May 14, 2009

May 14th 2009

Woodford Green:
  • 2 Jackdaw by Broadmead Housing office at 7.30am


  • Jackdaw near the Castle, 3pm

Barkingside Recreational Ground:

  • 7 Starlings, 8 Wood Pigeon and 1 Stock Dove on the grass (Alan Thomas)
  • pair of Blackbird
  • 2 Blue Tits seen, others heard singing in the trees.
  • 2 Wren, and 1 adult Robin seen (others heard)
  • Fledged Robin on the path
  • 4 Long Tailed Tits seen, others heard in the same flock.
  • Great Tits.
  • Chaffinches and Greenfinches heard, but not seen.
  • Collared Doves on the lamp column just outside the park

Gants Hill:

  • 6 Swifts, above Kenwood Gardens (Alan Thomas)

Fairlop Waters:

  • Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Moorhen and Tufted Duck on the main lake
  • at least 6 familes of Mallard Duck, 3 Canada Geese families, and 3 Greylag Geese families around the main lake.
  • Swifts and Swallows over the lake (less Swifts than of recent)
  • Green Woodpecker flying over the golf course.
  • female Kestrel hovering near the stables
  • Large number of Wood Pigeon including fledged young, and a pair of Stock Dove near the stables.
  • be careful when identifying Stock Doves among the Wood Pigeons, as juvenile Wood Pigeons do not have the white collar.
  • Good numbers of Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler around the reserve.
  • Also: Blackcap, 2 singing Song Thrush, Robin, Wren, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit and at least 4 Reed Buntings.
  • Mute Swan, Tufted Ducks and a brood of Canada Geese (with 5 young) on the scrape.
  • 2 Corn Bunting, up to 8 Skylark iuncluding at least 3 fledged young on the field between the scrape and the Gravel Workings.
  • 3 Linnet over the plain

Fairlop Gravel Works:

  • Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chaffinch and Willow Warbler around the north site.
  • Lots of Blackbird, Robins and Wrens singing.
  • Mute Swan still on nest, Canada Geese, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, pair of Shoveler, Coot and Moorhen, and at least 2 familes of Mallard (one with 10 ducklings)
  • 2 pairs of Lapwing on nests, and looking after chicks.
  • at least 2 Sedge Warblers, and a Reed Warbler singing in the reeds/thicket areas around the north site.
  • 2 Grey Heron on the south site,
  • pair of Shelduck still present.
  • Mallard with 9 ducklings at the far end.
  • a few Pied Wagtails, (less than of recent)
  • 2 Little Ringed Plovers seen (others head)
  • pair of Lapwing
  • 1 Snipe flushed (very late... perhaps breeding???)
  • also, 1 very late migrating Greenshank in summer plumage, calling.
  • several singing Skylark, and a few calling Pheasant.
  • Chiffchaff calling from Hargreaves Scout Camp

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