2 March 2017

Escape from February

While I wait for anything, anything at all, on the London bird news front, just time for a quick look back on February–officially the most hated month on the planet.  With staggering few reports this shouldn't take long.

The big news this month was the City of London Corporation's revenge on the flats which had had the audacity to evolve nicely over the last 40 years. They consulted with the environment's greatest ally–The Countryside Alliance Buzzard Killing Natural England to come up with a plan to trash all that was good in the name of amenity.  They also had a new toy they'd been itching to give a run out, which rips as it shreds as it bulldozes, which has left gaping wounds all over the (formerly) best birding sites.

On a brighter note four new species were added to the year list, which makes this one of the less awful Februaries and a fair to middling start to the year.

  • Short-staying Pheasant sets up stampede to the Old Sewage Works
  • Another Lapwing
  • Flock of geese defy identification
  • Adult Mediterranean Gull, though not Valentino, 
  • First adult Yellow-legged Gull for over a year
  • Bread eating monster duck (Red-crested Pochard) moves in on Jub
  • First returning Stonechat, and our wintering bird takes its leave

Whre the hell have all our Gadwall gone to, we should have hundreds but some days its hard enough to get into double figures.  Shoveler are on the up, Teal holding steady and there is even a male Wigeon pottering around Shoulder of Mutton, but Gadwall AWOL.

A good month for Meadow Pipit with a high of 21 recorded at the end of the month and even 11 Skylark noted near the Alex one day.  Bad though for Redpoll and Siskin with only singles seen, and even the Linnet have appeared to move on.  Well thankfully it's Wheatear time and everything else becomes irrelevant.


Wanstead Flats: singing Skylark, 3 Linnet, Reed Bunting, Stonechat, 26 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 29 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 3 Teal, singing Song Thrush, Ruby Tiger caterpillar (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: 48 Shoveler, 28 Teal, 17 Gadwall, 19 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, singing Song and Mistle Thrush, singing Stock Dove, Kestrel, and Eel in Ornamental Waters (Nick Croft/Sean Kerrigan)


Wanstead Flats: 7 Skylark, 2 Redwing, 5 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck - Sadly the City of London Corporation has been clearing more habitat, supposedly to create more acid grassland (which it won't), it will severely impact ground- and low-nesting birds. Shouldn't effect migrants if we get any, but overall it is very depressing (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: 14 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, Stonechat, 2 Redwing, 16 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, Teal (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: m Pheasant in paddock for 3rd day, Kingfisher (Sean Kerrigan); 8 Goldcrest, Great Crested Grebe, 16 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 14 Tufted Duck (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Park: Pheasant in OSW Paddock (Bob Vaughan)


Wanstead Flats: WeBS - 593 Common Gull, 206 Black-headed Gull, 22 Mute Swan, 60 Greylag Goose, 221 Canada Goose, 77 Mallard, 18 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 6 Pochard, 15 Tufted Duck, 84 Coot, 36 Moorhen, also 11 Skylark, 19 Meadow Pipit, 7 Reed Bunting, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing, Stonechat (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: Pheasant still in paddock, 22 Redwing (Rob Sheldon); Wigeon, Coal Tit (Tim Harris); Peregrine (Bob Vaughan)


Wanstead Flats: 3 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Reed Bunting, Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 15 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 20 Tufted Duck, 13 Herring Gull, Little Grebe (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: singing Siskin, Goldcrest, 4 Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 7 Gadwall, 33 Shoveler, Teal, 11 Tufted Duck (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Lapwing, 18 Meadow Pipit, 7 Skylark (2 singing), 2 Reed Bunting, Stonechat, Little Egret, 4 Pochard, 10+ Tufted Duck, 15 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 2 Teal, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, c700 Common Gull (Nick Croft/Rob Sheldon/Sean Kerrigan)


Wanstead Flats: 3 singing Skylark, 3 singing Song Thrush, singing Mistle Thrush, Reed Bunting, 3 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 6 Teal, Little Grebe (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: 12 Shoveler, 10 Teal, 10 Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, Goldcrest, 6 singing Song Thrush, singing Blackbird (Nick Croft)


Leyton Flats/Snaresbrook: m Tawny Owl (Gilberts Slade) at dawn, Treecreeper, 7 Egyptian Geese, 34 Gadwall, 18 Shoveler, Grey Wagtail, Great Crested Grebe, 6 singing Song Thrush (Stuart Fisher)


Wanstead Flats: 21 unidentified grey geese going high NW over Bush Wood, 6 Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, 14 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 3 Gadwall (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park (Bush Wood): 2 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, singing Stock Dove (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Mediterranean Gull (Tony Brown); 2 Skylark on Police Scrape (James Heal).


