Monday, March 10, 2014

Kingfi-show

A bit of a surprise visit by a pair of Kingfisher today at the Middlesex Filter Beds.  Having visited this particular site over the last couple of years, Kingfisher sightings have been limited to around half a dozen although they are regularly seen further down-river.  Having had one flash past me, it was then joined by a second bird.  They carried out a courtship display, flying round in circles before flying off.  This was after the female sat low down against the bank having a jolly good preen.  Hopefully this is a precursor to successful breeding somewhere locally along the River Lea.




Female Kingfisher - Middlesex Filter Beds 10/03/14

In addition, there were two Chiffchaff of which one was singing, and three Grey Wagtails on site.  I had a fruitless search for the Firecrest which was reported later on in the day.

Earlier at Walthamstow Marshes, there were two Fieldfare and a single Redwing along with Song and Mistle Thrush on the Front Paddocks of the Riding Centre.  A further five Redwing flew over the Marsh with a Reed Bunting heard in flight, and a fly-through Kestrel.  Three Grey Wagtail passing overhead were probably the same three birds seen later on the Filter Beds.

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