010



Fairlop Waters:
  • 7 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Mute Swan, 19 Greylag Geese, 32 Canada Geese, 13 Gadwall, 49 Mallard, 52 Tufted Duck, 1 female Goosander still present, 28 Moorhen, 94 Coot, 85 Black Headed Gull, 54 Common Gull, 32 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 10 Herring Gull (Sba)
Fairlop Gravel Works:
  • 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Golden Plover, 73 Lapwing, 7 Pochard, 8 Shoveler, 29 Teal (SBA)
Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • Coal Tit still present (AThomas)
Hainault Forest:
  • 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 mute Swan, 55 Canada Geese, 39 Mallard, 32 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck 5 Moorhen, 8 Coot, 80 Black Headed Gull (SBa)
Knighton Woods:
  • 1 male Firecrest with blue tits in Holly bushes, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit, 10+ long tailed tits.

  • On pond, 4 Mandarin Duck (2 male & 2 female) 2 Shoveler( male & female). (TBrown)

South Woodford, Chigwell Road:
  • Goldcrest singing in a front garden (conifer) opposite Chigwell Rd Allotments at 10am (DEH)
Valentines Park:
  • Black-headed Gulls [numerous], Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Mistle Thrushes, Blue Tits [several], Chaffinch, 2 Blackbirds,

  • 2 Mute Swans with 6 Juveniles, 2 Pochards, Tufted Ducks, Mallards, Greylag Goose, Canada Geese, Coots, Moorhens and 3 Juveniles,

  • Feral Pigeons, Wood Pigeons, Carrion Crows [numerous], Starlings, Pied Wagtails, Robin, (introduced) Mandarin Ducks & Wood Ducks, Grey Heron asleep,

  • 2 Mute Swans on Fish Pond, Male Shoveler on Fish Pond, 3 Little Grebes, 2 immature Great-Crested Grebes, Cormorant, Jackdaw and Magpies.

  • These are combined sightings of the Boating Lake, Long Water and The Fish Pond. (Emma Charles)

November 12, 2010

12th November 2010

Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • Coal Tit still present (AThomas)
Wanstead Flats:
  • (07:30-11:30): 9 Shoveler (7m, 2f), 4 Teal (2m, 1f, 1 flyover), 13 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 10 Chaffinch, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Goldcrest, 11 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Skylark, Sparrowhawk, Great Black-backed Gull and not a lot else (40sp NC).
Wanstead Park:
  • 79+ Gadwall (mainly ornamental waters), 64 Tufted Duck, 17 Pochard, 5 Shoveler, 2 Egyptian Goose (same 2 as Tim Harris got on the Basin probably), 6 Canada Goose, Great Crested Grebe (2 on Basin - TH), 11 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 8 + Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 4 Siskin, 3 Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redwing, Ring-necked Parakeet, House Sparrow (42 sp - 52 sp in all NC).

November 11, 2010

11th November 2010

Ilford, Ingleby Road:
  • Coal Tit in the garden for the first time (JCrick)

November 10, 2010

November 10th 2010

Claybury Park:

  • 12 Mallard,
  • 1 Sparrowhawk,
  • 2 Moorhen,
  • Common Gull, Herring Gull, 21 Black-headed Gull,
  • Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove,
  • 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker,
  • 7 Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, 3 Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, 3 Starling, 6 Blackbird 5 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Robin, House Sparrow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Chaffinch (PHart)
Fairlop Waters:

  • female Goosander still present for the 4th day now, favouring the area past the clubhouse, past the shed, in the 'corner' near the bank. CLICK for new pic taken today
  • plenty of Redwing and Fieldfare
  • 10 Common Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull
  • 1 shoveler on the fish lake (NTyford)
Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:

  • 1 Coal tit, 7 Goldfinches, 10 Greenfinches, 8 House Sparrows, 7 Starlings, 6 Chaffinches, 6 Blue tits, 3 Great tits, 1 Robin, 2 Blackbirds, 1 Wood Pigeon, 9 Feral Pigeons (AThomas)

Roding Valley Park:

  • Pheasant
  • 2 Green Woodpecker
  • 2 flocks of Long Tailed Tit
  • Goldfinch
  • Pied Wagtail (AHobson +1)
Valentines Park:

