Friday, August 1, 2014

Walthamstow Reservoirs - Birds and Boeings

It's August already.  I like August.  August is a good month for migrants.  So this evening I hit the patch hoping to see clouds of waders passing through and the bushes filled with passerines.

What I got instead was typically routine.  A Common Sandpiper flirted around the periphery of No.5, with three on East Warwick.  Around 70+ Common Swift wheeled above No.4 and No.5, perhaps the last few days before they leave our shores for another year.  A dozen Sand Martin were also present.  Six juvenile Shelduck appeared to have earned their wings feeling the freedom of flight with the adults.  Two Grey Wagtails were active around No.5.

juvenile Herring Gull

Boeing 747-867F of Cathay Pacific Cargo B-LJC from DEL - LHR

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