On 16 September, local birder Bob Watts found a Firecrest in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. The bird, a male, was singing between High Glade and Cherry Glade. This tiny bird, a recent colonist from the Continent, is still scarce in Britain. At least one Firecrest has spent the winter in Cemetery Park in four out of the last five years, making this one of the most reliable sites in London to see this beautiful bird. Let’s hope that this year’s Firecrest sticks around to draw birdwatchers from across the capital to Cemetery Park.
The photograph above was taken in Cemetery Park last winter by Max Whitby of Birdguides Ltd.