August 09, 2010

9th August 2010

Fairlop Gravel Works:

  • south side of Painters Road only, (at dusk)
  • family of Pochard (young almost flying now)
  • family of Little Grebe
  • 4+ Grey Herons
  • c25 House Martins (high feeding)
  • c45 Lapwing, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper
  • 3 Linnet (DEH)

Hainault Farm, Romford Road end:

  • 2 Kestrel (male perched, female hunting)

Little Heath, Hainault Road:

  • Kestrel hunting (DEH)

Wanstead Flats:

  • Tawny Owl (roosting and disturbed by Jay, site tick),
  • 6 Wren, 2 Robin, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, f Lesser Spotted Woodpecker,
  • 60+ Long-tailed Tits, 20+ Blue Tit, 15+ Great Tit,
  • 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 20+ Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff,
  • 30+ Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch (J Lethbridge)
  • c.10+ Willow Warbler, some singing, (same tit flock west of centre road 09:30), 10+ Chiffchaff,
  • Kestrel sparring with Sparrowhawk,
  • Black-headed Gulls making the most of the ants again, on the model airplane runway and other unusual sites (for them), 1 Common Gull,
  • 1 Stock Dove again on the dead tree in Long Wood, no repeat of yesterday's mystery singer (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe)

Wanstead Park:

  • In an attempt to vindicate my Probable/possible Wood Warbler back to chasing Long-tailed Tit flocks (5 in the area encompassing SoM, Heronry and Perch), struck out with WWs but good numbers of Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and a couple of Blackcap.
  • I wasn't the only thing interested in the flocks as twice a Sparrowhawk male crashed through leaving empty handed.
  • Also Grey Heron, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, 6 + House Martin, 8 + Sand Martin over Heronry (Nick Croft/Steve Thorpe)

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