Dulwich park: 2 Shoveler back on lake (AM on 18th - DC)
New Cross Gate (Telegraph Hill Park): since I'm writing this I'm making the Skylark that flew north over Upper park on 18th our coveted Bird of the Week. Scarcely noted in this area since I've been watching for last 2 years at least and rarer than you might think? A bird out of time and place (PB). Lesser Redpolls over on 14th and 15th (2 south, 1 West) also Buzzard sp. headed high north over on 15th - again, rarely spotted so close in. Upper Park also had 2 Mistle Thrush (resident), 2 Pied Wagtail (over), 1 Coal Tit (15th) and Great Spotted Woodpecker (14th). Lower park: 1 Song Thrush, c18 Blackbird, 3 Greenfinch, c8 Chaffinch, 15+ Goldfinch and 7 Mallard (increase) on pond (all PB/LA)
Nunhead Cemetary: zzz (14th)
Peckham: 7 Fieldfare south over town centre (14th)
Peckham Rye: 1 Brambling on 13th is a close second Bird of the Week, heard over and alighted in Oak by Sexby Garden (SR), Mute swan over 17th, a first (DC) 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10+ Goldcrest.
Lots of gulls moving around the area at the moment, Black-headed mostly with Lessers and Herrings too, early morning and pre-roost. Where do they go?!
Pushing out the boundaries (other sightings around town):
The long-staying Spotted Redshank was still at Crayford Ness with Redshanks on the 17th (TS) and a Bar-tailed Godwit was on Dartford Marshes (foreshore?) on the 15th along with the following (sightings by MS):
Bearded tit 1(h) - nice!
Meadow Pipit 13
Cetti's Warbler 4
Little Egret 4
Grey Heron 6
Bar-tailed Godwit 1
Green Woodpecker 1
Stay South, you'll love it. Feel free to add sightings below!
Out and about this week: Dave, Martin, Steve, Tom, Pete, Lisa - nice one.