July 01, 2010

July 1st 2010

Gants Hill, Roll Gardens:
  • Hobby - seen at 2pm flying over back gardens between Roll Gardens & Shereroad in direction of Cranbrook road - north. (A Thomas)

Hatch Forest:

  • male Sparrowhawk made everything else duck for cover.
  • singing Garden Warbler
  • 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 3 Jackdaw, 4 Wren (DEH)

Ilford, Vaughan Gardens:

  • There are a group of around 9 -10 House Martins in the Vaughan Gardens area. They used to nest in great numbers in eaves in Vaughan Gardens until that terrible year when the winds moved them into the Sahara on their way to West Africa and thousands perished. I see them rushing around early evenings particularly – zooming past us as they search for insects. I have not seen where they are nesting yet but it must be close. (DPaterson)
  • please let me know of any House Martin nest you know of... (DEH)

South Woodford, High Road:

  • Grey Wagtail (Tony Brown)

Valentines Park:

  • Great Crested Grebes now only sitting on 1 egg!
  • Egyptian Goose pr with 4 ducklings
  • Mute Swan pair with 8 cygnets
  • no sign of any Grey Herons! (Gillian Ware)

Wanstead Flats:

  • (07:00-11:00):
  • 69 Cormorant (over),
  • 27 Black-headed Gull, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull,
  • 10 House Martin (including a family group of 7 - the parents already collecting mud for a new home), 1 Sand Martin, c.30 Swift,
  • 7 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush,
  • 7 singing Meadow Pipit, Skylark (including 1 collecting for a nest),
  • 7 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (briefly heard in hedge east of Long Wood), 3 singing Chiffchaff + young, 3 Blackcap,
  • 2m Reed Bunting,
  • Greenfinch (with young in tow), Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch,
  • c.20+ Jackdaw, 6 Jay,
  • 4 Green Woodpecker, 4 Greater Spotted Woodpecker,
  • Grey Wagtail,
  • Kestrel,
  • Little Grebe,
  • Long-tailed Tit (family group in Long Wood),
  • 2 Collared Dove.
  • A second exodus of the small pond by froglets was underway this morning - hundreds of the little critters surprisingly creating little interest from predators. (Nick Croft)

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