  • Little Grebe (5), Great Crested Grebe(2)
  • Cormorant (6)
  • Mute Swan (4ad 7juv), Greylag Goose (2 – 1 hybrid), Canada Goose, 5 Egyptian Goose, Eurasian Wigeon (1m), Mallard, Northern Shoveler (2m 2f), Common Pochard (3m 1f), Tufted Duck
  • 2 Kestrel low flying towards Wanstead @ 13.05 hr’s
  • Common Coot, Common Moorhen
  • Common Gull (11),Black-headed Gull, European Herring Gull (2 juv)
  • Feral Pigeon, Common Wood Pigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove (7)
  • Kingfisher (1) in the fenced off section of the Cranbrook cut
  • Green Woodpecker (1),
  • Grey Wagtail (2), 1 around the fish pond, the other flew onto the pavilion roof
  • European Robin, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird , Blue Tit , Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit (7), Jay (2), Carrion Crow, Common Starling (c80)
  • House Sparrow (5) In / on Brisbane Road hedge
  • Chaffinch (7),Eurasian Siskin (2m 1f),European Goldfinch (4) (U3A Birding Group via MC)
Wanstead Flats:

  • 07:00 - 11:30: Yellowhammer (south), 2 Reed Bunting, 12 Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch, 7 Lesser Redpoll, Greenfinch, Linnet, 5 Redwing (north), 3 Fieldfare (north), 3 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackbird, Robin, 9 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 300 + Starling, 1 Skylark, 2 Cormorant, pr Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, Greater Black-backed Gull, House Sparrow. Not a lot moving at all, to the park then... (NC)
Wanstead Park:

  • 11 Goldcrest (in with mixed tit flocks including 1 Coal Tit), 9 Little Grebe (1 SoM, 7 Heronry, 1 Ornamental), 64 Tufted Duck (1 SoM, 30 Heronry, 8 Perch, 15 + Ornamental), 22 Pochard (Heronry), 3 Shoveler (Perch, Ornamental), 79 + Gadwall (ornamental), 6 Teal (4m, all ornamental), 9 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk, Siskin and some other stuff (NC)
Woodford Green, Broadmead Estate:

  • Mistle Thrush, Goldfinch (DEH)
Woodford Green, garden:

  • 1 Green Woodpecker, 1M 1F Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 goldfinch, 6 greenfinch, 1 chaffinch, 3 jackdaws, 2 magpies, 3 jays, blue and great tits, 2 coal tit, 3 dunnock. (PWarne)

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November 09, 2010

November 9th 2010


Fairlop Waters:
  • female Goosander present for the 3rd day
Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • 1 Coal tit - Still Present
  • also: 8 Greenfinches, 7 Chaffinches, 3 Goldfinches, 7 House Sparrows, 5 Blue tits, 3 Great tits, 1 Robin, 7 Starlings, 1 Magpie, 1 Woodpigeon, 9 Feral Pigeons
Valentines Park:
  • quick run around the fish pond: 2 Mute Swan, Canada Geese, 2 Egpytian Geese (associating with the white headed Muscovy), 2 pr Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, pr Gadwall on the boating lake
  • Cormorant on long water
  • 17 Collared Doves on the island
  • Grey Wagtail on a floating log, (2nd on Cranbrook Cut, MC)
  • Jay in the wilderness
  • finch flock included about 20 Chaffinch, 7 Siskin, few Goldfinch and Greenfinch
  • Goldcrest singing near Bethel Avenue (in the fir tree in a front garden)
  • Mistle Thrush (DEH/Mike COndon)
  • 2 Kingfisher both fishing in the sectioned off bit of Cranbrook Cut (MCondon)
Wanstead Flats:
  • 07:00 - 10:45: Common Buzzard (07:30, slowly moving east along the south edge of the flats, unattended by crows), Kestrel, 2 m Sparrowhawk,
  • 9 Lapwing (north then west along Centre Road), 2 Snipe (broom fields),
  • 25 Goldfinch (22 in trees by Capel point, easily the largest flock I have seen on the flats or in the park), 12 Chaffinch, 14 Greenfinch,
  • 30 + Redwing (mostly north west), 4 Fieldfare, 20 + Blackbird, 12 + Song Thrush, 8 Mistle Thrush, not many Robin,
  • 800 + Starling (no particular direction but favouring west) + 200 on the deck,
  • c.100 Wood Pigeon (south),
  • Also: 2 Collared Dove, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Goldcrest (associated Tit flocks), 3 Skylark, 10 + Meadow Pipit, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet, m Teal, 3m & 2f Shoveler, Mute Swan cygnets are now getting moved on by their parents (NC).

