My Wanstead Bird List

Western Flats

Dawn on the Patch

I have been birding on Wanstead Flats and Wanstead Park since the winter of 2014. I only really manage to get out at weekends, so will never match the numbers some of the other Wanstead birders see.

In my first full year, 2015, I saw 98 species of bird on the Patch; in 2016 I broke the tonne with 102 and saw 105 in 2017. My year listing continued to improve with 110 species in 2018 and 12 new birds for the Patch. The patch life list below simply lists new birds seen.

2019
***05 Sep***
134 – Marsh Harrier
133 – Greenshank
***19 April***
132 – Sedge Warbler
131 – Green Sandpiper
***06 April***
130 – Mandarin Duck
***31 March***
129 – Garganey
2018 – 110 total for year
***17 November***
128 – Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
***04 November***
127 – Caspian Gull
***27 October***
126 – Yellowhammer
****20 October***
125 – Barn Owl
***18 October***
124 – Rustic Bunting
***28 August***
123 – Red-backed Shrike
***22 April***
122 – Cuckoo
***14 April***
121 – Rook
***1 March***
120 – Dunlin
***3 February***
119 – Goldeneye
***16 January***
118 – Great White Egret
***13 January***
117 – Woodcock
2017 – 105 total for year
***19 November***
116 – Bullfinch
***28 October***
115 – Hawfinch
***3 September***
114 – Little owl
***10 April***
113 – Little Ringed Plover
***11 February***
112 – Pheasant
2016 – 102 total for year
***7 November***
111 – Tawny Owl
***22 October***
110 – Brambling
109 – Lapwing
***15 October***
108 – Short-eared Owl
***8 October***
107 – White-fronted Goose
106 – Yellow-browed Warbler
***7 September***
105 – Ortolan Bunting
***30 July***
104 – Treecreeper
***14 May***
103 – Cetti’s Warbler
102 – Red-crested Pochard
***16 April***
101 – Shelduck
***23 March***
100 – Hooded Crow
***9 January***
99 – Peregrine
2015 – 98 total for year
***12 December***
98 – Firecrest
***25 October***
97 – Mediterranean Gull
***24 October***
96 – Lesser Redpoll
***17 October***
95 – Ring Ouzel
***26 September***
94 – Water Rail
***14 September***
93 – Yellow-legged Gull
92 – Yellow Wagtail
***31 August***
91 – Wryneck
***30 August***
90 – Tree Pipit
***29 August***
89 – Common Redstart
***22 August***
88 – Nuthatch
87 – Spotted Flycatcher
***15 August***
86 – Pied Flycatcher
***1 August***
85 – Sand Martin
***17 May***
84 – Red Kite
83 – Common Tern
***10 May***
82 – Hobby
81 – Swift
***25 April***
80 – Common Sandpiper
79 – Reed Warbler
78 – Lesser Whitethroat
77 – Garden Warbler
76 – Wood Warbler
75 – Whitethroat
***18 April***
74 – House Martin
73 – Swallow
72 – Grey Wagtail
71 – Whinchat
***14 April***
70 – Red-legged Partridge
***12 April***
69 – Willow Warbler
68 – Reed Bunting
***11 April***
67 – Blackcap
***22 March***
66 – Northern Wheatear
***14 March***
65 – Teal
64 – Chiffchaff
63 – Snipe
***8 March***
62 – Little Egret
61 – Stonechat
***21 February***
60 – Buzzard
***7 February***
59 – Redwing
58 – Fieldfare
***1 February***
57 – Great Black-backed Gull
***31 January***
56 – Collared Dove
***25 January***
55 – Mistle Thrush
54 – Greenfinch
***18 January***
53 – Siskin
***17 January***
52 – Kingfisher
51 – Coal Tit
50 – Little Grebe
49 – Egyptian Goose
48 – Goldcrest
47 – Jackdaw
46 – Lesser Black-backed Gull
45 – Linnet
44 – Herring Gull
***11 January***
43 – Pied Wagtail
42 – Kestrel
41 – Meadow Pipit
40 – Chaffinch
39 – Stock Dove
38 – Goldfinch
37 – Skylark
36 – Dunnock
35 – Green Woodpecker
***4 January***
34 – Greylag Goose
33 – Slavonian Grebe
32 – Grey Heron
31 – Cormorant
30 – Shoveler
29 – Common Gull
28 – Moorhen
27 – Great Spotted Woodpecker
26 – Wigeon
25 – Pochard
24 – Great Crested Grebe
23 – Tufted Duck
22 – Coot
21 – Mallard
20 – Gadwall
19 – Canada Goose
18 – Wren
17 – Mute Swan
16 – Long-tailed Tit
15 – Song Thrush
14 – Ring-necked Parakeet
***3 January***
13 – Jay
12 – Wood Pigeon
11 – Sparrowhawk
10 – Great Tit
09 – Starling
08 – House Sparrow
07 – Carrion Crow
06 – Magpie
05 – Robin
04 – Blue Tit
03 – Black-headed Gull
02 – Blackbird
01 – Feral Pigeon

A more comprehensive view of each year’s list can be found here: Patch birds – Sheet3