Thursday, October 8, 2015

Walthamstow Reservoirs

Another stunning day.  Light winds, clear skies, the sun still maintained it's summery warmth, and the reservoirs were alive with birds.

This was my first visit here for a while, and this is what I recorded;

East Warwick: a late Northern Wheatear sat on the north bank, a group of seven Siskin flew over, as did four Meadow Pipit.  A single Common Gull sat with a group of Black Headed Gull, a total of 28 Shoveler were roosting on the western shoreline, and a brutish Greater Black Backed Gull flew over.

West Warwick:  The highlight was my first site Black-Necked Grebe on the southern side.  A late Sedge Warbler emerged from the reeds and even attempted a bit of sub-song.  There were two Stonechat here too, a vocal pair seen within the reeds.  A Reed Bunting flew over toward the railway line.

No.4:  The Goosander remained, hugging the eastern foreshore and didn't look too bad despite suggestions that it could have been an oiled bird.  A surprise flock of seven Skylark flew over as did a single Siskin.  A Cetti's Warbler exploded from somewhere along the causeway.

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