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February 2024 wildlife reports

27 February 2024, Wapping Canal: 1 Grey Wagtail singing (John Archer).

Photo of a Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail at the Wapping Canal (John Archer)

27 February 2024, Bow Locks: 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Gadwall, 3 Goldfinches, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Greenfinches, q Kestrel, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Mute Swans, 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 Redshank, 2 Shelducks, 5 Teal, 5 Tufted Ducks (Gino Brignoli).

27 February 2024, East India Dock Basin: 2 Grey Wagtails, 17 Shelducks, 12 Teal, 1 Greenfinch (Richard Saville).

27 February 2024, Bow Creek: 1 Redshank, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Shelduck , 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Oystercatchers, 3 Greenfinches (Richard Saville).

26 February 2024, Bow Locks: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Goldfinches, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 13 Linnets, 9 Teal, 1 Reed Bunting (Gino Brignoli).

23 February 2024, Bow Locks: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Cormorant, 2 Dunnocks, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Moorhen, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Shelduck, 7 Teal (Gino Brignoli).

20 February 2024, Wapping Canal: 4+ Tufted Ducks, 4 Egyptian Geese, a pair of Mute Swans, 6+ Canada Geese (John Archer).

Photo of a drake Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck on the Wapping Canal (John Archer)

20 February 2024, Bow Creek: 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Redshanks, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls, 3 Shelducks, 3 Greenfinches, 1 Wren (Richard Saville).

19 February 2024, St Anne’s Churchyard, Limehouse: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 female Blackcap, 3 Great Tits, 1 Robin, 1 Blue Tit (Tim Bray).

19 February 2024, Wapping Wood: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming (John Archer).

17 February 2024, Victoria Park: a guided bird walk recorded 38 species of birds, including 1 Kestrel, 40 Shovelers, 6 Pochards, 17 Tufted Ducks, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 23 Greylag Geese, 3 Egyptian Geese, 14 Canada Geese, 3 Mute Swans, 15 Redwings, 1 Nuthatch, 5 Mistle Thrushes, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 5 Stock Doves (David Darrell-Lambert & the Bird Barmy Army).

16 February 2024, Bow Locks: 1 Red Kite, 1 Linnet, 1 Stonechat, 1 Peregrine, 8 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Greenfinches, 2 Long-tailed Tits (Gino Brignoli).

15 February 2024, Bow Creek: 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Greenfinches, 1 Common Sandpiper (Richard Saville).

15 February 2024, East India Dock Basin: 33 Shelducks (Richard Saville).

15 February 2024, Bow Locks: 1 Chaffinch, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Cormorants, 4 Greenfinches, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1 Kestrel, 1 Long-Tailed Tit, 1 Shelduck, 9 Teal (Gino Brignoli).

15 February 2024, Mudchute: 15 Redwings, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Richard Saville).

15 February 2024, Wapping Canal: 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Tufted Ducks, 2 Mute Swans, 2 Egyptian Geese, 4 Canada Geese (John Archer).

Photo of two Egyptian Geese

Egyptian Geese at the Wapping Canal (John Archer)

12 February 2024, Bow Locks: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Canada Goose, 4 Gadwall, 3 Greenfinches, 3 Mute Swans, 1 Peregrine, 1 Shelduck, 12 Teal, 1 Pied Wagtail (Gino Brignoli).

12 February 2024, East India Dock Basin: 2 Greylag Geese, 9 Canada Geese, 22 Shelducks, 11 Teal, 16 Mallards, 4 Moorhens, 1 Coot, 64 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 1 Blackbird (Tim Bray).

11 February 2024, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park: 1 Hawfinch, possibly the first site record (Mark Phoenix).

9 February 2024, Bow Locks: 2 Grey Wagtails (Gino Brignoli).

8 February 2024, Bow Locks: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cormorant, 4 Starlings, 21 Teal (Gino Brignoli).

7 February 2024, Bow Locks: 1 Chiffchaff, 8 Gadwall, 22 Teal, 1 Redshank, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Canada Geese (Gino Brignoli).

6 February 2024, East India Dock Basin: 7 Moorhen, 18 Teal, 2 Shelduck, 1 Cormorant, 23 Mallard, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Blackbird, 7 Moorhen (Tim Bray).

6 February 2024, Bow Creek: 2 Redshanks, 1 Common Sandpiper, 27 Teal, 13 Mallards including 2 domestic types, 4 Moorhens, 4 Shelducks, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls (Tim Bray).

5 February 2024, Limehouse Basin: 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Coots, c50 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Cormorant (Tim Bray).

5 February 2024, St Anne’s Churchyard: 1 Jay, 2 Great Tits (Tim Bray).

1 February 2024, Bow Creek: 2 Canada Geese, 18 Mallards including 1 domestic type, 34 Teal, 3 Moorhens, 4 Great Tits, 1 Robin (Tim Bray).

1 February 2024, East India Dock Basin: 1 Greylag Goose, 9 Canada Geese, 19 Shelducks, 22 Teal, 39 Mallards, 4 Moorhens, 1 Coot, c110 Black-headed Gulls, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Cormorants, 4 Great Tits, 1 Blackbird, 2 Robins, 1+ Greenfinch (Tim Bray).

Archive of older reports

January 2024 wildlife reports
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2022 wildlife reports
2021 wildlife reports
2020 wildlife reports
2019 wildlife reports
2018 wildlife reports
2017 wildlife reports
2016 wildlife reports
2015 wildlife reports
2014 wildlife reports
2013 wildlife reports
2012 wildlife reports
2011 wildlife reports

Header photo: Firecrest in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (David Darrell-Lambert)