March 23, 2009

March 23rd 2009

Woodford Bridge:
  • St. Pauls pond this morning.... A lot less Mallards than usual, and the Canada Geese were not around either, a few Moorhens though.

Wanstead Flats:

  • Pair of Mute Swan, plenty of Canada Geese, Mallards, Coot, Moorhen, and Tufted Duck on Alexandra Lake, also 2 pairs of Shoveler, and a pair of Little Grebes now in full summer plumage.
  • over 100 Carrion Crows on the playing field.
  • 2 Skylarks dispalying between the lake and Capel Road,
  • 1 Chiffchaff singing near the lake.
  • Also: small flock of Starlings, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Magpie, Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit.

Woodford Green:

  • a pair of Mallard Ducks trying to cross Chigwell Road, near Broadmead estate.

Wanstead Park:

  • Grey Heron flew accross the A406 in the direction of Wanstead Park, where it landed out of sight.

Fairlop Waters:

  • Kestrel hunting over the main entrance

Highams Park Lake: (just outside the borough)

  • 20 or so Canada Geese, lots of Mallards and Tufted Ducks, Coots and Moorhens.
  • 2 pairs of Great Crested Grebes, (one of which was guarding an empty nest)
  • 1 pair of Mandarin Duck
  • 2 Grey Herons, 1 Grey Wagtail and a Cormorant
  • Great Tits, Blue Tits, Greenfinches.

Connaught Water: (just outside the borough)

  • Mandarin Ducks, Wood Ducks (4 reported yesterday) and a male Red Crested Pochard. (JL)

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