Wanstead Flats: 1 adult Mediterranean Gull still on Western Flats (Bob Vaughan and James Heal); 1 female Red-crested Pochard on Jubilee pond (Jonathan Lethbridge)


Wanstead Flats: adult Yellow-legged Gull, 10+ Herring Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, no sign Med, f Red-crested Pochard still on Jubilee, 32 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 7 Gadwall, 19 Shoveler, Little Grebe, 21 Meadow Pipit, 9 singing Skylark incl 2 singing, 5 Reed Bunting, 5 Redwing, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: 49 Shoveler, 16 Teal, 5 Gadwall, Wigeon, 2 Pochard, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 6 Redwing (Nick Croft)

26 February 2017

The Chaos after the Storm

It's February so all is slow and dull. Waking-up on Saturday there is a tweet from early-bird Tony - "Mediterranean Gull on Alex. Flew to football pitches". Impetus to wash and dress (it is still winter) and get out there, our regular Med. gull "Valentino" has gone AWOL so a good shout. OK, I take the car to be quick, and within about 30 minutes I'm going through the nearest large gull flock to Alex. Plenty of Black-headed in there but....so on to the rest of the scattered flocks on the pitch. Back to Alex. One thousand exciting Common Gulls and a few hundred good looking Black-heads later I phone Tony. It had flown west and settled. I widened my search circle and even did the Brick-pit and southern area! Nada. Tony comes back and Jono appears and we discuss the state of the known universe for a while.

I confessed to having used the car and offered Jono a lift back, however he eschewed this kindness and set-off on his prime mission to get some bread from Wild Goose in Leytonstone.  Inevitably he found the Mediterranean gull miles away on the Western flats football pitches and I missed his phone call. About 30 minutes later I was out there, quite close to where I live, giving the assorted gulls a somewhat over zealous grilling. It had gone, I checked every single gull diligently, it was great fun. Anyway 10,000 steps done.

The very next day I decided to revisit the Western flats football pitches, and there at the back was indeed the gull strutting it's stuff in a cocky sort of way

it then flew as a tractor approached

but settled again to allow a reasonable approach

Sorted finally, so off to get the Sunday paper, relax and put my feet up. Sadly the Observer was full of Robert Mercer, a very right-wing plutocrat who has effectively engineered the Brexit and Trump disasters through media manipulation. Apologies, but you need to be aware of this, the environment is more important than money generation for the few.

Meanwhile Jono had been out and discovered a toy female Red-Crested Pochard on the highly artificial Jubilee pond! I had promised, and did, take my family to see the top twenty local wildlife photographs exhibited in the Temple in Wanstead Park. It was organised by the WREN group and was excellent. On getting back I had thirty minutes of freedom. I walked! This gave me five minutes to walk around the pond avoiding the bread chuckers. No RCP visible. It had clearly taken one look at the porridge that is Jubilee and as any self-respecting wild bird would, had set-off for um pastures greener. Or not. Tony found it when he visited.

At just after 16-00 I maneged to escape, took the car and lo, this time even I couldn't miss it.

It continued on it's way parading for the three groups of bread-chuckers about the pond at 16-20 on a Sunday in February.

It is not yet Spring and we had a bit of a storm and I was chasing all over the place. Loads of steps accumulated, but I need to get into training for what is to come, or perhaps get the bird first time?

8 February 2017

Missing: Any news in January and a large part of Wanstead Flats

So with no news being posted on London Bird Club site by my colleagues, this looks like it will be the last time I have to do a monthly round up–just follow Twitter.  Luckily I am not doing the Bird Report next year.

