Saturday, March 22, 2014

Patchwatch - Wheatears

Cool and clear this morning but the wind was brisk and biting.  There was plenty of rain last night so I was hoping for some grounded migrants this morning.

Heading straight over to the horse paddocks at Walthamstow Marshes, three Northern Wheatear were present that included two fine males best viewed from the path that runs adjacent to the relief channel.

My first of the spring but I'm sure there will be many more passing through these parts as migration really gets into full swing.


Also around the horse paddocks were two singing male Blackcap with one seen well amongst the bushes next to the tarmac path, three singing Chiffchaff, and a single flyover Meadow Pipit.

Waterworks NR produced the singing Cetti's Warbler along with 19 Teal, two Gadwall (pair), six Pochard (5 drake), four Tufted Duck (3 drake), two Little Grebe, singing Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap, six flyover Shelduck, a single Grey Wagtail, a male Sparrowhawk, and a Kestrel.

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