March 31, 2011

March 31st 2011

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next guided birding walk: This Sat (2nd April), 8am, Hainault Forest (email or phone to book on)

Claybury Park:

  • pr Greenfinch, plus the usual commoner birds (EBarnes)


  • a Clattering of 4 Jackdaws over this morning, and a Greenfinch in my garden (Eddie Barnes)

Roding Valley Park:

  • Redbridge Birdwatching guided walk from Woodford Bridge to the northern borough boundary (and back), starting with a Latte in the lovely new cafe at Redbridge Lakes:

  • pr Mute Swan on Redbridge Lakes, looking cosy but nest building is unconfirmed as yet

  • at least 2 pairs of Coot and Mallard there however, and a Moorhen, also c40 Starling (8Waxwing reported there last week by the owner

  • total of 16 Mallard, 3 Moorhen seen along the River

  • Grey Wagtail flew upriver, and 2 Kingfisher were flushed from a probable breeding ground near Ray Park. 1 was seen again on the wa back.

  • 3 Little Egret all appeared to be 1st year birds, with dull pinkish yellow feet.

  • a Female Sparrowhawk was soaring above the scrubland

  • 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker showed, and 2 Green Woodpecker were heard only.

  • 4 Pheasant showed extremely well, one male within a yard of John Painter! (2male, 2 femal

  • 8 Chiffchaff were singing, and 1 Blackcap was heard but not located

  • about 25 Woodpigeon,

  • c20 Black Headed Gulls over and 2 Cormorant (1 taking off from Redbridge Lakes)

  • 3 Song Thrush, 1 Fieldfare (over), 4 Blackbird, 5 Wren, 6 Dunnock, 8 Robin, 4 Long Tailed Tit, 4 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Jackdaw, 6 Magpie, 4 Carrion Cro

  • 6 Greenfinch, pr Chaffinch and 3 Goldfinch, pr Linnet near the Water Treatment centre and a male Reed Bunting there too. (Daniel Erickson-Hull et al)

Seven Kings Park:

  • House Sparrow Census:

  • Beddington Road entrance c15 pairs (30 birds)

  • Wallington Road entrance c6 pairs (12 birds)

  • 3 male Chaffinch, 3 Mistle Thrush, dunnocks singing all month (Martin Plumb)

Valentines Park:

  • 1 Grey Heron chick has sadly died after falling out of the nest and getting caught in the tree, 2 chicks remain. (Simon Litt)

Wanstead Flats:

  • Willow Warbler calling at SSSI (first in the borough this year), 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap

  • Swallow over Alexandra Pond, 2 Sand Martin at Angel Pond

  • Goldcrest, 10 Meadow Pipit, 15 Skylark, 2 Linnet, 4 Reed Bunting, 5 Ring Necked Parakeet

  • 3 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, Snipe

  • 100s of Starling moving north (Nick Croft)

Wanstead Park:

  • Water Rail on Perch pond (Natalia Benajeh)

  • 2 Fieldfare (OSW)

  • Kingfisher

  • 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe

  • 10+ Singing Blackcap, 10+ singing Chiffchaff

  • 3 Coal Tit, 2 Linnet, Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk

  • Lesser Black Backed Gull (NC/JL)

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