November 08, 2010

November 8th 2010


Fairlop Waters:
  • female Goosander still on the boating lake at 1pm (past the clubhouse, near the shed)
  • Lapwing on the jetty (DEH)
Gants Hill:
  • 2 Coal Tit with a small mixed flock of Blue Tits and Long Tailed Tits (NTwyford)

Wanstead Flats:
  • 150+ Redwing (south and west), 120 + Fieldfare (south/west), 100 + Wood Pigeon (south in small dispersed groups and singles),
  • 600 Starling (south/west),
  • 20 + Skylark (south), 2 Lesser Redpoll, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Meadow Pipit, Cormorant - rain and a grumpy disposition stopped play as my baccy was in danger of getting wet (NC/Tim Harris)
Wanstead Park:
  • m Teal (SoM), 3 Little Grebe, f Teal, 21 Pochard, 32 Tufted Duck (Heronry), Grey Heron, m Shoveler (Perch), Firecrest in yews near Grotto with Goldcrests and Long Tailed Tits (nr top south arm OW) 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gadwall (Basin) (J Lethbridge)

November 07, 2010

Goosander at Fairlop today - NTwyford


November 7th 2010

Fairlop Waters:
  • Goosander on the boating lake
  • Gadwall, Pochard,
  • Lots of Redwing and Fieldfare (NTwyford)
Gants Hill:
  • 1 Peregrine Falcon seen at 2.28pm being mobbed by a gull before flying up quite high then diving towards Gearies school playground where suddenly at least 8 Pigeons flew out from in panic.
  • 1 Coal tit - still present
  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (Both males)
  • 1 Coromorant over at 11.01am
  • 1 Jay Over, 14 House Sparrows, 12 Greenfinches, 8 Chaffinches, 5 Goldfinches, 10 Blue tits, 3 Great Tits, Robin, 12 Starlings plus c25 in neighbours tree briefly before flying away. 2 Magpies, 1 Woodpigeon, 11 Feral Pigeons - Argh! (Alan Thomas)

South Park:
  • Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant
  • 3 Mute Swan, 100+ Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, Mallards, c6 Tufted Ducks, 3 Pochard (2m), 2 Great Crested Grebe
  • Mistle Thrush
  • Grey Wagtail along seven kings water
  • 2 Goldcrest joining in with the Long Tailed Tit flock
  • Also: 2 Greenfinch, Jackdaw (DEH)

Valentines Park:

  • Little Grebe (4), Great Crested Grebe (2)
  • Great Cormorant (4) in trees around Long Water
  • Grey Heron (1)
  • Mute Swan (4 ad, 7 juv) ,Greylag Goose (2 hybrid) ,Canada Goose, Egyptian Goose (4) , Mallard , Northern Shoveler (2 m) Tufted Duck
  • Common Coot , Common Moorhen
  • Common Gull ,Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull – aka Valentino, European Herring Gull ( 1 juv)
  • Feral Pigeon , Common Wood Pigeon ,Eurasian Collared Dove
  • Common Kingfisher (1) fishing from the brown bridge along the Cranbrook cut
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Green Woodpecker (1)
  • Pied Wagtail (1), Grey Wagtail (2)
  • Eurasian Wren (1), Dunnock (1), European Robin , Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Blue Tit ,Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Eurasian Jay (1), Eurasian Jackdaw (2), Carrion Crow, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, (MCondon)

Wanstead Flats:

  • 07:00 - 09:15: 2400 Woodpigeon over (Mostly South, south-west),
  • 5 Siskin, 7 Brambling, 45 Chaffinch, 40 Fieldfare, c105 Redwing, 200 Starling, 2 Stock Dove , 3 Linnet, 20 Skylark (18 NW), 15 Blackbird, 2 Reed Bunting (S Fisher)

November 06, 2010

November 6th 2010

Knighton Woods:
  • 7 Mandarin, 1 male Shoveler on the pond (DEH/JM)

Wanstead Flats:

  • 364 Woodpigeon south, Yellowhammer (finally) north, 21 Fieldfare west (J Lethbridge)

Wanstead Park & Flats:

