Monday, August 11, 2014

Walthamstow Reservoirs

It was windy, cool, blustery, the standard meteorological mixer of sunshine and heavy showers.

There were also plenty of Common Swift over the reservoirs perhaps 150+ flirting against the breeze.  At one point after a heavy shower, a cloud of them appeared over No.5 picking off insects before their long southerly migration.

There were also 80+ House Martin and 20+ Sand Martin.  Three Common Sandpiper were around the edges of No.5.

A count of 955 Tufted Duck was an increase on the last count a couple of weeks ago that included 340 on No.4 and 475 on the Warwicks.  There were three Grey Wagtail on East Warwick.  A flock of 30+ Chaffinch flew out from trees along the track from No.5 to East Warwick.  In the scrub on East Warwick, the first two Willow Warbler of the autumn were bright juvenile birds associating with four Chiffchaff.

Heading back along the path towards the pumphouse, two Lesser Whitethroat were flitting within a bush on the banks of the stream, and a Cetti's Warbler sang somewhat muted within cover nearby.

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