Sunday, November 8, 2015


The Waterworks Nature Reserve.  A calming oasis set within the chaos of East London.  A dull November morning but there was a lot of interest both on the ground and in the air.

The main highlight was a Short-eared Owl that cruised over before heading north, alerting the attention of local crows and gulls.  A Firecrest showed well briefly with two seen earlier.  A Peregrine flew through heading predictably towards one of the pylons.

My first groups of Fieldfare of the autumn with around 55 flying north, and a single Redwing.

Other counts included a squealing Water Rail, four Redpoll, single Siskin, 10 Tufted Duck, 8 Shoveler, a male Reed Bunting, and a single adult Greater Black Backed Gull.

Short-eared Owl

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