Sunday, November 22, 2015

Walthamstow Reservoirs

Today was the calm after the storm and there were reasonable hopes for finding a 'wrecked' seabird on our local.  Well inevitably this never transpired, but it was a stunning morning nevertheless, hardly a breath of wind and the blue skies were textured with patches of high cloud.

I concentrated solely on the south side where the first sightings were of Fieldfare, small flocks totalling 50+ passing overhead.  Common Gull were now present in good numbers with many 1st winters accompanying the adult birds.

Passing along the banks of East Wawrick, three Lapwing alighted from the island and circled the reservoir before heading north where they were later observed over Lockwood.  My first Goldeneye of the winter was present, with a sole female there.

On West Warwick, a female Stonechat appeared from the reedbed, and a pair were later seen on East Warwick.  An Aythya hybrid was also on West Warwick, and appeared to be the same bird that has been present on the Waterworks for a few days.

Five Meadow Pipit flew through.

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