October 01, 2009

October 1st 2009

Fairlop Gravel Works, South Side:
  • c70 Lapwing, 8 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe
  • 13 Teal, Gadwall
  • 3 Grey Heron (tree roosting)
  • Green Woodpecker
  • 3 Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail

Roding Valley Park, Woodford Bridge:

  • Kingfisher (Alan Hobson)
Fairlop Waters:
  • Grey Wagtail, in the willow ditch at the rear of the lagoon (Bill Neate)
Valentines Park:
  • Male Wood Duck (unfortunately released by park manager)
  • Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 50 Canada geese, Greylag goose, 3 Cormorant, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Pochard, Coot, Moorhen, Mallard (MAW)

Wanstead Park:

  • An afternoon walk in Wanstead Park on 1st October produced the following sightings :
  • Perch Pond:
  • Two Mute Swans + five cygnets
  • 3 Shovelers, Various Coots and Mallards
  • 1 Black Headed Gull
  • 1 Grey Heron
  • 9 Tufted Ducks
  • 1 Cormorant
  • and one rat scuttling in the undergrowth!
  • Dell Bridge:
  • I had a nice sighting of two Wrens fairly close together in amongst the foliage.
  • Ornamental Waters
  • Various Mallards, Coots, Moorhens, and Tufted Ducks
  • Two Grey Herons (in different areas) - one of which was being bothered by a Carrion Crow
  • Three Cormorants up in the dead trees
  • Two Mute Swans + four cygnets
  • 4 pairs of Gadwalls. They were skulking away at the end of the Ornamental Waters towards the Pump House. As I tried to get nearer to take some pics, they became very nervous, and flew off. After I continued on walking for several minutes, I came across another four pairs of Gadwalls. They weren't found in the direction the others flew off towards, but as it's the same amount, I'm not sure whether it's a coincidence, or the same group.
  • Heronry Pond
  • Various Coots, Mallards, Moorhens, and Black Headed Gulls
  • 2 Little Grebes
  • 2 Shovelers
  • and another rat scuttling in the undergrowth - I keep hoping it will turn out to be an interesting mammal!
  • Shoulder of Mutton Pond
    Not as 'busy' as the other ponds, so I was able to count :
  • 21 Black Headed Gulls
  • 4 Coots
  • One Mallard
  • 2 Mute Swans (no cygnets)
  • 2 Moorhens
  • 3 Jays in the general area nearby
  • I noticed that the Drake Mallards now seem to have regained their colour, after the recent 'eclipse' stage.
  • (Kathy Hartnett)

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