Thursday, 30 May 2013

LONDON NEWS

English: Black Kite Milvus migrans in Kolkata,...
 Black Kites
Black Kite
Black Kite
Walthamstow:MEGA:BLACK KITE on pager at 3.30 going west.The bird was found by barry bishop going over his garden.That was a stroke of luck, so it is still needed at the patch.
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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

LONDON NEWS

Canons Farm: male Hen Harrier over 9.56-10.02am when it departed south (David Campbell).http://cfbwbirds.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday, 25 May 2013

LONDON NEWS

Lockwood:2 Buzzard,Black Redstart.(KJM).#Patchbirding 97sp 116 points.Beddington Farmlands: 1 Red-rumped Swallow till 07.30 when flew off.ondon Wetland Centre: 1 Red-backed Shrike male 12.28 showing from Headley hide.Queen Mother Reservoir: No sign of y.day's ad Long-tailed Skua early am.

Friday, 24 May 2013

LONDON NEWS

Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica (syn. Hiru...
Red-rumped Swallow
Beddington S/F Red-rumped swallow still showing well on main lake 7.00pm
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Thursday, 23 May 2013

PLEASE HELP TO STOP THIS TO BUZZARDS

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/snh-do-not-licence-the-culling-of-buzzards-in-scotland?utm_campaign=twitter_link_action_box&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition#intro
Common Buzzard
Common Buzzard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here is a link to sign a petition to stop this cull.
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LONDON NEWS

English: A photograph of Lake Alexandra, a par...
English: A photograph of Lake Alexandra, a part of Wansted Flats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Wanstead Flats: Large buzzard sized raptor circling high over Bush Wood, being mobbed by crows at first then west, straight flat winged with kink at wrist apparent sometimes, Kestrel, 3 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 50 + Swift, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2 Little Egret north (Nick Croft) (Flat wing! sounds like a Honey). Was hoping someone on the Lockwood might have seen it and confirmed what it was! When it was avoiding the crows it did look somewhat owl like in the way it flew. KGV res: 1 female Black Redstart by sailing club.Woodford station (IG8): 2 Red Kite drifting NE over Woodford station.Staines Reservoir: 4 Ringed Plover through early am. 2 Arctic tern  c 6 Common Tern, 2 Black-necked Grebe.Queen Mother Reservoir: Sanderling, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ringed Plover.
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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

LONDON NEWS

English: Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) The c...
English: Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) The closest bird is a Roseate Tern, the rest are Common Terns (Sterna hirundo). It is paler and has a darker bill. Roseate Terns are rare breeders in England but small numbers can often be found in tern flocks in the autumn. They winter in west Africa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Berks: 2 Roseate Terns at The Queen Mother Reservoir at 11am .
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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

LONDON MEGA

Chlidonias hybrida
Chlidonias hybrida 
Staines Reservoir: 2 Whiskered Tern S basin then headed NE c11:00.
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Saturday, 18 May 2013

MEGA

English: Common winter visitors in Taiwan, tak...
DUSKY THRUSH
MEGA:DUSKY THRUSH still doing the business at 5 45pm.http://steve-tomlinson.blogspot.co.uk/
Margate east of manston road opposite sycamore close at margate cemetery. margatecemetery.co.uk
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Thursday, 16 May 2013

LONDON NEWS

female (!) Hen Harrier first cy
 Hen Harrier
Tower 42 EC2: 1 male Marsh Harrier east plus ringtail Hen Harrier in loose association at 11.45.Barking Bay IG11: 2 Whimbrel, Ringed Plover, Cetti's Warbler, Yellow Wagtail.Rainham Marshes RSPB: adult Little Gull up river, Common Tern, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, Greenshank, Oystercatcher, Wheatear, 3 m Cuckoo and 2 Garden Warbler singing at Purfleet Station.Swanley Park: Turtle Dove still showing.
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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

LONDON NEWS

Temminck's Stint
Temminck's Stint (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rainham RSPBTemminck's Stint at the Marshland Discovery Zone and Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stints, 6 Sanderling.Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir, Surrey KT12: Red-throated Diver circled 0628-0638, gradually getting higher and moving SE.Staines Reservoir: 05.45hrs-09.00hrs - 3 Black-necked Grebe (S basin).Swanley Park: Turtle Dove showing well at 9am & still calling.
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Monday, 13 May 2013

LONDON NEWS

Little Tern
Little Tern
Staines Reservoir: 1 Little Tern on S basin till 09.00 at least, 2 Ringed Plover and Turnstone through early am.New Cross Gate Cutting Nature Reserve, SE4: Red Kite over, mobbed by crows at 1100.Wanstead Flats: m Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (first confirmed record this year) by Centre Road north of Long Wood.Swanley Park: Turtle Dove, Stock Dove, Herring Gull, Swallow.
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Sunday, 12 May 2013

LONDON NEWS

Red-rumped Swallow 120510 Cecropis daurica
Red-rumped Swallow
Beddington Farmlands: Red-rumped Swallow, over 100 acres briefly at 11.00 and Whimbrel on main lake.Hampstead Heath: Red Kite S low over Parliament Hill at 08:00.Middlesex Filter Beds: Red Kite drifted over west, fairly low, at 11.00.Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 1 Spotted Flycatcher Community Gdn area 14 behind water-cascade 10.25.Staines Moor: 1 Dunlin along Clone early morning, 1 female Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Redshank, 1 Hobby, 1 Red Kite, 1 Yellow Wagtail.
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Saturday, 11 May 2013

