June 22, 2010

June 22nd 2010

Aldborough Riding School, Fairlop:
  • Little Owl on a telegraph pole on Painters Road, near the nest site (DEH)

Fairlop Gravel Works:

  • south side of Painters Road:
  • Grey Heron, Cormorant, 1 Black Headed Gull
  • 6 Tufted Duck, Canada Geese, Coots, Mallards,
  • 45 Lapwing (flock slowly building up),
  • Green Sandpiper
  • 5 Little Ringed Plover
  • Hobby flying low over the site
  • 2 Pheasant
  • 2 singing Skylark
  • 11 Stock Dove
  • fledged Pied Wagtail families
  • 2 House Martin
  • 3 Whitethroat, 8 Linnet, male Reed Bunting
  • 2 Brown Hare!

Roding Valley Park, central:

  • 5 Song Thrushes,
  • 3 Green Woodpeckers [adult and two juveniles, which have fledged safely],
  • 6 Blackcaps [inc. a female feeding three juveniles, which have fledged safely],
  • Goldfinch,
  • 2 Whitethroats,
  • several Swift,
  • Long Tailed Tit,
  • Chiffchaff. (Alan Hobson)

Valentines Park:

  • Good News!... Speculation was right... The Egyptian Geese pair have hatched a 2nd brood or ducklings, after losing their first brood to Carrion Crows last month!... They have 4 ducklings this time, and have marched them over to the boating lake island. (John Crick)
  • 2 Little Grebe (1 on each lake), 2 Great Crested Grebe (sitting on nest)
  • 3 juv Grey Herons still on, or around the nest
  • 12 Mute Swan (pr on Fish Pond, pr+8 on Boating Lake)
  • Canada Geese, Mallard, 2 male Pochard (boating lake), Coot, Moorhen,
  • Feral Pigeon, Wood Pigeon,
  • Ring Necked Parakeet at the eastern end of Cranbrook Cut
  • Great Spotted Woodpeckers: The parents are still feeding the "singing tree" in the Plantation. Many singleton skattered across the park, 2 Green Woodpecker (others calling)
  • also: Wren, 3 Robin, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 4 Long Tailed Tit, 2 Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, few Starling, 5 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch (Mike Condon)
  • 39 Canada Geese, Hybrid Greylag Goose, 1 Black Headed Gull, 8 Starling, Dunnock Also, unfortunately 3 rats - 2 on bank of fish lake, 1 very close to island on boating lake. Not good news for geese. (MSevoir)

Wanstead Flats:

  • (07:00-11:00): Hobby (over Alexandra Lake),
  • Shelduck (West over Alexandra Lake),
  • c. 100 Swifts over Alexandra Lake (more elswhere) after flying ants I presume, later joined by two groups of Black-headed Gull totalling c.50-60) and numerous Starlings,
  • 32 Cormorant, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull,
  • 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker,
  • c.135 Carrion Crow on the playing fields,
  • House Sparrow, Blackbird, 3 Mistle Thrush, Robin, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-Tailed Tit, Skylark, Wren, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Wood Pigeon, 1 Stock Dove, Herring Gull, Magpie, Jay, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, 3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Canada Goose, Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Gadwall, Mute Swan (+4 cygnets), Ring Necked Parakeet, m Kestrel, Pied Wagtail, 5 House Martin, Moorhen, 4 Little Grebe (no young seen), and Coot (the predictable has happened no coot to be seen on the rapidly diminishing round pond, even the froglets were evacuating in their thousands, I wonder how many people will go home today with frog on their shoes) (Nick Croft).

Wanstead Park:

  • 4 Cormorant,
  • 5 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker,
  • c50-100 Swift over Heronry,
  • 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, large numbers of Black-Headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull,
  • 1 Stock Dove, Mistle Thrush, 8 Song Thrush, 2 Ring Necked Parakeet, c20 Jackdaw, 2 Jay, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, numerous Blackcap and Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, Sand Martin and 2 House Martin, Mute Swan (2 broods totalling 11 cygnets). No sign of the Reed Warbler (Nick Croft).

Woodford Bridge, St. Judes Court:

  • Hobby
  • a few Swift
  • 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 2 Mallard (AHobson)

Woodford Bridge, Claybury Road:

  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers [adult and juvenile, safely fledged],
  • Goldfinch (AHobson)

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