And talking of Twitter after many a heated message, The CoLC come up with their explanation of the destruction wrought on our favourite part of the flats (published as a consequence of the debate on the 8th Feb) .  It was all a cunning plan...

 Above: formerly known as the brick pit copse (or Dell apparently]

Formerly the best spot for migrant birds in London, the enclosure.  Now not so enclosed or good,  Thanks CoLC


Wanstead Flats scrub management

At Wanstead Flats, scrub is an important component of the habitat and has great conservation value, especially for insects and birds. Historically, most of the bigger scrub has developed around the edges of the grassland because the Flats were grazed by commoners' cattle.


Annual management of scrub

This regular work, which has been carried out for many years, is aimed at conserving the small section of the Epping Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) at Wanstead, keeping pathways open and maintaining firebreaks. Natural England have approved a ten year plan for scrub and grassland management at Wanstead Flats of which this is a part.

We have divided the Flats into 8 key areas for scrub management and these are shown in Map 1 shows the main scrub areas (8 of them numbered) of two main categories, thorny scrub and broom scrub, on Wanstead Flats. These are either managed for conservation annually or cyclically. The SSSI scrub is included within Area 1. In some areas amenity and safety issues are also particularly important. [Why?]

 Uh oh looks like the remaining part of the SSSI is going to get the shit kicked out of it at some point

As well as this annual management of scrub, we also carry out longer-term cyclical scrub management. For this longer-term management, there are two main categories of scrub which are targeted. First is the older, more thorny and brambly scrub with mature trees on the edges of the Flats. The second target for work is the more recent development and expansion of broom scrub within the acid grassland habitat itself.

Thorny scrub

For the first category of scrub, such as at The Dell [I presume what we call Brick Pits copse], we carry out long-term cyclical scrub management in order to maintain a variety of ages and a varied structure within the habitat. The central parts of this scrub area are relatively recent in their development as can be seen in the aerial photographs below, which show how scrub has developed along the western side of the Dell (see top left of each aerial photo). This area has been cut in sections several times over the last twenty years to maintain young, thick but low scrub. We are undertaking work currently as part of that cycle of cutting to encourage younger scrub to develop. [Why?]

Broom scrub

The broom thickets, the second category of scrub, have been colonising the areas of grassland gradually over the last twenty years. Although scrub has probably been present at Wanstead Flats at low densities for hundreds of years, in the last 20 years this habitat has significantly [no it hasn't since the major fire in 1976] increased to form dense thickets. This reduces the area for the scarce acid grassland flora and for specialist grassland breeding birds like skylarks. The increase in this type of scrub can be seen in middle sections of the aerial photograph images of the Flats from 1992, 2003 and 2013 which have been composited in Map 2 [Kept the dogging areas though didn't you?]

I'll have 2013 please.  In 1976 a massive fire took out most of the scrub south of Long Wood, so this illustration is an alternative truth that suits the reasoning behind this management.  By 1992 not much had regrown

For these areas of broom scrub the work is aimed at removing shrubs to prevent the loss of acid grassland habitat whilst retaining smaller patches with an increased length of younger scrub-edge. This scrub-edge is the really valuable habitat for insects as it catches more sunlight and can maintain the warmth they rely on to survive. Insects using these broom thickets now include some scarce butterflies, moths and solitary bees.

Planning habitat conservation work

Therefore, in developing the plans for both the annual and longer-term cyclical work, the aim is to balance the needs of the specialist species of each of the component habitats; bearing in mind that the most threatened areas are the large areas of open acid grassland that are now very scarce and still declining in south-east England.

Our scrub management is selective, based on detailed mapping, and has been planned with decisions made on the basis of survey assessments and conservation and landscape values. We also are very grateful for the excellent information on wildlife that we receive from the local community and have adapted our work as new species finds have been made in recent years.

The annual clearance of areas of broom and gorse is undertaken by both our staff and by local volunteers whose enthusiasm and efforts are much appreciated. Recently, visitors might have noticed the piles of cut scrub which have arisen from work by community volunteers. These piles are pending final clearance by our staff. Although the worked areas may look damaged once cleared, they regrow quickly and ensure that a range of ages and classes of scrub are maintained ensuring a more diverse habitat.

