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May 2017 Wildlife Reports

25 May 2017, Mile End Park (Ecology Park): a Water for Wildlife dragonfly survey recorded 83 Azure Damselflies, 3 Blue-tailed Damselflies and 1 Large Red Damselfly. Also a Reed Warbler still singing in the reed bed (Richard Drew).

Azure Damselflies

Azure Damselflies in Mile End Ecology Park (John Archer)

25 May 2017, Mile End Park (Art Park): a Water for Wildlife dragonfly survey recorded 27 Azure Damselflies, and 7 Blue-tailed Damselflies. Also a Reed Warbler still singing in the reed bed and a pair of Mute Swans with 8 cygnets (Richard Drew). Click photos to enlarge

Blue-tailed Damselfly

Blue-tailed Damselfly in Art Park (John Archer)

Azure Damselflies

Azure Damselflies in the Art Park (John Archer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 May 2017, Victoria Park: a Water for Wildlife dragonfly survey of East Lake recorded 8 Blue-tailed Damselflies, 6 Large Red Damselflies and 4 Common Blue Damselflies (Richard Drew).

25 May 2017, East India Dock Basin: a male Common Tern displaying around the rafts with a second bird (presumably its mate) on the island, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Sand Martins flew west, the pair of Gadwall still present, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 1 female Brimstone butterfly (John Archer).

Common Tern and Mallard

Common Tern and Mallard on raft (John Archer)

24 May 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 1 Painted Lady butterfly between Cantrell Field and Scrapyard Meadow (Ken Greenway).

24 May 2017, East India Dock Basin: a pair of Gadwall, 2 Peregrines high overhead mobbed by gulls, 2 Swifts, 1 Little Ringed Plover, a female Mallard with 5 small ducklings, 3 Shelducks, 2 Tufted Ducks, a pair of Lesser Black-backed Gulls nesting on a raft, 2+ Reed Warblers singing (John Archer).

pair of Gadwall

Gadwall at East India Dock Basin (John Archer)

 

 

22 May 2017, Saffron Avenue Pond: a Common Tern fishing (John Archer).

22 May 2017, East India Dock Basin: 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Tern flew over, 2 male Brimstone butterflies (John Archer).

22 May 2017, Mile End Park: a Reed Warbler singing in the Ecology Park reed bed, and a pair of Mute Swans with 8 cygnets on the Art Pond (Bob Watts).

19 May 2017, East India Dock Basin: the nesting Canada Geese have hatched 4 goslings (John Archer).

18 May 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: the male Whitethroat still holding territory in Scrapyard Meadow (Bob Watts).

17 May 2017, Saffron Avenue Pond: 1 Common Tern fishing (John Archer).

16 May 2017, Victoria Park: the pair of Great Crested Grebes on a nest on West Lake, 2 Swifts, 6 Red-crested Pochards, 3 Pochards (Jan Dobbie).

16 May 2017, East India Dock Basin: 2 Swallows flew south (an odd direction for them to be heading on migration at this time of year), 1 Swift, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Blackcap and several Reed Warblers singing, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Shelducks, the Coot and Canada Goose still on nests, 1 female Brimstone butterfly (John Archer).

12 May 2017, Millwall Docks: a pair of Great Crested Grebes at a nest and 2 Mute Swans on Outer Dock, a Coot on a nest, 1 Mute Swan and a Moorhen on Inner Dock (John Archer).

12 May 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 3 Swifts flew west at 8am, and the Whitethroat still singing in Scrapyard Meadow (Bob Watts).

11 May 2017, Wapping Canal: a Flounder swimming in the canal by Spirit Quay. It’s not clear how this could have got into the canal, as there is no connection to the Thames that fish could pass through – perhaps a fish-eating bird dropped it? (Sally Tozer).

11 May 2017, East India Dock Basin: 5 Common Terns – 3 on a raft, one of which chased off another 2 that came to investigate, a hopeful sign that they might breed here this year after last year’s failure. Also 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Tufted Ducks, 3 Shelducks, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Blackcap singing, 3+ Reed Warblers singing, the Canada Goose still on a nest with at least 4 eggs, a pair of Brimstone butterflies (John Archer).

