Bromley by Bow Bird List

SpeciesScientific NameCountComment
Greylag GooseAnser anserUncommon visitor, a pair did breed in 2009
Canada GooseBranta canadensisRegular visitor in small numbers, has bred
Mute SwanCygnus olorResident in small numbers, one infertile pair attempted to nest repeatedly and abandoned their nest, another pair moved in and raised 4 young
Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiacaVery rare visitor, 12 together on the Creek on 3rd Dec 2009
ShelduckTadorna tadornaIncreasing winter visitor in small numbers to the River area
Mandarin DuckAix galericulataVery rare visitor, a drake on 21st Feb 2011 with Mallard
GadwallAnas streperaIncreasing winter visitor, max on 96 on 13th Feb 2012
WigeonAnas penelopeVery rare visitor, one female in Abbey Creek with Teal on 9th Jan 2009 was a surprise
MallardAnas platyrhynchosCommon winter visitor and resident breeder

Anas clypeata

Anas clypeata
Uncommon winter visitor, 14 records, usually singly and usually females

A female seen on 13th Feb 2012, probably the long stayer at Bow Creek.
TealAnas creccaCommon winter visitor to Abbey Creek, 550+ during harsh weather in 2012
PochardAythya ferinaUncommon winter visitor, usually single figure numbers but 11 were present on 30th Dec 2010
Tufted DuckAythya fuligulaUncommon winter visitor, numbers tend to increase during colder weather, max of 52 on 22nd Dec 2010
Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollisWinter visitor in small numbers, 2010-11 was the best winter for this species with 10 roosting under a bush together along the canal, this has now been cleared
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatusUncommon to rare winter visitor and autumn migrant. Max of 5 on 5th Aug 2011

Phalacrocorax carbo

Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Regular visitor and common flyover birds to and from Walthamstow reservoirs