So that's OK then!  Yes and no.

Acid grassland is important as so little of it remains, it is so important that little tweaking is going to mean bugger all.  If it is so important then get rid of the plantations that someone from the CoLC allowed in the first place, get rid of the football pitches, the car parks, the model airfield, the fairground.

So not that important then

Skylark.  Somehow knew this would appear somewhere–the fact that some of the very rare and special acid grassland was taken to make more football pitches–give that back and connect the two areas of acid grassland where Skylarks are found.  Get serious about the disturbance caused by users of the flats (yes dog walkers!).

OK not that important then

Landscape values: heard this before to justify some of the pig-headed destruction in the park.  This should have no part in management of such an important area. It is clear what most people feel about Landscape values in not what they take away from their visit more through what they leave behind.

Shit then

The good news is that it probably wont effect the migrants that like to think we are famous for, if we get any.  Good news for the breeding birds that would have used the area to raise young–it'll grow back in a few years time.  You'll probably not appreciate this as you'll be dead, losers!

Losers: Should have read the management plan, or spoken up during the consultation

Here's the other news what little there is of it


Wanstead Flats:
Yellow-browed Warbler still on Alex, Stonechat (Jonathan Lethbridge)

Wanstead Park: Firecrest
, 3 Water Rail, 5 Little Egret (Jonathan Lethbridge/Tim Harris)


Wanstead Flats: 
No confirmed sighting of Yellow-browed Warbler by evening, Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, Stonechat, Skylark, Grey Wagtail, 6 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 7 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 4 Gadwall, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Linnet (Wanstead Birders)

Wanstead Park: Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tit, Sparrowhawk (Bob Vaughan/Tony Brown)


Wanstead Flats: Stonechat, Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 7 Meadow Pipit, Goldcrest, 20 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 4 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 12 Linnet, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: Firecrest, 10 Goldcrest, Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, Coal Tit, 2 Siskin, 5 Redwing, 15 Fieldfare, 2 Teal, 33 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 6 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler briefly with Long-tailed Tits at 08:30 (Rob Sheldon); Y-bW again briefly at 14:30, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Skylark, 12 Linnet, Reed Bunting, c20 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 10+ Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 3 Redwing, Kestrel (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: Firecrest, Nuthatch, Coal Tit in Bush Wood (Bob Vaughan); 3 singing Coal Tit, 5 Goldcrest, 13 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, Kingfisher, 5 Little Egret, 5 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 4 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 32 Gadwall, Pochard, 15 Tufted Duck (Nick Croft/Mike Messenger)


Wanstead Flats:
6 Skylark (Bob Vaughan); 6 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 2 Goldcrest, 30 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 2 Kestrel (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: Water Rail, 2 Little Egret, 35 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Chiffchaff, 2 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats:
6 Meadow Pipit, flock of Linnet, Great Black-backed Gull (Wanstead Birders)

Wanstead Park: Water Rail, Little Egret, pr of Teal (Wanstead Birders); 2 Woodcock, Tawny Owl, 3 Little Grebe (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats:
7 Meadow Pipit, 13 Shoveler, 2 Teal, Goldcrest (Bob Vaughan/Nick Croft) 


Wanstead Flats:
16 Shoveler, 7 Teal, 2 Pochard (Nick Croft, Simon Worsfold)

Wanstead Park: Water Rail, 60 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, 19 Teal, Wigeon, 2 Pochard, 2 Little Egret, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Redwing, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Nick Croft, Simon Worsfold)


Wanstead Flats:
11 Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, Skylark, singing Song Thrush, 2 singing Mistle Thrush (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: 33 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, 7 Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, singing Stock Dove (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats:
6 Teal, 16 Shoveler, Pied Wagtail (Simon Worsfold); 4 Meadow Pipit, 11 Redwing (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: Wigeon, 39 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, 6 Teal, Little Grebe, Meadow Pipit, 3 Redwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker (Simon Worsfold)


Wanstead Flats: Woodcock, Little Owl
(Bob Vaughan); 12 Linnet (Tony Brown) 