11 May 2017, Regent’s Canal, Limehouse: a Reed Warbler singing in reeds about 100m north of Limehouse Basin (Neal Hunt).

11 May 2017, Poplar Dock Marina: a pair of Canada Geese with 3 small goslings, 1 hybrid Canada x Greylag Goose paired with a Canada Goose, 4 Tufted Ducks, 1 Grey Wagtail, lots of House Sparrows (John Archer).

Canada Goose family

Canada Goose family at Poplar Dock (John Archer)

11 May 2017, Blackwall Basin: a pair of Mute Swans with 7 small cygnets, a pair of Great Crested Grebes at a nest, 4 Tufted Ducks (John Archer).

Mute Swan family

Mute Swan family at Blackwall Basin (John Archer)

11 May 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: the Whitethroat still singing in Scrapyard Meadow (Bob Watts).

10 May 2017, East India Dock Basin: 2 Little Egrets (the first here this year), 1 Buzzard over, 1 Kestrel, 3 Shelducks, 2 Tufted Ducks (John Archer).

10 May 2017, Mudchute: 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap singing along the southern edge, audible from Millwall Park (John Archer).

10 May 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: the Whitethroat still singing in Scrapyard Meadow (Bob Watts).

9 May 2017, Wapping Canal: a pair of Mute Swans by a nest with 3 eggs, a pair of Coots with 2 half-grown young, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 large Carp, several Three-spined Sticklebacks (John Archer).

Coot chicks

Coot chicks on Wapping Canal (John Archer)

9 May 2017, Shadwell Basin: a Coot on a nest, a pair of Mute Swans (John Archer).

9 May 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: a Whitethroat singing in Scrapyard Meadow (Bob Watts).

8 May 2017, Saffron Avenue Pond: a female Mallard with 8 very small ducklings, a pair of Coots with 3 half-grown young and a second pair at a nest (John Archer). Click to enlarge photos

Mallard duckling

Mallard duckling at Saffron Ave Pond (John Archer)

Mallard duckling

Mallard duckling at Saffron Ave Pond (John Archer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 May 2017, Victoria Park: the Bird Barmy Army walk recorded 30 species of birds, including 8 Swallows, 19 Swifts, 5 Red-crested Pochards, 3 Pochards, 11 Tufted Ducks, a pair of Great Crested Grebes at a nest, a pair of Little Grebes, a pair if Mute Swans at a nest, 5 Egyptian Geese, 6 Greylag Geese, 4 Blackcaps, 1 Green Woodpecker calling, and 2 pairs of Mistle Thrushes on territory (David Darrell-Lambert & the Bird Barmy Army).

Mistle Thrush at Victoria Park (David Darrell-Lambert/Bird Brain UK)

5 May 2017, Mile End: a Kestrel flew north (Bob Watts).

5 May 2017, Victoria Park: a pair of Pochards on West Lake and 5+ Sand Martins over the lake (Bob Watts).

5 May 2017, East India Dock Basin: a Swallow flew north at lunchtime, 3 Shelducks, 4 Tufted Ducks, 3+ Reed Warblers singing, the Canada Goose and Coot still on nests on the rafts (John Archer).

5 May 2017, Mile End Park: a pair of Starlings nesting above the Art Pavilion (Bob Watts).

4 May 2017, Canary Wharf: 2 Swifts over at 4pm (Bob Watts).

3 May 2017, Saunders Ness, Isle of Dogs: a 3rd-calendar-year Yellow-legged Gull on the Thames (Sean Huggins).

2 May 2017, Isle of Dogs: 5 Red-crested Pochards (4 drakes and a female) on the docks (Richard Harrison).

2 May 2017, East India Dock Basin: a 15-minute bee count for the Tower Hamlets Bee Survey recorded 1 Tree Bumblebee, 1 Common Carder Bee, 1 unidentified bumblebee, and 4 nomad bees, probably Flavous Nomad Bees (Nomada flava). Birds present included 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 6 Tufted Ducks, 2 Shelducks, a singing Blackcap and at least 4 Reed Warblers. Butterflies included 1 male Brimstone, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Peacock and 2 Small Whites (John Archer).

1 May 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: a Glass-winged Dronefly (Eristalis similis), the first London record of this nationally rare hoverfly (Rosemary Stephens). Read more about this exciting record in this article.

Eristalis similis

Glass-winged Dronefly at Cemetery Park (Rosemary Stephens)

 

 

Archive of earlier reports
Jan-April 2017 wildlife reports (PDF 1MB)
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)