May 31, 2010

May 31st 2010

Fairlop Gravel Works:
  • 4 Mute Swans, planty Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck, Mallards (including 2 new young broods of 8 and 4), c20 Tufted Duck, 5 Gadwall, 2 trilling Little Grebe, Coots Moorhens.
  • c20 Herring Gulls and 10 Lesser Black Backed Gulls (mostly adults)
  • 8 Lapwing (the nest I located last week is now empty, and parents are guarding young.. (i suspect 4 breeding pairs)
  • 2 confirmed pairs of Little Ringed Plover guarding territories (possibly a third pr)
  • pair of Redshank very likely breeding on the north side, still displaying, and calling to each other... But only 1 is actively flying round (but i cannot locate the nest site)
  • late migrant Greenshank (south side of painters road) - calling, and quite nervous
  • c30 Swift flying low over the waters
  • 2 Stock Dove
  • singing Skylark
  • male Yellow Wagtail carrying food (suggestive of breeding on site?)
  • Green Woodpecker on the ground
  • pair of Sedge Warbler nest building, and a 3rd (male) singing.
  • 5 Reed Warblers including 4 singing males
  • c10 Linnet (including fledged young), Chaffinches, and also Greenfinches with fledged young
  • male Reed Bunting (DEH)

Valentines Park:

  • Great Crested Grebe sitting back on the nest - so heres hoping.
  • Mute Swan family of 10 (8 cygnets) on the boating lake, a pr on the fish pond, and another loner on Long Water... increasing!
  • Canada Geese, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 hybrid Greylag Goose, Mallards, Tufted Ducks, Coots, Moorhens, 2male and 1female Pochard
  • Grey Heron and 3 chicks still on the nest.
  • 1 Black Headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls,
  • Feral Pigeon, 2 Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, 4 Collared Dove,
  • 3 Swift
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker actively feeding young
  • Green Woodpecker,
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush
  • 1 Blackcap
  • Blue Tits, Great Tits, party of 7 active Long Tailed Tits
  • Magpie, Carrion Crows, Starlings, 7 House Sparrow
  • Chaffinch (many in song)
  • 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch foraging on Ilford Cricket Club ground (Mike Condon)

Wanstead Flats:

  • 2 Greylag Geese, Alex Lake
  • 2 Little Grebes, Alex Lake
  • 40 Swifts over Alex Lake
  • 19 Skylarks, including 12 singing birds
  • 9 Meadow Pipits, including 5 singing birds
  • 4 Mistle Thrushes (I suspect nesting in Long Wood and the BP copse)
  • 17 Whitethroats, including 11 singing males
  • 3 singing Blackcaps
  • 2 singing Chiffchaffs
  • 3 Reed Buntings (2 males and a female, 1 of the males carrying food) (THarris)

Wanstead Park:

  • Shoulder of Mutton Pond swan family still has all seven cygnets.
  • I saw the two Great Crested Grebes on Perch Pond, swimming (whilst dozing) together. Still no sign of any nesting activity, although we live in hope! (KHartnett)

Abridge, River Roding: (just outside the borough)

  • Great White Egret north towards Stapleford Aerodrome (P&HS)

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