Saturday, April 12, 2014


Utter dross this morning.  On Walthamstow Marsh, a singing Willow Warbler, two Sand Martin, and a Swallow were modest returns for a decent walk round the reserve.  Blackcap and Chiffchaff continued to sing in number.

At Waterworks NR, the Cetti's Warbler was typically vocal.  Counts of eight Pochard, single Gadwall, and 11 Teal made up the duck numbers, with 'whinnying' Little Grebe.  Four Sand Martin flew through as did a lone Swallow, and a Lesser Whitethroat put in an appearance, heard singing in the thickets behind Bay 17.

Fared better on a second visit to Walthamstow Marshes in the evening with a singing Common Whitethroat, seven Meadow Pipit, and small groups of Sand Martin (2,5, and 4) moving through.  Two Pochard flew over as did a Gadwall and two Greylag Geese.  A Little Egret flew low up the relief channel, and eight Stock Dove were socialising with the Pigeons on the paddocks.  Finally, a singing Sedge Warbler was present just north of the Railway Bridge on the River Lea side.

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