2023
Cycling
& Birding in London
My usual route
to work takes me from
PurfleetonThames
in Essex, cycling along the Thames estuary at
RSPB Rainham Marshes each day to Rainham village where
I catch the train in to east London, followed by a further
cycle into the centre with occasional diversions through parks
and past reservoirs (100 miles/week before detours). Previous highlights on the cycle
to work have
included Waxwing, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker,
Yellowbrowed Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Glossy Ibis,
Spoonbill, Cattle Egret, Quail, Blackwinged Stilt,
Spotted Crake, Richard's Pipit, Iberian Chiffchaff and Wryneck.
2023
 2022
 >
Cycle
to Work Bird List 20112022
No

Species

Date

Route

Location

Notes

125 
Green
Sandpiper 
06/10/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Wennington
Marshes 
124 
Cattle
Egret 
14/09/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Purfeet
scrape 
123 
Ringed
Plover 
12/09/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
River
Darent mouth 
122 
Sanderling 
12/09/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
River
Darent mouth 
121 
Yellow
Wagtail 
11/09/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Wennington
Marshes 
120 
Whinchat 
08/09/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Coldharbour
Lane 
119 
Kingfisher 
30/08/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Rainham
West 
118 
Great
Egret 
29/08/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Purfleet
scrape 
117 
Spoonbill 
03/07/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Purfleet
scrape 
116 
Red
Kite 
23/06/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
landfill 
115 
Shorteared
Owl 
26/05/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Purfleet
scrape 
114 
Greenshank 
05/05/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
One
on Target Pools 
113 
Blackwinged
Stilt 
05/05/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
One
on Target Pools  thanks AS! 
112 
Hobby 
04/05/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

111 
Cuckoo 
28/04/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Singing
male, Rainham West 
110 
Swift 
28/04/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

109 
Grasshopper
Warbler 
22/04/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Singing
male 
108 
Lesser
Whitethroat 
20/04/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Singing
male 
107 
Corn
Bunting 
20/04/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Singing
male 
106 
Arctic
Tern 
20/04/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Two
over River Thames 
105 
Whimbrel 
19/04/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
River
Darent
mouth 
104 
Bartailed
Godwit 
19/04/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
River
Darent
mouth 
103 
Common
Tern 
18/04/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Over
River Thames 
102 
Reed
Warbler 
18/04/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Singing
male 
101 
Whitethroat 
18/04/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Singing
male 
100 
Mediterranean
Gull 
04/04/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Over
River Thames 
99 
Sedge
Warbler 
04/04/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Singing
male 
98 
Swallow 
04/04/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

97 
Sand
Martin 
04/04/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

96 
Blackcap 
04/04/23 
usual 
Purfleet 
Singing
male 
95 
Black
Redstart 
29/03/23 
usual 
Whitechapel 
Singing
male 
94 
Barn
Owl 
28/03/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Hunting
at 21:25 
93 
Wheatear 
27/03/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Male,
Aveley Bay 
92 
Willow
Warbler 
24/03/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Singing
male 
91 
Oystercatcher 
24/03/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
River
Darent
mouth 
90 
Kestrel 
23/02/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Hovering,
Coldharbour Lane 
89 
Common
Sandpiper 
14/02/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
3
at ThamesMardyke confluence 
88 
Greenfinch 
13/02/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Male
calling over Rainham Station 
87 
Merlin 
09/02/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
F
flew low over river wall 
86 
Meadow
Pipit 
27/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Seen
daily: forgotten to add 05/01 
85 
Green
Woodpecker 
27/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Flew
over MDZ 'Giant Anthill' 
84 
Hen
Harrier 
26/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Ringtail,
west upriver 
83 
Bearded
Reedling 
23/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
4
in Phragmites, Rainham West 
82 
Sparrowhawk 
20/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
River
Darent
mouth 
81 
Ruff 
20/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
River
Darent
mouth 
80 
Curlew 
20/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
River
Darent
mouth 
79 
Little
Egret 
17/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Mardyke
mouth 
78 
Raven 
17/01/23 
usual 
PurfleetonThames 
pair
over, croaking 
77 
Mandarin
Duck 
13/01/23 
detour 
Regent's
Park 

