Thursday, August 21, 2014

Walthamstow Marshes

Just over a week now before I start my new job so trying to cram in as much as possible.  Another stunning morning, cool and still, with wisps of high cloud.

The day started with a smart male Northern Wheatear on the paddocks that remained for a while before being relocated later on at the cow field.  There was a decent mix of Warblers down Track 13 with a Garden Warbler being my first record on the patch.  A total of five Lesser Whitethroat, six Willow Warbler (including two singers) with several Blackcap, Chiffchaff, and Common Whitethroat.  Overhead, the large numbers of Common Swift were still present with 150+ and 100+ House Martin.

A real surprise was a Firecrest that called a couple of times within scrub as viewed from the bench mound.  Attempts to catch a glimpse of the bird were in vain.

Other birds seen were two Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk, and two young Green Woodpecker.

Northern Wheatear

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