  • Wanstead Park and Flats: 16 Brambling south (15 together over SOM), 3 Siskin, 19 Chaffinch, 14 Fieldfare West, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing, 10 Goldfinch, 17+ Ring Nacked Parakeet, 15 Meadow Pipit, Linnet over, Kingfisher (Perch), 580 Woodpigeon over in small flocks, 195 Coot, Stock Dove, 2 ad Great Black-backed Gulls west, Chiffchaff, 4 Green Woodpecker (one giving territorial call) + others (S Fisher)

Woodford, The Green:

  • 3 Jay
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker (DEH)

November 05, 2010

The Egyptian Geese in Valentines Park

November 5th 2010


Redbridge, Ridgeway Gardens:

  • 2 Goldcrest, 2 Collared Dove, 5 Goldfinch (MAW)

Roding Valley Park:

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker, small flock of Goldfinches, Long-tailed Tit, Jay, Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail
  • Sparrowhawk on Vicarage Road (AHobson)

Valentines Park:

  • 5 Egyptian Geese (JM)
  • Greylag, Canada geese, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Goldcrest, Shoveler 4 Cormorant, 11 Mute swan, Mediterranean Gull (MAW).

Wanstead Flats:

  • 200+ Wood Pigeon south, 3 Stock Dove north, Collared Dove,
  • 21 + Meadow Pipit, 5 Pied Wagtail, 12 + Skylark,
  • 18 Chaffinch, 10 Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 14 Lesser Redpoll, 16 Siskin, 5 Linnet, Yellowhammer south, 5 Reed Bunting,
  • 12 Redwing west, 3 Fieldfare, 15 Mistle Thrush, 4 Goldcrest,
  • 4+ Greater Black-backed Gull, 3 Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 f Tufted Duck, 2 pr Shoveler, f Teal (51sp NC and latterly Sally Hammond)

November 04, 2010

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November 4th 2010


Fairlop Waters:
  • 8 Great Crested Grebe on the boating lake
  • 4 Little Grebe all there too sheltering under the wooded island
  • 20 Tufted Duck
  • 30 Lapwing on the gravelled island
  • 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Dunnock, not much else (too windy)

Five Oaks Lane Scrubland:

  • Kestrel, Sparrowhawk
  • 1 Stock Dove, large movement of Woodpigeon
  • 40+ Redwing taking advantage of berries
  • pr Stonechat in the east field, 10 Meadow Pipit there too
  • 4 Skylark, Dunnock, 11 Linnet, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Pied Wagtail (DEH/RH)

Roding Valley Park:

  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Jay
  • Common Gull
  • Flock of Long Tailed Tit
  • flock of Goldfinch (AHobson)

Valentines Park:

  • 4 Egyptian Geese, Greylag, Canada geese, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Goldcrest, Shoveler 4 Cormorant, 11 Mute swan, Mediterranean Gull (MAW).

Wanstead Flats:

  • (06:30-11:30): The large grey falcon again today scattering the gulls, appears to be larger than a Peregrine, but even with better views of its disappearing back end I cannot make out any distinguishing features in its uniformly grey (like Common Gull grey) plumage, slight fingering at end of wing (any ideas?),
  • barring that not a lot else: 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail,
  • juv Yellow-legged Gull over Alex, Greater Black-backed Gull in with the 100s of other gulls,
  • 13 Ring-necked Parakeet,
  • 5 Shoveler (4m), 3 Pochard (2m),
  • also; 3 Skylark, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (NC)

Wanstead Park :

  • 86 Gadwall (all bar one on Ornamental Waters), 53 Tufted Duck (1 SoM, 28 Heronry, 2 Perch, remainder OW), 6 Shoveler (4m Perch, pr OW), pr Teal (OW), 18 Pochard (mainly Heronry), 6 Grey Heron, 5 Little Grebe,
  • 2 Chiffchaff (by SoM, one in song), 20+ Goldcrest (1 singing), usual tit flocks, Coal Tit, Siskin, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 6+ Goldfinch, Grey Wagtail, 2 Cormorant (NCroft)

November 03, 2010

November 3rd 2010

Claybury Park:

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Common Gull
  • flock of Long Tailed Tit
  • 3 Jay
  • Goldcrest (AHobson)

Valentines Park:

