Friday, July 11, 2014

Walthamstow Reservoirs

Dull, oppressive, and dank describes well the guy that oversees the access to the reservoirs at the gatehouse, and the weather today was much similar.  It turned humid later on in the late afternoon for my walk round the southern complex where Sand Martin once again were feeding in numbers with an increase in House Martin.

Each visit is turning up a few oddities.  A leucistic Ring-Necked Parakeet over No.4 failed to add much needed colour to the grey skies whereas the Kingfisher by it's nestsite did at least add technicolour to the monochrome.

A Jay appeared out of a tree adjacent to East Warwick where a Lapwing flew over, a bird that I don't connect with very often around these parts.

East Warwick also had a notable increase of Coot with 110 counted here.  A family party of Common Whitethroat chased insects along the railway line, and a total of 15 Common Tern were counted over the Wawricks.

Family groups included a brood of Little Grebe, and Tufted Duck all with young recently fledged, and Shelduck with slightly more mature young on No.2.

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