Wanstead Flats:
WeBS 3 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 18 Shoveler, 117 Mallard, 6 Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck, 269 Canada Goose, 57 Greylag Goose, 13 Mute Swan, 686 Common Gull, 112 Black-headed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull; others including Meadow Pipit, 12 Linnet, Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft) 


Wanstead Flats:
6 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, 10 Shoveler, 3 Teal (Wanstead Birders)

Wanstead Park: Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, Water Rail, Siskin, 12 Redwing, 4 Little Grebe, 15 Shoveler, 19 Gadwall, Wigeon, 5 Tufted Duck (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: 18 Lapwing,
Stonechat, Redwing, Fieldfare, 6 Meadow Pipit, 5 Reed Bunting (Wanstead Birders)

Wanstead Park: Kingfisher, 5 Teal, Little Grebe, Redwing, Nuthatch (James Heal)


Wanstead Flats:
700+ Common Gulls including 5 colour-ringed (one North Thames, 4 Norwegian) and metal-ringed Finnish bird 


Wanstead Flats: Little Owl
(Nick Croft) 


Wanstead Flats:
28 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 3 Pochard, 23 Tufted Duck, 15 Linnet, Kestrel (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: Little Egret, Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 2 singing Stock Dove, 44 Shoveler, 13 Gadwall, 19 Teal, 19 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Kestrel (Nick Croft)

21 January 2017

Oh OK then.....

Where is Nick? This blog needs him really, as I am rather engaged in other things. Luckily this month has seen an attack of verbal diarrhoea the likes of which I've rarely caught, so I am able to run (ho ho) in parallel so to speak. 

I met Bob out on the Flats early morning. Actually he met Mrs L on our drive and inquired as to where I was. Upstairs pulling my jeans on was the answer as it happened but I made short work of this and met him at the end of the road before he'd even seen a bird. Together we meandered across the Flats looking for winter flocks of Lapwing or Golden Plover. Together we saw nothing, but it was good to shoot the breeze as it feels like I've barely seen another birder this year.

We were at Alex when the hoped-for event happened. I was photographing the dodgy Greylag when I noticed a small flock of Lapwing coming in from the east. Bob did the counting, I did the papping. I've not managed to squeeze them all in , but there were 18 (count 'em!). I didn't get Lapwing last year at all, the first time for about forever, so this was very pleasing. Less pleasing was the small spaniel thing whose owners think it is perfectly acceptable for it to hare around chasing birds. If you happen to be reading this, not that you care, but it just isn't on to disturb birds in cold weather like this. They need to conserve all the energy that they can, and to have a dog needlessly scatter them all into the air when you could have prevented that is a disgrace. 

Other than the Lapwing it was quite quiet, as it has been all week really. Decent numbers of Reed Bunting - I saw 4, James had 5 in a different area, I wonder how many we have. Linnets around Jubilee and loads and loads of Common Gulls including one of the Norwegian ones.

My new muse

4 January 2017

Dismembered December

December not really as bad as it could have been and that's almost entirely down to the Yellow-browed Warbler that appeared in the willows on the south west corner of Alex on the 7th and behaved impeccably until the new year, by which time it had inspected every remaining leaf at least twice and then hid itself in the evergreens. Now of course it is a complete bastard, not calling and showing briefly if at all.  It took me near enough 10 hours to see it briefly, moving between the islands, and much questioning of my sanity.

Just the 77 species for the month, but that means we managed an average of just over 82 species per month for the year, which sounds better than it probably was as 5 months failed to reach 80.  Golden Plover, Lapwing, Ringed Plover were noted making it the best month for plovers this year! The Little Owl is still with us and reports of its demise premature, no one could be bothered to stay out late for Tawny Owl or Woodcock which are probably present so the month could have been marginally better.

Duck numbers struggled back after November's freeze, and fell away again when the ponds froze again in December, though 3 Red-crested Pochard were noted on the Hollow Ponds on the 20th, but the cold weather did bring in a few good days of Redwing and Fieldfare.

