Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Walthamstow Reservoirs - Black Tern

It was my intention to head down to the ressies at some point this afternoon after visits to the hospital and doctor in the morning.  This was hastened by the news of a Black Tern on Lockwood, which was picked up on High Maynard at just after 2pm.  Settling down on the bank just past the weir, the Tern was exceedingly flighty, making rapid sorties back and forth with frequent feeding activity with it's diagnostic arced flight pattern as it darted towards the water.  An extremely elegant flyer.  A first for the patch and a first for London so this was well overdue.

Half a dozen Common Sandpiper remained, and a Kingfisher was seen on Lower Maynard.

A single Common Sandpiper was present on East Warwick.

Also present was an increase of 14 Shoveler, and a calling Goldcrest from the scrub on the westside.

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