  • Little Grebe (4), Great Crested Grebe (2)
  • Cormorant
  • Mute Swan (4 ad, 7juv), 3 Greylag Goose (2 hybrids), Canada Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose,
  • Mallard, Pochard (2m , 1f),Tufted Duck
  • Kestrel
  • Moorhen, Coot
  • Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Mediterranean Gull – aka “Valentino”
  • Feral Pigeon, Wood Pigeon
  • Kingfisher
  • Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, Goldcrest (1), Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tits, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw (2), Carrion Crow, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch (5), Goldfinch (5) (Mike C/U3ABirding Group)

Wanstead Flats:

  • (06:30-11:30):+ 200 Wood Pigeon (south), 3 Stock Dove,
  • 34+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 10+ Skylark,
  • 26 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, 7 Greenfinch, 5 Siskin, 6 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Linnet, 3 Brambling, 2 Reed Bunting,
  • 20 + Blackbird, 14 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, many Robin, 4 Mistle Thrush,
  • Little Owl (being mobbed by Chaffinch and small birds in Long Wood, possibly a new bird as the resident usually roosts in one of the smaller copses!),
  • Great Black-backed Gull, 2 juv Yellow-legged Gull,
  • Goldcrest and the usual Tits,
  • 2m Shoveler, 1 f Teal and the others (48sp NC)

Wanstead Park:

  • 4 Goldcrest,
  • 2 Sparrowhawk,
  • 5 Gadwall (2 SoM, 3 Perch), 36 Tufted Duck (1 SoM, 32 Heronry, 3 Perch), Pochard (23 Heronry, 1 Perch), m Shoveler (Perch), Great Crested Grebe (H), 2 Little Grebe (1 SoM, 1 H),
  • 2 Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare, 4+ Siskin, 1 Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, 3 Brambling, 6 Redpoll, Reed Bunting, Kingfisher, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker (NC)
  • drake Mandarin on Ornamental Waters (Natalia Benajeh)

November 02, 2010

October Highlights

November 2nd 2010

Hainault Forest CP:

  • 3 Goldcrest
  • 60+ tit flock (incl Long Tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit)
  • Jay, Green woodpecker (TLachhar)

Roding Valley Park:

  • Great Spotted Woodpecker, flock of Goldfinches, flock of Long-tailed Tits, Jay (AHobson)

Valentines Park:

  • 3 Egyptian Geese
  • Valentino the Mediterranean Gull showing well
  • Goldcrest singing between Lond water and the fish pond
  • Kingfisher (DEH/PHopkins)

Wanstead Village:

  • Swallow (over) (JLethbridge)

Wanstead Flats:

  • (06:30-11:30): 500+ Starling (west, 700 on playing fields - Tim Harris),
  • 30+ Chaffinch, Brambling, 11 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, 15 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting, 13 UFOs (unidentified finches over),
  • 29 Redwing, 9 Fieldfare, 10 + Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, many Robin, 4 Mistle Thrush, 16 + Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 23 Skylark, 6 Goldcrest, 3 large mixed Tit flocks,
  • 3 Mallard (w), 5 Mute Swan (east), 5+ Great Black Backed Gull, 5 Ring Necked Parakeet, House Sparrow, Sparrowhawk, Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler (3m, 1f), 1 Pochard, 2 m Teal (Tim Harris) and small change to the sum of 51 sp (NC/TH).

Woodford Library:

  • Mistle Thrush (AHobson)

November 01, 2010

November 1st 2010


Fairlop Waters:
  • c60 Fieldfare (west at 9am) (DEH)

Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:

  • 1 Coal tit - still present week 4 comencing
  • 5 Greenfinches, 4 Goldfinches, 5 Blue tits, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Heard

Wanstead Flats:

  • (06:30-11:30): f Merlin (south, low along the main path across broom fields),
  • large unidentified falcon (appearing uniformly light grey, with fairly rounded wing tips, the size of a Peregrine) along the south side of Long Wood and then west),
  • Ring Ouzel (alarm call heard only, in with Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Chaffinch, tits and Magpie mobbing some unfortunate bird of prey - presumably a Tawny Owl) tried to find it for an hour and only could find possible first winter bird in scrub east of Alex,
  • 85 Redwing, 138+ Fieldfare, 15+ Blackbird, 10 + Song Thrush (including one singing in Long Wood), 4 Mistle Thrush,
  • 1,300+ Starling (west), 60+ Chaffinch, 20 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Siskin, 2 Reed Bunting and 50 unidentified finch (north/nw), 7 Goldcrest, 17 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 12 Skylark, 2 m Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, Greylag Goose and les autres (54 sp NC).