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September 2017 Wildlife Reports

25 September 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 8+ Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff (Bob Watts).

25 September 2017, East India Dock Basin: 35 Teal (a marked influx), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 2 Canada geese, 71 Mallards (John Archer).

23 September 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 7 birds were trapped and ringed during a ringing demonstration, including a Blackcap and 2 Goldcrests (Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park).

23 September 2017, Antill Road E3: 2 Chiffchaffs with 15+ Long tailed Tits through back garden (Harry Harrison).

22 September 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest (Bob Watts).

21 September 2017, Bow Creek: 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Egret (John Archer).

20 September 2017, East India Dock Basin: 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret, 5 House Sparrows around the feeders, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Canada Geese, 10 Teal (John Archer).

19 September 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 6 Goldcrests (a definite influx), 2 Chiffchaffs (Bob Watts).

19 September 2017, East India Dock Basin: 1 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff (John Archer).

18 September 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: a Spotted Flycatcher near Scrapyard Meadow (Dan Hall), 4 Goldcrests, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap (Bob Watts).

18 September 2017, East India Dock Basin: 1 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, a pair of Mute Swans on the Thames, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Jay, 75 Mallards, 3 Teal (John Archer).

15 September 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: a Brown Argus butterfly at the western end of Scrapyard Meadow (Terry Lyle & Bob Watts).

15 September 2017, East India Dock Basin: 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Chiffchaff, 12+ Teal (John Archer).

Kingfisher

Kingfisher at East India Dock Basin (John Archer)

 

15 September 2017, Tower Bridge: a Manx Shearwater flew downriver mid-morning (per Rare Bird Alert).

13 September 2017, East India Dock Basin: a Grey Seal in the Thames swam downriver, 1 male Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Egret, 14 Teal (John Archer).

13 September 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: a Reed Warbler by the pond in Scrapyard Meadow, 1 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff in Scrapyard Meadow (Bob Watts).

11 September 2017, East India Dock Basin: a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull harassing Black-headed Gulls over the basin, an adult male Sparrowhawk flew west, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Canada Geese, 7 Teal (John Archer).

9 September 2017, Bow Creek: 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper (Frank Nugent).

9 September 2017, East India Dock Basin: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Teal (Frank Nugent).

5 September 2017, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests (Bob Watts).

5 September 2017, East India Dock Basin: 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull over the Thames, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret, 12 Teal (John Archer).

4 September 2017, Hesperus Crescent E14: a Box-tree Moth inside a house. This is an invasive non-native species which is a pest of Box, a popular hedging plant, that first appeared in Britain in 2007 in Kent, probably accidentally imported on Box plants and is now quite widespread in South-east England. This appears to be the first Tower Hamlets record (Peter Minvalla).

Cydalima perspectalis

Box-tree Moth (Peter Minvalla)

4 September 2017, Mile End: a Peregrine flew south at 2.40pm (Bob Watts).

4 September 2017, East India Dock Basin: 1 Little Egret, 6 Teal (John Archer).

Little Egret

Little Egret at East India Dock Basin (John Archer)

4 September 2017, Wapping Canal: 7 Tufted Ducks (mostly juveniles), a pair of Mute Swans, 2 Canada Geese, 1 adult Moorhen, 6 Coots, 39 Mallards, 6 large Carp (John Archer).

4 September 2017, Shadwell: a Chiffchaff in trees on Cable Street opposite Shadwell Overground station (John Archer).

2 September 2017, Victoria Park: 30 species of birds including a Buzzard over, the pair of Great Crested Grebes still with 2 young from their second brood, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests, 2 Coal Tits, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Egyptian Geese, 3 Tufted Ducks, 50 Coots. Also a good selection of dragonflies and damselflies, including 1 Small Red-eyed Damselfly, 2 Emperor Dragonflies, 1 Brown Hawker, 10+ Migrant Hawkers, 5+ Common Darters, 10+ Common Blue Damselflies and 2 Blue-tailed Damselflies (David Darrell-Lambert and about 20 participants on the Bird Barmy Army walk). Click photos to enlarge

Migrant Hawker

Migrant Hawker (David Darrell-Lambert)

Migrant Hawker

Migrant Hawker (David Darrell-Lambert)

Female Tufted Duck

Female Tufted Duck (David Darrell-Lambert)

Coot chick

Coot chick (David Darrell-Lambert)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 September 2017, East India Dock Basin: 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret, 12+ House Sparrows around the feeder (the largest flock here for many years), 1 Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Tufted Ducks, 5 Teal (John Archer).

Little Egret

Little Egret at EIDB (John Archer)

Little Egret

Little Egret at EIDB (John Archer)

Little Egret and Grey Haron

Little Egret and Grey Heron (John Archer)

Archive of earlier reports
Jan-Aug 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)