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July 2017 Wildlife Reports
24 July 2017, Mile End Park: a male Peregrine overhead, 12+ Swifts, 30+ Starlings (Bob Watts).
24 July 2017, East India Dock Basin: 1 Common Tern on a raft, 1 Tufted Duck, 6 Canada Geese, 55 Mallards including 1 duckling, 2+ Reed Warblers (John Archer).
23 July 2017, Mile End Park: 2 Reed Warblers in the Ecology Park reed bed (Harry Harrison).
21 July 2017, East India Dock Basin: a 15-minute count for the Big Butterfly Count recorded 29 Gatekeepers, 8 Common Blues, 2 Large Whites, 1 Small White and 2 Green-veined Whites. Also 1 Kestrel, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Grey Wagtail and a female Mallard with 1 small duckling (John Archer).
20 July 2017, Mile End Park: 3 Linnets flew west over the Arts Pavilion at 1.10pm (Bob Watts).
19 July 2017, Roman Road E14: a Jersey Tiger moth in a garden near Mile End Park (Sarah Goodacre).
18 July 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Clouded Yellow butterflies, 1 Brimstone, 2 Jersey Tiger moths (Charlie Farrell), 1 Goldcrest (Bob Watts).
17 July 2017, Mile End Park: a Jersey Tiger moth on the canal tow-path beside the Art Park (Bob Watts).
17 July 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: a Linnet flew over at 7.40am, 11 Goldfinches in Scrapyard Meadow was the largest flock here for quite a while (Bob Watts).
16 July 2017, Victoria Park: the pair of Great Crested Grebes still with 2 juveniles on West Lake (Jan Dobbie).
16 July 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: a Six-belted Clearwing moth trapped in the moth trap (Ken Greenway).
13 July 2017, East India Dock Basin: 2 Peregrines high overhead, 4 Common Terns including one on a raft, 2 Oystercatchers flew over from Bow Creek to towards the Thames, 2 Shelducks, 3 Tufted Ducks, a brood of fledged juvenile Reed Warblers, a new brood of 5 very small Mallard ducklings, still 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull chicks on the raft but no sign of the third chick on the island (John Archer).
13 July 2017, Saffron Avenue Pond: a pair of Moorhens with 5 well-grown young (John Archer).
13 July 2017, Bow Creek: a pair of Egyptian Geese with 3 small goslings (John Archer). click photos to enlarge
12 July 2017, East India Dock Basin: 1 male Peregrine, 1 Swift, 3 Tufted Ducks, the pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls still with 3 chicks but one of the chicks is now on the island having presumably fallen off the raft, lots of butterflies including 25+ Gatekeepers and 3 male Common Blues (John Archer).
10 July 2017, Regent’s Canal at Ben Johnson Lock: 3 adult Tufted Ducks with a brood of 4 ducklings (Martin Ling).
10 July 2017, Bow Creek: 1 Oystercatcher (Charlie Farrell).
10 July 2017, East India Dock Basin: 1 Shelduck, 1 Reed Warbler (Charlie Farrell).
9 July 2017, Shadwell Basin: a pair of Egyptian Geese with 9 small goslings – great photos on the Love Wapping blog (Love Wapping).
8 July 2017, Mile End Park: a Banded Demoiselle at the Ecology Ponds, perhaps the first record for Mile End Park (Richard Drew).
5 July 2017, Regent’s Canal, Limehouse: a Linnet flew south at 11.30am, just south of Mile End Park (Bob Watts).
5 July 2017, Poplar Recreation Ground: a Large Skipper butterfly beside the bowling green (John Archer).
5 July 2017, East India Dock Basin: a 15-minute count for the Tower Hamlets Bee Survey recorded 2 Common Carder Bees, 19 Buff-tailed Bumblebees, 5 unidentified bumblebees and 12 Honey Bees. Also 11+ Black-tailed Skimmer dragonflies (3 mating pairs and 5+ additional males) and lots of butterflies, including Garekeepers, Meadow Browns, Red Admirals and Green-veined Whites (John Archer).
3 July 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 1 Silver-washed Fritillary (proof that the small population is still surviving, after no records last year), 20+ Ringlets – a large increase on previous years (Terry Lyle & Ken Greenway).
3 July 2017, East India Dock Basin: a female Mallard with a tiny duckling, the Lesser Black-backed Gulls still with 3 chicks on a raft, 22 Black-headed Gulls – a big increase over recent weeks and arguably the first sign of autumn! (John Archer).
1 July 2017, Victoria Park: the highlights of the Bird Barmy Army walk were insects! A male Banded Demoiselle on East Lake is perhaps the first site record and there were also about 100 Blue-tailed Damselflies, 6 Common Blue Damselflies, 1 Common Darter dragonfly and 1 Essex Skipper butterfly. 36 species of birds included a Little Egret flying over, a pair of Great Crested Grebes with 2 juveniles (the first successful breeding in the park for many years), 4 Red-crested Pochards, 4 Pochards, 6 Tufted Ducks, 2 Mute Swans, 7 Moorhens including at least 2 chicks, 8 Swifts, 3 House Martins, a brood of 3 recently-fledged Pied Wagtails with an adult, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Stock Doves, 3 Mistle Thrushes and a singing Chaffinch (David Darrell-Lambert and participants on the Bird Barmy Army walk). click photos to enlarge
Archive of earlier reports
Jan-June 2017 wildlife reports (PDF 2MB)
2016 wildlife reports (PDF4.4MB)
2015 wildlife reports (PDF 2.6MB)
2014 wildlife reports (PDF 3.2MB)
2013 wildlife reports (PDF 2.1MB)
2012 wildlife reports (PDF 780KB)
2011 wildlife reports (PDF 100KB)
Header photo: Firecrest in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (David Darrell-Lambert)