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May 2024 wildlife records

20 May 2024, Mudchute: 2 Large White butterflies, 3 Small Whites, 6 Speckled Woods, 2 Holly Blues, 1 Red Admiral, lots of Azure Damselflies (Richard Saville). Click small photos to enlarge

Photo of a Holly Blue butterlfy

Holly Blue (Richard Saville)

Photo of a Large White butterfly

Large White (Richard Saville)

Photo of a pair of Azure Damselflies mating

Azure Damselflies mating at Mudchute (Richard Saville)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 May 2024, East India DLR: 1 Reed Warbler in scrub just west of the station (Richard Saville).

20 May 2024, Poplar Dock Marina: 1 Reed Warbler in scrub on the north edge of the site (Richard Saville).

20 May 2024, East India Dock Basin: 1 Little Egret, 2 Egyptian Geese, 5 Shelducks, 6 Mallards, 4 Moorhens, 2 Coots, 1 Grey Heron, 5+ House Sparrows (Tim Bray). Click photos to enlarge

Photo of a Little Egret

Little Egret at EIDB (Tim Bray)

Photo of a Little Egret

Little Egret at EIDB (Tim Bray)

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 May 2024, Bow Creek: 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cetti’s Warblers, 3 Reed Warblers, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Egyptian Geese, 2 Canada Geese, 5 Mallards, 2 Moorhens, 1 Cormorant, 2 Great Tits (Richard Saville & Tim Bray).

16 May 2024, East India Dock Basin: 3 Shelducks, 14 Mallards, 14 Tufted Ducks (9 in the basin, 5 flew along the Thames), 2 Moorhens, 3 Coots, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Starlings, 1 Blackbirds, 5+ House Sparrows, 3 Greenfinches, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat (Tim Bray & George Kalli).

16 May 2024, Bow Creek: 9 Shelduck including a pair which appear to be nesting rather unusually in a hole in the river wall, a pair of Canada Geese with 3 goslings, 1 Oystercatcher flew upriver, 8 Mallards, 2 Moorhens, 3 Coots, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Whitethroat singing, 2 Blackbirds, 10-15 grey mullet (probably Thin-lipped Grey Mullet) (Tim Bray).

15 May 2024, Mudchute: 1 Red Fox, 2 Monk Parakeets, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Brimstone butterflies, 2 Holly Blues, 1 Comma, 5 Speckled Woods (Richard Saville).

Photo of a Speckled Wood butterfly

Speckled Wood at Mudchute (Richard Saville)

15 May 2024, Poplar Dock Marina: 15 May 2024, Bow Creek: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Linnets, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Song Thrush (Richard Saville). 1 Reed Warbler in the scrub on the north side (Richard Saville).

15 May 2024, Bow Creek: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Linnets, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Song Thrush (Richard Saville).

10 May 2024, St Anne’s Churchyard, Limehouse: 1 Herring Gull, 3 Goldfinches, 4 Ring-necked Parakeets, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tits, 2 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Blackbirds, 1 Robin, c20 House Sparrows, up to 20 unidentified bats flying around the north side of the churchyard in the evening. Also 3 Common Frogs and 1 Smooth Newt in the garden pond next to the churchyard (Tim Bray).

10 May 2024, Poplar Dock Marina: 3 pairs of Sand Martins nesting in pipes in the dock wall, 3 House Martins, a pair of Mute Swans with 8 cygnets, 1 Cormorant, 1 Blackcap, 3 Goldfinches (Richard Saville).

10 May 2024, Blackwall: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap and 1 Greenfinch in scrub around the Blackwall Tunnel ventilation tower, just north of the Radisson Blu Hotel (Richard Saville).

8 May 2024, Mudchute: 1 Rose Chafer beetle, 2 Brimstone butterflies, 1 Comma, 4 Speckled Woods, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Large White, 3 Holly Blues, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Monk Parakeet (Richard Saville).

Photo of a Brimstone butterfly

Brimstone at Mudchute (Richard Saville)

7 May 2024, Hesperus Crescent E14: a Great Spotted Woodpecker on a garden bird feeder (Peter Minvalla).

7 May 2024, Bow Creek: 10 Greenfinches, 2 Cetti’s Warblers, 2 Mute Swans, 3 Egyptian Geese, 4 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Reed Warblers, 1 Grey Heron (Richard Saville).

7 May 2024, Poplar Dock Marina: 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Juvenile Robin and 3 Goldfinches in scrub on the north side of the site, 2 pairs of Sand Martins prospecting for nest sites in the holes in the dock wall (Richard Saville).

4 May 2024, Hesperus Crescent E14: a Hummingbird Hawk-moth briefly in the garden (Peter Minvalla).

2 May 2024, Bow Locks: 2 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Blackcap (Gino Brignoli).

2 May 2024, East India Dock Basin: 1 drake Gadwall, 4-5 Reed Warblers, 3 Shelducks, 2 female Blackcaps, 2 Canada Geese, 15 Mallards (including 2 domestic types), 8 Tufted Ducks, 4 Moorhens, 3 Cormorants, 2 Blue Tits, 2 House Sparrows (Tim Bray).

2 May 2024, Bow Creek: 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Shelducks, 4 Egyptian Geese (2 pairs), 2 Mallards, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tits (Tim Bray).

2 May 2024, Jubilee Street E1: a Sparrowhawk in trees beside Stepney Park Primary School (Tony Valsamidis).

1 May 2024, Limehouse Basin: 1 Grey Wagtail singing, a pair of Coots with 2 chicks, 1 Canada Goose on a nest (John Archer).

1 May 2024, Regent’s Canal (Limehouse Basin to Salmon Lane Lock):  3 pairs of Coots including one with 5 chicks and another on a nest (John Archer).

1 May 2024, Regent’s Canal (Salmon Lane Lock to Johnson’s Lock): 4 pairs of Coots (two with 2 chicks each and one at a nest), 1 pair of Moorhens at a nest, 2 pairs of Canada Geese (one with 4 goslings and one on a nest), 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Cormorant (John Archer).

1 May 2024, Bow Creek: 2 Shelducks, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Greenfinches, 4 Reed Warblers, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Cetti’s Warblers (Richard Saville).

1 May 2024, East India Dock Basin: 2 Collared Doves, 1 Greenfinch, 8 Shelducks, 1 Grey Heron, 10 House Sparrows,4 Blackcaps, 2 Reed Warblers (Richard Saville).

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