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February 2018 Wildlife Reports

23 February 2018, Goldman Close E2: a male Blackcap singing in gardens (Nick Lessof).

22 February 2018, Bow Creek: 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelducks (John Archer).

22 February 2018, East India Dock Basin: 4 Great Black-backed Gulls (2 adults and 2 first-winters) feeding on a large dead Eel (John Archer).

21 February 2018, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: a male Firecrest in Lodge Wood, just behind the war memorial (Bob Watts).

20 February 2018, Blackwall Reach: an escaped hybrid falcon (a large, pale bird resembling a Gyrfalcon) circling and displaying over the area (John Archer).

20 February 2018, Mile End Park: a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming on one of the floodlights at Mile End Stadium (Terry Patterson).

19 February 2018, East India Dock Basin: a count for the Wetland Birds Survey recorded 15 Shelducks, 9 Tufted Ducks, 44 Teal, 16 Mallards, 3 Coots, 3 Moorhens, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Grey Herons, 1 Common Gull and 42 Black-headed Gulls (John Archer).

18 February 2018, Isle of Dogs: a Little Egret flew south over Chapel House Street (Sean Huggins).

17 February 2018, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: Firecrest roughly by point 2 on the Millennium Trial, 1 Coal Tit, 2+ Goldcrest, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 female Sparrowhawk, 1 singing Stock Dove (Roman Werpachowski & D. Fletcher).

17 February 2018, Mile End Park: 2+ Redwings near Gunmakers Arms bridge (D. Fletcher).

17 February 2018, Mudchute: 1 Small Tortoiseshell (Peter Minvalla).

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell at Mudchute (Peter Minvalla)

16 February 2018, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Firecrests in Horse Chestnut Glade, 3 Goldcrests, a pair of Stock Doves displaying, 1 Red Admiral (Bob Watts).

16 February 2018, East India Dock Basin: 2 Reed Buntings, 4 Tufted Ducks, 13 Shelducks, 22 Teal (John Archer).

Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting at East India Dock Basin (John Archer)

15 February 2018, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: the Firecrest still in Sanctuary Wood, a pair of Sparrowhawks displaying, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (Bob Watts).

15 February 2018, Bow Creek: 1 Common Sandpiper and 20 Redshanks in the high tide roost, 1 Kingfisher, 38 Teal (John Archer).

14 February 2018, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: the male Firecrest still in Sanctuary Wood, keeping on its own rather than joining a tit flock (Bob Watts).

14 February 2018, East India Dock Basin: 2 Reed Buntings, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Mute Swan on the Thames, 2 Teal, 2 Canada Geese, 1 House Sparrow (John Archer).

Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting at East India Dock Basin (John Archer)

13 February 2018, Wapping Canal: 2 Egyptian Geese, 4 Tufted Ducks, a pair of Mute Swans, 7 Moorhens including 2 pairs in a territorial dispute, 4 Coots, 35 Mallards (John Archer).

13 February 2018, Hermitage Basin: 4 Tufted Ducks, a pair of Mute Swans, 1 Coot, 4 Canada Geese (John Archer).

13 February 2018, East India Dock Basin: 3 Reed Buntings, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Shelduck, a few Teal (John Archer).

13 February 2018, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 1 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest (Bob Watts).

12 February 2018, Bow Creek: 6 Redshanks, 1 Shelduck, 60 Teal (Dan Fletcher).

12 February 2018, East India Dock Basin: the Estonian-ringed Cormorant “Blue EBY”, first seen here in September 2013 and most recently on 1 March 2017, was again on the jetty. Also 2 Reed Buntings, 1 singing Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Shelduck, 12 Teal, 2 Jays (John Archer & Dan Fletcher).

colour-ringed cormorant

Cormorant “Blue EBY” at East India Dock Basin (John Archer)

11 February 2018, Wapping Canal: 1 Kingfisher (Roman Werpachowski).

9 February 2018, Whitechapel: an adult Peregrine flew in and perched on Royal London Hospital at 3.30pm (D. Fletcher).

9 February 2018, East India Dock Basin: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Shelducks, 36 Teal (Paul Hyland).

8 February 2018, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: the male Firecrest still in Sanctuary Wood, 2 Goldcrests (Paul Hyland).

8 February 2018, Victoria Park: 6 Red-crested Pochards, 6 Gadwall, 8 Shovelers, 5 Pochards, 22 Tufted Ducks, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Egyptian Geese, 1 Sparrowhawk, 16 Redwings, 3 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Green Woodpecker (Jan Dobbie).

6 February 2018, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: the male Firecrest still in Sanctuary Wood, also 3 Goldcrests (Bob Watts).

6 February 2018, East India Dock Basin: 1 Kingfisher, 16 Shelducks, 13 Teal (John Archer).

2 February 2018, Victoria Park (West Lake): 1 Red-crested Pochard, 14 Shovelers, 12 Pochards, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Little Grebe (J.W. Davies).

2 February 2018, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: a Firecrest still in Sanctuary Wood (Richard Hack).

2 February 2018, East India Dock Basin: 2 Egyptian Geese, 3 Tufted Ducks, 12 Shelducks, 22 Teal, 2 Canada Geese (John Archer).

2 February 2018, Mile End Park: 25+ Redwings (Bob Watts).

1 February 2018, Whitechapel: a female Sparrowhawk flew east over the Royal London Hospital at 11am, mobbed by a Crow (D. Fletcher).

1 February 2018, East India Dock Basin: 17 Shelducks, 73 Teal, 2 Canada Geese, lots of Snowdrops in flower (John Archer). click photos to enlarge

Snowdrops

Snowdrops at EIDB (John Archer)

Egyptian Goose at EIDB (John Archer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 February 2018, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 2 Redwings, 2 Goldcrests (Bob Watts).

1 February 2018, Meath Gardens: 1 Mistle Thrush, 2+ Ring-necked Parakeets (John Archer).

Archive of earlier reports
January 2018 wildlife reports (PDF 350KB)
2017 wildlife reports (PDF 3.1MB)
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)