76 
Redcrested
Pochard 
13/01/23 
detour 
Regent's
Park 

75 
Coal
Tit 
13/01/23 
detour 
Regent's
Park 

74 
Great
Crested Grebe 
13/01/23 
detour 
Regent's
Park 

73 
Lesser
Redpoll 
06/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
2
in willow, Rainham West 
72 
Siskin 
06/01/23 
detour 
Ingrebourne
Valley 

71 
Chiffchaff 
06/01/23 
detour 
Ingrebourne
Valley 

70 
Stock
Dove 
06/01/23 
detour 
Ingrebourne
Valley 

69 
Jay 
06/01/23 
detour 
Ingrebourne
Valley 

68 
Water
Rail 
06/01/23 
detour 
Ingrebourne
Valley 

67 
Great
Spotted Woodpecker 
06/01/23 
detour 
Ingrebourne
Valley 

66 
Egyptian
Goose 
06/01/23 
detour 
Ingrebourne
Valley 

65 
Mute
Swan 
06/01/23 
detour 
Ingrebourne
Valley 

64 
Little
Grebe 
06/01/23 
detour 
Ingrebourne
Valley 

63 
Pochard 
06/01/23 
detour 
Ingrebourne
Valley 

62 
Redwing 
06/01/23 
detour 
Ingrebourne
Valley 

61 
Pheasant 
06/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

60 
Buzzard 
06/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

59 
Jackdaw 
06/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

58 
Chaffinch 
06/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

57 
Snipe 
06/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

56 
Marsh
Harrier 
06/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

55 
Tufted
Duck 
06/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

54 
Gadwall 
06/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

53 
Grey
Heron 
06/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

52 
Goldcrest 
05/01/23 
usual 
Bloomsbury 
Calling
in Ridgmount Gardens 
51 
Great Tit 
05/01/23 
usual 
Bloomsbury 
Singing
in Russell Square 
50 
Ringnecked Parakeet 
05/01/23 
usual 
Bloomsbury 
Calling
in Russell Square 
49 
Grey Wagtail 
05/01/23 
usual 
Holburn 
One
over, calling 
48 
Feral Pigeon 
05/01/23 
usual 
Limehouse 
Nesting
at rail station 
47 
Blue
Tit 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

46 
Wren 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

45 
Rook 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

44 
Stonechat 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

43 
Shelduck 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Wennington
Marshes 
42 
Lapwing 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

41 
Skylark 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

40 
Rock Pipit 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
On
River Thames foreshore 
39 
Goldfinch 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

38 
Fieldfare 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

37 
Lesser Blackbacked Gull 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

36 
Herring Gull 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

35 
Yellowlegged Gull 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

34 
Pied Wagtail 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

33 
Carrion Crow 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

32 
Common Gull 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

31 
Great Blackbacked Gull 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

30 
Blackheaded Gull 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

29 
Cormorant 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

28 
Cetti's Warbler 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Several
singing 
27 
Blacktailed Godwit 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Aveley
Bay 
26 
Grey Plover 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Aveley
Bay 
25 
Dunlin 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Aveley
Bay 
24 
Redshank 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Aveley
Bay 
23 
Avocet 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
Aveley
Bay 
22 
Water Pipit 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
On
River Thames foreshore 
21 
Linnet 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

20 
Longtailed Tit 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

19 
Dunnock 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

18 
Reed Bunting 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

17 
Greylag Goose 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

16 
Canada Goose 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

15 
Moorhen 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

14 
Coot 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

13 
Pintail 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
On
Purfleet Scrape 
12 
Shoveler 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 
On
Purfleet Scrape 
11 
Mallard 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

10 
Teal 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

9 
Wigeon 
05/01/23 
usual 
Rainham
Marshes 

8 
Wood Pigeon 
05/01/23 
usual 
PurfleetonThames 

7 
Starling 
05/01/23 
usual 
PurfleetonThames 

6 
Magpie 
05/01/23 
usual 
PurfleetonThames 

5 
House Sparrow 
05/01/23 
usual 
PurfleetonThames 

4 
Collared Dove 
05/01/23 
usual 
PurfleetonThames 

3 
Blackbird 
05/01/23 
usual 
PurfleetonThames 
Singing
before dawn 
2 
Song Thrush 
05/01/23 
usual 
PurfleetonThames 
Singing
before dawn 
1 
Robin 
05/01/23 
usual 
PurfleetonThames 
Singing
before dawn 
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