But this month an avian Crane spent 24 hours at Rainham Marshes. Crane reports are becoming commoner. After only seven accepted records before , London sightings in this century are already more than three times that number. I wonder why. The Rainham sighting is unusual in that almost all past London records have been of birds overflying the area. The only previous reports of Crane on the deck are three at Tyttenhanger GPs for two days in Apr , one that bizarrely landed briefly in a Loughton garden in Mar , a juvenile at Beddington Farmlands for three days in Dec and two birds spotted in a field at Rye Meads in Apr Much smaller than Crane but with proportionately longer legs— indeed, ridiculously long legs — were the two Black-winged Stilt that spent the day at Rainham Marshes on 10th May.
There are only a dozen or so previous London records of Stilt, the most recent being two birds at Island Barn Reservoir in May But at least half a dozen breeding pairs are currently being monitored at undisclosed sites around Britain, so it may be only a matter of time before a pair chooses to procreate within the London area.
This of course is another former rarity that now breeds in England and is seen increasingly in the London area. A Quail was at Rainham Marshes from 6th to 8th May with one observer reporting two birds singing on the 7th. Another Quail flew through Sidcup on the 27th. Nice, but this declining species is now a less than annual visitor to the London area. Another was seen at Rainham Marshes on the 18th. Finally, another intriguing sighting by non-birders. On the 20th a couple whose home backs onto Brent Reservoir noticed an unfamiliar bird perched briefly on their garden fence.
Having questioned the couple, I am convinced that their bird was a Woodchat Shrike , probably female. There have been only 17 previous London records of this species — most often also in May. But would the rarities committee accept a report from just two people who are not experienced birders?
Sadly, it seems unlikely. Contributed by Andrew Haynes , who accepts full responsibility for any errors. Sign In Don't have an account?
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Start a Wiki. Some other non-passerines Edit A Quail was at Rainham Marshes from 6th to 8th May with one observer reporting two birds singing on the 7th. Could it have been the South Norwood bird continuing its journey?
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