Friday, August 22, 2014

Walthamstow Marshes

It started cool, overcast with a little bit of rain in the air.  It felt good for a fall of common migrants.

Well, it turned out to be a bit of struggle to find any quality and while a lot of other London sites are picking up Redstart, Whinchat, etc, Walthamstow seems to be lagging behind.

The Marshes were relatively quiet today but there did appear to be an increase in Willow Warbler numbers with at least ten lovely bright juveniles seen.  A Lesser Whitethroat was present down Track 13.  A return visit uncovered the male Northern Wheatear seen yesterday.  A Kingfisher called as it flew up the relief channel and a Little Egret waded in the shallows.

Onto the reservoirs, Common Swift numbers were still high with 100+ present, but House Martin seem to have increased with 150+ there with a decent number of Sand Martin.

A juvenile Willow Warbler was flitting within the greenery opposite No.5, six Shoveler swam close to shore on East Warwick, and a single Lesser Whitethroat and Cetti's Warbler were nearby.  A juvenile male Sparrowhawk was particularly raptorial.

On the old river Lea viewed from the pitch and putt, a Common Sandpiper, two Kingfisher, and a Grey Wagtail were all seen within ten seconds of arriving.

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