Local Bird News October 2022

A dartford warbler was seen occasionally at Rectory Farm, Enfield throughout the month. A yellow-browed warbler was at Bury Lodge Wetlands (Enfield) on the 14th. Firecrests have been at Whitewebbs Park, Hilly Fields Park and Trent Park, where a raven has also been seen. The likes of stonechat, skylark, meadow pipit, and linnet are being seen regularly around the area. Redwing numbers are building and fieldfares are starting to appear in numbers as well. Few reports now come from King George V Reservoir, but a garganey and a goosander were seen there on the 6th, with 2 goldeneyes, a wheatear and a rock pipit on the 23rd.

Further up the Lea Valley, 2 bitterns are at Fishers Green, with 1 each at Rye Meads and Amwell. Amwell also had a spoonbill on the 1st, while Rye Meads had 2 water pipits on the 21st, with one staying until the 24th, a bearded tit also being seen there on the 24th. Holyfield Hall Farm near Fishers Green has had a cattle egret, a flock of 22 barnacle geese, up to 4 stonechats and up to 4 bramblings. A tree pipit and 3 lesser redpolls were at Cheshunt Park on the 22nd. Top sightings in the St Albans area have been a hen harrier and a merlin at coopers green on the 24th, a black redstart at Oaklands Grange on the 27th, and a great white egret, 2 little stints, a ruff and a ringed plover at Tyttenhanger. Lemsford Springs has had up to 13 green sandpipers and up to 10 little egrets plus 4 snipe, a jack snipe, a water rail and 4 grey wagtails.