Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Walthamstow Marshes

Now I can't keep away from this damn place.  This morning was very gloomy, mainly because I bumped into The Prof early doors.  We shot the breeze and cut through the mist in the hope of a crippler without success.  Of course when he pootled off, the birds arrived.

First a Yellow Wagtail flew west with another two flying north.  A dozen Swallow soon followed also flying north bamboozled by the low cloud.  It was all pretty quiet after that apart from around five Willow Warbler around the reserve.  A juvenile Common Tern flew lethargically over.

It got a little warmer, and heading down to the cow field, I discovered a couple of Whinchat that were new in.  Having been satisfied with this, I returned once again to the paddocks where two Northern Wheatear had arrived, male and female, and three Yellow Wagtail including one rather smart adult bird.

A Hobby then flew in and sat atop the electricity pylon at the far end of the paddocks with another seen circling in close proximity preying on insects.

A slumberous walk took me over to the Waterworks where three Common Buzzard drifted then thermalled before heading away, but no repeat performances on yesterday.

Other noteworthy observations were a singing Common Whitethroat, and the two resident Kestrel.

It was also a pleasure meeting Adam Winstanley today who jammed onto the Common Redstart this morning.

Below is a video of today's highlights.

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