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November 2017 Wildlife Reports

The Biodiversity Officer is away until 11 December. Please keep sending in your reports, and the page will be updated on his return.

14 November 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Firecrests still opposite the Soanes centre at lunchtime (Bob Watts).

14 November 2017, Blackwall Basin: a pair of Mute Swans with 5 fully-grown juveniles (Tom Speller).

14 November 2017, East India Dock Basin: 3 Ring-necked Parakeets flew north-west at 8.25am (still very scarce in this corner of the borough), 1 male Peregrine, 1 Little Egret, 2 Tufted Ducks, 4 Shelducks, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 15 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Chaffinches, 1 Grey Wagtail, 45 Teal (Tom Speller & John Archer).

Little Egret

Little Egret (Tom Speller)

Long-tailed Tit

Long-tailed Tit (Tom Speller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 November 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Firecrests (a male and a female) in Sanctuary Wood (Bob Watts).

13 November 2017, Millwall Park: 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Pied Wagtails (John Archer).

13 November 2017, East India Dock Basin: 20 Fieldfares flew north at 1pm, 3 Gadwall, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Shelducks, 2 Tufted Ducks, 1 Kingfisher, about 40 teal (John Archer).

10 November 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: a Firecrest in Sanctuary Wood, 1 Holly Blue butterfly (Bob Watts & Terry Lyle).

10 November 2017, Poplar Dock Marina: a pair of Mute Swans with 4 fully-grown juveniles (Tom Speller).

10 November 2017, Bow Creek: 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Redshanks, 2 Grey Wagtails (Tom Speller).

10 November 2017, East India Dock Basin: 15 Shelducks, 2 Tufted Ducks, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Chiffchaff, 43 Teal (Tom Speller).

9 November 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 10 Redwings flew west early morning, 1 Firecrest in hollies at the edge of Horse Chestnut Glade, 10+ Goldcrests (Bob Watts).

7 November 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Firecrests in hollies at the edge of Horse Chestnut Glade, 16 Ring-necked Parakeets (Bob Watts).

6 November 2017, Victoria Park: a Nuthatch near the toilet block at the Gore Road end of the park, 2 Peregrines flew over, 1 Sparrowhawk mobbed by a Magpie, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (Susan Huckle)

Nuthatch

Nuthatch in Victoria Park (Susan Huckle)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 November 2017, East India Dock Basin: 3 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 8 Shelducks, 1 Little Grebe, 45 Teal, 1 singing Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail (John Archer).

6 November 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Firecrests (a male and a female) in Sanctuary Wood at lunchtime. Between 7.55 and 8.15am, 1 Collared Dove and 3 Chaffinches flew north and 125 Woodpigeons flew west or north-west (Bob Watts).

4 November 2017, Victoria Park: the Bird Barmy Army walk recorded 41 species of birds, including a Firecrest by the V&A Building with it or another later in hollies just north of West Lake, 1 Fieldfare flying north, 6 Siskins flying west, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Shovelers, 2 Gadwall, 13 Pochards, 19 Tufted Ducks, 43 Mallards, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Little Grebe, 17 Cormorants, 43 Coots, 2 Egyptian Geese, 6 Greylag Geese, 14 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swans, 4 Great Black-backed Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5 Goldcrests, 28 Goldfinches, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush (David Darrell-Lambert & participants on the Bird Barmy Army walk). Also a Treecreeper (extremely rare in the park) and a Brambling by the old toilet block in West Park (per Sue Huckle).

Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe (David Darrell-Lambert)

Pochard

Pochard (David Darrell-Lambert)

Cormorant

Cormorant (David Darrell-Lambert)

Lesser Black-backed Gull 1st winter

Lesser Black-backed Gull (David Darrell-Lambert)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 November 2017, Bow Creek: 3 Common Sandpipers, 13 Redshanks, 1 Little Egret (Frank Nugent).

4 November 2017, East Indian Dock Basin: 3 Gadwall, 9 Shelducks, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Chiffchaff, 92 Teal (Frank Nugent).

3 November 2017, Bow Creek: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret, 10 Redshanks, 9 Teal (Charlie Farrell).

3 November 2017, Mile End: a Small White butterfly – likely to be one of the last butterflies to be seen in the borough this year (Bob Watts).

3 November 2017, East India Dock Basin: 3 Gadwall (2 drakes and a female), 6 Shelducks, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 46 Teal, 1 Jay, 1 queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee seemingly looking for somewhere to hibernate (John Archer & Charlie Farrell).

2 November 2017, Victoria Park: a Nuthatch near the V&A Building (per Susan Huckle).

2 November 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: the male Firecrest still in Monument Glade, 1 Coal Tit (Bob Watts).

2 November 2017, Tower of London: a Buzzard circled at 1pm then flew west mobbed by a Crow (Paul Whiteman).

1 November 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: a male Firecrest in Monument Glade (Bob Watts).

Archive of earlier reports
Jan-Oct 2017 wildlife reports (PDF 2.5MB)
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)