Saturday, April 6, 2019

London WWT

A pretty lacklustre day considering the time of year with easterly flows tempering migration.  The morning promised a little sunshine but the sky soon filled in on what was a gloomy day.

Highlights were an increase in Sand Martin with around 35 dashing low over the scrapes and plenty preparing the sand bank for the breeding season.

Summer migrants were thin on the ground with only a couple of Blackcap and three Chiffchaff in song.  Four Cetti's Warbler were on territory with one seen carrying nest material.

The aythya hybrid was still present on the Sheltered Lagoon mixing it with the Tufties with a pair of Mandarin present too.  A Common Snipe was subjected to constant harassment from the local Moorhen before flying into cover.

A Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming its brains out within the woodland.

Four Redshank and a half-a-dozen Lapwing were present on the Grazing Marsh.  Two Water Pipit flew past the Peacock Hide early doors.

Two distant Peregrine were seen thermaling somewhere over Central London.

This Robin brightened up a dull day.

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