We do have a wintering Stonechat again by Cat & Dog, which may be last year's bird, but that would require me looking at old posts to check.  It has been joined by Meadow Pipits and a few Reed Bunting–which may not be surprising as it is the quietest part of the patch elsewhere overrun by dogs!  Skylarks haven't sussed this yet, and are increasingly hard to find down by Alex.

Little Egret numbers are building up again on Heronry, though way down on last year, with a high of 7 counted, whereas all the Little Grebe have moved off the lakes on to the Roding.  And that was December, so just about 80 days until the Wheatear get here...


Wanstead Flats: 6 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft/Peter Brinton)

Wanstead Park: Water Rail, 86 Gadwall, 2 Teal, Wigeon, 13 Wigeon, 14 Tufted Duck, 18 Redwing (Nick Croft/Peter Brinton)


Wanstead Flats: Golden Plover (Tony Brown); Little Owl, Common Buzzard, m Sparrowhawk, 2 Linnet, Meadow Pipit, 7 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 2 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, Goldcrest (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: Common Snipe (Tony Brown); Firecrest, 12 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, f Sparrowhawk, 130+ Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 9 Shoveler, 14 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 7 Redwing (Nick Croft); Water Rail on Heronry Pond (Frank Nugent)


Wanstead Flats: Little Owl, 5 Shoveler, Gadwall, Kestrel (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: 65 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 6 Shoveler going east, Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Mistle Thrush, 30+ Goldfinch, 10+ Goldcrest (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: 8 Lapwing (Rob Sheldon), 12 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 3 Pochard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Redwing, 8  Mistle Thrush, 550+ Common Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 60+ House Sparrow (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler on south side of Alex in willows calling and showing well, 2 Goldcrest, 34 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 7 Linnet, 30+ Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 13 Shoveler (Nick Croft/Bob Vaugan)

Wanstead Park: 20 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, singing Song Thrush, singing Mistle Thrush, 12 Goldcrest, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Grebe, 27 Shoveler, 58 Gadwall, 6 Teal, Pochard, 16 Tufted Duck, 300+ Black-headed Gull (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler again in willows on south side of Alex until about 8:30 when it joined a roving mixed tit flock (Jono Lethbridge/Peter Brinton/Nick Croft) - excellent find Nick (JR); 220+ Redwing, 70+ Fieldfare, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Kestrel, 8 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 9 Shoveler, 16 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, Meadow Pipit (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: 3 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 92 Gadwall, 39 Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 22 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 16 Redwing, singing Mistle Thrush, 10+ Goldcrest (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler on south side of Alexandra Lake in overhanging Willows but mobile and only occasionally calling (Tony Brown)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler still on island at Alexandra Lake, c10.30. 3 Goldcrest, m Blackcap, 63 Fieldfare, singing Mistle Thrush, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 12 Gadwall, 16 Teal, 12 Shoveler, 9 Tufted Duck, Great Black-backed Gull (Stuart Fisher/Nick Croft et al) recording here

Wanstead Park: 150 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 23 Teal, 28 Shoveler, Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe on Roding, 2 Coal Tit, 4 Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, Redwing (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler still SW corner of Alex in willows but (understandably) elusive, 1w m Stonechat, 25 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, singing Mistle Thrush, Stock Dove, Goldcrest, 3-5 Linnet, 20+ Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, 12 Gadwall, 21 Shoveler, 13 Teal, 10 Pochard, 17 Tufted Duck, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Kestrel (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler still sw corner of Alex, Goldcrest, 24+ Goldfinch, 8 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, singing Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler still favouring the SW corner of Alex, 6 Goldcrest, 15 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing (many more calling overhead as I returned home after dark), singing Song Thrush and 2 singing Mistle Thrush, 2 Reed Bunting, 12 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, Meadow Pipit, Kestrel (Nick Croft et al)

Wanstead Park: 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Goldcrest, Coal Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 5 Little Egret, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 108 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 42 Shoveler, 15 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 4 Mistle Thrush (one singing), singing Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, Fieldfare, 2 Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler, Goldcrest, 102 Fieldfare, 36 Redwing, Stonechat, 12 Linnet, 10 Meadow Pipit, 18 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 5 Teal, 20 Shoveler, 18 Gadwall, Kestrel (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: 7 Little Egret, 28 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 17 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 11+ Song Thrush, 14 Redwing, Fieldfare, 2 Siskin, 30+ Goldfinch, Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: RBA report Yellow-browed Warbler still on south side of Alex, Ringed Plover heard over SSSI (other records appear to have been deleted from the London Bird Club page, again!