One record of a juv in the River on 27th November 2009 - it was first seen trying to climb up the weir by the Mill but kept slipping off.
Grey HeronArdea cinereaRegular visitor in small numbers
Little EgretEgretta garzettaOccasional visitor, 7 records with a max of 4 over on 27th July 2010
OspreyPandion haliaetus1Rare passage migrant - one soaring over the River on 12th Sept 2008, mobbed by 50 or so Lesser Black backed Gulls for several minutes. Another has been reported
Red KiteMilvus milvusOne seen flying south from the Greenway after a tip off from a local birder and one over Bow Lock on my last day at 3 Mills on 30th Marsh 2012.
SparrowhawkAccipiter nisusFairly uncommon resident
BuzzardButeo buteoMigrant in small numbers, the best times to see this species being April and May.
KestrelFalco tinnunculusResident breeder at the gas works, sometimes absent from the area
Red-footed FalconFalco vespertinusAn immature male seen over 3 Mills on the 14th September 2010 after a large influx into western europe, a description has been submitted to the local recorders.
MerlinFalco columbarius2 records, one flyby past the old Big Brother site on 19th Nov 2008, and a male at Abbey Creek on the 5th Feb during cold weather.
HobbyFalco subbuteoUncommon visitor, 6 records, all in summer 2010
PeregrineFalco peregrinusA pair are regularly seen in the area. In addition 2 falconers hybrids have been seen. A Lanner type and a Gyr or Saker type.
Water RailRallus aquaticusUncommon passage migrant and winter visitor to Abbey Creek, 2 were present during cold weather in the winter of 2010-2011
MoorhenGallinula chloropusCommon resident and winter visitor
CootFulica atraCommon resident and winter visitor
LapwingVanellus vanellusUncommon visitor, usually only present during freezing weather. Max of 130 over on 5th Feb 2012, birds on the ground usually only in small numbers
Golden PloverPluvialis apricariaVery rare, only one record during snow on 23rd Dec 2010
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubiusUncommon flyover, 6 records in the early summer period of 2010
OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegusOne record of a bird flying past 3 Mills Lock at about 5.30am on 1st June 2011
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucosUncommon migrant visitor and winter visitor, 3 were regular during the winter of 2010-2011
Green SandpiperTringa ochropusUncommon migrant and winter visitor, usually 1 regular bird but up to 3 were present on 15th Jan 2010
GreenshankTringa nebulariaVery rare, one record during cold weather 5th Jan 2010
RedshankTringa totanusRegular winter visitor in varying numbers to Abbey Creek, numbers are noticeably decreasing. Max of 35 in 2009
CurlewNumenius arquata2 records of flyovers - 1 on 23rd July 2008 and 2 on 23rd Dec 2010 heading west
DunlinCalidris alpinaOne record of a bird in the creek on 6th Dec 2010
Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimusAppears in Abbey Creek usually during harsh conditions. Max 2 together on 10th Dec 2010 feeding with Snipe and 2 Water Rail
SnipeGallinago gallinagoSometimes common winter visitor during harsh weather, up to 45 were present in Abbey Creek during harsh weather in Dec 2010
WoodcockScolopax rusticolaUncommon but probably overlooked winter visitor and late autumn migrant. Sometimes 2 birds together. A dead bird was found along Stratford High Street in Nov 2010
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundusCommon winter visitor, rarer in summer
Mediterranean GullIchthyaetus melanocephalusOnly one record of an adult flying past 25th June 2009
Common GullLarus canusRegualar winter visitor in small numbers to the river
Herring GullLarus argentatusCommon in small numbers all year, a pair or 2 breed in the area
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscusResident breeder in varying numbers, largest numbers often seen in the spring
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinusSmall numbers can be seen most times of the year indicating breeding nearby perhaps
Common TernSterna hirundoUncommon summer visitor, usually birds travelling down from Walthamstow, has been reported as breeding but I have seen no evidence
Arctic TernSterna paradisaeaVery rare migrant, one north on 10th May 2010
Rock PigeonColumba liviaResident, breeds all year
Stock DoveColumba oenasResident breeder in small numbers, especially around the old gas works
WoodpigeonColumba palumbusResident breeder, winter visitor and passage migrant
Collared DoveStreptopelia decaoctoBreeds in West Ham, often seen flying West - East over 3 Mills
Ring-necked ParakeetPsittacula krameriUncommon but increasing visitor in small numbers or flyovers
SwiftApus apusUncommon flyovers
KingfisherAlcedo atthisRegular winter visitor in small numbers, may have bred or attempted to breed locally. There have been 2 fatalities on the site of birds hitting windows with another surviving the ordeal.
Lesser Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos minorVery rare around Abbey Mills Pumping Station, one of these a female that seemed to be checking out an old Great Spotted Woodpecker nest hole
Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos majorResident breeding pair
Green WoodpeckerPicus viridisUncommon visitor
JayGarrulus glandariusHas bred, but often rather elusive. A pair that bred in 2010 were heard to mimic Little Owl and Ring necked Parakeet
MagpiePica picaResident breeder but strangely decreasing in numbers
JackdawCorvus monedulaRare flyover
RookCorvus frugilegusVery rare flyover, 1 record
Carrion CrowCorvus coroneCommon resident breeder in small numbers
SkylarkAlauda arvensisPassage migrant and visitor during cold weather
Sand MartinRiparia ripariaSummer breeding visitor in small numbers to the Wall river, arriving in March
SwallowHirundo rusticaUncommon passage migrant and summer visitor
House MartinDelichon urbicumSmall numbers breed in West Ham, uncommon visitor and passage migrant to site
Coal TitPeriparus aterVery rare, one along Channelsea on 27th Sept 2010
Great TitParus majorResident breeder in small numbers
Blue TitCyanistes caeruleusResident breeder in small numbers
Long-tailed TitAegithalos caudatusResident breeder in small numbers
Eurasian WrenTroglodytes troglodytesResident
GoldcrestRegulus regulusUncommon passage migrant and rare winter visitor
FirecrestRegulus ignicapillaRare autumn passage migrant, 27th October 2009 (singing male at Abbey Creek), 7th Oct 2010, female feeding in Buddleja down to within 3 feet
Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilusUncommon passage migrant with at least one long staying male
ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybitaUncommon winter visitor and summer breeding visitor. A bird showing characteristics of tristis by plumage and call was present along the Creek from Nov 2011 - early Jan 2012
Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatusA cracking Yellow browed found with a tit flock and Chiffchaff on 27th September 2010, a description was sent to the county recorders.
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenusRare, on singing male April 2012 and a juvenile Aug 2012. Though another observer claims this species bred in this area in 2012
Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceusSummer breeding resident, with 3 - 4 pairs usually present
BlackcapSylvia atricapillaMainly a summer breeding visitor, sometimes seen in late autumn
Garden WarblerSylvia borinRare passage migrant
WhitethroatSylvia communisFairly common summer breeding visitor
Lesser WhitethroatSylvia currucaUncommon summer breeding visitor, a pair even bred along the Channelsea path near Stratford High Street and raised young in 2011
Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striataUncommon passage migrant with all records from 2011
RobinErithacus rubeculaCommon resident, migrant and winter visitor
Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleucaA male at 3 Mills studios on 3rd Sept 2009
Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochrurosOccasional passage migrant and a male on territory near Sugar House Lane in April 2011 at a demolition site
StonechatSaxicola torquatusVery rare spring migrant
WheatearOenanthe oenantheRare spring passage migrant
Ring OuzelTurdus torquatusA male on 3 Mills Green early in the morning of 15th April 2009 is the only record so far
BlackbirdTurdus merulaCommon resident breeder and passage migrant in small numbers
FieldfareTurdus pilarisOccasional visitor during winter, more common on autumn passage
RedwingTurdus iliacusUncommon winter visitor but more common passage migrant
Song ThrushTurdus philomelosUncommon resident breeder
Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorusUncommon resident breeder (c2 pairs) with sometimes good numbers building up in the autumn, for example 31 on 3rd Oct 2011
StarlingSturnus vulgarisResident breeder and passage migrant
DunnockPrunella modularisResident breeder and winter visitor and passage migrant
Yellow WagtailMotacilla flavaUncommon passage migrant, very rare in summer
Grey WagtailMotacilla cinereaResident breeder, at least one pair
Pied WagtailMotacilla albaResident breeder and autumn visitor
Meadow PipitAnthus pratensisCommon passage migrant
Tree PipitAnthus trivialisRare autumn passage migrant in September
Rock PipitAnthus petrosusRare passage migrant
YellowhammerEmberiza citrinellaVery rare passage migrant, however 4 flew south on 2nd Nov 2011
Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclusUncommon passage migrant, rarely stopping over in spite of plenty of reed beds
ChaffinchFringilla coelebsResident breeder in small numbers and relatively common passage migrant
BramblingFringilla montifringillaUncommon passage migrant, usually single birds and more often in the late autumn
GreenfinchChloris chlorisResident breeder in decreasing numbers
Lesser RedpollAcanthis cabaretUncommon passage migrant
SiskinSpinus spinusFairly frequent passage migrant, a pair with a juvenile were seen on 29th June 2011
GoldfinchCarduelis carduelisResident breeder in decreasing numbers
LinnetCarduelis cannabinaResident breeder in very small numbers and increasing winter visitor
BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhulaRare passage migrant
House SparrowPasser domesticusDecreasing resident

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