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September 2019 Wildlife Records

17 September 2019, East India Dock Basin: a Chiffchaff singing in the Copse, 30 Teal, 2 Grey Herons (Tom Speller).

13 September 2019, East India Dock Basin: a count for the Wetland Bird Survey recorded 10 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorants, 6 Moorhens, 36 Mallards and 63 Black-headed Gulls. 1 Reed Warbler was also present (John Archer).

13 September 2019, Bow Creek: 1 Common Sandpiper (John Archer).

7 September 2019, Victoria Park: the Bird Barmy Army walk recorded 39 species of birds, including 2 Gadwall, 4 Red-crested Pochards, 1 Pochard, 6 Tufted Ducks, 112 Coots, 13 Moorhens, 7 Mute Swans, 4 Egyptian Geese, 7 Greylag Geese, 15 Canada Geese, 19 Mallards, 17 Cormorants, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Stock Doves, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 House Martins, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests, 1 Grey Wagtail, 21 Mistle Thrushes, 23 Magpies, 2 Jays, 12 Long-tailed Tits. Also 5 Migrant Hawker dragonflies, 1 Common Darter and 1 Common Blue Damselfly (David Darrell-Lambert & 12 Bird Barmy Army participants). click photos to enlarge

Red-crested Pochard

Red-crested Pochard (David Darrell-Lambert)

Great Crested Grebe chick

Great Crested Grebe (David Darrell-Lambert)


Cormorant (David Darrell-Lambert)


Moorhen (David Darrell-Lambert)


Cormorant (David Darrell-Lambert)












6 September 2019, Jubilee Gardens, Canary Wharf: 1 Grey Wagtail (Richard Saville).

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail at Jubilee Gardens (Richard Saville)

6 September 2019, Blackwall Way E14: a Kestrel perched on the big white funnel-like structures in front the Radisson Blu Hotel (Tom Speller).


Kestrel by Radisson Blu Hotel (Tom Speller)

5 September 2019, Poplar Recreation Ground: 2 House Martins feeding over the park (John Archer).

5 September 2019, Shadwell Basin: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in the woodland strip on the south side of the basin (John Archer).

5 September 2019, Poplar Dock Marina: an immature male Common Redstart in the scrub in the north-east corner of the site, 1 Song Thrush, a pair of Coots with 2 fairly small chicks, 2 Painted Lady butterflies, 2 Migrant Hawker dragonflies (Richard Saville, John Archer & Tom Speller).

Common Redstart

Redstart at Poplar Dock (Richard Saville)

4 September 2019, East India Dock Basin: 1 Little Egret, 5 Teal (Tom Speller).

4 September 2019, Bow Creek: 1 Kestrel (Tom Speller).

3 September 2019, Wapping Canal: a female Tufted Duck with 4 more or less full-grown ducklings, a pair of Mute Swans with one full-grown cygnet, 2 Egyptian Geese, 4 pairs of Moorhens with a total of 11 young, 14 Coots including a brood of 3 small chicks, 7 Canada Geese, 40 Mallards (John Archer).

2 September 2019, East India Dock Basin: 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Teal, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 6+ Migrant Hawker dragonflies (John Archer).

Archive of earlier reports
January-August 2019 wildlife reports (PDF 5.2MB)
2018 wildlife reports (PDF 3.6MB)
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)