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler showing well on south side of lake at 0830 (John and Janet Cadera)

Wanstead Park: Water Rail, 8 Gadwall (Bob Vaughan); Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, Kingfisher, 6 Little Egret (Tony Brown)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler still s side Alex, 2 Goldcrest, Peregrine Falcon, 2 Kestrel, 50 Fieldfare, 23 Redwing, 2 singing Song Thrush, 3 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Meadow Pipit, Skylark, WeBS - 665 Common Gull, 144 Black-headed Gull, 103 Mallard, 22 Shoveler, 7 Teal, 9 Gadwall, 18 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard, 46 Moorhen, 67 Coot (Nick Croft et al)

Wanstead Park: Basin WeBS - 75 Black-headed Gull, 3 Wigeon, Gadwall, Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 18 Redwing (Bush Wood), 25 Fieldfare, 12 Gadwall, Pochard (James Heal/Bob Vaughan/Jono Lethbridge)


Leyton Flats /Hollow and Eagle Ponds:
c15 Redwing, 12 Gadwall, 5 Pochard, 2 Shoveler, 2 Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Greenfinch (Simon Worsfold)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler
still on sw corner of western island on Alex, 2 Goldcrest, 9 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 6 Shoveler, Pochard, Reed Bunting, 2 Kestrel, m Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft/James Palmer/Peter Brinton)

Wanstead Park: 2 Kingfisher, 120 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 32 Shoveler, Pochard, 18 Tufted Duck, 6 Little Egret, Coal Tit, 3 Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel, 2 Redwing (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler
still on Alex but took 2 hours to track down, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting, 6 Skylark 5 east & 1 remaining resident bird, 4 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 18 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Mistle Thrush, 12 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, Great Black-backed Gull, 500+ Common Gull, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler
at 11.30 on Alex, looking good in the sun. Thanks for the pointers (Jon Agar); 7 Redwing, Fieldfare, Reed Bunting, 8 Gadwall, Teal, 5 Shoveler, Goldcrest (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: 105 Gadwall, 34 Shoveler, 7 Teal, 3 Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 6 Little Grebe on Roding, Great Crested Grebe, Nuthatch, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler
still on SW corner of Alex, 8 Redwing, 100+ Jackdaw (Nick Croft); Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Fieldfare (Bob Vaughan)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler
, 8 Meadow Pipit (Tony Brown et al)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler
still sw corner of Alex, 2 Goldcrest, Teal, 6 Gadwall, Shoveler, 8 Fieldfare, Kestrel (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: 69 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Egret, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, 4 Redwing, Kestrel (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler
, 2 Goldcrest, Stonechat, 8 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk (James Heal/Bob Vaughan)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler
thanks Nick. (G. Gram); 8 Reed Bunting, 4 Linnet, 2 Mistle Thrush, 6 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 31 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 1w Great Black-backed Gull (Tony Brown/Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: 90 Gadwall, Wigeon, 19 Shoveler, Teal, 13 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 3 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler
still on Alex showing well when seen, 2 Goldcrest, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 12 Linnet, Reed Bunting, c30 Fieldfare, Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Gadwall, 25 Shoveler, f Teal, 9 Tufted Duck, 8 Pochard, Stonechat (Nick Croft/Paul Davies/Marco Johnson/Tony Brown et al)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler
still sw corner of Alex in willows, Goldcrest, 7 Reed Bunting, 4 Meadow Pipit, Redwing, Fieldfare, Kestrel, 5 Gadwall, 17 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 2 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 50+ House Sparrow (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park: 35 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 3 Teal, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 3 Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, Great Crested Grebe, 6 Redwing (Nick Croft)


Wanstead Flats: Yellow-browed Warbler
showed late afternoon between the islands on Alex, 7 Teal, 6 Shoveler (Nick Croft et al)