LONDON NEWS

Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
Walthamstow:Lockwood Honey Buzzard (KJMcmanus). King George V Reservoir: 09.00-10.40 - 1 drake Scaup at S end of S basin, 6 Arctic Tern.London Wetland Centre: Red Kite at 11.25 approached from over Fulham heading West.Regent's Park/Primrose Hill:1 Spotted Flycatcher (patch yr-1st) 0730 feeding NE end boating lake area 34.Swanley Park: Turtle Dove calling but elusive.Barking Bay: 3 Sanderling, 1 Red Kite and 1 Cuckoo.
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Patchbirding

English: Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus) taken...
 Honey Buzzard
Today i found yet another HONEY BUZZARD low over lockwood but this time i had my back to the sun so giving stunning views of the bird.It filled up the scope and was performing well until 2 lesser black-backed gulls got onto it and pushed it off north.
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Thursday, 9 May 2013

LONDON NEWS

Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
Marsh Harrier
Walthamstow Reservoirs: Marsh Harrier North through (KJMcmanus). Alexandra ParkRed Kite viewed from garden near Boating Lake for 3 minutes at c07.30 Turtle Dove low NE over Wood Green Reservoir 6:00pm.King George V Reservoir: 3 Arctic Tern, 54 Common Tern, 3 Hobby.Swanley Park: Turtle Dove.East India Dock Basin: 6 Shelduck, 54 Tufted Duck, 4 Common Terns, singing Blackcap; Common Porpoise upriver at 13:15.
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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

LONDON NEWS

Dotterel
Dotterel 
Richmond Park:Honey buzzard drifted W, 14.05, same or another 15.10 (17 Buzzard) Red Kite.Lee Valley RP (River Lee CP, Fishers Green): 4 Dotterel flew N calling over Goosefield.Swanley Park: Turtle Dove calling at 8am, in the Limes but difficult to see now in leaf.Totteridge Valley/Darlands Lake: Grasshopper Warbler.Wanstead Flats: m Whinchat broomfields, singing Sedge Warbler.Regent's Park/Primrose Hill: 5 Buzzard glided singly high over Hill early pm - 3 E 1205/1340/1405 & 1 SW 1315 & 1 NE 1440, 2 Common Tern over lake 0745-0830, 1 Turtle Dove over 0745, 5 local Swift new over Hill, 4 Swallow NW. News from yesterday:Canons Farm:HEN HARRIER Ringtail high over the farm. 3rd record.And a plumage 1st for canons farm.(DKC).

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Monday, 6 May 2013

Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood - 3 Whimbrel, Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 12+ Common Tern, Buzzard (KJ Mcmanus). Staines Reservoir: 1 Black Tern on E side of S Basin, 1 Little Tern through early am, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Northern Wheatear.Stanwell Moor: 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling east of boardwalk, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Red Kite, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler by burnt out car.Staines Moor: 2 Whimbrel on the grass east of the Colne at 07:30 for 5 minutes before flying off west.Regent's Park: 12 GBB Gulls, Turtle Dove 7.30am.Gallions Reach: 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpipers, 30 Swallow.
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Sunday, 5 May 2013

LONDON NEWS

Whimbrel
Whimbrel 
Coulsdon: Osprey slowly drifting south 12.10, v high.Walthamstow Reservoirs: Lockwood, Whimbrel, Little Ringed Plover, 9 Common Tern, White Wagtail (KJMcmanus).Brent Reservoir: Red Kite drifted NW 10.35-10.43, also Common Buzzard W at 12.00.Alexandra Park: Red Kite 0810-0827 flew in low from the east viewed from Filter Beds then rode the ridge thermals circling and gaining height before drifting off NE towards.Rainham Marshes: At least 4 Hobby (one of which was unusually pale, mooted as possible 1cy male Red-Footed Falcon - not sure of outcome), 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk. 2 Cuckoo, Ross' Goose back again and 1 Black Swan. Singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler, Steady Swallow passage and fewer House Martins, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Avocet, 1 Dunlin, Lapwing and 2 Oystercatcher. 40+ Shelduck and Tufted, Gadwall, Mallard, Pochard and Shovelor all present along with a few Wigeon.1 Common Scoter reported on (far side of) Thames.The Common Scoter was over on Rainham Marshes side in Aveley Bay 10.30 - 11.30 am, at least.
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Saturday, 4 May 2013

LONDON NEWS

Little Tern
Little Tern
Staines Reservoirs: 1 Little Tern through 06.15, 7 Turnstone, 2 Sanderling, 11 Dunlin, 1 Black-necked Grebe, Raven flew W 1050hrs.Swanley Park: Turtle Dove, showing 9am, now taken cover, 1 Swallow.Brent Reservoir: 8 Arctic Terns at 07.55, also 5 Dunlin through.Crayford Marshes: 2 Avocet, 5 Whimbrel.Totteridge Valley: Grasshopper Warbler, Garden Warbler, 2 Kestrel, pale morph Common Buzzard, 2 Bullfinch.Barking Bay IG11: Whinchat.Lea Valley (Fishers Green/Holyfield Farm area): Red Kite, 2+ Buzzard, Peregrine, 5 Common Tern, Cuckoo.
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Friday, 3 May 2013

Patchbirding

With April over this is how i am doing with patchbirding.91spp. 107 points.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

LONDON NEWS

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)
Red Kite
Crayford Marshes: Short-eared Owl again hunting between Crayford and Dartford Marshes at 06:20; drake Common Scoter feeding in the Thames; 3 Whimbrel, 6 Sedge Warbler, Greenshank, Corn Bunting, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Tern, 16 Reed Warbler, 28 Whitethroat.Stanwell Moor: Grasshopper Warbler, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Swallow, 3 Red Kite, Cuckoo and a Weasel.Swanley Park : Turtle Dove showing well 9.30 usual tree.
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